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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931163/influence-of-quercetin-in-the-temporal-regulation-of-redox-homeostasis-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Perumal Subramanian, Kanimozhi Kaliyamoorthy, Jaime Jacqueline Jayapalan, Puteri Shafinaz Abdul-Rahman, Onn Haji Hashim
Numerous biological processes are governed by the biological clock. Studies using Drosophila melanogaster (L.) are valuable that could be of importance for their effective applications on rodent studies. In this study, the beneficial role of quercetin (a flavonoid) on H2O2 induced stress in D. melanogaster was investigated. D. melanogaster flies were divided into four groups (group I - control, group II - H2O2 (acute exposure), group III - quercetin, and group IV - quercetin + H2O2 treated). Negative geotaxis assay, oxidative stress indicators (protein carbonyls, thiobarbituric reactive substances [TBARS]), and antioxidants (superoxide dismutase [SOD], catalase [CAT], glutathione-S-transferase [GST], glutathione peroxidase, and reduced glutathione [GSH]) were measured at 4 h intervals over 24 h and temporal expression of heat shock protein-70 (Hsp70), Upd1 (homolog of IL-6 in Drosophila), and nitric oxide synthase (Nos) was analyzed by Western blotting...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931159/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-transformer-gene-from-bactrocera-cucurbitae-diptera-tephritidae
#2
Ya Luo, Santao Zhao, Jiahui Li, Peizheng Li, Rihui Yan
transformer (tra) is a switch gene of sex determination in many insects, particularly in Dipterans. However, the sex determination pathway in Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), a very destructive pest on earth, remains largely uncharacterized. In this study, we have isolated and characterized one female-specific and two male-specific transcripts of the tra gene (Bcutra) of B. cucurbitae. The genomic structure of Bcutra has been determined and the presence of multiple conserved Transformer (TRA)/TRA-2 binding sites in Bcutra has been found...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931033/artificial-intelligence-in-peer-review-how-can-evolutionary-computation-support-journal-editors
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Maciej J Mrowinski, Piotr Fronczak, Agata Fronczak, Marcel Ausloos, Olgica Nedic
With the volume of manuscripts submitted for publication growing every year, the deficiencies of peer review (e.g. long review times) are becoming more apparent. Editorial strategies, sets of guidelines designed to speed up the process and reduce editors' workloads, are treated as trade secrets by publishing houses and are not shared publicly. To improve the effectiveness of their strategies, editors in small publishing groups are faced with undertaking an iterative trial-and-error approach. We show that Cartesian Genetic Programming, a nature-inspired evolutionary algorithm, can dramatically improve editorial strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931004/the-logic-of-the-floral-transition-reverse-engineering-the-switch-controlling-the-identity-of-lateral-organs
#4
Jean-Louis Dinh, Etienne Farcot, Charlie Hodgman
Much laboratory work has been carried out to determine the gene regulatory network (GRN) that results in plant cells becoming flowers instead of leaves. However, this also involves the spatial distribution of different cell types, and poses the question of whether alternative networks could produce the same set of observed results. This issue has been addressed here through a survey of the published intercellular distribution of expressed regulatory genes and techniques both developed and applied to Boolean network models...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930619/asiatic-acid-nullified-aluminium-toxicity-in-in-vitro-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mashoque Ahmad Rather, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Jegadeesan Nataraj, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Saravana Babu Chidambaram
Aluminium (Al) is a ubiquitously distributed environmental toxicant that lacks biological functions; however, its accumulation in the brain has been demonstrated to be linked to several neuropathological conditions particularly Alzheimer's disease (AD). Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpene extracted from Centella asiatica, has been reported to cross the blood brain barrier and also displayed antioxidant and neuroprotective activities. The present study was aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect of AA against aluminium maltolate (Al(mal)3) induced neurotoxicity by assessing cell viability, mitochondrial membrane potential, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage and apoptosis (Hoechst and dual staining, comet assay; expressions of pro-apoptotic, anti-apoptotic and signaling indices) via AKT/GSK-3β signaling pathway in SH-SY 5Y  neuroblastoma cells...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930605/microfluidics-technology-for-drug-delivery-a-review
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Elena I Mancera-Andrade, Ali Parsaeimehr, Alejandra Arevalo-Gallegos, Guadalupe Ascencio-Favela, Roberto Parra Saldivar
Microfluidics is undoubtedly an influential technology that is currently revolutionizing the chemical and biological studies by replicating laboratory bench-top technology on a miniature chip-scale device. In the area of drug delivery science, microfluidics offers advantages, such as precise dosage, ideal delivery, target-precise delivery, sustainable and controlled release, multiple dosing, and slight side effects. These advantages bring significant assets to the drug delivery systems. Microfluidic technology has been progressively used for fabrication of drug carriers, direct drug delivery systems, high-throughput screening, and formulation and immobilization of drugs...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930602/molecular-biology-of-tick-acetylcholinesterases
#7
Kevin Bruce Temeyer
Ticks vector many pathogens with major health and economic impacts and have developed resistance to most acaricides used for tick control. Organophosphate (OP) acaricides target acetylcholinesterase (AChE) critical to tick central nervous system function. Mutations producing tick AChEs resistant to OPs were characterized; but tick OP-resistance is not fully elucidated, due to remarkable complexity of tick cholinergic systems. Three paralogous tick AChEs exhibiting differences in primary structure and biochemical kinetics are encoded by amplified genes with developmentally regulated expression...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930573/molecular-biology-of-amitraz-resistance-in-cattle-ticks-of-the-genus-rhipicephalus
#8
Nicholas N Jonsson, Guilherme Klafke, Sean W Corley, Jason Tidwell, Christina M Berry, Hh Caline Koh-Tan
Amitraz is an important product for the control of cattle ticks around the world. In comparison with other products for the control of ticks, it is quite affordable and it has a rapid knock-down effect. It binds with and activates adrenergic neuro-receptors of animals and it inhibits the action of monoamine oxidases (MAO). Resistance to amitraz has been documented in Rhipicephalus microplus, R. decoloratus and R. appendiculatus. Four mechanisms of resistance have been proposed, each of which is supported by evidence but none of which has been definitively confirmed as the cause of resistance in the field...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930569/the-biology-of-the-platelet-with-special-reference-to-inflammation-wound-healing-and-immunity
#9
Alan T Nurden
While platelets have long been known to be essential for maintaining hemostasis in the vasculature, their role in tissue repair, inflammation and innate and adaptive immunity is a more recent science. The ability of platelets to attach to the vessel wall, form aggregates and promote fibrin formation, key elements of blood clotting, has been said to both favor and dampen inflammation, to fight infection and to assure an adequate immune response. To fulfill their different roles platelets often synchronize with leukocytes and cells of the immune system...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930546/tick-host-pathogen-systems-immunobiology-an-interactive-trio
#10
Stephen K Wikel
Significant new insights are being made into tick modulation of host immune defenses and the implications of those host defense changes on tick-borne pathogen transmission and establishment of infection. Understanding tick saliva complexity increased with construction and analyses of salivary gland cDNA libraries. High throughput next generation sequencing and advances in proteomics are revealing greater complexity of saliva, nature of gene families and differential gene expression patterns not previously attainable...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930452/electrowetting-on-immersed-conducting-hydrogel
#11
Caroline Duc, Alexis Vlandas, George G Malliaras, Vincent Senez
Conducting polymers demonstrate an interesting ability to change their wettability at ultra-low voltage (<1V). While the conducting hydrogel poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) is increasingly used as an interface with biology partly thanks to its mechanical properties, little is known about the electrical control of its wettability. We rely on the captive bubble technique to study this hydrogel property in relevant conditions (fully immerged) We here report that the wettability variations of PEDOT:PSS are driven by an electrowetting phenomenon in contrast to other conducting polymers which are thought to undergo wettability changes due to oxido-reduction reactions...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930451/a-biomimetic-stress-sensitive-hydrogel-controlled-by-dna-nanoswitches
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Swapneel R Deshpande, Roel Hammink, Frank H T Nelissen, Alan E Rowan, Hans A Heus
One of the most intriguing and important aspects of biological supramolecular materials is its ability to adapt macroscopic properties in response to environmental cues for controlling cellular processes. Recently, bulk matrix stiffness, in particular stress sensitivity, has been established as a key mechanical cue in cellular function and development. However, stress-stiffening capacity and the ability to control and exploit this key characteristic is relatively new to the field of biomimetic materials. In this work, DNA-responsive hydrogels, composed of semiflexible PIC polymers equipped with DNA cross-linkers, were engineered to create mimics of natural biopolymer networks that capture these essential elastic properties and can be controlled by external stimuli...
September 20, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930355/conformations-and-membrane-driven-self-organization-of-rodlike-fd-virus-particles-on-freestanding-lipid-membranes
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Anastasiia B Petrova, Christoph Herold, Eugene P Petrov
Membrane-mediated interactions and aggregation of colloidal particles adsorbed to responsive elastic membranes are challenging problems relevant for understanding the microscopic organization and dynamics of biological membranes. We experimentally study the behavior of rodlike semiflexible fd virus particles electrostatically adsorbed to freestanding cationic lipid membranes and find that their behavior can be controlled by tuning the membrane charge and ionic strength of the surrounding medium. Three distinct interaction regimes of rodlike virus particles with responsive elastic membranes can be observed...
September 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929796/a-coordinated-control-strategy-for-insulin-and-glucagon-delivery-in-type-1-diabetes
#14
Pau Herrero, Jorge Bondia, Nick Oliver, Pantelis Georgiou
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition characterised by a pancreatic insulin secretion deficit, resulting in high blood glucose concentrations, which can lead to micro- and macrovascular complications. Type 1 diabetes also leads to impaired glucagon production by the pancreatic α-cells, which acts as a counter-regulatory hormone to insulin. A closed-loop system for automatic insulin and glucagon delivery, also referred to as an artificial pancreas, has the potential to reduce the self-management burden of type 1 diabetes and reduce the risk of hypo- and hyperglycemia...
September 20, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929676/-understanding-and-development-strategy-of-health-food-containing-chinese-materia-medica
#15
REVIEW
Lin-Yuan Wang, Jian-Jun Zhang, Chun Wang, Jing-Xia Wang, Ying-Li Zhu, Jia Wang, Xue-Min Gao
Health food containing Chinese materia medica (CMM) conforms to the development demands of the age of big health and the theory of preventive treatment. In the view of health care and improvement of resisting diseases, it plays an important role in the market. It is very necessary to have further study and discussion on health food containing CMM. First of all, by comparing, analyzing and summarizing, the health food containing CMM could be defined as the health food which is qualified in security and functionality evaluation, with the traditional Chinese medicines(TCM) within TCM standards as the main raw materials, and the formulation-composition is based on the theory of TCM...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929660/-establishment-of-biological-assess-for-quality-control-of-fuzi-based-on-determination-of-premature-ventricular-contractions-in-rats
#16
Zhi-Hao Zhao, Ding-Kun Zhang, Ming-Quan Wu, Chun-Yu Li, Li-Juan Cao, Ping Zhang, Cui-Zhe Liu, Jia-Bo Wang, Xiao-He Xiao
Aconiti Lateralis Radix (Fuzi) is a toxic traditional Chinese medicine with definite efficacy. In order to improve the quality control of its different prepared products and ensure the security in clinic, it is significant to establish a method of quality evaluation related to clinic adverse effects. Aiming at the important biological marker of early cardiac toxicity reaction, there was no method to detect it. In this manuscript, a novel approach for measuring the minimal toxic dose (MTD) of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) poisoning of rats was established...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929622/endonuclease-regnase-1-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-induced-protein-1-mcpip1-in-controlling-immune-responses-and-beyond
#17
REVIEW
Osamu Takeuchi
The activation of inflammatory cells is controlled at transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Posttranscriptional regulation modifies mRNA stability and translation, allowing for elaborate control of proteins required for inflammation, such as proinflammatory cytokines, prostaglandin synthases, cell surface co-stimulatory molecules, and even transcriptional modifiers. Such regulation is important for coordinating the initiation and resolution of inflammation, and is mediated by a set of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), including Regnase-1, Roquin, Tristetraprolin (TTP), and AU-rich elements/poly(U)-binding/degradation factor 1 (AUF1)...
September 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929539/refuting-the-hypothesis-that-semaphorin-3f-neuropilin-2-exclude-blood-vessels-from-the-cap-mesenchyme-in-the-developing-kidney
#18
David A D Munro, Peter Hohenstein, Thomas M Coate, Jamie A Davies
BACKGROUND: During murine kidney development, new cortical blood vessels form and pattern in cycles that coincide with cycles of collecting duct branching and the accompanying splitting of the cap mesenchyme (nephron progenitor cell populations that 'cap' collecting duct ends). At no point in the patterning cycle do blood vessels enter the cap mesenchyme. We hypothesised that the exclusion of blood vessels from the cap mesenchyme may be controlled, at least in part, by an anti-angiogenic signal expressed by the cap mesenchyme cells...
September 20, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929439/parasitism-of-spodoptera-litura-lepidoptera-noctuidae-by-microplitis-prodeniae-hymenoptera-braconidae
#19
Z Yan, J J Yue, C H Zhang, B Q Lu, Y L Xie, L X Zhang, Z Q Peng
Spodoptera litura Fabricius is a major vegetable pest that is widely distributed throughout tropical, subtropical and temperate regions. Microplitis prodeniae Rao and Chandry is a solitary endoparasitoid of S. litura. To assess the potential use of this parasitoid as a biological control agent, the reproductive schedule, fecundity and functional response of M. prodeniae were investigated under conditions of 28 ± 1°C and 70 ± 10% relative humidity with a 14:10-h L:D photoperiod. The parasitoid's average lifetime fecundity was 171...
September 19, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929304/embryonic-body-culturing-in-an-all-glass-microfluidic-device-with-laser-processed-4%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-thick-ultra-thin-glass-sheet-filter
#20
Y Yalikun, N Tanaka, Y Hosokawa, T Iino, Y Tanaka
In this paper, we report the development and demonstration of a method to fabricate an all-glass microfluidic cell culturing device without circulation flow. On-chip microfluidic cell culturing is an indispensable technique for cellular replacement therapies and experimental cell biology. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have become a popular material for fabricating microfluidic cell culture devices because it is a transparent, biocompatible, deformable, easy-to-mold, and gas-permeable. However, PDMS is also a chemically and physically unstable material...
September 19, 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
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