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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231402/ex-vivo-visualization-of-human-ciliated-epithelium-and-quantitative-analysis-of-induced-flow-dynamics-by-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#1
Yuye Ling, Xinwen Yao, Ute A Gamm, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Charles W Emala, Michael A Choma, Christine P Hendon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cilia-driven mucociliary clearance is an important self-defense mechanism of great clinical importance in pulmonary research. Conventional light microscopy possesses the capability to visualize individual cilia and its beating pattern but lacks the throughput to assess the global ciliary activities and flow dynamics. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides depth-resolved cross-sectional images, was recently introduced to this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen de-identified human tracheobronchial tissues are directly imaged by two OCT systems: one system centered at 1,300 nm with 6...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228275/rsv-takes-control-of-neonatal-breg-cells-two-hands-on-the-wheel
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Peter J M Openshaw
The viral attachment protein of RSV has many surprising features, especially its mimicry of fractalkine (CX3CL1). Zhivaki et al. (2017) now show that, in addition to using this homology to attach to ciliated cells, it activates human neonatal regulatory B cells, thereby inhibiting immunological responses.
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226227/protective-and-harmful-immunity-to-rsv-infection
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Peter J M Openshaw, Chris Chiu, Fiona J Culley, Cecilia Johansson
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an exceptional mucosal pathogen. It specializes in infection of the ciliated respiratory epithelium, causing disease of variable severity with little or no direct systemic effects. It infects virtually all children by the age of three years and then repeatedly infects throughout life; this it does despite relatively slight variations in antigenicity, apparently by inducing selective immunological amnesia. Inappropriate or dysregulated responses to RSV can be pathogenic, causing disease-enhancing inflammation that contributes to short- and long-term effects...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222292/genomics-stentor-s-trumpet-sounds-anew
#4
Robert S Coyne
The amazing regenerative abilities of the giant ciliate Stentor coeruleus made it a favorite subject for classical embryologists. Now, its genome has been sequenced, enabling renewed experimental study and revealing unexpected surprises in mRNA splicing and the genetic code.
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217961/cellular-evidence-of-exosomes-in-the-reproductive-tract-of-chinese-soft-shelled-turtle-pelodiscus-sinensis
#5
Muhammad Yasir Waqas, Qian Zhang, Nisar Ahmed, Ping Yang, Guipei Xing, Masood Akhtar, Abdul Basit, Tengfei Liu, Chen Hong, Muhammad Arshad, Hafiz Muhammad Saif-Ur Rahman, Qiusheng Chen
The oviduct is a location of egg production, fertilization, and sperm storage. While its secretions have broadly attributes toward different physiological functions. We examined the ultrastructure of oviduct epithelium and glands in relation to the secretions, particularly with exosomes origin in Chinese soft-shelled turtle Pelodiscus sinensis using immunohistochemistry and transmission electron microscopy. The ciliated epithelial and gland cells were involved in the release of exosomes and secretions into lumen throughout the year...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215051/-pro-renin-receptor-atp6ap2-depletion-arrests-as4-1-cells-in-the-g0-g1-phase-thereby-increasing-formation-of-primary-cilia
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Heike Wanka, Philipp Lutze, Doreen Staar, Barbara Peters, Anica Morch, Lukas Vogel, Ravi Kumar Chilukoti, Georg Homuth, Jaroslaw Sczodrok, Inga Bäumgen, Jörg Peters
The (pro)renin receptor [(P)RR, ATP6AP2] is a multifunctional transmembrane protein that activates local renin-angiotensin systems, but also interacts with Wnt pathways and vacuolar H(+) -ATPase (V-ATPase) during organogenesis. The aim of this study was to characterize the role of ATP6AP2 in the cell cycle in more detail. ATP6AP2 down-regulation by siRNA in renal As4.1 cells resulted in a reduction in the rate of proliferation and a G0/G1 phase cell cycle arrest. We identified a number of novel target genes downstream of ATP6AP2 knock-down that were related to the primary cilium (Bbs-1, Bbs-3, Bbs-7, Rabl5, Ttc26, Mks-11, Mks-5, Mks-2, Tctn2, Nme7) and the cell cycle (Pierce1, Clock, Ppif)...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212786/interplay-between-microbial-trait-dynamics-and-population-dynamics-revealed-by-the-combination-of-laboratory-experiment-and-computational-approaches
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Kenta Suzuki, Yuji Yamauchi, Takehito Yoshida
Filament formation is a common bacterial defense mechanism and possibly has a broad impact on microbial community dynamics. In order to examine the impact of filament formation on population dynamics, we developed an experimental system with a filamentous bacterium Flectobacillus sp. MWH38 and a ciliate predator Tetrahymena pyriformis. In this system, the effective defense of Flectobacillus resulted in the extinction of Tetrahymena by allowing almost no population growth. The result of a kairomone experiment suggested the existence of chemical signals for filament formation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211199/description-and-molecular-phylogeny-of-a-novel-hypotrich-ciliate-from-the-soil-of-marche-region-italy-including-notes-on-the-mosyss-project
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Daizy Bharti, Santosh Kumar, Antonietta La Terza
The morphology and morphogenesis during cell division of a new stylonychine hypotrich, Rigidocortex quadrinucleatus n. sp., were investigated using live observation and protargol staining. The new species was isolated from soil samples collected from an organic farm in the Marche Region, Italy, in framework of the MOSYSS project. Rigidocortex quadrinucleatus is characterized as follows: cell size about 180 × 80 μm in vivo; four ellipsoidal macronuclear nodules; 44 adoral membranelles: 18 frontal-ventral-transverse cirri consisting of three frontal, four frontoventral, one buccal, three ventral, two pretransverse and five transverse cirri; dorsal kinety 3 with multiple fragmentation; resting cyst with hyaline ridges...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209361/a-multivariate-approach-to-analyzing-functional-redundancy-of-marine-periphytic-ciliates-during-the-colonization-process-for-bioassessment-in-coastal-ecosystems
#9
Guangjian Xu, Xiaoxiao Zhong, Alan Warren, Henglong Xu
Functional redundancy is a useful tool for determining functional compensation and for reducing "signal to noise" ratios of full-species datasets in community-based monitoring programs. The functional redundancy of marine periphytic ciliate communities during the colonization process in coastal waters of the Yellow Sea, China, was analyzed using a peeling procedure (BVSTEP). Four response units (RUs) with trophic-functional equivalents were identified from the full 77-species dataset. These RUs, which comprised four, seven, six and six species respectively, represented a clear variation in trophic-functional structures across the levels of functional redundancy...
February 13, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208235/warmer-night-time-temperature-promotes-microbial-heterotrophic-activity-and-modifies-stream-sediment-community
#10
Anna Freixa, Vicenç Acuña, Maria Casellas, Stoyana Pecheva, Anna M Romaní
Diel temperature patterns are changing because of global warming, with higher temperatures being predicted to be more pronounced at night. Biological reactions are temperature dependent, with some occurring only during the daylight hours (e.g., light photosynthesis) and other during the entire day (e.g., respiration). Consequently, we expect the modification of daily temperature cycles to alter microbial biological reactions in stream sediments. Here, we aimed to study the effect of warming and changes of the diel temperature patterns on stream sediment biofilm functions tied to organic carbon decomposition, as well as on biofilm meiofaunal community structure...
February 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207760/preferential-expression-of-scores-of-functionally-and-evolutionarily-diverse-dna-and-rna-binding-proteins-during-oxytricha-trifallax-macronuclear-development
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Zachary T Neeb, Daniel J Hogan, Sol Katzman, Alan M Zahler
During its sexual reproduction, the stichotrichous ciliate Oxytricha trifallax orchestrates a remarkable transformation of one of the newly formed germline micronuclear genomes. Hundreds of thousands of gene pieces are stitched together, excised from chromosomes, and replicated dozens of times to yield a functional somatic macronuclear genome composed of ~16,000 distinct DNA molecules that typically encode a single gene. Little is known about the proteins that carry out this process. We profiled mRNA expression as a function of macronuclear development and identified hundreds of mRNAs preferentially expressed at specific times during the program...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197133/metatranscriptomics-reveals-the-active-bacterial-and-eukaryotic-fibrolytic-communities-in-the-rumen-of-dairy-cow-fed-a-mixed-diet
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Sophie Comtet-Marre, Nicolas Parisot, Pascale Lepercq, Frédérique Chaucheyras-Durand, Pascale Mosoni, Eric Peyretaillade, Ali R Bayat, Kevin J Shingfield, Pierre Peyret, Evelyne Forano
Ruminants have a unique ability to derive energy from the degradation of plant polysaccharides through the activity of the rumen microbiota. Although this process is well studied in vitro, knowledge gaps remain regarding the relative contribution of the microbiota members and enzymes in vivo. The present study used RNA-sequencing to reveal both the expression of genes encoding carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) by the rumen microbiota of a lactating dairy cow and the microorganisms forming the fiber-degrading community...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194645/expression-of-a-novel-ciliary-protein-iiig9-during-the-differentiation-and-maturation-of-ependymal-cells
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M Cifuentes, V Baeza, P M Arrabal, R Visser, J M Grondona, N Saldivia, F Martínez, F Nualart, K Salazar
IIIG9 is the regulatory subunit 32 of protein phosphatase 1 (PPP1R32), a key phosphatase in the regulation of ciliary movement. IIIG9 localization is restricted to cilia in the trachea, fallopian tube, and testicle, suggesting its involvement in the polarization of ciliary epithelium. In the adult brain, IIIG9 mRNA has only been detected in ciliated ependymal cells that cover the ventricular walls. In this work, we prepared a polyclonal antibody against rat IIIG9 and used this antibody to show for the first time the ciliary localization of this protein in adult ependymal cells...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193597/discomorphella-pedroeneasi-sp-nov-ciliophora-odontostomatida-an-anaerobic-ciliate-hosting-multiple-cytoplasmic-and-macronuclear-endocytobionts
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Thiago da Silva Paiva, Gabriela Cristina Küppers, Daniel José Galafasse Lahr, Michael Schweikert, Inácio Domingos da Silva-Neto
Odontostomatids are among the less studied representatives of the Ciliophora. They are anaerobic microeukaryotes usually occurring as rare species in sapropelic environments. Here we describe a novel species of Discomorphella, named Discomorphella pedroeneasi sp. nov., using light and electron microscopy observations. Discomorphella pedroeneasi displays many complex morphological features, for which new terms are introduced, such as the auricules, epistomial fringe spacer, frontal awning, odontostomatid ciliary sockets, oral lips and ventral flap...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193262/nuclear-genetic-codes-with-a-different-meaning-of-the-uag-and-the-uaa-codon
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Tomáš Pánek, David Žihala, Martin Sokol, Romain Derelle, Vladimír Klimeš, Miluše Hradilová, Eliška Zadrobílková, Edward Susko, Andrew J Roger, Ivan Čepička, Marek Eliáš
BACKGROUND: Departures from the standard genetic code in eukaryotic nuclear genomes are known for only a handful of lineages and only a few genetic code variants seem to exist outside the ciliates, the most creative group in this regard. Most frequent code modifications entail reassignment of the UAG and UAA codons, with evidence for at least 13 independent cases of a coordinated change in the meaning of both codons. However, no change affecting each of the two codons separately has been documented, suggesting the existence of underlying evolutionary or mechanistic constraints...
February 13, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191699/ndrg1-is-important-to-maintain-the-integrity-of-airway-epithelial-barrier-through-claudin-9-expression
#16
Yasuhiro Gon, Shuichiro Maruoka, Hiroyuki Kishi, Yutaka Kozu, Kuroda Kazumichi, Yasuyuki Nomura, Ikuko Takeshita, Takeshi Oshima, Shu Hashimoto
Impairment of epithelial barrier integrity caused by environmental triggers is associated with the pathogenesis of airway inflammation. Using human airway epithelial cells, we attempted to identify molecule(s) that promote airway epithelial barrier integrity. Microarray analyses were conducted using the Affimetrix human whole genome gene chip, and we identified the N-myc downstream-regulated gene 1 (NDRG1) gene, which was induced during the development of the epithelial cell barrier. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed strong NDRG1 expression in ciliated epithelial cells in nasal tissues sampled from patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), and the low expression of NDRG1 was observed in goblet cells or damaged epithelial cells...
February 13, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191668/inflammatory-demyelination-induces-ependymal-modifications-concomitant-to-activation-of-adult-svz-stem-cell-proliferation
#17
Fereshteh Pourabdolhossein, Sara Gil-Perotín, Paula Garcia-Belda, Aurelien Dauphin, Sabah Mozafari, Vanja Tepavcevic, Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo, Anne Baron-Van Evercooren
Ependymal cells (E1/E2) and ciliated B1cells confer a unique pinwheel architecture to the ventricular surface of the subventricular zone (SVZ), and their cilia act as sensors to ventricular changes during development and aging. While several studies showed that forebrain demyelination reactivates the SVZ triggering proliferation, ectopic migration, and oligodendrogenesis for myelin repair, the potential role of ciliated cells in this process was not investigated. Using conventional and lateral wall whole mount preparation immunohistochemistry in addition to electron microscopy in a forebrain-targeted model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (tEAE), we show an early decrease in numbers of pinwheels, B1 cells, and E2 cells...
February 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190732/the-macronuclear-genome-of-stentor-coeruleus-reveals-tiny-introns-in-a-giant-cell
#18
Mark M Slabodnick, J Graham Ruby, Sarah B Reiff, Estienne C Swart, Sager Gosai, Sudhakaran Prabakaran, Ewa Witkowska, Graham E Larue, Susan Fisher, Robert M Freeman, Jeremy Gunawardena, William Chu, Naomi A Stover, Brian D Gregory, Mariusz Nowacki, Joseph Derisi, Scott W Roy, Wallace F Marshall, Pranidhi Sood
The giant, single-celled organism Stentor coeruleus has a long history as a model system for studying pattern formation and regeneration in single cells. Stentor [1, 2] is a heterotrichous ciliate distantly related to familiar ciliate models, such as Tetrahymena or Paramecium. The primary distinguishing feature of Stentor is its incredible size: a single cell is 1 mm long. Early developmental biologists, including T.H. Morgan [3], were attracted to the system because of its regenerative abilities-if large portions of a cell are surgically removed, the remnant reorganizes into a normal-looking but smaller cell with correct proportionality [2, 3]...
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190730/leftward-flow-determines-laterality-in-conjoined-twins
#19
Matthias Tisler, Thomas Thumberger, Isabelle Schneider, Axel Schweickert, Martin Blum
Conjoined twins fused at the thorax display an enigmatic left-right defect: although left twins are normal, laterality is disturbed in one-half of right twins [1-3]. Molecularly, this randomization corresponds to a lack of asymmetric Nodal cascade induction in right twins [4]. We studied leftward flow [5, 6] at the left-right organizer (LRO) [7, 8] in thoracopagus twins in Xenopus, which displayed a duplicated, fused, and ciliated LRO. Cilia were motile and produced a leftward flow from the right LRO margin of the right to the left margin of the left twin...
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187630/sternaspidae-annelida-sedentaria-from-vietnam-with-description-of-three-new-species-and-clarification-of-some-morphological-features
#20
Anna E Zhadan, Alexander B Tzetlin, Sergio I Salazar-Vallejo
Five sternaspid species were found near Vietnam shores: Sternaspis britayevi sp. nov., S. costata von Marenzeller, 1879, S. nana sp. nov., S. papillosa sp. nov., and S. spinosa Sluiter 1882. Sternaspis britayevi is described from the shallow water in Vietnam inhabiting soft bottoms; it resembles S. spinosa described from Java and S. thorsoni Sendall & Salazar-Vallejo, 2013 described from the Persian Gulf, but differs in having a medially projected and markedly ribbed fan of the ventro-caudal shield and nearly parallel, distally widened and rounded branchial plates...
January 25, 2017: Zootaxa
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