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Yuxia Yang, Yanju Zhang, Zhenchuan Miao, Junhua Zhou, Jianyuan Luo
The bone marrow (BM) microenvironment, heavily composed of osteoblasts, plays a key role during the normal development of hematopoiesis. Endogenous miR-22 has an important function on the hematopoietic development and osteoblastic differentiation. It is unclear whether miR-22 in osteoblasts from the BM microenvironment also has an important function on the development of hematopoiesis. In this study, we found that the capacity of FBMOB-hTERT cells to expand human cord blood (CB) CD34+ cells and maintain the multipotency of CB CD34+ cells is decreased upon ectopic expression of miR-22...
October 20, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Pierre D Thiriet, Antonio Di Franco, Adrien Cheminée, Paolo Guidetti, Olivier Bianchimani, Solène Basthard-Bogain, Jean-Michel Cottalorda, Hazel Arceo, Joan Moranta, Pierre Lejeune, Patrice Francour, Luisa Mangialajo
In Mediterranean subtidal rocky reefs, Cystoseira spp. (Phaeophyceae) form dense canopies up to 1 m high. Such habitats, called 'Cystoseira forests', are regressing across the entire Mediterranean Sea due to multiple anthropogenic stressors, as are other large brown algae forests worldwide. Cystoseira forests are being replaced by structurally less complex habitats, but little information is available regarding the potential difference in the structure and composition of fish assemblages between these habitats...
2016: PloS One
Ahmad Abu-Khader, Roya Pasha, Gwendoline C D Ward, Gavin Boisjoli, Nicolas Pineault
Engraftment outcomes are strongly correlated with the numbers of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC) infused. Expansion of umbilical cord blood (CB) HSPC has gained much interest lately since infusion of expanded HSPC can accelerate engraftment and improve clinical outcomes. Many novel protocols based on different expansion strategies of HSPC and their downstream derivatives are under development. Herein, we describe the production and properties of serum-free medium (SFM) conditioned with mesenchymal stromal cells derived-osteoblasts (OCM) for the expansion of umbilical CB cells and progenitors...
October 18, 2016: Cytotechnology
Shinsuke Koshita, Yutaka Noda, Kei Ito, Yoshihide Kanno, Takahisa Ogawa, Kaori Masu, Yoshiharu Masaki, Jun Horaguchi, Masaya Oikawa, Takashi Tsuchiya, Takashi Sawai, Miwa Uzuki, Fumiyoshi Fujishima
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: To elucidate the efficacy of pancreatic juice cytology with the cell block method (CB-PJC) for the determination of surgery in patients with branch duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (BD-IPMN). METHODS: In 138 patients with BD-IPMN from whom pancreatic juice was collected under ERCP for CB-PJC, we retrospectively evaluated the following: (1) the rate of the CB-PJC successfully evaluated, (2) the ability of CB-PJC for the diagnosis of malignant BD-IPMNs and for the identification of pathological subtypes in resected BD-IPMNs, (3) the rate of development into invasive cancer and progression of BD-IPMNs in patients with BD-IPMN diagnosed as benignancy by CB-PJC, and (4) post-ERCP adverse events...
October 15, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Wioletta Pijacka, Fiona McBryde, Anthony P Ford, Julian F R Paton
OBJECTIVE: Arterial hypertension is associated with increases in both peripheral chemoreceptor reflex sensitivity and sympathetic nerve activity (SNA). We have shown that CB resection in SH rats reduces arterial pressure (AP; McBryde et al. 2013). Since P2X3 receptors exist in the rat CB and P2X3 receptor activity is associated with afferent hyperreflexia (Ford et al. 2015), we hypothesized that P2X3 receptor would be upregulated in the CB of SH vs normotensive (Wistar) control rats and that a selective P2X3 receptor antagonist (AF-219) would reduce chemoreflex hypersensitivity, AP and SNA in SH rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
A Ochocka, A Pasztaleniec
Herein, we report the response of indices based on phytoplankton and zooplankton and their combination to different nutrient concentrations in lakes. The study was carried out in ten lakes in northeastern Poland. Integrated samples were collected from the epilimnion during the summer of 2012-2013. Secchi disk visibility (SD), total phosphorus (TP), total nitrogen (TN), and chlorophyll a were used as proxies for eutrophication. We calculated 16 plankton indices: two phytoplankton indices, six crustacean indices, five rotiferan indices, two zooplankton diversity indices, and one combined phytoplankton and zooplankton index...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jill Buyon, Richard Furie, Chaim Putterman, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, Kenneth Kalunian, Derren Barken, John Conklin, Thierry Dervieux
BACKGROUND: The relationship between cell-bound complement activation products (CB-CAPs: EC4d, EC3d), anti-C1q, soluble complement C3/C4 and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was evaluated. METHODS: Per protocol, at baseline all SLE subjects enrolled in this longitudinal study presented with active disease and elevated CB-CAPs. At each monthly visit, the non-serological (ns) Safety of Estrogens in Lupus Erythematosus: National Assessment (SELENA-SLEDAI) and the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG)-2004 index scores were determined as was a random urinary protein to creatinine ratio (uPCR)...
2016: Lupus Science & Medicine
Nurcan Akduran, Hacali Necefoğlu, Ömer Aydoğdu, Tuncer Hökelek
In the title complex, [Zn(C8H4NO2)2(C10H14N2O)2(H2O)2], the Zn(II) cation, located on an inversion centre, is coordinated by two water mol-ecules, two 4-cyano-benzoate (CB) anions and two di-ethyl-nicotinamide (DENA) ligands in a distorted N2O4 octa-hedral geometry. In the mol-ecule, the dihedral angle between the planar carboxyl-ate group and the adjacent benzene ring is 9.50 (14)°, while the benzene and pyridine rings are oriented at a dihedral angle of 56.99 (5)°. The water mol-ecules exhibit both an intra-molecular hydrogen bond [to the non-coordinating carboxyl-ate O atom, enclosing an S(6) hydrogen-bonding motif, where O⋯O = 2...
October 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
David Sigwalt, Peter Y Zavalij, Lyle Isaacs
We report the synthesis of M2NH3 which is a tetracationic analogue of our prototypical acyclic CB[n]-type molecular container M2. Both M1NH3 and M2NH3 possess excellent solubility in D2O and do not undergo intermolecular self-association processes that would impinge on their molecular recognition properties. Compounds M1NH3 and M2NH3 do, however, undergo an intramolecular self-complexation process driven by ion-dipole interactions between the ureidyl C=O portals and the OCH2CH2NH3 arms along with inclusion of one aromatic wall in its own hydrophobic cavity...
2016: Supramolecular Chemistry
Alexandre N Rcom-H'cheo-Gauthier, Amelia Davis, Adrian C B Meedeniya, Dean L Pountney
α-Synuclein (α-syn) aggregates (Lewy bodies) in dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) may be associated with disturbed calcium homeostasis and oxidative stress. We investigated the interplay between α-syn aggregation, expression of the calbindin-D28k (CB) neuronal calcium-buffering protein and oxidative stress, combining immunofluorescence double labelling and Western analysis, and examining DLB and normal human cases and a unilateral oxidative stress lesion model of α-syn disease (rotenone mouse). DLB cases showed a greater proportion of CB+ cells in affected brain regions compared to normal cases with Lewy bodies largely present in CB- neurons and virtually undetected in CB+ neurons...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Joana F Sacramento, Maria J Ribeiro, Tiago Rodrigues, Elena Olea, Bernardete F Melo, Maria P Guarino, Rui Fonseca-Pinto, Cristiana R Ferreira, Joana Coelho, Ana Obeso, Raquel Seiça, Paulo Matafome, Sílvia V Conde
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We recently described that carotid body (CB) over-activation is involved in the aetiology of insulin resistance and arterial hypertension in animal models of the metabolic syndrome. Additionally, we have demonstrated that CB activity is increased in animal models of insulin resistance, and that carotid sinus nerve (CSN) resection prevents the development of insulin resistance and arterial hypertension induced by high-energy diets. Here, we tested whether the functional abolition of CB by CSN transection would reverse pre-established insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia, obesity, autonomic dysfunction and hypertension in animal models of the metabolic syndrome...
October 16, 2016: Diabetologia
Bradley W Abramson, Benjamin Kachel, David M Kramer, Daniel C Ducat
In plants, a limited capacity to utilize or export the end products of the Calvin Benson cycle (CB) from photosynthetically-active source cells to non-photosynthetic sink cells can result in reduced carbon capture, photosynthetic electron transport (PET) and lowered photochemical efficiency. The downregulation of photosynthesis caused by reduced capacity to utilize photosynthate has been termed "sink limitation". Recently, several cyanobacterial and algal strains engineered to over-produce target metabolites have exhibited increased photochemistry suggesting possible source-sink regulatory mechanisms may be involved...
October 13, 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
Melanie A Gunawardene, Boris A Hoffmann, Benjamin Schaeffer, Da-Un Chung, Julia Moser, Ruken Oezge Akbulak, Mario Jularic, Christian Eickholt, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Stephan Willems
INTRODUCTION: Comparative data of early recurrence rates of atrial fibrillation (ERAF) following second-generation cryoballoon (CB-G2) and radiofrequency current (RFC) ablation for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in paroxysmal AF (PAF) are rare. We randomized PAF patients into either PVI with CB-G2 (group 1) or PVI with a combined RFC-approach applying contact force (CF) with the endpoint of unexcitability (group 2) to investigate ERAF. METHODS: In group 1 (n = 30), CB-G2-PVI was performed...
October 14, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Silvia Sonzini, Alessio Marcozzi, Raphael J Gubeli, Christopher F van der Walle, Peter Ravn, Andreas Herrmann, Oren A Scherman
Supramolecular interactions between the host cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) and amino acids have been widely interrogated, but recognition of specific motifs within a protein domain have never been reported. A phage display approach was herein used to select motifs with the highest binding affinity for the heteroternary complex with methyl viologen and CB[8] (MV⋅CB[8]) within a vast pool of cyclic peptide sequences. From the selected motifs, an epitope consisting of three amino acid was extrapolated and incorporated into a solvent-exposed loop of a protein domain; the protein exhibited micromolar binding affinity for the MV⋅CB[8] complex, matching that of the cyclic peptide...
October 13, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
K R Torres-da-Silva, A V Da Silva, N O Barioni, G W L Tessarin, J A De Oliveira, E Ervolino, J A C Horta-Junior, C A Casatti
The spinal cord is involved in local, ascending and descending neural pathways. Few studies analyzed the distribution of neuromediators in the laminae of non-human primates along all segments. The present study described the classic neuromediators in the spinal cord of the non-human primate Sapajus spp. through histochemical and immunohistochemical methods. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide hydrogen phosphate-diaphorase (NADPH-d) method showed neuronal somata in the intermediolateral column (IML), central cervical nucleus (CCN), laminae I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and X, besides dense presence of nerve fibers in laminae II and IX...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Stephanie Höhn, Armin Hallmann
BACKGROUND: The multicellular volvocine alga Pleodorina is intermediate in organismal complexity between its unicellular relative, Chlamydomonas, and its multicellular relative, Volvox, which shows complete division of labor between different cell types. The volvocine green microalgae form a group of genera closely related to the genus Volvox within the order Volvocales (Chlorophyta). Embryos of multicellular volvocine algae consist of a cellular monolayer that, depending on the species, is either bowl-shaped or comprises a sphere...
October 13, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
Susana Arrechea, Ana Aljarilla, Pilar de la Cruz, Emilio Palomares, Ganesh D Sharma, Fernando Langa
Two new conjugated acceptor-π-donor-π-acceptor (A-π-D-π-A) porphyrins have been synthesised using 3-ethylrhodanine (1a) or dicyanovinylene (1b) groups as acceptor units. Their optical and electrochemical properties made these materials excellent electron donors along with PC71BM as the acceptor for solution-processed bulk heterojunction organic solar cells. The devices based on 1a:PC71BM (1 : 2) and 1b:PC71BM (1 : 2) processed with CB showed low power conversion efficiencies (PCE) of 2.30% and 2...
October 12, 2016: Nanoscale
Soumen K Samanta, Damien Moncelet, Volker Briken, Lyle Isaacs
Self-assembly of ligand 1 and Pd(NO3)2 delivers Fujita-type metal organic polyhedron (MOP) 3 which bears 24 covalently attached methyl viologen units on its external surface as evidenced by 1H NMR, DOSY NMR, electrospray mass spectrometry, TEM, and AFM measurements. MOP 3 undergoes non-covalent complexation with cucurbit[n]urils to yield MOPs 4 - 6 with diameter ≈ 5-6 nm. MOP 5 can be fully loaded with doxorubicin prodrug 2 via hetero ternary complex formation to yield 7. The MOPs exhibit excellent stability toward neutral to slightly acidic pH in 10 mM sodium phosphate buffer mitigating the concern of disassembly during circulation...
October 10, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Sang-Uk Cho, Doo-In Kim, Won Kyoung Cho, Bo Sung Shin, Myung Yung Jeong
The effects of the continuity of the surface pattern on wetting enhancement was investigated using micro-pillar and micro-hole arrays on hydrophilic and hydrophobic materials. Isolated micro-pillar arrays and continuous micro-hole arrays were prepared by a micro-scale imprinting technique using positive and negative Si molds fabricated by a conventional photolithography technique. The contact angles (CAs) and contact angle hysteresis (CAH) of the prepared surfaces were measured as a function of the surface parameter ξ, defined as the ratio of the top surface area of the microstructure to the surface area of the flat unit cell...
October 10, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jiří Hostaš, David Sigwalt, Marina Šekutor, Haresh Ajani, Matúš Dubecký, Jan Řezáč, Peter Y Zavalij, Liping Cao, Christian Wohlschlager, Kata Mlinarić-Majerski, Lyle Isaacs, Robert Glaser, Pavel Hobza
A training set of eleven X-ray structures determined for biomimetic complexes between cucurbit[n]uril (CB[7 or 8]) hosts and adamantane-/diamantane ammonium/aminium guests were studied with DFT-D3 quantum mechanical computational methods to afford ΔGcalcd binding energies. A novel feature of this work is that the fidelity of the BLYP-D3/def2-TZVPP choice of DFT functional was proven by comparison with more accurate methods. For the first time, the CB[n]⋅guest complex binding energy subcomponents [for example, ΔEdispersion , ΔEelectrostatic , ΔGsolvation , binding entropy (-TΔS), and induced fit Edeformation(host) , Edeformation(guest) ] were calculated...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
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