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Hugo de Almeida, Vincent Leroux, Flávia Nader Motta, Philippe Grellier, Bernard Maigret, Jaime M Santana, Izabela Marques Dourado Bastos
We have previously demonstrated that the secreted prolyl oligopeptidase of Trypanosoma cruzi (POPTc80) is involved in the infection process by facilitating parasite migration through the extracellular matrix. We have built a 3D structural model where POPTc80 is formed by a catalytic α/β-hydrolase domain and a β-propeller domain, and in which the substrate docks at the inter-domain interface, suggesting a "jaw opening" gating access mechanism. This preliminary model was refined by molecular dynamics simulations and next used for a virtual screening campaign, whose predictions were tested by standard binding assays...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
Francesc R Garcia-Gonzalo, Jeremy F Reiter
Cilia are plasma membrane protrusions that act as cellular propellers or antennae. To perform these functions, cilia must maintain a composition distinct from those of the contiguous cytosol and plasma membrane. The specialized composition of the cilium depends on the ciliary gate, the region at the ciliary base separating the cilium from the rest of the cell. The ciliary gate's main structural features are electron dense struts connecting microtubules to the adjacent membrane. These structures include the transition fibers, which connect the distal basal body to the base of the ciliary membrane, and the Y-links, which connect the proximal axoneme and ciliary membrane within the transition zone...
October 21, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
D Caballero, J Katuri, J Samitier, S Sánchez
The ubiquitous random motion of mesoscopic active particles, such as cells, can be "rectified" or directed by embedding the particles in systems containing local and periodic asymmetric cues. Incorporated on lab-on-a-chip devices, these microratchet-like structures can be used to self-propel fluids, transport particles, and direct cell motion in the absence of external power sources. In this Focus article we discuss recent advances in the use of ratchet-like geometries in microfluidics which could open new avenues in biomedicine for applications in diagnosis, cancer biology, and bioengineering...
October 19, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Rolf E Isele-Holder, Julia Jäger, Guglielmo Saggiorato, Jens Elgeti, Gerhard Gompper
Worm-like filaments, which are propelled by a tangential homogeneous force along their contour, are studied as they push loads of different shapes and sizes. The resulting dynamics is investigated using Langevin dynamics simulations. The effects of size and shape of the load, propulsion strength, and thermal noise are systematically explored. The propulsive force and hydrodynamic friction of the load cause a compression in the filament that results in a buckling instability and versatile motion. Distinct regimes of elongated filaments, curved filaments, beating filaments, and filaments with alternating beating and circular motion are identified, and a phase diagram depending on the propulsion strength and the size of the load is constructed...
October 19, 2016: Soft Matter
Atul Kumar, Petra Sýkorová, Gabriel Demo, Pavel Dobeš, Pavel Hyršl, Michaela Wimmerová
Photorhabdus luminescens is known for its symbiosis with the entomopathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and its pathogenicity towards insect larvae. A hypothetical protein from P. luminescens was identified, purified from the native source and characterized as an L-fucose-binding lectin, named PLL. Glycan array and biochemical characterization data revealed PLL to be specific towards L-fucose and the disaccharide glycan 3,6-O-Me2-Glcβ1-4(2,3-O-Me2)Rhaα-O-(p-C6H4)-OCH2CH2NH2. PLL was discovered to be a homo-tetramer with an inter-subunit disulphide bridge...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Griffin D Santarelli, Joseph K Han
Propel and Propel Mini sinus implants are mometasone furoate-coated bioabsorbable stents used as an adjunct in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis after endoscopic sinus surgery. The original sinus implant was deployed in the ethmoid sinuses to provide medialization of the middle turbinate, decrease scarring and mucosal adhesions, limit polyp regrowth, and reduce mucosal inflammation. A structurally smaller version of the Propel, the Propel Mini, was developed and now has been approved for endoscopic placement in the frontal sinuses...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Rei Ogawa, Shimpei Ono, Satoshi Akaishi, Teruyuki Dohi, Takeshi Iimura, Junichi Nakao
: It is difficult to completely resect huge anterior chest wall keloids and then close the wound directly. We report here our retrospective analysis of our case series of patients with such keloids who underwent reconstruction with internal mammary artery perforator (IMAP) pedicled propeller flaps and then received postoperative high-dose-rate superficial brachytherapy. METHODS: All consecutive patients with large/severe keloids on the anterior chest wall who underwent keloid resection followed by reconstruction with IMAP-pedicled propeller flaps and then high-dose-rate superficial brachytherapy in our academic hospital were identified...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
HaoYuan Hsiao, Thomas M Zabielski, Jacqueline A Palmer, Jill S Higginson, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
Recent rehabilitation approaches for individuals poststroke have focused on improving walking speed because it is a reliable measurement that is associated with quality of life. Previous studies have demonstrated that propulsion, the force used to propel the body forward, determines walking speed. However, there are several different ways of measuring propulsion and no studies have identified which measurement best reflects differences in walking speed. The primary purposes of this study were to determine for individuals poststroke, which measurement of propulsion (1) is most closely related to their self-selected walking speeds and (2) best reflects changes in walking speed within a session...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Chad M Teven, Julie Mhlaba, Annemarie O'Connor, Lawrence J Gottlieb
The majority of surgical burn care involves the use of skin grafts. However, there are cases when flaps are required or provide superior outcomes both in the acute setting and for postburn reconstruction. Rarely discussed in the context of burn care, the perforator-based propeller flap is an important option to consider. We describe our experience with perforator-based propeller flaps in the acute and reconstructive phases of burn care. We reviewed demographics, indications, operative details, and outcomes for patients whose burn care included the use of a perforator-based propeller flap at our institution from May 2007 to April 2015...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Bumjin Jang, Wei Wang, Samuel Wiget, Andrew J Petruska, Xiangzhong Chen, Chengzhi Hu, Ayoung Hong, David Folio, Antoine Ferreira, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
We report the partial core-shell nanowire motors. These nanowires are fabricated using our previously developed electrodeposition-based technique, and their catalytic locomotion in the presence of H2O2 is investigated. Unlike conventional bimetallic nanowires that are self-electroosmotically propelled, our Au/Ru core-shell nanowires show both a noticeable decrease in rotational diffusivity and increase in motor speed with nanowire length. Numerical modelling based on self-electroosmosis attributes the decreases in rotational diffusivity to the formation of toroidal vortices at the nanowire tail, but fails to explain the speed increase with length...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Jeganathan Manivannan, Manjunath Prashanth, Venkatesan Saravana Kumar, Manickaraj Shairam, Jayachandran Subburaj
Since there is no precise therapy for treating vascular calcification by directly targeting the vascular wall, we aim to unveil novel drug targets through mining the molecular effect of a high phosphate environment on vascular cells through computational methods. Here, we hypothesize that manipulation of the vascular pathogenic network by small molecule therapeutics predicted from prior knowledge might offer great promise. With this, we intend to understand the publicly available transcriptomic data of vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells exposed to the high phosphate induced vascular calcification milieu and to re-examine the above published experiments for reasons different from those examined in the previous studies through multilevel systems biological understanding...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Baohu Dai, Jizhuang Wang, Ze Xiong, Xiaojun Zhan, Wei Dai, Chien-Cheng Li, Shien-Ping Feng, Jinyao Tang
Phototaxis is commonly observed in motile photosynthetic microorganisms. For example, green algae are capable of swimming towards a light source (positive phototaxis) to receive more energy for photosynthesis, or away from a light source (negative phototaxis) to avoid radiation damage or to hide from predators. Recently, with the aim of applying nanoscale machinery to biomedical applications, various inorganic nanomotors based on different propulsion mechanisms have been demonstrated. The only method to control the direction of motion of these self-propelled micro/nanomotors is to incorporate a ferromagnetic material into their structure and use an external magnetic field for steering...
October 17, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Ayusman Sen
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October 17, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Nour Zoaby, Janna Shainsky-Roitman, Samah Badarneh, Hanan Abumanhal, Alex Leshansky, Sima Yaron, Avi Schroeder
Injectable drug delivery systems that autonomously detect, propel towards, and ultimately treat the cancerous tissue, are the future of targeted medicine. Here, we developed a drug delivery system that swims autonomously towards cancer cells, where it releases a therapeutic cargo. This platform is based on viable bacteria, loaded with nanoparticles that contain the chemotherapeutic-antibiotic drug doxorubicin. The bacteria ferry across media and invade the cancer cells, increasing their velocity in the presence of nutrients that are present within the tumor microenvironment...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
So-Eun Han, Eun-Ji Kim, Hyun Hwan Sung, Jai-Kyong Pyon
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of extensive penoscrotal defects is a surgical challenge. Resurfacing defects in highly complex three-dimensional structures and restoring their function are an essential part of the reconstruction of penoscrotal regions. OBJECTIVE: We describe a technique using internal pudendal artery perforator (IPAP) pedicled propeller flaps created from the gluteal fold. This could be a reliable surgical option that maintains a natural looking scrotal pouch with minimal donor site morbidity and optimal sexual activity...
October 12, 2016: European Urology
Zain-Ul-Abdin, Li Wang, Haojie Yu, Muhammad Saleem, Muhammad Akram, Hamad Khalid, Nasir M Abbasi, Xianpeng Yang
Ferrocene-based derivatives are widely used as ferrocene-based burning rate catalysts (BRCs) for ammonium perchlorate (AP)-based propellant. However, in long storage, small ferrocene-based derivatives migrate to the surface of the propellant, which results in changes in the designed burning parameters and finally causes unstable combustion. To retard the migration of ferrocene-based BRCs in the propellant and to increase the combustion of the solid propellant, zero to third generation ethylene diamine-based ferrocene terminated dendrimers (0G, 1G, 2G and 3G) were synthesized...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
David Taylor
Experiments and observations were carried out to investigate the response to impact of the shells of the limpet Patella vulgata. Dropped-weight impact tests were conducted, creating damage which usually took the form of a hole in the shell's apex. Similar damage was found to occur naturally, presumably as a result of stones propelled by the sea during storms. Apex holes were usually fatal, but small holes were sometimes repaired, and the repaired shell was as strong as the original, undamaged shell.The impact strength (energy to failure) of shells tested in situ was found to be 3...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
Kousaku Saotome, Akira Matsushita, Koji Matsumoto, Yoshiaki Kato, Kei Nakai, Koichi Murata, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Akira Matsumura
PURPOSE: A fast spin-echo sequence based on the Periodically Rotated Overlapping Parallel Lines with Enhanced Reconstruction (PROPELLER) technique is a magnetic resonance (MR) imaging data acquisition and reconstruction method for correcting motion during scans. Previous studies attempted to verify the in vivo capabilities of motion-corrected PROPELLER in real clinical situations. However, such experiments are limited by repeated, stray head motion by research participants during the prescribed and precise head motion protocol of a PROPELLER acquisition...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
V Kocaba, O Damour, C Auxenfans, C Burillon
Limbal stem cell deficiency is predominantly caused by severe eye burns resulting in a decreased or a complete ablation of the regenerative potential of these stem cells. The inability to reconstruct the corneal epithelium further leads conjunctivalization of the gimbal-epithelial barrier. These abnormalities collectively result in the progressive opacification of the cornea responsible for blindness that is driven by chronic corneal ulceration and neovascularization. The underlying pathology of the cornea affects the homeostasis of the neighboring conjunctiva, eyelids, and tear film...
October 11, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
Julio Delgado, Neus Villamor, Armando López-Guillermo, Elías Campo
Next-generation sequencing provides a comprehensive understanding of the genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic underpinnings of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. Recent studies have uncovered new drivers, including mutations in non-coding regions, and signalling pathways whose role in cancer was previously unknown or poorly understood. Moreover, massive scale epigenomics and transcriptomics have supplied the foundations for the cellular origin of the disease. Some drivers could be targeted pharmacologically, and the ability to detect mutations present in minority subclones might even allow treatment before clonal selection occurs, thus preventing disease refractoriness...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
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