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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228014/solid-liquid-interfacial-free-energy-of-ice-ih-ice-ic-and-ice-0-within-a-mono-atomic-model-of-water-via-the-capillary-wave-method
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Michael Ambler, Bart Vorselaars, Michael P Allen, David Quigley
We apply the capillary wave method, based on measurements of fluctuations in a ribbon-like interfacial geometry, to determine the solid-liquid interfacial free energy for both polytypes of ice I and the recently proposed ice 0 within a mono-atomic model of water. We discuss various choices for the molecular order parameter, which distinguishes solid from liquid, and demonstrate the influence of this choice on the interfacial stiffness. We quantify the influence of discretisation error when sampling the interfacial profile and the limits on accuracy imposed by the assumption of quasi one-dimensional geometry...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225146/effect-of-the-microstructure-of-the-functional-layers-on-the-efficiency-of-perovskite-solar-cells
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REVIEW
Fuzhi Huang, Alexander R Pascoe, Wu-Qiang Wu, Zhiliang Ku, Yong Peng, Jie Zhong, Rachel A Caruso, Yi-Bing Cheng
The efficiencies of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have been rapidly approaching the benchmarks held by the leading thin-film photovoltaic technologies. Arguably, one of the most important factors leading to this rapid advancement is the ability to manipulate the microstructure of the perovskite layer and the adjacent functional layers within the device. Here, an analysis of the nucleation and growth models relevant to the formation of perovskite films is provided, along with the effect of the perovskite microstructure (grain sizes and voids) on device performance...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222420/camalexin-induced-cell-membrane-scrambling-and-cell-shrinkage-in-human-erythrocytes
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Mustafa Almasry, Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The thaliana phytoalexin Camalexin has been proposed for the treatment of malignancy. Camalexin counteracts tumor growth in part by stimulation of suicidal death or apoptosis of tumor cells. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms contributing to the complex machinery executing eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, protein kinase C and caspases...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221139/how-do-stones-form-is-unification-of-theories-on-stone-formation-possible
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Victoria Y Bird, Saeed R Khan
There are two basic pathways for formation of calcium based kidney stones. Most idiopathic calcium oxalate (CaOx) stones are formed in association with sub-epithelial plaques of calcium phosphate (CaP), known as Randall's plaques, on renal papillary surfaces. Crystal formation and retention within the terminal collecting ducts, the ducts of Bellini, leading to the formation of Randall's plugs, is the other pathway. Both pathways require supersaturation leading to crystallization, regulated by various crystallization modulators produced in response to changing urinary conditions...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221007/ionic-colloidal-molding-as-a-biomimetic-scaffolding-strategy-for-uniform-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Jian Zhang, Jinpeng Jia, Jimin P Kim, Hong Shen, Fei Yang, Qiang Zhang, Meng Xu, Wenzhi Bi, Xing Wang, Jian Yang, Decheng Wu
Inspired by the highly ordered nanostructure of bone, nanodopant composite biomaterials are gaining special attention for their ability to guide bone tissue regeneration through structural and biological cues. However, bone malformation in orthopedic surgery is a lingering issue, partly due to the high surface energy of traditional nanoparticles contributing to aggregation and inhomogeneity. Recently, carboxyl-functionalized synthetic polymers have been shown to mimic the carboxyl-rich surface motifs of non-collagenous proteins in stabilizing hydroxyapatite and directing intrafibrillar mineralization in-vitro...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218453/divergent-roles-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-actin-isoforms-during-spread-of-vaccinia-virus
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N Bishara Marzook, Sharissa L Latham, Helena Lynn, Christopher Mckenzie, Christine Chaponnier, Georges E Grau, Timothy P Newsome
Actin is a major component of the cytoskeleton and is present as two isoforms in non-muscle cells: β- and γ-cytoplasmic actin. These isoforms are strikingly conserved, differing by only four N-terminal amino acids. During spread from infected cells, vaccinia virus (VACV) particles induce localized actin nucleation that propel virus to surrounding cells and facilitate cell-to-cell spread of infection. Here we show that virus-tipped actin comets are composed of β- and γ-actin. We employed isoform-specific siRNA knockdown to examine the role of the two isoforms in VACV-induced actin comets...
February 20, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217933/cytology-of-the-neovagina-in-transgender-women-and-individuals-with-congenital-or-acquired-absence-of-a-natural-vagina
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A Grosse, C Grosse, D Lenggenhager, B Bode, U Camenisch, P Bode
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to describe the cytological findings of bowel and (penile) skin-lined neovaginas in patients with gender dysphoria (GD) and individuals with a congenital or acquired absence of a natural vagina. The secondary objective was to correlate the cytological findings with clinical characteristics such as oestrogen replacement therapy (ERT). METHODS: A retrospective review of an institutional pathology archive over a 15-year-period was performed to identify cytological samples of neovaginal vaults...
February 20, 2017: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215651/behaviour-of-nucleated-cells-in-various-types-of-pleural-effusion
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L Ferreiro, T Pereiro, E San José, M E Toubes, J Suárez-Antelo, J M Álvarez Dobaño, F J González Barcala, N Rodríguez Núñez, A Lama, L Valdés
INTRODUCTION: To know the behavior of cellular components of pleural fluid can help focus the differential diagnosis of a pleural effusion. Our objective was to assess their composition in different types of pleural effusions and assess whether it provides relevant clinical information. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Observational, cross-sectional and retrospective study in which the cellular components of pleural effusions of different etiology were analyzed. Pleural effusions were classified as neutrophilic, lymphocytic (≥50% of each one of them), eosinophilic (≥10%) or mesothelial (>5%) and were grouped into six diagnostic categories RESULTS: 1...
February 16, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214868/stimulation-of-phospholipid-scrambling-of-the-erythrocyte-membrane-by-9-cis-retinoic-acid
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Majed Abed, Kousi Alzoubi, Florian Lang, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuayn
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The endogenous retinoid 9-cis-retinoic acid has previously been shown to trigger apoptosis in a wide variety of cells including several tumor cells and has thus been suggested for the treatment of malignancy. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms participating in the accomplishment of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) and formation of ceramide...
January 31, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214860/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-adarotene
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Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaàa, MyriamFezai Fezai, Mustafa Almasry, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The atypical retinoid E23-(40-hydroxyl-30-adamantylbiphenyl-4-yl) acrylic acid (ST1926, adarotene) is used in the treatment of malignancy. The effect of ST1926 is at least in part due to stimulation of apoptosis. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Hallmarks of eryptosis include cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling involved in the stimulation of eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity [Ca2+]<Sub>i</Sub>, oxidative stress and ceramide...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210735/the-dehydrogenation-mechanism-during-the-incubation-period-in-nanocrystalline-mgh2
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Apurva Shantilal Gangrade, Akhil Aditya Varma, Nikhil Kishor Gor, Sweta Shriniwasan, Sankara Sarma V Tatiparti
The dehydrogenation mechanism during the incubation period in nanocrystalline MgH2 (low α: converted metal fraction and dα/dt) and the reasons for the occurrence of the incubation period at 320, 350, and 400 °C were investigated. Pre-existing Mg crystallites can enhance Mg nucleation during the incubation period, as suggested by the estimated activation energy for nucleation (12 ± 2 kJ per mol H). The released H-atoms enter MgH2 as interstitials, as indicated by the MgH2 unit-cell contraction, resulting in increased equatorial Mg-H bond length, decreased charge-density distribution in the interstitial region, as observed from the charge-density maps, and decreased H-H distance in the {001} plane up to the midway of the incubation period...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209483/a-new-size-based-platform-for-circulating-tumor-cell-detection-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Bo Young Oh, Jhingook Kim, Woo Yong Lee, Hee Cheol Kim
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) might play a significant role in cancer progression and metastasis. However, the ability to detect CTCs is limited, especially in cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition. In this study, we evaluated a new size-based CTC detection platform and its clinical efficacy in colorectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from 76 patients with colorectal cancer and 20 healthy control subjects for CTC analysis...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205490/diagnosing-feline-infectious-peritonitis-using-the-sysmex-xt-2000iv-based-on-frozen-supernatants-from-cavitary-effusions
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Angelica Stranieri, Saverio Paltrinieri, Alessia Giordano
The delta total nucleated cells (ΔTNC) measurement with the Sysmex XT-2000iV (Sysmex Europe, Norderstedt, Germany) has high diagnostic accuracy on effusions in feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) cases, but the test can be performed only on fresh samples. We evaluated whether supernatants from effusions retain the ability to induce cell clumping and assessed the diagnostic accuracy of this modified ΔTNC method. Effusions were collected from FIP cats ( n = 19) and from cats with other diseases ( n = 15). ΔTNC was measured on fresh samples and on frozen-thawed supernatants after the addition of feline blood at 1:10 dilution...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203403/clinic-application-of-tissue-engineered-bronchus-for-lung-cancer-treatment
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Qiang Tan, Ruijun Liu, Xiaoke Chen, Jingxiang Wu, Yinggen Pan, Shun Lu, Walter Weder, Qingquan Luo
BACKGROUND: Delayed revascularization process and substitute infection remain to be key challenges in tissue engineered (TE) airway reconstruction. We propose an "in-vivo bioreactor" design, defined as an implanted TE substitutes perfused with an intra-scaffold medium flow created by an extracorporeal portable pump system for in situ organ regeneration. The perfusate keeps pre-seeded cells alive before revascularization. Meanwhile the antibiotic inside the perfusate controls topical infection...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197783/freezing-nitrogen-ethanol-composite-may-be-a-viable-approach-for-cryotherapy-of-human-giant-cell-tumor-of-bone
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Po-Kuei Wu, Cheng-Fong Chen, Jir-You Wang, Paul Chih-Hsueh Chen, Ming-Chau Chang, Shih-Chieh Hung, Wei-Ming Chen
BACKGROUND: Liquid nitrogen has been used as adjuvant cryotherapy for treating giant cell tumor (GCT) of bone. However, the liquid phase and ultrafreezing (-196° C) properties increase the risk of damage to the adjacent tissues and may lead to perioperative complications. A novel semisolid cryogen, freezing nitrogen ethanol composite, might mitigate these shortcomings because of less-extreme freezing. We therefore wished to evaluate freezing nitrogen ethanol composite as a coolant to determine its properties in tumor cryoablation...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195650/cell-tube-block-a-new-technique-to-produce-cell-blocks-from-fluid-cytology-samples
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Ricardo Marcos, Marta Santos, Carla Marrinhas, Mario Caniatti
BACKGROUND: Cell blocks are widely used in human cytopathology. Several techniques have been proposed to convert fluid specimens into solid material, which after embedding in paraffin can be used for histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, or molecular testing. In contrast, only in the last few years, have cell blocks begun to be used in the veterinary field. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to present the production and features of cell tube blocks (CTB) with veterinary liquid samples...
February 13, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194011/self-organizing-actin-patterns-shape-membrane-architecture-but-not-cell-mechanics
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M Fritzsche, D Li, H Colin-York, V T Chang, E Moeendarbary, J H Felce, E Sezgin, G Charras, E Betzig, C Eggeling
Cell-free studies have demonstrated how collective action of actin-associated proteins can organize actin filaments into dynamic patterns, such as vortices, asters and stars. Using complementary microscopic techniques, we here show evidence of such self-organization of the actin cortex in living HeLa cells. During cell adhesion, an active multistage process naturally leads to pattern transitions from actin vortices over stars into asters. This process is primarily driven by Arp2/3 complex nucleation, but not by myosin motors, which is in contrast to what has been theoretically predicted and observed in vitro...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193873/two-types-of-amorphous-protein-particles-facilitate-crystal-nucleation
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Tomoya Yamazaki, Yuki Kimura, Peter G Vekilov, Erika Furukawa, Manabu Shirai, Hiroaki Matsumoto, Alexander E S Van Driessche, Katsuo Tsukamoto
Nucleation, the primary step in crystallization, dictates the number of crystals, the distribution of their sizes, the polymorph selection, and other crucial properties of the crystal population. We used time-resolved liquid-cell transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to perform an in situ examination of the nucleation of lysozyme crystals. Our TEM images revealed that mesoscopic clusters, which are similar to those previously assumed to consist of a dense liquid and serve as nucleation precursors, are actually amorphous solid particles (ASPs) and act only as heterogeneous nucleation sites...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187903/the-influence-of-trocar-fenestration-and-volume-on-connective-tissue-progenitor-cells-stem-cells-in-arthroscopic-bone-marrow-aspiration-from-the-proximal-humerus
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Andreas Voss, Mary Beth McCarthy, Hardeep Singh, Knut Beitzel, Jessica DiVenere, Mark P Cote, Alexander R Hoberman, Michael Nowak, Andreas B Imhoff, Augustus D Mazzocca
PURPOSE: To evaluate the number of connective tissue progenitor cells (CTPs) and nucleated cells obtained during bone marrow aspiration (BMA) from the proximal humerus using either a fenestrated or a nonfenestrated trocar and determine differences in varying amounts of aspiration volume. The first hypothesis was that the number of CTPs extracted with the fenestrated trocar would be greater due to its potential to extract more cells through its fenestrations. The second hypothesis was that using consecutive aspirations with either trocar would provide a consistent number of CTPs and nucleated cells throughout the aspiration with no significant decrease of cells at the end...
February 7, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181482/small-genomic-insertions-form-enhancers-that-misregulate-oncogenes
#20
Brian J Abraham, Denes Hnisz, Abraham S Weintraub, Nicholas Kwiatkowski, Charles H Li, Zhaodong Li, Nina Weichert-Leahey, Sunniyat Rahman, Yu Liu, Julia Etchin, Benshang Li, Shuhong Shen, Tong Ihn Lee, Jinghui Zhang, A Thomas Look, Marc R Mansour, Richard A Young
The non-coding regions of tumour cell genomes harbour a considerable fraction of total DNA sequence variation, but the functional contribution of these variants to tumorigenesis is ill-defined. Among these non-coding variants, somatic insertions are among the least well characterized due to challenges with interpreting short-read DNA sequences. Here, using a combination of Chip-seq to enrich enhancer DNA and a computational approach with multiple DNA alignment procedures, we identify enhancer-associated small insertion variants...
February 9, 2017: Nature Communications
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