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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631375/3d-mimicry-of-native-tissue-fiber-architecture-guides-tendon-derived-cells-and-adipose-stem-cells-into-artificial-tendon-constructs
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Mariana Laranjeira, Rui M A Domingues, Raquel Costa-Almeida, Rui L Reis, Manuela E Gomes
Tendon and ligament (T/L) function is intrinsically related with their unique hierarchically and anisotropically organized extracellular matrix. Their natural healing capacity is, however, limited. Here, continuous and aligned electrospun nanofiber threads (CANT) based on synthetic/natural polymer blends mechanically reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals are produced to replicate the nanoscale collagen fibrils grouped into microscale collagen fibers that compose the native T/L. CANT are then incrementally assembled into 3D hierarchical scaffolds, resulting in woven constructions, which simultaneously mimic T/L nano-to-macro architecture, nanotopography, and nonlinear biomechanical behavior...
June 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621365/bio-inspired-intelligent-evaporation-modulation-in-a-thermo-sensitive-nanogel-colloid-solution-for-self-thermoregulation
#2
Zhi Huang, Kang Liu, Yanhui Feng, Jun Zhou, Xinxin Zhang
Intelligent evaporation and temperature modulation plays an important role in self-regulation of living organisms and many industrial applications. Here we demonstrate that a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) nanogel colloid solution can spontaneously and intelligently modulate its evaporation rate with temperature variation, which has a larger evaporation rate than distilled water at a temperature higher than its lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and a smaller evaporation rate at a temperature lower than its LCST...
June 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619691/a-mouse-model-of-antepartum-stillbirth
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Anum Rahman, Lindsay S Cahill, Yu-Qing Zhou, Johnathan Hoggarth, Monique Y Rennie, Mike Seed, Christopher K Macgowan, John C Kingdom, S Lee Adamson, John G Sled
BACKGROUND: Many stillbirths of normally-formed fetuses in the third trimester could be prevented via delivery if reliable means to anticipate this outcome existed. However, since the etiology of these stillbirths is often unexplained and, although the underlying mechanism is presumed to be hypoxia from "placental insufficiency", the placentas often appear normal on histopathologic examination. Gestational age is a risk factor for antepartum stillbirth, with a rapid rise in stillbirth rates after 40 weeks gestation...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615711/identification-and-characterization-of-a-rich-population-of-cd34-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-in-human-parotid-sublingual-and-submandibular-glands
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Padma Priya Togarrati, Robson T Sasaki, Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, Nuntana Dinglasan, Xutao Deng, Shivani Desai, Elaine Emmerson, Elizabeth Yee, William R Ryan, Marcelo C P da Silva, Sarah M Knox, Satish K Pillai, Marcus O Muench
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) play crucial roles in maintaining tissue homeostasis during physiological turnovers and injuries. Very little is known about the phenotype, distribution and molecular nature of MSCs in freshly isolated human salivary glands (SGs) as most reports have focused on the analysis of cultured MSCs. Our results demonstrate that the cell adhesion molecule CD34 was widely expressed by the MSCs of human major SGs, namely parotid (PAG), sublingual (SLG) and submandibular (SMG) glands...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604557/antigen-presentation-by-individually-transferred-hla-class-i-genes-in-hla-a-hla-b-hla-c-null-human-cell-line-generated-using-the-multiplex-crispr-cas9-system
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Cheol-Hwa Hong, Hyun-Jung Sohn, Hyun-Joo Lee, Hyun-Il Cho, Tai-Gyu Kim
Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) are essential immune molecules that affect transplantation and adoptive immunotherapy. When hematopoietic stem cells or organs are transplanted with HLA-mismatched recipients, graft-versus-host disease or graft rejection can be induced by allogeneic immune responses. The function of each HLA allele has been studied using HLA-deficient cells generated from mutant cell lines or by RNA interference, zinc finger nuclease, and the CRISPR/Cas9 system. To improve HLA gene editing, we attempted to generate an HLA class I null cell line using the multiplex CRISPR/Cas9 system by targeting exons 2 and 3 of HLA-A, HLA-B, and HLA-C genes simultaneously...
July 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601995/harmful-impact-on-presynaptic-glutamate-and-gaba-transport-by-carbon-dots-synthesized-from-sulfur-containing-carbohydrate-precursor
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Tatiana Borisova, Mariia Dekaliuk, Natalia Pozdnyakova, Artem Pastukhov, Marina Dudarenko, Arsenii Borysov, Sandor G Vari, Alexander P Demchenko
Carbon nanoparticles that may be potent air pollutants with adverse effects on human health often contain heteroatoms including sulfur. In order to study in detail their effects on different physiological and biochemical processes, artificially produced carbon dots (CDs) with well-controlled composition that allows fluorescence detection may be of great use. Having been prepared from different types of organic precursors, CDs expose different atoms at their surface suggesting a broad variation of functional groups...
June 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588131/rationally-designed-influenza-virus-vaccines-that-are-antigenically-stable-during-growth-in-eggs
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Alfred T Harding, Brook E Heaton, Rebekah E Dumm, Nicholas S Heaton
Influenza virus vaccine production is currently limited by the ability to grow circulating human strains in chicken eggs or in cell culture. To facilitate cost-effective growth, vaccine strains are serially passaged under production conditions, which frequently results in mutations of the major antigenic protein, the viral hemagglutinin (HA). Human vaccination with an antigenically drifted strain is known to contribute to poor vaccine efficacy. To address this problem, we developed a replication-competent influenza A virus (IAV) with an artificial genomic organization that allowed the incorporation of two independent and functional HA proteins with different growth requirements onto the same virion...
June 6, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553258/an-overview-of-monthly-rhythms-and-clocks
#8
REVIEW
Florian Raible, Hiroki Takekata, Kristin Tessmar-Raible
Organisms have evolved to cope with geophysical cycles of different period lengths. In this review, we focus on the adaptations of animals to the lunar cycle, specifically, on the occurrence of biological rhythms with monthly (circalunar) or semi-monthly (circasemilunar) period lengths. Systematic experimental investigation, starting in the early twentieth century, has allowed scientists to distinguish between mythological belief and scientific facts concerning the influence of the lunar cycle on animals. These studies revealed that marine animals of various taxa exhibit circalunar or circasemilunar reproductive rhythms...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551559/crotonaldehyde-induces-autophagy-mediated-cytotoxicity-in-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells-via-pi3k-ampk-and-mapk-pathways
#9
Limeng Wang, Xiang Li, Zhihua Yang, Xiujie Pan, Xingyu Liu, Maoxiang Zhu, Jianping Xie
Crotonaldehyde is an ubiquitous hazardous pollutant in the environment which can be produced naturally, artificially and endogenously. Acute exposure of crotonaldehyde was reported to induce severe lung injury in humans and experimental animals. However, the exact toxicity mechanisms of crotonaldehyde in organisms have not been fully explored. In the present study, we explored the role autophagy played in the cytotoxicity induced by crotonaldehyde in human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B), and the pathways that mediated autophagy, including the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway, the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway and the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, were examined and validated...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550374/performance-of-an-artificial-multi-observer-deep-neural-network-for-fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys
#10
Timothy L Kline, Panagiotis Korfiatis, Marie E Edwards, Jaime D Blais, Frank S Czerwiec, Peter C Harris, Bernard F King, Vicente E Torres, Bradley J Erickson
Deep learning techniques are being rapidly applied to medical imaging tasks-from organ and lesion segmentation to tissue and tumor classification. These techniques are becoming the leading algorithmic approaches to solve inherently difficult image processing tasks. Currently, the most critical requirement for successful implementation lies in the need for relatively large datasets that can be used for training the deep learning networks. Based on our initial studies of MR imaging examinations of the kidneys of patients affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD), we have generated a unique database of imaging data and corresponding reference standard segmentations of polycystic kidneys...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
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Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527117/non-viral-and-viral-delivery-systems-for-crispr-cas9-technology-in-the-biomedical-field
#12
REVIEW
Zhi-Yao He, Ke Men, Zhou Qin, Yang Yang, Ting Xu, Yu-Quan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated protein 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) system provides a novel genome editing technology that can precisely target a genomic site to disrupt or repair a specific gene. Some CRISPR-Cas9 systems from different bacteria or artificial variants have been discovered or constructed by biologists, and Cas9 nucleases and single guide RNAs (sgRNA) are the major components of the CRISPR-Cas9 system. These Cas9 systems have been extensively applied for identifying therapeutic targets, identifying gene functions, generating animal models, and developing gene therapies...
May 2, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522333/development-of-qsars-for-parameterizing-physiology-based-toxicokinetic-models
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Dimosthenis Α Sarigiannis, Krystalia Papadaki, Periklis Kontoroupis, Spyros P Karakitsios
A Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model was developed in order to predict physicochemical and biochemical properties of industrial chemicals of various groups. This model was based on the solvation equation, originally proposed by Abraham. In this work Abraham's solvation model got parameterized using artificial intelligence techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the prediction of partitioning into kidney, heart, adipose, liver, muscle, brain and lung for the estimation of the bodyweight-normalized maximal metabolic velocity (Vmax) and the Michaelis - Menten constant (Km)...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482493/advances-in-ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene-hydroxyapatite-composites-for-biomedical-applications-a-brief-review
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REVIEW
Domingos Lusitâneo Pier Macuvele, Janaína Nones, Jonas V Matsinhe, Marla M Lima, Cíntia Soares, Márcio A Fiori, Humberto G Riella
Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a semicrystalline polymer that has been applied, as a bearing surface in total human joint replacements and artificial bones. UHMWPE has a superior wear resistance, low-friction surface, biological inertness, high levels of strength, creep resistance and low friction coefficient. However, the wear debris generated during the joint motions could cause problem in human implant, such as osteolysis and loosening. For this, several attempts was been made to improve UHMWPE properties and increases safety and biocompatibility in human implants...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474920/diffusion-geometry-unravels-the-emergence-of-functional-clusters-in-collective-phenomena
#15
Manlio De Domenico
Collective phenomena emerge from the interaction of natural or artificial units with a complex organization. The interplay between structural patterns and dynamics might induce functional clusters that, in general, are different from topological ones. In biological systems, like the human brain, the overall functionality is often favored by the interplay between connectivity and synchronization dynamics, with functional clusters that do not coincide with anatomical modules in most cases. In social, sociotechnical, and engineering systems, the quest for consensus favors the emergence of clusters...
April 21, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439034/teleosts-as-model-organisms-to-understand-host-microbe-interactions
#16
Emily A Lescak, Kathryn C Milligan-Myhre
Host-microbe interactions are influenced by complex host genetics and environment. Studies across animal taxa have aided our understanding of how intestinal microbiota influence vertebrate development, disease, and physiology. However, traditional mammalian studies can be limited by use of isogenic strains, husbandry constraints that result in small sample sizes and limited statistical power, reliance on indirect characterization of gut microbial communities from fecal samples, and concerns whether observations in artificial conditions are actually reflective of what occurs in the wild...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433878/effect-of-freshwater-sediment-characteristics-on-the-persistence-of-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-genetic-markers-within-a-southern-california-watershed
#17
Amity G Zimmer-Faust, Vanessa Thulsiraj, Catalina Marambio-Jones, Yiping Cao, John F Griffith, Patricia A Holden, Jennifer A Jay
In this study, the aging of culturable FIB and DNA representing genetic markers for Enterococcus spp. (ENT1A), general Bacteroides (GB3), and human-associated Bacteroides (HF183) in freshwater sediments was evaluated. Freshwater sediment was collected from four different sites within the upper and lower reach of the Topanga Creek Watershed and two additional comparator sites within the Santa Monica Bay, for a total of six sites. Untreated (ambient) and oven-dried (reduced microbiota) sediment was inoculated with 5% sewage and artificial freshwater...
April 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416316/effect-of-passive-ultrasonic-activation-on-organic-tissue-dissolution-from-simulated-grooves-in-root-canals-using-sodium-hypochlorite-with-or-without-surfactants-and-edta
#18
Roberto Estevez, Antonio J Conde, Oliver Valencia de Pablo, Francisco de la Torre, Giampiero Rossi-Fedele, Rafael Cisneros
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the porcine palatal mucosa dissolution from artificial grooves using a final rinse with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) with or without a surfactant or ultrasonic activation (PUI). METHODS: The root canals of 130 human maxillary central incisors were chemomechanically prepared and the teeth split. A standardized longitudinal intracanal groove was created in 1 of the root halves. One hundred thirty porcine palatal mucosa samples were collected, adapted in order to fit into the grooves, and weighed...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412386/characterization-of-rodent-constitutively-active-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-variants-and-their-constitutive-transactivation-mechanisms
#19
Hirotaka Ishii, Yujiro Hattori, Arisa Munetomo, Hiroshi Watanabe, Yasuo Sakuma, Hitoshi Ozawa
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) mRNAs exhibit remarkable heterogeneity owing to complicated alternative splicing. Some encode C-terminally-truncated ERα proteins, which display ligand-independent transactivation or dominant-negative activity. We previously characterized C-terminally-truncated ERα mRNA variants with cryptic sequences in humans and mice, and demonstrated that helices in the ligand-binding domains (LBDs) of ERα variants contribute to ligand-independent transcriptional activity. However, existence of non-conventional coding exons and generation of constitutively active ERα variants have remained to be examined in rats...
April 13, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411451/anisotropic-tough-double-network-hydrogel-from-fish-collagen-and-its-spontaneous-in%C3%A2-vivo-bonding-to-bone
#20
Md Tariful Islam Mredha, Nobuto Kitamura, Takayuki Nonoyama, Susumu Wada, Keiko Goto, Xi Zhang, Tasuku Nakajima, Takayuki Kurokawa, Yasuaki Takagi, Kazunori Yasuda, Jian Ping Gong
Soft supporting tissues in the human body, such as cartilages and ligaments, are tough materials and firmly fixed to bones. These soft tissues, once injured, cannot regenerate spontaneously in vivo. Developing tough and biocompatible hydrogels as artificial soft supporting tissues would substantially improve outcomes after soft tissue injury. Collagen is the main rigid component in soft connective tissues which is organized in various hierarchical arrays. We have successfully developed a novel class of collagen fibril-based tough hydrogels based on the double network (DN) concept using swim bladder collagen (SBC) extracted from Bester sturgeon fish...
July 2017: Biomaterials
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