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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167176/do-exercises-with-the-foam-roller-have-a-short-term-impact-on-the-thoracolumbar-fascia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Annika Griefahn, Jan Oehlmann, Christoff Zalpour, Harry von Piekartz
Due to new research results in the past few years, interest in the fascia of the human body has increased. Dysfunctions of the fascia are indicated by various symptoms, amongst others, musculoskeletal pain. As a result stronger focus has been put on researching therapeutic approaches in this area. The main aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Foam Roll exercises on the mobility of the thoracolumbar fascia (TLF). Study has been conducted in a randomized and controlled trial which sampled 38 healthy athletic active men and women...
January 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164414/microfluidic-traction-force-microscopy-to-study-mechanotransduction-in-angiogenesis
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Luke Boldock, Claudia Wittkowske, Cecile M Perrault
The formation of new blood vessels from existing vasculature, angiogenesis, is driven by coordinated endothelial cell migration and matrix remodelling in response to local signals. Recently, a growing body of evidence has shown that mechanotransduction, along with chemotransduction, is a major regulator of angiogenesis. Mechanical signals, such as fluid shear stress and substrate mechanics, influence sprouting and network formation, but the mechanisms behind this relationship are still unclear. Here, we present cellular traction forces as possible effectors activated by mechanosensing to mediate matrix remodelling, and encourage the use of traction force microscopy to study mechanotransduction in angiogenesis...
February 6, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129208/cell-mechanics-a-dialogue
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Jiaxiang Tao, Yizeng Li, Dhruv K Vig, Sean X Sun
Under the microscope, eukaryotic animal cells can adopt a variety of different shapes and sizes. These cells also move and deform, and the physical mechanisms driving these movements and shape changes are important in fundamental cell biology, tissue mechanics, as well as disease biology. This article reviews some of the basic mechanical concepts in cells, emphasizing continuum mechanics description of cytoskeletal networks and hydrodynamic flows across the cell membrane. We discuss how cells can generate movement and shape changes by controlling mass fluxes at the cell boundary...
January 27, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110070/mesoscale-porosity-at-the-dentin-enamel-junction-could-affect-the-biomechanical-properties-of-teeth
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Elsa Vennat, Wenlong Wang, Rachel Genthial, Bertrand David, Elisabeth Dursun, Aurélien Gourrier
In this paper, the 3D-morphology of the porosity in dentin is investigated within the first 350μm from the dentin-enamel junction (DEJ) by fluorescence confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). We found that the porous microstructure exhibits a much more complex geometry than classically described, which may impact our fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of teeth and could have practical consequences for dental surgery. Our 3D observations reveal numerous fine branches stemming from the tubules which may play a role in cellular communication or mechanosensing during the early stages of dentinogenesis...
January 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109865/a-survey-of-membrane-receptor-regulation-in-valvular-interstitial-cells-cultured-under-mechanical-stresses
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Mir S Ali, Xinmei Wang, Carla M R Lacerda
Degenerative valvular diseases have been linked to the action of abnormal forces on valve tissues during each cardiac cycle. It is now accepted that the degenerative behavior of valvular cells can be induced mechanically in vitro. This approach of in vitro modeling of valvular cells in culture constitutes a powerful tool to study, characterize, and develop predictors of heart valve degeneration in vivo. Using such in vitro systems, we expect to determine the exact signaling mechanisms that trigger and mediate propagation of degenerative signals...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096266/desmosomes-and-intermediate-filaments-their-consequences-for-tissue-mechanics
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Mechthild Hatzfeld, René Keil, Thomas M Magin
Adherens junctions (AJs) and desmosomes connect the actin and keratin filament networks of adjacent cells into a mechanical unit. Whereas AJs function in mechanosensing and in transducing mechanical forces between the plasma membrane and the actomyosin cytoskeleton, desmosomes and intermediate filaments (IFs) provide mechanical stability required to maintain tissue architecture and integrity when the tissues are exposed to mechanical stress. Desmosomes are essential for stable intercellular cohesion, whereas keratins determine cell mechanics but are not involved in generating tension...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091965/deformability-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-dependent-on-vimentin-intermediate-filaments
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Poonam Sharma, Zachary T Bolten, Diane R Wagner, Adam H Hsieh
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being studied extensively due to their potential as a therapeutic cell source for many load-bearing tissues. Compression of tissues and the subsequent deformation of cells are just one type physical strain MSCs will need to withstand in vivo. Mechanotransduction by MSCs and their mechanical properties are partially controlled by the cytoskeleton, including vimentin intermediate filaments (IFs). Vimentin IF deficiency has been tied to changes in mechanosensing and mechanical properties of cells in some cell types...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049720/icap-1-monoubiquitination-coordinates-matrix-density-and-rigidity-sensing-for-cell-migration-through-rock2-mrck%C3%AE-balance
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Anne-Pascale Bouin, Alexander Kyurmurkov, Myriam Régent-Kloeckner, Anne-Sophie Ribba, Eva Faurobert, Henri-Noël Fournier, Ingrid Bourrin-Reynard, Sandra Manet-Dupé, Christiane Oddou, Martial Balland, Emmanuelle Planus, Corinne Albiges-Rizo
Cell migration is a complex process requiring density and rigidity sensing of the microenvironment to adapt cell migratory speed through focal adhesion and actin cytoskeleton regulation. ICAP-1, a β1 integrin partner, is essential for ensuring integrin activation cycle and focal adhesion formation. We show that ICAP-1 is monoubiquitinated by Smurf1, preventing ICAP-1 binding to β1 integrin. The non-ubiquitinable form of ICAP-1 modifies β1 integrin focal adhesion organization and interferes with fibronectin density sensing...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043971/mechanosensing-by-the-nucleus-from-pathways-to-scaling-relationships
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Sangkyun Cho, Jerome Irianto, Dennis E Discher
The nucleus is linked mechanically to the extracellular matrix via multiple polymers that transmit forces to the nuclear envelope and into the nuclear interior. Here, we review some of the emerging mechanisms of nuclear mechanosensing, which range from changes in protein conformation and transcription factor localization to chromosome reorganization and membrane dilation up to rupture. Nuclear mechanosensing encompasses biophysically complex pathways that often converge on the main structural proteins of the nucleus, the lamins...
February 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036174/mechanosensitive-gold-colloidal-membranes-mediated-by-supramolecular-interfacial-self-assembly
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João Paulo Coelho, María José Mayoral, Luis Camacho, María T Martín-Romero, Gloria Tardajos, Iván López-Montero, Eduardo Sanz, David Ávila-Brande, Juan José Giner-Casares, Gustavo Fernández, Andrés Guerrero-Martínez
The ability to respond toward mechanical stimuli is a fundamental property of biological organisms at both the macroscopic and cellular levels, yet it has been considerably less observed in artificial supramolecular and colloidal homologues. An archetypal example in this regard is cellular mechanosensation, a process by which mechanical forces applied on the cell membrane are converted into biochemical or electrical signals through nanometer-scale changes in molecular conformations. In this article, we report an artificial gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-discrete π-conjugated molecule hybrid system that mimics the mechanical behavior of biological membranes and is able to self-assemble into colloidal gold nanoclusters or membranes in a controlled and reversible fashion by changing the concentration or the mechanical force (pressure) applied...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981364/synergistic-interplay-of-g%C3%AE-%C3%AE-and-phosphatidylinositol-4-5-bisphosphate-dictates-kv7-4-channel-activity
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Oleksandr V Povstyan, Vincenzo Barrese, Jennifer B Stott, Iain A Greenwood
Kv7.4 channels are key determinants of arterial contractility and cochlear mechanosensation that, like all Kv7 channels, have an obligatory requirement for phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2). βγ G proteins (Gβγ) have been identified as novel positive regulators of Kv7.4. The present study ascertained whether Gβγ increased Kv7.4 open probability through an increased sensitivity to PIP2. In HEK cells stably expressing Kv7.4, PIP2 or Gβγ increased open probability in a concentration dependent manner...
February 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981237/dipicolinic-acid-release-by-germinating-clostridium-difficile-spores-occurs-through-a-mechanosensing-mechanism
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Michael B Francis, Joseph A Sorg
Classically, dormant endospores are defined by their resistance properties, particularly their resistance to heat. Much of the heat resistance is due to the large amount of dipicolinic acid (DPA) stored within the spore core. During spore germination, DPA is released and allows for rehydration of the otherwise-dehydrated core. In Bacillus subtilis, 7 proteins are encoded by the spoVA operon and are important for DPA release. These proteins receive a signal from the activated germinant receptor and release DPA...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976674/kinetic-disruption-of-lipid-rafts-is-a-mechanosensor-for-phospholipase-d
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E Nicholas Petersen, Hae-Won Chung, Arman Nayebosadri, Scott B Hansen
The sensing of physical force, mechanosensation, underlies two of five human senses-touch and hearing. How transduction of force in a membrane occurs remains unclear. We asked if a biological membrane could employ kinetic energy to transduce a signal absent tension. Here we show that lipid rafts are dynamic compartments that inactivate the signalling enzyme phospholipase D2 (PLD2) by sequestering the enzyme from its substrate. Mechanical disruption of the lipid rafts activates PLD2 by mixing the enzyme with its substrate to produce the signalling lipid phosphatidic acid (PA)...
December 15, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940346/spectator-no-more-the-role-of-the-membrane-in-regulating-ion-channel-function
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REVIEW
Christos Pliotas, James H Naismith
A pressure gradient across a curved lipid bilayer leads to a lateral force within the bilayer. Following ground breaking work on eukaryotic ion channels, it is now known that many proteins sense this change in the lateral tension and alter their functions in response. It has been proposed that responding to pressure differentials may be one of the oldest signaling mechanisms in biology. The most well characterized mechanosensing ion channels are the bacterial ones which open when the pressure differential hits a threshold...
December 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901466/differentiation-alters-stem-cell-nuclear-architecture-mechanics-and-mechano-sensitivity
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Su-Jin Heo, Tristan P Driscoll, Stephen D Thorpe, Nandan L Nerurkar, Brendon M Baker, Michael T Yang, Christopher S Chen, David A Lee, Robert L Mauck
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation is mediated by soluble and physical cues. In this study, we investigated differentiation-induced transformations in MSC cellular and nuclear biophysical properties and queried their role in mechanosensation. Our data show that nuclei in differentiated bovine and human MSCs stiffen and become resistant to deformation. This attenuated nuclear deformation was governed by restructuring of Lamin A/C and increased heterochromatin content. This change in nuclear stiffness sensitized MSCs to mechanical-loading-induced calcium signaling and differentiated marker expression...
November 30, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900823/high-frequency-mechanostimulation-of-cell-adhesion
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Laith F Kadem, K Grace Suana, Michelle Holz, Wei Wang, Hannes Westerhaus, Rainer Herges, Christine Selhuber-Unkel
Cell adhesion is regulated by molecularly defined protein interactions and by mechanical forces, which can activate a dynamic restructuring of adhesion sites. Previous attempts to explore the response of cell adhesion to forces have been limited to applying mechanical stimuli that involve the cytoskeleton. In contrast, we here apply a new, oscillatory type of stimulus through push-pull azobenzenes. Push-pull azobenzenes perform a high-frequency, molecular oscillation upon irradiation with visible light that has frequently been applied in polymer surface relief grating...
January 2, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900292/hypoxia-inhibits-primary-cilia-formation-and-reduces-cell-mediated-contraction-in-stress-deprived-rat-tail-tendon-fascicles
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Michael Lavagnino, Anna N Oslapas, Keri L Gardner, Steven P Arnoczky
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia, which is associated with chronic tendinopathy, has recently been shown to decrease the mechanosensitivity of some cells. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of hypoxia on the formation of elongated primary cilia (a mechanosensing organelle of tendon cells) in vitro and to determine the effect of hypoxia on cell-mediated contraction of stress-deprived rat tail tendon fascicles (RTTfs). METHODS: Tendon cells isolated from RTTfs were cultured under normoxic (21% O2) or hypoxic (1% O2) conditions for 24 hours...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899696/selective-antagonism-of-trpa1-produces-limited-efficacy-in-models-of-inflammatory-and-neuropathic-induced-mechanical-hypersensitivity-in-rats
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Sonya G Lehto, Andy D Weyer, Beth D Youngblood, Maosheng Zhang, Ruoyuan Yin, Weiya Wang, Yohannes Teffera, Melanie Cooke, Cheryl L Stucky, Laurie Schenkel, Stephanie Geuns-Meyer, Bryan D Moyer, Kenneth D Wild, Narender R Gavva
The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel has been implicated in pathophysiological processes that include asthma, cough, and inflammatory pain. Agonists of TRPA1 such as mustard oil and its key component allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) cause pain and neurogenic inflammation in humans and rodents, and TRPA1 antagonists have been reported to be effective in rodent models of pain. In our pursuit of TRPA1 antagonists as potential therapeutics, we generated AMG0902, a potent (IC90 of 300 nM against rat TRPA1), selective, brain penetrant (brain to plasma ratio of 0...
2016: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891534/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-stimulate-ruffling-and-shedding-of-mammalian-cell-plasma-membranes
#19
Chao Sun, Devin L Wakefield, Yimo Han, David A Muller, David A Holowka, Barbara A Baird, William R Dichtel
Graphene oxide (GO) has attracted intense interest for use in living systems and environmental applications. GO's compatibility with mammalian cells is sometimes inferred from its low cytotoxicity, but such conclusions ignore non-lethal effects that will influence GO's utility. Here we demonstrate, with rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells, profound plasma membrane (PM) ruffling and shedding induced by GO using confocal and live cell fluorescence microscopy, as well as scanning electron microscopy. These membrane structures contain immunoglobulin E receptors, are resistant to detergents, and lack detectable fluorescence labeling of F-actin and fibronectin...
August 11, 2016: Chem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885188/-mechanisms-of-vascular-dynamic-homeostasis
#20
Kimiko Yamamoto, Joji Ando
Vascular endothelial cells(ECs)play a critical role in controlling a variety of vascular functions including maintenance of the vascular tone, blood coagulation and fibrinolysis, and selective permeability of proteins. It has recently become apparent that ECs respond to hemodynamic forces, namely, shear stress and stretch, by altering their morphology, functions and gene expression profile. These responses also play important roles in maintaining normal circulatory system functions and homeostasis, and their impairment leads to various vascular diseases, including hypertension, aneurysm and atherosclerosis...
2016: Clinical Calcium
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