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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730086/peptidome-profiling-of-human-serum-of-uveal-melanoma-patients-based-on-magnetic-bead-fractionation-and-mass-spectrometry
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Xiang-Yu Shi, Qing Li, Wen-Bin Wei, Li-Ming Tao
AIM: To find new biomarkers for uveal melanoma (UM) by analyzing the serum peptidome profile. METHODS: Proteomic spectra in patients with UM before and after operation were analyzed and compared with those of healthy controls. Magnetic affinity beads were used to capture serum peptides and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometer were used to compile serum peptide profiles. RESULTS: A panel of 49 peptides were differentially expressed between UM patients and controls, of which 33 peptides were of higher intensities in patient group and 16 peptides were of higher intensities in control group...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725020/neuronal-imaging-with-ultrahigh-dynamic-range-multiphoton-microscopy
#2
Ruohui Yang, Timothy D Weber, Ellen D Witkowski, Ian G Davison, Jerome Mertz
Multiphoton microscopes are hampered by limited dynamic range, preventing weak sample features from being detected in the presence of strong features, or preventing the capture of unpredictable bursts in sample strength. We present a digital electronic add-on technique that vastly improves the dynamic range of a multiphoton microscope while limiting potential photodamage. The add-on provides real-time negative feedback to regulate the laser power delivered to the sample, and a log representation of the sample strength to accommodate ultrahigh dynamic range without loss of information...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723086/formation-of-core-shell-ethane-silver-clusters-in-he-droplets
#3
Evgeny Loginov, Luis F Gomez, Boris G Sartakov, Andrey F Vilesov
Ethane core - silver shell clusters consisting of several thousand particles have been assembled in helium droplets upon capture of first ethane molecules, followed by Ag atoms. The composite clusters were studied via infrared laser spectroscopy in the range of C-H stretching vibrations of ethane molecules. The spectra show the splitting of the vibrational bands, which was assigned to different environment of the molecules, such as in contact or devoid of a contact with Ag atoms. The analysis of the band intensities for different number of trapped ethane molecules and Ag atoms indicates that the composite clusters consist of ethane core covered with small Ag clusters having different degree of submergence on the surface...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721719/imprinted-nanovelcro-microchips-for-isolation-and-characterization-of-circulating-fetal-trophoblasts-toward-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnostics
#4
Shuang Hou, Jie-Fu Chen, Min Song, Yazhen Zhu, Yu Jen Jan, Szu Hao Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Dean-An Ling, Shang-Fu Chen, Tracy Ro, An-Jou Liang, Tom Lee, Helen Jin, Man Li, Lian Liu, Yu-Sheng Hsiao, Peilin Chen, Hsiao-Hua Yu, Ming-Song Tsai, Margareta D Pisarska, Angela Chen, Li-Ching Chen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
Circulating fetal nucleated cells (CFNCs) in maternal blood offer an ideal source of fetal genomic DNA for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD). We developed a class of nanoVelcro microchips to effectively enrich a subcategory of CFNCs, i.e., circulating trophoblasts (cTBs) from maternal blood, which can then be isolated with single-cell resolution by a laser capture microdissection (LCM) technique for downstream genetic testing. We first established a nanoimprinting fabrication process to prepare the LCM-compatible nanoVelcro substrates...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716900/structural-insights-into-the-extracellular-recognition-of-the-human-serotonin-2b-receptor-by-an-antibody
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Andrii Ishchenko, Daniel Wacker, Mili Kapoor, Ai Zhang, Gye Won Han, Shibom Basu, Nilkanth Patel, Marc Messerschmidt, Uwe Weierstall, Wei Liu, Vsevolod Katritch, Bryan L Roth, Raymond C Stevens, Vadim Cherezov
Monoclonal antibodies provide an attractive alternative to small-molecule therapies for a wide range of diseases. Given the importance of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as pharmaceutical targets, there has been an immense interest in developing therapeutic monoclonal antibodies that act on GPCRs. Here we present the 3.0-Å resolution structure of a complex between the human 5-hydroxytryptamine 2B (5-HT2B) receptor and an antibody Fab fragment bound to the extracellular side of the receptor, determined by serial femtosecond crystallography with an X-ray free-electron laser...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714506/an-integrated-microwell-array-platform-for-cell-lasing-analysis
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Qiushu Chen, Yu-Cheng Chen, Zhizheng Zhang, Biming Wu, Rhima Coleman, Xudong Fan
Biological cell lasers are emerging as a novel technology in biological studies and biomedical engineering. The heterogeneity of cells, however, can result in various lasing behaviors from cell to cell. Thus, the capability to track individual cells during laser investigation is highly desired. In this work, a microwell array was integrated with high-quality Fabry-Pérot cavities for addressable and automated cell laser studies. Cells were captured in the microwells and the corresponding cell lasing was achieved and analyzed using SYTO9-stained Sf9 cells as a model system...
July 17, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709196/characterizing-time-series-via-complexity-entropy-curves
#7
Haroldo V Ribeiro, Max Jauregui, Luciano Zunino, Ervin K Lenzi
The search for patterns in time series is a very common task when dealing with complex systems. This is usually accomplished by employing a complexity measure such as entropies and fractal dimensions. However, such measures usually only capture a single aspect of the system dynamics. Here, we propose a family of complexity measures for time series based on a generalization of the complexity-entropy causality plane. By replacing the Shannon entropy by a monoparametric entropy (Tsallis q entropy) and after considering the proper generalization of the statistical complexity (q complexity), we build up a parametric curve (the q-complexity-entropy curve) that is used for characterizing and classifying time series...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708506/expression-and-localization-of-cyclooxygenases-in-the-oviduct-of-laying-hens-during-the-ovulatory-cycle
#8
M Elhamouly, N Isobe, Y Yoshimura
Prostaglandins (PGs) play important roles in regulation of the functions of the hen oviduct. However, little is known about the expression and localization of the rate-limiting cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2) in the oviduct. The aim of this study was to determine the COXs expression and localization in the different segments of the oviduct and to investigate changes in their expression levels during the ovulatory cycle of laying hens. White Leghorn laying hens were killed at 0, 4, 7, 16 and 24 h after oviposition, and samples from the infundibulum, magnum, isthmus, uterus, and vagina were collected...
June 13, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707347/interspecific-variation-in-the-tetradactyl-manus-of-modern-tapirs-perissodactyla-tapirus-exposed-using-geometric-morphometrics
#9
Jamie A MacLaren, Sandra Nauwelaerts
The distal forelimb (autopodium) of quadrupedal mammals is a key morphological unit involved in locomotion, body support, and interaction with the substrate. The manus of the tapir (Perissodactyla: Tapirus) is unique within modern perissodactyls, as it retains the plesiomorphic tetradactyl (four-toed) condition also exhibited by basal equids and rhinoceroses. Tapirs are known to exhibit anatomical mesaxonic symmetry in the manus, although interspecific differences and biomechanical mesaxony have yet to be rigorously tested...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706258/transverse-coherence-limited-coherent-diffraction-imaging-using-a-molybdenum-soft-x-ray-laser-pumped-at-moderate-pump-energies
#10
M Zürch, R Jung, C Späth, J Tümmler, A Guggenmos, D Attwood, U Kleineberg, H Stiel, C Spielmann
Coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) in the extreme ultraviolet has become an important tool for nanoscale investigations. Laser-driven high harmonic generation (HHG) sources allow for lab scale applications such as cancer cell classification and phase-resolved surface studies. HHG sources exhibit excellent coherence but limited photon flux due poor conversion efficiency. In contrast, table-top soft X-ray lasers (SXRL) feature excellent temporal coherence and extraordinary high flux at limited transverse coherence...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700589/ank1-is-up-regulated-in-laser-captured-microglia-in-alzheimer-s-brain-the-importance-of-addressing-cellular-heterogeneity
#11
Diego Mastroeni, Shobana Sekar, Jennifer Nolz, Elaine Delvaux, Katie Lunnon, Jonathan Mill, Winnie S Liang, Paul D Coleman
Recent epigenetic association studies have identified a new gene, ANK1, in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although strong associations were observed, brain homogenates were used to generate the data, introducing complications because of the range of cell types analyzed. In order to address the issue of cellular heterogeneity in homogenate samples we isolated microglial, astrocytes and neurons by laser capture microdissection from CA1 of hippocampus in the same individuals with a clinical and pathological diagnosis of AD and matched control cases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699896/eb1-protein-alteration-characterizes-sporadic-but-not-ulcerative-colitis-associated-colorectal-cancer
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Timo Gemoll, Sophie L Kollbeck, Karl F Karstens, Gia G Hò, Sonja Hartwig, Sarah Strohkamp, Katharina Schillo, Christoph Thorns, Martina Oberländer, Kathrin Kalies, Stefan Lehr, Jens K Habermann
BACKGROUND: While carcinogenesis in Sporadic Colorectal Cancer (SCC) has been thoroughly studied, less is known about Ulcerative Colitis associated Colorectal Cancer (UCC). This study aimed to identify and validate differentially expressed proteins between clinical samples of SCC and UCC to elucidate new insights of UCC/SCC carcinogenesis and progression. RESULTS: Multiplex-fluorescence two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-D DIGE) and mass spectrometry identified 67 proteoforms representing 43 distinct proteins...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696538/dimension-controllable-microtube-arrays-by-dynamic-holographic-processing-as-3d-yeast-culture-scaffolds-for-asymmetrical-growth-regulation
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Shengyun Ji, Liang Yang, Yanlei Hu, Jincheng Ni, Wenqiang Du, Jiawen Li, Gang Zhao, Dong Wu, Jiaru Chu
Transparent microtubes can function as unique cell culture scaffolds, because the tubular 3D microenvironment they provide is very similar to the narrow space of capillaries in vivo. However, how to realize the fabrication of microtube-arrays with variable cross-section dynamically remains challenging. Here, a dynamic holographic processing method for producing high aspect ratio (≈20) microtubes with tunable outside diameter (6-16 µm) and inside diameter (1-10 µm) as yeast culture scaffolds is reported...
July 11, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696241/ethambutol-partitioning-in-tuberculous-pulmonary-lesions-explains-its-clinical-efficacy
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Matthew Zimmerman, Jodi Lestner, Brendan Prideaux, Paul O'Brien, Isabela Freedman, Chao Chen, Jillian Dietzold, Isaac Daudelin, Firat Kaya, Landry Blanc, Pei-Yu Chen, Steven Park, Padmini Salgame, Jansy Sarathy, Véronique Dartois
Clinical trials and practice have shown that ethambutol is an important component of the first line tuberculosis (TB) regime. This contrasts the drug's rather modest potency and lack of activity against non-growing persister mycobacteria. The standard plasma-based pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic profile of ethambutol suggests that the drug may be of limited clinical value. Here we hypothesized that this apparent contradiction may be explained by favorable penetration of the drug into TB lesions. First we utilized novel in vitro lesion pharmacokinetic assays and predicted good penetration of the drug into lesions...
July 10, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688450/alignment-orientation-and-coulomb-explosion-of-difluoroiodobenzene-studied-with-the-pixel-imaging-mass-spectrometry-pimms-camera
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Kasra Amini, Rebecca Boll, Alexandra Lauer, Michael Burt, Jason W L Lee, Lauge Christensen, Felix Brauβe, Terence Mullins, Evgeny Savelyev, Utuq Ablikim, Nora Berrah, Cédric Bomme, Stefan Düsterer, Benjamin Erk, Hauke Höppner, Per Johnsson, Thomas Kierspel, Faruk Krecinic, Jochen Küpper, Maria Müller, Erland Müller, Harald Redlin, Arnaud Rouzée, Nora Schirmel, Jan Thøgersen, Simone Techert, Sven Toleikis, Rolf Treusch, Sebastian Trippel, Anatoli Ulmer, Joss Wiese, Claire Vallance, Artem Rudenko, Henrik Stapelfeldt, Mark Brouard, Daniel Rolles
Laser-induced adiabatic alignment and mixed-field orientation of 2,6-difluoroiodobenzene (C6H3F2I) molecules are probed by Coulomb explosion imaging following either near-infrared strong-field ionization or extreme-ultraviolet multi-photon inner-shell ionization using free-electron laser pulses. The resulting photoelectrons and fragment ions are captured by a double-sided velocity map imaging spectrometer and projected onto two position-sensitive detectors. The ion side of the spectrometer is equipped with a pixel imaging mass spectrometry camera, a time-stamping pixelated detector that can record the hit positions and arrival times of up to four ions per pixel per acquisition cycle...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687755/the-integrated-pathway-of-tgf%C3%AE-snail-with-tnf%C3%AE-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-may-facilitate-the-tumor-stroma-interaction-in-the-emt-process-and-colorectal-cancer-prognosis
#16
Hui Li, Anjing Zhong, Si Li, Xianwen Meng, Xue Wang, Fangying Xu, Maode Lai
Substantial evidence has shown that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays critical roles in colorectal cancer (CRC) development and prognosis. To uncover the pivotal regulators that function in the cooperative interactions between cancer cells and their microenvironment and consequently affect the EMT process, we carried out a systematic analysis and evaluated prognosis in CRC specimens. Tumor buds and their surrounding stroma were captured using laser microdissection. We used gene expression profiling, bioinformatics analysis and regulatory network construction for molecular selection...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687726/propagation-based-phase-contrast-x-ray-imaging-at-a-compact-light-source
#17
Regine Gradl, Martin Dierolf, Lorenz Hehn, Benedikt Günther, Ali Önder Yildirim, Bernhard Gleich, Klaus Achterhold, Franz Pfeiffer, Kaye Susannah Morgan
We demonstrate the applicability of propagation-based X-ray phase-contrast imaging at a laser-assisted compact light source with known phantoms and the lungs and airways of a mouse. The Munich Compact Light Source provides a quasi-monochromatic beam with partial spatial coherence, and high flux relative to other non-synchrotron sources (up to 10(10) ph/s). In our study we observe significant edge-enhancement and quantitative phase-retrieval is successfully performed on the known phantom. Furthermore the images of a small animal show the potential for live bio-imaging research studies that capture biological function using short exposures...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687161/deregulation-of-mir-126-3p-in-basal-like-breast-cancers-stroma-and-its-clinical-significance
#18
Jing Li, Jin Liang Ping, Bo Ma, Ying Rong Chen, Li Qin Li
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate miR-126-3p expression in stroma and tumor cells of basal-like breast cancer tissues, in an effort to elucidate the potential effect of miR-126-3p on tumor microenvironment and progress of basal-like breast cancer. METHODS: Expression levels of miR-126-3p in 33 paired basal-like breast cancer tissues were assayed by real-time quantitative PCR. Tumor cells and normal epithelial cell were isolated from ten paired basal-like breast cancer tissues and matched adjacent tissues, separately, using laser capture microdissect(LCM)-based PCR method...
May 31, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685837/proteomic-analyses-of-nucleus-laminaris-identified-candidate-targets-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein
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Hitomi Sakano, Diego A R Zorio, Xiaoyu Wang, Ying S Ting, William S Noble, Michael J MacCoss, Edwin W Rubel, Yuan Wang
The avian nucleus laminaris (NL) is a brainstem nucleus necessary for binaural processing, analogous in structure and function to the mammalian medial superior olive. In chickens (Gallus gallus), NL is a well-studied model system for activity-dependent neural plasticity. Its neurons have bipolar extension of dendrites, which receive segregated inputs from two ears and display rapid and compartment-specific reorganization in response to unilateral changes in auditory input. More recently, FMRP (fragile X mental retardation protein), an RNA-binding protein that regulates local protein translation, has been shown to be enriched in NL dendrites, suggesting its potential role in the structural dynamics of these dendrites...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677232/virulence-associated-factors-in-vibrio-cholerae-non-o1-non-o139-and-v-%C3%A2-mimicus-strains-isolated-in-ornamental-fish-species
#20
V Zago, M Zambon, M Civettini, O Zaltum, A Manfrin
During recent decades, ornamental fish have proven to be one of the fastest growing categories of pets in Europe. In this framework, we evaluated both the potential pathogenic and zoonotic risks caused by 53 Vibrio cholerae non-O1/non-O139 and a Vibrio mimicus strain isolated from ornamental fish species mostly originating from South-East Asia countries between 2000 and 2015 in Italy. All the strains were firstly identified at species level by biochemical, phylogenetic and mass spectrometry (matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight) methods, and then studied to reveal the presence of the main virulence and colonization-associated factors, as ctxA, ace, zot, stn/sto, toxR, rtxA, hlyA and tcpA by multiplex and single endpoint PCR assays...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
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