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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810657/anti-exudation-effects-of-sodium-ferulate-and-oxymatrine-combination-via-modulation-of-aquaporin-1
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Songmei Sun, Xing Du, Mengxin Xu, Meijuan Liu, Zhifeng Liu
The present study aimed to investigate the anti-exudative effects of sodium ferulate combined with oxymatrine in a mouse model of acetic acid-induced peritonitis. Furthermore, the underlying mechanisms were explored by determining the effects of these drugs on the volume and aquaporin 1 (AQP1) expression in vascular endothelial cells on omentum majus and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). Treatment with sodium ferulate combined with oxymatrine was shown to significantly inhibit acetic acid-induced vascular permeability in the peritonitis model mice and furthermore to significantly decrease the optical density of Evans blue, the leukocyte number and the levels of interleukin-6, C-reactive protein and interferon-γ in peritoneal lavage fluid...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805347/bioelectricity-electromicrobiology-and-sustainability
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Kenneth H Nealson
Electromicrobiology is the domain of those prokaryotes able to interact with charged electrodes, using them as electron donors and/or electron acceptors. This is performed via a process called extracellular electron transport, in which outer membrane cytochromes are used to oxidize and/or reduce otherwise unavailable insoluble electron acceptors. EET-capable bacteria can thus be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from small power sources, water reclamation, to pollution remediation and electrosynthesis...
August 14, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803911/functional-heterogeneity-of-fo%C3%A2-f1h-atpase-synthase-in-coupled-paracoccus-denitrificans-plasma-membranes
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Tatyana V Zharova, Andrei D Vinogradov
Fo∙F1H(+)-ATPase/synthase in coupled plasma membrane vesicles of Paracoccus denitrificans catalyzes ATP hydrolysis and/or ATP synthesis with comparable enzyme turnover. Significant difference in pH-profile of these alternative activities is seen: decreasing pH from 8.0 to 7.0 results in reversible inhibition of hydrolytic activity, whereas ATP synthesis activity is not changed. The inhibition of ATPase activity upon acidification results from neither change in ADP(Mg(2+))-induced deactivation nor the energy-dependent enzyme activation...
August 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801570/the-buckling-instability-of-aggregating-red-blood-cells
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Daniel Flormann, Othmane Aouane, Lars Kaestner, Christian Ruloff, Chaouqi Misbah, Thomas Podgorski, Christian Wagner
Plasma proteins such as fibrinogen induce the aggregation of red blood cells (RBC) into rouleaux, which are responsible for the pronounced shear thinning behavior of blood, control the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) - a common hematological test - and are involved in many situations of physiological relevance such as structuration of blood in the microcirculation or clot formation in pathological situations. Confocal microscopy is used to characterize the shape of RBCs within rouleaux at equilibrium as a function of macromolecular concentration, revealing the diversity of contact zone morphology...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793293/triggering-of-eryptosis-the-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-mtor-inhibitor-temsirolimus
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Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Hang Cao, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor temsirolimus is utilized for the treatment of malignancy. Temsirolimus is at least in part effective by triggering suicidal tumor cell death. The most common side effect of temsirolimus treatment is anemia. At least in theory, the anemia following temsirolimus treatment could result from stimulation of eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death. Hallmarks of eryptosis include cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780051/linked-gauss-diffusion-processes-for-modeling-a-finite-size-neuronal-network
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M F Carfora, E Pirozzi
A Leaky Integrate-and-Fire (LIF) model with stochastic current-based linkages is considered to describe the firing activity of neurons interacting in a (2×2)-size feed-forward network. In the subthreshold regime and under the assumption that no more than one spike is exchanged between coupled neurons, the stochastic evolution of the neuronal membrane voltage is subject to random jumps due to interactions in the network. Linked Gauss-Diffusion processes are proposed to describe this dynamics and to provide estimates of the firing probability density of each neuron...
August 2, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777991/microalgae-dewatering-based-on-forward-osmosis-employing-proton-exchange-membrane
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Jieun Son, Mina Sung, Hoyoung Ryu, You-Kwan Oh, Jong-In Han
In this study, electrically-facilitated forward osmosis (FO) employing proton exchange membrane (PEM) was established for the purpose of microalgae dewatering. An increase in water flux was observed when an external voltage was applied to the FO equipped with the PEM; as expected, the trend became more dramatic with both concentration of draw solution and applied voltage raised. With this FO used for microalgae dewatering, 247% of increase in flux and 86% in final biomass concentration were observed. In addition to the effect on flux improvement, the electrically-facilitated FO exhibited the ability to remove chlorophyll from the dewatered biomass, down to 0...
July 17, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777744/the-effect-of-wing-flexibility-on-sound-generation-of-flapping-wings
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Biao Geng, Qian Xue, Xudong Zheng, Geng Liu, Yan Ren, Haibo Dong
In this study, the unsteady flow and acoustic characteristics of a three-dimensional (3D) flapping wing model of Tibicen linnei cicada at forward flight condition are numerically investigated. A single cicada wing is modelled as a membrane with prescribed motion reconstructed from high-speed videos of a live insect. The numerical solution takes a hydrodynamic/acoustic splitting approach: the flow field is solved with an incompressible Navier-Stokes flow solver based on immersed boundary method and the acoustic field is solved with linearized perturbed compressible equations (LPCEs)...
August 4, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772356/integrating-seawater-desalination-and-wastewater-reclamation-forward-osmosis-process-using-thin-film-composite-mixed-matrix-membrane-with-functionalized-carbon-nanotube-blended-polyethersulfone-support-layer
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Hyeon-Gyu Choi, Moon Son, Heechul Choi
Thin-film composite mixed matrix membrane (TFC MMM) with functionalized carbon nanotube (fCNT) blended in polyethersulfone (PES) support layer was synthesized via interfacial polymerization and phase inversion. This membrane was firstly tested in lab-scale integrating seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation forward osmosis (FO) process. Water flux of TFC MMM was increased by 72% compared to that of TFC membrane due to enhanced hydrophilicity. Although TFC MMM showed lower water flux than TFC commercial membrane, enhanced reverse salt flux selectivity (RSFS) of TFC MMM was observed compared to TFC membrane (15% higher) and TFC commercial membrane (4% higher), representing membrane permselectivity...
October 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763460/inhibitory-effects-and-mechanism-of-dihydroberberine-on-herg-channels-expressed-in-hek293-cells
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Dahai Yu, Lin Lv, Li Fang, Bo Zhang, Junnan Wang, Ge Zhan, Lei Zhao, Xin Zhao, Baoxin Li
The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (hERG) potassium channel conducts rapid delayed rectifier potassium currents (IKr) and contributes to phase III cardiac action potential repolarization. Drugs inhibit hERG channels by binding to aromatic residues in hERG helixes. Berberine (BBR) has multiple actions, and its hydrogenated derivative dihydroberberine (DHB) is a potential candidate for developing new drugs. Previous studies have demonstrated that BBR blocks hERG channels and prolongs action potential duration (APD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761159/anti-fouling-double-skinned-forward-osmosis-membrane-with-zwitterionic-brush-for-oily-wastewater-treatment
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Chi Siang Ong, Bader Al-Anzi, Woei Jye Lau, Pei Sean Goh, Gwo Sung Lai, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Yue Seong Ong
Despite its attractive features for energy saving separation, the performance of forward osmosis (FO) has been restricted by internal concentration polarization and fast fouling propensity that occur in the membrane sublayer. These problems have significantly affected the membrane performance when treating highly contaminated oily wastewater. In this study, a novel double-skinned FO membrane with excellent anti-fouling properties has been developed for emulsified oil-water treatment. The double-skinned FO membrane comprises a fully porous sublayer sandwiched between a highly dense polyamide (PA) layer for salt rejection and a fairly loose dense bottom zwitterionic layer for emulsified oil particle removal...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751750/n-glycan-mediated-adhesion-strengthening-during-pathogen-receptor-binding-revealed-by-cell-cell-force-spectroscopy
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Joost Te Riet, Ben Joosten, Inge Reinieren-Beeren, Carl G Figdor, Alessandra Cambi
Glycan-protein lateral interactions have gained increased attention as important modulators of receptor function, by regulating surface residence time and endocytosis of membrane glycoproteins. The pathogen-recognition receptor DC-SIGN is highly expressed at the membrane of antigen-presenting dendritic cells, where it is organized in nanoclusters and binds to different viruses, bacteria and fungi. We recently demonstrated that DC-SIGN N-glycans spatially restrict receptor diffusion within the plasma membrane, favoring its internalization through clathrin-coated pits...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750654/different-therapeutic-effects-of-cells-derived-from-human-amniotic-membrane-on-premature-ovarian-aging-depend-on-distinct-cellular-biological-characteristics
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Chenyue Ding, Hong Li, Yun Wang, Fuxin Wang, Huihua Wu, Rulei Chen, Jinghuan Lv, Wei Wang, Boxian Huang
BACKGROUND: Many reports have shown that various kinds of stem cells have the ability to recover premature ovarian aging (POA) function. Transplantation of human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs) improves ovarian function damaged by chemotherapy in a mice model. Understanding of how to evaluate the distinct effects of adult stem cells in curing POA and how to choose stem cells in clinical application is lacking. METHODS: To build a different degrees of POA model, mice were administered different doses of cyclophosphamide: light dose (70 mg/kg, 2 weeks), medium dose (70 mg/kg, 1 week; 120 mg/kg, 1 week), and high dose (120 mg/kg, 2 weeks)...
July 27, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750526/improved-sensitivity-of-acetaldehyde-biosensor-by-detecting-adh-reverse-reaction-mediated-nadh-fluoro-quenching-for-wine-evaluation
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Kenta Iitani, Po-Jen Chien, Takuma Suzuki, Koji Toma, Takahiro Arakawa, Yasuhiko Iwasaki, Kohji Mitsubayashi
Acetaldehyde (AcH) is found in ambient air, foods, and the living body. This toxic substance is also contained in wine and known as an important ingredient affecting the quality of wine. Herein, we constructed and evaluated two different fiber-optic biosensors for measurement of AcH in the liquid phase (AcH biosensor) using aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) or alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). The AcH biosensor measured a concentration of AcH using fluorescence intensity of a reduced form of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) that was produced or consumed via catalytic reaction of the respective enzyme...
July 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722651/ephrin-a-epha-specific-co-adaptation-as-a-novel-mechanism-in-topographic-axon-guidance
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Felix Fiederling, Markus Weschenfelder, Martin Fritz, Anne von Philipsborn, Martin Bastmeyer, Franco Weth
Genetic hardwiring during brain development provides computational architectures for innate neuronal processing. Thus, the paradigmatic chick retinotectal projection, due to its neighborhood preserving, topographic organization, establishes millions of parallel channels for incremental visual field analysis. Retinal axons receive targeting information from quantitative guidance cue gradients. Surprisingly, novel adaptation assays demonstrate that retinal growth cones robustly adapt towards ephrin-A/EphA forward and reverse signals, which provide the major mapping cues...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715135/chronic-pharmacological-blockade-of-the-na-ca-2-exchanger-modulates-the-growth-and-development-of-the-purkinje-cell-dendritic-arbor-in-mouse-cerebellar-slice-cultures
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Pradeep Sherkhane, Josef P Kapfhammer
The Na(+) /Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) is a bi-directional plasma membrane antiporter involved in Ca(2+) homeostasis in eukaryotes. NCX has three isoforms, NCX1-3, and all of them are expressed in the cerebellum. Immunostaining on cerebellar slice cultures indicates that NCX is widely expressed in the cerebellum, including expression in Purkinje cells. The pharmacological blockade of the forward mode of NCX (Ca(2+) efflux mode) by Bepridil moderately inhibited growth and development of Purkinje cell dendritic arbor in cerebellar slice cultures...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713858/life-stage-specific-cargo-receptors-facilitate-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-surface-coat-protein-transport-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Emilia K Kruzel, George P Zimmett, James D Bangs
The critical virulence factor of bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei is the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored variant surface glycoprotein (VSG). Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) exit of VSG is GPI dependent and relies on a discrete subset of COPII machinery (TbSec23.2/TbSec24.1). In other systems, p24 transmembrane adaptor proteins selectively recruit GPI-anchored cargo into nascent COPII vesicles. Trypanosomes have eight putative p24s (TbERP1 to TbERP8) that are constitutively expressed at the mRNA level...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708514/feeding-rosemary-leaves-powder-ameliorates-rooster-age-related-subfertility
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Seyyed Mohsen Borghei-Rad, Saeed Zeinoaldini, Mahdi Zhandi, Hossein Moravej, Mahdi Ansari
Having a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids avian spermatozoa predispose to lipoperoxidation which results in fertility reduction. In the current study, rosemary leaves powder (RLP) was fed to senescent breeder roosters to improve their reproductive performance. Twenty four 70-week-old roosters were randomly divided into four groups and received following treatments including 0 (RLP-0), 2.5 (RLP-2.5), 5 (RLP-5) or 7.5 (RLP-7.5) g of RLP/kg of diet for eight consecutive weeks. Semen characteristics were evaluated weekly...
June 16, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696584/size-effect-on-the-cytotoxicity-of-layered-black-phosphorus-and-underlying-mechanisms
#19
Xuejiao Zhang, Ziming Zhang, Siyu Zhang, Dengyu Li, Wei Ma, ChuanXin Ma, Fengchang Wu, Qing Zhao, Qingfeng Yan, Baoshan Xing
A systematic cytotoxicity study of layered black phosphorus (BP) is urgently needed before moving forward to its potential biomedical applications. Herein, bulk BP crystals are synthesized and exfoliated into layered BP with different lateral size and thickness. The cytotoxicity of as-exfoliated layered BP is evaluated by a label-free real-time cell analysis technique, displaying a concentration-, size-, and cell type-dependent response. The IC50 values can vary by 40 and 30 times among the BP sizes and cell types, respectively...
July 11, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695747/novel-strategies-for-anti-aging-drug-discovery
#20
Komal Saraswat, Syed Ibrahim Rizvi
Scientific achievements in the last few decades, leading to effective therapeutic interventions, have dramatically improved human life expectancy. Consequently, aging has become a significant problem and represents the major risk factor for most human pathologies including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer. Scientific discoveries over the past two decades have been instrumental in dissecting molecular mechanism(s) which play important roles in determining longevity. The same understanding has also led to the acknowledgement of the plurality of 'causes' which act either alone or in combination to create the condition which can be defined as 'aging'...
July 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
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