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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532013/exercise-enhance-the-ectopic-bone-formation-of-calcium-phosphate-biomaterials-in-muscles-of-mice
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Lijia Cheng, Shuo Yan, Jiang Zhu, Peiling Cai, Ting Wang, Zheng Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether exercise can enhance ectopic bone formation of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) biomaterials in muscles of mice. METHODS: Firstly, ten transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TRPV1) knockout mice (group KO) and ten C57BL/6 mice (group WT) were randomly chosen, 10μg Ca-P biomaterials were implanted into the thigh muscle pouch of each mouse which was far away from femur; after that, all animals were kept in open field for free exploration 5min, and the movement time and distance were automatically analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531798/environmental-hazard-assessment-of-a-marine-mine-tailings-deposit-site-and-potential-implications-for-deep-sea-mining
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Nélia C Mestre, Thiago L Rocha, Miquel Canals, Cátia Cardoso, Roberto Danovaro, Antonio Dell'Anno, Cristina Gambi, Francesco Regoli, Anna Sanchez-Vidal, Maria João Bebianno
Portmán Bay is a heavily contaminated area resulting from decades of metal mine tailings disposal, and is considered a suitable shallow-water analogue to investigate the potential ecotoxicological impact of deep-sea mining. Resuspension plumes were artificially created by removing the top layer of the mine tailings deposit by bottom trawling. Mussels were deployed at three sites: i) off the mine tailings deposit area; ii) on the mine tailings deposit beyond the influence from the resuspension plumes; iii) under the influence of the artificially generated resuspension plumes...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530745/self-assembling-peptide-and-protein-amyloids-from-structure-to-tailored-function-in-nanotechnology
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Gang Wei, Zhiqiang Su, Nicholas P Reynolds, Paolo Arosio, Ian W Hamley, Ehud Gazit, Raffaele Mezzenga
Self-assembled peptide and protein amyloid nanostructures have traditionally been considered only as pathological aggregates implicated in human neurodegenerative diseases. In more recent times, these nanostructures have found interesting applications as advanced materials in biomedicine, tissue engineering, renewable energy, environmental science, nanotechnology and material science, to name only a few fields. In all these applications, the final function depends on: (i) the specific mechanisms of protein aggregation, (ii) the hierarchical structure of the protein and peptide amyloids from the atomistic to mesoscopic length scales and (iii) the physical properties of the amyloids in the context of their surrounding environment (biological or artificial)...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530007/preventive-effect-of-cpp-acpf-paste-and-fluoride-toothpastes-against-erosion-and-erosion-plus-abrasion-%C3%A2-in-vitro-a-3d-profilometric-analysis
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Genaina Guimarães Soares, Pâmela Amorim Magalhães, Ana Beatriz Monteiro Fonseca, Monica Almeida Tostes, Eduardo Moreira da Silva, Thereza Christina Lopes Coutinho
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of CPP-ACPF paste and fluoride toothpastes on enamel subjected to erosion and erosion plus abrasion in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 220 human enamel blocks were divided into eleven groups (n = 20): CPP-ACPF paste (MPP), potassium nitrate/sodium fluoride toothpaste (PE), sodium fluoride toothpaste (FD), fluoride-free toothpaste (SO) and control (erosion only with no paste or toothpastes; CO) according to the experimental design: erosion or erosion plus abrasion immediately after erosion (ERO+I-ABR) or 30 min after erosion (ERO+30min-ABR)...
May 19, 2017: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527255/-oral-mucosa-analog-allografts-in-non-consanguineous-rats
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Luis González, Karla Padrón, Siham Salmen, Elsy Jerez, Lorena Dávila, Eduvigis Solórzano
INTRODUCTION: Although there are therapeutic options for the treatment of oral mucosa defects, the need for functional, anatomical and aesthetically similar substitutes persists, as well as for solutions to reduce autologous grafts morbidity. OBJECTIVE: To determine clinical and histological compatibility of equivalent oral mucosa allografts generated through tissue engineering in non-consanguineous rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a sample of oral mucosa from Sprague Dawley rats to obtain a fibroblast culture and a keratinocytes and fibroblasts co-culture...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
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Musabbir Khan, Chris G Pretty, Alexander C Amies, Joel Balmer, Houda E Banna, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximeters continuously monitor arterial oxygen saturation. Continuous monitoring of venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) would enable real-time assessment of tissue oxygen extraction (O2E) and perfusion changes leading to improved diagnosis of clinical conditions, such as sepsis. METHODS: This study presents the proof of concept of a novel pulse oximeter method that utilises the compliance difference between arteries and veins to induce artificial respiration-like modulations to the peripheral vasculature...
May 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525675/acellular-dermal-matrix-and-heel-reconstruction-a-new-prospective
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Alessandro Scalise, Matteo Torresetti, Federica Verdini, Marianna Capecci, Elisa Andrenelli, Alessandro Mengarelli, Maria Gabriella Ceravolo, Sandro Fioretti, Giovanni Di Benedetto
BACKGROUND: Heel reconstruction represents a challenge for all plastic surgeons due to the anatomical and functional features of this weight-bearing area. In the last decade a combined use of acellular dermal matrices and skin grafts has been proposed as a reliable and less invasive alternative for complex wound management; nevertheless only a few cases have been reported in the literature. METHODS: We describe the long-term outcome of 2 cases of severe degloving trauma of the plantar region with massive soft tissue defects of the foot, that underwent surgical reconstruction with artificial dermis and skin grafts...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525345/in-vitro-production-of-sudanese-camel-camelus-dromedarius-embryos-from-epididymal-spermatozoa-and-follicular-oocytes-of-slaughtered-animals
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A E Abdelkhalek, Sh A Gabr, W A Khalil, Sh M Shamiah, L Pan, G Qin, M H Farouk
Application of assisted reproductive technology in camelidea, such as artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer, has been slow in comparison to that for other livestock species. In Egypt, there are few attempts to establish in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) techniques in dromedary camel. The present study was carried out to produce Sudanese camel embryos using in vitro matured oocytes and epididymal spermatozoa. Dromedary camel ovaries were collected from abattoirs and then, the oocytes were aspirated from all the visible follicles on the ovarian surface (~2-8 mm in a diameter)...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522854/genetic-tools-to-study-juvenile-hormone-action-in-drosophila
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A A Baumann, M J Texada, H M Chen, J N Etheredge, D L Miller, S Picard, R Warner, J W Truman, L M Riddiford
The insect juvenile hormone receptor is a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH), Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) domain protein, a novel type of hormone receptor. In higher flies like Drosophila, the ancestral receptor germ cell-expressed (gce) gene has duplicated to yield the paralog Methoprene-tolerant (Met). These paralogous receptors share redundant function during development but play unique roles in adults. Some aspects of JH function apparently require one receptor or the other. To provide a foundation for studying JH receptor function, we have recapitulated endogenous JH receptor expression with single cell resolution...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522333/development-of-qsars-for-parameterizing-physiology-based-toxicokinetic-models
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Dimosthenis Α Sarigiannis, Krystalia Papadaki, Periklis Kontoroupis, Spyros P Karakitsios
A Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) model was developed in order to predict physicochemical and biochemical properties of industrial chemicals of various groups. This model was based on the solvation equation, originally proposed by Abraham. In this work Abraham's solvation model got parameterized using artificial intelligence techniques such as artificial neural networks (ANNs) for the prediction of partitioning into kidney, heart, adipose, liver, muscle, brain and lung for the estimation of the bodyweight-normalized maximal metabolic velocity (Vmax) and the Michaelis - Menten constant (Km)...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521114/msc-ecm-cellular-complexes-induce-periodontal-tissue-regeneration
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M Takewaki, M Kajiya, K Takeda, S Sasaki, S Motoike, N Komatsu, S Matsuda, K Ouhara, N Mizuno, T Fujita, H Kurihara
Transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which possess self-renewing properties and multipotency, into a periodontal defect is thought to be a useful option for periodontal tissue regeneration. However, developing more reliable and predictable implantation techniques is still needed. Recently, we generated clumps of an MSC/extracellular matrix (ECM) complex (C-MSC), which consisted of cells and self-produced ECM. C-MSCs can regulate their cellular functions in vitro and can be grafted into a defect site, without any artificial scaffold, to induce bone regeneration...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518129/cardiac-muscle-cell-based-actuator-and-self-stabilizing-biorobot-part-2
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Neerajha Nagarajan, Merrel T Holley, Christian Danielson, Kidong Park, Pinar Zorlutuna
In recent years, hybrid devices that consist of a living cell or tissue component integrated with a synthetic mechanical backbone have been developed. These devices, called biorobots, are powered solely by the force generated from the contractile activity of the living component and, due to their many inherent advantages, could be an alternative to conventional fully artificial robots. Here, we describe the methods to seed and characterize a biological actuator and a biorobot that was designed, fabricated, and functionalized in the first part of this two-part article...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512323/nicotine-in-floral-nectar-pharmacologically-influences-bumblebee-learning-of-floral-features
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D Baracchi, A Marples, A J Jenkins, A R Leitch, L Chittka
Many plants defend themselves against herbivores by chemical deterrents in their tissues and the presence of such substances in floral nectar means that pollinators often encounter them when foraging. The effect of such substances on the foraging behaviour of pollinators is poorly understood. Using artificial flowers in tightly-controlled laboratory settings, we examined the effects of the alkaloid nicotine on bumblebee foraging performance. We found that bumblebees confronted simultaneously with two equally rewarded nicotine-containing and nicotine-free flower types are deterred only by unnaturally high nicotine concentrations...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509506/anti-inflammatory-and-regenerative-effects-of-albanian-propolis-in-experimental-vital-amputations
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Aida Meto, Agron Meto, Bora Bimbari, Kastriot Shytaj, Mutlu Özcan
This study evaluated the effects of Albanian propolis on the inflamed pulpal tissue after pulpotomy in piglets. In five piglets, two teeth each were infected using special pathogenic microbial flora that was prepared in advance in order to cause inflammation of the pulp. Pulpotomy was performed in the maxillary and mandibular central and lateral incisors. Microbial flora pathogenesis prepared from the section of infected teeth, containing Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus viridans, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus albus and mixed flora were used to cause artificial pulpitis...
September 2016: European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507726/adapting-tissue-engineered-in-vitro-cns-models-for-high-throughput-study-of-neurodegeneration
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Caitriona O'Rourke, Charlotte Lee-Reeves, Rosemary Al Drake, Grant Ww Cameron, A Jane Loughlin, James B Phillips
Neurodegenerative conditions remain difficult to treat, with the continuing failure to see therapeutic research successfully advance to clinical trials. One of the obstacles that must be overcome is to develop enhanced models of disease. Tissue engineering techniques enable us to create organised artificial central nervous system tissue that has the potential to improve the drug development process. This study presents a replicable model of neurodegenerative pathology through the use of engineered neural tissue co-cultures that can incorporate cells from various sources and allow degeneration and protection of neurons to be observed easily and measured, following exposure to neurotoxic compounds - okadaic acid and 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506899/hepatoprotective-activities-of-antrodia-camphorata-and-its-triterpenoid-compounds-against-ccl4-induced-liver-injury-in-mice
#16
Zi-Wei Li, Yi Kuang, Shu-Nan Tang, Kai Li, Yun Huang, Xue Qiao, Si-Wang Yu, Yew-Min Tzeng, Jen-Yu Lo, Min Ye
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Antrodia camphorata (AC) is a rare and precious fungus indigenous to Taiwan used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of liver injury. Triterpenoids are the major bioactive constituents of A. camphorata and have been reported to possess hepatoprotective activities. To meet the increasing demand, artificial cultivation techniques have been developed. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aims to evaluate the hepatoprotective activities of AC samples derived from different cultivation techniques and to dissect the main active triterpenoid compounds...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506774/immunomodulatory-and-protective-effects-of-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-allograft-islet-composite-transplantation-for-experimental-autoimmune-type-1-diabetes
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Jamal Mohammadi Ayenehdeh, Bahare Niknam, Shim Rasouli, Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi, Hossein Rahavi, Nima Rezaei, Masoud Soleimani, Ali Liaeiha, Mohammad Hossein Niknam, Nader Tajik
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic islet transplantation could be an ideal alternative therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Adipose Tissue-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (AT-MSCs) characterized by immunomodulatory and protective effects may have the potential to improve the outcome of this highly immunogenic transplant. METHODS: Syngenic AT-MSCs along with allograft islets embedded in hydrogelic composite and transplanted intraperitoneally in Streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetic C57BL/6 mice...
May 12, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505483/the-effects-of-ingested-aqueous-aluminum-on-floral-fidelity-and-foraging-strategy-in-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
#18
Ana M Chicas-Mosier, Bree A Cooper, Alexander M Melendez, Melina Pérez, Devrim Oskay, Charles I Abramson
Pollinator decline is of international concern because of the economic services these organisms provide. Commonly cited sources of decline are toxicants, habitat fragmentation, and parasites. Toxicant exposure can occur through uptake and distribution from plant tissues and resources such as pollen and nectar. Metals such as aluminum can be distributed to pollinators and other herbivores through this route especially in acidified or mined areas. A free-flying artificial flower patch apparatus was used to understand how two concentrations of aluminum (2mg/L and 20mg/L) may affect the learning, orientation, and foraging behaviors of honey bees (Apis mellifera) in Turkey...
May 12, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504360/oxygen-extraction-fraction-mapping-at-3-tesla-using-an-artificial-neural-network-a-feasibility-study
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Sebastian Domsch, Bettina Mürle, Sebastian Weingärtner, Jascha Zapp, Frederik Wenz, Lothar R Schad
PURPOSE: The oxygen extraction fraction (OEF) is an important biomarker for tissue-viability. MRI enables noninvasive estimation of the OEF based on the blood-oxygenation-level-dependent (BOLD) effect. Quantitative OEF-mapping is commonly applied using least-squares regression (LSR) to an analytical tissue model. However, the LSR method has not yet become clinically established due to the necessity for long acquisition times. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) recently have received increasing interest for robust curve-fitting and might pose an alternative to the conventional LSR method for reduced acquisition times...
May 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503951/gold-nanoparticles-applications-from-artificial-enzyme-till-drug-delivery
#20
Kazem Golchin, Jafar Golchin, Shahrooz Ghaderi, Neda Alidadiani, Sajjad Eslamkhah, Masoud Eslamkhah, Soodabeh Davaran, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh
Today, nano-medicine promotes new therapeutics and diagnostics tools, including sensing of biomolecules as a biosensor, cancer chemotherapy and drug or gene delivery. Because of small size and biocompatibility of gold nanoparticles (GNPs), they become a good candidate for biological application. Also, thanks to their biological and chemical properties, they can mimic function of some enzymes including super oxide dismutase (SOD), esterase, etc. Also, biomaterials and bioengineering have grown so fast since the last decade for many therapeutic applications such as tissue regeneration...
May 14, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
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