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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331807/clay-nanoparticles-for-regenerative-medicine-and-biomaterial-design-a-review-of-clay-bioactivity
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Mohamed Mousa, Nicholas D Evans, Richard O C Oreffo, Jonathan I Dawson
Clay nanoparticles, composites and hydrogels are emerging as a new class of biomaterial with exciting potential for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Clay particles have been extensively explored in polymeric nanocomposites for self-assembly and enhanced mechanical properties as well as for their potential as drug delivery modifiers. In recent years, a cluster of studies have explored cellular interactions with clay nanoparticles alone or in combination with polymeric matrices. These pioneering studies have suggested new and unforeseen utility for certain clays as bioactive additives able to enhance cellular functions including adhesion, proliferation and differentiation, most notably for osteogenesis...
January 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331508/compartmentalized-crosstalk-of-cftr-and-tmem16a-ano1-through-epac1-and-adcy1
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Joana Lérias, Madalena Pinto, Roberta Benedetto, Rainer Schreiber, Margarida Amaral, Massimo Aureli, Karl Kunzelmann
Airway epithelial cells express both Ca2+ activated TMEM16A/ANO1 and cAMP activated CFTR anion channels. Previous work suggested a significant crosstalk of intracellular Ca2+ and cAMP signaling pathways, leading to activation of both chloride channels. We demonstrate that in airway epithelial cells, stimulation of purinergic or muscarinic G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) activates TMEM16A and CFTR. Additional expression of Gq/11 and phospholipase C coupled GPCRs strongly enhanced the crosstalk between Ca2+- and cAMP-dependent signaling...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331337/elastin-in-lung-development-and-disease-pathogenesis
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Robert P Mecham
Elastin is expressed in most tissues that require elastic recoil. The protein first appeared coincident with the closed circulatory system, and was critical for the evolutionary success of the vertebrate lineage. Elastin is expressed by multiple cell types in the lung, including mesothelial cells in the pleura, smooth muscle cells in airways and blood vessels, endothelial cells, and interstitial fibroblasts. This highly crosslinked protein associates with fibrillin-containing microfibrils to form the elastic fiber, which is the physiological structure that functions in the extracellular matrix...
January 10, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330367/characterization-of-human-small-heat-shock-protein-hspb1-%C3%AE-crystallin-domain-localized-mutants-associated-with-hereditary-motor-neuron-diseases
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Stephen D Weeks, Lydia K Muranova, Michelle Heirbaut, Steven Beelen, Sergei V Strelkov, Nikolai B Gusev
Congenital mutations in human small heat shock protein HSPB1 (HSP27) have been linked to Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a commonly occurring peripheral neuropathy. Understanding the molecular mechanism of such mutations is indispensable towards developing future therapies for this currently incurable disorder. Here we describe the physico-chemical properties of the autosomal dominant HSPB1 mutants R127W, S135F and R136W. Despite having a nominal effect on thermal stability, the three mutations induce dramatic changes to quaternary structure...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330328/assembling-a-cellular-user-manual-for-the-brain
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Steven A Sloan, Ben A Barres
For many years, efforts to decipher the various cellular components that comprise the central nervous system were stymied by a lack of technical strategies for isolating and profiling the brain's resident cell types. The advent of transcriptional profiling, combined with powerful new purification schemes, changed this reality and transformed our understanding of the macroglial populations within the brain. Here, we chronicle the historical context and scientific setting for our efforts to transcriptionally profile neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes, and highlight some of the profound discoveries that were cultivated by these data...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330290/dual-inhibition-of-cdk4-and-cdk2-via-targeting-p27-tyrosine-phosphorylation-induces-a-potent-and-durable-response-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Priyank Patel, Vladislav Tsiperson, Susan R S Gottesman, Jonathan Somma, Stacy W Blain
Cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK4/6) specific inhibitors, such as Palbociclib, have shown clinical efficacy, but primary or secondary resistance has emerged as a problem. To develop more effective therapeutic approaches, investigation is needed into the mechanisms of resistance or adaption. Here, it is demonstrated that CDK2 compensates for loss of CDK4 activity to rescue Palbociclib-arrested breast cancer cells, suggesting that inhibition of both kinases is required to achieve durable response. In addition, a novel strategy is described to inhibit tyrosine phosphorylation of p27Kip1 (CDKN1B) and simultaneously inhibit both CDK2 and CDK4...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330069/conformation-and-trimer-association-of-the-transmembrane-domain-of-the-parainfluenza-virus-fusion-protein-in-lipid-bilayers-from-solid-state-nmr-insights-into-the-sequence-determinants-of-trimer-structure-and-fusion-activity
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Myungwoon Lee, Hongwei Yao, Byungsu Kwon, Alan J Waring, Peter Ruchala, Chandan Singh, Mei Hong
Enveloped viruses enter cells by using their fusion proteins to merge the virus lipid envelope and the cell membrane. While crystal structures of the water-soluble ectodomains of many viral fusion proteins have been determined, the structure and assembly of the C-terminal transmembrane domain (TMD) remains poorly understood. Here we use solid-state NMR to determine the backbone conformation and oligomeric structure of the TMD of the parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) fusion protein. 13C chemical shifts indicate that the central leucine-rich segment of the TMD is α-helical in POPC/cholesterol membranes and POPE membranes, while the Ile- and Val-rich termini shift to the β-strand conformation in the POPE membrane...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329904/assembly-maturation-and-degradation-of-the-supraspinatus-enthesis
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Peter T Jensen, Kate L Lambertsen, Lars H Frich
The development of the rotator cuff enthesis is still poorly understood. The processes in the early and late developmental steps are gradually elucidated, but it is still unclear how cell activities are coordinated during development and maturation of the structured enthesis. This review summarizes current knowledge about development and age-related degradation of the supraspinatus enthesis. Healing and repair of an injured and degenerated supraspinatus enthesis also remain a challenge, as the original graded transitional tissue of the fibrocartilaginous insertion is not re-created after the tendon is surgically reattached to bone...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329703/highly-sensitive-microrna-detection-based-on-bio-bar-code-assay-and-catalytic-hairpin-assembly-two-stage-amplification
#9
Songsong Tang, Yuan Gu, Huiting Lu, Haifeng Dong, Kai Zhang, Wenhao Dai, Xiangdan Meng, Fan Yang, Xueji Zhang
Herein, a highly-sensitive microRNA (miRNA) detection strategy was developed by combining bio-bar-code assay (BBA) with catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA). In the proposed system, two nanoprobes of magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with DNA probes (MNPs-DNA) and gold nanoparticles with numerous barcode DNA (AuNPs-DNA) were designed. In the presence of target miRNA, the MNP-DNA and AuNP-DNA hybridized with target miRNA to form a "sandwich" structure. After "sandwich" structures were separated from the solution by the magnetic field and dehybridized by high temperature, the barcode DNA sequences were released by dissolving AuNPs...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329560/overexpression-of-the-double-homeodomain-protein-dux4c-interferes-with-myofibrillogenesis-and-induces-clustering-of-myonuclei
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Céline Vanderplanck, Alexandra Tassin, Eugénie Ansseau, Sébastien Charron, Armelle Wauters, Céline Lancelot, Kelly Vancutsem, Dalila Laoudj-Chenivesse, Alexandra Belayew, Frédérique Coppée
BACKGROUND: Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is associated with DNA hypomethylation at the 4q35 D4Z4 repeat array. Both the causal gene DUX4 and its homolog DUX4c are induced. DUX4c is immunodetected in every myonucleus of proliferative cells, while DUX4 is present in only 1/1000 of myonuclei where it initiates a gene deregulation cascade. FSHD primary myoblasts differentiate into either atrophic or disorganized myotubes. DUX4 expression induces atrophic myotubes and associated FSHD markers...
January 12, 2018: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329394/analysis-of-the%C3%A2-aedes-albopictus%C3%A2-c6-36-genome-provides-insight-into-cell-line-utility-for-viral-propagation
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Jason R Miller, Sergey Koren, Kari A Dilley, Vinita Puri, David M Brown, Derek M Harkins, Françoise Thibaud-Nissen, Benjamin Rosen, Xiao-Guang Chen, Zhijian Tu, Igor V Sharakhov, Maria V Sharakhova, Robert Sebra, Timothy B Stockwell, Nicholas H Bergman, Granger G Sutton, Adam M Phillippy, Peter M Piermarini, Reed S Shabman
Background: The 50-year old Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line is a resource for the detection, amplification, and analysis of mosquito-borne viruses including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The cell line is derived from an unknown number of larvae from an unspecified strain of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Toward improved utility of the cell line for research in virus transmission, we present an annotated assembly of the C6/36 genome. Results: The C6/36 genome assembly has the largest contig N50 (3...
January 10, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328916/the-neuronal-gene-arc-encodes-a-repurposed-retrotransposon-gag-protein-that-mediates-intercellular-rna-transfer
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Elissa D Pastuzyn, Cameron E Day, Rachel B Kearns, Madeleine Kyrke-Smith, Andrew V Taibi, John McCormick, Nathan Yoder, David M Belnap, Simon Erlendsson, Dustin R Morado, John A G Briggs, Cédric Feschotte, Jason D Shepherd
The neuronal gene Arc is essential for long-lasting information storage in the mammalian brain, mediates various forms of synaptic plasticity, and has been implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders. However, little is known about Arc's molecular function and evolutionary origins. Here, we show that Arc self-assembles into virus-like capsids that encapsulate RNA. Endogenous Arc protein is released from neurons in extracellular vesicles that mediate the transfer of Arc mRNA into new target cells, where it can undergo activity-dependent translation...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328909/single-cell-genomics-a-stepping-stone-for-future-immunology-discoveries
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REVIEW
Amir Giladi, Ido Amit
The immunology field has invested great efforts and ingenuity to characterize the various immune cell types and elucidate their functions. However, accumulating evidence indicates that current technologies and classification schemes are limited in their ability to account for the functional heterogeneity of immune processes. Single-cell genomics hold the potential to revolutionize the way we characterize complex immune cell assemblies and study their spatial organization, dynamics, clonal distribution, pathways, function, and crosstalks...
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328653/extending-half-life-of-h-ferritin-nanoparticle-by-fusing-albumin-binding-domain-for-doxorubicin-encapsulation
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Chunyue Wang, Chun Zhang, Zenglan Li, Shuang Yin, Qi Wang, Fangxia Guo, Yao Zhang, Rong Yu, Yongdong Liu, Zhiguo Su
Nanoparticles based on the heavy chain of the human ferritin (HFn) are arousing growing interest in the field of drug-delivery due to their exceptional characteristics. However, the unsatisfied plasma half-life of HFn substantially limits its application as a delivery platform for anti-tumor agents. Herein, we fused an albumin binding domain (ABD) variant which basically derives from the streptococcal protein G and possesses a long-acting characteristic in serum albumin to the N-terminus of the HFn for the aim of half-life extension...
January 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328651/enzymatic-cleavage-of-branched-peptides-for-targeting-mitochondria
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Hongjian He, Jiaqing Wang, Huaimin Wang, Ning Zhou, Dongsik Yang, Douglas R Green, Bing Xu
Most of the reported mitochondria targeting molecules are lipophilic and cationic, which may become cytotoxic with accumulation. Here we show enzymatic cleavage of branched peptides that carry negative charges for targeting mitochondria. Conjugating a well-established protein tag (i.e., FLAG-tag) to self-assembling motifs affords the pre-cursors that form micelles. Enzymatic cleavage of the hydrophilic FLAG motif (DDDDK) by enterokinase (ENTK) turns the micelles to nanofibers. After being taken up by cells, the micelles, upon the action of intracellular ENTK, turns into nanofibers to locate mainly at mitochondria...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328020/the-synaptic-ribbon-is-critical-for-sound-encoding-at-high-rates-and-with-temporal-precision
#16
Philippe Jean, David Lopez de la Morena, Susann Michanski, Lina María Jaime Tobón, Rituparna Chakrabarti, Maria Magdalena Picher, Jakob Neef, SangYong Jung, Mehmet Gültas, Stephan Maxeiner, Andreas Neef, Carolin Wichmann, Nicola Strenzke, Chad Grabner, Tobias Moser
We studied the role of the synaptic ribbon for sound encoding at the synapses between inner hair cells (IHCs) and spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in mice lacking RIBEYE (RBEKO/KO). Electron and immunofluorescence microscopy revealed a lack of synaptic ribbons and an assembly of several small active zones (AZs) at each synaptic contact. Spontaneous and sound-evoked firing rates of SGNs and their compound action potential were reduced, indicating impaired transmission at ribbonless IHC-SGN synapses. The temporal precision of sound encoding was impaired and the recovery of SGN-firing from adaptation indicated slowed synaptic vesicle (SV) replenishment...
January 12, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327756/isomeric-and-hybrid-ferrocenyl-cyrhetrenyl-aldimines-a-new-family-of-multifunctional-compounds
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Juan Oyarzo, Alejandra Acuña, Hugo Klahn, Rodrigo Arancibia, Carlos P Silva, Ramón Bosque, Concepción López, Mercè Font-Bardía, Carme Calvis, Ramón Messeguer
The synthesis and characterization of two novel and isomeric hybrid ferrocenyl/cyrhetrenyl aldimines [(η5-C5H5)Fe{(η5-C5H4)-CH[double bond, length as m-dash]N-(η5-C5H4)}Re(CO)3] (1) and [(η5-C5H5)Fe{(η5-C5H4)-N[double bond, length as m-dash]CH-(η5-C5H4)}Re(CO)3] (2) are reported. Their X-ray crystal structures reveal that both adopt the E form. However, molecules of 1 and 2 differ in the relative arrangement of the "Fe(η5-C5H5)" and "Re(CO)3" units (anti in 1 and syn in 2). This affects the type of intermolecular interactions, the assembly of the molecules and therefore their crystal architecture...
January 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327504/self-assembled-2d-nanoparticles-arrays-of-interfacial-self-assembled-large-scale-densely-packed-monolayer-film-with-ligand-exchanged-au-nanorods-for-in-situ-sers-drugs-detection
#18
Liangbao Yang, Mei Mao, Binbin Zhou, Xianghu Tang, Cheng Chen, Meihong Ge, Pan Li, Xingjiu Huang, Jinhuai Liu
Construction of large area ordered anisotropic nanoparticles monolayer and acquisition of self-assembled interface film are still significant challenges. In this work, we have developed a rapid and valid method to fabricate large-scale close packed nanomaterials at the cyclohexane/water interface in which hydrophilic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) coated nanoparticles, Au nanorods (AuNRs), self-assembled into densely packed two dimensional (2D) arrays by regulating the surface ligand and suitable inducer...
January 11, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327429/in-vivo-migration-of-endogenous-brain-progenitor-cells-guided-by-an-injectable-peptide-amphiphile-biomaterial
#19
Reza Motalleb, Eric J Berns, Piyush Patel, Julie Gold, Samuel I Stupp, H Georg Kuhn
Biomaterials hold great promise in helping the adult brain regenerate and rebuild after trauma. Peptide amphiphiles (PA) are highly versatile biomaterials, gelling and forming macromolecular structures when exposed to physiological levels of electrolytes. We are here reporting on the first ever in vivo use of self-assembling peptide amphiphile carrying a Tenascin-C signal (E2 Ten-C PA) for the re-direction of endogenous neuroblasts in the rodent brain. The PA forms highly aligned nanofibers, displaying the migratory sequence of Tenascin-C glycoprotein as epitope...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327259/5-aminolevulinic-acid-squalene-nanoassemblies-for-tumor-photodetection-and-therapy-in-vitro-studies
#20
Andrej Babič, V Herceg, E Bastien, H-P Lassalle, L Bezdetnaya, Norbert Lange
Protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) as natural photosensitizer derived from administration of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has found clinical use for photodiagnosis and photodynamic therapy of several cancers. However, broader use of 5-ALA in oncology is hampered by its charge and polarity that result in its reduced capacity for passing biological barriers and reaching the tumor tissue. Advanced drug delivery platforms are needed to improve the biodistribution of 5-ALA. Here, we report a new approach for the delivery of 5-ALA...
January 11, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
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