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Alexis V Mickelson, Sampath K Gollapudi, Murali Chandra
The present study investigated the functional consequences of the human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) mutation, A28V, in cardiac troponin T (TnT). The A28V mutation is located within the N-terminus of TnT, a region known to be important for full activation of cardiac thin filaments. The functional consequences of the A28V mutation in TnT remain unknown. Given how α- and β-myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms differently alter the effect of the N-terminus of TnT, we hypothesized that the A28V-induced effects would be differently modulated by α- and β-MHC isoforms...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Sampath K Gollapudi, Murali Chandra
Many studies have demonstrated that depressed myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity is common to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in humans. However, it remains unclear whether a single determinant-such as myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity-is sufficient to characterize all cases of DCM because the severity of disease varies widely with a given mutation. Because dynamic features dominate in the heart muscle, alterations in dynamic contractile parameters may offer better insight on the molecular mechanisms that underlie disparate effects of DCM mutations on cardiac phenotypes...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Qiang Zhao, Jianli Liu, Bo Wang, Xiaohua Zhang, Guangyan Huang, Wei Xu
Rapid, direct and trace detection of explosives in an open environment is of particular need in homeland and/or transportation security. In this work, an aerodynamic assisted thermo desorption mass spectrometry method was developed for the direct quantitative analyses of explosives from a distance. Remote non-volatile explosive sensing was achieved for 2, 4, 6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), trinitrohexahydro-1, 3, 5-triazine (RDX), 8701 (main ingredient: RDX 98.5%) and C4 (a type of plastic explosive) with a distance of 0...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
Dorota Sikorska, Krzysztof Pawlaczyk, Anna Olewicz-Gawlik, Natasza Czepulis, Bartlomiej Posnik, Ewa Baum, Maria Wanic-Kossowska, Bengt Lindholm, Andrzej Oko
BACKGROUND: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients with preserved residual diuresis have a lower risk of death and complications. Here we analyzed associations between residual diuresis and presence of fluid overload and biomarkers of cardiac strain and nutrition in PD patients. METHODS: Among 44 PD patients placed into three subgroups, depending on volume of residual diuresis (group A ≤ 500; group B 600-1900; and group C ≥ 2000 mL/day), we examined: overhydration (OH) assessed by bioimpedance analysis (BIA; yielding OH index OHBIA) and by clinical criteria (edema and hypertension); nutritional status (by subjective global assessment, SGA); metabolic status (electrolytes, serum lipid profile, CRP, and albumin); biomarkers of fluid overload and cardiac strain (N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide, NT-proBNP, and troponin T, TnT); and, echocardiography and chest X-ray...
October 12, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
M Batlle, B Campos, M Farrero, M Cardona, B González, M A Castel, J Ortiz, E Roig, M J Pulgarín, J Ramírez, J L Bedini, M Sabaté, P García de Frutos, F Pérez-Villa
BACKGROUND: Prognostic biomarkers are needed to improve the management of the heart failure (HF) epidemic, being the brain natriuretic peptides the most valuable. Here we evaluate 3 biomarkers, high sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT), galectin-3 (Gal-3) and C-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen (CICP), compare them with a recently described new candidate (sAXL), and analyze their relationship with BNP. METHODS: HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (n=192) were included in this prospective observational study, with measurements of candidate biomarkers, functional, clinical and echocardiographic variables...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Saida Abounit, Jessica W Wu, Guiliana Soraya Victoria, Chiara Zurzolo
The mechanisms of intercellular spreading of amyloidogenic proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases have yet to be fully elucidated. While secretion has been implicated in the transfer of many proteins, including prions and α-synuclein, tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) have also been demonstrated for prions and mutant Huntingtin. Here, we provide further evidence that Tau aggregates, which have been demonstrated to predominantly be transferred via secretion, can also be found in TNTs. Additionally cells that have taken up Tau have increased TNT formation...
October 7, 2016: Prion
Anna Cichocka-Radwan, Małgorzata Lelonek
BACKGROUND: In the elderly the most common cause of hospitalization and the leading cause of death is heart failure. AIM: The purpose was to determine prognostic factors in chronic heart failure (CHF) in octogenarians and nonagenarians. METHODS: The analysis included 197 consecutive patients older than 80 years old (mean age 83.63+3.01 years; 46.19% of men) hospitalized in 2010-2013 in the Department of Cardiology due to CHF. Sixty two parameters were investigated such as: age, gender, NYHA functional class, body mass index, blood pressure, other comorbidities, the parameters of the 12-lead resting ECG and the echocardiography, the results of basic laboratory tests and selected biomarkers, including N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), high-sensitive troponin T (hs-TnT), high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP)...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Noa Palevsky, Benjamin Shemer, James P R Connolly, Shimshon Belkin
The aromatic compound 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), a common impurity in 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) production, has been suggested as a tracer for the presence of TNT-based landmines due to its stability and high volatility. We have previously described an Escherichia coli bioreporter capable of detecting the presence of DNT vapors, harboring a fusion of the yqjF gene promoter to a reporter element. However, the DNT metabolite which is the direct inducer of yqjF, has not yet been identified, nor has the regulatory mechanism of the induction been clarified...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Qingqing Sun, Yanchao Lü, Lingling Liu, Kaiqiang Liu, Rong Miao, Yu Fang
Supramolecular approach plays pivotal role in the construction of smart and functional materials due to the reversible nature of noncovalent interactions. In the present work, two compounds, cholesterol-functionalized calix[4]pyrrole (CCP) and perylene bisimide diacid (PDA), were synthesized. Little fluorescence is observed in the ethanol solution of the mixture of CCP and PDA, while the solution turns fluorescent upon introduction of ammonia, which is attributed to the formation of a supramolecular ensemble, PDA/(CCP)2/NH3...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qun Wang, Jian-Ying Huang, Hua-Qiong Li, Zhong Chen, Allan Zi-Jian Zhao, Yi Wang, Ke-Qin Zhang, Hong-Tao Sun, Salem S Al-Deyab, Yue-Kun Lai
Titania nanotube (TNT) arrays are recognized as promising materials for localized drug delivery implants because of their excellent properties and facile preparation process. This review highlights the concept of localized drug delivery systems based on TNTs, considering their outstanding biocompatibility in a series of ex vivo and in vivo studies. Considering the safety of TNT implants in the host body, studies of the biocompatibility present significant importance for the clinical application of TNT implants...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Lotte Kaasenbrood, S Matthijs Boekholdt, Yolanda van der Graaf, Kausik K Ray, Ron J G Peters, John J P Kastelein, Pierre Amarenco, John C LaRosa, Maarten J M Cramer, Jan Westerink, L Jaap Kappelle, Gert Jan de Borst, Frank L J Visseren
BACKGROUND: -Among patients with clinically manifest vascular disease, the risk of recurrent vascular events is likely to vary. We assessed the distribution of estimated 10-year risk of recurrent vascular events in a secondary prevention population. We also estimated the potential risk reduction, as well as the residual risk, that can be achieved if patients reach guideline-recommended risk factor targets. METHODS: -The SMART (Second Manifestations of ARTerial disease) score for 10-year risk of myocardial infarction, stroke or vascular death was applied to 6,904 patients with vascular disease...
September 28, 2016: Circulation
Jongho Won, Robert C Borden
Soil microcosms were constructed and monitored to evaluate the impact of substrate addition and transient aerobic and anaerobic conditions on TNT, RDX and HMX biodegradation in grenade range soils. While TNT was rapidly biodegraded under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions with and without organic substrate, substantial biodegradation of RDX, HMX, and RDX daughter products was not observed under aerobic conditions. However, RDX and HMX were significantly biodegraded under anaerobic conditions, without accumulation of TNT or RDX daughter products (2-ADNT, 4-ADNT, MNX, DNX, and TNX)...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Patrik Gilje, Sasha Koul, Jakob Hartvig Thomsen, Yvan Devaux, Hans Friberg, Michael Kuiper, Janneke Horn, Niklas Nielsen, Tomasso Pellis, Pascal Stammet, Matthew P Wise, Jesper Kjaergaard, Christian Hassager, David Erlinge
AIM OF THE STUDY: Predicting outcome of unconscious patients after successful resuscitation is challenging and better prognostic markers are highly needed. Ischemic heart disease is a common cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Whether or not high-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) is a prognostic marker among survivors of OHCA with both ischemic and non-ischemic aetiologies remains to be determined. We sought to evaluate the ability of hs-TnT to prognosticate all-cause mortality, death due to cardiovascular causes or multi-organ failure and death due to cerebral causes after OHCA...
October 2016: Resuscitation
Faezeh Shahdost-Fard, Mahmoud Roushani
In this paper, for the first time a highly sensitive and low-cost electrochemical aptasensor was fabricated based on a silver nanoparticles/thiol functionalized graphene quantum dot (AgNPs/thiol-GQD) nanocomposite for the measurement of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluen (TNT) as a nitroaromatic explosive. For the first time Rutin (RU) as a biological molecule with inherent properties was used as the redox probe in the development of the TNT aptasensor was used. The system was based on a TNT-binding aptamer which is covalently attached onto the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with the nanocomposite for the formation of a sensing layer and improving the performance of the aptasensor...
September 14, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Yuelin Zhang, Zhendong Yu, Dan Jiang, Xiaoting Liang, Songyan Liao, Zhao Zhang, Wensheng Yue, Xiang Li, Sin-Ming Chiu, Yuet-Hung Chai, Yingmin Liang, Yenyen Chow, Shuo Han, Aimin Xu, Hung-Fat Tse, Qizhou Lian
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can donate mitochondria and rescue anthracycline-induced cardiomyocyte (CM) damage, although the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. We determined that the superior efficiency of mitochondrial transfer by human induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived MSCs (iPSC-MSCs) compared with bone marrow-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs) is due to high expression of intrinsic Rho GTPase 1 (MIRO1). Further, due to a higher level of TNFαIP2 expression, iPSC-MSCs are more responsive to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced tunneling nanotube (TNT) formation for mitochondrial transfer to CMs, which is regulated via the TNF-α/NF-κB/TNFαIP2 signaling pathway...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Ying Teng Yew, Adriano Ambrosi, Martin Pumera
Detection of nitroaromatic explosives is of paramount importance from security point of view. Graphene sheets obtained from the electrochemical anodic exfoliation of graphite foil in different electrolytes (LiClO4 and Na2SO4) were compared and tested as electrode material for the electrochemical detection of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in seawater. Voltammetry analysis demonstrated the superior electrochemical performance of graphene produced in LiClO4, resulting in higher sensitivity and linearity for the explosives detection and lower limit of detection (LOD) compared to the graphene obtained in Na2SO4...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shunsuke Kimura, Masami Yamashita, Megumi Yamakami-Kimura, Yusuke Sato, Atsushi Yamagata, Yoshihiro Kobashigawa, Fuyuhiko Inagaki, Takako Amada, Koji Hase, Toshihiko Iwanaga, Hiroshi Ohno, Shuya Fukai
The tunneling nanotube (TNT) is a structure used for intercellular communication, and is a thin membrane protrusion mediating transport of various signaling molecules and cellular components. M-Sec has potent membrane deformation ability and induces TNT formation in cooperation with the Ral/exocyst complex. Here, we show that the N-terminal polybasic region of M-Sec directly binds phosphatidylinositol (4,5)-bisphosphate for its localization to the plasma membrane during the initial stage of TNT formation. We further report a crystal structure of M-Sec, which consists of helix bundles arranged in a straight rod-like shape, similar to the membrane tethering complex subunits...
2016: Scientific Reports
Smruthi Karthikeyan, Zohre Kurt, Gunjan Pandey, Jim C Spain
Accurate and convenient detection of explosive components is vital for a wide spectrum of applications ranging from national security and demilitarization to environmental monitoring and restoration. With the increasing use of DNAN as a replacement for 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) in insensitive explosive formulations, there has been a growing interest in strategies to minimize its release and to understand and predict its behavior in the environment. Consequently, a convenient tool for its detection and destruction could enable development of more effective decontamination and demilitarization strategies...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Yannick Bucklitsch, Wolfgang Böhme, André Koch
We analysed scale morphology and micro-structure from five different body regions using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) across all nine recognized subgenera of the monitor lizard genus Varanus including 41 different species investigated. As far as we are aware, this qualitative visual technique was applied by us for the first time to most monitor lizard species and probably also to the primary outgroup and sister species Lanthanotus borneensis. A comprehensive list of 20 scalation characters each with up to seven corresponding character states was established and defined for the five body regions sampled...
2016: Zootaxa
Karan Gulati, Masakazu Kogawa, Matthew Prideaux, David M Findlay, Gerald J Atkins, Dusan Losic
There is an ongoing demand for new approaches for treating localized bone pathologies. Here we propose a new strategy for treatment of such conditions, via local delivery of hormones/drugs to the trauma site using drug releasing nano-engineered implants. The proposed implants were prepared in the form of small Ti wires/needles with a nano-engineered oxide layer composed of array of titania nanotubes (TNTs). TNTs implants were inserted into a 3D collagen gel matrix containing human osteoblast-like, and the results confirmed cell migration onto the implants and their attachment and spread...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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