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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549218/exosite-2-directed-ligands-attenuate-protein-c-activation-by-the-thrombin-thrombomodulin-complex
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Kai Chen, Alan R Stafford, Chengliang Wu, Calvin Yeh, Paul Y Kim, James C Fredenburgh, Jeffrey I Weitz
Thrombin activity, inhibition, and localization are regulated by two exosites that flank the active site. Substrates, cofactors and inhibitors bind to exosite 1 to promote active site access, whereas exosite 2 interactions retain thrombin on cells, platelets, and proteins. The exosites also serve allosteric roles, whereby ligand binding alters thrombin activity. Previously, we showed that ligands that bind exosite 2 attenuate the exosite 1-mediated interaction of thrombin with fibrin, demonstrating allosteric connection between the exosites...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548666/zinc-and-the-iron-donor-frataxin-regulate-oligomerization-of-the-scaffold-protein-to-form-new-fe-s-cluster-assembly-centers
#2
B K Galeano, W Ranatunga, O Gakh, D Y Smith, J R Thompson, G Isaya
Early studies of the bacterial Fe-S cluster assembly system provided structural details for how the scaffold protein and the cysteine desulfurase interact. This work and additional work on the yeast and human systems elucidated a conserved mechanism for sulfur donation but did not provide any conclusive insights into the mechanism for iron delivery from the iron donor, frataxin, to the scaffold. We previously showed that oligomerization is a mechanism by which yeast frataxin (Yfh1) can promote assembly of the core machinery for Fe-S cluster synthesis both in vitro and in cells, in such a manner that the scaffold protein, Isu1, can bind to Yfh1 independent of the presence of the cysteine desulfurase, Nfs1...
May 26, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547835/application-of-omentum-as-an-in-vivo-bioreactor-for-regeneration-of-decellularized-human-internal-mammary-artery
#3
Reza Khorramirouz, Maryam Kameli, Sahar Eftekharzadeh, Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh
This study investigates the extent of cell seeding as well as lumen patency in acellular Internal mammary artery (IMA) scaffolds that have been re-cellularized by omentum as a natural bioreactor. Sixteen Virgin female Wistar rats were selected for implantation of acellular scaffold in omentum. Following laparotomy omentum was retracted to the outside of the abdomen and the more vascularized portion of it was selected for the experiment. The scaffold was wrapped by omentum and placed between two layers of rectus muscles that have been previously dissected...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547322/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-for-production-of-germacrene-a-a-precursor-of-beta-elemene
#4
Yating Hu, Yongjin J Zhou, Jichen Bao, Luqi Huang, Jens Nielsen, Anastasia Krivoruchko
Beta-elemene, a sesquiterpene and the major component of the medicinal herb Curcuma wenyujin, has antitumor activity against various types of cancer and could potentially serve as a potent antineoplastic drug. However, its current mode of production through extraction from plants has been inefficient and suffers from limited natural resources. Here, we engineered a yeast cell factory for the sustainable production of germacrene A, which can be transformed to beta-elemene by a one-step chemical reaction in vitro...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547130/extracellular-dopamine-acetylcholine-and-activation-of-dopamine-d1-and-d2-receptors-after-selective-breeding-for-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats
#5
Haiyang Xu, Sasmita Das, Marc Sturgill, Colin Hodgkinson, Qiaoping Yuan, David Goldman, Kenneth Grasing
RATIONALE: The low self-administration (LS)/Kgras (LS) and high self-administration (HS)/Kgras (HS) rat lines were generated by selective breeding for low- and high-intravenous cocaine self-administration, respectively, from a common outbred Wistar stock (Crl:WI). This trait has remained stable after 13 generations of breeding. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to compare cocaine preference, neurotransmitter release, and dopamine receptor activation in LS and HS rats...
May 26, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546784/doing-laboratory-ethnography-reflections-on-method-in-scientific-workplaces
#6
Neil Stephens, Jamie Lewis
Laboratory ethnography extended the social scientist's gaze into the day-to-day accomplishment of scientific practice. Here we reflect upon our own ethnographies of biomedical scientific workspaces to provoke methodological discussion on the doing of laboratory ethnography. What we provide is less a 'how to' guide and more a commentary on what to look for and what to look at. We draw upon our empirical research with stem cell laboratories and animal houses, teams producing robotic surgical tools, musicians sonifying data science, a psychiatric genetics laboratory, and scientists developing laboratory grown meat...
April 2017: Qualitative Research: QR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546779/emerging-treatment-options-for-the-management-of-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-clinical-utility-of-nivolumab
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REVIEW
David A Bond, Lapo Alinari
Classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL) is a B-cell malignancy comprised of pathologic Reed Sternberg cells with a surrounding immune-tolerant inflammatory milieu. RS cells evade immune recognition in part through programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) overexpression, which is genetically programmed through copy number alterations, polysomy, and amplification of the 9p24.1 locus encoding PD-L1. By engaging with PD-1+ T-cells, PD-L1 delivers a potent immune suppressive signal promoting immunologic escape of the tumor cell...
2017: Journal of Blood Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546761/spotlight-on-vismodegib-in-the-treatment-of-basal-cell-carcinoma-an-evidence-based-review-of-its-place-in-therapy
#8
REVIEW
Zoe Apalla, Chrysoula Papageorgiou, Aimilios Lallas, Elena Sotiriou, Elizabeth Lazaridou, Efstratios Vakirlis, Athanassios Kyrgidis, Demetrios Ioannides
Vismodegib is approved for the treatment of adult patients with metastatic (mBCC) or locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (laBCC) that have recurred following surgery or for those who are not good candidates for surgery (risk/benefit ratio is against patient's benefit, either because of the general condition or because of the expected morbidity from the surgery) or radiation therapy. This article provides an evidence-based review of its current place in therapy. Analytically, the clinical implications in the management of laBCCs and mBCCs and possible new indications, including the neoadjuvant use before surgical excision, are discussed, while in the end, the challenges regarding class-related adverse events and their optimal management are highlighted...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546458/proteoglycans-ion-channels-and-cell-matrix-adhesion
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REVIEW
Ioli Mitsou, Hinke A B Multhaupt, John R Couchman
Cell surface proteoglycans comprise a transmembrane or membrane-associated core protein to which one or more glycosaminoglycan chains are covalently attached. They are ubiquitous receptors on nearly all animal cell surfaces. In mammals, the cell surface proteoglycans include the six glypicans, CD44, NG2 (CSPG4), neuropilin-1 and four syndecans. A single syndecan is present in invertebrates such as nematodes and insects. Uniquely, syndecans are receptors for many classes of proteins that can bind to the heparan sulphate chains present on syndecan core proteins...
May 25, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545915/leaks-in-fixed-ring-banded-sleeve-gastrectomies-a-management-approach
#10
Jonathan W Foo, James Balshaw, Michael H L Tan, Jeremy T H Tan
BACKGROUND: The use of a Fobi ring to prevent pouch dilation is sometimes used in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Recently, it has been extrapolated to laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) procedures by placing a fixed-ring band a few centimeters below the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ). OBJECTIVES: What is the consequence if a patient develops a leak? SETTING: Tertiary metropolitan referral center, Australia. METHODS: Over 18 months, all patients with either a conventional LSG or a fixed-ring banded sleeve gastrectomy (BLSG) who presented with a proven leak complication were included...
April 4, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545361/applying-melanopic-lux-to-measure-biological-light-effects-on-melatonin-suppression-and-subjective-sleepiness
#11
Claudia Nowozin, Amely Wahnschaffe, Andrea Rodenbeck, Jan de Zeeuw, Sven Hädel, Ruslan Kozakov, Heinz Schöpp, Mirjam Münch, Dieter Kunz
In the beginning of this century a novel photopigment, melanopsin, was discovered in a sub-class of retinal ganglion cells and its action spectrum was described. Shortly after, it became clear that melanopsin is one major contributor to non-visual eye-mediated effects of light on e.g. the circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral systems. First applied studies pointed out that these non-visual effects of light are relevant for wellbeing, performance and general health. A standardized measurement quantity for these non-visual effects does not exist, but would ease application...
May 22, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545132/proteomics-investigation-of-oscc-specific-salivary-biomarkers-in-a-hungarian-population-highlights-the-importance-of-identification-of-population-tailored-biomarkers
#12
Éva Csősz, Péter Lábiscsák, Gergő Kalló, Bernadett Márkus, Miklós Emri, Adrienn Szabó, Ildikó Tar, József Tőzsér, Csongor Kiss, Ildikó Márton
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) accounting for about 90% of malignant oral lesions is the 6th most common malignancy worldwide. Diagnostic delay may contribute to dismal survival rate therefore, there is a need for developing specific and sensitive biomarkers to improve early detection. Hungarian population occupies the top places of statistics regarding OSCC incidence and mortality figures therefore, we aimed at finding potential salivary protein biomarkers suitable for the Hungarian population. In this study we investigated 14 proteins which were previously reported as significantly elevated in saliva of patients with OSCC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544986/morphometric-characteristics-of-neutrophils-stimulated-by-adhesion-and-hypochlorite
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Tatsiana Kuznetsova, Tatsiana Kulahava, Ivan Zholnerevich, Nadezda Amaegberi, Galina Semenkova, Oleg Shadyro, Juergen Arnhold
The aim of this work was to compare cell form, size and volume as well as the locomotor activity of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) stimulated by adhesion to glass and exposed to hypochlorous acid at non-toxic dose. After 20min of adhesion to a glass surface, volume, cell surface area and projection area of PMNLs were equaled to 143.1±21.4μm(3), 288.8±28.8μm(2) and 248.3±32.3μm(2), respectively. Projection area of PMNLs exposed to NaOCl was noticeably enlarged as compared with control samples. The cell volume of 20min adherent cells exposed to NaOCl was enlarged in comparison with both control cells and 5min adhered exposed to NaOCl cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544641/reflectance-spectroscopy-to-shed-new-light-on-the-capillary-refill-test
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Rani Toll John, Joakim Henricson, Gert E Nilsson, Daniel Wilhelms, Chris D Anderson
To use Bioengineering methodology is used to achieve, at five anatomical sites, a detailed, quantitative assessment of the return of blood content to the blanched area, during the Capillary Refill (CR) test. An observational, non-randomized, experimental study on 23 healthy subjects (14 females) was performed in our climate controlled skin physiology laboratory. Our main outcome measures were based on the chronological assessment and quantification of red blood cell concentration (RBC) after the release of blanching pressure in the CR test, using Tissue Viability Imaging (TiVi), a digital photographic technique based on polarisation spectroscopy...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544542/conditional-macrophage-depletion-increases-inflammation-and-does-not-inhibit-the-development-of-osteoarthritis-in-obese-mafia-mice
#15
Chia-Lung Wu, Jenna McNeill, Kelsey Goon, Dianne Little, Kelly Kimmerling, Janet Huebner, Virginia Kraus, Farshid Guilak
OBJECTIVE: Macrophages are believed to play a critical role in the inflammation associated with the development of osteoarthritis (OA) in obesity. The objective of the study was to investigate whether short-term, systemic depletion of macrophages would mitigate OA following injury in obese mice. METHODS: CSF-1R-GFP(+) Macrophage Fas-Induced Apoptosis (MaFIA) transgenic mice that allow conditional depletion of macrophages were placed on a high-fat diet and underwent surgery to induce knee OA...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544359/discovery-of-potent-carbonic-anhydrase-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-enzymes-inhibitors-the-new-amides-and-thiazolidine-4-ones-synthesized-on-an-acetophenone-base
#16
Parham Taslimi, Sabiya Osmanova, İlhami Gulçin, Sabira Sardarova, Vagif Farzaliyev, Afsun Sujayev, Ruya Kaya, Fatma Koc, Sukru Beydemir, Saleh H Alwasel, Omer Irfan Kufrevioglu
Compounds containing nitrogen and sulfur atoms can be widely used in various fields, including industry, medicine, biotechnology, and chemical technology. Among them, amides of acids and heterocyclic compounds have an important place. These amides and thiazolidine-4-ones showed good inhibitory action against butyrylcholinesterase (BChE), acetylcholinesterase (AChE), and human carbonic anhydrase isoforms. AChE exists at high concentrations in the brain and red blood cells. BChE is an important enzyme that is plentiful in the liver, and it is released into the blood in a soluble form...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544329/dissolving-microneedle-arrays-for-transdermal-delivery-of-amphiphilic-vaccines
#17
Myunggi An, Haipeng Liu
Amphiphilic vaccine based on lipid-polymer conjugates is a new type of vaccine capable of self-delivering to the immune system. When injected subcutaneously, amphiphilic vaccines efficiently target antigen presenting cells in the lymph nodes (LNs) via a unique albumin-mediated transport and uptake mechanism and induce potent humoral and cellular immune responses. However, whether this new type of vaccine can be administrated via a safe, convenient microneedle-based transdermal approach remains unstudied. For such skin barrier-disruption systems, a simple application of microneedle arrays (MNs) is desired to disrupt the stratum corneum, and for rapid and pain-free self-administration of vaccines into the skin, the anatomic place permeates with an intricate mesh of lymphatic vessels draining to LNs...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544236/clinical-and-laboratory-phenotype-variability-in-type-2m-von-willebrand-disease
#18
Ashley L Doruelo, Sandra L Haberichter, Pamela A Christopherson, Lisa N Boggio, Sweta Gupta, Steven R Lentz, Amy D Shapiro, Robert R Montgomery, Veronica H Flood
BACKGROUND: Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a multimeric coagulation factor that tethers platelets to injured subendothelium. Type 2M von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is characterized by a qualitative defect in VWF with preserved multimer distribution. OBJECTIVES: Through the Zimmerman Program for the Molecular and Clinical Biology for VWD, five VWF sequence variations were studied in subjects diagnosed with type 2M VWD. METHODS: Bleeding phenotype was assessed using the ISTH bleeding assessment tool...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544161/bone-marrow-derived-cells-response-in-proximal-regions-of-nerves-after-peripheral-nerve-injury
#19
Lulu Chen, Jia Cheng, Xiaonan Yang, Xiaolei Jin, Zuoliang Qi, Yu-Qing Jin
In recent years, bone marrow-derived cells have been found to be crucial for peripheral nerve regeneration. After traumatic peripheral nerve injury, bone marrow-derived macrophages quickly infiltrate into the distal regions of nerves. To explore the changes caused by bone marrow-derived cells within the proximal regions of the nerves, sciatic nerves of chimeric mice carrying bone marrow cells expressing green fluorescent protein were crushed to observe the infiltration of invading bone marrow-derived cells...
May 24, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543921/correlations-of-low-field-nmr-and-variable-field-nmr-parameters-with-osteoarthritis-in-human-articular-cartilage-under-load
#20
Erik Rössler, Carlos Mattea, Simo Saarakkala, Petri Lehenkari, Mikko Finnilä, Lassi Rieppo, Sakari Karhula, Miika T Nieminen, Siegfried Stapf
NMR experiments carried out at magnetic fields below 1 T provide new relaxation parameters unavailable with conventional clinical scanners. Contrast of T1 generally becomes larger towards low fields, as slow molecular reorientation processes dominate relaxation at the corresponding Larmor frequencies. This advantage has to be considered in the context of lower sensitivity and frequently reduced spatial resolution. The layered structure of cartilage is one example where a particularly strong variation of T1 across the tissue occurs, being affected by degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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