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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231640/mind-the-gap-mechanisms-regulating-the-endothelial-barrier
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REVIEW
Mariya Y Radeva, Jens Waschke
The endothelial barrier consists of intercellular contacts localized in the cleft between endothelial cells, which is covered by the glycocalyx in a sieve-like manner. Both types of barrier-forming junctions, i.e. the adherens junction (AJ) serving mechanical anchorage and mechanotransduction and the tight junction (TJ) sealing the intercellular space to limit paracelullar permeability, are tethered to the actin cytoskeleton. Under resting conditions, the endothelium thereby builds a selective layer controlling the exchange of fluid and solutes with the surrounding tissue...
February 23, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231288/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-genes-encoding-ubiquitin-conjugating-domain-containing-enzymes-in-carica-papaya
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Dengwei Jue, Xuelian Sang, Bo Shu, Liqin Liu, Yicheng Wang, Zhiwei Jia, Yu Zou, Shengyou Shi
BACKGROUND: Ripening affects the quality and nutritional contents of fleshy fruits and is a crucial process of fruit development. Although several studies have suggested that ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme (E2s or UBC enzymes) are involved in the regulation of fruit ripening, little is known about the function of E2s in papaya (Carica papaya). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study, we searched the papaya genome and identified 34 putative UBC genes, which were clustered into 17 phylogenetic subgroups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231012/quantum-percolation-and-magnetic-nano-droplet-states-in-electronically-phase-separated-manganite-nanowires
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Kaixuan Zhang, Lin Li, Hui Li, Qiyuan Feng, Nan Zhang, Long Cheng, Xiaodong Fan, Yubin Hou, Qingyou Lu, Zhenyu Zhang, Changgan Zeng
One-dimensional (1D) confinement has been revealed to effectively tune the properties of materials in homogeneous states. The 1D physics can be further enriched by electronic inhomogeneity, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate the ultra-high sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations and the tunability of phase stability in the electronic transport properties of self-assembled electronically phase-separated manganite nanowires with extreme aspect ratio. The onset of magnetic nano-droplet state, a precursor to the ferromagnetic metallic state, is unambiguously revealed, which is attributed to the small lateral size of the nanowires that is comparable to the droplet size...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231005/synaptic-plasticity-selectively-activated-by-polarization-dependent-energy-efficient-ion-migration-in-an-ultrathin-ferroelectric-tunnel-junction
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Chansoo Yoon, Ji Hye Lee, Sangik Lee, Ji Hoon Jeon, Jun Tae Jang, Dae Hwan Kim, Young Heon Kim, Bae Ho Park
Selectively activated inorganic synaptic devices, showing high on/off ratio, ultrasmall dimension, low power consumption, and short programming time, are required to emulate the functions of high-capacity and energy-efficient reconfigurable human neural systems combining information storage and processing. Here, we demonstrate that such a synaptic device is realized using Ag/PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT)/La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSMO) ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) with ultrathin PZT (thickness of ∽4 nm). Ag ion migration through the very thin FTJ enables large on/off ratio (10(7)) and low energy consumption (potentiation energy consumption = ~22 aJ and depression energy consumption = ~2...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230606/secretions-of-bifidobacterium-infantis-and-lactobacillus-acidophilus-protect-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
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Shuangshuang Guo, Tyler Gillingham, Yuming Guo, Di Meng, Weishu Zhu, W Allen Walker, Kriston Ganguli
OBJECTIVES: The secreted metabolites of probiotics are cytoprotective to intestinal epithelium and have been shown to attenuate inflammation and reduce gut permeability. The present study was designed to determine the protective effects of probiotic conditioned media (PCM) from Bifidobacterium infantis (BCM) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (LCM) on interleukin (IL)-1β-induced intestinal barrier compromise. METHODS: The epithelial barrier was determined by measuring the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) across a Caco-2 cell monolayer using a Transwell model...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230354/chemical-modification-of-semiconductor-surfaces-for-molecular-electronics
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Ayelet Vilan, David Cahen
Inserting molecular monolayers within metal/semiconductor interfaces provides one of the most powerful expressions of how minute chemical modifications can affect electronic devices. This topic also has direct importance for technology as it can help improve the efficiency of a variety of electronic devices such as solar cells, LEDs, sensors, and possible future bioelectronic ones. The review covers the main aspects of using chemistry to control the various aspects of interface electrostatics, such as passivation of interface states and alignment of energy levels by intrinsic molecular polarization, as well as charge rearrangement with the adjacent metal and semiconducting contacts...
February 23, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229597/molecular-seesaw-intricate-dynamics-and-versatile-chemistry-of-heteroaromatics-on-metal-surfaces
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Sergey N Filimonov, Wei Liu, Alexandre Tkatchenko
The design of novel elementary surface processes is important for applications in catalysis, single-molecule junctions, molecular sensors, switches and surface mounted molecular machines. Here we demonstrate by van der Waals inclusive density functional theory calculations that a small and relatively simple heteroaromatic compound s-triazine (C$_3$H$_3$N$_3$) unexpectedly possesses five metastable states when adsorbed on the Pt(111) surface. This diversity of the adsorption states stems from an interplay between versatile molecule/surface chemical bonding and van der Waals interactions and from ``softening'' of the aromatic ring by nitrogen substitution, which makes folding of the aromatic ring energetically much less demanding as compared to benzene...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229270/should-the-annulus-be-fixed-in-aortic-valve-sparing-root-replacement-with-remodeling
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Kojiro Furukawa, Keiji Kamohara, Junji Yunoki, Shugo Koga, Manabu Itoh, Hiroyuki Morokuma, Yosuke Mukae, Tsuyoshi Itoh, Shigeki Morita
OBJECTIVES: If the aortic root dilates after native aortic valve-sparing root reconstruction with remodeling, aortic regurgitation may recur. However, it has not been demonstrated clearly that the aortic root dilates after remodeling. METHODS: This study enrolled 15 patients who underwent an aortic valve-sparing operation with remodeling (2002-2014) but without any ventriculo-aortic junction (VAJ) fixation. Technically, special care was taken to pass the sutures through the fibrous annulus...
February 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229125/the-clinical-neuroanatomical-and-neuropathologic-phenotype-of-tbk1-associated-frontotemporal-dementia-a-longitudinal-case-report
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Carolin A M Koriath, Martina Bocchetta, Emilie Brotherhood, Ione O C Woollacott, Penny Norsworthy, Javier Simón-Sánchez, Cornelis Blauwendraat, Katrina M Dick, Elizabeth Gordon, Sophie R Harding, Nick C Fox, Sebastian Crutch, Jason D Warren, Tamas Revesz, Tammaryn Lashley, Simon Mead, Jonathan D Rohrer
INTRODUCTION: Mutations in the TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene have recently been shown to cause frontotemporal dementia (FTD). However, the phenotype of TBK1-associated FTD is currently unclear. METHODS: We performed a single case longitudinal study of a patient who was subsequently found to have a novel A705fs mutation in the TBK1 gene. He was assessed annually over a 7-year period with a series of clinical, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging assessments...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229029/the-dens-a-review-of-its-diverse-nomenclature-and-a-recommended-simplified-terminology
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REVIEW
Jaspreet Johal, Christian Fisahn, Brittni Burgess, Marios Loukas, Jens Chapman, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
Pathology of the dens, such as fractures, demands precise terminology so that communication between physicians are succinct, diagnoses are accurate, and treatment strategies exact. This review aims to summarize the various terms used to describe the parts of the dens and recommend the ideal terminology. Using standard search engines, English language publications were searched for the many terms used to describe parts of the dens. A multitude of terms was identified with many demonstrating overlaps. Terms identified included apex, tip, apicodental, subdental, dentocentral and odontocentral junctions, peg, waist, base, neck, shaft, shoulder, and stem...
January 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228833/disruption-of-the-photoreceptor-inner-segment-outer-segment-junction-in-a-6-year-old-girl-with-joubert-syndrome
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Shimpei Baba, Eri Takeshita, Hiroko Yamazaki, Mikako Tarashima, Masayuki Sasaki
Joubert syndrome (JS) is a spectrum of genetic disorders characterised by cerebellar and brainstem malformation called "molar tooth sign", resulting in hypotonia, developmental delay, and intellectual disability. Here we describe a young female JS patient with "salt-and-pepper" fundus and inner segment-outer segment junction (IS/OS line) discontinuity, with a lack of external limiting membrane. Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) detected blurred external retinal layers in the macula centre. Although JS patients often have retinal degeneration with varying severity, few investigators have utilised OCT in their investigations...
February 2017: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228731/increased-hemodynamic-load-in-early-embryonic-stages-alters-endocardial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Madeline Midgett, Claudia S López, Larry David, Alina Maloyan, Sandra Rugonyi
Normal blood flow is essential for proper heart formation during embryonic development, as abnormal hemodynamic load (blood pressure and shear stress) results in cardiac defects seen in congenital heart disease. However, the progressive detrimental remodeling processes that relate altered blood flow to cardiac defects remain unclear. Endothelial-mesenchymal cell transition is one of the many complex developmental events involved in transforming the early embryonic outflow tract into the aorta, pulmonary trunk, interventricular septum, and semilunar valves...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228623/elucidation-of-mechanism-of-blood-brain-barrier-damage-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-vascular-dementia
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Masaki Ueno
It is well-known that the blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays significant roles in transporting intravascular substances into the brain. The BBB in cerebral capillaries essentially impedes the influx of intravascular compounds from the blood to the brain, while nutritive substances, such as glucose, can be selectively transported through several types of influx transporters in endothelial cells. In the choroid plexus, intravascular substances can invade the parenchyma as fenestrations exist in endothelial cells of capillaries...
February 22, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228550/interaction-of-phosphorylated-rab11-fip2-with-eps15-regulates-apical-junction-composition
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Lynne A Lapierre, Elizabeth H Manning, Kenya M Mitchell, Cathy M Caldwell, James R Goldenring
MARK2 regulates the establishment of polarity in MDCK cells in part through phosphorylation of serine 227 of Rab11-FIP2. We have now identified Eps15 as an interacting partner of phospho-S227-Rab11-FIP2 (pS227-FIP2). During recovery from low calcium, Eps15 localized to the lateral membrane, prior to pS227-FIP2 arrival. Later in recovery, Eps15 and pS227-FIP2 co-localized at the lateral membrane. In MDCK cells expressing the pseudophosphorylated FIP2 mutant, FIP2(S227E), during recovery from low calcium, Eps15 was trapped and never localized to the lateral membrane...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228324/extended-maxillotomy-for-skull-base-access-in-contemporary-management-of-chordomas-rationale-and-technical-aspect
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Muhammad Fahmi Abdul Jalil, Rowan D Story, Myron Rogers
Minimally invasive approaches to the central skull base have been popularized over the last decade and have to a large extent displaced 'open' procedures. However, traditional skull base surgery still has its role especially when dealing with a large clival chordoma where maximal surgical resection is the principal goal to maximize patient survival. In this paper, we present a case of a 25year-old male patient with chordoma in the inferior clivus which was initially debulked via a transnasal endoscopic approach...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228171/quantification-of-multicellular-organization-junction-integrity-and-substrate-features-in-collective-cell-migration
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Adam C Canver, Alisa Morss Clyne
Quantitative analysis of multicellular organization, cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate properties is essential to understand the mechanisms underlying collective cell migration. However, spatially and temporally defining these properties is difficult within collectively migrating cell groups due to challenges in accurate cell segmentation within the monolayer. In this paper, we present Matlab®-based algorithms to spatially quantify multicellular organization (migration distance, interface roughness, and cell alignment, area, and morphology), cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate features in confocal microscopy images of two-dimensional collectively migrating endothelial monolayers...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228021/waiting-time-distribution-for-electron-transport-in-a-molecular-junction-with-electron-vibration-interaction
#17
Daniel S Kosov
On the elementary level, electronic current consists of individual electron tunnelling events that are separated by random time intervals. The waiting time distribution is a probability to observe the electron transfer in the detector electrode at time t+τ given that an electron was detected in the same electrode at an earlier time t. We study waiting time distribution for quantum transport in a vibrating molecular junction. By treating the electron-vibration interaction exactly and molecule-electrode coupling perturbatively, we obtain the master equation and compute the distribution of waiting times for electron transport...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227424/atrioventricular-junction-avj-motion-tracking-a-software-tool-with-itk-vtk-qt
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Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Pengdong Xiao, Shuang Leng, Xiaodan Zhao, Hua Zou, Ru San Tan, Philip Wong, Liang Zhong, Ru San Tan, Pengdong Xiao, Philip Wong, Hua Zou, Shuang Leng, Liang Zhong, Xiaodan Zhao
The quantitative measurement of the Atrioventricular Junction (AVJ) motion is an important index for ventricular functions of one cardiac cycle including systole and diastole. In this paper, a software tool that can conduct AVJ motion tracking from cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) images is presented by using Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and Qt. The software tool is written in C++ by using Visual Studio Community 2013 integrated development environment (IDE) containing both an editor and a Microsoft complier...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226464/modulation-of-cardiac-pacemaker-inter-beat-intervals-by-sinoatrial-fibroblasts-a-numerical-study
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Ariel Greisas, Sharon Zlochiver, Ariel Greisas, Sharon Zlochiver, Ariel Greisas, Sharon Zlochiver
The potential effect of sinoatrial fibroblasts on beat rate and variability of the cardiac pacemakers is not yet fully understood. Heterocellular coupling formation and fibroblast proliferation during diseased conditions may further signify the impact of those cells on sinoatrial node function. In this study we numerically modeled the impact of varying numbers of fibroblasts that are electrically coupled to a single pacemaker cell on several electrophysiological parameters. We employed cellular kinetics of the rabbit sinoatrial myocyte, and employed a range of potential gap junctional coupling between fibroblasts and myocytes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226351/-significance-and-contemplation-of-clinical-diagnosis-and-therapy-on-the-renewal-of-the-eighth-edition-of-gastric-cancer-tnm-staging-system
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Hongqing Xi, Kecheng Zhang, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
TNM staging is essential for clinical decision-making and prognostic prediction for patients with gastric cancer. The 7th TNM staging manual was formulated in 2009 and implemented in 2010. However, it was published that there were some deficiencies of the 7th edition of gastric cancer TNM staging system in clinical application process, and this old staging system could not meet the clinical needs. With the cooperation and promotion of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), the International Union for Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Gastric Cancer Association (IGCA), and through the accumulation and analysis of gastric cancer big data, the 8th TNM staging system was published at the end of 2016...
February 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
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