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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432902/ayahuasca-s-entwined-efficacy-an-ethnographic-study-of-ritual-healing-from-addiction
#1
Piera Talin, Emilia Sanabria
BACKGROUND: A range of studies has demonstrated the efficacy of the psychoactive Amazonian brew ayahuasca in addressing substance addiction. These have revealed that physiological and psychological mechanisms are deeply enmeshed. This article focuses on how interactive ritual contexts support the healing effort. The study of psychedelic-assisted treatments for addiction has much to gain from ethnographic analyses of healing experiences within the particular ecologies of use and care, where these interventions are rendered efficacious...
April 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432753/identification-of-indothiazinone-as-a-natural-antiplatelet-agent
#2
Chansik Yang, Sugyeong Kwon, Se-Jong Kim, Minseon Jeong, Ji-Young Park, Dongeun Park, Soon Jun Hong, Jong-Wha Jung, Chungho Kim
Cardiovascular disease, which is caused by unregulated platelet aggregation, is one of the main causes of deaths worldwide. Many studies have focused on natural products with antiplatelet effects as a safe alternative therapy in order to prevent the disease. In this context, an in-house chemical library was screened to find natural products capable of inhibiting the interaction between platelet integrin αIIbβ3 and fibrinogen, which is an essential step in platelet aggregation. On the basis of the screening results, indothiazinone, an alkaloid found in microbial cultures, was identified as a potential antiplatelet agent...
April 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432431/initial-cell-adhesion-of-three-cell-types-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-serum-proteins
#3
Martina Verdanova, Pavla Sauerova, Ute Hempel, Marie Hubalek Kalbacova
With the development of a wide range of new biomaterials for the sensing of different cell behaviour, it is important to consider whether the cells tested in vitro are in direct contact with the material or whether cell-biomaterial contact is mediated by an interfacial layer of proteins originating from the culture medium or from the cells themselves. Thus, this study describes the differences between the cell adhesion mediated by proteins originating from foetal bovine serum and without the presence of such proteins 2 h following cell seeding exemplarily with different cell types (an osteoblastic cell line, primary fibroblasts, and mesenchymal stem cells)...
April 21, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428266/kca1-1-channels-regulate-%C3%AE-1-integrin-function-and-cell-adhesion-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-fibroblast-like-synoviocytes
#4
Mark R Tanner, Michael W Pennington, Teresina Laragione, Pércio S Gulko, Christine Beeton
Large-conductance calcium-activated potassium channel (KCa1.1; BK, Slo1, MaxiK, KCNMA1) is the predominant potassium channel expressed at the plasma membrane of fibroblast-like synoviocytes isolated from the synovium of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA-FLS). It is a critical regulator of RA-FLS migration and invasion and therefore represents an attractive target for the therapy of RA. However, the molecular mechanisms by which KCa1.1 regulates RA-FLS invasiveness have remained largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that KCa1...
April 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428218/gain-of-function-mutation-in-filamin-a-potentiates-platelet-integrin-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-activation
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Eliane Berrou, Frédéric Adam, Marilyne Lebret, Virginie Planche, Patricia Fergelot, Odile Issertial, Isabelle Coupry, Jean-Claude Bordet, Paquita Nurden, Dominique Bonneau, Estelle Colin, Cyril Goizet, Jean-Philippe Rosa, Marijke Bryckaert
OBJECTIVE: Dominant mutations of the X-linked filamin A (FLNA) gene are responsible for filaminopathies A, which are rare disorders including brain periventricular nodular heterotopia, congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, cardiac valves or skeleton malformations, and often macrothrombocytopenia. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We studied a male patient with periventricular nodular heterotopia and congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, his unique X-linked FLNA allele carrying a stop codon mutation resulting in a 100-amino acid-long FLNa C-terminal extension (NP_001447...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428216/maturation-of-platelet-function-during-murine-fetal-development-in-vivo
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Andreas Margraf, Claudia Nussbaum, Ina Rohwedder, Sarah Klapproth, Angela R M Kurz, Annamaria Florian, Volker Wiebking, Joachim Pircher, Monika Pruenster, Roland Immler, Steffen Dietzel, Ludmila Kremer, Friedemann Kiefer, Markus Moser, Andreas W Flemmer, Elizabeth Quackenbush, Ulrich H von Andrian, Markus Sperandio
OBJECTIVE: Platelet function has been intensively studied in the adult organism. However, little is known about the function and hemostatic capacity of platelets in the developing fetus as suitable in vivo models are lacking. APPROACH AND RESULTS: To examine fetal platelet function in vivo, we generated a fetal thrombosis model and investigated light-/dye-induced thrombus formation by intravital microscopy throughout gestation. We observed that significantly less and unstable thrombi were formed at embryonic day (E) 13...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408404/smurf1-inhibits-integrin-activation-by-controlling-kindlin-2-ubiquitination-and-degradation
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Xiaofan Wei, Xiang Wang, Jun Zhan, Yuhan Chen, Weigang Fang, Lingqiang Zhang, Hongquan Zhang
Integrin activation is an indispensable step for various integrin-mediated biological functions. Kindlin-2 is known to coactivate integrins with Talin; however, molecules that restrict integrin activation are elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the E3 ubiquitin ligase Smurf1 controls the amount of Kindlin-2 protein in cells and hinders integrin activation. Smurf1 interacts with and promotes Kindlin-2 ubiquitination and degradation. Smurf1 selectively mediates degradation of Kindlin-2 but not Talin, leading to inhibition of αIIbβ3 integrin activation in Chinese hamster ovary cells and β1 integrin activation in fibroblasts...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399036/implications-for-ophthalmic-formulations-ocular-buffers-show-varied-cytotoxic-impact-on-human-corneal-limbal-and-human-conjunctival-epithelial-cells
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Nadine Schuerer, Elisabeth Stein, Aleksandra Inic-Kanada, Marion Pucher, Christine Hohenadl, Nora Bintner, Ehsan Ghasemian, Jacqueline Montanaro, Talin Barisani-Asenbauer
PURPOSE: To investigate toxicity associated with buffers commonly used in topical ocular drug formulations using a human corneal-limbal epithelial (HCLE) and a human conjunctival epithelial (HCjE) cell model. METHODS: HCLE and HCjE cells were incubated for 10, 30, or 60 minutes with 4 different buffers based on borate, citrate, phosphate, and Tris-HCl at 10, 50, and 100 mM concentrations. To detect possible delayed effects on cell viability, after 60 minutes of buffer incubation, cells were further incubated for 24 hours with a cell medium...
April 10, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361943/talin-gets-shanked-in-the-fight-for-integrin-activation
#9
Paul Atherton, Christoph Ballestrem
Genetic mutations in the SHANK family of proteins are linked to multiple neuropsychiatric disorders including autism spectrum disorders. A study now elucidates critical roles for SHANK in regulating integrin-mediated cell-extracellular matrix adhesion, by sequestering integrin activators.
March 31, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355484/podosome-force-generation-machinery-a-local-balance-between-protrusion-at-the-core-and-traction-at-the-ring
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Anaïs Bouissou, Amsha Proag, Nicolas Bourg, Karine Pingris, Clément Cabriel, Stéphanie Balor, Thomas Mangeat, Christophe Thibault, Christophe Vieu, Guillaume Dupuis, Emmanuel Fort, Sandrine Lévêque-Fort, Isabelle Maridonneau-Parini, Renaud Poincloux
Determining how cells generate and transduce mechanical forces at the nanoscale is a major technical challenge for the understanding of numerous physiological and pathological processes. Podosomes are submicrometer cell structures with a columnar F-actin core surrounded by a ring of adhesion proteins, which possess the singular ability to protrude into and probe the extracellular matrix. Using protrusion force microscopy, we have previously shown that single podosomes produce local nanoscale protrusions on the extracellular environment...
April 4, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352666/lrrk2-but-not-atg16l1-is-associated-with-paneth-cell-defect-in-japanese-crohn-s-disease-patients
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Ta-Chiang Liu, Takeo Naito, Zhenqiu Liu, Kelli L VanDussen, Talin Haritunians, Dalin Li, Katsuya Endo, Yosuke Kawai, Masao Nagasaki, Yoshitaka Kinouchi, Dermot P B McGovern, Tooru Shimosegawa, Yoichi Kakuta, Thaddeus S Stappenbeck
BACKGROUND. Morphological patterns of Paneth cells are a prognostic biomarker in Western Crohn's disease (CD) patients, and are associated with autophagy-associated ATG16L1 and NOD2 variants. We hypothesized that genetic determinants of Paneth cell phenotype in other ethnic CD cohorts are distinct but also involved in autophagy. METHODS. We performed a hypothesis-driven analysis of 56 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with CD susceptibility or known to affect Paneth cell function in 110 Japanese CD patients who underwent ileal resection...
March 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351192/synergistic-effect-of-peptide-inhibitors-derived-from-the-extracellular-and-intracellular-domain-of-%C3%AE-iib-subunit-of-integrin-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-on-platelet-activation-and-aggregation
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Alexia V Gkourogianni, Klytaimnistra Kiouptsi, Vassiliki Koloka, Vassilios Moussis, Vassilios Tsikaris, Christilla Bachelot-Loza, Demokritos C Tsoukatos
αIIbβ3, the major platelet integrin, plays a central role in hemostasis and thrombosis. Upon platelet activation, conformation of αIIbβ3 changes and allows fibrinogen binding and, subsequently, platelet aggregation. It was previously shown that a lipid-modified platelet permeable peptide, which corresponds to the intracellular acidic membrane distal sequence (1000)LEEDDEEGE(1008) of αIIb (pal-K-LEEDDEEGE or pal-K-1000-1008), inhibits thrombin-induced human platelet aggregation, by inhibiting talin association with the integrin...
March 29, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348273/cutting-edge-loss-of-t-cell-riam-precludes-conjugate-formation-with-apc-and-prevents-immune-mediated-diabetes
#13
Frederic Lagarrigue, Frank B Gertler, Mark H Ginsberg, Joseph M Cantor
Rap1-interacting adaptor molecule (RIAM) is a Rap1 effector that mediates the recruitment of talin to integrins, thereby supporting their activation. In this study, we investigated the role of RIAM in an adoptive transfer model for type I diabetes and report that RIAM expression in T cells is necessary for diabetes development. Loss of RIAM did not prevent lymphocyte recruitment to draining lymph nodes 24 h after transfer, but it was required for Ag-driven proliferation and cytotoxic killing. RIAM is recruited to immune synapses along with talin and LFA-1, and loss of RIAM profoundly suppresses Ag-dependent conjugate formation in primary naive and effector T cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302906/distinct-focal-adhesion-protein-modules-control-different-aspects-of-mechanotransduction
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Ben Stutchbury, Paul Atherton, Ricky Tsang, De-Yao Wang, Christoph Ballestrem
Focal adhesions (FAs) are macromolecular complexes that regulate cell adhesion and mechanotransduction. Using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) and fluorescence loss after photoactivation (FLAP), we found that the mobility of core FA proteins correlates with protein function. Structural proteins such as tensin, talin and vinculin are significantly less mobile in FAs than signaling proteins such as FAK and paxillin. The mobilities of the structural proteins are directly influenced by substrate stiffness, suggesting they are involved in sensing the rigidity of the extracellular environment...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301676/deprescribing-versus-continuation-of-chronic-proton-pump-inhibitor-use-in-adults
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Taline A Boghossian, Farah Joy Rashid, Wade Thompson, Vivian Welch, Paul Moayyedi, Carlos Rojas-Fernandez, Kevin Pottie, Barbara Farrell
BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a class of medications that reduce acid secretion and are used for treating many conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), dyspepsia, reflux esophagitis, peptic ulcer disease, and hypersecretory conditions (e.g. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome), and as part of the eradication therapy for Helicobacter pylori bacteria. However, approximately 25% to 70% of people are prescribed a PPI inappropriately. Chronic PPI use without reassessment contributes to polypharmacy and puts people at risk of experiencing drug interactions and adverse events (e...
March 16, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299994/the-changes-of-cytoskeletal-proteins-induced-by-the-fast-effect-of-estrogen-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-its-roles-in-implantation
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Shi-Mao Zhang, Lin-Lin Yu, Ting Qu, Ying Hu, Dong-Zhi Yuan, Sheng Zhang, Qian Xu, You-Bo Zhao, Jin-Hu Zhang, Li-Min Yue
It is necessary for estrogen to activate mouse blastocysts, so that they can attach to endometrial epithelium in implantation and in our previous research, we have proved estrogen can induce a fast increase in intracellular calcium of mouse blastocysts through acting on G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30), which further promotes their implantation. Moreover, there has been evidence that cytoskeletal proteins are involved in integrin-mediated adhesion of many kinds of cells, which also plays an important role in implantation...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298549/diverging-white-matter-trajectories-in-children-after-traumatic-brain-injury-the-rapbi-study
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Emily L Dennis, Faisal Rashid, Monica U Ellis, Talin Babikian, Roza M Vlasova, Julio E Villalon-Reina, Yan Jin, Alexander Olsen, Richard Mink, Christopher Babbitt, Jeffrey Johnson, Christopher C Giza, Paul M Thompson, Robert F Asarnow
OBJECTIVE: To examine longitudinal trajectories of white matter organization in pediatric moderate/severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI) over a 12-month period. METHODS: We studied 21 children (16 M/5 F) with msTBI, assessed 2-5 months postinjury and again 13-19 months postinjury, as well as 20 well-matched healthy control children. We assessed corpus callosum function through interhemispheric transfer time (IHTT), measured using event-related potentials, and related this to diffusion-weighted MRI measures of white matter (WM) microstructure...
April 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292367/myofibroblast-mediated-contraction
#18
Wae M Al Kattan, Seham F Alarfaj, Bayan M Alnooh, Hadeel F Alsaif, Hayfa S Alabdul Karim, Noha M Al-Qattan, Mohammad M Al-Qattan, Amel A F El-Sayed
Myofibroblast-mediated contraction is viewed as a cycle of four steps. The first step is stimulation of myofibroblasts by lysophospholipids leading to the activation of G proteins and ending with contraction of the actin-myosin complex. The next step is the transmission of the intracellular contractile force at the focal adhesions of myofibroblasts; a step that involves talin, vinculin, paxillin, Hic-5, and the integrin receptors. In the third step, fibronectin will act as the extracellular link between the integrin receptors and the extracellular collagen...
January 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284333/serum-soluble-talin-1-levels-are-elevated-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis-reflecting-its-disease-activity
#19
Mayumi Muto, Masahiro Mori, Jia Liu, Akiyuki Uzawa, Tomohiko Uchida, Hiroki Masuda, Ryohei Ohtani, Kazuo Sugimoto, Satoshi Kuwabara
Previously, we identified anti-Talin-1 antibodies in the serum of MS. In this case, we measured the serum soluble Talin-1 (sTalin-1) levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The serum sTalin-1 levels were significantly higher in 40 patients with MS than in 43 normal controls and in the acute phase of disease than in the remission phase. Interestingly, serum sTalin-1 levels were associated with a sustained increase in disability after MS attack but not with serum anti-Talin-1 antibody levels. sTalin-1 may be a biomarker for the acute phase of MS and may be used for the short-term prognosis of MS...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263956/shank-proteins-limit-integrin-activation-by-directly-interacting-with-rap1-and%C3%A2-r-ras
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Johanna Lilja, Thomas Zacharchenko, Maria Georgiadou, Guillaume Jacquemet, Nicola De Franceschi, Emilia Peuhu, Hellyeh Hamidi, Jeroen Pouwels, Victoria Martens, Fatemeh Hassani Nia, Malte Beifuss, Tobias Boeckers, Hans-Juergen Kreienkamp, Igor L Barsukov, Johanna Ivaska
SHANK3, a synaptic scaffold protein and actin regulator, is widely expressed outside of the central nervous system with predominantly unknown function. Solving the structure of the SHANK3 N-terminal region revealed that the SPN domain is an unexpected Ras-association domain with high affinity for GTP-bound Ras and Rap G-proteins. The role of Rap1 in integrin activation is well established but the mechanisms to antagonize it remain largely unknown. Here, we show that SHANK1 and SHANK3 act as integrin activation inhibitors by sequestering active Rap1 and R-Ras via the SPN domain and thus limiting their bioavailability at the plasma membrane...
April 2017: Nature Cell Biology
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