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Tissue Characterization

Zahra Fakhroueian, Rouhollah Vahabpour, Mehdi Assmar, Alireza Massiha, Afshin Zahedi, Pegah Esmaeilzadeh, Fatemeh Katouzian, Sara Rezaei, Peyman Keyhanvar, Alireza Mozafari Dehshiri
Nanoformulations derived from fine porous ZnO quantum dot nanoparticles (QD NPs) can offer strong potential medical applications; especially in cancer therapy. ZnO QD NPs was synthesized by sol-gel hydrothermal process, fast cold quenching and further smart surface functionalization methods to obtain ultrasmall size (1-4 nm) NPs. ZnO nanopolymer, a wetting agent, PEG co-solvent and water/oil emulsion stabilizer were considered in our nanofluid formulation. The resulting nanofluid was characterized by SEM, FTIR, photoluminescence, band gap energy, zeta potential and UV-Vis spectroscopy...
March 22, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Numan Cim, Harun Egemen Tolunay, Baris Boza, Harun Arslan, Can Ates, İbrahim İlik, Fatih Mehmet Tezcan, Recep Yıldızhan, Hanım Guler Sahin, Alpaslan Yavuz
We aimed to evaluate the efficiency of placental elasticity in predicting a placental invasion anomaly with the Virtual Touch Quantification (VTQ) technique. Pregnant women in the third trimester with suspected placental invasion anomaly were enrolled into the research (n = 58). The placenta was evaluated and divided into three equal parts as foetal edge (inner 1/3 of placenta), maternal edge (outer 1/3 of placenta) and the central part (central 1/3 of placenta). Shear wave velocity (SWV) measurements were used in the elastographic evaluation of placentas by VTQ...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Laura M Higgins, Vidya Ganapathy, Harini Kantamneni, Xinyu Zhao, Yang Sheng, Mei-Chee Tan, Charles M Roth, Richard E Riman, Prabhas V Moghe, Mark C Pierce
Rare-earth-doped nanocomposites have appealing optical properties for use as biomedical contrast agents, but few systems exist for imaging these materials. We describe the design and characterization of (i) a preclinical system for whole animal in vivo imaging and (ii) an integrated optical coherence tomography/confocal microscopy system for high-resolution imaging of ex vivo tissues. We demonstrate these systems by administering erbium-doped nanocomposites to a murine model of metastatic breast cancer. Short-wave infrared emissions were detected in vivo and in whole organ imaging ex vivo...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ju Hee Lee, Azadeh Yeganeh, Hisato Konoeda, Joon Ho Moon, Hoon-Ki Sung
Flow cytometry and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) techniques have significantly advanced the characterization of adipocyte precursor cell (APC) populations. They allow immunophenotyping, quantification, and isolation of distinct populations, which is critical for understanding adipose tissue development and homeostasis. Here, we describe the identification and purification of adipocyte precursor cells using flow cytometry and FACS, defined by previously established surface marker profiles. In addition, we describe the mouse models and whole adipose tissue visualization techniques that will enable us to characterize the plasticity and the cellular origin of APCs...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Kunyuan Tie, Yuyu Yuan, Shiqing Yan, Xi Yu, Qiuyang Zhang, Huihui Xu, Yang Zhang, Jingmin Gu, Changjiang Sun, Liancheng Lei, Wenyu Han, Xin Feng
Salmonella pullorum is the major pathogen that is harmful to the poultry industry in developing countries, and the treatment of chicken diarrhea caused by S. pullorum has become increasingly difficult. In this study, a virulent bacteriophage YSP2, which was able to specifically infect Salmonella, was isolated and characterized. Phage YSP2 was classified in the Siphoviridae family and had a short latent period of 10 min. No bacterial virulence- or lysogenesis-related ORF is present in the YSP2 genome, making it eligible for use in phage therapy...
March 21, 2018: Virus Genes
Emma Langella, Martina Buonanno, Daniela Vullo, Nina Dathan, Marilisa Leone, Claudiu T Supuran, Giuseppina De Simone, Simona Maria Monti
Human carbonic anhydrase IX (hCA IX) is a tumour-associated enzyme present in a limited number of normal tissues, but overexpressed in several malignant human tumours. It is a transmembrane protein, where the extracellular region consists of a greatly investigated catalytic CA domain and a much less investigated proteoglycan-like (PG) domain. Considering its important role in tumour biology, here, we report for the first time the full characterization of the PG domain, providing insights into its structural and functional features...
March 21, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Weon-Yoo Kim, Myung-Sup Ko, Se-Won Lee, Kwang-Sub Kim
Purpose: This study characterizes the short-term outcomes of ceramic coated metal-on-metal (MoM) large head total hip arthroplasty (THA) in prospectively selected patients aged 70 to 75 years. Materials and Methods: Eighteen patients (18 hips) between the ages of 70 and 75-years old with THA using ceramic-coated MoM large heads between June 2014 and December 2014 were evaluated. We prospectively selected patients younger than 70 years for bipolar hemiarthroplasty and older than 75 years for conventional THA...
March 2018: Hip & Pelvis
Edison A Díaz-Álvarez, Roberto Lindig-Cisneros, Erick de la Barrera
Atmospheric nitrogen deposition is the third largest cause of global biodiversity loss, with rates that have more than doubled over the past century. This is especially threatening for tropical regions where the deposition may soon exceed 25 kg of N ha-1 year-1 , well above the threshold for physiological damage of 12-20 kg of N ha-1 year-1 , depending on plant species and nitrogenous compound. It is thus urgent to monitor these regions where the most diverse biotas occur. However, most studies have been conducted in Europe, the USA and recently in China...
2018: Conservation Physiology
Lai-Hua Liu, Teng-Fei Fan, Dong-Xue Shi, Chang-Jun Li, Ming-Jie He, Yi-Yin Chen, Lei Zhang, Chao Yang, Xiao-Yuan Cheng, Xu Chen, Di-Qin Li, Yi-Chen Sun
Although many members encoding different ammonium- and nitrate-transporters (AMTs, NRTs) were identified and functionally characterized from several plant species, little is known about molecular components for [Formula: see text]- and [Formula: see text] acquisition/transport in tobacco, which is often used as a plant model for biological studies besides its agricultural and industrial interest. We reported here the first molecular identification in tobacco ( Nicotiana tabacum ) of nine AMTs and four NRTs , which are respectively divided into four ( AMT1/2/3/4 ) and two ( NRT1/2 ) clusters and whose functionalities were preliminarily evidenced by heterologous functional-complementation in yeast or Arabidopsis...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Jennifer N Mahley, Jarmila Pittermann, Nick Rowe, Alex Baer, James E Watkins, Eric Schuettpelz, James K Wheeler, Klaus Mehltreter, Michael Windham, Weston Testo, James Beck
Herbaceous plants rely on a combination of turgor, ground tissues and geometry for mechanical support of leaves and stems. Unlike most angiosperms however, ferns employ a sub-dermal layer of fibers, known as a hypodermal sterome, for support of their leaves. The sterome is nearly ubiquitous in ferns, but nothing is known about its role in leaf biomechanics. The goal of this research was to characterize sterome attributes in ferns that experience a broad range of mechanical stresses, as imposed by their aquatic, xeric, epiphytic, and terrestrial niches...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dezhi Li, Yu Zhou, Yanhui Liu, Ye Lin, Min Yu, Xin Lu, Bowen Huang, Zhonghai Sun, Zhixiang Jian, Baohua Hou
Background: Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) is a key regulatory protein of cellular metabolism, proliferation, and polarity. The present study aimed to characterize the expression pattern of LKB1 in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) and evaluate the relationship between LKB1 expression and prognosis in pNETs. Patients and methods: We retrospectively analyzed the pathologic and clinical data of 71 pNET patients who underwent curative surgical resection in Guangdong General Hospital...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Reafa A Hossain, Nicholas R Dunham, Raymond A Enke, Christopher E Berndsen
Purpose: DNA methylation is a well-characterized epigenetic repressor of mRNA transcription in many plant and vertebrate systems. However, the mechanism of this repression is not fully understood. The process of transcription is controlled by proteins that regulate recruitment and activity of RNA polymerase by binding to specific cis-regulatory sequences. Cone-rod homeobox (CRX) is a well-characterized mammalian transcription factor that controls photoreceptor cell-specific gene expression...
2018: Molecular Vision
Pavan Sugoor, Amit Gupta, Shraddha Patkar, Bharat Rekhi, Mahesh Goel
Fibromatosis covers a broad spectrum of benign fibrous tissue proliferation and is characterized by slow growing, locally infiltrative growth pattern with a high propensity for local recurrence. We report on a case of multicentric fibromatosis originating from the retroperitoneal space and submandibular triangle, in an 18-year-old lady. Computed tomography revealed a retroperitoneal abdominopelvic tumor extending from the left sub-diaphragmatic space to the pelvic inlet which had enveloped the solid viscera in the left upper quadrant with a displaced celiac axis...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Shao-Hua Wang, Ao Wang, Pan-Pan Liu, Wen-Yan Zhang, Juan Du, Shuang Xu, Guan-Chen Liu, Bai-Song Zheng, Chen Huan, Ke Zhao, Xiao-Fang Yu
Coxsackievirus A6 (CV-A6) is an emerging pathogen associated with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Its genetic characterization and pathogenic properties are largely unknown. Here, we report 39 circulating CV-A6 strains isolated in 2013 from HFMD patients in Northeast China. Three major clusters of CV-A6 were identified and related to CV-A6 mostly from Shanghai, indicating that domestic CV-A6 strains were responsible for HFMD emerging in Northeast China. Four full-length CV-A6 genomes representing each cluster were sequenced and analyzed further...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Niwa Ali, Bahar Zirak, Hong-An Truong, Megan M Maurano, Iris K Gratz, Abul K Abbas, Michael D Rosenblum
Migratory dendritic cell (DC) subsets deliver tissue Ags to draining lymph nodes (DLNs) to either initiate or inhibit T cell-mediated immune responses. The signals mediating DC migration in response to tissue self-antigen are largely unknown. Using a mouse model of inducible skin-specific self-antigen expression, we demonstrate that CD103+ dermal DCs (DDCs) rapidly migrate from skin to skin DLN (SDLNs) within the first 48 h after Ag expression. This window of time was characterized by the preferential activation of tissue-resident Ag-specific effector T cells (Teffs), with no concurrent activation of Ag-specific Teffs in SDLNs...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
D Himmelhan, O Rawashdeh, H H A Oelschläger
This study characterizes the early postnatal development of the visual neocortex in C3H/HeNRj mice. These mice are homozygous for the Pde6brd1 mutation, which causes retinal degeneration starting from postnatal day 7 (P7). To monitor the development of the visual cortex between P3 and P28 we used eight antigens known to be expressed at different developmental stages (Nestin, tau3, β3- Tubulin, Calbindin, Doublecortin, MAP2, Parvalbumin and NeuN). Using semiquantitative analysis we traced the expression and localization of different developmental markers throughout the layers of the visual cortex...
March 18, 2018: Mechanisms of Development
Tingxiang Yan, Luwen Wang, Ju Gao, Sandra L Siedlak, Mikayla L Huntley, Pichet Termsarasab, George Perry, Shu G Chen, Xinglong Wang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia in the elderly, characterized by neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs), senile plaques (SPs), and a progressive loss of neuronal cells in selective brain regions. Rab10, a small Rab GTPase involved in vesicular trafficking, has recently been identified as a novel protein associated with AD. Interestingly, Rab10 is a key substrate of leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2), a serine/threonine protein kinase genetically associated with the second most common neurodegenerative disease Parkinson's disease...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Félix Hernández, María Llorens-Martín, Marta Bolós, Mar Pérez, Raquel Cuadros, Noemí Pallas-Bazarra, Juan C Zabala, Jesús Avila
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by the presence of two aberrant structures: namely senile plaques, composed of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ), and neurofibrillary tangles, composed of tau protein. In this regard, Aβ and tau protein have been widely studied in research efforts aiming to find a therapy for AD. Aβ and tau pathologies do not always overlap. The precursor of Aβ is expressed in peripheral tissues and in the central nervous system (CNS), whereas tau is mainly a neuronal protein. Since AD is a disease of the CNS, it has been proposed that Aβ may initiate the disease process, with tau being the executor...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Chrysovalantis Voutouri, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
Hyaluronan is abundant in the extracellular matrix of many desmoplastic tumors and determines in large part the tumor biochemical and mechanical microenvironment. Additionally, it has been identified as one of the major physiological barriers to the effective delivery of drugs to solid tumors and its targeting with the use of pharmaceutical agents has shown to decompress tumor blood vessels, and thus improve tumor perfusion and efficacy of cytotoxic drugs. In this study, we investigated the contribution of hyaluronan to the accumulation of mechanical forces in tumors...
2018: PloS One
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