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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441604/digital-quantitative-analysis-of-microrna-in-single-cell-based-on-ligation-depended-polymerase-colony-polony
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Hui Wang, Honghong Wang, Xinrui Duan, Chenghui Liu, Zhengping Li
The ability to dissect cell-to-cell variations of microRNA (miRNA) expression with single-cell resolution has become a powerful tool to investigate the regulatory function of miRNAs in biological processes and the pathogenesis of miRNA-related diseases. Herein, we have developed a novel scheme for digital detection of miRNA in single cell by using the ligation-depended DNA polymerase colony (polony). Firstly, two simply designed target-specific DNA probes were ligated by using individual miRNA as the template...
April 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441559/hydra-imaging-nerve-nets-in-action
#2
Ni Ji, Steven W Flavell
Mapping whole-brain activity during behavior represents one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of systems neuroscience. New research has taken advantage of the unique biology of an ancient organism to bring us a step closer to that goal.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441456/genome-wide-association-study-of-facial-morphology-reveals-novel-associations-with-frem1-and-park2
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Myoung Keun Lee, John R Shaffer, Elizabeth J Leslie, Ekaterina Orlova, Jenna C Carlson, Eleanor Feingold, Mary L Marazita, Seth M Weinberg
Several studies have now shown evidence of association between common genetic variants and quantitative facial traits in humans. The reported associations generally involve simple univariate measures and likely represent only a small fraction of the genetic loci influencing facial morphology. In this study, we applied factor analysis to a set of 276 facial linear distances derived from 3D facial surface images of 2187 unrelated individuals of European ancestry. We retained 23 facial factors, which we then tested for genetic associations using a genome-wide panel of 10,677,593 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441351/probing-temperature-and-ph-dependent-binding-between-quantum-dots-and-bovine-serum-albumin-by-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy
#4
Zonghua Wang, Qiyan Zhao, Menghua Cui, Shichao Pang, Jingfang Wang, Ying Liu, Liming Xie
Luminescent quantum dots (QDs) with unique optical properties have potential applications in bio-imaging. The interaction between QDs and bio-molecules is important to the biological effect of QDs in vivo. In this paper, we have employed fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to probe the temperature- and pH-dependent interactions between CdSe QDs with carboxyl (QDs-COOH) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) in buffer solutions. The results have shown that microscopic dissociation constant K'D is in the range of (1...
April 25, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439869/studying-protein-protein-interactions-in-planta-using-advanced-fluorescence-microscopy
#5
Marc Somssich, Rüdiger Simon
The formation of protein complexes through direct protein-protein interaction is essential for virtually every biological process, and accordingly the ability to determine the interaction properties of specific proteins is important to understand these processes. Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements are state-of-the-art confocal fluorescence microscopy- and imaging-based techniques that allow the analysis of protein interactions in vivo and in planta, in specific compartments of single cells or tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439864/long-term-confocal-imaging-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-root-growth-and-fluorescent-signals
#6
Delyana Stoeva, Christian Göschl, Bruce Corliss, Wolfgang Busch
Observing cellular and molecular processes in living organisms is key for understanding many important biological processes. Confocal microscopy is excellently suited for this as it enables the observation of molecules and cells in tissue layers of living organisms in three dimensions over time. However, in continuously growing organs, such as plant roots, observations over extended time spans become difficult as the specimen quickly grows out the field of view. Here, we provide a protocol that allows for the acquisition of confocal microscope time-lapse images of root tips spanning many hours, as the growing root tip is tracked and the microscopy is automatized to change the position of the stage...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439490/watch-and-wait-policy-in-advanced-neuroendocrine-tumors-what-does-it-mean
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EDITORIAL
Nicola Fazio
Neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) are a group of rare and heterogeneous malignancies, which can develop in various organs. The clinical course of NENs is quite heterogeneous, with different spontaneous growth rates after diagnosis, and different degrees of sensitivity to the same therapy even when they have similar characteristics. Watch and wait (W and W), is a term coined to indicate observation being conducted to assess the evolution of the tumor without administering any anti-tumor therapy. It has been applied to NENs since in extremely rare cases they tend to remain stable for a long time...
April 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439423/rheumatoid-arthritis-what-do-mri-and-ultrasound-show
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EDITORIAL
Iwona Sudoł-Szopińska, Lennart Jans, James Teh
Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common inflammatory arthritis, affecting approximately 1% of the world's population. Its pathogenesis has not been completely understood. However, there is evidence that the disease may involve synovial joints, subchondral bone marrow as well as intra- and extraarticular fat tissue, and may lead to progressive joint destruction and disability. Over the last two decades, significant improvement in its prognosis has been achieved owing to new strategies for disease management, the emergence of new biologic therapies and better utilization of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs...
March 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438899/galectin-3-a-positive-regulator-of-leukocyte-recruitment-in-the-inflamed-microcirculation
#9
Beatrice R Gittens, Jennifer V Bodkin, Sussan Nourshargh, Mauro Perretti, Dianne Cooper
In vivo and ex vivo imaging were used to investigate the function of galectin-3 (Gal-3) during the process of leukocyte recruitment to the inflamed microcirculation. The cremasteric microcirculation of wild-type (C57BL/6), Gal-3(-/-), and CX3CR1(gfp/+) mice were assessed by intravital microscopy after PBS, IL-1β, TNF-α, or recombinant Gal-3 treatment. These cellular responses were investigated further using flow-chamber assays, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, PCR analysis, and proteome array. We show that mechanisms mediating leukocyte slow rolling and emigration are impaired in Gal-3(-/-) mice, which could be because of impaired expression of cell adhesion molecules and an altered cell surface glycoproteome...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438880/testicular-dose-during-prophylaxis-of-heterotopic-ossification-with-radiation-therapy
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Waleed F Mourad, John K Ma, Satyaseelan Packianathan, Weisi Yan, Sherif G Shaaban, Edward M Marchan, Lamiaa E Abdallah, Rei He, Paul N Mobit, Chunli Claus Yang, Srinivasan Vijayakumar
AIM: A single-institution, retrospective study was performed to investigate potential techniques to minimize radiation exposure to the testicles during heterotopic ossification (HO) prophylaxis. We report the impact of split-beam technique (SBT) and different photon energies on the total dose of radiation received by the testicles during prophylaxis of HO. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2008 and 2010, we identified 64 patients with traumatic acetabular fractures who underwent surgery followed by radiation therapy (RT) without testicular shielding...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438675/integrating-cell-biology-and-proteomic-approaches-in-plants
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Tomáš Takáč, Olga Šamajová, Jozef Šamaj
Significant improvements of protein extraction, separation, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics nurtured advancements of proteomics during the past years. The usefulness of proteomics in the investigation of biological problems can be enhanced by integration with other experimental methods from cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and other omics approaches including transcriptomics and metabolomics. This review aims to summarize current trends integrating cell biology and proteomics in plant science...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438609/novel-replicons-and-trans-encapsidation-systems-for-hepatitis-c-virus-proteins-live-imaging-and-virus-host-interaction-proteomics
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Ovidiu Vlaicu, Tudor Selescu, Florin Pastrama, Cristian Munteanu, Laura Riva, Jean Dubuisson, Yves Rouille, Costin-Ioan Popescu
Proteomics and imaging techniques are used more and more in tandem to investigate the virus-host interaction. Herein we present novel replicons, methods and trans-encapsidation systems suitable for determination of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) proteins interactomes and live imaging of viral proteins dynamics in HCV cell culture (HCVcc) system. To identify endogenous factors involved in the HCV life cycle, we constructed full-length functional replicons with affinity purification (AP) tags fused to NS2 and NS5A proteins...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438531/altered-gray-and-white-matter-microstructure-in-cushing-s-disease-a-diffusional-kurtosis-imaging-study
#13
Hong Jiang, Na-Ying He, Yu-Hao Sun, Fang-Fang Jian, Liu-Guan Bian, Jian-Kang Shen, Fu-Hua Yan, Si-Jian Pan, Qing-Fang Sun
Exposure to chronic hypercortisolism has multiple adverse effects on brain biology in humans. Cushing's disease (CD) represents a unique and natural human model for examining the effects of hypercortisolism on the brain. This cross-sectional study used Diffusional Kurtosis Imaging (DKI) to investigate the microstructure alterations in both white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) of CD patients and to determine the relationship of these changes with clinical characteristics. DKI images were obtained from 15 active CD patients...
April 21, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438164/aggregation-dispersion-transitions-of-t4-phage-triggered-by-environmental-ion-availability
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Bożena Szermer-Olearnik, Marek Drab, Mateusz Mąkosa, Maria Zembala, Jakub Barbasz, Krystyna Dąbrowska, Janusz Boratyński
BACKGROUND: Bacteriophage survives in at least two extremes of ionic environments: bacterial host (high ionic-cytosol) and that of soil (low ionic-environmental water). The impact of ionic composition in the micro- and macro-environments has not so far been addressed in phage biology. RESULTS: Here, we discovered a novel mechanism of aggregation/disaggregation transitions by phage virions. When normal sodium levels in phage media (150 mM) were lowered to 10 mM, advanced imaging by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering all revealed formation of viral packages, each containing 20-100 virions...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438025/fusion-of-polymeric-material-binding-peptide-to-cell-adhesion-artificial-proteins-enhances-their-biological-function
#15
Tomonori Waku, Yuko Imanishi, Yuta Yoshino, Shigeru Kunugi, Takeshi Serizawa, Naoki Tanaka
Orientation-controlled protein immobilization on a solid substrate surface is important for the development of biomedical materials such as scaffolds used in tissue engineering. In this study, the authors demonstrated that the introduction of material-binding peptides (MBPs) in Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-fused artificial proteins called blocking peptide fragment (BPF), which are fragments (residues 419-607) of the molecular chaperone DnaK, enhances the oriented adsorption of proteins on the polymer surface and improves their cell adhesion capability...
April 24, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438024/biomedical-surface-analysis-evolution-and-future-directions-review
#16
David G Castner
This review describes some of the major advances made in biomedical surface analysis over the past 30-40 years. Starting from a single technique analysis of homogeneous surfaces, it has been developed into a complementary, multitechnique approach for obtaining detailed, comprehensive information about a wide range of surfaces and interfaces of interest to the biomedical community. Significant advances have been made in each surface analysis technique, as well as how the techniques are combined to provide detailed information about biological surfaces and interfaces...
April 24, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
#17
Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David R Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437571/label-free-high-temporal-resolution-assessment-of-cell-proliferation-using-digital-holographic-microscopy
#18
Birgit Janicke, Andreas Kårsnäs, Peter Egelberg, Kersti Alm
Cell proliferation assays are widely applied in biological sciences to understand the effect of drugs over time. However, current methods often assess cell population growth indirectly, that is, the cells are not actually counted. Instead other parameters, for example, the amount of protein, are determined. These methods often also demand phototoxic labels, have low temporal resolution, or employ end-point assays, and frequently are labor intensive. We have developed a robust and label-free kinetic cell proliferation assay with high temporal resolution for adherent cells using digital holographic microscopy (DHM), one of many quantitative phase microscopy techniques...
April 24, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437353/evaluation-of-the-modern-luque-trolley-construct-for-the-treatment-of-early-onset-scoliosis-using-a-gliding-implant-in-an-immature-animal-model
#19
Jean A Ouellet, Catherine E Ferland, Karina Klein, Guillaume Racloz, Karina Klein, Henning Richter, Thomas Steffen, Brigitte von Rechenberg
STUDY DESIGN: This was an experimental animal study. OBJECTIVE: To determine biological compatibility, stability, and growth potential of the Trolley Gliding Vehicle (TGV) used in a novel surgical technique for guided spinal growth. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Current treatments for early-onset scoliosis maintaining spinal growth consist of posteriorly based spinal constructs requiring repetitive lengthening. Such interventions have a high rate of complications...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437035/the-association-between-oral-examination-findings-and-the-computed-tomographic-appearance-of-the-equine-temporomandibular-joint
#20
J L Carmalt, H Simhofer, A Bienert-Zeit, J E Rawlinson, C L Waldner
BACKGROUND: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) forms the junction between the maxilla and mandible. Movement of the jaw and resulting masticatory forces have been extensively studied in the horse; however, less is known about the inter-relationship between this joint and oral and dental pathology. OBJECTIVES: To determine the association between specific oral and dental pathologies and anatomical variations of the TMJ imaged with computed tomography (CT) in horses with asymptomatic TMJs...
April 24, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
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