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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821155/simultaneous-influence-of-pectin-and-xyloglucan-on-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-bacterial-cellulose-composites
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Monika Szymańska-Chargot, Monika Chylińska, Justyna Cybulska, Arkadiusz Kozioł, Piotr M Pieczywek, Artur Zdunek
The impact of the matrix polysaccharides on the cellulose microfibrils structure as well as on the mechanical properties of cell walls still remains an open question. Therefore, the aim of investigations was to determine the simultaneous influence of (i) different concentrations of pectins with constant concentration of xyloglucan, and (ii) different concentrations of xyloglucan with constant concentration of pectins on cellulose structure. Composites of bacterial cellulose (BC) produced by Komagataeibacter xylinus are considered to mimic natural plant cell walls...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820908/ribosomopathy-like-properties-of-murine-and-human-cancers
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Sucheta Kulkarni, James M Dolezal, Huabo Wang, Laura Jackson, Jie Lu, Brian P Frodey, Atinuke Dosunmu-Ogunbi, Youjun Li, Marc Fromherz, Audry Kang, Lucas Santana-Santos, Panayiotis V Benos, Edward V Prochownik
Ribosomopathies comprise a heterogeneous group of hematologic and developmental disorders, often characterized by bone marrow failure, skeletal and other developmental abnormalities and cancer predisposition. They are associated with mutations and/or haplo-insufficiencies of ribosomal proteins (RPs) and inefficient ribosomal RNA (rRNA) processing. The resulting ribosomal stress induces the canonical p19ARF/Mdm2/p53 tumor suppressor pathway leading to proliferative arrest and/or apoptosis. It has been proposed that this pathway is then inactivated during subsequent neoplastic evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820904/parametric-studies-of-metabolic-cooperativity-in-escherichia-coli-colonies-strain-and-geometric-confinement-effects
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Joseph R Peterson, John A Cole, Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Characterizing the complex spatial and temporal interactions among cells in a biological system (i.e. bacterial colony, microbiome, tissue, etc.) remains a challenge. Metabolic cooperativity in these systems can arise due to the subtle interplay between microenvironmental conditions and the cells' regulatory machinery, often involving cascades of intra- and extracellular signalling molecules. In the simplest of cases, as demonstrated in a recent study of the model organism Escherichia coli, metabolic cross-feeding can arise in monoclonal colonies of bacteria driven merely by spatial heterogeneity in the availability of growth substrates; namely, acetate, glucose and oxygen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820749/surgical-pathology-of-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-practical-implications-of-morphologic-and-molecular-heterogeneity-for-precision-medicine
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Gregory W Charville, Teri A Longacre
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract, exhibits diverse histologic and clinical manifestations. With its putative origin in the gastrointestinal pacemaker cell of Cajal, GIST can arise in association with any portion of the tubular gastrointestinal tract. Morphologically, GISTs are classified as spindled or epithelioid, though each of these subtypes encompasses a broad spectrum of microscopic appearances, many of which mimic other histologic entities...
August 17, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820527/spatiotemporal-hydrogel-biomaterials-for-regenerative-medicine
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Tobin E Brown, Kristi S Anseth
Hydrogels mimic many of the physical properties of soft tissue and are widely used biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Synthetic hydrogels have been developed to recapitulate many of the healthy and diseased states of native tissues and can be used as a cell scaffold to study the effect of matricellular interactions in vitro. However, these matrices often fail to capture the dynamic and heterogenous nature of the in vivo environment, which varies spatially and during events such as development and disease...
August 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820004/drug-induced-liver-injury-in-children-clinical-observations-animal-models-and-regulatory-status
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Qiang Shi, Xi Yang, James J Greenhaw, Alec Thomas Salminen, Gary M Russotti, William F Salminen
Drug-induced liver injury in children (cDILI) accounts for about 1% of all reported adverse drug reactions throughout all age groups, less than 10% of all clinical DILI cases, and around 20% of all acute liver failure cases in children. The overall DILI susceptibility in children has been assumed to be lower than in adults. Nevertheless, controversial evidence is emerging about children's sensitivity to DILI, with children's relative susceptibility to DILI appearing to be highly drug-specific. The culprit drugs in cDILI are similar but not identical to DILI in adults (aDILI)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819748/lipoxin-a4-attenuates-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-via-upregulation-of-let-7c-and-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
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Xiao-Qing Chen, Sheng-Hua Wu, Yan-Yan Luo, Bing-Jie Li, Shu-Jun Li, Hong-Yan Lu, Rui Jin, Zhong-Yi Sun
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily members are key regulators for lung development and progress of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The mechanisms by which lipoxin A4 (LXA4) attenuates development of BPD have not been clarified. Neonatal murine BPD models were inducted by hyperoxia treatment. Neonatal mice were exposed to room air or 85% O2 hyperoxia with or without treatment with 5S,6R-methyl-LXA4 or anti-TGF-β antibodies. Mouse lung epithelial cells (MLE-12 cells) and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (NIH/3T3 cells) were cultured in room air or 85% O2 followed by treatment of LXA4, anti-TGF-β antibodies, and let-7c mimic/anti-microRNA transfections...
August 17, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819596/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-following-an-episode-of-herpes-zoster-a-case-report
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Christopher E Marrero, Neuyen Mclean, Keyana Varnado
INTRODUCTION: Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by searing pain, hyperalgesia, edema, allodynia, and skin changes. CRPS may be difficult to diagnose and to treat given poorly understood mechanisms as well as its presentation of symptoms that may mimic common conditions such as joint stiffness in this condition as well as rheumatoid arthritis. CASE REPORT: A 71-year-old female presented to our clinic post shingles of the right upper extremity...
March 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819499/multiple-jejunal-perforation-secondary-to-intestinal-tuberculosis-infection-a-case-report
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Anthony Lyonga Ngonge, Domin Sone Majunda Ekaney, Carlson-Babila Sama, Joffi Musonge-Effoe, Valery Sammah Effoe, Gerald Ekwen
Abdominal tuberculosis (TB) may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. There is an increase in the incidence of abdominal TB favored by the emergence of multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and immunosuppression especially from HIV co-infection. Our case is that of a 31 year old HIV-positive woman, adherent to antiretroviral therapy, who presented with a 2 month history of progressive abdominal distention, drenching night sweat and fatigue, but without fever...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819440/microrna-204-5p-inhibits-invasion-and-metastasis-of-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-suppressing-forkhead-box-c1
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Wei Gao, Yongyan Wu, Xiaoling He, Chunming Zhang, Meixia Zhu, Bo Chen, Qingqing Liu, Xukuan Qu, Weiyan Li, Shuxin Wen, Binquan Wang
Background and aim: Understanding the molecular biological mechanisms underlying laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) invasion and metastasis is crucial for diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. We aimed to examine the expression of the tumor suppressor microRNA-204-5p (miR-204-5p) and its target gene, forkhead box C1 (FOXC1), in human LSCC and explore their roles in the malignant behaviors of LSCC Hep-2 and TU-177 cells. Methods: The regulatory effects of miR-204-5p on the 3' untranslated region of FOXC1 predicted by bioinformatics were tested by dual-luciferase reporter assay...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819328/synthetic-models-for-nickel-iron-hydrogenase-featuring-redox-active-ligands
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David Schilter, Danielle L Gray, Amy L Fuller, Thomas B Rauchfuss
The nickel-iron hydrogenase enzymes efficiently and reversibly interconvert protons, electrons, and dihydrogen. These redox proteins feature iron-sulfur clusters that relay electrons to and from their active sites. Reported here are synthetic models for nickel-iron hydrogenase featuring redox-active auxiliaries that mimic the iron-sulfur cofactors. The complexes prepared are Ni(II)(μ-H)Fe(II)Fe(II) species of formula [(diphosphine)Ni(dithiolate)(μ-H)Fe(CO)2(ferrocenylphosphine)](+) or Ni(II)Fe(I)Fe(II) complexes [(diphosphine)Ni(dithiolate)Fe(CO)2(ferrocenylphosphine)](+) (diphosphine = Ph2P(CH2)2PPh2 or Cy2P(CH2)2PCy2; dithiolate = (-)S(CH2)3S(-); ferrocenylphosphine = diphenylphosphinoferrocene, diphenylphosphinomethyl(nonamethylferrocene) or 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene)...
May 2017: Australian Journal of Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819205/fast-wide-volume-functional-imaging-of-engineered-in-vitro-brain-tissues
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G Palazzolo, M Moroni, A Soloperto, G Aletti, G Naldi, M Vassalli, T Nieus, F Difato
The need for in vitro models that mimic the human brain to replace animal testing and allow high-throughput screening has driven scientists to develop new tools that reproduce tissue-like features on a chip. Three-dimensional (3D) in vitro cultures are emerging as an unmatched platform that preserves the complexity of cell-to-cell connections within a tissue, improves cell survival, and boosts neuronal differentiation. In this context, new and flexible imaging approaches are required to monitor the functional states of 3D networks...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819043/increased-acetylation-of-microtubules-rescues-human-tau-induced-microtubule-defects-and-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-drosophila
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Chuan-Xi Mao, Xue Wen, Shan Jin, Yong Q Zhang
Tau normally associates with and stabilizes microtubules (MTs), but is hyperphosphorylated and aggregated into neurofibrillary tangles in Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative diseases, which are collectively known as tauopathies. MTs are regulated by different forms of post-translational modification including acetylation; acetylated MTs represent a more stable microtubule population. In our previous study, we show that inhibition of histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6), which deacetylates tubulin at lysine 40, rescues defects in MTs and in neuromuscular junction growth caused by tau overexpression...
August 17, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819027/combination-therapy-with-bispecific-antibodies-and-pd-1-blockade-enhances-the-antitumor-potency-of-t-cells
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Chien-Hsing Chang, Yang Wang, Rongxiu Li, Diane L Rossi, Donglin Liu, Edmund A Rossi, Thomas M Cardillo, David M Goldenberg
The DOCK-AND-LOCK (DNL®) method is a platform technology that combines recombinant engineering and site-specific conjugation to create multispecific, multivalent antibodies of defined composition with retained bioactivity. We have applied DNL® to generate a novel class of trivalent bispecific antibodies (bsAbs), each comprising an anti-CD3 scFv covalently conjugated to a stabilized dimer of different anti-tumor Fabs. Here we report the further characterization of two such constructs, (E1)-3s and (14)-3s, which activate T cells and target Trop-2- and CEACAM5-expressing cancer cells, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818689/sol-gel-derived-hydroxyapatite-films-over-porous-calcium-polyphosphate-substrates-for-improved-tissue-engineering-of-osteochondral-like-constructs
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Whitaik David Lee, Rahul Gawri, Robert M Pilliar, William L Stanford, Rita A Kandel
Integration of in vitro-formed cartilage on a suitable substrate to form tissue-engineered implants for osteochondral defect repair is a considerable challenge. In healthy cartilage, a zone of calcified cartilage (ZCC) act as an intermediary for mechanical force transfer from soft to hard tissue, as well as an effective interlocking structure to better resist interfacial shear forces. We have developed biphasic constructs that consist of scaffold-free cartilage tissue grown in vitro on, and interdigitated with, porous calcium polyphosphate (CPP) substrates...
August 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818663/a-lightweight-inexpensive-robotic-system-for-insect-vision
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Chelsea Sabo, Robert Chisholm, Adam Petterson, Alex Cope
Designing hardware for miniaturized robotics which mimics the capabilities of flying insects is of interest, because they share similar constraints (i.e. small size, low weight, and low energy consumption). Research in this area aims to enable robots with similarly efficient flight and cognitive abilities. Visual processing is important to flying insects' impressive flight capabilities, but currently, embodiment of insect-like visual systems is limited by the hardware systems available. Suitable hardware is either prohibitively expensive, difficult to reproduce, cannot accurately simulate insect vision characteristics, and/or is too heavy for small robotic platforms...
August 14, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817812/the-mir-34a-bcl-2-pathway-contributes-to-auditory-cortex-neuron-apoptosis-in-age-related-hearing-loss
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Qiuhong Huang, Yongkang Ou, Hao Xiong, Haidi Yang, Zhigang Zhang, Suijun Chen, Yongyi Ye, Yiqing Zheng
HYPOTHESIS: The miR-34a/Bcl-2 signaling pathway may play a role in the mechanisms related to age-related hearing loss (AHL) in the auditory cortex. BACKGROUND: The auditory cortex plays a key role in the recognition and processing of complex sound. It is difficult to explain why patients with AHL have poor speech recognition, so increasing numbers of studies have focused on its central change. Although micro (mi)RNAs in the central nervous system have recently been increasingly reported to be associated with age-related diseases, the molecular mechanisms of AHL in the auditory cortex are not fully understood...
August 18, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817807/mir-21-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infarction-via-targeting-smad7
#18
Jinxia Yuan, Hongtao Chen, Dawei Ge, Yu Xu, Haihua Xu, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Yuhe Zhou, Jingdong Zhu, Ting Ge, Qun Chen, Yue Gao, Yanqing Wang, Xiaowei Li, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) has been identified as an important factor in the deterioration of heart function. Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-21 plays an important role in various pathophysiological processes in the heart. However, the role of miR-21 in fibrosis regulation after MI remains unclear. METHODS: To induce cardiac infarction, the left anterior descending coronary artery was permanently ligated of mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817550/role-of-microrna-93-i-in-pathogenesis-of-left-ventricular-remodeling-via-targeting-cyclin-d1
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Jingjing Zhang, Li Qin, Ling Han, Ying Zhao, Hongfeng Jing, Wei Song, Haili Shi
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to identify the pathway responsible for ventricular remodeling. MATERIAL AND METHODS We collected remodeling myocardium tissue (n=18) and control myocardium tissue (n=22), and detected the expression of 4 miRNAs in these 2 groups using real-time PCR. We then searched the miRNA database online to find the candidate genes of miR-93. Real-time PCR and Western blot analysis were used to confirm the regulatory relationship. RESULTS We found that only miR-93 was decreased in remodeling myocardium tissue, and validated CCND1 to be the direct target gene of miR-93, with the "seed sequence" located within the 3'-UTR of the target gene via luciferase reporter assay system...
August 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817406/idiopathic-myointimal-hyperplasia-of-mesenteric-veins-an-uncommon-cause-of-ischemic-colitis-with-distinct-mucosal-features
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Rhonda K Yantiss, Isabelle Cui, Nicole C Panarelli, Jose Jessurun
Idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of mesenteric veins causes chronic ischemic mucosal injury with segmental strictures that mimic inflammatory bowel disease and nonocclusive ischemic colitis. It is characterized by myointimal proliferative changes that narrow the lumina of veins combined with ischemic injury and ulcers. Most cases reported to date have been diagnosed following surgical resection. The aim of this study was to determine whether mucosal changes of idiopathic myointimal hyperplasia of mesenteric veins are sufficiently sensitive and specific to allow its recognition in biopsy material...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
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