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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108083/impact-of-straight-unconnected-radially-oriented-and-tapered-mesopores-on-column-efficiency-a-theoretical-investigation
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Fabrice Gritti
Superficially porous particles (SPPs) can be prepared from a pseudomorphic transformation (PMT) which produces straight, unconnected, and radially-oriented mesopores (ROMs). ROMs can be either both ends open in fully porous particles (FPPs) or one-end-closed in SPPs. The impact of ROMs on the longitudinal diffusion (B/u), solid-liquid mass transfer resistance (Csu), and on the eddy dispersion (A(u)) height equivalent to a theoretical plate (HETP) of 3D randomly packed columns was investigated based on theoretical viewpoints...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107707/uremia-modulates-the-phenotype-of-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
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Marie Madsen, Annemarie Aarup, Sebastian Albinsson, Karsten Hartvigsen, Charlotte M Sørensen, Karolina Turczynska, Lars B Nielsen, Tanja Xenia Pedersen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic kidney disease leads to uremia and markedly accelerates atherosclerosis. Phenotypic modulation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the arterial media plays a key role in accelerating atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether uremia per se modulates the phenotype of aortic SMCs in vivo. METHODS: Moderate uremia was induced by 5/6 nephrectomy in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) and wildtype C57Bl/6 mice. Plasma analysis, gene expression, histology, and myography were used to determine uremia-mediated changes in the arterial wall...
December 23, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106047/scale-dependent-diffusion-anisotropy-in-nanoporous-silicon
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Daria Kondrashova, Alexander Lauerer, Dirk Mehlhorn, Hervé Jobic, Armin Feldhoff, Matthias Thommes, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Cedric Gommes, Jovana Zecevic, Petra de Jongh, Armin Bunde, Jörg Kärger, Rustem Valiullin
Nanoporous silicon produced by electrochemical etching of highly B-doped p-type silicon wafers can be prepared with tubular pores imbedded in a silicon matrix. Such materials have found many technological applications and provide a useful model system for studying phase transitions under confinement. This paper reports a joint experimental and simulation study of diffusion in such materials, covering displacements from molecular dimensions up to tens of micrometers with carefully selected probe molecules. In addition to mass transfer through the channels, diffusion (at much smaller rates) is also found to occur in directions perpendicular to the channels, thus providing clear evidence of connectivity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105367/annular-rectal-constriction-caused-by-infiltrating-bladder-cancer-a-case-report
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Hisashi Takeuchi, Naoto Tokuyama, Isao Kuroda, Teiichiro Aoyagi
A 69-year-old man was referred to our hospital with chief complaints of urinary incontinence, pollakiuria, thin stools and edema of the left lower extremity. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed bilateral hydronephrosis, thickening of the rectal and posterolateral bladder walls, and enlargement of the left obturator lymph nodes, suggesting metastasis. The carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 levels were 5.6 ng/ml and 460.1 U/ml, respectively. A transurethral bladder biopsy revealed grade 2 urothelial carcinoma with glandular differentiation...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105140/role-of-mir-145-in-chronic-constriction-injury-in-rats
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Xiaolin Pang, Yuanzhang Tang, Dongya Zhang
The present study aims to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of miRNA-145 (miR-145) in rat models of chronic constriction injury (CCI). Rats were randomly divided into control, sham, CCI, agomiRNA (agomiR)-normal control (NC) and agomiR-145 groups (n=25 in each group); in addition, 30 rats with CCI were divided into small hairpin (sh)RNA-NC and shRNA-ras responsive element binding protein 1 (RREB1) groups. Paw withdrawal thermal latency (PWTL) and paw withdrawal mechanical threshold (PWMT) were detected...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103857/ameliorative-potential-of-alstonia-scholaris-linn-r-br-against-chronic-constriction-injury-induced-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
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Hasandeep Singh, Rohit Arora, Saroj Arora, Balbir Singh
BACKGROUND: Alstonia scholaris commonly known as 'Saptaparni' is an Indian traditional medicinal plant used in Ayurveda. It is commonly used to treat various disorders like asthma, bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery and malaria. In folklore medicine the milky juice of the plant is applied on wounds and ulcers to treat pain, ear ache and also in rheumatic pains. AIM: The present study was designed to investigate the potential of A. scholaris R. Br. in chronic constriction injury of sciatic nerve (CCI) induced neuropathic pain in rats...
January 19, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100897/x-indening-oral-liquid-improves-cardiac-function-of-rats-with-chronic-cardiac-failure-via-tgf-%C3%A3-1-smad3-and-p38-mapk-pathway
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Yunliang Wei, Changsheng Guo, Jingsheng Zhao, Jun Yang, Weiguo Yi, Hong Liu, Xinwei Lin, Zhengchen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Xindening oral liquid (Xin) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). However, the exact mechanisms related to its therapeutic effects against CHF remain unclear. In the present study, we investigate the effects of Xin on cardiac function in CHF rats and the possible mechanisms involved. METHODS: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was conducted to induce a CHF rat model in this study. Sixty male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to six groups 28 days after TAC: sham; CHF model; Xin at concentrations of 5 ml/kg, 10 mL/kg, and 20 mL/kg; and QiLi 0...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100873/microrna-10a-targets-t-box-5-to-inhibit-the-development-of-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Dan Wang, Guanqun Zhai, Yangfei Ji, Haiyun Jing
The mechanism of cardiac hypertrophy involving microRNAs (miRNAs) is attracting increasing attention. Our study aimed to investigate the role of miR-10a in cardiac hypertrophy development and the underlying regulatory mechanism.Transverse abdominal aortic constriction (TAAC) surgery was performed to establish a cardiac hypertrophy rat model, and angiotensin II (AngII) was used to induce cardiac hypertrophy in cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes. Expression of T-box 5 (TBX5) and miR-10a was altered by cell transfection of siRNA or miRNA mimic/inhibitor...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100776/crystallographic-snapshots-of-class-a-%C3%AE-lactamase-catalysis-reveal-structural-changes-that-facilitate-%C3%AE-lactam-hydrolysis
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Xuehua Pan, Yunjiao He, Jinping Lei, Xuhui Huang, Yanxiang Zhao
β-lactamases confer resistance to β-lactam-based antibiotics. There is great interest in understanding their mechanisms to enable the development of β-lactamase-specific inhibitors. The mechanism of Class A β-lactamases has been studied extensively, revealing Lys73 and Glu166 as general bases that assist the catalytic residue Ser70. However, the specific roles of these two residues within the catalytic cycle remains not fully understood. To help resolve this question, we first identified a Glu166His mutant that is functional but kinetically slowed...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100664/rab1-interacts-with-golph3-and-controls-golgi-structure-and-contractile-ring-constriction-during-cytokinesis-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Stefano Sechi, Anna Frappaolo, Roberta Fraschini, Luisa Capalbo, Marco Gottardo, Giorgio Belloni, David M Glover, Alan Wainman, Maria Grazia Giansanti
Cytokinesis requires a tight coordination between actomyosin ring constriction and new membrane addition along the ingressing cleavage furrow. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying vesicle trafficking to the equatorial site and how this process is coupled with the dynamics of the contractile apparatus are poorly defined. Here we provide evidence for the requirement of Rab1 during cleavage furrow ingression in cytokinesis. We demonstrate that the gene omelette (omt) encodes the Drosophila orthologue of human Rab1 and is required for successful cytokinesis in both mitotic and meiotic dividing cells of Drosophila melanogaster We show that Rab1 protein colocalizes with the conserved oligomeric Golgi (COG) complex Cog7 subunit and the phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate effector GOLPH3 at the Golgi stacks...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100570/a-rare-cause-of-constrictive-pericarditis
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Shane Patrick Flood, Omar Ayah, Satoshi Furukawa, Robert B Norris
A 67-year-old man presented with 3 months of exertional dyspnoea and 1 week of oedema. Examination revealed elevated neck veins, pulsus paradoxus, muffled heart sounds, decreased breath sounds and pedal oedema. Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) demonstrated cardiac tamponade, and chest X-ray showed pleural effusion. Pericardiocentesis, thoracocentesis, laboratory investigations and CT did not elucidate an underlying aetiology. Three weeks later, he presented with recurrent cardiac tamponade and pleural effusion...
January 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097624/poorly-differentiated-adenocarcinoma-with-signet-ring-cells-in-duodenal-papilla-a-case-report
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Yuta Ushida, Kiyoshi Hiramatsu, Satomi Saeki, Takeshi Amemiya, Hidenari Goto, Toshiyuki Arai
An 82-year-old woman with common bile duct (CBD) dilatation observed during routine ultrasonography was referred to our hospital. Preliminary blood tests revealed elevated levels of hepatobiliary enzymes. Computed tomography (CT) scan showed lower bile duct wall thickening and enhancement. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed mildly swollen papilla of Vater, without ulceration. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiography demonstrated that the CBD was grossly dilated with a constriction in the lower part. The final diagnosis indicated poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma of duodenal papilla with signet-ring cells; pT3N0M0, stage IIA (Unio Internationalis Contra Cancrum, 7th edition), for which subtotal stomach-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (SSPPD) was performed...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097526/improved-measurement-of-elastic-properties-of-cells-by-micropipette-aspiration-and-its-application-to-lymphocytes
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Gustavo Esteban-Manzanares, Blanca González-Bermúdez, Julia Cruces, Mónica De la Fuente, Qingxuan Li, Gustavo V Guinea, José Pérez-Rigueiro, Manuel Elices, Gustavo R Plaza
Mechanical deformability of cells is an important property for their function and development, as well as a useful marker of cell state. The classical technique of micropipette aspiration allows single-cell studies and we provide here a method to measure the two basic mechanical parameters, elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio. The proposed method, developed from finite-element analysis of micropipette aspiration experiments, may be implemented in future technologies for the automated measurement of mechanical properties of cells, based on the micropipette aspiration technique or on the cell transit through flow constrictions...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093574/an-acoustically-driven-vocal-tract-model-for-stop-consonant-production
#14
Brad H Story, Kate Bunton
The purpose of this study was to further develop a multi-tier model of the vocal tract area function in which the modulations of shape to produce speech are generated by the product of a vowel substrate and a consonant superposition function. The new approach consists of specifying input parameters for a target consonant as a set of directional changes in the resonance frequencies of the vowel substrate. Using calculations of acoustic sensitivity functions, these "resonance deflection patterns" are transformed into time-varying deformations of the vocal tract shape without any direct specification of location or extent of the consonant constriction along the vocal tract...
March 2017: Speech Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093336/peripheral-nerve-injury-potentiates-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-in-locus-coeruleus-neurons
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Kambiz Rohampour, Hossein Azizi, Yaghoub Fathollahi, Saeed Semnanian
Peripheral nerve injury (PNI) is believed to cause maladaptive changes at synaptic level, leading to neuropathic pain which is difficult to treat with common analgesic drugs. Noradrenergic locus coeruleus (LC) neurons have a crucial role in neuropathic pain modulation. In this study we examined whether chronic constriction injury (CCI) could affect glutamatergic synaptic transmission in LC neurons. CCI was performed on P10 to P12 Sprague Dawley pups. Seven days after CCI, horizontal slices of brainstem (300μm thick) were prepared and whole-cell patch clamp recording was performed...
January 13, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091697/heat-shock-transcription-factor-1-protects-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-via-smad3
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Ning Zhou, Yong Ye, Xingxu Wang, Ben Ma, Jian Wu, Lei Li, Lin Wang, Dao Wen Wang, Yunzeng Zou
: Fibrotic cardiac muscle exhibits high stiffness and low compliance which are major risk factors of heart failure. Although heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) was identified as an intrinsic cardioprotective factor, the role that HSF1 plays in cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate the role of HSF1 in pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis and the underlying mechanism. HSF1 phosphorylation was significantly downregulated in transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-treated mouse hearts and mechanically stretched cardiac fibroblasts (cFBs)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090260/redefining-effusive-constrictive-pericarditis-with-echocardiography
#17
Pieter van der Bijl, Philip Herbst, Anton F Doubell
BACKGROUND: Effusive-constrictive pericarditis (ECP) is traditionally diagnosed by using the expensive and invasive technique of direct pressure measurements in the pericardial space and the right atrium. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic role of echocardiography in tuberculous ECP. METHODS: Intrapericardial and right atrial pressures were measured pre- and post-pericardiocentesis, and right ventricular and left ventricular pressures were measured post-pericardiocentesis in patients with tuberculous pericardial effusions...
December 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089920/g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-mediated-non-genomic-facilitatory-effect-of-estrogen-on-cooling-induced-reduction-of-skin-blood-flow-in-mice
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Izumi Serizawa, Nozomi Iwasaki, Hirotake Ishida, Shin-Ya Saito, Tomohisa Ishikawa
An enhanced vasoconstrictor activity of cutaneous arteries participates in the reduction of skin blood flow induced by cooling stimulation. Raynaud's phenomenon, which is characterized by intense cooling-induced constriction of cutaneous arteries, is more common in women during the period from menarche to menopause. We thus investigated the effect of 17β-estradiol (E2) on cooling-induced reduction of plantar skin blood flow (PSBF) in mouse in vivo. Ovariectomized female ddY mice, anaesthetized with pentobarbital, were treated with tetrodotoxin for eliminating the sympathetic nerve tone and artificially ventilated...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089518/transcriptional-pre-patterning-of-drosophila-gastrulation
#19
Bomyi Lim, Michael Levine, Yuji Yamakazi
Gastrulation of the Drosophila embryo is one of the most intensively studied morphogenetic processes in animal development [1-4]. Particular efforts have focused on the formation of the ventral furrow, whereby ∼1,000 presumptive mesoderm cells exhibit coordinated apical constrictions that mediate invagination [5, 6]. Apical constriction depends on a Rho GTPase signaling pathway (T48/Fog) that is deployed by the developmental regulatory genes twist and snail [7-10]. It is thought that coordinate mesoderm constriction depends on high levels of myosin along the ventral midline, although the basis for this localization is uncertain...
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089417/venous-sinus-compromise-after-pre-sigmoid-transpetrosal-approach-for-skull-base-tumors-a-study-on-the-asymptomatic-incidence-and-report-of-a-rare-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-as-symptomatic-manifestation
#20
Walter C Jean, Daniel R Felbaum, Andrew B Stemer, Michael Hoa, H Jeffrey Kim
The sigmoid sinus is routinely exposed and manipulated during pre-sigmoid, transpetrosal approaches to the skull base, but there is scant data available on the incidence of venous sinus compromise after surgery. We encountered a dural arteriovenous fistula as a result of sigmoid sinus occlusion and examined the incidence of venous sinus thrombosis or narrowing after transpetrosal surgeries. We performed a retrospective analysis of a series of patients treated by the senior surgeons (WCJ, MH, HJK), who underwent either a posterior petrosectomy or translabyrinthine approach for various skull base tumors...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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