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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723932/the-nucleoid-occlusion-factor-noc-controls-dna-replication-initiation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#1
Ting Pang, Xindan Wang, Hoong Chuin Lim, Thomas G Bernhardt, David Z Rudner
Successive division events in the spherically shaped bacterium Staphylococcus aureus are oriented in three alternating perpendicular planes. The mechanisms that underlie this relatively unique pattern of division and coordinate it with chromosome segregation remain largely unknown. Thus far, the only known spatial regulator of division in this organism is the nucleoid occlusion protein Noc that inhibits assembly of the cytokinetic ring over the chromosome. However, Noc is not essential in S. aureus, indicating that additional regulators are likely to exist...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723232/mechanism-for-g2-phase-specific-nuclear-export-of-the-kinetochore-protein-cenp-f
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Kyle M Loftus, Heying Cui, Elias Coutavas, David S King, Amanda Ceravolo, Dylan Pereiras, Sozanne R Solmaz
Centromere protein F (CENP-F) is a component of the kinetochore and a regulator of cell cycle progression. CENP-F recruits the dynein transport machinery and orchestrates several cell cycle-specific transport events, including transport of the nucleus, mitochondria and chromosomes. A key regulatory step for several of these functions is likely the G2 phase-specific export of CENP-F from the nucleus to the cytosol, where the cytoplasmic dynein transport machinery resides; however, the molecular mechanism of this process is elusive...
July 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723167/sensitive-detection-of-mmp9-enzymatic-activities-in-single-cell-encapsulated-microdroplets-as-an-assay-of-cancer-cell-invasiveness
#3
Zhao Yu, Lu Zhou, Ting Zhang, Rui Shen, Chenxi Li, Xu Fang, Gareth Griffiths, Jian Liu
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are typically up-regulated in cancer cells, and play a critical role in assisting metastasis by the breakdown of the extracellular matrix. Here we report an effective strategy for cell invasiveness assay by integrating MMP9 functional activity analysis with single cell-encapsulated microdroplets. A flow focusing capillary microfluidic device has been assembled using "off-the-shelf" fluidic components for high-throughput generation of microdroplets. Tumor cells, MMP9 specific peptides, and other cofactors can be loaded into the device and encapsulated into individual droplets as dynamic microreactors for proteolytic cleavage of the substrate...
May 26, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723064/doxorubicin-intracellular-remote-release-from-biocompatible-oegma-based-magnetic-nanogels-triggered-by-magnetic-hyperthermia
#4
Esther Cazares-Cortes, Ana Espinosa, Jean-Michel Guigner, Aude Michel, Nébéwia Griffete, Claire Wilhelm, Christine Menager
Hybrid nanogels, composed of thermoresponsive polymers and superparamagnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are attractive nanocarriers for biomedical applications, being able - as polymer matrix - to uptake and release high quantities of chemotherapeutic agents and - as magnetic nanoparticles - to heat when exposed to an alternative magnetic field (AMF), better known as magnetic hyperthermia. Herein, biocompatible, pH-, magnetic- and thermo-responsive nanogels, based on oligo (ethylene glycol) methacrylate monomers (OEGMAs) and methacrylic acid co-monomer (MAA) were prepared by conventional precipitation radical co-polymerization in water, post-assembled by complexation with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) of maghemite (-Fe2O3) and loaded with an anticancer drug (doxorubicin - DOX), for remotely controlled drug release by "hot-spot", as an athermal magnetic hyperthermia strategy against cancer...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722652/the-packing-density-of-a-supramolecular-membrane-protein-cluster-is-controlled-by-cytoplasmic-interactions
#5
Elisa Merklinger, Jan-Gero Schloetel, Pascal Weber, Helena Batoulis, Sarah Holz, Nora Karnowski, Jérôme Finke, Thorsten Lang
Molecule clustering is an important mechanism underlying cellular self-organization. In the cell membrane, a variety of fundamentally different mechanisms drive membrane protein clustering into nanometre-sized assemblies. To date, it is unknown whether this clustering process can be dissected into steps differentially regulated by independent mechanisms. Using clustered syntaxin molecules as an example, we study the influence of a cytoplasmic protein domain on the clustering behaviour. Analysing protein mobility, cluster size and accessibility to myc-epitopes we show that forces acting on the transmembrane segment produce loose-clusters, while cytoplasmic protein interactions mediate a tightly packed state...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722445/highlighting-cancer-cells-with-halochromic-switches
#6
Sicheng Tang, Yang Zhang, Ek Raj Thapaliya, Adrienne S Brown, James N Wilson, Françisco M Raymo
Halochromic coumarin-oxazine prefluorophores and targeting folate ligands can be connected covalently to the side chains of amphiphilic polymers. The resulting macromolecular constructs assemble into nanoparticles in aqueous environments. The prefluorophores do not produce any detectable fluorescence at neutral pH, but are converted into fluorophores with intense visible emission at acidic pH. Protonation opens the oxazine heterocycle to shift bathochromically the coumarin absorption and activate fluorescence with a brightness per nanoparticle approaching 5 × 10(5) M(-1) cm(-1)...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722397/nanoflakes-of-ni-co-ldh-and-bi2o3-assembled-in-3d-carbon-fiber-network-for-high-performance-aqueous-rechargeable-ni-bi-battery
#7
Xin Li, Cao Guan, Yating Hu, John Wang
For aqueous nickel/metal batteries, low energy density and poor rate property are among the limiting factors for their applications, although they are the energy storage systems with high safety, high capacity, and production low-cost. Here, we have developed a class of active materials consisting of porous nanoflakes of Ni-Co hydroxides and Bi2O3, that are successfully assembled on carbon substrates of cloth/carbon nanofiber 3D network (CC/CNF). The combination of the porous Ni-Co hydroxides/Bi2O3 nanoflakes with carbon substrate of 3D network is able to provide a large surface area, excellent conductivity, and promote synergistic effects, as a result of the interaction between the active materials and carbon matrix...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722341/proteomic-analysis-of-neuroblastoma-derived-exosomes-new-insights-into-a-metastatic-signature
#8
Marta Colletti, Andrea Petretto, Angela Galardi, Virginia Di Paolo, Luigi Tomao, Chiara Lavarello, Elvira Inglese, Maurizio Bruschi, Ana Amor Lopez, Luisa Pascucci, Birgit Geoerger, Hector Peinado, Locatelli Franco, Di Giannatale Angela
Neuroblastoma (NB) is the most common extracranial pediatric solid tumor. Around 70% of patients with metastatic disease at diagnosis present bone-marrow infiltration, which is considered a marker of poor outcome; however, the mechanism underlying this specific tropism has to be elucidated. Tumor-derived exosomes may support metastatic progression in several tumors by interacting with the microenvironment, and may serve as tumor biomarkers. The main objective of this study was to identify an exosomal signature associated with NB metastatic bone-marrow dissemination...
July 19, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722108/the-ubiquitin-ligase-scf-fbxw7%C3%AE-promotes-ata3-degradation
#9
Nan Song, Cheng Cao, Yiman Tang, Liyuan Bi, Yong Jiang, Yongsheng Zhou, Xin Song, Ling Liu, Wenshu Ge
GATA3 is a key transcription factor in cell fate determination and its dysregulation has been implicated in various types of malignancies. However, how the abundance and function of GATA3 are regulated remains unclear. Here, we report that GATA3 is physically associated with FBXW7α, and FBXW7α destabilizes GATA3 through assembly of a SKP1-CUL1-F-box E3 ligase complex. Importantly, we showed that FBXW7α promotes GATA3 ubiquitination and degradation in a GSK3 dependent manner. Furthermore, we demonstrated that FBXW7α inhibits breast cancer cells survival through destabilizing GATA3, and the expression level of FBXW7αis negatively correlated with that of GATA3 in breast cancer samples...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721737/a-new-water-soluble-nano-micelle-through-self-assembly-pectin-curcumin-conjugates-preparation-characterization-and-anti-cancer-activity-evaluation
#10
Feng Bai, Jiajing Diao, Ying Wang, Shixin Sun, Hongmei Zhang, Yunyun Liu, Yanqing Wang, Jian Cao
Curcumin is a dominating active component of curcuma longa and has been studied widely because of its prominent biological activities. Extremely low aqueous solubility, stability and bioavailability of curcumin limits its application in the field of medicine. In this study, we developed pectin-curcumin (PEC-CCM) conjugates which could self-assemble water-soluble nano-micelles in aqueous solution. The structure of PEC-CCM conjugates was characterized by ultraviolet and visible spectra (UV-Vis), fluorescence spectra, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721731/self-assembled-injectable-peptide-hydrogels-capable-of-triggering-antitumor-immune-response
#11
Ruirui Xing, Shukun Li, Ning Zhang, Guizhi Shen, Helmuth Möhwald, Xuehai Yan
Self-assembled peptide hydrogels are particularly appealing for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and anti-tumor therapy due to various advantageous features including excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, defined molecular and higher organized structures and easy availability. However, the poor mechanical and rheological properties of assembled peptide hydrogels cause difficulties in injection, thus limiting further applications. Herein, injectable peptide-based hydrogels with tunable mechanical and rheological properties were obtained by combination with a positively charged poly-peptide (poly-L-lysine, PLL)...
July 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721045/synthesis-construction-and-evaluation-of-self-assembled-nano-bacitracin-a-as-an-efficient-antibacterial-agent-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Wei Hong, Xiang Gao, Peng Qiu, Jie Yang, Mingxi Qiao, Hong Shi, Dexian Zhang, Chunlian Tian, Shengli Niu, Mingchun Liu
Bacitracin A (BA) is an excellent polypeptide antibiotic that is active against gram-positive bacteria without triggering multidrug resistance. However, BA is inactive against gram-negative bacteria because of its inability to cross the outer membrane of these cells, and it has strong nephrotoxicity, thus limiting its clinical applications. Nanoantibiotics can effectively localize antibiotics to the periplasmic space of bacteria while decreasing the adverse effects of antibiotics. In this study, biodegradable hydrophobic copolymers of poly (d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) were attached to the N-termini of BA to design a novel class of self-assembled nano-bacitracin A (nano-BAs), and their potential as antibacterial agents was evaluated in vitro and in vivo...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720894/coronavirus-nucleocapsid-proteins-assemble-constitutively-in-high-molecular-oligomers
#13
Yingying Cong, Franziska Kriegenburg, Cornelis A M de Haan, Fulvio Reggiori
Coronaviruses (CoV) are enveloped viruses and rely on their nucleocapsid N protein to incorporate the positive-stranded genomic RNA into the virions. CoV N proteins form oligomers but the mechanism and relevance underlying their multimerization remain to be fully understood. Using in vitro pull-down experiments and density glycerol gradients, we found that at least 3 regions distributed over its entire length mediate the self-interaction of mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) N protein...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720468/production-of-a-chikungunya-vaccine-using-a-cho-cell-and-attenuated-viral-based-platform-technology
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Preethi Eldi, Tamara H Cooper, Liang Liu, Natalie A Prow, Kerrilyn R Diener, Paul M Howley, Andreas Suhrbier, John D Hayball
Vaccinia-based systems have been extensively explored for the development of recombinant vaccines. Herein we describe an innovative vaccinia virus (VACV)-derived vaccine platform technology termed Sementis Copenhagen Vector (SCV), which was rendered multiplication-defective by targeted deletion of the essential viral assembly gene D13L. A SCV cell substrate line was developed for SCV vaccine production by engineering CHO cells to express D13 and the VACV host-range factor CP77, because CHO cells are routinely used for manufacture of biologics...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720171/pacbio-assembly-of-a-plasmodium-knowlesi-genome-sequence-with-hi-c-correction-and-manual-annotation-of-the-sicavar-gene-family
#15
S A Lapp, J A Geraldo, J-T Chien, F Ay, S B Pakala, G Batugedara, J Humphrey, J D DeBARRY, K G Le Roch, M R Galinski, J C Kissinger
Plasmodium knowlesi has risen in importance as a zoonotic parasite that has been causing regular episodes of malaria throughout South East Asia. The P. knowlesi genome sequence generated in 2008 highlighted and confirmed many similarities and differences in Plasmodium species, including a global view of several multigene families, such as the large SICAvar multigene family encoding the variant antigens known as the schizont-infected cell agglutination proteins. However, repetitive DNA sequences are the bane of any genome project, and this and other Plasmodium genome projects have not been immune to the gaps, rearrangements and other pitfalls created by these genomic features...
July 19, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720097/a-versatile-papaya-mosaic-virus-papmv-vaccine-platform-based-on-sortase-mediated-antigen-coupling
#16
Ariane Thérien, Mikaël Bédard, Damien Carignan, Gervais Rioux, Louis Gauthier-Landry, Marie-Ève Laliberté-Gagné, Marilène Bolduc, Pierre Savard, Denis Leclerc
BACKGROUND: Flexuous rod-shaped nanoparticles made of the coat protein (CP) of papaya mosaic virus (PapMV) have been shown to trigger innate immunity through engagement of toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7). PapMV nanoparticles can also serve as a vaccine platform as they can increase the immune response to fused peptide antigens. Although this approach shows great potential, fusion of antigens directly to the CP open reading frame (ORF) is challenging because the fused peptides can alter the structure of the CP and its capacity to self assemble into nanoparticles-a property essential for triggering an efficient immune response to the peptide...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719882/antileishmanial-activity-and-tubulin-polymerization-inhibition-of-podophyllotoxin-derivatives-on-leishmania-infantum
#17
José Miguel Escudero-Martínez, Yolanda Pérez-Pertejo, Rosa M Reguera, María Ángeles Castro, María Victoria Rojo, Carolina Santiago, Andrés Abad, Pablo Anselmo García, José Luis López-Pérez, Arturo San Feliciano, Rafael Balaña-Fouce
Leishmania microtubules play an important role not only in cell division, but also in keeping the shape of the parasite and motility of its free-living stages. Microtubules result from the self-assembly of alpha and beta tubulins, two phylogenetically conserved and very abundant eukaryotic proteins in kinetoplastids. The colchicine binding domain has inspired the discovery and development of several drugs currently in clinical use against parasites. However, this domain is less conserved in kinetoplastids and may be selectively targeted by new compounds...
June 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719579/using-primate-neural-stem-cells-cultured-in-self-assembling-peptide-nanofiber-scaffolds-to-repair-injured-spinal-cords-in-rats
#18
J-C Ye, Y Qin, Y-F Wu, P Wang, Y Tang, L Huang, M-J Ma, Y-S Zeng, H-Y Shen
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/sc.2016.36.
July 18, 2017: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719196/thermoresponsive-elastin-b-collagen-like-peptide-bioconjugate-nanovesicles-for-targeted-drug-delivery-to-collagen-containing-matrices
#19
Tianzhi Luo, Michael A David, Lucas C Dunshee, Rebecca A Scott, Morgan A Urello, Christopher Price, Kristi L Kiick
Over the past few decades, (poly)peptide block copolymers have been widely employed in generating well-defined nanostructures as vehicles for targeted drug delivery applications. We previously reported the assembly of thermoresponsive nanovesicles from an elastin-b-collagen like peptide (ELP-CLP). The nanoparticles were observed to dissociate at elevated temperatures, despite the LCST-like behavior of the tethered ELP domain, which is suggested to be triggered by the unfolding of the CLP domain. Here, the potential of using the nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles for targeting collagen-containing matrices is evaluated...
July 18, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718763/a-theory-of-working-memory-without-consciousness-or-sustained-activity
#20
Darinka Trübutschek, Sébastien Marti, Andrés Ojeda, Jean-Rémi King, Yuanyuan Mi, Misha Tsodyks, Stanislas Dehaene
Working memory and conscious perception are thought to share similar brain mechanisms, yet recent reports of non-conscious working memory challenge this view. Combining visual masking with magnetoencephalography, we investigate the reality of non-conscious working memory and dissect its neural mechanisms. In a spatial delayed-response task, participants reported the location of a subjectively unseen target above chance-level after several seconds. Conscious perception and conscious working memory were characterized by similar signatures: a sustained desynchronization in the alpha/beta band over frontal cortex, and a decodable representation of target location in posterior sensors...
July 18, 2017: ELife
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