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Jingguo Xu, Jia Guo, Sarah Wanjiku Mania, Yumeng Yang, Yimin Hu, Xuanxuan Li, Jiarong Qiu, Zhihong Xin
An ultra-sensitive aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of staphylococcus aureus was established by adopting the nicking enzyme amplification reaction (NEAR) and the rolling circle amplification (RCA) technologies. Aptamer-probe (AP), containing an aptamer and a probe sequence, was developed to act as the recognition unit of the biosensor, which was specifically bound to S. aureus. The probe was released from AP and initiated into the subsequent DNA amplification reactions where S. aureus was present, converting the detection of S...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Vincent Normant, Thierry Mourer, Simon Labbe
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe , acquisition of exogenous heme is largely mediated by the cell membrane-associated Shu1. Here, we report that Str3, a member of the major facilitator superfamily of transporters promotes cellular heme import. Using a strain that cannot synthesize heme de novo ( hem1Δ ) and lacks Shu1, we found that the heme-dependent growth deficit of this strain is rescued by hemin supplementation in the presence of Str3. Microscopic analyses of a hem1Δ shu1Δ str3Δ mutant strain in the presence of the heme analog zinc mesoporphyrin IX (ZnMP) revealed that ZnMP fails to accumulate within the mutant cells...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Md Moniruzzaman, Young-Won Chin, Jungsook Cho
Physalis alkekengi var. francheti is an indigenous herb well known for its anti-inflammatory, sedative, antipyretic, and expectorant properties. However, the information regarding the impacts of P. alkekengi fruits (PAF) in modulation of oxidative stress and learning memory are still unknown. This study therefore evaluated the antioxidant properties of ethyl acetate (EA) fraction of PAF and its impacts on learning and memory. The antioxidant activities of PAF were evaluated in LPS-induced BV2 microglial cells...
March 15, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Megan Sjodt, Ramsay Macdonald, Joanna D Marshall, Joseph Clayton, John S Olson, Martin L Phillips, David A Gell, Jeff Wereszczynski, Robert T Clubb
Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of life-threatening infections in the United States. It actively acquires the essential nutrient iron from human hemoglobin (Hb) using the iron-regulated surface-determinant (Isd) system. This process is initiated when the closely related bacterial IsdB and IsdH receptors bind to Hb and extract its hemin through a conserved tri-domain unit that contains two NEAr iron Transporter (NEAT) domains that are connected by a helical linker domain. Previously, we demonstrated that the tri-domain unit within IsdH (IsdHN2N3 ) triggers hemin release by distorting Hb's F-helix...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Naoya Uchida, Juan J Haro-Mora, Selami Demirci, Atsushi Fujita, Lydia Raines, Matthew M Hsieh, John F Tisdale
A reliable cell line capable of robust in vitro erythroid differentiation would be useful to investigate red blood cell (RBC) biology and genetic strategies for RBC diseases. K562 cells are widely utilized for erythroid differentiation; however, current differentiation methods are insufficient to analyze globin proteins. In this study, we sought to improve erythroid differentiation from K562 cells to enable protein-level globin analysis. K562 cells were exposed to a variety of reagents including hemin, rapamycin, imatinib, and/or decitabine (known erythroid inducers), and cultured in basic culture media or erythropoietin-based differentiation media...
March 7, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Jeong-Min Hong, Sun-Mee Lee
AIMS: Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an endogenous cytoprotective enzyme, is reported that can be localized in mitochondria under stress, contributing to preserve mitochondrial function. Mitochondrial quality control (QC) is essential to cellular health and recovery linked with redox homeostasis. Recent studies reported that phosphoglycerate mutase family member (PGAM) 5, a mitochondria-resident phosphatase, plays critical role in mitochondrial homeostasis. Therefore, we aim to investigate cytoprotective mechanisms of HO-1 in I/R-induced hepatic injury focusing on mitochondrial QC associated with PGAM5 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Jung U Shin, Jung Dong Kim, Hong Kee Kim, Hong Kyu Kang, Chulmin Joo, Ju Hee Lee, Do Hyeon Jeong, Seungri Song, Howard Chu, Jung Soo Lee, Hemin Lee, Kwang Hoon Lee
BACKGROUND: The stratum corneum is an almost impermeable barrier. Recently, microneedles have been used to increase drug delivery passing the stratum corneum by incorporating the drug within the microneedle or by coating the surface of the microneedle with the drug. OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to investigate whether applying a biodegradable microneedle patch after topical steroid application increases penetration of the steroid in vitro, as well as treatment efficacy in patients with prurigo nodularis...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Leah Schwiesow, Erin Mettert, Yahan Wei, Halie K Miller, Natalia G Herrera, David Balderas, Patricia J Kiley, Victoria Auerbuch
Despite the mammalian host actively sequestering iron to limit pathogenicity, heme (or hemin when oxidized) and hemoproteins serve as important sources of iron for many bloodborne pathogens. The HmuRSTUV hemin uptake system allows Yersinia species to uptake and utilize hemin and hemoproteins as iron sources. HmuR is a TonB-dependent outer membrane receptor for hemin and hemoproteins. HmuTUV comprise a inner membrane ABC transporter that transports hemin and hemoproteins from the periplasmic space into the bacterial cytoplasm, where it is degraded by HmuS...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Alfia Khaibullina, Elena A Adjei, Nowah Afangbedji, Andrey Ivanov, Namita Kumari, Luis E F Almeida, Zenaide M N Quezado, Sergei Nekhai, Marina Jerebtsova
Sickle cell disease patients are at increased risk of developing a chronic kidney disease. Endothelial dysfunction and inflammation associated with hemolysis lead to vasculopathy and contribute to the development of renal disease. Here we used a Townes sickle cell disease mouse model to examine renal endothelial injury. Renal disease in Townes mice was associated with glomerular hypertrophy, capillary dilation and congestion, and significant endothelial injury. We also detected substantial renal macrophage infiltration, and accumulation of macrophage stimulating protein 1 in glomerular capillary...
March 8, 2018: Haematologica
Haojuan Jia, Jia Shi, Shu'an Dong, Yuan Zhang, Jianbo Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of heme oxygenase-1/carbon monoxide (HO-1/CO) pathway on mitochondrial fusion in rat alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) stimulated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Once the cultured in vitro rat AEC II cells line RLE-6TN reached confluency of 85%, they were subcultured and randomly divided into seven groups (n = 5 each). RLE-6TN cells were routinely cultured in control group. The cells in LPS group was stimulated with 10 mg/L LPS to reproduce the model of endotoxin challenge in AECII cells...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Ingar Olsen, Sim K Singhrao
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) of Porphyromonas gingivalis exists in at least two known forms, O-LPS and A-LPS. A-LPS shows heterogeneity in which two isoforms designated LPS1 ,435/1 ,449 and LPS1 ,690 appear responsible for tissue-specific immune signalling pathways activation and increased virulence. The modification of lipid A to tetra-acylated1 ,435/1 ,449 and/or penta-acylated1 ,690 fatty acids indicates poor growth conditions and bioavailability of hemin. Hemin protects P. gingivalis from serum resistance and the lipid A serves as a site for its binding...
2018: Journal of Oral Microbiology
Wei Guo, Sudhanshu Mishra, Jiangchao Zhao, Jingsi Tang, Bo Zeng, Fanli Kong, Ruihong Ning, Miao Li, Hengzhi Zhang, Yutian Zeng, Yuanliangzi Tian, Yihang Zhong, Hongdi Luo, Yunhan Liu, Jiandong Yang, Mingyao Yang, Mingwang Zhang, Yan Li, Qingyong Ni, Caiwu Li, Chengdong Wang, Desheng Li, Hemin Zhang, Zhili Zuo, Ying Li
Bamboo-eating giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca ) is an enigmatic species, which possesses a carnivore-like short and simple gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Despite the remarkable studies on giant panda, its diet adaptability status continues to be a matter of debate. To resolve this puzzle, we investigated the functional potential of the giant panda gut microbiome using shotgun metagenomic sequencing of fecal samples. We also compared our data with similar data from other animal species representing herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores from current and earlier studies...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Xiaoyu Li, Junjing Li, Caixia Zhu, Xiaohua Zhang, Jinhua Chen
In this work, a new electrochemical immunosensor was developed for prion protein assay based on hybridization chain reaction (HCR) with hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzyme for signal amplification. In this amplification system, the hemin/G-quadruplex DNAzyme simultaneously mimicked the biocatalytic functions for H2 O2 reduction and L-cysteine oxidation. In the presence of L-cysteine, the hemin/G-quadruplex catalyzed the oxidation of L-cysteine to L-cystine. At the same time, H2 O2 was produced under the oxygen condition...
May 15, 2018: Talanta
Jing Chen-Roetling, Sheng-Kai Ma, Yang Cao, Aishwarya Shah, Raymond F Regan
Hemopexin (Hpx) binds heme with extraordinary affinity, and after haptoglobin may provide a second line of defense against the toxicity of extracellular hemoglobin (Hb). In this series of experiments, the hypothesis that Hpx protects neurons from Hb neurotoxicity was evaluated in murine primary cultures containing neurons and glial cells. Contrary to hypothesis, Hpx increased neuronal loss due to micromolar concentrations of Hb by 4-12-fold, as measured by LDH release assay; conversely, the neurotoxicity of hemin was completely prevented...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Magaiver Andrade-Silva, Marcos Antônio Cenedeze, Luiz Augusto Perandini, Raphael José Ferreira Felizardo, Ingrid Mizuno Watanabe, Juan Sebastian Henao Agudelo, Ângela Castoldi, Giselle Martins Gonçalves, Clarice Silvia Taemi Origassa, Patricia Semedo, Meire Ioshie Hiyane, Orestes Foresto Neto, Denise Maria Avancini Costa Malheiros, Marlene Antonia Reis, Clarice Kazue Fujihara, Roberto Zatz, Alvaro Pacheco-Silva, Niels Olsen Saraiva Câmara, Danilo Candido de Almeida
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is considered an inflammatory disease in which Toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling pathways play an important role. The activation of TLRs results in production of several inflammatory cytokines leading to further renal damage. In contrast, TLRs are key players on autophagy induction, which is associated with a protective function on cisplatin-induced AKI. Hence, this study aimed evaluate the specific participation of TLR2 and TLR4 molecules on development of cisplatin-induced AKI...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
Caroline Schmitt, Hugo Lenglet, Angèle Yu, Constance Delaby, Arndt Benecke, Thibaud Lefebvre, Philippe Letteron, Valérie Paradis, Staffan Wahlin, Sverre Sandberg, Pauline Harper, Eliane Sardh, Arne Kristian Sandvik, Johannes R Hov, Aasne Karine Aarsand, Laurence Chiche, Céline Bazille, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Jordi To Figueras, Montserrat Carrascal, Joaquim Abian, Arienne Mirmiran, Zoubida Karim, Jean-Charles Deybach, Hervé Puy, Katell Peoc'h, Hana Manceau, Laurent Gouya
BACKGROUND: Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is an inherited disorder of heme metabolism characterized by life-threatening acute neurovisceral attacks due to the induction of hepatic δ-aminolevulinic acid synthase 1 (ALAS1) associated with hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS) deficiency. So far, the treatment of choice is hemin which represses ALAS1. The main issue in the medical care of AIP patients is the occurrence of debilitating recurrent attacks. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether chronic hemin administration contributes to the recurrence of acute attacks...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
Zhi-Luo Deng, Helena Sztajer, Michael Jarek, Sabin Bhuju, Irene Wagner-Döbler
Periodontitis is a worldwide prevalent oral disease which results from dysbiosis of the periodontal microbiome. Some of the most active microbial players, e.g., Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola , and Fusobacterium nucleatum , have extensively been studied in the laboratory, but it is unclear to which extend these findings can be transferred to in vivo conditions. Here we show that the transcriptional profiles of P. gingivalis, T. denticola , and F. nucleatum in the periodontal niche are distinct from those in single laboratory culture and exhibit functional similarities...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Hongmei Zhang, Kuiyu Wang, Shengjun Bu, Zhongyi Li, Chuanjing Ju, Jiayu Wan
Accurate and quantitative analysis of microRNA (miRNA) expression is critical for the diagnostics and theranostics of a disease. Herein, a proof-of-concept of a colorimetric horseradish peroxidase-mimicking DNAzyme (HRP-DNAzyme) biosensor for miRNA assay based on nuclease-assisted catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA) signal amplification was demonstrated. Duplex-specific nuclease (DSN) was employed to cleave the single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) chimeric probe (CP) on the magnetic bead (MB) surface via hybridization of the CP and target miRNA...
February 16, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Qian Yu, Yongmei Wu, Zi Liu, Sheng Lei, Gaiping Li, Baoxian Ye
This work designed an artificial substrate peptide to synthesize peptide-hemin/G-quadruplex (peptide-DNAzyme) conjugates. In addition to enhancing catalytic activity of hemin/G-quadruplex, the peptide could also be induced and cleaved by prostate specific antigen (PSA). It was the first report on peptide-DNAzyme conjugates in application of the peptide biosensor. The polyethyleneimine-reduced graphene oxide@hollow platinum nanotubes (PEI-rGO@PtNTs) nanocomposites were cast on the glassy carbon electrode in order to form the interface of biocompatibility and huge surface area for bioprobes immobilization...
February 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Mojdeh Mahdiannasser, Zahra Karami
miRNAs are short regulatory sequences that monitor gene expression at post-transcriptional level. miRNAs play outstanding roles in cellular processes and their altered expression or aberrant function has been reported in diseases such as cancer. Furthermore, some of them serve as biomarkers for prognosis, diagnosis, and prediction of drug effectiveness as well as probable utility in the field of personalized medicine. As a result, proper and sensitive detection of miRNAs is a crucial matter. Traditional approaches including Northern blotting, Microarray, and Quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction have been extensively employed by means of miRNA detection for decades...
February 8, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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