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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773800/x-ray-structure-of-a-carpet-like-antimicrobial-defensin-phospholipid-membrane-disruption-complex
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Michael Järvå, Fung T Lay, Thanh Kha Phan, Cassandra Humble, Ivan K H Poon, Mark R Bleackley, Marilyn A Anderson, Mark D Hulett, Marc Kvansakul
Defensins are cationic antimicrobial peptides expressed throughout the plant and animal kingdoms as a first line of defense against pathogens. Membrane targeting and disruption is a crucial function of many defensins, however the precise mechanism remains unclear. Certain plant defensins form dimers that specifically bind the membrane phospholipids phosphatidic acid (PA) and phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate, thereby triggering the assembly of defensin-lipid oligomers that permeabilize cell membranes. To understand this permeabilization mechanism, here we determine the crystal structure of the plant defensin NaD1 bound to PA...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773391/biohybrid-cellulose-fibers-toward-paper-materials-with-wet-strength-properties
#2
Gino Mangiante, Pierre Alcouffe, Marianne Gaborieau, Elisa Zeno, Michel Petit-Conil, Julien Bernard, Aurélia Charlot, Etienne Fleury
Herein, we report on the preparation of novel cellulose-PEG biohybrid papers with wet strength properties. The biohybrid paper sheets are obtained using a two-step procedure where ω- or α, ω-azide functionalized PEG chains are anchored onto alkyne-functionalized wood fibers through CuAAC ligation in mild and aqueous conditions. The incorporation of the PEG grafts mostly occurs at the periphery of the cellulose fibers and degrees of substitution up to 0.028 are obtained. The presence of PEG grafts significantly increases the tensile, burst and tear strength properties in the wet state, the reinforcement being more pronounced for fibers grafted with α,ω-azide PEG...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773099/-toxoplasma-gondii-rop38-promotes-the-maturation-of-dendritic-cells-mediated-by-tlr4
#3
Heng Zhang, Shanghua Wu, Zhiqiang Shi, Shan Wang, Wei Lu, Yizhen Wu, Pei Sun, Qianming Xu
Objective To investigate the effect of rhoptry protein 38 (ROP38) from Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) on the maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) by Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) induction in vitro. Methods The total RNA from T. gondii RH strain was extracted by guanidine thiocyanate method, and then cDNA was synthesized with reverse transcription reaction. After ROP38 gene was amplified by PCR, the recombinant pGEX-4T-ROP38 was constructed and expressed under IPTG induction. The recombinant ROP38 protein was detected by SDS-PAGE and Western blot analysis...
March 2018: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771457/transition-metal-ions-mediated-tyrosine-based-short-peptide-amphiphile-nanostructures-inhibit-bacterial-growth
#4
Khashti Ballabh Joshi, Ramesh Singh, Narendra Kumar Mishra, Vikas Kumar, Vandana Vinayak
We report the design and synthesis of biocompatible small peptide based molecule for the controlled and targeted delivery of the encapsulated bioactive metal ions via transforming their internal nanostructures. Tyrosine based short peptide amphiphile (sPA) was synthesized which self-assembled into β-sheet like secondary structures. The self assembly of the designed sPA was modulated by using different bioactive transition metal ions which is confirmed by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. These bioactive metal ions conjugated sPA hybrid structures are further used to develop antibacterial materials...
May 17, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770540/efficient-adsorption-characteristics-of-pristine-and-silver-doped-graphene-oxide-towards-contaminants-a-novel-approach-to-water-purification-mechanism
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Tanveer Hussain, Puspamitra Panigrahi, Ashok Kumar Dhinakaran, Yuvaraj Sekar, Rajeev Ahuja
In this work, we have investigated the potential of pristine and silver (Ag) functionalized graphene oxide monolayers GO (GO-Ag) as efficient membranes for water filtration and separation. Our first principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) reveled the hydrophilic nature of GO surfaces. The phonon frequency calculations within density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) confirmed the stability of GO sheets in the aqueous medium. Van der Waals corrected binding energies of GO sheet towards the heavy metals predicts that even pristine GO sheets would be completely impermeable to various heavy metals like arsenic (As) and lead (Pb)...
May 16, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770392/promotion-of-neurite-outgrowth-by-rationally-designed-ngf-%C3%AE-binding-peptide-nanofibers
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Zeynep Okur, Oya I Senturk, Canelif Yilmaz, Gulcihan Gulseren, Busra Mammadov, Mustafa O Guler, Ayse B Tekinay
Promotion of neurite outgrowth is an important limiting step for regeneration in nerve injury and depends strongly on the local expression of nerve growth factor (NGF). The rational design of bioactive materials is a promising approach for the development of novel therapeutic methods for nerve regeneration, and biomaterials capable of presenting NGF to nerve cells are especially suitable for this purpose. In this study, we show bioactive peptide amphiphile (PA) nanofibers capable of promoting neurite outgrowth by displaying high density binding epitopes for NGF...
May 17, 2018: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768202/sensory-neuropathy-causing-mutations-in-atl3-cause-aberrant-er-membrane-tethering
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Michiel Krols, Sammy Detry, Bob Asselbergh, Leonardo Almeida-Souza, Anna Kremer, Saskia Lippens, Riet De Rycke, Vicky De Winter, Franz-Josef Müller, Ingo Kurth, Harvey T McMahon, Savvas N Savvides, Vincent Timmerman, Sophie Janssens
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a complex network of sheets and tubules that is continuously remodeled. The relevance of this membrane dynamics is underscored by the fact that mutations in atlastins (ATLs), the ER fusion proteins in mammals, cause neurodegeneration. How defects in this process disrupt neuronal homeostasis is unclear. Using electron microscopy (EM) volume reconstruction of transfected cells, neurons, and patient fibroblasts, we show that hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN)-causing ATL3 mutants promote aberrant ER tethering hallmarked by bundles of laterally attached ER tubules...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763904/treatment-of-cutaneous-ulcers-with-multilayered-mixed-sheets-of-autologous-fibroblasts-and-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Takahiro Mizoguchi, Koji Ueno, Yuriko Takeuchi, Makoto Samura, Ryo Suzuki, Tomoaki Murata, Tohru Hosoyama, Noriyasu Morikage, Kimikazu Hamano
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We have developed a mixed-cell sheet consisting of autologous fibroblasts and peripheral blood mononuclear cells with a high potency for angiogenesis and wound healing against refractory cutaneous ulcers in mouse and rabbit models. To increase the effectiveness of the mixed sheet, we developed a multilayered mixed sheet. METHODS: We assessed the therapeutic effects of multilayered sheets on cutaneous ulcers in mice. Growth factors and chemokines were assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
May 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763772/graphene-kaolin-composite-sponge-for-rapid-and-riskless-hemostasis
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Yuping Liang, Congcong Xu, Guofeng Li, Tianchi Liu, Jun F Liang, Xing Wang
Kaolin is an effective and safe hemostatic agent for hemostasis. However, its ontic powder is difficult to use in actual practice. To develop a wieldy and powerful hemostat, composite strategy is usually a good choice. Herein, we developed a graphene-kaolin composite sponge (GKCS), synthesized with graphene oxide sheets, linker molecules and kaolin powders through a facile hydrothermal reaction. SEM observations support that GKCS has a porous structure, and EDS mapping further confirms that kaolin powders are embedded in graphene sheets...
May 8, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763716/prognostic-factors-in-primary-anorectal-melanoma-a-clinicopathologic-study-of-60-cases-in-china
#10
Min Ren, Yawen Lu, Jiaojie Lv, Xuxia Shen, Jincheng Kong, Bo Dai, Yunyi Kong
To investigate the clinicopathologic features and prognostic factors of primary anorectal melanoma, we described the clinical presentations, histopathology, and prognosis of 60 cases in China. Patients' age ranged from 17 to 86years with a female-to-male ratio of 2.33:1. The prevalent anatomic site of tumor was anorectum. The mean tumor thickness was 11.5mm and mean tumor size was 2.9cm. Abdominoperineal resection was performed on 38 (63.3%) patients, while wide local excision on 22 (36.7%) patients. Thirty-three (55...
May 12, 2018: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763546/direct-structural-annotation-of-membrane-protein-aggregation-loci-using-peptide-based-reverse-mapping
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Muralikrishna Lella, Radhakrishnan Mahalakshmi
Membrane protein aggregation is associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Despite remarkable advances to map protein aggregation, molecular elements that drive the structural transition from functional to amyloidogenic β-sheet polymers remain elusive. Here, we report a simple and reliable reverse-mapping method to identify the molecular elements. We validate our approach by obtaining molecular details of aggregation loci of human β-barrel nanopore ion channels that are vital for cell survival. By coupling bottom-up synthesis with time-resolved aggregation kinetics and high-resolution imaging, we identify molecular elements that switch folded channels to polymeric β-rich aggregates...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763517/novel-engineered-tendon-fibrocartilage-bone-composite-with-cyclic-tension-for-rotator-cuff-repair
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Qian Liu, Taku Hatta, Jun Qi, Haoyu Liu, Andrew R Thoreson, Peter C Amadio, Steven L Moran, Scott P Steinmann, Anne Gingery, Chunfeng Zhao
Surgical repair of rotator cuff tears presents a significant clinical challenge with high failure rates and inferior functional outcomes. Graft augmentation improves repair outcomes, however currently available grafting materials have limitations. While cell-seeded decellularized tendon slices may facilitate cell infiltration, promote tendon incorporation and preserve original mechanical strength, the unique fibrocartilage zone is yet to be successfully reestablished. In this study, we investigated the biological and mechanical properties of an engineered tendon-fibrocartilage-bone composite (TFBC) with cyclic tension (3% strain, 0...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761787/osteoinducing-scaffolds-with-multi-layered-biointerface
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Ekaterina A Grebenik, Varvara Grinchenko, Semyon Nikolaevich Churbanov, Nikita Minaev, Boris Shavkuta, Pavel Alexandrovich Melnikov, Denis Butnaru, Yury Rochev, Victor Nikolayevich Bagratashvili, Peter S Timashev
This study was aimed to design and characterize hybrid tissue-engineered constructs composed of osteoinducing polylactide-based scaffolds with multi-layered cellular biointerface for bone tissue reconstruction. Three-dimensional scaffolds with improved hydrophilic and osteoinducing properties were produced using the surface-selective laser sintering (SSLS) method. The designed scaffold pattern had dimensions of 8×8×2.5 mm and ladder-like pores (~ 700 μm in width). Hyaluronic acid-coated polylactide microparticles (~ 100 μm in diameter) were used as building blocks and water was used as the photosensitizer for SSLS followed by photocross-linking with Irgacure 2959 photoinitiator...
May 15, 2018: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760986/analysis-of-dermal-composite-conditions-using-collagen-absorption-characteristics-in-the-thz-range
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Maya Mizuno, Noriko Yaekashiwa, Soichi Watanabe
The absorption characteristics of the dermis were reviewed in the terahertz range from 0.2 to 2 THz. The absorption magnitude of the dermis was higher than that of the epidermis model owing to the inclusion of collagen fibers. The heat denaturation of the collagen and the decrease of water content in the dermis caused a decrease in the absorption magnitude of the dermis. We verified that the absorption magnitude of collagen sheets at 1 THz similarly decreased by nearly 43% upon the heat treatment at approximately 70° C...
May 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758192/gastric-mucosal-metastasis-of-prostate-cancer
#15
Hayretdin Koklu, Gokhan Gedikoglu, Taylan Kav
A 65-year-old male patient who had been hospitalized in the ıntensive care unit for pneumonia presented with hematemesis and melena. He was diagnosed with metastatic adenocarcinoma of prostate (multiple bone and lung metastases), which was accompanied by diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and coronary heart disease. The hemoglobin levels decreased from 11.4 g/dL to 7.3 g/dL during follow-up. Upper endoscopy revealed widespread distribution of numerous umbilicated nodules with varying sizes (from 0.5 to 2 cm) on gastric mucosa (A, B, C)...
May 11, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757153/facile-fabrication-of-3d-porous-mno-gs-cnt-architecture-as-advanced-anode-materials-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-battery
#16
Junyong Wang, Qinglin Deng, Mengjiao Li, Cong Wu, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
To overcome inferior rate capability and cycle stability of MnO-based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), we reported a novel 3D porous MnO@GS/CNT composite, consisting of MnO nanoparticles homogeneously distributed on the conductive interconnected framework based on 2D graphene sheets (GS) and 1D carbon nanotubes (CNT). The distinctive architecture offers highly interpenetrated network along with efficient porous channels for fast electron transfer and ionic diffusion as well as abundant stress buffer space to accommodate the volume expansion of the MnO nanoparticles...
May 14, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756323/primary-mediastinal-histiocytic-sarcoma-presenting-as-pleural-effusion
#17
Jie-Yang Jhuang, Wei-Yu Chen, Shih-Sung Chuang
Histiocytic sarcoma (HS) is a rare malignant neoplasm showing morphological and immunophenotypic features of mature tissue histiocytes. As HS may mimic non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) pathologically, before the era of immunohistochemistry, many previously reported cases were misdiagnosed NHL. Up to date, there are only a few reports delineating the cytological features in fine-needle aspiration or bronchoalveolar lavage, but not in the effusion fluid yet. Herein, we report the case of a 61-year-old male with a mediastinal tumor presenting with malignant pleural effusion...
May 13, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756143/potential-use-of-mcr-als-for-the-identification-of-coeliac-related-biochemical-changes-in-hyperspectral-raman-maps-from-pediatric-intestinal-biopsies
#18
Stefano Fornasaro, Annalisa Vicario, Luigina De Leo, Alois Bonifacio, Tarcisio Not, Valter Sergo
Raman hyperspectral imaging is an emerging practice in biological and biomedical research for label free analysis of tissues and cells. Using this method, both spatial distribution and spectral information of analyzed samples can be obtained. The current study reports the first Raman microspectroscopic characterisation of colon tissues from patients with Coeliac Disease (CD). The aim was to assess if Raman imaging coupled with hyperspectral multivariate image analysis is capable of detecting the alterations in the biochemical composition of intestinal tissues associated with CD...
May 14, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755274/nut-carcinoma-of-the-sinonasal-tract-infiltrating-the-orbit-in-a-man-with-birdshot-chorioretinitis
#19
Wesley Chan, Martin J Bullock, Arif F Samad, Curtis W Archibald, J Godfrey Heathcote
A 48-year-old man with a history of birdshot chorioretinitis presented with blurry vision, retro-bulbar pain and sinusitis. Though visual acuity was unaffected, he had left optic disc oedema and mild restriction of left eye abduction. His symptoms progressed quickly, with diplopia in primary gaze, epistaxis from his left nostril, and a left relative afferent pupillary defect (RAPD). On computed tomography, there was a mass in the nasal cavity that extended through the left cribriform plate and lamina papyracea and posteriorly into the optic canal...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754959/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiac-cell-sheets-expressing-genetically-encoded-voltage-indicator-for-pharmacological-and-arrhythmia-studies
#20
Naim Shaheen, Assad Shiti, Irit Huber, Rami Shinnawi, Gil Arbel, Amira Gepstein, Noga Setter, Idit Goldfracht, Amit Gruber, Snizhanna V Chorna, Lior Gepstein
Fulfilling the potential of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes for studying conduction and arrhythmogenesis requires development of multicellular models and methods for long-term repeated tissue phenotyping. We generated confluent hiPSC-derived cardiac cell sheets (hiPSC-CCSs), expressing the genetically encoded voltage indicator ArcLight. ArcLight-based optical mapping allowed generation of activation and action-potential duration (APD) maps, which were validated by mapping the same hiPSC-CCSs with the voltage-sensitive dye, Di-4-ANBDQBS...
May 7, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
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