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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899318/new-wrinkling-substrate-assay-reveals-traction-force-fields-of-leader-and-follower-cells-undergoing-collective-migration
#1
Sho Yokoyama, Tsubasa S Matsui, Shinji Deguchi
Physical forces play crucial roles in coordinating collective migration of epithelial cells, but details of such force-related phenomena remain unclear partly due to the lack of robust methodologies to probe the underlying force fields. Here we develop a method for fabricating silicone substrates that detect cellular traction forces with a high sensitivity. Specifically, a silicone elastomer is exposed to oxygen plasma under heating. Removal of the heat shrinks the substrate so as to reduce its critical buckling strain in a spatially uniform manner...
November 27, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899317/neurotrophic-factor-mediated-neuronal-differentiation-of-human-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-applicability-to-assess-the-developmental-neurotoxicity
#2
Sadaf Jahan, Dipak Kumar, Ashvini Kumar, Chetan Singh Rajpurohit, Shripriya Singh, Akriti Srivastava, Ankita Pandey, A B Pant
Plasticity and developmental capacity of stem cells have now been established as a promising tool to restore the degenerative disorders. The linearity differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) into adipogenic, chondrogenic, osteogenic and even in neuronal subtypes has been demonstrated. The number of xenobiotics such as dexamethasone, insulin, isobutyl 1-methyle xanthine and retinoic acid has been reported for the potential to differentiate hMSCs into neuronal subtypes. But, the applicability of indigenous neurotrphic factor-nerve growth factor (NGF) has not been explored for the purpose...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899316/inhibition-or-ablation-of-transglutaminase-2-impairs-astrocyte-migration
#3
Alina Monteagudo, Changyi Ji, Abdullah Akbar, Jeffrey W Keillor, Gail V W Johnson
Astrocytes play numerous complex roles that support and facilitate the function of neurons. Further, when there is an injury to the central nervous system (CNS) they can both facilitate or ameliorate functional recovery depending on the location and severity of the injury. When a CNS injury is relatively severe a glial scar is formed, which is primarily composed of astrocytes. The glial scar can be both beneficial, by limiting inflammation, and detrimental, by preventing neuronal projections, to functional recovery...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899315/injury-stimulated-sonic-hedgehog-expression-in-microglia-contributes-to-neuroinflammatory-response-in-the-mptp-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#4
Jung Hwi Lee, Young Cheul Chung, Eugene Bok, Hankyu Lee, Sue Hee Huh, Ji Eun Lee, Byung Kwan Jin, Hyuk Wan Ko
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder in which dopamine (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) region are selectively destroyed. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been well known to play a key role in a variety of processes such as embryogenesis, cell proliferation and protection, and tissue repair during inflammation. However, the evidences for the innate role of Shh in adult brain injury are presently lacking and studies have been needed to unveil the importance of Shh in the process of neurodegeneration...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899181/corrigendum-to-short-chain-fatty-acids-induce-ucp2-mediated-autophagy-in-hepatic-cells-biochem-biophys-res-commun-480-2016-461-467
#5
Liliana F Iannucci, Jingfeng Sun, Brijesh K Singh, Jin Zhou, Vincent A Kaddai, Antonia Lanni, Paul M Yen, Rohit A Sinha
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894843/mir-509-5p-suppresses-the-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-targeting-ywhag
#6
Peng Wang, Yu Deng, XiangNing Fu
Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) expression is prevalent in human malignancy development and progression. As previously reported, miR-509-5p has been identified as a tumor suppressor in various cancers, but its role and functional mechanism in NSCLC remains unknown. In the present study, we found that miR-509-5p was significantly downregulated in non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues and cell lines using Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR). In addition, overexpression of miR-509-5p markedly inhibited the proliferation, migration, invasion and phosphorylation of Akt of NSCLC cells...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894842/energetic-basis-on-interactions-between-ferredoxin-and-ferredoxin-nadp-reductase-at-varying-physiological-conditions
#7
Misaki Kinoshita, Ju Yaen Kim, Satoshi Kume, Yuxi Lin, K Hun Mok, Yosky Kataoka, Koichiro Ishimori, Natalia Markova, Genji Kurisu, Toshiharu Hase, Young-Ho Lee
In spite of a number of studies to characterize ferredoxin (Fd):ferredoxin NADP(+) reductase (FNR) interactions at limited conditions, detailed energetic investigation on how these proteins interact under near physiological conditions and its linkage to FNR activity are still lacking. We herein performed systematic Fd:FNR binding thermodynamics using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) at distinct pH (6.0 and 8.0), NaCl concentrations (0-200 mM), and temperatures (19-28 °C) for mimicking physiological conditions in chloroplasts...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894841/in%C3%A2-vitro-investigation-of-ultrasound-induced-oxidative-stress-on-human-lens-epithelial-cells
#8
Patrick Rwei, Cihun-Siyong Alex Gong, Li-Jyuan Luo, Meng-Bo Lin, Jui-Yang Lai, Hao-Li Liu
The effect of ultrasound exposure on human lens epithelial cells (HLE-B3) was investigated in vitro, specifically on the generation of oxidative stress upon ultrasound application using various clinically-relevant settings. In addition to ultrasound-induced heat effects, oxidative stress has been recently proposed as one of the main mechanisms for ultrasound-induced effects on human cells. In this work, the levels of biocompatibility and generation of oxidative stress by exposure of ultrasound to HLE-B3 were evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively by the MTT assay, Live/Dead assay, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and intracellular calcium level...
November 26, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894840/overexpression-of-mterf4-promotes-the-amyloidogenic-processing-of-app-by-inhibiting-adam10
#9
Xiao-Liang Wang, Qing Liu, Guo-Jun Chen, Mei-Ling Li, Yan-Hui Ding
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by the deposition of β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide in the brain, which is produced by the proteolysis of β-amyloid precursor protein (APP). Recently, the mitochondrial transcription factor 4 (MTERF4), a member of the MTERF family, was implicated in regulating mitochondrial DNA transcription and directly in controlling mitochondrial ribosomal translation. The present study identified a novel role for MTERF4 in shifting APP processing toward the amyloidogenic pathway. The levels of MTERF4 protein were significantly increased in the hippocampus of APP/PS1 mice...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890614/structural-insights-into-the-binding-of-lauric-acid-to-cyp107l2-from-streptomyces-avermitilis
#10
Songhee Han, Tan-Viet Pham, Joo-Hwan Kim, Young-Ran Lim, Hyoung-Goo Park, Dabin Jeong, Chul-Ho Yun, Young-Jin Chun, Lin-Woo Kang, Donghak Kim
Streptomyces avermitilis is an actinobacterium known to produce clinically useful macrolides including avermectins. CYP107L2 from S. avermitilis shares a high sequence similarity with the PikC (CYP107L1) from S. venezuelae. To elucidate the structural features of CYP107L2, we conducted biochemical and structural characterization of CYP107L2 from S. avermitilis. The CYP107L2 gene was cloned, and its recombinant protein was expressed and purified. The CYP107L2 showed a low-spin state of heme, and the reduced form yielded the CO difference spectra with a maximal absorption at 449 nm...
November 25, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890618/tracking-protons-from-respiratory-chain-complexes-to-atp-synthase-c-subunit-the-critical-role-of-serine-and-threonine-residues
#11
Isabella Panfoli, Marco Ponassi, Silvia Ravera, Daniela Calzia, Maider Beitia, Alessandro Morelli, Camillo Rosano
F1Fo-ATP synthase is a multisubunit enzyme responsible for the synthesis of ATP. Among its multiple subunits (8 in E. coli, 17 in yeast S. cerevisiae, 16 in vertebrates), two subunits a and c are known to play a central role controlling the H(+) flow through the inner mitochondrial membrane which allows the subsequent synthesis of ATP, but the pathway followed by H(+) within the two proteins is still a matter of debate. In fact, even though the structure of ATP synthase is now well defined, the molecular mechanisms determining the function of both F1 and FO domains are still largely unknown...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890617/polycistronic-trna-and-crispr-guide-rna-enables-highly-efficient-multiplexed-genome-engineering-in-human-cells
#12
Fengping Dong, Kabin Xie, Yueying Chen, Yinong Yang, Yingwei Mao
CRISPR/Cas9 has been widely used for genomic editing in many organisms. Many human diseases are caused by multiple mutations. The CRISPR/Cas9 system provides a potential tool to introduce multiple mutations in a genome. To mimic complicated genomic events in human diseases, such as multiple gene deletions or mutations, two or more small guide RNAs (sgRNA) must be introduced all together. This can be achieved by separate Pol III promoters in a construct. However, limited enzyme sites and the increased insertion size lower the efficiency to make a construct...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890616/cerium-chloride-stimulated-controlled-conversion-of-b-to-z-dna-in-self-assembled-nanostructures
#13
Madhabi M Bhanjadeo, Ashok K Nayak, Umakanta Subudhi
DNA adopts different conformation not only because of novel base pairs but also while interacting with inorganic or organic compounds. Dynamic origami or self-assembled branched DNA (bDNA) structures that change conformation in response to environmental cues hold great promises in sensing and actuation at the nanoscale. Recently, the B-Z transition in DNA is being explored to design various nanomechanical devices. In this communication we have demonstrated that Cerium chloride binds to the phosphate backbone of self-assembled bDNA structure and induce B-to-Z transition at physiological concentration...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890615/egr2-is-a-gonadotropin-induced-survival-factor-that-controls-the-expression-of-ier3-in-ovarian-granulosa-cells
#14
Hanyong Jin, Miae Won, Eunkyoung Shin, Hong-Man Kim, Kangseok Lee, Jeehyeon Bae
Pituitary gonadotropins are key hormones that orchestrate the growth and development of ovarian follicles. However, limited information is available on intra-ovarian factors that mediate the actions of gonadotropins. In this study, we identified that the early growth response 2 gene (EGR2) is a gonadotropin-inducible gene in granulosa cells of rats and humans. Analysis of consensus EGR-binding elements (EBEs) showed that the immediate early response 3 gene (IER3) is a novel transcriptional target gene of EGR2 as confirmed by the luciferase assay, electrophoretic mobility-shift assay (EMSA), chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), and western blot analysis...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890613/activation-of-ppar%C3%AE-does-not-contribute-to-macrophage-abca1-expression-and-abca1-mediated-cholesterol-efflux-to-apoai
#15
Meixiu Jiang, Xiaoju Li
Activation of macrophage ABCA1/G1 expression and cholesterol efflux is believed one of the mechanisms by which PPARγ inhibits atherosclerosis. PPARγ can also activate CD36 expression, a receptor for oxLDL, which may supply LXR ligands to activate LXR-ABCA1/G1 pathways. However, the controversial effects of PPARγ on ABCA1 expression have been reported. In this study, we used peritoneal macrophages isolated from wild type and CD36 deficient (CD36(-/-)) mice to clarify if PPARγ ligands can influence ABCA1 expression by CD36 function...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890612/in-vitro-reconstitution-and-biochemical-analyses-of-the-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-nucleosome
#16
Masako Koyama, Wataru Nagakura, Hiroki Tanaka, Tomoya Kujirai, Yuji Chikashige, Tokuko Haraguchi, Yasushi Hiraoka, Hitoshi Kurumizaka
Schizosaccharomyces pombe, which has a small genome but shares many physiological functions with higher eukaryotes, is a useful single-cell, model eukaryotic organism. In particular, many features concerning chromatin structure and dynamics, including heterochromatin, centromeres, telomeres, and DNA replication origins, are well conserved between S. pombe and higher eukaryotes. However, the S. pombe nucleosome, the fundamental structural unit of chromatin, has not been reconstituted in vitro. In the present study, we established the method to purify S...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890611/histone-methyltransferase-setdb1-is-indispensable-for-meckel-s-cartilage-development
#17
Kohei Yahiro, Norihisa Higashihori, Keiji Moriyama
The histone methyltransferase Setdb1 represses gene expression by catalyzing lysine 9 of histone H3 trimethylation. Given that the conventional knockout of Setdb1 is embryo-lethal at the implantation stage, its role in craniofacial development is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of Setdb1, using conditional knockout mice-in which Setdb1 was deleted in the Meckel's cartilage (Setdb1 CKO)-and the mouse chondrogenic cell line ATDC5-in which Setdb1 was inhibited by siRNA. Deletion of Setdb1 in Meckel's cartilage, the supportive tissue in the embryonic mandible, led to its enlargement, instead of the degeneration that normally occurs...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889612/tet1-gper-pi3k-akt-pathway-is-involved-in-insulin-driven-endometrial-cancer-cell-proliferation
#18
Bing-Ying Xie, Qiao-Ying Lv, Cheng-Cheng Ning, Bing-Yi Yang, Wei-Wei Shan, Ya-Li Cheng, Chao Gu, Xue-Zhen Luo, Zhen-Bo Zhang, Xiao-Jun Chen, Xiao-Wei Xi, You-Ji Feng
Large amount of clinical evidence has demonstrated that insulin resistance is closely related to oncogenesis of endometrial cancer (EC). Despite recent studies showed the up-regulatory role of insulin in G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER/GPR30) expression, GPER expression was not decreased compared to control when insulin receptor was blocked even in insulin treatment. The purpose of this study was to explore the possible mechanism by which insulin up-regulates GPER that drives EC cell proliferation...
November 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889611/anti-apoptotic-quinolinate-phosphoribosyltransferase-qprt-is-a-target-gene-of-wilms-tumor-gene-1-wt1-protein-in-leukemic-cells
#19
Tove Ullmark, Giorgia Montano, Linnea Järvstråt, Helena Jernmark Nilsson, Erik Håkansson, Kristina Drott, Björn Nilsson, Karina Vidovic, Urban Gullberg
Wilms' tumor gene 1 (WT1) is a zinc finger transcription factor that has been implicated as an oncogene in leukemia and several other malignancies. When investigating possible gene expression network partners of WT1 in a large acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patient cohort, one of the genes with the highest correlation to WT1 was quinolinate phosphoribosyltransferase (QPRT), a key enzyme in the de novo nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) synthesis pathway. To investigate the possible relationship between WT1 and QPRT, we overexpressed WT1 in hematopoietic progenitor cells and cell lines, resulting in an increase of QPRT expression...
November 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889610/cacul1-cac1-attenuates-p53-activity-through-pml-post-translational-modification
#20
Tomomi Fukuda, Yu Kigoshi-Tansho, Takao Naganuma, Akira Kazaana, Tomomi Okajima, Fuminori Tsuruta, Tomoki Chiba
Promyelocytic leukaemia (PML) is a tumor suppressor protein covalently conjugated with SUMO family proteins, leading to the formation of PML nuclear bodies (NBs). PML-NBs provide a platform for efficient posttranslational modification of targets and protein-protein interaction, contributing to the adjustment of gene expression and chromatin integrity. Although PML SUMOylation is thought to play important roles in diverse cellular functions, the control mechanisms of adequate modification levels have remained unsolved...
November 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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