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Dongsic Choi, Tae Hoon Lee, Cristiana Spinelli, Shilpa Chennakrishnaiah, Esterina D'Asti, Janusz Rak
Pathogenesis of human cancers bridges intracellular oncogenic driver events and their impact on intercellular communication. Among multiple mediators of this 'pathological connectivity' the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their subsets (exosomes, ectosomes, oncosomes) is of particular interest for several reasons. The release of EVs from cancer cells represents a unique mechanism of regulated expulsion of bioactive molecules, a process that also mediates cell-to-cell transfer of lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids...
January 8, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Xavier Periole
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are central to many fundamental cellular signaling pathways. They transduce signals from the outside to the inside of cells in physiological processes ranging from vision to immune response. It is extremely challenging to look at them individually using conventional experimental techniques. Recently, a pseudo atomistic molecular model has emerged as a valuable tool to access information on GPCRs, more specifically on their interactions with their environment in their native cell membrane and the consequences on their supramolecular organization...
January 11, 2017: Chemical Reviews
Terelle Ramcharan, Ajay Bissessur
The present study describes an improvement in the current electrocoagulation treatment process and focuses on a comparative study for the clean-up of laundry wastewater (LWW) after each wash and rinse cycle by biological and electrocoagulation treatment methods. For biological treatment, the wastewater was treated with a Bacillus strain of aerobic bacteria especially suited for the degradation of fats, lipids, protein, detergents and hydrocarbons. Treatment of the LWW by electrocoagulation involved the oxidation of aluminium metal upon the application of a controlled voltage which produces various aluminium hydroxy species capable of adsorbing pollutants from the wastewater...
January 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
O Vadas, M L Jenkins, G L Dornan, J E Burke
Many fundamental cellular processes are controlled via assembly of a network of proteins at membrane surfaces. The proper recruitment of proteins to membranes can be controlled by a wide variety of mechanisms, including protein lipidation, protein-protein interactions, posttranslational modifications, and binding to specific lipid species present in membranes. There are, however, only a limited number of analytical techniques that can study the assembly of protein-membrane complexes at the molecular level. A relatively new addition to the set of techniques available to study these protein-membrane systems is the use of hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX-MS)...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
W Cho, Y Hu, K Baek, H Kim
An increasing number of intracellular and extracellular proteins are shown to interact with membrane lipids under physiological conditions. For rapid and robust quantitative measurement of lipid-protein interaction, we developed a sensitive fluorescence quenching-based assay that is universally applicable to all proteins and lipids. The assay employs fluorescence protein (FP)-tagged proteins whose fluorescence emission intensity is decreased when they bind vesicles containing quenching lipids. This simple assay can be performed with a fluorescence plate reader or a spectrofluorometer and optimized for different proteins with various combinations of FPs and quenching lipids...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
Fahimeh Shahabipour, Nastaran Barati, Thomas P Johnston, Giuseppe Derosa, Pamela Maffioli, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Exosomes are naturally occurring extracellular vesicles released by most mammalian cells in all body fluids. Exosomes are known as key mediators in cell-cell communication and facilitate the transfer of genetic and biochemical information between distant cells. Structurally, exosomes are composed of lipids, proteins, and also several types of RNAs which enable these vesicles to serve as important disease biomarkers. Moreover, exosomes have emerged as novel drug and gene delivery tools owing to their multiple advantages over conventional delivery systems...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Eric Tönnies, Eugenia Trushina
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder without a cure. Most AD cases are sporadic where age represents the greatest risk factor. Lack of understanding of the disease mechanism hinders the development of efficacious therapeutic approaches. The loss of synapses in the affected brain regions correlates best with cognitive impairment in AD patients and has been considered as the early mechanism that precedes neuronal loss. Oxidative stress has been recognized as a contributing factor in aging and in the progression of multiple neurodegenerative diseases including AD...
December 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Yelin Kang, Bong-Gyu Kim, Sunghoon Kim, Youngshim Lee, Youngdae Yoon
Many membrane-associated proteins are involved in various signaling pathways, including the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway, which has key roles in diverse cellular processes. Disruption of the activities of these proteins is involved in the development of disease in humans, making these proteins promising targets for drug development. In most cases, the catalytic domain is targeted; however, it is also possible to target membrane associations in order to regulate protein activity. In this study, we established a novel method to study protein-lipid interactions and screened for flavonoid-derived antagonists of PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 binding with the phosphoinositide-dependent kinase 1 (PDK1) pleckstrin homology (PH) domain...
December 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
A Lalonde, H Bouchard
PURPOSE: To develop a general method for human tissue characterization with dual-and multi-energy CT and evaluate its performance in determining elemental compositions and the associated proton stopping power relative to water (SPR) and photon mass absorption coefficients (EAC). METHODS: Principal component analysis is used to extract an optimal basis of virtual materials from a reference dataset of tissues. These principal components (PC) are used to perform two-material decomposition using simulated DECT data...
June 2016: Medical Physics
C Wang, H Ding, S Malkasian, S Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of characterizing arterial plaque composition in terms of water, lipid and protein or calcium using dual energy computed tomography. Characterization of plaque composition can potentially help distinguish vulnerable from stable plaques. METHODS: Simulations studies were performed by the CT simulator based on ASTRA tomography toolbox. The beam energy for dual energy images was selected to be 80 kVp and 135 kVp. The radiation dose and energy spectrum for the CT simulator were carefully calibrated with respect to a 320-slice CT scanner...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Handan AkÇakaya, Sabiha Tok, Fulya Dal, Suzan Adin Cinar, Rustem Nurten
Oxidizing agents (e.g. H2 O2 ) causes structural and functional disruptions of molecules by affecting lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. As a result, cellular mechanisms related to disrupted macro molecules are affected and cell death is induced. Oxidative damage can be prevented at a certain point by antioxidants or the damage can be reversed. In this work, we studied the cellular response against oxidative stress induced by H2 O2 and antioxidant-oxidant (β-carotene - H2 O2 ) interactions in terms of time, concentration and treatment method (pre-, co- and post) in K562 cells...
December 29, 2016: Cell Biology International
Shengguo Xue, Jun Wang, Chuan Wu, Song Li, William Hartley, Hao Wu, Feng Zhu, Mengqian Cui
Polygonum perfoliatum L. is a Mn-tolerant plant as considered having the potential to revegetate in manganese mine wasteland. The glasshouse experiments were carried out to evaluate its tolerance and physiological response in different Mn concentrations (5, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10,000 μmol L(-1)). Absorption bands of P. perfoliatum differed greatly in lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates. With elevated levels of Mn (5-2000 μmol L(-1)), absorbance changed little, which demonstrated that lower Mn concentrations had negligible influence on transport functions...
December 29, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Guang-Fei Wang, Qincai Dong, Yuanyuan Bai, Jing Yuan, Quanbin Xu, Cheng Cao, Xuan Liu
Oxidative stress contributes to the oxidative modification of cellular components, including lipids, proteins and DNA, and results in DNA damage, cell cycle arrest, cellular dysfunction and apoptosis. However, the mechanism underlying oxidative stress-induced mitotic abnormalities is not fully understood. In this study, we demonstrated that exogenous and endogenous reactive oxygen species (ROS) promoted mitotic arrest. Delayed formation and abnormal function of the mitotic spindle, which directly impeded mitosis and promoted abnormal chromosome separation, was responsible for ROS-induced mitotic arrest...
December 23, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
P Mikolka, J Kopincová, P Košútová, D Čierny, A Čalkovská, D Mokrá
Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) triggers inflammatory and oxidative pathways which can inactivate both pulmonary surfactant and therapeutically given exogenous surfactant. Glucocorticoid budesonide added to exogenous surfactant can inhibit inflammation and thereby enhance treatment efficacy. Neonatal meconium (25 mg/ml, 4 ml/kg) was administered intratracheally (i.t.) to rabbits. When the MAS model was prepared, animals were treated with budesonide i.t. (Pulmicort, 0.25 mg/kg, M+B); with surfactant lung lavage (Curosurf®, 10 ml/kg, 5 mg phospholipids/ml, M+S) followed by undiluted Curosurf® i...
December 22, 2016: Physiological Research
Lin Feng, Jianzhong Xu, Shichang Kang, Xiaofei Li, Yang Li, Bin Jiang, Quan Shi
Cryoconite in mountain glaciers plays important roles in glacial ablation and biogeochemical cycles. In this study, the composition and sources of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in cryoconite from the ablation regions of two Tibetan Plateau glaciers were determined using electrospray ionization (ESI) Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) and fluorescence spectrometry. A marked absorbance between 300 and 350 nm in the DOM absorption spectra was observed which was consistent with microbe-derived mycosporine-like amino acids...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Glaucilane S Cruz, Valéria Wanderley-Teixeira, José V Oliveira, Carolline G D' Assunção, Franklin M Cunha, Álvaro A C Teixeira, Carolina A Guedes, Kamilla A Dutra, Douglas R S Barbosa, Mariana O Breda
Spodoptera frugiperda is a major pest in several crops due to its polyphagous habit. Studies on the use of essential oils for pest control have been increasing over the years, presenting itself as a promising alternative with less environmental impact. Chemical profile evaluations of essential oils enable the knowledge and use of major compounds, providing a better understanding of their actions in the life history of insects. Thus, the study evaluated the effects of the major compounds limonene, trans-anethole and the combined effects upon nutrition, reproduction and testicular apoptosis in S...
December 16, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Bárbara Pereira da Silva, Pamella Cristine Anunciação, Jessika Camila da Silva Matyelka, Ceres Mattos Della Lucia, Hércia Stampini Duarte Martino, Helena Maria Pinheiro-Sant'Ana
This study investigated and compared the occurrence and concentration of macronutrients, moisture, ash, dietary fiber, fatty acids, minerals, carotenoids, vitamins, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, antioxidant activity, phytate and tannin in Brazilian chia seeds grown in the states of Mato Grosso (MT) and Rio Grande do Sul (RS). High concentrations of lipids (31.2g.100g(-1), on average), proteins (18.9g.100g(-1), on average), dietary fiber (35.3g.100g(-1), on average), vitamin E (8,203.6μg.100g(-1), on average) were observed...
April 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Guantian Li, Fan Zhu
There has been growing interest in whole grain quinoa flour for new product development due to the unique nutritional benefits. The quality of quinoa flour is much determined by the properties of its major component starch as well as non-starch components. In this study, composition and physicochemical properties of whole grain flour from 7 quinoa samples have been analyzed. Flour properties have been correlated to the flour composition and the properties of isolated quinoa starches through chemometrics. Great variations in chemical composition, swelling power, water soluble index, enzyme susceptibility, pasting, gel texture, and thermal properties of the flour have been observed...
April 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Claire E Dodd, Charlie J Pyle, Rebecca Glowinski, Murugesan V S Rajaram, Larry S Schlesinger
Mycobacterium tuberculosis imposes a large global health burden as the airborne agent of tuberculosis. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has been flourishing in human populations for millennia and is therefore highly adapted to the lung environment. Alveolar macrophages, a major host cell niche for M. tuberculosis, are not only phagocytose inhaled microbes and particulate matter but are also crucial in catabolizing lung surfactant, a lipid-protein complex that lines the alveolar spaces. Because macrophage host defense properties can be regulated by surfactant and M...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Moutusi Manna, Miia Niemelä, Joona Tynkkynen, Matti Javanainen, Waldemar Kulig, Daniel J Müller, Tomasz Rog, Ilpo Vattulainen
There is evidence that lipids can be allosteric regulators of membrane protein structure and activation. However, there are no data showing how exactly the regulation emerges from specific lipid-protein interactions. Here we show in atomistic detail how the human β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) - a prototypical G protein-coupled receptor - is modulated by cholesterol in an allosteric fashion. Extensive atomistic simulations show that cholesterol regulates β2AR by limiting its conformational variability. The mechanism of action is based on the binding of cholesterol at specific high-affinity sites located near the transmembrane helices 5-7 of the receptor...
November 29, 2016: ELife
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