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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224898/non-covalently-crosslinked-chitosan-nanofibrous-mats-prepared-by-electrospinning-as-substrates-for-soft-tissue-regeneration
#1
Chiara Tonda-Turo, Francesca Ruini, Martina Ramella, Francesca Boccafoschi, Piergiorgio Gentile, Emilia Gioffredi, Giuseppe Falvo D'Urso Labate, Gianluca Ciardelli
Chitosan (CS) membranes obtained by electrospinning are potentially ideal substrates for soft tissue engineering as they combine the excellent biological properties of CS with the extracellular matrix (ECM)-like structure of nanofibrous mats. However, the high amount of acid solvents required to spun CS solutions interferes with the biocompatibility of CS fibres. To overcome this limitation, novel CS based solutions were investigated in this work. Low amount of acidic acid (0.5M) was used and dibasic sodium phosphate (DSP) was introduced as ionic crosslinker to improve nanofibres water stability and to neutralize the acidic pH of electrospun membranes after fibres soaking in biological fluids...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224610/structural-changes-in-cartilage-and-collagen-studied-by-high-temperature-raman-spectroscopy
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Mark Fields, Nicholas Spencer, Jayesh Dudhia, Paul F McMillan
Understanding the high temperature behavior of collagen and collagenous tissue is important for surgical procedures and biomaterials processing for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. One primary event for proteins is thermal denaturation that involves unfolding the polypeptide chains while maintaining the primary structure intact. Collagen in the extracellular matrix of cartilage and other connective tissue is a hierarchical material containing bundles of triple-helical fibers associated with water and proteoglycan components...
February 22, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223223/berberine-improves-cognitive-impairment-by-promoting-autophagic-clearance-and-inhibiting-production-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-in-app-tau-ps1-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Min Huang, Xin Jiang, Yubin Liang, Qiong Liu, Siyan Chen, Yi Guo
This study investigates the neuroprotective properties of berberine (a natural isoquinoline alkaloid isolated from the Rhizoma coptidis) and finds that berberine could promote β-amyloid (Aβ) clearance and inhibit Aβ production in the triple-transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease (3×Tg-AD). During the study, berberine was first administrated to treat 3×Tg-AD mice and primary neurons. Morris water maze assay, western blotting, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), immunofluorescence staining and histological analysis, transmission electron microscopic analysis were then used to evaluate the effects of the berberine administration...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215981/vacuolar-control-of-subcellular-cation-distribution-is-a-key-parameter-in-the-adaptation-of-debaryomyces-hansenii-to-high-salt-concentrations
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R Herrera, A Salazar, L Ramos-Moreno, C Ruiz-Roldan, J Ramos
Debaryomyces hansenii is a halotolerant and Na(+)-includer yeast that can be isolated from different food and low-water activity products. It has also been defined as a marine-occurring yeast but key aspects for this salt tolerant behavior are far from being understood. Here, we searched for clues helping to elucidate the basis of this ability. Our results on growth, Rb(+) transport, total K(+) and Na(+) content and vacuolar fragmentation are compatible with a yeast species adapted to cope with salt stress...
February 12, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214776/the-metabolic-impact-of-extracellular-nitrite-on-aerobic-metabolism-of-paracoccus-denitrificans
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K R Hartop, M J Sullivan, G Giannopoulos, A J Gates, P L Bond, Z Yuan, T A Clarke, G Rowley, D J Richardson
Nitrite, in equilibrium with free nitrous acid (FNA), can inhibit both aerobic and anaerobic growth of microbial communities through bactericidal activities that have considerable potential for control of microbial growth in a range of water systems. There has been much focus on the effect of nitrite/FNA on anaerobic metabolism and so, to enhance understanding of the metabolic impact of nitrite/FNA on aerobic metabolism, a study was undertaken with a model denitrifying bacterium Paracoccus denitrificans PD1222...
February 7, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213824/an-approach-to-the-research-on-ion-and-water-properties-in-the-interphase-between-the-plasma-membrane-and-bulk-extracellular-solution
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Hibino, Madoka Takai, Hidenori Noguchi, Seishiro Sawamura, Yasufumi Takahashi, Hideki Sakai, Hitoshi Shiku
In vivo, cells are immersed in an extracellular solution that contains a variety of bioactive substances including ions and water. Classical electrophysiological analyses of epithelial cells in the stomach and small intestine have revealed that within a distance of several hundred micrometers above their apical plasma membrane, lies an extracellular layer that shows ion concentration gradients undetectable in the bulk phase. This "unstirred layer", which contains stagnant solutes, may also exist between the bulk extracellular solution and membranes of other cells in an organism and may show different properties...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199866/improved-pvdf-membrane-performance-by-doping-extracellular-polymeric-substances-of-activated-sludge
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Yan-Fang Guan, Bao-Cheng Huang, Chen Qian, Long-Fei Wang, Han-Qing Yu
Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane has been widely applied in water and wastewater treatment because of its high mechanical strength, thermal stability and chemical resistance. However, the hydrophobic nature of PVDF membrane makes it readily fouled, substantially reducing water flux and overall membrane rejection ability. In this work, an in-situ blending modifier, i.e., extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) from activated sludge, was used to enhance the anti-fouling ability of PVDF membrane. Results indicate that the pure water flux of the membrane and its anti-fouling performance were substantially improved by blending 8% EPS into the membrane...
February 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199767/alkaliphilic-bacillus-species-show-potential-application-in-concrete-crack-repair-by-virtue-of-rapid-spore-production-and-germination-then-extracellular-calcite-formation
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T K Sharma, M Alazhari, A Heath, K Paine, R M Cooper
AIMS: Characterisation of alkaliphilic Bacillus species for spore production and germination and calcite formation as a prelude to investigate their potential in micro-crack remediation in concrete. METHODS AND RESULTS: Conditions, extent and timing of endospore production was determined by dark field light microscopy; germination induction and kinetics was assessed by combining reduction in optical density with formation of refractile bodies by phase contrast microscopy...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195941/noninvasive-bioelectrical-impedance-for-predicting-clinical-outcomes-in-outpatients-with-heart-failure
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Kristin J Lyons, Michelle K Bischoff, Gregg C Fonarow, Tamara B Horwich
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) has shown promise in acute heart failure (HF) management. To our knowledge, its use in predicting outcomes in outpatients with chronic HF patients has not been well described. METHODS AND RESULTS: BIA assessment of edema index was performed in 359 outpatients with HF using the InBody 520 scale. Edema index was calculated by dividing extracellular by total body water. Patients were stratified into those with low (≤0...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195410/design-of-na-selective-fluorescent-probes-a-systematic-study-of-the-na-complex-stability-and-the-na-k-selectivity-in-acetonitrile-and-water
#10
Hans-Jürgen Holdt
Overall, there is a tremendous demand for highly Na+-selective fluoroionophores to monitor the top analyte Na+ in life science. Herein, we report on a systematic route to develop highly Na+/K+ selective fluorescent probes. Thus, we synthesized a set of fluoroionophores to investigate the Na+/K+ selectivity and Na+-complex stability in CH3CN and H2O. These Na+-probes bearing different 15-crown-5 moieties to bind Na+ stronger than K+. Further, we found for the N-(o-methoxyphenyl)aza-15-crown-5 substituted fluoroionophores 2, 8 and 9 (see Scheme 1) in H2O an enhanced Na+-complex stability in the following order 8 > 2 > 9 and an increased Na+/K+ selectivity in the reverse order 9 > 2 > 8...
February 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190639/characterizing-white-matter-changes-in-chronic-schizophrenia-a-free-water-imaging-multi-site-study
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Lena K L Oestreich, Amanda E Lyall, Ofer Pasternak, Zora Kikinis, Dominick T Newell, Peter Savadjiev, Sylvain Bouix, Martha E Shenton, Marek Kubicki, Thomas J Whitford, Simon McCarthy-Jones
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies in chronic schizophrenia have found widespread but often inconsistent patterns of white matter abnormalities. These studies have typically used the conventional measure of fractional anisotropy, which can be contaminated by extracellular free-water. A recent free-water imaging study reported reduced free-water corrected fractional anisotropy (FAT) in chronic schizophrenia across several brain regions, but limited changes in the extracellular volume. The present study set out to validate these findings in a substantially larger sample...
February 10, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190443/neurologic-manifestations-of-major-electrolyte-abnormalities
#12
M Diringer
The brain operates in an extraordinarily intricate environment which demands precise regulation of electrolytes. Tight control over their concentrations and gradients across cellular compartments is essential and when these relationships are disturbed neurologic manifestations may develop. Perturbations of sodium are the electrolyte disturbances that most often lead to neurologic manifestations. Alterations in extracellular fluid sodium concentrations produce water shifts that lead to brain swelling or shrinkage...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188554/disinfection-by-product-formation-during-chlor-am-ination-of-algal-organic-matters-aom-extracted-from-microcystis-aeruginosa-effect-of-growth-phases-aom-and-bromide-concentration
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Juxiang Chen, Naiyun Gao, Lei Li, Mingqiu Zhu, Jing Yang, Xian Lu, Yansen Zhang
Algae organic matter (AOM), including extracellular organic matter (EOM) and intracellular organic matter (IOM), has caused a series of problems to the water quality, among which formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) during subsequent chlor(am)ination process was especially serious and concerned. This study characterized physicochemical properties of the EOM and IOM solution extracted from different growth phases of Microcystis aeruginosa and investigated the corresponding formation potential of DBPs during chlor(am)ination process...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187512/a-review-of-gradient-stiffness-hydrogels-used-in-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Xia Tingting, Liu Wanqian, Yang Li
Substrate stiffness is known to impact characteristics including cell differentiation, proliferation, migration and apoptosis. Hydrogels are polymeric materials distinguished by high water content and diverse physical properties. Gradient stiffness hydrogels are designed by the need to develop biologically friendly materials as extracellular matrix (ECM) alternatives to replace the separated and narrow-ranged hydrogel substrates. Important new discoveries in cell behaviors have been realized with model gradient stiffness hydrogel systems from the two-dimensional (2D) to three-dimensional (3D) scale...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186717/gating-motions-and-stationary-gating-properties-of-ionotropic-glutamate-receptors-computation-meets-electrophysiology
#15
Huan-Xiang Zhou
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) are tetrameric ligand-gated ion channels essential to all aspects of brain function, including higher order processes such as learning and memory. For decades, electrophysiology was the primary means for characterizing the function of iGluRs and gaining mechanistic insight. Since the turn of the century, structures of isolated water-soluble domains and transmembrane-domain-containing constructs have provided the basis for formulating mechanistic hypotheses. Because these structures only represent sparse, often incomplete snapshots during iGluR activation, significant gaps in knowledge remain regarding structures, energetics, and dynamics of key substates along the functional processes...
February 10, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185236/regulation-of-osmolality-for-cancer-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Atsushi Shiozaki, Daisuke Ichikawa, Toshiyuki Kosuga, Yoshinori Marunaka, Eigo Otsuji
Disseminated metastasis is associated with a poor prognosis, and its management in the peritoneal or pleural cavity is crucial in the treatment of cancer. Recent studies show that ion and water transporters play important roles in fundamental cellular functions, including the regulation of cell volume that would be involved in the cancer process. Here, we review the evidence for hypotonic treatments of cancer and evaluate the potential of the cellular physiological approach in clinical management. The regulation of extracellular osmolality is a promising method, with several studies demonstrating the cytocidal effects of hypotonic solution on cancer cells...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183666/fabrication-of-electrospun-hpgl-scaffolds-via-glycidyl-methacrylate-cross-linker-morphology-mechanical-and-biological-properties
#17
Fernando José Costa Baratéla, Olga Zazuco Higa, Esdras Duarte Dos Passos, Alvaro Antonio Alencar de Queiroz
Electrospinning is a suitable method to produce scaffolds composed of nanoscale to microscale fibers, which are comparable to the extracellular matrix (ECM). Hyperbranched polyglycerol (HPGL) is a highly biocompatible polyether polyol potentially useful for the design of fibrous scaffolds mimicking the ECM architecture. However, scaffolds developed from HPGL have poor mechanical properties and morphological stability in the aqueous environments required for tissue engineering applications. This work reports the production of stable electrospun HPGL scaffolds (EHPGLS) using glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) as cross-linker to enhance the water stability and mechanical property of electrospun HPGL...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183034/effects-of-chemical-cleaning-on-ro-membrane-inorganic-organic-and-microbial-foulant-removal-in-a-full-scale-plant-for-municipal-wastewater-reclamation
#18
Tong Yu, Lu Meng, Qing-Bo Zhao, Ye Shi, Hong-Ying Hu, Yun Lu
Of all of the strategies for controlling reverse osmosis (RO) membrane fouling, chemical cleaning is indispensable. To study the effects of chemical cleaning on membrane foulant removal, a comparative analysis of RO membranes before and after common alkaline and acid cleaning was conducted by dissecting lead and terminal RO membranes in a full-scale municipal wastewater reclamation plant. Most foulants on the membranes were removed by chemical cleaning processes. Calcium was the major inorganic component of the foulants because of its highest concentration in the feed water...
February 2, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179395/molecular-physiology-of-freeze-tolerance-in-vertebrates
#19
REVIEW
Kenneth B Storey, Janet M Storey
Freeze tolerance is an amazing winter survival strategy used by various amphibians and reptiles living in seasonally cold environments. These animals may spend weeks or months with up to ∼65% of their total body water frozen as extracellular ice and no physiological vital signs, and yet after thawing they return to normal life within a few hours. Two main principles of animal freeze tolerance have received much attention: the production of high concentrations of organic osmolytes (glucose, glycerol, urea among amphibians) that protect the intracellular environment, and the control of ice within the body (the first putative ice-binding protein in a frog was recently identified), but many other strategies of biochemical adaptation also contribute to freezing survival...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179232/kidney-specific-genetic-deletion-of-both-ampk-%C3%AE-subunits-causes-salt-and-water-wasting
#20
Yoskaly Lazo-Fernández, Goretti Baile, Patricia Meade, Pilar Torcal, Laura Martínez, Carmen Ibañez, Maria Luisa Bernal, Benoit Viollet, Ignacio Giménez
AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) controls cell energy homeostasis by modulating ATP synthesis and expenditure. In vitro studies have suggested AMPK may also control key elements of renal epithelial electrolyte transport but in vivo physiological confirmation is still insufficient. We studied sodium renal handling and extracellular volume regulation in mice with genetic deletion of AMPK catalytic subunits. AMPKα1 knockout (KO) mice exhibit normal renal sodium handling and a moderate antidiuretic state. This is accompanied by higher urinary aldosterone excretion rates and reduced blood pressure...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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