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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/27922669/upregulation-of-smad4-by-mzf1-inhibits-migration-of-human-gastric-cancer-cells
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Jin-Hee Lee, Sung-Su Kim, Hun Seok Lee, Sungyoul Hong, Nirmal Rajasekaran, Li-Hui Wang, Joon-Seok Choi, Young Kee Shin
SMAD4 is a tumor suppressor that is frequently inactivated in many types of cancer. The role of abnormal expression of SMAD4 has been reported in developmental processes and the progression of various human cancers. The expression level of SMAD4 has been related to the survival rate in gastric cancer patients. However, the molecular mechanism underlying transcriptional regulation of SMAD4 remains largely unknown. In the present study, we characterized the promoter region of SMAD4 and identified myeloid zinc finger 1 (MZF1), as a putative transcription factor...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922495/toxic-and-endocrine-myopathies
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Hans D Katzberg, Charles D Kassardjian
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses the clinical features, pathophysiology, and management of toxic and endocrine myopathies. RECENT FINDINGS: Early detection and expeditious correction of metabolic disturbances in endocrinopathies such as Cushing syndrome, thyroid and parathyroid diseases, and acromegaly can minimize and prevent neurologic complications including myopathy. Recently proposed mechanisms of injury in patients with critical illness myopathy include inhibition of protein synthesis, mitochondrial dysfunction, disruption of the ubiquitin-proteasome system, oxidative stress, and disruption of intramuscular calcium homeostasis, which can cause a myosin-loss myopathy...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921232/biological-function-and-mechanism-of-mir-33a-in-prostate-cancer-survival-and-metastasis-via-downregulating-engrailed-2
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Q Li, S Lu, X Li, G Hou, L Yan, W Zhang, B Qiao
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have identified Engrailed-2 (EN-2), a homeobox-containing transcription factor, as a candidate oncogene in prostate cancer (PC). Therapeutic targeting on EN-2, however, is limited because the mechanism underlying EN-2 overexpression in prostatic cancer cells is unknown. This study was to investigate the potential regulatory role of miR-33a on EN-2 expression and explore this signaling axis in ability of prostate cancer survival and metastasis. METHODS: The relative expression of miR-33a and EN-2 in paired prostate cancer tissue and adjacent normal tissue as well as in prostate cancer cell lines, PC3 and DU145, was determined using quantitative real-time PCR or western blot, respectively...
December 5, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920801/implications-of-analgesics-use-in-osteoporotic-related-pain-treatment-focus-on-opioids
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REVIEW
Renato Vellucci, Consalvo Mattia, Ludovica Celidonio, Rocco Domenico Mediati
Bone loss is asymptomatic and will progress without pain and other symptoms until the occurrence of a fracture. The occurrence of a breaking bone induce acute pain determined and supported by a mechanical, inflammatory and neuropathic component. Very often the acute component evolves in a chronic musculoskeletal component. Overall objectives of the analgesic therapy can be summarized in pain relief, improving sleep, improve mobility, reduce anxiety, emotional component and depression. Osteoporosis is predominantly a condition of the elderly, more likely to have coexisting cardiovascular disease and age-related decline in renal function, receiving treatment for one or more comorbid conditions, taking multiple medications...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920333/accuracy-and-reproducibility-using-patient-specific-instrumentation-in-total-ankle-arthroplasty
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Justin Daigre, Gregory Berlet, Bryan Van Dyke, Kyle S Peterson, Robert Santrock
BACKGROUND: Implant survivorship is dependent on accuracy of implantation and successful soft tissue balancing. System instrumentation for total ankle arthroplasty implantation has a key influence on surgeon accuracy and reproducibility. The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy and reproducibility of implant position with patient-specific guides for total ankle arthroplasty across multiple surgeons at multiple facilities. METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter study included 44 patients who received a total ankle implant (INBONE II Total Ankle System; Wright Medical Technology, Memphis, TN) using PROPHECY patient-specific guides from January 2012 to December 2014...
December 5, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918682/changes-in-the-force-velocity-mechanical-profile-after-short-resistance-training-programmes-differing-in-set-configurations
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Eliseo Iglesias-Soler, Miguel Fernández-Del-Olmo, Xián Mayo, Juan Fariñas, Dan Río-Rodríguez, Eduardo Carballeira, Elvis A Carnero, Robert A Standley, Manuel A Giráldez-García, Xurxo Dopico-Calvo, Jose Luis Tuimil
The main aim of this study was to analyse the effect of resistance training programs differing in set configuration on mechanical force-velocity profiles. Thirteen participants performed ten unilateral knee extension training sessions over 5 weeks. Each limb was randomised to one of the following set configurations: traditional (4 sets of 8 repetitions at maximum intended velocity, 10RM load, 3-min pause between sets), and inter-repetition rest (32 maximum intended velocity repetitions, 10RM load, 17.4 s of rest between each repetition)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918540/in-vivo-quantification-of-spatially-varying-mechanical-properties-in-developing-tissues
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Friedhelm Serwane, Alessandro Mongera, Payam Rowghanian, David A Kealhofer, Adam A Lucio, Zachary M Hockenbery, Otger Campàs
The mechanical properties of the cellular microenvironment and their spatiotemporal variations are thought to play a central role in sculpting embryonic tissues, maintaining organ architecture and controlling cell behavior, including cell differentiation. However, no direct in vivo and in situ measurement of mechanical properties within developing 3D tissues and organs has yet been performed. Here we introduce a technique that employs biocompatible, magnetically responsive ferrofluid microdroplets as local mechanical actuators and allows quantitative spatiotemporal measurements of mechanical properties in vivo...
December 5, 2016: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918419/a-theoretical-study-of-love-wave-sensors-based-on-zno-glass-layered-structures-for-application-to-liquid-environments
#9
Cinzia Caliendo, Muhammad Hamidullah
The propagation of surface acoustic Love modes along ZnO/glass-based structures was modeled and analysed with the goal of designing a sensor able to detect changes in the environmental parameters, such as liquid viscosity changes and minute amounts of mass supported in the viscous liquid medium. Love mode propagation was modeled by numerically solving the system of coupled electro-mechanical field equations and Navier-Stokes equations. The phase and group velocities and the attenuation of the acoustic wave propagating along the 30° tilted c-axis ZnO/glass structure contacting a viscous non-conductive liquid were calculated for different ZnO guiding layer thicknesses, added mass thicknesses, and liquid viscosity and density...
December 2, 2016: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918305/tuberous-sclerosis-complex-inactivation-disrupts-melanogenesis-via-mtorc1-activation
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Juxiang Cao, Magdalena E Tyburczy, Joel Moss, Thomas N Darling, Hans R Widlund, David J Kwiatkowski
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant tumor-suppressor gene syndrome caused by inactivating mutations in either TSC1 or TSC2, and the TSC protein complex is an essential regulator of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1). Patients with TSC develop hypomelanotic macules (white spots), but the molecular mechanisms underlying their formation are not fully characterized. Using human primary melanocytes and a highly pigmented melanoma cell line, we demonstrate that reduced expression of either TSC1 or TSC2 causes reduced pigmentation through mTORC1 activation, which results in hyperactivation of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β), followed by phosphorylation of and loss of β-catenin from the nucleus, thereby reducing expression of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF), and subsequent reductions in tyrosinase and other genes required for melanogenesis...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917956/a-very-stable-high-throughput-taylor-cone-jet-in-electrohydrodynamics
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M R Morad, A Rajabi, M Razavi, S R Pejman Sereshkeh
A stable capillary liquid jet formed by an electric field is an important physical phenomenon for formation of controllable small droplets, power generation and chemical reactions, printing and patterning, and chemical-biological investigations. In electrohydrodynamics, the well-known Taylor cone-jet has a stability margin within a certain range of the liquid flow rate (Q) and the applied voltage (V). Here, we introduce a simple mechanism to greatly extend the Taylor cone-jet stability margin and produce a very high throughput...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917311/rock-inhibition-promotes-attachment-proliferation-and-wound-closure-in-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigmented-epithelium
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Roxanne H Croze, William J Thi, Dennis O Clegg
PURPOSE: Nonexudative (dry) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the elderly, is associated with the loss of retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) cells and the development of geographic atrophy, which are areas devoid of RPE cells and photoreceptors. One possible treatment option would be to stimulate RPE attachment and proliferation to replace dying/dysfunctional RPE and bring about wound repair. Clinical trials are underway testing injections of RPE cells derived from pluripotent stem cells to determine their safety and efficacy in treating AMD...
November 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917123/mir-150-suppresses-the-proliferation-and-tumorigenicity-of-leukemia-stem-cells-by-targeting-the-nanog-signaling-pathway
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Dan-Dan Xu, Peng-Jun Zhou, Ying Wang, Yi Zhang, Rong Zhang, Li Zhang, Su-Hong Chen, Wu-Yu Fu, Bi-Bo Ruan, Hai-Peng Xu, Chao-Zhi Hu, Lu Tian, Jin-Hong Qin, Sheng Wang, Xiao Wang, Qiu-Ying Liu, Zhe Ren, Xue-Kui Gu, Yao-He Li, Zhong Liu, Yi-Fei Wang
Proliferation, a key feature of cancer cells, accounts for the majority of cancer-related diseases resulting in mortality. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) plays important post-transcriptional modulation roles by acting on multiple signaling pathways, but the underlying mechanism in proliferation and tumorigenicity is unclear. Here, we identified the role of miR-150 in proliferation and tumorigenicity in leukemia stem cells (LSCs; CD34+CD38- cells). miR-150 expression was significantly down-regulated in LSCs from leukemia cell lines and clinical samples...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916805/roles-of-microrna-across-prenatal-and-postnatal-periods
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REVIEW
Ilaria Floris, Jamie D Kraft, Illimar Altosaar
Communication between mother and offspring in mammals starts at implantation via the maternal-placental-fetal axis, and continues postpartum via milk targeted to the intestinal mucosa. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), short, noncoding single-stranded RNAs, of about 22 nucleotides in length, are actively involved in many developmental and physiological processes. Here we highlight the role of miRNA in the dynamic signaling that guides infant development, starting from implantation of conceptus and persisting through the prenatal and postnatal periods...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916684/the-impact-of-obesity-on-compensatory-mechanisms-in-response-to-progressive-sagittal-malalignment
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Cyrus M Jalai, Bassel G Diebo, Dana L Cruz, Gregory W Poorman, Shaleen Vira, Aaron J Buckland, Renaud Lafage, Shay Bess, Thomas J Errico, Virginie Lafage, Peter G Passias
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Obesity's impact on standing sagittal alignment remains poorly understood, especially with respect to the role of the lower-limbs. Given energetic expenditure in standing, a complete understanding of compensation in obese patients with sagittal malalignment remains relevant. PURPOSE: This study compares obese and non-obese patients with progressive sagittal malalignment for differences in recruitment of pelvic and lower limb mechanisms. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Single center retrospective review...
December 1, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915405/long-term-functional-outcomes-and-knee-alignment-of-computer-assisted-navigated-total-knee-arthroplasty
#16
V Sardana, J M Burzynski, M Khan, N Stone, B S Weening, P K Zalzal
INTRODUCTION: This retrospective study examined the relationship between the mechanical axis throughout a functional arc of motion and functional outcome scores in patients undergoing computer-assisted navigation-based total knee arthroplasty (CAN-TKA) at 6-year follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Stryker eNact Precision Knee Navigation System was utilized to obtain pre- and postoperative alignment measurements throughout the functional arc of motion. Patients were contacted via telephone and asked to complete the Short Form-12 and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities, which have been demonstrated to be reliable, valid, and sensitive assessment tools in this patient population...
December 3, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915149/trans-and-paracellular-calcium-transport-along-the-small-and-large-intestine-in-horses
#17
M R Wilkens, L Marholt, N Eigendorf, A S Muscher-Banse, K Feige, B Schröder, G Breves, A Cehak
Intestinal calcium absorption plays a key role in the maintenance of calcium homeostasis and may either occur by paracellular or transcellular mechanisms. The horse has some unique peculiarities in calcium homeostasis compared to other species including a high absorptive capacity for calcium in the intestine, high plasma calcium concentrations, high renal excretion, and low plasma concentrations of vitamin D metabolites. So far, knowledge about the underlying mechanisms and the regulation of intestinal calcium absorption is still limited concerning this species...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914404/high-frequency-imaging-and-elastic-effects-for-a-solid-cylinder-with-axis-oblique-relative-to-a-nearby-horizontal-surface
#18
Daniel S Plotnick, Philip L Marston
The calibrated acoustic backscattering spectrum versus aspect angle, also called the "acoustic color" or "acoustic template," of solid cylinders located near a flat interface was previously studied for the case where the cylinder axis was vertically oblique relative to the interface and was insonified by a beam at a non-zero grazing angle. The presence of the interface allows for multiple paths by which sound is backscattered. These multipaths are highly dependent on the relative orientations of the target, the interface, and the source/receiver...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913794/tlr-ligands-but-not-modulators-of-histone-modifiers-can-induce-the-complex-immune-response-pattern-of-endotoxin-tolerance-in-mammary-epithelial-cells
#19
Juliane Günther, Wolfram Petzl, Holm Zerbe, Hans-Joachim Schuberth, Hans-Martin Seyfert
Excessive stimulation of the TLR4 axis through LPS reduces the expression of some cytokine genes in immune cells, while stimulating the expression of immune defense genes during a subsequent bacterial infection. This endotoxin tolerance (ET) is mediated via epigenetic mechanisms. Priming the udder of cows with LPS was shown to induce ET in mammary epithelial cells (MEC), thereby protecting the udder against reinfection for some time. Seeking alternatives to LPS priming we tried to elicit ET by priming MEC with either lipopeptide (Pam2CSK4) via the TLR2/6 axis or inhibitors of histone-modifying enzymes...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913437/surface-expression-of-tgf%C3%AE-docking-receptor-garp-promotes-oncogenesis-and-immune-tolerance-in-breast-cancer
#20
Alessandra Metelli, Bill X Wu, Caroline W Fugle, Saleh Rachidi, Shaoli Sun, Yongliang Zhang, Jennifer Wu, Stephen Tomlinson, Philip H Howe, Yi Yang, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Bei Liu, Zihai Li
GARP encoded by the Lrrc32 gene is the cell surface docking receptor for latent TGFβ, which is expressed naturally by platelets and regulatory T cells (Treg). Although Lrrc32 is amplified frequently in breast cancer, the expression and relevant functions of GARP in cancer have not been explored. Here, we report that GARP exerts oncogenic effects, promoting immune tolerance by enriching and activating latent TGFβ in the tumor microenvironment. We found that human breast, lung, and colon cancers expressed GARP aberrantly...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
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