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Margret Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur A Thorsteinsdottir, Finnur F Eiriksson, Hrafnhildur L Runolfsdottir, Inger M Sch Agustsdottir, Steinunn Oddsdottir, Baldur B Sigurdsson, Hordur K Hardarson, Nilesh R Kamble, Snorri Th Sigurdsson, Vidar O Edvardsson, Runolfur Palsson
Adenine phosphoribosyltransferase (APRT) deficiency is a hereditary disorder that leads to excessive urinary excretion of 2,8-dihydroxyadenine (DHA), causing nephrolithiasis and chronic kidney disease. Treatment with allopurinol or febuxostat reduces DHA production and attenuates the renal manifestations. Assessment of DHA crystalluria by urine microscopy is used for therapeutic monitoring, but lacks sensitivity. We report a high-throughput assay based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) for quantification of urinary DHA...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
I-Ting Tsai, Chao-Ping Wang, Teng-Hung Yu, Yung-Chuan Lu, Chih-Wen Lin, Li-Fen Lu, Cheng-Ching Wu, Fu-Mei Chung, Yau-Jiunn Lee, Wei-Chin Hung, Chia-Chang Hsu
Adipocytokines play an important role in adipose tissue homeostasis, especially in obesity-associated disorders such as non-alcoholic fatty liver and their complications including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although visfatin is an adipocytokine highly expressed in visceral fat that has been demonstrated to play a critical role in the progression of human malignancies, little is known about the role of visfatin in HCC associated with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection...
October 19, 2016: Cytokine
Qin Jiang, Xiyue Li, Shanshan Cheng, Yuxiu Gu, Gui Chen, Yuexin Shen, Yixi Xie, Yi Cao
We have recently proposed that the interaction between food components and nanoparticles (NPs) should be considered when evaluating the toxicity of NPs. In the present study, we used THP-1 differentiated macrophages as a model for immune cells and investigated the combined toxicity of low levels of palmitate (PA; 10 or 50μM) and ZnO NPs. The results showed that PA especially at 50μM changed the size, Zeta potential and UV-vis spectra of ZnO NPs, indicating a possible coating effect. Up to 32μg/mL ZnO NPs did not significantly affect mitochondrial activity, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) or release of interleukin 6 (IL-6), but significantly impaired lysosomal function as assessed by neutral red uptake assay and acridine orange staining...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Limin Xiang, Yihai Wang, Xiaomin Yi, Xiangjiu He
Phytochemical investigations of the rhizome of Tupistra chinensis led to the isolation of ten new furostanol saponins along with fourteen known spirostanols. Their chemical structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic and chemical methods, including IR, NMR, MS, and GC analyses. The antiproliferative effects against FaDu and Detroit 562 cell lines and inhibitory activities on nitric oxide (NO) production induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 were assayed for all the isolated compounds...
October 19, 2016: Steroids
Marilucia Santos Ludovico, Luciano Moura Martins, Juares Ednaldo Romero Bianco, Célia Guadalupe Tardelli de Jesus Andrade, Rosabel Falcon, Paulo Pinto Joazeiro, Maria Silvia Viccari Gatti, Tomomasa Yano
Plesiomonas shigelloides isolated from water in Brazil was previously described as a hemorrhagic heat-labile cytotoxic-enterotoxin producer. We purified this toxin from culture supernatants using ion metallic affinity chromatography (IMAC) followed by molecular exclusion chromatography. The pure toxin presented molecular mass of 50kDa and isoelectric point (pI) around 6.9 by 2D electrophoresis. When injected intravenously, the purified cytotoxic-enterotoxin induced also severe spasms followed by sudden death of mice...
October 19, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yinyan Xu, Xinyan Huang, Juan Xie, Yanni Chen, Jing Fu, Li Wang
Autophagy, identified as type II programmed cell death, has already been known to be involved in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia (PE), which is a gestational disease with high morbidity. The present study aims to investigate the functional role of let-7i, a miRNA, in trophoblastic autophagy. Placental tissue used in this study was collected from patients with severe preeclampsia (SPE) or normal pregnant women. A decreased level of let-7i was found in placenta of SPE. In addition, autophagic vacuoles were observed in SPE and the expression of microtubule associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) II/I was elevated...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Katsutoshi Mizuno, Erin E Dymek, Elizabeth F Smith
The complex waveforms characteristic of motile eukaryotic cilia and flagella are produced by the temporally and spatially regulated action of multiple dynein subforms generating sliding between subsets of axonemal microtubules. Multiple protein complexes have been identified that are associated with the doublet microtubules and that mediate regulatory signals between key axonemal structures, such as the radial spokes and central apparatus, and the dynein arm motors; these complexes include the N-DRC, MIA and CSC complexes...
October 22, 2016: Cytoskeleton
Yun Bai, Jia Wang, Jing Han, Xiao-Li Xie, Cheng-Guang Ji, Jie Yin, Lei Chen, Cun-Kai Wang, Xiao-Yu Jiang, Wei Qi, Hui-Qing Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: BCL2L10 is an apoptosis-related member of the BCL-2 protein family. The role of BCL2L10 in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is poorly understood. This study was aimed to investigate the function and underlying mechanisms of BCL2L10 in HCC. METHODS: BCL2L10 expression in human HCC and corresponding adjacent normal tissues was investigated by quantitative real-time PCR and western blot. The biological functions of BCL2L10 in HCC cell lines were determined by cell viability, colony formation, cell apoptosis, cell cycle and cell metastasis assays, and in vivo by tumorigenicity and lung metastasis assays in nude mice...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Qiyue Xia, Hongxia Li, Ying Liu, Kai Xiao
Despite the increasing biomedical applications of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), their toxicological effects need to be thoroughly understood. In the present study, the genotoxic potential of commercially available AuNPs with varying size (5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm) were assessed using a battery of in vitro and in vivo genotoxicity assays. In the comet assay, 20 nm and 50 nm AuNPs did not induce obvious DNA damage in HepG2 cells at the tested concentrations, whereas 5 nm NPs induced a dose-dependent increment in DNA damage after 24 h exposure...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Bruno Fernandes, Teresa Matamá, Diana Guimarães, Andreia Gomes, Artur Cavaco-Paulo
Melanin quantification is reportedly performed by absorption spectroscopy, commonly at 405 nm. Here, we propose the implementation of fluorescence spectroscopy for melanin assessment. In a typical in vitro assay to assess melanin production in response to an external stimulus, absorption spectroscopy clearly overvalues melanin content. This method is also incapable of distinguishing non-melanotic/amelanotic control cells from those that are actually capable of performing melanogenesis. Therefore, fluorescence spectroscopy is the best method for melanin quantification as it proved to be highly specific and accurate, detecting even small variations in the synthesis of melanin...
October 22, 2016: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
Daniel A Patten, Garrick K Wilson, Dalan Bailey, Robert K Shaw, Sirpa Jalkanen, Marko Salmi, Antal Rot, Christopher J Weston, David H Adams, Shishir Shetty
: The recruitment of lymphocytes via the hepatic sinusoidal channels and positioning within liver tissue is a critical event in the development and persistence of chronic inflammatory liver diseases. The hepatic sinusoid is a unique vascular bed lined by hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (HSEC), a functionally and phenotypically distinct sub-population of endothelial cells. Using flow based adhesion assays to study the migration of lymphocytes across primary human HSEC, we found that lymphocytes enter into HSEC, confirmed by electron microscopy demonstrating clear intracellular localization of lymphocytes in vitro and by studies in human liver tissues...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Birol Ay, Erdal Karaoz, Cumhur C Kesemenli, Halime Kenar
The reconstruction of skeletal muscle tissue is currently performed by transplanting a muscle tissue graft from local or distant sites of the patient`s body, but this practice leads to donor site morbidity in case of large defects. With the aim of providing an alternative treatment approach, skeletal muscle tissue formation potential of human myoblasts and human menstrual blood derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMB-MSCs) on synthetic (poly(L-lactide-co-caprolactone), 70:30) scaffolds with oriented microfibers, human muscle extracellular matrix (ECM), and their hybrids was investigated in this study...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
G Kamkamidze, I Migriauli, D Razmadze, M Kochlamazashvili, K Mulkijanyan, M Butsashvili
The main objective of this investigation was to develop and pilot a real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-PCR) diagnostic system for rapid and simultaneous identification of pathogens with a particular emphasis on diarrheal disease diagnostics. The diarrheal diseases were selected as a target for the pilot because they constitute a primary public health priority in Georgia and worldwide. The product developed by our research team "Neo_PCR_Diagnostics" represents an original system for the identification of pathogens associated with gastrointestinal tract infections and diarrhea...
September 2016: Georgian Medical News
D Luethy, S D Owens, D Stefanovski, R Nolen-Walston, U Giger
BACKGROUND: Assessment of blood compatibility, typically by tube agglutination (TUBE) and hemolysis crossmatch or, less commonly, by blood typing and alloantibody screening, often is performed before blood transfusion in horses. In contrast, gel column (GEL) and immunochromatographic strip (STRIP) techniques are preferred for compatibility testing in dogs and cats. OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of novel and standard crossmatch and typing methods. ANIMALS: Thirty-eight healthy horses, previously blood typed and alloantibody screened...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Silvania da Silva Teixeira, Carly Filgueira, Douglas H Sieglaff, Cindy Benod, Rosa Villagomez, Laurie J Minze, Aijun Zhang, Paul Webb, Maria Tereza Nunes
AIM: Thyroid hormones regulate metabolic response. While triiodothyronine (T3) is usually considered to be the active form of thyroid hormone, one form of diiodothyronine (3,5-T2) exerts T3-like effects on energy consumption and lipid metabolism. 3,5-T2 also improves glucose tolerance in rats and 3,5-T2 levels correlate with fasting glucose in humans. Presently, however, little is known about mechanisms of 3,5-T2 effects on glucose metabolism. Here, we set out to compare effects of T3, 3,5-T2 and another form of T2 (3,3-T2) in a mouse model of diet induced obesity and determined effects of T3 and 3,5-T2 on markers of classical insulin sensitization to understand how diiodothyronines influence blood glucose...
October 22, 2016: Acta Physiologica
Nicole Groh, Christian Seutter von Loetzen, Brinda Subbarayal, Christian Möbs, Lothar Vogel, Andreas Hoffmann, Kay Fötisch, Anna Koutsouridou, Stefanie Randow, Elke Völker, Andreas Reuter, Paul Rösch, Stefan Vieths, Wolfgang Pfützner, Barbara Bohle, Dirk Schiller
BACKGROUND: Allergen-specific immunotherapy (AIT) with birch pollen generates Bet v 1-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)G4 which blocks IgE-mediated hypersensitivity mechanisms. Whether IgG4 specific for Bet v1a competes with IgE for identical epitopes or whether novel epitope specificities of IgG4 antibodies are developed is under debate. OBJECTIVE: We sought to analyze the epitope specificities of IgE and IgG4 antibodies from sera of patients who received AIT. METHODS: 15 sera of patients (13/15 received AIT) with Bet v 1a-specific IgE and IgG4 were analyzed...
October 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Marian Raschke, Bernd-W Igl, Julia Kenny, Joanne Collins, Stephen D Dertinger, Carson Labash, Javed A Bhalli, Cameron C M Tebbe, Kylie M McNeil, Andreas Sutter
The rodent Pig-a assay is an in vivo method for the detection of gene mutation, where lack of glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins on the surface of circulating red blood cells (RBCs) serves as a reporter for Pig-a gene mutation. In the case of rats, the frequency of mutant phenotype RBCs is measured via fluorescent anti-CD59 antibodies and flow cytometry. The Pig-a assay meets the growing expectations for novel approaches in animal experimentation not only focusing on the scientific value of the assay but also on animal welfare aspects (3Rs principles), for example, amenable to integration into pivotal rodent 28-day general toxicology studies...
October 22, 2016: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
Michael J Cooney
Enzyme kinetics is the study of the chemical reactions that are catalyzed by enzymes, with a focus on their reaction rates. The study of an enzyme's kinetics considers the various stages of activity, reveals the catalytic mechanism of this enzyme, correlates its value to assay conditions, and describes how a drug or a poison might inhibit the enzyme. Victor Henri initially reported that enzyme reactions were initiated by a bond between the enzyme and the substrate. By 1910, Michaelis and Menten were advancing their work by studying the kinetics of an enzyme saccharase which catalyzes the hydrolysis of sucrose into glucose and fructose...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
P Gómez-Contreras, J M Ramiro-Díaz, A Sierra, C Stipp, F E Domann, R J Weigel, G Lal
ECM1 overexpression is an independent predictor of poor prognosis in primary breast carcinomas, however the mechanisms by which ECM1 affects tumor progression have not been completely elucidated. ECM1 was silenced in the triple-negative breast cancer cell lines Hs578T and MDAMB231 using siRNA and the cells were evaluated for changes in morphology, migration, invasion and adhesion. Actin cytoskeleton alterations were evaluated by fluorescent staining and levels of activated Rho GTPases by pull down assays. ECM1 downregulation led to significantly diminished cell migration (p = 0...
October 21, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Andriy Bilichak, Igor Kovalchuk
DNA strand breaks arise from normal cellular processes such as replication, transcription, and DNA repair as well as spontaneous DNA damage caused by cell metabolic activities. In addition, strand breaks occur due to direct or indirect DNA damage produced by various abiotic and biotic stresses. Strand breaks are among the most problematic DNA lesions because unrepaired strand breaks may lead to cell cycle arrest, gross chromosome rearrangements, or even cell death. Thus, the measurement of the relative number of strand breaks can provide an informative picture of genome stability of a given cell, tissue, or organism...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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