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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
#1
Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102545/-rice-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-oscpk17-targets-plasma-membrane-intrinsic-protein-and-sucrose-phosphate-synthase-and-is-required-for-a-proper-cold-stress-response
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M Cecília Almadanim, Bruno M Alexandre, Margarida T G Rosa, Helena Sapeta, António E Leitão, José C Ramalho, TuKiet T Lam, Sónia Negrão, Isabel A Abreu, M Margarida Oliveira
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs) are involved in plant tolerance mechanisms to abiotic stresses. Although CDPKs are recognized as key messengers in signal transduction, the specific role of most members of this family remains unknown. Here we test the hypothesis that OsCPK17 plays a role in rice cold stress response by analyzing OsCPK17 knockout, silencing, and overexpressing rice lines under low temperature. Altered OsCPK17 gene expression compromises cold tolerance performance, without affecting the expression of key cold stress-inducible genes...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102510/influence-of-dose-reduction-and-iterative-reconstruction-on-ct-calcium-scores-a-multi-manufacturer-dynamic-phantom-study
#3
N R van der Werf, M J Willemink, T P Willems, M J W Greuter, T Leiner
To evaluate the influence of dose reduction in combination with iterative reconstruction (IR) on coronary calcium scores (CCS) in a dynamic phantom on state-of-the-art CT systems from different manufacturers. Calcified inserts in an anthropomorphic chest phantom were translated at 20 mm/s corresponding to heart rates between 60 and 75 bpm. The inserts were scanned five times with routinely used CCS protocols at reference dose and 40 and 80% dose reduction on four high-end CT systems. Filtered back projection (FBP) and increasing levels of IR were applied...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102477/potential-new-mechanisms-of-pro-arrhythmia-in-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathy-focus-on-calcium-sensitive-pathways
#4
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C J M van Opbergen, M Delmar, T A B van Veen
Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, or its most well-known subform arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), is a cardiac disease mainly characterised by a gradual replacement of the myocardial mass by fibrous and fatty tissue, leading to dilatation of the ventricular wall, arrhythmias and progression towards heart failure. ARVC is commonly regarded as a disease of the intercalated disk in which mutations in desmosomal proteins are an important causative factor. Interestingly, the Dutch founder mutation PLN R14Del has been identified to play an additional, and major, role in ARVC patients within the Netherlands...
January 19, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102470/neuronal-ryanodine-receptors-in-development-and-aging
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REVIEW
Nawaf Abu-Omar, Jogita Das, Vivian Szeto, Zhong-Ping Feng
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are intracellular calcium-release channels found on the endoplasmic reticulum of all cells. All three RyR isoforms, RyR1-3, are expressed in the brain, with RyR2 predominating. RyRs are localized within the soma, axons, dendritic spines, and presynaptic terminals of neurons. RyRs are highly expressed in the cerebellum, hippocampus, olfactory region, basal ganglia, and cerebral cortex. During the physiological processes of development and aging, the intracellular calcium homeostasis is largely regulated by RyRs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102293/ocean-warming-and-acidification-synergistically-increase-coral-mortality
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F Prada, E Caroselli, S Mengoli, L Brizi, P Fantazzini, B Capaccioni, L Pasquini, K E Fabricius, Z Dubinsky, G Falini, S Goffredo
Organisms that accumulate calcium carbonate structures are particularly vulnerable to ocean warming (OW) and ocean acidification (OA), potentially reducing the socioeconomic benefits of ecosystems reliant on these taxa. Since rising atmospheric CO2 is responsible for global warming and increasing ocean acidity, to correctly predict how OW and OA will affect marine organisms, their possible interactive effects must be assessed. Here we investigate, in the field, the combined temperature (range: 16-26 °C) and acidification (range: pHTS 8...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102173/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-activity-promoted-by-selenium-doped-calcium-phosphate-coatings
#7
Cosme Rodriguez-Valencia, Paula Freixeiro, Julia Serra, Carlos Ferreiros, Pio Gonzalez, Miriam Lopez-Alvarez
Selenium is an essential trace element present in 25 selenoenzymes, playing critical roles in a variety of physiological processes, such as anti-oxidative defense and the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. This paper characterizes selenium-doped calcium phosphate coatings and evaluates their effects on the osteogenic activity, the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells and biofilm formation. To do so, the structure and elemental composition of the obtained coatings were analyzed, in addition to their thicknesses, and they were compared to pure calcium phosphate coatings...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102104/fasting-urinary-calcium-to-creatinine-ratio-for-the-evaluation-of-calcium-nephrolithiasis-in-adults
#8
Lijing Sun, Zhiyong Guo, Jianping Shan, Gengru Jiang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102095/significance-of-the-ionized-calcium-measurement-to-assess-calcium-status-in-osteopenic-osteoporosis-postmenopausal-outpatients
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Letizia Guiducci, Silvia Maffei, Laura Sabatino, Luc Zyw, Debora Battaglia, Alessandro Vannucci, Pietro Di Cecco, Cristina Vassalle
INTRODUCTION: Evaluation of calcium status is important in the osteoporotic risk assessment. Although guidelines indicate total calcium (tCa) as first-line measurement, directly measured ionized calcium (m-iCa), considered as the gold standard, is more and more often required. Aim of this study is to evaluate the agreement between m-iCa, tCa and iCa calculated from a formula based on total calcium and albumin (c-iCa) in osteopenic/osteoporotic postmenopausal outpatients. METHODS: A total of 140 postmenopausal outpatients, 41 osteopenic (OPN) and 99 osteoporotic (OP) were enrolled...
January 19, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102000/bone-regeneration-in-minipigs-via-calcium-phosphate-cement-scaffold-delivering-autologous-bmscs-and-platelet-rich-plasma
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Gengtao Qiu, Zhanjun Shi, Hockin H K Xu, Bo Yang, Michael D Weir, Guangjun Li, Yang Song, Jixing Wang, Kevin Hu, Ping Wang, Liang Zhao
Macroporous calcium phosphate cement (CPC) with stem cell seeding is promising for bone regeneration. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of co-delivering autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in CPC scaffold for bone regeneration in minipigs for the first time. Twelve female adult Tibet minipigs (12-18 months old) were used. A cylindrical defect with 10 mm height and 8 mm diameter was prepared at the femoral condyle. Two bone defects were created in each minipig, one at each side of the femoral condyle...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101936/quantitative-itraq-based-proteomic-analysis-of-rice-grains-to-assess-high-night-temperature-stress
#11
Hong-Yu Zhang, Gang Lei, Hui-Wen Zhou, Chao He, Jiang-Lin Liao, Ying-Jin Huang
Rice yield and quality are adversely affected by increasing global surface temperature, and are strongly attributed to high night temperature (HNT) than high daytime temperature. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the heat-tolerant characteristics of rice remains unclear. In the present study, we compared the proteomes of heat-tolerant and -sensitive lines of rice at early milky stage using an iTRAQ method. We have identified 38 differentially expressed proteins between the two lines, of which 32 proteins have been functionally annotated in NCBI and/or the UniProt database...
January 19, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101867/myosin-and-actin-filaments-in-muscle-structures-and-interactions
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John M Squire, Danielle M Paul, Edward P Morris
In the last decade, improvements in electron microscopy and image processing have permitted significantly higher resolutions to be achieved (sometimes <1 nm) when studying isolated actin and myosin filaments. In the case of actin filaments the changing structure when troponin binds calcium ions can be followed using electron microscopy and single particle analysis to reveal what happens on each of the seven non-equivalent pseudo-repeats of the tropomyosin α-helical coiled-coil. In the case of the known family of myosin filaments not only are the myosin head arrangements under relaxing conditions being defined, but the latest analysis, also using single particle methods, is starting to reveal the way that the α-helical coiled-coil myosin rods are packed to give the filament backbones...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101851/importance-of-radioactive-labelling-to-elucidate-inositol-polyphosphate-signalling
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Miranda S C Wilson, Adolfo Saiardi
Inositol polyphosphates, in their water-soluble or lipid-bound forms, represent a large and multifaceted family of signalling molecules. Some inositol polyphosphates are well recognised as defining important signal transduction pathways, as in the case of the calcium release factor Ins(1,4,5)P3, generated by receptor activation-induced hydrolysis of the lipid PtdIns(4,5)P2 by phospholipase C. The birth of inositol polyphosphate research would not have occurred without the use of radioactive phosphate tracers that enabled the discovery of the "PI response"...
February 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101410/modulation-of-cardiomyocyte-activity-using-pulsed-laser-irradiated-gold-nanoparticles
#14
Lara Gentemann, Stefan Kalies, Michelle Coffee, Heiko Meyer, Tammo Ripken, Alexander Heisterkamp, Robert Zweigerdt, Dag Heinemann
Can photothermal gold nanoparticle mediated laser manipulation be applied to induce cardiac contraction? Based on our previous work, we present a novel concept of cell stimulation. A 532 nm picosecond laser was employed to heat gold nanoparticles on cardiomyocytes. This leads to calcium oscillations in the HL-1 cardiomyocyte cell line. As calcium is connected to the contractility, we aimed to alter the contraction rate of native and stem cell derived cardiomyocytes. A contraction rate increase was particularly observed in calcium containing buffer with neonatal rat cardiomyocytes...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
#15
Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101338/critical-role-of-calpain-in-inflammation
#16
Jingjing Ji, Lei Su, Zhifeng Liu
Calpains are a family of cysteine proteases, implicated in a wide range of cellular calcium-regulated functions. Evidence from previous studies using an inhibitor of calpain indicates that calpain activation is involved in the process of numerous inflammation-associated diseases. As a result of in-depth studies, calpains have been proposed to influence the process of inflammation via a variety of mechanisms. The aim of the present study is to provide an overview of recent reports regarding the role of calpain in the process of inflammation, including regulation of immune cell migration, modulation of the activation of inflammatory mediators, degradation of certain associated proteins and induction of cell apoptosis...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101241/potential-role-of-melastatin-related-transient-receptor-potential-cation-channel-subfamily-m-gene-expression-in-the-pathogenesis-of-urinary-bladder-cancer
#17
Gülay Güleç Ceylan, Ebru Etem Önalan, Tuncay Kuloğlu, Gülten Aydoğ, İbrahim Keleş, Şenol Tonyali, Cavit Ceylan
Urinary bladder cancer is one of the most common malignancies of the urinary tract. Ion channels and calcium homeostasis are involved in almost all basic cellular mechanisms. The transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily M (TRPM) takes its name from the melastatin protein, which is classified as potential tumor suppressor. To the best of our knowledge, there have been no previous studies in the literature investigating the role of these ion channels in bladder cancer. The present study aimed to determine whether bladder cancer is associated with mRNA expression levels of TRPM ion channel genes, and whether there is the potential to conduct further studies to establish novel treatment modalities...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100852/allergenicity-of-milk-of-different-animal-species-in-relation-to-human-milk
#18
Robert Pastuszka, Joanna Barłowska, Zygmunt Litwińczuk
Protein content in cow milk (with over 20 proteins, and peptides may also occur as a result of enzymatic hydrolysis) ranges from 2.5% to 4.2% and is about 1.5-2 times higher than in human milk. Its most important allergens are considered to be β-lactoglobulin (absent in human milk) and αs1-casein. The most similar in composition to human milk is horse and donkey milk. It contains considerably more whey proteins (35-50%) than cow milk (about 20%), and the concentration of the most allergenic casein fraction αs1 is 1...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100681/lfa-1-activation-in-nk-cells-and-their-subsets-influence-of-receptors-maturation-and-cytokine-stimulation
#19
Doris Urlaub, Kristine Höfer, Martha-Lena Müller, Carsten Watzl
The integrin LFA-1 is essential for efficient activation and for cytotoxicity of NK cells because it initiates the assembly of the immunological synapse and mediates firm adhesion to the target. LFA-1 is also needed to polarize the cytotoxic machinery of the NK cell toward the target cell. The binding affinity and avidity of integrins can be regulated via inside-out signals from other receptors. In this article, we investigate the signals necessary to activate LFA-1 in human NK cells. Our data show that LFA-1 has a low ligand-binding activity in resting human NK cells, but it can be stimulated by triggering activating receptors, such as 2B4 or CD16, or by coactivation of different receptor combinations...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100346/-impact-of-cd137-cd137l-signaling-mediated-exocytosis-of-autophagosome-within-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-on-the-formation-of-atherosclerotic-calcification
#20
B Li, X Y Li, W Zhong, C Shao, Z Q Wang, W Yuan, J C Yan
Objective: To explore whether CD137-CD137L signaling mediated exocytosis of autophagosome within vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) could influence the formation of atherosclerotic calcification. Methods: Fifteen 8-week-old male ApoE(-/-)(C57BL/6J-KO) mice fed with high fat diet for 5 weeks were randomly divided into three groups by using stochastic indicator method as follows: control group, n=5; agonist-CD137 group: agonist-CD137 antibody 200 μg/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5; anti-CD137 group: 200 μg anti-CD137 antibody+ 200 μg agonist-CD137 antibody/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
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