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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4949, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009388

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Electron microscopy (EM) is widely used for studying cellular structure and network connectivity in the brain. We have built a parallel imaging pipeline using transmission electron microscopes that scales this technology, implements 24/7 continuous autonomous imaging, and enables the acquisition of petascale datasets. The suitability of this architecture for large-scale imaging was demonstrated by acquiring a volume of more than 1 mm3 of mouse neocortex, spanning four different visual areas at synaptic resolution, in less than 6 months. Over 26,500 ultrathin tissue sections from the same block were imaged, yielding a dataset of more than 2 petabytes. The combined burst acquisition rate of the pipeline is 3 Gpixel per sec and the net rate is 600 Mpixel per sec with six microscopes running in parallel. This work demonstrates the feasibility of acquiring EM datasets at the scale of cortical microcircuits in multiple brain regions and species.


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Processamento de Imagem Assistida por Computador , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Rede Nervosa/ultraestrutura , Neurônios/ultraestrutura , Animais , Automação , Camundongos , Neocórtex/diagnóstico por imagem , Software
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Environ Health Prev Med ; 25(1): 56, 2020 Sep 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32979924

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BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that continuous exposure to nitrous acid gas (HONO) for 4 weeks, at a concentration of 3.6 parts per million (ppm), induced pulmonary emphysema-like alterations in guinea pigs. In addition, we found that HONO affected asthma symptoms, based on the measurement of respiratory function in rats exposed to 5.8 ppm HONO. This study aimed to investigate the dose-response effects of HONO exposure on the histopathological alterations in the respiratory tract of guinea pigs to determine the lowest observed adverse effect level (LOAEL) of HONO. METHODS: We continuously exposed male Hartley guinea pigs (n = 5) to four different concentrations of HONO (0.0, 0.1, 0.4, and 1.7 ppm) for 4 weeks (24 h/day). We performed histopathological analysis by observing lung tissue samples. We examined samples from three guinea pigs in each group under a light microscope and measured the alveolar mean linear intercept (Lm) and the thickness of the bronchial smooth muscle layer. We further examined samples from two guinea pigs in each group under a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM). RESULTS: We observed the following dose-dependent changes: pulmonary emphysema-like alterations in the centriacinar regions of alveolar ducts, significant increase in Lm in the 1.7 ppm HONO-exposure group, tendency for hyperplasia and pseudostratification of bronchial epithelial cells, and extension of the bronchial epithelial cells and smooth muscle cells in the alveolar duct regions. CONCLUSIONS: These histopathological findings suggest that the LOAEL of HONO is < 0.1 ppm.


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Enfisema/induzido quimicamente , Hiperplasia/induzido quimicamente , Exposição por Inalação/efeitos adversos , Pulmão/patologia , Ácido Nitroso/toxicidade , Células Epiteliais Alveolares/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Brônquios/efeitos dos fármacos , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Células Epiteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , Cobaias , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/ultraestrutura , Masculino , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Miócitos de Músculo Liso/efeitos dos fármacos
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Life Sci ; 259: 118383, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32896555

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AIMS: Previous studies have shown that the widespread use of estrogen preparations can cause adverse outcomes such as thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. Autophagy is a biochemical process necessary to maintain cell homeostasis. The present study investigated whether E-2 mediates autophagy-induced endothelial cell dysfunction. The role of aspirin in this process was then studied. MAIN METHODS: Western blot, fluorescence microscopy, electron transmission microscopy, plasma construction and transfection, vasoreactivity study in wire myograph are all used in this study. KEY FINDINGS: We found that E-2 activated the PI3K/mTOR signaling pathway and inhibited the formation of the Atg14L-Beclin1-Vps34-Vps15 complex, thereby inhibiting autophagy. Aspirin promoted Beclin1 phosphorylation in autophagy initiation complexes and enhanced autophagy. Furthermore, E-2 treatment of HAECs resulted in endothelial dysfunction by inhibiting autophagy and leading to accumulation of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). E-2 inhibited the activation of eNOS and reduced the expression of eNOS protein. In the mouse aortic vascular function test, E-2 disrupted endothelium-dependent vasodilation. An α-SMA-shRNA lentivirus eliminated the disruption to endothelium-dependent vasodilation by E-2. Aspirin inhibited α-SMA accumulation by enhancing autophagy, reversed endothelial functional impairment caused by E-2, and promoted endothelium-dependent vasodilation. SIGNIFICANCE: This study provides new evidence that E-2 inhibits autophagy and induces abnormal accumulation of α-SMA, resulting in endothelial cell dysfunction and affecting vasodilation. Aspirin can effectively restore the endothelial cell function disrupted E-2.


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Actinas/metabolismo , Aspirina/farmacologia , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Estradiol/metabolismo , Proteína VPS15 de Distribuição Vacuolar/metabolismo , Animais , Western Blotting , Células Cultivadas , Endotélio Vascular/ultraestrutura , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoprecipitação , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4479, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32900999

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The giant protein titin is thought to be required for sarcomeric integrity in mature myocytes, but direct evidence for this hypothesis is limited. Here, we describe a mouse model in which Z-disc-anchored TTN is depleted in adult skeletal muscles. Inactivation of TTN causes sarcomere disassembly and Z-disc deformations, force impairment, myocyte de-stiffening, upregulation of TTN-binding mechanosensitive proteins and activation of protein quality-control pathways, concomitant with preferential loss of thick-filament proteins. Interestingly, expression of the myosin-bound Cronos-isoform of TTN, generated from an alternative promoter not affected by the targeting strategy, does not prevent deterioration of sarcomere formation and maintenance. Finally, we demonstrate that loss of Z-disc-anchored TTN recapitulates muscle remodeling in critical illness 'myosinopathy' patients, characterized by TTN-depletion and loss of thick filaments. We conclude that full-length TTN is required to integrate Z-disc and A-band proteins into the mature sarcomere, a function that is lost when TTN expression is pathologically lowered.


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Fibras Musculares Esqueléticas/fisiologia , Proteínas Quinases/fisiologia , Sarcômeros/fisiologia , Animais , Fenômenos Biomecânicos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Força Muscular/fisiologia , Atrofia Muscular/etiologia , Atrofia Muscular/patologia , Atrofia Muscular/fisiopatologia , Doenças Musculares/patologia , Doenças Musculares/fisiopatologia , Miosinas/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases/deficiência , Proteínas Quinases/genética , Sarcômeros/patologia , Ubiquitinação
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4502, 2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32908136

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Biological tissues, such as muscle, can increase their mechanical strength after swelling due to the existence of many biological membrane barriers that can regulate the transmembrane transport of water molecules and ions. Oppositely, typical synthetic materials show a swelling-weakening behavior, which always suffers from a sharp decline in mechanical strength after swelling, because of the dilution of the network. Here, we describe a swelling-strengthening phenomenon of polymer materials achieved by a bioinspired strategy. Liposomal membrane nanobarriers are covalently embedded in a crosslinked network to regulate transmembrane transport. After swelling, the stretched network deforms the liposomes and subsequently initiates the transmembrane diffusion of the encapsulated molecules that can trigger the formation of a new network from the preloaded precursor. Thanks to the tough nature of the double-network structure, the swelling-strengthening phenomenon is achieved to polymer hydrogels successfully. Swelling-triggered self-strengthening enables the development of various dynamic materials.


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Materiais Biomiméticos/química , Hidrogéis/química , Lipossomos/química , Nanoestruturas/química , Força Compressiva , Reagentes para Ligações Cruzadas/química , Lipossomos/ultraestrutura , Teste de Materiais , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Nanoestruturas/ultraestrutura , Resistência à Tração
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110960, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800232

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Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have been extensively used in various industries and reported to inhibit spermatogenesis, however, ZnO NPs-induced spermatogenesis failure is yet to be fully elucidated. Herein, mouse-derived spermatogonia cell line GC-1 spg cells were treated with ZnO NPs for 24 h in the presence or absence of radical scavenger N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC) or autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine (3-MA), then cell viability was observed by MTT assay; apoptosis was observed by western blotting analysis and AnnexinV-FITC/PI assay, respectively; autophagy was detected by western blotting analysis and transmission electron microscopy, respectively; and the contents of MDA and GSH and the activities of SOD and GSH-PX were measured by oxidative stress kits. The present study showed that ZnO NPs exposure inhibited viability and induced apoptosis of mouse GC-1 spg cells. Intriguingly, ZnO NPs markedly increased the protein content of LC3-II, the ratio of LC3-II/LC3-I, and the protein levels of ATG 5 and Beclin 1 in the cells. Furthermore, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that autophagic vesicles in the cytoplasm increased significantly in the ZnO NPs-treated cells, indicating that ZnO NPs could induce autophagy of the cells. Oxidative stress could be induced by ZnO NPs; moreover, inhibition of oxidative stress could alleviate the induction of apoptosis and autophagy by ZnO NPs. Inhibition of autophagy by 3-MA could rescue the inhibition of cell viability and induction of apoptosis by ZnO NPs, which indicated that autophagy might have cytotoxic effect on ZnO NPs-induced apoptosis. In summary, oxidative stress was involved in ZnO NPs-induced apoptosis and autophagy of mouse GC-1 spg cells, and autophagy might play a cytotoxic role in ZnO NPs-induced apoptosis.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Nanopartículas/toxicidade , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Óxido de Zinco/toxicidade , Animais , Proteína Beclina-1/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Camundongos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Espermatogênese/efeitos dos fármacos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4071, 2020 08 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32792491

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Arrest of oligodendrocyte (OL) differentiation and remyelination following myelin damage in multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with neurodegeneration and clinical worsening. We show that Glutathione S-transferase 4α (Gsta4) is highly expressed during adult OL differentiation and that Gsta4 loss impairs differentiation into myelinating OLs in vitro. In addition, we identify Gsta4 as a target of both dimethyl fumarate, an existing MS therapy, and clemastine fumarate, a candidate remyelinating agent in MS. Overexpression of Gsta4 reduces expression of Fas and activity of the mitochondria-associated Casp8-Bid-axis in adult oligodendrocyte precursor cells, leading to improved OL survival during differentiation. The Gsta4 effect on apoptosis during adult OL differentiation was corroborated in vivo in both lysolecithin-induced demyelination and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis models, where Casp8 activity was reduced in Gsta4-overexpressing OLs. Our results identify Gsta4 as an intrinsic regulator of OL differentiation, survival and remyelination, as well as a potential target for future reparative MS therapies.


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Glutationa Transferase/metabolismo , Oligodendroglia/citologia , Oligodendroglia/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/genética , Apoptose/fisiologia , Caspase 8/genética , Caspase 8/metabolismo , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Diferenciação Celular/fisiologia , Células Cultivadas , Ensaio de Imunoadsorção Enzimática , Citometria de Fluxo , Glutationa Transferase/genética , Homeostase/genética , Homeostase/fisiologia , Imuno-Histoquímica , Masculino , Microglia/citologia , Microglia/metabolismo , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Esclerose Múltipla/genética , Esclerose Múltipla/metabolismo , Fagocitose/genética , Fagocitose/fisiologia , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional , Ratos , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Remielinização/genética , Remielinização/fisiologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4087, 2020 08 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32796822

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By electronically wiring-up living cells with abiotic conductive surfaces, bioelectrochemical systems (BES) harvest energy and synthesize electric-/solar-chemicals with unmatched thermodynamic efficiency. However, the establishment of an efficient electronic interface between living cells and abiotic surfaces is hindered due to the requirement of extremely close contact and high interfacial area, which is quite challenging for cell and material engineering. Herein, we propose a new concept of a single cell electron collector, which is in-situ built with an interconnected intact conductive layer on and cross the individual cell membrane. The single cell electron collector forms intimate contact with the cellular electron transfer machinery and maximizes the interfacial area, achieving record-high interfacial electron transfer efficiency and BES performance. Thus, this single cell electron collector provides a superior tool to wire living cells with abiotic surfaces at the single-cell level and adds new dimensions for abiotic/biotic interface engineering.


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Eletroquímica/métodos , Biofilmes/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Catálise , Eletrodos , Microscopia Eletroquímica de Varredura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Shewanella/metabolismo , Shewanella/ultraestrutura
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4124, 2020 08 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32807787

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In response to DNA damage, a synthetic lethal relationship exists between the cell cycle checkpoint kinase MK2 and the tumor suppressor p53. Here, we describe the concept of augmented synthetic lethality (ASL): depletion of a third gene product enhances a pre-existing synthetic lethal combination. We show that loss of the DNA repair protein XPA markedly augments the synthetic lethality between MK2 and p53, enhancing anti-tumor responses alone and in combination with cisplatin chemotherapy. Delivery of siRNA-peptide nanoplexes co-targeting MK2 and XPA to pre-existing p53-deficient tumors in a highly aggressive, immunocompetent mouse model of lung adenocarcinoma improves long-term survival and cisplatin response beyond those of the synthetic lethal p53 mutant/MK2 combination alone. These findings establish a mechanism for co-targeting DNA damage-induced cell cycle checkpoints in combination with repair of cisplatin-DNA lesions in vivo using RNAi nanocarriers, and motivate further exploration of ASL as a generalized strategy to improve cancer treatment.


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Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular/fisiologia , Reparo do DNA/fisiologia , Animais , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Dano ao DNA/genética , Dano ao DNA/fisiologia , Reparo do DNA/genética , Células HCT116 , Humanos , Immunoblotting , Camundongos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Nanomedicina/métodos , Interferência de RNA , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 202: 110924, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32800211

RESUMO

Fabrication of poly-(N-isopropylmethacrylamide-co-methacrylic acid) [p(NMA)] microgels to be utilized as microreactors to synthesize stable Ag nanoparticles for catalytic reductive degradation of dyes has been addressed in this work. Both p(NMA) microgel and Ag-p(NMA) hybrid microgel systems have been analyzed by Fourier transform infra-red and Dynamic light scattering, Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and Transmission electron microscopy. Catalytic activity of Ag-p(NMA) towards reductive degradation of Congo Red (CR), Methyl Orange (MO) and Alizarin Yellow (AY) was investigated under different operating conditions. Spectrophotometry was employed to check the progress of reaction while the rate constant (kapp) value of degradation reaction was determined under various conditions to optimize reaction parameters for rapid and economical degradation of these dyes. An increase in kapp value was observed by increasing feed content of dye up to a certain value that decreases again by further increment in dye concentration which reflects that catalysis follows Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. A gradual increase in the kapp value was also observed with increasing quantity of hybrid microgel used as a catalyst. By comparing kapp values of degradation of aforementioned dyes, it was found that Ag-p(NMA) hybrid microgel gives better activity for MO dye degradation in comparison to catalytic degradation of CR and AY.


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Compostos Azo/química , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Prata/química , Catálise , Corantes/química , Vermelho Congo/química , Hidrogéis/química , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Polímeros/química , Espectrofotometria , Difração de Raios X
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238104, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32822415

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PURPOSE: To delineate responses of optic nerve head astrocytes to sustained intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation in mice. METHODS: We elevated IOP for 1 day to 6 weeks by intracameral microbead injection in 4 strains of mice. Astrocyte alterations were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) including immunogold molecular localization, and by laser scanning microscopy (LSM) with immunofluorescence for integrin ß1, α-dystroglycan, and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Astrocyte proliferation and apoptosis were quantified by Ki67 and TUNEL labeling, respectively. RESULTS: Astrocytes in normal optic nerve head expressed integrin ß1 and α-dystroglycan by LSM and TEM immunogold labeling at electron dense junctional complexes that were found only on cell membrane zones bordering their basement membranes (BM) at the peripapillary sclera (PPS) and optic nerve head capillaries. At 1-3 days after IOP elevation, abnormal extracellular spaces appeared between astrocytes near PPS, and axonal vesical and mitochondrial accumulation indicated axonal transport blockade. By 1 week, abnormal spaces increased, new collagen formation occurred, and astrocytes separated from their BM, leaving cell membrane fragments. Electron dense junctional complexes separated or were absent at the BM. Astrocyte proliferation was modest during the first week, while only occasional apoptotic astrocytes were observed by TEM and TUNEL. CONCLUSIONS: Astrocytes normally exhibit junctions with their BM which are disrupted by extended IOP elevation. Responses include reorientation of cell processes, new collagen formation, and cell proliferation.


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Astrócitos/fisiologia , Glaucoma/patologia , Nervo Óptico/fisiologia , Animais , Apoptose , Astrócitos/citologia , Astrócitos/patologia , Proliferação de Células , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Proteína Glial Fibrilar Ácida/metabolismo , Pressão Intraocular , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Microscopia Confocal , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Nervo Óptico/citologia , Nervo Óptico/patologia
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237667, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32833960

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This is the first time that obesity and diabetes mellitus (DM) as protein conformational diseases (PCD) are reported in children and they are typically diagnosed too late, when ß-cell damage is evident. Here we wanted to investigate the level of naturally-ocurring or real (not synthetic) oligomeric aggregates of the human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP) that we called RIAO in sera of pediatric patients with obesity and diabetes. We aimed to reduce the gap between basic biomedical research, clinical practice-health decision making and to explore whether RIAO work as a potential biomarker of early ß-cell damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a multicentric collaborative, cross-sectional, analytical, ambispective and blinded study; the RIAO from pretreated samples (PTS) of sera of 146 pediatric patients with obesity or DM and 16 healthy children, were isolated, measured by sound indirect ELISA with novel anti-hIAPP cytotoxic oligomers polyclonal antibody (MEX1). We carried out morphological and functional studied and cluster-clinical data driven analysis. RESULTS: We demonstrated by western blot, Transmission Electron Microscopy and cell viability experiments that RIAO circulate in the blood and can be measured by ELISA; are elevated in serum of childhood obesity and diabetes; are neurotoxics and works as biomarkers of early ß-cell failure. We explored the range of evidence-based medicine clusters that included the RIAO level, which allowed us to classify and stratify the obesity patients with high cardiometabolic risk. CONCLUSIONS: RIAO level increases as the number of complications rises; RIAOs > 3.35 µg/ml is a predictor of changes in the current indicators of ß-cell damage. We proposed a novel physio-pathological pathway and shows that PCD affect not only elderly patients but also children. Here we reduced the gap between basic biomedical research, clinical practice and health decision making.


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Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 1/patologia , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/patologia , Células Secretoras de Insulina/patologia , Polipeptídeo Amiloide das Ilhotas Pancreáticas/metabolismo , Obesidade/patologia , Estrutura Quaternária de Proteína , Adolescente , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular , Células Cultivadas , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Estudos Transversais , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 1/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/complicações , Humanos , Polipeptídeo Amiloide das Ilhotas Pancreáticas/sangue , Polipeptídeo Amiloide das Ilhotas Pancreáticas/toxicidade , Polipeptídeo Amiloide das Ilhotas Pancreáticas/ultraestrutura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Obesidade/sangue , Obesidade/complicações , Projetos Piloto , Cultura Primária de Células , Multimerização Proteica , Ratos , Testes de Toxicidade Aguda
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237173, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32845897

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Gentian is an important ornamental flower in Japan. The corolla of the majority of cultivated Japanese gentians have green spots, which are rarely encountered in flowers of other angiosperms. Little information is available on the functional traits of the green spots. In this study, we characterized the green spots in the Japanese gentian corolla using a number of microscopic techniques. Opto-digital microscopy revealed that a single visible green spot is composed of approximately 100 epidermal cells. The epidermal cells of a green spot formed a dome-like structure and the cell lumen contained many green structures that were granular and approximately 5 µm in diameter. The green structures emitted red autofluorescence when irradiated with 488 nm excitation light. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the green structures contained typical thylakoids and grana, thus indicating they are chloroplasts. No grana were observed and the thylakoids had collapsed in the plastids of epidermal cells surrounding green spots. To estimate the rate of photosynthetic electron transfer of the green spots, we measured chlorophyll fluorescence using the MICROSCOPY version of an Imaging-PAM (pulse-amplitude-modulated) fluorometer. Under actinic light of 449 µmol m-2 s-1, substantial electron flow through photosystem II was observed. Observation of green spot formation during corolla development revealed that immature green spots formed at an early bud stage and developed to maturity associated with chloroplast degradation in the surrounding epidermal cells. These results confirmed that the Japanese gentian corolla contains functional chloroplasts in restricted areas of epidermal cells and indicated that a sophisticated program for differential regulation of chloroplast formation and degradation is operative in the epidermis.


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Flores/citologia , Flores/metabolismo , Gentiana/anatomia & histologia , Tilacoides/metabolismo , Clorofila/metabolismo , Transporte de Elétrons , Japão , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Fotossíntese , Complexo de Proteína do Fotossistema I/metabolismo , Complexo de Proteína do Fotossistema II/metabolismo , Epiderme Vegetal/citologia , Epiderme Vegetal/metabolismo , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo
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Chemosphere ; 260: 127681, 2020 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32758785

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In this work, magnetic separably barium ferrite nanomaterial (BaFeO) was synthesized via citrate acid assisted sol-gel combustion method. Subsequently, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersion spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were applied for its structural, morphological, and electromagnetic characterization. In addition, microwave (MW) absorption and thermal conversion test results indicated the BaFeO had electrothermal rather than magnetothermal conversion capacity. Meanwhile, the synthesized BaFeO showed satisfactory performance in both eliminating and mineralization of a typical triphenylmethane dye, brilliant green (BG), in MW-induced catalytic oxidation (MICO) process without extra oxidant addition. Besides, changes in element valence and content of BaFeO before and after MICO process investigated with XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed its relatively stable properties. Furthermore, transition oxygen species involved in MICO process was deduced as lattice oxygen species. Then, the possible degradation pathway of BG was proposed as demethylation, open-loop of triphenylmethane, releasing one ring, formation of the benzene ring and the ultimate mineralization based on the degradation intermediates tentatively identified by gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS), respectively. Finally, ecotoxicity analysis by ecological structure activity relationships (ECOSAR) showed that both the acute and chronic toxicity of these intermediates were lower than that of parent BG. These findings are important regarding the development of efficient catalysts in MICO process for degradation of BG analogues in wastewater.


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Compostos de Bário/química , Compostos Férricos/química , Nanoestruturas/química , Compostos de Amônio Quaternário/química , Catálise , Corantes/química , Magnetismo , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Micro-Ondas , Espectroscopia Fotoeletrônica , Águas Residuárias , Difração de Raios X
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 204: 110973, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32781346

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Arsenic (As) exerts a wide range of adverse effects on biological systems, including the reproductive organs in males and females. However, the mechanisms of As-induced reproductive toxicity are mostly obscure. Recently, we showed that autophagy is an essential route for As2O3-induced reprotoxicity through the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal-sperm (HPG-S) axis in pubertal and matured F1-male mice. However, the role of autophagy in As2O3- induced ovarian toxicity is mostly unknown. Hence, this study aimed to elucidate the role of oxidative stress, mitochondrial impairment, and autophagic processes in the ovary of As-exposed female mice. For this purpose, mature female mice were challenged with 0, low (0.2), medium (2), and high (20 ppm) As2O3 from 35-days before mating till weaning their pups, and the F1- females from weaning until maturity. Then, all the mice were sacrificed, and oxidative stress parameters, mitochondrial indices, electron microscopic evaluation of the ovaries, expression of autophagic-related genes and proteins, and autophagosome formation were assessed. It was shown that medium and high As2O3 doses were a potent inducer of oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and autophagy in the ovary of F1-generation. A dose-dependent increment in the gene expression of PDK1, PI3K, TSC2, AMPK, ULK1, ATG13, Beclin1, ATG12, ATG5, LC3, P62, ATG3, ATG7, and p62, as well as protein expression of Beclin1, and LC3- I, II, was evident in the ovaries of the As-treated animals. Moreover, a dose-dependent decrease in the expression of mTOR and Bcl-2 genes, and mTOR protein was detected with increasing doses of As, suggesting that As treatment-induced autophagy. Along with a dose-dependent increase in the number of MDC-labeled autophagic vacuoles, transmission electron microscopy also confirmed more autophagosomes and injured mitochondria in medium and high As2O3 doses groups. As2O3 also negatively affected the mean body weight, litter size, organ coefficient, and stereological indices in female mice. Finally, in physiological conditions, arsenic trioxide (As2O3) leads to an increased level of autophagy in the oocyte when many oocytes were being lost. These findings indicated that an imbalance in the oxidant-antioxidant system, mitochondrial impairment, and the autophagic process, through inhibition of mTOR, dependent and independent pathways, and Bcl-2, as well as activation of AMPK/PI3K/Beclin1/LC3 routes, could play a pivotal role in As-induced reproductive toxicity through ovarian dysfunction in females.


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Arsênico/toxicidade , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Folículo Ovariano/efeitos dos fármacos , Ovário/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Feminino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Folículo Ovariano/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Ovário/ultraestrutura , Distribuição Aleatória
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0234672, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764753

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Opticin is a class III member of the extracellular matrix small leucine-rich repeat protein/proteoglycan (SLRP) family found in vitreous humour and cartilage. It was first identified associated with the surface of vitreous collagen fibrils and several other SLRPs are also known to bind collagen fibrils and it some cases alter fibril morphology. The purpose of this study was to investigate the binding of opticin to the collagen II-containing fibrils found in vitreous and cartilage. Electron microscopic studies using gold labelling demonstrated that opticin binds vitreous and thin cartilage collagen fibrils specifically at a single site in the gap region of the collagen D-period corresponding to the e2 stain band; this is the first demonstration of the binding site of a class III SLRP on collagen fibrils. Opticin did not bind thick cartilage collagen fibrils from cartilage or tactoids formed in vitro from collagen II, but shows high specificity for thin, heterotypic collagen fibrils containing collagens II, and XI or V/XI. Vitreous collagen fibrils from opticin null and wild-type mice were compared and no difference in fibril morphology or diameter was observed. Similarly, in vitro fibrillogenesis experiments showed that opticin did not affect fibril formation. We propose that when opticin is bound to collagen fibrils, rather than influencing their morphology it instead hinders the binding of other molecules to the fibril surfaces and/or act as an intermediary bridge linking the collagen fibrils to other non-collagenous molecules.


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Colágeno/metabolismo , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Proteoglicanas/metabolismo , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Bovinos , Colágeno/química , Colágeno/ultraestrutura , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/química , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/deficiência , Técnicas In Vitro , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Microscopia Imunoeletrônica , Ligação Proteica , Proteoglicanas/química , Proteoglicanas/deficiência , Corpo Vítreo/química , Corpo Vítreo/metabolismo , Corpo Vítreo/ultraestrutura
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5073-5082, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764937

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Objective: To prepare xanthatin (XA)-loaded polydopamine (PDA) nanoparticles (PDA-XA-NPs) and to investigate their adhesion and bioavailability. Materials and methods: PDA-XA-NPs were synthesized and characterized using transmission electron microscopy, zeta potential analysis and encapsulation efficiency analysis. Their in vitro release kinetics and inhibitory effects on gastric cancer were studied. The adhesion of PDA-XA-NPs was evaluated by in vivo imaging atlas. The pharmacokinetics of PDA-XA-NPs and XA was compared. Results: PDA-XA-NPs had a spherical shape, a particle size of about 380 nm, an encapsulation efficiency of (82.1 ± 0.02) % and a drug loading capacity of (5.5 ± 0.1)%. The release of PDA-XA-NPs in PBS was stable and slow, without being affected by pH. The adhesion capacity of PDA-XA-NPs for mucin was significantly higher than that of bulk drug. The gastric mucosal retention of PDA-XA-NPs reached 89.1% which significantly exceeded that of XA. In vivo imaging showed that PDA-XA-NPs targeting the stomach were retained for a period of time. The pharmacokinetics study showed that PDA-XA-NPs had a longer retention time and a slower drug release than those of XA. In vitro experiments confirmed that PDA-XA-NPs exerted similar inhibitory effects on gastric cancer to those of XA, which lasted for a period of time. Conclusion: High-adhesion NPs were constructed. Gastric cancer was targeted by orally administered PDA-XA-NPs, as a potentially feasible therapy. Eventually, the bioavailability of XA was increased.


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Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/farmacocinética , Furanos/farmacocinética , Nanopartículas/química , Neoplasias Gástricas/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/química , Disponibilidade Biológica , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Portadores de Fármacos/química , Liberação Controlada de Fármacos , Furanos/química , Mucosa Gástrica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Indóis/química , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Nanopartículas/metabolismo , Tamanho da Partícula , Polímeros/química , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Neoplasias Gástricas/patologia
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5459-5471, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32801700

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Purpose: Indocyanine green (ICG), a near infrared (NIR) dye clinically approved in medical diagnostics, possesses great heat conversion efficiency, which renders itself as an effective photosensitizer for photothermal therapy (PTT) of cancer. However, there remain bottleneck challenges for use in PTT, which are the poor photo and plasma stability of ICG. To address these problems, in this research, ICG-loaded silver nanoparticles were prepared and evaluated for the applicability as an effective agent for photothermal cancer therapy. Methods and Results: PEGylated bovine serum albumin (BSA)-coated silver core/shell nanoparticles were synthesized with a high loading of ICG ("PEG-BSA-AgNP/ICG"). Physical characterization was carried out using size analyzer, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry to identify successful preparation and size stability. ICG-loading content and the photothermal conversion efficiency of the particles were confirmed with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and laser instruments. In vitro studies showed that the PEG-BSA-AgNP/ICG could provide great photostability for ICG, and their applicability for PTT was verified from the cellular study results. Furthermore, when the PEG-BSA-AgNP/ICG were tested in vivo, study results exhibited that ICG could stably remain in the blood circulation for a markedly long period (plasma half-life: 112 min), and about 1.7% ID/g tissue could be accumulated in the tumor tissue at 4 h post-injection. Such nanoparticle accumulation in the tumor enabled tumor surface temperature to be risen to 50°C (required for photo-ablation) by laser irradiation and led to successful inhibition of tumor growth in the B16F10 s.c. syngeneic nude mice model, with minimal systemic toxicity. Conclusion: Our findings demonstrated that PEG-BSA-AgNPs could serve as effective carriers for delivering ICG to the tumor tissue with great stability and safety.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Nanopartículas Metálicas/química , Fotoquimioterapia/métodos , Fármacos Fotossensibilizantes/química , Animais , Antineoplásicos/efeitos adversos , Antineoplásicos/farmacocinética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos/métodos , Estabilidade de Medicamentos , Difusão Dinâmica da Luz , Meia-Vida , Humanos , Verde de Indocianina/química , Verde de Indocianina/farmacocinética , Melanoma Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Camundongos Nus , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Polietilenoglicóis/química , Soroalbumina Bovina/química , Prata/química , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5473-5489, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32801701

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Introduction: Biofilms protect bacteria from antibiotics and this can produce drug-resistant strains, especially the main pathogen of periodontitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis. Carbon quantum dots with various biomedical properties are considered to have great application potential in antibacterial and anti-biofilm treatment. Methods: Tinidazole carbon quantum dots (TCDs) and metronidazole carbon quantum dots (MCDs) were prepared by a hydrothermal method with the clinical antibacterial drugs tinidazole and metronidazole, respectively. Then, TCDs and MCDs were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive spectrometry. The antibacterial effects were also investigated under different conditions. Results: The TCDs and MCDs had uniform sizes. The results of UV-visible and energy-dispersive spectrometry confirmed their important carbon polymerization structures and the activity of the nitro group, which had an evident inhibitory effect on P. gingivalis, but almost no effect on other bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Prevotella nigrescens. Importantly, the TCDs could penetrate the biofilms to further effectively inhibit the growth of P. gingivalis under the biofilms. Furthermore, it was found that the antibacterial effect of TCDs lies in its ability to impair toxicity by inhibiting the major virulence factors and related genes involved in the biofilm formation of P. gingivalis, thus affecting the self-assembly of biofilm-related proteins. Conclusion: The findings demonstrate a promising new method for improving the efficiency of periodontitis treatment by penetrating the P. gingivalis biofilm with preparations of nano-level antibacterial drugs.


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Antibacterianos/química , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Porphyromonas gingivalis/efeitos dos fármacos , Pontos Quânticos/química , Animais , Antibacterianos/efeitos adversos , Aderência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Biofilmes/efeitos dos fármacos , Carbono/química , Carbono/farmacologia , Escherichia coli/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Metronidazol/química , Metronidazol/farmacologia , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Periodontite/microbiologia , Porphyromonas gingivalis/genética , Porphyromonas gingivalis/fisiologia , Coelhos , Espectrofotometria Ultravioleta , Staphylococcus aureus/efeitos dos fármacos , Tinidazol/química , Tinidazol/farmacologia , Fatores de Virulência/antagonistas & inibidores
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 15: 5517-5526, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32801703

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Introduction: Hypertension is a major health problem worldwide and is typically treated using oral drugs. However, the frequency of oral administration may result in poor patient compliance, and reduced bioavailability owing to the first-pass effect can also prove problematic. Methods: In this study, we developed a new transdermal-drug-delivery system (TDDS) for the treatment of hypertension using atenolol (ATE) based on poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-decorated three-dimensional (3D) flower-like MoS2 nanoparticles (PAA-MoS2 NPs) that respond to NIR laser irradiation. The PAA-modified MoS2 NPs were synthesized and characterized using attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction measurements, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and the sedimentation equilibrium method. The drug-loading efficiency and photothermal conversion effect were also explored. Results: The results showed that the colloidally stable PAA-MoS2 NPs exhibited a high drug-loading capacity of 54.99% and high photothermal conversion ability. Further, the capacity of the PAA-MoS2 NPs for controlled release was explored using in vitro drug-release and skin-penetration studies. The drug-release percentage was 44.72 ± 1.04%, and skin penetration was enhanced by a factor of 1.85 in the laser-stimulated group. Sustained and controlled release by the developed TDDS were observed with laser stimulation. Moreover, in vivo erythema index analysis verified that the PAA-MoS2 NPs did not cause skin irritation. Discussion: Our findings demonstrate that PAA-MoS2 NPs can be used as a new carrier for transdermal drug delivery for the first time.


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Anti-Hipertensivos/administração & dosagem , Atenolol/administração & dosagem , Dissulfetos/química , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos/métodos , Molibdênio/química , Nanopartículas/administração & dosagem , Resinas Acrílicas/química , Administração Cutânea , Animais , Anti-Hipertensivos/farmacocinética , Atenolol/efeitos adversos , Atenolol/farmacocinética , Sistemas de Liberação de Medicamentos/efeitos adversos , Liberação Controlada de Fármacos , Difusão Dinâmica da Luz , Eritema/induzido quimicamente , Humanos , Lasers , Masculino , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Nanopartículas/química , Coelhos , Ratos Wistar , Espectroscopia de Infravermelho com Transformada de Fourier , Difração de Raios X
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