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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448920/the-effect-of-equiaxial-stretching-on-the-osteogenic-differentiation-and-mechanical-properties-of-human-adipose-stem-cells
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Sanni Virjula, Feihu Zhao, Joni Leivo, Sari Vanhatupa, Joose Kreutzer, Ted J Vaughan, Anna-Maija Honkala, Marlitt Viehrig, Conleth A Mullen, Pasi Kallio, Laoise M McNamara, Susanna Miettinen
Although mechanical cues are known to affect stem cell fate and mechanobiology, the significance of such stimuli on the osteogenic differentiation of human adipose stem cells (hASCs) remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effect of long-term mechanical stimulation on the attachment, osteogenic differentiation and mechanical properties of hASCs. Tailor-made, pneumatic cell stretching devices were used to expose hASCs to cyclic equiaxial stretching in osteogenic medium. Cell attachment and focal adhesions were visualised using immunocytochemical vinculin staining on days 3 and 6, and the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity, as a sign of early osteogenic differentiation, were analysed on days 0, 6 and 10...
April 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448890/metabolic-profiles-of-neotuberostemonine-and-tuberostemonine-in-rats-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Yongbin Tong, Weitong Xu, Yan Wu, Liting Ou, Mian Zhang, Xianghong Xu, Chaofeng Zhang
Neotuberostemonine (NS) and tuberostemonine (TS), a pair of stereoisomers, are the active components contained in Stemona tuberosa, an antitussive herbal medicine in China. Two isomers have different pharmacological efficacies, which will be related with their in vivo disposition. However, the metabolic fates of NS and TS remain unknown. A method of high performance liquid chromatography/quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry coupled with mass detect filter technique was established to investigate the metabolites in rat plasma, bile, urine, and feces after oral administration of the equal doses of NS and TS...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448485/assessment-of-engineered-cells-using-cellnet-and-rna-seq
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Arthur H Radley, Remy M Schwab, Yuqi Tan, Jeesoo Kim, Emily K W Lo, Patrick Cahan
CellNet is a computational platform designed to assess cell populations engineered by either directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) or direct conversion, and to suggest specific hypotheses to improve cell fate engineering protocols. CellNet takes as input gene expression data and compares them with large data sets of normal expression profiles compiled from public sources, in regard to the extent to which cell- and tissue-specific gene regulatory networks are established. CellNet was originally designed to work with human or mouse microarray expression data for 21 cell or tissue (C/T) types...
May 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448297/the-fate-of-chronic-burn-wounds-suspected-as-marjolin-s-ulcers
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Chi Young Bang, Sang-Hyun Woo
Marjolin's ulcer is the malignant transformation of chronic nonhealing ulcers that have developed in burn scars or in any other chronic wound. Development of this malignancy tends to be slow and insidious, but it becomes more aggressive when the Marjolin's ulcer breaks free of the scar. We reviewed 24 cases of patients who complained of chronic burn wounds suspected to be Marjolin's ulcers. Histologically, chronic ulcer and pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia were 21%, respectively, and malignancy, including squamous cell carcinoma and leiomyosarcoma, were 58%...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447640/abrasion-set-limits-on-himalayan-gravel-flux
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Elizabeth H Dingle, Mikaël Attal, Hugh D Sinclair
Rivers sourced in the Himalayan mountain range carry some of the largest sediment loads on the planet, yet coarse gravel in these rivers vanishes within approximately 10-40 kilometres on entering the Ganga Plain (the part of the North Indian River Plain containing the Ganges River). Understanding the fate of gravel is important for forecasting the response of rivers to large influxes of sediment triggered by earthquakes or storms. Rapid increase in gravel flux and subsequent channel bed aggradation (that is, sediment deposition by a river) following the 1999 Chi-Chi and 2008 Wenchuan earthquakes reduced channel capacity and increased flood inundation...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447574/optimized-longitudinal-monitoring-of-stem-cell-grafts-in-mouse-brain-using-a-novel-bioluminescent-near-infrared-fluorescent-fusion-reporter
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Laura Mezzanotte, Juvita Delancy Iljas, Ivo Que, Alan Chan, Eric Kaijzel, Rob Hoeben, Clemens Löwik
<p>Biodistribution and fate of transplanted stem cells via longitudinal monitoring has been successfully achievedin the last decade using optical imaging. However, sensitive longitudinal imaging of transplanted stem cells in deep tissue like the brain remains challenging not only due to low light penetration but because of other factors such as low or inferior expression levels of optical reporters in stem cells and stem cell death after transplantation. Here we describe an optimized imaging protocol for sensitive long term monitoring of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) expressing a novel bioluminescent/near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) fusion reporter transplanted in mouse brain cortex...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447456/numerical-modeling-of-electroosmotic-push-pull-perfusion-and-assessment-of-its-application-to-quantitative-determination-of-enzymatic-activity-in-the-extracellular-space-of-mammalian-tissue
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Yangguang Ou, Stephen G Weber
Many sampling methods have been developed to measure the extracellular concentrations of solutes in the extracellular space of mammalian tissue. However, few have been used to quantitatively study the various processes, such as enzymatic degradation, that determines the fate of these solutes. For a method to be useful in this pursuit, it must be able to 1) perfuse tissue and collect the perfusate for quantitative analysis of the solutes introduced and reaction products produced, 2) control the average residence time of the active solutes, and 3) have the appropriate spatial resolution for the process of interest...
April 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446787/neural-development-keeping-a-lid-on-alternative-fates
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Katherine Whalley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 27, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446594/pioneering-ebf2-remodels-the-brown-fat-chromatin-landscape
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Jiexin Wang, Peter Tontonoz
In this issue of Genes & Development, Shapira and colleagues (pp. 660-673) outline mechanisms by which the brown fat transcription factor early B-cell factor 2 (EBF2) selectively activates brown lineage-specific gene expression. The investigators show that EBF2 interacts with and recruits a tissue-specific BAF chromatin remodeling complex to brown fat gene enhancers, thereby regulating chromatin accessibility. Their findings provide important insight into epigenetic regulation of adipocyte fate and thermogenic gene expression...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446158/parameter-inference-for-stochastic-single-cell-dynamics-from-lineage-tree-data
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Irena Kuzmanovska, Andreas Milias-Argeitis, Jan Mikelson, Christoph Zechner, Mustafa Khammash
BACKGROUND: With the advance of experimental techniques such as time-lapse fluorescence microscopy, the availability of single-cell trajectory data has vastly increased, and so has the demand for computational methods suitable for parameter inference with this type of data. Most of currently available methods treat single-cell trajectories independently, ignoring the mother-daughter relationships and the information provided by the population structure. However, this information is essential if a process of interest happens at cell division, or if it evolves slowly compared to the duration of the cell cycle...
April 26, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445825/physico-chemical-protection-rather-than-biochemical-composition-governs-the-responses-of-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-to-nitrogen-addition-in-a-temperate-agroecosystem
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Wenbing Tan, Guoan Wang, Caihong Huang, Rutai Gao, Beidou Xi, Biao Zhu
The heterogeneous responses of soil organic carbon (SOC) decomposition in different soil fractions to nitrogen (N) addition remain elusive. In this study, turnover rates of SOC in different aggregate fractions were quantified based on changes in δ(13)C following the conversion of C3 to C4 vegetation in a temperate agroecosystem. The turnover of both total organic matter and specific organic compound classes within each aggregate fraction was inhibited by N addition. Moreover, the intensity of inhibition increases with decreasing aggregate size and increasing N addition level, but does not vary among chemical compound classes within each aggregate fraction...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445751/curcumin-dictates-divergent-fates-for-the-central-salt-bridges-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-40-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-42
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Bappaditya Chandra, Venus Singh Mithu, Debanjan Bhowmik, Anand Kant Das, Bankanidhi Sahoo, Sudipta Maiti, Perunthiruthy K Madhu
There are three specific regions in the Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide sequence where variations cause enhanced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease: the N-terminus, the central salt bridge, and the C-terminus. Here, we investigate if there is a close conformational connection between these three regions, which may suggest a concerted mechanism of toxicity. We measure the effects of Zn(2+) and curcumin on Aβ40, and compare these with their previously reported effects on Aβ42. Aβ42 and Aβ40 differ only near the C-terminus, where curcumin interacts, while Zn(2+) interacts near the N-terminus...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445731/hair-follicle-terminal-differentiation-is-orchestrated-by-distinct-early-and-late-matrix-progenitors
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Arlee L Mesler, Natalia A Veniaminova, Madison V Lull, Sunny Y Wong
During development and regeneration, matrix progenitors undergo terminal differentiation to form the concentric layers of the hair follicle. These differentiation events are thought to require signals from the mesenchymal dermal papilla (DP); however, it remains unclear how DP-progenitor cell interactions govern specific cell fate decisions. Here, we show that the hair follicle differentiated layers are specified asynchronously, with early matrix progenitors initiating differentiation before surrounding the DP...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445710/stereoselective-preparation-of-quaternary-2-vinyl-sphingosines-and-ceramides-and-their-effect-on-basal-sphingolipid-metabolism
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Raquel Calderón, Nerea Mercadal, José Luis Abad, Xavier Ariza, Antonio Delgado, Jordi Garcia, Aleix Rodríguez, Gemma Fabriàs
The dicyclohexylborane-mediated addition of allene 1 to (E)-2-tridecenal affords a quaternary protected 2-amino-2-vinyl-1,3-diol in good yield as a single diastereomer. This compound is readily transformed into the four stereoisomers of the quaternary (E)-2-vinyl analogs of sphingosine. The metabolic fate and the effect of these compounds on the basal sphingolipid metabolism in human A549 lung adenocarcinoma cells has been studied, together with the ceramide analog of the most relevant vinylsphingosine derivative...
April 23, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445492/shoot-stem-cell-specification-in-roots-by-the-wuschel-transcription-factor
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Boaz Negin, Or Shemer, Yonatan Sorek, Leor Eshed Williams
The WUSCHEL homeobox transcription factor is required to specify stem-cell identity at the shoot apical meristem and its ectopic expression is sufficient to induce de novo shoot meristem formation. Yet, the manner by which WUS promotes stem-cell fate is not yet fully understood. In the present research we address this question by inducing WUS function outside of its domain. We show that activation of WUS function in the root inhibits the responses to exogenous auxin and suppresses the initiation and growth of lateral roots...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444567/the-behavior-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-arsenic-influenced-by-biochar-during-different-manure-composting
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Erping Cui, Ying Wu, Yanan Jiao, Yiru Zuo, Christopher Rensing, Hong Chen
The effect of two different biochar types, rice straw biochar (RSB) and mushroom biochar (MB), on chicken manure composting was previously examined by monitoring the fate of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and arsenic. The behavior of ARGs and arsenic in other kinds of manure composting with the same biochar types had not been examined. In this study, we added either RSB or MB to pig and duck manure composts to study the behavior of ARGs (tet genes, sul genes, and chloramphenicol resistance genes) and arsenic under the same experimental condition...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444351/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-set-domain-family-reveals-the-origin-expansion-and-putative-function-of-the-arthropod-specific-smyda-genes-as-histone-modifiers-in-insects
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Feng Jiang, Qing Liu, Yanli Wang, Jie Zhang, Huimin Wang, Tianqi Song, Meiling Yang, Xianhui Wang, Le Kang
The SET domain is an evolutionarily conserved motif present in histone lysine methyltransferases, which are important in the regulation of chromatin and gene expression in animals. In this study, we searched for SET domain-containing genes (SET genes) in all of the 147 arthropod genomes sequenced at the time of carrying out this experiment to understand the evolutionary history by which SET domain have evolved in insects. Phylogenetic and ancestral state reconstruction analysis revealed an arthropod-specific SET gene family, named SmydA, which is ancestral to arthropod animals and specifically diversified during insect evolution...
April 22, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444142/regulatory-states-in-the-developmental-control-of-gene-expression
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Isabelle S Peter
A growing body of evidence shows that gene expression in multicellular organisms is controlled by the combinatorial function of multiple transcription factors. This indicates that not the individual transcription factors or signaling molecules, but the combination of expressed regulatory molecules, the regulatory state, should be viewed as the functional unit in gene regulation. Here, I discuss the concept of the regulatory state and its proposed role in the genome-wide control of gene expression. Recent analyses of regulatory gene expression in sea urchin embryos have been instrumental for solving the genomic control of cell fate specification in this system...
April 24, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443829/operating-principles-of-tristable-circuits-regulating-cellular-differentiation
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Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, William Harrison, Marcelo Boareto, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Herbert Levine
Many cell-fate decisions during embryonic development are governed by a motif comprised of two transcription factors (TFs) A and B that mutually inhibit each other and may self-activate. This motif, called as a self-activating toggle switch (SATS), can typically have three stable states (phenotypes) - two corresponding to differentiated cell fates, each of which has a much higher level of one TF than the other - (A, B) = (1,0) or (0,1) - and the third state corresponding to an 'undecided' stem-like state with similar levels of both A and B - (A, B) = (1/2,1/2)...
April 26, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443682/abandonment-of-dogs-and-cats-public-opinions-as-population-management-indicators
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Oswaldo Santos Baquero, Evelyn Nestori Chiozzotto, Rita de Cassia Maria Garcia, Marcos Amaku, Fernando Ferreira
This study involved characterizing public opinions on selected issues related to the abandonment of dogs and cats in Votorantim, São Paulo, Brazil. This goal was achieved by applying multiple correspondence analysis to answers recorded in questionnaires of a population-based survey. The results suggest that the tolerance of potentially problematic behaviors did not depend on the specific kind of behavior, at least among the behaviors evaluated. The opinions given for the most frequent fate of the companion animals did not depend on the species, and those who considered abandonment to be one of the most frequent fates tended to also consider abandonment as a solution to problematic behaviors...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science: JAAWS
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