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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088289/effects-of-treatment-with-sucrose-in-drinking-water-on-liver-histology-lipogenesis-and-lipogenic-gene-expression-in-rats-fed-high-fiber-diet
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Tomislav Mašek, Natalija Filipović, Ana Vuica, Kristina Starčević
We studied the influence of sucrose in drinking water on liver histology, fatty acid profile and lipogenic genes expression in rats maintained on high-fiber. The experimental groups were: control group (water) and sucrose group (sucrose solution in drinking water, 30% w/v). Liver histology of sucrose treated rats revealed steatosis and increased number of αSMA immunoreactive cells without the signs of fibrosis. Sucrose treatment increased de novo lipogenesis, lipid peroxidation and MUFA content and decreased PUFA content, C18:2n6 and C20:4n6 content in total phospholipids and phosphatidylethanolamine and C18:2n6 content in cardiolipin...
January 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088070/fatigue-life-of-bovine-meniscus-under-longitudinal-and-transverse-tensile-loading
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Jaremy J Creechley, Madison E Krentz, Trevor J Lujan
The knee meniscus is composed of a fibrous extracellular matrix that is subjected to large and repeated loads. Consequently, the meniscus is frequently torn, and a potential mechanism for failure is fatigue. The objective of this study was to measure the fatigue life of bovine meniscus when applying cyclic tensile loads either longitudinal or transverse to the principal fiber direction. Fatigue experiments consisted of cyclic loads to 60%, 70%, 80% or 90% of the predicted ultimate tensile strength until failure occurred or 20,000 cycles was reached...
December 27, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086790/rna-sequencing-for-global-gene-expression-associated-with-muscle-growth-in-a-single-male-modern-broiler-line-compared-to-a-foundational-barred-plymouth-rock-chicken-line
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Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Hudson, Dongwon Seo, Seok Lee, Bhuwan Khatri, Kentu Lassiter, Devin Cook, Alissa Piekarski, Sami Dridi, Nicholas Anthony, Walter Bottje
BACKGROUND: Modern broiler chickens exhibit very rapid growth and high feed efficiency compared to unselected chicken breeds. The improved production efficiency in modern broiler chickens was achieved by the intensive genetic selection for meat production. This study was designed to investigate the genetic alterations accumulated in modern broiler breeder lines during selective breeding conducted over several decades. METHODS: To identify genes important in determining muscle growth and feed efficiency in broilers, RNA sequencing (RNAseq) was conducted with breast muscle in modern pedigree male (PeM) broilers (n = 6 per group), and with an unselected foundation broiler line (Barred Plymouth Rock; BPR)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078713/the-novel-mtor-complex-1-2-inhibitor-p529-inhibits-human-lung-myofibroblast-differentiation
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Keith T Ferguson, Elizabeth E Torr, Ksenija Bernau, Jonathan Leet, Davis Sherris, Nathan Sandbo
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive and deadly disorder with very few therapeutic options. Palomid 529 (8-(1-hydroxyethyl)-2-methoxy-3-(4-methoxybenzyloxy)-benzo[c]chromen-6-one; P529) is a novel dual inhibitor of mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1/2 (mTORC1/2). In these studies, we investigated the effect of P529 on TGF-β-dependent signaling and myofibroblast differentiation. TGF-β-induced phosphorylation of the mTORC1 targets, p70 S6 kinase 1 (S6K1) and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E binding protein 1 (4E-BP1), were both dose dependently inhibited by P529 in human lung fibroblasts with maximal inhibition occurring between 10-20 µM...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069513/structure-and-mechanical-implications-of-the-pectoral-fin-skeleton-in-the-longnose-skate-chondrichthyes-batoidea
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Wei Huang, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp, Jae-Young Jung, Philip A Hastings, Vlado A Lubarda, Joanna McKittrick
Animal propulsion systems are believed to show high energy and mechanical efficiency in assisting movement compared to artificial designs. As an example, batoid fishes have very light cartilaginous skeletons that facilitate their elegant swimming via enlarged wing-like pectoral fins. The aim of this work is to illustrate the hierarchical structure of the pectoral fin of a representative batoid, the Longnose Skate (Raja rhina), and explain the mechanical implications of its structural design. At the macro level, the pectoral fins are comprised of radially oriented fin rays, formed by staggered mineralized skeletal elements stacked end-to-end...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069177/increased-expression-of-integrin-linked-kinase-during-decidualization-regulates-the-morphological-transformation-of-endometrial-stromal-cells
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Chih-Feng Yen, Sung Hoon Kim, Shuen-Kuei Liao, Cem Atabekoglu, Serpil Uckac, Aydin Arici, Sefa Arlier, Chyi-Long Lee, Hsin-Shih Wang, Umit A Kayisli
OBJECTIVE: To study the impact of integrin-linked kinase (ILK) in endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) during decidualization. DESIGN: Laboratory study with the use of human endometrium. SETTING: University hospital. PATIENT(S): Fertile reproductive-age women who had not received hormonal treatment for 3 months before tissue collection. INTERVENTION(S): Endometrium tissue collection, in vitro decidualization of isolated ESCs, and small interfering (si) RNA transfection...
January 6, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068373/stress-dependent-changes-in-the-cacybp-sip-interacting-protein-s100a6-in-the-mouse-brain
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Katarzyna Bartkowska, Izabela Swiatek, Agata Aniszewska, Ewelina Jurewicz, Kris Turlejski, Anna Filipek, Rouzanna L Djavadian
The CacyBP/SIP target S100A6 is widely present in the nervous system, and its up-regulation is associated with certain neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we examined the involvement of S100A6 protein in stress responses in mice. Using Western blotting, we observed a marked change in brainstem structures, whereby stressed mice showed approximately one-third the protein level produced in the control group. A decreased level of S100A6 protein in stressed animals was also detected in the olfactory bulb and the cerebellum and stress-related structures such as the hippocampus and the hypothalamus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065748/the-effects-of-early-life-stress-on-dopamine-system-function-in-adolescent-female-rats
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Iwona Majcher-Maślanka, Anna Solarz, Krzysztof Wędzony, Agnieszka Chocyk
During adolescence, many neural systems, including the dopamine system, undergo essential remodeling and maturation. It is well known that early-life stress (ELS) increases the risk for many psychopathologies during adolescence and adulthood. It is hypothesized that ELS interferes with the maturation of the dopamine system. There is a sex bias in the prevalence of stress-related mental disorders. Information regarding the effects of ELS on brain functioning in females is very limited. In the current study, maternal separation (MS) procedures were carried out to study the effects of ELS on dopamine system functioning in adolescent female rats...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063645/anisotropy-and-inter-condyle-heterogeneity-of-cartilage-under-large-strain-shear
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Stephany Santos, Franz Maier, David M Pierce
We were the first to examine the mechanical responses of skeletally mature bovine femoral cartilage under large-strain simple shear (up to ±20%) using a multiaxial shear testing device. Since shear loading is critical in both tissue failure and chondrocyte responses, we aimed to probe (1) anisotropy with respect to the split-line direction (principal alignment of the collagen fibers near the articulating surface), (2) heterogeneity between femoral condyles, and (3) the influence of local cartilage thickness...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062850/cellular-strain-avoidance-is-mediated-by-a-functional-actin-cap-observations-in-an-lmna-deficient-cell-model
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Chiara Tamiello, Maurice Halder, Miriam A F Kamps, Frank P T Baaijens, Jos L V Broers, Carlijn V C Bouten
In adherent cells the relevance of a physical mechanotransduction pathway provided by the perinuclear actin cap stress fibers has recently emerged. Here, we investigate the impact of a functional actin cap on the cellular adaptive response to topographical cues and uniaxial cyclic strain. Lmna-deficient fibroblasts are used as a model system because they do not develop an intact actin cap, but predominantly form a basal layer of actin stress fibers underneath the nucleus. We observe that topographical cues induce alignment in both normal and lmna-deficient fibroblasts, suggesting that topographical signal transmission occurs independently of the integrity of the actin cap...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061403/berberine-ameliorates-intrahippocampal-kainate-induced-status-epilepticus-and-consequent-epileptogenic-process-in-the-rat-underlying-mechanisms
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Reza Sedaghat, Yosra Taab, Zahra Kiasalari, Siamak Afshin-Majd, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Mehrdad Roghani
Status epilepticus (SE) is a life-threatening neurologic condition, instigating epileptogenesis to transform normal brain to an epileptic condition. SE is followed by spontaneous recurrent seizures (SRS) and final development of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) that is resistant to treatment. Neuroprotective strategies are increasingly put forward as a promising therapy to prevent and/or manage epileptic conditions. In this study, we investigated whether berberis alkaloid, i.e. berberine (BBR), could ameliorate intrahippocampal kainate-induced SE and its consequent epileptogenic process and to explore some underlying mechanisms...
January 3, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060908/experimental-mouse-model-of-lumbar-ligamentum-flavum-hypertrophy
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Takeyuki Saito, Kazuya Yokota, Kazu Kobayakawa, Masamitsu Hara, Kensuke Kubota, Katsumi Harimaya, Kenichi Kawaguchi, Mitsumasa Hayashida, Yoshihiro Matsumoto, Toshio Doi, Keiichiro Shiba, Yasuharu Nakashima, Seiji Okada
Lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS) is one of the most common spinal disorders in elderly people, with the number of LSCS patients increasing due to the aging of the population. The ligamentum flavum (LF) is a spinal ligament located in the interior of the vertebral canal, and hypertrophy of the LF, which causes the direct compression of the nerve roots and/or cauda equine, is a major cause of LSCS. Although there have been previous studies on LF hypertrophy, its pathomechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to establish a relevant mouse model of LF hypertrophy and to examine disease-related factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058781/multi-photon-microscope-measurement-based-biphasic-multi-scale-analyses-of-knee-joint-articular-cartilage-and-chondrocyte-by-using-visco-anisotropic-hyperelastic-finite-element-method-and-smoothed-particle-hydrodynamics-method
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Eiji Nakamachi, Tomohiro Noma, Kaito Nakahara, Yoshihiro Tomita, Yusuke Morita
The articular cartilage of a knee joint has a variety of functions including dispersing stress and absorbing shock in the tissue, and lubricating the surface region of cartilage. The metabolic activity of chondrocytes under the cyclic mechanical stimulations regenerates the morphology and function of tissues. Hence, the stress evaluation of the chondrocyte is vital subject to assess the regeneration cycle in the normal walking condition, and predict the injury occurrence in the accidents. Further, the threshold determination of stress for the chondrocytes activation is valuable for development of regenerative bio-reactor of articular cartilage...
January 5, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057763/the-ultrastructural-organization-of-actin-and-myosin-ii-filaments-in-the-contractile-ring-new-support-for-an-old-model-of-cytokinesis
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John H Henson, Casey E Ditzler, Aphnie Germain, Patrick M Irwin, Eric T Vogt, Shucheng Yang, Xufeng Wu, Charles B Shuster
Despite recent advances in our understanding of the components and spatial regulation of the contractile ring (CR), the precise ultrastructure of actin and myosin II within the animal cell CR remains an unanswered question. We employed super-resolution light microscopy and platinum replica transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to determine the structural organization of actin and myosin II in isolated cortical cytoskeletons prepared from dividing sea urchin embryos. 3D structured illumination microscopy (SIM) indicated that within the CR, actin and myosin II filaments were organized into tightly packed linear arrays oriented along the axis of constriction, and restricted to a narrow zone within the furrow...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056723/chronic-treatment-with-minoxidil-induces-elastic-fiber-neosynthesis-and-functional-improvement-in-the-aorta-of-aged-mice
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Marion Coquand-Gandit, Marie Paule Jacob, Wassim Fhayli, Beatriz Romero Ruiz de la Hermosa, Miglena Georgieva, Stéphanie Bouillot, Eric Estève, Jean-Pierre Andrieu, Sandrine Brasseur, Sophie Bouyon, Natalio Garcia-Honduvilla, Philippe Huber, Julia Bujan, Milena Atanasova, Gilles Faury
Normal arterial aging processes involve vascular cell dysfunction associated with wall stiffening, the latter being due to progressive elastin and elastic fiber degradation, as well as elastin and collagen cross-linking by advanced glycation end-products (AGE). These processes progressively lead to cardiovascular dysfunction during aging. Elastin is only synthesized during late gestation and childhood, and further degradation occurring throughout adulthood cannot be physiologically compensated by replacement of altered material...
January 5, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056338/hanac-col4a1-mutation-in-mice-leads-to-skeletal-muscle-alterations-due-to-a-primary-vascular-defect
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Simon Guiraud, Tiffany Migeon, Arnaud Ferry, Zhiyong Chen, Souhila Ouchelouche, Marie-Christine Verpont, Yoshikazu Sado, Valérie Allamand, Pierre Ronco, Emmanuelle Plaisier
Collagen IV is a major component of basement membranes (BMs). The α1(IV) chain, encoded by the COL4A1 gene, is expressed ubiquitously and associates with the α2(IV) chain to form the α1α1α2(IV) heterotrimer. Several COL4A1 mutations affecting a conformational domain containing integrin-binding sites are responsible for the systemic syndrome of hereditary angiopathy, nephropathy, aneurysms, and cramps (HANAC). To analyze the pathophysiology of HANAC, Col4a1 mutant mice bearing the p.Gly498Val mutation were generated...
January 2, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056188/tetramethylpyrazine-ameliorated-disuse-induced-gastrocnemius-muscle-atrophy-in-hindlimb-unloading-rats-through-suppression-of-ca-2-ros-mediated-apoptosis
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Nai-Fei Hu, Hui Chang, Bei Du, Quan-Wang Zhang, Yasir Arfat, Kai Dang, Yun-Fang Gao
The purpose of this study was to examine the possible mechanism underlying the protective effect of tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) against disuse-induced muscle atrophy. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to receive 14 days of hindlimb unloading (HLU, a model of disuse atrophy) or cage controls. The rats were given TMP (60 mg/kg body mass) or vehicle (water) by gavage. Compared with vehicle treatment, TMP significantly attenuated the loss of gastrocnemius muscle mass (-33.56%, P < 0.01), the decrease of cross-sectional area of slow fiber (-10...
October 3, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054946/muscle-carnitine-palmitoyltransferase-ii-deficiency-a-review-of-enzymatic-controversy-and-clinical-features
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Diana Lehmann, Leila Motlagh, Dina Robaa, Stephan Zierz
CPT (carnitine palmitoyltransferase) II muscle deficiency is the most common form of muscle fatty acid metabolism disorders. In contrast to carnitine deficiency, it is clinically characterized by attacks of myalgia and rhabdomyolysis without persistent muscle weakness and lipid accumulation in muscle fibers. The biochemical consequences of the disease-causing mutations are still discussed controversially. CPT activity in muscles of patients with CPT II deficiency ranged from not detectable to reduced to normal...
January 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054418/could-the-peristaltic-transition-zone-be-caused-by-non-uniform-esophageal-muscle-fiber-architecture-a-simulation-study
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W Kou, J E Pandolfino, P J Kahrilas, N A Patankar
BACKGROUND: Based on a fully coupled computational model of esophageal transport, we analyzed how varied esophageal muscle fiber architecture and/or dual contraction waves (CWs) affect bolus transport. Specifically, we studied the luminal pressure profile in those cases to better understand possible origins of the peristaltic transition zone. METHODS: Two groups of studies were conducted using a computational model. The first studied esophageal transport with circumferential-longitudinal fiber architecture, helical fiber architecture and various combinations of the two...
January 5, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054274/nicorandil-improves-post-fatigue-tension-in-slow-skeletal-muscle-fibers-by-modulating-glutathione-redox-state
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E Sánchez-Duarte, X Trujillo, C Cortés-Rojo, A Saavedra-Molina, G Camargo, L Hernández, M Huerta, R Montoya-Pérez
Fatigue is a phenomenon in which force reduction has been linked to impairment of several biochemical processes. In skeletal muscle, the ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) are actively involved in myoprotection against metabolic stress. They are present in sarcolemma and mitochondria (mitoKATP channels). K(+) channel openers like nicorandil has been recognized for their ability to protect skeletal muscle from ischemia-reperfusion injury, however, the effects of nicorandil on fatigue in slow skeletal muscle fibers has not been explored, being the aim of this study...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
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