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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228250/stratum-a-homolog-of-the-human-gef-mss4-partnered-with-rab8-controls-the-basal-restriction-of-basement-membrane-proteins-in-epithelial-cells
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Olivier Devergne, Gina H Sun, Trudi Schüpbach
The basement membrane (BM), a sheet of extracellular matrix lining the basal side of epithelia, is essential for epithelial cell function and integrity, yet the mechanisms that control the basal restriction of BM proteins are poorly understood. In epithelial cells, a specialized pathway is dedicated to restrict the deposition of BM proteins basally. Here, we report the identification of a factor in this pathway, a homolog of the mammalian guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Mss4, which we have named Stratum...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227763/network-effects-and-pathways-in-deep-brain-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease
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N Koirala, V Fleischer, O Granert, G Deuschl, M Muthuraman, S Groppa, N Koirala, V Fleischer, O Granert, G Deuschl, M Muthuraman, S Groppa
Deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) became a standard therapeutic option in Parkinson's disease (PD), even though the underlying modulated network of STN-DBS is still poorly described. Probabilistic tractography and connectivity analysis as derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were performed together with modelling of implanted electrode positions and linked postoperative clinical outcome. Fifteen patients with idiopathic PD without dementia were selected for DBS treatment. After pre-processing, probabilistic tractography was run from cortical and subcortical seeds of the hypothesized network to targets represented by the positions of the active DBS contacts...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227737/development-of-bone-conduction-mobile-phones-assessment-of-hearing-mechanisms-by-measuring-psychological-characteristics-and-acoustical-properties-in-the-outer-ear-canal
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Seiji Nakagawa, Takuya Hotehama, Kazuhito Ito, Tomohiro Inagaki, Seiji Nakagawa, Takuya Hotehama, Kazuhito Ito, Tomohiro Inagaki, Seiji Nakagawa, Tomohiro Inagaki, Kazuhito Ito, Takuya Hotehama
We have been developing novel mobile phones using bone conduction, with flat-panel loudspeakers that convey speech sound by vibrating the pinna. In bone conduction via the pinna, i.e., pinna conduction, it is thought that speech sounds are conveyed via both air- and bone-conduction pathways. To obtain useful information for further development of bone-conduction mobile phones, peripheral mechanisms of the pinna conduction need to be clarified. In this study, hearing thresholds, sound field in the outer ear canals, and vibrations of the inner wall of the outer ear canals were measured while normal-hearing participants used pinna-conduction mobile phones...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226242/p-falciparum-ligand-binding-to-erythrocytes-induce-alterations-in-deformability-essential-for-invasion
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Xavier Sisquella, Thomas Nebl, Jennifer K Thompson, Lachlan Whitehead, Brian M Malpede, Nichole D Salinas, Kelly Rogers, Niraj H Tolia, Andrea Fleig, Joseph O'Neill, Wai-Hong Tham, F David Horgen, Alan F Cowman
The most lethal form of malaria in humans is caused by Plasmodium falciparum. These parasites invade erythrocytes, a complex process involving multiple ligand-receptor interactions. The parasite makes initial contact with the erythrocyte followed by dramatic deformations linked to the function of the Erythrocyte binding antigen family and P. falciparum reticulocyte binding-like families. We show EBA-175 mediates substantial changes in deformability of erythrocytes by binding to glycophorin A and activating a phosphorylation cascade that includes erythrocyte cytoskeletal proteins resulting in changes in the viscoelastic properties of the host cell...
February 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224953/perceived-learning-needs-of-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Olga Nilsson, Rebecka Hultgren, Anna Letterstål
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing surgical treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) should receive adequate information about the disease, treatment options, and self-care. Patients' learning needs should be acknowledged. The aim was to describe the perceived learning needs in patients with AAA. A secondary aim was to explore their experience of methods for patient education. METHODS: Three focus group interviews were conducted with 14 patients treated with open or endovascular repair of AAA...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223975/characterization-of-a-novel-polymeric-bioflocculant-produced-from-bacterial-utilization-of-n-hexadecane-and-its-application-in-removal-of-heavy-metals
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Mihirjyoti Pathak, Hridip K Sarma, Krishna G Bhattacharyya, Sanjukta Subudhi, Varsha Bisht, Banwari Lal, Arundhuti Devi
A novel polymeric bioflocculant was produced by a bacterium utilizing degradation of n-hexadecane as the energy source. The bioflocculant was produced with a bioflocculating activity of 87.8%. The hydrocarbon degradation was confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis and was further supported with contact angle measurements for the changes in hydrophobic nature of the culture medium. A specific aerobic degradation pathway followed by the bacterium during the bioflocculant production and hydrocarbon utilization process has been proposed...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222357/mangiferin-antagonizes-tnf-%C3%AE-mediated-inflammatory-reaction-and-protects-against-dermatitis-in-a-mice-model
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Yunpeng Zhao, Wenhan Wang, Xihai Wu, Xiaoqian Ma, Ruize Qu, Xiaomin Chen, Chenghao Liu, Yaoge Liu, Xiaokai Wang, Pengcheng Yan, Hao Zhang, Jingrui Pan, Weiwei Li
This study aimed to investigate whether mangiferin played a protective role in a well-established dermatitis mouse model and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)-induced RAW264.7 macrophages. Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease in the clinic, while its underlying mechanism still remains to be elucidated. Mangiferin, 1,3,6,7-tetrahydroxyxanthone-C2-β-d-glucoside (C-glucosyl xanthone), a natural antioxidant that was reported to inhibit inflammatory reactions, has been recently proved to be a potential therapy for inflammation...
February 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219650/dendritic-cells-death-induced-by-contact-sensitizers-is-controlled-by-nrf2-and-depends-on-glutathione-levels
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Zeina El Ali, Claudine Deloménie, Jérémie Botton, Marc Pallardy, Saadia Kerdine-Römer
Dendritic cells (DC) are known to play a major role during contact allergy induced by contact sensitizers (CS). Our previous studies showed that Nrf2 was induced in DC and controlled allergic skin inflammation in mice in response to chemicals. In this work, we raised the question of the role of Nrf2 in response to a stress provoked by chemical sensitizers in DC. We used two well-described chemical sensitizers, dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) and cinnamaldehyde (CinA), known to have different chemical reactivity and mechanism of action...
February 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219400/alleviation-of-secondary-brain-injury-posttraumatic-inflammation-and-brain-edema-formation-by-inhibition-of-factor-xiia
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Sarah Hopp, Marc W Nolte, Christian Stetter, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Anna-Leena Sirén, Christiane Albert-Weissenberger
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating neurological condition and a frequent cause of permanent disability. Posttraumatic inflammation and brain edema formation, two pathological key events contributing to secondary brain injury, are mediated by the contact-kinin system. Activation of this pathway in the plasma is triggered by activated factor XII. Hence, we set out to study in detail the influence of activated factor XII on the abovementioned pathophysiological features of TBI...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216572/in-vitro-characterization-of-the-two-stage-non-classical-reassembly-pathway-of-s-layers
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Andreas Breitwieser, Jagoba Iturri, Jose-Luis Toca-Herrera, Uwe B Sleytr, Dietmar Pum
The recombinant bacterial surface layer (S-layer) protein rSbpA of Lysinibacillus sphaericus CCM 2177 is an ideal model system to study non-classical nucleation and growth of protein crystals at surfaces since the recrystallization process may be separated into two distinct steps: (i) adsorption of S-layer protein monomers on silicon surfaces is completed within 5 min and the amount of bound S-layer protein sufficient for the subsequent formation of a closed crystalline monolayer; (ii) the recrystallization process is triggered-after washing away the unbound S-layer protein-by the addition of a CaCl₂ containing buffer solution, and completed after approximately 2 h...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214327/improved-exposure-estimation-in-soil-screening-and-clean-up-criteria-for-volatile-organic-chemicals
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George E DeVaull
Soil clean-up criteria define acceptable concentrations of organic chemical constituents for exposed humans. These criteria sum the estimated soil exposure over multiple pathways. Assumptions for ingestion, dermal contact, and dust exposure generally presume a chemical persists in surface soils at a constant concentration level for the entire exposure duration. For volatile chemicals this is an unrealistic assumption. A calculation method is presented for surficial soil criteria which include volatile depletion of chemical for these uptake pathways...
February 18, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212157/current-approaches-to-myopia-control
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Seo Wei Leo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Myopia is a global problem, being particularly prevalent in the urban areas of east and southeast Asia. In addition to the direct economic and social burdens, associated ocular complications may lead to substantial vision loss. With prevalence of myopia above 80% and high myopia over 20%, it is crucial to control myopia. The aim of this review to is provide an update on the interventions to slow the onset of myopia and retard its progression. RECENT FINDINGS: The epidemic of myopia is characterized by increasingly early onset, combined with high myopia progression rates...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210251/functional-studies-of-%C3%AE-glucosidases-of-cytophaga-hutchinsonii-and-their-effects-on-cellulose-degradation
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Xinfeng Bai, Xifeng Wang, Sen Wang, Xiaofei Ji, Zhiwei Guan, Weican Zhang, Xuemei Lu
Cytophaga hutchinsonii can rapidly digest crystalline cellulose without free cellulases or cellulosomes. Its cell-contact cellulose degradation mechanism is unknown. In this study, the four β-glucosidase (bgl) genes in C. hutchinsonii were singly and multiply deleted, and the functions of these β-glucosidases in cellobiose and cellulose degradation were investigated. We found that the constitutively expressed BglB played a key role in cellobiose utilization, while BglA which was induced by cellobiose could partially make up for the deletion of bglB...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204985/comparison-of-strain-measurement-in-the-mouse-forearm-using-subject-specific-finite-element-models-strain-gaging-and-digital-image-correlation
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Mark Begonia, Mark Dallas, Mark L Johnson, Ganesh Thiagarajan
Mechanical loading in bone leads to the activation of bone-forming pathways that are most likely associated with a minimum strain threshold being experienced by the osteocyte. To investigate the correlation between cellular response and mechanical stimuli, researchers must develop accurate ways to measure/compute strain both externally on the bone surface and internally at the osteocyte level. This study investigates the use of finite element (FE) models to compute bone surface strains on the mouse forearm...
February 15, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196882/trade-offs-between-enzyme-fitness-and-solubility-illuminated-by-deep-mutational-scanning
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Justin R Klesmith, John-Paul Bacik, Emily E Wrenbeck, Ryszard Michalczyk, Timothy A Whitehead
Proteins are marginally stable, and an understanding of the sequence determinants for improved protein solubility is highly desired. For enzymes, it is well known that many mutations that increase protein solubility decrease catalytic activity. These competing effects frustrate efforts to design and engineer stable, active enzymes without laborious high-throughput activity screens. To address the trade-off between enzyme solubility and activity, we performed deep mutational scanning using two different screens/selections that purport to gauge protein solubility for two full-length enzymes...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196712/ipomoea-pes-caprae-l-r-br-convolvulaceae-as-a-topical-herbal-medicine-to-relieve-pain-and-inflammation-promising-tool-against-effects-due-to-toxin-skin-contact
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Cristiane da Silva Barth, Hugo Guilherme Tolentino de Souza, Lilian W Rocha, Gislaine Francieli da Silva, Mariana Ferreira Dos Anjos, Veronica D'Avila Pastor, Tania Mari Belle Bresolin, Angelica Garcia Couto, José Roberto Santin, Nara Lins Meira Quintão
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ipomoea pes-caprae is known as bayhops, beach morning glory or goat's foot, and in Brazil as salsa-de-praia. Its leaves are used in worldwide folk medicine for the relief of jellyfish-stings symptoms. The literature only reports the anti-inflammatory and neutralizing effects of a nonpolar plant derived, without validating the popular use or exploring the mechanism of action. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to evaluate and validate the topical effects of a semisolid containing hydroethanolic extract obtained from the aerial parts of I...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196549/mental-health-related-stigma-and-pathways-to-care-for-people-at-risk-of-psychotic-disorders-or-experiencing-first-episode-psychosis-a-systematic-review
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P C Gronholm, G Thornicroft, K R Laurens, S Evans-Lacko
BACKGROUND: Stigma associated with mental illness can delay or prevent help-seeking and service contact. Stigma-related influences on pathways to care in the early stages of psychotic disorders have not been systematically examined. METHOD: This review systematically assessed findings from qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research studies on the relationship between stigma and pathways to care (i.e. processes associated with help-seeking and health service contact) among people experiencing first-episode psychosis or at clinically defined increased risk of developing psychotic disorder...
February 15, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193742/delays-and-pathways-to-final-tuberculosis-diagnosis-in-patients-from-a-referral-hospital-in-urban-china
#18
Leonardo Martinez, Lin Xu, Cheng Chen, Juliet N Sekandi, Yongzhong Zhu, Changsheng Zhang, Christopher C Whalen, Limei Zhu
China is among the countries with the largest epidemic of drug susceptible and resistant tuberculosis globally. We investigated the locations tuberculosis patients visited before being diagnosed, total diagnostic delay, and risk factors associated with total delay from a large tuberculosis referral hospital in Nanjing, China. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among tuberculosis patients who initiated anti-tuberculosis treatment within 3 months prior to the study date. Patient information regarding time and locations visited while seeking care for tuberculosis-related symptoms was collected through face-to-face interviews...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191772/human-induced-pluripotent-cell-derived-sensory-neurons-for-fate-commitment-of-bone-marrow-derived-schwann-cells-implications-for-remyelination-therapy
#19
Sa Cai, Lei Han, Qiang Ao, Ying-Shing Chan, Daisy Kwok-Yan Shum
Strategies that exploit induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to derive neurons have relied on cocktails of cytokines and growth factors to bias cell-signaling events in the course of fate choice. These are often costly and inefficient, involving multiple steps. In this study, we took an alternative approach and selected 5 small-molecule inhibitors of key signaling pathways in an 8-day program to induce differentiation of human iPSCs into sensory neurons, reaching ≥80% yield in terms of marker proteins. Continuing culture in maintenance medium resulted in neuronal networks immunopositive for synaptic vesicle markers and vesicular glutamate transporters suggestive of excitatory neurotransmission...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190643/left-habenula-mediates-light-preference-behavior-in-zebrafish-via-an-asymmetrical-visual-pathway
#20
Bai-Bing Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Yao, He-Fei Zhang, Koichi Kawakami, Jiu-Lin Du
Habenula (Hb) plays critical roles in emotion-related behaviors through integrating inputs mainly from the limbic system and basal ganglia. However, Hb also receives inputs from multiple sensory modalities. The function and underlying neural circuit of Hb sensory inputs remain unknown. Using larval zebrafish, we found that left dorsal Hb (dHb, a homolog of mammalian medial Hb) mediates light-preference behavior by receiving visual inputs from a specific subset of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) through eminentia thalami (EmT)...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
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