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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641108/high-speed-and-scalable-whole-brain-imaging-in-rodents-and-primates
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Kaoru Seiriki, Atsushi Kasai, Takeshi Hashimoto, Wiebke Schulze, Misaki Niu, Shun Yamaguchi, Takanobu Nakazawa, Ken-Ichi Inoue, Shiori Uezono, Masahiko Takada, Yuichiro Naka, Hisato Igarashi, Masato Tanuma, James A Waschek, Yukio Ago, Kenji F Tanaka, Atsuko Hayata-Takano, Kazuki Nagayasu, Norihito Shintani, Ryota Hashimoto, Yasuto Kunii, Mizuki Hino, Junya Matsumoto, Hirooki Yabe, Takeharu Nagai, Katsumasa Fujita, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma, Akemichi Baba, Hitoshi Hashimoto
Subcellular resolution imaging of the whole brain and subsequent image analysis are prerequisites for understanding anatomical and functional brain networks. Here, we have developed a very high-speed serial-sectioning imaging system named FAST (block-face serial microscopy tomography), which acquires high-resolution images of a whole mouse brain in a speed range comparable to that of light-sheet fluorescence microscopy. FAST enables complete visualization of the brain at a resolution sufficient to resolve all cells and their subcellular structures...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640578/the-insect-analogue-to-the-lotus-leaf-a-planthopper-wing-membrane-incorporating-a-low-adhesion-non-wetting-superhydrophobic-bactericidal-and-biocompatible-surface
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Gregory Shaun Watson, David W Green, Bronwen W Cribb, Christopher Leslie Brown, Christopher Merritt, Mark James Tobin, Jitraporn Vongsvivut, Ming-Xia Sun, Alping Liang, Jolanta Anna Watson
Nature has produced many intriguing and spectacular surfaces at the micro and nanoscales. These small surface decorations act for a singular or, in most cases, a range of functions. The minute landscape found on the lotus leaf is one such example, displaying anti-wetting behaviour and low adhesion with foreign particulate matter. Indeed the lotus leaf has often been considered the 'benchmark' for such properties. One could expect that there are animal counterparts of this self-drying and self-cleaning surface system...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636924/epithelial-folding-driven-by-apical-or-basal-lateral-modulation-geometric-features-mechanical-inference-and-boundary-effects
#3
Fu-Lai Wen, Yu-Chiun Wang, Tatsuo Shibata
During embryonic development, epithelial sheets fold into complex structures required for tissue and organ functions. Although substantial efforts have been devoted to identifying molecular mechanisms underlying epithelial folding, far less is understood about how forces deform individual cells to sculpt the overall sheet morphology. Here we describe a simple and general theoretical model for the autonomous folding of monolayered epithelial sheets. We show that active modulation of intracellular mechanics along the basal-lateral as well as the apical surfaces is capable of inducing fold formation in the absence of buckling instability...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633587/sarcomatoid-carcinoma-manifesting-as-recurrent-rectal-cancer-and-mimicking-radiation-induced-extraskeletal-osteosarcoma-a-case-report
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MiJo Lee, Hyun-Jin Son, Je-Ho Jang, Hyun-Young Han, Moon Hyang Park
Here, we report an unusual case of sarcomatoid carcinoma mimicking extraskeletal osteosarcoma that manifested as recurrent rectal cancer. Five years earlier, a 76-year-old male patient had undergone neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by a laparoscopic low anterior resection due to adenocarcinoma of the rectum. He was admitted because of pain in the anus and left hip. He underwent abdominal computed tomography that revealed a newly developed left perirectal mass with gluteus maximus invasion measuring up to 8 cm, and therefore, an abdominoperineal resection was performed...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633193/trictide-a-tricellulin-derived-peptide-to-overcome-cellular-barriers
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Jimmi Cording, Basak Arslan, Christian Staat, Sophie Dithmer, Susanne M Krug, Anneliese Krüger, Philipp Berndt, Ramona Günther, Lars Winkler, Ingolf E Blasig, Reiner F Haseloff
The majority of tight junction (TJ) proteins restrict the paracellular permeation of solutes via their extracellular loops (ECLs). Tricellulin tightens tricellular TJs (tTJs) and regulates bicellular TJ (bTJ) proteins. We demonstrate that the addition of recombinantly produced extracellular loop 2 (ECL2) of tricellulin opens cellular barriers. The peptidomimetic trictide, a synthetic peptide derived from tricellulin ECL2, increases the passage of ions, as well as of small and larger molecules up to 10 kDa, between 16 and 30 h after application to human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line 2...
June 20, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632159/better-than-membranes-at-the-origin-of-life
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Helen Greenwood Hansma
Organelles without membranes are found in all types of cells and typically contain RNA and protein. RNA and protein are the constituents of ribosomes, one of the most ancient cellular structures. It is reasonable to propose that organelles without membranes preceded protocells and other membrane-bound structures at the origins of life. Such membraneless organelles would be well sheltered in the spaces between mica sheets, which have many advantages as a site for the origins of life.
June 20, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632137/electrospun-silk-polyaniline-conduits-for-functional-nerve-regeneration-in-rat-sciatic-nerve-injury-model
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Suradip Das, Manav Sharma, Dhiren Saharia, Kushal Sarma, Elizabeth Muir, Utpal Bora
The present study describes the fabrication of polyaniline-silk fibroin nanocomposite based nerve conduits and its subsequent implantation in a rat sciatic nerve injury model for peripheral nerve regeneration. This is the first in vivo study of polyaniline based nerve conduit describing the safety and efficacy of the conduits in treating peripheral nerve injuries. The nanocomposite was synthesised by electrospinning a mixture of silk fibroin protein and polyaniline wherein the silk nanofibers were observed to be uniformly coated with polyaniline nanoparticles...
June 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631613/repairing-a-bone-defect-with-a-three-dimensional-cellular-construct-composed-of-a-multi-layered-cell-sheet-on-electrospun-mesh
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Zhiwei Ren, Shiqing Ma, Le Jin, Zihao Liu, Deping Liu, Xu Zhang, Qing Cai, Xiaoping Yang
In addition to providing maneuverability, electrospun nanofibrous meshes can make excellent supports for constructing flexible cell sheets to regulate cell behavior by nanofiber features. With the target of bone regeneration, herein composite nanofibers with two different fiber arrangements (nestlike, random) were electrospun from a blend solution containing poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) and gelatin (1:1 in weight ratio). Unlike the non-woven morphology in a random nanofibrous mesh, PLLA/gelatin composite nanofibers in the nestlike nanofibrous mesh displayed both non-woven and parallel morphologies...
June 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631481/3d-graphene-ni-foam-as-an-advanced-electrode-for-high-performance-non-aqueous-redox-flow-batteries
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Kyubin Lee, Jungkuk Lee, Kyeong-Woo Kwon, Min-Sik Park, Jin-Ha Hwang, Ki Jae Kim
Electrodes composed of multi-layered graphene grown on a metal foam (GMF) were prepared by directly growing multi-layer graphene sheets on a three-dimensional (3D) Ni-foam substrate via a self-catalyzing chemical vapor deposition process. The multi-layer graphene sheets are successfully grown on the Ni-foam substrate surface, maintaining the unique 3D macroporous structure of the Ni foam. The potential use of GMF electrodes in non-aqueous redox flow batteries (RFBs) is carefully examined using [Co(bpy)3]+/2+ and [Fe(bpy)3]2+/3+ redox couples...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630680/purely-entropic-self-assembly-of-the-bicontinuous-ia3d-gyroid-phase-in-equilibrium-hard-pear-systems
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Philipp W A Schönhöfer, Laurence J Ellison, Matthieu Marechal, Douglas J Cleaver, Gerd E Schröder-Turk
We investigate a model of hard pear-shaped particles which forms the bicontinuous Ia[Formula: see text]d structure by entropic self-assembly, extending the previous observations of Barmes et al. (2003 Phys. Rev. E68, 021708. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.68.021708)) and Ellison et al. (2006 Phys. Rev. Lett.97, 237801. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.97.237801)). We specifically provide the complete phase diagram of this system, with global density and particle shape as the two variable parameters, incorporating the gyroid phase as well as disordered isotropic, smectic and nematic phases...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630355/apical-and-basal-epitheliomuscular-f-actin-dynamics-during-hydra-bud-evagination
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Roland Aufschnaiter, Roland Wedlich-Söldner, Xiaoming Zhang, Bert Hobmayer
Bending of 2D cell sheets is a fundamental morphogenetic mechanism during animal development and reproduction. A critical player driving cell shape during tissue bending is the actin cytoskeleton. Much of our current knowledge about actin dynamics in whole organisms stems from studies of embryonic development in bilaterian model organisms. Here, we have analysed actin-based processes during asexual bud evagination in the simple metazoan Hydra We created transgenic Hydra strains stably expressing the actin marker Lifeact-GFP in either ectodermal or endodermal epitheliomuscular cells...
June 19, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630144/crmp-1-enhances-evl-mediated-actin-elongation-to-build-lamellipodia-and-the-actin-cortex
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Hui-Chia Yu-Kemp, James P Kemp, William M Brieher
Cells can control actin polymerization by nucleating new filaments or elongating existing ones. We recently identified CRMP-1 as a factor that stimulates the formation of Listeria monocytogenes actin comet tails, thereby implicating it in actin assembly. We now show that CRMP-1 is a major contributor to actin assembly in epithelial cells, where it works with the Ena/VASP family member EVL to assemble the actin cytoskeleton in the apical cortex and in protruding lamellipodia. CRMP-1 and EVL bind to one another and together accelerate actin filament barbed-end elongation...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629840/recapitulating-nature-s-design-myocardial-repair-with-cell-sheet-technology
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EDITORIAL
Leora B Balsam
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May 17, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629100/biomaterials-and-cells-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering-current-choices
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REVIEW
Rusha Chaudhuri, Madhumitha Ramachandran, Pearl Moharil, Megha Harumalani, Amit K Jaiswal
The major purpose of cardiac tissue engineering is to engineer cells on scaffolds and use it as a substitute to infarcted cardiac cells. With an ever-increasing risk of cardiac diseases there is an increasing need to have a stable and sustainable approach to cure such ailments. This review provides a comprehensive update on the cell sources and biomaterials essential for cardiac tissue engineering, ensuring their biocompatibility under a variety of conditions. Cells can be obtained from allogenic or autologous sources...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629083/effects-on-insulin-adsorption-due-to-zinc-and-strontium-substitution-in-hydroxyapatite
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Luisa A Scudeller, Elena Mavropoulos, Marcelo N Tanaka, Andrea M Costa, Carolina A C Braga, Elvis O López, Alexandre Mello, Alexandre M Rossi
Insulin-loaded calcium phosphate nanoparticles have been proposed as a potential drug delivery system for the oral treatment of diabetes and to stimulate bone cell proliferation and bone mineralization. The kinetics of insulin incorporation onto hydroxyapatite (HA) and Sr (SrHA)- and Zn (ZnHA)-substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles was investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, zeta potential measurements and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629074/tunable-green-graphene-silk-biomaterials-mechanism-of-protein-based-nanocomposites
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Fang Wang, S S Jyothirmayee Aravind, Hao Wu, Joseph Forys, Venkat Venkataraman, Kandalam Ramanujachary, Xiao Hu
Green graphene materials prepared by photoreduction of graphite oxide were first time blended with aqueous-based silk fibroin proteins to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of silk biomaterials, and their nanocomposite interaction mechanism was illustrated. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the complete exfoliation of graphite oxide to graphene in presence of focused pulses of solar radiation. By varying the concentration of graphene (0.1wt% to 10wt%), a series of free standing graphene-silk films were prepared and were systematically characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation measurements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629070/fabrication-of-chitosan-graphene-oxide-polymer-nanofiber-and-its-biocompatibility-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Lei Cao, Fei Zhang, Qiugen Wang, Xiaofeng Wu
In this work, Chitosan/Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/graphene oxide (GO) composite nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning technique. The prepared nanofibers were characterized by using various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. FESEM images have confirmed the uniform distributions of graphene oxide nanosheets in the nanofibers with self-assembly with chitosan/PVA chains. Additionally, the results of raman spectra confirmed the existence of GO sheets in the nanofibers. The tensile strength experiments revealed that the incorporation of GO increased the mechanical properties of nanofibers...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628777/effects-of-adipose-stem-cell-sheets-on-colon-anastomotic-leakage-in-an-experimental-model-proof-of-principle
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Panithi Sukho, Geesien S A Boersema, Abigael Cohen, Nicole Kops, Johan F Lange, Jolle Kirpensteijn, Jan Willem Hesselink, Yvonne M Bastiaansen-Jenniskens, Femke Verseijden
The most dreaded complication of colorectal surgery is anastomotic leakage. Adipose tissue-derived stem cell sheets (ASC sheets) prepared from temperature-responsive culture surfaces can be easily transplanted onto tissues. These sheets are proposed to improve cell transplant efficiency and enhance wound healing. The aim of this study was to investigate whether application of ASC sheets could prevent leakage of sutured colorectal anastomoses. Insufficient suturing of colorectal anastomoses was performed in Wistar rats to create a colorectal anastomotic leakage model...
June 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628612/novel-interplay-between-jnk-and-egfr-signaling-in-drosophila-dorsal-closure
#19
Tatyana Kushnir, Sharon Mezuman, Shaked Bar-Cohen, Rotem Lange, Ze'ev Paroush, Aharon Helman
Dorsal closure (DC) is a developmental process in which two contralateral epithelial sheets migrate to seal a large hole in the dorsal ectoderm of the Drosophila embryo. Two signaling pathways act sequentially to orchestrate this dynamic morphogenetic process. First, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling activity in the dorsal-most leading edge (LE) cells of the epidermis induces expression of decapentaplegic (dpp). Second, Dpp, a secreted TGF-β homolog, triggers cell shape changes in the adjacent, ventrally located lateral epidermis, that guide the morphogenetic movements and cell migration mandatory for DC...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627717/direction-dependent-contraction-forces-on-cell-boundaries-induce-collective-migration-of-epithelial-cells-within-their-sheet
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REVIEW
Katsuhiko Sato
During early embryonic development, epithelial cells form a monolayer sheet and migrate in a definite direction. This phenomenon, called epithelial cell migration, is an important topic in developmental biology. A characteristic feature of this process is attachment to adjacent cells during migration, which is necessary for maintaining the integrity of the sheet. However, it is unclear how these cohesive cells migrate without breaking their attachments. A mechanism for this phenomenon was recently proposed, in which direction-dependent contraction forces acting on cell boundaries induce unidirectional epithelial migration...
June 19, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
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