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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445929/the-kinesin-motor-protein-kif7-is-required-for-t-cell-development-and-normal-mhc-expression-on-thymic-epithelial-cells-tec-in-the-thymus
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Ching-In Lau, Alessandro Barbarulo, Anisha Solanki, José Ignacio Saldaña, Tessa Crompton
Kif7 is a ciliary kinesin motor protein that regulates mammalian Hedgehog pathway activation through influencing structure of the primary cilium. Here we show that Kif7 is required for normal T-cell development, despite the fact that T-cells lack primary cilia. Analysis of Kif7-deficient thymus showed that Kif7-deficiency increases the early CD44+CD25+CD4-CD8- thymocyte progenitor population but reduces differentiation to CD4+CD8+ double positive (DP) cell. At the transition from DP to mature T-cell, Kif7-deficiency selectively delayed maturation to the CD8 lineage...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445634/low-temperature-associated-interface-influence-on-the-black-phosphorus-nanoflakes
#2
Peng Huang, Dan Guo, Guoxin Xie
The temperature dependent structure properties of few-layer black phosphorus (BP) nanoflakes supported on the Si substrate and suspended on the holes are investigated using the Raman spectroscopy in the range of 77-293 K. The temperature coefficients of three main Raman modes for supported BP are larger than those of suspended BP because of the interface effects, mainly the tensile strain and the different thermal expansion coefficients (TEC) between the substrate and BP nanoflakes. The out-of-plane vibration is more apt to be affected by the initial strain while the influence on the in-plane vibrations is negligible...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439878/dissecting-and-modelling-the-emergent-murine-tec-compartment-during-ontogeny
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Fabian Brunk, Chloé Michel, Tim Holland-Letz, Alla Slynko, Annette Kopp-Schneider, Bruno Kyewski, Sheena Pinto
The origin of the thymic epithelium, i.e. the cortical (cTEC) and medullary (mTEC) epithelial cells, from bipotent stem cells through TEC progenitors and lineage-specific progeny still remains poorly understood. We sought to obtain an unbiased view of the incipient emergence of TEC subsets by following embryonic TEC development based on co-expression of EpCAM, CD80 and MHC class II (MHCII) on non-hematopoietic (CD45(-) ) thymic stromal cells in wild-type BL6 mice. Using a combination of ex vivo analysis, Re-aggregate Thymic Organ Culture (RTOC) reconstitution assays and mathematical modelling, we traced emergent lineage commitment in murine embryonic TECs...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432446/biasing-spatial-attention-with-semantic-information-an-event-coding-approach
#4
Tarek Amer, Davood G Gozli, Jay Pratt
We investigated the influence of conceptual processing on visual attention from the standpoint of Theory of Event Coding (TEC). The theory makes two predictions: first, an important factor in determining the influence of event 1 on processing event 2 is whether features of event 1 are bound into a unified representation (i.e., selection or retrieval of event 1). Second, whether processing the two events facilitates or interferes with each other should depend on the extent to which their constituent features overlap...
April 21, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429754/real-time-detection-of-tsunami-ionospheric-disturbances-with-a-stand-alone-gnss-receiver-a-preliminary-feasibility-demonstration
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Giorgio Savastano, Attila Komjathy, Olga Verkhoglyadova, Augusto Mazzoni, Mattia Crespi, Yong Wei, Anthony J Mannucci
It is well known that tsunamis can produce gravity waves that propagate up to the ionosphere generating disturbed electron densities in the E and F regions. These ionospheric disturbances can be studied in detail using ionospheric total electron content (TEC) measurements collected by continuously operating ground-based receivers from the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Here, we present results using a new approach, named VARION (Variometric Approach for Real-Time Ionosphere Observation), and estimate slant TEC (sTEC) variations in a real-time scenario...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428467/effects-of-mathematical-analysis-of-test-injection-on-the-ct-value-estimation-of-the-aorta
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Jun Nakane, Yoshiharu Kobayashi, Tsutomu Shiozawa
The circulation time and the mechanical acceleration time (MA time) of an automatic injector were simulated using pharmacokinetic analysis. The addition method and transfer-function method, which are mathematical techniques used for analyzing the test bolus method in multi-detector computed tomography, were used to verify the accuracy of estimation of the time-enhancement curve (TEC) of the main bolus. The TEC estimated using the addition method, and the TEC of the main bolus matched completely only if the MA time of the automatic injector was set to 0 seconds...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424515/structure-and-allosteric-inhibition-of-excitatory-amino-acid-transporter-1
#7
Juan C Canul-Tec, Reda Assal, Erica Cirri, Pierre Legrand, Sébastien Brier, Julia Chamot-Rooke, Nicolas Reyes
Human members of the solute carrier 1 (SLC1) family of transporters take up excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain and amino acids in peripheral organs. Dysregulation of the function of SLC1 transporters is associated with neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. Here we present crystal structures of a thermostabilized human SLC1 transporter, the excitatory amino acid transporter 1 (EAAT1), with and without allosteric and competitive inhibitors bound. The structures reveal architectural features of the human transporters, such as intra- and extracellular domains that have potential roles in transport function, regulation by lipids and post-translational modifications...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416305/fracture-strength-of-endodontically-treated-teeth-with-different-access-cavity-designs
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Gianluca Plotino, Nicola Maria Grande, Almira Isufi, Pietro Ioppolo, Eugenio Pedullà, Rossella Bedini, Gianluca Gambarini, Luca Testarelli
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to compare in vitro the fracture strength of root-filled and restored teeth with traditional endodontic cavity (TEC), conservative endodontic cavity (CEC), or ultraconservative "ninja" endodontic cavity (NEC) access. METHODS: Extracted human intact maxillary and mandibular premolars and molars were selected and assigned to control (intact teeth), TEC, CEC, or NEC groups (n = 10/group/type). Teeth in the TEC group were prepared following the principles of traditional endodontic cavities...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415764/inhibitor-of-tec-kinase-lfm-a13-decreases-pro-inflammatory-mediators-production-in-lps-stimulated-raw264-7-macrophages-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#9
Fei Wang, Wei Zhang, Chao Wang, Xu Fang, Hao Cheng, Sheng Liu, Xu-Lin Chen
Tec kinase, a prototypical member of the Tec tyrosine kinases family, was shown to mainly govern lymphocyte proliferation. In the present study, we investigated the role of Tec kinase in acute inflammatory response in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge. First, we demonstrate that Tec kinase activity was observed in RAW264.7 macrophages exposed to LPS. Tec and phosphorylated Tec expression were upregulated in a dose- and time-dependent manner after LPS stimulation. LPS increased monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP)-1 secretion and intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 expression, and increasing mRNA expression was consistently observed...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408376/a-comparative-study-of-tissue-engineered-constructs-from-acropora-and-porites-coral-in-a-large-animal-bone-defect-model
#10
A Decambron, M Manassero, M Bensidhoum, B Lecuelle, D Logeart-Avramoglou, H Petite, V Viateau
OBJECTIVES: To compare the therapeutic potential of tissue-engineered constructs (TECs) combining mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and coral granules from either Acropora or Porites to repair large bone defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone marrow-derived, autologous MSCs were seeded on Acropora or Porites coral granules in a perfusion bioreactor. Acropora-TECs (n = 7), Porites-TECs (n = 6) and bone autografts (n = 2) were then implanted into 25 mm long metatarsal diaphyseal defects in sheep...
April 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406139/t-bet-independent-development-of-ifn%C3%AE-secreting-natural-t-helper-1-cell-population-in-the-absence-of-itk
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Arun K Kannan, Sonia Mohinta, Weishan Huang, Lu Huang, Nicholas Koylass, Judith A Appleton, Avery August
Th1, Th2, Th9 and Th17 cells are conventional CD4(+) effector T cells identified as secretors of prototypical cytokines IFNγ, IL4, IL9, and IL-17A respectively. Recently, populations of natural Th17 and Th1 cells (nTh17 and nTh1) with innate-like phenotype have been identified in the thymus that are distinct from conventional Th17 and Th1 cells. The absence of the Tec family kinase Interleukin-2 inducible T cell kinase (Itk) results in T cell immunodeficiency in mice and humans. Here we show that Itk negatively regulates the development of nTh1 cells that express IFNγ in a Tbet independent manner, and whose expansion can be enhanced by IL4...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402731/characterization-of-inorganic-filler-content-mechanical-properties-and-light-transmission-of-bulk-fill-resin-composites
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B M Fronza, Apa Ayres, R R Pacheco, F A Rueggeberg, Cts Dias, M Giannini
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to characterize inorganic content (IC), light transmission (LT), biaxial flexural strength (BFS), and flexural modulus (FM) of one conventional (layered) and four bulk-fill composites at different depths. METHODS: Bulk-fill composites tested were Surefil SDR flow (SDR), Filtek Bulk Fill (FBF), Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill (TEC), and EverX Posterior (EXP). Herculite Classic (HER) was used as a control. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize filler particle composition and morphology...
April 12, 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401593/low-dose-bmp-2-and-msc-dual-delivery-onto-coral-scaffold-for-critical-size-bone-defect-regeneration-in-sheep
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Adeline Decambron, Alexandre Fournet, Morad Bensidhoum, Mathieu Manassero, Frédéric Sailhan, Hervé Petite, Delphine Logeart-Avramoglou, Véronique Viateau
Tissue-engineered constructs (TECs) combining resorbable calcium-based scaffolds and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the capability to regenerate large bone defects. Inconsistent results have, however, been observed, with a lack of osteoinductivity as a possible cause of failure. This study aimed to evaluate the impact of the addition of low-dose bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) to MSC-coral-TECs on the healing of clinically-relevant segmental bone defects in sheep. Coral granules were either seeded with autologous MSCs (bone marrow-derived) or loaded with BMP-2...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400578/elevated-levels-of-wnt-signaling-disrupt-thymus-morphogenesis-and-function
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Jeremy B Swann, Christiane Happe, Thomas Boehm
All vertebrates possess a thymus, whose epithelial microenvironment is essential for T cell development and maturation. Despite the importance of the thymus for cellular immune defense, many questions surrounding its morphogenesis remain unanswered. Here, we demonstrate that, in contrast to the situation in many other epithelial cell types, differentiation of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) proceeds normally in the absence of canonical Wnt signaling and the classical adhesion molecule E-cadherin. By contrast, TEC-intrinsic activation of β-catenin-dependent Wnt signaling blocks the morphogenesis of the thymus, and overexpression of a secreted Wnt ligand by TECs dominantly modifies the morphogenesis not only of the thymus, but also of the parathyroid and thyroid...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395348/exposure-assessment-in-a-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-primary-manufacturer
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Serge Kouassi, Cyril Catto, Claude Ostiguy, Gilles L'Espérance, Jens Kroeger, Maximilien Debia
Objectives: This study was aimed at documenting and characterizing occupational exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) generated in a primary manufacturing plant. It also compared various strategies of exposure monitoring. Methods: A 6-day measurement protocol was scheduled (D1-D6) including both (i) quasi-personal monitoring with an array of direct reading instruments (DRIs) and (ii) offline electron microscopy analyses of surface and breathing zone filter-based samples...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389777/contribution-of-tumor-endothelial-cells-to-drug-resistance-anti-angiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-act-as-p-glycoprotein-antagonists
#16
MariaRosa Bani, Alessandra Decio, Raffaella Giavazzi, Carmen Ghilardi
Tumor endothelial cells (TEC) differ from the normal counterpart, in both gene expression and functionality. TEC may acquire drug resistance, a characteristic that is maintained in vitro. There is evidence that TEC are more resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs, substrates of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters. TEC express p-glycoprotein (encoded by ABCB1), while no difference in other ABC transporters was revealed compared to normal endothelia. A class of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI), used as angiostatic compounds, interferes with the ATPase activity of p-glycoprotein, thus impairing its functionality...
April 7, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385540/performance-of-leishmania-braziliensis-enolase-protein-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-canine-and-human-visceral-leishmaniosis
#17
Mariana Costa Duarte, Daniela Pagliara Lage, Vívian Tamietti Martins, Lourena Emanuele Costa, Beatriz Cristina Silveira Salles, Ana Maria Ravena Severino Carvalho, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Daniel Silva Dias, Patrícia Aparecida Fernandes Ribeiro, Miguel Angel Chávez-Fumagalli, Ricardo Andrez Machado-de-Ávila, Bruno Mendes Roatt, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Danielle Ferreira de Magalhães-Soares, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
In the present study, Leishmania braziliensis enolase was cloned and the recombinant protein (rEnolase) was evaluated for the serodiagnosis of canine and human visceral leishmaniosis (VL). For the canine VL diagnosis, this study examined serum samples of Leishmania infantum-infected dogs, from non-infected animals living in endemic or non-endemic areas of leishmaniosis, as well as those from Leish-Tec(®)-vaccinated dogs and Trypanosoma cruzi or Ehrlichia canis experimentally infected animals. For the human VL diagnosis, this study analyzed serum samples from VL patients, from non-infected subjects living in endemic or non-endemic areas of leishmaniosis, as well as those from T...
March 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385374/central-immune-tolerance-depends-on-crosstalk-between-the-classical-and-alternative-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-in-medullary-thymic-epithelial-cells
#18
Marc Riemann, Nico Andreas, Maria Fedoseeva, Elke Meier, Debra Weih, Helga Freytag, Ruth Schmidt-Ullrich, Ulf Klein, Zhao-Qi Wang, Falk Weih
Medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) contribute to self-tolerance by expressing and presenting peripheral tissue antigens for negative selection of autoreactive T cells and differentiation of natural regulatory T cells. The molecular control of mTEC development remains incompletely understood. We here demonstrate by TEC-specific gene manipulation in mice that the NF-κB transcription factor subunit RelB, which is activated by the alternative NF-κB pathway, regulates development of mature mTECs in a dose-dependent manner...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382504/binding-of-thyroglobulin-tg-to-the-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-associated-protein-rap-during-the-biosynthetic-pathway-prevents-premature-tg-interactions-with-sortilin
#19
R Botta, S Lisi, G Rotondo Dottore, P Vitti, M Marinò
OBJECTIVE: Sortilin, a Vps10p family member, is expressed by thyroid epithelial cells (TEC), where it binds to internalized thyroglobulin (Tg) molecules. Premature binding of Tg to sortilin during biosynthesis may cause intracellular retention of Tg. Such a premature interaction may be prevented by one or more inhibitor/s. Because both sortilin and Tg bind to the low-density lipoprotein receptor-associated protein (RAP), we investigated whether RAP serves such a function. METHODS: Immunofluorescence staining for sortilin, Tg, and RAP was performed in FRTL-5 cells...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364323/circulating-and-renal-expression-of-hla-g-prevented-chronic-renal-allograft-dysfunction-in-japanese-recipients
#20
Yuki Okushi, Kazuaki Okino, Kiyotaka Mukai, Yuki Matsui, Norifumi Hayashi, Keiji Fujimoto, Hiroki Adachi, Hideki Yamaya, Hitoshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: Although the risk of acute rejection has been studied in renal transplanted patients, there is little data about the long-term renal survival effects of non-classical human leukocyte antigen class I (HLA-G) in Japanese patients. METHOD: We investigated the changes in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) for Japanese, and factors affecting the eGFR in 141 adult Japanese subjects whose allografts had survived for at least 1 year. Clinical background data, gender, HLA matching status, the total ischemic time, ABO incompatibility, immunosuppressive therapy, and the serum soluble(s) HLA-G5 level were examined...
March 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
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