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Michael Karsy, Cheryl A Palmer, Mark A Mahan
BACKGROUND: Laminins are extracellular matrix proteins that participate in endoneurial tubule formation and are important in the regeneration of nerves after injury. They act as scaffolds to guide nerves to distal targets and play a key role in neurite outgrowth. Because there is evidence that laminin architecture affects nerve regeneration, we evaluated endoneurial tubules by examining the laminin structure in clinical samples from patients with nerve injuries. METHODS: In a retrospective review of eight nerve injury cases, we evaluated nerve histology in relation to clinical history and injury type...
January 18, 2018: Curēus
Alberto Avolio, Mi Ok Kim, Audrey Adji, Sumudu Gangoda, Bhargava Avadhanam, Isabella Tan, Mark Butlin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Concepts of pulsatile arterial haemodynamics, including relationships between oscillatory blood pressure and flow in systemic arteries, arterial stiffness and wave propagation phenomena have provided basic understanding of underlying haemodynamic mechanisms associated with elevated arterial blood pressure as a major factor of cardiovascular risk, particularly the deleterious effects of isolated systolic hypertension in the elderly. This topical review assesses the effects of pulsatility of blood pressure and flow in the systemic arteries on the brain...
March 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
A H Fullerton, C E Torgersen, J J Lawler, E A Steel, J L Ebersole, S Y Lee
Climate-change driven increases in water temperature pose challenges for aquatic organisms. Predictions of impacts typically do not account for fine-grained spatiotemporal thermal patterns in rivers. Patches of cooler water could serve as refuges for anadromous species like salmon that migrate during summer. We used high-resolution remotely sensed water temperature data to characterize summer thermal heterogeneity patterns for 11,308 km of 2nd - to 7th -order rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California (USA)...
January 1, 2018: Aquatic Sciences
Akihiko Kimura, Yuko Ishida, Machi Furuta, Mizuho Nosaka, Yumi Kuninaka, Akira Taruya, Naofumi Mukaida, Toshikazu Kondo
BACKGROUND: A clear understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying hemodynamic stress-initiated cardiac hypertrophy is important for preventing heart failure. Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play crucial roles in various diseases other than immunological disorders by modulating the expression of myriad genes. However, the involvement of IFN-γ in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy still remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: In order to elucidate the roles of IFN-γ in pressure overload-induced cardiac pathology, we subjected Balb/c wild-type (WT) or IFN-γ-deficient ( Ifng -/- ) mice to transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Micah J McCauley, Leah Furman, Catherine A Dietrich, Ioulia Rouzina, Megan E Núñez, Mark C Williams
One of the most common DNA lesions is created when reactive oxygen alters guanine. 8-oxo-guanine may bind in the anti-conformation with an opposing cytosine or in the syn-conformation with an opposing adenine paired by transversion, and both conformations may alter DNA stability. Here we use optical tweezers to measure the stability of DNA hairpins containing 8-oxoguanine (8oxoG) lesions, comparing the results to predictive models of base-pair energies in the absence of the lesion. Contrasted with either a canonical guanine-cytosine or adenine-thymine pair, an 8oxoG-cytosine base pair shows significant destabilization of several kBT...
March 7, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Harry M Lightsey, David E Kantrowitz, Hasani W Swindell, David P Trofa, Christopher S Ahmad, T Sean Lynch
Background: The optimal postoperative rehabilitation protocol following repair of complete proximal hamstring tendon ruptures is the subject of ongoing investigation, with a need for more standardized regimens and evidence-based modalities. Purpose: To assess the variability across proximal hamstring tendon repair rehabilitation protocols published online by United States (US) orthopaedic teaching programs. Study Design: Cross-sectional study...
February 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Mark Warner, Cyrus Mostajeran
We solve the forward and inverse problems associated with the transformation of flat sheets with circularly symmetric director fields to surfaces of revolution with non-trivial topography, including Gaussian curvature, without a stretch elastic cost. We deal with systems slender enough to have a small bend energy cost. Shape change is induced by light or heat causing contraction along a non-uniform director field in the plane of an initially flat nematic sheet. The forward problem is, given a director distribution, what shape is induced? Along the way, we determine the Gaussian curvature and the evolution with induced mechanical deformation of the director field and of material curves in the surface (proto-radii) that will become radii in the final surface...
February 2018: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Barak C Clement, Christopher Forster, Nicholas Logemann
Focal linear elastosis (FLE) is a benign skin findingcharacterized by hypertrophic linear plaques withabnormal elastic fibers on histology. We present aunique case in which focal linear elastosis occurredin the setting of joint hypermobility syndrome(JHS). Our patient, a 20-year-old man with a medicalhistory significant for symptoms consistent with JHS,had been followed by the rheumatology clinic formany months. He was referred to the dermatologydepartment for further evaluation of asymptomaticlongitudinal bands on his back that had been presentfor many years...
January 15, 2018: Dermatology Online Journal
Mark W Majesky
The vascular system forms as a branching network of endothelial cells that acquire identity as arterial, venous, hemogenic, or lymphatic. Endothelial specification depends on gene targets transcribed by Ets domain-containing factors, including Ets variant gene 2 (Etv2), together with the activity of chromatin-remodeling complexes containing Brahma-related gene-1 (Brg1). Once specified and assembled into vessels, mechanisms regulating lumen diameter and axial growth ensure that the structure of the branching vascular network matches the need for perfusion of target tissues...
March 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Xiang-Zhi Fang, Ya-Li Ge, Min Li, Tian-Feng Huang, Zhang Yang, Ju Gao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of preconditioning of physiological cyclic stretch (CS) on the overexpression of early pro-inflammatory cytokines [including tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-8] during the inflammatory response induced by pathologically mechanical stretch in lung epithelial cells, and to determine its molecular mechanism of action. Cells were subjected to 5% CS for various durations (0, 15, 30, 60 and 120 min) prior to 6 h treatment with pathological 20% CS...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jinfeng Liu, Wei Wang, Fengli Liu, Zhenguang Li
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) mainly involves acute respiratory failure. In addition to this affected patients feel progressive arterial hypoxemia, dyspnea, and a marked increase in the work of breathing. The only clinical solution for the above pathological state is ventilation. Mechanical ventilation is necessary to support life in ARDs but it itself worsen lung injury and the term is known clinically as 'ventilation induced lung injury' (VILI). At the cellular level, respiratory epithelial cells are subjected to cyclic stretch, i...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Rhys M Williams, Barbara Franke, Mark Wilkinson, Jennifer R Fleming, Daniel J Rigden, Guy M Benian, Patrick A Eyers, Olga Mayans
Titin-like kinases are muscle-specific kinases that regulate mechanical sensing in the sarcomere. Twitchin kinase (TwcK) is the best-characterized member of this family, both structurally and enzymatically. TwcK activity is auto-inhibited by a dual intrasteric mechanism, in which N- and C-terminal tail extensions wrap around the kinase domain, blocking the hinge region, the ATP binding pocket and the peptide substrate binding groove. Physiologically, kinase activation is thought to occur by a stretch-induced displacement of the inhibitory tails from the kinase domain...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Qian Ru Gu, Yang Yang Li, Guo Rong Chen, M J Quinn
In 1937, Drs. Moritz and Oldt described arteriolar injuries in the kidneys (and other viscera) in hypertension, across the age range, in both sexes, and, in different races. This hypothesis proposes that injuries to vasomotor nerves cause the arteriolar injury in the kidney in hypertension, (as well as that in the uterus in preeclampsia). Different patterns of perivascular hyalinisation in different viscera are clues to the varying causes and consequences of arteriolar injury. In the uterus there is a symmetrical, perivascular "halo of hyalinisation" that marks the lines of extension of regenerating, injured nerves to the placental bed, whereas in the kidney there is a disordered and asymmetrical "halo of hyalinisation" where persistent, and recurrent, increases in intravascular pressures interrupt development of regenerating nerves...
February 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Uwe Wollina, Alberto Goldman
Stretch marks are one of the most common benign cutaneous lesions and encountered esthetic problems. Striae rubrae and striae albae can be differentiated on the basis of clinical appearance. Histologically, disturbances of the dermal fiber network and local expression of receptors for sexual steroids have been detected. The epidermal changes are secondary. Prevention of stretch marks using topical ointments and oils is debatable. Treatment of striae rubrae by lasers and light devices improves appearance. Microneedling and non-ablative and fractionated lasers have been used...
July 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Sumudu V S Gangoda, Bhargava Avadhanam, Nurul F Jufri, Eun Hwa Sohn, Mark Butlin, Vivek Gupta, Roger Chung, Alberto P Avolio
Amyloid β (Aβ) deposition is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Vascular modifications, including altered brain endothelial cell function and structural viability of the blood-brain barrier due to vascular pulsatility, are implicated in AD pathology. Pulsatility of phenomena in the cerebral vasculature are often not considered in in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier. We demonstrate, for the first time, that pulsatile stretch of brain vascular endothelial cells modulates amyloid precursor protein (APP) expression and the APP processing enzyme, β-secretase 1, eventuating increased-Aβ generation and secretion...
January 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shanshan Tang, Narcisse T Tsona, Lin Du
In order to investigate ring-size effects on the stability and spectral shifts of hydrogen bonded cyclic ethers complexes, the strength of hydrogen bonds in gas phase complexes formed between 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and selected cyclic ethers were examined using FTIR spectroscopy. TFE was chosen as hydrogen bond donor in these complexes, while trimethylene oxide (TMO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and tetrahydropyran (THP) were selected as hydrogen bond acceptors. Comparable OH-stretching red shifts were observed in the three kinds of complexes...
January 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tomáš Bleha, Peter Cifra
Mechanical deformation of dsDNA molecules inside square nanochannels is investigated using simulations based on a coarse-grained model of DNA. The combined action of confinement and weak external forces is explored in a variety of confinement regimes, including the transition zone relevant to nanofluidic experiments. The computed free energy and force profiles are markedly affected by the channel size. Effective elastic softening of confined DNA molecules relative to the bulk DNA is observed in the channels of intermediate widths...
January 24, 2018: Soft Matter
Hannah Kreczak, Rob Sturman, Mark C T Wilson
We present a computational study of a simple one-dimensional map with dynamics composed of stretching, permutations of equally sized cells, and diffusion. We observe that the combination of the aforementioned dynamics results in eigenmodes with long-time exponential decay rates. The decay rate of the eigenmodes is shown to be dependent on the choice of permutation and changes nonmonotonically with the diffusion coefficient for many of the permutations. The global mixing rate of the map M in the limit of vanishing diffusivity approximates well the decay rates of the eigenmodes for small diffusivity, however this global mixing rate does not bound the rates for all values of the diffusion coefficient...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Jessica I Lozano-Navarro, Nancy P Díaz-Zavala, Carlos Velasco-Santos, José A Melo-Banda, Ulises Páramo-García, Francisco Paraguay-Delgado, Ricardo García-Alamilla, Ana L Martínez-Hernández, Samuel Zapién-Castillo
The aim of this study is to analyze the properties of a series of polysaccharide composite films, such as apparent density, color, the presence of functional groups, morphology, and thermal stability, as well as the correlation between them and their antimicrobial and optical properties. Natural antioxidants such as anthocyanins (from cranberry; blueberry and pomegranate); betalains (from beetroot and pitaya); resveratrol (from grape); and thymol and carvacrol (from oregano) were added to the films. Few changes in the position and intensity of the FTIR spectra bands were observed despite the low content of extract added to the films...
January 12, 2018: Materials
Haritz Arrieta, Chloe Rezola, Idoia Zarrazquin, Iñaki Echeverria, Jose Javier Yanguas, Miren Iturburu, Susana Maria Gil, Ana Rodriguez-Larrad, Jon Irazusta
To investigate the impact of a multicomponent exercise program on anthropometry, physical function, and physical activity on older adults living in long-term nursing homes (LTNH), we conducted a randomized controlled trial involving 112 participants aged 84.9 ± 6.9 years. Participants were randomly assigned to an intervention (IG) or control group (CG). The IG participated in a 3-month multicomponent exercise intervention focused on strength, balance, stretching exercises, and walking recommendations...
January 8, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
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