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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425869/development-of-a-chitosan-based-nanoparticle-formulation-for-ophthalmic-delivery-of-honokiol
#1
Feng Deng, Wenjing Hu, Huali Chen, Yalan Tang, Liangke Zhang
In this study, honokiol-loaded chitosan/sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin nanoparticles (HK-CS-NPs) were prepared for ophthalmic drug delivery systems. An inclusion complex of honokiol and sulfobutylether-β-cyclodextrin was used to generate large amounts of insoluble honokiol to be incorporated into chitosan nanoparticles, which were prepared through ionotropic gelation. HK-CS-NPs featured a spherical surface with a narrow size distribution of polydispersity index less than 0.250, a mean size range of 373-523 nm, a positive surface charge of +19...
April 19, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425701/the-effects-of-glutamate-receptor-activation-on-local-oxygen-changes
#2
Lindsay Walton, Nick G Boustead, Susan Carroll, R Mark Wightman
Glutamate is ubiquitous throughout the brain and serves as the primary excitatory neurotransmitter. Neurons require energy to fire, and energetic substrates (i.e., O2, glucose) are renewed via cerebral blood flow (CBF) to maintain metabolic homeostasis. Magnetic resonance brain functionality studies rely on the assumption that CBF and neuronal activity are coupled consistently throughout the brain; however, the origin of neuronal activity does not always coincide with signals indicative of energy consumption (e...
April 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423037/identification-of-candidate-chemosensory-genes-by-transcriptome-analysis-in-loxostege-sticticalis-linnaeus
#3
Hong-Shuang Wei, Ke-Bin Li, Shuai Zhang, Ya-Zhong Cao, Jiao Yin
Loxostege sticticalis Linnaeus is an economically important agricultural pest, and the larvae cause great damage to crops, especially in Northern China. However, effective and environmentally friendly chemical methods for controlling this pest have not been discovered to date. In the present study, we performed HiSeq2500 sequencing of transcriptomes of the male and female adult antennae, adult legs and third instar larvae, and we identified 54 candidate odorant receptors (ORs), including 1 odorant receptor coreceptor (Orco) and 5 pheromone receptors (PRs), 18 ionotropic receptors (IRs), 13 gustatory receptors (GRs), 34 odorant binding proteins (OBPs), including 1 general odorant binding protein (GOBP1) and 3 pheromone binding proteins (PBPs), 10 chemosensory proteins (CSPs) and 2 sensory neuron membrane proteins (SNMPs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420283/design-and-characteristics-of-gellan-gum-beads-for-modified-release-of-meloxicam
#4
Tomasz Osmałek, Bartłomiej Milanowski, Anna Froelich, Mirosław Szybowicz, Wojciech Białowąs, Marcin Kapela, Piotr Gadziński, Katarzyna Ancukiewicz
The aim of the presented work was to design, formulate and evaluate the properties of low-acyl gellan macro beads with the potential application as carriers for oral delivery of meloxicam (MLX) in the prophylaxis of colorectal cancer. The beads were obtained by means of ionotropic gelation technique. Calcium chloride (1.0%, 9.0 × 10(-2) M) was used as the cross-linking agent. Nine different polymer, drug and surfactant (Tween®80) mixtures were used for production of the beads. The quantitative compositions of the mixtures were generated with the application of the Design of Experiments (DoE) modulus from the STATISTICA Software...
April 19, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418868/grik2-has-a-role-in-the-maintenance-of-urothelial-carcinoma-stem-like-cells-and-its-expression-is-associated-with-poorer-prognosis
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Ryuta Inoue, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Hiroshi Kitamura, Sachiyo Nishida, Aiko Murai, Akari Takaya, Eri Yamamoto, Masahiro Matsuki, Toshiaki Tanaka, Terufumi Kubo, Munehide Nakatsugawa, Takayuki Kanaseki, Tomohide Tsukahara, Noriyuki Sato, Naoya Masumori, Toshihiko Torigoe
Cancer stem-like cells (CSCs)/cancer-initiating cells (CICs) are small sub-population of cancer cells that are endowed with higher tumor-initiating ability, self-renewal ability and differentiation ability. CSCs/CICs could be isolated as high aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 activity cells (ALDH1high) from various cancer samples. In this study, we isolated urothelial carcinoma CSCs/CICs as ALDHhigh cells and investigated the molecular aspects. ALDH1high cells showed greater sphere-forming ability and higher tumor-initiating ability in immune-deficient mice than those of ALDH1low cells, indicating that CSCs/CICs were enriched in ALDH1high cells...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413195/purinergic-signaling-in-microglia-in-the-pathogenesis-of-neuropathic-pain
#6
Kazuhide Inoue
Nerve injury often causes debilitating chronic pain, referred to as neuropathic pain, which is refractory to currently available analgesics including morphine. Many reports indicate that activated spinal microglia evoke neuropathic pain. The P2X4 receptor (P2X4R), a subtype of ionotropic ATP receptors, is upregulated in spinal microglia after nerve injury by several factors, including CC chemokine receptor CCR2, the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin in the spinal cord, interferon regulatory factor 8 (IRF8) and IRF5...
2017: Proceedings of the Japan Academy. Series B, Physical and Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401316/the-orally-active-noncompetitive-ampar-antagonist-perampanel-attenuates-focal-cerebral-ischemia-injury-in-rats
#7
Hong-Xia Niu, Jun-Zhe Wang, Dong-Liang Wang, Jun-Jie Miao, Hua Li, Zhi-Gang Liu, Xing Yuan, Wei Liu, Jing-Ru Zhou
Inhibition of ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) is a potential target of therapy for ischemic stroke. Perampanel is a potent noncompetitive α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionate receptor (AMPAR) antagonist with good oral bioavailability and favorable pharmacokinetic properties. Here, we investigated the potential protective effects of perampanel against focal cerebral ischemia in a middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model in rats. Oral administration with perampanel significantly reduced MCAO-induced brain edema, brain infarct volume, and neuronal apoptosis...
April 11, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399284/olfactory-ionotropic-receptors-in-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-diptera-culicidae
#8
Qian Chen, Yahui Man, Jianyong Li, Di Pei, Wenjian Wu
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are a conserved family of ligand-gated ion channels that primarily function to mediate neuronal communication at synapses. A variant subfamily of iGluRs, the ionotropic receptors (IRs), was recently identified in insects and proved with the function in odorant recognition. Ionotropic receptors participate in a distinct olfactory signaling pathway that is independent of olfactory receptors activity. In the present study, we identify 102 putative IR genes, dubbed as AalbIr genes, in mosquito Aedes albopictus (Skuse) by in silico comparative sequence analysis...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397107/the-number-and-distribution-of-ampa-receptor-channels-containing-fast-kinetic-glua3-and-glua4-subunits-at-auditory-nerve-synapses-depend-on-the-target-cells
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María E Rubio, Ko Matsui, Yugo Fukazawa, Naomi Kamasawa, Harumi Harada, Makoto Itakura, Elek Molnár, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Ryuichi Shigemoto
The neurotransmitter receptor subtype, number, density, and distribution relative to the location of transmitter release sites are key determinants of signal transmission. AMPA-type ionotropic glutamate receptors (AMPARs) containing GluA3 and GluA4 subunits are prominently expressed in subsets of neurons capable of firing action potentials at high frequencies, such as auditory relay neurons. The auditory nerve (AN) forms glutamatergic synapses on two types of relay neurons, bushy cells (BCs) and fusiform cells (FCs) of the cochlear nucleus...
April 10, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395238/de-novo-analysis-of-the-oriental-armyworm-mythimna-separata-antennal-transcriptome-and-expression-patterns-of-odorant-binding-proteins
#10
Xiang-Qian Chang, Xiao-Pei Nie, Zan Zhang, Fang-Fang Zeng, Liang Lv, Shu Zhang, Man-Qun Wang
To better understand the olfactory mechanisms in the oriental armyworm Mythimna separate, one of the most serious pests of cereals, an antennal transcriptome was constructed in this study. A total of 130 olfactory related transcripts were identified. These transcripts were predicted to encode 32 odorant-binding proteins (OBPs), 16 chemosensory proteins (CSPs), 71 olfactory receptors (ORs), 8 ionotropic receptors (IRs), 1 gustatory receptor (GR) and 2 sensory neuron membrane proteins (SNMPs). Q-PCR analysis of the temporal expression profiles of seven OBPs in different tissues indicated that, except for MsepOBP19 which was highly expressed in the wings of 0-day-old adult and MsepOBP20 which was low expressed in all tissues, other tested MsepOBPs were significantly more highly expressed in the antenna than in the head (antenna excluded), thorax, abdomen, legs and wings...
March 20, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387649/monochromosomal-hybrids-and-chromosome-transfer-a-functional-approach-for-gene-identification
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REVIEW
Raj P Kandpal, Arbans K Sandhu, Gurpreet Kaur, Gursurinder P Kaur, Raghbir S Athwal
Functional complementation of cellular defects has been a valuable approach for localizing causative genes to specific chromosomes. The complementation strategy was followed by positional cloning and characterization of genes for their biological relevance. We herein describe strategies used for the construction of monochromosomal hybrids and their applications for cloning and characterization of genes related to cell growth, cell senescence and DNA repair. We have cloned RNaseT2, GluR6 (glutamate ionotropic receptor kainate type subunit 2-GRIK2) and protein tyrosine phosphatase, receptor type K (PTPRK) genes using these strategies...
March 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387246/sensory-genes-identification-with-head-transcriptome-of-the-migratory-armyworm-mythimna-separata
#12
Zhenxing Liu, Xiaoyun Wang, Chaoliang Lei, Fen Zhu
Sensory system plays important roles in a wide array of insect's behavior and physiological events, including the host landing and locating, feeding, flying, sex responding, mating and oviposition which happen independently and in sequence. The armyworm Mythimna separata (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) of migratory insect is destructive for alimentarn crop and economic crop throughout the world. Here we present the high throughput sequencing of the head transcriptome and identify members of the major sensory genes which are crucial for armyworm's success worldwide, including 8 opsins, 22 chemosensory proteins, 50 odorant binding proteins, 60 odorant receptors, 8 gustatory receptors, 24 ionotropic receptors, and 2 sensory neuron membrane proteins...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387240/the-low-binding-affinity-of-d-serine-at-the-ionotropic-glutamate-receptor-glud2-can-be-attributed-to-the-hinge-region
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Daniel Tapken, Thomas Bielefeldt Steffensen, Rasmus Leth, Lise Baadsgaard Kristensen, Alexander Gerbola, Michael Gajhede, Flemming Steen Jørgensen, Lars Olsen, Jette Sandholm Kastrup
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are responsible for most of the fast excitatory communication between neurons in our brain. The GluD2 receptor is a puzzling member of the iGluR family: It is involved in synaptic plasticity, plays a role in human diseases, e.g. ataxia, binds glycine and D-serine with low affinity, yet no ligand has been discovered so far that can activate its ion channel. In this study, we show that the hinge region connecting the two subdomains of the GluD2 ligand-binding domain is responsible for the low affinity of D-serine, by analysing GluD2 mutants with electrophysiology, isothermal titration calorimetry and molecular dynamics calculations...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378596/bcg-loaded-chitosan-microparticles-interaction-with-macrophages-and-preliminary-in-vivo-studies
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Liliana Aranha Caetano, Lara Figueiredo, António J Almeida, L M D Gonçalves
The aim of this study was to develop a novel BCG-loaded chitosan vaccine with high association efficiency which can afford efficient interaction with APC and elicit local and Th1-type-specific immune response after intranasal administration. Chitosan-suspended BCG and BCG-loaded chitosan-alginate microparticles were prepared by ionotropic gelation. Interaction with APC was evaluated by fluorescence microscopy using rBCG-GFP. Specific immune responses were evaluated following intranasal immunisation of mice...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364503/glutamate-is-a-wake-active-neurotransmitter-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#15
John E Zimmerman, May T Chan, Olivia T Lenz, Brendan T Keenan, Greg Maislin, Allan I Pack
Introduction: In mammals, there is evidence that glutamate has a role as a wake-active neurotransmitter. So using video-based analysis of Drosophila behavior, we undertook a study to examine if glutamate, which has been previously shown to have an excitatory role in neuromuscular junctions in Drosophila, may have a conserved wake-active role in the adult brain. Aims and Methods: Using 6- to 9-day-old female flies, we examined the effect of perturbations of the glutamatergic signaling on total wakefulness and wake bout architecture...
February 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363652/ftir-xrd-and-dsc-studies-of-nanochitosan-cellulose-acetate-and-polyethylene-glycol-blend-ultrafiltration-membranes
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P Angelin Vinodhini, Sangeetha K, Thandapani Gomathi, Sudha P N, Jayachandran Venkatesan, Anil Sukumaran
In the present work, a series of novel nanochitosan/cellulose acetate/polyethylene glycol (NCS/CA/PEG) blend flat sheet membranes were fabricated in different ratios (1:1:1, 1:1:2, 2:1:1, 2:1:2, 1:2:1, 2:2:1) in a polar solvent of N,N'-dimethylformamide (DMF) using the most popular phase inversion method. Nanochitosan was prepared by the ionotropic gelation method and its average particle size has been analyzed using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) method. The effect of blending of the three polymers was investigated using FTIR and XRD studies...
March 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360094/identification-and-structure-function-study-of-positive-allosteric-modulators-of-kainate-receptors
#17
Anja Probst Larsen, Sabine Fievre, Karla Frydenvang, Pierre Francotte, Bernard Pirotte, Jette Sandholm Karstrup, Christophe Mulle
Kainate receptors (KARs) consist of a class of ionotropic glutamate receptors, which exert diverse pre- and postsynaptic functions through complex signaling regulating the activity of neural circuits. Whereas numerous small-molecule positive allosteric modulators of the ligand-binding domain of AMPA receptors have been reported, no such ligands are available for KARs. In this study, we have investigated the ability of three benzothiadiazine-based modulators to potentiate glutamate-evoked currents at recombinantly expressed KARs...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351919/contribution-of-the-purinergic-receptor-p2x7-to-development-of-lung-immunopathology-during-influenza-virus-infection
#18
Victor H Leyva-Grado, Megan E Ermler, Michael Schotsaert, Ma G Gonzalez, Virginia Gillespie, Jean K Lim, Adolfo García-Sastre
An exacerbated immune response is one of the main causes of influenza-induced lung damage during infection. The molecular mechanisms regulating the fate of the initial immune response to infection, either as a protective response or as detrimental immunopathology, are not well understood. The purinergic receptor P2X7 is an ionotropic nucleotide-gated ion channel receptor expressed on immune cells that has been implicated in induction and maintenance of excessive inflammation. Here, we analyze the role of this receptor in a mouse model of influenza virus infection using a receptor knockout (KO) mouse strain...
March 28, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349097/vagal-afferent-activation-decreases-brown-adipose-tissue-bat-sympathetic-nerve-activity-and-bat-thermogenesis
#19
Christopher J Madden, Ellen Paula Santos da Conceicao, Shaun F Morrison
In urethane/α-chloralose anesthetized rats, electrical stimulation of cervical vagal afferent fibers inhibited the increases in brown adipose tissue sympathetic nerve activity and brown adipose tissue thermogenesis evoked by cold exposure, by nanoinjection of the GABAA receptor antagonist, bicuculline, in the dorsomedial hypothalamus, and by nanoinjection of N-methyl-D-aspartate in the rostral raphe pallidus. Vagus nerve stimulation-evoked inhibition of brown adipose tissue sympathetic nerve activity was prevented by blockade of ionotropic glutamate receptors in the termination site of vagal afferents in the nucleus of the solitary tract, and by nanoinjection of GABAA receptor antagonists in the rostral raphe pallidus...
2017: Temperature: Multidisciplinary Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348379/genetic-evidence-for-role-of-integration-of-fast-and-slow-neurotransmission-in-schizophrenia
#20
A Devor, O A Andreassen, Y Wang, T Mäki-Marttunen, O B Smeland, C-C Fan, A J Schork, D Holland, W K Thompson, A Witoelar, C-H Chen, R S Desikan, L K McEvoy, S Djurovic, P Greengard, P Svenningsson, G T Einevoll, A M Dale
The most recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of schizophrenia (SCZ) identified hundreds of risk variants potentially implicated in the disease. Further, novel statistical methodology designed for polygenic architecture revealed more potential risk variants. This can provide a link between individual genetic factors and the mechanistic underpinnings of SCZ. Intriguingly, a large number of genes coding for ionotropic and metabotropic receptors for various neurotransmitters-glutamate, γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and opioids-and numerous ion channels were associated with SCZ...
March 28, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
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