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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531187/multi-scale-computational-study-of-the-mechanical-regulation-of-cell-mitotic-rounding-in-epithelia
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Ali Nematbakhsh, Wenzhao Sun, Pavel A Brodskiy, Aboutaleb Amiri, Cody Narciso, Zhiliang Xu, Jeremiah J Zartman, Mark Alber
Mitotic rounding during cell division is critical for preventing daughter cells from inheriting an abnormal number of chromosomes, a condition that occurs frequently in cancer cells. Cells must significantly expand their apical area and transition from a polygonal to circular apical shape to achieve robust mitotic rounding in epithelial tissues, which is where most cancers initiate. However, how cells mechanically regulate robust mitotic rounding within packed tissues is unknown. Here, we analyze mitotic rounding using a newly developed multi-scale subcellular element computational model that is calibrated using experimental data...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529938/senescence-inflammatory-regulation-of-reparative-cellular-reprogramming-in-aging-and-cancer
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Javier A Menendez, Tomás Alarcón
The inability of adult tissues to transitorily generate cells with functional stem cell-like properties is a major obstacle to tissue self-repair. Nuclear reprogramming-like phenomena that induce a transient acquisition of epigenetic plasticity and phenotype malleability may constitute a reparative route through which human tissues respond to injury, stress, and disease. However, tissue rejuvenation should involve not only the transient epigenetic reprogramming of differentiated cells, but also the committed re-acquisition of the original or alternative committed cell fate...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528666/role-of-nonneuronal-trpv4-signaling-in-inflammatory-processes
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Pradeep Rajasekhar, Daniel P Poole, Nicholas A Veldhuis
Transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channels are important signaling components in nociceptive and inflammatory pathways. This is attributed to their ability to function as polymodal sensors of environmental stimuli (chemical and mechanical) and as effector molecules in receptor signaling pathways. TRP vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a nonselective cation channel that is activated by multiple endogenous stimuli including shear stress, membrane stretch, and arachidonic acid metabolites. TRPV4 contributes to many important physiological processes and dysregulation of its activity is associated with chronic conditions of metabolism, inflammation, peripheral neuropathies, musculoskeletal development, and cardiovascular regulation...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528636/correlative-two-photon-and-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-in-neuronal-tissue-using-3d-near-infrared-branding-maps
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Robert M Lees, Christopher J Peddie, Lucy M Collinson, Michael C Ashby, Paul Verkade
Linking cellular structure and function has always been a key goal of microscopy, but obtaining high resolution spatial and temporal information from the same specimen is a fundamental challenge. Two-photon (2P) microscopy allows imaging deep inside intact tissue, bringing great insight into the structural and functional dynamics of cells in their physiological environment. At the nanoscale, the complex ultrastructure of a cell's environment in tissue can be reconstructed in three dimensions (3D) using serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM)...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528116/ph-controllable-cell-penetrating-polypeptide-possessing-cancer-targeting
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DaeYong Lee, IlKoo Noh, Jisang Yoo, N Sanoj Rejinold, Yeu-Chun Kim
Helical peptides were naturally-occurring ordered conformations that mediated various biological functions essential for biotechnology. However, it was difficult for natural helical polypeptides to be applied in biomedical fields due to low bioavailability. To avoid these problems, synthetic alpha-helical polypeptides have recently been introduced by further modifying pendants in the side chain. In spite of an attractive biomimetic helical motif, these systems could not be tailored for targeted delivery mainly due to nonspecific binding events...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527217/protein-phosphorylation-is-a-key-mechanism-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Joana Oliveira, Márcio Costa, Maria Soares Cachide de Almeida, Odete A B da Cruz E Silva, Ana Gabriela Henriques
Altered protein phosphorylation states of several proteins are closely associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Among these are the amyloid-β precursor protein (AβPP) and the tau protein. In fact, altered protein phosphorylation states already provide strong biomarkers for AD diagnosis, as is the case with hyperphosphorylated tau. It follows that modulating signaling cascades provides an attractive avenue for exploring novel therapeutic strategies. This review focuses on some of the major protein kinases and protein phosphatases relevant to AD...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526859/evaluation-of-arteriolar-smooth-muscle-cell-function-in-an-ex-vivo-microvascular-network-model
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Jessica M Motherwell, Mohammad S Azimi, Kristine Spicer, Natascha G Alves, Nicholas A Hodges, Jerome W Breslin, Prasad V G Katakam, Walter L Murfee
An emerging challenge in tissue engineering biomimetic models is recapitulating the physiological complexity associated with real tissues. Recently, our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as an ex vivo experimental platform for investigating the multi-cellular dynamics involved in angiogenesis within an intact microvascular network using time-lapse imaging. A critical question remains whether the vessels maintain their functionality. The objective of this study was to determine whether vascular smooth muscle cells in cultured microvascular networks maintain the ability to constrict...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526692/understanding-the-interrelationship-between-the-synthesis-of-urea-and-gluconeogenesis-by-formulating-an-overall-balanced-equation
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Piero L Ipata, Rossana Pesi
It is well known that a strong metabolic interrelationship exists between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. In this paper, we present a detailed, overall equation, describing a possible metabolic link between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. We adopted a guided approach in which we strongly suggest that students, when faced with the problem of obtaining the overall equation of a metabolic pathway, carefully account for all atoms and charges of the single reactions, as well as the cellular localizations of the substrates, and the related transport systems...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526570/role-of-medicinal-plants-on-growth-performance-and-immune-status-in-fish
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REVIEW
Elham Awad, Amani Awaad
Disease outbreaks increase proportionally with increases in intensive aquaculture. Natural products including medicinal plants have been known from thousands of years for treating some human diseases. It is well known that many active compounds are responsible for potential bio-activities. For that reason, there has been considerable interest in the use of medicinal plants in aquaculture with a view to providing safe and eco-friendly compounds for replacing antibiotics and chemical compounds as well as to enhance immune status and control fish diseases...
May 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526562/new-intracellular-activities-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-shine-in-the-moonlight
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REVIEW
Parker G Jobin, Georgina S Butler, ChristopherM Overall
Adaption of a single protein to perform multiple independent functions facilitates functional plasticity of the proteome allowing a limited number of protein-coding genes to perform a multitude of cellular processes. Multifunctionality is achievable by post-translational modifications and by modulating subcellular localization. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), classically viewed as degraders of the extracellular matrix (ECM) responsible for matrix protein turnover, are more recently recognized as regulators of a range of extracellular bioactive molecules including chemokines, cytokines, and their binders...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525591/f4-80-macrophages-contribute-to-clearance-of-senescent-cells-in-the-mouse-postpartum-uterus
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Mahiro Egashira, Yasushi Hirota, Ryoko Shimizu-Hirota, Tomoko Saito-Fujita, Hirofumi Haraguchi, Leona Matsumoto, Mitsunori Matsuo, Takehiro Hiraoka, Tomoki Tanaka, Shun Akaeda, Chiaki Takehisa, Mayuko Saito-Kanatani, Kei-Ichiro Maeda, Tomoyuki Fujii, Yutaka Osuga
Cellular senescence, defined as an irreversible cell cycle arrest, exacerbates tissue microenvironment. Our previous study demonstrated that mouse uterine senescent cells are physiologically increased according to gestational days and their abnormal accumulation is linked to the onset of preterm delivery. We hypothesized that there is a mechanism for removal of senescent cells after parturition to maintain uterine function. In the current study, we noted abundant uterine senescent cells and their gradual disappearance in the wild-type postpartum mice...
May 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525309/from-chaos-to-harmony-responses-and-signaling-upon-microbial-pattern-recognition
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Xiao Yu, Baomin Feng, Ping He, Libo Shan
Pathogen- or microbe-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs/MAMPs) are detected as nonself by host pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and activate pattern-triggered immunity (PTI). Microbial invasions often trigger the production of host-derived endogenous signals referred to as dangeror damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), which are also perceived by PRRs to modulate PTI responses. Collectively, PTI contributes to host defense against infections by a broad range of pathogens. Remarkable progress has been made toward demonstrating the cellular and physiological responses upon pattern recognition, elucidating the molecular, biochemical, and genetic mechanisms of PRR activation as well as dissecting the complex signaling networks that orchestrate PTI responses...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524858/caspase-dependent-non-apoptotic-processes-in-development
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REVIEW
Yu-Ichiro Nakajima, Erina Kuranaga
Caspases are at the core of executing apoptosis by orchestrating cellular destruction with proteolytic cascades. Caspase-mediated proteolysis also controls diverse nonlethal cellular activities such as proliferation, differentiation, cell fate decision, and cytoskeletal reorganization. During the last decade or so, genetic studies of Drosophila have contributed to our understanding of the in vivo mechanism of the non-apoptotic cellular responses in developmental contexts. Furthermore, recent studies using C...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524656/multifunctional-and-redox-responsive-self-assembled-magnetic-nanovectors-for-protein-delivery-and-dual-modal-imaging
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Hong Yu Yang, Moon-Sun Jang, Yi Li, Jung Hee Lee, Doo Sung Lee
Nanoparticle (NP)-based model carriers present an emerging strategy for protein delivery. However, constructing a multifunctional nanocarrier with high loading capacity, diagnostic imaging capacity and controlled release capability is a tremendous challenge for protein delivery systems. Thus, we herein report on the fabrication of redox-responsive magnetic nanovectors (termed RMNs) through self- assembly of Fe3O4 NPs and redox-responsive polymer ligands, which could effectively transport protein and trigger intracellular protein release...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524376/fluorinated-peg-polypeptide-polyplex-micelles-have-good-serum-resistance-and-low-cytotoxicity-for-gene-delivery
#15
Ting Wu, Longhai Wang, Shenggang Ding, Yezi You
A novel PEGylation polypeptide, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-cysteine) (PEG-PLL-PCys) triblock copolymer is synthesized via the sequential ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides initiated by methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2 , Mw is 2 kDa). Subsequently, the obtained polypeptide is partially conjugated with fluorocarbon chains via disulfide exchange reaction. PLL segment can condense plasmid DNA through an electrostatic force to form a complex core, PEG segment surrounding the complex like a corona can prevent the complex from precipitation and reduce the adsorption of serum, while PCys segment with fluorocarbon can enhance the cellular uptake and the stability of the formed polyplex micelles in physiological conditions...
May 19, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523994/potential-biomolecules-and-current-treatment-technologies-for-diabetic-foot-ulcer-an-overview
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Zenith Khashim, Shila Samuel, Nallusamy Duraisamy, Kathiravan Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulceration remains a major challenge is one of the most expensive and a leading cause of major and minor among patients with a diabetic foot ulcer. Hence the purpose of this review emphases on potential molecular markers involved in diabetic ulcer physiology, the efficacy of different types of dressing materials, therapy and newer therapeutic approach like nanoparticles for the of diabetic foot ulcer. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature reviews search by using Pubmed and other web search...
May 18, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523006/virtual-plant-tissue-building-blocks-for-next-generation-plant-growth-simulation
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Dirk De Vos, Abdiravuf Dzhurakhalov, Sean Stijven, Przemyslaw Klosiewicz, Gerrit T S Beemster, Jan Broeckhove
Motivation: Computational modeling of plant developmental processes is becoming increasingly important. Cellular resolution plant tissue simulators have been developed, yet they are typically describing physiological processes in an isolated way, strongly delimited in space and time. Results: With plant systems biology moving toward an integrative perspective on development we have built the Virtual Plant Tissue (VPTissue) package to couple functional modules or models in the same framework and across different frameworks...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522964/the-differential-organization-of-f-actin-alters-the-distribution-of-organelles-in-cultured-when-compared-to-native-chromaffin-cells
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Yolanda Gimenez-Molina, José Villanueva, Carmen Nanclares, Inmaculada Lopez-Font, Salvador Viniegra, Maria Del Mar Francés, Luis Gandia, Amparo Gil, Luis M Gutiérrez
Cultured bovine chromaffin cells have been used extensively as a neuroendocrine model to study regulated secretion. In order to extend such experimental findings to the physiological situation, it is necessary to study mayor cellular structures affecting secretion in cultured cells with their counterparts present in the adrenomedullary tissue. F-actin concentrates in a peripheral ring in cultured cells, as witnessed by phalloidin-rodhamine labeling, while extends throughout the cytoplasm in native cells. This result is also confirmed when studying the localization of α-fodrin, a F-actin-associated protein...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522926/revisiting-the-role-of-testosterone-are-we-missing-something
#19
Vineet Tyagi, Michael Scordo, Richard S Yoon, Frank A Liporace, Loren Wissner Greene
Testosterone is a pleiotropic hormone that plays an important role in the human body. Classically, testosterone was thought to be predominantly involved in androgenesis and physiology in boys and men. Through its conversion to estrogen, testosterone affects bone health, including bone density. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in the systemic role of testosterone in pain, well-being, and cardiovascular function in women and men alike. In this review, we discuss the historic significance of testosterone, its traditionally known physiology, and its molecular and cellular effects...
2017: Reviews in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522427/association-of-chitosan-and-aluminium-as-a-new-adjuvant-strategy-for-improved-vaccination
#20
F Lebre, D Bento, J Ribeiro, M Colaço, G Borchard, M C Pedroso de Lima, O Borges
The use of particulate adjuvants offers an interesting possibility to enhance and modulate the immune responses elicited by vaccines. Aluminium salts have been extensively used as vaccine adjuvants, but they lack the capacity to induce a strong cellular and mucosal immune response. Taking this into consideration, in this study we designed a new antigen delivery system combining aluminium salts with chitosan. Chitosan-aluminium nanoparticles (CH-Al NPs) exhibited a mean diameter of 280nm and a positive surface charge...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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