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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914082/detection-of-intracellular-proteins-by-high-resolution-immunofluorescence-microscopy-in-streptococcus-pyogenes
#1
Assaf Raz
Immunofluorescence microscopy is an invaluable tool for the study of biological processes at the cellular level. While the localization of surface-exposed antigens can easily be determined using fluorescent antibodies, localization of intracellular antigens requires permeabilization of the bacterial cell wall and membrane. Here, we describe an immunofluorescence protocol tailored specifically for Streptococcus pyogenes, applying the phage lysin PlyC for cell wall permeabilization. This protocol allows a high level of morphological preservation, suitable for high-resolution microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913186/protein-kinase-a-activation-by-retinoic-acid-in-the-nuclei-of-hl60-cells
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Asako Sakai, Masahiko Imai, Katsuhiko Takahashi, Shinya Hasegawa, Masahiro Yamasaki, Toshihiro Ohba, Noriko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Activation of protein kinase A (PKA) occurs during retinoic acid (RA)-induced granulocytic differentiation of human promyelocytic leukemia HL60 cells. It is known that the RIIα regulatory subunit of PKA, is modified by RA (retinoylated) in the early stages of differentiation. We have investigated the effects of RA on PKA during cell differentiation in order to understand the potential significance of this process in the retinoylation of RIIα subunits. METHODS: Immunoblotting, immunoprecipitation, confocal microscopy, PCR, and PKA activity assays were employed for characterizing the effects of RA on PKA...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911411/preparation-and-in-vivo-use-of-an-activity-based-probe-for-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase
#3
Elisa Romeo, Silvia Pontis, Stefano Ponzano, Fabiola Bonezzi, Marco Migliore, Simona Di Martino, Maria Summa, Daniele Piomelli
Activity-based protein profiling (ABPP) is a method for the identification of an enzyme of interest in a complex proteome through the use of a chemical probe that targets the enzyme's active sites. A reporter tag introduced into the probe allows for the detection of the labeled enzyme by in-gel fluorescence scanning, protein blot, fluorescence microscopy, or liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Here, we describe the preparation and use of the compound ARN14686, a click chemistry activity-based probe (CC-ABP) that selectively recognizes the enzyme N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911407/preparation-of-cd4-t-cells-for-analysis-of-gd3-and-gd2-ganglioside-membrane-expression-by-microscopy
#4
Tania M Villanueva-Cabello, Iván Martinez-Duncker
The methods described herein for activation of naïve CD4(+) T cells in suspension and their adherence in coverslips for confocal microscopy analysis allow the spatial localization and visualization of gangliosides involved in CD4(+) T cell activation, that complement expression profiling experiments such as flow cytometry, western blotting or real-time PCR. The quantification of ganglioside expression through flow cytometry and their cellular localization through microscopy can be obtained by the use of anti-ganglioside antibodies with high affinity and specificity...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911365/low-energy-cathodoluminescence-for-oxy-nitride-phosphors
#5
Yujin Cho, Benjamin Dierre, Takashi Sekiguchi, Takayuki Suehiro, Kohsei Takahashi, Takashi Takeda, Rong-Jun Xie, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Naoto Hirosaki
Nitride and oxynitride (Sialon) phosphors are good candidates for the ultraviolet and visible emission applications. High performance, good stability and flexibility of their emission properties can be achieved by controlling their composition and dopants. However, a lot of work is still required to improve their properties and to reduce the production cost. A possible approach is to correlate the luminescence properties of the Sialon particles with their local structural and chemical environment in order to optimize their growth parameters and find novel phosphors...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910941/rapid-mapping-of-polarization-switching-through-complete-information-acquisition
#6
Suhas Somnath, Alex Belianinov, Sergei V Kalinin, Stephen Jesse
Polarization switching in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials underpins a broad range of current and emergent applications, ranging from random access memories to field-effect transistors, and tunnelling devices. Switching in these materials is exquisitely sensitive to local defects and microstructure on the nanometre scale, necessitating spatially resolved high-resolution studies of these phenomena. Classical piezoresponse force microscopy and spectroscopy, although providing necessary spatial resolution, are fundamentally limited in data acquisition rates and energy resolution...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910889/direct-imaging-of-defect-formation-in-strained-organic-flexible-electronics-by-scanning-kelvin-probe-microscopy
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Tobias Cramer, Lorenzo Travaglini, Stefano Lai, Luca Patruno, Stefano de Miranda, Annalisa Bonfiglio, Piero Cosseddu, Beatrice Fraboni
The development of new materials and devices for flexible electronics depends crucially on the understanding of how strain affects electronic material properties at the nano-scale. Scanning Kelvin-Probe Microscopy (SKPM) is a unique technique for nanoelectronic investigations as it combines non-invasive measurement of surface topography and surface electrical potential. Here we show that SKPM in non-contact mode is feasible on deformed flexible samples and allows to identify strain induced electronic defects...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909098/reversible-disruption-of-neuronal-mitochondria-by-ischemic-and-traumatic-injury-revealed-by-quantitative-two-photon-imaging-in-the-neocortex-of-anesthetized-mice
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Mikhail Kislin, Jeremy Sword, Ioulia V Fomitcheva, Deborah Croom, Evgeny Pryazhnikov, Eero Lihavainen, Dmytro Toptunov, Heikki Rauvala, Andre S Ribeiro, Leonard Khiroug, Sergei A Kirov
: Mitochondria play a variety of functional roles in cortical neurons, from metabolic support and neuroprotection to the release of cytokines that trigger apoptosis. In dendrites, mitochondrial structure is closely linked to their function, and fragmentation (fission) of the normally elongated mitochondria indicates loss of their function under such pathological conditions as stroke and brain trauma. Using in vivo two-photon microscopy in mouse brain, we quantified mitochondrial fragmentation in a full spectrum of cortical injuries ranging from severe to mild...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908704/on-the-relationship-between-cell-cycle-analysis-with-ergodic-principles-and-age-structured-cell-population-models
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K Kuritz, D Stöhr, N Pollak, F Allgöwer
Cyclic processes, in particular the cell cycle, are of great importance in cell biology. Continued improvement in cell population analysis methods like fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, CyTOF or single-cell omics made mathematical methods based on ergodic principles a powerful tool in studying these processes. In this paper, we establish the relationship between cell cycle analysis with ergodic principles and age structured population models. To this end, we describe the progression of a single cell through the cell cycle by a stochastic differential equation on a one dimensional manifold in the high dimensional dataspace of cell cycle markers...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907861/in-situ-time-lapse-study-of-extracellular-polymeric-substance-discharge-in-streptococcus-mutans-biofilm
#10
Bernard Haochih Liu, Li-Chieh Yu
Streptococcus mutans is one of the main pathogens that cause tooth decay. By metabolizing carbohydrates, S. mutans emits extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) that adheres to the tooth surface and forms layers of biofilm. Periodontal disease occurs due to the low pH environment created by S. mutans biofilm, and such an acidic environment gradually erodes tooth enamel. Since the existence of EPS is essential in the formation of biofilm, the in-situ investigation of its generation and distribution in real time is the key to the control and suppression of S...
November 24, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907004/in-vitro-variant-surface-antigen-expression-in-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-from-a-semi-immune-individual-is-not-correlated-with-var-gene-transcription
#11
Ellen Inga Bruske, Sandra Dimonte, Corinna Enderes, Serena Tschan, Matthias Flötenmeyer, Iris Koch, Jürgen Berger, Peter Kremsner, Matthias Frank
Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) is considered to be the main variant surface antigen (VSA) of Plasmodium falciparum and is mainly localized on electron-dense knobs in the membrane of the infected erythrocyte. Switches in PfEMP1 expression provide the basis for antigenic variation and are thought to be critical for parasite persistence during chronic infections. Recently, strain transcending anti-PfEMP1 immunity has been shown to develop early in life, challenging the role of PfEMP1 in antigenic variation during chronic infections...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906453/syk-inhibition-blocks-airway-constriction-and-protects-from-th2-induced-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-in-mice
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Christoph Tabeling, Julia Herbert, Andreas C Hocke, David Lamb, Lutz Wollin, Klaus Erb, Ekaterina Boiarina, Hesam Movassagh, Jörg Scheffel, Jan M Doehn, Stefan Hippenstiel, Marcus Maurer, Abdelilah S Gounni, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
BACKGROUND: Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is an intracellular non-receptor tyrosine kinase, which has been implicated as central immune modulator promoting allergic airway inflammation. Syk inhibition has been proposed as a new therapeutic approach in asthma. However, the direct effects of Syk inhibition on airway constriction independent of allergen sensitization remain elusive. METHODS: Spectral confocal microscopy of human and murine lung tissue was performed to localize Syk expression...
December 1, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906373/efficient-homogeneous-illumination-and-optical-sectioning-for-quantitative-single-molecule-localization-microscopy
#13
Joran Deschamps, Andreas Rowald, Jonas Ries
Single-molecule localization microscopy (SMLM) relies on the switching of fluorescent molecules between a fluorescent and a dark state to achieve super resolution. This process is inherently dependent on the intensity distribution of the laser light used for both activation from the dark state and excitation of the bright state. Typically, laser light is coupled directly or via a single-mode fiber into the microscope, which leads to a Gaussian intensity profile in total internal reflection (TIR) or epi illumination...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906063/characterization-of-a-multiprotein-complex-involved-in-excitation-transcription-coupling-of-skeletal-muscle
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Manuel Arias-Calderón, Gonzalo Almarza, Alexis Díaz-Vegas, Ariel Contreras-Ferrat, Denisse Valladares, Mariana Casas, Héctor Toledo, Enrique Jaimovich, Sonja Buvinic
BACKGROUND: Electrical activity regulates the expression of skeletal muscle genes by a process known as "excitation-transcription" (E-T) coupling. We have demonstrated that release of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) during depolarization activates membrane P2X/P2Y receptors, being the fundamental mediators between electrical stimulation, slow intracellular calcium transients, and gene expression. We propose that this signaling pathway would require the proper coordination between the voltage sensor (dihydropyridine receptor, DHPR), pannexin 1 channels (Panx1, ATP release conduit), nucleotide receptors, and other signaling molecules...
April 11, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905565/evolution-of-structural-distortion-in-bifeo3-thin-films-probed-by-second-harmonic-generation
#15
Jie-Su Wang, Kui-Juan Jin, Hai-Zhong Guo, Jun-Xing Gu, Qian Wan, Xu He, Xiao-Long Li, Xiu-Lai Xu, Guo-Zhen Yang
BiFeO3 thin films have drawn much attention due to its potential applications for novel magnetoelectric devices and fundamental physics in magnetoelectric coupling. However, the structural evolution of BiFeO3 films with thickness remains controversial. Here we use an optical second-harmonic generation technique to explore the phase-related symmetry evolution of BiFeO3 thin films with the variation of thickness. The crystalline structures for 60 and 180-nm-thick BiFeO3 thin films were characterized by high-resolution X-ray diffractometry reciprocal space mapping and the local piezoelectric response for 60-nm-thick BiFeO3 thin films was characterized by piezoresponse force microscopy...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905323/plasmonic-nano-protrusions-hierarchical-nanostructures-for-single-molecule-raman-spectroscopy
#16
Sagnik Basuray, Avinash Pathak, Sangho Bok, Biyan Chen, Steven C Hamm, Cherian J Mathai, Suchismita Guha, Keshab Gangopadhyay, Shubhra Gangopadhyay
Classical methods for enhancing the electromagnetic field from substrates for spectroscopic applications, such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), have involved the generation of hotspots through directed self-assembly of nanoparticles or by patterning nanoscale features using expensive nanolithography techniques. A novel large-area, cost-effective soft lithographic technique involving glancing angle deposition (GLAD) of silver on polymer gratings is reported here. This method produces hierarchical nanostructures with high enhancement factors capable of analyzing single-molecule SERS...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905321/tailoring-the-morphology-and-luminescence-of-gan-ingan-core-shell-nanowires-using-bottom-up-selective-area-epitaxy
#17
Mohsen Nami, Rhett F Eller, Serdal Okur, Ashwin K Rishinaramangalam, Sheng Liu, Igal Brener, Daniel F Feezell
Controlled bottom-up selective-area epitaxy (SAE) is used to tailor the morphology and photoluminescence properties of GaN/InGaN core-shell nanowire arrays. The nanowires are grown on c-plane sapphire substrates using pulsed-mode metal organic chemical vapor deposition. By varying the dielectric mask configuration and growth conditions, we achieve GaN nanowire cores with diameters ranging from 80 to 700 nm that exhibit various degrees of polar, semipolar, and nonpolar faceting. A single InGaN quantum well (QW) and GaN barrier shell is also grown on the GaN nanowire cores and micro-photoluminescence is obtained and analyzed for a variety of nanowire dimensions, array pitch spacings, and aperture diameters...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902702/selective-inhibitor-of-nuclear-export-sine-compounds-alter-new-world-alphavirus-capsid-localization-and-reduce-viral-replication-in-mammalian-cells
#18
Lindsay Lundberg, Chelsea Pinkham, Cynthia de la Fuente, Ashwini Brahms, Nazly Shafagati, Kylie M Wagstaff, David A Jans, Sharon Tamir, Kylene Kehn-Hall
The capsid structural protein of the New World alphavirus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), interacts with the host nuclear transport proteins importin α/β1 and CRM1. Novel selective inhibitor of nuclear export (SINE) compounds, KPT-185, KPT-335 (verdinexor), and KPT-350, target the host's primary nuclear export protein, CRM1, in a manner similar to the archetypical inhibitor Leptomycin B. One major limitation of Leptomycin B is its irreversible binding to CRM1; which SINE compounds alleviate because they are slowly reversible...
November 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902556/stereological-quantification-of-age-related-changes-in-myelinated-fibers-of-rat-white-matter
#19
Chen Li, Lei Zhang, Fenglei Chao, Qian Xiao, Yanmin Luo, Yong Tang
We investigated changes in myelin sheaths in the myelinated fibers of subcortical white matter in young (6-8 months old), middle-aged (18 months old), and elderly (27-28 months old) female Long-Evans rats using transmission electron microscopy and unbiased stereological techniques. We observed three age-related changes in myelin sheaths in the white matter of elderly rats: local splitting of the major dense line, myelin ballooning, and the formation of abundant myelin sheaths. Stereological analysis showed that the total length of myelinated fibers in white matter was 115±12 km (mean±SD) in young rats, 135±21 km in middle-aged rats, and 62±11 km in elderly rats...
January 1, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900970/clinical-features-and-histological-patterns-of-lupus-nephritis-in-a-single-center-of-south-india
#20
Clement Wilfred Devadass, Vijaya Viswanath Mysorekar, Mahesh Eshwarappa, Lakshminarayanan Mekala, M Gireesh Siddaiah, K Gurudev Channabasappa
Renal involvement occurs in up to 60% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and signifies a poor prognosis. The class of lupus nephritis (LN), determined on renal biopsy evaluation, guides the therapeutic management and has prognostic connotations. Our aim is to determine the clinicolaboratory features and histopathological patterns of LN at presentation in our local (South Indian) population. The study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital in South India between 2009 and 2014 on SLE patients with clinical evidence of LN...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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