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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
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Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324840/biosorption-of-diethyl-phthalate-ester-by-living-and-nonliving-burkholderia-cepacia-and-the-role-of-its-cell-surface-components
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Si Luo, Langlang Li, Anwei Chen, Qingru Zeng, Hao Xia, Ji-Dong Gu
In this study, the dibutyl phthalate (DBP) binding properties of a DBP-tolerant bacterium (B. cepacia) were characterized in terms of adsorption kinetics and isotherm. Living and nonliving cells both exhibited rapid removal of DBP, achieving more than 80% of maximum sorption within 30 min of contact and reached the equilibrium after 3 h. The adsorption isotherms were well fitted with the Sips model and the nonliving cells have greater biosorption capacity and affinity for DBP than the living cells. Furthermore, the absence of an active mechanism dependent on metabolism implied that the DBP bioaccumulation by living cells was mainly attribute to passive surface binding...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324803/leishmania-donovani-resistant-to-ambisome-or-miltefosine-exacerbates-cd58-expression-on-nk-cells-and-promotes-trans-membrane-migration-in-association-with-cd2
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Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Fauzia Jamal, Vikash Kumar, Manish Kumar, Sanjiva Bimal, Shyam Narayan, Vidya Nand Ravi Das, Krishna Pandey, Anil Kumar Gupta, Pradeep Das, Shubhankar Kumar Singh
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a disease that is associated with compromised immunity and drug un-responsiveness as well as with the emergence of drug resistance in Leishmania donovani (Ld). Ld down-modulates cellular immunity by manipulating signaling agents, including a higher expression of the adhesion molecule CD58. The expression of CD58 and CD2 on natural killer (NK) cells facilitates intercellular adhesion and signaling. The influence of drug-resistant Ld on the expression of CD58 and CD2 was addressed in this study...
March 16, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324799/modified-masquelet-technique-using-allogeneic-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-infected-non-union-femoral-shaft-fracture-with-a-12-cm-bone-defect-a-case-report
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Ismail Hadisoebroto Dilogo, Muhammad Rizqi Adhi Primaputra, Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan, Isabella Kurnia Liem
INTRODUCTION: Non-union due to large bone loss often causes significant long-term morbidity. We incorporate the use of allogeneic umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) as part of the diamond concept of regenerative medicine in a case of infected non-union fracture. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We reported a 54-year-old female patient presenting with pain on the right thigh. She was previously diagnosed with a closed fracture of the right femoral shaft and underwent four surgeries before finally being referred to Dr...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
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Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324719/negatively-charged-polysulfone-membranes-with-hydrophilicity-and-antifouling-properties-based-on-in-situ-cross-linked-polymerization
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Lijing Zhu, Haiming Song, Dawei Zhang, Gang Wang, Zhixiang Zeng, Qunji Xue
Polysulfone (PSf) membrane has been widely used in water separation and purification, although, membrane fouling is still a serious problem limiting its potential. We aim to improve the antifouling of PSf membranes via a very simple and efficient method. In this work, antifouling PSf membranes were fabricated via in situ cross-linked polymerization coupled with non-solvent induced phase separation. In brief, acrylic acid (AA) and vinyltriethoxysilane (VTEOS) were copolymerized in PSf solution, then directly casted into membranes without purification...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324709/improvement-of-virus-removal-using-ultrafiltration-membranes-modified-with-grafted-zwitterionic-polymer-hydrogels
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Ruiqing Lu, Chang Zhang, Maria Piatkovsky, Mathias Ulbricht, Moshe Herzberg, Thanh H Nguyen
Potable water reuse has been adopted by cities suffering water scarcity in recent years. The microbial safety in water reuse, especially with respect to pathogenic viruses, is still a concern for water consumers. Membrane filtration can achieve sufficient removal of pathogenic viruses without disinfection byproducts, but the required energy is intensive. In this study, we graft-polymerized zwitterionic SPP ([3-(methacryloylamino) propyl] dimethyl (3-sulfopropyl) ammonium hydroxide) on a 150 kDa ultrafiltration polyethersulfone membrane to achieve a significantly higher virus removal...
March 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324708/removal-of-haloacetic-acids-from-swimming-pool-water-by-reverse-osmosis-and-nanofiltration
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Linyan Yang, Qianhong She, Man Pun Wan, Rong Wang, Victor W-C Chang, Chuyang Y Tang
Recent studies report high concentrations of haloacetic acids (HAAs), a prevalent class of toxic disinfection by-products, in swimming pool water (SPW). We investigated the removal of 9 HAAs by four commercial reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes. Under typical SPW conditions (pH 7.5 and 50 mM ionic strength), HAA rejections were >60% for NF270 with molecular weight cut-off (MWCO) equal to 266 Da and equal or higher than 90% for XLE, NF90 and SB50 with MWCOs of 96, 118 and 152 Da, respectively, as a result of the combined effects of size exclusion and charge repulsion...
March 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324656/investigating-the-influences-of-the-adsorbed-species-on-catalytic-activity-for-hydrogen-oxidation-reaction-in-alkaline-electrolyte
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Siqi Lu, Zhongbin Zhuang
Catalysts for hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) in alkaline electrolyte are important for anion exchange membrane fuel cells. Understanding the role of OH(-) during the HOR catalytic process in alkaline electrolyte is essential to design highly active HOR catalysts. Here, we attempt to isolate the influence of OH(-) by using surface controlled Pt based nanoparticles as the model catalysts. By comparing the HOR activity between PtNi nanoparticles and acid washed PtNi nanoparticles, which have almost the same hydrogen binding energies but much different OH binding energies, it was found that the HOR activity in alkaline electrolyte is not mainly controlled by the OH adsorption...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324651/line-activity-of-ganglioside-gm1-regulates-raft-size-distribution-in-a-cholesterol-dependent-manner
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Timur R Galimzyanov, Anna S Lyushnyak, Veronika V Aleksandrova, Liudmila A Shilova, Ilya I Mikhalyov, Irina M Molotkovskaya, Sergey A Akimov, Oleg V Batishchev
Liquid-ordered lipid domains, also called rafts, are assumed to be important players in different cellular processes, mainly signal transduction and membrane trafficking. They are thicker than the disordered part of the membrane and are thought to form for compensating the hydrophobic mismatch between transmembrane proteins and lipid environment. Despite the existence of such structures in vivo is still an open question, they are observed in model systems of multicomponent lipid bilayers. Moreover, the predictions obtained from model experiments allow explaining different physiological processes possibly involving rafts...
March 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324488/flow-cytometer-monitoring-of-bnip3-and-bnip3l-nix-dependent-mitophagy
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Matilda Šprung, Ivan Dikic, Ivana Novak
Mitochondria are organelles with numerous vital roles in cellular metabolism. Impaired or damaged mitochondria are degraded in autophagolysosomes in a process known as mitophagy. Given the fundamental role of mitophagy in maintenance of cellular homeostasis, methods and techniques with which to study this process are constantly evolving and emerging. So far, mitophagy flux was mostly monitored using fluorescently labeled LC3 protein on autophagosomal membrane and any of the labeled outer mitochondrial membrane proteins...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324487/mitophagy-in-yeast-a-screen-of-mitophagy-deficient-mutants
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Kentaro Furukawa, Tomotake Kanki
Mitochondrial autophagy (mitophagy) is a process that selectively degrades mitochondria via autophagy. Recent studies have shown that mitophagy plays an important role in mitochondrial homeostasis by degrading damaged or excess mitochondria. The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a powerful model organism that has been employed to study several biological phenomena. Recently, there has been significant progress in the understanding of mitophagy in yeast following the identification of Atg32, a mitochondrial outer membrane receptor protein for mitophagy...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324242/numerical-insights-into-the-phase-diagram-of-p-atic-membranes-with-spherical-topology
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A G Hansen, N Ramakrishnan, P B Sunil Kumar, J H Ipsen
The properties of self-avoiding p-atic membranes restricted to spherical topology have been studied by Monte Carlo simulations of a triangulated random surface model. Spherically shaped p-atic membranes undergo a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition as expected with topology induced mutually repelling disclinations of the p-atic ordered phase. For flexible membranes the phase behaviour bears some resemblance to the spherically shaped case with a p-atic disordered crumpled phase and p-atic ordered, conformationally ordered (crinkled) phase separated by a KT-like transition with proliferation of disclinations...
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324201/potential-roles-of-mitochondria-associated-er-membranes-mams-in-traumatic-brain-injury
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Dongdong Sun, Xin Chen, Gang Gu, Jianhao Wang, Jianning Zhang
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria have both been shown to be critical in cellular homeostasis. The functions of the ER and mitochondria are independent but interrelated. These two organelles could form physical interactions, known as MAMs, to regulate physiological functions between ER and mitochondria to maintain Ca(2+), lipid, and metabolite exchange. Several proteins are located in MAMs, including RNA-dependent protein kinase (PKR)-like ER kinase, inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors, phosphofurin acidic cluster sorting protein-2 and sigma-1 receptor to ensure regulation...
March 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324143/rapid-customised-operon-assembly-by-yeast-recombinational-cloning
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Michael A Liu, Johanna J Kenyon, Jason Lee, Peter R Reeves
We have developed a system called the Operon Assembly Protocol (OAP), which takes advantage of the homologous recombination DNA repair pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to assemble full-length operons from a series of overlapping PCR products into a specially engineered yeast-Escherichia coli shuttle vector. This flexible, streamlined system can be used to assemble several operon clones simultaneously, and each clone can be expressed in the same E. coli tester strain to facilitate direct functional comparisons...
March 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
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Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
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Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324107/functional-characterization-of-transient-receptor-potential-trp-channel-c5-in-female-murine-gonadotropes
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Andreas Beck, Viktoria Götz, Sen Qiao, Petra Weissgerber, Veit Flockerzi, Marc Freichel, Ulrich Boehm
Gonadotrope cells in the anterior pituitary gland secrete gonadotropins regulating gonadal function in mammals. Recent results have implicated Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) cation channels in pituitary physiology, however, if and how TRP channels contribute to gonadotrope function is not known. Here we report that 14 out of 28 TRP channels encoded in the mouse genome are expressed in murine gonadotropes with highest expression levels found for TRPC5 in juvenile females. We show that TRP channel expression in these cells exhibits considerable plasticity and that it depends on gender as well as on the developmental and hormonal status of the animal...
January 30, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324066/hippocampal-aromatization-modulates-spatial-memory-and-characteristics-of-the-synaptic-membrane-in-the-male-zebra-finch
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David J Bailey, Yekaterina V Makeyeva, Elizabeth R Paitel, Alyssa L Pedersen, Angel T Hon, Jordan A Gunderson, Colin J Saldanha
The estrogen-synthesizing enzyme aromatase is abundant at the synapse in the zebra finch hippocampus (HP) and its inhibition impairs spatial memory function. To more fully test the role of local estradiol (E2) synthesis in memory, the HP of adult male zebra finches was exposed to either control pellets or those containing the aromatase inhibitor ATD, ATD and E2, ATD and the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) agonist G1, or the antagonist G15 alone. Birds were tested for spatial memory acquisition and performance, and HP levels of the postsynaptic protein PSD95 were measured...
January 27, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324061/progesterone-protects-against-bpa-induced-arrhythmias-in-female-rat-cardiac-myocytes-via-rapid-signaling
#20
Jianyong Ma, Kui Hong, Hong-Sheng Wang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) that has a range of potential adverse health effects. Previously we showed that acute exposure to BPA promoted arrhythmias in female rat hearts through estrogen receptor rapid signaling. Progesterone (P4) and estrogen have antagonistic or complementary actions in a number of tissues and systems. In the current study, we examined the influence, and possible protective effect, of P4 on the rapid cardiac actions of BPA in female rat cardiac myocytes...
January 25, 2017: Endocrinology
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