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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926891/type-2-diabetes-the-pathologic-basis-of-reversible-%C3%AE-cell-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Michael G White, James A M Shaw, Roy Taylor
The reversible nature of early type 2 diabetes has been demonstrated in in vivo human studies. Recent in vivo and in vitro studies of β-cell biology have established that the β-cell loses differentiated characteristics, including glucose-mediated insulin secretion, under metabolic stress. Critically, the β-cell dedifferentiation produced by long-term excess nutrient supply is reversible. Weight loss in humans permits restoration of first-phase insulin secretion associated with the return to normal of the elevated intrapancreatic triglyceride content...
November 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926854/structural-characterization-and-statistical-mechanical-model-of-epidermal-patterns
#2
Duyu Chen, Wen Yih Aw, Danelle Devenport, Salvatore Torquato
In proliferating epithelia of mammalian skin, cells of irregular polygon-like shapes pack into complex, nearly flat two-dimensional structures that are pliable to deformations. In this work, we employ various sensitive correlation functions to quantitatively characterize structural features of evolving packings of epithelial cells across length scales in mouse skin. We find that the pair statistics in direct space (correlation function) and Fourier space (structure factor) of the cell centroids in the early stages of embryonic development show structural directional dependence (statistical anisotropy), which is a reflection of the fact that cells are stretched, which promotes uniaxial growth along the epithelial plane...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926850/background-suppression-in-imaging-gold-nanorods-through-detection-of-anti-stokes-emission
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Aquiles Carattino, Veer I P Keizer, Marcel J M Schaaf, Michel Orrit
Metallic nanoparticles have opened the possibility of imaging, tracking, and manipulating biological samples without time limitations. Their low photoluminescence quantum yield, however, makes them hard to detect under high background conditions. In this study we show that it is possible to image gold nanorods by detecting their anti-Stokes emission under resonant excitation. We show that even in the membrane of a cell containing the fluorescent dye Atto 647N, the signal/background of the anti-Stokes emission can be >10, while it is impossible to image the particles with the Stokes emission...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926847/probing-lipid-bilayers-under-ionic-imbalance
#4
Jiaqi Lin, Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Biological membranes are normally under a resting transmembrane potential (TMP), which originates from the ionic imbalance between extracellular fluids and cytosols, and serves as electric power storage for cells. In cell electroporation, the ionic imbalance builds up a high TMP, resulting in the poration of cell membranes. However, the relationship between ionic imbalance and TMP is not clearly understood, and little is known about the effect of ionic imbalance on the structure and dynamics of biological membranes...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926545/immune-responses-to-bioengineered-organs
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Jordi Ochando, Dominique Charron, Pedro M Baptista, Basak E Uygun
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Organ donation in the United States registered 9079 deceased organ donors in 2015. This high percentage of donations allowed organ transplantation in 29 851 recipients. Despite increasing numbers of transplants performed in comparison with previous years, the numbers of patients that are in need for a transplant increase every year at a higher rate. This reveals that the discrepancy between the demand and availability of organs remains fundamental problem in organ transplantation...
December 6, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926536/a-minimal-titration-model-of-the-mammalian-dynamical-heat-shock-response
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Aude Sivéry, Emmanuel Courtade, Quentin Thommen
Environmental stress, such as oxidative or heat stress, induces the activation of the heat shock response (HSR) and leads to an increase in the heat shock proteins (HSPs) level. These HSPs act as molecular chaperones to maintain cellular proteostasis. Controlled by highly intricate regulatory mechanisms, having stress-induced activation and feedback regulations with multiple partners, the HSR is still incompletely understood. In this context, we propose a minimal molecular model for the gene regulatory network of the HSR that reproduces quantitatively different heat shock experiments both on heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) and HSPs activities...
December 7, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926486/novel-epstein-barr-virus-like-particles-incorporating-gh-gl-ebna1-or-gb-lmp2-induce-high-neutralizing-antibody-titers-and-ebv-specific-t-cell-responses-in-immunized-mice
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Elizabeth M Perez, Joslyn Foley, Timelia Tison, Rute Silva, Javier Gordon Ogembo
Previous Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) prophylactic vaccines based on the major surface glycoprotein gp350/220 as an immunogen have failed to block viral infection in humans, suggesting a need to target other viral envelope glycoproteins. In this study, we reasoned that incorporating gH/gL or gB, critical glycoproteins for viral fusion and entry, on the surface of a virus-like particle (VLP) would be more immunogenic than gp350/220 for generating effective neutralizing antibodies to prevent viral infection of both epithelial and B cell lines...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925796/a-severe-asthma-disease-signature-from-gene-expression-profiling-of-peripheral-blood-from-u-biopred-cohorts
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Jeannette Bigler, Michael Boedigheimer, James P R Schofield, Paul J Skipp, Julie Corfield, Anthony Rowe, Ana R Sousa, Martin Timour, Lori Twehues, Xuguang Hu, Graham Roberts, Andrew A Welcher, Wen Yu, Kian F Chung, Ian M Adcock, Peter J Sterk, Ratko Djukanović
RATIONALE: Stratification of asthma at the molecular level, especially using accessible biospecimens, could greatly enable patient selection for targeted therapy. OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of blood to identify transcriptional differences between clinically defined asthmatic and non-asthmatic groups, identify potential patient subgroups based on gene expression, and explore biological pathways associated with identified differences. METHODS: Transcriptomics profiles were generated by microarray analysis of blood from 610 asthmatic and control participants in U-BIOPRED...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925666/enriching-s-4-u-rna-using-methane-thiosulfonate-mts-chemistry
#9
Erin E Duffy, Matthew D Simon
Metabolic labeling of cellular RNA is a useful approach to study RNA biology. 4-Thiouridine (s(4) U) is a convenient nucleoside for metabolic labeling because it is cell permeable and is incorporated into newly transcribed RNA, and the sulfur moiety provides a handle for biochemical purification. However, a critical step in the purification of s(4) U-RNA is the efficiency of the chemistry used to enrich s(4) U-RNA. Here, we present a protocol for s(4) U-RNA enrichment that includes efficient and reversible covalent chemistry to biotinylate s(4) U-RNA using the activated disulfide methane thiosulfonate conjugated to biotin (MTS-biotin), followed by enrichment on streptavidin beads...
December 7, 2016: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925440/enhancing-bioactive-properties-of-silk-fibroin-with-diatom-particles-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
#10
Thi Duy Hanh Le, Volha Liaudanskaya, Walter Bonani, Claudio Migliaresi, Antonella Motta
Many studies have highlighted the role of silicon in human bone formation and maintenance. Silicon, in fact, is considered to nucleate the precipitation of hydroxyapatite and to reduce the bone resorption. For this reason, we have combined silk fibroin with silicon releasing diatom particles, as potential material for bone tissue engineering applications. Sponges of fibroin loaded with different amounts and sizes of diatom particles were prepared by solvent casting-particulate leaching method, and their morphology, porosity and mechanical properties were evaluated...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925398/cell-based-biohybrid-drug-delivery-systems-the-best-of-the-synthetic-and-natural-worlds
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Samagya Banskota, Parisa Yousefpour, Ashutosh Chilkoti
The goal of drug delivery is to deliver therapeutics to the site of disease while reducing unwanted side effects. In recent years, a diverse variety of synthetic nano and microparticles have been developed as drug delivery systems. The success of these systems for drug delivery lies in their ability to overcome biological barriers such as the blood-brain barrier, to evade immune clearance and avoid nonspecific biodistribution. This Review provides an overview of recent advances in the design of biohybrid drug delivery systems, which combine cells with synthetic systems to overcome some of these biological hurdles...
December 7, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925395/persistency-of-enlarged-autolysosomes-underscores-nanoparticle-induced-autophagy-in-hepatocytes
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Ji-Qian Zhang, Wei Zhou, Sha-Sha Zhu, Jun Lin, Peng-Fei Wei, Fen-Fen Li, Pei-Pei Jin, Han Yao, Yun-Jiao Zhang, Yi Hu, Yi-Ming Liu, Ming Chen, Zheng-Quan Li, Xue-Sheng Liu, Li Bai, Long-Ping Wen
The diverse biological effects of nanomaterials form the basis for their applications in biomedicine but also cause safety issues. Induction of autophagy is a cellular response after nanoparticles exposure. It may be beneficial in some circumstances, yet autophagy-mediated toxicity raises an alarming concern. Previously, it has been reported that upconversion nanoparticles (UCNs) elicit liver damage, with autophagy contributing most of this toxicity. However, the detailed mechanism is unclear. This study reveals persistent presence of enlarged autolysosomes in hepatocytes after exposure to UCNs and SiO2 nanoparticles both in vitro and in vivo...
December 7, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925336/non-exponential-growth-of-mycobacterium-leprae-thai-53-strain-cultured-in-vitro
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Kazunobu Amako, Ken-Ichiro Iida, Mitsumasa Saito, Yoshitosi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Shin-Ichi Yoshida
To determine why cultivation of Mycobacterium leprae in vitro has not been successful, we attempted to culture this bacterium in media supplemented with a variety of biological materials. We observed a slight increase in the number of cells in medium supplemented with human blood plasma and an extract of nude mouse tissue after more than 3 months of cultivation at 30°C. To ascertain whether this increase was real growth, we analyzed the growth by droplet digital PCR. The analysis had the following two results: the slow increase in the copy number of cell-associated DNA and the release of a large amount of DNA into the culture medium from bacterial cells during cultivation...
December 7, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925266/marine-mollusk-derived-agents-with-antiproliferative-activity-as-promising-anticancer-agents-to-overcome-chemotherapy-resistance
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REVIEW
Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Florence Lefranc, Marianna Carbone, Ernesto Mollo, Margherita Gavagnin, Tania Betancourt, Ramesh Dasari, Alexander Kornienko, Robert Kiss
The chemical investigation of marine mollusks has led to the isolation of a wide variety of bioactive metabolites, which evolved in marine organisms as favorable adaptations to survive in different environments. Most of them are derived from food sources, but they can be also biosynthesized de novo by the mollusks themselves, or produced by symbionts. Consequently, the isolated compounds cannot be strictly considered as "chemotaxonomic markers" for the different molluscan species. However, the chemical investigation of this phylum has provided many compounds of interest as potential anticancer drugs that assume particular importance in the light of the growing literature on cancer biology and chemotherapy...
December 7, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925224/fluorescent-protein-photoprotein-fusions-and-their-applications-in-calcium-imaging
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Adil Bakayan, Beatriz Domingo, Cecilia F Vaquero, Nadine Peyriéras, Juan Llopis
Calcium-activated photoproteins, such as aequorin, have been used as luminescent Ca(2+) indicators since 1967. After the cloning of aequorin in 1985, microinjection was substituted by its heterologous expression, which opened the way for a widespread use. Molecular fusion of GFP to aequorin recapitulated the nonradiative energy transfer process that occurs in the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, from which these two proteins were obtained, resulting in an increase of light emission and a shift to longer wavelength...
December 7, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925194/sv40-infection-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-wharton-s-jelly-drives-the-production-of-inflammatory-and-tumoral-mediators
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Carolina Cason, Giuseppina Campisciano, Nunzia Zanotta, Erica Valencic, Serena Delbue, Ramona Bella, Manola Comar
The Mesenchymal Stromal Cells from umbilical cord Wharton's jelly (WJSCs) are a source of cells with high potentiality for the treatment of human immunological disorders. Footprints of the oncogenic viruses Simian Virus 40 (SV40) and JC Virus (JCPyV) have been recently detected in human WJSCs specimens. The aim of this study is to evaluate if WJSCs can be efficiently infected by these Polyomaviruses and if they can potentially exert tumoral activity. Cell culture experiments indicated that WJSCs could sustain both SV40 and JCPyV infections...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925190/s100a1-and-s100b-calcium-sensors-at-the-cross-roads-of-multiple-chondrogenic-pathways
#17
REVIEW
José Diaz-Romero, Dobrila Nesic
The S100 protein family comprises more than 20 members of small calcium binding proteins operating as Ca2 + -activated switches that interact and modulate the activity of a large number of targets. S100A1 and S100B, two members of this family, have been recently associated with the differentiation status of human articular chondrocytes. Both proteins are homogeneously expressed in all cartilage zones, their expression decreases during chondrocyte dedifferentiation, and can be induced under conditions promoting redifferentiation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925010/the-effects-of-a-simple-method-for-cryopreservation-and-thawing-procedures-on-cord-blood-derived-dc-based-esophageal-carcinoma-vaccine
#18
J Yu, L Xie, S Chen, J Zhang, G Guo, B Chen
BACKGROUND: Producing sufficient numbers of DCs at one time point and subsequently cryopreserving the generated DCs in ready-for-use aliquots for clinical application is useful in cancer treatment. OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of a simplified cryopreservation method and thawing procedures acting on the biological characteristics and specific cytotoxic activity of cord blood derived DC-based esophageal carcinoma vaccine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells were isolated from cord blood using CD34+ Progenitor Cell Isolation Kit by magnetic cell sorting system (MACS)...
July 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924920/online-flow-cytometry-reveals-microbial-dynamics-influenced-by-concurrent-natural-and-operational-events-in-groundwater-used-for-drinking-water-treatment
#19
Michael D Besmer, Jannis Epting, Rebecca M Page, Jürg A Sigrist, Peter Huggenberger, Frederik Hammes
Detailed measurements of physical, chemical and biological dynamics in groundwater are key to understanding the important processes in place and their influence on water quality - particularly when used for drinking water. Measuring temporal bacterial dynamics at high frequency is challenging due to the limitations in automation of sampling and detection of the conventional, cultivation-based microbial methods. In this study, fully automated online flow cytometry was applied in a groundwater system for the first time in order to monitor microbial dynamics in a groundwater extraction well...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924917/biological-response-of-zebrafish-embryos-after-short-term-exposure-to-thifluzamide
#20
Yang Yang, Wenxian Liu, Xiyan Mu, Suzhen Qi, Bin Fu, Chengju Wang
Thifluzamide is a new amide fungicide, and its extensive application may have toxic effects on zebrafish. To better understand the underlying mechanism, we investigated in detail the potential toxic effects of thifluzamide on zebrafish embryos. In the present study, embryos were exposed to 0, 0.19, 1.90, and 2.85 mg/L thifluzamide for 4 days. Obvious pathological changes were found upon a histological exam, and negative changes in mitochondrial structure were observed under Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), which qualitatively noted the toxic effects of thifluzamide on embryos...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
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