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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631479/quantitative-analysis-of-ligand-induced-hetero-dimerization-of-two-distinct-receptors
#1
Chang Lu, Zhi-Xin Wang
The induced-dimerization of two distinct receptors through a hetero-bifunctional inducer is prevalent among all levels of cellular signaling processes, yet its complexity poses difficulty for systematic quantitative analysis. This paper firstly shows how to calculate the amount of any possible complex or monomer of hetero-ligand and two receptors present at equilibrium. The theory is subsequently applied to the determination of three independent equilibrium parameters involved in the rapamycin induced FKBP and FRB dimerization, in which all parameters were simultaneously estimated using one set of FRET experiments...
June 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619656/the-large-scale-functional-connectivity-correlates-of-consciousness-and-arousal-during-the-healthy-and-pathological-human-sleep-cycle
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REVIEW
Enzo Tagliazucchi, Eus J W van Someren
Advances in neuroimaging have greatly improved our understanding of human sleep from a systems neuroscience perspective. However, cognition and awareness are reduced during sleep, hindering the applicability of standard task-based paradigms. Methods recently developed to study spontaneous brain activity fluctuations have proven useful to overcome this limitation. In this review, we focus on the concept of functional connectivity (FC, i.e. statistical covariance between brain activity signals) and its application to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data acquired during sleep...
June 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611661/discovery-and-development-of-calcium-channel-blockers
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REVIEW
Théophile Godfraind
In the mid 1960s, experimental work on molecules under screening as coronary dilators allowed the discovery of the mechanism of calcium entry blockade by drugs later named calcium channel blockers. This paper summarizes scientific research on these small molecules interacting directly with L-type voltage-operated calcium channels. It also reports on experimental approaches translated into understanding of their therapeutic actions. The importance of calcium in muscle contraction was discovered by Sidney Ringer who reported this fact in 1883...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600784/the-elephant-in-the-room-the-role-of-microtubules-in-cancer
#4
Luca Cirillo, Monica Gotta, Patrick Meraldi
Microtubules are the backbone of all eukaryotic cells cytoskeleton. Their dynamic behaviour constitutes the basis for many biological processes such as cellular motility, cytoplasmic transport and cell division. Some the most effective chemotherapeutics, such as the taxanes, are microtubule interfering drugs. Moreover, many studies suggest that microtubule dynamics are altered in cancer cell divisions and linked to chromosomal instability, aneuploidy and development of drug resistances. The elephant in the room, however, is that despite all these evidences, the exact role of microtubules in malignancies remains elusive, partially due to the lack of clear genetic alterations linking microtubules to cancer...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597954/exposure-to-bordetella-pertussis-adenylate-cyclase-toxin-affects-integrin-mediated-adhesion-and-mechanics-in-alveolar-epithelial-cells
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Christelle Angely, Ngoc-Minh Nguyen, Sofia Andre Dias, Emmanuelle Planus, Gabriel Pelle, Bruno Louis, Marcel Filoche, Alexandre Chenal, Daniel Ladant, Daniel Isabey
BACKGROUND: The adenylate cyclase (CyaA) toxin is a major virulent factor of Bordetella pertussis, the causative agent of whooping cough. CyaA toxin is able to invade eukaryotic cells where it produces high levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) affecting cellular physiology. Whether CyaA toxin can modulate cell matrix adhesion and mechanics of infected cells remains largely unknown. RESULTS: In this study, we use a recently proposed Multiple bond Force Spectroscopy (MFS) with an Atomic Force Microscope to assess the early phase of cell adhesion (maximal detachment and local rupture forces) and cell rigidity (Young's modulus) in alveolar epithelial cells (A549) for toxin exposure <1hour...
June 9, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593333/survival-and-adaptation-of-the-thermophilic-species-geobacillus-thermantarcticus-in-simulated-spatial-conditions
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Paola Di Donato, Ida Romano, Vincenza Mastascusa, Annarita Poli, Pierangelo Orlando, Mariagabriella Pugliese, Barbara Nicolaus
Astrobiology studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and in the universe. According to the panspermia theory, life on Earth could have emerged from bacterial species transported by meteorites, that were able to adapt and proliferate on our planet. Therefore, the study of extremophiles, i.e. bacterial species able to live in extreme terrestrial environments, can be relevant to Astrobiology studies. In this work we described the ability of the thermophilic species Geobacillus thermantarcticus to survive after exposition to simulated spatial conditions including temperature's variation, desiccation, X-rays and UVC irradiation...
June 8, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593022/microrna-regulation-of-oxidative-stress-induced-cellular-senescence
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REVIEW
Huaije Bu, Sophia Wedel, Maria Cavinato, Pidder Jansen-Dürr
Aging is a time-related process of functional deterioration at cellular, tissue, organelle, and organismal level that ultimately brings life to end. Cellular senescence, a state of permanent cell growth arrest in response to cellular stress, is believed to be the driver of the aging process and age-related disorders. The free radical theory of aging, referred to as oxidative stress (OS) theory below, is one of the most studied aging promoting mechanisms. In addition, genetics and epigenetics also play large roles in accelerating and/or delaying the onset of aging and aging-related diseases...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591613/analysis-of-noise-mechanisms-in-cell-size-control
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Saurabh Modi, Cesar Augusto Vargas-Garcia, Khem Raj Ghusinga, Abhyudai Singh
At the single-cell level, noise arises from multiple sources, such as inherent stochasticity of biomolecular processes, random partitioning of resources at division, and fluctuations in cellular growth rates. How these diverse noise mechanisms combine to drive variations in cell size within an isoclonal population is not well understood. Here, we investigate the contributions of different noise sources in well-known paradigms of cell-size control, such as adder (division occurs after adding a fixed size from birth), sizer (division occurs after reaching a size threshold), and timer (division occurs after a fixed time from birth)...
June 6, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591611/concise-whole-cell-modeling-of-bkca-cav-activity-controlled-by-local-coupling-and-stoichiometry
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Francesco Montefusco, Alessia Tagliavini, Marco Ferrante, Morten Gram Pedersen
Large-conductance Ca(2+)-dependent K(+) (BKCa) channels are important regulators of electrical activity. These channels colocalize and form ion channel complexes with voltage-dependent Ca(2+) (CaV) channels. Recent stochastic simulations of the BKCa-CaV complex with 1:1 stoichiometry have given important insight into the local control of BKCa channels by fluctuating nanodomains of Ca(2+). However, such Monte Carlo simulations are computationally expensive, and are therefore not suitable for large-scale simulations of cellular electrical activity...
June 6, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584970/morphometric-evaluation-of-facial-and-vestibulocochlear-nerves-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-comparison-of-meni%C3%A3-re-s-disease-ears-with-normal-hearing-ears
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Annika Henneberger, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Maximilian Reiser, Robert Gürkov, Wilhelm Flatz
Loss of neural structures (such as hair cells or neurones within the spiral ganglion) has been proposed to be involved in Menière's disease (MD) (Spoendlin et al. Acta oto-laryngologica Supplementum 499:1-21, 1; Merchant et al. Eur Arch Oto-Rhino-Laryngol Off J Eur Feder Oto-Rhino-Laryngol Soc (EUFOS) Affil German Soc Oto-Rhino-Laryngol Head Neck Surg 252(2):63-75, 2; Tsuji et al. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl 81:26-31, 3; Kariya, Otol Neurotol Off Publ Am Otol Soc Am Neurotol Soc Eur Acad Otol Neurotol 28(8):1063-1068, 4; Megerian Laryngoscope 115(9):1525-1535, 5) but this has yet to be confirmed...
June 5, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577489/european-contribution-to-the-study-of-ros-a-summary-of-the-findings-and-prospects-for-the-future-from-the-cost-action-bm1203-eu-ros
#11
REVIEW
Javier Egea, Isabel Fabregat, Yves M Frapart, Pietro Ghezzi, Agnes Görlach, Thomas Kietzmann, Kateryna Kubaichuk, Ulla G Knaus, Manuela G Lopez, Gloria Olaso-Gonzalez, Andreas Petry, Rainer Schulz, Jose Vina, Paul Winyard, Kahina Abbas, Opeyemi S Ademowo, Catarina B Afonso, Ioanna Andreadou, Haike Antelmann, Fernando Antunes, Mutay Aslan, Markus M Bachschmid, Rui M Barbosa, Vsevolod Belousov, Carsten Berndt, David Bernlohr, Esther Bertrán, Alberto Bindoli, Serge P Bottari, Paula M Brito, Guia Carrara, Ana I Casas, Afroditi Chatzi, Niki Chondrogianni, Marcus Conrad, Marcus S Cooke, João G Costa, Antonio Cuadrado, Pham My-Chan Dang, Barbara De Smet, Bilge Debelec-Butuner, Irundika H K Dias, Joe Dan Dunn, Amanda J Edson, Mariam El Assar, Jamel El-Benna, Péter Ferdinandy, Ana S Fernandes, Kari E Fladmark, Ulrich Förstermann, Rashid Giniatullin, Zoltán Giricz, Anikó Görbe, Helen Griffiths, Vaclav Hampl, Alina Hanf, Jan Herget, Pablo Hernansanz-Agustín, Melanie Hillion, Jingjing Huang, Serap Ilikay, Pidder Jansen-Dürr, Vincent Jaquet, Jaap A Joles, Balaraman Kalyanaraman, Danylo Kaminskyy, Mahsa Karbaschi, Marina Kleanthous, Lars-Oliver Klotz, Bato Korac, Kemal Sami Korkmaz, Rafal Koziel, Damir Kračun, Karl-Heinz Krause, Vladimír Křen, Thomas Krieg, João Laranjinha, Antigone Lazou, Huige Li, Antonio Martínez-Ruiz, Reiko Matsui, Gethin J McBean, Stuart P Meredith, Joris Messens, Verónica Miguel, Yuliya Mikhed, Irina Milisav, Lidija Milković, Antonio Miranda-Vizuete, Miloš Mojović, María Monsalve, Pierre-Alexis Mouthuy, John Mulvey, Thomas Münzel, Vladimir Muzykantov, Isabel T N Nguyen, Matthias Oelze, Nuno G Oliveira, Carlos M Palmeira, Nikoletta Papaevgeniou, Aleksandra Pavićević, Brandán Pedre, Fabienne Peyrot, Marios Phylactides, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Andrew R Pitt, Henrik E Poulsen, Ignacio Prieto, Maria Pia Rigobello, Natalia Robledinos-Antón, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas, Anabela P Rolo, Francis Rousset, Tatjana Ruskovska, Nuno Saraiva, Shlomo Sasson, Katrin Schröder, Khrystyna Semen, Tamara Seredenina, Anastasia Shakirzyanova, Geoffrey L Smith, Thierry Soldati, Bebiana C Sousa, Corinne M Spickett, Ana Stancic, Marie José Stasia, Holger Steinbrenner, Višnja Stepanić, Sebastian Steven, Kostas Tokatlidis, Erkan Tuncay, Belma Turan, Fulvio Ursini, Jan Vacek, Olga Vajnerova, Kateřina Valentová, Frank Van Breusegem, Lokman Varisli, Elizabeth A Veal, A Suha Yalçın, Olha Yelisyeyeva, Neven Žarković, Martina Zatloukalová, Jacek Zielonka, Rhian M Touyz, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Tilman Grune, Santiago Lamas, Harald H H W Schmidt, Fabio Di Lisa, Andreas Daiber
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides an ideal framework to establish multi-disciplinary research networks. COST Action BM1203 (EU-ROS) represents a consortium of researchers from different disciplines who are dedicated to providing new insights and tools for better understanding redox biology and medicine and, in the long run, to finding new therapeutic strategies to target dysregulated redox processes in various diseases. This report highlights the major achievements of EU-ROS as well as research updates and new perspectives arising from its members...
May 18, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573153/optical-imaging-of-the-rat-brain-suggests-a-previously-missing-link-between-top-down-and-bottom-up-nervous-system-function
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Susan A Greenfield, Antoine-Scott Badin, Giovanni Ferrati, Ian M Devonshire
Optical imaging with voltage-sensitive dyes enables the visualization of extensive yet highly transient coalitions of neurons (assemblies) operating throughout the brain on a subsecond time scale. We suggest that operating at the mesoscale level of brain organization, neuronal assemblies may provide a functional link between "bottom-up" cellular mechanisms and "top-down" cognitive ones within anatomically defined regions. We demonstrate in ex vivo rat brain slices how varying spatiotemporal dynamics of assemblies reveal differences not previously appreciated between: different stages of development in cortical versus subcortical brain areas, different sensory modalities (hearing versus vision), different classes of psychoactive drugs (anesthetics versus analgesics), different effects of anesthesia linked to hyperbaric conditions and, in vivo, depths of anesthesia...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571775/critical-role-of-ca1-muscarinic-receptors-on-memory-acquisition-deficit-induced-by-total-tsd-and-rem-sleep-deprivation-rsd
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Bibi-Zahra Javad-Moosavi, GholamHassan Vaezi, Mohammad Nasehi, Seyed-Ali Haeri-Rouhani, Mohammad-Reza Zarrindast
AIM: Despite different theories regarding sleep physiological function, an overall census indicates that sleep is useful for neural plasticity which eventually strengthens cognition and brain performance. Different studies show that sleep deprivation (SD) leads to impaired learning and hippocampus dependent memory. According to some studies, cholinergic system plays an important role in sleep (particularly REM sleep), learning, memory, and its retrieval. So this study has been designed to investigate the effect of CA1 Cholinergic Muscarinic Receptors on memory acquisition deficit induced by total sleep deprivation (TSD) and REM sleep deprivation (RSD)...
May 29, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569408/aerobic-exercise-reduces-hippocampal-erk-and-p38-activation-and-improves-memory-of-middle-aged-rats
#14
Fabrízio Dos Santos Cardoso, Erivelton Fernandes França, Fernando Tadeu Serra, Angélica Begatti Victorino, Alexandre Aparecido de Almeida, Jansen Fernandes, Francisco Romero Cabral, Daniel Paulino Venancio, Ricardo Mario Arida, Sérgio Gomes da Silva
Aging is often accompanied by cognitive decline, memory impairment, and an increased susceptibility to neurodegenerative disorders. Although the physiological processes of aging are not fully understood, these age-related changes have been interpreted by means of various cellular and molecular theories. Among these theories, alterations in the intracellular signaling pathways associated with cell growth, proliferation, and survival have been highlighted. Based on these observations and on recent evidence showing the beneficial effects of exercise on cognitive function in the elderly, we investigated the cell signaling pathways in the hippocampal formation of middle-aged rats (18 months old) submitted to treadmill exercise over 10 days...
June 1, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564546/polyurethane-microgel-based-microtissue-interface-guided-assembly-and-spreading
#15
Michael J Hill, Debanjan Sarkar
Colloidal gels are three-dimensional networks of microgel particles and can be utilized to design microtissues where the differential adhesive interactions between the particles and cells, guided by their surface energetics, are engineered to spatially assemble the cellular and colloidal components into three-dimensional microtissues. In this work we utilized a colloidal interaction approach to design cell-polyurethane (PU) microgel bimodal microtissues using endothelial cells (ECs) as a normal cell model and a nonmalignant breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) as a cancer cell model...
June 9, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559375/stable-and-dynamic-coding-for-working-memory-in-primate-prefrontal-cortex
#16
Eelke Spaak, Kei Watanabe, Shintaro Funahashi, Mark G Stokes
Working memory (WM) provides the stability necessary for high-level cognition. Influential theories typically assume that WM depends on the persistence of stable neural representations, yet increasing evidence suggests that neural states are highly dynamic. Here we apply multivariate pattern analysis to explore the population dynamics in primate lateral prefrontal cortex (PFC) during three variants of the classic memory-guided saccade task (recorded in 4 animals). We observed the hallmark of dynamic population coding across key phases of a working memory task: sensory processing, memory encoding, and response execution...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559333/auxin-steers-root-cell-expansion-via-apoplastic-ph-regulation-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#17
Elke Barbez, Kai Dünser, Angelika Gaidora, Thomas Lendl, Wolfgang Busch
Plant cells are embedded within cell walls, which provide structural integrity, but also spatially constrain cells, and must therefore be modified to allow cellular expansion. The long-standing acid growth theory postulates that auxin triggers apoplast acidification, thereby activating cell wall-loosening enzymes that enable cell expansion in shoots. Interestingly, this model remains heavily debated in roots, because of both the complex role of auxin in plant development as well as technical limitations in investigating apoplastic pH at cellular resolution...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554833/optimization-of-mitochondrial-isolation-techniques-for-intraspinal-transplantation-procedures
#18
Jenna L Gollihue, Samir P Patel, Charlie Mashburn, Khalid C Eldahan, Patrick G Sullivan, Alexander G Rabchevsky
BACKGROUND: Proper mitochondrial function is essential to maintain normal cellular bioenergetics and ionic homeostasis. In instances of severe tissue damage, such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, mitochondria become damaged and unregulated leading to cell death. The relatively unexplored field of mitochondrial transplantation following neurotrauma is based on the theory that replacing damaged mitochondria with exogenous respiratory-competent mitochondria can restore overall tissue bioenergetics...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551285/insights-into-the-unique-torpor-of-botrylloides-leachi-a-colonial-urochordate
#19
Yosef Hyams, Guy Paz, Claudette Rabinowitz, Baruch Rinkevich
Rough environmental conditions make the survival of many multi-cellular organisms almost impossible, enforcing behavioral, morphological, physiological and reproductive rejoinders that can cope with harsh times and hostile environments, frequently through down-regulation of metabolism into basal states of dormancy, or torpor. This study examines one of the most unique torpor strategies seen within the phylum Chordata, exhibited by the colonial urochordate Botrylloides leachi, which enters a state of hibernation or aestivation in response to thermal stress, during which all of its functional colonial units (zooids) are entirely absorbed and the colony survives as small remnants of the vasculature, lacking both feeding and reproduction organs...
May 25, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536966/a-comprehensive-review-of-the-bioenergetics-of-fatty-acid-and-glucose-metabolism-in-the-healthy-and-failing-heart-in-nondiabetic-condition
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REVIEW
Ashish Gupta, Brian Houston
The function of the heart is defined by its ability to deliver adequate cardiac output to meet the requirements of the body both at rest and with exertion. To fill this role, the heart demonstrates an impressive capacity to tightly regulate energy generation and consumption. Energy production and transfer within cardiac myocytes primarily relies on the process of oxidative phosphorylation. In the failing heart, there is an imbalance between the work of the cardiac system and the energy required to generate this work...
May 24, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
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