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T Cabrera, C Ramires-Neto, K R A Belaz, C P Freitas-Dell'aqua, D Zampieri, A Tata, M N Eberlin, M A Alvarenga, F F Souza
The membrane of spermatozoa, which contributes to cellular cryoresistance, contains numerous lipids with a composition that directly affects membrane fluidity and the fertilization process. In light of variations in the degree of sensitivity in equine seminal freezing, this study aimed to correlate equine semen lipids with post-thawing characteristics of spermatozoa. We used ejaculates from 34 stallions, which were evaluated (total motility ≥ 60%), frozen and thawed and reevaluated for motility of spermatozoa, membrane integrity and lipid peroxidation...
November 26, 2017: Theriogenology
Boby Mathew, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Johnson Pradeep, Tinku Thomas, Amit Kumar Mandal
BACKGROUND: Altered cholesterol levels in body fluids and brain tissues have been shown to be associated with suicidal behaviour, violence and aggression. But the biological underpinnings of this association in the pathophysiology of suicide are not clear. Cholesterol plays a crucial role in maintaining the cellular membrane fluidity and alterations in cellular membrane fluidity may impair serotonergic neurotransmission in the central nervous system. METHODS: We measured plasma esterified cholesterol and platelet membrane fluidity using fluorescence anisotropy and estimated flow activation energy which is a measure of order of membrane lipid bilayer in patients with recent suicidal attempt and compared with age and gender matched controls...
December 2, 2017: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Pengsong Li, Xiaofen Fu, Lei Zhang, Zhiyu Zhang, Jihong Li, Shizhong Li
Background: High temperature inhibits cell growth and ethanol fermentation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. As a complex phenotype, thermotolerance usually involves synergistic actions of many genes, thereby being difficult to engineer. The overexpression of either endogenous or exogenous stress-related transcription factor genes in yeasts was found to be able to improve relevant stress tolerance of the hosts. Results: To increase ethanol yield of high-temperature fermentation, we constructed a series of strains of S...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Matteo Becatti, Rossella Marcucci, Amanda Mannucci, Anna Maria Gori, Betti Giusti, Francesco Sofi, Lucia Mannini, Anna Paola Cellai, Agatina Alessandrello Liotta, Marco Mugnaini, Giacomo Emmi, Domenico Prisco, Niccolò Taddei, Claudia Fiorillo
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December 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Daniel K Glatzel, Andreas Koeberle, Helmut Pein, Konstantin Loeser, Anna Stark, Nelli Keksel, Oliver Werz, Rolf Mueller, Iris Bischoff, Robert Fuerst
The enzyme acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) plays a crucial role in fatty acid metabolism. In recent years, ACC has been recognized as a promising drug target for treating different diseases. However, the role of ACC in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) has been neglected so far. To characterize the role of ACC we used both the ACC inhibitor soraphen A as chemical tool and a gene silencing approach. We found that ACC1 was the predominant isoform in primary human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and that soraphen A reduced the levels of malonyl-CoA...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
Baran A Ersoy, Kristal M Maner-Smith, Yingxia Li, Ipek Alpertunga, David E Cohen
The incorporation of excess saturated free fatty acids (SFAs) into membrane phospholipids within the ER promotes ER stress, insulin resistance, and hepatic gluconeogenesis. Thioesterase superfamily member 2 (Them2) is a mitochondria-associated long-chain fatty acyl-CoA thioesterase that is activated upon binding phosphatidylcholine transfer protein (PC-TP). Under fasting conditions, the Them2/PC-TP complex directs saturated fatty acyl-CoA toward β-oxidation. Here, we showed that during either chronic overnutrition or acute induction of ER stress, Them2 and PC-TP play critical roles in trafficking SFAs into the glycerolipid biosynthetic pathway to form saturated phospholipids, which ultimately reduce ER membrane fluidity...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
M P Chrysouli, C N Banti, N Kourkoumelis, N Panayiotou, G S Markopoulos, A J Tasiopoulos, S K Hadjikakou
The antiproliferative activity of the gold complex [Au(tpp)Cl] (1) (tpp=triphenyphosphine) against human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7) and normal human fetal lung fibroblast cells (MRC-5) was investigated. The compound exhibits stronger activity against MCF-7 cells than cisplatin. The apoptotic pathway, especially though the mitochondrion damage was concluded by cell cycle arrest, flow cytometry using Annexin V-Fluorescein IsoThioCyanate (FITC) and Propidium Iodide (PI) as indicators, assays and permeabilization of the mitochondrial membrane tests...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Richard C Petersen
A breakthrough has been discovered in pathology chemistry related to increasing molecular structure that can interfere with oxygen diffusion through cell membranes. Free radicals can crosslink unsaturated low-viscosity fatty acid oils by chain-growth polymerization into more viscous liquids and even solids. Free radicals are released by mitochondria in response to intermittent hypoxia that can increase membrane molecular organization to reduce fluidity and oxygen diffusion in a possible continuing vicious cycle toward pathological disease...
2017: AIMS Biophysics
Verena C Schulze Greiving, Hans L de Boer, Johan G Bomer, Albert van den Berg, Séverine Le Gac
Combining high-resolution imaging and electrophysiological recordings is key for various types of experimentation on lipid bilayers and ion channels. Here, we propose an integrated biosensing platform consisting of a microfluidic cartridge and a dedicated chip-holder to conduct such dual measurements on suspended lipid bilayers, in a user-friendly manner. To illustrate the potential of the integrated platform, we characterize lipid bilayers in terms of thickness and fluidity while simultaneously monitoring single ion channel currents...
November 29, 2017: Electrophoresis
Shuai Shao, Cheng Xiang, Kairong Qin, Aziz Ur Rehman Aziz, Xiaoling Liao, Bo Liu
Disturbed flow can eliminate the alignment of endothelial cells in the direction of laminar flow, and significantly impacts on atherosclerosis in collateral arteries near the bifurcation and high curvature regions. While shear stress induced Rac polarity has been shown to play crucial roles in cell polarity and migration, little is known about the spatiotemporal map of Rac under disturbed flow, and the mechanism of flow-induced cell polarity still needs to be elucidated. In this paper, disturbed flow or laminar flow with 15 dyn/cm2 of average shear stress was applied on bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs) for 30 minutes...
2017: PloS One
Daniil N Olennikov, Nadezhda K Chirikova, Nina I Kashchenko, Tat'yana G Gornostai, Inessa Yu Selyutina, Ifrat N Zilfikarov
The influence of climatic factors, e.g., low temperature, on the phytochemical composition and bioactivity of the arctic plant Dracocephalum palmatum Steph. ax Willd. (palmate dragonhead), a traditional food and medical herb of Northern Siberia, was investigated. D. palmatum seedlings were grown in a greenhouse experiment at normal (20 °C, NT) and low (1 °C, LT) temperature levels and five groups of components that were lipophilic and hydrophilic in nature were characterized. The analyses indicated that D...
November 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Safri Ishmayana, Ursula J Kennedy, Robert P Learmonth
Membrane lipid unsaturation index and membrane fluidity have been related to yeast ethanol stress tolerance in published studies, however findings have been inconsistent. In this study, viability reduction on exposure to 18% (v/v) ethanol was compared to membrane fluidity determined by laurdan generalized polarization. Furthermore, in the determination of viability reduction, we examined the effectiveness of two methods, namely total plate count and methylene violet staining. We found a strong negative correlation between ethanol tolerance and membrane fluidity, indicated by negative Pearson correlation coefficients of - 0...
November 27, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Alejandra Rodriguez-Contreras, Dainelys Guadarrama Bello, Sam Flynn, Fabio Variola, James D Wuest, Antonio Nanci
While stainless steel is a broadly used alloy with interesting mechanical properties, its applications in medicine suffers from inherent biocompatibility limitations. An attractive opportunity to improve its performance is to alter its surface, but this has proven challenging. We now show how high range anodization conditions using H2SO4/H2O2 as an atypical electrolyte can efficiently nanocavitate the surface of both stainless steel SS304 and SS316 and create a topography with advantageous biomedical characteristics...
November 22, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Tatsuro Goda, Yuji Miyahara
Circulating C-reactive protein (CRP) recognizes altered plasma membranes and activates complements systems in the acute phase of inflammation and infection in human. We have shown previously the calcium-independent adsorption of CRP toward 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) and lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) on supported phospholipid monolayers. Here, we extended our study to other phospholipids and additives to elucidate the pattern recognition of CRP using a surface plasmon resonance biosensor...
November 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Worranan Rangsimawong, Yasuko Obata, Praneet Opanasopit, Tanasait Ngawhirunpat, Kozo Takayama
This study aimed to investigate the effect of low-frequency sonophoresis (SN) and limonene-containing PEGylated liposomes (PL) on the transdermal delivery of galantamine HBr (GLT). To evaluate the skin penetration mechanism, confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were employed. The application of SN led to more GLT penetration into and through the skin than GLT solution alone. The liposomes also improved GLT permeation, and 2% limonene-containing PL (PL-LI2%) exhibited the highest GLT permeation, followed by PL-LI1%, PL-LI0...
November 22, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
Muhan Zhang, Daoying Wang, Pengpeng Li, Chong Sun, Rong Xu, Zhiming Geng, Weimin Xu, Zhaoqi Dai
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an essential molecular chaperone with versatile functions in cell homeostatic control under both normal and stress conditions. Hsp90 has been found to be expressed on the cell surface, but the mechanism of Hsp90 association to the membrane remains obscure. In this study, the direct interaction of Hsp90 and phospholipid vesicles was characterized, and the role of Hsp90 on membrane physical state was explored. Using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), we observed a strong interaction between Hsp90 and different compositions of lipid...
November 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xuting Zheng, Andrew D Berti, Sue McCrone, Melanie Roch, Adriana E Rosato, Warren E Rose, Baiyi Chen
Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) treated with vancomycin (VAN) is associated with reduced VAN susceptibility and treatment failure. VAN combination therapy is one strategy to improve response, but comprehensive assessments of combinations to prevent resistance are limited. This study identifies optimal combinations to prevent the emergence of VAN-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA). Two standard MRSA and two heterogeneous VISA (hVISA) strains were exposed for 28 days in vitro to VAN alone, VAN with cefazolin (CFZ), fosfomycin (FOF), gentamicin (GEN), meropenem (MEM), rifampin (RIF), piperacillin-tazobactam (TZP) or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (SXT)...
November 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Yasuyuki Ito, Atsuko Honda, Michihiro Igarashi
Neuronal development is composed of the complex steps which involve many signaling proteins. On the other hand, there are many proteins highly expressed in the differentiated neurons at developmental stages, but of which physiological functions are not precisely known so far. Glycoprotein 6a (GPM6a) currently belongs to such proteins. This protein has four-transmembrane domains and is a member of proteolipid protein family. Recently, we demonstrated that GPM6a is highly concentrated in lipid rafts of the developing neuron with its palmitoylation, and that this molecule is involved in rapid determination of the neuronal polarity, in response to laminin, an extracellular matrix protein (Honda et al...
November 17, 2017: Neuroscience Research
Xinpeng Li, Sachiyo Uehara, Kasirawat Sawangrat, Masaki Morishita, Kosuke Kusamori, Hidemasa Katsumi, Toshiyasu Sakane, Akira Yamamoto
Curcumin is known to possess a wide range of pharmacological activities for the treatment of chronic or inflammatory diseases, Alzheimer's disease, and various cancers. However, the therapeutic efficacy of curcumin is restricted by its poor bioavailability after oral administration. In this study, the effects of various cyclodextrins on the intestinal absorption of curcumin were evaluated in rat intestine by an in situ closed-loop method. Among the tested cyclodextrins, 50 mM α-cyclodextrin significantly enhanced the absorption of curcumin without inducing any intestinal toxicity...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
V K Sharma, S K Ghosh, P Mandal, T Yamada, K Shibata, S Mitra, R Mukhopadhyay
Ionic liquids (ILs) are potential candidates for new antimicrobials due to their tunable antibacterial and antifungal properties that are required to keep pace with the growing challenge of bacterial resistance. To a great extent their antimicrobial actions are related to the interactions of ILs with cell membranes. Here, we report the effects of ILs on the nanoscopic dynamics and phase behaviour of a dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) membrane, a model cell membrane, as studied using neutron scattering techniques...
November 20, 2017: Soft Matter
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