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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098791/development-of-high-throughput-method-for-measurement-of-vascular-nitric-oxide-generation-in-microplate-reader
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Soad S Abd El-Hay, Christa L Colyer
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of nitric oxide (NO) in vascular physiology and pathology, a high-throughput method for the quantification of its vascular generation is lacking. OBJECTIVE: By using the fluorescent probe 4-amino-5-methylamino-2',7'-difluorofluorescein (DAF-FM), we have optimized a simple method for the determination of the generation of endothelial nitric oxide in a microplate format. METHODS: A nitric oxide donor was used (3-morpholinosydnonimine hydrochloride, SIN-1)...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098320/versatile-tissue-lasers-based-on-high-q-fabry-p%C3%A3-rot-microcavities
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Yu-Cheng Chen, Qiushu Chen, Tingting Zhang, Wenjie Wang, Xudong Fan
Biolasers are an emerging technology for next generation biochemical detection and clinical applications. Progress has recently been made to achieve lasing from biomolecules and single living cells. Tissues, which consist of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix, mimic more closely the actual complex biological environment in a living body and therefore are of more practical significance. Here, we developed a highly versatile tissue laser platform, in which tissues stained with fluorophores are sandwiched in a high-Q Fabry-Pérot microcavity...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098306/effective-viscosity-and-dynamics-of-spreading-epithelia-a-solvable-model
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C Blanch-Mercader, R Vincent, E Bazellières, X Serra-Picamal, X Trepat, J Casademunt
Collective cell migration in spreading epithelia in controlled environments has become a landmark in our current understanding of fundamental biophysical processes in development, regeneration, wound healing or cancer. Epithelial monolayers are treated as thin layers of a viscous fluid that exert active traction forces on the substrate. The model is exactly solvable and shows a broad range of applicabilities for the quantitative analysis and interpretation of force microscopy data of monolayers from a variety of experiments and cell lines...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098152/human-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-synthase-is-allosterically-inhibited-by-its-own-product
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Jaeok Park, Michal Zielinski, Alexandr Magder, Youla S Tsantrizos, Albert M Berghuis
Farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (FPPS) is an enzyme of the mevalonate pathway and a well-established therapeutic target. Recent research has focused around a newly identified druggable pocket near the enzyme's active site. Pharmacological exploitation of this pocket is deemed promising; however, its natural biological function, if any, is yet unknown. Here we report that the product of FPPS, farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP), can bind to this pocket and lock the enzyme in an inactive state. The Kd for this binding is 5-6 μM, within a catalytically relevant range...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097879/metabolomics-biomarkers-for-tuberculosis-diagnostics-current-status-and-future-objectives
#5
Ilse du Preez, Laneke Luies, Du Toit Loots
Numerous studies have contributed to our current understanding of the complex biology of pulmonary tuberculosis and subsequently provided solutions to its control or eradication. Metabolomics, a newcomer to the Omics research domain, has significantly contributed to this understanding by identifying biomarkers originating from the disease-associated metabolome adaptations of both the microbe and host. These biomarkers have shed light on previously unknown disease mechanisms, many of which have been implemented toward the development of improved diagnostic strategies...
January 18, 2017: Biomarkers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097447/mannose-binding-lectin-mbl-codon-54-rs1800450-polymorphism-predisposes-towards-medium-vessel-vasculitis-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Vir Singh Negi, Panneer Devaraju, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vikramraj K Jain, Jignesh Babulal Usdadiya, Paul T Antony, Reena Gulati
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease with multiple etiological factors. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) plays a key role in innate immunity by activating antibody-independent lectin complement pathway, opsonisation, phagocytosis, and immune complex (IC) clearance. Genetic polymorphisms in the promoter and coding regions of MBL gene affect the circulatory levels and biological activity of MBL. Defects in MBL can lead to defective opsonisation and, hence, hamper clearance of apoptotic debris, the persistence of which can drive autoantibody formation in lupus...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097417/bistability-induced-by-generalist-natural-enemies-can-reverse-pest-invasions
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Sten Madec, Jérôme Casas, Guy Barles, Christelle Suppo
Analytical modeling of predator-prey systems has shown that specialist natural enemies can slow, stop and even reverse pest invasions, assuming that the prey population displays a strong Allee effect in its growth. We aimed to formalize the conditions in which spatial biological control can be achieved by generalists, through an analytical approach based on reaction-diffusion equations. Using comparison principles, we obtain sufficient conditions for control and for invasion, based on scalar bistable partial differential equations...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097161/effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-field-on-expression-levels-of-some-antioxidant-genes-in-human-mcf-7-cells
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Hamideh Mahmoudinasab, Fatemeh Sanie-Jahromi, Mostafa Saadat
In the past three decades, study on the biological effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMFs) has been of interest to scientists. Although the exact mechanism of its effect is not fully understood, free radical processes has been proposed as a possible mechanism. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of 50-Hz EMFs on the mRNA levels of seven antioxidant genes (CAT, SOD1, SOD2, GSTO1, GSTM3, MSGT1, and MSGT3) in human MCF-7 cells. The EMF exposure patterns were: 1) 5 min field-on/5 min filed-off, 2) 15 min field-on/15 min field-off, 3) 30 min field-on continuously...
June 2016: Molecular Biology Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097057/a-gene-expression-study-of-dorso-ventrally-restricted-pigment-pattern-in-adult-fins-of-neolamprologus-meeli-an-african-cichlid-species
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Ehsan Pashay Ahi, Kristina M Sefc
Fish color patterns are among the most diverse phenotypic traits found in the animal kingdom. Understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control in chromatophore distribution and pigmentation underlying this diversity is a major goal in developmental and evolutionary biology, which has predominantly been pursued in the zebrafish model system. Here, we apply results from zebrafish work to study a naturally occurring color pattern phenotype in the fins of an African cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096488/novel-superspreader-bacteriophages-promote-horizontal-gene-transfer-by-transformation
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Eric C Keen, Valery V Bliskovsky, Francisco Malagon, James D Baker, Jeffrey S Prince, James S Klaus, Sankar L Adhya
: Bacteriophages infect an estimated 10(23) to 10(25) bacterial cells each second, many of which carry physiologically relevant plasmids (e.g., those encoding antibiotic resistance). However, even though phage-plasmid interactions occur on a massive scale and have potentially significant evolutionary, ecological, and biomedical implications, plasmid fate upon phage infection and lysis has not been investigated to date. Here we show that a subset of the natural lytic phage population, which we dub "superspreaders," releases substantial amounts of intact, transformable plasmid DNA upon lysis, thereby promoting horizontal gene transfer by transformation...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096464/functional-transformation-of-c-reactive-protein-by-hydrogen-peroxide
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Sanjay K Singh, Avinash Thirumalai, Asmita Pathak, Donald N Ngwa, Alok Agrawal
C-reactive protein (CRP) is present at sites of inflammation including amyloid plaques, atherosclerotic lesions and arthritic joints. CRP, in its native pentameric structural conformation, binds to cells and molecules which have exposed phosphocholine (PCh) groups. CRP, in its non-native pentameric structural conformation, binds to a variety of deposited, denatured and aggregated proteins, in addition to binding to PCh-containing substances. In this study, we investigated the effects of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a prototypical reactive oxygen species and which is also present at sites of inflammation, on the ligand recognition function of CRP...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096450/analysis-of-genome-instability-biomarkers-in-children-with-non-syndromic-orofacial-clefts
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Luíza Araújo da Costa Xavier, João Felipe Bezerra, Adriana Augusto de Rezende, Raffael Azevedo de Carvalho Oliveira, Rodrigo Juliani Siqueira Dalmolin, Viviane Souza do Amaral
The non-syndromic cleft lip and/or palate (NSCL/P) is a common birth defect caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The possible role of genome instability on NSCL/P patient needs more investigation, since DNA metabolism is an essential cellular function to keep cells with normal genotypes and gene expression patterns according to tissue specificities, which is critical during embryo development because it requires sensitive regulation of cell proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation...
January 16, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096409/field-scale-experiments-reveal-persistent-yield-gaps-in-low-input-and-organic-cropping-systems
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Alexandra N Kravchenko, Sieglinde S Snapp, G Philip Robertson
Knowledge of production-system performance is largely based on observations at the experimental plot scale. Although yield gaps between plot-scale and field-scale research are widely acknowledged, their extent and persistence have not been experimentally examined in a systematic manner. At a site in southwest Michigan, we conducted a 6-y experiment to test the accuracy with which plot-scale crop-yield results can inform field-scale conclusions. We compared conventional versus alternative, that is, reduced-input and biologically based-organic, management practices for a corn-soybean-wheat rotation in a randomized complete block-design experiment, using 27 commercial-size agricultural fields...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096133/regulation-of-the-iron-homeostatic-hormone-hepcidin
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Veena Sangkhae, Elizabeta Nemeth
Iron is required for many biological processes but is also toxic in excess; thus, body iron balance is maintained through sophisticated regulatory mechanisms. The lack of a regulated iron excretory mechanism means that body iron balance is controlled at the level of absorption from the diet. Iron absorption is regulated by the hepatic peptide hormone hepcidin. Hepcidin also controls iron release from cells that recycle or store iron, thus regulating plasma iron concentrations. Hepcidin exerts its effects through its receptor, the cellular iron exporter ferroportin...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095951/simulated-microgravity-effects-on-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
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Jae Ho Chung, Chi Bum Ahn, Kuk Hui Son, Eunjue Yi, Ho Sung Son, Han-Sung Kim, Sung Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: Despite improvements in medical technology, lung cancer metastasis remains a global health problem. The effects of microgravity on cell morphology, structure, functions, and their mechanisms have been widely studied; however, the biological effects of simulated microgravity on the interaction between cells and its eventual influence on the characteristics of cancer cells are yet to be discovered. We examined the effects of simulated microgravity on the metastatic ability of different lung cancer cells using a random positioning machine...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095825/no-regrets-young-adult-patients-in-psychiatry-report-positive-reactions-to-biobank-participation
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Janet L Cunningham, Manuel Zanzi, Mimmie Willebrand, Lisa Ekselius, Mia Ramklint
BACKGROUND: Research in vulnerable individuals must insure voluntariness and minimize negative reactions caused by participation. This study aimed to describe consent and completion rate in young psychiatric patients in relation to study components, degree of disability and to compare response to research participation in patients and controls. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 463 patients with psychiatric disorders between the ages of 18-25 from the Dept. of General Psychiatry at Uppsala University Hospital and 105 controls were recruited to donate data and samples to a biobank...
January 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095641/melatonin-ameliorates-alcohol-induced-bile-acid-synthesis-by-enhancing-mir-497-expression
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Yong Deuk Kim, Seung-Lark Hwang, Eun-Joo Lee, Hyeong-Mi Kim, Myung-Jin Chung, Ahmed K Elfadl, Sung-Eun Lee, Balachandar Nedumaran, Robert A Harris, Kyu-Shik Jeong
Alcoholic liver disease is a major cause of chronic liver disease worldwide and cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1R) is involved in a diverse metabolic diseases. B-cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) and yin yang 1 (YY1) are a potent regulator of biological conditions. Melatonin plays a crucial role in regulating diverse physiological functions and metabolic homeostasis. MicroRNAs are key regulators of various biological processes. Herein, we demonstrate that melatonin improves bile acid synthesis in the liver of alcohol-fed mice by controlling miR-497 expression...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095623/xenopus-as-a-model-for-studies-in-mechanical-stress-and-cell-division
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REVIEW
G A Stooke-Vaughan, L A Davidson, S Woolner
We exist in a physical world, and cells within biological tissues must respond appropriately to both environmental forces and forces generated within the tissue to ensure normal development and homeostasis. Cell division is required for normal tissue growth and maintenance, but both the direction and rate of cell division must be tightly controlled to avoid diseases of over-proliferation such as cancer. Recent studies have shown that mechanical cues can cause mitotic entry and orient the mitotic spindle, suggesting that physical force could play a role in patterning tissue growth...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095618/genome-wide-analysis-of-canonical-wnt-target-gene-regulation-in-xenopus-tropicalis-challenges-%C3%AE-catenin-paradigm
#19
REVIEW
Yukio Nakamura, Stefan Hoppler
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is an important cell-to-cell signaling mechanism that controls gene expression during embryonic development and is critically implicated in human diseases. Developmental, cellular, and transcriptional responses to Wnt signaling are remarkably context-specific in different biological processes. While nuclear localization of β-catenin is the key to activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway and target gene expression, the molecular mechanisms of how the same Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway induces specific responses remain undetermined...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095579/development-and-clinical-assessment-of-a-comprehensive-product-for-pigmentation-control-in-multiple-ethnic-populations
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Elizabeth T Makino, Kuniko Kadoya, Monya L Sigler, Peter D Hino, Rahul C Mehta
BACKGROUND: Pigmentary changes in people of different ethnic origins are controlled by slight variations in key biological pathways leading to different outcomes from the same treatment. It is important to develop and test products for desired outcomes in varying ethnic populations. OBJECTIVES: To develop a comprehensive product (LYT2) that affects all major biological pathways controlling pigmentation and test for clinical efficacy and safety in different ethnic populations...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
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