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Hiroyuki Yanagisawa, Yukihiko Kudo, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Haruhiko Miyagawa, Fumitaka Maruyama, Shigehiko Fujimaki
This study was conducted with the aim of achieving the simultaneous screening of various additives in polymer materials by utilizing a solvent-free pyrolyzer/thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py/TD-GC-MS) method. As a first step to achieve this goal, simultaneous screening has been examined by selecting major substances representing plasticizers and flame retardants, such as short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
J Woo, J E Kim, J J Im, J Lee, H S Jeong, S Park, S-Y Jung, H An, S Yoon, S M Lim, S Lee, J Ma, E Y Shin, Y-E Han, B Kim, E H Lee, L Feng, H Chun, B-E Yoon, I Kang, S R Dager, I K Lyoo, C J Lee
The role of astrocytes in brain plasticity has not been extensively studied compared with that of neurons. Here we adopted integrative translational and reverse-translational approaches to explore the role of an astrocyte-specific major water channel in the brain, aquaporin-4 (AQP4), in brain plasticity and learning. We initially identified the most prevalent genetic variant of AQP4 (single nucleotide polymorphism of rs162008 with C or T variation, which has a minor allele frequency of 0.21) from a human database (n=60 706) and examined its functionality in modulating the expression level of AQP4 in an in vitro luciferase reporter assay...
April 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Guoxuan Qin, Yibo Zhang, Kuibo Lan, Lingxia Li, Jianguo Ma, Shihui Yu
A novel method of fabricating the flexible thin-film transistor based on single-crystalline Si nanomembrane (SiNM) with high-k Nb2O5-Bi2O3-MgO (BMN) ceramic gate dielectric on a plastic substrate is demonstrated in this paper. The SiNMs are successfully transferred to a flexible PET substrate, which has been plated indium-tin-oxide (ITO) conductive layer and high-k BMN ceramic gate dielectric layer by room-temperature magnetron sputtering. The BMN ceramic gate dielectric layer demonstrates as high as ~109 dielectric constant, with only dozens of pA current leakage...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ju Hee Lee, Azadeh Yeganeh, Hisato Konoeda, Joon Ho Moon, Hoon-Ki Sung
Flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) techniques have significantly advanced the characterization of adipocyte precursor cell (APC) populations. They allow immunophenotyping, quantification, and isolation of distinct populations, which is critical for understanding adipose tissue development and homeostasis. Here, we describe the identification and purification of adipocyte precursor cells using flow cytometry and FACS, defined by previously established surface marker profiles. In addition, we describe the mouse models and whole adipose tissue visualization techniques that will enable us to characterize the plasticity and the cellular origin of APCs...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Wen Lin, Guoxing Xu
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that excessive blue-light (BL) with high photochemical energy and phototoxicity could induce apoptosis in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. RPE apoptosis leads to retina damage and further aggravate age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). Because of their neuroprotective, plasticity, and immunomodulatory ability, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) are recognized for retinal neuroprotection. RPE cells possess ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) receptor complexes and can respond to CNTF; hence, we investigated the effects of BMSCs over-expressing CNTF on BL-injured RPE cells...
March 21, 2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Lianne Hoeijmakers, Anna Amelianchik, Fleur Verhaag, Janssen Kotah, Paul J Lucassen, A Korosi
Life-time experiences are thought to influence the risk to develop the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, early-life stress (ES) may modulate the onset and progression of AD. There is recent evidence by our group and others that AD-related neuropathological progression and the associated neuroimmune responses are modulated by ES in the classic APPswe/PS1dE9 mouse model for AD. We here extend our previous study on ES mediated modulation of neuropathology and neuroinflammation and address in the same cohort of mice whether ES accelerates and/or aggravates AD-induced cognitive decline and alterations in the process of adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN), a form of brain plasticity...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
M I Muradov, K B Mukhamedkerim, А А Baiguzeva, K E Kazantaev, D Zh Koshkarbaev
The problem of treating tissue defects of the scalp to date remains one of the actual problems of modern medicine. Low elasticity, stiffness, and the presence of hair follicles and skin deficit dictate the need for new treatments, cosmetic relevant requirements of this zone. The use of expander dermotension in recent years has found its wide distribution in the treatment of defects and deformities of covering tissue anywhere on the body. On the example of a patient K.32 years old hospitalized with diagnosis-basal cell epithelioma of the scalp-the defect of soft tissues, we demonstrated the use of expander plastic in the treatment of defect covering tissues of the scalp...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Ana Margarida Piloto, David S M Ribeiro, S Sofia M Rodrigues, Catarina Santos, João L M Santos, M Goreti F Sales
A highly sensitive fluorescence detection probe was developed by tailoring plastic antibodies on the external surface of aqueous soluble quantum dots (QDs). The target was Myoglobin (Myo), a cardiac biomarker that quenched the intrinsic fluorescent emission of cadmium telluride (CdTe) QDs capped with mercaptopropionic acid (CdTe-MPA-QDs). The QDs were incubated with the target protein and further modified with a molecularly-imprinted polymer (MIP) produced by radical polymerization of acrylamide and bisacrylamide...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Syeda Nayab Fatima Abidi, Rachel K Smith-Bolton
The imaginal discs of the genetically tractable model organism Drosophila melanogaster have been used to study cell-fate specification and plasticity, including homeotic changes and regeneration-induced transdetermination. The identity of the reprogramming mechanisms that induce plasticity has been of great interest in the field. Here we identify a change from antennal fate to eye fate induced by a Distal-less-GAL4 (DllGAL4) P-element insertion that is a mutant allele of Dll and expresses GAL4 in the antennal imaginal disc...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Peter J Morris
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March 2018: North Carolina Medical Journal
René Garduño-Gutiérrez, Martha León-Olea, Gabriela Rodríguez-Manzo
Sexual experience modifies brain functioning and copulatory efficiency. Sexual activity, ejaculation in particular, is a rewarding behavior associated with the release of endogenous opioids, which modulate the activity of the mesolimbic dopaminergic system (MLS). In sexually exhausted rats, repeated ejaculation produces μ (MOR) and δ opioid receptor (DOR) internalization in ventral tegmental area (VTA) neurons, as well as long-lasting behavioral changes suggestive of brain plasticity processes. We hypothesized that in sexually naïve rats the endogenous opioids released during sexual experience acquisition, might contribute to brain plasticity processes involved in the generation of the behavioral changes induced by sexual experience...
March 18, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
Waleed M Sweileh
BACKGROUND: Transgender community is marginalized and under-researched. Analysis of peer-reviewed literature in transgender health is needed to better understand health needs and human rights of transgender people. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze global research activity in transgender health published in peer-reviewed journals. METHODS: Peer-reviewed documents in transgender health were retrieved using Scopus database. VOSviewer was used to map frequently encountered author keywords while ArcGIS 10...
March 21, 2018: BMC International Health and Human Rights
Monica Serra, Michela Marongiu, Antonella Contini, Toshio Miki, Erika Cadoni, Ezio Laconi, Fabio Marongiu
Amniotic epithelial cells (AECs) represent a useful and noncontroversial source for liver-based regenerative medicine, as they can differentiate into hepatocytes upon transplantation into the liver. However, the possibility that AECs can differentiate into other liver cell types, such as hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (HSECs), has never been assessed. In order to test this hypothesis, rat- and human-derived AECs (rAECs and hAECs, respectively) were subjected to endothelial cell tube formation assay in vitro...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
B Barboni, V Russo, P Berardinelli, A Mauro, L Valbonetti, H Sanyal, A Canciello, L Greco, A Muttini, V Gatta, L Stuppia, M Mattioli
The field of regenerative medicine is moving toward clinical practice in veterinary science. In this context, placenta-derived stem cells isolated from domestic animals have covered a dual role, acting both as therapies for patients and as a valuable cell source for translational models. The biological properties of placenta-derived cells, comparable among mammals, make them attractive candidates for therapeutic approaches. In particular, stemness features, low immunogenicity, immunomodulatory activity, multilineage plasticity, and their successful capacity for long-term engraftment in different host tissues after autotransplantation, allo-transplantation, or xenotransplantation have been demonstrated...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Cameron A Wade, Natasha Kyprianou
The major challenge in the treatment of patients with advanced lethal prostate cancer is therapeutic resistance to androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) and chemotherapy. Overriding this resistance requires understanding of the driving mechanisms of the tumor microenvironment, not just the androgen receptor (AR)-signaling cascade, that facilitate therapeutic resistance in order to identify new drug targets. The tumor microenvironment enables key signaling pathways promoting cancer cell survival and invasion via resistance to anoikis...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Fabrizia Caiazzo, Alessandra Caggiano
Laser direct metal deposition is an advanced additive manufacturing technology suitably applicable in maintenance, repair, and overhaul of high-cost products, allowing for minimal distortion of the workpiece, reduced heat affected zones, and superior surface quality. Special interest is growing for the repair and coating of 2024 aluminum alloy parts, extensively utilized for a wide range of applications in the automotive, military, and aerospace sectors due to its excellent plasticity, corrosion resistance, electric conductivity, and strength-to-weight ratio...
March 19, 2018: Materials
Haize Goikuria, Maria Del Mar Freijo, Reyes Vega Manrique, María Sastre, Elena Elizagaray, Ana Lorenzo, Koen Vandenbroeck, Iraide Alloza
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are central players in carotid atherosclerosis plaque development. Although the precise mechanisms involved in plaque destabilization are not completely understood, it is known that VSMC proliferation and migration participate in plaque stabilization. In this study, we analyzed expression patterns of genes involved in carotid atherosclerosis development (e.g., transcription factors of regulation of SMC genes) of VSMCs located inside or outside the plaque lesion that may give clues about changes in phenotypic plasticity during atherosclerosis...
March 18, 2018: Cells
Alessandra Caggiano
Fibre reinforced plastic composite materials are difficult to machine because of the anisotropy and inhomogeneity characterizing their microstructure and the abrasiveness of their reinforcement components. During machining, very rapid cutting tool wear development is experienced, and surface integrity damage is often produced in the machined parts. An accurate selection of the proper tool and machining conditions is therefore required, taking into account that the phenomena responsible for material removal in cutting of fibre reinforced plastic composite materials are fundamentally different from those of conventional metals and their alloys...
March 18, 2018: Materials
Adrienn Csiszkó, Klaudia Balog, Zoltán Attila Godó, Gyula Juhász, Katalin Pető, Ádám Deák, Mariann Berhés, Norbert Németh, Zsolt Bodnár, Zsolt Szentkereszty
(1) Introduction: Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is a frequently applied open abdomen (OA) treatment. There are only a few experimental data supporting this method and describing the optimal settings and pressure distribution in the abdominal cavity during this procedure. The aim of our study was to evaluate pressure values at different points in the abdominal cavity during NPWT in experimental abdominal compartment syndrome (ACS) animal model; (2) Methods: In this study (permission Nr. 13/2014/UDCAW), 27 Hungahib pigs (15...
March 17, 2018: Sensors
Michael P Kilgard, Robert L Rennaker, Jen Alexander, Jesse Dawson
BACKGROUND: Recent studies indicate that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitation can enhance neural plasticity in the primary sensory and motor cortices, improve forelimb function after stroke in animal models and improve motor function in patients with arm weakness after stroke. OBJECTIVE: To gain "first-in-man" experience of VNS paired with tactile training in a patient with severe sensory impairment after stroke. METHODS: During the long-term follow-up phase of a clinical trial of VNS paired with motor rehabilitation, a 71-year-old man who had made good motor recovery had ongoing severe sensory loss in his left hand and arm...
2018: NeuroRehabilitation
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