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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523917/silica-nanoparticles-functionalized-with-zwitterionic-sulfobetaine-siloxane-for-application-as-a-versatile-antifouling-coating-system
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Brianna Rose Knowles, Pawel Wagner, Shane MacLaughlin, Michael J Higgins, Paul J Molino
The growing need to develop surfaces able to effectively resist biological fouling has resulted in the widespread investigation of nanomaterials with potential antifouling properties. However, the preparation of effective antifouling coatings is limited by the availability of reactive surface functional groups and our ability to carefully control and organise chemistries at a materials interface. Here, we present two methods of preparing hydrophilic low fouling surface coatings through reaction of silica nanoparticle suspensions and pre-deposited silica nanoparticle films with zwitterionic sulfobetaine...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523911/cup-shaped-nanoantenna-arrays-for-zeptoliter-volume-biochemistry-and-plasmonic-sensing-in-the-visible-wavelengths-range
#2
Rokas Drevinskas, Tomas Rakickas, Algirdas Selskis, Lorenzo Rosa, Ramunas Valiokas
Although three-dimensional shaping of metallic nanostructures is an important strategy for control and manipulation of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), its implementation in high-throughput, on-chip fabrication of plasmonic devices remains to be challenging. Here we demonstrate nanocontact-based large area fabrication of a novel, LSPR-active Au architecture consisting of periodic arrays of reduced symmetry nanoantennas having sub-50 nm, out-of-plane features. Namely, by combining nanosphere and molecular self-assembly processes we have patterned evaporated polycrystalline Au films for chemical etching of nanocups with controlled aspect ratios (an outer diameter d=100 nm, void volumes of 18 or 39 zeptoliters)...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523096/biocatalysis-in-the-pharmaceutical-industry-the-need-for-speed
#3
Matthew D Truppo
The use of biocatalysis in the pharmaceutical industry continues to expand as a result of increased access to enzymes and the ability to engineer those enzymes to meet the demands of industrial processes. However, we are still just scratching the surface of potential biocatalytic applications. The time pressures present in pharmaceutical process development are incompatible with the long lead times required for engineering a suitable biocatalyst. Dramatic increases in the speed of protein engineering are needed to deliver on the ever increasing opportunities for industrial biocatalytic processes...
May 11, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522690/resistance-to-malaria-through-structural-variation-of-red-blood-cell-invasion-receptors
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Ellen M Leffler, Gavin Band, George B J Busby, Katja Kivinen, Quang Si Le, Geraldine M Clarke, Kalifa A Bojang, David J Conway, Muminatou Jallow, Fatoumatta Sisay-Joof, Edith C Bougouma, Valentina D Mangano, David Modiano, Sodiomon B Sirima, Eric Achidi, Tobias O Apinjoh, Kevin Marsh, Carolyne M Ndila, Norbert Peshu, Thomas N Williams, Chris Drakeley, Alphaxard Manjurano, Hugh Reyburn, Eleanor Riley, David Kachala, Malcolm Molyneux, Vysaul Nyirongo, Terrie Taylor, Nicole Thornton, Louise Tilley, Shane Grimsley, Eleanor Drury, Jim Stalker, Victoria Cornelius, Christina Hubbart, Anna E Jeffreys, Kate Rowlands, Kirk A Rockett, Chris C A Spencer, Dominic P Kwiatkowski
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum invades human red blood cells via interactions between host and parasite surface proteins. By analyzing genome sequence data from human populations, including 1269 individuals from sub-Saharan Africa, we identify a diverse array of large copy number variants affecting the host invasion receptor genes GYPA and GYPB We find that a nearby association with severe malaria is explained by a complex structural rearrangement involving the loss of GYPB and gain of two GYPB-A hybrid genes, which encode a serologically distinct blood group antigen known as Dantu...
May 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522678/cigarette-smoking-associated-alterations-in-serotonin-adrenalin-signaling-pathways-of-platelets
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Curtis Lee Lowery, Clay Elliott, Anthonya Cooper, Coedy Hadden, Roberto N Sonon, Parastoo Azadi, D Keith Williams, James D Marsh, Donna S Woulfe, Fusun Kilic
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking plays a major role in cardiovascular diseases. The acute effects of cigarette smoking produce central nervous system-mediated activation of the sympathetic nervous system. The overactive sympathetic nervous system stimulates the secretion of serotonin (5-HT) and catecholamine into blood at supraphysiological levels. The correlation between these pathological conditions induced by smoking and the increased risk of thrombosis has not been thoroughly investigated...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520506/urinary-nanovesicles-captured-by-lectins-or-antibodies-demonstrate-variations-in-size-and-surface-glycosylation-profile
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Jared Q Gerlach, Ciaran M Maguire, Anja Krüger, Lokesh Joshi, Adriele Prina-Mello, Matthew D Griffin
AIM: The use of carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins) to isolate urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) was investigated and the captured subpopulations were characterized. METHODS: Pooled uEVs from multiple healthy donors were exposed to lectin-conjugated or antibody-conjugated beads. Recovered uEVs were evaluated by protein estimation, transmission electron microscopy, nanoparticle tracking analysis and lectin microarray profiling. RESULTS: uEVs isolated by lectin- and antibody-based affinity capture exhibited distinct variations in size and surface content...
May 18, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517912/keeping-good-friends-close-the-surface-and-secreted-proteomes-of-a-probiotic-bacterium-provide-candidate-proteins-for-intestinal-attachment-and-communication-with-the-host
#7
Constance J Jeffery
Bacteria use cell surface proteins and secreted proteins to interact with host tissues. Several dozen previously published proteomics studies have identified cell surface proteins for pathogens. In this issue, Celebioglu and Svensson (Proteomics 2017, XXX, XXX-XXX) use 2-D gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry to identify secreted and cell surface proteins of a commensual gut bacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM. Some of the proteins are known to have functions in the cytoplasm, and their presence on the cell surface suggests they might be moonlighting proteins...
May 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512002/cell-surface-g-protein-coupled-receptors-for-tumor-associated-metabolites-a-direct-link-to-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Bojana Ristic, Yangzom D Bhutia, Vadivel Ganapathy
Mitochondria are the sites of pyruvate oxidation, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, ketogenesis, and fatty acid oxidation. Attenuation of mitochondrial function is one of the most significant changes that occurs in tumor cells, directly linked to oncogenesis, angiogenesis, Warburg effect, and epigenetics. In particular, three mitochondrial enzymes are inactivated in cancer: pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA synthase-2 (HMGCS2). These enzymes are subject to regulation via acetylation/deacetylation...
May 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506829/an-asymmetric-dimeric-structure-of-trmj-trna-methyltransferase-from-zymomonas-mobilis-with-a-flexible-c-terminal-dimer
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Do-Heon Gu, Mi-Young Park, Jeong-Sun Kim
The tRNA methyltransferase J (TrmJ) and D (TrmD) catalyze the transferring reaction of a methyl group to the tRNA anticodon loop. They commonly have the N-terminal domain (NTD) and the C-terminal domain (CTD). Whereas two monomeric CTDs symmetrically interact with a dimeric NTD in TrmD, a CTD dimer has exhibited an asymmetric interaction with the NTD dimer in the presence of a product. The elucidated apo-structure of the full-length TrmJ from Zymomonas mobilis ZM4 shows a dimeric CTD that asymmetrically interacts with the NTD dimer, thereby distributing non-symmetrical potential charge on the both side of the protein surface...
May 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506209/peptides-mimicking-viral-proteins-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-were-profiled-by-the-spectrum-of-mouse-anti-pcv2-antibodies
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Ling-Chu Hung, Cheng-Yao Yang, Ivan-Chen Cheng
BACKGROUND: Porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) is a small, non-enveloped DNA virus causing swine lymphocyte depletion and severe impact on the swine industry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antigenicity and immunogenicity of specific peptides, and seeking the potential candidate of PCV2 peptide-based vaccine. It's initiating from peptides reacting with PCV2-infected pig sera and peptide-immunized mouse sera. RESULTS: The data showed that the sera from PCV2-infected pigs could react with the N-terminal (C1), middle region (C2), and C-terminal peptide (C3) of PCV2 capsid protein (CP), ORF3 protein (N1), ORF6 protein (N2) and ORF9 protein (N3)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506037/diversity-of-vir-genes-in-plasmodium-vivax-from-endemic-regions-in-the-republic-of-korea-an-initial-evaluation
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Ui-Han Son, Sylvatrie-Danne Dinzouna-Boutamba, Sanghyun Lee, Hae Soo Yun, Jung-Yeon Kim, So-Young Joo, Sookwan Jeong, Man Hee Rhee, Yeonchul Hong, Dong-Il Chung, Dongmi Kwak, Youn-Kyoung Goo
Variant surface antigens (VSAs) encoded by pir families are considered to be the key proteins used by many Plasmodium spp. to escape the host immune system by antigenic variation. This attribute of VSAs is a critical issue in the development of a novel vaccine. In this regard, a population genetic study of vir genes from Plasmodium vivax was performed in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Eighty-five venous blood samples and 4 of the vir genes, namely vir 27, vir 21, vir 12, and vir 4, were selected for study. The number of segregating sites (S), number of haplotypes (H), haplotype diversity (Hd), DNA diversity (π and Θw), and Tajima's D test value were conducted...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504607/innate-inflammatory-gene-expression-profiling-in-potential-brain-dead-donors-detailed-investigation-of-the-effect-of-common-corticosteroid-therapy
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Reza Gholamnezhadjafari, Nader Tajik, Reza Falak, Reza Aflatoonian, Sanaz Dehghan, Abbas Rezaei
Our study aimed to assess the influence of common methylprednisolone therapy on innate inflammatory factors in potential brain-dead organ donors (BDDs). The study groups consisted of 50 potential BDDs who received 15 mg/kg/d methylprednisolone and 25 live organ donors (LDs) as control group. Innate immunity gene expression profiling was performed by RT-PCR array. Soluble serum cytokines and chemokines, complement components, heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) and high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) were measured by ELISA...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503991/platelet-concentrates-modulate-myeloid-dendritic-cell-immune-responses
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Katrina K Ki, Helen M Faddy, Robert L Flower, Melinda M Dean
Platelet transfusion has been reported to modulate the recipients' immune system. To date, the precise mechanism(s) driving poor patient outcomes (e.g., increased rate of mortality, morbidity, infectious complications and prolonged hospital stays) following platelet transfusion are largely undefined. To determine the potential for platelet concentrates (PC) to modulate responses of crucial immune regulatory cells, a human in vitro whole blood model of transfusion was established. Maturation and activation of human myeloid dendritic cells (mDC) and the specialized subset blood DC antigen (BDCA)3(+) DC were assessed following exposure to buffy-coat derived PC at day (D)2 (fresh) and D5 (date-of-expiry)...
May 15, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503736/hydrogen-sulfide-pretreatment-improves-mitochondrial-function-in-myocardial-hypertrophy-via-a-sirt3-dependent-manner
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Guoliang Meng, Jieqiong Liu, Shangmin Liu, Qiuyi Song, Lulu Liu, Liping Xie, Yi Han, Yong Ji
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) is a gaseous signal molecule with anti-oxidative ability. Sirtuin 3 (SIRT3) is closely associated with mitochondrial function and oxidative stress. The study was to investigate whether and how H2 S improved myocardial hypertrophy via a SIRT3-dependent manner. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were pre-treated with NaHS (50 μM) for 4 h followed by angiotensin II (Ang II, 100 nM) for 24 h. SIRT3 was silenced with siRNA technology. SIRT 3 promoter activity and expression, cell surface, hypertrophic gene mRNA expression, mitochondrial oxygen consumption rate and membrane potential were measured...
May 15, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501786/qac-modified-pvdf-membranes-antibiofouling-performance-mechanisms-and-effects-on-microbial-communities-in-an-mbr-treating-municipal-wastewater
#15
Mei Chen, Xingran Zhang, Zhiwei Wang, Liang Wang, Zhichao Wu
Biofouling remains as a critical issue limiting the widespread applications of membrane bioreactors (MBRs). The use of antibiofouling membranes is an emerging method to tackle this issue. In this study, a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane was modified using a quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) to create an antibiofouling membrane. The membrane was used in an MBR and the performance, mechanisms, and effects on microbial communities of this membrane were compared to a control operated in parallel. Results showed that the membrane exhibited a significantly reduced transmembrane pressure increase rate of 0...
May 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500945/carbohydrate-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-detection-of-a-cancer-biomarker-in-human-plasma
#16
Marion Devillers, Lama Ahmad, Hafsa Korri-Youssoufi, Laurent Salmon
Autocrine motility factor (AMF) is a tumor-secreted cytokine that stimulates tumor cell motility in vitro and metastasis in vivo. AMF could be detected in serum or urine of cancer patients with worse prognosis. Reported as a cancer biomarker, AMF secretion into body fluids might be closely related to metastases formation. In this study, a sensitive and specific carbohydrate-based electrochemical biosensor was designed for the detection and quantification of a protein model of AMF, namely phosphoglucose isomerase from rabbit muscle (RmPGI)...
April 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500801/a-malaria-resistant-phenotype-with-immunological-correlates-in-a-tanzanian-birth-cohort-exposed-to-intense-malaria-transmission
#17
Scott D Nash, D Rebecca Prevots, Edward Kabyemela, Yogender P Khasa, Kun-Lin Lee, Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy
AbstractMalaria incidence is highly heterogeneous even in areas of high transmission, although no conclusive evidence exists that innate or naturally acquired resistance can prevent infection over an extended period of time. This longitudinal study examined immunoparasitological evidence for a malaria-resistant phenotype in which children do not develop malaria despite an extended period of exposure to parasites. Within a birth cohort followed from 2002 to 2006 in Muheza, Tanzania, an area of intense transmission, children (N = 687) provided blood smears biweekly during infancy and monthly thereafter...
May 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499451/effects-of-annulus-defects-and-implantation-of-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-plga-fibrin-gel-scaffolds-on-nerves-ingrowth-in-a-rabbit-model-of-annular-injury-disc-degeneration
#18
Long Xin, Weixing Xu, Leijun Yu, Shunwu Fan, Wei Wang, Fang Yu, Zhenbin Wang
BACKGROUND: Growth of nerve fibers has been shown to occur in a rabbit model of intravertebral disc degeneration (IVD) induced by needle puncture. As nerve growth may underlie the process of chronic pain in humans affected by disc degeneration, we sought to investigate the factors underlying nerve ingrowth in a minimally invasive annulotomy rabbit model of IVD by comparing the effects of empty disc defects with those of defects filled with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/fibrin gel (PLGA) plugs...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498385/polymer-brushes-based-on-plla-b-peo-colloids-for-the-preparation-of-protein-resistant-pla-surfaces
#19
E Mázl Chánová, O Pop-Georgievski, M M Kumorek, O Janoušková, L Machová, D Kubies, F Rypáček
In this study we investigate the formation of protein-resistant polymer surfaces, such as aliphatic polyesters, through the deposition of self-assemblies of amphiphilic poly(l-lactide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide), PLLA-b-PEO, copolymers as stable nanoparticles with a kinetically frozen PLLA core on model PLLA surfaces. The length of the PEO chains in the corona was tuned to achieve polymer brushes capable of preventing protein adsorption on PLA-based biomaterials. The spectroscopic ellipsometry, IR and XPS analysis, contact angle goniometry, and AFM proved that the PEO chains adopted a brush structure and were preferably exposed on the surface...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492497/regulation-of-th17-cells-and-associated-cytokines-in-wound-healing-tissue-regeneration-and-carcinogenesis
#20
REVIEW
Leonie Brockmann, Anastasios D Giannou, Nicola Gagliani, Samuel Huber
Wound healing is a crucial process which protects our body against permanent damage and invasive infectious agents. Upon tissue damage, inflammation is an early event which is orchestrated by a multitude of innate and adaptive immune cell subsets including TH17 cells. TH17 cells and TH17 cell associated cytokines can impact wound healing positively by clearing pathogens and modulating mucosal surfaces and epithelial cells. Injury of the gut mucosa can cause fast expansion of TH17 cells and their induction from naïve T cells through Interleukin (IL)-6, TGF-β, and IL-1β signaling...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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