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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924445/growth-arrest-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-suspension-culture-using-low-acyl-gellan-gum
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Tomomi Natori, Masachika Fujiyoshi, Masashi Uchida, Natsuki Abe, Tatsuro Kanaki, Yasunori Fukumoto, Itsuko Ishii
The proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) causes restenosis in biomaterial vascular grafts. The purposes of this study were to establish a suspension culture system for SMCs by using a novel substrate, low-acyl gellan gum (GG) and to maintain SMCs in a state of growth inhibition. When SMCs were cultured in suspension with GG, their proliferation was inhibited. Their viability was 70% at day 2, which was maintained at more than 50% until day 5. In contrast, the viability of cells cultured in suspension without GG was 5...
December 6, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920806/hereditary-multiple-exostoses-a-review-of-clinical-appearance-and-metabolic-pattern
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Giovanni Beltrami, Gabriele Ristori, Guido Scoccianti, Angela Tamburini, Rodolfo Capanna
Hereditary multiple exostoses (HME) is an inherited genetic condition characterized by the presence of multiple exostoses (osteochondromas). MHE is a relatively rare autosomal dominant disorder, mainly caused by loss of function mutations in two genes: exostosin-1 (EXT1) and exostosin-2 (EXT2). These genes are linked to heparan sulfate (HS) synthesis, but the specific molecular mechanism leading to the disruption of the cartilage structure and the consequent exostoses formation is still not resolved. The aim of this paper is to encounter the main aspects of HME reviewing the literature, in order to improve clinical features and evolution, and the metabolic-pathogenetic mechanisms underlying...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
#3
Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918831/induction-of-chemokine-secretion-and-monocyte-migration-by-human-choroidal-melanocytes-in-response-to-proinflammatory-cytokines
#4
Tina Jehs, Carsten Faber, Maja S Udsen, Martine J Jager, Simon J Clark, Mogens H Nissen
Purpose: To determine to which extent inflammatory cytokines affect chemokine secretion by primary human choroidal melanocytes (HCMs), their capacity to attract monocytes, and whether HCMs are able to influence the proliferation of activated T cells. Methods: Primary cultures of HCMs were established from eyes of 13 donors. Human choroidal melanocytes were stimulated with IFN-γ and TNF-α or with supernatant from activated T cells (T-cell-conditioned media [TCM])...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918574/quantitative-laser-biospeckle-method-for-the-evaluation-of-the-activity-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-using-vdrl-plates-and-digital-analysis
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Hilda Cristina Grassi, Lisbette C García, María Lorena Lobo-Sulbarán, Ana Velásquez, Francisco A Andrades-Grassi, Humberto Cabrera, Jesús E Andrades-Grassi, Efrén D J Andrades
In this paper we report a quantitative laser Biospeckle method using VDRL plates to monitor the activity of Trypanosoma cruzi and the calibration conditions including three image processing algorithms and three programs (ImageJ and two programs designed in this work). Benznidazole was used as a test drug. Variable volume (constant density) and variable density (constant volume) were used for the quantitative evaluation of parasite activity in calibrated wells of the VDRL plate. The desiccation process within the well was monitored as a function of volume and of the activity of the Biospeckle pattern of the parasites as well as the quantitative effect of the surface parasite quantity (proportion of the object's plane)...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918142/anodized-aluminum-oxide-templated-synthesis-of-metal-organic-frameworks-used-as-membrane-reactors
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Yifu Yu, Xue-Jun Wu, Meiting Zhao, Qinglang Ma, Junze Chen, Bo Chen, Melinda Sindoro, Jian Yang, Shikui Han, Qipeng Lu, Hua Zhang
The incorporation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) into membrane-shaped architectures is of great importance for practical applications. The currently synthesized MOF-based membranes show many disadvantages, such as poor compatibility, low dispersity, and instability, which severely limit their utility. Herein, we present a general, facile, and robust approach for the synthesis of MOF-based composite membranes through the in situ growth of MOF plates in the channels of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916829/in-vitro-study-of-a-superhydrophilic-thin-film-nitinol-endograft-that-is-electrostatically-endothelialized-in-the-catheter-prior-to-the-endovascular-procedure
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Mahdis Shayan, Yanfei Chen, Puneeth Shridhar, Colin P Kealey, YoungJae Chun
Electrostatic endothelial cell seeding has evolved as an exceptional technique to improve the efficiency of cell seeding in terms of frequency of attached cells and the amount of cell adhesion for the treatment of vascular diseases. In the recent times, both untreated and superhydrophilic thin film nitinol (TFN) have exhibited strong prospects as substrates for creation of small-diameter endovascular grafts due to their hallmark properties of superelasticity, ultra low-profile character, and grown hemocompatible oxide layer with the presence of a uniform endothelial layer on the surface...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Functional Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912768/quasi-continuous-parallel-online-scattered-light-fluorescence-and-dissolved-oxygen-tension-measurement-combined-with-monitoring-of-the-oxygen-transfer-rate-in-each-well-of-a-shaken-microtiter-plate
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Tobias Ladner, Markus Held, David Flitsch, Mario Beckers, Jochen Büchs
BACKGROUND: Microtiter plates (MTP) are often applied as culture vessels in high-throughput screening programs. If online measuring techniques are available, MTPs can also be applied in the first steps of process development. For such small-scale bioreactors dipping probes are usually too large; therefore, optical measurements are often used. For example, the BioLector technology allows for the online monitoring of scattered light and fluorescence in each well of a continuously orbitally shaken MTP...
December 3, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910971/synthesis-engineering-of-iron-oxide-raspberry-shaped-nanostructures
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O Gerber, B P Pichon, D Ihiawakrim, I Florea, S Moldovan, O Ersen, D Begin, J-M Grenèche, S Lemonnier, E Barraud, S Begin-Colin
Magnetic porous nanostructures consisting of oriented aggregates of iron oxide nanocrystals display very interesting properties such as a lower oxidation state of magnetite, and enhanced saturation magnetization in comparison with individual nanoparticles of similar sizes and porosity. However, the formation mechanism of these promising nanostructures is not well understood, which hampers the fine tuning of their magnetic properties, for instance by doping them with other elements. Therefore the formation mechanism of porous raspberry shaped nanostructures (RSNs) synthesized by a one-pot polyol solvothermal method has been investigated in detail from the early stages by using a wide panel of characterization techniques, and especially by performing original in situ HR-TEM studies in temperature...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904734/recurrence-of-a-unicameral-bone-cyst-in-the-femoral-diaphysis
#10
Hyun Se Kim, Kyung Sup Lim, Sung Wook Seo, Seung Pil Jang, Jong Sup Shim
Diaphyseal unicameral bone cysts of the long bone are generally known to originate near the growth plate and migrate from the metaphysis to the diaphysis during skeletal growth. In the case of unicameral bone cysts of diaphyseal origin, recurrence at the same location is extremely rare. We report a case of recurrence of a unicameral bone cyst in the diaphysis of the femur that developed 8 years after treatment with curettage and bone grafting. We performed bone grafting and lengthening of the affected femur with an application of the Ilizarov apparatus over an intramedullary nail to treat the cystic lesion and limb length discrepancy simultaneously...
December 2016: Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903603/multicenter-evaluation-of-a-modified-cefoxitin-disk-diffusion-method-and-pbp2a-testing-to-predict-meca-mediated-oxacillin-resistance-in-atypical-staphylococcus-aureus
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Shelley A Miller, James Karichu, Peggy Kohner, Nicolynn Cole, Janet A Hindler, Robin Patel, Sandra Richter, Romney M Humphries
Phenotypic variants of Staphylococcus aureus display small colony size, reduced pigment, hemolysis and/or coagulase activity are periodically isolated by the clinical laboratory. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of these isolates is complicated as many do not grow on routine AST media, including Mueller Hinton agar and cation-adjusted Mueller Hinton broth. This multi-center study evaluated cefoxitin disk diffusion for 37 isolates (156 readings) of atypical S. aureus with MHA supplemented with 5% sheep's blood (BMHA), using mecA PCR as the reference standard...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902918/recovery-of-chicken-growth-plate-by-heat-shock-protein-90-inhibitors-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-and-apigenin-in-thiram-induced-tibial-dyschondroplasia
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Muhammad Kashif Iqbal, Jingying Liu, Fazul Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Hui Zhang, Adnan Hassan Tahir, Jiakui Li
Tibial dyschondroplasia (TD) is an important tibiotarsal bone disorder characterized by an avascular and nonmineralized growth plate; it is attributed to abnormal differentiation of chondrocytes and causes lameness. Heat-shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a proangiogenic factor in animal tissues; however, its gene expression increases in cases of chicken TD. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and apigenin in thiram-induced TD birds; these substances were used because of their Hsp90 inhibitory activities...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902346/hymenobacter-rutilus-sp-nov-isolated-from-marine-sediment-in-arctic
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Myong Chol Kim, Chol Myong Kim, Ok Chol Kang, Yumin Zhang, Zuobing Liu, Danzeng Wangmu, Ziyan Wei, Yao Huang, Fang Peng
Strain K2-33028T, appeared brick-red colony on R2A plate, was isolated from marine sediment sample in Kings Bay, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that strain K2-33028T belonged to the genus Hymenobacter. Cells were Gram-reaction-negative, non-spore-forming, aerobic, rod-shaped bacterium without motility. Growth occurred at 4-37℃ (optimum 28℃) and at pH 6.0-8.0 (optimum pH 7.0). Cells contained menaquinone-7, as the main respiratory quinone, and iso-C15:0, summed feature 3 (comprising C16:1 ω7c and/or C16:1 ω6c), C16:1 ω5c, summed feature 4 (comprising anteiso-C17:1 B and/or iso-C17:1 I) and anteiso-C15:0 as the major cellular fatty acids...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898984/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling-cascade-induced-by-mechanical-stimulation-of-fluid-shear-stress-in-cultured-corneal-epithelial-cells
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Tsugiaki Utsunomiya, Akihiro Ishibazawa, Taiji Nagaoka, Kazuomi Hanada, Harumasa Yokota, Nobuhito Ishii, Akitoshi Yoshida
Purpose: Because blinking is regarded as mechanical stimulation of fluid shear stress on the corneal epithelial cells, we investigated the effects of fluid shear stress on cultured human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs). Methods: The HCECs were exposed to shear stress (0, 1.2, 12 dyne/cm2) with the parallel-plate type of flow chamber. Wound healing, cellular proliferation, growth factor expression, TGF-β1 concentration in the culture supernatant, and phosphorylation of SMAD2 were investigated...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898739/environmental-free-living-amoebae-isolated-from-soil-in-khon-kaen-thailand-antagonize-burkholderia-pseudomallei
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Parumon Noinarin, Pisit Chareonsudjai, Pinich Wangsomnuk, Surasak Wongratanacheewin, Sorujsiri Chareonsudjai
Presence of Burkholderia pseudomallei in soil and water is correlated with endemicity of melioidosis in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Several biological and physico-chemical factors have been shown to influence persistence of B. pseudomallei in the environment of endemic areas. This study was the first to evaluate the interaction of B. pseudomallei with soil amoebae isolated from B. pseudomallei-positive soil site in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Four species of amoebae, Paravahlkampfia ustiana, Acanthamoeba sp...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898049/mecs-vine-%C3%A2-a-new-proximal-sensor-for-segmented-mapping-of-vigor-and-yield-parameters-on-vineyard-rows
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Matteo Gatti, Paolo Dosso, Marco Maurino, Maria Clara Merli, Fabio Bernizzoni, Facundo José Pirez, Bonfiglio Platè, Gian Carlo Bertuzzi, Stefano Poni
Ground-based proximal sensing of vineyard features is gaining interest due to its ability to serve in even quite small plots with the advantage of being conducted concurrently with normal vineyard practices (i.e., spraying, pruning or soil tilling) with no dependence upon weather conditions, external services or law-imposed limitations. The purpose of the present work was to test performance of the new terrestrial multi-sensor MECS-VINE(®) in terms of reliability and degree of correlation with several canopy growth and yield parameters in the grapevine...
November 27, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897256/dysbiosis-by-neutralizing-commensal-mediated-inhibition-of-pathobionts
#17
Esteban Rodriguez Herrero, Vera Slomka, Nico Boon, Kristel Bernaerts, Emma Hernandez-Sanabria, Marc Quirynen, Wim Teughels
Dysbiosis in the periodontal microbiota is associated with the development of periodontal diseases. Little is known about the initiation of dysbiosis. It was hypothesized that some commensal bacteria suppress the outgrowth of pathobionts by H2O2 production. However, serum and blood components released due to inflammation can neutralize this suppressive effect, leading to the initiation of dysbiosis. Agar plate, dual-species and multi-species ecology experiments showed that H2O2 production by commensal bacteria decreases pathobiont growth and colonization...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897169/ezh1-and-ezh2-promote-skeletal-growth-by-repressing-inhibitors-of-chondrocyte-proliferation-and-hypertrophy
#18
Julian C Lui, Presley Garrison, Quang Nguyen, Michal Ad, Chithra Keembiyehetty, Weiping Chen, Youn Hee Jee, Ellie Landman, Ola Nilsson, Kevin M Barnes, Jeffrey Baron
Histone methyltransferases EZH1 and EZH2 catalyse the trimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27), which serves as an epigenetic signal for chromatin condensation and transcriptional repression. Genome-wide associated studies have implicated EZH2 in the control of height and mutations in EZH2 cause Weaver syndrome, which includes skeletal overgrowth. Here we show that the combined loss of Ezh1 and Ezh2 in chondrocytes severely impairs skeletal growth in mice. Both of the principal processes underlying growth plate chondrogenesis, chondrocyte proliferation and hypertrophy, are compromised...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895701/a-dna-based-real-time-pcr-assay-for-robust-growth-quantification-of-the-bacterial-pathogen-pseudomonas-syringae-on-arabidopsis-thaliana
#19
Annegret Ross, Imre E Somssich
BACKGROUND: The interaction of Pseudomonas syringae with Arabidopsis is one of the most commonly used systems to study various bacterial-host interrelationships. Currently, most studies are based on the growth quantification of the pathogen to characterize resistance or virulence targets. However, the standard available method for determining bacterial proliferation in planta is laborious and has several limitations. RESULTS: Here we present an alternative robust approach, which is based on the quantification of bacterial DNA by real-time PCR...
2016: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893712/blood-vessel-endothelium-directed-tumor-cell-streaming-in-breast-tumors-requires-the-hgf-c-met-signaling-pathway
#20
E Leung, A Xue, Y Wang, P Rougerie, V P Sharma, R Eddy, D Cox, J Condeelis
During metastasis to distant sites, tumor cells migrate to blood vessels. In vivo, breast tumor cells utilize a specialized mode of migration known as streaming, where a linear assembly of tumor cells migrate directionally towards blood vessels on fibronectin-collagen I-containing extracellular matrix (ECM) fibers in response to chemotactic signals. We have successfully reconstructed tumor cell streaming in vitro by co-plating tumors cells, macrophages and endothelial cells on 2.5 μm thick ECM-coated micro-patterned substrates...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
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