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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329735/anti-inflammatory-mechanism-of-ulinastatin-inhibiting-the-hyperpermeability-of-vascular-endothelial-cells-induced-by-tnf-%C3%AE-via-the-rhoa-rock-signal-pathway
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Fu Wei, Siyi Liu, Li Luo, Nina Gu, Yan Zeng, Xiaoying Chen, Shan Xu, Dan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Ulinastatin reduces the high permeability of vascular endothelial cells induced by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). This study investigated the molecular mechanism behind this effect, with the aim of understanding the action of ulinastatin in sepsis therapy and exploring novel therapeutic strategies for sepsis patients. METHODS: A TNF-α treated human umbilical vein endothelial cell line (EA.hy926) was employed as an inflammation model. Horseradish peroxidase permeability assays and an epithelial voltmeter method were used to measure the permeability of EA...
March 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328069/autophagy-maintains-the-integrity-of-endothelial-barrier-in-lps-induced-lung-injury
#2
Dan Zhang, Jian Zhou, Le Chi Ye, Jing Li, Zhenzhou Wu, Yuping Li, Chichi Li
Understanding the role and underlying regulation mechanism of autophagy in lipopolysaccharide-induced lung injury (LPS-LI) may provide potentially new pharmacological targets for treatment of acute lung injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the functional significance of autophagy in LPS-LI. The autophagy of human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMVECs) and mice was inhibited before they were challenged with LPS. In vitro, permeability, vitality and the lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release rate of the cells were detected, the zonula occluden-1 (ZO-1) expression and the stress fiber formation were determined...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326732/-three-dimensional-finite-element-analyses-of-the-deep-wedge-shaped-defective-premolars-restored-with-different-methods
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Zhao Ling, Yang Liyuan, Liu Cuiling, Gao Xu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this paper is to analyze the stress distribution in the deep wedge-shaped defective mandibular first premolars restored with different methods. METHODS: Three-dimensional finite element models of mandibular first premolar with deep wedge-shaped defect were created. The model, which was untreated after root canal treatment, served as the control group. Then, according to different treatment designs, four experimental groups were established as follows: resin filling (A), post restoration after resin filling (B), crown restoration after resin filling (C), and post and crown restoration after resin filling (D)...
February 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326611/mechanical-characterization-of-curly-hair-influence-of-the-use-of-nonconventional-hair-straightening-treatments
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M G A Leite, P M B G Maia Campos
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Hair straighteners are very popular around the world, although they can cause great damage to the hair. Thus, the characterization of the mechanical properties of curly hair using advanced techniques is very important to clarify how hair straighteners act on hair fibers and to contribute to the development of effective products. On this basis, we chose two nonconventional hair straighteners (formaldehyde and glyoxylic acid) to investigate how hair straightening treatments affect the mechanical properties of curly hair...
March 21, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323803/patient-response-to-an-integrated-orthotic-and-rehabilitation-initiative-for-traumatic-injuries-the-prioriti-mtf-study
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Joseph R Hsu, Johnny G Owens, Jennifer DeSanto, John R Fergason, Kevin M Kuhn, Benjamin K Potter, Daniel J Stinner, Robert G Sheu, Sandra L Waggoner, Jason M Wilken, Yanjie Huang, Daniel O Scharfstein, Ellen J MacKenzie
Although limb salvage is now possible for many high-energy open fractures and crush injuries to the distal tibia, ankle, hindfoot, and midfoot, orthotic options are limited. The Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO) is a custom, energy-storing carbon fiber orthosis developed for trauma patients undergoing limb salvage. The IDEO differs from other orthoses in that it allows patients with ankle weakness to have more normal ankle biomechanics and increased ankle power. This article describes the design of a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the IDEO when delivered together with a high-intensity, sports medicine-based approach to rehabilitation...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323178/study-on-the-deformations-of-the-lamina-cribrosa-during-glaucoma
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Hanjing Tian, Long Li, Fan Song
The lamina cribrosa is the primary site of optic nerve injury during glaucoma, and its deformations induced by elevated intraocular pressure are associated directly with the optic nerve injury and visual field defect. However, the deformations in a living body have been poorly understood yet so far. It is because that integral observation and precise measurement of the deformations in vivo are now almost impossible in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. In the present study, a new mechanical model of the lamina cribrosa is presented by using Reissner's thin plate theory...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317863/dynamic-monitoring-of-membrane-nanotubes-formation-induced-by-vaccinia-virus-on-a-high-throughput-microfluidic-chip
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Min Xiao, Na Xu, Cheng Wang, Dai-Wen Pang, Zhi-Ling Zhang
Membrane nanotubes (MNTs) are physical connections for intercellular communication and induced by various viruses. However, the formation of vaccinia virus (VACV)-induced MNTs has never been studied. In this report, VACV-induced MNTs formation process was monitored on a microfluidic chip equipped with a series of side chambers, which protected MNTs from fluidic shear stress. MNTs were formed between susceptible cells and be facilitated by VACV infection through three patterns. The formed MNTs varied with cell migration and virus concentration...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317682/intraocular-lens-scaffold-technique-to-prevent-posterior-capsule-rupture-in%C3%A2-cases%C3%A2-of-morgagnian-cataract
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Rohit Om Parkash, Shruti Mahajan, Tushya Om Parkash, Vittal Nayak
We describe a technique for performing safe phacoemulsification of a Morgagnian cataract using the intraocular lens (IOL) scaffold. An IOL scaffold has been used in cases in which posterior capsule rupture has occurred, leaving nonemulsified nuclear pieces. The scaffold provides a barrier that prevents the nuclear fragments from falling posteriorly into the vitreous cavity. Our technique uses the IOL as a scaffold to prevent the vulnerable posterior capsule from rupturing during nuclear emulsification in Morgagnian cataract...
January 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317484/redox-systems-antioxidants-and-sarcopenia
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Bertrand Fougère, Gabor Abellan van Kan, Bruno Vellas, Matteo Cesari
According to the free-radical theory of aging, oxidative stress is a key contributor to the onset of age-related conditions by inducing structural and functional alterations in several cellular components. Although innate defenses exist for limiting the occurrence of such detrimental effects, their ability to counteract the continuous and large production of reactive oxygen species becomes increasingly inefficient with aging. In this context, interventions aimed at preserving the homeostatic balance between oxidant production and antioxidant protection may be beneficial on the pathophysiological modifications and clinical manifestations featuring the aging process...
March 17, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317383/design-rules-for-enhanced-interfacial-shear-response-in-functionalized-carbon-fiber-epoxy-composites
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Baris Demir, Luke Christian Henderson, Tiffany R Walsh
Carbon-fiber reinforced composites are ideal light-weighting candidates to replace traditional engineering materials. The mechanical performance of these composites results from a complex interplay of influences operating over several length- and time-scales. The mechanical performance may therefore be limited by many factors, one of which being the modest interfacial adhesion between the carbon fiber and the polymer. Surface chemical modification of the fiber, via surface grafting of molecules, is one possible strategy to enhance interactions across the fiber-polymer interface...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315692/role-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-and-fibroblast-function-in-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-induced-lung-fibrosis
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Jane Ma, Bridget Bishoff, R R Mercer, Mark Barger, Diane Schwegler-Berry, Vincent Castranova
The emission of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2) from diesel engines, using cerium compounds as a catalyst to lower the diesel exhaust particles, is a health concern. We have previously shown that CeO2 induced pulmonary inflammation and lung fibrosis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the modification of fibroblast function and the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in CeO2-induced fibrosis. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to CeO2 (0.15 to 7mg/kg) by a single intratracheal instillation and sacrificed at various times post-exposure...
March 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303272/structural-and-functional-differences-between-aorta-and-vena-cava
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Jeffrey M Mattson, Yanhang Zhang
Elastin and collagen fibers are the major load-bearing extracellular matrix (ECM) constituents of the vascular wall. Arteries function differently than veins in the circulatory system, however as a result from several treatment options veins are subjected to sudden elevated arterial pressure. It is thus important to recognize the fundamental structure and function differences between a vein and an artery. Our research compared the relationship between biaxial mechanical function and ECM structure of porcine thoracic aorta and inferior vena cava...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303260/evidence-for-an-additive-neurorestorative-effect-of-simultaneously-administered-cdnf-and-gdnf-in-hemiparkinsonian-rats-implications-for-different-mechanism-of-action
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Merja H Voutilainen, Francesca De Lorenzo, Polina Stepanova, Susanne Bäck, Li-Ying Yu, Päivi Lindholm, Eeva Pörsti, Mart Saarma, Pekka T Männistö, Raimo K Tuominen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with a progressive loss of dopaminergic (DAergic) neurons of the substantia nigra (SN) and the accumulation of intracellular inclusions containing α-synuclein. Current therapies do not stop the progression of the disease, and the efficacy of these treatments wanes over time. Neurotrophic factors (NTFs) are naturally occurring proteins promoting the survival and differentiation of neurons and the maintenance of neuronal contacts. CDNF (cerebral dopamine NTF) and GDNF (glial cell line-derived NTF) are able to protect DAergic neurons against toxin-induced degeneration in experimental models of PD...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302721/involvement-of-notch1-signaling-in-malignant-progression-of-a549-cells-subjected-to-prolonged-cadmium-exposure
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Kota Fujiki, Hisako Inamura, Takamitsu Miyayama, Masato Matsuoka
Cadmium exposure is known to increase lung cancer risk, but the underlying molecular mechanisms in cadmium-stimulated progression of malignancy are unclear. Here, we examined the effects of prolonged cadmium exposure on the malignant progression of A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells and the roles of Notch1, hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-α), and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R)/Akt/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)/p70 S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) signaling pathways. Exposing A549 cells to 10 or 20 μM cadmium chloride (CdCl2) for 9-15 weeks induced a high proliferative potential, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), stress fiber formation, high cell motility, and resistance to anti-tumor drugs...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299515/the-influence-of-slope-on-spartium-junceum-root-system-morphological-anatomical-and-biomechanical-adaptation
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Fabio Lombardi, G S Scippa, B Lasserre, A Montagnoli, R Tognetti, M Marchetti, D Chiatante
Root systems have a pivotal role in plant anchorage and their mechanical interactions with the soil may contribute to soil reinforcement and stabilization of slide-prone slopes. In order to understand the responses of root system to mechanical stress induced by slope, samples of Spartium junceum L., growing in slope and in plane natural conditions, were compared in their morphology, biomechanical properties and anatomical features. Soils sampled in slope and plane revealed similar characteristics, with the exception of organic matter content and penetrometer resistance, both higher in slope...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297774/-effects-of-wild-type-pten-overexpression-and-its-mutation-on-f-actin-in-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells
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L S Hao, Y L Liu, G L Zhang, J Chen, X J Song, Y L Wang, J Wang, L M Jin
Objective: To investigate the effect of overexpression of wild-type phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) deleted on chromosome 10 and its mutant G129E (exhibiting the activity of protein phosphatase and losing the activity of lipid phosphatase) on F-actin in activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) cultured in vitro. Methods: The activated hepatic stellate cell-T6 (HSC-T6) cells were cultured in vitro, and activated HSCs were transfected with adenovirus that carried wild-type PTEN gene and G129E gene using transient transfection...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297584/improvement-of-in-vitro-three-dimensional-cartilage-regeneration-by-a-novel-hydrostatic-pressure-bioreactor
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Jie Chen, Zhaoyuan Yuan, Yu Liu, Rui Zheng, Yao Dai, Ran Tao, Huitang Xia, Hairong Liu, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
In vitro three-dimensional (3D) cartilage regeneration is a promising strategy for repair of cartilage defects. However, inferior mechanical strength and tissue homogeneity greatly restricted its clinical translation. Simulation of mechanical stress through a bioreactor is an important approach for improving in vitro cartilage regeneration. The current study developed a hydrostatic pressure (HP) bioreactor based on a novel pressure-transmitting mode achieved by slight deformation of a flexible membrane in a completely sealed stainless steel device...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289092/ampk-negatively-regulates-tensin-dependent-integrin-activity
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Maria Georgiadou, Johanna Lilja, Guillaume Jacquemet, Camilo Guzmán, Maria Rafaeva, Charlotte Alibert, Yan Yan, Pranshu Sahgal, Martina Lerche, Jean-Baptiste Manneville, Tomi P Mäkelä, Johanna Ivaska
Tight regulation of integrin activity is paramount for dynamic cellular functions such as cell matrix adhesion and mechanotransduction. Integrin activation is achieved through intracellular interactions at the integrin cytoplasmic tails and through integrin-ligand binding. In this study, we identify the metabolic sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) as a β1-integrin inhibitor in fibroblasts. Loss of AMPK promotes β1-integrin activity, the formation of centrally located active β1-integrin- and tensin-rich mature fibrillar adhesions, and cell spreading...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287334/regulation-of-rho-gtpase-activity-at-the-leading-edge-of-migrating-cells-by-p190rhogap
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Aurélien Bidaud-Meynard, Fabien Binamé, Valérie Lagrée, Violaine Moreau
Cell migration, a key feature of embryonic development, immunity, angiogenesis, and tumor metastasis, is based on the coordinated regulation of actin dynamics and integrin-mediated adhesion. Rho GTPases play a major role in this phenomenon by regulating the onset and maintenance of actin-based protruding structures at cell leading edges (i.e. lamellipodia and filopodia) and contractile structures (i.e., stress fibers) at their trailing edge. While spatio-temporal analysis demonstrated the tight regulation of Rho GTPases at the migration front during cell locomotion, little is known about how the main regulators of Rho GTPase activity, such as GAPs, GEFs and GDIs, play a role in this process...
March 13, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286117/carvedilol-prevents-functional-deficits-in-peripheral-nerve-mitochondria-of-rats-with-oxaliplatin-evoked-painful-peripheral-neuropathy
#20
Aparna Areti, Prashanth Komirishetty, Ashutosh Kumar
Oxaliplatin use as chemotherapeutic agent is frequently limited by cumulative neurotoxicity which may compromise quality of life. Reports relate this neurotoxic effect to oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in peripheral nerves and dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Carvedilol is an antihypertensive drug, has also been appreciated for its antioxidant and mitoprotective properties. Carvedilol co-treatment did not reduce the anti-tumor effects of oxaliplatin in human colon cancer cells (HT-29), but exhibited free radical scavenging activity against oxaliplatin-induced oxidative stress in neuronal cells (Neuro-2a)...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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