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Xiaonan Zhang, Quentin Gaudry
Here, a new technique termed Tetrotoxin (TTX) Engineered Resistance for Probing Synapses (TERPS) is applied to test for monosynaptic connections between target neurons. The method relies on co-expression of a transgenic activator with the tetrodotoxin-resistant sodium channel, NaChBac, in a specific presynaptic neuron. Connections with putative post-synaptic partners are determined by whole-cell recordings in the presence of TTX, which blocks electrical activity in neurons that do not express NaChBac. This approach can be modified to work with any activator or calcium imaging as a reporter of connections...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Le Kang, Mingsan Miao, Ming Bai, Shuo Tian
Objective: To study the protective effect of total flavonoid in rabdosia rubescens on BIT model by brain ischemic tolerance (hereinafter BIT) model of mice. Method: BIT model is used to block bilateral common carotid arteries and to copy BIT model of mice. After 10 min of transient ischemia for rats in preconditioning group, the mice in the nimodipine group and naoluotong capsule group were given the total flavonoid in rabdosia rubescens (300 mg/kg, 150 mg/kg, 75 mg/kg) for gavage, sham operation group, ischemia/reperfusion injury (hereinafter IRI) group and BIT group were fed with the same volume of 0...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Pierpaolo Cerullo, Paola Brancaccio, Serenella Anzilotti, Antonio Vinciguerra, Ornella Cuomo, Ferdinando Fiorino, Beatrice Severino, Paola Di Vaio, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato, Giuseppe Pignataro
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HI) accounts for the majority of developmental, motor and cognitive deficits in children, leading to life-long neurological impairments. Since the plasmamembrane sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) plays a fundamental role in maintaining ionic homeostasis during adult brain ischemia, in the present work we aimed to demonstrate (1)the involvement of NCX in the pathophysiology of neonatal HI and (2)a possible NCX-based pharmacological intervention. HI was induced in neonatal mice at postnatal day 7(P7) by unilateral cut of the right common carotid artery, followed by 60 min exposure to 8%O2 ...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Ping Jin, Caiyun Lv, Shuangli Peng, Lu Cai, Jiu Zhu, Fei Ma
The COMMD (COpper Metabolism gene MURR1 Domain) gene family with ten members participates in various biological processes, such as the regulation of copper and sodium transport, NF-κB activity and cell cycle progression. However, studies on the COMMD gene family in amphioxus (Branchiostoma belcheri) are yet largely unknown. In this study, we have identified and characterized the ten COMMD family members from amphioxus (designated as AmphiCOMMDs). Firstly, we clone the full length of AmphiCOMMDs, and all AmphiCOMMD proteins contain the conserved COMM domain with two NES (Nuclear Export Signal) motifs...
March 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Szu-Yuan Wu, Nam-Nhut Phan, Shih-Hsin Ho, Yu-Heng Lai, Tsai Chih-Hung, Yang Chung-Han, Kuan-Lun Li, Hang-Gan Yu, Jung-Chieh Wang, Pung-Ling Huang, Yen-Chang Lin
CONTEXT: Arsenic poisoning commonly occurs through exposure to water contaminated with arsenic and causes long-term symptoms. Of all the arsenic derivatives, arsenite is the one of the most toxic compounds. However, the toxicity of arsenite during developmental stages is still unclear. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we performed a metabolomic analysis of arsenite responses in embryonic zebrafish. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Embryonic zebrafish were used as an animal model in this study...
March 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Chenke Xu, Wei Wang, Jin Zhong, Fan Lei, Naihan Xu, Yaou Zhang, Weidong Xie
Canagliflozin (CAN) regulates intracellular glucose metabolism by targeting sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) and intracellular glucose metabolism affects inflammation. In this study, we hypothesized that CAN might exert anti-inflammatory effects. The anti-inflammatory effects and action mechanisms of CAN were assayed in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264.7 and THP-1 cells and NIH mice. Results showed that CAN significantly inhibited the production and release of interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6, or tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in the LPS-induced RAW264...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Cisem Sucu, Gulen Yildiz Turp
The objective of this study was to examine the effects of reformulation of Turkish dry fermented beef sausage (sucuk) by replacing nitrite with beetroot powder (BP), which has high nitrate content, on some quality characteristics of the product during storage at 4 °C for 84 days. Four different sausage formulations were produced containing C:150 mg/kg sodium nitrite; BS1:100 mg/kg sodium nitrite and 0.12% BP; BS2:50 mg/kg sodium nitrite and 0.24% BP and BS3: 0.35% BP. The inclusion of BP increased a* value of samples and resulted in the protection of the desired red color during storage...
March 15, 2018: Meat Science
Geeta Kumari Wasupalli, Devendra Verma
We report here the self-assembled structures of polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) of polyanionic sodium alginate with the polycationic chitosan at room temperature. The PECs prepared at different pH values exhibited two distinct morphologies. The chitosan-alginate PECs self-assembled into the fibrous structure in a low pH range of pH 3 to 7. The PECs obtained at high pH series around pH 8 and above resulted in the formation of colloidal nanoparticles in the range of 120 ± 9.48 nm to 46.02 ± 16...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Magdalena Martinez-Losa, Tara E Tracy, Keran Ma, Laure Verret, Alexandra Clemente-Perez, Abdullah S Khan, Inma Cobos, Kaitlyn Ho, Li Gan, Lennart Mucke, Manuel Alvarez-Dolado, Jorge J Palop
Inhibitory interneurons regulate the oscillatory rhythms and network synchrony that are required for cognitive functions and disrupted in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Network dysrhythmias in AD and multiple neuropsychiatric disorders are associated with hypofunction of Nav1.1, a voltage-gated sodium channel subunit predominantly expressed in interneurons. We show that Nav1.1-overexpressing, but not wild-type, interneuron transplants derived from the embryonic medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) enhance behavior-dependent gamma oscillatory activity, reduce network hypersynchrony, and improve cognitive functions in human amyloid precursor protein (hAPP)-transgenic mice, which simulate key aspects of AD...
March 15, 2018: Neuron
Bianca Medeiros Maran, Laína Vochikovski, Diego Rafael de Andrade Hortkoff, Rodrigo Stanislawczuk, Alessandro D Loguercio, Alessandra Reis
OBJECTIVES: Desensitizing agents are usually included in the composition of bleaching agents to reduce bleaching-induced tooth sensitivity (TS). This randomized clinical trial (RCT) evaluated the risk and intensity of TS and color change after at-home bleaching with a desensitizing-containing (3% potassium nitrate and 0.2% sodium fluoride) and desensitizing-free 10% carbamide peroxide (CP) gel (Whiteness Perfect, FGM). METHODS: A triple-blind, within-person RCT was conducted on 60 caries-free adult patients...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Atsushi Hirano, Kazuki Iwashita, Shun Sakuraba, Kentaro Shiraki, Tsutomu Arakawa, Tomoshi Kameda
Ion-exchange chromatography and multimodal ion-exchange chromatography are widely used for the separation of small molecules, peptides and proteins. Salts generally attenuate the electrostatic interactions between charged moieties of solutes and those of resins through electrostatic screening. However, little is known about how salts affect the interaction between the uncharged moieties of the solutes, such as aromatic moieties, and the charged moieties of the resins. In this study, we used alkyl gallates as model aromatic solutes to investigate the interaction mechanism of aromatic moieties with multimodal and conventional ion-exchange resins...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Xueting Liu, Liping Zeng, Zhongqiu Zhao, Yang Xie, Shan Wang, Junyan Zhang, Ying He, Zehong Zou, Jianguo Zhang, Ailin Tao
Staphylococcal enterotoxin A is well known as a superantigen and able to be used for cancer immunotherapy. In this study, recombinant Staphylococcal enterotoxin A was genetically conjugated to epidermal growth factor to produce a chimeric protein recombinant Staphylococcal enterotoxin A-epidermal growth factor expressed in Escherichia coli. The recombinant Staphylococcal enterotoxin A-epidermal growth factor protein was purified using Strep-Tactin affinity chromatography and Endotoxin Removal Resin and identified by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electropheresis and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis...
January 1, 2018: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
Soyoung Yeo, Hee Sung Shin, Hye Won Lee, Doseon Hong, Hyunjoon Park, Wilhelm Holzapfel, Eun Bae Kim, Chul Sung Huh
Beneficial effects of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have been intensively investigated in recent decades with special focus on modulation of the host intestinal microbiota. Numerous discoveries of effective probiotics are driven by a significantly increasing demand for dietary supplements. Consequently, technological advances in the large-scale production and lyophilization are needed by probiotic-related industries for producing probiotic LAB for commercial use. Our study had a dual objective, i.e., to determine the optimum growth medium composition and to investigate appropriate cryoprotective additives (CPAs) for Lactobacillus salivarius , and compare its responses with other Lactobacillus species...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Dong Li, Xiaolei Guo, Haoran Song, Tianyi Sun, Jiafeng Wan
Graphite-like material is widely used for preparing various electrodes for wastewater treatment. To enhance the electrochemical degradation efficiency of Nano-graphite (Nano-G) anode, RuO2 -TiO2 /Nano-G composite anode was prepared through the sol-gel method and hot-press technology. RuO2 -TiO2 /Nano-G composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption. Results showed that RuO2 , TiO2 and Nano-G were composited successfully, and RuO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles were distributed uniformly on the surface of Nano-G sheet...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Leila Dehestani, Nematollah Ahangar, Seyedeh Mahdieh Hashemi, Hamid Irannejad, Patrick Honarchian Masihi, Aidin Shakiba, Saeed Emami
A series of phenacyl triazole hydrazones 3 have been designed based on the hybridization of (arylalkly)triazole and aroyl hydrazone scaffolds as new anticonvulsant agents. The target compounds 3 were easily synthesized from appropriate phenacyl triazoles and aryl acid hydrazides and characterized by IR, NMR and Mass spectroscopy. The in vivo anticonvulsant evaluation of synthesized compounds by using MES and PTZ tests revealed that they are more effective in MES model respect to PTZ test. All compounds showed 33-100% protection against MES-induced seizures at the dose of 100 mg/kg...
March 7, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
Huichen Li, Ye Liang, Xiaofeng Lai, Weidong Wang, Jiang Zhang, Suning Chen
Fbw7 is a type of E3 ubiquitin ligase that targets various proteins for degradation and has been found to have a high expression level in progenitor cells. Deletion of Fbw7 in the intestine results in the accumulation of progenitor cells. Moreover, Fbw7 loss increases the susceptibility of colorectal cancer. However, the involvement of Fbw7 in the progress and development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is still controversial. To identify the function of Fbw7 on dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colonic inflammation, we generated Fbw7ΔG mice, lacking Fbw7 specifically in intestinal epithelium...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Hong Jun Park, Jiye Kim, Fatema Tuj Saima, Ki-Jong Rhee, Soonjae Hwang, Moon Young Kim, Soon Koo Baik, Young Woo Eom, Hyun-Soo Kim
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an idiopathic disease caused by a dysregulated immune response to intestinal microbes in an individual with a genetic predisposition. Therefore, alleviation of inflammation is very important to treat IBD. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been highlighted as new candidates for treating autoimmune disease based on their immunomodulatory properties. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory mechanism and therapeutic effects of adipose tissue-derived MSCs (ASCs) using THP-1 macrophages and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mice with chronic colitis...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Masoud Erfani, Vahid Javanbakht
In this study, the removal of Methylene Blue dye was investigated by biocomposite beads synthesized from sodium alginate and wastes of oil extraction from almond peanut. Prepared biocomposite was characterized using X-ray diffraction, Infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-Ray analysis. The adsorption capacities of Methylene Blue were investigated with respect to the effect of the adsorbent amount, pH value, and initial dye concentration. The kinetic adsorption data were analyzed by the pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, Elovich, and intra-particle diffusion kinetic models...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
K Jena, J P Pandey, Ruchi Kumari, A K Sinha, V P Gupta, G P Singh
The present study, investigates the properties of sericin extracted from tasar silk fiber waste (TSFW). Separation of residual sericin from TSFW was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The molecular weight distribution of sericin was examined by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The results suggested that TSFW sericin represented a family of proteins with wide-ranging molecular weight distribution (11-245 kDa). Structural determination by FTIR revealed the presence of both α-helical and β-sheet structures...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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