Read by QxMD icon Read


Hao Sun, Frederic Lagarrigue, Alexandre R Gingras, Zhichao Fan, Klaus Ley, Mark H Ginsberg
Integrin activation regulates adhesion, extracellular matrix assembly, and cell migration, thereby playing an indispensable role in development and in many pathological processes. A proline mutation in the central integrin β3 transmembrane domain (TMD) creates a flexible kink that uncouples the topology of the inner half of the TMD from the outer half. In this study, using leukocyte integrin α4β7, which enables development of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), we examined the biological effect of such a proline mutation and report that it impairs agonist-induced talin-mediated activation of integrin α4β7, thereby inhibiting rolling lymphocyte arrest, a key step in transmigration...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Marta Schirripa, Wu Zhang, Dongyun Yang, Shu Cao, Satoshi Okazaki, Fotios Loupakis, Martin D Berger, Yan Ning, Yuji Miyamoto, Mitsukuni Suenaga, Giulia Alberti, Jordan D West, Sara Lonardi, Taline Khoukaz, Francesca Bergamo, Francesca Battaglin, Carlotta Antoniotti, Alfredo Falcone, Sebastian Stintzing, Volker Heinemann, Heinz-Josef Lenz
BACKGROUND: Macrophages play a crucial role in the interaction between tumor and immune system, and iNOS is known as a surrogate marker of M1 macrophages activation. The goal of the study was to investigate the role of iNOS polymorphisms as prognostic marker in mCRC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Functional significant polymorphisms in the promoter of INOS gene were analyzed by PCR-based and direct DNA sequencing in 4 cohorts of patients receiving bevacizumab based first-line chemotherapy: two evaluation cohorts (TRIBE ARM A and ARM B) and two validation cohorts (FIRE 3 arm A and MOMA)...
2018: PloS One
Bo Yin, Bingjian Xue, Zhihong Wu, Jiguang Ma, Keming Wang
The aim of this study was to explore an innovative method to improve the osteogenic ability of porous titanium. We used gelatin (Gel) and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) to construct micro-scaffolds within the pores of porous titanium alloy. We compared three groups: control, Gel:nHA = 1:0, and Gel:nHA = 1:1. We assessed cell attachment, cell proliferation, and osteogenic (alkaline phosphatase [ALP] and collagen type 1 [Col-1]) and cytoskeletal (Talin) gene and protein expression in MC3T3-E1 cells. We also evaluated osteogenic abilities in a rabbit calvarial defect model...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Emily L Dennis, Talin Babikian, Christopher C Giza, Paul M Thompson, Robert F Asarnow
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a significant public health problem in the United States, especially for children and adolescents. Current epidemiological data estimate over 600,000 patients younger than 20 years are treated for TBI in emergency rooms annually. While many patients experience a full recovery, for others there can be long-lasting cognitive, neurological, psychological, and behavioral disruptions. TBI in youth can disrupt ongoing brain development and create added family stress during a formative period...
February 1, 2018: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Wester de Poel, Joris A W Münninghoff, Johannes A A W Elemans, Willem J P van Enckevort, Alan E Rowan, Elias Vlieg
Surfaces with controllable topography and chemistry were prepared to act as substrates for protein crystallization, in order to investigate the influence of these surface properties on the protein crystallization outcome. Three different methods were investigated to deposit 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy)benzene (TCDB) on a muscovite mica substrate to find the best route for controlled topography. Of these three, sublimation worked best. Contact angle measurements revealed that the surfaces with short exposure to the TCDB vapor (20 min or less) are hydrophilic, while surfaces exposed for 30 min or longer are hydrophobic...
February 7, 2018: Crystal Growth & Design
Elias H Barriga, Kristian Franze, Guillaume Charras, Roberto Mayor
Collective cell migration is essential for morphogenesis, tissue remodelling and cancer invasion. In vivo, groups of cells move in an orchestrated way through tissues. This movement involves mechanical as well as molecular interactions between cells and their environment. While the role of molecular signals in collective cell migration is comparatively well understood, how tissue mechanics influence collective cell migration in vivo remains unknown. Here we investigated the importance of mechanical cues in the collective migration of the Xenopus laevis neural crest cells, an embryonic cell population whose migratory behaviour has been likened to cancer invasion...
February 14, 2018: Nature
Dror S Chorev, Tova Volberg, Ariel Livne, Miriam Eisenstein, Bruno Martins, Zvi Kam, Brigitte M Jockusch, Ohad Medalia, Michal Sharon, Benny Geiger
Focal adhesions (FAs) are multi-protein complexes that connect the actin cytoskeleton to the extracellular matrix, via integrin receptors. The growth, stability and adhesive functionality of these structures are tightly regulated by mechanical stress, yet, despite the extensive characterization of the integrin adhesome, the detailed molecular mechanisms underlying FA mechanosensitivity are still unclear. Besides talin, another key candidate for regulating FA-associated mechanosensing, is vinculin, a prominent FA component, which possesses either closed ("auto-inhibited") or open ("active") conformation...
February 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Katarzyna I Jankowska, Edward K Williamson, Nathan H Roy, Daniel Blumenthal, Vidhi Chandra, Tobias Baumgart, Janis K Burkhardt
Full T cell activation requires coordination of signals from multiple receptor-ligand pairs that interact in parallel at a specialized cell-cell contact site termed the immunological synapse (IS). Signaling at the IS is intimately associated with actin dynamics; T cell receptor (TCR) engagement induces centripetal flow of the T cell actin network, which in turn enhances the function of ligand-bound integrins by promoting conformational change. Here, we have investigated the effects of integrin engagement on actin flow, and on associated signaling events downstream of the TCR...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Alexander Yulaev, Vladimir P Oleshko, Paul M Haney, Jialin Liu, Yue Qi, A Alec Talin, Marina S Leite, Andrei Kolmakov
Li metal is the preferred anode material for all-solid-state Li batteries. However, a stable plating and stripping of Li metal at the anode-solid electrolyte interface remains a significant challenge particularly at practically feasible current densities. This problem usually relates to high and/or inhomogeneous Li-electrode-electrolyte interfacial impedance and formation and growth of high-aspect-ratio dendritic Li deposits at the electrode-electrolyte interface, which eventually shunt the battery. To better understand details of Li metal plating, we use operando electron microscopy and Auger spectroscopy to probe nucleation, growth, and stripping of Li metal during cycling of a model solid-state Li battery as a function of current density and oxygen pressure...
February 3, 2018: Nano Letters
Pragati Pandey, William Hawkes, Junquiang Hu, William Valentine Megone, Julien Gautrot, Narayana Anilkumar, Min Zhang, Liisa Hirvonen, Susan Cox, Elisabeth Ehler, James Hone, Michael Sheetz, Thomas Iskratsch
Mechanical properties are cues for many biological processes in health or disease. In the heart, changes to the extracellular matrix composition and cross-linking result in stiffening of the cellular microenvironment during development. Moreover, myocardial infarction and cardiomyopathies lead to fibrosis and a stiffer environment, affecting cardiomyocyte behavior. Here, we identify that single cardiomyocyte adhesions sense simultaneous (fast oscillating) cardiac and (slow) non-muscle myosin contractions. Together, these lead to oscillating tension on the mechanosensitive adaptor protein talin on substrates with a stiffness of healthy adult heart tissue, compared with no tension on embryonic heart stiffness and continuous stretching on fibrotic stiffness...
February 5, 2018: Developmental Cell
Jiro Kino, Shoji Tsuji, Tetsuya Kitao, Yuko Akagawa, Sohsaku Yamanouchi, Takahisa Kimata, Kazunari Kaneko
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) remains unclear although recent studies suggest endothelin 1 (ET-1) and CD80 of podocytes are involved. We investigated the potential of antagonist to ET-1 receptor type A (ETRA) as therapeutic agent through suppression of CD80 in rat model of INS. METHODS: Puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN) was injected to Wister rats to induce proteinuria: some were treated with ETRA antagonist and others were treated with 0...
January 23, 2018: Pediatric Research
Mark Bennett, Marco Cantini, Julien Reboud, Jonathan M Cooper, Pere Roca-Cusachs, Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez
Cell response to matrix rigidity has been explained by the mechanical properties of the actin-talin-integrin-fibronectin clutch. Here the molecular clutch model is extended to account for cell interactions with purely viscous surfaces (i.e., without an elastic component). Supported lipid bilayers present an idealized and controllable system through which to study this concept. Using lipids of different diffusion coefficients, the mobility (i.e., surface viscosity) of the presented ligands (in this case RGD) was altered by an order of magnitude...
January 22, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Gerald Burgstaller, Arunima Sengupta, Sarah Vierkotten, Gerhard Preissler, Michael Lindner, Jürgen Behr, Melanie Königshoff, Oliver Eickelberg
Instructive cues from the extracellular matrix (ECM) and their functional interplay with cells play pivotal roles for development, tissue repair, and disease. However, the precise nature of this interplay remains elusive. We used an innovative 3D cell culture ECM model by decellularizing ex vivo lung tissue scaffolds (d3D-LTCs) derived from diseased and healthy mouse lungs, which widely mimics the native (patho)physiological in vivo microenvironment. We successfully repopulated all d3D-LTCs with primary human and murine fibroblasts...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Sergio Guber, Talin Ebrahimian, Maryam Heidari, Nicoletta Eliopoulos, Stephanie Lehoux
Cells mobilized from the bone marrow can contribute to endothelial regeneration and repair. Nevertheless, cardiovascular diseases are associated with diminished numbers and function of these cells, attenuating their healing potential. Gene transfer of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) can restore the activity of circulating cells. Furthermore, estrogen accelerates the reendothelialization capacity of early outgrowth cells (EOCs). We hypothesized that overexpressing eNOS alone or in combination with estrogen stimulation in EOCs would potentiate the beneficial effects of these cells in regulating smooth muscle cell (SMC) function...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sebastian Blatt, Andreas Max Pabst, Eik Schiegnitz, Marco Hosang, Thomas Ziebart, Christian Walter, Bilal Al-Nawas, Marcus Oliver Klein
OBJECTIVES: Osseointegration of dental implants is a crucial prerequisite for long-term survival. Therefore, surface modifications are needed to interact with the extracellular environment and to trigger osteogenic cell responses such as cell proliferation, adherence, and differentiation. The purpose of this study was to investigate different surface modifications in vitro over 2 weeks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Commercially available cells from a human osteogenic cell line (HHOB-c) were cultivated on the following surfaces: titanium with smooth surfaces (polished titanium (P), machined titanium (M), polyetheretherketone (Peek)), titanium with rough and hydrophilised surfaces (acid etched titanium (A), sandblasted acid etched titanium (SA and SA2), sandblasted acid etched hydrophilised (SAH), titanium plasma painted titanium (TPS)), titanium with calcium phosphate-containing surfaces (titanium plasma painted calcium phosphate modified titanium (TPS-CaP), sandblasted calcium phosphate modified titanium (S-CaP), sandblasted acid etched calcium phosphate modified titanium (SA-CaP)), and zirconium-oxide (yttrium amplified zirconium (Z), yttrium amplified Ca2+ delivering zirconium (Z-Ca))...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Ken Y Hui, Heriberto Fernandez-Hernandez, Jianzhong Hu, Adam Schaffner, Nathan Pankratz, Nai-Yun Hsu, Ling-Shiang Chuang, Shai Carmi, Nicole Villaverde, Xianting Li, Manual Rivas, Adam P Levine, Xiuliang Bao, Philippe R Labrias, Talin Haritunians, Darren Ruane, Kyle Gettler, Ernie Chen, Dalin Li, Elena R Schiff, Nikolas Pontikos, Nir Barzilai, Steven R Brant, Susan Bressman, Adam S Cheifetz, Lorraine N Clark, Mark J Daly, Robert J Desnick, Richard H Duerr, Seymour Katz, Todd Lencz, Richard H Myers, Harry Ostrer, Laurie Ozelius, Haydeh Payami, Yakov Peter, John D Rioux, Anthony W Segal, William K Scott, Mark S Silverberg, Jeffery M Vance, Iban Ubarretxena-Belandia, Tatiana Foroud, Gil Atzmon, Itsik Pe'er, Yiannis Ioannou, Dermot P B McGovern, Zhenyu Yue, Eric E Schadt, Judy H Cho, Inga Peter
Crohn's disease (CD), a form of inflammatory bowel disease, has a higher prevalence in Ashkenazi Jewish than in non-Jewish European populations. To define the role of nonsynonymous mutations, we performed exome sequencing of Ashkenazi Jewish patients with CD, followed by array-based genotyping and association analysis in 2066 CD cases and 3633 healthy controls. We detected association signals in the LRRK2 gene that conferred risk for CD (N2081D variant, P = 9.5 × 10-10) or protection from CD (N551K variant, tagging R1398H-associated haplotype, P = 3...
January 10, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Michael E Foster, Karl Sohlberg, Mark D Allendorf, A Alec Talin
Ni3(2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaiminotriphenylene)2 is a π-stacked layered metal-organic framework material with extended π-conjugation that is analogous to graphene. Published experimental results indicate that the material is semiconducting, but all theoretical studies to-date predict the bulk material to be metallic. Given that previous experimental work was carried out on specimens containing complex nanocrystalline microstructures, and the tendency for internal interfaces to introduce transport barriers, we apply DFT to investigate the influence of internal interface defects on the electronic structure of bulk Ni3(HITP)2...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Yuxia Jiao, Siqi Tan, Junyu Xiong
Sepsis is defined as life threatening organ dysfunction arising from a dysregulated host response to infection. The outcomes of sepsis include early mortality, delayed mortality and recovery, and depend on the inflammatory response. Previous studies have demonstrated that regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in determining the outcome of sepsis, as their suppressive function serves a role in maintaining immune homeostasis. However, Treg-mediated immunosuppression during the course of sepsis remains unclear and little is known about the survival of patients following diagnosis...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Corina Ciobanasu, Hong Wang, Véronique Henriot, Cécile Mathieu, Annabelle Fente, Sandrine Csillag, Clémence Vigouroux, Bruno Faivre, Christophe Le Clainche
Focal adhesions (FAs) mechanically couple the extracellular matrix (ECM) to the dynamic actin cytoskeleton, via transmembrane integrins and actin-binding proteins. The molecular mechanisms by which protein machineries control force transmission along this molecular axis, i.e. modulating integrin activation and controlling actin polymerization, remain largely unknown. Talin is a major actin-binding protein that controls both the inside-out activation of integrins and actin-filament anchoring and thus plays a major role in the establishment of the actin-ECM mechanical coupling...
December 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Liming Shen, Kaoyuan Zhang, Chengyun Feng, Youjiao Chen, Shuiming Li, Javed Iqbal, Liping Liao, Yuxi Zhao, Jian Zhai
PURPOSE: Autism is a childhood neurological disorder with poorly understood etiology and pathology. This study is designed to identify differentially expressed proteins which might serve as potential biomarkers for autism. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed iTRAQ (isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation) analysis for normal and autistic children's plasma of the same age group. RESULTS: The results showed that 24 differentially expressed proteins were identified between autistic subjects and controls...
December 23, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"