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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938158/directional-migration-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-escc-is-epigenetically-regulated-by-set-nuclear-oncogene-a-member-of-the-inhibitor-of-histone-acetyltransferase-complex
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Xiang Yuan, Xinshuai Wang, Bianli Gu, Yingjian Ma, Yiwen Liu, Man Sun, Jinyu Kong, Wei Sun, Huizhi Wang, Fuyou Zhou, Shegan Gao
Directional cell migration is of fundamental importance to a variety of biological events, including metastasis of malignant cells. Herein, we specifically investigated SET oncoprotein, a subunit of the recently identified inhibitor of acetyltransferases (INHAT) complex and identified its role in the establishment of front-rear cell polarity and directional migration in Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma (ESCC). We further define the molecular circuits that govern these processes by showing that SET modulated DOCK7/RAC1 and cofilin signaling events...
September 19, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938017/a-highly-conserved-amino-acid-in-vp1-regulates-maturation-of-enterovirus-71
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Yong-Xin Zhang, Yu-Ming Huang, Quan-Jie Li, Xiao-Yu Li, Yong-Dong Zhou, Fei Guo, Jin-Ming Zhou, Shan Cen
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the major causative agent of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in children, causing severe clinical outcomes and even death. Here, we report an important role of the highly conserved alanine residue at position 107 in the capsid protein VP1 (VP1A107) in the efficient replication of EV71. Substitutional mutations of VP1A107 significantly diminish viral growth kinetics without significant effect on viral entry, expression of viral genes and viral production. The results of mechanistic studies reveal that VP1A107 regulates the efficient cleavage of the VP0 precursor during EV71 assembly, which is required, in the next round of infection, for the transformation of the mature virion (160S) into an intermediate or A-particle (135S), a key step of virus uncoating...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938009/altering-neuronal-excitability-to-preserve-network-connectivity-in-a-computational-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Willem de Haan, Elisabeth C W van Straaten, Alida A Gouw, Cornelis J Stam
Neuronal hyperactivity and hyperexcitability of the cerebral cortex and hippocampal region is an increasingly observed phenomenon in preclinical Alzheimer's disease (AD). In later stages, oscillatory slowing and loss of functional connectivity are ubiquitous. Recent evidence suggests that neuronal dynamics have a prominent role in AD pathophysiology, making it a potentially interesting therapeutic target. However, although neuronal activity can be manipulated by various (non-)pharmacological means, intervening in a highly integrated system that depends on complex dynamics can produce counterintuitive and adverse effects...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937984/evidence-of-complex-contagion-of-information-in-social-media-an-experiment-using-twitter-bots
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Bjarke Mønsted, Piotr Sapieżyński, Emilio Ferrara, Sune Lehmann
It has recently become possible to study the dynamics of information diffusion in techno-social systems at scale, due to the emergence of online platforms, such as Twitter, with millions of users. One question that systematically recurs is whether information spreads according to simple or complex dynamics: does each exposure to a piece of information have an independent probability of a user adopting it (simple contagion), or does this probability depend instead on the number of sources of exposure, increasing above some threshold (complex contagion)? Most studies to date are observational and, therefore, unable to disentangle the effects of confounding factors such as social reinforcement, homophily, limited attention, or network community structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937978/a-new-discrete-dynamic-model-of-aba-induced-stomatal-closure-predicts-key-feedback-loops
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Réka Albert, Biswa R Acharya, Byeong Wook Jeon, Jorge G T Zañudo, Mengmeng Zhu, Karim Osman, Sarah M Assmann
Stomata, microscopic pores in leaf surfaces through which water loss and carbon dioxide uptake occur, are closed in response to drought by the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA). This process is vital for drought tolerance and has been the topic of extensive experimental investigation in the last decades. Although a core signaling chain has been elucidated consisting of ABA binding to receptors, which alleviates negative regulation by protein phosphatases 2C (PP2Cs) of the protein kinase OPEN STOMATA 1 (OST1) and ultimately results in activation of anion channels, osmotic water loss, and stomatal closure, over 70 additional components have been identified, yet their relationships with each other and the core components are poorly elucidated...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937910/loneliness-and-social-internet-use-pathways-to-reconnection-in-a-digital-world
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Rebecca Nowland, Elizabeth A Necka, John T Cacioppo
With the rise of online social networking, social relationships are increasingly developed and maintained in a digital domain. Drawing conclusions about the impact of the digital world on loneliness is difficult because there are contradictory findings, and cross-sectional studies dominate the literature, making causation difficult to establish. In this review, we present our theoretical model and propose that there is a bidirectional and dynamic relationship between loneliness and social Internet use. When the Internet is used as a way station on the route to enhancing existing relationships and forging new social connections, it is a useful tool for reducing loneliness...
September 1, 2017: Perspectives on Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937698/evolution-of-mechanics-in-%C3%AE-helical-peptide-conjugated-linear-and-star-block-peg
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S C O'Neill, Z H Bhuiyan, R S Tu
We have designed a peptide conjugated poly-ethylene glycol (PEG) bioconjugate system that allows us to examine the intra- and inter-molecular dynamics of gelation. We measure the kinetics of gelation for end-functionalized linear- and star-architectures, and we correlate the gelation behavior with the molecular structure and self-association. The 23-amino acid peptide sequence is known to form a coiled-coil structure as a function of the solution's electrolyte concentration, and the two topologies of the PEG are peptide end-functionalized to examine formation of supramolecular assemblies...
September 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937644/american-sign-language-alphabet-recognition-using-a-neuromorphic-sensor-and-an-artificial-neural-network
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Miguel Rivera-Acosta, Susana Ortega-Cisneros, Jorge Rivera, Federico Sandoval-Ibarra
This paper reports the design and analysis of an American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet translation system implemented in hardware using a Field-Programmable Gate Array. The system process consists of three stages, the first being the communication with the neuromorphic camera (also called Dynamic Vision Sensor, DVS) sensor using the Universal Serial Bus protocol. The feature extraction of the events generated by the DVS is the second part of the process, consisting of a presentation of the digital image processing algorithms developed in software, which aim to reduce redundant information and prepare the data for the third stage...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937634/the-physiological-and-pathological-implications-of-the-formation-of-hydrogels-with-a-specific-focus-on-amyloid-polypeptides
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Létitia Jean, Alex C Foley, David J T Vaux
Hydrogels are water-swollen and viscoelastic three-dimensional cross-linked polymeric network originating from monomer polymerisation. Hydrogel-forming polypeptides are widely found in nature and, at a cellular and organismal level, they provide a wide range of functions for the organism making them. Amyloid structures, arising from polypeptide aggregation, can be damaging or beneficial to different types of organisms. Although the best-known amyloids are those associated with human pathologies, this underlying structure is commonly used by higher eukaryotes to maintain normal cellular activities, and also by microbial communities to promote their survival and growth...
September 22, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937216/relative-contributions-of-core-protein-and-solvatation-shell-in-the-terahertz-dielectric-properties-of-protein-solutions
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Marianne Grognot, Guilhem Gallot
The properties of the solvation shell surrounding biomolecules in solution are fundamental to understand the modifications of the dynamics of the water molecules by peptides and proteins. The dynamics of the hydrogen bonding network typically occurs at the picosecond time scale, then terahertz spectroscopy is a unique tool to investigate the solvation shell. Here, we present terahertz measurements of the refractive index and extinction coefficient of solutions of biomolecules of various molecular weights. We observe a clear correlation between the terahertz dielectric properties and the weight of the molecules...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936802/significance-of-mitochondrial-protein-post-translational-modifications-in-pathophysiology-of-brain-injury
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Nina Klimova, Aaron Long, Tibor Kristian
Mitochondria are complex organelles that undergo constant fusion and fission in order to adapt to the ever-changing cellular environment. The fusion/fission proteins, localized in the inner and outer mitochondrial membrane, play critical roles under pathological conditions such as acute brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. Post-translational modifications of these proteins tightly regulate their function and activity, ultimately impacting mitochondrial dynamics and their efficiency to generate ATP. The individual post-translational modifications that are known to affect mitochondrial dynamics include SUMOylation, ubiquitination, phosphorylation, S-nitrosylation, acetylation, O-linked N-acetyl-glucosamine glycosylation, ADP-ribosylation, and proteolytic cleavage...
September 21, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936215/omics-approaches-for-understanding-grapevine-berry-development-regulatory-networks-associated-with-endogenous-processes-and-environmental-responses
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REVIEW
Alejandra Serrano, Carmen Espinoza, Grace Armijo, Claudio Inostroza-Blancheteau, Evelyn Poblete, Carlos Meyer-Regueiro, Anibal Arce, Francisca Parada, Claudia Santibáñez, Patricio Arce-Johnson
Grapevine fruit development is a dynamic process that can be divided into three stages: formation (I), lag (II), and ripening (III), in which physiological and biochemical changes occur, leading to cell differentiation and accumulation of different solutes. These stages can be positively or negatively affected by multiple environmental factors. During the last decade, efforts have been made to understand berry development from a global perspective. Special attention has been paid to transcriptional and metabolic networks associated with the control of grape berry development, and how external factors affect the ripening process...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936197/functional-role-of-gonadotrope-plasticity-and-network-organization
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REVIEW
Brian S Edwards, Colin M Clay, Buffy S Ellsworth, Amy M Navratil
Gonadotrope cells of the anterior pituitary are characterized by their ability to mount a cyclical pattern of gonadotropin secretion to regulate gonadal function and fertility. Recent in vitro and in vivo evidence suggests that gonadotropes exhibit dramatic remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton following gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) exposure. GnRH engagement of actin is critical for gonadotrope function on multiple levels. First, GnRH-induced cell movements lead to spatial repositioning of the in vivo gonadotrope network toward vascular endothelium, presumably to access the bloodstream for effective hormone release...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936176/chronic-intermittent-hypoxia-differentially-impacts-different-states-of-inspiratory-activity-at-the-level-of-the-preb%C3%A3-tzinger-complex
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Alfredo J Garcia, Tatiana Dashevskiy, Maggie A Khuu, Jan-Marino Ramirez
The preBötzinger complex (preBötC) is a medullary brainstem network crucially involved in the generation of different inspiratory rhythms. In the isolated brainstem slice, the preBötC reconfigures to produce different rhythms that we refer to as "fictive eupnea" under baseline conditions (i.e., carbogen), and "fictive gasping" in hypoxia. We recently demonstrated that fictive eupnea is irregular following exposure to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH). However, it is unknown how CIH impacts fictive gasping...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936168/mining-time-resolved-functional-brain-graphs-to-an-eeg-based-chronnectomic-brain-aged-index-cbai
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Stavros I Dimitriadis, Christos I Salis
The brain at rest consists of spatially and temporal distributed but functionally connected regions that called intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs). Resting state electroencephalography (rs-EEG) is a way to characterize brain networks without confounds associated with task EEG such as task difficulty and performance. A novel framework of how to study dynamic functional connectivity under the notion of functional connectivity microstates (FCμstates) and symbolic dynamics is further discussed. Furthermore, we introduced a way to construct a single integrated dynamic functional connectivity graph (IDFCG) that preserves both the strength of the connections between every pair of sensors but also the type of dominant intrinsic coupling modes (DICM)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935896/network-heterogeneity-regulates-steering-in-actin-based-motility
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Rajaa Boujemaa-Paterski, Cristian Suarez, Tobias Klar, Jie Zhu, Christophe Guérin, Alex Mogilner, Manuel Théry, Laurent Blanchoin
The growth of branched actin networks powers cell-edge protrusions and motility. A heterogeneous density of actin, which yields to a tunable cellular response, characterizes these dynamic structures. We study how actin organization controls both the rate and the steering during lamellipodium growth. We use a high-resolution surface structuration assay combined with mathematical modeling to describe the growth of a reconstituted lamellipodium. We demonstrate that local monomer depletion at the site of assembly negatively impacts the network growth rate...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935166/mitochondrial-nanotunnels
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REVIEW
Amy E Vincent, Doug M Turnbull, Veronica Eisner, György Hajnóczky, Martin Picard
Insight into the regulation of complex physiological systems emerges from understanding how biological units communicate with each other. Recent findings show that mitochondria communicate at a distance with each other via nanotunnels, thin double-membrane protrusions that connect the matrices of non-adjacent mitochondria. Emerging evidence suggest that mitochondrial nanotunnels are generated by immobilized mitochondria and transport proteins. This review integrates data from the evolutionarily conserved structure and function of intercellular projections in bacteria with recent developments in mitochondrial imaging that permit nanotunnel visualization in eukaryotes...
September 18, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934501/model-based-design-of-rna-hybridization-networks-implemented-in-living-cells
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Guillermo Rodrigo, Satya Prakash, Shensi Shen, Eszter Majer, José-Antonio Daròs, Alfonso Jaramillo
Synthetic gene circuits allow the behavior of living cells to be reprogrammed, and non-coding small RNAs (sRNAs) are increasingly being used as programmable regulators of gene expression. However, sRNAs (natural or synthetic) are generally used to regulate single target genes, while complex dynamic behaviors would require networks of sRNAs regulating each other. Here, we report a strategy for implementing such networks that exploits hybridization reactions carried out exclusively by multifaceted sRNAs that are both targets of and triggers for other sRNAs...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934354/synthesis-of-irregular-graphene-oxide-tubes-using-green-chemistry-and-their-potential-use-as-reinforcement-materials-for-biomedical-applications
#19
Ángel Serrano-Aroca, Sanjukta Deb
Micrometer length tubes of graphene oxide (GO) with irregular form were synthesised following facile and green metal complexation reactions. These materials were obtained by crosslinking of GO with calcium, zinc or strontium chlorides at three different temperatures (24, 34 and 55°C) using distilled water as solvent for the compounds and following a remarkably simple and low-cost synthetic method, which employs no hazardous substances and is conducted without consumption of thermal or sonic energy. These irregular continuous GO networks showed a very particular interconnected structure by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy-Disperse X-Ray Spectroscopy for elemental analysis and High-resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy with Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope Dark Field Imaging, and were analysed by Raman Spectroscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934252/three-way-interaction-model-to-trace-the-mechanisms-involved-in-alzheimer-s-disease-transgenic-mice
#20
Nasibeh Khayer, Sayed-Amir Marashi, Mehdi Mirzaie, Fatemeh Goshadrou
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause for dementia in human. Currently, more than 46 million people in the world suffer from AD and it is estimated that by 2050 this number increases to more than 131 million. AD is considered as a complex disease. Therefore, understanding the mechanism of AD is a universal challenge. Nowadays, a huge number of disease-related high-throughput "omics" datasets are freely available. Such datasets contain valuable information about disease-related pathways and their corresponding gene interactions...
2017: PloS One
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