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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823048/three-dimensional-morphology-of-rigid-structures-as-a-tool-for-taxonomic-studies-of-dactylogyridae-monogenea
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María A Rossin, Pablo N De Francesco, Juan T Timi
Dactylogyridae is overwhelmingly the most abundant and diverse taxon among monogeneans in continental waters of South America. Their small body size requires considerable sampling effort and training for collecting and identifying the worms from the gills, skin, nasal cavities, and other microhabitats. Indeed, diagnostic characteristics as sclerites and male copulatory complex are generally less than 100-μm long and are essential for taxonomic description and identification of species. Here, a combination of simple and routine methods for three-dimensional morphological studies on hard structures is proposed for dactylogirids: SDS treatment for clarification of specimens and enzymatic digestion with proteinase K for freeing sclerotized structures, followed by laser confocal microscopy...
August 19, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822800/amelogenin-induces-m2-macrophage-polarisation-via-pge2-camp-signalling-pathway
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Kensuke Yamamichi, Takao Fukuda, Terukazu Sanui, Kyosuke Toyoda, Urara Tanaka, Yuki Nakao, Karen Yotsumoto, Hiroaki Yamato, Takaharu Taketomi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Fusanori Nishimura
OBJECTIVES: Amelogenin, the major component of the enamel matrix derivative (EMD), has been suggested as a bioactive candidate for periodontal regeneration. Apart from producing a regenerative effect on periodontal tissues, amelogenin has also been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. In the present study, we examined the immunomodulatory effects of amelogenin on macrophages. DESIGN: Human phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-differentiated U937 macrophages and CD14+ peripheral blood-derived monocytes (PBMC)-derived macrophages were stimulated with recombinant amelogenin (rM180)...
August 12, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822762/rab11a-is-required-for-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-induced-autophagy-to-promote-viral-replication
#3
Kai Wang, Shuaifeng Li, Tesfaye Worku, Xingjie Hao, Liaohan Yang, Shujun Zhang
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is the leading virus known to cause massive economic loss in pig industry worldwide. In our previous study, transcriptional profiling of PRRSV-infected lung tissue of Tongcheng and landrane pigs, which have highly pathogenic PRRSV (HP-PRRSV) susceptibility differences, showed differential expression of Rab11a. The small GTPase Rab11a regulates intracellular membrane trafficking events involved in autophagy. However, the involvement of convergence of endosomal Rab11a and autophagy pathways during PRRSV infection is still unclear...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822749/dominance-of-layer-specific-microvessel-dilation-in-contrast-enhanced-high-resolution-fmri-comparison-between-hemodynamic-spread-and-vascular-architecture-with-clarity
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Alexander John Poplawsky, Mitsuhiro Fukuda, Bok-Man Kang, Jae Hwan Kim, Minah Suh, Seong-Gi Kim
Contrast-enhanced cerebral blood volume-weighted (CBVw) fMRI response peaks are specific to the layer of evoked synaptic activity (Poplawsky et al., 2015), but the spatial resolution limit of CBVw fMRI is unknown. In this study, we measured the laminar spread of the CBVw fMRI evoked response in the external plexiform layer (EPL, 265 ± 65 μm anatomical thickness, mean ± SD, n = 30 locations from 5 rats) of the rat olfactory bulb during electrical stimulation of the lateral olfactory tract and examined its potential vascular source...
August 16, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822704/corneal-confocal-microscopy-and-dry-eye-findings-in-contact-lens-discomfort-patients
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Aysun Sanal Dogan, Canan Gurdal, Nese Arslan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the corneal confocal microscopy and dry eye findings in patients with contact lens discomfort. METHODS: The study included 3 groups of participants: Contact lens wearers using silicone hydrogel soft contact lenses who are symptomatic (CLD, n=15) or asymptomatic (ACL, n=11) and non-wearers as controls (n=14). Duration of contact lens wear, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire responses, fluorescein tear break-uptime (FBUT), and corneal confocal microscopy findings were recorded...
August 16, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822139/confocal-raman-mapping-of-collagen-cross-link-and-crystallinity-of-human-dentin-enamel-junction
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Amel Slimani, Fares Nouioua, Alban Desoutter, Bernard Levallois, Frédéric J G Cuisinier, Hervé Tassery, Elodie Terrer, Hamideh Salehi
The separation zone between enamel and dentin [dentin-enamel junction (DEJ)] with different properties in biomechanical composition has an important role in preventing crack propagation from enamel to dentin. The understanding of the chemical structure (inorganic and organic components), physical properties, and chemical composition of the human DEJ could benefit biomimetic materials in dentistry. Spatial distribution of calcium phosphate crystallinity and the collagen crosslinks near DEJ were studied using confocal Raman microscopy and calculated by different methods...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822075/recycling-endosomes-in-human-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-constitute-an-auxiliary-intracellular-trafficking-pathway-for-newly-synthesized-perforin
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Kelsey Lesteberg, Jordan Orange, George Makedonas
Although cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) store perforin within cytoplasmic secretory granules for immediate use, perforin is synthesized anew within hours of TCR stimulation. Previously, we observed new perforin protein at an immunologic synapse independent of secretory lysosomes; herein, we aimed to determine how new perforin transits to the synapse if not via lytic granules. We analyzed antigen-specific human CTLs via imaging flow cytometry and high-resolution confocal microscopy, with attention to intracellular trafficking components and new perforin...
August 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821865/identification-of-bacterial-biofilm-and-the-staphylococcus-aureus-derived-protease-staphopain-on-the-skin-surface-of-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
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Andreas Sonesson, Kornelia Przybyszewska, Sigrid Eriksson, Matthias Mörgelin, Sven Kjellström, Julia Davies, Jan Potempa, Artur Schmidtchen
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by an impaired epidermal barrier, dysregulation of innate and adaptive immunity, and a high susceptibility to bacterial colonization and infection. In the present study, bacterial biofilm was visualized by electron microscopy at the surface of AD skin. Correspondingly, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) isolates from lesional skin of patients with AD, produced a substantial amount of biofilm in vitro. S. aureus biofilms showed less susceptibility to killing by the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 when compared with results obtained using planktonic cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821116/active-release-coating-of-multilayer-assembled-branched-and-ionic-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-onto-poly-ethylene-terephthalate
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Leyre Pérez-Álvarez, Leire Ruiz-Rubio, Erlantz Lizundia, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Luis M León, Jose Luis Vilas-Vilela
Branched ionic cyclodextrins multilayers were assembled onto the surface of previously aminolyzed poly(ethylene terephthalate) in order to construct local drug delivery tailored platforms with potential applicability as materials for indwelling medical devices. The construction of the multilayers took place by the alternate deposition of ionic cyclodextrin derivatives and was characterized by surface zeta-potential measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and, after fluorescent labeling of anionic branched cyclodextrins, by UV-vis spectroscopy and confocal fluorescence spectroscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820142/nanomelatonin-triggers-superior-anticancer-functionality-in-a-human-malignant-glioblastoma-cell-line
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Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Anup Kumar Srivastava, Atul Dev, Babita Kaundal, Subhasree Roy Choudhury, Surajit Karmakar
Melatonin (MEL) has promising medicinal value as an anticancer agent in a variety of malignancies, but there are difficulties in achieving a therapeutic dose due to its short half-life, low bioavailability, poor solubility and extensive first-pass metabolism. In this study chitosan/tripolyphosphate (TPP) nanoparticles were prepared by an ionic gelation method to overcome the therapeutic challenges of melatonin and to improve its anticancer efficacy. Characterization of the melatonin-loaded chitosan (MEL-CS) nanoformulation was performed using transmission and scanning electron microscopies, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819929/a-comparative-study-of-the-adhesion-of-biosynthesized-gold-and-conjugated-gold-prodigiosin-nanoparticles-to-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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S O Dozie-Nwachukwu, J D Obayemi, Y Danyuo, N Anuku, O S Odusanya, K Malatesta, W O Soboyejo
This paper explores the adhesion of biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and gold (Au) nanoparticle/prodigiosin (PG) drug nanoparticles to breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231 cells). The AuNPs were synthesized in a record time (less than 30 s) from Nauclea latifolia leaf extracts, while the PG was produced via bacterial synthesis with Serratia marcescens sp. The size distributions and shapes of the resulting AuNPs were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), while the resulting hydrodynamic diameters and polydispersity indices were studied using dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819549/metastatic-state-of-parent-cells-influences-the-uptake-and-functionality-of-prostate-cancer-cell-derived-extracellular-vesicles
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Elisa Lázaro-Ibáñez, Maarit Neuvonen, Maarit Takatalo, Uma Thanigai Arasu, Cristian Capasso, Vincenzo Cerullo, Johng S Rhim, Kirsi Rilla, Marjo Yliperttula, Pia R-M Siljander
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including microvesicles and exosomes, mediate intercellular signalling which has a profound role in cancer progression and in the development of metastasis. Internalisation of EVs can prompt functional changes in the recipient cells, the nature of which depends on the molecular composition and the cargo of the EVs. We hypothesised that the metastatic stage of cancerous parent cells would determine the uptake efficacy and the subsequent functional effects of the respective cancer cell-derived EVs...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819418/cenph-inhibits-rapamycin-sensitivity-by-regulating-golph3-dependent-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-colorectal-cancer
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Wei Wu, Fan Wu, Zaozao Wang, Jiabo Di, Jie Yang, Pin Gao, Beihai Jiang, Xiangqian Su
Background: Centromere protein H (CENPH) is known as a fundamental component of the active centromere complex, and its overexpression is correlated with poor prognosis in various solid tumors. mTOR inhibitor rapamycin has been shown to possess antitumor activity, as well as prevent intestinal tumorigenesis. However, the prognostic value of CENPH in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the role of CENPH in rapamycin sensitivity remain unknown. Materials and methods: The effect of CENPH on the cell proliferation, clonogenicity, and cell response to rapamycin in CRC were evaluated by MTT and/or colony formation assays...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818447/on-the-synthesis-of-quinone-based-bodipy-hybrids-new-insights-on-antitumor-activity-and-mechanism-of-action-in-cancer-cells
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Talita B Gontijo, Rossimiriam P de Freitas, Flavio S Emery, Leandro F Pedrosa, José B Vieira Neto, Bruno C Cavalcanti, Claudia Pessoa, Aaron King, Fabio de Moliner, Marc Vendrell, Eufrânio N da Silva Júnior
Fluorescent quinone-based BODIPY hybrids were synthesised and characterised by NMR analysis and mass spectrometry. We measured their cytotoxic activity against cancer and normal cell lines, performed mechanistic studies by lipid peroxidation and determination of reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) glutathione, and imaged their subcellular localisation by confocal microscopy. Cell imaging experiments indicated that nor-β-lapachone-based BODIPY derivatives might preferentially localise in the lysosomes of cancer cells...
August 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817609/corneal-confocal-microscopy-is-a-rapid-reproducible-ophthalmic-technique-for-quantifying-corneal-nerve-abnormalities
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Alise Kalteniece, Maryam Ferdousi, Safwaan Adam, Jonathan Schofield, Shazli Azmi, Ioannis Petropoulos, Handrean Soran, Rayaz A Malik
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of applying a protocol for image selection and the number of images required for adequate quantification of corneal nerve pathology using in vivo corneal confocal microscopy (IVCCM). METHODS: IVCCM was performed in 35 participants by a single examiner. For each participant, 4 observers used a standardized protocol to select 6 central corneal nerve images to assess the inter-observer variability. Furthermore, images were selected by a single observer on two occasions to assess intra-observer variability and the effect of sample size was assessed by comparing 6 with 12 images...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817605/all-trans-retinoic-acid-suppresses-malignant-characteristics-of-cd133-positive-thyroid-cancer-stem-cells-and-induces-apoptosis
#16
Dan Mei, Bin Lv, Bo Chen, Shan Xiao, Jie Jiang, Yan Xie, Ling Jiang
Recently, diagnoses of radioiodine-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (RAI-R DTC) have become more common; prognosis is poor. It has been suggested that cancer stem cells account for radiotherapy resistance. By flow cytometry, different expression percents of CD133 and OCT4 in thyroid cancer cell lines were detected. By real-time quantitative PCR, different mRNA expression of CD133, OCT4, GLUT1, thyroglobulin (TG), thyroperoxidase (TPO) and sodium iodine symporter (NIS) was analyzed; the localization of CD133, OCT4, and NIS expression was examined using immunofluorescence confocal microscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816741/reflectance-confocal-microscopy-criteria-of-pigmented-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-situ
#17
Neda Shahriari, Jane M Grant-Kels, Harold S Rabinovitz, Margaret Oliviero, Alon Scope
Pigmented squamous cell carcinoma in situ (pSCCis) is difficult to diagnose based on clinical and dermoscopic examination. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) allows noninvasive differentiation between malignant and benign pigmented skin lesions. We determined the frequency of key RCM features of pSCCis and correlated the RCM criteria with the corresponding dermoscopic and histopathologic criteria. The study included 28 lesions with biopsy-proven diagnosis of pSCCis derived from 28 patients. Clinical, dermoscopic, and RCM images of these lesions were retrospectively analyzed by 3 independent observers...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816577/coenzyme-q10-inhibits-th17-and-stat3-signaling-pathways-to-ameliorate-colitis-in-mice
#18
Seon-Yeong Lee, Seung Hoon Lee, Eun-Ji Yang, Jae-Kyung Kim, Eun-Kyung Kim, KyungAh Jung, Hongsoon Jung, Kyungjin Lee, Han Hee Lee, Bo-In Lee, Sung-Hwan Park, Dong Yun Shin, Mi-La Cho
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant substance synthesized in the body. The current study aimed to determine whether CoQ10 suppresses inflammation and inhibits p-STAT3 expression in an experimental colitis mouse model. The mice were orally fed with CoQ10 once a day for 13 days. Histological analysis of the colons was performed by immunohistochemistry. Expression of IL-17, FOXP3, p53, AMPK, and mTOR and activation of p-STAT3 and p-STAT5 in lymph node and spleen tissues were detected by confocal microscopy of stained tissue sections...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815736/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-contact-lens-related-microbial-keratitis
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REVIEW
Nicole Carnt, Chameen Samarawickrama, Andrew White, Fiona Stapleton
Contact lens-associated microbial keratitis poses a diagnostic dilemma for optometrists on two fronts. The distinction between sterile inflammation and microbial infection is often blurred. In addition, there is a requirement with nearly 50 per cent of the Australian and New Zealand optometric profession being therapeutically endorsed, to distinguish between cases of infection that can be managed in the community verses those that require escalation to public hospitals that have access to laboratory diagnostic tools and advanced imaging techniques, such as in vivo confocal microscopy...
August 16, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815590/juxtanodin-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-expression-and-biological-activities-in-regulating-cell-morphology-and-actin-cytoskeleton-organization
#20
Fengyi Liang, Ji Hyun Hwang, Nicholas Weiwei Tang, Walter Hunziker
Juxtanodin (also known as ermin) was initially identified as an actin cytoskeleton-related oligodendroglial protein in the rat central nervous system. It was subsequently also found in the rat olfactory neuroepithelium, especially at the apical junctional belt of the sustentacular cells. We further examined juxtanodin expression and functional roles in the retina using fluorescence histochemistry, confocal microscopy, immuno-electron microscopy, molecular biology and cell culture. Prominent juxtanodin expression was found in the photoreceptor-supporting retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), especially in a zone corresponding to the apices of RPE cells, at the roots of the RPE microvilli, and at the base of RPE cells next to the Bruch's membrane...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
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