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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818689/sol-gel-derived-hydroxyapatite-films-over-porous-calcium-polyphosphate-substrates-for-improved-tissue-engineering-of-osteochondral-like-constructs
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Whitaik David Lee, Rahul Gawri, Robert M Pilliar, William L Stanford, Rita A Kandel
Integration of in vitro-formed cartilage on a suitable substrate to form tissue-engineered implants for osteochondral defect repair is a considerable challenge. In healthy cartilage, a zone of calcified cartilage (ZCC) act as an intermediary for mechanical force transfer from soft to hard tissue, as well as an effective interlocking structure to better resist interfacial shear forces. We have developed biphasic constructs that consist of scaffold-free cartilage tissue grown in vitro on, and interdigitated with, porous calcium polyphosphate (CPP) substrates...
August 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817667/glycoprotein-ib-activation-by-thrombin-stimulates-the-energy-metabolism-in-human-platelets
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Norma Corona de la Peña, Manuel Gutiérrez-Aguilar, Ileana Hernández-Reséndiz, Álvaro Marín-Hernández, Sara Rodríguez-Enríquez
Thrombin-induced platelet activation requires substantial amounts of ATP. However, the specific contribution of each ATP-generating pathway i.e., oxidative phosphorylation (OxPhos) versus glycolysis and the biochemical mechanisms involved in the thrombin-induced activation of energy metabolism remain unclear. Here we report an integral analysis on the role of both energy pathways in human platelets activated by several agonists, and the signal transducing mechanisms associated with such activation. We found that thrombin, Trap-6, arachidonic acid, collagen, A23187, epinephrine and ADP significantly increased glycolytic flux (3-38 times vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815589/tight-temporal-coupling-between-synaptic-rewiring-of-olfactory-glomeruli-and-the-emergence-of-odor-guided-behavior-in-xenopus-tadpoles
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Beatrice Terni, Paolo Pacciolla, Helena Masanas, Pau Gorostiza, Artur Llobet
Olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) are chemoreceptors that establish excitatory synapses within glomeruli of the olfactory bulb. OSNs undergo continuous turnover throughout life, causing the constant replacement of their synaptic contacts. Using Xenopus tadpoles as an experimental system to investigate rewiring of glomerular connectivity, we show that novel OSN synapses can transfer information immediately after formation, mediating an olfactory-guided behavior. Tadpoles recover the ability to detect amino acids four days after bilateral olfactory nerve transection...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814603/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-the-high-affinity-igg-receptor-fc%C3%AE-ri-reduce-immune-complex-binding-and-downstream-effector-functions
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Arianne M Brandsma, Toine Ten Broeke, Evelien van Dueren den Hollander, Thomas G Caniels, Tineke Kardol-Hoefnagel, Jürgen Kuball, Jeanette H W Leusen
Binding of IgG Abs to FcγRs on immune cells induces FcγR cross-linking that leads to cellular effector functions, such as phagocytosis, Ab-dependent cellular cytotoxicity, and cytokine release. However, polymorphisms in low affinity FcγRs have been associated with altered avidity toward IgG, thereby substantially impacting clinical outcomes of multimodular therapy when targeting cancer or autoimmune diseases with mAbs as well as the frequency and severity of autoimmune diseases. In this context, we investigated the consequences of three nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for the high affinity receptor for IgG, FcγRI...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813645/lat-is-essential-for-the-mast-cell-stabilising-effect-of-thga-in-ige-mediated-mast-cell-activation
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Ji Wei Tan, Daud Ahmad Israf, Nur Fariesha Md Hashim, Yoke Kqueen Cheah, Hanis Hazeera Harith, Khozirah Shaari, Chau Ling Tham
Mast cells play a central role in the pathogenesis of allergic reaction. Activation of mast cells by antigens is strictly dependent on the influx of extracellular calcium that involves a complex interaction between signalling molecules located within the cells. We have previously reported that tHGA, an active compound originally isolated from a local shrub known as Melicope ptelefolia, prevented IgE-mediated mast cell activation and passive systemic anaphylaxis by suppressing the release of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α from activated rat basophilic leukaemia (RBL)-2H3 cells...
August 13, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811460/prevention-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-using-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-pump-overexpression-in-a-rabbit-model-of-rapid-atrial-pacing
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Hong Li Wang, Xian Hui Zhou, Zhi Qiang Li, Ping Fan, Qi Na Zhou, Yao Dong Li, Yue Mei Hou, Bao Peng Tang
BACKGROUND Recent research suggests that abnormal Ca2+ handling plays a role in the occurrence and maintenance of atrial fibrillation (AF). Therefore, Ca2+ release and ingestion depend on properties of the ryanodine receptor (RyR) and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ATPase2a (SERCA2a). This study aimed to detect whether SERCA2a gene overexpression has a preventive effect on atrial fibrillation caused by rapid pacing right atrium. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into a control group, AF group, AAV9/GFP group, and AAV9/SERCA2a group...
August 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810516/lectin-from-inflorescences-of-ornamental-crop-alpinia-purpurata-acts-on-immune-cells-to-promote-th1-and-th17-responses-nitric-oxide-release-and-lymphocyte-activation
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Jéssica de Santana Brito, Gustavo Ramos Salles Ferreira, Emeline Klimczak, Liliya Gryshuk, Nataly Diniz de Lima Santos, Leydianne Leite de Siqueira Patriota, Leyllane Rafael Moreira, Ana Karine Araújo Soares, Bruno Rafael Barboza, Patrícia Maria Guedes Paiva, Daniela Maria do Amaral Ferraz Navarro, Virgínia Maria Barros de Lorena, Cristiane Moutinho Lagos de Melo, Marília Cavalcanti Coriolano, Thiago Henrique Napoleão
Alpinia purpurata is an ornamental crop known as a source of bioactive molecules. This is the first study to report isolation of a lectin (carbohydrate-binding protein) from A. purpurata inflorescences (ApuL). The immunomodulatory potential of ApuL was evaluated by investigating its effects on the production of cytokines and release of nitric oxide by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). In addition, the differentiation and activation of lymphocytes treated with ApuL was evaluated by immunophenotyping assays...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807150/two-ef-hand-motifs-in-ryanodine-receptor-calcium-release-channels-contribute-to-isoform-specific-regulation-by-calmodulin
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Le Xu, Angela C Gomez, Daniel A Pasek, Gerhard Meissner, Naohiro Yamaguchi
The mammalian ryanodine receptor Ca(2+) release channel (RyR) has a single conserved high affinity calmodulin (CaM) binding domain. However, the skeletal muscle RyR1 is activated and cardiac muscle RyR2 is inhibited by CaM at submicromolar Ca(2+). This suggests isoform-specific domains are involved in RyR regulation by CaM. To gain insight into the differential regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle RyRs by CaM, RyR1/RyR2 chimeras and mutants were expressed in HEK293 cells, and their single channel activities were measured using a lipid bilayer method...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807036/t-time-a-data-repository-of-t-cell-and-calcium-release-activated-calcium-channel-activation-imagery
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Cody Arbuckle, Milton Greenberg, Adrienne Bergh, Rene German, Nick Sirago, Erik Linstead
BACKGROUND: A fundamental understanding of live-cell dynamics is necessary in order to advance scientific techniques and personalized medicine. For this understanding to be possible, image processing techniques, probes, tracking algorithms and many other methodologies must be improved. Currently there are no large open-source datasets containing live-cell imaging to act as a standard for the community. As a result, researchers cannot evaluate their methodologies on an independent benchmark or leverage such a dataset to formulate scientific questions...
August 15, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806752/the-escrt-iii-pathway-facilitates-cardiomyocyte-release-of-cbin1-containing-microparticles
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Bing Xu, Ying Fu, Yan Liu, Sosse Agvanian, Robert C Wirka, Rachel Baum, Kang Zhou, Robin M Shaw, TingTing Hong
Microparticles (MPs) are cell-cell communication vesicles derived from the cell surface plasma membrane, although they are not known to originate from cardiac ventricular muscle. In ventricular cardiomyocytes, the membrane deformation protein cardiac bridging integrator 1 (cBIN1 or BIN1+13+17) creates transverse-tubule (t-tubule) membrane microfolds, which facilitate ion channel trafficking and modulate local ionic concentrations. The microfold- generated microdomains continuously reorganize, adapting in response to stress to modulate the calcium signaling apparatus...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805013/drug-free-macromolecular-therapeutics-induce-apoptosis-via-calcium-influx-and-mitochondrial-signaling-pathway
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Lian Li, Jiyuan Yang, Jiawei Wang, Jindřich Kopeček
Recently, an innovative paradigm has been proposed in macromolecular therapeutics for treatment of B-cell lymphomas that can specifically kill cancer cells without a drug. The design rationale of this drug-free macromolecular therapeutic (DFMT) system is crosslinking the cell surface receptor to initiate apoptosis. However, how the apoptosis signal is triggered after receptor hyper-crosslinking remains to be elucidated. Here, two pathways, calcium influx dependent pathway and mitochondrial signal pathway, are identified to play major roles in triggering the programmed cell death...
August 14, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804999/diversity-of-astroglial-responses-across-human-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-brain-aging
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Isidro Ferrer
Astrogliopathy refers to alterations of astrocytes occurring in diseases of the nervous system, and it implies the involvement of astrocytes as key elements in the pathogenesis and pathology of diseases and injuries of the central nervous system. Reactive astrocytosis refers to the response of astrocytes to different insults to the nervous system, whereas astrocytopathy indicates hypertrophy, atrophy/degeneration and loss of function and pathological remodeling occurring as a primary cause of a disease or as a factor contributing to the development and progression of a particular disease...
September 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804842/flow-cytometry-protocols-for-assessment-of-platelet-function-in-whole-blood
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Leonardo Pasalic, Gabrielle J Pennings, David Connor, Heather Campbell, Leonard Kritharides, Vivien M Chen
Flow cytometry is a powerful tool for rapid evaluation of multiple functional properties of large numbers of platelets in whole blood. In the following chapter, we provide a number of flow cytometry-based protocols broadly aimed at (1) assessment of constitutively expressed platelet membrane receptors to diagnose inherited platelet bleeding disorders and (2) investigation of basal and agonist-induced platelet functional responses including generation of platelet-leukocyte aggregates, alpha and dense granule release, calcium flux, and phosphatidylserine exposure...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803982/specific-inhibition-of-xenorhabdus-hominickii-an-entomopathogenic-bacterium-against-different-types-of-host-insect-phospholipase-a2
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Md Sadekuzzaman, Yonggyun Kim
Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) hydrolyzes ester bond of phospholipids at the sn-2 position to release free fatty acid and lysophospholipids. Some PLA2s preferentially release arachidonic acid which is subsequently oxygenated into eicosanoids to mediate immune responses in insects. Xenorhabdus hominickii is an entomopathogenic bacterium that can suppress insect immunity by inhibiting PLA2 activity. However, little is known about target PLA2 types inhibited by X. hominickii. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine PLA2 types in the host insect, Spodoptera exigua using specific inhibitors...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803343/sediment-lipid-biomarkers-record-phytoplankton-dynamics-of-lake-heihai-yunnan-province-sw-china-driven-by-climate-warming-since-the-1980s
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Yongdong Zhang, Yaling Su, Zhengwen Liu, Jinlei Yu, Miao Jin
Increased phosphorus (P) export from sediments to the overlying water column is a significant factor driving the variation of phytoplankton in productivity and community structure in lakes. However, the lack of long-term instrumental data often impeded analyses attempting to associate dynamics of phytoplankton with variation of internal P loading. Here, elements and lipid biomarkers were analyzed in a sediment core from Lake Heihai, a small, deep, and ultraoligotrophic alpine lake in Haba Mountain, Yunnan Province, SW China...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803188/remediation-of-internal-phosphorus-loads-with-modified-clays-influence-of-fluvial-suspended-particulate-matter-and-response-of-the-benthic-macroinvertebrate-community
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Hongbin Yin, Grant B Douglas, Yongjiu Cai, Cheng Liu, Diego Copetti
Clay-based phosphorus (P) sorbents have been increasingly used as geoengineering materials for the management sediment-derived internal P loading in eutrophic lakes. However, the long-term behavior of these sorbents has remained elusive along with their response to burial under suspended particulate matter (SPM), and their effect on macroinvertebrate communities occupying dynamic regions at the sediment-water interface of shallow and turbid lakes. In this study, field mesocosm experiments were undertaken in Lake Chaohu, China, to study the effects of the application of lanthanum-modified bentonite (LMB) and thermally-modified calcium-rich attapulgite (TCAP) on sediment internal P loading and to assess their influence on macroinvertebrate community structure...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801517/effect-of-densely-ionizing-radiation-on-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Erdene Baljinnyam, Sundararajan Venkatesh, Richard Gordan, Satvik Mareedu, Jianyi Zhang, Lai-Hua Xie, Edouard I Azzam, Carolyn K Suzuki, Diego Fraidenraich
The process of human cardiac development can be faithfully recapitulated in a culture dish with human pluripotent stem cells, where the impact of environmental stressors can be evaluated. The consequences of ionizing radiation exposure on human cardiac differentiation are largely unknown. In this study, human-induced pluripotent stem cell cultures (hiPSCs) were subjected to an external beam of 3.7 MeV α-particles at low mean absorbed doses of 0.5, 3, and 10 cGy. Subsequently, the hiPSCs were differentiated into beating cardiac myocytes (hiPSC-CMs)...
August 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801380/vitamin-d-and-immunomodulation-is-it-time-to-change-the-reference-values
#18
Giulia Bivona, Luisa Agnello, Marcello Ciaccio
The term "vitamin D" refers to two chemical compounds - ergosterol, or vitamin D2, and cholecalciferol, or vitamin D3. Active vitamin D3 is correctly regarded as a neurohormone due to its pleiotropic biological activities. Although the relation between vitamin D and calcium-phosphorus metabolism has never been discussed, the knowledge on many other roles vitamin D plays is growing fast. Briefly, vitamin D immunomodulation includes attenuation and stimulation of Th1 and Th2 cell proliferation, respectively. Similarly, vitamin D can induce or inhibit the synthesis, secretion, and release of anti- inflammatory (IL-4 and IL-10) and pro-inflammatory (IL-1, TNF-α, IFN-γ) cytokines, respectively...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800474/nps-2143-a-selective-calcium-sensing-receptor-antagonist-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation
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Jae-Won Lee, Hyun Ah Park, Ok-Kyoung Kwon, Ji-Won Park, Gilhye Lee, Hee Jae Lee, Seung Jin Lee, Sei-Ryang Oh, Kyung-Seop Ahn
NPS 2143, a novel and selective antagonist of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory activity. In the present study, we examined the protective effect of NPS 2143 on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI). NPS 2143 pretreatment significantly inhibited the influx of inflammatory cells and the expression of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in the lung of mice with LPS-induced ALI. NPS 2143 decreased the levels of neutrophil elastase (NE) and protein concentration in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798869/a-novel-akermanite-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-porous-composite-scaffold-fabricated-via-a-solvent-casting-particulate-leaching-method-improved-by-solvent-self-proliferating-process
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Yao Deng, Mengjiao Zhang, Xianchun Chen, Ximing Pu, Xiaoming Liao, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin
Desirable scaffolds for tissue engineering should be biodegradable carriers to supply suitable microenvironments mimicked the extracellular matrices for desired cellular interactions and to provide supports for the formation of new tissues. In this work, a kind of slightly soluble bioactive ceramic akermanite (AKT) powders were aboratively selected and introduced in the PLGA matrix, a novel l-lactide modified AKT/poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (m-AKT/PLGA) composite scaffold was fabricated via a solvent casting-particulate leaching method improved by solvent self-proliferating process...
August 2017: Regenerative Biomaterials
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