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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346730/2d-spectroscopy-is-being-used-to-address-core-scientific-questions-in-biology-and-materials-science
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Megan Petti, Justin P Lomont, Michał Maj, Martin T Zanni
Two-dimensional spectroscopy is a powerful tool for extracting structural and dynamic information from a wide range of chemical systems. We provide a brief overview of the ways in which two-dimensional visible and infrared spectroscopies are being applied to elucidate fundamental details of important processes in biological and materials science. The topics covered include amyloid proteins, photo-synthetic complexes, ion channels, photovoltaics, batteries, as well as a variety of promising new methods in two-dimensional spectroscopy...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346327/enhanced-isotopic-ratio-outlier-analysis-iroa-peak-detection-and-identification-with-ultra-high-resolution-gc-orbitrap-ms-potential-application-for-investigation-of-model-organism-metabolomes
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Yunping Qiu, Robyn D Moir, Ian M Willis, Suresh Seethapathy, Robert C Biniakewitz, Irwin J Kurland
Identifying non-annotated peaks may have a significant impact on the understanding of biological systems. In silico methodologies have focused on ESI LC/MS/MS for identifying non-annotated MS peaks. In this study, we employed in silico methodology to develop an Isotopic Ratio Outlier Analysis (IROA) workflow using enhanced mass spectrometric data acquired with the ultra-high resolution GC-Orbitrap/MS to determine the identity of non-annotated metabolites. The higher resolution of the GC-Orbitrap/MS, together with its wide dynamic range, resulted in more IROA peak pairs detected, and increased reliability of chemical formulae generation (CFG)...
January 18, 2018: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346275/a-review-on-recent-advances-in-stabilizing-peptides-proteins-upon-fabrication-in-hydrogels-from-biodegradable-polymers
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REVIEW
Faisal Raza, Hajra Zafar, Ying Zhu, Yuan Ren, Aftab -Ullah, Asif Ullah Khan, Xinyi He, Han Han, Md Aquib, Kofi Oti Boakye-Yiadom, Liang Ge
Hydrogels evolved as an outstanding carrier material for local and controlled drug delivery that tend to overcome the shortcomings of old conventional dosage forms for small drugs (NSAIDS) and large peptides and proteins. The aqueous swellable and crosslinked polymeric network structure of hydrogels is composed of various natural, synthetic and semisynthetic biodegradable polymers. Hydrogels have remarkable properties of functionality, reversibility, sterilizability, and biocompatibility. All these dynamic properties of hydrogels have increased the interest in their use as a carrier for peptides and proteins to be released slowly in a sustained manner...
January 18, 2018: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346111/single-scan-high-resolution-2-d-j-resolved-spectroscopy-in-inhomogeneous-magnetic-fields
#4
Kaiyu Wang, Yuqing Huang, Pieter E S Smith, Zhiyong Zhang, Shuhui Cai, Zhong Chen
OBJECTIVE: A method is proposed to obtain high-resolution 2-D -resolved nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra in inhomogeneous magnetic fields. METHODS: The proposed experiment enables the acquisition of an entire 2-D spectrum in a single scan by utilizing intermolecular double-quantum coherences and the spatial encoding of NMR observables. RESULTS: Chemical shifts, coupling constants, and multiplet patterns are recovered even when field inhomogeneities are severe enough to completely obscure conventional NMR spectra...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345467/cyclic-acyl-disulfides-and-acyl-selenylsulfides-as-the-precursors-for-persulfides-rssh-selenylsulfides-rsesh-and-hydrogen-sulfide-h2s
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Jianming Kang, Aaron J Ferrell, Wei Chen, Difei Wang, Ming Xian
The reactions of three model compounds (1-3) for cyclic acyl disulfides and cyclic acyl selenylsulfides are studied. These compounds were found to be effective precursors for persulfides (RSSH) and selenylsulfides (RSeSH) upon reacting with nucleophilic species. They could also act as H2S donors when interacting with cellular thiols. The most interesting discovery was the generation of RSeSH from compound 3 under mild conditions. Selenylsulfides (RSeSH) are expected to be important regulating molecules involved in Sec-related redox signaling...
January 18, 2018: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345235/news-on-climate-change-air-pollution-and-allergic-trigger-factors-of-asthma
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REVIEW
M D Amato, L Cecchi, I Annesi-Maesano, G D Amato
The rising frequency of obstructive respiratory diseases,in particular allergic asthma, observed over the last years, can be partially explained by changes occurring in the environment, with increasing presence in atmosphere of chemical (particulate matter and gaseous components such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone) and biologic (aeroallergens) trigger factors. Aeroallergens are able to stimulate, in allergic subjects, the airways' sensitization, inducing symptoms of bronchial asthma. Over the last 50 years, global earth's temperature has markedly risen likely because of growing emission of anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344776/dawning-of-a-new-era-in-trp-channel-structural-biology-by-cryo-electron-microscopy
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REVIEW
M Gregor Madej, Christine M Ziegler
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) permits the determination of atomic protein structures by averaging large numbers of individual projection images recorded at cryogenic temperatures-a method termed single-particle analysis. The cryo-preservation traps proteins within a thin glass-like ice layer, making literally a freeze image of proteins in solution. Projections of randomly adopted orientations are merged to reconstruct a 3D density map. While atomic resolution for highly symmetric viruses was achieved already in 2009, the development of new sensitive and fast electron detectors has enabled cryo-EM for smaller and asymmetrical proteins including fragile membrane proteins...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344151/expression-of-ezh2-in-endometrial-carcinoma-and-its-effects-on-proliferation-and-invasion-of-endometrial-carcinoma-cells
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Yuting Gu, Jing Zhang, Huai Guan
Expression of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) has been implicated in cancer pathology, but research on its mechanistic activity is limited. The present study sought to assess the levels expression of EZH2 in patients with endometrial carcinoma (EC) and to explore the effects of EZH2 downregulation on the biological behavior of endometrial carcinoma RL-952 cells. Samples were obtained from a total of 104 patients with EC and an immunohistochemical assay was used to detect the expression of EZH2 in cancer and adjacent tissues...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343633/hydrogel-biomaterials-and-their-therapeutic-potential-for-muscle-injuries-and-muscular-dystrophies
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REVIEW
Rachel Lev, Dror Seliktar
Muscular diseases such as muscular dystrophies and muscle injuries constitute a large group of ailments that manifest as muscle weakness, atrophy or fibrosis. Although cell therapy is a promising treatment option, the delivery and retention of cells in the muscle is difficult and prevents sustained regeneration needed for adequate functional improvements. Various types of biomaterials with different physical and chemical properties have been developed to improve the delivery of cells and/or growth factors for treating muscle injuries...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343610/cyp2j2-expression-in-adult-ventricular-myocytes-protects-against-external-and-drug-induced-ros-toxicity
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Eric A Evangelista, Rozenn Lemaitre, Nona Sotoodehnia, Sina Gharib, Rheem A Totah
CYP2J2 is a drug metabolizing enzyme that is highly expressed in adult ventricular myocytes. It is responsible for the bioactivation of arachidonic acid (AA) into epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs). EETs are biologically active signaling compounds that protect against disease progression, particularly in cardiovascular diseases. As a drug-metabolizing enzyme, CYP2J2 is susceptible to drug interactions that could lead to cardiotoxicity. Previously, CYP2J2 has been shown to be resistant to induction by canonical CYP inducers such as phenytoin and rifampin...
January 17, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342967/structural-diversity-and-biological-activities-of-cyclic-depsipeptides-from-fungi
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REVIEW
Xiaohan Wang, Xiao Gong, Peng Li, Daowan Lai, Ligang Zhou
Cyclic depsipeptides (CDPs) are cyclopeptides in which amide groups are replaced by corresponding lactone bonds due to the presence of a hydroxylated carboxylic acid in the peptide structure. These peptides sometimes display additional chemical modifications, including unusual amino acid residues in their structures. This review highlights the occurrence, structures and biological activities of the fungal CDPs reported until October 2017. About 352 fungal CDPs belonging to the groups of cyclic tri-, tetra-, penta-, hexa-, hepta-, octa-, nona-, deca-, and tridecadepsipeptides have been isolated from fungi...
January 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342953/review-of-recent-metamaterial-microfluidic-sensors
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REVIEW
Ahmed Salim, Sungjoon Lim
Metamaterial elements/arrays exhibit a sensitive response to fluids yet with a small footprint, therefore, they have been an attractive choice to realize various sensing devices when integrated with microfluidic technology. Micro-channels made from inexpensive biocompatible materials avoid any contamination from environment and require only microliter-nanoliter sample for sensing. Simple design, easy fabrication process, light weight prototype, and instant measurements are advantages as compared to conventional (optical, electrochemical and biological) sensing systems...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342890/polymer-ceramic-composite-scaffolds-the-effect-of-hydroxyapatite-and-%C3%AE-tri-calcium-phosphate
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Boyang Huang, Guilherme Caetano, Cian Vyas, Jonny James Blaker, Carl Diver, Paulo Bártolo
The design of bioactive scaffolds with improved mechanical and biological properties is an important topic of research. This paper investigates the use of polymer-ceramic composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Different ceramic materials (hydroxyapatite (HA) and β-tri-calcium phosphate (TCP)) were mixed with poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL). Scaffolds with different material compositions were produced using an extrusion-based additive manufacturing system. The produced scaffolds were physically and chemically assessed, considering mechanical, wettability, scanning electron microscopy and thermal gravimetric tests...
January 14, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342245/structure-function-relationships-of-olfactory-and-taste-receptors
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Maik Behrens, Loïc Briand, Claire A de March, Hiroaki Matsunami, Atsuko Yamashita, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Simone Weyand
The field of chemical senses has made major progress in understanding the cellular mechanisms of olfaction and taste in the past two decades. However, the molecular understanding of odour and taste recognition is still lagging far behind and will require solving multiple structures of the relevant full-length receptors in complex with native ligands to achieve this goal. However, the development of multiple complimentary strategies for the structure determination of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) makes this goal realistic...
January 12, 2018: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341307/chemical-and-enzymatic-strategies-for-bacterial-and-mammalian-cell-surface-engineering
#15
Xiaobao Bi, Juan Yin, Ashley Chen Guanbang, Chuan-Fa Liu
Cell surface serves important functions such as the regulation of cell-cell and cell-environment interactions. The understanding and manipulation of the cell surface is important for a wide range of fundamental studies of cellular behavior and for biotechnological and medical applications. With the rapid advance of biology, chemistry and materials science, many strategies have been developed for the functionalization of bacterial and mammalian cell surfaces. Here, we review the recent development of chemical and enzymatic approaches to cell surface engineering with particular emphasis on discussing the advantages and limitations of each of these strategies...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341020/mri-in-the-study-of-animal-models-of-stroke
#16
Pedro Ramos-Cabrer, Daniel Padro
Stroke consists of the loss of cerebral functions resulting from the interruption of blood supply to a region of the brain, and represents the second cause of death and the leading cause of major disability in adults in Europe. Stroke is a very active field of research at preclinical and clinical levels, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most powerful tools that scientist and clinicians have for the study of the onset, evolution and consequences of this devastating disease, as well as for the monitoring of the success of available treatments, or for the development of novel therapeutic strategies...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340952/rfathm6a-a-new-tool-for-predicting-m6a-sites-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#17
Xiaofeng Wang, Renxiang Yan
We curated a reliable dataset of m6A sites in Arabidopsis thaliana, built competitive models for predicting m6A sites, extracted predominant rules from the prediction models and analyzed the most important features. In biological RNA, approximately 150 chemical modifications have been discovered, of which N6-methyladenine (m6A) is the most prevalent and abundant. This modification plays an essential role in a myriad of biological mechanisms and regulates RNA localization, nuclear export, translation, stability, alternative splicing, and other processes...
January 16, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340951/a-perspective-on-multi-target-drug-discovery-and-design-for-complex-diseases
#18
Rona R Ramsay, Marija R Popovic-Nikolic, Katarina Nikolic, Elisa Uliassi, Maria Laura Bolognesi
Diseases of infection, of neurodegeneration (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases), and of malignancy (cancers) have complex and varied causative factors. Modern drug discovery has the power to identify potential modulators for multiple targets from millions of compounds. Computational approaches allow the determination of the association of each compound with its target before chemical synthesis and biological testing is done. These approaches depend on the prior identification of clinically and biologically validated targets...
January 17, 2018: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340790/an-automated-framework-for-qsar-model-building
#19
Samina Kausar, Andre O Falcao
BACKGROUND: In-silico quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models based tools are widely used to screen huge databases of compounds in order to determine the biological properties of chemical molecules based on their chemical structure. With the passage of time, the exponentially growing amount of synthesized and known chemicals data demands computationally efficient automated QSAR modeling tools, available to researchers that may lack extensive knowledge of machine learning modeling...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340618/mitochondrial-toxicity
#20
Joel N Meyer, Jessica H Hartman, Danielle F Mello
Recent decades have seen a rapid increase in reported toxic effects of drugs and pollutants on mitochondria. Researchers have also documented many genetic differences leading to mitochondrial diseases, currently reported to affect ∼1 person in 4,300, creating a large number of potential gene-environment interactions in mitochondrial toxicity. We briefly review this history, and then highlight cutting-edge areas of mitochondrial research including the role of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species in signaling; increased understanding of fundamental biological processes involved in mitochondrial homeostasis (DNA maintenance and mutagenesis, mitochondrial stress response pathways, fusion and fission, autophagy and biogenesis, and exocytosis); systemic effects resulting from mitochondrial stresses in specific cell types; mitochondrial involvement in immune function; the growing evidence of long-term effects of mitochondrial toxicity; mitochondrial-epigenetic cross-talk; and newer approaches to test chemicals for mitochondrial toxicity...
January 11, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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