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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110389/a-novel-lectin-from-artocarpus-lingnanensis-induces-proliferation-and-th1-th2-cytokine-secretion-through-cd45-signaling-pathway-in-human-t-lymphocytes
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Bo Cui, Lu Li, Qiyan Zeng, Faquan Lin, Lijun Yin, Liejun Liao, Min Huang, Jingping Wang
Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins and have been used for purification and characterization of glycoproteins. In this study, a novel 58.9-kDa tetrameric lectin from Artocarpus lingnanensis seeds was purified, characterized, and its mitogenic potential was evaluated. The hemagglutination inhibition assay indicated that Artocarpus lingnanensis lectin (ALL) showed specificity toward galactose. ALL was effectively purified in a single-step using affinity chromatography on a galactose-Sepharose column. ALL showed pH optima between 5...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110092/cutin-synthase2-maintains-progressively-developing-cuticular-ridges-in-arabidopsis-sepals
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Lilan Hong, Joel Brown, Nicholas A Segerson, Jocelyn K C Rose, Adrienne H K Roeder
The cuticle is a crucial barrier on the aerial surfaces of land plants. In many plants, including Arabidopsis, the sepals and petals form distinctive nanoridges in their cuticles. Yet little is known about how the formation and maintenance of these nanostructures is coordinated with the growth and development of the underlying cells. Here we characterize the cutin synthase 2 (cus2) mutant, which causes a great reduction in cuticular ridges on the mature sepal epidermis, but only a moderate effect on petal cone cell ridges...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110070/mesoscale-porosity-at-the-dentin-enamel-junction-could-affect-the-biomechanical-properties-of-teeth
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Elsa Vennat, Wenlong Wang, Rachel Genthial, Bertrand David, Elisabeth Dursun, Aurélien Gourrier
: In this paper, the 3D-morphology of the porosity in dentin is investigated within the first 350 μm from the dentin-enamel junction (DEJ) by fluorescence confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). We found that the porous microstructure exhibits a much more complex geometry than classically described, which may impact our fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of teeth and could have practical consequences for dental surgery. Our 3D observations reveal numerous fine branches stemming from the tubules which may play a role in cellular communication or mechanosensing during the early stages of dentinogenesis...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109881/production-of-aba-responses-requires-both-the-nuclear-and-cytoplasmic-functional-involvement-of-pyr1
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EunJoo Park, Tae-Houn Kim
Abscisic acid (ABA) enhances stress tolerant responses in plants against unfavorable environmental conditions. In Arabidopsis, ABA promotes interactions between PYR/PYL/RCARs and PP2C, thereby allowing SnRK2s to phosphorylate downstream components required for the regulation of gene expression or for gating ion channels. Because PYR1 is known to localize to nucleus and cytoplasm it is a question whether nuclear or cytoplasmic PYR1 confer different functions to the ABA signaling pathway, as has been previously shown for regulatory proteins...
January 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109678/paclitaxel-induced-increase-in-mitochondrial-volume-mediates-dysregulation-of-intracellular-ca-2-in-putative-nociceptive-glabrous-skin-neurons-from-the-rat
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Eser Yilmaz, Simon C Watkins, Michael S Gold
We have recently demonstrated that in a rat model of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), there is a significant decrease in the duration of the depolarization-evoked Ca(2+) transient in small diameter, IB4+, and capsaicin-responsive neurons innervating the glabrous skin of the hindpaw. This change was specific to the transient duration and significantly smaller if not undetectable in neurons innervating the dorsal skin of the hindpaw or the skin of the inner thigh. Given the importance of mitochondria in intracellular Ca(2+) regulation and the findings of chemotherapy-associated increase in mitotoxicity along the sensory neuron axons, we hypothesized that CIPN is due to both increases and decreases in mitochondria function, with changes manifest in distinct subpopulations of afferents...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108396/serotonin-5-ht4-receptors-modulate-the-development-of-glutamatergic-input-to-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
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Angela Chen, Katherine D Hubbert, Pasha F Foroudi, Vivian F Lu, Skirmantas Janušonis
The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) is a major serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT)-producing region in the central nervous system. It receives glutamatergic inputs from several brain regions, which are reciprocally modulated by serotonergic signals. We investigated whether serotonin 5-HT4 receptors (5-HT4Rs) play a role in the development of glutamatergic control of the DRN, with an emphasis on cortical inputs. Double-label immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy were used to quantify vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (vGluT1)-immunoreactive terminals in the DRN of mice with a null-mutation in the 5-HT4R gene...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108158/evolutionary-plasticity-of-plasma-membrane-interaction-in-drepp-family-proteins
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Stanislav Vosolsobě, Jan Petrášek, Kateřina Schwarzerová
The plant-specific DREPP protein family comprises proteins that were shown to regulate the actin and microtubular cytoskeleton in a calcium-dependent manner. Our phylogenetic analysis showed that DREPPs first appeared in ferns and that DREPPs have a rapid and plastic evolutionary history in plants. Arabidopsis DREPP paralogues called AtMDP25/PCaP1 and AtMAP18/PCaP2 are N-myristoylated, which has been reported as a key factor in plasma membrane localization. Here we show that N-myristoylation is neither conserved nor ancestral for the DREPP family...
January 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107509/development-of-combining-of-human-bronchial-mucosa-models-with-xposeali%C3%A2-for-exposure-of-air-pollution-nanoparticles
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Jie Ji, Anna Hedelin, Maria Malmlöf, Vadim Kessler, Gulaim Seisenbaeva, Per Gerde, Lena Palmberg
BACKGROUND: Exposure to agents via inhalation is of great concerns both in workplace environment and in the daily contact with particles in the ambient air. Reliable human airway exposure systems will most likely replace animal experiment in future toxicity assessment studies of inhaled agents. METHODS: In this study, we successfully established a combination of an exposure system (XposeALI) with 3D models mimicking both healthy and chronic bronchitis-like mucosa by co-culturing human primary bronchial epithelial cells (PBEC) and fibroblast at air-liquid interface (ALI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107406/classification-and-segmentation-of-nanoparticle-diffusion-trajectories-in-cellular-micro-environments
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Thorsten Wagner, Alexandra Kroll, Chandrashekara R Haramagatti, Hans-Gerd Lipinski, Martin Wiemann
Darkfield and confocal laser scanning microscopy both allow for a simultaneous observation of live cells and single nanoparticles. Accordingly, a characterization of nanoparticle uptake and intracellular mobility appears possible within living cells. Single particle tracking allows to measure the size of a diffusing particle close to a cell. However, within the more complex system of a cell's cytoplasm normal, confined or anomalous diffusion together with directed motion may occur. In this work we present a method to automatically classify and segment single trajectories into their respective motion types...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107387/neuronal-cell-death-and-degeneration-through-increased-nitroxidative-stress-and-tau-phosphorylation-in-hiv-1-transgenic-rats
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Young-Eun Cho, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Byoung-Joon Song
The underlying mechanisms for increased neurodegeneration and neurocognitive deficits in HIV-infected people are unclear. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the mechanisms of increased neurodegeneration in 5-month old male HIV-1 Transgenic (Tg) rats compared to the age- and gender-matched wild-type (WT) by evaluating histological changes and biochemical parameters of the key proteins involved in the cell death signaling and apoptosis. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses revealed decreased neuronal cells with elevated astrogliosis in HIV-1 Tg rats compared to WT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106420/long-lived-neighbors-determine-the-rheological-response-of-glasses
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M Laurati, P Maßhoff, K J Mutch, S U Egelhaaf, A Zaccone
Glasses exhibit a liquidlike structure but a solidlike rheological response with plastic deformations only occurring beyond yielding. Thus, predicting the rheological behavior from the microscopic structure is difficult, but important for materials science. Here, we consider colloidal suspensions and propose to supplement the static structural information with the local dynamics, namely, the rearrangement and breaking of the cage of neighbors. This is quantified by the mean squared nonaffine displacement and the number of particles that remain nearest neighbors for a long time, i...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106284/oxidative-stress-promotes-doxorubicin-induced-pgp-and-bcrp-expression-in-colon-cancer-cells-under-hypoxic-conditions
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Martha L Pinzón-Daza, Yenith Cuellar-Saenz, Francisco Nualart, Alejandro Ondo-Mendez, Lilia Del Riesgo, Fabio Castillo-Rivera, Ruth Garzón
P-glycoprotein (Pgp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) are ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters that are overexpressed in different drug-resistant cancer cell lines. In this study, we investigated whether doxorubicin promotes Pgp and/or BCRP expression to induce drug resistance in colon cancer cells under hypoxic conditions. We analyzed HIF-1α activity via ELISA, Pgp and BCRP expression by qRT-PCR and the relationship between doxorubicin uptake and ABC transporter expression via confocal microscopy in HT-29WT and HT-29 doxorubicin-resistant colon cancer cells (HT-29DxR)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105691/the-alcohol-sensitive-period-during-early-octavolateral-organ-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Lilliann Y Zamora, Kayla C Miguel, Zhongmin Lu
Fetal alcohol exposure can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), completely preventable developmental disabilities characterized by permanent birth defects. However, specific gestational timing when developing organs are most sensitive to alcohol exposure is unclear. In this study, we examined the temporal effects of embryonic alcohol exposure on octavolateral organs in zebrafish (Danio rerio), including inner ears and lateral line neuromasts that function in hearing, balance, and hydrodynamic detection, respectively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104809/gpnmb-promotes-proliferation-of-developing-eosinophils
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Sae Mi Hwang, Jin Hyun Kang, Bo Kyum Kim, Tae Gi Uhm, Hye Jung Kim, Hyune-Hwan Lee, Bert Binas, Il Yup Chung
Glycoprotein non-metastatic melanoma protein B (GPNMB) is a type I transmembrane protein that is expressed in a wide variety of cell types, including hematopoietic lineages. We previously demonstrated that GPNMB is one of the most highly expressed genes at an early and intermediate stage of eosinophil development. We herein examined GPNMB expression and its possible functional effect using cord blood (CB) CD34(+) hematopoietic stem cells differentiating toward eosinophils during a 24-day culture period. Western blot and confocal microscopy analyses showed that GPNMB reached its highest levels at day 12 with most GPNMB-positive cells also expressing major basic protein 1 (MBP1), an eosinophil granule protein...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103315/multiple-acid-sensors-control-helicobacter-pylori-colonization-of-the-stomach
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Julie Y Huang, Emily Goers Sweeney, Karen Guillemin, Manuel R Amieva
Helicobacter pylori's ability to respond to environmental cues in the stomach is integral to its survival. By directly visualizing H. pylori swimming behavior when encountering a microscopic gradient consisting of the repellent acid and attractant urea, we found that H. pylori is able to simultaneously detect both signals, and its response depends on the magnitudes of the individual signals. By testing for the bacteria's response to a pure acid gradient, we discovered that the chemoreceptors TlpA and TlpD are each independent acid sensors...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103012/a-bi-modal-cationic-and-water-soluble-calix-4-arene-conjugate-design-synthesis-characterization-and-transfection-of-rfp-encoded-plasmid-in-cancer-cells
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Kushal Samanta, Dnyanesh S Ranade, Aekta Upadhyay, Prasad Padmakar Kulkarni, Chebrolu Pulla Rao
A new bimodal fluorescent cationic calix[4]arene (L1) conjugate has been synthesized in multiple steps and well characterized by NMR and ESI-MS techniques. L1 has been investigated for its DNA binding ability by various spectroscopy techniques like, absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism (CD). The formation of L1-DNA complex has been confirmed by the gel electrophoresis in presence of incremental concentration of L1. To visualize the packing of the plasmid (pBR322), detailed tapping mode AFM study has been performed, which revealed blob like structure of plasmid upon addition of the incremental amount of L1...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103010/a-fluorescent-hsp90-probe-demonstrates-the-unique-association-between-extracellular-hsp90-and-malignancy-in-vivo
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Lauren B Crowe, Philip F Hughes, David A Alcorta, Takuya Osada, Aaron P Smith, Juliane Totzke, David R Loiselle, Isaac D Lutz, Madhusudhana Gargesha, Debasish Roy, Jose Roques, David Darr, H Kim Lyerly, Neil L Spector, Timothy Aj Haystead
Extracellular expression of heat shock protein 90 (eHsp90) by tumor cells is correlated with malignancy. Development of small molecule probes that can detect eHsp90 in vivo may therefore have utility in the early detection of malignancy. We synthesized a cell impermeable far-red fluorophore-tagged Hsp90 inhibitor to target eHsp90 in vivo. High resolution confocal and lattice light sheet microscopy show that probe-bound eHsp90 accumulates in punctate structures on the plasma membrane of breast tumor cells and is actively internalized...
January 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102911/glutathione-peroxidase-like-enzymes-cover-five-distinct-cell-compartments-and-membrane-surfaces-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Safira Attacha, David Solbach, Krisztina Bela, Anna Moseler, Stephan Wagner, Markus Schwarzländer, Isabel Aller, Stefanie J Müller, Andreas J Meyer
Glutathione peroxidase-like enzymes (GPXLs) constitute a family of eight peroxidases in Arabidopsis thaliana. In contrast to the eponymous selenocysteine glutathione peroxidases (GPXs) in mammalian cells which use glutathione as electron donor, GPXLs rely on cysteine instead of selenocysteine for activity and depend on the thioredoxin system for reduction. Although plant GPXLs have been implicated in important agronomic traits such as drought tolerance, photooxidative tolerance and immune responses there remain major ambiguities regarding their subcellular localization...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102826/ceramic-particle-engulfment-by-fibroblasts-does-not-alter-at-all-cell-behavior
#19
Pierre-Antoine Faye, Olivier Roualdes, Fabrice Rossignol, Daniel Jean Hartmann, Alexis Desmoulière
Despite many studies, the impact of ceramic particles on cell behavior remains still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of ceramic nano-sized particles on fibroblastic cells. Fibroblasts (dermal fibroblasts freshly isolated from skin samples and WI26 fibroblastic cells) were cultured in monolayer in the presence of alumina or cerium-zirconia particles (��� 50 nm diameter) at two concentrations (100 or 500 ��g.mL-1). Fluorescent alumina particles were also used. Cell morphology, cytoplasmic ceramic incorporation using confocal and transmission electron microscopy, and migration using silicon insert, were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102235/clumping-factor-a-of-staphylococcus-aureus-interacts-with-annexina2-on-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Shoaib Ashraf, Jing Cheng, Xin Zhao
Staphylococcus aureus is one of major pathogens that can cause a series of diseases in different hosts. In the bovine, it mainly causes subclinical and contagious mastitis, but its mechanisms of infection are not fully understood. Considering the fact that virulence factors play key roles in interactions between the bacterium and host cells, this study aimed to identify if a binding partner of S. aureus clumping factor A (ClfA) exists on the bovine mammary epithelial cells. The ClfA protein was used as a bait to pull down lysates of cultured bovine mammary epithelial cells (MAC-T cells)...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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