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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098434/method-for-the-unique-identification-of-hyperelastic-material-properties-using-full-field-measures-application-to-the-passive-myocardium-material-response
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Luigi E Perotti, Aditya V Ponnaluri, Shankarjee Krishnamoorthi, Daniel Balzani, Daniel B Ennis, William S Klug
Quantitative measurement of the material properties (e.g., stiffness) of biological tissues is poised to become a powerful diagnostic tool. There are currently several methods in the literature to estimating material stiffness and we extend this work by formulating a framework that leads to uniquely identified material properties. We design an approach to work with full field displacement data - i.e., we assume the displacement field due to the applied forces is known both on the boundaries and also within the interior of the body of interest - and seek stiffness parameters that lead to balanced internal and external forces in a model...
January 18, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095674/the-century-of-biology-and-the-evolving-role-of-medicinal-chemists-in-neuroscience
#2
Dario Doller
Society expects that the wave of contemporary new discoveries in biological sciences will soon lead to novel treatments for human diseases, including many devastating brain disorders. Historically, medicinal chemists have contributed to drug discovery teams in ways that synergize with those from their partner sciences, and help transform new knowledge into the ultimate tangible asset: a new drug. The optimal balance of resources and the right strategy to minimize the risk of late clinical failure may differ for different therapeutic indications...
January 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093237/transgenerational-epigenetics-integrating-soma-to-germline-communication-with-gametic-inheritance
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REVIEW
Abhay Sharma
Evidence supporting germline mediated epigenetic inheritance of environmentally induced traits has increasingly emerged over the past several years. Although the mechanisms underlying this inheritance remain unclear, recent findings suggest that parental gamete-borne epigenetic factors, particularly RNAs, affect post-fertilization and developmental gene regulation, ultimately leading to phenotypic appearance in the offspring. Complex processes involving gene expression and epigenetic regulation are considered to perpetuate across generations...
January 16, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088484/optimal-trajectories-of-brain-state-transitions
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Shi Gu, Richard F Betzel, Marcelo G Mattar, Matthew Cieslak, Philip R Delio, Scott T Grafton, Fabio Pasqualetti, Danielle S Bassett
The complexity of neural dynamics stems in part from the complexity of the underlying anatomy. Yet how white matter structure constrains how the brain transitions from one cognitive state to another remains unknown. Here we address this question by drawing on recent advances in network control theory to model the underlying mechanisms of brain state transitions as elicited by the collective control of region sets. We find that previously identified attention and executive control systems are poised to affect a broad array of state transitions that cannot easily be classified by traditional engineering-based notions of control...
January 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087629/jmjd2c-kdm4c-facilitates-the-assembly-of-essential-enhancer-protein-complexes-at-the-onset-of-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation
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Rute A Tomaz, Jennifer L Harman, Donja Karimlou, Lauren Weavers, Lauriane Fritsch, Tony Bou-Kheir, Emma Bell, Ignacio Del Valle Torres, Kathy K Niakan, Cynthia Fisher, Onkar Joshi, Hendrik G Stunnenberg, Edward Curry, Slimane Ait-Si-Ali, Helle F Jørgensen, Véronique Azuara
Jmjd2/Kdm4 H3K9-demethylases cooperate in promoting mouse embryonic stem cell (ESC) identity. However, little is known about their importance at the exit of ESC pluripotency. Here, we uncover that Jmjd2c facilitates this process by stabilizing the assembly of Mediator-Cohesin complexes at lineage-specific enhancers. Functionally, we show that Jmjd2c is required in ESCs to initiate appropriate gene expression programs upon somatic multi-lineage differentiation. In the absence of Jmjd2c, differentiation is stalled at an early post-implantation epiblast-like stage, while Jmjd2c-knockout ESCs remain capable of forming extra-embryonic endoderm derivatives...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076957/collapse-precedes-folding-in-denaturant-dependent-assembly-of-ubiquitin
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Govardhan Reddy, Dave Thirumalai
The folding of small protein Ubiquitin (Ub), which plays an indispensable role in targeting proteins for degradation and DNA damage response is complex. A number of experiments on Ub folding have reached differing conclusions regarding the relation between collapse and folding, and whether intermediates are populated. In order to resolve these vexing issues, we elucidate the denaturant-dependent thermodynamics and kinetics of Ub folding at low and neutral pH as a function of Guanidinium chloride and Urea using coarse-grained molecular simulations...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072897/building-on-success
#7
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Undaunted by what could be a challenging 2017 Texas legislative session, TMA is poised to build on significant successes medicine achieved over the past two legislative sessions, including reforming the state's Medicaid program and expanding graduate medical education opportunities. TMA will defend the patient-physician relationship against a backdrop of some potentially big shifts for Texas, such as a major review of the state's health professions licensing boards.
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071048/solvent-free-strategy-yields-size-and-shape-uniform-capsules
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Ana M S Costa, João F Mano
Capsules with a liquefied core were fabricated via the assembly of polymeric droplets induced by superamphiphobic surfaces. These highly repellent substrates exhibit distinct features such as (i) an easy and precise control over the particle size and shape, (ii) a high encapsulation efficiency, (iii) mild processing conditions, and (iv) the possibility to include any object in either a water or oil-based liquid core, which are not found on the current available strategies. As proof of concept, a photo-cross-linkable derivative of chitosan was used to produce the polymeric shell while a wealth variety of template cores were tested using a reversible cross-linking mechanism, interfacial gelation process or ice...
January 13, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069434/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-a-tep-gene-from-a-crustacean-reveals-its-transcriptional-regulation-mediated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jnk-pathways-and-its-broad-protective-roles-against-multiple-pathogens
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Chaozheng Li, Haoyang Li, Bang Xiao, Yonggui Chen, Sheng Wang, Kai Lǚ, Bin Yin, Sedong Li, Jianguo He
Thioester-containing proteins (TEPs) are present in a wide range of species from deuterostomes to protostomes and are thought to be involved in innate immunity. In the current study, a TEP gene homologous to insect TEPs (iTEP) from the crustacean Litopenaeus vannamei, named LvTEP1, is cloned and functionally characterized. The open reading frame (ORF) of LvTEP1 is 4383 bp in length, encoding a polypeptide of 1460 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 161.1 kDa LvTEP1, which is most similar to other TEPs from insects, contains some conserved sequence features, including a N-terminal signal peptide, a canonical thioester (TE) motif, and a C-terminal distinctive cysteine signature...
January 6, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069160/implementing-lung-cancer-screening-the-us-experience
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REVIEW
D R Aberle
The reduced lung cancer mortality observed with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening in the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) has led to annual screening in the United States as a covered benefit by both private insurers and the federal health insurance programme, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Reimbursement for screening requires data submission to a federal registry on all individuals, whether privately or federally insured. Data must document individual patient eligibility as well as shared decision-making regarding the benefits and risks of LDCT screening, smoking cessation counselling, and the importance of annual screening...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059953/lipoprotein-a-new-insights-from-modern-genomics
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Mehdi Afshar, George Thanassoulis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is the strongest independent genetic risk factor for both myocardial infarction and aortic stenosis. It has also been associated with other forms of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) including ischemic stroke. Its levels are genetically determined and remain fairly stable throughout life. Elevated Lp(a), above 50 mg/dl, affects one in five individuals worldwide. RECENT FINDINGS: Herein, we review the recent epidemiologic and genetic evidence supporting the causal role of Lp(a) in CVD, highlight recommendations made by European and Canadian guidelines regarding Lp(a) and summarize the rapidly evolving field of Lp(a)-lowering therapies including antisense therapies and Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin/Kexin Type 9 inhibitors...
January 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059435/acetoin-production-via-unbalanced-fermentation-in-shewanella-oneidensis
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Thea Bursac, Jeffrey A Gralnick, Johannes Gescher
This study describes the realization of an anoxic acetoin production process using the proteobacterium Shewanella oneidensis. Fermentative processes are of high biotechnological relevance since they offer high productivity and a low percentage of substrate consumption for anabolic processes. Nevertheless, the range of compounds that can be produced as sole end product of a fermentative process is limited, since the average oxidation state of substrate and products has to be identical in the absence of an external electron acceptor...
January 6, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059162/a-late-lineage-murine-neutrophil-precursor-population-exhibits-dynamic-changes-during-demand-adapted-granulopoiesis
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Min-Hyeok Kim, Dongchan Yang, Mirang Kim, Seon-Young Kim, Dongsup Kim, Suk-Jo Kang
Homeostasis of neutrophils-the blood cells that respond first to infection and tissue injury-is critical for the regulation of immune responses and regulated through granulopoiesis, a multi-stage process by which neutrophils differentiate from hematopoietic stem cells. Granulopoiesis is a highly dynamic process and altered in certain clinical conditions, such as pathologic and iatrogenic neutropenia, described as demand-adapted granulopoiesis. The regulation of granulopoiesis under stress is not completely understood because studies of granulopoiesis dynamics have been hampered by technical limitations in defining neutrophil precursors...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057215/the-role-of-epigenetic-regulation-in-transcriptional-memory-in-the-immune-system
#14
A M Woodworth, A F Holloway
The immune system is exquisitely poised to identify, respond to, and eradicate pathogens from the body, as well as to produce a more rapid and augmented response to a subsequent encounter with the pathogen. These cellular responses rely on the highly coordinated and rapid activation of gene expression programs as well as the ability of the cell to retain a memory of the initial gene response. It is clear that chromatin structure and epigenetic mechanisms play a crucial role in determining these gene responses, and in fact the immune system has proved an instructive model for investigating the multifaceted mechanisms through which the chromatin landscape contributes to gene expression programs...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057212/regulation-of-cellular-immune-responses-in-sepsis-by-histone-modifications
#15
W F Carson, S L Kunkel
Severe sepsis, septic shock, and related inflammatory syndromes are driven by the aberrant expression of proinflammatory mediators by immune cells. During the acute phase of sepsis, overexpression of chemokines and cytokines drives physiological stress leading to organ failure and mortality. Following recovery from sepsis, the immune system exhibits profound immunosuppression, evidenced by an inability to produce the same proinflammatory mediators that are required for normal responses to infectious microorganisms...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054639/rapid-recall-ability-of-memory-t-cells-is-encoded-in-their-epigenome
#16
Artem Barski, Suresh Cuddapah, Andrey V Kartashov, Chong Liu, Hiromi Imamichi, Wenjing Yang, Weiqun Peng, H Clifford Lane, Keji Zhao
Even though T-cell receptor (TCR) stimulation together with co-stimulation is sufficient for the activation of both naïve and memory T cells, the memory cells are capable of producing lineage specific cytokines much more rapidly than the naïve cells. The mechanisms behind this rapid recall response of the memory cells are still not completely understood. Here, we performed epigenetic profiling of human resting naïve, central and effector memory T cells using ChIP-Seq and found that unlike the naïve cells, the regulatory elements of the cytokine genes in the memory T cells are marked by activating histone modifications even in the resting state...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049701/three-dimensional-genome-organization-and-function-in-drosophila
#17
Yuri B Schwartz, Giacomo Cavalli
Understanding how the metazoan genome is used during development and cell differentiation is one of the major challenges in the postgenomic era. Early studies in Drosophila suggested that three-dimensional (3D) chromosome organization plays important regulatory roles in this process and recent technological advances started to reveal connections at the molecular level. Here we will consider general features of the architectural organization of the Drosophila genome, providing historical perspective and insights from recent work...
January 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049647/regulating-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-scn-circadian-clockwork-interplay-between-cell-autonomous-and-circuit-level-mechanisms
#18
REVIEW
Erik D Herzog, Tracey Hermanstyne, Nicola J Smyllie, Michael H Hastings
The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is the principal circadian clock of the brain, directing daily cycles of behavior and physiology. SCN neurons contain a cell-autonomous transcription-based clockwork but, in turn, circuit-level interactions synchronize the 20,000 or so SCN neurons into a robust and coherent daily timer. Synchronization requires neuropeptide signaling, regulated by a reciprocal interdependence between the molecular clockwork and rhythmic electrical activity, which in turn depends on a daytime Na(+) drive and nighttime K(+) drag...
January 3, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045456/redox-potential-as-a-master-variable-controlling-pathways-of-metal-reduction-by-geobacter-sulfurreducens
#19
Caleb E Levar, Colleen L Hoffman, Aubrey J Dunshee, Brandy M Toner, Daniel R Bond
Geobacter sulfurreducens uses at least two different pathways to transport electrons out of the inner membrane quinone pool before reducing acceptors beyond the outer membrane. When growing on electrodes poised at oxidizing potentials, the CbcL-dependent pathway operates at or below redox potentials of -0.10 V vs the standard hydrogen electrode, whereas the ImcH-dependent pathway operates only above this value. Here, we provide evidence that G. sulfurreducens also requires different electron transfer proteins for reduction of a wide range of Fe(III)- and Mn(IV)-(oxyhydr)oxides, and must transition from a high- to low-potential pathway during reduction of commonly studied soluble and insoluble metal electron acceptors...
January 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040473/electrochemical-reverse-engineering-a-systems-level-tool-to-probe-the-redox-based-molecular-communication-of-biology
#20
Jinyang Li, Yi Liu, Eunkyoung Kim, John C March, William E Bentley, Gregory F Payne
The intestine is the site of digestion and forms a critical interface between the host and the outside world. This interface is composed of host epithelium and a complex microbiota which is "connected" through an extensive web of chemical and biological interactions that determine the balance between health and disease for the host. This biology and the associated chemical dialogues occur within a context of a steep oxygen gradient that provides the driving force for a variety of reduction and oxidation (redox) reactions...
December 29, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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