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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550277/escherichia-coli-pagp-enzyme-based-de-novo-design-and-in-vitro-activity-of-antibacterial-peptide-ll-37
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Hao Yang, Jingyu Fu, Youyun Zhao, Huiping Shi, Hua Hu, Hongliang Wang
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial property of peptide LL-37 sequences. MATERIAL AND METHODS Humanized antibacterial peptide LL-37 and the mutant were prepared by chemical synthesis. The physicochemical properties of antibacterial peptide LL-37 were analyzed by SWISS-MODEL online prediction tool. Molecular docking between antibacterial peptide LL-37 fragments and palmitoyl transferase PagP was made with Lamarckian genetic algorithm by AutoDock1.5.6. RESULTS The systems contacted each other at 8...
May 27, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550152/er-plasma-membrane-contact-sites-contribute-to-autophagosome-biogenesis-by-regulation-of-local-pi3p-synthesis
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Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Francesca Giordano, Nicolas Dupont, Daniel Grasso, Maria I Vaccaro, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
The double-membrane-bound autophagosome is formed by the closure of a structure called the phagophore, origin of which is still unclear. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is clearly implicated in autophagosome biogenesis due to the presence of the omegasome subdomain positive for DFCP1, a phosphatidyl-inositol-3-phosphate (PI3P) binding protein. Contribution of other membrane sources, like the plasma membrane (PM), is still difficult to integrate in a global picture. Here we show that ER-plasma membrane contact sites are mobilized for autophagosome biogenesis, by direct implication of the tethering extended synaptotagmins (E-Syts) proteins...
May 26, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548949/dietary-grape-seed-proanthocyanidins-inactivate-regulatory-t-cells-by-promoting-ner-dependent-dna-repair-in-dendritic-cells-in-uvb-exposed-skin
#3
Mudit Vaid, Ram Prasad, Tripti Singh, Santosh K Katiyar
Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation induces regulatory T cells (Treg cells) and depletion of these Treg cells alleviates immunosuppression and inhibits photocarcinogenesis in mice. Here, we determined the effects of dietary grape seed proanthocyanidins (GSPs) on the development and activity of UVB-induced Treg cells. C3H/HeN mice fed a GSPs (0.5%, w/w)-supplemented or control diet were exposed to UVB (150 mJ/cm2) radiation, sensitized to 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) and sacrificed 5 days later. FACS analysis indicated that dietary GSPs decrease the numbers of UVB-induced Treg cells...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548902/er-mitochondria-signaling-regulates-autophagy
#4
Patricia Gomez-Suaga, Sebastien Paillusson, Christopher C J Miller
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria form tight functional contacts that regulate a number of key cellular processes. The formation of these contacts involves "tethering proteins" that function to recruit regions of ER to mitochondria. The integral ER protein VAPB (VAMP associated protein B and C) binds to the outer mitochondrial membrane protein, RMDN3/PTPIP51 (regulator of microtubule dynamics 3) to form one such set of tethers. Recently, we showed that the VAPB-RMDN3 tethers regulate macroautophagy/autophagy...
May 26, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547567/effects-of-electron-acceptors-on-sulphate-reduction-activity-in-activated-sludge-processes
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Francisco Rubio-Rincón, Carlos Lopez-Vazquez, Laurens Welles, Tessa van den Brand, Ben Abbas, Mark van Loosdrecht, Damir Brdjanovic
The concentration of sulphate present in wastewater can vary from 10 to 500 mg SO4(2-)/L. During anaerobic conditions, sulphate is reduced to sulphide by sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB). Sulphide generation is undesired in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Previous research indicated that SRB are inhibited by the presence of electron acceptors (such as O2, NO3 and NO2). However, the contact times and concentrations used in those studies are by far higher than occur in WWTPs. Since sulphide can influence the biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal processes, this research aimed to understand how the different electron acceptors commonly present in biological nutrient removal (BNR) systems can affect the proliferation of SRB...
May 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544966/antibacterial-property-and-biocompatibility-of-chitosan-poly-vinyl-alcohol-zno-cs-pva-zno-beads-as-an-efficient-adsorbent-for-cu-ii-removal-from-aqueous-solution
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Jiao Xu, Yaping Zhang, Yuvaraja Gutha, Weijiang Zhang
The feasibility of using chitosan/Poly(vinyl alcohol)/ZnO beads (CS/PVA/ZnO) as an adsorbent for removal of Cu(II) ions from aqueous solutions was studied in a batch method. The developed adsorbent material was characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM and TEM analysis. Pure ZnO shows the characteristic peaks at (100), (002), (101), (102), (110), (103), (200) and (112) that were in good agreement with wurtzite ore having hexagonal lattice structure. Antibacterial properties and biocompatibility of the CS/PVA/ZnO was tested...
May 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544621/a-cell-adhesive-peptide-from-tropoelastin-promotes-sequential-cell-attachment-and-spreading-via-distinct-receptors
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Pearl Lee, Giselle C Yeo, Anthony S Weiss
Tropoelastin is the dominant monomer that assembles to form elastin, which confers elasticity to vertebrate elastic tissues including skin, arteries and lungs. Tropoelastin interacts with cells through cell surface receptors including integrins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). As the region 17-18 is recognized as a key region in cell attachment and spreading, we utilized C-terminal truncated tropoelastin constructs containing dissected sections of domain 18. We mapped a cell interactive sequence of tropoelastin to domain 17 and the first 6 amino acids (aa) of domain 18...
May 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544240/cell-cycle-synchronization-and-analysis-of-apoptosis-related-gene-in-skin-fibroblasts-from-domestic-cat-felis-silvestris-catus-and-kodkod-leopardus-guigna
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D Veraguas, P F Gallegos, F O Castro, L Rodriguez-Alvarez
The kodkod population is in constant decrease and the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) might help to preserve the genetic pool of this species. The cell cycle synchronization of donor cells plays a crucial role in SCNT. The objective of this research was to evaluate two different methods for quiescence induction, serum starvation (SS) and contact inhibition (CI), both for 1, 3 and 5 days, on skin fibroblast from domestic cat and kodkod. Flow cytometry analysis revealed that in domestic cat, SS and CI, both at 3 and 5 days, increased the percentage of fibroblasts in G0/G1 compared to growing cells (GC) (p < ...
May 22, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543395/contact-urticaria-syndrome-with-ige-antibody-against-a-cefotiam-unique-structure-evoked-by-nonapparent-exposure-to-cefotiam
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S Takahagi, A Tanaka, K Iwamoto, K Ishii, M Hide
A 26-year-old woman presented with recurrent attacks of widespread urticaria and systemic symptoms. The patient was a nurse, and the attacks occurred only in her workplace, without an apparent trigger. A patch test to cefotiam (CTM) induced an immediate skin reaction. ELISA detected the patient's serum IgE antibody binding to CTM conjugated with human serum albumin (CTM-HSA), and her basophils released histamine in response to CTM-HSA in a histamine release assay (HRA). Both reactions in ELISA and HRA were inhibited by pretreatment of the patient's serum or basophils with cefotiam...
May 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533469/the-phenotype-and-function-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-induced-by-porphyromonas-gingivalis-infection
#10
Lingkai Su, Qingan Xu, Ping Zhang, Suzanne M Michalek, Jannet Katz
Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), a major etiologic agent of periodontitis, has been reported to induce the expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC); however, little is known regarding the subpopulations of MDSC expanded by Pg infection. Flow cytometry was used to evaluate bone marrow and spleen cells from mice infected with Pg and controls for surface expression of CD11b, Ly6G and Ly6C. To characterize the phenotype of MDSC subpopulations induced by infection, cells were sorted based on the differential expression of Ly6G and Ly6C...
May 22, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531997/sustained-release-of-growth-hormone-and-sodium-nitrite-from-biomimetic-collagen-coating-immobilized-on-silicone-tubes-improves-endothelialization
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Nasim Salehi-Nik, Zahra Malaie-Balasi, Ghassem Amoabediny, Seyedeh Parnian Banikarimi, Behrouz Zandieh-Doulabi, Jenneke Klein-Nulend
Biocompatibility of biomedical devices can be improved by endothelialization of blood-contacting parts mimicking the vascular endothelium's function. Improved endothelialization might be obtained by using biomimetic coatings that allow local sustained release of biologically active molecules, e.g. anti-thrombotic and growth-inducing agents, from nanoliposomes. We aimed to test whether incorporation of growth-inducing nanoliposomal growth hormone (nGH) and anti-thrombotic nanoliposomal sodium nitrite (nNitrite) into collagen coating of silicone tubes enhances endothelialization by stimulating endothelial cell proliferation and inhibiting platelet adhesion...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530844/developing-a-new-generation-of-antimicrobial-and-bioactive-dental-resins
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L Cheng, K Zhang, N Zhang, M A S Melo, M D Weir, X D Zhou, Y X Bai, M A Reynolds, H H K Xu
Dental caries is prevalent, and secondary caries causes restoration failures. This article reviews recent studies on developing a new generation of bioactive resins with anticaries properties. Extensive effects were made to develop new antimicrobial composites, bonding agents, and other resins containing quaternary ammonium methacrylates to suppress plaque buildup and bacterial acid production. The effects of alkyl chain length and charge density and the antimicrobial mechanisms for chlorhexidine, nano-silver, quaternary ammonium methacrylates, and protein-repellent agents were discussed...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528118/calcium-supplementation-decreases-bcp-induced-inflammatory-processes-in-blood-cells-through-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-down-regulation
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Patricia Lagadec, Thierry Balaguer, Florian Boukhechba, Grégory Michel, Sébastien Bouvet-Gerbettaz, Jean-Michel Bouler, Jean-Claude Scimeca, Nathalie Rochet
Interaction of host blood with biomaterials is the first event occurring after implantation in a bone defect. This study aimed at investigating the cellular and molecular consequences arising at the interface between whole blood and biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) particles. We observed that, due to calcium capture, BCP inhibited blood coagulation, and that this inhibition was reversed by calcium supplementation. Therefore, we studied the impact of calcium supplementation on BCP effects on blood cells. Comparative analysis of BCP and calcium supplemented-BCP (BCP/Ca) effects on blood cells showed that BCP as well as BCP/Ca induced monocyte proliferation, as well as a weak but significant hemolysis...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526750/pdgf-controls-contact-inhibition-of-locomotion-by-regulating-n-cadherin-during-neural-crest-migration
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Isabel Bahm, Elias H Barriga, Antonina Frolov, Eric Theveneau, Paul Frankel, Roberto Mayor
A fundamental property of neural crest (NC) migration is Contact inhibition of locomotion (CIL), a process by which cells change their direction of migration upon cell contact. CIL has been proven to be essential for NC migration in amphibian and zebrafish by controlling cell polarity in a cell contact dependent manner. Cell contact during CIL requires the participation of the cell adhesion molecule N-cadherin, which starts to be expressed by NC cells as a consequence of the switch between E- and N-cadherins during epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526749/the-origin-and-evolution-of-human-glutaminases-and-their-atypical-c-terminal-ankyrin-repeats
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Camila Cristina Pascoal, Zeyaul Islam, Douglas Adamoski, Igor Monteze Ferreira, Ricardo Diogo Righetto, Jefferson Bettini, Rodrigo Villares Portugal, Wyatt W Yue, Ana Gonzalez, Sandra Martha Gomes Dias, Andre Luis Berteli Ambrosio
On the basis of tissue-specific enzyme activity and inhibition by catalytic products, Hans Krebs first demonstrated the existence of multiple glutaminases in mammals. Currently, two human genes are known to encode at least four glutaminase isoforms. However, the phylogeny of these medically relevant enzymes remains unclear, prompting us to investigate their origin and evolution. Using prokaryotic and eukaryotic glutaminase sequences, we built a phylogenetic tree whose topology suggested that the multidomain architecture was inherited from bacterial ancestors, probably simultaneously with the hosting of the proto-mitochondrion endosymbiont...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523765/interference-of-allelopathic-rice-with-penoxsulam-resistant-barnyardgrass
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Xue-Fang Yang, Chui-Hua Kong, Xia Yang, Yong-Feng Li
BACKGROUND: Despite increasing knowledge of allelopathic rice interference with barnyardgrass, relatively little is known about its action on herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass. The incidence of herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass is escalating in paddy fields. It is warranted to understand interference of allelopathic rice with herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass and potential mechanisms. RESULTS: Penoxsulam-resistant and -susceptible barnyardgrass biotypes were identified and segregated from a putative penoxsulam-resistant population occurring in China paddy fields...
May 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523429/kir-lilrb-and-their-ligands-genes-as-potential-biomarkers-in-recurrent-implantation-failure
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Izabela Nowak, Karolina Wilczyńska, Jacek R Wilczyński, Andrzej Malinowski, Paweł Radwan, Michał Radwan, Piotr Kuśnierczyk
Reproductive failure in humans is a very important social and economic problem, because nowadays women decide to conceive later in life and delay motherhood. Unfortunately, with increasing age they have less chance for natural fertilization and maintenance of pregnancy. Many of them need assisted reproductive technology. Approximately 10% of women after in vitro fertilization-embryo transfers experience recurrent implantation failure (RIF). Multiple factors may contribute to RIF, including oocyte and sperm quality, parental chromosomal anomalies, genetic or metabolic abnormalities of the embryo, poor uterine receptivity, immunological disturbances in the implantation site, and some gynecologic pathologies such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, hydrosalpinx and endometrial polyps...
May 18, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522413/microglia-support-atf3-positive-neurons-following-hypoglossal-nerve-axotomy
#18
Tatsuhide Tanaka, Koichi Murakami, Yoshio Bando, Taichi Nomura, Ayami Isonishi, Shoko Morita-Takemura, Kouko Tatsumi, Akio Wanaka, Shigetaka Yoshida
Microglia are essential in developmental processes and maintenance of neuronal homeostasis. Experimental axotomy of motor neurons results in neurodegeneration, and microglia in motor nuclei become activated and migrate towards injured neurons. However, whether these activated microglia are protective or destructive to neurons remains controversial. In the present study, we transected the hypoglossal nerve in BALB/c mice, causing activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) and growth associated protein 43 (GAP43) induction, and partial neuronal death...
May 15, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521996/antimicrobial-agent-free-hybrid-cationic-starch-sodium-alginate-polyelectrolyte-films-for-food-packaging-materials
#19
Ferhat Şen, İrem Uzunsoy, Emre Baştürk, Memet Vezir Kahraman
This study aimed to develop polyelectrolyte structured antimicrobial food packaging materials that do not contain any antimicrobial agents. Cationic starch was synthesized and characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Its nitrogen content was determined by Kjeldahl method. Polyelectrolyte structured antimicrobial food packaging materials were prepared using starch, cationic starch and sodium alginate. Antimicrobial activity of materials was defined by inhibition zone method (disc diffusion method)...
August 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516764/an-autoinhibitory-role-for-the-pleckstrin-homology-domain-of-interleukin-2-inducible-tyrosine-kinase-and-its-interplay-with-canonical-phospholipid-recognition
#20
Sujan Devkota, Raji E Joseph, Scott E Boyken, D Bruce Fulton, Amy H Andreotti
Pleckstrin homology (PH) domains are well-known as phospholipid binding modules, yet evidence that PH domain function extends beyond lipid recognition is mounting. In this work, we characterize a protein binding function for the PH domain of interleukin-2-inducible tyrosine kinase (ITK), an immune cell specific signaling protein that belongs to the TEC family of nonreceptor tyrosine kinases. Its N-terminal PH domain is a well-characterized lipid binding module that localizes ITK to the membrane via phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) binding...
May 25, 2017: Biochemistry
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