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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327426/current-strategies-for-vitamin-e-biofortification-of-crops
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Laurent Mène-Saffrané, Sébastien Pellaud
Vitamin E refers to four tocopherols and four tocotrienols that are exclusively synthesized by photosynthetic organisms. While α-tocopherol is the most potent vitamin E compound, it is not the main form consumed since the composition of most major crops is dominated by γ-tocopherol. Nutritional studies show that populations of developed countries do not consume enough vitamin E and that a large proportion of individuals exhibit plasma α-tocopherol deficiency. Following the identification of vitamin E biosynthetic genes, several strategies including metabolic engineering, classic breeding and mutation breeding, have been undertaken to improve the vitamin E content of crops...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326054/dynamical-constants-and-time-universals-a-first-step-toward-a-metrical-definition-of-ordered-and-abnormal-cognition
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Mark A Elliott, Naomi du Bois
From the point of view of the cognitive dynamicist the organization of brain circuitry into assemblies defined by their synchrony at particular (and precise) oscillation frequencies is important for the correct correlation of all independent cortical responses to the different aspects of a given complex thought or object. From the point of view of anyone operating complex mechanical systems, i.e., those comprising independent components that are required to interact precisely in time, it follows that the precise timing of such a system is essential - not only essential but measurable, and scalable...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325445/nonlinear-model-on-pulsatile-flow-of-blood-through-a-porous-bifurcated-arterial-stenosis-in-the-presence-of-magnetic-field-and-periodic-body-acceleration
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R Ponalagusamy, S Priyadharshini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Background and Objective: The motivation of cardiovascular modeling is to understand the haemodynamic and mechanical factors in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Several investigations have been carried out by many authors to understand the flow properties of blood in modelling blood flows in the circulatory system. In the present article, the pulsatile flow of Herschel-Bulkley fluid through a bifurcated arterial stenosis in a porous medium with magnetic field and periodic body acceleration has been investigated in view of understanding the role of rheological behaviour of blood, stenotic height, bifurcation angle, magnetic field and porosity of wall in the initiation and proliferation of cardiovascular diseases...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322823/generating-tissue-topology-through-remodeling-of-cell-cell-adhesions
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Katharine Goodwin, Celeste M Nelson
During tissue morphogenesis, cellular rearrangements give rise to a large variety of three-dimensional structures. Final tissue architecture varies greatly across organs, and many develop to include combinations of folds, tubes, and branched networks. To achieve these different tissue geometries, constituent cells must follow different programs that dictate changes in shape and/or migratory behavior. One essential component of these changes is the remodeling of cell-cell adhesions. Invasive migratory behavior and separation between tissues require localized breakdown of cadherin-mediated adhesions...
March 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322223/origins-of-chemoreceptor-curvature-sorting-in-escherichia-coli
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Will Draper, Jan Liphardt
Bacterial chemoreceptors organize into large clusters at the cell poles. Despite a wealth of structural and biochemical information on the system's components, it is not clear how chemoreceptor clusters are reliably targeted to the cell pole. Here, we quantify the curvature-dependent localization of chemoreceptors in live cells by artificially deforming growing cells of Escherichia coli in curved agar microchambers, and find that chemoreceptor cluster localization is highly sensitive to membrane curvature. Through analysis of multiple mutants, we conclude that curvature sensitivity is intrinsic to chemoreceptor trimers-of-dimers, and results from conformational entropy within the trimer-of-dimers geometry...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322169/potential-therapeutic-strategies-of-regenerative-medicine-for-renal-failure
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Monica Maribel Mata-Miranda, Raul Jacobo Delgado-Macuil, Marlon Rojas-Lopez, Ricardo Martinez-Flores, Gustavo Jesus Vazquez-Zapien
Kidney diseases are a public health problem worldwide; the mortality rate is between 50 and 80%. Available therapies include replacement function by dialysis or transplant, associated with a high morbidity and mortality; kidney transplantation is limited by the shortage of donor organs, immune rejection and lifelong treatment with immunosuppressive. Likewise, none of these treatments compensates all kidney functions. There is a great concern in developing more effective therapies with the ability to replace the wide range of renal functions, so that, new researches on developing therapeutic strategies have focused on regenerative medicine, science that includes artificial creation of tissues and organs, in order to repair or replace a tissue or organ function...
March 17, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321182/sparse-and-specific-coding-during-information-transmission-between-co-cultured-dentate-gyrus-and-ca3-hippocampal-networks
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Daniele Poli, Srikanth Thiagarajan, Thomas B DeMarse, Bruce C Wheeler, Gregory J Brewer
To better understand encoding and decoding of stimulus information in two specific hippocampal sub-regions, we isolated and co-cultured rat primary dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons within a two-chamber device with axonal connectivity via micro-tunnels. We tested the hypothesis that, in these engineered networks, decoding performance of stimulus site information would be more accurate when stimuli and information flow occur in anatomically correct feed-forward DG to CA3 vs. CA3 back to DG. In particular, we characterized the neural code of these sub-regions by measuring sparseness and uniqueness of the responses evoked by specific paired-pulse stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320939/decoupling-local-mechanics-from-large-scale-structure-in-modular-metamaterials
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Nan Yang, Jesse L Silverberg
A defining feature of mechanical metamaterials is that their properties are determined by the organization of internal structure instead of the raw fabrication materials. This shift of attention to engineering internal degrees of freedom has coaxed relatively simple materials into exhibiting a wide range of remarkable mechanical properties. For practical applications to be realized, however, this nascent understanding of metamaterial design must be translated into a capacity for engineering large-scale structures with prescribed mechanical functionality...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320829/tissue-engineering-functional-gastrointestinal-regions-the-importance-of-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Andrew Trecartin, Tracy Grikscheit
The intestine shows extraordinary regenerative potential that might be harnessed to alleviate numerous morbid and lethal human diseases. The intestinal stem cells regenerate the epithelium every 5 days throughout an individual's lifetime. Understanding stem-cell signaling affords power to influence the niche environment for growing intestine. The manifold approaches to tissue engineering may be organized by variations of three basic components required for the transplantation and growth of stem/progenitor cells: (1) cell delivery materials or scaffolds; (2) donor cells including adult stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, and in vitro expansion of isolated or cocultured epithelial, smooth muscle, myofibroblasts, or nerve cells; and (3) environmental modulators or biopharmaceuticals...
March 20, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319028/optically-active-charge-transfer-in-hybrids-of-alq-sub-3-sub-nanoparticles-and-mos-sub-2-sub-monolayer
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Ganesh Ghimire, Krisnhna Dhakal, Guru Neupane, Seong Gi Jo, Hyun Kim, Changwon Seo, Young Lee, Jinsoo Joo, Jeongyong Kim
Organic/inorganic hybrid structures have been widely studied because of their enhanced physical and chemical properties. Monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (1L-TMDs) and organic nanoparticles can provide a hybridization configuration between zero- and two-dimensional systems with the advantages of convenient preparation and strong interface interaction. Here, we present such a hybrid system made by dispersing π-conjugated organic (tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum(III)) (Alq<sub>3</sub>) nanoparticles (NPs) on 1L-MoS<sub>2</sub>...
March 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318376/advances-in-on-chip-vascularization
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Kristina Haase, Roger D Kamm
Microfluidics is invaluable for studying microvasculature, development of organ-on-chip models and engineering microtissues. Microfluidic design can cleverly control geometry, biochemical gradients and mechanical stimuli, such as shear and interstitial flow, to more closely mimic in vivo conditions. In vitro vascular networks are generated by two distinct approaches: via endothelial-lined patterned channels, or by self-assembled networks. Each system has its own benefits and is amenable to the study of angiogenesis, vasculogenesis and cancer metastasis...
March 20, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317852/a-novel-biocontainment-strategy-makes-bacterial-growth-and-survival-dependent-on-phosphite
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Ryuichi Hirota, Kenji Abe, Zen-Ichiro Katsuura, Reiji Noguchi, Shigeaki Moribe, Kei Motomura, Takenori Ishida, Maxym Alexandrov, Hisakage Funabashi, Takeshi Ikeda, Akio Kuroda
There is a growing demand to develop biocontainment strategies that prevent unintended proliferation of genetically modified organisms in the open environment. We found that the hypophosphite (H3PO2, HPt) transporter HtxBCDE from Pseudomonas stutzeri WM88 was also capable of transporting phosphite (H3PO3, Pt) but not phosphate (H3PO4, Pi), suggesting the potential for engineering a Pt/HPt-dependent bacterial strain as a biocontainment strategy. We disrupted all Pi and organic Pi transporters in an Escherichia coli strain expressing HtxABCDE and a Pt dehydrogenase, leaving Pt/HPt uptake and oxidation as the only means to obtain Pi...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317183/defective-metal-organic-frameworks-incorporating-ir-based-metallo-ligands-sorption-and-dye-degradation-properties
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Li-Min Zheng, Kun Fan, Wei-Xuan Nie, Lu-Ping Wang, Chwen-Haw Liao, Song-Song Bao
Artificial control and engineering of metal-organic framework crystals with defects can endow them with suitable properties for application in gas storage, separation and catalysis. In this work, we synthesized a series of defective Ir-containing metal organic frameworks [Zn4(µ4-O)(Ir-A)2(1-x)(Ir-B)2x] (ZnIr-MOF-dx) by doping heterostructural linker Ir-BH3 into the parent [Zn4(µ4-O)(Ir-A)2] (ZnIr-MOF), where Ir-AH3 represents Ir(ppy-COOH)3 (ppyCOOH = 3-(pyridin-2-yl)benzoic acid) and Ir-BH3 is Ir(ppy-COOH)2(2-pyPO3H) (2-pyPO3H2 = 2-pyridylphosphonic acid)...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316432/blood-transfusion-safety-current-status-and-challenges-in-nigeria
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REVIEW
John C Aneke, Chide E Okocha
The attainment of blood transfusion safety in Nigeria (and probably the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa) remains an uphill task due to a number of factors, ranging from shortage of blood, poor implementation of blood transfusion guidelines, infrastructural deficits to high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs), particularly hepatitis and human immune deficiency viruses. We reviewed available data on blood transfusion practices and safety in Nigeria using the PubMed, PubMed Central, Google Scholar, and African Index Medicus search engines, through a combination of word and phrases relevant to the subject...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316259/the-adipose-stromal-vascular-fraction-as-a-complex-cellular-source-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Venkat M Ramakrishnan, Nolan L Boyd
A major challenge in tissue engineering is the generation of sufficient volumes of viable tissue for organ transplant. The development of a stable, mature vasculature is required to sustain the metabolic and functional activities of engineered tissues. Adipose stromal vascular fraction (SVF) cells are an easily accessible, heterogeneous cell system comprised of endothelial cells, macrophages, pericytes, and various stem cell populations. Collectively, SVF has been shown to spontaneously form vessel-like networks in vitro and robust, patent, and functional vasculatures in vivo...
March 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316244/electronic-properties-of-bimetallic-metal-organic-frameworks-mofs-tailoring-density-of-electronic-states-through-mof-modularity
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Ekaterina A Dolgopolova, Amy J Brandt, Otega Ejegbavwo, Audrey S Duke, Thathsara D Maddumapatabandi, Randima P Galhenage, Bryon W Larson, Obadiah Reid, Salai Cheettu Ammal, Andreas Heyden, Mvs Chandrashekhar, Vitalie Stavila, Donna A Chen, Natalia B Shustova
Development of porous well-defined hybrid materials (e.g., metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)) will add a new dimension to a wide number of applications ranging from supercapacitors and electrodes to "smart" membranes and thermoelectrics. From this perspective, understanding and tailoring electronic properties of MOFs is a key fundamental challenge that could unlock the full potential of these materials. In this work, we focused on the fundamental insights responsible for the electronic properties of three distinct classes of bimetallic systems, Mx-yM'y-MOFs, MxM'y-MOFs, and Mx(ligand-M'y)-MOFs, in which the second metal (M') incorporation occurs through: (i) metal (M) replacement in the framework nodes (type I), (ii) metal node extension (type II), and (iii) metal coordination to the organic ligand (type III), respectively...
March 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316238/exfoliation-of-covalent-organic-frameworks-into-few-layer-redox-active-nanosheets-as-cathode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Shan Wang, Qianyou Wang, Pengpeng Shao, Yuzhen Han, Xing Gao, Li Ma, Shuai Yuan, Xiaojie Ma, Junwen Zhou, Xiao Feng, Bo Wang
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) have attracted growing interest by virtue of their structural diversity and tunability. Herein, we present a novel approach for the development of organic rechargeable battery cathodes in which three distinct redox-active COFs were successfully prepared and delaminated into 2D few-layer nanosheets. Compared with the pristine COFs, the exfoliated COFs with shorter Li(+) diffusion pathways allow a significant higher utilization efficiency of redox sites and faster kinetics for lithium storage...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
#18
REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315745/production-of-low-expressing-recombinant-cationic-biopolymers-with-high-purity
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Xuguang Chen, Alireza Nomani, Niket Patel, Arash Hatefi
The growing complexity of recombinant biopolymers for delivery of bioactive agents requires the ability to control the biomaterial structure with high degree of precision. Genetic engineering techniques have provided this opportunity to synthesize biomaterials in an organism such as E. coli with full control over their lengths and sequences. One class of such biopolymers is recombinant cationic biopolymers with applications in gene delivery, regenerative medicine and variety of other biomedical applications...
March 15, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315439/interaction-of-chitin-chitosan-with-salivary-and-other-epithelial-cells-an-overview
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Sharvari Vijaykumar Patil, Lalitha S Y Nanduri
Chitin and its deacetylated form, chitosan, have been widely used for tissue engineering of both epithelial and mesenchymal tissues. Epithelial cells characterised by their sheet-like tight cellular arrangement and polarised nature, constitute a major component in various organs and play a variety of roles including protection, secretion and maintenance of tissue homeostasis. Regeneration of damaged epithelial tissues has been studied using biomaterials such as chitin, chitosan, hyaluronan, gelatin and alginate...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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