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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913906/synergistic-mitotoxicity-of-chloromethanes-and-fullerene-c60-nanoaggregates-in-daphnia-magna-midgut-epithelial-cells
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Mariana Seke, Milica Markelic, Arian Morina, Danica Jovic, Aleksandra Korac, Dragana Milicic, Aleksandar Djordjevic
Adsorption of non-polar compounds by suspended fullerene nanoaggregates (nC60) may enhance their toxicity and affect the fate, transformation, and transport of non-polar compounds in the environment. The potential of stable fullerene nanoaggregates as contaminant carriers in aqueous systems and the influence of chloromethanes (trichloromethane and dichloromethane) were studied on the midgut epithelial cells of Daphnia magna by light and electron microscopy. The size and shape of fullerene nanoaggregates were observed and measured using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and low vacuum scanning electron microscopy...
December 3, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913584/nitro-fatty-acid-pharmacokinetics-in-the-adipose-tissue-compartment
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Marco Fazzari, Nicholas K H Khoo, Steven R Woodcock, Diane K Jorkasky, Lihua Li, Francisco J Schopfer, Bruce A Freeman
Electrophilic nitro-fatty acids (NO2-FAs) promote adaptive and anti-inflammatory cell signaling responses as a result of an electrophilic character that supports post-translational protein modifications. A unique pharmacokinetic profile is expected for NO2-FAs because of an ability to undergo reversible reactions including Michael additions with biological cysteine-containing proteins and esterification into complex lipids. Herein we report via quantitative whole-body autoradiography analysis of rats gavaged with radiolabeled 10-nitro-[14C]oleic acid, preferential accumulation in adipose tissue over two weeks...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913516/immunoregulatory-networks-in-sickle-cell-alloimmunization
#3
Karina Yazdanbakhsh
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are critical for treatment and prevention of complications of sickle cell disease (SCD), and most SCD patients will receive 1 or more transfusions by age 20. However, SCD alloimmunization remains a serious complication of transfusions that can lead to life-threatening acute and delayed transfusion reactions. Alloimmunization rates are higher in SCD patients most likely due to RBC antigenic differences between largely white donors vs mainly African-American recipients and frequency of transfusions...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913179/phytochemical-and-cytotoxic-studies-on-the-roots-of-euphorbia-fischeriana
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Qun Shi, Yi-Wei Sun, Dali Meng
With the aim of supporting the folk applications of Euphorbia fischeriana, a phytochemical study was performed, which led to the discovery of 9 compounds, including three new ones (1-3) and six known ones (4-9). Their structures were determined by 1D, 2D NMR, and HRESIMS analysis. In the cytotoxic assays on Hep-3B cell line, 2 showed stronger inhibitory effects (IC50 8.1μmol/L) than that of positive control, and 1, 8 and 9 also gave inhibitory effects in a certain degree with IC50 values of 12.5, 12.0 and 18...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911818/planar-cell-polarity-signaling-in-the-uterus-directs-appropriate-positioning-of-the-crypt-for-embryo-implantation
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Jia Yuan, Jeeyeon Cha, Wenbo Deng, Amanda Bartos, Xiaofei Sun, Hsin-Yi Henry Ho, Jean-Paul Borg, Terry P Yamaguchi, Yingzi Yang, Sudhansu K Dey
Blastocyst implantation is a complex process requiring coordination of a dynamic sequence of embryo-uterine interactions. Blood vessels enter the uterus from the mesometrium, demarcating the uterus into mesometrial (M) and antimesometrial (AM) domains. Implantation occurs along the uterine longitudinal axis within specialized implantation chambers (crypts) that originate within the evaginations directed from the primary lumen toward the AM domain. The morphological orientation of crypts in rodent uteri was recognized more than a century ago, but the mechanism remained unknown...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911813/spatiotemporal-imaging-of-small-gtpases-activity-in-live-cells
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Stephanie Voss, Dennis M Krüger, Oliver Koch, Yao-Wen Wu
Ras-like small GTPases function as molecular switches and regulate diverse cellular events. To examine the dynamics of signaling requires spatiotemporal visualization of their activity in the cell. Current small GTPase sensors rely on specific effector domains that are available for only a small number of GTPases and compete for endogenous regulator/effector binding. Here, we describe versatile conformational sensors for GTPase activity (COSGAs) based on the conserved GTPase fold. Conformational changes upon GDP/GTP exchange were directly observed in solution, on beads, and in live cells by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911812/cytoskeleton-dynamics-control-the-first-asymmetric-cell-division-in-arabidopsis-zygote
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Yusuke Kimata, Takumi Higaki, Tomokazu Kawashima, Daisuke Kurihara, Yoshikatsu Sato, Tomomi Yamada, Seiichiro Hasezawa, Frederic Berger, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Minako Ueda
The asymmetric cell division of the zygote is the initial and crucial developmental step in most multicellular organisms. In flowering plants, whether zygote polarity is inherited from the preexisting organization in the egg cell or reestablished after fertilization has remained elusive. How dynamically the intracellular organization is generated during zygote polarization is also unknown. Here, we used a live-cell imaging system with Arabidopsis zygotes to visualize the dynamics of the major elements of the cytoskeleton, microtubules (MTs), and actin filaments (F-actins), during the entire process of zygote polarization...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911717/extracellular-matrix-endocytosis-in-controlling-matrix-turnover-and-beyond-emerging-roles-in-cancer
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Elena Rainero
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a network of secreted proteins that, beyond providing support for tissues and organs, is involved in the regulation of a variety of cell functions, including cell proliferation, polarity, migration and oncogenic transformation. ECM homeostasis is maintained through a tightly controlled balance between synthesis, deposition and degradation. While the role of metalloproteases in ECM degradation is widely recognised, the contribution of ECM internalisation and intracellular degradation to ECM maintenance has been mostly overlooked...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911554/thermal-spin-dynamics-of-yttrium-iron-garnet
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Joseph Barker, Gerrit E W Bauer
The magnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet can be grown with near perfection and is therefore and ideal conduit for spin currents. It is a complex material with 20 magnetic moments in the unit cell. In spite of being a ferrimagnet, YIG is almost always modeled as a simple ferromagnet with a single spin wave mode. We use the method of atomistic spin dynamics to study the temperature evolution of the full spin wave spectrum, in quantitative agreement with neutron scattering experiments. The antiferromagnetic or optical mode is found to suppress the spin Seebeck effect at room temperature and beyond due to thermally pumped spin currents with opposite polarization to the ferromagnetic mode...
November 18, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911253/luteolibacter-flavescens-sp-nov-isolated-from-deep-seawater
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Chongya Zhang, Bolin Dong, Ruijun Wang, Yue Su, Shuaibo Han, Xiaoyun Yu, Zhe Zhao, Geyi Fu, Cong Sun, Min Wu
A novel Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile strain, designated GKXT, was isolated from deep seawater. Strain GKXT was able to grow at 20-35 °C (optimum, 25 °C), pH 5.5-9.5 (optimum, 7.5) and 0-4.0 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum, 1.0 %). The major fatty acids were C16:1 ω9c (15.4 %), C16:0 (18.4 %), C14:0 (12.0 %), iso-C14:0 (30.1 %) and anteiso-C15:0 (5.7 %). Strain GKXT contained phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylmethylethanoamine (PME), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), diphosphatidylglycerol (DPG) and one unidentified glycolipid (GL) as the main polar lipids...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911011/fragment-based-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-1-substituted-indole-2-carboxylic-acids-as-selective-mcl-1-inhibitors
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Ziqian Wang, Wenjie Xu, Ting Song, Zongwei Guo, Lu Liu, Yudan Fan, Anhui Wang, Zhichao Zhang
Based on a known selective Mcl-1 inhibitor, 6-chloro-3-(3-(4-chloro-3,5-dimethylphenoxy)propyl)-1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid, we applied a fragment-based approach to obtain new molecules that extended into the p1 pocket of the BH3 groove and then exhibited binding selectivity for the Mcl-1 over the Bcl-2 protein. After we deconstructed the 1H-indole-2-carboxylic acid from the parental molecule, a benzenesulfonyl was substituted at the 1-position to adopt a geometry preferred for accessing the p1 pocket according to the binding mode of the parental molecule identified by X-ray crystallography...
December 2, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910998/aurora-a-shines-on-t-cell-activation-through-the-regulation-of-lck
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Noelia Blas-Rus, Eugenio Bustos-Morán, Noa B Martín-Cófreces, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
Different protein kinases control signaling emanating from the T cell receptor (TCR) during antigen-specific T cell activation. Mitotic kinases, e.g. Aurora-A, have been widely studied in the context of mitosis due to their role during microtubule (MT) nucleation, becoming critical regulators of cell cycle progression. We have recently described a specific role for Aurora-A kinase in antigenic T cell activation. Blockade of Aurora-A in T cells severely disrupts the dynamics of MTs and CD3ζ-bearing signaling vesicles during T cell activation...
December 2, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910911/human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-program-macrophage-plasticity-by-altering-their-metabolic-status-via-a-pge2-dependent-mechanism
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Anoop Babu Vasandan, Sowmya Jahnavi, Chandanala Shashank, Priya Prasad, Anujith Kumar, S Jyothi Prasanna
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are speculated to act at macrophage-injury interfaces to mediate efficient repair. To explore this facet in-depth this study evaluates the influence of MSCs on human macrophages existing in distinct functional states. MSCs promoted macrophage differentiation, enhanced respiratory burst and potentiated microbicidal responses in naïve macrophages (Mφ). Functional attenuation of inflammatory M1 macrophages was associated with a concomitant shift towards alternatively activated M2 state in MSC-M1 co-cultures...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910610/non-magnetic-flexible-heaters-for-spin-exchange-optical-pumping-of-3-he-and-other-applications
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T Ino, H Hayashida, H Kira, T Oku, K Sakai
Spin polarized (3)He gas is currently widely used in various scientific fields and in medical diagnosis applications. The spin polarization of (3)He nuclei can be achieved by spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP). In SEOP, the (3)He gas is enclosed in a glass cell together with alkali metals and is then heated to maintain the alkali metal vapor pressures at the appropriate levels. However, polarized (3)He gas is highly sensitive to any inhomogeneity in its magnetic field, and any small field gradients caused by the heaters may cause degradation of the (3)He polarization...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910407/anisotropic-contrast-optical-microscope
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D Peev, T Hofmann, N Kananizadeh, S Beeram, E Rodriguez, S Wimer, K B Rodenhausen, C M Herzinger, T Kasputis, E Pfaunmiller, A Nguyen, R Korlacki, A Pannier, Y Li, E Schubert, D Hage, M Schubert
An optical microscope is described that reveals contrast in the Mueller matrix images of a thin, transparent, or semi-transparent specimen located within an anisotropic object plane (anisotropic filter). The specimen changes the anisotropy of the filter and thereby produces contrast within the Mueller matrix images. Here we use an anisotropic filter composed of a semi-transparent, nanostructured thin film with sub-wavelength thickness placed within the object plane. The sample is illuminated as in common optical microscopy but the light is modulated in its polarization using combinations of linear polarizers and phase plate (compensator) to control and analyze the state of polarization...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910069/lkb1-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-uterine-cancer-mouse-models-and-translational-studies
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Christopher G Peña, Diego H Castrillón
The LKB1 tumor suppressor was identified in 1998 as the gene mutated in the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS), a hereditary cancer predisposition characterized by gastrointestinal polyposis and a high incidence of cancers, particularly carcinomas, at a variety of anatomic sites including the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and female reproductive tract. Women with PJS have a high incidence of carcinomas of the uterine corpus (endometrium) and cervix. The LKB1 gene is also somatically mutated in human cancers arising at these sites...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909560/induction-of-heme-oxygenase-1-with-dietary-quercetin-reduces-obesity-induced-hepatic-inflammation-through-macrophage-phenotype-switching
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Chu-Sook Kim, Hye-Seon Choi, Yeonsoo Joe, Hun Taeg Chung, Rina Yu
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Obesity-induced steatohepatitis accompanied by activated hepatic macrophages/Kupffer cells facilitates the progression of hepatic fibrinogenesis and exacerbates metabolic derangements such as insulin resistance. Heme oxyganase-1 (HO-1) modulates tissue macrophage phenotypes and thus is implicated in protection against inflammatory diseases. Here, we show that the flavonoid quercetin reduces obesity-induced hepatic inflammation by inducing HO-1, which promotes hepatic macrophage polarization in favor of the M2 phenotype...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909407/the-tlr4-active-morphine-metabolite-morphine-3-glucuronide-does-not-elicit-macrophage-classical-activation-in-vitro
#18
Samira Khabbazi, Nan Xie, Wenjun Pu, Yannick Goumon, Marie-Odile Parat
Macrophages are abundant in the tumor microenvironment where they adopt a pro-tumor phenotype following alternative polarization induced by paracrine factors from cancer and stromal cells. In contrast, classically activated macrophages have tumoricidal activities, such that the polarization of tumor-associated macrophages has become a novel therapeutic target. Toll-like receptor 4 engagement promotes classical activation of macrophages, and recent literature suggests TLR4 agonism to prevent metastasis and promote survival in experimental metastasis models...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908830/protective-efficacy-of-fc-targeting-conserved-influenza-virus-m2e-antigen-expressed-by-lactobacillus-plantarum
#19
Wen-Tao Yang, Gui-Lian Yang, Qian Wang, Hai-Bin Huang, Yan-Long Jiang, Chun-Wei Shi, Jian-Zhong Wang, Ke-Yan Huang, Yu-Bei Jin, Chun-Feng Wang
The influenza A (H1N1) virus is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease affecting pigs and humans. This disease causes severe economic loss in many countries, and developing mucosal vaccines is an efficient strategy to control the influenza virus. The neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) plays an important role in transferring IgG across polarized epithelial cells. In the present study, an oral vaccine was developed using Lactobacillus plantarum to deliver the internal influenza viral protein M2e fused to an IgG Fc fragment...
November 28, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908725/par3l-enhances-colorectal-cancer-cell-survival-by-inhibiting-lkb1-ampk-signaling-pathway
#20
Taiyuan Li, Dongning Liu, Xiong Lei, Qunguang Jiang
Partitioning defective 3-like protein (Par3L) is a recently identified cell polarity protein that plays an important role in mammary stem cell maintenance. Previously, we showed that high expression of Par3L is associated with poor survival in malignant colorectal cancer (CRC), but the underlying mechanism remained unknown. To this end, we established a Par3L knockout colorectal cancer cell line using the CRISPR/Cas system. Interestingly, reduced proliferation, enhanced cell death and caspase-3 activation were observed in Par3L knockout (KO) cells as compared with wildtype (WT) cells...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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