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Irene Vacca, Elena Del Tordello, Gianmarco Gasperini, Alfredo Pezzicoli, Martina Di Fede, Silvia Rossi Paccani, Sara Marchi, Tsisti D Mubaiwa, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Michael P Jennings, Kate L Seib, Vega Masignani, Mariagrazia Pizza, Davide Serruto, Beatrice Aricò, Isabel Delany
Neisserial Heparin Binding Antigen (NHBA) is a surface-exposed lipoprotein ubiquitously expressed by Neisseria meningitidis strains and an antigen of the Bexsero® vaccine. NHBA binds heparin through a conserved Arg-rich region that is the target of two proteases, the meningococcal NalP and human lactoferrin (hLf). In this work, in vitro studies showed that recombinant NHBA protein was able to bind epithelial cells and mutations of the Arg-rich tract abrogated this binding. All N-terminal and C-terminal fragments generated by NalP or hLf cleavage, regardless of the presence or absence of the Arg-rich region, did not bind to cells, indicating that a correct positioning of the Arg-rich region within the full length protein is crucial...
2016: PloS One
Rong Fu, Yinping Meng, Yihao Wang, Hui Liu, Yi Liu, Lijuan Li, Shaoxue Ding, Guojin Wang, Jia Song, Zonghong Shao
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is a dangerous complication of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and has a high mortality rate. However, the mechanism underlying the development of thrombosis in PNH remains unclear. To explore this, platelet function and serum complement activity were investigated in 14 patients with classical PNH, 11 with PNH aplastic anemia (AA) and 30 healthy controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Serum concentrations of the terminal complement complex (sC5b-9) were determined by enzyme-linked immunofluorescence assay (ELISA), and the levels of C5b-9, CD61 and CD62p on platelet membranes were determined by flow cytometry...
July 22, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Michael P O'Leary, Angela L Neville, Jessica A Keeley, Dennis Y Kim, Christian de Virgilio, David S Plurad
Preoperative diagnosis of ischemic bowel in patients with small bowel obstruction (SBO) is a clinical challenge. The aim of this study was to identify preoperative variables associated with ischemic bowel found at operative exploration. We performed a 5-year retrospective review of patients admitted to a university affiliated, county funded hospital who underwent exploratory laparoscopy or laparotomy for SBO. Patients were excluded if they had a known preoperative malignancy or hernia on physical examination...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Jennyka Hallewell, Tim Reuter, Kim Stanford, Ed Topp, Trevor W Alexander
The goal of this study was to monitor Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serogroups and virulence genes in cattle (n = 30) originating from a closed herd. Fecal samples were collected (1) at weaning, (2) upon arrival to a feedlot, (3) after 30 days on feed (DOF), and (4) after 135 DOF. DNA was extracted from feces for detection of virulence and serogroup genes by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunomagnetic separation and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were performed to collect and subtype STEC isolates...
October 25, 2016: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Heebeom Koo, Sei Kwang Hahn, Seok Hyun Yun
We demonstrate a chemically-detachable cell-glue system based on linkers containing disulfide bonds as well as functional groups for metabolic glycoengineering and bioorthogonal click chemistry. Azide groups are generated on the cell surface by metabolic glycoengineering, and they are futher modified into tetrazine (Tz) or trans-cyclooctene (TCO) using rationally-designed crosslinkers. When the Tz-modified and TCO-modified cells are mixed together, cell gluing between these two cell groups is established by Tz-TCO click chemistry...
October 25, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Alice C Chang, Armen H Mekhdjian, Masatoshi Morimatsu, Aleksandra Kirillovna Denisin, Beth L Pruitt, Alexander R Dunn
Integrins mediate cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix and enable the construction of complex, multicellular organisms, yet fundamental aspects of integrin-based adhesion remain poorly understood. Notably, the magnitude of the mechanical load experienced by individual integrins within living cells is unclear, due principally to limitations inherent to existing techniques. Here we use FRET-based molecular tension sensors (MTSs) to directly measure the distribution of loads experienced by individual integrins in living cells...
October 25, 2016: ACS Nano
Lu Han, Xiong Lu, Menghao Wang, Donglin Gan, Weili Deng, Kefeng Wang, Liming Fang, Kezhi Liu, Chun Wai Chan, Youhong Tang, Lu-Tao Weng, Huipin Yuan
A graphene oxide conductive hydrogel is reported that simultaneously possesses high toughness, self-healability, and self-adhesiveness. Inspired by the adhesion behaviors of mussels, our conductive hydrogel shows self-adhesiveness on various surfaces and soft tissues. The hydrogel can be used as self-adhesive bioelectronics, such as electrical stimulators to regulate cell activity and implantable electrodes for recording in vivo signals.
October 25, 2016: Small
Hong-Xia Cui, Honglan Wang, Yuchun Wang, Juan Song, Hua Tian, Chunhui Xia, Yetong Shen
Changes in the carbohydrate structure on the surface of tumor cells is an important feature of cancer metastasis. The specific role of sialic acids in the glycoconjugate terminal has not yet been clearly elucidated in these processes. Previously, we reported that α2,3-sialic acid residues in breast cancer are associated with metastatic potential. The α2,3-sialyltransferase ST3Gal III, which adds α2,3-sialic acids to glycoproteins, is overexpressed in various tumors, and enzyme activity is correlated with tumor metastasis, yet its mechanistic role has not been fully evaluated...
October 18, 2016: Oncology Reports
Ting Qu, Yan-Ping Li, Xiao-Hong Li, Yan Chen
The present study aimed to systematically examine the molecular mechanisms of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), and identify potential biomarkers and drugs for the treatment of PTC. Two microarray data sets (GSE3467 and GSE3678), containing 16 PTC samples and 16 paired normal samples, were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified using the Linear Models for Microarray Analysis package. Subsequently, the common DEGs were screened for functional and pathway enrichment analysis using the Database for Annotation Visualization and Integrated Discovery...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Boris Shenkman, Ivan Budnik, Yulia Einav, Hagit Hauschner, Mykhaylo Andrejchin, Uriel Martinowitz
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is commonly seen among patients with severe injury. The dynamic process of TIC is characterized by variability of the features of the disease. METHODS: A model of TIC was created. Hemodilution was produced by mixing the blood with 40% TRIS/saline solution, fibrinolysis by treating the blood with 160 ng/mL tPA, acidosis by adding 1.2 mg/mL lactic acid achieving pH 7.0-7.1, and hypothermia by running the assay at 31 °C...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Silin Sa, Mingxia Gu, James Chappell, Ning-Yi Shao, Mohamed Ameen, Kathryn A T Elliott, Dan Li, Fabian Grubert, Caiyun G Li, Shalina Taylor, Aiqin Cao, Yu Ma, Ryan Fong, Long Nguyen, Joseph C Wu, Michael P Snyder, Marlene Rabinovitch
RATIONALE: Idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension is characterized by loss and obliteration of lung vasculature. Endothelial cell dysfunction is pivotal to the pathophysiology but different causal mechanisms may reflect a need for patient-tailored therapies. OBJECTIVES: Endothelial cells differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells were compared to pulmonary arterial endothelial cells from the same patients with idiopathic or heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension, to determine whether they shared functional abnormalities and altered gene expression patterns, that differed from those in unused donor cells...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Andrea Venturato, Gillian MacFarlane, Jin Geng, Mark Bradley
The development of polymeric materials with cell adhesion abilities requires an understanding of cell-surface interactions which vary with cell type. To investigate the correlation between cell attachment and the nature of the polymer, a series of random and block copolymers composed of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate are synthesized through single electron transfer living radical polymerization. The polymers are synthesized with highly defined and controlled monomer compositions and exhibited narrow polydispersity indices...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Declan T Millett, Anne-Marie Glenny, Rye Cr Mattick, Joy Hickman, Nicky A Mandall
BACKGROUND: Orthodontic treatment involves using fixed or removable appliances (dental braces) to correct the positions of teeth. It has been shown that the quality of treatment result obtained with fixed appliances is much better than with removable appliances. Fixed appliances are, therefore, favoured by most orthodontists for treatment. The success of a fixed orthodontic appliance depends on the metal attachments (brackets and bands) being attached securely to the teeth so that they do not become loose during treatment...
October 25, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Stuart A Cain, Ewa J Mularczyk, Mukti Singh, Teresa Massam-Wu, Cay M Kielty
ADAMTS10 and ADAMTS6 are homologous metalloproteinases with ill-defined roles. ADAMTS10 mutations cause Weill-Marchesani syndrome (WMS), implicating it in fibrillin microfibril biology since some fibrillin-1 mutations also cause WMS. However little is known about ADAMTS6 function. ADAMTS10 is resistant to furin cleavage, however we show that ADAMTS6 is effectively processed and active. Using siRNA, over-expression and mutagenesis, it was found ADAMTS6 inhibits and ADAMTS10 is required for focal adhesions, epithelial cell-cell junction formation, and microfibril deposition...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Miyeon Lee, Changjun Park, Hyoban Lee, Hongki Kim, Sang Youl Kim, Insik In, Bongsoo Kim
We report the characterization and formation of catechol-terminated molecules immobilized on gold nanoplates (Au NPLs) using N-(3,4-dihydroxyphenethyl)-2-mercaptoacetamide (Cat-EAA-SH). Single-crystalline Au NPLs, synthesized using a one-step chemical vapor transport method, have ultraclean and ultraflat surfaces that make Cat-EAA-SH molecules aligned into a well-ordered network of a large-scale. Topographic study of the catechol-terminated molecules on Au NPLs using atomic force microscopy showed more orderly orientation and higher density, leading to significantly higher adhesion as observed from local force-distance curves than those on other Au surfaces...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
Long Liang, Christopher Jones, Shaohua Chen, Bo Sun, Yang Jiao
Collagen networks play an important role in coordinating and regulating collective cellular dynamics via a number of signaling pathways. Here, we investigate the transmission of forces generated by contractile cells in 3D collagen-I networks. Specifically, the graph (bond-node) representations of collagen networks with collagen concentrations of 1, 2 and 4 mg ml(-1) are derived from confocal microscopy data and used to model the network microstructure. Cell contraction is modeled by applying correlated displacements at specific nodes of the network, representing the focal adhesion sites...
October 25, 2016: Physical Biology
Ehteramolsadat Hosseini, Mehran Ghasemzadeh, Fatemeh Nassaji, Zeynab Pirmohammad Jamaat
Platelet storage is associated with deleterious changes leading to the loss of platelet reactivity and response. During storage, platelets experience increased expression and shedding of P-selectin and CD40L as specific markers of platelet activation, whereas GPIbα decreases due to ectodomain shedding. As an important adhesive receptor, GPVI contributes significantly to thrombus formation while its expression and shedding levels during storage of platelet products have not been well characterized yet. This study investigated the modulation of GPVI during platelet storage...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Guoqing Pan, Shujin Sun, Wen Zhang, Ruobing Zhao, Wenguo Cui, Fan He, Lixin Huang, Shih-Hui Lee, Kenneth J Shea, Qin Shi, Huilin Yang
Specific cell adhesion and osteogenicity are both crucial factors for the long-term success of titanium implants. In this work, two mussel-derived bioactive peptides were designed to one-step dual-biofunctionalization of titanium implants via robust catechol/TiO2 coordinative interactions. The highly biomimetic peptides capped with integrin-targeted sequence or osteogenic growth sequence could efficiently improve the biocompatibilities of titanium implants and endow the implants with abilities to induce specific cell adhesion and enhanced osteogenicity...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Evangelia Pardali, Timo Schmitz, Andreas Borgscheiper, Janette Iking, Lars Stegger, Johannes Waltenberger
BACKGROUND: Circulating white blood cells crucially contribute to maintenance and repair of solid organs. Therefore, certain cell populations such as monocytes are attractive targets for use in molecular imaging and cell imaging, e.g. after labelling with radionuclides, as well as for cell therapies. However, the preparation of monocytes may require freezing and thawing to preserve cells for timely and standardised applications. Additional modifications of these cells such as radioisotope labelling are necessary prior to their application in vivo...
December 2016: EJNMMI Research
Katinka Karenberg, Hannes Hudalla, David Frommhold
Impaired cellular innate immune defense accounts for susceptibility to sepsis and its high morbidity and mortality in preterm infants. Leukocyte recruitment is an integral part of the cellular immune response and follows a well-defined cascade of events from rolling of leukocytes along the endothelium to firm adhesion and finally transmigration which is concerted by a variety of adhesion molecules. Recent analytical advances such as fetal intravital microscopy have granted new insights into ontogenetic regulation and maturation of fetal immune cell recruitment...
December 2016: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
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