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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098843/perm-hypothesis-the-fundamental-machinery-able-to-elucidate-the-role-of-xenobiotics-and-hormesis-in-cell-survival-and-homeostasis
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Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
In this article the Proteasome, Endoplasmic Reticulum and Mitochondria (PERM) hypothesis is discussed. The complex machinery made by three homeostatic mechanisms involving the proteasome (P), endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria (M) is addressed in order to elucidate the beneficial role of many xenobiotics, either trace metals or phytochemicals, which are spread in the human environment and in dietary habits, exerting their actions on the mechanisms underlying cell survival (apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, DNA repair and turnover, autophagy) and stress response...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098158/pericytes-from-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-a-model-for-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Xiaohe Tian, Oliver Brookes, Giuseppe Battaglia
Blood brain-barrier (BBB) in vitro models have been widely reported in studies of the BBB phenotype. However, established co-culture systems involve brain endothelial cells, astrocytes, neurons and pericytes, and therefore are often consuming and technically challenging. Here we use mesenchymal system cells (MSC) as a potential substitute for pericytes in a BBB model. Both MSC and pericyte markers in 2D culture environment were evaluated on different extracellular matrix compositions. Further experiments indicated that MSC contributed in a similar manner to pericytes in a co-cultured 3D model on increasing trans-endothelial electric resistance (TEER) and decreasing permeability against macromolecules...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097238/quantitative-measurement-of-lymphatic-function-in-mice-by-noninvasive-near-infrared-imaging-of-a-peripheral-vein
#3
Steven T Proulx, Qiaoli Ma, Diana Andina, Jean-Christophe Leroux, Michael Detmar
Optical imaging methods have been developed to measure lymphatic function in skin; however, the lymphatic system of many organs is not accessible to this technology. Since lymphatic transport of macromolecules from any organ proceeds to the blood circulation, we aimed to develop a method that can measure lymphatic function by monitoring the fluorescence in a superficial vein of an interstitially injected tracer. We selected a 40-kDa PEGylated near-infrared dye conjugate, as it showed lymphatic system-specific uptake and extended circulation in blood...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096447/pbp1b-glycosyltransferase-and-transpeptidase-activities-play-different-essential-roles-during-the-de-novo-regeneration-of-rod-shaped-morphology-in-escherichia-coli
#4
Dev K Ranjit, Matthew A Jorgenson, Kevin D Young
: Peptidoglycan is a vital component of nearly all cell wall-bearing bacteria and is a valuable target for antibacterial therapy. However, despite decades of work, there remain important gaps in understanding how this macromolecule is synthesized and molded into a three-dimensional structure that imparts specific morphologies to individual cells. Here, we investigate the particularly enigmatic area of how peptidoglycan is synthesized and shaped during the first stages of creating cell shape de novo, that is, in the absence of a pre-existing template...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095332/signal-and-binding-ii-converting-physico-chemical-responses-to-macromolecule-ligand-interactions-into-thermodynamic-binding-isotherms
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Wlodzimierz Bujalowski, Maria J Jezewska, Paul J Bujalowski
Physico-chemical titration techniques are the most commonly used methods in characterizing molecular interactions. These methods are mainly based on spectroscopic, calorimetric, hydrodynamic, etc., measurements. However, truly quantitative physico-chemical methods are absolutely based on the determination of the relationship between the measured signal and the total average degree of binding in order to obtain meaningful interaction parameters. The relationship between the observed physico-chemical signal of whatever nature and the degree of binding must be determined and not assumed, based on some ad hoc intuitive relationship/model, leading to determination of the true binding isotherm...
December 30, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095323/pattern-recognitions-receptors-in-immunodeficiency-disorders
#6
Esameil Mortaz, Ian M Adcock, Payam Tabarsi, Ilad Alavi Darazam, Masoud Movassaghi, Johan Garssen, Hamidreza Jamaati, Aliakbar Velayati
Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) recognize common microbial or host-derived macromolecules and have important roles in early activation and response of the immune system. Initiation of the innate immune response starts with the recognition of microbial structures called pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). Recognition of PAMPs is performed by germline-encoded receptors expressed mainly on immune cells termed pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). Several classes of pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) are involved in the pathogenesis of diseases, including Toll-like receptors (TLRs), C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), and Nod-like receptors (NLRs)...
January 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094954/backbone-degradable-hpma-copolymer-conjugates-with-gemcitabine-and-paclitaxel-impact-of-molecular-weight-on-activity-toward-human-ovarian-carcinoma-xenografts
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Jiyuan Yang, Rui Zhang, Huaizhong Pan, Yuling Li, Yixin Fang, Libin Zhang, Jindrich Kopecek
Degradable diblock and multiblock N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer - gemcitabine (GEM) and - paclitaxel (PTX) conjugates were synthesized by RAFT copolymerization followed by click reaction for preclinical investigation. The aim was to validate the hypothesis that long-circulating conjugates are needed to generate a sustained concentration gradient between vasculature and a solid tumor, resulting in significant anticancer effect. To evaluate the impact of molecular weight of the conjugates on treatment efficacy, diblock-, tetrablock- and hexablock GEM and PTX conjugates were administered intravenously to nude mice bearing A2780 human ovarian xenografts...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094758/exosomes-isolated-from-serum-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients-display-alterations-in-their-content-of-profibrotic-and-antifibrotic-microrna-and-induce-a-profibrotic-phenotype-in-cultured-normal-dermal-fibroblasts
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Peter J Wermuth, Piera-Velazquez Sonsoles, Sergio A Jimenez
OBJECTIVES: Exosomes are lipid bilayer-bound microvesicles containing various macromolecules including numerous microRNA (miRNA). Exosomes mediate intercellular communication by fusing and releasing their macromolecular content into target cells. Here, we analysed the content of profibrotic and antifibrotic miRNAs in exosomes isolated from the serum of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and tested their ability to induce a profibrotic phenotype in normal human dermal fibroblasts in vitro...
January 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094512/a-combined-spectroscopic-molecular-dynamic-study-for-investigating-a-methyl-carboxylated-pei-as-a-potential-uranium-decorporation-agent
#9
Florian Lahrouch, Anne Christine Chamayou, Gaëlle Creff, Magali Duvail, Christoph Hennig, Marisol Janeth Lozano Rodriguez, Christophe Den Auwer, Christophe Di Giorgio
Natural uranium has a very limited radioactive dose impact, but its chemical toxicity due to chronic exposure is still a matter of debate. Once inside the human body, the soluble uranium, under its uranyl form (U(VI)), is quickly removed from the blood system, partially excreted from the body, and partially retained in targeted organs, that is, the kidneys and bone matrix essentially. It is then crucial to remove or prevent the incorporation of uranium in these organs to limit the long-term chronic exposure...
January 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093869/biosynthesis-of-micro-and-nanocrystals-of-pb-ii-hg-ii-and-cd-ii-sulfides-in-four-candida-species-a-comparative-study-of-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-approaches
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Mayra Cuéllar-Cruz, Daniela Lucio-Hernández, Isabel Martínez-Ángeles, Nicola Demitri, Maurizio Polentarutti, María J Rosales-Hoz, Abel Moreno
Nature produces biominerals (biogenic minerals) that are synthesized as complex structures, in terms of their physicochemical properties. These biominerals are composed of minerals and biological macromolecules. They are produced by living organisms and are usually formed through a combination of chemical, biochemical and biophysical processes. Microorganisms like Candida in the presence of heavy metals can biomineralize those metals to form microcrystals (MCs) and nanocrystals (NCs). In this work, MCs and NCs of PbS, HgS or HgCl2 as well as CdS are synthesized both in vitro (gels) and in vivo by four Candida species...
January 16, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093368/surface-modification-of-pdllga-microspheres-with-gelatine-methacrylate-evaluation-of-adsorption-entrapment-and-oxygen-plasma-treatment-approaches
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Abdulrahman Baki, Cheryl V Rahman, Lisa J White, David J Scurr, Omar Qutachi, Kevin M Shakesheff
: Injectable poly (DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PDLLGA) microspheres are promising candidates as biodegradable controlled release carriers for drug and cell delivery applications; however, they have limited functional groups on the surface to enable dense grafting of tissue specific biocompatible molecules. In this study we have evaluated surface adsorption, entrapment and oxygen plasma treatment as three approaches to modify the surfaces of PDLLGA microspheres with gelatine methacrylate (gel-MA) as a biocompatible and photo cross-linkable macromolecule...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092802/signal-and-binding-i-physico-chemical-response-to-macromolecule-ligand-interactions
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Wlodzimierz Bujalowski, Maria J Jezewska, Paul J Bujalowski
Obtaining a detailed knowledge about energetics of ligand-macromolecule interactions is a prerequisite for elucidation of the nature, behavior, and activities of the formed complexes. The most commonly used methods in characterizing molecular interactions are physico-chemical techniques based mainly on spectroscopic, calorimetric, hydrodynamic, etc., measurements. The major advantage of the physico-chemical methods is that they do not require large quantities of material and, if performed carefully, do not perturb examined reactions...
January 3, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091639/gold-nanoparticles-stabilized-by-cationic-carbosilane-dendrons-synthesis-and-biological-properties
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Cornelia E Peña-González, Elzbieta Pedziwiatr-Werbicka, Dzmitry Shcharbin, Carlos Guerrero-Beltrán, Viktar Abashkin, Svetlana Loznikova, José L Jiménez, M Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Maria Bryszewska, Rafael Gómez, Javier Sánchez-Nieves, F Javier de la Mata
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polycationic macromolecules are used as gene carriers. Their behaviour is dependent on several factors, such as the size and type of the framework, charge, etc. We have combined both types of systems and prepared AuNPs covered with cationic carbosilane dendrons with the aim to evaluate their biocompatibility. Water soluble dendronized cationic AuNPs were prepared following a straightforward procedure from dendrons, a gold precursor and a reducing agent in water and were characterized by (1)H NMR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV), and zeta potential (ZP)...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091537/spatio-temporal-coordination-among-functional-residues-in-protein
#14
Sutapa Dutta, Mahua Ghosh, J Chakrabarti
The microscopic basis of communication among the functional sites in bio-macromolecules is a fundamental challenge in uncovering their functions. We study the communication through temporal cross-correlation among the binding sites. We illustrate via Molecular Dynamics simulations the properties of the temporal cross-correlation between the dihedrals of a small protein, ubiquitin which participates in protein degradation in eukaryotes. We show that the dihedral angles of the residues possess non-trivial temporal cross-correlations with asymmetry with respect to exchange of the dihedrals, having peaks at low frequencies with time scales in nano-seconds and an algebraic tail with a universal exponent for large frequencies...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089915/dendrimers-as-nanocarriers-for-nucleoside-analogues
#15
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Michał Gorzkiewicz, Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz
Dendrimers constitute a class of hyperbranched macromolecules with several potential applications due to their unique properties such as a well-defined structure, multivalency and biocompatibility. These polymers became one of the most promising drug nanocarriers, providing improved solubility of therapeutics, high loading capacity and controllable biodistribution pattern. In addition, the use of dendrimers as drug delivery devices in cancer therapies may help to overcome the resistance mechanisms by transporting activated drug molecules directly to cancer cells...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089914/arachidonic-acid-with-taurine-enhances-pulmonary-absorption-of-macromolecules-without-any-serious-histopathological-damages
#16
Masateru Miyake, Takanori Minami, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Chie Emoto, Tadashi Mukai, Hajime Toguchi
Therapeutic peptides and protein are being used in several indications; however, their poor permeability still remains to be solved. This study focused on the pulmonary route of macromolecules. First, the effects of arachidonic acid (AA) as an absorption enhancer on drug serum concentration, after intratracheal administration, were investigated in rats. Second, the safety of AA was assessed in rats in an acute toxicity study for 7 days. AA enhanced the exposure of both interferon-α (IFN-α) and fluorescein isothiocyanate 4000 (FD-4)...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089412/whaddaya-know-a-guide-to-uncertainty-and-subjectivity-in-structural-biology
#17
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Joel P Mackay, Michael J Landsberg, Andrew E Whitten, Charles S Bond
The methods of structural biology, while powerful, are technically complex. Although the Protein Data Bank (PDB) provides a repository that allows anyone to download any structure, many users would not appreciate the caveats that should be considered when examining a structure. Here, we describe several key uncertainties associated with the application of X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, single-particle electron microscopy (SPEM), and small-angle scattering (SAS) to biological macromolecules. The take-home message is that structures are not absolute truths - they are models that fit the experimental data and therefore have uncertainty and subjectivity associated with them...
January 11, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089161/genome-wide-gene-expression-patterns-in-dikaryon-of-the-basidiomycete-fungus-pleurotus-ostreatus
#18
Tianxiang Liu, Huiru Li, Yatong Ding, Yuancheng Qi, Yuqian Gao, Andong Song, Jinwen Shen, Liyou Qiu
Dikarya is a subkingdom of fungi that includes Ascomycota and Basidiomycota. The gene expression patterns of dikaryon are poorly understood. In this study, we bred a dikaryon DK13×3 by mating monokaryons MK13 and MK3, which were from the basidiospores of Pleurotus ostreatus TD300. Using RNA-Seq, we obtained the transcriptomes of the three strains. We found that the total transcript numbers in the transcriptomes of the three strains were all more than ten thousand, and the expression profile in DK13×3 was more similar to MK13 than MK3...
January 3, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089131/transcriptome-wide-identification-and-functional-investigation-of-circular-rna-in-the-teleost-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
#19
Shuangbin Xu, Shijun Xiao, Changliang Qiu, Zhiyong Wang
Circular RNA (circRNA) was first reported over thirty years ago. With the development of high-throughput sequencing technologies, circRNA has been identified in an increasing number of species. However, few studies on circRNA have been reported in teleost fish. Accumulating transcriptome and phenotype data enable us to probe the biological functions of circRNA in fish species. Here, we report the identification of circRNAs from RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data in large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea), a commercially important marine fish in China and East Asia...
January 6, 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088460/ultrasound-mediated-delivery-of-rna-to-colonic-mucosa-of-live-mice
#20
Carl M Schoellhammer, Gregory Y Lauwers, Jeremy A Goettel, Matthias A Oberli, Cody Cleveland, June Y Park, Daniel Minahan, Yiyun Chen, Daniel G Anderson, Ana Jaklenec, Scott B Snapper, Robert Langer, Giovanni Traverso
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is a challenge to deliver nucleic acids to gastrointestinal (GI) tissues due to their size and need for intracellular delivery. They are also extremely susceptible to degradation by nucleases, which are ubiquitous in the GI tract. We investigated whether ultrasound, which can permeabilize tissue through a phenomenon known as transient cavitation, can be used to deliver RNA to the colonic mucosa of living mice. METHODS: We investigated delivery of fluorescently labeled permeants to colon tissues of Yorkshire pigs ex vivo and mice in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
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