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Yuji Mikata, Risa Ohnishi, Risa Nishijima, Hideo Konno
The tetrakisquinoline ligand HT(6-MeO8Q)HPN (N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(6-methoxy-8-quinolylmethyl)-2-hydroxy-1,3-propanediamine) exhibited Zn(2+)-induced fluorescence enhancement with high specificity and sensitivity (IZn/I0 = 57 and ICd/IZn = 6% in the presence of 2 equiv of Zn(2+); LOD (limit of detection) = 15 nM). This ligand also exhibited fluorescence enhancement specific to inorganic phosphate (PO4(3-)) in DMF-HEPES buffer (50 mM HEPES, 100 mM KCl, pH = 7.5) (1:1) in the presence of 2 equiv of Zn(2+). The structure of the unprecedented tetranuclear zinc complex with a μ4-PO4 bridge was elucidated by X-ray crystallography as the key species responsible for fluorescence enhancement...
October 24, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Sen Lin, Tong Li, Peiling Xie, Qing Li, Bailiang Wang, Lei Wang, Lingli Li, Yuqin Wang, Hao Chen, Kaihui Nan
Targeted delivery of cytotoxic drugs to tumour tissue has great importance for successful chemotherapy. Legumain is an asparaginyl endopeptidase that is highly up-regulated in a number of solid tumours. The aim of this work was to prepare a novel hyaluronic acid (HA) based legumain sensitive nanogel for the delivery of doxorubicin with a high targeting efficiency both in vitro and in vivo. The legumain sensitive property is achieved by the conjugation of doxorubicin with HA via a legumain substrate peptide bridge...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Natalia Petrenko, Yi Jin, Koon Ho Wong, Kevin Struhl
Mediator is a transcriptional co-activator recruited to enhancers by DNA-binding activators, and it also interacts with RNA polymerase (Pol) II as part of the preinitiation complex (PIC). We demonstrate that a single Mediator complex associates with the enhancer and core promoter in vivo, indicating that it can physically bridge these transcriptional elements. However, the Mediator kinase module associates strongly with the enhancer, but not with the core promoter, and it dissociates from the enhancer upon depletion of the TFIIH kinase...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Cell
Fuben Xu, Kun Zhang, Peizhen Lv, Rongbin Lu, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Restoration of normal neurological function of transected peripheral nerve challenged regenerative medicine and surgery. Previous studies showed that Nectin-like molecule 1 (NECL1) is one of the important adhesion molecules on the axons and Schwann cells is located along the internodes in direct apposition to NECL1. In this study, we fabricated PLGA membrane pre-coated with NECL1, mimicking the natural axons to enhance the adhesion of Schwann cells. Investigation of the cellular response in vitro was performed by detecting cytotoxicity, proliferation, morphology, viability, specific markers and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) of Schwann cells cultured in PLGA...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Mair Underwood
BACKGROUND: As a result of the mainstreaming of bodybuilding, the majority of image and performance enhancing drug (IPED) users are now not athletes or competitive bodybuilders, but recreational bodybuilders. Previous approaches provide little insight into how the shift from competitive to recreational contexts impacts the use of IPEDs. METHODS: In this study an online ethnographic approach is used to explore the social lives of IPEDs in a recreational context. The study focusses on the Zyzz fandom, an international online community of thousands of recreational bodybuilders who idolise the alleged IPED user Zyzz...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Cleve Dionel Mboyi, Carine Maaliki, Amelle Mankou Makaya, Yves Canac, Carine Duhayon, Remi Chauvin
With the view to enhancing the unique coordinating ability of the known phenyl-tetrakis(diisopropylamino)dicyclopropeniophosphine (Ph-DCP), replacement of the phenyl substituent by a tert-butyl substituent was envisaged. Both α-dicationic R-DCP phosphines, with R = Ph and (t)Bu, were prepared in 54%-55% yield by substitution of RPCl2 with two equivalents of bis(diisopropylamino)-dicyclopropenylidene (BAC) and metathesis with NaBF4. This method is implicitly consistent with the representation of R-DCPs as BAC-phosphenium adducts...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Ke Ren, Wei Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Yingyu Ma, Yue Dai, Yimei Fan, Yayi Hou, Ren Xiang Tan, Erguang Li
The human HSV-1 and -2 are common pathogens of human diseases. Both host and viral factors are involved in HSV lytic infection, although detailed mechanisms remain elusive. By screening a chemical library of epigenetic regulation, we identified bromodomain-containing protein 4 (BRD4) as a critical player in HSV infection. We show that treatment with pan BD domain inhibitor enhanced both HSV infection. Using JQ1 as a probe, we found that JQ1, a defined BD1 inhibitor, acts through BRD4 protein since knockdown of BRD4 expression ablated JQ1 effect on HSV infection...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Jiho Hong, Namkyoo Park
Disorder plays a critical role in signal transport by controlling the correlation of a system, as demonstrated in various complex networks. In wave physics, disordered potentials suppress wave transport, because of their localized eigenstates, from the interference between multiple scattering paths. Although the variation of localization with tunable disorder has been intensively studied as a bridge between ordered and disordered media, the general trend of disorder-enhanced localization has remained unchanged, and the existence of complete delocalization in highly disordered potentials has not been explored...
October 2016: Science Advances
Shu-Ping Lin, Chen-Lung Yang, Han-Chung Pi, Thao-Minh Ho
BACKGROUND: The emergence of advanced IT and cloud services has beneficially supported the information-intensive tourism industry, simultaneously caused extreme competitions in attracting customers through building efficient service platforms. On response, numerous nations have implemented cloud platforms to provide value-added sightseeing information and personal intelligent service experiences. Despite these efforts, customers' actual perspectives have yet been sufficiently understood...
2016: SpringerPlus
Huacheng Xu, Changming Yang, Helong Jiang
The stability/aggregation propensity of inorganic colloids in eutrophic shallow lakes is of great essence in governing the water transparency and contaminant behavior. In this study, time-resolved dynamic light scattering was employed to investigate the aggregation kinetics of Al2O3 inorganic colloids over a wide range of cyanobacterial extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) concentrations in the absence and presence of electrolyte cations. The results showed that EPS adsorption alone greatly decreased the hydrodynamic diameters of colloidal particles, whose stability behavior followed closely the predictions of the classical DLVO theory...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Michael J Armson, Hervé Abdi, Brian Levine
Autobiographical memory tests provide a naturalistic counterpoint to the artificiality of laboratory research methods, yet autobiographical events are uncontrolled and, in most cases, unverifiable. In this study, we capitalised on a scripted, complex naturalistic event - the mask fit test (MFT), a standardised procedure required of hospital employees - to bridge the gap between naturalistic and laboratory memory assessment. We created a test of recognition memory for the MFT and administered it to 135 hospital employees who had undertaken the MFT at various points over the past five years...
October 17, 2016: Memory
Giuseppe Lanza, Cornelius G Bachmann, Imad Ghorayeb, Yuping Wang, Raffale Ferri, Walter Paulus
Neurophysiological techniques have been applied in restless legs syndrome (RLS) to obtain direct and indirect measures of central and peripheral nervous system excitability, as well as to probe different neurotransmission pathways. Data converge on the hypothesis that, from a pure electrophysiological perspective, RLS should be regarded as a complex sensorimotor disorder in which cortical, subcortical, spinal cord, and peripheral nerve generators are all involved in a network disorder, resulting in an enhanced excitability and/or decreased inhibition...
August 27, 2016: Sleep Medicine
Paul Kostenuik, Faisal M Mirza
Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Han Lu, Li Xiang, Xin Cui, Jing Liu, Yinan Wang, Ravin Narain, Hongbo Zeng
In this study, poly(2-lactobionamidoethyl methacrylamide) (PLAEMA) with various molecular weights (MW) were synthesized by conventional free-radical polymerization. The effect of molecular weight and polymer dosage on the settling rate of kaolin particles, the turbidity of supernatant, mud-line position, and solid content were investigated to determine the flocculation performance. The interaction forces, polymer conformation, particle sizes and molecular weights were determined by several techniques, including surface forces apparatus (SFA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC)...
October 14, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Suzie Mudge, Juliet Rosie, Susan Stott, Denise Taylor, Nada Signal, Kathryn McPherson
OBJECTIVE: To enhance understanding of the experiences of ageing with cerebral palsy (CP) in adulthood with a particular focus on experiences with health services. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive methodology was applied to capture adults' views of ageing with CP and related interactions with health services. Semistructured interviews were undertaken with data systematically coded and interpreted by grouping information into categories. Themes that encompassed the categories were identified through thematic analysis...
October 13, 2016: BMJ Open
Deqiu Xu, Yuling Su, Lili Zhao, Fancui Meng, Chang Liu, Yayuan Guan, Jiya Zhang, Jianbin Luo
Inspired by mussel-adhesion phenomena in nature, a simple, mild surface modification process was elaborated to endow the polyurethane (PU) substrate with antibacterial/antifouling properties. In the present study, polydopamine was coated directly onto polyurethane surfaces. AgNO3 was then added and absorbed onto the surface by the active catechol and amine groups of the polydopamine coating. Meanwhile, the adsorbed Ag(+) ions were reduced in situ into metallic silver nanoparticles by the "bridge" of the polydopamine coating which yielded a coating with good antimicrobial properties...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Pardeep Kumar, F Matthew Kuhlmann, Kirandeep Bhullar, Hyungjun Yang, Bruce A Vallance, Lijun Xia, Qingwei Luo, James M Fleckenstein
At present, there is no vaccine for enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), an important cause of diarrheal illness. Nevertheless, recent microbial pathogenesis studies have identified a number of molecules produced by ETEC that contribute to its virulence and which provide novel antigenic targets to complement canonical vaccine approaches. EtpA is a secreted two-partner adhesin, that is conserved within the ETEC pathovar. EtpA interacts with the tips of ETEC flagella to promote bacterial adhesion, toxin delivery and intestinal colonization by forming molecular bridges between the bacteria and the epithelial surface...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Jacob Kjell, Lars Olson
A long-standing goal of spinal cord injury research is to develop effective spinal cord repair strategies for the clinic. Rat models of spinal cord injury provide an important mammalian model in which to evaluate treatment strategies and to understand the pathological basis of spinal cord injuries. These models have facilitated the development of robust tests for assessing the recovery of locomotor and sensory functions. Rat models have also allowed us to understand how neuronal circuitry changes following spinal cord injury and how recovery could be promoted by enhancing spontaneous regenerative mechanisms and by counteracting intrinsic inhibitory factors...
October 1, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Manik Lal Saha, Xuzhou Yan, Peter J Stang
Over the past couple of decades, coordination-driven self-assembly has evolved as a broad multidisciplinary domain that not only covers the syntheses of aesthetically pleasing supramolecular architectures but also emerges as a method to form new optical materials, chemical sensors, theranostic agents, and compounds with light-harvesting and emissive properties. The majority of these applications depend upon investigations that reveal the photophysical nature and electronic structure of supramolecular coordination complexes (SCCs), including two-dimensional (2D) metallacycles and three-dimensional (3D) metallacages...
October 13, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Longjiang Ding, Minggang Zhao, Sisi Fan, Hui Li, Ye Ma, Jingjing Liang, Shougang Chen
3D NiO/Co3O4 p-p junction foam was fabricated and applied for electrochemical detection of biomarkers. The theoretical model of employing the interfacial potential barrier as an electrochemical tuning factor was explored in depth. The signals of different targets with similar redox properties could be controllably distinguished by depressing or strengthening the potential barrier. The absorbed positively charged molecules would induce negative charges, inciting a decrease of the potential barrier height Φ and resistance, which is an enhanced tuning factor of the electrochemical signal...
October 13, 2016: Analyst
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