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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911377/hybrid-cut-an-improved-sectioning-method-for-recalcitrant-plant-tissue-samples
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Tien-Kuan Chen, Hui-Ting Yang, Su-Chiung Fang, Yi-Chen Lien, Ting-Ting Yang, Swee-Suak Ko
Maintaining plant section integrity is essential for studying detailed anatomical structures at the cellular, tissue, or even organ level. However, some plant cells have rigid cell walls, tough fibers and crystals (calcium oxalate, silica, etc.), and high water content that often disrupt tissue integrity during plant tissue sectioning. This study establishes a simple Hybrid-Cut tissue sectioning method. This protocol modifies a paraffin-based sectioning technique and improves the integrity of tissue sections from different plants...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911253/luteolibacter-flavescens-sp-nov-isolated-from-deep-seawater
#2
Chongya Zhang, Bolin Dong, Ruijun Wang, Yue Su, Shuaibo Han, Xiaoyun Yu, Zhe Zhao, Geyi Fu, Cong Sun, Min Wu
A novel Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile strain, designated GKXT, was isolated from deep seawater. Strain GKXT was able to grow at 20-35 °C (optimum, 25 °C), pH 5.5-9.5 (optimum, 7.5) and 0-4.0 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum, 1.0 %). The major fatty acids were C16:1 ω9c (15.4 %), C16:0 (18.4 %), C14:0 (12.0 %), iso-C14:0 (30.1 %) and anteiso-C15:0 (5.7 %). Strain GKXT contained phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylmethylethanoamine (PME), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), diphosphatidylglycerol (DPG) and one unidentified glycolipid (GL) as the main polar lipids...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911098/siga-deficiency-in-individual-small-airways-is-associated-with-persistent-inflammation-and-remodeling
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Vasiliy V Polosukhin, Bradley W Richmond, Rui-Hong Du, Justin M Cates, Pingsheng Wu, Hui Nian, Pierre P Massion, Lorraine B Ware, Jae Woo Lee, Alexey V Kononov, William E Lawson, Timothy S Blackwell
RATIONALE: Maintenance of a surface immune barrier is important for homeostasis in organs with mucosal surfaces that interface with the external environment; however, the role of the mucosal immune system in chronic lung diseases is incompletely understood. OBJECTIVES: We examined the relationship between secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) on the mucosal surface of small airways and parameters of inflammation and airway wall remodeling in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910768/pharmacological-properties-of-biocompounds-from-spores-of-the-lingzhi-or-reishi-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-lucidum-agaricomycetes-a-review
#4
Carlos Ricardo Soccol, Lucas Yamasaki Bissoqui, Cristine Rodrigues, Rosalia Rubel, Sandra R B R Sella, Fan Leifa, Luciana Porto de Souza Vandenberghe, Vanete Thomaz Soccol
Ganoderma lucidum is a well-known representative of mushrooms that have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. New discoveries related to this medicinal mushroom and its biological properties are frequently reported. However, only recently have scientists started to pay special attention to G. lucidum spores. This is in part because of the recent development of methods for breaking the spore wall and extracting biocompounds from the spore. Although some research groups are working with G. lucidum spores, data in the literature are still limited, and the methods used have not been systematized...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909975/immunoglobulin-g4-related-hepatic-inflammatory-pseudotumor-invading-the-abdominal-wall
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Shinji Miyajima, Akihiro Okano, Masaya Ohana
A 50-year-old woman presented with epigastralgia. Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen revealed a 6-cm well-enhanced mass extending from the left lobe of the liver to the abdominal wall, suggestive of cholangiocarcinoma. Liver and skin mass biopsies did not provide evidence of hepatic malignancy but were rich in plasma cells and sclerotic lesions. Subsequent detection of elevated serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) led to a diagnosis IgG4-related inflammatory pseudotumor (IPT) of the liver. Treatment with systemic corticosteroids resulted in rapid clinical improvement...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909797/wd40-repeat-protein-mocrec-is-essential-for-carbon-repression-and-is-involved-in-conidiation-growth-and-pathogenicity-of-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Khalid Abdelkarim Omer Matar, Xiaofeng Chen, Dongjie Chen, Wilfred Mabeche Anjago, Justice Norvienyeku, Yahong Lin, Meilian Chen, Zonghua Wang, Daniel J Ebbole, Guo-Dong Lu
Carbon catabolite repression (CCR) is a common regulatory mechanism used by microorganisms to prioritize use of a preferred carbon source (usually glucose). The CreC WD40-repeat protein is a major component of the CCR pathway in Aspergillus nidulans. To clarify the function of the CreC ortholog from Magnaporthe oryzae in regulating gene expression important for pathogenesis, MoCreC was identified and genetically characterized. The vegetative growth rate of the MoCreC deletion mutant on various carbon sources was reduced...
December 1, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909750/repression-of-proteases-and-hsp90-chaperone-expression-induced-by-an-antiretroviral-in-virulent-environmental-strains-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Cleber Fernando Serafin, Ana Paula Paris, Claudete Rodrigues Paula, Rita Cássia Garcia Simão, Rinaldo Ferreira Gandra
This study evaluated the effect of the antiretroviral ritonavir on protease secretion in different strains of Cryptococcus neoformans isolated from the environment and investigated the expression of heat shock protein (Hsp90), classically described virulence factors in other yeast in the presence of the same antiretroviral. The presence of the enzyme was detected by the formation of a degradation of the halo around the colonies. The results were classified as follows: level 1 (without proteases), level 2 (positive for proteases), and level 3 (strongly positive for proteases)...
December 2, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908803/pericytes-integral-components-of-adult-hematopoietic-stem-cell-niches
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D Sá da Bandeira, J Casamitjana, M Crisan
The interest in perivascular cells as a niche for adult hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) is significantly growing. In the adult bone marrow (BM), perivascular cells and HSCs cohabit. Among perivascular cells, pericytes are precursors of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) that are capable of differentiating into osteoblasts, adipocytes and chondrocytes. In situ, pericytes are recognised by their localisation to the abluminal side of the blood vessel wall, closely associated with endothelial cells in combination with the expression of markers such as CD146, neural glial 2 (NG2), platelet derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ), α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), nestin (Nes) and/or leptin receptor (LepR)...
November 28, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908256/a-review-on-nano-antimicrobials-metal-nanoparticles-methods-and-mechanisms
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Edris Hoseinzadeh, Pouran Makhdoumi, Parisa Taha, John Stelling, Hooshyar Hossini, Mohammad Amjad Kamal, Ghulam Md Ashraf
Nanotechnology is a scientific and engineering technology conducted at the Nano-scale, such as in the fields of compound fabric manufacturing, food processing, agricultural processing, and engineering, as well as in medical and medicinal application. In recent decade, nanomaterial applications for antimicrobial works have been interested by many researchers. Available reports show that some of the metal oxide Nanoparticles including; Al2O3, TiO2, ZnO, CuO, Co3O4, In2O3, MgO, SiO2, ZrO2, Cr2O3, Ni2O3, Mn2O3, CoO, and Nickel oxide have toxicity toward several microorganisms and they could successfully kill numerous bacteria...
December 1, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907860/co-delivery-of-vp-16-and-bcl-2-targeted-antisense-on-peg-grafted-omwcnts-for-synergistic-in-vitro-anti-cancer-effects-in-non-small-and-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Zbynek Heger, Hana Polanska, Sona Krizkova, Jan Balvan, Martina Raudenska, Simona Dostalova, Amitava Moulick, Michal Masarik, Vojtech Adam
Present study describes the preparation of a polyethylene glycol-grafted oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (oMWCNTs-PEG) hybrid nanosystem as a carrier of etoposide (VP-16) and Bcl-2 phosphorothioate antisense deoxyoligonucleotides (Aso) to achieve a superior cytostastic efficacy in non-small and small cell lung cancer in vitro. We have demonstrated that the adsorption of hydrophobic VP-16 and Bcl-2 Aso results in a stable nanotransporter exhibiting good dispersion with excellent release profiles (both, in pH 7...
November 19, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907169/crystal-structure-of-chitinase-chiw-from-paenibacillus-sp-str-fpu-7-reveals-a-novel-type-of-bacterial-cell-surface-expressed-multi-modular-enzyme-machinery
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Takafumi Itoh, Takao Hibi, Fumiko Suzuki, Ikumi Sugimoto, Akihiro Fujiwara, Koji Inaka, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kazunori Ohta, Yutaka Fujii, Akira Taketo, Hisashi Kimoto
The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus sp. str. FPU-7 effectively hydrolyzes chitin by using a number of chitinases. A unique chitinase with two catalytic domains, ChiW, is expressed on the cell surface of this bacterium and has high activity towards various chitins, even crystalline chitin. Here, the crystal structure of ChiW at 2.1 Å resolution is presented and describes how the enzyme degrades chitin on the bacterial cell surface. The crystal structure revealed a unique multi-modular architecture composed of six domains to function efficiently on the cell surface: a right-handed β-helix domain (carbohydrate-binding module family 54, CBM-54), a Gly-Ser-rich loop, 1st immunoglobulin-like (Ig-like) fold domain, 1st β/α-barrel catalytic domain (glycoside hydrolase family 18, GH-18), 2nd Ig-like fold domain and 2nd β/α-barrel catalytic domain (GH-18)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907079/identification-of-pectin-degrading-enzymes-secreted-by-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae-and-determination-of-their-role-in-virulence-on-rice
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Lavanya Tayi, Roshan V Maku, Hitendra Kumar Patel, Ramesh V Sonti
Xanthomonas oryzae pv.oryzae (Xoo) causes the serious bacterial blight disease of rice. Xoo secretes a repertoire of plant cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs) like cellulases, xylanases, esterases etc., which act on various components of the rice cell wall. The major cellulases and xylanases secreted by Xoo have been identified and their role in virulence has been determined. In this study, we have identified some of the pectin degrading enzymes of Xoo and assessed their role in virulence. Bioinformatics analysis indicated the presence of four pectin homogalacturonan (HG) degrading genes in the genome of Xoo...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907057/the-effects-of-irreversible-electroporation-on-the-colon-in-a-porcine-model
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Xiaomei Luo, Xianjun Liang, Jiannan Li, Jian Shi, Wenlong Zhang, Wei Chai, Jiuping Wu, Shuai Guo, Gang Fang, Xulong Zhou, Jianhua Zhang, Kecheng Xu, Jianying Zeng, Lizhi Niu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Irreversible electroporation (IRE) is a method of targeted cell ablation which has been suggested as a potential cancer therapy as it leaves structures such as blood vessels and the extracellular matrix intact, thereby allowing the rapid recovery of healthy tissue. Here, we investigated the effects of IRE on the colon in vivo in a porcine model. METHODS: IRE ablation was performed on the colon walls of 12 female Tibet mini-pigs, creating a total of 24 lesions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906619/effects-of-4-pyridone-3-carboxamide-1%C3%AE-d-ribonucleoside-on-adenine-nucleotide-catabolism-in-the-aortic-wall-implications-for-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-ldlr-mice
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Magdalena Zabielska, Barbara Kutryb-Zajac, Paulina Żukowska, Ewa Slominska, Ryszard Smoleński
: 4-Pyridone-3-carboxamide-1-beta-D-ribonucleoside (4PYR) is an endogenously produced nucleoside that had been identified as a substrate for intracellular phosphorylation to form intracellular nucleotides. Previous studies demonstrated that 4PYR adversely affects metabolism of endothelial cells that is known risk factor for atherosclerosis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate effects of 4PYR on the progression of atherosclerosis and changes in extracellular nucleotides degradation on the surface of the vessel wall in the murine model...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906187/systemic-application-of-3-methyladenine-markedly-inhibited-atherosclerotic-lesion-in-apoe-mice-by-modulating-autophagy-foam-cell-formation-and-immune-negative-molecules
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Shen Dai, Bo Wang, Wen Li, Liyang Wang, Xingguo Song, Chun Guo, Yulan Li, Fengming Liu, Faliang Zhu, Qun Wang, Xiaoyan Wang, Yongyu Shi, Jianing Wang, Wei Zhao, Lining Zhang
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that autophagy, an evolutionarily conserved intracellular degradation process, is involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and has become a potential therapeutic target. Here we tested the effect of two inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, 3-methyladenine (3-MA) and 2-(4-morpholinyl)-8-phenyl-chromone (LY294002), commonly used as inhibitors of autophagy, in atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E(-/-) mice. Systemic application of 3-MA but not LY294002 markedly reduced the size of atherosclerotic plaque and increased the stability of lesions in high-fat diet-fed mice as compared with controls...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906137/in-vitro-toxicity-of-carbon-nanotube-polylysine-colloids-to-colon-cancer-cells
#16
Alejandro Ansón-Casaos, Laura Grasa, Desirée Pereboom, José Emilio Mesonero, Alvaro Casanova, María Divina Murillo, María Teresa Martínez
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are thoroughly purified and dispersed in an aqueous solution of high molecular weight poly-L-lysine (pLlys). Human intestinal epithelial Caco-2/TC7 cells are incubated with the SWCNT dispersions in pLlys, and their effects on cell viability are studied by image flow cytometry. No significant changes are observed in the cell culture wells up to pLlys concentrations of 10 μg ml(-1). However, high mortality is detected at pLlys concentrations of 100 μg ml(-1). The presence of oxygen-free SWCNTs does not modify the effects of pLlys on cell cultures at any of the tested concentrations (≤1 μg ml(-1))...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906085/tissue-engineered-cardiac-patch-seeded-with-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-promoted-the-regeneration-of-host-cardiomyocytes-in-a-rat-model
#17
Tadahisa Sugiura, Narutoshi Hibino, Christopher K Breuer, Toshiharu Shinoka
BACKGROUND: Thousands of babies are born with congenital heart defects that require surgical repair involving a prosthetic implant. Lack of growth in prosthetic grafts is especially detrimental in pediatric surgery. Cell seeded biodegradable tissue engineered grafts are a novel solution to this problem. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the feasibility of seeding human induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes (hiPS-CMs) onto a biodegradable cardiac patch. METHODS: The hiPS-CMs were cultured on a biodegradable patch composed of a polyglycolic acid (PGA) and a 50:50 poly (l-lactic-co-ε-caprolactone) copolymer (PLCL) for 1 week...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906054/is-radical-surgery-of-an-inverted-papilloma-of-the-maxillary-sinus-obsolete-a-case-report
#18
Vedat Yildirim, Niels Christian Pausch, Dirk Halama, Heinz-Theo Lübbers, Ayhan Yildirim
BACKGROUND: Sinonasal inverted papilloma is a locally aggressive tumor arising from the Schneiderian membrane which lines the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. Aggressive surgical approaches, such as lateral rhinotomy, were used until recently for complete removal of the inverted papilloma. Currently, endoscopic resection is the gold standard in the treatment of inverted papilloma. However, there are situations that justify an open approach. For example there are studies that report a higher postoperative recurrence rate after endonasal endoscopic resection, particularly in the treatment of recurrent diseases...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905512/plant-phenolic-volatiles-inhibit-quorum-sensing-in-pectobacteria-and-reduce-their-virulence-by-potential-binding-to-expi-and-expr-proteins
#19
Janak Raj Joshi, Netaly Khazanov, Hanoch Senderowitz, Saul Burdman, Alexander Lipsky, Iris Yedidia
Quorum sensing (QS) is a population density-dependent regulatory system in bacteria that couples gene expression to cell density through accumulation of diffusible signaling molecules. Pectobacteria are causal agents of soft rot disease in a range of economically important crops. They rely on QS to coordinate their main virulence factor, production of plant cell wall degrading enzymes (PCWDEs). Plants have evolved an array of antimicrobial compounds to anticipate and cope with pathogens, of which essential oils (EOs) are widely recognized...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905300/intravital-imaging-of-mouse-urothelium-reveals-activation-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-by-stretch-induced-intravesical-release-of-atp
#20
Takeshi Sano, Takashi Kobayashi, Hiromitsu Negoro, Atsushi Sengiku, Takuya Hiratsuka, Yuji Kamioka, Louis S Liou, Osamu Ogawa, Michiyuki Matsuda
To better understand the roles played by signaling molecules in the bladder, we established a protocol of intravital imaging of the bladder of mice expressing a Förster/fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensor for extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), which plays critical roles not only in cell growth but also stress responses. With an upright two-photon excitation microscope and a vacuum-stabilized imaging window, cellular ERK activity was visualized in the whole bladder wall, from adventitia to urothelium...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
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