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Jie Meng, Wen-Xiong Wang, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Lead (Pb) is one of the ubiquitous and toxic elements in aquatic environment. In oysters, gills and digestive glands are the main target organs for Pb-induced toxicity, but there is limited information on the molecular mechanisms underlying its toxicity. The present study investigated the Pb-induced toxicity mechanisms in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) based on transcriptome, phenotypic anchoring, and validation of targeted gene expression. Gene ontology and pathway enrichment analyses revealed the differential Pb toxicity mechanisms in the tissues...
March 13, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Xin Li, Adeline Gadzinsky, Liying Gong, Haijun Tong, Virginie Calderon, Yue Li, Daisuke Kitamura, Ulf Klein, Wallace Y Langdon, Fajian Hou, Yong-Rui Zou, Hua Gu
Selective expansion of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells in germinal centers (GCs) is a key event in antibody affinity maturation. GC B cells with improved affinity can either continue affinity-driven selection or exit the GC to differentiate into plasma cells (PCs) or memory B cells. Here we found that deleting E3 ubiquitin ligases Cbl and Cbl-b (Cbls) in GC B cells resulted in the early exit of high-affinity antigen-specific B cells from the GC reaction and thus impaired clonal expansion. Cbls were highly expressed in GC light zone (LZ) B cells, where they promoted the ubiquitination and degradation of Irf4, a transcription factor facilitating PC fate choice...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Abigail K Corona, Holly M Saulsbery, Angel F Corona Velazquez, William T Jackson
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a medically important respiratory plus-strand RNA virus of children that has been linked to acute flaccid myelitis. We have determined that EV-D68 induces autophagic signaling and membrane formation. Autophagy, a homeostatic degradative process that breaks down protein aggregates and damaged organelles, promotes replication of multiple plus-strand viruses. Induction of autophagic signals promotes EV-D68 replication, but the virus inhibits the downstream degradative steps of autophagy in multiple ways...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Liansheng Liu, Jinqiu Lu, Xiaoling Li, Ailing Wu, Qingzhe Wu, Mujun Zhao, Nan Tang, Hai Song
Intracellular transport of membranous organelles and protein complexes to various destinations is fundamental to signaling transduction and cellular function. The cytoplasmic dynein motor and its regulatory proteins LIS1 and NDE1 are required for transporting a variety of cellular cargos along the microtubule network. In this study, we show that deletion of Lis1 in developing lung endoderm and limb mesenchymal cells causes agenesis of the lungs and limbs. In both mutants, there is increased cell death and decreased fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling activity...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Julius A Edson, Dominique Ingato, Shirley Wu, Bianca Lee, Young Jik Kwon
Despite its promises for biomedical applications, the lack of solubility in a physiological solution, the limited molecular interactions with nucleic acids due to the rigid backbone, and the inefficient intracellular release limits the use of chitosan, a natural cationic polysaccharide, for gene delivery. In this study, a flexible, aqueous-soluble aminoethoxy branch was conjugated to the primary hydroxyl group of chitosan via an acid-cleavable ketal linkage, resulting in acid-transforming chitosan (ATC) with greatly increased aqueous solubility, improved siRNA complexation, and degradability in response to an acidic pH...
March 21, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Clifford E Kraft, Esther R Angert
Thiamin (vitamin B1) is a cofactor required for essential biochemical reactions in all living organisms, yet free thiamin is scarce in the environment. The diversity of biochemical pathways involved in the acquisition, degradation, and synthesis of thiamin indicates that organisms have evolved numerous ecological strategies for meeting this nutritional requirement. In this review we synthesize information from multiple disciplines to show how the complex biochemistry of thiamin influences ecological outcomes of interactions between organisms in environments ranging from the open ocean and the Australian outback to the gastrointestinal tract of animals...
June 2017: Quarterly Review of Biology
Shima Rahim Pouran, Abolfazl Bayrami, Mohammad Saleh Shafeeyan, Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, Wan Mohd Ashri Wan Daud
Oxidative treatment of a cationic dye solution, methylene blue, was investigated using magnetite nanoparticles and goethite in heterogeneous Fenton-like reaction, and ferrous ions in homogeneous Fenton-reaction. The aim was to compare the degradation efficiencies of the studied catalysts for decolorization of methylene blue solution as the model organic pollutant. Response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to determine the optimal operational conditions for magnetite/H2O2 and goethite/H2O2 systems. The [H2O2] of 0...
March 2018: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Jan T Wollenberg, Jeff Ollerhead, Gail L Chmura
Salt marshes are highly effective carbon (C) sinks and have higher rates of soil C burial (per square meter) than terrestrial ecosystems. Marsh reclamation and anthropogenic impacts, however, have resulted in extensive losses of salt marshes. Restoration of marshes drained and "reclaimed" for agriculture (referred to in Canada as dykelands) and degraded marshes can generate C credits, but only if C burial is reliably quantified. To date, studies reporting on C burial rates have been limited primarily to restored marshes which are more than 10 years old...
2018: PloS One
Noel Lianga, Carole Doré, Erin K Kennedy, Elaine Yeh, Elizabeth C Williams, Camille Marie Fortinez, Alick Wang, Kerry S Bloom, Adam D Rudner
Anaphase onset is an irreversible cell cycle transition that is triggered by the activation of the protease Separase. Separase cleaves the Mcd1 (also known as Scc1) subunit of Cohesin, a complex of proteins that physically links sister chromatids, triggering sister chromatid separation. Separase is regulated by the degradation of the anaphase inhibitor Securin which liberates Separase from inhibitory Securin/Separase complexes. In many organisms, Securin is not essential suggesting that Separase is regulated by additional mechanisms...
March 21, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Qian Fei, E-Bin Gao, Biao Liu, Yao Wei, Degang Ning
Type II toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems play important roles in bacterial stress survival by regulating cell growth or death. They are highly abundant in cyanobacteria yet remain poorly characterized. Here, we report the identification and regulation of a putative type II TA system from Synechocystis PCC6803, VapBC15. The VapBC15 system is encoded by the chromosomal operon vapBC15 . Exogenous expression of VapC15 dramatically arrested cell growth of Escherichia coli and reduced the numbers of colony-forming units (CFU)...
March 21, 2018: Genes
Martina Miceli, Elia Roma, Paolo Rosa, Marta Feroci, M Antonietta Loreto, Daniela Tofani, Tecla Gasperi
The present work aimed to synthesise promising antioxidant compounds as a valuable alternative to the currently expensive and easily degradable molecules that are employed as stabilizers in industrial preparation. Taking into account our experience concerning domino Friedel-Crafts/lactonization reactions, we successfully improved and extended the previously reported methodology toward the synthesis of 3,3-disubstituted-3 H -benzofuran-2-one derivatives 9 - 20 starting from polyphenols 1 - 6 as substrates and either diethylketomalonate ( 7 ) or 3,3,3-trifluoromethyl pyruvate ( 8 ) as electrophilic counterpart...
March 21, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yang Wei, Yu-Han Chang, Chung-Jui Liu, Ren-Jei Chung
The susceptibility of guided bone regeneration (GBR) material to infection by pathogens at wound sites during bone healing has often been overlooked. The objective of this study was the synthesis and characterization of a potential material for antibacterial GBR application. In the current study, the mechanical strength and biocompatibility of a composite restoration material-made of oxidized hyaluronic acid (HA)/type I collagen hydrogel integrated with tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) using a natural crosslinking agent, oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs)-were evaluated...
March 21, 2018: Pharmaceutics
Jie Han, Leslie A Goldstein, Wen Hou, Suman Chatterjee, Timothy F Burns, Hannah Rabinowich
Macroautophagy/autophagy has emerged as a resistance mechanism to anticancer drug treatments that induce metabolic stress. Certain tumors, including a subset of KRAS-mutant NSCLCs have been shown to be addicted to autophagy, and potentially vulnerable to autophagy inhibition. Currently, autophagy inhibition is being tested in the clinic as a therapeutic component for tumors that utilize this degradation process as a drug resistance mechanism. The current study provides evidence that HSP90 (heat shock protein 90) inhibition diminishes the expression of ATG7, thereby impeding the cellular capability of mounting an effective autophagic response in NSCLC cells...
March 21, 2018: Autophagy
Tomoo Shimada, Junpei Takagi, Takuji Ichino, Makoto Shirakawa, Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
Plant vacuoles are multifunctional organelles.Onthe one hand, most vegetative tissues develop lytic vacuoles that have a role in degradation.Onthe other hand, seed cells have two types of storage vacuoles: protein storage vacuoles (PSVs) in endosperm and embryonic cells and metabolite storage vacuoles in seed coats. Vacuolar proteins and metabolites are synthesized on the endoplasmic reticulum and then transported to the vacuoles via Golgi-dependent and Golgi-independent pathways. Proprotein precursors delivered to the vacuoles are converted into their respective mature forms by vacuolar processing enzyme, which also regulates various kinds of programmed cell death in plants...
March 21, 2018: Annual Review of Plant Biology
Dong-Min Kim, Dong Ho Kim, Woong Jung, Kye Young Lee, Dong-Eun Kim
Mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are known as biomarkers that cause non-small cell lung cancer. Particularly, approximately 45% of non-small cell lung cancer patients possess a deletion in exon 19 of the EGFR gene. A less invasive method for detecting the EGFR mutation is required; thus, we developed a simple polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based method for detecting EGFR exon 19 deletion by using a quencher-free fluorescent probe DNA and graphene oxide (GO). In the presence of the exon 19 deletion mutation, the fluorophore-labeled DNA probe was designed to be fully complementary to the mutant sequences...
March 21, 2018: Analyst
Khaled M M Koriem, Mahmoud S S Arbid
The endocrine-disrupting chemical 4-tert-octylphenol (OP) can mimic estrogen and testosterone hormones and threaten health; fertaric acid (FA) is a hydroxycinnamic acid found in grapefruit. This study aimed to investigate whether FA has a protective effect on 4-tert-octylphenol-related hepatotoxicity. Thirty male albino rats were divided into 5 equal groups of 6 rats each as follows: control group-administrated orally with 1 ml saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks; corn oil group-administrated orally with 1 ml corn oil 3 days/week for 4 weeks; FA-treated group-administrated orally with FA (45 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks; OP-treated group-administrated orally with OP (40 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in corn oil 3 days/week for 4 weeks; FA + OP-treated group-administrated orally with FA (45 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks then administrated orally with OP (40 mg/kg body weight) dissolved in corn oil 3 days/week for another 4 weeks...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Li Wan, Hongyuan Song, Junhao Ma, Yuan Ren, Xiaowei Cheng, Jiacan Su, Qin Yue, Yonghui Deng
Iron oxide materials have wide applications due to their special physicochemical properties; however, it is a great challenge to synthesize mesoporous iron oxide based microspheres conveniently and controllably with high surface area, large pore volume and interconnected porous structures. Herein, mesoporous α-Fe2O3 based microspheres with high porosity are synthesized via a facile polymerization induced colloid assembly (PICA) method through polymerization of urea-formaldehyde resin (UF resin) and its simultaneously cooperative assembly with Fe(OH)3 colloids in aqueous solution, followed with subsequent thermal treatment...
March 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Keyan Hu, Dong Wang, Wei Zhao, Yuhao Gu, Kejun Bu, Jie Pan, Peng Qin, Xian Zhang, Fuqiang Huang
Intermediate band (IB) materials are of great significance due to their superior solar absorption properties. Here, two IBs peaking at 0.88 and 1.33 eV are reported to be present in the forbidden gap of semiconducting SnS2 ( Eg = 2.21 eV) by doping titanium up to 6 atom % into the Sn site via a solid-state reaction at 923 K. The solid solution of Sn1- x Tix S2 is able to be formed, which is attributed to the isostructural structure of SnS2 and TiS2 . These two IBs were detected in the UV-vis-NIR absorption spectra with the appearance of two additional absorption responses at the respective regions, which in good agreement with the conclusion of first-principles calculations...
March 21, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Huifang Liu, Fei Zhao, Choong Eun Jin, Bonhan Koo, Eun Yeong Lee, Linlin Zhong, KyuSik Yun, Yong Shin
Nucleic acid-based diagnostics are widely used for clinical applications due to their powerful recognition of biomolecule properties. Isolation and purification of nucleic acids such as DNA and RNA in the diagnostic system have been severely hampered in point-of-care testing because of low recovery yields, degradation of nucleic acids due to the use of chaotropic detergent and high temperature, and the requirement of large instruments such as centrifuges and thermal controllers. Here, we report a novel large instrument- and detergent-free assay via binary nanomaterial for ultrasensitive nucleic acid isolation and detection from cells (eukaryotic and prokaryotic)...
March 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Tomas Lorant, Mats Bengtsson, Torsten Eich, Britt-Marie Eriksson, Lena Winstedt, Sofia Järnum, Yvonne Stenberg, Anna-Karin Robertson, Kristina Mosén, Lars Björck, Lars Bäckman, Erik Larsson, Kathryn Wood, Gunnar Tufveson, Christian Kjellman
Safety, immunogenicity, pharmacokinetics and efficacy of the immunoglobulin G-degrading enzyme of Streptococcus pyogenes (IdeS, Imlifidase) was assessed in a single centre, open label ascending dose study in highly sensitised chronic kidney disease patients. Eight patients with cytotoxic panel-reactive antibodies (median cytotoxic PRA of 64%) at enrolment received 1 or 2 intravenous infusions of IdeS on consecutive days (0.12 mg/kg body weight x2 (n=3); 0.25 mg/kg x1 (n=3) or 0.25 mg/kg x2 (n=2)). IgG degradation was observed in all subjects after IdeS treatment, with <1% plasma IgG remaining within 48 hours and remaining low up to 7 days...
March 21, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
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