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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349494/light-scattering-on-pha-granules-protects-bacterial-cells-against-the-harmful-effects-of-uv-radiation
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Eva Slaninova, Petr Sedlacek, Filip Mravec, Lucie Mullerova, Ota Samek, Martin Koller, Ondrej Hesko, Dan Kucera, Ivana Marova, Stanislav Obruca
Numerous prokaryotes accumulate polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in the form of intracellular granules. The primary function of PHA is the storage of carbon and energy. Nevertheless, there are numerous reports that the presence of PHA granules in microbial cells enhances their stress resistance and fitness when exposed to various stress factors. In this work, we studied the protective mechanism of PHA granules against UV irradiation employing Cupriavidus necator as a model bacterial strain. The PHA-accumulating wild type strain showed substantially higher UV radiation resistance than the PHA non-accumulating mutant...
January 19, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349056/sinus-tract-formation-with-chronic-inflammatory-cystic-mass-after-beta-tricalcium-phosphate-insertion
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Hong Jin Kim, Woong Gyu Na, Sung Won Jung, Sung Hoon Koh, Hyoseob Lim
Beta tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) is one of allogenic bone substitute which is known to have interconnected pores that draws cell and nutrients for bone generation. It has been resulted in good outcomes for bone defect coverage or augmentation. However, several studies have also reported negative outcomes and associated complications including unexpected formation of cystic mass, continuous pain and secretion. We present the case of a 36-year-old man with a right cheek cystic mass who had a history of right zygomaticomaxillary (ZM) complex fracture and surgical correction with β-TCP powder insertion to ZM bone defect...
December 2017: Archives of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348539/characterization-of-a-novel-tectivirus-phage-toil-and-its-potential-as-an-agent-for-biolipid-extraction
#3
Jason J Gill, Baixin Wang, Emily Sestak, Ryland Young, Kung-Hui Chu
The oleaginous bacterium Rhodococcus opacus PD630 is metabolically diverse and can be cultivated on various renewable resources to serve as a sustainable triacylglycerol (TAG) feedstock for biodiesel production. Current methods for TAG extraction are costly, but infection of cultures by lytic bacteriophages (phages) may be a viable approach for achieving release of intracellular lipid from oleaginous bacteria such as R. opacus. This study reports the novel tectiviral phage Toil capable of releasing intracellular contents including a fluorescent protein marker and TAGs into the supernatant after phage infection of R...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348453/enhanced-anastomotic-healing-by-daikenchuto-tj-100-in-rats
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Toshiaki Wada, Kenji Kawada, Kenjiro Hirai, Kosuke Toda, Masayoshi Iwamoto, Suguru Hasegawa, Yoshiharu Sakai
Daikenchuto (DKT), a traditional Japanese medicine, is widely used to treat various gastrointestinal disorders. This study aimed to investigate whether DKT could promote the anastomotic healing in a rat model. Pedicled colonic segments were made in left colon by ligation of the feeding arteries, and then intestinal continuity was restored. Colonic blood flow was analyzed by using ICG fluorescence imaging: Fmax, Tmax, T1/2, and Slope were calculated. Anastomotic leakage (AL) was found in 6 of 19 rats (31.6%) in the control group, whereas in 1 of 16 rats (6...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348254/circulating-platelets-as-mediators-of-immunity-inflammation-and-thrombosis
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Milka Koupenova, Lauren Clancy, Heather A Corkrey, Jane E Freedman
Platelets, non-nucleated blood components first described over 130 years ago, are recognized as the primary cell regulating hemostasis and thrombosis. The vascular importance of platelets has been attributed to their essential role in thrombosis, mediating myocardial infarction, stroke, and venous thromboembolism. Increasing knowledge on the platelets' role in the vasculature has led to many advances in understanding not only how platelets interact with the vessel wall but also how they convey changes in the environment to other circulating cells...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346436/bone-marrow-concentrate-promotes-bone-regeneration-with-a-suboptimal-dose-of-rhbmp-2
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Kazuhiro Egashira, Yoshinori Sumita, Weijian Zhong, Takashi I, Seigo Ohba, Kazuhiro Nagai, Izumi Asahina
Bone marrow concentrate (BMC), which is enriched in mononuclear cells (MNCs) and platelets, has recently attracted the attention of clinicians as a new optional means for bone engineering. We previously reported that the osteoinductive effect of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) could be enhanced synergistically by co-transplantation of peripheral blood (PB)-derived platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This study aims to investigate whether BMC can effectively promote bone formation induced by low-dose BMP-2, thereby reducing the undesirable side-effects of BMP-2, compared to PRP...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346400/the-mechanisms-how-heparin-affects-the-tumor-cell-induced-vegf-and-chemokine-release-from-platelets-to-attenuate-the-early-metastatic-niche-formation
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Jan Moritz Ponert, Svenja Schwarz, Reza Haschemi, Jens Müller, Bernd Pötzsch, Gerd Bendas, Martin Schlesinger
Metastasis is responsible for the majority of cancer associated fatalities. Tumor cells leaving the primary tumor and entering the blood flow immediately interact with platelets. Activated platelets contribute in different ways to cancer cell survival and proliferation, e.g. in formation of the early metastatic niche by release of different growth factors and chemokines. Here we show that a direct interaction between platelets and MV3 melanoma or MCF7 breast cancer cells induces platelet activation and a VEGF release in citrated plasma that cannot be further elevated by the coagulation cascade and generated thrombin...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343843/cathelicidin-oa1-a-novel-antioxidant-peptide-identified-from-an-amphibian-accelerates-skin-wound-healing
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Xiaoqing Cao, Ying Wang, Chunyun Wu, Xiaojie Li, Zhe Fu, Meifeng Yang, Wenxin Bian, Siyuan Wang, Yongli Song, Jing Tang, Xinwang Yang
Cathelicidins play pivotal roles in host defense. The discovery of novel cathelicidins is important research; however, despite the identification of many cathelicidins in vertebrates, few have been reported in amphibians. Here we identified a novel cathelicidin (named cathelicidin-OA1) from the skin of an amphibian species, Odorrana andersonii. Produced by posttranslational processing of a 198-residue prepropeptide, cathelicidin-OA1 presented an amino acid sequence of 'IGRDPTWSHLAASCLKCIFDDLPKTHN' and a molecular mass of 3038...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343443/new-job-for-nk-cells-architects-of-the-tumor-microenvironment
#9
Lydia Dyck, Lydia Lynch
NK cells control tumor growth directly through targeted cytotoxic granule release or cytokine secretion and indirectly by orchestrating anti-tumor immune responses. In this issue of Immunity, Glasner et al. (2018) now reveal a new role for NK cells in preventing metastatic spread through controlling tumor architecture.
January 16, 2018: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341323/test-retest-reliability-and-longitudinal-analysis-of-automated-hippocampal-subregion-volumes-in-healthy-ageing-and-alzheimer-s-disease-populations
#10
Amanda Worker, Danai Dima, Anna Combes, William R Crum, Johannes Streffer, Steven Einstein, Mitul A Mehta, Gareth J Barker, Steve C R Williams, Owen O'daly
The hippocampal formation is a complex brain structure that is important in cognitive processes such as memory, mood, reward processing and other executive functions. Histological and neuroimaging studies have implicated the hippocampal region in neuropsychiatric disorders as well as in neurodegenerative diseases. This highly plastic limbic region is made up of several subregions that are believed to have different functional roles. Therefore, there is a growing interest in imaging the subregions of the hippocampal formation rather than modelling the hippocampus as a homogenous structure, driving the development of new automated analysis tools...
January 16, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340060/assessment-of-antimicrobial-and-wound-healing-effects-of-brevinin-2ta-against-the-bacterium-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-dermally-wounded-rats
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Siqin Liu, Qilin Long, Yang Xu, Jun Wang, Zhongwei Xu, Lei Wang, Mei Zhou, Yuxin Wu, Tianbao Chen, Chris Shaw
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are regarded as promising alternatives for antibiotics due to their inherent capacity to prevent microbial drug resistance. Amphibians are rich source of bioactive molecules, which provide numerous AMPs with various structures as drug candidates. Here, we isolated and identified a novel AMP Brevinin-2Ta (B-2Ta) from the skin secretion of the European frog, Pelophylax kl. esculentus. In vitro studies revealed that it showed broad antimicrobial activities against S. aureus, E. coli and C...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340032/c3g-promotes-a-selective-release-of-angiogenic-factors-from-activated-mouse-platelets-to-regulate-angiogenesis-and-tumor-metastasis
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Víctor Martín-Granado, Sara Ortiz-Rivero, Rita Carmona, Sara Gutiérrez-Herrero, Mario Barrera, Laura San-Segundo, Celia Sequera, Pedro Perdiguero, Francisco Lozano, Francisco Martín-Herrero, José Ramón González-Porras, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli, Almudena Porras, Carmen Guerrero
Previous observations indicated that C3G (RAPGEF1) promotes α-granule release, evidenced by the increase in P-selectin exposure on the platelet surface following its activation. The goal of the present study is to further characterize the potential function of C3G as a modulator of the platelet releasate and its implication in the regulation of angiogenesis. Proteomic analysis revealed a decreased secretion of anti-angiogenic factors from activated transgenic C3G and C3G∆Cat platelets. Accordingly, the secretome from both transgenic platelets had an overall pro-angiogenic effect as evidenced by an in vitro capillary-tube formation assay with HUVECs (human umbilical vein endothelial cells) and by two in vivo models of heterotopic tumor growth...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339781/draxin-regulates-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-the-postnatal-dentate-gyrus-by-inhibiting-dcc-induced-apoptosis
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Hiroshi Tawarayama, Hirohisa Yamada, Ruhul Amin, Yuiko Morita-Fujimura, Helen M Cooper, Yohei Shinmyo, Masakado Kawata, Shuntaro Ikawa, Hideaki Tanaka
Hippocampal neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (DG) is controlled by diffusible molecules that modulate neurogenic processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation and survival. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying hippocampal neurogenesis, we investigated the function of draxin, originally identified as a neural chemorepellent, in the regulation of neuronal survival in the DG. Draxin was expressed in Tbr2 (+) late progenitors and NeuroD1 (+) neuroblasts in the dentate granule cell lineage, whereas expression of its receptor DCC (deleted in colorectal cancer) was mainly detectable in neuroblasts...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337215/anti-angiogenic-effects-of-qingdu-granule-on-breast-cancer-through-inhibiting-nfat-signaling-pathway
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Xin Zhao, Jinyu Liu, Lili Feng, Shasha Ge, Shijun Yang, Chen Chen, Xiaoya Li, Lin Peng, Yuxue Mu, Yueqi Wang, Daozhao Gu, Yi Guo, Geng Lin, Bo Deng, Zhiqiang Cheng, Dayong Cai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Qingdu granule (QDG), a traditional Chinese herbal prescription, had anti-tumor effect on breast cancer. However the underlying mechanism of QDG was unclear. THE AIM OF THIS STUDY: The present study aimed to investigate whether QDG could inhibit angiogenesis of breast cancer via acting on nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NFAT) signaling pathway. This was implicated in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro and breast cancer xenograft model in vivo...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337043/membrane-permeable-rab27a-is-a-regulator-of-the-acrosome-reaction-role-of-geranylgeranylation-and-guanine-nucleotides
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Matías A Bustos, Ornella Lucchesi, María C Ruete, Claudia N Tomes
The acrosome reaction is the regulated exocytosis of mammalian sperm's single secretory granule, essential for fertilization. It relies on small GTPases, the cAMP binding protein Epac, and the SNARE complex, among other components. Here, we describe a novel tool to investigate Rab27-related signaling pathways: a hybrid recombinant protein consisting of human Rab27A fused to TAT, a cell penetrating peptide. With this tool, we aimed to unravel the connection between Rab3, Rab27 and Rap1 in sperm exocytosis and to deepen our understanding about how isoprenylation and guanine nucleotides influence the behaviour of Rab27 in exocytosis...
January 11, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336207/cytotoxicity-of-ciprofloxacin-and-steroids-in-mouse-tympanic-membrane-fibroblasts
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Sonny Redula, Patrick J Antonelli, Carolyn O Dirain
Objective Ciprofloxacin, commonly given as eardrops, has been shown to adversely affect tympanic membrane fibroblasts. Dexamethasone potentiates this effect. A newly available eardrop contains ciprofloxacin and fluocinolone, a more potent steroid. We evaluated the cytotoxic effects of this preparation on mouse tympanic membrane fibroblasts. Study Design Prospective, in vitro. Setting Academic laboratory. Subjects and Methods In experiment 1, fibroblasts were exposed to 1:10 dilutions of commercially available 0...
January 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335779/equine-neutrophils-and-their-role-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-lung-inflammation
#17
REVIEW
Stacy L Anderson, Baljit Singh
Horses are susceptible to a multitude of inflammatory conditions that are characterized by a strong neutrophilic response. Here, we review basic equine neutrophil biology and explore the role of neutrophils in inflammatory conditions with emphasis on intestinal ischemia and reperfusion injury and lung inflammation. In addition, unique aspects of equine neutrophil biology have been highlighted. Neutrophils comprise the highest proportion of circulating white blood cells in equine blood. The concentration of circulating equine neutrophils is a primary indicator of systemic inflammation...
January 15, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335606/conserved-properties-of-dentate-gyrus-neurogenesis-across-postnatal-development-revealed-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
#18
Hannah Hochgerner, Amit Zeisel, Peter Lönnerberg, Sten Linnarsson
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a brain region in which neurogenesis persists into adulthood; however, the relationship between developmental and adult dentate gyrus neurogenesis has not been examined in detail. Here we used single-cell RNA sequencing to reveal the molecular dynamics and diversity of dentate gyrus cell types in perinatal, juvenile, and adult mice. We found distinct quiescent and proliferating progenitor cell types, linked by transient intermediate states to neuroblast stages and fully mature granule cells...
January 15, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335604/dentate-network-activity-is-necessary-for-spatial-working-memory-by-supporting-ca3-sharp-wave-ripple-generation-and-prospective-firing-of-ca3-neurons
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Takuya Sasaki, Verónica C Piatti, Ernie Hwaun, Siavash Ahmadi, John E Lisman, Stefan Leutgeb, Jill K Leutgeb
Complex spatial working memory tasks have been shown to require both hippocampal sharp-wave ripple (SWR) activity and dentate gyrus (DG) neuronal activity. We therefore asked whether DG inputs to CA3 contribute to spatial working memory by promoting SWR generation. Recordings from DG and CA3 while rats performed a dentate-dependent working memory task on an eight-arm radial maze revealed that the activity of dentate neurons and the incidence rate of SWRs both increased during reward consumption. We then found reduced reward-related CA3 SWR generation without direct input from dentate granule neurons...
January 15, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335356/single-bursts-of-individual-granule-cells-functionally-rearrange-feed-forward-inhibition
#20
Máté Neubrandt, Viktor János Oláh, János Brunner, Endre Marosi, Ivan Soltesz, János Szabadics
The sparse single spike activity of dentate gyrus granule cells (DG GCs) is punctuated by occasional brief bursts of 3 to 7 action potentials. It is well-known that such presynaptic bursts in individual mossy fibers (MFs; axons of granule cells) are often able to discharge postsynaptic CA3 pyramidal cells due to powerful short-term facilitation. However, what happens in the CA3 network after the passage of a brief MF burst, before the arrival of the next burst or solitary spike, is not understood. Because MFs innervate significantly more CA3 interneurons than pyramidal cells, we focused on unitary MF responses in identified interneurons in the seconds-long post-burst period, using paired recordings in rat hippocampal slices...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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