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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936497/pro-inflammatory-cytokine-ifn%C3%AE-and-microbiome-derived-metabolites-dictate-epigenetic-switch-between-foxp3-isoforms-in-celiac-disease-regulation-of-foxp3-isoforms-in-celiac-disease
#1
Gloria Serena, Shu Yan, Stephanie Camhi, Shilpi Patel, Rosiane S Lima, Anna Sapone, Maureen M Leonard, Rupa Mukherjee, Barbara J Nath, Karen M Lammers, Alessio Fasano
Celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune enteropathy triggered by gluten and characterized by a strong Th1/Th17 immune response in the small intestine. Treg cells are CD4(+) CD25(++) FOXP3(+) cells that regulate the immune response. Conversely to its counterpart, FOXP3 full length (FL), the alternatively spliced isoform FOXP3 Δ2 cannot properly down-regulate Th17 driven immune response. Since the active state of CD has been associated with impairments in Treg cell function, we aimed at determining whether imbalances between FOXP3 isoforms may be associated with the disease...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936099/characterization-of-arginase-expression-in-glioma-associated-microglia-and-macrophages
#2
Ian Zhang, Darya Alizadeh, Junling Liang, Leying Zhang, Hang Gao, Yanyan Song, Hui Ren, Mao Ouyang, Xiwei Wu, Massimo D'Apuzzo, Behnam Badie
Microglia (MG) and macrophages (MPs) represent a significant component of the inflammatory response to gliomas. When activated, MG/MP release a variety of pro-inflammatory cytokines, however, they also secrete anti-inflammatory factors that limit their cytotoxic function. The balance between pro and anti-inflammatory functions dictates their antitumor activity. To evaluate potential variations in MG and MP function in gliomas, we isolated these cells (and other Gr1+ cells) from intracranial GL261 murine gliomas by FACS and evaluated their gene expression profiles by microarray analysis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935680/self-assembling-nanocomposite-tectons
#3
Jianyuan Zhang, Peter J Santos, Paul A Gabrys, Sangho Lee, Caroline Liu, Robert J Macfarlane
The physical characteristics of composite materials are dictated by both the chemical composition and spatial configuration of each constituent phase. A major challenge in nanoparticle-based composites is developing methods to precisely dictate particle positions at the nanometer length scale, as this would allow complete control over nanocomposite structure-property relationships. In this work, we present a new class of building blocks called nanocomposite tectons (NCTs), which consist of inorganic nanoparticles grafted with a dense layer of polymer chains that terminate in molecular recognition units capable of programmed supramolecular bonding...
December 9, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934968/k63-polyubiquitinated-hausp-deubiquitinates-hif-1%C3%AE-and-dictates-h3k56-acetylation-promoting-hypoxia-induced-tumour-progression
#4
Han-Tsang Wu, Yi-Chih Kuo, Jung-Jyh Hung, Chi-Hung Huang, Wei-Yi Chen, Teh-Ying Chou, Yeh Chen, Yi-Ju Chen, Yu-Ju Chen, Wei-Chung Cheng, Shu-Chun Teng, Kou-Juey Wu
Intratumoural hypoxia induces HIF-1α and promotes tumour progression, metastasis and treatment resistance. HIF-1α stability is regulated by VHL-E3 ligase-mediated ubiquitin-dependent degradation; however, the hypoxia-regulated deubiquitinase that stabilizes HIF-1α has not been identified. Here we report that HAUSP (USP7) deubiquitinase deubiquitinates HIF-1α to increase its stability, induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition and promote metastasis. Hypoxia induces K63-linked polyubiquitinated HAUSP at lysine 443 to enhance its functions...
December 9, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934569/two-concepts-of-conscience-and-their-implications-for-conscience-based-refusal-in-healthcare
#5
Steve Clarke
Healthcare professionals are not currently obliged to justify conscientious objections. As a consequence, there are currently no practical limits on the scope of conscience-based refusals in healthcare. Recently, a number of bioethicists, including Christopher Meyers, Robert D. Woods, Robert Card, Lori Kantymir, and Carolyn McLeod, have raised concerns about this situation and have offered proposals to place principled limits on the scope of conscience-based refusals in healthcare. Here, I seek to adjudicate among their proposals...
January 2017: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics: CQ: the International Journal of Healthcare Ethics Committees
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933934/tuning-electronic-structure-to-control-manganese-nitride-activation
#6
Ryan M Clarke, Tim Storr
Investigation of a series of oxidized nitridomanganese(V) salen complexes with different para ring substituents (R = CF3, tBu, and NMe2) demonstrates that nitride activation is dictated by remote ligand electronics. For R = CF3 and tBu, oxidation affords a Mn(VI) species and nitride activation, with dinitrogen homocoupling accelerated by the more electron-withdrawing CF3 substituent. Employing an electron-donating substituent (R = NMe2) results in a localized ligand radical species that is resistant to N coupling of the nitrides and is stable in solution at both 195 and 298 K...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933048/clay-components-in-soil-dictate-environmental-stability-and-bioavailability-of-cervid-prions-in-mice
#7
A Christy Wyckoff, Sarah Kane, Krista Lockwood, Jeff Seligman, Brady Michel, Dana Hill, Aimee Ortega, Mihnea R Mangalea, Glenn C Telling, Michael W Miller, Kurt Vercauteren, Mark D Zabel
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects cervids and is the only known prion disease to affect free-ranging wildlife populations. CWD spread continues unabated, and exact mechanisms of its seemingly facile spread among deer and elk across landscapes in North America remain elusive. Here we confirm that naturally contaminated soil contains infectious CWD prions that can be transmitted to susceptible model organisms. We show that smectite clay content of soil potentiates prion binding capacity of different soil types from CWD endemic and non-endemic areas, likely contributing to environmental stability of bound prions...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932505/diagnostic-accuracy-of-t1-weighted-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-and-dwi-adc-for-differentiation-of-glioblastoma-and-primary-cns-lymphoma
#8
X Lin, M Lee, O Buck, K M Woo, Z Zhang, V Hatzoglou, A Omuro, J Arevalo-Perez, A A Thomas, J Huse, K Peck, A I Holodny, R J Young
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Glioblastoma and primary CNS lymphoma dictate different neurosurgical strategies; it is critical to distinguish them preoperatively. However, current imaging modalities do not effectively differentiate them. We aimed to examine the use of DWI and T1-weighted dynamic contrast-enhanced-MR imaging as potential discriminative tools. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 18 patients with primary CNS lymphoma and 36 matched patients with glioblastoma with pretreatment DWI and dynamic contrast-enhanced-MR imaging...
December 8, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932501/molecular-mechanism-s-involved-in-differential-expression-of-vitamin-c-transporters-along-the-intestinal-tract
#9
Veedamali S Subramanian, Padmanabhan Srinivasan, Alexis J Wildman, Jonathan S Marchant, Hamid M Said
Mammalian cells utilize two transporters for the uptake of ascorbic acid (AA), the sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter-1 & -2 (SVCT-1 and SVCT-2). In the intestine, these transporters are involved in the absorption of AA and are expressed at the apical and basolateral membrane domains of the polarized epithelia, respectively. Little is known about the differential expression of these two transporters along the anterior-posterior axis of the intestinal tract and the molecular mechanism(s) that dictate this pattern of expression...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932494/loss-of-a-doublecortin-dcx-domain-protein-causes-structural-defects-in-a-tubulin-based-organelle-of-toxoplasma-gondii-and-impairs-host-cell-invasion
#10
Eiji Nagayasu, Yu-Chen Hwang, Jun Liu, John M Murray, Ke Hu
The ∼6000 species in phylum Apicomplexa are single-celled obligate intracellular parasites. Their defining characteristic is the "apical complex", membranous and cytoskeletal elements at the apical end of the cell that participate in host-cell invasion. The apical complex of Toxoplasma gondii and some other apicomplexans includes a cone-shaped assembly, the "conoid", which (in T. gondii) comprises 14 spirally arranged fibers that are non-tubular polymers of tubulin. The tubulin dimers of the conoid fibers make canonical microtubules elsewhere in the same cell, suggesting that non-tubulin protein dictates their special arrangement in the conoid fibers...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932295/the-interconnections-between-autophagy-and-integrin-mediated-cell-adhesion
#11
REVIEW
Ariadne Vlahakis, Jayanta Debnath
Autophagy is a cellular degradation process integral for promoting cellular adaptation during metabolic stress while also functioning as a cellular homeostatic mechanism. Mounting evidence also demonstrates that autophagy is induced upon loss of integrin-mediated cell attachments to the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM). Analogous to its established cytoprotective role during nutrient starvation, autophagy protects cells from detachment-induced cell death, termed anoikis. Here, we review the significance of autophagy as an anoikis resistance pathway, focusing on the intracellular signals associated with integrins that modulate the autophagy response and dictate the balance between cell death and survival following loss of cell-matrix contact...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931974/mathematical-modeling-of-atopic-dermatitis-reveals-double-switch-mechanisms-underlying-four-common-disease-phenotypes
#12
Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Panayiotis Christodoulides, Kosuke Miyauchi, Alan D Irvine, Mariko Okada-Hatakeyama, Masato Kubo, Reiko J Tanaka
BACKGROUND: The skin barrier acts as the first line of defense against constant exposure to biological, microbial, physical and chemical environmental stressors. Dynamic interplay between defects in the skin barrier, dysfunctional immune responses, and environmental stressors are major factors in the development of atopic dermatitis (AD). A systems-biology modeling approach can yield significant insights into these complex and dynamic processes through integration of prior biological data...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929542/autophagy-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-an-intricate-interplay-in-cancer
#13
REVIEW
Mila Gugnoni, Valentina Sancisi, Gloria Manzotti, Greta Gandolfi, Alessia Ciarrocchi
Autophagy and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) are major biological processes in cancer. Autophagy is a catabolic pathway that aids cancer cells to overcome intracellular or environmental stress, including nutrient deprivation, hypoxia and drugs effect. EMT is a complex transdifferentiation through which cancer cells acquire mesenchymal features, including motility and metastatic potential. Recent observations indicate that these two processes are linked in a complex relationship. On the one side, cells that underwent EMT require autophagy activation to survive during the metastatic spreading...
December 8, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929138/relationship-between-salivary-oxytocin-levels-and-generosity-in-preschoolers
#14
Takayuki Fujii, Joanna Schug, Kuniyuki Nishina, Taiki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Okada, Haruto Takagishi
This study examined the association between salivary oxytocin (sOT) levels and generosity in preschoolers. Fifty preschoolers played two dictator games (DG) by deciding how to allocate 10 chocolates between themselves and another child, who was either from the same class as the participant (ingroup member), or an unknown child from another class (outgroup member). sOT levels were assessed in saliva collected from the children immediately prior to the DG tasks. While sOT levels were negatively associated with allocations made to both ingroup and outgroup members by boys, among girl sOT levels were positively related to allocations made to ingroup members, and unrelated to allocations made to outgroup members...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928586/physicochemical-mechanisms-of-stone-formation
#15
REVIEW
Allen L Rodgers
In this article, the term "physicochemical mechanism" is defined as a sequential series of steps culminating in the formation of a renal stone. Distinctions are drawn between physicochemical prerequisites for urinary supersaturation, crystallization, and stone formation. In particular, attention is focussed on the transition from crystal to stone. Emphasis is laid on crystal retention being the fundamental mechanism by which stones are formed, and mention is made of the different ways in which it can be achieved...
December 7, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928505/collagen-a-network-for-regenerative-medicine
#16
REVIEW
K M Pawelec, S M Best, R E Cameron
The basic building block of the extra-cellular matrix in native tissue is collagen. As a structural protein, collagen has an inherent biocompatibility making it an ideal material for regenerative medicine. Cellular response, mediated by integrins, is dictated by the structure and chemistry of the collagen fibers. Fiber formation, via fibrillogenesis, can be controlled in vitro by several factors: pH, ionic strength, and collagen structure. After formation, fibers are stabilized via cross-linking. The final bioactivity of collagen scaffolds is a result of both processes...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928055/minimum-noise-production-of-translation-factor-eif4g-maps-to-a-mechanistically-determined-optimal-rate-control-window-for-protein-synthesis
#17
Xiang Meng, Helena Firczuk, Paola Pietroni, Richard Westbrook, Estelle Dacheux, Pedro Mendes, John E G McCarthy
Gene expression noise influences organism evolution and fitness. The mechanisms determining the relationship between stochasticity and the functional role of translation machinery components are critical to viability. eIF4G is an essential translation factor that exerts strong control over protein synthesis. We observe an asymmetric, approximately bell-shaped, relationship between the average intracellular abundance of eIF4G and rates of cell population growth and global mRNA translation, with peak rates occurring at normal physiological abundance...
December 7, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925726/acoustic-type-ii-weyl-nodes-from-stacking-dimerized-chains
#18
Zhaoju Yang, Baile Zhang
Lorentz-violating type-II Weyl fermions, which were missed in Weyl's prediction of nowadays classified type-I Weyl fermions in quantum field theory, have recently been proposed in condensed matter systems. The semimetals hosting type-II Weyl fermions offer a rare platform for realizing many exotic physical phenomena that are different from type-I Weyl systems. Here we construct the acoustic version of a type-II Weyl Hamiltonian by stacking one-dimensional dimerized chains of acoustic resonators. This acoustic type-II Weyl system exhibits distinct features in a finite density of states and unique transport properties of Fermi-arc-like surface states...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925602/bayesian-intent-prediction-in-object-tracking-using-bridging-distributions
#19
Bashar I Ahmad, James K Murphy, Patrick M Langdon, Simon J Godsill
In several application areas, such as human computer interaction, surveillance and defence, determining the intent of a tracked object enables systems to aid the user/operator and facilitate effective, possibly automated, decision making. In this paper, we propose a probabilistic inference approach that permits the prediction, well in advance, of the intended destination of a tracked object and its future trajectory. Within the framework introduced here, the observed partial track of the object is modeled as being part of a Markov bridge terminating at its destination, since the target path, albeit random, must end at the intended endpoint...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925580/multiple-selection-filters-ensure-accurate-tail-anchored-membrane-protein-targeting
#20
Meera Rao, Voytek Okreglak, Un Seng Chio, Hyunju Cho, Peter Walter, Shu-Ou Shan
Accurate protein localization is crucial to generate and maintain organization in all cells. Achieving accuracy is challenging, as the molecular signals that dictate a protein's cellular destination are often promiscuous. A salient example is the targeting of an essential class of tail-anchored (TA) proteins, whose sole defining feature is a transmembrane domain near their C-terminus. Here we show that the Guided Entry of Tail-anchored protein (GET) pathway selects TA proteins destined to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) utilizing distinct molecular steps, including differential binding by the co-chaperone Sgt2 and kinetic proofreading after ATP hydrolysis by the targeting factor Get3...
December 7, 2016: ELife
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