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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822288/two-sides-of-the-coin-part-2-colloid-and-surface-science-meets-real-biointerfaces
#1
Barry W Ninham, Kåre Larsson, Pierandrea Lo Nostro
Part 1 revisited developments in lipid and surfactant self assembly over the past 40 years [1]. New concepts emerged. Here we explore how these developments can be used to make sense of and bring order to a range of complex biological phenomena. Together with Part 1, this contribution is a fundamental revision of intuition at the boundaries of Colloid Science and Biological interfaces from a perspective of nearly 50 years. We offer new insights on a unified treatment of self assembly of lipids, surfactants and proteins in the light of developments presented in Part 1...
August 5, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821850/comparative-metabonomics-of-wenxin-keli-and-verapamil-reveals-differential-roles-of-gluconeogenesis-and-fatty-acid-%C3%AE-oxidation-in-myocardial-injury-protection
#2
Miaomiao Jiang, Qiuying Wang, Jingrui Chen, Yanan Wang, Guanwei Fan, Yan Zhu
Metabonomics/metabolomics is a rapid technology for comprehensive profiling of small molecule metabolites in cells, tissues, or whole organisms, the application of which has led to understanding pathophysiologic mechanisms of cardiometabolic diseases, defining predictive biomarkers for those diseases, and also assessing the efficacious effects of incident drugs. In this study, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabonomics was employed to identify the metabolic changes in rat plasma caused by myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI), and to compare the metabolic regulatory differences between traditional Chinese medicine Wenxin Keli (WXKL) and Western medicine verapamil...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821836/porv-is-an-outer-membrane-shuttle-protein-for-the-type-ix-secretion-system
#3
Michelle D Glew, Paul D Veith, Dina Chen, Dhana G Gorasia, Ben Peng, Eric C Reynolds
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen associated with chronic periodontitis. Major virulence factors named gingipains (cysteine proteinases, RgpA, RgpB and Kgp) are secreted via the Type IX Secretion System (T9SS). These, together with approximately 30 other proteins, are secreted to the cell surface and anchored to the outer membrane by covalent modification to anionic lipopolysaccharide (A-LPS) via the novel Gram negative sortase, PorU. PorU is localised on the cell surface and cleaves the C-terminal domain signal (CTD) of T9SS substrates and conjugates their new C-termini to A-LPS...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821810/extracting-intercellular-signaling-network-of-cancer-tissues-using-ligand-receptor-expression-patterns-from-whole-tumor-and-single-cell-transcriptomes
#4
Joseph X Zhou, Roberto Taramelli, Edoardo Pedrini, Theo Knijnenburg, Sui Huang
Many behaviors of cancer, such as progression, metastasis and drug resistance etc., cannot be fully understood by genetic mutations or intracellular signaling alone. Instead, they are emergent properties of the cell community which forms a tumor. Studies of tumor heterogeneity reveal that many cancer behaviors critically depend on intercellular communication between cancer cells themselves and between cancer-stromal cells by secreted signaling molecules (ligands) and their cognate receptors. We analyzed public cancer transcriptome database for changes in cell-cell interactions as the characteristic of malignancy...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821798/unconventional-mapk-gsk-3%C3%AE-pathway-behind-atypical-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#5
Sana Parveen, Dhiviya Vedagiri, Hitha Gopalan Nair, Haripriya Parthasarathy, Krishnan Harinivas Harshan
We recently reported an atypical epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human hepatoma cell culture Huh7.5, which was non-responsive to the canonical EMT-transcription factors. Here we characterize major pathways regulating this atypical EMT through whole genome transcriptome profiling and molecular analysis, and identify a unique regulation of EMT by GSK-3β. Our analysis reveals remarkable suppression of several key liver-specific markers in Huh7.5M cells indicating that EMT not only changes the epithelial properties, but alters the characteristics associated with hepatocytes as well...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821646/location-of-the-mesopontine-neurons-responsible-for-maintanance-of-anesthetic-loss-of-consciousness
#6
Anne Minert, Shai-Lee Yatziv, Marshall Devor
The transition from wakefulness to general anesthesia is widely attributed to suppressive actions of anesthetic molecules distributed by the systemic circulation to the cerebral cortex (for amnesia and loss-of-consciousness) and to the spinal cord (for atonia and antinociception). An alternative hypothesis proposes that anesthetics act on one or more brainstem or diencephalic nuclei, with suppression of cortex and spinal cord mediated by dedicated axonal pathways. We previously documented induction of an anesthesia-like state in rats by microinjection of small amounts of GABAA-R agonists into an upper brainstem region named the mesopontine tegmental anesthesia area(MPTA)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821592/global-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-response-to-whole-chromosome-aneuploidy-in-hexaploid-wheat
#7
Ai Zhang, Ning Li, Lei Gong, Xiaowan Gou, Bin Wang, Xin Deng, Changping Li, Qianli Dong, Huakun Zhang, Bao Liu
Aneuploidy, a condition of unbalanced chromosome content, represents a large-effect mutation that bears significant relevancy to human health and microbe adaptation. As such, extensive studies of aneuploidy have been conducted in unicellular model organisms and cancer cells. Aneuploidy also frequently is associated with plant polyploidization, but its impact on gene expression and relevance to polyploid genome evolution/functional innovation remain largely unknown. Here, we used a panel of diverse types of whole-chromosome aneuploidy of hexaploid wheat, all under the common genetic background of cv...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821564/sox15-regulates-proliferation-and-migration-of-endometrial-cancer-cells
#8
Xiaohui Rui, Yun Xu, Xiping Jiang, Caixia Guo, Jingting Jiang
The study aimed to investigate the effects of SOX15 on proliferation and migration of endometrial cancer (EC) cells. Immunohistochemistry was applied to determine the expression of SOX15 in EC tissues and adjacent tissues. We used cell transfection method to construct the HEC-1-A and Ishikawa cell lines with stable overexpression and low-expression SOX15 Reverse transcription quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) and western blot were performed to examine expression of SOX15 mRNA and SOX15 protein respectively...
August 18, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821458/dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-and-quorum-sensing-signaling-in-biofilm-related-virulence-of-prevotella-aurantiaca
#9
Dareen Fteita, Ahmed Ali Musrati, Eija Könönen, Xiaochu Ma, Mervi Gürsoy, Markus Peurla, Eva Söderling, Herman O Sintim, Ulvi Kahraman Gürsoy
Biofilm formation and dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV) enzyme activity contribute to the virulence of oral bacteria, and these virulence factors are partly regulated by quorum sensing signaling system. We recently demonstrated that estradiol regulates growth properties and DPPIV activity of Prevotella intermedia, Prevotella nigrescens, and Prevotella pallens. Here, we examined the DPPIV dependency of biofilm formation of Prevotella aurantiaca. Three strains (two clinical strains AHN 37505 and 37552 and the type strain CCUG 57723) were incubated in three estradiol concentrations (30, 90, and 120 nmol/L)...
August 15, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821457/spontaneous-mutation-of-dock7-results-in-lower-trabecular-bone-mass-and-impaired-periosteal-expansion-in-aged-female-misty-mice
#10
Phuong T Le, Kathleen A Bishop, David E Maridas, Katherine J Motyl, Daniel J Brooks, Kenichi Nagano, Roland Baron, Mary L Bouxsein, Clifford J Rosen
Misty mice (m/m) have a loss of function mutation in Dock7 gene, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, resulting in low bone mineral density, uncoupled bone remodeling and reduced bone formation. Dock7 has been identified as a modulator of osteoblast number and in vitro osteogenic differentiation in calvarial osteoblast culture. In addition, m/m exhibit reduced preformed brown adipose tissue innervation and temperature as well as compensatory increase in beige adipocyte markers. While the low bone mineral density phenotype is in part due to higher sympathetic nervous system (SNS) drive in young mice, it is unclear what effect aging would have in mice homozygous for the mutation in the Dock7 gene...
August 15, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821014/efficient-and-accurate-causal-inference-with-hidden-confounders-from-genome-transcriptome-variation-data
#11
Lingfei Wang, Tom Michoel
Mapping gene expression as a quantitative trait using whole genome-sequencing and transcriptome analysis allows to discover the functional consequences of genetic variation. We developed a novel method and ultra-fast software Findr for higly accurate causal inference between gene expression traits using cis-regulatory DNA variations as causal anchors, which improves current methods by taking into consideration hidden confounders and weak regulations. Findr outperformed existing methods on the DREAM5 Systems Genetics challenge and on the prediction of microRNA and transcription factor targets in human lymphoblastoid cells, while being nearly a million times faster...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820911/phosphatidlyinositol-3-kinase-c2-beta-pi3kc2%C3%AE-is-a-potential-new-target-to-treat-ige-mediated-disease
#12
Shekhar Srivastava, Zhai Li, Edward Y Skolnik
Cross linking of the IgE receptor (FcεRI) on mast cells plays a critical role in IgE-dependent allergy including allergic rhinitis, asthma, anaphylaxis, and delayed type hypersensitivity reactions. The Ca2+ activated K+ channel, KCa3.1, plays a critical role in IgE-stimulated Ca2+ entry and degranulation in mast cells by helping to maintain a negative membrane potential, which provides an electrochemical gradient to drive Ca2+ influx. Of the 3 classes of PI3K, the class II PI3Ks are the least studied and little is known about the roles for class II PI3Ks in vivo in the context of the whole organism under normal and pathological conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820533/actinomycetes-still-a-source-of-novel-antibiotics
#13
REVIEW
Olga Genilloud
Covering: 2006 to 2017Actinomycetes have been, for decades, one of the most important sources for the discovery of new antibiotics with an important number of drugs and analogs successfully introduced in the market and still used today in clinical practice. The intensive antibacterial discovery effort that generated the large number of highly potent broad-spectrum antibiotics, has seen a dramatic decline in the large pharma industry in the last two decades resulting in a lack of new classes of antibiotics with novel mechanisms of action reaching the clinic...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820476/biosynthesis-of-s-adenosylmethionine-by-magnetically-immobilized-escherichia-coli-cells-highly-expressing-a-methionine-adenosyltransferase-variant
#14
Chunli Yin, Tao Zheng, Xin Chang
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) is a natural metabolite having important uses in the treatment of various diseases. To develop a simple and effective way to produce SAM, immobilized Escherichia coli cells highly expressing an engineered variant of methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) were employed to synthesize SAM. The recombinant I303V MAT variant was successfully produced at approximately 900 mg/L in a 10-L bioreactor and exhibited significantly less product inhibition and had a four-fold higher specific activity (14...
August 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820111/description-of-actinokineospora-acnipugnans-sp-nov-an-actinomycete-isolated-from-soil-showing-potential-uses-in-cosmetics
#15
Ram Hari Dahal, Dong Seop Shim, Jaisoo Kim
During isolation of soil bacteria having antibacterial functions, an aerobic, Gram-stain-positive, oxidase-negative, catalase-positive bacterium, designated strain R434T, was isolated. Strain R434T showed antimicrobial activity against Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis and significant enzyme-inhibitory capability. The diagnostic diamino acid of the cell-wall peptidoglycan was meso-diaminopimelic acid, and the whole-cell sugars were galactose, arabinose and glucose. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain R434T formed a lineage within the family Pseudonocardiaceae...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820104/nocardia-cavernae-sp-nov-a-novel-actinobacterium-isolated-from-a-karst-cave-sample
#16
Qing-Qing Li, Ming-Xian Han, Bao-Zhu Fang, Jian-Yu Jiao, Lan Liu, Zi-Wen Yang, Wan-Qin Zhang, Da-Qiao Wei, Wen-Jun Li
A novel actinobacterial strain, designated YIM A1135T, was isolated from a soil sample collected from a karst cave in Xingyi county, Guizhou province, south-western China. The taxonomic position of the strain was investigated using a polyphasic approach. Cells of the strain were aerobic, Gram-stain-positive and partially acid-alcohol-fast. Strain YIM A1135T shared 98.3 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Nocardia jejuensis NBRC 103114T and 97.6 % with Nocardia alba YIM 30243T. DNA-DNA hybridization values between strain YIM A1135T and related type strains of the genus Nocardia were less than 70 %...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819860/circulating-tumor-cells-markers-and-methodologies-for-enrichment-and-detection
#17
M J Alvarez Cubero, J A Lorente, I Robles-Fernandez, A Rodriguez-Martinez, J L Puche, M J Serrano
Cancer is a leading cause of disease worldwide; however, nowadays many points of its initiation processes are unknown. In this chapter, we are focusing on the role of liquid biopsies in cancer detection and progression. CTCs are one of the main components of liquid biopsies, they represent a subset of tumor cells that have acquired the ability to disseminate from the primary tumor and intravasate to the circulatory system. The greatest challenge in the detection of CTCs is their rarity in the blood. Human blood consists of white blood cells (5-10 × 10(6)/mL), red blood cells (5-9 × 10(9)/mL), and platelets (2...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819851/rarecyte-%C3%A2-ctc-analysis-step-3-using-the-cytepicker-%C3%A2-module-for-individual-cell-retrieval-and-subsequent-whole-genome-amplification-of-circulating-tumor-cells-for-genomic-analysis
#18
Jackie L Stilwell, Paulina Varshavskaya, Jeffrey L Werbin, Joshua J Nordberg, Arturo B Ramirez, Steve Quarre, Jay Tzucker, Jennifer Chow, Brennan Enright, Eric P Kaldjian
The CytePicker module built into the RareCyte CyteFinder instrument allows researchers to easily retrieve individual cells from microscope slides for genomic analyses, including array CGH, targeted sequencing, and next-generation sequencing. Here, we describe the semiautomated retrieval of CTCs from the blood processed by AccuCyte (see Chapter 13) and amplification of genomic DNA so that molecular analysis can be performed.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819849/rarecyte%C3%A2-ctc-analysis-step-1-accucyte%C3%A2-sample-preparation-for-the-comprehensive-recovery-of-nucleated-cells-from-whole-blood
#19
Arturo B Ramirez, Lance U'Ren, Daniel E Campton, David Stewart, Joshua J Nordberg, Jackie L Stilwell, Eric P Kaldjian
The RareCyte platform addresses important technology limitations of current circulating tumor cell (CTC) collection methods, and expands CTC interrogation to include advanced phenotypic characterization and single-cell molecular analysis. In this respect, it represents the "next generation" of cell-based liquid biopsy technologies. In order to identify and analyze CTCs, RareCyte has developed an integrated sample preparation, imaging and individual cell retrieval process. The first step in the process, AccuCyte(®), allows the separation, collection, and transfer to a slide the nucleated cell fraction of the blood that contains CTCs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819848/capture-and-genetic-analysis-of-circulating-tumor-cells-using-a-magnetic-separation-device-magnetic-sifter
#20
Chin Chun Ooi, Seung-Min Park, Dawson J Wong, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Shan X Wang
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are currently widely studied for their potential application as part of a liquid biopsy. These cells are shed from the primary tumor into the circulation, and are postulated to provide insight into the molecular makeup of the actual tumor in a minimally invasive manner. However, they are extremely rare in blood, with typical concentrations of 1-100 in a milliliter of blood; hence, a need exists for a rapid and high-purity method for isolating CTCs from whole blood. Here, we describe the application of a microfabricated magnetic sifter toward isolation of CTCs from whole blood at volumetric flow rates of 10 mL/h, along with the use of a PDMS-based nanowell system for single-cell gene expression profiling...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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