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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813551/an-enhanced-spring-particle-model-for-red-blood-cell-structrual-mechanics
#1
Mingzhu Chen, Fergal Boyle
Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most abundant cellular element suspended in blood. Together with the usual biconcave-shaped RBCs, i.e. discocytes, unusual-shaped RBCs are also observed under physiological and experimental conditions, e.g. stomatocytes and echinocytes. Stomatocytes and echinocytes are formed from discocytes and in addition can revert back to being discocytes; this shape change is known as the stomatocyte-discocyte-echinocyte (SDE) transformation. To-date limited research has been conducted on the numerical prediction of the full SDE transformation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813441/cross-over-endocytosis-of-claudins-is-mediated-by-interactions-via-their-extracellular-loops
#2
Nora Gehne, Agathe Lamik, Martin Lehmann, Reiner F Haseloff, Anuska V Andjelkovic, Ingolf E Blasig
Claudins (Cldns) are transmembrane tight junction (TJ) proteins that paracellularly seal endo- and epithelial barriers by their interactions within the TJs. However, the mechanisms allowing TJ remodeling while maintaining barrier integrity are largely unknown. Cldns and occludin are heterophilically and homophilically cross-over endocytosed into neighboring cells in large, double membrane vesicles. Super-resolution microscopy confirmed the presence of Cldns in these vesicles and revealed a distinct separation of Cldns derived from opposing cells within cross-over endocytosed vesicles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813412/the-primed-snare-complexin-synaptotagmin-complex-for-neuronal-exocytosis
#3
Qiangjun Zhou, Peng Zhou, Austin L Wang, Dick Wu, Minglei Zhao, Thomas C Südhof, Axel T Brunger
Synaptotagmin, complexin, and neuronal SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide sensitive factor attachment protein receptor) proteins mediate evoked synchronous neurotransmitter release, but the molecular mechanisms mediating the cooperation between these molecules remain unclear. Here we determine crystal structures of the primed pre-fusion SNARE-complexin-synaptotagmin-1 complex. These structures reveal an unexpected tripartite interface between synaptotagmin-1 and both the SNARE complex and complexin. Simultaneously, a second synaptotagmin-1 molecule interacts with the other side of the SNARE complex via the previously identified primary interface...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
#4
Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813181/pathway-choice-between-proteasomal-and-autophagic-degradation
#5
Kefeng Lu, Fabian den Brave, Stefan Jentsch
Efficient degradation of abnormal or aggregated proteins is crucial to protect the cell against proteotoxic stress. Selective targeting and disposal of such proteins usually occurs in a ubiquitin-dependent manner by proteasomes and macroautophagy/autophagy. Whereas proteasomes are efficient in degrading abnormal soluble proteins, protein aggregates are typically targeted for degradation by autophagic vesicles. Both processes require ubiquitin-binding receptors, which are targeted to proteasomes via ubiquitin-like domains or to phagophores (the precursors to autophagosomes) via Atg8/LC3 binding motifs, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813137/site-a-mediated-partial-unfolding-of-cytochrome-c-on-cardiolipin-vesicles-is-species-dependent-and-does-not-require-lys72
#6
Margaret M Elmer-Dixon, Bruce E Bowler
Measurements at pH 8 allow evaluation of binding of 100% cardiolipin vesicles to site A of cytochrome c without interference from other known binding sites. Site A encompasses Lys72, Lys73, Lys86 and Lys87, located in or adjacent to Ω-loop D (residues 70-85), which positions Met80 for binding to the heme. Binding of cytochrome c to cardiolipin disrupts Met80 heme binding, permitting peroxidase activity. Cardiolipin binding to yeast iso-1-cytochrome c versus human cytochrome c is compared to assess how cardiolipin binding to site A has evolved for cytochrome c from species that do not have a complete intrinsic apoptotic pathway to species that do...
August 16, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813055/multivesicular-droplets-a-cell-model-system-to-study-compartmentalised-biochemical-reactions
#7
N Nuti, P E Verboket, P S Dittrich
Multivesicular vesicles (MVVs) are artificial liposomal structures widely used as a platform to study the compartmentalisation of cells and as a scaffold for artificial cell/protocell models. Current preparation techniques for MVVs, however, offer poor control on the size, lamellarity, and loading of inner lipid vesicles. Here, we introduce a microfluidic device for the production of multivesicular droplets (MVDs): a novel model system combining the ease of use and control of droplet microfluidics with the biological relevance of MVVs...
August 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812648/fungus-like-mycelial-fossils-in-2-4-billion-year-old-vesicular-basalt
#8
Stefan Bengtson, Birger Rasmussen, Magnus Ivarsson, Janet Muhling, Curt Broman, Federica Marone, Marco Stampanoni, Andrey Bekker
Fungi have recently been found to comprise a significant part of the deep biosphere in oceanic sediments and crustal rocks. Fossils occupying fractures and pores in Phanerozoic volcanics indicate that this habitat is at least 400 million years old, but its origin may be considerably older. A 2.4-billion-year-old basalt from the Palaeoproterozoic Ongeluk Formation in South Africa contains filamentous fossils in vesicles and fractures. The filaments form mycelium-like structures growing from a basal film attached to the internal rock surfaces...
April 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812391/ph-sensitive-polymersomes-controlling-swelling-via-copolymer-structure-and-chemical-composition
#9
Simone Villani, Renata Adami, Ernesto Reverchon, Anna Maria Ferretti, Alessandro Ponti, Marilena Lepretti, Ivana Caputo, Lorella Izzo
pH-sensitive vesicles used as drug delivery systems (DDSs) are generally composed of protonable copolymers. The disaggregation of these nanoparticles (NPs) during drug release implies the dispersion of positively charged cytotoxic polyelectrolytes in the human body. To alleviate such issue, we synthesised A(BC)n amphiphilic block copolymers with linear (n = 1) and branched (n = 2) architectures to obtain pH-sensitive vesicles capable of releasing drugs in acidic conditions via controlled swelling instead of disaggregation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812090/zero-charged-catanionic-lamellar-liquid-crystals-doped-with-fullerene-c60-for-potential-applications-in-tribology
#10
Mengjun Chen, Baoyong Liu, Xiaolin Wang, Yanxu Fu, Jingcheng Hao, Hongguang Li
The formation of lamellar liquid crystals (LLCs) has been demonstrated in a few salt-free catanionic surfactant systems and their properties have been well documented. However, examples of their combination with other materials are relatively rare. Herein, a salt-free zero-charged catanionic surfactant with low chain melting temperature was prepared by mixing equimolar tetradecyltrimethylammonium oxide (TTAOH) and oleic acid (OA) in water, and its concentration-dependent aggregate transition was investigated...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811687/a-preliminary-study-on-investigation-of-serum-%C3%AE-synuclein-and-tau-protein-levels-in-children-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity%C3%A2-disorder
#11
Ihsan Cetin, Seref Simsek
Neurodegenerative molecules play an important role in maintaining a supply for synaptic vesicles; and they are also likely to help regulate the dopamine release which is the primary mechanism of action in pharmacological treatments for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is suggested that there could be interactions between α-synuclein and tau in cytoskeletal disorganization and synaptic dystrophy. Therefore, we aim to determine the serum levels of neurodegenerative molecules such as α-synuclein and tau in children with ADHD...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811647/biogenesis-of-pro-senescent-microparticles-by-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-from-premature-neonates-is-driven-by-sirt1-dependent-epigenetic-regulation-of-mkk6
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Stéphanie Simoncini, Anne-Line Chateau, Stéphane Robert, Dilyana Todorova, Catherine Yzydorzick, Romaric Lacroix, Isabelle Ligi, Laurence Louis, Richard Bachelier, Umberto Simeoni, Frédérique Magdinier, Françoise Dignat-George, Florence Sabatier
Senescent cells may exert detrimental effect on microenvironment through the secretion of soluble factors and the release of extracellular vesicles, such as microparticles, key actors in ageing and cardiovascular diseases. We previously reported that sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) deficiency drives accelerated senescence and dysfunction of endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFC) in PT neonates. Because preterm birth (PT) increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases during neonatal period as well as at adulthood, we hypothesized that SIRT1 deficiency could control the biogenesis of microparticles as part of a senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) of PT-ECFC and investigated the related molecular mechanisms...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811645/inhibin-a-and-decorin-secreted-by-human-adult-renal-stem-progenitor-cells-through-the-tlr2-engagement-induce-renal-tubular-cell-regeneration
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Fabio Sallustio, Claudia Curci, Alessandra Aloisi, Chiara Cristina Toma, Elisabetta Marulli, Grazia Serino, Sharon Natasha Cox, Giuseppe De Palma, Alessandra Stasi, Chiara Divella, Rosaria Rinaldi, Francesco Paolo Schena
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a public health problem worldwide. Several therapeutic strategies have been made to accelerate recovery and improve renal survival. Recent studies have shown that human adult renal progenitor cells (ARPCs) participate in kidney repair processes, and may be used as a possible treatment to promote regeneration in acute kidney injury. Here, we show that human tubular ARPCs (tARPCs) protect physically injured or chemically damaged renal proximal tubular epithelial cells (RPTECs) by preventing cisplatin-induced apoptosis and enhancing proliferation of survived cells...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811610/antibiotic-induced-release-of-small-extracellular-vesicles-exosomes-with-surface-associated-dna
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Andrea Németh, Norbert Orgovan, Barbara W Sódar, Xabier Osteikoetxea, Krisztina Pálóczi, Katalin É Szabó-Taylor, Krisztina V Vukman, Ágnes Kittel, Lilla Turiák, Zoltán Wiener, Sára Tóth, László Drahos, Károly Vékey, Robert Horvath, Edit I Buzás
Recently, biological roles of extracellular vesicles (which include among others exosomes, microvesicles and apoptotic bodies) have attracted substantial attention in various fields of biomedicine. Here we investigated the impact of sustained exposure of cells to the fluoroquinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin on the released extracellular vesicles. Ciprofloxacin is widely used in humans against bacterial infections as well as in cell cultures against Mycoplasma contamination. However, ciprofloxacin is an inducer of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction of mammalian cells...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811607/localized-iron-accumulation-precedes-nucleation-and-growth-of-magnetite-crystals-in-magnetotactic-bacteria
#15
Jacques Werckmann, Jefferson Cypriano, Christopher T Lefèvre, Kassiogé Dembelé, Ovidiu Ersen, Dennis A Bazylinski, Ulysses Lins, Marcos Farina
Many magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize magnetite crystals that nucleate and grow inside intracellular membranous vesicles that originate from invaginations of the cytoplasmic membrane. The crystals together with their surrounding membranes are referred to magnetosomes. Magnetosome magnetite crystals nucleate and grow using iron transported inside the vesicle by specific proteins. Here we address the question: can iron transported inside MTB for the production of magnetite crystals be spatially mapped using electron microscopy? Cultured and uncultured MTB from brackish and freshwater lagoons were studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy in an attempt to answer this question...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811546/serum-derived-extracellular-vesicles-evs-impact-on-vascular-remodeling-and-prevent-muscle-damage-in-acute-hind-limb-ischemia
#16
Claudia Cavallari, Andrea Ranghino, Marta Tapparo, Massimo Cedrino, Federico Figliolini, Cristina Grange, Valentina Giannachi, Paolo Garneri, Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federica Collino, Pietro Rispoli, Giovanni Camussi, Maria Felice Brizzi
Serum is an abundant and accessible source of circulating extracellular vesicles (EVs). Serum-EV (sEV) pro-angiogenic capability and mechanisms are herein analyzed using an in vitro assay which predicts sEV angiogenic potential in vivo. Effective sEVs (e-sEVs) also improved vascular remodeling and prevented muscle damage in a mouse model of acute hind limb ischemia. e-sEV angiogenic proteomic and transcriptomic analyses show a positive correlation with matrix-metalloproteinase activation and extracellular matrix organization, cytokine and chemokine signaling pathways, Insulin-like Growth Factor and platelet pathways, and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811263/the-role-of-escrt-during-development-and-functioning-of-the-nervous-system
#17
REVIEW
Rémy Sadoul, Marine H Laporte, Romain Chassefeyre, Yves Goldberg, Christine Chatellard, Fiona J Hemming, Sandrine Fraboulet
The endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) is made of subcomplexes (ESCRT I-III), crucial to membrane remodelling at endosomes, nuclear envelope and cell surface. ESCRT-III shapes membranes and in most cases cooperates with the ATPase VPS4 to mediate fission of membrane necks from the inside. The first ESCRT complexes mainly serve to catalyse the formation of ESCRT-III but can be bypassed by accessory proteins like the Alg-2 interacting protein-X (ALIX). In the nervous system, ALIX/ESCRT controls the survival of embryonic neural progenitors and later on the outgrowth and pruning of axons and dendrites, all necessary steps to establish a functional brain...
August 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809539/polymersomes-with-endosomal-ph-induced-vesicle-to-micelle-morphology-transition-and-a-potential-application-for-controlled-doxorubicin-delivery
#18
Turgay Yildirim, Anja Traeger, Pelin Sungur, Stephanie Hoeppener, Carolin Kellner, Ilknur Yildirim, David Pretzel, Stephanie Schubert, Ulrich S Schubert
A series of pH responsive block copolymers were synthesized via the reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization of 3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran (DHP) protected 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) (2-((tetrahydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)oxy)ethyl methacrylate (THP-HEMA)) and 2-(dimethylamino) ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) using p(THP-HEMA) as a macro chain transfer agent (mCTA). The degree of polymerization (DP) of the p(THP-HEMA) block was fixed to 35, whereas the DP of the p(DMAEMA) block was systematically varied from 21 to 50...
August 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808969/methods-of-assessing-sting-activation-and-trafficking
#19
Vladislav Pokatayev, Nan Yan
The signaling adapter protein STING is crucial for the host immune response to cytosolic DNA and cyclic dinucleotides. Under basal conditions, STING resides on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER ) , but upon activation, it traffics through secretory pathway to cytoplasmic vesicles, where STING activates downstream immune signaling. Classical STING activation and trafficking are triggered by binding of cyclic dinucleotide ligands. STING signaling can also be activated by gain-of-function mutations that lead to constitutive trafficking of STING...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808664/expression-of-telomere-repeat-binding-factor-1-and-trf2-in-prostate-cancer-and-correlation-with-clinical-parameters
#20
Wei Chen, Yong Wang, Fei Li, Wei Lin, Yong Liang, Zhiwei Ma
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate the expression of telomere repeat binding factor 1 (TRF1) and TRF2 in prostate cancer and their relationships with clinicopathological features. METHODS: In total 50 prostate cancer tissues and paired benign prostate hyperplasia tissues were analyzed. The telomere-binding proteins TRF1 and TRF2 were measured using immunohistochemical method. Correlation analyses were used to evaluate the association between immunohistochemical score and clinical parameters...
2017: BioMed Research International
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