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Jing Wang, Sichen Liu, Baidong Hou, Meixiang Yang, Zhongjun Dong, Hai Qi, Wanli Liu
Class-switch recombination (CSR) and somatic hypermutation (SHM) occur during the differentiation of germinal center B cells (GCBs). Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) is responsible for both CSR and SHM in GCBs. Here, we show that ablation of PTEN through the Cγ1-Cre mediated recombination significantly influences the CSR and SHM responses. The GCs fail to produce the IgG1 B cells, the high affinity antibodies and nearly lost the dark zone (DZ) in Ptenfl/fl Cγ1Cre/+ mice after immunization, suggesting the impaired GC structure...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Emily C Sheppard, Rikke Brandstrup Morrish, Michael J Dillon, Rebecca Leyland, Richard Chahwan
Epigenetic modifications, such as histone modifications, DNA methylation status, and non-coding RNAs (ncRNA), all contribute to antibody maturation during somatic hypermutation (SHM) and class-switch recombination (CSR). Histone modifications alter the chromatin landscape and, together with DNA primary and tertiary structures, they help recruit Activation-Induced Cytidine Deaminase (AID) to the immunoglobulin (Ig) locus. AID is a potent DNA mutator, which catalyzes cytosine-to-uracil deamination on single-stranded DNA to create U:G mismatches...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Andrea Meoni, Antonella D'Alessandro, Austin Downey, Enrique García-Macías, Marco Rallini, A Luigi Materazzi, Luigi Torre, Simon Laflamme, Rafael Castro-Triguero, Filippo Ubertini
The availability of new self-sensing cement-based strain sensors allows the development of dense sensor networks for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of reinforced concrete structures. These sensors are fabricated by doping cement-matrix mterials with conductive fillers, such as Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs), and can be embedded into structural elements made of reinforced concrete prior to casting. The strain sensing principle is based on the multifunctional composites outputting a measurable change in their electrical properties when subjected to a deformation...
March 9, 2018: Sensors
Katy A Lloyd, Johanna Steen, Khaled Amara, Philip J Titcombe, Lena Israelsson, Susanna L Lundström, Diana Zhou, Roman A Zubarev, Evan Reed, Luca Piccoli, Cem Gabay, Antonio Lanzavecchia, Dominique Baeten, Karin Lundberg, Daniel L Mueller, Lars Klareskog, Vivianne Malmström, Caroline Grönwall
Autoreactive B cells have a central role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and recent findings have proposed that anti-citrullinated protein autoantibodies (ACPA) may be directly pathogenic. Herein, we demonstrate the frequency of variable-region glycosylation in single-cell cloned mAbs. A total of 14 ACPA mAbs were evaluated for predicted N-linked glycosylation motifs in silico, and compared to 452 highly-mutated mAbs from RA patients and controls. Variable region N-linked motifs (N-X-S/T) were strikingly prevalent within ACPA (100%) compared to somatically hypermutated (SHM) RA bone marrow plasma cells (21%), and synovial plasma cells from seropositive (39%) and seronegative RA (7%)...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
Xiaolin Meng, Dinh Tung Nguyen, Yilin Xie, John S Owen, Panagiotis Psimoulis, Sean Ince, Qusen Chen, Jun Ye, Paul Bhatia
Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is a relatively new branch of civil engineering that focuses on assessing the health status of infrastructure, such as long-span bridges. Using a broad range of in-situ monitoring instruments, the purpose of the SHM is to help engineers understand the behaviour of structures, ensuring their structural integrity and the safety of the public. Under the Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) scheme of the European Space Agency (ESA), a feasibility study (FS) project that used the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Earth Observation (EO) for Structural Health Monitoring of Long-span Bridges (GeoSHM) was initiated in 2013...
March 4, 2018: Sensors
John Reilly, Branko Glisic
Temperature changes play a large role in the day to day structural behavior of structures, but a smaller direct role in most contemporary Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) analyses. Temperature-Driven SHM will consider temperature as the principal driving force in SHM, relating a measurable input temperature to measurable output generalized strain (strain, curvature, etc.) and generalized displacement (deflection, rotation, etc.) to create three-dimensional signatures descriptive of the structural behavior...
March 1, 2018: Sensors
Wentao Wang, Yuequan Bao, Wensong Zhou, Hui Li
Lamb waves are being investigated extensively for structural health monitoring (SHM) because of their characteristics of traveling long distances with little attenuation and sensitivity to minor local damage in structures. However, Lamb waves are dispersive, which results in the complex overlap of waveforms in the damage detection applications of the SHM community. This paper proposes a sparse representation strategy based on an l1 -norm optimization algorithm for guided-Lamb-wave-based inspections. A comprehensive dictionary is designed containing various waveforms under diverse conditions so that the received waveform can be decomposed into a spatial domain for the identification of damage location...
February 10, 2018: Ultrasonics
Mehmet Cetinkaya, Muhammet Baybars Ataoglu, Mustafa Ozer, Tacettin Ayanoglu, Ali Yusuf Oner, Ulunay Kanatli
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of subscapularis tear on superior humeral excursion (SHE) and acromiohumeral distance (AHD). The hypothesis was that subscapularis tears do not result in superior humeral excursion. METHODS: Patients who underwent shoulder arthroscopy between August of 2011 and 2015 were reevaluated. Those with isolated Bankart lesion were used as control group and included in the Group 1, isolated full-thickness supraspinatus tear in the Group 2, isolated subscapularis tear in the Group 3, and combined subscapularis and supraspinatus tear in the Group 4...
February 13, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Lu Han, Kai Guo, Fen Gu, Yun-Fei Zhang, Ke Li, Xi-Xi Mu, Hai-Jing Liu, Xiao-Dong Zhou, Wen Luo
In the present study, the effects of silibinin-loaded thermosensitive liposome-microbubble complex (STLMC) on rabbit liver VX2 tumors in sub-hyperthermia fields were investigated using two-dimensional ultrasonography (2D US), contrast-enhanced US (CEUS), hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, immunohistochemistry and ultrastructure observation. 50 rabbits with VX2 liver tumors were divided into five groups: Sub-hyperthermia microwave ablation group (SHM), STLMC injection group (STLMC), SHM ablation plus STLMC injection group (SHM + STLMC), microbubble injection group and blank control group without any treatment...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Martin Faderl, Fabian Klein, Oliver F Wirz, Stefan Heiler, Llucia Albertí-Servera, Corinne Engdahl, Jan Andersson, Antonius Rolink
The escape of anti-self B cells from tolerance mechanisms like clonal deletion, receptor editing, and anergy results in the production of autoantibodies, which is a hallmark of many autoimmune disorders. In this study, we demonstrate that both germline sequences and somatic mutations contribute to autospecificity of B cell clones. For this issue, we investigated the development of antinuclear autoantibodies (ANAs) and their repertoire in two different mouse models. First, in aging mice that were shown to gain several autoimmune features over time including ANAs...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Oluwaseun Aremu Adeyanju, Olaniyi Soetan, Ayodele Soladoye, Lawrence A Aderemi Olatunji
Estrogen deficiency has been associated with increased cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and recent clinical trials of standard formulations of hormonal therapies have not demonstrated consistent beneficial effects. Estrogen-progestin therapy has been used as exogenous estrogen to normalise depressed estrogen level during menopause. Ovariectomized rodents mimic estrogen-deficient state in that they develop cardiometabolic dysfunction, including insulin resistance (IR).We therefore hypothesized that hormonal therapy with combined oral contraceptive steroids, ethinylestradiol/levonorgestrel (EEL) improves IR, obesity and glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) through reduction in circulating mineralocorticoid level in ovariectomized rats...
February 3, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Lili An, Chuan Chen, Ruiqi Luo, Yun Zhao, Haiying Hang
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) initiates somatic hypermutation (SHM) by converting deoxycytidines (dC) to deoxyuracils (dU) which then can induce other mutations, and plays a central role in introducing diversification of the antibody repertoire in B cells. Ectopic expression of AID in bacteria and non-B cells can also lead to frequent mutations in highly expressed genes. Taking advantage of this feature of AID, in recent years, systems coupling in vitro somatic hypermutation and mammalian cell surface display have been developed, with unique benefits in antibody discovery and optimization in vitro...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Robert Brink, Tri Giang Phan
Maintenance of immunological self-tolerance requires lymphocytes carrying self-reactive antigen receptors to be selectively prevented from mounting destructive or inflammatory effector responses. Classically, self-tolerance is viewed in terms of the removal, editing, or silencing of B and T cells that have formed self-reactive antigen receptors during their early development. However, B cells activated by foreign antigen can enter germinal centers (GCs), where they further modify their antigen receptor by somatic hypermutation (SHM) of their immunoglobulin genes...
January 22, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
Subir Patra, Hossain Ahmed, Sourav Banerjee
Peridynamic based elastodynamic computation tool named Peri-elastodynamics is proposed herein to simulate the three-dimensional (3D) Lamb wave modes in materials for the first time. Peri-elastodynamics is a nonlocal meshless approach which is a scale-independent generalized technique to visualize the acoustic and ultrasonic waves in plate-like structure, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanodevices for their respective characterization. In this article, the characteristics of the fundamental Lamb wave modes are simulated in a sample plate-like structure...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
Li Zhu, Yuguang Fu, Raymond Chow, Billie F Spencer, Jong Woong Park, Kirill Mechitov
Structural health monitoring (SHM) is playing an increasingly important role in ensuring the safety of structures. A shift of SHM research away from traditional wired methods toward the use of wireless smart sensors (WSS) has been motivated by the attractive features of wireless smart sensor networks (WSSN). The progress achieved in Micro Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technologies and wireless data transmission, has extended the effectiveness and range of applicability of WSSNs. One of the most common sensors employed in SHM strategies is the accelerometer; however, most accelerometers in WSS nodes have inadequate resolution for measurement of the typical accelerations found in many SHM applications...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
Rebecca Napolitano, Anna Blyth, Branko Glisic
Visualization of sensor networks, data, and metadata is becoming one of the most pivotal aspects of the structural health monitoring (SHM) process. Without the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively between disparate groups working on a project, an SHM system can be underused, misunderstood, or even abandoned. For this reason, this work seeks to evaluate visualization techniques in the field, identify flaws in current practices, and devise a new method for visualizing and accessing SHM data and metadata in 3D...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
Charlotta Tiberg, Carin Sjöstedt, Jon Petter Gustafsson
While metal sorption mechanisms have been studied extensively for soil surface horizons, little information exists for subsoils, for example Spodosol Bs horizons. Here the sorption of cadmium(II), copper(II) and lead(II) to seven Bs horizons from five sites was studied. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy showed that cadmium(II) and lead(II) were bound as inner-sphere complexes to organic matter. Addition of o-phosphate (to 1 μmol l-1) did not result in any significant enhancement of metal sorption, nor did it influence EXAFS speciation...
January 4, 2018: Chemosphere
Mario A de Oliveira, Nelcileno V S Araujo, Rodolfo N da Silva, Tony I da Silva, Jayantha Epaarachchi
A considerable amount of research has focused on monitoring structural damage using Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies, which has had recent advances. However, it is important to note the challenges and unresolved problems that disqualify currently developed monitoring systems. One of the frontline SHM technologies, the Electromechanical Impedance (EMI) technique, has shown its potential to overcome remaining problems and challenges. Unfortunately, the recently developed neural network algorithms have not shown significant improvements in the accuracy of rate and the required processing time...
January 8, 2018: Sensors
Ali Anaissi, Mehrisadat Makki Alamdari, Thierry Rakotoarivelo, Nguyen Lu Dang Khoa
Early damage detection is critical for a large set of global ageing infrastructure. Structural Health Monitoring systems provide a sensor-based quantitative and objective approach to continuously monitor these structures, as opposed to traditional engineering visual inspection. Analysing these sensed data is one of the major Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) challenges. This paper presents a novel algorithm to detect and assess damage in structures such as bridges. This method applies tensor analysis for data fusion and feature extraction, and further uses one-class support vector machine on this feature to detect anomalies, i...
January 2, 2018: Sensors
Volkan Yokaribas, Stefan Wagner, Daniel S Schneider, Philipp Friebertshäuser, Max C Lemme, Claus-Peter Fritzen
The two-dimensional material graphene promises a broad variety of sensing activities. Based on its low weight and high versatility, the sensor density can significantly be increased on a structure, which can improve reliability and reduce fluctuation in damage detection strategies such as structural health monitoring (SHM). Moreover; it initializes the basis of structure-sensor fusion towards self-sensing structures. Strain gauges are extensively used sensors in scientific and industrial applications. In this work, sensing in small strain fields (from -0...
December 18, 2017: Sensors
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