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Ines Marek, Robert Becker, Fabian B Fahlbusch, Carlos Menendez-Castro, Wolfgang Rascher, Christoph Daniel, Gudrun Volkert, Andrea Hartner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Healing of mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis involves degradation of excess extracellular matrix, resolution of hypercellularity by apoptosis and phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. Integrin receptors participate in the regulation of phagocytosis. In mice deficient for alpha8 integrin (Itga8-/-) healing of glomerulonephritis is delayed. As Itga8 is abundant in mesangial cells (MC) which are non-professional phagocytes, we hypothesized that Itga8 facilitates phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and matrix components by MC...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Ni Zhu, Bing Yi, Zhifu Guo, Guanxin Zhang, Shengdong Huang, Yongwen Qin, Xianxian Zhao, Jianxin Sun
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pim-1 is a serine/threonine kinase that is highly expressed in the heart, and exerts potent cardiac protective effects through enhancing survival, proliferation, and regeneration of cardiomyocytes. Its myocardial specific substrates, however, remain unknown. In the present study, we aim to investigate whether Pim-1 modulates myofilament activity through phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), a key component in regulating myofilament function in the heart. METHODS: Coimmunoprecipitation and immunofluorescent assays were employed to investigate the interaction of Pim-1 with cTnI in cardiomyocytes...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jinyu Wang, Haitao Zhang, Mohammed Al Shibar, Belinda Willard, Alo Ray, Kurt W Runge
Telomeres, the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, consist of repetitive DNA sequences and their bound proteins that protect the end from the DNA damage response. Short telomeres with fewer repeats are preferentially elongated by telomerase. Tel1, the yeast homolog of human ATM kinase, is preferentially recruited to short telomeres and Tel1 kinase activity is required for telomere elongation. Rif1, a telomere-binding protein, negatively regulates telomere length by forming a complex with two other telomere binding proteins, Rap1 and Rif2, to block telomerase recruitment...
March 7, 2018: DNA Repair
Jozef Kováčik, Sławomir Dresler, Petr Babula
Short-term (24 h) responses of Cladonia arbuscula subsp. mitis (formerly known as Cladina and this name is used to distinguish the tested species) and Cladonia furcata to nickel (Ni2+ ) excess (10 or 100 μM) were compared. Cladonia accumulated more Ni at higher Ni dose (1.717 mg total Ni/g DW), K amount was unaffected and Ca amount decreased in Cladina only. Fluorescence microscopy detection of total/general ROS and hydrogen peroxide showed Ni-stimulated increase in both species being more pronounced in Cladonia and in mycobiont partner mainly...
March 6, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Yanping Chen, Yingjun Chi, Qingchang Meng, Xiaolin Wang, Deyue Yu
In plants, various proteins are regulated by the ubiquitin-mediated system in response to different environmental stresses, such as drought, cold and heat. The Skp1-Cullin-F-box (SCF) complex, one of the multisubunit E3 ligases, has been shown to be involved in abiotic response pathways. In this study, Glycine max SKP1-like 1 (GmSK1), which had the typical characteristics of an SKP1 protein, with an alpha/beta structure, targeted to the cytoplasm and nucleus, was isolated from soybean [Glycine max (L.)]. GmSK1 was constitutively expressed in all the tested tissues, especially in the roots...
March 7, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Naif O Al-Harbi, Ahmed Nadeem, Sheikh F Ahmad, Moureq R Alotaibi, Abdullah F AlAsmari, Wael A Alanazi, Mohammad M Al-Harbi, Ahmad M El-Sherbeeny, Khalid E Ibrahim
Sepsis affects millions of people worldwide and is associated with acute kidney injury (AKI). Innate and adaptive immune cells have been shown to play an important role in AKI through release of various inflammatory mediators which include reactive oxidant species (ROS). Acetate, a short chain fatty acid produced by gut bacteria has anti-inflammatory properties and has also been shown to modulate oxidative stress in different immune cells. Effects of acetate have been shown to be both GPR43 dependent and independent in different cells/tissues...
March 12, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Yuichi Goto, Yoshihiro Uchino, Shin Sasaki, Nobuhisa Shirahama, Yoriko Nomura, Jun Akiba, Hiroto Ishikawa, Yoshito Akagi, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Koji Okuda
INTRODUCTION: We report a rare case of complete spontaneous necrosis of a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) accompanied by portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT), as confirmed by resection. CASE PRESENTATION: A 64-year-old man was referred to our hospital for suspected HCC. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) findings before admission revealed a 53-mm tumor in the posterior segment of the liver and were suspicious for PVTT in the right posterior PV. Both alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and proteins induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKA-II) were elevated at 17,562 ng/mL and 153 mAU/mL, respectively...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Irena Branyikova, Monika Filipenska, Katerina Urbanova, Marek C Ruzicka, Martin Pivokonsky, Tomas Branyik
Alkaline flocculation has been studied due to its potential as a low-cost harvesting method for microalgae. However, surface properties (zeta potential, contact angles) as inputs into physicochemical interaction models have not yet been applied systematically. In this work, forced alkaline flocculation of the freshwater microalgae Chlorella vulgaris induced by calcium phosphate precipitates was studied as a model system. Response surface methodology was used to quantify the effect of independent variables (concentration of Ca2+ (0...
March 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Michela Balconi, Laura Gatti, Maria Elide Vanutelli
Cooperation behavior is a core question of study on social neuroscience. In the present study, inter-brain functional connectivity and cognitive performance were considered during joint which was failing. The cognitive performance and the EEG (brain oscillations from delta to beta) underlying the execution of joint-actions were recorded when dyads of participants executed synchronicity game and received reinforcing negative feedbacks A pre-feedback condition (cooperation) and a control condition (individual task, T0) were provided as well as a check for possible learning effect (time series analysis)...
March 12, 2018: Consciousness and Cognition
Alexander Gluschko, Marc Herb, Katja Wiegmann, Oleg Krut, Wolfram F Neiss, Olaf Utermöhlen, Martin Krönke, Michael Schramm
The intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes (L.m.) is targeted by the autophagic machinery, but the molecular mechanisms involved and consequences for anti-listerial immunity remain enigmatic. Here, we demonstrate that L.m. infection of macrophages in vivo exclusively evokes LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP), but not canonical autophagy, and that targeting of L.m. by LAP is required for anti-listerial immunity. The pathway leading to LAP induction in response to L.m. infection emanates from the β2 integrin Mac-1 (CR3, integrin αM β2 ), a receptor recognizing diverse microbial ligands...
March 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
Rudi Beyaert, Claude Libert
In this issue of Cell Host & Microbe, Wilmore et al. (2018) co-housed isogenic mouse populations, uncovering commensal bacteria-induced serum IgA and IgA-producing bone marrow plasma cells as critical components of resistance against sepsis. They further identified gut microbial taxa that may account for the induction of this protective system.
March 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
Guo-Ying Sun, Hui-Hui Yang, Xin-Xin Guan, Wen-Jing Zhong, Yong-Ping Liu, Ming-Yuan Du, Xiao-Qin Luo, Yong Zhou, Cha-Xiang Guan
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is one of the most abundant neuropeptides in the lungs with various biological characters. We have reported that VIP inhibited the expressions of TREM-1 and IL-17A, which are involved in the initiation and amplification of inflammation in acute lung injury (ALI). However, the overall effect of VIP on ALI remains unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic effect of VIP mediated by lentivirus (Lenti-VIP) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine ALI. We found that the expression of intrapulmonary VIP peaked at day7 after the intratracheal injection of Lenti-VIP...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Lingling Gan, Xuemei Zhang, Xiuyu Xu, Wenchun Xu, Chang Lu, Jin Cui, Hong Wang
<i>spd1672</i>, a novel <i>Streptococcus pneumoniae</i> (<i>S. pn</i>) gene induced in vivo, has been identified to contribute to the virulence of <i>S. pn</i>; however, the role of <i>spd1672</i> during host innate immune reaction against<i> S. pn</i> infection is unknown. In the present study, mice were infected with wild type D39 and mutant D39Δspd1672 strains. Compared to the D39-infected mice, reduced bacterial load and attenuated inflammatory response were observed in the D39Δ<i>spd1672</i>-treated mice...
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Ciarán L Kelly, George M Taylor, Andrew Hitchcock, Antonio Torres-Méndez, John T Heap
Cyanobacteria are important for fundamental studies of photosynthesis and have great biotechnological potential. In order to better study and fully exploit these organisms, the limited repertoire of genetic tools and parts must be expanded. A small number of inducible promoters have been used in cyanobacteria, allowing dynamic external control of gene expression through the addition of specific inducer molecules. However, the inducible promoters used to date suffer from various drawbacks including toxicity of inducers, leaky expression in the absence of inducer and inducer photolability, the latter being particularly relevant to cyanobacteria which, as photoautotrophs, are grown under light...
March 15, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Suhyung Cho, Donghui Choe, Eunju Lee, Sun Chang Kim, Bernhard Ø Palsson, Byung-Kwan Cho
Along with functional advances in the use of CRISPR/Cas9 for genome editing, endonuclease-deficient Cas9 (dCas9) has provided a versatile molecular tool for exploring gene functions. In principle, differences in cell phenotypes that result from the RNA-guided modulation of transcription levels by dCas9 are critical for inferring with gene function; however, the effect of intracellular dCas9 expression on bacterial morphology has not been systematically elucidated. Here, we observed unexpected morphological changes in Escherichia coli mediated by dCas9, which were then characterized using RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Qingzhong Li, Hui-Li Xu, Steve Scheiner
HOX (X = Cl, Br, I, and At) can engage in either a H-bond (HB) or halogen bond (XB) with a base like HCN, NH3, and imidazole. While the former is energetically preferred for X=Cl and Br, it is the XB that is more stable for At, with I showing little preference. MgY2 forms a Mg-bond with the O atom of HOX, which grows stronger in the order X= Cl < Br < I < At and Y= F< Cl < Br. When all three molecules are combined together, both the Mg and the H/X bonds are cooperatively strengthened to a large degree...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Akihiko Taguchi, Yasuharu Ohta, Yukio Tanizawa
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is characterized by the loss of ß-cell function and mass, resulting from interactions between genetic predisposition and various environmental factors1 . One environmental condition identified as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus is circadian rhythm disruption, which is induced by shift work or sleep disturbance. However, the mechanism whereby circadian disruption leads to impaired glucose metabolism is not well understood. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Diana Olvera, Rachel Stolzenfeld, Joan C Marini, Michelle S Caird, Kenneth M Kozloff
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by altered bone quality and imbalanced bone remodeling, leading to skeletal fractures which are most prominent during childhood. Treatments for OI have focused on restoring pediatric bone density and architecture to recover functional strength and consequently reduce fragility. Though antiresorptive agents like bisphosphonates (BP) are currently the most common intervention for the treatment of OI, a number of studies have shown efficacy of sclerostin antibody (SclAb) in inducing gains in bone mass and reducing fragility in OI mouse models...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Monica Raina, Amber M Bates, Carol L Fischer, Ann Progulske-Fox, Taher Abbasi, Shireen Vali, Kim A Brogden
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are zinc- or calcium-dependent proteinases involved in normal maintenance of extracellular matrix. When elevated, they contribute to the tissue destruction seen in periodontal disease. Recently, we found that human beta defensin 3 (HBD3), a cationic antimicrobial peptide, alters chemokine and proinflammatory cytokine responses in human myeloid dendritic cells exposed to Porphyromonas gingivalis hemagglutinin B (HagB). In this study, the hypotheses that HagB induces MMP production in dendritic cells and that HBD3 mixed with HagB prior to treatment alters HagB-induced MMP profiles were tested...
March 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Anne Dommaschk, Lara F Lang, Regina Maus, Jennifer Stolper, Tobias Welte, Ulrich A Maus
Nasopharyngeal colonization with Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is known to mount protective adaptive immune responses in rodents and humans. However, the cellular response of the nasopharyngeal compartment to pneumococcal colonization and its importance for the ensuing adaptive immune response is only partially defined. Here we show that nasopharyngeal colonization with S. pneumoniae triggered substantial expansion of both integrin αE (CD103) positive dendritic cells (DC) and T lymphocytes in nasopharynx, nasal-associated lymphoid tissue (NALT) and cervical lymph nodes (CLN) of WT mice...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
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