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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458213/selective-targeting-and-degradation-of-doxorubicin-loaded-folate-functionalized-dna-nanocages
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Sofia Raniolo, Giulia Vindigni, Alessio Ottaviani, Valeria Unida, Federico Iacovelli, Antonio Manetto, Mariangela Figini, Lorenzo Stella, Alessandro Desideri, Silvia Biocca
Selective targeting is a crucial property of nanocarriers used for drug delivery in cancer therapy. We generated biotinylated octahedral DNA nanocages functionalized with folic acid through bio-orthogonal conjugation chemistry. Molecular modelling indicated that a distance of about 2.5 nm between folic acid and DNA nanocage avoids steric hindrance with the folate receptor. HeLa cells, a folate receptor positive tumour cell line, internalize folate-DNA nanocages with efficiency greater than 40 times compared to cells not expressing the folate receptors...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447471/anti-infection-silver-nanoparticle-immobilized-biomaterials-facilitated-by-argon-plasma-grafting-technology
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Ashwin Ambi, Nisharg Parikh, Carolina Vera, Krystal Burns, Naidel Montano, Leonard Sciorra, Jessica Epstein, Debing Zeng, Christian Traba
Many research groups have attained slow, persistent, continuous release of silver ions through careful experimental design using existing methods. Such methods effectively kill planktonic bacteria and therefore prevent surface adhesion of pathogens. However, the resultant modified coatings cannot provide long-term antibacterial efficacy due to sustained anti-microbial release. In this study, the anti-infection activity of AgNP immobilized biomaterials was evaluated, facilitated by argon plasma grafting technology and activated by bacterial colonization...
February 15, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430445/mechanical-stretch-modulates-cell-migration-in-the-lungs
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REVIEW
Cecilia López-Martínez, Covadonga Huidobro, Guillermo M Albaiceta, Inés López-Alonso
Cell migration is a core process to preserve homeostasis. Release of chemotactic signals induces changes in cell cytoskeleton to facilitate migration. This includes the rearrangement of cytoskeleton, genomic reprogramming and the modification of the surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM) to allow the motion of cells through. In the special case of repair after acute lung injury, cells must migrate while exposed to an increased mechanical stretch caused either by an increased work of breathing or positive-pressure ventilation...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423062/drug-induced-ciliogenesis-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells-is-facilitated-by-the-secreted-atp-purinergic-receptor-signaling-pathway
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Niamat Ali Khan, Abhishek D Garg, Patrizia Agostinis, Johannes V Swinnen
Malignant transformation of cells is often accompanied by the loss of the primary cilium, a protruding microtubule-based sensory organelle, suggesting that it plays an "onco-suppressive" role. Therefore, restoration of the primary cilium is being explored as a new therapeutic approach to attenuate tumor growth. Recently, several commonly used chemotherapeutic drugs have been identified to induce the primary cilium in pancreatic cancer cells. The mechanisms by which these drugs re-express the cilium remain, however, enigmatic...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416686/exosomes-released-by-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-1-grm1-expressing-melanoma-cells-increase-cell-migration-and-invasiveness
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Allison L Isola, Kevinn Eddy, Krzysztof Zembrzuski, James S Goydos, Suzie Chen
Exosomes are naturally occurring membrane-bound nanovesicles generated constitutively and released by various cell types, and often in higher quantities by tumor cells. Exosomes may facilitate communication between the primary tumor and its local microenvironment, supporting cell invasion and other early events in metastasis. A neuronal receptor, metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (GRM1), when ectopically expressed in melanocytes, induces in vitro melanocytic transformation and spontaneous malignant melanoma development in vivo in a transgenic mouse model...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29380001/joint-preserving-treatment-options-for-irreparable-rotator-cuff-tears
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REVIEW
P Valenti
An irreparable cuff tear is defined as the inability to achieve direct repair of native tendon to the great tuberosity despite intra- and extra-articular release of the remaining tissue. Three distinct anatomic patterns are identified: posterosuperior cuff tears which involve the supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor; anterosuperior tears which involve the supraspinatus and subscapularis; and global tears which comprise both. Subacromial debridement and tenotomy or tenodesis of the long head of the biceps are proposed for older patients with a functional but very painful shoulder...
January 29, 2018: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29379179/energy-limitation-of-cyanophage-development-implications-for-marine-carbon-cycling
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Richard J Puxty, David J Evans, Andrew D Millard, David J Scanlan
Marine cyanobacteria are responsible for ~25% of the fixed carbon that enters the ocean biosphere. It is thought that abundant co-occurring viruses play an important role in regulating population dynamics of cyanobacteria and thus the cycling of carbon in the oceans. Despite this, little is known about how viral infections 'play-out' in the environment, particularly whether infections are resource or energy limited. Photoautotrophic organisms represent an ideal model to test this since available energy is modulated by the incoming light intensity through photophosphorylation...
January 29, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29377814/high-resolution-characterization-of-labile-phosphorus-iron-and-manganese-in-sediments-of-different-trophic-waters-in-lake-taihu-china
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Liqing Zeng, Fan Yang, Changzhou Yan, Xinhong Wang
High-resolution combined ZrO-Chelex diffusive gradients in thin film (DGT) probes were arranged to synchronously monitor the characteristics of labile phosphorus (P), iron (Fe), and manganese (Mn) in sediments from regions of varying trophic levels in Lake Taihu, China. Results showed that P release was closely related to the lake region's trophic level. Labile P in sediments and the apparent diffusion flux (Fd) of P were higher in hyper-eutrophic algae-dominated regions than those in macrophyte-algae-dominated and macrophyte-dominated regions, indicating that P released from sediments may be facilitated in eutrophic environments...
January 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29377042/a-superhydrophobic-cone-to-facilitate-the-xenomonitoring-of-filarial-parasites-malaria-and-trypanosomes-using-mosquito-excreta-feces
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Darren A N Cook, Nils Pilotte, Corrado Minetti, Steven A Williams, Lisa J Reimer
Background: Molecular xenomonitoring (MX), the testing of insect vectors for the presence of human pathogens, has the potential to provide a non-invasive and cost-effective method for monitoring the prevalence of disease within a community. Current MX methods require the capture and processing of large numbers of mosquitoes, particularly in areas of low endemicity, increasing the time, cost and labour required. Screening the excreta/feces (E/F) released from mosquitoes, rather than whole carcasses, improves the throughput by removing the need to discriminate vector species since non-vectors release ingested pathogens in E/F...
November 6, 2017: Gates Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29376641/targeted-delivery-of-%C3%AE-glutamyl-transpeptidase-activatable-near-infrared-fluorescence-probe-for-selective-cancer-imaging
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Zhiliang Luo, Zheng Huang, Ke Li, Yidan Sun, Jianguo Lin, Deju Ye, Hong-Yuan Chen
Non-invasive and specific detection of cancer cells in living subjects have been essential for the success of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Herein, we reported a strategy of combining a αvβ3 integrin receptor-targetable ligand c-RGD with γ-glutamyl transpep-tidase (GGT)-recognitive substrate γ-glutamate (γ-Glu) to develop a tumor targeting and GGT-activatable near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence probe for non-invasive imaging of tumors in living mice. We demonstrated that the probe was fluorescence off initial-ly, but the γ-Glu in the probe was specifically cleaved by GGT, releasing fluorescent product that could be selectively taken up by U87MG tumor cells via the αvβ3 receptor-mediated endocytosis...
January 29, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357458/transmitter-release-site-organization-can-predict-synaptic-function-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Rozita Laghaei, Jun Ma, Tyler Tarr, Anne E Homan, Lauren Kelly, Megha Tilvawala, Blake Vuocolo, Harini Rajasekaran, Stephen D Meriney, Markus Dittrich
We have investigated the impact of transmitter release site (active zone; AZ) structure on synaptic function by physically rearranging the individual AZ elements in a previously published frog neuromuscular junction (NMJ) AZ model into the organization observed in a mouse NMJ AZ. We have used this strategy, purposefully without changing the properties of AZ elements between frog and mouse models (even though there are undoubtedly differences between frog and mouse AZ elements in vivo), to directly test how structure influences function at the level of an AZ...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350771/recombinant-relaxin-protects-liver-transplants-from-ischemia-damage-via-hepatocyte-glucocorticoid-receptor-from-bench-to-bedside
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Shoichi Kageyama, Kojiro Nakamura, Takehiro Fujii, Bibo Ke, Rebecca A Sosa, Elaine F Reed, Nakul Datta, Ali Zarrinpar, Ronald W Busuttil, Jerzy W Kupiec-Weglinski
Hepatic ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) represents a major risk factor of early graft dysfunction and acute/chronic rejection as well as a key obstacle to expanding the donor pool in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Although glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling may enhance cytoprotective programs, clinical use of glucocorticoid is limited due to adverse effects, while clinical relevance of GR-facilitated cytoprotection in OLT remains unknown. We aimed to evaluate the significance of hepatic GR in clinical OLT and verify the impact of recombinant human relaxin (rhRLX), which may function as GR agonist in tissue/disease-specific manner...
January 19, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350478/enzymatic-scarification-of-anacamptis-morio-orchidaceae-seed-facilitates-lignin-degradation-water-uptake-and-germination
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Simon Pierce, Alberto Spada, Elisabetta Caporali, Roberta M Ceriani, Gabriella Buffa
The seed coat of many species contains hydrophobic lignins, and in soil the action of microbial ligninases may contribute to release from dormancy. Laboratory use of ligninases to stimulate germination is promising because of the specific action on the seed coat, whereas chemical scarification agents may also corrode the embryo. We hypothesized that exposure of Anacamptis morio (Orchidaceae) seeds to fungal laccase stimulates germination, and that the mechanism involves lignin degradation and increased imbibition...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344581/glycophorin-c-sialylation-regulates-lu-bcam-adhesive-capacity-during-erythrocyte-aging
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T R L Klei, D Z de Back, P J Asif, P J J H Verkuijlen, M Veldthuis, P C Ligthart, J Berghuis, E Clifford, B M Beuger, T K van den Berg, R van Zwieten, W El Nemer, R van Bruggen
Lutheran/basal cell adhesion molecule (Lu/BCAM) is a transmembrane adhesion molecule expressed by erythrocytes and endothelial cells that can interact with the extracellular matrix protein laminin-α5. In sickle cell disease, Lu/BCAM is thought to contribute to adhesion of sickle erythrocytes to the vascular wall, especially during vaso-occlusive crises. On healthy erythrocytes however, its function is unclear. Here we report that Lu/BCAM is activated during erythrocyte aging. We show that Lu/BCAM-mediated binding to laminin-α5 is restricted by interacting, in cis, with glycophorin-C-derived sialic acid residues...
January 9, 2018: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340533/more-than-two-decades-after-the-introduction-of-limnoperna-fortunei-dunker-1857-in-la-plata-basin
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M A Pessotto, M G Nogueira
The golden mussel, Limnoperna fortunei, is an Asian freshwater bivalve introduced in South America in the beginning of the 1990's, probably through ballast water releases in La Plata River estuary. It dispersed north through Paraná, Uruguay and Paraguay Rivers. The study evaluated the macroscale (18° to 34° S; 45° to 60° W) distribution of L. fortunei (larval stages) in the main rivers and reservoirs of La Plata Basin. Samplings were performed through 68 µm vertical plankton net hauls. Limnological variables were simultaneously determined...
January 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334310/dendritic-polyglycerol-nanoparticles-show-charge-dependent-bio-distribution-in-early-human-placental-explants-and-reduce-hcg-secretion
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Herbert Juch, Liudmila Nikitina, Sabine Reimann, Martin Gauster, Gottfried Dohr, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Denise Hoch, Karin Kornmueller, Rainer Haag
A thorough understanding of nanoparticle bio-distribution at the feto-maternal interface will be a prerequisite for their diagnostic or therapeutic application in women of childbearing age and for teratologic risk assessment. Therefore, the tissue interaction of biocompatible dendritic polyglycerol nanoparticles (dPG-NPs) with first- trimester human placental explants were analyzed and compared to less sophisticated trophoblast-cell based models. First-trimester human placental explants, BeWo cells and primary trophoblast cells from human term placenta were exposed to fluorescence labeled, ∼5 nm dPG-NPs, with differently charged surfaces, at concentrations of 1 µM and 10 nM, for 6 and 24 h...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314595/fabrication-and-characterization-of-polymer-ceramic-nanocomposites-containing-drug-loaded-modified-halloysite-nanotubes
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Maedeh Ghaderi-Ghahfarrokhi, Vahid Haddadi-Asl, Seyed Shahrooz Zargarian
Modified halloysite nanotubes (HNT-NH2 and HNT-COOH) were synthesized by a coupling reaction with 3-amino- propyltriethoxysilane (APTES) and maleic anhydride from hydroxyl groups of neat halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). Successful attachment of functional groups onto HNTs was evaluated by FTIR and TGA. XRD was used to study the crystalline structure of scaffolds and the formation of intercalated structure as a result of improved dispersion and decreased agglomeration of modified nanoparticles. Neat HNT, HNT-NH2 and HNT-COOH were subsequently introduced into Polycaprolactone/Pluronic P123 (PCL/P123) electrospun substrate...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300779/exosomes-serve-as-novel-modes-of-tick-borne-flavivirus-transmission-from-arthropod-to-human-cells-and-facilitates-dissemination-of-viral-rna-and-proteins-to-the-vertebrate-neuronal-cells
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Wenshuo Zhou, Michael Woodson, Biswas Neupane, Fengwei Bai, Michael B Sherman, Kyung H Choi, Girish Neelakanta, Hameeda Sultana
Molecular determinants and mechanisms of arthropod-borne flavivirus transmission to the vertebrate host are poorly understood. In this study, we show for the first time that a cell line from medically important arthropods, such as ticks, secretes extracellular vesicles (EVs) including exosomes that mediate transmission of flavivirus RNA and proteins to the human cells. Our study shows that tick-borne Langat virus (LGTV), a model pathogen closely related to tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), profusely uses arthropod exosomes for transmission of viral RNA and proteins to the human- skin keratinocytes and blood endothelial cells...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298433/tia-1-self-multimerization-phase-separation-and-recruitment-into-stress-granules-are-dynamically-regulated-by-zn2
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Joseph B Rayman, Kevin A Karl, Eric R Kandel
Stress granules are non-membranous structures that transiently form in the cytoplasm during cellular stress, where they promote translational repression of non-essential RNAs and modulate cell signaling by sequestering key signal transduction proteins. These and other functions of stress granules facilitate an adaptive cellular response to environmental adversity. A key component of stress granules is the prion-related RNA-binding protein, T cell intracellular antigen-1 (TIA-1). Here, we report that recombinant TIA-1 undergoes rapid multimerization and phase separation in the presence of divalent zinc, which can be reversed by the zinc chelator, TPEN...
January 2, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291544/limit-cycle-dynamics-of-the-gymnastics-longswing
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Domenico Vicinanza, Karl M Newell, Gareth Irwin, Lee Smith, Genevieve K R Williams
The purpose of the study was to examine the macroscopic dynamics of the longswing through a limit cycle analysis of the motion of the center of mass (CM) as a function of skill level. One elite international, five gymnasts able to perform release and regrasp skills, five gymnasts unable to perform release and regrasp skills, and five novice gymnasts each performed four consecutive longswings on a high bar. Kinematic data were collected to facilitate the calculation of the center of mass position of the performer during swinging...
December 29, 2017: Human Movement Science
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