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Yunyang Lu, Yingda Feng, Dan Liu, Zhiran Zhang, Kai Gao, Wei Zhang, Haifeng Tang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury is a leading factor responsible for damage in myocardial infarction, resulting in additional injury to cardiac tissues involved in oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. Thymoquinone (TQ), the main constituent of Nigella sativa L. seeds, has been reported to possess various biological activities. However, few reports regarding myocardial protection are available at present. Therefore, this study was conducted aiming to investigate the protective effect of TQ against MI/R injury and to clarify its potential mechanism...
June 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jingjie Hu, Yuxiao Zhou, John D Obayemi, Jing Du, Winston O Soboyejo
An improved understanding of the evolution of cell structure and viscoelasticity with cancer malignancy could enable the development of a new generation of biomarkers and methods for cancer diagnosis. Hence, in this study, we present the viscoelastic properties (moduli and viscosities) and the actin cytoskeletal structures of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells with different metastatic potential. These include: MCF-10A normal breast cells (studied as a control); MDA-MB-468 cells (less metastatic TNBC cells), and MDA-MB-231 cells (highly metastatic TNBC cells)...
May 30, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Karla Acosta-Virgen, Bibiana Chávez-Munguía, Daniel Talamás Lara, Anel Lagunes-Guillén, Aaron Martínez-Higuera, Antonio Lazcano, Adolfo Martínez-Palomo, Martha Espinosa-Cantellano
The protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia has traditionally been reported as lacking peroxisomes, organelles involved in fatty acid metabolism and detoxification of reactive oxygen species. We here report the finding with transmission electron microscopy of an oxidase activity in cytoplasmic vesicles of trophozoites and cysts of G. lamblia. These vesicles were positive to 3,3'-diaminobenzidine and to cerium chloride staining. In addition, using bioinformatic tools, two peroxisomal proteins were identified in the G...
June 15, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
SooHyun Park, Sheereen Majd
This paper describes the preparation of giant unilamellar vesicles with reconstituted hamster P-glycoprotein (Pgp, ABCB1) for studying the transport activity of this efflux pump in individual liposomes using optical microscopy. Pgp, a member of ABC (ATP-binding cassette) transporter family, is known to contribute to the cellular multidrug resistance (MDR) against variety of drugs. The efficacy of many therapeutics is, thus, hampered by this efflux pump, leading to a high demand for simple and effective strategies to monitor the interactions of candidate drugs with this protein...
2018: PloS One
So-Ri Lee, Young-Jin Kim
In photodynamic therapy (PDT), chlorin e6 (Ce6), with its high phototoxic potential and strong absorption of visible light, penetrates deeply into photodamaged tissue. However, despite this fact, the direct application of Ce6 to PDT has been limited by its low water solubility and poor cancer cell localization. To ameliorate this situation, we report herein on the use of a hydrophilic nanoconjugate (DC) comprised of Ce6 and poly(amidoamine) dendrimer, which improves the water solubility and intracellular uptake of Ce6, thereby enhancing PDT efficacy...
June 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Derek M van Pel, Kaori Harada, Dandan Song, Christian C Naus, Wun Chey Sin
Glioma is a highly aggressive form of brain cancer, with some subtypes having 5-year survival rates of less than 5%. Tumour cell invasion into the surrounding parenchyma seems to be the primary driver of these poor outcomes, as most gliomas recur within 2 cm of the original surgically-resected tumour. Many current approaches to the development of anticancer therapy attempt to target genetic weaknesses in a particular cancer, but may not take into account the microenvironment experienced by a tumour and the patient-specific genetic differences in susceptibility to treatment...
June 16, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
Kaili Duan, Meng Cui, Yanni Wu, Xueyong Huang, Ahui Xue, Xunan Deng, Liping Luo
In the present study, Chlorella vulgaris were cultured in the presence of the common plasticizer dibutyl phthalate (DBP) with different concentrations for 10 days. The cell density, DBP concentrations, neutral lipid concentrations, and lipid morphology in C. vulgaris were studied using optical microscopy, gas chromatography (GC), fluorescence spectrophotometry, and laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM). We observed that the neutral lipid contents and cell density of C. vulgaris were negatively influenced by DBP of high concentrations (50 and 100 mg/L), but significantly stimulated by DBP of low concentrations (5, 10, and 20 mg/L)...
June 16, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Yasmin Abo-Zeid, Richard A Urbanowicz, Brian J Thomson, William L Irving, Alexander W Tarr, Martin C Garnett
Virus infections cause diseases of different severity ranged from mild infection e.g. common cold into life threating diseases e.g. Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B. Virus infections represent 44% of newly emerging infections. Although there are many efficient antiviral agents, they still have drawbacks due to accumulation at off target organs and developing of virus resistance due to virus mutation. Therefore, developing a delivery system that can selectively target drug into affected organs and avoid off target accumulation would be a highly advantageous strategy to improve antiviral therapy...
June 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Chang Zeng, Jon Willison, Mohamed M Meghil, Brian E Bergeron, Christopher W Cutler, Franklin R Tay, Lina Niu, Jingzhi Ma
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of EDDY, a new sonic-powered irrigation system, in reducing intracanal bacteria load. METHODS: Thirty-eight instrumented, autoclaved single-rooted human premolars were inoculated with Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC-29212) for 21 days. Two teeth were used as negative control without bacterial contamination. For the bacteria-inoculated teeth, 6 were used as positive control without irrigation. The remaining 30 teeth were randomly divided into 2 groups (N = 15), using 3% NaOCl as irrigant: (A) 30-gauge syringe needle irrigation (SNI), (B) EDDY (VDW, Munich, Germany)...
June 13, 2018: Journal of Dentistry
Durairajan Rubini, Sanaulla Farisa Banu, B Narayanan Vedahari, Durai Ramyadevi, Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Paramasivam Nithyanand
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of biofilm-associated and indwelling device related infections. The present study explores the anti-virulent and antibiofilm potency of chitosan extracted from the shells of the marine crab Portunus sanguinolentus against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The chemical characterization results revealed that the extracted chitosan (EC) has structural analogy to that of a commercial chitosan (CC). The extracted chitosan was found to be effective in reducing the staphyloxanthin pigment, a characteristic virulence feature of MRSA that promotes resistance to reactive oxygen species...
June 13, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Harshada H Sant, Sanjay P Sane
Insect antennae are sensory organs of great importance because they can sense diverse environmental stimuli. In addition to serving as primary olfactory organs of insects, antennae also sense a wide variety of mechanosensory stimuli, ranging from low-frequency airflow or gravity cues to high-frequency antennal vibrations due to sound, flight or touch. The basal segments of the antennae house multiple types of mechanosensory structures that prominently include the sensory hair plates, or Böhm's bristles, which measure the gross extent of antennal movement, and a ring of highly sensitive scolopidial neurons, collectively called the Johnston's organs, which record subtle flagellar vibrations...
June 15, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Punam P Parikh, Roberta M Lassance-Soares, Hongwei Shao, Manuela M Regueiro, Yan Li, Zhao-Jun Liu, Omaida C Velazquez
BACKGROUND: Poor wound healing in critical limb ischemia (CLI) is attributed to impaired neovascularization and reperfusion. Optimizing the ischemic wound with adhesion molecules that enhance stem cell homing may revolutionize treatment. The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of adhesion molecule E-selectin on wound healing in an ischemic mouse wound. METHODS: Adult FVB/NJ mice underwent unilateral femoral artery and vein ligation to induce CLI. A 4-mm punch biopsy wound was created on the anterior thigh to simulate ischemic wounds...
August 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Yan Zhang, Chang Wei, Feng Lv, Tianjun Liu
Elucidation of the pathway of drug delivery and carrier degradation in vivo is essential for the fabrication of a feasible drug delivery system. Multispectral fluorescence imaging can track a drug delivery system simultaneously based on the separation of fluorescence at multiple wavelengths without interference. In this study, the Doxorubicin loaded genipin-crosslinked globin and PEI nanoparticles (Gb-G-PEI/Dox NPs) were designed as a dual fluorescent drug delivery system to track the drug release and carrier degradation process...
June 6, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Madushi Wanaguru, David J Barry, Donald J Benton, Nicola J O'Reilly, Kate N Bishop
The murine leukaemia virus (MLV) Gag cleavage product, p12, is essential for both early and late steps in viral replication. The N-terminal domain of p12 binds directly to capsid (CA) and stabilises the mature viral core, whereas defects in the C-terminal domain (CTD) of p12 can be rescued by addition of heterologous chromatin binding sequences (CBSs). We and others hypothesised that p12 tethers the pre-integration complex (PIC) to host chromatin ready for integration. Using confocal microscopy, we have observed for the first time that CA localises to mitotic chromatin in infected cells in a p12-dependent manner...
June 15, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Giulio Caracciolo, Sara Palchetti, Luca Digiacomo, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Anna Laura Capriotti, Heinz Amenitsch, Paolo Maria Tentori, Valentina Palmieri, Massimiliano Papi, Francesco Cardarelli, Daniela Pozzi, Aldo Laganà
More than twenty years after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) liposomal doxorubicin (DOX) is still the drug of choice for the treatment of breast cancer and other conditions such as ovarian cancer and multiple myeloma. Yet, despite the efforts, liposomal DOX did not satisfy expectations at the clinical level. When liposomal drugs enter a physiological environment, their surface gets coated by a dynamic biomolecular corona (BC). The BC changes liposome's synthetic identity, providing it with a new one, referred to as 'biological identity' (size, aggregation state, and BC composition)...
June 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jéssika Mayhara Pereira Morais, Keli Regina Victorino, Wilfredo Gustavo Escalante-Otárola, Keren Cristina Fagundes Jordão-Basso, Regina Guenka Palma-Dibb, Milton Carlos Kuga
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects when acid etching on the dentin surface was immediately performed (I) or 7 days (D) after calcium silicate-based sealer (MTA Fillapex) removal, using 95% ethanol (E) or xylol (X). First study, 60 bovine incisor dentin specimens were impregnated with sealer and divided into six groups (n = 10): (EI), E + I; (XI), X + I; (ED), E + D; (XD), X + D, (UN), untreated and (MR), mechanical removal of sealer. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images (500×) were obtained from each specimen and scores assessed the sealer residues persistence...
June 15, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
Yibing Zhang, Yuan Hu, Xiaodong Li, Xiaoru Shi, Feihong Xu, Hui Jia
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of the limbal stem cells in corneal epithelial homeostasis in patients with peripheral corneal disease who received corneal transplantation surgery. This retrospective study enrolled 85 patients (85 eyes) with peripheral corneal lesion who underwent corneal transplantation at Department of Ophthalmology in First Hospital of Jilin University, Jilin, China. All patients during each follow-up period were examined for best corrected visual acuity, corneal reconstruction (assessed by slit-lamp biomicroscopy), anterior segment optical coherence tomography, and confocal microscopy...
June 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Daniel Brönnimann, Tiziana Annese, Thomas A Gorr, Valentin Djonov
Nucleated circulating red blood cells (RBCs) of developing zebrafish, chick and mouse embryos can actively proliferate. While marrow- or organ-mediated erythropoiesis has been widely studied, transforming in vivo processes of circulating RBCs are under little scrutiny. We employed confocal, stereo- and electron microscopy to document the maturation of intravascular RBCs. In zebrafish embryos (32-72 hours post fertilization), RBC splitting in the caudal vein plexus follows a four-step program: (i) Nuclear division with continued cytoplasmic connection between somata...
June 14, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Jiangsong Zhang, Xianming Lin, Hui Zhou, Yuanyuan Chen, Shuangkai Xiao, Junyue Jiao, Yibin Zhao, Zhong Di
OBJECTIVE: To examine for an opening effect on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in intact rats and rats with experimental ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) during the recovery period after various electroacupuncture (EA) treatments with different time courses, and to determine whether there is a time-dependent effect. An additional objective was to determine whether this method could induce the penetration of nerve growth factor (NGF) through the BBB. METHODS: A middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model was first established...
June 14, 2018: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Zhi-Wei Bai, Li-Mei Pu, Bi-Feng Tang, Qian Wang, Xiu-Ming Cui, Di-Qiu Liu
Chitinases, a glycosidase enzyme that hydrolyzes chitin to N-acetylglucosamine, are widely found in plant cells, and they are an important part of plant antifungal defense system. The function of a Panax notoginseng chitinase gene PnCHI1 was characterized in this paper. Expression vector of PnCHI1 was constructed and transiently expressed in onion epidermal cells, and laser scanning confocal microscopy demonstrated that PnCHI1 was localized in the cell wall. Prokaryotic expression vector of PnCHI1 was also constructed, and recombinant protein of PnCHI1 was induced and purified...
May 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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