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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918472/a-reliable-protocol-for-colorimetric-determination-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-uptake-by-cells
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Daiana K Deda, Roberta M Cardoso, Mayara K Uchiyama, Christiane Pavani, Sergio H Toma, Mauricio S Baptista, Koiti Araki
Size, shape, and surface properties of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) can influence their interaction with biological systems, particularly the incorporation by tumor cells and consequently the biological activity and efficiency in biomedical applications. Several strategies have been used to evaluate cellular uptake of SPIONs. While qualitative methods are generally based on microscopy techniques, quantitative assays are carried out by techniques such as inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry and flow cytometry...
September 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912603/novel-insight-into-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-from-the-protein-misfolding-perspective
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Edgar Leyva-García, Reyna Lara-Martínez, Liborio Morán-Zanabria, Cristina Revilla-Monsalve, Luis Felipe Jiménez-García, Norma Oviedo, Chiharu Murata, Eulalia Garrido-Magaña, Nelly F Altamirano-Bustamante, Myriam M Altamirano-Bustamante
Protein folding is a process of self-assembly defined by the sequence of the amino acids of the protein involved. Additionally, proteins tend to unfold, misfold and aggregate due to both intrinsic and extrinsic causes. Human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) aggregation is an early step in diabetes mellitus. However, the aggregation of rat IAPP (rIAPP) remains an open question. Adult female Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 150-250 g were divided into two groups. The experimental group (streptozotocin [STZ]) (n = 21) received an intraperitoneal injection of a single dose of 40 mg/kg STZ...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903896/the-regulatory-functions-of-pirna-piwi-in-spermatogenesis
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Zhi-Heng Yuan, Yan-Mei Zhao
A class of 24-32 nt PIWI-binding small noncoding RNAs (sncRNAs) termed as PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) have been identified in animal germline. Recent studies suggest that piRNA/PIWI pathway plays a critical role in both silencing of transposons and posttranscriptional regulation of mRNAs in animal germline. A study from Dr. Mofang Liu's lab in Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, reveals the physiological and pathological importance of PIWI metabolism (mouse PIWI as known as MIWI; human PIWI as HIWI) in mammalian spermatogenesis...
August 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901222/cell-phone-based-online-biochemistry-and-molecular-biology-medical-education-curriculum
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Junfang Zhang, Zelang Cai, Zhenfu Zhao, Kunmei Ji
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2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874459/protease-activated-receptor-2-activates-airway-apical-membrane-chloride-permeability-and-increases-ciliary-beating
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Derek B McMahon, Alan D Workman, Michael A Kohanski, Ryan M Carey, Jenna R Freund, Benjamin M Hariri, Bei Chen, Laurel J Doghramji, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee
Mucociliary clearance, driven by the engine of ciliary beating, is the primary physical airway defense against inhaled pathogens and irritants. A better understanding of the regulation of ciliary beating and mucociliary transport is necessary for identifying new receptor targets to stimulate improved clearance in airway diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and chronic rhinosinusitis. In this study, we examined the protease-activated receptor (PAR)-2, a GPCR previously shown to regulate airway cell cytokine and mucus secretion, and transepithelial Cl(-) current...
September 5, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866824/oil-body-biogenesis-and-biotechnology-in-legume-seeds
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Youhong Song, Xin-Ding Wang, Ray J Rose
The seeds of many legume species including soybean, Pongamia pinnata and the model legume Medicago truncatula store considerable oil, apart from protein, in their cotyledons. However, as a group, legume storage strategies are quite variable and provide opportunities for better understanding of carbon partitioning into different storage products. Legumes with their ability to fix nitrogen can also increase the sustainability of agricultural systems. This review integrates the cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology of oil body biogenesis before considering biotechnology strategies to enhance oil body biosynthesis...
September 2, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859321/course-based-undergraduate-research-experiences-in-molecular-biosciences-patterns-trends-and-faculty-support
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Jack T H Wang
Inquiry-driven learning, research internships and course-based undergraduate research experiences all represent mechanisms through which educators can engage undergraduate students in scientific research. In life sciences education, the benefits of undergraduate research have been thoroughly evaluated, but limitations in infrastructure and training can prevent widespread uptake of these practices. It is not clear how faculty members can integrate complex laboratory techniques and equipment into their unique context, while finding the time and resources to implement undergraduate research according to best practice guidelines...
August 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858403/songs-about-cancer-gene-expression-and-the-biochemistry-of-photosynthesis
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Richard H Heineman
These three biology songs can be used for educational purposes to teach about biochemical concepts. They touch on three different topics: (1) cancer progression and germ cells, (2) gene expression, promoters, and repressors, and (3) electronegativity and the biochemical basis of photosynthesis. © 2017 by The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2017.
August 31, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845240/human-protein-secretory-pathway-genes-are-expressed-in-a-tissue-specific-pattern-to-match-processing-demands-of-the-secretome
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Amir Feizi, Francesco Gatto, Mathias Uhlen, Jens Nielsen
Protein secretory pathway in eukaryal cells is responsible for delivering functional secretory proteins. The dysfunction of this pathway causes a range of important human diseases from congenital disorders to cancer. Despite the piled-up knowledge on the molecular biology and biochemistry level, the tissue-specific expression of the secretory pathway genes has not been analyzed on the transcriptome level. Based on the recent RNA-sequencing studies, the largest fraction of tissue-specific transcriptome encodes for the secretome (secretory proteins)...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831229/baseline-hematology-and-serum-biochemistry-results-for-indian-leopards-panthera-pardus-fusca
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Arun Attur Shanmugam, Sanath Krishna Muliya, Ajay Deshmukh, Sujay Suresh, Anukul Nath, Pa Kalaignan, Manjunath Venkataravanappa, Lyju Jose
AIM: The aim of the study was to establish the baseline hematology and serum biochemistry values for Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca), and to assess the possible variations in these parameters based on age and gender. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hemato-biochemical test reports from a total of 83 healthy leopards, carried out as part of routine health evaluation in Bannerghatta Biological Park and Manikdoh Leopard Rescue Center, were used to establish baseline hematology and serum biochemistry parameters for the subspecies...
July 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827777/efficient-generation-of-bispecific-igg-antibodies-by-split-intein-mediated-protein-trans-splicing-system
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Lei Han, Junsheng Chen, Kai Ding, Huifang Zong, Yueqing Xie, Hua Jiang, Baohong Zhang, Huili Lu, Weihan Yin, John Gilly, Jianwei Zhu
Many methods have been developed to produce bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) for industrial application. However, huge challenges still remain in synthesizing whole length BsAbs, including their assembly, stability, immunogenicity, and pharmacodynamics. Here we present for first time a generic technology platform of generating bispecific IgG antibodies, "Bispecific Antibody by Protein Trans-splicing (BAPTS)". Different from published methods, we assembled two parental antibody fragments in the hinge region by the protein trans-splicing reaction of a split intein to generate BsAbs without heavy/heavy and light/heavy chain mispairing...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805368/pyrophosphate-recognition-and-sensing-in-water-using-bis-zinc-ii-dipicolylamino-functionalized-peptides
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Katrina A Jolliffe
Phosphate oxoanions and phosphorylated biomolecules (such as nucleotides, lipids, and proteins) play key roles in a wide range of biological processes. The ability to selectively detect these ions in the presence of each other has numerous applications in biochemistry and biomedicine. However, receptors and sensors that can discriminate between polyphosphate species with high selectivity and in biologically relevant conditions are rare. In this Account, we show how peptides (both cyclic and linear) can be used to position two zinc(II)dipicolylamine [Zn(II)DPA] binding sites in an appropriate arrangement to provide selective binding of pyrophosphate (PPi) in the presence of other polyphosphate species, including ATP, and in complex media such as cell growth buffer...
August 14, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804798/probing-biological-redox-chemistry-with-large-amplitude-fourier-transformed-ac-voltammetry
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Hope Adamson, Alan M Bond, Alison Parkin
Biological electron-exchange reactions are fundamental to life on earth. Redox reactions underpin respiration, photosynthesis, molecular biosynthesis, cell signalling and protein folding. Chemical, biomedical and future energy technology developments are also inspired by these natural electron transfer processes. Further developments in techniques and data analysis are required to gain a deeper understanding of the redox biochemistry processes that power Nature. This review outlines the new insights gained from developing Fourier transformed ac voltammetry as a tool for protein film electrochemistry...
August 14, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795724/chronic-exposure-to-inorganic-mercury-induces-biochemical-and-morphological-changes-in-the-salivary-glands-of-rats
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W A B Aragão, N M M da Costa, N C F Fagundes, M C F Silva, S M Alves-Junior, J J V Pinheiro, L L Amado, M E Crespo-López, C S F Maia, R R Lima
Mercury exposure is considered to be a public health problem due to the generation of toxic effects on human health as a result of environmental and occupational conditions. The inorganic form of mercury (HgCl2) can cause several biological changes in cells and tissues through its cumulative toxic potential, but little has been experimentally proven about the effects of inorganic mercury on salivary glands, an important modulator organ of oral health. This study analyzes the effects of prolonged low dose exposure to HgCl2 on the salivary glands of rats...
August 10, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791640/study-of-egfr-signaling-endocytosis-by-site-directed-mutagenesis
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Qian Wang, Zhixiang Wang
As an essential tool in molecular biology and biochemistry, in vitro mutagenesis is important for mechanistic and functional studies of protein at the cellular level. Through site-directed substitution, insertion, or deletion of potential function residues, we may evaluate the specific biological role of proteins and understand the underlying mechanism. EGF ligand binding will activate EGFR and initiate signaling transduction for cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival; meanwhile, it will also induce the EGFR endocytosis for degradation to maintain cellular homeostasis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782575/toxicological-evaluation-of-neoagarooligosaccharides-prepared-by-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-agar
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Sun Joo Hong, Je-Hyeon Lee, Eun Joo Kim, Hea Jung Yang, Jae-Seon Park, Soon-Kwang Hong
Agar, a heterogeneous polymer of galactose, is the main component of the cell wall of marine red algae. It is well established as a safe, non-digestible carbohydrate in Oriental countries. Although neoagarooligosaccharides (NAOs) prepared by the hydrolysis of agar by β-agarase have been reported to exert various biological activities, the safety of these compounds has not been reported to date. For safety evaluation, NAOs containing mainly neoagarotetraose and neoagarohexaose were prepared from agar by enzymatic hydrolysis using β-agarase DagA from Streptomyces coelicolor...
August 3, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767110/microfluidic-platform-for-efficient-nanodisc-assembly-membrane-protein-incorporation-and-purification
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James H Wade, Joshua D Jones, Ivan L Lenov, Colleen M Riordan, Stephen G Sligar, Ryan C Bailey
The characterization of integral membrane proteins presents numerous analytical challenges on account of their poor activity under non-native conditions, limited solubility in aqueous solutions, and low expression in most cell culture systems. Nanodiscs are synthetic model membrane constructs that offer many advantages for studying membrane protein function by offering a native-like phospholipid bilayer environment. The successful incorporation of membrane proteins within Nanodiscs requires experimental optimization of conditions...
August 22, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765558/cardiac-spheroids-as-promising-in-vitro-models-to-study-the-human-heart-microenvironment
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Liudmila Polonchuk, Mamta Chabria, Laura Badi, Jean-Christophe Hoflack, Gemma Figtree, Michael J Davies, Carmine Gentile
Three-dimensional in vitro cell systems are a promising alternative to animals to study cardiac biology and disease. We have generated three-dimensional in vitro models of the human heart ("cardiac spheroids", CSs) by co-culturing human primary or iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells and fibroblasts at ratios approximating those present in vivo. The cellular organisation, extracellular matrix and microvascular network mimic human heart tissue. These spheroids have been employed to investigate the dose-limiting cardiotoxicity of the common anti-cancer drug doxorubicin...
August 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762275/ribosome-rescue-inhibitors-kill-actively-growing-and-nonreplicating-persister-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cells
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John N Alumasa, Paolo S Manzanillo, Nicholas D Peterson, Tricia Lundrigan, Anthony D Baughn, Jeffery S Cox, Kenneth C Keiler
The emergence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains that are resistant to most or all available antibiotics has created a severe problem for treating tuberculosis and has spurred a quest for new antibiotic targets. Here, we demonstrate that trans-translation is essential for growth of MTB and is a viable target for development of antituberculosis drugs. We also show that an inhibitor of trans-translation, KKL-35, is bactericidal against MTB under both aerobic and anoxic conditions. Biochemical experiments show that this compound targets helix 89 of the 23S rRNA...
September 8, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762014/beyond-cox-1-the-effects-of-aspirin-on-platelet-biology-and-potential-mechanisms-of-chemoprevention
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Argentina Ornelas, Niki Zacharias-Millward, David G Menter, Jennifer S Davis, Lenard Lichtenberger, David Hawke, Ernest Hawk, Eduardo Vilar, Pratip Bhattacharya, Steven Millward
After more than a century, aspirin remains one of the most commonly used drugs in western medicine. Although mainly used for its anti-thrombotic, anti-pyretic, and analgesic properties, a multitude of clinical studies have provided convincing evidence that regular, low-dose aspirin use dramatically lowers the risk of cancer. These observations coincide with recent studies showing a functional relationship between platelets and tumors, suggesting that aspirin's chemopreventive properties may result, in part, from direct modulation of platelet biology and biochemistry...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
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