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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351417/zinc-regulates-vascular-endothelial-activities-through-zinc-sensing-receptor-znr-gpr39
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Donghui Zhu, Yingchao Su, Yufeng Zheng, Bingmei M Fu, Liping Tang, Yi-Xian Qin
Zn2+ is an essential element for cell survival/growth, and its deficiency is linked to many disorders. Extracellular Zn2+ concentration changes participate in modulating fundamental cellular processes such as proliferation, secretion, ion transport, and cell signal transduction in a mechanism that is not well understood. Here, we hypothesize that the Zn-sensing receptor ZnR/GPR39, found in tissues where dynamic Zn2+ homeostasis takes place, enables extracellular Zn2+ to trigger intracellular signaling pathways regulating key cell functions in vascular cells...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350246/data-driven-quality-improvement-project-to-increase-the-value-of-the-congenital-echocardiographic-report
#2
Pei-Ni Jone, Ruthanne Gould, Cindy Barrett, Adel K Younoszai, Brian Fonseca
Echocardiography is the primary diagnostic modality for congenital heart disease patients. The written report is used to communicate with the care team and organization is often divided into the body with detailed findings and the conclusions with important findings summarized. Strategies to increase workflow efficiency include batch writing of reports after performance of multiple echocardiograms and the use of report templates which may contribute to discrepancies within report leading to potential downstream medical errors...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349588/amphiregulin-enhances-cardiac-fibrosis-and-aggravates-cardiac-dysfunction-in-mice-with-experimental-myocardial-infarction-partly-through-activating-egfr-dependent-pathway
#3
Liang Liu, Xian Jin, Cui-Fen Hu, Ya-Ping Zhang, Zhong'e Zhou, Rong Li, Cheng-Xing Shen
Cardiac fibrosis (CF), a main process of ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI), plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF) post-MI. It is known that amphiregulin (AR) is involved in fibrosis of several organs. However, the expression of AR and its role post-MI are yet to be determined. This study aimed to investigate the impact of AR on CF post-MI and related mechanisms. Significantly upregulated AR expression was evidenced in the infarct border zone of MI mice in vivo and the AR secretion was enhanced in macrophages, but not in cardiac fibroblasts...
January 18, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348877/role-of-irf4-in-resistance-to-immunomodulatory-imid-compounds%C3%A2-in-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-s-macroglobulinemia
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Elisabeth Bertrand, Nathalie Jouy, Salomon Manier, Guillemette Fouquet, Stéphanie Guidez, Eileen Boyle, Stéphanie Noel, Cécile Tomowiak, Charles Herbaux, Susanna Schraen, Claude Preudhomme, Bruno Quesnel, Stéphanie Poulain, Xavier Leleu
Background: Immunomodulatory drugs, IMid compounds, are active in Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM), although in a lesser extent than multiple myeloma, where it was initially developed. We hypothesized WM tumour cells might develop mechanisms of resistance, and sought to identify and describe these mechanisms. Material and Method: MM and WM-derived cell lines, and Waldenström's CD19+ cells were treated using both lenalidomide and pomalidomide. Stable CRBN expressing cells were generated...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348410/oxidative-stress-via-inhibition-of-the-mitochondrial-electron-transport-and-nrf-2-mediated-anti-oxidative-response-regulate-the-cytotoxic-activity-of-plumbagin
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Arvinder Kapur, Thomas Beres, Kavya Rathi, Amruta P Nayak, Austin Czarnecki, Mildred Felder, Amani Gillette, Spencer S Ericksen, Emmanuel Sampene, Melissa C Skala, Lisa Barroilhet, Manish S Patankar
Plumbagin, an anti-cancer agent, is toxic to cells of multiple species. We investigated if plumbagin targets conserved biochemical processes. Plumbagin induced DNA damage and apoptosis in cells of diverse mutational background with comparable potency. A 3-5 fold increase in intracellular oxygen radicals occurred in response to plumbagin. Neutralization of the reactive oxygen species by N-acetylcysteine blocked apoptosis, indicating a central role for oxidative stress in plumbagin-mediated cell death. Plumbagin docks in the ubiquinone binding sites (Q0 and Qi) of mitochondrial complexes I-III, the major sites for oxygen radicals...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348208/learning-to-make-external-sensory-stimulus-predictions-using-internal-correlations-in-populations-of-neurons
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Audrey J Sederberg, Jason N MacLean, Stephanie E Palmer
To compensate for sensory processing delays, the visual system must make predictions to ensure timely and appropriate behaviors. Recent work has found predictive information about the stimulus in neural populations early in vision processing, starting in the retina. However, to utilize this information, cells downstream must be able to read out the predictive information from the spiking activity of retinal ganglion cells. Here we investigate whether a downstream cell could learn efficient encoding of predictive information in its inputs from the correlations in the inputs themselves, in the absence of other instructive signals...
January 18, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348144/a-crispr-tagging-based-screen-reveals-localized-players-in-wnt-directed-asymmetric-cell-division
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Jennifer K Heppert, Ariel M Pani, Allyson M Roberts, Daniel J Dickinson, Bob Goldstein
Oriented cell divisions are critical to establish and maintain cell fates and tissue organization. Diverse extracellular and intracellular cues have been shown to provide spatial information for mitotic spindle positioning, however, the molecular mechanisms by which extracellular signals communicate with cells to direct mitotic spindle positioning are largely unknown. In animal cells, oriented cell divisions are often achieved by the localization of force-generating, motor protein complexes to discrete cortical domains...
January 18, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347515/transient-response-in-granular-quasi-two-dimensional-bounded-heap-flow
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Hongyi Xiao, Julio M Ottino, Richard M Lueptow, Paul B Umbanhowar
We study the transition between steady flows of noncohesive granular materials in quasi-two-dimensional bounded heaps by suddenly changing the feed rate. In both experiments and simulations, the primary feature of the transition is a wedge of flowing particles that propagates downstream over the rising free surface with a wedge front velocity inversely proportional to the square root of time. An additional longer duration transient process continues after the wedge front reaches the downstream wall. The entire transition is well modeled as a moving boundary problem with a diffusionlike equation derived from local mass balance and a local relation between the flux and the surface slope...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346359/a-systematic-review-of-leadership-training-for-medical-students
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Oscar Lyons, Bruce Su'a, Michelle Locke, Andrew Hill
BACKGROUND: Leadership is increasingly being recognised as an essential requirement for doctors. Many medical schools are in the process of developing formal leadership training programmes, but it remains to be elucidated what characteristics make such programmes effective, and to what extent current programmes are effective, beyond merely positive learner reactions. This review's objective was to investigate the effectiveness of undergraduate medical leadership curricula and to explore common features of effective curricula...
January 19, 2018: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346013/purification-of-lymphocytes-by-acoustic-separation-in-plastic-microchannels
#10
Charles Lissandrello, Ryan Dubay, Kenneth T Kotz, Jason Fiering
Emerging cell therapies have created new demands for instruments that will increase processing efficiency. Purification of lymphocytes prior to downstream steps of gene transfer currently relies on centrifugal separation, which has drawbacks in output sample purity and process automation. Here, we present an alternative approach to blood cell purification using acoustic forces in plastic microchannels. We provide details regarding the system's ability to purify lymphocytes relative to other blood cell types while maintaining a high overall recovery, testing performance starting from leukapheresis product, buffy coat, and whole blood...
January 1, 2018: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344874/laser-capture-microdissection-based-rna-seq-of-barley-grain-tissues
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Ronny Brandt, Martin Mascher, Johannes Thiel
Spatiotemporal patterning throughout the plant body depends to a large degree on cell- and tissue-specific expression of genes. Subsequently, for a better understanding of cell and tissue differentiation processes during plant development it is important to conduct transcript analyses in individual cells or tissue types rather than in bulk tissues. Laser capture microdissection (LCM) provides a useful method for isolating specific cell types from complex tissue structures for downstream applications. Contrasting to mammalian cells, the texture of plant cells is more critical due to hard, cellulose-rich cell walls, large vacuoles, and air spaces which complicates tissue preparation and extraction of macromolecules, like DNA and RNA...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344864/laser-capture-microdissection-in-traumatic-brain-injury-research-obtaining-hippocampal-subregions-and-pools-of-injured-neurons-for-genomic-analyses
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Deborah R Boone, Harris A Weisz, Stacy L Sell, Helen L Hellmich
The methods presented here are based on our laboratory's 15 years of experience using laser capture microdissection to obtain samples for the study of gene expression after traumatic brain injury (TBI) using a well-established rat model of experimental TBI. Here, we describe how to use the ArcturusXT laser capture microdissection system to capture swaths of specific regions of the rat hippocampus as well as specific neuronal populations defined by Fluoro-Jade C staining. Staining with Fluoro-Jade C identifies a neuron that is in the process of degeneration...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344855/protocol-for-the-analysis-of-laser-capture-microdissected-fresh-frozen-tissue-homogenates-by-silver-stained-1d-sds-page
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DaRue A Prieto, Gordon Whitely, Donald J Johann, Josip Blonder
The heterogeneity present in solid tumors adds significant difficulty to scientific analysis and improved understanding. Fundamentally, solid tumor formation consists of cancer cells proper along with stromal elements. The burgeoning malignant process is dependent upon modified stromal elements. Collectively, the stroma forms an essential microenvironment, which is indispensable for the survival and growth of the malignant neoplasm. This cellular heterogeneity makes molecular profiling of solid tumors via mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics a daunting task...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342141/monitoring-t-cell-dendritic-cell-interactions-in-vivo-by-intercellular-enzymatic-labelling
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Giulia Pasqual, Aleksey Chudnovskiy, Jeroen M J Tas, Marianna Agudelo, Lawrence D Schweitzer, Ang Cui, Nir Hacohen, Gabriel D Victora
Interactions between different cell types are essential for multiple biological processes, including immunity, embryonic development and neuronal signalling. Although the dynamics of cell-cell interactions can be monitored in vivo by intravital microscopy, this approach does not provide any information on the receptors and ligands involved or enable the isolation of interacting cells for downstream analysis. Here we describe a complementary approach that uses bacterial sortase A-mediated cell labelling across synapses of immune cells to identify receptor-ligand interactions between cells in living mice, by generating a signal that can subsequently be detected ex vivo by flow cytometry...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342113/mitochondria-oxidative-stress-and-the-kynurenine-system-with-a-focus-on-ageing-and-neuroprotection
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Katalin Sas, Elza Szabó, László Vécsei
In this review, the potential causes of ageing are discussed. We seek to gain insight into the main physiological functions of mitochondria and discuss alterations in their function and the genome, which are supposed to be the central mechanisms in senescence. We conclude by presenting the potential modulating role of the kynurenine pathway in the ageing processes. Mitochondrial dynamics are supposed to have important physiological roles in maintaining cell homeostasis. During ageing, a decrease in mitochondrial dynamics was reported, potentially compromising the function of mitochondria...
January 17, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341785/total-sleep-deprivation-does-not-significantly-degrade-semantic-encoding
#16
K A Honn, D A Grant, J M Hinson, P Whitney, Hpa Van Dongen
Sleep deprivation impairs performance on cognitive tasks, but it is unclear which cognitive processes it degrades. We administered a semantic matching task with variable stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) and both speeded and self-paced trial blocks. The task was administered at the baseline and 24 hours later after 30.8 hours of total sleep deprivation (TSD) or matching well-rested control. After sleep deprivation, the 20% slowest response times (RTs) were significantly increased. However, the semantic encoding time component of the RTs remained at baseline level...
January 17, 2018: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341500/investigation-of-the-free-heavy-chain-homodimers-of-a-monoclonal-antibody
#17
Hyo Helen Chung, Lynette Buck, Kristi Daris, Brent Welborn, Quanzhou Luo, Jette Wypych
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are composed of two heavy chain (HC) and two light chain (LC) polypeptides. The proper folding and assembly of HC and LC is critical for antibody production. Current dogma indicates that the free HCs are retained in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) unless assembled with LCs into antibodies, while the LCs on the other hand can be secreted as free monomer or dimer molecules. In this study, high levels of extracellular HC homodimers (7-45%) were observed in the cell culture media during cell line development for mAb1...
January 17, 2018: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341493/modeling-the-downstream-processing-of-monoclonal-antibodies-reveals-cost-advantages-for-continuous-methods-for-a-broad-range-of-manufacturing-scales
#18
Jonathan Hummel, Mark Pagkaliwangan, Xhorxhi Gjoka, Terence Davidovits, Rick Stock, Thomas Ransohoff, Rene Gantier, Mark Schofield
The biopharmaceutical industry is evolving in response to changing market conditions, including increasing competition and growing pressures to reduce costs. Single-use technologies and continuous bioprocessing have attracted attention as potential facilitators of cost-optimized manufacturing for monoclonal antibodies. While disposable bioprocessing has been adopted at many scales of manufacturing, continuous bioprocessing has yet to reach the same level of implementation. In this study, the cost of goods of Pall Life Science's integrated, continuous bioprocessing platform was modeled, along with that of purification processes in stainless-steel and single-use batch formats...
January 17, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340786/in-silico-identification-and-experimental-validation-of-amino-acid-motifs-required-for-the-rho-of-plants-gtpase-mediated-activation-of-receptor-like-cytoplasmic-kinases
#19
Dézi Bianka Lajkó, Ildikó Valkai, Mónika Domoki, Dalma Ménesi, Györgyi Ferenc, Ferhan Ayaydin, Attila Fehér
Several amino acid motifs required for Rop-dependent activity were found to form a common surface on RLCKVI_A kinases. This indicates a unique mechanism for Rho-type GTPase-mediated kinase activation in plants. Rho-of-plants (Rop) G-proteins are implicated in the regulation of various cellular processes, including cell growth, cell polarity, hormonal and pathogen responses. Our knowledge about the signalling pathways downstream of Rops is continuously increasing. However, there are still substantial gaps in this knowledge...
January 16, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339404/hif-1%C3%AE-and-hif-2%C3%AE-regulate-hemogenic-endothelium-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-formation-in-zebrafish
#20
Claudia Gerri, Michele Marass, Andrea Rossi, Didier Y R Stainier
During development, hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) derive from specialized endothelial cells (ECs), called hemogenic endothelium (HE), via a process called endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition (EHT). While hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) has been reported to positively modulate EHT in vivo, current data indicate the existence of other regulators of this process. Here we show that in zebrafish Hif-2α also positively modulates HSC formation. Specifically, HSC marker gene expression is strongly decreased in hif-1aa;hif-1ab (hif-1α) and in hif-2aa;hif-2ab (hif-2α) zebrafish mutants and morphants...
January 16, 2018: Blood
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