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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
#1
Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102738/optimization-and-partial-characterization-of-intracellular-anticandidal-protein-from-aspergillus-giganteus-mtcc-8408-using-taguchi-doe
#2
Debashis Dutta, Mira Debnath Das
A new intracellular antifungal protein (afp) production with average molecular weight 24.3 kDa and yield of 0.65 ± 0.1 mg/gram dry cell weight (gdcw) of mycelia in submerged fermentation of Aspergillus giganteus MTCC 8408 was optimized. Taguchi's DOE (design of experiment) L27 orthogonal array (OA) was constructed using Qualitek-4 software with 8 most influensive factors namely, culture pH, temperature, slant age, inoculum volume, agitation and KH2PO4. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to correlate the effect of selected factors on fungal cell morphology and afp production...
January 19, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102468/mutation-of-the-herc-1-ubiquitin-ligase-impairs-associative-learning-in-the-lateral-amygdala
#3
Eva Mª Pérez-Villegas, José V Negrete-Díaz, Mª Elena Porras-García, Rocío Ruiz, Angel M Carrión, Antonio Rodríguez-Moreno, José A Armengol
Tambaleante (tbl/tbl) is a mutant mouse that carries a spontaneous Gly483Glu substitution in the HERC1 (HECT domain and RCC1 domain) E3 ubiquitin ligase protein (HERC1). The tbl/tbl mutant suffers an ataxic syndrome given the almost complete loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells during adult life. More recent analyses have identified alterations at neuromuscular junctions in these mice, as well as in other neurons of the central nervous system, such as motor neurons in the spinal cord, or pyramidal neurons in the hippocampal CA3 region and the neocortex...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102396/zinc-sparks-induce-physiochemical-changes-in-the-egg-zona-pellucida-that-prevent-polyspermy
#4
Emily L Que, Francesca E Duncan, Amanda R Bayer, Steven J Philips, Eric W Roth, Reiner Bleher, Sophie C Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Teresa K Woodruff, Thomas V O'Halloran
During fertilization or chemically-induced egg activation, the mouse egg releases billions of zinc atoms in brief bursts known as 'zinc sparks.' The zona pellucida (ZP), a glycoprotein matrix surrounding the egg, is the first structure zinc ions encounter as they diffuse away from the plasma membrane. Following fertilization, the ZP undergoes changes described as 'hardening', which prevent multiple sperm from fertilizing the egg and thereby establish a block to polyspermy. A major event in zona hardening is cleavage of ZP2 proteins by ovastacin; however, the overall physiochemical changes contributing to zona hardening are not well understood...
January 19, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102326/demonstration-of-the-protein-involvement-in-cell-electropermeabilization-using-confocal-raman-microspectroscopy
#5
Antoine Azan, Valérie Untereiner, Cyril Gobinet, Ganesh D Sockalingum, Marie Breton, Olivier Piot, Lluis M Mir
Confocal Raman microspectroscopy was used to study the interaction between pulsed electric fields and live cells from a molecular point of view in a non-invasive and label-free manner. Raman signatures of live human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells exposed or not to pulsed electric fields (8 pulses, 1 000 V/cm, 100 μs, 1 Hz) were acquired at two cellular locations (nucleus and cytoplasm) and two spectral bands (600-1 800 cm(-1) and 2 800-3 100 cm(-1)). Vibrational modes of proteins (phenylalanine and amide I) and lipids were found to be modified by the electropermeabilization process with a statistically significant difference...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101862/crystallographic-studies-of-intermediate-filament-proteins
#6
Dmytro Guzenko, Anastasia A Chernyatina, Sergei V Strelkov
Intermediate filaments (IFs), together with microtubules and actin microfilaments, are the three main cytoskeletal components in metazoan cells. IFs are formed by a distinct protein family, which is made up of 70 members in humans. Most IF proteins are tissue- or organelle-specific, which includes lamins, the IF proteins of the nucleus. The building block of IFs is an elongated dimer, which consists of a central α-helical 'rod' domain flanked by flexible N- and C-terminal domains. The conserved rod domain is the 'signature feature' of the IF family...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101847/off-target-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-the-p2x7-receptor-antagonist-az11645373
#7
Olga V Oskolkova, Viktoria Godschachner, Valery N Bochkov
We have found that a well-characterized P2X7 receptor antagonist AZ11645373 blocked production of pro-inflammatory chemokine IL-8 in endothelial cells treated with OxPAPC. The effect was not due to toxicity of AZ11645373 as documented by cellular metabolic activity assay. The mechanism of inhibition by AZ11645373 was apparently independent of the P2X7 receptor because this receptor was not involved in induction of IL-8 under our experimental conditions. In support of this notion, two P2X7 agonists ATP and BzATP did not upregulate IL-8...
January 19, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101822/lupinus-albus-conglutin-gamma-modifies-the-gene-expressions-of-enzymes-involved-in-glucose-hepatic-production-in-vivo
#8
Ana E González-Santiago, Belinda Vargas-Guerrero, Pedro M García-López, Alma L Martínez-Ayala, José A Domínguez-Rosales, Carmen M Gurrola-Díaz
Lupinus albus seeds contain conglutin gamma (Cγ) protein, which exerts a hypoglycemic effect and positively modifies proteins involved in glucose homeostasis. Cγ could potentially be used to manage patients with impaired glucose metabolism, but there remains a need to evaluate its effects on hepatic glucose production. The present study aimed to analyze G6pc, Fbp1, and Pck1 gene expressions in two experimental animal models of impaired glucose metabolism. We also evaluated hepatic and renal tissue integrity following Cγ treatment...
January 18, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101816/retraction-note-to-brassica-rna-binding-protein-erd4-is-involved-in-conferring-salt-drought-tolerance-and-enhancing-plant-growth-in-arabidopsis
#9
Archana N Rai, Srinath Tamirisa, K V Rao, Vinay Kumar, P Suprasanna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101579/role-of-trna-selenocysteine-1-associated-protein-1-in-the-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-cardiomyocyte%C3%A2-like-h9c2-cells
#10
Meng-Di Li, Wan-Peng Cheng, Min-Xia Shi, Tang-Dong Ge, Xiao-Lin Zheng, Dong-Yuan Wu, Xiao-Yan Hu, Jin-Cheng Luo, Feng-Lan Li, Hui Li
Transfer RNA selenocysteine 1 associated protein 1 (Trnau1ap) serves an essential role in the synthesis of selenoproteins, which have critical functions in numerous biological processes. Selenium deficiency results in a variety of diseases, including cardiac disease. However, the mechanisms underlying myocardial injury induced by selenium deficiency remain unclear. The present study examined the effects of Trnau1ap under‑ and overexpression in cardiomyocyte‑like H9c2 cells, by transfection with small interfering RNA and an overexpression plasmid, respectively...
February 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101427/dynamic-imaging-and-quantitative-analysis-of-cranial-neural-tube-closure-in-the-mouse-embryo-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#11
Shang Wang, Monica D Garcia, Andrew L Lopez, Paul A Overbeek, Kirill V Larin, Irina V Larina
Neural tube closure is a critical feature of central nervous system morphogenesis during embryonic development. Failure of this process leads to neural tube defects, one of the most common forms of human congenital defects. Although molecular and genetic studies in model organisms have provided insights into the genes and proteins that are required for normal neural tube development, complications associated with live imaging of neural tube closure in mammals limit efficient morphological analyses. Here, we report the use of optical coherence tomography (OCT) for dynamic imaging and quantitative assessment of cranial neural tube closure in live mouse embryos in culture...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101239/naphthazarin-suppresses-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-the-b-cell-lymphoma-2-b-cell-associated-x-protein-signaling-pathway
#12
Ai-Dong Chen, Hui Li, Yong-Chun Li, Hai Zeng
Colorectal cancer is the most common gastrointestinal cancer in the USA. Naphthazarin, one of the naturally available 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives, is a natural bioactive molecule that exhibits an antitumor effect. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the anticancer effect of naphthazarin on cell proliferation and apoptosis in human SW480 colorectal cancer cells. In the present study, 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and lactate dehydrogenase assays were performed to assess the effect of napthazarin on cell proliferation and cytotoxicity of SW430 cells, respectively...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101215/rottlerin-induced-autophagy-leads-to-apoptosis-in-bladder-cancer-cells
#13
Ping Qi, Zhenhua He, Lixiu Zhang, Yuan Fan, Zhiping Wang
It has been well-established that apoptosis contributes to cancer cell death; however, the role of autophagy in cancer cell death remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of rottlerin, a traditional Indian medicine, on cell growth inhibition and autophagy in EJ human bladder carcinoma cells in vitro. Cell viability, measured by MTT assay, was found to be suppressed in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In addition, apoptosis was significantly increased in cells treated with rottlerin, as indicated by increased annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate/propidium iodide staining and changes in the cell cycle distribution that indicated blockage at G1 phase...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101201/diosmetin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-by-regulating-autophagy-via-the-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hepg2-cells
#14
Jie Liu, Hao Ren, Bin Liu, Qingyu Zhang, Mingyi Li, Runzhi Zhu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is a type of malignant tumor, is the fifth most common cancer in men and ninth in women worldwide. The aim of the present study was to investigate the antitumor effect of diosmetin (DIOS) in hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2 cells. The proliferation, apoptosis and autophagy rates of HepG2 cells were measured following treatment with DIOS. The effects of DIOS treatment on HepG2 cell proliferation and apoptosis rates were analyzed using MTT assays and Annexin V staining, respectively...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101183/protective-effect-of-berberine-against-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-in-rat-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#15
Wangyang Li, Yamei Liu, Bin Wang, Yiwen Luo, Nianhong Hu, Dongfeng Chen, Xunchao Zhang, Yunpu Xiong
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have the potential to be used for the treatment of delayed union, nonunion or persistent bone defects in MSC-based cell therapy. However, implantation of BMSCs into the fracture site is confronted with apoptosis on account of harsh conditions and oxidative stress. In the present study, the anti-apoptotic effects of berberine (BBR) on BMSCs subjected to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are investigated, and the potential underlying mechanisms are explored. Oxidative injury was induced by exposure to H2O2, and cell viability was assessed using a cell counting kit-8 assay...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100752/differential-vulnerability-of-ca1-versus-ca3-pyramidal-neurons-after-ischemia-possible-relationship-to-sources-of-zn2-accumulation-and-its-entry-into-and-prolonged-effects-on-mitochondria
#16
Yuliya V Medvedeva, Sung G Ji, Hong Z Yin, John H Weiss
: Excitotoxic mechanisms contribute to the degeneration of hippocampal pyramidal neurons after recurrent seizures and brain ischemia. However, susceptibility differs, with CA1 neurons degenerating preferentially after global ischemia and CA3 neurons after limbic seizures. Whereas most studies address contributions of excitotoxic Ca(2+) entry, it is apparent that Zn(2+) also contributes, reflecting accumulation in neurons either after synaptic release and entry through postsynaptic channels or upon mobilization from intracellular Zn(2+)-binding proteins such as metallothionein-III (MT-III)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100693/viral-genome-packaging-terminase-cleaves-dna-using-the-canonical-ruvc-like-two-metal-catalysis-mechanism
#17
Rui-Gang Xu, Huw T Jenkins, Maria Chechik, Elena V Blagova, Anna Lopatina, Evgeny Klimuk, Leonid Minakhin, Konstantin Severinov, Sandra J Greive, Alfred A Antson
Bacteriophages and large dsDNA viruses encode sophisticated machinery to translocate their DNA into a preformed empty capsid. An essential part of this machine, the large terminase protein, processes viral DNA into constituent units utilizing its nuclease activity. Crystal structures of the large terminase nuclease from the thermophilic bacteriophage G20c show that it is most similar to the RuvC family of the RNase H-like endonucleases. Like RuvC proteins, the nuclease requires either Mn(2+), Mg(2+) or Co(2+) ions for activity, but is inactive with Zn(2+) and Ca(2+) High resolution crystal structures of complexes with different metals reveal that in the absence of DNA, only one catalytic metal ion is accommodated in the active site...
January 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100307/the-kl24-gene-cluster-and-a-genomic-island-encoding-a-wzy-polymerase-contribute-genes-needed-for-synthesis-of-the-k24-capsular-polysaccharide-by-the-multiply-antibiotic-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolate-rch51
#18
Johanna J Kenyon, Anastasiya A Kasimova, Mikhail Shneider, Alexander S Shashkov, Nikolay P Arbatsky, Anastasiya V Popova, Konstantin A Miroshnikov, Ruth M Hall, Yuriy A Knirel
The whole genome sequence of the multiply antibiotic resistant Acinetobacter baumannii isolate RCH51 belonging to sequence type ST103 (Institut Pasteur scheme) revealed that the set of genes at the capsule locus, KL24, includes four genes predicted to direct the synthesis of 3-acetamido-3,6-dideoxy-D-galactose (D-Fuc3NAc) and this sugar was found in the capsular polysaccharide (CPS). One of these genes, fdtE, encodes a novel bifunctional protein with an N-terminal FdtA 3,4-ketoisomerase domain and a C-terminal acetyltransferase domain...
January 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099852/yeast-short-lived-actin-associated-protein-forms-a-metastable-prion-in-response-to-thermal-stress
#19
Tatiana A Chernova, Denis A Kiktev, Andrey V Romanyuk, John R Shanks, Oskar Laur, Moiez Ali, Abheek Ghosh, Dami Kim, Zhen Yang, Maggie Mang, Yury O Chernoff, Keith D Wilkinson
Self-perpetuating ordered protein aggregates (amyloids and prions) are associated with a variety of neurodegenerative disorders. Although environmental agents have been linked to certain amyloid diseases, the molecular basis of their action remains unclear. We have employed endogenous yeast prions as a model system to study environmental control of amyloid formation. A short-lived actin-associated yeast protein Lsb2 can trigger prion formation by other proteins in a mode regulated by the cytoskeleton and ubiquitin-dependent processes...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099346/liuwei-dihuang-pill-treats-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats-by-inhibiting-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-mapk-and-nf-kb-and-upregulating-expression-of-cytoglobin-in-renal-tissues
#20
Zhong Ju Xu, Shi Shu, Zhi Jie Li, Yu Min Liu, Rui Yi Zhang, Yue Zhang
Liuwei Dihuang pill (LDP) was assessed for its effects on renal deficiency.90 STZ induced DN rats were divided into groups (n = 22) without treatment (STZ) and LDP treated (STZ-L) (n = 23), Zhenwu decoction treated (STZ-Z) (n = 22), and valsartan treated (STZ-V) (n = 23) groups, with 16 normal control rats. Total urine protein (TP), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and serum creatinine (Cr) were measured. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations as well as expression/phosphorylation of SMAD3, SMAD2, and α-SMA, TGF-β, RI /II, P38, ERK, and NF-kB in renal tissues were determined...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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