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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898421/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-quinine
#1
Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaà, Mustafa Almasry, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The analkaloid drug quinine is utilized mainly for the chemoprophylaxis of malaria. The multiple side effects of quinine include hemolytic anemia and hemolytic uremic syndrome, disorders involving suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling contributing to stimulation of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide and D4476 sensitive casein kinase...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889774/stimulation-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-the-cdc25-inhibitor-nsc-95397
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Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Myriam Fezai, Mustafa Almasry, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The CDC25B inhibitor NSC-95397 triggers apoptosis of tumor cells and is thus considered for the treatment of malignancy. The substance is effective in part by modification of gene expression. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells erythrocytes may undergo eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Eryptosis may be triggered by increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, as well as activation of protein kinases...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889758/stimulation-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-rottlerin
#3
Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaà, Mustafa Almasry, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The phytochemical polyphenol rottlerin is a potent activator of diverse Ca2+ -sensitive K+ channels. Those channels play a decisive role in the execution of eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling involved in the stimulation of eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) and ceramide. The present study explored, whether rottlerin induces eryptosis and, if so, to test for the involvement of Ca2+ entry and ceramide...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889657/evaluation-of-fertilizer-drawn-forward-osmosis-for-sustainable-agriculture-and-water-reuse-in-arid-regions
#4
Laura Chekli, Youngjin Kim, Sherub Phuntsho, Sheng Li, Noreddine Ghaffour, TorOve Leiknes, Ho Kyong Shon
The present study focused on the performance of the FDFO process to achieve simultaneous water reuse from wastewater and production of nutrient solution for hydroponic application. Bio-methane potential (BMP) measurements were firstly carried out to determine the effect of osmotic concentration of wastewater achieved in the FDFO process on the anaerobic activity. Results showed that 95% water recovery from the FDFO process is the optimum value for further AnMBR treatment. Nine different fertilizers were then tested based on their FO performance (i...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888380/kinetin-improves-motility-viability-and-antioxidative-parameters-of-ram-semen-during-storage-at-refrigerator-temperature
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Elham Zadeh Hashem, Mohsen Eslami
The present experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of kinetin on ram semen quality during cold storage. Ejaculates were collected using an artificial vagina from five Qezel rams. Ejaculates which met the criteria (volume of 0.75-2 ml; minimum spermatozoa concentration of 2.5 × 109 spermatozoa/ml and forward progressive motility of 80%), were pooled, diluted with extender without kinetin (control) or enriched with 25 (K 25), 50 (K 50), 100 (K 100) and 200 (K 200) μM kinetin at a final concentration of 500 × 106 spermatozoa per mL...
November 25, 2016: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883917/osmotic-versus-conventional-membrane-bioreactors-integrated-with-reverse-osmosis-for-water-reuse-biological-stability-membrane-fouling-and-contaminant-removal
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Wenhai Luo, Hop V Phan, Ming Xie, Faisal I Hai, William E Price, Menachem Elimelech, Long D Nghiem
This study systematically compares the performance of osmotic membrane bioreactor - reverse osmosis (OMBR-RO) and conventional membrane bioreactor - reverse osmosis (MBR-RO) for advanced wastewater treatment and water reuse. Both systems achieved effective removal of bulk organic matter and nutrients, and almost complete removal of all 31 trace organic contaminants investigated. They both could produce high quality water suitable for recycling applications. During OMBR-RO operation, salinity build-up in the bioreactor reduced the water flux and negatively impacted the system biological treatment by altering biomass characteristics and microbial community structure...
November 12, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877110/forward-genetic-screen-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-suggests-f57a10-2-and-acp-4-as-suppressors-of-c9orf72-related-phenotypes
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Xin Wang, Limin Hao, Taixiang Saur, Katelyn Joyal, Ying Zhao, Desheng Zhai, Jie Li, Mochtar Pribadi, Giovanni Coppola, Bruce M Cohen, Edgar A Buttner
An abnormally expanded GGGGCC repeat in C9ORF72 is the most frequent causal mutation associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)/frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Both gain-of-function (gf) and loss-of-function (lf) mechanisms have been involved in C9ORF72 related ALS/FTLD. The gf mechanism of C9ORF72 has been studied in various animal models but not in C. elegans. In the present study, we described mutant C9ORF72 modeling in C. elegans and report the finding of two suppressor genes. We made transgenes containing 9 or 29 repeats of GGGGCC in C9ORF72, driven by either the hsp-16 promoters or the unc-119 promoter...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866493/dietary-dha-and-health-cognitive-function-ageing
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Carlos Cardoso, Cláudia Afonso, Narcisa M Bandarra
DHA is a key nutritional n-3 PUFA and needs to be supplied by the human diet. DHA is found in significant amounts in the retinal and neuronal cell membranes due to its high fluidity. Indeed, DHA is selectively concentrated in the synaptic and retinal membranes. DHA is deemed to display anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce the risk of CVD. Consumption of larger amounts of DHA appears to reduce the risk of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and mood disorders. Conversely, it has been shown that loss of DHA from the nerve cell membrane leads to dysfunction of the central nervous system in the form of anxiety, irritability, susceptibility to stress, dyslexia, impaired memory and cognitive functions, and extended reaction times...
November 21, 2016: Nutrition Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855413/stimulation-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-phosphatase-inhibitor-calyculin-a
#9
Mustafa Almasry, Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The serine/threonine protein phosphatase 1 and 2a inhibitor Calyculin A may trigger suicidal death or apoptosis of tumor cells. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Triggers of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+] i). Eryptosis is fostered by activation of staurosporine sensitive protein kinase C, SB203580 sensitive p38 kinase, and D4476 sensitive casein kinase...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855400/stimulation-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-tafenoquine
#10
Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Rosi Bissinger, Katja Stockinger, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine has been shown to be effective against Plasmodia, Leishmania and Trypanosoma. The substance is at least in part effective by triggering apoptosis of the parasites. Similar to apoptosis, erythrocytes may enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling involved in the regulation of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, zVAD sensitive caspases, SB203580 sensitive p38 kinase, staurosporine sensitive protein kinase C as well as D4476 sensitive casein kinase...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855368/triggering-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-emodin
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Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaà, Mustafa Almasry, Caterina Faggio, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The natural anthraquinone derivative emodin (1,3,8-trihydroxy-6-methylanthraquinone) is a component of several Chinese medicinal herbal preparations utilized for more than 2000 years. The substance has been used against diverse disorders including malignancy, inflammation and microbial infection. The substance is effective in part by triggering suicidal death or apoptosis. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells erythrocytes may enter suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854275/separation-of-peptides-with-forward-osmosis-biomimetic-membranes
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Niada Bajraktari, Henrik T Madsen, Mathias F Gruber, Sigurd Truelsen, Elzbieta L Jensen, Henrik Jensen, Claus Hélix-Nielsen
Forward osmosis (FO) membranes have gained interest in several disciplines for the rejection and concentration of various molecules. One application area for FO membranes that is becoming increasingly popular is the use of the membranes to concentrate or dilute high value compound solutions such as pharmaceuticals. It is crucial in such settings to control the transport over the membrane to avoid losses of valuable compounds, but little is known about the rejection and transport mechanisms of larger biomolecules with often flexible conformations...
November 15, 2016: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852437/cell-wall-remodeling-drives-engulfment-during-bacillus-subtilis-sporulation
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Nikola Ojkic, Javier López-Garrido, Kit Pogliano, Robert G Endres
When starved, the Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis forms durable spores for survival. Sporulation initiates with an asymmetric cell division, creating a large mother cell and a small forespore. Subsequently, the mother cell membrane engulfs the forespore in a phagocytosis-like process. However, the force generation mechanism for forward membrane movement remains unknown. Here, we show that membrane migration is driven by cell wall remodeling at the leading edge of the engulfing membrane, with peptidoglycan synthesis and degradation mediated by penicillin binding proteins in the forespore and a cell wall degradation protein complex in the mother cell...
November 17, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836176/silica-scaling-in-forward-osmosis-from-solution-to-membrane-interface
#14
Ming Xie, Stephen R Gray
Membrane silica scaling hinders sustainable water production. Understanding silica scaling mechanisms provides options for better membrane process management. In this study, we elucidated silica scaling mechanisms on an asymmetric cellulose triacetate (CTA) membrane and polyamide thin-film composite (TFC) membrane. Scaling filtration showed that TFC membrane was subjected to more severe water flux decline in comparison with the CTA membrane, together with different scaling layer morphology. To elucidate the silica scaling mechanisms, silica species in the aqueous solution were characterised by mass spectrometry as well as light scattering...
November 2, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815218/oxyresveratrol-activates-parallel-apoptotic-and-autophagic-cell-death-pathways-in-neuroblastoma-cells
#15
Md Ataur Rahman, Kausik Bishayee, Ali Sadra, Sung-Oh Huh
BACKGROUND: Drug resistance from apoptosis is a challenging issue with different cancer types, and there is an interest in identifying other means of inducing cytotoxicity. Here, treatment of neuroblastoma cells with oxyresveratrol (OXYRES), a natural antioxidant, led to dose-dependent cell death and increased autophagic flux along with activation of caspase-dependent apoptosis. METHODS: For cell viability, we performed the CCK-8 assay. Protein expression changes were with Western blot and immunocytochemistry...
November 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802786/influences-of-mechanical-pre-treatment-on-the-non-biological-treatment-of-municipal-wastewater-by-forward-osmosis
#16
Tobias Hey, Agata Zarebska, Niada Bajraktari, Jörg Vogel, Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Jes la Cour Jansen, Karin Jönsson
Municipal wastewater treatment commonly involves mechanical, biological and chemical treatment steps as state-of-the-art technologies for protecting the environment from adverse effects. The biological treatment step consumes the most energy and can create greenhouse gases. This study investigates municipal wastewater treatment without the biological treatment step, including the effects of different pre-treatment configurations, e.g., direct membrane filtration before forward osmosis. Forward osmosis was tested using raw wastewater and wastewater subjected to different types of mechanical pre-treatment, e...
November 2, 2016: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798632/a-faithful-internal-representation-of-walking-movements-in-the-drosophila-visual-system
#17
Terufumi Fujiwara, Tomás L Cruz, James P Bohnslav, M Eugenia Chiappe
The integration of sensorimotor signals to internally estimate self-movement is critical for spatial perception and motor control. However, which neural circuits accurately track body motion and how these circuits control movement remain unknown. We found that a population of Drosophila neurons that were sensitive to visual flow patterns typically generated during locomotion, the horizontal system (HS) cells, encoded unambiguous quantitative information about the fly's walking behavior independently of vision...
October 31, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794345/middle-ear-function-in-the-chinchilla-circuit-models-and-comparison-with-other-mammalian-species
#18
Charlsie Lemons, Julien Meaud
The middle ear efficiently transmits sound from the ear canal into the inner ear through a broad range of frequencies. Thus, understanding middle-ear transmission characteristics is essential in the study of hearing mechanics. Two models of the chinchilla middle ear are presented. In the first model, the middle ear is modeled as a lumped parameter system with elements that represent the ossicular chain and the middle-ear cavity. Parameters of this model are fit using available experimental data of two-port transmission matrix parameters...
October 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792227/a-bubble-and-clogging-free-microfluidic-particle-separation-platform-with-multi-filtration
#19
Yinuo Cheng, Yue Wang, Zengshuai Ma, Wenhui Wang, Xiongying Ye
Microfiltration is a compelling method to separate particles based on their distinct size and deformability. However, this approach is prone to clogging after processing a certain number of particles and forming bubbles in the separation procedure, which often leads to malfunctioning of devices. In this work, we report a bubble-free and clogging-free microfluidic particle separation platform with high throughput. The platform features an integrated bidirectional micropump, a hydrophilic microporous filtration membrane and a hydrophobic porous degassing membrane...
October 28, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789744/protein-pyrophosphorylation-moving-forward
#20
Adolfo Saiardi
Genetic ablation of inositol pyrophosphate synthesis has established the fundamental importance of this class of molecules to the eukaryote cell. These studies, however, must be complemented by cell biology and biochemical approaches to appreciate the signalling involved in the processes regulated by inositol pyrophosphates. A recent study by Chanduri et al. published in the Biochemical Journal, by integrating multiple experimental approaches, demonstrated that inositol pyrophosphates regulate intracellular vesicular movement...
November 1, 2016: Biochemical Journal
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