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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319734/novel-mechanical-impact-simulator-designed-to-generate-clinically-relevant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures
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Nathaniel A Bates, Nathan D Schilaty, Christopher V Nagelli, Aaron J Krych, Timothy E Hewett
BACKGROUND: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament ruptures occur each year; therefore, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these injuries. The objective of the current investigation was to develop and analyze an impact test device that consistently produces anterior cruciate ligament failure in a clinically relevant manner. METHOD: A mechanical impact simulator was developed to simulate the ground reaction force impulse generated from landing in a physiologic and clinically relevant manner...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319593/profiles-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-hypertensive-rats-long-noncoding-rna-xr007793-regulates-cyclic-strain-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Qing-Ping Yao, Zhi-Wei Xie, Kai-Xuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Yue Han, Ying-Xin Qi, Zong-Lai Jiang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are being discovered in multiple diseases at a rapid pace. However, the contribution of lncRNAs to hypertension remains largely unknown. In hypertension, the vascular walls are exposed to abnormal mechanical cyclic strain, which leads to vascular remodelling. Here, we investigated the mechanobiological role of lncRNAs in hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Differences in the lncRNAs and mRNAs between spontaneously hypertensive rats and Wistar-Kyoto rats were screened using a gene microarray...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319176/insight-into-the-mechanism-of-action-of-temporin-sha-a-new-broad-spectrum-antiparasitic-and-antibacterial-agent
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Zahid Raja, Sonia André, Feten Abbassi, Vincent Humblot, Olivier Lequin, Tahar Bouceba, Isabelle Correia, Sandra Casale, Thierry Foulon, Denis Sereno, Bruno Oury, Ali Ladram
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising drugs to kill resistant pathogens. In contrast to bacteria, protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania, were little studied. Therefore, the antiparasitic mechanism of AMPs is still unclear. In this study, we sought to get further insight into this mechanism by focusing our attention on temporin-SHa (SHa), a small broad-spectrum AMP previously shown to be active against Leishmania infantum. To improve activity, we designed analogs of SHa and compared the antibacterial and antiparasitic mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318948/comparative-assessment-of-intrinsic-mechanical-stimuli-on-knee-cartilage-and-compressed-agarose-constructs
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A Completo, C Bandeiras, F Fonseca
A well-established cue for improving the properties of tissue-engineered cartilage is mechanical stimulation. However, the explicit ranges of mechanical stimuli that correspond to favorable metabolic outcomes are elusive. Usually, these outcomes have only been associated with the applied strain and frequency, an oversimplification that can hide the fundamental relationship between the intrinsic mechanical stimuli and the metabolic outcomes. This highlights two important key issues: the firstly is related to the evaluation of the intrinsic mechanical stimuli of native cartilage; the second, assuming that the intrinsic mechanical stimuli will be important, deals with the ability to replicate them on the tissue-engineered constructs...
March 17, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318795/mechanisms-of-toxic-action-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-the-protozoan-tetrahymena-thermophila-from-gene-expression-to-phenotypic-events
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Katre Juganson, Monika Mortimer, Angela Ivask, Sandra Pucciarelli, Cristina Miceli, Kaja Orupõld, Anne Kahru
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are highly toxic to aquatic organisms, however, there is no consensus whether the toxicity is caused solely by released Ag-ions or also by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here, the effects of protein-coated AgNPs (14.6 nm, Collargol) were studied on viability, oxidative stress and gene expression levels in wild type strains (CU427 and CU428) of ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Viability-based 24 h EC50 values of AgNPs were relatively high and significantly different for the two strains: ∼100 mg/L and ∼75 mg/L for CU427 and CU428, respectively...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318581/characterization-of-the-chemical-structures-and-physical-properties-of-exopolysaccharides-produced-by-various-streptococcus-thermophilus-strains
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U Pachekrepapol, J A Lucey, Y Gong, R Naran, P Azadi
Exopolysaccharides (EPS) produced by some lactic acid bacteria are often used by the dairy industry to improve the rheological and physical properties of yogurt, but the relationship between their structure and functional effect is still unclear. The EPS from different species, or different strains from the same species, may differ in terms of molar mass, repeating unit structure, and EPS yield during fermentation of milk. This study aimed to characterize the detailed properties of EPS produced from 7 strains of Streptococcus thermophilus, which is one of the key cultures used for yogurt manufacture...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317910/enterohemorrhagic-escherichia-coli-pathogenesis-role-of-long-polar-fimbriae-in-peyer-s-patches-interactions
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Charlotte Cordonnier, Lucie Etienne-Mesmin, Jonathan Thévenot, Amandine Rougeron, Sandra Rénier, Benoit Chassaing, Arlette Darfeuille-Michaud, Nicolas Barnich, Stéphanie Blanquet-Diot, Valérie Livrelli
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) are major food-borne pathogens whose survival and virulence in the human digestive tract remain unclear owing to paucity of relevant models. EHEC interact with the follicle-associated epithelium of Peyer's patches of the distal ileum and translocate across the intestinal epithelium via M-cells, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are still unknown. Here, we investigated the involvement of Long polar fimbriae (Lpf) in EHEC pathogenesis. Of the 236 strains tested, a significant association was observed between the presence of lpf operons and pathogenicity...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317904/robust-and-elastic-lunar-and-martian-structures-from-3d-printed-regolith-inks
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Adam E Jakus, Katie D Koube, Nicholas R Geisendorfer, Ramille N Shah
Here, we present a comprehensive approach for creating robust, elastic, designer Lunar and Martian regolith simulant (LRS and MRS, respectively) architectures using ambient condition, extrusion-based 3D-printing of regolith simulant inks. The LRS and MRS powders are characterized by distinct, highly inhomogeneous morphologies and sizes, where LRS powder particles are highly irregular and jagged and MRS powder particles are rough, but primarily rounded. The inks are synthesized via simple mixing of evaporant, surfactant, and plasticizer solvents, polylactic-co-glycolic acid (30% by solids volume), and regolith simulant powders (70% by solids volume)...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317896/use-of-rna-seq-data-to-identify-and-validate-rt-qpcr-reference-genes-for-studying-the-tomato-pseudomonas-pathosystem
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Marina A Pombo, Yi Zheng, Zhangjun Fei, Gregory B Martin, Hernan G Rosli
The agronomical relevant tomato-Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato pathosystem is widely used to explore and understand the underlying mechanisms of the plant immune response. Transcript abundance estimation, mainly through reverse transcription-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), is a common approach employed to investigate the possible role of a candidate gene in certain biological process under study. The accuracy of this technique relies heavily on the selection of adequate reference genes. Initially, genes derived from other techniques (such as Northern blots) were used as reference genes in RT-qPCR experiments, but recent studies in different systems suggest that many of these genes are not stably expressed...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317838/tuning-the-multiferroic-mechanisms-of-tbmno3-by-epitaxial-strain
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Kenta Shimamoto, Saumya Mukherjee, Sebastian Manz, Jonathan S White, Morgan Trassin, Michel Kenzelmann, Laurent Chapon, Thomas Lippert, Manfred Fiebig, Christof W Schneider, Christof Niedermayer
A current challenge in the field of magnetoelectric multiferroics is to identify systems that allow a controlled tuning of states displaying distinct magnetoelectric responses. Here we show that the multiferroic ground state of the archetypal multiferroic TbMnO3 is dramatically modified by epitaxial strain. Neutron diffraction reveals that in highly strained films the magnetic order changes from the bulk-like incommensurate bc-cycloidal structure to commensurate magnetic order. Concomitant with the modification of the magnetic ground state, optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) and electric measurements show an enormous increase of the ferroelectric polarization, and a change in its direction from along the c- to the a-axis...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317294/comparative-genome-analysis-reveals-important-genetic-differences-among-serotype-o1-and-serotype-o2-strains-of-y-%C3%A2-ruckeri-and-provides-insights-into-host-adaptation-and-virulence
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Desirée Cascales, José A Guijarro, Ana I García-Torrico, Jessica Méndez
Despite the existence of a commercial vaccine routinely used to protect salmonids against Yersinia ruckeri, outbreaks still occur, mainly caused by nonmotile and lipase-negative strains (serotype O1 biotype 2). Moreover, epizootics caused by other uncommon serotypes have also been reported. At the moment, one of the main concerns for the aquaculture industry is the expanding range of hosts of this pathogen and the emergence of new biotypes and serotypes causing mortality in fish farms and against which the vaccine cannot protect...
March 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317285/changes-in-the-relative-population-size-of-selected-ruminal-bacteria-following-an-induced-episode-of-acidosis-in-beef-heifers-receiving-viable-and-non-viable-active-dried-yeast
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R Mohammed, D Vyas, W Z Yang, K A Beauchemin
AIMS: To characterize the changes in the relative population size (RPS) of select ruminal bacteria and rumen fermentation variables in beef heifers supplemented with a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae as viable active dried (ADY) or killed dried (KDY) yeast following an induced episode of ruminal acidosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Six ruminally-cannulated beef heifers fed a diet consisting of 50% forage and 50% grain (dry matter basis) were used in a replicated 3 × 3 Latin square design with three 28 d periods...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317170/added-clinical-value-of-applying-myocardial-deformation-imaging-to-assess-right-ventricular-function
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Vladislavs Sokalskis, Diletta Peluso, Annika Jagodzinski, Christoph Sinning
Right heart dysfunction has been found to be a strong prognostic factor predicting adverse outcome in various cardiopulmonary diseases. Conventional echocardiographic measurements can be limited by geometrical assumptions and impaired reproducibility. Speckle tracking-derived strain provides a robust quantification of right ventricular function. It explicitly evaluates myocardial deformation, as opposed to tissue Doppler-derived strain, which is computed from tissue velocity gradients. Right ventricular longitudinal strain provides a sensitive tool for detecting right ventricular dysfunction, even at subclinical levels...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316144/characterization-of-the-multiple-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-rsal-control-of-phenazine-1-carboxylic-acid-biosynthesis-in-the-rhizosphere-bacterium-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pa1201
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Shuang Sun, Bo Chen, Zi-Jing Jin, Lian Zhou, Yun-Ling Fang, Chitti Thawai, Giordano Rampioni, Ya-Wen He
Phenazines are important secondary metabolites that have been found to affect a broad spectrum of organisms. Two almost identical gene clusters phz1 and phz2 are responsible for phenazines biosynthesis in the rhizobacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA1201. Here we show that the transcriptional regulator RsaL is a potent repressor of phenazine-1-carboxylic acid (PCA) biosynthesis. RsaL negatively regulates phz1 expression and positively regulates phz2 expression via multiple mechanisms. First, RsaL binds to a 25-bp DNA region within the phz1 promoter to directly repress phz1 expression...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316093/morphology-heterogeneity-within-a-campylobacter-jejuni-helical-population-the-use-of-calcofluor-white-to-generate-rod-shaped-c-jejuni-81-176-clones-and-the-genetic-determinants-responsible-for-differences-in-morphology-within-11168-strains
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Emilisa Frirdich, Jacob Biboy, Steven Huynh, Craig T Parker, Waldemar Vollmer, Erin C Gaynor
Campylobacter jejuni helical shape is important for colonization and host interactions with straight mutants having altered biological properties. Passage on calcofluor white (CFW) resulted in C. jejuni 81-176 isolates with morphology changes: either a straight morphology from frameshift mutations and single nucleotide polymorphisms in peptidoglycan hydrolase genes pgp1 or pgp2 or a reduction in curvature due a frameshift mutation in cjj81176_1105, a putative peptidoglycan endopeptidase. Shape defects were restored by complementation...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315676/the-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-iii-haplotype-ltab-ncr3-regulates-adjuvant-induced-but-not-antigen-induced-autoimmunity
#16
Anthony C Y Yau, Jonatan Tuncel, Rikard Holmdahl
Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disease associated with >100 risk loci, with the strongest association from the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region. Here, we analyzed a new genetic association in the MHC class-III region (MHC-III) using adjuvant- and antigen-induced arthritis models. In addition, we used models for multiple sclerosis for comparison and dissected the MHC-III-mediated mechanisms of importance for antibody and T-cell responses to antigens. With the use of a panel of MHC-III recombinant inbred strains, we found that the 33-kb Ltab-Ncr3 haplotype in MHC-III was linked to the induction of arthritis with incomplete Freund's adjuvant, with similar effects in arthritis induced by several oil adjuvants (hexadecane, heptadecane, squalene, arlacel)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315522/human-cardiac-fibroblasts-adaptive-responses-to-controlled-combined-mechanical-strain-and-oxygen-changes-in-vitro
#17
Giovanni Stefano Ugolini, Andrea Pavesi, Marco Rasponi, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore, Roger Kamm, Monica Soncini
Upon cardiac pathological conditions such as ischemia, microenvironmental changes instruct a series of cellular responses that trigger cardiac fibroblasts-mediated tissue adaptation and inflammation. A comprehensive model of how early environmental changes may induce cardiac fibroblasts (CF) pathological responses is far from being elucidated, partly due to the lack of approaches involving complex and simultaneous environmental stimulation. Here, we provide a first analysis of human primary CF behavior by means of a multi-stimulus microdevice for combined application of cyclic mechanical strain and controlled oxygen tension...
March 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315476/comparative-analysis-of-protein-evolution-in-the-genome-of-pre-epidemic-and-epidemic-zika-virus
#18
Arunachalam Ramaiah, Lei Dai, Deisy Contreras, Sanjeev Sinha, Ren Sun, Vaithilingaraja Arumugaswami
Zika virus (ZIKV) causes microcephaly in congenital infection, neurological disorders, and poor pregnancy outcome and no vaccine is available for use in humans or approved. Although ZIKV was first discovered in 1947, the exact mechanism of virus replication and pathogenesis remains unknown. Recent outbreaks of Zika virus in the Americas clearly suggest a human-mosquito cycle or urban cycle of transmission. Understanding the conserved and adaptive features in the evolution of ZIKV genome will provide a hint on the mechanism of ZIKV adaptation to a new cycle of transmission...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315475/evolution-of-the-ability-to-modulate-host-chemokine-networks-via-gene-duplication-in-human-cytomegalovirus-hcmv
#19
Jessica A Scarborough, John R Paul, Juliet V Spencer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a widespread pathogen that is particularly skillful at evading immune detection and defense mechanisms, largely due to extensive co-evolution with its host. One aspect of this co-evolution involves the acquisition of virally encoded G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) with homology to the chemokine receptor family. GPCRs are the largest family of cell surface proteins, found in organisms from yeast to humans, and they regulate a variety of cellular processes including development, sensory perception, and immune cell trafficking...
March 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315437/homology-modeling-molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies-of-the-catalytic-domain-of-chitin-deacetylase-from-cryptococcus-laurentii-strain-ry1
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Soumyadev Sarkar, Suchetana Gupta, Writachit Chakraborty, Sanjib Senapati, Ratan Gachhui
This study provides structural insights into chitin deacetylase, over-expressing under nitrogen limiting condition in Cryptococcus laurentii strain RY1. The enzyme converts chitin, the second most abundant natural biopolymer, to chitosan, which offers tremendous applications in diverse fields. To elucidate the structure-function relationship of this biologically and industrially important enzyme, a homology model of the catalytic domain was constructed. The stability of the structure was assessed by molecular dynamics simulation studies...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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