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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925692/a-method-to-generate-and-analyze-modified-myristoylated-proteins
#1
Huanyao Gao, Wei Sun, Zhiquan Song, Yanbao Yu, Li Wang, Xian Chen, Qisheng Zhang
Covalent lipid modification of proteins is essential to their cellular localizations and functions. Engineered lipid motif coupled with bio-orthogonal chemistry has been utilized to identify myristoylated or palmitoylated proteins in cells. However, whether modified proteins have similar properties as endogenous ones has not been well investigated mainly due to lack of methods to generate and analyze purified proteins. We have developed a method that utilizes metabolic interference and mass spectrometry to produce and analyze modified, myristoylated small GTPase ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (Arf1)...
December 7, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924579/reconstructing-erk-signaling-in-the-drosophila-embryo-from-fixed-images
#2
Bomyi Lim, Carmeline J Dsilva, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
The early Drosophila embryo provides unique opportunities for quantitative studies of ERK signaling. This system is characterized by simple anatomy, the ease of obtaining large numbers of staged embryos, and the availability of powerful tools for genetic manipulation of the ERK pathway. Here, we describe how these experimental advantages can be combined with recently developed microfluidic devices for high throughput imaging of ERK activation dynamics. We focus on the stage during the third hour of development, when ERK activation is essential for patterning of the future nerve cord...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923921/high-resolution-ph-imaging-of-living-bacterial-cells-to-detect-local-ph-differences
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Yusuke V Morimoto, Nobunori Kami-Ike, Tomoko Miyata, Akihiro Kawamoto, Takayuki Kato, Keiichi Namba, Tohru Minamino
: Protons are utilized for various biological activities such as energy transduction and cell signaling. For construction of the bacterial flagellum, a type III export apparatus utilizes ATP and proton motive force to drive flagellar protein export, but the energy transduction mechanism remains unclear. Here, we have developed a high-resolution pH imaging system to measure local pH differences within living Salmonella enterica cells, especially in close proximity to the cytoplasmic membrane and the export apparatus...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923320/3d-co-culture-model-to-analyze-the-crosstalk-between-endothelial-and-smooth-muscle-cells
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Minu Karthika Ganesan, Richard Finsterwalder, Heide Leb, Ulrike Resch, Karin Neumüller, Rainer de Martin, Peter Petzelbauer
The response of blood vessels to physiological and pathological stimuli partly depends on the crosstalk between endothelial cells (EC) lining the luminal side and smooth muscle cells (SMC) building the inner part of the vascular wall. Thus, the in vitro analysis of the pathophysiology of blood vessels requires co-culture systems of EC and SMC. We have developed and validated a modified 3D sandwich co-culture (3D SW-CC) of EC and SMC employing open µ-Slides with a thin glass bottom allowing direct imaging. The culture dish comprises of an intermediate plate to minimize the meniscus resulting in homogenous cell distribution...
December 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921209/a-novel-fluorescent-quantum-dot-probe-for-the-rapid-diagnostic-high-contrast-imaging-of-tumor-in-mice
#5
M Vibin, R Vinayakan, F B Fernandez, Annie John, Annie Abraham
A simple probe - antibody conjugated silica over coated cadmium selenide quantum dots (QD-Ab probe) for efficient and rapid diagnostic in vivo imaging of tumors is developed. Compared to unconjugated quantum dots (QD), these probes underwent efficient cellular internalization and tumor targeting behavior, retaining bright emission under in vivo cancer models. Silica over coated cadmium selenide quantum dots were conjugated with Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody to detect the over expression of EGFR in cancer models...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920853/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-adenoma-malignum-of-the-uterine-cervix-with-pathologic-correlation-a-case-report
#6
Alba Castán Senar, Blanca Paño, Adela Saco, Carlos Nicolau
Adenoma malignum (AM) is considered a rare subtype of cervical adenocarcinoma. Although previous reports have described magnetic resonance findings, none of these reports evaluated the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging in the differential diagnosis of AM and other multicystic cervical lesions. We present a case report of an AM that did not show restriction on the apparent diffusion coefficient map, which can be explained by the low cellularity of the tumor. This is consistent with the proper correlation between the diffusion imaging and histopathology of the tumor...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920570/formation-of-tight-junctions-between-neighboring-podocytes-is-an-early-ultrastructural-feature-in-experimental-crescentic-glomerulonephritis
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Lena Succar, Ross A Boadle, David C Harris, Gopala K Rangan
PURPOSE: In crescentic glomerulonephritis (CGN), the development of cellular bridges between podocytes and parietal epithelial cells (PECs) triggers glomerular crescent formation. However, the sequential changes in glomerular ultrastructure in CGN are not well defined. This study investigated the time course of glomerular ultrastructure in experimental CGN. METHODS: Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed using kidney samples from rats with nephrotoxic serum nephritis (NSN) from day 1 to day 14...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919679/regulation-of-protein-kinase-c-epsilon-and-its-age-dependence
#8
Chen Kang, Jingping Qin, Wil Osei, Keli Hu
Protein kinase C (PKC) is an important mediator in the cardioprotection of ischemic preconditioning and has been shown to translocate to mitochondria upon activation. However, little is known about the cellular signaling underlying the translocation of PKC isoforms to mitochondria and its age-dependence. The present study aimed to explore whether adenosine-induced translocation of PKCε to mitochondria is mediated by caveolin-3 and/or adenosine A2B receptor/PI3 kinase mediated signaling, and whether the mitochondrial targeting of PKCε is age-related...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919658/quinolizinium-as-a-new-fluorescent-lysosomotropic-probe
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Emmanouil Zacharioudakis, Tatiana Cañeque, Raúl Custodio, Sebastian Müller, Ana M Cuadro, Juan J Vaquero, Raphaël Rodriguez
We have synthesized a collection of quinolizinium fluorescent dyes for the purpose of cell imaging. Preliminary biological studies in human U2OS osteosarcoma cancer cells have shown that different functional groups appended to the cationic quinolizinium scaffold efficiently modulate photophysical properties but also cellular distribution. While quinolizinium probes are known nuclear staining reagents, we have identified a particular quinolizinium derivative salt that targets the lysosomal compartment. This finding raises the question of predictability of specific organelle targeting from structural features of small molecules...
November 24, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919618/electric-field-induced-suppression-of-pten-drives-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-mtorc1-activation
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Tiantian Yan, Xupin Jiang, Xiaowei Guo, Wen Chen, Di Tang, Junhui Zhang, Xingyue Zhang, Dongxia Zhang, Qiong Zhang, Jiezhi Jia, Yuesheng Huang
BACKGROUND: Naturally occurring electric fields (EFs) are an intrinsic property of wounds. Endogenous EFs in skin wounds play critical roles in the dynamic and well-ordered biological process of wound healing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) allows keratinocytes to transition from sedentary cells to motile cells, facilitating wound healing. However, EMT-related studies have been performed without considering endogenous EFs. Thus, the relationship between electrical signals and the EMT remain elusive...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917883/comparison-of-cell-behavior-on-pva-pva-gelatin-electrospun-nanofibers-with-random-and-aligned-configuration
#11
Chen-Yu Huang, Keng-Hsiang Hu, Zung-Hang Wei
Electrospinning technique is able to create nanofibers with specific orientation. Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) have good mechanical stability but poor cell adhesion property due to the low affinity of protein. In this paper, extracellular matrix, gelatin is incorporated into PVA solution to form electrospun PVA-gelatin nanofibers membrane. Both randomly oriented and aligned nanofibers are used to investigate the topography-induced behavior of fibroblasts. Surface morphology of the fibers is studied by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with image analysis...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917410/time-lapse-in-situ-imaging-of-ice-crystal-growth-using-confocal-microscopy
#12
Moreno Marcellini, Cecile Noirjean, Dmytro Dedovets, Juliette Maria, Sylvain Deville
Ice crystals nucleate and grow when a water solution is cooled below its freezing point. The growth velocities and morphologies of the ice crystals depend on many parameters, such as the temperature of ice growth, the melting temperature, and the interactions of solutes with the growing crystals. Three types of morphologies may appear: dendritic, cellular (or fingerlike), or the faceted equilibrium form. Understanding and controlling which type of morphology is formed is essential in several domains, from biology to geophysics and materials science...
November 30, 2016: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916050/-the-clinical-and-pathological-features-of-85-cases-with-positive-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytology-by-thin-layer-centrifugal-cytological-test
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W Gao, Z Li, L M Wang, F Lian, C C Liu, D H Lu, Y S Piao
Objective: To evaluate cytological test of cerebrospinal fluid in the diagnosis of meningeal dissemination of tumor cells. Methods: The clinical and imaging features of 85 cases with tumor cells diagnosed by thin-layer centrifugal cytological test of cerebrospinal fluid were retrospectively reviewed. The characteristics of cellular morphology and immunocytochemical staining were analyzed. Results: The main presentations of all the patinets was meningeal irritation and neurological dysfunction. The features of the brain MRI were meningeal thicking and enhancement, intracranial abnormal signals and intracranial space occupying lesion in part of the patients...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915023/anisotropic-noble-metal-nanoparticles-synthesis-surface-functionalization-and-applications-in-biosensing-bioimaging-drug-delivery-and-theranostics
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REVIEW
Gokul Paramasivam, Namitharan Kayambu, Arul Maximus Rabel, Ashok K Sundramoorthy, Anandhakumar Sundaramurthy
Anisotropic nanoparticles have fascinated scientists and engineering communities for over a century because of their unique physical and chemical properties. In recent years, continuous advances in design and fabrication of anisotropic nanoparticles have opened new avenues for application in various areas of biology, chemistry and physics. Anisotropic nanoparticles have the plasmon absorption in the visible as well as near-infrared (NIR) region, which enable them to be used for crucial applications such as biological imaging, medical diagnostics and therapy ("theranostics")...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914984/recapitulating-the-human-tumor-microenvironment-colon-tumor-derived-extracellular-matrix-promotes-angiogenesis-and-tumor-cell-growth
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Mónica Romero-López, Andrew L Trinh, Agua Sobrino, Michaela M S Hatch, Mark T Keating, Cristhian Fimbres, David E Lewis, Paul D Gershon, Elliot L Botvinick, Michelle Digman, John S Lowengrub, Christopher C W Hughes
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential and dynamic component of all tissues and directly affects cellular behavior by providing both mechanical and biochemical signaling cues. Changes in ECM can alter tissue homeostasis, potentially leading to promotion of cellular transformation and the generation of tumors. Therefore, understanding ECM compositional changes during cancer progression is vital to the development of targeted treatments. Previous efforts to reproduce the native 3D cellular microenvironment have utilized protein gels and scaffolds that incompletely recapitulate the complexity of native tissues...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911841/high-performance-multiplexed-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-in-culture-and-tissue-with-matrix-imprinting-and-clearing
#16
Jeffrey R Moffitt, Junjie Hao, Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, Tian Lu, Catherine Dulac, Xiaowei Zhuang
Highly multiplexed single-molecule FISH has emerged as a promising approach to spatially resolved single-cell transcriptomics because of its ability to directly image and profile numerous RNA species in their native cellular context. However, background-from off-target binding of FISH probes and cellular autofluorescence-can become limiting in a number of important applications, such as increasing the degree of multiplexing, imaging shorter RNAs, and imaging tissue samples. Here, we developed a sample clearing approach for FISH measurements...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911813/spatiotemporal-imaging-of-small-gtpases-activity-in-live-cells
#17
Stephanie Voss, Dennis M Krüger, Oliver Koch, Yao-Wen Wu
Ras-like small GTPases function as molecular switches and regulate diverse cellular events. To examine the dynamics of signaling requires spatiotemporal visualization of their activity in the cell. Current small GTPase sensors rely on specific effector domains that are available for only a small number of GTPases and compete for endogenous regulator/effector binding. Here, we describe versatile conformational sensors for GTPase activity (COSGAs) based on the conserved GTPase fold. Conformational changes upon GDP/GTP exchange were directly observed in solution, on beads, and in live cells by Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910875/an-integrated-modelling-framework-from-cells-to-organism-based-on-a-cohort-of-digital-embryos
#18
Paul Villoutreix, Julien Delile, Barbara Rizzi, Louise Duloquin, Thierry Savy, Paul Bourgine, René Doursat, Nadine Peyriéras
We conducted a quantitative comparison of developing sea urchin embryos based on the analysis of five digital specimens obtained by automatic processing of in toto 3D+ time image data. These measurements served the reconstruction of a prototypical cell lineage tree able to predict the spatiotemporal cellular organisation of a normal sea urchin blastula. The reconstruction was achieved by designing and tuning a multi-level probabilistic model that reproduced embryo-level dynamics from a small number of statistical parameters characterising cell proliferation, cell surface area and cell volume evolution along the cell lineage...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910868/relationship-between-nanotopographical-alignment-and-stem-cell-fate-with-live-imaging-and-shape-analysis
#19
Peter Newman, Jorge Luis Galenano-Niño, Pamela Graney, Joselito M Razal, Andrew I Minett, João Ribas, Raquel Ovalle-Robles, Maté Biro, Hala Zreiqat
The topography of a biomaterial regulates cellular interactions and determine stem cell fate. A complete understanding of how topographical properties affect cell behavior will allow the rational design of material surfaces that elicit specified biological functions once placed in the body. To this end, we fabricate substrates with aligned or randomly organized fibrous nanostructured topographies. Culturing adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs), we explore the dynamic relationship between the alignment of topography, cell shape and cell differentiation to osteogenic and myogenic lineages...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909533/patient-specific-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-drug-development-and-screening-in-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia
#20
REVIEW
Ben Jehuda Ronen, Barad Lili
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), an inherited arrhythmia often leading to sudden cardiac death in children and young adults, is characterized by polymorphic/bidirectional ventricular tachycardia induced by adrenergic stimulation associated with emotionally stress or physical exercise. There are two forms of CPVT: 1. CPVT1 is caused by mutations in the RYR2 gene, encoding for ryanodine receptor type 2. CPVT1 is the most common form of CPVT in the population, and is inherited by a dominant mechanism...
August 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
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