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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034927/exploring-the-role-of-gs-gogat-cycle-in-microcystin-synthesis-and-regulation-a-model-based-analysis
#1
Swarnendu Banerjee, Abhishek Subramanian, Joydev Chattopadhyay, Ram Rup Sarkar
Toxic cyanobacteria blooms populate water bodies by consuming external nutrients and releasing cyanotoxins that are detrimental for other aquatic species, producing a significant impact on the plankton ecosystem and food web. To exercise population-level control of toxin production, understanding the biochemical mechanisms that explain cyanotoxin regulation within a bacterial cell is of utmost importance. In this study, we explore the mechanistic events to investigate the dependence of toxin microcystin on external nitrogen, a known regulator of the toxin, and for the first time, propose a kinetic model that analyzes the intracellular conditions required to ensure nitrogen dependence on microcystin...
October 16, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032043/fast-and-sensitive-hplc-ms-ms-method-for-direct-quantification-of-intracellular-deoxyribonucleoside-triphosphates-from-tissue-and-cells
#2
Sigurast Olafsson, Dale Whittington, Jason Murray, Michael Regnier, Farid Moussavi-Harami
Deoxyribonucleoside triphosphates (dNTPs) are used in DNA synthesis and repair. Even slight imbalances can have adverse biological effects. This study validates a fast and sensitive HPLC-MS/MS method for direct quantification of intracellular dNTPs from tissue. Equal volumes of methanol and water were used for nucleotide extraction from mouse heart and gastrocnemius muscle and isolated cardiomyocytes followed by centrifugation to remove particulates. The resulting supernatant was analyzed on a porous graphitic carbon chromatography column using an elution gradient of ammonium acetate in water and ammonium hydroxide in acetonitrile with a run time of just 10min...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29030246/interaction-of-a-model-apolipoprotein-apolp-iii-with-an-oil-phospholipid-interface
#3
Mona Mirheydari, Elizabeth K Mann, Edgar E Kooijman
Lipid droplets are "small" organelles that play an important role in de novo synthesis of new membrane, and steroid hormones, as well as in energy storage. The way proteins interact specifically with the oil-(phospho-)lipid monolayer interface of lipid droplets is a relatively unexplored but crucial question. Here, we use our home built liquid droplet tensiometer to mimic intracellular lipid droplets and study protein-lipid interactions at this interface. As model neutral lipid binding protein, we use apoLp-III, an amphipathic α-helix bundle protein...
October 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026086/picosecond-orientational-dynamics-of-water-in-living-cells
#4
Martijn Tros, Linli Zheng, Johannes Hunger, Mischa Bonn, Daniel Bonn, Gertien J Smits, Sander Woutersen
Cells are extremely crowded, and a central question in biology is how this affects the intracellular water. Here, we use ultrafast vibrational spectroscopy and dielectric-relaxation spectroscopy to observe the random orientational motion of water molecules inside living cells of three prototypical organisms: Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast), and spores of Bacillus subtilis. In all three organisms, most of the intracellular water exhibits the same random orientational motion as neat water (characteristic time constants ~9 and ~2 ps for the first-order and second-order orientational correlation functions), whereas a smaller fraction exhibits slower orientational dynamics...
October 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024061/in-vitro-studies-of-the-antimicrobial-effect-of-non-thermal-plasma-activated-water-as-a-novel-mouthwash
#5
Yinglong Li, Jie Pan, Guopin Ye, Qian Zhang, Jing Wang, Jue Zhang, Jing Fang
The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial effects of non-thermal plasma-activated water (PAW) as a novel mouthwash in vitro. Three representative oral pathogens - Streptococcus mutans, Actinomyces viscosus and Porphyromonas gingivalis - were treated with PAW. The inactivation effect was evaluated using the colony-forming unit (CFU) method, and the morphological and structural changes of a cell were observed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The physicochemical properties of PAW were analysed, and its influence on the leakage of intracellular proteins and DNA was evaluated...
October 11, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021804/calcium-and-calmodulin-are-involved-in-nitric-oxide-induced-adventitious-rooting-of-cucumber-under-simulated-osmotic-stress
#6
Lijuan Niu, Jian Yu, Weibiao Liao, Jihua Yu, Meiling Zhang, Mohammed M Dawuda
Osmotic stress is a major form of abiotic stress that adversely affects growth and development of plants and subsequently reduces yield and quality of crops. In this study, the effect of nitric oxide (NO) and calcium (Ca(2+)) on the process of adventitious rooting in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) under simulated osmotic stress was investigated. The results revealed that the effect of exogenous NO and Ca(2+) in promoting the development of adventitious roots in cucumber seedlings under simulated osmotic stress was dose-dependent, with a maximal biological response at 10 μM NO donor nitroprusside (SNP) or 200 μM Ca(2+)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018100/randomized-crossover-trial-of-blood-volume-monitoring-guided-ultrafiltration-biofeedback-to-reduce-intradialytic-hypotensive-episodes-with-hemodialysis
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Kelvin C W Leung, Robert R Quinn, Pietro Ravani, Henry Duff, Jennifer M MacRae
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Intradialytic hypotension (IDH) is associated with morbidity. The effect of blood volume-guided ultrafiltration biofeedback, which automatically adjusts fluid removal rate on the basis of blood volume parameters, on the reduction of IDH was tested in a randomized crossover trial. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: We performed a 22-week, single blind, randomized crossover trial in patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis who had >30% of sessions complicated by symptomatic IDH in five centers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada...
October 10, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993980/characterization-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity-of-tio2-and-folate-coupled-chitosan-nanoparticles-loading-polyprenol-based-nanoemulsion
#8
Ran Tao, Chengzhang Wang, Changwei Zhang, WenJun Li, Hao Zhou, Hongxia Chen, Jianzhong Ye
The structure and bioactivity of Ginkgo biloba leaves polyprenol (GBP) are similar to that of dolichol which widely exists in human and mammalian organs. GBP possesses potential pharmacological activities against cancer. This study involved oil-in-water type nanoemulsion (NE) loading GBP was prepared by dissolving polyprenol in nanoemulsion of sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP)/TiO2 solution, Triton X-100, and 1-octanol by inversed-phase emulsification (EIP) and ultrasonic emulsification (UE) method. Folic acid (FA)-coupled chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs), GBP-FA-CS-NPs and GBP-TiO2-FA-CS-NPs, were fabricated by ionic cross-linking of positively charged FA-CS conjugates and negatively charged nanoemulsion with TPP/TiO2...
October 9, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993661/metabolic-signatures-in-response-to-abscisic-acid-aba-treatment-in-brassica-napus-guard-cells-revealed-by-metabolomics
#9
Mengmeng Zhu, Sarah M Assmann
Drought can severely damage crops, resulting in major yield losses. During drought, vascular land plants conserve water via stomatal closure. Each stomate is bordered by a pair of guard cells that shrink in response to drought and the associated hormone abscisic acid (ABA). The activation of complex intracellular signaling networks underlies these responses. Therefore, analysis of guard cell metabolites is fundamental for elucidation of guard cell signaling pathways. Brassica napus is an important oilseed crop for human consumption and biodiesel production...
October 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992817/clinical-recommendations-for-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-mapping-of-t1-t2-t2-and-extracellular-volume-a-consensus-statement-by-the-society-for-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-scmr-endorsed-by-the-european-association-for-cardiovascular-imaging-eacvi
#10
REVIEW
Daniel R Messroghli, James C Moon, Vanessa M Ferreira, Lars Grosse-Wortmann, Taigang He, Peter Kellman, Julia Mascherbauer, Reza Nezafat, Michael Salerno, Erik B Schelbert, Andrew J Taylor, Richard Thompson, Martin Ugander, Ruud B van Heeswijk, Matthias G Friedrich
Parametric mapping techniques provide a non-invasive tool for quantifying tissue alterations in myocardial disease in those eligible for cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Parametric mapping with CMR now permits the routine spatial visualization and quantification of changes in myocardial composition based on changes in T1, T2, and T2*(star) relaxation times and extracellular volume (ECV). These changes include specific disease pathways related to mainly intracellular disturbances of the cardiomyocyte (e...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992306/delaying-chloroplast-turnover-increases-water-deficit-stress-tolerance-through-the-enhancement-of-nitrogen-assimilation-in-rice
#11
Nir Sade, Kamolchanok Umnajkitikorn, Maria Del Mar Rubio Wilhelmi, Matthew Wright, Songhu Wang, Eduardo Blumwald
Abiotic stress-induced senescence in crops is a process particularly affecting the photosynthetic apparatus, decreasing photosynthetic activity and inducing chloroplast degradation. A pathway for stress-induced chloroplast degradation that involves the CHLOROPLAST VESICULATION (CV) gene was characterized in rice (Oryza sativa) plants. OsCV expression was up-regulated with the age of the plants and when plants were exposed to water-deficit conditions. The down-regulation of OsCV expression contributed to the maintenance of the chloroplast integrity under stress...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992278/auxin-production-as-an-integrator-of-environmental-cues-for-developmental-growth-regulation
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Souad Mroue, Andrea Simeunovic, Hélène S Robert
Being sessile organisms, plants have evolved mechanisms allowing them to control their growth and development in response to environmental changes. This occurs by means of complex interacting signalling networks that integrate diverse environmental cues into co-ordinated and highly regulated responses. Auxin is an essential phytohormone that functions as a signalling molecule, driving both growth and developmental processes. It is involved in numerous biological processes ranging from control of cell expansion and cell division to tissue specification, embryogenesis, and organ development...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991174/aquaporin-3-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Saw Marlar, Helene H Jensen, Frédéric H Login, Lene N Nejsum
Increasing evidence suggests that the water/glycerol channel aquaporin-3 (AQP3) plays a pivotal role in cancer metastasis. AQP3 knockout mice were resistant to skin tumor formation and overexpression correlated with metastasis and poor prognosis in patients with breast or gastric cancer. In cultured cancer cells, increased AQP3 expression stimulated several intracellular signaling pathways and resulted in increased cell proliferation, migration, and invasion as well as aggravation of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition...
October 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989102/comparative-evaluation-of-electrospraying-and-lyophilization-techniques-on-solid-state-properties-of-erlotinib-nanocrystals-assessment-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity
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Shreya Thakkar, Dilip Sharma, Manju Misra
INTRODUCTION: Erlotinib is a well known FDA approved drug from category of tyrosine kinase inhibitors; used for the treatment of lung cancer. However its use is limited because of its poor water solubility. OBJECTIVE: The aim of present work was to improve solubility by developing a stable nanocrystal based drug delivery system of ERL with the aid of sodium lauryl sulfate as potential stabilizer and to carry out comparative evaluation of electrospraying and lyophilization as solidification techniques on its solid state properties...
October 6, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980679/cellular-behavior-controlled-by-bio-inspired-and-geometry-tunable-nanohairs
#15
Chaejeong Heo, Chanho Jeong, Hyeon Seong Im, Jong Uk Kim, Juhyun Woo, Ji Yeon Lee, Byeonghak Park, Minah Suh, Tae-Il Kim
A cicada wing has a biocidal feature of rupturing the membrane of cells, while the cactus spine can transmit a water drop to the stem of the plant. Both of these properties have evolved from their respective unique structures. Here, we endeavor to develop geometry-controllable nanohairs that mimic the cicada's wing-like vertical hairs and the cactus spine-like stooped hairs, and to quantitatively characterize the cell migration behavior of the hairy structures. It was found that the neuroblastoma cells are highly sensitive to the variation of surfaces: flat, vertical, and stooped nanohairs (100 nm diameter and 900 nm height)...
October 5, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979785/estimated-dietary-sodium-intake-in-haemodialysis-patients-using-food-frequency-questionnaires
#16
Anastasia Gkza, Andrew Davenport
BACKGROUND: In clinical practice, dietary sodium assessment requires reliable and rapid screening tools. We wished to evaluate the usefulness of food frequency questionnaires (FFQ) in estimating dietary sodium intakes in haemodialysis patients. METHODS: We used the Derby Salt Questionnaire (DSQ), and Scored Sodium Questionnaire (SSQ) to estimate sodium intake. Body composition was determined by bioimpedance. RESULTS: In total, 139 haemodialysis patients (95 men) completed the FFQs, with mean ± standard deviation age 67 ± 15 years...
October 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978326/tracking-of-pigment-accumulation-and-secretion-in-extractive-fermentation-of-monascus-anka-gim-3-592
#17
Gong Chen, Qi Bei, Tao Huang, Zhenqiang Wu
BACKGROUND: Monascus pigments are promising sources for food and medicine due to their natural food-coloring functions and pharmaceutical values. The innovative technology of extractive fermentation is used to promote pigment productivity, but reports of pigment trans-membrane secretion mechanism are rare. In this study, tracking of pigment accumulation and secretion in extractive fermentation of Monascus anka GIM 3.592 was investigated. RESULTS: The increased vacuole size in mycelia correlated with fluorescence intensity (r > 0...
October 4, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974052/antimycobacterial-activities-of-n-substituted-glycinyl-1h-1-2-3-triazolyl-oxazolidinones-and-analytical-method-development-and-validation-for-a-representative-compound
#18
Naser F Al-Tannak, Oludotun A Phillips
Twelve N-substituted-glycinyl triazolyl oxazolidinone derivatives were screened for antimycobacterial activity against susceptible (Mycobacteriumtuberculosis (Mtb) H37Rv) and resistant (isoniazid (INH)-resistant Mtb (SRI 1369), rifampin (RMP)-resistant Mtb (SRI 1367), and ofloxacin (OFX)-resistant Mtb (SRI 4000)) Mtb strains. Most of the compounds showed moderate to strong antimycobacterial activity against all strains tested, with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value ranges of 0.5-11.5, 0.056-11.6, 0...
October 2, 2017: Scientia Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973866/cell-volume-change-through-water-efflux-impacts-cell-stiffness-and-stem-cell-fate
#19
Ming Guo, Adrian F Pegoraro, Angelo Mao, Enhua H Zhou, Praveen R Arany, Yulong Han, Dylan T Burnette, Mikkel H Jensen, Karen E Kasza, Jeffrey R Moore, Frederick C Mackintosh, Jeffrey J Fredberg, David J Mooney, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, David A Weitz
Cells alter their mechanical properties in response to their local microenvironment; this plays a role in determining cell function and can even influence stem cell fate. Here, we identify a robust and unified relationship between cell stiffness and cell volume. As a cell spreads on a substrate, its volume decreases, while its stiffness concomitantly increases. We find that both cortical and cytoplasmic cell stiffness scale with volume for numerous perturbations, including varying substrate stiffness, cell spread area, and external osmotic pressure...
September 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971467/bioimpedance-measurements-in-adolescents-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-a-pilot-study
#20
Styliani A Geronikolou, Flora Bacopoulou, Dennis Cokkinos
Limited data are available on the body composition of adolescent women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The aim of this study was to examine differences in body composition indices of metabolism, homeostasis and inflammation, between Greek adolescent females suffering from PCOS and age- and body mass index (BMI)-matched non-PCOS controls. Thirteen PCOS patients and nine non-PCOS controls, aged 13-24 years participated in this cross-sectional study. Study participants underwent assessment by a novel dual frequency bioimpedance device (BIA-ACC)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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