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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230980/chitosan-modified-filter-paper-for-nucleic-acid-extraction-and-in-situ-pcr-on-a-thermoplastic-microchip
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Wupeng Gan, Yin Gu, Junping Han, Caixia Li, Jing Sun, Peng Liu
Plastic microfluidic devices with embedded chitosan-modified Fusion 5 filter paper (unmodified one purchased from GE Healthcare) have been successfully developed for DNA extraction and concentration, utilizing two different mechanisms for DNA capture: the physical entanglement of long-chain DNA molecules with the fiber matrix of the filter paper and the electrostatic adsorption of DNA to the chitosan-modified filter fibers. This new method not only provided a high DNA extraction efficiency at a pH of 5 by synergistically combining these two capture mechanisms together, but also resisted the elution of DNA from filters at a pH >8 due to the entanglement of DNA with fibers...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230484/plasticity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-mscs-in-mesangial-repair-the-crucial-role-of-electron-microscopy-em-monitoring-and-understanding-the-process
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Guillermo A Herrera, Jiamin Teng, Chun Zeng, Elba A Turbat-Herrera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229425/optimal-environmental-stiffness-for-stem-cell-mediated-ischemic-myocardium-repair
#3
Honghai Liu, Christian Paul, Meifeng Xu
Cardiovascular diseases related to myocardial infarction (MI) contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality worldwide. The loss of cardiomyocytes during MI is a key factor in the impairment of cardiac-pump functions. Employing cell transplantation has shown great potential as a therapeutic approach in regenerating ischemic myocardium. Several studies have suggested that the therapeutic effects of stem cells vary based on the timing of cell administration. It has been clearly established that the myocardium post-infarction experiences a time-dependent stiffness change, and many studies have highlighted the importance of stiffness (elasticity) of microenvironment on modulating the fate and function of stem cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229415/isolation-of-stromal-stem-cells-from-adipose-tissue
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Maria Prat, Francesca Oltolina, Silvia Antonini, Andrea Zamperone
Adipose tissue has been shown to be particularly advantageous as source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), because of its easy accessibility, and the possibility of obtaining stem cells in high yields. MSCs are obtained from the so-called Stromal Vascular Fraction, (SVF), exploiting their property of adhering to plastic surfaces and can be further purified by positive or negative immunomagnetic selection with appropriately chosen antibodies. These cells (Stromal Stem Cells, SSCs) can then be directly analyzed, frozen in liquid nitrogen, or expanded for further applications, e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228760/perturbed-microrna-expression-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-promotes-macrophage-polarization-leading-to-pro-survival-foam-cell
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Pankaj Kumar Ahluwalia, Rajan Kumar Pandey, Prabodh Kumar Sehajpal, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the prevalent causes of death worldwide, with 95% of these deaths occurring in developing countries, like India. The causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) has the tenacious ability to circumvent the host's immune system for its own advantage. Macrophages are one of the phagocytic cells that are central to immunity against MTb. These are highly plastic cells dependent on the milieu and can showcase M1/M2 polarization. M1 macrophages are bactericidal in action, but M2 macrophages are anti-inflammatory in their immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228581/spaceflight-induced-synaptic-modifications-within-hair-cells-of-the-mammalian-utricle
#6
David R Sultemeier, Kristel R Choy, Felix E Schweizer, Larry F Hoffman
Exposure to the microgravity conditions of spaceflight alleviates the load normally imposed by the Earth's gravitational field upon the inner ear utricular epithelia. Previous ultrastructural investigations showed that spaceflight induced an increase in synapse density within hair cells of the rat utricle. However, the utricle exhibits broad physiologic heterogeneity across different epithelial regions, and it is unknown whether capabilities for synaptic plasticity generalize to hair cells across its topography...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228537/morphoelasticity-in-the-development-of-brown-alga-ectocarpus-siliculosus-from-cell-rounding-to-branching
#7
Fei Jia, Martine Ben Amar, Bernard Billoud, Bénédicte Charrier
A biomechanical model is proposed for the growth of the brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus Featuring ramified uniseriate filaments, this alga has two modes of growth: apical growth and intercalary growth with branching. Apical growth occurs upon the mitosis of a young cell at one extremity and leads to a new tip cell followed by a cylindrical cell, whereas branching mainly occurs when a cylindrical cell becomes rounded and swells, forming a spherical cell. Given the continuous interplay between cell growth and swelling, a poroelastic model combining osmotic pressure and volumetric growth is considered for the whole cell, cytoplasm and cell wall...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228266/rapid-state-dependent-alteration-in-kv3-channel-availability-drives-flexible-synaptic-signaling-dependent-on-somatic-subthreshold-depolarization
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Matthew J M Rowan, Jason M Christie
In many neurons, subthreshold depolarization in the soma can transiently increase action-potential (AP)-evoked neurotransmission via analog-to-digital facilitation. The mechanisms underlying this form of short-term synaptic plasticity are unclear, in part, due to the relative inaccessibility of the axon to direct physiological interrogation. Using voltage imaging and patch-clamp recording from presynaptic boutons of cerebellar stellate interneurons, we observed that depolarizing somatic potentials readily spread into the axon, resulting in AP broadening, increased spike-evoked Ca(2+) entry, and enhanced neurotransmission strength...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226818/stochastic-modeling-of-spontaneous-bursting-activity-to-simulate-neural-responses-of-in-vitro-networks-on-multielectrode-arrays
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Gaetano Valenza, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Wanke, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Wanke, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Wanke, Gianluca Vannucci, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo
The study of neuronal bursting activity, observed in cell-culture, is physiologically important because is correlated with synaptic transmission, plasticity, and information processing. However, besides strong ethical issues related to the use of animal models, there are many limitations due to experimental setup and neural signaling acquisition. In this study, we propose a stochastic modeling approach to simulate neural dynamics observed in networks of neocortical neurons from an ex vivo normal mouse. Specifically, we devised a stochastic version of the Izhichevich's model of cortical neurons, and simulated a network of excitatory and inhibitory neurons also accounting for cell signaling delays...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226240/position-and-hippo-signaling-dependent-plasticityduring-lineage-segregation-in-the-early-mouse-embryo
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Eszter Posfai, Sophie Petropoulos, Flavia Ro de Barros, John Paul Schell, Igor Jurisica, Rickard Sandberg, Fredrik Lanner, Janet Rossant
The segregation of the trophectoderm (TE) from the inner cell mass (ICM) in the mouse blastocyst is determined by position-dependent Hippo signaling. However, the window of responsiveness to Hippo signaling, the exact timing of lineage commitment and the overall relationship between cell commitment and global gene expression changes are still unclear. Single-cell RNA sequencing during lineage segregation revealed that the TE transcriptional profile stabilizes earlier than the ICM and prior to blastocyst formation...
February 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225648/safety-of-autologous-human-schwann-cell-transplantation-in-subacute-thoracic-spinal-cord-injury
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Kimberly D Anderson, James Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary B Bunge, Rosie Curiel, Marine Dididze, Barth A Green, Aisha Khan, Damien D Pearse, Efrat Saraf-Lavi, Eva Widerstrom-Noga, Pat Wood, Allan D Levi
The rationale for implantation of autologous human Schwann cells (SCs) in people with subacute spinal cord injury (SCI) is based on evidence that transplanted SCs are neuroprotective, support local axonal plasticity, and are capable of myelinating axons. A Phase I clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of autologous human SC transplantation into the injury epicenter of six subjects with subacute SCI. The trial was an open-label, unblinded, non-randomized, non-placebo controlled study with a dose escalation design and standard medical rehabilitation...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225457/rhoa-rock-pathway-inhibition-by-fasudil-suppresses-the-vasculogenic-mimicry-of-u2os-osteosarcoma-cells-in-vitro
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Yun Xia, Xianyi Cai, Jiquan Fan, Liling Zhang, Zhenyu Li, Jinghua Ren, Gang Wu, Fang Zhu
GTPase RhoA and its downstream Rho-associated coiled-coil-containing protein kinases (ROCKs) are frequently overexpressed in human cancers. Inhibition of the RhoA/ROCK pathway blocks angiogenesis mediated by the vascular endothelial growth factor, which led us to investigate the role of this pathway in vasculogenic mimicry (VM) - a process by which aggressive cancer cells form vessel-like structures that provide adequate blood supply for tumor growth. We showed that the expression of RhoA and its effector kinases ROCK1/2 was much higher in human osteosarcoma (OS) tissues and the human OS cell line U2OS than in nontumorous tissues and cell line hFOB 1...
February 20, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224622/slc2a3-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-and-duplication-influence-cognitive-processing-and-population-specific-risk-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Sören Merker, Andreas Reif, Georg C Ziegler, Heike Weber, Ute Mayer, Ann-Christine Ehlis, Annette Conzelmann, Stefan Johansson, Clemens Müller-Reible, Indrajit Nanda, Thomas Haaf, Reinhard Ullmann, Marcel Romanos, Andreas J Fallgatter, Paul Pauli, Tatyana Strekalova, Charline Jansch, Alejandro Arias Vasquez, Jan Haavik, Marta Ribasés, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Jan K Buitelaar, Barbara Franke, Klaus-Peter Lesch
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder with profound cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial impairments with persistence across the life cycle. Our initial genome-wide screening approach for copy number variants (CNVs) in ADHD implicated a duplication of SLC2A3, encoding glucose transporter-3 (GLUT3). GLUT3 plays a critical role in cerebral glucose metabolism, providing energy for the activity of neurons, which, in turn, moderates the excitatory-inhibitory balance impacting both brain development and activity-dependent neural plasticity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223844/neuronal-plasticity-of-trigeminal-ganglia-in-mice-following-nerve-injury
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Randi Lynds, Chuang Lyu, Gong-Wei Lyu, Xie-Qi Shi, Annika Rosén, Kamal Mustafa, Tie-Jun Sten Shi
BACKGROUND: Nerve injury may induce neuropathic pain. In studying the mechanisms of orofacial neuropathic pain, attention has been paid to the plastic changes that occur in the trigeminal ganglia (TGs) and nucleus in response to an injury of the trigeminal nerve branches. Previous studies have explored the impact of sciatic nerve injury on dorsal root ganglia (DRGs) and it has shown dramatic changes in the expression of multiple biomarkers. In large, the changes in biomarker expression in TGs after trigeminal nerve injury are similar to that in DRGs after sciatic nerve injury...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223754/almost-unilateral-focal-dermal-hypoplasia
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Solam Lee, Sung Jay Choe, Sung Ku Ahn
Focal dermal hypoplasia, caused by mutations in PORCN, is an X-linked ectodermal dysplasia, also known as Goltz syndrome. Only seven cases of unilateral or almost unilateral focal dermal hypoplasia have been reported in the English literature and there have been no previously reported cases in the Republic of Korea. A 19-year-old female presented with scalp defects, skin lesions on the right leg and the right trunk, and syndactyly of the right fourth and fifth toes. Cutaneous examination revealed multiple atrophic plaques and a brown and yellow mass with fat herniation and telangiectasia that was mostly located on the lower right leg...
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223530/differential-tor-activation-and-cell-proliferation-in-arabidopsis-root-and-shoot-apexes
#16
Xiaojuan Li, Wenguo Cai, Yanlin Liu, Hui Li, Liwen Fu, Zengyu Liu, Lin Xu, Hongtao Liu, Tongda Xu, Yan Xiong
The developmental plasticity of plants relies on the remarkable ability of the meristems to integrate nutrient and energy availability with environmental signals. Meristems in root and shoot apexes share highly similar molecular players but are spatially separated by soil. Whether and how these two meristematic tissues have differential activation requirements for local nutrient, hormone, and environmental cues (e.g., light) remain enigmatic in photosynthetic plants. Here, we report that the activation of root and shoot apexes relies on distinct glucose and light signals...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223284/mafa-enables-pdx1-to-effectively-convert-pancreatic-islet-progenitors-and-committed-islet-%C3%AE-cells-into-%C3%AE-cells-in-vivo
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Taka-Aki Matsuoka, Satoshi Kawashima, Takeshi Miyatsuka, Shugo Sasaki, Naoki Shimo, Naoto Katakami, Dan Kawamori, Satomi Takebe, Pedro L Herrera, Hideaki Kaneto, Roland Stein, Iichiro Shimomura
Among the therapeutic avenues being explored for replacement of the functional islet β-cell mass lost in Type 1 diabetes (T1D), reprogramming of adult cell types into new β-cells has been actively pursued. Notably, mouse islet α-cells will transdifferentiate into β-cells under conditions of near β-cell loss, a condition similar to T1D. Moreover, human islet α-cells also appear to poised for reprogramming into insulin(+) cells. Here we have generated transgenic mice conditionally expressing the islet β-cell-enriched Mafa and/or Pdx1 transcription factors to examine their potential to transdifferentiate embryonic pan-islet cell Ngn3(+) progenitors and the later glucagon(+) α-cell population into β-cells...
February 21, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222502/subclinical-doses-of-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel-modulators-prevent-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-%C3%AE
#18
Karla Salgado-Puga, Javier Rodríguez-Colorado, Roberto A Prado-Alcalá, Fernando Peña-Ortega
In addition to coupling cell metabolism and excitability, ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) are involved in neural function and plasticity. Moreover, alterations in KATP activity and expression have been observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and during amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced pathology. Thus, we tested whether KATP modulators can influence Aβ-induced deleterious effects on memory, hippocampal network function, and plasticity. We found that treating animals with subclinical doses (those that did not change glycemia) of a KATP blocker (Tolbutamide) or a KATP opener (Diazoxide) differentially restrained Aβ-induced memory deficit, hippocampal network activity inhibition, and long-term synaptic plasticity unbalance (i...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221713/reconfigurable-microscale-frameworks-from-concatenated-helices-with-controlled-chirality
#19
Seog-Jin Jeon, Ryan C Hayward
The utility of helical structures in driving motion of microorganisms and plants has inspired efforts to develop synthetic stimuli-responsive helical architectures for self-motile and shape-morphing systems. While several approaches to responsive helices based on hydrogels and liquid crystalline polymers have been reported, they have so far been limited to macroscopic (cm scale) dimensions, and have not been applied to concatenated helices with more than two segments. Here, a robust method for microfabrication of helices inspired by Bauhinia seedpods, based on trilayer samples consisting of rigid plastic stripes sandwiching a swellable temperature-responsive hydrogel, is reported and the formation of responsive shape-controlled frameworks from concatenated multiple helices (multihelices) with controlled chirality is demonstrated...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220862/induction-of-hair-follicle-dermal-papilla-cell-properties-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-multipotent-lngfr-thy-1-mesenchymal-cells
#20
Ophelia Veraitch, Yo Mabuchi, Yumi Matsuzaki, Takashi Sasaki, Hironobu Okuno, Aki Tsukashima, Masayuki Amagai, Hideyuki Okano, Manabu Ohyama
The dermal papilla (DP) is a specialised mesenchymal component of the hair follicle (HF) that plays key roles in HF morphogenesis and regeneration. Current technical difficulties in preparing trichogenic human DP cells could be overcome by the use of highly proliferative and plastic human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). In this study, hiPSCs were differentiated into induced mesenchymal cells (iMCs) with a bone marrow stromal cell phenotype. A highly proliferative and plastic LNGFR(+)THY-1(+) subset of iMCs was subsequently programmed using retinoic acid and DP cell activating culture medium to acquire DP properties...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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