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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732393/microrna-30a-suppresses-tumor-progression-by-blocking-ras-raf-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kun Zhou, Xiaoyu Luo, Yu Wang, Dachun Cao, Gang Sun
Emerging reports suggest microRNAs (miRNAs) play a vital role in the progression of malignant tumors. MiR-30a is downregulated in a variety of cancers and acts as a tumor suppressing gene. However, the molecular mechanisms of miRNA-30a in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are still unclear. Hereby, in this study, we detected that miR-30a expression was significantly down-regulated in both HCC tissues compared with adjacent non-cancerous liver tissues, and we also observed that miR-30a expression was lower in HCC cell lines than that of normal controls...
July 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732300/complete-torsion-of-gallbladder-following-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-a-case-study
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Tomoaki Bekki, Tomoyuki Abe, Hironobu Amano, Nobuaki Fujikuni, Hiroshi Okuda, Tatsunari Sasada, Minoru Yamaki, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Toshio Noriyuki, Masahiro Nakahara
INTRODUCTION: Gallbladder torsion is mainly associated with a floating gallbladder. From an anatomical perspective, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a more optimal treatment than open cholecystectomy. PRESENTATION OF CASE: An 84-year-old woman visited the Onomichi General Hospital because of progressive pain in the right upper quadrant of her abdomen. Physical examination revealed a positive Murphy sign and peritoneal irritation. Laboratory data demonstrated that inflammatory marker levels were increased...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732246/inspiration-from-heart-development-biomimetic-development-of-functional-human-cardiac-organoids
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Dylan J Richards, Robert C Coyle, Yu Tan, Jia Jia, Kerri Wong, Katelynn Toomer, Donald R Menick, Ying Mei
Recent progress in human organoids has provided 3D tissue systems to model human development, diseases, as well as develop cell delivery systems for regenerative therapies. While direct differentiation of human embryoid bodies holds great promise for cardiac organoid production, intramyocardial cell organization during heart development provides biological foundation to fabricate human cardiac organoids with defined cell types. Inspired by the intramyocardial organization events in coronary vasculogenesis, where a diverse, yet defined, mixture of cardiac cell types self-organizes into functional myocardium in the absence of blood flow, we have developed a defined method to produce scaffold-free human cardiac organoids that structurally and functionally resembled the lumenized vascular network in the developing myocardium, supported hiPSC-CM development and possessed fundamental cardiac tissue-level functions...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731505/calcium-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-2-camkii-mediates-epac-induced-spontaneous-transient-outward-currents-stocs-in-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle
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Edward S A Humphries, Tomoko Kamishima, John M Quayle, Caroline Dart
Activation of the major cAMP effector, exchange protein directly activated by cAMP (Epac), induces vascular smooth muscle relaxation by increasing the activity of ryanodine (RyR)-sensitive release channels on the peripheral sarcoplasmic reticulum. Resultant Ca(2+) sparks activate plasma membrane Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (BKCa ) channels, evoking spontaneous transient outward currents (STOCs) that hyperpolarize the cell and reduce voltage-dependent Ca(2+) entry. In this study we investigate the mechanism by which Epac increases STOC activity...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731352/exploiting-the-marangoni-effect-to-initiate-instabilities-and-direct-the-assembly-of-liquid-metal-filaments
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Christopher A Hartnett, Ivana Seric, Kyle Mahady, Lou Kondic, Shahriar Afkhami, Jason Fowlkes, Philip D Rack
The utilization of the Marangoni effect in a liquid metal is investigated, focusing on initiating instabilities to direct material assembly via the Rayleigh-Plateau instability. Thin (2 nm) copper (Cu) films are lithographically patterned onto thick (12 nm) nickel (Ni) strips to induce a surface energy gradient at the maximum wavelength of the filament instability predicted by Rayleigh-Plateau instability analysis. The pattern is irradiated with an 18 ns pulsed-laser such that the pattern melts and the resultant Ni-Cu surface tension gradient induces Marangoni flows due to the difference in surface energies...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731151/meg3-is-a-prognostic-factor-for-crc-and-promotes-chemosensitivity-by-enhancing-oxaliplatin-induced-cell-apoptosis
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Lixia Li, Jian Shang, Yupeng Zhang, Shi Liu, Yanan Peng, Zhou Zhou, Huaqing Pan, Xiaobing Wang, Lipng Chen, Qiu Zhao
A major reason for the failure of advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment is the occurrence of chemoresistance to oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy. Recently, studies have shown that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play an important role in drug resistance. Using HiSeq sequencing methods, we identified that lncRNAs show differential expression levels in oxaliplatin-resistant (OxR) and non-resistant CRC patients. RT-qPCR was then performed in tissues and serum samples, and lncRNA MEG3 was verified to be downregulated in non-responding patients and to have considerable discriminating potential to identify responding patients from non-responding patients...
July 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730808/determination-of-the-relationship-between-expression-and-functional-activity-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-1-using-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy
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David Polcari, Javier Alejandro Hernandez-Castro, Kebin Li, Matthias Geissler, Janine Mauzeroll
Cancer cells can develop multidrug resistance (MDR) after prolonged exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs, which is a severe impediment to successful treatment. MDR is typically associated with transmembrane proteins mediating efflux of administered drugs, thereby keeping their intracellular concentration below the threshold required to kill cells. Although expression assays based on flow cytometry and immunostaining have shown that multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) is prevalent in many cancer types, the functional activity of this efflux pump is more difficult to elucidate, especially at the single-cell level...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730777/long-non-coding-rna-xist-functions-as-an-oncogene-in-human-colorectal-cancer-by-targeting-mir-132-3p
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Hui Song, Ping He, Tiansong Shao, Yang Li, Jin Li, Yajing Zhang
PURPOSE: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a frequent malignant tumor with high death rate and poor prognosis. Few reports have explored the association between CRC development and long non-coding (lnc) RNAs expression. This study focused on the important role of a novel lncRNA XIST in the development of CRC. METHODS: To investigate the function of long lncRNA XIST in CRC, its expression level was monitored in both CRC cells and 50 pairs of human CRC tissues and adjacent tissues by RT-qPCR...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729671/linking-rheology-and-printability-for-dense-and-strong-ceramics-by-direct-ink-writing
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Amin M'Barki, Lydéric Bocquet, Adam Stevenson
Direct ink writing of dense and strong ceramic objects remains an important open challenge. We develop a universal dimensionless criterion for printing such objects. Boehmite, an Al2O3 precursor, was used to assess the rheological properties leading to dense structures in ceramics manufactured by direct ink writing. Boehmite suspensions undergo time dependent gelation, thus providing a rheological laboratory of flow behaviours that can be correlated with printability requirements. We measured the evolution of rheological properties over several days and quantified the deformation of simple printed shapes at different aging times...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729433/selective-factor-viii-activation-by-the-tissue-factor-factor-viia-factor-xa-complex
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Yuichi Kamikubo, G Loredana Mendolicchio, Antonella Zampolli, Patrizia Marchese, Andrea S Rothmeier, Jennifer Nagrampa Orje, Andrew J Gale, Sriram Krishnaswamy, András Gruber, Henrik Østergaard, Lars C Petersen, Wolfram Ruf, Zaverio M Ruggeri
Safe and effective antithrombotic therapy requires understanding of mechanisms that contribute to pathological thrombosis but have lesser impact on hemostasis. We found that the extrinsic tissue factor (TF) coagulation initiation complex can selectively activate the anti-hemophilic cofactor, FVIII, triggering the hemostatic intrinsic coagulation pathway independently of thrombin feedback loops. In a mouse model with a relatively mild thrombogenic lesion, TF-dependent FVIII activation sets the threshold for thrombus formation through contact phase-generated FIXa...
July 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729354/continuous-flow-lvad-support-causes-a-distinct-form-of-intestinal-angiodysplasia
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Jooeun Kang, Samson Hennessy-Strahs, Pawel Kwiatkowski, Christian Bermudez, Michael A Acker, Pavan Atluri, Patrick McConnell, Carlo R Bartoli
Rationale: The objective of this autopsy study was to determine whether abnormal gastrointestinal vascularity develops during continuous-flow LVAD support. Objective: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support causes pathologic degradation of von Willebrand factor (vWF) and bleeding from gastrointestinal angiodysplasia at an alarming rate. It has been speculated that LVAD support, itself may cause angiodysplasia. The relationship to abnormal vWF metabolism is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that abnormal gastrointestinal vascularity develops during continuous-flow LVAD support...
July 20, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729343/flowtrace-simple-visualization-of-coherent-structures-in-biological-fluid-flows
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William Gilpin, Vivek N Prakash, Manu Prakash
We present a simple, intuitive algorithm for visualizing time-varying flow fields that can reveal complex flow structures with minimal user intervention. We apply this technique to a variety of biological systems, including the swimming currents of invertebrates and the collective motion of swarms of insects. We compare our results to more experimentally-difficult and mathematically-sophisticated techniques for identifying patterns in fluid flows, and suggest that our tool represents an essential "middle ground" allowing experimentalists to easily determine whether a system exhibits interesting flow patterns and coherent structures without resorting to more intensive techniques...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728816/in-touch-with-the-mechanosensitive-piezo-channels-structure-ion-permeation-and-mechanotransduction
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J Geng, Q Zhao, T Zhang, B Xiao
Mechanotransduction, the conversion of mechanical forces into biological signals, plays critical roles in various physiological and pathophysiological processes in mammals, such as conscious sensing of touch, pain, and sound, as well as unconscious sensing of blood flow-associated shear stress, urine flow, and bladder distention. Among the various molecules involved in mechanotransduction, mechanosensitive (MS) cation channels have long been postulated to represent one critical class of mechanotransducers that directly and rapidly converts mechanical force into electrochemical signals...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728588/genetic-structure-and-gene-flow-of-the-flea-xenopsylla-cheopis-in-madagascar-and-mayotte
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Mireille Harimalala, Sandra Telfer, Hélène Delatte, Phillip C Watts, Adélaïde Miarinjara, Tojo Rindra Ramihangihajason, Soanandrasana Rahelinirina, Minoarisoa Rajerison, Sébastien Boyer
BACKGROUND: The flea Xenopsylla cheopis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) is a vector of plague. Despite this insect's medical importance, especially in Madagascar where plague is endemic, little is known about the organization of its natural populations. We undertook population genetic analyses (i) to determine the spatial genetic structure of X. cheopis in Madagascar and (ii) to determine the potential risk of plague introduction in the neighboring island of Mayotte. RESULTS: We genotyped 205 fleas from 12 sites using nine microsatellite markers...
July 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728449/efficiency-and-cytotoxicity-analysis-of-cationic-lipids-mediated-gene-transfection-into-ags-gastric-cancer-cells
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Nasrin Gharaati-Far, Mohammad Reza Tohidkia, Alireza Dehnad, Yadollah Omidi
In this effort, we provided comparative study on optimization of transfection conditions for AGS human gastric cancer cell line using two commercial non-liposomal cationic lipids. Using reporter vector pEGFP-N1, transfection efficiency of Attractene™ and X-tremeGENE HP™ transfection reagents in terms of cell densities and DNA/reagent ratios was determined in AGS cells by flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy. In addition, influence of transfection reagents on direct cytotoxicity and cell viability was respectively, measured using lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage and MTT assays...
July 20, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728033/deposition-pattern-and-tracer-particle-motion-of-evaporating-multi-component-sessile-droplets
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Muhammad Amjad, Yang Yang, Ghulam Raza, Hui Gao, Jun Zhang, Leping Zhou, Xiaoze Du, Dongsheng Wen
The understanding of near-wall motion, evaporation behavior and dry pattern of sessile nanofluid droplets is fundamental to a wide range of applications such as painting, spray drying, thin film coating, fuel injection and inkjet printing. However, a deep insight into the heat transfer, fluid flow, near-wall particle velocity and their effects on the resulting dry patterns is still much needed to take the full advantage of these nano-sized particles in the droplet. This work investigates the effect of direct absorptive silicon/silver (Si/Ag) hybrid nanofluids via two experiments...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727738/propagation-characteristics-of-pulverized-coal-and-gas-two-phase-flow-during-an-outburst
#17
Aitao Zhou, Kai Wang, Lingpeng Fan, Bo Tao
Coal and gas outbursts are dynamic failures that can involve the ejection of thousands tons of pulverized coal, as well as considerable volumes of gas, into a limited working space within a short period. The two-phase flow of gas and pulverized coal that occurs during an outburst can lead to fatalities and destroy underground equipment. This article examines the interaction mechanism between pulverized coal and gas flow. Based on the role of gas expansion energy in the development stage of outbursts, a numerical simulation method is proposed for investigating the propagation characteristics of the two-phase flow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726712/constructed-wetland-integrated-microbial-fuel-cell-system-looking-back-moving-forward
#18
Yae Wang, Yaqian Zhao, Lei Xu, Wenke Wang, Liam Doherty, Cheng Tang, Baiming Ren, Jinhui Zhao
In the last 10 years, the microbial fuel cell (MFC) has been extensively studied worldwide to extract energy from wastewater via electricity generation. More recently, a merged technique of embedding MFC into a constructed wetland (CW) has been developed and appears to be increasingly investigated. The driving force to integrate these two technologies lies in the fact that CWs naturally possess a redox gradient (depending on flow direction and wetland depth), which is required by MFCs as anaerobic anode and aerobic cathode chambers...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726409/observation-of-steady-shear-induced-nematic-ordering-of-selenium-chain-moieties-in-arsenic-selenide-liquids
#19
Weidi Zhu, Galan Moore, Bruce G Aitken, Simon Clark, Sabyasachi Sen
Structural anisotropy induced by steady shear and its mechanistic relation with shear thinning are investigated in AsxSe1-x glasses (5≤x≤30) quenched from parent liquids subjected to shear rates ranging between 0 and 104 s1 using polarized Raman spectroscopy and two-dimensional x-ray diffraction. When taken together, the results demonstrate significant shear-induced partial alignment of -Se-Se-Se- chain moieties in the flow direction of the extruded fibers. This alignment is reminiscent of nematic liquid crystals where orientational order exists without positional order...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726225/the-principle-and-effect-of-transfer-agent-for-the-removal-of-pce-during-in-situ-chemical-oxidation
#20
Yunsong Liu, Jiajun Chen, Qingwei Wang, Lanxiang Shi, Yandan Shi
Viscosity remedial technology, which uses a water-soluble polymer mixed with remedial fluids, has been introduced in recent years to improve the removal efficacy of perchloroethylene/tetrachloroethylene (PCE) by improving oxidant coverage (i.e. sweep efficiency). Xanthan gum and hydrolysed polyacrylamide (HPAM) are relatively stable with time and temperature and possess salt and oxidation resistance, indicating that they may be good flooding agents (the former is better than the latter in this work). In this work, we quantified the polymer directly improved oxidation of PCE during transport by using a two-dimensional flow tank...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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