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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527312/low-energy-electron-potentiometry
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Johannes Jobst, Jaap Kautz, Maria Mytiliniou, Rudolf M Tromp, Sense Jan van der Molen
In a lot of systems, charge transport is governed by local features rather than being a global property as suggested by extracting a single resistance value. Consequently, techniques that resolve local structure in the electronic potential are crucial for a detailed understanding of electronic transport in realistic devices. Recently, we have introduced a new potentiometry method based on low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) that utilizes characteristic features in the reflectivity spectra of layered materials [1]...
May 13, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526726/are-phloem-sieve-tubes-leaky-conduits-supported-by-numerous-aquaporins
#2
Ryan C Stanfield, Uwe G Hacke, Joan Laur
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Aquaporin membrane water channels have been previously identified in the phloem of angiosperms, but currently their cellular characterization is lacking, especially in tree species. Pinpointing the cellular location will help generate new hypotheses of how membrane water exchange facilitates sugar transport in plants. METHODS: We studied histological sections of balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera L.) in leaf, petiole, and stem organs. Immuno-labeling techniques were used to characterize the distribution of PIP1 and PIP2 subfamilies of aquaporins along the phloem pathway...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525845/novel-amidino-substituted-benzimidazole-and-benzothiazole-benzo-b-thieno-2-carboxamides-exert-strong-antiproliferative-and-dna-binding-properties
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Maja Cindrić, Samy Jambon, Anja Harej, Sabine Depauw, Marie-Hélène David-Cordonnier, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić, Grace Karminski-Zamola, Marijana Hranjec
Within this manuscript design, synthesis of novel 2-imidazolinyl substituted benzo[b]thieno-2-carboxamides bearing either benzimidazole or benzothiazole subunit and biological activity are presented and described. The antiproliferative activities were assessed in vitro on a panel of human cancer cell lines. Tested compounds showed moderate activity while cytotoxicity on normal fibroblasts was lower in comparison with 5-fluorouracile. The variations of 2-imidazolinyl substituent at heteroaromatic subunits in different positions led to different cytotoxic properties...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524818/fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-microscopy-reveals-rerouting-of-snare-trafficking-driving-dendritic-cell-activation
#4
Daniëlle Rianne José Verboogen, Natalia González Mancha, Martin Ter Beest, Geert van den Bogaart
SNARE proteins play a crucial role in intracellular trafficking by catalyzing membrane fusion, but assigning SNAREs to specific intracellular transport routes is challenging with current techniques. We developed a novel Förster resonance energy transfer-fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FRET-FLIM)-based technique allowing visualization of real-time local interactions of fluorescently tagged SNARE proteins in live cells. We used FRET-FLIM to delineate the trafficking steps underlying the release of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) from human blood-derived dendritic cells...
May 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524656/multifunctional-and-redox-responsive-self-assembled-magnetic-nanovectors-for-protein-delivery-and-dual-modal-imaging
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Hong Yu Yang, Moon-Sun Jang, Yi Li, Jung Hee Lee, Doo Sung Lee
Nanoparticle (NP)-based model carriers present an emerging strategy for protein delivery. However, constructing a multifunctional nanocarrier with high loading capacity, diagnostic imaging capacity and controlled release capability is a tremendous challenge for protein delivery systems. Thus, we herein report on the fabrication of redox-responsive magnetic nanovectors (termed RMNs) through self- assembly of Fe3O4 NPs and redox-responsive polymer ligands, which could effectively transport protein and trigger intracellular protein release...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524456/endothelial-microparticles-released-by-activated-protein-c-protect-beta-cells-through-epcr-par1-and-annexin-a1-fpr2-pathways-in-islets
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Guillaume Kreutter, Mohamad Kassem, Ali El Habhab, Philippe Baltzinger, Malak Abbas, Julie Boisrame-Helms, Lamia Amoura, Jean Peluso, Blandine Yver, Zobairi Fatiha, Geneviève Ubeaud-Sequier, Laurence Kessler, Florence Toti
Islet transplantation is associated with early ischaemia/reperfusion, localized coagulation and redox-sensitive endothelial dysfunction. In animal models, islet cytoprotection by activated protein C (aPC) restores islet vascularization and protects graft function, suggesting that aPC triggers various lineages. aPC also prompts the release of endothelial MP that bear EPCR, its specific receptor. Microparticles (MP) are plasma membrane procoagulant vesicles, surrogate markers of stress and cellular effectors...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524415/ndrg4-an-early-detection-marker-for-colorectal-cancer-is-specifically-expressed-in-enteric-neurons
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N Vaes, M H F M Lentjes, M J Gijbels, G Rademakers, K L Daenen, W Boesmans, K A D Wouters, A Geuzens, X Qu, H P J Steinbusch, B P F Rutten, S H Baldwin, K A Sharkey, R M W Hofstra, M van Engeland, P Vanden Berghe, V Melotte
BACKGROUND: Promoter methylation of N-myc Downstream-Regulated Gene 4 (NDRG4) in fecal DNA is an established early detection marker for colorectal cancer (CRC). Despite its connection to CRC, NDRG4 is predominantly studied in brain and heart, with little to no knowledge about its expression or role in other organs. In this study, we aimed to determine the whole-body expression of NDRG4, with a focus on the intestinal tract. METHODS: We investigated NDRG4 expression throughout the body by immunohistochemistry, Western Blotting and in situ mRNA hybridization using tissues from NDRG4 wild-type, heterozygous and knockout mice and humans...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522883/in-situ-evaluation-of-estrogen-receptor-dimers-in-breast-carcinoma-cells-visualization-of-protein-protein-interactions
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Erina Iwabuchi, Yasuhiro Miki, Katsuhiko Ono, Yoshiaki Onodera, Hironobu Sasano
The estrogen receptor (ER) functions as a dimer and is involved in several different biological functions. However ER dimeric proteins have not been identified by in situ methodologies. Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) has been recently developed, which enabled the localization of protein and protein interaction. Therefore, in this study, we firstly demonstrated that ERs formed both homodimers and heterodimers in breast carcinoma cell lines using Nikon's SIM (N-SIM). ERα/α homodimers were detected in the nuclei of both ERα-positive MCF-7 and T-47D cells; 23...
April 27, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522739/imaging-macrophage-accumulation-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-pancreatitis-with-125-i-iododpa-spect-ct
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Catherine A Foss, Liansheng Liu, Ronnie C Mease, Haofan Wang, Pankaj Pasricha, Martin G Pomper
Background and Aims: Pancreatitis remains a diagnostic challenge in patients with mild to moderate disease, with current imaging modalities inadequate. Given the prominent macrophage infiltrate in chronic pancreatitis, we hypothesized that (125)I-iodo-DPA-713 (iodoDPA), a small-molecule radiotracer that specifically targets macrophages, could be used with single photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography (SPECT-CT) to image pancreatic inflammation in a relevant experimental model. Methods: Chronic pancreatitis was induced in C57BL/6 mice with cerulein and were contrasted with vehicle-injected controls...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522327/measurement-of-bacterial-capture-and-phagosome-maturation-of-kupffer-cells-by-intravital-microscopy
#10
Bas G J Surewaard, Paul Kubes
It is central to the field of bacterial pathogenesis to define how bacteria are killed by phagocytic cells. During phagocytosis, the microbe is localized to the phagolysosome where crucial defense mechanisms such as acidification and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are initiated. This process has extensively been studied in vitro, however many resident tissue phagocytes will phenotypically change upon isolation from their natural environment. Therefore, interrogation of phagocytosis and phagosomal function of cells in the context of their natural tissue environment enhances our understanding of the biological process in vivo...
May 15, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522186/molar-incisor-malformation-in-six-cases-description-and-diagnostic-protocol
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Ingvild Johnsen Brusevold, Thea Martine Granvoll Bie, Christine Sophie Baumgartner, Runa Das, Ivar Espelid
OBJECTIVE: The term molar-incisor malformation (MIM) has recently been presented in the scientific literature, where it is described as a condition with localized impaired root development. Here we present 6 recently discovered cases referred to our departments. STUDY DESIGN: The patients were enrolled in the study after referral and were examined clinically and radiologically. Two extracted teeth were further examined with micro-computed tomography or microscopy...
April 4, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521151/intracellular-localization-and-toxicity-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanoplatelets-to-mussel-hemocytes-in-vitro
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Alberto Katsumiti, Radmila Tomovska, Miren P Cajaraville
Recently, graphene materials have attracted tremendous research interest due to their unique physicochemical properties that hold great promise in electronics, energy, materials and biomedical areas. Graphene oxide (GO) is one of the most extensively studied graphene derivatives. In order to improve GO electrical properties, nanoplatelets are chemically reduced, thus increasing nanoplatelet conductivity. This reduced GO (rGO) shows different properties and behavior compared to GO. Graphene-based wastes are expected to end up in the marine environment...
April 28, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521107/formation-of-fluorohydroxyapatite-with-silver-diamine-fluoride
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M L Mei, F Nudelman, B Marzec, J M Walker, E C M Lo, A W Walls, C H Chu
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is found to promote remineralization and harden the carious lesion. Hydroxyapatite crystallization is a crucial process in remineralization; however, the role of SDF in crystal formation is unknown. We designed an in vitro experiment with calcium phosphate with different SDF concentrations (0.38, 1.52, 2.66, 3.80 mg/mL) to investigate the effect of this additive on the nucleation and growth of apatite crystals. Two control groups were also prepared-calcium phosphate (CaCl2·2H2O + K2HPO4 in buffer solution) and SDF (Ag[NH3]2F in buffer solution)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520435/modulation-of-electron-phonon-coupling-in-one-dimensionally-nanorippled-graphene-on-a-macrofacet-of-6h-sic
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Koichiro Ienaga, Takushi Iimori, Koichiro Yaji, Toshio Miyamachi, Shuhei Nakashima, Yukio Takahashi, Kohei Fukuma, Shingo Hayashi, Takashi Kajiwara, Anton Visikovsliy, Kazuhiko Mase, Kan Nakatsuji, Satoru Tanaka, Fumio Komori
Local electron-phonon coupling of a one-dimensionally rippled graphene is studied on a SiC(0001) vicinal substrate. We have characterized local atomic and electronic structures of a periodically nano-rippled graphene (3.4 nm period) prepared on a macrofacet of the 6H-SiC crystal using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The rippled graphene on the macrofacets distributes homogeneously over the 6H-SiC substrate in a mm scale, and thus replica bands are detected by the macroscopic angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy...
May 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518172/super-resolution-microscopy-with-dna-paint
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Joerg Schnitzbauer, Maximilian T Strauss, Thomas Schlichthaerle, Florian Schueder, Ralf Jungmann
Super-resolution techniques have begun to transform biological and biomedical research by allowing researchers to observe structures well below the classic diffraction limit of light. DNA points accumulation for imaging in nanoscale topography (DNA-PAINT) offers an easy-to-implement approach to localization-based super-resolution microscopy, owing to the use of DNA probes. In DNA-PAINT, transient binding of short dye-labeled ('imager') oligonucleotides to their complementary target ('docking') strands creates the necessary 'blinking' to enable stochastic super-resolution microscopy...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518127/plunge-freezing-a-tool-for-the-ultrastructural-and-immunolocalization-studies-of-suspension-cells-in-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Corinne Blancard, Bénédicte Salin
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) is an extraordinary tool for studying cell ultrastructure, in order to localize proteins and visualize macromolecular complexes at very high resolution. However, to get as close as possible to the native state, perfect sample preservation is required. Conventional electron microscopy (EM) fixation with aldehydes, for instance, does not provide good ultrastructural preservation. The slow penetration of fixatives induces cell reorganization and loss of various cell components...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517010/suppression-of-near-band-edge-emission-in-specially-engineered-zno-twin-nanorods
#17
Avanendra Singh, Kartik Senapati, Biswarup Satpati, Pratap K Sahoo
We report the synthesis of a unique zinc oxide nanorod structure in which an amorphous ZnO layer is sandwiched between two identical crystalline segments of ZnO. A simple hydrothermal reaction method was used for this purpose, which allowed us to tune the amorphous and crystalline sections of the nanorods via reaction temperature. A systematic study of the morphology and dimensions of the nanorods grown under various conditions was performed using a combination of scanning and transmission electron microscopy...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516085/analysis-of-septin-reorganization-at-cytokinesis-using-polarized-fluorescence-microscopy
#18
Molly McQuilken, Maximilian S Jentzsch, Amitabh Verma, Shalin B Mehta, Rudolf Oldenbourg, Amy S Gladfelter
Septins are conserved filament-forming proteins that act in diverse cellular processes. They closely associate with membranes and, in some systems, components of the cytoskeleton. It is not well understood how filaments assemble into higher-order structures in vivo or how they are remodeled throughout the cell cycle. In the budding yeast S. cerevisiae, septins are found through most of the cell cycle in an hourglass organization at the mother-bud neck until cytokinesis when the collar splits into two rings that disassemble prior to the next cell cycle...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515716/antifungal-activity-of-the-biphosphinic-cyclopalladate-c7a-against-candida-albicans-yeast-forms-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Julian E Muñoz, Diego C P Rossi, Kelly Ishida, Cristina C Spadari, Marcia S C Melhem, Daniel M Garcia, Antonio C F Caires, Carlos P Taborda, Elaine G Rodrigues
Vulvovaginal and invasive candidiasis are frequent conditions in immunosuppressed individuals caused by Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida spp. Fluconazole and Amphotericin B are the main drugs used to fight the infection. However, resistance to fluconazole and other azole antifungal drugs is an important clinical problem that encourages the search for new therapeutic alternatives. In this work, we evaluate the antifungal activity of the biphosphinic cyclopalladate C7a in the in vitro and in vivo model...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515469/the-topobiology-of-chemical-elements-in-seabird-feathers
#20
Nicholas R Howell, Jennifer L Lavers, Sayaka Uematsu, David Paterson, Daryl L Howard, Kathryn Spiers, Martin D de Jonge, Tracey Hanley, Richard Garrett, Richard B Banati
The highly organized morphogenesis of bird feathers holds important phylo- and ontogenetic information on the evolution of birds, organogenesis, tissue regeneration, and the health status of individual animals. Altered topobiological patterns are regularly used as retrospective evidence for disturbed developmental trajectories due to the past exposure to environmental stressors. Using the most advanced high-resolution (5-70 µm) X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM), we describe in the feathers from three species of Procellariiformes hitherto unknown, depositions of elements (Zn, Ca, Br, Cu, Fe) that are independent of pigmentation or any underlying variation in density or polymer structure...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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