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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236154/calcium-dynamics-in-tomato-pollen-tubes-using-the-yellow-cameleon-3-6-sensor
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María Laura Barberini, Lorena Sigaut, Weijie Huang, Silvina Mangano, Silvina Paola Denita Juarez, Eliana Marzol, José Estevez, Mariana Obertello, Lía Pietrasanta, Weihua Tang, Jorge Muschietti
In vitro tomato pollen tubes show a cytoplasmic calcium gradient that oscillates with the same period as growth. Pollen tube growth requires coordination between the tip-focused cytoplasmic calcium concentration ([Ca2+]cyt) gradient and the actin cytoskeleton. This [Ca2+]cyt gradient is necessary for exocytosis of small vesicles, which contributes to the delivery of new membrane and cell wall at the pollen tube tip. The mechanisms that generate and maintain this [Ca2+]cyt gradient are not completely understood...
December 13, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225183/ca2-mediates-axotomy-induced-necrosis-and-apoptosis-of-satellite-glial-cells-remote-from-the-transection-site-in-the-isolated-crayfish-mechanoreceptor
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Andrey Khaitin, Mikhail Rudkovskii, Anatoly Uzdensky
Severe nerve injury such as axotomy induces neuron degeneration and death of surrounding glial cells. Using a crayfish stretch receptor that consists of a single mechanoreceptor neuron enveloped by satellite glia, we showed that axotomy not only mechanically injures glial cells at the transection location, but also induces necrosis or apoptosis of satellite glial cells remote from the transection site. We studied Ca2+role in spontaneous or axotomy-induced death of remote glial cells. Stretch receptors were isolated using the original technique that kept the neuron connected to the ventral cord ganglion (control preparations)...
December 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216985/eplerenone-reduces-atrial-fibrillation-burden-without-preventing-atrial%C3%A2-electrical-remodeling
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Yoshio Takemoto, Rafael J Ramirez, Kuljeet Kaur, Oscar Salvador-Montañés, Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, Steven R Ennis, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Omer Berenfeld, José Jalife
BACKGROUND: The aldosterone inhibitor eplerenone (EPL) has been shown to reduce the incidence of atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with systolic heart failure, but the mechanism is unknown. OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that by reducing atrial dilation and fibrosis in the absence of heart failure, EPL also reduces AF burden and prevents AF perpetuation. METHODS: The authors conducted a randomized controlled study in 34 sheep that were atrially tachypaced (13 ± 1 week)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205275/antenatal-maternal-education-for-improving-postnatal-perineal-healing-for-women-who-have-birthed-in-a-hospital-setting
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REVIEW
Sonia M O'Kelly, Zena Eh Moore
BACKGROUND: The female perineum becomes suffused and stretched during pregnancy, and further strain during vaginal childbirth contributes to approximately 85% of women experiencing some degree of trauma to the perineal region. Multiple factors play a role in the type and severity of trauma experienced, including parity, delivery method, and local practices. There is ongoing debate about best midwifery practice to reduce perineal trauma. Once perineal trauma has occurred, treatment also varies greatly, depending on its degree and severity, local practice and customs, and personal preference...
December 4, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188650/-the-role-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-1-2-in-mediating-osteodifferentiation-of-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-induced-by-cyclic-stretch
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Song Jing, Ren Dapeng, Yan Shiguo, Lan Jing, Yuan Xiao, Guo Qingyuan, Qi Xiangmin
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of cyclic stretch that promotesthe osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) through the mediation of extracellular-signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). METHODS: hPDLCs were isolated through the explant method and cultured in vitro. hPDLCs were mechanically stimulated by a multi-channel cell-stress-loading system for 1, 3, 6, 12, and 24 h. The magnitude of stretch was 10% deformation, and the frequency was 0...
October 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170451/chemokines-protect-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-from-cell-death-induced-by-cyclic-mechanical-stretch
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Jing Zhao, Yuhei Nishimura, Akihiko Kimura, Kentaro Ozawa, Toshikazu Kondo, Toshio Tanaka, Masanori Yoshizumi
The pulsatile nature of blood flow exposes vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the vessel wall to cyclic mechanical stretch (CMS), which evokes VSMC proliferation, cell death, phenotypic switching, and migration, leading to vascular remodeling. These responses have been observed in many cardiovascular diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We have revealed that CMS of rat aortic smooth muscle cells (RASMCs) causes JNK- and p38-dependent cell death and that a calcium channel blocker and angiotensin II receptor antagonist decreased the phosphorylation of JNK and p38 and subsequently decreased cell death by CMS...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163203/cyclic-stretch-alters-vascular-reactivity-of-mouse-aortic-segments
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Arthur Leloup, Sofie De Moudt, Cor Van Hove, Paul Fransen
Large, elastic arteries buffer the pressure wave originating in the left ventricle and are constantly exposed to higher amplitudes of cyclic stretch (10%) than muscular arteries (2%). As a crucial factor for endothelial and smooth muscle cell function, cyclic stretch has, however, never been studied in ex vivo aortic segments of mice. To investigate the effects of cyclic stretch on vaso-reactivity of mouse aortic segments, we used the Rodent Oscillatory Tension Set-up to study Arterial Compliance (ROTSAC). The aortic segments were clamped at frequencies of 6-600 bpm between two variable preloads, thereby mimicking dilation as upon left ventricular systole and recoiling as during diastole...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162778/ryanodine-receptor-type-2-plays-a-role-in-the-development-of-cardiac-fibrosis-under-mechanical-stretch-through-tgf%C3%AE-1
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Zhiwen Ding, Jie Yuan, Yanyan Liang, Jian Wu, Hui Gong, Yong Ye, Guoliang Jiang, Peipei Yin, Yang Li, Guoping Zhang, Chunjie Yang, Junjie Guo, Zhidan Chen, Xingxu Wang, Liqing Weng, Yunzeng Zou
Ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR-2), the main Ca(2+) release channel from sarcoplasmic reticulum in cardiomyocytes, plays a vital role in the regulation ofmyocardial contractile function and cardiac hypertrophy. However, the role of RyR-2 in cardiac fibrosis during the development of cardiac hypertrophy remains unclear.In this study, we examined whether RyR-2 regulates TGFβ1, which is secreted from cardiomyocytes and exerts on cardiac fibrosis using cultured cardiomyocytes and cardiac fibroblasts of neonatal rats...
November 22, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161622/on-denny-brown-s-spastic-dystonia-what-is-it-and-what-causes-it
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REVIEW
Jakob Lorentzen, Maud Pradines, Jean-Michel Gracies, Jens Bo Nielsen
In this review, we will work around two simple definitions of two different entities, which most often co-exist in patients with lesions to central motor pathways: Spasticity is "Enhanced excitability of velocity-dependent responses to phasic stretch at rest", which will not be the subject of this review, while Spastic dystonia is tonic, chronic, involuntary muscle contraction in the absence of any stretch or any voluntary command (Gracies, 2005). Spastic dystonia is a much less well understood entity that will be the subject this review...
November 4, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157833/vasodilatory-effect-of-asafoetida-essential-oil-on-rat-aorta-rings-the-role-of-nitric-oxide-prostacyclin-and-calcium-channels
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Hassan Esmaeili, Mozhdeh Sharifi, Mansour Esmailidehaj, Mohammad Ebrahim Rezvani, Zeynab Hafizibarjin
BACKGROUND: Asafoetida is an oleo-gum resin mainly obtained from Ferula assa-foetida L. species in the apiaceae family. Previous studies have shown that it has antispasmodic effects on rat's and pig's ileums. PURPOSE: The main goals of this study were to assess the vasodilatory effect of asafoetida essential oil (AEO) on the contractile response of rat's aorta rings and to find the role of nitric oxide, cyclooxygenase, and calcium channels. Thoracic aorta rings were stretched under a steady-state tension of 1 g in an organ bath apparatus for 1 h and then precontracted by KCl (80 mM) in the presence and absence of AEO...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152668/the-role-of-astrocytic-calcium-and-trpv4-channels-in-neurovascular-coupling
#11
Allanah Kenny, Michael J Plank, Tim David
Neuronal activity evokes a localised change in cerebral blood flow in a response known as neurovascular coupling (NVC). Although NVC has been widely studied the exact mechanisms that mediate this response remain unclear; in particular the role of astrocytic calcium is controversial. Mathematical modelling can be a useful tool for investigating the contribution of various signalling pathways towards NVC and for analysing the underlying cellular mechanisms. The lumped parameter model of a neurovascular unit with both potassium and nitric oxide (NO) signalling pathways and comprised of neurons, astrocytes, and vascular cells has been extended to include the glutamate induced astrocytic calcium pathway with epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (EET) signalling and the stretch dependent TRPV4 calcium channel on the astrocytic endfoot...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141421/accuracy-of-trajectory-surface-hopping-methods-test-for-a-two-dimensional-model-of-the-photodissociation-of-phenol
#12
Weiwei Xie, Wolfgang Domcke
Trajectory surface hopping (TSH) methods have been widely used for the study of nonadiabatic molecular dynamics. In the present work, the accuracy of two TSH algorithms, Tully's fewest switching algorithm and an algorithm based on the Landau-Zener formula, has been critically evaluated in comparison with exact nonadiabatic quantum dynamics calculations for a model of the photoinduced hydrogen-atom dissociation reaction in phenol. The model consists of three electronic states (S0, (1)ππ(*), (1)πσ(*)) and two nuclear degrees of freedom (the OH stretching coordinate and CCOH dihedral angle) and displays two successive conical intersections ((1)ππ(*)/(1)πσ(*) and (1)πσ(*)/S0)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131824/predictive-model-identifies-key-network-regulators-of-cardiomyocyte-mechano-signaling
#13
Philip M Tan, Kyle S Buchholz, Jeffrey H Omens, Andrew D McCulloch, Jeffrey J Saucerman
Mechanical strain is a potent stimulus for growth and remodeling in cells. Although many pathways have been implicated in stretch-induced remodeling, the control structures by which signals from distinct mechano-sensors are integrated to modulate hypertrophy and gene expression in cardiomyocytes remain unclear. Here, we constructed and validated a predictive computational model of the cardiac mechano-signaling network in order to elucidate the mechanisms underlying signal integration. The model identifies calcium, actin, Ras, Raf1, PI3K, and JAK as key regulators of cardiac mechano-signaling and characterizes crosstalk logic imparting differential control of transcription by AT1R, integrins, and calcium channels...
November 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129524/urban-flood-mitigation-planning-for-guwahati-a-case-of-bharalu-basin
#14
Tanaya Sarmah, Sutapa Das
Guwahati, the capital city of Assam and the gateway to the seven north-eastern Indian states, is located in the Brahmaputra valley-one of the most flood prone regions of the world. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 1688 mm and is highly vulnerable towards frequent urban floods because of uncontrolled dumping of solid waste and siltation have choked the natural water channels. This coupled with the absence of an integrated drainage network and rapid urbanisation causes floods in many parts of the city, after a quick downpour...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126879/mechanical-stretch-increases-l-type-calcium-channel-stability-in-cardiomyocytes-through-a-polycystin-1-akt-dependent-mechanism
#15
A Córdova-Casanova, I Olmedo, J A Riquelme, G Barrientos, G Sánchez, T G Gillette, S Lavandero, M Chiong, P Donoso, Z Pedrozo
The L-type calcium channel (LTCC) is an important determinant of cardiac contractility. Therefore, changes in LTCC activity or protein levels could be expected to affect cardiac function. Several studies describing LTCC regulation are available, but only a few examine LTCC protein stability. Polycystin-1 (PC1) is a mechanosensor that regulates heart contractility and is involved in mechanical stretch-induced cardiac hypertrophy. PC1 was originally described as an unconventional Gi/o protein-coupled receptor in renal cells...
November 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118749/hoisting-loop-in-bacterial-multidrug-exporter-acrb-is-a-highly-flexible-hinge-that-enables-the-large-motion-of-the-subdomains
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Martijn Zwama, Katsuhiko Hayashi, Keisuke Sakurai, Ryosuke Nakashima, Kimie Kitagawa, Kunihiko Nishino, Akihito Yamaguchi
The overexpression of RND-type exporters is one of the main causes of multidrug resistance (MDR) in Gram-negative pathogens. In RND transporters, such as Escherichia coli's main efflux pump AcrB, drug efflux occurs in the porter domain, while protons flow through the transmembrane domain: remote conformational coupling. At the border of a transmembrane helix (TM8) and subdomain PC2, there is a loop which makes a hoisting movement by a random-coil-to-α-helix change, and opens and closes a drug channel entrance...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116758/robust-stacking-independent-ultrafast-charge-transfer-in-mos2-ws2-bilayers
#17
Ziheng Ji, Hao Hong, Jin Zhang, Qi Zhang, Wei Huang, Ting Cao, Ruixi Qiao, Can Liu, Jing Liang, Chuanhong Jin, Liying Jiao, Kebin Shi, Sheng Meng, Kaihui Liu
Van der Waals-coupled two-dimensional (2D) heterostructures have attracted great attentions recently due to their high potential in the next-generation photodetectors and solar cells. The understanding of charge-transfer process between adjacent atomic layers is the key to design optimal devices as it directly determines the fundamental response speed and photon-electron conversion efficiency. However, general belief and theoretical studies have shown that the charge transfer behaviour depends sensitively on interlayer configurations, which is difficult to control accurately, bringing great uncertainties in device designing...
November 8, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102268/red-blood-cell-motion-and-deformation-in-a-curved-microvessel
#18
Ting Ye, Nhan Phan-Thien, Chwee Teck Lim, Yu Li
The flow of cells through curved vessels is often encountered in various biomedical and bioengineering applications, such as red blood cells (RBCs) passing through the curved arteries in circulation, and cells sorting through a shear-induced migration in a curved channels. Most of past numerical studies focused on the cell deformation in small straight microvessels, or on the flow pattern in large curved vessels without considering the cell deformation. However, there have been few attempts to study the cell deformation and the associated flow pattern in a curved microvessel...
October 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093384/a-pilot-study-of-tranilast-for-cardiomyopathy-of-muscular-dystrophy
#19
Tsuyoshi Matsumura, Misa Matsui, Yuko Iwata, Masanori Asakura, Toshio Saito, Harutoshi Fujimura, Saburo Sakoda
Objective Heart failure is currently the most serious complication of muscular dystrophy. The transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily V, member 2 (TRPV2) is a stretch-sensitive Ca channel. In damaged myocytes or cardiomyocytes, TRPV2 translocates to the cytoplasmic membrane and enhances Ca influx, triggering cell damage. Evidence suggests that the inhibition of TRPV2 may be a new therapeutic target in heart failure. We found that tranilast, which is widely used as an anti-allergic drug, inhibits TRPV2...
November 1, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076295/calcium-phosphate-collagen-scaffold-with-aligned-pore-channels-for-enhanced-osteochondral-regeneration
#20
Yun-Jeong Seong, In-Gu Kang, Eun-Ho Song, Hyoun-Ee Kim, Seol-Ha Jeong
This study reports the development of a bilayered scaffold with aligned channels produced via a sequential coextrusion and unidirectional freezing process to facilitate upward bone-marrow stem-cell migration. The biomimetic scaffold with collagen and biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) layers is successfully fabricated with matching of the cartilage and bone layers. The aligned structure results in an enhancement of the compressive strength, and the channels enable tight anchoring of the collagen layers on the BCP scaffolds compared with a randomly structured porous scaffold...
October 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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