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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454273/mechanosensitive-adhesion-complexes-in-epithelial-architecture-and-cancer-onset
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REVIEW
Minerva Bosch-Fortea, Fernando Martín-Belmonte
Mechanical signals from the extracellular space are paramount to coordinate tissue morphogenesis and homeostasis. Although there is a wide variety of cellular mechanisms involved in transducing extracellular forces, recent literature emphasizes the central role of two main adhesion complexes in epithelial mechanosensitive processes: focal adhesions and adherens junctions. These biomechanical sensors can decode physical signals such as matrix stiffness or intercellular tension into a wide range of coordinated cellular responses, which can impact cell differentiation, migration, and proliferation...
February 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454128/preoperative-3-dimensional-angiography-data-and-intraoperative-real-time-vascular-data-integrated-in-microscope-based-navigation-by-automatic-patient-registration-applying-intraoperative-computed-tomography
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Barbara Carl, Miriam Bopp, Somar Chehab, Siegfried Bien, Christopher Nimsky
OBJECTIVE: To establish a workflow integrating preoperative 3-D angiography data, as well as intraoperative real-time vascular information in microscope-based navigation for aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation surgery. PATIENTS & METHODS: In 7 patients (3 arteriovenous malformations, 4 aneurysms) preoperative 3-D rotational angiography or computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance angiography data were navigated applying a 32-slice movable CT scanner for low-dose registration scanning...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454076/the-biological-basis-of-treating-jaw-discrepancies-an-interplay-of-mechanical-forces-and-skeletal-configuration
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REVIEW
Konstantinos Karamesinis, Efthimia K Basdra
Jaw discrepancies and malrelations affect a large proportion of the general population and their treatment is of utmost significance for individuals' health and quality of life. The aim of their therapy is the modification of aberrant jaw development mainly by targeting the growth potential of the mandibular condyle through its cartilage, and the architectural shape of alveolar bone through a suture type of structure, the periodontal ligament. This targeted treatment is achieved via external mechanical force application by using a wide variety of intraoral and extraoral appliances...
February 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453974/genetically-modified-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-tgf-%C3%AE-3-improve-wound-healing-and-reduce-scar-tissue-formation-in-a-rabbit-model
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Mingyong Li, Lin Qiu, Wei Hu, Xiang Deng, Hanfeng Xu, Youhan Cao, Zijian Xiao, Liangyu Peng, Shawn Johnson, Lyundup Alexey, Paul A Kingston, Qing Li, Yuanyuan Zhang
Extensive scar tissue formation often occurs after severe burn injury, trauma, or as one of complications after surgical intervention. Despite significant therapeutic advances, it is still a significant challenge to manage massive scar tissue formation while also promoting normal wound healing. The goal of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) that were genetically modified to overexpress transforming growth factor-beta 3 (TGF-β 3 ), an inhibitor of myofibroblast proliferation and collagen type I deposition, on full-thickness cutaneous wound healing in a rabbit model...
February 14, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453800/atomic-structures-of-corkscrew-forming-segments-of-sod1-reveal-varied-oligomer-conformations
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Smriti Sangwan, Michael R Sawaya, Kevin A Murray, MichaelP Hughes, David S Eisenberg
The aggregation cascade of disease-related amyloidogenic proteins, terminating in insoluble amyloid fibrils, involves intermediate oligomeric states. The structural and biochemical details of these oligomers have been largely unknown. Here we report crystal structures of variants of the cytotoxic oligomer-forming segment residues 28-38 of the ALS-linked protein, SOD1. The crystal structures reveal three different architectures: corkscrew oligomeric structure, non-twisting curved sheet structure and a steric zipper proto-filament structure...
February 17, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453454/a-microvascularized-tumor-mimetic-platform-for-assessing-anti-cancer-drug-efficacy
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Shantanu Pradhan, Ashley M Smith, Charles J Garson, Iman Hassani, Wen J Seeto, Kapil Pant, Robert D Arnold, Balabhaskar Prabhakarpandian, Elizabeth A Lipke
Assessment of anti-cancer drug efficacy in in vitro three-dimensional (3D) bioengineered cancer models provides important contextual and relevant information towards pre-clinical translation of potential drug candidates. However, currently established models fail to sufficiently recapitulate complex tumor heterogeneity. Here we present a chip-based tumor-mimetic platform incorporating a 3D in vitro breast cancer model with a tumor-mimetic microvascular network, replicating the pathophysiological architecture of native vascularized breast tumors...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453354/physical-basis-of-amyloid-fibril-polymorphism
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William Close, Matthias Neumann, Andreas Schmidt, Manuel Hora, Karthikeyan Annamalai, Matthias Schmidt, Bernd Reif, Volker Schmidt, Nikolaus Grigorieff, Marcus Fändrich
Polymorphism is a key feature of amyloid fibril structures but it remains challenging to explain these variations for a particular sample. Here, we report electron cryomicroscopy-based reconstructions from different fibril morphologies formed by a peptide fragment from an amyloidogenic immunoglobulin light chain. The observed fibril morphologies vary in the number and cross-sectional arrangement of a structurally conserved building block. A comparison with the theoretically possible constellations reveals the experimentally observed spectrum of fibril morphologies to be governed by opposing sets of forces that primarily arise from the β-sheet twist, as well as peptide-peptide interactions within the fibril cross-section...
February 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453253/assembly-of-synthetic-functional-cellulosomal-structures-onto-the-lactobacillus-plantarum-cell-surface-a-potent-member-of-the-gut-microbiome
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Johanna Stern, Sarah Moraïs, Yonit Ben-David, Rachel Salama, Melina Shamshoum, Raphael Lamed, Yuval Shoham, Edward A Bayer, Itzhak Mizrahi
Heterologous display of enzymes on microbial cell surfaces is an extremely desirable approach, since it enables the engineered microbe to interact directly with the plant-wall extracellular polysaccharide matrix. In recent years, attempts have been made to endow non-cellulolytic microbes with genetically engineered cellulolytic capabilities for improved hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass and for advanced probiotics. Thus far, however, owing to the hurdles of secreting and assembling large, intricate complexes on the bacterial cell wall, only free cellulases or relatively simple cellulosome assemblies have been introduced into live bacteria...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453143/structure-and-physico-mechanical-properties-of-low-temperature-plasma-treated-electrospun-nanofibrous-scaffolds-examined-with-atomic-force-microscopy
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Adrian Chlanda, Ewa Kijeńska, Chiara Rinoldi, Michał Tarnowski, Tadeusz Wierzchoń, Wojciech Swieszkowski
Electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds are willingly used in tissue engineering applications due to their tunable mechanical, chemical and physical properties. Additionally, their complex openworked architecture is similar to the native extracellular matrix of living tissue. After implantation such scaffolds should provide sufficient mechanical support for cells. Moreover, it is of crucial importance to ensure sterility and hydrophilicity of the scaffold. For this purpose, a low temperature surface plasma treatment can be applied...
February 8, 2018: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452950/dynamic-fungal-cell-wall-architecture-in-stress-adaptation-and-immune-evasion
#10
REVIEW
Alex Hopke, Alistair J P Brown, Rebecca A Hall, Robert T Wheeler
Deadly infections from opportunistic fungi have risen in frequency, largely because of the at-risk immunocompromised population created by advances in modern medicine and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This review focuses on dynamics of the fungal polysaccharide cell wall, which plays an outsized role in fungal pathogenesis and therapy because it acts as both an environmental barrier and as the major interface with the host immune system. Human fungal pathogens use architectural strategies to mask epitopes from the host and prevent immune surveillance, and recent work elucidates how biotic and abiotic stresses present during infection can either block or enhance masking...
February 13, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452727/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-sleep-architecture-and-chronic-traumatic-brain-injury
#11
REVIEW
Janna Mantua, Antigone Grillakis, Sanaa H Mahfouz, Maura R Taylor, Allison J Brager, Angela M Yarnell, Thomas J Balkin, Vincent F Capaldi, Guido Simonelli
Sleep quality appears to be altered by traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, whether persistent post-injury changes in sleep architecture are present is unknown and relatively unexplored. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the extent to which chronic TBI (>6 months since injury) is characterized by changes to sleep architecture. We also explored the relationship between sleep architecture and TBI severity. In the fourteen included studies, sleep was assessed with at least one night of polysomnography in both chronic TBI participants and controls...
February 2, 2018: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452642/the-yeast-ino80-complex-operates-as-a-tunable-dna-length-sensitive-switch-to-regulate-nucleosome-sliding
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Coral Y Zhou, Stephanie L Johnson, Laura J Lee, Adam D Longhurst, Sean L Beckwith, Matthew J Johnson, Ashby J Morrison, Geeta J Narlikar
The yeast INO80 chromatin remodeling complex plays essential roles in regulating DNA damage repair, replication, and promoter architecture. INO80's role in these processes is likely related to its ability to slide nucleosomes, but the underlying mechanism is poorly understood. Here we use ensemble and single-molecule enzymology to study INO80-catalyzed nucleosome sliding. We find that the rate of nucleosome sliding by INO80 increases ∼100-fold when the flanking DNA length is increased from 40 to 60 bp. Furthermore, once sliding is initiated, INO80 moves the nucleosome rapidly at least 20 bp without pausing to re-assess flanking DNA length, and it can change the direction of nucleosome sliding without dissociation...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452408/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-seven-novel-susceptibility-loci-for-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Yukihiro Shiga, Masato Akiyama, Koji M Nishiguchi, Kota Sato, Nobuhiro Shimozawa, Atsushi Takahashi, Yukihide Momozawa, Makoto Hirata, Matsuda Koichi, Taiki Yamaji, Motoki Iwasaki, Shoichiro Tsugane, Isao Oze, Haruo Mikami, Mariko Naito, Kenji Wakai, Munemitsu Yoshikawa, Masahiro Miyake, Kenji Yamashiro, Kenji Kashiwagi, Takeshi Iwata, Fumihiko Mabuchi, Mitsuko Takamoto, Mineo Ozaki, Kazuhide Kawase, Makoto Aihara, Makoto Araie, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Kiuchi, Makoto Nakamura, Yasuhiro Ikeda, Koh-Hei Sonoda, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Koji Nitta, Aiko Iwase, Shiroaki Shirato, Yoshitaka Oka, Mamoru Satoh, Makoto Sasaki, Nobuo Fuse, Yoichi Suzuki, Ching-Yu Cheng, Chiea Chuen Khor, Mani Baskaran, Shamira Perera, Tin Aung, Eranga N Vithana, Jessica N Cooke Bailey, Jae H Kang, Louis R Pasquale, Jonathan L Haines, Janey L Wiggs, Kathryn P Burdon, Puya Gharahkhani, Alex W Hewitt, David A Mackey, Stuart MacGregor, Jamie E Craig, R Rand Allingham, Micheal Hauser, Adeyinka Ashaye, Donald L Budenz, Stephan Akafo, Susan E I Williams, Yoichiro Kamatani, Toru Nakazawa, Michiaki Kubo
Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide for which 15 disease-associated loci had been discovered. Among them, only 5 loci have been associated with POAG in Asians. We carried out a genome-wide association study and a replication study that included a total of 7,378 POAG cases and 36,385 controls from a Japanese population. After combining the GWAS and the two replication sets, we identified 11 POAG-associated loci, including 4 known (CDKN2B-AS1, ABCA1, SIX6 and AFAP1) and 7 novel loci (FNDC3B, ANKRD55-MAP3K1, LMX1B, LHPP, HMGA2, MEIS2 and LOXL1) at a genome-wide significance level (p < 5...
February 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452355/culture-facilitated-comparative-genomics-of-the-facultative-symbiont-hamiltonella-defensa
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Germain Chevignon, Bret M Boyd, Jayce W Brandt, Kerry M Oliver, Michael R Strand
Many insects host facultative, bacterial symbionts that confer conditional fitness benefits to their hosts. Hamiltonella defensa is a common facultative symbiont of aphids that provides protection against parasitoid wasps. Protection levels vary among strains of H. defensa that are also differentially infected by bacteriophages named APSEs. However, little is known about trait variation among strains because only one isolate has been fully sequenced. Generating complete genomes for facultative symbionts is hindered by relatively large genome sizes but low abundances in hosts like aphids that are very small...
February 14, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452215/lymphocytic-colitis-pathologic-predictors-of-response-to-therapy
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Namrata Setia, Lindsay Alpert, Kimberley Wj van der Sloot, Dora Colussi, Kathleen O Stewart, Joseph Misdraji, Hamed Khalili, Gregory Y Lauwers
While the presence of intraepithelial lymphocytosis with surface epithelial damage is a unifying feature of lymphocytic colitis, there are non-classical features that create morphologic heterogeneity between cases. Limited data are available on the significance of these secondary histologic features. Cases of lymphocytic colitis diagnosed between 2002 and 2013 were identified using the Research Patient Data Registry of a tertiary referral center. Diagnostic biopsy slides were reviewed and evaluated for histologic features of lymphocytic colitis...
February 13, 2018: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452181/the-demosponge-pseudoceratina-purpurea-as-a-new-source-of-fibrous-chitin
#16
Sonia Żółtowska-Aksamitowska, Mikhail Tsurkan, Swee-Cheng Lim, Heike Meissner, Konstantin Tabachnick, Lamiaa A Shaala, Diaa T A Youssef, Viatcheslav N Ivanenko, Iaroslav Petrenko, Marcin Wysokowski, Nicole Bechmann, Yvonne Joseph, Teofil Jesionowski, Hermann Ehrlich
Among marine demosponges (Porifera: Demospongiae), only representatives of the order Verongiida have been recognized to synthetize both biologically active substances as well as scaffolds-like fibrous skeletons made of structural aminopolysaccharide chitin. The unique 3D architecture of such scaffolds open perspectives for their applications in waste treatment, biomimetics and tissue engineering. Here, we focus special attention to the demosponge Pseudoceratina purpurea collected in the coastal waters of Singapore...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451874/a-stochastic-and-dynamical-view-of-pluripotency-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#17
Yen Ting Lin, Peter G Hufton, Esther J Lee, Davit A Potoyan
Pluripotent embryonic stem cells are of paramount importance for biomedical sciences because of their innate ability for self-renewal and differentiation into all major cell lines. The fateful decision to exit or remain in the pluripotent state is regulated by complex genetic regulatory networks. The rapid growth of single-cell sequencing data has greatly stimulated applications of statistical and machine learning methods for inferring topologies of pluripotency regulating genetic networks. The inferred network topologies, however, often only encode Boolean information while remaining silent about the roles of dynamics and molecular stochasticity inherent in gene expression...
February 16, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451848/mr-imaging-of-atraumatic-muscle-disorders
#18
Edward Smitaman, Dyan V Flores, Catalina Mejía Gómez, Mini N Pathria
Atraumatic disorders of skeletal muscles include congenital variants; inherited myopathies; acquired inflammatory, infectious, or ischemic disorders; neoplastic diseases; and conditions leading to muscle atrophy. These have overlapping appearances at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and are challenging for the radiologist to differentiate. The authors organize muscle disorders into four MR imaging patterns: (a) abnormal anatomy with normal signal intensity, (b) edema/inflammation, (c) mass, and (d) atrophy, highlighting each of their key clinical and imaging findings...
February 16, 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451801/patterns-of-carbon-nanotubes-by-flow-directed-deposition-on-substrates-with-architectured-topographies
#19
Mohammad Khalid Jawed, Nicolas G Hadjiconstantinou, David Parks, Pedro M Reis
We develop and perform continuum mechanics simulations of carbon nanotube (CNT) deployment directed by a combination of surface topography and rarefied gas flow. We employ the Discrete Elastic Rods method to model the deposition of CNT as a slender elastic rod that evolves in time under two external forces, namely van der Waals (vdW) and aerodynamic drag. Our results confirm that this self-assembly process is analogous to a previously studied macroscopic system, the `elastic sewing machine', where an elastic rod deployed onto a moving substrate forms nonlinear patterns...
February 16, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451726/single-organelle-dynamics-linked-to-3d-structure-by-correlative-live-cell-3d-electron-microscopy
#20
Job Fermie, Nalan Liv, Corlinda Ten Brink, Elly G van Donselaar, Wally H Müller, Nicole L Schieber, Yannick Schwab, Hans C Gerritsen, Judith Klumperman
Live-cell correlative light-electron microscopy (live-cell-CLEM) integrates live movies with the corresponding EM image, but a major challenge is to relate the dynamic characteristics of single organelles to their 3D ultrastructure. Here we introduce focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) in a modular live-cell CLEM pipeline for single organelle CLEM. We transfected cells with LAMP-1-GFP, analyzed the dynamics of individual GFP-positive spots, and correlated these to their corresponding fine-architecture and immediate cellular environment...
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