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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
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G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324857/homoagglomeration-and-heteroagglomeration-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-and-bulk-form-onto-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae
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M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324823/nursing-students-perceptions-of-using-smartphones-in-the-community-practicum-a-qualitative-study
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Philippe Beauregard, Antonia Arnaert, Norma Ponzoni
BACKGROUND: Smartphones have the potential to revolutionize the way in which nurses practice by facilitating access to evidence-based resources, however their integration in nursing practice remain variable. Millennials tend to be more comfortable with technology, yet find themselves limited in their ability to use smartphones within the context of clinical practice. METHODS/DATA SOURCES: Using a qualitative descriptive design, we explored nursing students' perceptions of using smartphones in the community practicum...
March 9, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324804/high-density-lipoprotein-immunomodulates-the-functional-activities-of-macrophage-and-cytokines-produced-during-ex-vivo-macrophage-cd4-t-cell-crosstalk-at-the-recent-onset-human-type-1-diabetes
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Ibtissem Benghalem, Warda Meziane, Zeyneb Hadjidj, Lamia Ysmail-Dahlouk, Ahmed Belamri, Kheira Mouhadjer, Mourad Aribi
BACKGROUND: Both CD4(+) T cells and macrophages are mainly involved in the autoimmune-mediated β-cells destruction in type 1 diabetes (T1D). The aim of this study was to examine the effect of HDL on functional activities of macrophage and its ability to regulate the production of cytokines in autologous mixed macrophage/CD4(+) T cells at the recent-onset human type 1 diabetes. METHODS: Cell samples were isolated from volunteers with recent-onset T1D or healthy controls...
March 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324794/the-socio-political-context-of-migration-and-reproductive-health-disparities-the-case-of-early-sexual-initiation-among-mexican-origin-immigrant-young-women
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Kate Coleman-Minahan
Prior research often explains the lower risk of early sexual initiation among foreign-born Mexican-origin young women by a patriarchal and sexually conservative "traditional Latino culture." This definition overlooks structural factors such as exploitation of migrant workers, and conflates gender inequality and sexual expectations. I use an intersectional framework and the theory of gender and power to explore how gender inequality and sexual expectations are both influenced by structural factors and affect reproductive health outcomes...
March 9, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324760/trpv1-agonism-inhibits-endothelial-cell-inflammation-via-activation-of-enos-no-pathway
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Youping Wang, Lin Cui, Hui Xu, Suxiao Liu, Feiyun Zhu, Fengna Yan, Si Shen, Mingjun Zhu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1) is found to be expressed in endothelial cells (ECs) and activate endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Recent studies implicate TRPV1 in attenuating inflammatory responses. However, the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects remain unclear. In this study, we investigated whether TRPV1 suppresses inflammatory responses of ECs via eNOS/NO pathway. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and renal microvascular endothelial cells (MVECs) isolated from deoxycorticosterone (DOCA)-salt hypertensive mice were cultured in the presence of capsaicin (CAP, a specific TRPV1 agonist) with or without the specific inhibitor of TRPV1, NOS, or Ca(2+)-dependent phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway, before lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation...
March 10, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324686/biosorption-of-the-strontium-ion-by-irradiated-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-under-culture-conditions
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Liang Qiu, Jundong Feng, Yaodong Dai, Shuquan Chang
As a new-emerging method for strontium disposal, biosorption has shown advantages such as high sorption capacity; low cost. In this study, we investigated the potential of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) in strontium disposal under culture conditions and the effects of irradiation on their biosorption capabilities. We found that S. cerevisiae can survive irradiation and grow. Pre-exposure to irradiation rendered S. cerevisiae resistant to further irradiation. Surprisingly, the pre-exposure to irradiation can increase the biosorption capability of S...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324676/comparison-of-selected-nonlethal-samples-from-adult-steelhead-for-detection-of-infectious-hematopoietic-necrosis-virus-using-cell-culture
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David R Burbank, Tyson R Fehringer, Luciano V Chiaramonte
Nonlethal sampling techniques have previously been evaluated for detection of a variety of viral salmonid pathogens. However, many of these studies have used molecular assays in lieu of widely accepted cell culture techniques to evaluate the sampled tissues. Samples were collected from female steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss broodstock using three potential nonlethal sampling methods (mucus/skin scrape, pectoral fin clip, and gill tissue biopsy) and evaluated for the presence of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) via cell culture techniques...
June 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324660/single-and-combination-drug-screening-with-aqueous-biphasic-tumor-spheroids
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Pradip Shahi Thakuri, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids of cancer cells represent a physiologic model of solid tumors for cancer drug screening. Despite this known benefit, difficulties with generating large quantities of uniformly sized spheroids in standard plates, individually addressing spheroids with drug compounds, and quantitatively analyzing responses of cancer cells have hindered the use of spheroids in high-throughput screening applications. Recently, we addressed this challenge by using an aqueous two-phase system technology to generate a spheroid within an aqueous drop immersed in a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324650/genome-engineering-of-virulent-lactococcal-phages-using-crispr-cas9
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Marie-Laurence Lemay, Denise M Tremblay, Sylvain Moineau
Phages are biological entities found in every ecosystem. Although much has been learned about them in past decades, significant knowledge gaps remain. Manipulating virulent phage genomes is challenging. To date, no efficient gene-editing tools exist for engineering virulent lactococcal phages. Lactococcus lactis is a bacterium extensively used as a starter culture in various milk fermentation processes and its phage sensitivity poses a constant risk to the cheese industry. The lactococcal phage p2 is one of the best-studied models for these virulent phages...
March 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324608/two-color-total-internal-reflection-fluorescence-microscopy-of-exocytosis-in-endocrine-cells
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Adam J Trexler, Justin W Taraska
We describe a comprehensive method for imaging and analysis of local protein dynamics at single sites of exocytosis in living cultured endocrine cells. This method is well suited to quantitatively map the complex dynamics of individual molecules at single sites of vesicle fusion in live cells.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324607/sted-imaging-in-drosophila-brain-slices
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Sandra Fendl, Jesús Pujol-Martí, Joel Ryan, Alexander Borst, Robert Kasper
Super-resolution microscopy is a very powerful tool to investigate fine cellular structures and molecular arrangements in biological systems. For instance, stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy has been successfully used in recent years to investigate the arrangement and colocalization of different protein species in cells in culture and on the surface of specimens. However, because of its extreme sensitivity to light scattering, super-resolution imaging deep inside tissues remains a challenge. Here, we describe the preparation of thin slices from the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) brain, subsequent immunolabeling and imaging with STED microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324604/imaging-the-dynamics-of-cell-wall-polymer-deposition-in-the-unicellular-model-plant-penium-margaritaceum
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David Domozych, Anna Lietz, Molly Patten, Emily Singer, Berke Tinaz, Sandra C Raimundo
The unicellular green alga, Penium margaritaceum, represents a novel and valuable model organism for elucidating cell wall dynamics in plants. This organism's cell wall contains several polymers that are highly similar to those found in the primary cell walls of land plants. Penium is easily grown in laboratory culture and is effectively manipulated in various experimental protocols including microplate assays and correlative microscopy. Most importantly, Penium can be live labeled with cell wall-specific antibodies or other probes and returned to culture where specific cell wall developmental events can be monitored...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324503/visualization-of-human-telomerase-localization-by-fluorescence-microscopy-techniques
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Eladio Abreu, Rebecca M Terns, Michael P Terns
Human telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein (RNP) that synthesizes DNA repeats at the ends of chromosomes and maintains telomere length and genome stability. The enzyme is comprised of telomerase RNA (hTR) (which provides the template for telomere addition) and several protein subunits including telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) (the catalytic component). Intracellular trafficking of the enzyme has emerged as an important factor in the regulation of telomerase activity. Telomerase trafficking between nuclear Cajal bodies (proposed sites of telomerase biogenesis and regulation) and telomeres (sites of action) is regulated by the cell cycle in concordance with telomere synthesis during S phase...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324501/assessing-telomerase-activities-in-mammalian-cells-using-the-quantitative-pcr-based-telomeric-repeat-amplification-protocol-qtrap
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Shuai Jiang, Mengfan Tang, Huawei Xin, Junjiu Huang
Telomerase expression and activity appear elevated in >80% of human cancers. The activity of the telomerase may serve as a diagnostic marker for malignancy, and an indicator of the proliferative potential of somatic and stem cells. The telomeric repeat amplification protocol (TRAP) is a sensitive and accurate PCR-based assay for telomerase detection and measurement. Here, we describe a quantitative PCR-based TRAP assay (qTRAP) that is more convenient and amenable to high-throughput applications compared to traditional gel-based TRAP assays...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324494/analysis-of-average-telomere-length-in-human-telomeric-protein-knockout-cells-generated-by-crispr-cas9
#16
Jun Xu, Zhou Songyang, Dan Liu, Hyeung Kim
Telomeres play an important role in ensuring the integrity of the genome. Telomere shortening can lead to loss of genetic information and trigger DNA damage responses. Cultured mammalian cells have served as critical model systems for studying the function of telomere binding proteins and telomerase. Tremendous heterogeneity can be observed both between species and within a single cell population. Recent advances in genome editing (such as the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 platform) have further enabled researchers to carry out loss-of-function analysis of how disrupting key players in telomere maintenance affects telomere length regulation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324489/monitoring-mitochondrial-changes-by-alteration-of-the-pink1-parkin-signaling-in-drosophila
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Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Kahori Shiba-Fukushima, Hongrui Meng, Nobutaka Hattori, Yuzuru Imai
Mitochondrial quality control is a key process in tissues with high energy demands, such as the brain and muscles. Recent studies using Drosophila have revealed that the genes responsible for familial forms of juvenile Parkinson's disease (PD), PINK1 and Parkin regulate mitochondrial function and motility. Cell biological analysis using mammalian cultured cells suggests that the dysregulation of mitophagy by PINK1 and Parkin leads to neurodegeneration in PD. In this chapter, we describe the methods to monitor mitochondrial morphology in the indirect flight muscles of adult Drosophila and Drosophila primary cultured neurons and the methods to analyze the motility of mitochondria in the axonal transport of living larval motor neurons...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324485/maintenance-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-sphingosine-1-phosphate-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor
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Raymond C B Wong, Martin F Pera, Alice Pébay
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have historically been cultivated on feeder layers of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) in a medium supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). However, serum contains a wide variety of biologically active compounds that might adversely affect hESC growth and differentiation. Thus, cultivation of stem cells in FCS complicates experimental approaches to define the intracellular mechanisms required for hESC maintenance. This chapter describes the serum-free maintenance of hESCs in culture by addition of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324322/measurement-invariance-of-the-satisfaction-with-life-scale-reviewing-three-decades-of-research
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Scott D Emerson, Martin Guhn, Anne M Gadermann
PURPOSE: The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a widely used measure of life satisfaction, a key aspect in quality of life. The SWLS has been used across many socio-demographic groups. Comparison of life satisfaction across different subgroups (e.g., cultures) is meaningful to researchers; such cross-group comparison presupposes that validity of the inferences from SWLS scores holds across various subgroups (measurement invariance: MI). The aim of the present review was to identify, summarize, and evaluate research testing measurement invariance of the SWLS...
March 21, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324257/decolorization-of-complex-dyes-and-textile-effluent-by-extracellular-enzymes-of-cyathus-bulleri-cultivated-on-agro-residues-domestic-wastes-and-proposed-pathway-of-degradation-of-kiton-blue-a-and-reactive-orange-16
#20
Arpita Vats, Saroj Mishra
In this study, the white-rot fungus Cyathus bulleri was cultivated on low-cost agro-residues, namely wheat bran (WB), wheat straw (WS), and domestic waste orange peel (OP) for production of ligninolytic enzymes. Of the three substrates, WB and OP served as good materials for the production of laccase with no requirement of additional carbon or nitrogen source. Specific laccase activity of 94.4 U mg(-1) extracellular protein and 21.01 U mg(-1) protein was obtained on WB and OP, respectively. Maximum decolorization rate of 13...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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