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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
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Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, M Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430794/experimental-demonstration-of-a-trophic-cascade-in-the-gal%C3%A3-pagos-rocky-subtidal-effects-of-consumer-identity-and-behavior
#2
Jon D Witman, Franz Smith, Mark Novak
In diverse tropical webs, trophic cascades are presumed to be rare, as species interactions may dampen top-down control and reduce their prevalence. To test this hypothesis, we used an open experimental design in the Galápagos rocky subtidal that enabled a diverse guild of fish species, in the presence of each other and top predators (sea lions and sharks), to attack two species of sea urchins grazing on benthic algae. Time-lapse photography of experiments on natural and experimental substrates revealed strong species identity effects: only two predator species-blunthead triggerfish (Pseudobalistes naufragium) and finescale triggerfish (Balistes polylepis)-drove a diurnal trophic cascade extending to algae, and they preferred large pencil urchins (Eucidaris galapagensis) over green urchins (Lytechinus semituberculatus)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430635/unsuccessful-mitosis-in-multicellular-tumour-spheroids
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Annie Molla, Morgane Couvet, Jean-Luc Coll
Multicellular spheroids are very attractive models in oncology because they mimic the 3D organization of the tumour cells with their microenvironment. We show here using 3 different cell types (mammary TSA/pc, embryonic kidney Hek293 and cervical cancer HeLa), that when the cells are growing as spheroids the frequency of binucleated cells is augmented as occurs in some human tumours.We therefore describe mitosis in multicellular spheroids by following mitotic markers and by time-lapse experiments. Chromosomes alignment appears to be correct on the metaphasic plate and the passenger complex is well localized on centromere...
February 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429168/bedaquiline-susceptibility-test-for-totally-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#4
Ji-Chan Jang, Yong-Gyun Jung, Jungil Choi, Hyunju Jung, Sungweon Ryoo
This study aimed to provide information that bedaquilline is significantly effective for treatment of totally drug resistant (TDR) Mycobacterium tuberculosis that shows resistant to all first- and second-line drugs-using an innovative disc agarose channel (DAC) system. Time-lapse images of single bacterial cells under culture conditions with different concentrations of bedaquiline were analysed by image processing software to determine minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs). Bedaquiline inhibited the growth of TDR M...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427103/saffron-flower-extract-promotes-scratch-wound-closure-of-keratinocytes-and-enhances-vegf-production
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Sheela Verjee, Eliane Garo, Sarah Pelaez, Orlando Fertig, Matthias Hamburger, Veronika Butterweck
During saffron (Crocus sativus) spice production, large amounts of floral biowaste are generated. It was the aim of this study to develop a value-added product from saffron floral biowaste to be used as a natural cosmetic ingredient. HPLC-PDA-MS analysis of saffron flower extracts revealed the presence of flavonols with the highest amounts in the acetone extract. Kaempferol-3-O-sophoroside was identified as the main flavonoid in the acetone extract (saffron flower acetone extract). Saffron flower acetone extract and kaempferol-3-O-sophoroside were tested in HaCaT cells for potential effects on cell migration, proliferation, and for anti-inflammatory properties...
April 20, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425492/fluorescence-and-bioluminescence-imaging-of-angiogenesis-in-flk1-nano-lantern-transgenic-mice
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Jun Matsushita, Shigenori Inagaki, Tomomi Nishie, Tomoki Sakasai, Junko Tanaka, Chisato Watanabe, Ken-Ichi Mizutani, Yoshihiro Miwa, Ken Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Takara, Hisamichi Naito, Hiroyasu Kidoya, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takeharu Nagai, Satoru Takahashi, Masatsugu Ema
Angiogenesis is important for normal development as well as for tumour growth. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying angiogenesis are not fully understood, partly because of the lack of a good animal model for imaging. Here, we report the generation of a novel transgenic (Tg) mouse that expresses a bioluminescent reporter protein, Nano-lantern, under the control of Fetal liver kinase 1 (Flk1). Flk1-Nano-lantern BAC Tg mice recapitulated endogenous Flk1 expression in endothelial cells and lymphatic endothelial cells during development and tumour growth...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424968/visualization-of-reticulophagy-in-living-cells-using-an-endoplasmic-reticulum-targeted-p62-mutant
#7
Liang Wang, Lei Liu, Lingsong Qin, Qingming Luo, Zhihong Zhang
Reticulophagy is a type of selective autophagy in which protein aggregate-containing and/or damaged endoplasmic reticulum (ER) fragments are engulfed for lysosomal degradation, which is important for ER homeostasis. Several chemical drugs and mutant proteins that promote protein aggregate formation within the ER lumen can efficiently induce reticulophagy in mammalian cells. However, the exact mechanism and cellular localization of reticulophagy remain unclear. In this report, we took advantage of the self-oligomerization property of p62/SQSTM1, an adaptor for selective autophagy, and developed a novel reticulophagy system based on an ER-targeted p62 mutant to investigate the process of reticulophagy in living cells...
April 13, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424704/draco-stem-an-automatic-tool-to-generate-high-quality-3d-meshes-of-shoot-apical-meristem-tissue-at-cell-resolution
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Guillaume Cerutti, Olivier Ali, Christophe Godin
Context: The shoot apical meristem (SAM), origin of all aerial organs of the plant, is a restricted niche of stem cells whose growth is regulated by a complex network of genetic, hormonal and mechanical interactions. Studying the development of this area at cell level using 3D microscopy time-lapse imaging is a newly emerging key to understand the processes controlling plant morphogenesis. Computational models have been proposed to simulate those mechanisms, however their validation on real-life data is an essential step that requires an adequate representation of the growing tissue to be carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424248/splenic-ly6g-high-mature-and-ly6g-int-immature-neutrophils-contribute-to-eradication-of-s-pneumoniae
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Justin F Deniset, Bas G Surewaard, Woo-Yong Lee, Paul Kubes
The spleen plays an integral protective role against encapsulated bacterial infections. Our understanding of the associated mechanisms is limited to thymus-independent (TI) antibody production by the marginal zone (MZ) B cells, leaving the contribution of other splenic compartments such as the red pulp (RP) largely unexplored despite asplenic patients succumbing to the infection in the first 24 h, suggesting important antibody-independent mechanisms. In this study, using time-lapse intravital imaging of the spleen, we identify a tropism for Streptococcus pneumoniae in this organ mediated by tissue-resident MZ and RP macrophages and a protective role for two distinct splenic neutrophil populations (Ly6G(hi) and Ly6G(intermediate)) residing in the splenic RP...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419839/near-infrared-laser-irradiation-improves-the-development-of-mouse-pre-implantation-embryos
#10
Masaki Yokoo, Miho Mori
The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of near-infrared laser irradiation on the in vitro development of mouse embryos. Female ICR mice were superovulated with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and mated with male mice. Two-cell stage embryos were collected 40 h after administering hCG and cultured in M16 medium. Two-cell embryos (0 h after culture), 8-cell embryos (approx. 30 h after culture), morula (approx. 48 h after culture), and blastocysts (approx...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419456/time-lapse-lab-based-x-ray-nano-ct-study-of-corrosion-damage
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R S Bradley, Y Liu, T L Burnett, X Zhou, S B Lyon, P J Withers, A Gholinia, T Hashimoto, D Graham, S R Gibbon, B Hornberger
An experimental protocol (workflow) has been developed for time-lapse x-ray nanotomography (nano-CT) imaging of environmentally driven morphological changes to materials. Two case studies are presented. First, the leaching of nanoparticle corrosion inhibitor pigment from a polymer coating was followed over 14 days, while in the second case the corrosion damage to an AA2099 aluminium alloy was imaged over 12 hours. The protocol includes several novel aspects relevant to nano-CT with the use of a combination of x-ray absorption and phase contrast data to provide enhanced morphological and composition information, and hence reveal the best information to provide new insights into the changes of different phases over time...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418268/the-folding-competence-of-hiv-1-tat-mediated-by-interaction-with-tar-rna
#12
Jung Min Kim, Hee Sun Choi, Baik Lin Seong
The trans-activator Tat protein of HIV-1 belongs to the large family of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), and is known to recruit various host proteins for the transactivation of viral RNA synthesis. Tat protein interacts with the transactivator response RNA (TAR RNA), exhibiting RNA chaperone activities for structural rearrangement of interacting RNAs. Here, considering that Tat-TAR RNA interaction is mutually cooperative, we examined the potential role of TAR RNA as Chaperna - RNA that provides chaperone function to proteins - for the folding of HIV-1 Tat...
April 18, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417908/cytokinesis-failure-leading-to-chromosome-instability-in-v-src-induced-oncogenesis
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REVIEW
Yuji Nakayama, Shuhei Soeda, Masayoshi Ikeuchi, Keiko Kakae, Naoto Yamaguchi
v-Src, an oncogene found in Rous sarcoma virus, is a constitutively active variant of c-Src. Activation of Src is observed frequently in colorectal and breast cancers, and is critical in tumor progression through multiple processes. However, in some experimental conditions, v-Src causes growth suppression and apoptosis. In this review, we highlight recent progress in our understanding of cytokinesis failure and the attenuation of the tetraploidy checkpoint in v-Src-expressing cells. v-Src induces cell cycle changes-such as the accumulation of the 4N cell population-and increases the number of binucleated cells, which is accompanied by an excess number of centrosomes...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417486/age-specific-function-of-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-integrin-in-microglial-migration-during-early-colonization-of-the-developing-mouse-cortex
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Sophie Marie-Thérèse Smolders, Nina Swinnen, Sofie Kessels, Kaline Arnauts, Silke Smolders, Barbara Le Bras, Jean-Michel Rigo, Pascal Legendre, Bert Brône
Microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system, take part in brain development and homeostasis. They derive from primitive myeloid progenitors that originate in the yolk sac and colonize the brain mainly through intensive migration. During development, microglial migration speed declines which suggests that their interaction with the microenvironment changes. However, the matrix-cell interactions allowing dispersion within the parenchyma are unknown. Therefore, we aimed to better characterize the migration behavior and to assess the role of matrix-integrin interactions during microglial migration in the embryonic brain ex vivo...
April 18, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416190/flow-mediated-dilatation-and-progression-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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R Lee, K Bellamkonda, A Jones, N Killough, F Woodgate, M Williams, I Cassimjee, A Handa
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Biomarker(s) for prediction of the future progression rate of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) may be useful to stratify the management of individual patients. AAAs are associated with features of systemic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Flow mediated dilatation (FMD) of the brachial artery is a recognised non-invasive measurement for endothelial function. We hypothesised that FMD is a potential biomarker of AAA progression and reflects the temporal changes of endothelial function during AAA progression...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415979/behavioral-activation-for-smoking-cessation-and-mood-management-following-a-cardiac-event-results-of-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrew M Busch, Erin M Tooley, Shira Dunsiger, Elizabeth A Chattillion, John Fani Srour, Sherry L Pagoto, Christopher W Kahler, Belinda Borrelli
BACKGROUND: Smoking cessation following hospitalization for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) significantly reduces subsequent mortality. Depressed mood is a major barrier to cessation post-ACS. Although existing counseling treatments address smoking and depression independently in ACS patients, no integrated treatment addresses both. We developed an integrated treatment combining gold standard cessation counseling with behavioral activation-based mood management; Behavioral Activation Treatment for Cardiac Smokers (BAT-CS)...
April 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415327/facets-on-the-convex-hull-of-d-dimensional-brownian-and-l%C3%A3-vy-motion
#17
Julien Randon-Furling, Florian Wespi
For stationary, homogeneous Markov processes (viz., Lévy processes, including Brownian motion) in dimension d≥3, we establish an exact formula for the average number of (d-1)-dimensional facets that can be defined by d points on the process's path. This formula defines a universality class in that it is independent of the increments' distribution, and it admits a closed form when d=3, a case which is of particular interest for applications in biophysics, chemistry, and polymer science. We also show that the asymptotical average number of facets behaves as 〈F_{T}^{(d)}〉∼2[ln(T/Δt)]^{d-1}, where T is the total duration of the motion and Δt is the minimum time lapse separating points that define a facet...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413812/quantitative-3d-time-lapse-imaging-of-muscle-progenitors-in-skeletal-muscle-of-live-mice
#18
Micah T Webster, Tyler Harvey, Chen-Ming Fan
For non-optically clear mammalian tissues, it is now possible to use multi-photon microscopy to penetrate deep into the tissue and obtain detailed single cell images in a live animal, i.e., intravital imaging. This technique is in principle applicable to any fluorescently marked cell, and we have employed it to observe stem cells during the regenerative process. Stem cell-mediated skeletal muscle regeneration in the mouse model has been classically studied at specific time points by sacrificing the animal and harvesting the muscle tissue for downstream analyses...
December 20, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412866/comparison-of-the-morphokinetic-parameters-of-embryos-according-to-ovarian-reserve-in-ivf-cycles
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Suleyman Akarsu, Funda Gode, Ahmet Zeki Isik, Hayriye Celenk, Ferda Burcu Tamer, Selcuk Erkilinc
The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of ovarian reserve and age of women on early morphokinetic parameters of embryos with a time-lapse monitoring system. In total, 197 infertile couples with poor ovarian reserve (Group 1, n = 41), normal ovarian reserve (Group 2, n = 59), or polycystic ovaries (Group 3, n = 97) were included. The time from insemination to the following events were analyzed: pronuclear fading (Pnf) and cleavage to 2, 3, 4 and 5 cells. The optimal ranges for morphokinetic parameters of t5, s2 and cc2 in each group were also evaluated...
April 17, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412393/adhesion-induced-eosinophil-cytolysis-requires-the-ripk3-mlkl-signaling-pathway-which-is-counter-regulated-by-autophagy
#20
Susanne Radonjic-Hoesli, Xiaoliang Wang, Elisabeth de Graauw, Christina Stoeckle, Beata Styp-Rekowska, Ruslan Hlushchuk, Dagmar Simon, Peter J Spaeth, Shida Yousefi, Hans-Uwe Simon
BACKGROUND: Eosinophils are a subset of granulocytes which can be involved in the pathogenesis of different diseases, including allergy. Their effector functions are closely linked to their cytotoxic granule proteins. The release takes place by several different mechanisms, one of which is cytolysis, which is associated with the release of intact granules, so-called clusters of free eosinophil granules. The mechanism underlying this activation-induced form of cell death in eosinophils has remained unclear...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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