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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922825/model-of-turnover-kinetics-in-the-lamellipodium-implications-of-slow-and-fast-diffusing-capping-protein-and-arp2-3-complex
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Laura M McMillen, Dimitrios Vavylonis
Cell protrusion through polymerization of actin filaments at the leading edge of motile cells may be influenced by spatial gradients of diffuse actin and regulators. Here we study the distribution of two of the most important regulators, capping protein and Arp2/3 complex, which regulate actin polymerization in the lamellipodium through capping and nucleation of free barbed ends. We modeled their kinetics using data from prior single molecule microscopy experiments on XTC cells. These experiments have provided evidence for a broad distribution of diffusion coefficients of both capping protein and Arp2/3 complex...
December 6, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920892/surface-modification-and-cellular-uptake-evaluation-of-au-coated-ni80fe20-nanodiscs-for-biomedical-applications
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Gabriele Barrera, Loredana Serpe, Federica Celegato, Marco Coїsson, Katia Martina, Roberto Canaparo, Paola Tiberto
A nanofabrication technique based on self-assembling of polystyrene nanospheres is used to obtain magnetic Ni80Fe20 nanoparticles with a disc shape. The free-standing nanodiscs (NDs) have diameter and thickness of about 630 nm and 30 nm, respectively. The versatility of fabrication technique allows one to cover the ND surface with a protective gold layer with a thickness of about 5 nm. Magnetization reversal has been studied by room-temperature hysteresis loop measurements in water-dispersed free-standing NDs...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920254/casein-kinase-2-is-linked-to-stress-granule-dynamics-through-phosphorylation-of-the-stress-granule-nucleating-protein-g3bp1
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Lucas C Reineke, Wei-Chih Tsai, Antrix Jain, Jason T Kaelber, Sung Yun Jung, Richard E Lloyd
Stress granules are large macromolecular aggregates that contain translation initiation complexes and mRNAs. Stress granule formation coincides with translational repression, and stress granules actively signal to mediate cell fate decisions by a) signaling to the translation apparatus to maintain translational repression, b) mount various transcriptional responses including innate immunity, and c) to repress apoptosis. Previous work showed G3BP1 is phosphorylated at serine 149, which regulates G3BP1 oligomerization, stress granule assembly, and RNase activity intrinsic to G3BP1...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920216/mozart1-and-%C3%AE-tubulin-complex-receptors-are-both-required-to-turn-%C3%AE-tusc-into-an-active-microtubule-nucleation-template
#4
Tien-Chen Lin, Annett Neuner, Dirk Flemming, Peng Liu, Takumi Chinen, Ursula Jäkle, Robert Arkowitz, Elmar Schiebel
MOZART1/Mzt1 is required for the localization of γ-tubulin complexes to microtubule (MT)-organizing centers from yeast to human cells. Nevertheless, the molecular function of MOZART1/Mzt1 is largely unknown. Taking advantage of the minimal MT nucleation system of Candida albicans, we reconstituted the interactions of Mzt1, γ-tubulin small complex (γ-TuSC), and γ-tubulin complex receptors (γ-TuCRs) Spc72 and Spc110 in vitro. With affinity measurements, domain deletion, and swapping, we show that Spc110 and Mzt1 bind to distinct regions of the γ-TuSC...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918613/defining-the-radiation-chemistry-during-liquid-cell-electron-microscopy-to-enable-visualization-of-nanomaterial-growth-and-degradation-dynamics
#5
T J Woehl, P Abellan
We present a critical review of methods for defining the chemical environment during liquid cell electron microscopy investigation of electron beam induced nanomaterial growth and degradation. We draw from the radiation chemistry and liquid cell electron microscopy literature to present solution chemistry and electron beam-based methods for selecting the radiolysis products formed and their relative amount during electron irradiation of liquid media in a transmission electron microscope. We outline various methods for establishing net oxidizing or net reducing reaction environments and propose solvents with minimal overall production of radicals under the electron beam...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917462/iron-overload-across-the-spectrum-of-non-transfusion-dependent-thalassaemias-role-of-erythropoiesis-splenectomy-and-transfusions
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John B Porter, Maria Domenica Cappellini, Antonis Kattamis, Vip Viprakasit, Khaled M Musallam, Zewen Zhu, Ali T Taher
Non-transfusion-dependent thalassaemias (NTDT) encompass a spectrum of anaemias rarely requiring blood transfusions. Increased iron absorption, driven by hepcidin suppression secondary to erythron expansion, initially causes intrahepatic iron overload. We examined iron metabolism biomarkers in 166 NTDT patients with β thalassaemia intermedia (n = 95), haemoglobin (Hb) E/β thalassaemia (n = 49) and Hb H syndromes (n = 22). Liver iron concentration (LIC), serum ferritin (SF), transferrin saturation (TfSat) and non-transferrin-bound iron (NTBI) were elevated and correlated across diagnostic subgroups...
December 5, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917316/quantitative-analysis-of-rat-adipose-tissue-cell-recovery-and-non-fat-cell-volume-in-primary-cell-cultures
#7
Floriana Rotondo, María Del Mar Romero, Ana Cecilia Ho-Palma, Xavier Remesar, José Antonio Fernández-López, Marià Alemany
BACKGROUND: White adipose tissue (WAT) is a complex, diffuse, multifunctional organ which contains adipocytes, and a large proportion of fat, but also other cell types, active in defense, regeneration and signalling functions. Studies with adipocytes often require their isolation from WAT by breaking up the matrix of collagen fibres; however, it is unclear to what extent adipocyte number in primary cultures correlates with their number in intact WAT, since recovery and viability are often unknown...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916273/identification-of-agnors-and-cytopathological-changes-in-oral-lichen-planus-lesions
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Stefânia Jeronimo Ferreira, Maria Ângela Naval Machado, Antônio Adilson Soares de Lima, Aline Cristina Batista Rodrigues Johann, Ana Maria Trindade Grégio, Luciana Reis Azevedo-Alanis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate cytopathological changes in epithelial cells of the oral mucosa of patients with oral lichen planus (OLP) compared with patients without OLP. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Swabs were collected from the oral mucosa of 20 patients with OLP (case group) and 20 patients without OLP (control group) using liquid-based cytology. After Papanicolaou staining, the smears were characterized based on Papanicolaou classification and degree of maturation. Nuclear area (NA) measurements, cytoplasmic area (CA) measurements, and the NA/CA ratio were determined from 50 epithelial cells per slide...
December 1, 2016: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911716/wasp-family-proteins-more-than-arp2-3-activators
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REVIEW
Joe J Tyler, Ellen G Allwood, Kathryn R Ayscough
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) family proteins have been extensively characterized as factors that promote the nucleation of actin through the activation of the protein complex Arp2/3. While yeast mostly have a single member of the family, mammalian cells have at least six different members, often with multiple isoforms. Members of the family are characterized by a common structure. Their N-termini are varied and are considered to confer spatial and temporal regulation of Arp2/3-activating activity, whereas their C-terminal half contains a polyproline-rich region, one or more WASP homology-2 (WH2) actin-binding domains and motifs that bind directly to Arp2/3...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911711/diaphanous-related-formin-1-as-a-target-for-tumor-therapy
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REVIEW
Yuan-Na Lin, Sabine Windhorst
Formins nucleate actin and stabilize microtubules (MTs). Expression of the formin Diaphanous homolog 1 (DIAPH1) is increased in malignant colon carcinoma cells, while expression of DIAPH3 is up-regulated in breast and prostate carcinoma cells. Both DIAPH1 isoforms are required to stabilize interphase MTs of cancer cells, and it has been shown that loss of this function decreases the metastatic potential of these cells. Moreover, depletion of DIAPH3 increases the sensitivity of breast and prostate carcinoma cells to taxanes...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910998/aurora-a-shines-on-t-cell-activation-through-the-regulation-of-lck
#11
Noelia Blas-Rus, Eugenio Bustos-Morán, Noa B Martín-Cófreces, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
Different protein kinases control signaling emanating from the T cell receptor (TCR) during antigen-specific T cell activation. Mitotic kinases, e.g. Aurora-A, have been widely studied in the context of mitosis due to their role during microtubule (MT) nucleation, becoming critical regulators of cell cycle progression. We have recently described a specific role for Aurora-A kinase in antigenic T cell activation. Blockade of Aurora-A in T cells severely disrupts the dynamics of MTs and CD3ζ-bearing signaling vesicles during T cell activation...
December 2, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910010/chromosome-preparation-for-myeloid-malignancies
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Eleanor K C Hui, Thomas S K Wan, Margaret H L Ng
Many cases of myeloid malignancies are associated with recurring cytogenetic aberrations. Chromosomal analysis can aid in diagnosis, predict prognosis, and disclose subsequent clonal evolution. Three different cell culture methods: direct harvest, nonsynchronized culture, and synchronized culture are usually prepared if the nucleated cell counts in marrow blood are sufficient. Synchronized culture is the first choice of method in myeloid malignancies, whereas the direct method can be omitted if the cell count is low...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906033/the-role-of-the-backbone-torsion-in-protein-folding
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EDITORIAL
Irina Sorokina, Arcady Mushegian
BACKGROUND: The set of forces and sequence of events that govern the transition from an unfolded polypeptide chain to a functional protein with correct spatial structure remain incompletely known, despite the importance of the problem and decades of theory development, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments. Information about the correctly folded state of most proteins is likely to be present in their sequences, and yet many proteins fail to attain native structure after overexpression in a non-native environment or upon experimental denaturation and refolding...
December 1, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905684/the-effect-of-maternal-and-infant-factors-on-cord-blood-yield
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REVIEW
Seyed Hadi Mousavi, Saeid Abroun, Morteza Zarrabi, Mona Ahmadipanah
Umbilical cord blood (CB) can be used as an alternative hematopoietic stem cell source for transplantation in hematological malignancy and blood disorders. The success of transplantation is highly related to the levels of total nucleated cell and CD34(+) cell counts. The evaluation of optimal conditions can decrease the rate of graft rejection due to low cell count and increases the quality of CB units (CBUs) in the blood bank and the success rate of engraftment. To this end, we review the maternal and infant parameters affecting the quality and quantity of CBUs...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905583/intracellular-water-an-overlooked-drug-target-cisplatin-impact-in-cancer-cells-probed-by-neutrons
#15
M P M Marques, A L M Batista de Carvalho, V Garcia Sakai, L Hatter, L A E Batista de Carvalho
The first neutron scattering study on human nucleated cells is reported, addressing the subject of solvent-slaving to a drug by probing intracellular water upon drug exposure. Inelastic and quasi-elastic neutron scattering spectroscopy with isotope labelling was applied for monitoring interfacial water response to the anticancer drug cisplatin, in the low prognosis human metastatic breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231. Optical vibrational data were also obtained for lyophilised cells. Concentration-dependent dynamical changes evidencing a progressive mobility reduction were unveiled between untreated and cisplatin-exposed samples, concurrent with variations in the native organisation of water molecules within the intracellular medium as a consequence of drug action...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902941/enhanced-thermal-stability-of-a-polymer-solar-cell-blend-induced-by-electron-beam-irradiation-in-the-transmission-electron-microscope
#16
Olof Bäcke, Camilla Lindqvist, Amaia Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Stefan Gustafsson, Ergang Wang, Mats R Andersson, Christian Müller, Per Magnus Kristiansen, Eva Olsson
We show by in situ microscopy that the effects of electron beam irradiation during transmission electron microscopy can be used to lock microstructural features and enhance the structural thermal stability of a nanostructured polymer:fullerene blend. Polymer:fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films show great promise for use as active layers in organic solar cells but their low thermal stability is a hindrance. Lack of thermal stability complicates manufacturing and influences the lifetime of devices. To investigate how electron irradiation affects the thermal stability of polymer:fullerene films, a model bulk-heterojunction film based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative was heat-treated in-situ in a transmission electron microscope...
November 21, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900558/the-role-of-viral-protein-ac34-in-nuclear-relocation-of-subunits-of-the-actin-related-protein-2-3-complex
#17
Jingfang Mu, Yongli Zhang, Yangyang Hu, Xue Hu, Yuan Zhou, Xinwen Chen, Yun Wang
The actin nucleator actin-related protein complex (Arp2/3) is composed of seven subunits: Arp2, Arp3, p40/ARPC1 (P40), p34/ARPC2 (P34), p21/ARPC3 (P21), p20/ARPC4 (P20), and p16/ARPC5 (P16). Arp2/3 plays crucial roles in a variety of cellular activities through regulation of actin polymerization. Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV), one of the best-studied alphabaculoviruses, induces Arp2/3 nuclear relocation and mediates nuclear actin polymerization to assist in virus replication...
December 5, 2016: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898411/radioprotective-effects-of-heat-killed-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-cultured-cells-and-radiosensitive-tissues
#18
Yuanyuan Chen, Yang Xu, Jicong Du, Jiaming Guo, Xiao Lei, Jianguo Cui, Cong Liu, Ying Cheng, Bailong Li, Fu Gao, Jintao Ju, Jianming Cai, Yanyong Yang
BACKGROUND: Exposure to ionizing radiation (IR) often causes severe damage to radiosensitive tissues, which limits the use of radiotherapy in cancer patients. Novel safe and effective radioprotectant is urgently required. It has been reported toll like receptor 2 (TLR2) plays a critical role in radioresistance. In this study, we demonstrated the protective effects of Heat-Killed Mycobacterium tuberculosis (HKMT), a potent TLR2 agonist, against IR. METHODS: Cell survival and apoptosis were determined by CCK-8 assay and Annexin V assay, respectively...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896557/cytotoxic-and-apoptotic-activities-of-extract-of-amaranthus-spinosus-l-in-allium-cepa-and-human-erythrocytes
#19
V Prajitha, J E Thoppil
The present study examined the apoptosis inducing effects of Amaranthus spinosus L. aqueous extract in Allium cepa root meristematic cells and human erythrocytes. Cytogenetic assay revealed many apoptosis inducing cytogenetic aberrations viz., cytoplasmic breakage, cytoplasmic disintegration, cytoplasmic shrinkage, receding of cytoplasm, cytoplasmic vacuolation, enucleated cell, ghost cell, nuclear vacuolation, nuclear fragmentation and nuclear disintegration. A remarkable modification of red blood cell surface morphology was observed in the result of RBC assay...
November 28, 2016: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892852/physical-basis-of-large-microtubule-aster-growth
#20
Keisuke Ishihara, Kirill S Korolev, Timothy J Mitchison
Microtubule asters - radial arrays of microtubules organized by centrosomes - play a fundamental role in the spatial coordination of animal cells. The standard model of aster growth assumes a fixed number of microtubules originating from the centrosomes. However, aster morphology in this model does not scale with cell size, and we recently found evidence for non-centrosomal microtubule nucleation. Here, we combine autocatalytic nucleation and polymerization dynamics to develop a biophysical model of aster growth...
November 28, 2016: ELife
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