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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668121/lipofection-of-plasmid-dna-into-human-mast-cell-lines-using-lipid-nanoparticles-generated-by-microfluidic-mixing
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Brett A Duguay, Kate Wei-Chen Huang, Marianna Kulka
Mast cells are important immune cells that have significant roles in mediating allergy and asthma. Therefore, studying the molecular mechanisms regulating these and other processes in mast cells is important to elucidate. Methods such as lipofection, transduction, and electroporation are often employed to dissect these mechanisms by disrupting gene expression in mast cell lines. However, as with other leukocytes, human mast cells (HMCs) are often refractory to the delivery of plasmids by lipofection. In this study, we investigated the utility of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) containing the ionizable cationic lipids 1,2-dioleoyloxy-3-dimethylaminopropane, 1,2-dioleyloxy-3-dimethylaminopropane, or 2,2-dilinoleyl-4-(2-dimethylaminoethyl)-[1,3]-dioxolane for the delivery of plasmid DNA into HMC lines...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668110/phenylbutyl-isoselenocyanate-induces-reactive-oxygen-species-to-inhibit-androgen-receptor-and-to-initiate-p53-mediated-apoptosis-in-lncap-prostate-cancer-cells
#2
Wei Wu, Deepkamal Karelia, Kartick Pramanik, Shantu G Amin, Arun K Sharma, Cheng Jiang, Junxuan Lu
Previous studies have established the in vivo bioavailability and efficacious dosages of phenylbutyl isoselenocyanate (ISC-4), a selenium-substituted isothiocyanate, against mouse xenograft models of human melanoma and colorectal cancer. To explore its potential attributes against prostate cancer, we treated human LNCaP prostate cancer cells with ISC-4 and examined their apoptosis responses, and interrogated the signaling mechanisms through pharmacological and siRNA knockdown approaches. Our results show that ISC-4 was more potent at inducing apoptosis than its sulfur analog phenylbutyl isothiocyanate (PBITC) without suppressing protein kinase AKT Ser473 phosphorylation...
April 18, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668081/lipocalin-type-prostaglandin-d-synthase-is-a-novel-phytocannabinoid-binding-protein
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Matthew W Elmes, Anthony D Volpe, Simon d'Oelsnitz, Joseph M Sweeney, Martin Kaczocha
Lipocalin-type prostaglandin D synthase (L-PGDS; EC:5.3.99.2) is an enzyme with dual functional roles as a prostaglandin D2 -synthesizing enzyme and as an extracellular transporter for diverse lipophilic compounds in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Transport of hydrophobic endocannabinoids is mediated by serum albumin in the blood and intracellularly by the fatty acid binding proteins, but no analogous transport mechanism has yet been described in CSF. L-PGDS has been reported to promiscuously bind a wide variety of lipophilic ligands and is among the most abundant proteins found in the CSF...
April 18, 2018: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668072/a-unique-telomere-dna-expansion-phenotype-in-human-retinal-rod-photoreceptors-associated-with-aging-and-disease
#4
W Robert Bell, Alan K Meeker, Anthony Rizzo, Sumit Rajpara, Ian M Rosenthal, Miguel Flores Bellver, Silvia Aparicio Domingo, Xiufeng Zhong, John R Barber, Corinne E Joshu, M Valeria Canto-Soler, Charles G Eberhart, Christopher M Heaphy
We have identified a discrete, focal telomere DNA expansion phenotype in the photoreceptor cell layer of normal, non-neoplastic human retinas. This phenotype is similar to that observed in a subset of human cancers, including a large fraction of tumors of the central nervous system, which maintain their telomeres via the non-telomerase-mediated alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) mechanism. We observed that these large, ultra-bright telomere DNA foci are restricted to the rod photoreceptors and are not observed in other cell types...
April 18, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668066/mait-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-roles-in-host-defense-and-therapeutic-potentials-in-infectious-diseases-and-cancer
#5
REVIEW
Patrick T Rudak, Joshua Choi, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are unconventional, innate-like T lymphocytes that sense the presence of MHC-related protein 1 (MR1)-restricted ligands and select inflammatory cues. Consequently, they release potent immunomodulatory mediators, including IFN-γ, TNF-α, and/or IL-17. MAIT cells can also be viewed as killer cells. They display several NK cell-associated receptors, carry granules containing cytotoxic effector molecules, and swiftly upregulate perforin and granzymes upon activation. Accordingly, MAIT cells are capable of lysing MR1-expressing cells infected with a variety of pathogenic bacteria in in vitro settings and may also mount cytotoxic responses during microbial infections in vivo...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668051/evidence-for-a-specific-and-critical-role-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-20-in-uni-to-binucleate-transition-of-microgametogenesis-in-tomato
#6
Lifei Chen, Dandan Yang, Youwei Zhang, Limin Wu, Yaoyao Zhang, Lei Ye, Changtian Pan, Yanjun He, Li Huang, Yong-Ling Ruan, Gang Lu
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) regulate diverse aspects of plant growth. However, their potential role in reproductive development remains elusive. Here, we discovered an unique role of SlMPK20, a plant-specific group D MAPK, in pollen development in tomato. RNAi-mediated suppression of SlMPK20 or its knockout using CRISPR/Cas9 significantly reduced or completely abolished pollen viability, respectively, with no effects on maternal fertility. Cell biology and gene expression analyses established that SlMPK20 exerts its role specifically at the uni-to-binucleate transition during microgametogenesis...
April 18, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667931/ave0991-a-nonpeptide-analogue-of-ang-1-7-attenuates-aging-related-neuroinflammation
#7
Teng Jiang, Liu-Jun Xue, Yang Yang, Qing-Guang Wang, Xiao Xue, Zhou Ou, Qing Gao, Jian-Quan Shi, Liang Wu, Ying-Dong Zhang
During the aging process, chronic neuroinflammation induced by microglia is detrimental for the brain and contributes to the etiology of several aging-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. As a newly identified axis of renin-angiotensin system, ACE2/Ang-(1-7)/MAS1 axis plays a crucial role in modulating inflammatory responses under various pathological conditions. However, its relationship with aging-related neuroinflammation is less studied so far. In this study, by using SAMP8 mice, an animal model of accelerated aging, we revealed that the neuroinflammation in the aged brain might be attributed to a decreased level of Ang-(1-7)...
April 17, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667910/role-of-wnk4-and-kidney-specific-wnk1-in-mediating-the-effect-of-high-dietary-k-intake-on-romk-channel-in-the-distal-convoluted-tubule
#8
Peng Wu, Zhong-Xiuzi Gao, Xiao-Tong Su, David H Ellison, Juliette Hadchouel, Jacques Teulon, Wen-Hui Wang
With-no-lysine kinase 4 (WNK4) and kidney-Specific (KS)-WNK1 regulate ROMK (Kir1.1) channels in a variety of cell models. We now explore the role of WNK4 and KS-WNK1 in regulating ROMK in the native distal convoluted tubule (DCT)/connecting tubule (CNT) by measuring TPNQ (ROMK inhibitor)-sensitive K+ currents with whole-cell recording. TPNQ-sensitive K+ currents in DCT2/CNT of KS-WNK1-/- and WNK4-/- mice were significantly smaller than that of WT mice. In contrast, the basolateral K+ channels (a Kir4.1/5.1 heterotetramer) in the DCT were not inhibited...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667908/the-macula-densa-prorenin-receptor-is-essential-in-renin-release-and-blood-pressure-control
#9
Anne D M Riquier-Brison, Arnold Sipos, Ágnes Prókai, Sarah L Vargas, Ildiko Toma, Elliott J Meer, Karie G Villanueva, Jennifer C M Chen, Georgina Gyarmati, Christopher Yih, Elaine Tang, Bahram Nadim, Sujith Pendekanti, Ingrid M Garrelds, Genevieve Nguyen, A H Jan Danser, Janos Peti-Peterdi
The prorenin receptor (PRR) was originally proposed to be a member of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS), however recent work questioned their association. The present paper describes a functional link between the PRR and RAS in the renal juxtaglomerular apparatus (JGA), a classic anatomical site of the RAS. PRR expression was found in the sensory cells of the JGA, the macula densa (MD), and immunohistochemistry localized PRR to the MD basolateral cell membrane in mouse, rat, and human kidneys. MD cell PRR activation led to MAP kinase ERK1/2 signaling and stimulation of PGE2 release, the classic pathway of MD-mediated renin release...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667809/strand-displacement-probes-combined-with-isothermal-nucleic-acid-amplification-for-instrument-free-detection-from-complex-samples
#10
Elizabeth A Phillips, Taylor J Moehling, Sanchita Bhadra, Andrew D Ellington, Jacqueline C Linnes
Sensitive and specific detection of pathogens via nucleic acid amplification is currently constrained to laboratory settings and portable equipment with costly fluorescent detectors. Nucleic acid-detecting lateral flow immunoassay strips (LFIAs) offer a low-cost visual transduction strategy at points of need. Unfortunately, these LFIAs frequently detect amplification byproducts that can yield spurious results which can only be deciphered through statistical analysis. We integrated customizable strand displacement probes into standard loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays to prevent byproduct capture on commercial LFIAs...
April 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667779/mir-193a-3p-and-mir-224-mediate-renal-cell-carcinoma-progression-by-targeting-alpha-2-3-sialyltransferase-iv-and-the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-akt-pathway
#11
Yue Pan, Jialei Hu, Jia Ma, Xia Qi, Huimin Zhou, Xiaoyan Miao, Wei Zheng, Li Jia
Tumor metastasis is a major cause of cancer-related death in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been widely known to modulate proliferation invasion, metastasis and apoptosis of cancer cells. In this study, we aimed to investigate the function and novel target of miR-193a-3p and miR-224 in RCC. The levels of miR-193a-3p and miR-224 were significantly increased in RCC tissues and RCC cell lines. Alpha-2, 3-Sialyltransferase IV (ST3GalIV) was highly expressed in adjacent nontumor tissues and human normal proximal tubular cell line HK-2 compared to RCC tissues and cell lines...
April 18, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667773/benzyl-isothiocyanate-attenuates-the-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-interleukin-13-expression-through-glutathione-s-transferase-p-induction-in-t-lymphocytic-leukemia-cells
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Yue Tang, Sho Naito, Naomi Abe-Kanoh, Seiji Ogawa, Shu Yamaguchi, Beiwei Zhu, Yoshiyuki Murata, Yoshimasa Nakamura
We investigated the effect of benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC) on the hydrogen peroxide-induced gene expression of a T-helper-2 cytokine, interleukin (IL)-13, in T lymphocytic leukemia Jurkat cells. The 24-h pretreatment of BITC significantly inhibited the IL-13 expression enhanced by hydrogen peroxide. Although the BITC pretreatment did not change the enhanced level of the phosphorylated c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), it significantly inhibited the nuclear translocation of c-Jun induced by hydrogen peroxide. BITC also increased the protein expression of glutathione S-transferase (GST) isozymes, GSTP1/2, as well as the total GST activity...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667765/molecular-profile-of-inflammatory-and-megakaryocytic-factors-in-pediatric-myelodysplastic-syndrome-with-acute-myelofibrosis
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Kais Hussein, Meinolf Suttorp, Angelika Stucki-Koch, Irith Baumann, Charlotte M Niemeyer, Hans Kreipe
Pediatric fibrotic myelodysplastic syndromes (ped-MDS-MF) and pediatric primary myelofibrosis (ped-PMF) are rare, and the molecular changes which mediate fibrosis have never been investigated. Histology and gene expression profile of 119 fibrosis/angiogenesis/inflammation/megakaryopoiesis-related factors in bone marrow biopsies were performed (two ped-MDS-MF and one ped-PMF). In one progressive ped-MDS, comparison of MF grade 0 (no myelofibrosis) and MF grade 2 (dense network of reticulin fibres) after 4 months showed that expression of fibrosis-related transcripts increased and dysplastic megakaryocytes formed a dense net of CD42b+ proplatelets...
April 18, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667761/plant-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-gpi-anchored-proteins-at-the-plasma-membrane-cell-wall-nexus
#14
REVIEW
Trevor H Yeats, Antony Bacic, Kim L Johnson
Approximately 1% of plant proteins are predicted to be post-translationally modified with a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor that tethers the polypeptide to the outer leaflet of the plasma membrane. While the synthesis and structure of GPI anchors is largely conserved across eukaryotes, the repertoire of functional domains present in the GPI-anchored proteome has diverged substantially. In plants, this includes a large fraction of the GPI-anchored proteome being further modified with plant-specific arabinogalactan (AG) O-glycans...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667751/suz12-is-a-novel-putative-oncogene-promoting-tumorigenesis-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#15
Yaping Wu, Huijun Hu, Wei Zhang, Zhongwu Li, Pengfei Diao, Dongmiao Wang, Wei Zhang, Yanling Wang, Jianrong Yang, Jie Cheng
The suppressor of zest 12 (SUZ12), one of the core polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) components, has increasingly appreciated as a key mediator during human tumorigenesis. However, its expression pattern and oncogenic roles in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) remain largely unexplored yet. Here, we sought to determine its expression pattern, clinicopathological significance and biological roles in HNSCC. Through data mining and interrogation from multiple publicly available databases, our bioinformatics analyses revealed that SUZ12 mRNA was significantly overexpressed in multiple HNSCC patient cohorts...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667746/an-integrative-approach-combining-passive-sampling-bioassays-and-effect-directed-analysis-to-assess-the-impact-of-wastewater-effluent
#16
Manoj Sonavane, Jennifer E Schollée, Anita O Hidasi, Nicolas Creusot, François Brion, Marc J-F Suter, Juliane Hollender, Selim Aït-Aïssa
Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents are major sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and of other chemicals of toxicological concern for the aquatic environment. In this study, we used an integrated strategy combining passive sampling (Chemcatcher®), developmental toxicity and mechanism-based in vitro and in vivo bioassays to monitor the impacts of a WWTP on a river. In vitro screening revealed the WWTP effluent as a source of estrogen (ER), glucocorticoid (GR), aryl hydrocarbon (AhR) receptor mediated activities, impacting the downstream river site where significant activities were also measured, albeit to a lesser extent than in the effluent...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667735/beyond-voltage-gated-ion-channels-voltage-operated-membrane-proteins-and-cellular-processes
#17
REVIEW
Jianping Zhang, Xingjuan Chen, Yucong Xue, Nikita Gamper, Xuan Zhang
Voltage-gated ion channels were believed to be the only voltage-sensitive proteins in excitable (and some non-excitable) cells for a long time. Emerging evidence indicates that the voltage-operated model is shared by some other transmembrane proteins expressed in both excitable and non-excitable cells. In this review, we summarize current knowledge about voltage-operated proteins, which are not classic voltage-gated ion channels as well as the voltage-dependent processes in cells for which single voltage-sensitive proteins have yet to be identified...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667718/trajectories-of-psychopathology-in-extremely-low-birth-weight-survivors-from-early-adolescence-to-adulthood-a-20-year-longitudinal-study
#18
Ryan J Van Lieshout, Mark A Ferro, Louis A Schmidt, Michael H Boyle, Saroj Saigal, Katherine M Morrison, Karen J Mathewson
BACKGROUND: Individuals born extremely preterm are exposed to significant perinatal stresses that are associated with an increased risk of psychopathology. However, a paucity of longitudinal studies has prevented the empirical examination of long-term, dynamic effects of perinatal adversity on mental health. Here, internalizing and externalizing problems from adolescence through adulthood were compared in individuals born at extremely low birth weight (ELBW; <1,000 g) and normal birth weight (NBW; >2,500 g)...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667686/rheological-characterization-of-dynamic-remodeling-of-the-pericellular-region-by-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-secreted-enzymes-in-well-defined-synthetic-hydrogel-scaffolds
#19
Maryam Daviran, Sarah M Longwill, Jonah F Casella, Kelly M Schultz
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) dynamically remodel their microenvironment during basic processes, such as migration and differentiation. Migration requires extracellular matrix invasion, necessitating dynamic cell-material interactions. Understanding these interactions is critical to advancing materials designs that harness and manipulate these processes for applications including wound healing and tissue regeneration. In this work, we encapsulate hMSCs in a cell-degradable poly(ethylene glycol)-peptide hydrogel to determine how cell-secreted enzymes, specifically matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), create unique pericellular microenvironments...
April 18, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667664/identification-of-a-novel-aminopolycarboxylic-acid-siderophore-gene-cluster-encoding-the-biosynthesis-of-ethylenediaminesuccinic-acid-hydroxyarginine-edha
#20
Marius Spohn, Simone Edenhart, Mohammad Alanjary, Nadine Ziemert, Daniel Wibberg, Jörn Kalinowski, Timo H J Niedermeyer, Evi Stegmann, Wolfgang Wohlleben
The mechanism of siderophore-mediated iron supply enhances fitness and survivability of microorganisms under iron limited growth conditions. One class of naturally occurring ionophores is the small aminopolycarboxylic acids (APCAs). Although they are structurally related to the most famous anthropogenic chelating agent, ethylenediaminetetraacetate (EDTA), they have been largely neglected by the scientific community. Here, we demonstrate the detection of APCA gene clusters by a computational screening of a nucleotide database...
April 18, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
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