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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647731/recovery-of-vocal-fold-epithelium-after-acute-phonotrauma
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Bernard Rousseau, Tsuyoshi Kojima, Carolyn K Novaleski, Emily E Kimball, Carla V Valenzuela, Masanobu Mizuta, James J Daniero, C Gaelyn Garrett, M Preeti Sivasankar
We investigated the timeline of tissue repair of vocal fold epithelium after acute vibration exposure using an in vivo rabbit model. Sixty-five New Zealand white breeder rabbits were randomized to 120 min of modal- or raised-intensity phonation. After the larynges were harvested at 0, 4, 8, and 24 h, and at 3 and 7 days, the vocal fold tissue was evaluated using electron microscopy and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. There was an immediate decrease in the microprojection depth and height following raised-intensity phonation, paired with upregulation of cyclooxygenase-2...
June 24, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647625/thermoresponsive-poly-glycidyl-ether-brushes-on-gold-surface-engineering-parameters-and-their-implication-for-cell-sheet-fabrication
#2
Silke Heinen, José Luis Cuellar-Camacho, Marie Weinhart
Thermoresponsive polymer coatings, optimized for cell adhesion and thermally-triggered cell detachment, allow the fabrication of confluent cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix. However, rational design guidelines for such coatings are rare, since temperature-triggered cell adhesion and detachment from thermoresponsive surfaces are mechanistically not well understood. Herein, we investigated the impact of molecular weight (2, 9, 24 kDa), grafting density (0.04 - 1.4 chains nm(-2)), morphology, and roughness of well-characterized thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on the cell response at 37 and 20°C...
June 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647572/adsorption-of-solophenyl-red-3bl-polyazo-dye-onto-amine-functionalized-mesoporous-carbons
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Joanna Goscianska, Nady A Fathy, Reham M M Aboelenin
Mesoporous carbon of cubic structure was functionalized with ethylamine, ethylenediamine, diethylenetriamine and triethylenetetramine at 40°C for 8h. The mesostructure and textural parameters of the new materials were determined by X-ray diffraction and low-temperature nitrogen sorption techniques. The functional groups present on the surface of the samples were identified by FT-IR and thermogravimetric studies. Functionalization of the mesoporous carbon led to reduction of the surface area and pore volume as well as to an increase in the mean pore diameter...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647539/chemical-addressability-of-potato-virus-x-for-its-applications-in-bio-nanotechnology
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Duc H T Le, He Hu, Ulrich Commandeur, Nicole F Steinmetz
Potato virus X (PVX), a type member of the plant virus potexvirus group, offers a unique nanotechnology platform based on its high aspect ratio, flexible filamentous shape. The PVX platform has already been engineered and studied for its uses in imaging, drug delivery, and immunotherapies. While genetic engineering procedures are well established for PVX, there is limited information about chemical conjugation strategies for functionalizing PVX, partly due to the lack of structural information of PVX at high resolution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647474/antiviral-profiling-of-the-capsid-assembly-modulator-bay41-4109-on-full-length-hbv-genotype-a-h-clinical-isolates-and-core-site-directed-mutants-in-vitro
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Jan Martin Berke, Ying Tan, Thierry Verbinnen, Pascale Dehertogh, Karen Vergauwen, Ann Vos, Oliver Lenz, Frederik Pauwels
The HBV core protein represents an attractive target for new antiviral therapies due to its multiple functions within the viral life-cycle. Here, we report the antiviral activity of the capsid assembly modulator (CAM) BAY41-4109 and two nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) on a diverse panel of 54 HBV clinical isolates from genotype (GT) A-H and assessed the impact of core amino acid (aa) substitutions using site-directed mutants (SDMs). The median EC50 values of BAY41-4109 across genotypes ranged from 26 nM in GT G to 215 nM in GT F irrespective of the presence of NA resistance mutations compared to 43 nM for the GT D reference construct...
June 21, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647027/targeting-of-stem-cell-niches-using-unconventional-genetic-tools
#6
Vasily V Shinin, Andrey A Panteleyev
Maintenance of hair follicle (HF) stem cell quiescence and self-renewal are key functions of a specific cellular niche represented by the HF bulge and adjacent cell populations. The unique context of this niche is crucial for normal HF functioning, but mechanisms implicated in its maintenance are still not quite clear. The Letter to the Editor by Sada et al. introduces a novel Slc1a3-CreER genetic mouse model which, in contrast to previously reported marking tools, selectively and highly efficiently demarcates the telogen bulge inner layer, one of the critical structural components of the bulge stem cell niche...
July 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646909/the-morphological-regeneration-and-functional-restoration-of-bladder-defects-by-a-novel-scaffold-and-adipose-derived-stem-cells-in-a-rat-augmentation-model
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Qiong Wang, Dong-Dong Xiao, Hao Yan, Yang Zhao, Shi Fu, Juan Zhou, Zhong Wang, Zhe Zhou, Ming Zhang, Mu-Jun Lu
BACKGROUND: Due to the multilineage differentiation ability and paracrine role of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) for bladder defect repair, various scaffolds have been applied in combination with ASCs to promote bladder regeneration and restore bladder function. However, the low survival rate of ASCs and the difficulty of promoting bladder functional recovery are still unsolved. To explore these problems, we investigated the feasibility of a novel scaffold seeded with ASCs in a rat model of bladder augmentation...
June 24, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646561/pathways-to-arithmetic-fact-retrieval-and-percentage-calculation-in-adolescents
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Ulf Träff, Kenny Skagerlund, Linda Olsson, Rickard Östergren
BACKGROUND: Developing sufficient mathematical skills is a prerequisite to function adequately in society today. Given this, an important task is to increase our understanding regarding the cognitive mechanisms underlying young people's acquisition of early number skills and formal mathematical knowledge. AIMS: The purpose was to examine whether the pathways to mathematics model provides a valid account of the cognitive mechanisms underlying symbolic-number processing and mathematics in adolescents...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Educational Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646418/in-vivo-nmr-as-a-tool-for-probing-molecular-structure-and-dynamics-in-intact-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-cells
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Fatemeh Azadi-Chegeni, Christo Schiphorst, Anjali Pandit
We report the application of NMR dynamic spectral editing for probing the structure and dynamics of molecular constituents in fresh, intact cells and in freshly prepared thylakoid membranes of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (Cr.) green algae. For isotope labeling, wild-type Cr. cells were grown on (13)C acetate-enriched minimal medium. 1D (13)C J-coupling based and dipolar-based MAS NMR spectra were applied to distinguish (13)C resonances of different molecular components. 1D spectra were recorded over a physiological temperature range, and whole-cell spectra were compared to those taken from thylakoid membranes, evaluating their composition and dynamics...
June 23, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
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Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646266/pericytes-promote-abnormal-tumor-angiogenesis-in-a-rat-rg2-glioma-model
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Junji Hosono, Shunichi Morikawa, Taichi Ezaki, Takakazu Kawamata, Yoshikazu Okada
In glioma angiogenesis, tumor vessels cause morphological and functional abnormalities associated with malignancy and tumor progression. We hypothesized that certain structural changes or scantiness of functional pericytes may be involved in the formation of dysfunctional blood vessels in gliomas. In this study, we performed morphological examinations to elucidate the possible involvement of pericytes in brain tumor vessel abnormalities using a rat RG2 glioma model. After implantation of RG2 glioma cells in the syngeneic rat brain, gliomas were formed as early as day 7...
June 23, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646230/il-1%C3%AE-increases-asporin-expression-via-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-pathway-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Shengjie Wang, Chao Liu, Zhongyi Sun, Peng Yan, He Liang, Kai Huang, Changwei Li, Jiwei Tian
Disc degeneration (DD) is a multifaceted chronic process that alters the structure and function of intervertebral discs. The pathophysiology of degeneration is not completely understood, but the consensus is that changes in genes encoding extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the disc are the leading factors contributing to DD. Asporin is an ECM protein that has been shown to be increased in degenerated intervertebral discs, but little is known about how asporin is regulated during DD. In exploring the intricate mechanism, we confirmed that asporin was abundantly increased in patients' degenerated nucleus pulposus...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646189/heterogeneous-environments-shape-invader-impacts-integrating-environmental-structural-and-functional-effects-by-isoscapes-and-remote-sensing
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Christine Hellmann, André Große-Stoltenberg, Jan Thiele, Jens Oldeland, Christiane Werner
Spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems crucially influences plant performance, while in return plant feedbacks on their environment may increase heterogeneous patterns. This is of particular relevance for exotic plant invaders that transform native ecosystems, yet, approaches integrating geospatial information of environmental heterogeneity and plant-plant interaction are lacking. Here, we combined remotely sensed information of site topography and vegetation cover with a functional tracer of the N cycle, δ(15)N...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645929/biophysical-stimulation-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-engineering-of-functional-cardiac-tissues
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REVIEW
Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Robert A Civitarese, Milica Radisic
Engineering functional cardiac tissues remains an ongoing significant challenge due to the complexity of the native environment. However, our growing understanding of key parameters of the in vivo cardiac microenvironment and our ability to replicate those parameters in vitro are resulting in the development of increasingly sophisticated models of engineered cardiac tissues (ECT). This review examines some of the most relevant parameters that may be applied in culture leading to higher fidelity cardiac tissue models...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645279/diabetes-care-in-a-complex-humanitarian-emergency-setting-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Adrianna Murphy, Michel Biringanine, Bayard Roberts, Beverley Stringer, Pablo Perel, Kiran Jobanputra
BACKGROUND: Evidence is urgently needed from complex emergency settings to support efforts to respond to the increasing burden of diabetes mellitus (DM). We conducted a qualitative study of a new model of DM health care (Integrated Diabetic Clinic within an Outpatient Department [IDC-OPD]) implemented by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Mweso Hospital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We aimed to explore patient and provider perspectives on the model in order to identify factors that may support or impede it...
June 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644997/first-episode-psychosis-moderates-the-effect-of-gray-matter-volume-on-cognition
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Luis F S Castro-de-Araujo, Richard A A Kanaan
Patients with first episode psychosis (FEP) present with cognitive deficits and volume differences in certain brain areas. Brain volumetric information further correlates with cognitive testing, and multiple brain areas shows different strengths of correlation with the cognitive functions being tested. Traditionally, these cognitive functions are independently related to volumetric differences, but these functions share variance. Failing to account for this aspect of cognition hinders the proper representation of cognition in neuroimaging studies...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644957/chemical-probes-for-visualizing-intact-animal-and-human-brain-tissue
#17
REVIEW
Hei Ming Lai, Wai-Lung Ng, Steve M Gentleman, Wutian Wu
Newly developed tissue clearing techniques can be used to render intact tissues transparent. When combined with fluorescent labeling technologies and optical sectioning microscopy, this allows visualization of fine structure in three dimensions. Gene-transfection techniques have proved very useful in visualizing cellular structures in animal models, but they are not applicable to human brain tissue. Here, we discuss the characteristics of an ideal chemical fluorescent probe for use in brain and other cleared tissues, and offer a comprehensive overview of currently available chemical probes...
June 22, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644818/fabrication-and-optical-properties-of-nanostructured-plasmonic-al2o3-au-al2o3-al2o3-metamaterials
#18
Hicham Bakkali, Eduardo Blanco, Manuel Dominguez, Jose S Garitaonandia
Discontinuous multilayer (DML) thin films, which consist of nano-granular metals (NGMs) embedded in a dielectric matrix, have attracted significant interest as engineered plasmonic metamaterials. In this study, a systematic layer-by-layer deposition of three-dimensional sub-wavelength periodic plasmonic DML structures via the radio frequency sputtering of a composite target has been reported. The overall optical response of the DML films composed of AuAl2O3 NGM homogenous layers, which are periodically sandwiched between two amorphous Al2O3 layers, are studied using reflection spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmission spectroscopy techniques...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644816/fast-and-accurate-poisson-denoising-with-trainable-nonlinear-diffusion
#19
Wensen Feng, Peng Qiao, Yunjin Chen
The degradation of the acquired signal by Poisson noise is a common problem for various imaging applications, such as medical imaging, night vision, and microscopy. Up to now, many state-of-the-art Poisson denoising techniques mainly concentrate on achieving utmost performance, with little consideration for the computation efficiency. Therefore, in this paper we aim to propose an efficient Poisson denoising model with both high computational efficiency and recovery quality. To this end, we exploit the newly developed trainable nonlinear reaction diffusion (TNRD) model which has proven an extremely fast image restoration approach with performance surpassing recent state-of-the-arts...
June 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644629/environmental-polymer-degradation-using-the-distonic-radical-ion-approach-to-study-the-gas-phase-reactions-of-model-polyester-radicals
#20
Bethany I Taggert, Richard A J O'Hair, Uta Wille
A novel precursor to the distonic O- and C-centred radical cations Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• was designed and synthesized, which represent model systems for radicals produced during polyester degradation. The precursor is equipped with a nitrate functional group, which serves as a masked site for these alkoxyl and carbon radicals that are unleashed through collision-induced dissociation (CID). Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• feature a cyclic carboxonium ion as permanent charge tag to enable monitoring their ion-molecule reactions on the millisecond to second timescale in the ion trap of the mass spectrometer...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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