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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719672/the-effects-of-ice-on-methane-hydrate-nucleation-a-microcanonical-molecular-dynamics-study
#2
Zhengcai Zhang, Guang-Jun Guo
Although ice powders are widely used in gas hydrate formation experiments, the effects of ice on hydrate nucleation and what happens in the quasi-liquid layer of ice are still not well understood. Here, we used high-precision constant energy molecular dynamics simulations to study methane hydrate nucleation from vapor-liquid mixtures exposed to the basal, prismatic, and secondary prismatic planes of hexagonal ice (ice Ih). Although no significant difference is observed in hydrate nucleation processes for these different crystal planes, it is found, more interestingly, that methane hydrate can nucleate either on the ice surface heterogeneously or in the bulk solution phase homogeneously...
July 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719571/mir-27b-3p-suppressed-osteogenic-differentiation-of-maxillary-sinus-membrane-stem-cells-by-targeting-sp7
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Wei Peng, Shuangxi Zhu, Xiang Li, Junquan Weng, Songling Chen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the critical role and function of miRNAs in the regulation of development and physiology of maxillary sinus membrane stem cell (MSMSC) osteogenesis. METHODS: Microarray analysis was performed to screen the miRNAs expression profiles during the process of MSMSC osteogenic differentiation. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was applied to verify the miRNAs expression profiles. Gain- and loss-of-function experiments were used to demonstrate that miR-27b-3p inhibited MSMSC osteoblastic differentiation...
July 14, 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718622/graphene-sheet-induced-global-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jiaxian Wang, Chang Cui, Haiyan Nan, Yuanfang Yu, Yini Xiao, Ellen Poon, Gang Yang, Xijie Wang, Chenchen Wang, Lingsong Li, Kenneth Richard Boheler, Xu Ma, Xin Cheng, Zhenhua Ni, Minglong Chen
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can proliferate infinitely. Their ability to differentiate into cardiomyocytes provides abundant sources for disease modeling, drug screening and regenerative medicine. However, hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) display a low degree of maturation and fetal-like properties. Current in vitro differentiation methods do not mimic the structural, mechanical, and physiological properties of the cardiogenesis niche. Recently, we present an efficient cardiac maturation platform that combines hiPSCs monolayer cardiac differentiation with graphene substrate which is a biocompatible and superconductive material...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718516/control-of-the-fluid-viscosity-in-a-mock-circulation
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Stefan Boës, Gregor Ochsner, Raffael Amacher, Anastasios Petrou, Mirko Meboldt, Marianne Schmid Daners
A mock circulation allows the in vitro investigation, development, and testing of ventricular assist devices. An aqueous-glycerol solution is commonly used to mimic the viscosity of blood. Due to evaporation and temperature changes, the viscosity of the solution drifts from its initial value and therefore, deviates substantially from the targeted viscosity of blood. Additionally, the solution needs to be exchanged to account for changing viscosities when mimicking different hematocrits. This article presents a method to control the viscosity in a mock circulation...
July 17, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718443/developing-cures-targeting-ontogenesis-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Victor T G Lin, Hawley C Pruitt, Rajeev S Samant, Lalita A Shevde
Cancer has long been known to histologically resemble developing embryonic tissue. Since this early observation, a mounting body of evidence suggests that cancer mimics or co-opts developmental processes to facilitate tumor initiation and progression. Programs important in both normal ontogenesis and cancer progression broadly fall into three domains: the lineage commitment of pluripotent stem cells, the appropriation of primordial mechanisms of cell motility and invasion, and the influence of multiple aspects of the microenvironment on the parenchyma...
February 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718332/a-peculiar-form-of-breast-fat-necrosis-simulating-hyaline-ring-granuloma-so-called-pulse-granuloma-a-rare-complication-of-hyperparathyroidism
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Maria García-Martos, Angel Panizo-Santos
Pulse granuloma is a rare, foreign body inflammatory reaction that occurs mainly in the oral cavity. It is exceedingly rare elsewhere, with only isolated cases described in the literature. We report the case of a 79-year-old woman with a history of normocalcemic hyperparathyroidism who presented to our hospital with a painful 4-cm lump in the upper quadrants-upper outer quadrant of her left breast. The clinical and radiological (BIRADS-5) findings were indicative of a malignant lesion. However, core needle biopsy revealed features simulating hyaline ring granuloma (pulse granuloma-like)...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718307/late-post-treatment-radiographic-changes-3-years-following-chemoradiation-for-glioma-the-importance-of-histopathology
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Joao R Galante, Fausto Rodriguez, Stuart A Grossman, Roy E Strowd
Treatment-related changes can mimic brain tumor progression both clinically and radiographically. Distinguishing these two entities represents a major challenge in neuro-oncology. No single imaging modality is capable of reliably achieving such distinction. While histopathology remains the gold standard, definitive pathological criteria are also lacking which can further complicate such cases. We report a patient with high-grade glioma who, after initially presenting with histopathologically confirmed pseudoprogression 10 months following treatment, re-presented 3 years following concurrent chemoradiation with clinical and radiographic changes that were most consistent with progressive disease but for which histopathology revealed treatment effects without active glioma...
July 18, 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718030/precision-stroke-animal-models-the-permanent-mcao-model-should-be-the-primary-model-not-transient-mcao
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Devin W McBride, John H Zhang
An argument for preclinical stroke research to make more use of the permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model, rather than transient MCAO, is presented. Despite STAIR recommending permanent MCAO as the primary model, preclinical stroke research has not been listened. In 2012, Hossmann reported that 64% of the treatment studies for MCAO used prompt transient MCAO models and only 36% of the studies used permanent MCAO or gradual transient MCAO (i.e., embolic stroke model). Then, in 2014 and 2015, 88% of published basic science studies on large vessel occlusion used the transient MCAO model...
July 17, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717801/mimicking-arterial-thrombosis-in-a-3d-printed-microfluidic-in-vitro-vascular-model-based-on-computed-tomography-angiography-data
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Pedro F Costa, Hugo J Albers, John E A Linssen, Heleen H T Middelkamp, Linda van der Hout, Robert Passier, Albert van den Berg, Jos Malda, Andries D van der Meer
Arterial thrombosis is the main instigating factor of heart attacks and strokes, which result in over 14 million deaths worldwide every year. The mechanism of thrombosis involves factors from the blood and the vessel wall, and it also relies strongly on 3D vessel geometry and local blood flow patterns. Microfluidic chip-based vascular models allow controlled in vitro studies of the interaction between vessel wall and blood in thrombosis, but until now, they could not fully recapitulate the 3D geometry and blood flow patterns of real-life healthy or diseased arteries...
July 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717424/low-active-loading-of-cargo-into-engineered-extracellular-vesicles-results-in-inefficient-mirna-mimic-delivery
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Dhruvitkumar S Sutaria, Jinmai Jiang, Ola A Elgamal, Steven M Pomeroy, Mohamed Badawi, Xiaohua Zhu, Ryan Pavlovicz, Ana Clara P Azevedo-Pouly, Jeffrey Chalmers, Chenglong Li, Mitch A Phelps, Thomas D Schmittgen
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) hold great potential as novel systems for nucleic acid delivery due to their natural composition. Our goal was to load EVs with microRNA that are synthesized by the cells that produce the EVs. HEK293T cells were engineered to produce EVs expressing a lysosomal associated membrane, Lamp2a fusion protein. The gene encoding pre-miR-199a was inserted into an artificial intron of the Lamp2a fusion protein. The TAT peptide/HIV-1 transactivation response (TAR) RNA interacting peptide was exploited to enhance the EV loading of the pre-miR-199a containing a modified TAR RNA loop...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717350/properties-of-native-high-density-lipoproteins-inspire-synthesis-of-actively-targeted-in-vivo-sirna-delivery-vehicles
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Kaylin M McMahon, Michael P Plebanek, C Shad Thaxton
Efficient systemic administration of therapeutic short interfering RNA (siRNA) is challenging. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are natural in vivo RNA delivery vehicles. Specifically, native HDLs: 1) Load single-stranded RNA; 2) Are anionic, which requires charge reconciliation between the RNA and HDL, and 3) Actively target scavenger receptor type B-1 (SR-B1) to deliver RNA. Emphasizing these particular parameters, we employed templated lipoprotein particles (TLP), mimics of spherical HDLs, and self-assembled them with single-stranded complements of, presumably, any highly unmodified siRNA duplex pair after formulation with a cationic lipid...
November 15, 2016: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717344/biomaterials-for-4d-stem-cell-culture
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Amber M Hilderbrand, Elisa M Ovadia, Matthew S Rehmann, Prathamesh M Kharkar, Chen Guo, April M Kloxin
Stem cells reside in complex three-dimensional (3D) environments within the body that change with time, promoting various cellular functions and processes such as migration and differentiation. These complex changes in the surrounding environment dictate cell fate yet, until recently, have been challenging to mimic within cell culture systems. Hydrogel-based biomaterials are well suited to mimic aspects of these in vivo environments, owing to their high water content, soft tissue-like elasticity, and often-tunable biochemical content...
August 2016: Current Opinion in Solid State & Materials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717286/histological-changes-in-nasolabial-cutaneous-flaps-employed-in-intraoral-reconstruction
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Lazaridou Maria, Dimitrakopoulos Ioannis, Vaxtsevanos Konstantinos, Iordanidis Fotis, Antoniades Konstantinos
INTRODUCTION: Nasolabial cutaneous flaps have been routinely used to reconstruct intraoral defects. The purpose of this study was to study histological changes that may occur in the skin flap as a result of its exposure to a new environment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirteen patients took part in this study. Fusiform tissue specimens were obtained from the intraoral cutaneous portion of the flap. Biopsy specimens were also taken from the skin of nasolabial region and from the buccal mucosa to serve as control...
September 2017: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717215/spot-variation-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy-by-data-post-processing
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S M J Khadem, C Hille, H-G Löhmannsröben, I M Sokolov
Spot variation fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (SV-FCS) is a variant of the FCS techniques which may give useful information about the structural organisation of the medium in which the diffusion takes place. We show that the same results can be obtained by post-processing the photon count data from ordinary FCS measurements. By using this method, one obtains the fluorescence autocorrelation functions for sizes of confocal volume, which are effectively smaller than that of the initial FCS measurement...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717014/investigating-mixotrophic-metabolism-in-the-model-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
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Valeria Villanova, Antonio Emidio Fortunato, Dipali Singh, Davide Dal Bo, Melissa Conte, Toshihiro Obata, Juliette Jouhet, Alisdair R Fernie, Eric Marechal, Angela Falciatore, Julien Pagliardini, Adeline Le Monnier, Mark Poolman, Gilles Curien, Dimitris Petroutsos, Giovanni Finazzi
Diatoms are prominent marine microalgae, interesting not only from an ecological point of view, but also for their possible use in biotechnology applications. They can be cultivated in phototrophic conditions, using sunlight as the sole energy source. Some diatoms, however, can also grow in a mixotrophic mode, wherein both light and external reduced carbon contribute to biomass accumulation. In this study, we investigated the consequences of mixotrophy on the growth and metabolism of the pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum, using glycerol as the source of reduced carbon...
September 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716979/blood-biomarkers-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-stroke-the-stroke-chip-study
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Alejandro Bustamante, Elena López-Cancio, Sara Pich, Anna Penalba, Dolors Giralt, Teresa García-Berrocoso, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Teresa Gasull, María Hernández-Pérez, Mónica Millan, Marta Rubiera, Pedro Cardona, Luis Cano, Helena Quesada, Mikel Terceño, Yolanda Silva, Mar Castellanos, Moisés Garces, Silvia Reverté, Xavier Ustrell, Rafael Marés, Joan Josep Baiges, Joaquín Serena, Francisco Rubio, Eduardo Salas, Antoni Dávalos, Joan Montaner
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke diagnosis could be challenging in the acute phase. We aimed to develop a blood-based diagnostic tool to differentiate between real strokes and stroke mimics and between ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes in the hyperacute phase. METHODS: The Stroke-Chip was a prospective, observational, multicenter study, conducted at 6 Stroke Centers in Catalonia. Consecutive patients with suspected stroke were enrolled within the first 6 hours after symptom onset, and blood samples were drawn immediately after admission...
July 17, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716493/chemical-screening-and-development-of-novel-gibberellin-mimics
#18
Kai Jiang, Hiroaki Shimotakahara, Ming Luo, Masato Otani, Hidemitsu Nakamura, Said Salama Moselhy, Khalid Omer Abualnaja, Abdulrahman Labeed Al-Malki, Taha Abduallah Kumosani, Nobutaka Kitahata, Takeshi Nakano, Masatoshi Nakajima, Tadao Asami
Gibberellin (GA) plays versatile roles in the regulation of plant growth and development and therefore is widely used as a regulator in agriculture. We performed a chemical library screening and identified a chemical, named 67D, as a stimulator of seed germination that was suppressed by paclobutrazol (PAC), a GA biosynthesis inhibitor. In vitro binding assays indicated that 67D binds to the GID1 receptor. Further studies on the structure-activity relationship identified a chemical, named chemical 6, that strongly promoted seed germination suppressed by PAC...
July 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716371/detection-risk-factors-and-functional-consequences-of-cerebral-microinfarcts
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REVIEW
Susanne J van Veluw, Andy Y Shih, Eric E Smith, Christopher Chen, Julie A Schneider, Joanna M Wardlaw, Steven M Greenberg, Geert Jan Biessels
Cerebral microinfarcts are small lesions that are presumed to be ischaemic. Despite the small size of these lesions, affected individuals can have hundreds to thousands of cerebral microinfarcts, which cause measurable disruption to structural brain connections, and are associated with dementia that is independent of Alzheimer's disease pathology or larger infarcts (ie, lacunar infarcts, and large cortical and non-lacunar subcortical infarcts). Substantial progress has been made with regard to understanding risk factors and functional consequences of cerebral microinfarcts, partly driven by new in-vivo detection methods and the development of animal models that closely mimic multiple aspects of cerebral microinfarcts in human beings...
July 14, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716358/the-ability-of-lizards-to-identify-an-artificial-batesian-mimic
#20
Josef Beneš, Petr Veselý
Birds are usually considered the main predators shaping the evolution of aposematic signals and mimicry. Nevertheless, some lizards also represent predominately visually oriented predators, so they may also play an important role in the evolution of aposematism. Despite this fact, experimental evidence regarding the responses of lizards to aposematic prey is very poor compared to such evidence in birds. Lizards possess very similar sensory and cognitive abilities to those of birds and their response to aposematic prey may thus be affected by very similar processes...
June 3, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
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