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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723974/alginate-hydrogels-allow-for-bioactive-and-sustained-release-of-vegf-c-and-vegf-d-for-lymphangiogenic-therapeutic-applications
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Kevin T Campbell, Dustin J Hadley, David L Kukis, Eduardo A Silva
Lymphatic dysfunction is associated with the progression of many cardiovascular disorders due to their role in maintaining tissue fluid homeostasis. Promoting new lymphatic vessels (lymphangiogenesis) is a promising strategy to reverse these cardiovascular disorders via restoring lymphatic function. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) members VEGF-C and VEGF-D are both potent candidates for stimulating lymphangiogenesis, though maintaining spatial and temporal control of these factors represents a challenge to developing efficient therapeutic lymphangiogenic applications...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723212/engineering-recombinant-protein-sensors-for-quantifying-histone-acetylation
#2
Oscar F Sanchez, Agnes Mendonca, Ana D Carneiro, Chongli Yuan
H3K14ac (acetylation of lysine 14 of histone H3) is one of the most important epigentic modifications. Aberrant changes in H3K14ac have been associated with various diseases, including cancers and neurological disorders. Tools that enable detection and quantification of H3K14ac levels in cell extracts and in situ are thus of critical importance to reveal its role in various biological processes. Current detection techniques of specific histone modifications, however, are constrained by tedious sample pretreatments, lack of quantitative accuracy, and reliance on high quality antibodies...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721495/diversity-and-survival-of-artificial-lifeforms-under-sedimentation-and-random-motion
#3
Nicolas Glade, Olivier Bastien, Pascal Ballet
Cellular automata are often used to explore the numerous possible scenarios of what could have occurred at the origins of life and before, during the prebiotic ages, when very simple molecules started to assemble and organise into larger catalytic or informative structures, or to simulate ecosystems. Artificial self-maintained spatial structures emerge in cellular automata and are often used to represent molecules or living organisms. They converge generally towards homogeneous stationary soups of still-life creatures...
July 18, 2017: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721394/interhemispheric-disconnectivity-in-the-sensorimotor-network-in-bipolar-disorder-revealed-by-functional-connectivity-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-analysis
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Takuya Ishida, Tomohiro Donishi, Jun Iwatani, Shinichi Yamada, Shun Takahashi, Satoshi Ukai, Kazuhiro Shinosaki, Masaki Terada, Yoshiki Kaneoke
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding interhemispheric functional connectivity (FC) abnormalities via the corpus callosum in subjects with bipolar disorder (BD), which might be a key pathophysiological basis of emotional processing alterations in BD. METHODS: We performed tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in 24 healthy control (HC) and 22 BD subjects. Next, we analyzed the neural networks with independent component analysis (ICA) in 32HC and 25 BD subjects using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720858/gsk-3%C3%AE-deletion-in-dentate-gyrus-excitatory-neuron-impairs-synaptic-plasticity-and-memory
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Enjie Liu, Ao-Ji Xie, Qiuzhi Zhou, Mengzhu Li, Shujuan Zhang, Shihong Li, Weijin Wang, Xiaochuan Wang, Qun Wang, Jian-Zhi Wang
Increasing evidence suggests that glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) plays a crucial role in neurodegenerative/psychiatric disorders, while pan-neural knockout of GSK-3β also shows detrimental effects. Currently, the function of GSK-3β in specific type of neurons is elusive. Here, we infused AAV-CaMKII-Cre-2A-eGFP into GSK-3β(lox/lox) mice to selectively delete the kinase in excitatory neurons of hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG), and studied the effects on cognitive/psychiatric behaviors and the molecular mechanisms...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720484/long-term-enzyme-replacement-therapy-improves-neurocognitive-functioning-and-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity-in-immune-tolerant-alpha-mannosidosis-mice
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Stijn Stroobants, Markus Damme, Ann Van der Jeugd, Ben Vermaercke, Claes Andersson, Jens Fogh, Paul Saftig, Judith Blanz, Rudi D'Hooge
Alpha-mannosidosis is a glycoproteinosis caused by deficiency of lysosomal acid alpha-mannosidase (LAMAN), which markedly affects neurons of the central nervous system (CNS), and causes pathognomonic intellectual dysfunction in the clinical condition. Cognitive improvement consequently remains a major therapeutic objective in research on this devastating genetic error. Immune-tolerant LAMAN knockout mice were developed to evaluate the effects of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) by prolonged administration of recombinant human enzyme...
July 15, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716922/local-destabilization-rigid-body-and-fuzzy-docking-facilitate-the-phosphorylation-of-the-transcription-factor-ets-1-by-the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-erk2
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Andrea Piserchio, Mangalika Warthaka, Tamer S Kaoud, Kari Callaway, Kevin N Dalby, Ranajeet Ghose
Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase substrates are believed to require consensus docking motifs (D-site, F-site) to engage and facilitate efficient site-specific phosphorylation at specific serine/threonine-proline sequences by their cognate kinases. In contrast to other MAP kinase substrates, the transcription factor Ets-1 has no canonical docking motifs, yet it is efficiently phosphorylated by the MAP kinase ERK2 at a consensus threonine site (T38). Using NMR methodology, we demonstrate that this phosphorylation is enabled by a unique bipartite mode of ERK2 engagement by Ets-1 and involves two suboptimal noncanonical docking interactions instead of a single canonical docking motif...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715921/the-role-of-secreted-heat-shock-protein-90-hsp90-in-wound-healing-how-could-it-shape-future-therapeutics
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Jiacong Guo, Cheng Chang, Wei Li
Defects in tissue repair or wound healing pose a clinical, economic and social problem worldwide. Despite decades of studies, there have been few effective therapeutic treatments. Areas covered: We discuss the possible reasons for why growth factor therapy did not succeed. We point out the lack of human disorder-relevant animal models as another blockade for therapeutic development. We summarize the recent discovery of secreted heat shock protein-90 (Hsp90) as a novel wound healing agent. Expert commentary: Wound healing is a highly complex and multistep process that requires participations of many cell types, extracellular matrices and soluble molecules to work together in a spatial and temporal fashion within the wound microenvironment...
July 18, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714511/tailoring-crack-morphology-in-coffee-ring-deposits-via-substrate-heating
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Hisay Lama, Madivala G Basavaraj, Dillip K Satapathy
The drying of a sessile drop consisting of colloidal particles and the formation of particulate deposits with spatially periodic cracks were ubiquitous. The drying induced stress, which is generated during the evaporation of a colloidal drop, is released by the formation of cracks. We find that the morphology of cracks formed in particulate films dried at substrate temperature, Tsub = 25 °C is markedly different from that of cracks formed at Tsub > 45 °C. The cracks are disordered in the former case, but ordered and periodic in the latter...
July 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714205/photothermal-ring-integrated-intraocular-lens-for-high-efficient-eye-disease-treatment
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Yao-Xin Lin, Xue-Feng Hu, Yang Zhao, Yu-Juan Gao, Chao Yang, Sheng-Lin Qiao, Yi Wang, Pei-Pei Yang, Jiao Yan, Xin-Ce Sui, Zeng-Ying Qiao, Li-Li Li, Jiang-Bing Xie, Si-Quan Zhu, Xiao-Chun Wu, Yongsheng Li, Lei Wang, Hao Wang
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) is the most common complication after cataract surgery. So far, the only method for PCO treatment is the precisely focused laser surgery. However, it causes severe complications such as physical damages and neuron impairments. Here, a nanostructured photothermal ring integrated intraocular lens (Nano-IOLs) is reported, in which the rim of commercially available IOLs (C-IOLs) is decorated with silica coated Au nanorods (Au@SiO2 ), for high-efficient prevention of PCO after cataract surgery...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713248/deep-brain-magnetic-stimulation-promotes-neurogenesis-and-restores-cholinergic-activity-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Junli Zhen, Yanjing Qian, Jian Fu, Ruijun Su, Haiting An, Wei Wang, Yan Zheng, Xiaomin Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive decline of memory and cognitive functions. Deep magnetic stimulation (DMS), a noninvasive and nonpharmacological brain stimulation, has been reported to alleviate stress-related cognitive impairment in neuropsychiatric disorders. Our previous study also discovered the preventive effect of DMS on cognitive decline in an AD mouse model. However, the underlying mechanism must be explored further. In this study, we investigated the effect of DMS on spatial learning and memory functions, neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus (DG), as well as expression and activity of the cholinergic system in a transgenic mouse model of AD (5XFAD)...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713244/regulatory-roles-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-associated-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Zhenzhen Quan, Da Zheng, Hong Qing
Accumulating studies have revealed that the human genome encodes tens of thousands of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), which participate in multiple biological networks modulating gene expression via transcriptional, post-transcriptional and epigenetic regulation. Strikingly, a large fraction of tissue-specific lncRNAs are expressed in the Central Nervous System (CNS) with precisely regulated temporal and spatial expression patterns. These brain-specific lncRNAs are also featured with the cell-type specificity, the highest signals of evolutionary conservation, and their preferential location adjacent to brain-expressed protein-coding genes...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711473/interaction-of-reelin-and-stress-on-immobility-in-the-forced-swim-test-but-not-dopamine-mediated-locomotor-hyperactivity-or-prepulse-inhibition-disruption-relevance-to-psychotic-and-mood-disorders
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Michael J Notaras, Billie Vivian, Carey Wilson, Maarten van den Buuse
RATIONALE: Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, as well as some mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, have been suggested to share common biological risk factors. One such factor is reelin, a large extracellular matrix glycoprotein that regulates neuronal migration during development as well as numerous activity-dependent processes in the adult brain. The current study sought to evaluate whether a history of stress exposure interacts with endogenous reelin levels to modify behavioural endophenotypes of relevance to psychotic and mood disorders...
July 13, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710748/longitudinal-changes-in-white-matter-fractional-anisotropy-in-adult-onset-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-patients-treated-with-miglustat
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Elizabeth A Bowman, Dennis Velakoulis, Patricia Desmond, Mark Walterfang
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare neurometabolic disorder resulting in impaired intracellular lipid trafficking. The only disease-modifying treatment currently available is miglustat, an iminosugar that inhibits the accumulation of lipid metabolites in neurons and other cells. This longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study examined how the rate of white matter change differed between treated and non-treated adult-onset NPC patient groups. Nine adult-onset NPC patients (seven undergoing treatment with miglustat, two not treated) underwent DTI neuroimaging...
July 15, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709907/the-details-of-structural-disconnectivity-in-psychotic-disorder-a-family-based-study-of-non-fa-diffusion-weighted-imaging-measures
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Stijn Michielse, Ed Gronenschild, Patrick Domen, Jim van Os, Machteld Marcelis
BACKGROUND: Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) studies in psychotic disorder have shown reduced FA, often interpreted as disturbed white matter integrity. The observed 'dysintegrity' may be of multifactorial origin, as changes in FA are thought to reflect a combination of changes in myelination, fiber organization and number of axons. Examining the structural substrate of the diffusion tensor in individuals with (risk for) psychotic disorder may provide better understanding of the underlying structural changes...
July 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709308/temporal-disorder-as-a-mechanism-for-spatially-heterogeneous-diffusion
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Paul C Bressloff, Sean D Lawley
A fundamental issue in analyzing diffusion in heterogeneous media is interpreting the space dependence of the associated diffusion coefficient. This reflects the well-known Ito-Stratonovich dilemma for continuous stochastic processes with multiplicative noise. In order to resolve this dilemma it is necessary to introduce additional constraints regarding the underlying physical system. Here we introduce a mechanism for generating nonlinear Brownian motion based on a form of temporal disorder. Motivated by switching processes in molecular biology, we consider a Brownian particle that randomly switches between two distinct conformational states with different diffusivities...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707396/role-of-abnormal-repolarization-in-the-mechanism-of-cardiac-arrhythmia
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O E Osadchii
In cardiac patients, life-threatening tachyarrhythmia is often precipitated by abnormal changes in ventricular repolarization and refractoriness. Repolarization abnormalities typically evolve as a consequence of impaired function of outward K(+) currents in cardiac myocytes, which may be caused by genetic defects or result from various acquired pathophysiological conditions, including electrical remodelling in cardiac disease, ion channel modulation by clinically used pharmacological agents, and systemic electrolyte disorders seen in heart failure, such as hypokalaemia...
July 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707256/monitoring-in-vivo-the-mammary-gland-microstructure-during-morphogenesis-from-lactation-to-post-weaning-using-diffusion-tensor-mri
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Noam Nissan, Edna Furman-Haran, Myra Shapiro-Feinberg, Dov Grobgeld, Hadassa Degani
Lactation and the return to the pre-conception state during post-weaning are regulated by hormonal induced processes that modify the microstructure of the mammary gland, leading to changes in the features of the ductal / glandular tissue, the stroma and the fat tissue. These changes create a challenge in the radiological workup of breast disorder during lactation and early post-weaning. Here we present non-invasive MRI protocols designed to record in vivo high spatial resolution, T2-weighted images and diffusion tensor images of the entire mammary gland...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706491/early-life-exposure-to-lead-induces-cognitive-impairment-in-elder-mice-targeting-sirt1-phosphorylation-and-oxidative-alterations
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Lijie Zhang, Runqi Tu, Yawei Wang, Yazhen Hu, Xing Li, Xuemin Cheng, Yanyan Yin, Wenjie Li, Hui Huang
Pb is a potential risk factor for cognition, mainly mediated by enhanced oxidative stress. Resveratrol, a natural polyphenol with crucial anti-oxidative property, is recently implicated in preventing cognitive deficits in normal aging and neurodegenerative disorders. Its beneficial effects have been linked to sirtuin 1(SIRT1) activation. The aim of this work is to investigate the possible linkage between alterations in Pb-induced oxidative damage and cognitive impairment by prolonged treatment of resveratrol...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706388/comparison-of-bone-marrow-aspiration-cytology-with-bone-marrow-trephine-biopsy-histopathology-an-observational-study
#20
Meenu Gilotra, Monika Gupta, Sunita Singh, Rajeev Sen
INTRODUCTION: Bone marrow examination is a useful investigative tool for the diagnosis of many hematological and nonhematological disorders. Bone marrow aspiration (BMA) provides information about the numerical and cytological features of marrow cells, whereas bone marrow trephine biopsies (BMB) provide excellent appreciation of spatial relationships between cells and of overall bone marrow structure. We conducted this study with the objective of comparing the accuracy of BMA with BMB in the diagnosis of various hematological disorders...
July 2017: Journal of Laboratory Physicians
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