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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551673/tissue-factor-expression-does-not-predict-mortality-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Simon F Stämpfli, Alexander Akhmedov, Silke Hausladen, Zsuzsanna Varga, Konstantin J Dedes, Jens Hellermann, Thomas F Lüscher, Glen Kristiansen, Felix C Tanner, Alexander Breitenstein
BACKGROUND: Tissue factor (TF), the trigger of coagulation, not only initiates thrombus formation, but also elicits tumor growth and invasion in breast cancer. However, the characterization of TF expression in breast cancer tissue and its prognostic value remain unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three hundred and three primary breast cancer specimens from the local tumor tissue database were immunostained for TF expression and evaluated semiquantitatively. Tumor characteristics (size, grade, nodal status, and ER expression) as well as patient's survival were assessed...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550951/geophysical-features-influence-the-accumulation-of-beach-debris-on-caribbean-islands
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Alexandra M Schmuck, Jennifer L Lavers, Silke Stuckenbrock, Paul B Sharp, Alexander L Bond
Anthropogenic beach debris was recorded during beach surveys of 24 Caribbean islands during April 2014-April 2016. Beach debris was classified according to material type (e.g., polystyrene) and item use (e.g., fishing). Geophysical features (substrate type, beach direction, and human accessibility) of sample sites were recorded in order to investigate their relationship with debris density. Results suggest the density of macro debris (items >5mm) is highest on uninhabited, sandy beaches facing a leeward direction...
May 24, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549564/timing-of-autophagy-and-apoptosis-during-posterior-silk-gland-degeneration-in-bombyx-mori
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Aurora Montali, Davide Romanelli, Silvia Cappellozza, Annalisa Grimaldi, Magda de Eguileor, Gianluca Tettamanti
Over the years, the silkworm, Bombyx mori, has been manipulated by means of chemical and genetic approaches to improve silk production both quantitatively and qualitatively. The silk is produced by the silk gland, which degenerates quickly once the larva has finished spinning the cocoon. Thus, interfering with this degeneration process could help develop new technologies aimed at ameliorating silk yield. To this end, in this work we studied the cell death processes that lead to the demise of posterior silk gland of B...
May 23, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
#4
Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544959/effect-of-different-mineralization-processes-on-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-bone-regeneration-and-osteoblast-macrophage-cross-talk-in-co-culture-system-using-dual-growth-factor-mediated-non-mulberry-silk-fibroin-grafted-poly-%C3%B0-caprolactone-nanofibrous-scaffold
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Promita Bhattacharjee, Tapas K Maiti, Debasis Bhattacharya, Samit Kumar Nandi
This study evaluates mineralized nanofibrous polymeric scaffolds at supporting in vitro osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and in vivo bone tissue regeneration. Co-electrospin, alternative soaking, and electrodeposition were used to introduce hydroxyapatite in non-mulberry silk fibroin grafted poly(Є-caprolactone) nanofibrous scaffolds. Bone morphogenic protein-2 and Transforming growth factor-β, at a potency ratio of 1:1, are covalently coupled onto the scaffolds. hMSCs proliferation and interactions are studied through MTT and Alamar blue assay and scanning electron and confocal microscopy...
May 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544603/metabolic-reprogramming-of-macrophages-exposed-to-silk-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-and-silica-nanoparticles
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Raquel Saborano, Thidarat Wongpinyochit, John D Totten, Blair F Johnston, F Philipp Seib, Iola F Duarte
Monitoring macrophage metabolism in response to nanoparticle exposure provides new insights into biological outcomes, such as inflammation or toxicity, and supports the design of tailored nanomedicines. This paper describes the metabolic signature of macrophages exposed to nanoparticles ranging in diameter from 100 to 125 nm and made from silk, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) or silica. Nanoparticles of this size and type are currently at various stages of preclinical and clinical development for drug delivery applications...
May 8, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542539/a-leishmania-secretion-system-for-the-expression-of-major-ampullate-spidroin-mimics
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Todd A Lyda, Elizabeth L Wagner, Andre X Bourg, Congyue Peng, Golnaz Najaf Tomaraei, Delphine Dean, Marian S Kennedy, William R Marcotte
Spider major ampullate silk fibers have been shown to display a unique combination of relatively high fracture strength and toughness compared to other fibers and show potential for tissue engineering scaffolds. While it is not possible to mass produce native spider silks, the potential ability to produce fibers from recombinant spider silk fibers could allow for an increased innovation rate within tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In this pilot study, we improved upon a prior fabrication route by both changing the expression host and additives to the fiber pulling precursor solution to improve the performance of fibers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542506/impact-evaluation-of-different-cash-based-intervention-modalities-on-child-and-maternal-nutritional-status-in-sindh-province-pakistan-at-6-mo-and-at-1-y-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial
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Bridget Fenn, Tim Colbourn, Carmel Dolan, Silke Pietzsch, Murtaza Sangrasi, Jeremy Shoham
BACKGROUND: Cash-based interventions (CBIs), offer an interesting opportunity to prevent increases in wasting in humanitarian aid settings. However, questions remain as to the impact of CBIs on nutritional status and, therefore, how to incorporate them into emergency programmes to maximise their success in terms of improved nutritional outcomes. This study evaluated the effects of three different CBI modalities on nutritional outcomes in children under 5 y of age at 6 mo and at 1 y. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a four-arm parallel longitudinal cluster randomised controlled trial in 114 villages in Dadu District, Pakistan...
May 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542146/the-role-of-extracellular-histone-in-organ-injury
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Eleanor Silk, Hailin Zhao, Hao Weng, Daqing Ma
Histones are intra-nuclear cationic proteins that are present in all eukaryotic cells and are highly conserved across species. Within the nucleus, they provide structural stability to chromatin and regulate gene expression. Histone may be released into the extracellular space in three forms: freely, as a DNA-bound nucleosome or as part of neutrophil extracellular traps, and all three can be detected in serum after significant cellular death such as sepsis, trauma, ischaemia/reperfusion injury and autoimmune disease...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539658/functional-compressive-mechanics-and-tissue-biocompatibility-of-an-injectable-sf-pu-hydrogel-for-nucleus-pulposus-replacement
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Jingen Hu, Yang Lu, Ling Cai, Kwabena Gyabaah Owusu-Ansah, Gewen Xu, Feilong Han, Junjie Bao, Xiangjin Lin, Yiping Huang
In spinal degenerative disease, an injectable liquid hydrogel can fill in defect entirely, lessen the danger of implant relocation and following loss of disc height, minimizing the operative trauma. Here, we propose an injectable in-situ chemically cross-linked hydrogel by a two-component reaction of liquid silk fibroin with liquid polyurethane at physiological temperature conditions. Confined compression tests and fatigue tests were reported to assess physical properties of the hydrogel. Impact of different diameter on the biomechanical behaviours was tested to evaluate the clinical potentiality of the hydrogel for replacing nucleus pulposus...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539628/low-level-of-lck-kinase-in-th2-cells-limits-expression-of-cd4-co-receptor-and-s73-phosphorylation-of-transcription-factor-c-jun
#11
Yury V Shebzukhov, Silke Stanislawiak, Taisiya R Bezhaeva, Sergei A Nedospasov, Dmitry V Kuprash
The Src-family tyrosine kinase Lck is an enzyme associated with the CD4 and CD8 co-receptors and promoting signaling through the T cell receptor (TCR) complex. The levels of Lck expression and activity change during the development and differentiation of T cells. Here we show that Lck expression is higher in Th1 cells as compared to Th2 cells. Ectopic overexpression of Lck in Th2 cells results in increased expression of CD4 co-receptor and enhanced S73 phosphorylation of transcription factor c-Jun. Our findings indicate that TCR-mediated signaling in Th2 cells may be directly attenuated by Lck protein expression level...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539291/-beneficial-effect-of-periodontal-therapy-on-insulin-resistance-and-lipid-metabolism-in-obese-rats-with-periodontitis
#12
Qiao-Xue Chai, Su-Lan Zhong, Jia Ni, Lei Chen, Lei Zhou, Jin-Cai Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of periodontal therapy in controlling periodontitis and on insulin resistance and lipid metabolism in obese rats with periodontitis. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into normal group (group C), obese group (group O), periodontitis combined with obesity group (group P) and periodontal treatment group (group T). The obese rats in groups P and T were subjected to ligation of the maxillary second molar with silk thread to induce experimental periodontitis, and the rats in group T received periodontal therapy after the ligation...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539265/removal-of-toxic-heavy-metal-lead-ii-using-chitosan-oligosaccharide-graft-maleic-anhydride-polyvinyl-alcohol-silk-fibroin-composite
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Ajitha P, Vijayalakshmi K, Saranya M, Gomathi T, Rani K, Sudha P N, Anil Sukumaran
The present work was aimed to investigate the efficiency of novel chitosan oligosaccharide-graft-maleic anhydride(COS-g-MAH)/Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/silk fibroin (SF) composite for removing the toxic heavy metal lead (II) ion from aqueous solution by batch adsorption studies. Initially the chitosan oligosaccharide-graft-maleic anhydride copolymer has been prepared by utilizing ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator and the optimised graft copolymer was then used for synthesizing COS-g-MAH/PVA/SF composite. The prepared samples were analyzed through FTIR and XRD studies...
May 21, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539234/biodegradable-pcl-fibroin-hydroxyapatite-porous-scaffolds-prepared-by-supercritical-foaming-for-bone-regeneration
#14
Luis Diaz-Gomez, Carlos A García-González, Jiamian Wang, Fang Yang, Salvador Aznar-Cervantes, Jose Luis Cenis, Ricardo Reyes, Araceli Delgado, Carmen Évora, Angel Concheiro, Carmen Alvarez-Lorenzo
Regenerative medicine seeks advanced solutions for bone repair in the form of bioactive synthetic scaffolds by using simple and reproducible processing techniques. In this work, poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL)-based porous scaffolds with improved osteoconductive and osteoinductive properties were processed by supercritical foaming through a careful tuning of components and processing conditions. Composite scaffolds were prepared from various combinations of PCL, silk fibroin and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA). The green and cost-effective supercritical CO2 foaming method applied rendered solid scaffolds with 67-70% porosity...
May 21, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537515/response-to-enteral-formulas-in-nutrition-support-practice-is-there-a-better-choice-for-your-patient
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D B A Silk
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537487/express-methanol-water-dependent-structural-changes-of-regenerated-silk-fibroin-probed-by-terahertz-spectroscopy
#16
Xu Wu, Xiaodong Wu, Bin Yang, Min Shao, Guojin Feng
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536006/silk-gene-expression-of-theridiid-spiders-implications-for-male-specific-silk-use
#17
Sandra M Correa-Garhwal, R Crystal Chaw, Thomas H Clarke, Nadia A Ayoub, Cheryl Y Hayashi
Spiders (order Araneae) rely on their silks for essential tasks, such as dispersal, prey capture, and reproduction. Spider silks are largely composed of spidroins, members of a protein family that are synthesized in silk glands. As needed, silk stored in silk glands is extruded through spigots on the spinnerets. Nearly all studies of spider silks have been conducted on females; thus, little is known about male silk biology. To shed light on silk use by males, we compared silk gene expression profiles of mature males to those of females from three cob-web weaving species (Theridiidae)...
April 26, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535207/antheraea-pernyi-lepidoptera-saturniidae-and-its-importance-in-sericulture-food-consumption-and-traditional-chinese-medicine
#18
Wenli Li, Zhengyao Zhang, Lan Lin, Olle Terenius
Sericulture was developed in China in ancient times. Antheraea pernyi Guérin-Méneville was domesticated at least 2,000 yr ago, and Chinese farmers developed artificial rearing of A. pernyi before the 17th century. Today, >60,000 tons of cocoons are produced in China each year, which accounts for 90% of the world production. Despite the widespread utilization of A. pernyi in China and a long history of domestic research, the knowledge of A. pernyi outside China is limited. Therefore, we have in this paper summarized the production, usage, and breeding of A...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534621/spectral-response-of-plasmonic-gold-nanoparticles-to-capacitive-charging-morphology-effects
#19
Benjamin S Hoener, Hui Zhang, Thomas S Heiderscheit, Silke R Kirchner, Agampodi Swarnapali De Silva Indrasekara, Rashad Baiyasi, Yi-Yu Cai, Peter Nordlander, Stephan Link, Christy F Landes, Wei-Shun Chang
We report a study of the shape-dependent spectral response of the gold nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance at various electron densities to provide mechanistic insight into the role of capacitive charging, a topic of some debate. We demonstrate a morphology dependent spectral response for gold nanoparticles due to capacitive charging using single-particle spectroscopy in an inert electrochemical environment. A decrease in plasmon energy and increase in spectral width for gold nanospheres and nanorods was observed as the electron density was tuned through a potential window of -0...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534479/efficient-protein-production-inspired-by-how-spiders-make-silk
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Nina Kronqvist, Médoune Sarr, Anton Lindqvist, Kerstin Nordling, Martins Otikovs, Luca Venturi, Barbara Pioselli, Pasi Purhonen, Michael Landreh, Henrik Biverstål, Zigmantas Toleikis, Lisa Sjöberg, Carol V Robinson, Nicola Pelizzi, Hans Jörnvall, Hans Hebert, Kristaps Jaudzems, Tore Curstedt, Anna Rising, Jan Johansson
Membrane proteins are targets of most available pharmaceuticals, but they are difficult to produce recombinantly, like many other aggregation-prone proteins. Spiders can produce silk proteins at huge concentrations by sequestering their aggregation-prone regions in micellar structures, where the very soluble N-terminal domain (NT) forms the shell. We hypothesize that fusion to NT could similarly solubilize non-spidroin proteins, and design a charge-reversed mutant (NT*) that is pH insensitive, stabilized and hypersoluble compared to wild-type NT...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
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