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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817787/evaluation-of-the-electron-transfer-flavoprotein-etf-as-an-antibacterial-target-in-burkholderia-cenocepacia
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Maria S Stietz, Christina Lopez, Osasumwen Osifo, Marcelo Tolmasky, Silvia T Cardona
There are hundreds of essential genes in multidrug resistant bacterial genomes, but only a few of their products are exploited as antibacterial targets. An example is the electron flavoprotein (ETF) which is required for growth and viability in <i>Burkholderia cenocepacia</i>. Here, we evaluated ETF as an antibiotic target for <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> complex (Bcc). Depletion of the bacterial ETF during infection of <i>Caenorhabditis elegans</i> significantly extended survival of the nematodes, proving that ETF is essential for survival of <i>B...
August 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817771/ice-templated-and-cross-linked-amyloid-fibril-aerogel-scaffolds-for-cell-growth
#2
Gustav Nyström, Wye-Khay Fong, Raffaele Mezzenga
Amyloid fibrils prepared from β-lactoglobulin were used to form freeze-dried and cross-linked aerogels. By varying the fibril concentration and freezing gradient, it was possible to control the pore structure and elastic modulus of the aerogels over one order of magnitude from ~2 to ~200 kPa. Using butane tetracarboxylic acid as cross-linker these aerogels maintained their monolithic shape in aqueous conditions displaying elastic behavior and a modulus in the range of 4-40 kPa. When explored as scaffolds for cell growth, the amyloid fibril aerogels demonstrated biocompatibility and led to the successful penetration and permeation of two epithelial cell lines (Caco-2 and HT29) throughout the scaffold...
August 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817739/three-dimensional-volumetric-changes-in-severely-resorbed-alveolar-sockets-after-ridge-augmentation-with-bovine-derived-xenograft-and-resorbable-barrier-a-preliminary-study-on-cbct-imaging
#3
Valeria Manavella, Federica Romano, Lisa Corano, Cristina Bignardi, Mario Aimetti
PURPOSE: The primary aim of the study was to describe a novel technique to evaluate volumetric hard tissue dimensional changes after ridge augmentation procedures. The secondary aim was to apply this newly developed measuring method to compromised alveolar sockets grafted with a slowly resorbing biomaterial covered with a collagen membrane. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eleven patients (6 men and 5 women, mean age 52.7 ± 8.3 years) requiring extraction of one hopeless tooth for severe periodontitis in the maxillary anterior area were consecutively treated with a ridge augmentation procedure...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817711/on-chip-detection-of-gel-transition-temperature-using-a-novel-micro-thermomechanical-method
#4
Tsenguun Byambadorj, Erfan Dashtimoghadam, Mohamadali Malakoutian, Benyamin Davaji, Lobat Tayebi, James E Richie, Chung Hoon Lee
We present a new thermomechanical method and a platform to measure the phase transition temperature at microscale. A thin film metal sensor on a membrane simultaneously measures both temperature and mechanical strain of the sample during heating and cooling cycles. This thermomechanical principle of operation is described in detail. Physical hydrogel samples are prepared as a disc-shaped gels (200 μm thick and 1 mm diameter) and placed between an on-chip heater and sensor devices. The sol-gel transition temperature of gelatin solution at various concentrations, used as a model physical hydrogel, shows less than 3% deviation from in-depth rheological results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817705/cell-surface-dynamics-and-cellular-distribution-of-endogenous-fcrn
#5
Lena D'Hooghe, Andrew D Chalmers, Sam Heywood, Paul Whitley
A major role for FcRn is the salvage of pinocytosed IgG and albumin from a degradative fate in lysosomes. FcRn achieves this by binding IgG in a pH-dependent manner in acidic endosomes and recycling it to the plasma membrane to be released at neutral pH. This is important in maintaining high serum IgG and albumin levels and has the potential to be exploited to modulate the pharmacokinetics of antibody-based therapeutics. Although FcRn is responsible for the recycling of IgG, the dynamic behaviour of endogenous FcRn is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817687/morphologic-phenotypic-and-transcriptomic-characterization-of-classically-and-alternatively-activated-canine-blood-derived-macrophages-in-vitro
#6
Franziska Heinrich, Annika Lehmbecker, Barbara B Raddatz, Kristel Kegler, Andrea Tipold, Veronika M Stein, Arno Kalkuhl, Ulrich Deschl, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Reiner Ulrich, Ingo Spitzbarth
Macrophages are a heterogeneous cell population playing a pivotal role in tissue homeostasis and inflammation, and their phenotype strongly depends on the micromilieu. Despite its increasing importance as a translational animal model for human diseases, there is a considerable gap of knowledge with respect to macrophage polarization in dogs. The present study comprehensively investigated the morphologic, phenotypic, and transcriptomic characteristics of unstimulated (M0), M1- (GM-CSF, LPS, IFNγ-stimulated) and M2- (M-CSF, IL-4-stimulated)-polarized canine blood-derived macrophages in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817674/new-insights-into-the-distribution-protein-abundance-and-subcellular-localisation-of-the-endogenous-peroxisomal-biogenesis-proteins-pex3-and-pex19-in-different-organs-and-cell-types-of-the-adult-mouse
#7
Claudia Colasante, Jiangping Chen, Barbara Ahlemeyer, Rocio Bonilla-Martinez, Srikanth Karnati, Eveline Baumgart-Vogt
Peroxisomes are ubiquitous organelles mainly involved in ROS and lipid metabolism. Their abundance, protein composition and metabolic function vary depending on the cell type and adjust to different intracellular and environmental factors such as oxidative stress or nutrition. The biogenesis and proliferation of these important organelles are regulated by proteins belonging to the peroxin (PEX) family. PEX3, an integral peroxisomal membrane protein, and the cytosolic shuttling receptor PEX19 are thought to be responsible for the early steps of peroxisome biogenesis and assembly of their matrix protein import machinery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817664/gold-nanoparticles-partition-to-and-increase-the-activity-of-glucose-6-phosphatase-in-a-synthetic-phospholipid-membrane-system
#8
Tyson J MacCormack, Amanda M Rundle, Michael Malek, Abhilash Raveendran, Maria-Victoria Meli
Engineered nanomaterials can alter the structure and/or function of biological membranes and membrane proteins but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We addressed this using a Langmuir phospholipid monolayer containing an active transmembrane protein, glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase). Gold nanoparticles (nAu) with varying ligand shell composition and hydrophobicity were synthesized, and their partitioning in the membrane and effects on protein activity characterized. nAu incorporation did not alter the macroscopic properties of the membrane...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817661/ouabain-affects-cell-migration-via-na-k-atpase-p130cas-and-via-nucleus-centrosome-association
#9
Young Ou, Chen Xuan Pan, Jeremy Zuo, Frans A van der Hoorn
Na,K-ATPase is a membrane protein that catalyzes ATP to maintain transmembrane sodium and potassium gradients. In addition, Na,K-ATPase also acts as a signal-transducing receptor for cardiotonic steroids such as ouabain and activates a number of signalling pathways. Several studies report that ouabain affects cell migration. Here we used ouabain at concentrations far below those required to block Na,K-ATPase pump activity and show that it significantly reduced RPE cell migration through two mechanisms. It causes dephosphorylation of a 130 kD protein, which we identify as p130cas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817656/investigation-of-the-halo-artifact-in-68ga-psma-11-pet-mri
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Thorsten Heußer, Philipp Mann, Christopher M Rank, Martin Schäfer, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Boris A Hadaschik, Klaus Kopka, Peter Bachert, Marc Kachelrieß, Martin T Freitag
OBJECTIVES: Combined positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) targeting the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) with a 68Ga-labelled PSMA-analog (68Ga-PSMA-11) is discussed as a promising diagnostic method for patients with suspicion or history of prostate cancer. One potential drawback of this method are severe photopenic (halo-) artifacts surrounding the bladder and the kidneys in the scatter-corrected PET images, which have been reported to occur frequently in clinical practice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817634/cross-reactivity-between-apical-membrane-antgen-1-and-rhoptry-neck-protein-2-in-p-vivax-and-p-falciparum-a-structural-and-binding-study
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Brigitte Vulliez-Le Normand, Frederick A Saul, Sylviane Hoos, Bart W Faber, Graham A Bentley
Malaria, a disease endemic in many tropical and subtropical regions, is caused by infection of the erythrocyte by the apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium. Host-cell invasion is a complex process but two Plasmodium proteins, Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA1) and the Rhoptry Neck protein complex (RON), play a key role. AMA1, present on the surface of the parasite, binds tightly to the RON2 component of the RON protein complex, which is inserted into the erythrocyte membrane during invasion. Blocking the AMA1-RON2 interaction with antibodies or peptides inhibits invasion, underlining its importance in the Plasmodium life cycle and as a target for therapeutic strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817613/diflunisal-inhibits-prestin-by-chloride-dependent-mechanism
#12
Guillaume Duret, Fred A Pereira, Robert M Raphael
The motor protein prestin is a member of the SLC26 family of anion antiporters and is essential to the electromotility of cochlear outer hair cells and for hearing. The only direct inhibitor of electromotility and the associated charge transfer is salicylate, possibly through direct interaction with an anion-binding site on prestin. In a screen to identify other inhibitors of prestin activity, we explored the effect of the non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug diflunisal, which is a derivative of salicylate. We recorded prestin activity by whole-cell patch clamping HEK cells transiently expressing prestin and mouse outer hair cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817283/the-effects-of-a21g-mutation-on-transmembrane-amyloid-beta-11-40-trimer-an-in-silico-study
#13
Son Tung Ngo, Minh Tung Nguyen, Nguyen Thanh Nguyen, Van V Vu
Familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD) is passed down in family, which account for 2-3% of about 40 million AD cases worldwide. The Flemish (A21G) mutant of amyloid β (Aβ) exhibits unique properties among all hereditary mutants of FAD, including lowest aggregation rate. Recent studies showed that Aβ oligomers play key role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. They could insert themselves in brain cell membrane, disrupting the membrane integrity and ion homeostasis. However, experimental studies of transmembrane Aβ oligomers have been limited due to their intrinsic heterogeneity...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817268/natural-organic-matter-concentration-impacts-the-interaction-of-functionalized-diamond-nanoparticles-with-model-and-actual-bacterial-membranes
#14
Arielle C Mensch, Rodrigo Tapia Hernandez, Joshua E Kuether, Marco D Torelli, Z Vivian Feng, Robert J Hamers, Joel A Pedersen
Changes to nanoparticle surface charge, colloidal stability, and hydrodynamic properties induced by interaction with natural organic matter (NOM) warrant consideration in assessing the potential for these materials to adversely impact organisms in the environment. Here we show that acquisition of a coating, or "corona", of NOM alters the hydrodynamic and electrokinetic properties of diamond nanoparticles (DNPs) functionalized with the polycation poly(allylamine HCl) in a manner that depends on the NOM-to-DNP concentration ratio...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817192/tssa-the-cap-protein-of-the-type-vi-secretion-system-tail
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REVIEW
Abdelrahim Zoued, Eric Durand, Yoann G Santin, Laure Journet, Alain Roussel, Christian Cambillau, Eric Cascales
The Type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a multiprotein and mosaic apparatus that delivers protein effectors into prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells. Recent data on the enteroaggregative Escherichia coli (EAEC) T6SS have provided evidence that the TssA protein is a key component during T6SS biogenesis. The T6SS comprises a trans-envelope complex that docks the baseplate, a cytoplasmic complex that represents the assembly platform for the tail. The T6SS tail is structurally, evolutionarily and functionally similar to the contractile tails of bacteriophages...
August 17, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817143/clinical-outcomes-of-socket-preservation-using-bovine-derived-xenograft-collagen-and-collagen-membrane-post-tooth-extraction-a-6-month-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
#16
Vincenzo Iorio-Siciliano, Andrea Blasi, Michele Nicolò, Alessandro Iorio-Siciliano, Francesco Riccitiello, Luca Ramaglia
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical remodeling of the alveolar socket following the application of bovine-derived xenograft collagen and collagen membrane compared to natural spontaneous healing during the first 6 months following tooth extraction. A total of 20 patients with 20 fresh alveolar sockets were randomly allocated into a test or control group. After a 6-month follow-up period, surgical reentry was performed and implants were placed. Significant statistical differences were recorded in terms of vertical and horizontal bone changes between the test and control groups...
September 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817134/dimensional-change-and-microstructure-of-intraoral-bone-block-grafts-covered-with-platelet-rich-fibrin-and-a-barrier-membrane-in-ridge-augmentation-a-pilot-investigation
#17
Prisana Pripatnanont, Phetsamone Thanakone, Narit Leepong
This study investigated the dimensional change and microstructure of intraoral bone block grafts covered with platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) and a barrier membrane in ridge augmentation. Seven patients were included, with 18 implant sites (10 ramus and 8 symphysis). The average final ridge width gains in the ramus from cast-based measurement (3.86 ± 0.87 mm) and cone beam computed tomography measurements (3.63 ± 1.38 mm) were not different from the symphysis (3.36 ± 2.26 mm and 3.44 ± 1.52 mm, respectively)...
September 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817068/a-critical-review-on-the-effect-of-docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-on-cancer-cell-cycle-progression
#18
REVIEW
Marnie Newell, Kristi Baker, Lynne M Postovit, Catherine J Field
Globally, there were 14.1 million new cancer diagnoses and 8.2 million cancer deaths in 2012. For many cancers, conventional therapies are limited in their successes and an improved understanding of disease progression is needed in conjunction with exploration of alternative therapies. The long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), has been shown to enhance many cellular responses that reduce cancer cell viability and decrease proliferation both in vitro and in vivo. A small number of studies suggest that DHA improves chemotherapy outcomes in cancer patients...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817063/changes-in-lipids-and-inflammatory-markers-after-consuming-diets-high-in-red-meat-or-dairy-for-four-weeks
#19
Kirsty M Turner, Jennifer B Keogh, Peter J Meikle, Peter M Clifton
There is a body of evidence linking inflammation, altered lipid metabolism, and insulin resistance. Our previous research found that insulin sensitivity decreased after a four-week diet high in dairy compared to a control diet and to one high in red meat. Our aim was to determine whether a relationship exists between changes in insulin sensitivity and inflammatory biomarkers, or with lipid species. Fasting Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-α), Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor II (sTNF-RII), C-reactive protein (CRP), and lipids were measured at the end of each diet...
August 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816729/retina-expansion-technique-for-macular-hole-apposition-report-2-efficacy-closure-rate-and-risks-of-a-macular-detachment-technique-to-close-large-full-thickness-macular-holes
#20
Roger Wong, Catherine Howard, Giancarlo Dellʼaversana Orobona
PURPOSE: To describe the safety and efficacy of a technique to close large thickness macular holes. METHODS: A consecutive retrospective interventional case series of 16 patients with macular holes greater than 650 microns in "aperture" diameter were included. The technique involves vitrectomy, followed by internal limiting membrane peeling. The macula is detached using subretinal injection of saline. Fluid-air exchange is performed to promote detachment and stretch of the retina...
August 14, 2017: Retina
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