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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648016/-mechanisms-of-cytoskeleton-and-pi3k%C3%AE-rhoa-in-fine-particulate-matter-deteriorating-phagocytosis-defect-of-alveolar-macrophage-in-mice-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Q Xia, S T Hu, X L Zeng, H R Bao, X J Liu
Objective: To explore the mechanism of cytoskeleton and PI3Kδ-RhoA in fine particulate matter deteriorating phagocytosis defect of alveolar macrophage (AM) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mice. Methods: Forty mice were randomly divided into four groups: health control group, COPD group, health PM2.5 group, COPD PM2.5 group and with ten in each group. A mouse model of COPD was established by cigarette smoke exposure, and health PM2.5 group and COPD PM2.5 group mice were given PM2.5 (588 μg/m(3)) aerosol inhalation for 90 days...
June 27, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647884/fluoxetine-induces-apoptosis-through-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-via-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-activation-and-histone-hyperacetylation-in-sk-n-be-2-m17-human-neuroblastoma-cells
#2
Ji Hyun Choi, Yeon Ju Jeong, Ah-Ran Yu, Kyung-Sik Yoon, Wonchae Choe, Joohun Ha, Sung Soo Kim, Eui-Ju Yeo, Insug Kang
Fluoxetine (FLX) is an antidepressant drug that belongs to the class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. FLX is known to induce apoptosis in multiple types of cancer cells. In this study, the molecular mechanisms underlying the anti-cancer effects of FLX were investigated in SK-N-BE(2)-M17 human neuroblastoma cells. FLX induced apoptotic cell death, activation of caspase-4, -9, and -3, and expression of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-associated proteins, including C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP)...
June 24, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647853/are-podocytes-motile
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REVIEW
Nicole Endlich, Florian Siegerist, Karlhans Endlich
Podocytes, the postmitotic and highly branched epithelial cells of the glomerulus, play a pivotal role for the function of the glomerular filtration barrier and the development of chronic kidney disease. It has long been discussed whether podocytes in vivo are motile and can laterally migrate in a coordinated way along the capillaries until they reach the position of naked glomerular basement membrane often found in podocytopathies. Such motility would also be the prerequisite for the replacement of lost podocytes by progenitor cells...
June 24, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647848/the-utilization-of-round-window-membrane-surface-tension-in-facilitating-slim-electrodes-insertion-during-cochlear-implantation
#4
Ihab Nada, Ahmed Nabil Abdelhamid, Ahmed Negm
This is a prospective randomized study aimed to evaluate the round window membrane (RWM) surface tension in facilitating slim electrodes insertion during cochlear implantation. A total number of (118) children were included in this study (118 implantations). Mean age was 36.72 months (range from 18 to 60 months). This study was conducted from January 2015 to September 2016 at a cochlear implant centre in a tertiary referral hospital. Slit incision in the anterosuperior quadrant of the RWM was done in 70 cases, While RWM cruciate incision was done in 48 cases...
June 24, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647836/from-medicinal-plant-extracts-to-defined-chemical-compounds-targeting-the-histamine-h4-receptor-curcuma-longa-in-the-treatment-of-inflammation
#5
Annika Frank, Saleh Abu-Lafi, Azmi Adawi, Johannes S Schwed, Holger Stark, Anwar Rayan
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to evaluate the activity of seven medicinal, anti-inflammatory plants at the hH4R with focus on defined chemical compounds from Curcuma longa. MATERIALS: Activities were analyzed with membrane preparations from Sf9 cells, transiently expressing the hH4R, Gαi2 and Gβ1γ2 subunits. METHODS: From the methanolic extract of C. longa curcumin (1), demethoxycurcumin (2) and bis(4-hydroxy-cinnamoyl)methane (3) were isolated, purified with HPLC (elution-time 10...
June 24, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647826/numerical-simulation-of-a-glucose-sensitive-composite-membrane-closed-loop-insulin-delivery-system
#6
Shashi Bajaj Mukherjee, Debabrata Datta, Soumyendu Raha, Debnath Pal
Closed-loop insulin delivery system works on pH modulation by gluconic acid production from glucose, which in turn allows regulation of insulin release across membrane. Typically, the concentration variation of gluconic acid can be numerically modeled by a set of non-linear, non-steady state reaction diffusion equations. Here, we report a simpler numerical approach to time and position dependent diffusivity of species using finite difference and differential quadrature (DQ) method. The results are comparable to that obtained by analytical method...
June 24, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647752/possible-effects-of-electric-fields-on-a-pair-of-spherical-cells
#7
Yu Zheng, Jing Xue, Yang Gao, Lei Dong, Jun-Rong Dou, Wei Ma
Electric fields (EF) can induce some physiological or biological effects in neural tissues, which have been explored in many applications such as electroporation. The key to understand the possible underlying mechanisms of such effects tend to be the induced transmembrane potential. Although transmembrane potentials have already been the subject of many theoretical studies, most previous works concerning this topic are mainly focused on the situations of isolated cells. In previous studies, cells are often considered to be three-compartment models with different electroconductivities in different regions (the three compartments are often intracellular regions, membrane, and extracellular regions)...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647734/mir-4673-modulates-paclitaxel-induced-oxidative-stress-and-loss-of-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-by-targeting-8-oxoguanine-dna-glycosylase-1
#8
Hai-Li Huang, Ya-Peng Shi, Hui-Juan He, Ya-Hong Wang, Ting Chen, La-Wei Yang, Teng Yang, Jie Chen, Jun Cao, Wei-Min Yao, Gang Liu
BACKGROUND: Our previous study identified a novel microRNA, miR-4673, which is upregulated in A549 cells exposed to paclitaxel (PTX). In this study, we investigated the role of miR-4673 in PTX-induced cytotoxicity. METHODS: 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, apoptosis assay, 5,5',6,6'-Tetrachloro-1,1',3,3'-tetraethyl-imidacarbocyanine iodide (JC-1) staining and 2',7'-Dichlorofluorescein (DCFH) staining were used to evaluate cell viability, apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) loss and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in A549 and H1299 cells...
June 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647697/analysis-of-k-ras-interactions-by-biotin-ligase-tagging
#9
Christopher Ritchie, Andrew Mack, Logan Harper, Ayna Alfadhli, Philip J S Stork, Xiaolin Nan, Eric Barklis
BACKGROUND: Mutations of the human K-Ras 4B (K-Ras) G protein are associated with a significant proportion of all human cancers. Despite this fact, a comprehensive analysis of K-Ras interactions is lacking. Our investigations focus on characterization of the K-Ras interaction network. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We employed a biotin ligase-tagging approach, in which tagged K-Ras proteins biotinylate neighbor proteins in a proximity-dependent fashion, and proteins are identified via mass spectrometry (MS) sequencing...
July 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647656/delayed-retroclival-and-cervical-spinal-subdural-hematoma-complicated-by-pre-existing-chiari-malformation-in-an-adult-trauma-patient
#10
Ha Nguyen, Hoon Choi, Shekar Kurpad, Hesham Soliman
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic spinal subdural hematoma involving the retroclival region and upper cervical spine is a rare pathology. To our knowledge, there have only been two prior cases in an adult trauma patient. We describe a patient with pre-existing Chiari 1 malformation, who recently sustained a unilateral Type 1 OCF (occipital condyle fracture) with associated disruption of the tectorial membrane and transverse ligament, that returned with a retroclival subdural hematoma extending down to C7, causing spinal cord compression and symptomatic obstructive hydrocephalus...
June 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647645/adding-dimension-to-cellular-mechanotransduction-advances-in-biomedical-engineering-of-multiaxial-cell-stretch-systems-and-their-application-to-cardiovascular-biomechanics-and-mechano-signaling
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REVIEW
O Friedrich, D Schneidereit, Y A Nikolaev, V Nikolova-Krstevski, S Schürmann, A Wirth-Hücking, A L Merten, D Fatkin, B Martinac
Hollow organs (e.g. heart) experience pressure-induced mechanical wall stress sensed by molecular mechano-biosensors, including mechanosensitive ion channels, to translate into intracellular signaling. For direct mechanistic studies, stretch devices to apply defined extensions to cells adhered to elastomeric membranes have stimulated mechanotransduction research. However, most engineered systems only exploit unilateral cellular stretch. In addition, it is often taken for granted that stretch applied by hardware translates 1:1 to the cell membrane...
June 21, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647604/hydrogen-rich-water-induces-aluminum-tolerance-in-maize-seedlings-by-enhancing-antioxidant-capacities-and-nutrient-homeostasis
#12
Xueqiang Zhao, Qiuhong Chen, Yanmei Wang, Zhenguo Shen, Wenbiao Shen, Xiaoming Xu
The ameliorative effect of H2 on aluminum (Al)-induced stress remains poorly understood. We treated maize seedlings with Al and hydrogen-rich water (HRW) to determine the roles of H2 in the alleviation of Al toxicity. Our results demonstrated that Al stress triggered damage to the photosynthetic apparatus, plant growth inhibition, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and boosted lipid peroxidation. However, the addition of HRW at 75% saturation markedly alleviated Al toxicity symptoms through the promotion of root elongation...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647581/development-of-field-applicable-tests-for-rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-candidatus-phytoplasma-oryzae
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Lillian Wambua, Bernd Schneider, Allan Okwaro, Joseph Odhiambo Wanga, Olive Imali, Peninah Nduku Wambua, Lavender Agutu, Cassandra Olds, Chris Stephen Jones, Daniel Masiga, Charles Midega, Zeyaur Khan, Joerg Jores, Anne Fischer
Napier grass Stunt Disease (NSD) is a severe disease of Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) in Eastern Africa, caused by the leafhopper-transmitted bacterium Candidatus Phytoplasma oryzae. The pathogen severely impairs the growth of Napier grass, the major fodder for dairy cattle in Eastern Africa. NSD is associated with biomass losses of up to 70% of infected plants. Diagnosis of NSD is done by nested PCR targeting the phytoplasma DNA, which is difficult to perform in developing countries with little infrastructure...
June 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647534/molecular-cell-biology-of-complement-membrane-attack
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REVIEW
B Paul Morgan, Courtney Boyd, Doryen Bubeck
The membrane attack complex (MAC) is the pore-forming toxin of the complement system, a relatively early evolutionary acquisition that confers upon complement the capacity to directly kill pathogens. The MAC is more than just a bactericidal missile, having the capacity when formed on self-cells to initiate a host of cell activation events that can have profound consequences for tissue homeostasis in the face of infection or injury. Although the capacity of complement to directly kill pathogens has been recognised for over a century, and the pore-forming killing mechanism for at least 50 years, there remains considerable uncertainty regarding precisely how MAC mediates its killing and cell activation activities...
June 21, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647457/quantitative-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-to-assess-human-ige-b-cell-receptor-crosslinking-by-ige-and-empd-ige-targeting-antibodies
#15
Benjamin Vigl, Nina Salhat, Michela Parth, Halyna Pankevych, Andreas Mairhofer, Stefan Bartl, Oskar W Smrzka
Targeting plasma IgE by therapeutic mABs like Omalizumab (Xolair®) is current clinical practice for severe allergic conditions or other IgE related diseases like chronic urticaria. As an alternative to soluble IgE targeting, IgE supply can be lowered by targeting the Extracellular Membrane Proximal Domain (EMPD) of the IgE B cell receptor (BCR) present on IgE switched B cells. This ultimately leads to apoptosis of these cells upon IgE BCR crosslinking. Since tools to selectively assess the efficacy of IgE BCR crosslinking by IgE targeting antibodies are limited, a readily quantifiable cell model was developed that allows to specifically address IgE BCR crosslinking activity in vitro...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647372/delta-opioid-receptor-agonist-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-myocardial-injury-by-regulating-autophagy
#16
Pin Zhao, Jianke Kuai, Jinjian Gao, Li Sun, Yan Wang, Linong Yao
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have described the protective effects of DADLE on myocardial injury in sepsis. Recently, autophagy has been shown to be an innate defense mechanism in sepsis-related myocardial injury. However, whether DADLE has an pro-autophagic effect is yet to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of DADLE on the regulation of autophagy during sepsis. METHODS: Male mice were subjected to LPS or vehicle intraperitoneal injection...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647370/oleanolic-acid-prevents-cartilage-degeneration-in-diabetic-mice-via-ppar%C3%AE-associated-mitochondrial-stabilization
#17
Xia Kang, Zhikui Yang, Jun Sheng, Jin-Biao Liu, Qing-Yun Xie, Wei Zheng, Ken Chen
Hyperglycemia-induced cartilage degeneration induces osteoarthritis (OA). Since oleanolic acid (OLA) have several pharmacological effects such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, we hypothesized it possesses protection against high glucose injured cartilage. We now report that OLA decreased type X collagen and reversed the cartilage degeneration in growth plate from db/db mice. OLA increased type Ⅱ collagen expression in a concentration-dependent manner (10-50 μΜ) in high glucose-treated chondrocytes. OLA prevented the high glucose induced cell injury and decreased the level of MMP-13, PGE2 and IL-6 due to decreasing mitochondrial membrane potential and stimulated the ATP production...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647361/apolipoprotein-o-expression-in-mouse-liver-enhances-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-by-impairing-mitochondrial-function
#18
Feng Tian, Chen-Lu Wu, Bi-Lian Yu, Ling Liu, Jia-Rui Hu
Apolipoprotein O (ApoO) was recently observed in the cellular mitochondrial inner membrane, which plays a role in mitochondrial function and is associated with myocardiopathy. Empirical information on the physiological functions of apoO is therefore limited. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the effect of apoO on hepatic fatty acid metabolism. An adenoviral vector expressing hApoO was constructed and introduced into chow diet and high-fat diet induced mice and the L02 human hepatoma cell line. High levels of hApoO mRNA and protein were detected in the liver, and the expression of lipid metabolism genes was significantly altered compared with negative controls...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647358/mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams-an-emerging-platform-connecting-energy-and-immune-sensing-to-metabolic-flexibility
#19
Jennifer Rieusset
Living organisms have the capacity to sense both nutrients and immune signals in order to adapt their metabolism to the needs, and both metabolic inflexibility and exacerbated immune responses are associated with metabolic diseases. Over the past decade, mitochondria emerged as key nutrient and immune sensors regulating numerous signalling pathways, and mitochondria dysfunction has been extensively implicated in metabolic diseases. Interestingly, mitochondria interact physically and functionally with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, in contact sites named mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs), in order to exchange metabolites and calcium and regulate cellular homeostasis...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647348/pivotal-role-of-lesional-and-perilesional-t-b-lymphocytes-in-pemphigus-pathogenesis
#20
Huijie Yuan, Shengru Zhou, Zhicui Liu, Weiting Cong, Xiaochun Fei, Weihong Zeng, Haiqin Zhu, Renchao Xu, Ying Wang, Jie Zheng, Meng Pan
Pemphigus is a skin and mucosal membrane-targeting autoimmune bullous disease. Previous studies have demonstrated that circulating anti-desmoglein1/3 antibodies are pathogenic and mediate blister formation. However, the role of infiltrated immune cells in the lesional skin has not been fully investigated. In this study we showed that there existed a large number of B, T lymphocytes and plasma cells in the skin lesions by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining. In addition, a significantly increased number of Dsg1 and Dsg3-specific B cells could be identified by flow cytometric analysis or ELISPOT assay...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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