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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641236/analytical-evidences-of-the-use-of-iron-gall-ink-as-a-pigment-on-miniature-paintings
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Maurizio Aceto, Elisa Calà
Iron-gall ink (IGI) has been used by scribes for writing since at least the 4th century CE. Another typical use of this ink was for drawing: many Old Masters created beautiful sketches in brown-black hues. Despite its widespread use to draw lines, it seems like IGI was hardly used for painting as well. In fact, the number of identification on manuscripts is very low at present. This could be partially due to a lack of reliable diagnostic information. In this work we tried to better define the possibility of identifying IGI as a pigment on illuminate manuscripts, evaluating the pros and cons of three different techniques: UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectrophotometry with optic fibres (FORS), Raman spectroscopy and XRF spectrometry...
June 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640867/correction-l-ferritin-binding-to-scara5-a-new-iron-traffic-pathway-potentially-implicated-in-retinopathy
#2
Luísa Mendes-Jorge, David Ramos, Andreia Valença, Mariana López-Luppo, Virgínia Maria Rico Pires, Joana Catita, Victor Nacher, Marc Navarro, Ana Carretero, Alfonso Rodriguez-Baeza, Jesús Ruberte
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106974.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640740/differential-effects-of-isc-operon-mutations-on-the-biosynthesis-and-activity-of-key-anaerobic-metalloenzymes-in-escherichia-coli
#3
Monique Jaroschinsky, Constanze Pinske, R Gary Sawers
Escherichia coli has two machineries for the synthesis of FeS clusters, namely Isc (iron-sulfur cluster) and Suf (sulfur formation). The Isc machinery, encoded by the iscRSUA-hscBA-fdx-iscXoperon, plays a crucial role in the biogenesis of FeS clusters for the oxidoreductases of aerobic metabolism. Less is known, however, about the role of ISC in the maturation of key multi-subunit metalloenzymes of anaerobic metabolism. Here, we determined the contribution of each iscoperon gene product towards the functionality of the major anaerobic oxidoreductases in E...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640633/exploring-a-proximity-coupled-co-chain-on-pb-110-as-a-possible-majorana-platform
#4
Michael Ruby, Benjamin Wilhelm Heinrich, Yang Peng, Felix von Oppen, Katarina Franke
Linear chains of magnetic atoms proximity coupled to an s-wave superconductor are predicted to host Majorana zero modes at the chain ends in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling. Specically, iron chains on Pb(110) have been explored as a possible system to exhibit topological superconductivity and host Majorana zero-modes [Nadj-Perge, et al., Science 346 (2014)]. Here, we study chains of the transition metal cobalt on Pb(110) and check for topological signatures. Using spin-polarized scanning tunneling spectroscopy, we resolve ferromagnetic order in the d bands of the chains...
June 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637194/high-iron-supply-inhibits-the-synthesis-of-the-genotoxin-colibactin-by-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-through-a-non-canonical-fur-ryhb-mediated-pathway
#5
Sophie Tronnet, Christophe Garcie, Alexander O Brachmann, Jörn Piel, Eric Oswald, Patricia Martin
The genotoxin colibactin is a secondary metabolite produced by a variety of pathogenic Enterobacteria, and is associated with colon cancer development and acute systemic infections. The colibactin biosynthesis requires the enzymatic activity of the phosphopantetheinyl transferase ClbA. We recently evidenced that two master regulators of bacterial iron homeostasis, i.e. the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) and the small regulatory non-coding RNA RyhB, were involved in the regulation of the clbA transcription and of the colibactin production...
June 20, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636560/lipocalin-2-regulates-intestine-bacterial-survival-by-interplaying-with-siderophore-in-a-weaned-piglet-model-of-escherichia-coli-infection
#6
Bing-Xiu Guo, Qian-Qian Wang, Jia-Hui Li, Zhen-Shun Gan, Xiao-Feng Zhang, Yi-Zhen Wang, Hua-Hua Du
Iron is an essential nutrient that facilitates cell proliferation and growth, which plays a pivotal role in modulating the battle for survival between mammalian hosts and their pathogens. Pathogenic bacteria secrete siderophores to acquire iron from the host. However, lipocalin 2 (Lcn2), a siderophore-binding antimicrobial protein, binds to siderophores to prevent bacterial uptake of iron, which is critical for the control of systemic infection with Escherichia coli (E. coli). But few studies focus on the anti-infective response of Lcn2 in the intestines by inhibiting bacterial proliferation based on microbial iron metabolism...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636395/synthesis-of-the-marine-myxobacterial-antibiotic-enhygrolide-a
#7
Ramesh Muddala, Jaime A M Acosta, Luiz C A Barbosa, John Boukouvalas
The first synthesis of enhygrolide A, a scarce γ-alkylidenebutenolide antibiotic of the obligate marine myxobacterium Enhygromyxa salina, was achieved in five steps and 54% overall yield from tetronic acid. Key steps include (i) organocatalytic reductive alkylation, (ii) iron-catalyzed sp(2)-sp(3) cross-coupling, and (iii) vinylogous aldol condensation. Aside from its brevity and reliance on environmentally sustainable processes, the synthesis demonstrates the serviceability of butenolide pivalates in cross-coupling reactions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636371/iron-oxidation-and-core-formation-in-recombinant-heteropolymeric-human-ferritins
#8
Matthew R Mehlenbacher, Maura Poli, Paolo Arosio, Paolo Santambrogio, Sonia Levi, N Dennis Chasteen, Fadi Bou-Abdallah
In animals, the iron storage and detoxification protein, ferritin, is composed of two functionally and genetically distinct subunit types, H (Heavy) and L (Light), which co-assemble in various ratios with tissue specific distributions to form shell-like protein structures of 24 subunits within which a mineralized iron core is stored. The H-subunit possesses a ferroxidase center (FC) which catalyzes Fe(II) oxidation whereas the L-subunit does not. To assess the role of the L-subunit in iron oxidation and core formation, two human recombinant heteropolymeric ferritins, designated H-rich and L-rich with ratios of ~ 20H:4L and ~ 22L:2H, respectively, were employed and compared to the human homopolymeric H-subunit ferritin (HuHF)...
June 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636310/sensing-mechanisms-in-the-redox-regulated-2fe-2s-cluster-containing-bacterial-transcriptional-factor-soxr
#9
Kazuo Kobayashi
Bacteria possess molecular biosensors that enable responses to a variety of stressful conditions, including oxidative stress, toxic compounds, and interactions with other organisms, through elaborately coordinated regulation of gene expression. In Escherichia coli and related bacteria, the transcription factor SoxR functions as a sensor of oxidative stress and nitric oxide (NO). SoxR protein contains a [2Fe-2S] cluster essential for its transcription-enhancing activity, which is regulated by redox changes in the [2Fe-2S] cluster...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636185/decarboxylative-alkynylation
#10
Joel M Smith, Tian Qin, Rohan R Merchant, Jacob T Edwards, Lara R Malins, Zhiqing Liu, Guanda Che, Zichao Shen, Scott A Shaw, Martin D Eastgate, Phil S Baran
The development of a new decarboxylative cross-coupling protocol that affords terminal and substituted alkynes from various carboxylic acids is described using both nickel- and iron-based catalysts. The use of N-hydroxytetrachlorophthalimide (TCNHPI) esters is crucial to the success of the transformation, and the reaction is amenable to in situ carboxylic acid activation. Additionally, an inexpensive, commercially-available alkyne source is employed in this formal homologation process that serves as a surrogate for other well-established alkyne syntheses...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636169/a-novel-double-nucleotide-variant-in-the-ferritin-l-iron-responsive-element-in-a-finnish-patient-with-hereditary-hyperferritinaemia-cataract-syndrome
#11
Roosa-Maria Mattila, Annele Sainio, Marketta Järveläinen, Juha Pursiheimo, Hannu Järveläinen
PURPOSE: To present a novel Finnish double nucleotide variant in the iron-responsive element (IRE) of the ferritin L-chain gene (FTL) leading to hyperferritinaemia-cataract syndrome (HHCS). METHODS: Genomic DNA extracted from peripheral blood leucocytes and synthetized with three different primers flanking the IRE in the FTL 5'-untranslated region of the FTL was used in polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Thereafter, Sanger sequencing was performed on the 487-bp and 602-bp PCR amplification products with specific primers to reveal FTL IRE mutations...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635522/dietary-intake-among-opioid-and-alcohol-using-pregnant-women
#12
Shikhar Shrestha, Elizabeth Jimenez, Laura Garrison, Peter Pribis, Dennis W Raisch, Julia M Stephen, Ludmila N Bakhireva
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse in nonpregnant adults has been associated with increased intake in calories and decreased intake of nutrient-dense foods; however, studies examining dietary intake in opioid-using and alcohol-using pregnant women are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate dietary intake in opioid-using pregnant women with or without concurrent light-to-moderate alcohol use as compared to abstaining controls. METHODS: This prospective birth cohort included 102 pregnant women classified into four study groups: controls (n = 27), medication-assisted treatment (MAT; n = 26), alcohol (ALC; n = 22), and concurrent use of both substances (MAT + ALC; n = 27)...
February 22, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635483/student-life-imposter-syndrome
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Mandy Day-Calder
I will never forget the first time I stepped onto a ward as a nursing student in my freshly ironed new uniform. Everything was going well. This was it, I was living my dream. And then an older woman called out for a nurse, looked at me, and I froze. I wasn't a 'real' nurse, so what on earth was I to do?
June 21, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635269/the-reduction-potentials-of-fefe-hydrogenase-accessory-iron-sulfur-clusters-provide-insights-into-the-energetics-of-proton-reduction-catalysis
#14
Jacob H Artz, David W Mulder, Michael W Ratzloff, Carolyn E Lubner, Oleg A Zadvornyy, Axl X LeVan, S Garrett Williams, Michael W W Adams, Anne K Jones, Paul W King, John W Peters
An [FeFe]-hydrogenase from Clostridium pasteurianum, CpI, is a model system for biological H2 activation. In addition to the catalytic H-cluster, CpI contains four accessory iron-sulfur [FeS] clusters in a branched series that transfer electrons to and from the active site. In this work, potentiometric titrations have been employed in combination with electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy at defined electrochemical potentials to gain insights into the role of the accessory clusters in catalysis...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635184/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-isothiosemicarbazones-with-antimycobacterial-activity
#15
Eva Novotná, Karel Waisser, Jiří Kuneš, Karel Palát, Lenka Skálová, Barbora Szotáková, Vladimír Buchta, Jiřina Stolaříková, Vít Ulmann, Marcela Pávová, Jan Weber, Jitka Komrsková, Pavlína Hašková, Ivan Vokřál, Vladimír Wsól
A series of benzaldehyde and salicylaldehyde-S-benzylisothiosemicarbazones was synthesized and tested against 12 different strains of mycobacteria, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, and the significant selectivity toward mycobacteria was proved. Twenty-eight derivatives were evaluated for the inhibition of isocitrate lyase, which is a key enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle necessary for latent tuberculosis infection, and their iron-chelating properties were investigated. Two derivatives, 5-bromosalicylaldehyde-S-(4-fluorobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone and salicylaldehyde-S-(4-bromobenzyl)-isothiosemicarbazone, influenced the isocitrate lyase activity and caused a better inhibition at 10 μmol/L than 3-nitropropionic acid, a standard inhibitor...
June 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635132/the-fabrication-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-nanofiber-composites-by-electrospinning-and-their-applications-in-tissue-engineering
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Chris J Mortimer, Chris J Wright
This paper reviews the use of iron oxide nanoparticle-nanofiber composites in tissue engineering with a focus on the electrospinning technique. Electrospinning is an established method of scaffold fabrication offering a number of key advantages which include its facile nature, with electrospun materials offering a high surface area to volume ratio, potential for the release of drugs and antimicrobials, controllable fiber diameters and high porosity and permeability. A number of different techniques for the preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles including their functionalization are discussed along with their applications in the biomedical field...
June 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634793/arsenic-sorption-by-red-mud-modified-biochar-produced-from-rice-straw
#17
Chuan Wu, Liu Huang, Sheng-Guo Xue, Yu-Ying Huang, William Hartley, Meng-Qian Cui, Ming-Hung Wong
Red mud-modified biochar (RM-BC) has been produced to be utilized as a novel adsorbent to remove As because it can effectively combine the beneficial features of red mud (rich metal oxide composition and porous structure) and biochar (large surface area and porous structure properties). SEM-EDS and XRD analyses demonstrated that red mud had loaded successfully on the surface of biochar. With the increasing of pH in solution, arsenate (As(V)) adsorption on RM-BC decreased while arsenite (As(III)) increased. Arsenate adsorption kinetics process on RM-BC fitted the pseudo-second-order model, while that of As(III) favored the Elovich model...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634546/low-hemoglobin-among-pregnant-women-in-midwives-practice-of-primary-health-care-jatinangor-indonesia-iron-deficiency-anemia-or-%C3%AE-thalassemia-trait
#18
Ari Indra Susanti, Edhyana Sahiratmadja, Gatot Winarno, Adhi Kristianto Sugianli, Herman Susanto, Ramdan Panigoro
Low hemoglobin (Hb) or anemia is common among pregnant women in developing countries which may cause adverse pregnancy outcomes and maternal deaths. Our study aimed to assess Hb level measured by midwives in primary health care facility at rural area of Jatinangor, Indonesia, and to explore whether the anemia was due to iron deficiency (IDA) or β-thalassemia trait (β-TT). Pregnant women (n = 105) had finger prick test for Hb level during a regular antenatal care examination from October to November 2016. Hb level by finger prick test was compared with venous blood, measured by complete blood count (CBC)...
2017: Anemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
#19
Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634299/biosynthesis-of-isonitrile-lipopeptides-by-conserved-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-gene-clusters-in-actinobacteria
#20
Nicholas C Harris, Michio Sato, Nicolaus A Herman, Frederick Twigg, Wenlong Cai, Joyce Liu, Xuejun Zhu, Jordan Downey, Ryan Khalaf, Joelle Martin, Hiroyuki Koshino, Wenjun Zhang
A putative lipopeptide biosynthetic gene cluster is conserved in many species of Actinobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and M. marinum, but the specific function of the encoding proteins has been elusive. Using both in vivo heterologous reconstitution and in vitro biochemical analyses, we have revealed that the five encoding biosynthetic enzymes are capable of synthesizing a family of isonitrile lipopeptides (INLPs) through a thio-template mechanism. The biosynthesis features the generation of isonitrile from a single precursor Gly promoted by a thioesterase and a nonheme iron(II)-dependent oxidase homolog and the acylation of both amino groups of Lys by the same isonitrile acyl chain facilitated by a single condensation domain of a nonribosomal peptide synthetase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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