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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
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Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636006/copper-ion-interaction-with-the-rnase-catalytic-site-fragment-of-the-angiogenin-protein-an-experimental-and-theoretical-investigation
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Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Raffaella Breglia, Luca De Gioia, Piercarlo Fantucci, Maurizio Bruschi, Raffaele P Bonomo, Diego La Mendola
The angiogenin protein (Ang) is a member of the vertebrate-specific secreted ribonucleases and one of the most potent angiogenic factors known. Ang is a normal constituent of human plasma and its concentration increases under some physiological and pathological conditions to promote neovascularization. Ang was originally identified as an angiogenic tumour factor, but its biological activity has been found to extend from inducing angiogenesis to promoting cell survival in different neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635643/a-multi-wavelength-opto-electronic-patch-sensor-to-effectively-detect-physiological-changes-against-human-skin-types
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Liangwen Yan, Sijung Hu, Abdullah Alzahrani, Samah Alharbi, Panagiotis Blanos
Different skin pigments among various ethnic group people have an impact on spectrometric illumination on skin surface. To effectively capture photoplethysmographic (PPG) signals, a multi-wavelength opto-electronic patch sensor (OEPS) together with a schematic architecture of electronics were developed to overcome the drawback of present PPG sensor. To perform a better in vivo physiological measurement against skin pigments, optimal illuminations in OEPS, whose wavelength is compatible with a specific skin type, were optimized to capture a reliable physiological sign of heart rate (HR)...
June 21, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634785/-imaging-and-preoperative-planning-for-osteotomies-around-the-knee
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REVIEW
D Pape, A Hoffmann, R Seil
Physiologic alignment of the human lower leg is well defined. The etiology for malalignment comprises constitutional, degenerative and posttraumatic conditions. Osteotomies around the knee can correct the malalignment, provided that the origin of deviation is in proximity of the knee center. Crucial factors for the evaluation of axis deviation are the weight-bearing line, the mechanical axes of femur and tibia, the joint line angles and the center of the hip, knee and upper ankle joint. Careful preoperative planning is mandatory for reproducible clinical results...
June 20, 2017: Operative Orthopädie und Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634774/learning-from-synthetic-models-of-extracellular-matrix-differential-binding-of-wild-type-and-amyloidogenic-human-apolipoprotein-a-i-to-hydrogels-formed-from-molecules-having-charges-similar-to-those-found-in-natural-gags
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Silvana A Rosú, Leandro Toledo, Bruno F Urbano, Susana A Sanchez, Graciela C Calabrese, M Alejandra Tricerri
Among other components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), glycoproteins and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) have been strongly associated to the retention or misfolding of different proteins inducing the formation of deposits in amyloid diseases. The composition of these molecules is highly diverse and a key issue seems to be the equilibrium between physiological and pathological events. In order to have a model in which the composition of the matrix could be finely controlled, we designed and synthesized crosslinked hydrophilic polymers, the so-called hydrogels varying the amounts of negative charges and hydroxyl groups that are prevalent in GAGs...
June 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634757/a-uhplc-ms-ms-method-for-profiling-multifunctional-steroids-in-human-hair
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Zhen Dong, Caihong Wang, Jinlan Zhang, Zhe Wang
It is important to profile steroids in many physiological and pathological processes. Recently, hair has been used for the long-term measurement of endogenous steroid hormones. Analyzing hair has advantages of being noninvasive and time sequential compared with other bio-specimens. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques have been widely used over the past decades; however, it is challenging to profile estrogens in hair by LC-MS, and more comprehensive steroid profiling is required. In this paper, an ultra high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to simultaneously profile 28 multifunctional steroids, including corticosteroids (n = 6), estrogens (n = 13), androgens (n = 5) and progestogens (n = 4), in human scalp hair in a single run...
June 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634658/the-utci-and-the-isb
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Gerd Jendritzky, Peter Höppe
Thermal effects of the environment are the most prominent environmental influences on the human body. Keeping the body core temperature in a narrow optimum range is the dominating physiological process. Thus, assessing thermal environments has been a major field in biometeorology for many decades, which is also reflected in the number of respective articles and their citations. In the early days of thermal assessments, simple indices only considering a few environmental parameters were used. The next step has been the development of heat budget models describing all relevant heat/energy fluxes to and from the human body...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634453/relaxin-family-peptide-receptors-1-and-2-are-fully-functional-in-the-bovine
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Yanzhenzi Dai, Richard Ivell, Xuan Liu, Dana Janowski, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
In most mammals the peptide hormone relaxin is a key physiological component regulating early pregnancy and birth. However, synteny analysis shows that the gene encoding ovarian relaxin-2 is deleted in cows and sheep. While, these ruminants appear to exhibit a relaxin-like physiology, as in other mammals, until now a molecular understanding of this has been lacking. Cloning and expression analysis of the cognate bovine receptor for relaxin, RXFP1, as well as of the structurally related receptor, RXFP2, in female tissues, shows that these are expressed in a similar way to other mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634393/a-small-molecule-ds44170716-inhibits-ca-2-induced-mitochondrial-permeability-transition
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Naohiro Kon, Atsushi Satoh, Naoki Miyoshi
Mitochondria are involved in a variety of physiological and pathological processes. Ca(2+) uptake is one of the important functions of the organelle for maintenance of cellular Ca(2+) homeostasis. In pathological conditions such as ischemia reperfusion injury, Ca(2+) overload into mitochondria induces mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT), a critical step for cell death. Because inhibition of MPT is a promising approach to protecting cells and organs, it is important for drug discovery to identify novel chemicals or mechanisms to inhibit MPT...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633972/the-neural-basis-of-form-and-form-motion-integration-from-static-and-dynamic-translational-glass-patterns-a-rtms-investigation
#10
Andrea Pavan, Filippo Ghin, Rita Donato, Gianluca Campana, George Mather
A long-held view of the visual system is that form and motion are independently analysed. However, there is physiological and psychophysical evidence of early interaction in the processing of form and motion. In this study, we used a combination of Glass patterns (GPs) and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to investigate in human observers the neural mechanisms underlying form-motion integration. GPs consist of randomly distributed dot pairs (dipoles) that induce the percept of an oriented stimulus...
June 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633424/three-dimensional-3d-heparg-spheroid-model-with-physiologically-relevant-xenobiotic-metabolism-competence-and-hepatocyte-functionality-for-liver-toxicity-screening
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Sreenivasa C Ramaiahgari, Suramya Waidyanatha, Darlene Dixon, Michael J DeVito, Richard S Paules, Stephen S Ferguson
Effective prediction of human responses to chemical and drug exposure is of critical importance in environmental toxicology research and drug development. While significant progress has been made to address this challenge using in vitro liver models, these approaches often fail due to inadequate tissue model functionality. Herein, we describe the development, optimization, and characterization of a novel three-dimensional (3D) spheroid model using differentiated HepaRG cells that achieve and maintain physiologically-relevant levels of xenobiotic metabolism (CYP1A2, CYP2B6, and CYP3A4/5)...
June 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633035/economy-and-endurance-in-human-evolution
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REVIEW
Herman Pontzer
The evolutionary pressures shaping humans' unique bipedal locomotion have been a focus of research since Darwin, but the origins of humans' economical walking gait and endurance running capabilities remain unclear. Here, I review the anatomical and physiological determinants of locomotor economy (e.g., limb length and posture) and endurance (e.g., muscle volume and fiber type) and investigate their development in the hominin fossil record. The earliest hominins were bipedal but retained ape-like features in the hind limb that would have limited their walking economy compared to living humans...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632458/aquaporins-novel-targets-for-age-related-ocular-disorders
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Rajkumar Patil, Haishan Wang, Najam A Sharif, Alok Mitra
Aquaporins (AQPs), a large family of membrane protein channels that facilitate transport of water and other small solutes, play important roles in physiological functions and human diseases. Up till now, 13 types of AQPs, numbered 0 through 12, have been identified in various mammalian tissues. Homologous genes for AQPs in amphibians, insects, and bacteria highlight the evolutionary conservation and, thus, the importance of these membrane channels. Many members of the AQP family are expressed in the eye. AQP1, which is a water-selective channel, is expressed in the anterior chamber (cornea, ciliary body, trabecular meshwork) and posterior chamber (retina and microvessels in choroid), controlling the fluid homeostasis in the eye...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632163/melatonin-as-a-novel-interventional-candidate-for-fragile-x-syndrome-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-humans
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REVIEW
Jinyoung Won, Yunho Jin, Jeonghyun Choi, Sookyoung Park, Tae Ho Lee, Sang-Rae Lee, Kyu-Tae Chang, Yonggeun Hong
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common monogenic form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). FXS with ASD results from the loss of fragile X mental retardation (fmr) gene products, including fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), which triggers a variety of physiological and behavioral abnormalities. This disorder is also correlated with clock components underlying behavioral circadian rhythms and, thus, a mutation of the fmr gene can result in disturbed sleep patterns and altered circadian rhythms. As a result, FXS with ASD individuals may experience dysregulation of melatonin synthesis and alterations in melatonin-dependent signaling pathways that can impair vigilance, learning, and memory abilities, and may be linked to autistic behaviors such as abnormal anxiety responses...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631482/carbohydrate-bis-acetal-based-substrates-as-tunable-fluorescence-quenched-probes-for-monitoring-exo-glycosidase-activity
#15
Samy Cecioni, David J Vocadlo
Tunable Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-quenched substrates are useful for monitoring the activity of various enzymes within their relevant physiological environments. Development of FRET-quenched substrates for exo-glycosidases, however, has been hindered by their constrained pocket-shaped active sites. Here we report the design of a new class of substrate that overcomes this problem. These Bis-Acetal-Based Substrates (BABS) bear a hemiacetal aglycon leaving group that tethers fluorochromes in close proximity, also positioning them distant from the active site pocket...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630934/ligand-binding-to-a-g-protein-coupled-receptor-captured-in-a-mass-spectrometer
#16
Hsin-Yung Yen, Jonathan T S Hopper, Idlir Liko, Timothy M Allison, Ya Zhu, Dejian Wang, Monika Stegmann, Shabaz Mohammed, Beili Wu, Carol V Robinson
G protein (heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein)-coupled receptors belong to the largest family of membrane-embedded cell surface proteins and are involved in a diverse array of physiological processes. Despite progress in the mass spectrometry of membrane protein complexes, G protein-coupled receptors have remained intractable because of their low yield and instability after extraction from cell membranes. We established conditions in the mass spectrometer that preserve noncovalent ligand binding to the human purinergic receptor P2Y1...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630905/mechanical-deformation-induces-depolarization-of-neutrophils
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Andrew E Ekpenyong, Nicole Toepfner, Christine Fiddler, Maik Herbig, Wenhong Li, Gheorghe Cojoc, Charlotte Summers, Jochen Guck, Edwin R Chilvers
The transition of neutrophils from a resting state to a primed state is an essential requirement for their function as competent immune cells. This transition can be caused not only by chemical signals but also by mechanical perturbation. After cessation of either, these cells gradually revert to a quiescent state over 40 to 120 min. We use two biophysical tools, an optical stretcher and a novel microcirculation mimetic, to effect physiologically relevant mechanical deformations of single nonadherent human neutrophils...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
#18
REVIEW
Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630487/multicolor-two-photon-imaging-of-endogenous-fluorophores-in-living-tissues-by-wavelength-mixing
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Chiara Stringari, Lamiae Abdeladim, Guy Malkinson, Pierre Mahou, Xavier Solinas, Isabelle Lamarre, Sébastien Brizion, Jean-Baptiste Galey, Willy Supatto, Renaud Legouis, Ana-Maria Pena, Emmanuel Beaurepaire
Two-photon imaging of endogenous fluorescence can provide physiological and metabolic information from intact tissues. However, simultaneous imaging of multiple intrinsic fluorophores, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide(phosphate) (NAD(P)H), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and retinoids in living systems is generally hampered by sequential multi-wavelength excitation resulting in motion artifacts. Here, we report on efficient and simultaneous multicolor two-photon excitation of endogenous fluorophores with absorption spectra spanning the 750-1040 nm range, using wavelength mixing...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630413/bayesian-inference-of-physiologically-meaningful-parameters-from-body-sway-measurements
#20
A Tietäväinen, M U Gutmann, E Keski-Vakkuri, J Corander, E Hæggström
The control of the human body sway by the central nervous system, muscles, and conscious brain is of interest since body sway carries information about the physiological status of a person. Several models have been proposed to describe body sway in an upright standing position, however, due to the statistical intractability of the more realistic models, no formal parameter inference has previously been conducted and the expressive power of such models for real human subjects remains unknown. Using the latest advances in Bayesian statistical inference for intractable models, we fitted a nonlinear control model to posturographic measurements, and we showed that it can accurately predict the sway characteristics of both simulated and real subjects...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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