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membrane fluidity

Mercedes Garcia-Gil, Elisabetta Albi
In the last 20 years it has been widely demonstrated that cell nucleus contains neutral and polar lipids localized in nuclear membranes, nucleoli, nuclear matrix and chromatin. Nuclear lipids may show specific organization forming nuclear lipid microdomains and have both structural and functional roles. Depending on their localization, nuclear lipids play different roles such as the regulation of nuclear membrane and nuclear matrix fluidity but they also can act as platforms for vitamin and hormone function, for active chromatin anchoring, and for the regulation of gene expression, DNA duplication and transcription...
October 20, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Zuriñe Antón, Ane Landajuela, Javier H Hervás, L Ruth Montes, Sonia Hernández-Tiedra, Guillermo Velasco, Felix M Goñi, Alicia Alonso
The phospholipid cardiolipin (CL) has been proposed to play a role in selective mitochondrial autophagy, or mitophagy. CL externalization to the outer mitochondrial membrane would act as a signal for the human Atg8 ortholog subfamily, MAP1LC3 (LC3). The latter would mediate both mitochondrial recognition and autophagosome formation, ultimately leading to removal of damaged mitochondria. We have applied quantitative biophysical techniques to the study of CL interaction with various Atg8 human orthologs, namely LC3B, GABARAPL2 and GABARAP...
October 20, 2016: Autophagy
Nirod Kumar Sarangi, K G Ayappa, Sandhya S Visweswariah, Jaydeep Kumar Basu
Cell membranes are believed to be highly complex dynamical systems having compositional heterogeneity involving several types of lipids and proteins as the major constituents. This dynamical and compositional heterogeneity is suggested to be critical to the maintenance of active functionality and response to chemical, mechanical, electrical and thermal stresses. However, delineating the various factors responsible for the spatio-temporal response of actual cell membranes to stresses can be quite challenging...
October 20, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yuan Y Chen, Nuan Y Liang, Jonathan M Curtis, Michael G Gänzle
Lactobacilli convert linoleic acid to the antifungal compound 10-hydroxy-12-octadecenoic acid (10-HOE) by linoleate 10-hydratase (10-LAH). However, the effect of this conversion on cellular membrane physiology and properties of the cell surface have not been demonstrated. Moreover, Lactobacillus plantarum produces 13-hydroxy-9-octadecenoic acid (13-HOE) in addition to 10-HOE, but the antifungal activity of 13-HOE was unknown. Phylogenetic analyses conducted in this study did not differentiate between 10-LAH and linoleate 13-hydratase (13-LAH)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Hye Yeon Koh, Hyun Park, Jun Hyuck Lee, Se Jong Han, Young Chang Sohn, Sung Gu Lee
Psychrobacter sp. PAMC 21119, isolated from Antarctic permafrost soil, grows and proliferates at subzero temperatures. However, its major mechanism of cold adaptation regulation remains poorly understood. We investigated the transcriptomic and proteomic responses of this species to cold temperatures by comparing profiles at -5°C and 20°C to understand how extreme microorganisms survive under subzero conditions. We found a total of 2,906 transcripts and 584 differentially expressed genes (≥ 2 fold, p <0...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
P A Lopes, A P Martins, S V Martins, M S Madeira, N C Santos, T F Moura, J A M Prates, G Soveral
The production of pork with moderate amounts of intramuscular fat (IMF) without an increase in subcutaneous fat is highly desirable for the meat industry. Several studies indicate that dietary protein reduction during the growing-finishing period of pigs enhances IMF content, but its consequence on carcass fat deposition is still contradictory. In this study, we hypothesized that the effects of reduced protein diets (RPD), corrected or not with the limiting amino acid lysine, on subcutaneous fat deposition from pigs with distinct genotypes are mediated by adipose membranes biophysical properties...
October 17, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Anthony G Jay, James A Hamilton
Membrane organization and fluidity research continues to expand and the understanding of membrane dynamics continues to be refined. Within this field of study, laurdan remains among the most popular, versatile, and established fluorescence probes. Fluorimetry and multiphoton microscopy techniques are standards for measuring laurdan fluorescence and continue to be refined. However, complications have arisen due to an amended membrane model, revised terms used for describing membrane phases, and wide variation in the selection of laurdan generalized polarization equation values...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Evan M Kerek, Elmar J Prenner
Following intake and absorption of Cd into the bloodstream, one possible target is the lipid membrane surrounding erythrocytes as well as kidney and liver cells where Cd accumulates. We investigated the interactions of Cd with model membranes from a biophysical perspective by using fluorescence spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering to monitor changes in liposome size, membrane fluidity and lipid phase transition. The fluorescent probe Laurdan was incorporated into liposomes and used to quantitate cadmium induced fluidity changes in model systems hydrated in 20mM HEPES, 100mM NaCl pH7...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Maria Goiko, John R de Bruyn, Bryan Heit
The plasma membrane is a heterogeneous environment characterized by anomalous diffusion and the presence of microdomains that are molecularly distinct from the bulk membrane. Using single particle tracking of the C-type lectin CD93, we have identified for the first time the transient trapping of transmembrane proteins in cage-like microdomains which restrict protein diffusion. These cages are stabilized by actin-dependent confinement regions, but are separate structures with sizes and lifespans uncorrelated to those of the underlying actin corral...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yanping Wu, Jinrong Bai, Kai Zhong, Yina Huang, Hong Gao
The antibacterial activity and mechanism of 2R,3R-dihydromyricetin (DMY) against Staphylococcus aureus were investigated. The minimum inhibitory concentration of DMY against S. aureus was 0.125mg/ml, and the growth inhibitory assay also revealed that DMY showed a potent antibacterial activity against S. aureus. Massive nucleotide leakage and flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that DMY disrupted the membrane integrity of S. aureus. Morphological changes and membrane hyperpolarization of S. aureus cells treated with DMY further suggested that DMY destroyed cell membrane...
March 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
R Preston Mason, Robert F Jacob, Sandeep Shrivastava, Samuel C R Sherratt, Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Cholesterol crystalline domains characterize atherosclerotic membranes, altering vascular signaling and function. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce membrane lipid peroxidation and subsequent cholesterol domain formation. We evaluated non-peroxidation-mediated effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), other TG-lowering agents, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and other long-chain fatty acids on membrane fluidity, bilayer width, and cholesterol domain formation in model membranes. In membranes prepared at 1.5:1 cholesterol-to-phospholipid (C/P) mole ratio (creating pre-existing domains), EPA, glycyrrhizin, arachidonic acid, and alpha linolenic acid promoted the greatest reductions in cholesterol domains (by 65...
October 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Daniel Jose Matos Medeiros-Lima, Antonio Claudio Mendes-Ribeiro, Tatiana Marlowe Cunha Brunini, Marcela Anjos Martins, Wanda Vianna Mury, Raul Almeira Freire, Walace David Monteiro, Paulo Tarso Veras Farinatti, Cristiane Matsuura
Growing evidence has shown that acute exercise impairs erythrocyte membrane structure and function as a consequence of increased physical and chemical stress. Erythrocyte-synthesized nitric oxide (NO) is known to modulate membrane fluidity, and its bioavailability depends on the balance between its production and scavenging by reactive oxygen species. Here, we investigated whether a maximal exercise test could affect erythrocyte NO bioavailability and oxidative stress. Twelve men (26±4 years old, V̇O2peak 44...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Zeinab Moussa, Mazhar Chebl, Digambara Patra
Stability of curcumin in neutral and alkaline buffer conditions has been a serious concern for its medicinal applications. We demonstrate that the stability of curucmin can be improved in 1,2-Dioctadecanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC) liposomes. Curcumin strongly partition into liquid crystalline phase compared to solid gel phase of DSPC liposomes. Variation of fluorescence intensity of curcumin associated with liposomes with temperature successfully determines phase transition temperature of DSPC liposomes...
October 3, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Deepu Oommen, Nicholas J F Dodd, Dennis Yiannakis, Rana Moyeed, Awadhesh N Jha
Auranofin, an organogold compound classified as an anti-rheumatic agent is under phase 2 clinical trials for re-purposing to treat recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer. We have reported earlier that Breast cancer 1, early onset (BRCA1) mutant ovarian cancer cells exhibit increased sensitivity to auranofin. BRCA1 is a DNA repair protein whose functional status is critical in the prognosis of ovarian cancer. Apart from DNA repair capability of cancer cells, membrane fluidity is also implicated in modulating resistance to chemotherapeutics...
October 2016: Mutation Research
Alexei Gorelik, Leonhard X Heinz, Katalin Illes, Giulio Superti-Furga, Bhushan Nagar
The enzyme acid sphingomyelinase-like phosphodiesterase 3B (SMPDL3B) was shown to act as a negative regulator of innate immune signaling, affecting cellular lipid composition and membrane fluidity. Furthermore, several reports identified this enzyme as an off-target of the therapeutic antibody rituximab, with implications in kidney disorders. However, structural information for this protein is lacking. Here we present the high-resolution crystal structure of murine SMPDL3B which reveals a substrate binding site strikingly different from its paralogs...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Fakhri Al-Bagdadi, Matthew J Young, James P Geaghan, Shaomian Yao, Humberto M Barona, Eduardo Martinez-Ceballos, Masami Yoshimura
It is estimated that 5.9% of all human deaths are attributable to alcohol consumption and that the harmful use of ethanol ranks among the top five risk factors for causing disease, disability, and death worldwide. Ethanol is known to disrupt phospholipid packing and promote membrane hemifusion at lipid bilayers. With the exception of mitochondria involved in hormone synthesis, the sterol content of mitochondrial membranes is low. As membranes that are low in cholesterol have increased membrane fluidity and are the most easily disordered by ethanol, we hypothesize that mitochondria are sensitive targets for ethanol damage...
September 28, 2016: Ultrastructural Pathology
Maria Ricci, Rosario Oliva, Pompea Del Vecchio, Marco Paolantoni, Assunta Morresi, Paola Sassi
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is a universal solvent widely used in many fields, from basic research to industrial applications. At low concentration, it is the most important cryoprotectant agent against cellular damage caused during a freeze-thaw cycle. Although the effects of this cosolvent on the physico-chemical properties of a lipid bilayer have been extensively studied with both in vitro and in vivo experiments, the molecular mechanism of cryopreservation is not completely understood. Cholesterol (Chol) represents one of the essential cell membrane component and is fundamental to maintain the integrity and fluidity of the membrane...
September 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Dongni Yan, Xiaobao Lin, Yanli Qi, Hui Liu, Xiulai Chen, Liming Liu, Jian Chen
The asexual facultative aerobic haploid yeast Candida glabrata is widely used in the industrial production of various organic acids. To elucidate the physiological function of the transcription factor CgCrz1p and its role in tolerance to acid stress we deleted or overexpressed the corresponding gene CgCRZ1 Deletion of CgCRZ1 resulted in a 60% decrease in dry cell weight (DCW) and a 50% drop in cell viability compared to the wild type at pH 2.0. Expression of lipid metabolism-associated genes was also significantly down-regulated...
September 23, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Xiaoran Wei, Xiaolei Qu, Lei Ding, Jingtian Hu, Wei Jiang
Silica nanoparticles (SiO2 NPs) can cause health hazard after their release into the environment. Adsorption of natural organic matter and biomolecules on SiO2 NPs alters their surface properties and cytotoxicity. In this study, SiO2 NPs were treated by bovine serum albumin (BSA) and humic acid (HA) to study their effects on the integrity and fluidity of model cell membranes. Giant and small unilamellar vesicles (GUVs and SUVs) were prepared as model cell membranes in order to avoid the interference of cellular activities...
September 20, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Soon-Seok Hong, Ju Yeon Choi, Jong Oh Kim, Mi-Kyung Lee, So Hee Kim, Soo-Jeong Lim
Studies have highlighted the challenge of developing injectable liposomes as a paclitaxel (PTX) carrier, a challenge attributable to the limitations in liposomal stability caused by PTX loading. Poor stability of PTX-loaded liposomes is caused by PTX-triggered aggregation or fusion of liposomal membranes and is exacerbated in the presence of PEGylated lipid. In the present study, the effect of triglyceride incorporation on the stability of PTX-loaded/PEGylated liposomes was explored. Incorporation of a medium chain triglyceride Captex 300 into saturated phosphatidylcholine (PC)-based liposomes (1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DMPC]:cholesterol [CHOL]:N-(Carbonyl-methoxypolyethyleneglycol 2000)-1, 2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-ethanolamine [PE-PEG]), produced a fine, homogeneous, and membrane-filterable PTX-loaded liposomes fulfilling the requirement of an injectable lipid formulation...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
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