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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915172/dark-chilling-induces-substantial-structural-changes-and-modifies-galactolipid-and-carotenoid-composition-during-chloroplast-biogenesis-in-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-l-cotyledons
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Joanna Skupień, Joanna Wójtowicz, Łucja Kowalewska, Radosław Mazur, Maciej Garstka, Katarzyna Gieczewska, Agnieszka Mostowska
Plants in a temperate climate are often subject to different environmental factors, chilling stress among them, which influence the growth especially during early stages of plant development. Chloroplasts are one of the first organelles affected by the chilling stress. Therefore the proper biogenesis of chloroplasts in early stages of plant growth is crucial for undertaking the photosynthetic activity. In this paper, the analysis of the cotyledon chloroplast biogenesis at different levels of plastid organization was performed in cucumber, one of the most popular chilling sensitive crops...
November 28, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912195/mass-spectrometry-profiling-of-oxysterols-in-human-sperm-identifies-25-hydroxycholesterol-as-a-marker-of-sperm-function
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Chiara Zerbinati, Luisa Caponecchia, Rosa Puca, Marco Ciacciarelli, Pietro Salacone, Annalisa Sebastianelli, Antonio Pastore, Giovanni Palleschi, Vincenzo Petrozza, Natale Porta, Rocco Rago, Antonio Carbone, Luigi Iuliano
Cholesterol is a main lipid component of sperm cell that is essential for sperm membrane fluidity, capacitation, and acrosomal reaction. Recent data obtained in bovine sperm showed that sperm capacitation is associated to the formation of oxysterols, oxidized products of cholesterol. The aim of this study was to profile oxysterol content in human semen, and to investigate their potential role in sperm pathophysiology. Among the 12 oxysterols analyzed, 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) resulted the most represented in normozoospermic samples, and its concentration positively correlated with spermatozoa number...
November 22, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907857/membrane-effects-of-dihydropyrimidine-analogues-with-larvicidal-activity
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Mariela E Sánchez-Borzone, Maria E Mariani, Virginia Miguel, Raquel M Gleiser, Bharti Odhav, Katharigatta N Venugopala, Daniel A García
Two recently synthesized dihydropyrimidines (DHPMs) analogues have demonstrated larvicide and repellent activity against Anopheles arabiensis. DHPMs high lipophilicity suggests that these compounds may interact directly with the membrane and modify their biophysical properties. The purpose of the present study was to characterize the interaction of both compounds with artificial membranes. Changes on the properties of DPPC films were studied using Langmuir monolayers. The presence of DHPMs in the subphase modified the interfacial characteristics of DPPC compression isotherms, causing the expansion of the monolayer, inducing the disappearance of DPPC phase transition and increasing the molecular packing of the film...
November 24, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905603/pathological-levels-of-glucosylceramide-change-the-biophysical-properties-of-artificial-and-cell-membranes
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Ana R P Varela, Ana E Ventura, Ana C Carreira, Aleksander Fedorov, Anthony H Futerman, Manuel Prieto, Liana C Silva
Glucosylceramide (GlcCer) plays an active role in the regulation of various cellular events. Moreover, GlcCer is also a key modulator of membrane biophysical properties, which might be linked to the mechanism of its biological action. In order to understand the biophysical implications of GlcCer on membranes of living cells, we first studied the effect of GlcCer on artificial membranes containing 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC), sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol (Chol). Using an array of biophysical methods, we demonstrate that at lower GlcCer/Chol ratios, GlcCer stabilizes SM/Chol-enriched liquid-ordered domains...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903801/inhibition-of-an-aquatic-rhabdovirus-demonstrates-promise-of-a-broad-spectrum-antiviral-for-use-in-aquaculture
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Bethany F Balmer, Rachel L Powers, Ting-Hu Zhang, Jihye Lee, Frederic Vigant, Benhur Lee, Michael E Jung, Maureen K Purcell, Kevin Snekvik, Hector C Aguilar
: Many enveloped viruses cause devastating disease in aquaculture, resulting in significant economic impact. LJ001 is a broad-spectrum antiviral compound that inhibits enveloped viral infections by specifically targeting phospholipids in the lipid bilayer via production of singlet oxygen ((1)O2). This stabilizes positive curvature and decreases membrane fluidity, which inhibits viral-cell membrane fusion during viral entry. Based on previous mammalian studies and the requirement of light for activation of LJ001, we hypothesized that LJ001 may be useful as a preventative and/or therapeutic agent for enveloped viral infections in aquaculture...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899819/4-cholesten-3-one-suppresses-lung-adenocarcinoma-metastasis-by-regulating-translocation-of-hmgb1-hif1%C3%AE-and-caveolin-1
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Jinben Ma, Guobin Fu, Jing Wu, Shaoxian Han, Lishan Zhang, Ming Yang, Yong Yu, Mengyuan Zhang, Yanliang Lin, Yibing Wang
Metastasis is a great challenge in lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) therapy. Cholesterol has been implicated in ADC metastasis. 4-cholesten-3-one, as cholesterol metabolite and analog, can substitute membrane cholesterol and increase membrane fluidity. In this study, we explored the possibility that 4-cholesten-3-one inhibited ADC metastasis. Low-dose 4-cholesten-3-one significantly restrained ADC cells migration and invasion with little effects on cells viabilities. Further investigation showed that 4-cholesten-3-one promoted ROS generation, which transiently activated AMPKα1, increased HIF1α expression, reduced Bcl-2 expression and caused autophagy...
September 22, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896850/zebrafish-larva-as-a-reliable-model-for-in-vivo-assessment-of-membrane-remodeling-involvement-in-the-hepatotoxicity-of-chemical-agents
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Normand Podechard, Martine Chevanne, Morgane Fernier, Arnaud Tête, Aurore Collin, Doris Cassio, Olivier Kah, Dominique Lagadic-Gossmann, Odile Sergent
The easy-to-use in vivo model, zebrafish larva, is being increasingly used to screen chemical-induced hepatotoxicity, with a good predictivity for various mechanisms of liver injury. However, nothing is known about its applicability in exploring the mechanism called membrane remodeling, depicted as changes in membrane fluidity or lipid raft properties. The aim of this study was, therefore, to substantiate the zebrafish larva as a suitable in vivo model in this context. Ethanol was chosen as a prototype toxicant because it is largely described, both in hepatocyte cultures and in rodents, as capable of inducing a membrane remodeling leading to hepatocyte death and liver injury...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886150/improvement-of-transmembrane-transport-mechanism-study-of-imperatorin-on-p-glycoprotein-mediated-drug-transport
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Zheng-Gen Liao, Tao Tang, Xue-Jing Guan, Wei Dong, Jing Zhang, Guo-Wei Zhao, Ming Yang, Xin-Li Liang
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) affects the transport of many drugs; including puerarin and vincristine. Our previous study demonstrated that imperatorin increased the intestinal absorption of puerarin and vincristine by inhibiting P-gp-mediated drug efflux. However; the underlying mechanism was not known. The present study investigated the mechanism by which imperatorin promotes P-gp-mediated drug transport. We used molecular docking to predict the binding force between imperatorin and P-gp and the effect of imperatorin on P-gp activity...
November 24, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877914/interaction-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-conjugated-phospholipids-with-supported-lipid-membranes-and-their-influence-on-protein-adsorption
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Toshihiro Yamamoto, Yuji Teramura, Toru Itagaki, Yusuke Arima, Hiroo Iwata
We studied real-time interaction between poly(ethylene glycol)-conjugated phospholipids (PEG-lipids) and a supported lipid membrane by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy to understand dynamic behaviors of PEG-lipids on living cell membranes. Supported lipid membranes formed on a hydrophobic surface were employed as a model of living cell membrane. We prepared three kinds of PEG-lipids that carried alkyl chains of different lengths for SPR measurements and also performed fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) to study the influence of acyl chain length on dynamics on the supported membrane...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873252/measurement-of-cell-membrane-fluidity-by-laurdan-gp-fluorescence-spectroscopy-and-microscopy
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Kathi Scheinpflug, Oxana Krylova, Henrik Strahl
Membrane fluidity is a critical parameter of cellular membranes which cells continuously strive to maintain within a viable range. An interference with the correct membrane fluidity state can strongly inhibit cell function. Triggered changes in membrane fluidity have been postulated to contribute to the mechanism of action of membrane targeting antimicrobials, but the corresponding analyses have been hampered by the absence of readily available analytical tools. Here, we provide detailed protocols that allow straightforward measurement of antibiotic compound-triggered changes in membrane fluidity both in vivo and in vitro...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866493/dietary-dha-and-health-cognitive-function-ageing
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Carlos Cardoso, Cláudia Afonso, Narcisa M Bandarra
DHA is a key nutritional n-3 PUFA and needs to be supplied by the human diet. DHA is found in significant amounts in the retinal and neuronal cell membranes due to its high fluidity. Indeed, DHA is selectively concentrated in the synaptic and retinal membranes. DHA is deemed to display anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce the risk of CVD. Consumption of larger amounts of DHA appears to reduce the risk of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and mood disorders. Conversely, it has been shown that loss of DHA from the nerve cell membrane leads to dysfunction of the central nervous system in the form of anxiety, irritability, susceptibility to stress, dyslexia, impaired memory and cognitive functions, and extended reaction times...
November 21, 2016: Nutrition Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861489/characterizing-transcriptional-networks-in-male-rainbow-darter-etheostoma-caeruleum-that-regulate-testis-development-over-a-complete-reproductive-cycle
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Paulina A Bahamonde, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos, Christopher J Martyniuk, Kelly R Munkittrick
Intersex is a condition that has been associated with exposure to sewage effluents in male rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum). To better understand changes in the transcriptome that are associated with intersex, we characterized annual changes in the testis transcriptome in wild, unexposed fish. Rainbow darter males were collected from the Grand River (Ontario, Canada) in May (spawning), August (post-spawning), October (recrudescence), January (developing) and March (pre-spawning). Histology was used to determine the proportion of spermatogenic cell types that were present during each period of testicular maturation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859777/investigation-of-oxidative-stress-parameters-in-different-life-span-erythrocyte-fractions-in-young-untrained-men-after-an-acute-exercise
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Krzysztof Gwozdzinski, Anna Pieniazek, Sabina Tabaczar, Anna Jegier, Joanna Brzeszczynska
The objective of study was to establish the role of exercise-induced oxidative stress in the erythrocyte fractions: young (YF), middle-aged (MAF) and old (OF) of young untrained men after acute exercise. Blood samples were collected before exercise, immediately and one hour after exercise. Maximum wattage was 292±27 W and exercise time duration was 8.73±0.9 min. Different optical properties and oxidative stress parameters were found in each erythrocyte fraction. Total thiols in YF and MAF after exercise and after one hour rest were similar to values before exercise, however, in OF (32...
November 10, 2016: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857712/some-like-it-hot-heat-resistance-of-escherichia-coli-in-food
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Hui Li, Michael Gänzle
Heat treatment and cooking are common interventions for reducing the numbers of vegetative cells and eliminating pathogenic microorganisms in food. Current cooking method requires the internal temperature of beef patties to reach 71°C. However, some pathogenic Escherichia coli such as the beef isolate E. coli AW 1.7 are extremely heat resistant, questioning its inactivation by current heat interventions in beef processing. To optimize the conditions of heat treatment for effective decontaminations of pathogenic E...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845924/temperature-dependent-heterogeneous-rotational-correlation-in-lipids
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Neda Dadashvand, Christina M Othon
Lipid structures exhibit complex and highly dynamic lateral structure; and changes in lipid density and fluidity are believed to play an essential role in membrane targeting and function. The dynamic structure of liquids on the molecular scale can exhibit complex transient density fluctuations. Here the lateral heterogeneity of lipid dynamics is explored in free standing lipid monolayers. As the temperature is lowered the probes exhibit increasingly broad and heterogeneous rotational correlation. This increase in heterogeneity appears to exhibit a critical onset, similar to those observed for glass forming fluids...
November 15, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835850/rice-mutants-deficient-in-%C3%AF-3-fatty-acid-desaturase-fad8-fail-to-acclimate-to-cold-temperatures
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Altanzaya Tovuu, Ismayil S Zulfugarov, Guangxi Wu, In Soon Kang, Choongrak Kim, Byoung Yong Moon, Gynheung An, Choon-Hwan Lee
To investigate the role of ω-3 fatty acid (FA) desaturase (FAD8) during cold acclimation in higher plants, we characterized three independent T-DNA insertional knock-out mutants of OsFAD8 from rice (Oryza sativa L.). At room temperature (28 °C), osfad8 plants exhibited significant alterations in fatty acid (FA) unsaturation for all four investigated plastidic lipid classes. During a 5-d acclimation period at 4 °C, further changes in FA unsaturation in both wild-type (WT) and mutant plants varied according to the type of lipid...
November 3, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829611/sodium-lauryl-sulfate-stimulates-the-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-through-interactions-with-cell-membranes
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Taeko Mizutani, Ryota Mori, Misaki Hirayama, Yuki Sagawa, Kenji Shimizu, Yuri Okano, Hitoshi Masaki
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a representative anionic surfactant, is well-known to induce rough skin following single or multiple topical applications. The mechanism by which SLS induces rough skin is thought to result from the disruption of skin moisture function consisting of NMF and epidermal lipids. However, a recent study demonstrated that topically applied SLS easily penetrates into the living cell layers of the epidermis, which suggests that physiological alterations of keratinocytes might cause the SLS-induced rough skin...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826675/effects-of-clary-sage-oil-and-its-main-components-linalool-and-linalyl-acetate-on-the-plasma-membrane-of-candida-albicans-an-in-vivo-epr-study
#18
Ágnes Blaskó, Zoltán Gazdag, Pál Gróf, Gábor Máté, Szilvia Sárosi, Judit Krisch, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Lilla Makszin, Miklós Pesti
The effects of clary sage (Salvia sclarea L.) oil (CS-oil), and its two main components, linalool (Lol) and linalyl acetate (LA), on cells of the eukaryotic human pathogen yeast Candida albicans were studied. Dynamic and thermodynamic properties of the plasma membrane were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, with 5-doxylstearic acid (5-SASL) and 16-SASL as spin labels. The monitoring of the head group regions with 5-SASL revealed break-point frequency decrease in a temperature dependent manner of the plasma membrane between 9...
November 8, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823928/interaction-forces-and-membrane-charge-tunability-oleic-acid-containing-membranes-in-different-ph-conditions
#19
James Kurniawan, Keishi Suga, Tonya L Kuhl
Oleic acid is known to interact with saturated lipid molecules and increase the fluidity of gel phase lipid membranes. In this work, the thermodynamic properties of mixed monolayers of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and oleic acid at the air-water interface were determined using Langmuir isotherms. The isotherm study revealed an attractive interaction between oleic acid and DPPC. The incorporation of oleic acid also monotonically decreased the elastic modulus of the monolayer indicative of higher fluidity with increasing oleic acid content...
November 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815980/new-dibutyltin-iv-ladders-syntheses-structures-and-optimization-and-evaluation-of-cytotoxic-potential-employing-a375-melanoma-and-hct116-colon-carcinoma-cell-lines-in-vitro
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Tushar S Basu Baul, Dhrubajyoti Dutta, Andrew Duthie, Nikhil Guchhait, Bruno G M Rocha, M Fátima C Guedes da Silva, Raveendra B Mokhamatam, Nune Raviprakash, Sunil K Manna
Synthesis and spectroscopic properties of seven new dibutyltin(IV) compounds of 2-{(E)-4-hydroxy-3-[(E)-4-(aryl)iminomethyl]phenyldiazenyl}benzoic acids (L(n)HH'; n=2-8) with general formula {[Bu2Sn(L(n)H)]2O}2 (1-7) are reported. The compounds were characterized by elemental analysis and by UV-Visible, fluorescence, IR, (1)H, (13)C and (119)Sn NMR spectroscopies. Solid state structures of dibutyltin(IV) compounds 1-3, 6 and 7 were accomplished from single crystal X-ray crystallography which reveal the common ladder-type structure with two endo- and two exo-Sn atoms...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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