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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437954/microstructured-fbg-hydrogen-sensor-based-on-pt-loaded-wo-sub-3-sub
#1
Xian Zhou, Yutang Dai, Joseph Muna Karanja, Fufei Liu, Minghong Yang
Hydrogen gas sensing properties of Pt-WO<sub>3</sub> films on spiral microstructured fiber Bragg grating (FBG) has been demonstrated. Pt-WO<sub>3</sub> film was prepared by hydrothermal method. The spiral microsturctured FBG was fabricated using femtosecond laser. Spiral microstructure FBG hydrogen sensor can detect hydrogen concentration from 0.02% H<sub>2</sub> to 4% H<sub>2</sub> at room temperature, and the response time is shortened from a few minutes to 10~30 s...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437932/electrifying-catheters-with-light
#2
Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437865/a-novel-role-of-astrocyte-elevated-gene-1-aeg-1-in-regulating-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash
#3
Jyoti Srivastava, Chadia L Robertson, Kareem Ebeid, Mikhail Dozmorov, Devaraja Rajasekaran, Rachel Mendoza, Ayesha Siddiq, Maaged A Akiel, Nidhi Jariwala, Xue-Ning Shen, Jolene J Windle, Mark A Subler, Nitai D Mukhopadhyay, Shah Giashuddin, Shobha Ghosh, Zhao Lai, Yidong Chen, Paul B Fisher, Aliasger K Salem, Arun J Sanyal, Devanand Sarkar
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most prevalent cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world. However, an optimum therapy for NASH is yet to be established mandating more in-depth investigation into the molecular pathogenesis of NASH to identify novel regulatory molecules and develop targeted therapies. Here, we unravel a unique function of Astrocyte elevated gene-1/Metadherin (AEG-1/MTDH) in NASH using a transgenic mouse with hepatocyte-specific overexpression of AEG-1 (Alb/AEG-1) and a conditional hepatocyte-specific AEG-1 knockout mouse (AEG-1(ΔHEP) )...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437856/microstructure-variations-in-the-soft-hard-tissue-junction-of-the-human-anterior-cruciate-ligament
#4
Lei Zhao, Peter V Lee, David C Ackland, Neil D Broom, Ashvin Thambyah
The role of the sub-bundles in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has been defined, such that the anterior-medial bundle directly resists anterior tibial translation while the posterior lateral bundle is involved in rotational stability. With regards to this biomechanical function, much of the previous work on bundle-specific morphology has been carried out on the macro-scale, with much less attention given to the micro-to-ultrastructural scalar levels. This is especially true of the enthesis and its microstructure, a biomechanically significant region that has been largely neglected in the published literature dealing with ACL sub-bundle anatomy...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437683/pink1-and-parkin-emerging-themes-in-mitochondrial-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Thomas G McWilliams, Miratul Mk Muqit
The Parkinson's disease (PD)-associated protein kinase, PTEN-induced putative kinase1 (PINK1), and ubiquitin E3 ligase, Parkin function in a common signalling pathway known to regulate mitochondrial network homeostasis and quality control, including mitophagy. The multistep activation of this pathway, as well as an unexpected convergence between the post-translational modifications of ubiquitylation and phosphorylation, has added breadth to our understanding of cellular damage responses during human disease...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437676/superior-inferior-position-of-patellar-component-affects-patellofemoral-kinematics-and-contact-forces-in-computer-simulation
#6
Shinichiro Nakamura, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Shinichi Kuriyama, Kohei Nishitani, Hiromu Ito, Moritoshi Furu, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Anterior knee pain has been reported as a major postoperative complication after total knee arthroplasty, which may lead to patient dissatisfaction. Rotational alignment and the medial-lateral position correlate with patellar maltracking, which can cause knee pain postoperatively. However, the superior-inferior position of the patellar component has not been investigated. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effects of the patellar superior-inferior position on patellofemoral kinematics and kinetics...
April 18, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437560/phylogeography-and-population-structure-analysis-reveals-diversity-by-mutations-in-lasiodiplodia-theobromae-with-distinct-sources-of-selection
#7
P H D Santos, B M Carvalho, K P Aguiar, F A S Aredes, T P S Poltronieri, J M S Vivas, V Mussi Dias, G A Bezerra, D B Pinho, M G Pereira, S F Silveira
Lasiodiplodia theobromae is a plant pathogen with a worldwide distribution, with low host specificity, causing stem cankers, dieback diseases, and fruit rot in several species of plants. In coconut, this pathogen is reported as the etiological agent of "coconut leaf blight" (CLB) disease, causing several losses in fruit production. The CLB is an important disease for this crop in Brazil. In our study, we used a phylogeographic approach through the molecular characterization of the translation elongation factor 1-α (TEF1-α) to elucidate the pathogen distribution in Brazil and other countries, besides, search information about diversity sources of this pathogen in coconut palm tree at Brazilian northern, northeast, and southeast...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437542/challenges-to-translation-and-the-hippocratic-oath-by-premature-termination-of-spinal-cord-stem-cell-based-trials
#8
Armin Curt, Allan Levi, Jan M Schwab
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437354/complete-spondylectomy-using-orthogonal-spinal-fixation-and-combined-anterior-and-posterior-approaches-for-thoracolumbar-spinal-reconstruction-technical-nuances-and-clinical-results
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Hasan A Zaidi, Al-Wala Awad, Curtis A Dickman
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. OBJECTIVE: To determine the long-term efficacy of 2-stage total en bloc spondylectomy (TES). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: TES is a well-described technique to achieve tumor-free margins, but it is a highly destabilizing procedure that necessitates spinal reconstruction. A 2-stage anterior/posterior approach for tumor resection and instrumentation has been shown to be biomechanically superior to the single-stage approach in achieving rigid fixation, but few clinical studies with long-term outcomes exist...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437309/pain-management-during-newborn-screening-using-youtube-to-disseminate-effective-pain-management-strategies
#10
Denise Harrison, Jessica Reszel, Bill Dagg, Cheryl Aubertin, Mariana Bueno, Sandra Dunn, Ann Fuller, JoAnn Harrold, Catherine Larocque, Stuart Nicholls, Margaret Sampson
To assess the reach, acceptability, and effect of the BSweet2Babies video showing breast-feeding, skin-to-skin care, and sucrose during blood sampling on intention to recommend the video or advocate for use of the interventions. In July 2014, the video and an electronic survey were produced and posted. After 1 year, the online viewer survey responses and YouTube analytics were analyzed. One year after posting, the BSweet2Babies video had 10 879 views from 125 countries and 187 (1.7%) viewers completed the survey...
April 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437307/blood-sampling-in-newborns-a-systematic-review-of-youtube-videos
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Mariana Bueno, Érika Tihemi Nishi, Taine Costa, Laís Machado Freire, Denise Harrison
Objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of YouTube videos showing neonatal blood sampling, and to evaluate pain management and comforting interventions used. Selected videos were consumer- or professional-produced videos showing human newborns undergoing heel lancing or venipuncture for blood sampling, videos showing the entire blood sampling procedure (from the first attempt or puncture to the time of application of a cotton ball or bandage), publication date prior to October 2014, Portuguese titles, available audio...
April 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437180/a-novel-drug-induced-hybrid-electrospun-pcl-cell-derived-ecm-scaffold-for-liver-tissue-engineering
#12
Rhiannon Grant, David Hay, Anthony Callanan
Liver transplant is the only treatment option for patients with end-stage liver failure, however there are too few donor livers available for transplant. Whole organ tissue engineering presents a potential solution to the problem of rapidly escalating donor liver shortages world-wide. A major challenge for liver tissue engineers is the creation of a hepatocyte micro-environment; a niche in which liver cells can survive and function optimally. While polymers and decellularized tissues pose an attractive option for scaffold manufacturing, neither alone has thus far proved sufficient...
February 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437178/a-novel-injectable-recombinant-collagen-i-peptide-based-macroporous-microcarrier-allows-superior-expansion-of-c2c12-and-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-supports-deposition-of-mineralized-matrix
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Davide Confalonieri, Margherita La Marca, Elisabeth Marianna Wilhelmina Maria van Dongen, Heike Walles, Franziska Ehlicke
The development of scaffold formulations based on extracellular matrix-inspired synthetic materials constitutes an important resource for the advance of cell-based therapies in bone tissue engineering approaches, where both cell and scaffold implantation are often needed. Culturing cells on porous microcarriers (MCs) allows cell expansion in a three-dimensional microenvironment and constitutes a possible solution for minimally invasive cell and scaffold simultaneous delivery, but the reduced pore dimension and pore interconnection diameter of several commercially available microcarriers limits de facto cell ingrowth, and ultimately their suitability for in vivo cell delivery...
March 3, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437177/periodontal-derived-mesenchymal-cell-sheets-promote-periodontal-regeneration-in-inflammatory-microenvironment
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Shujuan Guo, Jian Kang, Baohui Ji, Weihua Guo, Yi Ding, Yafei Wu, Weidong Tian
In this study, we investigated the periodontal regenerative potential of dental follicle cell (DFC) sheets and periodontal ligament cell (PDLC) sheets in the simulating inflammatory microenvironment of periodontitis, in order to confirm their regenerative potential for clinical application and explain the possible mechanism. The biological characteristics of DFC sheets and PDLC sheets were explored in lipopolysaccharid from Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis LPS) induced inflammation microenvironment in vitro, then cell sheets were transplanted into canine periodontal defects with experimental periodontitis in situ for three months...
February 14, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437168/regulation-of-pten-degradation-and-nedd4-1-e3-ligase-activity-by-numb
#15
Chen Shao, Zhiguo Li, Nihal Ahmad, Xiaoqi Liu
The critical tumor suppressor PTEN is regulated by numerous post-translational modifications including phosphorylation, acetylation and ubiquitination. Ubiquitination of PTEN was reported to control both PTEN stability and nuclear localization. Notably, the HECT E3-ligase NEDD4-1 was identified as the ubiquitin ligase for PTEN, mediating its degradation and down-stream events. However, the mechanisms how NEDD4-1 is regulated by up-stream signaling pathways or interaction with other proteins in promoting PTEN degradation remain largely unclear...
April 24, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437137/differential-requirement-of-the-ribosomal-protein-s6-and-ribosomal-protein-s6-kinase-for-plant-virus-accumulation-and-interaction-of-s6-kinase-with-potyviral-vpg
#16
Minna-Liisa Rajamäki, Dehui Xi, Sidona Sikorskaite-Gudziuniene, Jari P T Valkonen, Steven A Whitham
Ribosomal protein S6 (RPS6) is an indispensable plant protein regulated, in part, by ribosomal protein S6 kinase (S6K) which, in turn, is a key regulator of plant responses to stresses and developmental cues. Increased expression of RPS6 was detected in Nicotiana benthamiana during infection by diverse plant viruses. Silencing of the RPS6 and S6K genes in N. benthamiana affected accumulation of Cucumber mosaic virus, Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV), and Potato virus A (PVA) in contrast to Turnip crinkle virus and Tobacco mosaic virus...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437134/the-psychometric-properties-of-the-iranian-version-of-revised-prenatal-coping-inventory-nu-pci-in-healthy-pregnant-women-a-confirmatory-factor-analysis
#17
Fatemah Shobeiri, Azam Maleki, Farshid Shamsaei, Farzaneh Soltani, Fazlollah Ahmadi, Ghodratollah Roshanaei
The Revised Prenatal Coping Inventory (Nu PCI) is a self-report instrument that focuses on the coping styles of pregnant women during the prenatal period. The present study aimed to translate the scale and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Iranian version of the Nu PCI in healthy pregnant women. Beaton's recommendations have been used for the translation and cultural adaptation of this scale. Reliability, content, and face validity were performed to assess the psychometric properties of the scale...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437082/high-efficiency-1-and-2-ribosomal-frameshiftings-revealed-by-force-spectroscopy
#18
Te-Wei Tsai, Haopeng Yang, Heng Yin, Shoujun Xu, Yuhong Wang
Ribosomal frameshifting is a rare but ubiquitous process that is being studied extensively. Meanwhile, frameshifting motifs without any secondary mRNA structures were identified but rarely studied experimentally. We report unambiguous observation of highly efficient "-1" and "-2" frameshiftings on a GA7G slippery mRNA without the downstream secondary structure, using force-induced remnant magnetization spectroscopy combined with unique probing schemes. The result represents the first experimental evidence of multiple frameshifting steps...
April 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436985/functional-screen-of-msi2-interactors-identifies-an-essential-role-for-syncrip-in-myeloid-leukemia-stem-cells
#19
Ly P Vu, Camila Prieto, Elianna M Amin, Sagar Chhangawala, Andrei Krivtsov, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Timothy Chou, Arthur Chow, Gerard Minuesa, Sun Mi Park, Trevor S Barlowe, James Taggart, Patrick Tivnan, Raquel P Deering, Lisa P Chu, Jeong-Ah Kwon, Cem Meydan, Javier Perales-Paton, Arora Arshi, Mithat Gönen, Christopher Famulare, Minal Patel, Elisabeth Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Yuheng Lu, Jacob Glass, Francine E Garret-Bakelman, Ari Melnick, Ross Levine, Fatima Al-Shahrour, Marcus Järås, Nir Hacohen, Alexia Hwang, Ralph Garippa, Christopher J Lengner, Scott A Armstrong, Leandro Cerchietti, Glenn S Cowley, David Root, John Doench, Christina Leslie, Benjamin L Ebert, Michael G Kharas
The identity of the RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that govern cancer stem cells remains poorly characterized. The MSI2 RBP is a central regulator of translation of cancer stem cell programs. Through proteomic analysis of the MSI2-interacting RBP network and functional shRNA screening, we identified 24 genes required for in vivo leukemia. Syncrip was the most differentially required gene between normal and myeloid leukemia cells. SYNCRIP depletion increased apoptosis and differentiation while delaying leukemogenesis...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436943/transient-cell-specific-exo70a1-activity-in-the-casp-domain-and-casparian-strip-localization
#20
Lothar Kalmbach, Kian Hématy, Damien De Bellis, Marie Barberon, Satoshi Fujita, Robertas Ursache, Jean Daraspe, Niko Geldner
In a striking case of evolutionary convergence, polarized cell layers with ring-like diffusion barriers have evolved in both plant and animal lineages independently. In plants, ring-like Casparian strips become localized by the CASPARIAN STRIP MEMBRANE DOMAIN PROTEINS (CASPs). The mechanism of this striking localization, however, has remained enigmatic. Here we present a genetic screen aimed at isolating determinants of CASP localization. One of the mutants, lord of the rings 2 (lotr2)/exo70a1, displays dramatic de-localization of CASPs into randomly localized microdomains...
April 24, 2017: Nature Plants
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