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María Victoria Repetto, Matthew J Winters, Alan Bush, Wolfgang Reiter, David Maria Hollenstein, Gustav Ammerer, Peter M Pryciak, Alejandro Colman-Lerner
We report an unanticipated system of joint regulation by cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), involving collaborative multi-site phosphorylation of a single substrate. In budding yeast, the protein Ste5 controls signaling through a G1 arrest pathway. Upon cell-cycle entry, CDK inhibits Ste5 via multiple phosphorylation sites, disrupting its membrane association. Using quantitative time-lapse microscopy, we examined Ste5 membrane recruitment dynamics at different cell-cycle stages...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Da-Zhi Guo, Lin Xiao, Yi-Jun Liu, Chen Shen, Hui-Fang Lou, Yan Lv, Shu-Yi Pan
This study aimed to investigate the role of cathepsin D (CathD) in central nervous system (CNS) myelination and its possible mechanism. By using CathD knockout mice in conjunction with immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry and western blot assays, the myelination of the CNS and the development of oligodendrocyte lineage cells in vivo and in vitro were observed. Endocytosis assays, real-time-lapse experiments and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy were used to demonstrate the location and movement of proteolipid protein in oligodendrocyte lineage cells...
March 16, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Lanlin Yang, Sufen Cai, Shuoping Zhang, Xiangyi Kong, Yifan Gu, Changfu Lu, Jing Dai, Fei Gong, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
STUDY QUESTION: Does single cleavage-stage (Day 3) embryo transfer using a time-lapse (TL) hierarchical classification model achieve comparable ongoing pregnancy rates (OPR) to single blastocyst (Day 5) transfer by conventional morphological (CM) selection? SUMMARY ANSWER: Day 3 single embryo transfer (SET) with a hierarchical classification model had a significantly lower OPR compared with Day 5 SET with CM selection. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cleavage-stage SET is an alternative to blastocyst SET...
March 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Georges Hattab, Veit Wiesmann, Anke Becker, Tamara Munzner, Tim W Nattkemper
Time-lapse imaging of cell colonies in microfluidic chambers provides time series of bioimages, i.e., biomovies. They show the behavior of cells over time under controlled conditions. One of the main remaining bottlenecks in this area of research is the analysis of experimental data and the extraction of cell growth characteristics, such as lineage information. The extraction of the cell line by human observers is time-consuming and error-prone. Previously proposed methods often fail because of their reliance on the accurate detection of a single cell, which is not possible for high density, high diversity of cell shapes and numbers, and high-resolution images with high noise...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Alexis Bonfim-Melo, Éden R Ferreira, Renato A Mortara
This study evaluated the participation of host cell Rho-family GTPases and their effector proteins in the actin-dependent invasion by Trypanosoma cruzi extracellular amastigotes (EAs). We observed that all proteins were recruited and colocalized with actin at EA invasion sites in live or fixed cells. EA internalization was inhibited in cells depleted in Rac1, N-WASP, and WAVE2. Time-lapse experiments with Rac1, N-WASP and WAVE2 depleted cells revealed that EA internalization kinetics is delayed even though no differences were observed in the proportion of EA-induced actin recruitment in these groups...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Daniele Missio, Natália Picolli Folchini, Fabio Gallas Leivas, Cecília Isabel Inês Urquiza Machado Pavin, Hirya Fernandes Pinto, Francielli Weber Santos Cibin, Daniela Dos Santos Brum
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of Percoll volume on recovery rate, sperm quality, and embryo development kinetics in in vitro production of cattle embryos. Straws of conventional and sex-sorted semen were allocated to three different volumes of Percoll: 300 μL of each Percoll gradient (90%, 60%, and 30%), Control; 100 μL of each Percoll gradient, P100; and 200 μL of each Percoll gradient, P200. Sperm quality, fertilization rate, and embryo morpho-kinetic development using time lapse cinematography up to 48 h post-insemination were evaluated...
March 4, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Xiaoni Ai, Wenbo Lu, Kewu Zeng, Chun Li, Yong Jiang, Peng-Fei Tu
Emerging awareness of cardiac macrophages' role in inflammation after myocardial infarction indicates that overabundant pro-inflammatory macrophages induce accentuated myocardial injury. The investigation of macrophages-cardiomyocytes interaction and inflammation-induced dynamic damage in myocardial infarction, especially in a spatiotemporally controlled manner, remains a huge challenge. Here, we developed an in vitro model using a microfluidic co-culture system to mimic inflammatory cardiac injury. To our knowledge, on-chip pathological models focused on inflammation-induced myocardial injury have not been reported...
March 13, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Sei Kuriyama, Tadahiro Tsuji, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Masamistu Tanaka
The anti-apoptotic nature of cancer cells often impedes the effects of anti-cancer therapeutic agents. Multiple death signals influence mitochondria during apoptosis, and though many studies have attempted to elucidate these complicated pathways, Bax oligomerization, an important step in the process, remains controversial. Here we demonstrate that pleckstrin-homology N1 (PLEKHN1), also known as cardiolipin phosphatidic acid binding protein, plays pro-apoptotic roles during reactive oxygen species (ROS)-induced apoptosis...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Dini Wahyu Kartika Sari, Ryutaro Akiyama, Honda Naoki, Hannosuke Ishijima, Yasumasa Bessho, Takaaki Matsui
During somite segmentation, clock genes oscillate within the posterior presomitic mesoderm (PSM). The temporal information ties up with the posteriorly moving FGF gradient, leading to the formation of a presumptive somite within the PSM. We previously investigated Erk activity downstream of FGF signaling by collecting stained zebrafish embryos, and discovered that the steep gradient of Erk activity was generated in the PSM, and the Erk activity border regularly shifted in a stepwise manner. However, since these interpretations come from static analyses, we needed to firmly confirm them by applying an analysis that has higher spatiotemporal resolutions...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pingyu Nan, Darragh M Walsh, Kerry A Landman, Barry D Hughes
Motivated by in vitro time-lapse images of ovarian cancer spheroids inducing mesothelial cell clearance, the traditional agent-based model of cell migration, based on simple volume exclusion, was extended to include the possibility that a cell seeking to move into an occupied location may push the resident cell, and any cells neighbouring it, out of the way to occupy that location. In traditional discrete models of motile cells with volume exclusion such a move would be aborted. We introduce a new shoving mechanism which allows cells to choose the direction to shove cells that expends the least amount of shoving effort (to account for the likely resistance of cells to being pushed)...
2018: PloS One
E Mangoli, M A Khalili, A R Talebi, S Ghasemi-Esmailabad, A Hosseini
The main goal was to evaluate the correlation between sperm parameters and chromatin quality with embryo kinetics via time-lapse monitoring system (TLM). A total of 40 couples involved in the ICSI program as a result of male infertility. For assessment of sperm chromatin and DNA quality, we used aniline blue, toluidine blue, chromomycin A3, acridine orange and terminal transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate biotin end labelling assays. All mature oocytes were injected, and the generated zygotes (2PNs) were cultured in TLM...
March 12, 2018: Andrologia
Yongping Chai, Zhiwen Zhu, Guangshuo Ou
During C. elegans larval development, the Q neuroblasts produce their lineage by three rounds of divisions along with continuous cell migrations. Their neuronal progeny is dispersed from the pharynx to the anus. This in vivo system to study cell migration is appealing for several reasons. The lineage development is stereotyped; functional analysis and genomic screens are rendered easy and powerful thanks to powerful tools; transgenic manipulations and genome engineering are efficient and can be conveniently combined with live-cell imaging...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Claire Leclech, Christine Métin
In the developing brain, MGE-derived interneuron precursors migrate tangentially long distances to reach the cortex in which they later establish connections with the principal cortical cells to control the activity of adult cortical circuits. Interneuron precursors exhibit complex morphologies and migratory properties, which are difficult to study in the heterogeneous and uncontrolled in vivo environment. Here, we describe two in vitro models in which the migration environment of interneuron precursors is significantly simplified and where their migration can be observed for one to 3 days...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Natalya A Gloushankova, Svetlana N Rubtsova, Irina Y Zhitnyak
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays an important role in development and cancer progression. Upon EMT, epithelial cells lose stable cell-cell adhesions and reorganize their cytoskeleton to acquire migratory activity. Recent data demonstrated that EMT drives cancer cells from the epithelial state to a hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal phenotype with retention of some epithelial markers (in particular, E-cadherin), which is important for cancer cell dissemination. In vitro studies of the effect of growth factors (in particular, epidermal growth factor (EGF)) on cultured cells can be highly advantageous for understanding the details of the early stages of EMT...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Irene Dang, Alexis Gautreau
Cell migration is essential to many biological processes such as embryonic development, immune surveillance and wound healing. Random cell migration refers to the intrinsic ability of cells to migrate, often called cell motility. This basal condition contrasts with directed cell migration, where cells migrate toward a chemical or physical cue. Unlike Brownian particles, however, randomly migrating cells exhibit a directional persistence, i.e., they are more likely to sustain the movement in the direction they previously took than to change, even if this direction is randomly chosen in an isotropic environment...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Maria Schöller, Elizabeth Sarkel, Jürgen Kleine-Vehn, Elena Feraru
Time-lapse imaging of roots is highly suitable for depicting gravitropic growth behaviors. However, roots may show faster or slower bending kinetics when compared to control as a result of differences in overall root growth. Accordingly, conditions that cause differential organ growth require growth rate normalization to compare gravitropic curvature. Here, we describe a simple normalization method for gravitropic root growth evaluation. We exemplify this method by exposing seedlings to distinct environmental conditions or disturbing the cellular auxin contents...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ellie Himschoot, Melanie Krebs, Alex Costa, Tom Beeckman, Steffen Vanneste
Calcium sensors are indispensable tools to study the role of Ca2+ and visualize Ca2+ dynamics during biological processes. Over the past years, the field of Ca2+ imaging has strongly expanded by the development of a wide palette of sensors and optimization of sample handling. Here, we provide guidelines for imaging of the Ca2+ sensor R-GECO1 in Arabidopsis thaliana roots which can be interpolated to other intensiometric Ca2+ sensors. Furthermore, we demonstrate a procedure for image analysis of the acquired time-lapse recordings...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jaana Seikkula, Sanna Oksjoki, Saija Hurme, Harri Mankonen, Päivi Polo-Kantola, Varpu Jokimaa
Blastomere multinucleation in human embryos is a common phenomenon, but data on its effect on pregnancy outcome and the health of newborns are scarce. In this case-control study, we assessed pregnancy and perinatal outcomes from 136 binucleated and multinucleated frozen-thawed embryo transfer cycles against a control group of 136 non-binucleated and multinucleated frozen embryo transfer cycles. Clinical pregnancy and live birth rates were lower among the case group (29.4% versus 44.1%, P = 0.012; 22.1% versus 36...
February 26, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
Marina Leone, Gentian Musa, Felix Benedikt Engel
Aims: After birth mammalian cardiomyocytes initiate a last cell cycle which results in binucleation due to cytokinesis failure. Despite its importance for cardiac regenerative therapies, this process is poorly understood. Here, we aimed at a better understanding of the difference between cardiomyocyte proliferation and binucleation, and providing a new tool to distinguish these two processes. Methods and Results: Monitoring of cell division by time-lapse imaging revealed that rat cardiomyocyte binucleation stems from a failure to properly ingress the cleavage furrow...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
You Kure Wu, Hiroki Umeshima, Junko Kurisu, Mineko Kengaku
Nuclear migration of newly born neurons is essential for cortex formation in the brain. The nucleus is translocated by actin and microtubules, yet the actual force generated by the interplay of these cytoskeletons remains elusive. High-resolution time-lapse observation of migrating murine cerebellar granule cells revealed that the nucleus actively rotates along the direction of its translocation, independently of centrosome motion. Pharmacological and molecular perturbation indicated that spin torque is primarily generated by microtubule motors through the LINC complex in the absence of actomyosin contractility...
March 8, 2018: Development
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