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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822901/morphological-and-molecular-differences-in-corpus-luteum-of-pregnant-sows-from-divergent-genetic-groups
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Karine A Costa, Walmir da Silva, Renata Veroneze, José C Montes, Lucas L Verardo, Margareth E Botelho, Márcio S Duarte, Mariana M Neves, Paulo S Lopes, José D Guimarães, Susana A Teixeira, Laene Alcantara, Simone E F Guimarães
Comprehending mechanisms controlling corpus luteum (CL) angiogenesis and apoptosis in pregnant sows is essential to understand the physiological role of these processes in CL function, progesterone production and consequently in conceptus development and prenatal mortality. CL from 54 sows from two genetic groups, a commercial line (COM) and the local Piau breed (LPB), were obtained for gene expression (n = 3 COM; n = 6 LPB), histological and protein analysis (n = 3 COM; n = 3 LPB), divided in six gestational ages (seven, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 days)...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822865/formation-and-morphogenesis-of-a-cuttlebone-s-aragonite-biomineral-structures-for-the-common-cuttlefish-sepia-officinalis-on-the-nanoscale-revisited
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Vida Čadež, Srečo D Škapin, Adrijana Leonardi, Igor Križaj, Saša Kazazić, Branka Salopek-Sondi, Ivan Sondi
This study describes and examines the structural and morphological properties of the hierarchically organized, aragonite cuttlebone forms for the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis, L.), including its main structural parts, the dorsal shield, and the chambers. Specifically, it complements the mechanism for the self-organized formation of aragonite, identifies the presence, and determines the role of soluble organic matrix (SOM) proteins in the morphogenesis of the cuttlebone's biomineral structures on the nanoscale...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822808/bml-111-equilibrated-ace-angii-at1r-and-ace2-ang-1-7-mas-axis-to-protect-hepatic-fibrosis-in-rats
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Quandong Hu, Zhenzhen Hu, Qiongfeng Chen, Yonghong Huang, Zi Mao, Fangyun Xu, Xiaoyan Zhou
BACKGROUND: It was recently reported Lipoxins (LXs) had protective effects on fibrous diseases, and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) had played vital and bidirectional roles in hepatic fibrosis. In this paper, a hepatic fibrosis model, induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) in rats, was used to observe the relations between RAAS and LXs, as well as to further explore the alternative anti-fibrosis mechanisms of LXs. METHODS: The model was evaluated by morphological observations and biochemical assays...
August 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822657/a-systematic-review-of-muscle-morphology-and-function-in-intermittent-claudication
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REVIEW
Amy E Harwood, Stephanie King, Joshua Totty, George E Smith, Natalie Vanicek, Ian C Chetter
OBJECTIVE: Intermittent claudication (IC) is frequently associated with deterioration in walking capacity and physical function, and it can often result in an impairment in balance. Whereas supervised exercise is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as the first-line treatment, the mechanism behind walking improvement is poorly understood. The existing literature suggests that there may be some physiologic change to the skeletal muscle contributing to the functional impairment, but these data are conflicting...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822517/the-effect-of-traditional-persian-music-on-the-cardiac-functioning-of-young-iranian-women
#5
Behzad Abedi, Ataollah Abbasi, Atefeh Goshvarpour, Hamid Tayebi Khosroshai, Elnaz Javanshir
In the past few decades, several studies have reported the physiological effects of listening to music. The physiological effects of different music types on different people are not similar. Therefore, in the present study, we have sought to examine the effects of traditional Persian music on the cardiac function in young women. Twenty-two healthy females participated in this study. ECG signals were recorded in two conditions: rest and music. For each of the 21 ECG signals (15 morphological and six wavelet based feature) features were extracted...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821879/musashi-1-enhances-glioblastoma-cell-migration-and-cytoskeletal-dynamics-through-translational-inhibition-of-tensin3
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Hsiao-Yun Chen, Liang-Ting Lin, Mong-Lien Wang, Benoit Laurent, Chih-Hung Hsu, Chih-Ming Pan, Wan-Ru Jiang, Pau-Yuan Chen, Hsin-I Ma, Yi-Wei Chen, Pin-I Huang, Arthur Chiou, Shih-Hwa Chiou
The RNA-binding protein Musashi-1 (MSI1) exerts essential roles in multiple cellular functions, such as maintenance of self-renewal and pluripotency of stem cells. MSI1 overexpression has been observed in several tumor tissues, including glioblastoma (GBM), and is considered as a well-established marker for tumor metastasis and recurrence. However, the molecular mechanisms by which MSI1 regulates cell migration are still undetermined. Here we reported that MSI1 alters cell morphology, promotes cell migration, and increases viscoelasticity of GBM cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821796/cathepsin-k-knockout-protects-against-cardiac-dysfunction-in-diabetic-mice
#7
Rui Guo, Yinan Hua, Olivia Rogers, Travis E Brown, Jun Ren, Sreejayan Nair
Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and the lysosomal cysteine protease cathepsin K plays a critical role in cardiac pathophysiology. To expand upon our previous findings, we tested the hypothesis that, knockout of cathepsin K protects against diabetes-associated cardiac anomalies. Wild-type and cathepsin K knockout mice were rendered diabetic by streptozotocin (STZ) injections. Body weight, organ mass, fasting blood glucose, energy expenditure, cardiac geometry and function, cardiac histomorphology, glutathione levels and protein levels of cathepsin K and those associated with Ca(2+) handling, calcineurin/NFAT signaling, insulin signaling, cardiac apoptosis and fibrosis were determined...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821776/mineralization-and-preservation-of-an-extremotolerant-bacterium-isolated-from-an-early-mars-analog-environment
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F Gaboyer, C Le Milbeau, M Bohmeier, P Schwendner, P Vannier, K Beblo-Vranesevic, E Rabbow, F Foucher, P Gautret, R Guégan, A Richard, A Sauldubois, P Richmann, A K Perras, C Moissl-Eichinger, C S Cockell, P Rettberg, Marteinsson, E Monaghan, P Ehrenfreund, L Garcia-Descalzo, F Gomez, M Malki, R Amils, P Cabezas, N Walter, F Westall
The artificial mineralization of a polyresistant bacterial strain isolated from an acidic, oligotrophic lake was carried out to better understand microbial (i) early mineralization and (ii) potential for further fossilisation. Mineralization was conducted in mineral matrixes commonly found on Mars and Early-Earth, silica and gypsum, for 6 months. Samples were analyzed using microbiological (survival rates), morphological (electron microscopy), biochemical (GC-MS, Microarray immunoassay, Rock-Eval) and spectroscopic (EDX, FTIR, RAMAN spectroscopy) methods...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821658/opposite-synaptic-alterations-at-the-neuromuscular-junction-in-an-als-mouse-model-when-motor-units-matter
#9
Tremblay Elsa, Martineau Éric, Robitaille Richard
Denervation of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) precedes the loss of motor neurons (MNs) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is characterized by a motor unit (MU) dependent vulnerability where MNs with fast-fatigable (FF) characteristics are lost first, followed by fast-fatigue resistant (FR) and slow (S) ones. However, changes of NMJ properties as a function of MU types remain debated. We hypothesized that NMJ synaptic functions would be altered precociously in a MU specific manner, prior to structural alterations of the NMJ...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821499/primary-ventricular-tachycardia-in-paediatric-population-in-a-tertiary-centre
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Shuenn-Nan Chiu, Wei-Lun Wu, Chun-Wei Lu, Wei-Chieh Tseng, Kun-Lang Wu, Jou-Kou Wang, Mei-Hwan Wu
OBJECTIVE: To delineate the outcome of ventricular tachycardia (VT) in the paediatric population. METHODS: Patients who developed sustained VT between the ages of 0 and 18 years in a referral centre from 1991 to 2015 were enrolled. RESULTS: A total of 116 patients (67 male/49 female) had documented VT, and 53 (46%) had associated heart disease, namely cardiomyopathy in 20 (17%), structural heart disease in 19 (16%) and channelopathy in 14 (12%), and some of them presented with two types of associated heart disease...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821120/enhanced-permeability-and-antifouling-performance-of-cellulose-acetate-ultrafiltration-membrane-assisted-by-l-dopa-functionalized-halloysite-nanotubes
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REVIEW
Keguang Mu, Dalun Zhang, Ziqiang Shao, Dujian Qin, Yalong Wang, Shuo Wang
l-Dopa functionalized halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were prepared by the self-polymerization of l-dopa in the weak alkaline condition. Then different contents of l-dopa coated HNTs (LPDHNTs) were blended into cellulose acetate to prepare enhanced performance ultrafiltration membranes via the phase inversion method. The HNTs and LPDHNTs were characterized by FTIR, XPS, and TEM anysis. And the membranes morphologies, separation performance, antifouling performance, mechanical properties and hydrophilicity were also investigated...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821119/tailoring-of-temperature-and-ph-responsive-cotton-fabric-with-antimicrobial-activity-effect-of-the-concentration-of-a-bio-barrier-forming-agent
#12
Danaja Štular, Ivan Jerman, Barbara Simončič, Brigita Tomšič
A stimuli-responsive cotton fabric was designed using temperature and pH-responsive poly-N-isopropylacrylamide (poly-NiPAAm) and chitosan (PNCS) microgel as a carrier of antimicrobially active 3-(trimethoxysilyl)-propyldimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride (Si-QAC), which forms a bio-barrier on the fibre surface. The influence of Si-QAC on the moisture management and thermoregulation abilities of the PNCS microgel was investigated. Using a pad-dry cure method, Si-QAC was applied to a 100% cotton fabric model in concentrations ranging from 0...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821111/a-facile-sodium-alginate-based-approach-to-improve-the-mechanical-properties-of-recycled-fibers
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Yuan-Yuan Bai, Yan-Hao Lei, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jing Luo, Chun-Li Yao, Run-Cang Sun
The application of recycled fibers is steadily increasing in various paper products recently. It is necessary to improve the mechanical properties of paper products made from these fibers. An eco-friendly polymeric additive, sodium alginate (SA), was prepared from waste seaweeds and developed as functional additives. The properties of SA were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravity analysis, gel permeation chromatography, and compared with the commercial SA...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821064/gum-tragacanth-stabilized-green-gold-nanoparticles-as-cargos-for-naringin-loading-a-morphological-investigation-through-afm
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Komal Rao, Muhammad Imran, Tooba Jabri, Imdad Ali, Samina Perveen, Shafiullah, Shakil Ahmed, Muhammad Raza Shah
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have attracted greater scientific interests for the construction of drugs loading cargos due to their biocompatibility, safety and facile surface modifications. This study deals with the fabrication of gum tragacanth (GT) green AuNPs as carrier for Naringin, a less water soluble therapeutic molecule. The optimized AuNPs were characterized through UV-vis spectroscopy, FT-IR and atomic force microscope (AFM). Naringin loaded nanoparticles were investigated for their bactericidal potentials using Tetrazolium Microplate assay...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821038/the-inhibition-of-lps-induced-inflammation-in-raw264-7-macrophages-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-by-highly-n-acetylated-chitooligosaccharide
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Qingsong Xu, Meisi Liu, Qishun Liu, Wenxia Wang, Yuguang Du, Heng Yin
Chitooligosaccharide (COS) has been shown to regulate many biological functions, such as antimicrobial effect and antitumor activity. In the present study, highly N-acetylated chitooligosaccharide (NACOS) was prepared by N-acetylation of COS, and the anti-inflammatory activity of NACOS in macrophages were evaluated. The results indicated NACOS significantly suppressed the LPS-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) expression. Furthermore, the increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and nitric oxide (NO) were repressed by NACOS in a dose dependent manner...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
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Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820842/-upper-extremity-innervation-patterns-and-clinical-implications-for-nerve-and-tendon-transfer
#17
Ellen Y Lee, Sandeep J Sebastin, Andre Cheah, V P Kumar, Aymeric Y T Lim
BACKGROUND: We previously studied the intramuscular innervation of 150 upper limb muscles and demonstrated that certain patterns of intramuscular innervation allowed muscles to be split into compartments with independent function. This study aims to determine the location, extra-muscular course, and number of motor nerve branches of upper limb peripheral nerves. We want to combine this information with our previous work to create a blueprint of upper limb neuromuscular anatomy that would be useful in reconstructive surgery...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819712/optical-coherence-tomography-to-differentiate-papilledema-from-pseudopapilledema
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REVIEW
Gema Rebolleda, Aki Kawasaki, Victoria de Juan, Noelia Oblanca, Francisco Jose Muñoz-Negrete
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mild papilledema may be difficult to distinguish by clinical observation from pseudopapilledema. An accurate diagnosis is critical to avoid invasive workup and unwarranted treatment. In this review, we focus on the development and subsequent role of optical coherence tomography (OCT) in detecting and differentiating optic nerve head drusen (ONHD) from papilledema and other causes of acquired swelling of the optic disc. RECENT FINDINGS: Newer OCT technologies which permit deeper penetration to improve detection of ONHD were also reviewed...
August 17, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819664/antimicrobial-carbon-nanospheres
#19
Yao-Wen Jiang, Ge Gao, Xiaodong Zhang, Hao-Ran Jia, Fu-Gen Wu
Carbon nanomaterials have found numerous applications in various fields. However, their synthesis and functionalization usually require complicated procedures or tough experimental conditions. Herein, we report for the first time the synthesis of a new type of functional nanomaterial, quaternized carbon nanospheres (QCNSs), with superior antibacterial activity via a one-pot hydrothermal treatment of chitosan and hexadecylbetaine (abbreviated as BS-16). During the hydrothermal process, the direct reaction and carbonization between the amine-containing chitosan and the carboxyl-containing BS-16 were realized within only one step...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819550/effects-of-storage-temperature-on-airway-exosome-integrity-for-diagnostic-and-functional-analyses
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Rosario Maroto, Yingxin Zhao, Mohammad Jamaluddin, Vsevolod L Popov, Hongwang Wang, Madumali Kalubowilage, Yueqing Zhang, Jonathan Luisi, Hong Sun, Christopher T Culbertson, Stefan H Bossmann, Massoud Motamedi, Allan R Brasier
Background: Extracellular vesicles contain biological molecules specified by cell-type of origin and modified by microenvironmental changes. To conduct reproducible studies on exosome content and function, storage conditions need to have minimal impact on airway exosome integrity. Aim: We compared surface properties and protein content of airway exosomes that had been freshly isolated vs. those that had been treated with cold storage or freezing. Methods: Mouse bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) exosomes purified by differential ultracentrifugation were analysed immediately or stored at +4°C or -80°C...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
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