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Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Jorge G Quintanilla, Javier Moreno, Tamara Archondo, José Manuel Alfonso-Almazán, José María Lillo-Castellano, Elena Usandizaga, María Jesús García-Torrent, Cruz Rodríguez-Bobada, Pablo González, Luis Borrego, Victoria Cañadas-Godoy, Juan J González-Ferrer, Nicasio Pérez-Castellano, Julián Pérez-Villacastín, David Filgueiras-Rama
Pressure overload and heart failure electrophysiological remodeling (HF-ER) in pigs are associated with decreased conduction velocity (CV) and dispersion of repolarization, which lead to higher risk of ventricular arrhythmia. This work aimed to establish the correlation between QRS complex duration and underlying changes in CV during increased intraventricular pressure (IVP) and/or HF-ER ex-vivo, and to determine whether QRS duration could be sensitive to an acute increase in left ventricular afterload in-vivo...
August 8, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Milsee Mol, Ritika Kabra, Shailza Singh
Whole genome sequencing projects running in various laboratories around the world has generated immense data. A systematic phylogenetic analysis of this data shows that genome complexity goes on decreasing as it evolves, due to its modular nature. This modularity can be harnessed to minimize the genome further to reduce it with the bare minimum essential genes. A reduced modular genome, can fuel progress in the area of synthetic biology by providing a ready to use plug and play chassis. Advances in gene editing technology such as the use of tailor made synthetic transcription factors will further enhance the availability of synthetic devices to be applied in the fields of environment, agriculture and health...
August 8, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Mehmet Emin Erdal, Senay Görücü Yılmaz, Serkan Gürgül, Coşar Uzun, Didem Derici, Nurten Erdal
Common complex diseases are a result of host and environment interactions. One such putative environmental factor is the electromagnetic field exposure, especially the occupational extremely low frequency (ELF) magnetic field, 50 Hz, 1 mT, whose neurobiological relevance remains elusive. We evaluated the effects of long-term (60 days) ELF-MF exposure on miRNAs previously related to brain and human diseases (miR-26b-5p, miR-9-5p, miR-29a-3p, miR-106b-5p, miR-107, miR-125a-3p). A total of 64 young (3 weeks-old) and mature (10 weeks-old) male/female Wistar-Albino rats were divided into sham and ELF-MF exposed groups...
August 3, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Thomas M Suchyna
Discovery of Piezo channels and the reporting of their sensitivity to the inhibitor GsMTx4 were important milestones in the study of non-selective cationic mechanosensitive channels (MSCs) in normal physiology and pathogenesis. GsMTx4 had been used for years to investigate the functional role of cationic MSCs, especially in muscle tissue, but with little understanding of its target or inhibitory mechanism. The sensitivity of Piezo channels to bilayer stress and its robust mechanosensitivity when expressed in heterologous systems were keys to determining GsMTx4's mechanism of action...
August 1, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Saira Javed, Farrukh Azeem, Sabir Hussain, Ijaz Rasul, Muhammad Hussnain Siddique, Muhammad Riaz, Muhammad Afzal, Ambreen Kouser, Habibullah Nadeem
Lipase (E.C. belongs to the hydrolases and is also known as fat splitting, glycerol ester hydrolase or triacylglycerol acylhydrolase. Lipase catalyzes the hydrolysis of triglycerides converting them to glycerol and fatty acids in an oil-water interface. These are widely used in food, dairy, flavor, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, leather, cosmetics, detergent, and chemical industries. Lipases are of plant, animal, and microbial origin, but microbial lipases are produced at industrial level and represent the most widely used class of enzymes in biotechnological applications and organic chemistry...
July 31, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Eilidh A MacDonald, Matthew R Stoyek, Robert A Rose, T Alexander Quinn
Excitation of the heart occurs in a specialised region known as the sinoatrial node (SAN). Tight regulation of SAN function is essential for the maintenance of normal heart rhythm and the response to (patho-)physiological changes. The SAN is regulated by extrinsic (central nervous system) and intrinsic (neurons, peptides, mechanics) factors. The positive chronotropic response to stretch in particular is essential for beat-by-beat adaptation to changes in hemodynamic load. Yet, the mechanism of this stretch response is unknown, due in part to the lack of an appropriate experimental model for targeted investigations...
July 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
John S Torday, William B Miller
Boundary conditions enable cellular life through negentropy, chemiosmosis, and homeostasis as identifiable First Principles of Physiology. Self-referential awareness of status arises from this organized state to sustain homeostatic imperatives. Preferred homeostatic status is dependent upon the appraisal of information and its communication. However, among living entities, sources of information and their dissemination are always imprecise. Consequently, living systems exist within an innate state of ambiguity...
July 22, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Shivshankar Thanigaimani, Emma McLennan, Dominik Linz, Rajiv Mahajan, Thomas A Agbaedeng, Geoffrey Lee, Jonathan M Kalman, Prashanthan Sanders, Dennis H Lau
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia and across the developed nations, it contributes to increasing hospitalizations and healthcare burden. Several comorbidities and risk factors including hypertension, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnoea and obesity are known to play an important role in the initiation and perpetuation of AF and atrial stretch or dilatation may play a central mechanistic role. The impact of atrial stretch in the development of AF can vary dependent on the underlying disease...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Robert E Ulanowicz
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July 19, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Ursula Ravens, Peter Kohl
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July 14, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
T Seidel, A C Sankarankutty, F B Sachse
The transverse tubular system (t-system) of ventricular cardiomyocytes is essential for efficient excitation-contraction coupling. In cardiac diseases, such as heart failure, remodeling of the t-system contributes to reduced cardiac contractility. However, mechanisms of t-system remodeling are incompletely understood. Prior studies suggested an association with altered cardiac biomechanics and gene expression in disease. Since fibrosis may alter tissue biomechanics, we investigated the local microscopic association of t-system remodeling with fibrosis in a rabbit model of myocardial infarction (MI)...
July 11, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
T R Robinson, E Haven, A M Fry
The set of natural numbers may be identified with the spectrum of eigenvalues of an operator (quantum counting), and the dynamical equations of populations of discrete, countable items may be formulated using operator methods. These equations take the form of time dependent operator equations, involving Hamiltonian operators, from which the statistical time dependence of population numbers may be determined. The quantum operator method is illustrated by a novel approach to cell population dynamics. This involves Hamiltonians that mimic the process of stimulated cell division...
July 7, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Katharina Kroll, Mamta Chabria, Ken Wang, Fabian Häusermann, Franz Schuler, Liudmila Polonchuk
RATIONALE: Impaired maturation of human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) currently limits their use in experimental research and further optimization is required to unlock their full potential. OBJECTIVE: To push hiPSC-CMs towards maturation, we recapitulated the intrinsic cardiac properties by electro-mechanical stimulation and explored how these mimetic biophysical cues interplay and influence the cell behaviour. METHODS AND RESULTS: We introduced a novel device capable of applying synchronized electrical and mechanical stimuli to hiPSC-CM monolayers cultured on a PDMS membrane and evaluated effects of conditioning on cardiomyocyte structure and function...
July 6, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Mohammad Bayat, Amarjit Virdi, Reza Jalalifirouzkouhi, Fatemehalsadat Rezaei
The aim of this paper is to study the in vivo potency of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) alone, accompanied by bone grafts, or accompanied by other factors on fracture healing in animal models and patients. In this paper, we aim to systematically review the published scientific literature regarding the use of LLLT and LIPUS to accelerate fracture healing in animal models and patients. We searched the PubMed database for the terms LLLT or LIPUS and/or bone, and fracture...
July 5, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Steven M Rosen
This paper carries forward the author's contribution to PBMP's previous special issue on Integral Biomathics (Rosen 2015). In the earlier paper, the crisis in contemporary theoretical physics was described and it was demonstrated that the problem can be addressed effectively only by shifting the foundations of physics from objectivist Cartesian philosophy to phenomenological philosophy. To that end, a phenomenological string theory was proposed based on qualitative topology and hypercomplex numbers. The current presentation takes this further by delving into the ancient Chinese origin of phenomenological string theory...
July 4, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Gentaro Iribe, Keiko Kaihara, Yohei Yamaguchi, Michio Nakaya, Ryuji Inoue, Keiji Naruse
Mitochondria are an important source of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Although it has been reported that myocardial stretch increases cellular ROS production by activating nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase 2 (NOX2), referred to as X-ROS signalling, the involvement of mitochondria in X-ROS is not clear. Mitochondria are organelles that generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) for cellular energy needs, which are mechanical-load-dependent. Therefore, it would not be surprising if these organelles had mechano-sensitive functions associated with stretch-induced ROS production...
June 28, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Yukio-Pegio Gunji, Mai Minoura, Kei Kojima, Yoichi Horry
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June 26, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Franz F Dressler, Ilona Bodi, Marius Menza, Robin Moss, Heiko Bugger, Christoph Bode, Jan C Behrends, Gunnar Seemann, Katja E Odening
BACKGROUND: Increased electrical heterogeneity has been causatively linked to arrhythmic disorders, yet the knowledge about physiological heterogeneity remains incomplete. This study investigates regional electro-mechanical heterogeneities in rabbits, one of the key animal models for arrhythmic disorders. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 7 wild-type rabbits were examined by phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging in vivo to assess cardiac wall movement velocities. Using a novel data-processing algorithm regional contraction-like profiles were calculated...
June 24, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Abir U Igamberdiev
Evolutionary transition from biological to social systems corresponds to the emergence of the structure of subject that incorporates the internal image of external world. This structure, established on the basis of referral of the subject (self) to its symbolic image, acquires a potential to rationally describe the external world through the semiotic structure of human language. It has been modelled in reflexive psychology using the algebra of simple relations (Lefebvre, V.A., J. Soc. Biol. Struct. 10, 129-175, 1987)...
June 24, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Patrick Schönleitner, Uli Schotten, Gudrun Antoons
In cardiac myocytes, calcium (Ca(2+)) signalling is tightly controlled in dedicated microdomains. At the dyad, i.e. the narrow cleft between t-tubules and junctional sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR), many signalling pathways combine to control Ca(2+)-induced Ca(2+) release during contraction. Local Ca(2+) gradients also exist in regions where SR and mitochondria are in close contact to regulate energetic demands. Loss of microdomain structures, or dysregulation of local Ca(2+) fluxes in cardiac disease, is often associated with oxidative stress, contractile dysfunction and arrhythmias...
June 23, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
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