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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221751/molecular-engineering-and-design-of-semiconducting-polymer-dots-with-narrow-band-near-infrared-emission-for-in-vivo-biological-imaging
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Chi-Shiang Ke, Chia-Chia Fang, Jia-Ying Yan, Po-Jung Tseng, Joseph R Pyle, Chuan-Pin Chen, Shu-Yi Lin, Jixin Chen, Xuanjun Zhang, Yang-Hsiang Chan
This article describes the design and synthesis of donor-bridge-acceptor based semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) that exhibit narrow-band emissions, ultrahigh brightness, and large Stokes shifts in the near-infrared (NIR) region. We systematically investigated the effect of π-bridges on the fluorescence quantum yields of the donor-bridge-acceptor based Pdots. The Pdots could be excited by a 488-nm or 532-nm laser and have a high fluorescence quantum yield of 33% with a Stokes shift over 200 nm. The emission full width at half-maximum of the Pdots can be as narrow as 29 nm, about 2...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221345/rational-design-of-reversible-fluorescent-probes-for-live-cell-imaging-and-quantification-of-fast-glutathione-dynamics
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Keitaro Umezawa, Masafumi Yoshida, Mako Kamiya, Tatsuya Yamasoba, Yasuteru Urano
Alterations in glutathione (GSH) homeostasis are associated with a variety of diseases and cellular functions, and therefore, real-time live-cell imaging and quantification of GSH dynamics are important for understanding pathophysiological processes. However, existing fluorescent probes are unsuitable for these purposes due to their irreversible fluorogenic mechanisms or slow reaction rates. In this work, we have successfully overcome these problems by establishing a design strategy inspired by Mayr's work on nucleophilic reaction kinetics...
March 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221021/probing-cellular-molecules-with-polya-based-engineered-aptamer-nanobeacon
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Lizhen Chen, Jie Chao, Xiangmeng Qu, Hongbo Zhang, Dan Zhu, Shao Su, Ali Aldalbahi, Lianhui Wang, Hao Pei
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a central metabolite that is of critical importance in many cellular processes. The development of sensitive and selective methods for the detection of ATP level in vivo is crucial in diagnostic and theranostic applications. In this work, we have developed a polyA-based aptamer nanobeacon (PAaptNB) with improved efficiency and speed of ATP analysis. We found that the dissociation constants and competitive binding kinetics of the PAaptNB could be programmably regulated by adjusting the polyA length...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220831/the-distribution-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-as-an-indicator-of-the-response-to-chemotherapeutics-in-ovarian-tumour-xenografts
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Monique C Tourell, Ali Shokoohmand, Marietta Landgraf, Nina P Holzapfel, Patrina S P Poh, Daniela Loessner, Konstantin I Momot
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) was used to evaluate the effects of single-agent and combination treatment regimens in a spheroid-based animal model of ovarian cancer. Ovarian tumour xenografts grown in non-obese diabetic/severe-combined-immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice were treated with carboplatin or paclitaxel, or combination carboplatin/paclitaxel chemotherapy regimens. After 4 weeks of treatment, tumours were extracted and underwent DW-MRI, mechanical testing, immunohistochemical and gene expression analyses...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220427/quantitative-evaluation-of-plant-actin-cytoskeletal-organization-during-immune-signaling
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Yi-Ju Lu, Brad Day
High spatial and temporal resolution microscopy-based methods are valuable tools for the precise real-time imaging of changes in cellular organization in response to stimulus perception. Here, we describe a quantitative method for the evaluation of the plant actin cytoskeleton during immune stimulus perception and the activation of defense signaling. As a measure of the biotic stress-induced changes in actin filament organization, we present methods for analyzing changes in actin filament organization following elicitation of pattern-triggered immunity and effector-triggered immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220259/mutations-in-kiaa0753-cause-joubert-syndrome-associated-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Joshi Stephen, Thierry Vilboux, Luhe Mian, Chulaluck Kuptanon, Courtney M Sinclair, Deniz Yildirimli, Dawn M Maynard, Joy Bryant, Roxanne Fischer, Meghana Vemulapalli, James C Mullikin, Marjan Huizing, William A Gahl, May Christine V Malicdan, Meral Gunay-Aygun
Joubert syndrome and related disorders (JSRD) are a heterogeneous group of ciliopathies defined based on the mid-hindbrain abnormalities that result in the characteristic "molar tooth sign" on brain imaging. The core clinical findings of JSRD are hypotonia, developmental delay, abnormal eye movements and breathing abnormalities. To date, more than 30 JSRD genes that encode proteins important for structure and/or function of cilia have been identified. Here, we present 2 siblings with Joubert syndrome associated with growth hormone deficiency...
February 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219808/photoluminescent-and-biodegradable-polycitrate-polyethylene-glycol-polyethyleneimine-polymers-as-highly-biocompatible-and-efficient-vectors-for-bioimaging-guided-sirna-and-mirna-delivery
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Min Wang, Yi Guo, Meng Yu, Peter X Ma, Cong Mao, Bo Lei
: Development of biodegradable and biocompatible non-viral vectors with intrinsical multifunctional properties such as bioimaging ability for highly efficient nucleic acids delivery still remains a challenge. Here, a biodegradable poly (1, 8-octanedio-citric acid)-co-polyethylene glycol grafted with polyethyleneimine (PEI) (POCG-PEI) polymers with the photoluminescent capacity were synthesized for nucleic acids delivery (siRNA and miRNA). POCG-PEI polymers can efficiently bind various nucleic acids, protect them against enzymatic degradation and release the genes in the presence of polyanionic heparin...
February 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219725/planar-implantable-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurement-of-cellular-oxygen-metabolism-in-brain-tissue
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Vassiliy Tsytsarev, Fatih Akkenti, Elena Pumbo, Qinggong Tang, Yu Chen, Reha S Erzurumlu, Dmitri B Papkovsky
BACKGROUND: Brain imaging methods are continually improving. Imaging of the cerebral cortex is widely used in both animal experiments and charting human brain function in health and disease. Among the animal models, the rodent cerebral cortex has been widely used because of patterned neural representation of the whiskers on the snout and relative ease of activating cortical tissue with whisker stimulation. NEW METHOD: We tested a new planar solid-state oxygen sensor comprising a polymeric film with a phosphorescent oxygen-sensitive coating on the working side, to monitor dynamics of oxygen metabolism in the cerebral cortex following sensory stimulation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219721/magnetic-nanoparticles-a-multifunctional-vehicle-for-modern-theranostics
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REVIEW
M Angelakeris
Magnetic nanoparticles provide a unique multifunctional vehicle for modern theranostics since they can be remotely and non-invasively employed as imaging probes, carrier vectors and smart actuators. Additionally, special delivery schemes beyond the typical drug delivery such as heat or mechanical stress may be magnetically triggered to promote certain cellular pathways. To start with, we need magnetic nanoparticles with several well-defined and reproducible structural, physical, and chemical features, while bio-magnetic nanoparticle design imposes several additional constraints...
February 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219369/the-tumor-suppressor-rhobtb1-controls-golgi-integrity-and-breast-cancer-cell-invasion-through-mettl7b
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Caroline M McKinnon, Harry Mellor
BACKGROUND: RhoBTB1 and 2 are atypical members of the Rho GTPase family of signaling proteins. Unlike other Rho GTPases, RhoBTB1 and 2 undergo silencing or mutation in a wide range of epithelial cancers; however, little is known about the consequences of this loss of function. METHODS: We analyzed transcriptome data to identify transcriptional targets of RhoBTB2. We verified these using Q-PCR and then used gene silencing and cell imaging to determine the cellular function of these targets downstream of RhoBTB signaling...
February 20, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218899/prospective-identification-of-hematopoietic-lineage-choice-by-deep-learning
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Felix Buggenthin, Florian Buettner, Philipp S Hoppe, Max Endele, Manuel Kroiss, Michael Strasser, Michael Schwarzfischer, Dirk Loeffler, Konstantinos D Kokkaliaris, Oliver Hilsenbeck, Timm Schroeder, Fabian J Theis, Carsten Marr
Differentiation alters molecular properties of stem and progenitor cells, leading to changes in their shape and movement characteristics. We present a deep neural network that prospectively predicts lineage choice in differentiating primary hematopoietic progenitors using image patches from brightfield microscopy and cellular movement. Surprisingly, lineage choice can be detected up to three generations before conventional molecular markers are observable. Our approach allows identification of cells with differentially expressed lineage-specifying genes without molecular labeling...
February 20, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217019/-99m-tc-tetrofosmin-uptake-correlates-with-the-sensitivity-of-glioblastoma-cell-lines-to-temozolomide
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George A Alexiou, Xanthi Xourgia, Paraskevi Gerogianni, Evrysthenis Vartholomatos, John A Kalef-Ezra, Andreas D Fotopoulos, Athanasios P Kyritsis
(99m)Tc-tetrofosmin ((99m)Tc-TF) is a single-photon emission computed tomography tracer that has been used for brain tumor imaging. The aim of the study was to assess if (99m)Tc-TF uptake by glioblastoma cells correlates with their response to temozolomide (TMZ). We investigated the correlation of TMZ antitumor effect with the (99m)Tc-TF uptake in two glioblastoma cell lines. The U251MG cell line is sensitive to TMZ, whereas T98G is resistant. Viability and proliferation of the cells were examined by trypan blue exclusion assay and xCELLigence system...
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216300/boronic-acid-tethered-amphiphilic-hyaluronic-acid-derivative-based-nanoassemblies-for-tumor-targeting-and-penetration
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Jae Young Jeong, Eun-Hye Hong, Song Yi Lee, Jae-Young Lee, Jae-Hyoung Song, Seung-Hak Ko, Jae-Seong Shim, Sunghwa Choe, Dae-Duk Kim, Hyun-Jeong Ko, Hyun-Jong Cho
(3-Aminomethylphenyl)boronic acid (AMPB)-installed hyaluronic acid-ceramide (HACE)-based nanoparticles (NPs), including manassantin B (MB), were fabricated for tumor-targeted delivery. The amine group of AMPB was conjugated to the carboxylic acid group of hyaluronic acid (HA) via amide bond formation, and synthesis was confirmed by spectroscopic methods. HACE-AMPB/MB NPs with a 239-nm mean diameter, narrow size distribution, negative zeta potential, and > 90% drug encapsulation efficiency were fabricated...
February 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216026/cyclic-nucleotide-imaging-and-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Filip Berisha, Viacheslav O Nikolaev
The universal second messengers cyclic nucleotides 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) play central roles in cardiovascular function and disease. They act in discrete, functionally relevant subcellular microdomains which regulate, for example, calcium cycling and excitation-contraction coupling. Such localized cAMP and cGMP signals have been difficult to measure using conventional biochemical techniques. Recent years have witnessed the advent of live cell imaging techniques which allow visualization of these functionally relevant second messengers with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution at cellular, subcellular and tissue levels...
February 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215631/posttranscriptional-chemical-labeling-of-rna-by-using-bioorthogonal-chemistry
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REVIEW
Jerrin Thomas George, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Recent developments in RNA labeling technology have provided viable tools to analyze RNA synthesis, processing and function in cell-free and cellular environments. Notably, emerging methodologies based on posttranscriptional chemical labeling by using bioorthogonal chemistry have enabled the visualization and profiling of exogenous and endogenous RNA transcripts. In this review, we first give an overview of different RNA labeling strategies based on chemical as well as genetically encoded systems. Subsequently, we provided a detailed discussion on methodologies that have been developed to introduce various bioorthogonal reactive groups into RNA transcripts, which are compatible for posttranscriptional functionalization...
February 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215338/investigating-symmetry-breaking-in-yeast-from-seeing-to-understanding
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P Singh, A Das, R Li
Diverse cellular functions require the establishment of cell polarity. Although the morphological manifestation of cell polarity can be complex, common principles and conserved regulatory pathways can be studied leveraging the powerful genetic tools in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A vast array of genetic and cell biological tools and interdisciplinary approaches have been employed to understand the establishment and maintenance of cell polarity in budding yeast. These tools enabled the identification of key molecular components, their mechanisms of action, and the pathway governing the spatiotemporal properties of cell polarity...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215333/quantitative-methods-to-study-epithelial-morphogenesis-and-polarity
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B Aigouy, C Collinet, M Merkel, A Sagner
Morphogenesis of an epithelial tissue emerges from the behavior of its constituent cells, including changes in shape, rearrangements, and divisions. In many instances the directionality of these cellular events is controlled by the polarized distribution of specific molecular components. In recent years, our understanding of morphogenesis and polarity highly benefited from advances in genetics, microscopy, and image analysis. They now make it possible to measure cellular dynamics and polarity with unprecedented precision for entire tissues throughout their development...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215181/effect-of-cellular-and-extracellular-pathology-assessed-by-t1-mapping-on-regional-contractile-function-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Peter P Swoboda, Adam K McDiarmid, Bara Erhayiem, Graham R Law, Pankaj Garg, David A Broadbent, David P Ripley, Tarique A Musa, Laura E Dobson, James R Foley, Graham J Fent, Stephen P Page, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
BACKGROUND: Regional contractile dysfunction is a frequent finding in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). We aimed to investigate the contribution of different tissue characteristics in HCM to regional contractile dysfunction. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 50 patients with HCM who underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) studies at 3.0 T including cine imaging, T1 mapping and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging. For each segment of the American Heart Association model segment thickness, native T1, extracellular volume (ECV), presence of LGE and regional strain (by feature tracking and tissue tagging) were assessed...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214945/characterization-of-tunneling-nanotubes-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-an-intercellular-exchange-of-components-between-neighboring-cells
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Viviana Sanchez, Nerina Villalba, Luciano Fiore, Carlos Luzzani, Santiago Miriuka, Alberto Boveris, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alicia Brusco, Juan José Poderoso
Intercellular communication is one of the most important events in cell population behavior. In the last decade, tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) have been recognized as a new form of long distance intercellular connection. TNT function is to allow molecular and subcellular structure exchange between neighboring cells via the transfer of molecules and organelles such as calcium ions, prions, viral and bacterial pathogens, small lysosomes and mitochondria. New findings support the concept that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can affect cell microenvironment by the release of soluble factors or the transfer of cellular components to neighboring cells, in a way which significantly contributes to cell regulation and tissue repair, although the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213833/molecular-imaging-in-synthetic-biology-and-synthetic-biology-in-molecular-imaging
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REVIEW
Assaf A Gilad, Mikhail G Shapiro
Biomedical synthetic biology is an emerging field in which cells are engineered at the genetic level to carry out novel functions with relevance to biomedical and industrial applications. This approach promises new treatments, imaging tools, and diagnostics for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal inflammatory syndromes to cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. As these cellular technologies undergo pre-clinical and clinical development, it is becoming essential to monitor their location and function in vivo, necessitating appropriate molecular imaging strategies, and therefore, we have created an interest group within the World Molecular Imaging Society focusing on synthetic biology and reporter gene technologies...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
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