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Reticulated Formation

Erik D Cram, Daniel D Rockey, Brian P Dolan
BACKGROUND: Chlamydia species are obligate intracellular bacteria that infect a broad range of mammalian hosts. Members of related genera are pathogens of a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate species. Despite the diversity of Chlamydia, all species contain an outer membrane lipooligosaccharide (LOS) that is comprised of a genus-conserved, and genus-defining, trisaccharide 3-deoxy-D-manno-oct-2-ulosonic acid Kdo region. Recent studies with lipopolysaccharide inhibitors demonstrate that LOS is important for the C...
April 24, 2017: BMC Microbiology
Emily C Reddy, Hong Wang, K W Annie Bang, Marian A Packham, Margaret L Rand
Platelets are recognized to be physiologically and functionally heterogeneous. An example of the diversity in reactivity is the formation of a distinct subpopulation of procoagulant phosphatidylserine (PS)-exposing platelets upon activation. Platelet age has been proposed as a determinant of platelet function, and it has been reported that young platelets are more reactive in exposing PS; using the same methodology of thiazole orange (TO) staining to distinguish young and old platelets, the percentages of procoagulant platelets produced by thrombin plus collagen activation of platelets from healthy controls were examined by flow cytometry...
April 13, 2017: Platelets
Senthilkumar Padmanaban, Daniel D Czerny, Kara A Levin, Alexander R Leydon, Robert T Su, Timothy K Maugel, Yanjiao Zou, Salil Chanroj, Alice Y Cheung, Mark A Johnson, Heven Sze
Flowering plant genomes encode multiple cation/H+ exchangers (CHXs) whose functions are largely unknown. AtCHX17, AtCHX18, and AtCHX19 are membrane transporters that modulate K+ and pH homeostasis and are localized in the dynamic endomembrane system. Loss of function reduced seed set, but the particular phase(s) of reproduction affected was not determined. Pollen tube growth and ovule targeting of chx17chx18chx19 mutant pollen appeared normal, but reciprocal cross experiments indicate a largely male defect...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
Paul C Armstrong, Thomas Hoefer, Rebecca B Knowles, Arthur T Tucker, Melissa A Hayman, Plinio M Ferreira, Melissa V Chan, Timothy D Warner
OBJECTIVE: Aspirin together with thienopyridine P2Y12 inhibitors, commonly clopidogrel, is a cornerstone of antiplatelet therapy. However, many patients receiving this therapy display high on-treatment platelet reactivity, which is a major therapeutic hurdle to the prevention of recurrent thrombotic events. The emergence of uninhibited platelets after thrombopoiesis has been proposed as a contributing factor to high on-treatment platelet reactivity. Here, we investigate the influences of platelet turnover on platelet aggregation in the face of different dual-antiplatelet therapy strategies...
May 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Sanaa E El-Sayed, Mahmoud A Kora, Hesham M Sallam, Kerin M Claeson, Erik R Seiffert, Mohammed S Antar
Wadi El-Hitan, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, of the Fayum Depression in the northeast part of the Western Desert of Egypt, has produced a remarkable collection of Eocene vertebrates, in particular the fossil whales from which it derives its name. Here we describe a new genus and species of marine catfishes (Siluriformes; Ariidae), Qarmoutus hitanensis, from the base of the upper Eocene Birket Qarun Formation, based on a partial neurocranium including the complete left side, partial right dentary, left suspensorium, two opercles, left pectoral girdle and spine, nuchal plates, first and second dorsal spines, Weberian apparatus and a disassociated series of abdominal vertebrae...
2017: PloS One
X-L Yang, Y-L Zhao, L E Babcock, J Peng
Fossils of the sponge Angulosuspongia sinensis from calcareous mudstones of the middle and upper part of the Kaili Formation (Cambrian Stage 5) in the Jianhe area of Guizhou province, South China, exhibit an apparently reticulate pattern, characteristic of the Vauxiidae. Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (EDS) and Raman spectroscopy analysis indicate the presence of silica in the skeletal elements of these fossils, suggesting that this taxon possessed a skeleton comprised of spicules. This is the first confirmation of siliceous skeletal elements in fossils of the family Vauxiidae, and it lends support to the hypothesis that some early demosponges possessed biomineralized siliceous skeletons, which were subsequently lost and replaced by spongin later in the evolutionary history of this lineage...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Zhijie Chen, Łukasz J Weseliński, Karim Adil, Youssef Belmabkhout, Aleksander Shkurenko, Hao Jiang, Prashant M Bhatt, Vincent Guillerm, Emilie Dauzon, Dong-Xu Xue, Michael O'Keeffe, Mohamed Eddaoudi
Highly connected and edge-transitive nets are of prime importance in crystal chemistry and are regarded as ideal blueprints for the rational design and construction of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). We report the design and synthesis of highly connected MOFs based on reticulation of the sole two edge-transitive nets with a vertex figure as double six-membered-ring (d6R) building unit, namely the (4,12)-coordinated shp net (square and hexagonal-prism) and the (6,12)-coordinated alb net (aluminum diboride, hexagonal-prism and trigonal-prism)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Jeremy Turchetto, Ana Filipa Sequeira, Laurie Ramond, Fanny Peysson, Joana L A Brás, Natalie J Saez, Yoan Duhoo, Marilyne Blémont, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Loic Quinton, Edwin De Pauw, Nicolas Gilles, Hervé Darbon, Carlos M G A Fontes, Renaud Vincentelli
BACKGROUND: Animal venoms are complex molecular cocktails containing a wide range of biologically active disulphide-reticulated peptides that target, with high selectivity and efficacy, a variety of membrane receptors. Disulphide-reticulated peptides have evolved to display improved specificity, low immunogenicity and to show much higher resistance to degradation than linear peptides. These properties make venom peptides attractive candidates for drug development. However, recombinant expression of reticulated peptides containing disulphide bonds is challenging, especially when associated with the production of large libraries of bioactive molecules for drug screening...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
Lei Peng, Sheying Dong, Wenbo Wei, Xiaojing Yuan, Tinglin Huang
Electrode materials play a key role in the development of electrochemical sensors, particularly enzyme-based biosensors. Here, a novel NiCo2S4 with reticulated hollow spheres assembled from rod-like structures was prepared by a one-pot solvothermal method and its formation mechanism was discussed. Moreover, comparison of NiCo2S4 materials from different experiment conditions as biosensors was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), and the best one that was reticulated hollow spheres assembled from rod-like structures NiCo2S4 has been successfully employed as a matrix of AChE immobilization for the special structure, superior conductivity and rich reaction active sites...
June 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
P M Hine, St J Wakefield, G Mackereth, R Morrison
The morphogenesis of large icosahedral viruses associated with lymphocystis-like lesions in the skin of parore Girella tricuspidata is described. The electron-lucent perinuclear viromatrix comprised putative DNA with open capsids at the periphery, very large arrays of smooth endoplasmic reticulum (sER), much of it with a reticulated appearance (rsER) or occurring as rows of vesicles. Lysosomes, degenerating mitochondria and virions in various stages of assembly, and paracrystalline arrays were also present...
September 26, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Felix Bischoff, Yuanqin He, Knud Seufert, Daphné Stassen, Davide Bonifazi, Johannes V Barth, Willi Auwärter
The engineering of nanoarchitectures to achieve tailored properties relevant for macroscopic devices is a key motivation of organometallic surface science. To this end, understanding the role of molecular functionalities in structure formation and adatom coordination is of great importance. In this study, the differences in formation of Cu-mediated metal-organic coordination networks based on two pyridyl- and cyano-bearing free-base porphyrins on Ag(111) are elucidated by use of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)...
October 17, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Pasquale Sacco, Sergio Paoletti, Michela Cok, Fioretta Asaro, Michela Abrami, Mario Grassi, Ivan Donati
Ionotropic gelation of chitosan by means of opposite charged ions represents an efficient alternative to covalent reticulation because of milder condition of use and, in general, higher biocompatibility of the resulting systems. In this work 90° light scattering (turbidimetry), circular dichroism (CD) and (1)H NMR measurements have been performed to study the interactions between the biopolymer and ionic cross-linkers tripolyphosphate (TPP) and pyrophosphate (PPi) in dilute solutions. Thereafter, a dialysis-based technique was exploited to fabricate tridimensional chitosan hydrogels based on both polyanions...
November 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Lorenzo Alibardi
The development and cornification of the ramphoteca (beak) in turtles are not known. The microscopic aspects of beak formation have been analyzed in the pleurodirian turtle Emydura macquarii using histological, immunocytochemical and ultrastructural methods. At embryonic Stage 15 the maxillar beak is originated from discontinuous placodes (one frontal and two oral) formed in the epidermis above and below the mouth that later merge into the epidermis of the beak. The mandibular beak is formed by two lateral placodes...
October 2016: Journal of Morphology
Liping Song, Zhengfu Zhou, Shan Tang, Zhiqiang Zhang, Shengqian Xia, Maomao Qin, Bao Li, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Chaozhi Ma, Tingdong Fu, Jinxing Tu
Tapetal programmed cell death (PCD) is essential in pollen grain development, and cysteine proteases are ubiquitous enzymes participating in plant PCD. Although the major papain-like cysteine proteases (PLCPs) have been investigated, the exact functions of many PLCPs are still poorly understood in PCD. Here, we identified a PLCP gene, BnaC.CP20.1, which was closely related to XP_013596648.1 from Brassica oleracea. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed that BnaC.CP20.1 expression was down-regulated in male-sterile lines in oilseed rape, suggesting a connection between this gene and male sterility...
September 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
Jiawei He, Yuan Long, Yiyan Wang, Chaoliang Wei, Jingjing Zhan
This Research Article described a facile one-step method to prepare reticulated N-doped carbonaceous submicron spheres. Through a simple aerosol-assisted technology, glucosamine sulfate used as a carbon source was aerosolized and carbonized to functionalized carbonaceous submicron spheres. The electrostatic attraction between protonated amino groups and sulfate in the aerosol droplets induced a self-assembly and led to the formation of reticular structure, avoiding the use of templates. Compared to bare carbonaceous materials produced from glucose, reticulated N-doped carbonaceous spheres exhibit higher efficiency in the removal of Cr(VI), where the doping of element nitrogen led to electrostatic attraction between protonated nitrogen and chromium ions, and reticulated structure created relatively higher surface area and pore volume, facilitating materials to contact with Cr(VI) ions...
July 6, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
C R Zaccard, C R Rinaldo, R B Mailliard
Membrane nanotubes, also termed tunneling nanotubes, are F-actin-based structures that can form direct cytoplasmic connections and support rapid communication between distant cells. These nanoscale conduits have been observed in diverse cell types, including immune, neuronal, stromal, cancer, and stem cells. Until recently, little was known about the mechanisms involved in membrane nanotube development in myeloid origin APCs or how membrane nanotube networks support their ability to bridge innate and adaptive immunity...
July 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Iwona M Konieczna, Teresa A DeLuca, Elizabeth A Eklund, William M Miller
The transcription factor HOXA10 is an important regulator of myelopoiesis. Engineered over-expression of Hoxa10 in mice results in a myeloproliferative disorder that progresses to acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) over time, and in humans over-expression is associated with poor outcomes in AML. Here, we report that loss of Hoxa10 expression in mice results in reduced platelet count and platelet production, but does not affect clotting efficiency. About 40% fewer platelets were found in Hoxa10 null animals in comparison to wild type littermates...
April 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Xiaowei Wei, Dewei Zhao, Benjie Wang, Wei Wang, Kai Kang, Hui Xie, Baoyi Liu, Xiuzhi Zhang, Jinsong Zhang, Zhenming Yang
Porous tantalum metal with low elastic modulus is similar to cancellous bone. Reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) can provide three-dimensional pore structure and serves as the ideal scaffold of tantalum coating. In this study, the biocompatibility of domestic porous tantalum was first successfully tested with bone marrow stromal stem cells (BMSCs) in vitro and for bone tissue repair in vivo. We evaluated cytotoxicity of RVC scaffold and tantalum coating using BMSCs. The morphology, adhesion, and proliferation of BMSCs were observed via laser scanning confocal microscope and scanning electron microscopy...
March 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Ludovic Jourdin, Stefano Freguia, Victoria Flexer, Jurg Keller
The enhancement of microbial electrosynthesis (MES) of acetate from CO2 to performance levels that could potentially support practical implementations of the technology must go through the optimization of key design and operating conditions. We report that higher proton availability drastically increases the acetate production rate, with pH 5.2 found to be optimal, which will likely suppress methanogenic activity without inhibitor addition. Applied cathode potential as low as -1.1 V versus SHE still achieved 99% of electron recovery in the form of acetate at a current density of around -200 A m(-2)...
February 16, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Marie Fomani, Emmanuel Ngeufa Happi, Achille Nouga Bisoue, Jean Claude Ndom, Alain François Kamdem Waffo, Norbert Sewald, Jean Duplex Wansi
Two novel acridone-quinoline alkaloids, acriquinoline A (1) and acriquinoline B (2), together with twenty-two known compounds were isolated from the methanol extract of the root of Citrus reticulata Blanco. The structures of all compounds were determined by comprehensive analyses of their 1D and 2D NMR and mass spectral (EI and ESI) data. The possible biosynthesis for the formation of above compounds is proposed, based on close examination of their structures. Compounds 1, 2, 6, 10 and 14-17 exhibited strong suppressive effect on phagocytosis response upon activation with serum opsonized zymosan in the range of IC50 0...
January 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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