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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109205/haloterrigena-mahii-sp-nov-an-extreme-halophilic-archaeon-from-the-solar-saltern
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Jiun-Yan Ding, Sheng-Chung Chen, Mei-Chin Lai, Tsai-Ling Liao
A pleomorphic, gas vesicle containing, halophilic archaeon, designated strain H13T, was isolated from the solar saltern of the Western Salt Co., Chula Vista, California, USA. Cells of strain H13T were non-motile, rod-shaped and 3-10 μm in length. The optimum growth conditions were 3.5-5.0 M NaCl, 45-55 oC, and pH range of 6.5-8.2. The major polar lipids were C20C20 and C20C25 derivatives of phosphatidylglycerol (PG), phosphatidylglycerol phosphate methyl ester (PGP-Me) and disulfated diglycosyl diether-1 (S2-DGD-1)...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108923/adsorption-of-nickel-ions-by-oleate-modified-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
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Cécilia Magnet, Claire Lomenech, Charlotte Hurel, Pierre Reilhac, Françoise Giulieri, Anne-Marie Chaze, Jacques Persello, Pavel Kuzhir
In this work, magnetic nanoparticles of iron oxide (MNPs) were synthesized, and then the surface was recovered with an oleate double layer in order to investigate the ability of this material to adsorb nickel ions. First, the solution chemistry of oleate ions was investigated in order to determine the critical micellar concentration (CMC) value and the arrangements of ions above the CMC. Then, the synthesized oleate-modified MNP was characterized (TEM, DLS, XRD, FTIR, zeta potential, magnetometry). Finally, adsorption experiments were carried out as a function of pH and as a function of nickel concentration in 0...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108666/antibiotic-induced-elevations-of-plasma-bile-acids-in-rats-independent-of-bsep-inhibition
#3
Yutai Li, Michael J Hafey, Hong Duong, Raymond Evers, Kyeongmi Cheon, Daniel J Holder, Alema Galijatovic-Idrizbegovic, Frank D Sistare, Warren E Glaab
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a common toxicity observed in drug development and can lead to withdrawal of approved drugs from the market. To better understand the numerous mechanisms of DILI, recent efforts have focused on transporter inhibition, specifically liver canalicular bile salt export pump (Bsep) as one mechanism of DILI, and on the potential use of plasma bile acids as monitorable mechanism-based biomarkers of Bsep inhibition. To explore alternative mechanisms of bile acid increases in plasma, six antibiotic and two non-antibiotic drugs unlikely to be Bsep inhibitors were evaluated in rat studies...
January 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108527/incredibly-close-a-newly-identified-peroxisome-er-contact-site-in-humans
#4
Maya Schuldiner, Einat Zalckvar
Peroxisomes are tiny organelles that control important and diverse metabolic processes via their interplay with other organelles, including the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). In this issue, Costello et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201607055) and Hua et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201608128) identify a peroxisome-ER contact site in human cells held together by a tethering complex of VAPA/B (vesicle-associated membrane protein-associated proteins A/B) and ACBD5 (acyl Co-A binding protein 5)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108524/acbd5-and-vapb-mediate-membrane-associations-between-peroxisomes-and-the-er
#5
Joseph L Costello, Inês G Castro, Christian Hacker, Tina A Schrader, Jeremy Metz, Dagmar Zeuschner, Afsoon S Azadi, Luis F Godinho, Victor Costina, Peter Findeisen, Andreas Manner, Markus Islinger, Michael Schrader
Peroxisomes (POs) and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) cooperate in cellular lipid metabolism and form tight structural associations, which were first observed in ultrastructural studies decades ago. PO-ER associations have been suggested to impact on a diverse number of physiological processes, including lipid metabolism, phospholipid exchange, metabolite transport, signaling, and PO biogenesis. Despite their fundamental importance to cell metabolism, the mechanisms by which regions of the ER become tethered to POs are unknown, in particular in mammalian cells...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108469/blood-rna-biomarkers-in-prodromal-park4-and-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder-show-role-of-complexin-1-loss-for-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Suna Lahut, Suzana Gispert, Özgür Ömür, Candan Depboylu, Kay Seidel, Jorge Antolio Domínguez-Bautista, Nadine Brehm, Hülya Tireli, Karl Hackmann, Caroline Pirkevi, Barbara Leube, Vincent Ries, Kerstin Reim, Nils Brose, Wilfred F den Dunnen, Madrid Johnson, Zsuzsanna Wolf, Marc Schindewolf, Wiebke Schrempf, Kathrin Reetz, Peter Young, David Vadasz, Achilleas S Frangakis, Evelin Schröck, Helmuth Steinmetz, Marina Jendrach, Udo Rüb, Ayşe Nazlı Başak, Wolfgang Oertel, Georg Auburger
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a frequent neurodegenerative process at old age. Accumulation and aggregation of the lipid-binding SNARE complex component alpha-synuclein (SNCA) underlies this vulnerability and defines stages of disease progression. Determinants of SNCA levels and mechanisms of SNCA neurotoxicity are intensely investigated. In view of physiological SNCA roles in blood to modulate vesicle release, we studied blood samples from a new large pedigree with SNCA gene duplication (PARK4 mutation), to identify effects of SNCA gain-of-function as potential disease biomarkers...
January 20, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108360/archaeal-lipids-in-oral-delivery-of-therapeutic-peptides
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Ann-Christin Jacobsen, Sara M Jensen, Gert Fricker, Martin Brandl, Alexander Treusch
Archaea contain membrane lipids that differ from those found in the other domains of life (Eukarya and Bacteria). These lipids consist of isoprenoid chains attached via ether bonds to the glycerol carbons at the sn-2,3 positions. Two types of ether lipids are known, polar diether lipids and bipolar tetraether lipids. The inherent chemical stability and unique membrane-spanning characteristics of tetraether lipids render them interesting for oral drug delivery purposes. Archaeal lipids form liposomes spontaneously (archaeosomes) and may be incorporated in conventional liposomes (mixed vesicles)...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108197/identification-of-aminopeptidase-n2-as-a-cry2ab-binding-protein-in-manduca-sexta
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Janette Onofre, Meztlli O Gaytán, Arlen Peña-Cardeña, Blanca I García-Gomez, Sabino Pacheco, Isabel Gómez, Alejandra Bravo, Mario Soberón
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab toxin has been used in combination with Cry1Ac for resistance management on the Bt-cotton that is widely planted worldwide. However, little is known regarding Cry2Ab mode of action. Particularly, there is a gap of knowledge on the identification of insect midgut proteins that bind Cry2Ab and mediate toxicity. In the case of Cry1Ab toxin, a transmembrane cadherin protein and glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored proteins like aminopeptidase-N1 (APN1) or alkaline-phosphatase (ALP) from Manduca sexta, have been shown to be important for oligomer formation and insertion into the membrane...
January 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107777/the-dc1-domain-protein-vacuoleless-gametophytes-is-essential-for-female-and-male-gametophyte-development-in-arabidopsis
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Sebastián D'Ippólito, Leonardo Agustín Arias, Claudia Anahí Casalongué, Gabriela Carolina Pagnussat, Diego Fernando Fiol
In this work we identified VACUOLELESS GAMETOPHYTES (VLG) as a DC1 domain containing protein present in the endomembrane system essential for both female and male gametophyte development. VLG was originally annotated as a gene coding for an unknown function protein containing DC1 domains. DC1 domains are cysteine and histidine -rich zinc finger domains found exclusively in the plant Kingdom that have been named based on its similarity with the C1 domain present in protein kinase C (PKC). In Arabidopsis, both male and female gametophytes are characterized by the formation of a big vacuole early in development, which is absent in vlg mutant plants...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107619/peptide-based-stealth-nanoparticles-for-targeted-and-ph-triggered-delivery
#10
Alessandro Ranalli, Melissa Santi, Luigi Capriotti, Valerio Voliani, David Porciani, Fabio Beltram, Giovanni Signore
Stealth agents are extensively investigated as means to prolong nanostructures residence time in the bloodstream by avoiding uptake by the reticuloendothelial system. Unfortunately, commonly used agents such as poly(ethylene glycol) can adversely impact on targeting efficiency and promote immune reaction by the host organism. Therefore, there is an increasing interest in developing biocompatible, non-PEGylated organic nanostructures able to perform targeted delivery, to increase the efficacy of liposomal technology...
January 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107503/osteopontin-affects-insulin-vesicle-localization-and-ca2-homeostasis-in-pancreatic-beta-cells-from-female-mice
#11
Anna Wendt, Inês G Mollet, Anki Knutsson, Victor S Bolmgren, Anna Hultgårdh-Nilsson, Maria F Gomez, Lena Eliasson
Type 2 diabetic patients suffer from insulin resistance and reduced insulin secretion. Osteopontin (OPN), a versatile protein expressed in several tissues throughout the body including the islets of Langerhans, has previously been implicated in the development of insulin resistance. Here we have investigated the role of OPN in insulin secretion using an OPN knock out mouse model (OPN-/-). Ultra-structural analyzes of islets from OPN-/- and WT mice indicated weaker cell-cell connections between the islet cells in the OPN-/- mouse compared to WT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107450/systemic-t-cells-immunosuppression-of-glioma-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-is-mediated-by-monocytic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Rossana Domenis, Daniela Cesselli, Barbara Toffoletto, Evgenia Bourkoula, Federica Caponnetto, Ivana Manini, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Tamara Ius, Miran Skrap, Carla Di Loreto, Giorgia Gri
A major contributing factor to glioma development and progression is its ability to evade the immune system. Nano-meter sized vesicles, exosomes, secreted by glioma-stem cells (GSC) can act as mediators of intercellular communication to promote tumor immune escape. Here, we investigated the immunomodulatory properties of GCS-derived exosomes on different peripheral immune cell populations. Healthy donor peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with anti-CD3, anti-CD28 and IL-2, were treated with GSC-derived exosomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106900/vesicle-formation-by-proton-transfer-driven-short-tailed-fatty-acids-of-c4-c8-chain-length-in-water
#13
Li-Chun Chen, Hong-Peng Wang, Yu-Hao Deng, Shao-Ping Deng
Ultrashort single-chain fatty acids self-assemble to form vesicles under certain proton-driven conditions. The protonation provides a larger charge area around the hydrophilic carbonyl headgroups, and proton shift as the key driving parameter was studied. The ultrashort fatty acids (C4-C8) formed stable unilamellar vesicles predominantly through out the whole range of tested pH levels (6.5-9.5). A proton-driven self-assembly process and effects on the phase transition were characterized by dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy and cryo-transmission electron microscopy...
January 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106401/transmembrane-difference-in-colloid-osmotic-pressure-affects-the-lipid-membrane-fluidity-of-liposomes-encapsulating-a-concentrated-protein-solution
#14
Tomoko Kure, Hiromi Sakai
A hemoglobin vesicle (Hb-V) is an artificial oxygen carrier encapsulating a highly concentrated hemoglobin solution (40 g/dL) in a liposome. The in vivo safety and efficacy of Hb-V suspension as a transfusion alternative and structural stability during storage have been studied extensively. Because the intra-liposomal Hb aqueous solution can possess colloid osmotic pressure (COP, 200-300 Torr), which is much higher than that of blood plasma (20-25 Torr), a question arises of whether the lipid membrane senses the transmembrane difference in COP...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106399/-1-h-nmr-shows-slow-phospholipid-flip-flop-in-gel-and-fluid-bilayers
#15
Drew Marquardt, Frederick A Heberle, Tatiana Miti, Barbara Eicher, Erwin London, John Katsaras, Georg Pabst
We measured the transbilayer diffusion of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) in large unilamellar vesicles in both the gel (Lβ') and fluid (Lα) phases. The choline resonance of headgroup-protiated DPPC exchanged into the outer leaflet of headgroup-deuterated DPPC-d13 vesicles was monitored using (1)H NMR spectroscopy coupled with the addition of a paramagnetic shift reagent. This allowed us to distinguish between the inner and outer leaflet DPPC, and determine the flip-flop rate as a function of temperature...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106271/mapping-the-intermediate-digestion-phases-of-human-healthy-intestinal-contents-from-distal-ileum-and-caecum-at-fasted-and-fed-state-conditions
#16
Thuy Tran, Dimitrios G Fatouros, Maria Vertzoni, Christos Reppas, Anette Müllertz
OBJECTIVES: To investigate at the ultrastructural level, the colloidal phases formed in the lumen of the distal ileum and caecum of healthy adults. METHODS: Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) was employed to image the intermediate colloidal phases of human intestinal contents collected from distal ileum and caecum of two healthy volunteers under fasted and fed state conditions. KEY FINDINGS: In samples collected both in the fasted and fed states, Cryo-TEM study revealed the presence of large spherical unilamellar and occasionally bi-lamellar and oligolamellar vesicles with diameters ranging from 50 to 200 nm for both volunteers in distal ileum and caecum...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106089/release-activity-dependent-control-of-vesicle-endocytosis-by-the-synaptic-adhesion-molecule-n-cadherin
#17
Bernd van Stegen, Sushma Dagar, Kurt Gottmann
At synapses in the mammalian brain, continuous information transfer requires the long-term maintenance of homeostatic coupling between exo- and endocytosis of synaptic vesicles. Because classical endocytosis is orders of magnitude slower than the millisecond-range exocytosis of vesicles, high frequency vesicle fusion could potentially compromise structural stability of synapses. However, the molecular mechanisms mediating the tight coupling of exo- and endocytosis are largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of the transsynaptic adhesion molecules N-cadherin and Neuroligin1 in regulating vesicle exo- and endocytosis by using activity-induced FM4-64 staining and by using synaptophysin-pHluorin fluorescence imaging...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105957/identification-of-nuclear-genes-controlling-chlorophyll-synthesis-in%C3%A2-barley-by-rna-seq
#18
Nickolay A Shmakov, Gennadiy V Vasiliev, Natalya V Shatskaya, Alexey V Doroshkov, Elena I Gordeeva, Dmitry A Afonnikov, Elena K Khlestkina
BACKGROUND: Albinism in plants is characterized by lack of chlorophyll and results in photosynthesis impairment, abnormal plant development and premature death. These abnormalities are frequently encountered in interspecific crosses and tissue culture experiments. Analysis of albino mutant phenotypes with full or partial chlorophyll deficiency can shed light on genetic determinants and molecular mechanisms of albinism. Here we report analysis of RNA-seq transcription profiling of barley (Hordeum vulgare L...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105691/the-alcohol-sensitive-period-during-early-octavolateral-organ-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#19
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/28105201/comparison-of-microrna-expression-profiles-in-k562-cells-derived-microvesicles-and-parental-cells-and-analysis-of-their-roles-in-leukemia
#20
Xiaomei Chen, Wei Xiong, Huiyu Li
Microvesicles (MVs) are 30-1,000-nm extracellular vesicles that are released from a multitude of cell types and perform diverse cellular functions, including intercellular communication, antigen presentation, and transfer of proteins, messenger RNA and microRNA (also known as miR). MicroRNAs have been demonstrated to be aberrantly expressed in leukemia, and the overall microRNA expression profile may differentiate normal blood cells vs. leukemia cells. MVs containing microRNAs may enable intercellular cross-talk in vivo...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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