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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545044/differentiation-of-spontaneously-contracting-cardiomyocytes-from-non-virally-reprogrammed-human-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells
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Aaron J Velasquez-Mao, Christopher J M Tsao, Madeline N Monroe, Xavier Legras, Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Rodrigo Ruano, Jeffrey G Jacot
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect. The limiting factor in tissue engineering repair strategies is an autologous source of functional cardiomyocytes. Amniotic fluid contains an ideal cell source for prenatal harvest and use in correction of congenital heart defects. This study aims to investigate the potential of amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (AFSC) to undergo non-viral reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) followed by growth-factor-free differentiation into functional cardiomyocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544790/roles-of-autophagy-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage-induced-secondary-brain-injury-in%C3%A2-rats
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Xiao-Chun Duan, Wei Wang, Dong-Xia Feng, Jia Yin, Gang Zuo, Dong-Dong Chen, Zhou-Qing Chen, Hai-Ying Li, Zhong Wang, Gang Chen
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the roles of autophagy and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)-induced secondary brain injury (SBI) in rats. METHODS: Autophagy inducer (rapamycin) and inhibitor (3-methyladenine), as well as ER stress activator (tunicamycin, TM) and inhibitor (tauroursodeoxycholic acid, TUDCA), were used. Bafilomycin A1, an inhibitor of autophagosome-lysosome fusion, was used to assess autophagic flux. RESULTS: Autophagy and ER stress were enhanced in the week after ICH...
May 19, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544592/direct-influence-of-titanium-and-zirconia-particles-on-the-morphology-and-functionality-of-mature-human-osteoclasts
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Juliane Pasold, Jana Markhoff, Jenny Tillmann, Martin Krogull, Phillip Pisowocki, Rainer Bader
Within the last ten years of biomedical implants, the focus is increasingly on bioceramics, specifically on zirconia (ZrO2 ). Hence, we analyzed the impact of zirconia particles in comparison to titanium (cpTi) particles on mature human osteoclasts (OCs) as little is known about the direct effect of wear particles on mature OCs and their role in the osteolytic process during aseptic endoprosthesis loosening. Changes in cell morphology and functionality of OCs incubated with particles in different concentrations were investigated...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544529/excess-cholesterol-inhibits-glucose-stimulated-fusion-pore-dynamics-in-insulin-exocytosis
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Yingke Xu, Derek K Toomre, Jonathan S Bogan, Mingming Hao
Type 2 diabetes is caused by defects in both insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion. Glucose triggers insulin secretion by causing exocytosis of insulin granules from pancreatic β-cells. High circulating cholesterol levels and a diminished capacity of serum to remove cholesterol from β-cells are observed in diabetic individuals. Both of these effects can lead to cholesterol accumulation in β-cells and contribute to β-cell dysfunction. However, the molecular mechanisms by which cholesterol accumulation impairs β-cell function remain largely unknown...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544270/localization-and-domain-characterization-of-the-sfla-regulator-of-flagellar-formation-in-vibrio-alginolyticus
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Satoshi Inaba, Takehiko Nishigaki, Norihiro Takekawa, Seiji Kojima, Michio Homma
Many swimming bacteria use flagella as locomotive organelles. The spatial and numerical regulation of flagellar biosynthesis differs by bacterial species. The marine bacteria Vibrio alginolyticus use a single polar flagellum whose number is regulated positively by FlhF and negatively by FlhG. Cells lacking FlhF and FlhG have no flagellum. The motility defect in an flhFG deletion was suppressed by a mutation in the sflA gene that resulted in the production of multiple, peritrichous flagella. SflA is a Vibrio-specific protein...
May 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544162/benzimidazole-scaffold-as-anticancer-agent-synthetic-approaches-and-structure-activity-relationship
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Neelima Shrivastava, Mohd Javed Naim, Md Jahangir Alam, Farah Nawaz, Shujauddin Ahmed, Ozair Alam
Cancer, also known as malignant neoplasm, is a dreadful disease which involves abnormal cell growth having the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Benzimidazole is an organic compound that is heterocyclic and aromatic in nature. It is a bicyclic compound formed by the fusion of the benzene and imidazole ring systems. It is an important pharmacophore and a privileged structure in medicinal chemistry. According to the World Health Organisation (2015 survey), one in six deaths is due to cancer around the globe, accounting for 8...
May 22, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544109/express-with-caution-epitope-tags-and-cdna-variants-effects-on-herg-channel-trafficking-half-life-and-function
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Marika L Osterbur Badhey, Alexander C Bertalovitz, Thomas V McDonald
INTRODUCTION: Genetic mutations in KCNQ2 which encodes hERG, the alpha subunit of the potassium channel responsible for the IKr current, cause Long QT Syndrome, an inherited cardiac arrhythmia disorder. Electrophysiology techniques are used to correlate genotype with molecular phenotype to determine which mutations identified in patients diagnosed Long QT Syndrome are disease causing, and which are benign. These investigations are usually done using heterologous expression in cell lines, and often, epitope fusion tags are used to enable isolation and identification of the protein of interest...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542501/a-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-kinases-rock-inhibitor-y-27632-enhances-adhesion-viability-and-differentiation-of-human-term-placenta-derived-trophoblasts-in-vitro
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Kenichiro Motomura, Naoko Okada, Hideaki Morita, Mariko Hara, Masato Tamari, Keisuke Orimo, Go Matsuda, Ken-Ichi Imadome, Akio Matsuda, Takeshi Nagamatsu, Mikiya Fujieda, Haruhiko Sago, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto
Although human term placenta-derived primary cytotrophoblasts (pCTBs) represent a good human syncytiotrophoblast (STB) model, in vitro culture of pCTBs is not always easily accomplished. Y-27632, a specific inhibitor of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinases (ROCK), reportedly prevented apoptosis and improved cell-to-substrate adhesion and culture stability of dissociated cultured human embryonic stem cells and human corneal endothelial cells. The Rho kinase pathway regulates various kinds of cell behavior, some of which are involved in pCTB adhesion and differentiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542430/ros-regulation-of-axonal-mitochondrial-transport-is-mediated-by-ca2-and-jnk-in-drosophila
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Pin-Chao Liao, Lauren C Tandarich, Peter J Hollenbeck
Mitochondria perform critical functions including aerobic ATP production and calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis, but are also a major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. To maintain cellular function and survival in neurons, mitochondria are transported along axons, and accumulate in regions with high demand for their functions. Oxidative stress and abnormal mitochondrial axonal transport are associated with neurodegenerative disorders. However, we know little about the connection between these two...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542388/targeted-dna-methylation-in-pericentromeres-with-genome-editing-based-artificial-dna-methyltransferase
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Taiga Yamazaki, Yu Hatano, Tetsuya Handa, Sakiko Kato, Kensuke Hoida, Rui Yamamura, Takashi Fukuyama, Takayuki Uematsu, Noritada Kobayashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Kazuo Yamagata
To study the impact of epigenetic changes on biological functions, the ability to manipulate the epigenetic status of certain genomic regions artificially could be an indispensable technology. "Epigenome editing" techniques have gradually emerged that apply TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 technologies with various effector domains isolated from epigenetic code writers or erasers such as DNA methyltransferase, 5-methylcytosine oxidase, and histone modification enzymes. Here we demonstrate that a TALE recognizing a major satellite, consisting of a repeated sequence in pericentromeres, could be fused with the bacterial CpG methyltransferase, SssI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542141/an-enhanced-bioluminescence-based-annexin-v-probe-for-apoptosis-detection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Trajen Head, Peter Dau, Stephanie Duffort, Pirouz Daftarian, Pratibha M Joshi, Roberto Vazquez-Padron, Sapna K Deo, Sylvia Daunert
The process of controlled cellular death known as apoptosis has an important central role not only in normal homeostatic maintenance of tissues, but also in numerous diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative, autoimmune, and cardiovascular diseases. As a result, new technologies with the capability to selectively detect apoptotic cells represent a central focus of research for the study of these conditions. We have developed a new biosensor for the detection of apoptotic cells, incorporating the targeted selectivity for apoptotic cells from Annexin V with the sensitivity of bioluminescence signal generation from a serum-stable mutant of Renilla luciferase (RLuc8)...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541529/statistical-algorithms-improve-accuracy-of-gene-fusion-detection
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Gillian Hsieh, Rob Bierman, Linda Szabo, Alex Gia Lee, Donald E Freeman, Nathaniel Watson, E Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, Julia Salzman
Gene fusions are known to play critical roles in tumor pathogenesis. Yet, sensitive and specific algorithms to detect gene fusions in cancer do not currently exist. In this paper, we present a new statistical algorithm, MACHETE (Mismatched Alignment CHimEra Tracking Engine), which achieves highly sensitive and specific detection of gene fusions from RNA-Seq data, including the highest Positive Predictive Value (PPV) compared to the current state-of-the-art, as assessed in simulated data. We show that the best performing published algorithms either find large numbers of fusions in negative control data or suffer from low sensitivity detecting known driving fusions in gold standard settings, such as EWSR1-FLI1...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541506/differences-in-responses-to-x-ray-exposure-between-osteoclast-and-osteoblast-cells
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Jian Zhang, Ziyang Wang, Anqing Wu, Jing Nie, Hailong Pei, Wentao Hu, Bing Wang, Peng Shang, Bingyan Li, Guangming Zhou
Radiation-induced bone loss is a potential health concern for cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Enhanced bone resorption by osteoclasts and decreased bone formation by osteoblasts were thought to be the main reasons. In this study, we showed that both pre-differentiating and differentiating osteoclasts were relatively sensitive to X-rays compared with osteoblasts. X-rays decreased cell viability to a greater degree in RAW264.7 cells and in differentiating cells than than in osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540168/arterial-relaxation-is-coupled-to-inhibition-of-mitochondrial-fission-in-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-comparison-of-vasorelaxant-effects-of-verapamil-and-phentolamine
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Jing Jin, Xin Shen, Yu Tai, Shanliang Li, Mingyu Liu, Changlin Zhen, Xiuchen Xuan, Xiyue Zhang, Nan Hu, Xinzi Zhang, Deli Dong
Mitochondria are morphologically dynamic organelles which undergo fission and fusion processes. Our previous study found that arterial constriction was always accompanied by increased mitochondrial fission in smooth muscle cells, whereas inhibition of mitochondrial fission in smooth muscle cells was associated with arterial relaxation. Here, we used the typical vasorelaxants, verapamil and phentolamine, to further confirm the coupling between arterial constriction and mitochondrial fission in rat aorta. Results showed that phentolamine but not verapamil induced vasorelaxation in phenylephrine (PE)-induced rat thoracic aorta constriction...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539819/dexamethasone-treatment-at-the-myoblast-stage-enhanced-c2c12-myocyte-differentiation
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Der-Sheng Han, Wei-Shiung Yang, Tung-Wei Kao
Background: Glucocorticoids induce skeletal muscle atrophy in many clinical situations; however, their hypertrophic and pro-differentiation effects on myotubes have rarely been reported. We hypothesized that dexamethasone (DEX) has a dual effect on muscle differentiation, and aimed to develop a new differentiation protocol for C2C12 cell line. Methods: Dose- and time-dependent effect of DEX on C2C12 myoblast cell line was analyzed at myoblast and myotube stage, respectively. The level of differentiation was determined by myh1, pax7, atrogin-1, and myostatin mRNA expression and fusion index...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539463/braf-fusion-as-a-novel-mechanism-of-acquired-resistance-to-vemurafenib-in-braf-v600e-mutant-melanoma
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Atul Kulkarni, Husam Al-Hraishawi, Srilatha Simhadri, Kim M Hirshfield, Suzie Chen, Sharon R Pine, Chandrika Jeyamohan, Levi Sokol, Siraj M Ali, Man Lung Teo, Eileen White, Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Janice M Mehnert, Shridar Ganesan
Many patients with BRAF (V)(600E) mutant melanoma treated with BRAF inhibitors experience a rapid response, but ultimately develop resistance. Insight into the mechanism of resistance is critical for development of more effective treatment strategies. <br /><br />Experimental Design: Comprehensive genomic profiling of serial biopsies was performed in a patient with a BRAF(V600E) mutant metastatic melanoma who developed resistance to vemurafenib. An AGAP3-BRAF fusion gene, identified in the vemurafenib-resistant tumor, was expressed in BRAF(V600E) melanoma cell lines and its effect on drug sensitivity was evaluated...
May 24, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539418/loss-of-doc2-dependent-spontaneous-neurotransmission-augments-glutamatergic-synaptic-strength
#17
Denise M O Ramirez, Devon C Crawford, Natali L Chanaday, Brent Trauterman, Lisa M Monteggia, Ege T Kavalali
Action potential-evoked vesicle fusion comprises the majority of neurotransmission within chemical synapses, but action potential-independent spontaneous neurotransmission also contributes to the collection of signals sent to the postsynaptic cell. Previous work has implicated spontaneous neurotransmission in homeostatic synaptic scaling, but few studies have selectively manipulated spontaneous neurotransmission without substantial changes in evoked neurotransmission to study this function in detail. Here we used a quadruple knockdown strategy to reduce levels of proteins within the soluble calcium-binding double C2 domain (Doc2)-like protein family to selectively reduce spontaneous neurotransmission in cultured mouse and rat neurons...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539405/tumor-susceptibility-gene-101-tsg101-regulates-predisposition-towards-apoptosis-via-escrt-machinery-accessory-proteins
#18
Zenia Kaul, Oishee Chakrabarti
ESCRT proteins are implicated in myriad cellular processes, including endosome formation, fusion of autophagosomes/amphisomes with lysosomes and apoptosis. The role played by these proteins in either facilitating or protecting against apoptosis is still unclear. In this study, while trying to understand how deficiency of Mahogunin RING Finger 1 (MGRN1) affects cell viability, we uncover a novel role for its interactor, the ESCRT-I protein, TSG101 - it directly participates in mitigating ER stress mediated apoptosis...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539298/-fine-needle-aspiration-cell-pathology-for-diagnosis-of-intrathoracic-extramedullary-hematopoiesis-presenting-as-a-posterior-mediastinal-tumor-a-case-report
#19
Jie Zhou, Tong Zhao, Min Deng
To study the feasibility of in a A patient with extramedullary hematopoiesis presenting as a posterior mediastinal tumor underwent fine-needle aspiration for cell pathology diagnosis. The primary locus of a posterior mediastinal extramedullary hematopoiesis was examined with Papanicolaou staining and HE staining, and the expressions of cytokeratin, epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase, CD3, CD20, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, CD34, CD235a, myeloperoxidase, CD61, P53, CD30, S-100, CD1a, and Ki-67 with immunohistochemistry...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539286/-expression-purification-and-activity-analysis-of-ggdef-and-eal-domain-containing-proteins-from-lactobacillus-acidophilus
#20
Jia-Hui He, Jie-Li Sun, Wen-Juan Yan, Fang Wang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the functions of the proteins containing the GGDEF or EAL domain in Lactobacillus acidophilus for investigation of the regulatory mechanism of c-di-GMP in this strain. METHODS: The DNA fragments of NH13_07045-GGDEF, NH13_07050 and NH13_07055 from Lactobacillus acidophilus ATCC4356 were amplified by PCR and cloned into the expression vector pMAL-His-c2. After sequencing, the recombinant plasmids were transformed into competent Escherichia coli cells, which were induced by IPTG to express the recombinant proteins fused with maltose binding protein (MBP)...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
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