Blogs for May 2019

Mechanisms of neurodegeneration: Mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 07:44
TOMM20 expression in human cerebral cortex mitochondria, IHC

By Michalina Hanzel, PhD

In this second installment of our three blog-posts series on major cellular mechanisms responsible for neurodegenerative disorders, we will explore the processes of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Previously, the role of autophagy in the clearance of aggregation-prone proteins in the context of neurodegenerative diseases was discussed in Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration: Protein aggregation and failure of autophagy.


Toll-like receptor 2 activation contributes to oral squamous cell carcinoma development and miRNA-mediated drug resistance

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 08:56
Nuclear Factor kappa B (NFkB) signaling pathway poster, Novus Biologicals

By Jamshed Arslan, Pharm. D., PhD.

Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the oral cavity.1 The tumor surface biofilms in oral cancers contain high levels of aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms.1,2 Periodontal pathogens can activate epithelial Toll-like receptors (TLRs) on tumor cells to promote oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) progression. In this regard, TLR2 is known to recognize micro-organisms in the oral cavity by forming a heterodimer with TLR1 or TLR6...

Make each cell count: Advanced techniques for assessing autophagy using flow cytometry

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 09:32
LC3B expression in HeLa cells treated with chloroquine overnight, ICC. Novus Biologicals

Kristy R. Howell, PhD

The cellular recycling process known as autophagy may be induced by a variety of conditions including reduced nutrient availability, serum starvation and pharmacological agents (e.g., Rapamycin). Upon autophagy induction, a process of increased sequestration of dysfunctional cellular components into autophagosomes ensues. The autophagosome fuses with lysosomes,...

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