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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786885/automated-buildup-of-biomimetic-films-in-cell-culture-microplates-for-high-throughput-screening-of-cellular-behaviors
#1
Paul Machillot, Catarina Quintal, Fabien Dalonneau, Loic Hermant, Pauline Monnot, Kelsey Matthews, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Jie Liu, Isabelle Pignot-Paintrand, Catherine Picart
An automatic method is established for layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of biomimetic coatings in cell culture microplates using a commercial liquid-handling robot. Highly homogeneous thin films are formed at the bottom of each microwell. The LbL film-coated microplates are compatible with common cellular assays, using microplate readers and automated microscopes. Cellular adhesion is screened on crosslinked and peptide-functionalized LbL films and stem cell differentiation in response to increasing doses of bone morphogenetic proteins (2, 4, 7, 9)...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786613/biophysics-of-membrane-curvature-remodeling-at-molecular-and-mesoscopic-lengthscales
#2
Natesan Ramakrishnan, Ryan P Bradley, Richard W Tourdot, Ravi Radhakrishnan
At the micron scale, where cell organelles display an amazing complexity in their shape and organization, the physical properties of a biological membrane can be better-understood using continuum models subject to thermal (stochastic) undulations. Yet, the chief orchestrators of these complex and intriguing shapes are a specialized class of membrane associating often peripheral proteins called curvature remodeling proteins (CRPs) that operate at the molecular level through specific protein-lipid interactions...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786552/intestinal-organoids-for-modelling-intestinal-development-and-disease
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REVIEW
Kathryn L Fair, Jennifer Colquhoun, Nicholas R F Hannan
Gastrointestinal diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries. Immortalized cells and animal models have delivered important but limited insight into the mechanisms that initiate and propagate these diseases. Human-specific models of intestinal development and disease are desperately needed that can recapitulate structure and function of the gut in vitro Advances in pluripotent stem cells and primary tissue culture techniques have made it possible to culture intestinal epithelial cells in three dimensions that self-assemble to form 'intestinal organoids'...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786428/electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-for-real-time-detection-of-lipid-membrane-damage-based-on-a-porous-self-assembly-monolayer-support
#4
Meng Zhang, Qingyu Zhai, Liping Wan, Li Chen, Yu Peng, Chunyan Deng, Juan Xiang, Jiawei Yan
Layer-by-layer dissolution and permeable pore formation are two typical membrane damage pathways, which induce membrane function disorder and result in serious disease, such as Alzheimer's disease, Keshan disease, Sickle-cell disease and so on. To effectively distinguish and sensitively monitor these two typical membrane damage pathways, a facile electrochemical impedance strategy was developed on a porous self-assembly monolayer (pSAM) supported bilayer lipid membrane (BLM). The pSAM was prepared by selectively electrochemical reductive desorption of the mercaptopropionic acid in a mixed mercaptopropionic acid/11-mercaptoundecanoic acid self-assembled monolayer, which created plenty of nanopores with tens of nanometers in diameter and several nanometers in height (defined as inner-pores)...
May 22, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786072/mptp-driven-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-microglia-plays-a-central-role-in-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration
#5
Eunju Lee, Inhwa Hwang, Sangjun Park, Sujeong Hong, Boreum Hwang, Yoeseph Cho, Junghyun Son, Je-Wook Yu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) and the reduction of dopamine levels in the striatum. Although details of the molecular mechanisms underlying dopaminergic neuronal death in PD remain unclear, neuroinflammation is also considered a potent mediator in the pathogenesis and progression of PD. In the present study, we present evidences that microglial NLRP3 inflammasome activation is critical for dopaminergic neuronal loss and the subsequent motor deficits in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) mouse model of PD...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785434/integration-of-phospholipid-hyaluronic-acid-methotrexate-nanocarrier-assembly-and-amphiphilic-drug-drug-conjugate-for-synergistic-targeted-delivery-and-combinational-tumor-therapy
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Yang Li, Huabing Zhang, Yilin Chen, Jinyuan Ma, Jinyan Lin, Yinying Zhang, Zhongxiong Fan, Guanghao Su, Liya Xie, Xuan Zhu, Zhenqing Hou
Combinational cancer therapy has been considered as a promising strategy to achieve synergetic therapeutic effects and suppression of multidrug resistance. Herein, we adopted a combination of methotrexate (MTX), an antimetabolite acting on cytoplasm, and 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT), an alkaloid acting on nuclei, to treat cancer. Given the different solubilities, membrane permeabilities, and anticancer mechanisms of both drugs, we developed a dual-targeting delivery system based on 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-hyaluronic acid (a principal ligand of CD44 receptors)-MTX (a selective ligand of folate receptors) nanoparticles, which was exploited to carry HCPT-MTX conjugate for synergistically boosting dual-drug co-delivery...
May 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785107/near-infrared-light-mediated-photodynamic-photothermal-therapy-nanoplatform-by-the-assembly-of-fe-3-o-4-carbon-dots-with-graphitic-black-phosphorus-quantum-dots
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Ming Zhang, Wentao Wang, Yingjun Cui, Ninglin Zhou, Jian Shen
Background: Recently, combined photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) has become a desired treatment for cancer. However, the development of economic, high-efficiency, and safe photosensitizers/photothermal agents remains a significant challenge. Methods: A novel nanocomposite has been developed via the assembly of iron oxide carbon dot (Fe3 O4 -CDs) nanoparticles and black phosphorus quantum dots (genipin [GP]-polyglutamic acid [PGA]-Fe3 O4 -CDs@BPQDs), and this nanocomposite shows a broad light-absorption band and a photodegradable character...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784975/a-unique-cytoplasmic-atpase-complex-defines-the-legionella-pneumophila-type-iv-secretion-channel
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David Chetrit, Bo Hu, Peter J Christie, Craig R Roy, Jun Liu
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are complex machines used by bacteria to deliver protein and DNA complexes into target host cells1-5 . Conserved ATPases are essential for T4SS function, but how they coordinate their activities to promote substrate transfer remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the DotB ATPase associates with the Dot-Icm T4SS at the Legionella cell pole through interactions with the DotO ATPase. The structure of the Dot-Icm apparatus was solved in situ by cryo-electron tomography at 3...
May 21, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784875/a-human-specific-truncated-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-receptor-subunit-assembles-with-full-length-%C3%AE-7-and-forms-functional-receptors-with-different-stoichiometries
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Matías Lasala, Jeremías Corradi, Ariana Bruzzone, María Del Carmen Esandi, Cecilia Bouzat
The cholinergic α7 nicotinic receptor gene, CHRNA7, encodes a subunit that forms the homopentameric α7 receptor, involved in learning and memory. In humans, exons 5-10 in CHRNA7 are duplicated and fused to the FAM7A genetic element, giving rise to the hybrid gene CHRFAM7A. Its product, dupα7, is a truncated subunit lacking part of the N-terminal extracellular ligand-binding domain and is associated with neurological disorders, including schizophrenia, and immunomodulation.We combined dupα7 expression on mammalian cells with patch clamp recordings to understand its functional role...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784815/virb8-homolog-trae-from-plasmid-pkm101-forms-a-hexameric-ring-structure-and-interacts-with-the-virb6-homolog-trad
#10
Bastien Casu, Charline Mary, Aleksandr Sverzhinsky, Aurélien Fouillen, Antonio Nanci, Christian Baron
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are multiprotein assemblies that translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope of bacteria. X-ray crystallographic and electron microscopy (EM) analyses have increasingly provided structural information on individual T4SS components and on the entire complex. As of now, relatively little information has been available on the exact localization of the inner membrane-bound T4SS components, notably the mostly periplasmic VirB8 protein and the very hydrophobic VirB6 protein...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784804/structure-of-xyloglucan-xylosyltransferase-1-reveals-simple-steric-rules-that-define-biological-patterns-of-xyloglucan-polymers
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Alan T Culbertson, Jacqueline J Ehrlich, Jun-Yong Choe, Richard B Honzatko, Olga A Zabotina
The plant cell wall is primarily a polysaccharide mesh of the most abundant biopolymers on earth. Although one of the richest sources of biorenewable materials, the biosynthesis of the plant polysaccharides is poorly understood. Structures of many essential plant glycosyltransferases are unknown and suitable substrates are often unavailable for in vitro analysis. The dearth of such information impedes the development of plants better suited for industrial applications. Presented here are structures of Arabidopsis xyloglucan xylosyltransferase 1 (XXT1) without ligands and in complexes with UDP and cellohexaose...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784771/prion-replication-in-the-mammalian-cytosol-functional-regions-within-a-prion-domain-driving-induction-propagation-and-inheritance
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Yvonne Duernberger, Shu Liu, Katrin Riemschoss, Lydia Paulsen, Romina Bester, Peer-Hendrik Kuhn, Manuel Schölling, Stefan F Lichtenthaler, Ina Vorberg
Prions of lower eukaryotes are transmissible protein particles that propagate by converting homotypic soluble proteins into growing protein assemblies. Prion activity is conferred by so-called prion domains, regions of low complexity that are often enriched in glutamines and asparagines (Q/N). The compositional similarity of fungal prion domains with intrinsically disordered domains found in many mammalian proteins raises the question if similar sequence elements can drive prion-like phenomena in mammals. Here we define sequence features of the prototype S...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782985/facile-preparation-of-recombinant-spider-eggcase-silk-spheres-via-an-hfip-on-oil-approach
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Jianming Chen, Jinlian Hu, Peijun Zuo, Jingyu Shi, Mo Yang
Versatile spider silk proteins have been prepared by various methods in morphology of spheres for functional applications. Inspired from natural spinning process, a facile approach for the fabrication of silk spheres is described. Distinct from the traditional emulsification method, silk spheres were assembled as rapidly as 10 s by using the HFIP-on-Oil method without any surfactants and agitation used. Notably, a series of factors, such as evaporation rate of HFIP, polarity and molecular weight of oils play central roles on the final silk morphologies...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782947/multifunctional-degradable-electronic-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#14
Ron Feiner, Sharon Fleischer, Assaf Shapira, Or Kalish, Tal Dvir
The capability to on-line sense tissue function, provide stimulation to control contractility and efficiently release drugs within an engineered tissue microenvironment may enhance tissue assembly and improve the therapeutic outcome of implanted engineered tissues. To endow cardiac patches with such capabilities we developed elastic, biodegradable, electronic scaffolds. The scaffolds were composed of electrospun albumin fibers that served as both a substrate and a passivation layer for evaporated gold electrodes...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782825/characterization-of-an-n-terminal-mutant-of-%C3%AE-a-crystallin-%C3%AE-a-r21q-associated-with-congenital-cataract
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Ashutosh S Phadte, Puttur Santhoshkumar, K Krishna Sharma
Several mutations associated with congenital cataracts in human beings target conserved arginine residues in αA-crystallin. The N-terminal region of αA-crystallin is a "mutational hotspot," with multiple cataract-related mutations reported in this region. Two mutations at arginine 21 in the N-terminal domain of αA-crystallin - αA-R21L and αA-R21W have been associated with congenital cataract. A third mutant of R21, αA-R21Q, was recently identified to be associated with congenital cataract in a South Australian family...
May 18, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782700/nonionic-dendritic-and-carbohydrate-based-amphiphiles-self-assembly-and-transport-behavior
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Suchita Prasad, Katharina Achazi, Boris Schade, Rainer Haag, Sunil K Sharma
Herein, a new series of non-ionic dendritic and carbohydrate based amphiphiles is synthesized employing biocompatible starting materials and studied for supramolecular aggregate formation in aqueous solution. The dendritic amphiphiles 12 and 13 possessing poly(glycerol) [G2.0] as hydrophilic unit and C-10 and C-18 hydrophobic alkyl chains, respectively, exhibit low critical aggregation concentration (CAC) in the order of 10-5 m and hydrodynamic diameters in the 8-10 nm range and supplemented by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782699/endoplasmic-reticulum-targeted-fluorescent-nanodot-with-large-stokes-shift-for-vesicular-transport-monitoring-and-long-term-bioimaging
#17
Leilei Shi, Xihui Gao, Wangzhang Yuan, Li Xu, Hongping Deng, Chenwei Wu, Jiapei Yang, Xin Jin, Chuan Zhang, Xinyuan Zhu
Herein, a highly stable aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorescent nanodot assembled by an amphiphilic quinoxalinone derivative-peptide conjugate, namely Quino-1-Fmoc-RACR (also termed as Q1-PEP), which exhibits large Stokes shift and an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-targeting capacity for bioimaging is reported. It is found that the resulting nanodot can effectively enter the ER with high fluorescent emission. As the ER is mainly involved in the transport of synthesized proteins in vesicles to the Golgi or lysosomes, the Q1-PEP nanodot with ER-targeting capacity can be used to monitor vesicular transport inside the cells...
May 21, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782695/dual-ag-zno-decorated-micro-nanoporous-sulfonated-polyetheretherketone-with-superior-antibacterial-capability-and-biocompatibility-via-layer-by-layer-self-assembly-strategy
#18
Yi Deng, Lei Yang, Xiaobing Huang, Junhong Chen, Xiuyuan Shi, Weizhong Yang, Min Hong, Yuan Wang, Matthew S Dargusch, Zhi-Gang Chen
Polyetheretherketone is attractive for dental and orthopedic applications due to its mechanical attributes close to that of human bone; however, the lack of antibacterial capability and bioactivity of polyetheretherketone has substantially impeded its clinical applications. Here, a dual therapy implant coating is developed on the 3D micro-/nanoporous sulfonated polyetheretherketone via layer-by-layer self-assembly of Ag ions and Zn ions. Material characterization studies have indicated that nanoparticles consisting of elemental Ag and ZnO are uniformly incorporated on the porous sulfonated polyetheretherketone surface...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782550/multiple-roles-of-core-protein-linker-in-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
#19
Kuancheng Liu, Laurie Luckenbaugh, Xiaojun Ning, Ji Xi, Jianming Hu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) contains an N-terminal domain (NTD, assembly domain) and a C-terminal domain (CTD), which are linked by a flexible linker region. HBc plays multiple essential roles in viral replication, including capsid assembly, packaging of the viral pregenomic RNA (pgRNA) into nucleocapsids, viral reverse transcription that converts pgRNA to the genomic DNA, and secretion of DNA-containing (complete) virions or genome-free (empty) virions. The HBc linker is generally assumed to act merely as a spacer between NTD and CTD but some results suggest that the linker may affect NTD assembly...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782540/monte-carlo-simulations-of-microtubule-arrays-the-critical-roles-of-rescue-transitions-the-cell-boundary-and-tubulin-concentration-in-shaping-microtubule-distributions
#20
Lynne Cassimeris, Jessica C Leung, David J Odde
Microtubules are dynamic polymers required for a number of processes, including chromosome movement in mitosis. While regulators of microtubule dynamics have been well characterized, we lack a convenient way to predict how the measured dynamic parameters shape the entire microtubule system within a cell, or how the system responds when specific parameters change in response to internal or external signals. Here we describe a Monte Carlo model to simulate an array of dynamic microtubules from parameters including the cell radius, total tubulin concentration, microtubule nucleation rate from the centrosome, and plus end dynamic instability...
2018: PloS One
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