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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644918/heterogeneous-microtesla-sabre-enhancement-of-15n-nmr-signals
#1
Kirill V Kovtunov, Larisa M Kovtunova, Max E Gemeinhardt, Andrey V Bukhtiyarov, Jonathan Gesiorski, Valerii I Bukhtiyarov, Eduard Y Chekmenev, Igor V Koptyug, Boyd Goodson
The hyperpolarization of heteronuclei via Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange (SABRE) was investigated under conditions of heterogeneous catalysis and microtesla magnetic fields. Immobilization of [IrCl(COD)(IMes)], [IMes = 1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl), imidazole-2-ylidene; COD = cyclooctadiene] catalyst onto silica particles modified with NH2(CH2)3- linkers engenders an effective heterogeneous SABRE (HET-SABRE) catalyst that was used to demonstrate ~102-fold enhancement of 15N NMR signals in pyridine at 9...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644821/zirconium-oxocluster-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-prepared-by-photoactivated-miniemulsion-copolymerization
#2
Cesare Benedetti, Paraskevi Flouda, Alice Antonello, Christine Rosenauer, Francisco F Perez-Pla, Katharina Landfester, Silvia Gross, Rafael Munoz-Espi
Photoactivated free radical miniemulsion copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and the zirconium oxocluster Zr4O2(methacrylate)12 is used as an effective and fast preparation method of polymer/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. The oxoclusters, covalently anchored to the polymer network, act as metal-organic cross-linkers, thus improving the thermomechanical properties of the resulting hybrid nanoparticles. Benzoin carbonyl organic compounds were used as photoinitiators. The obtained materials are compared in terms of cross-linking, effectiveness of cluster incorporation, and size distribution with the analogous nanoparticles produced by using conventional thermally-induced free radical miniemulsion copolymerization...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644618/exploring-new-assembly-modes-of-uranyl-terephthalate-templated-syntheses-and-structural-regulation-of-a-series-of-rare-2d-%C3%A2-3d-polycatenated-frameworks
#3
Lei Mei, Cong-Zhi Wang, Liu-Zheng Zhu, Zeng-Qiang Gao, Zhi-Fang Chai, John K Gibson, Wei-Qun Shi
The reaction of uranyl nitrate with terephthalic acid (H2TP) under hydrothermal conditions in the presence of an organic base, 1,3-(4,4'-bispyridyl)propane (BPP) or 4,4'-bipyridine (BPY), provided four uranyl terephthalate compounds with different entangled structures by a pH-tuning method. [UO2(TP)1.5](H2BPP)0.5·2H2O (1) obtained in a relatively acidic solution (final aqueous pH, 4.28) crystallizes in the form of a noninterpenetrated honeycomb-like two-dimensional network structure. An elevation of the solution pH (final pH, 5...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642239/a-novel-single-domain-antibody-against-von-willebrand-factor-a1-domain-resolves-leukocyte-recruitment-and-vascular-leakage-during-inflammation
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Gabriel Aymé, Frédéric Adam, Paulette Legendre, Amine Bazaa, Valérie Proulle, Cécile V Denis, Olivier D Christophe, Peter J Lenting
OBJECTIVE: von Willebrand factor (VWF) is crucial to hemostasis, but also plays a role in inflammatory processes. Unfortunately, no proper monoclonal antibodies to study VWF function in mice are currently available. We therefore aimed to generate single-domain antibodies (sdAbs) recognizing murine VWF and blocking its function in vivo. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Llama-derived sdAbs recognizing both human and murine VWF were isolated via phage display technology. One of them (designated KB-VWF-006) recognized the VWF A1 domain with picomolar affinity...
June 22, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641005/electron-crystallography-reveals-atomic-structures-of-metal-organic-nanoplates-with-m12-%C3%AE-3-o-8-%C3%AE-3-oh-8-%C3%AE-2-oh-6-m-zr-hf-secondary-building-units
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Ruihan Dai, Fei Peng, Pengfei Ji, Kuangda Lu, Cheng Wang, Junliang Sun, Wenbin Lin
Nanoscale metal-organic frameworks (nMOFs) have shown tremendous potential in cancer therapy and biomedical imaging. However, their small dimensions present a significant challenge in structure determination by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. We report here the structural determination of nMOFs by rotation electron diffraction (RED). Two isostructural Zr- and Hf-based nMOFs with linear biphenyldicarboxylate (BPDC) or bipyridinedicarboxylate (BPYDC) linkers are stable under intense electron beams to allow the collection of high-quality RED data, which reveal a MOF structure with M12(μ3-O)8(μ3-OH)8(μ2-OH)6 (M = Zr, Hf) secondary building units (SBUs)...
June 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640985/the-interaction-between-progranulin-and-prosaposin-is-mediated-by-granulins-and-the-linker-region-between-saposin-b-and-c
#6
Xiaolai Zhou, Peter M Sullivan, Lirong Sun, Fenghua Hu
The frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) protein progranulin (PGRN) is essential for proper lysosomal function. PGRN localizes in the lysosomal compartment within the cell. Prosaposin (PSAP), the precursor of lysosomal saposin activators (saposin A, B, C, D), physically interacts with PGRN. Previously we have shown that PGRN and PSAP facilitate each other's lysosomal trafficking. Here we report that the interaction between PSAP and PGRN requires the linker region of saposin B and C (BC linker). PSAP protein with the BC linker mutated fails to interact with PGRN and target PGRN to lysosomes in the biosynthetic and endocytic pathways...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640691/the-nesprin-cytoskeleton-interface-probed-directly-on-single-nuclei-is-a-mechanically-rich-system
#7
Daniel A Balikov, Sonia K Brady, Ung Hyun Ko, Jennifer H Shin, Jose M de Pereda, Arnoud Sonnenberg, Hak-Joon Sung, Matthew J Lang
The cytoskeleton provides structure and plays an important role in cellular function such as migration, resisting compression forces, and transport. The cytoskeleton also reacts to physical cues such as fluid shear stress or extracellular matrix remodeling by reorganizing filament associations, most commonly focal adhesions and cell-cell cadherin junctions. These mechanical stimuli can result in genome-level changes, and the physical connection of the cytoskeleton to the nucleus provides an optimal conduit for signal transduction by interfacing with nuclear envelope proteins, called nesprins, within the LINC (linker of the nucleus to the cytoskeleton) complex...
June 22, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639839/biocompatible-agarose-chitosan-coated-silver-nanoparticle-composite-for-soft-tissue-engineering-applications
#8
Nupur Kumar, Dayananda Desagani, Girish Chandran, Narendra Nath Ghosh, Ganesh Karthikeyan, Sachin Waigaonkar, Anasuya Ganguly
With increasing gap in the demand and supply of vital organs for transplantation there is a pressing need to bridge the gap with substitutes. One way to make substitutes is by tissue engineering which involves combining several types of synthetic or biomaterials, cells and growth factors cross-linked together to synthesize a functional scaffold for repair or replacement of non-functional organs. Nanoparticle based composites are gaining importance in tissue engineering due to their ability to enhance cell attachment and proliferation...
June 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639638/a-combined-optical-and-epr-spectroscopy-study-azobenzene-based-biradicals-as-reversible-molecular-photoswitches
#9
Eva A Jaumann, Sabrina Steinwand, Szabina Klenik, Jörn Plackmeyer, Jan W Bats, Josef Wachtveitl, Thomas F Prisner
Azobenzene compounds are known as versatile examples for photoswitchable systems because of their isomeric cis- and trans-configurations. The switching between these isomers can be reversibly controlled by light excitation. In this study we characterize two members of this class by joining the azobenzene moiety with each two paramagnetic nitroxide spin labels. Two different linkers were chosen to tune the molecular properties. The combined approach using optical and EPR spectroscopy proved the reversibility of photoexcitation and high fatigue resistance...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638777/heterobifunctional-dyes-highly-fluorescent-linkers-based-on-cyanine-dyes
#10
Virginia Wycisk, Katharina Achazi, Ole Hirsch, Christian Kuehne, Jens Dernedde, Rainer Haag, Kai Licha
Herein, we present a new synthetic route to cyanine-based heterobifunctional dyes and their application as fluorescent linkers between polymers and biomolecules. The synthesized compounds, designed in the visible spectral range, are equipped with two different reactive groups for highly selective conjugation under physiological conditions. By applying indolenine precursors with functionalized benzenes, we achieved water-soluble asymmetric cyanine dyes bearing maleimido and N-hydroxysuccinimidyl functionalities in a three-step synthesis...
June 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638467/dual-responsive-molecular-probe-for-tumor-targeted-imaging-and-photodynamic-therapy
#11
Xiaoqing Meng, Yueting Yang, Lihua Zhou, Li Zhang, Yalin Lv, Sanpeng Li, Yayun Wu, Mingbin Zheng, Wenjun Li, Guanhui Gao, Guanjun Deng, Tao Jiang, Dapeng Ni, Ping Gong, Lintao Cai
The precision oncology significantly relies on the development of multifunctional agents to integrate tumor targeting, imaging and therapeutics. In this study, a first small-molecule theranostic probe, RhoSSCy is constructed by conjugating 5'-carboxyrhodamines (Rho) and heptamethine cyanine IR765 (Cy) using a reducible disulfide linker and pH tunable amino-group to realize thiols/pH dual sensing. In vitro experiments verify that RhoSSCy is highly sensitive for quantitative analysis and imaging intracellular pH gradient and biothiols...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638118/conformational-plasticity-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-the-myotilin-tandem-ig-domains
#12
Vid Puž, Miha Pavšič, Brigita Lenarčič, Kristina Djinović-Carugo
Myotilin is a component of the sarcomere where it plays an important role in organisation and maintenance of Z-disk integrity. This involves direct binding to F-actin and filamin C, a function mediated by its Ig domain pair. While the structures of these two individual domains are known, information about their relative orientation and flexibility remains limited. We set on to characterise the Ig domain pair of myotilin with emphasis on its molecular structure, dynamics and phylogeny. First, sequence conservation analysis of myotilin shed light on the molecular basis of myotilinopathies and revealed several motifs in Ig domains found also in I-band proteins...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636917/kinesin-processivity-is-determined-by-a-kinetic-race-from-a-vulnerable-one-head-bound-state
#13
Keith J Mickolajczyk, William O Hancock
Kinesin processivity, defined as the average number of steps that occur per interaction with a microtubule, is an important biophysical determinant of the motor's intracellular capabilities. Despite its fundamental importance to the diversity of tasks that kinesins carry out in cells, no existing quantitative model fully explains how structural differences between kinesins alter kinetic rates in the ATPase cycle to produce functional changes in processivity. Here we use high-resolution single-molecule microscopy to directly observe the stepping behavior of kinesin-1 and -2 family motors with different length neck-linker domains...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636336/a-mg-cp-with-in-situ-encapsulated-photochromic-guest-as-sensitive-fluorescence-sensor-for-fe-3-cr-3-ions-and-nitro-explosives
#14
Zhao-Feng Wu, Liao-Kuo Gong, Xiao-Ying Huang
Here we report a fluorescent magnesium coordination polymer (Mg-CP), namely, [CH3-dpb]2[Mg3(1,4-NDC)4(μ-H2O)2(CH3OH)(H2O)]·1.5H2O (1, 1,4-H2NDC = 1,4-naphthalene dicarboxylic acid, dpb = 1,4-bis(pyrid-4-yl)benzene). Compound 1 possesses a three-dimensional (3D) host-guest structure constructed by the 1,4-NDC linkers bridging the linear trinuclear secondary building units of [Mg3(COO)8(μ-H2O)2]. The dpb molecules were in situ reacted with CH3OH resulting in photochromic cations of [CH3-dpb](+) that acted as guests located in the channels parallel to the b-axis...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636320/dna-loading-and-release-using-custom-tailored-poly-l-lysine-surfaces
#15
Amin Shakiba, Sagar L Patil, Oussama Zenasni, Monika E Schmitt, Preethi H Gunaratne, T Randall Lee
This manuscript describes the generation and study of surfaces modified with custom-crafted poly(L-lysine) (PLL) coatings for use in the loading and delivery of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). The experimental strategy utilizes bidentate dithiol adsorbates to generate stably-bound azide-terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold possessing an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) spacer. Consequent to the molecular assembly on gold, the azide termini are covalently attached to a maleimide linker moiety via a copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne "click" reaction...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636238/segmental-domain-selective-perdeuteration-and-small-angle-neutron-scattering-for-structural-analysis-of-multi-domain-proteins
#16
Miriam Sonntag, Pravin Jagtap, Bernd Simon, Marie-Sousai Appavou, Arie Geerlof, Ralf Stehle, Frank Gabel, Janosch Hennig, Michael Sattler
Multi-domain proteins play critical roles in fine-tuning essential processes in cellular signaling and gene regulation. Typically, multiple globular domains that are connected by flexible linkers undergo dynamic re-arrangements upon binding to protein, DNA or RNA ligands. RNA binding proteins (RBPs) represent an important class of multi-domain proteins, which regulate gene expression by recognizing linear or structured RNA sequence motifs. Here, we employ segmental perdeuteration of the three RNA recognition motif (RRM) domains in the RBP TIA-1 using Sortase A-mediated protein ligation...
June 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635314/fluorescent-labeled-bioconjugates-of-the-opioid-peptides-biphalin-and-dpdpe-incorporating-fluorescein-maleimide-linkers
#17
Azzurra Stefanucci, Wei Lei, Victor J Hruby, Giorgia Macedonio, Grazia Luisi, Simone Carradori, John M Streicher, Adriano Mollica
AIM: The conjugation of fluorescent labels to opioid peptides is an extremely challenging task, which needs to be overcome to create new classes of probes for biological assays. MATERIALS & METHODS: Three opioid peptide analogs of biphalin and [D-Pen2,5]-Enkephalin (DPDPE) containing a fluorescein-maleimide motif were synthesized. RESULTS & DISCUSSION: The biphalin analog 17 binds to opioid receptors with Ki(μ) = 530 ± 90 nM and Ki(δ) = 69...
June 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634376/structural-basis-to-stabilize-the-domain-motion-of-bard1-ard-brct-by-cstf50
#18
Rajan Kumar Choudhary, Mohd Quadir Siddiqui, Pankaj S Thapa, Nikhil Gadewal, Senthil Kumar Nachimuthu, Ashok K Varma
BRCA1 associated ring domain protein 1(BARD1) is a tumor suppressor protein having a wide role in cellular processes like cell-cycle checkpoint, DNA damage repair and maintenance of genomic integrity. Germ-line mutation Gln 564 His discovered in linker region of BARD1 leads to loss of binding to Cleavage stimulating factor (CstF50), which in turn instigates the premature mRNA transcript formation and apoptosis. We have studied the dynamics of ARD domain present in the BARD1 wild-type and mutant protein in association with CstF50 using biophysical, biochemical and molecular dynamics simulations...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634006/testosterone-differentially-affects-t-cells-and-neurons-in-murine-and-human-models-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurodegeneration
#19
Megan G Massa, Christina David, Stefanie Jörg, Johannes Berg, Barbara Gisevius, Sarah Hirschberg, Ralf A Linker, Ralf Gold, Aiden Haghikia
The high female-to-male sex ratio of multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence has continuously confounded researchers, especially in light of male patients' accelerated disease course at later stages of MS. Although multiple studies have concentrated on estrogenic mechanisms of disease modulation, fairly little attention has been paid to androgenic effects in a female system, and even fewer studies have attempted to dissociate hormonal effects on the neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory processes of MS. Herein, we demonstrate the differential effects of hormone treatment on the acute inflammatory and chronic neurodegenerative phases of murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis...
July 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633119/polymer-grafted-magnetic-halloysite-nanotube-for-controlled-and-sustained-release-of-cationic-drug
#20
Meriem Fizir, Pierre Dramou, Kai Zhang, Cheng Sun, Chuong Pham-Huy, Hua He
In this research, novel polymer grafted-magnetic halloysite nanotubes with norfloxacin loaded (NOR-MHNTs) and controlled-release, was achieved by surface-initiated precipitation polymerization. The magnetic halloysite nanotubes exhibited better adsorption of NOR (72.10mgg(-1)) compared with the pristine HNTs (30.80mgg(-1)). Various parameters influencing the drug adsorption of the MHNTs for NOR were studied. Polymer grafted NOR-MHNTs has been designed using flexible docking in computer simulation to choose optimal monomers...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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