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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735215/estimation-of-individual-axon-bundle-properties-by-a-multi-resolution-discrete-search-method
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Ricardo Coronado-Leija, Alonso Ramirez-Manzanares, Jose Luis Marroquin
A stable, accurate and robust-to-noise method for the estimation of the intra-voxel bundle-wise diffusion properties for diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging is presented. The proposed method overcomes some of the limitations of most of the multi-fiber algorithms in the literature and extends them to estimate the diffusion profiles, improving the estimation of the intra-voxel geometry at challenging microstructure configurations, that is to say: relatively small crossing angles, different voxel-wise anisotropic diffusion profiles and low SNR...
June 29, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716681/mri-magic-angle-effect-in-femorotibial-cartilages-of-the-red-kangaroo
#2
Tonima S Ali, Namal Thibbotuwawa, YuanTong Gu, Konstantin I Momot
OBJECTIVE: Kangaroo knee cartilages are robust tissues that can support knee flexion and endure high levels of compressive stress. This study aimed to develop a detailed understanding of the collagen architecture in kangaroo knee cartilages and thus obtain insights into the biophysical basis of their function. DESIGN: Cylindrical/square plugs from femoral and tibial hyaline cartilage and tibial fibrocartilage were excised from the knees of three adult red kangaroos...
July 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714236/effectiveness-of-tissue-engineered-three-dimensional-bioactive-graft-on-bone-healing-and-regeneration-an-in-vivo-study-with-significant-clinical-value
#3
Mostafa Shahrezaie, Ali Moshiri, Babak Shekarchi, Ahmad Oryan, Nicola Maffulli, Javad Parvizi
Several strategies have been used to promote bone repair; with many failing due to the lack of osteoinduction. We describe our approach for promoting bone healing that attempts to overcome prior shortcomings. First, we compared the role of different concentrations of Gelatin (Gel), nanostructured-hydroxyapatite (nHA), Simvastatin (Sim) and nHA-Sim particles on healing of small femoral bone defects in rabbits. The effective concentration of each of them was studied, and then a three-dimensional porous scaffold was designed using Gel, nHA and Sim which was then cross-linked with Genipin...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711684/folding-of-the-silver-aptamer-in-a-dnazyme-probed-by-2-aminopurine-fluorescence
#4
Runjhun Saran, Lu Yao, Peter Hoang, Juewen Liu
The RNA-cleaving Ag10c DNAzyme was recently isolated via in vitro selection and it can bind two Ag(+) ions for activity. The Ag10c contains a well-defined Ag(+) binding aptamer as indicated by DMS footprinting. Since aptamer binding is often accompanied with conformational changes, we herein used 2-aminopurine (2AP) to probe its folding in the presence of Ag(+). The Ag10c was respectively labeled with 2AP at three different positions, both in the substrate strand and in the enzyme strand. Ag(+)-induced folding was observed at the substrate cleavage junction and the A9 position of the enzyme strand, consistent with aptamer binding...
July 12, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711595/a%C3%AE-truncated-species-implications-for-brain-clearance-mechanisms-and-amyloid-plaque-deposition
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Erwin Cabrera, Paul Mathews, Emiliya Mezhericher, Thomas G Beach, Jingjing Deng, Thomas A Neubert, Agueda Rostagno, Jorge Ghiso
Extensive parenchymal and vascular Aβ deposits are pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Besides classic full-length peptides, biochemical analyses of brain deposits have revealed high degree of Aβ heterogeneity likely resulting from the action of multiple proteolytic enzymes. In spite of the numerous studies focusing in Aβ, the relevance of N- and C-terminal truncated species for AD pathogenesis remains largely understudied. In the present work, using novel antibodies specifically recognizing Aβ species N-terminally truncated at position 4 or C-terminally truncated at position 34, we provide a clear assessment of the differential topographic localization of these species in AD brains and transgenic models...
July 12, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705763/structure-and-function-of-peptide-binding-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#6
REVIEW
Fan Wu, Gaojie Song, Chris de Graaf, Raymond C Stevens
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest family of cell surface receptors and are important human drug targets. Of the 826 human GPCRs, 118 of them recognize endogenous peptide or protein ligands, and 30 of the 118 are targeted by approved drug molecules, including the very high-profile class B glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor. In this review, we analyze the 21 experimentally determined three-dimensional structures of the known peptide-binding GPCRs in relation to the endogenous peptides and drug molecules that modulate their cell signaling processes...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698954/principles-of-first-trimester-screening-in-the-age-of-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-screening-for-other-major-defects-and-pregnancy-complications
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REVIEW
Karl Oliver Kagan, Jiri Sonek, Philipp Wagner, Markus Hoopmann
PURPOSE: First trimester risk assessment plays a major role in the contemporary pregnancy care. It has evolved significantly since its introduction in the 1990s when it essentially consisted of just the nuchal translucency measurement. Today, it involves the measurement of several biophysical and biochemical markers and can assess the risk for a wide array of major chromosomal and non-chromosomal defects as well as other pregnancy-related complications. METHODS: A search of the Medline and Embase databases was done looking for articles about first trimester screening...
July 11, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678160/lipid-bilayer-membrane-in-a-silicon-based-micron-sized-cavity-accessed-by-atomic-force-microscopy-and-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy
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Muhammad Shuja Khan, Noura Sayed Dosoky, Darayas Patel, Jeffrey Weimer, John Dalton Williams
Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) are widely used in biophysical research to probe the functionality of biological membranes and to provide diagnoses in high throughput drug screening. Formation of SLBs at below phase transition temperature (Tm) has applications in nano-medicine research where low temperature profiles are required. Herein, we report the successful production of SLBs at above-as well as below-the Tm of the lipids in an anisotropically etched, silicon-based micro-cavity. The Si-based cavity walls exhibit controlled temperature which assist in the quick and stable formation of lipid bilayer membranes...
July 5, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675783/insulin-and-leptin-excite-anorexigenic-proopiomelanocortin-neurons-via-activation-of-trpc5-channels
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REVIEW
Jian Qiu, Edward J Wagner, Oline K Rønnekleiv, Martin J Kelly
Proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons within the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus are vital anorexigenic neurons. Both the insulin receptor and leptin receptor are coupled to activation of phosphatidylinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) to regulate multiple functions that increase POMC neuronal excitability. Using whole-cell recording in several mammalian species, we have found that both insulin and leptin depolarized POMC neurons via activation of TRPC5 channels. TRPC5 channels have been rigorously characterized as the downstream effector based on their biophysical properties, pharmacological profile and localization by immunocytochemistry and scRT-PCR...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660342/digital-divide-biometeorological-data-infrastructures-and-human-vulnerability-definition
#10
Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe, Luis Lecha Estela, Falko Schimt
The design and implementation of any climate-related health service, nowadays, imply avoiding the digital divide as it means having access and being able to use complex technological devices, massive meteorological data, user's geographic location and biophysical information. This article presents the co-creation, in detail, of a biometeorological data infrastructure, which is a complex platform formed by multiple components: a mainframe, a biometeorological model called Pronbiomet, a relational database management system, data procedures, communication protocols, different software packages, users, datasets and a mobile application...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650961/mfpred-rapid-and-accurate-prediction-of-protein-peptide-recognition-multispecificity-using-self-consistent-mean-field-theory
#11
Aliza B Rubenstein, Manasi A Pethe, Sagar D Khare
Multispecificity-the ability of a single receptor protein molecule to interact with multiple substrates-is a hallmark of molecular recognition at protein-protein and protein-peptide interfaces, including enzyme-substrate complexes. The ability to perform structure-based prediction of multispecificity would aid in the identification of novel enzyme substrates, protein interaction partners, and enable design of novel enzymes targeted towards alternative substrates. The relatively slow speed of current biophysical, structure-based methods limits their use for prediction and, especially, design of multispecificity...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639732/simulated-isotope-exchange-patterns-enable-protein-structure-determination
#12
Antoni James Borysik
Understanding the myriad protein-protein interactions required for cell function requires efficient leveraging of biophysical data to drive computational docking. The detailed insight into protein interfaces provided by isotope exchange endows this experimental technique with a unique importance for docking approaches. However, progress in coupling these methods is hindered by the inability to interpret the complex exchange patterns in relation to protein structure. A method to simulate protein isotope exchange patterns from docking outputs is described and its utility to guide the selection of native assemblies demonstrated...
June 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628484/battling-bacterial-infection-with-hexamethylene-diisocyanate-cross-linked-and-cefaclor-loaded-collagen-scaffolds
#13
E K Tsekoura, A L Helling, J G Wall, Y Bayon, D I Zeugolis
Implant infections remain a major healthcare problem due to the prolonged hospitalisation period required to disrupt and treat bacterial biofilm formation, and the need for additional surgery to remove/replace the infected implant, which if not removed in a timely manner may lead to sepsis. Although localised drug administration, via an implanted scaffold, has shown promise in a clinical setting, the ideal scaffold cross-linking (to initially withstand the aggressive infection environment) and drug (to be effective against infection) have yet to be identified...
June 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614751/molecular-spectroscopic-and-thermodynamic-studies-on-the-interaction-of-anti-platelet-drug-ticlopidine-with-calf-thymus-dna
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Shumaila Afrin, Yusra Rahman, Tarique Sarwar, Mohammed Amir Husain, Abad Ali, Shamsuzzaman, Mohammad Tabish
Ticlopidine is an anti-platelet drug which belongs to the thienopyridine structural family and exerts its effect by functioning as an ADP receptor inhibitor. Ticlopidine inhibits the expression of TarO gene in S. aureus and may provide protection against MRSA. Groove binding agents are known to disrupt the transcription factor DNA complex and consequently inhibit gene expression. Understanding the mechanism of interaction of ticlopidine with DNA can prove useful in the development of a rational drug designing system...
June 11, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612046/shaping-of-signal-transmission-at-the-photoreceptor-synapse-by-eaat2-glutamate-transporters
#15
Stephanie Niklaus, Lucia Cadetti, Colette M Vom Berg-Maurer, André Lehnherr, Adriana L Hotz, Ian C Forster, Matthias Gesemann, Stephan C F Neuhauss
Photoreceptor ribbon synapses tonically release glutamate. To ensure efficient signal transmission and prevent glutamate toxicity, a highly efficient glutamate removal system provided by members of the SLC1 gene family is required. By using a combination of biophysical and in vivo studies, we elucidate the role of excitatory amino acid transporter 2 (EAAT2) proteins in synaptic glutamate homeostasis at the zebrafish photoreceptor synapse. The main glutamate sink is provided by the glial EAAT2a, reflected by reduced electroretinographic responses in EAAT2a-depleted larvae...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611596/ethidium-bromide-modifies-the-agarose-electrophoretic-mobility-of-cag%C3%A2-ctg-alternative-dna-structures-generated-by-pcr
#16
Mário Gomes-Pereira, Darren G Monckton
The abnormal expansion of unstable simple sequence DNA repeats can cause human disease through a variety of mechanisms, including gene loss-of-function, toxic gain-of-function of the encoded protein and toxicity of the repeat-containing RNA transcript. Disease-associated unstable DNA repeats display unusual biophysical properties, including the ability to adopt non-B-DNA structures. CAG•CTG trinucleotide sequences, in particular, have been most extensively studied and they can fold into slipped-stranded DNA structures, which have been proposed as mutation intermediates in repeat size expansion...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576704/%C3%AE-synuclein-fibril-induced-inclusion-spread-in-rats-and-mice-correlates-with-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration
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Hisham Abdelmotilib, Tyler Maltbie, Vedad Delic, Zhiyong Liu, Xianzhen Hu, Kyle B Fraser, Mark S Moehle, Lindsay Stoyka, Nadia Anabtawi, Valentina Krendelchtchikova, Laura A Volpicelli-Daley, Andrew West
Proteinaceous inclusions in neurons, composed primarily of α-synuclein, define the pathology in several neurodegenerative disorders. Neurons can internalize α-synuclein fibrils that can seed new inclusions from endogenously expressed α-synuclein. The factors contributing to the spread of pathology and subsequent neurodegeneration are not fully understood, and different compositions and concentrations of fibrils have been used in different hosts. Here, we systematically vary the concentration and length of well-characterized α-synuclein fibrils and determine their relative ability to induce inclusions and neurodegeneration in different hosts (primary neurons, C57BL/6J and C3H/HeJ mice, and Sprague Dawley rats)...
September 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574984/complexity-in-action-untangling-latent-relationships-between-land-quality-economic-structures-and-socio-spatial-patterns-in-italy
#18
Luca Salvati, Ilaria Tombolini, Roberta Gemmiti, Margherita Carlucci, Sofia Bajocco, Luigi Perini, Agostino Ferrara, Andrea Colantoni
Land quality, a key economic capital supporting local development, is affected by biophysical and anthropogenic factors. Taken as a relevant attribute of economic systems, land quality has shaped the territorial organization of any given region influencing localization of agriculture, industry and settlements. In regions with long-established human-landscape interactions, such as the Mediterranean basin, land quality has determined social disparities and polarization in the use of land, reflecting the action of geographical gradients based on elevation and population density...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569367/resonance-modulation-annihilation-and-generation-of-anti-resonance-and-anti-phasonance-in-3d-neuronal-systems-interplay-of-resonant-and-amplifying-currents-with-slow-dynamics
#19
Horacio G Rotstein
Subthreshold (membrane potential) resonance and phasonance (preferred amplitude and zero-phase responses to oscillatory inputs) in single neurons arise from the interaction between positive and negative feedback effects provided by relatively fast amplifying currents and slower resonant currents. In 2D neuronal systems, amplifying currents are required to be slave to voltage (instantaneously fast) for these phenomena to occur. In higher dimensional systems, additional currents operating at various effective time scales may modulate and annihilate existing resonances and generate antiresonance (minimum amplitude response) and antiphasonance (zero-phase response with phase monotonic properties opposite to phasonance)...
August 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555046/collagen-from-the-marine-sponges-axinella-cannabina-and-suberites-carnosus-isolation-and-morphological-biochemical-and-biophysical-characterization
#20
Leto-Aikaterini Tziveleka, Efstathia Ioannou, Dimitris Tsiourvas, Panagiotis Berillis, Evangelia Foufa, Vassilios Roussis
In search of alternative and safer sources of collagen for biomedical applications, the marine demosponges Axinella cannabina and Suberites carnosus, collected from the Aegean and the Ionian Seas, respectively, were comparatively studied for their insoluble collagen, intercellular collagen, and spongin-like collagen content. The isolated collagenous materials were morphologically, physicochemically, and biophysically characterized. Using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy the fibrous morphology of the isolated collagens was confirmed, whereas the amino acid analysis, in conjunction with infrared spectroscopy studies, verified the characteristic for the collagen amino acid profile and its secondary structure...
May 29, 2017: Marine Drugs
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