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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214399/magnetite-platinum-nanoparticles-modified-glassy-carbon-electrode-as-electrochemical-detector-for-nitrophenol-isomers
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Giles G Gerent, Almir Spinelli
A glassy carbon electrode was modified with magnetite and platinum nanoparticles stabilized with 3-n-propyl-4-picoline silsesquioxane chloride. This chemically-modified electrode is proposed for the first time for the individual or simultaneous electrochemical detection of nitrophenol isomers. Nanoparticles act as catalysts and also increase the surface area. The polymer stabilizes the particles and provides the electrochemical separation of isomers. Under optimized conditions, the reduction peak currents, obtained by differential-pulse voltammetry, of 2-, 3-, and 4-nitrophenol increased linearly with increases in their concentration in the range of 0...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213245/one-pot-synthesis-of-gold-carbon-dots-nanocomposite-and-its-application-for-cytosensing-of-metals-for-cancer-cells
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Hani Nasser Abdelhamid, Abuo Talib, Hui-Fen Wu
Cytosensing of biological transition metals is paramount important for cancer research. One-pot synthesis of the nanocomposite of carbon dots (CDs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is reported and has been applied for metal cytosensing. The nanocomposite (GCDs) is synthesized using citric acid (CA) and L-cysteine as precursors in the presence of chloroauric acid. The synthesis procedure exhibits many advantages including simple one step, green approach (solvent free method) and requires cheap chemical precursors...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213175/quantitative-analysis-of-mycosporine-like-amino-acids-in-marine-algae-by-capillary-electrophoresis-with-diode-array-detection
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Anja Hartmann, Adele Murauer, Markus Ganzera
Marine species have evolved a variety of physical or chemical strategies to diminish damage from elevated environmental ultraviolet radiation. Mycosporine-like amino acids, a group of widely distributed small water soluble compounds, are biologically relevant because of their photo-protective potential. In addition, presumed antioxidant and skin protective strategies raise the interest for possible medicinal and cosmetic applications. In this study the first CE method for the quantification of mycosporine-like amino acids in marine species is presented...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212929/structural-analysis-of-a-homogeneous-polysaccharide-from-achatina-fulica
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Jie Liu, Feineng Shang, Zengming Yang, Mingyi Wu, Jinhua Zhao
Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (AF-1) was isolated and purified from Achatina fulica by papain enzymolysis, alcohol precipitation and strong anion exchange chromatography. Structureof the polysaccharide was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, analysis of monosaccharide composition, methylation analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((1)H, (13)C, COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC and HMBC)...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212922/organ-specific-biomarkers-in-lupus
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REVIEW
Haijing Wu, Jinrong Zeng, Ming Zhao, Qianjin Lu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex and highly heterogeneous disease, which affects multiple organs, including joints, skin, kidneys, heart, hematopoietic system, and nerve system. While the etiopathogenesis of SLE still remains unclear, genetic susceptibilities and aberrant epigenetic modifications are believed to be involved. For precision therapy, it is necessary to assess accurately and objectively organ involvements and disease activity, which is difficult by current clinical laboratory tests...
February 14, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212756/the-holy-grail-solid-tumor-efficacy-by-proteasome-inhibition
#6
Mark Rolfe
Proteasome inhibitors have revolutionized the treatment of multiple myeloma but have had disappointing results when treating solid tumors. The work of Weyburne et al. (2017), published in this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, sheds some light on this conundrum and suggests a novel approach to achieve solid tumor efficacy.
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212755/stimulating-central-carbon-metabolism-to-re-sensitize-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-to-aminoglycosides
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Dorival Martins, Dao Nguyen
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Meylan et al. (2017) examine how stimulation of central carbon metabolism of Pseudomonas aeruginosa modulates aminoglycoside lethality in tolerant bacteria. They identify fumarate as a tobramycin potentiator that stimulates proton motive force-dependent drug uptake and increases respiration-dependent killing.
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212754/how-cancer-cells-become-resistant-to-cationic-lytic-peptides-it-s-the-sugar
#8
Joshua G Pierce
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Ishikawa et al. (2017) demonstrate that the loss of cell-surface anionic saccharides can impart resistance toward anticancer peptides. This study provides the first insight into potential resistance mechanisms toward cationic lytic peptides and highlights the important, yet previously unappreciated, role cell-surface glycans can play in cellular resistance mechanisms.
February 16, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212602/happi-2-a-comprehensive-and-high-quality-map-of-human-annotated-and-predicted-protein-interactions
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Jake Y Chen, Ragini Pandey, Thanh M Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Human protein-protein interaction (PPI) data is essential to network and systems biology studies. PPI data can help biochemists hypothesize how proteins form complexes by binding to each other, how extracellular signals propagate through post-translational modification of de-activated signaling molecules, and how chemical reactions are coupled by enzymes involved in a complex biological process. Our capability to develop good public database resources for human PPI data has a direct impact on the quality of future research on genome biology and medicine...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212341/physicochemical-characterization-and-biological-activities-of-the-triterpenic-mixture-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-amyrenone
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Rosilene G S Ferreira, Walter F Silva Júnior, Valdir F Veiga Junior, Ádley A N Lima, Emerson S Lima
α-Amyrenone and β-amyrenone are triterpenoid isomers that occur naturally in very low concentrations in several oleoresins from Brazilian Amazon species of Protium (Burseraceae). This mixture can also be synthesized by oxidation of α,β-amyrins, obtained as major compounds from the same oleoresins. Using a very simple, high yield procedure, and using a readily commercially available mixture of α,β-amyrins as substrate, the binary compound α,β-amyrenone was synthesized and submitted to physico-chemical characterization using different techniques such as high-performance liquid chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance (¹H and (13)C), mass spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry and derivative thermogravimetry, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212005/stimuli-responsive-polymersomes-for-biomedical-applications
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Xiuli Hu, Yuqi Zhang, Zhigang Xie, Xiabin Jing, Adriano Bellotti, Zhen Gu
Polymersomes, the structural analogues of liposomes, are hollow structures enclosed by a bilayer membrane made from amphiphilic copolymers. Polymersomes have been proposed to mimic the structure and properties of cellular membranes and viral capsids. Excellent robustness and stability, chemical versatility for tunable membrane properties and surface functionalization make polymersomes attractive candidates for drug delivery, diagnostic imaging, nanoreactor vessels, and artificial organelles. In further biomimetic strategies, stimuli-responsive polymersomes that can recognize various external physical or internal biological environmental stimuli and conduct "on demand" release in dose-, spatial-, and temporal-controlled fashions have been widely developed...
February 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211929/calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles-prepared-from-infusion-fluids-for-stem-cell-transfection-process-optimization-and-cytotoxicity-analysis
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Quazi T H Shubhra, Ayako Oyane, Hiroko Araki, Maki Nakamura, Hideo Tsurushima
This is the first study to report the use of infusion fluids for particle-mediated gene delivery with DNA-immobilized calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs). In conventional CaP systems, CaP NPs are fabricated in labile supersaturated CaP solutions which are prepared from chemical reagents. In the present study, we fabricated CaP NPs via coprecipitation in labile supersaturated CaP solutions that were prepared from infusion fluids (even the water used was of injectable quality) instead of chemical reagents and demonstrated their gene delivery capabilities for the hard to transfect pluripotent stem cell (C3H10T1/2) along with the easy to transfect CHO-K1 cell...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211542/identification-of-the-core-regulators-of-the-hla-i-peptide-binding-process
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Yu-Hang Zhang, Zhihao Xing, Chenglin Liu, ShaoPeng Wang, Tao Huang, Yu-Dong Cai, Xiangyin Kong
During the display of peptide/human leukocyte antigen (HLA) -I complex for further immune recognition, the cleaved and transported antigenic peptides have to bind to HLA-I protein and the binding affinity between peptide epitopes and HLA proteins directly influences the immune recognition ability in human beings. Key factors affecting the binding affinity during the generation, selection and presentation processes of HLA-I complex have not yet been fully discovered. In this study, a new method describing the HLA class I-peptide interactions was proposed...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211480/visualisation-of-abscisic-acid-and-12-oxo-phytodienoic-acid-in-immature-phaseolus-vulgaris-l-seeds-using-desorption-electrospray-ionisation-imaging-mass-spectrometry
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Hirofumi Enomoto, Takuya Sensu, Kei Sato, Futoshi Sato, Thanai Paxton, Emi Yumoto, Koji Miyamoto, Masashi Asahina, Takao Yokota, Hisakazu Yamane
The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) and the jasmonic acid related-compound 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) play crucial roles in seed development, dormancy, and germination. However, a lack of suitable techniques for visualising plant hormones has restricted the investigation of their biological mechanisms. In the present study, desorption electrospray ionisation-imaging mass spectrometry (DESI-IMS), a powerful tool for visualising metabolites in biological tissues, was used to visualise ABA and OPDA in immature Phaseolus vulgaris L...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211469/soil-wettability-can-be-explained-by-the-chemical-composition-of-particle-interfaces-an-xps-study
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Susanne K Woche, Marc-O Goebel, Robert Mikutta, Christian Schurig, Matthias Kaestner, Georg Guggenberger, Jörg Bachmann
Soil wettability (quantified in terms of contact angle, CA) is crucial for physical, chemical, and biological soil functioning. As the CA is determined by components present within the outmost nanometer of particles, this study applied X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with a maximum analysis depth of 10 nm to test the relationship between CA and surface elemental composition, using soil samples from a chronosequence where CA increased from 0° (0 yrs) to about 98° (120 yrs). Concurrently, as seen by XPS, C and N content increased and the content of O and the mineral-derived cations (Si, Al, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe) decreased...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211331/sulfamethoxazole-and-cod-increase-abundance-of-sulfonamide-resistance-genes-and-change-bacterial-community-structures-within-sequencing-batch-reactors
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Xueping Guo, Weihai Pang, Chunling Dou, Daqiang Yin
The abundant microbial community in biological treatment processes in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) may potentially enhance the horizontal gene transfer of antibiotic resistance genes with the presence of antibiotics. A lab-scale sequencing batch reactor was designed to investigate response of sulfonamide resistance genes (sulI, sulII) and bacterial communities to various concentrations of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) of wastewater. The SMX concentrations (0.001 mg/L, 0.1 mg/L and 10 mg/L) decreased with treatment time and higher SMX level was more difficult to remove...
February 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211326/evaluation-of-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-toxicological-and-genotoxic-potential-of-aluminum-chloride
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Letícia Nazareth Fernandes Paz, Laís Mesquita Moura, Danielle Cristinne A Feio, Mirella de Souza Gonçalves Cardoso, Wagner Luiz O Ximenes, Raquel C Montenegro, Ana Paula N Alves, Rommel R Burbano, Patrícia Danielle L Lima
Aluminum and its compounds are common contaminants of water and food, as well as medications and cosmetics. The wide distribution of the element facilitates the demand for detailed studies of its biological and toxicological effects. This work aimed to evaluate the possible genotoxic and toxic activity resulting from in vivo and in vitro exposure to Al. For in vivo analysis, 40 Swiss mice were used, various concentrations of hydrated aluminum chloride were administered orally. They were analyzed for possible genic activity and metal cytotoxicity using a micronucleus test (MN), and for toxicity through histopathological evaluation of the extracted organs...
February 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211277/antineoplastic-agents-603-quinstatins-exceptional-cancer-cell-growth-inhibitors
#18
George R Pettit, Noeleen Melody, Jean-Charles Chapuis
Discovery of the exceptionally powerful anticancer drug dolastatin 10 (1), contained in the sea hare Dolabella auricularia, opened a new frontier needed for improving human cancer treatment. Subsequently, major advances have been achieved based on results of structurally modifying this unusual natural peptide while maintaining the remarkable anticancer activity necessary for preparation of successful monoclonal antibody drug conjugates (ADC). Among the first several hundred SAR products based on dolastatin 10 our group synthesized and termed auristatins was auristatin E (2a)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211170/endothelial-glycocalyx-as-a-critical-signalling-platform-integrating-the-extracellular-haemodynamic-forces-and-chemical-signalling
#19
REVIEW
Ye Zeng
The glycocalyx covers the human mammalian cells and plays important roles in stroke, inflammation and atherosclerosis. It has also been shown to be involved in endothelial mechanotransduction of shear stress. Shear stress induces the remodelling of the major component of the glycocalyx including glypican-1, a cell membrane heparan sulphate proteoglycan. Other factors, such as sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), protect the glycocalyx against syndecan-1 ectodomain shedding and induce the synthesis of heparan sulphate...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210981/assessing-common-bean-cultivars-for-resistance-to-the-soybean-looper-chrysodeixis-includens-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#20
R Morando, E L L Baldin, P L Cruz, A L Lourenção
The soybean looper Chrysodeixis includens (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is known as an important pest of leguminous plants worldwide. In Brazil, this pest species is gaining importance to producers of the common bean Phaseolus vulgaris L. (Fabaceae) because it limits field production of the crop. Chemical control is still the primary method of insect control. However, due to the possible harmful effects of pesticides to humans and the environment, alternative and less aggressive practices are being investigated...
February 16, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
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