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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340100/glioblastoma-stem-cell-differentiation-into-endothelial-cells-evidenced-through-live-cell-imaging
#2
Xin Mei, Yin-Sheng Chen, Fu-Rong Chen, Shao-Yan Xi, Zhong-Ping Chen
Background.: Glioblastoma cell-initiated vascularization is an alternative angiogenesis called vasculogenic mimicry. However, current knowledge on the mechanism of de novo vessel formation from glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs) is limited. Methods.: Sixty-four glioblastoma samples from patients and 10 fluorescent glioma xenograft samples were examined by immunofluorescence staining for endothelial marker (CD34 and CD31) and glial cell marker (glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP]) expression...
March 8, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340032/osptr7-osnpf8-1-a-putative-peptide-transporter-in-rice-is-involved-in-dimethylarsenate-accumulation-in-rice-grain
#3
Zhong Tang, Yi Chen, Fei Chen, Yuchen Ji, Fang-Jie Zhao
Rice (Oryza sativa) is a major dietary source of arsenic (As) for the population consuming rice as their staple food. Rice grain contains both inorganic As and methylated As species, especially dimethyarsinate (DMA). DMA is highly mobile in long-distance translocation in plants, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In the present study, we showed that OsPTR7 (OsNPF8.1), a putative peptide transporter in rice, was permeable to DMA in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Transient expression of the OsPTR7-green fluorescent protein (GFP) in tobacco protoplasts showed that OsPTR7 was localized in the cell plasma membrane...
March 2, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339824/a-phase-i-trial-of-the-mek-inhibitor-selumetinib-azd6244-in-pediatric-patients-with-recurrent-or-refractory-low-grade-glioma-a-pediatric-brain-tumor-consortium-pbtc-study
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Anuradha Banerjee, Regina I Jakacki, Arzu Onar-Thomas, Shengjie Wu, Theodore Nicolaides, Tina Young Poussaint, Jason Fangusaro, Joanna Phillips, Arie Perry, David Turner, Michael Prados, Roger J Packer, Ibrahim Qaddoumi, Sridharan Gururangan, Ian F Pollack, Stewart Goldman, Lawrence A Doyle, Clinton F Stewart, James M Boyett, Larry E Kun, Maryam Fouladi
Background.: Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway is important for growth of pediatric low-grade gliomas (LGGs). The aim of this study was to determine the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) and the dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) of the MEK inhibitor selumetinib in children with progressive LGG. Methods.: Selumetinib was administered orally starting at 33 mg/m2/dose b.i.d., using the modified continual reassessment method. Pharmacokinetic analysis was performed during the first course...
February 28, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339678/ddx4-egfp-transgenic-rat-model-for-the-study-of-germline-development-and-spermatogenesis%C3%A2
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Kathrin Gassei, Yi Sheng, Adetunji Fayomi, Payal Mital, Meena Sukhwani, Chih-Cheng Lin, Karen A Peters, Andrew Althouse, Hanna Valli, Kyle E Orwig
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSC) are essential for spermatogenesis and male fertility. In addition, these adult tissue stem cells can be used as vehicles for germline modification in animal models and may have application for treating male infertility. To facilitate the investigation of SSCs and germ lineage development in rats, we generated a DEAD-box helicase 4 (DDX4) (VASA) promoter-enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) reporter transgenic rat. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence confirmed that EGFP was expressed in the germ cells of the ovaries and testes and was absent in somatic cells and tissues...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339398/n-terminal-fragments-of-huntingtin-longer-than-residue-170-form-visible-aggregates-independently-to-polyglutamine-expansion
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Moore Z Chen, Sue-Ann Mok, Angelique R Ormsby, Paul J Muchowski, Danny M Hatters
BACKGROUND: A hallmark of Huntington's disease is the progressive aggregation of full length and N-terminal fragments of polyglutamine (polyQ)-expanded Huntingtin (Htt) into intracellular inclusions. The production of N-terminal fragments appears important for enabling pathology and aggregation; and hence the direct expression of a variety of N-terminal fragments are commonly used to model HD in animal and cellular models. OBJECTIVE: It remains unclear how the length of the N-terminal fragments relates to polyQ - mediated aggregation...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339069/transglutaminase-2-is-upregulated-in-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-early-recurrence-as-determined-by-proteomic-profiles
#7
Hiromi Yamaguchi, Kazumichi Kuroda, Masahiko Sugitani, Tadatoshi Takayama, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Mariko Esumi
The mechanism of early recurrence of hepato-cellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well understood. To examine whether early intrahepatic metastasis of HCC can be determined by the reliable molecular characteristics of the primary HCC, we focused on early-stage tumors of primary and solitary HCC cases. Proteomic differences were investigated between two groups, 11 early (recurrence within 12 months) and 10 late (no recurrence within 48 months) HCC cases, using two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339032/clc-7-ostm1-contribute-to-the-ability-of-tea-polyphenols-to-maintain-bone-homeostasis-in-c57bl-6-mice-protecting-against-fluorosis
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Bing-Yun Li, Yan-Hui Gao, Jun-Rui Pei, Yan-Mei Yang, Wei Zhang, Dian-Jun Sun
Epidemiological investigations indicate that certain ingredients in tea bricks can antagonize the adverse effects of fluoride. Tea polyphenols (TPs), the most bioactive ingredient in tea bricks, have been demonstrated to be potent bone-supporting agents. ClC‑7 is known to be crucial for osteoclast (OC) bone resorption. Thus, in this study, we investigated the potential protective effects of TPs against fluorosis using a mouse model and explored the underlying mechanisms with particular focus on ClC‑7...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338927/the-effect-of-aluminum-ion-on-the-aggregation-of-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-11-28
#9
Lanlan Su, Cheng Lu, Peng Yan, Nan Zhang, Sheng Cai, Gongjun Zhang, Xingfei Zhou, Bin Li
Metal ions play a critical role in human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) aggregation, which is believed to be closely associated with β-cell death in type II diabetes. In this work, the effect of Al3+ on the aggregation of hIAPP (11-28) was studied by several different experimental approaches. Atomic force microscopy measurements showed that Al3+ could remarkably inhibit hIAPP(11-28) fibrillogenesis, while Zn2+ had a slight promotion effect on peptide aggregation, which was also confirmed by Thioflavin T fluorescence observation...
March 10, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338881/mdhb1-down-regulation-activates-anthocyanin-biosynthesis-in-the-white-fleshed-apple-cultivar-granny-smith
#10
Yonghua Jiang, Cuihua Liu, Dan Yan, Xiaohong Wen, Yanli Liu, Haojie Wang, Jieyu Dai, Yujie Zhang, Yanfei Liu, Bin Zhou, Xiaolin Ren
Coloration in apple (Malus×domestica) flesh is mainly caused by the accumulation of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin is biosynthesized through the flavonoid pathway and regulated by MYB, bHLH, and WD40 transcription factors (TFs). Here, we report that the HD-Zip I TF MdHB1 was also involved in the regulation of anthocyanin accumulation. MdHB1 silencing caused the accumulation of anthocyanin in 'Granny Smith' flesh, whereas its overexpression reduced the flesh content of anthocyanin in 'Ballerina' (red-fleshed apple)...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338876/subcellular-localization-of-arabidopsis-arogenate-dehydratases-suggests-novel-and-non-enzymatic-roles
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Crystal D Bross, Travis R Howes, Sara Abolhassani Rad, Ornela Kljakic, Susanne E Kohalmi
Arogenate dehydratases (ADTs) catalyze the final step in phenylalanine biosynthesis in plants. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes a family of six ADTs capable of decarboxylating/dehydrating arogenate into phenylalanine. Using cyan fluorescent protein (CFP)-tagged proteins, the subcellular localization patterns of all six A. thaliana ADTs were investigated in intact Nicotiana benthamiana and A. thaliana leaf cells. We show that A. thaliana ADTs localize to stroma and stromules (stroma-filled tubules) of chloroplasts...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338525/orexin-action-on-oxytocin-neurons-in-the-paraventricular-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus
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Yuko Maejima, Shinichi Takahashi, Katsuya Takasu, Seiichi Takenoshita, Yoichi Ueta, Kenju Shimomura
Oxytocin neurons in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the hypothalamus play an important role in food intake regulation. It has been shown that the secretion of oxytocin from the hypothalamus shows a diurnal circadian rhythmic pattern and disturbance of this pattern leads to the development of obesity. However, whether oxytocin secretion from the PVN has a diurnal pattern remains unknown. Here, we show that oxytocin secretion from the PVN does have a diurnal pattern and that the terminals of orexin neurons, the neuropeptide responsible for regulating the sleep-wake rhythm, are synapsed with PVN oxytocin neurons...
March 23, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338443/fluorescent-labeling-of-collagen-production-by-cells-for-noninvasive-imaging-of-extracellular-matrix-deposition
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Katie Bardsley, Ying Yang, Alicia J El Haj
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential component of tissues and provides both integrity and biological cues for cells. Collagen is one of the major proteins found within the ECM and therefore is an essential component of all engineered tissues. Therefore, in this article, we present a method for the online real-time monitoring of collagen deposition in three-dimensional engineered constructs. This method revolves around modification of collagen through the addition of azide-L-proline to cell culture media...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338321/thiol-reactive-star-polymers-display-enhanced-association-with-distinct-human-blood-components
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Joshua Julian Glass, Yang Li, Robert De Rose, Angus P R Johnston, Ewa I Czuba, Song Yang Khor, John F Quinn, Michael R Whittaker, Thomas P Davis, Stephen J Kent
Directing nanoparticles to specific cell types using non-antibody based methods is of increasing interest. Thiol-reactive nanoparticles can enhance the efficiency of cargo delivery into specific cells through interactions with cell surface proteins. However, studies to date using this technique have been largely limited to immortalized cell lines or rodents and the utility of this technology on primary human cells is unknown. Herein, we used RAFT polymerization to prepare pyridyl disulphide (PDS)-functionalized star polymers with a methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol) brush corona and a fluorescently-labelled crosslinked core using an arm-first method...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338201/the-clinical-relationship-between-the-slug-mediated-puma-p53-signaling-pathway-and-radiotherapy-resistance-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#15
T Xu, Y Yuan, D-J Xiao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical relationship between the Slug-mediated Puma/p53 signaling pathway and radiotherapy resistance in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty surgical specimens were collected from nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients treated at our hospital between February 2010 and February 2015. Twenty patients with poorly differentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma with and without radiotherapy resistance were included in the experimental and control groups, respectively...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338196/study-on-the-proliferation-of-human-gastric-cancer-cell-ags-by-activation-of-egfr-in-h2o2
#16
Q Wang, W Shen, G-Q Tao, J Sun, L-P Shi
OBJECTIVE: This study is to investigate the effect of low concentration hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on the proliferation of gastric cancer AGS cell line in vitro and the mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: AGS cells were treated with different low concentrations of H2O2 (1, 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001 μm) for 48 hours. The effect of H2O2 concentration gradient on the activity of AGS cell activities was detected by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) method. The expression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its downstream signaling pathway extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) protein in H2O2 was detected by Western blot method; moreover, the effect of H2O2 on intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) in AGS cells was observed under the fluorescence microscope and quantitative analysis by flow cytometry...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338097/the-cellular-protein-hnrnp-a2-b1-enhances-hiv-1-transcription-by-unfolding-ltr-promoter-g-quadruplexes
#17
Matteo Scalabrin, Ilaria Frasson, Emanuela Ruggiero, Rosalba Perrone, Elena Tosoni, Sara Lago, Martina Tassinari, Giorgio Palù, Sara N Richter
G-quadruplexes are four-stranded conformations of nucleic acids that act as cellular epigenetic regulators. A dynamic G-quadruplex forming region in the HIV-1 LTR promoter represses HIV-1 transcription when in the folded conformation. This activity is enhanced by nucleolin, which induces and stabilizes the HIV-1 LTR G-quadruplexes. In this work by a combined pull-down/mass spectrometry approach, we consistently found hnRNP A2/B1 as an additional LTR-G-quadruplex interacting protein. Surface plasmon resonance confirmed G-quadruplex specificity over linear sequences and fluorescence resonance energy transfer analysis indicated that hnRNP A2/B1 is able to efficiently unfold the LTR G-quadruplexes...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338017/a-role-of-the-sam-domain-in-epha2-receptor-activation
#18
Xiaojun Shi, Vera Hapiak, Ji Zheng, Jeannine Muller-Greven, Deanna Bowman, Ryan Lingerak, Matthias Buck, Bing-Cheng Wang, Adam W Smith
Among the 20 subfamilies of protein receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), Eph receptors are unique in possessing a sterile alpha motif (SAM domain) at their C-terminal ends. However, the functions of SAM domains in Eph receptors remain elusive. Here we report on a combined cell biology and quantitative fluorescence study to investigate the role of the SAM domain in EphA2 function. We observed elevated tyrosine autophosphorylation levels upon deletion of the EphA2 SAM domain (EphA2ΔS) in DU145 and PC3 prostate cancer cells and a skin tumor cell line derived from EphA1/A2 knockout mice...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337749/branched-i%C3%A2-antigens-on-leukemia-cells-enhanced-sensitivity-against-natural-killer-cell-cytotoxicity-through-affecting-the-target-effector-interaction
#19
Yen-Hua Lee, Yi-Jen Liao, Chin-Han Huang, Fu-Ling Chang, Ting-Hsi Fan, Yuh-Ching Twu
BACKGROUND: The aberrant glycosylation on proteins and lipids has been implicated in malignant transformations for promoting the tumorigenesis, metastasis, and evasion from the host immunity. The I-branching β-1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase, converting the straight i to branched I histo-blood group antigens, reportedly could influence the migration, invasion, and metastasis of solid tumors. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We first chose the highly cytotoxic natural killer (NK)-92MI cells as effector against leukemia for this cell line has been used in several clinical trials...
March 24, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337707/investigation-of-yeast-mitophagy-with-fluorescence-microscopy-and-western-blotting
#20
Sachiyo Nagumo, Koji Okamoto
Selective clearance of superfluous or dysfunctional mitochondria is a fundamental process that depends on the autophagic membrane trafficking pathways found in many cell types. This catabolic event, called mitophagy, is conserved from yeast to humans and serves to control mitochondrial quality and quantity. In budding yeast, degradation of mitochondria occurs under various physiological conditions, such as respiration at stationary phase, or starvation in a prolonged period. During these events, the transmembrane protein Atg32 localizes to the mitochondrial surface and plays a specific and essential role in yeast mitophagy...
March 24, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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