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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445395/a-modified-lamb-wave-time-reversal-method-for-health-monitoring-of-composite-structures
#1
Liang Zeng, Jing Lin, Liping Huang
Because the time reversal operator of Lamb waves varies with frequency in composite structures, the reconstructed signal deviates from the input signal even in undamaged cases. The damage index captures the discrepancy between the two signals without differentiating the effects of time reversal operator from those of damage. This results in the risk of false alarm. To solve this issue, a modified time reversal method (MTRM) is proposed. In this method, the frequency dependence of the time reversal operator is compensated by two steps...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443701/evaluation-of-dietary-intake-leisure-time-physical-activity-and-metabolic-profile-in-women-with-mutation-in-the-lmna-gene
#2
Luciana Monteiro, Maria Cristina Foss-Freitas, Anderson Navarro, Francisco Pereira, Fernanda Coeli, Estela Carneseca, Renan Montenegro Júnior, Milton Foss
INTRODUCTION: Familial partial lipodystrophy (FPL) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by selective lack of subcutaneous fat, which is associated with insulin-resistant diabetes. The Dunnigan variety (FPLD2) is caused by several missense mutations in the lamin A/C (LMNA) gene, most of which are typically located in exon 8 at the codon position 482. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess and compare the dietary intake, leisure-time physical activity (LTPA), and biochemical measurements (glucose, A1C, and plasma lipids) in women with FPLD2 and without (control group, CG) and to examine the associations between dietary intake and biochemical measurements (BM)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441765/distinct-fiber-type-signature-in-mouse-muscles-expressing-a-mutant-lamin-a-responsible-for-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-in-a-patient
#3
Alice Barateau, Nathalie Vadrot, Onnik Agbulut, Patrick Vicart, Sabrina Batonnet-Pichon, Brigitte Buendia
Specific mutations in LMNA, which encodes nuclear intermediate filament proteins lamins A/C, affect skeletal muscle tissues. Early-onset LMNA myopathies reveal different alterations of muscle fibers, including fiber type disproportion or prominent dystrophic and/or inflammatory changes. Recently, we identified the p.R388P LMNA mutation as responsible for congenital muscular dystrophy (L-CMD) and lipodystrophy. Here, we asked whether viral-mediated expression of mutant lamin A in murine skeletal muscles would be a pertinent model to reveal specific muscle alterations...
April 24, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440507/a-novel-splice-site-mutation-of-wrn-c-ivs28-2t-c-identified-in-a-consanguineous-family-with-werner-syndrome
#4
Pan-Feng Wu, Jie-Yuan Jin, Jing-Jing Li, Ji-Qiang He, Liang-Liang Fan, Min Jin, Hao Huang, Kun Xia, Ju-Yu Tang, Rong Xiang
Werner Syndrome (WS) is a rare, adult‑onset progeroid syndrome that is associated with multiple age‑associated complications and relatively short life expectancy. The characteristics of WS include a 'bird‑like' appearance, canities, cataracts and ulcerations around the ankles. In addition, certain patients develop hypogonadism with atrophic genitalia and infertility. The average life span of affected individuals is 54 years. Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in the Werner syndrome RecQ like helicase gene (WRN) may contribute to WS...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440271/two-dimensional-mo1-33c-mxene-with-divacancy-ordering-prepared-from-parent-3d-laminate-with-in-plane-chemical-ordering
#5
Quanzheng Tao, Martin Dahlqvist, Jun Lu, Sankalp Kota, Rahele Meshkian, Joseph Halim, Justinas Palisaitis, Lars Hultman, Michel W Barsoum, Per O Å Persson, Johanna Rosen
The exploration of two-dimensional solids is an active area of materials discovery. Research in this area has given us structures spanning graphene to dichalcogenides, and more recently 2D transition metal carbides (MXenes). One of the challenges now is to master ordering within the atomic sheets. Herein, we present a top-down, high-yield, facile route for the controlled introduction of ordered divacancies in MXenes. By designing a parent 3D atomic laminate, (Mo2/3Sc1/3)2AlC, with in-plane chemical ordering, and by selectively etching the Al and Sc atoms, we show evidence for 2D Mo1...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436080/genotype-specific-pathogenic-effects-in-human-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#6
Ilse Ae Bollen, Maike Schuldt, Magdalena Harakalova, Aryan Vink, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jose R Pinto, Martina Krüger, Diederik Wd Kuster, Jolanda van der Velden
BACKGROUND: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) can be caused by mutations in sarcomeric and non-sarcomeric genes. In this study we defined the pathogenic effects of three DCM causing mutations: the sarcomeric mutations in genes encoding cardiac troponin I (TNNI3p.98truncation ) and cardiac troponin T (TNNT2p.K217deletion ; also known as the K210del) and the non-sarcomeric gene mutation encoding lamin A/C (LMNAp.R331Q ). METHODS: We assessed sarcomeric protein expression and phosphorylation and contractile behaviour in single membrane-permeabilized cardiomyocytes in human left ventricular heart tissue...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435822/targeted-intracellular-heat-transfer-in-cancer-therapy-assessment-of-asparagine-laminated-gold-nanoparticles-in-cell-model-of-t-cell-leukemia
#7
Shadab Shahriari, Maryam Bakhshi, Ahmad Reza Shahverdi, Azar Berahmeh, Farnaz Safavifar, Mohammad Reza Khorramizadeh
BACKGROUND: High temperatures have destructive effects on cancer cells by damaging proteins and structures within cells. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) can act as drug delivery vehicles, especially for cancer therapy. Due to the selective intake of asparagine molecules into malignant cells, AuNPs were coated with asparagine; and CCRF-CEM human T-cell leukemia cells were treated with the new combination, Asn-AuNPs, at 39 °C. METHODS: The co-authors from a number of collaborative labs located at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, have initiated the idea and preliminary design of this study in 2011...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433501/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1-regulates-the-processing-of-reelin-in-the-perinatal-cortex
#8
Nicholas J Bradshaw, Svenja V Trossbach, Sabrina Köber, Susanne Walter, Ingrid Prikulis, Sascha Weggen, Carsten Korth
Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a prominent gene in mental illness research, encoding a scaffold protein known to be of importance in the developing cerebral cortex. Reelin is a critical extracellular protein for development and lamination of the prenatal cortex and which has also been independently implicated in mental illness. Regulation of reelin activity occurs through processing by the metalloproteinases ADAMTS-4 and ADAMTS-5. Through cross-breeding of heterozygous transgenic DISC1 mice with heterozygous reeler mice, which have reduced reelin, pups heterozygous for both phenotypes were generated...
April 19, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430006/evolutionary-changes-in-lamin-expression-in-the-vertebrate-lineage
#9
Reimer Stick, Annette Peter
The nuclear lamina is involved in fundamental nuclear functions and provides mechanical stability to the nucleus. Lamin filaments form a meshwork closely apposed to the inner nuclear membrane and a small fraction of lamins exist in the nuclear interior. Mutations in lamin genes cause severe hereditary diseases, the laminopathies. During vertebrate evolution the lamin protein family has expanded. While most vertebrate genomes contain four lamin genes, encoding the lamins A, B1, B2, and LIII, the majority of non-vertebrate genomes harbor only a single lamin gene...
April 21, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428255/nucleosome-nucleosome-interactions-via-histone-tails-and-linker-dna-regulate-nuclear-rigidity
#10
Yuta Shimamoto, Sachiko Tamura, Hiroshi Masumoto, Kazuhiro Maeshima
Cells, as well as the nuclei inside them, experience significant mechanical stress in diverse biological processes including contraction, migration, and adhesion. The structural stability of nuclei must therefore be maintained in order to protect genome integrity. Despite extensive knowledge on nuclear architecture and components, however, the underlying physical and molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. We addressed this in the present study by subjecting isolated human cell nuclei to microneedle-based quantitative micromanipulation with a series of biochemical perturbations of the chromatin...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425486/lamin-b1-is-required-for-mature-neuron-specific-gene-expression-during-olfactory-sensory-neuron-differentiation
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Crystal M Gigante, Michele Dibattista, Frederick N Dong, Xiaobin Zheng, Sibiao Yue, Stephen G Young, Johannes Reisert, Yixian Zheng, Haiqing Zhao
B-type lamins are major constituents of the nuclear lamina in all metazoan cells, yet have specific roles in the development of certain cell types. Although they are speculated to regulate gene expression in developmental contexts, a direct link between B-type lamins and developmental gene expression in an in vivo system is currently lacking. Here, we identify lamin B1 as a key regulator of gene expression required for the formation of functional olfactory sensory neurons. By using targeted knockout in olfactory epithelial stem cells in adult mice, we show that lamin B1 deficient neurons exhibit attenuated response to odour stimulation...
April 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424353/constrained-release-of-lamina-associated-enhancers-and-genes-from-the-nuclear-envelope-during-t-cell-activation-facilitates-their-association-in-chromosome-compartments
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Michael I Robson, Jose I de Las Heras, Rafal Czapiewski, Aishwarya Sivakumar, Alastair R W Kerr, Eric Schirmer
The 3D organization of the genome changes concomitantly with expression changes during hematopoiesis and immune activation. Studies have focused either on lamina-associated domains (LADs) or on topologically-associated domains (TADs), defined by preferential local chromatin interactions, and chromosome compartments, defined as higher-order interactions between TADs sharing functionally similar states. However, few studies have investigated how these affect one another. To address this, we mapped LADs using Lamin B1-DamID during Jurkat T-cell activation, finding significant genome re-organization at the nuclear periphery dominated by release of loci frequently important for T-cell function...
April 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423830/bridging-the-semantic-gap-between-diagnostic-histopathology-and-image-analysis
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Lamine Traore, Yannick Kergosien, Daniel Racoceanu
With the wider acceptance of Whole Slide Images (WSI) in histopathology domain, automatic image analysis algorithms represent a very promising solution to support pathologist's laborious tasks during the diagnosis process, to create a quantification-based second opinion and to enhance inter-observer agreement. In this context, reference vocabularies and formalization of the associated knowledge are especially needed to annotate histopathology images with labels complying with semantic standards. In this work, we elaborate a sustainable triptych able to bridge the gap between pathologists and image analysis scientists...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423660/progerin-impairs-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-growth-via-the-dna-damage-response-pathway
#14
Daisuke Kinoshita, Ayako Nagasawa, Ippei Shimizu, Takashi K Ito, Yohko Yoshida, Masanori Tsuchida, Atsushi Iwama, Toshiya Hayano, Tohru Minamino
Mutations of the lamin A gene cause various premature aging syndromes, including Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) and atypical Werner syndrome. In HGPS (but not atypical Werner syndrome), extensive loss of vascular smooth muscle cells leads to myocardial infarction with premature death. The underlying mechanisms how single gene mutations can cause various phenotypes are largely unknown. We performed an interactome analysis using mutant forms of lamin A involved in progeroid syndromes. We found that the mutant lamin A responsible for HGPS, known as progerin, could not bind to proteins related to the DNA damage response, including DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK)...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422997/promoter-hypermethylation-as-a-mechanism-for-lamin-a-c-silencing-in-a-subset-of-neuroblastoma-cells
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Ines Rauschert, Fabian Aldunate, Jens Preussner, Miguel Arocena-Sutz, Vanina Peraza, Mario Looso, Juan C Benech, Ruben Agrelo
Nuclear lamins support the nuclear envelope and provide anchorage sites for chromatin. They are involved in DNA synthesis, transcription, and replication. It has previously been reported that the lack of Lamin A/C expression in lymphoma and leukaemia is due to CpG island promoter hypermethylation. Here, we provide evidence that Lamin A/C is silenced via this mechanism in a subset of neuroblastoma cells. Moreover, Lamin A/C expression can be restored with a demethylating agent. Importantly, Lamin A/C reintroduction reduced cell growth kinetics and impaired migration, invasion, and anchorage-independent cell growth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422658/equivalent-magnetic-noise-in-magnetoelectric-laminates-comprising-bidomain-linbo-sub-3-sub-crystals
#16
Joao Vidal, Andrey V Turutin, Ilya V Kubasov, Mikhail D Malinkovich, Yurii N Parkhomenko, Svetlana P Kobeleva, Andrei L Kholkin, Nikolai A Sobolev
The anisotropic direct magnetoelectric (ME) properties of bi-layered composites comprising magnetostrictive metglas foils and single-crystalline piezoelectric bidomain plates of 127ºY-cut LiNbO<sub>3<sub> (LNO) have been studied theoretically and experimentally. The LNO plates possessed an engineered ferroelectric macrobidomain structure with opposite spontaneous polarization vectors. Impedance, ME effect and equivalent magnetic noise density measurements have been performed under quasi-static and resonant conditions...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416576/pathways-involved-in-formation-of-mammary-organoid-architecture-have-keys-to-understanding-drug-resistance-and-to-discovery-of-druggable-targets
#17
Saori Furuta, Mina J Bissell
Signals from the extracellular matrix (ECM) are received at the cell surface receptor, transmitted to the cytoskeletons, and transferred to the nucleus and chromatin for tissue- and context-specific gene expression. Cells, in return, modulate the cell shape and ECM, allowing for the maintenance of tissue homeostasis as well as for coevolution and adaptation to the environmental signals. We postulated the existence of dynamic and reciprocal interactions between the ECM and the nucleus more than three decades ago, but now these pathways have been proven experimentally thanks to the advances in imaging and cell/molecular biology techniques...
April 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414603/cardiovascular-findings-in-ponies-with-equine-metabolic-syndrome
#18
Natalie Heliczer, Vinzenz Gerber, Rupert Bruckmaier, Johannes H van der Kolk, Cristobal Navas de Solis
OBJECTIVE To determine whether hypertension, high sympathetic tone, resting and exercising arrhythmias, and echocardiographic changes consistent with hypertensive cardiomyopathy were associated with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) in ponies. DESIGN Prospective case-control study. ANIMALS 19 privately owned ponies with a diagnosis of EMS (history of laminitis, body condition score ≥ 7/9, cresty neck score ≥ 3/5, and abnormal oral sugar test result; cases) and 20 healthy control ponies. PROCEDURES Heart rate (HR), noninvasively measured arterial blood pressure (BP), markers of autonomic tone (splenic volume and HR variability), 24-hour and exercising ECGs, and echocardiograms were compared between cases and controls...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413435/low-prevalence-of-human-mammary-tumor-virus-hmtv-in-breast-cancer-patients-from-myanmar
#19
Thar Htet San, Masayoshi Fujisawa, Soichiro Fushimi, Teizo Yoshimura, Toshiaki Ohara, Lamin Soe, Ngu Wah Min, Ohnmar Kyaw, Xu Yang, Akihiro Matsukawa
BACKGROUND: Human mammary tumor virus (HMTV) is 90-95% homologous to mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), one of the causal agents of murine mammary tumors. HMTV (MMTV-like) sequences were reported to be present in human breast cancers from several populations with a prevalence range of 0-78%; however, the prevalence of HMTV in breast cancers from Myanmar remains unknown. METHODS: Fifty-eight breast cancer samples from Myanmar women were examined in this study. DNA was isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded specimens, and HMTV envelope sequences were detected by semi-nested PCR...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410148/remodeling-of-tick-cytoskeleton-in-response-to-infection-with-anaplasma-phagocytophilum
#20
Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Pilar Alberdi, James J Valdes, Margarita Villar, Jose de la Fuente
The obligate intracellular pathogen Anaplasma phagocytophilum infects vertebrate and tick hosts. In this study, a genome-wide search for cytoskeleton components was performed in the tick vector, Ixodes scapularis. The available transcriptomics and proteomics data was then used to characterize the mRNA and protein levels of I. scapularis cytoskeleton components in response to A. phagocytophilum infection. The results showed that cytoskeleton components described in other model organisms were present in the I...
June 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
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