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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637351/tuning-surface-chemistry-of-polyetheretherketone-by-gold-coating-and-plasma-treatment
#1
Zdeňka Novotná, Silvie Rimpelová, Petr Juřík, Martin Veselý, Zdeňka Kolská, Tomáš Hubáček, Jakub Borovec, Václav Švorčík
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has good chemical and biomechanical properties that are excellent for biomedical applications. However, PEEK exhibits hydrophobic and other surface characteristics which cause limited cell adhesion. We have investigated the potential of Ar plasma treatment for the formation of a nanostructured PEEK surface in order to enhance cell adhesion. The specific aim of this study was to reveal the effect of the interface of plasma-treated and gold-coated PEEK matrices on adhesion and spreading of mouse embryonic fibroblasts...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637334/new-predictor-of-aortic-enlargement-in-uncomplicated-type-b-aortic-dissection-based-on-elliptic-fourier-analysis
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Hiroshi Sato, Toshiro Ito, Yosuke Kuroda, Hiroki Uchiyama, Toshitaka Watanabe, Naomi Yasuda, Junji Nakazawa, Ryo Harada, Nobuyoshi Kawaharada
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to re-examine the conventional predictive factors for dissected aortic enlargement, such as the aortic and false lumen diameter and to consider whether the morphological elements of the dissected aorta could be predictors by quantifying the 'shape' of the true lumen based on elliptic Fourier analysis. METHODS: A total of 80 patients with uncomplicated type B aortic dissection were included. The patients were divided into 'Enlargement group' and 'No Change group...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637318/experience-dependent-regulation-of-cajal-retzius-cell-networks-in-the-developing-and-adult-mouse-hippocampus
#3
Max Anstötz, Sun Kyong Lee, Tamra I Neblett, Gabriele M Rune, Gianmaria Maccaferri
In contrast to their near-disappearance in the adult neocortex, Cajal-Retzius cells have been suggested to persist longer in the hippocampus. A distinctive feature of the mature hippocampus, not maintained by other cortical areas, is its ability to sustain adult neurogenesis. Here, we have investigated whether environmental manipulations affecting hippocampal postnatal neurogenesis have a parallel impact on Cajal-Retzius cells. We used multiple mouse reporter lines to unequivocally identify Cajal-Retzius cells and quantify their densities during postnatal development...
June 16, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637273/gingival-recession-in-mandibular-incisors-and-symphysis-morphology-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#4
Katarina Mazurova, Jean-Baptiste Kopp, Anne Marie Renkema, Nikolaos Pandis, Christos Katsaros, Piotr S Fudalej
Objective: To evaluate if the morphology of the mandibular symphysis is associated with the development of gingival recession. Materials and methods: A cohort of 177 patients was followed longitudinally for up to 5 years post-treatment. Based on the width of the symphysis, participants were divided into three groups: narrow (n = 57); average (n = 63), and wide symphysis (n = 57). Morphology of the symphysis and inclination of incisors were measured on lateral cephalometric radiographs before treatment (Ts), at the end of treatment (T0) and 5 years after treatment (T5)...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637254/phylogeography-of-lionfishes-pterois-indicate-taxonomic-over-splitting-and-hybrid-origin-of-the-invasive-pterois-volitans
#5
Christie L Wilcox, Hiroyuki Motomura, Mizuki Matsunuma, Brian W Bowen
The lionfish is an iconic marine fish, and recently renowned for a disastrous introduction into the West Atlantic. Genetic surveys of the putative invaders (Pterois volitans and P. miles) in their natural Indo-Pacific range can illuminate both topics. Previous research indicated that P. volitans and P. miles are sister species that hybridize in the invasive range, but hybridization in the native range is unknown. Here we apply mtDNA COI and two nuclear introns (S7 RP1 and Gpd2) from 229 lionfish including the two invaders and two closely-related taxa (44 P...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637240/tfeb-activation-restores-migration-ability-to-tsc1-deficient-adult-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#6
Alessandro Magini, Alice Polchi, Danila Di Meo, Giuseppina Mariucci, Krizia Sagini, Federico De Marco, Tommaso Cassano, Stefano Giovagnoli, Diego Dolcetta, Carla Emiliani
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, resulting in the constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). mTOR inhibitors are now considered the treatment of choice for TSC disease. A major pathological feature of TSC is the development of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGAs) in the brain. Nowadays, it is thought that SEGAs could be a consequence of aberrant aggregation and migration of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs)...
June 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637203/morphological-diversity-strongly-constrains-synaptic-connectivity-and-plasticity
#7
Michael W Reimann, Anna-Lena Horlemann, Srikanth Ramaswamy, Eilif B Muller, Henry Markram
Synaptic connectivity between neurons is naturally constrained by the anatomical overlap of neuronal arbors, the space on the axon available for synapses, and by physiological mechanisms that form synapses at a subset of potential synapse locations. What is not known is how these constraints impact emergent connectivity in a circuit with diverse morphologies. We investigated the role of morphological diversity within and across neuronal types on emergent connectivity in a model of neocortical microcircuitry...
June 20, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636953/dicer-deficiency-differentially-impacts-microglia-of-the-developing-and-adult-brain
#8
Diana Varol, Alexander Mildner, Thomas Blank, Anat Shemer, Neta Barashi, Simon Yona, Eyal David, Sigalit Boura-Halfon, Yifat Segal-Hayoun, Louise Chappell-Maor, Hadas Keren-Shaul, Dena Leshkowitz, Eran Hornstein, Martin Fuhrmann, Ido Amit, Nicola Maggio, Marco Prinz, Steffen Jung
Microglia seed the embryonic neuro-epithelium, expand and actively sculpt neuronal circuits in the developing central nervous system, but eventually adopt relative quiescence and ramified morphology in the adult. Here, we probed the impact of post-transcriptional control by microRNAs (miRNAs) on microglial performance during development and adulthood by generating mice lacking microglial Dicer expression at these distinct stages. Conditional Dicer ablation in adult microglia revealed that miRNAs were required to limit microglial responses to challenge...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636943/opa1-isoforms-in-the-hierarchical-organization-of-mitochondrial-functions
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Valentina Del Dotto, Prashant Mishra, Sara Vidoni, Mario Fogazza, Alessandra Maresca, Leonardo Caporali, J Michael McCaffery, Martina Cappelletti, Enrico Baruffini, Guy Lenaers, David Chan, Michela Rugolo, Valerio Carelli, Claudia Zanna
OPA1 is a GTPase that controls mitochondrial fusion, cristae integrity, and mtDNA maintenance. In humans, eight isoforms are expressed as combinations of long and short forms, but it is unclear whether OPA1 functions are associated with specific isoforms and/or domains. To address this, we expressed each of the eight isoforms or different constructs of isoform 1 in Opa1(-/-) MEFs. We observed that any isoform could restore cristae structure, mtDNA abundance, and energetic efficiency independently of mitochondrial network morphology...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636924/epithelial-folding-driven-by-apical-or-basal-lateral-modulation-geometric-features-mechanical-inference-and-boundary-effects
#10
Fu-Lai Wen, Yu-Chiun Wang, Tatsuo Shibata
During embryonic development, epithelial sheets fold into complex structures required for tissue and organ functions. Although substantial efforts have been devoted to identifying molecular mechanisms underlying epithelial folding, far less is understood about how forces deform individual cells to sculpt the overall sheet morphology. Here we describe a simple and general theoretical model for the autonomous folding of monolayered epithelial sheets. We show that active modulation of intracellular mechanics along the basal-lateral as well as the apical surfaces is capable of inducing fold formation in the absence of buckling instability...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636919/monitoring-quantitative-ultrasound-parameter-changes-in-a-cell-pellet-model-of-cell-starvation
#11
Lauren A Wirtzfeld, Elizabeth S L Berndl, Gregory J Czarnota, Michael C Kolios
Although it has previously been shown that the spectral analysis of ultrasound backscatter data is sensitive to the cellular changes caused by apoptosis, the sensitivity of spectral analysis to oncosis or ischemic cell death had not previously been studied. Whereas many anticancer treatments induce apoptosis, others induce cell starvation, or oncosis. HT-29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were formed into pellets and covered in phosphate-buffered saline at room temperature for 56 h. The pellets were imaged every 8 h with high-frequency (55 MHz) ultrasound and the raw radio-frequency data processed...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
#12
Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636634/cardiomyopathy-development-protection-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rats-successful-competition-for-major-dihydropyridines-common-metabolite-against-captopril
#13
Katarzyna A Mitręga, Adrianna M Spałek, Jerzy Nożyński, Maurycy Porc, Magdalena Stankiewicz, Tadeusz F Krzemiński
During the last 25 years angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors spectacularly conquered the field of cardiovascular diseases therapy. Nevertheless, lack of new studies concerning side effects associated with their chronic administration seems to be rather confusing. In our previous research, we proved that the main furnidipines' metabolite (M-2) possess multiple cardioprotective actions. Currently, we compared effects of post-infarction long-term oral treatment with M-2 and captopril on hemodynamic parameters and "ischemic cardiomyopathy" development in rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636600/hidden-morphological-diversity-among-early-tetrapods
#14
Jason D Pardo, Matt Szostakiwskyj, Per E Ahlberg, Jason S Anderson
Phylogenetic analysis of early tetrapod evolution has resulted in a consensus across diverse data sets in which the tetrapod stem group is a relatively homogenous collection of medium- to large-sized animals showing a progressive loss of 'fish' characters as they become increasingly terrestrial, whereas the crown group demonstrates marked morphological diversity and disparity. The oldest fossil attributed to the tetrapod crown group is the highly specialized aïstopod Lethiscus stocki, which shows a small size, extreme axial elongation, loss of limbs, spool-shaped vertebral centra, and a skull with reduced centres of ossification, in common with an otherwise disparate group of small animals known as lepospondyls...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636496/the-genus-pulveroboletus-boletaceae-boletales-in-china
#15
Nian-Kai Zeng, Zhi-Qun Liang, Li-Ping Tang, Yan-Chun Li, Zhu L Yang
Species of Pulveroboletus (Boletaceae, Boletales) in China are investigated on the basis of morphology and molecular phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences from nuc rDNA region encompassing the internal transcribed spacers 1 and 2, along with the 5.8S rDNA (ITS) and nuc 28S rDNA D1-D2 domains (28S) and sequences from the translation elongation factor 1-α gene (TEF1). Nine species are recognized in the country, three of them are described as new: P. flaviscabrosus, P. rubroscabrosus, and P. subrufus, five of them are previous described taxa: P...
May 17, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636469/ten-new-species-of-macalpinomyces-on-eriachne-in-northern-australia
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Ying-Ming Li, Roger G Shivas, Alistair R McTaggart, Peng Zhao, Lei Cai
Macalpinomyces was established in 1977, with the type species M. eriachnes described from a specimen collected in northern Australia on the grass Eriachne sp. in 1855. Subsequently, M. eriachnes has been reported on more than 21 species of Eriachne in northern Australia. In this study, a polyphasic approach was employed to determine whether M. eriachnes masked cryptic diversity. On the basis of morphology, multilocus phylogeny, and coalescent methods of generalized mixed Yule-coalescent (GMYC) and Poisson tree processes (PTP) models, 26 specimens of Macalpinomyces on 13 species of Eriachne held in Australian herbaria were studied...
May 12, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636434/selective-breeding-and-short-term-access-to-a-running-wheel-alter-stride-characteristics-in-house-mice
#17
Gerald C Claghorn, Zoe Thompson, Jarren C Kay, Genesis Ordonez, Thomas G Hampton, Theodore Garland
Postural and kinematic aspects of running may have evolved to support high runner (HR) mice to run approximately threefold farther than control mice. Mice from four replicate HR lines selectively bred for high levels of voluntary wheel running show many differences in locomotor behavior and morphology as compared with four nonselected control (C) lines. We hypothesized that HR mice would show stride alterations that have coadapted with locomotor behavior, morphology, and physiology. More specifically, we predicted that HR mice would have stride characteristics that differed from those of C mice in ways that parallel some of the adaptations seen in highly cursorial animals...
September 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636255/recombinant-human-serum-albumin-for-corneal-preservation
#18
Mohit Parekh, Hossein Elbadawy, Gianni Salvalaio, Marie-Claude Amoureux, Enzo Di Iorio, Denis Fortier, Diego Ponzin, Stefano Ferrari, Alessandro Ruzza
PURPOSE: To study the performance of a completely synthetic organ culture (OC) preservation system containing recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) for preservation of human donor corneas. METHODS: Twenty-four paired donor corneas were randomly collected, and one cornea from each donor was preserved in synthetic (experimental) and serum-based media (control). The tissues were assessed at day 0; after 6 days of preservation at room temperature (RT) in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Prep II(®) ; after 28 days at 31°C in Cornea Syn(®) [with rHSA] and Cornea Max(®) [with foetal calf serum (FCS)] and; 4-day post deswelling in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Jet(®) ...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636252/influence-of-analyzed-lubricant-volumes-on-the-amount-and-characteristics-of-generated-wear-particles-from-three-different-types-of-polyethylene-liner-materials
#19
Jana Markhoff, Carmen Zietz, Christian Fabry, Gerhard Fulda, Rainer Bader
The articulating components of artificial joints consist mainly of metals, ceramics, or polymers. Resulting abrasive wear particles can promote osteolysis and aseptic loosening of the endo-prosthetic implants. Ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene is the material used most for bearing couples in total hip replacement. In the present study, three types of polyethylene (PE) liners varying in material composition, i.e., (1) conventional PE (C-PE), (2) sequentially cross-linked PE (SX-PE), (3) cross-linked PE blended with vitamin E (EX-PE) articulating with two types of femoral heads were used...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636229/recovery-from-reproductive-and-morphological-abnormalities-in-medaka-oryzias-latipes-following-a-14-day-exposure-to-diclofenac
#20
Hirofumi Yokota, Kaho Higashi, Erina Hanada, Ei Matsuzaki, Yukinari Tsuruda, Tomoko Suzuki, Eiko Nakano, Sayaka Eguchi
Mating pairs of medaka (Oryzias latipes) were exposed to diclofenac (DCF) at measured concentrations of 0 (control), 7.1, 37, and 78 µg/L for 14 d under static-renewal conditions. Effects on reproductive success, as well as morphological abnormalities, of the fish were assessed. During the exposure period, both fecundity and fertility were significantly decreased in the 37 and 78 µg/L treatments groups, and swollen abdomens in females were observed in all exposure groups. Notably, a defect of the lower jaw also was observed in four male fish: two at 37 µg/L, and the others at 78 µg/L of DCF...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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