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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806750/characterization-of-novel-bangle-lectin-from-photorhabdus-asymbiotica-with-dual-sugar-binding-specificity-and-its-effect-on-host-immunity
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Gita Jančaříková, Josef Houser, Pavel Dobeš, Gabriel Demo, Pavel Hyršl, Michaela Wimmerová
Photorhabdus asymbiotica is one of the three recognized species of the Photorhabdus genus, which consists of gram-negative bioluminescent bacteria belonging to the family Morganellaceae. These bacteria live in a symbiotic relationship with nematodes from the genus Heterorhabditis, together forming a complex that is highly pathogenic for insects. Unlike other Photorhabdus species, which are strictly entomopathogenic, P. asymbiotica is unique in its ability to act as an emerging human pathogen. Analysis of the P...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
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Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806504/designing-liposomes-to-suppress-extracellular-matrix-expression-to-enhance-drug-penetration-and-pancreatic-tumor-therapy
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Tianjiao Ji, Jiayan Lang, Jing Wang, Rong Cai, Yinlong Zhang, Feifei Qi, Lijing Zhang, Xiao Zhao, Wenjing Wu, Jihui Hao, Zhihai Qin, Ying Zhao, Guangjun Nie
During pancreatic tumor development, pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) proliferate exuberantly to secrete extracellular matrix (ECM) in the tumor stroma, which presents major barriers for drug delivery and penetration in tumor tissue. Thus, down-regulating ECM levels via regulation of the PSCs may allow enhanced penetration of therapeutic drugs and thereby enhancing their therapeutic efficacy. To regulate the PSCs, a matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) responsive peptide-hybrid liposome (MRPL) was constructed via co-assembly of a tailor-designed MMP-2 responsive amphiphilic peptide and phospholipids...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806476/dna-trojan-horses-the-self-assembled-floxuridine-containing-dna-polyhedra-for-cancer-therapy
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Quanbing Mou, Yuan Ma, Gaifang Pan, Bai Xue, Deyue Yan, Chuan Zhang, Xinyuan Zhu
Based on the structural similarity, herein, nucleoside analogue therapeutics were integrated into DNA strands through conventional solid-phase synthesis. By elaborately designing their sequences, floxuridine-integrated DNA strands were synthesized and self-assembled into well-defined DNA polyhedra with definite drug loading ratio as well as tunable size and morphology. As a novel drug delivery system, these drug-containing DNA polyhedra could ideally mimic the Trojan Horse to deliver chemotherapeutics into tumor cells and fight against cancer...
August 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805878/interfacial-entropy-driven-thermophoretic-tweezers
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Linhan Lin, Xiaolei Peng, Zhangming Mao, Xiaoling Wei, Chong Xie, Yuebing Zheng
Directed migration of particles and molecules in a temperature gradient field, which is known as thermophoresis or the Soret effect, is of fundamental importance for mass transfer in colloid science and life sciences. However, thermophoretic tweezers that enable versatile particle manipulation have remained elusive due to the complex underlying physical forces in thermophoresis and the lack of general thermophilic particles above room temperature. Herein, we exploit entropic response and permittivity gradient at the particle-solvent interface to optically generated thermal gradient to achieve the thermophoretic trapping and dynamic manipulation of charged particles over an optothermal-responsive substrate...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805870/an-enhanced-degree-of-charge-transfer-in-dye-sensitized-solar-cells-with-a-zno-tio2-n3-ag-structure-as-revealed-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Xiaolei Wang, Peng Li, Xiao Xia Han, Yasutaka Kitahama, Bing Zhao, Yukihiro Ozaki
A number of recent studies have focused on improving the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Cells with a ZnO-TiO2/N3/Ag structure have attracted particular attention because of their excellent power conversion efficiencies. Using a dendritic crystal ZnO-TiO2 composite semiconductor and Ag in conjunction leads to different charge-transfer (CT) processes, and this is the main theoretical basis for the improvement of DSSC performances. Thus, in the present study, TiO2/N3, ZnO/N3, ZnO-TiO2/N3, TiO2/N3/Ag, ZnO/N3/Ag, and ZnO-TiO2/N3/Ag assemblies have been fabricated and their CT processes have been monitored by using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra, with particular focus on the differences caused by the synergistic effect of the ZnO-TiO2 component...
August 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805867/coumarin-containing-thermoresponsive-hyaluronic-acid-based-nanogels-as-delivery-systems-for-anticancer-chemotherapy
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Talitha F Stefanello, Benoit Couturaud, Anna Szarpak-Jankowska, David Fournier, Benoit Louage, Francielle P Garcia, Celso V Nakamura, Bruno G De Geest, Patrice Woisel, Boudewijn van der Sanden, Rachel Auzély-Velty
Multi-stimuli responsive nanogels based on biocompatible hydrophilic polymers have emerged as promising drug delivery systems to improve anticancer therapy with hydrophobic drugs, through increase of circulating-time in the bloodstream, tumor-targeting and reduction of systemic toxicity. This paper reports on the synthesis, characterization and biological perspectives of light- and thermoresponsive hyaluronic acid (HA)-based nanogels containing coumarin as the photocleavable group. Newly synthesized nanogels exhibited interesting features: formation by a temperature-triggered self-assembly process, successful incorporation of poorly water-soluble molecules, light-responsiveness as demonstrated by a significant shift in the critical aggregation temperature after light irradiation, efficient internalization by cancer cells overexpressing the CD44 receptor of HA, ability to circulate for a prolonged period of time in the bloodstream after intravenous injection in mice and considerable detection in tumor tissues...
August 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805663/yap-taz-regulates-sprouting-angiogenesis-and-vascular-barrier-maturation
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Jongshin Kim, Yoo Hyung Kim, Jaeryung Kim, Do Young Park, Hosung Bae, Da-Hye Lee, Kyun Hoo Kim, Seon Pyo Hong, Seung Pil Jang, Yoshiaki Kubota, Young-Guen Kwon, Dae-Sik Lim, Gou Young Koh
Angiogenesis is a multistep process that requires coordinated migration, proliferation, and junction formation of vascular endothelial cells (ECs) to form new vessel branches in response to growth stimuli. Major intracellular signaling pathways that regulate angiogenesis have been well elucidated, but key transcriptional regulators that mediate these signaling pathways and control EC behaviors are only beginning to be understood. Here, we show that YAP/TAZ, a transcriptional coactivator that acts as an end effector of Hippo signaling, is critical for sprouting angiogenesis and vascular barrier formation and maturation...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805635/mosquito-specific-and-mosquito-borne-viruses-evolution-infection-and-host-defense
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REVIEW
Rebecca Halbach, Sandra Junglen, Ronald P van Rij
Recent virus discovery programs have identified an extensive reservoir of viruses in arthropods. It is thought that arthropod viruses, including mosquito-specific viruses, are ancestral to vertebrate-pathogenic arboviruses. Mosquito-specific viruses are restricted in vertebrate cells at multiple levels, including entry, RNA replication, assembly, and by the inability to replicate at high temperatures. Moreover, it is likely that the vertebrate immune system suppresses replication of these viruses. The evolution from single to dual-host tropism may also require changes in the course of infection in the mosquito host...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805251/wiskott-aldrich-syndrome-protein-emerging-mechanisms-in-immunity
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Rivers, Adrian J Thrasher
The Wiskott Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) participates in innate and adaptive immunity through regulation of actin cytoskeleton-dependent cellular processes, including immune synapse formation, cell signaling, migration and cytokine release. There is also emerging evidence for a direct role in nuclear transcription programmes uncoupled from actin polymerization. A deeper understanding of some of the more complex features of Wiskott Aldrich syndrome (WAS) itself, such as the associated autoimmunity and inflammation, has come from identification of defects in the number and function of anti-inflammatory myeloid cells and regulatory T and B cells, as well as defects in positive and negative B-cell selection...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804941/proteomic-analysis-to-unravel-the-effect-of-heat-stress-on-gene-expression-and-milk-synthesis-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Lian Li, Yiru Wang, Chengmin Li, Genlin Wang
Heat stress can play a negative effect on milk yield and composition of dairy cattle, leading to immeasurable economic loss. The basic components of the mammary gland are the alveoli; these alveolar mammary epithelial cells reflect the milk producing ability of dairy cows. In this study, we exposed bovine mammary epithelial cells to heat stress and compared them to a control group using isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation combined with liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry...
August 14, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804512/engineering-shewanella-oneidensis-enables-xylose-fed-microbial-fuel-cell
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Feng Li, Yuanxiu Li, Liming Sun, Xiaofei Li, Changji Yin, Xingjuan An, Xiaoli Chen, Yao Tian, Hao Song
BACKGROUND: The microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a green and sustainable technology for electricity energy harvest from biomass, in which exoelectrogens use metabolism and extracellular electron transfer pathways for the conversion of chemical energy into electricity. However, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, one of the most well-known exoelectrogens, could not use xylose (a key pentose derived from hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass) for cell growth and power generation, which limited greatly its practical applications...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803871/an-rnai-screen-in-a-novel-model-of-oriented-divisions-identifies-the-actin-capping-protein-z-%C3%AE-as-an-essential-regulator-of-spindle-orientation
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Florencia di Pietro, Léo Valon, Yingbo Li, Rosette Goïame, Auguste Genovesio, Xavier Morin
Oriented cell divisions are controlled by a conserved molecular cascade involving Gαi, LGN, and NuMA. We developed a new cellular model of oriented cell divisions combining micropatterning and localized recruitment of Gαi and performed an RNAi screen for regulators acting downstream of Gαi. Remarkably, this screen revealed a unique subset of dynein regulators as being essential for spindle orientation, shedding light on a core regulatory aspect of oriented divisions. We further analyze the involvement of one novel regulator, the actin-capping protein CAPZB...
August 4, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803799/constructing-novel-dihydrofuran-and-dihydroisoxazole-analogues-of-isocombretastatin-4-as-tubulin-polymerization-inhibitors-through-3-2-reactions
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Ming-Yu Song, Chen-Yu Cao, Qiu-Rui He, Qing-Miao Dong, Ding Li, Jiang-Jiang Tang, Jin-Ming Gao
[3+2] reactions play a key role in constructing various pharmaceutical moleculars. In this study, using Mn(OAc)3 mediated and 1,3-dipolar [3+2] cyclization reactions, 38 novel dihydrofuran and dihydroisoxazole analogues of isoCA-4 were synthesized as inhibitors of tubulin polymerization. Among them, compound 6g was found to be the most potent cytotoxic agents against PC-3 cells with IC50 value of 0.47μM, and compound 5p exhibted highest activity on HeLa cells with IC50 vaule of 2.32µM. Tubulin polymerization assay revealed that 6g was a dose-dependent and effective inhibitor of tubulin assembly...
July 29, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803478/biomimetic-bone-like-hydroxyapatite-by-mineralization-on-supramolecular-porous-fiber-networks
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Bo Li, Lei Kan, Xinyue Zhang, Jie Li, Ruiting Li, Qinyuan Gui, Dengli Qiu, Fei He, Ning Ma, Yapei Wang, Hao Wei
The hydroxyapatite (HA), main inorganic component of bone tissue, is mineralized with collagen fibril scaffolds during bone formation. Inspired by the process, self-assembled porous networks architecture was designed and synthesized by using the 2-ureido-4[1H]-pyrimidone (UPy) modified glycerol molecule UPy-Gly, which was further utilized as a template for biomimetic mineralization. When incubated in simulated body fluid (SBF), the HA nucleus firstly formed in the holes of the template by the induction of hydroxyls on the surface, grew along the nanofibers and fused with the template to fabricate the hydroxyapatite composites (UPy-Gly/HA)...
August 13, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803370/ip3-receptor-signaling-and-endothelial-barrier-function
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REVIEW
Mitchell Y Sun, Melissa Geyer, Yulia A Komarova
The endothelium, a monolayer of endothelial cells lining vessel walls, maintains tissue-fluid homeostasis by restricting the passage of the plasma proteins and blood cells into the interstitium. The ion Ca(2+), a ubiquitous secondary messenger, initiates signal transduction events in endothelial cells that is critical to control of vascular tone and endothelial permeability. The ion Ca(2+) is stored inside the intracellular organelles and released into the cytosol in response to environmental cues. The inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) messenger facilitates Ca(2+) release through IP3 receptors which are Ca(2+)-selective intracellular channels located within the membrane of the endoplasmic reticulum...
August 12, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803065/flow-induced-adherens-junction-remodeling-driven-by-cytoskeletal-forces
#17
Deepika Verma, Vivek Bajpai, Nannan Ye, Mohammad M Maneshi, Deekshitha Jetta, Stelios T Andreadis, Frederick Sachs, Susan Z Hua
Adherens junctions (AJs) are a key structural component for tissue organization and function. Under fluid shear stress, AJs exhibit dynamic assembly/disassembly, but how shear stress couples to AJs is unclear. In MDCK cells we measured simultaneously the forces in cytoskeletal α-actinin and the density and length of AJs using a genetically coded optical force sensor, actinin-sstFRET, and fluorescently labeled E-cadherin (E-cad). We found that shear stress of 0.74dyn/cm(2) for 3hours significantly enhanced E-cad expression at cell-cell contacts and this phenomenon has two phases...
August 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802999/primordial-membranes-more-than-simple-container-boundaries
#18
REVIEW
Martin M Hanczyc, Pierre-Alain Monnard
Cellular membranes, which are self-assembled bilayer structures mainly composed of lipids, proteins and conjugated polysaccharides, are the defining feature of cell physiology. It is likely that the complexity of contemporary cells was preceded by simpler chemical systems or protocells during the various evolutionary stages that led from inanimate to living matter. It is also likely that primitive membranes played a similar role in protocell 'physiology'. The composition of such ancestral membranes has been proposed as mixtures of single hydrocarbon chain amphiphiles, which are simpler versions of modern lipids...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802994/expression-and-purification-of-norovirus-virus-like-particles-in-escherichia-coli-and-their-immunogenicity-in-mice
#19
Yuqi Huo, Xin Wan, Tong Ling, Jie Wu, Wenhui Wang, Shuo Shen
Norovirus (NoV) virus like particles (VLPs) produced in Spodoptera frugiperda (Sf9) cells have been tested in human volunteers as vaccine candidate and were shown to be protective against NoV induced acute gastroenteritis. In this study, prevailing Sydney-2012-like NoV major capsid protein gene with or without N-terminal deletions (N26 and N38, 26 and 38 amino acids deleted from N terminus,respectively) were sub-cloned into prokaryotic expression vector, pCold III and pCold IV. Soluble and insoluble proteins were detected for both vectors after induction and higher levels of protein expression were observed for constructs pCold III-N26 and pCold III-N38...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802844/structural-basis-for-cullins-and-ring-component-inhibition-targeting-e3-ubiquitin-pathway-conductors-for-cancer-therapeutics
#20
Shagufta Shafique, Waqar Ali, Sonia Kanwal, Sajid Rashid
Cullin (CUL)-RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) are attractive therapeutic targets as they regulate diverse biological processes important for cancer cell survival by conferring substrate selectivity for ubiquitination and degradation. Given the complexity of CRL complexes, steps toward the structure-based design of small-molecule inhibitors to modulate their activity have remained elusive. In this study, we explored the structural assembly and interaction details of closely related CUL scaffolds (CUL1, CUL2, CUL3, CUL4A, CUL4B, CUL5 and CUL7) with RBX1 to screen potent small molecules against CRLs...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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