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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346420/hepatic-cyclooxygenase-2-overexpression-induced-spontaneous-hepatocellular-carcinoma-formation-in-mice
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H Chen, W Cai, E S H Chu, J Tang, C-C Wong, S H Wong, W Sun, Q Liang, J Fang, Z Sun, J Yu
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the direct causative effect of COX-2 in spontaneous HCC formation remains unknown. We thus investigate the role and molecular pathogenesis of COX-2 in HCC by using liver-specific COX-2 transgenic (TG) mice. We found spontaneous HCC formation with elevated inflammatory infiltrates and neovessels in male TG mice (3/21, 14.3%), but not in any of male WT mice (0/19). Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and gene expression microarrays were performed in the HCC tumor and non-HCC liver tissues to investigate the molecular mechanisms of COX-2-driven HCC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346372/-bligh-and-dyer-and-folch-methods-for-solid-liquid-liquid-extraction-of-lipids-from-microorganisms-comprehension-of-solvatation-mechanisms-and-towards-substitution-with-alternative-solvents
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Cassandra Breil, Maryline Abert Vian, Thomas Zemb, Werner Kunz, Farid Chemat
Bligh and Dyer (B & D) or Folch procedures for the extraction and separation of lipids from microorganisms and biological tissues using chloroform/methanol/water have been used tens of thousands of times and are "gold standards" for the analysis of extracted lipids. Based on the Conductor-like Screening MOdel for realistic Solvatation (COSMO-RS), we select ethanol and ethyl acetate as being potentially suitable for the substitution of methanol and chloroform. We confirm this by performing solid-liquid extraction of yeast (Yarrowia lipolytica IFP29) and subsequent liquid-liquid partition-the two steps of routine extraction...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342566/mechanical-and-biological-effects-of-ultrasound-a-review-of-present-knowledge
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REVIEW
Zahra Izadifar, Paul Babyn, Dean Chapman
Ultrasound is widely used for medical diagnosis and increasingly for therapeutic purposes. An understanding of the bio-effects of sonography is important for clinicians and scientists working in the field because permanent damage to biological tissues can occur at high levels of exposure. Here the underlying principles of thermal mechanisms and the physical interactions of ultrasound with biological tissues are reviewed. Adverse health effects derived from cellular studies, animal studies and clinical reports are reviewed to provide insight into the in vitro and in vivo bio-effects of ultrasound...
March 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341826/poly-ethylmethacrylate-co-diethylaminoethyl-acrylate-coating-improves-endothelial-re-population-bio-mechanical-and-anti-thrombogenic-properties-of-decellularized-carotid-arteries-for-blood-vessel-replacement
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Elena López-Ruiz, Seshasailam Venkateswaran, Macarena Perán, Gema Jiménez, Salvatore Pernagallo, Juan J Díaz-Mochón, Olga Tura-Ceide, Francisco Arrebola, Juan Melchor, Juan Soto, Guillermo Rus, Pedro J Real, María Diaz-Ricart, Antonio Conde-González, Mark Bradley, Juan A Marchal
Decellularized vascular scaffolds are promising materials for vessel replacements. However, despite the natural origin of decellularized vessels, issues such as biomechanical incompatibility, immunogenicity risks and the hazards of thrombus formation, still need to be addressed. In this study, we coated decellularized vessels obtained from porcine carotid arteries with poly (ethylmethacrylate-co-diethylaminoethylacrylate) (8g7) with the purpose of improving endothelial coverage and minimizing platelet attachment while enhancing the mechanical properties of the decellularized vascular scaffolds...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337182/new-insights-into-the-anti-pathogenic-potential-of-lactococcus-garvieae-against-staphylococcus-aureus-based-on-rna-sequencing-profiling
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Pierre Delpech, Etienne Rifa, Graham Ball, Sabine Nidelet, Emeric Dubois, Geneviève Gagne, Marie-Christine Montel, Céline Delbès, Stéphanie Bornes
The bio-preservation potential of Lactococcus garvieae lies in its capacity to inhibit the growth of staphylococci, especially Staphylococcus aureus, in dairy products and in vitro. In vitro, inhibition is modulated by the level of aeration, owing to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production by L. garvieae under aeration. The S. aureus response to this inhibition has already been studied. However, the molecular mechanisms of L. garvieae underlying the antagonism against S. aureus have never been explored. This study provides evidence of the presence of another extracellular inhibition effector in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337137/an-adaptive-neural-mechanism-for-acoustic-motion-perception-with-varying-sparsity
#6
Danish Shaikh, Poramate Manoonpong
Biological motion-sensitive neural circuits are quite adept in perceiving the relative motion of a relevant stimulus. Motion perception is a fundamental ability in neural sensory processing and crucial in target tracking tasks. Tracking a stimulus entails the ability to perceive its motion, i.e., extracting information about its direction and velocity. Here we focus on auditory motion perception of sound stimuli, which is poorly understood as compared to its visual counterpart. In earlier work we have developed a bio-inspired neural learning mechanism for acoustic motion perception...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336068/bioapplications-of-electrochemical-sensors-and-biosensors
#7
Eduard Dumitrescu, Silvana Andreescu
Recent progress in the electrochemical field enabled development of miniaturized sensing devices that can be used in biological settings to obtain fundamental and practical biochemically relevant information on physiology, metabolism, and disease states in living systems. Electrochemical sensors and biosensors have demonstrated potential for rapid, real-time measurements of biologically relevant molecules. This chapter provides an overview of the most recent advances in the development of miniaturized sensors for biological investigations in living systems, with focus on the detection of neurotransmitters and oxidative stress markers...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335186/ex-vivo-tissues-engineering-modeling-for-reconstructive-surgery-using-human-adult-adipose-stem-cells-and-polymeric-nanostructured-matrix
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Francesco Morena, Chiara Argentati, Eleonora Calzoni, Marino Cordellini, Carla Emiliani, Francesco D'Angelo, Sabata Martino
The major challenge for stem cell translation regenerative medicine is the regeneration of damaged tissues by creating biological substitutes capable of recapitulating the missing function in the recipient host. Therefore, the current paradigm of tissue engineering strategies is the combination of a selected stem cell type, based on their capability to differentiate toward committed cell lineages, and a biomaterial, that, due to own characteristics (e.g., chemical, electric, mechanical property, nano-topography, and nanostructured molecular components), could serve as active scaffold to generate a bio-hybrid tissue/organ...
March 31, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
#9
Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334666/bio-refractory-dissolved-organic-matter-and-colorants-in-cassava-distillery-wastewater-characterization-coagulation-treatment-and-mechanisms
#10
Ming Zhang, Zhou Wang, Penghui Li, Hua Zhang, Li Xie
An important portion of organic matter and colorants still remain in the biologically treated distillery wastewater, leaving the dark brown and odorous downstream with the heavy loading of chemical oxygen demand and the potential of forming disinfection byproducts. However, those bio-recalcitrant colorants have not been clearly recognized. The current study investigated the features of the bio-refractory organic matter and colorants in a typical distillery effluent, cassava distillery wastewater; special attention was paid to their change and behaviors in the coagulation treatment following the bio-processes...
March 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333108/the-biology-of-pichia-membranifaciens-killer-toxins
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REVIEW
Ignacio Belda, Javier Ruiz, Alejandro Alonso, Domingo Marquina, Antonio Santos
The killer phenomenon is defined as the ability of some yeast to secrete toxins that are lethal to other sensitive yeasts and filamentous fungi. Since the discovery of strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae capable of secreting killer toxins, much information has been gained regarding killer toxins and this fact has substantially contributed knowledge on fundamental aspects of cell biology and yeast genetics. The killer phenomenon has been studied in Pichia membranifaciens for several years, during which two toxins have been described...
March 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326461/toxicity-and-detoxification-mechanism-of-black-pepper-and-its-major-constituent-in-controlling-rhynchophorus-ferrugineus-olivier-curculionidae-coleoptera
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A Hussain, M Rizwan-Ul-Haq, H Al-Ayedh, A M Aljabr
The survival, feeding response, and detoxification mechanism of Rhynchophorus ferrugineus Olivier, a key pest responsible for destruction of date palm, was examined with different extracts of Piper nigrum and its major constituent (piperine) identified by GC-MS. In the present study, toxicity of different extracts of black pepper was evaluated by incorporating diffferent doses of extracts into the artificial diet of red palm weevil larvae. All extracts showed dose-dependent insecticidal activity to the tested eighth-instar red palm weevil larvae...
March 21, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325922/variability-in-h9n2-haemagglutinin-receptor-binding-preference-and-the-ph-of-fusion
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Thomas P Peacock, Donald J Benton, Jean-Remy Sadeyen, Pengxiang Chang, Joshua E Sealy, Juliet E Bryant, Stephen R Martin, Holly Shelton, John W McCauley, Wendy S Barclay, Munir Iqbal
H9N2 avian influenza viruses are primarily a disease of poultry; however, they occasionally infect humans and are considered a potential pandemic threat. Little work has been performed to assess the intrinsic biochemical properties related to zoonotic potential of H9N2 viruses. The objective of this study, therefore, was to investigate H9N2 haemagglutinins (HAs) using two well-known correlates for human adaption: receptor-binding avidity and pH of fusion. Receptor binding was characterized using bio-layer interferometry to measure virus binding to human and avian-like receptor analogues and the pH of fusion was assayed by syncytium formation in virus-infected cells at different pHs...
March 22, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325445/nonlinear-model-on-pulsatile-flow-of-blood-through-a-porous-bifurcated-arterial-stenosis-in-the-presence-of-magnetic-field-and-periodic-body-acceleration
#15
R Ponalagusamy, S Priyadharshini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Background and Objective: The motivation of cardiovascular modeling is to understand the haemodynamic and mechanical factors in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Several investigations have been carried out by many authors to understand the flow properties of blood in modelling blood flows in the circulatory system. In the present article, the pulsatile flow of Herschel-Bulkley fluid through a bifurcated arterial stenosis in a porous medium with magnetic field and periodic body acceleration has been investigated in view of understanding the role of rheological behaviour of blood, stenotic height, bifurcation angle, magnetic field and porosity of wall in the initiation and proliferation of cardiovascular diseases...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324724/bio-inspired-one-pot-route-to-prepare-robust-and-repairable-micro-nanoscale-superhydrophobic-coatings
#16
Yifan Si, Fuchao Yang, Zhiguang Guo
Superhydrophobic (SHP) coatings inspired by lotus have great application prospect for our daily life. Regrettably, three formidable challenges, namely, complex fabrication, weak mechanical stability and large-scale fabrication, have already existed for a long time in this research field. Here, a robust micro-nanoscale P25 (Nano TiO2)/MgO/epoxy resin (ER) SHP coating has been fabricated via facile one-pot route, which can be applied to arbitrary substrates through multiples methods. P25/MgO/ER SHP coating not only displays excellent mechanical stability but also shows unique repairable ability to recover its superhydrophobicity under various damages by extreme environment such as low temperature, strong acid or alkali and this repairable process can be repeated for many times...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324692/influence-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-on-the-activity-and-conformation-of-lysozyme
#17
Yitong Bai, Zhu Ming, Yuye Cao, Shicheng Feng, Hua Yang, Lingyun Chen, Sheng-Tao Yang
The dramatically different bio-effects of graphene and graphene oxide (GO) have been widely observed in diverse biological systems, which determine the applications and toxicity of graphene materials. To elucidate the mechanism at molecular level, it is urgent to investigate the enzyme-graphene interaction and its consequences. In this study, we comparatively studied the influence of GO and reduced GO (RGO) on the activity and conformation of lysozyme to provide better understandings of their different bio-effects...
March 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323175/a-comparative-study-of-bio-inspired-protective-scales-using-3d-printing-and-mechanical-testing
#18
Roberto Martini, Yanis Balit, Francois Barthelat
Flexible natural armors from fish, alligators or armadillo are attracting an increasing amount of attention for their unique combinations of hardness, flexibility and light weight. The extreme contrast of stiffness between hard scales and surrounding soft tissues gives rise to unusual and attractive mechanisms, which now serve as models for the design of bio-inspired armors. Despite this growing interest, there is little guideline for the choice of materials, optimum thickness, size, shape and arrangement for the protective scales...
March 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319885/bacterioplankton-assembly-and-interspecies-interaction-indicating-increasing-coastal-eutrophication
#19
Wenfang Dai, Jinjie Zhang, Qichao Tu, Ye Deng, Qiongfen Qiu, Jinbo Xiong
Anthropogenic perturbations impose negative effects on coastal ecosystems, such as increasing levels of eutrophication. Given the biogeochemical significance of microorganisms, understanding the processes and mechanisms underlying their spatial distribution under changing environmental conditions is critical. To address this question, we examined how coastal bacterioplankton communities respond to increasing eutrophication levels created by anthropogenic perturbations. The results showed that the magnitude of changes in the bacterioplankton community compositions (BCCs) and the importance of deterministic processes that constrained bacterial assembly were closely associated with eutrophication levels...
March 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319371/expression-of-heterologous-sigma-factor-expands-the-searchable-space-for-biofuel-tolerance-mechanisms
#20
Timothy A Tomko, Mary J Dunlop
Microorganisms can produce hydrocarbons that can serve as replacements or additions to conventional liquid fuels for use in the transportation sector. However, a common problem in the microbial synthesis of biofuels is that these compounds often have toxic effects on the cell. In this study, we focused on mitigating the toxicity of the bio-jet fuel precursor pinene on Escherichia coli. We used genomic DNA from Pseudomonas putida KT2440, which has innate solvent-tolerance properties, to create transgenic libraries in an E...
March 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
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