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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934354/synthesis-of-irregular-graphene-oxide-tubes-using-green-chemistry-and-their-potential-use-as-reinforcement-materials-for-biomedical-applications
#1
Ángel Serrano-Aroca, Sanjukta Deb
Micrometer length tubes of graphene oxide (GO) with irregular form were synthesised following facile and green metal complexation reactions. These materials were obtained by crosslinking of GO with calcium, zinc or strontium chlorides at three different temperatures (24, 34 and 55°C) using distilled water as solvent for the compounds and following a remarkably simple and low-cost synthetic method, which employs no hazardous substances and is conducted without consumption of thermal or sonic energy. These irregular continuous GO networks showed a very particular interconnected structure by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy-Disperse X-Ray Spectroscopy for elemental analysis and High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy with Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope Dark Field Imaging, and were analysed by Raman Spectroscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934222/endogenous-rgs14-is-a-cytoplasmic-nuclear-shuttling-protein-that-localizes-to-juxtanuclear-membranes-and-chromatin-rich-regions-of-the-nucleus
#2
Mary Rose Branch, John R Hepler
Regulator of G protein signaling 14 (RGS14) is a multifunctional scaffolding protein that integrates G protein and H-Ras/MAPkinase signaling pathways to regulate synaptic plasticity important for hippocampal learning and memory. However, to date, little is known about the subcellular distribution and roles of endogenous RGS14 in a neuronal cell line. Most of what is known about RGS14 cellular behavior is based on studies of tagged, recombinant RGS14 ectopically overexpressed in unnatural host cells. Here, we report for the first time a comprehensive assessment of the subcellular distribution and dynamic localization of endogenous RGS14 in rat B35 neuroblastoma cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934107/cultivar-and-metal-specific-effects-of-endophytic-bacteria-in-helianthus-tuberosus-exposed-to-cd-and-zn
#3
Blanca Montalbán, Sofie Thijs, Mª Carmen Lobo, Nele Weyens, Marcel Ameloot, Jaco Vangronsveld, Araceli Pérez-Sanz
Plant growth promoting endophytic bacteria (PGPB) isolated from Brassica napus were inoculated in two cultivars of Helianthus tuberosus (VR and D19) growing on sand supplemented with 0.1 mM Cd or 1 mM Zn. Plant growth, concentrations of metals and thiobarbituric acid (TBA) reactive compounds were determined. Colonization of roots of H. tuberosus D19 by Pseudomonas sp. 262 was evaluated using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Pseudomonas sp. 228, Serratia sp. 246 and Pseudomonas sp. 262 significantly enhanced growth of H...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933823/two-color-810-nm-sted-nanoscopy-of-living-cells-with-endogenous-snap-tagged-fusion-proteins
#4
Alexey N Butkevich, Haisen Ta, Michael Ratz, Stefan Stold, Stefan Jakobs, Vladimir N Belov, Stefan W Hell
A 810 nm STED nanoscopy setup and an appropriate combination of two fluorescent dyes (Si-rhodamine 680SiR and carbopyronine 610CP) have been developed for near-IR live-cell superresolution imaging. Vimentin endogenously tagged using the CRISPR/Cas9 approach with the SNAP-tag, together with a non-covalent tubulin label, provided reliable and cell-to-cell reproducible dual-color confocal and STED imaging of the cytoskeleton in living cells.
September 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933153/rapid-sequential-in-situ-multiplexing-with-dna-exchange-imaging-in-neuronal-cells-and-tissues
#5
Yu Wang, Johannes B Woehrstein, Noah Donoghue, Mingjie Dai, Maier S Avendano, Ron C J Schackmann, Jason Zoeller, Shan Shan H Wang, Paul W Tillberg, Demian Park, Sylvain W Lapan, Edward S Boyden, Joan S Brugge, Pascal S Kaeser, George Church, Sarit S Agasti, Ralf Jungmann, Peng Yin
To decipher the molecular mechanism of biological function, it is critical to map the molecular composition of individual cells or even more importantly tissue samples in the context of their biological environment in situ. Immunofluorescence (IF) provides specific labeling for molecular profiling. However, conventional IF methods have finite multiplexing capabilities due to spectral overlap of the fluorophores. Various sequential imaging methods have been developed to circumvent this spectral limit, but are not widely adopted due to the common limitation of requiring multi-rounds of slow (typically over 2 hours at room temperature to overnight at 4 °C in practice) immunostaining...
September 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932814/the-gut-commensal-microbiome-of-drosophila-melanogaster-is-modified-by-the-endosymbiont-wolbachia
#6
Rama K Simhadri, Eva M Fast, Rong Guo, Michaela J Schultz, Natalie Vaisman, Luis Ortiz, Joanna Bybee, Barton E Slatko, Horacio M Frydman
Endosymbiotic Wolbachia bacteria and the gut microbiome have independently been shown to affect several aspects of insect biology, including reproduction, development, life span, stem cell activity, and resistance to human pathogens, in insect vectors. This work shows that Wolbachia bacteria, which reside mainly in the fly germline, affect the microbial species present in the fly gut in a lab-reared strain. Drosophila melanogaster hosts two main genera of commensal bacteria-Acetobacter and Lactobacillus. Wolbachia-infected flies have significantly reduced titers of Acetobacter...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932568/needle-based-confocal-laser-endomicroscopy-in-the-diagnosis-of-peripheral-pulmonary-nodule-a-preliminary-report
#7
Zhuquan Su, Changhao Zhong, Shiyue Li, Xiaobo Chen, Yu Chen, Chunli Tang
Lung cancer is one of the most fatal cancers in the world. To early distinguish benign and malignant pulmonary nodule is critical for disease prognosis. Confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) can be used to explore bronchus mucous membrane, alveolar elastic fiber structures and microvessels, and could be helpful for the diagnostic imaging and for the localization guidance. In this report, we presented two cases of peripheral pulmonary nodule. Under the guidance of X-ray and endobronchial ultrasound, needle-based confocal laser endomicroscopy (nCLE) could directly approach the peripheral pulmonary nodule via an exploratory puncture needle...
August 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932188/is-there-evidence-for-myelin-modeling-by-astrocytes-in-the-normal-adult-brain
#8
Alfredo Varela-Echevarría, Víctor Vargas-Barroso, Carlos Lozano-Flores, Jorge Larriva-Sahd
A set of astrocytic process associated with altered myelinated axons is described in the forebrain of normal adult rodents with confocal, electron microscopy, and 3D reconstructions. Each process consists of a protuberance that contains secretory organelles including numerous lysosomes which polarize and open next to disrupted myelinated axons. Because of the distinctive asymmetric organelle distribution and ubiquity throughout the forebrain neuropil, this enlargement is named paraxial process (PAP). The myelin envelope contiguous to the PAP displays focal disruption or disintegration...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932171/the-role-of-ppar%C3%AE-and-autophagy-in-ros-production-lipid-droplets-biogenesis-and-its-involvement-with-colorectal-cancer-cells-modulation
#9
José Antonio Fagundes Assumpção, Kelly Grace Magalhães, José Raimundo Corrêa
BACKGROUND: In cancer cells, autophagy can act as both tumor suppressor, when autophagic event eliminates cellular contends which exceeds the cellular capacity of regenerate promoting cell death, and as a pro-survival agent removing defective organelles and proteins and helping well-established tumors to maintain an accelerated metabolic state while still dealing with harsh conditions, such as inflammation. Many pathways can coordinate the autophagic process and one of them involves the transcription factors called PPARs, which also regulate cellular differentiation, proliferation and survival...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931888/automatic-classification-of-cancerous-tissue-in-laserendomicroscopy-images-of-the-oral-cavity-using-deep-learning
#10
Marc Aubreville, Christian Knipfer, Nicolai Oetter, Christian Jaremenko, Erik Rodner, Joachim Denzler, Christopher Bohr, Helmut Neumann, Florian Stelzle, Andreas Maier
Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) is a common type of cancer of the oral epithelium. Despite their high impact on mortality, sufficient screening methods for early diagnosis of OSCC often lack accuracy and thus OSCCs are mostly diagnosed at a late stage. Early detection and accurate outline estimation of OSCCs would lead to a better curative outcome and a reduction in recurrence rates after surgical treatment. Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (CLE) records sub-surface micro-anatomical images for in vivo cell structure analysis...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931626/pacequant-a-tool-for-high-throughput-quantification-of-pavement-cell-shape-characteristics
#11
Birgit Möller, Yvonne Poeschl, Romina Plötner, Katharina Bürstenbinder
Pavement cells (PCs) are the most frequently occurring cell type in the leaf epidermis and play important roles in leaf growth and function. In many plant species, PCs form highly complex jigsaw puzzle shaped cells with interlocking lobes. Understanding of their development is of high interest for plant science research because of their importance for leaf growth and hence for plant fitness and crop yield. Studies of PC development, however, are limited because robust methods are lacking that enable automatic segmentation and quantification of PC shape parameters suitable to reflect their cellular complexity...
September 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930996/assessment-of-the-anticoagulant-and-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-endothelial-cells-using-3d-cell-culture-and-non-anticoagulated-whole-blood
#12
Riccardo Sfriso, Anjan Bongoni, Yara Banz, Nikolai Klymiuk, Eckhard Wolf, Robert Rieben
In vivo, endothelial cells are crucial for the natural anticoagulation of circulating blood. Consequently, endothelial cell activation leads to blood coagulation. This phenomenon is observed in many clinical situations, like organ transplantation in the presence of pre-formed anti-donor antibodies, including xenotransplantation, as well as in ischemia/reperfusion injury. In order to reduce animal experimentation according to the 3R standards (reduction, replacement and refinement), in vitro models to study the effect of endothelial cell activation on blood coagulation would be highly desirable...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930993/confocal-imaging-of-neuropeptide-y-phluorin-a-technique-to-visualize-insulin-granule-exocytosis-in-intact-murine-and-human-islets
#13
Madina Makhmutova, Tao Liang, Herbert Gaisano, Alejandro Caicedo, Joana Almaça
Insulin secretion plays a central role in glucose homeostasis under normal physiological conditions as well as in disease. Current approaches to study insulin granule exocytosis either use electrophysiology or microscopy coupled to the expression of fluorescent reporters. However most of these techniques have been optimized for clonal cell lines or require dissociating pancreatic islets. In contrast, the method presented here allows for real time visualization of insulin granule exocytosis in intact pancreatic islets...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930988/application-of-laser-micro-irradiation-for-examination-of-single-and-double-strand-break-repair-in-mammalian-cells
#14
Nathaniel W Holton, Joel F Andrews, Natalie R Gassman
Highly coordinated DNA repair pathways exist to detect, excise and replace damaged DNA bases, and coordinate repair of DNA strand breaks. While molecular biology techniques have clarified structure, enzymatic functions, and kinetics of repair proteins, there is still a need to understand how repair is coordinated within the nucleus. Laser micro-irradiation offers a powerful tool for inducing DNA damage and monitoring the recruitment of repair proteins. Induction of DNA damage by laser micro-irradiation can occur with a range of wavelengths, and users can reliably induce single strand breaks, base lesions and double strand breaks with a range of doses...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930980/immunostaining-for-dna-modifications-computational-analysis-of-confocal-images
#15
Ashley H Ramsawhook, Lara C Lewis, Maria Eleftheriou, Abdulkadir Abakir, Paulina Durczak, Robert Markus, Seema Rajani, Nicholas R F Hannan, Beth Coyle, Alexey Ruzov
For several decades, 5-methylcytosine (5mC) has been thought to be the only DNA modification with a functional significance in metazoans. The discovery of enzymatic oxidation of 5mC to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC) as well as detection of N6-methyladenine (6mA) in the DNA of multicellular organisms provided additional degrees of complexity to the epigenetic research. According to a growing body of experimental evidence, these novel DNA modifications may play specific roles in different cellular and developmental processes...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930832/early-central-and-peripheral-corneal-microstructural-changes-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-identified-using-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy-a-case-control-study
#16
Jing-Hao Qu, Lei Tian, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Xu-Guang Sun
The aim of this study was to find early central and peripheral corneal microstructural changes in healthy subjects and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients with/without cornea fluorescein dot staining.This is a prospective case-control study of T2DM patients with/without cornea fluorescein dot staining. Age, sex, duration of diabetes, and serum glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels were recorded. Keratograph 5 M (K5 M) and in vivo confocal microscopy were performed on all subjects. The cornea was divided into 5 zones: central, superior, temporal, nasal, and inferior...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930794/clinical-and-confocal-microscopy-study-of-plasma-exeresis-for-nonsurgical-blepharoplasty-of-the-upper-eyelid-a-pilot-study
#17
Elena Rossi, Francesca Farnetani, Myrto Trakatelli, Silvana Ciardo, Giovanni Pellacani
BACKGROUND: Plasma exeresis is an evolving technique for nonsurgical treatment of several skin conditions. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) is a noninvasive tool that allows the "in vivo" imaging of the skin. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical improvement and collagen remodeling of the upper eyelid dermatochalasis after plasma exeresis. METHODS: Ten patients were subjected to 3 interventions of plasma exeresis. Photographic and RCM images were acquired at T0 (baseline) and T1 (4-6 weeks after final plasma exeresis)...
September 19, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930633/controlled-orientation-of-droplets-in-ellipsoid-filled-polymeric-emulsions-by-particle-parameters-and-flow-conditions
#18
Chaoying Mao, Yajiang Huang, Junlong Yang, Miqiu Kong, Yuan Wang, Qi Yang, Guangxian Li
The effect of particle parameters (aspect ratio, AR, and concentration) and flow conditions (gap spacing and shear rate) on droplet orientation deformation behavior in polystyrene (PS) particle-filled binary polymeric emulsions is investigated by using rheo-optical technique and confocal microscopy. Interesting vorticity orientation behavior is achieved by tailoring experimental conditions to gain rigid anisotropic droplets during slow confined shear flow. PS ellipsoids with high AR are found to reside both at the fluid interface in a monolayer side-on state and inside droplets, leading to the formation of rigid anisotropic droplets due to interfacial/bulk jamming effect at appropriate particle concentrations...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930631/direct-evidence-of-intrinsic-blue-fluorescence-from-oligomeric-interfaces-of-human-serum-albumin
#19
Arpan Bhattacharya, Soumitra Bhowmik, Amit K Singh, Prashant Kodgire, Apurba K Das, Tushar Kanti Mukherjee
The molecular origin behind the concentration-dependent intrinsic blue fluorescence of human serum albumin (HSA) is not known yet. This unusual blue fluorescence is believed to be a characteristic feature of amyloid-like fibrils of protein/peptide and originates due to the delocalization of peptide bond electrons through the extended hydrogen bond networks of cross--sheet structure. Herein, by combining the results of spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, native gel electrophoresis and confocal microscopy, we have shown that the intrinsic blue fluorescence of HSA exclusively originates from oligomeric interfaces devoid of any amyloid-like fibrillar structure...
September 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930178/diagnostic-value-of-endotracheal-aspirates-sonication-on-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-microbiologic-diagnosis
#20
Laia Fernández-Barat, Ana Motos, Otavio T Ranzani, Gianluigi Li Bassi, Elisabet Aguilera Xiol, Tarek Senussi, Chiara Travierso, Chiara Chiurazzi, Francesco Idone, Laura Muñoz, Jordi Vila, Miquel Ferrer, Paolo Pelosi, Francesco Blasi, Massimo Antonelli, Antoni Torres
Microorganisms are able to form biofilms within respiratory secretions. Methods to disaggregate such biofilms before utilizing standard, rapid, or high throughput diagnostic technologies may aid in pathogen detection during ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) diagnosis. Our aim was to determine if sonication of endotracheal aspirates (ETA) would increase the sensitivity of qualitative, semi-quantitative, and quantitative bacterial cultures in an animal model of pneumonia caused by Pseudomonasaeruginosa or by methicillin resistant Staphylococcusaureus (MRSA)...
September 20, 2017: Microorganisms
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