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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351469/inhibition-of-mtor-protects-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Candice E Van Skike, Jordan B Jahrling, Angela B Olson, Naomi L Sayre, Stacy A Hussong, Zoltan I Ungvari, James D Lechleiter, Veronica Galvan
An intact blood-brain barrier (BBB) limits entry of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic blood-derived factors into the brain parenchyma. The BBB is damaged in Alzheimer's disease (AD), which contributes significantly to the progression of AD pathologies and cognitive decline. However, the mechanisms underlying BBB breakdown in AD remain elusive and no interventions are available for treatment or prevention. We and others recently established that inhibition of the mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway with rapamycin yields significant neuroprotective effects, improving cerebrovascular and cognitive function in mouse models of AD...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351453/superoxide-inhibition-restores-endothelium-dependent-dilatation-in-aging-arteries-by-enhancing-impaired-adherens-junctions
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Fumin Chang, Sheila Flavahan, Nicholas A Flavahan
Endothelium-dependent, nitric oxide (NO)-mediated dilatation is impaired in aging arteries. The dysfunction reflects increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is reversed by inhibiting superoxide with superoxide dismutase (SOD) mimics, and is assumed to reflect superoxide-mediated inactivation of NO. However, the dysfunction also reflects Src-dependent degradation and loss of VE-cadherin from adherens junctions, resulting in a selective impairment in the ability of the junctions to amplify endothelial dilatation...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351411/disruption-of-the-lens-circulation-causes-calcium-accumulation-and-precipitates-in-connexin-mutant-mice
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Junyuan Gao, Peter J Minogue, Eric C Beyer, Richard T Mathias, Viviana M Berthoud
The lens is an avascular organ whose function and survival depend on an internal circulation system. Cx46fs380 mice model a human autosomal dominant cataract caused by a mutant lens connexin. In these mice, fiber cell connexin levels and gap junction coupling are severely decreased. The present studies were conducted to examine components of the lens circulation system that might be altered and contribute to the pathogenesis of cataracts. Lenses from wild type mice and Cx46fs380 heterozygotes and homozygotes were studied at 2 months of age...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351406/interleukin-6-promotes-a-sustained-loss-of-endothelial-barrier-function-via-janus-kinase-mediated-stat3-phosphorylation-and-de-novo-protein-synthesis
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Hiba Alsaffar, Nina Martino, Joshua P Garrett, Alejandro P Adam
Vascular leakage is a hallmark of the inflammatory response. Acute changes in endothelial permeability are due to post-translational changes in intercellular adhesion and cytoskeleton proteins. However, little is known about the mechanisms leading to long-term changes in vascular permeability. Here, we show that Interleukin-6 (IL-6) promotes an increase in endothelial monolayer permeability that lasts over 24 h and demonstrate that activation of Src and MEK/Erk pathways are required only for short-term increases in permeability, being dispensable after 2 h...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351373/a-facile-space-confined-solid-phase-sulfurization-strategy-for-growth-of-high-quality-ultrathin-molybdenum-disulfide-single-crystals
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Dawei Li, Zhiyong Xiao, Sai Mu, Fei Wang, Ying Liu, Jingfeng Song, Xi Huang, Lijia Jiang, Jun Xiao, Lei Liu, Stephen Ducharme, Bai Cui, Xia Hong, Lan Jiang, Jean-Francois Silvain, Yongfeng Lu
Single-crystal transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based hetero-junctions have recently attracted significant research and industrial interest owing to their intriguing optical and electrical properties. However, the lack of a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly, synthetic method and a poor understanding of the growth mechanism post a huge challenge to implementing TMDs in practical applications. In this work, we developed a novel approach for direct formation of high-quality, monolayer and few-layer MoS2 single crystal domains via a single-step rapid thermal processing of a sandwiched reactor with sulfur and molybdenum (Mo) film in a confined reaction space...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351282/a-four-component-model-of-the-action-potential-in-mouse-detrusor-smooth-muscle-cell
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Mithun Padmakumar, Keith L Brain, John S Young, Rohit Manchanda
BACKGROUND AND HYPOTHESIS: Detrusor smooth muscle cells (DSMCs) of the urinary bladder are electrically connected to one another via gap junctions and form a three dimensional syncytium. DSMCs exhibit spontaneous electrical activity, including passive depolarizations and action potentials. The shapes of spontaneous action potentials (sAPs) observed from a single DSM cell can vary widely. The biophysical origins of this variability, and the precise components which contribute to the complex shapes observed are not known...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351227/differential-association-of-cx37-and-cx40-genetic-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-and-without-underlying-structural-heart-disease
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Sebastian Carballo, Anna Pfenniger, David Carballo, Nicolas Garin, Richard W James, François Mach, Dipen Shah, Brenda R Kwak
Atrial fibrillation (AF) appears in the presence or absence of structural heart disease. The majority of foci causing AF are located near the ostia of pulmonary veins (PVs), where cardiomyocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells interdigitate. Connexins (Cx) form gap junction channels and participate in action potential propagation. Genetic variants in genes encoding Cx40 and Cx37 affect their expression or function and may contribute to PV arrhythmogenicity. DNA was obtained from 196 patients with drug-resistant, symptomatic AF with and without structural heart disease, who were referred for percutaneous catheter ablation...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350969/noise-of-a-chargeless-fermi-liquid
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Cătălin Paşcu Moca, Christophe Mora, Ireneusz Weymann, Gergely Zaránd
We construct a Fermi liquid theory to describe transport in a superconductor-quantum dot-normal metal junction close to the singlet-doublet (parity changing) transition of the dot. Though quasiparticles do not have a definite charge in this chargeless Fermi liquid, in the case of particle-hole symmetry, a mapping to the Anderson model unveils a hidden U(1) symmetry and a corresponding pseudocharge. In contrast to other correlated Fermi liquids, the back scattering noise reveals an effective charge equal to the charge of Cooper pairs, e^{*}=2e...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350952/fast-data-sorting-with-modified-principal-component-analysis-to-distinguish-unique-single-molecular-break-junction-trajectories
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J M Hamill, X T Zhao, G Mészáros, M R Bryce, M Arenz
A simple and fast analysis method to sort large data sets into groups with shared distinguishing characteristics is described and applied to single molecular break junction conductance versus electrode displacement data. The method, based on principal component analysis, successfully sorts data sets based on the projection of the data onto the first or second principal component of the correlation matrix without the need to assert any specific hypothesis about the expected features within the data. This is an improvement on the current correlation matrix analysis approach because it sorts data automatically, making it more objective and less time consuming, and our method is applicable to a wide range of multivariate data sets...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350910/highly-asymmetric-phase-behaviors-of-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxanes-based-multi-headed-giant-surfactants
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Mingjun Huang, Kan Yue, Jiahao Huang, Chang Liu, Zhe Zhou, Jing Wang, Kan Wu, Wenpeng Shan, An-Chang Shi, Stephen Z D Cheng
This work reports the molecular design, synthesis, and systematic study on the bulk self-assembly behaviors of three series of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)-based multi-headed giant surfactants XDPOSS-PSn (X = 2, 3 and 4), which are composed of two, three or four hydrophilic hydroxyl-group functionalized DPOSS cages attached via one junction point to a hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) chain. These series of hybrid polymeric amphiphiles with precisely defined chemical structure and controllable molecular architecture are synthesized by the sequential usage of "click" reactions...
January 19, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350877/effects-of-human-rhinovirus-on-epithelial-barrier-integrity-and-function-in-children-with-asthma
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Kevin Looi, Alysia G Buckley, Paul J Rigby, Luke W Garratt, Thomas Iosifidis, Graeme R Zosky, Alexander N Larcombe, Francis J Lannigan, Kak-Ming Ling, Kelly M Martinovich, Elizabeth Kicic-Starcevich, Nicole C Shaw, Erika N Sutanto, Darryl A Knight, Anthony Kicic, Stephen M Stick
BACKGROUND: Bronchial epithelial tight junctions (TJ) have been extensively assessed in healthy airway epithelium. However, no studies have yet assessed the effect of human rhinovirus (HRV) infection on the expression and resultant barrier function in epithelial tight junctions (TJ) in childhood asthma. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of HRV infection on airway epithelial TJ expression and barrier function in airway epithelial cells (AEC) of children with and without asthma...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350630/gaas-quantum-dots-in-a-gap-nanowire-photodetector
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Paul Kuyanov, Simon McNamee, Ray R LaPierre
We report the structural, optical and electrical properties of GaAs quantum dots (QDs) embedded along GaP nanowires. The GaP nanowires contained p-i-n junctions with 15 GaAs QDs within the intrinsic region. The nanowires were grown by molecular beam epitaxy using the self-assisted vapor-liquid-solid process. The crystal structure of the NW alternated between twinned ZB and WZ as the composition along the NW alternated between the GaP barriers and the GaAs QDs, respectively, leading to a polytypic structure with a periodic modulation of the NW sidewall facets...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350608/acute-transverse-myelitis-following-scrub-typhus-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Hyun-Seung Ryu, Bong Ju Moon, Jae-Young Park, Sang-Deok Kim, Seung-Kwon Seo, Jung-Kil Lee
Context Scrub typhus is an acute febrile disease caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. The disease can usually involve the lungs, heart, liver, spleen and brain through hematogenous dissemination. However, very rarely, acute transverse myelitis in the spinal cord develops from scrub typhus. We present a case of acute transverse myelitis following scrub typhus with a review of the literature. Findings A 66-year-old male visited a hospital for general myalgia, mild headache, and fever in October. He was noted to have thick, black papule skin on his abdomen, which was highly suggestive of scrub typhus...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350579/evaluation-of-respiratory-motion-corrected-cone-beam-ct-at-end-expiration-in-abdominal-radiotherapy-sites-a-prospective-study
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Russell E Kincaid, Agung E Hertanto, Yu-Chi Hu, Abraham J Wu, Karyn A Goodman, Hai D Pham, Ellen D Yorke, Qinghui Zhang, Qing Chen, Gig S Mageras
BACKGROUND: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for radiotherapy image guidance suffers from respiratory motion artifacts. This limits soft tissue visualization and localization accuracy, particularly in abdominal sites. We report on a prospective study of respiratory motion-corrected (RMC)-CBCT to evaluate its efficacy in localizing abdominal organs and improving soft tissue visibility at end expiration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In an IRB approved study, 11 patients with gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer and five with pancreatic cancer underwent a respiration-correlated CT (4DCT), a respiration-gated CBCT (G-CBCT) near end expiration and a one-minute free-breathing CBCT scan on a single treatment day...
January 19, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350135/plasmid-encoded-transferable-mecb-mediated-methicillin-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Karsten Becker, Sarah van Alen, Evgeny A Idelevich, Nina Schleimer, Jochen Seggewiß, Alexander Mellmann, Ursula Kaspar, Georg Peters
During cefoxitin-based nasal screening, phenotypically categorized methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was isolated and tested negative for the presence of the mecA and mecC genes as well as for the SCCmec-orfX junction region. The isolate was found to carry a mecB gene previously described for Macrococcus caseolyticus but not for staphylococcal species. The gene is flanked by β-lactam regulatory genes similar to mecR, mecI, and blaZ and is part of an 84.6-kb multidrug-resistance plasmid that harbors genes encoding additional resistances to aminoglycosides (aacA-aphD, aphA, and aadK) as well as macrolides (ermB) and tetracyclines (tetS)...
February 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349851/clinical-and-molecular-implications-of-structural-changes-to-desmosomes-and-corneodesmosomes
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Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto, Satomi Igawa, Mari Kishibe, Masaru Honma
Desmosomes provide the main intercellular adhesive properties between epidermal keratinocytes. Their distribution becomes uneven in severe dermatitis, multiple allergies and metabolic wasting syndrome due to desmoglein 1 deficiency and the loss of intercellular adhesion or acantholysis. When keratinocytes differentiate from granular cells into cornified cells, desmosomes are transformed into corneodesmosomes and can provide stronger intercellular adhesion. Degradation of corneodesmosomes is a tightly regulated process involving a number of proteases and their inhibitors...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349636/effects-of-asymmetric-local-joule-heating-on-silicon-nanowire-based-devices-formed-by-dielectrophoresis-alignment-across-pt-electrodes
#17
Hsiang-Hsi Ho, Chun-Lung Lin, Wei-Che Tsai, Liang-Zheng Hong, Cheng-Han Lyu, Hsun-Feng Hsu
We demonstrate the fabrication and characterization of silicon nanowire-based devices in metal-nanowire-metal configuration using direct current dielectrophoresis. The current-voltage characteristics of the devices were found rectifying, and their direction of rectification could be determined by voltage sweep direction due to the asymmetric Joule heating effect that occurred in the electrical measurement process. The photosensing properties of the rectifying devices were investigated. It reveals that when the rectifying device was in reverse-biased mode, the excellent photoresponse was achieved due to the strong built-in electric field at the junction interface...
January 16, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349060/sost-deficiency-does-not-alter-bone-s-lacunar-or-vascular-porosity-in-mice
#18
Henry Mosey, Juan A Núñez, Alice Goring, Claire E Clarkin, Katherine A Staines, Peter D Lee, Andrew A Pitsillides, Behzad Javaheri
SCLEROSTIN (Sost) is expressed predominantly in osteocytes acting as a negative regulator of bone formation. In humans, mutations in the SOST gene lead to skeletal overgrowth and increased bone mineral density, suggesting that SCLEROSTIN is a key regulator of bone mass. The function of SCLEROSTIN as an inhibitor of bone formation is further supported by Sost knockout (KO) mice which display a high bone mass with elevated bone formation. Previous studies have indicated that Sost exerts its effect on bone formation through Wnt-mediated regulation of osteoblast differentiation, proliferation, and activity...
September 13, 2017: Frontiers in Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348722/regulatory-effects-of-saponins-from-panax-japonicus-on-colonic-epithelial-tight-junctions-in-aging-rats
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Yaoyan Dun, Min Liu, Jing Chen, Danli Peng, Haixia Zhao, Zhiyong Zhou, Ting Wang, Chaoqi Liu, Yuhui Guo, Changcheng Zhang, Ding Yuan
Background: Saponins from Panax japonicus (SPJ) are the most abundant and main active components of P. japonicus, which replaces ginseng roots in treatment for many kinds of diseases in the minority ethnic group in China. Our previous studies have demonstrated that SPJ has the effects of anti-inflammation through the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathways. The present study was designed to investigate whether SPJ can modulate intestinal tight junction barrier in aging rats and further to explore the potential mechanism...
January 2018: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348685/overexpression-of-adhesion-molecules-and-barrier-molecules-is-associated-with-differential-infiltration-of-immune-cells-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#20
Young Kwang Chae, Wooyoung M Choi, William H Bae, Jonathan Anker, Andrew A Davis, Sarita Agte, Wade T Iams, Marcelo Cruz, Maria Matsangou, Francis J Giles
Immunotherapy is emerging as a promising option for lung cancer treatment. Various endothelial adhesion molecules, such as integrin and selectin, as well as various cellular barrier molecules such as desmosome and tight junctions, regulate T-cell infiltration in the tumor microenvironment. However, little is known regarding how these molecules affect immune cells in patients with lung cancer. We demonstrated for the first time that overexpression of endothelial adhesion molecules and cellular barrier molecule genes was linked to differential infiltration of particular immune cells in non-small cell lung cancer...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
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