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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538101/chemical-endgroup-modified-diblock-copolymers-elucidate-anchor-and-chain-mechanism-of-membrane-stabilization
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Evelyne M Houang, Karen J Haman, Mihee Kim, Wenjia Zhang, Dawn A Lowe, Yuk Yin Sham, Timothy P Lodge, Benjamin J Hackel, Frank S Bates, Joseph M Metzger
Block copolymers can be synthesized in an array of architectures and compositions to yield diverse chemical properties. The triblock copolymer Poloxamer 188 (P188), the family archetype, consisting of a hydrophobic polypropylene oxide core flanked by hydrophilic polyethylene oxide chains, can stabilize cellular membranes during stress. However, little is known regarding the molecular basis of membrane interaction by copolymers in living organisms. By leveraging diblock architectural design, discrete end-group chemistry modifications can be tested...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535442/mining-for-osteogenic-surface-topographies-in-silico-design-to-in%C3%A2-vivo-osseo-integration
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Frits F B Hulshof, Bernke Papenburg, Aliaksei Vasilevich, Marc Hulsman, Yiping Zhao, Marloes Levers, Natalie Fekete, Meint de Boer, Huipin Yuan, Shantanu Singh, Nick Beijer, Mark-Anthony Bray, David J Logan, Marcel Reinders, Anne E Carpenter, Clemens van Blitterswijk, Dimitrios Stamatialis, Jan de Boer
Stem cells respond to the physicochemical parameters of the substrate on which they grow. Quantitative material activity relationships - the relationships between substrate parameters and the phenotypes they induce - have so far poorly predicted the success of bioactive implant surfaces. In this report, we screened a library of randomly selected designed surface topographies for those inducing osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Cell shape features, surface design parameters, and osteogenic marker expression were strongly correlated in vitro...
May 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535296/metasra-normalized-human-sample-specific-metadata-for-the-sequence-read-archive
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Matthew N Bernstein, AnHai Doan, Colin N Dewey
Motivation: The NCBI's Sequence Read Archive (SRA) promises great biological insight if one could analyze the data in the aggregate; however, the data remain largely underutilized, in part, due to the poor structure of the metadata associated with each sample. The rules governing submissions to the SRA do not dictate a standardized set of terms that should be used to describe the biological samples from which the sequencing data are derived. As a result, the metadata include many synonyms, spelling variants, and references to outside sources of information...
May 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535147/mechanics-of-post-fusion-exocytotic-vesicle
#4
Thomas Stephens, Zhanghan Wu, Jian Liu
Exocytosis is an important cellular process controlled by metabolic signaling. It involves vesicle fusion to the plasma membrane, followed by the opening of a fusion pore, and the subsequent release of the vesicular lumen content into the extracellular space. While most modeling efforts focus on the events leading to membrane fusion, how the vesicular membrane remodels after fusing to plasma membrane remains unclear. This latter event dictates the nature and the efficiency of exocytotic vesicular secretions, and is thus critical for exocytotic function...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534897/seed-mediated-co-reduction-in-a-large-lattice-mismatch-system-synthesis-of-pd-cu-nanostructures
#5
Meredith R Kunz, Sophia M McClain, Dennis P Chen, Kallum M Koczkur, Rebecca G Weiner, Sara E Skrabalak
Metal nanoparticles (NPs) are of interest for applications in catalysis, electronics, chemical sensing, and more. Their utility is dictated by their composition and physical parameters such as particle size, particle shape, and overall architecture (e.g., hollow vs. solid). Interestingly, the addition of a second metal to create bimetallic NPs adds multifunctionality, with new emergent properties common. However, synthesizing structurally defined bimetallic NPs remains a great challenge. One synthetic pathway to architecturally controlled bimetallic NPs is seed-mediated co-reduction (SMCR) in which two metal precursors are simultaneously co-reduced to deposit metal onto shape-controlled metal seeds, which direct the overgrowth...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533949/worldwide-exploration-of-the-microbiome-harbored-by-the-cnidarian-model-exaiptasia-pallida-agassiz-in-verrill-1864-indicates-a-lack-of-bacterial-association-specificity-at-a-lower-taxonomic-rank
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Tanya Brown, Christopher Otero, Alejandro Grajales, Estefania Rodriguez, Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty
Examination of host-microbe interactions in early diverging metazoans, such as cnidarians, is of great interest from an evolutionary perspective to understand how host-microbial consortia have evolved. To address this problem, we analyzed whether the bacterial community associated with the cosmopolitan and model sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida shows specific patterns across worldwide populations ranging from the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. By comparing sequences of the V1-V3 hypervariable regions of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene, we revealed that anemones host a complex and diverse microbial community...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533435/enzymatic-inactivation-of-endogenous-igg-by-ides-enhances%C3%A2-therapeutic-antibody-efficacy
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Sofia Järnum, Anna Runström, Robert Bockermann, Lena Winstedt, Max Crispin, Christian Kjellman
Endogenous plasma IgG sets an immunological threshold that dictates the activity of tumor-directed therapeutic antibodies. Saturation of cellular antibody receptors by endogenous antibody limits antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and antibody dependent cellular phagocytosis (ADCP). Here we show how enzymatic cleavage of IgG using the bacterial enzyme IdeS can be utilized to empty both high and low affinity Fcγ-receptors and clear the entire endogenous antibody pool. Using in vitro models, tumor animal models as well as ex vivo analysis of sera collected during a previous clinical trial with IdeS, we show how clearing of competing plasma antibody levels with IdeS unblocks cellular antibody receptors...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533216/a-diverse-community-to-study-communities-integration-of-experiments-and-mathematical-models-to-study-microbial-consortia
#8
Antonella Succurro, Fiona Wanjiku Moejes, Oliver Ebenhöh
The last few years have seen the advancement of high-throughput experimental techniques produce an extraordinary amount of data. Bioinformatics and statistical analyses have become instrumental to interpreting the information coming from e.g. sequencing data, and often motivate further targeted experiments. The broad discipline of "computational biology" spans far beyond the well-established field of bioinformatics, but it is our impression that more theoretical methods like mathematical models are not yet as well integrated in the research studying microbial interactions...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532159/the-route-of-inoculation-dictates-replication-patterns-of-infectious-laryngotracheitis-virus-iltv-pathogenic-strain-and-chicken-embryo-origin-ceo-vaccine
#9
Leticia Gabriela Beltrán, S M Williams, Guillermo Zavala, James S Guy, Maricarmen García
Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) has a high affinity to replicate in the larynx and trachea causing severe lesions. Apart from the trachea, lack of knowledge exists on the ability of ILTV to replicate in other respiratory associated tissues. The objective of this study was to investigate how tissues that first encounter the virus dictate further sites of viral replication during the lytic stage of infection. Replication patterns of pathogenic strain 63140 and the chicken embryo origin (CEO) vaccine in conjunctiva, Harderian gland, nasal cavity and trachea were evaluated after ocular, oral, intranasal or intratracheal inoculation of specific pathogen free chickens...
May 22, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530761/drop-spreading-on-a-superhydrophobic-surface-pinned-contact-line-and-bending-liquid-surface
#10
Yanbin Wang, Joseph Eugene Andrews, Liangbing Hu, Siddhartha Das
In this study, we employ molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to probe the spreading of a drop on a superhydrophobic (SH) surface. The SH surface consists of nanopillars and the drop spreads while being in the Cassie-Baxter (CB) state on the nanopillared surface. Most remarkably, unlike the spreading on non-SH surfaces, we witness that the spreading on SH surfaces is not dominated by the motion of the three-phase contact line (TPCL). Rather, the TPCL remains pinned at the edge of a nanopillar and the spreading is ensured by the liquid surface or the liquid-vapor interface (of this pinned TPCL) bending down and wetting the solid adjacent to the TPCL...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529899/clinical-experiences-of-combining-immunotherapy-and-radiation-therapy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-lessons-from-melanoma
#11
REVIEW
Anusha Kalbasi, Ramesh Rengan
Radiation therapy (RT) is an essential component of local control for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but distant failures dictate the poor prognosis of this disease. Until recently, the possibility of using RT as an immunoadjuvant to stimulate a systemic anti-tumor immune response was not a realistic clinical opportunity. The emergence of immune checkpoint blockade as an effective immunotherapy for NSCLC has opened the door for combinatorial approaches involving RT. In melanoma, the body of preclinical evidence combining radiation and immunotherapy buoyed clinical efforts, from which promising results have begun to emerge...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526309/antimicrobial-stewardship-for-hospitalized-patients-with-viral-respiratory-tract-infections
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Christopher F Lowe, Michael Payne, David Puddicombe, Allison Mah, Davie Wong, Allison Kirkwood, Mark W Hull, Victor Leung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to implement a targeted antimicrobial stewardship intervention for patients with a viral respiratory tract infection. METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental before and after audit and feedback intervention of adult inpatients with a positive polymerase chain reaction for a respiratory virus in 2 acute care hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. Audit and feedback was implemented based on 2 criteria: microbiology (no positive bacterial cultures) and chest imaging (absence of pneumonia or consolidation on radiology dictation)...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525381/the-cell-of-origin-dictates-the-temporal-course-of-neurofibromatosis-1-nf1-low-grade-glioma-formation
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Anne C Solga, Joseph A Toonen, Yuan Pan, Patrick J Cimino, Yu Ma, Guillaume A Castillon, Scott M Gianino, Mark H Ellisman, Da Yong Lee, David H Gutmann
Low-grade gliomas are one of the most common brain tumors in children, where they frequently form within the optic pathway (optic pathway gliomas; OPGs). Since many OPGs occur in the context of the Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) cancer predisposition syndrome, we have previously employed Nf1 genetically-engineered mouse (GEM) strains to study the pathogenesis of these low-grade glial neoplasms. In the light of the finding that human and mouse low-grade gliomas are composed of Olig2+ cells and that Olig2+ oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) give rise to murine high-grade gliomas, we sought to determine whether Olig2+ OPCs could be tumor-initiating cells for Nf1 optic glioma...
May 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525279/double-winged-3-hydroxypyrimidine-2-4-diones-potent-and-selective-inhibition-against-hiv-1-rnase-h-with-significant-antiviral-activity
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Sanjeev Kumar V Vernekar, Jing Tang, Bulan Wu, Andrew D Huber, Mary C Casey, Nataliya S Myshakina, Daniel J Wilson, Jayakanth Kankanala, Karen A Kirby, Michael A Parniak, Stefan G Sarafianos, Zhengqiang Wang
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) reverse transcriptase (RT)-associated ribonuclease H (RNase H) remains the only virally encoded enzymatic function yet to be exploited as an antiviral target. One of the possible challenges may be that targeting HIV RNase H is confronted with a steep substrate barrier. We have previously reported a 3-hydroxypyrimidine-2,4-dione (HPD) subtype that potently and selectively inhibited RNase H without inhibiting HIV in cell culture. We report herein a critical redesign of the HPD chemotype featuring an additional wing at the C5 position that led to drastically improved RNase H inhibition and significant antiviral activity...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524854/a-smad3-pten-regulatory-loop-controls-proliferation-and-apoptotic-responses-to-tgf-%C3%AE-in-mouse-endometrium
#15
Nuria Eritja, Isidre Felip, Mari Alba Dosil, Lucia Vigezzi, Cristina Mirantes, Andree Yeramian, Raúl Navaridas, Maria Santacana, David Llobet-Navas, Akihiko Yoshimura, Masatoshi Nomura, Mario Encinas, Xavier Matias-Guiu, Xavi Dolcet
The TGF-β/Smad and the PI3K/AKT signaling pathways are important regulators of proliferation and apoptosis, and their alterations lead to cancer development. TGF-β acts as a tumor suppressor in premalignant cells, but it is a tumor promoter for cancerous cells. Such dichotomous actions are dictated by different cellular contexts. Here, we have unveiled a PTEN-Smad3 regulatory loop that provides a new insight in the complex cross talk between TGF-β/Smad and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways. We demonstrate that TGF-β triggers apoptosis of wild-type polarized endometrial epithelial cells by a Smad3-dependent activation of PTEN transcription, which results in the inhibition of PI3K/AKT signaling pathway...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523266/stimulating-fracture-healing-in-ischemic-environments-does-oxygen-direct-stem-cell-fate-during-fracture-healing
#16
REVIEW
Katherine R Miclau, Sloane A Brazina, Chelsea S Bahney, Kurt D Hankenson, Thomas K Hunt, Ralph S Marcucio, Theodore Miclau
Bone fractures represent an enormous societal and economic burden as one of the most prevalent causes of disability worldwide. Each year, nearly 15 million people are affected by fractures in the United States alone. Data indicate that the blood supply is critical for fracture healing; as data indicate that concomitant bone and vascular injury are major risk factors for non-union. However, the various role(s) that the vasculature plays remains speculative. Fracture stabilization dictates stem cell fate choices during repair...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522396/ultrafast-spectroscopy-on-dna-cleavage-by-endonuclease-in-molecular-crowding
#17
Priya Singh, Susobhan Choudhury, Shreyasi Dutta, Aniruddha Adhikari, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Debasish Pal, Samir Kumar Pal
The jam-packed intracellular environments differ the activity of a biological macromolecule from that in laboratory environments (in vitro) through a number of mechanisms called molecular crowding related to structure, function and dynamics of the macromolecule. Here, we have explored the structure, function and dynamics of a model enzyme protein DNase I in molecular crowing of polyethylene glycol (PEG; MW 3350). We have used steady state and picosecond resolved dynamics of a well-known intercalator ethidium bromide (EB) in a 20-mer double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) to monitor the DNA-cleavage by the enzyme in absence and presence PEG...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520992/interplay-between-mir-574-3p-and-hnrnp-l-regulates-vegfa-mrna-translation-and-tumorigenesis
#18
Peng Yao, Jiangbin Wu, Daniel Lindner, Paul L Fox
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) are families of sequence-specific, posttranscriptional modulators of gene expression. Despite extensive mechanistic and functional studies on both regulatory classes, the interactions and crosstalk between them are largely unexplored. We have reported that competition between miR-297 and hnRNP L to bind a 3΄UTR-localized CA-rich element (CARE) of VEGFA mRNA regulates its translation. Here, we show that translation of VEGFA mRNA in human myeloid cells is dictated by a bi-directional interaction between miR-574-3p, a CA-rich microRNA, and hnRNP L...
May 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518003/caffeine-consumption-among-naval-aviation-candidates
#19
Thomas E Sather, Ronald D Williams, Donald R Delorey, Conrad L Woolsey
INTRODUCTION: Education frequently dictates students need to study for prolonged periods of time to adequately prepare for examinations. This is especially true with aviation preflight indoctrination (API) candidates who have to assimilate large volumes of information in a limited amount of time during API training. The purpose of this study was to assess caffeine consumption patterns (frequency, type, and volume) among naval aviation candidates attending API to determine the most frequently consumed caffeinated beverage and to examine if the consumption of a nonenergy drink caffeinated beverage was related to energy drink consumption...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517939/breakdown-of-optical-phonons-splitting-in-two-dimensional-materials
#20
Thibault Sohier, Marco Gibertini, Matteo Calandra, Francesco Mauri, Nicola Marzari
We investigate the long-wavelength dispersion of longitudinal and transverse optical phonon modes in polar two-dimensional materials, multilayers, and their heterostructures. Using analytical models and density-functional perturbation theory in a two-dimensional framework, we show that at variance with the three-dimensional case these modes are degenerate at the zone center but the macroscopic electric field associated with the longitudinal-optical modes gives rise to a finite slope at the zone center in their corresponding phonon dispersions...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
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