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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644607/electrochemical-exfoliation-of-graphite-in-aqueous-sodium-halide-electrolytes-towards-low-oxygen-content-graphene-for-energy-and-environmental-applications
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Jose Maria Munuera, Juan Ignacio Paredes, Marina Enterria, Ana Pagán, Silvia Villar-Rodil, Manuel Fernando R Pereira, J I Martins, José L Figueiredo, Jose Luis Cenis, Amelia Martinez-Alonso, Juan Manuel D Tascon
Graphene and graphene-based materials have shown great promise in many technological applications, but their large-scale production and processing by simple and cost-effective means still constitute significant issues in the path of their widespread implementation. Here, we investigate a straightforward method for the preparation of a ready-to-use and low oxygen content graphene material that is based on electrochemical (anodic) delamination of graphite in aqueous medium with sodium halides as the electrolyte...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643773/a-cdc42-rhoa-regulatory-circuit-downstream-of-glycoprotein-ib-guides-transendothelial-platelet-biogenesis
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Sebastian Dütting, Frederique Gaits-Iacovoni, David Stegner, Michael Popp, Adrien Antkowiak, Judith M M van Eeuwijk, Paquita Nurden, Simon Stritt, Tobias Heib, Katja Aurbach, Oguzhan Angay, Deya Cherpokova, Niels Heinz, Ayesha A Baig, Maximilian G Gorelashvili, Frank Gerner, Katrin G Heinze, Jerry Ware, Georg Krohne, Zaverio M Ruggeri, Alan T Nurden, Harald Schulze, Ute Modlich, Irina Pleines, Cord Brakebusch, Bernhard Nieswandt
Blood platelets are produced by large bone marrow (BM) precursor cells, megakaryocytes (MKs), which extend cytoplasmic protrusions (proplatelets) into BM sinusoids. The molecular cues that control MK polarization towards sinusoids and limit transendothelial crossing to proplatelets remain unknown. Here, we show that the small GTPases Cdc42 and RhoA act as a regulatory circuit downstream of the MK-specific mechanoreceptor GPIb to coordinate polarized transendothelial platelet biogenesis. Functional deficiency of either GPIb or Cdc42 impairs transendothelial proplatelet formation...
June 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643230/crosstalk-between-m2-macrophages-and-glioma-stem-cells
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Leora M Nusblat, Molly J Carroll, Charles M Roth
PURPOSE: Given its extremely poor prognosis, there is a pressing need for an improved understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), including the roles of tumor subpopulations that may contribute to their growth rate and therapy resistance. The most malignant phenotypes of GBM have been ascribed to the presence of subpopulations of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs and ionizing radiation and which promote invasiveness and metastasis...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643089/time-lapse-observation-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-a-case-with-repeated-multiple-pronuclei-after-ivf-icsi
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J Dai, L Z Leng, C F Lu, F Gong, S P Zhang, W Zheng, G X Lu, G Lin
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the cause of repeated multipronucleus (MPN) formation in zygotes in a patient after both in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). METHOD: This is a case study. A patient had unexplained primary infertility with recurring total MPN zygotes after IVF and ICSI cycles. Time-lapse monitoring of pronucleus formation was carried out. Embryos developed from MPN zygotes were analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642760/interleukin-6-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-its-possible-importance-for-immunoregulation-and-as-a-therapeutic-target
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Tor Henrik Anderson Tvedt, Elisabeth Ersvaer, Anders Aune Tveita, Øystein Bruserud
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation is associated with a high risk of treatment-related mortality mainly caused by infections and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). GVHD is characterized by severe immune dysregulation and impaired regeneration of different tissues, i.e., epithelial barriers and the liver. The balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine influences the risk of GVHD. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a cytokine that previously has been associated with pro-inflammatory effects. However, more recent evidence from various autoimmune diseases (e...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642461/the-ca19-9-and-sialyl-tra-antigens-define-separate-subpopulations-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Daniel Barnett, Ying Liu, Katie Partyka, Ying Huang, Huiyuan Tang, Galen Hostetter, Randall E Brand, Aatur D Singhi, Richard R Drake, Brian B Haab
Molecular markers to detect subtypes of cancer cells could facilitate more effective treatment. We recently identified a carbohydrate antigen, named sTRA, that is as accurate a serological biomarker of pancreatic cancer as the cancer antigen CA19-9. We hypothesized that the cancer cells producing sTRA are a different subpopulation than those producing CA19-9. The sTRA glycan was significantly elevated in tumor tissue relative to adjacent pancreatic tissue in 3 separate tissue microarrays covering 38 patients...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642280/granulocytes-as-modulators-of-dendritic-cell-function
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REVIEW
Annelot Breedveld, Tom Groot Kormelink, Marjolein van Egmond, Esther de Jong
Effector T cell development is directly driven by APCs, in particular, by antigen-primed dendritic cells (DCs). Depending on the pathogenic stimulus and the microenvironment, DCs induce proliferation and polarization of naive CD4(+) T cells into different effector subsets, such as Th1, Th2, Th17, or regulatory T cells (Tregs). During inflammation, DCs are found in close proximity to other innate immune cells, including all granulocyte subtypes, which potentially influence the immunomodulatory capacities of DCs...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642232/a-single-amino-acid-residue-at-transmembrane-domain-4-of-the-alpha-subunit-influences-carisoprodol-direct-gating-efficacy-at-gabaa-receptors
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Manoj Kumar, Manish Kumar, John Freund, Glenn H Dillon
The muscle relaxant carisoprodol (CSP, trade name Soma) has recently been controlled at the federal level as a Schedule IV drug due to its high abuse potential and consequences of misuse, such as withdrawal syndrome, delusions, seizures and even death. Recent work has shown that carisoprodol can directly gate and allosterically modulate the GABAA receptor. These actions are subunit-dependent; compared to other GABAA receptors, carisoprodol has nominal direct gating effects in α3β2γ2receptors. Here, using site-directed-mutagenesis and whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology in transiently transfected HEK293 cells, we examined the role of GABAA receptor α subunit transmembrane domain 4 (TM4) amino acids in direct gating and allosteric modulatory actions of carisoprodol...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641584/crotoxin-stimulates-an-m1-activation-profile-in-murine-macrophages-during-leishmania-amazonensis-infection
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L H S Farias, A P D Rodrigues, E C Coêlho, M F Santos, S C Sampaio, E O Silva
American tegumentary leishmaniasis is caused by different species of Leishmania. This protozoan employs several mechanisms to subvert the microbicidal activity of macrophages and, given the limited efficacy of current therapies, the development of alternative treatments is essential. Animal venoms are known to exhibit a variety of pharmacological activities, including antiparasitic effects. Crotoxin (CTX) is the main component of Crotalus durissus terrificus venom, and it has several biological effects. Nevertheless, there is no report of CTX activity during macrophage - Leishmania interactions...
June 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641564/investigation-on-the-interaction-of-pseudomonas-syringae-effector-avrpto-with-atrabe1d-gtpase
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Xiaomin Hou, Yi Gao
The tomato bacterial speck is a worldwide disease. It is caused by the infection of pathogenic pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato which delivers the effector AvrPto into the host cells via the type III secretion system. AvrPto interacts Rab8 subfamily protein in the GTP-bound form and participates in the response to pathogen infection, but the pathogenic mechanism involved by Rab8 subfamily remains elusive. Here, we investigated on the interrelationship of AvrPto8-159 with Arabidopsis thaliana GTP-restricted Rab8 subfamily protein AtRabE1d13-185Q74L through some biophysical and biochemical methods...
June 21, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641386/the-neurosteroid-pregnenolone-reverts-microtubule-derangement-induced-by-the-loss-of-a-functional-cdkl5-iqgap1-complex
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Isabella Barbiero, Diana Peroni, Marco Tramarin, Chetan Chandola, Laura Rusconi, Nicoletta Landsberger, Charlotte Kilstrup-Nielsen
CDKL5 is a protein kinase that plays a key role for neuronal functions as testified by the onset of complex neuronal dysfunctions in patients with genetic lesions in CDKL5. Here we identify a novel interactor of CDKL5, IQGAP1, a fundamental regulator of cell migration and polarity. In accordance with a functional role of this interaction, depletion of CDKL5 impairs cell migration and impedes the localization of IQGAP1 at the leading edge. Moreover, we demonstrate that CDKL5 is required for IQGAP1 to form a functional complex with its effectors, Rac1 and the microtubule plus end tracking protein CLIP170...
June 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641100/bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-btk-as-a-promising-target-in-solid-tumors
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REVIEW
J Molina-Cerrillo, T Alonso-Gordoa, P Gajate, E Grande
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a non-receptor intracellular kinase that belongs to the TEC-family tyrosine kinases together with bone marrow-expressed kinase (BMX), redundant-resting lymphocyte kinase (RLK), and IL-2 inducible T-Cell kinase (ITK). All these proteins play a key role in the intracellular signaling of both B and T lymphocytes. Recently, some preclinical data have demonstrated that BTK is present in certain tumor subtypes and in other relevant cells that are contributing to the tumor microenvironment such as dendritic cells, macrophages, myeloid derived suppressor cells and endothelial cells...
June 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640915/physiological-and-genomic-features-of-a-novel-violacein-producing-bacterium-isolated-from-surface-seawater
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Yue-Hong Wu, Hong Cheng, Lin Xu, Xiong-Bin Jin, Chun-Sheng Wang, Xue-Wei Xu
Strains JW1T and JW3, isolated from surface seawater of the Arabian Sea, were subjected to polyphasic taxonomic analysis. Cells of both strains were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, and rod-shaped. They formed violet pigment and produced violacein. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strains JW1T and JW3 showed high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Pseudoalteromonas byunsanensis JCM12483T (98.2%), P. shioyasakiensis SE3T (97.8%), P. arabiensis JCM 17292T (97.3%), and P. gelatinilytica NH153T (97...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640790/microrna-155-deficiency-in-kupffer-cells-ameliorates-liver-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-mice
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Yakun Li, Dongxia Ma, Zhimin Wang, Jun Yang
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA-155 (miR-155) is known to be involved in autoimmune diseases, inflammation, and transplantation. However, its role in a warm hepatic ischemia-reperfusion (IR) model has not been fully elucidated. METHODS: Partial hepatic IR was performed in wild-type and miR-155-deficient mice treated with or without GdCl3, and then the serum transaminase concentration and histology were analyzed. Kupffer cells (KCs) were isolated from the liver after IR, and immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate activation and polarization...
July 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640518/a-carborane-containing-fluorophore-as-a-stain-of-cellular-lipid-droplets
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Andrew Wu, Jacek L Kolanowski, Badwi B Boumelhem, Kylie Yang, Rebecca Lee, Amandeep Kaur, Stuart T Fraser, Elizabeth J New, Louis M Rendina
The use of fluorescent markers and probes greatly enhances biological investigations but relies on the provision of an array of fluorophores with diverse properties. Herein we report a novel carborane-containing coumarin, 5, which is sufficiently lipophilic to localise in cellular lipid droplets. In non-polar solvents which show comparable polarities to those of a lipid environment, compound 5 exhibits a fluorescence quantum yield two orders of magnitude greater than found in aqueous solvents, adding a further degree of selectivity to lipid droplet imaging...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639397/ovarian-polarity-and-cell-shape-determination-by-btk29a-in-drosophila
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Noriko Hamada-Kawaguchi, Daisuke Yamamoto
Drosophila Btk29A is a Tec family nonreceptor tyrosine kinase, the ortholog of which causes X-linked agammagluburinemia in humans when mutant. In Btk29A(ficP) mutant ovaries, multiple defects are observed: extra polar cells form ectopically; osk mRNA fails to accumulate posteriorly in mature oocytes; the shape and alignment of follicle cells are grossly distorted. All these phenotypes are rescued by selectively overexpressing the type 2 isoform of wild-type Btk29A in follicle cells. Expression of certain proteins enriched in adherens junctions is markedly affected in Btk29A(ficP) mutants; the anterior-posterior gradient normally observed in the expression of DE-Cadherin and Armadillo are lost and Canoe is sequestered from adherens junctions...
June 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638736/transcriptional-factor-eb-regulates-macrophage-polarization-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#17
Liang Fang, Johnie Hodge, Fatma Saaoud, Junfeng Wang, Stephen Iwanowycz, Yuzhen Wang, Yvonne Hui, Trent D Evans, Babak Razani, Daping Fan
Tumor microenvironment (TME) contains a variety of infiltrating immune cells. Among them, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and their alternative activation contribute greatly to the progression of tumors. The mechanisms governing macrophage polarization in the TME are unclear. Here, we show that in TAMs or macrophages under tumor-conditioned medium treatment, the expression of transcription factor EB (TFEB) is reduced and more of the TFEB protein is in an inactive cytosolic form. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is identified as a main driving force for the reduced TFEB expression and activity in TAMs via activating ERK signaling...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638339/nutritional-and-pharmacological-strategies-to-regulate-microglial-polarization-in-cognitive-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Emiliano Peña-Altamira, Sabrina Petralla, Francesca Massenzio, Marco Virgili, Maria L Bolognesi, Barbara Monti
The study of microglia, the immune cells of the brain, has experienced a renaissance after the discovery of microglia polarization. In fact, the concept that activated microglia can shift into the M1 pro-inflammatory or M2 neuroprotective phenotypes, depending on brain microenvironment, has completely changed the understanding of microglia in brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Microglia polarization is particularly important in aging since an increased inflammatory status of body compartments, including the brain, has been reported in elderly people...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637901/caveolin-1-influences-lfa-1-redistribution-upon-tcr-stimulation-in-cd8-t-cells
#19
Jessica G Borger, Vicky L Morrison, Andrew Filby, Celine Garcia, Liisa M Uotila, Fabio Simbari, Susanna C Fagerholm, Rose Zamoyska
TCR stimulation by peptide-MHC complexes on APCs requires precise reorganization of molecules into the area of cellular contact to form an immunological synapse from where T cell signaling is initiated. Caveolin (Cav)1, a widely expressed transmembrane protein, is involved in the regulation of membrane composition, cellular polarity and trafficking, and the organization of signal transduction pathways. The presence of Cav1 protein in T cells was identified only recently, and its function in this context is not well understood...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637675/structure-functional-aspects-of-the-human-riboflavin-transporter-3-slc52a3-role-of-the-predicted-glycosylation-and-substrate-interacting-sites
#20
Veedamali S Subramanian, Subrata Subai, Trevor Teafatiller, Jennifer A Bohl, Hamid M Said
The human riboflavin (RF) transporter-3 (hRFVT-3; product of the SLC52A3 gene) plays an essential role in the intestinal RF absorption process and is expressed exclusively at the apical membrane domain of polarized enterocytes. Previous studies have characterized different physiological/biological aspects of this transporter, but nothing is known about the glycosylation status of the hRFVT-3 protein and role of this modification in its physiology/biology. Additionally, little is known about the residues in the hRFVT-3 protein that interact with the ligand, RF...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
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