biosights: October 27, 2014 - Epithelial cells make changes at the top

submitted by: JCB
The apical surfaces of polarized epithelia are covered by short, actin-rich protrusions called microvilli, but what happens to these structures when cells detach from a monolayer during development or disease is unclear. Klingner et al. reveal that non-confluent epithelial cells form longer, more dynamic microvilli on their apical surface that connect to a cortical actomyosin network. This biosights episode presents the paper by Klingner et al. from the October 13, 2014, issue of The Journal...

Translation Workflow Development using Mass Spectrometry

submitted by: Chrom Solutions
Mary Lopez, Ph.D. discusses translational workflows developed by the BRIMS center, designed to address all aspects of proteomics, from biomarker discovery to developing more routine applications using mass spectrometry. The workflows can be divided into two different types-- discovery and targeted. High-resolution mass spectrometry instruments are used during the discovery phase to analyze complex biological samples in an effort to uncover new biomarkers by looking at differential abundance....

San Jose Facility Now Registered as Medical Device Establishment

submitted by: Chrom Solutions

Thermo Fisher Scientific's San Jose, California facility registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device establishment. The site has established a quality system in accordance with the FDA Quality System Regulations to design and manufacture devices for analyzing samples from patients for in vitro diagnostic use.

Microbial signature profiles of periodontally healthy and diseased patients

submitted by: apcolombo
Aim: To determine microbial profiles that discriminate periodontal health from different forms of periodontal diseases. Methods: Subgingival biofilm was obtained from patients with periodontal health (27), gingivitis (11), chronic periodontitis (35) and aggressive periodontitis (24), and analysed for the presence of >250 species/phylotypes using HOMIM. Microbial differences among groups were examined by Mann–Whitney U-test. Regression analyses were performed to determine microbial...
Authors: Talita Lourenço, Debora Heller, Carina Silva-Boghossian, Sean Cotton, Bruce Paster, Ana Paula Colombo

biosights: September 29, 2014 - Cdc42 prompts a change of heart

submitted by: JCB
The Drosophila heart is a simple tubular structure with a central lumen. Vogler et al. reveal that the small GTPase Cdc42 and actin-nucleating formin proteins promote lumen formation by regulating the dynamics of non-muscle myosin in cardioblasts during heart morphogenesis. This biosights episode presents the paper by Vogler et al. from the September 29, 2014, issue of The Journal of Cell Biology and includes an interview with two of the paper's authors, Georg Vogler and Rolf Bodmer...

Systematic detection of internal symmetry in proteins

submitted by: Spencer Bliven

Talk presented at the 28th Rhine-Knee Regional Meeting on Biocrystallography on Sept 25, 2014.