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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644007/cyclotides-as-tools-in-chemical-biology
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Simon J de Veer, Joachim Weidmann, David J Craik
Among the various molecules that plants produce for defense against pests and pathogens, cyclotides stand out as exceptionally stable and structurally unique. These ribosomally synthesized peptides are around 30 amino acids in size, and are stabilized by a head-to-tail cyclic peptide backbone and three disulfide bonds that form a cystine knot. They occur in certain plants of the Rubiaceae, Violaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, and Solanaceae families, with an individual plant producing up to hundreds of different cyclotides...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642848/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate-dehydrogenase-gapdh-functions-as-a-receptor-for-human-lactoferrin
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Himanshu Malhotra, Anil Patidar, Vishant M Boradia, Rajender Kumar, Rakesh D Nimbalkar, Ajay Kumar, Zahid Gani, Rajbeer Kaur, Prabha Garg, Manoj Raje, Chaaya I Raje
Iron is crucial for the survival of living cells, particularly the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) which uses multiple strategies to acquire and store iron. M.tb synthesizes high affinity iron chelators (siderophores), these extract iron from host iron carrier proteins such as transferrin (Tf) and lactoferrin (Lf). Recent studies have revealed that M.tb may also relocate several housekeeping proteins to the cell surface for capture and internalization of host iron carrier protein transferrin...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642044/crossregulation-between-the-insertion-of-hexadecylphosphocholine-miltefosine-into-lipid-membranes-and-their-rheology-and-lateral-structure
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Yenisleidy de Las Mercedes Zulueta Díaz, María Laura Fanani
Hexadecylphosphocholine (HePC, miltefosine) is an alkylphospholipid used clinically for the topical treatment of cancer and against leishmaniasis. The mechanism of action of HePC, not yet elucidated, involves its insertion into the plasma membrane, affecting lipid homeostasis. It has also been proposed that HePC directly affects lipid raft stability and function in cell membranes. The present work deals with two main questions in the understanding of the action of HePC: the bases for membrane selectivity and as a membrane perturbator agent...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641266/an-approach-to-identifying-phenomena-accompanying-micro-and-nanoparticles-in-contact-with-irregular-vessel-walls
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K Talaska, A Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this manuscript is to present the method for determining the nature and values of the forces needed to set micro and nanoparticles sitting immobile at the blood vessel wall in motion. METHODS: The problem was tackled in two ways. Microparticles were examined as objects coming into contact with the wall with the actual large arteriole-type vessel structure. The forces acting on microparticles 10 μm, 30 μm and 50 μm in diameter were determined: drag force FD, lift force FL, electrostatic force FE and gravity force FG...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
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Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640691/the-nesprin-cytoskeleton-interface-probed-directly-on-single-nuclei-is-a-mechanically-rich-system
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Daniel A Balikov, Sonia K Brady, Ung Hyun Ko, Jennifer H Shin, Jose M de Pereda, Arnoud Sonnenberg, Hak-Joon Sung, Matthew J Lang
The cytoskeleton provides structure and plays an important role in cellular function such as migration, resisting compression forces, and transport. The cytoskeleton also reacts to physical cues such as fluid shear stress or extracellular matrix remodeling by reorganizing filament associations, most commonly focal adhesions and cell-cell cadherin junctions. These mechanical stimuli can result in genome-level changes, and the physical connection of the cytoskeleton to the nucleus provides an optimal conduit for signal transduction by interfacing with nuclear envelope proteins, called nesprins, within the LINC (linker of the nucleus to the cytoskeleton) complex...
June 22, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639404/mechanoresponsiveness-of-human-adipose-stem-cells-on-nanocomposite-and-micro-hybrid-composite
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Fransisca A S van Esterik, Samaneh Ghazanfari, Behrouz Zandieh-Doulabi, Cornelis M Semeins, Cornelis J Kleverlaan, Jenneke Klein-Nulend
Resin-based composites are used for bone repair applications and comprise resin matrix and different sized filler particles. Nanometer-sized filler particles improve composite's mechanical properties compared to micrometer-sized filler particles, but whether differences exist in the biological response to these composites is unknown. Natural bone comprises a nanocomposite structure, and nanoscale interactions with extracellular matrix components influence stem cell differentiation. Therefore we hypothesized that nanometer-sized filler particles in resin-based composites enhance osteogenic differentiation of stem cells showing a more bone cell-like response to mechanical loading compared to micrometer-sized filler particles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638899/surface-cleaning-of-artworks-structure-and-dynamics-of-nanostructured-fluids-confined-in-polymeric-hydrogel-networks
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Rosangela Mastrangelo, Costanza Montis, Nicole Bonelli, Paolo Tempesti, Piero Baglioni
Nanosystems and confinement tools for the controlled release of a cleaning agent, e.g., hydrogels and microemulsions, have been used for several years for the treatment of delicate surfaces in art restoration interventions. However, notwithstanding the unprecedented achievements from an application point of view, a fundamental comprehension of their interaction mechanism is still lacking. In this study PVA hydrogels, obtained via freeze-thaw processes, are prepared as scaffolds for water-based nanostructured fluids for application in the cleaning of artworks: rheological, thermal, microscopic and scattering techniques showed that, depending on the number of freeze-thaw cycles, the hydrogels exhibit different physicochemical and viscoelastic properties, making them suitable for application in a broad range of cleaning issues...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636330/water-in-ionic-liquid-lubricants-friend-and-foe
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Oscar Y Fajardo, Fernando Bresme, Alexei A Kornyshev, Michael Urbakh
To a greater or lesser extent, most room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) absorb water from humid air. Penetration of water into the lubricating nanoscale film may affect its equilibrium structure and dynamic properties and thus influence the ability of RTILs as lubricants to reduce friction between solid surfaces. Here we investigate the impact of hydration on lubrication using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Water adsorption changes both the ionic liquid molecules' orientation and the slip conditions at the solid-liquid interfaces, resulting in a reduced resistance against squeezing-out of the lubricant by an external load...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623744/obtaining-sparse-distributions-in-2d-inverse-problems
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A Reci, A J Sederman, L F Gladden
The mathematics of inverse problems has relevance across numerous estimation problems in science and engineering. L1 regularization has attracted recent attention in reconstructing the system properties in the case of sparse inverse problems; i.e., when the true property sought is not adequately described by a continuous distribution, in particular in Compressed Sensing image reconstruction. In this work, we focus on the application of L1 regularization to a class of inverse problems; relaxation-relaxation, T1-T2, and diffusion-relaxation, D-T2, correlation experiments in NMR, which have found widespread applications in a number of areas including probing surface interactions in catalysis and characterizing fluid composition and pore structures in rocks...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623699/the-effect-of-the-protein-corona-on-the-interaction-between-nanoparticles-and-lipid-bilayers
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Desirè Di Silvio, Marco Maccarini, Roger Parker, Alan Mackie, Giovanna Fragneto, Francesca Baldelli Bombelli
HYPOTHESIS: It is known that nanoparticles (NPs) in a biological fluid are immediately coated by a protein corona (PC), composed of a hard (strongly bounded) and a soft (loosely associated) layers, which represents the real nano-interface interacting with the cellular membrane in vivo. In this regard, supported lipid bilayers (SLB) have extensively been used as relevant model systems for elucidating the interaction between biomembranes and NPs. Herein we show how the presence of a PC on the NP surface changes the interaction between NPs and lipid bilayers with particular care on the effects induced by the NPs on the bilayer structure...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618802/non-negative-intensity-for-coupled-fluid-structure-interaction-problems-using-the-fast-multipole-method
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Daniel R Wilkes, Herwig Peters, Paul Croaker, Steffen Marburg, Alec J Duncan, Nicole Kessissoglou
The non-negative intensity (NNI) method is applied to large-scale coupled fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems using the fast multipole boundary element method (FMBEM). The NNI provides a field on the radiating structure surface that consists of positive-only contributions to the radiated sound power, thus avoiding the near-field cancellation effects that otherwise occur with the sound intensity field. Thus far the NNI has been implemented with the boundary element method (BEM) for relatively small problem sizes to allow for the full BEM coefficient and inverse matrices to be explicitly constructed and stored...
June 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618644/intrinsic-flow-structure-and-multifractality-in-two-dimensional-bacterial-turbulence
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Lipo Wang, Yongxiang Huang
The active interaction between the bacteria and fluid generates turbulent structures even at zero Reynolds number. The velocity of such a flow obtained experimentally has been quantitatively investigated based on streamline segment analysis. There is a clear transition at about 16 times the organism body length separating two different scale regimes, which may be attributed to the different influence of the viscous effect. Surprisingly the scaling extracted from the streamline segment indicates the existence of scale similarity even at the zero Reynolds number limit...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618613/describing-magnetorheology-under-a-colloidal-glass-approach
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J P Segovia-Gutiérrez, J de Vicente, Antonio M Puertas, R Hidalgo-Alvarez
The equilibrium structure and dynamics of magnetorheological (MR) fluids are studied in this work by simulations, where particles are modeled as dipoles with a quasihard spherical core. Upon increasing the interaction strength, controlled experimentally by the magnetic field, elongated clusters grow and, for intense fields, thick columns form, aligned with the field. The dynamics of the system is monitored by the mean-squared displacement and density correlation functions, which show an increasing slowing down with the attraction strength...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618606/instabilities-in-bilayer-complex-plasmas-wake-induced-mode-coupling
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A V Ivlev, R Kompaneets
Stability principles for bilayer complex plasmas are studied. To mimic bilayer crystals and identify the main melting mechanism of such structures, a simple binary-chain model is employed. This approach provides adequate representation of the collective effects and accurate description of the interaction nonreciprocity, associated with the wake-mediated interparticle forces. It is shown that the wake-induced coupling of the wave modes sustained in different crystalline layers can trigger the dynamical instability...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618122/purification-of-lignans-from-fructus-arctii-using-off-line-two-dimensional-supercritical-fluid-chromatography-reversed-phase-liquid-chromatography
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Bichao Yang, Huaxia Xin, Feier Wang, Jianfeng Cai, Yanfang Liu, Qing Fu, Yu Jin, Xinmiao Liang
As a common traditional Chinese medicine, Fructus Arctii has important clinical medical values. Its main components are lignans, which are difficult to separate and analyze because of the complex composition, similar chemical structures, and close properties. In this study, an off-line two-dimensional supercritical fluid chromatography/reversed-phase liquid chromatography method as well as an effective sample pretreatment method based on hydrophilic interaction chromatography material was developed to enrich the minor lignan fractions and obtain high-purity compounds...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613330/structural-arrest-and-dynamic-localization-in-biocolloidal-gels
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N Mahmoudi, A Stradner
Casein micelles interacting via an entropic intermediate-ranged depletion attraction exhibit a fluid-to-gel transition due to arrested spinodal decomposition. The bicontinuous networked structure of the gel freezes shortly after formation. We determine the timescales of structural arrest from the build-up of network rigidity after pre-shear rejuvenation, and find that the arrest time as well as the plateau elastic modulus of the gel diverge as a function of the volume fraction and interaction potential. Moreover, we show using scaling from naïve mode coupling theory that their mechanical properties are dictated by their microscopic dynamics rather than their heterogeneous large scale structure...
June 14, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612506/synergistic-interactions-between-corrosion-and-wear-at-titanium-based-dental-implant-connections-a-scoping-review
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K Apaza-Bedoya, M Tarce, C A M Benfatti, B Henriques, M T Mathew, W Teughels, J C M Souza
Two-piece implant systems are mainly used in oral implantology involving an osseointegrated implant connected to an abutment, which supports prosthetic structures. It is well documented that the presence of microgaps, biofilms and oral fluids at the implant-abutment connection can cause mechanical and biological complications. The aim of this review paper was to report the degradation at the implant-abutment connection by wear and corrosion processes taking place in the oral cavity. Most of the retrieved studies evaluated the wear and corrosion (tribocorrosion) of titanium-based materials used for implants and abutments in artificial saliva...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612189/the-inclusion-of-chitosan-in-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-nanoparticles-impact-on-the-delivery-system-characteristics-and-on-the-adsorbed-ovalbumin-secondary-structure
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Sandra Jesus, Elizangela H Fragal, Adley F Rubira, Edvani C Muniz, Artur J M Valente, Olga Borges
This report extensively explores the benefits of including chitosan into poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) nanoparticles (NPs) to obtain an improved protein/antigen delivery system. Blend NPs (PCL/chitosan NPs) showed improved protein adsorption efficacy (84%) in low shear stress and aqueous environment, suggesting that a synergistic effect between PCL hydrophobic nature and the positive charges of chitosan present at the particle surface was responsible for protein interaction. Additionally, thermal analysis suggested the blend NPs were more stable than the isolated polymers and cytotoxicity assays in a primary cell culture revealed chitosan inclusion in PCL NPs reduced the toxicity of the delivery system...
June 13, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611420/a-guide-to-design-functional-molecular-liquids-with-tailorable-properties-using-pyrene-fluorescence-as-a-probe
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Fengniu Lu, Tomohisa Takaya, Koichi Iwata, Izuru Kawamura, Akinori Saeki, Masashi Ishii, Kazuhiko Nagura, Takashi Nakanishi
Solvent-free, nonvolatile, room-temperature alkylated-π functional molecular liquids (FMLs) are rapidly emerging as a new generation of fluid matter. However, precision design to tune their physicochemical properties remains a serious challenge because the properties are governed by subtle π-π interactions among functional π-units, which are very hard to control and characterize. Herein, we address the issue by probing π-π interactions with highly sensitive pyrene-fluorescence. A series of alkylated pyrene FMLs were synthesized...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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