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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645103/colxv-promotes-adipocyte-differentiation-via-inhibiting-dna-methylation-and-camp-pka-pathway-in-mice
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Guannv Liu, Meihang Li, Yatao Xu, Song Wu, Muhammad Saeed, Chao Sun
Extracellular matrix (ECM), as an essential component of adipose tissue, not only provides mechanical support for adipocyte growth, but also participates in ECM-adipocyte communication via various secreted proteins, including highly enriched collagens. Collagen XV (ColXV) is a secreted non-fibrillar collagen within ECM Basement Membrane (BM) zones and well recognized as a tumor suppressor. However, the role of ColXV in adipose tissue is still unknown. In this study, high fat diet (HFD) fed mice were used as obese model, in which we deeply investigated the interaction between ColXV and adipocyte differentiation or adipose metabolism...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640595/detection-and-characterization-of-small-molecule-interactions-with-fibrillar-protein-aggregates-using-microscale-thermophoresis
#2
Emily Fisher, Yanyan Zhao, Robert Richardson, Malgorzata Janik, Alexander K Buell, Franklin I Aigbirhio, Gergely Toth
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease share the pathological hallmark of fibrillar protein aggregates. The specific detection of these protein aggregates by positron emission tomography (PET) in the patient brain can yield valuable information for diagnosis and disease progression. However, the identification of novel small compounds that bind fibrillar protein aggregates has been a challenge. In this study, microscale thermophoresis (MST) was applied to assess the binding affinity of known small molecule ligands of α-synuclein fibrils, which were also tested in parallel in a Thioflavin T fluorescence competition assay for further validation...
June 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637914/soiled-adhesive-pads-shear-clean-by-slipping-a-robust-self-cleaning-mechanism-in-climbing-beetles
#3
Guillermo J Amador, Thomas Endlein, Metin Sitti
Animals using adhesive pads to climb smooth surfaces face the problem of keeping their pads clean and functional. Here, a self-cleaning mechanism is proposed whereby soiled feet would slip on the surface due to a lack of adhesion but shed particles in return. Our study offers an in situ quantification of self-cleaning performance in fibrillar adhesives, using the dock beetle as a model organism. After beetles soiled their pads by stepping into patches of spherical beads, we found that their gait was significantly affected...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636071/the-role-of-homocysteine-in-seminal-vesicles-remodeling-in-rat
#4
Adel Ghoul, Elara Moudilou, Mohamed El Hadi Cherifi, Fouzia Zerrouk, Billel Chaouad, Anissa Moulahoum, Souhila Aouichat-Bouguerra, Khira Othmani, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Yasmina Benazzoug
INTRODUCTION: Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels have been associated with several tissue injuries including heart and liver fibrosis. In these diseases, hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) plays a major role in modulating the alteration of the balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), leading to the pathological accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Since the effect of Hhcy on ECM of seminal vesicle was not studied, the aim of our research was to check if Hcy can induce a remodeling within seminal vesicles ECM...
June 21, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634008/aging-associated-modifications-of-collagen-affect-its-degradation-by-matrix-metalloproteinases
#5
Preety Panwar, Georgina S Butler, Andrew Jamroz, Pouya Azizi, Christopher M Overall, Dieter Brömme
The natural aging process and various pathologies correlate with alterations in the composition and the structural and mechanical integrity of the connective tissue. Collagens represent the most abundant matrix proteins and provide for the overall stiffness and resilience of tissues. The structural changes of collagens and their susceptibility to degradation are associated with skin wrinkling, bone and cartilage deterioration, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory malfunctions. Here, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are major contributors to tissue remodeling and collagen degradation...
June 17, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629082/influence-of-residual-composition-on-the-structure-and-properties-of-extracellular-matrix-derived-hydrogels
#6
Jesús A Claudio-Rizo, Magdalena Rangel-Argote, Laura E Castellano, Jorge Delgado, José L Mata-Mata, Birzabith Mendoza-Novelo
In this work, hydrolysates of extracellular matrix (hECM) were obtained from rat tail tendon (TR), bovine Achilles tendon (TAB), porcine small intestinal submucosa (SIS) and bovine pericardium (PB), and they were polymerized to generate ECM hydrogels. The composition of hECM was evaluated by quantifying the content of sulphated glycosaminoglycans (sGAG), fibronectin and laminin. The polymerization process, structure, physicochemical properties, in vitro degradation and biocompatibility were studied and related to their composition...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624352/pressure-effects-on-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-an-experimental-investigation-on-their-dissociation-and-reversible-nature
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Federica Piccirilli, Nicoletta Plotegher, Francesco Spinozzi, Luigi Bubacco, Paolo Mariani, Mariano Beltramini, Isabella Tessari, Valeria Militello, Andrea Perucchi, Heinz Wilfried Amenitsch, Enrico Baldassarri, Milos Steinhart, Stefano Lupi, Maria Grazia Ortore
α-synuclein amyloid fibrils are found in surviving neurons of Parkinson's disease affected patients, but the role they play in the disease development is still under debate. A growing number of evidences points to soluble oligomers as the major cytotoxic species, while insoluble fibrillar aggregates could even play a protection role. In this work, we investigate α-synuclein fibrils dissociation induced at high pressure by means of Small Angle X-ray Scattering and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Fibrils were produced from wild type α-synuclein and two familial mutants, A30P and A53T...
June 14, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622603/probing-supramolecular-protein-assembly-using-covalently-attached-fluorescent-molecular-rotors
#8
Markéta Kubánková, Ismael López-Duarte, James A Bull, Devkee M Vadukul, Louise C Serpell, Marie de Saint Victor, Eleanor Stride, Marina K Kuimova
Changes in microscopic viscosity and macromolecular crowding accompany the transition of proteins from their monomeric forms into highly organised fibrillar states. Previously, we have demonstrated that viscosity sensitive fluorophores termed 'molecular rotors', when freely mixed with monomers of interest, are able to report on changes in microrheology accompanying amyloid formation, and measured an increase in rigidity of approximately three orders of magnitude during aggregation of lysozyme and insulin. Here we extend this strategy by covalently attaching molecular rotors to several proteins capable of assembly into fibrils, namely lysozyme, fibrinogen and amyloid-β peptide (Aβ(1-42))...
September 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622108/fluctuations-of-pol-i-and-fibrillarin-contents-of-the-nucleoli
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M Hornáček, L Kováčik, T Mazel, D Cmarko, E Bártová, I Raška, E Smirnov
Nucleoli are formed on the basis of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) clusters called Nucleolus Organizer Regions (NORs). Each NOR contains multiple genes coding for RNAs of the ribosomal particles. The prominent components of the nucleolar ultrastructure, fibrillar centers (FC) and dense fibrillar components (DFC), together compose FC/DFC units. These units are centers of rDNA transcription by RNA polymerase I (pol I), as well as the early processing events, in which an essential role belongs to fibrillarin. Each FC/DFC unit probably corresponds to a single transcriptionally active gene...
June 16, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619113/mechanisms-underlying-extensive-ser129-phosphorylation-in-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregates
#10
Shigeki Arawaka, Hiroyasu Sato, Asuka Sasaki, Shingo Koyama, Takeo Kato
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized neuropathologically by intracellular aggregates of fibrillar α-synuclein, termed Lewy bodies (LBs). Approximately 90% of α-synuclein deposited as LBs is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with PD. In contrast, only 4% of total α-synuclein is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with normal individuals. It is unclear why extensive phosphorylation occurs in the pathological process of PD. To address this issue, we investigated a mechanism and role of Ser129-phosphorylation in regulating accumulation of α-synuclein...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612481/review-biological-and-molecular-differences-between-tail-regeneration-and-limb-scarring-in-lizard-an-inspiring-model-addressing-limb-regeneration-in-amniotes
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REVIEW
Lorenzo Alibardi
Tissue regeneration in lizards represents a unique model of regeneration and scarring in amniotes. The tail and limb contain putative stem cells but also dedifferentiating cells contribute to regeneration. Following tail amputation, inflammation is low and cell proliferation high, leading to regeneration while the intense inflammation in the limb leads to low proliferation and scarring. FGFs stimulate tail and limb regeneration and are present in the wound epidermis and blastema while they disappear in the limb wound epidermis 2-3 weeks postamputation in the scarring outgrowth...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612067/stretch-dependent-changes-in-molecular-conformation-in-fibronectin-nanofibers
#12
John M Szymanski, Emily N Sevcik, Kairui Zhang, Adam W Feinberg
Fibronectin (FN) is an extracellular matrix (ECM) glycoprotein that plays an important role in a wide range of biological processes including embryonic development, wound healing, and fibrosis. Recent evidence has demonstrated that FN is mechanosensitive, where the application of force induces conformational changes within the FN molecule to expose otherwise cryptic binding domains. However, it has proven technically challenging to dynamically monitor how the nanostructure of FN fibers changes as a result of force-induced extension, due in part to the inherent complexity of FN networks within tissue and cell-generated extracellular matrix (ECM)...
June 14, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608875/model-membrane-size-dependent-amyloidogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptides
#13
Misaki Kinoshita, Erina Kakimoto, Mayu S Terakawa, Yuxi Lin, Tatsuya Ikenoue, Masatomo So, Toshihiko Sugiki, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Yuji Goto, Young-Ho Lee
We herein report the mechanism of amyloid formation of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides on small (SUV) and large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs), which consist of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) lipids. Although Aβ1-42 formed fibrils on SUVs at all POPC concentrations used, the lag time, elongation rate, maximum thioflavin T intensity, and fibrillar morphology were distinct, indicating polymorphic amyloid formation. LUVs, at low POPC concentrations, did not markedly affect fibrillation kinetics; however, increases in POPC concentrations suppressed amyloid formation...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606775/oxidized-regenerated-cellulose-fibrillar%C3%A2-reduces-risk-of-postoperative-corporal-bleeding-following-inflatable-penile-prosthesis-surgery
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Alexander T Rozanski, Boyd R Viers, Alexander G Liu, Nabeel A Shakir, Travis J Pagliara, Jeremy M Scott, Mary L West, Allen F Morey
OBJECTIVES: To report our initial experience with oxidized regenerated cellulose (ORC; Surgicel Fibrillar™) as a hemostatic adjunct during inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Beginning in April 2016, ORC pledgets were placed within the corporotomy closures of all men undergoing IPP insertion. Perioperative characteristics and outcomes including cumulative postoperative drain output were evaluated among consecutive cases with (April 2016 to October 2016) and without ORC (December 2015 to March 2016) using an identical surgical technique by a single surgeon...
June 9, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602859/fibroblast-fibronectin-patterning-and-network-formation-in-3d-fibrin-matrices
#15
Miguel Miron-Mendoza, Eric Graham, Sujal Manohar, W Matthew Petroll
PURPOSE: We previously reported that fibroblasts migrating within 3-D collagen matrices move independently, whereas fibroblasts within 3-D fibrin matrices form an interconnected network. Similar networks have been identified previously during in vivo corneal wound healing. In this study, we investigate the role of fibronectin in mediating this mechanism of collective cell spreading, migration and patterning. METHODS: To assess cell spreading, corneal fibroblasts were plated within fibrillar collagen or fibrin matrices...
June 7, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599159/biosorption-of-metal-elements-by-exopolymer-nanofibrils-excreted-from-leptothrix-cells
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Tatsuki Kunoh, Makoto Nakanishi, Yoshihiro Kusano, Atsushi Itadani, Kota Ando, Syuji Matsumoto, Katsunori Tamura, Hitoshi Kunoh, Jun Takada
Leptothrix species, aquatic Fe-oxidizing bacteria, excrete nano-scaled exopolymer fibrils. Once excreted, the fibrils weave together and coalesce to form extracellular, microtubular, immature sheaths encasing catenulate cells of Leptothrix. The immature sheaths, composed of aggregated nanofibrils with a homogeneous-looking matrix, attract and bind aqueous-phase inorganics, especially Fe, P, and Si, to form seemingly solid, mature sheaths of a hybrid organic-inorganic nature. To verify our assumption that the organic skeleton of the sheaths might sorb a broad range of other metallic and nonmetallic elements, we examined the sorption potential of chemically and enzymatically prepared protein-free organic sheath remnants for 47 available elements...
May 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594468/application-of-an-advanced-maximum-likelihood-estimation-restoration-method-for-enhanced-resolution-and-contrast-in-second-harmonic-generation-microscopy
#17
Mayandi Sivaguru, Mohammad M Kabir, Manas Rangan Gartia, David S C Biggs, Barghav S Sivaguru, Vignesh A Sivaguru, Glenn A Fried, Gang Logan Liu, Sakthivel Sadayappan, Kimani C Toussaint
Second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has gained popularity because of its ability to perform submicron, label-free imaging of noncentrosymmetric biological structures, such as fibrillar collagen in the extracellular matrix environment of various organs with high contrast and specificity. Because SHG is a two-photon coherent scattering process, it is difficult to define a point spread function (PSF) for this modality. Hence, compared to incoherent two-photon processes like two-photon fluorescence, it is challenging to apply the various PSF-engineering methods to improve the spatial resolution to be close to the diffraction limit...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591590/salt-regulated-reversible-fibrillation-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isocitrate-lyase-concurrent-restoration-of-structure-and-activity
#18
Harish Shukla, Ranjeet Kumar, Amit Sonkar, Kalyan Mitra, Md Sohail Akhtar, Timir Tripathi
Protein fibrillation is associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Nevertheless, several proteins not related to disease can also form fibrils in vitro under specific conditions. In the present study, we demonstrate the reversible fibrillation of a globular protein that is modulated by salt under physiological pH. Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isocitrate lyase (MtbICL) is a crucial enzyme involved in the glyoxylate shunt and a potential drug target against M. tuberculosis infection. Under physiological pH, the enzyme self-assembles into a fibrillar structure in the absence of salt in vitro...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585802/cu-zn-superoxide-dismutase-forms-amyloid-fibrils-under-near-physiological-quiescent-conditions-the-roles-of-disulfide-bonds-and-effects-of-denaturant
#19
M Ashhar I Khan, Michal Respondek, Sven Kjellstrom, Shashank Deep, Sara Linse, Mikael Akke
Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) forms intracellular aggregates that are pathological indicators of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A large body of research indicates that the entry point to aggregate formation is a monomeric, metal-ion free (apo), and disulfide-reduced species. Fibril formation by SOD1 in vitro has typically been reported only for harsh solvent conditions or mechanical agitation. Here we show that monomeric apo-SOD1 in the disulfide-reduced state forms fibrillar aggregates under near-physiological quiescent conditions...
June 6, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585223/a-molecular-tweezer-ameliorates-motor-deficits-in-mice-overexpressing-%C3%AE-synuclein
#20
Franziska Richter, Sudhakar R Subramaniam, Iddo Magen, Patrick Lee, Jane Hayes, Aida Attar, Chunni Zhu, Nicholas R Franich, Nicholas Bove, Krystal De La Rosa, Jacky Kwong, Frank-Gerrit Klärner, Thomas Schrader, Marie-Françoise Chesselet, Gal Bitan
Aberrant accumulation and self-assembly of α-synuclein are tightly linked to several neurodegenerative diseases called synucleinopathies, including idiopathic Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and multiple system atrophy. Deposition of fibrillar α-synuclein as insoluble inclusions in affected brain cells is a pathological hallmark of synucleinopathies. However, water-soluble α-synuclein oligomers may be the actual culprits causing neuronal dysfunction and degeneration in synucleinopathies. Accordingly, therapeutic approaches targeting the toxic α-synuclein assemblies are attractive for these incurable disorders...
June 5, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
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