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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654290/effect-of-surface-crowding-and-surface-hydrophilicity-on-the-activity-stability-and-molecular-orientation-of-a-covalently-tethered-enzyme
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Mckenna Schroeder, Qiuming Wang, Somayesadat Badieyan, Zhan Chen, E Neil G Marsh
Using an engineered enzyme (nitro-reductase) that is covalently tethered to a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) surface through a unique surface cysteine residue, results in a well-defined protein monolayer that is amenable to detailed kinetic and spectroscopic analysis. Here we investigate two surface properties that are generally thought to have an important influence of enzyme activity and stability: surface hydrophobicity and surface crowding. Two nitro-reductase variants were covalently tethered to orient the protein's pseudo-2-fold symmetry axis either parallel or perpendicular to the surface...
June 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654244/monolithically-integrated-flexible-black-phosphorus-complementary-inverter-circuits
#2
Yuanda Liu, Kah-Wee Ang
Two-dimensional (2D) inverter is a fundamental building block for flexible logic circuit which has previously been realized by heterogeneously wiring transistors with two discrete channel materials. Here, we demonstrate a monolithically integrated complementary inverter made using a homogenous black phosphorus (BP) nanosheet on flexible substrates. The digital logic inverter circuit is demonstrated via effective threshold voltage tuning within a single BP material, which offers both electron and hole dominated conducting channels with nearly symmetric pinch-off and current saturation...
June 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654124/curving-silver-nanowires-using-liquid-droplets-for-highly-stretchable-and-durable-percolation-networks
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Guh-Hwan Lim, Kwangguk Ahn, Shingyu Bok, Jaewook Nam, Byungkwon Lim
Silver (Ag) nanowires (NWs) are promising building blocks for the fabrication of stretchable electrodes, but they may undergo mechanical fracture at low tensile strains, which leads to degradation in electrical performance of Ag NW-based stretchable electrodes. Here we report on a simple route to create the percolation networks of Ag NW rings via a conventional spray coating process. We discovered that Ag NWs can be bent into curved shapes within micrometer-sized liquid droplets generated during the spraying process due to elasto-capillary interaction...
June 27, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653240/immunopet-imaging-of-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-expression-using-an-engineered-anti-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-6-cys-diabody-site-specifically-radiolabeled-with-cu-64-considerations-for-optimal-imaging-with-antibody-fragments
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Jason B White, Lina Y Hu, David L Boucher, Julie L Sutcliffe
PURPOSE: Increased expression of the αvβ6 integrin correlates with advanced tumor grade and poor clinical outcome, identifying αvβ6 as a prognostic indicator and an attractive target for molecular imaging. This work investigated the ability of a disulfide-stabilized [(64)Cu]NOTA-αvβ6 cys-diabody to image αvβ6 expression in vivo using a nu/nu mouse model bearing human melanoma xenografts and positron-emission tomography. PROCEDURES: Small-animal positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, quantitative ROI analysis, and ex vivo biodistribution were conducted to ascertain tumor uptake and organ distribution of the [(64)Cu]NOTA-αvβ6 cys-diabody...
June 26, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650647/highly-efficient-and-stable-sn-rich-perovskite-solar-cells-by-introducing-bromine
#5
Seojun Lee, Dong-Won Kang
Compositional engineering of recently-arising methylammonium (MA) lead (Pb) halide based perovskites is an essential approach for finding better perovskite compositions to resolve still remaining issues of toxic Pb, and long-term instability, etc. In this work, we carried out crystallographic, morphological, optical, and photovoltaic characterization of compositional MASn0.6Pb0.4I3-xBrx by gradually introducing bromine (Br) into parental Pb-Sn binary perovskite (MASn0.6Pb0.4I3) to elucidate its function in Sn-rich (Sn : Pb = 6 : 4) perovskites...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650641/a-discovery-of-strong-metal-support-bonding-in-nano-engineered-au-fe3o4-dumbbell-like-nanoparticles-by-in-situ-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Chang Wan Han, Tej Choksi, Cory Adam Milligan, Paulami Majumdar, Michael J Manto, Yanran Cui, Xiahan Sang, Raymond R Unocic, Dmitry Y Zemlyanov, Chao Wang, Fabio H Ribeiro, Jeffrey Greeley, Volkan Ortalan
The strength of metal-support bonding in heterogeneous catalysts determines their thermal stability, therefore, a tremendous amount of effort has been expended to understand metal-support interactions. Herein, we report the discovery of an anomalous "strong metal-support bonding" between gold nanoparticles and "nano-engineered" Fe3O4 substrates by in-situ microscopy. During in-situ vacuum annealing of Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell-like nanoparticles, synthesized by the epitaxial growth of nano-Fe3O4 on Au nanoparticles, the gold nanoparticles transform into the gold thinfilms and wet the surface of nano-Fe3O4, as the surface reduction of nano-Fe3O4 proceeds...
June 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650444/nutrient-recycling-facilitates-long-term-stability-of-marine-microbial-phototroph-heterotroph-interactions
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Joseph A Christie-Oleza, Despoina Sousoni, Matthew Lloyd, Jean Armengaud, David J Scanlan
Biological interactions underpin the functioning of marine ecosystems, be it via competition, predation, mutualism or symbiosis processes. Microbial phototroph-heterotroph interactions propel the engine that results in the biogeochemical cycling of individual elements, and they are critical for understanding and modelling global ocean processes. Unfortunately, studies thus far have focused on exponentially growing cultures in nutrient-rich media, meaning knowledge of such interactions under in situ conditions is rudimentary at best...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650023/ligand-induced-conformational-preorganization-of-loops-of-c-myc-g-quadruplex-dna-and-its-implications-in-structure-specific-drug-design
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S Harikrishna, Saikiran Kotaru, P I Pradeepkumar
Stabilization of a G-quadruplex (G4) DNA structure in the proto-oncogene c-MYC using small molecule ligands has emerged as an attractive strategy for the development of anticancer therapeutics. To understand the subtle structural changes in the G4 structure upon ligand binding, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of c-MYC G4 DNA were carried out in a complex with six different potent ligands: 3AQN, 6AQN, 3APN, 360A, Nap-Et, and Nap-Pr. The results show that the ligands 3AQN, 6AQN, 3APN, and 360A stabilize the G4 structure by making stacking interactions with the top quartet...
June 26, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648944/tubulin-beta-3-and-4-are-involved-in-the-generation-of-early-fibrotic-stages
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Marta E Wawro, Katarzyna Sobierajska, Wojciech M Ciszewski, Waldemar Wagner, Marta Frontczak, Katarzyna Wieczorek, Jolanta Niewiarowska
The endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a fundamental cellular mechanism that occurs under both physiological and pathological conditions and includes the fibrotic stages of numerous organs, namely, the skin, kidneys, heart, lungs and liver. Endothelial cells that undergo EndMT are one of the main source of (myo)fibroblasts in fibrotic tissues. A critical step in cellular transdifferentiation is morphological change, which is engineered by the reorganization of cytoskeletal elements such as microtubules...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648749/transcriptome-profiling-of-3d-co-cultured-cardiomyocytes-and-endothelial-cells-under-oxidative-stress-using-a-photocrosslinkable-hydrogel-system
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Xiaoshan Yue, Aylin Acun, Pinar Zorlutuna
Myocardial infarction (MI) is one of the most common among cardiovascular diseases. Endothelial cells (ECs) are considered to have protective effects on cardiomyocytes (CMs) under stress conditions such as MI; however, the paracrine CM-EC crosstalk and the resulting endogenous cellular responses that could contribute to this protective effect are not thoroughly investigated. Here we created biomimetic synthetic tissues containing CMs and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived ECs (iECs), which showed improved cell survival compared to single cultures under conditions mimicking the aftermath of MI, and performed high-throughput RNA-sequencing to identify target pathways that could govern CM-iEC crosstalk and the resulting improvement in cell viability...
June 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648078/controllable-synthesis-of-mesoporous-sulfur-doped-carbon-nitride-materials-for-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-degradation
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Milad Jourshabani, Zahra Shariatinia, Alireza Badiei
Mesoporous sulfur-doped graphitic carbon nitride (MCNS) materials were successfully synthesized using thiourea as a low cost precursor and SiO2 gel solution as a template through a simple thermal condensation method. The effects of three synthesis key factors, namely reaction temperature, reaction time, weight ratio of SiO2/thiourea and also their interactions on the removal rate of methyl orange (MO) were investigated using response surface methodology (RSM) and the samples were subjected to several characterization techniques...
June 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644611/transient-fiber-mats-of-electrospun-poly-propylene-carbonate-composites-with-remarkable-mechanical-strength
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Peter Ohlendorf, Alexander Ruyack, Amanda K Leonardi, Chengjian Shi, Christine Cuppoletti, Ian Bruce, Amit Lal, Christopher K Ober
Polymers with a triggered decomposition are attractive for an array of applications ranging from patterning to transient packaging materials as well as for environmental protection. This work showed for the first time UV and thermally triggered transience in fiber mats using poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) composites. The electrospun PPC-composite fiber mats combine excellent decomposition performance (due to the high surface to volume ratio) with high stiffness and thus represent a new class of materials enabling innovative applications such as transient filter materials, short-time plant protection materials as well as temporary lightweight materials for aerospace engineering...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643343/alpha-beta-hydrolases-a-unique-structural-motif-coordinates-catalytic-acid-residue-in-40-protein-fold-families
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Polytimi S Dimitriou, Alexander Denesyuk, Seiji Takahashi, Satoshi Yamashita, Mark S Johnson, Toru Nakayama, Konstantin Denessiouk
The alpha/beta-hydrolases (ABH) are a family of acid-base-nucleophile catalytic triad enzymes with a common fold, but using a wide variety of substrates, having different pH optima, catalyzing unique catalytic reactions and often showing improved chemical and thermo stability. The ABH enzymes are prime targets for protein engineering. Here, we have classified active sites from 51 representative members of 40 structural ABH fold families into eight distinct conserved geometries. We demonstrate the occurrence of a common structural motif, the catalytic acid zone, at the catalytic triad acid turn...
June 23, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642478/a-novel-plant-e3-ligase-stabilizes-escherichia-coli-heat-shock-factor-%C3%AF-32
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Yulong Niu, Xibing Xu, Chengcheng Liu, Tao Wang, Ke Liang, Jianmei Wang, Zhibin Liu, Xufeng Li, Yi Yang
The heat shock response is crucial for organisms against heat-damaged proteins and maintaining homeostasis at a high temperature. Heterologous expression of eukaryotic molecular chaperones protects Escherichia coli from heat stress. Here we report that expression of the plant E3 ligase BnTR1 significantly increases the thermotolerance of E. coli. Different from eukaryotic chaperones, BnTR1 expression induces the accumulation of heat shock factor σ(32) and heat shock proteins. The active site of BnTR1 in E...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642127/exploiting-sequence-and-stability-information-for-directing-nanobody-stability-engineering
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Patrick Kunz, Tilman Flock, Nicolas Soler, Moritz Zaiss, Cécile Vincke, Yann Sterckx, Damjana Kastelic, Serge Muyldermans, Jörg D Hoheisel
BACKGROUND: Variable domains of camelid heavy-chain antibodies, commonly named nanobodies, have high biotechnological potential. In view of their broad range of applications in research, diagnostics and therapy, engineering their stability is of particular interest. One important aspect is the improvement of thermostability, because it can have immediate effects on conformational stability, protease resistance and aggregation propensity of the protein. METHODS: We analyzed the sequences and thermostabilities of 78 purified nanobody binders...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640513/mechanistic-insights-into-nanoparticle-surface-adsorption-by-solution-nmr-spectroscopy-in-an-aqueous-gel
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Timothy K Egner, Pranjali Naik, Nicholas C Nelson, Igor I Slowing, Vincenzo Venditti
Engineering nanoparticle (NP) functions at molecular level requires a detailed understanding of the dynamic processes occurring at the NP surface. Here we show that the combined analysis of Dark state Exchange Saturation Transfer (DEST) and Relaxation Dispersion (RD) NMR experiments acquired on gel-stabilized samples of NP allows for accurate determination of the kinetics and thermodynamics of adsorption. We used the former approach to describe the interaction of cholic acid (CA) and phenol (PhOH) with ~200 nm ceria NP...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638780/materials-design-and-system-construction-for-conventional-and-new-concept-supercapacitors
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REVIEW
Zhong Wu, Lin Li, Jun-Min Yan, Xin-Bo Zhang
With the development of renewable energy and electrified transportation, electrochemical energy storage will be more urgent in the future. Supercapacitors have received extensive attention due to their high power density, fast charge and discharge rates, and long-term cycling stability. During past five years, supercapacitors have been boomed benefited from the development of nanostructured materials synthesis and the promoted innovation of devices construction. In this review, we have summarized the current state-of-the-art development on the fabrication of high-performance supercapacitors...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636315/fabrication-of-hierarchical-macroporous-biocompatible-scaffolds-by-combining-pickering-high-internal-phase-emulsion-templates-with-three-dimensional-printing
#18
Ting Yang, Yang Hu, Chaoyang Wang, Bernard P Binks
Biocompatible and biodegradable porous scaffolds with adjustable pore structure have aroused increasing interest in bone tissue engineering. Here, we report a facile method to fabricate hierarchical macroporous biocompatible (HmPB) scaffolds by combining Pickering high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) templates with three-dimensional (3D) printing. HmPB scaffolds composed of a polymer matrix of poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, and poly(ε-caprolactone), PCL, are readily fabricated by solvent evaporation of 3D printed Pickering HIPEs which are stabilized by hydrophobically modified silica nanoparticles (h-SiO2)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633311/cofactor-specificity-switch-in-shikimate-dehydrogenase-by-rational-design-and-consensus-engineering
#19
Fernando García-Guevara, Iris Bravo, Claudia Martínez-Anaya, Lorenzo Segovia
Consensus engineering has been used to design more stable variants using the most frequent amino acid at each site of a multiple sequence alignment; sometimes consensus engineering modifies function, but efforts have mainly been focused on studying stability. Here we constructed a consensus Rossmann domain for the Shikimate dehydrogenase enzyme; separately we decided to switch the cofactor specificity through rational design in the Escherichia coli Shikimate dehydrogenase enzyme and then analyzed the effect of consensus mutations on top of our design...
June 13, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629074/tunable-green-graphene-silk-biomaterials-mechanism-of-protein-based-nanocomposites
#20
Fang Wang, S S Jyothirmayee Aravind, Hao Wu, Joseph Forys, Venkat Venkataraman, Kandalam Ramanujachary, Xiao Hu
Green graphene materials prepared by photoreduction of graphite oxide were first time blended with aqueous-based silk fibroin proteins to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of silk biomaterials, and their nanocomposite interaction mechanism was illustrated. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the complete exfoliation of graphite oxide to graphene in presence of focused pulses of solar radiation. By varying the concentration of graphene (0.1wt% to 10wt%), a series of free standing graphene-silk films were prepared and were systematically characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation measurements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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