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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227815/lab-on-chips-for-manipulation-of-small-scale-organisms-to-facilitate-imaging-of-neurons-and-organs
#1
Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai, Ramtin Ardeshiri, Pouya Rezai
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) and Drosophila melanogaster (D. melanogaster) are widely-used model organisms for neurological and cardiac studies due to their simple neuronal (302 neurons in C. elegans) and cardiac (simple tubular organ in D. melanogaster) systems. However, their small sizes and continuous mobility impede their precise and timely manipulation, hence, limiting the assays that can be done using conventional manual methods. This has resulted in a need for technologies that allow multidirectional manipulation of model organisms to enable studies on target neurons and organs throughout the body...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226930/highly-sensitive-detection-of-human-cancer-antigens-by-an-immunogold-silver-assay-chip-coupled-with-a-polythiophene-based-optical-sensor
#2
Nuno M M Pires, Tao Dong, Nuno M M Pires, Tao Dong, Nuno M M Pires, Tao Dong
This work presents a novel method for protein or cancer antigen detection in clinical samples by an immunogold-silver assay microfluidic biochip coupled with a polythiophene-based organic photodetector. The method has showed a detection limit below 1ng/mL and the low cost and high sensitivity of both organic photodetector and immunogold-silver assay make this method amenable for realization in a portable handheld probe tip biosensor.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225823/a-novel-approach-to-eliminate-detection-of-contaminating-staphylococcal-species-introduced-during-clinical-testing
#3
Wanyuan Ao, Adrianne Clifford, Maylene Corpuz, Robert Jenison
We describe here a strategy that can distinguish between Staphylococcus species truly present in a clinical sample from contaminating Staphylococcus species introduced during the testing process. Contaminating Staphylococcus species are present at low levels in PCR reagents and colonize lab personnel. To eliminate detection of contaminants, we describe an approach that utilizes addition of sufficient quantities of either non-target Staphylococcal cells (Staphylococcus succinus or Staphylococcus muscae) or synthetic oligonucleotide templates to helicase dependent isothermal amplification reactions to consume Staphylococcus-specific tuf and mecA gene primers such that contaminating Staphylococcus amplification is suppressed to below assay limits of detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224676/transcriptional-regulation-of-hb-%C3%AE-and-hb-%C3%AE-through-nuclear-factor-e2-related-factor-2-nrf2-activation-in-human-vaginal-cells-a-novel-mechanism-of-cellular-adaptability-to-oxidative-stress
#4
Debarchana Saha, Swanand Koli, Kudumula Venkata Rami Reddy
PROBLEM: Hemoglobin (Hb), a major protein involved in transport of oxygen (O2 ), is expressed by erythroid lineages. Until recently, it was not known whether non-erythroid cells express Hb. The objective was to evaluate the expression and functional significance of Hb-α and Hb-β in human primary vaginal epithelial cells (hPVECs) and decipher downstream signaling. METHODS OF STUDY: RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, flow cytometry, Western blot, immunofluorescence were used to evaluate the expression of Hb-α, Hb-β, and nuclear factor E2-related factor-2(Nrf2) after hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) induction...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222747/ire1%C3%AE-xbp1-pathway-promotes-melanoma-progression-by-regulating-il-6-stat3-signaling
#5
Cheng Chen, Xuejun Zhang
BACKGROUND: The IRE1α-XBP1 pathway is the most conserved branch of the unfolded protein response pathways, which are activated during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress caused by the accumulation of unfolded/misfolded proteins in the ER lumen. The IRE1α-XBP1 pathway plays a critical role in various cancers. However, the role of this pathway in melanoma cell growth remains unclear. METHODS: Sixty-one pairs of melanoma specimens and corresponding normal tissues from patients were stained with XBP1...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219935/novel-insights-into-gastric-cancer-methylation-of-r-spondins-and-regulation-of-lgr5-by-sp1
#6
Franziska Wilhelm, Eva Simon, Christine Boger, Hans-Michael Behrens, Sandra Kruger, Christoph Rocken
: Recently it was shown that leucine-rich repeat-containing receptor 5 (LGR5) expressing stem cells are the cellular origin of intestinal-type gastric cancer. The aim of our study was to uncover regulatory mechanisms of LGR5 expression in gastric mucosa and their implications for cancer development. Reporter assays identified a LGR5 promoter fragment, which is highly relevant for active LGR5 expression. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) verified that SP1 is bound within this region and reporter activity increased in SP1 transfected cells...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219444/a-functional-snp-associated-with-atopic-dermatitis-controls-cell-type-specific-methylation-of-the-vstm1-gene-locus
#7
Dilip Kumar, Kia Joo Puan, Anand Kumar Andiappan, Bernett Lee, Geertje H A Westerlaken, Doreen Haase, Rossella Melchiotti, Zhuang Li, Nurhashikin Yusof, Josephine Lum, Geraldine Koh, Shihui Foo, Joe Yeong, Alexessander Couto Alves, Juha Pekkanen, Liang Dan Sun, Astrid Irwanto, Benjamin P Fairfax, Vivek Naranbhai, John E A Common, Mark Tang, Chin Keh Chuang, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Julian C Knight, Xuejun Zhang, Fook Tim Chew, Shyam Prabhakar, Liu Jianjun, De Yun Wang, Francesca Zolezzi, Michael Poidinger, E Birgitte Lane, Linde Meyaard, Olaf Rötzschke
BACKGROUND: Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) databases represent a valuable resource to link disease-associated SNPs to specific candidate genes whose gene expression is significantly modulated by the SNP under investigation. We previously identified signal inhibitory receptor on leukocytes-1 (SIRL-1) as a powerful regulator of human innate immune cell function. While it is constitutively high expressed on neutrophils, on monocytes the SIRL-1 surface expression varies strongly between individuals...
February 20, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219405/ttbk2-circular-rna-promotes-glioma-malignancy-by-regulating-mir-217-hnf1%C3%AE-derlin-1-pathway
#8
Jian Zheng, Xiaobai Liu, Yixue Xue, Wei Gong, Jun Ma, Zhuo Xi, Zhongyou Que, Yunhui Liu
BACKGROUND: Circular RNAs are a subgroup of non-coding RNAs and generated by a mammalian genome. Herein, the expression and function of circular RNA circ-TTBK2 were investigated in human glioma cells. METHODS: Fluorescence in situ hybridization and quantitative real-time PCR were conducted to profile the cell distribution and expression of circ-TTBK2 and microRNA-217 (miR-217) in glioma tissues and cells. Immunohistochemical and western blot were used to determine the expression of HNF1β and Derlin-1 in glioma tissues and cells...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215635/mechanical-stimulation-promote-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-through-epigenetic-regulation-of-sonic-hedgehog
#9
Chuandong Wang, Shengzhou Shan, Chenglong Wang, Jing Wang, Jiao Li, Guoli Hu, Kerong Dai, Qingfeng Li, Xiaoling Zhang
Mechanical unloading leads to bone loss and disuse osteoporosis partly due to impaired osteoblastogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon are not fully understood. In this study, we demonstrated that cyclic mechanical stretch (CMS) promotes osteoblastogenesis of BMSCs both in vivo and in vitro. Besides, we found that Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway was activated in this process. Inhibition of which by either knockdown of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) or treating BMSCs with Hh inhibitors attenuated the osteogenic effect of CMS on BMSCs, suggesting that Hh signaling pathway acts as an endogenous mediator of mechanical stimuli on BMSCs...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214999/e6-associated-protein-dependent-estrogen-receptor-regulation-of-protein-kinase-a-regulatory-subunit-r2a-expression-in-neuroblastoma
#10
Jean-Pierre Obeid, Youssef H Zeidan, Nawal Zafar, Jimmy El Hokayem
E6ap is a known transcriptional coregulator for estrogen receptor alpha (Er, Erα) in the presence of estrogen. Protein kinase A (PKA) contains two regulatory subunits derived from four genes. Recent evidence demonstrates that PKA regulates E6ap activity. Data generated in our lab indicated estrogen dependent regulation of Pkar2a levels. Our project sets to investigate a possible feedback mechanism constituting of Erα and E6ap transcriptional regulation of Pkar2a expression. Western blot evaluated protein regulation correlations with E2 in mouse neuroblastoma lines...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214471/che-1-sustains-hypoxic-response-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-by-affecting-hif-1%C3%AE-stabilization
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Tiziana Bruno, Mariacristina Valerio, Luca Casadei, Francesca De Nicola, Frauke Goeman, Matteo Pallocca, Valeria Catena, Simona Iezzi, Cristina Sorino, Agata Desantis, Cesare Manetti, Giovanni Blandino, Aristide Floridi, Maurizio Fanciulli
BACKGROUND: Solid tumours are less oxygenated than normal tissues. Consequently, cancer cells acquire to be adapted to a hypoxic environment. The poor oxygenation of solid tumours is also a major indicator of an adverse cancer prognosis and leads to resistance to conventional anticancer treatments. We previously showed the involvement of Che-1/AATF (Che-1) in cancer cell survival under stress conditions. Herein we hypothesized that Che-1 plays a role in the response of cancer cells to hypoxia...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214253/long-noncoding-rna-linc00673-is-activated-by-sp1-and-exerts-oncogenic-properties-by-interacting-with-lsd1-and-ezh2-in-gastric-cancer
#12
Mingde Huang, Jiakai Hou, Yunfei Wang, Min Xie, Chenchen Wei, Fengqi Nie, Zhaoxia Wang, Ming Sun
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as important regulators in a variety of human diseases, including cancers. However, the biological function of these molecules and the mechanisms responsible for their alteration in gastric cancer (GC) are not fully understood. In this study, we found that lncRNA LINC00673 is significantly upregulated in gastric cancer. Knockdown of LINC00673 inhibited cell proliferation and invasion and induced cell apoptosis, whereas LINC00673 overexpression had the opposite effect...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209170/lincrnafezf1-as1-represses-p21-expression-to-promote-gastric-cancer-proliferation-through-lsd1-mediated-h3k4me2-demethylation
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Yan-Wen Liu, Rui Xia, Kai Lu, Min Xie, Fen Yang, Ming Sun, Wei De, Cailian Wang, Guozhong Ji
BACKGROUND: Although the prognosis of gastric cancer patients have a favorable progression, there are some patients with unusual patterns of locoregional and systemic recurrence. Therefore, a better understanding of early molecular events of the disease is needed. Current evidences demonstrate that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) may be an important class of functional regulators involved in human gastric cancers development. Our previous studies suggest that HOTAIR contributes to gastric cancer development, and the overexpression of HOTAIR predicts a poor prognosis...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207238/real-time-monitoring-of-post-surgical-and-post-traumatic-eye-injuries-using-multi-layered-electrical-biosensor-chip
#14
Muhammad Shuja Khan, Santosh K Misra, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, Enrique A Daza, Fatemeh Ostadhossein, Matthew Bowman, Akshay Jain, Gina Taylor, Deana McDonagh, Leanne T Labriola, Dipanjan Pan
Lack of current techniques for the early monitoring of bleb leaks and other post-traumatic or post-surgical ocular injury has posed an unmet clinical need for the development of new techniques. Present evaluation techniques use either subjective or non-quantitative approaches. At present, there are no FDA approved ocular devices that can directly measure ascorbic acid (AA) concentration levels for both tear film (TF) and aqueous humor (AH) at point-of-care (POC) level. Toward this aim, we present a novel point-of-care (POC) quantitative assay, called the Ocular Biosensor device, which can be used to evaluate the integrity of the anterior surface of the eye by measuring the concentration of AA in TF and AH...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205656/an-autonomous-lab-on-a-chip-for-space-flight-calibration-of-gravity-induced-transcellular-calcium-polarization-in-single-cell-fern-spores
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J Park, M L Salmi, W W A Wan Salim, A Rademacher, B Wickizer, A Schooley, J Benton, A Cantero, P F Argote, M Ren, M Zhang, D M Porterfield, A J Ricco, S J Roux, J L Rickus
This report describes the development of lab-on-a-chip device designed to measure changes in cellular ion gradients that are induced by changes in gravitational (g) forces. The bioCD presented here detects differential calcium ion concentrations outside of individual cells. The device includes sufficient replicates for statistical analysis of the gradients around multiple single cells and around control wells that are empty or include dead cells. In the data presented, the degree of the cellular response correlates with the magnitude of the g-force applied via rotation of the bioCD...
February 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202838/role-of-ad4-binding-protein-steroidogenic-factor-1-in-regulating-nadph-production-in-adrenocortical-y-1-cells
#16
Bing Li, Takashi Baba, Kanako Miyabayashi, Tetsuya Sato, Yuichi Shima, Tomomi Ichinose, Daisuke Miura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Mikita Suyama, Ken-Ichirou Morohashi
Ad4-binding protein/steroidogenic factor 1 (Ad4BP/SF-1), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is expressed in steroidogenic cells and regulates all steroidogenic gene expression. We recently employed mRNA and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequence (ChIP-seq) to demonstrate that Ad4BP/SF-1 directly regulates the expression of nearly all glycolytic genes. The pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) contributes to the production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH). Although the expression of PPP genes and intracellular NADPH were decreased by Ad4BP/SF-1 knockdown, these genes were not the direct targets of Ad4BP/SF-1...
February 14, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196140/hypoxia-inducible-factors-regulate-the-transcription-of-the-sprouty2-gene-and-expression-of-the-sprouty2-protein
#17
Xianlong Gao, Kristin C Hicks, Paul Neumann, Tarun B Patel
Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK) signaling plays a major role in tumorigenesis and normal development. Sprouty2 (Spry2) attenuates RTK signaling and inhibits processes such as angiogenesis, cell proliferation, migration and survival, which are all upregulated in tumors. Indeed in cancers of the liver, lung, prostate and breast, Spry2 protein levels are markedly decreased correlating with poor patient prognosis and shorter survival. Thus, it is important to understand how expression of Spry2 is regulated. While prior studies have focused on the post-translation regulation of Spry2, very few studies have focused on the transcriptional regulation of SPRY2 gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196117/the-transcriptional-activity-of-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4-alpha-is-inhibited-via-phosphorylation-by-erk1-2
#18
Borbála Vető, Dóra Bojcsuk, Caroline Bacquet, Judit Kiss, Szabolcs Sipeki, Ludovic Martin, László Buday, Bálint L Bálint, Tamás Arányi
Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha (HNF4α) nuclear receptor is a master regulator of hepatocyte development, nutrient transport and metabolism. HNF4α is regulated both at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels by different mechanisms. Several kinases (PKA, PKC, AMPK) were shown to phosphorylate and decrease the activity of HNF4α. Activation of the ERK1/2 signalling pathway, inducing proliferation and survival, inhibits the expression of HNF4α. However, based on our previous results we hypothesized that HNF4α is also regulated at the post-transcriptional level by ERK1/2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193232/peg10-overexpression-induced-by-e2f-1-promotes-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-pancreatic-cancer
#19
Yun-Peng Peng, Yi Zhu, Ling-Di Yin, Jing-Jing Zhang, Ji-Shu Wei, Xian Liu, Xin-Chun Liu, Wen-Tao Gao, Kui-Rong Jiang, Yi Miao
BACKGROUND: Overexpression of paternally expressed gene-10 (PEG10) is known to promote the progression of several carcinomas, however, its role in pancreatic cancer (PC) is unknown. We investigated the expression and function of PEG10 in PC. METHODS: PEG10 expression and correlation with PC progression was assessed in cancerous tissues and paired non-cancerous tissues. Further, the role of PEG10 in PC cell progression and the underlying mechanisms were studied by using small interfering RNA (Si-RNA)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192955/microfluidic-migration-and-wound-healing-assay-based-on-mechanically-induced-injuries-of-defined-and-highly-reproducible-areas
#20
Drago Sticker, Sarah Lechner, Christian Jungreuthmayer, Jürgen Zanghellini, Peter Ertl
All cell migration and wound healing assays are based on the inherent ability of adherent cells to move into adjacent cell-free areas, thus providing information on cell culture viability, cellular mechanisms and multicellular movements. Despite their widespread use for toxicological screening, biomedical research and pharmaceutical studies, to date no satisfactory technological solutions are available for the automated, miniaturized and integrated induction of defined wound areas. To bridge this technological gap, we have developed a lab-on-a-chip capable of mechanically inducing circular cell-free areas within confluent cell layers...
January 31, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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