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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545163/coccygeal-body-revisited-an-immunohistochemical-study-using-donated-elderly-cadavers
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Zhe Wu Jin, Kwang Ho Cho, Hyung Suk Jang, Gen Murakami, Jose Francisco Rodríguez-Vázquez, Masahito Yamamoto, Shin-Ichi Abe
To describe the normal anatomy and histology of the adult coccygeal body (CB) and to discuss about the origin and function. Using immunohistochemistry, we examined 29 CBs found in 32 elderly donated cadavers without macroscopic pathology in the pelvis. The CB was usually located in or near the anococcygeal ligaments. It was almost always composed of multiple masses or nodules of round glomus cells (smooth muscle actin, or SMA++). However, the CB sometimes contained abundant dilated veins with scattered glomus cells...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544549/future-warmer-seas-increased-stress-and-susceptibility-to-grazing-in-seedlings-of-a-marine-habitat-forming-species
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Gema Hernán, María J Ortega, Alberto M Gándara, Inés Castejón, Jorge Terrados, Fiona Tomas
Increases in seawater temperature are expected to have negative consequences for marine organisms. Beyond individual effects, species-specific differences in thermal tolerance are predicted to modify species interactions and increase the strength of top-down effects, particularly in plant-herbivore interactions. Shifts in trophic interactions will be especially important when affecting habitat-forming species such as seagrasses, as the consequences on their abundance will cascade throughout the food web. Seagrasses are a major component of coastal ecosystems offering important ecosystem services, but are threatened by multiple anthropogenic stressors, including warming...
May 22, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544434/strain-stiffening-hydrogels-through-self-assembly-and-covalent-fixation-of-semi-flexible-fibers
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Rint P Sijbesma, Marcos Fernandez-Castano Romera, Clément Guibert, Ilja K Voets, Cornelis Storm
Biomimetic, strain-stiffening materials are reported, made through self-assembly and covalent fixation of small building blocks to form fibrous hydrogels able to stiffen by an order of magnitude in response to applied stress. The gels consist of semi-flexible rodlike micelles of bisurea bolaamphiphiles with oligo(ethylene oxide) (EO) outer blocks and a polydiacetylene (PDA) backbone. The micelles are fibers composed of 9-10 ribbons. A gelation method based on Cu-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) was developed that leads to strain-stiffening hydrogels with unusual yet universal linear and nonlinear stress-strain response...
May 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544198/jaboticaba-berry-peel-intake-prevents-insulin-resistance-induced-tau-phosphorylation-in-mice
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Ângela G Batista, Edilene S Soares, Monique C P Mendonça, Juliana K da Silva, Ana Paula Dionísio, Cesar R Sartori, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling, Mário R Maróstica Júnior
The hyperphosphorylation of tau in the hippocampus can be caused by central and peripheral insulin resistance and these alterations are related to the development of tauopathies, such as Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we used a high-fat diet to induce obesity and insulin resistance in adult Swiss mice and checked whether supplementation with Myrciaria jaboticaba berry peel for 10 weeks could improve insulin sensitivity, learning/memory performance and prevent tau phosphorylation in the hippocampus. Furthermore, adipocytokines, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress were assessed...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542912/the-nucleus-is-irreversibly-shaped-by-motion-of-cell-boundaries-in-cancer-and-non-cancer-cells
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Vincent J Tocco, Yuan Li, Keith G Christopher, James H Matthews, Varun Aggarwal, Lauren Paschall, Hendrik Luesch, Jonathan D Licht, Richard B Dickinson, Tanmay P Lele
Actomyosin stress fibers impinge on the nucleus and can exert compressive forces on it. These compressive forces have been proposed to elongate nuclei in fibroblasts, and lead to abnormally shaped nuclei in cancer cells. In these models, the elongated or flattened nuclear shape is proposed to store elastic energy. However, we found that deformed shapes of nuclei are unchanged even after removal of the cell with micro-dissection, both for smooth, elongated nuclei in fibroblasts and abnormally shaped nuclei in breast cancer cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538985/numerical-approximation-of-elasticity-tensor-associated-with-green-naghdi-rate
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Haofei Liu, Wei Sun
Objective stress rates are often used in commercial finite element (FE) programs. However, deriving a consistent tangent modulus tensor (also known as elasticity tensor or material Jacobian) associated with the objective stress rates is challenging when complex material models are utilized. In this paper, an approximation method for the tangent modulus tensor associated with the Green-Naghdi rate of the Kirchhoff stress is employed to simplify the evaluation process. The effectiveness of the approach is demonstrated through the implementation of two user-defined fiber-reinforced hyperelastic material models...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538876/combination-therapy-with-butyrate-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-for-keloid-fibrogenesis-an-in-vitro-study
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Kazuhiro Torii, Noriaki Maeshige, Michiko Aoyama-Ishikawa, Makoto Miyoshi, Hiroto Terashi, Makoto Usami
Background: A single, effective therapeutic regimen for keloids has not been established yet, and the development of novel therapeutic approaches is expected. Butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, play multiple anti-inflammatory and anticancer roles via their respective mechanisms of action. Objective: In this study, we evaluated the antifibrogenic effects of their single and combined use on keloid fibroblasts...
March 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536832/proteomic-profiling-reveals-crucial-retinal-protein-alterations-in-the-early-phase-of-an-experimental-glaucoma-model
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Fabian Anders, Julia Teister, Sebstian Funke, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz Grus, Thanos Solon, Verena Prokosch
PURPOSE: Clinical glaucoma is difficult to assess in terms of molecular pathophysiology, prompting studies in experimental models of glaucoma. The purpose of this study was to investigate quantitative changes in retinal protein expression at the onset of experimental glaucoma in rats. Analyzing the proteome provides a suitable tool to decipher the pathophysiological processes in glaucomatous degeneration. METHODS: Thermic cauterization of episcleral veins was utilized to elevate the intraocular pressure in Sprague Dawley rats...
May 24, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536638/abcc6-knockdown-in-hepg2-cells-induces-a-senescent-like-cell-phenotype
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Rocchina Miglionico, Angela Ostuni, Maria Francesca Armentano, Luigi Milella, Elvira Crescenzi, Monica Carmosino, Faustino Bisaccia
BACKGROUND: Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is characterized by progressive ectopic mineralization of elastic fibers in dermal, ocular and vascular tissues. No effective treatment exists. It is caused by inactivating mutations in the gene encoding for the ATP-binding cassette, sub-family C member 6 transporter (ABCC6), which is mainly expressed in the liver. The ABCC6 substrate (s) and the PXE pathomechanism remain unknown. Recent studies have shown that overexpression of ABCC6 in HEK293 cells results in efflux of ATP, which is rapidly converted into nucleoside monophosphates and pyrophosphate (PPi)...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534941/two-natural-eudesmane-type-sesquiterpenes-from-laggera-alata-inhibit-angiogenesis-and-suppress-breast-cancer-cell-migration-through-vegf-and-angiopoietin-2-mediated-signaling-pathways
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Ning Liang, Yaolan Li, Hau Yin Chung
Eudesmane-type sesquiterpenes are natural sesquiterpenes with anti-inflammatory properties, but their anti-angiogenic activities are not known. The present study demonstrated that 5α-hydroxycostic acid and hydroxyisocostic acid, two eudesmane-type sesquiterpenes (ETSs), isolated from the herb Laggera alata, possessed anti-angiogenic effects. Under non-toxic dosage, ETSs suppressed VEGF‑induced proliferation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and vessel formation in zebrafish embryos. Moreover, ETSs inhibited VEGF-stimulated HUVEC migration, stress fibers and tube formation...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533262/acute-and-chronic-changes-in-rat-soleus-muscle-after-high-fat-high-sucrose-diet
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Kelsey H Collins, David A Hart, Ian C Smith, Anthony M Issler, Raylene A Reimer, Ruth A Seerattan, Jaqueline L Rios, Walter Herzog
The effects of obesity on different musculoskeletal tissues are not well understood. The glycolytic quadriceps muscles are compromised with obesity, but due to its high oxidative capacity, the soleus muscle may be protected against obesity-induced muscle damage. To determine the time-course relationship between a high-fat/high-sucrose (HFS) metabolic challenge and soleus muscle integrity, defined as intramuscular fat invasion, fibrosis and molecular alterations over six time points. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a HFS diet (n = 64) and killed at serial short-term (3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks) and long-term (12 weeks, 28 weeks) time points...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532442/an-integrated-enhancement-and-reconstruction-strategy-for-the-quantitative-extraction-of-actin-stress-fibers-from-fluorescence-micrographs
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Zhen Zhang, Shumin Xia, Pakorn Kanchanawong
BACKGROUND: The stress fibers are prominent organization of actin filaments that perform important functions in cellular processes such as migration, polarization, and traction force generation, and whose collective organization reflects the physiological and mechanical activities of the cells. Easily visualized by fluorescence microscopy, the stress fibers are widely used as qualitative descriptors of cell phenotypes. However, due to the complexity of the stress fibers and the presence of other actin-containing cellular features, images of stress fibers are relatively challenging to quantitatively analyze using previously developed approaches, requiring significant user intervention...
May 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532091/design-and-fabrication-of-carbon-fibers-with-needle-like-nano-ha-coating-to-reinforce-granular-nano-ha-composites
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Xudong Wang, Xueni Zhao, Li Zhang, Wanying Wang, Jing Zhang, Fuzhen He, Jianjun Yang
Carbon fibers (CFs) with needle-like nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) coating were first used as reinforcing materials named nHA-CFs to improve the mechanical properties of pure HA. A powder mixture containing nHA-CFs and granular nano-HA (gHA) was directly sintered by hot pressing at appropriate sintering pressure and temperature. A three-phase nHA-CFs/gHA composite was designed, fabricated, and used as an artificial bone. Results show that the bending strengths of the nHA-CFs/gHA composite are approximately 41.1% and 59...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532037/multifactor-analysis-on-the-effect-of-collagen-concentration-cross-linking-and-fiber-pore-orientation-on-chemical-microstructural-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-collagen-type-i-scaffolds
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E Suesca, A M A Dias, M E M Braga, H C de Sousa, M R Fontanilla
This work evaluates the effect of processing variables on some physicochemical and mechanical properties of multi- and unidirectional laminar collagen type I scaffolds. The processing variables considered in this study included microstructure orientation (uni- and multidirectional fiber/pore controlled by freeze-drying methodology), cross-linking (chemical - using genipin and glutaraldehyde, and physical - using a dehydrothermal method), and collagen concentration (2, 5 and 8mg/ml). The biocompatibility of the scaffolds obtained in each of the evaluated manufacturing processes was also assessed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531263/in-vivo-dynamics-of-the-cortical-actin-network-revealed-by-fast-scanning-atomic-force-microscopy
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Yanshu Zhang, Aiko Yoshida, Nobuaki Sakai, Yoshitsugu Uekusa, Masahiro Kumeta, Shige H Yoshimura
Together with lamellipodia and stress fibers, a dynamic network of actin filaments in the cell cortex plays a major role in the maintenance of cell morphology and motility. In contrast to lamellipodia, which have been well studied in various motile cells, the dynamics of actin filaments in the cell cortex have not yet been clarified due to a lack of proper imaging techniques. Here, we utilized high-speed atomic force microscopy for live-cell imaging and analyzed cortical actin dynamics in living cells. We successfully measured the polymerization rate and the frequency of filament synthesis in living COS-7 cells, and examined the associated effects of various inhibitors and actin-binding proteins...
May 20, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530470/cd73-controls-extracellular-adenosine-generation-in-the-trigeminal-nociceptive-nerves
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X Liu, L Ma, S Zhang, Y Ren, R T Dirksen
Purinergic signaling is involved in pain generation and modulation in the nociceptive sensory nervous system. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) induces pain via activation of ionotropic P2X receptors while adenosine mediates analgesia via activation of metabotropic P1 receptors. These purinergic signaling are determined by ecto-nucleotidases that control ATP degradation and adenosine generation. Using enzymatic histochemistry, we detected ecto-AMPase activity in dental pulp, trigeminal ganglia (TG) neurons, and their nerve fibers...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529114/perceptions-of-healthy-eating-amongst-indian-adolescents-in-india-and-canada
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Natasha Correa, Divya Rajaraman, Sumathi Swaminathan, Mario Vaz, K G Jayachitra, Scott A Lear, Zubin Punthakee
INTRODUCTION: Dietary patterns have contributed to the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity among Indian adolescents. Yet there are limited studies on their perspectives on healthy eating. The purpose of this study was to understand perceptions and attitudes of Indian-origin adolescents in India and Canada that may contribute to healthy eating behaviour. METHODS: Qualitative data collection and analysis of 13 focus group discussions (FGD) was conducted among 34 boys and 39 girls (total number of participants: 73) of different weight and socioeconomic status (SES) in rural and urban India, and urban Canada aged 11-18 years...
May 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526123/-direct-mechanism-of-action-in-toxic-myopathies
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A Khelfi, M Azzouz, R Abtroun, M Reggabi, B Alamir
Toxic myopathies are a large group of disorders generated by surrounding agents and characterized by structural and/or functional disturbances of muscles. The most recurrent are those induced by commonly used medications. Illicit drugs, environmental toxins from animals, vegetables, or produced by micro-organisms as well as chemical products commonly used are significant causes of such disorders. The muscle toxicity results from multiple mechanisms at different biological levels. Many agents can induce myotoxicity through a direct mechanism in which statins, glucocorticoids and ethyl alcohol are the most representative...
May 16, 2017: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524086/dietary-green-pea-protects-against-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice-challenged-with-high-fat-diet
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Shima Bibi, Luís Fernando de Sousa Moraes, Noelle Lebow, Mei-Jun Zhu
Obesity is a risk factor for developing inflammatory bowel disease. Pea is unique with its high content of dietary fiber, polyphenolics, and glycoproteins, all of which are known to be health beneficial. We aimed to investigate the impact of green pea (GP) supplementation on the susceptibility of high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. Six-week-old C57BL/6J female mice were fed a 45% HFD or HFD supplemented with 10% GP. After 7-week dietary supplementation, colitis was induced by adding 2...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
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