Articles by Sindy Kueh in JoVE
Prolonged Incubation of Acute Neuronal Tissue for Electrophysiology and Calcium-imaging Morven A. Cameron1, Orsolya Kekesi1,2, John W. Morley1,2, Alba Bellot-Saez1,2, Sindy Kueh2, Paul Breen1, André van Schaik1, Jonathan Tapson1, Yossi Buskila1,2 1The MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, 2School of Medicine, Western Sydney University Once removed from the body, neuronal tissue is greatly affected by environmental conditions, leading to eventual degradation of the tissue after 6 - 8 h. Using a unique incubation method, which closely monitors and regulates the extracellular environment of the tissue, tissue viability can be significantly extended for >24 h.
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Lysozyme Depolymerization of Photo-activated Chitosan Adhesive Films Carbohydrate Polymers. May, 2015 | Pubmed ID: 25659671 Effective tissue bioadhesion of rose bengal-chitosan films can be achieved by photoactivation using a green laser. In this study, lysozyme was incorporated in these films to enhance the rate of depolymerization and assess the laser impact on lysozyme. The lysozyme loaded films exhibited a 21% mass loss after 4 weeks implantation in rats while control films (without lysozyme) had only 7% mass loss. Capillary electrophoresis-mass spectroscopy showed that chitosan degraded into monomers and oligomers of glucosamine and N-acetyl-glucosamine. Irradiation with laser did not affect the depolymerization of adhesive by lysozyme suggesting that the inclusion of lysozyme in the bioadhesive is a viable technique for tailoring the depolymerization.
Protein Kinase CK2 Regulates Metal Toxicity in Neuronal Cells Metallomics : Integrated Biometal Science. Jan, 2016 | Pubmed ID: 26623569 Protein kinase CK2 is a pleiotropic tetrameric enzyme, regulating numerous biological processes from cell proliferation to stress response. This study demonstrates for the first time that CK2 is involved in the regulation of metal uptake and toxicity in neuronal cells. After the determination of inhibitory concentrations (IC50) for a range of metal salts (ZnSO4, Al(mal)3, CoCl2, CrO3, NaAsO2 and CaCl2) in Neuro-2a mouse neuroblastoma cells, the effect of CK2 on metal toxicity was investigated by three lines of experiments using CK2 inhibitors, metal ion specific fluorophores and siRNA-mediated knockdown of CK2 expression. The results showed that both CK2 inhibitors, 4,5,6,7-tetrabromobenzotriazole (TBB) and quinalizarin, markedly reduced the toxicity of Zn(ii), Al(iii), Co(ii), Cr(vi) and As(iii). Confocal microscopy imaging revealed that Zn(ii) uptake was accompanied by the increase of intracellular Ca(ii) in Neuro-2a cells treated with IC50 of ZnSO4 (240 μM), and such concurrent elevation of intracellular Zn(ii) and Ca(ii) was blocked by TBB and quinalizarin. The role of CK2 in metal uptake was further characterised using specific siRNA against each of the three subunits (CK2α, α' and β) and the data demonstrate that CK2α' is the prominent subunit regulating the metal toxicity. Finally, the role of CK2 in metal toxicity was found to be conserved in the distant species-Saccharomyces cerevisiae by employing the complete deletion mutants of CK2 (cka1Δ, cka2Δ, ckb1Δ and ckb2Δ). Taken together, these findings shed light on a new facet of CK2 functionality and provide a basis for further research on the regulation of Zn(ii) and Ca(ii) homeostasis by CK2.