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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910435/repeatability-and-reproducibility-of-superficial-macular-retinal-vessel-density-measurements-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-en-face-images
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Jianqin Lei, Mary K Durbin, Yue Shi, Akihito Uji, Siva Balasubramanian, Elmira Baghdasaryan, Mayss Al-Sheikh, Srinivas R Sadda
Importance: The repeatability and reproducibility of quantitative metrics from optical coherence tomographic angiography (OCTA) must be assessed before these data can be confidently interpreted in clinical research and practice. Objective: To evaluate the repeatability and reproducibility of OCTA-derived retinal vascular quantitative metrics. Design, Setting and Participants: In this cross-sectional study, 21 healthy volunteers (42 eyes) and 22 patients with retinal disease (22 eyes), including 14 with age-related macular degeneration, 3 with epiretinal membrane, 2 with diabetic retinopathy, 2 with myopic macular degeneration, and 1 with retinal vein occlusion, were enrolled...
September 14, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903489/from-the-cover-exposure-to-an-environmentally-relevant-mixture-of-brominated-flame-retardants-decreased-p-%C3%AE-cateninser675-expression-and-its-interaction-with-e-cadherin-in-the-mammary-glands-of-lactating-rats
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Elham Dianati, Michael G Wade, Barbara F Hales, Bernard Robaire, Isabelle Plante
Proper mammary gland development and function require precise hormonal regulation and bidirectional cross talk between cells provided by means of paracrine factors as well as intercellular junctions; exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors can disturb these processes. Exposure to one such family of chemicals, the brominated flame retardants (BFRs), is ubiquitous. Here, we tested the hypothesis that BFR exposures disrupt signaling pathways and intercellular junctions that control mammary gland development...
September 1, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900910/the-stim-orai-pathway-conformational-coupling-between-stim-and-orai-in-the-activation-of-store-operated-ca-2-entry
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Robert M Nwokonko, Xiangyu Cai, Natalia A Loktionova, Youjun Wang, Yandong Zhou, Donald L Gill
Store-operated Ca(2+) entry fulfills a crucial role in controlling Ca(2+) signals in almost all cells. The Ca(2+)-sensing stromal interaction molecule (STIM) proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) undergo complex conformational changes in response to depleted ER luminal Ca(2+), allowing them to unfold and become trapped in ER-plasma membrane (PM) junctions. Dimers of STIM proteins trap and gate the plasma membrane Orai Ca(2+) channels within these junctions to generate discrete zones of high Ca(2+) and regulate sensitive Ca(2+)-dependent intracellular signaling pathways...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899357/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-provides-clues-to-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-blue-green-eggshell-color-in-the-jinding-duck-anas-platyrhynchos
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Zhepeng Wang, Guohua Meng, Yun Bai, Ruifang Liu, Yu Du, Lihong Su
BACKGROUND: In birds, blue-green eggshell color (BGEC) is caused by biliverdin, a bile pigment derived from the degradation of heme and secreted in the eggshell by the shell gland. Functionally, BGEC might promote the paternal investment of males in the nest and eggs. However, little is known about its formation mechanisms. Jinding ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) are an ideal breed for research into the mechanisms, in which major birds lay BGEC eggs with minor individuals laying white eggs...
September 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894753/evaluation-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-modified-collagen-membrane-and-concerns-on-schwann-cells
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Chenyu Chu, Jia Deng, Cong Cao, Yi Man, Yili Qu
Collagen is an essential component of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and is a suitable material for nerve repair during tissue remodeling for fracture repair. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an extract of green tea, shows various biological activities that are beneficial to nerve repair. Here, we developed modified collagen containing different concentrations of EGCG (0.0064%, 0.064%, and 0.64%, resp.) to induce Schwann cell proliferation and differentiation. Cell Counting Kit-8 test, live/dead assay, and SEM showed that collagen cross-linked by EGCG induced Schwann cell proliferation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894005/varicose-and-cheerio-collaborate-with-pebble-to-mediate-semaphorin-1a-reverse-signaling-in-drosophila
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Sangyun Jeong, Da-Som Yang, Young Gi Hong, Sarah P Mitchell, Matthew P Brown, Alex L Kolodkin
The transmembrane semaphorin Sema-1a acts as both a ligand and a receptor to regulate axon-axon repulsion during neural development. Pebble (Pbl), a Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor, mediates Sema-1a reverse signaling through association with the N-terminal region of the Sema-1a intracellular domain (ICD), resulting in cytoskeletal reorganization. Here, we uncover two additional Sema-1a interacting proteins, varicose (Vari) and cheerio (Cher), each with neuronal functions required for motor axon pathfinding...
September 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893983/mechanisms-for-restraining-camp-dependent-protein-kinase-revealed-by-subunit-quantitation-and-cross-linking-approaches
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Ryan Walker-Gray, Florian Stengel, Matthew G Gold
Protein phosphorylation by cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) underlies key cellular processes, including sympathetic stimulation of heart cells, and potentiation of synaptic strength in neurons. Unrestrained PKA activity is pathological, and an enduring challenge is to understand how the activity of PKA catalytic subunits is directed in cells. We developed a light-activated cross-linking approach to monitor PKA subunit interactions with temporal precision in living cells. This enabled us to refute the recently proposed theory that PKA catalytic subunits remain tethered to regulatory subunits during cAMP elevation...
September 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890882/neutrophils-to-the-roscue-mechanisms-of-nadph-oxidase-activation-and-bacterial-resistance
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REVIEW
Giang T Nguyen, Erin R Green, Joan Mecsas
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by NADPH oxidase play an important role in antimicrobial host defense and inflammation. Their deficiency in humans results in recurrent and severe bacterial infections, while their unregulated release leads to pathology from excessive inflammation. The release of high concentrations of ROS aids in clearance of invading bacteria. Localization of ROS release to phagosomes containing pathogens limits tissue damage. Host immune cells, like neutrophils, also known as PMNs, will release large amounts of ROS at the site of infection following the activation of surface receptors...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877984/%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-integrinpromotes-tension-dependent-mammary-epithelial-cell-invasion-by-engaging-the-fibronectin-synergy-site
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Y A Miroshnikova, G I Rozenberg, L Cassereau, M Pickup, J K Mouw, G Ou, K L Templeman, I Elloumi-Hannachi, K Gooch, A L Sarang-Sieminski, A J García, V M Weaver
Tumors are fibrotic and characterized by abundant, remodeled and cross-linked collagen that stiffens the extracellular matrix stroma. The stiffened collagenous stroma fosters malignant transformation of the tissue by increasing tumor cell tension to promote focal adhesion formation and potentiate growth factor receptor signaling through ERK and PI3 kinase. Importantly, collagen cross-linking requires fibronectin. Fibrotic tumors contain abundant fibronectin and tumor cells frequently up regulate the fibronectin receptor α5β1 integrin...
September 6, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28876055/supramolecular-assembly-of-peptide-amphiphiles
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Mark P Hendricks, Kohei Sato, Liam C Palmer, Samuel I Stupp
Peptide amphiphiles (PAs) are small molecules that contain hydrophobic components covalently conjugated to peptides. In this Account, we describe recent advances involving PAs that consist of a short peptide sequence linked to an aliphatic tail. The peptide sequence can be designed to form β-sheets among the amino acids near the alkyl tail, while the residues farthest from the tail are charged to promote solubility and in some cases contain a bioactive sequence. In water, β-sheet formation and hydrophobic collapse of the aliphatic tails induce assembly of the molecules into supramolecular one-dimensional nanostructures, commonly high-aspect-ratio cylindrical or ribbonlike nanofibers...
September 6, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868254/mitochondria-associated-membranes-as-networking-platforms-and-regulators-of-cancer-cell-fate
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REVIEW
Maria Livia Sassano, Alexander R van Vliet, Patrizia Agostinis
The tight cross talk between two essential organelles of the cell, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria, is spatially and functionally regulated by specific microdomains known as the mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs). MAMs are hot spots of Ca(2+) transfer between the ER and mitochondria, and emerging data indicate their vital role in the regulation of fundamental physiological processes, chief among them mitochondria bioenergetics, proteostasis, cell death, and autophagy. Moreover, and perhaps not surprisingly, it has become clear that signaling events regulated at the ER-mitochondria intersection regulate key processes in oncogenesis and in the response of cancer cells to therapeutics...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835115/-only-a-life-lived-for-others-is-worth-living-redox-signaling-by-oxygenated-phospholipids-in-cell-fate-decisions
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Yulia Y Tyurina, Indira Shrivastava, Vladimir A Tyurin, Gaowei Mao, Haider H Dar, Simon Watkins, Michael Epperly, Ivet Bahar, Anna A Shvedova, Bruce Pitt, Sally E Wenzel, Rama K Mallampalli, Yoel Sadovsky, Dmitry Gabrilovich, Joel S Greenberger, Hülya Bayır, Valerian E Kagan
SIGNIFICANCE: Oxygenated polyunsaturated lipids are known to play multi-functional roles as essential signals coordinating metabolism and physiology. Among them are well studied eicosanoids and docosanoids generated via phospholipase A2 hydrolysis of membrane phospholipids and subsequent oxygenation of free polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) by cyclooxygenases and lipoxygenases. Recent Advances: There is an emerging understanding that oxygenated PUFA-phospholipids also represent a rich signaling language with yet to be deciphered details of the execution machinery - oxygenating enzymes, regulators, receptors...
August 23, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820312/architecture-of-the-atg2b-wdr45-complex-and-an-aromatic-y-hf-motif-crucial-for-complex-formation
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Jing-Xiang Zheng, Yan Li, Yue-He Ding, Jun-Jie Liu, Mei-Jun Zhang, Meng-Qiu Dong, Hong-Wei Wang, Li Yu
PtdIns3P signaling is critical for dynamic membrane remodeling during autophagosome formation. Proteins in the Atg18/WIPI family are PtdIns3P-binding effectors which can form complexes with proteins in the Atg2 family, and both families are essential for macroautophagy/autophagy. However, little is known about the biophysical properties and biological functions of the Atg2-Atg18/WIPI complex as a whole. Here, we demonstrate that an ortholog of yeast Atg18, mammalian WDR45/WIPI4 has a stronger binding capacity for mammalian ATG2A or ATG2B than the other 3 WIPIs...
August 18, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819671/fullerenol-nanoparticles-suppress-rankl-induced-osteoclastogenesis-by-inhibiting-differentiation-and-maturation
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Huan Geng, Ya-Nan Chang, Xue Bai, Shuitao Liu, Qing Yuan, Weihong Gu, Juan Li, Kui Chen, Gengyan Xing, Gengmei Xing
Bone health requires regulation of homeostatic equilibrium between osteoblasts and osteoclasts. The over-activation of osteoclasts can disrupt bone metabolism, resulting in osteoporosis and other bone-loss diseases. Fullerenol, a polyhydroxy derivative of fullerene, exhibits excellent biocompatibility. Here we show that fullerenol nanoparticles exert two functions: inhibition of osteoclastic differentiation and blockage of pre-osteoclast fusion to restructure osteoclast maturation and function. Experimentally, the nanoparticles reduced pre-osteoclast migration and inhibited ruffled border formation to block their maturation...
August 31, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812765/rational-design-of-polymeric-core-shell-ratiometric-oxygen-sensing-nanostructures
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Aisling Byrne, Jaco Jacobs, Christopher S Burke, Aaron Martin, Andreas Heise, Tia E Keyes
A new approach for the fabrication of luminescent ratiometric sensing nanosensors is described using core-shell nanoparticles in which the probe and reference are spatially separated into the shell and core of the nanostructure respectively. The isolation of the reference in the core of the particle ensures a stable emission reference signal unaffected by the external environment. The core shell structure was prepared by engineering structurally well-defined Ru-conjugated block copolymers which acted as emulsifiers in the miniemulsion polymerisation of BODIPY loaded styrene nanoparticles...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799902/innate-immunity-to-intracellular-pathogens-balancing-microbial-elimination-and-inflammation
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REVIEW
Gabriel Mitchell, Ralph R Isberg
Recent excitement regarding immune clearance of intracellular microorganisms has focused on two systems that maintain cellular homeostasis. One system includes cellular autophagy components that mediate degradation of pathogens in membrane-bound compartments, in a process termed xenophagy. The second system is driven by interferon-regulated GTPases that promote rupture of pathogen-containing vacuoles and microbial degradation. In the case of xenophagy, pathogen sequestration and compartmentalization suppress inflammation...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794014/iron-affects-ire1-clustering-propensity-and-the-amplitude-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-signaling
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Nir Cohen, Michal Breker, Anush Bakunts, Kristina Pesek, Ainara Chas, Josepmaria Argemí, Andrea Orsi, Lihi Gal, Silvia Chuartzman, Yoav Wigelman, Felix Jonas, Peter Walter, Robert Ernst, Tomás Aragón, Eelco van Anken, Maya Schuldiner
The unfolded protein response (UPR) allows cells to adjust secretory pathway capacity according to need. Ire1, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress sensor and central activator of the UPR is conserved from the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to humans. Under ER stress conditions, Ire1 clusters into foci that enable optimal UPR activation. To discover factors that affect Ire1 clustering, we performed a high-content screen using a whole-genome yeast mutant library expressing Ire1-mCherry. We imaged the strains following UPR induction and found 154 strains that displayed alterations in Ire1 clustering...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792496/stabilization-of-diastolic-calcium-signal-via-calcium-pump-regulation-of-complex-local-calcium-releases-and-transient-decay-in-a-computational-model-of-cardiac-pacemaker-cell-with-individual-release-channels
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Alexander V Maltsev, Victor A Maltsev, Michael D Stern
Intracellular Local Ca releases (LCRs) from sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) regulate cardiac pacemaker cell function by activation of electrogenic Na/Ca exchanger (NCX) during diastole. Prior studies demonstrated the existence of powerful compensatory mechanisms of LCR regulation via a complex local cross-talk of Ca pump, release and NCX. One major obstacle to study these mechanisms is that LCR exhibit complex Ca release propagation patterns (including merges and separations) that have not been characterized. Here we developed new terminology, classification, and computer algorithms for automatic detection of numerically simulated LCRs and examined LCR regulation by SR Ca pumping rate (Pup) that provides a major contribution to fight-or-flight response...
August 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790014/bmp2-expression-in-the-endocardial-lineage-is-required-for-av-endocardial-cushion-maturation-and-remodeling
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Jacob G Saxon, Daniel R Baer, Julie A Barton, Travis Hawkins, Bingruo Wu, Thomas C Trusk, Stephen E Harris, Bin Zhou, Yuji Mishina, Yukiko Sugi
Distal outgrowth, maturation and remodeling of the endocardial cushion mesenchyme in the atrioventricular (AV) canal are the essential morphogenetic events during four-chambered heart formation. Mesenchymalized AV endocardial cushions give rise to the AV valves and the membranous ventricular septum (VS). Failure of these processes results in several human congenital heart defects. Despite this clinical relevance, the mechanisms governing how mesenchymalized AV endocardial cushions mature and remodel into the membranous VS and AV valves have only begun to be elucidated...
August 6, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755580/green-synthesized-nickel-nanoparticles-for-targeted-detection-and-killing-of-s-typhimurium
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Chitra Jeyaraj Pandian, Rameshthangam Palanivel, Usha Balasundaram
Simple and sensitive colorimetric immunosensor based on peroxidase mimetic activity and photothermal effect of nickel oxide nanoparticle (NiOGs) has been developed to detect and kill food borne pathogen Salmonella typhimurium. NiOGs showed superior peroxidase mimetic activity for oxidation of peroxidase substrate 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB). Oxidation of TMB by NiOGs followed Michaelis-Menten kinetics with Km and Vmax values of 0.25mM and 2.64×10(-8)M/s respectively. NiOGs was coated with citric acid (CA-NiOGs) followed by conjugation with antibody (anti-S...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
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