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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429074/ultrastructure-of-pheochromocytoma-undescribed-morphologic-features
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A Beiras Fernandez, A Kornberger, M Fraga, C F Vahl, A Beiras
We examined samples of human pheochromocytoma from 11 patients aged 30-70 years including one case of malignant pheochromocytoma with a view to identifying previously unreported ultrastructural details.We identified two types of nuclear inclusions consisting of irregularly shaped singular or multiple granulofibrillar formations with a typical concentric halo, on the one hand, and accumulations of egg-shaped structures consisting of granules and microfilaments, on the other. In some of the tumor cells, membrane-covered inclusions containing parallel laminar elements arranged in a paracrystalline, periodic fashion, or mega-mitrochondriae characterized by increased electrodensity of their matrix, and fibrillary material in the spaces between the cristae were present...
April 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425576/bone-marrow-adipose-and-lung-tissue-derived-murine-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-release-different-mediators-and-differentially-affect-airway-and-lung-parenchyma-in-experimental-asthma
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Soraia C Abreu, Mariana A Antunes, Debora G Xisto, Fernanda F Cruz, Vivian C Branco, Elga Bandeira, Jamil Zola Kitoko, Almair F de Araújo, Ludmilla Dellatorre-Texeira, Priscilla C Olsen, Daniel J Weiss, Bruno L Diaz, Marcelo M Morales, Patricia R M Rocco
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from different sources have differential effects on lung injury. To compare the effects of murine MSCs from bone marrow (BM), adipose tissue (AD), and lung tissue (LUNG) on inflammatory and remodeling processes in experimental allergic asthma, female C57BL/6 mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) or saline (C). Twenty-four hours after the last challenge, mice received either saline (50 µl, SAL), BM-MSCs, AD-MSCs, or LUNG-MSCs (10(5) cells per mouse in 50 µl total volume) intratracheally...
April 20, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415467/poly-l-lactic-acid-and-polyurethane-nanofibers-fabricated-by-solution-blow-spinning-as-potential-substrates-for-cardiac-cell-culture
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Ewelina Tomecka, Michal Wojasinski, Elzbieta Jastrzebska, Michal Chudy, Tomasz Ciach, Zbigniew Brzozka
This paper presents a comparison and evaluation of cardiac cell proliferation on poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) and polyurethane (PU) nanofibrous mats fabricated by solution blow spinning (SBS). Three different cardiac cell lines: rat cardiomyoblasts (H9C2 line), human (HCM) and rat cardiomyocytes (RCM) were used for experiments. Cell morphology, orientation and proliferation were investigated on non-modified and protein-modified (fibronectin, collagen, gelatin, laminin, poly-l-lysine) surfaces of both types of nanofibers...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414387/multi-point-temperature-sensing-using-a-linear-cavity-lasing-system
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Hiroki Kishikawa, Mao Okada, Kazuto Takahashi, Po-Jung Chen, Nobuo Goto, Yi-Lin Yu, Shien-Kuei Liaw
A multi-point fiber sensing system formed from a linear cavity laser is proposed. Various optical sensing systems have been investigated, for example, using fiber Bragg grating (FBG) and Brillouin scattering for multi-point sensing. This paper focuses on a simple sensing system by using multi-wavelength lasing with parallel cavities and a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). First, optical nonlinearity in amplification of the SOA is discussed to clarify the effects of gain saturation and four-wave mixing on the proposed multi-channel sensing system...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399374/role-of-hydrophobic-aromatic-residues-on-the-stability-of-double-wall-%C3%AE-sheet-structures-formed-by-a-triblock-peptide
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Beytullah Ozgur, Mehmet Sayar
Bioinspired self-assembling peptides serve as powerful building blocks in the manufacturing of nanomaterials with tailored features. Because of their ease of synthesis, biocompatibility, and tunable activity, this emerging branch of biomolecules has become very popular. The triblock peptide architecture designed by the Hartgerink group is a versatile system that allows control over its assembly and has been shown to demonstrate tunable bioactivity. Three main forces, Coulomb repulsion, hydrogen bonding and hydrophobicity act together to guide the triblock peptides' assembly into one-dimensional objects and hydrogels...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396282/serotonergic-projections-to-lumbar-levels-and-its-plasticity-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Yongzhi Xia, Dan Chen, Haijian Xia, Zhengbu Liao, Wenyuan Tang, Yi Yan
The descending serotonergic pathway, which originates in various populations of brainstem neurons, plays an important role in generating the rhythmic motor pattern associated with locomotor movement. Although the development of its innervation has been studied in rodent spinal cord, it has not been clearly identified how the projection of serotonergic pathway is related to its function. Here, we evaluated the pattern of serotonergic innervation on the lumbar spinal cord from embryonic day 14.5 (E14.5) to adulthood...
April 8, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396144/supplementation-of-diet-with-galacto-oligosaccharides-increases-bifidobacteria-but-not-insulin-sensitivity-in-obese-prediabetic-individuals
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Emanuel E Canfora, Christina M van der Beek, Gerben D A Hermes, Gijs H Goossens, Johan W E Jocken, Jens J Holst, Hans M van Eijk, Koen Venema, Hauke Smidt, Erwin G Zoetendal, Cornelis H C Dejong, Kaatje Lenaerts, Ellen E Blaak
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The gut microbiota affects host lipid and glucose metabolism, satiety, and chronic low-grade inflammation to contribute to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Fermentation end products, in particular the short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) acetate, are believed to be involved in these processes. We investigate the long-term effects of supplementation with galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), an acetogenic fiber, on the composition of the human gut microbiota and human metabolism. METHODS: We performed a double-blinded, placebo-controlled, parallel intervention study of 44 overweight or obese (body mass index, 28-40 kg/m2) prediabetic men and women (ages, 45-70 years) from October 2014 through October 2015 in Maastricht, The Netherlands...
April 7, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392471/expression-of-mutant-disc1-in-purkinje-cells-increases-their-spontaneous-activity-and-impairs-cognitive-and-social-behaviors-in-mice
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Alexey V Shevelkin, Chantelle E Terrillion, Bagrat N Abazyan, Tymoteusz J Kajstura, Yan A Jouroukhin, Gay L Rudow, Juan C Troncoso, David J Linden, Mikhail V Pletnikov
In addition to motor function, the cerebellum has been implicated in cognitive and social behaviors. Various structural and functional abnormalities of Purkinje cells (PCs) have been observed in schizophrenia and autism. As PCs express the gene Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), and DISC1 variants have been associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, we evaluated the role of DISC1 in cerebellar physiology and associated behaviors using a mouse model of inducible and selective expression of a dominant-negative, C-terminus truncated human DISC1 (mutant DISC1) in PCs...
April 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390357/quasi-one-dimensional-cyano-phenylene-aggregates-uniform-molecule-alignment-contrasts-varying-electrostatic-surface-potential
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Frank Balzer, Roland Resel, Arne Lützen, Manuela Schiek
The epitaxial growth of the mono-functionalized para-quaterphenylene molecule CNHP4 on muscovite mica is investigated. The vacuum deposited molecules aggregate into nanofibers of varying morphology. Due to muscovite's cm symmetry, almost mutually parallel fibers grow. Polarized light microscopy together with X-ray diffraction resolves the projected orientation of the molecules on the substrate surface and within the fibers. Several different contact planes with the substrate are detected. For all of them, the molecules orient with their long molecule axis approximately perpendicular to the grooved muscovite direction, so that the alignment of the molecules on the substrate is uniform...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388499/microfluidic-enhanced-3d-bioprinting-of-aligned-myoblast-laden-hydrogels-leads-to-functionally-organized-myofibers-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Marco Costantini, Stefano Testa, Pamela Mozetic, Andrea Barbetta, Claudia Fuoco, Ersilia Fornetti, Francesco Tamiro, Sergio Bernardini, Jakub Jaroszewicz, Wojciech Święszkowski, Marcella Trombetta, Luisa Castagnoli, Dror Seliktar, Piotr Garstecki, Gianni Cesareni, Stefano Cannata, Alberto Rainer, Cesare Gargioli
We present a new strategy for the fabrication of artificial skeletal muscle tissue with functional morphologies based on an innovative 3D bioprinting approach. The methodology is based on a microfluidic printing head coupled to a co-axial needle extruder for high-resolution 3D bioprinting of hydrogel fibers laden with muscle precursor cells (C2C12). To promote myogenic differentiation, we formulated a tailored bioink with a photocurable semi-synthetic biopolymer (PEG-Fibrinogen) encapsulating cells into 3D constructs composed of aligned hydrogel fibers...
March 23, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387534/the-influence-of-biophysical-muscle-properties-on-simulating-fast-human-arm-movements
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A Bayer, S Schmitt, M Günther, D F B Haeufle
Computational modeling provides a framework to understand human movement control. For this approach, physiologically motivated and experimentally validated models are required to predict the dynamic interplay of the neuronal controller with the musculoskeletal biophysics. Previous studies show, that an adequate model of arm movements should consider muscle fiber contraction dynamics, parallel and serial elasticities, and activation dynamics. Numerous validated macroscopic model representations of these structures and processes exist...
April 7, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381495/dietary-reversal-of-neuropathy-in-a-murine-model-of-prediabetes-and-the-metabolic-syndrome
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Lucy M Hinder, Phillipe D O'Brien, John M Hayes, Carey Backus, Andrew P Solway, Catrina Sims-Robinson, Eva L Feldman
Patients with the metabolic syndrome, defined as obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), can develop the same macro- and microvascular complications as patients with type 2 diabetes, including peripheral neuropathy. In type 2 diabetes, glycemic control has little effect on the development and progression of peripheral neuropathy, suggesting that other metabolic syndrome components may contribute to the presence of neuropathy. A parallel phenomenon is observed in patients with prediabetes and the metabolic syndrome, where improvement in weight and dyslipidemia more closely correlates with restoration of nerve function than improvement in glycemic status...
April 5, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380737/optical-vector-analysis-based-on-asymmetrical-optical-double-sideband-modulation-using-a-dual-drive-dual-parallel-mach-zehnder-modulator
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Ting Qing, Shupeng Li, Min Xue, Wei Li, Ninghua Zhu, Shilong Pan
A novel approach to perform optical vector analysis (OVA) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated with carrier-shifted optical double-sideband (ODSB) modulation based on a dual-drive dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DD-DPMZM). The proposed method has a doubled measurement range as compared with the conventional OVA based on optical single sideband modulation (OSSB), and a much simpler and more robust configuration as compared with the previously-reported ODSB-based OVA. In addition, the proposed scheme does not generate any undesirable spikes in the measurement results...
March 6, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377156/protein-supplementation-augments-muscle-fiber-hypertrophy-but-does-not-modulate-satellite-cell-content-during-prolonged-resistance-type-exercise-training-in-frail-elderly
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Marlou L Dirks, Michael Tieland, Lex B Verdijk, Mario Losen, Rachel Nilwik, Marco Mensink, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Luc J C van Loon
OBJECTIVE: Protein supplementation increases gains in lean body mass following prolonged resistance-type exercise training in frail older adults. We assessed whether the greater increase in lean body mass can be attributed to muscle fiber type specific hypertrophy with concomitant changes in satellite cell (SC) content. DESIGN: A total of 34 frail elderly individuals (77 ± 1 years, n = 12 male adults) participated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with 2 arms in parallel...
April 1, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376899/effects-of-3%C3%A2-g-of-soluble-fiber-from-oats-on-lipid-levels-of-asian-indians-a-randomized-controlled-parallel-arm-study
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Seema Gulati, Anoop Misra, Ravindra M Pandey
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are more prevalent and severe in Asian Indians. Simple diet-based strategies are important for prevention of cardiovascular diseases.The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of oats consumption on lipid parameters in mildly hypercholesterolemic Asian Indians living in India. METHODS: A short-term, prospective, open-labeled, randomized controlled, parallel group study was conducted. Mildly hypercholesterolemic (total cholesterol >200 mg/dL and <240 mg/dL) subjects (n = 80) were randomized into two groups: intervention (n = 40) and usual diet (n = 40)...
April 4, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371863/hypercontractile-mutant-of-ventricular-myosin-essential-light-chain-leads-to-disruption-of-sarcomeric-structure-and-function-and-results-in-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-in-mice
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Chen-Ching Yuan, Katarzyna Kazmierczak, Jingsheng Liang, Rosemeire Kanashiro-Takeuchi, Thomas C Irving, Aldrin V Gomes, Yihua Wang, Thomas P Burghardt, Danuta Szczesna-Cordary
Aims: The E143K (Glu→Lys) mutation in the myosin essential light chain (ELC) has been associated with restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) in humans, but the mechanisms that underlie the development of defective cardiac function are unknown. Using transgenic E143K-RCM mice, we sought to determine the molecular and cellular triggers of E143K-induced heart remodeling. Methods and Results: The E143K-induced abnormalities in cardiac function and morphology observed by echocardiography and invasive hemodynamics were paralleled by augmented active and passive tension measured in skinned papillary muscle fibers compared with wild-type (WT)-generated force...
March 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368994/revisiting-the-cornea-and-trabecular-meshwork-junction-with-2-photon-excitation-fluorescence-microscopy
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Catherine M Marando, Choul Yong, Jason A Liao, Jimmy K Lee, Roy S Chuck
PURPOSE: To investigate the collagen and elastin architecture at the junction of the human cornea and trabecular meshwork (TM). METHODS: The cornea, TM, and ciliary body (CB) tendons of unfixed human corneal buttons were imaged with an inverted 2-photon excited fluorescence microscope (FluoView FV-1000; Olympus, Central Valley, PA). The laser (Ti:sapphire) was tuned to 850 nm for 2-photon excitation. Backscatter signals of second harmonic generation and autofluorescence were collected through a 425/30-nm emission filter and a 525/45-nm emission filter, respectively...
March 31, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367927/beneficial-effects-of-lemon-balm-leaf-extract-on-in-vitro-glycation-of-proteins-arterial-stiffness-and-skin-elasticity-in-healthy-adults
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Shintaro Yui, Suzuka Fujiwara, Katsuhisa Harada, Mahoko Motoike-Hamura, Masashi Sakai, Satoshi Matsubara, Kouji Miyazaki
Glycation, a non-enzymatic glycosylation of proteins, induces tissue damage in association with various diseases and aging phenomena. Pentosidine, an advanced glycation end product, is involved in aging phenomena such as tissue stiffness. In this study, we aimed to find a potent anti-glycation food material and to verify its health benefits by clinical trial. From among 681 hot water plant extracts, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis; LB) leaf extract was selected and revealed to have more potent inhibitory activity for pentosidine formation than a representative anti-glycation agent, aminoguanidine...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359321/the-origin-of-rosenthal-fibers-and-their-contributions-to-astrocyte-pathology-in-alexander-disease
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Alexander A Sosunov, Guy M McKhann, James E Goldman
Rosenthal fibers (RFs) are cytoplasmic, proteinaceous aggregates. They are the pathognomonic feature of the astrocyte pathology in Alexander Disease (AxD), a neurodegenerative disorder caused by heterozygous mutations in the GFAP gene, encoding glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). Although RFs have been known for many years their origin and significance remain elusive issues. We have used mouse models of AxD based on the overexpression of human GFAP (transgenic, TG) and a point mutation in mouse GFAP (knock-in, KI) to examine the formation of RFs and to find astrocyte changes that correlate with the appearance of RFs...
March 31, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342596/the-practical-application-of-scintillation-dosimetry-in-small-field-photon-beam-radiotherapy
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Elisa Burke, Daniela Poppinga, Andreas A Schönfeld, Dietrich Harder, Björn Poppe, Hui Khee Looe
Plastic scintillation detectors are a new instrument of stereotactic photon-beam dosimetry. The clinical application of the plastic scintillation detector Exradin W1 at the Siemens Artiste and Elekta Synergy accelerators is a matter of current interest. In order to reduce the measurement uncertainty, precautions have to be taken with regard to the geometrical arrangement of the scintillator, the light-guide fiber and the photodiode in the radiation field. To determine the "Cerenkov light ratio" CLR with a type A uncertainty below 1%, the Cerenkov calibration procedure for small-field measurements based on the two-channel spectral method was used...
March 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
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