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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432115/effects-of-exercise-on-vascular-function-structure-and-health-in-humans
#1
Daniel J Green, Kurt J Smith
Physical activity has profound impacts on the vasculature in humans. Acute exercise induces immediate changes in artery function, whereas repeated episodic bouts of exercise induce chronic functional adaptation and, ultimately, structural arterial remodeling. The nature of these changes in function and structure are dependent on the characteristics of the training load and may be modulated by other factors such as exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress. The clinical implications of these physiological adaptations are profound...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427319/mechanobiological-modelling-of-tendons-review-and-future-opportunities
#2
Mark S Thompson, M Nazri Bajuri, Hanifeh Khayyeri, Hanna Isaksson
Tendons are adapted to carry large, repeated loads and are clinically important for the maintenance of musculoskeletal health in an increasing, actively ageing population, as well as in elite athletes. Tendons are known to adapt to mechanical loading. Also, their healing and disease processes are highly sensitive to mechanical load. Computational modelling approaches developed to capture this mechanobiological adaptation in tendons and other tissues have successfully addressed many important scientific and clinical issues...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427316/a-multiscale-modelling-approach-to-understand-atherosclerosis-formation-a-patient-specific-case-study-in-the-aortic-bifurcation
#3
Mona Alimohammadi, Cesar Pichardo-Almarza, Obiekezie Agu, Vanessa Díaz-Zuccarini
Atherogenesis, the formation of plaques in the wall of blood vessels, starts as a result of lipid accumulation (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol) in the vessel wall. Such accumulation is related to the site of endothelial mechanotransduction, the endothelial response to mechanical stimuli and haemodynamics, which determines biochemical processes regulating the vessel wall permeability. This interaction between biomechanical and biochemical phenomena is complex, spanning different biological scales and is patient-specific, requiring tools able to capture such mathematical and biological complexity in a unified framework...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426963/heterologous-expression-of-the-piezo1-asic1-chimera-induces-mechanosensitive-currents-with-properties-distinct-from-piezo1
#4
Qiancheng Zhao, Kun Wu, Shaopeng Chi, Jie Geng, Bailong Xiao
Piezo1 represents a prototype of the mammalian mechanosensitive cation channel, but its molecular mechanism remains elusive. In a recent study, we showed that C-terminal region, which contains the last two TMs, of 2189-2547 of Piezo1 forms the bona fide pore module, and systematically identified the pore-lining helix and key pore-property-determining residues (Zhao et al., 2016). Furthermore, we have engineered the Piezo1(1-2190)-ASIC1 chimera (fusing the N-terminal region of 1-2190 to the mechano-insensitive ASIC1) that mediated mechanical- and acid-evoked currents in HEK293T cells, indicating the sufficiency of the N-terminal region in mechanotransduction...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426962/evidence-for-mechanosensitive-channel-activity-of-tentonin-3-tmem150c
#5
Gyu-Sang Hong, Byeongjun Lee, Uhtaek Oh
Mechanosensation is essential for various physiological processes, and it is mediated by mechanotransduction channels. Recently, we reported that TMEM150C/Tentonin 3 (TTN3) confers mechanically activated currents with slow inactivation kinetics in several cell types, including dorsal root ganglion neurons (Hong et al., 2016). The accompanying Matters Arising by Dubin, Murthy, and colleagues confirms that naive heterologous cells demonstrate a mechanically activated current, but finds that this response is absent in CRISPR-Cas9 Piezo1 knockout cell lines and suggests that TTN3 is a modulator of Piezo1...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426961/endogenous-piezo1-can-confound-mechanically-activated-channel-identification-and-characterization
#6
Adrienne E Dubin, Swetha Murthy, Amanda H Lewis, Lucie Brosse, Stuart M Cahalan, Jörg Grandl, Bertrand Coste, Ardem Patapoutian
A gold standard for characterizing mechanically activated (MA) currents is via heterologous expression of candidate channels in naive cells. Two recent studies described MA channels using this paradigm. TMEM150c was proposed to be a component of an MA channel partly based on a heterologous expression approach (Hong et al., 2016). In another study, Piezo1's N-terminal "propeller" domain was proposed to constitute an intrinsic mechanosensitive module based on expression of a chimera between a pore-forming domain of the mechanically insensitive ASIC1 channel and Piezo1 (Zhao et al...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421440/transcriptomic-changes-in-human-umbilical-cord-blood-endothelial-cells-under-simulated-microgravity
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E G Rudimov, E N Knjazev, N A Khaustova, O V Grigorieva, L B Buravkova
Microarray analysis of cultured endothelial cells was performed 24 h after simulated microgravity. A significant change in the expression of 177 genes that can be classified into several functional clusters was detected. Among the genes with overexpression, clusters of cell response to external stimuli and regulation of cell motility and proliferation can be reliably distinguished. Among down-regulated genes, clusters of transcription factors with the "zinc fingers" domain and factors involved in the regulation of morphogenesis and angiogenesis were distinguished...
January 2017: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418701/cementogenesis-is-inhibited-under-a-mechanical-static-compressive-force-via-piezo1
#8
Ying-Ying Zhang, Yi-Ping Huang, Hua-Xiang Zhao, Ting Zhang, Feng Chen, Yan Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether Piezo1, a mechanotransduction gene mediates the cementogenic activity of cementoblasts under a static mechanical compressive force. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Murine cementoblasts (OCCM-30) were exposed to a 2.0 g/cm(2) static compressive force for 3, 6, 12, and 24 hours. Then the expression profile of Piezo1 and the cementogenic activity markers osteoprotegerin (Opg), osteopontin (Opn), osteocalcin (Oc), and protein tyrosine phosphataselike member A (Ptpla) were analyzed...
April 18, 2017: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406229/the-role-of-focal-adhesion-anchoring-domains-of-cas-in-mechanotransduction
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Jaroslav Braniš, Csilla Pataki, Marina Spörrer, Richard C Gerum, Astrid Mainka, Vladimir Cermak, Wolfgang H Goldmann, Ben Fabry, Jan Brabek, Daniel Rosel
CAS is a docking protein, which was shown to act as a mechanosensor in focal adhesions. The unique assembly of structural domains in CAS is important for its function as a mechanosensor. The tension within focal adhesions is transmitted to a stretchable substrate domain of CAS by focal adhesion-targeting of SH3 and CCH domain of CAS, which anchor the CAS protein in focal adhesions. Mechanistic models of the stretching biosensor propose equal roles for both anchoring domains. Using deletion mutants and domain replacements, we have analyzed the relative importance of the focal adhesion anchoring domains on CAS localization and dynamics in focal adhesions as well as on CAS-mediated mechanotransduction...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406198/topological-defects-in-epithelia-govern-cell-death-and-extrusion
#10
Thuan Beng Saw, Amin Doostmohammadi, Vincent Nier, Leyla Kocgozlu, Sumesh Thampi, Yusuke Toyama, Philippe Marcq, Chwee Teck Lim, Julia M Yeomans, Benoit Ladoux
Epithelial tissues (epithelia) remove excess cells through extrusion, preventing the accumulation of unnecessary or pathological cells. The extrusion process can be triggered by apoptotic signalling, oncogenic transformation and overcrowding of cells. Despite the important linkage of cell extrusion to developmental, homeostatic and pathological processes such as cancer metastasis, its underlying mechanism and connections to the intrinsic mechanics of the epithelium are largely unexplored. We approach this problem by modelling the epithelium as an active nematic liquid crystal (that has a long range directional order), and comparing numerical simulations to strain rate and stress measurements within monolayers of MDCK (Madin Darby canine kidney) cells...
April 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401807/biophysical-stimulation-for-engineering-functional-skeletal-muscle
#11
Sarah Somers, Alexander Spector, Douglas DiGirolamo, Warren L Grayson
Tissue engineering is a promising therapeutic strategy to regenerate skeletal muscle. However, ex vivo cultivation methods typically result in a low differentiation efficiency of stem cells as well as grafts that resemble the native tissues morphologically, but lack contractile function. The application of biomimetic tensile strain provides a potent stimulus for enhancing myogenic differentiation and engineering functional skeletal muscle grafts. We reviewed integrin-dependent mechanisms that potentially link mechanotransduction pathways to the upregulation of myogenic genes...
April 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400720/superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-mediated-forces-enhance-the-migration-of-schwann-cells-across-the-astrocyte-schwann-cell-boundary-in-vitro
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Liangliang Huang, Bing Xia, Zhongyang Liu, Quanliang Cao, Jinghui Huang, Zhuojing Luo
Schwann cells (SCs) are one of the most promising cellular candidates for the treatment of spinal cord injury. However, SCs show poor migratory ability within the astrocyte-rich central nervous system (CNS) environment and exhibit only limited integration with host astrocytes. Our strategy for improving the therapeutic potential of SCs was to magnetically drive SCs to migrate across the astrocyte-SC boundary to intermingle with astrocytes. SCs were firstly magnetized with poly-L-lysine-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400537/yap-mediated-mechanotransduction-determines-the-podocyte-s-response-to-damage
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Markus M Rinschen, Florian Grahammer, Ann-Kathrin Hoppe, Priyanka Kohli, Henning Hagmann, Oliver Kretz, Sabine Bertsch, Martin Höhne, Heike Göbel, Malte P Bartram, Rajesh Kumar Gandhirajan, Marcus Krüger, Paul-Thomas Brinkkoetter, Tobias B Huber, Martin Kann, Sara A Wickström, Thomas Benzing, Bernhard Schermer
Podocytes are terminally differentiated cells of the kidney filtration barrier. They are subjected to physiological filtration pressure and considerable mechanical strain, which can be further increased in various kidney diseases. When injury causes cytoskeletal reorganization and morphological alterations of these cells, the filtration barrier may become compromised and allow proteins to leak into the urine (a condition called proteinuria). Using time-resolved proteomics, we showed that podocyte injury stimulated the activity of the transcriptional coactivator YAP and the expression of YAP target genes in a rat model of glomerular disease before the development of proteinuria...
April 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397957/single-cell-strain-energy-density-function-measured-by-cellular-micro-biaxial-stretching
#14
Zaw Win, Justin M Buksa, Kerianne E Steucke, G W Gant Luxton, Victor H Barocas, Patrick W Alford
The stress in a cell due to extracellular mechanical stimulus is determined by its mechanical properties, and the structural organization of many adherent cells suggests that their properties are anisotropic. This anisotropy may significantly influence the cells' mechanotransductive response to complex loads, and has important implications for development of accurate models of tissue biomechanics. Standard methods for measuring cellular mechanics report linear moduli that cannot capture large-deformation anisotropic properties, which in a continuum mechanics framework are best described by a strain energy density function (SED)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390245/myofibroblastic-activation-of-valvular-interstitial-cells-is-modulated-by-spatial-variations-in-matrix-elasticity-and-its-organization
#15
Hao Ma, Anouk R Killaars, Frank W DelRio, Chun Yang, Kristi S Anseth
Valvular interstitial cells (VICs) are key regulators of the heart valve's extracellular matrix (ECM), and upon tissue damage, quiescent VIC fibroblasts become activated to myofibroblasts. As the behavior of VICs during disease progression and wound healing is different compared to healthy tissue, we hypothesized that the organization of the matrix mechanics, which results from depositing of collagen fibers, would affect VIC phenotypic transition. Specifically, we investigated how the subcellular organization of ECM mechanical properties affects subcellular localization of Yes-associated protein (YAP), an early marker of mechanotransduction, and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), a myofibroblast marker, in VICs...
July 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389162/sensing-the-mechano-chemical-properties-of-the-extracellular-matrix
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REVIEW
Pia Ringer, Georgina Colo, Reinhard Fässler, Carsten Grashoff
The ability of cells to adhere and sense their mechano-chemical environment is key to many developmental, postnatal homeostatic and pathological processes; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms are still poorly understood. Here, we summarize recent progress that indicates how cell adhesion, mechanotransduction and chemical signaling are coordinated in cells, and we discuss how the combination of novel experimental approaches with theoretical studies is currently utilized to unravel the molecular mechanisms governing mechano-chemical coupling during cell adhesion...
April 4, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388663/vinculin-association-with-actin-cytoskeleton-is-necessary-for-stiffness-dependent-regulation-of-vinculin-behavior
#17
Tomohiro Omachi, Takafumi Ichikawa, Yasuhisa Kimura, Kazumitsu Ueda, Noriyuki Kioka
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a major regulator of cell behavior. Recent studies have indicated the importance of the physical properties of the ECM, including its stiffness, for cell migration and differentiation. Using actomyosin-generated forces, cells pull the ECM and sense stiffness via cell-ECM adhesion structures called focal adhesions (FAs). Vinculin, an actin-binding FA protein, has emerged as a major player in FA-mediated mechanotransduction. Although vinculin is important for sensing ECM stiffness, the role of vinculin binding to actin in the ECM stiffness-mediated regulation of vinculin behavior remains unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386542/mechanical-control-of-myotendinous-junction-formation-and-tendon-differentiation-during-development
#18
REVIEW
Mauricio Valdivia, Franco Vega-Macaya, Patricio Olguín
The development of the musculoskeletal system is a great model to study the interplay between chemical and mechanical inter-tissue signaling in cell adhesion, tissue morphogenesis and differentiation. In both vertebrates and invertebrates (e.g., Drosophila melanogaster) the formation of muscle-tendon interaction generates mechanical forces which are required for myotendinous junction maturation and tissue differentiation. In addition, these forces must be withstood by muscles and tendons in order to prevent detachment from each other, deformation or even losing their integrity...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383056/involvement-of-epithelial-na-channel-in-the-elevated-myogenic-response-in-posterior-cerebral-arteries-from-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#19
Soo-Kyoung Choi, Soo-In Yeon, Youngin Kwon, Seonhee Byeon, Young-Ho Lee
Hypertension is characterized by increased peripheral vascular resistance which is related with elevated myogenic response. Recent findings have indicated that epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is involved in mechanotransduction of the myogenic response. The purpose of this study was to investigate the involvement of ENaC in the elevated myogenic response of posterior cerebral arteries (PCAs) from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). Sixteen to eighteen weeks old male wistar kyoto rats (WKYs) and SHRs were used in this study...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377302/force-driven-growth-of-intercellular-junctions
#20
Mohammad Tehrani, Alireza S Sarvestani
Mechanical force regulates the formation and growth of cell-cell junctions. Cadherin is a prominent homotypic cell adhesion molecule that plays a crucial role in establishment of intercellular adhesion. It is known that the transmitted force through the cadherin-mediated junctions directly correlates with the growth and enlargement of the junctions. In this paper, we propose a physical model for the structural evolution of cell-cell junctions subjected to pulling tractions, using the Bell-Dembo-Bongard thermodynamic model...
April 2, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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