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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156747/lethality-of-inappropriate-plasma-exposure-on-chicken-embryonic-development
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Jiao Jiao Zhang, Jin Oh Jo, Do Luong Huynh, Mrinmoy Ghosh, Nameun Kim, Sang Baek Lee, Hak Kyo Lee, Young Sun Mok, Taeho Kwon, Dong Kee Jeong
In this study, we examined the effects of non-thermal dielectric barrier discharge plasma on embryonic development in chicken eggs in order to determine the optimal level of plasma exposure for the promotion of embryonic growth. We exposed developing chicken embryos at either Hamburger-Hamilton (HH) stage 04 or HH 20 to plasma at voltages of 11.7 kV to 27.6 kV. Our results show exposure at 11.7 kV for 1 min promoted chicken embryonic development, but exposure to more duration and intensity of plasma resulted in dose-dependent embryonic death and HH 20 stage embryos survive longer than those at stage HH 04...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156404/cascaded-signal-amplification-via-target-triggered-formation-of-aptazyme-for-sensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-atp
#2
Xia Li, Jianmei Yang, Jiaqing Xie, Bingying Jiang, Ruo Yuan, Yun Xiang
The construction of reliable sensors for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) detection gains increasing interest because of its important roles in various enzymatic activities and biological processes. Based on a cascaded, significant signal amplification approach by the integration of the aptazymes and catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA), we have developed a sensitive electrochemical sensor for the detection of ATP. The target ATP leads to the conformational change of the aptazyme sequences and their association with the hairpin substrates to form active aptazymes, in which the hairpin substrates are cyclically cleaved by the metal ion cofactors in buffer to release the enzymatic sequences that can also bind the hairpin substrates to generate active DNAzymes...
November 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155852/the-role-of-adenosine-diphosphate-mediated-platelet-responsiveness-for-the-stability-of-platelet-integrity-in-citrated-whole-blood-under-ex-vivo-conditions
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Juergen Koessler, Michaela Schwarz, Katja Weber, Julia Etzel, Angela Koessler, Markus Boeck, Anna Kobsar
BACKGROUND: Platelets are important for effective hemostasis and considered to be involved in pathophysiological processes, e.g. in cardiovascular diseases. Platelets provided for research or for therapeutic use are frequently separated from citrated whole blood (WB) stored for different periods of time. Although functionally intact platelets are required, the stability of platelet integrity, e.g. adenosine diphosphate (ADP) mediated responsiveness, has never been thoroughly investigated in citrated WB under ex vivo conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155580/a-unique-approach-to-design-potent-and-selective-cyclic-adenosine-monophosphate-response-element-binding-protein-binding-protein-cbp-inhibitors
#4
Sarah M Bronner, Jeremy M Murray, F Anthony Romero, Kwong Wah Lai, Vickie Tsui, Patrick Cyr, Maureen H Beresini, Gladys de Leon Boenig, Zhongguo Chen, Edna F Choo, Kevin R Clark, Terry D Crawford, Hariharan Jayaram, Susan Kaufman, Ruina Li, Yingjie Li, Jiangpeng Liao, Xiaorong Liang, Wenfeng Liu, Justin Q Ly, Jonathan Maher, John S Wai, Fei Wang, Aijun Zheng, Xiaoyu Zhu, Steven R Magnuson
The epigenetic regulator CBP/P300 presents a novel therapeutic target for oncology. Previously, we reported the development of potent and selective CBP bromodomain inhibitors by first identifying pharmacophores that bind the KAc region, and then building into the LPF shelf. Herein we report the "hybridization" of a variety of KAc-binding fragments with a tetrahydroquinoline scaffold that makes optimal interactions with the LPF shelf, imparting enhanced potency and selectivity to the hybridized ligand. To demonstrate the utility of our hybridization approach, two analogues containing unique Asn binders and the optimized tetrahydroquinoline moiety were rapidly optimized to yield single-digit nanomolar inhibitors of CBP with exquisite selectivity over BRD4(1) and the broader bromodomain family...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155548/site-selective-rna-splicing-nanozyme-dnazyme-and-rtcb-conjugates-on-a-gold-nanoparticle
#5
Jessica R Petree, Kevin Yehl, Kornelia Galior, Roxanne Glazier, Brendan Deal, Khalid Salaita
Modifying RNA through either splicing or editing is a fundamental biological process for creating protein diversity from the same genetic code. Developing novel chemical biology tools for RNA editing has potential to transiently edit genes and to provide a better understanding of RNA biochemistry. Current techniques used to modify RNA include the use of ribozymes, adenosine deaminase and tRNA endonucleases. Herein, we report a nanozyme that is capable of splicing of virtually any RNA stem-loop. This nanozyme is comprised of a gold nanoparticle functionalized with three enzymes: two catalytic DNA strands with ribonuclease function and an RNA ligase...
November 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155261/the-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-fcpr16-attenuates-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-subjected-to-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-and-reperfusion
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Jiajia Chen, Hui Yu, Jiahong Zhong, Hongfang Feng, Haitao Wang, Yufang Cheng, Zhengqiang Zou, Chang Huang, Zhongzhen Zhou, Wenhua Zheng, Jiangping Xu
Current phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitors exert beneficial effects in central nervous system diseases via anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic properties, but many of them are plagued by side effects like nausea and emesis. FCPR16, a novel PDE4 inhibitor synthesized in our lab, has potential anti-inflammatory property. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of FCPR16 in a rat model of ischemic stroke and evaluate its emetogenic potential. Our results showed that FCPR16 treatment improved neurological function, reduced cerebral infarct volume, and attenuated brain histological changes in rats subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion (MCAO/R)...
November 16, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154957/the-ying-yang-of-inflammatory-status-blood-brain-barrier-regulation-during-sleep
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G Hurtado-Alvarado, E Becerril-Villanueva, A Contis-Montes de Oca, E Domínguez-Salazar, N Salinas-Jazmín, S M Pérez-Tapia, L Pavon, J Velázquez-Moctezuma, B Gómez-González
Sleep loss induces a low-grade inflammatory status characterized by a subtle but sustained increase of pro-inflammatory mediators, which are key regulators of blood-brain barrier function. To investigate the influence of inflammatory status on blood-brain barrier dysfunction induced by sleep restriction we performed an experiment using two strains of mice with different immunological backgrounds, C57BL/6 mice that have a predominant pro-inflammatory response and BALB/c mice that have a predominant anti-inflammatory response...
November 15, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154907/an-integrated-mathematical-epithelial-cell-model-for-airway-surface-liquid-regulation-by-mechanical-forces
#8
Dan Wu, Richard C Boucher, Brian Button, Timothy Elston, Ching-Long Lin
A robust method based on reverse engineering was utilized to construct the ion-channel conductance functions for airway epithelial sodium channels (ENaC), the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), and calcium-activated chloride channels (CaCC). The ion-channel conductance models for both normal (NL) and cystic fibrosis (CF) airway epithelia were developed and then coupled to an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) metabolism model and a fluid transport model (collectively called the integrated cell model) to investigate airway surface liquid (ASL) volume regulation and hence mucus concentration, by mechanical forces in NL and CF human airways...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154687/pyruvate-enhancement-of-cardiac-performance-cellular-mechanisms-and-clinical-application
#9
Robert T Mallet, Albert H Olivencia-Yurvati, Rolf Bünger
Cardiac contractile function is adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP)-intensive, and the myocardium's high demand for oxygen and energy substrates leaves it acutely vulnerable to interruptions in its blood supply. The myriad cardioprotective properties of the natural intermediary metabolite pyruvate make it a potentially powerful intervention against the complex injury cascade ignited by myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. A readily oxidized metabolic substrate, pyruvate augments myocardial free energy of ATP hydrolysis to a greater extent than the physiological fuels glucose, lactate and fatty acids, particularly when it is provided at supra-physiological plasma concentrations...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153572/prognostic-value-of-quantitative-stress-perfusion-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
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Eva C Sammut, Adriana D M Villa, Gabriella Di Giovine, Luke Dancy, Filippo Bosio, Thomas Gibbs, Swarna Jeyabraba, Susanne Schwenke, Steven E Williams, Michael Marber, Khaled Alfakih, Tevfik F Ismail, Reza Razavi, Amedeo Chiribiri
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the prognostic usefulness of visual and quantitative perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) ischemic burden in an unselected group of patients and to assess the validity of consensus-based ischemic burden thresholds extrapolated from nuclear studies. BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the prognostic value of assessing myocardial ischemic burden by CMR, and there are none using quantitative perfusion analysis. METHODS: Patients with suspected coronary artery disease referred for adenosine-stress perfusion CMR were included (n = 395; 70% male; age 58 ± 13 years)...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153087/a-fluorescence-aptasensor-based-on-two-dimensional-sheet-metal-organic-frameworks-for-monitoring-adenosine-triphosphate
#11
Xiao-Man Hai, Nan Li, Ke Wang, Zhi-Qi Zhang, Jing Zhang, Fu-Quan Dang
In the present study, a facile fluorescence aptasensor based on two-dimensional sheet metal-organic frameworks of N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)dithiooxamidato copper(II) (H2dtoaCu) was developed for the sensitive detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The sensing mechanism was based on the noncovalent interaction between FAM-labeled (fluorescein amidite) ATP aptamers and H2dtoaCu. In the absence of ATP, the FAM-labeled aptamer readily adsorbs onto H2dtoaCu, mainly via π-π stacking and hydrogen bond interactions between the nucleotide bases and the H2dtoaCu surface, leading to the reduction of fluorescence intensity of the FAM by photoinduced electron transfer (PET)...
January 15, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152657/dihydroartemisinin-treatment-exhibits-antitumor-effects-in-glioma-cells-through-induction-of-apoptosis
#12
Chun-Hua Xu, Yue Liu, Li-Min Xiao, Chang-Gui Guo, Su-Yue Zheng, Er-Ming Zeng, Dong-Hai Li
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of dihydroartemisinin on the proliferation of chemotherapy‑resistant C6 rat glioma cells. The results revealed that incubation of C6 glioma cells with a range of dihydroartemisinin concentrations for 48 h led to a significant (P<0.02) reduction in the cell number. There was a ‑0.8-fold reduction in the cell count following treatment with 20 µM dihydroartemisinin when compared with the control cultures. Analysis of DNA synthesis using bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) staining demonstrated a reduction in the BrdU‑labeling index (LI) following treatment with 20 µM dihydroartemisinin...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151220/high-efficiency-expression-of-yeast-derived-g-protein-coupled-receptors-and-19-f-labeling-for-dynamical-studies
#13
Libin Ye, Alexander P Orazietti, Aditya Pandey, R Scott Prosser
We describe a detailed protocol for heterologous expression of the human adenosine A2A G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), using Pichia pastoris. Details are also provided for the reconstitution and functional purification steps. Yields of 2-6 mg/g membrane were obtained prior to functional purification (ligand column purification). Typically, functional purification reduced overall yields by a factor of 2-4, resulting in final functional production of 0.5-3 mg/L membrane. Yeast is an excellent protein expression system for NMR given its high tolerance for isotope-enriched solvents and its ability to grow in minimal media...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150633/ketamine-s-antidepressant-effect-is-mediated-by-energy-metabolism-and-antioxidant-defense-system
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Katja Weckmann, Michael J Deery, Julie A Howard, Renata Feret, John M Asara, Frederik Dethloff, Michaela D Filiou, Jamie Iannace, Christiana Labermaier, Giuseppina Maccarrone, Christian Webhofer, Larysa Teplytska, Kathryn Lilley, Marianne B Müller, Christoph W Turck
Fewer than 50% of all patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) treated with currently available antidepressants (ADs) show full remission. Moreover, about one third of the patients suffering from MDD does not respond to conventional ADs and develop treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Ketamine, a non-competitive, voltage-dependent N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist, has been shown to have a rapid antidepressant effect, especially in patients suffering from TRD. Hippocampi of ketamine-treated mice were analysed by metabolome and proteome profiling to delineate ketamine treatment-affected molecular pathways and biosignatures...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150224/reduced-gene-expression-of-sirtuins-and-active-ampk-levels-in-children-and-adolescents-with-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
#15
Zahra Arab Sadeghabadi, Mitra Nourbakhsh, Parvin Pasalar, Solaleh Emamgholipour, Abolfazl Golestani, Bagher Larijani, Maryam Razzaghy-Azar
BACKGROUND: Sirtuins, including SIRT1 and SIRT2, are longevity-associated deacetylase enzymes that modulate metabolic homeostasis in response to the cellular energy state. Adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK) and SIRT1 are interrelated and share several common target pathways. This study aimed to evaluate the SIRT1 and SIRT2 gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) as well as plasma levels of AMPK, in obese children and adolescents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participants included 60 children and adolescents (30 obese and 30 age- and gender-matched control subjects)...
November 14, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149028/changes-of-cerebral-and-or-peripheral-adenosine-a%C3%A2-receptor-and-igf-i-concentrations-under-extended-sleep-duration-in-rats
#16
Mounir Chennaoui, Pierrick J Arnal, Rodolphe Dorey, Fabien Sauvet, Sylvain Ciret, Thierry Gallopin, Damien Leger, Catherine Drogou, Danielle Gomez-Merino
Extended sleep improves sustained attention and reduces sleep pressure in humans. Downregulation of adenosine A₁ receptor (A₁R) and modulation of the neurotrophic factor insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-I) in brain structures controlling attentional capacities could be involved. In the frontal cortex and hippocampus of rats, we measured adenosine A₁R and IGF-I protein concentrations after photoperiod-induced sleep extension. Two groups of twelve rats were adapted over 14 days to a habitual (CON) 12:12 light-dark (LD) schedule and an extended (EXT) 16:8 LD schedule...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148804/a-nanobionic-light-emitting-plant
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Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan Pablo Giraldo, Min Hao Wong, Volodymyr Koman, Tedrick Lew, Jon Ell, Mark Weidman, Rosalie Sinclair, Markita P Landry, William A Tisdale, Michael S Strano
The engineering of living plants for visible light emission and sustainable illumination is compelling because plants possess independent energy generation and storage mechanisms and autonomous self-repair. Herein, we demonstrate a plant nanobionic approach that enables exceptional luminosity and lifetime utilizing four chemically-interacting nanoparticles, including firefly luciferase conjugated silica (SNP-Luc), D-luciferin releasing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-LH2), coenzyme A functionalized chitosan (CS-CoA) and semiconductor nanocrystal phosphors for longer wavelength modulation...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148590/effects-of-bergenin-on-methylglyoxal-induced-damage-in-osteoblastic-mc3t3-e1-cells
#18
Kyung Hee Lee, Eun Mi Choi
Bergenin is the main chemical constituent of plants in the genus Bergenia, which are used in traditional medicines. Methylglyoxal (MG), a highly reactive dicarbonyl compound, is the major precursor for forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Pretreating MC3T3-E1 cells with bergenin prevented MG-induced protein adduct formation. Bergenin inhibited the MG-induced soluble receptor for AGE (sRAGE), interleukin, reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial superoxide production. Additionally bergenin increased glyoxalase I activity, glutathione, heme oxygenase-1 and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 levels in the presence of MG...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148551/tunable-fluorescence-behaviors-of-a-supramolecular-system-based-on-a-fluorene-derivative-and-cucurbit-8-uril-and-its-application-for-atp-sensing
#19
Rongqin Ye, Qianling Cui, Chuang Yao, Ronghua Liu, Lidong Li
In this work, we developed a supramolecular fluorescent system based on host-guest interactions between a fluorene derivative carrying two bispyridinium units (FPy) and cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]). In aqueous solution, the system showed outstanding tunable emission properties. After being encapsulated into the rigid hydrophobic cavity of the CB[8] host, the fluorescence emission of fluorene had an obvious red-shift with enhanced quantum yield. Interestingly, the emission behavior of the FPy/CB[8] complex showed a two-step self-assembly process when the molar ratio of FPy to CB[8] changed from 1 : 1 to 1 : 2...
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147983/dynamics-of-microbial-biomass-and-community-composition-after-short-term-water-status-change-in-chinese-paddy-soils
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Hongkai Liao, Stephen James Chapman, Yaying Li, Huaiying Yao
Paddy soil experiences repeated anaerobic and aerobic changes during rice growth, the dramatic dynamics of soil water status accompanied by changes in redox condition and O2 availability. However, the effect of rapid water status change on soil microbial biomass and community composition is not well explored. Here, we present a comprehensive study focusing on the short-term water status change in 13 Chinese paddy soils. In order to gain a reliable way to determine soil microbial biomass carbon (MBC) in flooded or water-saturated soils, we also evaluated two different procedures (nitrogen bubbled and 100 °C water bath) to remove chloroform in extracts during the fumigation process...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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