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Sang-Yoon Park, Minji Choi, Dain Park, Minho Jeong, Kwang Seok Ahn, Junhee Lee, Paul B Fisher, Miyong Yun, Seok-Geun Lee
Despite growing evidence indicating that astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) plays pivotal roles in tumor progression in various types of human cancers including brain tumors; to date, its role in the regulation of mesenchymal transition is not clear in glioblastoma. In the present study, we investigated the contribution of AEG-1 to stress fiber formation and then the acquisition of mesenchymal characteristics of glioblastoma cells. Gain- and loss-of-function studies in normal immortalized primary human fetal astrocytes (IM-PHFAs) and glioblastoma cells revealed that overexpression of AEG-1 increased expression of mesenchymal markers including N-cadherin and two mesenchymal transition‑inducing transcription factors ZEB1 and Slug but decreased epithelial markers E-cadherin and ZO-1...
September 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jianbo Yang, Chao Ding, Xujie Dai, Tengfei Lv, Tingbing Xie, Tenghui Zhang, Wen Gao, Jianfeng Gong, Weiming Zhu, Ning Li, Jieshou Li
BACKGROUND: Intestinal fibrosis is a late complication of pelvic radiotherapy. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays an important role in tissue fibrosis. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of soluble dietary fiber on radiation-induced intestinal EMT and fibrosis in a mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Apple pectin (4% wt/wt in drinking water) was administered to wild-type and pVillin-Cre-EGFP transgenic mice with intestinal fibrosis induced by a single dose of abdominal irradiation of 10 Gy...
September 22, 2016: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Jinxiang Chen, Wanyong Tuo, Xiaoming Zhang, Chenglin He, Juan Xie, Chang Liu
To develop lightweight biomimetic composite structures, the compressive failure and mechanical properties of fully integrated honeycomb plates were investigated experimentally and through the finite element method. The results indicated that: fracturing of the fully integrated honeycomb plates primarily occurred in the core layer, including the sealing edge structure. The morphological failures can be classified into two types, namely dislocations and compactions, and were caused primarily by the stress concentrations at the interfaces between the core layer and the upper and lower laminations and secondarily by the disordered short-fiber distribution in the material; although the fully integrated honeycomb plates manufactured in this experiment were imperfect, their mass-specific compressive strength was superior to that of similar biomimetic samples...
December 1, 2016: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Maria Cícera de Brito, Renato Paulo Chopard, Diego Pulzatto Cury, Ii Sei Watanabe, Cristina Eusébio Mendes, Patricia Castelucci
AIM: To evaluate the structural organization of the elastic and collagen fibers in the region of the ileocecal transition in 30 young and old male Wistar rats. METHODS: Histology, immunohistochemistry (IHC), transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were employed in this study. The results demonstrated that there was a demarcation of the ileocecal region between the ileum and the cecum in both groups. RESULTS: The connective tissue fibers had different distribution patterns in the two groups...
August 6, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Johanna Abrigo, Juan Carlos Rivera, Javier Aravena, Daniel Cabrera, Felipe Simon, Fernando Ezquer, Marcelo Ezquer, Claudio Cabello-Verrugio
Obesity can lead to skeletal muscle atrophy, a pathological condition characterized by the loss of strength and muscle mass. A feature of muscle atrophy is a decrease of myofibrillar proteins as a result of ubiquitin proteasome pathway overactivation, as evidenced by increased expression of the muscle-specific ubiquitin ligases atrogin-1 and MuRF-1. Additionally, other mechanisms are related to muscle wasting, including oxidative stress, myonuclear apoptosis, and autophagy. Stem cells are an emerging therapy in the treatment of chronic diseases such as high fat diet-induced obesity...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Deep Mandal, Soumik Dinda, Pritam Choudhury, Prasanta Kumar Das
Supramolecular self-assembly of low molecular mass amphiphiles is of topical interest with the urge to achieve precise control over the formation of various self-aggregated structures. Particularly, fabrication of multifarious nanostructures from single molecular backbone would be highly advantageous for task specific applications of the self-aggregates. To this end, the present study reports the solvent triggered evolution of hierarchical self-assembled structures of cholesterol based glucose appended amphiphiles and the pathway of structural transition...
September 27, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jinyu Huang, Jinzhen Jiao, Zhi-Liang Tan, Zhixiong He, Karen A Beauchemin, Robert Forster, Xue-Feng Han, Shao-Xun Tang, Jinghe Kang, Chuanshe Zhou
Thirty-six Xiangdong black goats were used to investigate age-related mRNA and protein expression levels of some genes related to skeletal muscle structural proteins, MRFs and MEF2 family, and skeletal muscle fiber type and composition during skeletal muscle growth under grazing (G) and barn-fed (BF) feeding systems. Goats were slaughtered at six time points selected to reflect developmental changes of skeletal muscle during nonrumination (days 0, 7, and 14), transition (day 42), and rumination phases (days 56 and 70)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Dawid Łochyński, Dominik Kaczmarek, Włodzimierz Mrówczyński, Wojciech Warchoł, Joanna Majerczak, Janusz Karasiński, Michał Korostyński, Jerzy A Zoladz, Jan Celichowski
Dynamic resistance training increases the force and speed of muscle contraction, but little is known about modifications to the contractile properties of the main physiological types of motor units (MUs) that contribute to these muscle adaptations. Although the contractile profile of MU muscle fibers is tightly coupled to myosin heavy chain (MyHC) protein expression, it is not well understood if MyHC transition is a prerequisite for modifications to the contractile characteristics of MUs. In this study, we examined MU contractile properties, the mRNA expression of MyHC, parvalbumin, and sarcoendoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) pump isoforms, as well as the MyHC protein content after 5 wk of volitional progressive weight-lifting training in the medial gastrocnemius muscle in rats...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Zeinab Jahed, Ramin Zareian, Yeung Yeung Chau, Brandon B Seo, Mary West, Ting Y Tsui, Weijia Wen, Mohammad R K Mofrad
Three-dimensional vertically aligned nano- and micropillars have emerged as promising tools for a variety of biological applications. Despite their increasing usage, the interaction mechanisms of cells with these rigid structures and their effect on single- and collective-cell behaviors are not well understood for different cell types. In the present study, we examine the response of glioma cells to micropillar arrays using a new microfabricated platform consisting of rigid silicon micropillar arrays of various shapes, sizes, and configurations fabricated on a single platform...
September 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Amro Ilaiwy, Megan T Quintana, James R Bain, Michael J Muehlbauer, David I Brown, William E Stansfield, Monte S Willis
Studies of skeletal muscle disuse, either in patients on bed rest or experimentally in animals (immobilization), have demonstrated that decreased protein synthesis is common, with transient parallel increases in protein degradation. Muscle disuse atrophy involves a process of transition from slow to fast myosin fiber types. A shift toward glycolysis, decreased capacity for fat oxidation, and substrate accumulation in atrophied muscles have been reported, as has accommodation of the liver with an increased gluconeogenic capacity...
October 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Jung-Suk Kim, Byung Gee Im, Gyuhyung Jin, Jae-Hyung Jang
Guiding newly generated tissues in a gradient pattern, thereby precisely mimicking inherent tissue morphology and subsequently arranging the intimate networks between adjacent tissues, is essential to raise the technical levels of tissue engineering and facilitate its transition into the clinic. In this study, a straightforward electrospinning method (the tubing-electrospinning technique) was developed to create fibrous matrices readily with diverse gradient patterns and to induce patterned cellular responses...
August 31, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jing Liu, Xijun Liang, Danxia Zhou, Ling Lai, Liwei Xiao, Lin Liu, Tingting Fu, Yan Kong, Qian Zhou, Rick B Vega, Min-Sheng Zhu, Daniel P Kelly, Xiang Gao, Zhenji Gan
Upon adaption of skeletal muscle to physiological and pathophysiological stimuli, muscle fiber type and mitochondrial function are coordinately regulated. Recent studies have identified pathways involved in control of contractile proteins of oxidative-type fibers. However, the mechanism for coupling of mitochondrial function to the muscle contractile machinery during fiber type transition remains unknown. Here, we show that the expression of the genes encoding type I myosins, Myh7/Myh7b and their intronic miR-208b/miR-499, parallels mitochondrial function during fiber type transitions...
October 4, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Seema Gulati, Anoop Misra, Meenu Sharma
Background India is undergoing rapid nutrition transition concurrent with increase in obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). From a healthy traditional home-cooked high-fiber, low-fat, low-calorie diet, there is a shift towards increasing consumption of packaged, ready-to-eat foods which are calorie-dense and contain refined carbohydrates, high fat, salt and sugar and less fiber. Although fats and oils have been an integral part of our diets, there is a change in the pattern of consumption, in terms of both quality and quantity...
August 11, 2016: Current Diabetes Reviews
Leonardo Nogara, Nariman Naber, Edward Pate, Marcella Canton, Carlo Reggiani, Roger Cooke
In the super-relaxed state of myosin, ATPase activity is strongly inhibited by binding of the myosin heads to the core of the thick filament in a structure known as the interacting-heads motif. In the disordered relaxed state myosin heads are not bound to the core of the thick filament and have an ATPase rate that is 10 fold greater. In the interacting-heads motif the two regulatory light chains appear to bind to each other. We have made single cysteine mutants of the regulatory light chain, placed both paramagnetic and fluorescent probes on them, and exchanged them into skinned skeletal muscle fibers...
2016: PloS One
Huan Yang, Songcheng Xu, Lirui Shen, Wentao Liu, Guoying Li
A critical aggregation concentration of 0.30-0.50mg/mL was previously obtained for type I collagen at 0.1M acetic acid (AA). In the present study, the aggregation behavior of collagen in solution (0.5mg/mL) in the presence of 0.1-2.0M AA was investigated. Circular dichroism showed that the three helix structure was maintained across the whole AA concentration range. However, the ratio of positive peak intensity over negative peak intensity varied depending on the conformational state of collagen aggregates...
November 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
A Beyer, L Maisenbacher, A Matveev, R Pohl, K Khabarova, Y Chang, A Grinin, T Lamour, T Shi, D C Yost, Th Udem, T W Hänsch, N Kolachevsky
We present an active fiber-based retroreflector providing high quality phase-retracing anti-parallel Gaussian laser beams for precision spectroscopy of Doppler sensitive transitions. Our design is well-suited for a number of applications where implementing optical cavities is technically challenging and corner cubes fail to match the demanded requirements, most importantly retracing wavefronts and preservation of the laser polarization. To illustrate the performance of the system, we use it for spectroscopy of the 2S-4P transition in atomic hydrogen and demonstrate an average suppression of the first order Doppler shift to 4 parts in 10<sup>6</sup> of the full collinear shift...
July 25, 2016: Optics Express
Yanping Gao, Ziru Dai, Chuang Shi, Gang Zhai, Xia Jin, Jiangyan He, Qiyong Lou, Zhan Yin
Myostatin (MSTN) is a negative regulator of myogenesis in vertebrates. Depletion of mstn resulted in elevated muscle growth in several animal species. However, the report on the complete ablation of mstn in teleost fish has not yet become available. In this study, two independent mstnb-deficient mutant lines in zebrafish were generated with the TALENs technique. In the mstnb-deficient zebrafish, enhanced muscle growth with muscle fiber hyperplasia was achieved. Beginning at the adult stage (80 days postfertilization), the mstnb-deficient zebrafish exhibited increased circumferences and body weights compared with the wild-type sibling control fish...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Shingo Takada, Yoshihiro Masaki, Shintaro Kinugawa, Junichi Matsumoto, Takaaki Furihata, Wataru Mizushima, Tomoyasu Kadoguchi, Arata Fukushima, Tsuneaki Homma, Masashige Takahashi, Shinichi Harashima, Shouji Matsushima, Takashi Yokota, Shinya Tanaka, Koichi Okita, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
AIMS: Exercise capacity is reduced in heart failure (HF) patients, due mostly to skeletal muscle abnormalities including impaired energy metabolism, mitochondrial dysfunction, fibre type transition, and atrophy. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) has been shown to improve exercise capacity in HF patients. We investigated the effects of the administration of a dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitor on the exercise capacity and skeletal muscle abnormalities in an HF mouse model after myocardial infarction (MI)...
September 2016: Cardiovascular Research
Ginu Rajan, Paul Shouha, Ayman Ellakwa, Kishore Bhowmik, Jiangtao Xi, Gangadhara Prusty
OBJECTIVES: The characterization of the physical properties of dental resin composites is fraught with difficulties relating to significant intra and inter test parameter variabilities and is relatively time consuming and expensive. The main aim of this study was to evaluate whether optical fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensing system may become a viable tool to study dental material characteristics. Of particular focus was the potential for the system to demonstrate a multi parameter all-in-one feature...
September 2016: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Lei Wang, Jian-Hui Zhang, Chong Liu, Min Li, Feng-Hua Qi
We study a variable-coefficient nonlinear Schrödinger (vc-NLS) equation with higher-order effects. We show that the breather solution can be converted into four types of nonlinear waves on constant backgrounds including the multipeak solitons, antidark soliton, periodic wave, and W-shaped soliton. In particular, the transition condition requiring the group velocity dispersion (GVD) and third-order dispersion (TOD) to scale linearly is obtained analytically. We display several kinds of elastic interactions between the transformed nonlinear waves...
June 2016: Physical Review. E
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