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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445614/two-common-human-cldn5-alleles-encode-different-open-reading-frames-but-produce-one-protein-isoform
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Ronald M Cornely, Barbara Schlingmann, Whitney S Shepherd, Joshua D Chandler, David C Neujahr, Michael Koval
Claudins provide tight junction barrier selectivity. The human CLDN5 gene contains a high-frequency single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs885985), where the G allele codes for glutamine (Q) and the A allele codes for an amber stop codon. Thus, these different CLDN5 alleles define nested open reading frames (ORFs) encoding claudin-5 proteins that are 303 or 218 amino acids in length. Interestingly, human claudin-16 and claudin-23 also have long ORFs. The long form of claudin-5 contrasts with the majority of claudin-5 proteins in the National Center for Biotechnology Information protein database, which are less than 220 amino acids in length...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444146/nonsense-in-the-testis-multiple-roles-for-nonsense-mediated-decay-revealed-in-male-reproduction
#2
Clinton C MacDonald, Petar N Grozdanov
Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay, or NMD, is a quality control mechanism that identifies cytoplasmic mRNAs containing translational termination (stop) codons in specific contexts - either premature termination codons or unusually long 3΄ untranslated regions - and targets them for degradation. In recent studies, researchers in different labs have knocked out important genes involved in NMD, Upf2 and Upf3a, and one component of chromatoid bodies, Tdrd6, and examined the consequences for spermatogenesis. Disruption of Upf2 during early stages of spermatogenesis resulted in disappearance of nearly all spermatogenic cells through loss of NMD...
April 22, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443499/high-expression-of-partitioning-defective-3-like-protein-is-associated-with-malignancy-in-colorectal-cancer
#3
Taiyuan Li, Xiaoyang Liu, Qunguang Jiang, Xiong Lei, Dongning Liu
Partitioning defective 3-like protein is a novel cell polarity protein. Recently, partitioning defective 3-like protein has been demonstrated with tumor-promoting function by disrupting tight junction, inhibiting tumor suppressor liver kinase B1, and maintaining mammary stem cells. For the first time, we studied partitioning defective 3-like protein expression in malignant colorectal cancer. We used immunohistochemistry scoring system to evaluate partitioning defective 3-like protein expression in 196 colorectal cancer tissues and 33 adjacent normal tissues...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443208/roles-of-rap1-signaling-in-tumor-cell-migration-and-invasion
#4
Yi-Lei Zhang, Ruo-Chen Wang, Ken Cheng, Brian Z Ring, Li Su
Ras-associated protein-1 (Rap1), a small GTPase in the Ras-related protein family, is an important regulator of basic cellular functions (e.g., formation and control of cell adhesions and junctions), cellular migration, and polarization. Through its interaction with other proteins, Rap1 plays many roles during cell invasion and metastasis in different cancers. The basic function of Rap1 is straightforward; it acts as a switch during cellular signaling transduction and regulated by its binding to either guanosine triphosphate (GTP) or guanosine diphosphate (GDP)...
February 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443093/a-novel-cervical-spinal-cord-window-preparation-allows-for-two-photon-imaging-of-t-cell-interactions-with-the-cervical-spinal-cord-microvasculature-during-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Neda Haghayegh Jahromi, Heidi Tardent, Gaby Enzmann, Urban Deutsch, Naoto Kawakami, Stefan Bittner, Dietmar Vestweber, Frauke Zipp, Jens V Stein, Britta Engelhardt
T-cell migration across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Two-photon intravital microscopy (2P-IVM) has been established as a powerful tool to study cell-cell interactions in inflammatory EAE lesions in living animals. In EAE, central nervous system inflammation is strongly pronounced in the spinal cord, an organ in which 2P-IVM imaging is technically very challenging and has been limited to the lumbar spinal cord...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442746/ultrastructural-characterization-of-the-lower-motor-system-in-a-mouse-model-of-krabbe-disease
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Valentina Cappello, Laura Marchetti, Paola Parlanti, Silvia Landi, Ilaria Tonazzini, Marco Cecchini, Vincenzo Piazza, Mauro Gemmi
Krabbe disease (KD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by the lack of β- galactosylceramidase enzymatic activity and by widespread accumulation of the cytotoxic galactosyl-sphingosine in neuronal, myelinating and endothelial cells. Despite the wide use of Twitcher mice as experimental model for KD, the ultrastructure of this model is partial and mainly addressing peripheral nerves. More details are requested to elucidate the basis of the motor defects, which are the first to appear during KD onset. Here we use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to focus on the alterations produced by KD in the lower motor system at postnatal day 15 (P15), a nearly asymptomatic stage, and in the juvenile P30 mouse...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442545/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-agonists-attenuate-biofilm-formation-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Brahmchetna Bedi, Nicholas M Maurice, Vincent T Ciavatta, K Sabrina Lynn, Zhihong Yuan, Samuel A Molina, Myungsoo Joo, William R Tyor, Joanna B Goldberg, Michael H Koval, C Michael Hart, Ruxana T Sadikot
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a significant contributor to recalcitrant multidrug- resistant infections, especially in immunocompromised and hospitalized patients. The pathogenic profile of P. aeruginosa is related to its ability to secrete a variety of virulence factors and to promote biofilm formation. Quorum sensing (QS) is a mechanism wherein P. aeruginosa secretes small diffusible molecules, specifically acyl homo serine lactones, such as N-(3-oxo-dodecanoyl)-l-homoserine lactone (3O-C12-HSL), that promote biofilm formation and virulence via interbacterial communication...
April 25, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442050/lonidamine-ethyl-ester-mediated-remodelling-of-the-sertoli-cell-cytoskeleton-induces-phosphorylation-of-plakoglobin-and-promotes-its-interaction-with-%C3%AE-catenin-at-the-blood-testis-barrier
#8
Dolores D Mruk, Michele Bonanomi, Bruno Silvestrini
Several compounds affect male fertility by disrupting the adhesion of germ cells to Sertoli cells, which results in the release of undeveloped germ cells into the seminiferous tubule lumen that are incapable of fertilising the ovum. Indazole carboxylic acids are one class of compounds exhibiting such effects and they have been investigated as non-hormonal contraceptives for potential human use. The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of lonidamine-ethyl ester, an indazole carboxylic acid, on spermatogenesis and cell junctions, in particular, desmosomes...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
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REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440499/effects-of-tanshinone-iia-on-the-regulation-of-renal-proximal-tubular-fibrosis
#10
Luoyuan Cao, Baoying Huang, Xianguo Fu, Jing Yang, Yinghua Lin, Feng Lin
The development of diabetes mellitus, along with its complications, is a chronic inflammatory response process. Chronic kidney diseases are characterized by renal fibrosis, and fibrosis is an important pathway for end‑stage renal failure. According to previous studies, high glucose (HG) has been demonstrated to be the most important fibrogenesis‑inducing agent. Tanshinone IIA is one of the main components isolated from Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza). Although tanshinone IIA has been widely used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the possible role of tanshinone IIA in fibrosis regulation remains to be elucidated and requires investigation...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439518/diabetes-adult-neurogenesis-and-brain-remodeling-new-insights-from-rodent-and-zebrafish-models
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REVIEW
Anne-Claire Dorsemans, David Couret, Anaïs Hoarau, Olivier Meilhac, Christian Lefebvre d'Hellencourt, Nicolas Diotel
The prevalence of diabetes rapidly increased during the last decades in association with important changes in lifestyle. Diabetes and hyperglycemia are well-known for inducing deleterious effects on physiologic processes, increasing for instance cardiovascular diseases, nephropathy, retinopathy and foot ulceration. Interestingly, diabetes also impairs brain morphology and functions such as (1) decreased neurogenesis (proliferation, differentiation and cell survival), (2) decreased brain volumes, (3) increased blood-brain barrier leakage, (4) increased cognitive impairments, as well as (5) increased stroke incidence and worse neurologic outcomes following stroke...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438571/effect-of-intestinal-epithelial-autophagy-on-bacterial-translocation-in-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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Weiwei Wen, Hongmei Zheng, Yingjian Jiang, Luqiao Huang, Dehui Li, Jian Zhang, Dianliang Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: We examined the impact of autophagy activation on bacterial translocation (BT) and tight junction (TJ) proteins in the intestinal mucosa of patients with severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). METHODS: Thirty-one SAP patients were divided into two groups, BT(+) and BT(-), according to the presence of BT in the blood, as detected by 16S rDNA sequencing. Eight healthy individuals were included in the control group. Serum endotoxin levels were measured by ELISA...
April 21, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438490/acute-nanoparticle-exposure-to-vocal-folds-a-laboratory-study
#13
Xinxin Liu, Tanaya Walimbe, William Pierre Schrock, Wei Zheng, M Preeti Sivasankar
OBJECTIVES: Airway exposure to nanoparticles is common in occupational settings. Inhaled nanoparticles have toxic effects on respiratory tissue. Vocal folds are also at direct risk from inhaled nanoparticles. This study investigated the effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), a type of nanoparticle, on vocal fold epithelium and fibroblasts. These cell types were selected for study as the epithelium is the outer layer of the vocal folds and fibroblasts are the most common cell type in connective tissue underlying the epithelium...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438083/supplemental-feeding-of-a-gut-microbial-metabolite-of-linoleic-acid-10-hydroxy-cis-12-octadecenoic-acid-alleviates-spontaneous-atopic-dermatitis-and-modulates-intestinal-microbiota-in-nc-nga-mice
#14
Hiroko Kaikiri, Junki Miyamoto, Takahiro Kawakami, Si-Bum Park, Nahoko Kitamura, Shigenobu Kishino, Yasunori Yonejima, Keiko Hisa, Jun Watanabe, Tasuku Ogita, Jun Ogawa, Soichi Tanabe, Takuya Suzuki
The present study investigated the antiallergic and anti-inflammatory effects of 10-hydroxy-cis-12-octadecenoic acid (HYA), a novel gut microbial metabolite of linoleic acid, in NC/Nga mice, a model of atopic dermatitis (AD). Feeding HYA decreased the plasma immunoglobulin E level and skin infiltration of mast cells with a concomitant decrease in dermatitis score. HYA feeding decreased TNF-α and increased claudin-1, a tight junction protein, levels in the mouse skin. Cytokine expression levels in the skin and intestinal Peyer's patches cells suggested that HYA improved the Th1/Th2 balance in mice...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437918/modeling-and-designing-multilayer-2d-perovskite-silicon-bifacial-tandem-photovoltaics-for-high-efficiencies-and-long-term-stability
#15
Haejun Chung, Xingshu Sun, Aditya D Mohite, Rahul Singh, Lokendra Kumar, Muhammad A Alam, Peter Bermel
A key challenge in photovoltaics today is to develop cell technologies with both higher efficiencies and lower fabrication costs than incumbent crystalline silicon (c-Si) single-junction cells. While tandem cells have higher efficiencies than c-Si alone, it is generally challenging to find a low-cost, high-performance material to pair with c-Si. However, the recent emergence of 22% efficient perovskite photovoltaics has created a tremendous opportunity for high-performance, low-cost perovskite / crystalline silicon tandem photovoltaic cells...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437915/rapid-thermal-annealing-treated-spin-on-doped-antireflective-radial-junction-si-nanopillar-solar-cell
#16
Bikash Dev Choudhury, Srinivasan Anand
Radial junction nanopillar Si solar cells are interesting for cost effective efficiency improvement. Here, we address a convenient top-down fabrication of Si nanopillar solar cells using spin-on doping and rapid thermal annealing (RTA) for conformal PN junction formation. Broadband suppressed reflection as low as an average of 5% in the 300-1100 nm wavelength range and un-optimized cell efficiency of 7.3% are achieved. The solar cell performance can be improved by optimization of spin-on-doping and suitable surface passivation...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437468/role-of-cleavage-at-the-core-e1-junction-of-hepatitis-c-virus-polyprotein-in-viral-morphogenesis
#17
Véronique Pène, Matthieu Lemasson, Francis Harper, Gérard Pierron, Arielle R Rosenberg
In hepatitis C virus (HCV) polyprotein sequence, core protein terminates with E1 envelope signal peptide. Cleavage by signal peptidase (SP) separates E1 from the complete form of core protein, anchored in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane by the signal peptide. Subsequent cleavage of the signal peptide by signal-peptide peptidase (SPP) releases the mature form of core protein, which preferentially relocates to lipid droplets. Both of these cleavages are required for the HCV infectious cycle, supporting the idea that HCV assembly begins at the surface of lipid droplets, yet SPP-catalyzed cleavage is dispensable for initiation of budding in the ER...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436951/hypoxic-lung-cancer-secreted-exosomal-mir-23a-increased-angiogenesis-and-vascular-permeability-by-targeting-prolyl-hydroxylase-and-tight-junction-protein-zo-1
#18
Y-L Hsu, J-Y Hung, W-A Chang, Y-S Lin, Y-C Pan, P-H Tsai, C-Y Wu, P-L Kuo
Hypoxia plays a critical role during the evolution of malignant cells and tumour microenvironment (TME).Tumour-derived exosomes contain informative microRNAs involved in the interaction of cancer and stromal cells, thus contributing to tissue remodelling of tumour microenvironment. This study aims to clarify how hypoxia affects tumour angiogenesis through exosomes shed from lung cancer cells. Lung cancer cells produce more exosomes under hypoxic conditions than do parental cells under normoxic conditions. miR-23a was significantly upregulated in exosomes from lung cancer under hypoxic conditions...
April 24, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436573/mapping-energy-levels-for-organic-heterojunctions
#19
Yiying Li, Peicheng Li, Zheng-Hong Lu
An organic semiconductor thin film is a solid-state matter comprising one or more molecules. For applications in electronics and photonics, several distinct functional organic thin films are stacked together to create a variety of devices such as organic light-emitting diodes and organic solar cells. The energy levels at these thin-film junctions dictate various electronic processes such as the charge transport across these junctions, the exciton dissociation rates at donor-acceptor molecular interfaces, and the charge trapping during exciton formation in a host-dopant system...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436290/topography-of-protein-kinase-c-%C3%AE-ii-in-benign-and-malignant-melanocytic-lesions
#20
Konstanin Krasagakis, Eleftheria Tsentelierou, Gregory Chlouverakis, Efstathios N Stathopoulos
BACKGROUND: Protein kinase C βII promotes melanogenesis and affects proliferation of melanocytic cells but is frequently absent or decreased in melanoma cells in vitro. OBJECTIVE: To investigate PKC-βII expression and spatial distribution within a lesion in various benign and malignant melanocytic proliferations. METHODS: Expression of PKC-βII was semiquantitatively assessed in the various existing compartments (intraepidermal [not nested], junctional [nested], and dermal) of benign (n = 43) and malignant (n = 28) melanocytic lesions by immunohistochemistry...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
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