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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539592/atorvastatin-promotes-phagocytosis-and-attenuates-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Bo Tian, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Peggy Bouzika, Yijun Hu, Shoji Notomi, Pavlina Tsoka, Joan W Miller, Haijiang Lin, Demetrios G Vavvas
Phagocytosis of daily shed photoreceptor outer segments is an important function of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and it is essential for retinal homeostasis. RPE dysfunction, especially impairment of its phagocytic ability, plays an essential role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Statins, or HMG CoA (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A) reductase inhibitors, are drugs with multiple properties that have been extensively used to treat hyperlipidemia. However, their effect on RPE cells has not been fully elucidated...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536001/membrane-shaping-by-actin-and-myosin-during-regulated-exocytosis
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REVIEW
Andreas Papadopulos
The cortical actin network in neurosecretory cells is a dense mesh of actin filaments underlying the plasma membrane. Interaction of actomyosin with vesicular membranes or the plasma membrane is vital for tethering, retention, transport as well as fusion and fission of exo- and endocytic membrane structures. During regulated exocytosis the cortical actin network undergoes dramatic changes in morphology to accommodate vesicle docking, fusion and replenishment. Most of these processes involve plasma membrane Phosphoinositides (PIP) and investigating the interactions between the actin cortex and secretory structures has become a hotbed for research in recent years...
May 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534301/effects-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-in-diabetic-neuropathy-and-other-geriatric-disorders
#3
REVIEW
G Sergi, S Pizzato, F Piovesan, C Trevisan, N Veronese, E Manzato
A long history of diabetes mellitus and increasing age are associated with the onset of diabetic neuropathy, a painful and highly disabling complication with a prevalence peaking at 50% among elderly diabetic patients. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is a molecule derived from the acetylation of carnitine in the mitochondria that has an essential role in energy production. It has recently been proposed as a therapy to improve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. ALC is widely distributed in mammalian tissues, including the brain, blood-brain barrier, brain neurons, and astrocytes...
May 22, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531236/psychosine-enhances-the-shedding-of-membrane-microvesicles-implications-in-demyelination-in-krabbe-s-disease
#4
Ludovic D'Auria, Cory Reiter, Emma Ward, Ana Lis Moyano, Michael S Marshall, Duc Nguyen, Giuseppe Scesa, Zane Hauck, Richard van Breemen, Maria I Givogri, Ernesto R Bongarzone
In prior studies, our laboratory showed that psychosine accumulates and disrupts lipid rafts in brain membranes of Krabbe's disease. A model of lipid raft disruption helped explaining psychosine's effects on several signaling pathways important for oligodendrocyte survival and differentiation but provided more limited insight in how this sphingolipid caused demyelination. Here, we have studied how this cationic inverted coned lipid affects the fluidity, stability and structure of myelin and plasma membranes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522594/sphingomyelin-synthase-2-deficiency-inhibits-the-induction-of-murine-colitis-associated-colon-cancer
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Toshio Ohnishi, Chieko Hashizume, Makoto Taniguchi, Hidehiro Furumoto, Jia Han, Rongfen Gao, Shinichi Kinami, Takeo Kosaka, Toshiro Okazaki
Sphingomyelin synthase 2 (SMS2) is the synthetic enzyme of sphingomyelin (SM), which regulates membrane fluidity and microdomain structure. SMS2 plays a role in LPS-induced lung injury and inflammation; however, its role in inflammation-mediated tumorigenesis is unclear. We investigated the effect of SMS2 deficiency on dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced murine colitis and found inhibition of DSS-induced inflammation in SMS2-deficient (SMS2(-/-)) mice. DSS treatment induced a significant increase in ceramide levels, with a decrease of SM levels in SMS2(-/-) colon tissue, and demonstrated attenuation of the elevation of both inflammation-related gene expression and proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, leukocyte infiltration, and MAPK and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 activation...
May 18, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513911/sperm-capacitation-pretreatment-positively-impacts-bovine-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
#6
L Águila, F Zambrano, M E Arias, Felmer R
The efficiency of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in bovines is low compared to other species due in part to inadequate egg activation and sperm nucleus decondensation after injection. We hypothesized that this low efficiency is due to the lack of complete sperm capacitation, so we evaluated the effects of isobutylmethylxanthine (IBMX) and methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) on bovine sperm capacitation and on the preimplantation developmental potential of bovine embryos generated by ICSI. Treatment with IBMX and MβCD decreased sperm viability (between 13 to 30%); nevertheless, 0...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512344/ecological-relevance-of-skeletal-fatty-acid-concentration-and-composition-in-mediterranean-scleractinian-corals
#7
Chiara Samorì, Erik Caroselli, Fiorella Prada, Michela Reggi, Simona Fermani, Zvy Dubinsky, Stefano Goffredo, Giuseppe Falini
The intra-skeletal fatty acid concentration and composition of four Mediterranean coral species, namely Cladocora caespitosa, Balanophyllia europaea, Astroides calycularis and Leptopsammia pruvoti, were examined in young and old individuals living in three different locations of the Mediterranean Sea. These species are characterized by diverse levels of organization (solitary or colonial) and trophic strategies (symbiotic or non-symbiotic). Fatty acids have manifold fundamental roles comprehensive of membrane structure fluidity, cell signaling and energy storage...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508737/the-future-for-long-chain-n-3-pufa-in-the-prevention-of-coronary-heart-disease-do-we-need-to-target-non-fish-eaters
#8
W L Hall
Dietary guidelines in many countries include a recommendation to consume oily fish, mainly on the basis of evidence from prospective cohort studies that fish consumption is cardioprotective. However, average intakes are very low in a large proportion of the UK population. Some groups, such as vegans and vegetarians, purposely omit fish (along with meat) from their diet resulting in zero or trace intakes of long chain (LC) n-3 PUFA. Although the efficacy of dietary fish oil supplementation in the prevention of CVD has been questioned in recent years, the balance of evidence indicates that LC n-3 PUFA exert systemic pleiotropic effects through their influence on gene expression, cell signalling, membrane fluidity and by conversion to specialised proresolving mediators; autacoid lipid mediators that resolve inflammatory events...
May 16, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505533/discovery-and-characterization-of-selective-human-sphingomyelin-synthase-2-inhibitors
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Ryutaro Adachi, Kazumasa Ogawa, Shin-Ichi Matsumoto, Takuya Satou, Yukiya Tanaka, Jyunichi Sakamoto, Takashi Nakahata, Rei Okamoto, Masahiro Kamaura, Tomohiro Kawamoto
Sphingomyelin synthase (SMS) is a membrane enzyme that catalyzes the synthesis of sphingomyelin, is required for the maintenance of plasma membrane microdomain fluidity, and has two isoforms: SMS1 and SMS2. Although these isoforms exhibit the same SMS activity, they are different enzymes with distinguishable subcellular localizations. It was reported that SMS2 KO mice displayed lower inflammatory responses and anti-atherosclerotic effects, suggesting that inhibition of SMS2 would be a potential therapeutic approach for controlling inflammatory responses and atherosclerosis...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504210/arachidonic-acid-is-important-for-efficient-use-of-light-by-the-microalga-lobosphaera-incisa-under-chilling-stress
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Boris Zorin, Dipasmita Pal-Nath, Alexander Lukyanov, Sviatlana Smolskaya, Sofiya Kolusheva, Shoshana Didi-Cohen, Sammy Boussiba, Zvi Cohen, Inna Khozin-Goldberg, Alexei Solovchenko
The oleaginous microalga Lobosphaera incisa (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) contains arachidonic acid (ARA, 20:4 n-6) in all membrane glycerolipids and in the storage lipid triacylglycerol. The optimal growth temperature of the wild-type (WT) strain is 25°C; chilling temperatures (≤15°C) slow its growth. This effect is more pronounced in the delta-5-desaturase ARA-deficient mutant P127, in which ARA is replaced with dihomo-γ-linolenic acid (DGLA, 20:3 n-6). In nutrient-replete cells grown at 25°C, the major chloroplast lipid monogalactosylglycerol (MGDG) were dominated by C18/C16 species in both strains...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502789/supported-lipid-bilayer-platforms-to-probe-cell-mechanobiology
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REVIEW
Roxanne Glazier, Khalid Salaita
Mammalian and bacterial cells sense and exert mechanical forces through the process of mechanotransduction, which interconverts biochemical and physical signals. This is especially important in contact-dependent signaling, where ligand-receptor binding occurs at cell-cell or cell-ECM junctions. By virtue of occurring within these specialized junctions, receptors engaged in contact-dependent signaling undergo oligomerization and coupling with the cytoskeleton as part of their signaling mechanisms. While our ability to measure and map biochemical signaling within cell junctions has advanced over the past decades, physical cues remain difficult to map in space and time...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499815/new-insight-into-the-interaction-of-traf2-c-terminal-domain-with-lipid-raft-microdomains
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Arianna Ceccarelli, Almerinda Di Venere, Eleonora Nicolai, Anastasia De Luca, Nicola Rosato, Enrico Gratton, Giampiero Mei, Anna Maria Caccuri
In this study we provide the first evidence of the interaction of a truncated-TRAF2 with lipid raft microdomains. We have analyzed this interaction by measuring the diffusion coefficient of the protein in large and giant unilamellar vesicles (LUVs and GUVs, respectively) obtained both from synthetic lipid mixtures and from natural extracts. Steady-state fluorescence measurements performed with synthetic vesicles indicate that this truncated form of TRAF2 displays a tighter binding to raft-like LUVs with respect to the control (POPC-containing LUVs), and that this process depends on the protein oligomeric state...
May 9, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494801/spectral-imaging-toolbox-segmentation-hyperstack-reconstruction-and-batch-processing-of-spectral-images-for-the-determination-of-cell-and-model-membrane-lipid-order
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Miles Aron, Richard Browning, Dario Carugo, Erdinc Sezgin, Jorge Bernardino de la Serna, Christian Eggeling, Eleanor Stride
BACKGROUND: Spectral imaging with polarity-sensitive fluorescent probes enables the quantification of cell and model membrane physical properties, including local hydration, fluidity, and lateral lipid packing, usually characterized by the generalized polarization (GP) parameter. With the development of commercial microscopes equipped with spectral detectors, spectral imaging has become a convenient and powerful technique for measuring GP and other membrane properties. The existing tools for spectral image processing, however, are insufficient for processing the large data sets afforded by this technological advancement, and are unsuitable for processing images acquired with rapidly internalized fluorescent probes...
May 12, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481322/imipramine-protects-against-bone-loss-by-inhibition-of-osteoblast-derived-microvesicles
#14
Lili Deng, Ying Peng, Yuhai Jiang, Yu Wu, Yuedi Ding, Yaping Wang, Dong Xu, Qiang Fu
The maintenance of bone homeostasis is largely dependent upon cellular communication between osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Microvesicles (MVs) represent a novel mechanism for osteoblasts and osteoclasts communication, as has been demonstrated in our previous study. Sphingomyelinases catalyze the hydrolysis of sphingomyelin, which leads to increased membrane fluidity and facilitates MV generation. This effect can be inhibited by imipramine, an inhibitor of acid sphingomyelinase (ASM), which is also known as a member of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475313/signal-sensing-and-transduction-by-histidine-kinases-as-unveiled-through-studies-on-a-temperature-sensor
#15
Luciano A Abriata, Daniela Albanesi, Matteo Dal Peraro, Diego de Mendoza
Histidine kinases (HK) are the sensory proteins of two-component systems, responsible for a large fraction of bacterial responses to stimuli and environmental changes. Prototypical HKs are membrane-bound proteins that phosphorylate cognate response regulator proteins in the cytoplasm upon signal detection in the membrane or periplasm. HKs stand as potential drug targets but also constitute fascinating systems for studying proteins at work, specifically regarding the chemistry and mechanics of signal detection, transduction through the membrane, and regulation of catalytic outputs...
May 5, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456385/changes-in-red-blood-cell-membrane-lipid-composition-a-new-perspective-into-the-pathogenesis-of-pkan
#16
Manar Aoun, Paola Antonia Corsetto, Guillaume Nugue, Gigliola Montorfano, Emilio Ciusani, David Crouzier, Penelope Hogarth, Allison Gregory, Susan Hayflick, Giovanna Zorzi, Angela Maria Rizzo, Valeria Tiranti
Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration (PKAN) is a form of Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA) associated with mutations in the pantothenate kinase 2 gene (PANK2). The PANK2 catalyzes the first step of coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis, a pathway producing an essential cofactor that plays a key role in energy and lipid metabolism. The majority of PANK2 mutations reduces or abolishes the activity of the enzyme. In around 10% of cases with PKAN, the presence of deformed red blood cells with thorny protrusions in the circulation has been detected...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455137/influence-of-static-magnetic-field-exposure-on-fatty-acid-composition-in-salmonella-hadar
#17
Ramla Ben Mouhoub, Alya El May, Imed Cheraief, Ahmed Landoulsi
We have been interested, in this work, to investigate the effect of the exposure to static magnetic field at 200 mT (SMF) on the fatty acid (FA) composition of Salmonella enterica subsp Enterica serovar Hadar isolate 287: effects on the proportion of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids (SFAs, UFAs), cyclopropane fatty acids (CFAs) and hydroxy fatty acids after exposure to the static magnetic field at 200 mT (SMF). Analysis with Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) of total lipid showed that the proportion of the most fatty acids was clearly affected...
April 25, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448716/phosphorylation-weakens-but-does-not-inhibit-membrane-binding-and-clustering-of-k-ras4b
#18
Si-Yu Zhang, Benjamin Sperlich, Fang-Yi Li, Samy Al-Ayoubi, Hong-Xue Chen, YuFen Zhao, Yan-Mei Li, Katrin Weise, Roland Winter, Yong-Xiang Chen
K-Ras4B is one of the most frequently mutated Ras isoforms in cancers. The signaling activity of K-Ras4B depends on its localization to the plasma membrane (PM), which is mainly mediated by its polybasic farnesylated C-terminus. On top of the constitutive cycles that maintain the PM enrichment of K-Ras4B, conditional phosphorylation at Ser181 located within this motif has been found to be involved in regulating K-Ras4B's cell distribution and signaling activity. However, discordant observations have undermined our understanding of the role this phosphorylation plays...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439086/quality-and-freshness-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-decrease-over-time-after-trypsinization-and-storage-in-phosphate-buffered-saline
#19
Tae Hwan Shin, Seungah Lee, Ki Ryung Choi, Da Yeon Lee, Yongman Kim, Man Jeong Paik, Chan Seo, Seok Kang, Moon Suk Jin, Tae Hyeon Yoo, Seong Ho Kang, Gwang Lee
Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) have been studied for their therapeutic potential. However, evaluating the quality of hBM-MSCs before transplantation remains a challenge. We addressed this issue in the present study by investigating deformation, the expression of genes related to reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, changes in amino acid profiles, and membrane fluidity in hBM-MSCs. Deformability and cell size were decreased after storage for 6 and 12 h, respectively, in phosphate-buffered saline...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
#20
Riham Gharib, Amal Najjar, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
The effect of structurally closely related phenylpropenes (PPs), estragole, anethole, eugenol, and isoeugenol, on the fluidity of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposome membrane was investigated by DSC, Raman, and fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Liposomes were prepared by thin-film hydration method at various DPPC:PP molar ratios. The DPH anisotropy measurements of blank and PP-loaded liposomes were performed at 28, 41, and 50 °C, which correspond, respectively, to gel phase, main transition temperature of DPPC, and liquid phase...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
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