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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430205/controlled-membrane-translocation-provides-a-mechanism-for-signal-transduction-and-amplification
#1
Matthew J Langton, Flore Keymeulen, Maria Ciaccia, Nicholas H Williams, Christopher A Hunter
Transmission and amplification of chemical signals across lipid bilayer membranes is of profound significance in many biological processes, from the development of multicellular organisms to information processing in the nervous system. In biology, membrane-spanning proteins are responsible for the transmission of chemical signals across membranes, and signal transduction is often associated with an amplified signalling cascade. The ability to reproduce such processes in artificial systems has potential applications in sensing, controlled drug delivery and communication between compartments in tissue-like constructs of synthetic vesicles...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426555/creating-artificial-lymphoid-tissues-to-study-immunity-and-hematological-malignancies
#2
Shivem B Shah, Ankur Singh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The specialized microenvironments of lymphoid tissue affect immune cell function and progression of disease. However, current animal models are low throughput and a large number of human diseases are difficult to model in animals. Animal models are less amenable to manipulation of tissue niche components, signalling pathways, epigenetics, and genome editing than ex vivo models. On the other hand, conventional 2D cultures lack the physiological relevance to study precise microenvironmental interactions...
April 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422386/corticosteroid-could-possibly-reduce-serum-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-fulminant-hepatitis-a-case-series
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Keiichi Fujiwara, Seiji Hida, Shin Yasui, Osamu Yokosuka, Shigeto Oda
AIM: There are no beneficial therapies except for emergency liver transplantation for acute liver failure (ALF). However, in Japan where a serious problem of a shortage of donor livers still remains, therapies other than transplantation must be further investigated for patients with ALF. Pro-inflammatory cytokines promoting tissue destruction are predominant at an early phase of ALF. Corticosteroid (CS) influences monocyte/macrophage differentiation, by suppressing pro-inflammatory genes, indicating CS treatment might be beneficial during the early phase of ALF...
April 19, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421051/in-situ-capture-rt-qpcr-a-new-simple-and-sensitive-method-to-detect-human-norovirus-in-oysters
#4
Zhenhuan Zhou, Zhengan Tian, Qianqian Li, Peng Tian, Qingping Wu, Dapeng Wang, Xianming Shi
Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are the major cause worldwide for non-bacterial acute gastroenteritis. In this study, we applied a novel viral receptor mediated in situ capture RT-qPCR (ISC-RT-qPCR) to detect HuNoVs in oysters and compared with the traditional RT-qPCR method. Ten HuNoVs RT-PCR positive and 5 negative clinical samples from gastroenteritis patients were used to compare specificity and sensitivity of ISC-RT-qPCR against that of the RT-qPCR assay. ISC-RT-qPCR had at a one-log and a two-log increase in sensitivity over that of the RT-qPCR assay for genotype I (GI) and GII, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416382/isolation-pathogenicity-and-characterization-of-a-novel-bacterial-pathogen-streptococcus-uberis-from-diseased-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi
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Xia Luo, Xiaozhe Fu, Guoli Liao, Ouqin Chang, Zhibin Huang, Ningqiu Li
In recent years, mandarin fish had a high mortality rate associated with abnormal swimming, exophthalmia, corneal opacity and eye hemorrhage on a fish farm located at Foshan city, Guangdong province, China. Three isolates of Gram-positive, chain-forming cocci were recovered from moribund fish, and designated as SS131025-1, SS131025-2, and SS131025-3. These isolates were identified as Streptococcus uberis according to their morphologic and physio-biochemical characteristics as well as phylogenetic analysis based on their 16S rRNA and GapC gene sequences...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416316/effect-of-passive-ultrasonic-activation-on-organic-tissue-dissolution-from-simulated-grooves-in-root-canals-using-sodium-hypochlorite-with-or-without-surfactants-and-edta
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Roberto Estevez, Antonio J Conde, Oliver Valencia de Pablo, Francisco de la Torre, Giampiero Rossi-Fedele, Rafael Cisneros
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the porcine palatal mucosa dissolution from artificial grooves using a final rinse with sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) with or without a surfactant or ultrasonic activation (PUI). METHODS: The root canals of 130 human maxillary central incisors were chemomechanically prepared and the teeth split. A standardized longitudinal intracanal groove was created in 1 of the root halves. One hundred thirty porcine palatal mucosa samples were collected, adapted in order to fit into the grooves, and weighed...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415476/cellular-compatibility-of-nanocomposite-scaffolds-based-on-hydroxyapatite-entrapped-in-cellulose-network-for-bone-repair
#7
Faranak Beladi, Samaneh Saber-Samandari, Saeed Saber-Samandari
In the past few decades, artificial graft materials for bone tissue engineering have gained much importance. In this study, novel porous 3D nanocomposite scaffolds composed of polyacrylamide grafted cellulose and hydroxyapatite were proposed. They were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The swelling behavior of the scaffolds was examined in both water and phosphate buffer saline (PBS) solution...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414752/an-angiogenesis-platform-using-a-cubic-artificial-eggshell-with-patterned-blood-vessels-on-chicken-chorioallantoic-membrane
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Wenjing Huang, Makoto Itayama, Fumihito Arai, Katsuko S Furukawa, Takashi Ushida, Tomohiro Kawahara
The chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) containing tiny blood vessels is an alternative to large animals for studies involving angiogenesis and tissue engineering. However, there is no technique to design the direction of growing blood vessels on the CAM at the microscale level for tissue engineering experiments. Here, a methodology is provided to direct blood vessel formation on the surface of a three-dimensional egg yolk using a cubic artificial eggshell with six functionalized membranes. A structure on the lateral side of the eggshell containing a straight channel and an interlinked chamber was designed, and the direction and formation area of blood vessels with blood flow was artfully defined by channels with widths of 70-2000 μm, without sharply reducing embryo viability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414697/feasibility-of-transvesical-robotic-vvf-repair-in-porcine-model
#9
Jang Hee Han, Hong-Wook Kim, Koon Ho Rha, Jang Hwan Kim
Extraperitoneal transvesicoscopic vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) repair has received limited use because of its narrow working space, longer operation time, and technical difficulty. The present study describes the feasibility of robotic-assisted transvesicoscopic VVF repair in an animal model. Two Yorkshire swine underwent robotic-assisted laparoscopic (RAL) VVF repair. With the 4 trocars, an artificial VVF was made in the supratrigonal area and VVF repair was performed in 3 layers as in open VVF repair methods...
April 14, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413080/effect-of-oral-exposure-to-artificially-weathered-deepwater-horizon-crude-oil-on-blood-chemistries-hepatic-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-organ-weights-and-histopathology-in-western-sandpipers-calidris-mauri
#10
Steven J Bursian, Karen M Dean, Kendal E Harr, Lisa Kennedy, Jane E Link, Ivan Maggini, Chris Pritsos, Karen L Pritsos, R E Schmidt, Christopher G Guglielmo
Shorebirds were among birds exposed to Mississippi Canyon 252 (MC252) crude oil during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The western sandpiper (Calidris mauri) was chosen as one of four species for initial oral dosing studies conducted under Phase 2 of the avian toxicity studies for the DWH Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Thirty western sandpipers were assigned to one of three treatment groups, 10 birds per group. The control group was sham gavaged and the treatment groups were gavaged with 1 or 5mL oil kg bw(-1) daily for 20 days...
April 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413047/a-homolog-of-teleostean-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-stat3-from-rock-bream-oplegnathus-fasciatus-structural-insights-transcriptional-modulation-and-subcellular-localization
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S D N K Bathige, William Shanthakumar Thulasitha, Navaneethaiyer Umasuthan, J D H E Jayasinghe, Qiang Wan, Bo-Hye Nam, Jehee Lee
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is one of the crucial transcription factors in the Janus kinase (JAK)/STAT signaling pathway, and it was previously considered as acute phase response factor. A number of interleukins (ILs) such as IL-5, IL-6, IL-9, IL-10, IL-12, and IL-22 are known to be involved in activation of STAT3. In addition, various growth factors and pathogenic or oxidative stresses mediate the activation of a wide range of functions via STAT3. In this study, a STAT3 homolog was identified and functionally characterized from rock bream (RbSTAT3), Oplegnathus fasciatus...
April 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411451/anisotropic-tough-double-network-hydrogel-from-fish-collagen-and-its-spontaneous-in%C3%A2-vivo-bonding-to-bone
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Md Tariful Islam Mredha, Nobuto Kitamura, Takayuki Nonoyama, Susumu Wada, Keiko Goto, Xi Zhang, Tasuku Nakajima, Takayuki Kurokawa, Yasuaki Takagi, Kazunori Yasuda, Jian Ping Gong
Soft supporting tissues in the human body, such as cartilages and ligaments, are tough materials and firmly fixed to bones. These soft tissues, once injured, cannot regenerate spontaneously invivo. Developing tough and biocompatible hydrogels as artificial soft supporting tissues would substantially improve outcomes after soft tissue injury. Collagen is the main rigid component in soft connective tissues which is organized in various hierarchical arrays. We have successfully developed a novel class of collagen fibril-based tough hydrogels based on the double network (DN) concept using swim bladder collagen (SBC) extracted from Bester sturgeon fish...
April 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410135/custom-built-tools-for-the-study-of-deer-antler-biology
#13
Wenhui Chu, Haiping Zhao, Junde Li, Chunyi Li
Deer antlers can be developed into multiple novel models to study growth and development of tissues for biomedical research. To facilitate this process, we have invented and further refined five custom-built tools through three decades of antler research. These are: 1. Pedicle growth detector to pinpoint the timing when pedicle growth is initiated, thus stimuli for pedicle and first antler formation can be investigated and identified. 2. Thin periosteum slice cutter to thinly slice (0.2mm or 0.7 mm thick) a whole piece of antlerogenic periosteum (AP) or pedicle periosteum (PP), which facilitates gene delivery into cells resident in these tissues, thus making transgenic antlers possible...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406922/3d-fabrication-and-characterization-of-phosphoric-acid-scaffold-with-a-ha-%C3%AE-tcp-weight-ratio-of-60-40-for-bone-tissue-engineering-applications
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Yanen Wang, Kai Wang, Xinpei Li, Qinghua Wei, Weihong Chai, Shuzhi Wang, Yu Che, Tingli Lu, Bo Zhang
A key requirement for three-dimensional printing (3-DP) at room temperature of medical implants depends on the availability of printable and biocompatible binder-powder systems. Different concentration polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and phosphoric acid solutions were chosen as the binders to make the artificial stent biocompatible with sufficient compressive strength. In order to achieve an optimum balance between the bioceramic powder and binder solution, the biocompatibility and mechanical properties of these artificial stent samples were tested using two kinds of binder solutions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405647/enzyme-induced-dual-network-%C3%AE%C2%B5-poly-l-lysine-based-hydrogels-with-robust-self-healing-and-antibacterial-performance
#15
Rui Wang, Qing Li, Bo Chi, Xiaoqiao Wang, Zheng Xu, Zongqi Xu, Su Chen, Hong Xu
An enzyme-induced strategy is reported to construct novel self-mending hydrogels based on ε-poly-l-lysine with both excellent self-healing properties (95%) and antibacterial capacity. Most importantly, the hydrogels are able to accelerate wound healing efficiently, which shows great potential in myriad biomedical fields, such as wound repair, artificial skin, and tissue engineering.
April 13, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405313/artificial-rearing-influences-the-morphology-permeability-and-redox-state-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-low-and-normal-birth-weight-piglets
#16
Hans Vergauwen, Jeroen Degroote, Sara Prims, Wei Wang, Erik Fransen, Stefaan De Smet, Christophe Casteleyn, Steven Van Cruchten, Joris Michiels, Chris Van Ginneken
BACKGROUND: In this study the physiological implications of artificial rearing were investigated. Low (LBW) and normal birth weight (NBW) piglets were compared as they might react differently to stressors caused by artificial rearing. In total, 42 pairs of LBW and NBW piglets from 16 litters suckled the sow until d19 of age or were artificially reared starting at d3 until d19 of age. Blood and tissue samples that were collected after euthanasia at 0, 3, 5, 8 and 19 d of age. Histology, ELISA, and Ussing chamber analysis were used to study proximal and distal small intestine histo-morphology, proliferation, apoptosis, tight junction protein expression, and permeability...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402148/should-modulation-of-p50-be-a-therapeutic-target-in-the-critically-ill
#17
Amudan J Srinivasan, Clare Morkane, Daniel S Martin, Ian J Welsby
A defining feature of human hemoglobin is its oxygen binding affinity, quantified by the partial pressure of oxygen at which hemoglobin is 50% saturated (p50), and the variability of this parameter over a range of physiological and environmental states. Modulation of this property of hemoglobin can directly affect the degree of peripheral oxygen offloading and tissue oxygenation. Areas covered: This review summarizes the role of hemoglobin oxygen affinity in normal and abnormal physiology and discusses the current state of the literature regarding artificial modulation of p50...
April 12, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399012/sweeteners-and-sweetness-enhancers
#18
Christine Belloir, Fabrice Neiers, Loïc Briand
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review summarizes and discusses current knowledge on sweeteners and sweetness enhancers. RECENT FINDINGS: The perception of sweet taste is mediated by the type 1 taste receptor 2 (T1R2)/type 1 taste receptor 3 (T1R3) receptor, which is expressed in the oral cavity, where it provides input on the caloric and macronutrient contents of ingested food. This receptor recognizes all the compounds (natural or artificial) perceived as sweet by people...
April 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388934/isolation-and-identification-of-a-new-strain-of-hirame-rhabdovirus-hirrv-from-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus-in-china
#19
Jialin Zhang, Xiaoqian Tang, Xiuzhen Sheng, Jing Xing, Wenbin Zhan
BACKGROUND: Hirame rhabdovirus virus (HIRRV) is a rhabdovirus that causes acute hemorrhage disease in fish culture, resulting in a great economic loss in parts of Asia and Europe. METHODS: In this study, we isolated a virus strain named as CNPo2015 from cultured Japanese flounder in Shandong province, China. Cell isolation, electron microscopic observation, RT-PCR detection and phylogenetic analysis were used for virus identification. Further, artificial infection experiment was conducted for virulence testing...
April 7, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388499/microfluidic-enhanced-3d-bioprinting-of-aligned-myoblast-laden-hydrogels-leads-to-functionally-organized-myofibers-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#20
Marco Costantini, Stefano Testa, Pamela Mozetic, Andrea Barbetta, Claudia Fuoco, Ersilia Fornetti, Francesco Tamiro, Sergio Bernardini, Jakub Jaroszewicz, Wojciech Święszkowski, Marcella Trombetta, Luisa Castagnoli, Dror Seliktar, Piotr Garstecki, Gianni Cesareni, Stefano Cannata, Alberto Rainer, Cesare Gargioli
We present a new strategy for the fabrication of artificial skeletal muscle tissue with functional morphologies based on an innovative 3D bioprinting approach. The methodology is based on a microfluidic printing head coupled to a co-axial needle extruder for high-resolution 3D bioprinting of hydrogel fibers laden with muscle precursor cells (C2C12). To promote myogenic differentiation, we formulated a tailored bioink with a photocurable semi-synthetic biopolymer (PEG-Fibrinogen) encapsulating cells into 3D constructs composed of aligned hydrogel fibers...
March 23, 2017: Biomaterials
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