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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926293/the-development-of-a-novel-wound-healing-material-silk-elastin-sponge
#1
Shingo Kawabata, Katsuya Kawai, Satoshi Somamoto, Kazuo Noda, Yoshitaka Matsuura, Yoko Nakamura, Shigehiko Suzuki
Silk-elastin is a recombinant protein polymer with repeating units of silk and elastin blocks. This novel wound healing promoting material has the ability to self-assemble from a liquid to a gel. We have already reported that an aqueous solution of silk-elastin has the potential to accelerate wound healing; however, there are several problems in applying silk-elastin in the clinical setting. To solve these problems, we developed a silk-elastin sponge that is easy to use in the clinical setting. In the present study, we examined whether the wound healing effect of the silk-elastin sponge is equal to the aqueous solution of silk-elastin in vivo...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923494/transformative-research-is-not-easily-predicted
#2
REVIEW
Sarah A Gravem, Silke M Bachhuber, Heather K Fulton-Bennett, Zachary H Randell, Alissa J Rickborn, Jenna M Sullivan, Bruce A Menge
Transformative research (TR) statements in scientific grant proposals have become mainstream. However, TR is defined as radically changing our understanding of a concept, causing a paradigm shift, or opening new frontiers. We argue that it is rarely possible to predict the transformative nature of research. Interviews and surveys of 78 transformative ecologists suggest that most TR began with incremental goals, while transformative potential was recognized later. Most respondents thought TR is unpredictable and should not be prioritized over 'incremental' research that typically leads to breakthroughs...
September 15, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919509/molecular-and-macro-scale-analysis-of-enzyme-crosslinked-silk-hydrogels-for-rational-biomaterial-design
#3
Meghan McGill, Jeannine M Coburn, Benjamin P Partlow, Xuan Mu, David L Kaplan
Silk fibroin-based hydrogels have exciting applications in tissue engineering and therapeutic molecule delivery; however, their utility is dependent on their diffusive properties. The present study describes a molecular and macro-scale investigation of enzymatically-crosslinked silk fibroin hydrogels, and demonstrates that these systems have tunable crosslink density and diffusivity. We developed a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectroscopy (LC-MS/MS) method to assess the quantity and order of covalent tyrosine crosslinks in the hydrogels...
September 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919426/improving-glycemic-control-in-model-mice-with-type-2-diabetes-by-increasing-superoxide-dismutase-sod-activity-using-silk-fibroin-hydrolysate-sfh
#4
Harry Jung, Yoo Yeon Kim, Boyoung Kim, Hajin Nam, Jun Gyo Suh
Islet cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes is primarily attributed to the increased apoptosis of pancreatic beta cells. Silk fibroin hydrolysate (SFH) has an effect on blood in type 2 diabetes model mice (C57BL/KsJ-db/db). However, its exact mechanism is unknown. The type 2 diabetes model mice were randomly divided into non-diabetic mice (ND), diabetic mice (DB), and diabetic mice treated with silk fibroin hydrolysate (DB-SFH). The results showed that SFH significantly decreased fasting blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)...
September 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918199/psychosocial-barriers-to-healthcare-use-among-individuals-with-diabetes-mellitus-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Andrea Paduch, Silke Kuske, Tim Schiereck, Sigrid Droste, Adrian Loerbroks, Monica Sørensen, Marina Maggini, Andrea Icks
PURPOSE: To conduct a systematic review regarding psychosocial barriers to healthcare use in individuals with diabetes mellitus, using a well-established model of health-service use as a theoretical framework. METHODS: We used database-specific controlled vocabularies and additional free text terms, and conducted searches via MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Web of Science, OVID Journals. Included studies were rated according to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) criteria...
September 13, 2017: Primary Care Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918159/identification-of-circular-rna-in-the-bombyx-mori-silk-gland
#6
Huaiyan Gan, Tieshan Feng, Yuqian Wu, Chun Liu, Qingyou Xia, Tingcai Cheng
Bombyx mori is an economically important holometabolous lepidopteran insect. In B. mori endogenous noncoding RNAs such as microRNAs (miRNAs) and Piwi-interacting RNAs play crucial biological functions in metamorphosis and sex determination. In addition, circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been recently identified as noncoding RNAs in most common model organisms and show potential as gene regulators. However, to date, there have been few studies on the circRNAs present in the B. mori genome conducted to date. Here, we identified 3916 circRNAs by deep circular transcriptome sequencing using the silk gland of B...
September 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917939/preparation-and-characterization-of-gelatin-%C3%AE-tcp-sf-biocomposite-scaffold-for-bone-tissue-regeneration
#7
JunTae Huh, JiUn Lee, WonJin Kim, Miji Yeo, GeunHyung Kim
In this study, we suggest a new biocomposite scaffold composed of gelatin/α-TCP (tricalcium phosphate)/SF (silk-fibroin) (GTS) which has enhanced mechanical strength and high level of cellular activity. To fabricate GTS scaffold, a temperature-controlled 3D printing process was used and appropriate printing conditions were selected based on rheological data. To show the feasibility as a biomedical scaffold for bone tissue regeneration, the various physical and biological results, using MG63 (osteoblast-like cells), of the GTS scaffold were compared with those of a pure gelatin (G) and gelatin/α-TCP (GT) composite scaffold...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917913/microparticle-embedded-fibroin-alginate-beads-for-prolonged-local-release-of-simvastatin-hydroxyacid-to-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
F Ungaro, O Catanzano, I d'Angelo, L Diaz-Gomez, A Concheiro, A Miro, C Alvarez-Lorenzo, F Quaglia
In the present work, we propose silk fibroin/alginate (SF/Alg) beads embedding simvastatin-loaded biodegradable microparticles as a versatile platform capable of tuning SVA release and in so doing osteogenic effects. In a first part of the study, microparticles of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid incorporating simvastatin either as lactone (SVL) or as hydroxyacid form (SVA) were prepared by spray-drying. While SVA-loaded microparticles released the drug in three days, long-term release of SVA could be obtained from SVL-loaded microparticles...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917552/crispr-correction-of-the-prkag2-gene-mutation-in-the-patient-s-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes-eliminates-the-electrophysiological-and-structural-abnormalities
#9
Ronen Ben Jehuda, Binyamin Eisen, Yuval Shemer, Lucy N Mekies, Agnes Szantai, Irina Reiter, Huanhuan Cui, Kaomei Guan, Shiraz Haron-Khun, Dov Freimark, Silke R Sperling, Mihaela Gherghiceanu, Michael Arad, Ofer Binah
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the PRKAG2 gene encoding the γ-subunit of adenosine monophosphate-kinase (AMPK) cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and familial-Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW). Patients carrying the R302Q mutation in PRKAG2 present sinus bradycardia, escape rhythms, ventricular pre-excitation, supraventricular tachycardia and atrioventricular block. This mutation affects AMPK activity and increases glycogen storage in cardiomyocytes. The link between glycogen storage, WPW, HCM and arrhythmias remains unknown...
September 13, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915781/f2-slope-as-a-perceptual-cue-for-the-front-back-contrast-in-standard-southern-british-english
#10
Kateřina Chládková, Silke Hamann, Daniel Williams, Sam Hellmuth
Acoustic studies of several languages indicate that second-formant (F2) slopes in high vowels have opposing directions (independent of consonantal context): front [iː]-like vowels are produced with a rising F2 slope, whereas back [uː]-like vowels are produced with a falling F2 slope. The present study first reports acoustic measurements that confirm this pattern for the English variety of Standard Southern British English (SSBE), where /uː/ has shifted from the back to the front area of the vowel space and is now realized with higher midpoint F2 values than several decades ago...
September 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914209/knee-ligament-injury-and-the-clinical-application-of-tissue-engineering-techniques-a-systematic-review
#11
Thomas Riley, Reza Mafi, Pouya Mafi, Wasim Khan
Background The incidence of knee ligament injury is increasing and represents a significant cost to healthcare providers. Current interventions include tissue grafts, suture repair and non-surgical management. These techniques have demonstrated good patient outcomes but have been associated graft rejection, infection, long term immobilization and reduced joint function. The limitations of traditional management strategies have prompted research into tissue engineering of knee ligaments. Objective This paper aims to evaluate whether tissue engineering of knee ligaments offers a viable alternative in the clinical management of knee ligament injuries...
September 15, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913941/effects-of-hybrid-and-bacterial-inoculation-on-fermentation-quality-and-fatty-acid-profile-of-barley-silage
#12
Dong Hyeon Kim, Sadar M Amanullah, Hyuk Jun Lee, Young Ho Joo, Ouk Kyu Han, Adegbola T Adesogan, Sam Churl Kim
This study estimated the effects of hybrid and bacterial inoculant on fermentation quality and fatty acid profile of barley silages. Yuyeon (Silkless) and Youngyang (Silking) barley hybrids were harvested at 24.9 and 27.1% dry matter, respectively, and chopped to 10 cm lengths. Each hybrid was treated with or without an inoculant (2 × 10(4)  colony-forming units/g of Lactobacillus plantarum). A total of 48 silos were prepared in an experiment with a 2 × 2 (hybrid × inoculant) treatment arrangement with four replications and three ensiling durations (2, 7 and 100 days)...
September 15, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911751/facing-forwards-along-the-health-silk-road
#13
EDITORIAL
The Lancet Global Health
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911198/loss-of-native-%C3%AE-synuclein-multimerization-by-strategically-mutating-its-amphipathic-helix-causes-abnormal-vesicle-interactions-in-neuronal-cells
#14
Ulf Dettmer, Nagendran Ramalingam, Victoria E von Saucken, Tae-Eun Kim, Andrew J Newman, Elizabeth Terry-Kantor, Silke Nuber, Maria Ericsson, Saranna Fanning, Tim Bartels, Susan Lindquist, Oren A Levy, Dennis Selkoe
α-Synuclein (αS) forms round cytoplasmic inclusions in Parkinson's disease (PD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). Evidence suggests a physiological function of αS in vesicle trafficking and release. In contrast to earlier tenets, recent work indicates that αS normally exists in cells in a dynamic equilibrium between monomers and tetramers/multimers. We engineered αS mutants incapable of multimerization, leading to excess monomers at vesicle membranes. By EM, such mutants induced prominent vesicle clustering, leading to round cytoplasmic inclusions...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910298/adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-poststroke-more-new-granule-cells-but-aberrant-morphology-and-impaired-spatial-memory
#15
Florus Woitke, Mihai Ceanga, Max Rudolph, Fanny Niv, Otto W Witte, Christoph Redecker, Albrecht Kunze, Silke Keiner
Stroke significantly stimulates neurogenesis in the adult dentate gyrus, though the functional role of this postlesional response is mostly unclear. Recent findings suggest that newborn neurons generated in the context of stroke may fail to correctly integrate into pre-existing networks. We hypothesized that increased neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus following stroke is associated with aberrant neurogenesis and impairment of hippocampus-dependent memory. To address these questions we used the middle cerebral artery occlusion model (MCAO) in mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905719/consequences-of-oral-gavage-during-gestation-and-lactation-on-rat-dams-and-the-neurodevelopment-and-behavior-of-their-offspring
#16
Kate McDonnell-Dowling, Silke Kleefeld, John P Kelly
Oral gavage is a popular route of drug administration during preclinical testing. Despite the growing body of information regarding the effects of oral gavage and the stress associated with this technique, the consequences of such exposure during pregnancy or lactation have rarely been investigated. Therefore, we sought to determine the consequences of oral gavage exposure during pregnancy and lactation on the neurodevelopment and behavior of rat offspring. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley dams underwent either no treatment or oral gavage of distilled water once daily from gestational day 7 until postnatal day 21...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905187/altered-b-cell-homeostasis-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-and-normalization-of-cd5-surface-expression-on-regulatory-b-cells-in-treatment-responders
#17
Diana Ahmetspahic, Kathrin Schwarte, Oliver Ambrée, Christian Bürger, Vladislava Falcone, Katharina Seiler, Mehrdad Rahbar Kooybaran, Laura Grosse, Fernand Roos, Julia Scheffer, Silke Jörgens, Katja Koelkebeck, Udo Dannlowski, Volker Arolt, Stefanie Scheu, Judith Alferink
Pro-inflammatory activity and cell-mediated immune responses have been widely observed in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Besides their well-known function as antibody-producers, B cells play a key role in inflammatory responses by secreting pro- and anti-inflammatory factors. However, homeostasis of specific B cell subsets has not been comprehensively investigated in MDD. In this study, we characterized circulating B cells of distinct developmental steps including transitional, naïve-mature, antigen-experienced switched, and non-switched memory cells, plasmablasts and regulatory B cells by multi-parameter flow cytometry...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902470/female-fecundity-and-offspring-survival-are-not-increased-through-sexual-cannibalism-in-the-spider-larinioides-sclopetarius
#18
S A Deventer, M E Herberstein, D Mayntz, J C O'Hanlon, J M Schneider
Many hypotheses explaining the evolution and maintenance of sexual cannibalism incorporate the nutritional aspect of the consumption of males. Most studies have focused on a fecundity advantage through consumption of a male, however recent studies have raised the intriguing possibility that consumption of a male may also affect offspring quality. In particular, recent studies suggest prolonged survival for offspring from sexually cannibalistic females. Here we measured the protein and lipid content of males compared to insect prey (crickets), quantified female nutrient intake of both prey types, and finally assessed how sexual cannibalism affects female fecundity and spiderling quality in the orb-web spider Larinioides sclopetarius...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900424/the-impact-of-the-staphylococcus-aureus-virulome-on-infection-in-a-developing-country-a-cohort-study
#19
Marthe Lebughe, Patrick Phaku, Silke Niemann, Dieudonné Mumba, Georg Peters, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Alexander Mellmann, Lena Strauß, Frieder Schaumburg
We performed a cohort study to analyze the virulome of Staphylococcus aureus from the Democratic Republic of the Congo using whole genome sequencing and to assess its impact on the course of S. aureus infections. Community-associated S. aureus from nasal colonization (n = 100) and infection (n = 86) were prospectively collected. Phenotypic susceptibility testing and WGS was done for each isolate. WGS data were used to screen for 79 different virulence factors and for genotyping purposes (spa typing, multilocus sequence typing)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898758/modular-flow-chamber-for-engineering-bone-marrow-architecture-and-function
#20
Christian A Di Buduo, Paolo M Soprano, Lorenzo Tozzi, Stefania Marconi, Ferdinando Auricchio, David L Kaplan, Alessandra Balduini
The bone marrow is a soft, spongy, gelatinous tissue found in the hollow cavities of flat and long bones that support hematopoiesis in order to maintain the physiologic turnover of all blood cells. Silk fibroin, derived from Bombyx mori silkworm cocoons, is a promising biomaterial for bone marrow engineering, because of its tunable architecture and mechanical properties, the capacity of incorporating labile compounds without loss of bioactivity and demonstrated ability to support blood cell formation. In this study, we developed a bone marrow scaffold consisting of a modular flow chamber made of polydimethylsiloxane, holding a silk sponge, prepared with salt leaching methods and functionalized with extracellular matrix components...
August 8, 2017: Biomaterials
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