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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#1
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635948/munc13-1-and-munc18-1-together-prevent-nsf-dependent-de-priming-of-synaptic-vesicles
#2
Enqi He, Keimpe Wierda, Rhode van Westen, Jurjen H Broeke, Ruud F Toonen, L Niels Cornelisse, Matthijs Verhage
Synaptic transmission requires a stable pool of release-ready (primed) vesicles. Here we show that two molecules involved in SNARE-complex assembly, Munc13-1 and Munc18-1, together stabilize release-ready vesicles by preventing de-priming. Replacing neuronal Munc18-1 by a non-neuronal isoform Munc18-2 (Munc18-1/2SWAP) supports activity-dependent priming, but primed vesicles fall back into a non-releasable state (de-prime) within seconds. Munc13-1 deficiency produces a similar defect. Inhibitors of N-ethylmaleimide sensitive factor (NSF), N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) or interfering peptides, prevent de-priming in munc18-1/2SWAP or munc13-1 null synapses, but not in CAPS-1/2 null, another priming-deficient mutant...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635681/antimicrobial-activity-of-nitric-oxide-releasing-ti-6al-4v-metal-oxide
#3
Nina A Reger, Wilson S Meng, Ellen S Gawalt
Titanium and titanium alloy materials are commonly used in joint replacements, due to the high strength of the materials. Pathogenic microorganisms can easily adhere to the surface of the metal implant, leading to an increased potential for implant failure. The surface of a titanium-aluminum-vanadium (Ti-6Al-4V) metal oxide implant material was functionalized to deliver an small antibacterial molecule, nitric oxide. S-nitroso-penicillamine, a S-nitrosothiol nitric oxide donor, was covalently immobilized on the metal oxide surface using self-assembled monolayers...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635501/promoting-global-action-on-hearing-loss-world-hearing-day
#4
Shelly Chadha, Alarcos Cieza
The growing need for hearing care and a general lack of policies to address it poses a significant public health challenge. The World Health Organization aims to address this through evidence-based advocacy along with technical support to countries in provision of hearing care. As part of its activities, WHO is promoting the World Hearing Day which is observed on 3rd March every year. The day is marked by an annual theme and release of information products and key messages. Through this, we aim to raise awareness and promote actions for ear and hearing care across the world...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635416/arsenic-and-fluoride-co-contamination-in-shallow-aquifers-from-agricultural-suburbs-and-an-industrial-area-of-punjab-pakistan-spatial-trends-sources-and-human-health-implications
#5
Abida Farooqi, Jawairia Sultana, Noshin Masood
Release of arsenic (As) and fluoride (F(-)) species into groundwater is a serious health concern around the world. The present study was the first systematic baseline study conducted in Rahim Yar Khan district, Punjab, focusing on As and F(-) contamination in groundwater. A total of 51 representative groundwater samples comprising of 44 samples from agricultural suburbs and 7 from an industrial base were analysed. Statistical parameters, principal component analysis-multiple linear regression (PCA-MLR) and health risk assessment model were used to investigate the hydro geochemistry, spatial patterns, interrelation, source contribution and associated health risks of high As and F(-) in groundwater of the study area...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635414/core-shell-pla-pva-porous-microparticles-as-carriers-for-bacteriocin-nisin
#6
Pavlina Holcapkova, Martina Hrabalikova, Petra Stoplova, Vladimir Sedlarik
This work is focused on preparation of novel porous type of core-shell-structured microparticles based on polylactide (shell) and poly(vinyl alcohol) cross-linked with glutaric acid (GA) (core) prepared by water-in-oil-in-water solvent evaporation technique. The microparticle systems were used as delivery systems for immobilisation of model antibacterial agent - nisin. The effect of cross-linking and the initial amount of nisin on their morphology was investigated using scanning electron microscopy, BET analysis, zeta potential measurement and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634607/a-high-throughput-microfluidic-platform-for-size-selective-enrichment-of-cell-populations-in-tissue-and-blood-samples
#7
Nivedita Nivedita, Neha Garg, Abraham P Lee, Ian Papautsky
Numerous applications in biology and medicine require the efficient and reliable separation of cells for disease diagnosis, genetic analysis, drug screening, and therapeutics. In this work, we demonstrate a novel technology that integrates a passive and an active device to separate, enrich and release cells on-demand from a complex blood sample, or cancer cells derived from a tissue biopsy. We exploit the high throughput (>1 mL min(-1)), size-based sorting capability of the passive spiral inertial microfluidic (iMF) device to focus particles/cells towards an active lateral cavity acoustic transducer (LCAT) device for size-selective enrichment...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634451/berberine-ameliorates-diabetes-associated-cognitive-decline-through-modulation-of-aberrant-inflammation-response-and-insulin-signaling-pathway-in-dm-rats
#8
Qingjie Chen, Ran Mo, Ninghua Wu, Xin Zou, Cai Shi, Jing Gong, Jingbin Li, Ke Fang, Dingkun Wang, Deshen Yang, Kaifu Wang, Juan Chen
Background: Memory-impairment was one of the common characteristics in patients with diabetes mellitus. The release of chronic inflammation mediators and insulin resistance in diabetic brain gave rise to the generation of toxic factor Aβ42 which was the marker of Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the impairment of memory in diabetes mellitus was also correlated predominantly with uptake/metabolism of glucose in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Previously, anti-inflammation and hypoglycemic effects of berberine (BBr) have been described in peripheral tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634441/roles-of-pannexin-1-channels-in-inflammatory-response-through-the-tlrs-nf-kappa-b-signaling-pathway-following-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
#9
Ling-Yun Wu, Zhen-Nan Ye, Chen-Hui Zhou, Chun-Xi Wang, Guang-Bin Xie, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Yong-Yue Gao, Zi-Huan Zhang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Zong Zhuang, Jing-Peng Liu, Chun-Hua Hang, Ji-Xin Shi
Background: Accumulating evidence suggests that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Pannexin-1 channels, as a member of gap junction proteins located on the plasma membrane, releases ATP, ions, second messengers, neurotransmitters, and molecules up to 1 kD into the extracellular space, when activated. Previous studies identified that the opening of Pannexin-1 channels is essential for cellular migration, apoptosis and especially inflammation, but its effects on inflammatory response in SAH model have not been explored yet...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634420/characterization-of-the-proinflammatory-profile-of-synovial-fluid-derived-exosomes-of-patients-with-osteoarthritis
#10
Rossana Domenis, Rossella Zanutel, Federica Caponnetto, Barbara Toffoletto, Adriana Cifù, Cinzia Pistis, Paolo Di Benedetto, Araldo Causero, Massimo Pozzi, Fabrizio Bassini, Martina Fabris, Kayvan R Niazi, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Francesco Curcio
The purpose of this study is to characterize synovial fluid- (SF-) derived exosomes of patients with gonarthrosis comparing two methods of isolation and to investigate their immune regulatory properties. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been isolated from inflamed SF by polymer precipitation method and quantified by Exocet kit and by nanoparticle tracking analysis. Vesicles expressed all the specific exosomal markers by immunoblot and FACS. After isolation with Exoquick, a relevant contamination by immune complexes was detected, which required further magnetic bead-based purification to remove...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634358/hiv-1-gp41-targeting-fusion-inhibitory-peptides-enhance-the-gp120-targeting-protein-mediated-inactivation-of-hiv-1-virions
#11
Qianqian Qi, Qian Wang, Weizao Chen, Lanying Du, Dimiter S Dimitrov, Lu Lu, Shibo Jiang
Protein- or peptide-based viral inactivators are being developed as novel antiviral drugs with improved efficacy, pharmacokinetics and toxicity profiles because they actively inactivate cell-free human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) virions before attachment to host cells. By contrast, most clinically used antiviral drugs must penetrate host cells to inhibit viral replication. In this study, we pre-treated HIV-1 particles with a gp120-targeting bispecific multivalent protein, 2Dm2m or 4Dm2m, in the presence or absence of the gp41-targeting HIV-1 fusion inhibitory peptides enfuvirtide (T20), T2635, or sifuvirtide (SFT)...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634236/alternative-evolutionary-pathways-for-drug-resistant-small-colony-variant-mutants-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#12
Sha Cao, Douglas L Huseby, Gerrit Brandis, Diarmaid Hughes
Staphylococcus aureus is known to generate small colony variants (SCVs) that are resistant to aminoglycoside antibiotics and can cause persistent and recurrent infections. The SCV phenotype is unstable, and compensatory mutations lead to restored growth, usually with loss of resistance. However, the evolution of improved growth, by mechanisms that avoid loss of antibiotic resistance, is very poorly understood. By selection with serial passaging, we isolated and characterized different classes of extragenic suppressor mutations that compensate for the slow growth of small colony variants...
June 20, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634208/ligand-and-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-differentially-regulate-the-mode-of-vesicular-neuropeptide-release-in-mammalian-sensory-neurons
#13
Yeshi Wang, Qihui Wu, Meiqin Hu, Bin Liu, Zuying Chai, Rong Huang, Yuan Wang, Huadong Xu, Li Zhou, Lianghong Zheng, Changhe Wang, Zhuan Zhou
Neuropeptides released from dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons play essential roles in the neurotransmission of sensory inputs, including those underlying nociception and pathological pain. Neuropeptides are released from intracellular vesicles through two modes: a partial release mode called "kiss-and-run" (KAR) and a full release mode called "full fusion-like" (FFL). Using total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, we traced the release of pH-sensitive green fluorescent protein-tagged neuropeptide Y (pHluorin-NPY) from individual dense-core vesicles in the soma and axon of single DRG neurons after Ca(2+) influx through either voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCCs) or ligand-gated transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels...
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634161/oncolytic-adenovirus-expressing-bispecific-antibody-targets-t-cell-cytotoxicity-in-cancer-biopsies
#14
Joshua D Freedman, Joachim Hagel, Eleanor M Scott, Ioannis Psallidas, Avinash Gupta, Laura Spiers, Paul Miller, Nikolaos Kanellakis, Rebecca Ashfield, Kerry D Fisher, Margaret R Duffy, Leonard W Seymour
Oncolytic viruses exploit the cancer cell phenotype to complete their lytic life cycle, releasing progeny virus to infect nearby cells and repeat the process. We modified the oncolytic group B adenovirus EnAdenotucirev (EnAd) to express a bispecific single-chain antibody, secreted from infected tumour cells into the microenvironment. This bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) binds to EpCAM on target cells and cross-links them to CD3 on T cells, leading to clustering and activation of both CD4 and CD8 T cells. BiTE transcription can be controlled by the virus major late promoter, limiting expression to cancer cells that are permissive for virus replication...
June 20, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634109/cannabis-associated-psychosis-neural-substrate-and-clinical-impact
#15
REVIEW
R M Murray, A Englund, A Abi-Dargham, D Lewis, M Di Forti, C Davies, M Sherif, P McGuire, C D'Souza
Prospective epidemiological studies have consistently demonstrated that cannabis use is associated with an increased subsequent risk of both psychotic symptoms and schizophrenia-like psychoses. Early onset of use, daily use of high-potency cannabis, and synthetic cannabinoids carry the greatest risk. The risk-increasing effects are not explained by shared genetic predisposition between schizophrenia and cannabis use. Experimental studies in healthy humans show that cannabis and its active ingredient, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can produce transient, dose-dependent, psychotic symptoms, as well as an array of psychosis-relevant behavioral, cognitive and psychophysiological effects; the psychotogenic effects can be ameliorated by cannabidiol (CBD)...
June 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634030/effects-of-membrane-curvature-and-ph-on-proton-pumping-activity-of-single-cytochrome-bo3-enzymes
#16
Mengqiu Li, Sanobar Khan, Honglin Rong, Roman Tuma, Nikos S Hatzakis, Lars J C Jeuken
The molecular mechanism of proton pumping by heme-copper oxidases (HCO) has intrigued the scientific community since it was first proposed. We have recently reported a novel technology that enables the continuous characterisation of proton transport activity of a HCO and ubiquinol oxidase from Escherichia coli, cytochrome bo3, for hundreds of seconds on the single enzyme level (Li et al. J Am Chem Soc 137 (2015) 16055-16063). Here, we have extended these studies by additional experiments and analyses of the proton transfer rate as a function of proteoliposome size and pH at the N- and P-side of single HCOs...
June 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633956/a-time-adjustable-pulsatile-release-system-for-ketoprofen-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-investigation-in-a-pharmacokinetic-study-and-an-ivivc-evaluation
#17
Haiying Wang, Lizhen Cheng, Haoyang Wen, Caiyan Li, Yuenan Li, Xiaoyu Zhang, Yongfei Wang, Yanyan Wang, Tuanjie Wang, Weisan Pan, Xinggang Yang
A time-adjustable pulsatile release system (TAPS) containing ketoprofen (KF) as an active pharmaceutical agent was developed having been designed for bedtime dosing and releasing drug in the early morning to control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The formulation involved a tablet core (KF) and a control-release layer, and the coating membrane was composed of EC and Eudragit L100. A single-factor study, a central composite design and a response surface method were selected to optimize the formula and the optimum prescription was as follows: tablet core (KF 50mg, MCC 70mg, lactose 40mg, L-HPC 38mg), and film (EC 7...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633932/%C3%AE-2-adrenoreceptor-stimulation-dampens-the-lps-induced-m1-polarization-in-pig-macrophages
#18
Elodie Bacou, Karine Haurogné, Marie Allard, Grégoire Mignot, Jean-Marie Bach, Julie Hervé, Blandine Lieubeau
The cross-talk between sympatho-adreno-medullar axis and innate immunity players was mainly studied in rodents. In intensive husbandry, pigs are exposed to multiple stressors inducing repeated releases of catecholamines that bind to adrenoreceptors (AR) on target cells. Among adrenoreceptors, the β2-AR is largely expressed by immune cells including macrophages. We report herein on the effects of catecholamines, through β2-AR stimulation, on pig macrophage functions activated by LPS. β2-AR stimulation of porcine macrophages prevented the LPS-induced increase in TNFα and IL-8 secretion while increasing IL-10 secretion...
June 17, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633833/recent-advances-in-ultrasonic-treatment-challenges-and-field-applications-for-controlling-harmful-algal-blooms-habs
#19
REVIEW
Jungsu Park, Jared Church, Younggyu Son, Keug-Tae Kim, Woo Hyoung Lee
Algal blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon which can occur in both freshwater and saltwater. However, due to excess nutrient loading in water bodies (e.g. agricultural runoff and industrial activities), harmful algal blooms (HABs) have become an increasing issue globally, and can even cause health effects in humans due to the release of cyanotoxins. Among currently available treatment methods, sonication has received increasing attention for algal control because of its low impact on ecosystems and the environment...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633821/enhanced-production-of-hypocrellin-a-by-ultrasound-stimulation-in-submerged-cultures-of-shiraia-bambusicola
#20
Chun Xiao Sun, Yan Jun Ma, Jian Wen Wang
Hypocrellin A (HA), a naturally occurring fungal perylenequinone, is widely used in clinic to treat skin diseases and developed as a photodynamic therapy (PDT) agent against cancers. In this study, a low intensity ultrasound (US, 0.28W/cm(2) at 40kHz) was conducted thrice of repeated US exposure (5-min) with an interval of 12h to stimulate HA production of Shiraia bambusicola after 72h of the initial submerged cultures. US not only increased the content of HA by 177.2% in mycelia, but stimulated the release of HA into the medium with the highest total production of HA (247...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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