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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644953/helping-induced-hpscs-clean-up-their-act
#1
Ho-Chang Jeong, Hyuk-Jin Cha
Inhibition of the tumorigenic potential of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) remains critically important for safe hPSC-based therapy. In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Kuang et al. (2017) reveal that the phospho-D-peptide D-3 efficiently induces death of residual hPSCs, but not of differentiated progenies, through high alkaline phosphatase activity in hPSCs.
June 22, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
#2
Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643920/analysis-of-polycaprolactone-scaffolds-fabricated-via-precision-extrusion-deposition-for-control-of-craniofacial-tissue-mineralization
#3
C W Fedore, L Y L Tse, H K Nam, K L Barton, N E Hatch
OBJECTIVES: Recurrence of cranial bone fusion following surgical resection in craniosynostosis patients commonly requires additional surgical procedures. Surgical implantation of engineered 3D scaffolds that control tissue mineralization could be utilized to diminish recurrence of fusion. This study investigated the ability of composite scaffolds to control tissue mineralization when cultured in vitro. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Precision-engineered scaffolds with calvarial cells were cultured in vitro at the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, University of Michigan...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643869/mechanotransduction-properties-of-the-cytoplasmic-tail-of-pecam-1
#4
Jessica L Snyder, Elena McBeath, Tamlyn N Thomas, Yi Jen Chiu, Robert L Clark, Keigi Fujiwara
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are a well-known cell system used in the study of mechanobiology. Using cultured ECs, we found that platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1, CD31), a cell adhesion protein localized to regions of EC-EC contact, was rapidly tyrosine phosphorylated in ECs exposed to shear or cyclic stretch. Src-homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 2 (SHP2) binds phosphorylated PECAM-1 and activates the extracellular signal-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling cascade, a known flow-activated signaling pathway...
June 23, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643442/the-effect-of-collagen-coating-on-titanium-with-nanotopography-on-in-vitro-osteogenesis
#5
Daniel G Costa, Emanuela P Ferraz, Rodrigo P F Abuna, Paulo T de Oliveira, Marco Morra, Marcio M Beloti, Adalberto L Rosa
Several studies have shown the positive effects of Ti either with nanotopography or coated with collagen on osteoblast differentiation. Thus, we hypothesized that the association of nanotopography with collagen may increase the in vitro osteogenesis on Ti surface. Ti discs with nanotopography with or without collagen coating were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Rat calvaria-derived osteoblastic cells were cultured on both Ti surfaces for up to 14 days and the following parameters were evaluated: cell proliferation, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, extracellular matrix mineralization, protein expression of bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteopontin (OPN), and gene expression of collagen type 1a (Coll1a), runt related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), osterix (OSX), osteocalcin (OC), Ki67, Survivin and Bcl2 associated X protein (BAX)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643382/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-arginyl-diosgenin-conjugate-as-a-potential-bone-tissue-engineering-agent
#6
Ai-Mei Liao, Hana Jung, Ji Won Yu, Dong Hee Lee, Sang-Soo Park, Bangrong Cai, ChangJu Chun
Water-soluble arginyl-diosgenin (Arg-DG) conjugate was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for a biological activity. The Arg-DG conjugate was characterized using FT-IR, (1) H NMR, (13) C NMR, and HPLC-MS analyses, followed by a biological activity evaluation. Compared with DG, the Arg-DG conjugate showed a decreased cytotoxicity against L929 cells and an increased anti-proliferative activity against hepatocellular cells. The safety of the Arg-DG conjugate was confirmed using the highly sensitive Alamar Blue assay, which indicated that it increased the cellular metabolic activity at suitable concentrations...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643274/an-unexplained-congenital-disorder-of-glycosylation-ii-in-a-child-with-neurohepatic-involvement-hypercholesterolemia-and-hypoceruloplasminemia
#7
Pier Luigi Calvo, Marco Spada, Ivana Rabbone, Michele Pinon, Francesco Porta, Fabio Cisarò, Stefania Reggiani, Angelo B Cefalù, Luisella Sturiale, Domenico Garozzo, Dirk J Lefeber, Jaak Jaeken
We report on a 12-year-old adopted boy with psychomotor disability, absence seizures, and normal brain MRI. He showed increased (but initially, at 5 months, normal) serum cholesterol, increased alkaline phosphatases, transiently increased transaminases and hypoceruloplasminemia with normal serum and urinary copper. Blood levels of immunoglobulins, haptoglobin, antithrombin, and factor XI were normal. A type 2 serum transferrin isoelectrofocusing and hypoglycosylation of apoCIII pointed to a combined N- and O-glycosylation defect...
June 23, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643182/fvstr1-a-striatin-orthologue-in-fusarium-virguliforme-is-required-for-asexual-development-and-virulence
#8
Kazi T Islam, Jason P Bond, Ahmad M Fakhoury
The soil-borne fungus Fusarium virguliforme causes sudden death syndrome (SDS), one of the most devastating diseases of soybean in North and South America. Despite the importance of SDS, a clear understanding of the fungal pathogenicity factors that affect the development of this disease is still lacking. We have identified FvSTR1, a F. virguliforme gene, which encodes a protein similar to a family of striatin proteins previously reported to regulate signalling pathways, cell differentiation, conidiation, sexual development, and virulence in filamentous fungi...
June 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643116/express-yourself-how-pp2a-b55-pab1-helps-torc1-talk-to-torc2
#9
REVIEW
Ruth Martín, Sandra Lopez-Aviles
The control of cell fate, growth and proliferation in response to nitrogen availability is a tightly controlled process, with the two TOR complexes (TORC1 and TORC2) and their effectors playing a central role. PP2A-B55(Pab1) has recently been shown to be a key element in this response in fission yeast, where it regulates cell cycle progression and sexual differentiation. Importantly, a recent study from our group has shown that PP2A-B55(Pab1) acts as a mediator between the activities of the two TOR signaling modules, enabling a crosstalk that is required to engage in the differentiation program...
June 22, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642853/paget-s-disease-skeletal-manifestations-and-effect-of-bisphosphonates
#10
Ho Kang, Young-Chang Park, Kyu Hyun Yang
BACKGROUND: Paget's disease of bone leads to change in the shape and size of the bone and results in reduced bone strength, leading to the complications of deformity, arthritis, and fracture. Due to unknown reasons, Paget's disease is rare in Asian descendants. We report the cases of Paget's disease who visited our institute for 15 years and reviewed the literatures. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records and radiograms of 8 patients (6 female and 2 male) who were diagnosed as Paget's disease of bone...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642802/perk-dependent-defective-tcr-mediated-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients
#11
Ling Huang, Nicolle H R Litjens, Nynke M Kannegieter, Mariska Klepper, Carla C Baan, Michiel G H Betjes
BACKGROUND: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have an impaired immune response with a prematurely aged T-cell system. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38, regulate diverse cellular programs by transferring extracellular signals into an intracellular response. T cell receptor (TCR)-induced phosphorylation of ERK (pERK) may show an age-associated decline, which can be reversed by inhibiting dual specific phosphatase (DUSP) 6, a cytoplasmic phosphatase with substrate specificity to dephosphorylate pERK...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642776/regulation-involved-in-colonization-of-intercellular-spaces-of-host-plants-in-ralstonia-solanacearum
#12
REVIEW
Yasufumi Hikichi, Yuka Mori, Shiho Ishikawa, Kazusa Hayashi, Kouhei Ohnishi, Akinori Kiba, Kenji Kai
A soil-borne bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum invading plant roots first colonizes the intercellular spaces of the root, and eventually enters xylem vessels, where it replicates at high levels leading to wilting symptoms. After invasion into intercellular spaces, R. solanacearum strain OE1-1 attaches to host cells and expression of the hrp genes encoding components of the type III secretion system (T3SS). OE1-1 then constructs T3SS and secrets effectors into host cells, inducing expression of the host gene encoding phosphatidic acid phosphatase...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642576/upregulation-of-mir-223-in-the-rat-liver-inhibits-proliferation-of-hepatocytes-under-simulated-microgravity
#13
Yongjie Chen, Ji Xu, Chao Yang, Hongyu Zhang, Feng Wu, Jian Chen, Kai Li, Hailong Wang, Yu Li, Yinghui Li, Zhongquan Dai
Long-term spaceflight affects numerous organ systems in the body, including metabolic dysfunction. Recently, ample evidence has demonstrated that the liver is a vulnerable organ during spaceflight. However, the changes in hepatocyte proliferation and cell cycle control under microgravity remain largely unexplored. In the present study, we first confirmed that the serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase, biochemical markers of liver function, were altered in rats under tail suspension (TS) conditions to simulate microgravity, as shown in previous reports...
June 23, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642362/regulation-of-rhoa-by-stat3-coordinates-glial-scar-formation
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Francois Renault-Mihara, Masahiko Mukaino, Munehisa Shinozaki, Hiromi Kumamaru, Satoshi Kawase, Matthieu Baudoux, Toshiki Ishibashi, Soya Kawabata, Yuichiro Nishiyama, Keiko Sugai, Kaori Yasutake, Seiji Okada, Masaya Nakamura, Hideyuki Okano
Understanding how the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) controls glial scar formation may have important clinical implications. We show that astrocytic STAT3 is associated with greater amounts of secreted MMP2, a crucial protease in scar formation. Moreover, we report that STAT3 inhibits the small GTPase RhoA and thereby controls actomyosin tonus, adhesion turnover, and migration of reactive astrocytes, as well as corralling of leukocytes in vitro. The inhibition of RhoA by STAT3 involves ezrin, the phosphorylation of which is reduced in STAT3-CKO astrocytes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642207/arabidopsis-thaliana-sucrose-phosphate-synthase-sps-genes-are-expressed-differentially-in-organs-and-tissues-and-their-transcription-is-regulated-by-osmotic-stress
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María Gloria Solís-Guzmán, Gerardo Argüello-Astorga, José López-Bucio, León Francisco Ruiz-Herrera, Joel Edmundo López-Meza, Lenin Sánchez-Calderón, Yazmín Carreón-Abud, Miguel Martínez-Trujillo
Sucrose is synthesized from UDP-Glc and Fru-6-phosphate via the activity of sucrose-phosphate synthase (SPS) enzymes, which produce Suc-6-phosphate. Suc-6-phosphate is rapidly dephosphorylated by phosphatases to produce Suc and inorganic phosphate. Arabidopsis has four sps genes encoding SPS enzymes. Of these enzymes, AtSPS1F and AtSPS2F have been grouped with other dicotyledonous SPS enzymes, while AtSPS3F and AtSPS4F are included in groups with both dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous SPS enzymes. In this work, we generated Arabidopsis thaliana transformants containing the promoter region of each sps gene fused to gfp::uidA reporter genes...
June 19, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642195/how-lipid-droplets-tag-along-glycerolipid-synthetic-enzymes-and-lipid-storage
#16
REVIEW
Huan Wang, Michael V Airola, Karen Reue
Triacylglycerols (TAG) serve as the predominant form of energy storage in mammalian cells, and TAG synthesis influences conditions such as obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. In most tissues, the glycerol 3-phosphate pathway enzymes are responsible for TAG synthesis, and the regulation and function of these enzymes is therefore important for metabolic homeostasis. Here we review the sites and regulation of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT), acylglycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (AGPAT), lipin/phosphatidic acid phosphatase (PAP), and diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGAT) enzyme action...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642173/protein-functional-effector-sncrnas-pfernas-in-lung-cancer
#17
Malcolm Brock, Yuping Mei
PIWI-interacting RNA Likes (piR-Ls) were recently reported to regulate functions of their target phospho-Proteins (p-Proteins) in somatic lung cells. However, the mechanism underlying this functionality remains unclear. piR-Ls interact with their targets through direct binding but do not follow base-pairing rules, known to have important roles at levels of transcription, RNA processing and translation for small non-coding RNA (sncRNA). These observations imply a fundamentally different type of sncRNA with behavior that causes a molecular response in their target p-Proteins...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642102/varic-acid-analogues-from-fungus-as-ptp1b-inhibitors-biological-evaluation-and-structure-activity-relationships
#18
Wenlong Sun, Chunlin Zhuang, Xia Li, Bowei Zhang, Xinhua Lu, Zhihui Zheng, Yuesheng Dong
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) inhibitors as potential therapies for diabetes and obesity have attracted much attention in recent years. Six varic acid analogues were isolated from two strains of fungi and evaluated for PTP1B inhibition activities. The structure-activity relationships were also characterized and predicted by molecular modeling. Further kinetic studies indicated the reversible and competitive inhibition manner of varic acid analogues. Trivaric acid showed insulin-sensitizing effect not only in vitro but also in vivo, representing a promising lead compound for further optimization...
June 19, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641939/low-molecular-weight-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-expression-as-a-prognostic-factor-for-men-with-metastatic-hormone-na%C3%A3-ve-prostate-cancer
#19
Mari Ohtaka, Yasuhide Miyoshi, Takashi Kawahara, Shinji Ohtake, Masato Yasui, Koichi Uemura, Shuko Yoneyama, Yusuke Hattori, Jun-Ichi Teranishi, Yumiko Yokomizo, Hiroji Uemura, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Masahiro Yao
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies have demonstrated that up-front docetaxel combined with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) prolongs survival in some patients with metastatic hormone-naïve prostate cancer (mHNPC). However, new biomarkers for selecting personalized treatment strategies for mHNPC are warranted. We evaluated the value of low-molecular-weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMW-PTP) expression as a prognosticator in men with mHNPC. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A total of 48 men with mHNPC diagnosed from 2003 to 2009 were enrolled in this study...
June 19, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641655/-il-1%C3%AE-treated-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhances-osteogenetic-potential-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#20
Wei Ye, Xiao-Ming Fei, Yu Tang, Xin-Xin Xu, Yan Zhu
Obsjective:To investigate the effects of differentaction time of IL-1β on the osteogenic capacity of bone marrow mensenchymal cells(BMMSC) and the role of nuclear factor-κB (NF-kB) pathway. METHODS: BMMSC isolated from normal donors was treated with IL-1β for 1 or 7 days, respectively. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and alizarin red(AR) stainings were used to detect the osteogenic differentiation potential of BMMSC. The mRNA expression of EphB4, IGF-1 and OPG in BMMSC was measured by real-time PCR...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
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