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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449070/in-situ-screening-for-postsynaptic-cell-adhesion-molecules-during-synapse-formation
#1
Takeshi Uemura, Tomoko Shiroshima, Asami Maeda, Misato Yasumura, Takashi Shimada, Yuko Fukata, Masaki Fukata, Tomoyuki Yoshida
Neuronal synapse formation is regulated by pre- and postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Presynaptic neurexins (NRXNs) and receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases (RPTPs; PTPδ, PTPσ, and LAR in mammals) can induce postsynaptic differentiation through the interaction with various postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Here, we developed a novel in situ screening method to identify postsynaptic membranous proteins involved in synaptogenesis. Magnetic beads coated with the extracellular domains of NRXN1β(-S4) and PTPδ-A6 variants preferentially induced excitatory postsynaptic differentiation on the beads' surface when co-cultured with cortical neurons...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448969/synthetic-switchable-enzymes
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Vic Norris, Sergey N Krylov, Pratul K Agarwal, Glenn J White
The construction of switchable, radiation-controlled, aptameric enzymes - "swenzymes" - is, in principle, feasible. We propose a strategy to make such catalysts from 2 (or more) aptamers each selected to bind specifically to one of the substrates in, for example, a 2-substrate reaction. Construction of a combinatorial library of candidate swenzymes entails selecting a set of a million aptamers that bind one substrate and a second set of a million aptamers that bind the second substrate; the aptamers in these sets are then linked pairwise by a linker, thus bringing together the substrates...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448807/alternative-sweeteners-influence-the-biomass-of-oral-biofilm
#3
Fathilah Abdul Razak, Baizatul Amirah Baharuddin, Elisya Farha Mohd Akbar, Amira Hanim Norizan, Nur Fazilah Ibrahim, Md Yusoff Musa
OBJECTIVE: Compact-structured oral biofilm accumulates acids that upon prolonged exposure to tooth surface, causes demineralisation of enamel. This study aimed to assess the effect of alternative sweeteners Equal Stevia(®), Tropicana Slim(®), Pal Sweet(®) and xylitol on the matrix-forming activity of plaque biofilm at both the early and established stages of formation. METHODS: Saliva-coated glass beads (sGB) were used as substratum for the adhesion of a mixed-bacterial suspension of Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mitis...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448751/role-of-pu-1-expression-as-an-inflammatory-marker-in-experimental-autoimmune-uveoretinitis
#4
Akihiko Umazume, Takeshi Kezuka, Ryusaku Matsuda, Yoshihiko Usui, Hiroki Takahashi, Naoyuki Yamakawa, Takuya Yashiro, Chiharu Nishiyama, Hiroshi Goto
PURPOSE: PU.1 is an Ets family transcription factor, which is essential for the development of immune system through generation of myeloid and lymphoid lineages. In this study, we investigated PU.1 expression in the retina of mice with experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) and the association between PU.1 expression level and inflammation in EAU. METHODS: IRBP 1-20 peptide-immunized mice were used. Quantitative PCR, ELISA analysis, cytometric bead array (CBA), assay and immunostaining were conducted using ocular tissues and lymph nodes...
April 27, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448145/coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics-model-of-double-stranded-dna-for-dna-nanostructure-design
#5
Hiromasa Yagyu, Jae-Young Lee, Do-Nyun Kim, Osamu Tabata
A new coarse-grained molecular dynamics double-stranded DNA model (nCG-dsDNA model) using an improved beads-spring model was proposed. In this model, nucleotide comprising phosphate, sugar, and base group were replaced by a single bead. The double stranded model with 202 base pairs was created to tune the parameters of the bond, the non-bond, stack, angle bending, and electrostatic interaction. The average twisted angle and the persistence length of the model without electrostatic interaction were calculated at 35...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447974/3d-whole-heart-myocardial-tissue-analysis
#6
Hans Thijs Van den Broek, Leon De Jong, Pieter A Doevendans, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frebus J Van Slochteren, René Van Es
Cardiac regenerative therapies aim to protect and repair the injured heart in patients with ischemic heart disease. By injecting stem cells or other biologicals that enhance angio- or vasculogenesis into the infarct border zone (IBZ), tissue perfusion is improved, and the myocardium can be protected from further damage. For maximum therapeutic effect, it is hypothesized that the regenerative substance is best delivered to the IBZ. This requires accurate injections and has led to the development of new injection techniques...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447925/luminex-solid-phase-crossmatch-for-de-novo-donor-specific-antibodies-in-living-donor-related-transplants
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Sonia Mehrotra, Raj Kumar Sharma, Mahabaleshwar Mayya, Amit Gupta, Narayan Prasad, Anupma Kaul, Dharmendra Singh Bhadauria
OBJECTIVES: There are no reports of de novo donor-specific antibody monitoring by a low-cost solid-phase crossmatch assay using donor lysate after renal transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 121 complement-dependant cytotoxicity crossmatch-negative living-donor kidney transplant recipients for development of de novo donor-specific antibodies (class I and II HLA) by solid-phase crossmatch Luminex assay after transplant. RESULTS: Of 121 recipients in our study group, 26 (21...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446556/bacteria-driven-peribronchial-lymphoid-neogenesis-in-bronchiectasis-and-cystic-fibrosis
#8
Justine Frija-Masson, Clémence Martin, Lucile Regard, Marie-Noëlle Lothe, Lhousseine Touqui, Aurélie Durand, Bruno Lucas, Diane Damotte, Marco Alifano, Isabelle Fajac, Pierre-Régis Burgel
We aimed to characterise lymphoid neogenesis in bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis (CF) lungs and to examine the role of bacterial infection.Lymphoid aggregates were examined using immunohistochemical staining and morphometric analysis in surgical lung sections obtained from nonsmokers and patients with bronchiectasis or CF. Sterile, Pseudomonas aeruginosa- or Staphylococcus aureus-coated agarose beads were instilled intratracheally in mice. Kinetics of lymphoid neogenesis and chemokine expression were examined over 14 days...
April 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446208/calgizzarin-s100a11-a-novel-inflammatory-mediator-associated-with-disease-activity-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Lucie Andrés Cerezo, Barbora Šumová, Klára Prajzlerová, David Veigl, Dres Damgaard, Claus Henrik Nielsen, Karel Pavelka, Jiří Vencovský, Ladislav Šenolt
BACKGROUND: Calgizzarin (S100A11) is a member of the S100 protein family that acts in different tumors by regulating a number of biologic functions. Recent data suggest its association with low-grade inflammation in osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of our study is to compare S100A11 expression in the synovial tissues, synovial fluid and serum of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and to characterize the potential association between S100A11 and disease activity...
April 26, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446019/a-novel-fusion-bead-procedure-for-nuclear-forensics-employing-synthetic-enstatite-to-dissolve-uraniferous-and-other-challenging-materials-prior-to-la-icp-ms
#10
David G Reading, Ian W Croudace, Phillip Edward Warwick
There is an increasing demand for rapid and effective analytical tools to support nuclear forensic investigations of seized or suspect materials. Some methods are simply adapted from other scientific disciplines and can effectively be used to rapidly prepare complex materials for subsequent analysis. A novel sample fusion method is developed, tested and validated to produce homogeneous, flux-free glass beads of geochemical reference materials (GRMs), uranium ores, and uranium ore concentrates (UOC) prior to the analysis of 14 rare earth elements (REE) via LA-ICP-MS...
April 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445847/to-elute-or-not-to-elute-in-immunocapture-bottom-up-lc-ms
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Maren Christin Stillesby Levernæs, Marianne Nordlund Broughton, Léon Reubsaet, Trine Grønhaug Halvorsen
Immunocapture-based bottom-up LC-MS is a promising technique for the quantification of low abundant proteins. Magnetic immunocapture beads provide efficient enrichment from complex samples through the highly specific interaction between the target protein and its antibody. In this article, we have performed the first thorough comparison between digestion of proteins while bound to antibody coated beads versus after elution from the beads. Two previously validated immunocapture based MS methods for the quantification of pro-gastrin releasing peptide (ProGRP) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) were used as model systems...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445768/polymer-free-electrospun-nanofibers-from-sulfobutyl-ether7-beta-cyclodextrin-sbe7-%C3%AE-cd-inclusion-complex-with-sulfisoxazole-fast-dissolving-and-enhanced-water-solubility-of-sulfisoxazole
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Zehra Irem Yildiz, Asli Celebioglu, Tamer Uyar
In this study, our aim was to develop solid drug-cyclodextrin inclusion complex system having nanofibrous morphology in order to have fast-dissolving property and enhanced water-solubility of poorly water-soluble drug. Here, we prepared a highly concentrated aqueous solution of inclusion complex between sulfisoxazole and sulfobutyl ether7-beta-cyclodextrin (SBE7-β-CD, Captisol(®)), and then, without using any polymeric matrix, the electrospinning of sulfisoxazole/SBE7-β-CD-IC nanofibers was performed in order to obtain free-standing and handy nanofibrous web...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445284/appendiceal-foreign-body-in-an-infant
#13
Min Lee, Soon Chul Kim
RATIONALE FOR THIS CASE REPORT: Many children are hospitalized because of foreign body ingestion. In such circumstances, the gastroenterologist must consider the timing of ingestion; the size, type, and location of the object ingested; and the patient's symptoms. But appendiceal foreign body in infant is very rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 12-month-old boy visited because of swallowing small objects 2 weeks ago. Three small beads were found in the right lower quadrant on abdominal radiography...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444979/false-negative-single-antigen-bead-assay-is-it-always-an-effect-of-prozone
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Dharmendra Jain, Jui Choudhuri, Rajni Chauhan, Pranav Dorwal, Deepak Sharma, Aseem K Tiwari, Vimarsh Raina
BACKGROUND: Bead based flow cytometry and Luminex play a major role in identification of alloantibodies in renal transplant work-up. Strong sensitization events may lead to prozone phenomenon that can affect single antigen bead (SAB) assay and result in false negativity. However, this can also be due to high titer of other blocking antibodies. While methods like, heat inactivation, C1 inhibitor, Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic-acid and Dithio threitol treatment can remove interfering antibodies of complement and IgM, these methods are not optimal if false negativity is due to prozone effect, which is high titer of antibodies alone...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443860/fabrication-of-large-area-polymer-microfilter-membranes-and-their-application-for-particle-and-cell-enrichment
#15
Javier Alejandro Hernández-Castro, Kebin Li, Anne Meunier, David Juncker, Teodor Veres
A vacuum assisted UV micro-molding (VAUM) process is proposed for the fabrication of freestanding and defect-free polymer membranes based on a UV-curable methacrylate polymer (MD 700). VAUM is a highly flexible and powerful method for fabricating low cost, robust, large-area membranes over 9 × 9 cm(2) with pore sizes from 8 to 20 μm in diameter, 20 to 100 μm in thickness, high aspect ratio (the thickness of the polymer over the diameter of the hole is up to 15 : 1), high porosity, and a wide variety of geometrical characteristics...
April 26, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442448/phosphotyrosine-based-phosphoproteomics-scaled-down-to-biopsy-level-for-analysis-of-individual-tumor-biology-and-treatment-selection
#16
Mariette Labots, Johannes C van der Mijn, Robin Beekhof, Sander R Piersma, Richard R de Goeij-de Haas, Thang V Pham, Jaco C Knol, Henk Dekker, Nicole C T van Grieken, Henk M W Verheul, Connie R Jiménez
Mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomics of cancer cell and tissue lysates provides insight in aberrantly activated signaling pathways and potential drug targets. For improved understanding of individual patient's tumor biology and to allow selection of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in individual patients, phosphoproteomics of small clinical samples should be feasible and reproducible. We aimed to scale down a pTyr-phosphopeptide enrichment protocol to biopsy-level protein input and assess reproducibility and applicability to tumor needle biopsies...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442142/predictors-of-therapeutic-effect-of-transarterial-chemoembolisation-using-drug-eluting-beads-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Y Asayama, D Okamoto, Y Ushijima, A Nishie, K Ishigami, Y Takayama, N Fujita, H Honda
AIMS: To identify predictors of a therapeutic effect after transarterial chemoembolisation using drug-eluting beads (DEB-TACE) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2015 and July 2015, tumour variables and angiographic data were collected for 25 patients (49 target lesions) after they had undergone the DEB-TACE procedure for HCC. The therapeutic effect was evaluated according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Cancer of the Liver at follow-up dynamic computed tomography (CT) performed within 1-4 months after the procedure...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441594/cotransport-of-human-adenoviruses-with-clay-colloids-and-tio2-nanoparticles-in-saturated-porous-media-effect-of-flow-velocity
#18
Vasiliki I Syngouna, Constantinos V Chrysikopoulos, Petros Kokkinos, Maria A Tselepi, Apostolos Vantarakis
This study focuses on the effects of two clay colloids (kaolinite, KGa-1b and montmorillonite, STx-1b) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) on human adenovirus transport and retention in water saturated porous media at three different pore water velocities (0.38, 0.74, and 1.21cm/min). Transport and cotransport experiments were performed in 30-cm long laboratory columns packed with clean glass beads with 2mm diameter. The experimental results suggested that the presence of KGa-1b, STx-1b and TiO2 NPs increased human adenovirus inactivation and attachment onto the solid matrix, due to the additional attachment sites available...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441484/fully-quantum-description-of-the-zundel-ion-combining-variational-quantum-monte-carlo-with-path-integral-langevin-dynamics
#19
Félix Mouhat, Sandro Sorella, Rodolphe Vuilleumier, Antonino Marco Saitta, Michele Casula
We introduce a novel approach for a fully quantum description of coupled electron-ion systems from first principles. It combines the variational quantum Monte Carlo solution of the electronic part with the path integral formalism for the quantum nuclear dynamics. On the one hand, the path integral molecular dynamics includes nuclear quantum effects by adding a set of fictitious classical particles (beads) aimed at reproducing nuclear quantum fluctuations via a harmonic kinetic term. On the other hand, variational quantum Monte Carlo can provide Born-Oppenheimer potential energy surfaces with a precision comparable to the most advanced post Hartree-Fock approaches, and with a favorable scaling with the system size...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441413/langerhans-cells-prevent-subbasal-nerve-damage-and-upregulate-neurotrophic-factors-in-dry-eye-disease
#20
Eun Young Choi, Hyun Goo Kang, Chul Hee Lee, Areum Yeo, Hye Mi Noh, Nayeong Gu, Myoung Joon Kim, Jong Suk Song, Hyeon Chang Kim, Hyung Keun Lee
The functional role of Langerhans cells (LCs) in ocular surface inflammation and nerve damage in dry eye (DE) disease has yet to be determined. This study was performed to investigate this relationship through both clinical study on DE patients and in vivo mouse models with induced DE disease. In a cross-sectional case-control study (54 eyes of DE patients; 34 eyes of control patients), average cell density, area, and process length of LCs were measured using confocal microscopy. Data were analyzed to determine whether changes in LCs are correlated with subbasal nerve plexus (SNP) parameters (nerve density, beading, and tortuosity)...
2017: PloS One
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