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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646582/comprehensive-mathematical-model-of-oxidative-phosphorylation-valid-for-physiological-up-to-pathological-conditions
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Margit Heiske, Thierry Letellier, Edda Klipp
We developed a mathematical model of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) that allows for a precise description of mitochondrial function with respect to the respiratory flux and the ATP production. The model reproduced flux-force relationships under various experimental conditions (state 3 and 4, uncoupling, shortage of respiratory substrate) as well as time courses, exhibiting correct P/O ratios. The model was able to reproduce experimental threshold curves for perturbations of the respiratory chain complexes, the F1 F0 -ATP synthase, the ADP/ATP carrier, the phosphate/OH carrier, and the proton leak...
June 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646444/engineering-3d-models-of-tumors-and-bone-to-understand-tumor-induced-bone-disease-and-improve-treatments
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REVIEW
Kristin A Kwakwa, Joseph P Vanderburgh, Scott A Guelcher, Julie A Sterling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bone is a structurally unique microenvironment that presents many challenges for the development of 3D models for studying bone physiology and diseases, including cancer. As researchers continue to investigate the interactions within the bone microenvironment, the development of 3D models of bone has become critical. RECENT FINDINGS: 3D models have been developed that replicate some properties of bone, but have not fully reproduced the complex structural and cellular composition of the bone microenvironment...
June 23, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646173/transmembrane-interactions-of-full-length-mammalian-bitopic-cytochrome-p450-cytochrome-b5-complex-in-lipid-bilayers-revealed-by-sensitivity-enhanced-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
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Kazutoshi Yamamoto, Marc A Caporini, Sang-Choul Im, Lucy Waskell, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
The dynamic protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions of integral bitopic membrane proteins with a single membrane-spanning helix play a plethora of vital roles in the cellular processes associated with human health and diseases, including signaling and enzymatic catalysis. While an increasing number of high-resolution structural studies of membrane proteins have successfully manifested an in-depth understanding of their biological functions, intact membrane-bound bitopic protein-protein complexes pose tremendous challenges for structural studies by crystallography or solution NMR spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646166/atp-release-during-cell-swelling-activates-a-ca-2-dependent-cl-current-by-autocrine-mechanism-in-mouse-hippocampal-microglia
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E Murana, F Pagani, B Basilico, M Sundukova, L Batti, S Di Angelantonio, B Cortese, A Grimaldi, A Francioso, P Heppenstall, P Bregestovski, C Limatola, D Ragozzino
Microglia cells, resident immune cells of the brain, survey brain parenchyma by dynamically extending and retracting their processes. Cl(-) channels, activated in the cellular response to stretch/swelling, take part in several functions deeply connected with microglia physiology, including cell shape changes, proliferation, differentiation and migration. However, the molecular identity and functional properties of these Cl(-) channels are largely unknown. We investigated the properties of swelling-activated currents in microglial from acute hippocampal slices of Cx3cr1 (+/GFP) mice by whole-cell patch-clamp and imaging techniques...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645858/vascular-adaptation-pattern-formation-and-cross-validation-between-an-agent-based-model-and-a-dynamical-system
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Marc Garbey, Stefano Casarin, Scott A Berceli
Myocardial infarction is the global leading cause of mortality (Go AS et al. 2014). Coronary artery occlusion is its main etiology and it is commonly treated by Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery (Wilson CT 2007). The long-term outcome remains unsatisfactory (Benedetto U 2016). The vein faces the phenomenon of restenosis during the post-surgery, which consists of re-occlusion of the lumen and usually requires secondary intervention even within one year after the initial surgery (Harskamp RE 2013). We propose an extensive study of the restenosis phenomenon by implementing two mathematical models previously developed: a heuristic Dynamical System (DS) (Garbey M and Berceli SA 2013), and a stochastic Agent Based Model (ABM) (Garbey M et al...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645657/gross-pathology-physiological-and-toxicological-responses-in-relation-to-metals-and-persistent-organic-pollutants-pops-burden-in-tilapia-species-from-ogun-river-nigeria
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Oju R Ibor, Aina O Adeogun, Azubuike V Chukwuka, Augustine Arukwe
We have investigated gross pathology, physiological (steroid precursors) and toxicological responses (oxidative stress and phase II biotransformation) in relation to tissue contaminant burden in Tilapia species along the entire length (320 km) of Ogun River, Nigeria. The Ogun River is the longest and largest river in Southwestern Nigeria located along heavily industrialized cities and receives complex mixtures of effluents. A total of 1074 tilapias were collected from three sampling points (Abeokuta, Isheri and Ikorodu) and from an upstream control point (Igboho) and evaluated for gross pathological changes, hepatic transcript levels for oxidative stress and phase II biotransformation responses...
June 8, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645641/homogenizing-bacterial-cell-factories-analysis-and-engineering-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity
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REVIEW
Dennis Binder, Thomas Drepper, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Frank Delvigne, Wolfgang Wiechert, Dietrich Kohlheyer, Alexander Grünberger
In natural habitats, microbes form multispecies communities that commonly face rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Thus, phenotypic heterogeneity has evolved as an innate and important survival strategy to gain an overall fitness advantage over cohabiting competitors. However, in defined artificial environments such as monocultures in small- to large-scale bioreactors, cell-to-cell variations are presumed to cause reduced production yields as well as process instability. Hence, engineering microbial production toward phenotypic homogeneity is a highly promising approach for synthetic biology and bioprocess optimization...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645570/quantitative-proteomics-analysis-by-itraq-revealed-underlying-changes-in-thermotolerance-of-arthrospira-platensis
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Rong Chang, Bingxin Lv, Bosheng Li
Growth temperature is a critical factor that affects cultivation of Arthrospira platensis which is a type of cyanobacterium widely known as Spirulina that has significant commercial value. To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the thermotolerance of Spirulina, differential protein expression profiling was carried out using iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. This study only analyzed changes in thylakoids. Among the 2085 proteins quantified, 43 differentially expressed proteins were selected based on the fold change cutoff scores of ≥2 or ≤0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645543/mechanosensing-in-the-drosophila-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Katerina Karkali, Enrique Martin-Blanco
Neurons allocated to sense organs respond rapidly to mechanical signals dictating behavioral responses at the organism level. The receptors that transduce these signals, and underlie these senses, are mechanically gated channels. Research on mechanosensation over the past decade, employing in many cases Drosophila as a model, has focused in typifying these receptors and in exploring the different ways, depending on context, in which these mechanosensors are modulated. In this review, we discuss first what we have learned from Drosophila on these mechanisms and we describe the different mechanosensory organs present in the Drosophila larvae and adult...
June 20, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645380/comet-fish-for-ultrasensitive-strand-specific-detection-of-dna-damage-in-single-cells
#10
Manas Mondal, Jia Guo
The genome integrity of living organisms is constantly threatened by endogenous cellular metabolic processes and environmental agents. To quantify these low, physiologically relevant levels of DNA damage, a single-cell gel electrophoresis (comet) combined with strand-specific fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)-based approach has been developed. This approach enables the quantification of low levels of specific DNA lesions in each strand of the selected sequence at the single-molecule sensitivity, as well as in the genome overall in single cells...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644055/regulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-4-channel-by-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-inositol-triphosphate-receptors-role-in-human-detrusor-smooth-muscle-function
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Aaron Provence, Eric S Rovner, Georgi V Petkov
We recently reported key physiological roles for Ca(2+)-activated transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4) channels in detrusor smooth muscle (DSM). However, the Ca(2+)-signaling mechanisms governing TRPM4 channel activity in human DSM cells are unexplored. As the TRPM4 channels are activated by Ca(2+), inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R)-mediated Ca(2+) release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum represents a potential Ca(2+) source for TRPM4 channel activation. We used clinically-characterized human DSM tissues to investigate the molecular and functional interactions of the IP3Rs and TRPM4 channels...
June 23, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643936/phenotypic-analysis-of-organoids-by-proteomics
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REVIEW
Alexis Gonneaud, Claude Asselin, François Boudreau, François-Michel Boisvert
The development of 3D cell cultures into self-organizing organ-like structures named organoids provides a model that better reflects in vivo organ physiology and their functional properties. Organoids have been established from several organs, such as the intestine, prostate, brain, liver, kidney and pancreas. With recent advances in high-throughput and -omics profiling technologies, it is now possible to study the mechanisms of cellular organisation at the systems level. It is therefore not surprising that these methods are now used to characterize organoids at the transcriptomic, proteomic, chromatin state and transcription factor DNA-binding levels...
June 23, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643880/effects-of-discrete-bioactive-microbial-volatiles-on-plants-and-fungi
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REVIEW
Birgit Piechulla, Marie-Chantal Lemfack, Marco Kai
Plants live in association with microorganisms, which are well known as a rich source of specialized metabolits, including volatile compounds. The increasing numbers of described plant microbiomes allowed manifold phylogenetic tree deductions, but less emphasis is presently put on the metabolic capacities of plant-associated microorganisms. With the focus on small volatile metabolites we summarize i) the knowledge of prominent bacteria of plant microbiomes, ii) present the state-of-the-art of individual (discrete) microbial organic and inorganic volatiles affecting plants and fungi, and iii) emphasize the high potential of microbial volatiles in mediating microbe-plant interactions...
June 23, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643139/cysteamine-revisited-repair-of-arginine-to-cysteine-mutations
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REVIEW
L Gallego-Villar, L Hannibal, J Häberle, B Thöny, T Ben-Omran, G K Nasrallah, Al-N Dewik, W D Kruger, H J Blom
Cysteamine is a small aminothiol endogenously derived from coenzyme A degradation. For some decades, synthetic cysteamine has been employed for the treatment of cystinosis, and new uses of the drug continue to emerge. In this review, we discuss the role of cysteamine in cellular and extracellular homeostasis and focus on the potential use of aminothiols to reconstitute the function of proteins harboring arginine (Arg) to cysteine (Cys) mutations, via repair of the Cys residue into a moiety that introduces an amino group, as seen in basic amino acid residues Lys and Arg...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642969/diverse-metabolic-effects-of-o-glcnacylation-in-the-pancreas-but-limited-effects-in-insulin-sensitive-organs-in-mice
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Shogo Ida, Katsutaro Morino, Osamu Sekine, Natsuko Ohashi, Shinji Kume, Tokuhiro Chano, Kanako Iwasaki, Norio Harada, Nobuya Inagaki, Satoshi Ugi, Hiroshi Maegawa
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: O-GlcNAcylation is characterised by the addition of N-acetylglucosamine to various proteins by O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) and serves in sensing intracellular nutrients by modulating various cellular processes. Although it has been speculated that O-GlcNAcylation is associated with glucose metabolism, its exact role in whole body glucose metabolism has not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated whether loss of O-GlcNAcylation globally and in specific organs affected glucose metabolism in mammals under physiological conditions...
June 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642945/nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-biosynthetic-clusters-of-eskape-pathogens
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REVIEW
Andrew M Gulick
Covering: up to 2017.Natural products are important secondary metabolites produced by bacterial and fungal species that play important roles in cellular growth and signaling, nutrient acquisition, intra- and interspecies communication, and virulence. A subset of natural products is produced by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), a family of large, modular enzymes that function in an assembly line fashion. Because of the pharmaceutical activity of many NRPS products, much effort has gone into the exploration of their biosynthetic pathways and the diverse products they make...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642789/androgen-receptor-localizes-to-plasma-membrane-by-binding-to-caveolin-1-in-mouse-sertoli-cells
#17
Qiong Deng, Yong Wu, Zeng Zhang, Yue Wang, Minghua Li, Hui Liang, Yaoting Gui
The nonclassical androgen signaling pathway translates signals into alterations in cellular function within minutes, and this action is proposed to be mediated by an androgen receptor (AR) localized to the plasma membrane. This study was designed to determine the mechanism underlying the membrane association of androgen receptor in TM4 cells, a mouse Sertoli cell line. Western blot analysis indicated testosterone-induced AR translocation to the cell membrane. Data from coimmunoprecipitation indicated that AR is associated with caveolin-1, and testosterone enhanced this association...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642697/targeting-microglial-activation-states-as-a-therapeutic-avenue-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Sudhakar R Subramaniam, Howard J Federoff
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive disorder characterized neuropathologically by loss of dopamine neurons in the substantia nigra, intracellular proteinaceous inclusions, reduction of dopaminergic terminals in the striatum, and increased neuroinflammatory cells. The consequent reduction of dopamine in the basal ganglia results in the classical parkinsonian motor phenotype. A growing body of evidence suggest that neuroinflammation mediated by microglia, the resident macrophage-like immune cells in the brain, play a contributory role in PD pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642195/how-lipid-droplets-tag-along-glycerolipid-synthetic-enzymes-and-lipid-storage
#19
REVIEW
Huan Wang, Michael V Airola, Karen Reue
Triacylglycerols (TAG) serve as the predominant form of energy storage in mammalian cells, and TAG synthesis influences conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. In most tissues, the glycerol 3-phosphate pathway enzymes are responsible for TAG synthesis, and the regulation and function of these enzymes is therefore important for metabolic homeostasis. Here we review the sites and regulation of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), acylglycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (AGPAT), lipin/phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP), and diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) enzyme action...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641554/future-of-spermatogonial-stem-cell-culture-application-of-nanofiber-scaffolds
#20
Azar Shams, Neda Eslahi, Mansoureh Movahedin, Fariborz Izadyar, Hamidreza Asgari, Morteza Koruji
The spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are unique in mammals because they can transmit genetic information from generation to generation and it is of significant importance. In testes, Sertoli cells, peritubular myoid cells, Leydig cells and other interstitial cells contribute to the spermatogonial stem cell "niche". So, creation of niche in in vitro condition that mimics in vivo environment is essential to maintain functional characteristic of SSCs. Nanofiber matrices mimic the architecture and size scale of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM)...
June 22, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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