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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087840/vibrio-cholerae-cholix-toxin-induced-hepg2-cell-death-is-enhanced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-through-ros-and-intracellular-signal-regulated-kinases
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Kohei Ogura, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Mika Terasaki, Joel Moss, Masatoshi Noda, Kinnosuke Yahiro
Cholix toxin (Cholix) from Vibrio cholerae is a potent virulence factor exhibiting ADP-ribosyltransferase activity on eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) of host cells, resulting in inhibition of protein synthesis. Administration of Cholix or its homologue Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PEA) to mice causes lethal hepatocyte damage. In this study, we demonstrate cytotoxicity of Cholix on immortalized human hepatocytes in the presence of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), which has been reported to play a fatal role in PEA administered to mice...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081442/mapping-and-role-of-the-cd8-t-cell-response-during-primary-zika-virus-infection-in-mice
#2
Annie Elong Ngono, Edward A Vizcarra, William W Tang, Nicholas Sheets, Yunichel Joo, Kenneth Kim, Matthew J Gorman, Michael S Diamond, Sujan Shresta
CD8(+) T cells may play a dual role in protection against and pathogenesis of flaviviruses, including Zika virus (ZIKV). We evaluated the CD8(+) T cell response in ZIKV-infected LysMCre(+)IFNAR(fl/fl) C57BL/6 (H-2(b)) mice lacking the type I interferon receptor in a subset of myeloid cells. In total, 26 and 15 CD8(+) T cell-reactive peptides for ZIKV African (MR766) and Asian (FSS13025) lineage strains, respectively, were identified and validated. CD8(+) T cells from infected mice were polyfunctional and mediated cytotoxicity...
January 11, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081363/distance-dependent-measurements-of-the-conductance-of-porphyrin-nanorods-studied-with-conductive-probe-atomic-force-microscopy
#3
Xianglin Zhai, Denzel Alexander, Pedro Derosa, Jayne C Garno
Protocols for nanopatterning porphyrins on Au(111) were developed based on immersion particle lithography. Porphyrins with and without a central metal ion, 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrin (TPP) and 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrin cobalt(II) (CoTPP) were selected for study, which spontaneously formed nanorod geometries depending on concentration parameters. The elongated shapes of the nanorods offers an opportunity for successive distance-dependent conductive probe-atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM) measurements along the length of the nanorods...
January 12, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080032/heteroprotein-complex-formation-of-bovine-lactoferrin-and-pea-protein-isolate-a-multiscale-structural-analysis
#4
Eda Adal, Amin Sadeghpour, Simon D A Connell, Michael Rappolt, Esra Ibanoglu, Anwesha Sarkar
Associative electrostatic interactions between two oppositely charged globular proteins, lactoferrin (LF) and pea protein isolate (PPI), the latter being a mixture of vicilin, legumin and convicilin, was studied with a specific PPI/ LF molar ratio at room temperature. Structural aspects of the electrostatic complexes probed at different length scales were investigated as a function of pH by means of different complementary techniques, namely with dynamic light scattering, small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), turbidity measurements and atomic force microscopy (AFM)...
January 12, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080021/an-ionic-liquid-as-interface-linker-for-tuning-piezoresistive-sensitivity-and-toughness-in-poly-vinylidene-fluoride-carbon-nanotube-composites
#5
Kai Ke, Petra Potschke, Shanglin Gao, Brigitte Voit
Conductive polymer nanocomposites (CPNCs) have emerged as potential alternatives for metallic foil sensors and semiconductor strain gauges. The simultaneous achievement of high piezoresistive sensitivity and large strain ranges for CPNCs currently presents a great challenge, possibly extending the applications of CPNCs with self-diagnosis capabilities to many structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. Here, we report a facile strategy for fabricating highly piezoresistive and tough poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) based CPNCs by tuning the interactions between the polymer matrix and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) using an ionic liquid (IL) as an interface linker/modifier...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079590/the-evaluation-of-corneal-fragility-after-uva-riboflavin-crosslinking
#6
Zhiwei Li, Yumeng Wang, Yanyun Xu, Vishal Jhanji, Chunxiao Zhang, Guoying Mu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the fragility of cornea after UVA/riboflavin crosslinking (CXL). METHODS: Sixty New Zealand rabbits received UVA/riboflavin crosslinking treatment (wavelength 365 nm, irradiance 3.0 mW/cm, and total dose 5.4 J/cm) on right eyes. Animals were sacrificed before and immediately after treatment (day 0), day 1, 3, 7, and 28 after treatment. A 4×10 mm corneal strip for biomechanical evaluation was harvested after sacrifice. The corneal fragility was evaluated by measurement of elongation rate, whereby the elongation rate equals elongation length/baseline length...
January 10, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079107/phenotyping-for-the-dynamics-of-field-wheat-root-system-architecture
#7
Xinxin Chen, Qishuo Ding, Zbigniew Błaszkiewicz, Jiuai Sun, Qian Sun, Ruiyin He, Yinian Li
We investigated a method to quantify field-state wheat RSA in a phenotyping way, depicting the 3D topology of wheat RSA in 14d periods. The phenotyping procedure, proposed for understanding the spatio-temporal variations of root-soil interaction and the RSA dynamics in the field, is realized with a set of indices of mm scale precision, illustrating the gradients of both wheat root angle and elongation rate along soil depth, as well as the foraging potential along the side directions. The 70d was identified as the shifting point distinguishing the linear root length elongation from power-law development...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078786/v1-connections-reveal-a-series-of-elongated-higher-visual-areas-in-the-california-ground-squirrel-otospermophilus-beecheyi
#8
Moritz Negwer, Yong-Jun Liu, Dirk Schubert, David C Lyon
For studies of visual cortex organization, mouse is becoming an increasingly more often used model. In addition to its genetic tractability, the relatively small area of cortical surface devoted to visual processing simplifies efforts in relating the structure of visual cortex to visual function. However, the nature of this compact organization can make some comparisons to the much larger non-human primate visual cortex difficult. The squirrel, as a highly visual rodent offers a useful means for better understanding how mouse and monkey cortical organization compares...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078746/a-gly65val-substitution-in-an-actin-ghact_li1-disrupts-cell-polarity-and-f-actin-organization-resulting-in-dwarf-lintless-cotton-plants
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Gregory N Thyssen, David D Fang, Rickie B Turley, Christopher B Florane, Ping Li, Christopher P Mattison, Marina Naoumkina
Actin polymerizes to form part of the cytoskeleton and organize polar growth in all eukaryotic cells. Species with numerous actin genes are especially useful for the dissection of actin molecular function due to redundancy and neofunctionalization. Here, we investigated the role of a cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) actin gene in the organization of actin filaments in lobed cotyledon pavement cells and the highly-elongated single-celled trichomes that comprise cotton lint fibers. Using mapping-by-sequencing, virus-induced gene silencing, and molecular modeling, we identified the causative mutation of the dominant dwarf Ligon-lintless Li1 short fiber mutant as a single Gly65Val amino acid substitution in a polymerization domain of an actin gene, GhACT_LI1 (Gh_D04G0865)...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078426/calreticulin-is-required-for-calcium-homeostasis-and-proper-pollen-tube-tip-growth-in-petunia
#10
Anna Suwińska, Piotr Wasąg, Przemysław Zakrzewski, Marta Lenartowska, Robert Lenartowski
Calreticulin is involved in stabilization of the tip-focused Ca (2+) gradient and the actin cytoskeleton arrangement and function that is required for several key processes driving Petunia pollen tube tip growth. Although the precise mechanism is unclear, stabilization of a tip-focused calcium (Ca(2+)) gradient seems to be critical for pollen germination and pollen tube growth. We hypothesize that calreticulin (CRT), a Ca(2+)-binding/buffering chaperone typically residing in the lumen of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of eukaryotic cells, is an excellent candidate to fulfill this role...
January 11, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078338/dual-physically-crosslinked-double-network-hydrogels-with-high-toughness-and-self-healing-properties
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Xuefeng Li, Qian Yang, Youjiao Zhao, Shijun Long, Jie Zheng
Toughness and self-healing properties are desirable characteristics in engineered hydrogels used for many practical applications. However, it is still challenging to develop hydrogels exhibiting both of these attractive properties in a single material. In this work, we present the fabrication of fully physically-linked Agar/PAAc-Fe(3+) DN gels. These hydrogels exhibited dual physical crosslinking through a hydrogen bonded crosslinked agar network firstly, and a physically linked PAAc-Fe(3+) network via Fe(3+) coordination interactions secondly...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078337/a-solvable-model-of-axisymmetric-and-non-axisymmetric-droplet-bouncing
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Matthew Andrew, Julia M Yeomans, Dmitri O Pushkin
We introduce a solvable Lagrangian model for droplet bouncing. The model predicts that, for an axisymmetric drop, the contact time decreases to a constant value with increasing Weber number, in qualitative agreement with experiments, because the system is well approximated as a simple harmonic oscillator. We introduce asymmetries in the velocity, initial droplet shape, and contact line drag acting on the droplet and show that asymmetry can often lead to a reduced contact time and lift-off in an elongated shape...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077713/reversible-disruption-of-neuronal-mitochondria-by-ischemic-and-traumatic-injury-revealed-by-quantitative-two-photon-imaging-in-the-neocortex-of-anesthetized-mice
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Mikhail Kislin, Jeremy Sword, Ioulia V Fomitcheva, Deborah Croom, Evgeny Pryazhnikov, Eero Lihavainen, Dmytro Toptunov, Heikki Rauvala, Andre S Ribeiro, Leonard Khiroug, Sergei A Kirov
: Mitochondria play a variety of functional roles in cortical neurons, from metabolic support and neuroprotection to the release of cytokines that trigger apoptosis. In dendrites, mitochondrial structure is closely linked to their function, and fragmentation (fission) of the normally elongated mitochondria indicates loss of their function under pathological conditions, such as stroke and brain trauma. Using in vivo two-photon microscopy in mouse brain, we quantified mitochondrial fragmentation in a full spectrum of cortical injuries, ranging from severe to mild...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077651/bromodomain-containing-4-brd4-couples-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-rela-with-airway-inflammation-and-the-irf-rig-i-amplification-loop-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
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Bing Tian, Jun Yang, Yingxin Zhao, Teodora Ivanciuc, Hong Sun, Roberto P Garofalo, Allan R Brasier
: The airway mucosa expresses protective interferon (IFN) and inflammatory cytokines in response to Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection. In this study, we examine the role of bromodomain containing 4 (BRD4) in mediating this innate immune response in human small airway epithelial cells. We observe that RSV induces BRD4 to complex with NFκB/RelA. BRD4 is functionally required for expression of the NFκB-dependent inflammatory gene regulatory network (GRN), including the IFN Response Factor (IRFs)-1 and -7 that mediate a cross-talk pathway for RIG-I upregulation...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077274/the-role-and-regulation-of-the-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-in-human-liver
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Sander Kersten, Rinke Stienstra
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that is abundantly expressed in liver. PPARα is activated by fatty acids and various other lipid species, as well as by a class of chemicals referred to as peroxisome proliferators. Studies in mice have shown that PPARα serves as the master regulator of hepatic lipid metabolism during fasting. In addition, PPARα suppresses inflammation and the acute phase response. Comparatively little is known about PPARα in human liver...
January 7, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076902/decellularized-extracellular-matrix-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-promotes-endothelial-differentiation-of-stem-cells-from-exfoliated-deciduous-teeth
#16
Ting Gong, Boon Chin Heng, Jianguang Xu, Shaoyue Zhu, Changyong Yuan, Edward Chin Man Lo, Chengfei Zhang
Dental stem cells can serve as a potential source of functional endothelial cells (ECs) for tissue engineering applications, but the endothelial-lineage differentiation efficiency is rather low even with growth factors and mechanical stimuli, which greatly limits their clinical applications. This is partly due to the deficiency of standard two-dimensional (2-D) culture systems, which is unable to recapitulate the three-dimensional (3-D) in vivo milieu that is rich in extracellular matrix. Hence we extracted decellularized extracellular matrix from human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs-DECM) to provide a bioactive substratum conducive to the endothelial differentiation of dental stem cells...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076780/det1-and-hy5-control-pif4-mediated-thermosensory-elongation-growth-through-distinct-mechanisms
#17
Sreeramaiah N Gangappa, S Vinod Kumar
Plant growth and development are defined by environmental cues. The transcription factor PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4) is the central signaling hub that integrates environmental cues, including light and temperature, to regulate growth and development. The thermosensory mechanisms controlling the PIF4-mediated temperature response, and its integration with other environmental responses, remain poorly understood. DE-ETIOLATED 1 (DET1) and CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENESIS 1 (COP1), key regulators of light signaling, have been proposed to control thermosensory growth by transcriptional regulation of PIF4, through ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL 5 (HY5)...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076697/development-and-characterization-of-a-mucoadhesive-sublingual-formulation-for-pain-control-extemporaneous-oxycodone-films-in-personalized-therapy
#18
Brunella Parodi, Eleonora Russo, Sara Baldassari, Guendalina Zuccari, Sara Pastorino, Mengying Yan, Karthik Neduri, Gabriele Caviglioli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was the development of mucoadhesive sublingual films, prepared using a casting method, for the administration of oxycodone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A solvent casting method was employed to prepare the mucoadhesive films. A calibrated pipette was used to deposit single aliquots of different polymeric solutions on a polystyrene plate lid. Among the various tested polymers, hydroxypropylcellulose at low and medium molecular weight (HPC) and pectin at two different degrees of esterification (PC) were chosen for preparing solutions with good casting properties, capable of producing films suitable for mucosal application...
January 11, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076665/carbohydrate-lectin-interactions-an-unexpected-contribution-to-affinity
#19
Giulio Navarra, Pascal Zihlmann, Roman P Jakob, Katia Stangier, Roland C Preston, Said Rabbani, Martin Smiesko, Bea Wagner, Timm Maier, Beat Ernst
Uropathogenic E. coli exploit the PapG-II adhesin for infecting host cells of the kidney; moreover, the expression of PapG-II located at the tip of bacterial pili has been correlated with the onset of pyelonephritis in humans, a potentially life-threatening condition. It was envisaged that the blocking of PapG-II, and thus bacterial adhesion, embodies a viable therapeutic alternative to conventional antibiotic treatment. Within our search for potent PapG-II antagonists, we observed an increase in affinity when tetrasaccharide 1, the natural ligand of PapG-II in human kidneys, was elongated to hexasaccharide 2, although the additional Siaα(2-3)Gal extension is not in direct contact with the lectin...
January 11, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076448/igf-1-induces-ghrh-neuronal-axon-elongation-during-early-postnatal-life-in-mice
#20
Lyvianne Decourtye, Erik Mire, Maud Clemessy, Victor Heurtier, Tatiana Ledent, Iain C Robinson, Patrice Mollard, Jacques Epelbaum, Michael J Meaney, Sonia Garel, Yves Le Bouc, Laurent Kappeler
Nutrition during the perinatal period programs body growth. Growth hormone (GH) secretion from the pituitary regulates body growth and is controlled by Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH) neurons located in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus. We observed that dietary restriction during the early postnatal period (i.e. lactation) in mice influences postnatal growth by permanently altering the development of the somatotropic axis in the pituitary gland. This alteration may be due to a lack of GHRH signaling during this critical developmental period...
2017: PloS One
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