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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923062/the-kinematics-of-plant-nutation-reveals-a-simple-relation-between-curvature-and-the-orientation-of-differential-growth
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Renaud Bastien, Yasmine Meroz
Nutation is an oscillatory movement that plants display during their development. Despite its ubiquity among plants movements, the relation between the observed movement and the underlying biological mechanisms remains unclear. Here we show that the kinematics of the full organ in 3D give a simple picture of plant nutation, where the orientation of the curvature along the main axis of the organ aligns with the direction of maximal differential growth. Within this framework we reexamine the validity of widely used experimental measurements of the apical tip as markers of growth dynamics...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923057/the-effect-of-iron-fortification-on-iron-fe-status-and-inflammation-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Jingqiu Ma, Qianqian Sun, Jinrong Liu, Yanqi Hu, Shanshan Liu, Jie Zhang, Xiaoyang Sheng, K Michael Hambidge
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency (ID) is common in toddlers in developing countries. Iron fortified or meat-based complementary foods may be effective to prevent ID. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compare iron status at 18 months and growth from 6 to 18 months in rural poor toddlers fed 3 different complementary foods. METHODS: The study was nested within a larger trial in which 6-month-old infants were randomized to receive 50g/d meat (MG), an equi-caloric fortified cereal supplement (FG) or local cereal supplement (LG) for 1 year...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922730/anchoring-nitrogen-doped-tio2-nanocrystals-on-nitrogen-doped-3d-graphene-frameworks-for-enhanced-lithium-storage
#3
Yan Yu, Xiaowu Liu, Zhenzhong Yang, Lin Gu
An advanced architecture design of nitrogen doped TiO2 anchored on nitrogen doped 3D graphene frameworks composites (denoted as N-TiO2/N-3D GFs) have been fabricated by a facile template process and further NH3 treatment. The 3D graphene framework allows the electrolyte penetrate into the inverse opal structure and possess high electronic conductivity. The intimate contact between the N-TiO2 and the graphene suppresses the growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanoparticles during heating process, leading to decreased Li+ diffusion length...
December 6, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922696/down-syndrome-critical-region-1-positively-correlates-with-angiogenesis-in-hypopharyngeal-cancer
#4
Chao Lv, Dayu Liu, Xiaona Wei
Hypopharyngeal carcinoma has one of the highest mortality rates of head and neck cancer, therefore, the identification of markers associated with the pathogenesis and development of hypopharyngeal cancer is critical. Down syndrome critical region 1 (DSCR1) is associated with carcinogenesis and tumor growth in several types of malignancy. Activation of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway upregulates DSCR1. The aims of the present study were to determine the expression levels of DSCR1 and VEGF‑C in hypopharyngeal cancer, and investigate the association between DSCR1 and angiogenesis in the disease...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922687/immature-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-a-bridge-between-inflammation-and-cancer-review
#5
Caterina Musolino, Alessandro Allegra, Govanni Pioggia, Sebastiano Gangemi
Chronic inflammation is considered to be one of the hallmarks of tumor initiation and progression. Changes occurring in the microenvironment of progressing tumors resemble the process of chronic inflammation, which begins with ischemia followed by interstitial and cellular edema, appearance of immune cells, growth of blood vessels and tissue repair, and development of inflammatory infiltrates. Moreover, long‑term production and accumulation of inflammatory factors lead to local and systemic immunosuppression associated with cancer progression...
December 5, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922684/excess-mechanical-stress-and-hydrogen-peroxide-remodel-extracellular-matrix-of-cultured-human-uterosacral-ligament-fibroblasts-by-disturbing-the-balance-of-mmps-timps-via-the-regulation-of-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
#6
Qifan Zhang, Cheng Liu, Shasha Hong, Jie Min, Qing Yang, Ming Hu, Yang Zhao, Li Hong
The regulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by mechanical stress is of interest as the ECM is essential in the development of pelvic organ prolapse. In the present study, the effect of overexposure to mechanical stress on the ECM, and the probable underlying mechanisms in cultured human uterosacral ligament fibroblasts (hUSLFs), was explored. Mechanical stress has an effect on oxidation‑antioxidation products in parametrial ligament fibroblasts. Thus, hUSLFs were incubated with different concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to elucidate any potential interactions...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922681/cxcr4-promotes-cisplatin-resistance-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-a-cyp1b1-dependent-manner
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Songping Xie, Zhenbo Tu, Jie Xiong, Ganjun Kang, Lina Zhao, Weidong Hu, Haiyan Tan, Kingsley Miyanda Tembo, Qianshan Ding, Xinzhou Deng, Jie Huang, Qiuping Zhang
Chemoresistance is the main cause of treatment failure and high mortality in advanced lung cancer. Cisplatin, an important chemotherapeutic agent for lung cancer, has been observed to show enormously reduced chemotherapeutic efficacy owing to the development of chemoresistance. CXCR4, a stromal-derived-factor-1 specific chemokine receptor, is highly expressed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues and participates in cancer progression by regulating cell growth, apoptosis or invasion. In this study, we therefore investigated whether CXCR4 plays a role in the cisplatin associated resistance in NSCLC...
December 2, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922678/a-novel-rapid-point-of-care-test-for-lung-cancer-patients-to-detect-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-gene-mutations-by-using-real-time-droplet-pcr-and-fresh-liquid-cytology-specimens
#8
Shiho Asaka, Akihiko Yoshizawa, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Akemi Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Takayuki Shiina, Rie Nakata, Kaoru Ogawa, Meng Zhang, Takayuki Honda
Epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) mutations are associated with response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We developed a novel, rapid EGFR mutation assay using a real-time droplet-polymerase chain reaction machine (EGFR d-PCR assay). The purpose of this study was to validate the performance of the EGFR d-PCR assay using fresh liquid cytology specimens. We analyzed three major EGFR mutations (L858R in exon 21, E746_A750del in exon 19 and T790M in exon 20) in 80 fresh liquid cytology specimens of adenocarcinoma (ADC) or NSCLC-not otherwise specified (NOS) via the EGFR d-PCR assay and conventional real-time PCR assay using the therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR kit (Therascreen assay)...
December 2, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922672/2-methoxycinnamaldehyde-inhibits-the-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
#9
Young-Hee Jin, Soo-A Kim
The abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a crucial event in the development of atherosclerosis, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) is actively involved in this process by enhancing the proliferation and migration of VSMCs. 2-Methoxycinnamaldehyde (MCA) is a natural compound of Cinnamomum cassia. Although 2-hydroxycinnamaldehyde (HCA), another compound from Cinnamomum cassia, has been widely studied with regard to its antitumor activity, MCA has not attracted researchers' interest due to its mild toxic effects on cancer cells and its mechanisms of action remain unknown...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922668/dual-inhibition-using-cabozantinib-overcomes-hgf-met-signaling-mediated-resistance-to-pan-vegfr-inhibition-in-orthotopic-and-metastatic-neuroblastoma-tumors
#10
Estelle Daudigeos-Dubus, Ludivine Le Dret, Olivia Bawa, Paule Opolon, Albane Vievard, Irène Villa, Jacques Bosq, Gilles Vassal, Birgit Geoerger
MET is expressed on neuroblastoma cells and may trigger tumor growth, neoangiogenesis and metastasis. MET upregulation further represents an escape mechanism to various anticancer treatments including VEGF signaling inhibitors. We developed in vitro a resistance model to pan-VEGFR inhibition and explored the simultaneous inhibition of VEGFR and MET in neuroblastoma models in vitro and in vivo using cabozantinib, an inhibitor of the tyrosine kinases including VEGFR2, MET, AXL and RET. Resistance in IGR-N91-Luc neuroblastoma cells under continuous in vitro exposure pressure to VEGFR1-3 inhibition using axitinib was associated with HGF and p-ERK overexpression...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922591/re-assessment-of-net-energy-production-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions-avoidance-after-40-years-of-photovoltaics-development
#11
Atse Louwen, Wilfried G J H M van Sark, André P C Faaij, Ruud E I Schropp
Since the 1970s, installed solar photovoltaic capacity has grown tremendously to 230 gigawatt worldwide in 2015, with a growth rate between 1975 and 2015 of 45%. This rapid growth has led to concerns regarding the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of photovoltaics production. We present a review of 40 years of photovoltaics development, analysing the development of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions associated with photovoltaics production. Here we show strong downward trends of environmental impact of photovoltaics production, following the experience curve law...
December 6, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922483/clinicopathologic-and-prognostic-significance-of-gelatinase-a-in-tunisian-colorectal-cancer-a-case-control-study
#12
Dalel Ben Néjima, Yosr Ben Zarkouna, Pascal Pujol, Amor Gammoudi, Hamouda Boussen, Mohamed Manai
Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (gelatinase A) is a well-known mediator of cancer metastasis, but it is also thought to be involved in several aspects of cancer development, including cell growth and inflammation. In the present study, we investigate whether MMP-2 SNP, MMP-2 mRNAs, and MMP-2 protein are associated with the susceptibility to colorectal cancer in the Tunisian population. The TaqMan allele discrimination assay and DNA sequencing techniques were used for genotyping; MMP-2 expression of each genotype was analyzed by semiquantitative RT-PCR, and MMP-2 protein expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry staining...
January 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922179/a-carbon-dioxide-stripping-model-for-mammalian-cell-culture-in-manufacturing-scale-bioreactors
#13
Zizhuo Xing, Amanda M Lewis, Michael C Borys, Zheng Jian Li
Control of carbon dioxide within the optimum range is important in mammalian bioprocesses at the manufacturing scale in order to ensure robust cell growth, high protein yields, and consistent quality attributes. The majority of bioprocess development work is done in laboratory bioreactors, in which carbon dioxide levels are more easily controlled. Some challenges in carbon dioxide control can present themselves when cell culture processes are scaled up, because carbon dioxide accumulation is a common feature due to longer gas-residence time of mammalian cell culture in large scale bioreactors...
December 6, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922175/a-framework-to-quantify-karyotype-variation-associated-with-cho-production-instability
#14
Jong Youn Baik, Kelvin H Lee
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, major mammalian host cells for biomanufacturing of therapeutic proteins, have been extensively investigated to enhance productivity and product quality. However, cell line instability resulting in unexpected changes in productivity or product quality is challenging for biomanufacturing. Based on previous reports about causes and characteristics of production instability, we hypothesized that chromosomal rearrangements due to genomic instability are associated with production instability...
December 6, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922095/co-expression-network-analyses-identify-functional-modules-associated-with-development-and-stress-response-in-gossypium-arboreum
#15
Qi You, Liwei Zhang, Xin Yi, Kang Zhang, Dongxia Yao, Xueyan Zhang, Qianhua Wang, Xinhua Zhao, Yi Ling, Wenying Xu, Fuguang Li, Zhen Su
Cotton is an economically important crop, essential for the agriculture and textile industries. Through integrating transcriptomic data, we discovered that multi-dimensional co-expression network analysis was powerful for predicting cotton gene functions and functional modules. Here, the recently available transcriptomic data on Gossypium arboreum, including data on multiple growth stages of tissues and stress treatment samples were applied to construct a co-expression network exploring multi-dimensional expression (development and stress) through multi-layered approaches...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922047/new-arylated-benzo-h-quinolines-induce-anti-cancer-activity-by-oxidative-stress-mediated-dna-damage
#16
Dharmendra K Yadav, Reeta Rai, Naresh Kumar, Surjeet Singh, Sanjeev Misra, Praveen Sharma, Priyanka Shaw, Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, Ricardo L Mancera, Eun Ha Choi, Mi-Hyun Kim, Ramendra Pratap
The anti-cancer activity of the benzo[h]quinolines was evaluated on cultured human skin cancer (G361), lung cancer (H460), breast cancer (MCF7) and colon cancer (HCT116) cell lines. The inhibitory effect of these compounds on the cell growth was determined by the MTT assay. The compounds 3e, 3f, 3h and 3j showed potential cytotoxicity against these human cancer cell lines. Effect of active compounds on DNA oxidation and expression of apoptosis related gene was studied. We also developed a quantitative method to measure the activity of cyclin-dependent kinases-2 (CDK2) by western blotting in the presence of active compound...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921383/consumption-of-the-total-western-diet-differentially-affects-the-response-to-green-tea-in-rodent-models-of-chronic-disease-compared-to-the-ain93g-diet
#17
Robert E Ward, Abby D Benninghoff, Brett J Healy, Minghao Li, Bharath Vagu, Korry J Hintze
SCOPE: In pre-clinical studies investigating bioactive components, the efficacy of the bioactive is likely influenced by the basal diet provided to rodents. In this study, we hypothesized that a model bioactive, green tea extract (GTE), would have different effects on colon carcinogenesis, body composition, and lipid metabolism in mice fed a basal diet formulated to promote animal health and growth (AIN93G) as compared to a Western diet that emulates typical American intakes of micro- and macronutrients, the total Western diet (TWD)...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921317/effects-of-economics-and-demographics-on-global-fisheries-sustainability
#18
Qi Ding, Yali Wang, Xinjun Chen, Yong Chen
A good understanding of social factors that lead to marine ecological change is important to develop sustainable global fisheries. In this study we analyzed how economic prosperity and population growth in 122 nations might ultimately affect the sustainability of their marine ecosystems during the period of 1970-2010 using a balanced panel model. We used marine Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) catch, mean trophic level of fishery landings (MTL), the primary production required to sustain marine catch expressed as percentage of local primary production (%PPR), and the loss in secondary production index (L index) to indicate ecological changes in marine ecosystems...
December 6, 2016: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921302/the-role-of-embryo-movement-in-the-development-of-the-furcula
#19
A S Pollard, S Boyd, I M McGonnell, A A Pitsillides
The pectoral girdle is a complex structure which varies in its morphology between species. A major component in birds is the furcula, which can be considered equivalent to a fusion of the paired clavicles found in many mammals, and the single interclavicle found in many reptiles. These elements are a remnant of the dermal skeleton and the only intramembranous bones in the trunk. Postnatally, the furcula plays important mechanical roles by stabilising the shoulder joint and acting as a mechanical spring during flight...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921248/the-molecular-pathogenesis-of-schwannomatosis-a-paradigm-for-the-co-involvement-of-multiple-tumour-suppressor-genes-in-tumorigenesis
#20
REVIEW
Hildegard Kehrer-Sawatzki, Said Farschtschi, Victor-Felix Mautner, David N Cooper
Schwannomatosis is characterized by the predisposition to develop multiple schwannomas and, less commonly, meningiomas. Despite the clinical overlap with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), schwannomatosis is not caused by germline NF2 gene mutations. Instead, germline mutations of either the SMARCB1 or LZTR1 tumour suppressor genes have been identified in 86% of familial and 40% of sporadic schwannomatosis patients. In contrast to patients with rhabdoid tumours, which are due to complete loss-of-function SMARCB1 mutations, individuals with schwannomatosis harbour predominantly hypomorphic SMARCB1 mutations which give rise to the synthesis of mutant proteins with residual function that do not cause rhabdoid tumours...
December 5, 2016: Human Genetics
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