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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352609/induction-of-mitophagy-in-the-hei-oc1-auditory-cell-line-and-activation-of-the-atg12-lc3-pathway-in-the-organ-of-corti
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Cristian Setz, Anne-Sophie Benischke, Anna Catharina Pinho Ferreira Bento, Yves Brand, Soledad Levano, Franziska Paech, Katharina Leitmeyer, Daniel Bodmer
Autophagy is a highly evolutionary conserved quality control defense mechanism within cells, which has also been implicated in cell death processes. In the mammalian inner ear, autophagy has been shown to play a role during early morphogenesis as well as in adult cochlear hair cells exposed to ototoxic insults. Mitophagy, a selective autophagic cell process targeting mitochondria, hasn't been studied in the inner ear so far. On this work, we searched for molecular indicators of mitophagy within House Ear Institute-Organ of Corti-1 (HEI-OC1) cells as well as in the organ of Corti (OC)...
January 11, 2018: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352312/a-role-for-domain-i-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-ns5a-protein-in-virus-assembly
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Chunhong Yin, Niluka Goonawardane, Hazel Stewart, Mark Harris
The NS5A protein of hepatitis C virus (HCV) plays roles in both virus genome replication and assembly. NS5A comprises three domains, of these domain I is believed to be involved exclusively in genome replication. In contrast, domains II and III are required for the production of infectious virus particles and are largely dispensable for genome replication. Domain I is highly conserved between HCV and related hepaciviruses, and is highly structured, exhibiting different dimeric conformations. To investigate the functions of domain I in more detail, we conducted a mutagenic study of 12 absolutely conserved and surface-exposed residues within the context of a JFH-1-derived sub-genomic replicon and infectious virus...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351433/%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivatives-attenuate-lps-mediated-acute-lung-injury-via-the-inhibition-of-neutrophil-platelet-interactions-and-net-release
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Yao-Wen Chang, Ching-Ping Tseng, Chih-Hsun Lee, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yu-Li Chen, Mei-Tzu Su, Kowit-Yu Chong, Ying-Wei Lan, Chin-Chung Wu, Kung-Ju Chen, Fen-Hua Lu, Hsiang-Ruei Liao, Chuen Hsueh, Pei-Wen Hsieh
Acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are high-mortality and life-threatening diseases that are associated with neutrophil activation and accumulation within lung tissue. Emerging evidence indicates that neutrophil-platelet aggregates (NPAs) at sites of injury increases acute inflammation and contributes to the development of ALI. Even though numerous studies have increased our understanding of the pathophysiology of ALI, there is still a lack of innovative and useful treatments that reduce mortality, emphasizing that there is an urgent need for novel treatment strategies...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351334/endothelin-1-is-associated-with-fibrosis-in-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-membranes
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William Chang, Michelle Lajko, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To characterize the relationship between endothelin-1 and fibrosis in epiretinal membranes in proliferative diabetic retinopathy and explore the role of endothelial-mesenchymal transition in these membranes. METHODS: Membranes were obtained from eyes undergoing pars plana vitrectomy for complicated proliferative diabetic retinopathy or idiopathic epiretinal membrane. Through standard immunohistochemical techniques, we labeled membranes to explore the distribution of endothelin-1 and endothelin receptor B, comparing proliferative diabetic retinopathy and idiopathic epiretinal membranes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351192/seed-endophyte-microbiome-of-crotalaria-pumila-unpeeled-identification-of-plant-beneficial-methylobacteria
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Ariadna S Sánchez-López, Isabel Pintelon, Vincent Stevens, Valeria Imperato, Jean-Pierre Timmermans, Carmen González-Chávez, Rogelio Carrillo-González, Jonathan Van Hamme, Jaco Vangronsveld, Sofie Thijs
Metal contaminated soils are increasing worldwide. Metal-tolerant plants growing on metalliferous soils are fascinating genetic and microbial resources. Seeds can vertically transmit endophytic microorganisms that can assist next generations to cope with environmental stresses, through yet poorly understood mechanisms. The aims of this study were to identify the core seed endophyte microbiome of the pioneer metallophyte Crotalaria pumila throughout three generations, and to better understand the plant colonisation of the seed endophyte Methylobacterium sp...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350955/rate-dependence-of-elementary-rearrangements-and-spatiotemporal-correlations-in-the-3d-flow-of-soft-solids
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Vishwas V Vasisht, Sudeep K Dutta, Emanuela Del Gado, Daniel L Blair
We use a combination of confocal microscopy, rheology, and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate jammed emulsions under shear, by analyzing the 3D droplets rearrangements in the shear frame. Our quantitative analysis of local dynamics reveals elementary nonaffine rearrangements that underlie the onset of the flow at small strains. We find that the mechanism of unjamming and the upturn in the material flow curve are associated to a qualitative change in spatiotemporal correlations of such rearrangements with the applied shear rate...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350909/dual-drug-delivery-system-based-on-biodegradable-organosilica-core-shell-architectures
#7
Jiang-Lan Li, Ying-Jia Cheng, Chi Zhang, Han Cheng, Jun Feng, Ren-Xi Zhuo, Xuan Zeng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
To overcome drug resistance, efficient cancer therapeutic strategies using combination of small-molecule drugs and macromolecule drugs are highly desired. However, due to their significant differences in molecular weight and size, it is difficult to load them simultaneously in one vector and to release them individually. Here, a biodegradable organosilica based core/shell-structured nanocapsule was designed and used as a dual stimuli-responsive drug vector to solve this problem. Biodegradable organosilica shell coated outside the macromolecule model drug "core" would be disrupted by high glutathione (GSH) levels inside tumor cells, resulting in the escape of the entrapped drugs...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350877/effects-of-human-rhinovirus-on-epithelial-barrier-integrity-and-function-in-children-with-asthma
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Kevin Looi, Alysia G Buckley, Paul J Rigby, Luke W Garratt, Thomas Iosifidis, Graeme R Zosky, Alexander N Larcombe, Francis J Lannigan, Kak-Ming Ling, Kelly M Martinovich, Elizabeth Kicic-Starcevich, Nicole C Shaw, Erika N Sutanto, Darryl A Knight, Anthony Kicic, Stephen M Stick
BACKGROUND: Bronchial epithelial tight junctions (TJ) have been extensively assessed in healthy airway epithelium. However, no studies have yet assessed the effect of human rhinovirus (HRV) infection on the expression and resultant barrier function in epithelial tight junctions (TJ) in childhood asthma. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of HRV infection on airway epithelial TJ expression and barrier function in airway epithelial cells (AEC) of children with and without asthma...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349810/medicago-truncatula-copper-transporter-1-mtcopt1-delivers-copper-for-symbiotic-nitrogen-fixation
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Marta Senovilla, Rosario Castro-Rodríguez, Isidro Abreu, Viviana Escudero, Igor Kryvoruchko, Michael K Udvardi, Juan Imperial, Manuel González-Guerrero
Copper is an essential nutrient for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. This element is delivered by the host plant to the nodule, where membrane copper (Cu) transporter would introduce it into the cell to synthesize cupro-proteins. COPT family members in the model legume Medicago truncatula were identified and their expression determined. Yeast complementation assays, confocal microscopy and phenotypical characterization of a Tnt1 insertional mutant line were carried out in the nodule-specific M. truncatula COPT family member...
January 19, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349685/solute-transport-in-the-bone-lacunar-canalicular-system-lcs
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REVIEW
Liyun Wang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Solute transport in the lacunar-canalicular system (LCS) plays important roles in osteocyte metabolism and cell-cell signaling. This review will summarize recent studies that establish pericellular matrix (PCM), discovered inside the LCS, as a crucial regulator of solute transport in bone. RECENT FINDINGS: Utilizing confocal imaging and mathematical modeling, recent studies successfully quantified molecular diffusion and convection in the LCS as well as the size-dependent sieving effects of the PCM, leading to the quantification of the effective PCM fiber spacing (10 to 17 nm) in murine adult bones...
January 18, 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349520/experimental-study-of-5-fluorouracil-encapsulated-ethosomes-combined-with-co2-fractional-laser-to-treat-hypertrophic-scar
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Zhen Zhang, Jun Chen, Jun Huang, Yan Wo, Yixin Zhang, Xiangdong Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study is designed to explore permeability of ethosomes encapsulated with 5-florouracil (5-FU) mediated by CO2 fractional laser on hypertrophic scar tissues. Moreover, therapeutic and duration effect of CO2 fractional laser combined with 5-FU encapsulated ethosomes in rabbit ear hypertrophic scar model will be evaluated. METHODS: The permeated amount of 5-FU and retention contents of 5-FU were both determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349490/auto-aggregation-properties-of-a-novel-aerobic-denitrifier-enterobacter-sp-strain-fl
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Xia Wang, Qiang An, Bin Zhao, Jin Song Guo, Yuan Sheng Huang, Meng Tian
Enterobacter sp. strain FL was newly isolated from activated sludge and exhibited significant capability of auto-aggregation as well as aerobic denitrification. The removal efficiencies of NO3--N, total nitrogen (TN), and TOC by strain FL in batch culture reached 94.6, 63.9, and 72.5% in 24 h, respectively. The production of N2O and N2 in the presence of oxygen demonstrated the occurrence of aerobic denitrification. The auto-aggregation index of strain FL reached 54.3%, suggesting a high tendency that the cells would agglomerate into aggregates...
January 18, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349092/cathepsin-b-plays-a-key-role-in-optimal-production-of-the-influenza-a-virus
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Macon D Coleman, Soon-Duck Ha, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Stephen Dominic Barr, Sung Ouk Kim
Background: Influenza A virus (IAV) is the etiologic agent of the febrile respiratory illness, commonly referred to as 'flu'. The lysosomal protease cathepsin B (CTSB) has shown to be involved in the lifecycle of various viruses. Here, we examined the role of CTSB in the IAV lifecycle. Methods: CTSB-deficient (CTSB-/-) macrophages and the human lung epithelial cell line A549 cells treated with CA-074Me were infected with the A/Puerto Rico/8/34 strain of IAV (IAV-PR8)...
2018: Journal of Virology & Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348627/chikungunya-virus-nsp1-interacts-directly-with-nsp2-and-modulates-its-atpase-activity
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Sameer Kumar, Abhishek Kumar, Prabhudutta Mamidi, Atul Tiwari, Sriram Kumar, Animamalar Mayavannan, Sagarika Mudulli, Ajit Kumar Singh, Bharat Bhusan Subudhi, Soma Chattopadhyay
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus, which has created an alarming threat in the world due to unavailability of vaccine and antiviral compounds. The CHIKV nsP2 contains ATPase, RTPase, helicase and protease activities, whereas, nsP1 is a viral capping enzyme. In alphaviruses, the four non-structural proteins form the replication complex in the cytoplasm and this study characterizes the interaction between CHIKV nsP1 and nsP2. It was observed that, both the proteins co-localize in the cytoplasm and interact in the CHIKV infected cells by confocal microscopy and immunoprecipitation assay...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348616/fast-and-effective-mitochondrial-delivery-of-%C3%AF-rhodamine-b-polysulfobetaine-peg-copolymers
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Nobuyuki Morimoto, Riho Takei, Masaru Wakamura, Yoshifumi Oishi, Masafumi Nakayama, Makoto Suzuki, Masaya Yamamoto, Françoise M Winnik
Mitochondrial targeting and entry, two crucial steps in fighting severe diseases resulting from mitochondria dysfunction, pose important challenges in current nanomedicine. Cell-penetrating peptides or targeting groups, such as Rhodamine-B (Rho), are known to localize in mitochondria, but little is known on how to enhance their effectiveness through structural properties of polymeric carriers. To address this issue, we prepared 8 copolymers of 3-dimethyl(methacryloyloxyethyl)ammonium propane sulfonate and poly(ethyleneglycol) methacrylate, p(DMAPS-ran-PEGMA) (molecular weight, 18...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348580/the-epibiotic-life-of-the-cosmopolitan-diatom-fragilariopsis-doliolus-on-heterotrophic-ciliates-in-the-open-ocean
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Flora J Vincent, Sébastien Colin, Sarah Romac, Eleonora Scalco, Lucie Bittner, Yonara Garcia, Rubens M Lopes, John R Dolan, Adriana Zingone, Colomban de Vargas, Chris Bowler
Diatoms are a diverse and ecologically important group of phytoplankton. Although most species are considered free living, several are known to interact with other organisms within the plankton. Detailed imaging and molecular characterization of any such partnership is, however, limited, and an appraisal of the large-scale distribution and ecology of such consortia was never attempted. Here, observation of Tara Oceans samples from the Benguela Current led to the detection of an epibiotic association between a pennate diatom and a tintinnid ciliate...
January 18, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348575/quantitative-optical-nanophysiology-of-ca2-signaling-at-inner-hair-cell-active-zones
#17
Jakob Neef, Nicolai T Urban, Tzu-Lun Ohn, Thomas Frank, Philippe Jean, Stefan W Hell, Katrin I Willig, Tobias Moser
Ca2+ influx triggers the release of synaptic vesicles at the presynaptic active zone (AZ). A quantitative characterization of presynaptic Ca2+ signaling is critical for understanding synaptic transmission. However, this has remained challenging to establish at the required resolution. Here, we employ confocal and stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy to quantify the number (20-330) and arrangement (mostly linear 70 nm × 100-600 nm clusters) of Ca2+ channels at AZs of mouse cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348472/viral-highway-to-nucleus-exposed-by-image-correlation-analyses
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Elina Mäntylä, Jenu V Chacko, Vesa Aho, Colin R Parrish, Victor Shahin, Michael Kann, Michelle A Digman, Enrico Gratton, Maija Vihinen-Ranta
Parvoviral genome translocation from the plasma membrane into the nucleus is a coordinated multistep process mediated by capsid proteins. We used fast confocal microscopy line scan imaging combined with image correlation methods including auto-, pair- and cross-correlation, and number and brightness analysis, to study the parvovirus entry pathway at the single-particle level in living cells. Our results show that the endosome-associated movement of virus particles fluctuates from fast to slow. Fast transit of single cytoplasmic capsids to the nuclear envelope is followed by slow movement of capsids and fast diffusion of capsid fragments in the nucleoplasm...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347293/shear-banding-and-superdiffusivity-in-entangled-polymer-solutions
#19
Seunghwan Shin, Kevin D Dorfman, Xiang Cheng
Using high-resolution confocal rheometry, we study the shear profiles of well-entangled DNA solutions under large-amplitude oscillatory shear in a rectilinear planar shear cell. With increasing Weissenberg number (Wi), we observe successive transitions from normal Newtonian linear shear profiles to wall-slip dominant shear profiles and, finally, to shear-banding profiles at high Wi. To investigate the microscopic origin of the observed shear banding, we study the dynamics of micron-sized tracers embedded in DNA solutions...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346268/effect-of-novel-quercetin-titanium-dioxide-decorated-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-nanocomposite-on-bacillus-subtilis-biofilm-development
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Diana S Raie, Eisha Mhatre, Doaa S El-Desouki, Ahmed Labena, Gamal El-Ghannam, Laila A Farahat, Tareq Youssef, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ákos T Kovács
The present work was targeted to design a surface against cell seeding and adhering of bacteria, Bacillus subtilis. A multi-walled carbon nanotube/titanium dioxide nano-power was produced via simple mixing of carbon nanotube and titanium dioxide nanoparticles during the sol-gel process followed by heat treatment. Successfully, quercetin was immobilized on the nanocomposite via physical adsorption to form a quercetin/multi-walled carbon nanotube/titanium dioxide nanocomposite. The adhesion of bacteria on the coated-slides was verified after 24 h using confocal laser-scanning microscopy...
January 18, 2018: Materials
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