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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647625/thermoresponsive-poly-glycidyl-ether-brushes-on-gold-surface-engineering-parameters-and-their-implication-for-cell-sheet-fabrication
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Silke Heinen, José Luis Cuellar-Camacho, Marie Weinhart
Thermoresponsive polymer coatings, optimized for cell adhesion and thermally-triggered cell detachment, allow the fabrication of confluent cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix. However, rational design guidelines for such coatings are rare, since temperature-triggered cell adhesion and detachment from thermoresponsive surfaces are mechanistically not well understood. Herein, we investigated the impact of molecular weight (2, 9, 24 kDa), grafting density (0.04 - 1.4 chains nm(-2)), morphology, and roughness of well-characterized thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on the cell response at 37 and 20°C...
June 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647456/improved-recovery-of-functionally-active-eosinophils-and-neutrophils-using-novel-immunomagnetic-technology
#2
Kiho Son, Manali Mukherjee, Brendan A S McIntyre, Jose C Eguez, Katherine Radford, Nicola LaVigne, Caroline Ethier, Francis Davoine, Luke Janssen, Paige Lacy, Parameswaran Nair
Clinically relevant and reliable reports derived from in vitro research are dependent on the choice of cell isolation protocols adopted between different laboratories. Peripheral blood eosinophils are conventionally isolated using density-gradient centrifugation followed by immunomagnetic selection (positive/negative) while neutrophils follow a more simplified dextran-sedimentation methodology. With the increasing sophistication of molecular techniques, methods are now available that promise protocols with reduced user-manipulations, improved efficiency, and better yield without compromising the purity of enriched cell populations...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647231/simultaneous-elimination-of-cyanotoxins-and-pcbs-via-mechanical-collection-of-cyanobacterial-blooms-an-application-of-green-bioadsorption-concept
#3
Wei Chen, Yunlu Jia, Anyue Liu, Qichao Zhou, Lirong Song
In this study, the distribution, transfer and fate of both polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and cyanotoxins via phytoplankton routes were systematically investigated in two Chinese lakes. Results indicated that PCB adsorption/bioaccumulation dynamics has significantly positive correlations with the biomass of green alga and diatoms. Total lipid content of phytoplankton is the major factor that influences PCB adsorption/bioaccumulation. Cyanobacterial blooms with relatively lower lipid content could also absorb high amount of PCBs due to their high cell density in the water columns, and this process was proposed as major route for the transfer of PCBs in Chinese eutrophic freshwater...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646759/free-standing-graphene-vanadium-oxide-composite-as-binder-free-electrode-for-asymmetrical-supercapacitor
#4
Lingjuan Deng, Yihong Gao, Zhanying Ma, Guang Fan
Preparation of free-standing electrode materials with three-dimensional network architecture has emerged as an effective strategy for acquiring advanced portable and wearable power sources. Herein, graphene/vanadium oxide (GR/V2O5) free-standing monolith composite has been prepared via a simple hydrothermal process. Flexible GR sheets acted as binder to connect the belt-like V2O5 for assembling three-dimensional network architecture. The obtained GR/V2O5 composite can be reshaped into GR/V2O5 flexible film which exhibits more compact structure by ultrasonication and vacuum filtration...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
#5
Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646551/prospero-related-homeobox-1-drives-angiogenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-selectively-activating-il-8-expression
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Yanfeng Liu, Yonglong Zhang, Shenghao Wang, Qiong-Zhu Dong, Zhongliang Shen, Wei Wang, Shuai Tao, Chenjian Gu, Jing Liu, Youhua Xie, Lun-Xiu Qin
Angiogenesis has been proven to play an important role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular mechanism underlying HCC angiogenesis is not well understood. In this study, Prospero-related homeobox 1 (PROX1) was identified as a novel pro-angiogenic factor in HCC cell lines and tissues. A strong positive correlation was found between the levels of PROX1 and microvessel density in HCC tissues. Knockdown of PROX1 expression in HCC cells significantly inhibited the in vitro capillary tube formation by human vascular endothelial cells and in vivo angiogenesis of HCC, while overexpression of PROX1 in HCC cells induced the opposite effects...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646116/tonic-b-cell-receptor-signaling-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#7
Ondrej Havranek, Jingda Xu, Stefan Köhrer, Zhiqiang Wang, Lisa Becker, Justin M Comer, Jared Henderson, Wencai Ma, John Man Chun Ma, Jason R Westin, Dipanjan Ghosh, Nicholas Shinners, Luhong Sun, Allen F Yi, Anusha R Karri, Jan A Burger, Tomasz Zal, R Eric Davis
We used CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genomic modification to investigate B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling in cell lines of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Three manipulations that altered BCR genes without affecting surface BCR levels showed that BCR signaling differs between the germinal center B-cell (GCB) subtype, which is insensitive to BTK inhibition by ibrutinib, and the activated B-cell (ABC) subtype. Replacing antigen-binding BCR regions had no effect on BCR signaling in GCB-DLBCL lines, reflecting this subtype's exclusive use of tonic BCR signaling...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645936/angiopoietin-like-protein-4-is-a-high-density-lipoprotein-hdl-component-for-hdl-metabolism-and-function-in-nondiabetic-participants-and-type-2-diabetic-patients
#8
Long-Yan Yang, Cai-Guo Yu, Xu-Hong Wang, Sha-Sha Yuan, Li-Jie Zhang, Jia-Nan Lang, Dong Zhao, Ying-Mei Feng
BACKGROUND: ANGPTL4 (angiopoietin-like protein 4) is a LPL (lipoprotein lipase) inhibitor and is present in high-density lipoprotein (HDL). However, it is not defined whether ANGPTL4 in HDLs could affect HDL metabolism and function in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS AND RESULTS: ANGPTL4 levels in the circulation and HDLs were quantified in nondiabetic participants (n=201, 68.7% females) and T2DM patients (n=185, 66.5% females). HDLs were isolated from nondiabetic controls and T2DM patients to assess cholesterol efflux or subjected to endothelial lipase (EL)-overexpressed HEK293 cells for EL hydrolysis in vitro...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645787/striatal-hypodopamine-phenotypes-found-in-transgenic-mice-that-overexpress-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor
#9
Hidekazu Sotoyama, Yuriko Iwakura, Kanako Oda, Toshikuni Sasaoka, Nobuyuki Takei, Akiyoshi Kakita, Hideki Enomoto, Hiroyuki Nawa
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) positively regulates the development and maintenance of in vitro dopaminergic neurons. However, the in vivo influences of GDNF signals on the brain dopamine system are controversial and not fully defined. To address this question, we analyzed dopaminergic phenotypes of the transgenic mice that overexpress GDNF under the control of the glial Gfap promoter in the brain. Compared with wild-type, the GDNF transgenic mice contained higher levels of GDNF protein and phosphorylated RET receptors in the brain...
June 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645735/serum-amyloid-a-self-assembles-with-phospholipids-to-form-stable-protein-rich-nanoparticles-with-a-distinct-structure-a-hypothetical-function-of-saa-as-a-molecular-mop-in-immune-response
#10
Nicholas M Frame, Shobini Jayaraman, Donald L Gantz, Olga Gursky
Serum amyloid A (SAA) is an acute-phase protein whose action in innate immunity and lipid homeostasis is unclear. Most circulating SAA binds plasma high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and reroutes lipid transport. In vivo SAA binds existing lipoproteins or generates them de novo upon lipid uptake from cells. We explored the products of SAA-lipid interactions and lipoprotein remodeling in vitro. SAA complexes with palmitoyl-oleoyl phosphocholine (POPC) were analyzed for structure and stability using circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy, electron microscopy, gel electrophoresis and gel filtration...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645526/injury-induced-gp130-cytokine-signaling-in-peripheral-ganglia-is-reduced-in-diabetes-mellitus
#11
Jon P Niemi, Angela R Filous, Alicia DeFrancesco, Jane A Lindborg, Nisha A Malhotra, Gina N Wilson, Bowen Zhou, Samuel D Crish, Richard E Zigmond
Neuropathy is a major diabetic complication. While the mechanism of this neuropathy is not well-understood, it is believed to result in part from deficient nerve regeneration. Work from our laboratory established that gp130 family of cytokines are induced in animals after axonal injury and are involved in the induction of regeneration-associated genes (RAGs) and in the conditioning lesion response. Here, we examine whether a reduction of cytokine signaling occurs in diabetes. Streptozotocin (STZ) was used to destroy pancreatic β cells, leading to chronic hyperglycemia...
June 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645467/citreoviridin-induces-triglyceride-accumulation-in-hepatocytes-through-inhibiting-ppar-%C3%AE-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Chang Feng, Dandan Li, Liping Jiang, Xiaofang Liu, Qiujuan Li, Chengyan Geng, Xiance Sun, Guang Yang, Xiaofeng Yao, Min Chen
Citreoviridin (CIT) is a mycotoxin produced by Penicillum citreonigrum, Aspergillus terreus and Eupenicillium ochrosalmoneum. CIT occurs naturally in moldy rice and corn. CIT is associated with the development of atherosclerosis in the general population. Alteration in hepatic lipid metabolism is a pathogenic factor in atherosclerosis. However the effect and the underlying mechanism of CIT on hepatic lipid metabolism are largely unknown. In this study, we reported that CIT induced triglyceride accumulation in mice liver and human liver HepG2 cells as shown in oil red O staining...
June 20, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645214/sodium-fluorescein-facilitates-guided-sampling-of-diagnostic-tumor-tissue-in-nonenhancing-gliomas
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Stephen G Bowden, Justin A Neira, Brian J A Gill, Timothy H Ung, Zachary K Englander, George Zanazzi, Peter D Chang, Jorge Samanamud, Jack Grinband, Sameer A Sheth, Guy M McKhann, Michael B Sisti, Peter Canoll, Randy S D'Amico, Jeffrey N Bruce
BACKGROUND: Accurate tissue sampling in nonenhancing (NE) gliomas is a unique surgical challenge due to their intratumoral histological heterogeneity and absence of contrast enhancement as a guide for intraoperative stereotactic guidance. Instead, T2/fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) hyperintensity on MRI is commonly used as an imaging surrogate for pathological tissue, but sampling from this region can yield nondiagnostic or underdiagnostic brain tissue. Sodium fluorescein is an intraoperative fluorescent dye that has a high predictive value for tumor identification in areas of contrast enhancement and NE in glioblastomas...
June 21, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644862/high-intensity-corneal-collagen-crosslinking-with-riboflavin-and-uva-in-rat-cornea
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Yirui Zhu, Peter S Reinach, Hanlei Zhu, Qiufan Tan, Qinxiang Zheng, Jia Qu, Wei Chen
Corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) halts human corneal ectasias progression by increasing stromal mechanical stiffness. Although some reports describe that this procedure is effective in dealing with some infectious and immunologic corneal thinning diseases, there is a need for more animal models whose corneal thickness more closely resemble those occurring in these patients. To meet this need, we describe here high-intensity protocols that are safe and effective for obtaining CXL in rat corneas. Initially, a range of potentially effective UVA doses were evaluated based on their effectiveness in increasing tissue enzymatic resistance to dissolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644390/the-electrosome-a-surface-displayed-enzymatic-cascade-in-a-biofuel-cell-s-anode-and-a-high-density-surface-displayed-biocathodic-enzyme
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Alon Szczupak, Dror Aizik, Sarah Moraïs, Yael Vazana, Yoav Barak, Edward A Bayer, Lital Alfonta
The limitation of surface-display systems in biofuel cells to a single redox enzyme is a major drawback of hybrid biofuel cells, resulting in a low copy-number of enzymes per yeast cell and a limitation in displaying enzymatic cascades. Here we present the electrosome, a novel surface-display system based on the specific interaction between the cellulosomal scaffoldin protein and a cascade of redox enzymes that allows multiple electron-release by fuel oxidation. The electrosome is composed of two compartments: (i) a hybrid anode, which consists of dockerin-containing enzymes attached specifically to cohesin sites in the scaffoldin to assemble an ethanol oxidation cascade, and (ii) a hybrid cathode, which consists of a dockerin-containing oxygen-reducing enzyme attached in multiple copies to the cohesin-bearing scaffoldin...
June 23, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644034/predicting-the-oxygen-binding-properties-of-platinum-nanoparticle-ensembles-by-combining-high-precision-electron-microscopy-dft
#16
Jolyon Aarons, Lewys Jones, Aakash Varambhia, Katherine E MacArthur, Dogan Ozkaya, Misbah Sarwar, Chris-Kriton Skylaris, Peter D Nellist
Many studies of heterogeneous catalysis, both experimental and computational, make use of idealised structures such as extended surfaces or regular polyhedral nanoparticles. This simplification neglects the morphological diversity in real commercial oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts used in fuel-cell cathodes. Here we introduce an approach that combines 3D nanoparticle structures obtained from high-throughput high-precision electron microscopy with density functional theory. Discrepancies between experimental observations and cuboctahedral/truncated-octahedral particles are revealed and discussed using a range of widely used descriptors, such as electron-density, d-band centres and generalised coordination numbers...
June 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643863/design-of-iron-ii-pthalocyanine-fepc-derived-oxygen-reduction-electrocatalysts-for-high-power-density-microbial-fuel-cells
#17
Carlo Santoro, Rohan Gokhale, Barbara Mecheri, Alessandra D'Epifanio, Silvia Licoccia, Alexey Serov, Kateryna Artyushkova, Plamen Atanassov
Iron(II) Phthalocyanine (FePc) deposited onto two different carbonaceous supports was synthesized by the non-conventional pyrolysis-free method, studied in the reaction of oxygen reduction (ORR) in neutral media, incorporated in an air-breathing cathode structure and tested in operating microbial fuel cell (MFC) configuration. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) analysis revealed high performances of the Fe-based catalysts compared with activated carbon (AC). It was shown that Black Pearls supported FePc (Fe-BP(N)) exhibits the highest performance in term of more positive onset, positive shift of half-wave potential and higher limiting as well as highest power density in operating MFC (243±7 μWcm-2) that was 33% higher than Fe-CNT(N) (182±5 μWcm-2)...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643471/molecular-self-assembly-fabrication-and-carrier-dynamics-of-stable-and-efficient-ch3nh3pb-1-x-snxi3-perovskite-solar-cells
#18
Jiandong Fan, Chong Liu, Hongliang Li, Cuilin Zhang, Wenze Li, Yaohua Mai
The Sn-based perovskite solar cells (PSCs) provide the possibility that swaps the Pb element toward toxic-free PSCs. Here, we innovatively employed a molecular self-assembly approach to obtain a series CH3NH3Pb(1-x)SnxI3 (0≤x≤1) perovskite thin films with full coverage. The optimized planar CH3NH3Pb0.75Sn0.25I3 PSCs with inverted structure was consequently realized with a maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 14 %, which displayed a stabilized power output (SPO) over 12 % within 200 s at 0.6 V forward bias...
June 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643105/differential-role-of-gabaa-receptors-and-neuroligin-2-for-perisomatic-gabaergic-synapse-formation-in-the-hippocampus
#19
Patrizia Panzanelli, Simon Früh, Jean-Marc Fritschy
Perisomatic GABAergic synapses onto hippocampal pyramidal cells arise from two populations of basket cells with different neurochemical and functional properties. The presence of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex in their postsynaptic density (PSD) distinguishes perisomatic synapses from GABAergic synapses on dendrites and the axon-initial segment. Targeted deletion of neuroligin 2 (NL2), a transmembrane protein interacting with presynaptic neurexin, has been reported to disrupt postsynaptic clustering of GABAA receptors (GABAAR) and their anchoring protein, gephyrin, at perisomatic synapses...
June 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642780/rrp42-a-subunit-of-exosome-plays-an-important-role-in-female-gametophytes-development-and-mesophyll-cell-morphogenesis-in-arabidopsis
#20
Xiaoyuan Yan, Zongyun Yan, Yuzhen Han
The exosome complex plays a central and essential role in RNA metabolism. However, current research on functions of exosome subunit in plants is limited. Here, we used an egg cell-specific promoter-controlled CRISPR/Cas9 system to knock out RRP42 which encodes a core subunit of the Arabidopsis exosome and presented evidence that RRP42 is essential for the development of female gametophytes. Next, we designed three different amiRNAs targeting RRP42. The rrp42 knock-down mutants mainly displayed variegated and serrated leaves, especially in cauline leaves...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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