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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088691/stability-effect-of-cholesterol-poly-acrylic-acid-in-a-stimuli-responsive-polymer-liposome-complex-obtained-from-soybean-lecithin-for-controlled-drug-delivery
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M G Simões, P Alves, Manuela Carvalheiro, P N Simões
The development of polymer-liposome complexes (PLCs), in particular for biomedical applications, has grown significantly in the last decades. The importance of these studies comes from the emerging need in finding intelligent controlled release systems, more predictable, effective and selective, for applications in several areas, such as treatment and/or diagnosis of cancer, neurological, dermatological, ophthalmic and orthopedic diseases, gene therapy, cosmetic treatments, and food engineering. This work reports the development and characterization of a pH sensitive system for controlled release based on PLCs...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088532/comparison-of-an-anaerobic-feed-and-split-anaerobic-aerobic-feed-on-granular-sludge-development-performance-and-ecology
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Benjamin J Thwaites, Petra Reeve, Nirmala Dinesh, Michael D Short, Ben van den Akker
The retrofitting of existing wastewater sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) to select for rapid-settling aerobic granular sludge (AGS) over floc-based conventional activated sludge (CAS), could be a viable option to decrease reactor cycle time and increase hydraulic capacity. Successful CAS-to-AGS conversion has previously been shown to be highly dependent on having a dedicated anaerobic feed, which presents additional engineering challenges when retrofitting SBRs. In this study we compared the performance of a split anaerobic-aerobic (An-Aer) feed with that of a traditional dedicated anaerobic feed regarding AGS formation and stability, nitrogen removal performance and microbial ecology...
December 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087991/an-exceptionally-selective-dna-cooperatively-binding-two-ca2-ions
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Wenhu Zhou, Runjhun Saran, Po-Jung Jimmy Huang, Jinsong Ding, Juewen Liu
Ca2+ is a highly important metal ion in biology and in the environment, leading to extensive work in developing sensors for Ca2+ detection. While many Ca2+ binding proteins are known, few nucleic acids can selectively bind Ca2+. DNA-based biosensors are attractive for its high stability and excellent programmability. Herein, we report a RNA-cleaving DNAzyme named EtNa cooperatively binding two Ca2+ ions but only one Mg2+. Four DNAzymes with known Ca2+-dependent activity were compared, and the EtNa has the best selectivity...
January 14, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075551/cucurbit-n-uril-based-microcapsules-self-assembled-within-microfluidic-droplets-a-versatile-approach-for-supramolecular-architectures-and-materials
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Ji Liu, Yang Lan, Ziyi Yu, Cindy S Y Tan, Richard M Parker, Chris Abell, Oren A Scherman
Microencapsulation is a fundamental concept behind a wide range of daily applications ranging from paints, adhesives, and pesticides to targeted drug delivery, transport of vaccines, and self-healing concretes. The beauty of microfluidics to generate microcapsules arises from the capability of fabricating monodisperse and micrometer-scale droplets, which can lead to microcapsules/particles with fine-tuned control over size, shape, and hierarchical structure, as well as high reproducibility, efficient material usage, and high-throughput manipulation...
January 11, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074649/bio-based-artificial-nacre-with-excellent-mechanical-and-barrier-properties-realized-by-a-facile-in-situ-reduction-and-cross-linking-reaction
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Kiran Shahzadi, Imran Mohsin, Lin Wu, Xuesong Ge, Yijun Jiang, Hui Li, Xindong Mu
Demands for high strength integrated materials have substantially increased across various kinds of industries. Inspired by the relationship of excellent integration of mechanical properties and hierarchical nano/microscale structure of the natural nacre, a simple and facile method to fabricate high strength integrated artificial nacre based on sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and borate cross-linked graphene oxide (GO) sheets has been developed. The tensile strength and toughness of cellulose-based hybrid material reached 480...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073254/bottom-up-design-of-three-dimensional-carbon-honeycomb-with-superb-specific-strength-and-high-thermal-conductivity
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Zhenqian Pang, Xiaokun Gu, Yujie Wei, Ronggui Yang, Mildred S Dresselhaus
Low-dimensional carbon allotropes, from fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, to graphene, have been broadly explored due to their outstanding and special properties. However, there exist significant challenges in retaining such properties of basic building blocks when scaling them up to three-dimensional materials and structures for many technological applications. Here we show theoretically the atomistic structure of a stable three-dimensional carbon honeycomb (C-honeycomb) structure with superb mechanical and thermal properties...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071970/the-making-of-bispecific-antibodies
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Ulrich Brinkmann, Roland E Kontermann
During the past two decades we have seen a phenomenal evolution of bispecific antibodies for therapeutic applications. The 'zoo' of bispecific antibodies is populated by many different species, comprising around 100 different formats, including small molecules composed solely of the antigen-binding sites of two antibodies, molecules with an IgG structure, and large complex molecules composed of different antigen-binding moieties often combined with dimerization modules. The application of sophisticated molecular design and genetic engineering has solved many of the technical problems associated with the formation of bispecific antibodies such as stability, solubility and other parameters that confer drug properties...
January 10, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071645/integrating-mass-spectrometry-with-md-simulations-reveals-the-role-of-lipids-in-na-h-antiporters
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Michael Landreh, Erik G Marklund, Povilas Uzdavinys, Matteo T Degiacomi, Mathieu Coincon, Joseph Gault, Kallol Gupta, Idlir Liko, Justin L P Benesch, David Drew, Carol V Robinson
Na(+)/H(+) antiporters are found in all kingdoms of life and exhibit catalysis rates that are among the fastest of all known secondary-active transporters. Here we combine ion mobility mass spectrometry and molecular dynamics simulations to study the conformational stability and lipid-binding properties of the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger NapA from Thermus thermophilus and compare this to the prototypical antiporter NhaA from Escherichia coli and the human homologue NHA2. We find that NapA and NHA2, but not NhaA, form stable dimers and do not selectively retain membrane lipids...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070555/molecular-ligand-modulation-of-palladium-nanocatalysts-for-highly-efficient-and-robust-heterogeneous-oxidation-of-cyclohexenone-to-phenol
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Teng Xue, Zhaoyang Lin, Chin-Yi Chiu, Yongjia Li, Lingyan Ruan, Gongming Wang, Zipeng Zhao, Chain Lee, Xiangfeng Duan, Yu Huang
Metallic nanoparticles are emerging as an exciting class of heterogeneous catalysts with the potential advantages of exceptional activity, stability, recyclability, and easier separation than homogeneous catalysts. The traditional colloid nanoparticle syntheses usually involve strong surface binding ligands that could passivate the surface active sites and result in poor catalytic activity. The subsequent removal of surface ligands could reactivate the surface but often leads to metal ion leaching and/or severe Ostwald ripening with diminished catalytic activity or poor stability...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069315/long-term-non-isothermal-reactive-transport-model-of-compacted-bentonite-concrete-and-corrosion-products-in-a-hlw-repository-in-clay
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Alba Mon, Javier Samper, Luis Montenegro, Acacia Naves, Jesús Fernández
Radioactive waste disposal in deep geological repositories envisages engineered barriers such as carbon-steel canisters, compacted bentonite and concrete liners. The stability and performance of the bentonite barrier could be affected by the corrosion products at the canister-bentonite interface and the hyper-alkaline conditions caused by the degradation of concrete at the bentonite-concrete interface. Additionally, the host clay formation could also be affected by the hyper-alkaline plume at the concrete-clay interface...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068664/fusion-peptide-improves-stability-and-bioactivity-of-single-chain-antibody-against-rabies-virus
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Hualong Xi, Kaixin Zhang, Yanchun Yin, Tiejun Gu, Qing Sun, Linqing Shi, Renxia Zhang, Chunlai Jiang, Wei Kong, Yongge Wu
The combination of rabies immunoglobulin (RIG) with a vaccine is currently effective against rabies infections, but improvements are needed. Genetic engineering antibody technology is an attractive approach for developing novel antibodies to replace RIG. In our previous study, a single-chain variable fragment, scFv57R, against rabies virus glycoprotein (RVGP) was constructed. However, its inherent weak stability and short half-life compared with the parent RIG may limit its diagnostic and therapeutic application...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068069/re-engineering-extracellular-vesicles-as-smart-nanoscale-therapeutics
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James P K Armstrong, Margaret N Holme, Molly M Stevens
In the past decade, extracellular vesicles (EVs) have emerged as a key cell-free strategy for the treatment of a range of pathologies, including cancer, myocardial infarction, and inflammatory diseases. Indeed, the field is rapidly transitioning from promising in vitro reports toward in vivo animal models and early clinical studies. These investigations exploit the high physicochemical stability and biocompatibility of EVs as well as their innate capacity to communicate with cells via signal transduction and membrane fusion...
January 9, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067399/conversion-of-1t-mose2-to-2h-mos2xse2-2x-mesoporous-nanospheres-for-superior-sodium-storage-performance
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Junjun Zhang, Wenpei Kang, Miao Jiang, Yu You, Yulin Cao, Tsz-Wai Ng, Denis Y W Yu, Chun-Sing Lee, Jun Xu
S-Doped 2H-MoSe2 (i.e., 2H-MoS2xSe2-2x) mesoporous nanospheres assembled from several-layered nanosheets are synthesized by sulfurizing freshly-prepared 1T-MoSe2 nanospheres, and they serve as a robust host material for sodium storage. The sulfuration treatment is found to be beneficial for removing surface/interface insulating organic contaminants and converting the 1T phase to the 2H phase with improved crystallinity and electrical conductivity. These result in significantly enhanced sodium storage performance, including charge/discharge capacity, first Coulombic efficiency, cycling stability, and rate capability...
January 9, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064006/versatile-rna-tetra-u-helix-linking-motif-as-a-toolkit-for-nucleic-acid-nanotechnology
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My N Bui, M Brittany Johnson, Mathias Viard, Emily Satterwhite, Angelica N Martins, Zhihai Li, Ian Marriott, Kirill A Afonin, Emil F Khisamutdinov
RNA nanotechnology employs synthetically modified ribonucleic acid (RNA) to engineer highly stable nanostructures in one, two, and three dimensions for medical applications. Despite the tremendous advantages in RNA nanotechnology, unmodified RNA itself is fragile and prone to enzymatic degradation. In contrast to use traditionally modified RNA strands e.g. 2'-fluorine, 2'-amine, 2'-methyl, we studied the effect of RNA/DNA hybrid approach utilizing a computer-assisted de novo RNA tetra-uracil (tetra-U) motif as a toolkit to address questions related to assembly efficiency, versatility, stability, and the production costs of hybrid RNA/DNA nanoparticles...
January 4, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063825/impact-of-mutations-on-the-higher-order-structure-and-activity-of-a-recombinant-uricase
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Flaviu Gruia, Arun Parupudi, Manuel Baca, Chris Ward, Andrew Nyborg, Richard L Remmele, Jared S Bee
This study explores the structural and functional changes associated with a low temperature thermal transition of two engineered bacterial uricase mutants. Uricase has a non-covalent homo-tetrameric structure, with four active sites located at the interface of subunits. Using differential scanning calorimetry, a low temperature transition was identified at 42ºC for mutant A and at 33°C for mutant B. This transition was stabilized by the uricase inhibitor, oxonic acid, suggesting a strong structural relationship to the active site...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062973/recent-progress-in-bacillus-subtilis-spore-surface-display-concept-progress-and-future
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He Wang, Yunxiang Wang, Ruijin Yang
With the increased knowledge on spore structure and advances in biotechnology engineering, the newly developed spore-surface display system confers several inherent advantages over other microbial cell-surface display systems including enhanced stability and high safety. Bacillus subtilis is the most commonly used Bacillus species for spore-surface display. The expression of heterologous antigen or protein on the surface of B. subtilis spores has now been practiced for over a decade with noteworthy success...
January 6, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062150/influence-of-dynamic-coupled-hydro-bio-mechanical-processes-on-response-of-municipal-solid-waste-and-liner-system-in-bioreactor-landfills
#17
Krishna R Reddy, Girish Kumar, Rajiv K Giri
A two-dimensional (2-D) mathematical model is presented to predict the response of municipal solid waste (MSW) of conventional as well as bioreactor landfills undergoing coupled hydro-bio-mechanical processes. The newly developed and validated 2-D coupled mathematical modeling framework combines and simultaneously solves a two-phase flow model based on the unsaturated Richard's equation, a plain-strain formulation of Mohr-Coulomb mechanical model and first-order decay kinetics biodegradation model. The performance of both conventional and bioreactor landfill was investigated holistically, by evaluating the mechanical settlement, extent of waste degradation with subsequent changes in geotechnical properties, landfill slope stability, and in-plane shear behavior (shear stress-displacement) of composite liner system and final cover system...
January 3, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060479/coral-shaped-mos2-decorated-with-graphene-quantum-dots-performed-as-a-highly-active-electrocatalyst-for-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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Bangjun Guo, Ke Yu, Honglin Li, Ruijuan Qi, Yuanyuan Zhang, Haili Song, Zheng Tang, Zi-Qiang Zhu, Mingwei Chen
We report a new CVD method to prepare coral-shaped monolayer MoS2 with a large amount of exposed edge sites for catalyzing hydrogen evolution reaction. The electrocatalytic activities of the coral-shaped MoS2 can be further enhanced by electronic band engineering via decorated with graphene quantum dot (GQD) decoration. Generally, GQDs improving the electrical conductivity of the MoS2 electrocatalyst. First-principle calculations suggest that the Coral MoS2@GQDs is a zero-gap material. The high electric conductivity and pronounced catalytically active sties give the hybrid catalyst an outstanding electrocatalytic performance with small onset overpotential of 95 mV and low Tafel slope of 40 mV/dec as well as excellent long-term electrocatalytic stability...
January 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059435/acetoin-production-via-unbalanced-fermentation-in-shewanella-oneidensis
#19
Thea Bursac, Jeffrey A Gralnick, Johannes Gescher
This study describes the realization of an anoxic acetoin production process using the proteobacterium Shewanella oneidensis. Fermentative processes are of high biotechnological relevance since they offer high productivity and a low percentage of substrate consumption for anabolic processes. Nevertheless, the range of compounds that can be produced as sole end product of a fermentative process is limited, since the average oxidation state of substrate and products has to be identical in the absence of an external electron acceptor...
January 6, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057542/an-fc-silenced-igg1-format-with-extended-half-life-designed-for-improved-stability
#20
M Jack Borrok, Neil Mody, Xiaojun Lu, Megan Kuhn, Herren Wu, William F Dall'Acqua, Ping Tsui
Multiple mutation combinations in the IgG Fc have been characterized to tailor immune effector function or IgG serum persistence to fit desired biological outcomes for monoclonal antibody therapeutics. An unintended consequence of introducing mutations in the Fc (particularly the CH2 domain) can be a reduction in biophysical stability which can correlate with increased aggregation propensity, poor manufacturability, and lower solubility. Herein, we characterize the changes in IgG conformational and colloidal stability when two sets of CH2 mutations "TM" (L234F/L235E/P331S) and "YTE" (M252Y/S254T/T256E) are combined to generate an antibody format lacking immune receptor binding and exhibiting extended half-life...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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