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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534911/cellular-orientation-is-guided-by-strain-gradients
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Sophie Chagnon-Lessard, Hubert Jean-Ruel, Michel Godin, Andrew E Pelling
The strain-induced reorientation response of cyclically stretched cells has been well characterized in uniform strain fields. In the present study, we comprehensively analyse the behaviour of human fibroblasts subjected to a highly non-uniform strain field within a polymethylsiloxane microdevice. Our results indicate that the strain gradient amplitude and direction regulate cell reorientation through a coordinated gradient avoidance response. We provide critical evidence that strain gradient is a key physical cue that can guide cell organization...
May 23, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533420/igf1-stimulates-greater-muscle-hypertrophy-in-the-absence-of-myostatin-in-male-mice
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Alexander Hennebry, Jenny M Oldham, Tea Shavlakadze, Miranda Grounds, Philip Sheard, Marta Fiorotto, Shelley J Falconer, Heather K Smith, Carole Berry, Ferenc Jeanplong, Jeremy Bracegirdle, Kenneth G Matthews, Gina Nicholas, Monica Senna-Salerno, Trevor Watson, Christopher D McMahon
Insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and myostatin have opposing roles in regulating the growth and size of skeletal muscle, with IGF1 stimulating, and myostatin inhibiting, growth. However, it remains unclear whether these proteins have mutually dependent, or independent, roles. To clarify this issue, we crossed myostatin null (Mstn-/-) mice with mice over-expressing Igf1 in skeletal muscle (Igf1+) to generate six genotypes of male mice; wild-type (Mstn+/+), Mstn+/-, Mstn-/-, Mstn+/+:Igf1+, Mstn+/-:Igf1+ and Mstn-/-:Igf1+...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533262/acute-and-chronic-changes-in-rat-soleus-muscle-after-high-fat-high-sucrose-diet
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Kelsey H Collins, David A Hart, Ian C Smith, Anthony M Issler, Raylene A Reimer, Ruth A Seerattan, Jaqueline L Rios, Walter Herzog
The effects of obesity on different musculoskeletal tissues are not well understood. The glycolytic quadriceps muscles are compromised with obesity, but due to its high oxidative capacity, the soleus muscle may be protected against obesity-induced muscle damage. To determine the time-course relationship between a high-fat/high-sucrose (HFS) metabolic challenge and soleus muscle integrity, defined as intramuscular fat invasion, fibrosis and molecular alterations over six time points. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed a HFS diet (n = 64) and killed at serial short-term (3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 4 weeks) and long-term (12 weeks, 28 weeks) time points...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532683/the-essential-oil-from-the-twigs-of-cinnamomum-cassia-presl-inhibits-oxytocin-induced-uterine-contraction-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Lan Sun, Li-Na Liu, Jia-Chun Li, Yao-Zhong Lv, Shao-Bo Zong, Jun Zhou, Zheng-Zhong Wang, Jun-Ping Kou, Wei Xiao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The twigs and bark of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (Lauraceae) are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of tumor, abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, digestive system disease and inflammatory diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the inhibitory effect of the essential oil from the twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Presl (EOCC) on uterine contraction in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mouse uterine contraction was induced by oxytocin (OT) exposure following estradiol benzoate pretreatment...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530659/actin-cortex-architecture-regulates-cell-surface-tension
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Priyamvada Chugh, Andrew G Clark, Matthew B Smith, Davide A D Cassani, Kai Dierkes, Anan Ragab, Philippe P Roux, Guillaume Charras, Guillaume Salbreux, Ewa K Paluch
Animal cell shape is largely determined by the cortex, a thin actin network underlying the plasma membrane in which myosin-driven stresses generate contractile tension. Tension gradients result in local contractions and drive cell deformations. Previous cortical tension regulation studies have focused on myosin motors. Here, we show that cortical actin network architecture is equally important. First, we observe that actin cortex thickness and tension are inversely correlated during cell-cycle progression. We then show that the actin filament length regulators CFL1, CAPZB and DIAPH1 regulate mitotic cortex thickness and find that both increasing and decreasing thickness decreases tension in mitosis...
May 22, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530580/offgel-electrophoresis-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry-approach-compared-with-dna-based-pcr-method-for-authentication-of-meat-species-from-raw-and-cooked-ground-meat-mixtures-containing-cattle-meat-water-buffalo-meat-and-sheep-meat
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Basappa M Naveena, Deepak S Jagadeesh, A Jagadeesh Babu, T Madhava Rao, Veeranna Kamuni, S Vaithiyanathan, Vinayak V Kulkarni, Srikanth Rapole
The present study compared the accuracy of an OFFGEL electrophoresis and tandem mass spectrometry-based proteomic approach with a DNA-based method for meat species identification from raw and cooked ground meat mixes containing cattle, water buffalo and sheep meat. The proteomic approach involved the separation of myofibrillar proteins using OFFGEL electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE and protein identification by MALDI-TOF MS. Species-specific peptides derived from myosin light chain-1 and 2 were identified for authenticating buffalo meat spiked at a minimum 0...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530245/shifting-the-optimal-stiffness-for-cell-migration
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Benjamin L Bangasser, Ghaidan A Shamsan, Clarence E Chan, Kwaku N Opoku, Erkan Tüzel, Benjamin W Schlichtmann, Jesse A Kasim, Benjamin J Fuller, Brannon R McCullough, Steven S Rosenfeld, David J Odde
Cell migration, which is central to many biological processes including wound healing and cancer progression, is sensitive to environmental stiffness, and many cell types exhibit a stiffness optimum, at which migration is maximal. Here we present a cell migration simulator that predicts a stiffness optimum that can be shifted by altering the number of active molecular motors and clutches. This prediction is verified experimentally by comparing cell traction and F-actin retrograde flow for two cell types with differing amounts of active motors and clutches: embryonic chick forebrain neurons (ECFNs; optimum ∼1 kPa) and U251 glioma cells (optimum ∼100 kPa)...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530130/injectable-graft-substitute-active-on-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Michela Bosetti, Alessia Borrone, Massimiliano Leigheb, Prasad Shastri, Mario Cannas
With the aim to obtain an injectable bioactive scaffold that can accelerate bone formation in sinus lift augmentation, in bony void and in fracture repair, we have developed a three-dimensional (3D) jelly collagen containing Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3). Using an in vitro 3D culture model of bone fracture we show that the contraction of the collagen gel is mediated by Rho-kinase activation in osteoblasts. This contraction was cell concentration dependent and was increased by LPA which favored apposition and fastening of bone fragments approach...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530094/troponin-c-mutations-partially-stabilize-the-active-state-of-regulated-actin-and-fully-stabilize-the-active-state-when-paired-with-%C3%AE-14-tnt
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Tamatha Baxley, Dylan Johnson, Jose Renato Pinto, Joseph Michael Chalovich
Striated muscle contraction is regulated by the actin associated proteins tropomyosin and troponin. Activation of myosin ATPase activity is lowest in the absence of both Ca2+ and activating crossbridges (i.e. S1-ADP or rigor S1). Binding of activating species of myosin to actin at saturating Ca2+ stabilizes the most active state (M state) of actin-tropomyosin-troponin (regulated actin). Ca2+ binding alone produces partial stabilization of the active state. The extent of stabilization at saturating Ca2+ depends on the isoform of the troponin subunits, the phosphorylation state of troponin and, in the case of cardiac muscle, the presence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy producing mutants of troponin T and troponin I...
May 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529490/microgravity-induced-transcriptome-adaptation-in-mouse-paraspinal-longissimus-dorsi-muscle-highlights-insulin-resistance-linked-genes
#10
Guido Gambara, Michele Salanova, Stefano Ciciliot, Sandra Furlan, Martina Gutsmann, Gudrun Schiffl, Ute Ungethuem, Pompeo Volpe, Hanns-Christian Gunga, Dieter Blottner
Microgravity as well as chronic muscle disuse are two causes of low back pain originated at least in part from paraspinal muscle deconditioning. At present no study investigated the complexity of the molecular changes in human or mouse paraspinal muscles exposed to microgravity. The aim of this study was to evaluate longissimus dorsi adaptation to microgravity at both morphological and global gene expression level. C57BL/N6 male mice were flown aboard the BION-M1 biosatellite for 30 days (BF) or housed in a replicate flight habitat on ground (BG)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526784/trpv4-mediates-the-calcium-influx-required-for-flightless-non-muscle-myosin-interaction-and-collagen-remodeling
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P D Arora, M Di Gregorio, P He, C A McCulloch
Collagen remodeling by phagocytosis requires cell extension formation, which in turn involves interaction of the actin binding protein Flightless I (FliI) with non-muscle myosin IIA (NMMIIA) at cell-matrix adhesion sites. As Ca(2+) plays a central role in controlling actomyosin-dependent functions, we examined how Ca(2+) controls the generation of cell extensions and collagen remodeling. Ratio fluorimetry demonstrated localized Ca(2+) influx at extensions of fibroblasts. Western Blotting and qPCR showed high expression levels of the Ca(2+)-permeable, Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid-4 (TRPV4) channel, which co-immunoprecipitated with β1 integrin and localized to adhesions...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525898/ginsenoside-rg3-inhibits-the-senescence-of-prostate-stromal-cells-through-down-regulation-of-interleukin-8-expression
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Yanfei Peng, Ran Zhang, Lingfei Kong, Yongmei Shen, Da Xu, Fang Zheng, Jianwei Liu, Qian Wu, Bona Jia, Ju Zhang
Senescent stromal cells support the development of prostate cancer and are considered potential therapeutic targets. This research evaluated the regulatory effects of ginsenoside Rg3 on the senescence of prostatic stromal cells pre-incubated in medium supplemented with 0.5% fetal bovine serum. The results revealed that ginsenoside Rg3 decreased the number of stromal cells positively stained with a senescent cell marker (senescence-associated β-galactosidase). Ginsenoside Rg3 also increased the viability of stromal cells and promoted cell cycle transition from G0/G1 to S phase, as well as inhibited the carcinoma-associated fibroblast-like phenotype in prostate stromal cells, through the up-regulation of smooth muscle cell markers SM22 and smooth muscle myosin heavy chain...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525856/oleuropein-prevents-the-development-of-experimental-autoimmune-myocarditis-in-rats
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Jia-Ying Zhang, Zheng Yang, Kun Fang, Zhan-Li Shi, Dan-Hong Ren, Jing Sun
Oleuropein (OLE) is a natural secoiridoid that is derived from Olea europaea. OLE possesses cardioprotective effects in experimental models of hypertension, myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis and hyperlipidaemia. In the present study, the effects of OLE on experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) were evaluated. EAM in rats were induced by subcutaneous injections of porcine cardiac myosin. Cardiac function parameters, myocardial pathology, myocardial inflammatory cell infiltration and nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) expression were measured...
May 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524745/actin-cytoskeleton-regulates-functional-anchorage-migration-switch-during-t-cadherin-induced-phenotype-modulation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Agne Frismantiene, Emmanouil Kyriakakis, Boris Dasen, Paul Erne, Therese J Resink, Maria Philippova
Vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) switching between differentiated and dedifferentiated phenotypes is reversible and accompanied by morphological and functional alterations that require reconfiguration of cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion networks. Studies attempting to explore changes in overall composition of the adhesion nexus during SMC phenotype transition are lacking. We have previously demonstrated that T-cadherin knockdown enforces SMC differentiation, whereas T-cadherin upregulation promotes SMC dedifferentiation...
May 19, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524628/myenteric-neuroprotective-role-of-aspirin-in-acute-and-chronic-experimental-infections-with-trypanosoma-cruzi
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J Y Oda, M O Belém, T M Carlos, R Gouveia, B F C Luchetti, N M Moreira, C L Massocatto, S M Araújo, D M G Sant Ana, N C Buttow, P Pinge-Filho, E J A Araújo
BACKGROUND: Experimental and clinical studies have shown that myenteric neuron cell death during infection with Trypanosoma cruzi mainly occurs in the esophagus and colon, resulting in megaesophagus and megacolon, respectively. Evidence suggests that the cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX) is involved in the T. cruzi invasion process. The use of low-dose aspirin (ASA), a COX-1/COX-2 inhibitor, has been shown to reduce infection with T. cruzi. Therefore, in this study, we evaluated the effects of treatment with low-dose ASA on myenteric colonic neurons during murine infection with T...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522766/ontogeny-of-myosin-isoform-expression-and-prehensile-function-in-the-tail-of-the-gray-short-tailed-opossum-monodelphis-domestica
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Dylan R Thomas, Brad A Chadwell, Gary R Walker, Julio E Budde, John L VandeBerg, Michael T Butcher
Terrestrial opossums use their semi-prehensile tail for grasping nesting materials as opposed to arboreal maneuvering. We relate the development of this adaptive behavior with ontogenetic changes in myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform expression from 21 days to adulthood. Monodelphis domestica is expected to demonstrate a progressive ability to flex the distal tail up to age 7 months, when it should exhibit routine nest construction. We hypothesize that juvenile stages (3-7 months) will be characterized by retention of the neonatal isoform (MHC-Neo), along with predominant expression of fast MHC-2X and 2B, which will transition into greater MHC-1β and 2A isoform content as development progresses...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522765/exercise-training-in-tg%C3%AE-q-44-mice-during-the-progression-of-chronic-heart-failure-cardiac-vs-peripheral-soleus-muscle-impairments-to-oxidative-metabolism
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Bruno Grassi, Joanna Majerczak, Eleonora Bardi, Alessia Buso, Marina Comelli, Stefan Chlopicki, Magdalena Guzik, Irene Mavelli, Zenon Nieckarz, Desy Salvadego, Urszula Tyrankiewicz, Tomasz Skorka, Roberto Bottinelli, Jerzy A Zoladz, Maria Antonietta Pellegrino
Cardiac function, skeletal (soleus) muscle oxidative metabolism and the effects of exercise training were evaluated in a transgenic murine model (Tgαq*44) of chronic heart failure (CHF) during the critical period between the occurrence of an impairment of cardiac function and the stage at which overt cardiac failure ensues (i.e. from 10 to 12 months of age). Forty-eight Tgαq*44 mice and 43 wild-type (WT) FVB controls were randomly assigned to control groups and to groups undergoing 2 months of intense exercise training (spontaneous running on a instrumented wheel)...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520587/complementary-roles-of-nod2-in-hematopoietic-and-nonhematopoietic-cells-in-preventing-gut-barrier-dysfunction-dependent-on-mlck-activity
#18
Ziad Al Nabhani, Nicolas Montcuquet, Maryline Roy, Monique Dussaillant, Jean-Pierre Hugot, Frédérick Barreau
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease (CD) pathogenesis is multifactorial involving genetic and environmental factors. Loss of function mutations in the nucleotide oligomerization domain 2 (NOD2) gene are the main genetic risk factor for CD. Like patients with CD, Nod2 mice are characterized by an enhanced Th1 immune response and a defective mucosal barrier function evidenced by increased intestinal permeability. We previously showed that the latter is related to hematopoietic Nod2 deficiency. Our aim was to explore the mechanisms by which Nod2 expressed in the hematopoietic and in the nonhematopoietic compartments interplay to control epithelial paracellular permeability...
May 16, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513289/detection-of-meat-species-adulteration-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-and-a-proteogenomics-strategy
#19
Alberto Ruiz Orduna, Erik Husby, Charles T Yang, Dipankar Ghosh, Francis Beaudry
Due to the internationalization of food production and distribution, there has been a significant increase of food fraud in recent years. Food fraud can have serious health implications, and occurs when food manufacturers implement unethical practices such as making false label claims as well as using additives and fillers within their products to increase profitability. This has been a serious concern. Meat adulteration was examined using a well-defined proteogenomic annotation, carefully selected surrogate tryptic peptides and high-resolution mass spectrometry...
May 17, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513058/pro-myogenic-and-low-oxygen-culture-increases-expression-of-contractile-smooth-muscle-markers-in-human-fibroblasts
#20
Matija Veber, David Dolivo, Marsha Rolle, Tanja Dominko
Smooth muscle cells are essential for tissue engineering strategies to fabricate organs such as blood vessels, esophagus, and bladder, and to create disease models of these systems. In order for such therapies and models to be feasible, smooth muscle cells must be sourced effectively to enable production of large numbers of functional cells. In vitro, smooth muscle cells divide slowly and demonstrate short proliferative lifespans compared to other types of cells including stem cells and fibroblasts, limiting the number of cells that can be derived from expansion in culture of a primary isolation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
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