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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338906/vertical-leaf-mass-per-area-gradient-of-mature-sugar-maple-reflects-both-height-driven-increases-in-vascular-tissue-and-light-driven-increases-in-palisade-layer-thickness
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Adam P Coble, Molly A Cavaleri
A key trait used in canopy and ecosystem function modeling, leaf mass per area (LMA), is influenced by changes in both leaf thickness and leaf density (LMA = Thickness × Density). In tall trees, LMA is understood to increase with height through two primary mechanisms: (i) increasing palisade layer thickness (and thus leaf thickness) in response to light and/or (ii) reduced cell expansion and intercellular air space in response to hydrostatic constraints, leading to increased leaf density. Our objective was to investigate within-canopy gradients in leaf anatomical traits in order to understand environmental factors that influence leaf morphology in a sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marshall) forest canopy...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338461/mesenchymal-stem-cells-suppress-chronic-rejection-in-heterotopic-small-intestine-transplant-rat-models-via-inhibition-of-cd68-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-expression
#2
Fuxin Li, Jisen Cao, Zhicheng Zhao, Chuan Li, Feng Qi, Tong Liu
OBJECTIVES: Mesenchymal stem cells are easy to obtain and expand, with characteristics of low immunogenicity and strong tissue repair capacity. In this study, our aim was to investigate the role of mesenchymal stem cells in chronic immune rejection of heterotopic small intestine transplant in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After successfully constructing a rat chronic immune rejection model of heterotopic small intestine transplant, we infused mesenchymal stem cells into the animal recipients...
April 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334907/a-combinatorial-approach-to-identify-calpain-cleavage-sites-in-the-machado-joseph-disease-protein-ataxin-3
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Jonasz J Weber, Matthias Golla, Giambattista Guaitoli, Pimthanya Wanichawan, Stefanie N Hayer, Stefan Hauser, Ann-Christin Krahl, Maike Nagel, Sebastian Samer, Eleonora Aronica, Cathrine R Carlson, Ludger Schöls, Olaf Riess, Christian J Gloeckner, Huu P Nguyen, Jeannette Hübener-Schmid
Ataxin-3, the disease protein in Machado-Joseph disease, is known to be proteolytically modified by various enzymes including two major families of proteases, caspases and calpains. This processing results in the generation of toxic fragments of the polyglutamine-expanded protein. Although various approaches were undertaken to identify cleavage sites within ataxin-3 and to evaluate the impact of fragments on the molecular pathogenesis of Machado-Joseph disease, calpain-mediated cleavage of the disease protein and the localization of cleavage sites remained unclear...
March 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334060/bone-repair-process-in-defects-of-diabetic-rats-filled-with-autogenous-bone-graft-and-covered-with-homogenous-bone-matrix-membrane-or-polytetrafluoroethylene-membrane
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Carlos Alberto Timóteo, Alessandra Marcondes Aranega, Elio Hitoshi Shinohara, Juliana Zorzi Coléte
PURPOSE: To analyze the process of repair of bone defects in diabetic rats filled with autogenous bone and covered with membranes of homogenous bone matrix or expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred twenty male rats were divided into two groups: group 1 (IC), without systemic alterations (control), received an intravenous injection of citrate buffer at 0.01 M, pH 4.5; group 2 (IID) (diabetic) received an intravenous injection of streptozotocin (Sigma-Aldrich) dissolved in 0...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334040/macrophage-origin-limits-functional-plasticity-in-helminth-bacterial-co-infection
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Dominik Rückerl, Sharon M Campbell, Sheelagh Duncan, Tara E Sutherland, Stephen J Jenkins, James P Hewitson, Tom A Barr, Lucy H Jackson-Jones, Rick M Maizels, Judith E Allen
Rapid reprogramming of the macrophage activation phenotype is considered important in the defense against consecutive infection with diverse infectious agents. However, in the setting of persistent, chronic infection the functional importance of macrophage-intrinsic adaptation to changing environments vs. recruitment of new macrophages remains unclear. Here we show that resident peritoneal macrophages expanded by infection with the nematode Heligmosomoides polygyrus bakeri altered their activation phenotype in response to infection with Salmonella enterica ser...
March 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332089/surgery-for-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-primary-sutureless-repair-vs-conventional-repair
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Naoki Yoshimura, Kazuaki Fukahara, Akio Yamashita, Toshio Doi, Katsunori Takeuchi, Shigeyuki Yamashita, Takahiro Homma, Shigeki Yokoyama, Masaya Aoki, Yuki Ikeno
Despite recent advances in surgical technique and perioperative care, the surgical correction of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) remains a challenge. The major complication and the main cause of reoperation in TAPVC surgery are the occurrence of pulmonary venous obstruction (PVO). In the 1990s, sutureless repair was introduced as a technique to relieve PVO after TAPVC repair. Following the favorable outcomes for postoperative PVO, the indications for sutureless repair as a primary operation have been expanded to include infants who have preoperative PVO or those at risk of developing PVO after the repair of TAPVC...
March 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332083/phase-iii-soft-tissue-sarcoma-trials-success-or-failure
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Alexander T J Lee, Seth M Pollack, Paul Huang, Robin L Jones
Two recently reported phase III randomised control trials (RCTs) have resulted in the registration of two new systemic therapies for advanced soft tissue sarcoma. Both of these trials' designs were informed by phase II data that guided the selection of sensitive STS diagnoses, enabling the demonstration of benefit in certain subtypes. A number of other phase III trials reported in the last 18 months have seemingly fit into a recurrent pattern of failure-promising efficacy signals in earlier phase studies being lost in the survival follow-up of large, highly heterogeneous cohorts...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328628/unilateral-versus-bilateral-breast-reconstruction-is-less-really-more
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Lauren V Kuykendall, Bugra Tugertimur, Corin Agoris, Sara Bijan, Ambuj Kumar, Deniz Dayicioglu
OBJECTIVE: Over the recent years, there has been an increase in prophylactic mastectomies with an associated increase in bilateral breast reconstruction. We aimed to compare outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction with unilateral versus bilateral breast reconstruction after deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap and implant-based reconstruction. METHODS: Patients who underwent breast reconstruction by a single surgeon between July 2011 and July 2015 were surveyed using the independently validated BREAST-Q questionnaire...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328289/prospective-3d-analysis-of-facial-soft-tissue-augmentation-with-calcium-hydroxylapatite
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Filip Simunovic, Stefan Schlager, Michaela Montanari, Niklas Iblher
BACKGROUND: Facial rejuvenation is an expanding field with an increasing number of treatment modalities. Several non-autologous filler materials are available for soft tissue augmentation. Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaOH) is aimed at increasing collagen neosynthesis and thereby producing long term augmentation effects. Despite a multitude of observational reports, the field is suffering from lack of quantitative morphometic evaluation methods. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this proof-of-principle study was to investigate whether the effects of facial tissue augmentation with CaOH (Radiesse™) can be quantified and followed up using 3D surface scanning...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325210/breast-cancer-immunology-and-immunotherapy-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#10
L de la Cruz-Merino, M Chiesa, R Caballero, F Rojo, N Palazón, F H Carrasco, V Sánchez-Margalet
Cancer immunology has gained renewed interest in the past few years due to emerging findings on mechanisms involved in tumoral immune evasion. Indisputably, immune edition is currently considered a critical hallmark of cancer. Basic research has revealed new targets which can be modulated in the clinical setting with new compounds and strategies. As recent evidence confirms, breast cancer (BC) is a complex and heterogeneous disease in which host immune responses play a substantial role. T-infiltrating lymphocytes measurement is suggested as a powerful new tool necessary to predict early BC evolution, especially in HER2-positive and triple negative subtypes...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323935/association-of-in-vivo-adipose-tissue-cellular-kinetics-with-markers-of-metabolic-health-in-humans
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Ursula A White, Mark D Fitch, Robbie A Beyl, Marc K Hellerstein, Eric Ravussin
Context: Adipose tissue expansion occurs by hypertrophy and hyperplasia. Impaired hyperplasia, or adipogenesis, has been associated with obesity-related diseases. The cellular mechanisms underlying in vivo adipose cell turnover are not elucidated. Objective: We previously reported differences in in vivo cellular kinetics between the subcutaneous abdominal (scABD) and femoral (scFEM) depots using an 8-week incorporation of deuterium in women with obesity. We have now examined how in vivo kinetics correlate with markers of metabolic health...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323735/covered-balloon-expanding-stents-in-airway-stenosis
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Adnan Majid, Fayez Kheir, Jey Chung, Daniel Alape, Bryan Husta, Scott Oh, Erik Folch
BACKGROUND: The balloon-expanding stents are widely available but rarely described for use within the tracheobronchial tree. This report describes our experience with these stents in airway stenosis particularly as a lobar salvage therapy. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of all records in which the balloon-expanding stents were used at a tertiary medical center. Ages, sex, location of stenosis, etiology of stenosis, stent size, duration of stent placement and associated interventions for airway stenosis were recorded...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322939/do-we-need-to-study-metabolism-and-distribution-in-the-eye-why-when-and-are-we-there-yet
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Upendra A Argikar, Jennifer L Dumouchel, Valerie M Kramlinger, Amanda L Cirello, Mithat Gunduz, Christine E Dunne, Bindi Sohal
Liver is known to be the principal site of drug metabolism. Depending on the route of administration, especially in cases of topical/local delivery, evaluation of local drug metabolism in extrahepatic tissues is vital to assess fraction metabolized. This parameter becomes important from the point of view of drug availability or the contribution to overall clearance. Examples include fraction metabolized in the gut for oral drugs and contribution of pulmonary or renal clearance to total clearance of a drug. Diseases of the eye represent a rising unmet medical need, and a number of therapeutics are currently being developed in the form of small molecules and biologics...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322825/dissection-of-mechanoresponse-elements-in-promoter-sites-of-the-mechanoresponsive-cyr61-gene
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Lothar Seefried, Sigrid Mueller-Deubert, Melanie Krug, Almoatazbellah Youssef, Norbert Schuetze, Anita Ignatius, Franz Jakob, Regina Ebert
Mechanotransduction is important for mesenchymal regeneration and differentiation. Exaggerated high or very low impact yields pathological outcome resulting in fracture or tissue atrophy. Pathological strain in animal models was described but tools to dissect the respective stimuli and downstream pathways are limited. We expand the analytical tools to describe DNA strain response elements in a reporter gene approach. Deletion constructs of the human cysteine-rich protein 61 (CYR61) promoter were cloned into luciferase vectors and stably transfected into human telomerase-immortalized mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC-TERT)...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322116/expanding-the-potential-of-mri-contrast-agents-through-multifunctional-polymeric-nanocarriers
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Ioana Craciun, Gesine Gunkel-Grabole, Andrea Belluati, Cornelia G Palivan, Wolfgang Meier
MRI is a sought-after, noninvasive tool in medical diagnostics, yet the direct application of contrast agents to tissue suffers from several drawbacks. Hosting the contrast agents in polymeric nanocarriers can solve many of these issues while creating additional benefit through exploitation of the intrinsic characteristics of the polymeric carriers. In this report, the versatility is highlighted with recent examples of dendritic and hyperbranched polymers, polymer nanoparticles and micelles, and polymersomes as multifunctional bioresponsive nanocarriers for MRI contrast agents...
March 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321259/evaluation-of-three-devices-for-the-isolation-of-the-stromal-vascular-fraction-from-adipose-tissue-and-for-asc-culture-a-comparative-study
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Jonathan Rodriguez, Anne-Sophie Pratta, Nacira Abbassi, Hugo Fabre, Fanny Rodriguez, Cyrille Debard, Jacqueline Adobati, Fabien Boucher, Frédéric Mallein-Gerin, Céline Auxenfans, Odile Damour, Ali Mojallal
Adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) reside in the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) of adipose tissue (AT) and can be easily isolated. However, extraction of the SVF from lipoaspirate is a critical step in generating ASC, and semiautomated devices have been developed to enhance the efficacy and reproducibility of the outcomes and to decrease manipulation and contamination. In this study, we compared the reference method used in our lab for SVF isolation from lipoaspirate, with three medical devices: GID SVF-1™, Puregraft™, and Stem...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320945/three-dimensional-culture-system-identifies-a-new-mode-of-cetuximab-resistance-and-disease-relevant-genes-in-colorectal-cancer
#17
Cunxi Li, Bhuminder Singh, Ramona Graves-Deal, Haiting Ma, Alina Starchenko, William H Fry, Yuanyuan Lu, Yang Wang, Galina Bogatcheva, Mohseen P Khan, Ginger L Milne, Shilin Zhao, Gregory Daniel Ayers, Nenggan Li, Huaying Hu, Mary Kay Washington, Timothy J Yeatman, Oliver G McDonald, Qi Liu, Robert J Coffey
We previously reported that single cells from a human colorectal cancer (CRC) cell line (HCA-7) formed either hollow single-layered polarized cysts or solid spiky masses when plated in 3D in type-I collagen. To begin in-depth analyses into whether clonal cysts and spiky masses possessed divergent properties, individual colonies of each morphology were isolated and expanded. The lines thus derived faithfully retained their parental cystic and spiky morphologies and were termed CC (cystic) and SC (spiky), respectively...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320264/molecular-mechanisms-of-neuroplasticity-an-expanding-universe
#18
REVIEW
N V Gulyaeva
Biochemical processes in synapses and other neuronal compartments underlie neuroplasticity (functional and structural alterations in the brain enabling adaptation to the environment, learning, memory, as well as rehabilitation after brain injury). This basic molecular level of brain plasticity covers numerous specific proteins (enzymes, receptors, structural proteins, etc.) participating in many coordinated and interacting signal and metabolic processes, their modulation forming a molecular basis for brain plasticity...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319576/microscopic-heterotopic-extraovarian-sex-cord-stromal-proliferations-expanding-the-histologic-spectrum
#19
Aisling Longworth, Raji Ganesan, Adrian K H Yoong, Lynn Hirschowitz
Microscopic, heterotopic extraovarian sex cord-stromal proliferations have only recently been reported in the literature. We describe the largest series to date, of 30 cases of microscopic, incidentally detected, heterotopic extraovarian sex cord-stromal proliferation, in women aged 25-79 yr who had undergone surgery for a range of benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. In 14 patients the foci of proliferation comprised ovarian cortical stroma, in some cases with an ovarian fibroma-like appearance. Ten cases of adenofibroma and cystadenofibroma were also identified, including 1 Brenner adenofibroma; 2 cases comprised both ovarian cortical stroma and serous cystadenofibroma; 4 cases showed sex cord proliferation resembling microscopic adult granulosa cell tumors...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319486/igg4-related-disease
#20
Emanuele Bozzalla Cassione, John H Stone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Remarkable insights have been gleaned recently with regard to the pathophysiology of IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). These findings have direct implications for the development of targeted strategies for the treatment of this condition. RECENT FINDINGS: Oligoclonal expansions of cells of both the B and T lymphocyte lineages are present in the blood of patients with IgG4-RD. Oligoclonal expansions of plasmablasts are a good biomarker for disease activity...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
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