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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735061/up-regulation-of-glur1-in-paraventricular-nucleus-and-greater-expressions-of-synapse-related-proteins-in-the-hypothalamus-of-chronic-unpredictable-stress-induced-depressive-rats
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Rong Li, Xia Zhao, Li Cai, Wan-Wan Gao
Converging evidence indicates that abnormal glutamatergic and synaptic systems may be associated with the pathophysiology of depression. Over-activation of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) neurons in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) plays a key role in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis hyperactivity and is a prominent feature in depression. In this study, we examined the effect of chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) in rats on the expression of AMPA subunit GluR1 protein in the hypothalamic PVN as well as on the expression of GluR1 and several synapse-related proteins in the hypothalamus...
July 19, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734802/co-transplantation-of-mesenchymal-and-neural-stem-cells-and-overexpressing-stromal-derived-factor-1-for-treating-spinal-cord-injury
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Andrew N Stewart, Griffin Kendziorski, Zachary M Deak, Dara J Brown, Matthew N Fini, Katherine L Copely, Julien Rossignol, Gary L Dunbar
Genetic engineering of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and neuronal stem cells (NSCs) has been used to treat spinal cord injuries (SCI). As a mechanism of therapy, MSCs secrete high amounts of anti-inflammatory cytokines and trophic factors, while NSCs can differentiate into neuronal lineages and aid in tissue replacement. Additionally, the forced overexpression of secreted proteins can enhance the secretome of transplanted cells, which can increase therapeutic efficacy. This study utilized a combinational treatment consisting of MSCs, NSCs, and the forced overexpression of the chemokine stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) from MSCs (SDF-1-MSCs), to treat a rat model of SCI...
July 19, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734729/mir-143-regulates-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-osteosarcoma-cells-through-targeting-mapk7
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Xiancheng Dong, Bin Lv, Wei Liu, Qinghua Cheng, Chuan Su, Guoyong Yin
Accumulating documents have been suggested that microRNA-143 (miR-143) function as a tumor suppressor, involved in many biological processes including tumor initiation and progression. However, the biological function and molecular mechanism of miR-143 in Osteosarcoma (OS) still remains to be further investigated. Despite many efforts have been made, the prognosis of OS is still unsatisfied. Thus, exploring the underlying mechanism of OS and finding new treatment targets is essential for improving the survival rate of OS patients...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734609/reinforcements-in-avian-wing-bones-experiments-analysis-and-modeling
#4
E Novitskaya, C J Ruestes, M M Porter, V A Lubarda, M A Meyers, J McKittrick
Almost all species of modern birds are capable of flight; the mechanical competency of their wings and the rigidity of their skeletal system evolved to enable this outstanding feat. One of the most interesting examples of structural adaptation in birds is the internal structure of their wing bones. In flying birds, bones need to be sufficiently strong and stiff to withstand forces during takeoff, flight, and landing, with a minimum of weight. The cross-sectional morphology and presence of reinforcing structures (struts and ridges) found within bird wing bones vary from species to species, depending on how the wings are utilized...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734308/molecular-simulation-of-caloric-properties-of-fluids-modelled-by-force-fields-with-intramolecular-contributions-application-to-heat-capacities
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William R Smith, Jan Jirsák, Ivo Nezbeda, Weikai Qi
The calculation of caloric properties such as heat capacity, Joule-Thomson coefficients, and the speed of sound by classical force-field-based molecular simulation methodology has received scant attention in the literature, particularly for systems composed of complex molecules whose force fields (FFs) are characterized by a combination of intramolecular and intermolecular terms. The calculation of a thermodynamic property for a system whose molecules are described by such a FF involves the calculation of the residual property prior to its addition to the corresponding ideal-gas property, the latter of which is separately calculated, either using thermochemical compilations or nowadays accurate quantum mechanical calculations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734257/comparison-of-femoropopliteal-artery-stents-under-axial-and-radial-compression-axial-tension-bending-and-torsion-deformations
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Kaspars Maleckis, Paul Deegan, William Poulson, Cole Sievers, Anastasia Desyatova, Jason MacTaggart, Alexey Kamenskiy
High failure rates of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) stenting appear to be associated with the inability of certain stent designs to accommodate severe biomechanical environment of the femoropopliteal artery (FPA) that bends, twists, and axially compresses during limb flexion. Twelve Nitinol stents (Absolute Pro, Supera, Lifestent, Innova, Zilver, Smart Control, Smart Flex, EverFlex, Viabahn, Tigris, Misago, and Complete SE) were quasi-statically tested under bench-top axial and radial compression, axial tension, bending, and torsional deformations...
July 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734210/effects-analysis-of-substituent-characteristics-and-solvents-on-the-photodegradation-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers
#7
Long Jiang, Youli Qiu, Yu Li
The ultraviolet spectra and electron transition information of 209 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in gas were first calculated via time-dependent density functional theory using Gaussian 09 software. The main and second-order interactional effects of substituent characteristics on the photodegradation of PBDEs were then analysed using a full factorial experimental design. Solvent effects were considered to research the effect and promotion mechanism of solvent molecules on the photodegradation of PBDEs compared with that in gas...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734208/effect-of-mutation-on-a%C3%AE-1-42-heme-complex-in-aggregation-mechanism-alzheimer-s-disease
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Subramaniam Boopathi, Ponmalai Kolandaivel
Amyloid β (Aβ) peptide aggregation is one of the root causes for Alzheimer's disease. Recently, experimental studies show that three active binding sites (His6, His13 and His14) of Aβ peptides were bound with heme to form Aβ-Heme complex, which leads to inhibit the aggregation process. We apply molecular dynamic simulation to investigate the aggregation pathways of Aβ-Heme peptides. The above three binding sites were mutated by Glycine residue individually and generate three complex systems such as Aβ(His6Gly)-Heme, Aβ(His13Gly)-Heme and Aβ(His14Gly)-Heme...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733669/high-resolution-imaging-of-a-single-gliding-protofilament-of-tubulins-by-hs-afm
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Jakia Jannat Keya, Daisuke Inoue, Yuki Suzuki, Toshiya Kozai, Daiki Ishikuro, Noriyuki Kodera, Takayuki Uchihashi, Arif Md Rashedul Kabir, Masayuki Endo, Kazuki Sada, Akira Kakugo
In vitro gliding assay of microtubules (MTs) on kinesins has provided us with valuable biophysical and chemo-mechanical insights of this biomolecular motor system. Visualization of MTs in an in vitro gliding assay has been mainly dependent on optical microscopes, limited resolution of which often render them insufficient sources of desired information. In this work, using high speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM), which allows imaging with higher resolution, we monitored MTs and protofilaments (PFs) of tubulins while gliding on kinesins...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733642/gap-junction-mediated-regulation-of-endothelial-cellular-stiffness
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Takayuki Okamoto, Eiji Kawamoto, Yoshimi Takagi, Nobuyuki Akita, Tatsuya Hayashi, Eun Jeong Park, Koji Suzuki, Motomu Shimaoka
Endothelial monolayers have shown the ability to signal each other through gap junctions. Gap junction-mediated cell-cell interactions have been implicated in the modulation of endothelial cell functions during vascular inflammation. Inflammatory mediators alter the mechanical properties of endothelial cells, although the exact role of gap junctions in this process remains unclear. Here, we sought to study the role of gap junctions in the regulation of endothelial stiffness, an important physical feature that is associated with many vascular pathologies...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733014/removal-of-congo-red-dye-from-aqueous-solution-with-nickel-based-metal-organic-framework-graphene-oxide-composites-prepared-by-ultrasonic-wave-assisted-ball-milling
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Shuaiqi Zhao, Ding Chen, Fuhua Wei, Nini Chen, Zhao Liang, Yun Luo
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) were successfully synthesized by ultrasonic wave-assisted ball milling. In the absence of organic solvent, the coupling effect of ultrasonic wave and mechanical force played an significant role in the synthesis of MOFs. Adsorption of Congo red (CR) was studied in view of adsorption kinetic, isotherm and thermodynamics. The adsorbent was carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM) methods...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733005/ultrasonic-cavitation-erosion-of-316l-steel-weld-joint-in-liquid-pb-bi-eutectic-alloy-at-550%C3%A2-c
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Yucheng Lei, Hongxia Chang, Xiaokai Guo, Tianqing Li, Longren Xiao
Liquid lead-bismuth eutectic alloy (LBE) is applied in the Accelerator Driven transmutation System (ADS) as the high-power spallation neutron targets and coolant. A 19.2kHz ultrasonic device was deployed in liquid LBE at 550°C to induce short and long period cavitation erosion damage on the surface of weld joint, SEM and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to map out the surface properties, and Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) was applied to the qualitative and quantitative analysis of elements in the micro region of the surface...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732976/preparation-of-waterborne-dispersions-of-epoxy-resin-by-ultrasonic-assisted-supercritical-co2-nanoemulsification-technique
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Hanyang Gao, Guoxin Hu, Kun Liu, Liqun Wu
Waterborne nanoemulsion of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A type epoxy resin (DGEBA) with droplet size of around 124nm was prepared by using an ultrasonic-assisted supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) technique in an autoclave reactor at a low temperature (32°C). A view cell positioned in-line with the ultrasonic probe allowed observation of the emulsification process. From the image analysis and droplet size measurement, the influence mechanisms of the ultrasonic power, the degree of mixing of scCO2 with DGEBA, the adding amount of emulsifier, and the system pressure on emulsification process and emulsion droplet size were investigated...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732945/heat-transfer-enhancement-using-2mhz-ultrasound
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Odin Bulliard-Sauret, Sebastien Ferrouillat, Laure Vignal, Alain Memponteil, Nicolas Gondrexon
The present work focuses on possible heat transfer enhancement from a heating plate towards tap water in forced convection by means of 2MHz ultrasound. The thermal approach allows to observe the increase of local convective heat transfer coefficients in the presence of ultrasound and to deduce a correlation between ultrasound power and Nusselt number. Heat transfer coefficient under ultrasound remains constant while heat transfer coefficient under silent conditions increases with Reynolds number from 900 up to 5000...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732933/ultrasonic-assisted-synthesis-of-nanocomposite-materials-based-on-resole-resin-and-surface-modified-nano-ceo2-chemical-and-morphological-aspects
#15
Mehdi Hatami, Mohammadreza Yazdan Panah
In this study, phenol-formaldehyde (PF)/CeO2 nanocomposites (NC)s were prepared by in-situ polymerization of phenol and formaldehyde in alkali solution in the presence of surface modified CeO2 nanoparticles (NP)s by sonochemical assisted synthesis. The morphology and structure of PF/CeO2 NCs were characterized by using fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermal analyses methods. It was found that due to the good dispersion of surface modified NPs in polymer matrix and the strong interfacial interaction between the CeO2 NPs and PF matrix, the thermal stability and thermo-mechanical properties of the PF/CeO2 NCs were greatly enhanced...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731702/drude-polarizable-force-field-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-saturated-and-unsaturated-zwitterionic-lipids
#16
Hui Li, Janamejaya Chowdhary, Lei Huang, Xibing He, Alexander D MacKerell, Benoît Roux
Additive force fields are designed to account for induced electronic polarization in a mean-field average way using effective empirical fixed charges. The limitation of this approximation is cause for serious concerns, particularly in the case of lipid membranes, where the molecular environment undergoes dramatic variations over microscopic length scales. A polarizable force field based on the classical Drude oscillator offers a practical and computationally efficient framework for an improved representation of electrostatic interactions in molecular simulations...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731700/nanomanipulation-of-individual-dna-molecules-covered-by-single-layered-reduced-graphene-oxide-sheets-on-a-solid-substrate
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Ying Wang, Yue Shen, Bin Li, Shuo Wang, Jinjin Zhang, Yi Zhang, Jun Hu
Nanomanipulation of single DNA molecules has great potential in fundamental genetic research and clinical analysis, and is a good model system for studying the interfacial effects on physiochemical processes, which occur when manipulating the linear DNA molecules with an atomic force microscope (AFM) tip. Here, we demonstrate that AFM nanomanipulation can be carried out on DNA molecules covered by a single-layered reduced graphene oxide sheet. Nanomanipulation, which includes cutting, pushing, and sweeping operations, specific to the covered DNA molecules can be achieved in a well-controlled manner using AFM in the PeakForce Quantitative Nano-Mechanics mode...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731631/substrate-curvature-restricts-spreading-and-induces-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#18
Sang Joo Lee, Shengyuan Yang
While cells attach, spread, migrate, proliferate, and differentiate in three-dimensional (3D) micromechanical environments, the mechanical factors of these environments influence the shapes, sizes, and adhesion forces of the cells. Here, we culture human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on a unique class of curvature-defined substrates, micro glass ball embedded polyacrylamide gels, prepared with an improved protocol, and we investigate the spreading responses of the hMSCs on the glass balls to study the effects of substrate curvature on the spreading of hMSCs...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731527/mechanotransduction-effects-on-endothelial-cell-proliferation-via-cd31-and-vegfr2-implications-for-immunomagnetic-separation
#19
Kalpesh D Mahajan, Gauri M Nabar, Wei Xue, Mirela Anghelina, Nicanor Moldovan, Jeffrey Chalmers, Jessica Winter
Immunomagnetic separation is used to isolate circulating endothelial cells (ECs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) for diagnostics and tissue engineering. However, potentially detrimental changes in cell properties have been observed post-separation. Here, we studied the effect of mechanical force, which is naturally applied during immunomagnetic separation, on proliferation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), kinase insert domain-positive receptor (KDR) cells, and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731145/piezo1-protein-induces-the-apoptosis-of-human-osteoarthritis-derived-chondrocytes-by-activating-caspase-12-the-signaling-marker-of-er-stress
#20
Xiao-Fei Li, Zhao Zhang, Zhu-Ke Chen, Zhao-Wei Cui, Hai-Ning Zhang
The present study was carried out to determine whether the mechanically activated cation channel Piezo1 protein plays a role as a signaling pathway which causes the apoptosis of human chondrocytes. The chondrocytes were isolated, cultured, and then subjected to mechanical stretch force for 0, 2, 12, 24 and 48 h, respectively. The expression levels of Piezo1 and the apoptosis-related protein caspase-12 were assessed by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, as well as the apoptosis-related genes, B cell lymphoma/leukemia-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-associated X protein (Bax) and Bcl-2-associated death promoter (BAD)...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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