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Min-Hui Tang, Nan Gao, Jiao Zhou, Yan Zhao, Jing-Sheng Cheng, Wen-Kun Su, Ying-Jin Yuan
Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) has frequently been detected in aquatic environments. In natural environment, not only individual microorganism but also microbial consortia are involved in some biotransformation of pollutants. The competition for space under consortia causing cell-cell contact inhibition changes the cellular behaviors. Herein, the membrane bioreactor system (MBRS) was applied to improve SMX elimination thorough exchanging the cell-free broths (CFB). The removal efficiency of SMX was increased by more than 24% whether under the pure culture of A...
March 15, 2018: Biodegradation
Evan Tan, Harry H Asada, Ruowen Ge
NOTCH signalling is an evolutionarily conserved juxtacrine signalling pathway that is essential in development. Jagged1 (JAG1) and Delta-like ligand 4 (DLL4) are transmembrane NOTCH ligands that regulate angiogenesis by controlling endothelial cell (EC) differentiation, vascular development and maturation. In addition, DLL4 could bypass its canonical cell-cell contact-dependent signalling to influence NOTCH signalling and angiogenesis at a distance when it is packaged into extracellular vesicles (EVs). However, it is not clear whether JAG1 could also be packaged into EVs to influence NOTCH signalling and angiogenesis...
March 14, 2018: Angiogenesis
Mimi Gao, Melanie Berghaus, Simone Möbitz, Vitor Schuabb, Nelli Erwin, Marius Herzog, Karin Julius, Christian Sternemann, Roland Winter
For over 50 years, it has been known that the mitosis of eukaryotic cells is inhibited already at high hydrostatic pressure conditions of 30 MPa. This effect has been attributed to the disorganization of microtubules, the main component of the spindle apparatus. However, the structural details of the depolymerization and the origin of the pressure sensitivity have remained elusive. It has also been a puzzle how complex organisms could still successfully inhabit extreme high-pressure environments such as those encountered in the depth of oceans...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Qian Zhao, Qizhen Zhu, Jiawei Miao, Zhaoruxin Guan, Huan Liu, Renjie Chen, Yabin An, Feng Wu, Bin Xu
With the high energy density of 2600 Wh kg-1, lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have been considered as one of the most promising energy storage systems. However, the serious capacity fading resulting from shuttle effect hinders its commercial application. Encapsulating small S2-4 molecules into the pores of ultra-microporous carbon (UMC) can eliminate the dissolved polysulfudes, thus completely inhibit the shuttle effect. Nevertheless, the sulfur loading of S2-4/UMC is usually not higher than 1 mg cm-2 due to the limited pore volume of UMC, which is a great challenge for small sulfur cathode...
March 13, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jiafang Xu, Liwen Li, Jinxiang Liu, Xiaopu Wang, Youguo Yan, Jun Zhang
The inhibition properties of kinetic hydrate inhibitor (KHI) molecules on the dynamic growth of a hydrate/water interface are investigated by using molecular dynamics simulations. The shape of the hydrate interface is transformed from laminar to funnel by PVCaps. Results indicate that the inhibition effects not only depend on the adsorption capacity which was believed to determine inhibition, but also on the fact that PVCaps must have some non-binding-hydrate sites that don't tend to combine with hydrate. By observing the time evolution of the distance between each component of PVCaps and hydrate, the heterocyclic ring of PVCaps mainly contributes to adsorption and can preferentially adjust itself to come into contact with a hydrate semi-large-cage...
March 13, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yu-Na Im, Yu-Dong Lee, Jeong-Soo Park, Hae-Kyoung Kim, Suhn-Young Im, Hwa-Ryung Song, Hern-Ku Lee, Myung-Kwan Han
Many itch mediators activate G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR), and trigger itch via activation of GPCR-mediated signaling pathways. GPCRs are desensitized by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs). The aim of this study is to explore the role of GRKs in itch response and the linkage between GRKs and glutamine (Gln), an amino acid previously demonstrated as an itching reliever. Itch responses were evoked by histamine, chloroquine (CQ), and dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB)-induced contact dermatitis (CD). Phosphorylation and protein expression were detected by immunofluorescent staining and Western blotting...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Steven L Percival
A novel hydrophilic polyurethane (PU) foam dressing which is impregnated with silver chloride, Optifoam® Gentle (OG) Ag+ (Medline Industries Inc., Chicago, Illinois), was evaluated in this study. The aims of this study were to determine the rate of elution of silver from the foam dressing over a period of 168 hours into simulated wound fluid and an evaluation of antimicrobial efficacy using zone of inhibition (ZOI), direct kill, and time-kill viability. Thirty-two microorganisms associated with wounds including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), Acinetobacter baumannii, Candida albicans, and antibiotic-resistant strains (Methicillin-resistant S...
March 12, 2018: Surgical Technology International
Ashish Kumar, Christian Schuerings, Suneel Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Venkata Krishnan
A novel graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 )-CaTiO3 (CTCN) organic-inorganic heterojunction photocatalyst was synthesized by a facile mixing method, resulting in the deposition of CaTiO3 (CT) nanoflakes onto the surface of g-C3 N4 nanosheets. The photocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized heterojunction (along with the controls) was evaluated by studying the degradation of an aqueous solution of rhodamine B (RhB) under UV, visible and natural sunlight irradiation. The CTCN heterojunction with 1:1 ratio of g-C3 N4 /CT showed the highest photocatalytic activity under sunlight irradiation and was also demonstrated to be effective for the degradation of a colorless, non-photosensitizing pollutant, bisphenol A (BPA)...
2018: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Benjamin C McIlwain, Simon Newstead, Randy B Stockbridge
Crystallization of dual-topology fluoride (Fluc) channels requires small, soluble crystallization chaperones known as monobodies, which act as primary crystal lattice contacts. Previous structures of Flucs have been solved in the presence of monobodies that inhibit fluoride currents in single-channel electrophysiological recordings. These structures have revealed two-fold symmetric, doubly bound arrangements, with one monobody on each side of the membrane. The combined electrophysiological and structural observations raise the possibility that chaperone binding allosterically closes the channel, altering the structure from its conducting form...
February 22, 2018: Structure
Nicolas Molinie, Alexis Gautreau
Cell migration is suppressed by confluence in a process called contact inhibition. Relieving contact inhibition upon scratching is one of the simplest ways to induce cell migration in a variety of cell types. Wound healing is probably most relevant to epithelial monolayers, because epithelial cells generally assume a barrier function, which must be restored as fast as possible by the healing process. This versatile assay, however, can also be applied to fibroblasts and to tumor cell types. Furthermore, assessing the cell response to scratch wounding requires no special equipment or reagents...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Magnolia Cardona, Ebony T Lewis, Robin M Turner, Hatem Alkhouri, Stephen Asha, John Mackenzie, Margaret Perkins, Sam Suri, Anna Holdgate, Luis Winoto, Chan-Wei Chang, Blanca Gallego-Luxan, Sally McCarthy, Mette R Kristensen, Michael O'Sullivan, Helene Skjøt-Arkil, Anette A Ekmann, Hanne H Nygaard, Jonas J Jensen, Rune O Jensen, Jonas L Pedersen, Dorothy Breen, John A Petersen, Birgitte N Jensen, Christian Backer Mogensen, Ken Hillman, Mikkel Brabrand
BACKGROUND: Prognostic uncertainty inhibits clinicians from initiating timely end-of-life discussions and advance care planning. This study evaluates the efficacy of the CriSTAL (Criteria for Screening and Triaging to Appropriate aLternative care) checklist in emergency departments. METHODS: Prospective cohort study of patients aged ≥65 years with any diagnosis admitted via emergency departments in ten hospitals in Australia, Denmark and Ireland. Electronic and paper clinical records will be used to extract risk factors such as nursing home residency, physiological deterioration warranting a rapid response call, personal history of active chronic disease, history of hospitalisations or intensive care unit admission in the past year, evidence of proteinuria or ECG abnormalities, and evidence of frailty to be concurrently measured with Fried Score and Clinical Frailty Scale...
March 6, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Miki Iwasaki, Junpei Kuroda, Koichi Kawakami, Hironori Wada
Bone is a connective tissue composed of many cell types, including osteoblasts. How bones acquire their unique size and shape during development remains poorly understood. Herein we investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms of bone morphogenesis in the zebrafish scale by using transgenic lines to enable visualization of specific types of osteoblasts. We demonstrate that the zebrafish scale contains three distinct types of osteoblasts: (i) a monolayer of central osteoblasts along the inner surface of scales; (ii) marginal osteoblasts elongated along the scale edge; and (iii) submarginal osteoblasts located between the central and marginal osteoblast populations...
March 7, 2018: Developmental Biology
Valentina Prando, Francesca Da Broi, Mauro Franzoso, Anna Pia Plazzo, Nicola Pianca, Maura Francolini, Cristina Basso, Matthew W Kay, Tania Zaglia, Marco Mongillo
AIM: Cardiac sympathetic neurons (SNs) finely tune the rate and strength of heart contractions to match the blood demand, both at rest and during acute stresses, through the release of norepinephrine (NE). Junctional sites at the interface between the two cell types have been observed, but whether direct neuro-cardiac coupling has a role in heart physiology has not thus far been clearly demonstrated. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated the dynamics of SN/cardiomyocyte intercellular signalling, both by FRET-based imaging of cAMP in co-cultures, as a readout of cardiac β-AR activation, and in vivo, using optogenetics in transgenic mice with SN-specific expression of Channelrhodopsin-2...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Katrin Schelleckes, Boris Schmitz, Malte Lenders, Mirja Mewes, Stefan-Martin Brand, Eva Brand
KIBRA has been suggested as a key regulator of the hippo pathway, regulating organ size, cell contact inhibition as well as tissue regeneration and tumorigenesis. Recently, alterations of KIBRA expression caused by promotor methylation have been reported for several types of cancer. Our current study aimed to design an artificial transcription factor capable of re-activating expression of the tumor suppressor KIBRA and the hippo pathway. We engineered a new gene named 'ZFP226' encoding for a ~23 kDa fusion protein...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Glenn R Bantug, Marco Fischer, Jasmin Grählert, Maria L Balmer, Gunhild Unterstab, Leyla Develioglu, Rebekah Steiner, Lianjun Zhang, Ana S H Costa, Patrick M Gubser, Anne-Valérie Burgener, Ursula Sauder, Jordan Löliger, Réka Belle, Sarah Dimeloe, Jonas Lötscher, Annaïse Jauch, Mike Recher, Gideon Hönger, Michael N Hall, Pedro Romero, Christian Frezza, Christoph Hess
Glycolysis is linked to the rapid response of memory CD8+ T cells, but the molecular and subcellular structural elements enabling enhanced glucose metabolism in nascent activated memory CD8+ T cells are unknown. We found that rapid activation of protein kinase B (PKB or AKT) by mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) led to inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) at mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) junctions. This enabled recruitment of hexokinase I (HK-I) to the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) on mitochondria...
March 1, 2018: Immunity
Thaís Maylin Sobjak, Silvia Romão, Luisa Helena Cazarolli, Silvio César Sampaio, Marcelo Bevilacqua Remor, Ana Tereza Bittencourt Guimarães
The use of multiple biomarkers has been shown to be an efficient method for evaluating environmental contamination. In this work, we evaluate neurotoxic effects and the antioxidant system responses of the R. branneri collected in two streams of lower Iguazu River basin, relating them with different percentage of vegetation coverture, presence of pesticides and fall and winter seasons. The biological samples were collected in March and August of 2015, from two streams that belong to the lower Iguazu River basin (Brazil): the Manoel Gomes River and the Arquimedes Stream...
March 6, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Kristin L Limpose, Kelly S Trego, Zhentian Li, Sara W Leung, Altaf H Sarker, Jason A Shah, Suresh S Ramalingam, Erica M Werner, William S Dynan, Priscilla K Cooper, Anita H Corbett, Paul W Doetsch
Base excision repair (BER), which is initiated by DNA N-glycosylase proteins, is the frontline for repairing potentially mutagenic DNA base damage. The NTHL1 glycosylase, which excises DNA base damage caused by reactive oxygen species, is thought to be a tumor suppressor. However, in addition to NTHL1 loss-of-function mutations, our analysis of cancer genomic datasets reveals that NTHL1 frequently undergoes amplification or upregulation in some cancers. Whether NTHL1 overexpression could contribute to cancer phenotypes has not yet been explored...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Ryota Kurogi, Akira Nakamizo, Satoshi O Suzuki, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Koji Yoshimoto, Toshiyuki Amano, Takeo Amemiya, So Takagishi, Koji Iihara
OBJECTIVE Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) show tropism for brain tumors and may be a useful vehicle for drug or gene delivery to malignant gliomas. Recently, some microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to suppress the invasiveness of malignant gliomas. METHODS To test their potential to become vehicles for the delivery of miRNA to malignant gliomas, hMSCs were engineered so that hMSC secretion of miRNAs that inhibit glioma cell invasion was enabled without altering the hMSC tropism for glioma cells...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Blagojce Jovcevski, J Andrew Aquilina, Justin L P Benesch, Heath Ecroyd
αB-Crystallin (HSPB5) is a small heat-shock protein that is composed of dimers that then assemble into a polydisperse ensemble of oligomers. Oligomerisation is mediated by heterologous interactions between the C-terminal tail of one dimer and the core "α-crystallin" domain of another and stabilised by interactions made by the N-terminal region. Comparatively little is known about the latter contribution, but previous studies have suggested that residues in the region 54-60 form contacts that stabilise the assembly...
March 8, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Violeta D Alvarez-Jiménez, Kahiry Leyva-Paredes, Mariano García-Martínez, Luis Vázquez-Flores, Víctor Gabriel García-Paredes, Marcia Campillo-Navarro, Israel Romo-Cruz, Víctor Hugo Rosales-García, Jessica Castañeda-Casimiro, Sirenia González-Pozos, José Manuel Hernández, Carlos Wong-Baeza, Blanca Estela García-Pérez, Vianney Ortiz-Navarrete, Sergio Estrada-Parra, Jeanet Serafín-López, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Rommel Chacón-Salinas, Iris Estrada-García
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). In the lungs, macrophages and neutrophils are the first immune cells that have contact with the infecting mycobacteria. Neutrophils are phagocytic cells that kill microorganisms through several mechanisms, which include the lytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides that are found in their lysosomes, and the production of reactive oxygen species. Neutrophils also release extracellular vesicles (EVs) (100-1,000 nm in diameter) to the extracellular milieu; these EVs consist of a lipid bilayer surrounding a hydrophilic core and participate in intercellular communication...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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