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Nuclear deformation

C T Angell, R Hajima, T Shizuma, B Ludewigt, B J Quiter
In recent measurements of the scissors mode in radiative decay experiments, transition strengths were observed that were double that expected from theory and systematics well established from measurements on the radiative excitation channel, that is, using nuclear resonance fluorescence (NRF). Additional strength as measured with NRF can only be present as heretofore unobserved branching or fragmentation of the scissors mode. Such possibilities were investigated in a transmission NRF measurement on the deformed, odd-mass ^{181}Ta, using a quasimonoenergetic γ-ray beam at two beam energies...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Shu-Hua Yang, Miao Long, Li-Hui Yu, Lin Li, Peng Li, Yi Zhang, Yang Guo, Feng Gao, Ming-Da Liu, Jian-Bin He
Sulforaphane (SFN) is a natural and highly effective antioxidant. Studies suggest that SFN protects cells and tissues against cadmium (Cd) toxicity. This study investigated the protective effect of SFN against oxidative damage in the testes of Kunming mice exposed to cadmium, and explored the possible molecular mechanisms involved. Cadmium greatly reduced the serum testosterone levels in mice, reduced sperm motility, total sperm count, and increased the sperm deformity rate. Cadmium also reduces superoxide dismutase (T-SOD) and glutathione (GSH) levels and increases malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
N Schunck, L M Robledo
This article reviews how nuclear fission is described within nuclear density functional theory. A distinction should be made between spontaneous fission, where half-lives are the main observables and quantum tunnelling the essential concept, and induced fission, where the focus is on fragment properties and explicitly time-dependent approaches are often invoked. Overall, the cornerstone of the density functional theory approach to fission is the energy density functional formalism. The basic tenets of this method, including some well-known tools such as the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) theory, effective two-body nuclear potentials such as the Skyrme and Gogny force, finite-temperature extensions and beyond mean-field corrections, are presented succinctly...
November 2016: Reports on Progress in Physics
Xiangnan Liu, Ruili Liu, Bin Cao, Kai Ye, Shiyu Li, Yexin Gu, Zhen Pan, Jiandong Ding
While various material factors have been shown to influence cell behaviors, recent studies started to pay attention to the effects of some material cues on "subcellular" geometry of cells, such as self-deformation of cell nuclei. It is particularly interesting to examine whether a self deformation happens discontinuously like a first-order transition and whether subcellular geometry influences significantly the extent of stem cell differentiation. Herein we prepared a series of micropillar arrays of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) and discovered a first-order transition of nuclear shape as a function of micropillar height under the examined section area and interspacing of the pillars...
September 30, 2016: Biomaterials
Alberto Garcia, Jose F Rodriguez Matas, Manuela T Raimondi
Recent evidence suggests that mechanical deformation of the cell nucleus regulates the nuclear import of the transcriptional activators of genes involved in primary physiological cell responses such as stem cell differentiation. In addition, this nuclear mechanosensing response is de-regulated in pathological states, such as cancer and neurodegeneration. One hypothesis that could greatly advance the field is that the deformation of the nuclear envelope activates nuclear pore complexes through a direct mechanical link...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Ayan Biswas, Emma C Clark, Chandan K Sen, Gayle Gordillo
: Hemangiomas are endothelial cell tumors and the most common soft tissue tumors in infants. They frequently cause deformity and can cause death. Current pharmacologic therapies have high-risk side effect profiles, which limit the number of children that receive treatment. AIMS: The objectives of this work were to identify the mechanisms through which standardized berry extracts can inhibit endothelial cell tumor growth and test these findings in vivo. RESULTS: EOMA cells are a validated model that generates endothelial cell tumors when injected subcutaneously into syngeneic (129P/3) mice...
October 5, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Xuan Cao, Emad Moeendarbary, Philipp Isermann, Patricia M Davidson, Xiao Wang, Michelle B Chen, Anya K Burkart, Jan Lammerding, Roger D Kamm, Vivek B Shenoy
It is now evident that the cell nucleus undergoes dramatic shape changes during important cellular processes such as cell transmigration through extracellular matrix and endothelium. Recent experimental data suggest that during cell transmigration the deformability of the nucleus could be a limiting factor, and the morphological and structural alterations that the nucleus encounters can perturb genomic organization that in turn influences cellular behavior. Despite its importance, a biophysical model that connects the experimentally observed nuclear morphological changes to the underlying biophysical factors during transmigration through small constrictions is still lacking...
October 4, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Fei Deng, Shuling Wang, Hua Xin
Roots of Allium cepa were exposed to six CuO NPs suspensions (0, 5, 10, 20, 40, 80 mg L(-1)) in this study. Results revealed that with the increase of CuO NPs concentration, the Cu content in roots increased significantly. Compared to control, onion roots treated with CuO NPs (except 5 mg L(-1) suspension) grew slowly after 24 h. The surface of the root cap and meristematic zone were obviously damaged. The apical meristem of roots treated by 10 mg L(-1) and above concentrations stopped division. The nucleus of meristematic cells deformed, and nucleoli number increased...
October 4, 2016: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Zhimin Sun, Changgu Shi, Xiangyang Wang, Qiang Fang, Jianying Huang
Sulfonated chitosan (SCS) was prepared via a facile chemical procedure by using 1,3-propane sultone attached to the backbone of chitosan. The resulting chitosan derivative was characterized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography, elemental analysis, and thermo gravimetric analysis. The antibacterial experiments demonstrated that SCS exhibited higher antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 0...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
M Mostafavi, R Bradley, D E J Armstrong, T J Marrow
Nanoindentation of engineering materials is commonly used to study, at small length scales, the continuum mechanical properties of elastic modulus and yield strength. However, it is difficult to measure strain hardening via nanoindentation. Strain hardening, which describes the increase in strength with plastic deformation, affects fracture toughness and ductility, and is an important engineering material property. The problem is that the load-displacement data of a single nanoindentation do not provide a unique solution for the material's plastic properties, which can be described by its stress-strain behaviour...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Courtney R Bone, Yu-Tai Chang, Natalie E Cain, Shaun P Murphy, Daniel A Starr
Cellular migrations through constricted spaces are a critical aspect of many developmental and disease processes including hematopoiesis, inflammation, and metastasis. A limiting factor in these events is nuclear deformation. Here, we establish an in vivo model where nuclei can be visualized while moving through constrictions and use it to elucidate mechanisms for nuclear migration. C. elegans hypodermal P-cell larval nuclei traverse a narrow space about 5% their width. This constriction is blocked by fibrous organelles, structures connecting the muscles to cuticle through P cells...
October 3, 2016: Development
Abdulrahman Khazim Al-Asmari, Abdul Quaiyoom Khan, Sarah A Al-Asmari, Abdulqadir Al-Rawi, Saud Al-Omani
BACKGROUND: Intestinal mucositis is a major concern related with cancer therapy. It is well established that overproduction of reactive oxygen species and inflammatory mediators plays vital role in the pathogenesis of mucositis. The aim of the study was to investigate the modulatory effect of vitamin E (vit. E) on 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-induced intestinal mucositis by targeting oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in rats. METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into four groups of six animals each...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Zhaoxuan Wu, W A Curtin
Hexagonal close-packed (hcp) metals such as Mg, Ti, and Zr are lightweight and/or durable metals with critical structural applications in the automotive (Mg), aerospace (Ti), and nuclear (Zr) industries. The hcp structure, however, brings significant complications in the mechanisms of plastic deformation, strengthening, and ductility, and these complications pose significant challenges in advancing the science and engineering of these metals. In hcp metals, generalized plasticity requires the activation of slip on pyramidal planes, but the structure, motion, and cross-slip of the associated [Formula: see text] dislocations are not well established even though they determine ductility and influence strengthening...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jacob Gruber, Andrew C Lang, Justin Griggs, Mitra L Taheri, Garritt J Tucker, Michel W Barsoum
Plastically anisotropic/layered solids are ubiquitous in nature and understanding how they deform is crucial in geology, nuclear engineering, microelectronics, among other fields. Recently, a new defect termed a ripplocation-best described as an atomic scale ripple-was proposed to explain deformation in two-dimensional solids. Herein, we leverage atomistic simulations of graphite to extend the ripplocation idea to bulk layered solids, and confirm that it is essentially a buckling phenomenon. In contrast to dislocations, bulk ripplocations have no Burgers vector and no polarity...
2016: Scientific Reports
Josephina A N Meester, Geert Vandeweyer, Isabel Pintelon, Martin Lammens, Lana Van Hoorick, Simon De Belder, Kathryn Waitzman, Luciana Young, Larry W Markham, Julie Vogt, Julie Richer, Luc M Beauchesne, Sheila Unger, Andrea Superti-Furga, Milan Prsa, Rami Dhillon, Edwin Reyniers, Harry C Dietz, Wim Wuyts, Geert Mortier, Aline Verstraeten, Lut Van Laer, Bart L Loeys
PURPOSE: Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is typically inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, but rare X-linked families have been described. So far, the only known X-linked gene is FLNA, which is associated with the periventricular nodular heterotopia type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. However, mutations in this gene explain only a small number of X-linked TAAD families. METHODS: We performed targeted resequencing of 368 candidate genes in a cohort of 11 molecularly unexplained Marfan probands...
September 15, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Benjamin M Skinner, Emma E P Johnson
Studies of chromosome and genome biology often focus on condensed chromatin in the form of chromosomes and neglect the non-dividing cells. Even when interphase nuclei are considered, they are often then treated as interchangeable round objects. However, different cell types can have very different nuclear shapes, and these shapes have impacts on cellular function; indeed, many pathologies are linked with alterations to nuclear shape. In this review, we describe some of the nuclear morphologies beyond the spherical and ovoid...
September 8, 2016: Chromosoma
Shotaro Otsuka, Khanh Huy Bui, Martin Schorb, M Julius Hossain, Antonio Z Politi, Birgit Koch, Mikhail Eltsov, Martin Beck, Jan Ellenberg
The nuclear pore complex (NPC) mediates nucleocytoplasmic transport through the nuclear envelope. How the NPC assembles into this double membrane boundary has remained enigmatic. Here, we captured temporally staged assembly intermediates by correlating live cell imaging with high-resolution electron tomography and super-resolution microscopy. Intermediates were dome-shaped evaginations of the inner nuclear membrane (INM), that grew in diameter and depth until they fused with the flat outer nuclear membrane...
September 15, 2016: ELife
Ying Zheng, Jian Liu, Xun Gong
Dramatic crustal deformation and river incision in Southwest China induced by the Indo-Asian collision have long been argued to contribute to the complicated landscapes, heterogeneous environment and abundant biodiversity in this region. However, biological impacts in promoting intraspecific phylogeographical subdivision and divergence along the Red River Fault zone (RRF) remain poorly understood. To investigate the possible biological effects of tectonic movements and environment variations within the RRF, the phylogeography of Cycas dolichophylla-an endemic but widely distributed Cycas in Southwest China and North Vietnam along the RRF were carried out based on four chloroplast DNA intergenic spacers (cpDNA), three nuclear DNA sequences (nDNA) and 16 simple sequence repeat variations (SSR)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Su-Jin Lee, Youn-Sang Jung, Min-Ho Yoon, So-Mi Kang, Ah-Young Oh, Jee-Hyun Lee, So-Young Jun, Tae-Gyun Woo, Ho-Young Chun, Sang Kyum Kim, Kyu Jin Chung, Ho-Young Lee, Kyeong Lee, Guanghai Jin, Min-Kyun Na, Nam Chul Ha, Clea Bárcena, José M P Freije, Carlos López-Otín, Gyu Yong Song, Bum-Joon Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) is a rare autosomal dominant genetic disease that is caused by a silent mutation of the LMNA gene encoding lamins A and C (lamin A/C). The G608G mutation generates a more accessible splicing donor site than does WT and produces an alternatively spliced product of LMNA called progerin, which is also expressed in normal aged cells. In this study, we determined that progerin binds directly to lamin A/C and induces profound nuclear aberrations. Given this observation, we performed a random screening of a chemical library and identified 3 compounds (JH1, JH4, and JH13) that efficiently block progerin-lamin A/C binding...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Lingling Liu, Qing Luo, Jinghui Sun, Guanbin Song
Cell migration plays an important role in many physiological and pathological settings, ranging from embryonic development to cancer metastasis. Currently, accumulating data suggest that cells migrating in three-dimensional (3D) environments show well-defined differences compared to their well-established two-dimensional (2D) counterparts. During 3D migration, the cell body and nucleus must deform to allow cellular passage through the available spaces, and the deformability of the relatively rigid nucleus may constitute a limiting step...
October 15, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
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