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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545254/bacterial-virus-ontology-coordinating-across-databases
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Chantal Hulo, Patrick Masson, Ariane Toussaint, David Osumi-Sutherland, Edouard de Castro, Andrea H Auchincloss, Sylvain Poux, Lydie Bougueleret, Ioannis Xenarios, Philippe Le Mercier
Bacterial viruses, also called bacteriophages, display a great genetic diversity and utilize unique processes for infecting and reproducing within a host cell. All these processes were investigated and indexed in the ViralZone knowledge base. To facilitate standardizing data, a simple ontology of viral life-cycle terms was developed to provide a common vocabulary for annotating data sets. New terminology was developed to address unique viral replication cycle processes, and existing terminology was modified and adapted...
May 23, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545230/nanog-plays-a-hierarchical-role-in-the-transcription-network-regulating-the-pluripotency-and-plasticity-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells
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Maria Pitrone, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Laura Tomasello, Antonina Coppola, Lorenzo Morini, Gianni Pantuso, Romina Ficarella, Valentina Guarnotta, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Carla Giordano
The stromal vascular cell fraction (SVF) of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue (VAT and SAT) has increasingly come into focus in stem cell research, since these compartments represent a rich source of multipotent adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs). ASCs exhibit a self-renewal potential and differentiation capacity. Our aim was to study the different expression of the embryonic stem cell markers NANOG (homeobox protein NANOG), SOX2 (SRY (sex determining region Y)-box 2) and OCT4 (octamer-binding transcription factor 4) and to evaluate if there exists a hierarchal role in this network in ASCs derived from both SAT and VAT...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545186/gallium-nanoparticle-mediated-reduction-of-brain-specific-serine-protease-4-in-an-experimental-metastatic-cancer-model
#3
Enas M Moustafa, Marwa Abdelhameed Mohamed, Noura M Thabet
Purpose: Tumor growth and metastasis depend on angiogenesis; therefore, efforts are being made to develop specific angiogenic inhibitors. Gallium (Ga) is the second most common metal ion, after platinum, used in cancer treatment. Its activities are numerous and various. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of Ga on brain metastasis arising from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and methods: Forty experimental rats (divided into 4 groups) received diethylnitrosamine (DEN) at a dose (20 mg/kg...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544986/morphometric-characteristics-of-neutrophils-stimulated-by-adhesion-and-hypochlorite
#4
Tatsiana Kuznetsova, Tatsiana Kulahava, Ivan Zholnerevich, Nadezda Amaegberi, Galina Semenkova, Oleg Shadyro, Juergen Arnhold
The aim of this work was to compare cell form, size and volume as well as the locomotor activity of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) stimulated by adhesion to glass and exposed to hypochlorous acid at non-toxic dose. After 20min of adhesion to a glass surface, volume, cell surface area and projection area of PMNLs were equaled to 143.1±21.4μm(3), 288.8±28.8μm(2) and 248.3±32.3μm(2), respectively. Projection area of PMNLs exposed to NaOCl was noticeably enlarged as compared with control samples. The cell volume of 20min adherent cells exposed to NaOCl was enlarged in comparison with both control cells and 5min adhered exposed to NaOCl cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544784/presynaptic-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-with-a-homozygous-sequence-variant-in-lama5-combines-myopia-facial-tics-and-failure-of-neuromuscular-transmission
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Ricardo A Maselli, Juan Arredondo, Jessica Vázquez, Jessica X Chong, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Marian Lara, Fiona Ng, Victoria L Lo, Peter Pytel, Craig M McDonald
Defects in genes encoding the isoforms of the laminin alpha subunit have been linked to various phenotypic manifestations, including brain malformations, muscular dystrophy, ocular defects, cardiomyopathy, and skin abnormalities. We report here a severe defect of neuromuscular transmission in a consanguineous patient with a homozygous variant in the laminin alpha-5 subunit gene (LAMA5). The variant c.8046C>T (p.Arg2659Trp) is rare and has a predicted deleterious effect. The affected individual, who also carries a rare homozygous sequence variant in LAMA1, had muscle weakness, myopia, and facial tics...
May 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544621/a-cell-adhesive-peptide-from-tropoelastin-promotes-sequential-cell-attachment-and-spreading-via-distinct-receptors
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Pearl Lee, Giselle C Yeo, Anthony S Weiss
Tropoelastin is the dominant monomer that assembles to form elastin, which confers elasticity to vertebrate elastic tissues including skin, arteries and lungs. Tropoelastin interacts with cells through cell surface receptors including integrins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). As the region 17-18 is recognized as a key region in cell attachment and spreading, we utilized C-terminal truncated tropoelastin constructs containing dissected sections of domain 18. We mapped a cell interactive sequence of tropoelastin to domain 17 and the first 6 amino acids (aa) of domain 18...
May 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544508/enhancement-of-plasma-protein-adsorption-and-osteogenesis-of-hmscs-by-functionalized-siloxane-coatings-for-titanium-implants
#7
Maria Martínez-Ibáñez, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Yong Mao, Julio Suay, Marilo Gurruchaga, Isabel Goñi, Joachim Kohn
A series of sol-gel derived silicon based coatings were developed to improve the osseointegration of commercial titanium dental implants. The osseointegration starts with a positive interaction between the implant surface and surrounding tissues, which is facilitated by the adsorption of plasma proteins onto the biomaterial surface immediately after implantation. It is likely that the enhancement of protein adsorption to titanium implants leads to a better implant/tissue integration. In addition, silica based biomaterials have been shown to promote osteoblast differentiation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544261/mechanical-properties-structure-bioadhesion-and-biocompatibility-of-pectin-hydrogels
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Pavel A Markov, Nikita S Krachkovsky, Eugene A Durnev, Ekaterina A Martinson, Sergey G Litvinets, Sergey V Popov
The surface structure, biocompatibility, textural and adhesive properties of calcium hydrogels derived from 1, 2 and 4% solutions of apple pectin were examined in this study. An increase in the pectin concentration in hydrogels was shown to improve their stability toward elastic and plastic deformation. The elasticity of pectin hydrogels, measured as Young's modulus, ranged from 6 to 100 kPa. The mechanical properties of the pectin hydrogels were shown to correspond to those of soft tissues. The characterization of surface roughness in terms of the roughness profile (Ra) and the root-mean-square deviation of the roughness profile (Rq) indicated an increased roughness profile for hydrogels depending on their pectin concentration...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544255/a-new-polyoxometalate-pom-based-composite-%C3%AF-fabrication-through-pom-assisted-polymerization-of-dopamine-and-properties-as-anode-materials-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-battery
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Yan-Hong Ding, Jun Peng, Shifa-Ullah Khan, Yue Yuan
Organic substrates are indispensable to fabricate multi-functional polyoxometalate (POM)-based composites for various application fields. A new Molybdovanadophosphoric heteropolyacid (PMo10V2)-based polydopamine (PDA) composite (PMo10V2/PDA) has been firstly synthesized through a facile in-situ polymerization method under hydrothermal conditions without adding extra buffer solution. The obtained PMo10V2/PDA composite shows homogeneous microsphere morphology. By utilizing the adhesive ability of PDA, the composite can be used as an anode material without additional binder for rechargeable lithium ion batteries...
May 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544069/cd38-enhances-the-proliferation-and-inhibits-the-apoptosis-of-cervical-cancer-cells-by-affecting-the-mitochondria-functions
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Shan Liao, Songshu Xiao, Hongxiang Chen, Manying Zhang, Zhifang Chen, Yuehua Long, Lu Gao, Guangchao Zhu, Junyu He, Shuping Peng, Wei Xiong, Zhaoyang Zeng, Zheng Li, Ming Zhou, Xiaoling Li, Jian Ma, Minghua Wu, Juanjuan Xiang, Guiyuan Li, Yanhong Zhou
Cervical cancer is one of the most common malignant tumors in women all over the world. The exact mechanism of occurrence and development of cervical cancer has not been fully elucidated. CD38 is a type II transmembrane glycoprotein, which was found to mediate diverse activities, including signal transduction, cell adhesion, and cyclic ADP-ribose synthesis. Here, we reported that CD38 promoted cell proliferation and inhibited cell apoptosis in cervical cancer cells by affecting the mitochondria functions. We established stable cervical cancer cell lines with CD38 over-expressed...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543785/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-candida-albicans-isolates-from-bloodstream-and-mucosal-infections
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Marina Mandelblat, Michael Frenkel, Darren Abbey, Ronen Ben Ami, Judith Berman, Esther Segal
The interaction of Candida albicans with the host is of a complex nature involving fungal factors and host's response. In this study, we concentrated on the phenotypic expression of virulence attributes and genotypic characteristics of C. albicans isolates from two distinct clinical entities of candidiasis-blood stream and vaginal infections, and the possible role of these factors. Hence, we conducted a comparative in vitro assessment of virulence characteristics, including adhesion to epithelial cells and HaCat cell line, biofilm formation, aspartic proteinases and phospholipase activity of 20 C...
May 22, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543598/assessment-of-fallopian-tube-fimbria-patency-with-4-dimensional-hysterosalpingo-contrast-sonography-in-infertile-women
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Weiqun Wang, Qiulan Zhou, Yafei Gong, Ying Li, Yinying Huang, Zhiyi Chen
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of 4-dimensional (4D) hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (HyCoSy) for assessing fallopian tube fimbria patency in infertile women. METHODS: Seventy-seven infertile female patients with obstruction at the tubal fimbria or partial obstruction with pelvic adhesions were included. All of the patients underwent 4D HyCoSy enhanced by dynamic observation after a flush of normal saline and were followed with laparoscopic chromopertubation using methylene blue within 6 months...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543319/glycocalyx-bending-by-an-electric-field-increases-cell-motility
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Francis X Hart, John R Palisano
The application of physiological strength electric fields may produce a wide range of effects on cells. The mechanisms by which cells detect the presence of these fields, however, are not fully understood. Previous experiments have shown that directionality of cells in the field is governed by an electromechanical mechanism in which the field exerts a torque on the negatively charged, inner glycocalyx that is then transmitted as a force on the cytoskeleton. This mechanism is similar to that by which cells detect fluid shear forces...
May 24, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543271/characterization-of-cellular-adhesion-reinforcement-by-multiple-bond-force-spectroscopy-in-alveolar-epithelial-cells
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Nguyen Ngoc-Minh, Angely Christelle, Andre Dias Sofia, Planus Emmanuelle, Filoche Marcel, Pelle Gabriel, Louis Bruno, Isabey Daniel
BACKGROUND: Integrin-mediated adhesion is a key process by which cells physically connect their environment, express sensitivity and adaptation through mechanotransduction. A critical step of cell adhesion is the formation of the first bonds which individually generate weak contacts (∼tens pN) but can sustain thousand times higher forces (∼tens nN) when associated. RESULTS: We propose an experimental validation by multiple bond force spectroscopy (MFS) of a stochastic model predicting adhesion reinforcement permitted by non cooperative, multiple bonds on which force is homogeneously distributed (called parallel bond configuration)...
May 24, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543181/loss-of-l-selectin-guided-cd8-but-not-cd4-cells-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-steatotic-liver
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Vasantha L Kolachala, Sirish Palle, Ming Shen, Alayna Feng, Dmitry Shayakhmetov, Nitika A Gupta
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Steatotic liver responds with increased hepatocellular injury when exposed to an ischemic-reperfusion insult. Increasing evidence supports the role of immune cells as key mediators of this injury in a normal (lean) state, but data about their role in a steatotic liver are practically non-existent. The objective of the current study was to delineate contribution of specific phenotypes of T cells and adhesion molecules in exacerbated cell death in steatotic liver injury...
May 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543033/cereal-bars-produced-with-banana-peel-flour-evaluation-of-acceptability-and-sensory-profile
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Vania Silva Carvalho, Ana Carolina Conti-Silva
BACKGROUND: A Mixture design was used to investigate the effects of banana peel flour, rice flakes and oat flour on sensory acceptability of cereal bars, with subsequent evaluation of sensory profile of products identified as having high acceptability. RESULTS: Regions of greater response for acceptability of the cereal bars, which are dependent on the three investigated components, were found. Although having good acceptability, sensory profiles of cereal bars were different...
May 25, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542923/the-polysialic-acid-mimetics-idarubicin-and-irinotecan-stimulate-neuronal-survival-and-neurite-outgrowth-and-signal-via-protein-kinase-c
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Gabriele Loers, Steven Astafiev, Yuliya Hapiak, Vedangana Saini, Bibhudatta Mishra, Sheraz Gul, Gurcharan Kaur, Melitta Schachner, Thomas Theis
Polysialic acid (PSA) is a large, negatively charged, linear homopolymer of alpha2-8-linked sialic acid residues. It is generated by two polysialyltransferases and attached to N- and/or O-linked glycans, and its main carrier is the neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM. PSA controls the development and regeneration of the nervous system by enhancing cell migration, axon pathfinding, synaptic targeting, synaptic plasticity, by regulating the differentiation of progenitor cells and by modulating cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesions...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542700/modeling-thrombus-formation-and-growth
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REVIEW
Hamid Hosseinzadegan, Danesh K Tafti
The paper reviews the state-of-the-art in computational modeling of thrombus formation and growth and related phenomena including platelet margination, activation, adhesion, and embolization. Presently, there is a high degree of empiricism in the modeling of thrombus formation. Based on the experimentally observed physics, the review gives useful strategies for predicting thrombus formation and growth. These include determining blood components involved in atherosclerosis, effective blood viscosity, tissue properties, and methods proposed for boundary conditions...
May 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542564/the-pet-and-lim1-2-domains-of-testin-contribute-to-intramolecular-and-homodimeric-interactions
#19
Stefano Sala, Marie Catillon, Ermin Hadzic, Elisabeth Schaffner-Reckinger, Marleen Van Troys, Christophe Ampe
The focal adhesion protein testin is a modular scaffold and tumour suppressor that consists of an N-terminal cysteine rich (CR) domain, a PET domain of unknown function and three C-terminal LIM domains. Testin has been proposed to have an open and a closed conformation based on the observation that its N-terminal half and C-terminal half directly interact. Here we extend the testin conformational model by demonstrating that testin can also form an antiparallel homodimer. In support of this extended model we determined that the testin region (amino acids 52-233) harbouring the PET domain interacts with the C-terminal LIM1-2 domains in vitro and in cells, and assign a critical role to tyrosine 288 in this interaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542501/a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-kinases-rock-inhibitor-y-27632-enhances-adhesion-viability-and-differentiation-of-human-term-placenta-derived-trophoblasts-in-vitro
#20
Kenichiro Motomura, Naoko Okada, Hideaki Morita, Mariko Hara, Masato Tamari, Keisuke Orimo, Go Matsuda, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Akio Matsuda, Takeshi Nagamatsu, Mikiya Fujieda, Haruhiko Sago, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Although human term placenta-derived primary cytotrophoblasts (pCTBs) represent a good human syncytiotrophoblast (STB) model, in vitro culture of pCTBs is not always easily accomplished. Y-27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinases (ROCK), reportedly prevented apoptosis and improved cell-to-substrate adhesion and culture stability of dissociated cultured human embryonic stem cells and human corneal endothelial cells. The Rho kinase pathway regulates various kinds of cell behavior, some of which are involved in pCTB adhesion and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
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