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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646200/mesenchymal-stem-cells-secretome-induced-axonal-outgrowth-is-mediated-by-bdnf
#1
Luís F Martins, Rui O Costa, Joana R Pedro, Paulo Aguiar, Sofia C Serra, Fabio G Teixeira, Nuno Sousa, António J Salgado, Ramiro D Almeida
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been used for cell-based therapies in regenerative medicine, with increasing importance in central and peripheral nervous system repair. However, MSCs grafting present disadvantages, such as, a high number of cells required for transplantation and low survival rate when transplanted into the central nervous system (CNS). In line with this, MSCs secretome which present on its composition a wide range of molecules (neurotrophins, cytokines) and microvesicles, can be a solution to surpass these problems...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646117/cyclin-dependent-kinase-9-is-a-novel-specific-molecular-target-in-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma
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Tomoko Narita, Takashi Ishida, Asahi Ito, Ayako Masaki, Shiori Kinoshita, Susumu Suzuki, Hisashi Takino, Takashi Yoshida, Masaki Ri, Shigeru Kusumoto, Hirokazu Komatsu, Kazunori Imada, Yuetsu Tanaka, Takaori-Kondo Akifumi, Hiroshi Inagaki, Arne Scholz, Philip Lienau, Taruho Kuroda, Ryuzo Ueda, Shinsuke Iida
Cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9), a subunit of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) complex, regulates gene transcription elongation by phosphorylating the carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII).  The deregulation of CDK9/P-TEFb has important implications for many cancer types.  BAY 1143572 is a novel and highly selective CDK9/P-TEFb inhibitor currently being investigated in phase I studies. We evaluated the therapeutic potential of BAY 1143572 in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL)...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646110/the-mcm2-7-interacting-domain-of-human-mini-chromosome-maintenance-10-mcm10-protein-is-important-for-stable-chromatin-association-and-origin-firing
#3
Masako Izumi, Takeshi Mizuno, Ken-Ichiro Yanagi, Kazuto Sugimura, Katsuzumi Okumura, Naoko Imamoto, Tomoko Abe, Fumio Hanaoka
The protein mini-chromosome maintenance 10 (Mcm10) was originally identified as an essential yeast protein in the maintenance of mini-chromosome plasmids. Subsequently, Mcm10 has been shown to be required for both initiation and elongation during chromosomal DNA replication. However, it is not fully understood how the multiple functions of Mcm10 are coordinated or how Mcm10 interacts with other factors at replication forks. Here, we identified and characterized the Mcm2-7-interacting domain in human Mcm10. The interaction with Mcm2-7 required the Mcm10 domain that contained amino acids 530-655, which overlapped with the domain required for the stable retention of Mcm10 on chromatin...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646096/heat-stress-causes-dysfunctional-autophagy-in-oxidative-skeletal-muscle
#4
Alexandra J Brownstein, Shanthi Ganesan, Corey M Summers, Sarah Pearce, Benjamin J Hale, Jason W Ross, Nicholas Gabler, Jacob T Seibert, Robert P Rhoads, Lance H Baumgard, Joshua T Selsby
We have previously established that 24 h of environmental hyperthermia causes oxidative stress and have implicated mitochondria as likely contributors to this process. Given this, we hypothesized that heat stress would lead to increased autophagy/mitophagy and a reduction in mitochondrial content. To address this hypothesis pigs were housed in thermoneutral (TN; 20°C) or heat stress (35°C) conditions for 1- (HS1) or 3- (HS3) days and the red and white portions of the semitendinosus collected. We did not detect differences in glycolytic muscle...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645676/a-journey-through-growth-plates-tracking-differences-in-morphology-and-regulation-between-the-spine-and-long-bones-in-a-pig-model
#5
Adalbert Raimann, Alireza Javanmardi, Monika Egerbacher, Gabriele Haeusler
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The process of linear growth is driven by axial elongation of both long bones and vertebral bodies and accomplished by enchondral ossification. Differences in regulation between the two skeletal sites are mirrored clinically by the age course in body proportions. Whereas growth plates in long bones can easily be discriminated, vertebral growth plates are part of the cartilaginous endplate, which typically shows important species differences. PURPOSE: To describe and compare histological, histomorphometric and regulatory characteristics in the growth plates of the spine and long bones in a porcine model...
June 20, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645609/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-antimicrobial-protein-from-the-housefly-musca-domestica
#6
Guo Guo, Ruyu Tao, Yan Li, Huiling Ma, Jiangfan Xiu, Ping Fu, Jianwei Wu
Antimicrobial peptides/proteins are immune-related molecules that are widely distributed in bacteria, fungi, plants, invertebrates and higher animals. They have exhibited great potential to be developed into antimicrobial drugs. The housefly, Musca domestica, lives in a highly contaminated environment and has adapted a robust immune system against various pathogens. As an effort to search for new antimicrobial molecules in the housefly, we investigated the function of an uncharacterized gene firstly by confirming that its expression was induced by infection in M...
June 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645570/quantitative-proteomics-analysis-by-itraq-revealed-underlying-changes-in-thermotolerance-of-arthrospira-platensis
#7
Rong Chang, Bingxin Lv, Bosheng Li
Growth temperature is a critical factor that affects cultivation of Arthrospira platensis which is a type of cyanobacterium widely known as Spirulina that has significant commercial value. To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the thermotolerance of Spirulina, differential protein expression profiling was carried out using iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. This study only analyzed changes in thylakoids. Among the 2085 proteins quantified, 43 differentially expressed proteins were selected based on the fold change cutoff scores of ≥2 or ≤0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644917/an-oxygen-isotope-chronometer-for-cellulose-deposition-the-successive-leaves-formed-by-tillers-of-a-c4-perennial-grass
#8
Hai Tao Liu, Fang Yang, Xiao Ying Gong, Rudi Schäufele, Hans Schnyder
Multiannual time series of (palaeo)hydrological information can be reconstructed from the oxygen isotope composition of cellulose (δ(18) OCel ) in biological archives, e.g. tree-rings, but our ability to temporally resolve information at subannual scale is limited. We capitalized on the short and predictable leaf appearance interval (2.4 d) of a perennial C4 grass (Cleistogenes squarrosa), to assess its potential for providing highly time-resolved δ(18) OCel records of vapor pressure deficit (VPD). Plants grown at low (0...
June 23, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644407/cotton-ascorbate-oxidase-promotes-cell-growth-in-cultured-tobacco-bright-yellow-2-cells-through-generation-of-apoplast-oxidation
#9
Rong Li, Shan Xin, Chengcheng Tao, Xiang Jin, Hongbin Li
Ascorbate oxidase (AO) plays an important role in cell growth through the modulation of reduction/oxidation (redox) control of the apoplast. Here, a cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) apoplastic ascorbate oxidase gene (GhAO1) was obtained from fast elongating fiber tissues. GhAO1 belongs to the multicopper oxidase (MCO) family and includes a signal peptide and several transmembrane regions. Analyses of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (QRT-PCR) and enzyme activity showed that GhAO1 was expressed abundantly in 15-day post-anthesis (dpa) wild-type (WT) fibers in comparison with fuzzless-lintless (fl) mutant ovules...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644379/physical-forces-may-cause-the-hoxd-gene-cluster-elongation
#10
Spyros Papageorgiou
Hox gene collinearity was discovered be Edward B. Lewis in 1978. It consists of the Hox1, Hox2, Hox3 ordering of the Hox genes in the chromosome from the telomeric to the centromeric side of the chromosome. Surprisingly, the spatial activation of the Hox genes in the ontogenetic units of the embryo follows the same ordering along the anterior-posterior embryonic axis. The chromosome microscale differs from the embryo macroscale by 3 to 4 orders of magnitude. The traditional biomolecular mechanisms are not adequate to comprise phenomena at so divergent spatial domains...
June 23, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643423/heterocorrole-conformations-little-saddling-much-ruffling
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Jörn Rösner, Birte Cordes, Stefanie Bahnmüller, Gabor Homolya, Dimitri Sakow, Peter Schweyen, Richard Wicht, Martin Bröring
10-Heterocorrole complexes with oxygen, sulfur, and selenium at position 10 of the macrocycle, and with the divalent ions of nickel, copper, and palladium were prepared and investigated. The focus was set onto the size adaptation and matching mechanisms of cavity sizes vs. ionic radii in corrole-type macrocycles. A full set of single crystal X-ray analyses was obtained and revealed that in all but one case the N4 binding site of the ring-contracted tetrapyrrole is larger than necessary to bind the metal ion without deformation...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643379/tuning-the-inter-nanofibril-interaction-to-regulate-the-morphology-and-function-of-peptide-dna-co-assembled-viral-mimics
#12
Rong Ni, Ying Chau
The ability to tune the inter-subunit interaction within the virus capsid may be critical to assembly and biological function. This process has been extended here with peptide/DNA co-assembled viral mimics. The resulting co-assemblies, formed and stabilized by both DNA-peptide nanofibril and peptide nanofibril-nanofibril interactions, have been tuned through hydrophobic packing interactions of the peptide sequences. By strengthening peptide side chain complementarity and/or elongating the peptide chain (from 4 to 8 residues), we report strengthening the inter-nanofibril interaction to create stable nanococoons with high gene transfection efficacy...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643168/self-aggregation-of-synthetic-zinc-methyl-20-substituted-3-hydroxymethyl-pyropheophorbides-as-models-of-bacteriochlorophyll-c
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Ayaka Wada, Hitoshi Tamiaki
Zinc 3-hydroxymethyl-13(1)-oxo-chlorins bearing a variety of primary alkyl groups at the 20-position were prepared as models of bacteriochlorophyll-c by chemical modification of naturally occurring chlorophyll-a. The synthetic chlorophyll-a derivatives self-aggregated in an aqueous Triton X-100 solution to afford large oligomers whose Soret and Qy bands were red-shifted and broadened, compared with the bands of their monomers in tetrahydrofuran. The oligomeric bands are similar to those of bacteriochlorophyll-c self-aggregates in chlorosomes, the main light-harvesting antennae of photosynthetic green bacteria...
June 22, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643161/nonlinear-biotic-ligand-model-for-assessing-alleviation-effects-of-ca-mg-and-k-on-cd-toxicity-to-soybean-roots
#14
Bo-Ching Chen, Pin-Jie Wang, Pei-Chi Ho, Kai-Wei Juang
Developing a nonlinear biotic ligand model (BLM) that considers the geometrical constraints for binding of different cations on biotic ligands will provide more reliable details about the hypothetical mechanism governing the alleviation of cadmium (Cd) toxicity by coexistent cations. Soybean seedlings under Cd stress produced by various activities of coexistent cations such as calcium (Ca(2+)), magnesium (Mg(2+)), and potassium (K(+)) were hydroponically assayed for Cd toxicity to soybean roots. The Cd(2+) activity resulting in 50% reduction of root elongation (RE), EA 50, was used for assessing the Cd toxicity to the soybean seedling...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642367/the-activities-of-the-c-terminal-regions-of-the-formin-protein-disheveled-associated-activator-of-morphogenesis-daam-in-actin-dynamics
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Andrea Teréz Vig, István Földi, Szilárd Szikora, Ede Migh, Rita Gombos, Mónika Ágnes Tóth, Tamás Huber, Réka Pintér, Gábor Csaba Talián, József Mihály, Beáta Bugyi
Disheveled-associated activator of morphogenesis (DAAM) is a diaphanous-related formin protein essential for the regulation of actin cytoskeleton dynamics in diverse biological processes. The conserved formin homology 1 and 2 (FH1-FH2) domains of DAAM catalyze actin nucleation and processively mediate filament elongation. These activities are indirectly regulated by the N-, and C-terminal regions flanking the FH1-FH2 domains. Recently, the C-terminal diaphanous-autoregulatory domain (DAD) and the C-terminus (CT) of formins have also been shown to regulate actin assembly by directly interacting with actin...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641539/role-of-host-factors-on-the-regulation-of-tat-mediated-hiv-1-transcription
#16
Guillaume Mousseau, Susana T Valente
BACKGROUND: The viral transactivator Tat protein is a key modulator of HIV-1 replication, as it regulates transcriptional elongation from the integrated proviral genome. Tat recruits the human transcription elongation factor b, and other host proteins, such as the super elongation complex, to activate the cellular RNA polymerase II, normally stalled shortly after transcription initiation at the HIV promoter. By means of a complex set of interactions with host cellular factors, Tat determines the fate of viral activity within the infected cell...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641409/citric-acid-modulated-growth-of-oriented-lead-perovskite-crystals-for-efficient-solar-cells
#17
Yunlong Guo, Wataru Sato, Kazutaka Shoyama, Henry Halim, Yuki Itabashi, Rui Shang, Eiichi Nakamura
Solar cells made of lead perovskite crystals have attracted much attention for their high performance, but far less attention as a subject of crystal engineering. Here, we report that citric acid (CA) and chloride anion, working together modulate crystal growth of CH3NH3PbI3, producing sub-mm-sized cuboid crystals-a morphology more suitable for close packing in a thin film than the commonly observed elongated dodecahedral morphology. By using a 15-wt% CA-doped precursor solution, we formed a single layer of large, flat and oriented cuboid crystals with minimum crystal domain boundaries and maximum contact with neighboring layers, and fabricated an archetypal inverted-structured device of 4-mm2 area, which showed, reproducibly and with little hysteresis, 16...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641139/hormonal-profile-and-the-role-of-cell-expansion-in-the-germination-control-of-cerrado-biome-palm-seeds
#18
Daiane Souza Dias, Leonardo Monteiro Ribeiro, Paulo Sérgio Nascimento Lopes, Sergi Munné-Bosch, Queila Souza Garcia
Little information is currently available concerning the mechanisms controlling palm seed germination. We compared the anatomical and physiological aspects of seeds of two neotropical palm species showing different levels of dormancy. The seeds of Attalea vitrivir and Butia capitata were evaluated for the endogenous contents of hormones (ABA, GAs, CKs, BRs, IAA, JA, SA and the ethylene precursor ACC) in their cotyledonary petiole and operculum (structures involved in germination control), the force necessary to displace the operculum, endo-β-mannanase activities, and embryo cell elongation...
June 15, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640593/dna-condensation-induced-by-a-star-shaped-hexameric-cationic-surfactant
#19
Yaxun Fan, Hua Wang, Chengqian He, Fulin Qiao, Shu Wang, Yilin Wang
The interactions between a star-shaped hexameric cationic quaternary ammonium surfactant PAHB and calf thymus DNA and induced DNA condensation were investigated by ζ-potential, dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, ethidium bromide exclusion assay, circular dichroism and cytotoxicity assay. With the addition of PAHB, long extended DNA molecules exhibit successive conformational transitions from elongated coil to partially condensed cluster-like aggregate, globules-on-a-string structure, and then to fully condensed globule until the saturation point of interaction between PAHB and DNA, which is slightly above their charge neutralization point...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639790/programmable-assembly-of-peptide-amphiphile-via-noncovalent-to-covalent-bond-conversion
#20
Kohei Sato, Wei Ji, Liam C Palmer, Benjamin Weber, Matthias Barz, Samuel I Stupp
Controlling the number of monomers in a supramolecular polymer has been a great challenge in programmable self-assembly of organic molecules. One approach has been to make use of frustrated growth of the supramolecular assembly by tuning the balance of attractive and repulsive intermolecular forces. We report here on the use of covalent bond formation among monomers, compensating for intermolecular electrostatic repulsion, as a mechanism to control the length of a supramolecular nanofiber formed by self-assembly of peptide amphiphiles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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