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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222420/camalexin-induced-cell-membrane-scrambling-and-cell-shrinkage-in-human-erythrocytes
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Mustafa Almasry, Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The thaliana phytoalexin Camalexin has been proposed for the treatment of malignancy. Camalexin counteracts tumor growth in part by stimulation of suicidal death or apoptosis of tumor cells. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms contributing to the complex machinery executing eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, protein kinase C and caspases...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214869/effects-of-antimalarial-tafenoquine-on-blood-platelet-activity-and-survival
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Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Florian Lang, Meinrad Gawaz
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. Moreover, tafenoquine has been shown to trigger eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. The effect of tafenoquine on eryptosis is in part due to stimulation of Ca2+ entry and oxidative stress...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214868/stimulation-of-phospholipid-scrambling-of-the-erythrocyte-membrane-by-9-cis-retinoic-acid
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Majed Abed, Kousi Alzoubi, Florian Lang, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuayn
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The endogenous retinoid 9-cis-retinoic acid has previously been shown to trigger apoptosis in a wide variety of cells including several tumor cells and has thus been suggested for the treatment of malignancy. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms participating in the accomplishment of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) and formation of ceramide...
January 31, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214863/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-c-reactive-protein
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Majed Abed, Christian Thiel, Syeda T Towhid, Kousi Alzoubi, Sabina Honisch, Florian Lang, Alfred Königsrainer
BACKGROUND: Eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and phosphatidylserine-translocation, is triggered by fever and inflammation. Signaling includes increased cytosolic Ca2+-activity ([Ca2+]i), caspase activation, and ceramide. Inflammation is associated with increased plasma concentration of C-reactive protein (CRP). The present study explored whether CRP triggers eryptosis. METHODS: Phosphatidylserine abundance at the cell surface was estimated from annexin-V-binding, cell volume from forward scatter, [Ca2+]i from Fluo3-fluorescence, ceramide abundance and caspase-3-activity utilizing FITC-conjugated antibodies...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214860/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-adarotene
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Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaàa, MyriamFezai Fezai, Mustafa Almasry, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The atypical retinoid E23-(40-hydroxyl-30-adamantylbiphenyl-4-yl) acrylic acid (ST1926, adarotene) is used in the treatment of malignancy. The effect of ST1926 is at least in part due to stimulation of apoptosis. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Hallmarks of eryptosis include 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+]<Sub>i</Sub>, oxidative stress and ceramide...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214849/lipopeptide-induced-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-correlates-with-the-degree-of-acylation
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Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Minh-Thu Nguyen, Rosi Bissinger, Friedrich Götz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Consequences of bacterial infection include anemia, which could result from stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Bacterial components known to stimulate eryptosis include lipopeptides. Signaling mediating the triggering of eryptosis include increased cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]<Sub>i</Sub>), oxidative stress and cellular accumulation of ceramide...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207245/regenerable-polyelectrolyte-membrane-for-ultimate-fouling-control-in-forward-osmosis
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Yan Kang, Sunxiang Zheng, Casey Finnerty, Michael J Lee, Baoxia Mi
This study demonstrated the feasibility of using regenerable polyelectrolyte membranes to ultimately control the irreversible membrane fouling in a forward osmosis (FO) process. The regenerable membrane was fabricated by assembling multiple polyethyleneimine (PEI) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) bilayers on a polydopamine-functionalized polysulfone support. The resulting membrane exhibited higher water flux and lower solute flux in FO mode (with the active layer facing feed solution) than in PRO mode (with the active layer facing draw solution) using trisodium citrate as draw solution, most likely due to the unique swelling behavior of the polyelectrolyte membrane...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191459/epidermal-growth-factor-signaling-towards-proliferation-modeling-and-logic-inference-using-forward-and-backward-search
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Adrián Riesco, Beatriz Santos-Buitrago, Javier De Las Rivas, Merrill Knapp, Gustavo Santos-García, Carolyn Talcott
In biological systems, pathways define complex interaction networks where multiple molecular elements are involved in a series of controlled reactions producing responses to specific biomolecular signals. These biosystems are dynamic and there is a need for mathematical and computational methods able to analyze the symbolic elements and the interactions between them and produce adequate readouts of such systems. In this work, we use rewriting logic to analyze the cellular signaling of epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its cell surface receptor (EGFR) in order to induce cellular proliferation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186405/thin-film-nanocomposite-tfn-membranes-incorporated-with-super-hydrophilic-metal-organic-framework-mof-uio-66-toward-enhancement-of-water-flux-and-salt-rejection
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Dangchen Ma, Shing Bo Peh, Gang Han, Shing Bor Chen
Zirconiumv (IV)-carboxylate metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized and incorporated in the polyamide (PA) selective layer to fabricate novel thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes. Compared to unmodified pure polyamide thin-film composite (TFC) membranes, the incorporation of UiO-66 nanoparticles significantly changes the membrane morphology and chemistry, leading to an improvement of intrinsic separation properties due to the molecular sieving and superhydrophilic nature of UiO-66 particles...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182654/elli-1-a-novel-germline-protein-modulates-rnai-activity-and-p-granule-accumulation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Karolina M Andralojc, Anne C Campbell, Ashley L Kelly, Markus Terrey, Paige C Tanner, Ian M Gans, Michael J Senter-Zapata, Eraj S Khokhar, Dustin L Updike
Germ cells contain non-membrane bound cytoplasmic organelles that help maintain germline integrity. In C. elegans they are called P granules; without them, the germline undergoes partial masculinization and aberrant differentiation. One key P-granule component is the Argonaute CSR-1, a small-RNA binding protein that antagonizes accumulation of sperm-specific transcripts in developing oocytes and fine-tunes expression of proteins critical to early embryogenesis. Loss of CSR-1 complex components results in a very specific, enlarged P-granule phenotype...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179525/differentiation-dependent-lmp1-expression-is-required-for-efficient-lytic-ebv-reactivation-in-epithelial-cells
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Dhananjay M Nawandar, Makoto Ohashi, Reza Djavadian, Elizabeth Barlow, Kathleen Makielski, Ahmed Ali, Denis Lee, Paul F Lambert, Eric Johannsen, Shannon C Kenney
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated diseases of epithelial cells, including tumors such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) that have latent infection, and oral hairy leukoplakia (OHL) lesions that have lytic infection, frequently express the viral latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1). In lytically-infected cells, LMP1 expression is activated by the BRLF1 (R) immediate-early (IE) protein. However, the mechanisms by which LMP1 expression is normally regulated in epithelial cells remain poorly understood, and its potential roles in regulating lytic reactivation in epithelial cells are as yet unexplored...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166971/functional-and-molecular-characterization-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-nav-1-8-in-bull-spermatozoa
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Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, Dilip Kumar Swain, Nadeem Shah, Hanuman Prasad Yadav, Udayraj P Nakade, Vijay Kumar Singh, Rajesh Nigam, Sarvajeet Yadav, Satish Kumar Garg
The aim of our study was to characterize the voltage gated sodium channel Nav 1.8 in bull spermatozoa. Forty ejaculates were collected from four Hariana bulls and semen samples were pooled in view of the nonsignificant variations between different ejaculates. Functional characterization was undertaken using A-803467, a selective blocker of Nav1.8, and veratridine as an opener of the voltage gated sodium channels while molecular characterization was done using western blotting and indirect immunofluorescence assays...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153880/tamoxifen-directly-inhibits-platelet-angiogenic-potential-and-platelet-mediated-metastasis
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Kelly E Johnson, Jodi A Forward, Mason D Tippy, Julia R Ceglowski, Saleh El-Husayni, Rajesh Kulenthirarajan, Kellie R Machlus, Erica L Mayer, Joseph E Italiano, Elisabeth M Battinelli
OBJECTIVE: Platelets, which are mainly known for their role in hemostasis, are now known to play a crucial role in metastasis. Tamoxifen is a selective estrogen receptor modulator that is widely used for the treatment of breast cancer. Tamoxifen and its metabolites have been shown to directly impact platelet function, suggesting that this drug has additional mechanisms of action. The purpose of this study was to determine whether tamoxifen exerts antitumor effects through direct platelet inhibition...
February 2, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139019/from-single-cells-single-columns-to-cortical-networks-dendritic-excitability-coincidence-detection-and-synaptic-transmission-in-brain-slices-and-brains
#14
Bert Sakmann
While patch pipettes were initially designed to record extracellularly elementary current events from muscle and neuron membrane, the whole-cell (eg Sakmann, 1992) and loose cell-attached recording configurations proved to be useful tools for examining signaling within and between nerve cells. In this Paton Lecture I will summarize first work on electrical signaling within single neurons, describing communication between its dendritic compartments, soma and nerve terminals via forward and backward propagating action potentials...
January 31, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123063/lipid-flippases-promote-antiviral-silencing-and-the-biogenesis-of-viral-and-host-sirnas-in-arabidopsis
#15
Zhongxin Guo, Jinfeng Lu, Xianbing Wang, Binhui Zhan, Wanxiang Li, Shou-Wei Ding
Dicer-mediated processing of virus-specific dsRNA into short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) in plants and animals initiates a specific antiviral defense by RNA interference (RNAi). In this study, we developed a forward genetic screen for the identification of host factors required for antiviral RNAi in Arabidopsis thaliana Using whole-genome sequencing and a computational pipeline, we identified aminophospholipid transporting ATPase 2 (ALA2) and the related ALA1 in the type IV subfamily of P-type ATPases as key components of antiviral RNAi...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122949/regulators-of-lysosome-function-and-dynamics-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Kevin Gee, Danniel Zamora, Teresa Horm, Laeth George, Cameron Upchurch, Justin Randall, Colby Weaver, Caitlin Sanford, Austin Miller, Sebastian Hernandez, Hope Dang, Hanna Fares
Lysosomes, the major membrane-bound degradative organelles, have a multitude of functions in eukaryotic cells. Lysosomes are the terminal compartments in the endocytic pathway, though they display highly dynamic behaviors, fusing with each other and with late endosomes in the endocytic pathway, and with the plasma membrane during regulated exocytosis and for wound repair. After fusing with late endosomes, lysosomes are reformed from the resulting hybrid organelles through a process that involves budding of a nascent lysosome, extension of the nascent lysosome from the hybrid organelle while remaining connected by a membrane bridge, and scission of the membrane bridge to release the newly formed lysosome...
January 25, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111361/tracing-cellular-origin-of-human-exosomes-using-multiplex-proximity-extension-assay
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Pia Larssen, Lotta Wik, Paulo Czarnewski, Maria Eldh, Liza Lof, Goran Ronquist, Louise Dubois, Eva Freyhult, Caroline Gallant, Johan Oelrich, Anders Larsson, Gunnar Ronquist, Eduardo Villablanca, Ulf Landegren, Susanne Gabrielsson, Masood Kamali-Moghaddam
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-coated objects such as exosomes and microvesicles, released by many cell-types. Their presence in body fluids and the variable surface composition and content render them attractive potential biomarkers. The ability to determine their cellular origin could greatly move the field forward. We used multiplex proximity extension assays (PEA) to identify with high specificity and sensitivity the protein profiles of exosomes of different origins, including seven cell lines and two different body fluids...
January 22, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104804/the-n-terminus-specifies-the-switch-between-transport-modes-of-the-human-serotonin-transporter
#18
Carina Kern, Fatma Asli Erdem, Ali El-Kasaby, Walter Sandtner, Michael Freissmuth, Sonja Sucic
The serotonin transporter (SERT) and other monoamine transporters operate in either a forward transport mode, where the transporter undergoes a full transport cycle, or an exchange mode, where the transporter seesaws through half-cycles. Amphetamines trigger the exchange-mode leading to substrate efflux. This efflux was proposed to rely on the N-terminus, which was suggested to adopt different conformations in the inward-, outward-facing and amphetamine-bound states. This prediction was verified by tryptic digestion of SERT-expressing membranes: in the absence of Na+, the N-terminus was rapidly digested...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096190/gain-of-function-mutants-of-the-cytokinin-receptors-ahk2-and-ahk3-regulate-plant-organ-size-flowering-time-and-plant-longevity
#19
Isabel Bartrina, Helen Jensen, Ondrej Novak, Miroslav Strnad, Tomas Werner, Thomas Schmülling
The phytohormone cytokinin is a regulator of numerous processes in plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the cytokinin signal is perceived by three membrane-located receptors named ARABIDOPSIS HISTIDINE KINASE2 (AHK2), AHK3 and AHK4/CRE1. How the signal is transmitted across the membrane is an entirely unknown process. The three receptors have been shown to operate mostly in a redundant fashion and only very few specific roles have been attributed to single receptors. Using a forward genetic approach, we isolated constitutively active gain-of-function variants of the AHK2 and AHK3 genes, named repressor of cytokinin deficiency2 (rock2) and rock3, respectively...
January 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094920/antifouling-thin-film-composite-membranes-by-controlled-architecture-of-zwitterionic-polymer-brush-layer
#20
Caihong Liu, Jongho Lee, Jun Ma, Menachem Elimelech
In this study, we demonstrate a highly antifouling thin-film composite (TFC) membrane by grafting a zwitterionic polymer brush via atom-transfer radical-polymerization (ATRP), a controlled, environmentally benign chemical process. Initiator molecules for polymerization were immobilized on the membrane surface by bioinspired catechol chemistry, leading to the grafting of a dense zwitterionic polymer brush layer. Surface characterization revealed that the modified membrane exhibits reduced surface roughness, enhanced hydrophilicity, and lower surface charge...
February 2, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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