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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793157/energy-dissipation-in-quasi-linear-viscoelastic-tissues-cells-and-extracellular-matrix
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Behzad Babaei, A J Velasquez-Mao, Kenneth M Pryse, William B McConnaughey, Elliot L Elson, Guy M Genin
Characterizing how a tissue's constituents give rise to its viscoelasticity is important for uncovering how hidden timescales underlie multiscale biomechanics. These constituents are viscoelastic in nature, and their mechanics must typically be assessed from the uniaxial behavior of a tissue. Confounding the challenge is that tissue viscoelasticity is typically associated with nonlinear elastic responses. Here, we experimentally assessed how fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) within engineered tissue constructs give rise to the nonlinear viscoelastic responses of a tissue...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793116/patterns-of-invasive-growth-in-malignant-gliomas-the-hippocampus-emerges-as-an-invasion-spared-brain-region
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Awais A Mughal, Lili Zhang, Artem Fayzullin, Andres Server, Yuping Li, Yingxi Wu, Rainer Glass, Torstein Meling, Iver A Langmoen, Trygve B Leergaard, Einar O Vik-Mo
BACKGROUND: Widespread infiltration of tumor cells into surrounding brain parenchyma is a hallmark of malignant gliomas, but little data exist on the overall invasion pattern of tumor cells throughout the brain. METHODS: We have studied the invasive phenotype of malignant gliomas in two invasive mouse models and patients. Tumor invasion patterns were characterized in a patient-derived xenograft mouse model using brain-wide histological analysis and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging...
May 21, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793087/skin-allografting-activates-anti-tumor-immunity-and-suppresses-growth-of-colon-cancer-in-mice
#3
Xiang Li, Xu Lan, Grace Wang, Yi Liu, Ke Zhao, Shan-Zheng Lu, Xiao-Xi Xu, Gang-Gang Shi, Kui Ye, Bao-Ren Zhang, Yi-Ming Zhao, Hong-Qiu Han, Cai-Gan Du, Thomas E Ichim, Hao Wang
INTRODUCTION: The tumor cells could escape from the immune elimination through the immunoediting mechanisms including the generation of immunosuppressive or immunoregulative cells. By contrast, allograft transplantation could activate the immune system and induce a strong allogenic response. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of allogenic skin transplantation in the inhibition of tumor growth through the activation of allogenic immune response. METHODS: Full-thickness skin transplantation was performed from C57BL/6 (H-2b ) donors to BALB/c (H-2d ) recipients that were receiving subcutaneous injection of isogenic CT26 colon cancer cells (2 × 106 cells) at the same time...
May 21, 2018: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793054/bacillus-clausii-inhibits-bone-loss-by-skewing-treg-th17-cell-equilibrium-in-postmenopausal-osteoporotic-mice-model
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Hamid Y Dar, Subhashis Pal, Prashant Shukla, Pradyumna K Mishra, Geetanjali B Tomar, Naibedya Chattopadhyay, Rupesh K Srivastava
OBJECTIVES: Postmenopausal osteoporosis is one of most commonly occurring skeletal diseases leading to bone loss and fragility. Probiotics have been associated with various immunomodulatory properties and thus can be exploited to enhance bone health. In the present study, we report, to our knowledge for the first time, that oral administration of Bacillus clausii (BC) in postmenopausal osteoporotic (OVX) mice model enhances bone health. METHODS: BC was selected as probiotic of choice due to its established immunomodulatory properties...
March 20, 2018: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793020/epha2-stimulates-vcam-1-expression-through-calcium-dependent-nfat1-activity
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Steven Daniel Funk, Alexandra C Finney, Arif Yurdagul, Christopher B Pattillo, A Wayne Orr
Endothelial cell activation by proinflammatory stimuli drives leukocyte recruitment through enhanced expression of counter-receptors such as vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). We previously demonstrated that activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2 with its ligand ephrin-A1 induces VCAM-1 expression. Here, we sought to characterize the proinflammatory signaling pathways involved. Analysis of over-represented transcription factors in ephrin-A1-induced genes identified multiple potential transcriptional regulators, including the Rel family members nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB/p65) and nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NFAT)...
May 21, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792955/fisetin-alleviates-oxidative-stress-after-traumatic-brain-injury-via-the-nrf2-are-pathway
#6
Li Zhang, Handong Wang, Yali Zhou, Yihao Zhu, Maoxin Fei
Fisetin, a natural flavonoid, has neuroprotection properties in many brain injury models. However, its role in traumatic brain injury (TBI) has not been fully explained. In the present study, we aimed to explore the neuroprotective effects of fisetin in a mouse model of TBI. We found that fisetin improved neurological function, reduced cerebral edema, attenuated brain lesion and ameliorated blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption after TBI. Moreover, the up-regulation of malondialdehyde (MDA) and the activity of glutathione peroxidase (GPx) were reversed by fisetin treatment...
May 21, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792945/cross-linking-by-epichlorohydrin-and-diepoxybutane-correlates-with-cytotoxicity-and-leads-to-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
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Phuong M Le, Vanesa L Silvestri, Samuel C Redstone, Jordanne B Dunn, Julie T Millard
The bifunctional alkylating agents epichlorohydrin (ECH) and diepoxybutane (DEB) have been linked to increased cancer risks in industrial workers. These compounds react with DNA and proteins, leading to genotoxic effects. We used the comet assay to monitor formation of cross-links in HL-60 cells treated with ECH, DEB, and the structurally related anti-cancer drug mechlorethamine (HN2). We report a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity that correlated with cross-linking activity, following the order HN2 > DEB > ECH...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792891/pcl-eug-scaffolds-with-tunable-stiffness-can-regulate-macrophage-secretion-behavior
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Y Z B Xue, Yiming Niu, B Tang, C M Wang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent joint disorder worldwide. Recent studies suggested that macrophages play an important role in the progression of OA. However, the detailed pathology related to macrophages is still ambiguous, especially those related to mechanotransduction. In this study, PCL/EUG composite scaffolds were first fabricated by electrospinning. The stiffness of as-fabricated scaffolds was controlled by adjusting the PCL-versus-EUG ratio. The mechanical properties, structural characterics and chemical composition of the scaffolds were investigated using various materials characterization techniques...
May 21, 2018: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792863/identification-of-immunodominant-cd8-epitope-in-the-stalk-domain-of-influenza-b-viral-hemagglutinin
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Abenaya Muralidharan, Caroline Gravel, Amparo Duran, Louise Larocque, Changgui Li, Adrian Zetner, Gary Van Domselaar, Lisheng Wang, Xuguang Li
Human infections by type B influenza virus constitute about 25% of all influenza cases. The viral hemagglutinin is comprised of two subunits, HA1 and HA2. While HA1 is constantly evolving in an unpredictable fashion, the HA2 subunit is highly conserved, making it a potential candidate for a universal vaccine. However, immunodominant epitopes in the HA2 subunit remain largely unknown. To delineate MHC Class I epitopes, we first identified 9-mer H-2Kd -restricted CD8 T cell epitopes in the HA2 domain by in silico analyses, followed by evaluating the immunodominance of these peptides in mice challenged with the virus...
May 21, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792848/subthalamic-nucleus-deep-brain-stimulation-protects-neurons-by-activating-autophagy-via-pp2a-inactivation-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Ting-Ting Du, Ying-Chuan Chen, Yong-Quan Lu, Fan-Gang Meng, Hui Yang, Jian-Guo Zhang
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is an effective therapeutic strategy for alleviating disability in patients with moderate to severe Parkinson's disease (PD). Preclinical studies have shown that stimulation of the rat STN can protect against nigral dopaminergic neuron loss. However, the underlying mechanism is unclear. To investigate the molecular basis of the neuroprotective effects of STN stimulation, a rat model of PD was established by unilaterally injecting 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into the striatum...
May 21, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792825/g1-s-transcription-factor-copy-number-is-a-growth-dependent-determinant-of-cell-cycle-commitment-in-yeast
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Savanna Dorsey, Sylvain Tollis, Jing Cheng, Labe Black, Stephen Notley, Mike Tyers, Catherine A Royer
To understand how commitment to cell division in late G1 phase (Start) is controlled by growth and nutrients in budding yeast, we determined the absolute concentrations of the G1/S transcription factors SBF (composed of Swi4 and Swi6) and MBF (composed of Mbp1 and Swi6), the transcriptional repressor Whi5, and the G1 cyclins, Cln1 and Cln2, in single live yeast cells using scanning number and brightness (sN&B) microscopy. In rich medium, Whi5, Mbp1, and Swi6 concentrations were independent of cell size, whereas Swi4 concentration doubled in G1 phase, leading to a size-dependent decrease in the Whi5/Swi4 ratio...
May 23, 2018: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792757/field-trials-of-ontario-rabies-vaccine-bait-in-the-northeastern-usa-2012-14
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Amy T Gilbert, Shylo R Johnson, Kathleen M Nelson, Richard B Chipman, Kurt C VerCauteren, Timothy P Algeo, Charles E Rupprecht, Dennis Slate
In the US, rabies virus (RV) has been enzootic in raccoons ( Procyon lotor) since the late 1940s. Oral rabies vaccination (ORV) was implemented in the 1990s to halt the spread of raccoon RV and continues to be used as a wildlife management tool. Our objective was to evaluate a recombinant human adenovirus-rabies virus glycoprotein vaccine in northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire over a 3-yr period, using changes in RV neutralizing antibody (RVNA) seroprevalence in raccoon populations as an immunologic index of ORV impact...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792714/docking-screens-for-dual-inhibitors-of-disparate-drug-targets-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Mariama Jaiteh, Alexey Zeifman, Marcus Saarinen, Per Svenningsson, José M Brea, Maria Isabel Loza, Jens Carlsson
Modulation of multiple biological targets with a single drug can lead to synergistic therapeutic effects and has been demonstrated to be essential for efficient treatment of CNS disorders. However, rational design of compounds that interact with several targets is very challenging. Here, we demonstrate that structure-based virtual screening can guide the discovery of multi-target ligands of unrelated proteins relevant for Parkinson's disease. A library with 5.4 million molecules was docked to crystal structures of the A2A adenosine receptor (A2AAR) and monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B)...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792683/top-down-deep-sequencing-of-ubiquitin-using-two-dimensional-mass-spectrometry
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Federico Floris, Lionel Chiron, Alice Lynch, Mark P Barrow, Marc-André Delsuc, Peter B O'Connor
Two-dimensional Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (2D FT-ICR MS or 2D MS) allows data independent fragmentation of all ions in a sample, and correlation of fragment ions to their precursors without isolation prior to fragmentation. Developments in computer capabilities and implementations in FTMS over of the last decade have allowed the technique to become a useful analytical tool for bottom-up proteomics (BUP), and more recently in top-down protein analysis (TDP). In this work, a new method of TDP is developed using two-dimensional mass spectrometry, called MS/2D FT-ICR MS or MS/2DMS...
May 24, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792682/calix-4-arene-based-redox-sensitive-molecular-probe-for-sers-guided-recognition-of-labile-iron-pool-in-tumor-cells
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Padincharapad Sreedevi, Jyothi B Nair, Preethanuj Preethalayam, Benadicta S Jeeja, Cherumuttathu H Suresh, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Ramavarma Luxmi Varma
Targeting the intracellular 'labile' iron pool is turned as a key modulator for cancer progression since the former is responsible for several pathological processes in tumor cells. Herein, we report a non- fluorescent calix[4]arene based triazole appended molecular probe (PTBC) for redox-specific detection of Fe3+ under physiological condition by UV-vis, FT-IR, 1H NMR, HR-MS spectroscopies, ITC and the binding strategy between Calix[4]arene and Fe3+ was modeled by DFT calculations. As a new insight PTBC probe showed significant Raman fingerprint through surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) modality revealing the ultrasensitive detection of Fe3+ with a LOD of 2 nM...
May 24, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792530/manganese-transport-and-toxicity-in-polarized-wif-b-hepatocytes
#16
Khristy J Thompson, Jennifer Hein, Andrew Baez, Jose Carlo Sosa, Marianne Wessling-Resnick
Mn toxicity arises from nutritional problems, community and occupational exposures, and genetic risks. Mn blood levels are controlled by hepatobiliary clearance. The goals of this study were to determine the cellular distribution of Mn transporters in polarized hepatocytes, to establish an in vitro assay for hepatocyte Mn efflux, and to examine possible roles the Mn transporters would play in metal import and export. For these experiments, hepatocytoma WIF-B cells were grown for 12-14 days to achieve maximal polarity...
May 24, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792428/structures-and-activities-of-tiahuramides-a-c-cyclic-depsipeptides-from-a-tahitian-collection-of-the-marine-cyanobacterium-lyngbya-majuscula
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Annabel Levert, Rebeca Alvariño, Louis Bornancin, Eliane Abou Mansour, Adam M Burja, Anne-Marie Genevière, Isabelle Bonnard, Eva Alonso, Luis Botana, Bernard Banaigs
The structures of three new cyclic depsipeptides, tiahuramides A (1), B (2), and C (3), from a French Polynesian collection of the marine cyanobacterium Lyngbya majuscula are described. The planar structures of these compounds were established by a combination of mass spectrometry and 1D and 2D NMR experiments. Absolute configurations of natural and nonproteinogenic amino acids were determined through a combination of acid hydrolysis, derivitization with Marfey's reagent, and HPLC. The absolute configuration of hydroxy acids was confirmed by Mosher's method...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792386/disparate-effects-of-shb-gene-deficiency-on-disease-characteristics-in-murine-models-of-myeloid-b-cell-and-t-cell-leukemia
#18
Maria Jamalpour, Xiujuan Li, Karin Gustafsson, Jeffrey W Tyner, Michael Welsh
The Src homology-2 domain protein B is an adaptor protein operating downstream of tyrosine kinases. The Shb gene knockout has been found to accelerate p210 Breakpoint cluster region-cAbl oncogene 1 tyrosine kinase-induced leukemia. In human myeloid leukemia were tumors with high Src homology-2 domain protein B mRNA content, tumors were, however, associated with decreased latency and myeloid leukemia exhibiting immune cell characteristics. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Shb knockout on the development of leukemia in three additional models, that is, colony stimulating factor 3 receptor-T618I-induced neutrophilic leukemia, p190 Breakpoint cluster region-cAbl oncogene 1 tyrosine kinase-induced B-cell leukemia, and G12D-Kras-induced T-cell leukemia/thymic lymphoma...
April 2018: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792346/synthesis-of-novel-camphene-based-thiosemicarbazones-and-evaluation-of-anti-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-activity
#19
Mariana R P Souza, Narcimário P Coelho, Vanessa P Baldin, Regiane B L Scodro, Rosilene F Cardoso, Cleuza C da Silva, Fábio Vandresen
In this work the aim of study was the synthesis and evaluation of in vitro anti-Mycobacterium tuberculosis activity as well as the cytotoxicity in VERO cells of a series of 17 novel thiosemicarbazones derived from the natural monoterpene (-)-camphene by REMA and MTT methods. Overall, the majority of tested compounds exhibited considerable inhibitory effects on the growth of M. tuberculosis H37 Rv, especially the derivatives 3, 4a-c, 4f, 4i, 4k, 5 and 6a-b. MIC values of 20 tested compounds ranged from 3.9 to > 250 μg/mL...
May 24, 2018: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792338/molecular-mechanism-for-the-influence-of-gender-dimorphism-on-alcoholic-liver-injury-in-mice
#20
S-Q Li, P Wang, D-M Wang, H-J Lu, R-F Li, L-X Duan, S Zhu, S-L Wang, Y-Y Zhang, Y-L Wang
It is known that women develop alcoholic liver injury more rapidly and have a lower alcohol toxic threshold than men. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms remain unclear. The precise mechanism responsible for the sex difference needs to be determined. Female and male mice were given ethanol by intragastric infusion every day for 4 weeks. The pathological changes were detected by hematoxylin-eosin, Sirius red, oil red O, periodic acid-Schiff, and Hochest33258 staining in the liver of female and male mice...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
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