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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734205/identification-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-enoyl-acyl-carrier-protein-reductase-inhibitors-a-combined-in-silico-and-in-vitro-analysis
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Mohsin Y Lone, Mohd Athar, Vivek K Gupta, Prakash C Jha
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), had developed evolutionary changes in its genome to adapt for survival and thereby generated multi-drug resistant strains. However, novel drug targets that remained unchanged for their biochemical role has impressed the research community to target such proteins. The comprehensive analysis of multiple protein targets has influenced us to make a consensus structural rule exploited by pharmacophore and other allied techniques from a large repository of protein structures. In this pursuit, we made a retrospective analysis of pharmacophores mapped from the tuberculosis structural proteome and identified unique patterns that can be employed for the novel molecules design...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732383/radiation-alters-pd-l1-nkg2d-ligand-levels-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-leads-to-immune-escape-from-nk-cell-cytotoxicity-via-il-6-mek-erk-signaling-pathway
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Ming Jing Shen, Li Jun Xu, Li Yang, Ying Tsai, Peter C Keng, Yongbing Chen, Soo Ok Lee, Yuhchyau Chen
We investigated whether radiation influences the susceptibility of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells to NK cell mediated cytotoxicity. We found radiation treatment increased expression of programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), but decreased NK group 2, member D (NKG2D) ligand expressions in A549 and H157 NSCLC cells. Both types of changes would have protected tumor cells from the cytotoxic action of NK cells. Consistently, we detected similar alteration in these molecules in radioresistant A549R26-1 and H157R24-1 subline cells...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731915/cross-cultural-adaptation-of-the-self-care-of-hypertension-inventory-into-brazilian-portuguese
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Luana Claudia Jacoby Silveira, Eneida Rejane Rabelo-Silva, Christiane Whast Ávila, Leila Beltrami, Victoria Vaughan Dickson, Barbara Riegel
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle changes and treatment adherence still constitute a challenge to healthcare providers involved in the care of persons with hypertension. The lack of validated instruments measuring the ability of hypertensive patients to manage their disease has slowed research progress in this area. The Self-care of Hypertension Inventory, originally developed in the United States, consists of 23 items divided across 3 scales: Self-care Maintenance, Self-care Management, and Self-care Confidence...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731643/transcriptome-based-identification-of-the-optimal-reference-cho-genes-for-normalisation-of-qpcr-data
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Adam J Brown, Suzanne Gibson, Diane Hatton, David C James
Real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) is the standard method for determination of relative changes in mRNA transcript abundance. Analytical accuracy, precision, and reliability are critically dependent on the selection of internal control reference genes. In this study we have identified optimal reference genes that can be utilized universally for qPCR analysis of CHO cell mRNAs. Initially, transcriptomic datasets were analysed to identify eight endogenous genes that exhibited high expression stability across four distinct CHO cell lines sampled in different culture phases...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731605/optimising-the-effectiveness-of-diabetes-education-in-an-east-asian-population
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T S T Choi, K Z Walker, C B Lombard, C Palermo
AIM: To explore the collective patterns of learning behaviours and preferences of Chinese people during diabetes education. The study was carried out across three countries and aimed to identify strategies that could be used to tailor diabetes education to Chinese people. METHODS: A case study approach was undertaken in three countries (Australia, China and Singapore) using participant observations and qualitative interviews. Purposive sampling was used to select field sites before a snowball technique was employed to identify relevant interviewees...
July 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731527/mechanotransduction-effects-on-endothelial-cell-proliferation-via-cd31-and-vegfr2-implications-for-immunomagnetic-separation
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Kalpesh D Mahajan, Gauri M Nabar, Wei Xue, Mirela Anghelina, Nicanor Moldovan, Jeffrey Chalmers, Jessica Winter
Immunomagnetic separation is used to isolate circulating endothelial cells (ECs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) for diagnostics and tissue engineering. However, potentially detrimental changes in cell properties have been observed post-separation. Here, we studied the effect of mechanical force, which is naturally applied during immunomagnetic separation, on proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), kinase insert domain-positive receptor (KDR) cells, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731474/bacterial-transcriptome-remodeling-during-sequential-co-culture-with-a-marine-dinoflagellate-and-diatom
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Marine Landa, Andrew S Burns, Selena J Roth, Mary Ann Moran
In their role as primary producers, marine phytoplankton modulate heterotrophic bacterial activities through differences in the types and amounts of organic matter they release. This study investigates the transcriptional response of bacterium Ruegeria pomeroyi, a member of the Roseobacter clade known to affiliate with diverse phytoplankton groups in the ocean, during a shift in phytoplankton taxonomy. The bacterium was initially introduced into a culture of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium tamarense, and then experienced a change in phytoplankton community composition as the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana gradually outcompeted the dinoflagellate...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731471/changes-in-nutrient-stoichiometry-elemental-homeostasis-and-growth-rate-of-aquatic-litter-associated-fungi-in-response-to-inorganic-nutrient-supply
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Vladislav Gulis, Kevin A Kuehn, Louie N Schoettle, Desiree Leach, Jonathan P Benstead, Amy D Rosemond
Aquatic fungi mediate important energy and nutrient transfers in freshwater ecosystems, a role potentially altered by widespread eutrophication. We studied the effects of dissolved nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) concentrations and ratios on fungal stoichiometry, elemental homeostasis, nutrient uptake and growth rate in two experiments that used (1) liquid media and a relatively recalcitrant carbon (C) source and (2) fungi grown on leaf litter in microcosms. Two monospecific fungal cultures and a multi-species assemblage were assessed in each experiment...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731328/bisphosphonate-functionalized-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-the-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-in-the-treatment-of-osteosarcoma
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Victoria Wu, Jarrett Mickens, Vuk Uskokovic
Osteosarcoma (OS) is one of the most common neoplasia among children and its survival statistics have been stagnating since the combinatorial anticancer therapy triad was first introduced. Here we report on the assessment of the effect of hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles loaded with medronate, the simplest bisphosphonate, as a bone-targeting agent and JQ1, a small-molecule bromodomain inhibitor, as a chemotherapeutic in different 2D and 3D K7M2 OS in vitro models. Both additives decreased the crystallinity of HAp, but the effect was more intense for medronate because of its higher affinity for HAp...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731273/scaffold-free-liver-on-a-chip-with-multiscale-organotypic-cultures
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Yu-Shih Weng, Shau-Feng Chang, Ming-Cheng Shih, Shih-Heng Tseng, Chih-Huang Lai
The considerable advances that have been made in the development of organotypic cultures have failed to overcome the challenges of expressing tissue-specific functions and complexities, especially for organs that require multitasking and complex biological processes, such as the liver. Primary liver cells are ideal biological building blocks for functional organotypic reconstruction, but are limited by their rapid loss of physiological integrity in vitro. Here the concept of lattice growth used in material science is applied to develop a tissue incubator, which provides physiological cues and controls the 3D assembly of primary cells...
July 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730968/modulation-of-the-immune-system-for-the-treatment-of-glaucoma
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Katharina Bell, Nadine von Thun Und Hohenstein-Blaul, Julia Teister, Franz H Grus
At present intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering therapies are the only approach to treat glaucoma. Neuroprotective strategies to protect the retinal ganglion cells (RGC) from apoptosis are lacking to date. Results from clinical studies revealed altered immunoreactivities against retinal and optic nerve antigens in sera and aqueous humor of glaucoma patients and point toward an autoimmune involvement in glaucomatous neurodegeneration and RGC death. IgG accumulations along with plasma cells were found localised in human glaucomatous retinae in a pro-inflammatory environment possibly maintained by microglia...
July 19, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730782/human-glioma-cells-conditioned-medium-promotes-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-vitro
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Rusen Zhu, Xinggui Chen, Jinghong Li, Liubo Lan
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in cell proliferation and migration of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) in glioma environment, in order to assess the tumorigenic risk of hMSCs in the clinical application to treat human gliomas. METHODS: hMSCs were obtained from normal adult persons and identified by their morphological characteristics and test of their stemness. The U251 glioma cell-conditioned medium (U251-CM) was obtained to simulate the human glioma environment in vitro...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730487/a-methodology-for-comprehensive-analysis-of-toll-like-receptor-signaling-in-macrophages
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Marijke Koppenol-Raab, Aleksandra Nita-Lazar
A combination of high-throughput, multiplexed, quantitative methods with computational modeling and statistical approaches is required to obtain system-level understanding of biological function. Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics has emerged as a preferred tool for the analysis of changes in protein abundance and their post-translational modification (PTM) levels at a global scale, comparable with genomic experiments and generating data suitable for use in mathematical modeling of signaling pathways. Here we describe a set of parallel bottom-up proteomic approaches to detect and quantify the global protein changes in total intracellular proteins, their phosphorylation, and the proteins released by active and passive secretion or shedding mechanisms (referred to as the secretome as reviewed in Makridakis and Vlahou, J Proteome 73:2291-2305, 2010) in response to the stimulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) with specific ligands in cultured macrophages...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730385/the-role-of-f-actin-in-the-transport-and-secretion-of-chromaffin-granules-an-historic-perspective
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Luis M Gutiérrez, José Villanueva
Actin is one of the most ubiquitous protein playing fundamental roles in a variety of cellular processes. Since early in the 1980s, it was evident that filamentous actin (F-actin) formed a peripheral cortical barrier that prevented vesicles to access secretory sites in chromaffin cells in culture. Later, around 2000, it was described that the F-actin structure accomplishes a dual role serving both vesicle transport and retentive purposes and undergoing dynamic transient changes during cell stimulation. The complex role of the F-actin cytoskeleton in neuroendocrine secretion was further evidenced when it has been proved to participate in the scaffold structure holding together the secretory machinery at active sites and participate in the generation of mechanical forces that drive the opening of the fusion pore, during the first decade of the present century...
July 20, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730353/an-exploration-into-the-bacterial-community-under-different-pasteurization-conditions-during-substrate-preparation-composting-phase-ii-for-agaricus-bisporus-cultivation
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Fabricio Rocha Vieira, John Andrew Pecchia
Substrate preparation (i.e., composting) for Agaricus bisporus cultivation is the most critical point of mushroom production. Among many factors involved in the composting process, the microbial ecology of the system is the underlying drive of composting and can be influenced by composting management techniques. Pasteurization temperature at the beginning of phase II, in theory, may influence the bacterial community and subsequently the "selectivity" and nutrition of the final substrate. Therefore, this hypothesis was tested by simulation in bioreactors under different pasteurization conditions (57 °C/6 h, 60 °C/2 h, and 68 °C/2 h), simulating conditions adopted by many producers...
July 20, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729751/severity-and-justness-do-not-moderate-the-relation-between-corporal-punishment-and-negative-child-outcomes-a-multicultural-and-longitudinal-study
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Liane Peña Alampay, Jennifer Godwin, Jennifer E Lansford, Anna Silvia Bombi, Marc H Bornstein, Lei Chang, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Laura Di Giunta, Kenneth A Dodge, Patrick S Malone, Paul Oburu, Concetta Pastorelli, Ann T Skinner, Emma Sorbring, Sombat Tapanya, Liliana M Uribe Tirado, Arnaldo Zelli, Suha Al-Hassan, Dario Bacchini
There is strong evidence of a positive association between corporal punishment and negative child outcomes, but previous studies have suggested that the manner in which parents implement corporal punishment moderates the effects of its use. This study investigated whether severity and justness in the use of corporal punishment moderate the associations between frequency of corporal punishment and child externalizing and internalizing behaviors. This question was examined using a multicultural sample from eight countries and two waves of data collected one year apart...
July 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729699/pten-foxo3-akt-pathway-regulates-cell-death-and-mediates-morphogenetic-differentiation-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-under-simulated-microgravity
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Raj Pranap Arun, Divya Sivanesan, Prasanna Vidyasekar, Rama Shanker Verma
Gravity is a major physical factor determining the stress and strain around cells. Both in space experiments and ground simulation, change in gravity impacts the viability and function of various types of cells as well as in vivo conditions. Cancer cells have been shown to die under microgravity. This can be exploited for better understanding of the biology and identification of novel avenues for therapeutic intervention. Here, we described the effect of microgravity simulated using Rotational Cell Culture System-High Aspect Ratio Vessel (RCCS-HARV) on the viability and morphological changes of colorectal cancer cells...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729628/a-new-approach-for-ratiometric-in-vivo-calcium-imaging-of-microglia
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Bianca Brawek, Yajie Liang, Daria Savitska, Kaizhen Li, Natalie Fomin-Thunemann, Yury Kovalchuk, Elizabeta Zirdum, Johan Jakobsson, Olga Garaschuk
Microglia, resident immune cells of the brain, react to the presence of pathogens/danger signals with a large repertoire of functional responses including morphological changes, proliferation, chemotaxis, production/release of cytokines, and phagocytosis. In vitro studies suggest that many of these effector functions are Ca(2+)-dependent, but our knowledge about in vivo Ca(2+) signalling in microglia is rudimentary. This is mostly due to technical reasons, as microglia largely resisted all attempts of in vivo labelling with Ca(2+) indicators...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729327/dietary-intake-and-factors-influencing-eating-behaviours-in-overweight-and-obese-south-asian-men-living-in-the-uk-mixed-method-study
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Amir Emadian, Clare Y England, Janice L Thompson
OBJECTIVE: It is widely recognised that South Asian men living in the UK are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) than their white British counterparts. Despite this, limited data have been published quantifying current dietary intake patterns and qualitatively exploring eating behaviours in this population. The objectives of this study were to (1) assess diet, (2) explore perceptions of T2DM, (3) investigate factors influencing eating behaviours in overweight/obese South Asian men and (4) determine the suitability of the UK Diet and Diabetes Questionnaire (UKDDQ) for use in this population...
July 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728747/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-bone-marrow-and-spleen-of-primary-myelofibrosis
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Benedetta Gaia Erba, Cristian Gruppi, Monica Corada, Federica Pisati, Vittorio Rosti, Niccolo' Bartalucci, Jean-Luc Villeval, Alessandro Maria Vannucchi, Giovanni Barosi, Alessandra Balduini, Elisabetta Dejana
Primary myelofibrosis is characterized by the development of fibrosis in the bone marrow that contributes to ineffective hematopoiesis. Bone marrow fibrosis is the result of a complex and not yet fully understood interaction among megakaryocytes, myeloid cells, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells. Here, we report that >30% of the endothelial cells in the small vessels of the bone marrow and spleen of patients with primary myelofibrosis have a mesenchymal phenotype, which is suggestive of the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT)...
August 2017: American Journal of Pathology
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