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Hanaa Alkharobi, Aishah Alhodhodi, Yousef Hawsawi, Hasanain Alkafaji, Deirdre Devine, Reem El-Gendy, James Beattie
Human dental pulp cells (DPCs), which are known to contain a subset of stem cells capable of reforming a dentin and pulp-like complex upon in vivo transplantation, were isolated from third molars of three healthy donors and differentiated to a matrix mineralisation phenotype using by culture in dexamethasone and l-ascorbic acid. qRT-PCR analysis of insulin-like growth factor ( IGF) axis gene expression indicated that all genes, except insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 ( IGFBP-1), were expressed in DPCs...
September 24, 2016: Stem Cell Research
Coy P McNew, Negin Kananizadeh, Yusong Li, Eugene J LeBoeuf
Despite the prevalence of nonspherical colloidal particles, the role of particle shape in the transport of colloids is largely understudied. This study investigates the attachment of colloidal particles onto environmentally relevant surfaces while varying particle shape and ionic strength. Using quartz crystal microbalance and atomic force microscopy measurements, the role of particle shape was elucidated and possible mechanisms discussed. The attachment of both spherical and stretched polystyrene colloidal particles onto a smooth alginate-coated silica surface showed qualitative agreement with DLVO theory...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
A M Cardoso, M G Alves, P P Mathur, P F Oliveira, J E Cavaco, L Rato
In the last decades, several studies evidenced a decrease in male fertility in developed countries. Although the aetiology of this trend in male reproductive health remains a matter of debate, environmental compounds that predispose to weight gain, namely obesogens, are appointed as contributors because of their action as endocrine disruptors. Obesogens favour adipogenesis by an imbalance of metabolic processes and can be found virtually everywhere. These compounds easily accumulate in tissues with high lipid content...
October 24, 2016: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Lucie Gailledrat, Morgane Rousselet, Jean-Luc Venisse, Sylvain Lambert, Bruno Rocher, Manon Remaud, Alice Guilleux, Anne Sauvaget, Emeline Eyzop, Marie Grall-Bronnec
Concerns about body shape and weight are core diagnostic criteria for eating disorders although intensity varies between patients. Few studies have focused on the clinical differences relative to the intensity of these concerns. Nonetheless, they might have a prognostic value. This study was aimed at identifying the characteristics associated with marked body shape concerns in patients with an eating disorder. Data was collected from a systematic and standardized clinical assessment of outpatients seeking treatment in our department for eating disorders...
2016: PloS One
Amy R Hughes, Edward A H Mallen, David B Elliott
PURPOSE: Many studies have assessed the visual impact of astigmatism by inducing it using loose trial lenses at set axes. There are conflicting opinions and some confusion about the results, but the reduction in vision is typically least with lens-induced with-the-rule astigmatism. In this study, we determined whether a participant's habitual astigmatism influences the impact of lens-induced astigmatism on distance visual acuity (VA). METHODS: Participants included 35 adults (age range 19-79, average 41...
October 22, 2016: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
G Li Volti, A Zanghì, G Zanghì
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Alejandro Parrales, Atul Ranjan, Swathi V Iyer, Subhash Padhye, Scott J Weir, Anuradha Roy, Tomoo Iwakuma
Stabilization of mutant p53 (mutp53) in tumours greatly contributes to malignant progression. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms and therapeutic approaches to destabilize mutp53. Here, through high-throughput screening we identify statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs, as degradation inducers for conformational or misfolded p53 mutants with minimal effects on wild-type p53 (wtp53) and DNA contact mutants. Statins preferentially suppress mutp53-expressing cancer cell growth. Specific reduction of mevalonate-5-phosphate by statins or mevalonate kinase knockdown induces CHIP ubiquitin ligase-mediated nuclear export, ubiquitylation, and degradation of mutp53 by impairing interaction of mutp53 with DNAJA1, a Hsp40 family member...
October 24, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
M Vouri, D R Croucher, S P Kennedy, Q An, G J Pilkington, S Hafizi
Acquired resistance to conventional and targeted therapies is becoming a major hindrance in cancer management. It is increasingly clear that cancer cells are able to evolve and rewire canonical signalling pathways to their advantage, thus evading cell death and promoting cell invasion. The Axl receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) has been shown to modulate acquired resistance to EGFR-targeted therapies in both breast and lung cancers. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly infiltrative and invasive form of brain tumour with little response to therapy...
October 24, 2016: Oncogenesis
Minglin Wu, Sheng Zhang, Yuhan Dong
In this article, a novel driving behavior recognition system based on a specific physical model and motion sensory data is developed to promote traffic safety. Based on the theory of rigid body kinematics, we build a specific physical model to reveal the data change rule during the vehicle moving process. In this work, we adopt a nine-axis motion sensor including a three-axis accelerometer, a three-axis gyroscope and a three-axis magnetometer, and apply a Kalman filter for noise elimination and an adaptive time window for data extraction...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Boqian Sun, Shunyue Wang, Haixia Li, Xiaoxia He
A micromachined gyroscope in which a high-speed spinning rotor is suspended electrostatically in a vacuum cavity usually functions as a dual-axis angular rate sensor. An inherent coupling error between the two sensing axes exists owing to the angular motion of the spinning rotor being controlled by a torque-rebalance loop. In this paper, a decoupling compensation method is proposed and investigated experimentally based on an electrostatically suspended micromachined gyroscope. In order to eliminate the negative spring effect inherent in the gyroscope dynamics, a stiffness compensation scheme was utilized in design of the decoupled rebalance loop to ensure loop stability and increase suspension stiffness...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Ankit Malik, Deepika Sharma, Qifan Zhu, Rajendra Karki, Clifford S Guy, Peter Vogel, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) affect over 5 million individuals in the industrialized world, with an increasing incidence rate worldwide. IBD also predisposes affected individuals to development of colorectal cancer, which is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in adults. Mutations in genes encoding molecules in the IL-33 signaling pathway are associated with colitis and colitis-associated cancer (CAC), but how IL-33 modulates gut homeostasis is unclear. Here, we have shown that Il33-deficient mice are highly susceptible to colitis and CAC...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
A Szeremeta, A Jura-Półtorak, K Komosińska-Vassev, A Zoń-Giebel, D Kapołka, K Olczyk
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between plasma levels of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system including IGF-1, IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) including IGFBP-1, total (t-)IGFBP-3 and functional (f-)IGFBP-3, and the carboxyterminal propeptide of type I procollagen (PICP) in pre- and postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD: Plasma concentrations of IGF-1, IGFBP-1, t-IGFBP-3, f-IGFBP-3, and PICP were measured by immunoassay. RESULTS: No significant difference was observed in plasma IGF-1 levels between pre- and postmenopausal subjects...
October 24, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
Akifumi Takanabe, Masahito Tanaka, Kohei Johmoto, Hidehiro Uekusa, Tadashi Mori, Hideko Koshima, Toru Asahi
Introducing chirality into photomechanical crystals is beneficial for the diversification of mechanical motion. Measurement of the chiroptical and optical anisotropic properties of chiral crystals is indispensable for evaluating photomechanical crystals. The plate-like crystals of S- and R-enantiomers of photochromic N-3,5-di-tert-butylsalicylidene-1-phenylethylamine in enol form (enol-(S)-1 and enol-(R)-1) caused bending motion with twisting upon ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, due to shrinkage along the length and width directions of the irradiated surface, based on the optimized crystal structure of the photoisomerized trans-keto-(S)-1...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Shingo Kitamura, Yasuko Katayose, Kyoko Nakazaki, Yuki Motomura, Kentaro Oba, Ruri Katsunuma, Yuri Terasawa, Minori Enomoto, Yoshiya Moriguchi, Akiko Hida, Kazuo Mishima
In this study, we hypothesized that dynamics of sleep time obtained over consecutive days of extended sleep in a laboratory reflect an individual's optimal sleep duration (OSD) and that the difference between OSD and habitual sleep duration (HSD) at home represents potential sleep debt (PSD). We found that OSD varies among individuals and PSD showed stronger correlation with subjective/objective sleepiness than actual sleep time, interacting with individual's vulnerability of sleep loss. Furthermore, only 1 h of PSD takes four days to recover to their optimal level...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
T Zhong, Y Men, L Lu, T Geng, J Zhou, A Mitsuhashi, M Shozu, N J Maihle, G G Carmichael, H S Taylor, Y Huang
The molecular mechanisms underlying the antineoplastic properties of metformin, a first-line drug for type 2 diabetes, remain elusive. Here we report that metformin induces genome-wide alterations in DNA methylation by modulating the activity of S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase (SAHH). Exposing cancer cells to metformin leads to hypermethylation of tumor-promoting pathway genes and concomitant inhibition of cell proliferation. Metformin acts by upregulating microRNA let-7 through AMPK activation, leading to degradation of H19 long noncoding RNA, which normally binds to and inactivates SAHH...
October 24, 2016: Oncogene
Steffen Grampp, James L Platt, Victoria Lauer, Rafik Salama, Franziska Kranz, Viviana K Neumann, Sven Wach, Christine Stöhr, Arndt Hartmann, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Peter J Ratcliffe, David R Mole, Johannes Schödel
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by loss of function of the von Hippel-Lindau tumour suppressor (VHL) and unrestrained activation of hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs). Genetic and epigenetic determinants have an impact on HIF pathways. A recent genome-wide association study on renal cancer susceptibility identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in an intergenic region located between the oncogenes MYC and PVT1. Here using assays of chromatin conformation, allele-specific chromatin immunoprecipitation and genome editing, we show that HIF binding to this regulatory element is necessary to trans-activate MYC and PVT1 expression specifically in cells of renal tubular origins...
October 24, 2016: Nature Communications
M Pruessner, L Bechard-Evans, S Pira, R Joober, D L Collins, J C Pruessner, A K Malla
BACKGROUND: Altered hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function and reduced hippocampal volume (HV) are established correlates of stress vulnerability. We have previously shown an attenuated cortisol awakening response (CAR) and associations with HV specifically in male first-episode psychosis patients. Findings in individuals at ultra-high risk (UHR) for psychosis regarding these neurobiological markers are inconsistent, and assessment of their interplay, accounting for sex differences, could explain incongruent results...
October 24, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Sho-Ichi Yamagishi, Takanori Matsui, Yuji Ishibashi, Fumiyuki Isami, Yumi Abe, Tatsuya Sakaguchi, Yuichiro Higashimoto
Reducing sugars can react non-enzymatically with amino groups of proteins and lipids to form irreversibly cross-linked macroprotein derivatives called as advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Cross-linking modification of extracellular matrix proteins by AGEs deteriorate their tertiary structural integrity and function, contributing to aging-related organ damage and diabetes-associated complications, such as cardiovascular disease (CVD). Moreover, engagement of receptor for AGEs, RAGE with the ligands evoke oxidative stress generation and inflammatory, thrombotic and fibrotic reactions in various kinds of tissues, further exacerbating the deleterious effects of AGEs on multiple organ systems...
October 21, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Rui-Qin Zhang, Yan-Ling Zhao, Fei Qi, Klaus Hermann, Michel A Van Hove
Rotation-inducing torque is ubiquitous in many molecular systems. We present a straightforward theoretical method based on forces acting on atoms and obtained from atomistic quantum mechanics calculations to quickly and qualitatively determine whether a molecule or sub-unit thereof has a tendency to rotate and, if so, around which axis and in which sense: clockwise or counterclockwise. The method also indicates which atoms, if any, are predominant in causing the rotation. Our computational approach can in general efficiently provide insights into the internal rotational degrees of freedom of all molecules and help to theoretically screen or modify them in advance of experiments or to efficiently guide a detailed analysis of their rotational behavior with more extensive computations...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ankita Pandey, P B Sunil Kumar, R Adhikari
Active bodies in viscous fluids interact hydrodynamically through self-generated flows. A stiff, apolar, active filament generates symmetric fluid flow around it and thus cannot self-propel. Here we study the mobility and aggregation induced by hydrodynamic flow in a suspension of stiff, apolar, active filaments. We consider two types of active filaments, with those producing extensile or contractile flows along their long axis. Lateral hydrodynamic attractions in extensile filaments lead, independent of the volume fraction, to anisotropic aggregates which translate and rotate ballistically...
October 24, 2016: Soft Matter
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