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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919911/in-vitro-activation-of-coagulation-by-human-neutrophil-dna-and-histone-proteins-but-not-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
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Denis F Noubouossie, Matthew F Whelihan, Yuan-Bin Yu, Erica Sparkenbaugh, Rafal Pawlinski, Dougald M Monroe, Nigel S Key
NETosis is a physiological process in which neutrophils release their nuclear material in the form of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs have been reported to directly promote thrombosis in animal models. Although the effects of purified NET components including DNA, histone proteins and neutrophil enzymes on coagulation have been characterized, the mechanism by which intact NETs promote thrombosis is largely unknown. In this study, human neutrophils were stimulated to produce NETs in platelet-free plasma (PFP) or in buffer using PMA or calcium ionophore...
December 5, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918551/hepatocarcinogenesis-in-transgenic-mice-carrying-hepatitis-b-virus-pre-s-s-gene-with-the-sw172-mutation
#2
M-W Lai, K-H Liang, W-R Lin, Y-H Huang, S-F Huang, T-C Chen, C-T Yeh
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) carrying the rtA181T/sW172* mutation conferred cross-resistance to adefovir and lamivudine. Cell-based and clinical studies indicated that HBV carrying this mutation had an increased oncogenic potential. Herein, we created transgenic mouse models to study the oncogenicity of the HBV pre-S/S gene containing this mutation. Transgenic mice were generated by transfer of the HBV pre-S/S gene together with its own promoter into C57B6 mice. Four lines of mice were created. Two of them carried wild-type gene and produced high and low levels of HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) (TgWT-H and L)...
December 5, 2016: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917008/visualization-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-fibrin-meshwork-in-human-fibrinopurulent-inflammatory-lesions-iii-correlative-light-and-electron-microscopic-study
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Takanori Onouchi, Kazuya Shiogama, Yasuyoshi Mizutani, Takashi Takaki, Yutaka Tsutsumi
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) released from dead neutrophils at the site of inflammation represent webs of neutrophilic DNA stretches dotted with granule-derived antimicrobial proteins, including lactoferrin, and play important roles in innate immunity against microbial infection. We have shown the coexistence of NETs and fibrin meshwork in varied fibrinopurulent inflammatory lesions at both light and electron microscopic levels. In the present study, correlative light and electron microscopy (CLEM) employing confocal laser scanning microscopy and scanning electron microscopy was performed to bridge light and electron microscopic images of NETs and fibrin fibrils in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded, autopsied lung sections of legionnaire's pneumonia...
November 1, 2016: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915375/identification-of-enzymes-responsible-for-extracellular-alginate-depolymerization-and-alginate-metabolism-in-vibrio-algivorus
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Hidetaka Doi, Yuriko Tokura, Yukiko Mori, Kenichi Mori, Yoko Asakura, Yoshihiro Usuda, Hiroo Fukuda, Akito Chinen
Alginate is a marine non-food-competing polysaccharide that has potential applications in biorefinery. Owing to its large size (molecular weight >300,000 Da), alginate cannot pass through the bacterial cell membrane. Therefore, bacteria that utilize alginate are presumed to have an enzyme that degrades extracellular alginate. Recently, Vibrio algivorus sp. SA2(T) was identified as a novel alginate-decomposing and alginate-utilizing species. However, little is known about the mechanism of alginate degradation and metabolism in this species...
December 3, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915032/reelin-expression-is-up-regulated-in-mice-colon-in-response-to-acute-colitis-and-provides-resistance-against-colitis
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Ana E Carvajal, María D Vázquez-Carretero, Pablo García-Miranda, María J Peral, María L Calonge, Anunciación A Ilundain
Reelin is an extracellular matrix protein first known for its key role in neuronal migration. Studies in rodent small intestine suggested that reelin protects the organism from intestinal pathology. Here we determined in mice colon, by real time-PCR and immunological assays, the expression of the reelin signalling system; its response to dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) and the response of wild-type and reeler mice to DSS. DNA methylation was determined by bisulfite modification and sequencing of genomic DNA. In the colon mucosa reelin expression is restricted to the myofibroblasts, whereas both epithelial cells and myofibroblasts express reelin receptors (ApoER2 and VLDLR) and its effector protein Dab1...
November 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914928/mathematical-model-for-transport-of-dna-plasmids-from-the-external-medium-up-to-the-nucleus-by-electroporation
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M Leguèbe, M G Notarangelo, M Twarogowska, R Natalini, C Poignard
We propose a mathematical model for the transport of DNA plasmids from the extracellular matrix up to the cell nucleus. The model couples two phenomena: the electroporation process, describing the cell membrane permeabilization to plasmids and the intracellular transport enhanced by the presence of microtubules. Numerical simulations of cells with arbitrary geometry, in 2D and 3D, and a network of microtubules show numerically the importance of the microtubules and the electroporation on the effectiveness of the DNA transfection, as observed by previous biological data...
November 30, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914270/surface-mediated-transfection-of-a-pdna-vector-encoding-short-hairpin-rna-to-downregulate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression-for-the-prevention-of-in-stent-restenosis
#7
He Zhang, Ke-Feng Ren, Hao Chang, Jin-Lei Wang, Jian Ji
In-stent restenosis is one of the most serious modes of failure of cardiovascular stent implant. Although drug-eluting stents have been proven to reduce in-stent restenosis, the nonspecific inhibitory effects of anti-proliferative drugs, such as rapamycin, result in delayed re-endothelialization and fatal late stent thrombosis. Although many studies have focused on promoting rapid re-endothelialization, a feasible method of reducing excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production and cell proliferation might provide a promising way to efficiently inhibit the restenosis in vivo...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913741/aik1-a-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-modulates-abscisic-acid-responses-through-the-mkk5-mpk6-kinase-cascade
#8
Kun Li, Fengbo Yang, Guozeng Zhang, Shufei Song, Yuan Li, Yuchen Miao, Dongtao Ren, Chun-Peng Song
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an evolutionarily conserved signal transduction module involved in transducing extracellular signals to the nucleus for appropriate cellular adjustment. This cascade essentially consists of three components, a MAPK kinase kinase (MAPKKK), a MAPK kinase (MAPKK) and a MAPK, connected to each other by the event of phosphorylation. Here we report the characterization of a MAPKKK, AIK1, which regulates abscisic acid (ABA) responses in Arabidopsis. T-DNA insertion mutants of AIK1 showed insensitivity to ABA in terms of both root growth and stomatal response...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913296/regulation-of-skeletal-muscle-insulin-stimulated-signaling-through-the-mek-redd1-mtor-axis
#9
Cory M Dungan, David L Williamson
Recent findings in adipocytes suggest that mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/extracellular-regulated signaling kinase (ERK) kinase 1/2 (MEK1/2) signaling regulates regulated in development and DNA damage 1 (REDD1) protein expression. Similarly, our previous work show that a lack of REDD1 protein expression, and associated hyperactive basal mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling, limits skeletal muscle's response to insulin. Therefore, we sought to determine: 1) if MEK1/2 inhibition is sufficient to reduce REDD1 protein expression and subsequently insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1) tyrosine phosphorylation via negative feedback of hyperactive mTOR in REDD1 wild-type (WT) mice and 2) if rapamycin-mediated mTOR inhibition is sufficient to improve IRS-1 tyrosine phosphorylation in REDD1 knockout (KO) mice...
November 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911835/two-crystal-structures-reveal-design-for-repurposing-the-c-ala-domain-of-human-alars
#10
Litao Sun, Youngzee Song, David Blocquel, Xiang-Lei Yang, Paul Schimmel
The 20 aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) couple each amino acid to their cognate tRNAs. During evolution, 19 aaRSs expanded by acquiring novel noncatalytic appended domains, which are absent from bacteria and many lower eukaryotes but confer extracellular and nuclear functions in higher organisms. AlaRS is the single exception, with an appended C-terminal domain (C-Ala) that is conserved from prokaryotes to humans but with a wide sequence divergence. In human cells, C-Ala is also a splice variant of AlaRS...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911367/a-simple-fluorescence-assay-for-quantification-of-canine-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-release
#11
Unity Jeffery, Robert D Gray, Dana N LeVine
Neutrophil extracellular traps are networks of DNA, histones and neutrophil proteins released in response to infectious and inflammatory stimuli. Although a component of the innate immune response, NETs are implicated in a range of disease processes including autoimmunity and thrombosis. This protocol describes a simple method for canine neutrophil isolation and quantification of NETs using a microplate fluorescence assay. Blood is collected using conventional venipuncture techniques. Neutrophils are isolated using dextran sedimentation and a density gradient using conditions optimized for dog blood...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911100/mitochondria-and-iron-current-questions
#12
Bibbin T Paul, David H Manz, Frank M Torti, Suzy V Torti
Mitochondria are cellular organelles that perform numerous bioenergetic, biosynthetic, and regulatory functions and play a central role in iron metabolism. Extracellular iron is taken up by cells and transported to the mitochondria, where it is utilized for synthesis of cofactors essential to the function of enzymes involved in oxidation-reduction reactions, DNA synthesis and repair, and a variety of other cellular processes. Areas Covered: This article reviews the trafficking of iron to the mitochondria and normal mitochondrial iron metabolism, including heme synthesis and iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908782/adaptive-responses-of-neuronal-mitochondria-to-bioenergetic-challenges-roles-in-neuroplasticity-and-disease-resistance
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REVIEW
Sophia M Raefsky, Mark P Mattson
An important concept in neurobiology is "neurons that fire together, wire together" which means that the formation and maintenance of synapses is promoted by activation of those synapses. Very similar to the effects of the stress of exercise on muscle cells, emerging findings suggest that neurons respond to activity by activating signaling pathways (e.g., Ca(2+), CREB, PGC-1α, NF-κB) that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cellular stress resistance. These pathways are also activated by aerobic exercise and food deprivation, two bioenergetic challenges of fundamental importance in the evolution of the brains of all mammals, including humans...
November 29, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908304/the-role-and-diagnostic-value-of-cell-free-dna-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Anna Truszewska, Bartosz Foroncewicz, Leszek Pączek
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) represents a small fraction of total DNA pool that circulates freely in the blood both in normal and pathological conditions. Data indicate that cfDNA plays an important role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and hypomethylation may be crucial for its immunogenic properties. Although differences in quantification methodology hinder the comparison of results between the studies, it appears that levels of cfDNA are abnormally elevated in SLE patients and correlate with various antibody titers, but not with disease activity...
November 14, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907189/structural-insights-into-streptococcal-competence-regulation-by-the-cell-to-cell-communication-system-comrs
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Antoine Talagas, Laetitia Fontaine, Laura Ledesma-Garca, Johann Mignolet, Inès Li de la Sierra-Gallay, Noureddine Lazar, Magali Aumont-Nicaise, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna, Pascal Hols, Sylvie Nessler
In Gram-positive bacteria, cell-to-cell communication mainly relies on extracellular signaling peptides, which elicit a response either indirectly, by triggering a two-component phosphorelay, or directly, by binding to cytoplasmic effectors. The latter comprise the RNPP family (Rgg and original regulators Rap, NprR, PrgX and PlcR), whose members regulate important bacterial processes such as sporulation, conjugation, and virulence. RNPP proteins are increasingly considered as interesting targets for the development of new antibacterial agents...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907154/pheromone-recognition-and-selectivity-by-comr-proteins-among-streptococcus-species
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Erin Shanker, Donald A Morrison, Antoine Talagas, Sylvie Nessler, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna
Natural transformation, or competence, is an ability inherent to bacteria for the uptake of extracellular DNA. This process is central to bacterial evolution and allows for the rapid acquirement of new traits, such as antibiotic resistance in pathogenic microorganisms. For the Gram-positive bacteria genus Streptococcus, genes required for competence are under the regulation of quorum sensing (QS) mediated by peptide pheromones. One such system, ComRS, consists of a peptide (ComS) that is processed (XIP), secreted, and later imported into the cytoplasm, where it binds and activates the transcription factor ComR...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904046/cocl2-decreases-ec-sod-expression-through-histone-deacetylation-in-cos7-cells
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Shuhei Hattori, Tetsuro Kamiya, Hirokazu Hara, Masayuki Ninomiya, Mamoru Koketsu, Tetsuo Adachi
Extracellular-superoxide dismutase (EC-SOD), one of the SOD isozymes, is negatively regulated under hypoxic conditions, and decreases in its expression may exacerbate vascular diseases. Moreover, epigenetics, such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, are known to play a critical role in the progression of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and atherosclerosis. We previously investigated the involvement of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in decreases in EC-SOD expression in hypoxic COS7 cells; however, the role of epigenetics in this process currently remains unknown...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902458/dna-sequences-within-glioma-derived-extracellular-vesicles-can-cross-the-intact-blood-brain-barrier-and-be-detected-in-peripheral-blood-of-patients
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Noemí García-Romero, Josefa Carrión-Navarro, Susana Esteban-Rubio, Elisa Lázaro-Ibáñez, María Peris-Celda, Marta M Alonso, Juan Guzmán-De-Villoria, Carlos Fernández-Carballal, Ana Ortiz de Mendivil, Sara García-Duque, Carmen Escobedo-Lucea, Ricardo Prat-Acín, Cristóbal Belda-Iniesta, Angel Ayuso-Sacido
Tumor-cell-secreted extracellular vesicles (EVs) can cross the disrupted blood-brain barrier (BBB) into the bloodstream. However, in certain gliomas, the BBB remains intact, which might limit EVs release. To evaluate the ability of tumor-derived EVs to cross the BBB, we used an orthotopic xenotransplant mouse model of human glioma-cancer stem cells featuring an intact BBB. We demonstrated that all types of tumor cells-derived EVs-apoptotic bodies, shedding microvesicles and exosomes-cross the intact BBB and can be detected in the peripheral blood, which provides a minimally invasive method for their detection compared to liquid biopsies obtained from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902419/influence-of-tick-and-mammalian-physiological-temperatures-on-borrelia-burgdorferi-biofilms
#19
Shafiq Shaikh, Venkata Arun Timmaraju, Jason P Torres, Kayla M Socarras, Priyanka A S Theophilus, Eva Sapi
The spirochaete bacterium Borrelia burgdorferisensu lato is the aetiologic agent of Lyme disease. Borrelia is transmitted to mammals through tick bite and is adapted to survive at tick and mammalian physiological temperatures. We have previously shown that B. burgdorferi can exist in different morphological forms, including the antibiotic-resistant biofilm form, in vitro and in vivo. B. burgdorferi forms aggregates in ticks as well as in humans, indicating potential of biofilm formation at both 23 and 37 °C...
November 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901386/comparison-of-four-methods-for-generating-decellularized-equine-synovial-extracellular-matrix
#20
Nathalie A Reisbig, Hayam A Hussein, Erin Pinnell, Alicia L Bertone
OBJECTIVE To evaluate 4 methods for generating decellularized equine synovial extracellular matrix. SAMPLE Villous synovium harvested from the femoropatellar and medial femorotibial joints of 4 healthy adult horses < 7 years of age. Synovial samples were frozen (-80°C) until used. PROCEDURES Synovial samples were thawed and left untreated (control) or decellularized with 1 of 4 methods (15 samples/horse/method): incubation in 0.1% peracetic acid (PAA), incubation in 0.1% PAA twice, incubation in 1% Triton X-100 followed by incubation in DNase, and incubation in 2M NaCl followed by incubation in DNase...
December 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
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