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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722281/collagen-organization-regulates-stretch-initiated-pain-related-neuronal-signals-in-vitro-implications-for-structure-function-relationships-in-innervated-ligaments
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Sijia Zhang, Sagar Singh, Beth A Winkelstein
Injury to the spinal facet capsule, an innervated ligament with heterogeneous collagen organization, produces pain. Although mechanical facet joint trauma activates embedded afferents, it is unclear if, and how, the varied extracellular microstructure of its ligament affects sensory transduction for pain from mechanical inputs. To investigate the effects of macroscopic deformations on afferents in collagen matrices with different organizations, an in vitro neuron-collagen construct (NCC) model was used. NCCs with either randomly organized or parallel aligned collagen fibers were used to mimic the varied microstructure in the facet capsular ligament...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722183/a-rare-polyglycine-type-ii-like-helix-motif-in-naturally-occurring-proteins
#2
Eberhard Warkentin, Sina Weidenweber, Karola Schühle, Ulrike Demmer, Johann Heider, Ulrich Ermler
Common structural elements in proteins such as α-helices or β-sheets are characterized by uniformly repeating, energetically favorable main chain conformations which additionally exhibit a completely saturated hydrogen-bonding network of the main chain NH and CO groups. Although polyproline or polyglycine type II helices (PPII or PGII ) are frequently found in proteins, they are not considered as equivalent secondary structure elements because they do not form a similar self-contained hydrogen-bonding network of the main chain atoms...
July 19, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717897/development-of-a-fast-and-cost-effective-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-quantification-of-short-chain-and-medium-chain-fatty-acids-in-human-biofluids
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Cesare Lotti, Josep Rubert, Francesca Fava, Kieran Tuohy, Fulvio Mattivi, Urska Vrhovsek
The quantification of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids is becoming more and more relevant in fecal and plasma samples due to their biological impact, which has been associated with colon rectal cancer and fiber consumption. For these reasons, a fast, cost-effective, and reproducible analytical method is highly required. In this research, a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method based on full scan and multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) acquisition modes were optimized and validated for the analysis of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids in three biological samples: human fecal water, fecal fermentation supernatants, and human plasma...
July 17, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715029/anisotropic-microfibrous-scaffolds-enhance-the-organization-and-function-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#4
Maureen Wanjare, Luqia Hou, Karina H Nakayama, Joseph J Kim, Nicholas P Mezak, Oscar J Abilez, Evangeline Tzatzalos, Joseph C Wu, Ngan F Huang
Engineering of myocardial tissue constructs is a promising approach for treatment of coronary heart disease. To engineer myocardial tissues that better mimic the highly ordered physiological arrangement and function of native cardiomyocytes, we generated electrospun microfibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds with either randomly oriented (14 μm fiber diameter) or parallel-aligned (7 μm fiber diameter) microfiber arrangement and co-seeded the scaffolds with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iCMs) and endothelial cells (iECs) for up to 12 days after iCM seeding...
July 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699115/non-cellulosic-polysaccharide-distribution-during-g-layer-formation-in-poplar-tension-wood-fibers-abundance-of-rhamnogalacturonan-i-and-arabinogalactan-proteins-but-no-evidence-of-xyloglucan
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Fernanda Trilstz Perassolo Guedes, Françoise Laurans, Bernard Quemener, Carole Assor, Véronique Lainé-Prade, Nathalie Boizot, Jacqueline Vigouroux, Marie-Claude Lesage-Descauses, Jean-Charles Leplé, Annabelle Déjardin, Gilles Pilate
RG-I and AGP, but not XG, are associated to the building of the peculiar mechanical properties of tension wood. Hardwood trees produce tension wood (TW) with specific mechanical properties to cope with environmental cues. Poplar TW fibers have an additional cell wall layer, the G-layer responsible for TW mechanical properties. We investigated, in two poplar hybrid species, the molecules potentially involved in the building of TW mechanical properties. First, we evaluated the distribution of the different classes of non-cellulosic polysaccharides during xylem fiber differentiation, using immunolocalization...
July 11, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698888/modulation-of-complex-spike-duration-and-probability-during-cerebellar-motor-learning-in-visually-guided-smooth-pursuit-eye-movements-of-monkeys
#6
Yan Yang, Stephen G Lisberger
Activation of an inferior olivary neuron powerfully excites Purkinje cells via its climbing fiber input and triggers a characteristic high-frequency burst, known as the complex spike (CS). The theory of cerebellar learning postulates that the CS induces long-lasting depression of the strength of synapses from active parallel fibers onto Purkinje cells, and that synaptic depression leads to changes in behavior. Prior reports showed that a CS on one learning trial is linked to a properly timed depression of simple spikes on the subsequent trial, as well as a learned change in pursuit eye movement...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698109/myelin-structure-in-unfixed-single-nerve-fibers-scanning-x-ray-microdiffraction-with-a-beam-size-of-200-nm
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Hideyo Inouye, Fong-Hsu Kuo, Andrew R Denninger, Britta Weinhausen, Manfred Burghammer, Daniel A Kirschner
Previous raster-scanning with a 1 μm x-ray beam of individual, myelinated fibers from glutaraldehyde-fixed rat sciatic nerve revealed a spatially-dependent variation in the diffraction patterns from single fibers. Analysis indicated differences in the myelin periodicity, membrane separations, distribution of proteins, and orientaion of membrane lamellae. As chemical fixation is known to produce structural artifacts, we sought to determine in the current study whether the structural heterogeneity is intrinsic to unfixed myelin...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698090/the-superior-frontal-transsulcal-approach-to-the-anterior-ventricular-system-exploring-the-sulcal-and-subcortical-anatomy-using-anatomic-dissections-and-dti-tractography
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Christos Koutsarnakis, Faidon Liakos, Aristotelis V Kalyvas, Georgios P Skandalakis, Spyros Komaitis, Fotini Christidi, Efstratios Karavasilis, Evangellia Liouta, George Stranjalis
OBJECTIVE: To explore the superior frontal sulcus morphology, trajectory of the applied surgical corridor and white matter bundles that are traversed during the superior frontal transsulcal transventricular approach METHODS: Twenty (20) normal, adult, formalin-fixed cerebral hemispheres and two (2) cadaveric heads were included in the study. The superior frontal sulcus (SFS) topography, morphology and dimensions were recorded in all specimens. Fourteen (14) hemispheres were investigated through the fiber dissection technique while the remaining six (6) were explored using coronal cuts...
July 8, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694242/chromatin-stiffening-underlies-enhanced-locus-mobility-after-dna-damage-in-budding-yeast
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Sébastien Herbert, Alice Brion, Jean-Michel Arbona, Mickaël Lelek, Adeline Veillet, Benoît Lelandais, Jyotsana Parmar, Fabiola García Fernández, Etienne Almayrac, Yasmine Khalil, Eleonore Birgy, Emmanuelle Fabre, Christophe Zimmer
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) induce a cellular response that involves histone modifications and chromatin remodeling at the damaged site and increases chromosome dynamics both locally at the damaged site and globally in the nucleus. In parallel, it has become clear that the spatial organization and dynamics of chromosomes can be largely explained by the statistical properties of tethered, but randomly moving, polymer chains, characterized mainly by their rigidity and compaction. How these properties of chromatin are affected during DNA damage remains, however, unclear...
July 10, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681666/the-effects-of-colchicine-impregnated-oxidized-regenerated-cellulose-on-capsular-contracture
#10
Burcin Acuner, Nesrin Tan Baser, Gurcan Aslan, Ahmet Terzioglu, Muzaffer Caydere, Huseyın Ustun, Metin Görgü
Capsular contracture is the most common complication of breast augmentation. Oxidized regenerated cellulose can be used as a matrix for drug transport. Colchicine is an antimitotic drug that interferes with various steps of wound healing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of oxidized regenerated cellulose alone or in combination with colchicine on capsular contracture. Twenty-one adult female Wistar-Albino rats were divided into 3 groups. In group 1 silicone blocks only, in group 2 oxidized regenerated cellulose-wrapped silicone blocks, and in group 3 colchicine-impregnated oxidized regenerated cellulose-wrapped silicone blocks were inserted in the dorsal region...
June 1, 2017: Surgical Innovation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680710/periodontal-and-endodontic-pathology-delays-extraction-socket-healing-in-a-canine-model
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Jung-Hoon Kim, Ki-Tae Koo, Joseph Capetillo, Jung-Ju Kim, Jung-Min Yoo, Heithem Ben Amara, Jung-Chul Park, Frank Schwarz, Ulf M E Wikesjö
PURPOSE: The aim of the present exploratory study was to evaluate extraction socket healing at sites with a history of periodontal and endodontic pathology. METHODS: The mandibular 4th premolar teeth in 5 adult beagle dogs served as experimental units. Periodontal and endodontic lesions were induced in 1 premolar site in each animal using wire ligatures and pulpal exposure over 3 months (diseased sites). The contralateral premolar sites served as healthy controls...
June 2017: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680370/effects-of-a-combined-protein-and-antioxidant-supplement-on-recovery-of-muscle-function-and-soreness-following-eccentric-exercise
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Stephen J Ives, Samuel Bloom, Alexs Matias, Noelle Morrow, Natalya Martins, Yookee Roh, Daniel Ebenstein, Gabriel O'Brien, Daniela Escudero, Kevin Brito, Leah Glickman, Scott Connelly, Paul J Arciero
BACKGROUND: An acute bout of eccentric contractions (ECC) cause muscle fiber damage, inflammation, impaired muscle function (MF) and muscle soreness (MS). Individually, protein (PRO) and antioxidant (AO) supplementation may improve some aspects of recovery from ECC, though have yet to be combined. We sought to determine if combined PRO and AO supplementation (PRO + AO) improves MS and MF following damaging ECC over PRO alone. METHODS: Sixty sedentary college-aged males participated in a randomized, single-blind, parallel design study of peak isometric torque (PIMT), peak isokinetic torque (PIKT), thigh circumference (TC), and muscle soreness (MS) of knee extensor muscles measured at baseline, immediately after and 1, 2, 6, and 24 h after completion of 100 maximal ECC...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661648/graphene-fiber-based-supercapacitors-favor-n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone-ethyl-acetate-as-the-spinning-solvent-coagulant-combination
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Nanfei He, Qin Pan, Yixin Liu, Wei Gao
One-dimensional flexible fiber supercapacitors (FSCs) have attracted great interest as promising energy-storage units that can be seamlessly incorporated into textiles via weaving, knitting, or braiding. The major challenges in this field are to develop tougher and more efficient FSCs with a relatively easy and scalable process. Here, we demonstrate a wet-spinning process to produce graphene oxide (GO) fibers from GO dispersions in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), with ethyl acetate as the coagulant. Upon chemical reduction of GO, the resulting NMP-based reduced GO (rGO) fibers (rGO@NMP-Fs) are twice as high in the surface area and toughness but comparable in tensile strength and conductivity as that of the water-based rGO fibers (rGO@H2O-Fs)...
July 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660443/isoforms-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-the-aqueous-humor-of-patients-with-pseudoexfoliation-syndrome-and-a-possible-association-with-the-long-term-stability-of-the-capsular-bag-after-cataract-surgery
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Justus G Garweg, Souska Zandi, Christin Gerhardt, Isabel B Pfister
BACKGROUND: Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEXS) may go along with capsular bag shrinkage and luxation. In the present study, we focus on an association of isoforms of TGF-β with capsular bag luxation. METHODS: Aqueous humor was collected intraoperatively from 20 healthy controls and from 73 otherwise healthy patients with PEXS [PEXS without complications (PEX, n = 33), late PEXS with glaucoma (PEXG, n = 30) and with IOL and capsular bag luxation (PEXL, n = 10)]...
June 28, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658323/using-c-kit-to-genetically-target-cerebellar-molecular-layer-interneurons-in-adult-mice
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Samantha B Amat, Matthew J M Rowan, Michael A Gaffield, Audrey Bonnan, Chikako Kikuchi, Hiroki Taniguchi, Jason M Christie
The cerebellar system helps modulate and fine-tune motor action. Purkinje cells (PCs) provide the sole output of the cerebellar cortex, therefore, any cerebellar involvement in motor activity must be driven by changes in PC firing rates. Several different cell types influence PC activity including excitatory input from parallel fibers and inhibition from molecular layer interneurons (MLIs). Similar to PCs, MLI activity is driven by parallel fibers, therefore, MLIs provide feed-forward inhibition onto PCs. To aid in the experimental assessment of how molecular layer inhibition contributes to cerebellar function and motor behavior, we characterized a new knock-in mouse line with Cre recombinase expression under control of endogenous c-kit transcriptional machinery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655840/glutamate-transporter-glast-controls-synaptic-wrapping-by-bergmann-glia-and-ensures-proper-wiring-of-purkinje-cells
#16
Taisuke Miyazaki, Miwako Yamasaki, Kouichi Hashimoto, Kazuhisa Kohda, Michisuke Yuzaki, Keiko Shimamoto, Kohichi Tanaka, Masanobu Kano, Masahiko Watanabe
Astrocytes regulate synaptic transmission through controlling neurotransmitter concentrations around synapses. Little is known, however, about their roles in neural circuit development. Here we report that Bergmann glia (BG), specialized cerebellar astrocytes that thoroughly enwrap Purkinje cells (PCs), are essential for synaptic organization in PCs through the action of the l-glutamate/l-aspartate transporter (GLAST). In GLAST-knockout mice, dendritic innervation by the main ascending climbing fiber (CF) branch was significantly weakened, whereas the transverse branch, which is thin and nonsynaptogenic in control mice, was transformed into thick and synaptogenic branches...
June 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655274/effect-of-geometry-on-electrokinetic-characterization-of-solid-surfaces
#17
Abhijeet Kumar, Jochen Kleinen, Joachim Venzmer, Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman
An analytical approach is presented to describe pressure-driven streaming current (Istr) and streaming potential (Ustr) generation in geometrically complex samples for which the classical Helmholtz-Smoluchowski equation is known to be inaccurate. The new approach is valid under the same prerequisite conditions which are used for the development of the Helmholtz-Smoluchowski equation, i.e. the electric double layers are sufficiently thin, and surface conductivity and electroviscous effects are negligible. The analytical methodology is developed using linear velocity profiles to describe liquid flow inside electrical double layers, and using simplifying approximations to describe macroscopic flow...
June 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646799/tracking-the-activity-of-the-anammox-damo-process-using-excitation-emission-matrix-eem-fluorescence-spectroscopy
#18
Yong-Ze Lu, Na Li, Zhao-Wei Ding, Liang Fu, Ya-Nan Bai, Guo-Ping Sheng, Raymond J Zeng
Coupling of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) and denitrifying anaerobic methane oxidation (DAMO) microorganisms in a hollow-fiber membrane biofilm reactor (HfMBR) is a potential strategy for simultaneous anaerobic removal of nitrogen and methane in wastewater streams. In these systems, effluents contain dissolved organic substances from anammox and DAMO microorganisms, but their characteristics and relationships have not been investigated. In the present study, excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy was used to characterize effluent dissolved organic matter (EfDOM) from an Anammox-DAMO HfMBR...
June 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636607/three-dimensional-cell-shapes-and-arrangements-in-human-sweat-glands-as-revealed-by-whole-mount-immunostaining
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Ryuichiro Kurata, Sugiko Futaki, Itsuko Nakano, Fumitaka Fujita, Atsushi Tanemura, Hiroyuki Murota, Ichiro Katayama, Fumihiro Okada, Kiyotoshi Sekiguchi
Because sweat secretion is facilitated by mechanical contraction of sweat gland structures, understanding their structure-function relationship could lead to more effective treatments for patients with sweat gland disorders such as heat stroke. Conventional histological studies have shown that sweat glands are three-dimensionally coiled tubular structures consisting of ducts and secretory portions, although their detailed structural anatomy remains unclear. To better understand the details of the three-dimensional (3D) coiled structures of sweat glands, a whole-mount staining method was employed to visualize 3D coiled gland structures with sweat gland markers for ductal luminal, ductal basal, secretory luminal, and myoepithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635615/topography-on-a-subcellular-scale-modulates-cellular-adhesions-and-actin-stress-fiber-dynamics-in-tumor-associated-fibroblasts
#20
Mikheil Azatov, Xiaoyu Sun, Alexandra Suberi, John T Fourkas, Arpita Upadhyaya
Cells can sense and adapt to mechanical properties of their environment. The local geometry of the extracellular matrix, such as its topography, has been shown to modulate cell morphology, migration, and proliferation. Here we investigate the effect of micro/nanotopography on the morphology and cytoskeletal dynamics of human pancreatic tumor-associated fibroblast cells (TAFs). We use arrays of parallel nanoridges with variable spacings on a subcellular scale to investigate the response of TAFs to the topography of their environment...
June 21, 2017: Physical Biology
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