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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445761/live-cell-super-resolution-reveals-f-actin-and-plasma-membrane-dynamics-at-the-t-cell-synapse
#1
George W Ashdown, Garth L Burn, David J Williamson, Elvis Pandžić, Ruby Peters, Michael Holden, Helge Ewers, Lin Shao, Paul W Wiseman, Dylan M Owen
The cortical actin cytoskeleton has been shown to be critical for the reorganization and heterogeneity of plasma membrane components of many cells, including T cells. Building on previous studies at the T cell immunological synapse, we quantitatively assess the structure and dynamics of this meshwork using live-cell superresolution fluorescence microscopy and spatio-temporal image correlation spectroscopy. We show for the first time, to our knowledge, that not only does the dense actin cortex flow in a retrograde fashion toward the synapse center, but the plasma membrane itself shows similar behavior...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444857/strategies-for-removing-a-worn-out-bone-anchored-hearing-aid-abutment-screw
#2
Yehuda Schwarz, Marco Bianchi, Aren Bezdjian, Sam J Daniel
First developed by Tjellström over 35 years ago, bone anchored hearing implants have been used effectively as a treatment for conductive or mixed hearing loss.(1) These devices have been implanted safely in adults and children with success rates of 90% or higher.(2) Nonetheless, bone anchored hearing implants present certain adverse effects most commonly related to soft tissue reaction, implant stability, failure to osseointegrate or due to trauma. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444781/constructing-longitudinal-disease-progression-curves-using-sparse-short-term-individual-data-with-an-application-to-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
C A Budgeon, K Murray, B A Turlach, S Baker, V L Villemagne, S C Burnham
In epidemiology, cohort studies utilised to monitor and assess disease status and progression often result in short-term and sparse follow-up data. Thus, gaining an understanding of the full-term disease pathogenesis can be difficult, requiring shorter-term data from many individuals to be collated. We investigate and evaluate methods to construct and quantify the underlying long-term longitudinal trajectories for disease markers using short-term follow-up data, specifically applied to Alzheimer's disease. We generate individuals' follow-up data to investigate approaches to this problem adopting a four-step modelling approach that (i) determines individual slopes and anchor points for their short-term trajectory, (ii) fits polynomials to these slopes and anchor points, (iii) integrates the reciprocated polynomials and (iv) inverts the resulting curve providing an estimate of the underlying longitudinal trajectory...
April 25, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444046/health-care-networks-implementation-and-regional-governance-challenges-in-the-legal-amazon-region-an-analysis-of-the-qualisus-rede-project
#4
Angela Oliveira Casanova, Marly Marques Cruz, Ligia Giovanella, Glaydes Dos Reis Alves, Gisela Cordeiro Pereira Cardoso
This paper aims to analyze the potential, limits and challenges of regional governance in the implementation process of health care networks in three Brazilian regions: Alto Solimões (Amazonas), Belém (Pará) and an interstate region comprising Tocantins, Pará and Maranhão states (Topama). The study is based on the evaluation study on the implementation of the Quality Health Care Network Development and Improvement Project (QualiSUS-Rede). This is a qualitative multiple case study with the analysis of official documents and use of semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders conducted from July to December 2014...
April 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443263/a-1-month-old-infant-with-chylomicronemia-due-to-gpihbp1-gene-mutation-treated-by-plasmapheresis
#5
Mo Kyung Jung, Juhyun Jin, Hyun Ok Kim, Ahreum Kwon, Hyun Wook Chae, Seok Jin Kang, Duk Hee Kim, Ho-Seong Kim
Chylomicronemia is a severe type of hypertriglyceridemia characterized by chylomicron accumulation that arises from a genetic defect in intravascular lipolysis. It requires urgent and proper management, because serious cases can be accompanied by pancreatic necrosis or persistent multiple organ failure. We present the case of a 1-month-old infant with chylomicronemia treated by plasmapheresis. His chylomicronemia was discovered incidentally when lactescent plasma was noticed during routine blood sampling during a hospital admission for fever and irritability...
March 2017: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443086/complete-molecular-and-immunoprotective-characterization-of-babesia-microti-enolase
#6
Xiangye Liu, Chen Zheng, Xiaoge Gao, Jiaxu Chen, Kuiyang Zheng
The apicomplexan Babesia microti is the primary causative agent of human babesiosis, one of the most broadly distributed tick-borne diseases worldwide. B. microti undergoes a complex lifecycle within both the mammalian host and the tick vector, and employs several different specific molecular mechanisms to enter host cells. Enolase, the key glycolytic enzyme in intracellular glucose metabolism, can also be expressed on the parasite's outer surface, binds to human plasminogen, and coordinates apicomplexan parasite invasion of host cells, however, it lacks sorting sequences or lipoprotein anchor sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442916/expression-and-activity-of-the-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-system-in-canine-primary-brain-tumors
#7
John H Rossmeisl, Kelli Hall-Manning, John L Robertson, Jamie N King, Rafael V Davalos, Waldemar Debinski, Subbiah Elankumaran
BACKGROUND: The expression of the urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR), a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein family member, and the activity of its ligand, urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), have been associated with the invasive and metastatic potentials of a variety of human brain tumors through their regulation of extracellular matrix degradation. Domesticated dogs develop naturally occurring brain tumors that share many clinical, phenotypic, molecular, and genetic features with their human counterparts, which has prompted the use of the dogs with spontaneous brain tumors as models to expedite the translation of novel brain tumor therapeutics to humans...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442878/loose-anchoring-of-anagen-hairs-and-pili-torti-due-to-erlotinib
#8
Rodrigo Pirmez, Juan Piñeiro-Maceira, Carmen Gloria Gonzalez, Mariya Miteva
Erlotinib is a selective epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitor utilized in the treatment of solid tumors. Cutaneous side effects, including changes in hair texture and alopecia, have been described. In this case report, we describe two patients with a new finding of loose anagen hairs and pili torti leading to nonscarring marginal and diffuse alopecia and discuss potential mechanisms underlying erlotinib-induced hair changes.
October 2016: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442525/korean-monozygotic-twins-with-lethal-acantholytic-epidermolysis-bullosa-caused-by-two-novel-dsp-mutations
#9
Se Jin Kim, Jung Min Ko, Seung Han Shin, Ee-Kyung Kim, Han-Suk Kim, Kyung-A Lee
Desmoplakin is an essential cytoplasmic plaque protein in desmosomes, and it is the major linker between intercellular junctions in the skin and heart. The role of desmoplakin is anchoring transmembrane cadherins to cytoplasmic intermediate filaments. The desmoplakin gene (DSP) is located on chromosome 6, and six common allelic disorders are associated with this gene, including autosomal-dominant or -recessive disorders that affect the skin, heart, hair, and nails. In particular, lethal acantholytic epidermolysis bullosa (LAEB) is an autosomal recessively inherited and extremely rare genetic skin disorder, and only three molecularly confirmed families with LAEB have been reported previously...
March 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442408/plasma-membrane-activatable-polymeric-nanotheranostics-with-self-enhanced-light-triggered-photosensitizer-cell-influx-for-photodynamic-cancer-therapy
#10
Hao-Ran Jia, Yao-Wen Jiang, Ya-Xuan Zhu, Yan-Hong Li, Hong-Yin Wang, Xiaofeng Han, Zhi-Wu Yu, Ning Gu, Peidang Liu, Zhan Chen, Fu-Gen Wu
To address the issue of low cellular uptake of photosensitizers by cancer cells in photodynamic therapy (PDT), we designed a smart plasma membrane-activatable polymeric nanodrug by conjugating the photosensitizer protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) with glycol chitosan (GC). The as-prepared GC-PEG-PpIX can self-assemble into core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) in aqueous solution and the fluorescence of PpIX moieties in the inner core is highly quenched due to strong π-π stacking. Interestingly, when encountering plasma membranes, the GC-PEG-PpIX NPs can disassemble and stably attach to plasma membranes due to the membrane affinity of PpIX moieties, which effectively suppresses the self-quenching of PpIX, leading to significantly enhanced fluorescence and singlet oxygen ((1)O2) production upon laser irradiation...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442042/growth-arrest-specific-1-gas1-and-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-1-gfr%C3%AE-1-two-mouse-oocyte-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-proteins-are-involved-in-fertilisation
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M Agopiantz, L Xandre-Rodriguez, B Jin, G Urbistondoy, C Ialy-Radio, M Chalbi, J-P Wolf, A Ziyyat, B Lefèvre
Recently, Juno, the oocyte receptor for Izumo1, a male immunoglobulin, was discovered. Juno is an essential glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GIP)-anchored protein. This result did not exclude the participation of other GIP-anchored proteins in this process. After bibliographic and database searches we selected five GIP-anchored proteins (Cpm, Ephrin-A4, Gas1, Gfra1 and Rgmb) as potential oocyte candidates participating in fertilisation. Western blot and immunofluorescence analyses showed that only three were present on the mouse ovulated oocyte membrane and, of these, only two were clearly involved in the fertilisation process, namely growth arrest specific 1 (Gas1) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor receptor α1 (Gfrα1)...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441951/minimal-clinically-important-difference-for-the-6-min-walk-test-literature-review-and-application-to-morquio-a-syndrome
#12
REVIEW
Rudolf Schrover, Kathryn Evans, Roberto Giugliani, Ian Noble, Kaustuv Bhattacharya
Morquio A syndrome is an ultra-rare, inherited lysosomal storage disorder associated with progressive, multi-systemic clinical impairments, causing gradual loss of functional capacity and endurance, impaired quality of life, and early mortality. Studies in Morquio A patients have used the 6-min walk test (6MWT) to assess functionality and endurance and to evaluate disease progression or efficacy of treatment. The objective of the present study was to review minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs) for the 6MWT reported for disease states that widely use the 6MWT to evaluate clinical benefit and to discuss the results in view of the challenges in estimating MCID for ultra-rare diseases, using the case of elosulfase alfa in Morquio A patients...
April 26, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#13
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441647/subjective-memory-in-a-national-sample-predicting-psychological-well-being
#14
Jacqueline A Mogle, Nikki Hill, Caroline McDermott
BACKGROUND: Individual perception of memory performance (i.e., subjective memory) is assessed using a variety of approaches. This article focuses on 2 such approaches: (1) self-comparison assessments that attempt to capture changes in memory ability over a period of time and (2) age-anchored comparisons that assess how an individual perceives their memory in relation to others their age. These different types of assessment may relate to psychological well-being differently due to the underlying mechanisms of assessment...
April 26, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441409/a-hypomorphic-piga-gene-mutation-causes-severe-defects-in-neuron-development-and-susceptibility-to-complement-mediated-toxicity-in-a-human-ipsc-model
#15
Xuan Yuan, Zhe Li, Andrea C Baines, Eleni Gavriilaki, Zhaohui Ye, Zhexing Wen, Evan M Braunstein, Leslie G Biesecker, Linzhao Cheng, Xinzhong Dong, Robert A Brodsky
Mutations in genes involved in glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor biosynthesis underlie a group of congenital syndromes characterized by severe neurodevelopmental defects. GPI anchored proteins have diverse roles in cell adhesion, signaling, metabolism and complement regulation. Over 30 enzymes are required for GPI anchor biosynthesis and PIGA is involved in the first step of this process. A hypomorphic mutation in the X-linked PIGA gene (c.1234C>T) causes multiple congenital anomalies hypotonia seizure syndrome 2 (MCAHS2), indicating that even partial reduction of GPI anchored proteins dramatically impairs central nervous system development, but the mechanism is unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441135/proteomic-mapping-of-cytosol-facing-outer-mitochondrial-and-er-membranes-in-living-human-cells-by-proximity-biotinylation
#16
Victoria Hung, Stephanie S Lam, Namrata D Udeshi, Tanya Svinkina, Gaelen Guzman, Vamsi K Mootha, Steven A Carr, Alice Y Ting
The cytosol-facing membranes of cellular organelles contain proteins that enable signal transduction, regulation of morphology and trafficking, protein import and export, and other specialized processes. Discovery of these proteins by traditional biochemical fractionation can be plagued with contaminants and loss of key components. Using peroxidase-mediated proximity biotinylation, we captured and identified endogenous proteins on the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) and endoplasmic reticulum membrane (ERM) of living human fibroblasts...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440894/chromatin-sumoylation-in-heat-stress-to-protect-pause-and-organise-sumo-stress-response-on-chromatin
#17
REVIEW
Einari A Niskanen, Jorma J Palvimo
Post-translational modifications, e.g. SUMO modifications (SUMOylation), provide a mechanism for swiftly changing a protein's activity. Various stress conditions trigger a SUMO stress response (SSR) - a stress-induced rapid change in the conjugation of SUMO to multiple proteins, which predominantly targets nuclear proteins. The SSR has been postulated to protect stressed cells by preserving the functionality of crucial proteins. However, it is unclear how it exerts its protective functions. Interestingly, heat stress (HS) increases SUMOylation of proteins at active promoters and enhancers...
April 25, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440746/dual-interaction-of-scaffold-protein-tim44-of-mitochondrial-import-motor-with-channel-forming-translocase-subunit-tim23
#18
See-Yeun Ting, Nicholas L Yan, Brenda A Schilke, Elizabeth A Craig
Proteins destined for the mitochondrial matrix are targeted to the inner membrane Tim17/23 translocon by their presequences. Inward movement is driven by the matrix-localized, Hsp70-based motor. The scaffold Tim44, interacting with the matrix face of the translocon, recruits other motor subunits and binds incoming presequence. The basis of these interactions and their functional relationships remains unclear. Using site-specific in vivo crosslinking and genetic approaches in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we found that both domains of Tim44 interact with the major matrix-exposed loop of Tim23, with the C-terminal domain (CTD) binding Tim17 as well...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440654/holocene-atmospheric-mercury-levels-reconstructed-from-peat-bog-mercury-stable-isotopes
#19
Maxime Enrico, Gael Le Roux, Lars-Eric Heimburger, Pieter Van Beek, Marc Souhaut, Jerome Chmeleff, Jeroen E Sonke
Environmental regulations on mercury (Hg) emissions and associated ecosystem restoration are closely linked to what Hg levels we consider natural. It is widely accepted that atmospheric Hg deposition has increased by a factor 3±1 since pre-industrial times. However, no long-term historical records of actual atmospheric gaseous elemental Hg (GEM) concentrations exist. In this study we report Hg stable isotope signatures in Pyrenean peat records (southwestern Europe) that are used as tracers of Hg deposition pathway (Δ(200)Hg, wet vs dry Hg deposition) and atmospheric Hg sources and cycling (δ(202)Hg, Δ(199)Hg)...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440618/design-of-antibacterial-polyethersulfone-membranes-via-covalently-attaching-hydrogel-thin-layers-loaded-with-ag-nanoparticles
#20
Min He, Qian Wang, Rui Wang, Yi Xie, Weifeng Zhao, Changsheng Zhao
In order to inhibit the bacteria attachment and the subsequent formation of bio-films on polyethersulfone (PES) membranes, poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PSBMA)/poly(sodium acrylate) (PAANa) antibacterial hydrogel thin layers were covalently attached onto the membranes, followed by loading Ag nanoparticles. In our strategy, double bonds were firstly introduced onto PES membrane surfaces to provide anchoring sites, and then the hydrogel layers were synthesized on the membrane surfaces via UV light initiated cross-linking copolymerization...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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