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Kun Xue, Kaiyuan Du, Xiaoliang Shi, Yixiang Gan, Chunhua Bai
We study experimentally the formation of a dual hierarchical jetting pattern in dry dense particle media subjected to the radially divergent shock loadings in a radial Hele-Shaw cell. The distinct internal and external jetting patterns were formed on the internal and external surfaces of a ring at different times, respectively. The former features dozens of radially aligned fine filaments. By contrast, the latter consists of a large number of small spikes. Once the internal jets are fully developed, a novel proportionate growth is observed, in which distinguishable structures of the overall pattern all grow at the same rate until the interaction between the internal and external jets becomes significant, leading to the inversion of the internal jetting pattern...
March 20, 2018: Soft Matter
Dobromir A Kalchevski, Vesselin Petrov, Alia Tadjer, Artur Nenov
A combined theoretical/experimental study of the photoreactivity of two flavylium-derived chalcones, 2,4,4'-trihydroxychalcone and 2,4'-dihydroxychalcone, at the multiconfigurational wavefunction level of theory (CASSCF//CASPT2) in vacuo and in an implicit solvent (water, treated as a polarisable continuum) and by means of linear absorption spectroscopy is presented. The photosensitivity of flavium salts is expressed in the ability of their chalcone form to undergo a cis-trans isomerisation which has found application in logical networks...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Tingyu Ming, Yang Ding
In undulatory locomotion, torques along the body are required to overcome external forces from the environment and bend the body. Such torques are usually generated by muscles in animals and closely related to muscle activations. In previous studies, researchers observed a single traveling wave pattern of the torque or muscle activation, but the formation of the torque pattern is still not well understood. Using a resistive force theory model, we find that the torque from external resistive forces has a traveling wave pattern with a decreasing speed normalized by the curvature speed as the wave number (the number of wavelengths on the locomotor's body) increases from 0...
March 20, 2018: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Martin Konečný, Miroslav Bartosik, Jindrich Mach, Vojtěch Švarc, David Nezval, Jakub Piastek, Pavel Procházka, Aleš Cahlík, Tomas Sikola
The article shows how the dynamic mapping of surface potential (SP) measured by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy in combination with a calculation of diffusion-like equation and the theory based on the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model of water condensation and electron hopping can provide the information concerning the resistivity of low conductive surfaces and their water coverage. This is enabled by a study of charge transport between isolated and grounded graphene sheets on a silicon dioxide surface at different relative humidity (RH) with regard to the use of graphene in ambient electronic circuits, and especially in sensors...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Simon Krabbe, Inge J Sørensen, Bente Jensen, Jakob M Møller, Lone Balding, Ole R Madsen, Robert G W Lambert, Walter P Maksymowych, Susanne J Pedersen, Mikkel Østergaard
Background: The Canada-Denmark (CANDEN) definitions of spinal MRI lesions allow a detailed anatomy-based evaluation of inflammatory and structural lesions in vertebral bodies and posterior elements of the spine in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). The objective was to examine the reliability, responsiveness and discrimination of scores for spinal inflammation, fat, bone erosion and new bone formation based on the CANDEN system and to describe patterns of inflammatory and structural lesions and their temporal development...
2018: RMD Open
Tong Zhu, Xueqian Hu, Pinkang Wei, Guangzhi Shan
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the deadliest types of cancer in the world. Lymph node (LN) metastasis is a complex and malignant behavior of GC, involving a sequence of biological processes, including decreased adherence to adjacent cells, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and lymphatic channel permeation. LN metastasis is directly associated with the treatment response, local recurrence and long-term survival of patients with GC. Therefore, the molecular mechanisms of LN metastasis in GC development require further investigation...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Danka Grčević, Marina Sironi, Sonia Valentino, Livija Deban, Hrvoje Cvija, Antonio Inforzato, Nataša Kovačić, Vedran Katavić, Tomislav Kelava, Ivo Kalajzić, Alberto Mantovani, Barbara Bottazzi
Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an inflammatory mediator acting as a fluid-phase pattern recognition molecule and playing an essential role in innate immunity and matrix remodeling. Inflammatory mediators also contribute to skeletal homeostasis, operating at multiple levels in physiological and pathological conditions. This study was designed to investigate the role of PTX3 in physiological skeletal remodeling and bone healing. Micro-computed tomography (μCT) and bone histomorphometry of distal femur showed that PTX3 gene-targeted female and male mice ( ptx3-/- ) had lower trabecular bone volume than their wild-type ( ptx3+/+ ) littermates (BV/TV by μCT: 3...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
D J Huels, L Bruens, M C Hodder, P Cammareri, A D Campbell, R A Ridgway, D M Gay, M Solar-Abboud, W J Faller, C Nixon, L B Zeiger, M E McLaughlin, E Morrissey, D J Winton, H J Snippert, J van Rheenen, O J Sansom
Many epithelial stem cell populations follow a pattern of stochastic stem cell divisions called 'neutral drift'. It is hypothesised that neutral competition between stem cells protects against the acquisition of deleterious mutations. Here we use a Porcupine inhibitor to reduce Wnt secretion at a dose where intestinal homoeostasis is maintained despite a reduction of Lgr5+ stem cells. Functionally, there is a marked acceleration in monoclonal conversion, so that crypts become rapidly derived from a single stem cell...
March 19, 2018: Nature Communications
Robert A Hill, Alice M Li, Jaime Grutzendler
Axonal myelin increases neural processing speed and efficiency. It is unknown whether patterns of myelin distribution are fixed or whether myelinating oligodendrocytes are continually generated in adulthood and maintain the capacity for structural remodeling. Using high-resolution, intravital label-free and fluorescence optical imaging in mouse cortex, we demonstrate lifelong oligodendrocyte generation occurring in parallel with structural plasticity of individual myelin internodes. Continuous internode formation occurred on both partially myelinated and unmyelinated axons, and the total myelin coverage along individual axons progressed up to two years of age...
March 19, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
Philippine C Geiszler, Aslihan Ugun-Klusek, Karen Lawler, Marie-Christine Pardon, Ding Yuchun, Li Bai, Clare A Daykin, Dorothee P Auer, Lynn Bedford
Metabolite profiling is an important tool that may better capture the multiple features of neurodegeneration. With the considerable parallels between mouse and human metabolism, the use of metabolomics in mouse models with neurodegenerative pathology provides mechanistic insight and ready translation into aspects of human disease. Using 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy we have carried out a temporal region-specific investigation of the metabolome of neuron-specific 26S proteasome knockout mice characterised by progressive neurodegeneration and Lewy-like inclusion formation in the forebrain...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Edwin M Robertson
Our present frequently resembles our past. Patterns of actions and events repeat throughout our lives like a motif. Identifying and exploiting these patterns are fundamental to many behaviours, from creating grammar to the application of skill across diverse situations. Such generalization may be dependent upon memory instability. Following their formation, memories are unstable and able to interact with one another, allowing, at least in principle, common features to be extracted. Exploiting these common features creates generalized knowledge that can be applied across varied circumstances...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Biology
Meng-Die Qi, Jian Wang, Xiao-Jing Ma, Quan Zhang, Fang-Fang Wang, Ying Kang, Hui-Xin Lin, Yong Liu
Andrographolide is a main active ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine Andrographis paniculata,with a variety of pharmacological activity,widely used in clinical practice. However its biosynthetic pathway has not been resolved. Cytochrome P450 reductase provides electrons for CYP450 and plays an important role in the CYP450 catalytic process. In this study,the coding sequence of A. paniculata CPR was screened and cloned by homologous alignment,named ApCPR4. The ApCPR4 protein was obtained by prokaryotic expression...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Peifeng Jing, Yannan Liu, Ethan G Keeler, Nelly M Cruz, Benjamin S Freedman, Lih Y Lin
Cell manipulation is one of the most impactful applications for optical tweezers, and derived from this promise, we demonstrate a new optical tweezers system for the study of cell adhesion and organization. This method utilizes photonic-crystal-enhanced optical tweezers to manipulate cells with low laser intensities. By doing so, it enables effective cell patterning and culturing within the conditions necessary for successful differentiation and colony formation of human pluripotent stem cells. To this end, the biocompatibility of plasma-treated parylene-C for cell culturing was studied, and a thorough characterization of cellular interactive forces was performed using this system...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Natsuki Hemmi, Yasuko Akiyama-Oda, Koichi Fujimoto, Hiroki Oda
One of the conserved traits of arthropod embryonic development is striped expression of homologs of Drosophila segment polarity genes, including hedgehog (hh). Although a diversity of stripe-forming processes is recognized among arthropod embryos, such varied stripe-forming processes have not been well characterized from cellular and quantitative perspectives. The spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum embryo, which has a hh-dependent mechanism of axis formation, offers a cell-based field where the stripes of Pt-hh (a hh homolog) expression dynamically develop in accordance with axis formation and growth, with the patterning processes varying among the regions of the field...
March 15, 2018: Developmental Biology
Andrew L Loyd, Benjamin W Held, Eric R Linder, Jason A Smith, Robert A Blanchette
The laccate (shiny or varnished) Ganoderma contain fungi that are important wood decay fungi of living trees and decomposers of woody debris. They are also an important group of fungi for their degradative enzymes and bioprocessing potential. Laboratory decay microcosms (LDMs) were used to study the relative decay ability of G anoderma curtisii, Ganoderma meredithiae, Ganoderma sessile, and G anoderma zonatum, which are four commonly encountered Ganoderma species in the U.S., across four wood types (Pinus taeda, Quercus nigra, Q uercus virginiana, and Sabal palmetto)...
April 2018: Fungal Biology
Juntao Xia, Lin Ye, Hongqiang Ren, Xu-Xiang Zhang
Aerobic granular sludge (AGS), a self-immobilized microbial consortium containing different functional microorganisms, is receiving growing attention, since it has shown great technological and economical potentials in the field of wastewater treatment. Microbial community is crucial for the formation, stability, and pollutant removal efficiency of aerobic granules. This mini-review systematically summarizes the recent findings of the microbial community structure and function of AGS and discusses the new research progress in the microbial community dynamics during the granulation process and spatial distribution patterns of the microbiota in AGS...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Eric Chung, Run Wang, David Ralph, Laurence Levine, Gerald Brock
BACKGROUND: Despite published guidelines on Peyronie's disease (PD), there are limited data on actual surgical practice among surgeons. AIM: To evaluate the surgical practice patterns in PD among surgeons from different continents and members of various sexual medicine societies. METHODS: An anonymous survey on various pre-, intra-, and postoperative aspects of PD surgical care was distributed in printed format during International Society of Sexual Medicine meetings and as an online survey to International Society of Sexual Medicine members...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Kelly Barford, Austin Keeler, Lloyd McMahon, Kathryn McDaniel, Chan Choo Yap, Christopher D Deppmann, Bettina Winckler
The development of the peripheral nervous system relies on long-distance signaling from target organs back to the soma. In sympathetic neurons, this long-distance signaling is mediated by target derived Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) interacting with its axonal receptor, TrkA. This ligand receptor complex internalizes into what is commonly referred to as the signaling endosome which is transported retrogradely to the soma and dendrites to mediate survival signaling and synapse formation, respectively. The molecular identity of signaling endosomes in dendrites has not yet been determined...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marie-Cécilia Duvernoy, Thierry Mora, Maxime Ardré, Vincent Croquette, David Bensimon, Catherine Quilliet, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Martial Balland, Christophe Beloin, Sigolène Lecuyer, Nicolas Desprat
Surface colonization underpins microbial ecology on terrestrial environments. Although factors that mediate bacteria-substrate adhesion have been extensively studied, their spatiotemporal dynamics during the establishment of microcolonies remains largely unexplored. Here, we use laser ablation and force microscopy to monitor single-cell adhesion during the course of microcolony formation. We find that adhesion forces of the rod-shaped bacteria Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa are polar. This asymmetry induces mechanical tension, and drives daughter cell rearrangements, which eventually determine the shape of the microcolonies...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Alejandro Avilés-Reyes, Irlan Almeida Freires, Richard Besingi, Sangeetha Purushotham, Champion Deivanayagam, L Jeannine Brady, Jacqueline Abranches, José A Lemos
Protein glycosylation has been described as the most abundant and complex post-translational modification occurring in nature. Recent studies have enhanced our view of how this modification occurs in bacteria highlighting the role of protein glycosylation in various processes such as biofilm formation, virulence and host-microbe interactions. We recently showed that the collagen- and laminin-binding adhesin Cnm of the dental pathogen Streptococcus mutans is post-translationally modified by the PgfS glycosyltransferase...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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