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Joseph E Pick, Edward B Ziff
A fundamental property of the brain is its ability to modify its function in response to its own activity. This ability for self-modification depends to a large extent on synaptic plasticity. It is now appreciated that for excitatory synapses, a significant part of synaptic plasticity depends upon changes in the post synaptic response to glutamate released from nerve terminals. Modification of the post synaptic response depends, in turn, on changes in the abundances of AMPA receptors in the post synaptic membrane...
March 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Sophie A Poeker, Annelies Geirnaert, Laura Berchtold, Anna Greppi, Lukasz Krych, Robert E Steinert, Tomas de Wouters, Christophe Lacroix
Consumption of fermentable dietary fibers (DFs), which can induce growth and/or activity of specific beneficial populations, is suggested a promising strategy to modulate the gut microbiota and restore health in microbiota-linked diseases. Until today, inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are the best studied DFs, while little is known about the gut microbiota-modulating effects of β-glucan, α-galactooligosaccharide (α-GOS) and xylo-oligosaccharide (XOS). Here, we used three continuous in vitro fermentation PolyFermS model to study the modulating effect of these DFs on two distinct human adult proximal colon microbiota, independently from the host...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
L A Mendes, V L Maria, J J Scott-Fordsmand, M J B Amorim
Effects of pollutants are mostly assessed using standard testing procedures, which cover a fraction of the animals' life cycle. Although, in nature species are exposed during multiple generations of sub-lethal doses of persistent chemicals. In the present study, we focused on the multigenerational (MG) effects of silver in Folsomia candida during 6 generations using the EC50 for reproduction as exposure concentration. We tested 9 different exposure scenarios, going from continuous 6 generations Ag exposure over pulse exposure (i...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Marilyn C Erickson, Jye-Yin Liao, Mussie Y Habteselassie, Jennifer L Cannon
Field workers often wear gloves harvesting ready-to-eat produce; however, fields are not sterile environments and gloves may become contaminated numerous times during a working shift. This study explored the potential for inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella when contaminated gloves were washed in levulinic acid (LV) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solutions. Washing nitrile gloves with increasing concentrations of LV above 1.0% led to a decreased prevalence of glove contamination by Salmonella (P = 0...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Facundo Mendes Garrido Abregú, María Natalia Gobetto, Lorena Vanesa Juriol, Carolina Caniffi, Rosana Elesgaray, Analía Lorena Tomat, Cristina Arranz
Micronutrient malnutrition during intrauterine and postnatal growth may program cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. We examined whether moderate zinc restriction in male and female rats throughout fetal life, lactation and/or postweaning growth induces alterations that can predispose to the onset of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. Female Wistar rats were fed low- or control zinc diets from pregnancy to offspring weaning. After weaning, offspring were fed either a low- or a control zinc diet until 81 days...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Klara Janjić, Barbara Cvikl, Christoph Kurzmann, Andreas Moritz, Hermann Agis
BACKGROUND: To understand the responses of the dental pulp to hypoxia is of high relevance for regenerative endodontics and dental traumatology. Here, we aimed to reveal the effects of hypoxia and the hypoxia mimetic agent L-mimosine (L-MIM) on the production of sclerostin (SOST) and dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) in human dental pulp-derived cells (DPC). METHODS: DPC in monolayer, spheroid and tooth slice cultures were treated with L-MIM or hypoxia. Resazurin-based toxicity and MTT assays were performed to determine cell viability...
March 9, 2018: BMC Oral Health
Susan L Baldwin, Fan-Chi Hsu, Neal Van Hoeven, Emily Gage, Brian Granger, Jeffrey A Guderian, Sasha E Larsen, Erica C Lorenzo, Laura Haynes, Steven G Reed, Rhea N Coler
Elderly people are at high risk for influenza-related morbidity and mortality due to progressive immunosenescence. While toll-like receptor (TLR) agonist containing adjuvants, and other adjuvants, have been shown to enhance influenza vaccine-induced protective responses, the mechanisms underlying how these adjuvanted vaccines could benefit the elderly remain elusive. Here, we show that a split H1N1 influenza vaccine (sH1N1) combined with a TLR4 agonist, glucopyranosyl lipid adjuvant formulated in a stable oil-in-water emulsion (GLA-SE), boosts IgG2c:IgG1 ratios, enhances hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) titers, and increases protection in aged mice...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xianchan Li, Lin Ren, Johan Dunevall, Daixin Ye, Henry S White, Martin A Edwards, Andrew G Ewing
The oxidation of catecholamine at a microelectrode, following its release from individual vesicles, allows interrogation of the content of single nanometer vesicles with vesicle impact electrochemical cytometry (VIEC). Previous to this development, there were no methods available to quantify the chemical load of single vesicles. However, accurate quantification of the content is hampered by uncertainty in the proportion of substituent molecules reaching the electrode surface (collection efficiency). In this work, we use quantitative modelling to calculate this collection efficiency...
March 7, 2018: ACS Nano
Stefanie Klinger, Gerhard Breves
BACKGROUND: Beneficial effects of Resveratrol (RSV) have been demonstrated, including effects on transporters and channels. However, little is known about how RSV influences intestinal transport. The aim of this study was to further characterize the effects of RSV on intestinal transport and the respective mechanisms. METHODS: Porcine jejunum and ileum were incubated with RSV (300 µM, 30 min) in Ussing chambers (functional studies) and tissue bathes (detection of protein expression, phosphorylation, association with detergent resistant membranes (DRMs))...
March 3, 2018: Nutrients
Akihiro Matsumoto, Keisuke Yonehara
Each mosaic of retinal ganglion cells is thought to extract the same visual feature across mouse retina, but a new study shows that ganglion cells of the same type actually show different light response depending on retinal location.
March 5, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Myoungsoo Lee, Yongsung Lee, Jihye Song, Junhyung Lee, Sun-Young Chang
Chemokine (C-X3-C motif) ligand 1 (CX3 CL1, also known as fractalkine) and its receptor chemokine (C-X3-C motif) receptor 1 (CX3 CR1) are widely expressed in immune cells and non-immune cells throughout organisms. However, their expression is mostly cell type-specific in each tissue. CX3 CR1 expression can be found in monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, T cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. Interaction between CX3 CL1 and CX3 CR1 can mediate chemotaxis of immune cells according to concentration gradient of ligands...
February 2018: Immune Network
Laila Aldars-García, Sonia Marín, Vicente Sanchis, Naresh Magan, Angel Medina
Intraspecies variability in fungal growth and mycotoxin production has important implications for food safety. Using the Bioscreen C we have examined spectrophotometrically intraspecies variability of A. flavus using 10 isolates under different environments, including temperature shifts, in terms of growth and aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) production. Five high and five low AFB1 producers were examined. The study was conducted at 5 isothermal conditions (from 15 to 37 °C) and 4 dynamic scenarios (between 15 and 30 °C)...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Stefano Sammicheli, Mirela Kuka, Matteo Iannacone
Humoral immune responses depend on B cells encountering antigen (Ag) in lymph nodes (LNs) draining infection sites, getting activated, interacting with different cells, proliferating and differentiating into antibody (Ab)-secreting cells. Each of these events occurs in distinct LN sub-compartments, requiring the migration of B cells from niche to niche in a fast and tightly coordinated fashion. While some of the rules that characterize B cell behavior in secondary lymphoid organs have been elucidated at the population level, we have only limited knowledge of the precise dynamics of B cell interactions with different kinds of LN cells at the single-cell level...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Justin Rustenhoven, Leon C Smyth, Deidre Jansson, Patrick Schweder, Miranda Aalderink, Emma L Scotter, Edward W Mee, Richard L M Faull, Thomas I-H Park, Mike Dragunow
BACKGROUND: Brain pericytes ensheathe the endothelium and contribute to formation and maintenance of the blood-brain-barrier. Additionally, pericytes are involved in several aspects of the CNS immune response including scarring, adhesion molecule expression, chemokine secretion, and phagocytosis. In vitro cultures are routinely used to investigate these functions of brain pericytes, however, these are highly plastic cells and can display differing phenotypes and functional responses depending on their culture conditions...
February 22, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
Amith R Devireddy, Sara I Zandalinas, Aurelio Gómez-Cadenas, Eduardo Blumwald, Ron Mittler
The plant canopy functions as an aerial array of light-harvesting antennas. To achieve maximal yield, each leaf within this array and the array as a whole need to rapidly adjust to naturally occurring fluctuations in light intensity and quality. Excessive light stress triggers the closing of pores in leaves called stomata to minimize moisture loss. We found that different leaves within the canopy of an Arabidopsis thaliana plant, including leaves not directly exposed to light, coordinated stomatal closure in response to light stress by sending and receiving rapid systemic signals...
February 20, 2018: Science Signaling
Mwidimi Ndosi, Begonya Alcacer-Pitarch, Yannick Allanore, Francesco Del Galdo, Marc Frerix, Sílvia García-Díaz, Roger Hesselstrand, Christine Kendall, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Ulf Mueller-Ladner, Gunnel Sandqvist, Vicenç Torrente-Segarra, Tim Schmeiser, Matylda Sierakowska, Justyna Sierakowska, Stanslaw Sierakowski, Anthony Redmond
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to adapt the Systemic Sclerosis Quality of Life Questionnaire (SScQoL) into six European cultures and validate it as a common measure of quality of life in systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: This was a seven-country (Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and UK) cross-sectional study. A forward-backward translation process was used to adapt the English SScQoL into target languages. SScQoL was completed by patients with SSc, then data were validated against the Rasch model...
February 20, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Rajni Bala, Sherry Mittal, Rohit K Sharma, Nishima Wangoo
In the present study, we report a highly sensitive, rapid and low cost colorimetric monitoring of malathion (an organophosphate insecticide) employing a basic hexapeptide, malathion specific aptamer (oligonucleotide) and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) as a nanoprobe. AgNPs are made to interact with the aptamer and peptide to give different optical responses depending upon the presence or absence of malathion. The nanoparticles remain yellow in color in the absence of malathion owing to the binding of aptamer with peptide which otherwise tends to aggregate the particles because of charge based interactions...
February 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Nicholas A Reynolds, Chantal F Ski, Samantha M McEvedy, David R Thompson, Jan Cameron
AIM: To psychometrically evaluate the Heart Failure Screening Tool (Heart-FaST) via: i) examination of internal construct validity; ii) testing of scale function in accordance with design; and iii) recommendation for change/s, if items are not well adjusted, to improve psychometric credential. BACKGROUND: Self-care is vital to the management of heart failure. The Heart-FaST may provide a prospective assessment of risk, regarding the likelihood that patients with heart failure will engage in self-care...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
Grace J Yuen, Frederick M Ausubel
The innate immune response of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been extensively studied and a variety of Toll-independent immune response pathways have been identified. Surprisingly little, however, is known about how pathogens activate the C. elegans immune response. Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium are closely related enterococcal species that exhibit significantly different levels of virulence in C. elegans infection models. Previous work has shown that activation of the C. elegans immune response by Pseudomonas aeruginosa involves P...
February 13, 2018: Virulence
Lawton K Chung, Manuela Raffatellu
The gastrointestinal tract is a complex environment in which the host immune system interacts with a diverse array of microorganisms, both symbiotic and pathogenic. As such, mobilizing a rapid and appropriate antimicrobial response depending on the nature of each stimulus is crucial for maintaining the balance between homeostasis and inflammation in the gut. Here we focus on the mechanisms by which intestinal antimicrobial peptides regulate microbial communities during dysbiosis and infection. We also discuss classes of bacterial peptides that contribute to reducing enteric pathogen outgrowth...
February 9, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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