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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636601/crystal-structure-of-the-potassium-importing-kdpfabc-membrane-complex
#1
Ching-Shin Huang, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, David L Stokes
Cellular potassium import systems play a fundamental role in osmoregulation, pH homeostasis and membrane potential in all domains of life. In bacteria, the kdp operon encodes a four-subunit potassium pump that maintains intracellular homeostasis, cell shape and turgor under conditions in which potassium is limiting. This membrane complex, called KdpFABC, has one channel-like subunit (KdpA) belonging to the superfamily of potassium transporters and another pump-like subunit (KdpB) belonging to the superfamily of P-type ATPases...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634476/changes-in-n-p-supply-ratios-affect-the-ecological-stoichiometry-of-a-toxic-cyanobacterium-and-its-fungal-parasite
#2
Thijs Frenken, Joren Wierenga, Alena S Gsell, Ellen van Donk, Thomas Rohrlack, Dedmer B Van de Waal
Human activities have dramatically altered nutrient fluxes from the landscape into receiving waters. As a result, not only the concentration of nutrients in surface waters has increased, but also their elemental ratios have changed. Such shifts in resource supply ratios will alter autotroph stoichiometry, which may in turn have consequences for higher trophic levels, including parasites. Here, we hypothesize that parasite elemental composition will follow changes in the stoichiometry of its host, and that its reproductive success will decrease with host nutrient limitation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633367/cortical-glutamate-in-migraine
#3
Ronald Zielman, Jannie P Wijnen, Andrew Webb, Gerrit L J Onderwater, Itamar Ronen, Michel D Ferrari, Hermien E Kan, Gisela M Terwindt, Mark C Kruit
Cortical hyperexcitability due to enhanced glutamatergic activity has been implicated in migraine pathophysiology but direct evidence is lacking. Here we assessed glutamate levels and intracellular mobility of glutamate in the visual cortex of migraineurs in-between attacks. We included 50 migraineurs (23 with aura and 27 without aura) and 24 age- and gender-matched non-headache controls. We used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and diffusion weighted spectroscopy at 7 T with a single volume of interest (2 × 2 × 3 cm) located in the primary and secondary visual cortex...
June 14, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633064/an-innovative-approach-to-bioremediation-of-mercury-contaminated-soils-from-industrial-mining-operations
#4
Damien McCarthy, Grant C Edwards, Mae S Gustin, Andrew Care, Matthieu B Miller, Anwar Sunna
Soils contaminated with mercury (Hg) have proved expensive and logistically difficult to remediate. Research continues into finding suitable environmentally-friendly and efficient ways of achieving this end. Bioremediation is an option, which employs the strategies microorganisms have evolved to deal with Hg. One microbial strategy involves uptake and intracellular volatilisation of mercuric ions, which passively diffuse from the cell and back into the atmosphere. In this work, Pseudomonas veronii cells grown to stationary phase were immobilised in a xanthan gum-based biopolymer via encapsulation...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628832/young-leaves-of-reed-phragmites-communis-suppress-melanogenesis-and-oxidative-stress-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells
#5
Mi-Ok Sim, Ju Ri Ham, Mi-Kyung Lee
This study investigated the effects young leaves of reed (Phragmites communis) water extract (YLR) on melanogenesis and oxidative stress using B16F10 cells. YLR decreased the intracellular melanin content, protein expression and enzyme activity of tyrosinase in a dose-dependent manner. YLR significantly decreased the gene and protein expression of melanogeneis-related proteins, such as microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), and tyrosinase-related protein-1 and -2. In addition, YLR up-regulated the melanogenesis inhibitory proteins, extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and protein kinase B (AKT), while it dose-dependently down-regulated p38 and cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB)...
June 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628380/low-frequency-noise-effects-on-the-rat-parotid-gland-a-transmission-electron-microscopy-study
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Pedro Oliveira, Goncalo Martins Pereira, Margarida Seara Simões, Emanuel Monteiro, António Pedro Alves de Matos, Artur Águas, José Martins Dos Santos
INTRODUCTION: Low-frequency noise (LFN) is a ubiquitous physical stressor known to cause degenerative cellular changes and organ alterations with functional repercussions both in humans and animals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After acceptance of the study protocol by a local ethics committee, 20 Wistar rats were randomly divided into two equal groups. One group was kept in silence and the other continuously exposed to LFN during 13 weeks. The rats had unlimited access to water and were fed standard rat chow...
June 19, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627734/role-of-cytoskeletal-mechanics-and-cell-membrane-fluidity-in-the-intracellular-delivery-of-molecules-mediated-by-laser-activated-carbon-nanoparticles
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Stefany Y Holguin, Caleb F Anderson, Naresh N Thadhani, Mark R Prausnitz
Exposure of cells and nanoparticles to near-infrared nanosecond pulsed laser light can lead to efficient intracellular delivery of molecules while maintaining high cell viability by a photoacoustic phenomenon known as transient nanoparticle energy transduction (TNET). Here, we examined the influence of cytoskeletal mechanics and plasma membrane fluidity on intracellular uptake of molecules and loss of cell viability due to TNET. We found that destabilization of actin filaments using latrunculin A led to greater uptake of molecules and less viability loss caused by TNET...
June 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627498/highly-stable-red-emitting-polymer-dots-for-cellular-imaging
#8
Jipsa Chelora, Jinfeng Zhang, Rui Chen, Hrisheekesh Thachoth Chandran, Chun-Sing Lee
Polymer dots (Pdots) have emerged as a new type of fluorescent probe material for biomedical applications and have attracted great interest due to their excellent optical properties and biocompatability. In this work, we report on a red-emitting P3HT Pdot fluorescent probe for intracellular bioimaging. The as-prepared Pdot fluorescent probe exhibits good stability and has a large Stokes shift (121 nm) compared to molecules in tetrahydrofuran (THF). Furthermore, the probe shows low cytotoxicity, broad absorption spectrum, resistance against photodegradation, and good water dispersibility...
June 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627487/epicellular-coccidiosis-in-goldfish
#9
Kálmán Molnár, Csaba Székely
In a goldfish stock held in a pet fish pond, heavy coccidian infection, caused by an epicellularly developing Goussia species, appeared in April of 3 consecutive years (2014 to 2016). The shape and size of the oocysts resembled those of an inadequately described species, Goussia carassiusaurati (Romero-Rodriguez, 1978). In histological sections, gamogonic and sporogonic stages infested mostly the second fifth of the intestine, where almost all epithelial cells were infected. Both gamonts and young oocysts occurred intracellularly but in an extracytoplasmal position, seemingly outside the cells...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624444/distribution-lipid-bilayer-affinity-and-kinetics-of-the-metabolic-effects-of-dinoseb-in-the-liver
#10
Gabriela Bueno Franco Salla, Lívia Bracht, Anacharis Babeto de Sá-Nakanishi, Angela Valderrama Parizotto, Fabrício Bracht, Rosane Marina Peralta, Adelar Bracht
Dinoseb is a highly toxic pesticide of the dinitrophenol group. Its use has been restricted, but it can still be found in soils and waters in addition to being a component of related pesticides that, after ingestion by humans or animals, can originate the compound by enzymatic hydrolysis. As most dinitrophenols, dinoseb uncouples oxidative phosphorylation. In this study, distribution, lipid bilayer affinity and kinetics of the metabolic effects of dinoseb were investigated, using mainly the isolated perfused rat liver, but also isolated mitochondria and molecular dynamics simulations...
June 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624094/the-impact-of-pulsed-electric-fields-and-ultrasound-on-water-distribution-and-loss-in-mushrooms-stalks
#11
Nicolò Dellarosa, Daniele Frontuto, Luca Laghi, Marco Dalla Rosa, James G Lyng
Pulsed electric fields (PEF) and ultrasound (US) are promising innovative technologies with the potential to increase mass transfer when combined with further processes which in turn can provide potential benefits in the recovery of valuable compounds from food by-products. To provide evidence of the mechanism of mass transfer enhancement, the present study assessed the impact of PEF and US treatments, applied individually and in combination, at low and high temperatures, on the tissue microstructure of mushroom stalks...
December 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622632/applying-rheological-analysis-to-better-understand-the-mechanism-of-acid-conditioning-on-activated-sludge-dewatering
#12
Hou-Feng Wang, Yun-Jie Ma, Hua-Jie Wang, Hao Hu, Hai-Yang Yang, Raymond J Zeng
The pH value is a key parameter and affects sludge dewatering. Comprehensive understanding of the effects and mechanism of pH is important for sludge treatment process and sludge dewatering. The goal of this study was to evaluate the proposed mechanism of acid conditioning on sludge dewatering based on rheological analysis. At lower sludge pH, changes in floc structure, surface properties, and flocculation improved the performance of dewatering. Additionally, lower sludge pH caused the hydrolysis of EPS and intracellular materials, which released greater amounts of bound water...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619032/the-role-of-intracellular-trafficking-of-cdse-zns-qds-on-their-consequent-toxicity-profile
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Bella B Manshian, Thomas F Martens, Karsten Kantner, Kevin Braeckmans, Stefaan C De Smedt, Jo Demeester, Gareth J S Jenkins, Wolfgang J Parak, Beatriz Pelaz, Shareen H Doak, Uwe Himmelreich, Stefaan J Soenen
BACKGROUND: Nanoparticle interactions with cellular membranes and the kinetics of their transport and localization are important determinants of their functionality and their biological consequences. Understanding these phenomena is fundamental for the translation of such NPs from in vitro to in vivo systems for bioimaging and medical applications. Two CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QD) with differing surface functionality (NH2 or COOH moieties) were used here for investigating the intracellular uptake and transport kinetics of these QDs...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617545/fluid-status-of-patients-during-the-early-stages-of-continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis
#14
L Wang, W Yu, T Wang
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the fluid status of patients in the early stages of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients (13 males and 23 females), hospitalized in the Nephrology CAPD Center, Peking University Third Hospital, and undergoing intubation and CAPD treatment, were recruited in this study. By utilize a bioelectrical impedance analyzer, changes in extracellular fluid and intracellular fluid within the patients' cells, and overall fluid changes were monitored throughout six months following CAPD treatment...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616863/contrasting-effects-of-phosphatidylinositol-4-5-bisphosphate-pip2-on-cloned-tmem16a-and-tmem16b-channels
#15
Chau M Ta, Kathryn E Acheson, Nils J G Rorsman, Remco C Jongkind, Paolo Tammaro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ca(2+) -activated Cl(-) channels (CaCCs) are gated open by a rise in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+) ]i ), typically provoked by Gq -protein coupled receptor activation (Gq PCR). Gq PCR activation initiates depletion of plasmalemmal phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2 ). Here we ask whether PIP2 acts as a signalling lipid for CaCCs coded by the TMEM16A and TMEM16B genes. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Patch-clamp electrophysiology, in conjunction with genetically-encoded systems to control cellular PIP2 content, was used to define the mechanism of action of PIP2 on TMEM16A and TMEM16B channels...
June 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611859/ipragliflozin-improves-glycemic-control-and-decreases-body-fat-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#16
Takehiro Kawata, Takashi Iizuka, Kotaro Iemitsu, Masahiro Takihata, Masahiko Takai, Shigeru Nakajima, Nobuaki Minami, Shinichi Umezawa, Akira Kanamori, Hiroshi Takeda, Shogo Ito, Taisuke Kikuchi, Hikaru Amemiya, Mizuki Kaneshiro, Atsuko Mokubo, Tetsuo Takuma, Hideo Machimura, Keiji Tanaka, Taro Asakura, Akira Kubota, Sachio Aoyanagi, Kazuhiko Hoshino, Masashi Ishikawa, Yoko Matsuzawa, Mitsuo Obana, Nobuo Sasai, Hideaki Kaneshige, Fuyuki Minagawa, Tatsuya Saito, Kazuaki Shinoda, Masaaki Miyakawa, Yasushi Tanaka, Yasuo Terauchi, Ikuro Matsuba
BACKGROUND: Ipragliflozin, a sodium-glucose transporter 2 inhibitor, was administered to patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus for 24 weeks to evaluate its effect on glycemic control and body composition. METHODS: This was an investigator-initiated multicenter prospective intervention study in which ipragliflozin (50 mg) was administered once daily and glycemic control, blood pressure, body weight (BW), body composition (measured by a biological impedance method), the lipid profile, and adverse events were evaluated after 4, 12, and 24 weeks of treatment...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611748/microbial-metabolism-in-soil-at-subzero-temperatures-adaptation-mechanisms-revealed-by-position-specific-13-c-labeling
#17
Ezekiel K Bore, Carolin Apostel, Sara Halicki, Yakov Kuzyakov, Michaela A Dippold
Although biogeochemical models designed to simulate carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) dynamics in high-latitude ecosystems incorporate extracellular parameters, molecular and biochemical adaptations of microorganisms to freezing remain unclear. This knowledge gap hampers estimations of the C balance and ecosystem feedback in high-latitude regions. To analyze microbial metabolism at subzero temperatures, soils were incubated with isotopomers of position-specifically (13)C-labeled glucose at three temperatures: +5 (control), -5, and -20°C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611439/raman-micro-spectroscopy-as-a-viable-tool-to-monitor-and-estimate-the-ionic-transport-in-epithelial-cells
#18
Leonardo Puppulin, Giuseppe Pezzotti, Hongxin Sun, Shigekuni Hosogi, Takashi Nakahari, Toshio Inui, Yasuaki Kumamoto, Hideo Tanaka, Yoshinori Marunaka
The typical response to the lowering of plasma Na(+) concentration and blood pressure in our body involves the release of aldosterone from the adrenal glands, which triggers the reabsorption of sodium in the kidney. Although the effects of aldosterone on this physiological mechanism were extensively studied in the past decades, there are still some aspects to be fully elucidated. In the present study, we propose for the first time a new approach based on Raman spectroscopy to monitor the ionic activity in aldosterone-treated A6 renal epithelial cells...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611430/-candidatus-cochliophilus-cryoturris-coxiellaceae-a-symbiont-of-the-testate-amoeba-cochliopodium-minus
#19
Han-Fei Tsao, Ute Scheikl, Jean-Marie Volland, Martina Köhsler, Monika Bright, Julia Walochnik, Matthias Horn
Free-living amoebae are well known for their role in controlling microbial community composition through grazing, but some groups, namely Acanthamoeba species, also frequently serve as hosts for bacterial symbionts. Here we report the first identification of a bacterial symbiont in the testate amoeba Cochliopodium. The amoeba was isolated from a cooling tower water sample and identified as C. minus. Fluorescence in situ hybridization and transmission electron microscopy revealed intracellular symbionts located in vacuoles...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603015/activation-of-a-ca-2-dependent-cation-conductance-with-properties-of-trpm2-by-reactive-oxygen-species-in-lens-epithelial-cells
#20
Susanne Keckeis, Laura Wernecke, Daniel J Salchow, Nadine Reichhart, Olaf Strauß
Ion channels are crucial for maintenance of ion homeostasis and transparency of the lens. The lens epithelium is the metabolically and electrophysiologically active cell type providing nutrients, ions and water to the lens fiber cells. Ca(2+)-dependent non-selective ion channels seem to play an important role for ion homeostasis. The aim of the study was to identify and characterize Ca(2+)- and reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent non-selective cation channels in human lens epithelial cells. RT-PCR revealed gene expression of the Ca(2+)-activated non-selective cation channels TRPC3, TRPM2, TRPM4 and Ano6 in both primary lens epithelial cells and the cell line HLE-B3, whereas TRPM5 mRNA was only found in HLE-B3 cells...
June 8, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
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