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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227365/integrated-quantification-based-on-confocal-imaging-cell-crowding-modulates-heterogeneity-in-gpcr-mediated-calcium-oscillation
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Jophin G Joseph, S Nanda, S Vennamalla, G Bhure, Ranjana Singh, Soumya Jana, Lopamudra Giri, Jophin G Joseph, S Nanda, S Vennamalla, G Bhure, Ranjana Singh, Soumya Jana, Lopamudra Giri, Soumya Jana, Lopamudra Giri, Jophin G Joseph, S Nanda, Ranjana Singh, G Bhure, S Vennamalla
Results from single cell imaging, facilitated by high resolution microscopy, have demonstrated cell-to-cell variability within the same cell population in contexts ranging from cell growth to cell migration. Recent studies suggest that such variability conveys important information about diseased states. However, manual analysis and interpretation of heterogeneous calcium oscillation based on time-lapsed images, as practiced today, is tedious, and essentially infeasible for large datasets. As a practical alternative, we present an integrated platform that includes calcium imaging using confocal microscope, algorithmic cell segmentation, and statistical analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225085/aidp-a-novel-n-acyl-homoserine-lactonase-gene-from-antarctic-planococcus-sp
#2
Wah Seng See-Too, Robson Ee, Yan-Lue Lim, Peter Convey, David A Pearce, Wai-Fong Yin, Kok-Gan Chan
Planococcus is a Gram-positive halotolerant bacterial genus in the phylum Firmicutes, commonly found in various habitats in Antarctica. Quorum quenching (QQ) is the disruption of bacterial cell-to-cell communication (known as quorum sensing), which has previously been described in mesophilic bacteria. This study demonstrated the QQ activity of a psychrotolerant strain, Planococcus versutus strain L10.15(T), isolated from a soil sample obtained near an elephant seal wallow in Antarctica. Whole genome analysis of this bacterial strain revealed the presence of an N-acyl homoserine lactonase, an enzyme that hydrolyzes the ester bond of the homoserine lactone of N-acyl homoserine lactone (AHLs)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223547/cabozantinib-targets-bone-microenvironment-modulating-human-osteoclast-and-osteoblast-functions
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Marco Fioramonti, Daniele Santini, Michele Iuliani, Giulia Ribelli, Paolo Manca, Nicola Papapietro, Filippo Spiezia, Bruno Vincenzi, Vincenzo Denaro, Antonio Russo, Giuseppe Tonini, Francesco Pantano
Cabozantinib, a c-MET and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 inhibitor, demonstrated to prolong progression free survival and improve skeletal disease-related endpoints in castration-resistant prostate cancer and in metastatic renal carcinoma. Our purpose is to investigate the direct effect of cabozantinib on bone microenvironment using a total human model of primary osteoclasts and osteoblasts.Osteoclasts were differentiated from monocytes isolated from healthy donors; osteoblasts were derived from human mesenchymal stem cells obtained from bone fragments of orthopedic surgery patients...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223521/nondestructive-nanostraw-intracellular-sampling-for-longitudinal-cell-monitoring
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Yuhong Cao, Martin Hjort, Haodong Chen, Fikri Birey, Sergio A Leal-Ortiz, Crystal M Han, Juan G Santiago, Sergiu P Paşca, Joseph C Wu, Nicholas A Melosh
Here, we report a method for time-resolved, longitudinal extraction and quantitative measurement of intracellular proteins and mRNA from a variety of cell types. Cytosolic contents were repeatedly sampled from the same cell or population of cells for more than 5 d through a cell-culture substrate, incorporating hollow 150-nm-diameter nanostraws (NS) within a defined sampling region. Once extracted, the cellular contents were analyzed with conventional methods, including fluorescence, enzymatic assays (ELISA), and quantitative real-time PCR...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223500/activation-of-contact-dependent-antibacterial-trnase-toxins-by-translation-elongation-factors
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Allison M Jones, Fernando Garza-Sánchez, Jaime So, Christopher S Hayes, David A Low
Contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI) is a mechanism by which bacteria exchange toxins via direct cell-to-cell contact. CDI systems are distributed widely among Gram-negative pathogens and are thought to mediate interstrain competition. Here, we describe tsf mutations that alter the coiled-coil domain of elongation factor Ts (EF-Ts) and confer resistance to the CdiA-CT(EC869) tRNase toxin from enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli EC869. Although EF-Ts is required for toxicity in vivo, our results indicate that it is dispensable for tRNase activity in vitro...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218453/divergent-roles-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-actin-isoforms-during-spread-of-vaccinia-virus
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N Bishara Marzook, Sharissa L Latham, Helena Lynn, Christopher Mckenzie, Christine Chaponnier, Georges E Grau, Timothy P Newsome
Actin is a major component of the cytoskeleton and is present as two isoforms in non-muscle cells: β- and γ-cytoplasmic actin. These isoforms are strikingly conserved, differing by only four N-terminal amino acids. During spread from infected cells, vaccinia virus (VACV) particles induce localized actin nucleation that propel virus to surrounding cells and facilitate cell-to-cell spread of infection. Here we show that virus-tipped actin comets are composed of β- and γ-actin. We employed isoform-specific siRNA knockdown to examine the role of the two isoforms in VACV-induced actin comets...
February 20, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216374/yin-yang-effect-of-tumor-infiltrating-b-cells-in-breast-cancer-from-mechanism-to-immunotherapy
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Zhigang Zhang, Ying Zhu, Zhen Wang, Ting Zhang, Pin Wu, Jian Huang
Breast cancer cells secrete chemokines, such as CXCL13, and antigens or express high endothelial venules, attracting B cells to infiltrate into the tumor microenvironment and play a "yin-yang" effect. They not only enhance the anti-tumor immune effect via secreting antibodies and influencing the Fas/FasL, CXCR4/CXCL12 and perforin pathways but they also promote the tumor to form a suppressive milieu by producing immunomodulatory factors and cytokines or using cell-to-cell education to induce the generation of Tregs or myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs)...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215334/probing-tissue-interaction-with-laser-based-cauterization-in-the-early-developing-drosophila-embryo
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M Rauzi
Tissue morphogenesis is governed by mechanical forces generated by cell cytoskeletal networks. It has been shown that subcellular forces are responsible for cell shape changes. Nevertheless cells in a developing organism do not act in isolation: cells contact and adhere one another, and forces are transmitted from cell-to-cell throughout tissues. Understanding how forces are integrated at the tissue level and finally at the full animal scale is nowadays a major challenge that will allow shedding new light on how embryo morphogenesis takes place...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213505/revealing-the-concealed-nature-of-long-qt-type-3-syndrome
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Amara Greer-Short, Sharon A George, Steven Poelzing, Seth H Weinberg
BACKGROUND: Gain-of-function mutations in the voltage-gated sodium channel (Nav1.5) are associated with the long-QT-3 (LQT3) syndrome. Nav1.5 is densely expressed at the intercalated disk, and narrow intercellular separation can modulate cell-to-cell coupling via extracellular electric fields and depletion of local sodium ion nanodomains. Models predict that significantly decreasing intercellular cleft widths slows conduction because of reduced sodium current driving force, termed "self-attenuation...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213499/geometry-and-network-connectivity-govern-the-mechanics-of-stress-fibers
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Elena Kassianidou, Christoph A Brand, Ulrich S Schwarz, Sanjay Kumar
Actomyosin stress fibers (SFs) play key roles in driving polarized motility and generating traction forces, yet little is known about how tension borne by an individual SF is governed by SF geometry and its connectivity to other cytoskeletal elements. We now address this question by combining single-cell micropatterning with subcellular laser ablation to probe the mechanics of single, geometrically defined SFs. The retraction length of geometrically isolated SFs after cutting depends strongly on SF length, demonstrating that longer SFs dissipate more energy upon incision...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213437/%C3%AE-synuclein-multiple-system-atrophy-prions
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Amanda L Woerman, Joel C Watts, Atsushi Aoyagi, Kurt Giles, Lefkos T Middleton, Stanley B Prusiner
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease arising from the misfolding and accumulation of the protein α-synuclein in oligodendrocytes, where it forms glial cytoplasmic inclusions (GCIs). Several years of studying synthetic α-synuclein fibrils has provided critical insight into the ability of α-synuclein to template endogenous protein misfolding, giving rise to fibrillar structures capable of propagating from cell to cell. However, more recent studies with MSA-derived α-synuclein aggregates have shown that they have a similar ability to undergo template-directed propagation, like PrP prions...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212713/rationally-designed-peptide-probes-for-extracellular-vesicles
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R Tamura, H Yin
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are submicroscopic lipid vesicles secreted from cells and play significant roles in cell-to-cell communication by transporting varieties of cell signaling molecules like proteins, DNA, mRNA, and microRNA. Recent studies showed that EVs are highly correlated with cancer progression and metastasis. However, there are some difficulties in probing each vesicle using popular analytical methods because of their small sizes and heterogeneous origins. These obstacles may be overcome by using a novel approach that senses highly curved membrane and negatively charged membrane lipids...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211084/endothelial-cells-biophysical-biochemical-and-chromosomal-aberrancies-in-high-glucose-condition-within-the-diabetic-range
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Aysa Rezabakhsh, Elahe Nabat, Mina Yousefi, Soheila Montazersaheb, Omid Cheraghi, Amir Mehdizadeh, Farzaneh Fathi, Ali Akbar Movassaghpour, Nasrin Maleki-Dizaji, Reza Rahbarghazi, Alireza Garjani
To date, many studies have been conducted to find out the underlying mechanisms of hyperglycemia-induced complications in diabetes mellitus, attributed to the cellular pathologies of different cells-especially endothelial cells. However, there are still many ambiguities and unresolved issues to be clarified. Here, we investigated the alteration in biophysical and biochemical properties in human umbilical vein endothelial cells exposed to a high-glucose concentration (30mM), comparable to glucose content in type 2 diabetes mellitus, over a course of 120 hours...
February 17, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208745/astrocytic-pathological-calcium-homeostasis-and-impaired-vesicle-trafficking-in-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Nina Vardjan, Alexej Verkhratsky, Robert Zorec
Although the central nervous system (CNS) consists of highly heterogeneous populations of neurones and glial cells, clustered into diverse anatomical regions with specific functions, there are some conditions, including alertness, awareness and attention that require simultaneous, coordinated and spatially homogeneous activity within a large area of the brain. During such events, the brain, representing only about two percent of body mass, but consuming one fifth of body glucose at rest, needs additional energy to be produced...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205242/one-way-or-another-iron-uptake-in-plants
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Huei-Hsuan Tsai, Wolfgang Schmidt
Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P), the latter taken up by plants as phosphate (Pi), are two essential nutrients that determine species distribution and often limit crop yield as a result of their low availability in most soils. Pi-deficient plants improve the interception of Pi by increasing the density of root hairs, thereby expanding the volume of soil to be explored. The increase in root hair frequency results mainly from attenuated primary root growth, a process that was shown to be dependent on the availability of external Fe...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202754/jak-stat-signaling-pathways-and-inhibitors-affect-reversion-of-envelope-mutated-hiv-1
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Yudong Quan, Hongtao Xu, Yingshan Han, Thibault Mesplède, Mark A Wainberg
HIV can spread by both cell-free and cell-to-cell transmission. Here, we show that numerous of the amino acid changes in Env that are close to the CD4 binding pocket can affect HIV replication. We generated a number of mutant viruses that were unable to infect T cells as cell-free viruses but were nevertheless able to infect certain T cell lines as cell-associated viruses, followed by reversion to wild type. However, the activation of JAK-STAT signaling pathways caused inhibition of such cell-to-cell infection as well as the reversion of multiple HIV Env mutants that displayed differences in ability to bind to the CD4 receptor...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202731/microfluidic-droplet-platform-for-ultrahigh-throughput-single-cell-screening-of-biodiversity
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Stanislav S Terekhov, Ivan V Smirnov, Anastasiya V Stepanova, Tatyana V Bobik, Yuliana A Mokrushina, Natalia A Ponomarenko, Alexey A Belogurov, Maria P Rubtsova, Olga V Kartseva, Marina O Gomzikova, Alexey A Moskovtsev, Anton S Bukatin, Michael V Dubina, Elena S Kostryukova, Vladislav V Babenko, Maria T Vakhitova, Alexander I Manolov, Maja V Malakhova, Maria A Kornienko, Alexander V Tyakht, Anna A Vanyushkina, Elena N Ilina, Patrick Masson, Alexander G Gabibov, Sidney Altman
Ultrahigh-throughput screening (uHTS) techniques can identify unique functionality from millions of variants. To mimic the natural selection mechanisms that occur by compartmentalization in vivo, we developed a technique based on single-cell encapsulation in droplets of a monodisperse microfluidic double water-in-oil-in-water emulsion (MDE). Biocompatible MDE enables in-droplet cultivation of different living species. The combination of droplet-generating machinery with FACS followed by next-generation sequencing and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of the secretomes of encapsulated organisms yielded detailed genotype/phenotype descriptions...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202504/expression-profiling-of-circulating-microvesicles-reveals-intercellular-transmission-of-oncogenic-pathways
#18
Gloria Milani, Tobia Lana, Silvia Bresolin, Sanja Aveic, Anna Pasto, Chiara Frasson, Geertruy Te Kronnie
: Circulating microvesicles (MVs) have been described as important players in cell-to-cell communication carrying biological information under normal or pathological condition. MVs released by cancer cells may incorporate diverse biomolecules (e.g. active lipids, proteins and RNA) which can be delivered and internalized by recipient cells, potentially altering gene expression of recipient cells and eventually impacting disease progression. Leukemia in vitro model systems were used to investigate MVs as vehicles of protein-coding messages...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201959/differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-adipose-tissue-vs-bone-marrow-toward-annulus-fibrosus-cells-in-vitro
#19
Yifei Zhou, Xuqi Hu, Xuhao Zheng, Yaosen Wu, Naifeng Tian, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
This study was to compare differentiation potential of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) and adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) from Sprague-Dawley rats towards annulus fibrosus (AF)-like cells. Using coculture plates with 0.4μm pore size polyethylene terephthalate (PET) track-etched inserts (Corning,USA), MSCs and AF cells were cocultured with direct cell-to-cell contact up till 21 days. We evaluated the AF markers expression at the histological level and molecular level. Quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) results showed up regulation in AF marker gene expressions of both two MSCs after coculture...
February 13, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197068/exosomes-an-unmasked-culprit-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Federico N Soria, Olatz Pampliega, Mathieu Bourdenx, Wassilios G Meissner, Erwan Bezard, Benjamin Dehay
Exosomes are extracellular nanovesicles (30-100 nm) generated from endosomal membranes and known to be released by all cell lineages of the Central Nervous System (CNS). They constitute important vesicles for the secretion and transport of multilevel information, including signaling, toxic, and regulatory molecules. Initially thought to have a function merely in waste disposal, the involvement of exosomes in neuronal development, maintenance, and regeneration through its paracrine and endocrine signaling functions has drawn particular attention in recent years...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
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