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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735415/cfd-simulation-of-aerosol-delivery-to-a-human-lung-via-surface-acoustic-wave-nebulization
#1
Morteza Yousefi, Oveis Pourmehran, Mofid Gorji-Bandpy, Kiao Inthavong, Leslie Yeo, Jiyuan Tu
Administration of drug in the form of particles through inhalation is generally preferable in the treatment of respiratory disorders. Conventional inhalation therapy devices such as inhalers and nebulizers, nevertheless, suffer from low delivery efficiencies, wherein only a small fraction of the inhaled drug reaches the lower respiratory tract. This is primarily because these devices are not able to produce a sufficiently fine drug mist that has aerodynamic diameters on the order of a few microns. This study employs computational fluid dynamics to investigate the transport and deposition of the drug particles produced by a new aerosolization technique driven by surface acoustic waves (SAWs) into an in silico lung model geometrically reconstructed using computed tomography scanning...
July 22, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735414/bone-mechanobiology-in-mice-toward-single-cell-in-vivo-mechanomics
#2
Ariane Scheuren, Esther Wehrle, Felicitas Flohr, Ralph Müller
Mechanically driven bone (re)modeling is a multiscale process mediated through complex interactions between multiple cell types and their microenvironments. However, the underlying mechanisms of how cells respond to mechanical signals are still unclear and are at the focus of the field of bone mechanobiology. Traditionally, this complex process has been addressed by reducing the system to single scales and cell types. It is only recently that more integrative approaches have been established to study bone mechanobiology across multiple scales in which mechanical load at the organ level is related to molecular responses at the cellular level...
July 22, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735349/connecting-the-dots-between-fatty-acids-mitochondrial-function-and-dna-methylation-in-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Silvio Zaina, Gertrud Lund
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The quest for factors and mechanisms responsible for aberrant DNA methylation in human disease-including atherosclerosis-is a promising area of research. This review focuses on the role of fatty acids (FAs) as modulators of DNA methylation-in particular the role of mitochondrial beta-oxidation in FA-induced changes in DNA methylation during the progression of atherosclerosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent publications have advanced the knowledge in all areas touched by this review: the causal role of lipids in shaping the DNA methylome, the associations between chronic degenerative disease and mitochondrial function, the lipid composition of the atheroma, and the relevance of DNA hypermethylation in atherosclerosis...
September 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735343/exact-probabilities-for-the-indeterminacy-of-complex-networks-as-perceived-through-press-perturbations
#4
David Koslicki, Mark Novak
We consider the goal of predicting how complex networks respond to chronic (press) perturbations when characterizations of their network topology and interaction strengths are associated with uncertainty. Our primary result is the derivation of exact formulas for the expected number and probability of qualitatively incorrect predictions about a system's responses under uncertainties drawn form arbitrary distributions of error. Additional indices provide new tools for identifying which links in a network are most qualitatively and quantitatively sensitive to error, and for determining the volume of errors within which predictions will remain qualitatively determinate (i...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735271/a-collaborative-approach-to-facilitate-professionals-to-support-the-breathless-patient
#5
Vanessa Shaw, Alison Davies, Bie Nio Ong
OBJECTIVES: Breathlessness is a major problem for people in their last weeks of life. Breathlessness is considered to be multidimensional with physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual factors all playing a part. It has been recognised that specific training to health professionals is beneficial in order to improve the care for patients with breathlessness.Breathlessness courses have tended to focus on senior nurses. A new flexible and collaborative training course was designed to include a wider range of nurses and other health professionals in hospital, hospice, primary care and community settings...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735222/effect-of-oleic-acid-on-the-properties-of-protein-adsorbed-layers-at-water-oil-interfaces-an-epr-study-combined-with-dynamic-interfacial-tension-measurements
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Eleni P Kalogianni, Leandros Sklaviadis, Stella Nika, Ioanna Theochari, Georgia Dimitreli, Despoina Georgiou, Vassiliki Papadimitriou
Multiphase food systems consist of complex interfacial layers where surface active molecules complete compete for adsorption and interact with one another affecting the interfacial properties and the behavior of the food systems involved. The present work focuses on the examination of interactions between proteins playing an which play an important role in milk-rich food systems (namely κ-casein and β-lactoglobulin) and oleic acid (an anionic surfactant abundant in food systems) at the oil/water interface...
July 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735198/impact-of-carbon-quantum-dots-on-dynamic-properties-of-bsa-and-bsa-dppc-adsorption-layers
#7
Lu Lai, Xiao-Qian Wei, Wei-Hua Huang, Ping Mei, Zhao-Hua Ren, Yi Liu
The effects of carbon quantum dots (CQDs) on the dynamic properties of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated using pendant drop profile analysis method. Moreover, the effects of CQDs on the competitive adsorption of BSA and dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) were examined. CQDs reduce the fluorescence intensity of BSA and cause a red shift in fluorescence emission. The quenching constant at pH 4.3 is almost twice as large as that of the value obtained at pH 6.0. A small amount of CQDs does not influence the dynamic surface adsorption properties of BSA molecules...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735196/molecular-dynamics-simulation-of-sodium-dodecylsulfate-sds-bilayers
#8
Hongshu Zhang, Shiling Yuan, Jichao Sun, Jianqiang Liu, Haiping Li, Na Du, Wanguo Hou
Sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) - a simple single tailed surfactant (STS) can form stable vesicles from its micellar solution without any additives under the mediation of solid surfaces. To further understand the mechanism of this transition on the molecular level, molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study segments of SDS bilayers (as part of vesicles) in the bulk solution systematically, at the moment that the lower leaflet of bilayers already detached from solid surfaces. The SDS membrane would rather keep their bilayers structure than return to micelles when the initial interdigitated degree (δi) between alkyl chains is more than 8...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735170/effects-of-different-solvents-on-the-conformations-of-apoptotic-cytochrome-c-structural-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#9
Gurusamy Muneeswaran, Subramanian Kartheeswaran, Kaliappan Muthukumar, Christopher D Dharmaraj, Chandran Karunakaran
Cytochrome c (cyt-c) upon binding with cardiolipin acquires peroxidase activity and is strictly connected to the pathogenesis of many human diseases including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Interaction of cyt-c with cardiolipin mimics partial unfolding/conformational changes of cyt-c in different solvent environments. Dynamic pictures of these conformational changes of cyt-c are crucial in understanding their physiological roles in mitochondrial functions. Therefore, atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out to investigate the effect of different solvents (water, urea/water, MeOH and DMSO) on the structure and conformations of apoptotic cyt-c (Fe(3+))...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735167/first-observation-of-metal-ion-induced-structural-fluctuations-of-%C3%AE-helical-peptides-by-using-diffracted-x-ray-tracking
#10
Daiki Usui, Satomi Inaba, Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Yuji C Sasaki, Toshiki Tanaka, Masayuki Oda
In order to analyze protein structural dynamics, we designed simple model peptides whose structures changed from random-coil to helix-bundle structures by forming stable hydrophobic core in the presence of metal ions. The strategy involved destabilizing a de novo designed three helix-bundle protein by substituting the residues present in its hydrophobic core with histidine and small amino acids. The conformational changes of peptides induced upon binding of Zn(2+) to histidine were analyzed using circular dichroism spectroscopy, which revealed peptides, HA and HG, to be good candidates for further analyses...
July 14, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735160/longitudinal-assessment-of-gait-quality-in-children-with-bilateral-cerebral-palsy-following-repeated-lower-limb-intramuscular-botulinum-toxin-a-injections
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Felicity A Read, Roslyn N Boyd, Lee A Barber
BACKGROUND: Serial lower limb intramuscular Botulinum toxin-A (BoNT-A) injections are administered to children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (BCP) to reduce spasticity, improve walking and functional mobility, and delay the need for orthopaedic surgery. Gait quality is clinically assessed following BoNT-A with 2D video gait assessments (2DVGA) using the Edinburgh Visual Gait Score (EVGS). AIM: To determine the effect of three consecutive treatment cycles of lower limb intramuscular BoNT-A injections on gait quality using the EVGS in children with BCP by retrospectively reviewing repeated 2DVGA measures...
July 20, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735145/metabolic-gene-targeted-monitoring-of-non-starter-lactic-acid-bacteria-during-cheese-ripening
#12
Alessia Levante, Francesca De Filippis, Antonietta La Storia, Monica Gatti, Erasmo Neviani, Danilo Ercolini, Camilla Lazzi
Long ripened cheeses, such as Grana Padano (GP), a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Italian cheese, harbor a viable microbiota mainly composed of non-starter lactic acid bacteria (NSLAB), which contribute to the final characteristics of cheese. The NSLAB species Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lb. casei and Lb. paracasei are frequently found in GP, and form a closely related taxonomic group (Lb. casei group), making it difficult to distinguish the three species through 16S rRNA sequencing. SpxB, a metabolic gene coding for pyruvate oxidase in Lb...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735094/dedicated-tool-to-assess-the-impact-of-a-rhetorical-task-on-human-body-temperature
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Robert Koprowski, Sławomir Wilczyński, Katarzyna Martowska, Dominik Gołuch, Emilia Wrocławska-Warchala
Functional infrared thermal imaging is a method widely used in medicine, including analysis of the mechanisms related to the effect of emotions on physiological processes. The article shows how the body temperature may change during stress associated with performing a rhetorical task and proposes new parameters useful for dynamic thermal imaging measurements MATERIALS AND METHODS: 29 healthy male subjects were examined. They were given a rhetorical task that induced stress. Analysis and processing of collected body temperature data in a spatial resolution of 256×512pixels and a temperature resolution of 0...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735024/n-linked-glycosylation-of-the-p24-family-protein-p24%C3%AE-5-modulates-retrograde-golgi-to-er-transport-of-k-hdel-ligands-in-arabidopsis
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Noelia Pastor-Cantizano, María Jesús García-Murria, Cesar Bernat-Silvestre, María Jesús Marcote, Ismael Mingarro, Fernando Aniento
The K/HDEL receptor ERD2 mediates the transport of soluble endoplasmic reticulum (ER) resident proteins containing a C-terminal K/HDEL signal from the Golgi apparatus back to the ER via COPI (COat Protein I)-coated vesicles. Sorting of ERD2 within COPI vesicles is facilitated by p24 proteins. In particular, Arabidopsis p24δ5 has been shown to interact directly with ERD2 (via its luminal GOLD -GOLgi Dynamics- domain) and with COPI proteins (via its cytoplasmic C-terminal tail) at the acidic pH of the Golgi apparatus...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735010/maternal-age-affects-offspring-nutrient-dynamics
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Doriane Muller, David Giron, Emmanuel Desouhant, Benjamin Rey, Jérôme Casas, Nicolas Lefrique, Bertanne Visser
The internal physiological state of a mother can have major effects on her fitness and that of her offspring. We show that maternal effects in the parasitic wasp Eupelmus vuilleti become apparent when old mothers provision their eggs with less protein, sugar and lipid. Feeding from a host after hatching allows the offspring of old mothers to overcome initial shortages in sugars and lipids, but adult offspring of old mothers still emerged with lower protein and glycogen quantities. Reduced egg provisioning by old mothers had adverse consequences for the nutrient composition of adult female offspring, despite larval feeding from a high-quality host...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734966/development-of-new-ganglioside-probes-and-unraveling-of-raft-domain-structure-by-single-molecule-imaging
#16
REVIEW
Kenichi G N Suzuki, Hiromune Ando, Naoko Komura, Takahiro Fujiwara, Makoto Kiso, Akihiro Kusumi
Gangliosides are involved in a variety of biological roles and are a component of lipid rafts found in cell plasma membranes (PMs). Gangliosides are especially abundant in neuronal PMs and are essential to their physiological functions. However, the dynamic behaviors of gangliosides have not been investigated in living cells due to a lack of fluorescent probes that behave like their parental molecules. We have recently developed, using an entirely chemical method, four new ganglioside probes (GM1, GM2, GM3, and GD1b) that act similarly to their parental molecules in terms of raft partitioning and binding affinity...
July 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734872/modeling-the-cleavage-of-von-willebrand-factor-by-adamts13-protease-in-shear-flow
#17
Brooke Huisman, Masoud Hoore, Gerhard Gompper, Dmitry A Fedosov
Von Willebrand factor (VWF) is a key protein in hemostasis as it mediates adhesion of blood platelets to a site of vascular injury. A proper distribution of VWF lengths is important for normal functioning of hemostatic processes, because a diminished number of long VWF chains may significantly limit blood clotting and lead to bleeding, while an abundant number of long VWFs may result in undesired thrombotic events. VWF size distribution is controlled by ADAMTS13 protease, which can cleave VWF chains beyond a critical shear rate when the chains are stretched enough such that cleavage sites become accessible...
July 19, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734866/label-free-profiling-of-cell-dynamics-a-sequence-of-impedance-based-assays-to-estimate-tumor-cell-invasiveness-in-vitro
#18
Orsolya Láng, L Ai, Joachim Wegener
Dynamic properties of cancer cells, most notably their ability to migrate, have been correlated successfully with their invasive nature in vivo. To establish a stronger experimental basis for such a correlation we subjected five different cancer cell lines of well-defined metastatic potential to a sequence of three independent assays reporting on three different aspects of cell dynamics, namely (1) the kinetics of cell spreading, (2) cell shape fluctuations, and (3) cell migration. The sequentially applied assays correspond to different measuring modes of the well-established ECIS technique that is based on non-invasive and label-free impedance readings of planar gold-film electrodes that serve as the growth substrate for the cells under study...
July 19, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734845/leveraging-siglec-8-endocytic-mechanisms-to-kill-human-eosinophils-and-malignant-mast-cells
#19
Jeremy A O'Sullivan, Daniela J Carroll, Yun Cao, Adriano N Salicru, Bruce S Bochner
BACKGROUND: Sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-like lectin (Siglec)-8 is a cell-surface protein expressed selectively on human eosinophils, mast cells, and basophils, making it an ideal target for the treatment of diseases involving these cell types. However, the effective delivery of therapeutic agents to these cells requires an understanding of the dynamics of Siglec-8 surface expression. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether Siglec-8 is endocytosed in human eosinophils and malignant mast cells, identify mechanisms underlying its endocytosis, and demonstrate whether a toxin can be targeted to Siglec-8-bearing cells to kill these cells...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734837/neural-reuse-of-action-perception-circuits-for-language-concepts-and-communication
#20
REVIEW
Friedemann Pulvermüller
Neurocognitive and neurolinguistics theories make explicit statements relating specialized cognitive and linguistic processes to specific brain loci. These linking hypotheses are in need of neurobiological explanation. Recent mathematical models of human language mechanisms constrained by fundamental neuroscience principles and established knowledge about comparative neuroanatomy offer explanations for where, when and how language is processed in the human brain. In these models, network structure and connectivity along with action- and perception-induced correlation of neuronal activity co-determine neurocognitive mechanisms...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Neurobiology
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