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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783190/importance-of-surface-modification-of-%C3%AE-alumina-in-creating-its-nanostructured-composites-with-zeolitic-imidazolate-framework-zif-67
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Yuanyuan Liu, Alexandre A S Gonçalves, Yang Zhou, Mietek Jaroniec
Application of zeolitic imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67) as an adsorbent has been greatly hindered by slow mass transfer of adsorbate molecules due to its inherent microporosity. To address this limitation, we have developed binary nanostructures composed of ZIF-67 and γ-alumina (GA) containing respectively micropores and large mesopores. The nanostructured composites were successfully prepared by coupling ZIF-67 and GA with and without surface modification with imidazole silane that mimics the building blocks of ZIF-67 to obtain GA-Im-ZIF-67 (with imidazole silane) and GA-ZIF-67 (without imidazole silane)...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782959/targeting-central-%C3%AE-2-receptors-ameliorates-streptozotocin-induced-neuroinflammation-via-inhibition-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase3-pathway-in-mice
#2
Nora O Abdel Rasheed, Nesrine S El-Sayed, Aiman S El-Khatib
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is portrayed by progressive cognitive decline and pathological deposition of amyloid plaques as well as neurofibrillary tangles. Most of AD cases are sporadic, resulting from overlap of various environmental and genetic factors. Intra-cerebroventricular injection of streptozotocin (STZ) leads to insulin resistance brain state accompanied by memory decline, oxidative stress, and neuro-degeneration which mimic the pathologies associated with sporadic Alzheimer's disease (SAD). In the current study, protective effects of formoterol in STZ-induced SAD were studied...
May 18, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782926/decoding-cell-signalling-and-regulation-of-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
#3
REVIEW
A K Santos, M S Vieira, R Vasconcellos, V A M Goulart, A H Kihara, R R Resende
Oligodendrocytes are fundamental for the functioning of the nervous system; they participate in several cellular processes, including axonal myelination and metabolic maintenance for astrocytes and neurons. In the mammalian nervous system, they are produced through waves of proliferation and differentiation, which occur during embryogenesis. However, oligodendrocytes and their precursors continue to be generated during adulthood from specific niches of stem cells that were not recruited during development. Deficiencies in the formation and maturation of these cells can generate pathologies mainly related to myelination...
May 18, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782835/multi-pronged-interactions-underlie-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-by-%C3%AE-synuclein
#4
Jonathan K Williams, Xue Yang, Tamr B Atieh, Michael P Olson, Sagar D Khare, Jean Baum
The intrinsically disordered protein β-synuclein is known to inhibit the aggregation of its intrinsically disordered homolog, α-synuclein, which is implicated in Parkinson's disease. While β-synuclein itself does not form fibrils at the cytoplasmic pH7.4, alteration of pH and other environmental perturbations are known to induce its fibrilization. However, the sequence and structural determinants of β-synuclein inhibition and self-aggregation are not well understood. We have utilized a series of domain-swapped chimeras of α-synuclein and β-synuclein to probe the relative contributions of the N-terminal, C-terminal and the central Non-Amyloid-β Component (NAC) domains to the inhibition of α-synuclein aggregation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782662/spoof-plasmonics-from-metamaterial-concept-to-topological-description
#5
REVIEW
Zhen Gao, Lin Wu, Fei Gao, Yu Luo, Baile Zhang
Advances in metamaterials have offered the opportunity of engineering electromagnetic properties beyond the limits of natural materials. A typical example is "spoof" surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), which mimic features of SPPs without penetrating into metal, but only with periodic corrugations on metal surfaces. They hold considerable promise in device applications from microwaves to the far infrared, where real SPP modes do not exist. The original spoof SPP concept is derived from the description of corrugated surfaces by a metamaterial that hosts an effective plasma frequency...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782617/patient-specific-neurosurgical-phantom-assessment-of-visual-quality-accuracy-and-scaling-effects
#6
Felipe Wilker Grillo, Victor Hugo Souza, Renan Hiroshi Matsuda, Carlo Rondinoni, Theo Zeferino Pavan, Oswaldo Baffa, Helio Rubens Machado, Antonio Adilton Oliveira Carneiro
Background: Training in medical education depends on the availability of standardized materials that can reliably mimic the human anatomy and physiology. One alternative to using cadavers or animal bodies is to employ phantoms or mimicking devices. Styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene (SEBS) gels are biologically inert and present tunable properties, including mechanical properties that resemble the soft tissue. Therefore, SEBS is an alternative to develop a patient-specific phantom, that provides real visual and morphological experience during simulation-based neurosurgical training...
2018: 3D Print Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782349/lncrna-malat-1-competitively-regulates-mir-124-to-promote-emt-and-development-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jiasheng Wu, Yueyue Weng, Fei He, Dong Liang, Lin Cai
This study was carried out to explore the mechanism of LncRNA MALAT-1 as a competing endogenous RNA to regulate miR-124 in epithelial-mesenchymal transition and development of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC and adjacent tissues were collected for RT-qPCR. The correlation of MALAT-1 and miR-124 was analyzed by Pearson. MALAT-1 expression was measured in NSCLC A549, NCI-H460, NCI-H529, SK-MES-1 cells, and 16HBE cells. A549 cells were selected for cell transfection experiments after the creation of six groups...
May 18, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782304/role-of-in-vivo-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-in-the-analysis-of-melanocytic-lesions
#8
Elena-Daniela Serban, Francesca Farnetani, Giovanni Pellacani, Maria Magdalena Constantin
Worldwide melanoma incidence and mortality are increasing (1). Despite the ongoing research, advanced melanoma is still incurable; therefore, the most appropriate solution seems to be early detection combined with complete surgical excision (2). Since the diagnostic protocol of suspicious lesions includes a complete excision with safety margins (2), the problem of unnecessary scarring is significant. The real challenge in this case is to have a properly formulated diagnosis before acquiring a biopsy. Currently available non-invasive techniques are coherence tomography, digital dermoscopy, and reflectance confocal microscopy...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782163/stoichio-kinetic-modeling-of-fenton-chemistry-in-a-meat-mimetic-aqueous-phase-medium
#9
Khaled Oueslati, Aurelie Promeyrat, Philippe Gatellier, Jean-Dominique Daudin, Alain Kondjoyan
Fenton reaction kinetics, which involved an Fe(II)/Fe(III) oxidative redox cycle, were studied in a liquid medium that mimics meat physicochemical conditions. Muscle antioxidants (enzymes, peptides and vitamins) were added one by one in the medium to determine their respective effects on formation of superoxide and hydroxyl radicals. A stoichio-kinetic mathematical model was used to predict the formation of these radicals. The difference between experimental and predicted results was mainly due to iron reactivity, which had to be taken into account in the model, and to uncertainties on some of the rate constant values introduced in the model...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782142/projection-based-3d-printing-of-cell-patterning-scaffolds-with-multi-scale-channels
#10
Dai Xue, Yancheng Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Deqing Mei, Yue Wang, Shaochen Chen
To fully actualize artificial, cell-laden biological models in tissue engineering, such as 3D organoids and organs-on-a-chip systems, cells need to be patterned such that they can precisely mimic natural microenvironments in vitro. Despite increasing interest in this area, patterning cells at multiscales (~10 μm - 10 mm) remains a significant challenge in bioengineering. Here we report a projection-based 3D printing system that achieves rapid and high-resolution fabrication of hydrogel scaffolds featuring intricate channels for multi-scale cell patterning...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782025/injections-of-lipopolysaccharide-into-mice-to-mimic-entrance-of-microbial-derived-products-after-intestinal-barrier-breach
#11
Katarina Raduolovic, Rachel Mak'Anyengo, Berna Kaya, Anna Steinert, Jan Hendrik Niess
The intestinal epithelial barrier separates the host from the microbiota that is normally tolerated or ignored. The breach of this barrier results in the entrance of bacteria or bacteria-derived products into the host, accessing the host circulation and inner organs leading to the uncontrolled inflammation as observed in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), that are characterized by an increased intestinal epithelial permeability. To mimic the entrance of bacterial-derived compounds into the host, an endotoxemia model has been adopted in which lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a component of the outer cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, were injected into mice...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781989/bile-salt-induced-biofilm-formation-in-enteric-pathogens-techniques-for-identification-and-quantification
#12
Kourtney P Nickerson, Christina S Faherty
Biofilm formation is a dynamic, multistage process that occurs in bacteria under harsh environmental conditions or times of stress. For enteric pathogens, a significant stress response is induced during gastrointestinal transit and upon bile exposure, a normal component of human digestion. To overcome the bactericidal effects of bile, many enteric pathogens form a biofilm hypothesized to permit survival when transiting through the small intestine. Here we present methodologies to define biofilm formation through solid-phase adherence assays as well as extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix detection and visualization...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781606/rapid-diagnostic-for-point-of-care-malaria-screening
#13
Samantha E McBirney, Dongyu Chen, Alexis Scholtz, Hossein Ameri, Andrea M Armani
Despite significant success in therapeutic development, malaria remains a widespread and deadly infectious disease in the developing world. Given the nearly 100% efficacy of current malaria therapeutics, the primary barrier to eradication is lack of early diagnosis of the infected population. However, there are multiple strains of malaria. Although significant efforts and resources have been invested in developing antibody-based diagnostic methods for Plasmodium falciparum, a rapid and easy to use screening method capable of detecting all malaria strains has not been realized...
May 21, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781541/the-two-rules-of-speciation-in-species-with-young-sex-chromosomes
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Dmitry A Filatov
The two "rules of speciation", Haldane's rule (HR) and the large-X effect (LXE), are thought to be caused by recessive species incompatibilities exposed in the phenotype due to the hemizygosity of X-linked genes in the heterogametic sex. Thus, the reports of HR and the LXE in species with recently evolved non- or partially-degenerate Y-chromosomes, such as Silene latifolia and its relatives, were surprising. Here I argue that rapid species-specific degeneration of Y-linked genes and associated adjustment of expression of X-linked gametologs (dosage compensation) may lead to rapid evolution of sex-linked species incompatibilities...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781537/microrna-508-suppresses-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-migration-and-invasion-of-ovarian-cancer-cells-through-the-mapk1-erk-signaling-pathway
#15
Lan Hong, Yifeng Wang, Wangsheng Chen, Shuying Yang
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the sixth most common cancer in women worldwide. Despite advances in detection and therapies, it still represents the most lethal gynecologic malignancy in the industrialized countries. Unfortunately, the molecular events that lead to the development of this highly aggressive disease remain largely unknown. The study explored the ability of microRNA-508 (miR-508) to influence proliferation, migration, invasion, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in OC cells. We quantified the level of miR-508 cancer tissues with corresponding adjacent normal tissues collected from 84 patients with OC...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781242/photo-controlled-reversible-microtubule-assembly-mediated-by-cyclodextrin-derivative
#16
Ying-Ming Zhang, Ni-Yuan Zhang, Kui Xiao, Yu Liu, Qilin Yu
The design and construction of multistimuli-responsive supramolecular nanoassemblies that can mimic and regulate the fundamental biological processes has become a focus of interest in supramolecular chemistry. In this work, a perfect combination has been achieved between naturally occurring microtubule and artificially macrocyclic receptor. The self-assembling morphology of microtubules can be photo-tuned by the host-guest interaction of paclitaxel-modified β-cyclodextrin (PTX-CD) and photochromic arylazopyrazole (PTX-AAP)...
May 20, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781051/prehospital-prediction-of-large-vessel-occlusion-in-suspected-stroke-patients
#17
REVIEW
Kevin J Keenan, Charles Kircher, Jason T McMullan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in endovascular thrombectomy have made acute ischemic stroke due to a large vessel occlusion more treatable than ever. Rapid access to treatment remains paramount and multiple large vessel occlusion prediction scales have been created to enhance prehospital identification and triage of these patients. This review summarizes the current state of large vessel occlusion prediction scales, proposes a set of ideal scale features, and discusses the future of these scales and prehospital neurological emergency response systems...
May 21, 2018: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780857/multi-omic-network-based-interrogation-of-rat-liver-metabolism-following-gastric-bypass-surgery-featuring-swath-proteomics
#18
Gautham Vivek Sridharan, Matthew D'Alessandro, Shyam Sundhar Bale, Vicky Bhagat, Hugo Gagnon, John M Asara, Korkut Uygun, Martin L Yarmush, Nima Saeidi
Morbidly obese patients often elect for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), a form of bariatric surgery that triggers a remarkable 30% reduction in excess body weight and reversal of insulin resistance for those who are type II diabetic. A more complete understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms that drive the complex metabolic reprogramming post-RYGB could lead to innovative non-invasive therapeutics that mimic the beneficial effects of the surgery, namely weight loss, achievement of glycemic control, or reversal of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)...
September 2017: Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780854/immunofluorescence-analysis-of-human-endocervical-tissue-explants-infected-with-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
#19
Liang-Chun Wang, Qian Yu, Daniel C Stein, Wenxia Song
Colonization and penetration of the epithelium is the infection-initiating route of mucosal pathogens. The epithelium counteracts infection by eliciting host cell responses while maintaining the mucosal barrier function. The obligate human sexually transmitted bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or gonococcus (GC) infects the female reproductive tract primarily from the endocervical epithelium. Due to lack of an infection model that mimics all aspects of human infections in the female reproductive tract, GC pathogenesis is poorly understood...
February 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780613/schwann-cell-durotaxis-can-be-guided-by-physiologically-relevant-stiffness-gradients
#20
Elisabeth B Evans, Samantha W Brady, Anubhav Tripathi, Diane Hoffman-Kim
Background: Successful nerve regeneration depends upon directed migration of morphologically specialized repair state Schwann cells across a nerve defect. Although several groups have studied directed migration of Schwann cells in response to chemical or topographic cues, the current understanding of how the mechanical environment influences migration remains largely understudied and incomplete. Therefore, the focus of this study was to evaluate Schwann cell migration and morphodynamics in the presence of stiffness gradients, which revealed that Schwann cells can follow extracellular gradients of increasing stiffness, in a form of directed migration termed durotaxis...
2018: Biomaterials Research
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