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Carbonic Anhydrases and Metabolism

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ISBN: 9783038978008 9783038978015 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-801-5 Language: eng
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General) --- Biology
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Carbonic anhydrases (CAs; EC 4.2.1.1) are metalloenzymes present in all kingdoms of life, as they equilibrate the reaction between three simple but essential chemical species: CO2, bicarbonate, and protons. Discovered more than 80 years ago, in 1933, these enzymes have been extensively investigated due to the biomedical application of their inhibitors, but also because they are an extraordinary example of convergent evolution, with seven genetically distinct CA families that evolved independently in Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. CAs are also among the most efficient enzymes known in nature, due to the fact that the uncatalyzed hydration of CO2 is a very slow process and the physiological demands for its conversion to ionic, soluble species is very high. Inhibition of the CAs has pharmacological applications in many fields, such as antiglaucoma, anticonvulsant, antiobesity, and anticancer agents/diagnostic tools, but is also emerging for designing anti-infectives, i.e., antifungal, antibacterial, and antiprotozoan agents with a novel mechanism of action. Mitochondrial CAs are implicated in de novo lipogenesis, and thus selective inhibitors of such enzymes may be useful for the development of new antiobesity drugs. As tumor metabolism is diverse compared to that of normal cells, ultimately, relevant contributions on the role of the tumor-associated isoforms CA IX and XII in these phenomena have been published and the two isoforms have been validated as novel antitumor/antimetastatic drug targets, with antibodies and small-molecule inhibitors in various stages of clinical development. CAs also play a crucial role in other metabolic processes connected with urea biosynthesis, gluconeogenesis, and so on, since many carboxylation reactions catalyzed by acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase or pyruvate carboxylase use bicarbonate, not CO2, as a substrate. In organisms other than mammals, e.g., plants, algae, and cyanobacteria, CAs are involved in photosynthesis, whereas in many parasites (fungi, protozoa), they are involved in the de novo synthesis of important metabolites (lipids, nucleic acids, etc.). The metabolic effects related to interference with CA activity, however, have been scarcely investigated. The present Special Issue of Metabolites aims to fill this gap by presenting the latest developments in the field of CAs and their role in metabolism.

Mineral Surface Reactions at the Nanoscale

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ISBN: 9783038978961 / 9783038978978 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-897-8 Language: eng
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Subject: Science (General) --- Geology --- Earth Sciences
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Reactions at mineral surfaces are central to all geochemical processes. As minerals comprise the rocks of the Earth, the processes occurring at the mineral–aqueous fluid interface control the evolution of the rocks and hence the structure of the crust of the Earth during processes such as metamorphism, metasomatism, and weathering. In recent years focus has been concentrated on mineral surface reactions made possible through the development of advanced analytical methods such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), advanced electron microscopies (SEM and TEM), phase shift interferometry, confocal Raman spectroscopy, and advanced synchrotron-based applications, to enable mineral surfaces to be imaged and analyzed at the nanoscale. Experiments are increasingly complemented by molecular simulations to confirm or predict the results of these studies. This has enabled new and exciting possibilities to elucidate the mechanisms that govern mineral–fluid reactions. In this Special Issue, “Mineral Surface Reactions at the Nanoscale”, we present 12 contributions that highlight the role and importance of mineral surfaces in varying fields of research.

Targets, Tracers and Translation – Novel Radiopharmaceuticals Boost Nuclear Medicine

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ISBN: 9783039213139 / 9783039213146 Year: Pages: 214 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-314-6 Language: eng
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Subject: Medicine (General) --- Therapeutics
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This is the fourth Special Issue in Pharmaceuticals within the last six years dealing with aspects of radiopharmaceutical sciences. It demonstrates the significant interest and increasing relevance to ameliorate nuclear medicine imaging with PET or SPECT, and also radiotherapeutical procedures.Numerous targets and mechanisms have been identified and have been under investigation over the previous years, covering many fields of medical and clinical research. This development is well illustrated by the articles in the present issue, including 13 original research papers and one review, covering a broad range of actual research topics in the field of radiopharmaceutical sciences.

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breast cancer --- 68Ga --- GRPR --- NPY(Y1)R --- peptide heterodimers --- PET/CT imaging --- sentinel lymph node --- dextran --- mannose --- 99mTc-radiopharmaceuticals --- glutamate --- metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 --- [18F]PSS232 --- ketamine --- ceftriaxone --- positron emission tomography --- allosteric modulator --- MMPEP --- ABP688 --- pretargeting --- Fusarinine C --- rituximab --- click chemistry --- multimerization --- PET --- gallium-68 --- carbonic anhydrase IX --- girentuximab --- renal cell carcinomas --- 177Lu-radiopharmaceuticals --- radioimmunotherapy --- neuroinflammation --- microglia --- carbon-11 --- radiochemistry --- positron emission tomography --- hypoxia --- radiosensitizer --- benzotriazine-1,4-dioxide (BTDO), benzotriazine-1-monoxide (BTMO), tirapazamine (TPZ), SR 4317 --- radioiodination --- tropomyosin receptor kinase --- positron emission tomography --- neurodegeneration --- oncogenic fusions --- [11C]meta-hydroxyephedrine --- radiosynthesis --- separation --- apparent molar activity --- cholecystokinin-2 receptor --- minigastrin --- molecular imaging --- radiometals --- technetium-99m --- hydrazinonicotinic acid (HYNIC) --- PSMA-617 --- salivary gland uptake --- prostate cancer --- endoradiotherapy --- Chloramine T --- electrophilic radioiodination --- iodine-131 --- Iodo-Gen® --- oxidizing agent --- ?-CIT. --- tumor hypoxia --- PET --- small animal imaging --- azomycin nucleosides --- [18F]FMISO --- bombesin --- gastrin-releasing peptide --- gastrin-releasing peptide receptor --- tumor targeting --- 99mTc-radioligand --- metabolic stability --- neprilysin-inhibition --- phosphoramidon --- n/a --- n/a

Biological Crystallization

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ISBN: 9783039214037 / 9783039214044 Year: Pages: 184 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-404-4 Language: eng
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For at least six hundred million years, life has been a fascinating laboratory of crystallization, referred to as biomineralization. During this huge lapse of time, many organisms from diverse phyla have developed the capability to precipitate various types of minerals, exploring distinctive pathways for building sophisticated structural architectures for different purposes. The Darwinian exploration was performed by trial and error, but the success in terms of complexity and efficiency is evident. Understanding the strategies that those organisms employ for regulating the nucleation, growth, and assembly of nanocrystals to build these sophisticated devices is an intellectual challenge and a source of inspiration in fields as diverse as materials science, nanotechnology, and biomedicine. However, “Biological Crystallization” is a broader topic that includes biomineralization, but also the laboratory crystallization of biological compounds such as macromolecules, carbohydrates, or lipids, and the synthesis and fabrication of biomimetic materials by different routes. This Special Issue collects 15 contributions ranging from biological and biomimetic crystallization of calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, and silica-carbonate self-assembled materials to the crystallization of biological macromolecules. Special attention has been paid to the fundamental phenomena of crystallization (nucleation and growth), and the applications of the crystals in biomedicine, environment, and materials science.

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polymyxin resistance --- colistin resistance --- MCR-1 --- protein crystal nucleation --- thermodynamic and energetic approach --- protein ‘affinity’ to water --- solubility --- balance between crystal bond energy and destructive surface energies --- supersaturation dependence of the crystal nucleus size --- ependymin (EPN) --- ependymin-related protein (EPDR) --- mammalian ependymin-related protein (MERP) --- Campylobacter consisus --- Crohn’s disease --- circular dichroism --- protein crystallization --- Csep1p --- protein crystallization --- biochemical aspects of the protein crystal nucleation --- classical and two-step crystal nucleation mechanisms --- bond selection during protein crystallization --- equilibration between crystal bond and destructive energies --- protein crystal nucleation in pores --- crystallization in solution flow --- crystallization --- microseed matrix screening --- seeding --- optimization --- human carbonic anhydrase IX --- neutron protein crystallography --- microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) --- heavy metals --- wastewater treatment --- bioprecipitation --- calcium carbonate --- drug discovery --- education --- crystallization --- crystallography --- nucleation --- micro-crystals --- agarose --- ferritin --- lysozyme --- proteinase k --- insulin --- calcium carbonate --- {00.1} calcite --- lithium ions --- ultrasonic irradiation --- vaterite transformation --- adsorption --- calcein --- crystal violet --- dyes --- diffusion --- H3O+ --- reductants --- color change --- gradients --- biomorphs --- barium carbonate --- silica --- PCDA --- pyrrole --- droplet array --- crystal growth --- calcium carbonate --- high-throughput --- biomimetic crystallization --- biomineralization --- polyacrylic acid --- Cry protein crystals --- metallothioneins --- bioremediation --- heavy metal contamination --- nanoapatites --- graphene --- crystallization --- nanocomposites --- lysozyme --- L-tryptophan --- N-acetyl-D-glucosamine --- chitosan --- MTT assay --- GTL-16 cells --- Haloalkane dehalogenase --- halide-binding site --- random microseeding --- biomineralization --- biomimetic materials --- biomorphs --- calcium carbonate --- nanoapatites --- nucleation --- growth --- crystallization of macromolecules --- bioremediation --- materials science --- biomedicine

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