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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149762/interaction-of-biologically-relevant-ions-and-organic-molecules-with-titanium-oxide-rutile-surfaces-a-review-on-molecular-dynamics-studies
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REVIEW
Azade YazdanYar, Ulrich Aschauer, Paul Bowen
The surface of a biomaterial can play a major role in its biological fate since the surface is the primary pathway for its interaction with the body. As the natural response of the body to a foreign material is to encapsulate it with a fibrous material, the interactions between the body and the biomaterial are mediated by this fibrous layer. Initial interactions occur between the biomaterial surface, water, ionic species and organic molecules, which then mediate further interactions with body tissues. Surface engineering can influence these interactions and hence, improve the biocompatibility of the biomaterial...
November 7, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149711/enantiomeric-characterization-of-herbicide-lactofen-enantioseparation-absolute-configuration-assignment-and-enantioselective-activity-and-toxicity
#2
Jingqian Xie, Lu Zhao, Kai Liu, Fangjie Guo, Zunwei Chen, Weiping Liu
Chiral herbicides consist of two or more enantiomers, which usually differ in their biological properties and behave enantioselectively in biochemical process. Scant studies have been published in the past decades to characterize the enantiomers of herbicide lactofen. In this study, a laboratory method was developed to prepare the lactofen enantiomers using normal phase high performance liquid chromatography with an AD-H column, and μg level production yield was achieved in a single run. The two separated enantiomers had purity of ≫99%, with their absolute configurations assigned by experimental and calculated electronic and vibrational circular dichroism...
October 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149479/cripsr-cas-expands-dynamic-range-of-gene-expression-from-t7rnap-promoters
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Sean R McCutcheon, Kwan Lun Chiu, Daniel D Lewis, Cheemeng Tan
BACKGROUND: Reducing leaky gene expression is critical for improving protein yield of recombinant bacteria and stability of engineered cellular circuits in synthetic biology. Leaky gene expression occurs when a genetic promoter is not fully repressed, leading to unintended protein synthesis in the absence of stimuli. Existing work has devised specific molecular strategies for reducing leaky gene expression of each promoter. Main Method and Results: In contrast, we describe a repurposed, modular CRISPRi system that attenuates leaky gene expression using a series of single-guide RNAs targeting the PT7/LacO1 ...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149431/seom-clinical-guidelines-in-gestational-trophoblastic-disease-2017
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A Santaballa, Y García, A Herrero, N Laínez, J Fuentes, A De Juan, V Rodriguez Freixinós, J Aparicio, A Casado, E García-Martinez
Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a rare but curable disease. Recent improvements in diagnosis and molecular biology have resulted in changes in staging and treatment. These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendation on how to manage GTD.
November 17, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149412/the-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-and-the-cellular-response-to-ionizing-radiation-induced-dna-damage
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Jie Zhang, Grace Shim, Sonia M de Toledo, Edouard I Azzam
The absorption of ionizing radiation by living cells can directly disrupt atomic structures, producing chemical and biological changes. It can also act indirectly through radiolysis of water, thereby generating reactive chemical species that may damage nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. Together, the direct and indirect effects of radiation initiate a series of biochemical and molecular signaling events that may repair the damage or culminate in permanent physiological changes or cell death. In efforts to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying these effects, we observed a prominent upregulation of the Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) in low dose/low dose rate (137)Cs γ-irradiated cells that was associated with adaptive responses that reduced chromosomal damage to a level lower than what occurs spontaneously...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149402/structural-insights-into-tctp-and-its-interactions-with-ligands-and-proteins
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Nadine Assrir, Florian Malard, Ewen Lescop
The 19-24 kDa Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) is involved in a wide range of molecular interactions with biological and nonbiological partners of various chemical compositions such as proteins, peptides, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, or small molecules. TCTP is therefore an important and versatile binding platform. Many of these protein-protein interactions have been validated, albeit only few received an in-depth structural characterization. In this chapter, we will focus on the structural analysis of TCTP and we will review the available literature regarding its interaction network from a structural perspective...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149299/twj-screen-an-isothermal-screening-assay-to-assess-ligand-dna-junction-interactions-in-vitro
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Ludivine Guyon, Marc Pirrotta, Katerina Duskova, Anton Granzhan, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, David Monchaud
The quest for chemicals able to operate at selected genomic loci in a spatiotemporally controlled manner is desirable to create manageable DNA damages. Mounting evidence now shows that alternative DNA structures, including G-quadruplexes and branched DNA (or DNA junctions), might hamper proper progression of replication fork, thus triggering DNA damages and genomic instability. Therefore, small molecules that stabilize these DNA structures are currently scrutinized as a promising way to create genomic defects that cannot be dealt with properly by cancer cells...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149225/chemical-analysis-in-saliva-and-the-search-for-salivary-biomarkers-a-tutorial-review
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Kamonwad Ngamchuea, Korbua Chaisiwamongkhol, Christopher Batchelor-McAuley, Richard G Compton
Biomarkers refer to analytes that can be used in the diagnosis of diseases or disorders. In saliva, there are many components that are potential biomarkers, and increasing research has focussed on the development of saliva as a diagnostic fluid. This review summarizes the existing uses of salivary biomarkers and highlights the importance of the choice of saliva collection as well as the storage procedures. A case study on the effect of collection tools on the concentrations of one of the potential biomarkers, glutathione, is highlighted...
November 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149042/comparative-study-of-biological-activities-of-venom-from-colubrid-snakes-rhabdophis-tigrinus-yamakagashi-and-rhabdophis-lateralis
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Yumiko Komori, Toru Hifumi, Akihiko Yamamoto, Atsushi Sakai, Manabu Ato, Kyoko Sawabe, Toshiaki Nikai
Rhabdophis lateralis, a colubrid snake distributed throughout the continent of Asia, has recently undergone taxonomic revisions. Previously, Rhabdophis lateralis was classified as a subspecies of R. tigrinus (Yamakagashi) until 2012, when several genetic differences were discovered which classified this snake as its own species. To elucidate the toxicity of venom from this poorly studied colubrid, various biological activities were compared between the venom from the two snake species. The components of their venom were compared by the elution profiles of reversed-phase HPLC and SDS-PAGE, and gel filtrated fractions were tested for effects on blood coagulation...
November 17, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149020/role-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-in-uterine-fibroid-biology
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REVIEW
Michał Ciebiera, Marta Włodarczyk, Małgorzata Wrzosek, Błażej Męczekalski, Grażyna Nowicka, Krzysztof Łukaszuk, Magdalena Ciebiera, Aneta Słabuszewska-Jóźwiak, Grzegorz Jakiel
Uterine fibroids (UFs) are benign tumors of the female genital tract made of the smooth muscle of the uterus. UF growth depends mostly on the influence of the steroid hormones and selected growth factors. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-βs) is a polypeptide that consists of three isoforms: TGF-β1, TGF-β2, and TGF-β3. At present, TGF-β is considered to be one of the key factors in the pathophysiology of UFs. It plays a major role in cellular migration within the tumor, stimulates tumor growth, and enhances tumor metabolism...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148805/near-infrared-quantum-dot-emission-enhanced-by-stabilized-self-assembled-j-aggregate-antennas
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Francesca S Freyria, José M Cordero, Justin R Caram, Sandra Doria, Amro Dodin, Yue Chen, Adam P Willard, Moungi G Bawendi
Enhancing photoluminescent emission (PL) in the near-infrared-infrared (NIR-IR) spectral region has broad applications from solar energy conversion to biological imaging. We show that self-assembled molecular dye J-aggregates (light-harvesting nanotubes, LHNs) can increase the PL emission of NIR PbS quantum dots (QDs) in both liquid and solid media more than 8-fold, promoted primarily by a long-range antenna effect and efficient Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) from donor to acceptor. To create this composite material and preserve the optical properties of the nanocrystals, we performed an in situ ligand substitution followed by a functionalization reaction using click-chemistry...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148699/controlling-ligand-spacing-on-surface-polyproline-based-fluorous-microarray-as-a-tool-in-spatial-specificity-analysis-and-inhibitor-development-for-carbohydrate-protein-interactions
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Tse-Hsueh Lin, Cin-Hao Lin, Ying-Jie Liu, Chun Yi Huang, Yen-Cheng Lin, Sheng-Kai Wang
Multivalent carbohydrate-protein interactions are essential for many biological processes. Convenient characterization for multivalent binding property of proteins will aid the development of molecules to manipulate these processes. We exploited the polyproline helix II (PPII) structure as molecular scaffolds to adjust the distances between glycan ligand attachment sites at 9, 18, and 27 Å on a peptide scaffold. Optimized fluorous groups were also introduced to the peptide scaffold for immobilization to the microarray surface through fluorous interaction to control the orientation of the helical scaffolds...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148270/a-g3p-13-porcine-group-a-rotavirus-emerging-in-china-is-a-reassortant-and-a-natural-recombinant-in-the-vp4-gene
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Z Jing, X Zhang, H Shi, J Chen, D Shi, H Dong, L Feng
Group A rotaviruses (RVAs) are a major cause of serious intestinal disease in piglets. In this study, a novel pig strain was identified in a stool sample from China. The strain was designated RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] and had a G3-P[13]-I5-R1-C1-M1-A8-N1-T1-E1-H1 genome. The viral protein 7 (VP7) and non-structural protein 4 (NSP4) genes of RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] were closely related to cogent genes of human RVAs, suggesting that a reassortment between pig and human strains had occurred. Recombination analysis showed that RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] is a natural recombinant strain between the P[23] and P[7] RVA strains, and crossover points for recombination were found at nucleotides (nt) 456 and 804 of the VP4 gene...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148176/differential-proteomic-analysis-reveals-protein-networks-and-pathways-that-may-contribute-to-helicobacter-pylori-fkbp-type-ppiase-associated-gastric-diseases
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Yanmei Zhu, Yuehua Gong, Aodi Li, Moye Chen, Dan Kang, Jun Liu, Yuan Yuan
PURPOSE: Though Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been classified as class I carcinogen, key virulence factor generated by H. pylori that causes gastric cancer remains to be fully determined. Recently, we identified a gastric cancer-associated H. pylori gene, peptidylprolyl isomerase-FK506 binding protein (PPIase-FKBP), and showed that PPIase-FKBP was capable of inducing oncogenic transformation of gastric epithelial cells. But its mechanism was unclear. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We carried out a comparative proteomic analysis of human gastric epithelial cells that either express PPIase-FKBP or green fluorescent protein (GFP) using two-dimensional (2-D) gel electrophoresis and then matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS/MS)...
November 16, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148164/protein-profiling-of-non-model-plant-cuminum-cyminum-by-gel-based-proteomic-approach
#15
Uzma Zaman, Henning Urlaub, Atiya Abbasi
INTRODUCTION: Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), a popular spice has been widely used in traditional medicine to cure various ailments. Despite the existence of scientific literature about its pharmacological properties, no successful proteome profiling has yet been attempted. OBJECTIVE: To optimise extraction of cumin proteins and analyse its profile by shotgun proteomics, using one-dimensional electrophoresis coupled with nano-ESI-LC-MS/MS. METHODOLOGY: As a first step, we have compared three extraction protocols for total proteins extraction from cumin...
November 16, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147648/molecular-crosstalking-among-noncoding-rnas-a-new-network-layer-of-genome-regulation-in-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Marco Ragusa, Cristina Barbagallo, Duilia Brex, Angela Caponnetto, Matilde Cirnigliaro, Rosalia Battaglia, Davide Barbagallo, Cinzia Di Pietro, Michele Purrello
Over the past few years, noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have been extensively studied because of the significant biological roles that they play in regulation of cellular mechanisms. ncRNAs are associated to higher eukaryotes complexity; accordingly, their dysfunction results in pathological phenotypes, including cancer. To date, most research efforts have been mainly focused on how ncRNAs could modulate the expression of protein-coding genes in pathological phenotypes. However, recent evidence has shown the existence of an unexpected interplay among ncRNAs that strongly influences cancer development and progression...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147618/programmed-cell-death-ligands-expression-in-phaeochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas-relationship-with-the-hypoxic-response-immune-evasion-and-malignant-behavior
#17
David J Pinato, James R Black, Sebastian Trousil, Roberto E Dina, Pritesh Trivedi, Francesco A Mauri, Rohini Sharma
The hypoxic response underlies the pathogenesis and malignant behavior of PCC/PGL. Regulation of PD-1 receptor-ligand signaling, a therapeutically actionable driver of the anti-tumor immune response, is a hypoxic-driven trait across malignancies. We evaluated the prognostic role of PD ligands in association with biomarkers of hypoxia and angiogenesis in patients with PCC/PGL. Tissue microarrays sections including consecutive cases diagnosed between 1983-2011 were stained for PD-L1 and 2, hypoxia inducible factor 1a (Hif-1a), Carbonic Anhydrase IX (CaIX), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A (VEGF-A)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147580/molecular-age-related-changes-in-the-anterior-segment-of-the-eye
#18
REVIEW
Luis Fernando Hernandez-Zimbron, Rosario Gulias-Cañizo, María F Golzarri, Blanca Elizabeth Martínez-Báez, Hugo Quiroz-Mercado, Roberto Gonzalez-Salinas
Purpose: To examine the current knowledge about the age-related processes in the anterior segment of the eye at a biological, clinical, and molecular level. Methods: We reviewed the available published literature that addresses the aging process of the anterior segment of the eye and its associated molecular and physiological events. We performed a search on PubMed, CINAHL, and Embase using the MeSH terms "eye," "anterior segment," and "age." We generated searches to account for synonyms of these keywords and MESH headings as follows: (1) "Eye" AND "ageing process" OR "anterior segment ageing" and (2) "Anterior segment" AND "ageing process" OR "anterior segment" AND "molecular changes" AND "age...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147538/scaling-behaviour-and-rate-determining-steps-in-filamentous-self-assembly
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Georg Meisl, Luke Rajah, Samuel A I Cohen, Manuela Pfammatter, Anđela Šarić, Erik Hellstrand, Alexander K Buell, Adriano Aguzzi, Sara Linse, Michele Vendruscolo, Christopher M Dobson, Tuomas P J Knowles
The formation of filaments from naturally occurring protein molecules is a process at the core of a range of functional and aberrant biological phenomena, such as the assembly of the cytoskeleton or the appearance of aggregates in Alzheimer's disease. The macroscopic behaviour associated with such processes is remarkably diverse, ranging from simple nucleated growth to highly cooperative processes with a well-defined lagtime. Thus, conventionally, different molecular mechanisms have been used to explain the self-assembly of different proteins...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147537/fluorinated-molecular-beacons-as-functional-dna-nanomolecules-for-cellular-imaging
#20
Cheng Jin, Ting Fu, Ruowen Wang, Hui Liu, Jianmei Zou, Zilong Zhao, Mao Ye, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Molecular beacons (MBs) are simple, but practical, fluorescent nanoprobes widely used to detect small molecules, nucleic acids and proteins. However, some challenges still remain when MBs are employed in complex biological environments, such as instability and non-target interference. To meet such challenges, we have designed and synthesized fluorinated molecular beacons (FMBs) as functional DNA nanomolecules for cellular imaging, in which the stem sequence is simply composed of artificial nucleotides with 3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)benzene (F) as the surrogate base of natural A, T, C and G bases...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
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