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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536966/a-comprehensive-review-of-the-bioenergetics-of-fatty-acid-and-glucose-metabolism-in-the-healthy-and-failing-heart-in-nondiabetic-condition
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Ashish Gupta, Brian Houston
The function of the heart is defined by its ability to deliver adequate cardiac output to meet the requirements of the body both at rest and with exertion. To fill this role, the heart demonstrates an impressive capacity to tightly regulate energy generation and consumption. Energy production and transfer within cardiac myocytes primarily relies on the process of oxidative phosphorylation. In the failing heart, there is an imbalance between the work of the cardiac system and the energy required to generate this work...
May 24, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524871/in-situ-light-responses-of-the-proteorhodopsin-bearing-antarctic-sea-ice-bacterium-psychroflexus-torques
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David J Burr, Andrew Martin, Elizabeth W Maas, Ken G Ryan
Proteorhodopsin (PR) is a wide-spread protein found in many marine prokaryotes. PR allows for the potential conversion of solar energy to ATP, possibly assisting in cellular growth and survival during periods of high environmental stress. PR utilises either blue or green light through a single amino acid substitution. We incubated the PR-bearing bacterium Psychroflexus torquis 50 cm deep within Antarctic sea ice for 13 days, exposing cultures to diurnal fluctuations in light and temperature. Enhanced growth occurred most prominently in cultures incubated under irradiance levels of ∼50 μmol photons m(-2) s(-1), suggesting PR provides a strong selective advantage...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507236/dynamics-of-the-cell-mediated-immune-response-to-tumour-growth
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Álvaro G López, Jesús M Seoane, Miguel A F Sanjuán
Using a hybrid cellular automaton, we investigate the transient and asymptotic dynamics of the cell-mediated immune response to tumour growth. We analyse the correspondence between this dynamics and the three phases of the theory of immunoedition: elimination, equilibrium and escape. Our results demonstrate that the immune system can keep a tumour dormant for long periods of time, but that this dormancy is based on a frail equilibrium between the mechanisms that spur the immune response and the growth of the tumour...
June 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507189/oxidative-stress-affects-sperm-performance-and-ejaculate-redox-status-in-subordinate-house-sparrows
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Alfonso Rojas Mora, Alexandra Firth, Sophie Blareau, Armelle Vallat, Fabrice Helfenstein
Oxidative stress (OS) is the result of random cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species that leads to cell death, ageing, or illness. Most physiological processes can result in OS, which in turn has been identified as a major cause of infertility. In promiscuous species, the fertilizing ability of the ejaculate partly determines the male reproductive success. When dominance determines access to fertile females, theory predicts that lower ranking males should increase resource investment into enhancing ejaculate quality...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503039/the-possible-role-of-meditation-in-myofascial-pain-syndrome-a-new-hypothesis
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Prashanth Panta
BACKGROUND OF HYPOTHESIS: Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is the most common musculoskeletal pain disorder of the head and neck area. In the past, several theories were put forth to explain its origin and nature, but none proved complete. Myofascial pain responds to changing psychological states and stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, anger, depression and chronic pain are direct contributional factors. Myofascial pain syndrome may be considered as a psychosomatic disorder. There are numerous accepted palliative approaches, but of all, relaxation techniques stand out and initiate healing at the base level...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501637/serial-endosymbiosis-or-singular-event-at-the-origin-of-eukaryotes
#6
Nick Lane
'On the Origin of Mitosing Cells' heralded a new way of seeing cellular evolution, with symbiosis at its heart. Lynn Margulis (then Sagan) marshalled an impressive array of evidence for endosymbiosis, from cell biology to atmospheric chemistry and Earth history. Despite her emphasis on symbiosis, she saw plenty of evidence for gradualism in eukaryotic evolution, with multiple origins of mitosis and sex, repeated acquisitions of plastids, and putative evolutionary intermediates throughout the microbial world...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500273/fundamental-trade-offs-between-information-flow-in-single-cells-and-cellular-populations
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Ryan Suderman, John A Bachman, Adam Smith, Peter K Sorger, Eric J Deeds
Signal transduction networks allow eukaryotic cells to make decisions based on information about intracellular state and the environment. Biochemical noise significantly diminishes the fidelity of signaling: networks examined to date seem to transmit less than 1 bit of information. It is unclear how networks that control critical cell-fate decisions (e.g., cell division and apoptosis) can function with such low levels of information transfer. Here, we use theory, experiments, and numerical analysis to demonstrate an inherent trade-off between the information transferred in individual cells and the information available to control population-level responses...
May 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499076/single-cell-analysis-linking-ribosomal-r-dna-and-rrna-copy-numbers-to-cell-size-and-growth-rate-provides-insights-into-molecular-protistan-ecology
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Rao Fu, Jun Gong
Ribosomal (r)RNA and rDNA have been golden molecular markers in microbial ecology. However, it remains poorly understood how ribotype copy number (CN)-based characteristics are linked with diversity, abundance and activity of protist populations and communities observed at organismal levels. Here, we applied a single-cell approach to quantify ribotype CNs in two ciliate species reared at different temperatures. We found that in actively growing cells, the per-cell rDNA and rRNA CNs scaled with cell volume (CV) to 0...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493952/a-mutation-in-the-cacna1c-gene-leads-to-early-repolarization-syndrome-with-incomplete-penetrance-a-chinese-family-study
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Xin Liu, Yang Shen, Jinyan Xie, Huihui Bao, Qing Cao, Rong Wan, Xiaoming Xu, Hui Zhou, Lin Huang, Zhenyan Xu, Wengen Zhu, Jinzhu Hu, Xiaoshu Cheng, Kui Hong
BACKGROUND: Early repolarization syndrome (ERS) may be a near-Mendelian or an oligogenic disease; however, no direct evidence has been provided to support this theory. METHODS AND RESULTS: We described a large Chinese family with nocturnal sudden cardiac death induced by ERS in most of the young male adults. One missense mutation (p.Q1916R) was found in the major subunit of the L-type calcium channel gene CACNA1C by the direct sequencing of candidate genes. A concomitant gain-of-function variant in the sodium channel gene SCN5A (p...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488252/multiscale-modeling-in-the-clinic-diseases-of-the-brain-and-nervous-system
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REVIEW
William W Lytton, Jeff Arle, Georgiy Bobashev, Songbai Ji, Tara L Klassen, Vasilis Z Marmarelis, James Schwaber, Mohamed A Sherif, Terence D Sanger
Computational neuroscience is a field that traces its origins to the efforts of Hodgkin and Huxley, who pioneered quantitative analysis of electrical activity in the nervous system. While also continuing as an independent field, computational neuroscience has combined with computational systems biology, and neural multiscale modeling arose as one offshoot. This consolidation has added electrical, graphical, dynamical system, learning theory, artificial intelligence and neural network viewpoints with the microscale of cellular biology (neuronal and glial), mesoscales of vascular, immunological and neuronal networks, on up to macroscales of cognition and behavior...
May 9, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488167/a-generic-label-free-microfluidic-microobject-sorter-using-a-magnetic-elastic-diverter
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Jiachen Zhang, Onaizah Onaizah, Amir Sadri, Eric Diller
Cell sorters play important roles in biological and medical applications, such as cellular behavior study and disease diagnosis and therapy. This work presents a label-free microfluidic sorter that has a downstream-pointing magnetic elastic diverter. Different with most existing magnetic sorters, the proposed device does not require the target microobjects to be intrinsically magnetic or coated with magnetic particles, giving users more flexibility in sorting criteria. The diverter is wirelessly deformed by an applied magnetic field, and its deformation induces a fluid vortex that sorts incoming microobjects, e...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483696/spatial-distributions-of-pericellular-stiffness-in-natural-extracellular-matrices-are-dependent-on-cell-mediated-proteolysis-and-contractility
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M Keating, A Kurup, M Alvarez-Elizondo, A J Levine, E Botvinick
Bulk tissue stiffness has been correlated with regulation of cellular processes and conversely cells have been shown to remodel their pericellular tissue according to a complex feedback mechanism critical to development, homeostasis, and disease. However, bulk rheological methods mask the dynamics within a heterogeneous fibrous extracellular matrix (ECM) in the region proximal to a cell (pericellular region). Here, we use optical tweezers active microrheology (AMR) to probe the distribution of the complex material response function (α=α'+α″, in units of µm/nN) within a type I collagen ECM, a biomaterial commonly used in tissue engineering...
May 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472790/triggering-of-eryptosis-the-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-perifosine
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Jasmin Egler, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The alkylphospholipid perifosine is used for the treatment of malignancy. The substance is effective by triggering suicidal tumor cell death or apoptosis. Side effects of perifosine include anemia. At least in theory, perifosine-induced anemia could result from stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis. Hallmarks of eryptosis are cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms participating in the orchestration of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, increase of ceramide abundance, as well as activation of staurosporine sensitive protein kinase C and/or of SB203580 sensitive p38 kinase...
May 4, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472052/antioxidant-allocation-modulates-sperm-quality-across-changing-social-environments
#14
Alfonso Rojas Mora, Magali Meniri, Ophélie Gning, Gaëtan Glauser, Armelle Vallat, Fabrice Helfenstein
In promiscuous species, male reproductive success depends on their ability to mate with fertile females and on the fertilizing ability of their sperm. In such species, theory predicts that, owing to a trade-off between pre- and post-copulatory reproductive traits, males with lesser access to females should increase resource investment into those sperm traits that enhance fertilization success-usually referred to as ejaculate quality. This prediction has been validated in several taxa, yet studies on the physiological mechanisms modulating ejaculate quality are lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462374/notch-as-a-driver-of-gastric-epithelial-cell-proliferation
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REVIEW
Elise S Demitrack, Linda C Samuelson
The gastric epithelium is sustained by a population of stem cells that replenish the various mature epithelial lineages throughout adulthood. Regulation of stem and progenitor cell proliferation occurs via basic developmental signaling pathways, including the Notch pathway, which recently was described to promote gastric stem cell proliferation in both mice and human beings. Current cancer theory proposes that adult stem cells that maintain gastrointestinal tissues accumulate mutations that promote cancerous growth, and that basic signaling pathways, such as Notch, which stimulate stem cell proliferation, can promote tumorigenesis...
May 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456199/counterion-accumulation-effects-on-a-suspension-of-dna-molecules-equation-of-state-and-pressure-driven-denaturation
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Luz Adriana Nicasio-Collazo, Alexandra Delgado-González, Enrique Hernández-Lemus, Ramón Castañeda-Priego
The study of the effects associated with the electrostatic properties of DNA is of fundamental importance to understand both its molecular properties at the single molecule level, like the rigidity of the chain, and its interaction with other charged bio-molecules, including other DNA molecules; such interactions are crucial to maintain the thermodynamic stability of the intra-cellular medium. In the present work, we combine the Poisson-Boltzmann mean-field theory with an irreversible thermodynamic approximation to analyze the effects of counterion accumulation inside DNA on both the denaturation profile of the chain and the equation of state of the suspension...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453505/breast-cancer-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-one-tumor-different-entities
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José Esparza-López, Elizabet Escobar-Arriaga, Santos Soto-Germes, María de Jesús Ibarra-Sánchez
In recent years, it has become evident that intra-tumor heterogeneity of breast cancer is a big challenge for the diagnosis, treatment, and clinical course of tumor-bearing patients. The advances in molecular biology and other technologies have led to the knowledge that a breast cancer tumor is comprised of multiple cellular entities. Here we review the two theories that have been described, trying to explain the origin of intra-tumor heterogeneity: clonal evolution and cancer stem cells. The first one considers that a single cell gives rise to many subpopulations through the accumulation of multiple aberrations, while the cancer stem cells theory foresees a hierarchical tumor evolution where only a few cells with self-renewal capacity give rise to different subpopulations...
March 2017: Revista de Investigación Clínica; Organo del Hospital de Enfermedades de la Nutrición
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430271/theoretical-modulation-of-singlet-triplet-chemiexcitation-of-chemiluminescent-imidazopyrazinone-dioxetanone-via-c8-substitution
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L Pinto da Silva, C M Magalhães, D M A Crista, J C G Esteves da Silva
Coelenterazine, a member of the imidazopyrazinone class of chemiluminescent substrates, presents significant potential as a dynamic probe of reactive oxygen species in a biological environment, such as a superoxide anion, in which these species are important in cellular biology and pathology. The objective of the current study was to understand in what way the efficiency of singlet and triplet chemiexcitation could be modulated, towards a more efficient use of imidazopyrazinone-based compounds as dynamic chemiluminescent probes...
April 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428620/formal-definitions-of-unbounded-evolution-and-innovation-reveal-universal-mechanisms-for-open-ended-evolution-in-dynamical-systems
#19
Alyssa Adams, Hector Zenil, Paul C W Davies, Sara Imari Walker
Open-ended evolution (OEE) is relevant to a variety of biological, artificial and technological systems, but has been challenging to reproduce in silico. Most theoretical efforts focus on key aspects of open-ended evolution as it appears in biology. We recast the problem as a more general one in dynamical systems theory, providing simple criteria for open-ended evolution based on two hallmark features: unbounded evolution and innovation. We define unbounded evolution as patterns that are non-repeating within the expected Poincare recurrence time of an isolated system, and innovation as trajectories not observed in isolated systems...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425679/soft-interactions-and-volume-exclusion-by-polymeric-crowders-can-stabilize-or-destabilize-transient-structure-in-disordered-proteins-depending-on-polymer-concentration
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Farai I Rusinga, David D Weis
The effects of macromolecular crowding on the transient structure of intrinsically disordered proteins is not well-understood. Crowding by biological molecules inside cells could modulate transient structure and alter IDP function. Volume exclusion theory and observations of structured proteins suggest that IDP transient structure would be stabilized by macromolecular crowding. Amide hydrogen exchange (HX) of IDPs in highly concentrated polymer solutions would provide valuable insights into IDP transient structure under crowded conditions...
April 20, 2017: Proteins
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