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Ravit Malishev, Razan Abbasi, Raz Jelinek, Liraz Chai
Biofilms are aggregates of cells that form surface-associated communities. The cells in a biofilm are interconnected with an extracellular matrix, a network that is made mostly of polysaccharides, proteins and sometimes nucleic acids. Some extracellular matrix proteins form fibers, often termed functional amyloids or amyloid-like fibrils, to differentiate their constructive function from disease-related amyloid fibers. Recent studies of functional amyloid assembly have neglected their interaction with membranes, despite their native assembly in a cellular environment...
March 22, 2018: Biochemistry
Xiaozhao Wang, Zun Chen, Beibei Zhou, Xiyue Duan, Wen-Jian Weng, Kui Cheng, Huiming Wang, Jun Lin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a dynamic and complex environment to determine the fate of stem cells. In this work, in vitro cultured cell sheets were treated with paraformaldehyde or ethanol and eventually become ECM. Such ECM was then immobilized on titanium substrates via polydopamine chemistry. Their effects on bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) behaviors were investigated. It was found that paraformaldehyde treated ECM coatings (PT-ECM) showed well-maintained microstructure, whereas that of ethanol treated (ET-ECM) were completely changed...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kelly Olds, Karen Heath, John Miliauskas, Roger W Byard
A 56-year-old man with no previous medical history collapsed and was not able to be resuscitated. The major findings at autopsy were enlargement of the heart (weight = 527 g) which contained an infiltrating firm, homogeneous tumor in an epicardial location adjacent to the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, with further extension into the right ventricular outflow tract, the interventricular septum and left ventricular free wall. Sections showed sheets of small lymphoid cells with scattered large lymphocytes amounting to a low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as tumor cells were CD20, CD10, Bcl 2 and LMO 2 positive...
March 22, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Souta Motoike, Mikihito Kajiya, Nao Komatsu, Manabu Takewaki, Susumu Horikoshi, Shinji Matsuda, Kazuhisa Ouhara, Tomoyuki Iwata, Katsuhiro Takeda, Tsuyoshi Fujita, Hidemi Kurihara
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) cultured clumps of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)/extracellular matrix (ECM) complexes (C-MSCs) consist of cells and self-produced ECM. C-MSCs can regulate cellular functions in vitro and can be grafted into a defect site without an artificial scaffold to induce bone regeneration. Long-term cryopreservation of C-MSCs, which can enable them to serve as a ready-to-use cell preparation, may be helpful in developing beneficial cell therapy for bone regeneration...
March 21, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Myeongsang Lee, Jae In Kim, Sungsoo Na, Kilho Eom
Amyloid β (Aβ) aggregates, which are a hallmark for neurodegenerative disease, are formed through a self-assembly process such as aggregation of Aβ peptide chains. This aggregation process depends on the solvent conditions under which the proteins are aggregated. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanism of the ionic effect on the formation and stability of amyloid aggregates has not been fully understood. Here, we report how metal ions play a role in the formation and stability of Aβ aggregates at different length scales, i...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Davoud Mozhdehi, Kelli M Luginbuhl, Joseph R Simon, Michael Dzuricky, Rüdiger Berger, H Samet Varol, Fred C Huang, Kristen L Buehne, Nicholas R Mayne, Isaac Weitzhandler, Mischa Bonn, Sapun H Parekh, Ashutosh Chilkoti
Post-translational modification of proteins is a strategy widely used in biological systems. It expands the diversity of the proteome and allows for tailoring of both the function and localization of proteins within cells as well as the material properties of structural proteins and matrices. Despite their ubiquity in biology, with a few exceptions, the potential of post-translational modifications in biomaterials synthesis has remained largely untapped. As a proof of concept to demonstrate the feasibility of creating a genetically encoded biohybrid material through post-translational modification, we report here the generation of a family of three stimulus-responsive hybrid materials-fatty-acid-modified elastin-like polypeptides-using a one-pot recombinant expression and post-translational lipidation methodology...
March 19, 2018: Nature Chemistry
Ming-Che Lee, Wan-Cheng Yu, Yao-Hsiang Shih, Chun-Yu Chen, Zhong-Hong Guo, Shing-Jong Huang, Jerry C C Chan, Yun-Ru Chen
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease in the elderly. Zinc (Zn) ion interacts with the pathogenic hallmark, amyloid-β (Aβ), and is enriched in senile plaques in brain of AD patients. To understand Zn-chelated Aβ (ZnAβ) species, here we systematically characterized ZnAβ aggregates by incubating equimolar Aβ with Zn. We found ZnAβ40 and ZnAβ42 both form spherical oligomers with a diameter of ~12-14 nm composed of reduced β-sheet content. Oligomer assembly examined by analytical ultracentrifugation, hydrophobic exposure by BisANS spectra, and immunoreactivity of ZnAβ and Aβ derived diffusible ligands (ADDLs) are distinct...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shibabrata Basak, Jacob Jansen, Yoones Kabiri, Henny W Zandbergen
The key to understanding the performance of Li-O2 batteries is to study the chemical and structural properties of their discharge product(s) at the nanometer scale. Using TEM for this purpose poses challenges due to the sensitivity of samples to air and electron beams. This paper describes our use of in situ EELS to evaluate experimental procedures to reduce electron-beam degradation and presents methods to deal with air sensitivity. Our results show that Li2 O2 decomposition is dependent on the total dose and is approximately 4-5 times more pronounced at 80 than at 200 kV...
March 6, 2018: Ultramicroscopy
Bożenna Mytar, Małgorzata Stec, Rafał Szatanek, Kazimierz Węglarczyk, Katarzyna Szewczyk, Antoni Szczepanik, Grażyna Drabik, Jarek Baran, Maciej Siedlar, Monika Baj-Krzyworzeka
The three cell lines, designated as gastric cancer (GC)1401, GC1415 and GC1436 were derived from peritoneal effusions from patients with gastric adenocarcinoma. Cell lines were established in tissue culture and in immunodeficient, non-obese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice. All cell lines were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium supplemented with 5% fetal bovine serum. These cell lines were grown as an adherent monolayer with doubling time ranging between 25 h (GC1436 cell line) and 30-34 h (GC1401 and GC1415, respectively)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xinwei Ge, Yunxiang Sun, Feng Ding
Accumulating evidence suggests that soluble oligomers are more toxic than final fibrils of amyloid aggregations. Among the mixture of inter-converting intermediates with continuous distribution of sizes and secondary structures, oligomers in the β-barrel conformation - a common class of protein folds with a closed β-sheet - have been postulated as the toxic species with well-defined three-dimensional structures to perform pathological functions. A common mechanism for amyloid toxicity, therefore, implies that all amyloid peptides should be able to form β-barrel oligomers as the aggregation intermediates...
March 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Beyza Gökçinar-Yagci, Nilgün Yersal, Petek Korkusuz, Betül Çelebi-Saltik
Small-diameter vascular grafts are needed for the treatment of coronary artery diseases in the case of limited accessibility of the autologous vessels. Synthetic scaffolds have many disadvantages so in recent years vascular constructs (VCs) made from cellularized natural scaffolds was seen to be very promising but number of studies comprising this area is very limited. In our study, our aim is to generate fully natural triple-layered VC that constitutes all the layers of blood vessel with vascular cells. CD146+ perivascular cells (PCs) were isolated from human umbilical cord vein (HUCV) and differentiated into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and fibroblasts...
March 14, 2018: Microvascular Research
Leila Fathyunes, Jafar Khalil-Allafi, Seyed Omid Reza Sheykholeslami, Maryam Moosavifar
In this study, the ultrasound-assisted pulse electrodeposition was introduced to fabricate the graphene oxide (GO)-hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on TiO2 nanotubes. The results of the X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscope (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and micro-Raman spectroscopy showed the successful synthesis of GO. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images revealed that in the presence of ultrasonic waves and GO sheets a more compact HA-based coating with refined microstructure could be formed on the pretreated titanium...
June 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Qi Gao, Chao Lu, Xiao-Wen Wang, Jun-Wei Zhang, Youtao Song, You-Lin Xue
Irisin is found closely associated with promoting the browning of beige fat cells in white adipose tissue. The crystal structure reveals that irisin forms a continuous inter-subunit β-sheet dimer. Here, molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and steered molecular dynamics (SMD) simulation were performed to investigate the dissociation process and the intricate interactions between the two irisin monomers. In the process of MD, the interactions between the monomers were roughly analyzed through the average numbers of both hydrophobic contacts and H-bonds...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Kavita Nair, Ahmad Iskandarani, Roda Al-Thani, Ramzi Mohammad, Samir Jaoua
Cyt1A protein is a cytolytic protein encoded by the cyt gene of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis (Bti) as part of the parasporal crystal proteins produced during the sporulation. Cyt1A protein is unique compared to the other endotoxins present in these parasporal crystals. Unlike δ-endotoxins, Cyt1A protein does not require receptors to bind to the target cell and activate the toxicity. It has the ability to affect a broad range of cell types and organisms, due to this characteristic. Cyt1A has been recognized to not only target the insect cells directly, but also recruit other endotoxins by acting as receptors...
March 16, 2018: Toxins
Seyran Yiğit, Neşe Ekinci, Leyla Hayrullah, İrfan Öcal, İncim Bezircioğlu
OBJECTIVE: Dedifferentiated endometrioid adenocarcinoma is a recently defined uterine tumor composed of low grade endometrioid adenocarcinoma and undifferentiated carcinoma. Herein we present clinicopathologic, morphologic and immunohistochemical features of 5 dedifferentiated endometrioid adenocarcinoma cases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All cases diagnosed as mixed endometrial adenocarcinoma (endometrioid + undifferentiated carcinoma) or dedifferentiated endometrioid adenocarcinoma between January 2008 and December 2014 were retrieved from the archives of our institution's pathology department...
March 16, 2018: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
Jong Pil Yoon, Chang-Hwa Lee, Jae Wook Jung, Hyun-Joo Lee, Yong-Soo Lee, Ja-Yeon Kim, Ga Young Park, Jin Hyun Choi, Seok Won Chung
BACKGROUND: The failure rate for healing after rotator cuff repair is relatively high. PURPOSE: To establish a system for sustained release of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) using an alginate scaffold and evaluate the effects of the sustained release of TGF-β1 on rotator cuff healing in a rabbit model. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Before the in vivo animal study, a standard MTS assay was performed to evaluate cell proliferation and metabolic activity on the alginate scaffold...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Giacomo Reina, Ngoc Do Quyen Chau, Yuta Nishina, Alberto Bianco
Several studies have demonstrated the ability of graphene oxide (GO) to efficiently adsorb small-interfering RNA (siRNA) on its surface and to transport it into cells. However, studies on whether and how siRNA interacts with GO are still inconclusive. In this context, understanding the interaction between GO and siRNA is fundamental to design new efficient gene silencing tools. In this work, the interactions between GO and siRNA molecules were systematically investigated. We focused on how the GO size, oxygenated groups present on the surface and chemical functionalization affect the double helix siRNA structure, using gel electrophoresis, UV-Vis spectroscopy, fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) and circular dichroism (CD)...
March 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Yoshinori Hirano, Yu Amano, Shigenobu Yonemura, Toshio Hakoshima
Mechanotransduction by α-catenin facilitates the force-dependent development of adherens junctions (AJs) by recruiting vinculin to reinforce actin anchoring of AJs. The α-catenin mechanotransducing action is facilitated by its force-sensing device region that autoinhibits the vinculin-binding site 1 (VBS1). Here, we report the high-resolution structure of the force-sensing device region of α-catenin, which shows the autoinhibited form comprised of helix bundles E, F and G. The cryptic VBS1 is embedded into helix bundle E stabilized by direct interactions with the autoinhibitory region forming helix bundles F and G...
March 15, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Sopita Wongin, Saranatra Waikakul, Pojchong Chotiyarnwong, Wanwipa Siriwatwechakul, Masahiro Kino-Oka, Mee-Hae Kim, Kwanchanok Viravaidya-Pasuwat
BACKGROUND: Dedifferentiation of chondrocytes during cell expansion is one of the barriers in tissue construction for cartilage repair. To understand chondrocyte behavior and improve cell expansion in monolayer culture, this study investigated the effects of morphological changes and cellular aggregation on the maintenance of chondrogenic capacity by observing the expression patterns of chondrogenic (collagen type II and aggrecan) and dedifferentiation (collagen type I) markers. Primary human chondrocytes were cultured on either a polystyrene surface (PS) or a polyamidoamine dendrimer surface with a fifth-generation (G5) dendron structure to create a one-step process of cell expansion and the maintenance of chondrogenic activities prior to the construction of cell sheets...
March 14, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
Michelle de Lima Farah, Murillo Santinello, Luis Eduardo Morato Rebouças de Carvalho, Carlos Fumiaki Uesugui, Ronaldo Boaventura Barcellos
PURPOSE: To describe a new method for measuring anomalous head positions by using a cell phone. METHODS: The photo rotation feature of the iPhone® PHOTOS application was used. With the patient seated on a chair, a horizontal stripe was fixed on the wall in the background and a sagittal stripe was fixed on the seat. Photographs were obtained in the following views: front view (photographs A and B; with the head tilted over one shoulder) and upper axial view (photographs C and D; viewing the forehead and nose) (A and C are without camera rotation, and B and D are with camera rotation)...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
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