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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732047/in-vivo-analysis-of-glaucoma-related-features-within-the-optic-nerve-head-using-enhanced-depth-imaging-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tiago S Prata, Flavio S Lopes, Vitor G Prado, Izabela Almeida, Igor Matsubara, Syril Dorairaj, Rafael L Furlanetto, Roberto M Vessani, Augusto Paranhos
Structural differences between optic nerve head (ONH) parameters in glaucomatous and non-glaucomatous eyes has been documented, however the association between such parameters in patients with different disease stages is yet to be elucidated. We investigated the relationship between different laminar and prelaminar ONH structures using enhanced depth imaging spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (EDI OCT) in a population with and without glaucoma. In this observational case-control study, we prospectively enrolled healthy individuals and glaucomatous patients with different disease stages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731688/the-%C3%AF-configuration-of-the-www-motif-of-a-short-trp-rich-peptide-is-critical-for-targeting-bacterial-membranes-disrupting-preformed-biofilms-and-killing-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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D Zarena, Biswajit Mishra, Tamara Lushnikova, Fangyu Wang, Guangshun Wang
Tryptophan-rich peptides, being short and suitable for large-scale chemical synthesis, are attractive candidates for developing a new generation of antimicrobials to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria (superbugs). Although there are numerous pictures for membrane-bound structure of a single tryptophan (W), how multiple Trp amino acids assemble themselves and interact with bacterial membranes are poorly understood. This communication presents the three-dimensional structure for an eight-residue Trp-rich peptide (WWWLRKIW-NH2 with 50% W) determined by the improved 2D NMR method, which includes the measurements of 13C and 15N chemical shifts at natural abundance...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731055/choroidal-excavation-in-choroidal-osteoma-complicated-by-choroidal-neovascularization
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L Pierro, A Marchese, M Gagliardi, U Introini, M Battaglia Parodi, G Casalino, F Bandello
PurposeTo describe multimodal imaging features of choroidal osteoma (CO) complicated by choroidal neovascularization (CNV) and focal choroidal excavation (FCE).MethodsPatients presenting with CO and CNV between January and October 2016 were considered for this study. Diagnosis of CO was confirmed by ultrasound examination. All patients underwent multimodal imaging including optical coherence tomography (OCT), swept-source OCT angiography (DRI OCT Triton, Topcon, Inc., Tokyo, Japan) and fluorescein angiography (Spectralis HRA+OCT; Heidelberg Engineering, Heidelberg, Germany)...
July 21, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729689/metal-nanoclusters-with-synergistically-engineered-optical-and-buffering-activity-of-intracellular-reactive-oxygen-species-by-compositional-and-supramolecular-design
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B Santiago-Gonzalez, A Monguzzi, M Caputo, C Villa, M Prato, C Santambrogio, Y Torrente, F Meinardi, S Brovelli
Metal nanoclusters featuring tunable luminescence and high biocompatibility are receiving attention as fluorescent markers for cellular imaging. The recently discovered ability of gold clusters to scavenge cytotoxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the intracellular environment extends their applicability to biomedical theranostics and provides a novel platform for realizing multifunctional luminescent probes with engineered anti-cytotoxic activity for applications in bio-diagnostics and conceivably cellular therapy...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728968/hybrid-time-space-dynamical-systems-of-growth-bacteria-with-applications-in-segmentation
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Rabha W Ibrahim, Hemant K Nashine, Norshaliza Kamaruddin
A biological dynamic system carries engineering properties such as control systems and signal processing (or image processing) addicted to molecular biology at the level of bio-molecular communication networks. Dynamical system features and signal reply functions of cellular signaling pathways are some of the main topics in biological dynamic systems (for example the biological segmentation). In the present paper, we introduce new generalized hybrid time-space dynamical systems of growing bacteria. We impose the approximate analytic solution for the system...
July 17, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726754/identification-of-load-categories-in-rotor-system-based-on-vibration-analysis
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Kun Zhang, Zhaojian Yang
Rotating machinery is often subjected to variable loads during operation. Thus, monitoring and identifying different load types is important. Here, five typical load types have been qualitatively studied for a rotor system. A novel load category identification method for rotor system based on vibration signals is proposed. This method is a combination of ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD), energy feature extraction, and back propagation (BP) neural network. A dedicated load identification test bench for rotor system was developed...
July 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726349/aspherical-nanostructured-microparticles-for-targeted-gene-delivery-to-alveolar-macrophages
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Michael Möhwald, Shashank Reddy Pinnapireddy, Bodo Wonnenberg, Marcel Pourasghar, Marijas Jurisic, Andrea Jung, Claudia Fink-Straube, Thomas Tschernig, Udo Bakowsky, Marc Schneider
Introducing novel shapes to particulate carrier systems adds unique features to modern drug and gene delivery. Depending on the route of administration, particle geometry can influence deposition and fate within biological environments. In this work, a template-assisted engineering technique is applied, providing full control of size and shape in the preparation of aspherical, nanostructured microparticles. Based on the interconnection of nanoparticles, stabilized by a functional layer-by-layer (LbL) coating, the resulting cylindrical micrometer architecture is especially qualified for pulmonary delivery...
July 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722010/a-shape-shifting-redox-foldase-contributes-to-proteus-mirabilis-copper-resistance
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Emily J Furlong, Alvin W Lo, Fabian Kurth, Lakshmanane Premkumar, Makrina Totsika, Maud E S Achard, Maria A Halili, Begoña Heras, Andrew E Whitten, Hassanul G Choudhury, Mark A Schembri, Jennifer L Martin
Copper resistance is a key virulence trait of the uropathogen Proteus mirabilis. Here we show that P. mirabilis ScsC (PmScsC) contributes to this defence mechanism by enabling swarming in the presence of copper. We also demonstrate that PmScsC is a thioredoxin-like disulfide isomerase but, unlike other characterized proteins in this family, it is trimeric. PmScsC trimerization and its active site cysteine are required for wild-type swarming activity in the presence of copper. Moreover, PmScsC exhibits unprecedented motion as a consequence of a shape-shifting motif linking the catalytic and trimerization domains...
July 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721731/self-assembled-injectable-peptide-hydrogels-capable-of-triggering-antitumor-immune-response
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Ruirui Xing, Shukun Li, Ning Zhang, Guizhi Shen, Helmuth Möhwald, Xuehai Yan
Self-assembled peptide hydrogels are particularly appealing for drug delivery, tissue engineering, and anti-tumor therapy due to various advantageous features including excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability, defined molecular and higher organized structures and easy availability. However, the poor mechanical and rheological properties of assembled peptide hydrogels cause difficulties in injection, thus limiting further applications. Herein, injectable peptide-based hydrogels with tunable mechanical and rheological properties were obtained by combination with a positively charged poly-peptide (poly-L-lysine, PLL)...
July 19, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720844/highly-efficient-non-enzymatic-glucose-sensor-based-on-cuo-modified-vertically-grown-zno-nanorods-on-electrode
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Rafiq Ahmad, Nirmalya Tripathy, Min-Sang Ahn, Kiesar Sideeq Bhat, Tahmineh Mahmoudi, Yousheng Wang, Jin-Young Yoo, Dae-Wook Kwon, Hwa-Young Yang, Yoon-Bong Hahn
There is a major challenge to attach nanostructures on to the electrode surface while retaining their engineered morphology, high surface area, physiochemical features for promising sensing applications. In this study, we have grown vertically-aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) electrodes and decorated with CuO to achieve high-performance non-enzymatic glucose sensor. This unique CuO-ZnO NRs hybrid provides large surface area and an easy substrate penetrable structure facilitating enhanced electrochemical features towards glucose oxidation...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717018/structure-and-properties-of-oil-bodies-in-diatoms
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REVIEW
Yoshiaki Maeda, Daisuke Nojima, Tomoko Yoshino, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Diatoms accumulate triacylglycerols in spherical organelles called oil bodies when exposed to nutrient deprivation conditions. Oil body biology in diatoms has attracted significant attention due to the complexity of the intracellular organelles and the unique combination of genes generated by the evolutionary history of secondary endosymbiosis. The demand for biofuel production has further increased the interest in and importance of a better understanding of oil body biology in diatoms, because it could provide targets for genetic engineering to further enhance their promising lipid accumulation...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715636/backbone-engineered-%C3%AE-peptide-amphitropic-gels-for-immobilization-of-semiconductor-quantum-dots-and-2d-cell-culture
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Rajkumar Misra, Aman Sharma, Anjali Shiras, Hosahudya N Gopi
We are reporting a spontaneous supramolecular assembly of backbone engineered γ-peptide scaffold and its utility in the immobilization of semiconductor quantum dots and in cell culture. The stimulating feature of this γ-peptide scaffold is that it efficiently gelate both aqueous phosphate buffers as well as aromatic organic solvents. A comparative and systematic investigation reveals that the greater spontaneous self-aggregation property of γ-peptide over the α-, and β-peptide analogues is mainly due to the backbone flexibility, increased hydrophobicity and "π-π stacking of γ-phenylalanine residues...
July 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714408/biomaterials-and-supercritical-fluid-technologies-which-perspectives-to-fabricate-artificial-extracellular-matrix
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Della Porta Giovanna, E Reverchon, N Maffulli
The foundation of tissue engineering for either therapeutic or diagnostic applications is the ability to exploit living cells. Tissue engineering utilizes living cells as engineering materials implanted, seeded or bio-plotted into an artificial structure capable of supporting three-dimensional tissue formation. These structures, typically called scaffolds, are critical, both ex vivo and in vivo, to influence their own microenvironments. Scaffolds can serve the following purposes: allow cell attachment and migration, deliver and retain cells and biochemical factors, enable diffusion of vital cell nutrients or expressed products, exert certain mechanical and biological influences to modify the behaviour of the cell phase...
July 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714313/artificial-metalloenzymes-reaction-scope-and-optimization-strategies
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Fabian Schwizer, Yasunori Okamoto, Tillmann Heinisch, Yifan Gu, Michela M Pellizzoni, Vincent Lebrun, Raphael Reuter, Valentin Köhler, Jared C Lewis, Thomas R Ward
The incorporation of a synthetic, catalytically competent metallocofactor into a protein scaffold to generate an artificial metalloenzyme (ArM) has been explored since the late 1970's. Progress in the ensuing years was limited by the tools available for both organometallic synthesis and protein engineering. Advances in both of these areas, combined with increased appreciation of the potential benefits of combining attractive features of both homogeneous catalysis and enzymatic catalysis, led to a resurgence of interest in ArMs starting in the early 2000's...
July 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714177/curved-microstructures-promote-osteogenesis-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-via-the-rhoa-rock-pathway
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Qi Zhang, Shiyu Lin, Tao Zhang, Taoran Tian, Quanquan Ma, Xueping Xie, Changyue Xue, Yunfeng Lin, Bofeng Zhu, Xiaoxiao Cai
OBJECTIVES: Cells in the osteon reside in a curved space, accordingly, the curvature of the microenvironment is an important geometric feature in bone formation. However, it is not clear how curved microstructures affect cellular behaviour in bone tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rat primary bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on wavy microgrooves were exposed to PDMS substrates with various curvatures to investigate alterations in cellular morphology and osteogenic differentiation...
August 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713247/divergent-roles-of-central-serotonin-in-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis
#16
REVIEW
Ning-Ning Song, Ying Huang, Xin Yu, Bing Lang, Yu-Qiang Ding, Lei Zhang
The central serotonin (5-HT) system is the main target of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the first-line antidepressants widely used in current general practice. One of the prominent features of chronic SSRI treatment in rodents is the enhanced adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus, which has been proposed to contribute to antidepressant effects. Therefore, tremendous effort has been made to decipher how central 5-HT regulates adult hippocampal neurogenesis. In this paper, we review how changes in the central serotonergic system alter adult hippocampal neurogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710859/carbonitride-aerogels-for-the-photoredox-conversion-of-water
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Honghui Ou, Pengju Yang, Lihua Lin, Masakazu Anpo, Xinchen Wang
Aerogel structures have attracted increasing research interest in energy storage and conversion owing to their unique structural features, and a variety of matters has been engineered into aerogels, including carbons, metal oxides, linear polymers and even metal chalcogenides. However, manufacturing of aerogels from nitride-based materials, particularly the emerging light-weight carbonitride (CN) is rarely reported. Here, we develop a facile method based on self-assembly chemistry to produce self-supported CN aerogels, without using any cross-linking agents...
July 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709963/animal-models-of-biliary-injury-and-altered-bile-acid-metabolism
#18
REVIEW
Valeria Mariotti, Mario Strazzabosco, Luca Fabris, Diego F Calvisi
In the last 25years, a number of animal models, mainly rodents, have been generated with the goal to mimic cholestatic liver injuries and, thus, to provide in vivo tools to investigate the mechanisms of biliary repair and, eventually, to test the efficacy of innovative treatments. Despite fundamental limitations applying to these models, such as the distinct immune system and the different metabolism regulating liver homeostasis in rodents when compared to humans, multiple approaches, such as surgery (bile duct ligation), chemical-induced (3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-1,4-dihydrocollidine, DDC, α-naphthylisothiocyanate, ANIT), viral infections (Rhesus rotavirustype A, RRV-A), and genetic manipulation (Mdr2, Cftr, Pkd1, Pkd2, Prkcsh, Sec63, Pkhd1) have been developed...
July 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707843/health-information-quality-on-the-internet-for-bladder-cancer-and-urinary-diversion-a-multi-lingual-analysis
#19
Julia M Corfield, Nathan Lawrentschuk
BACKGROUND: Bladder cancer patients undergoing radical cystectomy and urinary diversion are faced with difficult decisions regarding mode of urinary diversion. Although these patients may use the Internet as a guide to diagnosis and treatment options, online resources remain largely unregulated leading to a great variation in quality of medical information. Further variation in quality is seen between languages. Fortunately, tools such as an automated toolbar developed by the World Health Organization Health on the Net (HON) Foundation exist to assist physicians in recommending quality online health information to patients...
July 12, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707729/sox11-promotes-invasive-growth-and-dcis-progression
#20
Erik Oliemuller, Naoko Kogata, Philip Bland, Divya Kriplani, Frances Daley, Syed Haider, Vandna Shah, Elinor J Sawyer, Beatrice A Howard
Here, we show that SOX11, an embryonic mammary marker, normally silent in postnatal breast cells, is expressed in many ER-negative (ER-) preinvasive DCIS lesions. Mature mammary epithelial cells engineered to express SOX11 displayed alterations in progenitor cell populations, including an expanded basal-like population with increased ALDH activity, and increased mammosphere-forming capacity. DCIS.com cells engineered to express SOX11 displayed increased ALDH activity, a feature of cancer stem cells. The CD44+/CD24-/ALDH+ cell population was increased in DCIS...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pathology
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