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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532100/the-controlled-drug-release-by-ph-sensitive-molecularly-imprinted-nanospheres-for-enhanced-antibacterial-activity
#1
Congyang Mao, Xianzhou Xie, Xiangmei Liu, Zhenduo Cui, Xianjin Yang, K W K Yeung, Haobo Pan, Paul K Chu, Shuilin Wu
In this study, we prepared pH-sensitive hybrid nanospheres through the implementation of a facile molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technique combined with a UV-initiated precipitation polymerization method using vancomycin (VA) for the templates. During the course of this investigation, both 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and 2-(diethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DEAEMA) were utilized as the functional monomers, while ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) was used as a cross-linker. The obtained MIP nanospheres exhibited well-controlled particle size, with a drug loading capacity of about 17%, much higher than that of the non-imprinted polymer (NIP) nanospheres (5%)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532037/multifactor-analysis-on-the-effect-of-collagen-concentration-cross-linking-and-fiber-pore-orientation-on-chemical-microstructural-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-collagen-type-i-scaffolds
#2
E Suesca, A M A Dias, M E M Braga, H C de Sousa, M R Fontanilla
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical - using genipin and glutaraldehyde, and physical - using a dehydrothermal method), and collagen concentration (2, 5 and 8mg/ml). The biocompatibility of the scaffolds obtained in each of the evaluated manufacturing processes was also assessed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531275/molecular-envelope-and-atomic-model-of-an-anti-terminated-glyqs-t-box-regulator-in-complex-with-trnagly
#3
Bhaskar Chetnani, Alfonso Mondragón
A T-box regulator or riboswitch actively monitors the levels of charged/uncharged tRNA and participates in amino acid homeostasis by regulating genes involved in their utilization or biosynthesis. It has an aptamer domain for cognate tRNA recognition and an expression platform to sense the charge state and modulate gene expression. These two conserved domains are connected by a variable linker that harbors additional secondary structural elements, such as Stem III. The structural basis for specific tRNA binding is known, but the structural basis for charge sensing and the role of other elements remains elusive...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531161/development-of-optimized-inhibitor-rnas-allowing-multisite-targeting-of-the-hcv-genome
#4
Cristina Romero-López, Thomas Lahlali, Beatriz Berzal-Herranz, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz
Engineered multivalent drugs are promising candidates for fighting infection by highly variable viruses, such as HCV. The combination into a single molecule of more than one inhibitory domain, each with its own target specificity and even a different mechanism of action, results in drugs with potentially enhanced therapeutic properties. In the present work, the anti-HCV chimeric inhibitor RNA HH363-10, which has a hammerhead catalytic domain and an aptamer RNA domain, was subjected to an in vitro selection strategy to isolate ten different optimised chimeric inhibitor RNAs...
May 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531103/screening-of-a-combinatorial-library-of-organic-polymers-for-the-solid-phase-extraction-of-patulin-from-apple-juice
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Cristina Giovannoli, Giulia Spano, Fabio Di Nardo, Laura Anfossi, Claudio Baggiani
Patulin is a water-soluble mycotoxin produced by several species of fungi. Governmental bodies have placed it under scrutiny for its potential negative health effects, and maximum residue limits are fixed in specific food matrices to protect consumers' health. Confirmatory analysis of patulin in complex food matrices can be a difficult task, and sample clean-up treatments are frequently necessary before instrumental analyses. With the aim of simplifying the clean-up step, we prepared a 256-member combinatorial polymeric library based on 16 functional monomers, four cross-linkers and four different porogenic solvents...
May 20, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530812/probing-the-binding-modes-of-a-multi-domain-protein-to-lipid-based-nanoparticles-by-relaxation-based-nmr
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Alberto Ceccon, Vitali Tugarinov, Andrew J Boughton, David Fushman, G Marius Clore
The interactions of two model multi-domain proteins - covalently linked di-ubiquitins, Ub2 - with lipid-based nanoparticles have been quantitatively probed by the measurements of NMR lifetime line broadening, ΔR2. By combined analysis of ΔR2 profiles arising from interactions with liposomes of varying sizes, an approach recently developed for the characterization of interactions of mono-ubiquitin with liposomes, we determine how the parameters of exchange (liposome binding) and dynamics of each individual domain of Ub2 on the surface of liposomes change when the domains are covalently attached to one another by a flexible linker...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530651/surface-attached-molecules-control-staphylococcus-aureus-quorum-sensing-and-biofilm-development
#7
Minyoung Kevin Kim, Aishan Zhao, Ashley Wang, Zachary Z Brown, Tom W Muir, Howard A Stone, Bonnie L Bassler
Bacteria use a process called quorum sensing to communicate and orchestrate collective behaviours, including virulence factor secretion and biofilm formation. Quorum sensing relies on the production, release, accumulation and population-wide detection of signal molecules called autoinducers. Here, we develop concepts to coat surfaces with quorum-sensing-manipulation molecules as a method to control collective behaviours. We probe this strategy using Staphylococcus aureus. Pro- and anti-quorum-sensing molecules can be covalently attached to surfaces using click chemistry, where they retain their abilities to influence bacterial behaviours...
May 22, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530540/novel-n-mustard-benzimidazoles-benzothiazoles-hybrids-synthesis-and-anticancer-evaluation
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Dilip P Detroja, Tai-Lin Chen, Yi-Wen Lin, Tsai-Yi Yen, Ming-Hsi Wu, Tung-Hu Tsai, Krunal Maheriya, Rajesh Kakadiya, Te-Chang Lee, Anamik Shah, Tsann-Long Su
BACKGROUND: Bendamustine, an N-mustard-benzoimidazole hybrid conjugate, was recently approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. However, the short half-life of bendamustine may limit its clinical applications. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to design and synthesize compounds with a more favorable pharmacokinetic profile. METHODS: We synthesized a series of hybrid molecules comprising a phenyl N-mustard moiety and benzothiazole or benzimidazole scaffold linked via an ureido linker and evaluated their antitumor activity and plasma stability...
May 22, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530099/a-p-type-zinc-based-metal-organic-framework
#9
Congcong Shang, Romain Gautier, Tengfei Jiang, Eric Faulques, Camille Latouche, Michael Paris, Laurent Cario, Martine Bujoli-Doeuff, Stéphane Jobic
An original concept for the property tuning of semiconductors is demonstrated by the synthesis of a p-type zinc oxide (ZnO)-like metal-organic framework (MOF), (ZnC2O3H2)n, which can be regarded as a possible alternative for ZnO, a natural n-type semiconductor. When small oxygen-rich organic linkers are introduced to the Zn-O system, oxygen vacancies and a deep valence-band maximum, the two obstacles for generating p-type behavior in ZnO, are restrained and raised, respectively. Further studies of this material on the doping and photoluminescence behaviors confirm its resemblance to metal oxides (MOs)...
May 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529470/microdissection-of-the-ah01-chromosome-in-upland-cotton-and-microcloning-of-resistance-gene-anologs-from-the-single-chromosome
#10
Xinchuan Cao, Yuling Liu, Zhen Liu, Fang Liu, Yalei Wu, Zhongli Zhou, Xiaoyan Cai, Xingxing Wang, Zhenmei Zhang, Yuhong Wang, Zhimin Luo, Renhai Peng, Kunbo Wang
BACKGROUND: Chromosome microdissection is one of the most important techniques in molecular cytogenetic research. Cotton (Gossypium Linnaeus, 1753) is the main natural fiber crop in the world. The resistance gene analog (RGA) cloning after its single chromosome microdissection can greatly promote cotton genome research and breeding. RESULTS: Using the linker adaptor PCR (LA-PCR) with the primers of rice disease-resistance homologues, three nucleotide sequences PS016 (KU051681), PS054 (KU051682), and PS157 (KU051680) were obtained from the chromosome Ah01 of upland cotton (cv...
2017: Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528863/cross-linking-of-a-biopolymer-peptide-co-assembling-system
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Karla E Inostroza-Brito, Estelle C Collin, Anna Poliniewicz, Sherif Elsharkawy, Alistair Rice, Armando E Del Río Hernández, Xin Xiao, José Rodríguez-Cabello, Alvaro Mata
The ability to guide molecular self-assembly at the nanoscale into complex macroscopic structures could enable the development of functional synthetic materials that exhibit properties of natural tissues such as hierarchy, adaptability, and self-healing. However, the stability and structural integrity of these kinds of materials remains a challenge for many practical applications. We have recently developed a dynamic biopolymer-peptide co-assembly system with the capacity to grow and undergo morphogenesis into complex shapes...
May 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527297/hyaluronic-acid-nanogels-prepared-via-ortho-ester-linkages-show-ph-triggered-behavior-enhanced-penetration-and-antitumor-efficacy-in-3-d-tumor-spheroids
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Guanqing Yang, Shengxiang Fu, Weijing Yao, Xin Wang, Qian Zha, Rupei Tang
A new type of pH-triggered hyaluronic acid nanogel system (HA-NGs) was successfully developed for tumor-targeted delivery of drugs. HA-NGs were obtained by copolymerization between methacrylate HA and a new cross-linker containing ortho ester groups in an aqueous solution. The therapeutic drug (DOX) was loaded into the HA-NGs (DOX@HA-NGs) and exhibited appropriate loading of about 17.3% with a size of around 200nm. Such new pH-triggered HA-NGs are found to be highly desirable for targeted cancer therapy because it could significantly minimize the amount of premature drug release in neutral pH, and also provide a sufficient amount of drug to effectively kill the cancer cells caused by the degradation of ortho ester groups at acid pH values...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526733/discovery-and-optimization-of-hkt288-a-cadherin-6-targeting-adc-for-the-treatment-of-ovarian-and-renal-cancer
#13
Carl U Bialucha, Scott D Collins, Xiao Li, Parmita Saxena, Xiamei Zhang, Clemens Dürr, Bruno LaFont, Pierric Prieur, Yeonju Shim, Rebecca Mosher, David Lee, Lance Ostrom, Tiancen Hu, Sanela Bilic, Ivana Liric Rajlic, Vladimir Capka, Wei Jiang, Joel P Wagner, GiNell Elliott, Artur Veloso, Jessica C Piel, Meghan M Flaherty, Keith G Mansfield, Emily K Meseck, Tina Rubic-Schneider, Anne Serdakowski London, William R Tschantz, Markus Kurz, Duc Nguyen, Aaron Bourret, Matthew J Meyer, Jason E Faris, Mary J Janatpour, Vivien W Chan, Nicholas C Yoder, Kalli C Catcott, Molly A McShea, Xiuxia Sun, Hui Gao, Juliet Williams, Francesco Hofmann, Jeffrey A Engelman, Seth A Ettenberg, William R Sellers, Emma Lees
Despite an improving therapeutic landscape, significant challenges remain in treating the majority of advanced ovarian and renal cancer patients. We identified the cell-cell adhesion molecule cadherin-6 (CDH6) as a lineage gene having significant differential expression in ovarian and kidney cancer. HKT288 is an optimized CDH6-targeting DM4-based antibody drug conjugate (ADC) developed for the treatment of these diseases. Our study provides mechanistic evidence supporting the importance of linker choice for optimal anti-tumor activity and highlights CDH6 as a novel antigen for biotherapeutic development...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526628/heparin-based-hydrogels-induce-human-renal-tubulogenesis-in-vitro
#14
Heather M Weber, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Valentina Magno, Uwe Freudenberg, Carsten Werner
Dialysis or kidney transplantation is the only therapeutic option for end stage renal disease. Accordingly, there is a large unmet clinical need for new causative therapeutic treatments. Obtaining robust models that mimic the complex nature of the human kidney is a critical step in the development of new therapeutic strategies. Here we establish a synthetic in vitro human renal tubulogenesis model based on a tunable glycosaminoglycan-hydrogel platform. In this system, renal tubulogenesis can be modulated by the adjustment of hydrogel mechanics and degradability, growth factor signaling, and the presence of insoluble adhesion cues, potentially providing new insights for regenerative therapy...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524865/dual-stimuli-responsive-and-reversibly-activatable-theranostic-nanoprobe-for-precision-tumor-targeting-and-fluorescence-guided-photothermal-therapy
#15
Xu Zhao, Cheng-Xiong Yang, Li-Gong Chen, Xiu-Ping Yan
The integrated functions of diagnostics and therapeutics make theranostics great potential for personalized medicine. Stimulus-responsive therapy allows spatial control of therapeutic effect only in the site of interest, and offers promising opportunities for imaging-guided precision therapy. However, the imaging strategies in previous stimulus-responsive therapies are 'always on' or irreversible 'turn on' modality, resulting in poor signal-to-noise ratios or even 'false positive' results. Here we show the design of dual-stimuli-responsive and reversibly activatable nanoprobe for precision tumour-targeting and fluorescence-guided photothermal therapy...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524657/radical-enhanced-intersystem-crossing-eisc-in-new-bodipy-derivatives-and-application-for-efficient-triplet-triplet-annihilation-upconversion
#16
Zhijia Wang, Jianzhang Zhao, Antonio Barbon, Antonio Toffoletti, Yan Liu, Yonglin An, Liang Xu, Ahmet Karatay, Halime Gul Yaglioglu, Elif Akhuseyin Yildiz, Mustafa Hayvali
A long-lived triplet excited state of the well-known fluorophore borondipyrromethene (Bodipy) was observed for the first time via efficient radical-enhanced intersystem crossing (EISC). The triplet state has been obtained in two dyads prepared by linking Bodipy to a nitroxide radical, 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1-piperidinyloxyl (TEMPO) with two different length spacers. The photophysical properties were studied with steady-state and time-resolved transient optical spectroscopies, and electron spin resonance (cw-ESR and TR-ESR)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524357/double-caging-linker-for-and-type-fluorogenic-construction-of-protein-antibody-bioconjugates-and-in-situ-quantification
#17
Shiyong Liu, Guhuan Liu, Guohai Shi, Haoyue Sheng, Yanyan Jiang, Haojun Liang
We report on in situ fluorescent quantification of the conjugation efficiency between azide-terminated synthetic polymers/ imaging probes and thiol-functionalized antibodies/proteins/peptides, by utilizing a doubly caged profluorescent and heterodifunctional core molecule (C1) as the self-sorting bridging unit. Orthogonal dual 'click' coupling of C1 with azide- and thiol-functionalized precursors leads to highly fluorescent bioconjugates, whereas single click products of C1 remain essentially nonfluorescent...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524071/flexible-low-cost-sensor-based-on-electrolyte-gated-carbon-nanotube-field-effect-transistor-for-organo-phosphate-detection
#18
Vijay Deep Bhatt, Saumya Joshi, Markus Becherer, Paolo Lugli
A flexible enzymatic acetylcholinesterase biosensor based on an electrolyte-gated carbon nanotube field effect transistor is demonstrated. The enzyme immobilization is done on a planar gold gate electrode using 3-mercapto propionic acid as the linker molecule. The sensor showed good sensing capability as a sensor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, with a sensitivity of 5.7 μA/decade, and demonstrated excellent specificity when tested against interfering analytes present in the body. As the flexible sensor is supposed to suffer mechanical deformations, the endurance of the sensor was measured by putting it under extensive mechanical stress...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523538/mecp2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-chromatin-organization-involved-in-rett-syndrome
#19
Alexia Martínez de Paz, Juan Ausió
From an epigenetic perspective, the genomic chromatin organization of neurons exhibits unique features when compared to somatic cells. Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), through its ability to bind to methylated DNA, seems to be a major player in regulating such unusual organization. An important contribution to this uniqueness stems from the intrinsically disordered nature of this highly abundant chromosomal protein in neurons. Upon its binding to methylated/hydroxymethylated DNA, MeCP2 is able to recruit a plethora of interacting protein and RNA partners...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523379/novel-dna-rna-targeting-amino-acid-beacon-for-the-versatile-incorporation-at-any-position-within-the-peptide-backbone
#20
Tamara Šmidlehner, Ivo Piantanida
One-pot tandem synthesis was for the first time applied to attach fluorophore to the amino acid side chain, yielding amino acid ready for peptide coupling at the N-terminus, and also upon activation at the C-terminus. Two new compounds differing only in fluorophore-linker length showed exceptional fluorimetric and CD recognition between DS-RNA and DS-DNA, thus being promising beacons for versatile peptide incorporation.
May 18, 2017: Amino Acids
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