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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922856/building-up-absence-seizures-in-the-somatosensory-cortex-from-network-to-cellular-epileptogenic-processes
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Guillaume Jarre, Tristan Altwegg-Boussac, Mark S Williams, Florian Studer, Mathilde Chipaux, Olivier David, Stéphane Charpier, Antoine Depaulis, Séverine Mahon, Isabelle Guillemain
The epileptogenic processes leading to recurrent seizures in Genetic Epilepsies are largely unknown. Using the Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rat from Strasbourg, we investigated in vivo the network and single neuron mechanisms responsible for the early emergence of epileptic activity. Local field potential recordings in the primary somatosensory cortex (SoCx), from the second post-natal week to adulthood, showed that immature cortical discharges progressively evolved into typical spike-and-wave discharges following a 3-step maturation process...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922772/plasmolysis-deplasmolysis-causes-changes-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-form-movement-flow-and-cytoskeletal-association
#2
Xiaohang Cheng, Ingeborg Lang, Opeyemi Samson Adeniji, Lawrence Griffing
Plasmolysis of hypocotyl cells of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana diminishes the dynamics of the remodeling of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in the central protoplast, namely that withdrawn from the cell wall, and more persistent cisternae are formed, yet little change in the actin network in the protoplast occurs. Also, protein flow within the ER network in the protoplast, as detected with fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), is not affected by plasmolysis. After plasmolysis, another network of strictly tubular ER remains attached to the plasma membrane-wall interface and is contained within the Hechtian strands and reticulum...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922756/the-meiotic-regulator-jason-utilizes-alternative-translation-initiation-sites-to-produce-differentially-localized-forms
#3
Simon Cabout, Megan P Leask, Shiny Varghese, Jun Yi, Benjamin Peters, Lei Liu Conze, Claudia Köhler, Lynette Brownfield
The JASON (JAS) protein plays an important role in maintaining an organelle band across the equator of male meiotic cells during the second division, with its loss leading to unreduced pollen in Arabidopsis. In roots cells, JAS localizes to the Golgi, tonoplast and plasma membrane. Here we explore the mechanism underlying the localization of JAS. Overall, our data show that leaky ribosom scanning and alternative translation initiation sites (TISs) likely leads to the formation of two forms of JAS: a long version with an N-terminal Golgi localization signal and a short version with a different N-terminal signal targeting the protein to the plasma membrane...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922747/allelic-variation-of-ntnramp5-associated-with-cultivar-variation-in-cadmium-accumulation-in-tobacco
#4
Zhong Tang, Hailin Cai, Jie Li, Yanling Lv, Wenwen Zhang, Fang-Jie Zhao
Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a cadmium (Cd) accumulator, and smoking is a major source of Cd exposure. In the present study, we identified two tobacco cultivars with contrasting phenotypes of Cd and manganese (Mn) accumulation in both hydroponic and soil pot experiments. Physiological experiments showed that the two cultivars differed in Cd uptake, but not in Cd translocation from roots to shoots. A homolog of OsNramp5 (natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 5), NtNramp5, was isolated from both cultivars...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922746/ectopic-expression-of-winding-1-leads-to-asymmetrical-distribution-of-auxin-and-a-spiral-phenotype-in-rice
#5
Ming-Lung Cheng, Shuen-Fang Lo, An-Shan Hsiao, Ya-Fang Hong, Su-May Yu, Tuan-Hua David Ho
Ectopic expression of the rice WINDING 1 (WIN1) gene leads to a spiral phenotype only in shoots but not in roots. Rice WIN1 belongs to a specific class of proteins in cereal plants containing a Bric-a-Brac/Tramtrack/Broad (BTB) complex, a non-phototropic hypocotyl 3 (NPH3) domain and a coiled-coil motif. The WIN1 protein is predominantly localized to the plasma membrane, but is also co-localized to plasmodesmata, where it exhibits a punctate pattern. It is observed that WIN1 is normally expressed in roots and the shoot-root junction, but not in the rest of shoots...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922693/spontaneous-separation-of-epiretinal-membrane-a-report-of-three-cases
#6
Yun Chong Lim, Denise Tm Au Eong, Ajeet M Wagle, Kah Guan Au Eong
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September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922657/methods-employed-in-cytofluorometric-assessment-of-eryptosis-the-suicidal-erythrocyte-death
#7
Mohamed Jemaà, Myriam Fezai, Rosi Bissinger, Florian Lang
Suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis contributes to or even accounts for anemia in a wide variety of clinical conditions, such as iron deficiency, dehydration, hyperphosphatemia, vitamin D excess, chronic kidney disease (CKD), hemolytic-uremic syndrome, diabetes, hepatic failure, malignancy, arteriitis, sepsis, fever, malaria, sickle-cell disease, beta-thalassemia, Hb-C and G6PD-deficiency, Wilsons disease, as well as advanced age. Moreover, eryptosis is triggered by a myriad of xenobiotics and endogenous substances including cytotoxic drugs and uremic toxins...
September 1, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922628/high-frequency-electroporation-efficiency-is-under-control-of-membrane-capacitive-charging-and-voltage-potential-relaxation
#8
Vitalij Novickij, Paulius Ruzgys, Audrius Grainys, Saulius Šatkauskas
The study presents the proof of concept for a possibility to achieve a better electroporation in the MHz pulse repetition frequency (PRF) region compared to the conventional low frequency protocols. The 200ns×10 pulses bursts of 10-14kV/cm have been used to permeabilize Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells in a wide range (1Hz-1MHz) of PRF. The permeabilization efficiency was evaluated using fluorescent dye assay (propidium iodide) and flow cytometry. It was determined that a threshold PRF exists when the relaxation of the cell transmembrane potential is longer than the delay between the consequent pulses, which results in accumulation of the charge on the membrane...
September 14, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922594/dose-dependent-response-to-3-nitrobenzanthrone-exposure-in-human-urothelial-cancer-cells
#9
Mario Pink, Nisha Verma, Anna Zerries, Simone Schmitz-Spanke
A product of incomplete combustion of diesel fuel, 3-nitrobenzanthrone (3-NBA), has been classified as a cancer-causing substance. It first gained attention as a potential urinary bladder carcinogen due to the presence of its metabolite in urine and formation of DNA adducts. The aim of the present study was to characterise the dose-response relationship of 3-NBA in human urothelial cancer cell line (RT4) exposed to concentrations ranging from 0.0003 µM (environmentally relevant) to 80 µM by utilising toxicological and metabolomic approaches...
September 18, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922576/anion-exchange-membranes-for-alkaline-fuel-cell-applications-the-effects-of-cations
#10
Zhe Sun, Bencai Lin, Feng Yan
Alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cells (AEMFCs) are attracting great attention, because of their potential use of non-precious electrocatalysts. Anion exchange membrane (AEM) is one of the key components of AEMFCs. An ideal AEM should possess high hydroxide conductivity and sufficient long-term durability at elevated temperatures in high pH solutions. This review provides recent progresses of alkaline stability behavior of cations (including quaternary ammonium, imidazolium, guanidinium, pyridinium, tertiary sulfonium, phosphonium, benzimidazolium and pyrrolidinium) and their analogous AEMs, which have been investigated by both experimental studies and theoretical calculations...
September 18, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922567/determination-of-pd-l1-expression-in-effusions-from-mesothelioma-by-immuno-cytochemical-staining
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Mohammed S I Mansour, Tomas Seidal, Ulrich Mager, Amir Baigi, Katalin Dobra, Annika Dejmek
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive, fatal tumor. Current therapeutic options only marginally improve survival. Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a dominant mediator of immunosuppression, binding to programmed cell death 1 (PD-1). PD-L1 is up-regulated in cancer cells, and the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway plays a critical role in tumor immune evasion, thus providing a target for antitumor therapy. Further, a correlation between PD-L1 expression and prognosis has been reported...
September 18, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922551/lectin-bs-i-inhibits-cell-migration-and-invasion-via-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Qiang Jian, Zhao Yang, Jian Shu, Xiawei Liu, Jing Zhang, Zheng Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is most common malignant cancer worldwide; however, the mortality rate of HCC remains high due to the invasion and metastasis of HCC. Thus, exploring novel treatments to prevent the invasion of HCC is needed for improving clinical outcome of this fatal disease. In this study, we identified lectin from Bandeiraea simplicifolia seeds (BS-I) binds to metastasis-associated HCC cell surface glycans by a lectin microarray and inhibits HCC cell migration and invasion through downregulating the matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2), matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) and urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) production...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922541/effects-of-collagen-peptides-intake-on-skin-ageing-and-platelet-release-in-chronologically-aged-mice-revealed-by-cytokine-array-analysis
#13
Hongdong Song, Ling Zhang, Yongkang Luo, Siqi Zhang, Bo Li
Action mechanisms underlying various biological activities of collagen peptides (CPs) remained to be elucidated. Cytokines may play an important role in mediating these health benefits of CPs. This study aimed to systemically examine the cytokines in skin and blood regulated by CPs intake. Thirteen-month-old female Kunming mice were administered with CPs for 2 months (0 or 400 mg/kg bodyweight/day). The cytokines in skin and plasma were analysed using a 53-cytokine array and corresponding ELISA kits. In skin, CPs intake significantly down-regulated placenta growth factor (PIGF-2), insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-binding protein (IGFBP) -2 and IGFBP-3, and up-regulated platelet factor 4 (PF4), serpin E1 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 ...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922505/enhancing-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-alamethicin-f50-5-by-incorporating-n-terminal-hydrophobic-triazole-substituents
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Sanjit Das, Khoubaib Ben Haj Salah, Emmanuel Wenger, Jean Martinez, Jules Kotarba, Vanessa Andreu, Nicolas Ruiz, Filippo Savini, Lorenzo Stella, Claude Didierjean, Baptiste Legrand, Nicolas Inguimbert
We propose a simple and efficient strategy to significantly improve the antibacterial activity of peptaibols and other antimicrobial peptides by N-terminal capping with 1,2,3-triazole bearing various hydrophobic substituents on C-4. We showed, herein, that such N-terminal insertions on alamethicin F50/5 could enhance its antimicrobial activity on gram-positive bacteria without modification of its overall three-dimensional structure. Indeed, while the native peptide and its analogues shared comparable helical contents, the crystal structure of one of the most active derivative showed a local slight distortion of the N-terminal extremity, which was also observed in solution using NMR spectroscopy...
September 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922502/the-three-component-system-esrisr-regulates-a-cell-envelope-stress-response-in-corynebacterium-glutamicum
#15
Britta Kleine, Ava Chattopadhyay, Tino Polen, Daniela Pinto, Thorsten Mascher, Michael Bott, Melanie Brocker, Roland Freudl
When the cell envelope integrity is compromised, bacteria trigger signaling cascades resulting in the production of proteins that counteract these extracytoplasmic stresses. Here, we show that the two-component system EsrSR regulates a cell envelope stress response in the Actinobacterium Corynebacterium glutamicum. The sensor kinase EsrS possesses an amino-terminal phage shock protein C (PspC) domain, a property that sets EsrSR apart from all other two-component systems characterized so far. An integral membrane protein, EsrI, whose gene is divergently transcribed to the esrSR gene locus and which interestingly also possesses a PspC domain, acts as an inhibitor of EsrSR under non-stress conditions...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922409/purification-and-characterisation-of-the-yeast-plasma-membrane-atp-binding-cassette-transporter-pdr11p
#16
Katrine Rude Laub, Magdalena Marek, Lyubomir Dimitrov Stanchev, Sara Abad Herrera, Tamara Kanashova, Adèle Bourmaud, Gunnar Dittmar, Thomas Günther Pomorski
The ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters Pdr11p and its paralog Aus1p are expressed under anaerobic growth conditions at the plasma membrane of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and are required for sterol uptake. However, the precise mechanism by which these ABC transporters facilitate sterol movement is unknown. In this study, an overexpression and purification procedure was developed with the aim to characterise the Pdr11p transporter. Engineering of Pdr11p variants fused at the C terminus with green fluorescent protein (Pdr11p-GFP) and containing a FLAG tag at the N terminus facilitated expression analysis and one-step purification, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922399/probing-eukaryotic-cell-mechanics-via-mesoscopic-simulations
#17
Kirill Lykov, Yasaman Nematbakhsh, Menglin Shang, Chwee Teck Lim, Igor V Pivkin
Cell mechanics has proven to be important in many biological processes. Although there is a number of experimental techniques which allow us to study mechanical properties of cell, there is still a lack of understanding of the role each sub-cellular components plays during cell deformations. We present a new mesoscopic particle-based eukaryotic cell model which explicitly describes cell membrane, nucleus and cytoskeleton. We employ Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) method that provides us with the unified framework for modeling of a cell and its interactions in the flow...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922393/a-set-of-nutrient-limitations-trigger-yeast-cell-death-in-a-nitrogen-dependent-manner-during-wine-alcoholic-fermentation
#18
Camille Duc, Martine Pradal, Isabelle Sanchez, Jessica Noble, Catherine Tesnière, Bruno Blondin
Yeast cell death can occur during wine alcoholic fermentation. It is generally considered to result from ethanol stress that impacts membrane integrity. This cell death mainly occurs when grape musts processing reduces lipid availability, resulting in weaker membrane resistance to ethanol. However the mechanisms underlying cell death in these conditions remain unclear. We examined cell death occurrence considering yeast cells ability to elicit an appropriate response to a given nutrient limitation and thus survive starvation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922380/the-warburg-effect-as-an-adaptation-of-cancer-cells-to-rapid-fluctuations-in-energy-demand
#19
Tamir Epstein, Robert A Gatenby, Joel S Brown
To maintain optimal fitness, a cell must balance the risk of inadequate energy reserve for response to a potentially fatal perturbation against the long-term cost of maintaining high concentrations of ATP to meet occasional spikes in demand. Here we apply a game theoretic approach to address the dynamics of energy production and expenditure in eukaryotic cells. Conventionally, glucose metabolism is viewed as a function of oxygen concentrations in which the more efficient oxidation of glucose to CO2 and H2O produces all or nearly all ATP except under hypoxic conditions when less efficient (2 ATP/ glucose vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922356/mathematical-modeling-and-quantitative-analysis-of-hiv-1-gag-trafficking-and-polymerization
#20
Yuewu Liu, Xiufen Zou
Gag, as the major structural protein of HIV-1, is necessary for the assembly of the HIV-1 sphere shell. An in-depth understanding of its trafficking and polymerization is important for gaining further insights into the mechanisms of HIV-1 replication and the design of antiviral drugs. We developed a mathematical model to simulate two biophysical processes, specifically Gag monomer and dimer transport in the cytoplasm and the polymerization of monomers to form a hexamer underneath the plasma membrane. Using experimental data, an optimization approach was utilized to identify the model parameters, and the identifiability and sensitivity of these parameters were then analyzed...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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