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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817771/ice-templated-and-cross-linked-amyloid-fibril-aerogel-scaffolds-for-cell-growth
#1
Gustav Nyström, Wye-Khay Fong, Raffaele Mezzenga
Amyloid fibrils prepared from β-lactoglobulin were used to form freeze-dried and cross-linked aerogels. By varying the fibril concentration and freezing gradient, it was possible to control the pore structure and elastic modulus of the aerogels over one order of magnitude from ~2 to ~200 kPa. Using butane tetracarboxylic acid as cross-linker these aerogels maintained their monolithic shape in aqueous conditions displaying elastic behavior and a modulus in the range of 4-40 kPa. When explored as scaffolds for cell growth, the amyloid fibril aerogels demonstrated biocompatibility and led to the successful penetration and permeation of two epithelial cell lines (Caco-2 and HT29) throughout the scaffold...
August 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817269/the-chemistry-of-co2-capture-in-an-amine-functionalized-metal-organic-framework-under-dry-and-humid-conditions
#2
Robinson W Flaig, Thomas M Osborn Popp, Alejandro M Fracaroli, Eugene A Kapustin, Markus J Kalmutzki, Rashid M Altamimi, Farhad Fathieh, Jeffrey A Reimer, Omar M Yaghi
The use of two primary alkylamine functionalities covalently tethered to the linkers of IRMOF-74-III results in a material which can uptake CO2 at low pressures through a chemisorption mechanism. In contrast to other primary amine-functionalized solid adsorbents which uptake CO2 primarily as ammonium carbamates, we observe using solid state NMR that the major chemisorption product for this material is carbamic acid. The equilibrium of reaction products also shifts to ammonium carbamate when water vapor is present; a new finding that has impact on control of the chemistry of CO2 capture in MOF materials and one that highlights the importance of geometric constraints and the mediating role of water within the pores of MOFs...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817257/cation-anion-arrangement-patterns-in-self-assembled-pd2l4-and-pd4l8-coordination-cages
#3
Guido H Clever, Philip Punt
Compounds featuring one-dimensional regular arrangements of stacked metal complexes and alternating [cation-anion]∞ sequences have raised considerable interest owing to their peculiar electronic and optical properties as well as guest inclusion capabilities. While traditional ways to realize these structural motifs rely on crystalline compounds, exclusively existing in the solid state, recent progress in the area of metal-mediated supramolecular self-assembly allows for the rational synthesis of structurally well-defined short stretches of stacked metal complexes and cation-anion arrangements...
August 17, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816404/multivalency-increases-the-binding-strength-of-rgd-peptidomimetic-paclitaxel-conjugates-to-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3
#4
Cesare Gennari, André Raposo Moreira Dias, Arianna Pina, Alberto Dal Corso, Daniela Arosio, Laura Belvisi, Luca Pignataro, Michele Caruso
Herein we report the synthesis of three multimeric RGD peptidomimetic-paclitaxel conjugates featuring a number of αVβ3 integrin ligands ranging from 2 to 4 (compounds 7-9). These constructs were assembled by conjugation of the integrin αVβ3 ligand cyclo[DKP-RGD]-CH2NH2 (2) with paclitaxel (3) via a 2'-carbamate with a self-immolative spacer, the lysosomally cleavable Val-Ala dipeptide linker, a multimeric scaffold, a triazole linkage, and finally a PEG spacer. Two monomeric conjugates (compounds 5-6) were also synthesized as reference compounds...
August 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816391/cytoskeleton-and-nucleoskeleton-involvement-in-processes-of-cytomixis-in-plants
#5
REVIEW
E A Kravets, A I Yemets, Ya B Blume
Cytomixis, is a form of cell-to-cell nuclear migration that involves the interaction of dynamic cytoskeletal components with the nucleus through signalling systems and linker complexes. In cytomixis two known mechanisms can be involved: actomyosin and/or microtubules and their associated motors. Perinuclear actin anchors and determines the direction of nuclear movement. In microsporogenesis cytomixis is probably initiated by a cascade of signals that trigger prophase reorganization of nucleus and cytoskeleton, and is a result of cytoskeletal protein activation, as well as a weakening of mechanisms responsible for anchoring the nucleus...
August 17, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816315/a-highly-selective-and-sensitive-fluorescent-nanosensor-for-dopamine-based-on-formate-bridged-tb-iii-complex-and-silver-nanoparticles
#6
Huihui Li, Jin Shen, Rongwei Cui, Chongmei Sun, Yanyan Zhao, Xia Wu, Na Li, Bo Tang
Highly selective determination of dopamine (DA) over other catecholamines is an urgent need for the precise diagnosis and therapy of DA related diseases. Herein, a new formate-bridged Tb(iii)-complex and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) enhanced fluorescent nanosensor was constructed. HCOO(-) acted as a co-ligand of Tb(iii) and also as a linker between the Tb(iii) complex and AgNPs and more readily combined with the primary amine of DA than with epinephrine (EP). The formate-bridged action strengthened AgNPs-based surface enhanced fluorescence of the Tb(3+)-DA complex and improved the selectivity towards DA...
August 17, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816303/reversible-surface-functionalisation-of-emulsion-templated-porous-polymers-using-dithiophenol-maleimide-functional-macromolecules
#7
A M Eissa, P Wilson, C Chen, J Collins, M Walker, D M Haddleton, N R Cameron
A new facile and efficient route for the chemical functionalisation of thiol-acrylate polyHIPE materials with responsive macromolecules using the highly emissive dithiomaleimide (DTM) linker is demonstrated. Functionalisation is found to be reversible upon addition of a thiol-containing compound, glutathione, resulting in switchable surface properties including fluorescence and wettability, hence broadening the scope of applications.
August 17, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815774/excitonically-coupled-states-in-crystalline-coordination-networks
#8
Ritesh Haldar, Antoine Mazel, Reetu Joseph, Michael Adams, Ian Howard, Bryce Richards, Manuel Tsotsalas, Engelbert Redel, Stephane Diring, Fabrice Odobel, Christof Wöll
When chromophores are brought into close proximity, noncovalent interactions (π-π/CH-π) can lead to the formation of excitonically coupled states, which bestow new photophysical properties upon the aggregates. Since the properties of the new states not only depend on the strength of intermolecular interactions, but also on the relative orientation, supramolecular assemblies, where these parameters can be varied in a deliberate fashion, provide novel possibilities for the control of photophysical properties...
August 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814834/intracellular-trafficking-of-new-anticancer-therapeutics-antibody-drug-conjugates
#9
REVIEW
Muhammad Kalim, Jie Chen, Shenghao Wang, Caiyao Lin, Saif Ullah, Keying Liang, Qian Ding, Shuqing Chen, Jinbiao Zhan
Antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) is a milestone in targeted cancer therapy that comprises of monoclonal antibodies chemically linked to cytotoxic drugs. Internalization of ADC takes place via clathrin-mediated endocytosis, caveolae-mediated endocytosis, and pinocytosis. Conjugation strategies, endocytosis and intracellular trafficking optimization, linkers, and drugs chemistry present a great challenge for researchers to eradicate tumor cells successfully. This inventiveness of endocytosis and intracellular trafficking has given considerable momentum recently to develop specific antibodies and ADCs to treat cancer cells...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814520/contributions-of-individual-domains-to-function-of-the-hiv-1-rev-response-element
#10
Ina P O'Carroll, Yashna Thappeta, Lixin Fan, Edric A Ramirez-Valdez, Sean Smith, Yun-Xing Wang, Alan Rein
The HIV-1 Rev response element (RRE) is a 351-base element in unspliced and partially spliced viral RNA; binding of the RRE by the viral Rev protein induces nuclear export of RRE-containing RNAs, as required for virus replication. It contains one long, imperfect double helix (domain I), one branched domain (domain II) containing a high-affinity Rev-binding site, and two or three additional domains. We previously reported that the RRE assumes an "A" shape in solution and suggested that the location of the Rev binding sites in domains I and II, opposite each other on the two legs of the A, is optimal for Rev binding and explains Rev's specificity for RRE-containing RNAs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814505/the-molecular-architecture-of-the-yeast-spindle-pole-body-core-determined-by-bayesian-integrative-modeling
#11
Shruthi Viswanath, Massimiliano Bonomi, Seung Joong Kim, Vadim A Klenchin, Keenan C Taylor, King C Yabut, Neil T Umbreit, Heather A Van Epps, Janet Meehl, Michele H Jones, Daniel Russel, Javier A Velazquez-Muriel, Mark Winey, Ivan Rayment, Trisha N Davis, Andrej Sali, Eric G Muller
Microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) form, anchor and stabilize the polarized network of microtubules in a cell. The central MTOC is the centrosome that duplicates during the cell cycle and during mitosis assembles a bipolar spindle to capture and segregate sister chromatids. Yet, despite their importance in cell biology, the physical structure of MTOCs is poorly understood. Here we determine the molecular architecture of the core of the yeast spindle pole body (SPB) by Bayesian integrative structure modeling based on in vivo FRET, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and two-hybrid analysis...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814127/carbon-nanotubes-functionalized-with-folic-acid-attached-via-biomimetic-peptide-linker
#12
Justyna Fraczyk, Malgorzata Walczak, Lukasz Szymanski, Zbigniew Kolacinski, Henryk Wrzosek, Ireneusz Majsterek, Karolina Przybylowska-Sygut, Zbigniew J Kaminski
AIM: Anchoring folic acid (FA) with a biomimetic peptidic linker resistant to proteolytic degradation to act as a homing device on functionalized carbon nanotubes. MATERIALS & METHODS: Ethylenediamine was attached to oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) using 4-(4,6-dimethoxy-[1,3,5]triazin-2-yl)-4-methylmorpholinium tetrafluoroborate. FA was coupled with 6-aminohexanoic acid and derivatives of β-alanine, affording four intermediates, which connected to the MWNTs via peptidic linkers of various lengths...
August 17, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813482/cysteine-rich-protein-2-accelerates-actin-filament-cluster-formation
#13
Takanori Kihara, Yasunobu Sugimoto, Satoko Shinohara, Shunpei Takaoka, Jun Miyake
Filamentous actin (F-actin) forms many types of structures and dynamically regulates cell morphology and movement, and plays a mechanosensory role for extracellular stimuli. In this study, we determined that the smooth muscle-related transcription factor, cysteine-rich protein 2 (CRP2), regulates the supramolecular networks of F-actin. The structures of CRP2 and F-actin in solution were analyzed by small-angle X-ray solution scattering (SAXS). The general shape of CRP2 was partially unfolded and relatively ellipsoidal in structure, and the apparent cross sectional radius of gyration (Rc) was about 15...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
#14
Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813147/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-asymmetric-acyclic-nucleoside-bisphosphonates-as-inhibitors-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-human-hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine-phosphoribosyltransferase
#15
Petr Špaček, Dianne T Keough, Marina Chavchich, Martin Dracinsky, Zlatko Janeba, Lieve Naesens, Michael D Edstein, Luke W Guddat, Dana Hocková
Acyclic nucleoside bisphosphonates (ANbPs) have previously been shown to be good inhibitors of human hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGPRT) and Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (PfHGXPRT). Based on this scaffold, a new series of ANbPs was synthesized. One of these new ANbPs, [3-(guanine-9-yl)-2-((2-phosphonoethoxy)methyl)propoxy]methylphosphonic acid, exhibited Ki values of 6 and 70 nM for human HGPRT and Pf HGXPRT, respectively. These low Ki values were achieved by inserting an extra carbon atom in the linker connecting the N9 atom of guanine to one of the phosphonate groups...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813139/tunable-injectable-hydrogels-based-on-peptide-crosslinked-cyclized-polymer-nanoparticles-for-neural-progenitor-cell-delivery
#16
Tianyu Zhao, Drew L Sellers, Yilong Cheng, Philip J Horner, Suzie H Pun
A PEG-based cyclized vinyl polymer was synthesized via one-step RAFT polymerization and used as a precursor of injectable hydrogels. Dithiol linkers including laminin-derived peptides containing IKVAV and YIGSR sequences and DTT were used for gelation. Fast and adjustable gelation rate was achieved through nucleophile-initiated thiol-Michael reaction under physiological conditions. Low swelling ratio and moderate degradation rate of the formed hydrogels were observed. 3D encapsulation of neural progenitor cells in the synthetic hydrogel showed good cell viability over 8 days...
August 16, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813058/fine-tuning-of-catalytic-and-sorption-properties-of-metal-organic-frameworks-via-in-situ-ligand-exchange
#17
Peng Wang, Kai Chen, Qing Liu, Huai-Wei Wang, Mohammad Azam, Saud I Al-Resayes, Yi Lu, Wei-Yin Sun
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are gaining considerable attention not only because of their diverse structures but also due to their interesting properties and potential applications. However, fabrication of MOFs with desired structures and properties remains a great challenge. In this study, a strategy based on ligand exchange via single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformation has been undertaken, which can be used to achieve MOFs not available by direct synthesis and also to enrich the family of isoreticular MOFs...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812873/ultrathin-manganese-based-metal-organic-framework-nanosheets-low-cost-and-energy-dense-lithium-storage-anodes-with-the-coexistence-of-metal-and-ligand-redox-activities
#18
Chao Li, Xiaoshi Hu, Wei Tong, Wensheng Yan, Xiaobing Lou, Ming Shen, Bingwen Hu
We herein demonstrate the fabrication of Mn- and Ni-based ultrathin metal-organic framework nanosheets with the same coordination mode (defined as 'Mn-UMOFNs' and 'Ni-UMOFNs', respectively) through an expedient and versatile ultrasonic approach, and scrutinize their electrochemical properties as anode materials for rechargeable lithium battery for the first time. The obtained Mn-UMOFNs with structure advantages over Ni-UMOFNs (thinner nanosheets, smaller metal-ion radius, higher specific surface area) exhibit high reversible capacity (1187 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 for 100 cycles), excellent rate capability (701 mAh g-1 even at 2 A g-1), rapid Li+ diffusion coefficient (2...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811673/improving-a-genetically-encoded-voltage-indicator-by-modifying-the-cytoplasmic-charge-composition
#19
Sungmoo Lee, Tristan Geiller, Arong Jung, Ryuichi Nakajima, Yoon-Kyu Song, Bradley J Baker
An improved genetically encoded voltage indicator (GEVI) was achieved by altering the charge composition of the region linking the voltage-sensing domain of the GEVI to a pH-sensitive fluorescent protein. Negatively charged linker segments reduced the voltage-dependent optical signal while positively charged linkers increased the signal size. Arginine scanning mutagenesis of the linker region improved the signal size of the GEVI, Bongwoori, yielding fluorescent signals as high as 20% ΔF/F during the firing of action potentials...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811549/diagnosing-peri-implant-disease-using-the-tongue-as-a-24-7-detector
#20
J Ritzer, T Lühmann, C Rode, M Pein-Hackelbusch, I Immohr, U Schedler, T Thiele, S Stübinger, B V Rechenberg, J Waser-Althaus, F Schlottig, M Merli, H Dawe, M Karpíšek, R Wyrwa, M Schnabelrauch, L Meinel
Our ability of screening broad communities for clinically asymptomatic diseases critically drives population health. Sensory chewing gums are presented targeting the tongue as 24/7 detector allowing diagnosis by "anyone, anywhere, anytime". The chewing gum contains peptide sensors consisting of a protease cleavable linker in between a bitter substance and a microparticle. Matrix metalloproteinases in the oral cavity, as upregulated in peri-implant disease, specifically target the protease cleavable linker while chewing the gum, thereby generating bitterness for detection by the tongue...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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