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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160149/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-silk-fibroin-functionalized-with-gaba-and-allopregnanolone-for-schwann-cell-and-neuron-survival
#1
Chiara Gm Gennari, Francesco Cilurzo, Nico Mitro, Donatella Caruso, Paola Minghetti, Valerio Magnaghi
AIM: This in vitro and in vivo study reports on silk fibroin (SF) scaffold, functionalized for in situ delivery of GABA and/or allopregnanolone (ALLO), as biomaterial for potential application in tissue engineering and nerve regeneration. MATERIALS & METHODS: We evaluated the feasibility to design 2D scaffolds (films) made of regenerated Bombyx mori SF, functionalized with GABA and/or ALLO to enhance in vitro biological functions, health, survival and growth of Schwann cells and sensitive neurons of the dorsal root ganglia...
November 21, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151899/globular-domain-structure-and-function-of-restriction-like-endonuclease-lines-similarities-to-eukaryotic-splicing-factor-prp8
#2
M Murshida Mahbub, Saiful M Chowdhury, Shawn M Christensen
Background: R2 elements are a clade of early branching Long Interspersed Elements (LINEs). LINEs are retrotransposable elements whose replication can have profound effects on the genomes in which they reside. No crystal or EM structures exist for the reverse transcriptase (RT) and linker regions of LINEs. Results: Using limited proteolysis as a probe for globular domain structure, we show that the protein encoded by the Bombyx mori R2 element has two major globular domains: (1) a small globular domain consisting of the N-terminal zinc finger and Myb motifs, and (2) a large globular domain consisting of the RT, linker, and type II restriction-like endonuclease (RLE)...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150924/comprehensive-profiling-of-lysine-acetylome-in-baculovirus-infected-silkworm-bombyx-mori-cells
#3
Dongbing Hu, Shengjie Xue, Cui Zhao, Ming Wei, Huihui Yan, Yanping Quan, Wei Yu
Bombyx mori is one of the key lepidopteran model species, and is economically important for silk production and proteinaceous drug expression. Baculovirus and insect host are important natural biological models for studying host-pathogen interactions. The impact of Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV) infection on the proteome and acetylome of Bombyx mori ovarian (BmN) cells were explored to facilitate a better understanding of infection-driven interactions between BmNPV and host in vitro. The proteome and acetylome were profiled through 6-plex Tandem mass tag (TMT) labelling-based quantitative proteomics...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140181/rational-design-of-a-high-strength-bone-scaffold-platform-based-on-in-situ-hybridization-of-bacterial-cellulose-nano-hydroxyapatite-framework-and-silk-fibroin-reinforcing-phase
#4
Pei Jiang, Jiabing Ran, Pan Yan, Lingyue Zheng, Xinyu Shen, Hua Tong
Bacterial cellulose/hydroxyapatite (BC/HAp) composite had favourable bioaffinity but its poor mechanical strength limited its widespread applications in bone tissue engineering (BTE). Silk fibroin, which possesses special crystalline structure, has been widely used as organic reinforcing material, and different SFs have different amino acid sequences, which exhibit different bioaffinity and mechanical properties. In this regard, bacterial cellulose-Antheraea yamamai silk fibroin/hydroxyapatite(BC-AYSF/HAp), bacterial cellulose-Bombyx mori silk fibroin/hydroxyapatite(BC-BMSF/HAp), and BC/HAp nano-composites were synthesized via a novel in situ hybridization method...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138940/silk-fibroin-pellethane%C3%A2-cardiovascular-patches-effect-of-silk-fibroin-concentration-on-vascular-remodeling-in-rat-model
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Pinkarn Chantawong, Takashi Tanaka, Akiko Uemura, Kazumi Shimada, Akira Higuchi, Hirokazu Tajiri, Kohta Sakura, Tomoaki Murakami, Yasumoto Nakazawa, Ryou Tanaka
Life-threatening cardiovascular anomalies require surgery for structural repair with cardiovascular patches. The biomaterial patch, derived from Bombyx mori silk fibroin (SF), is used as an alternative material due to its excellent tissue affinity and biocompatibility. However, SF lacks the elastomeric characteristics required for a cardiovascular patch. In order to overcome this shortcoming, we combined the thermoplastic polyurethane, Pellethane® (PU) with SF to develop an elastic biocompatible patch. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of the blended SF/PU patch in a vascular model...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138496/designing-ecofriendly-bionanocomposite-assembly-with-improved-antimicrobial-and-potent-on-site-zika-virus-vector-larvicidal-activities-with-its-mode-of-action
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Pramod C Mane, Ravindra D Chaudhari, Manish D Shinde, Deepali D Kadam, Chung Kil Song, Dinesh P Amalnerkar, Haiwon Lee
Dialyzed natural polymer, fibroin, from Bombyx mori was used to synthesize biocompatible silver and gold nanoparticles in-situ in dispersion form. The films of pure fibroin (PF), fibroin-silver nanocomposite (FSNC) and fibroin-gold nanocomposite (FGNC) were fabricated by drop casting method. The characterization of the resultant dispersion and films was performed by visual color change, UV-Vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The dispersions of PF, FSNC and FGNC were tested for antibacterial activity against E...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138491/sumoylation-regulates-the-localization-and-activity-of-polo-like-kinase-1-during-cell-cycle-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#7
Zhiqing Li, Qixin Cui, Jian Xu, Daojun Cheng, Xiaoyan Wang, Bingqian Li, Jae Man Lee, Qingyou Xia, Takahiro Kusakabe, Ping Zhao
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a crucial cell cycle regulator by its specific localization and activity during cell cycle. It has been shown that the phosphorylation and ubiquitylation of Plk1 are required for its own activation and localization. Here, we report that SUMOylation regulates the activity of Plk1 in the lepidopteran insect of Bombyx mori. In the absence of SUMOylation, it causes the lost localization of Plk1 on centrosomes and kinetochores, as well as an uneven distribution in midzone. We further identify that the putative SUMOylation site of Bombyx Plk1 at lysine 466 is required for its localization on centrosomes, and K466 mutation in Plk1 could influence its interaction with Smt3/Ubc9 complex...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131435/transgenic-characterization-of-two-silkworm-tissue-specific-promoters-in-the-haemocyte-plasmatocyte-cells
#8
K Zhang, C Li, X Weng, J Su, L Shen, G Pan, D Long, A Zhao, H Cui
Haemocytes play crucial roles in insect metabolism, metamorphosis, and innate immunity. As a model of lepidopteran insects, the silkworm is a useful model to study the functions of both haematopoiesis and haemocytes. Tissue-specific promoters are excellent tools for genetic manipulation and are widely used in fundamental biological research. Herein, two haemocyte-specific genes, Integrin β2 and Integrin β3, were confirmed. Promoter activities of Integrin β2 and Integrin β3 were evaluated by genetic manipulation...
November 13, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128667/bombyx-mori-abc-transporter-c2-structures-responsible-for-the-receptor-function-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1aatoxin
#9
Shiho Tanaka, Haruka Endo, Satomi Adegawa, Ami Iizuka, Kazuhiro Imamura, Shingo Kikuta, Ryoichi Sato
Because Bombyx mori ABC transporter C2 (BmABCC2) has 1000-fold higher potential than B. mori cadherin-like protein as a receptor for Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Aa toxin (Tanaka et al., 2013), the gate-opening ability of the latent pore under six extracellular loops (ECLs) of BmABCC2 was expected to be the reason for its higher potential (Heckel, 2012). In this study, cell swelling assays in Sf9 cells showed that BmABCC2 mutants lacking substrate-excreting activity retained receptor activity, indicating that the gate-opening activity of BmABCC2 is not responsible for Cry1Aa toxicity...
November 8, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128356/secreted-glycoprotein-bmapod1-plays-a-critical-role-in-anti-oxidation-and-anti-apoptosis-in-bombyx-mori
#10
Yanyan Zhou, Li Wang, Rongqiao Li, Minmin Liu, Xiaotong Li, Hang Su, Yusong Xu, Huabing Wang
Recent studies highlighted that apolipoprotein D (ApoD) and its homologs exert neuroprotective and antioxidant functions in mammals and Drosophila. Unlike mammals and Drosophila, lepidopteran insects possess three distinct ApoD homologs. However, few information on their functions in lepidopteran insects are available. In this study, we investigated the protective potential of a novel ApoD homolog, BmApoD1, in Bombyx mori. Quantitative PCR analyses demonstrated that BmApoD1 is extensively expressed at low levels during the larval stage but abundantly expressed in the testis during the pupal and adult stages...
November 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124095/circular-transcriptome-sequencing-of-the-middle-silk-gland-and-posterior-silk-gland-in-the-bombyx-mori
#11
Huaiyan Gan, Tieshan Feng, Yuqian Wu, Chun Liu, Qingyou Xia, Tingcai Cheng
Circular transcriptome sequencing of the middle silk gland (MSG) and posterior silk gland (PSG) in the Bombyx mori are presented. The middle silk gland and posterior silk gland were collected from the third day of fifth-instar B.mori larvae. The circular RNAs enriched by using RNase R to degrade the linear RNA molecules, and circular RNA sequencing (circRNA-seq) was performed using an Illumina Hiseq. 2500 sequencing platform. Samples are described in the SRA portal (SRP100385) and FASTQ files have been deposited in Sequence Read Archive (accession numbers: SRX2577343 and SRX2577342)...
December 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117372/silkworm-a-promising-model-organism-in-life-science
#12
Xu Meng, Feifei Zhu, Keping Chen
As an important economic insect, silkworm Bombyx mori (L.) (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) has numerous advantages in life science, such as low breeding cost, large progeny size, short generation time, and clear genetic background. Additionally, there are rich genetic resources associated with silkworms. The completion of the silkworm genome has further accelerated it to be a modern model organism in life science. Genomic studies showed that some silkworm genes are highly homologous to certain genes related to human hereditary disease and, therefore, are a candidate model for studying human disease...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116662/mapping-nanostructural-variations-in-silk-by-secondary-electron-hyperspectral-imaging
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Quan Wan, Kerry J Abrams, Robert C Masters, Abdullah C S Talari, Ihtesham U Rehman, Frederik Claeyssens, Chris Holland, Cornelia Rodenburg
Nanostructures underpin the excellent properties of silk. Although the bulk nanocomposition of silks is well studied, direct evidence of the spatial variation of nanocrystalline (ordered) and amorphous (disordered) structures remains elusive. Here, secondary electron hyperspectral imaging can be exploited for direct imaging of hierarchical structures in carbon-based materials, which cannot be revealed by any other standard characterization methods. Through applying this technique to silks from domesticated (Bombyx mori) and wild (Antheraea mylitta) silkworms, a variety of previously unseen features are reported, highlighting the local interplay between ordered and disordered structures...
November 8, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101331/conventional-and-unconventional-secretory-proteins-expressed-with-silkworm-bombyxin-signal-peptide-display-functional-fidelity
#14
Sungjo Park, D Kent Arrell, Santiago Reyes, Enoch Y Park, Andre Terzic
Growth factors are signaling molecules which orchestrate cell growth, proliferation and differentiation. The majority are secreted proteins, exported through the classical endoplasmic reticulum (ER)/Golgi-dependent pathway, but a few are released by unconventional ER/Golgi-independent means. Human fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), are canonical prototypes secreted by the unconventional and conventional pathway, respectively. We herein examined whether expression of these two growth factors in the Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV)-based silkworm expression system with its innate signal peptide, bombyxin, secures structural homogeneity at the signal peptide cleavage site regardless of the native secretory route...
November 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101222/structural-basis-for-the-interaction-of-diapause-hormone-with-its-receptor-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#15
Zhangfei Shen, Xue Jiang, Lili Yan, Yu Chen, Weiwei Wang, Ying Shi, Liangen Shi, Dongxiang Liu, Naiming Zhou
Diapause hormone (DH) is a 24-aa amidated neuropeptide that elicits the embryonic diapause of the silkworm, Bombyx mori (Bommo), via sensitive and selective interaction with its receptor, Bommo DH receptor (Bommo-DHR). Previous studies of the structure-activity relationship of Bommo-DH were all based on an in vivo diapause-induction bioassay, which has provided little information on the structure of Bommo-DHR or its iteration with DH. Here, to unveil the interaction of Bommo-DH with its receptor, N-terminally truncated analogs and alanine-scanning mutants of Bommo-DH were chemically synthesized and functionally evaluated by using a Cy5...
November 3, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070905/the-morphology-of-antennal-lobe-projection-neurons-is-controlled-by-a-pou-domain-transcription-factor-bmacj6-in-the-silkmoth-bombyx-mori
#16
Shigehiro Namiki, Tsuguru Fujii, Toru Shimada, Ryohei Kanzaki
How to wire a neural circuit is crucial for the functioning of the nervous system. Here, we describe the neuroanatomy of the olfactory neurons in the spli mutant strain of silkmoth (Bombyx mori) to investigate the function of a transcription factor involved in neuronal wiring in the central olfactory circuit. The genomic structure of the gene Bmacj6, which encodes a class IV POU domain transcription factor, is disrupted in the spli mutant. We report the neuroanatomical abnormality in the morphology of the antennal lobe projection neurons (PNs) that process the sex pheromone...
October 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069405/structural-analysis-of-neutral-glycosphingolipids-from-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori-and-the-difference-in-ceramide-composition-between-larvae-and-pupae
#17
Saki Itonori, Kyouhei Hashimoto, Mika Nakagawa, Masashi Harada, Takae Suzuki, Hisao Kojima, Masahiro Ito, Mutsumi Sugita
Glycosphingolipids (GSLs) from the silkworm Bombyx mori were identified and GSL expression patterns between larvae and pupae were compared. The structural analysis of neutral GSLs from dried pupae revealed the following predominant species: Glcβ1Cer, Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, GlcNAcβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, GalNAcα4Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, GlcNAcβ3Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, Galα4Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer, and (GalNAcα4) 1-4 GalNAcα4Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer. Linear elongation of α4-GalNAc was observed at the non-reducing end of Galβ3Manβ4Glcβ1Cer with up to five GalNAc repeats...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066397/molecular-cloning-and-analysis-of-pgrp-l1-and-imd-from-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#18
Ming-Yue Zhan, Pei-Jin Yang, Xiang-Jun Rao
Peptidoglycan is one of the major components of bacterial cell wall. The innate immune system of insects utilizes a group of peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) for the recognition of specific peptidoglycans and activating immune signaling pathways. In Drosophila melanogaster, PGRP-LC and IMD (immune deficiency) are two important signaling molecules of the IMD pathway. Here we cloned and characterized PGRP-L1 and IMD from the domesticated silkworm Bombyx mori (BmPGRP-L1 and BmIMD). BmPGRP-L1 gene consists of five exons that encodes a polypeptide of 304 amino acids with a transmembrane region and an extracellular PGRP domain...
October 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066381/silkworm-model-for-francisella-novicida-infection
#19
Shib Shankar Saha, Jin Suzuki, Akihiko Uda, Kenta Watanabe, Takashi Shimizu, Masahisa Watarai
Understanding the virulence and pathogenesis of human pathogens using insect models is an increasingly popular method. Francisella novicida, which is virulent in mice but non-pathogenic to immunocompetent humans, is widely used as an ideal candidate for Francisella research. In this study, we developed a silkworm (Bombyx mori) infection model for F. novicida by inoculating the hemocoels of silkworms with F. novicida. We found that silkworms died within 3-7 days of F. novicida infection. However, the deletion mutant of DotU, the core part of type VI secretion systems, failed to kill silkworm...
October 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058815/differentiation-of-msc-and-annulus-fibrosus-cells-on-genetically-engineered-silk-fleece-membrane-composites-enriched-for-gdf-6-or-tgf-%C3%AE-3
#20
Daniela A Frauchiger, Silvan R Heeb, Rahel D May, Michael Wöltje, Lorin M Benneker, Benjamin Gantenbein
Intervertebral disc (IVD) repair is a high-priority topic in our active and increasingly ageing society. Since a high number of people are affected by low back pain treatment options that are able to restore the biological function of the IVD are highly warranted. Here, we investigated whether the feasibility of genetically-engineered (GE)-silk from Bombyx mori containing specific growth factors to precondition human bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) or to activate differentiated human annulus fibrosus cells (hAFC) prior transplantation or for direct repair on the IVD...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
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