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Riccardo Gottardi, Uwe Hansen, Roberto Raiteri, Marko Loparic, Marcel Düggelin, Daniel Mathys, Niklaus F Friederich, Peter Bruckner, Martin Stolz
Cartilage matrix is a composite of discrete, but interacting suprastructures, i.e. cartilage fibers with microfibrillar or network-like aggregates and penetrating extrafibrillar proteoglycan matrix. The biomechanical function of the proteoglycan matrix and the collagen fibers are to absorb compressive and tensional loads, respectively. Here, we are focusing on the suprastructural organization of collagen fibrils and the degradation process of their hierarchical organized fiber architecture studied at high resolution at the authentic location within cartilage...
2016: PloS One
Rein M G J Houben, Peter J Dodd
BACKGROUND: The existing estimate of the global burden of latent TB infection (LTBI) as "one-third" of the world population is nearly 20 y old. Given the importance of controlling LTBI as part of the End TB Strategy for eliminating TB by 2050, changes in demography and scientific understanding, and progress in TB control, it is important to re-assess the global burden of LTBI. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We constructed trends in annual risk in infection (ARI) for countries between 1934 and 2014 using a combination of direct estimates of ARI from LTBI surveys (131 surveys from 1950 to 2011) and indirect estimates of ARI calculated from World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates of smear positive TB prevalence from 1990 to 2014...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Rong Fu, Yinping Meng, Yihao Wang, Hui Liu, Yi Liu, Lijuan Li, Shaoxue Ding, Guojin Wang, Jia Song, Zonghong Shao
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is a dangerous complication of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and has a high mortality rate. However, the mechanism underlying the development of thrombosis in PNH remains unclear. To explore this, platelet function and serum complement activity were investigated in 14 patients with classical PNH, 11 with PNH aplastic anemia (AA) and 30 healthy controls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Serum concentrations of the terminal complement complex (sC5b-9) were determined by enzyme-linked immunofluorescence assay (ELISA), and the levels of C5b-9, CD61 and CD62p on platelet membranes were determined by flow cytometry...
July 22, 2016: Thrombosis Research
Etienne Gaufrès, Nathalie Y-W Tang, Alexandre Favron, Charlotte Allard, François Lapointe, Vincent Jourdain, Said Tahir, Colin-Nadeau Brosseau, Richard Leonelli, Richard Martel
Liquid phase encapsulation of α-sexithiophene (6T) molecules inside individualized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is investigated using Raman imaging and spectroscopy. By taking advantage of the strong Raman response of this system, we probe the encapsulation isotherms at 30°C and 115°C using a statistical ensemble of SWCNTs deposited on a Si/SiO2 substrate. Two distinct and sequential stages of encapsulation are observed: Stage 1 is a one-dimensional (1D) aggregation of 6T aligned head-to-tail inside the nanotube and stage 2 proceeds with the assembly of a second row, giving pairs of aligned 6Ts stacked together side-by-side...
October 25, 2016: ACS Nano
Małgorzata Stępień, Katarzyna Piwowarow, Mirosław P Czarkowski
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiological situation of hepatitis B in Poland in 2014 in comparison with the previous years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The evaluation of the epidemiological situation was carried out on a basis of analysis of data from case-based reports on acute hepatitis B registered by sanitary and epidemiological stations, aggregate data derived from annual bulletins “Infectious diseases and poisonings in Poland”, data from annual bulletin “Vaccinations in Poland” and data on locally registered HBsAg carriers...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
Hao Liu, Wei Ye, Hai-Feng Chen
Acetylcholinesterase is a potent enzyme that regulates neurotransmission by rapidly hydrolyzing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in synapses of the nervous system. As drug target of anti-AD, it has catalytic and peripheral anionic sites. However, the regulation relation between these two sites is unclear. Therefore, we constructed dynamics fluctuation network based on all-atom molecular dynamics simulations to reveal the regulation mechanism. The results suggest that the correlation network in double site system (hAChE/TZ5) is distinctly different from that in the free state and single site systems (hAChE/huprine and hAChE/1YL)...
October 25, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Lydia Laninga-Wijnen, Zeena Harakeh, Christian Steglich, Jan K Dijkstra, René Veenstra, Wilma Vollebergh
This study examined whether peer norms for aggression within the classroom impact friendship selection, maintenance, and socialization processes related to aggression across the 1st year of secondary school (N = 1,134 students from 51 classes, Mage  = 12.66). As hypothesized, longitudinal social network analyses indicated that friendship selection and influence processes related to aggression depended on the popularity norm within the classroom (i.e., the class-level association between popularity and aggression) rather than the descriptive norm (aggregated average of aggressive behavior)...
October 25, 2016: Child Development
Xi Chen, Qi Li, Xiao-Xi Kan, Ya-Jie Wang, Yu-Jie Li, Qing Yang, Hong-Bin Xiao, Ying Chen, Xiao-Gang Weng, Wei-Yan Cai, Xiao-Xin Zhu
Metastasis of breast cancer is the vital step for malignant progression. During such a process, hematogenous metastasis is an indispensable approach for the dissemination of cancer cells. A platelet, contributes to hypercoagulable state, and is also identified the crucial factor in the coagulation system for supporting metastasis. Therefore, the relationship of a platelet and a tumor cell plays a critical role in tumor cell metastasis. Consequently, inhibiting tumor cell‑induced platelet aggregation (TCIPA) is recongnized as a crucial target on suppression of tumor metastasis such as aspirin (ASA)...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Fang Hu, Bin Liu
Bioprobes based on fluorogens with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics have been increasingly used in chemosensing and bioimaging due to their high sensitivity, photostability and biocompatibility. In this review, we summarize the design of cellular organelle specific (cytoplasm membrane, mitochondria, lysosomes, lipid droplets and nucleus) AIE bioprobes and their applications in organelle imaging, organelle bioactivity monitoring, and image-guided cancer cell ablation.
October 25, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
A R Docherty, A Moscati, R Peterson, A C Edwards, D E Adkins, S A Bacanu, T B Bigdeli, B T Webb, J Flint, K S Kendler
Biometrical genetic studies suggest that the personality dimensions, including neuroticism, are moderately heritable (~0.4 to 0.6). Quantitative analyses that aggregate the effects of many common variants have recently further informed genetic research on European samples. However, there has been limited research to date on non-European populations. This study examined the personality dimensions in a large sample of Han Chinese descent (N=10 064) from the China, Oxford, and VCU Experimental Research on Genetic Epidemiology study, aimed at identifying genetic risk factors for recurrent major depression among a rigorously ascertained cohort...
October 25, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
Boris Shenkman, Ivan Budnik, Yulia Einav, Hagit Hauschner, Mykhaylo Andrejchin, Uriel Martinowitz
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is commonly seen among patients with severe injury. The dynamic process of TIC is characterized by variability of the features of the disease. METHODS: A model of TIC was created. Hemodilution was produced by mixing the blood with 40% TRIS/saline solution, fibrinolysis by treating the blood with 160 ng/mL tPA, acidosis by adding 1.2 mg/mL lactic acid achieving pH 7.0-7.1, and hypothermia by running the assay at 31 °C...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Yiwen Ouyang, Jingyi Li, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
We recently defined a magnetic bead-based assay that exploited an agglutination-like response for DNA and applied it to DNA-containing cell enumeration using inexpensive benchtop hardware [ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 , 134 ( 12 ), 5689 - 96 ]. Although cost-efficient, the open-well format assay required numerous manual steps, and the magnetic field actuation scheme was not readily adaptable for integration. Here, we demonstrate a low-cost (<$2 in-lab), higher-throughput "pinwheel assay" platform that relies on a combination of a disposable rotation-driven microdisc (RDM), and a simple bidirectional rotating magnetic field (bi-RMF)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Mostafa Fakhraee, Mohammad Reza Gholami
The effects of ester addition on structural and dynamic properties of biodegradable ILs composed of the 1-(alkoxycarbonyl)-3-alkylimidazolium cation ([C1COOCnC1im](+), n = 1, 2, 4) coupled with [Br](-), [NO3](-), [BF4](-), [PF6](-), [TfO](-), and [Tf2N](-) are explored using the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) at 400 K. Formation of the intramolecular H bonds between O atoms of the ester group and H atoms of the imidazolium ring as well as the nearest H atom of the alkyl chain to the ester group are disclosed from reduced density gradient (RDG) results...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Pyeong-Koo Lee, Soonyoung Yu, Hye Jung Chang, Hye Young Cho, Min-Ju Kang, Byung-Gon Chae
Spherical black carbon aggregates were frequently observed in dust dry deposition in Daejeon, Korea. They were tens of micrometers in diameter and presented a mixture of black carbon and several mineral phases. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and selected area diffraction pattern (SADP) analyses confirmed that the aggregates were compact and included significant amounts of lead chromate (PbCrO4). The compositions and morphologies of the nanosized lead chromate particles suggest that they probably originated from traffic paint used in roads and were combined as discrete minerals with black carbon...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Robert K Andrews, Elizabeth E Gardiner
Proteolytic shedding of the extracellular ectodomain of platelet receptors provides a key mechanism for irreversible loss of ligand-binding capacity, and for regulating platelet function in health and disease. Platelets derived from megakaryocytes are small anucleate cells in peripheral blood, with the ability to rapidly adhere, become activated, and secrete an array of procoagulant and proinflammatory factors at sites of vascular injury or disease, and to form a platelet aggregate (thrombus) which is not only critical in normal hemostasis and wound healing, but in atherothrombotic diseases including myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Steven G Thomas, Natalie S Poulter, Danai Bem, Brenda Finney, Laura M Machesky, Stephen P Watson
A dynamic, properly organised actin cytoskeleton is critical for the production and haemostatic function of platelets. The Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASp) and Actin-Related Proteins 2 & 3 Complex (Arp2/3 complex) are critical mediators of actin polymerisation and organisation in many cell types. In platelets and megakaryocytes, these proteins have been shown to be important for proper platelet production and function. The cortactin family of proteins (Cttn & HS1) are known to regulate WASp-Arp2/3-mediated actin polymerisation in other cell types and so here we address the role of these proteins in platelets using knockout mouse models...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Beata Olas
Diet and nutrition have an important influence on the prophylaxis and progression of cardiovascular disease; one example is the inhibition of blood platelet functions by specific components of fruits and vegetables. Garlic, onion, ginger, dark chocolate and polyunsaturated fatty acids all reduce blood platelet aggregation. A number of fruits contain a range of cardioprotective antioxidants and vitamins, together with a large number of non-nutrient phytochemicals such as phenolic compounds, which may possess both antioxidant properties and anti-platelet activity...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Cheril Tapia-Rojas, Patricia V Burgos, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and the most frequent cause of dementia in the aged population. According to the amyloid hypothesis, the amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide plays a key role in the pathogenesis of AD. Aβ is generated from the amyloidogenic processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and can aggregate to form oligomers, which have been described as a major synaptotoxic agent in neurons. Dysfunction of Wnt signaling has been linked to increased Aβ formation; however, several other studies have argued against this possibility...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Jianjun Cheng, Siyu Xie, Yuan Yin, Xianmin Feng, Shuai Wang, Mingruo Guo, Chunlei Ni
BACKGROUND: Polymerized whey protein-sodium tripolyphosphate can be induced to gel in acidic environment provided during fermentation. The varieties of the thicken agent has influence on texture that is an essential aspect of yogurt quality affecting the consumer preference. Similar to polysaccharides stabilizers, the cold gelation properties of whey proteins can improve the body texture of yogurt products. Polymerized whey protein-sodium tripolyphosphate may be a favorable and interesting thickening agent for making set-yogurt...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Hassan Bardania, Seyed Abbas Shojaosadati, Farzad Kobarfard, Farid Dorkoosh, Marjan Esfahani Zadeh, Mahmoud Naraki, Mehrdad Faizi
Eptifibatide is an antiplatelet drug used for the treatment of thrombosis. However, as a result of its accumulation in non-targeted tissues and short half-life, it has a limited efficacy. In this study, RGD-modified nano-liposomes (RGD-MNL) were prepared as carriers for the targeted delivery of eptifibatide to activated platelets. The nano-liposomes were about 90 ± 10 nm in size, with an encapsulation efficiency of 37 ± 5 % and a good stability during 21 days, with a negligible change in the size of nanoliosomes...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
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