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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330289/progress-in-genome-sequencing-will-accelerate-molecular-breeding-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
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Rong Yan, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Waqas Malik, Tao Zhu, Xuefeng Zong, Sandui Guo, Rui Zhang
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the single most important spinning fiber that has economic significance worldwide. Cotton is one of the most value-added crops and an excellent model system for the analysis of polyploidization and cell development. Thus, the Cotton Genome Consortium has made rapid and significant progress in whole genome sequencing studies in the last decade. Developments in cotton genome sequencing and assembly provide powerful tools for dissecting the genetic and molecular bases of agronomically important traits and establishing regulatory networks on these processes, which leads to molecular breeding...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329693/lanthanide-integrated-supramolecular-polymeric-nanoassembly-with-multiple-regulation-characteristics-for-multidrug-resistant-cancer-therapy
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Weihong Jin, Qiwen Wang, Min Wu, Yang Li, Guping Tang, Yuan Ping, Paul K Chu
Cancer treatment can in principle be enhanced by the synergistic effects of chemo- and nucleic acid-based combination therapies but the lack of efficient drug nanocarriers and occurrence of multidrug resistance (MDR) are major obstacles adversely affecting the effectiveness. Herein, a lanthanide-integrated supramolecular polymeric nanoassembly that delivers anticancer drugs and siRNA for more effective cancer therapy is described. This nanotherapeutic system is prepared by loading adamantane-modified doxorubicin (Dox) into polyethylenimine-crosslinked-γ-cyclodextrin (PC) through the supramolecular assembly to form the interior Dox-loaded PC (PCD) followed by electrostatically driven self-assembly of siRNA and PCD to produce the PCD/siRNA nanocomplexes...
March 16, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329028/non-equilibrium-assembly-of-microtubules-from-molecules-to-autonomous-chemical-robots
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REVIEW
H Hess, Jennifer L Ross
Biological systems have evolved to harness non-equilibrium processes from the molecular to the macro scale. It is currently a grand challenge of chemistry, materials science, and engineering to understand and mimic biological systems that have the ability to autonomously sense stimuli, process these inputs, and respond by performing mechanical work. New chemical systems are responding to the challenge and form the basis for future responsive, adaptive, and active materials. In this article, we describe a particular biochemical-biomechanical network based on the microtubule cytoskeletal filament - itself a non-equilibrium chemical system...
March 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328201/double-fueled-janus-swimmers-with-magnetotactic-behaviour
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Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Miguel Alexandre Ramos-Docampo, Veronica Salgueiriño, Brigitte Städler
Self-propelled particles attract a great deal of attention due to the auspicious range of application nanobots can be used for. In a biomedical context, self-propelled swimmers hold promise to autonomously navigate to a desired location in an attempt to counteract cell/tissue defects either by releasing drugs or performing surgical tasks. The vast majority of prior reports deal with single engine assemblies, often utilizing fuel molecules which are considered as highly cytotoxic. Herein, we introduce two engines: 1) a motor which couples enzymes i...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328200/fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-based-dna-tetrahedron-nano-tweezer-for-highly-reliable-detection-of-tumor-related-mrna-in-living-cells
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Lei He, Dan-Qing Lu, Hao Liang, Sitao Xie, Can Luo, Miaomiao Hu, Liujun Xu, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Accurate detection and imaging of tumor-related mRNA in living cells hold great promise for early cancer detection. However, currently, most probes designed to image intracellular mRNA confront intrinsic interferences arising from complex biological matrices and resulting in inevitable false-positive signals. To circumvent this problem, a new class of intracellular DNA nanoprobe, termed DNA tetrahedron nano-tweezer (DTNT), was developed to reliably image tumor-related mRNA in living cells based on the FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) "off" to "on" signal readout mode...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328099/an-icosahedral-virus-as-a-fluorescent-calibration-standard-a-method-for-counting-protein-molecules-in-cells-by-fluorescence-microscopy
#6
John M Murray
The ability to replace genes coding for cellular proteins with DNA that codes for fluorescent protein-tagged versions opens the way to counting the number of molecules of each protein component of macromolecular assemblies in vivo by measuring fluorescence microscopically. Converting fluorescence to absolute numbers of molecules requires a fluorescent standard whose molecular composition is known precisely. In this report, the construction, properties and mode of using a set of fluorescence calibration standards are described...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327722/impact-of-surface-defects-on-the-surface-charge-of-gibbsite-nanoparticles
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Aram Klaassen, Fei Liu, Dirk van den Ende, Frieder Mugele, Igor Siretanu
We use high resolution Atomic Force Microscopy to study the surface charge of the basal plane of gibbsite nanoparticles, with a lateral resolution of approximately 5 nm, in ambient electrolyte of variable pH and salt content. Our measurements reveal surface charge variations on the basal planes that correlate with the presence of topographic defects such as atomic steps. This surface charge heterogeneity, which increases with increasing pH, suggests that for a pH between 6 and 9 the defect sites display a stronger chemical activity than adjacent, apparently atomically smooth regions of the basal plane...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327716/chemo-photodynamic-combined-gene-therapy-and-dual-modal-cancer-imaging-achieved-by-ph-responsive-alginate-chitosan-multilayer-modified-magnetic-mesoporous-silica-nanocomposites
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Hong Yang, Yin Chen, Zhongyuan Chen, Yue Geng, Xiaoxue Xie, Xue Shen, Tingting Li, Shun Li, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao Liu
Multifunctional theranostics have offered some interesting new opportunities for cancer therapy and diagnosis in the last decade. Herein, magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs) were designed and synthesized, then the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) and antitumor drug doxorubicin (Dox) were adsorbed onto the M-MSNs. Biocompatible alginate/chitosan polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) were assembled on the M-MSNs to achieve a pH-responsive drug delivery system and adsorb P-gp shRNA for reversing the multidrug resistance...
March 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327179/pterostilbene-prevents-akt-erk-axis-mediated-polymerization-of-surface-fibronectin-on-suspended-lung-cancer-cells-independently-of-apoptosis-and-suppresses-metastasis
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Ying-Jan Wang, Jing-Fang Lin, Li-Hsin Cheng, Wen-Tsan Chang, Ying-Hsien Kao, Ming-Min Chang, Bour-Jr Wang, Hung-Chi Cheng
BACKGROUND: Polymeric fibronectin (polyFN) assembled on suspended breast cancer cells is required for metastasis. Conceivably, drugs that target such polyFN may fight against cancer metastasis. While stilbene analogs trigger pro-apoptotic effect on attached cancer cells, whether they prevent polyFN assembly and metastasis of suspended cancer cells via an apoptosis-independent manner remains unexplored. METHODS: We depleted suspended Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells of polyFN by silencing the endogenous FN expression or pterostilbene (PS) to examine whether metastasis of lung cancer cells could thus be suppressed...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326552/biogenesis-assembly-and-trafficking-of-acetylcholinesterase
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REVIEW
Richard L Rotundo
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is expressed as several homomeric and heterooligomeric forms in a wide variety of tissues such as neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems and their targets including skeletal muscle, endocrine and exocrine glands. In addition, glycolipid-anchored forms are expressed in erythropoietic and lymphopoietic cells. While transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation is important for determining which AChE oligomeric forms are expressed in a given tissue, translational and post-translational regulatory mechanisms at the level of protein folding, assembly and sorting play equally important roles in assuring that the AChE molecules reach their intended sites on the cell surface in the appropriate numbers...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325845/functional-dissection-of-neat1-using-genome-editing-reveals-substantial-localisation-of-the-neat1_1-isoform-outside-paraspeckles
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Ruohan Li, Alan R Harvey, Stuart I Hodgetts, Archa H Fox
Large numbers of long non-coding RNAs have been discovered in recent years, but only a few have been characterised. NEAT1 (nuclear paraspeckle assembly transcript 1) is a mammalian long non-coding RNA that is important for the reproductive physiology of mice, cancer development and the formation of subnuclear bodies termed paraspeckles. The two major isoforms of NEAT1 (3.7kb NEAT1_1 and 23kb NEAT1_2 in human) are generated from a common promoter and are produced through the use of alternative transcription termination sites...
March 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325841/an-inducible-amphipathic-helix-within-the-intrinsically-disordered-c-terminus-is-not-required-for-protein-biosynthesis-trafficking-or-garp2-interaction-but-can-participate-in-membrane-curvature-generation-by-peripherin-2-rds
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Michelle L Milstein, Victoria A Kimler, Chiranjib Ghatak, Alexey S Ladokhin, Andrew F X Goldberg
Peripherin-2/rds is required for biogenesis of vertebrate photoreceptor outer segment organelles. Its localization at the high curvature rim domains of outer segment disk membranes suggests that it may act to shape these structures; however, the molecular function of this protein is not yet resolved. Here, we apply biochemical, biophysical, and imaging techniques, to elucidate the role(s) played by the protein's intrinsically disordered C-terminal domain, and an incipient amphipathic α-helix contained within it...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325840/assembly-induced-folding-regulates-interleukin-12-biogenesis-and-secretion
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Susanne Reitberger, Pascal Haimerl, Isabel Aschenbrenner, Julia Esser-von Bieren, Matthias J Feige
Members of the interleukin 12 (IL12) family perform essential functions in immunoregulation by connecting innate and adaptive immunity and are emerging therapeutic targets. They are unique among other interleukins in forming heterodimers that arise from extensive subunit sharing within the family, leading to the production of at least four functionally distinct heterodimers from only five subunits. This raises important questions about how the assembly of IL12 family members is regulated and controlled in the cell...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325835/picomolar-selective-and-subtype-specific-small-molecule-inhibition-of-trpc1-4-5-channels
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Hussein N Rubaiy, Melanie J Ludlow, Matthias Henrot, Hannah J Gaunt, Katarina Miteva, Sin Yin Cheung, Yasuyuki Tanahashi, Nurasyikin Hamzah, Katie E Musialowski, Nicola M Blythe, Hollie L Appleby, Marc A Bailey, Lynn McKeown, Roger Taylor, Richard Foster, Herbert Waldmann, Peter Nussbaumer, Mathias Christmann, Robin S Bon, Katsuhiko Muraki, David J Beech
The concentration of free cytosolic Ca(2+) and the voltage across the plasma membrane are major determinants of cell function. Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cationic channels are known to regulate these parameters but understanding of these channels remains inadequate. Here we focus on Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 4 and 5 proteins (TRPC4 and TRPC5) which assemble as homomers or heteromerize with TRPC1 to form Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cationic channels in many mammalian cell types. Multiple roles have been suggested including in epilepsy, innate fear, pain and cardiac remodeling but limitations in tools to probe these channels have restricted progress...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325807/tensin-links-energy-metabolism-to-extracellular-matrix-assembly
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Emmanuel Dornier, Jim C Norman
The regulation of integrin function is key to fundamental cellular processes, including cell migration and extracellular matrix (ECM) assembly. In this issue, Georgiadou et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201609066) report that the metabolic sensor adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase influences tensin production to regulate α5β1-integrin and fibrillar adhesion assembly and thus reveal an important connection between energy metabolism and ECM assembly.
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325758/the-tubulin-code-at-a-glance
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REVIEW
Sudarshan Gadadhar, Satish Bodakuntla, Kathiresan Natarajan, Carsten Janke
Microtubules are key cytoskeletal elements of all eukaryotic cells and are assembled of evolutionarily conserved α-tubulin-β-tubulin heterodimers. Despite their uniform structure, microtubules fulfill a large diversity of functions. A regulatory mechanism to control the specialization of the microtubule cytoskeleton is the 'tubulin code', which is generated by (i) expression of different α- and β-tubulin isotypes, and by (ii) post-translational modifications of tubulin. In this Cell Science at a Glance article and the accompanying poster, we provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular components of the tubulin code, and discuss the mechanisms by which these components contribute to the generation of functionally specialized microtubules...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
#17
Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#18
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324723/specific-light-up-pullulan-based-nanoparticles-with-reduction-triggered-emission-and-activatable-photoactivity-for-the-imaging-and-photodynamic-killing-of-cancer-cells
#19
Jing Xia, Liuwei Zhang, Ming Qian, Yongming Bao, Jingyun Wang, Yachen Li
Activatable photosensitizers that can be activated by cancer-associated stimuli have drawn increasing attention for simultaneous fluorescence imaging and photodynamic ablation of cancer cells. Here, we developed a cancer-cell specific photosensitizer nano-delivery system by synthesizing protoporphyrin IX (PpIX)-conjugated pullulan (P) with reducible disulfide bonds. The amphiphilic P-s-s-PpIX conjugate self-assembled in aqueous condition to form core-shell structured nanoparticles (P-s-s-PpIX NPs) with average size of 166nm, showing reduction-controllable stability...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324493/introduction-to-telomeres-and-telomerase
#20
Zhou Songyang
Telomeres are ends of chromosomes that play an important part in the biology of eukaryotic cells. Continued optimization and development of technologies have enabled researchers to probe the mechanisms of telomere maintenance in ever expanding areas. A combination of molecular, genetic, proteomic, and biochemical approaches has revealed the complex and coordinated action of telomerase and telomere-associated proteins. The length and integrity of telomeres are maintained to prevent telomere dysfunction, which has been linked to senescence, aging, disease, and cancer...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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