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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214071/lipocalin-2-a-master-mediator-of-intestinal-and-metabolic-inflammation
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REVIEW
Alexander R Moschen, Timon E Adolph, Romana R Gerner, Verena Wieser, Herbert Tilg
Lipocalin-2 (LCN2), also known as neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), is released by various cell types and is an attractive biomarker of inflammation, ischemia, infection, and kidney damage. Both intestinal and metabolic inflammation, as observed in obesity and related disorders, are associated with increased LCN2 synthesis. While LCN2 in the intestinal tract regulates the composition of the gut microbiota and shows anti-inflammatory activities, it also exhibits proinflammatory activities in other experimental settings...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213537/ketoacylsynthase-domains-of-a-pufa-synthase-in-thraustochytrium-can-effectively-function-as-stand-alone-enzymes-in-escherichia-coli
#2
Xi Xie, Dauenpen Meesapyodsuk, Xiao Qiu
Thraustochytrium sp. 26185 accumulates a high level of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a nutritionally important ω-3 very long chain unsaturated fatty acid (VLCPUFA) synthesized primarily by polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) synthase, a Type I polyketide synthase-like mega-enzyme. The PUFA synthase in this species comprises three large subunits each with multiple catalytic domains. It was hypothesized that among these domains, ketoacylsynthase (KS) domains might be critical for catalyzing the condensation of specific unsaturated acyl-ACPs with malonyl-ACP, whereby retaining double bonds in an extended acyl chain...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213214/bifunctional-polydopamine-thin-film-coated-zinc-oxide-nanorods-for-label-free-photoelectrochemical-immunoassay
#3
Yan Yang, Weihua Hu
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is a promising method for label-free immunoassay by reporting the specific biological recognition events with electrical signals. However, it is challenging to rationally incorporate immunosensing components with a photocurrent conversion interface, which generally necessitates multistep fabrication and careful tailoring of various components such as photoactive material and biological probe. For high detection reliability and reproducibility, it is highly desirable to rationally construct an efficient PEC interface with architecture as simple as possible...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212039/in-vitro-stepwise-reconstitution-of-amino-acid-derived-vinyl-isocyanide-biosynthesis-detection-of-an-elusive-intermediate
#4
Wei-Chen Chang, Dev Sanyal, Jhih-Liang Huang, Kuljira Ittiamornkul, Qin Zhu, Xinyu Liu
In vitro reconstitution of a newly discovered isonitrile synthase (AmbI1 and AmbI2) and the detection of an elusive intermediate (S)-3-(1H-indol-3-yl)-2-isocyanopropanoic acid 1 in indolyl vinyl isocyanide biogenesis are reported. The characterization of iron/2-oxoglutarate (Fe/2OG) dependent desaturases IsnB and AmbI3 sheds light on the possible mechanism underlying stereoselective alkene installation to complete the biosynthesis of (E)- and (Z)-3-(2-isocyanovinyl)-1H-indole 2 and 5. Establishment of a tractable isonitrile synthase system (AmbI1 and AmbI2) paves the way to elucidate the enigmatic enzyme mechanism for isocyanide formation...
February 17, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211995/far-uv-annealed-inkjet-printed-in2o3-semiconductor-layers-for-tfts-on-flexible-pen-substrate
#5
Jaakko Henrik Leppäniemi, Kim Eiroma, Himadri Majumdar, Ari Alastalo
The inkjet-printing process of precursor solutions containing In-nitrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol is optimized using ethylene glycol as a co-solvent that allows the stabilization of the droplet formation, leading to a robust, repeatable printing process. The inkjet-printed precursor films are then converted to In2O3 semiconductors at flexible-substrate-compatible low-temperatures (150 - 200 °C) using combined far ultraviolet (FUV) exposure at ~160 nm and thermal treatment. The compositional nature of the precursor-to-metal oxide conversion is studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy that indicate that amorphous, high density (up to 5...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211501/high-resolution-3d-imaging-of-whole-organ-after-clearing-taking-a-new-look-at-the-zebrafish-testis
#6
Maxence Frétaud, Laurie Rivière, Élodie De Job, Stéphanie Gay, Jean-Jacques Lareyre, Jean-Stéphane Joly, Pierre Affaticati, Violette Thermes
Zebrafish testis has become a powerful model for reproductive biology of teleostean fishes and other vertebrates and encompasses multiple applications in applied and basic research. Many studies have focused on 2D images, which is time consuming and implies extrapolation of results. Three-dimensional imaging of whole organs recently became an important challenge to better understand their architecture and allow cell enumeration. Several protocols have thus been developed to enhance sample transparency, a limiting step for imaging large biological samples...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210717/the-molecular-mechanism-of-the-ligand-exchange-reaction-of-an-antibody-against-a-glutathione-coated-gold-cluster
#7
Víctor Rojas-Cervellera, Lluís Raich, Jaakko Akola, Carme Rovira
The labeling of proteins with heavy atom clusters is of paramount importance in biomedical research, but its detailed molecular mechanism remains unknown. Here we uncover it for the particular case of the anti-influenza N9 neuraminidase NC10 antibody against a glutathione-coated gold cluster by means of ab initio QM/MM calculations. We show that the labeling reaction follows an associative double SN2-like reaction mechanism, involving a proton transfer, with low activation barriers only if one of the two distinct peptide/peptidic ligands (the one that occupies the side position) is substituted...
February 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210266/a-phylogenetic-analysis-of-chloroplast-genomes-elucidates-the-relationships-of-the-six-economically-important-brassica-species-comprising-the-triangle-of-u
#8
Peirong Li, Shujiang Zhang, Fei Li, Shifan Zhang, Hui Zhang, Xiaowu Wang, Rifei Sun, Guusje Bonnema, Theo J A Borm
The Brassica genus comprises many economically important worldwide cultivated crops. The well-established model of the Brassica genus, U's triangle, consists of three basic diploid plant species (Brassica rapa, Brassica oleracea, and Brassica nigra) and three amphidiploid species (Brassica napus, Brassica juncea, and Brassica carinata) that arose through interspecific hybridizations. Despite being extensively studied because of its commercial relevance, several aspects of the origin of the Brassica species and the relationships within and among these six species still remain open questions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210076/potential-role-of-the-gut-microbiota-in-synthetic-torpor-and-therapeutic-hypothermia
#9
REVIEW
Claudia Sisa, Silvia Turroni, Roberto Amici, Patrizia Brigidi, Marco Candela, Matteo Cerri
Therapeutic hypothermia is today used in several clinical settings, among them the gut related diseases that are influenced by ischemia/reperfusion injury. This perspective paved the way to the study of hibernation physiology, in natural hibernators, highlighting an unexpected importance of the gut microbial ecosystem in hibernation and torpor. In natural hibernators, intestinal microbes adaptively reorganize their structural configuration during torpor, and maintain a mutualistic configuration regardless of long periods of fasting and cold temperatures...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209135/marv-a-tool-for-genome-wide-multi-phenotype-analysis-of-rare-variants
#10
Marika Kaakinen, Reedik Mägi, Krista Fischer, Jani Heikkinen, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Andrew P Morris, Inga Prokopenko
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies have enabled identification of thousands of loci for hundreds of traits. Yet, for most human traits a substantial part of the estimated heritability is unexplained. This and recent advances in technology to produce high-dimensional data cost-effectively have led to method development beyond standard common variant analysis, including single-phenotype rare variant and multi-phenotype common variant analysis, with the latter increasing power for locus discovery and providing suggestions of pleiotropic effects...
February 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208698/advances-in-molecular-imaging-of-locally-delivered-targeted-therapeutics-for-central-nervous-system-tumors
#11
REVIEW
Umberto Tosi, Christopher S Marnell, Raymond Chang, William C Cho, Richard Ting, Uday B Maachani, Mark M Souweidane
Thanks to the recent advances in the development of chemotherapeutics, the morbidity and mortality of many cancers has decreased significantly. However, compared to oncology in general, the field of neuro-oncology has lagged behind. While new molecularly targeted chemotherapeutics have emerged, the impermeability of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) renders systemic delivery of these clinical agents suboptimal. To circumvent the BBB, novel routes of administration are being applied in the clinic, ranging from intra-arterial infusion and direct infusion into the target tissue (convection enhanced delivery (CED)) to the use of focused ultrasound to temporarily disrupt the BBB...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208680/anti-bacterial-and-anti-fungal-activity-of-xanthones-obtained-via-semi-synthetic-modification-of-%C3%AE-mangostin-from-garcinia-mangostana
#12
Srinivasan Narasimhan, Shanmugam Maheshwaran, Imad A Abu-Yousef, Amin F Majdalawieh, Janarthanam Rethavathi, Prince Edwin Das, Palmiro Poltronieri
The microbial contamination in food packaging has been a major concern that has paved the way to search for novel, natural anti-microbial agents, such as modified α-mangostin. In the present study, twelve synthetic analogs were obtained through semi-synthetic modification of α-mangostin by Ritter reaction, reduction by palladium-carbon (Pd-C), alkylation, and acetylation. The evaluation of the anti-microbial potential of the synthetic analogs showed higher bactericidal activity than the parent molecule. The anti-microbial studies proved that I E showed high anti-bacterial activity whereas I I showed the highest anti-fungal activity...
February 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208243/direct-determination-of-ascorbic-acid-in-a-grapefruit-paving-the-way-for-in-vivo-spectroelectrochemistry
#13
Jesus Garoz-Ruiz, Aranzazu Heras, Alvaro Colina
The study of real samples is more complicated than the study of other systems. However, the inherent advantages of UV-vis absorption spectroelectrochemistry should overcome some difficulties related to direct measurements in complex matrices. For this reason, a singular spectroelectrochemistry device has been fabricated and validated. The novel cell is based on single-walled carbon nanotubes, which are filtered and subsequently press-transferred on a polyethylene terephthalate support using a stencil with a custom design...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207601/advanced-monitoring-in-traumatic-brain-injury-microdialysis
#14
Keri L H Carpenter, Adam M H Young, Peter J Hutchinson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here, we review the present state-of-the-art of microdialysis for monitoring patients with severe traumatic brain injury, highlighting the newest developments. Microdialysis has evolved in neurocritical care to become an established bedside monitoring modality that can reveal unique information on brain chemistry. RECENT FINDINGS: A major advance is recent consensus guidelines for microdialysis use and interpretation. Other advances include insight obtained from microdialysis into the complex, interlinked traumatic brain injury disorders of electrophysiological changes, white matter injury, inflammation and metabolism...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206966/impact-of-dna-repair-gene-polymorphisms-on-the-risk-of-biochemical-recurrence-after-radiotherapy-and-overall-survival-in-prostate-cancer
#15
Chiara Zanusso, Roberto Bortolus, Eva Dreussi, Jerry Polesel, Marcella Montico, Erika Cecchin, Sara Gagno, Flavio Rizzolio, Mauro Arcicasa, Giacomo Novara, Giuseppe Toffoli
The identification of biomarkers of biochemical recurrence (BCR) in prostate cancer (PCa) patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT) represents an unanswered clinical issue. The primary aim of this study was the definition of new genetic prognostic biomarkers in DNA repair genes (DRGs), considering both BCR and overall survival (OS) as clinical end-points. The secondary aim was to explore the potential clinical impact of these genetic variants with the decision curve analysis (DCA) and the sensitivity analysis.We analyzed 22 germline polymorphisms in 14 DRGs on 542 Caucasian PCa patients treated with RT as primary therapy...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205621/cryogel-supported-stem-cell-factory-for-customized-sustained-release-of-bispecific-antibodies-for-cancer-immunotherapy
#16
Roberta Aliperta, Petra B Welzel, Ralf Bergmann, Uwe Freudenberg, Nicole Berndt, Anja Feldmann, Claudia Arndt, Stefanie Koristka, Marcello Stanzione, Marc Cartellieri, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Carsten Werner, Jens Pietzsch, Jörg Steinbach, Martin Bornhäuser, Michael P Bachmann
Combining stem cells with biomaterial scaffolds provides a promising strategy for the development of drug delivery systems. Here we propose an innovative immunotherapeutic organoid by housing human mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs), gene-modified for the secretion of an anti-CD33-anti-CD3 bispecific antibody (bsAb), in a small biocompatible star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol)-heparin cryogel scaffold as a transplantable and low invasive therapeutic machinery for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The macroporous biohybrid cryogel platform displays effectiveness in supporting proliferation and survival of bsAb-releasing-MSCs overtime in vitro and in vivo, avoiding cell loss and ensuring a constant release of sustained and detectable levels of bsAb capable of triggering T-cell-mediated anti-tumor responses and a rapid regression of CD33(+) AML blasts...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205593/imaging-cardiac-scn5a-using-the-novel-f-18-radiotracer-radiocaine
#17
Jacob M Hooker, Martin G Strebl, Frederick A Schroeder, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Amrut V Ambardekar, Timothy A McKinsey, Matthias Schoenberger
The key function of the heart, a well-orchestrated series of contractions, is controlled by cardiac action potentials. These action potentials are initiated and propagated by a single isoform of voltage gated sodium channels - SCN5A. However, linking changes in SCN5A expression levels to human disease in vivo has not yet been possible. Radiocaine, an F-18 radiotracer for positron emission tomography (PET), is the first SCN5A imaging agent in the heart. Explants from healthy and failing human hearts were compared using radiocaine autoradiography to determine that the failing heart has ~30% lower SCN5A levels - the first evidence of changes in SCN5A expression in humans as a function of disease...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205330/effect-of-matrix-stiffness-on-osteoblast-functionalization
#18
Tao Zhang, Shiyu Lin, Xiaoru Shao, Qi Zhang, Changyue Xue, Shu Zhang, Yunfeng Lin, Bofeng Zhu, Xiaoxiao Cai
OBJECTIVES: Stiffness of bone tissue differs response to its physiological or pathological status, such as osteoporosis or osteosclerosis. Consequently, the function of cells residing in bone tissue including osteoblasts (OBs), osteoclasts and osteocytes will be affected. However, to the best of our knowledge, the detailed mechanism of how extracellular matrix stiffness affects OB function remains unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a study that exposed rat primary OBs to polydimethylsiloxane substrates with varied stiffness to investigate the alterations of cell morphology, osteoblastic differentiation and its potential mechanism in mechanotransduction...
February 15, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204975/surface-and-exoproteomes-of-gram-positive-pathogens-for-vaccine-discovery
#19
Massimiliano Biagini, Fabio Bagnoli, Nathalie Norais
Reverse vaccinology has been very successful in the discovery of vaccine candidates against many pathogenic bacteria by integrating genome and proteome mining. This great achievement was facilitated by the complementarity of the in silico prediction of antigens and the empirical data on protein localization, expression, and immunogenicity obtained through different techniques based on electrophoresis, immunoblotting and mass spectrometry. An iterative process between information provided by DNA sequence analysis and proteomic data has been established leading to precise antigen identification...
February 16, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202940/mitochondrial-behaviour-throughout-the-lytic-cycle-of-toxoplasma-gondii
#20
Jana Ovciarikova, Leandro Lemgruber, Krista L Stilger, William J Sullivan, Lilach Sheiner
Mitochondria distribution in cells controls cellular physiology in health and disease. Here we describe the mitochondrial morphology and positioning found in the different stages of the lytic cycle of the eukaryotic single-cell parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The lytic cycle, driven by the tachyzoite life stage, is responsible for acute toxoplasmosis. It is known that whilst inside a host cell the tachyzoite maintains its single mitochondrion at its periphery. We found that upon parasite transition from the host cell to the extracellular matrix, mitochondrion morphology radically changes, resulting in a reduction in peripheral proximity...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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