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Danielle Oliveira Dos Anjos, Eliomara Sousa Sobral Alves, Vinicius Tomaz Gonçalves, Sheila Suarez Fontes, Mateus Lima Nogueira, Ana Márcia Suarez-Fontes, João Batista Neves da Costa, Fabricio Rios-Santos, Marcos André Vannier-Santos
Natural products comprise valuable sources for new antiparasitic drugs. Here we tested the effects of a novel β-lapachone derivative on Trypanosoma cruzi parasite survival and proliferation and used microscopy and cytometry techniques to approach the mechanism(s) underlying parasite death. The selectivity index determination indicate that the compound trypanocidal activity was over ten-fold more cytotoxic to epimastigotes than to macrophages or splenocytes. Scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the R72 β-lapachone derivative affected the T...
October 12, 2016: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Hwankyu Lee
Polyelectrolyte bilayers, which consist of poly-l-lysine (PLL) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were simulated with lipid membranes at different temperatures and ion concentrations. Starting with the sequential deposition of PLL and HA above the membrane surface, PLL and HA become completely mixed, leading to the formation of stable bilayers. PLL/HA bilayers are thicker at higher salt concentration because of weakened electrostatic interactions between PLLs and membrane lipids, in agreement with experiments. This salt effect decreases as PLL size increases...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Hiroko Kubo, Masahito Nakataki, Satsuki Sumitani, Jun-Ichi Iga, Shusuke Numata, Naomi Kameoka, Shin-Ya Watanabe, Hidehiro Umehara, Makoto Kinoshita, Masatoshi Inoshita, Mai Tamaru, Masashi Ohta, Chiaki Nakayama-Yamauchi, Yasuhiro Funakoshi, Masafumi Harada, Tetsuro Ohmori
BACKGROUND: Previous studies of patients with bipolar disorder (BD) using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) have shown neurophysiological abnormalities related to the glutamate (Glu)-glutamine (Gln) cycle, membrane turnover, and neuronal integrity, although the results were neither consistent nor conclusive. Recently it has been reported the Gln/Glu ratio is the most useful index, quantifying neuronal-glial interactions and the balance of glutamatergic metabolites In this MRS study, we elucidated the abnormalities of metabolites in a larger sample of patients with BD with a high-field MRI system...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Marilucia Santos Ludovico, Luciano Moura Martins, Juares Ednaldo Romero Bianco, Célia Guadalupe Tardelli de Jesus Andrade, Rosabel Falcon, Paulo Pinto Joazeiro, Maria Silvia Viccari Gatti, Tomomasa Yano
Plesiomonas shigelloides isolated from water in Brazil was previously described as a hemorrhagic heat-labile cytotoxic-enterotoxin producer. We purified this toxin from culture supernatants using ion metallic affinity chromatography (IMAC) followed by molecular exclusion chromatography. The pure toxin presented molecular mass of 50kDa and isoelectric point (pI) around 6.9 by 2D electrophoresis. When injected intravenously, the purified cytotoxic-enterotoxin induced also severe spasms followed by sudden death of mice...
October 19, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
S J Lain, C L Roberts, D M Bond, J Smith, J M Morris
OBJECTIVE: This study is an economic evaluation of immediate birth compared with expectant management in women with preterm prelabour rupture of the membranes near term (PPROMT). DESIGN: A cost-effectiveness analysis alongside the PPROMT randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Obstetric departments in 65 hospitals across 11 countries. POPULATION: Women with a singleton pregnancy with ruptured membranes between 34(+0) and 36(+6) weeks gestation...
October 21, 2016: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Makoto Yoshimoto
Phospholipid vesicle (liposome) offers an aqueous compartment surrounded by lipid bilayer membranes. Various enzyme molecules have been reported to be encapsulated in liposomes. The liposomal enzyme shows peculiar catalytic activity and selectivity to the substrate in the bulk liquid, which are predominantly derived from the substrate permeation resistance through the membrane. We reported that the quaternary structure of bovine liver catalase and alcohol dehydrogenase was stabilized in liposomes through their interaction with lipid membranes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Priscilla Hakime Scalize, Karina F Bombonato-Prado, Luiz Gustavo de Sousa, Adalberto Luiz Rosa, Marcio Mateus Beloti, Marisa Semprini, Rossano Gimenes, Adriana L G de Almeida, Fabíola Singaretti de Oliveira, Simone Cecilio Hallak Regalo, Selma Siessere
Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that impairs proper bone remodeling. Guided bone regeneration is a surgical technique that improves bone defect in a particular region through new bone formation, using barrier materials (e.g. membranes) to protect the space adjacent to the bone defect. The polytetrafluorethylene membrane is widely used in guided bone regeneration, however, new membranes are being investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of P(VDFTrFE)/BT [poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene)/barium titanate] membrane on in vivo bone formation...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
P Gómez-Contreras, J M Ramiro-Díaz, A Sierra, C Stipp, F E Domann, R J Weigel, G Lal
ECM1 overexpression is an independent predictor of poor prognosis in primary breast carcinomas, however the mechanisms by which ECM1 affects tumor progression have not been completely elucidated. ECM1 was silenced in the triple-negative breast cancer cell lines Hs578T and MDAMB231 using siRNA and the cells were evaluated for changes in morphology, migration, invasion and adhesion. Actin cytoskeleton alterations were evaluated by fluorescent staining and levels of activated Rho GTPases by pull down assays. ECM1 downregulation led to significantly diminished cell migration (p = 0...
October 21, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Zhifeng Liu, Mingda Yu, Guangming Zeng, Min Li, Jiachao Zhang, Hua Zhong, Yang Liu, Binbin Shao, Zhigang Li, Zhiquan Wang, Guansheng Liu, Xin Yang
Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) processes of resorcinol, phenol, and 1-Naphthol with rhamnolipid as an anionic biosurfactant were investigated using polysulfone membrane. The effects of retentate/permeate concentration of phenolic pollutants (C R/C P), distribution coefficient of phenolic pollutions (D), concentration ratios of phenolic pollutions (α P) and rhamnolipids (α R) and adsorption capacity of the membrane (N m) were studied by operating pressure, pH condition, feed surfactant, and phenolic pollution concentrations...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Duthika M Mallawaaratchy, Susannah Hallal, Ben Russell, Linda Ly, Saeideh Ebrahimkhani, Heng Wei, Richard I Christopherson, Michael E Buckland, Kimberley L Kaufman
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play key roles in glioblastoma (GBM) biology and represent novel sources of biomarkers that are detectable in the peripheral circulation. Despite this notionally non-invasive approach to assess GBM tumours in situ, a comprehensive GBM EV protein signature has not been described. Here, EVs secreted by six GBM cell lines were isolated and analysed by quantitative high-resolution mass spectrometry. Overall, 844 proteins were identified in the GBM EV proteome, of which 145 proteins were common to EVs secreted by all cell lines examined; included in the curated EV compendium (Vesiclepedia_559; http://microvesicles...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
V Lakshma Nayak, Narayana Nagesh, A Ravikumar, Chandrakant Bagul, M V P S Vishnuvardhan, Vunnam Srinivasulu, Ahmed Kamal
Apoptosis is a representative form of programmed cell death, which has been assumed to be critical for cancer prevention. Thus, any agent that can induce apoptosis may be useful for cancer treatment and apoptosis induction is arguably the most potent defense against cancer promotion. In our previous studies, 2-aryl benzimidazole conjugates were synthesized and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity and one of the new molecule (2f) was considered as a potential lead. This lead molecule showed significant antiproliferative activity against human breast cancer cell line, MCF-7...
October 21, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Lana Shabala, Jingyi Zhang, Igor I Pottosin, Jayakumar Bose, Min Zhu, Anja Thoe Fuglsang, Ana Velarde-Buendia, Amandine Massart, Camilla B Hill, Ute Roessner, Antony Bacic, Honghong Wu, Elisa Azzarello, Camilla Pandolfi, Meixue Zhou, Charlotte Poschenrieder, Stefano Mancuso, Sergey Shabala
While the importance of cell-type specificity in plant adaptive responses is widely accepted, only a limited number of studies have addressed this issue at the functional level. We have combined electrophysiological, imaging, and biochemical techniques to reveal physiological mechanisms conferring higher sensitivity of apical root cells to salinity in barley. We show that salinity application to the root apex arrests root growth in a highly tissue- and treatment-specific manner. Although salinity-induced transient net Na+ uptake was about 4-fold higher in the root apex compared with the mature zone, mature root cells accumulated more cytosolic and vacuolar Na+ suggesting that higher sensitivity of apical cells to salt is not related to either enhanced Na+ exclusion or sequestration inside the root...
October 21, 2016: Plant Physiology
Carolina Anazco, Alberto J Lopez-Jimenez, Mohamed Rafi, Lorenzo Vega-Montoto, Ming-Zhi Zhang, Billy G Hudson, Roberto M Vanacore
The 7S dodecamer is recognized as an important structural crosslinking domain of collagen IV networks that provide mechanical stability to basement membranes, a specialized form of extracellular matrix essential for the development and maintenance of tissue architecture. Although the 7S dodecamer is stabilized by covalent crosslinking, the molecular mechanism by which such crosslinks are formed has not been revealed. Here we aimed to identify the enzyme(s) that crosslinks the 7S dodecamer and characterize its expression in the kidney glomerulus...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Francesc R Garcia-Gonzalo, Jeremy F Reiter
Cilia are plasma membrane protrusions that act as cellular propellers or antennae. To perform these functions, cilia must maintain a composition distinct from those of the contiguous cytosol and plasma membrane. The specialized composition of the cilium depends on the ciliary gate, the region at the ciliary base separating the cilium from the rest of the cell. The ciliary gate's main structural features are electron dense struts connecting microtubules to the adjacent membrane. These structures include the transition fibers, which connect the distal basal body to the base of the ciliary membrane, and the Y-links, which connect the proximal axoneme and ciliary membrane within the transition zone...
October 21, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
Xiaxia Meng, Dengwu Li, Dan Zhou, Dongmei Wang, Qiaoxiao Liu, Sufang Fan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Juniperus rigida is used as Tibetan and Mongolian medicine in China for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, nephritis, brucellosis and other various inflammatory diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate antibacterial potential of essential oils from J. rigida leaves against Klebsiella pneumoniae and to examine its possible related mechanisms. The study was undertaken in order to scientifically validate the traditional use of J. rigida...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Ye Xinguo, Sheng Li, Xuanxuan Chen, Yingfei Zhan, Xiaonan Li
Scaffolds with good three-dimensional (3D) structure and appropriate surface modification are essential to tissue regeneration in the treatment of tissue or organ failure. Silk fibroin (SF) is a promising scaffolding material with high biocompatibility, cytocompatibility, biodegradability and flexibility. In this study, positively charged polyethylenimine (PEI) and negatively charged SF assembled alternately onto cellulose nanofibrous substrates hydrolyzed from electrospun cellulose acetate nanofibrous mats...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Rakesh Deshar, Eun-Bee Cho, Sungjoo Kim Yoon, Jong-Bok Yoon
Signaling through many transmembrane receptors is terminated by their sorting to the intraluminal vesicles (ILVs) of multivescular bodies (MVBs) and subsequent lysosomal degradation. ILV formation requires the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) machinery. CC2D1A and CC2D1B interact with the CHMP4 family of proteins, the major subunit of the ESCRT-III complex, however, their roles in receptor degradation and signaling are poorly defined. Here, we report that CC2D1A binds to CHMP4B polymers formed on endosomes to regulate the endosomal sorting pathway...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yufeng Li, Zheng Li, Dan Wang, Xiang Zhang, Jia Li, Sher Ali, Jingze Lu, Hao Zong, Xiaolan Xu
Insulin-stimulated GLUT4 translocation from GLUT4 storage vesicles (GSVs) to the plasma membrane (PM) constitutes a key process for blood glucose control. Therefore, compounds that could promote GLUT4 translocation into the PM represent potential drugs for the treatment of diabetes. In this research, we screened for agonists that induce GLUT4 translocation by using a novel pH-sensitive fluorescent probe, insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP)-mOrange2. We identified as well as validated one agonist, staurosporine, from a 64,000 compound library...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Florian Graef, Branko Vukosavljevic, Jean-Philippe Michel, Marius Wirth, Oliver Ries, Chiara De Rossi, Maike Windbergs, Véronique Rosilio, Christian Ducho, Sarah Gordon, Claus-Michael Lehr
Gram-negative bacteria possess a unique and complex cell envelope, composed of an inner and outer membrane separated by an intermediate cell wall-containing periplasm. This tripartite structure acts intrinsically as a significant biological barrier, often limiting the permeation of anti-infectives, and so preventing such drugs from reaching their target. Furthermore, identification of the specific permeation-limiting envelope component proves difficult in the case of many anti-infectives, due to the challenges associated with isolation of individual cell envelope structures in bacterial culture...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
V M Kovalzon, L S Moiseenko, A V Ambaryan, S Kurtenbach, V I Shestopalov, Y V Panchin
Pannexins are membrane channel proteins that play a role in a number of critical biological processes (Panchin et al., 2000; Shestopalov, Panchin, 2008). Among other cellular functions, pannexin hemichannels serve as purine nucleoside conduits providing ATP efflux into the extracellular space (Dahl, 2015), where it is rapidly degraded to adenosine. Pannexin1 (Panx1) is abundantly expressed in the brain and has been shown to contribute to adenosine signaling in nervous system tissues (Prochnow, 2012)...
October 18, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
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