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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641406/novel-antimicrobial-activities-of-a-peptide-derived-from-a-japanese-soybean-fermented-food-natto-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-bacillus-subtilis-group-strains
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Manabu Kitagawa, Tsukasa Shiraishi, Soh Yamamoto, Ryosuke Kutomi, Yasuo Ohkoshi, Toyotaka Sato, Hideki Wakui, Hideaki Itoh, Atsushi Miyamoto, Shin-Ichi Yokota
We recently isolated a tumoricidal peptide from Natto, a Japanese traditional fermented food. In the present study, antimicrobial activity of the Natto peptide was examined. The peptide consisted of 45 amino acid residues, and its structure was predicted to be rich in α-helix. It excreted antimicrobial activity only against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Bacillus subtilis group (B. subtilis, Bacillus pumilus, and Bacillus licheniformis). Lesser antimicrobial activity was observed for Streptococcus species other than S...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641308/detection-of-phosphatidylserine-positive-exosomes-for-the-diagnosis-of-early-stage-malignancies
#2
Raghava Sharma, Xianming Huang, Rolf A Brekken, Alan J Schroit
BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest in the detection of tumour exosomes in blood for cancer diagnostics. Most studies have focussed on miRNA and protein signatures that are surrogate markers for specific tumour types. Because tumour cells and tumour-derived exosomes display phosphatidylserine (PS) in their outer membrane leaflet, we developed a highly sensitive ELISA-based system that detects picogram amounts of exosomal phospholipid in plasma as a cancer biomarker. METHODS: This report describes the development of a highly specific and sensitive ELISA for the capture of PS-expressing tumour exosomes in the blood of tumour-bearing mice...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641288/the-crista-fenestra-and-its-impact-on-the-surgical-approach-to-the-scala-tympani-during-cochlear-implantation
#3
Roberto D Angeli, Joel Lavinsky, Enio T Setogutti, Luiz Lavinsky
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to describe the dimensions of the crista fenestra and determine its presence by means of high-resolution computed tomography (CT) for the purpose of cochlear implantation via the round window approach. METHODS: A series of 10 adult human temporal bones underwent high-resolution CT scanning and were further dissected for microscopic study of the round window niche. RESULTS: In all of the specimens, the round window membrane was fully visualized after the complete removal of bony overhangs...
June 23, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641286/effect-of-bexarotene-on-platelet-activation-and-apoptosis
#4
Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The retinoid X receptor (RXRs) stimulator Bexarotene ((4-[1-(3,5,5,8,8-pentamethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-2-naphthyl)ethynyl] benzoic acid) is used for the treatment of several malignancies. Bexarotene is at least in part effective by stimulation of apoptosis of tumor cells. Moreover, Bexarotene triggers eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Similar to erythrocytes, blood platelets lack nuclei but are nevertheless able to enter an apoptosis-like phenotype, characterized by caspase activation, cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phospha-tidylserine translocation to the cell surface...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641197/effects-of-organophosphorus-flame-retardant-tdcpp-on-normal-human-corneal-epithelial-cells-implications-for-human-health
#5
Ping Xiang, Rong-Yan Liu, Chao Li, Peng Gao, Xin-Yi Cui, Lena Q Ma
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) is one of the most detected organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) in the environment, especially in indoor dust. Continuous daily exposure to TDCPP-containing dust may adversely impact human cornea. However, its detrimental effects on human corneal epithelium are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the cell apoptosis in normal human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) after TDCPP exposure and elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our data indicated a dose-dependent decrease of cell viability after TDCPP exposure with LC50 at 202 μg/mL...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641181/the-caveolae-dress-code-structure-and-signaling
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REVIEW
Christophe Lamaze, Nicolas Tardif, Melissa Dewulf, Stéphane Vassilopoulos, Cédric M Blouin
Over the past decade, interest in caveolae biology has peaked. These small bulb-shaped plasma membrane invaginations of 50-80nm diameter present in most cell types have been upgraded from simple membrane structures to a more complex bona fide organelle. However, although caveolae are involved in several essential cellular functions and pathologies, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly defined. Following the identification of caveolins and cavins as the main caveolae constituents, recent studies have brought new insight into their structural organization as a coat...
June 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641163/6-shogaol-induces-autophagic-cell-death-then-triggered-apoptosis-in-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-ht-29-cells
#7
Ting-Yi Li, Been-Huang Chiang
6-shogaol is a phytochemical of dietary ginger, we found that 6-shogaol could induced both autophagic and apoptotic death in human colon adenocarcinoma (HT-29) cells. Results of this study showed that 6-shogal induced cell cycle arrest, autophagy, and apoptosis in HT-29 cells in a time sequence. After 6h, 6-shogal induced apparent G2/M arrest, then the HT-29 cells formed numerous autophagosomes in each phase of the cell cycle. After 18h, increases in acidic vesicles and LAMP-1 (Lysosome-associated membrane proteins 1) showed that 6-shogaol had caused autophagic cell death...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641151/%C3%AE-tip-aquaporin-distribution-and-size-tonoplast-variation-in-storage-cells-of-vicia-faba-cotyledons-at-seed-maturation-and-germination-stages
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Emile Béré, Karima Lahbib, Bruno Merceron, Pierrette Fleurat-Lessard, Néziha Ghanem Boughanmi
Vacuoles have been shown to undergo deep modifications in relation to plant developmental stages and in the maintaining the cellular homeostasis. In this context, we studied the variations of the vacuolar membrane size and α-TIP aquaporin distribution at early and advanced seed stages of maturation, germination and embryo growth in Vicia faba cotyledon storage cells.
June 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641133/abc-transporters-in-megakaryopoiesis-and-platelet-activity
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REVIEW
Wei Wang, Lorena Buitrago, Ying Wang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) is a family of transporters that facilitates the translocation of substrates across cell membrane using its ATPase subunit. These transporters have key roles in multidrug resistance, lipid homeostasis, antigen processing, immunity, cell proliferation and hematopoiesis. Some ABC transporters are selectively expressed on megakaryocyte progenitor, megakaryocyte and its cellular fragment platelet. However, the role of ABC transporters in hemostasis and thrombosis were not well explored until recently...
June 14, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641111/structural-insights-into-modulation-of-neurexin-neuroligin-trans-synaptic-adhesion-by-mdga1-neuroligin-2-complex
#10
Jung A Kim, Doyoun Kim, Seoung Youn Won, Kyung Ah Han, Dongseok Park, Eunju Cho, Nayoung Yun, Hyun Joo An, Ji Won Um, Eunjoon Kim, Jie-Oh Lee, Jaewon Ko, Ho Min Kim
Membrane-associated mucin domain-containing glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor proteins (MDGAs) bind directly to neuroligin-1 (NL1) and neuroligin-2 (NL2), thereby respectively regulating excitatory and inhibitory synapse development. However, the mechanisms by which MDGAs modulate NL activity to specify development of the two synapse types remain unclear. Here, we determined the crystal structures of human NL2/MDGA1 Ig1-3 complex, revealing their stable 2:2 arrangement with three interaction interfaces. Cell-based assays using structure-guided, site-directed MDGA1 mutants showed that all three contact patches were required for the MDGA's negative regulation of NL2-mediated synaptogenic activity...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641033/evaluation-of-planned-bicanalicular-nasolacrimal-tube-retention-in-treating-punctal-stenosis-or-occlusion-secondary-to-trachoma
#11
Rania A Ahmed, Ahmed M Kamal, Mohamed A Zayed
This article evaluates retaining bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal tube in patients susceptible to restenosis after punctoplasty. Sixty-nine eyes (38 patients) suffering from epiphora due to stenosis or occlusion of both punctae were included in this prospective study. All had 3 snip punctoplasty and bicanalicular silicone nasolacrimal duct insertion. Cases associated with proximal canalicular stenosis or obstructions were excluded. Tolerance to tube presence until the time of loss or removal was evaluated using a score (0 to 2)...
June 22, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640914/kinetic-analysis-of-an-anion-exchange-absorbent-for-co2-capture-from-ambient-air
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Xiaoyang Shi, Qibin Li, Tao Wang, Klaus S Lackner
This study reports a preparation method of a new moisture swing sorbent for CO2 capture from air. The new sorbent components include ion exchange resin (IER) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a binder. The IER can absorb CO2 when surrounding is dry and release CO2 when surrounding is wet. The manuscript presents the studies of membrane structure, kinetic model of absorption process, performance of desorption process and the diffusivity of water molecules in the CO2 absorbent. It has been proved that the kinetic performance of CO2 absorption/desorption can be improved by using thin binder and hot water treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640881/t3ss-effector-vopl-inhibits-the-host-ros-response-promoting-the-intracellular-survival-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
#13
Marcela de Souza Santos, Dor Salomon, Kim Orth
The production of antimicrobial reactive oxygen species by the nicotinamide dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase complex is an important mechanism for control of invading pathogens. Herein, we show that the gastrointestinal pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus counteracts reactive oxygen species (ROS) production using the Type III Secretion System 2 (T3SS2) effector VopL. In the absence of VopL, intracellular V. parahaemolyticus undergoes ROS-dependent filamentation, with concurrent limited growth. During infection, VopL assembles actin into non-functional filaments resulting in a dysfunctional actin cytoskeleton that can no longer mediate the assembly of the NADPH oxidase at the cell membrane, thereby limiting ROS production...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640879/dual-targeting-of-a-virus-movement-protein-to-er-and-plasma-membrane-subdomains-is-essential-for-plasmodesmata-localization
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Kazuya Ishikawa, Masayoshi Hashimoto, Akira Yusa, Hiroaki Koinuma, Yugo Kitazawa, Osamu Netsu, Yasuyuki Yamaji, Shigetou Namba
Plant virus movement proteins (MPs) localize to plasmodesmata (PD) to facilitate virus cell-to-cell movement. Numerous studies have suggested that MPs use a pathway either through the ER or through the plasma membrane (PM). Furthermore, recent studies reported that ER-PM contact sites and PM microdomains, which are subdomains found in the ER and PM, are involved in virus cell-to-cell movement. However, functional relationship of these subdomains in MP traffic to PD has not been described previously. We demonstrate here the intracellular trafficking of fig mosaic virus MP (MPFMV) using live cell imaging, focusing on its ER-directing signal peptide (SPFMV)...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640859/toxic-effects-of-atrazine-on-porcine-oocytes-and-possible-mechanisms-of-action
#15
Bao Yuan, Shuang Liang, Yong-Xun Jin, Ming-Jun Zhang, Jia-Bao Zhang, Nam-Hyung Kim
Because atrazine is a widely used herbicide, its adverse effects on the reproductive system have been extensively researched. In this study, we investigated the effects of atrazine exposure on porcine oocyte maturation and the possible mechanisms. Our results showed that the rates of oocyte maturation significantly decreased after treatment with 200 μM atrazine in vitro. Atrazine treatment resulted in abnormal spindle morphology but did not affect actin distribution. Atrazine exposure not only triggered a DNA damage response but also decreased MPF levels in porcine oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640849/motility-in-blastogregarines-apicomplexa-native-and-drug-induced-organisation-of-siedleckia-nematoides-cytoskeletal-elements
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Andrea Valigurová, Naděžda Vaškovicová, Andrei Diakin, Gita G Paskerova, Timur G Simdyanov, Magdaléna Kováčiková
Recent studies on motility of Apicomplexa concur with the so-called glideosome concept applied for apicomplexan zoites, describing a unique mechanism of substrate-dependent gliding motility facilitated by a conserved form of actomyosin motor and subpellicular microtubules. In contrast, the gregarines and blastogregarines exhibit different modes and mechanisms of motility, correlating with diverse modifications of their cortex. This study focuses on the motility and cytoskeleton of the blastogregarine Siedleckia nematoides Caullery et Mesnil, 1898 parasitising the polychaete Scoloplos cf...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640814/a-novel-algorithm-identifies-stress-induced-alterations-in-mitochondrial-connectivity-and-inner-membrane-structure-from-confocal-images
#17
Mathieu Ouellet, Gérald Guillebaud, Valerie Gervais, David Lupien St-Pierre, Marc Germain
Mitochondria exist as a highly interconnected network that is exquisitely sensitive to variations in nutrient availability, as well as a large array of cellular stresses. Changes in length and connectivity of this network, as well as alterations in the mitochondrial inner membrane (cristae), regulate cell fate by controlling metabolism, proliferation, differentiation, and cell death. Given the key roles of mitochondrial dynamics, the process by which mitochondria constantly fuse and fragment, the measure of mitochondrial length and connectivity provides crucial information on the health and activity of various cell populations...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640808/transmembrane-helical-interactions-in-the-cftr-channel-pore
#18
Jhuma Das, Andrei A Aleksandrov, Liying Cui, Lihua He, John R Riordan, Nikolay V Dokholyan
Mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene affect CFTR protein biogenesis or its function as a chloride channel, resulting in dysregulation of epithelial fluid transport in the lung, pancreas and other organs in cystic fibrosis (CF). Development of pharmaceutical strategies to treat CF requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying channel function. However, incomplete 3D structural information on the unique ABC ion channel, CFTR, hinders elucidation of its functional mechanism and correction of cystic fibrosis causing mutants...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640746/a-chromosome-4-trisomy-contributes-to-increased-fluconazole-resistance-in-a-clinical-isolate-of-candida-albicans
#19
Matthew Z Anderson, Amrita Saha, Abid Haseeb, Richard J Bennett
Candida albicans is an important opportunistic fungal pathogen capable of causing both mucosal and disseminated disease. Infections are often treated with fluconazole, a front-line antifungal drug that targets the biosynthesis of ergosterol, a major component of the fungal cell membrane. Resistance to fluconazole can arise through a variety of mechanisms, including gain-of-function mutations, loss of heterozygosity events and aneuploidy. The clinical isolate P60002 was found to be highly resistant to azole-class drugs, yet lacked mutations or chromosomal rearrangements known to be associated with azole resistance...
June 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640581/molecular-insight-of-water-desalination-across-multilayer-graphene-oxide-membranes
#20
Bo Chen, Haifeng Jiang, Xiang Liu, Xuejiao Hu
Transport of ionic solutions through graphene oxide (GO) membranes is a complicated issue because the complex and tortuous structure inside make it very hard to clarify. Using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we investigated the mechanism of water transport and ions movement across the multilayer graphene oxide. The significant flow rate is considerably influenced by the structural parameters of GO membranes. Due to the size effect on shrunken real flow area, there is disagreement between classical continuum model and nano-scaled flow...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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