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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221776/the-horizon-of-materiobiology-a-perspective-on-material-guided-cell-behaviors-and-tissue-engineering
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Yulin Li, Yin Xiao, Changsheng Liu
Although the biological functions of cell and tissue can be regulated by biochemical factors (e.g., growth factors, hormones), the biophysical effects of materials on the regulation of biological activity are receiving more attention. In this Review, we systematically summarize the recent progress on how biomaterials with controllable properties (e.g., compositional/degradable dynamics, mechanical properties, 2D topography, and 3D geometry) can regulate cell behaviors (e.g., cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation, cell alignment, and the differentiation or self-maintenance of stem cells) and tissue/organ functions...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214260/autism-its-cultural-modulation-and-niche-construction-in-societies-reply-to-comments-on-implications-of-the-idea-of-neurodiversity-for-understanding-the-origins-of-developmental-disorders
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210381/practical-and-sustainable-teledermatology-and-teledermatopathology-specialty-care-in-cameroon-africa
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Anne Nguyen, Donna Tran, Mason Uemura, Richard L Bardin, Paul K Shitabata
Teledermatology is a rapidly expanding niche within telemedicine still in its infancy. It has become increasingly more feasible in recent years with the expansion of information and communication technologies. Here, the authors present the details of their collaboration and propose a model for constructing a teledermatology network. In the year 2014, the authors' Dermatopathology institute in Torrance, California, partnered with Mbingo Baptist Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Cameroon, Africa. During this time, 145 cases were received...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196411/effects-of-culture-dimensions-on-maintenance-of-porcine-inner-cell-mass-derived-cell-self-renewal
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Song Baek, Na Rae Han, Jung Im Yun, Jae Yeon Hwang, Minseok Kim, Choon Keun Park, Eunsong Lee, Seung Tae Lee
Despite the fact that porcine embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are a practical study tool, in vitro long-term maintenance of these cells is difficult in a two-dimensional (2D) microenvironment using cellular niche or extracellular matrix proteins. However, a three-dimensional (3D) microenvironment, similar to that enclosing the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, may improve in vitro maintenance of self-renewal. Accordingly, as a first step toward constructing a 3D microenvironment optimized to maintain porcine ESC self-renewal, we investigated different culture dimensions for porcine ICM-derived cells to enhance the maintenance of self-renewal...
February 15, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191761/angiogenic-potential-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-chondrocyte-brick-enriched-constructs-promoted-stable-regeneration-of-craniofacial-cartilage
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Zhiye Li, Ruikai Ba, Zhifa Wang, Jianhua Wei, Yimin Zhao, Wei Wu
Craniofacial deformities caused by congenital defects or trauma remain challenges for clinicians, whereas current surgical interventions present limited therapeutic outcomes. Injection of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) into the defect is highly desirable because such a procedure is microinvasive and grafts are more flexible to fill the lesions. However, preventing hypertrophic transition and morphological contraction remain significant challenges. We have developed an "all host derived" cell transplantation system composed of chondrocyte brick (CB)-enriched platelet-rich plasma (P) gel and BMSCs (B)...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187161/modeling-hormonal-control-of-cambium-proliferation
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Vladyslav Oles, Alexander Panchenko, Andrei Smertenko
Rise of atmospheric CO2 is one of the main causes of global warming. Catastrophic climate change can be avoided by reducing emissions and increasing sequestration of CO2. Trees are known to sequester CO2 during photosynthesis, and then store it as wood biomass. Thus, breeding of trees with higher wood yield would mitigate global warming as well as augment production of renewable construction materials, energy, and industrial feedstock. Wood is made of cellulose-rich xylem cells produced through proliferation of a specialized stem cell niche called cambium...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176133/extended-spider-cognition
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Hilton F Japyassú, Kevin N Laland
There is a tension between the conception of cognition as a central nervous system (CNS) process and a view of cognition as extending towards the body or the contiguous environment. The centralised conception requires large or complex nervous systems to cope with complex environments. Conversely, the extended conception involves the outsourcing of information processing to the body or environment, thus making fewer demands on the processing power of the CNS. The evolution of extended cognition should be particularly favoured among small, generalist predators such as spiders, and here, we review the literature to evaluate the fit of empirical data with these contrasting models of cognition...
February 7, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169464/intricate-hollow-structures-controlled-synthesis-and-applications-in-energy-storage-and-conversion
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REVIEW
Liang Zhou, Zechao Zhuang, Huihui Zhao, Mengting Lin, Dongyuan Zhao, Liqiang Mai
Intricate hollow structures garner tremendous interest due to their aesthetic beauty, unique structural features, fascinating physicochemical properties, and widespread applications. Here, the recent advances in the controlled synthesis are discussed, as well as applications of intricate hollow structures with regard to energy storage and conversion. The synthetic strategies toward complex multishelled hollow structures are classified into six categories, including well-established hard- and soft-templating methods, as well as newly emerging approaches based on selective etching of "soft@hard" particles, Ostwald ripening, ion exchange, and thermally induced mass relocation...
February 7, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162996/identification-of-bone-marrow-derived-soluble-factors-regulating-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-bone-regeneration
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Tsung-Lin Tsai, Wan-Ju Li
Maintaining properties of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in culture for regenerative applications remains a great challenge. An emerging approach of constructing a culture environment mimicking the bone marrow niche to regulate BMSC activities has been developed. In this study, we have demonstrated a systematic approach to identify soluble factors of interest extracted from human bone marrow and used them in BMSC culture for tissue regeneration. We have found that lipocalin-2 and prolactin are key factors in bone marrow, involved in regulating BMSC activities...
February 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155845/design-and-fabrication-of-a-scalable-liver-lobule-on-a-chip-microphysiological-platform
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Amin A Banaeiyan, Jannick Theobald, Jurgita Paukštyte, Stefan Wölfl, Caroline B Adiels, Mattias Goksör
The design and fabrication of a very large-scale liver-lobule (VLSLL)-on-a-chip device, providing a microphysiological niche for hepatocytes, is described. The device consists of an integrated network of liver-lobule-like hexagonal tissue-culture chambers constructed in a hybrid layout with a separate seed-feed network. As a key feature, each chamber contains a central outlet mimicking the central vein of a liver lobule. Separating chamber walls located between the culture area and feed network protects cells from the shear force of the convective flow...
February 3, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150865/shifts-in-the-ecological-niche-of-lutzomyia-peruensis-under-climate-change-scenarios-in-peru
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D A Moo-Llanes, W Arque-Chunga, O Carmona-Castro, C Yañez-Arenas, H H Yañez-Trujillano, L Cheverría-Pacheco, C M Baak-Baak, A G Cáceres
The Peruvian Andes presents a climate suitable for many species of sandfly that are known vectors of leishmaniasis or bartonellosis, including Lutzomyia peruensis (Diptera: Psychodidae), among others. In the present study, occurrences data for Lu. peruensis were compiled from several items in the scientific literature from Peru published between 1927 and 2015. Based on these data, ecological niche models were constructed to predict spatial distributions using three algorithms [Support vector machine (SVM), the Genetic Algorithm for Rule-set Prediction (GARP) and Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt)]...
February 2, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100302/fecal-virome-of-healthy-chickens-reveals-a-large-diversity-of-the-eukaryote-viral-community-including-novel-circular-single-stranded-dna-viruses
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Diane Lima, Samuel Paulo Cibulski, Fabrine Finkler, Thais Teixeira, Ana Paula Varela, Cristine Cerva, Márcia Loiko, Camila Scheffer, Helton Dos Santos, Fabiana Mayer, Paulo Roehe
This study is focused on the identification of the fecal virome of healthy chickens raised in high-density, export-driven poultry farms in Brazil. Following high-throughput sequencing, a total of 7,743 de novo-assembled contigs were constructed and compared with known nucleotide/amino acid sequences from the GenBank database. Analyses with BLASTx revealed that 279 contigs (4%) were related to sequences of eukaryotic viruses. Viral genome sequences (total or partial) indicative of members of recognized viral families, including Adenoviridae, Caliciviridae, Circoviridae, Parvoviridae, Picobirnaviridae, Picornaviridae and Reoviridae, were identified, some of those representing novel genotypes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092776/periosteum-tissue-engineering-in-an-orthotopic-in%C3%A2-vivo-platform
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J G Baldwin, F Wagner, L C Martine, B M Holzapfel, C Theodoropoulos, O Bas, F M Savi, C Werner, E M De-Juan-Pardo, D W Hutmacher
The periosteum plays a critical role in bone homeostasis and regeneration. It contains a vascular component that provides vital blood supply to the cortical bone and an osteogenic niche that acts as a source of bone-forming cells. Periosteal grafts have shown promise in the regeneration of critical size defects, however their limited availability restricts their widespread clinical application. Only a small number of tissue-engineered periosteum constructs (TEPCs) have been reported in the literature. A current challenge in the development of appropriate TEPCs is a lack of pre-clinical models in which they can reliably be evaluated...
March 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072854/functional-richness-and-identity-do-not-strongly-affect-invasibility-of-constructed-dune-communities
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Tanya J Mason, Kristine French, Dianne F Jolley
Biotic effects are often used to explain community structure and invasion resistance. We evaluated the contribution of functional richness and identity to invasion resistance and abiotic resource availability using a mesocosm experiment. We predicted that higher functional richness would confer greater invasion resistance through greater resource sequestration. We also predicted that niche pre-emption and invasion resistance would be higher in communities which included functional groups similar to the invader than communities where all functional groups were distinct from the invader...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065192/cognition-and-culture-in-evolutionary-context
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Fernando Colmenares, María Victoria Hernández-Lloreda
In humans and other animals, the individuals' ability to adapt efficiently and effectively to the niches they have actively contributed to construct relies heavily on an evolved psychology which has been shaped by biological, social, and cultural processes over evolutionary time. As expected, although many of the behavioral and cognitive components of this evolved psychology are widely shared across species, many others are species-unique. Although many animal species are known to acquire group-specific traditions (or cultures) via social learning, human culture is unique in terms of its contents and characteristics (observable and unobservable products, cumulative effects, norm conformity, and norm enforcement) and of its cognitive underpinnings (imitation, instructed teaching, and language)...
January 9, 2017: Spanish Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063988/engineered-extracellular-microenvironment-with-a-tunable-mechanical-property-for-controlling-cell-behavior-and-cardiomyogenic-fate-of-cardiac-stem-cells
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Min-Young Choi, Jong-Tae Kim, Won-Jin Lee, Yunki Lee, Kyung Min Park, Young-Il Yang, Ki Dong Park
: Endogenous cardiac stem cells (CSCs) are known to play a certain role in the myocardial homeostasis of the adult heart. The extracellular matrix (ECM) surrounding CSCs provides mechanical signals to regulate a variety of cell behaviors, yet the impact in the adult heart of these mechanical properties of ECM on CSC renewal and fate decisions is mostly unknown. To elucidate CSC mechanoresponses at the individual cell and myocardial level, we used the sol-to-gel transitional gelatin-poly(ethylene glycol)-tyramine (GPT) hydrogel with a tunable mechanical property to construct a three-dimensional (3D) matrix for culturing native myocardium and CSCs...
January 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060362/cheating-fosters-species-co-existence-in-well-mixed-bacterial-communities
#17
Anne Leinweber, R Fredrik Inglis, Rolf Kümmerli
Explaining the enormous biodiversity observed in bacterial communities is challenging because ecological theory predicts that competition between species occupying the same niche should lead to the exclusion of less competitive community members. Competitive exclusion should be particularly strong when species compete for a single limiting resource or live in unstructured habitats that offer no refuge for weaker competitors. Here, we describe the 'cheating effect', a form of intra-specific competition that can counterbalance between-species competition, thereby fostering biodiversity in unstructured habitats...
January 6, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025291/evolution-of-genome-size-and-genomic-gc-content-in-carnivorous-holokinetics-droseraceae
#18
Adam Veleba, Petr Šmarda, František Zedek, Lucie Horová, Jakub Šmerda, Petr Bureš
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Studies in the carnivorous family Lentibulariaceae in the last years resulted in the discovery of the smallest plant genomes and an unusual pattern of genomic GC content evolution. However, scarcity of genomic data in other carnivorous clades still prevents a generalization of the observed patterns. Here the aim was to fill this gap by mapping genome evolution in the second largest carnivorous family, Droseraceae, where this evolution may be affected by chromosomal holokinetism in Drosera METHODS: The genome size and genomic GC content of 71 Droseraceae species were measured by flow cytometry...
February 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024466/-role-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#19
Wei-Li Wang, Qiao-Zhu Xu, Xiao-Huan Mu, Le Wang, Li-Yan Zhang, Jing Xu, Ying-Dai Gao, Tao Cheng, Wei-Ping Yuan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of NF-κB inhibitor in occurence and development of AML. METHODS: AML and normal bone marrow samples were collected from 8 AML patients and 8 normal persons. The expression of NF-κB signaling pathway genes was detected by NF-κB PCR array. Then, AML mouse model was constructed to test the role of NF-κB inhibitor in AML. RESULTS: The NF-κB signal pathway was activated in AML patients. The up-regulated genes, EDARADD, TNFSF14, could activate the NF-κB signal pathway, IL6 could regulate the inflammatory signal...
December 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017869/endosteal-like-extracellular-matrix-expression-on-melt-electrospun-written-scaffolds
#20
Maria Lourdes Muerza-Cascante, Ali Shokoohmand, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, David Haylock, Paul D Dalton, Dietmar W Hutmacher, Daniela Loessner
: Tissue engineering technology platforms constitute a unique opportunity to integrate cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins into scaffolds and matrices that mimic the natural microenvironment in vitro. The development of tissue-engineered 3D models that mimic the endosteal microenvironment enables researchers to discover the causes and improve treatments for blood and immune-related diseases. The aim of this study was to establish a physiologically relevant in vitro model using 3D printed scaffolds to assess the contribution of human cells to the formation of a construct that mimics human endosteum...
December 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
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