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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330291/keap1-inhibits-metastatic-properties-of-nsclc-cells-by-stabilizing-architectures-of-f-actin-and-focal-adhesions
#1
Bo Wu, Shu Yang, Haimei Sun, Tingyi Sun, Fengqing Ji, Yurong Wang, Lie Xu, Deshan Zhou
Low expression of the tumor suppressor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often results in higher malignant biological behavior and poor prognosis; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The present study demonstrates that overexpression of Keap1 significantly suppresses migration and invasion of three different lung cancer cells (A549, H460, and H1299). Highly-expressed Keap1, compared to the control, promotes formation of multiple stress fibers with larger mature focal adhesion complexes in the cytoplasm where only fine focal adhesions were observed in the membrane under control conditions...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330036/regulation-of-fibrotic-changes-by-the-synergistic-effects-of-cytokines-dimensionality-and-matrix-towards-the-development-of-an-in-vitro-human-dermal-hypertrophic-scar-model
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Shikha Chawla, Sourabh Ghosh
Current therapeutic strategies to reduce scarring in full thickness skin defect offer limited success due to poor understanding of scar tissue formation and the underlying signaling pathways. There is an urgent need to develop human cell based in vitro scar tissue models as animal testing is associated with ethical and logistic complications and inter-species variations. Pro-inflammatory cytokines play critical role in regulating scar development through complex interplay and interaction with the ECM and corresponding signaling pathways...
January 9, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326282/rnf126-as-a-biomarker-of-a-poor-prognosis-in-invasive-breast-cancer-and-chk1-inhibitor-efficacy-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Xiaosong Yang, You Pan, Zhaojun Qiu, Zhanwen Du, Yao Zhang, Pengyan Fa, Shashank Gorityala, Shanhuai Ma, Shunqiang Li, Ceshi Chen, Hongbing Wang, Yan Xu, Chunhong Yan, Ruth A Keri, Zhefu Ma, Junran Zhang
PURPOSE: 1) To investigate expression of the E3 ligase, RNF126, in human invasive breast cancer (BC) and its links with BC outcomes. 2) To test the hypothesis that RNF126 determines the efficacy of inhibitors targeting the cell cycle checkpoint kinase, CHK1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A retrospective analysis by immunohistochemistry (IHC) compared RNF126 staining in 110 invasive BC and 78 paired adjacent normal tissues with clinicopathologic data. Whether RNF126 controls CHK1 expression was determined by chromatin immunoprecipitation and a CHK1 promoter driven luciferase reporter...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326042/keratin-13-gene-is-epigenetically-suppressed-during-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-a-human-keratinocyte-cell-line
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Mitsutoki Hatta, Yuki Miyake, Kunitoshi Uchida, Jun Yamazaki
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a biological event in which epithelial cells lose their polarity and cell-cell adhesions and concomitantly acquire mesenchymal traits, and is thought to play an important role in pathological processes such as wound healing and cancer progression. In this study, we evaluated transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1-treated human keratinocyte HaCaT cells as an in vitro model of EMT. HaCaT cells were changed into an elongated fibroblast-like morphology, which is indicative of EMT in response to TGF-β1...
January 8, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322634/structure-property-relations-in-carbon-nanotube-fibers-by-downscaling-solution-processing
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Robert J Headrick, Dmitri E Tsentalovich, Julián Berdegué, Elie Amram Bengio, Lucy Liberman, Olga Kleinerman, Matthew S Lucas, Yeshayahu Talmon, Matteo Pasquali
At the microscopic scale, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) combine impressive tensile strength and electrical conductivity; however, their macroscopic counterparts have not met expectations. The reasons are variously attributed to inherent CNT sample properties (diameter and helicity polydispersity, high defect density, insufficient length) and manufacturing shortcomings (inadequate ordering and packing), which can lead to poor transmission of stress and current. To efficiently investigate the disparity between microscopic and macroscopic properties, a new method is introduced for processing microgram quantities of CNTs into highly oriented and well-packed fibers...
January 11, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316684/a-tensile-constitutive-relationship-and-a-finite-element-model-of-electrospun-nanofibrous-mats
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Yunlei Yin, Zhongxiang Pan, Jie Xiong
It is difficult to establish a numerical model for a certain structure of electrospun nanofibrous mats, due to their high porosity and non-linear characteristics, that can fully consider these characteristics and describe their mechanical behaviors. In this paper, an analytical method of meso-mechanics was adopted to establish the tensile constitutive relationship between a single fiber and mats from fiber-web microstructures. Meanwhile, a macroscopic finite element model was developed and verified through uniaxial tensile stress-strain experimental data of silk fibroin (SF)/polycaprolactone (PCL) nanofibrous mats...
January 8, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316444/force-generation-via-%C3%AE-cardiac-myosin-titin-and-%C3%AE-actinin-drives-cardiac-sarcomere-assembly-from-cell-matrix-adhesions
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Anant Chopra, Matthew L Kutys, Kehan Zhang, William J Polacheck, Calvin C Sheng, Rebeccah J Luu, Jeroen Eyckmans, J Travis Hinson, Jonathan G Seidman, Christine E Seidman, Christopher S Chen
Truncating mutations in the sarcomere protein titin cause dilated cardiomyopathy due to sarcomere insufficiency. However, it remains mechanistically unclear how these mutations decrease sarcomere content in cardiomyocytes. Utilizing human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes, CRISPR/Cas9, and live microscopy, we characterize the fundamental mechanisms of human cardiac sarcomere formation. We observe that sarcomerogenesis initiates at protocostameres, sites of cell-extracellular matrix adhesion, where nucleation and centripetal assembly of α-actinin-2-containing fibers provide a template for the fusion of Z-disk precursors, Z bodies, and subsequent striation...
January 8, 2018: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315934/effect-of-euk-134-on-akt-mtor-signaling-in-the-rat-soleus-during-7-days-of-mechanical-unloading
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J Matthew Kuczmarski, Jeff M Hord, Yang Lee, Vinicius Guzzoni, Dinah Rodriguez, Matthew S Lawler, Erika L Garcia-Villatoro, Dylan Holly, Patrick Ryan, Kristian Falcon, Marcela Garcia, Mariana Janini Gomes, James D Fluckey, John M Lawler
Mechanical unloading stimulates rapid changes in skeletal muscle morphology, characterized by atrophy of muscle fiber cross-sectional area (CSA) and a partial fiber-type shift from slow to fast-twitch. Recent studies revealed that oxidative stress contributes to activation of FoxO3a, proteolytic signaling and unloading-induced muscle atrophy via translocation of the mu-splice variant of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOSμ) and activation of FoxO3a. Yet, there is limited understanding of the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) on the Akt-mTOR pathway signaling during unloading...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312822/effect-of-dark-sweet-cherry-powder-consumption-on-the-gut-microbiota-short-chain-fatty-acids-and-biomarkers-of-gut-health-in-obese-db-db-mice
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Jose F Garcia-Mazcorro, Nara N Lage, Susanne Mertens-Talcott, Stephen Talcott, Boon Chew, Scot E Dowd, Jorge R Kawas, Giuliana D Noratto
Cherries are fruits containing fiber and bioactive compounds (e.g., polyphenolics) with the potential of helping patients with diabetes and weight disorders, a phenomenon likely related to changes in the complex host-microbiota milieu. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of cherry supplementation on the gut bacterial composition, concentrations of caecal short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and biomarkers of gut health using an in vivo model of obesity. Obese diabetic (db/db) mice received a supplemented diet with 10% cherry powder (supplemented mice, n = 12) for 12 weeks; obese (n = 10) and lean (n = 10) mice served as controls and received a standard diet without cherry...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310485/enhanced-innate-fear-and-altered-stress-axis-regulation-in-vglut3-knockout-mice
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Diána Balázsfi, Anna Fodor, Bibiána Török, Szilamér Ferenczi, Krisztina J Kovács, József Haller, Dóra Zelena
Glutamatergic neurons, characterized by vesicular glutamate transporters (VGluT1-3) provide the main excitation in the brain. Their disturbances have been linked to various brain disorders, which could be also modeled by the contextual fear test in rodents. We aimed to characterize the participation of VGluT3 in the development of contextual fear through its contribution to hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis (HPA) regulation using knockout (KO) mice. Contextual fear conditioning was induced by foot shock and mice were examined 1 and 7 d later in the same environment comparing wild type with KO...
January 8, 2018: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306173/blocking-osteopontin-fibronectin-interactions-reduce-extracellular-fibronectin-deployment-and-arthritic-immunopathology
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Brij Bhushan Mehta, Saniya Sharma, Rakesh K Vasishta, Ramesh K Sen, Aman Sharma, Manni Luthra-Guptasarma
Elevated levels of a thrombin-cleaved fragment of osteopontin (OPNT) are seen in synovial fluid (SF) and tissues of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. OPNT binds to integrins on cell surfaces, inducing adhesion, migration and survival of inflammatory cells in the synovial joints, where OPNT binds to fibronectin to link fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) with B cells, stimulating the latter to produce inflammatory cytokines. Our aim was to block OPNT-fibronectin interactions and examine whether this reduces inflammation...
January 3, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302634/probing-stress-induced-optical-birefringence-of-glassy-polymers-by-whispering-gallery-modes-light-localization
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Karolina Milenko, Stavros Pissadakis, Georgios Gkantzounis, Alina Aluculesei, George Fytas
An optical resonance method for the determination of the strain- and stress-optical coefficients of optically transparent polymers is presented and exemplified for monodisperse and bidisperse molecular weight polystyrene (PS). This method employs whispering gallery modes (WGMs) resonation inside a spheroid polymeric cavity, suspended on an optical fiber taper waist, which, in turn, is used for subjecting the polymeric resonator to controlled strain conditions. The wavelength shifts of equal order transverse electric and transverse magnetic polarization WGMs are measured, as well as their relative birefringence versus applied strain...
December 31, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297347/differential-gene-expression-in-response-to-fusarium-oxysporum-infection-in-resistant-and-susceptible-genotypes-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l
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Alexey A Dmitriev, George S Krasnov, Tatiana A Rozhmina, Roman O Novakovskiy, Anastasiya V Snezhkina, Maria S Fedorova, Olga Yu Yurkevich, Olga V Muravenko, Nadezhda L Bolsheva, Anna V Kudryavtseva, Nataliya V Melnikova
BACKGROUND: Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is a crop plant used for fiber and oil production. Although potentially high-yielding flax varieties have been developed, environmental stresses markedly decrease flax production. Among biotic stresses, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is recognized as one of the most devastating flax pathogens. It causes wilt disease that is one of the major limiting factors for flax production worldwide. Breeding and cultivation of flax varieties resistant to F...
December 28, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296613/mglur2-3-activation-of-the-sirt1-axis-preserves-mitochondrial-function-in-diabetic-neuropathy
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Krish Chandrasekaran, Anjaneyulu Muragundla, Tyler G Demarest, Joungil Choi, Avinash R Sagi, Neda Najimi, Pranith Kumar, Anmol Singh, Cheng-Ying Ho, Gary Fiskum, Lauren G Koch, Steven L Britton, James W Russell
Objectives: There is a critical need to develop effective treatments for diabetic neuropathy. This study determined if a selective mGluR2/3 receptor agonist prevented or treated experimental diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) through glutamate recycling and improved mitochondrial function. Methods: Adult male streptozotocin treated Sprague-Dawley rats with features of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) or Low Capacity Running (LCR) rats with insulin resistance or glucose intolerance were treated with 3 or 10 mg/kg/day LY379268...
December 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295656/core-shell-poly-lactide-co-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-gelatin-fiber-scaffolds-as-ph-sensitive-drug-delivery-systems
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Qingqing Sang, Heyu Li, Gareth Williams, Huanling Wu, Li-Min Zhu
Dual-drug-loaded pH-responsive fiber scaffolds were successfully prepared by coaxial electrospinning. These were designed with the aim of being sutured into the resection site after tumor removal, to aid recovery and prevent cancer recurrence. The shell was made up of a mixture of gelatin and sodium bicarbonate (added to provide pH-sensitivity), and was loaded with the anti-inflammatory drug ciprofloxacin; the core comprised poly(lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) with the chemotherapeutic doxorubicin hydrochloride...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289065/the-effect-of-applied-stress-on-the-phase-and-group-velocity-of-guided-waves-in-anisotropic-plates
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Brennan Dubuc, Arvin Ebrahimkhanlou, Salvatore Salamone
This paper presents an analytical formulation for the phase and group velocity of acoustoelastic guided waves in anisotropic plates. Uniform in-plane applied stress is considered, with both arbitrary propagation and stress directions. An expression for the energy velocity in a stressed anisotropic plate is derived, from which the group velocity is computed. Since the wavefront and group velocity directions generally differ, the deviation angle between the two is also studied. A method is proposed for verifying the consistency of the formulation, based on the correspondence between a direct and an indirect formulation...
December 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286683/anisotropic-superattenuation-of-capillary-waves-on-driven-glass-interfaces
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Bruno Bresson, Coralie Brun, Xavier Buet, Yong Chen, Matteo Ciccotti, Jérôme Gâteau, Greg Jasion, Marco N Petrovich, Francesco Poletti, David J Richardson, Seyed Reza Sandoghchi, Gilles Tessier, Botond Tyukodi, Damien Vandembroucq
Metrological atomic force microscopy measurements are performed on the silica glass interfaces of photonic band-gap fibers and hollow capillaries. The freezing of attenuated out-of-equilibrium capillary waves during the drawing process is shown to result in a reduced surface roughness. The roughness attenuation with respect to the expected thermodynamical limit is determined to vary with the drawing stress following a power law. A striking anisotropic character of the height correlation is observed: glass surfaces thus retain a structural record of the direction of the flow to which the liquid was submitted...
December 8, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286102/pin1-facilitates-isoproterenol%C3%A2-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-and-collagen-deposition-by-promoting-oxidative-stress-and-activating-the-mek1-2%C3%A2-erk1-2-signal-transduction-pathway-in-rats
#18
Xian Wu, Mingjiang Li, Su-Qin Chen, Sha Li, Furong Guo
Peptidyl‑prolyl cis/trans isomerase, NIMA-interacting 1 (Pin1) is a member of a large superfamily of phosphorylation‑dependent peptidyl‑prolyl cis/trans isomerases, which not only regulates multiple targets at various stages of cellular processes, but is also involved in the pathogenesis of several diseases, including microbial infection, cancer, asthma and Alzheimer's disease. However, the role of Pin1 in cardiac fibrosis remains to be fully elucidated. The present study investigated the potential mechanism of Pin1 in isoprenaline (ISO)‑induced myocardial fibrosis in rats...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280275/solution-processed-metal-coating-to-nonwoven-fabrics-for%C3%A2-wearable-rechargeable-batteries
#19
Kyulin Lee, Jin Hyeok Choi, Hye Moon Lee, Ki Jae Kim, Jang Wook Choi
Wearable rechargeable batteries require electrode platforms that can withstand various physical motions, such as bending, folding, and twisting. To this end, conductive textiles and paper have been highlighted, as their porous structures can accommodate the stress built during various physical motions. However, fabrics with plain weaves or knit structures have been mostly adopted without exploration of nonwoven counterparts. Also, the integration of conductive materials, such as carbon or metal nanomaterials, to achieve sufficient conductivity as current collectors is not well-aligned with large-scale processing in terms of cost and quality control...
December 27, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278025/the-influence-of-aging-on-the-effectiveness-of-heat-stress-in-preventing-disuse-muscle-atrophy
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H Kataoka, J Nakano, Y Kondo, Y Honda, J Sakamoto, T Origuchi, M Okita
This study examined the aging effect on disuse muscle atrophy prevention using heat stress. Wistar rats aged 7 and 60 weeks were divided into three groups as follows: control, immobilized (Im), and immobilized and heat stressed (ImH). Heat stress was given by immersing the hindlimbs in hot water (42 °C) for 60 min, once in every 3 days and the gastrocnemius (GAS) and soleus (SOL) muscles were extracted after 14 days. Muscle-fiber types were classified using ATPase staining. Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) was assessed through Western blotting...
December 1, 2017: Physiology International
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