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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445606/structural-and-biological-properties-of-thermosensitive-chitosan-graphene-hybrid-hydrogels-for-sustained-drug-delivery-applications
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Leyla Saeednia, Li Yao, Marcus Berndt, Kim Cluff, Ramazan Asmatulu
Chitosan has the ability to make injectable thermosensitive hydrogels which has been highly investigated for drug delivery applications. The addition of nanoparticles is one way to increase the mechanical strength of thermosensitive chitosan hydrogel and subsequently and control the burst release of drug. Graphene nanoparticles have shown unique mechanical, optical and electrical properties which can be exploited for biomedical applications, especially in drug delivery. This study, have focused on the mechanical properties of a thermosensitive and injectable hybrid chitosan hydrogel incorporated with graphene nanoparticles...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445065/neomacrophorin-x-a-4-4-3-propellane-type-meroterpenoid-from-trichoderma-sp-1212-03
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Kazuaki Kusakabe, Yuna Honmura, Shota Uesugi, Akio Tonouchi, Hayato Maeda, Ken-Ichi Kimura, Hiroyuki Koshino, Masaru Hashimoto
Neomacrophorin X (1) was isolated from Trichoderma sp. 1212-03. Heteronuclear multiple bond correlation (HMBC) spectral analysis indicated a unique [4.4.3]propellane framework, which was verified by the (1)H and (13)C chemical shift calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) and subsequent comparison with experimental data obtained in CDCl3. The DFT-based electronic circular dichroism (ECD) calculations were effective in not only determining the absolute configuration but also confirming the relative structure...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445053/sulfotransferases-and-breast-cancer-resistance-protein-determine-the-disposition-of-calycosin-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jia Yu, Lijun Zhu, Haihui Zheng, Xia Gong, Jianghuang Yu, Jiamei Chen, Yuhuan Li, Hongming Zheng, Xiaoxiao Qi, Ying Wang, Ming Hu, Linlin Lu, Zhong Qiu Liu
Sulfation is a key process of drugs disposition that generally regulates the drug effectiveness and toxicity. Calycosin derived from the dry root extract of Radix Astragali exhibits a variety of biological effects that easily undergo extensive phase II metabolism. However, the sulfation pathway of calycosin lacks information. We investigated the disposition mechanisms of calycosin sulfate in vitro and in vivo. We characterized the sulfation metabolism and excretion of calycosin using bi-directional transport studies...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444993/comparative-tumor-promotion-assessment-of-e-cigarette-and-cigarettes-using-the-in-vitro-bhas-42-cell-transformation-assay
#4
Damien Breheny, Oluwatobiloba Oke, Kamala Pant, Marianna Gaça
In vitro cell transformation assays (CTA) are used to assess the carcinogenic potential of chemicals and complex mixtures and can detect nongenotoxic as well as genotoxic carcinogens. The Bhas 42 CTA has been developed with both initiation and promotion protocols to distinguish between these two carcinogen classes. Cigarette smoke is known to be carcinogenic and is positive in in vitro genotoxicity assays. Cigarette smoke also contains nongenotoxic carcinogens and is a tumour promoter and cocarcinogen in vivo...
May 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444848/biologically-meaningful-scents-a-framework-for-understanding-predator-prey-research-across-disciplines
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Michael H Parsons, Raimund Apfelbach, Peter B Banks, Elissa Z Cameron, Chris R Dickman, Anke S K Frank, Menna E Jones, Ian S McGregor, Stuart McLean, Dietland Müller-Schwarze, Elisa E Sparrow, Daniel T Blumstein
Fear of predation is a universal motivator. Because predators hunt using stealth and surprise, there is a widespread ability among prey to assess risk from chemical information - scents - in their environment. Consequently, scents often act as particularly strong modulators of memory and emotions. Recent advances in ecological research and analytical technology are leading to novel ways to use this chemical information to create effective attractants, repellents and anti-anxiolytic compounds for wildlife managers, conservation biologists and health practitioners...
April 26, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444666/markers-of-bone-and-cartilage-turnover
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Henning W Woitge, Markus J Seibel
Over the past few decades, scientists have been trying to identify tissue-specific markers that would help to better understand the pathogenesis of bone and cartilage diseases and could be used clinically for the screening, diagnosis and follow-up of bone or joint diseases. Historically, only a few components known to be involved in bone, mineral or cartilage turnover were available for this purpose (e. g., urine hydroxyproline, serum and urine calcium and phosphate levels). However, since most if not all of these substances have wider biological functions beyond bone, mineral and cartilage metabolism, their clinical value as tissue-specific markers was limited...
April 25, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444605/recent-trends-of-modern-bacterial-insecticides-for-pest-control-practice-in-integrated-crop-management-system
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REVIEW
Pritam Chattopadhyay, Goutam Banerjee, Sayantan Mukherjee
Food security and safety are the major concern in ever expanding human population on the planet earth. Each and every year insect pests cause a serious damage in agricultural field that cost billions of dollars annually to farmers. The loss in term of productivity and high cost of chemical pesticides enhance the production cost. Irrespective use of chemical pesticides (such as Benzene hexachloride, Endosulfan, Aldicarb, and Fenobucarb) in agricultural field raised several types of environmental issues. Furthermore, continuous use of chemical pesticides creates a selective pressure which helps in emerging of resistance pest...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444594/bio-transformation-and-stabilization-of-arsenic-as-in-contaminated-soil-using-arsenic-oxidizing-bacteria-and-fecl3-amendment
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Santosh Kumar Karn, Xiangliang Pan, Ian R Jenkinson
A combination of biological and chemical methods was applied in the present study to evaluate the removal of arsenic (As) from contaminated soil. The treatment involved As-oxidizing microbes aimed of transforming the more toxic As (III) to less toxic As (V) in the soil. FeCl3 was added at three different concentrations (1, 2, and 3%) to stabilize the As (V). Leaching of the treated soil was investigated by making a soil column and passing tap water through it to determine solubility. Experimental results indicated that the bacterial activity had a pronounced positive effect on the transformation of As, and decreased the soluble exchangeable fraction from 50 to 0...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444399/development-of-a-multipurpose-scaffold-for-the-display-of-peptide-loops
#9
Maxim Rossmann, Sandra J Greive, Tommaso Moschetti, Michael Dinan, Marko Hyvönen
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) determine a wide range of biological processes and analysis of these dynamic networks is increasingly becoming a mandatory tool for studying protein function. Using the globular ATPase domain of recombinase RadA as a scaffold, we have developed a peptide display system (RAD display), which allows for the presentation of target peptides, protein domains or full-length proteins and their rapid recombinant production in bacteria. The design of the RAD display system includes differently tagged versions of the scaffold, which allows for flexibility in the protein purification method, and chemical coupling for small molecule labeling or surface immobilization...
April 24, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443845/passive-and-active-colloidal-chemotaxis-in-a-microfluidic-channel-mesoscopic-and-stochastic-models
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Laurens Deprez, Pierre de Buyl
Chemotaxis is the response of a particle to a gradient in the chemical composition of the environment. While it was originally observed for biological organisms, it is of great interest in the context of synthetic active particles such as nanomotors. Experimental demonstration of chemotaxis for chemically-powered colloidal nanomotors was reported in the literature in the context of chemo-attraction in a still fluid or in a microfluidic channel where the gradient is sustained by a specific inlet geometry. In this work, we use mesoscopic particle-based simulations of the colloid and solvent to demonstrate chemotaxis in a microfluidic channel...
April 26, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443679/emerging-roles-of-carbonyl-sulfide-cos-in-chemical-biology-sulfide-transporter-or-gasotransmitter
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Andrea K Steiger, Yu Zhao, Michael D Pluth
SIGNIFICANCE: Carbonyl sulfide (COS) is the most prevalent sulfur-containing gas in Earth's atmosphere and plays important roles in the global sulfur cycle. COS has been implicated in origin of life peptide ligation, is the primary energy source for certain bacteria, and has been detected in mammalian systems. Despite this long and intertwined history with terrestrial biology, limited attention has focused on potential roles of COS as a biological mediator. Recent Advances. Although bacterial COS production is well documented, definitive sources of mammalian COS production have not been confirmed...
April 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443673/fluorescent-probes-and-selective-inhibitors-for-biological-studies-of-h2s-and-polysulfide-mediated-signaling
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Yoko Takano, Honami Echizen, Kenjiro Hanaoka
SIGNIFICANCE: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) plays roles in many physiological processes, including relaxation of vascular smooth muscles, mediation of neurotransmission, inhibition of insulin signaling, and regulation of inflammation. Also, hydropersulfide (R-S-SH) and polysulfide (-S-Sn-S-) have recently been identified as reactive sulfur species (RSS) that regulate the bioactivities of multiple proteins via S-sulfhydration of cysteine residues (protein Cys-SSH) and show the cytoprotection...
April 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443629/differences-in-peripheral-sensory-input-to-the-olfactory-bulb-between-male-and-female-mice
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Marley D Kass, Lindsey A Czarnecki, Andrew H Moberly, John P McGann
Female mammals generally have a superior sense of smell than males, but the biological basis of this difference is unknown. Here, we demonstrate sexually dimorphic neural coding of odorants by olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs), primary sensory neurons that physically contact odor molecules in the nose and provide the initial sensory input to the brain's olfactory bulb. We performed in vivo optical neurophysiology to visualize odorant-evoked OSN synaptic output into olfactory bub glomeruli in unmanipulated (gonad-intact) adult mice from both sexes, and found that in females odorant presentation evoked more rapid OSN signaling over a broader range of OSNs than in males...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443368/improving-bioelectricity-generation-and-cod-removal-of-sewage-sludge-in-microbial-desalination-cell
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Atieh Ebrahimi, Daryoush Yousefi Kebria, Ghasem D Najafpour
Improving wastewater treatment process and water desalination are two important solutions for increasing the available supply of fresh water. Microbial desalination cells (MDCs) with common electrolytes display relatively low organic matter removal and high cost. In this study, sewage sludge was used as the substrate in the MDC under three different initial salt concentrations (5, 20 and 35 g.L(-1)) and the maximum salt removal rates of 50.6, 64 and 69.6% were obtained under batch condition, respectively. The MDC also produced the maximum power density of 47...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442906/a-review-of-drug-delivery-systems-based-on-nanotechnology-and-green-chemistry-green-nanomedicine
#15
REVIEW
Hossein Jahangirian, Ensieh Ghasemian Lemraski, Thomas J Webster, Roshanak Rafiee-Moghaddam, Yadollah Abdollahi
This review discusses the impact of green and environmentally safe chemistry on the field of nanotechnology-driven drug delivery in a new field termed "green nanomedicine". Studies have shown that among many examples of green nanotechnology-driven drug delivery systems, those receiving the greatest amount of attention include nanometal particles, polymers, and biological materials. Furthermore, green nanodrug delivery systems based on environmentally safe chemical reactions or using natural biomaterials (such as plant extracts and microorganisms) are now producing innovative materials revolutionizing the field...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442262/an-integrated-chemical-biology-approach-reveals-the-mechanism-of-action-of-hiv-replication-inhibitors
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Nicholas Pagano, Peter Teriete, Margrith E Mattmann, Li Yang, Beth A Snyder, Zhaohui Cai, Marintha L Heil, Nicholas D P Cosford
Continuous flow (microfluidic) chemistry was employed to prepare a small focused library of dihydropyrimidinone (DHPM) derivatives. Compounds in this class have been reported to exhibit activity against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but their molecular target had not been identified. We tested the initial set of DHPMs in phenotypic assays providing a hit (1i) that inhibited the replication of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV in cells. Flow chemistry-driven optimization of 1i led to the identification of HIV replication inhibitors such as 1l with cellular potency comparable with the clinical drug nevirapine (NVP)...
April 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442106/medicinal-and-biological-values-of-callistemon-viminalis-extracts-history-current-situation-and-prospects
#17
REVIEW
Mohamed Z M Salem, Mervat El-Hefny, Ramadan A Nasser, Hayssam M Ali, Nader A El-Shanhorey, Hosam O Elansary
Callistemon viminalis (C. viminalis) is a plant that has been reported to have various medicinal values such as antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant activities and other pharmaceutical and insecticidal properties. This review covers the potentials, applications and properties of different extracts from different parts (branches, flowers, fruits, bark, leaves) of C. viminalis. Furthermore, the chemical structures of the bioactive compounds were reported for biological activities. All the results supported the traditional uses of C...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441887/chemical-constituents-and-biological-activities-from-branches-of-colubrina-asiatica
#18
Watchara Sangsopha, Kwanjai Kanokmedhakul, Ratsami Lekphrom, Somdej Kanokmedhakul
Sixteen compounds were isolated from a Thai medicinal plant, Colubrina asiatica. The isolated compounds were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic methods (IR, 1D and 2D NMR) as six triterpene acids (1-6), five steroids (7-11), one benzoic acid derivative (12), two peptides (13 and 14), one sesquiterpenoid (15) and one jujubogenin (16). Compounds 3 and 10 showed antimalarial activity against Plasmodium falciparum. Compound 5 showed antimycobacterial activity. Moreover, compounds 3, 5, 6, 10 and 14 exhibited weak cytotoxicity against cancer cell lines...
April 25, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441776/gold-nanoparticles-for-modulating-neuronal-behavior
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REVIEW
Chiara Paviolo, Paul R Stoddart
Understanding the detailed functioning and pathophysiology of the brain and the nervous system continues to challenge the scientific community, particularly in terms of scaling up techniques for monitoring and interfacing with complex 3D networks. Nanotechnology has the potential to support this scaling up, where the eventual goal would be to address individual nerve cells within functional units of both the central and peripheral nervous system. Gold nanoparticles provide a variety of physical and chemical properties that have attracted attention as a light-activated nanoscale neuronal interface...
April 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441767/inhibitory-effect-of-triterpenoids-from-panax-ginseng-on-coagulation-factor-x
#20
Lingxin Xiong, Zeng Qi, Bingzhen Zheng, Zhuo Li, Fang Wang, Jinping Liu, Pingya Li
Enzymes involved in the coagulation process have received great attention as potential targets for the development of oral anti-coagulants. Among these enzymes, coagulation factor Xa (FXa) has remained the center of attention in the last decade. In this study, 16 ginsenosides and two sapogenins were isolated, identified and quantified. To determine the inhibitory potential on FXa, the chromogenic substrates method was used. The assay suggested that compounds 5, 13 and 18 were mainly responsible for the anti-coagulant effect...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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