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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729434/cohesins-and-condensins-orchestrate-the-4d-dynamics-of-yeast-chromosomes-during-the-cell%C3%A2-cycle
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Luciana Lazar-Stefanita, Vittore F Scolari, Guillaume Mercy, Héloise Muller, Thomas M Guérin, Agnès Thierry, Julien Mozziconacci, Romain Koszul
Duplication and segregation of chromosomes involves dynamic reorganization of their internal structure by conserved architectural proteins, including the structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) complexes cohesin and condensin. Despite active investigation of the roles of these factors, a genome-wide view of dynamic chromosome architecture at both small and large scale during cell division is still missing. Here, we report the first comprehensive 4D analysis of the higher-order organization of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome throughout the cell cycle and investigate the roles of SMC complexes in controlling structural transitions...
July 20, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720100/effect-of-seasonal-malaria-chemoprevention-on-the-acquisition-of-antibodies-to-plasmodium-falciparum-antigens-in-ouelessebougou-mali
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Almahamoudou Mahamar, Djibrilla Issiaka, Amadou Barry, Oumar Attaher, Adama B Dembele, Tiangoua Traore, Adama Sissoko, Sekouba Keita, Bacary Soumana Diarra, David L Narum, Patrick E Duffy, Alassane Dicko, Michal Fried
BACKGROUND: Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) is a new strategy to reduce malaria burden in young children in Sahelian countries. It consists of the administration of full treatment courses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine plus amodiaquine to children at monthly intervals during the malaria season. However, it is not clear if there is a cumulative effect of SMC over time on acquisition of antibodies to malaria antigens. METHODS: A cross-sectional serosurvey was carried out 1 month after the last dose of SMC in 2016...
July 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717419/platelet-extracellular-vesicles-induce-a-pro-inflammatory-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype
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Tanja Vajen, Birke J Benedikter, Alexandra C A Heinzmann, Elena M Vasina, Yvonne Henskens, Martin Parsons, Patricia B Maguire, Frank R Stassen, Johan W M Heemskerk, Leon J Schurgers, Rory R Koenen
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are mediators of cell communication during health and disease, and abundantly released by platelets upon activation or during ageing. Platelet EVs exert modulatory effects on immune and vascular cells. Platelet EVs may modulate the function of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMC). Platelet EVs were isolated from platelet-rich plasma and incubated with SMC in order to assess binding, proliferation, migration and pro-inflammatory phenotype of the cells. Platelet EVs firmly bound to resting SMC through the platelet integrin αIIbβ3, while binding also occurred in a CX3CL1-CX3CR1-dependent manner after cytokine stimulation...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717251/transdifferentiated-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-are-a-new-potential-cell-source-for-endothelial-regeneration
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Xuechong Hong, Andriana Margariti, Alexandra Le Bras, Laureen Jacquet, Wei Kong, Yanhua Hu, Qingbo Xu
Endothelial dysfunction is widely implicated in cardiovascular pathological changes and development of vascular disease. In view of the fact that the spontaneous endothelial cell (EC) regeneration is a slow and insufficient process, it is of great interest to explore alternative cell sources capable of generating functional ECs. Vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) composes the majority of the vascular wall and retains phenotypic plasticity in response to various stimuli. The aim of this study is to test the feasibility of the conversion of SMC into functional EC through the use of reprogramming factors...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716920/vamp3-and-snap23-mediate-the-disturbed-flow-induced-endothelial-microrna-secretion-and-smooth-muscle-hyperplasia
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Juan-Juan Zhu, Yue-Feng Liu, Yun-Peng Zhang, Chuan-Rong Zhao, Wei-Juan Yao, Yi-Shuan Li, Kuei-Chun Wang, Tse-Shun Huang, Wei Pang, Xi-Fu Wang, Xian Wang, Shu Chien, Jing Zhou
Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) at arterial branches and curvatures experience disturbed blood flow and induce a quiescent-to-activated phenotypic transition of the adjacent smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and a subsequent smooth muscle hyperplasia. However, the mechanism underlying the flow pattern-specific initiation of EC-to-SMC signaling remains elusive. Our previous study demonstrated that endothelial microRNA-126-3p (miR-126-3p) acts as a key intercellular molecule to increase turnover of the recipient SMCs, and that its release is reduced by atheroprotective laminar shear (12 dynes/cm(2)) to ECs...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713850/collagen-and-heparan-sulfate-coatings-differentially-alter-cell-proliferation-and-attachment-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Christopher M Walthers, Chase J Lyall, Alireza K Nazemi, Puneet V Rana, James C Y Dunn
Tissue engineering is an innovative field of research applied to treat intestinal diseases. Engineered smooth muscle requires dense smooth muscle tissue and robust vascularization to support contraction. The purpose of this study was to use heparan sulfate (HS) and collagen coatings to increase the attachment of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) to scaffolds and improve their survival after implantation. SMCs grown on biologically coated scaffolds were evaluated for maturity and cell numbers after 2, 4 and 6 weeks in vitro and both 2 and 6 weeks in vivo...
September 2016: Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712382/design-and-fabrication-of-a-three-dimensional-in-vitro-system-for-modeling-vascular-stenosis
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Rebecca S Jones, Pin H Chang, Tzlil Perahia, Katrina A Harmon, Lorain Junor, Michael J Yost, Daping Fan, John F Eberth, Richard L Goodwin
Vascular stenosis, the abnormal narrowing of blood vessels, arises from defective developmental processes or atherosclerosis-related adult pathologies. Stenosis triggers a series of adaptive cellular responses that induces adverse remodeling, which can progress to partial or complete vessel occlusion with numerous fatal outcomes. Despite its severity, the cellular interactions and biophysical cues that regulate this pathological progression are poorly understood. Here, we report the design and fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) in vitro system to model vascular stenosis so that specific cellular interactions and responses to hemodynamic stimuli can be investigated...
July 17, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711025/three-dimensional-mechano-electrochemical-model-for-smooth-muscle-contraction-of-the-urinary-bladder
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Robert Seydewitz, Robin Menzel, Tobias Siebert, Markus Böl
The urinary bladder is a central organ of vertebrates and imposes, based on its extreme deformation (volume changes up to several 100%), special requirements on the overall bladder tissue. However, studies focusing on three-dimensional modelling of bladder deformation and bladder function during micturition are rare. Based on three fields, namely, the membrane potential, calcium concentration, and placement, a mechano-electrochemical-coupled, three-dimensional model describing the contractile behaviour of urinary bladder smooth muscle is presented using a strain energy function...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704177/morphology-and-contractile-gene-expression-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-response-to-short-term-cyclic-uniaxial-strain-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Neda Rashidi, Mohammad Tafazzoli-Shadpour, Nooshin Haghighipour, Mohammad-Mehdi Khani
Previous studies have shown smooth muscle induction in adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) caused by long-term cyclic stretch. Here we examined the capability of the short-term straining with time steps of 4, 8, 16 and 24 h alone or combined with TGF-β1 on smooth muscle induction of rabbit ASCs. Alterations in cell morphology were quantified through the cell shape index and orientation angle, and expression levels of α-SMA, SM22-α, h-caldesmon and calponin3 markers were examined using the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method...
July 12, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702874/towards-a-transparent-credible-evidence-based-decision-making-process-of-new-drug-listing-on-the-hong-kong-hospital-authority-drug-formulary-challenges-and-suggestions
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Carlos King Ho Wong, Olivia Wu, Bernard M Y Cheung
The aim of this article is to describe the process, evaluation criteria, and possible outcomes of decision-making for new drugs listed in the Hong Kong Hospital Authority Drug Formulary in comparison to the health technology assessment (HTA) policy overseas. Details of decision-making processes including the new drug listing submission, Drug Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting, and procedures prior to and following the meeting, were extracted from the official Hong Kong Hospital Authority drug formulary management website and manual...
July 12, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701309/arhgap18-protects-against-thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-formation-by-mitigating-the-synthetic-and-pro-inflammatory-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype
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Renjing Liu, Lisa Lo, Angelina J Lay, Yang Zhao, Ka Ka Ting, Elizabeth N Robertson, Andrew G Sherrah, Sorour R Jarrah, Haibo Li, Zhaoxiong Zhou, Brett D Hambly, David R Richmond, Richmond W Jeremy, Paul G Bannon, Matthew A Vadas, Jennifer Gamble
Rationale: Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is a potentially lethal condition which can affect individuals of all ages. TAA may be complicated by the sudden onset of life threatening dissection or rupture. The underlying mechanisms leading to TAA formation, particularly in the non-syndromal idiopathic group of patients, are not well understood. Thus, identification of new genes and targets that are involved in TAA pathogenesis are required to help prevent and/or reverse the disease phenotype. Objective: Here we explore the role of ARHGAP18, a novel Rho GAP expressed by smooth muscle cells (SMC), in the pathogenesis of TAA...
July 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693828/inhibition-of-plaque-progression-and-promotion-of-plaque-stability-by-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonist-serial-in%C3%A2-vivo-findings-from-imap-ivus-in-watanabe-heritable-hyperlipidemic-rabbits
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Mitsumasa Sudo, Yuxin Li, Takafumi Hiro, Tadateru Takayama, Masako Mitsumata, Masashi Shiomi, Masahiko Sugitani, Taro Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Hao, Atsushi Hirayama
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is thought to inhibit development of aortic atherosclerosis and plaque formation. However, whether GLP-1 stabilizes fully developed atherosclerotic plaque or alters the complicated plaque composition remains unclarified. METHODS: Ten Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHL) rabbits were divided into GLP-1 receptor agonist treatment group and control group. After confirmation of atherosclerotic plaques in brachiocephalic arteries by iMap intravascular ultrasound (iMAP-IVUS), GLP-1 receptor agonist lixisenatide was administered to WHHL rabbits at 30 nmoL/kg/day for 12 weeks by osmotic pump...
June 23, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690007/bioreactor-induced-mesenchymal-progenitor-cell-differentiation-and-elastic-fiber-assembly-in-engineered-vascular-tissues
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Shigang Lin, Kibret Mequanint
In vitro maturation of engineered vascular tissues (EVT) requires the appropriate incorporation of smooth muscle cells (SMC) and extracellular matrix (ECM) components similar to native arteries. To this end, the aim of the current study was to fabricate 4 mm inner diameter vascular tissues using mesenchymal progenitor cells seeded into tubular scaffolds. A dual-pump bioreactor operating either in perfusion or pulsatile perfusion mode was used to generate physiological-like stimuli to promote progenitor cell differentiation, extracellular elastin production, and tissue maturation...
July 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689660/structure-of-full-length-smc-and-rearrangements-required-for-chromosome-organization
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Marie-Laure Diebold-Durand, Hansol Lee, Laura B Ruiz Avila, Haemin Noh, Ho-Chul Shin, Haeri Im, Florian P Bock, Frank Bürmann, Alexandre Durand, Alrun Basfeld, Sihyun Ham, Jérôme Basquin, Byung-Ha Oh, Stephan Gruber
Multi-subunit SMC complexes control chromosome superstructure and promote chromosome disjunction, conceivably by actively translocating along DNA double helices. SMC subunits comprise an ABC ATPase "head" and a "hinge" dimerization domain connected by a 49 nm coiled-coil "arm." The heads undergo ATP-dependent engagement and disengagement to drive SMC action on the chromosome. Here, we elucidate the architecture of prokaryotic Smc dimers by high-throughput cysteine cross-linking and crystallography. Co-alignment of the Smc arms tightly closes the interarm space and misaligns the Smc head domains at the end of the rod by close apposition of their ABC signature motifs...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688618/nonlinear-integral-sliding-mode-control-design-of-photovoltaic-pumping-system-real-time-implementation
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Asma Chihi, Hechmi Ben Azza, Mohamed Jemli, Anis Sellami
The aim of this paper is to provide high performance control of pumping system. The proposed method is designed by an indirect field oriented control based on Sliding Mode (SM) technique. The first contribution of this work is to design modified switching surfaces which presented by adding an integral action to the considered controlled variables. Then, in order to prevent the chattering phenomenon, modified nonlinear component is developed. The SM concept and a Lyapunov function are combined to compute the Sliding Mode Control (SMC) gains...
July 5, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685455/cortical-oxyhemoglobin-elevation-persists-after-moderate-intensity-cycling-exercise-a-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
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Atsuhiro Tsubaki, Nana Takehara, Daisuke Sato, Shinichiro Morishita, Yuta Tokunaga, Kazuhiro Sugawara, Sho Kojima, Hiroyuki Tamaki, Yudai Yamazaki, Hideaki Onishi
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can measure cortical activity during gross motor tasks based on the cerebral hemodynamic response. Although some reports suggest that cycling exercise improves cortical oxygenation, its after-effects are unknown. We examined the after-effects of low- and moderate-intensity cycling exercise on cortical oxygenation. Ten healthy volunteers (mean age 21.3 ± 0.7 years; 4 women) underwent cycle ergometer exercise at 30% or 50% of VO2peak for 20 min, followed by an 8-min post-exercise rest (PER)...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679053/smectic-c-and-nematic-phases-in-strongly-adsorbed-layers-of-semiflexible-polymers
#17
Andrey Milchev, Kurt Binder
Molecular dynamics simulations of semiflexible polymers in a good solvent reveal a dense adsorbed layer when the solution is exposed to an attractive planar wall. This layer exhibits both a nematic and a smectic phase (smA for short and smC for longer chains) with bond vectors aligned strictly parallel to the wall. The tilt angle of the smC phase increases strongly with the contour length of the polymers. The isotropic-nematic transition is a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition and also the nematic-smectic transition is continuous...
July 11, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678486/the-suzuki-miyaura-coupling-of-nitroarenes
#18
M Ramu Yadav, Masahiro Nagaoka, Myuto Kashihara, Rong-Lin Zhong, Takanori Miyazaki, Shigeyoshi Sakaki, Yoshiaki Nakao
Synthesis of biaryls via the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling (SMC) reaction using nitroarenes as an electrophilic coupling partners is described. Mechanistic studies have revealed that the catalytic cycle of this reaction is initiated by the cleavage of the aryl-nitro (Ar-NO2) bond by palladium, which represents an unprecedented elemental reaction.
July 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674858/self-made-cryopreservative-fibrin-glue-applied-in-pterygium-surgery-a-novel-practical-technique
#19
Jing-Wen Gong, Jun-Hao Chen, Ting Shen, Jin Jiang
PURPOSE: To introduce a novel practical technique of self-made cryopreservative fibrin glue (SMC) applied in pterygium surgery and to assess its safety and efficacy. METHODS: Forty-eight eyes of 48 patients with nasal primary pterygium were enrolled. The patients were equally assigned to 6 groups. Self-made fibrin glue was subpackaged and, respectively, cryopreserved for 3, 7, 15 days and 1, 2 and 3 months. At each time point, the asepsis of SMC was confirmed by bacterial culture and colony counting...
July 3, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674002/chromosome-segregation-drives-division-site-selection-in-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Renske van Raaphorst, Morten Kjos, Jan-Willem Veening
Accurate spatial and temporal positioning of the tubulin-like protein FtsZ is key for proper bacterial cell division. Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is an oval-shaped, symmetrically dividing opportunistic human pathogen lacking the canonical systems for division site control (nucleoid occlusion and the Min-system). Recently, the early division protein MapZ was identified and implicated in pneumococcal division site selection. We show that MapZ is important for proper division plane selection; thus, the question remains as to what drives pneumococcal division site selection...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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