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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107811/biomimetic-versus-sintered-calcium-phosphates-the-in-vitro-behavior-of-osteoblasts-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Joanna Maria Sadowska, Jordi Guillem-Marti, Edgar B Montufar, Montserrat Espanol, Maria-Pau Ginebra
The fabrication of calcium phosphates using biomimetic routes, namely, precipitation processes at body temperature, results in distinct features compared to conventional sintered calcium phosphate ceramics, such as a high specific surface area and micro or nanometric crystal size. The aim of this paper is to analyze the effects of these parameters on cell response, focusing on two bone cell types: rat mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) and human osteoblastic cells (SaOS-2). Biomimetic calcium deficient hydroxyapatite (CDHA) was obtained by a low temperature setting reaction, and α-tricalcium phosphate (α-TCP) and β- tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) were subsequently obtained by sintering CDHA either at 1400 °C or 1100 °C...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107660/guided-growth-of-auditory-neurons-bioactive-particles-towards-gapless-neural-electrode-interface
#2
Hao Li, Fredrik Edin, Hisamitsu Hayashi, Olafur Gudjonsson, Niklas Danckwardt-Lillieström, Håkan Engqvist, Helge Rask-Andersen, Wei Xia
Cochlear implant (CI) is a successful device to restore hearing. Despite continuous development, frequency discrimination is poor in CI users due to an anatomical gap between the auditory neurons and CI electrode causing current spread and unspecific neural stimulation. One strategy to close this anatomical gap is guiding the growth of neuron dendrites closer to CI electrodes through targeted slow release of neurotrophins. Biodegradable calcium phosphate hollow nanospheres (CPHSs) were produced and their capacity for uptake and release of neurotrophins investigated using (125)I-conjugated glia cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF)...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107073/choroidal-vasculopathy-and-retinal-detachment-in-a-bald-eagle-haliaeetus-leucocephalus-with-lead-toxicosis
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Ramzi Eid, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Krista A Keller, K Tomo Wiggans, Christopher J Murphy, Elise E B LaDouceur, M Kevin Keel, Christopher M Reilly
A subadult male bald eagle ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) was presented for severe depression and weakness. Physical examination findings included depressed mentation, dehydration, sternal recumbency, poor body condition, and bilateral, whole-head, horizontal nystagmus. A heavy-metal panel was performed, and blood lead levels were 6.1 ppm. Treatment for lead poisoning was initiated, including subcutaneous fluids and parenteral calcium-disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, ceftiofur, and meloxicam. Ophthalmic examination findings included absent menace response, absent dazzle reflex, slow and incomplete direct pupillary light reflex, mild anterior uveitis, incipient cataracts, multifocal retinal tears, and retinal separation in both eyes...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105751/stim-1-and-orai-1-channel-mediate-angiotensin-ii-induced-expression-of-egr-1-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Estelle R Simo-Cheyou, Ju Jing Tan, Ryszard Grygorczyk, Ashok K Srivastava
An upregulation of Egr-1 expression has been reported in models of atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia and, various vasoactive peptides and growth promoting stimuli have been shown to induce the expression of Egr-1 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Angiotensin-II (Ang-II) is a key vasoactive peptide that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. Ang-II elevates intracellular Ca(2+) through activation of the store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) involving an inositol-3-phosphate receptor (IP3R)-coupled depletion of endoplasmic reticular Ca(2+) and a subsequent activation of the stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM-1) /Orai-1 complex...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104468/composite-material-consisting-of-microporous-%C3%AE-tcp-ceramic-and-alginate-for-delayed-release-of-antibiotics
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Michael Seidenstuecker, Juergen Ruehe, Norbert P Suedkamp, Annerose Serr, Annette Wittmer, Marc Bohner, Anke Bernstein, Hermann O Mayr
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to produce a novel composite of microporous β-TCP filled with alginate and Vancomycin (VAN) to prolong the release behavior of the antibiotic for up to 28 days. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using the flow chamber developed by the group, porous ceramics in a directional flow were filled with alginates of different composition containing 50 mg/mL of antibiotics. After cross-linking the alginate with calcium ions, incubation took place in 10 mL double-distilled water for 4 weeks at 37 °C...
January 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104276/optogenetic-toolkit-for-precise-control-of-calcium-signaling
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REVIEW
Guolin Ma, Shufan Wen, Lian He, Yun Huang, Youjun Wang, Yubin Zhou
Calcium acts as a second messenger to regulate a myriad of cell functions, ranging from short-term muscle contraction and cell motility to long-term changes in gene expression and metabolism. To study the impact of Ca(2+)-modulated 'ON' and 'OFF' reactions in mammalian cells, pharmacological tools and 'caged' compounds are commonly used under various experimental conditions. The use of these reagents for precise control of Ca(2+) signals, nonetheless, is impeded by lack of reversibility and specificity. The recently developed optogenetic tools, particularly those built upon engineered Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels, provide exciting opportunities to remotely and non-invasively modulate Ca(2+) signaling due to their superior spatiotemporal resolution and rapid reversibility...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103989/-experimental-research-on-the-effects-of-different-activators-on-the-formation-of-platelet-rich-gel-and-the-release-of-bioactive-substances-in-human-platelet-rich-plasma
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Y Yang, W Zhang, B Cheng
Objective: To explore the effects of calcium gluconate and thrombin on the formation of platelet-rich gel (PRG) and the release of bioactive substances in human platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the clinical significance. Methods: Six healthy blood donors who met the inclusion criteria were recruited in our unit from May to August in 2016. Platelet samples of each donor were collected for preparation of PRP. (1) PRP in the volume of 10 mL was collected from each donor and divided into thrombin activation group (TA, added with 0...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102470/neuronal-ryanodine-receptors-in-development-and-aging
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REVIEW
Nawaf Abu-Omar, Jogita Das, Vivian Szeto, Zhong-Ping Feng
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs) are intracellular calcium-release channels found on the endoplasmic reticulum of all cells. All three RyR isoforms, RyR1-3, are expressed in the brain, with RyR2 predominating. RyRs are localized within the soma, axons, dendritic spines, and presynaptic terminals of neurons. RyRs are highly expressed in the cerebellum, hippocampus, olfactory region, basal ganglia, and cerebral cortex. During the physiological processes of development and aging, the intracellular calcium homeostasis is largely regulated by RyRs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101851/importance-of-radioactive-labelling-to-elucidate-inositol-polyphosphate-signalling
#9
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Miranda S C Wilson, Adolfo Saiardi
Inositol polyphosphates, in their water-soluble or lipid-bound forms, represent a large and multifaceted family of signalling molecules. Some inositol polyphosphates are well recognised as defining important signal transduction pathways, as in the case of the calcium release factor Ins(1,4,5)P3, generated by receptor activation-induced hydrolysis of the lipid PtdIns(4,5)P2 by phospholipase C. The birth of inositol polyphosphate research would not have occurred without the use of radioactive phosphate tracers that enabled the discovery of the "PI response"...
February 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098926/relevance-of-osteoclast-specific-enzyme-activities-in-cell-based-in-vitro-resorption-assays
#10
A Bernhardt, K Koperski, M Schumacher, M Gelinsky
Cell-based in vitro resorption assays are an important tool to simulate the in vivo biodegradation of resorbable bone graft materials and to predict their clinical performance. The present study analyses the activity of osteoclast-specific enzymes as potential surrogate measures for classical pit assay, which is not applicable on irregular structured materials. Osteoclasts derived from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultivated on different surfaces: calcium phosphate bone cements (CPC), dentin discs, osteoblast-derived extracellular matrix (ECM) and tissue culture polystyrene as control...
January 18, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098409/trpv4-contributes-to-resting-membrane-potential-in-retinal-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-implications-in-cell-volume-regulation
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Vanina Netti, Juan Fernández, Maia Kalstein, Alejandro Pizzoni, Gisela Di Giusto, Valeria Rivarola, Paula Ford, Claudia Capurro
Neural activity alters osmotic gradients favoring cell swelling in retinal Müller cells. This swelling is followed by a regulatory volume decrease (RVD), partially mediated by an efflux of KCl and water. The transient receptor potential channel 4 (TRPV4), a nonselective calcium channel, has been proposed as a candidate for mediating intracellular Ca(2+) elevation induced by swelling. We previously demonstrated in a human Müller cell line (MIO-M1) that RVD strongly depends on ion channel activation and, consequently, on membrane potential (Vm )...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097727/energetics-kinetics-and-pathway-of-snare-folding-and-assembly-revealed-by-optical-tweezers
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REVIEW
Yongli Zhang
Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) are universal molecular engines that drive membrane fusion. Particularly, synaptic SNAREs mediate fast calcium-triggered fusion of neurotransmitter-containing vesicles with plasma membranes for synaptic transmission, the basis of all thought and action. During membrane fusion, complementary SNAREs located on two apposed membranes (often called t- and v-SNAREs) join together to assemble into a parallel four-helix bundle, releasing the energy to overcome the energy barrier for fusion...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097631/force-dependent-calcium-signaling-and-its-pathway-of-human-neutrophils-on-p-selectin-in-flow
#13
Bing Huang, Yingchen Ling, Jiangguo Lin, Xin Du, Ying Fang, Jianhua Wu
P-selectin engagement of P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (PSGL-1) causes circulating leukocytes to roll on and adhere to the vascular surface, and mediates intracellular calcium flux, a key but unclear event for subsequent arresting firmly at and migrating into the infection or injured tissue. Using a parallel plate flow chamber technique and intracellular calcium ion detector (Fluo-4 AM), the intracellular calcium flux of firmly adhered neutrophils on immobilized P-selectin in the absence of chemokines at various wall shear stresses was investigated here in real time by fluorescence microscopy...
January 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096415/increased-mitochondrial-nanotunneling-activity-induced-by-calcium-imbalance-affects-intermitochondrial-matrix-exchanges
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Manuela Lavorato, V Ramesh Iyer, Williams Dewight, Ryan R Cupo, Valentina Debattisti, Ludovic Gomez, Sergio De la Fuente, Yan-Ting Zhao, Héctor H Valdivia, György Hajnóczky, Clara Franzini-Armstrong
Exchanges of matrix contents are essential to the maintenance of mitochondria. Cardiac mitochondrial exchange matrix content in two ways: by direct contact with neighboring mitochondria and over longer distances. The latter mode is supported by thin tubular protrusions, called nanotunnels, that contact other mitochondria at relatively long distances. Here, we report that cardiac myocytes of heterozygous mice carrying a catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia-linked RyR2 mutation (A4860G) show a unique and unusual mitochondrial response: a significantly increased frequency of nanotunnel extensions...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095660/draft-genome-of-toxocara-canis-a-pathogen-responsible-for-visceral-larva-migrans
#15
Jinhwa Kong, Jungim Won, Jeehee Yoon, UnJoo Lee, Jong-Il Kim, Sun Huh
This study aimed at constructing a draft genome of the adult female worm Toxocara canis using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and de novo assembly, as well as to find new genes after annotation using functional genomics tools. Using an NGS machine, we produced DNA read data of T. canis. The de novo assembly of the read data was performed using SOAPdenovo. RNA read data were assembled using Trinity. Structural annotation, homology search, functional annotation, classification of protein domains, and KEGG pathway analysis were carried out...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094777/high-resolution-structural-evidence-suggests-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-forms-microdomains-with-acidic-stores-lysosomes-in-the-heart
#16
Daniel Aston, Rebecca A Capel, Kerrie L Ford, Helen C Christian, Gary R Mirams, Eva A Rog-Zielinska, Peter Kohl, Antony Galione, Rebecca A B Burton, Derek A Terrar
Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP) stimulates calcium release from acidic stores such as lysosomes and is a highly potent calcium-mobilising second messenger. NAADP plays an important role in calcium signalling in the heart under basal conditions and following β-adrenergic stress. Nevertheless, the spatial interaction of acidic stores with other parts of the calcium signalling apparatus in cardiac myocytes is unknown. We present evidence that lysosomes are intimately associated with the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) in ventricular myocytes; a median separation of 20 nm in 2D electron microscopy and 3...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093941/novel-surface-engineered-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-of-rosuvastatin-calcium-for-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-targeting-a-quality-by-design-driven-perspective
#17
Sarwar Beg, Sanyog Jain, Varun Kushwah, Gurjit Kaur Bhatti, Premjeet Singh Sandhu, O P Katare, Bhupinder Singh
AIM: The present studies describe Quality by Design-oriented development and characterization of surface-engineered solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) of rosuvastatin calcium for low density lipoprotein-receptor targeting. MATERIALS & METHODS: SLNs were systematically prepared employing Compritol 888 and Tween-80. Surface modification of SLNs was accomplished with Phospholipon 90G and DSPE-mPEG-2000 as the ligands for specific targeting to the low density lipoprotein-receptors...
January 17, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093548/astrocytic-control-of-synaptic-function
#18
REVIEW
Thomas Papouin, Jaclyn Dunphy, Michaela Tolman, Jeannine C Foley, Philip G Haydon
Astrocytes intimately interact with synapses, both morphologically and, as evidenced in the past 20 years, at the functional level. Ultrathin astrocytic processes contact and sometimes enwrap the synaptic elements, sense synaptic transmission and shape or alter the synaptic signal by releasing signalling molecules. Yet, the consequences of such interactions in terms of information processing in the brain remain very elusive. This is largely due to two major constraints: (i) the exquisitely complex, dynamic and ultrathin nature of distal astrocytic processes that renders their investigation highly challenging and (ii) our lack of understanding of how information is encoded by local and global fluctuations of intracellular calcium concentrations in astrocytes...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093527/human-cystic-fibrosis-macrophages-have-defective-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-c-activation-of-the-nadph-oxidase-an-effect-augmented-by-burkholderia-cenocepacia
#19
Kaivon Assani, Chandra L Shrestha, Frank Robledo-Avila, Murugesan V Rajaram, Santiago Partida-Sanchez, Larry S Schlesinger, Benjamin T Kopp
Macrophage intracellular pathogen killing is defective in cystic fibrosis (CF), despite abundant production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in lung tissue. Burkholderia species can cause serious infection in CF and themselves affect key oxidase components in murine non-CF cells. However, it is unknown whether human CF macrophages have an independent defect in the oxidative burst and whether Burkholderia contributes to this defect in terms of assembly of the NADPH oxidase complex and subsequent ROS production...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093215/melanocortin-4-receptor-constitutive-activity-inhibits-l-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels-in-neurons
#20
F Agosti, S Cordisco Gonzalez, V Martinez Damonte, M J Tolosa, N Di Siervi, H B Schioth, C Davio, M Perello, J Raingo
The melanocortin 4 receptor (MC4R) is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that is expressed in several brain nuclei playing a crucial role in the regulation of energy balance controlling the homeostasis of the organism. It displays both agonist-evoked and constitutive activity, and moreover, it can couple to different G proteins. Most of the research on MC4R has been focused on agonist-induced activity, while the molecular and cellular basis of MC4R constitutive activity remains scarcely studied. We have previously shown that neuronal N-type voltage-gated calcium channels (CaV2...
January 13, 2017: Neuroscience
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