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Christoph T Schanzenbächer, Sivakumar Sambandan, Julian D Langer, Erin M Schuman
Homeostatic scaling adjusts the strength of synaptic connections up or down in response to large changes in input. To identify the landscape of proteomic changes that contribute to opposing forms of homeostatic plasticity, we examined the plasticity-induced changes in the newly synthesized proteome. Cultured rat hippocampal neurons underwent homeostatic up-scaling or down-scaling. We used BONCAT (bio-orthogonal non-canonical amino acid tagging) to metabolically label, capture, and identify newly synthesized proteins, detecting and analyzing 5,940 newly synthesized proteins using mass spectrometry and label-free quantitation...
October 19, 2016: Neuron
Christian Quinet, Guy Czaplicki, Elise Dion, Fabiana Dal Pozzo, Anke Kurz, Claude Saegerman
BACKGROUND: Infection due to bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) is endemic in most cattle-producing countries throughout the world. The key elements of a BVDV control programme are biosecurity, elimination of persistently infected animals and surveillance. Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is a notifiable disease in Belgium and an official eradication programme started from January 2015, based on testing ear notches sampled during the official identification and registration of calves at birth...
2016: PloS One
Rita Valenzuela, Maria A Costa-Besada, Javier Iglesias-Gonzalez, Emma Perez-Costas, Begoña Villar-Cheda, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Miguel Melendez-Ferro, Ramon Soto-Otero, Jose L Lanciego, Daniel Henrion, Rafael Franco, Jose L Labandeira-Garcia
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) was initially considered as a circulating humoral system controlling blood pressure, being kidney the key control organ. In addition to the 'classical' humoral RAS, a second level in RAS, local or tissular RAS, has been identified in a variety of tissues, in which local RAS play a key role in degenerative and aging-related diseases. The local brain RAS plays a major role in brain function and neurodegeneration. It is normally assumed that the effects are mediated by the cell-surface-specific G-protein-coupled angiotensin type 1 and 2 receptors (AT1 and AT2)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Takanobu Inoue, Atsuo Iida, Shingo Maegawa, Atsuko Sehara-Fujisawa, Masato Kinoshita
In this study, we verified nuclear transport activity of an artificial nuclear localization signal (aNLS) in medaka fish (Oryzias latipes). We generated a transgenic medaka strain expresses the aNLS tagged enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) driven by a medaka beta-actin promoter. The aNLS-EGFP was accumulated in the nuclei of somatic tissues and yolk nuclei of oocytes, but undetectable in the spermatozoa. The fluorescent signal was observed from immediately after fertilization by a maternal contribution...
October 19, 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Elizabeth S Barrie, Katherine Hartmann, Sung-Ha Lee, John T Frater, Michal Seweryn, Danxin Wang, Wolfgang Sadee
Functionally related genes often cluster into a genome region under coordinated regulation, forming a local regulome. To understand regulation of the CHRNA5/CHRNA3/CHRNB4 nicotinic receptor gene cluster, we integrate large-scale RNA expression data (brain and peripheral) from GTEx (Genotype Tissue Expression), clinical associations (GRASP) and linkage disequilibrium data (1,000 Genomes) to find candidate SNPs representing independent regulatory variants. CHRNA3, CHRNA5, CHRNB4 mRNAs, and a well-expressed CHRNA5 antisense RNA (RP11-650L12...
October 19, 2016: Human Mutation
Elena W Y Hsieh, Joseph D Hernandez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review gives an overview of the systems-immunology single-cell proteomic and transcriptomic approaches that can be applied to study primary immunodeficiency. It also introduces recent advances in multiparameter tissue imaging, which allows extensive immune phenotyping in disease-affected tissue. RECENT FINDINGS: Mass cytometry is a variation of flow cytometry that uses rare earth metal isotopes instead of fluorophores as tags bound to antibodies, allowing simultaneous measurement of over 40 parameters per single-cell...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Christopher J Benjamin, Kyle J Wright, Scott C Bolton, Seok-Hee Hyun, Kyle Krynski, Mahima Grover, Guimei Yu, Fei Guo, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, Wen Jiang, David H Thompson
We report the fabrication of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids bearing graphene oxide (GO) sheets that have been modified with N(α), N(α)-dicarboxymethyllysine (NTA) and deactivating agents to block non-selective binding between GO-NTA sheets and non-target proteins. The resulting GO-NTA-coated grids with these improved antifouling properties were then used to isolate His6-T7 bacteriophage and His6-GroEL directly from cell lysates. To demonstrate the utility and simplified workflow enabled by these grids, we performed cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) of His6-GroEL obtained from clarified E...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lina Yao, Hui Shen, Nan Wang, Jaspaul Tatlay, Liang Li, Tin Wee Tan, Yuan Kun Lee
Microalgal neutral lipids (mainly in the form of triacylglycerols (TAGs)), feasible substrates for biofuel, are typically accumulated during the stationary growth phase. To make microalgal biofuels economically competitive with fossil fuels, generating strains that trigger TAG accumulation from the exponential growth phase is a promising biological approach. The regulatory mechanisms to trigger TAG accumulation from the exponential growth phase (TAEP) are important to be uncovered for advancing economic feasibility...
October 13, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Paul Leonard, Stephen Hearty, Hui Ma, Richard O'Kennedy
The use of optical biosensors for studying macromolecular interactions is gaining increasing popularity. In one study, 1514 papers that involved the application of biosensor data were identified for the year 2009 alone (Rich and Myszka, J Mol Recognit 24:892-914, 2011), the sheer volume and variety of which present a daunting task for the burgeoning biosensor user to accumulate and decipher. This chapter is designed to provide the reader with the tools necessary to prepare, design, and efficiently execute a kinetic experiment on Biacore...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
P Benjamin Stranges, Mirkó Palla, Sergey Kalachikov, Jeff Nivala, Michael Dorwart, Andrew Trans, Shiv Kumar, Mintu Porel, Minchen Chien, Chuanjuan Tao, Irina Morozova, Zengmin Li, Shundi Shi, Aman Aberra, Cleoma Arnold, Alexander Yang, Anne Aguirre, Eric T Harada, Daniel Korenblum, James Pollard, Ashwini Bhat, Dmitriy Gremyachinskiy, Arek Bibillo, Roger Chen, Randy Davis, James J Russo, Carl W Fuller, Stefan Roever, Jingyue Ju, George M Church
Scalable, high-throughput DNA sequencing is a prerequisite for precision medicine and biomedical research. Recently, we presented a nanopore-based sequencing-by-synthesis (Nanopore-SBS) approach, which used a set of nucleotides with polymer tags that allow discrimination of the nucleotides in a biological nanopore. Here, we designed and covalently coupled a DNA polymerase to an α-hemolysin (αHL) heptamer using the SpyCatcher/SpyTag conjugation approach. These porin-polymerase conjugates were inserted into lipid bilayers on a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based electrode array for high-throughput electrical recording of DNA synthesis...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jacob I Ayers, Benjamin McMahon, Sabrina Gill, Herman L Lelie, Susan Fromholt, Hilda Brown, Joan Selverstone Valentine, Julian P Whitelegge, David R Borchelt
A common property of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1), harboring mutations associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is a high propensity to misfold and form abnormal aggregates. The aggregation of mutant SOD1 has been demonstrated in vitro, with purified proteins, in mouse models, in human tissues, and in cultured cell models. In vitro translation studies have determined that SOD1 with ALS mutations is slower to mature, and thus perhaps vulnerable to off-pathway folding that could generate aggregates...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Minyoung Yoo, Woon-Seok Yeo
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a well-known biomarker for prostate-cancer diagnosis. However, the serum PSA measurement alone is insufficient for accurate diagnoses because the correlation with cancer is weak within the gray zone-the biomarker level range wherein a clear-cut diagnosis is impossible. As such, accurate prostate cancer diagnosis has been supplemented by measurements of the ratio of two types of PSA: free PSA (fPSA) and complexed PSA (cPSA; α-1-antichymotrypsin-bound PSA). Herein, we describe a new method for measuring the ratio of these two types of PSA by using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and biochips...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Stefan Neppl, Johannes Mahl, Anton S Tremsin, Bruce Rude, Ruimin Qiao, Wanli Yang, Jinghua Guo, Oliver Gessner
We present a picosecond time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy (tr-XAS) setup designed for synchrotron-based studies of interfacial photochemical dynamics. The apparatus combines a high power, variable repetition rate picosecond laser system with a time-resolved X-ray fluorescence yield detection technique. Time-tagging of the detected fluorescence signals enables the parallel acquisition of X-ray absorption spectra at a variety of pump-probe delays employing the well-defined time structure of the X-ray pulse trains...
September 19, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Shadi A Esfahani, Pedram Heidari, Sun A Kim, Shuji Ogino, Umar Mahmood
Purpose: To assess optical imaging of Mesenchymal-Epithelial Transition factor (MET) for delineation and characterization of intrahepatic models of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC), and thereby demonstrate its potential use in precision oncology. Materials and Methods: MET expression in human CRC and HCC was assessed in tissue microarrays. We used GE-137, a modified cyanine 5-tagged peptide for MET targeting. HepG2 and Huh-7 (HCC) and HT-29 (CRC) cells with MET overexpression, and LNCaP cells (negative control) with minimal MET expression were incubated with the probe...
2016: Theranostics
Sook-Kyung Lee, Shuntai Zhou, Pedro L Baldoni, Ean Spielvogel, Nancie M Archin, Michael G Hudgens, David M Margolis, Ronald Swanstrom
BACKGROUND: In this study, we measured the latent HIV-1 reservoir harboring replication-competent HIV-1 in resting CD4+ T cells in participants on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), quantitating the frequency of latent infection through the use of a Primer ID-based Ultra Deep Sequencing Assay (UDSA), in comparison to the readout of the quantitative viral outgrowth assay (QVOA). METHODS: Viral RNA derived from culture wells of QVOA that scored as HIV-1 p24 capsid (CA) antigen-positive were tagged with a specific barcode during cDNA synthesis, and the sequences within the V1-V3 region of the HIV-1 env gene were analyzed for diversity using the Primer ID-based paired-end MiSeq platform...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
David E Cade, Ari S Friedlaender, John Calambokidis, Jeremy A Goldbogen
Rorqual whales exhibit an extreme lunge filter-feeding strategy characterized by acceleration to high speed and engulfment of a large volume of prey-laden water [1-4]. Although tagging studies have quantified the kinematics of lunge feeding, the timing of engulfment relative to body acceleration has been modeled conflictingly because it could never be directly measured [5-7]. The temporal coordination of these processes has a major impact on the hydrodynamics and energetics of this high-cost feeding strategy [5-9]...
October 10, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Mahdi Abbasian, Hadieh Alsadat Eslampanah Seyedi, Badraldin Ebrahim Sayed Tabatabaei, Zahra Arab-Bafrani, Mohammad Reza Mofid, Reza Zareie
Vessel dilator is a 3.9-KDa potent anticancer peptide and a valuable candidate in the treatment of conditions such as congestive heart failure and acute renal failure amongst others. Here we report the recombinant production of vessel dilator in Escherichia coli. Three different synthetic ORF's dubbed VDI, VDII and VDIII, each encoding a trimmer of the vessel dilator peptide attached to a His tag sequence at their C- terminal, were synthesized and placed in pET21c expression vectors. The highest yield, following expression in E...
January 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
Laila Ismail Sakhnini, Anja Kallesøe Pedersen, Haleh Ahmadian, Jens-Jacob Hansen, Leif Bülow, Maria Dainiak
Monoclonal antibody (mAb) based affinity resins usually suffer from low binding capacity, most probably as a result of steric hindrance by the large 150kDa size of the mAb and a random immobilisation approach. The present work investigates the influence of a variety of factors on dynamic binding capacity (DBC) such as pore/ligand size ratio, accessibility of ligand and ligand density. The effect of pore/ligand size ratio was investigated using Fab and scFv fragments on various resins with different pore sizes...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Nicholas G Welch, Christopher D Easton, Judith A Scoble, Charlotte C Williams, Paul J Pigram, Benjamin W Muir
Enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) are employed for the detection and quantification of antigens from biological sources such as serum and cell culture media. A sandwich ELISA is dependent on the immobilization of a capture antibody, or antibody fragment, and the effective presentation of its antigen binding sites. Immobilization to common microtitre plates relies on non-specific interactions of the capture protein with a surface that may result in unfavourable orientation and conformation, compromising ELISA signal strength and performance...
November 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
Eszter C Szabó, Rita Manguinhas, Rosalina Fonseca
Persistent forms of plasticity, such as long-term depression (LTD), are dependent on the interplay between activity-dependent synaptic tags and the capture of plasticity-related proteins. We propose that the synaptic tag represents a structural alteration that turns synapses permissive to change. We found that modulation of actin dynamics has different roles in the induction and maintenance of LTD. Inhibition of either actin depolymerisation or polymerization blocks LTD induction whereas only the inhibition of actin depolymerisation blocks LTD maintenance...
2016: Scientific Reports
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