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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434166/antibody-uptake-assay-in-the-embryonic-zebrafish-forebrain-to-study-notch-signaling-dynamics-in-neural-progenitor-cells-in-vivo
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Kai Tong, Mahendra Wagle, Su Guo
Stem cells can generate cell fate heterogeneity through asymmetric cell division (ACD). ACD derives from the asymmetric segregation of fate-determining molecules and/or organelles in the dividing cell. Radial glia in the embryonic zebrafish forebrain are an excellent model for studying the molecular mechanisms regulating ACD of stem cells in vertebrates, especially for live imaging concerning in vivo molecular and cellular dynamics. Due to the current difficulty in expressing fluorescent reporter-tagged proteins at physiological levels in zebrafish for live imaging, we have developed an antibody uptake assay to label proteins in live embryonic zebrafish forebrain with high specificity...
April 23, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434165/connexin-hemichannels-in-astrocytes-an-assessment-of-controversies-regarding-their-functional-characteristics
#2
Brian Skriver Nielsen, Daniel Bloch Hansen, Bruce R Ransom, Morten Schak Nielsen, Nanna MacAulay
Astrocytes in the mammalian central nervous system are interconnected by gap junctions made from connexins of the subtypes Cx30 and Cx43. These proteins may exist as hemichannels in the plasma membrane in the absence of a 'docked' counterpart on the neighboring cell. A variety of stimuli are reported to open the hemichannels and thereby create a permeation pathway through the plasma membrane. Cx30 and Cx43 have, in their hemichannel configuration, been proposed to act as ion channels and membrane pathways for different molecules, such as fluorescent dyes, ATP, prostaglandins, and glutamate...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434164/microglia-loss-contributes-to-the-development-of-major-depression-induced-by-different-types-of-chronic-stresses
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Lijuan Tong, Yu Gong, Peng Wang, Wenfeng Hu, Jili Wang, Zhuo Chen, Wei Zhang, Chao Huang
Recently, the loss and dystrophy of hippocampal microglia induced by chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) has been reported to mediate the development of major depression in mice whose microglial cells were labeled with enhanced green fluorescent protein-conjuncted-CX3C receptor type 1. However, whether this happens in endogenous microglia with no genetic intervention remains unclear. Here, we addressed this issue in mice treated with different types of chronic stresses, including the CUS, chronic restraint stress (CRS) and chronic social defeat stress (CSDS)...
April 22, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434146/differential-regulation-of-h3s10-phosphorylation-mitosis-progression-and-cell-fate-by-aurora-kinase-b-and-c-in-mouse-preimplantation-embryos
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Wenzhi Li, Peizhe Wang, Bingjie Zhang, Jing Zhang, Jia Ming, Wei Xie, Jie Na
Coordination of cell division and cell fate is crucial for the successful development of mammalian early embryos. Aurora kinases are evolutionarily conserved serine/threonine kinases and key regulators of mitosis. Aurora kinase B (AurkB) is ubiquitously expressed while Aurora kinase C (AurkC) is specifically expressed in gametes and preimplantation embryos. We found that increasing AurkC level in one blastomere of the 2-cell embryo accelerated cell division and decreasing AurkC level slowed down mitosis. Changing AurkB level had the opposite effect...
April 22, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434063/constrained-photophysics-of-5-7-dimethoxy-2-3-4-9-tetrahydro-1h-carbazol-1-one-in-the-bioenvironment-of-serum-albumins-a-spectroscopic-endeavour-supported-by-molecular-docking-analysis
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Amrit Krishna Mitra, Abhishek Sau, Uttam Pal, Chandan Saha, Samita Basu
This paper vividly indicates that steady state as well as time-resolved fluorescence techniques can serve as highly sensitive monitors to explore the interactions of 5,7-dimethoxy-2,3,4,9-tetrahydro-1H-carbazol-1-one with model transport proteins, bovine serum albumin (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA). Besides these, we have used fluorescence anisotropy study to assess the degree of restrictions imparted by the micro-environments of serum albumins. Again, to speculate the triplet excited state interaction between such fluorophore and albumin proteins (BSA& HSA), laser flash-photolysis experiments have been carried out...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433940/a-novel-dual-ratiometric-response-fluorescent-probe-for-so2-clo-detection-in-cells-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-its-application-in-exploring-the-dichotomous-role-of-so2-under-the-clo-induced-oxidative-stress
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Kun Dou, Qiang Fu, Guang Chen, Fabiao Yu, Yuxia Liu, Ziping Cao, Guoliang Li, Xianen Zhao, Lian Xia, Lingxin Chen, Hua Wang, Jinmao You
Intracellular reactive sulfur species and reactive oxygen species play vital roles in immunologic mechanism. As an emerging signal transmitter, SO2 can be generated as the anti-oxidant, while SO2 is also a potential oxidative stress-inducer in organism. Aiming to elucidate in-depth the dichotomous role of SO2 under oxidative stress, we designed a dual-response fluorescent probe that enabled the respective or successive detection of SO2 and ClO(-). The probe itself emits the red fluorescence (625 nm) which can largely switch to blue (410 nm) and green fluorescence (500 nm) respectively in response to SO2 and ClO(-), allowing the highly selective and accurate ratiometric quantification for both SO2 and ClO(-) in cells...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433938/imaging-lysosomal-highly-reactive-oxygen-species-and-lighting-up-cancer-cells-and-tumors-enabled-by-a-si-rhodamine-based-near-infrared-fluorescent-probe
#8
Hongxing Zhang, Jing Liu, Chenlu Liu, Pengcheng Yu, Minjia Sun, Xiaohan Yan, Jian-Ping Guo, Wei Guo
Lysosomes have recently been regarded as the attractive pharmacological targets for selectively killing of cancer cells via lysosomal cell death (LCD) pathway that is closely associated with reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, the details on the ROS-induced LCD of cancer cells are still poorly understood, partially due to the absence of a lysosome-targetable, robust, and biocompatible imaging tool for ROS. In this work, we brought forward a Si-rhodamine-based fluorescent probe, named PSiR, which could selectively and sensitively image the pathologically more relavent highly reactive oxygen species (hROS: HClO, HO, and ONOO(-)) in lysosomes of cancer cells...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433937/perturbation-effect-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-quantum-dots-rgoqds-on-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-ahr-pathway-in-zebrafish
#9
Jing-Hui Zhang, Tai Sun, Aping Niu, Yu-Mei Tang, Shun Deng, Wei Luo, Qun Xu, Dapeng Wei, De-Sheng Pei
Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been widely used in enormous fields, however, the inherent molecular mechanism of GQDs for potential risks in biological system is still elusive to date. In this study, the outstanding reduced graphene quantum dots (rGOQDs) with the QY as high as 24.62% were successfully synthesized by the improved Hummers method and DMF hydrothermal treatment approach. The rGOQDs were N-doped photoluminescent nanomaterials with functional groups on the surface. The fluorescent bio-imaging was performed by exposing zebrafish in different concentrations of the as-prepared rGOQDs, and the distribution of rGOQDs was successfully observed...
April 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433936/sustained-viral-gene-delivery-from-a-micro-fibrous-elastomeric-cardiac-patch-to-the-ischemic-rat-heart
#10
Xinzhu Gu, Yasumoto Matsumura, Ying Tang, Souvik Roy, Richard Hoff, Bing Wang, William R Wagner
Biodegradable and elastomeric patches have been applied to the surface of infarcted hearts as temporary mechanical supports to effectively alter adverse left ventricular remodeling processes. In this report, recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV), known for its persistent transgene expression and low pathogenicity, was incorporated into elastomeric polyester urethane urea (PEUU) and polyester ether urethane urea (PEEUU) and processed by electrospinning into two formats (solid fibers and core-sheath fibers) designed to influence the controlled release behavior...
April 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433935/distinct-on-off-fluorescence-signals-from-dual-responsive-activatable-nanoprobes-allows-detection-of-inflammation-with-improved-contrast
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Mathieu L Viger, Guillaume Collet, Jacques Lux, Viet Anh Nguyen Huu, Monica Guma, Alexandra Foucault-Collet, Jason Olejniczak, Shivanjali Joshi-Barr, Gary S Firestein, Adah Almutairi
Visualization of biochemical changes associated with disease is of great clinical significance, as it should allow earlier, more accurate diagnosis than structural imaging, facilitating timely clinical intervention. Herein, we report combining stimuli-responsive polymers and near-infrared fluorescent dyes (emission max: 790 nm) to create robust activatable fluorescent nanoprobes capable of simultaneously detecting acidosis and oxidative stress associated with inflammatory microenvironments. The spectrally-resolved mechanism of fluorescence activation allows removal of unwanted background signal (up to 20-fold reduction) and isolation of a pure activated signal, which enables sensitive and unambiguous localization of inflamed areas; target-to-background ratios reach 22 as early as 3 h post-injection...
March 28, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433880/predicting-trace-organic-compound-attenuation-by-ozone-oxidation-development-of-indicator-and-surrogate-models
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Minkyu Park, Tarun Anumol, Kevin D Daniels, Shimin Wu, Austin D Ziska, Shane A Snyder
Ozone oxidation has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment process for the attenuation of trace organic compounds (TOrCs); however, predicting TOrC attenuation by ozone processes is challenging in wastewaters. Since ozone is rapidly consumed, determining the exposure times of ozone and hydroxyl radical proves to be difficult. As direct potable reuse schemes continue to gain traction, there is an increasing need for the development of real-time monitoring strategies for TOrC abatement in ozone oxidation processes...
April 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433873/ph-dependent-synthesis-of-two-isomeric-dinuclear-cerium-ii-complexes-structures-dna-interactions-cytotoxic-activity-and-apoptotic-study
#13
En-Jun Gao, Jun-Qi Su, Hai-Tao Jin, Si-Jia Liu, Fu-Chen Zhao, Yang Meng, Xiao-Yu Ma, Jing Ge, Ya-Guang Sun, Wanzhong Zhang, Ming-Chang Zhu
Two isomeric dinuclear Cerium(II) complexes 1 and 2, formulated as Ce2(phen)2(NO3)2(L)4 [L=phenylacetic acid, phen=1,10-phenanthroline] was synthesized under solvothermal conditions at different pH values. The two complexes were characterized by elemental analysis, IR and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Complexes 1 and 2 were studied the binding with DNA and against cytotoxic activity. Fluorescence analysis indicated that the two complexes can bind to DNA. The changes with different gradient concentration of DNA added into the complexes in absorption spectra show a strongπ-stacking interaction between the complexes and DNA base pairs...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433865/high-sensitivity-hplc-method-for-analysis-of-in-vivo-extracellular-gaba-using-optimized-fluorescence-parameters-for-o-phthalaldehyde-opa-sulfite-derivatives
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Shannon L Zandy, James M Doherty, Nathan D Wibisono, Rueben A Gonzales
Reversed-phase HPLC with derivatization using o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) and sulfite allows electrochemical detection of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in microdialysis samples. However, OPA/sulfite derivatives have been reported to produce lower fluorescent yield than OPA derivatives using organic thiols as the nucleophile. To overcome this limitation we examined excitation and emission spectra, reaction time, pH, and concentration of reagents in the derivatization solution. Optimal detection parameters were determined as λex=220nm and λem=385nm for maximal fluorescence...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433823/simultaneous-monitoring-of-intra-and-extracellular-nitric-oxide-in-living-cells-by-means-of-dual-color-fluorescence-imaging
#15
Hui-Wen Yao, Jian-Bo Chen, Xiao-Feng Guo, Hong Wang
A dual-color fluorescence imaging method for simultaneous monitoring of intra- and extracellular nitric oxide (NO) was developed. Assisted by confocal laser scanning microscope, the intra- and extracellular NO can be successfully visualized by using two selected probes, 4,4-difluoro-8-(3,4-diaminophenyl)-3,5-bis(4-methoxyphenyl)-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (p-MOPB) and disodium 2,6-disulfonate-1,3-dimethyl-5-hexadecyl-8-(3,4-diaminophenyl)-4,4'-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (DSDMHDAB), which display distinct membrane permeability and show different colors of fluorescence after reaction with NO...
April 19, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433803/colorimetric-and-fluorimetric-response-of-salicylaldehyde-dithiosemicarbazone-towards-fluoride-cyanide-and-copper-ions-spectroscopic-and-td-dft-studies
#16
Vengayil K Harikrishnan, Sabeel M Basheer, Nithin Joseph, Anandaram Sreekanth
The sensing mechanism of salicylaldehyde phenyldithiosemicarbazone (SDTSC) chemosensor has been investigated by spectroscopic and TD-DFT methods. The SDTSC shows colourimetric and spectral changes towards fluoride, cyanide and copper ions. The interaction between SDTSC with fluoride, cyanide and copper ions was examined through their absorption and fluorescence behaviour, and found that SDTSC has more sensing ability towards Cu(2+) ion than CN(-) and F(-) ions. The (1)H NMR titration with SDTSC and F(-) gives the structural changes in the sensing process...
April 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#17
Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433691/direct-monitoring-of-basophil-degranulation-by-using-avidin-based-probes
#18
Régis Joulia, Claire Mailhol, Salvatore Valitutti, Alain Didier, Eric Espinosa
We show that fluorescent avidin binds to basophil cell surface upon degranulation and can be used to set up a new basophil activation test (BAT). This new assay provides results comparable to those provided by the CD63 exposure-based BAT, but has the advantage to directly monitor granule exteriorization.
April 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433631/detection-of-camp-and-of-pka-activity-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-single-cells-using-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-probes
#19
Sonia Colombo, Serena Broggi, Maddalena Collini, Laura D'Alfonso, Giuseppe Chirico, Enzo Martegani
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the second messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and protein kinase A (PKA) play a central role in metabolism regulation, stress resistance and cell cycle progression. To monitor cAMP levels and PKA activity in vivo in single S. cerevisiae cells, we expressed an Epac-based FRET probe and a FRET-based A-kinase activity reporter, which were proven to be useful live-cell biosensors for cAMP levels and PKA activity in mammalian cells. Regarding detection of cAMP in single yeast cells, we show that in wild type strains the CFP/YFP fluorescence ratio increased immediately after glucose addition to derepressed cells, while no changes were observed when glucose was added to a strain that is not able to produce cAMP...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433556/bolus-injections-of-novel-thrombogenic-site-targeted-fusion-proteins-comprising-annexin-v-and-kunitz-protease-inhibitors-attenuate-intimal-hyperplasia-after-balloon-angioplasty
#20
Yung-Hsin Yeh, Shang-Hung Chang, Shin-Yu Chen, Chih-Jen Wen, Fu-Chan Wei, Rui Tang, Sam Achilefu, Tze-Chein Wun, Wei-Jan Chen
BACKGROUND: Systemic administrations of conventional antithrombotics reduce neointima formation after angioplasty in experimental animals. However, clinical translation of these results has not been successful due to high risk for bleeding. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine whether novel annexin-V (ANV)-Kunitz protease inhibitor fusion proteins, TAP-ANV and ANV-6L15, can specifically target to vascular injury site and limit neointima formation without inducing systemic hypo-coagulation in a rat carotid artery balloon angioplasty injury model...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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