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Chiara Tersigni, Fiorella Di Nicuolo, Giuseppe Maulucci, Alessandro Rolfo, Domenica Giuffrida, Manuela Veglia, Marco De Spirito, Giovanni Scambia, Tullia Todros, Nicoletta Di Simone
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is defined by new onset of hypertension and proteinuria after the 20th week of gestation and characterized by systemic exaggerated inflammatory response. D6 is a chemokines scavenger receptor that binds with high affinity CC chemokines, internalizes and targets the ligands for degradation. It is expressed in trophoblast-derived tissues and prevents excessive placenta leukocyte infiltration...
2016: PloS One
Petra D Cravens, Rehana Z Hussain, William A Miller-Little, Li-Hong Ben, Benjamin M Segal, Emily Herndon, Olaf Stüve
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 are heterodimers that share the p40 subunit, and both cytokines are critical in the differentiation of T helper (Th)1 and Th17 cells, respectively. Th1 and Th17 effector cells have been implicated in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), an animal model of the human central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune demyelinating disorder multiple sclerosis (MS). However, ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) against p40 failed to show efficacy over placebo in a phase II clinical trial in patients with MS...
2016: PloS One
Chi F Hung, Yu-Hua Chow, W Conrad Liles, William A Altemeier, Lynn M Schnapp
: We previously demonstrated that FoxD1-derived cells in the lung are enriched in pericyte-like cells in mouse lung. These cells express the common pericyte markers and are located adjacent to endothelial cells. In this study we demonstrate the feasibility of administering diphtheria toxin (DT) by oropharyngeal aspiration as an approach to ablate FoxD1-derived cells. METHOD: We crossed mice expressing Cre-recombinase under the FoxD1 promoter to Rosa26-loxP-STOP-loxP-iDTR mice and generated a bitransgenic line (FoxD1-Cre;Rs26-iDTR) where FoxD1-derived cells heritably express iDTR and are sensitive to DT...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
S M Shah, J P Crawshaw, E S Boek
In the last decade, imaging techniques capable of reconstructing three-dimensional (3-D) pore-scale model have played a pivotal role in the study of fluid flow through complex porous media. In this study, we present advances in the application of confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) to image, reconstruct and characterize complex porous geological materials with hydrocarbon reservoir and CO2 storage potential. CLSM has a unique capability of producing 3-D thin optical sections of a material, with a wide field of view and submicron resolution in the lateral and axial planes...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
Xi Chen, Qi Li, Xiao-Xi Kan, Ya-Jie Wang, Yu-Jie Li, Qing Yang, Hong-Bin Xiao, Ying Chen, Xiao-Gang Weng, Wei-Yan Cai, Xiao-Xin Zhu
Metastasis of breast cancer is the vital step for malignant progression. During such a process, hematogenous metastasis is an indispensable approach for the dissemination of cancer cells. A platelet, contributes to hypercoagulable state, and is also identified the crucial factor in the coagulation system for supporting metastasis. Therefore, the relationship of a platelet and a tumor cell plays a critical role in tumor cell metastasis. Consequently, inhibiting tumor cell‑induced platelet aggregation (TCIPA) is recongnized as a crucial target on suppression of tumor metastasis such as aspirin (ASA)...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Lloyd Hamilton, Katy R Astell, Gergana Velikova, Dirk Sieger
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most common and deadliest form of brain cancer. Glioblastomas are infiltrated by a high number of microglia, which promote tumor growth and surrounding tissue invasion. However, it is unclear how microglia and glioma cells physically interact and if there are differences, depending on glioma cell type. Hence, we have developed a novel live imaging assay to study microglia-glioma interactions in vivo in the zebrafish brain. We transplanted well-established human glioblastoma cell lines, U87 and U251, into transgenic zebrafish lines with labelled macrophages/microglia...
October 25, 2016: Zebrafish
Pengfei Zhang, Mary E Phipps, Peter M Goodwin, James H Werner
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October 1, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Hui Zhao, Jing-Yao Chen, Yu-Qian Wang, Zhi-Rong Lin, Shen Wang
BACKGROUND: Dry eye patients suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Sometimes, the clinical signs evaluation does not disclose any obvious difference in routine examination; in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) is a powerful tool for ocular surface disease. This study aimed to clarify meibomian gland (MG) alterations in dry eye patients with different symptoms and to compare the findings using IVCM. METHODS: A total of sixty patients were recruited, all subjected to Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) and Salisbury Eye Evaluation Questionnaire (SEEQ), and questionnaires for the assessment of dry eye symptoms before clinical sign examinations were given to the patients...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Long Liang, Christopher Jones, Shaohua Chen, Bo Sun, Yang Jiao
Collagen networks play an important role in coordinating and regulating collective cellular dynamics via a number of signaling pathways. Here, we investigate the transmission of forces generated by contractile cells in 3D collagen-I networks. Specifically, the graph (bond-node) representations of collagen networks with collagen concentrations of 1, 2 and 4 mg ml(-1) are derived from confocal microscopy data and used to model the network microstructure. Cell contraction is modeled by applying correlated displacements at specific nodes of the network, representing the focal adhesion sites...
October 25, 2016: Physical Biology
Kanishka Senarath, Kasun Ratnayake, Praneeth Siripurapu, John L Payton, Ajith Karunarathne
Current assays to measure the activation of G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) and G proteins are time consuming, indirect and expensive. Therefore, an efficient method which directly measures the ability of a ligand to govern GPCR-G protein interactions can help understand the molecular underpinnings of the associated signaling. A live cell imaging based approach is presented here to directly measure ligand-induced GPCR and G protein activity in real time. The number of active GPCRs governs G protein heterotrimer (αβγ) dissociation, thereby controlling the concentration of free βγ subunits...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Simin Zhang, Yanmei Zheng, Shengyan Yin, Jingzhi Sun, Bao Li, Lixin Wu
In this study, a uniform complex dual micelle bearing gadolinium substituted polyoxometalate core, hydrophobic middle, and biocompatible organic shell, which exhibited a uniform size and definite molecular weight and chemical composition, was constructed for fluorescent and magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent, via a simple two-step preparation. A paramagnetic polyoxometalate cluster K13[Gd(β2-SiW11O39)2] was firstly encapsulated with a cationic dendron in 3-generation (D-3) bearing triethylene glycol monomethyl ether terminal groups through ionic substitution...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jing-Man Xu, Jin-Kun Xi, Zhe-Long Xu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of zinc deficiency on cardiomyocyte survival and the underlying mechanisms. Simulated zinc deficiency model was developed in H9c2 cardiac cells with zinc chelator N, N, N', N'-tetrakis (2-pyridylmethyl) ethylenediamine (TPEN). MTT assay was used to evaluate cell viability. Morphological changes of the cells were observed by optical microscope. Lacate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels of the cells were determined with LDH assay kit. Mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ) was measured with confocal microscope using JC-1 dye...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Sgb Furness, D L Hare, A Kourakis, A M Turnley, P J Wookey
We have discovered that the accumulation of an anti-calcitonin receptor (anti-CTR) antibody conjugated to a fluorophore (mAb2C4:AF568) provides a robust signal for cells undergoing apoptotic programmed cell death (PCD). PCD is an absolute requirement for normal development of metazoan organisms. PCD is a hallmark of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and tissue rejection in graft versus host pathologies, and chemotherapeutics work by increasing PCD. This robust signal or high fluorescent events were verified by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry in several cell lines and a primary culture in which PCD had been induced...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Alexander Rebl, Henrike Rebl, Judith M Köbis, Tom Goldammer, Hans-Martin Seyfert
The mammalian interleukin 1 receptor-like 1 receptor (IL1RL1), commonly known as ST2, is thought to downregulate TLR signalling by sequestering the signalling adapter MYD88 (myeloid differentiation primary response protein 88). ST2 sequences are known in several fish species, but none of them have functionally been examined. We characterised ST2 from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the structure of its encoding gene. The primary sequence of ST2 is only weakly conserved from fish to human. However, the amino acid sequences forming the interfaces for ST2 and MYD88 interaction are well conserved throughout evolution...
October 21, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Rafaela Fernandes Zancan, Rodrigo Ricci Vivan, Marcelo Ribeiro Milanda Lopes, Paulo Henrique Weckwerth, Flaviana Bombarda de Andrade, José Burgos Ponce, Marco Antonio Hungaro Duarte
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the pH, calcium release, solubility, and antimicrobial action against biofilms of calcium hydroxide + saline solution, Calen (SS White Artigos Dentários Ltd, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (CH/P), Calen camphorated paramonochlorophenol (CMCP) (CH/CMPC), and calcium hydroxide + chlorhexidine (CH/CHX) pastes. METHODS: The pH of the pastes was determined with a calibrated pH meter placed in direct contact with each paste...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
Satyabrata Pany, Youngki You, Joydip Das
Curcumin is a polyphenolic nutraceutical that acts on multiple biological targets, including protein kinase C (PKC). PKC is a family of serine-threonine kinases central to intracellular signal transduction. We have recently shown that curcumin selectively inhibits PKCα, but not PKCε in CHO-K1 cells (Pany, S. (2016) Biochemistry 55, 2135-43). To understand which domain(s) of PKCα is/are responsible for curcumin binding and inhibitory activity, we made several domain-swapped mutants in which the C1 (combination of C1A and C1B) and C2 domains are swapped between PKCα and PKCε...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Talita B Gontijo, Rossimiriam P de Freitas, Guilherme F de Lima, Lucas C D de Rezende, Leandro F Pedrosa, Thaissa L Silva, Marilia O F Goulart, Bruno C Cavalcanti, Claudia Pessoa, Marina P Bruno, José R Corrêa, Flavio S Emery, Eufrânio N da Silva Júnior
For the first time, a fluorescent lapachone-based BODIPY was synthesised and characterised by NMR and mass spectrometry. Computational and electrochemical aspects, as well as cytotoxic activity and subcellular localisation, were studied. Confocal microscopy experiments indicated that the probe was a specific mitochondria-staining agent. These in-detail analyses were useful in understanding the cytotoxic effects and mechanism of action of this novel hybrid compound. This molecule constitutes a promising prototype owing to its potential biological activities and the new strategies aimed at mechanistic investigations in cells and in vivo, and opens up an interesting avenue of research...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Beata Borowiak-Sobkowiak, Agnieszka Woźniak, Waldemar Bednarski, Magda Formela, Sławomir Samardakiewicz, Iwona Morkunas
The aim of this study was to investigate whether and to what extent oxidative stress is induced in leaves of one- and two-month-old plants of Asparagus officinalis L. cv. Argenteuil infested by Brachycorynella asparagi (Mordvilko) at a varied population size. The pest B. asparagi has been described as the most damaging species feeding on asparagus. Analyses using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) demonstrated generally higher concentrations of semiquinone radicals with g-values of 2.0045 ± 0.0005 and 2...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Vera L Tunitskaya, Olesja V Eliseeva, Vladimir T Valuev-Elliston, Daria A Tyurina, Natalia F Zakirova, Olga A Khomich, Martins Kalis, Oleg E Latyshev, Elizaveta S Starodubova, Olga N Ivanova, Sergey N Kochetkov, Maria G Isaguliants, Alexander V Ivanov
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a viroid-like blood-borne human pathogen that accompanies hepatitis B virus infection in 5% patients. HDV has been studied for four decades; however, the knowledge on its life-cycle and pathogenesis is still sparse. The studies are hampered by the absence of the commercially-available HDV-specific antibodies. Here, we describe a set of reproducible methods for the expression in E. coli of His-tagged small antigen of HDV (S-HDAg), its purification, and production of polyclonal anti-S-HDAg antibodies in rabbits...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Michele Lanza, Stefania Iaccarino, Gilda Varricchi, Tito D'Errico, Ugo Antonello Gironi Carnevale, Mario Bifani
PURPOSE: To evaluate light backscattering (LB) in corneal layers in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome dry eye (SSDE) utilizing in vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCM) and to determine the eventual association with the lacrimal functional test values. METHODS: A complete ophthalmic evaluation, Schirmer test with and without stimulation, break-up time (BUT) and IVCM were performed on 55 patients affected by SSDE and in an age- and sex-matched cohort of healthy participants (HP)...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
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