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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527355/antimycotic-activity-of-fengycin-c-biosurfactant-and-its-interaction-with-phosphatidylcholine-model-membranes
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Lina María González-Jaramillo, Francisco José Aranda, José Antonio Teruel, Valeska Villegas-Escobar, Antonio Ortiz
Lipopeptide biosurfactants constitute one of the most promising groups of compounds for the treatment and prevention of fungal diseases in plants. Bacillus subtilis strain EA-CB0015 produces iturin A, fengycin C and surfactin and it has been proven useful for the treatment of black Sigatoka disease in banana plants, an important pathology caused by the fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis (Morelet). We have found that B. subtilis EA-CB0015 cell free supernatants and purified fractions inhibit M. fijiensis cellular growth...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527256/-stat3-activation-by-hypoxia-in-in-vitro-models-of-cervix-cancer-and-endothelial-cells
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Óscar Ortega, Alejandro Ondo-Méndez, Ruth Garzón
INTRODUCTION: The biological behavior of cancer cells is influenced by the tumor microenvironment in which they develop. In this context, stressor stimuli such as hypoxia are considered critical for tumor development and therapeutic management. Cellular response to various stimuli is evidenced in the activation of intracellular signaling pathways such as JAK/STAT, which is one of the most important for its effects in differentiation and cell proliferation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the condition of the JAK/STAT pathway through the expression/activation of the STAT3 protein in cervix cancer cells (HeLa) and endothelial cells (EA...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526692/understanding-the-interrelationship-between-the-synthesis-of-urea-and-gluconeogenesis-by-formulating-an-overall-balanced-equation
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Piero L Ipata, Rossana Pesi
It is well known that a strong metabolic interrelationship exists between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. In this paper, we present a detailed, overall equation, describing a possible metabolic link between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. We adopted a guided approach in which we strongly suggest that students, when faced with the problem of obtaining the overall equation of a metabolic pathway, carefully account for all atoms and charges of the single reactions, as well as the cellular localizations of the substrates, and the related transport systems...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526600/preparation-and-nanoformulation-of-new-quinolone-scaffold-based-anticancer-agents-enhancing-solubility-for-better-cellular-delivery
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Nehal H Elghazawy, Amr Hefnawy, Nada K Sedky, Ibrahim M El-Sherbiny, Reem K Arafa
A new series of 5,7-dibromoquinoline scaffold-based derivatives with varied flexibility substituents at position 8 of the ring system has been synthesized as potential anticancer agents. The new compounds were evaluated for their in vitro antiproliferative activity versus the human breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and MDA-MB231. Generally, both cell lines were responsive to the cytotoxic effect of the synthesized analogues. Compounds 4a, 5c and 7b were chosen for nanoformulation studies to assess the effect of enhancing their solubility profile on their cytotoxic ability...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526272/enhancement-of-waste-activated-sludge-was-anaerobic-digestion-by-means-of-pre-and-intermediate-treatments-technical-and-economic-analysis-at-a-full-scale-wwtp
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Giuseppe Campo, Alberto Cerutti, Mariachiara Zanetti, Gerardo Scibilia, Eugenio Lorenzi, Barbara Ruffino
Anaerobic digestion (AD) is the most commonly applied end-treatment for the excess of waste activated sludge (WAS) generated in biological wastewater treatment processes. The efficacy of different typologies of pre-treatments in liberating intra-cellular organic substances and make them more usable for AD was demonstrated in several studies. However, the production of new extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) that occur during an AD process, due to microbial metabolism, self-protective reactions and cell lysis, partially neutralizes the benefit of pre-treatments...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526123/-direct-mechanism-of-action-in-toxic-myopathies
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REVIEW
A Khelfi, M Azzouz, R Abtroun, M Reggabi, B Alamir
Toxic myopathies are a large group of disorders generated by surrounding agents and characterized by structural and/or functional disturbances of muscles. The most recurrent are those induced by commonly used medications. Illicit drugs, environmental toxins from animals, vegetables, or produced by micro-organisms as well as chemical products commonly used are significant causes of such disorders. The muscle toxicity results from multiple mechanisms at different biological levels. Many agents can induce myotoxicity through a direct mechanism in which statins, glucocorticoids and ethyl alcohol are the most representative...
May 16, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525770/-expand-and-click-a-new-method-for-labeling-hiv-1-envelope-glycoproteins
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Melissa V Fernandez, Eric O Freed
In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Sakin et al. (2017) investigate the nanoscale behavior of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein complex by using genetic code expansion, bioorthogonal amino acids, synthetic dyes, and click chemistry. This minimally invasive approach allows the measurement of native Env cellular distribution and dynamics.
May 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524743/nanoparticle-exposures-from-nano-enabled-toner-based-printing-equipment-and-human-health-state-of-science-and-future-research-needs
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Sandra Vanessa Pirela, John Martin, Dhimiter Bello, Philip Demokritou
Toner formulations used by laser printers (LP) and photocopiers (PC), collectively called "toner-based printing equipment" (TPE), are nano-enabled products (NEP) because they contain several engineered nanomaterials (ENM) that improve toner performance. It has been shown that during consumer use (printing), these ENM are released in the air, together with other semi-volatile organic nanoparticles, and newly formed gaseous co-pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). The aim of this review is to detail and analyze physico-chemical and morphological (PCM), as well as the toxicological properties of particulate matter (PM) emissions from TPE...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524227/computational-approaches-for-interpreting-scrna-seq-data
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REVIEW
R Rostom, V Svensson, S A Teichmann, G Kar
The recent developments in high throughput single-cell RNA sequencing technology (scRNA-seq) have enabled the generation of vast amounts of transcriptomic data at cellular resolution. With these advances come new modes of data analysis, building on high-dimensional data mining techniques. Here, we consider biological questions for which scRNA-seq data is used, both at a cell and gene level, and describe tools available for these types of analyses. This is an exciting and rapidly evolving field, where clustering, pseudotime inference, branching inference and gene-level analyses are particularly informative areas of computational analysis...
May 19, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524181/common-pitfalls-in-preclinical-cancer-target-validation
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William G Kaelin
An alarming number of papers from laboratories nominating new cancer drug targets contain findings that cannot be reproduced by others or are simply not robust enough to justify drug discovery efforts. This problem probably has many causes, including an underappreciation of the danger of being misled by off-target effects when using pharmacological or genetic perturbants in complex biological assays. This danger is particularly acute when, as is often the case in cancer pharmacology, the biological phenotype being measured is a 'down' readout (such as decreased proliferation, decreased viability or decreased tumour growth) that could simply reflect a nonspecific loss of cellular fitness...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523996/micro-rnas-exercise-and-cellular-plasticity-in-humans-the-impact-of-dietary-factors-and-hypoxia
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Timothée Watier, Anthony Mj Sanchez
Physical exercise is a stress that modulates a plethora of cellular mechanisms to promote morphological and metabolic adaptations. Substantial efforts have been made to better understand the modulation of pathways involved in cell plasticity during exercise, but human explorations may be limited because invasive procedures are often required. In recent years, minimally invasive methods for the analysis of microRNAs (miRNAs) modulation in response to exercise have been developed. miRNAs are small molecules that belong to a family of non-coding RNAs...
May 19, 2017: MicroRNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523924/comparison-of-transcriptional-profiles-of-interferons-cxcl10-and-rig-1-in-influenza-infected-a549-cells-stimulated-with-exogenous-interferons
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V Lachová, L Škorvanová, D Svetlíková, L Turianová, A Kostrábová, T Betáková
Type I and type III interferons (IFNs) are induced by viral infection. It was concluded that these IFN species are identical in regulation and biological functions. However, these two systems differ in the tissue expression of their receptors and their transcriptional regulation is fundamentally different as well as cellular signaling pathways that drive expression of each IFN. Here, we have investigated the transcriptional profile of endogenous IFNs after stimulation of cells with exogenous IFNs and subsequent infection of A549 cells with A/chicken/Germany/27 [H7N7] influenza virus...
2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523433/structural-and-functional-roles-of-ether-lipids
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REVIEW
John M Dean, Irfan J Lodhi
Ether lipids, such as plasmalogens, are peroxisome-derived glycerophospholipids in which the hydrocarbon chain at the sn-1 position of the glycerol backbone is attached by an ether bond, as opposed to an ester bond in the more common diacyl phospholipids. This seemingly simple biochemical change has profound structural and functional implications. Notably, the tendency of ether lipids to form non-lamellar inverted hexagonal structures in model membranes suggests that they have a role in facilitating membrane fusion processes...
May 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523374/capturing-microscopic-features-of-bone-remodeling-into-a-macroscopic-model-based-on-biological-rationales-of-bone-adaptation
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Young Kwan Kim, Yoshitaka Kameo, Sakae Tanaka, Taiji Adachi
To understand Wolff's law, bone adaptation by remodeling at the cellular and tissue levels has been discussed extensively through experimental and simulation studies. For the clinical application of a bone remodeling simulation, it is significant to establish a macroscopic model that incorporates clarified microscopic mechanisms. In this study, we proposed novel macroscopic models based on the microscopic mechanism of osteocytic mechanosensing, in which the flow of fluid in the lacuno-canalicular porosity generated by fluid pressure gradients plays an important role, and theoretically evaluated the proposed models, taking biological rationales of bone adaptation into account...
May 18, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523272/structural-elements-regulating-aaa-protein-quality-control-machines
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REVIEW
Chiung-Wen Chang, Sukyeong Lee, Francis T F Tsai
Members of the ATPases Associated with various cellular Activities (AAA+) superfamily participate in essential and diverse cellular pathways in all kingdoms of life by harnessing the energy of ATP binding and hydrolysis to drive their biological functions. Although most AAA+ proteins share a ring-shaped architecture, AAA+ proteins have evolved distinct structural elements that are fine-tuned to their specific functions. A central question in the field is how ATP binding and hydrolysis are coupled to substrate translocation through the central channel of ring-forming AAA+ proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523006/virtual-plant-tissue-building-blocks-for-next-generation-plant-growth-simulation
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Dirk De Vos, Abdiravuf Dzhurakhalov, Sean Stijven, Przemyslaw Klosiewicz, Gerrit T S Beemster, Jan Broeckhove
Motivation: Computational modeling of plant developmental processes is becoming increasingly important. Cellular resolution plant tissue simulators have been developed, yet they are typically describing physiological processes in an isolated way, strongly delimited in space and time. Results: With plant systems biology moving toward an integrative perspective on development we have built the Virtual Plant Tissue (VPTissue) package to couple functional modules or models in the same framework and across different frameworks...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522574/single-cell-immune-profiling-by-mass-cytometry-of-newly-diagnosed-chronic-phase-chronic-myeloid-leukaemia-treated-with-nilotinib
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Stein-Erik Gullaksen, Jørn Skavland, Sonia Gavasso, Vinko Tosevski, Krzysztof Warzocha, Claudia Dumrese, Augustin Ferrant, Tobias Gedde-Dahl, Andrzej Hellmann, Jeroen Janssen, Boris Labar, Alois Lang, Waleed Majeed, Georgi Mihaylov, Jesper Stentoft, Leif Stenke, Josef Thaler, Noortje Thielen, Gregor Verhoef, Jaroslava Voglova, Gert Ossenkoppele, Andreas Hochhaus, Henrik Hjorth-Hansen, Satu Mustjoki, Sieghart Sopper, Francis Giles, Kimmo Porkka, Dominik Wolf, Bjørn Tore Gjertsen
Monitoring of single cell signal transduction in leukemic cellular subsets has been proposed to provide deeper understanding of disease biology and prognostication, but has so far not been tested in a clinical trial of targeted therapy. We developed a complete mass cytometry analysis pipeline for characterization of intracellular signal transduction patterns in the major leukocyte subsets of chronic phase chronic myeloid leukaemia. Changes in phosphorylated Bcr-Abl1 and its involved signalling pathways were readily identifiable in peripheral blood single cells already within 3 hours of per oral nilotinib dosing...
May 18, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522001/cytotoxic-effect-of-a-mannogalactoglucan-extracted-from-agaricus-bisporus-on-hepg2-cells
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Amanda do Rocio Andrade Pires, Andrea Caroline Ruthes, Silvia Maria Suter Correia Cadena, Marcello Iacomini
A mannogalactoglucan (RK2-Ab; Mw 1.8×10(4)gmol(-1)) composed by Man (27.3%), Gal (24.4%) and Glc (48.3%) was extracted and characterized from Agaricus bisporus, and its biological activity was evaluated on human hepatocarcinoma cells (HepG2). The partially-O-methylated alditol acetates together with the NMR data suggest the main chain to be composed of α-d-Galp (32.8%) and β-d-Glcp (37.0%) units (1→6)-linked, with β-d-Manp (14.6%), as non-reducing end units, substituting the side chains at O-2 (α-d-Galp units; 3...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521993/chitosan-oligosaccharides-inhibit-epithelial-cell-migration-through-blockade-of-n-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-v-and-branched-glcnac-structure
#19
Qingsong Xu, Wenjing Wang, Chen Qu, Jianguo Gu, Heng Yin, Zhihao Jia, Linsheng Song, Yuguang Du
Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS) have been shown to regulate various cellular and biological functions. The aim of this study was to investigate the antimetastatic potency of COS and the underlying mechanism. Here, we established a stably N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase V (GnT-V)-overexpressed MCF10A cell line. As expected, GnT-V overexpression greatly promoted cell migration in the transfectants by using wound healing assay. However, the induction in the cell migration was significantly suppressed by an addition of COS...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521569/exploring-the-biochemistry-of-the-prenylome-and-its-role-in-disease-through-proteomics-progress-and-potential
#20
Maura Brioschi, Alma Martinez Fernandez, Cristina Banfi
Protein prenylation is a ubiquitous covalent post-translational modification characterized by the addition of farnesyl or geranylgeranyl isoprenoid groups to a cysteine residue located near the carboxyl terminal of a protein. It is essential for the proper localization and cellular activity of numerous proteins, including Ras family GTPases and G-proteins. In addition to its roles in cellular physiology, the prenylation process has important implications in human diseases and in the recent years, it has become attractive target of inhibitors with therapeutic potential...
May 18, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
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