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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532056/stiff-porous-scaffolds-from-magnetized-alumina-particles-aligned-by-magnetic-freeze-casting
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Michael B Frank, Steven E Naleway, Tsuk Haroush, Chin-Hung Liu, Sze Hei Siu, Jerry Ng, Ivan Torres, Ali Ismail, Keyur Karandikar, Michael M Porter, Olivia A Graeve, Joanna McKittrick
Bone consists of a hard mineral phase and a compliant biopolymer phase resulting in a composite material that is both lightweight and strong. Osteoporosis that degrades spongy bone preferentially over time leads to bone brittleness in the elderly. A porous ceramic material that can mimic spongy bone for a one-time implant provides a potential solution for the future needs of an aging population. Scaffolds made by magnetic freeze casting resemble the aligned porosity of spongy bone. A magnetic field applied throughout freezing induces particle chaining and alignment of lamellae structures between growing ice crystals...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532027/evaluation-of-different-surface-treatments-on-fiber-post-cemented-with-a-self-adhesive-system
#2
Maíra Prado, Juliana N Marques, Gisele Damiana Pereira, Eduardo M da Silva, Renata A Simão
Surface treatment of fiber-reinforced posts can increase adhesion, especially on the post/resin cement interface. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of different surface treatments on fiber post cemented with a self-adhesive system. Sixty fiberglass epoxy resin posts were cleaned, dried and divided into 6 groups (n=10): Control (no surface treatment), silane (silane coupling agent was applied homogeneously on surface), 24% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) (immersion during 1min), blasting (blasting with aluminum oxide for 30s), NH3 plasma (plasma treatment for 3min) and HMDSO plasma (plasma treatment for 15min)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531824/is-subclinical-gambling-really-subclinical
#3
Jeremiah Weinstock, Laura M April, Selmi Kallmi
Gambling disorder and substance use disorders (SUD) overlap in terms of etiology and diagnostic constructs (e.g., preoccupation, loss of control), yet diagnostic thresholds for the disorders are different. Currently, endorsing 2-3 gambling disorder criteria does not warrant a diagnosis while endorsing 2-3 SUD criteria does. The aim of this study was to examine whether subclinical gamblers (i.e., endorsing 2-3 gambling disorder criteria) experience psychosocial dysfunction equivalent to individuals who are diagnosed with mild severity SUD (i...
May 15, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531375/mouse-minipuberty-coincides-with-gonocyte-transformation-into-spermatogonial-stem-cells-a-model-for-human-minipuberty
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Ruili Li, Amanda Vannitamby, Sarah S K Yue, David Handelsman, John Hutson
As the transient postnatal hormone surge in humans, known as 'minipuberty', occurs simultaneously with key steps in germ-cell development, we investigated whether similar changes occur in the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis of neonatal mice at a time that would coincide with gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells (SSC). Serum and testes were collected from C57Bl/6 mice at embryonic Day 17 (E17), birth (postnatal Day 0; P0) and daily until P10. Serum FSH and testosterone levels in both serum and testes were analysed and gene expression of FSH receptor (Fshr), luteinising hormone receptor (Lhr), anti-Müllerian hormone (Amh), octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct-4), membrane type 1 metalloprotease (Mt1-mmp), proto-oncogene C-kit and promyelocytic leukaemia zinc finger (Plzf ) was quantified by real-time polymerase chain reaction...
May 23, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531371/wing-1-of-protein-hop2-is-as-important-as-helix-3-in-dna-binding-by-md-simulation
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Hem Moktan, Donghua H Zhou
The repair of programmed DNA double-strand breaks through recombination is required for proper association and disjunction of the meiotic homologous chromosomes. Meiosis specific protein HOP2 plays essential roles in recombination by promoting recombinase activities. The N-terminal domain of HOP2 interacts with DNA through helix 3 (H3) and wing 1 (W1). Mutations in wing 1 (Y65A/K67A/Q68A) slightly weakened the binding but mutations in helices 2 and 3 (Q30A/K44A/K49A) nearly abolished the binding. To better understand such differential effects at atomic level, molecular dynamics simulations were employed...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531361/the-different-dosages-of-estrogen-affect-endometrial-fibrosis-and-receptivity-but-not-sdf-1-cxcr4-axis-in-the-treatment-of-intrauterine-adhesions
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Qin Zhou, Xixi Wu, Xuelin Dai, Rui Yuan, Hongbo Qi
OBJECTIVE: The study was to evaluate whether fibrotic markers, endometrial receptivity markers and SDF-1/CXCR4 had been changed in the treatment of intrauterine adhesions (IUAs) by different dosages of estrogen. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 39 patients with IUAs were treated with EV 4 mg or 9 mg randomly post-surgery. TGF-β1/MMP-9, VEGF/αvβ3 and SDF-1/CXCR4 were detected in endometrial tissue before and after treatment by real-time PCR and Western blot. RESULTS: TGF-β1 and MMP-9 expression significantly decreased after treatment for 3 months than before (p < ...
May 20, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531286/is-foetal-hyperexposure-to-androgens-a-cause-of-pcos
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Panagiota Filippou, Roy Homburg
BACKGROUND: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy affecting reproductive-aged women. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is still not completely understood but recent evidence suggests that the intra-uterine environment may be a key factor in the pathogenesis of PCOS, in particular, hyperexposure of the foetus to androgens. High concentrations of maternal serum testosterone during pregnancy have been shown to influence behaviour during childhood, the prevalence of autism disorders and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) concentrations in adolescence...
May 20, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531164/dual-polarization-observations-of-slowly-varying-solar-emissions-from-a-mobile-x-band-radar
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Marco Gabella, Andreas Leuenberger
The radio noise that comes from the Sun has been reported in literature as a reference signal to check the quality of dual-polarization weather radar receivers for the S-band and C-band. In most cases, the focus was on relative calibration: horizontal and vertical polarizations were evaluated versus the reference signal mainly in terms of standard deviation of the difference. This means that the investigated radar receivers were able to reproduce the slowly varying component of the microwave signal emitted by the Sun...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530728/ultrafast-coulomb-explosion-of-a-diiodomethane-molecule-induced-by-an-x-ray-free-electron-laser-pulse
#9
Tsukasa Takanashi, Kosuke Nakamura, Edwin Kukk, Koji Motomura, Hironobu Fukuzawa, Kiyonobu Nagaya, Shin-Ichi Wada, Yoshiaki Kumagai, Denys Iablonskyi, Yuta Ito, Yuta Sakakibara, Daehyun You, Toshiyuki Nishiyama, Kazuki Asa, Yuhiro Sato, Takayuki Umemoto, Kango Kariyazono, Kohei Ochiai, Manabu Kanno, Kaoru Yamazaki, Kuno Kooser, Christophe Nicolas, Catalin Miron, Theodor Asavei, Liviu Neagu, Markus Schöffler, Gregor Kastirke, Xiao-Jing Liu, Artem Rudenko, Shigeki Owada, Tetsuo Katayama, Tadashi Togashi, Kensuke Tono, Makina Yabashi, Hirohiko Kono, Kiyoshi Ueda
Coulomb explosion of diiodomethane CH2I2 molecules irradiated by ultrashort and intense X-ray pulses from SACLA, the Japanese X-ray free electron laser facility, was investigated by multi-ion coincidence measurements and self-consistent charge density-functional-based tight-binding (SCC-DFTB) simulations. The diiodomethane molecule, containing two heavy-atom X-ray absorbing sites, exhibits a rather different charge generation and nuclear motion dynamics compared to iodomethane CH3I with only a single heavy atom, as studied earlier...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530706/akt-is-indispensable-for-coordinating-par-4-jnk-cross-talk-in-p21-downmodulation-during-er-stress
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R U Rasool, D Nayak, S Chakraborty, M M Faheem, B Rah, P Mahajan, V Gopinath, A Katoch, Z Iqra, S K Yousuf, D Mukherjee, L D Kumar, A Nargotra, A Goswami
The double-edged role of p21 to command survival and apoptosis is emerging. The current investigation highlights ER stress-mediated JNK activation that plausibly triggers cell death by attenuating endogenous p21 level. Here, we demonstrated that ER stress activator 3-AWA diminishes the p21 levels in cancer cells by averting the senescent phenotype to commence G2/M arrest. In essence, the deceleration in p21 level occurs through ER stress/JNK/Caspase-3 axis via activation/induction of proapoptotic Par-4 and inhibition of AKT...
May 22, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530704/upregulation-of-cyp17a1-by-sp1-mediated-dna-demethylation-confers-temozolomide-resistance-through-dhea-mediated-protection-in-glioma
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J-Y Chuang, W-L Lo, C-Y Ko, S-Y Chou, R-M Chen, K-Y Chang, J-J Hung, W-C Su, W-C Chang, T-I Hsu
Steroidogenesis-mediated production of neurosteroids is important for brain homeostasis. Cytochrome P450 17A1 (CYP17A1), which converts pregnenolone to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in endocrine organs and the brain, is required for prostate cancer progression and acquired chemotherapeutic resistance. However, whether CYP17A1-mediated DHEA synthesis is involved in brain tumor malignancy, especially in glioma, the most prevalent brain tumor, is unknown. To investigate the role of CYP17A1 in glioma, we determined that CYP17A1 expression is significantly increased in gliomas, which secrete more DHEA than normal astrocytes...
May 22, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530703/trpv4-plays-a-role-in-breast-cancer-cell-migration-via-ca-2-dependent-activation-of-akt-and-downregulation-of-e-cadherin-cell-cortex-protein
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W H Lee, L Y Choong, T H Jin, N N Mon, S Chong, C S Liew, T Putti, S Y Lu, C Harteneck, Y P Lim
TRPV4 belongs to the 'Transient Receptor Potential' (TRP) superfamily. It has been identified to profoundly affect a variety of physiological processes, including nociception, heat sensation and inflammation. Unlike other TRP superfamily channels, its role in cancers are unknown until recently when we reported TRPV4 to be required for cancer cell softness that may promote breast cancer cell extravasation and metastasis. Here, we elucidated the molecular mechanisms mediated by TRPV4 in the metastatic breast cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530661/causal-evidence-for-retina-dependent-and-independent-visual-motion-computations-in-mouse-cortex
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Daniel Hillier, Michele Fiscella, Antonia Drinnenberg, Stuart Trenholm, Santiago B Rompani, Zoltan Raics, Gergely Katona, Josephine Juettner, Andreas Hierlemann, Balazs Rozsa, Botond Roska
How neuronal computations in the sensory periphery contribute to computations in the cortex is not well understood. We examined this question in the context of visual-motion processing in the retina and primary visual cortex (V1) of mice. We disrupted retinal direction selectivity, either exclusively along the horizontal axis using FRMD7 mutants or along all directions by ablating starburst amacrine cells, and monitored neuronal activity in layer 2/3 of V1 during stimulation with visual motion. In control mice, we found an over-representation of cortical cells preferring posterior visual motion, the dominant motion direction an animal experiences when it moves forward...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530657/normal-and-cancerous-mammary-stem-cells-evade-interferon-induced-constraint-through-the-mir-199a-lcor-axis
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Toni Celià-Terrassa, Daniel D Liu, Abrar Choudhury, Xiang Hang, Yong Wei, Jose Zamalloa, Raymundo Alfaro-Aco, Rumela Chakrabarti, Yi-Zhou Jiang, Bong Ihn Koh, Heath A Smith, Christina DeCoste, Jun-Jing Li, Zhi-Ming Shao, Yibin Kang
Tumour-initiating cells, or cancer stem cells (CSCs), possess stem-cell-like properties observed in normal adult tissue stem cells. Normal and cancerous stem cells may therefore share regulatory mechanisms for maintaining self-renewing capacity and resisting differentiation elicited by cell-intrinsic or microenvironmental cues. Here, we show that miR-199a promotes stem cell properties in mammary stem cells and breast CSCs by directly repressing nuclear receptor corepressor LCOR, which primes interferon (IFN) responses...
May 22, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530645/myc-dependent-oxidative-metabolism-regulates-osteoclastogenesis-via-nuclear-receptor-err%C3%AE
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Seyeon Bae, Min Joon Lee, Se Hwan Mun, Eugenia G Giannopoulou, Vladimir Yong-Gonzalez, Justin R Cross, Koichi Murata, Vincent Giguère, Marjolein van der Meulen, Kyung-Hyun Park-Min
Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disorder associated with compromised bone strength and an increased risk of fracture. Inhibition of the differentiation of bone-resorbing osteoclasts is an effective strategy for the treatment of osteoporosis. Prior work by our laboratory and others has shown that MYC promotes osteoclastogenesis in vitro, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. In addition, the in vivo importance of osteoclast-expressed MYC in physiological and pathological bone loss is not known...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530342/-behavioral-physiological-and-morphological-characteristics-associated-with-post-traumatic-response-to-continuous-exposure-versus-alternate-exposure-in-an-animal-model-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
#16
Ishay Ostfeld, Zeev Kaplan, Hagit Cohen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to approximate these conditions in an animal model of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More specifically, the neurobiological basis of these conditions, focusing on stress-related behavioral changes, HPA-axis and morphological were evaluated. The intention was to employ this well-validated, reproducible and reliable model for PTSD, to elicit data which will provide some guidance in the planning of a prospective study involving military personal. BACKGROUND: Combat personnel are exposed to significant stress and hardship, both physical and emotional, during their service and especially during active combat...
December 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530259/approach-to-the-correction-of-drooping-tip-common-problems-and-solutions
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P G Giacomini, S Rubino, S Mocella, M Pascali, S Di Girolamo
The drooping tip deformity is both a bothersome aesthetic feature and functional impairment of the nose. Both static and dynamic factors may affect tip appearance and it seems logical to take into account these factors when planning correction of drooping tip. Many studies have examined this topic, but its treatment remains controversial. In order to make nasal tip surgery successful, it is useful to identify the keystone anatomical characteristics of the tip itself. Naso-labial angle, nostril axis, tip rotation angle according to Frankfort plane and columellar-facial angle may be measured to assess nasal tip position...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530221/micu1-drives-glycolysis-and-chemoresistance-in-ovarian-cancer
#18
Prabir K Chakraborty, Soumyajit Banerjee Mustafi, Xunhao Xiong, Shailendra Kumar Dhar Dwivedi, Vasyl Nesin, Sounik Saha, Min Zhang, Danny Dhanasekaran, Muralidharan Jayaraman, Robert Mannel, Kathleen Moore, Scott McMeekin, Da Yang, Rosemary Zuna, Kai Ding, Leonidas Tsiokas, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee
Cancer cells actively promote aerobic glycolysis to sustain their metabolic requirements through mechanisms not always clear. Here, we demonstrate that the gatekeeper of mitochondrial Ca(2+) uptake, Mitochondrial Calcium Uptake 1 (MICU1/CBARA1) drives aerobic glycolysis in ovarian cancer. We show that MICU1 is overexpressed in a panel of ovarian cancer cell lines and that MICU1 overexpression correlates with poor overall survival (OS). Silencing MICU1 in vitro increases oxygen consumption, decreases lactate production, inhibits clonal growth, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells, whereas silencing in vivo inhibits tumour growth, increases cisplatin efficacy and OS...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530008/field-strength-and-frequency-tunable-two-way-rotation-of-liquid-crystal-micro-particles-dispersed-in-a-liquid-crystal-host
#19
Koki Imamura, Hiroyuki Yoshida, Masanori Ozaki
Liquid crystal (LC) micro-particles are functional materials possessing anisotropies of LCs originating from their inner molecular alignment, and are fabricated by polymerizing pre-aligned rod-like molecules in the LC state. Here we demonstrate field strength and frequency tunable two-way rotation control of LC micro-particles in a LC host, and unravel its mechanism by theoretically calculating the contributing free energies. Cuboid-shaped micro-particles with inner molecular alignment along the long axis are fabricated via two-photon excited direct laser writing, and dispersed in a dual-frequency (DF) LC to be electrically driven by a voltage applied in the in-plane direction of the cell...
May 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529820/crystallographic-and-electronic-properties-of-alcrn-films-that-absorb-visible-light
#20
N Tatemizo, S Imada, Y Miura, K Nishio, T Isshiki
We investigate the crystallographic and electronic properties of wurtzite Cr-doped AlN (AlCrN) films (Cr ≤12.0%) that absorb visible light. We confirmed that the films consist of wurtzite columnar single crystals that are densely packed, c-axis oriented, and exhibit a random rotation along the a-axis in plane by using transmission electron microscopy. The oxidation state of Cr was found to be 3+ using Cr K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure, which implies that Cr can be a substitute for Al(3+) in AlN...
May 2017: AIP Advances
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