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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088099/protein-templated-synthesis-of-metal-based-nanomaterials
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REVIEW
Arnout Rd Voet, Jeremy Rh Tame
There is currently intense interest in using protein scaffolds to prepare uniform nanometre-sized clusters of metals or other inorganic material for use as sensors, imaging agents, drugs, magnetic materials or catalysts. Non-templated chemical synthesis of such clusters often results in a product of variable size and quality, but protein molecules have proved adept at nucleating and stabilizing precise nanoclusters of various kinds. Although much research has focused on natural proteins, such as the iron-storage protein ferritin, recent developments in protein design have allowed entirely novel, symmetrical proteins to be used as templates for the first time...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088085/new-pyridazinone-4-carboxamides-as-new-cannabinoid-receptor-type-2-inverse-agonists-synthesis-pharmacological-data-and-molecular-docking
#2
Giulio Ragusa, María Gómez-Cañas, Paula Morales, Carmen Rodríguez-Cueto, María R Pazos, Battistina Asproni, Elena Cichero, Paola Fossa, Gerard A Pinna, Nadine Jagerovic, Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Gabriele Murineddu
In the last few years, cannabinoid type-2 receptor (CB2R) selective ligands have shown a great potential as novel therapeutic drugs in several diseases. With the aim of discovering new selective cannabinoid ligands, a series of pyridazinone-4-carboxamides was designed and synthesized, and the new derivatives tested for their affinity toward the hCB1R and hCB2R. The 6-(4-chloro-3-methylphenyl)-2-(4-fluorobenzyl)-N-(cis-4-methylcyclohexyl)-3-oxo-2,3-dihydropyridazine-4-carboxamide (9) displayed high CB2-affinity (KiCB2 = 2...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087714/dlg5-connects-cell-polarity-and-hippo-signaling-protein-networks-by-linking-par-1-with-mst1-2
#3
Julian Kwan, Anna Sczaniecka, Emad Heidary Arash, Liem Nguyen, Chia-Chun Chen, Srdjana Ratkovic, Olga Klezovitch, Liliana Attisano, Helen McNeill, Andrew Emili, Valeri Vasioukhin
Disruption of apical-basal polarity is implicated in developmental disorders and cancer; however, the mechanisms connecting cell polarity proteins with intracellular signaling pathways are largely unknown. We determined previously that membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) protein discs large homolog 5 (DLG5) functions in cell polarity and regulates cellular proliferation and differentiation via undefined mechanisms. We report here that DLG5 functions as an evolutionarily conserved scaffold and negative regulator of Hippo signaling, which controls organ size through the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087693/de-novo-genome-and-transcriptome-assembly-of-the-canadian-beaver-castor-canadensis
#4
Si Lok, Tara A Paton, Zhuozhi Wang, Gaganjot Kaur, Susan Walker, Ryan K C Yuen, Wilson W L Sung, Joseph Whitney, Janet A Buchanan, Brett Trost, Naina Singh, Beverly Apresto, Nan Chen, Matthew Coole, Travis J Dawson, Karen Y Ho, Zhizhou Hu, Sanjeev Pullenayegum, Kozue Samler, Arum Shipstone, Fiona Tsoi, Ting Wang, Sergio L Pereira, Pirooz Rostami, Carol Ann Ryan, Amy Hin Yan Tong, Karen Ng, Yogi Sundaravadanam, Jared T Simpson, Burton K Lim, Mark D Engstrom, Christopher J Dutton, Kevin C R Kerr, Maria Franke, William Rapley, Richard F Wintle, Stephen W Scherer
The Canadian beaver (Castor canadensis) is the largest indigenous rodent in North America. We report a draft annotated assembly of the beaver genome, the first for a large rodent and the first mammalian genome assembled directly from uncorrected and moderate coverage (< 30 ×) long-reads generated by single-molecule sequencing. The genome size is 2.7 Gb estimated by k-mer analysis. We assembled the beaver genome using the new Canu assembler optimized for noisy reads. The resulting assembly was refined using Pilon supported by shortreads (80 ×) and checked for accuracy by congruency against an independent short-read assembly...
January 13, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087629/jmjd2c-kdm4c-facilitates-the-assembly-of-essential-enhancer-protein-complexes-at-the-onset-of-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation
#5
Rute A Tomaz, Jennifer L Harman, Donja Karimlou, Lauren Weavers, Lauriane Fritsch, Tony Bou-Kheir, Emma Bell, Ignacio Del Valle Torres, Kathy K Niakan, Cynthia Fisher, Onkar Joshi, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Edward Curry, Slimane Ait-Si-Ali, Helle F Jørgensen, Véronique Azuara
Jmjd2/Kdm4 H3K9-demethylases cooperate in promoting mouse embryonic stem cell (ESC) identity. However, little is known about their importance at the exit of ESC pluripotency. Here, we uncover that Jmjd2c facilitates this process by stabilizing the assembly of Mediator-Cohesin complexes at lineage-specific enhancers. Functionally, we show that Jmjd2c is required in ESCs to initiate appropriate gene expression programs upon somatic multi-lineage differentiation. In the absence of Jmjd2c, differentiation is stalled at an early post-implantation epiblast-like stage, while Jmjd2c-knockout ESCs remain capable of forming extra-embryonic endoderm derivatives...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087487/bioprinting-for-vascular-and-vascularized-tissue-biofabrication
#6
REVIEW
Pallab Datta, Bugra Ayan, Ibrahim T Ozbolat
: Bioprinting is a promising technology to fabricate design-specific tissue constructs due to its ability to create complex, heterocellular structures with anatomical precision. Bioprinting enables the deposition of various biologics including growth factors, cells, genes, neo-tissues and extra-cellular matrix-like hydrogels. Benefits of bioprinting have started to make a mark in the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and pharmaceutics. Specifically, in the field of tissue engineering, the creation of vascularized tissue constructs has remained a principal challenge till date...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087448/fabrication-and-characterization-of-electrospun-cellulose-nano-hydroxyapatite-nanofibers-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#7
Chenghong Ao, Yan Niu, Ximu Zhang, Xu He, Wei Zhang, Canhui Lu
Nanofibrous scaffolds from cotton cellulose and nano-hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) were electrospun for bone tissue engineering. The solution properties of cellulose/nano-HA spinning dopes and their associated electrospinnability were characterized. Morphological, thermal and mechanical properties of the electrospun cellulose/nano-HA nanocomposite nanofibers (ECHNN) were measured and the biocompatibility of ECHNN with human dental follicle cells (HDFCs) was evaluated. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images indicated that the average diameter of ECHNN increased with a higher nano-HA loading and the fiber diameter distributions were well within the range of natural ECM (extra cellular matrix) fibers (50-500nm)...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087378/new-scaffolds-encapsulating-tgf-%C3%AE-3-bmp-7-combinations-driving-strong-chondrogenic-differentiation
#8
Jose Crecente-Campo, Erea Borrajo, Anxo Vidal, Marcos Garcia-Fuentes
The regeneration of articular cartilage remains an unresolved question despite the current access to a variety of tissue scaffolds activated with growth factors relevant to this application. Further advances might result from combining more than one of these factors; here, we propose a scaffold composition optimized for the dual delivery of BMP-7 and TGF-β3, two proteins with described chondrogenic activity. First, we tested in a mesenchymal stem cell micromass culture with TGF-β3 whether the exposure to microspheres loaded with BMP-7 would improve cartilage formation...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081137/anillin-phosphorylation-controls-timely-membrane-association-and-successful-cytokinesis
#9
Hyunjung Kim, James M Johnson, Robert F Lera, Sarang Brahma, Mark E Burkard
During cytokinesis, a contractile ring generates the constricting force to divide a cell into two daughters. This ring is composed of filamentous actin and the motor protein myosin, along with additional structural and regulatory proteins, including anillin. Anillin is a required scaffold protein that links the actomyosin ring to membrane and its organizer, RhoA. However, the molecular basis for timely action of anillin at cytokinesis remains obscure. Here, we find that phosphorylation regulates efficient recruitment of human anillin to the equatorial membrane...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079984/medical-application-of-glycosaminoglycans-a-review
#10
REVIEW
Alexander Köwitsch, Guoying Zhou, Thomas Groth
The characteristic molecular composition of the different glycosaminoglycans (GAG) is related to their role as structural components and regulators of a multitude of functions of proteins, cells and tissues in the human body. Therefore, it is not surprising that GAG are widely used as coating materials for implants, components of 3D-constructs like tissue engineering scaffolds and hydrogels, but also as diagnostic devices like biosensors and in controlled release applications. Beside a physisorption or encapsulation of GAG, these applications often require their chemical modification to allow a stable covalent attachment on surfaces or cross-linking reactions with other molecules...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079980/induction-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differentiation-in-the-absence-of-soluble-inducer-for-cutaneous-wound-regeneration-by-a-chitin-nanofibers-based-hydrogel
#11
Kangquan Shou, Yao Huang, Baiwen Qi, Xiang Hu, Zhanjun Ma, Ang Lu, Chao Jian, Lina Zhang, Aixi Yu
Transplantation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) has been considered as a promising strategy for wound healing. However, poor viability of engrafted BMSCs and limited capabilities of differentiation into the desired cell types in wounds often hinder their application. Few studies report the induction of BMSCs differentiation into the skin regeneration related cell types using natural biopolymer, e.g., chitin and its derivative. Here we utilized a chitin nanofibers(CNFs) hydrogel as a directive cue to induce BMSCs differentiation for enhancing cutaneous wound regeneration in the absence of cell-differentiating factors...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079955/solubilization-of-membrane-proteins-into-functional-lipid-bilayer-nanodiscs-using-a-diisobutylene-maleic-acid-copolymer
#12
Abraham Olusegun Oluwole, Bartholomäus Danielczak, Annette Meister, Jonathan Oyebamiji Babalola, Carolyn Vargas, Sandro Keller
Once removed from their natural environment, membrane proteins depend on membrane-mimetic systems to retain their native structures and functions. To this end, lipid-bilayer nanodiscs that are bounded by scaffold proteins or amphiphilic polymers such as styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers have been introduced as alternatives to detergent micelles and liposomes for in vitro membrane-protein research. Herein, we show that an alternating diisobutylene/maleic acid (DIBMA) copolymer shows equal performance to SMA in solubilizing phospholipids, stabilizes an integral membrane enzyme in functional bilayer nanodiscs, and extracts proteins of various sizes directly from cellular membranes...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079884/lack-of-collagen-xv-is-protective-after-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
#13
Hiramani Dhungana, Mikko T Huuskonen, Taina Pihlajaniemi, Ritva Heljasvaara, Denis Vivien, Katja M Kanninen, Tarja Malm, Jari Koistinaho, Sighild Lemarchant
Collagens are key structural components of basement membranes, providing a scaffold for other components or adhering cells. Collagens and collagen-derived active fragments contribute to biological activities such as cell growth, differentiation and migration. Here, we report that collagen XV knock-out (ColXV KO) mice are resistant to experimental ischemic stroke. Interestingly, the infarcts of ColXV KO mice were as small as those of wild-type (WT) mice thrombolysed with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), the actual treatment for ischemic stroke...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079174/alleviating-liver-failure-conditions-using-an-integrated-hybrid-cryogel-based-cellular-bioreactor-as-a-bioartificial-liver-support
#14
Apeksha Damania, Mohsin Hassan, Nana Shirakigawa, Hiroshi Mizumoto, Anupam Kumar, Shiv K Sarin, Hiroyuki Ijima, Masamichi Kamihira, Ashok Kumar
Conventionally, some bioartificial liver devices are used with separate plasmapheresis unit to separate out plasma from whole blood and adsorbent column to detoxify plasma before it passes through a hepatocytes-laden bioreactor. We aim to develop a hybrid bioreactor that integrates the separate modules in one compact design improving the efficacy of the cryogel based bioreactor as a bioartificial liver support. A plasma separation membrane and an activated carbon cloth are placed over a HepG2-loaded cryogel scaffold in a three-chambered bioreactor design...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079141/development-of-a-690%C3%A2-k-snp-array-in-catfish-and-its-application-for-genetic-mapping-and-validation-of-the-reference-genome-sequence
#15
Qifan Zeng, Qiang Fu, Yun Li, Geoff Waldbieser, Brian Bosworth, Shikai Liu, Yujia Yang, Lisui Bao, Zihao Yuan, Ning Li, Zhanjiang Liu
Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are capable of providing the highest level of genome coverage for genomic and genetic analysis because of their abundance and relatively even distribution in the genome. Such a capacity, however, cannot be achieved without an efficient genotyping platform such as SNP arrays. In this work, we developed a high-density SNP array with 690,662 unique SNPs (herein 690 K array) that were relatively evenly distributed across the entire genome, and covered 98.6% of the reference genome sequence...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078994/modulation-of-tumour-related-signaling-pathways-by-natural-pentacyclic-triterpenoids-and-their-semisynthetic-derivatives
#16
Andrey V Markov, Evgeniya B Logashenko, Marina A Zenkova
Pentacyclic triterpenoids are a large class of natural isoprenoids that are widely biosynthesized in higher plants. These compounds are potent anticancer agents that exhibit antiproliferative, antiangiogenic, antiinflammatory and proapoptotic activities. Although their effects on multiple pathways have been reported, unifying mechanisms of action have not yet been established. To date, a huge number of semisynthetic derivatives have been synthesized in different laboratories on the basis of triterpenoid scaffolds, and many have been assayed for their biological activities...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078846/mir-2861-is-involved-in-osteogenic-commitment-of-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-grown-onto-3d-scaffold
#17
F Diomede, I Merciaro, S Martinotti, M F X B Cavalcanti, S Caputi, E Mazzon, O Trubiani
miR-2861 endorsing osteoblast differentiation through the overexpression of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) protein has been recently described. In this study we evaluated: the performance of living construct, composed by human Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells (hPDLSCs) and 3D scaffold (EXg), and the behaviour of miR-2861/RUNX2 expression pathway on the osteogenic commitment. Human PDLSCs were seeded with and without EXg scaffold and cultured under basal and osteogenic conditions. Morphological features, adhesiveness and differentiation abilities were analysed using scanning electron and confocal laser scanning microscopy...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078820/improvement-of-the-in-vivo-cellular-repopulation-of-decellularized-cardiovascular-tissues-by-a-detergent-free-non-proteolytic-actin-disassembling-regimen
#18
Alexander Assmann, Marc Struß, Franziska Schiffer, Friederike Heidelberg, Hiroshi Munakata, Elena V Timchenko, Pavel E Timchenko, Tim Kaufmann, Khon Huynh, Yukiharu Sugimura, Quentin Leidl, Antonio Pinto, Volker R Stoldt, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Low immunogenicity and high repopulation capacity are crucial determinants for the functional and structural performance of acellular cardiovascular implants. The present study evaluates a detergent-free, non-proteolytic, actin-disassembling regimen (BIO) for decellularization of heart valve and vessel grafts, particularly focusing on their bio-functionality. Rat aortic conduits (rAoC; n = 89) and porcine aortic valve samples (n = 106) are decellularized using detergents (group DET) or the BIO regimen...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078813/host-defense-peptide-derived-privileged-scaffolds-for-anti-infective-drug-discovery
#19
Ersilia Nigro, Irene Colavita, Daniela Sarnataro, Olga Scudiero, Aurora Daniele, Francesco Salvatore, Antonello Pessi
'Privileged scaffolds' are molecular frameworks which have been successfully exploited for small molecule drug discovery. Peptide privileged scaffolds, featuring a strictly conserved multiple-disulfide framework and high variability in the rest of the sequence, display a broad range of biological effects, including antimicrobial and antiviral activity. Unlike small molecules, however, the cost of manufacturing these peptides is high, and their synthesis challenging. We previously described a simplified privileged scaffold corresponding to the γ-core of human β-defensin-3 (HBD3)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078807/traumatized-muscle-derived-multipotent-progenitor-cells-recruit-endothelial-cells-through-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-action
#20
Heidi R H Supanc, Shannon Gorman, Rocky S Tuan
Traumatized muscle, such as that debrided from blast injury sites, is considered a promising and convenient tissue source for multipotent progenitor cells (MPCs), a population of adult mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-like cells. The present study aimed to assess the regenerative therapeutic potential of human traumatized muscle-derived MPCs, e.g., for injury repair in the blast-traumatized extremity, by comparing their pro-angiogenic potential in vitro and capillary recruitment activity in vivo to those of MSCs isolated from human bone marrow, a widely-used tissue source...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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