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I Caglar Tanrikulu, Audrey Forticaux, Song Jin, Ronald T Raines
Sticky-ended DNA duplexes can associate spontaneously into long double helices; however, such self-assembly is much less developed with proteins. Collagen is the most prevalent component of the extracellular matrix and a common clinical biomaterial. As for natural DNA, the ~10(3)-residue triple helices (~300 nm) of natural collagen are recalcitrant to chemical synthesis. Here we show how the self-assembly of short collagen-mimetic peptides (CMPs) can enable the fabrication of synthetic collagen triple helices that are nearly a micrometre in length...
November 2016: Nature Chemistry
Joshua A Beckman, Allison B Goldfine, Jane A Leopold, Mark A Creager
Oxidative stress is a key driver of vascular dysfunction in diabetes mellitus. Ebselen is a glutathione-peroxidase mimetic. A single-site, randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled crossover trial in 26 subjects with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes to evaluate effects of high-dose ebselen (150 mg orally twice daily) administration on oxidative stress and endothelium-dependent vasodilation. Treatment periods were in random order of 4 weeks duration, with a 4 week washout between. Measures of oxidative stress included nitrotyrosine, plasma 8-isoprostanes, and the ratio of reduced-to-oxidized glutathione...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Bret H Clough, Eoin P McNeill, Daniel Palmer, Ulf Krause, Thomas J Bartosh, Christopher D Chaput, Carl A Gregory
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Spine pain and the disability associated with it are epidemic in the United States. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, >650,000 spinal fusion surgeries are performed annually in the US and yet there is a failure rate of 15-40% when standard methods employing current commercial bone substitutes are utilized. Autologous bone graft is the gold standard in terms of fusion success, but the morbidity associated with the procedure and limitations in the availability of sufficient material has limited its use in the majority of cases...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Marianne Ronovsky, Stefanie Berger, Alice Zambon, Sonali N Reisinger, Orsolya Horvath, Arnold Pollak, Claudia Lindtner, Angelika Berger, Daniela D Pollak
Gestational infection is increasingly being recognized for its involvement as causative mechanism in severe developmental brain abnormalities and its contribution to the pathogenesis of psychopathologies later in life. First observations in the widely accepted maternal immune activation (MIA) model based upon the systemic administration of the viral mimetic Polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) have recently suggested a transmission of behavioral and transcriptional traits across generations. Although maternal care behavior (MCB) is known as essential mediator of the transgenerational effects of environmental challenges on offspring brain function and behavior, the possible propagation of alterations of MCB resulting from MIA to following generations has not yet been examined...
October 17, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Nicolas Marinval, Pierre Saboural, Oualid Haddad, Murielle Maire, Kevin Bassand, Frederic Geinguenaud, Nadia Djaker, Khadija Ben Akrout, Marc Lamy de la Chapelle, Romain Robert, Olivier Oudar, Erwan Guyot, Christelle Laguillier-Morizot, Angela Sutton, Cedric Chauvierre, Frederic Chaubet, Nathalie Charnaux, Hanna Hlawaty
Herein we investigate the structure/function relationships of fucoidans from Ascophyllum nodosum to analyze their pro-angiogenic effect and cellular uptake in native and glycosaminoglycan-free (GAG-free) human endothelial cells (HUVECs). Fucoidans are marine sulfated polysaccharides, which act as glycosaminoglycans mimetics. We hypothesized that the size and sulfation rate of fucoidans influence their ability to induce pro-angiogenic processes independently of GAGs. We collected two fractions of fucoidans, Low and Medium Molecular Weight Fucoidan (LMWF and MMWF, respectively) by size exclusion chromatography and characterized their composition (sulfate, fucose and uronic acid) by colorimetric measurement and Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy...
October 17, 2016: Marine Drugs
Zhi Zhao, Nasser Hamdan, Li Shen, Hanqing Nan, Abdullah Almajed, Edward Kavazanjian, Ximin He
We have developed a novel method to synthesize a hyper-branched bio-mimetic hydrogel network across a soil matrix to improve the mechanical strength of the loose soil and simultaneously mitigate potential contamination due to a harmful by-product. This method successfully yielded a hierarchical structure that possesses the water retention, ion absorption, and soil aggregation capabilities of plant root systems in a chemically controllable manner. Inspired by the robust organic-inorganic composites found in many living organisms, we have combined this hydrogel network with a calcite biomineralization process to stabilize soil...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Zhengnan Zhou, Weiping Li, Tianrui He, Lei Qian, Guoxin Tan, Chengyun Ning
To enhance the surface bioactivity of titanium (Ti) prostheses, an electroactive polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film was prepared on a Ti substrate to provide a mimetic of the electrical microenvironment, which facilitated the performance of cell functions. The results of cell proliferation and differentiation assays indicated that polarization of the PVDF-Ti (PTi) altered its surface charge, thus inducing adhesion, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of cells. The polarized PVDF-Ti (PPTi) may therefore find applications in bone regeneration...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mohammad Alyahya, Heba Hijazi, Heather Harvey
BACKGROUND: While the main focus of accreditation initiatives has been on hospitals, the implementation of these programs is a relatively new notion among other types of healthcare facilities. Correspondingly, this study aims to understand how accreditation is perceived among primary public healthcare centers using an isomorphic institutional theory. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 56 healthcare professionals and administrative staff from seven non-profit healthcare centers in Jordan using an explanatory case-study approach...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
Gunter Laux, Sarah Berger, Joachim Szecsenyi, Petra Kaufmann-Kolle, Rüdiger Leutgeb
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to analyze prescription decisions for family practice (FP) patients with Diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) using the case of the incretin mimetics Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DDP-4) inhibitors and Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists dependent on patients' health insurance status (statutory or private) in Germany. This study is important since the scientific debate is still open with regard to DPP-4-inhibitors and GLP-1-agonists, where some critics are raising questions on potential long-term risks for patients...
October 19, 2016: BMC Family Practice
Mª Del Mar Blanquer-Rosselló, Reyniel Hernández-López, Pilar Roca, Jordi Oliver, Adamo Valle
BACKGROUND: The polyphenol resveratrol (RSV) is found in the skin of red grapes and has been reported to exhibit anticancer properties. The antitumor effects of RSV in the gastrointestinal tract have gained considerable interest due to the high exposure of this tissue to this dietary compound. One of the hallmarks of cancer cells is their particular metabolism mainly relying on glycolysis for ATP production rather than mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Although RSV has been described to act as a calorie-restriction mimetic, modulating energy metabolism in normal tissues, little efforts have been done to study the effects of this polyphenol in the metabolism of cancer cells...
October 17, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xueting Jin, Denis Sviridov, Ying Liu, Boris Vaisman, Lia Addadi, Alan T Remaley, Howard S Kruth
OBJECTIVE: We examined the function of ABCA1 (ATP-binding cassette transporter A1) in ApoA-I (apolipoprotein A-I) mobilization of cholesterol microdomains deposited into the extracellular matrix by cholesterol-enriched macrophages. We have also determined whether an ApoA-I mimetic peptide without and with complexing to sphingomyelin can mobilize macrophage-deposited cholesterol microdomains. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Extracellular cholesterol microdomains deposited by cholesterol-enriched macrophages were detected with a monoclonal antibody, 58B1...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Tzu-Pin Shentu, Ming He, Xiaoli Sun, Jianlin Zhang, Fan Zhang, Brendan Gongol, Traci L Marin, Jiao Zhang, Liang Wen, Yinsheng Wang, Gregory G Geary, Yi Zhu, David A Johnson, John Y-J Shyy
OBJECTIVE: Cortactin translocates to the cell periphery in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) on cortical-actin assembly in response to pulsatile shear stress. Because cortactin has putative sites for AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) phosphorylation and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) deacetylation, we examined the hypothesis that AMPK and SIRT1 coregulate cortactin dynamics in response to shear stress. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Analysis of the ability of AMPK to phosphorylate recombinant cortactin and oligopeptides whose sequences matched AMPK consensus sequences in cortactin pointed to Thr-401 as the site of AMPK phosphorylation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Yue Chen, Suhua Jiang, Jianzhou Zou, Yihong Zhong, Xiaoqiang Ding
The kidney is particularly susceptible to ischemia/hypoxia insult while dysfunction of proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTEC) is a primary pathologic hallmark in acute kidney injury. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a key regulator responsible for cellular hypoxic responses. Therefore, we investigated the effects of HIF-1 suppression, using small interference RNA (siRNA), upon the cell fate of PTEC under hypoxia, and explored the underlying possible molecular mechanism. Hypoxia was induced with hypoxia mimetic cobalt chloride...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Brandi Wynne, Trinity Kronk, Otor Al-Khalili, Benjamin Ko, Franziska Theilig, Douglas Eaton, Robert Hoover
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is characterized by increased sodium reabsorption along the aldosterone-sensitive distal nephron (ASDN) and systemic inflammation. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a possible mediator, signaling via the transmembrane IL-6 receptor alpha (IL-6Rα); however, whether IL-6Rα is present in the distal convoluted tubule (DCT) is unknown. Increased sodium reabsorption is not always correlated with increased aldosterone (Aldo). Thus, understanding how Aldo-independent sodium reabsorption occurs is critical...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jeremy L Yap, Lijia Chen, Maryanna E Lanning, Steven Fletcher
A hallmark of cancer is the evasion of apoptosis, which is often associated with the upregulation of the anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins. The prosurvival function of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins is manifested by capturing the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins through their BH3 death domains. Accordingly, strategies to antagonize the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins have largely focused on the development of low-molecular-weight, synthetic and selective BH3 mimetics ("magic bullets") to disrupt the protein-protein interactions between anti- and pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yanglei Xu, Xin Sui, Jiaqiao Jiang, Jin Zhai, Longcheng Gao
A CO-regulated ion nanochannel is demonstrated, which is inspired by the living activity of CO-induced smooth muscle vasodilation. The mechanism relies on the fact that CO has a higher affinity with ferroporphyrin compared to carboxyl groups on the surface of the nanochannels. The cooperation effect of the released carboxyl groups and the conical asymmetric shape leads the ion transportation to be diode-like.
October 17, 2016: Advanced Materials
Kristy Zera, Rebecca Sweet, Jason Zastre
Ensuring continuous intracellular supply of thiamine is essential to maintain metabolism. Cellular homeostasis requires the function of the membrane bound thiamine transporters THTR1 and THTR2. In the absence of increased dietary intake of thiamine, varying intracellular levels to meet metabolic demands during pathophysiological stressors, such as hypoxia, requires adaptive regulatory mechanisms to increase thiamine transport capacity. Previous work has established the up-regulation of SLC19A3 (THTR2) gene expression and activity during hypoxic stress through the activity of the hypoxia inducible transcription factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α)...
October 12, 2016: Gene
Younseon Wang, Joseph P Park, Sang Hyeon Hong, Haeshin Lee
A new insect-cuticle- and fruit-browning-mimetic film exhibiting simultaneous self-healing and self-sealing properties only by ambient oxygen without external stimuli is developed. The film is formed at the liquid/air interface via crosslinking of phenolic compounds and poly(amine) chains. The film can be self-healed over a hundred times under ambient air at room temperature without exogenous materials and stimuli.
October 14, 2016: Advanced Materials
Alexey Petrushin, Lorenzo Ferrara, Axel Blau
OBJECTIVE: In light of recent progress in mapping neural function to behavior, we briefly and selectively review past and present endeavors to reveal and reconstruct nervous system function in Caenorhabditis elegans through simulation. APPROACH: Rather than presenting an all-encompassing review on the mathematical modeling of C. elegans, this contribution collects snapshots of pathfinding key works and emerging technologies that recent single- and multi-center simulation initiatives are building on...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
Moses Henderson, Brittany Rice, Andrea Sebastian, Patrick G Sullivan, Christina King, Renã A S Robinson, Tanea T Reed
PURPOSE: The aims of this work are to establish a time point to determine the most beneficial time to administer GCEE post incident to reduce oxidative damage and secondly, by using redox proteomics, to determine if GCEE can readily suppress 3-NT modification in TBI animals. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: By using a moderate traumatic brain injury model with Wistar rats, it is hypothesized that the role of 3 - NT formation as an intermediate will predict the involvement of protein nitration/nitrosation and oxidative damage in the brain...
October 14, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
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