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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231612/the-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibits-lymphatic-pumping-via-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inos-signaling-pathway
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Yingxuan Chen, Sonia Rehal, Simon Roizes, Hai-Lei Zhu, William C Cole, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
OBJECTIVE: Mesenteric lymphatic vessels pumping, important to propel lymph and immune cells from the intestinal interstitium to the mesenteric lymph nodes, is compromised during intestinal inflammation. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), is a significant contributor to the inflammation-induced lymphatic contractile dysfunction, and to determine its mode of action. METHODS: Contractile parameters were obtained form isolated rat mesenteric lymphatic vessels mounted on a pressure myograph after 24-h incubation with or without TNF-α...
February 23, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228036/estimation-of-the-critical-behavior-in-an-active-colloidal-system-with-vicsek-like-interactions
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Benjamin Trefz, Jonathan Tammo Siebert, Thomas Speck, Kurt Binder, Peter Virnau
We study numerically the critical behavior of a modified, active Asakura-Oosawa model for colloid-polymer mixtures. The colloids are modeled as self-propelled particles with Vicsek-like interactions. This system undergoes phase separation between a colloid-rich and a polymer-rich phase, whereby the phase diagram depends on the strength of the Vicsek-like interactions. Employing a subsystem-block-density distribution analysis, we determine the critical point and make an attempt to estimate the critical exponents...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227917/evaluation-of-shoulder-joint-kinematics-and-muscle-activity-during-geared-and-standard-manual-wheelchair-mobility
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Omid Jahanian, Alyssa J Schnorenberg, Brooke A Slavens, Omid Jahanian, Alyssa J Schnorenberg, Brooke A Slavens, Brooke A Slavens, Alyssa J Schnorenberg, Omid Jahanian
Manual wheelchairs often lead to reduced independent function and an increase in shoulder pain and injuries. Geared manual wheelchairs may be a promising alternative that reduces the biomechanical demands of the shoulder needed for tasks such as propulsion on ramps and carpeted floors, while maximizing function and participation. To investigate the effects of geared manual wheelchair mobility during demanding tasks such as ramp ascent, six able-bodied subjects were evaluated in this study. Subjects were asked to propel both standard and geared manual wheelchairs on a tiled level floor and on a wheelchair ADA ramp...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226386/propeller-perforator-flaps-of-extremities-seem-less-reliable
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B Chaput, N Bertheuil, R Carloni, F Bekara, J Laloze, C Herlin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 22, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223969/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-prolyl-oligopeptidase-induces-in-vitro-secretion-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-by-peritoneal-macrophages
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Brina Portugal, Flávia N Motta, Andre F Correa, Diego O Nolasco, Hugo de Almeida, Kelly G Magalhães, Ana L V Atta, Francisco D Vieira, Izabela M D Bastos, Jaime M Santana
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that leads to death over 1 million people per year worldwide and the biological mediators of this pathology are poorly established, preventing the implementation of effective therapies to improve outcomes in TB. Host-bacterium interaction is a key step to TB establishment and the proteases produced by these microorganisms seem to facilitate bacteria invasion, migration and host immune response evasion. We presented, for the first time, the identification, biochemical characterization, molecular dynamics (MDs) and immunomodulatory properties of a prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (POPMt)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223226/targeted-protein-degradation-by-protacs
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Taavi K Neklesa, James D Winkler, Craig M Crews
Targeted protein degradation using the PROTAC technology is emerging as a novel therapeutic method to address diseases driven by the aberrant expression of a disease-causing protein. PROTAC molecules are bifunctional small molecules that simultaneously bind a target protein and an E3-ubiquitin ligase, thus causing ubiquitination and degradation of the target protein by the proteasome. Like small molecules, PROTAC molecules possess good tissue distribution and the ability to target intracellular proteins. Herein, we highlight the advantages of protein degradation using PROTACs, and provide specific examples where degradation offers therapeutic benefit over classical enzyme inhibition...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222256/dynamic-melting-of-freezing-droplets-on-ultra-slippery-superhydrophobic-surfaces
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Fuqiang Chu, Xiaomin Wu, Lingli Wang
Condensed droplet freezing and freezing droplet melting phenomena on the prepared ultra-slippery superhydrophobic surface were observed and discussed in this study. Although the freezing delay performance of the surface is common, the melting of the freezing droplets on the surface is quite interesting. Three self-propelled movements of the melting droplets (ice water mixture) were found including the droplet rotating, the droplet jumping and the droplet sliding. The melting droplet rotating, which means that the melting droplet rotates spontaneously on the superhydrophobic surface like a spinning-top, is first reported in this study, and may have some potential applications in various engineering fields...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218453/divergent-roles-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-actin-isoforms-during-spread-of-vaccinia-virus
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N Bishara Marzook, Sharissa L Latham, Helena Lynn, Christopher Mckenzie, Christine Chaponnier, Georges E Grau, Timothy P Newsome
Actin is a major component of the cytoskeleton and is present as two isoforms in non-muscle cells: β- and γ-cytoplasmic actin. These isoforms are strikingly conserved, differing by only four N-terminal amino acids. During spread from infected cells, vaccinia virus (VACV) particles induce localized actin nucleation that propel virus to surrounding cells and facilitate cell-to-cell spread of infection. Here we show that virus-tipped actin comets are composed of β- and γ-actin. We employed isoform-specific siRNA knockdown to examine the role of the two isoforms in VACV-induced actin comets...
February 20, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215172/the-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors-pde-5i-for-erectile-dysfunction-ed-a-therapeutic-challenge-for-psychiatrists
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Chong Siew Koon, Hatta Sidi, Jaya Kumar, Srijit Das, Ong Wan Xi, Muhammad Hizri Hatta, Cesar Alfonso
Erectile function (EF) is a prerequisite for satisfactory sexual intercourse (SI) and central to male sexual functioning. Satisfactory SI eventually leads to orgasm - a biopsychophysiological state of euphoria - leading to a sense of bliss, enjoyment and positive mental well being. For a psychiatrist, treating ED is self-propelled to harmonize these pleasurable experiences alongside with encouragement of physical wellness and sensuality. Hence, the role of PDE-5i is pivotal in the context of treating ED constitutes a therapeutic challenge...
February 15, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213253/sensitive-kinetic-catalytic-spectrophotometric-method-for-cobalt-determination-using-a-chip-coupled-to-a-multisyringe-flow-injection-analysis-system
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Fatima Zohra Abouhiat, Camelia Henríquez, Farida El Yousfi, Víctor Cerdà
The development of an automated kinetic-catalytic spectrophotometric method for cobalt determination is presented. The method is based on the catalytic effect of Co in the oxidation of hydroxybenzoic acid by H2O2 in basic media. The method has been automated using a multisyringe flow injection system coupled to a monolithic flow conduit called chip (chip-MSFIA). All reagents and sample are simultaneously propelled into the chip to achieve an efficient mixing. The reaction product is monitored at 482nm. The reaction takes place very fast at room temperature, thus the fixed-time method is applied to quantify Co concentration in samples...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213248/multi-reverse-flow-injection-analysis-integrated-with-multi-optical-sensor-for-simultaneous-determination-of-mn-ii-fe-ii-cu-ii-and-fe-iii-in-natural-waters
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Napaporn Youngvises, Kittigan Suwannasaroj, Jaroon Jakmunee, Awadh AlSuhaimi
Multi-reverse flow injection analysis (Mr-FIA) integrated with multi-optical sensor was developed and optimized for the simultaneous determination of multi ions; Mn(II), Fe(II), Cu(II) and Fe(III) in water samples. The sample/standard solutions were propelled making use of a four channels peristaltic pump whereas 4 colorimetric reagents specific for the metal ions were separately injected in sample streams using multi-syringe pump. The color zones that formed in the individual mixing coils were then streamed into multi-channels spectrometer, which comprised of four flows through cell and four pairs of light emitting diode and photodiode, whereby signals were measured concurrently...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211454/harnessing-catalytic-pumps-for-directional-delivery-of-microparticles-in-microchambers
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Sambeeta Das, Oleg E Shklyaev, Alicia Altemose, Henry Shum, Isamar Ortiz-Rivera, Lyanne Valdez, Thomas E Mallouk, Anna C Balazs, Ayusman Sen
The directed transport of microparticles in microfluidic devices is vital for efficient bioassays and fabrication of complex microstructures. There remains, however, a need for methods to propel and steer microscopic cargo that do not require modifying these particles. Using theory and experiments, we show that catalytic surface reactions can be used to deliver microparticle cargo to specified regions in microchambers. Here reagents diffuse from a gel reservoir and react with the catalyst-coated surface. Fluid density gradients due to the spatially varying reagent concentration induce a convective flow, which carries the suspended particles until the reagents are consumed...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208477/bifurcation-induced-by-the-aspect-ratio-in-a-turbulent-von-k%C3%A3-rm%C3%A3-n-swirling-flow
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Olivier Liot, Javier Burguete
We evaluate the effect of the aspect ratio, i.e., the distance between the propellers H divided by the diameter D, on the slow dynamics of a von Kármán swirling flow driven by two propellers in a closed cylinder. We use a cell with a fixed diameter D but where the distance between the propellers can be turned continuously and where the inertia from the propellers can also be changed using different gears. No change on the dynamics is observed when the momentum of inertia is modified. Some dramatic changes of the shear layer position are observed modifying the aspect ratio Γ=H/D...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208385/kinetics-of-motility-induced-phase-separation-and-swim-pressure
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Adam Patch, David Yllanes, M Cristina Marchetti
Active Brownian particles (ABPs) represent a minimal model of active matter consisting of self-propelled spheres with purely repulsive interactions and rotational noise. Here we examine the pressure of ABPs in two dimensions in both closed boxes and systems with periodic boundary conditions and show that its nonmonotonic behavior with density is a general property of ABPs and is not the result of finite-size effects. We correlate the time evolution of the mean pressure towards its steady-state value with the kinetics of motility-induced phase separation...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208376/effects-of-hydrodynamic-interactions-on-rectified-transport-of-self-propelled-particles
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Bao-Quan Ai, Ya-Feng He, Wei-Rong Zhong
Directed transport of self-propelled particles is numerically investigated in a three-dimensional asymmetric potential. Beside the steric repulsive forces, hydrodynamic interactions between particles have been taken into account in an approximate way. From numerical simulations, we find that hydrodynamic interactions can strongly affect the rectified transport of self-propelled particles. Hydrodynamic interactions enhance the performance of the rectified transport when particles can easily pass across the barrier of the potential, and reduce the rectified transport when particles are mainly trapped in the potential well...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208348/propelling-and-spinning-of-microsheets-in-nematic-liquid-crystals-driven-by-ac-electric-field
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M V Rasna, U V Ramudu, R Chandrasekar, Surajit Dhara
Dynamics of microparticles in isotropic liquids by transducing the energy of an applied electric field have been studied for decades. Recently, such studies in anisotropic media like liquid crystals have opened up new perspectives in colloid science. Here, we report studies on ac-electric-field-driven dynamics of microsheets in nematic liquid crystals. In planar aligned liquid crystals, with negative dielectric anisotropy, the microsheets are propelled parallel to the director. A steady spinning of the microsheets is observed in homeotropic cells with positive dielectric anisotropy liquid crystals...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205602/a-new-joint-blade-sense-reconstruction-for-accelerated-propeller-mri
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Mengye Lyu, Yilong Liu, Victor B Xie, Yanqiu Feng, Hua Guo, Ed X Wu
PROPELLER technique is widely used in MRI examinations for being motion insensitive, but it prolongs scan time and is restricted mainly to T2 contrast. Parallel imaging can accelerate PROPELLER and enable more flexible contrasts. Here, we propose a multi-step joint-blade (MJB) SENSE reconstruction to reduce the noise amplification in parallel imaging accelerated PROPELLER. MJB SENSE utilizes the fact that PROPELLER blades contain sharable information and blade-combined images can serve as regularization references...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205563/geometric-tuning-of-self-propulsion-for-janus-catalytic-particles
#18
Sébastien Michelin, Eric Lauga
Catalytic swimmers have attracted much attention as alternatives to biological systems for examining collective microscopic dynamics and the response to physico-chemical signals. Yet, understanding and predicting even the most fundamental characteristics of their individual propulsion still raises important challenges. While chemical asymmetry is widely recognized as the cornerstone of catalytic propulsion, different experimental studies have reported that particles with identical chemical properties may propel in opposite directions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202539/parps-and-adp-ribosylation-recent-advances-linking-molecular-functions-to-biological-outcomes
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REVIEW
Rebecca Gupte, Ziying Liu, W Lee Kraus
The discovery of poly(ADP-ribose) >50 years ago opened a new field, leading the way for the discovery of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) family of enzymes and the ADP-ribosylation reactions that they catalyze. Although the field was initially focused primarily on the biochemistry and molecular biology of PARP-1 in DNA damage detection and repair, the mechanistic and functional understanding of the role of PARPs in different biological processes has grown considerably of late. This has been accompanied by a shift of focus from enzymology to a search for substrates as well as the first attempts to determine the functional consequences of site-specific ADP-ribosylation on those substrates...
January 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197072/hmgb1-mediates-autophagy-dysfunction-via-perturbing-beclin1-vps34-complex-in-dopaminergic-cell-model
#20
Jinsha Huang, Jiaolong Yang, Yan Shen, Haiyang Jiang, Chao Han, Guoxin Zhang, Ling Liu, Xiaoyun Xu, Jie Li, Zhicheng Lin, Nian Xiong, Zhentao Zhang, Jing Xiong, Tao Wang
Parkinson's disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, is characterized by irreversible dopaminergic neuron loss and intra-neuronal α-synuclein aggregation. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) has been proven to be involved in autophagy dysfunction induced by α-synuclein accumulation, and the Beclin1-vacuolar protein sorting 34 (Vps34) complex is of great importance to the initiation of autophagy. Nevertheless, the concrete interaction mechanism between HMGB1, α-synuclein and autophagy remains elusive, especially in the context of PD...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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