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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646736/cell-damage-caused-by-ultraviolet-b-radiation-in-the-desert-cyanobacterium-phormidium-tenue-and-its-recovery-process
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Gaohong Wang, Songqiang Deng, Jiafeng Liu, Chaoran Ye, Xiangjun Zhou, Lanzhou Chen
Phormidium tenue, a cyanobacterium that grows in the topsoil of biological soil crusts (BSCs), has the highest recovery rate among desert crust cyanobacteria after exposure to ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation. However, the mechanism underlying its recovery process is unclear. To address this issue, we measured chlorophyll a fluorescence, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation, and repair of DNA breakage in P. tenue following exposure to UV-B. We found that UV-B radiation at all doses tested reduced photosynthesis and induced cell damage in P...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645641/homogenizing-bacterial-cell-factories-analysis-and-engineering-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity
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Dennis Binder, Thomas Drepper, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Frank Delvigne, Wolfgang Wiechert, Dietrich Kohlheyer, Alexander Grünberger
In natural habitats, microbes form multispecies communities that commonly face rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Thus, phenotypic heterogeneity has evolved as an innate and important survival strategy to gain an overall fitness advantage over cohabiting competitors. However, in defined artificial environments such as monocultures in small- to large-scale bioreactors, cell-to-cell variations are presumed to cause reduced production yields as well as process instability. Hence, engineering microbial production toward phenotypic homogeneity is a highly promising approach for synthetic biology and bioprocess optimization...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645053/assessment-of-imaging-in-flow-system-flowcam-for-systematic-ballast-water-management
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Leonardo Romero-Martínez, Cees van Slooten, Enrique Nebot, Asunción Acevedo-Merino, Louis Peperzak
Assessing the disinfection of ballast water and its compliance with international standards requires determining the size, viability, and concentration of planktonic organisms. The FlowCAM (Flow Cytometer and Microscope) is an Imaging Flow Cytometry designed to obtain the particle concentration, images, and quantitative morphologic information. The objective in this paper is to establish the basis for transforming the FlowCAM from being a laboratory analyzer into a tool for systematic monitoring of ballast water...
June 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644973/il-18-il-15-il-12-synergy-induces-elevated-and-prolonged-ifn-%C3%AE-production-by-ex-vivo-expanded-nk-cells-which-is-not-due-to-enhanced-stat4-activation
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Evan Lusty, Sophie M Poznanski, Karen Kwofie, Talveer S Mandur, Dean A Lee, Carl D Richards, Ali A Ashkar
The synergistic effect of IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 stimulation potently activates NK cells, inducing high levels of IFN-γ production. As a result of this potent stimulatory effect, NK cell pre-activation with IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 is being developed as a cancer immunotherapy. Ex vivo expansion of NK cells enables the efficient generation of large numbers of NK cells for wide-scale and repeated therapeutic use, and is thus an important source of NK cells for clinical application. However, the effects of IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 stimulation on ex vivo expanded NK cells have not yet been assessed...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644493/photoelectrochemical-devices-for-solar-water-splitting-materials-and-challenges
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Chaoran Jiang, Savio J A Moniz, Aiqin Wang, Tao Zhang, Junwang Tang
It is widely accepted within the community that to achieve a sustainable society with an energy mix primarily based on solar energy we need an efficient strategy to convert and store sunlight into chemical fuels. A photoelectrochemical (PEC) device would therefore play a key role in offering the possibility of carbon-neutral solar fuel production through artificial photosynthesis. The past five years have seen a surge in the development of promising semiconductor materials. In addition, low-cost earth-abundant co-catalysts are ubiquitous in their employment in water splitting cells due to the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER)...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644472/placing-and-shaping-liposomes-with-reconfigurable-dna-nanocages
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Zhao Zhang, Yang Yang, Frederic Pincet, Marc C Llaguno, Chenxiang Lin
The diverse structure and regulated deformation of lipid bilayer membranes are among a cell's most fascinating features. Artificial membrane-bound vesicles, known as liposomes, are versatile tools for modelling biological membranes and delivering foreign objects to cells. To fully mimic the complexity of cell membranes and optimize the efficiency of delivery vesicles, controlling liposome shape (both statically and dynamically) is of utmost importance. Here we report the assembly, arrangement and remodelling of liposomes with designer geometry: all of which are exquisitely controlled by a set of modular, reconfigurable DNA nanocages...
June 23, 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643512/quantitatively-intrinsic-biomimetic-catalytic-activity-of-nanocerias-as-radical-scavengers-and-their-ability-against-h2o2-and-doxorubicin-induced-oxidative-stress
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Zhimin Tian, Xuhui Li, Yuanyuan Ma, Tao Chen, Dehui Xu, Bingchuan Wang, Yuan Gao, Yongquan Qu
Artificial enzymes as radical scavengers show great potentials in treatments on various diseases induced by oxidative stress. Herein, the quantitative analysis indicates the intrinsic activity of nanocerias for degradation of radicals is de-termined by the concentration of surface defects as well as their morphological features. The surface Ce3+ fraction of the CeO2 nanozymes with the similar morphology can be used as a descriptor to index their catalytic activity as radical scavengers. Defect-abundant porous nanorods of ceria (PN-CeO2) with a large surface area (141 m2/g) and high surface Ce3+ fraction (32...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642681/%C3%AE-1-containing-gaba-a-receptors-cluster-at-synapses-where-they-mediate-slower-synaptic-currents-than-%C3%AE-2-containing-gaba-a-receptors
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Christine L Dixon, Pankaj Sah, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch, Nela Durisic
GABA-A receptors (GABAARs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels that are assembled mainly from α (α1-6), β (β1-3) and γ (γ1-3) subunits. Although GABAARs containing γ2L subunits mediate most of the inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain, significant expression of γ1 subunits is seen in the amygdala, pallidum and substantia nigra. However, the location and function of γ1-containing GABAARs in these regions remains unclear. In "artificial" synapses, where the subunit composition of postsynaptic receptors is specifically controlled, γ1 incorporation slows the synaptic current decay rate without affecting channel deactivation, suggesting that γ1-containing receptors are not clustered and therefore activated by diffuse neurotransmitter...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641883/petroleum-oil-removal-by-immobilized-bacterial-cells-on-polyurethane-foam-under-different-temperature-conditions
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Mauricio J Alessandrello, María S Juárez Tomás, Enzo E Raimondo, Diana L Vullo, Marcela A Ferrero
In this work, a mixed biofilm composed by Pseudomonas monteilii P26 and Gordonia sp. H19 was formed using polyurethane foam (PUF) as immobilization support, for crude oil removal from artificial sea water. Fresh immobilized cells and immobilized cells that were stored at 4°C for two months before use were assessed. The oil removal assays were carried out at microcosm scale at 4, 15 and 30°C. A viability loss of P. monteilii P26 was observed after the storage. The highest removal value (75%) was obtained at 30°C after 7days using fresh immobilized cells on PUF...
June 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640401/two-stage-approach-for-risk-estimation-of-fetal-trisomy-21-and-other-aneuploidies-using-computational-intelligence-systems
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A C Neocleous, A Syngelaki, K H Nicolaides, C N Schizas
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the risk for fetal trisomy 21 (T21) and other chromosomal abnormalities at 11-13 week's gestation using computational intelligence classification methods. METHODS: As a first step, we train the artificial neural networks with 72054 euploid pregnancies, 295 cases of T21 and 305 of other chromosomal abnormalities (OCA). Then, we sort the cases into two categories of "no-risk" and "risk". The cases of "no-risk" are no further examined, while the cases with "risk" are forwarded in Stage 2 for further examination where we classify them in three types of risk, namely "no-risk", "moderate-risk" and "high-risk"...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639563/the-role-of-apical-contractility-in-determining-cell-morphology-in-multilayered-epithelial-sheets-and-tubes
#11
Rui Zhen Tan, Tanny Lai, Keng-Hwee Chiam
A multilayered epithelium is made up of individual cells that are stratified in an orderly fashion, layer by layer. In such tissues, individual cells can adopt a wide range of shapes ranging from columnar to squamous. From histological images, we observe that, in flat epithelia such as the skin, the cells in the top layer are squamous while those in the middle and bottom layers are columnar, whereas in tubular epithelia, the cells in all layers are columnar. We develop a computational model to understand how individual cell shape is governed by the mechanical forces within multilayered flat and curved epithelia...
June 22, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638081/development-of-lysosome-mimicking-vesicles-to-study-the-effect-of-abnormal-accumulation-of-sphingosine-on-membrane-properties
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Ana C Carreira, Rodrigo F M de Almeida, Liana C Silva
Synthetic systems are widely used to unveil the molecular mechanisms of complex cellular events. Artificial membranes are key examples of models employed to address lipid-lipid and lipid-protein interactions. In this work, we developed a new synthetic system that more closely resembles the lysosome - the lysosome-mimicking vesicles (LMVs) - displaying stable acid-to-neutral pH gradient across the membrane. To evaluate the advantages of this synthetic system, we assessed the distinct effects of sphingosine (Sph) accumulation in membrane structure and biophysical properties of standard liposomes (no pH gradient) and in LMVs with lipid composition tuned to mimic physiological- or NPC1-like lysosomes...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637431/continuous-long-term-cytotoxicity-monitoring-in-3d-spheroids-of-beetle-luciferase-expressing-hepatocytes-by-nondestructive-bioluminescence-measurement
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Mayu Yasunaga, Yasuko Fujita, Rumiko Saito, Mitsuo Oshimura, Yoshihiro Nakajima
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) spheroids are frequently used in toxicological study because their morphology and function closely resemble those of tissue. As these properties are maintained over a long term, repeated treatment of the spheroids with a test object is possible. Generally, in the repeated treatment test to assess cytotoxicity in the spheroids, ATP assay, colorimetric measurement using pigments or high-content imaging analysis is performed. However, continuous assessment of cytotoxicity in the same spheroids using the above assays or analysis is impossible because the spheroids must be disrupted or killed...
June 20, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633918/traction-force-and-its-regulation-during-cytokinesis-in-dictyostelium-cells
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Md Golam Sarowar Jahan, Shigehiko Yumura
Cytokinesis is the final stage of cell division. Dictyostelium cells have multiple modes of cytokinesis, including cytokinesis A, B and C. Cytokinesis A is a conventional mode, which depends on myosin II in the contractile ring. Myosin II null cells divide depending on substratum-attachment (cytokinesis B) or in a multi-polar fashion independent of the cell cycle (cytokinesis C). We investigated the traction stress exerted by dividing cells in the three different modes using traction force microscopy. In all cases, the traction forces were directed inward from both poles...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633597/effect-of-t-2-toxin-injected-shrimp-muscle-extracts-on-mouse-macrophage-cells-raw264-7
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Zhanrui Huang, Yaling Wang, Mei Qiu, Lijun Sun, Jianmeng Liao, Rundong Wang, Xiaodong Sun, Siyuan Bi, Ravi Gooneratne
Following intramuscular injections of 0.1 mL, 3 mg kg(-1 )BW(-1)(1/10 LD50) T-2 toxin (T-2), the tissue concentration of T-2 in shrimp was quantitatively detected using LC-MS/MS. The biological half-time (t1/2) of T-2 in blood was 40.47 ± 0.24 min. The highest number of intramuscular T-2 shrimp could tolerate when given at blood t1/2 intervals was 4. The shrimps which were injected 5 T-2 died. The T-2 toxin highest accumulation was 0.471 ± 0.012 ng g(-1 )BW(-1). The effect of toxic shrimp muscle subjected to different processing conditions (high pressure, trifluoroacetic acid, acid and alkali digestions, artificial digestive juice [to simulate exposure to gastric and intestinal juices]) on mouse macrophage cells (RAW267...
February 10, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631375/3d-mimicry-of-native-tissue-fiber-architecture-guides-tendon-derived-cells-and-adipose-stem-cells-into-artificial-tendon-constructs
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Mariana Laranjeira, Rui M A Domingues, Raquel Costa-Almeida, Rui L Reis, Manuela E Gomes
Tendon and ligament (T/L) function is intrinsically related with their unique hierarchically and anisotropically organized extracellular matrix. Their natural healing capacity is, however, limited. Here, continuous and aligned electrospun nanofiber threads (CANT) based on synthetic/natural polymer blends mechanically reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals are produced to replicate the nanoscale collagen fibrils grouped into microscale collagen fibers that compose the native T/L. CANT are then incrementally assembled into 3D hierarchical scaffolds, resulting in woven constructions, which simultaneously mimic T/L nano-to-macro architecture, nanotopography, and nonlinear biomechanical behavior...
June 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630204/a-low-molecular-weight-alginate-oligosaccharide-disrupts-pseudomonal-microcolony-formation-and-enhances-antibiotic-effectiveness
#17
Manon F Pritchard, Lydia C Powell, Alison A Jack, Kate Powell, Konrad Beck, Hannah Florance, Julian Forton, Philip D Rye, Arne Dessen, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas
In chronic respiratory disease the formation of dense, 3-dimensional 'micro colonies' by Pseudomonas aeruginosa within the airway plays an important role in contributing to resistance to treatment. An in vitro biofilm model of pseudomonal microcolony formation using artificial sputum (AS) medium was established to study the effects of low molecular weight alginate oligomers (OligoG CF-5/20) on pseudomonal growth, microcolony formation and the efficacy of colistin. The studies employed clinical cystic fibrosis (CF) isolates (n=3) and reference non-mucoid and mucoid multi-drug resistant (MDR) CF isolates (n=7)...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629070/fabrication-of-chitosan-graphene-oxide-polymer-nanofiber-and-its-biocompatibility-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#18
Lei Cao, Fei Zhang, Qiugen Wang, Xiaofeng Wu
In this work, Chitosan/Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/graphene oxide (GO) composite nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning technique. The prepared nanofibers were characterized by using various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. FESEM images have confirmed the uniform distributions of graphene oxide nanosheets in the nanofibers with self-assembly with chitosan/PVA chains. Additionally, the results of raman spectra confirmed the existence of GO sheets in the nanofibers. The tensile strength experiments revealed that the incorporation of GO increased the mechanical properties of nanofibers...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628094/a-water-soluble-dsbb-variant-that-catalyzes-disulfide-bond-formation-in-vivo
#19
Dario Mizrachi, Michael-Paul Robinson, Guoping Ren, Na Ke, Mehmet Berkmen, Matthew P DeLisa
Escherichia coli DsbB is a transmembrane enzyme that catalyzes the reoxidation of the periplasmic oxidase DsbA by ubiquinone. Here, we sought to convert membrane-bound DsbB into a water-soluble biocatalyst by leveraging a previously described method for in vivo solubilization of integral membrane proteins (IMPs). When solubilized DsbB variants were coexpressed with an export-defective copy of DsbA in the cytoplasm of wild-type E. coli cells, artificial oxidation pathways were created that efficiently catalyzed de novo disulfide-bond formation in a range of substrate proteins, in a manner dependent on both DsbA and quinone...
June 19, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627512/non-equilibrium-steady-states-in-supramolecular-polymerization
#20
Alessandro Sorrenti, Jorge Leira-Iglesias, Akihiro Sato, Thomas M Hermans
Living systems use fuel-driven supramolecular polymers such as actin to control important cell functions. Fuel molecules like ATP are used to control when and where such polymers should assemble and disassemble. The cell supplies fresh ATP to the cytosol and removes waste products to sustain steady states. Artificial fuel-driven polymers have been developed recently, but keeping them in sustained non-equilibrium steady states (NESS) has proven challenging. Here we show a supramolecular polymer that can be kept in NESS, inside a membrane reactor where ATP is added and waste removed continuously...
June 19, 2017: Nature Communications
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