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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532052/poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-modification-via-surface-initiated-atom-transfer-radical-polymerization-with-bio-inspired-phosphorylcholine
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Liu He, Lei Huang, Songbai Zhang, Yuanwei Chen, Xianglin Luo
Bio-inspired phosphorylcholine modification on material surface has shown great promise in constructing biocompatible materials. In this study, poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) (PMPC) was grown on poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) surface in order to suppress protein adsorption and cells adhesion and to improve blood compatibility. The initiator for surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP) was covalently tethered on PCL surface and then PMPC brushes with diverse graft amounts were grafted to PCL film...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531193/raman-microscopy-investigation-of-vitrification-induced-structural-damages-in-mature-bovine-oocytes
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Giulia Rusciano, Carolina De Canditiis, Gianluigi Zito, Marcello Rubessa, Maria Serena Roca, Rosa Carotenuto, Antonio Sasso, Bianca Gasparrini
Although oocyte cryopreservation has great potentials in the field of reproductive technologies, it still is an open challenge in the majority of domestic animals and little is known on the biochemical transformation induced by this process in the different cellular compartments. Raman micro-spectroscopy allows the non-invasive evaluation of the molecular composition of cells, based on the inelastic scattering of laser photons by vibrating molecules. The aim of this work was to assess the biochemical modifications of both the zona pellucida and cytoplasm of vitrified/warmed in vitro matured bovine oocytes at different post-warming times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529749/chondroblastic-osteosarcoma-arising-in-the-maxilla-mimicking-the-radiographic-and-histological-characteristics-of-cemento-osseous-lesions-a-case-report
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Bin-Bin Li, Jian-Yun Zhang, Yan Gao
Osteosarcomas of the jaw are comparatively rare and represent only 2-10% of all osteosarcomas. We herein present a rare case of an osteosarcoma exhibiting the radiographic and histological characteristics of cemento-osseous lesions in the alveolar ridge of the maxilla. A 53-year-old male patient presented with the complaint of gradual swelling of the left maxilla over 4 years. Radiography revealed an ill-defined radioopaque mass, intimately associated with the apices of the involved teeth, without a periosteal reaction...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528957/proteasomes-in-corneal-epithelial-cells-and-cultured-autologous-oral-mucosal-epithelial-cell-sheet-caomecs-graft-used-for-the-ocular-surface-regeneration
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Fawzia Bardag-Gorce, Richard Hoft, Imara Meepe, Julio Garcia, Kumar Tiger, Andrew Wood, Amanda Laporte, Derek Pan, Andrew Makalinao, Robert Niihara, Joan Oliva, Arjie Florentino, Amber M Gorce, Jeremy Stark, Daileen Cortez, Samuel W French, Yutaka Niihara
PURPOSE: This study focuses on characterizing proteasomes in corneal epithelial cells (CEC) and in cultured autologous oral mucosal epithelial cell sheets (CAOMECS) used to regenerate the ocular surface. METHODS: Limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) was surgically induced in rabbit corneas. CAOMECS was engineered and grafted onto corneas with LSCD to regenerate the ocular surface. RESULTS: LSCD caused an increase in inflammatory cells in the ocular surface, an increase in the formation of immunoproteasomes (IPR), and a decrease in the formation of constitutive proteasome (CPR)...
May 18, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525683/multilayer-microstructure-of-idiopathic-epiretinal-macular-membranes
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Claudio Azzolini, Terenzio Congiu, Simone Donati, Alberto Passi, Petra Basso, Eliana Piantanida, Cesare Mariotti, Francesco Testa, Simona M Caprani, Jennifer Cattaneo, Riccardo Vinciguerra
PURPOSE: To identify the ultramicroscopic structure of idiopathic epiretinal macular membranes (iEMMs) by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). METHODS: We examined 28 iEMMs surgically removed from 28 eyes of 28 patients. All specimens, previously observed at stereomicroscope, were treated with an osmium maceration technique. Fine resolution of iEMMs' 3D architecture and their interaction with the retina were studied using a Philips SEM-FEG XL-30 microscope. RESULTS: The specimens appeared as laminar connective structures partially or completely adherent to the inner limiting membrane (ILM)...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524861/an-apicobasal-gradient-of-rac-activity-determines-protrusion-form-and-position
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Africa Couto, Natalie Ann Mack, Lucrezia Favia, Marios Georgiou
Each cell within a polarized epithelial sheet must align and correctly position a wide range of subcellular structures, including actin-based dynamic protrusions. Using in vivo inducible transgenes that can sense or modify Rac activity, we demonstrate an apicobasal gradient of Rac activity that is required to correctly form and position distinct classes of dynamic protrusion along the apicobasal axis of the cell. We show that we can modify the Rac activity gradient in genetic mutants for specific polarity proteins, with consequent changes in protrusion form and position and additionally show, using photoactivatable Rac transgenes, that it is the level of Rac activity that determines protrusion form...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523326/hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-associated-with-thyroid-adenoma-with-h%C3%A3-rthle-cells-case-report
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Mihaela Stanciu, Liana Gabriela Bera, Mihaela Popescu, Florin Grosu, Florina Ligia Popa
Chronic thyroiditis may present a focal lesion, often-palpable abnormality, simulating nodular disease. The number and morphology of the Hürthle cells (HC) vary in the thyroid aspirate. Distinguishing between neoplastic and non-neoplastic HC lesions is difficult when using the fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). We present the case of a 46-year-old female with a large right nodular goiter and hypothyroidism and high titer of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO). The thyroid ultrasound showed a large well-defined nodule (more than 6...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522193/ph-triggered-re-assembly-of-nanosphere-to-nanofiber-the-role-of-peptide-conformational-change-for-enhanced-cancer-therapy
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Peiqing Liang, Junjiong Zheng, Shulin Dai, Jiayu Wang, Zhaoqing Zhang, Ting Kang, Changyun Quan
pH-triggered conformational change and subsequent re-assembly of nanostructures provide a new strategy in nanomedicine for controlled drug release and enhanced therapy. Here, we reported the development of a novel pH-responsive nano-assembly as a drug carrier from peptide amphiphile (PA) consisting of mimicking peptide and stearic acid moieties. The mimicking peptide is a basic 17-amino acid peptide derived from antennapedia homeodomain, and undergoes a conformational transition of the secondary structure from β-sheet at pH7...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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/28520430/fluorescence-dynamics-of-a-fret-probe-designed-for-crowding-studies
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Megan Currie, Hannah Leopold, Jacob Schwarz, Arnold J Boersma, Erin D Sheets, Ahmed A Heikal
Living cells are crowded with macromolecules and organelles. As a result, there is an urgent need for molecular sensors for quantitative, site-specific assessment of the macromolecular crowding effects on a myriad of biochemical processes towards quantitative cell biology and biophysics. Here we investigate the excited-state dynamics and translational diffusion of a novel FRET sensor (mCerulean-linker-mCitrine) in a buffer (PBS, pH 7.4) at room temperature. Complementary experiments were carried out on free CFP, YFP, and the cleaved FRET probe as controls...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518205/self-assembly-of-amphiphilic-tripeptides-with-sequence-dependent-nanostructure
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Jugal Kishore Sahoo, Calvin Nazareth, Michael A VandenBerg, Matthew J Webber
Supramolecular chemistry enables the creation of a diversity of nanostructures and materials. Many of these have been explored for applications as biomaterials and therapeutics. Among them, self-assembling peptides have been broadly applied. The structural diversity afforded from the library of amino acid building blocks has enabled control of emergent properties across length-scales. Here, we report on a family of amphiphilic tripeptides with sequence-controlled nanostructure. By altering one amino acid in these peptides, we can produce a diversity of nanostructures with different aspect-ratio and geometry...
May 18, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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/28513716/combining-light-harvesting-with-detachability-in-high-efficiency-thin-film-silicon-solar-cells
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Sanjay K Ram, Derese Desta, Rita Rizzoli, Michele Bellettato, Folmer Lyckegaard, Pia B Jensen, Bjarke R Jeppesen, Jacques Chevallier, Caterina Summonte, Arne Nylandsted Larsen, Peter Balling
Efforts to realize thin-film solar cells on unconventional substrates face several obstacles in achieving good energy-conversion efficiency and integrating light-management into the solar cell design. In this report a technique to circumvent these obstacles is presented: transferability and an efficient light-harvesting scheme are combined for thin-film silicon solar cells by the incorporation of a NaCl layer. Amorphous silicon solar cells in p-i-n configuration are fabricated on reusable glass substrates coated with an interlayer of NaCl...
May 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510436/direct-observations-of-graphene-dispersed-in-solution-by-twilight-fluorescence-microscopy
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Yutaka Matsuno, Yu-Uya Sato, Hikaru Sato, Masahito Sano
Graphene and graphene oxide (GO) in solution were directly observed by a newly developed twilight fluorescence (TwiF) microscopy. A nanocarbon dispersion is mixed with a highly concentrated fluorescent dye solution and placed in a cell with a viewing glass at the bottom. TwiF microscopy images the nanocarbon material floating within a few hundred m of the glass surface by utilizing two optical processes to provide a faintly illuminating backlight and visualizes GO as either a dark image by absorption and energy transfer processes or a bright image by alternation of fluorophore chemistry and autofluorescence...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507049/models-in-translational-oncology-a-public-resource-database-for-preclinical-cancer-research
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REVIEW
Claudia Galuschka, Rumyana Proynova, Benjamin Roth, Hellmut G Augustin, Karin Müller-Decker
The devastating diseases of human cancer are mimicked in basic and translational cancer research by a steadily increasing number of tumor models, a situation requiring a platform with standardized reports to share model data. Models in Translational Oncology (MiTO) database was developed as a unique Web platform aiming for a comprehensive overview of preclinical models covering genetically engineered organisms, models of transplantation, chemical/physical induction, or spontaneous development, reviewed here...
May 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505395/claudin-peptidomimetics-modulate-tissue-barriers-for-enhanced-drug-delivery
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Sophie Dithmer, Christian Staat, Carolin Müller, Min-Chi Ku, Andreas Pohlmann, Thoralf Niendorf, Nora Gehne, Petra Fallier-Becker, Ágnes Kittel, Fruzsina R Walter, Szilvia Veszelka, Maria A Deli, Rosel Blasig, Reiner F Haseloff, Ingolf E Blasig, Lars Winkler
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) formed by the microvascular endothelium limits cerebral drug delivery. The paraendothelial cleft is sealed by tight junctions (TJs) with a major contribution from claudin-5, which we selected as a target to modulate BBB permeability. For this purpose, drug-enhancer peptides were designed based on the first extracellular loop (ECL) of claudin-5 to allow transient BBB permeabilization. Peptidomimetics (C5C2 and derivatives, nanomolar affinity to claudin-5) size-selectively (≤40 kDa) and reversibly (12-48 h) increased the permeability of brain endothelial and claudin-5-transfected epithelial cell monolayers...
May 15, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503767/the-world-of-epithelial-sheets
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REVIEW
Hisao Honda
An epithelium is a layer of closely connected cells covering the body or lining a body cavity. In this review, several fundamental questions are addressed regarding the epithelium. (i) While an epithelium functions as barrier against the external environment, how is barrier function maintained during its construction? (ii) What determines the apical and basal sides of epithelial layer? (iii) Is there any relationship between the apical side of the epithelium and the apical membrane of an epithelial cell? (iv) Why are hepatocytes (liver cells) called epithelial, even though they differ completely from column-like shape of typical epithelial cells? Keeping these questions in mind, multiple shapes of epithelia were considered, extracting a few of their elemental processes, and constructing a virtual world of epithelia by combining them...
May 14, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503196/synthesis-and-analysis-of-separation-networks-for-the-recovery-of-intracellular-chemicals-generated-from-microbial-based-conversions
#18
Kirti M Yenkie, Wenzhao Wu, Christos T Maravelias
BACKGROUND: Bioseparations can contribute to more than 70% in the total production cost of a bio-based chemical, and if the desired chemical is localized intracellularly, there can be additional challenges associated with its recovery. Based on the properties of the desired chemical and other components in the stream, there can be multiple feasible options for product recovery. These options are composed of several alternative technologies, performing similar tasks. The suitability of a technology for a particular chemical depends on (1) its performance parameters, such as separation efficiency; (2) cost or amount of added separating agent; (3) properties of the bioreactor effluent (e...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501506/defective-neuronal-migration-and-inhibition-of-bipolar-to-multipolar-transition-of-migrating-neural-cells-by-mesoderm-specific-transcript-mest-in-the-developing-mouse-neocortex
#19
Liting Ji, Kausik Bishayee, Ali Sadra, Seunghyuk Choi, Wooyul Choi, Sungho Moon, Eek-Hoon Jho, Sung-Oh Huh
Brain developmental disorders such as lissencephaly can result from faulty neuronal migration and differentiation during the formation of the mammalian neocortex. The cerebral cortex is a modular structure, where developmentally, newborn neurons are generated as a neuro-epithelial sheet and subsequently differentiate, migrate and organize into their final positions in the cerebral cortical plate via a process involving both tangential and radial migration. The specific role of Mest, an imprinted gene, in neuronal migration has not been previously studied...
May 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500731/alternative-plasticizer-4-cyclohexene-1-2-dicarboxylic-acid-dinonyl-ester-for-blood-containers-with-protective-effects-on-red-blood-cells-and-improved-cold-resistance
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Yuki Morishita, Yusuke Nomura, Chie Fukui, Ayano Fujisawa, Kayo Watanabe, Hideo Fujimaki, Hidefumi Kumada, Kaoru Inoue, Tomomi Morikawa, Miwa Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Hideyuki Sakoda, Tomokazu Mukai, Toshiyasu Yuba, Ken-Ichi Inamura, Akito Tanoue, Ken-Ichi Miyazaki, Ung-Il Chung, Kumiko Ogawa, Midori Yoshida, Yuji Haishima
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), a typical plasticizer used for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is eluted from PVC-made blood containers and protects against red blood cell (RBC) hemolysis. However, concerns have arisen regarding the reproductive and developmental risks of DEHP in humans, and the use of alternative plasticizers for medical devices has been recommended worldwide. In this study, we propose that the use of a novel plasticizer, 4-cyclohexene-1,2-dicarboxylic acid dinonyl ester (DL9TH), could help produce more useful and safe blood containers...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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