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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631442/osteoblast-migration-in-vertebrate-bone
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Antonia Thiel, Marie K Reumann, Adele Boskey, Johannes Wischmann, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Philipp Mayer-Kuckuk
Bone formation, for example during bone remodelling or fracture repair, requires mature osteoblasts to deposit bone with remarkable spatial precision. As osteoblast precursors derive either from circulation or resident stem cell pools, they and their progeny are required to migrate within the three-dimensional bone space and to navigate to their destination, i.e. to the site of bone formation. An understanding of this process is emerging based on in vitro and in vivo studies of several vertebrate species. Receptors on the osteoblast surface mediate cell adhesion and polarization, which induces osteoblast migration...
June 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624237/identification-of-syntaxin-4-as-an-essential-factor-for-the-hepatitis-c-virus-life-cycle
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Huimei Ren, Fabian Elgner, Kiyoshi Himmelsbach, Sami Akhras, Bingfu Jiang, Regina Medvedev, Daniela Ploen, Eberhard Hildt
Although there is evidence that multivesicular bodies (MVBs) are involved in the release of hepatitis C virus (HCV), many aspects of HCV release are still not fully understood. The amount of α-taxilin that prevents SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimidesensitive factor attachment protein receptor) complex formation by binding to free syntaxin 4 is reduced in HCV-positive cells. Therefore, it was analyzed whether the t-SNARE protein syntaxin 4 which mediates vesicles fusion is involved in the HCV life cycle. HCV-positive cells possess an increased amount of syntaxin 4 protein, although the amount of syntaxin 4-specific transcripts is decreased in HCV-positive Huh7...
June 10, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618866/characterization-of-articular-cartilage-recovery-and-its-correlation-with-optical-response-in-the-near-infrared-spectral-range
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Isaac Oluwaseun Afara, Sanjleena Singh, Hayley Moody, Lihai Zhang, Adekunle Oloyede
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we examine the capacity of a new parameter, based on the recovery response of articular cartilage, to distinguish between healthy and damaged tissues. We also investigate whether or not this new parameter correlates with the near-infrared (NIR) optical response of articular cartilage. DESIGN: Normal and artificially degenerated (proteoglycan-depleted) bovine cartilage samples were nondestructively probed using NIR spectroscopy. Subsequently they were subjected to a load and unloading protocol, and the recovery response was logged during unloading...
July 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615206/plasticity-and-epitope-exposure-of-the-hiv-1-envelope-trimer
#4
Rebecca L R Powell, Maxim Totrov, Vincenza Itri, Xiaomei Liu, Alisa Fox, Susan Zolla-Pazner
We recently showed that mutations in the HIV-1 Envelope (Env) destabilize the V3 loop, rendering neutralization-resistant viruses sensitive to V3-directed monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Here we investigated the propagation of this effect on other Env epitopes, with special emphasis on V2 loop exposure. Wildtype JR-FL and 19 mutant JR-FL pseudoviruses were tested for neutralization sensitivity to 21 mAbs specific for epitopes in V2, the CD4 binding site (CD4bs), and the CD4-induced (CD4i) region. Certain glycan mutants, mutations in the gp120 hydrophobic core, and mutations in residues involved in intra-protomer interactions exposed epitopes in the V2i region (overlays the α4β7 integrin binding site) and the V3 crown, suggesting a general destabilization of the distal region of the trimer apex...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607107/myeloid-sirtuin-6-deficiency-causes-insulin-resistance-in-high-fat-diet-fed-mice-by-eliciting-macrophage-polarization-toward-an-m1-phenotype
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Youngyi Lee, Sun-O Ka, Hye-Na Cha, Yu-Na Chae, Mi-Kyung Kim, So-Young Park, Eun Ju Bae, Byung-Hyun Park
Obesity-related insulin resistance is closely associated with macrophage accumulation and subsequent cytokine release in local tissues. Sirtuin (Sirt) 6 is known to exert an anti-inflammatory function but its role in macrophages in the context of obesity has not been investigated. Here, we generated myeloid-specific Sirt6 knockout mice (mS6KO) and investigated the metabolic characteristics after high-fat diet (HFD) feeding for 16 weeks. Compared with their wild type littermates, HFD-fed mS6KO mice exhibited greater increases in body weight, fasting blood glucose- and insulin-levels, hepatic steatosis, glucose intolerance, and insulin resistance...
June 12, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606810/tailored-design-of-multifunctional-and-programmable-ph-responsive-self-assembling-polypeptides-as-drug-delivery-nanocarrier-for-cancer-therapy
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Tzu-Wei Wang, Chia-Wei Yeh, Chen-Hsiang Kuan, Li-Wen Wang, Liang-Hsin Chen, Hsi-Chin Wu, Jui-Shen Sun
Breast cancer has become the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in female wherein more than 90% of breast cancer-related death results from cancer metastasis to distant organs at advanced stage. The purpose of this study is to develop biodegradable nanoparticles composed of natural polypeptides and calcium phosphate (CaP) with sequential pH-responsivity to tumor microenvironments for active targeted drug delivery. Two different amphiphilic copolymers, poly(ethylene glycol)3400-aconityl linkage-poly(l-glutamic acid)15-poly(l-histidine)10-poly(l-leucine)10 and LyP1-poly(ethylene glycol)1100-poly(l-glutamic acid)15-poly(l-histidine)10-poly(l-leucine)10, were exploited to self-assemble into micelles in aqueous phase...
June 9, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597100/sucrose-induced-plasticity-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-in-a-comfort-feeding-paradigm
#7
Amy E B Packard, Shi Di, Ann E Egan, Sarah M Fourman, Jeffrey G Tasker, Yvonne M Ulrich-Lai
A history of intermittent, limited sucrose intake (LSI) attenuates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis stress response, and neuronal activity in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) is necessary for this HPA-dampening. LSI increases the expression of plasticity-associated genes in the BLA; however, the nature of this plasticity is unknown. As BLA principal neuron activity normally promotes HPA responses, the present study tests the hypothesis that LSI decreases stress-excitatory BLA output by decreasing glutamatergic and/or increasing GABAergic inputs to BLA principal neurons...
June 8, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595136/janus-silver-mesoporous-silica-nanobullets-with-synergistic-antibacterial-functions
#8
Zhi-Min Chang, Zheng Wang, Meng-Meng Lu, Dan Shao, Juan Yue, Dian Yang, Ming-Qiang Li, Wen-Fei Dong
In this study, we exploited a one-pot method to fabricate cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-loaded Janus silver mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Janus Ag-MSNs@CTAB). These bullet-like nanoparticles had a silver head (80nm in diameter) attached to a mesoporous silica stick (200-300nm in length). The CTAB-loaded nanobullets exhibited a marked affinity for the bacterial cell surface and the simultaneously sustained release behavior of CTAB and silver ions. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MIC) of Janus Ag-MSNs@CTAB were determined to be 10μg/mL and 20μg/mL for E...
June 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587666/protocol-for-a-systematic-review-of-the-efficacy-of-fat-grafting-and-platelet-rich-plasma-for-wound-healing
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Oliver J Smith, Muholan Kanapathy, Ankur Khajuria, Max Prokopenko, Nadine Hachach-Haram, Haroon Mann, Ash Mosahebi
BACKGROUND: The use of fat grafting as a reconstructive surgical option is becoming much more common. Adipose-derived stem cells found in fat grafts are believed to facilitate wound healing via differentiation into fibroblasts and keratinocytes and the release of pro-healing growth factors. Several small studies have shown a positive effect of fat grafting in healing of wounds of a variety of aetiologies. When fat is combined with autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP), there may be enhanced healing effects...
June 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585286/improved-sample-preparation-for-direct-quantitative-detection-of-escherichia-coli-o157-in-soil-using-qpcr-without-pre-enrichment
#10
Callum J Highmore, Steve D Rothwell, Charles W Keevil
The prominence of fresh produce as a vehicle for foodborne pathogens such as enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157 is rising, where disease cases can cause hospitalization and in some cases death. This rise emphasises the necessity for accurate and sensitive methods for detection of pathogens in soil, potential sources of contamination of fresh produce. The complexity of the soil matrix has previously proven prohibitive to pathogen detection via molecular methods without the use of a culture enrichment step, thereby excluding the detection of viable but non-culturable cells...
June 6, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583856/a-field-based-detection-method-for-rose-rosette-virus-using-isothermal-probe-based-reverse-transcription-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-assay
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Binoy Babu, Brian K Washburn, Tülin Sarigül Ertek, Steven H Miller, Charles B Riddle, Gary W Knox, Francisco M Ochoa-Corona, Jennifer Olson, Yakup Zekai Katırcıoğlu, Mathews L Paret
Rose rosette disease, caused by Rose rosette virus (RRV; genus Emaravirus) is a major threat to the rose industry in the U.S. The only strategy currently available for disease management is early detection and eradication of the infected plants, thereby limiting its potential spread. Current RT-PCR based diagnostic methods for RRV are time consuming and are inconsistent in detecting the virus from symptomatic plants. Real-time RT-qPCR assay is highly sensitive for detection of RRV, but it is expensive and requires well-equipped laboratories...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578191/determination-of-quetiapine-in-human-plasma-by-lc-ms-ms-and-its-application-in-a-bioequivalence-study
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Min Li, Shuo Zhang, Aixin Shi, Wenyuan Qi, Yao Liu
A selective, sensitive and simple high performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric (HPLC-MS/MS) method for determining quetiapine in human plasma was developed and validated. One-step protein precipitation with acetonitrile was used to pretreat plasma samples. Carbamazepine was used as internal standard. An automated liquid handling workstation with 96-well protein precipitate plate was used to facilitate the process. The chromatographic separation was achieved on a Waters Xbridge C18 column (3...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544508/enhancement-of-plasma-protein-adsorption-and-osteogenesis-of-hmscs-by-functionalized-siloxane-coatings-for-titanium-implants
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Maria Martínez-Ibáñez, N Sanjeeva Murthy, Yong Mao, Julio Suay, Marilo Gurruchaga, Isabel Goñi, Joachim Kohn
A series of sol-gel derived silicon based coatings were developed to improve the osseointegration of commercial titanium dental implants. The osseointegration starts with a positive interaction between the implant surface and surrounding tissues, which is facilitated by the adsorption of plasma proteins onto the biomaterial surface immediately after implantation. It is likely that the enhancement of protein adsorption to titanium implants leads to a better implant/tissue integration. In addition, silica based biomaterials have been shown to promote osteoblast differentiation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526789/a-novel-iron-dependent-enzyme-that-catalyzes-the-initial-step-in-the-biodegradation-of-n-nitroglycine-by-variovorax-sp-strain-js1663
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Kristina M Mahan, Hangping Zheng, Tekle T Fida, Ronald J Parry, David E Graham, Jim C Spain
Nitramines are key constituents of most of the explosives in current use and consequently contaminate soil and groundwater at many military facilities around the world. Toxicity from nitramine contamination poses a health risk to plants and animals, thus understanding how nitramines are biodegraded is critical to environmental remediation. The biodegradation of synthetic nitramine compounds such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5- triazine (RDX) has been studied for decades, but little is known about the catabolism of naturally produced nitramine compounds...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514449/human-glp-1-receptor-transmembrane-domain-structure-in-complex-with-allosteric-modulators
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Gaojie Song, Dehua Yang, Yuxia Wang, Chris de Graaf, Qingtong Zhou, Shanshan Jiang, Kaiwen Liu, Xiaoqing Cai, Antao Dai, Guangyao Lin, Dongsheng Liu, Fan Wu, Yiran Wu, Suwen Zhao, Li Ye, Gye Won Han, Jesper Lau, Beili Wu, Michael A Hanson, Zhi-Jie Liu, Ming-Wei Wang, Raymond C Stevens
The glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) and the glucagon receptor (GCGR) are members of the secretin-like class B family of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and have opposing physiological roles in insulin release and glucose homeostasis. The treatment of type 2 diabetes requires positive modulation of GLP-1R to inhibit glucagon secretion and stimulate insulin secretion in a glucose-dependent manner. Here we report crystal structures of the human GLP-1R transmembrane domain in complex with two different negative allosteric modulators, PF-06372222 and NNC0640, at 2...
June 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509588/peg-lipid-plga-hybrid-nanoparticles-loaded-with-berberine-phospholipid-complex-to-facilitate-the-oral-delivery-efficiency
#16
Fei Yu, Mingtao Ao, Xiao Zheng, Nini Li, Junjie Xia, Yang Li, Donghui Li, Zhenqing Hou, Zhongquan Qi, Xiao Dong Chen
The natural product berberine (BBR), present in various plants, arouses great interests because of its numerous pharmacological effects. However, the further development and application of BBR had been hampered by its poor oral bioavailability. In this work, we report on polymer-lipid hybrid nanoparticles (PEG-lipid-PLGA NPs) loaded with BBR phospholipid complex using a solvent evaporation method for enhancing the oral BBR efficiency. The advantage of this new drug delivery system is that the BBR-soybean phosphatidylcholine complex (BBR-SPC) could be used to enhance the liposolubility of BBR and improve the affinity with the biodegradable polymer to increase the drug-loading capacity and controlled/sustained release...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508278/physiotherapy-programme-reduces-fatigue-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-receiving-palliative-care-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Anna Pyszora, Jacek Budzyński, Agnieszka Wójcik, Anna Prokop, Małgorzata Krajnik
PURPOSE: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a common and relevant symptom in patients with advanced cancer that significantly decreases their quality of life. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a physiotherapy programme on CRF and other symptoms in patients diagnosed with advanced cancer. METHODS: The study was designed as a randomized controlled trial. Sixty patients diagnosed with advanced cancer receiving palliative care were randomized into two groups: the treatment group (n = 30) and the control group (n = 30)...
May 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507808/pro-necrotic-molecules-impact-local-immunosurveillance-in-human-breast-cancer
#18
Gautier Stoll, Yuting Ma, Heng Yang, Oliver Kepp, Laurence Zitvogel, Guido Kroemer
Necrosis culminates in spilling cellular content through the permeabilized plasma membrane, thereby releasing potentially immunostimulatory molecules in the pericellular space of dead cells. Accordingly, molecules involved in necroptotic signaling, such as receptor-interacting serine/threonine-protein kinase 3 (RIPK3) and mixed lineage kinase-like (MLKL) have been found to stimulate anticancer immune responses in mouse models of chemotherapy. mRNAs encoding prominent pro-necrotic gene products (RIPK1, RIPK3, MLKL, PGAM5 and DFNA5) were correlated with immune-related metagenes in several cancer types (breast, colorectal, lung, ovary, melanoma), revealing the strongest associations in breast cancer...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506212/guideseq-a-bioconductor-package-to-analyze-guide-seq-datasets-for-crispr-cas-nucleases
#19
Lihua Julie Zhu, Michael Lawrence, Ankit Gupta, Hervé Pagès, Alper Kucukural, Manuel Garber, Scot A Wolfe
BACKGROUND: Genome editing technologies developed around the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease system have facilitated the investigation of a broad range of biological questions. These nucleases also hold tremendous promise for treating a variety of genetic disorders. In the context of their therapeutic application, it is important to identify the spectrum of genomic sequences that are cleaved by a candidate nuclease when programmed with a particular guide RNA, as well as the cleavage efficiency of these sites...
May 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503311/a-community-resource-for-exploring-and-utilizing-genetic-diversity-in-the-usda-pea-single-plant-plus-collection
#20
William L Holdsworth, Elodie Gazave, Peng Cheng, James R Myers, Michael A Gore, Clarice J Coyne, Rebecca J McGee, Michael Mazourek
Globally, pea (Pisum sativum L.) is an important temperate legume crop for food, feed and fodder, and many breeding programs develop cultivars adapted to these end-uses. In order to assist pea development efforts, we assembled the USDA Pea Single Plant Plus Collection (PSPPC), which contains 431 P. sativum accessions with morphological, geographic and taxonomic diversity. The collection was characterized genetically in order to maximize its value for trait mapping and genomics-assisted breeding. To that end, we used genotyping-by-sequencing-a cost-effective method for de novo single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) marker discovery-to generate 66 591 high-quality SNPs...
2017: Horticulture Research
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