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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913309/sequence-determinants-of-the-caenhorhabditis-elegansdopamine-transporter-dictating-in-vivoaxonal-export-and-synaptic-localization
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Sarah B Robinson, J Andrew Hardaway, Shannon L Hardie, Jane Wright, Ryan M Glynn, Daniel P Bermingham, Qiao Han, Sarah M Sturgeon, Phyllis Freeman, Randy D Blakely
The monoamine neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) acts across phylogeny to modulate both simple and complex behaviors. The presynaptic DA transporter (DAT) is a major determinant of DA signaling capacity in ensuring efficient extracellular DA clearance. In humans, DAT is also a major target for prescribed and abused psychostimulants. Multiple structural determinants of DAT function and regulation have been defined, though largely these findings have arisen from heterologous expression or ex vivo cell culture studies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906617/evaluation-of-cellular-purine-transport-and-metabolism-in-the-caco-2-cell-using-comprehensive-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-method-for-analysis-of-purines
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T Fukuuchi, M Kobayashi, N Yamaoka, K Kaneko
Using Caco-2 cells and our previously developed high-performance liquid chromatography method for quantification of purine bases, nucleosides, and nucleotides, we evaluated cellular purine transport and uptake. The analytes were separated using YMC-Triart C18 column with gradient elution. We used Caco-2 cells as intestinal model cells and monitored purine transport across a monolayer for 2 h. The degree of change of purine concentrations in the permeate was very slight; however, it was possible to simultaneously determine these parameters for all purines because of our method's high sensitivity...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902456/long-term-caloric-restriction-in-apoe-deficient-mice-results-in-neuroprotection-via-fgf21-induced-ampk-mtor-pathway
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Claire Rühlmann, Tjark Wölk, Tobias Blümel, Laura Stahn, Brigitte Vollmar, Angela Kuhla
Caloric restriction (CR) decelerates the aging process, extends lifespan and exerts neuroprotective effects in diverse species by so far unknown mechanisms. Based on known neuroprotective effects of fibroblastic growth factor 21 (Fgf21) we speculate that CR upregulates Fgf21, which phosphorylates neuronal AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), leading to a decrease of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling activity and an inhibition of tau-hyperphosphorylation. This in turn reduces the formation of neurofibrillary tangles, a neuropathological hallmark of Alzheimer´s disease...
November 29, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901358/mdck-cells-are-capable-of-water-secretion-and-reabsorption-in-response-to-changes-in-the-ionic-environment
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Janne P Capra, Sinikka M Eskelinen
A prerequisite for tissue electrolyte homeostasis is highly regulated ion and water transport through kidney or intestinal epithelia. In the present work, we monitored changes in the cell and luminal volumes of type II Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells grown in a 3D environment in response to drugs, or to changes in the composition of the basal extracellular fluid. Using fluorescent markers and high-resolution spinning disc confocal microscopy, we could show that lack of sodium and potassium ions in the basal fluid (tetramethylammonium chloride (TMACl) buffer) induces a rapid increase in the cell and luminal volumes...
September 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899977/nahco3-enhances-the-antitumor-activities-of-cytokine-induced-killer-cells-against-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hepg2-cells
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Ya Hong Yuan, Chun Fang Zhou, Jiang Yuan, Li Liu, Xing Rong Guo, Xiao Li Wang, Yan Ding, Xiao Nan Wang, Dong Sheng Li, Han Jun Tu
The extracellular pH is lower inside solid tumors than in normal tissue. The acidic environment inhibits the cytotoxicity of lymphocytes in vitro and promotes tumor cell invasion. In the present study, both in vitro and in vivo experiments were conducted to investigate how NaHCO3 would affect the antitumor activities of cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. For the in vitro experiments, HepG2 cells were cultured at pH 6.5 and 7.4 in the presence of CIK cells or CIK cell-conditioned medium (CMCIK)...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896810/multiple-pathways-for-elevating-extracellular-adenosine-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca1-region-characterized-by-adenosine-sensor-cells
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Kunihiko Yamashiro, Yuki Fujii, Shohei Maekawa, Mitsuhiro Morita
Extracellular adenosine in the brain, which modulates various physiological and pathological processes, fluctuates in a complicated manner that reflects the circadian cycle, neuronal activity, metabolism, and disease states. The dynamics of extracellular adenosine in the brain are not fully understood, largely because of the lack of simple and reliable methods of measuring time-dependent changes in tissue adenosine distribution. This study describes the development of a biosensor, designated an adenosine sensor cell, expressing adenosine A1 receptor, and a genetically modified G protein...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896585/effect-of-an-herbal-mixture-of-cinnamon-cortex-persicae-semen-and-natril-sulfas-on-collagen-induced-arthritis-and-lipopolysaccharides-induced-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BA-b-signaling
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Ji-Won Lee, Jae-Hwan Lew, Tae-Woo Kim, Hee Kang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory effects of the mixture of three herbal agents, Cinnamon Cortex, Persica Semen, and Natril Sulfas (CPN), the major ingredients of Taoren Chengqi Decoction (). METHODS: Collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) was induced by immunization with bovine type II collagen on day 1 and 21. DBA/1J mice were orally administered the water extract of CPN (100 and 500 mg/kg) and indomethacin (1 mg/kg) or vehicle (water) 3 times per week for 6 weeks...
November 17, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889889/biosurfactant-production-by-the-crude-oil-degrading-stenotrophomonas-sp-b-2-chemical-characterization-biological-activities-and-environmental-applications
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Boutheina Gargouri, María Del Mar Contreras, Sonda Ammar, Antonio Segura-Carretero, Mohamed Bouaziz
In this work, biosurfactant-producing microorganisms were isolated from hydrocarbon-contaminated water collected from Tunisian oilfield. After enrichment and isolation, different bacterial strains were preliminary studied for their biosurfactant/bioemulsifier properties when using crude oil as the unique carbon source. In particular, the isolate strain B-2, a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium, efficiently emulsified crude oil. The extracellular biosurfactant product from this strain presented an emulsification activity above 70% and a hydrophobicity of 71%...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888396/effects-of-administered-ethanol-and-methamphetamine-on-glial-glutamate-transporters-in-rat-striatum-and-hippocampus
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Fahad S Alshehri, Yusuf S Althobaiti, Youssef Sari
Exposure to ethanol (EtOH) or methamphetamine (MA) can lead to increase in extracellular glutamate concentration in the brain. Although studies from ours showed the effects of EtOH exposure on key glial glutamate transporters, little is known about the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA or MA alone on certain glial glutamate transporters. In this study, we investigated the effects of sequential exposure to EtOH and MA on the expression of the major glutamate transporters, glutamate transporter 1 (GLT-1), as well as cystine/glutamate antiporter (xCT) and glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST) in striatum and hippocampus...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883917/osmotic-versus-conventional-membrane-bioreactors-integrated-with-reverse-osmosis-for-water-reuse-biological-stability-membrane-fouling-and-contaminant-removal
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Wenhai Luo, Hop V Phan, Ming Xie, Faisal I Hai, William E Price, Menachem Elimelech, Long D Nghiem
This study systematically compares the performance of osmotic membrane bioreactor - reverse osmosis (OMBR-RO) and conventional membrane bioreactor - reverse osmosis (MBR-RO) for advanced wastewater treatment and water reuse. Both systems achieved effective removal of bulk organic matter and nutrients, and almost complete removal of all 31 trace organic contaminants investigated. They both could produce high quality water suitable for recycling applications. During OMBR-RO operation, salinity build-up in the bioreactor reduced the water flux and negatively impacted the system biological treatment by altering biomass characteristics and microbial community structure...
November 12, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882565/tanshinone-iia-attenuates-a%C3%AE-25-35-induced-spatial-memory-impairment-via-upregulating-receptors-for-activated-c-kinase1-and-inhibiting-autophagy-in-hippocampus
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Jiejun Zhu, Shiping Liao, Liming Zhou, Lihong Wan
OBJECTIVES: Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) may exert significant protective effects against the neurotoxicity induced by β-amyloid protein (Aβ). This study was designed to investigate the possible neuroprotective mechanism of Tan IIA on Aβ25-35 -induced spatial memory impairment in mice. METHODS: After 3 weeks of preventive treatment (Tan IIA or oil), all male Kunming mice were subjected to Aβ25-35 (10 μl, intracerebroventricularly (i.c.v.)) to establish the spatial memory impairment model...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881775/a-biophysical-model-for-cytotoxic-cell-swelling
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Koen Dijkstra, Jeannette Hofmeijer, Stephan A van Gils, Michel J A M van Putten
: We present a dynamic biophysical model to explain neuronal swelling underlying cytotoxic edema in conditions of low energy supply, as observed in cerebral ischemia. Our model contains Hodgkin-Huxley-type ion currents, a recently discovered voltage-gated chloride flux through the ion exchanger SLC26A11, active KCC2-mediated chloride extrusion, and ATP-dependent pumps. The model predicts changes in ion gradients and cell swelling during ischemia of various severity or channel blockage with realistic timescales...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879635/a-review-of-injectable-polymeric-hydrogel-systems-for-application-in-bone-tissue-engineering
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Pariksha J Kondiah, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Thashree Marimuthu, Pradeep Kumar, Lisa C du Toit, Viness Pillay
Biodegradable, stimuli-responsive polymers are essential platforms in the field of drug delivery and injectable biomaterials for application of bone tissue engineering. Various thermo-responsive hydrogels display water-based homogenous properties to encapsulate, manipulate and transfer its contents to the surrounding tissue, in the least invasive manner. The success of bioengineered injectable tissue modified delivery systems depends significantly on their chemical, physical and biological properties. Irrespective of shape and defect geometry, injectable therapy has an unparalleled advantage in which intricate therapy sites can be effortlessly targeted with minimally invasive procedures...
November 21, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878568/bioremoval-of-humic-acid-from-water-by-white-rot-fungi-exploring-the-removal-mechanisms
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M Zahmatkesh, H Spanjers, M J Toran, P Blánquez, J B van Lier
Twelve white rot fungi (WRF) strains were screened on agar plates for their ability to bleach humic acid (HA). Four fungal strains were selected and tested in liquid media for removal of HA. Bioremediation was investigated by HA color removal and changes in the concentration and molecular size distribution of HA by size exclusion chromatography. Trametes versicolor and Phanerochaete chrysosporium showed the highest HA removal efficiency, reaching about 80%. Laccase and manganese peroxidase were measured as extracellular enzymes and their relation to the HA removal by WRF was investigated...
December 2016: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877886/oleyl-group-functionalized-insulating-gate-transistors-for-measuring-extracellular-ph-of-floating-cells
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Yuki Imaizumi, Tatsuro Goda, Yutaro Toya, Akira Matsumoto, Yuji Miyahara
The extracellular ionic microenvironment has a close relationship to biological activities such as by cellular respiration, cancer development, and immune response. A system composed of ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFET), cells, and program-controlled fluidics has enabled the acquisition of real-time information about the integrity of the cell membrane via pH measurement. Here we aimed to extend this system toward floating cells such as T lymphocytes for investigating complement activation and pharmacokinetics through alternations in the plasma membrane integrity...
2016: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873132/mechanisms-of-excessive-extracellular-glutamate-accumulation-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Jan Albrecht, Magdalena Zielińska
There is compelling evidence that initiation and maintenance of epileptic seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is facilitated by excessive accumulation in the extracellular (perisynaptic) space of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate (Glu). This review discusses the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon. Glu released from neurons is taken up by astrocytes and activated there by glutamine synthetase (GS) to form glutamine (Gln) which upon entry to neurons is degraded back to Glu by phosphate-activated glutaminase (PAG): this chain of reactions has been defined as the glutamine/glutamate/cycle (GGC)...
November 21, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872481/imaging-cellular-dynamics-with-spectral-relaxation-imaging-microscopy-distinct-spectral-dynamics-in-golgi-membranes-of-living-cells
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Alireza Lajevardipour, James W M Chon, Amitabha Chattopadhyay, Andrew H A Clayton
Spectral relaxation from fluorescent probes is a useful technique for determining the dynamics of condensed phases. To this end, we have developed a method based on wide-field spectral fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy to extract spectral relaxation correlation times of fluorescent probes in living cells. We show that measurement of the phase and modulation of fluorescence from two wavelengths permit the identification and determination of excited state lifetimes and spectral relaxation correlation times at a single modulation frequency...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871137/new-insights-in-the-early-extracellular-events-in-hydrocarbon-and-lipid-biodegradation
#18
Manuel Espinosa-Urgel, Silvia Marqués
In a recent article in EMI, Ennouri et al. (2016) characterized the extracellular matrix of the biofilm formed by Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus SP17 growing at the n-alkane-water interface. They convincingly showed that in M. hydrocarbonoclasticus the biofilm matrix was largely composed of secreted proteins, which were essential not only for biofilm development and for the maintenance of its structure but also for growth of the strain on n-alkanes and hydrophobic organic compounds such as triglycerides...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868128/the-role-of-stim1-in-the-cr-vi-induced-ca-2-i-increase-and-cell-injury-in-l-02-hepatocytes
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Xing Yi, Yujing Zhang, Caigao Zhong, Xiali Zhong, Fang Xiao
Hexavalent chromium [Cr(vi)] is a potent cytotoxin and carcinogen. In recent years, drinking water contamination with Cr(vi) has become a worldwide problem of significant public health importance, thus much attention has been paid to the investigation of Cr(vi)-induced hepatotoxicity. The concentration of intracellular calcium ions ([Ca(2+)]i) was found to be increased after Cr(vi) exposure, but the exact underlying mechanisms involved in the Ca(2+) homeostasis imbalance remain poorly characterized. In the present study, by utilizing the antagonist of store-operated calcium channels (SOCCs) 2-aminoethoxydiphenyl borate (2-APB), small interfering RNA against stromal interaction molecule 1 (si-STIM1) and antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC), we found that Cr(vi) induces [Ca(2+)]i increase, cell viability loss and transaminase (AST/ALT) leakage, and that these could be suppressed by both 2-APB and si-STIM1...
November 21, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866102/variations-in-physical-chemical-and-biological-properties-in-relation-to-sludge-dewaterability-under-fe-ii-oxone-conditioning
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Keke Xiao, Yun Chen, Xie Jiang, Qin Yang, Wan Yi Seow, Wenyu Zhu, Yan Zhou
The mechanism of Fe (II) - oxone conditioning to improve sludge dewaterability was investigated in this study. Five different types of sludge were tested, including raw sludge (Group 1: mixed primary and secondary sludge, waste activated sludge and anaerobic digested sludge) and pretreated sludge with prior solubilisation (Group 2: ultrasonic or thermal pretreated sludge). After Fe (II) - oxone conditioning, the concentrations of dissolved organic carbon, protein and polysaccharide of soluble extracellular polymeric substances (SB EPS) increased for Group 1, but decreased for Group 2...
November 10, 2016: Water Research
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