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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544655/3d-bioprinting-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-constructs-for-in-situ-cell-proliferation-and-successive-multilineage-differentiation
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Qi Gu, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Jeremy M Crook
The ability to create 3D tissues from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) is poised to revolutionize stem cell research and regenerative medicine, including individualized, patient-specific stem cell-based treatments. There are, however, few examples of tissue engineering using iPSCs. Their culture and differentiation is predominantly planar for monolayer cell support or induction of self-organizing embryoids (EBs) and organoids. Bioprinting iPSCs with advanced biomaterials promises to augment efforts to develop 3D tissues, ideally comprising direct-write printing of cells for encapsulation, proliferation, and differentiation...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542191/spontaneous-cortical-activity-is-transiently-poised-close-to-criticality
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Gerald Hahn, Adrian Ponce-Alvarez, Cyril Monier, Giacomo Benvenuti, Arvind Kumar, Frédéric Chavane, Gustavo Deco, Yves Frégnac
Brain activity displays a large repertoire of dynamics across the sleep-wake cycle and even during anesthesia. It was suggested that criticality could serve as a unifying principle underlying the diversity of dynamics. This view has been supported by the observation of spontaneous bursts of cortical activity with scale-invariant sizes and durations, known as neuronal avalanches, in recordings of mesoscopic cortical signals. However, the existence of neuronal avalanches in spiking activity has been equivocal with studies reporting both its presence and absence...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541315/therapeutic-t-cell-engineering
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Michel Sadelain, Isabelle Rivière, Stanley Riddell
Genetically engineered T cells are powerful new medicines, offering hope for curative responses in patients with cancer. Chimaeric antigen receptors (CARs) are a class of synthetic receptors that reprogram lymphocyte specificity and function. CARs targeting CD19 have demonstrated remarkable potency in B cell malignancies. Engineered T cells are applicable in principle to many cancers, pending further progress to identify suitable target antigens, overcome immunosuppressive tumour microenvironments, reduce toxicities, and prevent antigen escape...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538142/an-introduction-to-infinite-hmms-for-single-molecule-data-analysis
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Ioannis Sgouralis, Steve Pressé
The hidden Markov model (HMM) has been a workhorse of single-molecule data analysis and is now commonly used as a stand-alone tool in time series analysis or in conjunction with other analysis methods such as tracking. Here, we provide a conceptual introduction to an important generalization of the HMM, which is poised to have a deep impact across the field of biophysics: the infinite HMM (iHMM). As a modeling tool, iHMMs can analyze sequential data without a priori setting a specific number of states as required for the traditional (finite) HMM...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537559/enforcement-of-developmental-lineage-specificity-by-transcription-factor-oct1
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Zuolian Shen, Jinsuk Kang, Arvind Shakya, Marcin Tabaka, Elke A Jarboe, Aviv Regev, Dean Tantin
Embryonic stem cells co-express Oct4 and Oct1, a related protein with similar DNA binding specificity. To study the role of Oct1 in ESC pluripotency and transcriptional control, we constructed germline and inducible-conditional Oct1 deficient ESC lines. ESCs lacking Oct1 show normal appearance, self-renewal and growth, but manifest defects upon differentiation. They fail to form beating cardiomyocytes, generate neurons poorly, form small, poorly differentiated teratomas, and cannot generate chimeric mice. Upon RA-mediated differentiation, Oct1 deficient cells induce lineage-appropriate developmentally poised genes poorly while lineage-inappropriate genes, including extra-embryonic genes, are inappropriately expressed...
May 24, 2017: ELife
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/28529386/a-century-of-progress-reading-interventions-for-students-in-grades-4-12-1914-2014
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Nancy K Scammacca, Garrett J Roberts, Eunsoo Cho, Kelly J Williams, Greg Roberts, Sharon R Vaughn, Megan Carroll
The history of research on interventions for struggling readers in Grades 4 through 12 dates back to 19th-century case studies of seemingly intelligent children who were unable to learn to read. Physicians, psychologists, educators, and others were determined to help them. In the process, they launched a century of research on a wide variety of approaches to reading intervention. As shown in this systematic narrative review, much has changed over time in the conceptualization of reading interventions and the methods used to determine their efficacy in improving outcomes for struggling readers...
September 2016: Review of Educational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526163/new-hypnotic-drug-development-and-pharmacologic-considerations-for-clinical-anesthesia
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REVIEW
Mariah Kincaid Tanious, Sascha S Beutler, Alan D Kaye, Richard D Urman
Since the public demonstration of ether as a novel, viable anesthetic for surgery in 1846, the field of anesthesia has continually sought the ideal anesthetic-rapid onset, potent sedation-hypnosis with a high therapeutic ratio of toxic dose to minimally effective dose, predictable clearance to inactive metabolites, and minimal side effects. This article aims to review current progress of novel induction agent development and provide an update on the most promising drugs poised to enter clinical practice. In addition, the authors describe trends in novel agent development, implications for health care costs, and implications for perioperative care...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516347/uniting-the-pre-health-humanities-with-the-introductory-composition-course
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Amy Rubens
Drawing on my experiences at a teaching-focused university, I show how locating the health humanities in first-year or introductory composition courses improves learning and offers an economical, flexible, and far-reaching approach to bringing a health humanities education to all baccalaureate-level learners, regardless of whether they aspire to careers in the health professions. In terms of improving learning, health humanities composition courses support the disciplinary aims of both fields. Accessible, relevant issues in the health humanities, such as interventions in health debates or representations of illness and healthcare settings, nourish the cognitive and social conditions needed to develop college-level writing skills...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515847/pacemaker-recycling-a-notion-whose-time-has-come
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Mason W Runge, Timir S Baman, Sheldon Davis, Kevin Weatherwax, Ed Goldman, Kim A Eagle, Thomas C Crawford
The purpose of this paper is to summarize the need, feasibility, safety, legality, and ethical perspectives of pacemaker reutilization in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It will also describe, in-depth, Project My Heart Your Heart (PMHYH) as a model for pacemaker reuse in LMICs. The primary source of the discussion points in this paper is a collection of 14 publications produced by the research team at the University of Michigan and its collaborative partners. The need for pacemaker reutilization in LMICs is evident...
April 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515251/new-treatment-options-for-the-management-of-multiple-myeloma
#11
Shaji K Kumar
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a complex disease characterized by considerable genetic heterogeneity. The updated NCCN Guidelines for MM have added new "preferred" regimens for transplant and nontransplant candidates, and have moved some formerly "preferred" regimens to the "other" category. Supportive care has improved outcomes for patients, and new treatments in combination have extended survival for patients with MM. Novel agents on the horizon are poised to raise the bar even further.
May 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514690/genomic-characterization-of-murine-monocytes-reveals-c-ebp%C3%AE-transcription-factor-dependence-of-ly6c-cells
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Alexander Mildner, Jörg Schönheit, Amir Giladi, Eyal David, David Lara-Astiaso, Erika Lorenzo-Vivas, Franziska Paul, Louise Chappell-Maor, Josef Priller, Achim Leutz, Ido Amit, Steffen Jung
Monocytes are circulating, short-lived mononuclear phagocytes, which in mice and man comprise two main subpopulations. Murine Ly6C(+) monocytes display developmental plasticity and are recruited to complement tissue-resident macrophages and dendritic cells on demand. Murine vascular Ly6C(-) monocytes patrol the endothelium, act as scavengers, and support vessel wall repair. Here we characterized population and single cell transcriptomes, as well as enhancer and promoter landscapes of the murine monocyte compartment...
May 16, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502770/an-atomic-structure-of-the-human-spliceosome
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Xiaofeng Zhang, Chuangye Yan, Jing Hang, Lorenzo I Finci, Jianlin Lei, Yigong Shi
Mechanistic understanding of pre-mRNA splicing requires detailed structural information on various states of the spliceosome. Here we report the cryo electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the human spliceosome just before exon ligation (the C(∗) complex) at an average resolution of 3.76 Å. The splicing factor Prp17 stabilizes the active site conformation. The step II factor Slu7 adopts an extended conformation, binds Prp8 and Cwc22, and is poised for selection of the 3'-splice site. Remarkably, the intron lariat traverses through a positively charged central channel of RBM22; this unusual organization suggests mechanisms of intron recruitment, confinement, and release...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501595/corticolimbic-circuitry-in-the-modulation-of-chronic-pain-and-substance-abuse
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REVIEW
Anna M W Taylor
The transition from acute to chronic pain is accompanied by increased engagement of emotional and motivational circuits. Adaptations within this corticolimbic circuitry contribute to the cellular and behavioral maladaptations associated with chronic pain. Central regions within the corticolimbic brain include the mesolimbic dopamine system, the amygdala, and the medial prefrontal cortex. The evidence reviewed herein supports the notion that chronic pain induces significant changes within these corticolimbic regions that contribute to the chronicity and intractability of pain...
May 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500267/impaired-mitochondrial-transcription-termination-disrupts-the-stromal-redox-poise-in-chlamydomonas
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Andreas Uhmeyer, Matteo Ballottari, Michela Cecchin, Lutz Wobbe
In photosynthetic eukaryotes, the metabolite exchange between chloroplast and mitochondria ensures efficient photosynthesis under saturating light conditions. The C. reinhardtii mutant stm6 is devoid of the mitochondrial transcription termination factor (mTERF) MOC1 and aberrantly expresses the mitochondrial genome, resulting in enhanced photosynthetic hydrogen production and diminished light tolerance. We analyzed the modulation of mitochondrial and chlororespiration during the acclimation of stm6 and the MOC1-complemented strain to excess light...
May 12, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497213/bone-pain-and-muscle-weakness-in-cancer-patients
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REVIEW
Daniel P Milgrom, Neha L Lad, Leonidas G Koniaris, Teresa A Zimmers
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this article, we will discuss the current understanding of bone pain and muscle weakness in cancer patients. We will describe the underlying physiology and mechanisms of cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP) and cancer-induced muscle wasting (CIMW), as well as current methods of diagnosis and treatment. We will discuss future therapies and research directions to help patients with these problems. RECENT FINDINGS: There are several pharmacologic therapies that are currently in preclinical and clinical testing that appear to be promising adjuncts to current CIBP and CIMW therapies...
May 11, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495507/up-and-away-five-decades-of-urologic-investigation-in-microgravity
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REVIEW
Michael S Leapman, Jeffrey A Jones, Karl Coutinho, Daniel Sagalovich, Maurice Garcia, Carl A Olsson, Jeffrey Stock
A renewed global interest in manned space-exploration has emerged, propelled by the challenge of reaching a new frontier: travel to the Red Planet, Mars. As the physiologic changes induced by microgravity bear direct relevance to the safety and viability of these goals, we provide a historical narrative of the urological investigations in space. We review the significant contributions to the understanding of the urologic consequences associated with exposure to microgravity, considerations for prolonged missions, and forward-looking efforts to manage emergent conditions remotely...
May 8, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493809/buildings-beauty-and-the-brain-a-neuroscience-of-architectural-experience
#18
Alex Coburn, Oshin Vartanian, Anjan Chatterjee
A burgeoning interest in the intersection of neuroscience and architecture promises to offer biologically inspired insights into the design of spaces. The goal of such interdisciplinary approaches to architecture is to motivate construction of environments that would contribute to peoples' flourishing in behavior, health, and well-being. We suggest that this nascent field of neuroarchitecture is at a pivotal point in which neuroscience and architecture is poised to extend to a neuroscience of architecture. In such a research program, architectural experiences themselves are the target of neuroscientific inquiry...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490440/human-memory-cd8-t-cell-effector-potential-is-epigenetically-preserved-during-in-vivo-homeostasis
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Hossam A Abdelsamed, Ardiana Moustaki, Yiping Fan, Pranay Dogra, Hazem E Ghoneim, Caitlin C Zebley, Brandon M Triplett, Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Ben Youngblood
Antigen-independent homeostasis of memory CD8 T cells is vital for sustaining long-lived T cell-mediated immunity. In this study, we report that maintenance of human memory CD8 T cell effector potential during in vitro and in vivo homeostatic proliferation is coupled to preservation of acquired DNA methylation programs. Whole-genome bisulfite sequencing of primary human naive, short-lived effector memory (TEM), and longer-lived central memory (TCM) and stem cell memory (TSCM) CD8 T cells identified effector molecules with demethylated promoters and poised for expression...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488234/microphysiological-human-brain-and-neural-systems-on-a-chip-potential-alternatives-to-small-animal-models-and-emerging-platforms-for-drug-discovery-and-personalized-medicine
#20
Alexander P Haring, Harald Sontheimer, Blake N Johnson
Translational challenges associated with reductionist modeling approaches, as well as ethical concerns and economic implications of small animal testing, drive the need for developing microphysiological neural systems for modeling human neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of microphysiological brain and neural systems-on-a-chip (NSCs) for modeling higher order trajectories in the human nervous system. Societal, economic, and national security impacts of neurological diseases, disorders, and injuries are highlighted to identify critical NSC application spaces...
May 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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