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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352247/high-content-analysis-identifies-unique-morphological-features-of-reprogrammed-cardiomyocytes
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Matthew D Sutcliffe, Philip M Tan, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Young-Jae Nam, Nikhil V Munshi, Jeffrey J Saucerman
Direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes is a promising approach for cardiac regeneration but still faces challenges in efficiently generating mature cardiomyocytes. Systematic optimization of reprogramming protocols requires scalable, objective methods to assess cellular phenotype beyond what is captured by transcriptional signatures alone. To address this question, we automatically segmented reprogrammed cardiomyocytes from immunofluorescence images and analyzed cell morphology. We also introduce a method to quantify sarcomere structure using Haralick texture features, called SarcOmere Texture Analysis (SOTA)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352176/renal-scattered-tubular-like-cells-confer-protective-effects-in-the-stenotic-murine-kidney-mediated-by-release-of-extracellular-vesicles
#2
Xiangyu Zou, Soon Hyo Kwon, Kai Jiang, Christopher M Ferguson, Amrutesh S Puranik, Xiangyang Zhu, Lilach O Lerman
To test the hypothesis that intrinsic renal scattered tubular cells (STC-like cells) contribute to repairing injured tubular epithelial cells (TEC) by releasing extracellular vesicle (EV). EV released from primary cultured pig STC-like cells were confirmed by electron microscopy. Antimycin-A (AMA)-induced injured proximal TEC (PK1 cells) were co-cultured with STC-like cells, STC-like cells-derived EV, or EV-free conditioned-medium for 3 days. Cellular injury, oxidative stress and mitochondrial function were assessed...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350498/glioma-targeted-delivery-of-a-theranostic-liposome-integrated-with-quantum-dots-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-and-cilengitide-for-dual-imaging-guiding-cancer-surgery
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He-Lin Xu, Jing-Jing Yang, De-Li ZhuGe, Meng-Ting Lin, Qun-Yan Zhu, Bing-Hui Jin, Meng-Qi Tong, Bi-Xin Shen, Jian Xiao, Ying-Zheng Zhao
Herein, a theranostic liposome (QSC-Lip) integrated with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and quantum dots (QDs) and cilengitide (CGT) into one platform is constructed to target glioma under magnetic targeting (MT) for guiding surgical resection of glioma. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirm the complete coencapsulation of SPIONs and QDs in liposome. Besides, CGT is also effectively encapsulated into the liposome with an encapsulation efficiency of ∼88...
January 19, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348883/spatial-habitats-from-multiparametric-mr-imaging-are-associated-with-signaling-pathway-activities-and-survival-in-glioblastoma
#4
Katherine Dextraze, Abhijoy Saha, Donnie Kim, Shivali Narang, Michael Lehrer, Anita Rao, Saphal Narang, Dinesh Rao, Salmaan Ahmed, Venkatesh Madhugiri, Clifton David Fuller, Michelle M Kim, Sunil Krishnan, Ganesh Rao, Arvind Rao
Glioblastoma (GBM) show significant inter- and intra-tumoral heterogeneity, impacting response to treatment and overall survival time of 12-15 months. To study glioblastoma phenotypic heterogeneity, multi-parametric magnetic resonance images (MRI) of 85 glioblastoma patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas were analyzed to characterize tumor-derived spatial habitats for their relationship with outcome (overall survival) and to identify their molecular correlates (i.e., determine associated tumor signaling pathways correlated with imaging-derived habitat measurements)...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348621/dynamic-cellular-maps-of-molecular-species-application-to-drug-target-interactions
#5
Carolina García, Alejandro Losada, Miguel A Sacristán, Juan Fernando Martínez-Leal, Carlos M Galmarini, M Pilar Lillo
The design of living cell studies aimed at deciphering the mechanism of action of drugs targeting proteins with multiple functions, expressed in a wide range of concentrations and cellular locations, is a real challenge. We recently showed that the antitumor drug plitidepsin (APL) localizes sufficiently close to the elongation factor eEF1A2 so as to suggest the formation of drug-protein complexes in living cells. Here we present an extension of our previous micro-spectroscopy study, that combines Generalized Polarization (GP) images, with the phasor approach and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), using a 7-aminocoumarin drug analog (APL*) as fluorescence tracer...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348593/temporal-diabetes-induced-biochemical-changes-in-distinctive-layers-of-mouse-retina
#6
Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Christine M Sorenson, Alex J Schofield, Miriam Unger, Nader Sheibani, Carol J Hirschmugl
To discover the mechanisms underlying the progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a more comprehensive understanding of the biomolecular processes in individual retinal cells subjected to hyperglycemia is required. Despite extensive studies, the changes in the biochemistry of retinal layers during the development of DR are not well known. In this study, we aimed to determine a more detailed understanding of the natural history of DR in Akita/+ (type 1 diabetes model) male mice with different duration of diabetes...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348413/synthesis-of-luminescent-carbon-dots-with-ultrahigh-quantum-yield-and-inherent-folate-receptor-positive-cancer-cell-targetability
#7
Haifang Liu, Zhaohui Li, Yuanqiang Sun, Xin Geng, Yalei Hu, Hongmin Meng, Jia Ge, Lingbo Qu
Carbon dots (CDs) have a wide range of applications in chemical, physical and biomedical research fields. We are particularly interested in the use of CDs as fluorescence nanomaterials for targeted tumor cell imaging. One of the important aspects of success is to enhance the fluorescence quantum yields (QY) of CDs as well as increase their targetability to tumor cells. However, most of the reported CDs are limited by relative low QY. In the current study, for the first time, one-step synthesis of highly luminescent CDs by using folic acid (FA) as single precursor was obtained in natural water through hydrothermal method...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348171/a-cationic-c-terminal-patch-and-structural-rearrangements-in-ebola-virus-matrix-vp40-protein-control-its-interactions-with-phosphatidylserine
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Kathryn Del Vecchio, Cary T Frick, Jeevan B Gc, Shun-Ichiro Oda, Bernard S Gerstman, Erica Ollmann Saphire, Prem P Chapagain, Robert V Stahelin
Ebola virus (EBOV) is a filamentous lipid-enveloped virus that causes hemorrhagic fever with a high fatality rate. Viral protein 40 (VP40) is the major EBOV matrix protein and regulates viral budding from the plasma membrane. VP40 is a transformer/morpheein that can structurally rearrange its native homodimer into either a hexameric filament that facilitates viral budding or a RNA-binding octameric ring that regulates viral transcription. VP40 associates with plasma-membrane lipids such as phosphatidylserine (PS), and this association is critical to budding from the host cell...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345909/a-metabolomics-study-reveals-enhanced-inhibition-and-metabolic-dysregulation-in-e-coli-induced-by-lactobacillus-acidophilus-fermented-black-tea-extract
#9
Kundi Yang, Mattew Duley, Jiangjiang Zhu
This study examined the ability of Lactobacillus acidophilus (LA) to ferment black tea extract (BTE), and the enhancement of Escherichia coli cellular uptake of phenolic compounds when this bacteria was incubated with fermented BTE. The inhibitory effects of BTE to E. coli bacteria, with and w/o fermentation, were compared. Several intracellular phenolic compounds, as well as metabolic profiles of E. coli with and w/o treatments, were also determined using a HPLC-MS/MS-based approach. Our results showed that out of three concentrations from the non-fermented BTE treatment, only the extract from the 25 mg/ml tea leaves solution could inhibit E...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345326/live-animal-imaging-of-renal-function-by-multiphoton-microscopy
#10
Kenneth W Dunn, Timothy A Sutton, Ruben M Sandoval
Intravital microscopy, microscopy of living animals, is a powerful research technique that combines the resolution and sensitivity found in microscopic studies of cultured cells with the relevance and systemic influences of cells in the context of the intact animal. The power of intravital microscopy has recently been extended with the development of multiphoton fluorescence microscopy systems capable of collecting optical sections from deep within the kidney at subcellular resolution, supporting high-resolution characterizations of the structure and function of glomeruli, tubules, and vasculature in the living kidney...
January 18, 2018: Current Protocols in Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345271/flocculation-on-a-chip-a-novel-screening-approach-to-determine-floc-growth-rates-and-select-flocculating-agents
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Anand N P Radhakrishnan, Marco P C Marques, Matthew J Davies, Brian O'Sullivan, Daniel G Bracewell, Nicolas Szita
Flocculation is a key purification step in cell-based processes for the food and pharmaceutical industry where the removal of cells and cellular debris is aided by adding flocculating agents. However, finding the best suited flocculating agent and optimal conditions to achieve rapid and effective flocculation is a non-trivial task. In conventional analytical systems, turbulent mixing creates a dynamic equilibrium between floc growth and breakage, constraining the determination of floc formation rates. Furthermore, these systems typically rely on end-point measurements only...
January 18, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344964/recent-advances-and-opportunities-in-proteomic-analyses-of-tumor-heterogeneity
#12
REVIEW
Nicholas W Bateman, Thomas P Conrads
Solid tumor malignancies comprise a highly variable admixture of tumor and non-tumor cellular populations, forming a complex cellular ecosystem and tumor microenvironment. This tumor heterogeneity is not incidental and is known to correlate with poor patient prognosis for many cancer types. Indeed, non-malignant cell populations, such as vascular endothelial and immune cells, are known to play key roles supporting and, in some cases, driving aggressive tumor biology and represent targets of emerging therapeutics, such as anti-angiogenesis and immune checkpoint inhibitors...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344827/molecular-imaging-of-cardiac-remodelling-after-myocardial-infarction
#13
REVIEW
Daniel Curley, Begoña Lavin Plaza, Ajay M Shah, René M Botnar
Myocardial infarction and subsequent heart failure is a major health burden associated with significant mortality and morbidity in western societies. The ability of cardiac tissue to recover after myocardial infarction is affected by numerous complex cellular and molecular pathways. Unbalance or failure of these pathways can lead to adverse remodelling of the heart and poor prognosis. Current clinical cardiac imaging modalities assess anatomy, perfusion, function, and viability of the myocardium, yet do not offer any insight into the specific molecular pathways involved in the repair process...
January 17, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344592/ph-responsible-fluorescent-carbon-nanoparticles-for-tumor-selective-theranostics-via-ph-turn-on-off-fluorescence-and-photothermal-effect-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#14
Eun Bi Kang, Jung Eun Lee, Zihnil Adha Islamy Mazrad, Insik In, Ji Hoon Jeong, Sung Young Park
We developed nanoparticles comprising a photothermal dye (IR825)-loaded carbonized zwitterionic polymer [FNP-I] as "switch-on" pH-responsive fluorescence probes to sense intracellular cancer cells and for near-infrared (NIR) controllable photothermal therapy (PTT) in vivo and in vitro. The fluorescent "off" of FNP-I was activated after reaching the cancer cell environment, where the zwitterionic compartment of FNP lost its hydrophobicity to induce PTT-mediated heat release of IR825 under NIR irradiation in the tumor...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344297/mesoporous-carbon-nanospheres-as-a-multifunctional-carrier-for-cancer-theranostics
#15
Libo Zhou, Ying Jing, Yubin Liu, Zhihe Liu, Duyang Gao, Haobin Chen, Weiye Song, Tao Wang, Xiaofeng Fang, Weiping Qin, Zhen Yuan, Sheng Dai, Zhen-An Qiao, Changfeng Wu
Optical nanomaterials with intense absorption in near-infrared (NIR) region hold great promise for biomedical applications such as photothermal therapy (PTT) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI). In this work, we report mesoporous carbon nanospheres (Meso-CNs) with broadband and intense absorption in the UV-Vis-NIR region (300-1400 nm) and explore their potential as a multifunctional platform for photoacoustic imaging and chemo-photothermal therapy. Methods: Meso-CNs were prepared by a "silica-assisted" synthesis strategy and characterized by transmission electron microscope and optical spectroscopy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341915/influence-of-ligands-property-and-particle-size-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-the-protein-adsorption-and-corresponding-targeting-ability
#16
Wei Xiao, Jingyuan Xiong, Shuang Zhang, Yang Xiong, Huajin Zhang, Huile Gao
Nanoparticulated vesicles were widely used for carriers of drugs and imaging probes. To improve the targeting delivery efficiency of these vesicles, ligands were often functionalized onto their surfaces. However, the interaction between vesicles and plasma proteins may cover the ligands and hinder the targeting delivery. It is important to address the potential influence of ligands modification on plasma protein adsorption and the following targeting delivery. In this study, two common used ligands were chosen as the model: transferrin and RGD peptide...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341436/a-novel-nir-fluorescent-probe-for-monitoring-cox-2-in-inflammation-and-tumor
#17
Qi Zhang, Zhihao Han, Ji Tao, Wancun Zhang, Ping Li, Liping Tang, Yueqing Gu
Targeting COX-2 for molecular imaging is an attractive approach applicable for its overexpression in inflammation and many malignancies. Herein, for monitoring COX-2, we synthesize a specific COX-2 probe CMP, based on celecoxib and a water-soluble near-infrared dye MPA. Its high affinity for binding to COX-2 is verified by molecular docking, dynamics simulation and inhibition assay. At cellular level, CMP selectively accumulates in cytoplasm of COX-2-positive cells. In vivo assays, probe guided-imaging in inflamed or cancerous tissues confirms that CMP can bind to the locally endogenic COX-2 and exhibit intense fluorescence...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340932/robotic-scanning-device-for-intraoperative-thyroid-gland-endomicroscopy
#18
Haibo Wang, Shuxin Wang, Jinhua Li, Siyang Zuo
Probe-based confocal laser endomicroscopy has a high potential to be a promising tool that can provide intraoperative high-resolution in vivo morphological imaging at cellular and subcellular levels for thyroidectomy, and allow real-time assessment of tumor margins. However, the typical images acquired with this technique cover a very small area limited by the field of view of the probe, accompanied by tissue deformation and inconsistent probe-tissue contact when operated manually. In this paper, a novel compact robotic device for large area scanning has been developed...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340649/optic-nerve-regeneration-after-crush-remodels-the-injury-site-molecular-insights-from-imaging-mass-spectrometry
#19
David T Stark, David M G Anderson, Jacky M K Kwong, Nathan Heath Patterson, Kevin L Schey, Richard M Caprioli, Joseph Caprioli
Purpose: Mammalian central nervous system axons fail to regenerate after injury. Contributing factors include limited intrinsic growth capacity and an inhibitory glial environment. Inflammation-induced optic nerve regeneration (IIR) is thought to boost retinal ganglion cell (RGC) intrinsic growth capacity through progrowth gene expression, but effects on the inhibitory glial environment of the optic nerve are unexplored. To investigate progrowth molecular changes associated with reactive gliosis during IIR, we developed an imaging mass spectrometry (IMS)-based approach that identifies discriminant molecular signals in and around optic nerve crush (ONC) sites...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340604/transient-recruitment-of-m-ras-gtpase-to-phagocytic-cups-in-raw264-macrophages-during-fc%C3%AE-r-mediated-phagocytosis
#20
Youhei Egami, Nobukazu Araki
M-Ras, a member of the Ras superfamily, is known to be involved in diverse cellular processes. However, its involvement in FcγR-mediated phagocytosis remains unknown. We examined the spatiotemporal localization of M-Ras during the engulfment of IgG-opsonized erythrocytes (IgG-Es) in RAW264 macrophages. By the live-cell imaging of fluorescent protein-fused M-Ras, we found that M-Ras was localized to the membrane of phagocytic cups during the early stage of phagosome formation. Notably, ratiometric image analysis revealed that M-Ras was concentrated in the membrane of forming phagosomes...
January 11, 2018: Microscopy
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