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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786602/microfluidic-system-for-modelling-3d-tumour-invasion-into-surrounding-stroma-and-drug-screening
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Zhichang Du, Shengli Mi, Xiaoman Yi, Yuanyuan Xu, Wei Sun
Tumour invasion into the surrounding stroma is a critical step in metastasis, and it is necessary to clarify the role of microenvironmental factors in tumour invasion. We present a microfluidic system that simulated and controlled multi-factors of the tumour microenvironment for three-dimensional (3D) assessment of tumour invasion into the stroma. The simultaneous, precise and continuous arrangement of two 3D matrices was visualised to observe the migration of cancer cell populations or single cells by transfecting cells with a fluorescent protein...
May 22, 2018: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785668/hac1p-homologues-from-higher-eukaryotes-can-improve-the-secretion-of-heterologous-proteins-in-the-yeast-pichia-pastoris
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Olufemi Emmanuel Bankefa, Meiyu Wang, Taicheng Zhu, Yin Li
OBJECTIVES: To systematically explore the effects of overexpressing Hac1p homologues from different sources on protein secretion in Pichia pastoris system. RESULTS: Effects of Hac1p homologues encompassing P. pastoris (PpHac1p), S. cerevisiae (ScHac1p), Trichoderma reesei (TrHac1p) and Homo sapiens (HsXbp1), on secretion of three reporter proteins-β-galactosidase, β-mannanase and glucose oxidase were investigated. No individual Hac1p was optimal for all the enzymes...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784975/a-unique-cytoplasmic-atpase-complex-defines-the-legionella-pneumophila-type-iv-secretion-channel
#3
David Chetrit, Bo Hu, Peter J Christie, Craig R Roy, Jun Liu
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are complex machines used by bacteria to deliver protein and DNA complexes into target host cells1-5 . Conserved ATPases are essential for T4SS function, but how they coordinate their activities to promote substrate transfer remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the DotB ATPase associates with the Dot-Icm T4SS at the Legionella cell pole through interactions with the DotO ATPase. The structure of the Dot-Icm apparatus was solved in situ by cryo-electron tomography at 3...
May 21, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784969/north-american-domestic-pigs-are-susceptible-to-experimental-infection-with-japanese-encephalitis-virus
#4
So Lee Park, Yan-Jang S Huang, Amy C Lyons, Victoria B Ayers, Susan M Hettenbach, D Scott McVey, Kenneth R Burton, Stephen Higgs, Dana L Vanlandingham
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that is capable of causing encephalitic diseases in children. While humans can succumb to severe disease, the transmission cycle is maintained by viremic birds and pigs in endemic regions. Although JEV is regarded as a significant threat to the United States (U.S.), the susceptibility of domestic swine to JEV infection has not been evaluated. In this study, domestic pigs from North America were intravenously challenged with JEV to characterize the pathological outcomes...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784884/the-effector-gene-xopae-of-xanthomonas-euvesicatoria-85-10-is-part-of-an-operon-and-encodes-an-e3-ubiquitin-ligase
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Georgy Popov, Bharat Bhusan Majhi, Guido Sessa
The type III effector XopAE from the Xanthomonas euvesicatoria strain 85-10 ( Xe 85-10) was previously shown to inhibit plant immunity and enhance pathogen-induced disease symptoms. Evolutionary analysis of 60 xopAE alleles ( AEal ) revealed that the xopAE locus is conserved in multiple Xanthomonas species. The majority of xopAE alleles (55 out of 60) encodes a single ORF ( xopAE ), while in 5 alleles, including AEal 37 of the Xe 85-10 strain, a frame-shift splits the locus into two ORFs ( hpaF and a truncated xopAE )...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784864/group-iia-secreted-phospholipase-a-2-in-human-serum-kills-commensal-but-not-clinical-enterococcus-faecium-isolates
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Fernanda L Paganelli, Helen L Leavis, Samantha He, Nina M van Sorge, Christine Payré, Gérard Lambeau, Rob J L Willems, Suzan H M Rooijakkers
Human innate immunity employs cellular and humoral mechanisms to facilitate rapid killing of invading bacteria. The direct killing of bacteria by human serum is mainly attributed to the activity of the complement system that forms pores in Gram-negative bacteria. Although Gram-positive bacteria are considered resistant to serum killing, we here uncover that normal human serum effectively kills Enterococcus faecium. Comparison of a well-characterized collection of commensal and clinical E. faecium isolates revealed that human serum specifically kills commensal E...
May 21, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784815/virb8-homolog-trae-from-plasmid-pkm101-forms-a-hexameric-ring-structure-and-interacts-with-the-virb6-homolog-trad
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Bastien Casu, Charline Mary, Aleksandr Sverzhinsky, Aurélien Fouillen, Antonio Nanci, Christian Baron
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are multiprotein assemblies that translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope of bacteria. X-ray crystallographic and electron microscopy (EM) analyses have increasingly provided structural information on individual T4SS components and on the entire complex. As of now, relatively little information has been available on the exact localization of the inner membrane-bound T4SS components, notably the mostly periplasmic VirB8 protein and the very hydrophobic VirB6 protein...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784395/development-a-hydrazide-functionalized-thermosensitive-polymer-based-homogeneous-system-for-highly-efficient-n-glycoprotein-glycopeptide-enrichment-from-human-plasma-exosome
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Haihong Bai, Yiting Pan, Lu Qi, Long Liu, Xinyuan Zhao, Hangyan Dong, Xiaoqiang Cheng, Weijie Qin, Xinghe Wang
As one of the most common post-translational modifications, protein N-glycosylation precipitates in many important biological processes and has closely correlations with the occurrence and progression of multiple diseases. Plasma exosomes secreted by cells contain various bioactive N-glycoproteins which may serve as potential biomarkers for early disease diagnosis and treatment. However, the protein N-glycosylation profile in human plasma exosome is largely unknown, due to the technical challenges in glycoprotein identification...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783163/maternal-hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal-hpa-system-activity-and-stress-during-pregnancy-effects-on-gestational-age-and-infant-s-anthropometric-measures-at-birth
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Maria Gilles, Henrike Otto, Isabell A C Wolf, Barbara Scharnholz, Verena Peus, Michael Schredl, Marc W Sütterlin, Stephanie H Witt, Marcella Rietschel, Manfred Laucht, Michael Deuschle
BACKGROUND: Prenatal maternal stress might be a risk for the developing fetus and may have long-lasting effects on child and adult vulnerability to somatic and psychiatric disease. Over-exposure of the unborn to excess glucocorticoids and subsequent alteration of fetal development is hypothesized to be one of the key mechanisms linking prenatal stress with negative child outcome. METHODS: In this prospective longitudinal study, mothers-to-be (n = 405) in late pregnancy (36...
April 22, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783033/coordination-of-symbiosis-and-cell-cycle-functions-in-sinorhizobium-meliloti
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REVIEW
Shuanghong Xue, Emanuele G Biondi
The symbiotic nitrogen fixing species Sinorhizobium meliloti represents a remarkable model system for the class Alphaproteobacteria, which includes genera such as Caulobacter, Agrobacterium and Brucella. It is capable of living free in the soil, and is also able to establish a complex symbiosis with leguminous plants, during which its cell cycle program is completely rewired presumably due, at least in part, to the action of peptides secreted by the plant. Here we will discuss how the cell cycle regulation works in S...
May 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782932/resin-flow-in-conifers
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Paulo Cabrita
Resins are plant exudates of economic importance used by plants as defence. They flow out of resin ducts, open and long tube-like intercellular spaces lined by a layer of specialized parenchyma cells, called the epithelium, which secrete resin into the duct lumen. A model that describes resin flow in conifers is presented to investigate how duct structure, resin loading, crystallization, and viscosity affect flow and could explain differences between species. Considering resin viscosity, the structure of resin ducts, and a pressure-driven resin loading through the duct wall, the unsteady Stokes equation was applied...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782496/development-of-a-toolkit-for-piggybac-mediated-integrative-transfection-of-the-human-filarial-parasite-brugia-malayi
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Canhui Liu, Amruta S Mhashilkar, Johan Chabanon, Shulin Xu, Sara Lustigman, John H Adams, Thomas R Unnasch
BACKGROUND: The human filarial parasites cause diseases that are among the most important causes of morbidity in the developing world. The elimination programs targeting these infections rely on a limited number of drugs, making the identification of new chemotherapeutic agents a high priority. The study of these parasites has lagged due to the lack of reverse genetic methods. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We report a novel co-culture method that results in developmentally competent infective larvae of one of the human filarial parasites (Brugia malayi) and describe a method to efficiently transfect the larval stages of this parasite...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782191/lipid-protein-and-microrna-composition-within-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-exosomes
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Hao Deng, Chun Sun, Yingxin Sun, Huhu Li, Lin Yang, Danbin Wu, Qing Gao, Xijuan Jiang
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were regarded as one of the most promising type of seed cells in tissue engineering due to its easy accessibility and multipotent feature of being able to differentiate into adipocyte, osteoblast, cardiomyocytes, and neurons. For years, MSCs have been applied in treating cardiovascular disease, reconstructing kidney injury, and remodeling immune system with remarkable achievements. Basic researches revealed that its clinic effects are not only due to their pluripotent ability but also through their paracrine function that they synthesize and secrete a broad spectrum of growth factors and cytokines...
May 21, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780571/apolipoprotein-d-concentration-in-human-plasma-during-aging-and-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Andreas Waldner, Sarah Dassati, Bernhard Redl, Nicola Smania, Marialuisa Gandolfi
Apolipoprotein D (ApoD), a lipocalin transporter of small hydrophobic molecules, plays an important role in several neurodegenerative diseases. ApoD is expressed in and secreted from a variety of peripheral and brain tissues. Increments of ApoD have been reported in relation with oxidative stress conditions, aging, and degeneration in the nervous system. Preliminary findings support the role of ApoD in neuroprotection. However, its role in PD remains unclear. To date, no studies have been performed on the relationship between ApoD in the blood and PD, as neurodegenerative pathology related to oxidative damage...
2018: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780375/effect-of-artinm-on-human-blood-cells-during-infection-with-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis
#15
Luciana P Ruas, Livia M Genaro, Amauri S Justo-Junior, Lilian O Coser, Lívia F de Castro, Plinio Trabasso, Ronei L Mamoni, Maria-Cristina Roque-Barreira, Maria-Heloisa S L Blotta
Infections caused by fungi are prominent in our environment and can be potentially fatal. paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM), caused by fungi of the Paracoccidioides genus, is the most frequent systemic mycosis in Brazil and the main cause of death among immunocompetent individuals. The antifungal therapy for PCM is usually effective but side effects and relapses are often reported. The latter could be avoided with alternative or complementary therapies aimed at boosting the immune response to combat this pathogen...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779861/hopq-impacts-the-integrin-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-independent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-by-helicobacter-pylori-in-ceacam-expressing-cells
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Michael Hartmut Feige, Olga Sokolova, Anna Pickenhahn, Gunter Maubach, Michael Naumann
Helicobacter pylori infection persists in more than half of the world's population and represents a risk factor for peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer. Virulent strains of H. pylori carry a cag pathogenicity island (cagPAI), which encodes a type IV secretion system (T4SS) with the capability to inject the effector protein cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) into eukaryotic cells. Colonisation of the gastric epithelium by H. pylori provokes direct activation of the proinflammatory and survival factor nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB)...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779845/effects-of-estradiol-on-lactoprivic-signaling-of-the-hindbrain-upon-the-contraregulatory-hormonal-response-and-metabolic-neuropeptide-synthesis-in-hypoglycemic-female-rats
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Santosh K Mandal, Prem K Shrestha, Fahaad S H Alenazi, Manita Shakya, Hussain N Alhamami, Karen P Briski
BACKGROUND: Caudal dorsomedial hindbrain detection of hypoglycemia-associated lactoprivation regulates glucose counter-regulation in male rats. In females, estradiol (E) determines hypothalamic neuroanatomical and molecular foci of hindbrain energy sensor activation. This study investigated the hypothesis that E signal strength governs metabolic neuropeptide and counter-regulatory hormone responses to hindbrain lactoprivic stimuli in hypoglycemic female rats. METHODS: Ovariectomized animals were implanted with E-filled silastic capsules [30 (E-30) or 300 μg (E-300)/mL] to replicate plasma concentrations at estrous cycle nadir versus peak levels...
May 17, 2018: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779584/imaging-endocrinology-in-animal-models-of-endocrine-disease
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REVIEW
Patrice Mollard, Marie Schaeffer
Endocrine organs secrete a variety of hormones involved in the regulation of a multitude of body functions. Although pancreatic islets were discovered at the turn of the 19th century, other endocrine glands remained commonly described as diffuse endocrine systems. Over the last two decades, development of new imaging techniques and genetically-modified animals with cell-specific fluorescent tags or specific hormone deficiencies have enabled in vivo imaging of endocrine organs and revealed intricate endocrine cell network structures and plasticity...
June 2018: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779246/regulation-of-plasminogen-activation-on-cell-surfaces-and-fibrin
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REVIEW
Tetsumei Urano, Francis J Castellino, Yuko Suzuki
The fibrinolytic system dissolves fibrin and maintains vascular patency. Recent advances in imaging analyses allowed visualization of the spatiotemporal regulatory mechanism of fibrinolysis, as well as its regulation by other plasma haemostasis cofactors. Vascular endothelial cells (VECs) retain tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) after secretion and maintain high plasminogen (plg) activation potential on their surfaces. As in plasma, the serpin, plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), regulates fibrinolytic potential via inhibition of the VEC surface-bound plg activator, tPA...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779122/heterologous-expression-of-talaromyces-emersonii-cellobiohydrolase-cel7a-in-trichoderma-reesei-increases-the-efficiency-of-corncob-residues-saccharification
#20
Ningning Sun, Yuanchao Qian, Weiwei Wang, Yaohua Zhong, Meixue Dai
OBJECTIVE: Improve the hydrolysis efficiency of the Trichoderma reesei cellulase system by heterologously expressing cellobiohydrolase Cel7A (Te-Cel7A) from the thermophilic fungus Talaromyces emersonii. RESULTS: Te-Cel7A was expressed in T. reesei under control of the cdna1 promoter and the generated transformant QTC14 could successfully secrete Te-Cel7A into the supernatant using glucose as carbon source. The recombinant Te-Cel7A had a temperature optimum at 65 °C and an optimal pH of 5, which were similar to those from the native host...
May 19, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
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