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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108409/sol-gel-synthesis-and-characterizations-of-hybrid-chitosan-peg-calcium-silicate-nanocomposite-modified-with-zno-nps-and-e102-for-optical-and-antibacterial-applications
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Ahmed M Youssef, Amany M El-Nahrawy, Ali B Abou Hammad
Hybrid Chitosan/Poly ethylene glycol/calcium silicate (CS/PEG/calcium silicate) nanocomposite modified with different two types, zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) and tartrazine dye (E102) were prepared by sol gel method and the characterization of their structure and biological properties were carried out in order to evaluate the possible use in optical and biomedical fields. The hybrid CS/PEG/calcium silicate complex formations have been established by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic analysis...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101867/myosin-and-actin-filaments-in-muscle-structures-and-interactions
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John M Squire, Danielle M Paul, Edward P Morris
In the last decade, improvements in electron microscopy and image processing have permitted significantly higher resolutions to be achieved (sometimes <1 nm) when studying isolated actin and myosin filaments. In the case of actin filaments the changing structure when troponin binds calcium ions can be followed using electron microscopy and single particle analysis to reveal what happens on each of the seven non-equivalent pseudo-repeats of the tropomyosin α-helical coiled-coil. In the case of the known family of myosin filaments not only are the myosin head arrangements under relaxing conditions being defined, but the latest analysis, also using single particle methods, is starting to reveal the way that the α-helical coiled-coil myosin rods are packed to give the filament backbones...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099964/advancing-age-decreases-pressure-sensitive-modulation-of-calcium-signaling-in-the-endothelium-of-intact-and-pressurized-arteries
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Calum Wilson, Christopher D Saunter, John M Girkin, John G McCarron
Aging is the summation of many subtle changes which result in altered cardiovascular function. Impaired endothelial function underlies several of these changes and precipitates plaque development in larger arteries. The endothelium transduces chemical and mechanical signals into changes in the cytoplasmic calcium concentration to control vascular function. However, studying endothelial calcium signaling in larger arteries in a physiological configuration is challenging because of the requirement to focus through the artery wall...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099851/a-molecular-and-cellular-context-dependent-role-for-ir76b-in-detection-of-amino-acid-taste
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Anindya Ganguly, Lisa Pang, Vi-Khoi Duong, Angelina Lee, Hanni Schoniger, Erika Varady, Anupama Dahanukar
Amino acid taste is expected to be a universal property among animals. Although sweet, bitter, salt, and water tastes have been well characterized in insects, the mechanisms underlying amino acid taste remain elusive. From a Drosophila RNAi screen, we identify an ionotropic receptor, Ir76b, as necessary for yeast preference. Using calcium imaging, we identify Ir76b(+) amino acid taste neurons in legs, overlapping partially with sweet neurons but not those that sense other tastants. Ir76b mutants have reduced responses to amino acids, which are rescued by transgenic expression of Ir76b and a mosquito ortholog AgIr76b...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098180/an-aposymbiotic-primary-coral-polyp-counteracts-acidification-by-active-ph-regulation
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Yoshikazu Ohno, Akira Iguchi, Chuya Shinzato, Mayuri Inoue, Atsushi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Sakai, Takashi Nakamura
Corals build their skeletons using extracellular calcifying fluid located in the tissue-skeleton interface. However, the mechanism by which corals control the transport of calcium and other ions from seawater and the mechanism of constant alkalization of calcifying fluid are largely unknown. To address these questions, we performed direct pH imaging at calcification sites (subcalicoblastic medium, SCM) to visualize active pH upregulation in live aposymbiotic primary coral polyps treated with HCl-acidified seawater...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096338/mitochondrial-fusion-dynamics-is-robust-in-the-heart-and-depends-on-calcium-oscillations-and-contractile-activity
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Verónica Eisner, Ryan R Cupo, Erhe Gao, György Csordás, William S Slovinsky, Melanie Paillard, Lan Cheng, Jessica Ibetti, S R Wayne Chen, J Kurt Chuprun, Jan B Hoek, Walter J Koch, György Hajnóczky
Mitochondrial fusion is thought to be important for supporting cardiac contractility, but is hardly detectable in cultured cardiomyocytes and is difficult to directly evaluate in the heart. We overcame this obstacle through in vivo adenoviral transduction with matrix-targeted photoactivatable GFP and confocal microscopy. Imaging in whole rat hearts indicated mitochondrial network formation and fusion activity in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Promptly after isolation, cardiomyocytes showed extensive mitochondrial connectivity and fusion, which decayed in culture (at 24-48 h)...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096238/activation-of-trpa1-channel-by-antibacterial-agent-triclosan-induces-vegf-secretion-in-human-prostate-cancer-stromal-cells
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Sandra Derouiche, Pascal Mariot, Marine Warnier, Eric Vancauwenberghe, Gabriel Bidaux, Pierre Gosset, Brigitte Mauroy, Jean-Louis Bonnal, Christian Slomianny, Philippe Delcourt, Etienne Dewailly, Natalia Prevarskaya, Morad Roudbaraki
Accruing evidence indicates that exposure to environmental compounds may adversely impact human health and promote carcinogenesis. Triclosan (TCS), an antimicrobial agent widely used as a preservative in personal care products, has been shown to act as an endocrine disruptor in hormone-dependent tissues. Here we demonstrate a new molecular mechanism by which TCS stimulates the secretion by human prostate cancer stromal cells of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), a factor known to promote tumour growth...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096040/calcium-a-predictor-of-interventional-treatment-failure-across-all-fields-of-cardiovascular-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Alessio Mattesini, Carlo Di Mario
In this substudy of the ADAPT-DES trial Généreux et al. compared two years outcomes according to the presence or absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) as assessed by coronary angiography. Coronary calcification was an independent predictor of interventional treatment failure and a higher incidence of both ischemic events and bleeding. The cohort with CAC was older with a higher prevalence of risk factors and comorbidities and an increased anatomical complexity of the target lesions, explaining only in part the worse outcome of the CAC population that persisted at multivariate analysis...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095950/ct-coronary-angiography-vs-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-the-occupational-assessment-of-military-aircrew
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Iain Parsons, Chris Pavitt, Rebecca Chamley, Jo d'Arcy, Ed Nicol
INTRODUCTION: To ensure flight safety military aircrew undergo regular clinical and occupational assessment. Coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) has been established as an imaging modality to noninvasively assess coronary artery disease (CAD). CT coronary angiography (CTCA) potentially offers a more accurate assessment of CAD, but has not been formally assessed in military aircrew. This retrospective cohort study is designed to compare the theoretical differences in downstream investigations and occupational outcomes in aircrew with suspected CAD comparing CTCA with existing CACS pathways...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095617/probing-forebrain-to-hindbrain-circuit-functions-in-xenopus
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REVIEW
Darcy B Kelley, Taffeta M Elliott, Ben J Evans, Ian C Hall, Elizabeth C Leininger, Heather J Rhodes, Ayako Yamaguchi, Erik Zornik
The vertebrate hindbrain includes neural circuits that govern essential functions including breathing, blood pressure and heart rate. Hindbrain circuits also participate in generating rhythmic motor patterns for vocalization. In most tetrapods, sound production is powered by expiration and the circuitry underlying vocalization and respiration must be linked. Perception and arousal are also linked; acoustic features of social communication sounds - e.g. a baby's cry - can drive autonomic responses. The close links between autonomic functions that are essential for life and vocal expression have been a major in vivo experimental challenge...
January 17, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093553/enhancement-of-visual-cortex-plasticity-by-dark-exposure
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Irina Erchova, Asta Vasalauskaite, Valentina Longo, Frank Sengpiel
Dark rearing is known to delay the time course of the critical period for ocular dominance plasticity in the visual cortex. Recent evidence suggests that a period of dark exposure (DE) may enhance or reinstate plasticity even after closure of the critical period, mediated through modification of the excitatory-inhibitory balance and/or removal of structural brakes on plasticity. Here, we investigated the effects of a week of DE on the recovery from a month of monocular deprivation (MD) in the primary visual cortex (V1) of juvenile mice...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092637/non-invasive-classification-of-breast-microcalcifications-using-x-ray-coherent-scatter-computed-tomography
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Bahaa Ghammraoui, Lucretiu M Popescu
We investigate the use of energy dispersive x-ray coherent scatter computed tomography (ED-CSCT) as a non-invasive diagnostic method to differentiate between type I and type II breast calcifications. This approach is sensitive to the differences of composition and internal crystal structure of different types of microcalcifications. The study is carried out by simulating a CSCT system with a scanning pencil beam, considering a polychromatic x-ray source and an energy-resolving photon counting detector. In a first step, the multidimensional angle and energy distributed CSCT data is reduced to the projection-space distributions of only a few components, corresponding to the expected target composition: adipose, glandular tissue, weddellite (calcium oxalate) for type I calcifications, and hydroxyapatite for type II calcifications...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092099/calmodulin-binding-to-death-receptor-5-mediated-death-inducing-signaling-complex-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Romone M Fancy, Harrison Kim, Tong Zhou, Kurt R Zinn, Donald J Buchsbaum, Yuhua Song
Activation of death receptor-5 (DR5) leads to the formation of death inducing signaling complex (DISC) for apoptotic signaling. TRA-8, a DR5 specific agonistic antibody, has demonstrated significant cytotoxic activity in vitro and in vivo without inducing hepatotoxicity. Calmodulin (CaM) that is overexpressed in breast cancer plays a critical role in regulating DR5-mediated apoptosis. However, the mechanism of CaM in regulating DR5-mediated apoptotic signaling remains unknown. In this study, we characterized CaM binding to DR5-mediated DISC for apoptosis in TRA-8 sensitive breast cancer cell lines using co-immunoprecipitation, fluorescence microscopic imaging, caspase signaling analysis and cell viability assay...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091810/severe-lead-toxicosis-in-a-lionhead-rabbit
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Kristen M Walter, Karyn Bischoff, Ricardo de Matos
INTRODUCTION: Lead toxicosis occurs in veterinary patients, with few reports involving rabbits, and no previous reports using oral calcium disodium EDTA. CASE REPORT: A 7-year-old male castrated Lionhead rabbit presented to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) for evaluation after a 2-day history of lethargy and a 2-week history of hyporexia. The patient had been observed pulling paint from the walls of the home, a house built circa 1900, in the months prior to presentation...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090810/enamel-remineralization-effect-of-a-dentifrice-containing-calcium-sodium-phosphosilicate-an-optical-coherence-tomography-observation
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Saki Matsuyoshi, Ryosuke Murayama, Shunsuke Akiba, Chiaki Yabuki, Toshiki Takamizawa, Hiroyasu Kurokawa, Masashi Miyazaki
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a dentifrice containing 5% calcium sodium phosphosilicate (CSP) on the remineralization of the enamel using optical coherence tomography (OCT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bovine incisors were sliced and shaped in a rectangular form. One group of five specimens was treated with undersaturated 0.1 M lactic acid buffer solution (pH 4.75) for 10 min and then placed in artificial saliva (pH 7.0) (De group)...
January 16, 2017: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087408/effects-of-loading-concentration-blood-and-synovial-fluid-on-antibiotic-release-and-anti-biofilm-activity-of-bone-cement-beads
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Devendra H Dusane, Scott M Diamond, Cory S Knecht, Nicholas R Farrar, Casey W Peters, Robert P Howlin, Matthew C Swearingen, Jason H Calhoun, Roger D Plaut, Tanya M Nocera, Jeffrey F Granger, Paul Stoodley
Antibiotic loaded cement beads are commonly used for the treatment of biofilm related orthopaedic periprosthetic infections; however the effects of antibiotic loading and exposure of beads to body fluids on release kinetics are unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of (i) antibiotic loading density (ii) loading amount (iii) material type and (iv) exposure to body fluids (blood or synovial fluid) on release kinetics and efficacy of antibiotics against planktonic and lawn biofilm bacteria...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078584/cd95-mediated-calcium-signaling
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Mehdi Hammadi, Vanessa Delcroix, Anne-Marie Vacher, Thomas Ducret, Pierre Vacher
Intracellular calcium signals regulate cell function and cell survival by controlling many processes. CD95 engagement results in distinct intracellular calcium signals that control the cell fate, apoptosis, or survival, depending on the ligand (membrane or soluble). Intracellular calcium determination is an exquisite readout to explore the molecular mechanisms elicited by CD95 engagement. The most widely applied methods for studying calcium signaling pathways use fluorescent indicators and imaging methods with fluorescence microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076424/sensitization-of-trpa1-by-protein-kinase-a
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Jannis E Meents, Michael J M Fischer, Peter A McNaughton
The TRPA1 ion channel is expressed in nociceptive (pain-sensitive) somatosensory neurons and is activated by a wide variety of chemical irritants, such as acrolein in smoke or isothiocyanates in mustard. Here, we investigate the enhancement of TRPA1 function caused by inflammatory mediators, which is thought to be important in lung conditions such as asthma and COPD. Protein kinase A is an important kinase acting downstream of inflammatory mediators to cause sensitization of TRPA1. By using site-directed mutagenesis, patch-clamp electrophysiology and calcium imaging we identify four amino acid residues, S86, S317, S428, and S972, as the principal targets of PKA-mediated phosphorylation and sensitization of TRPA1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073805/sheet-like-remodeling-of-the-transverse-tubular-system-in-human-heart-failure-impairs-excitation-contraction-coupling-and-functional-recovery-by-mechanical-unloading
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Thomas Seidel, Sutip Navankasattusas, Azmi A Ahmad, Nikolaos A Diakos, Weining D Xu, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Michael Bonios, Iosif Taleb, Dean Y Li, Craig H Selzman, Stavros G Drakos, Frank B Sachse
BACKGROUND: -Cardiac recovery in response to mechanical unloading by left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has been demonstrated in subgroups of chronic heart failure (HF) patients. Hallmarks of HF are depletion and disorganization of the transverse tubular system (t-system) in cardiomyocytes. Here, we investigated remodeling of the t-system in human end-stage HF and its role in cardiac recovery. METHODS: -Left ventricular biopsies were obtained from 5 donors (CTRL) and 26 chronic HF patients undergoing implantation of LVADs...
January 10, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072834/a-computational-model-based-on-multi-regional-calcium-imaging-represents-the-spatio-temporal-dynamics-in-a-caenorhabditis-elegans-sensory-neuron
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Masahiro Kuramochi, Motomichi Doi
Due to the huge number of neuronal cells in the brain and their complex circuit formation, computer simulation of neuronal activity is indispensable to understanding whole brain dynamics. Recently, various computational models have been developed based on whole-brain calcium imaging data. However, these analyses monitor only the activity of neuronal cell bodies and treat the cells as point unit. This point-neuron model is inexpensive in computational costs, but the model is unrealistically simplistic at representing intact neural activities in the brain...
2017: PloS One
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