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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743043/neurotrophy-and-immunomodulation-of-induced-neural-stem-cell-grafts-in-a-mouse-model-of-closed-head-injury
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Mou Gao, Hui Yao, Qin Dong, Yan Zhang, Yang Yang, Yihua Zhang, Zhijun Yang, Minhui Xu, Ruxiang Xu
Closed head injury (CHI) usually results in severe and permanent neurological impairments, which are caused by several intertwined phenomena, such as cerebral edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, neuronal loss, astroglial scarring and inflammation. We previously reported that induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), similar to neural stem cells (NSCs), can accelerate neurological recovery in vivo and produce neurotrophic factors in vitro. However, the effects of iNSC neurotrophy following CHI were not determined...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742995/icaritin-induces-mc3t3-e1-subclone14-cell-differentiation-through-estrogen-receptor-mediated-erk1-2-and-p38-signaling-activation
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Zhidi Wu, Ling Ou, Chaopeng Wang, Li Yang, Panpan Wang, Hengrui Liu, Yingquan Xiong, Kehuan Sun, Ronghua Zhang, Xiaofeng Zhu
Icaritin (ICT), a hydrolytic product of icariin from the genus Epimedium, has many indicated pharmacological and biological activities. Several studies have shown that ICT has potential osteoprotective effects, including stimulation of osteoblast differentiation and inhibition of osteoclast differentiation. However, the molecular mechanism for this anabolic action of ICT remains largely unknown. Here, we found that ICT could enhance MC3T3-E1 subclone 14 preosteoblastic cell differentiation associated with increased mRNA levels and protein expression of the differentiation markers alkaline phosphatase (ALP), type 1 collagen (COL1), osteocalcin (OC), osteoponin (OPN) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), and improved mineralization, confirmed by bone nodule formation and collagen synthesis...
July 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742937/models-for-discovery-of-targeted-therapy-in-genetic-epileptic-encephalopathies
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Snezana Maljevic, Christopher A Reid, Steven Petrou
Epileptic encephalopathies are severe disorders emerging in the first days to years of life that commonly include refractory seizures, various types of movement disorders, and different levels of developmental delay. In recent years, many de novo occurring variants have been identified in individuals with these devastating disorders. To unravel disease mechanisms the functional impact of detected variants associated with epileptic encephalopathies is investigated in a range of cellular and animal models. This review addresses efforts to advance and use such models to identify specific molecular and cellular targets for the development of novel therapies...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742931/dynamics-of-lipids-and-metabolites-during-the-cell-cycle-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Jessica Jüppner, Umarah Mubeen, Andrea Leisse, Camila Caldana, Henrike Brust, Martin Steup, Marion Herrmann, Dirk Steinhauser, Patrick Giavalisco
Metabolites and lipids are the final products of enzymatic processes, distinguishing the different cellular functions and activities of single cells or whole tissues. Understanding these cellular functions within a well-established model system, requires a systemic collection of molecular and physiological information. In the current report, the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was selected to establish a comprehensive workflow for the detailed multi-omics analysis of a synchronously growing cell culture system...
July 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742689/lymphangiogenic-gene-expression-is-associated-with-lymph-node-recurrence-and-poor-prognosis-after-partial-hepatectomy-for-colorectal-liver-metastasis
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Thomas T Vellinga, Onno Kranenburg, Nicola Frenkel, Inge Ubink, Dieuwke Marvin, Klaas Govaert, Susanne van Schelven, Jeroen Hagendoorn, Inne H Borel Rinkes
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relevance of lymphangiogenic gene expression in primary and liver metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC) and identify determinants of lymphatic invasion. BACKGROUND: Lymphatic development promoting vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGFC) is associated with poor outcome in primary CRC. For colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM), intrahepatic lymph invasion and lymph node metastasis are poor prognostic factors. Exact biological factors promoting lymphatic involvement remain elusive, just as the association with molecular subtypes of CRC...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742165/system-analysis-identifies-distinct-and-common-functional-networks-governed-by-transcription-factor-ascl1-in-glioma-and-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Sainitin Donakonda, Swati Sinha, Shrinivas Nivrutti Dighe, Manchanahalli R Satyanarayana Rao
ASCL1 is a basic Helix-Loop-Helix transcription factor (TF), which is involved in various cellular processes like neuronal development and signaling pathways. Transcriptome profiling has shown that ASCL1 overexpression plays an important role in the development of glioma and Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (SCLC), but distinct and common molecular mechanisms regulated by ASCL1 in these cancers are unknown. In order to understand how it drives the cellular functional network in these two tumors, we generated a gene expression profile in a glioma cell line (U87MG) to identify ASCL1 gene targets by an si RNA silencing approach and then compared this with a publicly available dataset of similarly silenced SCLC (NCI-H1618 cells)...
July 25, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742072/phaeoviruses-discovered-in-kelp-laminariales
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Dean A McKeown, Kim Stevens, Akira F Peters, Peter Bond, Glenn M Harper, Colin Brownlee, Murray T Brown, Declan C Schroeder
Phaeoviruses are latent double-stranded DNA viruses that insert their genomes into those of their brown algal (Phaeophyceae) hosts. So far these viruses are known only from members of the Ectocarpales, which are small and short-lived macroalgae. Here we report molecular and morphological evidence for a new Phaeovirus cluster, referred to as sub-group C, infecting kelps (Laminariales) of the genera Laminaria and Saccharina, which are ecologically and commercially important seaweeds. Epifluorescence and TEM observations indicate that the Laminaria digitata Virus (LdigV), the type species of sub-group C, targets the host nucleus for its genome replication, followed by gradual degradation of the chloroplast and assembly of virions in the cytoplasm of both vegetative and reproductive cells...
July 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742026/aire-is-a-critical-spindle-associated-protein-in-embryonic-stem-cells
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Bin Gu, Jean-Philippe Lambert, Katie Cockburn, Anne-Claude Gingras, Janet Rossant
Embryonic stem (ES) cells go though embryo-like cell cycles regulated by specialized molecular mechanisms. However, it is not known whether there are ES cell-specific mechanisms regulating mitotic fidelity. Here we showed that Autoimmune Regulator (Aire), a transcription coordinator involved in immune tolerance processes, is a critical spindle-associated protein in mouse ES(mES) cells. BioID analysis showed that AIRE associates with spindle-associated proteins in mES cells. Loss of function analysis revealed that Aire was important for centrosome number regulation and spindle pole integrity specifically in mES cells...
July 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741935/super-photostable-phosphole-based-dye-for-multiple-acquisition-stimulated-emission-depletion-imaging
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Chenguang Wang, Masayasu Taki, Yoshikatsu Sato, Aiko Fukazawa, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Shigehiro Yamaguchi
As stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy can provide structural details of cells with an optical resolution beyond the diffraction limit, it has become an indispensable tool in cell biology. However, the intense STED laser beam usually causes rapid photobleaching of the employed fluorescent dyes, which significantly limits the utility of STED microscopy from a practical perspective. Herein we report a new design of super-photostable dye, PhoxBright 430 (PB430), comprising a fully ring-fused π-conjugated skeleton with an electron-accepting phosphole P-oxide unit...
July 25, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741493/derisking-drug-induced-carcinogenicity-for-novel-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Jonathan G Moggs, Timothy MacLachlan, Hans-Joerg Martus, Philip Bentley
Assessing the carcinogenic potential of innovative drugs spanning diverse therapeutic modalities and target biology represents a major challenge during drug development. Novel modalities, such as cell and gene therapies that involve intrinsic genetic modification of the host genome, require distinct approaches for identification of cancer hazard. We emphasize the need for customized weight-of-evidence cancer risk assessments based on mode of action that balance multiple options for preclinical identification of cancer hazard with appropriate labeling of clinical products and risk management plans...
August 2016: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740553/a-fluorogenic-probe-for-ultrafast-and-reversible-detection-of-formaldehyde-in-neurovascular-tissues
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Xing-Guang Liang, Bo Chen, Ling-Xiao Shao, Juan Cheng, Ming-Zhu Huang, Yu Chen, Yong-Zhou Hu, Yi-Feng Han, Feng Han, Xin Li
Formaldehyde (FA) is endogenously produced in live systems and has been implicated in a diverse array of pathophysiological processes. To disentangle the detailed molecular mechanisms of FA biology, a reliable method for monitoring FA changes in live cells would be indispensable. Although there have been several fluorescent probes reported to detect FA, most are limited by the slow detection kinetics and the intrinsic disadvantage of detecting FA in an irreversible manner which may disturb endogenous FA homeostasis...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740507/mir-195-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-cell-lines-by-targeting-ccnd1-and-fgf2
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Yali Yin, Shubin Hong, Shuang Yu, Yanrui Huang, Shuwei Chen, Yujie Liu, Quan Zhang, Yanbing Li, Haipeng Xiao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA) dysregulation was commonly seen in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), and miR-195 was verified to be downregulated in PTC by the large data set analysis from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Our study aimed to explore the biological functions and the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-195 in PTC. METHODS: The relative expression of miR-195 and its target genes were assessed by quantitative RT-PCR assay in 38 pairs of PTC and the adjacent thyroid tissues...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740497/the-role-of-multiscale-protein-dynamics-in-antigen-presentation-and-t-lymphocyte-recognition
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R Charlotte Eccleston, Shunzhou Wan, Neil Dalchau, Peter V Coveney
T lymphocytes are stimulated when they recognize short peptides bound to class I proteins of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) protein, as peptide-MHC complexes. Due to the diversity in T-cell receptor (TCR) molecules together with both the peptides and MHC proteins they bind to, it has been difficult to design vaccines and treatments based on these interactions. Machine learning has made some progress in trying to predict the immunogenicity of peptide sequences in the context of specific MHC class I alleles but, as such approaches cannot integrate temporal information and lack explanatory power, their scope will always be limited...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740487/determinants-of-bacterial-morphology-from-fundamentals-to-possibilities-for-antimicrobial-targeting
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REVIEW
Muriel C F van Teeseling, Miguel A de Pedro, Felipe Cava
Bacterial morphology is extremely diverse. Specific shapes are the consequence of adaptive pressures optimizing bacterial fitness. Shape affects critical biological functions, including nutrient acquisition, motility, dispersion, stress resistance and interactions with other organisms. Although the characteristic shape of a bacterial species remains unchanged for vast numbers of generations, periodical variations occur throughout the cell (division) and life cycles, and these variations can be influenced by environmental conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739725/high-efficient-screening-method-for-identification-of-key-genes-in-breast-cancer-through-microarray-and-bioinformatics
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Zihao Liu, Gehao Liang, Luyuan Tan, A N Su, Wenguo Jiang, Chang Gong
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of the present study was to identify key pathways and genes in breast cancer and develop a new method for screening key genes with abnormal expression based on bioinformatics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three microarray datasets GSE21422, GSE42568 and GSE45827 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were analyzed using GEO2R. The gene ontology (GO) and pathway enrichment analysis were established through DAVID database...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739659/the-stress-sensing-torc2-complex-activates-yeast-agc-family-protein-kinase-ypk1-at-multiple-novel-sites
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Kristin L Leskoske, Françoise M Roelants, Maria Nieves Martinez Marshall, Jennifer M Hill, Jeremy Thorner
Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Target of Rapamycin (TOR) Complex 2 (TORC2) is a multi-subunit plasma membrane-associated protein kinase and vital growth regulator. Its essential functions are exerted via phosphorylation and stimulation of downstream protein kinase Ypk1 (and its paralog Ypk2). Ypk1 phosphorylates multiple substrates to regulate plasma membrane lipid and protein composition. Ypk1 function requires phosphorylation of Thr504 in its activation loop by eisosome-associated Pkh1 (and its paralog Pkh2)...
July 24, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739341/atomic-force-microscope-as-a-nano-and-micrometer-scale-biological-manipulator-a-short-review
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REVIEW
Atsushi Ikai, Rehana Afrin, Masakazu Saito, Takahiro Watanabe-Nakayama
The amazing capacity of atomic force microscope to let us touch the molecular and cellular level samples with a sharp probe stimulated its application to bio-medical field among others. In addition to topographical imaging of the sample surface, a direct mechanical manipulation has attracted innovative minds to develop new methodologies aiming at direct handling of proteins, DNA/RNA, and cells. Measurement of their mechanical properties brought about a vivid picture of their physical nature. Direct handling of individual molecules and cells prompted development of nano-medical applications...
July 21, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739292/a-polar-sxxs-motif-drives-assembly-of-the-transmembrane-domains-of-toll-like-receptor-4
#18
Vasileios Kargas, Jan K Marzinek, Daniel A Holdbrook, Hang Yin, Robert C Ford, Peter J Bond
Like all members of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family, TLR4 comprises of a large ectodomain (ECD) involved in ligand recognition at the cell-surface, and a cytosolic Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) signalling domain, linked by a lipid membrane-anchored transmembrane (TM) domain (TMD). Binding of immunostimulatory pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) such as bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to myeloid differentiation factor 2 (MD-2) coreceptor-complexed TLR4 leads to its dimerization, resulting in productive juxtaposition of TIR domains and the initiation of pro-inflammatory innate immune responses...
July 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739173/lipid-droplet-proteins-and-metabolic-diseases
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REVIEW
Shimeng Xu, Xuelin Zhang, Pingsheng Liu
Lipid droplets (LDs) are ubiquitous cellular organelles for lipid storage which are composed of a neutral lipid core bounded by a protein decorated phospholipid monolayer. Although lipid storage is their most obvious function, LDs are far from inert as they participate in maintaining lipid homeostasis through lipid synthesis, metabolism, and transportation. Furthermore, they are involved in cell signaling and other molecular events closely associated with human disease such as dyslipidemia, obesity, lipodystrophy, diabetes, fatty liver, atherosclerosis, and others...
July 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738766/molecular-dynamics-and-biological-evaluation-of-2-chloro-7-cyclopentyl-7h-pyrrolo-2-3-d-pyrimidine-derivatives-against-breast-cancer
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Kulathooran Singaram, Dhamodaran Marimuthu, Selvakumar Baskaran, Suresh Kumar Chinaga, Dhivya Shanmugarajan, Thangavel Vadivel
In the present study, three series of 2-chloro-7-cyclopentyl-7H-pyrrolo[2,3-d]pyrimidine derivatives 6(a-f), 7(a-c) and 8(a-c) have been synthesized and studied for their in vitro anti-cancer, antioxidant and receptor ligand interaction. Significant inhibition of MCF-7 cell line was observed for compounds 6e and 6f has compared with standard doxorubicin. However, these derivatives show good scavenging activities, perhaps compounds 7a, 8a, 6c and 6e show better antioxidant activities than ascorbic acid. Furthermore, molecular dynamics and simulation was conducted for best pose interacted compound 6e with active site of protein to study its stability and behaviour in nanoscale and in future this lead can serve as drug candidate to therapy ER-alpha for breast cancer...
July 24, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
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