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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212450/expression-and-activity-of-multidrug-resistance-proteins-in-mature-endothelial-cells-and-their-precursors-a-challenging-correlation
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Agnieszka Krawczenko, Aleksandra Bielawska-Pohl, Karolina Wojtowicz, Roksana Jura, Maria Paprocka, Elżbieta Wojdat, Urszula Kozłowska, Aleksandra Klimczak, Catherine Grillon, Claudine Kieda, Danuta Duś
Active cellular transporters of harmful agents-multidrug resistance (mdr) proteins-are present in tumor, stem and endothelial cells, among others. While mdr proteins are broadly studied in tumor cells, their role in non-tumor cells and the significance of their action not connected with removal of harmful xenobiotics is less extensively documented. Proper assessment of mdr proteins expression is difficult. Mdr mRNA presence is most often evaluated but that does not necessarily correlate with the protein level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212420/transcriptome-using-illumina-sequencing-reveals-the-traits-of-spermatogenesis-and-developing-testes-in-eriocheir-sinensis
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Gen-Liang Li, Hui Qian
Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) has the spermatozoa with typical aflagellate, decondensed chromatin, cup-shaped nuclei, and radial arms. However, the mechanism of spermatogenesis during which the specific spermatozoa are generated in this species is yet unclear. Here, the transcriptome of developing testis in E. sinensis was analyzed using the ways of RNA-seq and bioinformatics analysis to identify candidate genes potentially involved in development of testis and spermatogenesis. The Illumina HiSeq2500 sequencing of three replicons of samples produced a total of 145...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212112/cancer-as-robust-intrinsic-state-shaped-by-evolution-a-key-issues-review
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Ruoshi Yuan, Xiaomei Zhu, Gaowei Wang, Site Li, Ping Ao
Cancer is a complex disease: its pathology cannot be properly understood in terms of independent players-genes, proteins, molecular pathways, or their simple combinations. This is similar to many-body physics of a condensed phase that many important properties are not determined by a single atom or molecule. The rapidly accumulating large 'omics' data also require a new mechanistic and global underpinning to organize for rationalizing cancer complexity. A unifying and quantitative theory was proposed by some of the present authors that cancer is a robust state formed by the endogenous molecular-cellular network, which is evolutionarily built for the developmental processes and physiological functions...
February 17, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211922/applying-phasor-approach-analysis-of-multiphoton-flim-measurements-to-probe-the-metabolic-activity-of-three-dimensional-in-vitro-cell-culture-models
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Pirmin H Lakner, Michael G Monaghan, Yvonne Möller, Monilola A Olayioye, Katja Schenke-Layland
Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) can measure and discriminate endogenous fluorophores present in biological samples. This study seeks to identify FLIM as a suitable method to non-invasively detect a shift in cellular metabolic activity towards glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation in 3D Caco-2 models of colorectal carcinoma. These models were treated with potassium cyanide or hydrogen peroxide as controls, and epidermal growth factor (EGF) as a physiologically-relevant influencer of cell metabolic behaviour...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209457/metabolomic-approach-reveals-the-biochemical-mechanisms-underlying-drought-stress-tolerance-in-thyme
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Parviz Moradi, Brian Ford-Lloyd, Jeremy Pritchard
Thyme as a perennial herb has been recognized globally for its antimicrobial, antiseptic and spasmolytic effects. In this investigation, we have used non-targeted metabolite and volatile profiling combined with the morpho-physiological parameters in order to understand the responses at the metabolite and physiological level in drought sensitive and tolerant thyme plant populations. The results at the metabolic level identified the significantly affected metabolites. Significant metabolites belonging to different chemical classes consisting amino acids, carbohydrates, organic acids and lipids have been compared in tolerant and sensitive plants...
February 13, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209158/gene-regulatory-network-underlying-the-immortalization-of-epithelial-cells
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Luis Fernando Méndez-López, Jose Davila-Velderrain, Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Christian Enríquez-Olguín, Juan Carlos Martínez-García, Elena R Alvarez-Buylla
BACKGROUND: Tumorigenic transformation of human epithelial cells in vitro has been described experimentally as the potential result of spontaneous immortalization. This process is characterized by a series of cell-state transitions, in which normal epithelial cells acquire first a senescent state which is later surpassed to attain a mesenchymal stem-like phenotype with a potentially tumorigenic behavior. In this paper we aim to provide a system-level mechanistic explanation to the emergence of these cell types, and to the time-ordered transition patterns that are common to neoplasias of epithelial origin...
February 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208577/single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-ppar%C3%AE-a-protein-at-the-crossroads-of-physiological-and-pathological-processes
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Maria Petrosino, Laura Lori, Alessandra Pasquo, Clorinda Lori, Valerio Consalvi, Velia Minicozzi, Silvia Morante, Antonio Laghezza, Alessandra Giorgi, Davide Capelli, Roberta Chiaraluce
Genome polymorphisms are responsible for phenotypic differences between humans and for individual susceptibility to genetic diseases and therapeutic responses. Non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) lead to protein variants with a change in the amino acid sequence that may affect the structure and/or function of the protein and may be utilized as efficient structural and functional markers of association to complex diseases. This study is focused on nsSNP variants of the ligand binding domain of PPARγ a nuclear receptor in the superfamily of ligand inducible transcription factors that play an important role in regulating lipid metabolism and in several processes ranging from cellular differentiation and development to carcinogenesis...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207738/testing-the-limits-of-gradient-sensing
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Vinal Lakhani, Timothy C Elston
The ability to detect a chemical gradient is fundamental to many cellular processes. In multicellular organisms gradient sensing plays an important role in many physiological processes such as wound healing and development. Unicellular organisms use gradient sensing to move (chemotaxis) or grow (chemotropism) towards a favorable environment. Some cells are capable of detecting extremely shallow gradients, even in the presence of significant molecular-level noise. For example, yeast have been reported to detect pheromone gradients as shallow as 0...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207270/intracellular-delivery-colloidally-stable-core-crosslinked-triblock-copolymer-micelles-with-glutathione-responsive-enhanced-drug-release-for-cancer-therapy
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Jung Kwon Oh, Depannita Biswas, So Young An, Yijing Li, Xiangtao Wang
Design and development of amphiphilic block copolymer-based nanocarriers exhibiting enhanced colloidal stability upon dilution in the blood and cellular glutathione-responsive rapid drug release is highly desired for tumor-targeting chemotherapy. Herein, we report a novel ABA-type triblock copolymer consisting of a hydrophilic central poly(ethylene glycol) block and two terminal hydrophobic blocks of a polymethacrylate having pendant disulfides (PHMssEt), thus PHMssEt-b-PEG-b-PHMssEt (ssTP). Aqueous self-assembly and following disulfide-exchange reaction of the resulting ssTP allows for formation of core-crosslinked micelles (CCMs) through the formation of new disulfide linkages, retaining enhanced colloidal stability in physiological condition and in the presence of proteins...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207251/cross-linked-micellar-spherical-nucleic-acids-from-thermoresponsive-templates
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Resham J Banga, Brian Meckes, Suguna P Narayan, Anthony J Sprangers, SonBinh T Nguyen, Chad A Mirkin
A one-pot synthesis of micellar spherical nucleic acid (SNA) nanostructures using Pluronic F127 as a thermoresponsive template is reported. These novel constructs are synthesized in a chemically straightforward process that involves intercalation of the lipid tails of DNA amphiphiles (CpG motifs for TLR-9 stimulation) into the hydrophobic regions of Pluronic F127 micelles followed by chemical cross-linking and subsequent removal of non-crosslinked structures. The dense nucleic acid shell of the resulting cross-linked micellar SNA enhances their stability in physiological media and facilitates their rapid cellular internalization making them effective TLR-9 immunomodulatory agents...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205568/luman-contributes-to-brefeldin-a-induced-prion-protein-gene-expression-by-interacting-with-the-erse26-element
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Marc-André Déry, Andréa C LeBlanc
The cellular prion protein (PrP) is essential for transmissible prion diseases, but its exact physiological function remains unclear. Better understanding the regulation of the human prion protein gene (PRNP) expression can provide insight into this elusive function. Spliced XBP1 (sXBP1) was recently shown to mediate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced PRNP expression. In this manuscript, we identify Luman, a ubiquitous, non-canonical unfolded protein response (UPR), as a novel regulator of ER stress-induced PRNP expression...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203148/dopamine-d1-receptor-immunoreactivity-on-fine-processes-of-gfap-positive-astrocytes-in-the-substantia-nigra-pars-reticulata-of-adult-mouse
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Katsuhiro Nagatomo, Sechiko Suga, Masato Saitoh, Masahito Kogawa, Kazuto Kobayashi, Yoshio Yamamoto, Katsuya Yamada
Substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNr), the major output nucleus of the basal ganglia, receives dopamine from dendrites extending from dopaminergic neurons of the adjacent nucleus pars compacta (SNc), which is known for its selective degeneration in Parkinson's disease. As a recipient for dendritically released dopamine, the dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) is a primary candidate due to its very dense immunoreactivity in the SNr. However, the precise location of D1R remains unclear at the cellular level in the SNr except for that reported on axons/axon terminals of presumably striatal GABAergic neurons...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202940/mitochondrial-behaviour-throughout-the-lytic-cycle-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Jana Ovciarikova, Leandro Lemgruber, Krista L Stilger, William J Sullivan, Lilach Sheiner
Mitochondria distribution in cells controls cellular physiology in health and disease. Here we describe the mitochondrial morphology and positioning found in the different stages of the lytic cycle of the eukaryotic single-cell parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The lytic cycle, driven by the tachyzoite life stage, is responsible for acute toxoplasmosis. It is known that whilst inside a host cell the tachyzoite maintains its single mitochondrion at its periphery. We found that upon parasite transition from the host cell to the extracellular matrix, mitochondrion morphology radically changes, resulting in a reduction in peripheral proximity...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202678/stress-induced-o-glcnacylation-an-adaptive-process-of-injured-cells
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REVIEW
Marissa R Martinez, Thiago Braido Dias, Peter S Natov, Natasha E Zachara
In the 30 years, since the discovery of nucleocytoplasmic glycosylation, O-GlcNAc has been implicated in regulating cellular processes as diverse as protein folding, localization, degradation, activity, post-translational modifications, and interactions. The cell co-ordinates these molecular events, on thousands of cellular proteins, in concert with environmental and physiological cues to fine-tune epigenetics, transcription, translation, signal transduction, cell cycle, and metabolism. The cellular stress response is no exception: diverse forms of injury result in dynamic changes to the O-GlcNAc subproteome that promote survival...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202599/bone-cell-bioenergetics-and-skeletal-energy-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Ryan C Riddle, Thomas L Clemens
The rising incidence of metabolic diseases worldwide has prompted renewed interest in the study of intermediary metabolism and cellular bioenergetics. The application of modern biochemical methods for quantitating fuel substrate metabolism with advanced mouse genetic approaches has greatly increased understanding of the mechanisms that integrate energy metabolism in the whole organism. Examination of the intermediary metabolism of skeletal cells has been sparked by a series of unanticipated observations in genetically modified mice that suggest the existence of novel endocrine pathways through which bone cells communicate their energy status to other centers of metabolic control...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202540/sorting-out-adipocyte-precursors-and-their-role-in-physiology-and-disease
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REVIEW
Chelsea Hepler, Lavanya Vishvanath, Rana K Gupta
The ability to maintain and expand the pool of adipocytes in adults is integral to the regulation of energy balance, tissue/stem cell homeostasis, and disease pathogenesis. For decades, our knowledge of adipocyte precursors has relied on cellular models. The identity of native adipocyte precursors has remained unclear. Recent studies have identified distinct adipocyte precursor populations that are physiologically regulated and contribute to the development, maintenance, and expansion of adipocyte pools in mice...
January 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202288/tiam1-vav2-rac1-axis-a-tug-of-war-between-islet-function-and-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Anjaneyulu Kowluru
Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion [GSIS] from the islet β-cell involves a well-orchestrated interplay between metabolic and cationic events. It is well established that intracellular generation of adenine and guanine nucleotide triphosphates [e.g., ATP and GTP] represents one of the requisite signaling steps in GSIS. The small molecular mass GTP-binding proteins [G-proteins; e.g., Rac1 and Cdc42] have been shown to regulate islet β-cell function including actin cytoskeletal remodeling and fusion of insulin granules with the plasma membrane for GSIS to occur...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202061/in-vitro-generation-of-sertoli-like-and-haploid-spermatid-like-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-perivascular-cells
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Ekaterina Shlush, Leila Maghen, Sonja Swanson, Shlomit Kenigsberg, Sergey Moskovtsev, Tanya Barretto, Andrée Gauthier-Fisher, Clifford L Librach
BACKGROUND: First trimester (FTM) and term human umbilical cord-derived perivascular cells (HUCPVCs), which are rich sources of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), can give rise to Sertoli cell (SC)-like as well as haploid germ cell (GC)-like cells in vitro using culture conditions that recapitulate the testicular niche. Gamete-like cells have been produced ex vivo using pluripotent stem cells as well as MSCs. However, the production of functional gametes from human stem cells has yet to be achieved...
February 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201844/the-role-of-akt-in-chronic-liver-disease-and-liver-regeneration
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Manuel Morales-Ruiz, Ansgar Santel, Jordi Ribera, Wladimiro Jiménez
The liver is continuously exposed to diverse insults, which may culminate in pathological processes causing liver disease. An effective therapeutic strategy for chronic liver disease should control the causal factors of the disease and stimulate functional liver regeneration. Preclinical studies have shown that interventions aimed at maintaining Akt activity in a dysfunctional liver meet most of the criteria. Although the central function of Akt is cell survival, other cellular aspects such as glucose uptake, glycogen synthesis, cell-cycle progression, and lipid metabolism have been shown to be prominent functions of Akt in the context of hepatic physiology...
February 2017: Seminars in Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198734/new-frontiers-in-intravital-microscopy-of-the-kidney
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Andrew M Hall, Claus D Schuh, Dominik Haenni
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intravital imaging with multiphoton microscopy enables the detailed study of dynamic cellular processes within functioning organs in living animals, in ways that would not otherwise be possible. It therefore represents a powerful tool in translational kidney research. In this article, we will discuss several new technical developments that have significantly increased the capabilities of kidney imaging. RECENT FINDINGS: Important contemporary advances in biomedical imaging technology include longer wavelength excitation lasers, far-red emitting fluorescent reporters, highly sensitive detectors, fluorescence lifetime measurements, adaptive optics, microendoscopes, high-throughput automated analysis algorithms and tissue clearing techniques...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
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