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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328201/double-fueled-janus-swimmers-with-magnetotactic-behaviour
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Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Miguel Alexandre Ramos-Docampo, Veronica Salgueiriño, Brigitte Städler
Self-propelled particles attract a great deal of attention due to the auspicious range of application nanobots can be used for. In a biomedical context, self-propelled swimmers hold promise to autonomously navigate to a desired location in an attempt to counteract cell/tissue defects either by releasing drugs or performing surgical tasks. The vast majority of prior reports deal with single engine assemblies, often utilizing fuel molecules which are considered as highly cytotoxic. Herein, we introduce two engines: 1) a motor which couples enzymes i...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328100/smart-mechanosensing-machineries-enable-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-atherosclerosis-relevant-3d-matrices
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REVIEW
Qingjia Chi, Jieling Shan, Xiaorong Ding, Tieying Yin, Yazhou Wang, Dongyu Jia, Guixue Wang
At the early stage of atherosclerosis, neointima is formed due to the migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) from the media to the intima. VSMCs are surrounded by highly adhesive 3D matrices. They take specific strategies to cross various 3D matrices in the media, including heterogeneous collagen and mechanically-strong basement membrane. Migration of VSMCs is potentially caused by biomechanical mechanism. Most in vitro studies focus on cell migration on 2D substrates in response to biochemical factors...
March 22, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325940/one-pot-synthesis-of-four-coordinate-boron-iii-complexes-by-the-ligand-promoted-organic-group-migration-between-boronic-acids
#3
Venkata S Sadu, Hye-Rin Bin, Do-Min Lee, Kee-In Lee
Multidisciplinary applications of four-coordinate boron(III) complexes make them very attractive and challenging research field in chemistry, biology and material sciences. The dual role played by boron atom in stabilising the chelate ligand and enhancing the π-conjugation makes them very useful as luminescent materials for organic electronics and photonics, and sensing and imaging probes for biomedical purposes. The conventional methods involve the use of diarylborinic acids or anhydrides and triaryl boranes, which are made from organometallic reagents...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325240/cancer-care-access-and-outcomes-for-american-indian-populations-in-the-united-states-challenges-and-models-for-progress
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REVIEW
B Ashleigh Guadagnolo, Daniel G Petereit, C Norman Coleman
Low socioeconomic and health care access realities of being American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) in the United States combined with decades of data documenting poor cancer outcomes for this population provide a population nested within the United States that is analogous to the cancer care landscape of low- and middle-income countries internationally. We reviewed the medical literature with respect to cancer prevention, access to cancer treatment, and access to effective supportive and palliative care for AI/AN populations in the United States...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322404/device-and-programming-abstractions-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-active-micro-particle-swarms
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Amy T Lam, Karina G Samuel-Gama, Jonathan Griffin, Matthew Loeun, Lukas C Gerber, Zahid Hossain, Nate J Cira, Seung Ah Lee, Ingmar H Riedel-Kruse
We present a hardware setup and a set of executable commands for spatiotemporal programming and interactive control of a swarm of self-propelled microscopic agents inside a microfluidic chip. In particular, local and global spatiotemporal light stimuli are used to direct the motion of ensembles of Euglena gracilis, a unicellular phototactic organism. We develop three levels of programming abstractions (stimulus space, swarm space, and system space) to create a scripting language for directing swarms. We then implement a multi-level proof-of-concept biotic game using these commands to demonstrate their utility...
March 21, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320878/bacteria-rev-your-engines-stator-dynamics-regulate-flagellar-motility
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Amy E Baker, George A O'Toole
Many bacteria move through liquids and across surfaces using flagella - filaments propelled by a membrane-embedded rotary motor. Much is known about the flagellum: its basic structure, the function of its individual motor components, and the regulation of its synthesis. However, we are only beginning to identify the dynamics of flagellar proteins and to understand how the motor structurally adapts to environmental stimuli. In this review, we discuss the external and cellular factors that influence the dynamics of stator complexes (the ion-conducting channels of the flagellar motor)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320824/molecular-mechanism-of-dynein-recruitment-to-kinetochores-by-the-rod-zw10-zwilch-complex-and-spindly
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José B Gama, Cláudia Pereira, Patrícia A Simões, Ricardo Celestino, Rita M Reis, Daniel J Barbosa, Helena R Pires, Cátia Carvalho, João Amorim, Ana X Carvalho, Dhanya K Cheerambathur, Reto Gassmann
The molecular motor dynein concentrates at the kinetochore region of mitotic chromosomes in animals to accelerate spindle microtubule capture and to control spindle checkpoint signaling. In this study, we describe the molecular mechanism used by the Rod-Zw10-Zwilch complex and the adaptor Spindly to recruit dynein to kinetochores in Caenorhabditis elegans embryos and human cells. We show that Rod's N-terminal β-propeller and the associated Zwilch subunit bind Spindly's C-terminal domain, and we identify a specific Zwilch mutant that abrogates Spindly and dynein recruitment in vivo and Spindly binding to a Rod β-propeller-Zwilch complex in vitro...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315142/rotational-motion-of-dimers-of-janus-particles
#8
Arghya Majee
We theoretically study the motion of a rigid dimer of self-propelling Janus particles. In a simple kinetic approach without hydrodynamic interactions, the dimer moves on a helical trajectory and, at the same time, it rotates about its center of mass. Inclusion of the effects of mutual advection using superposition approximation does not alter the qualitative features of the motion but merely changes the parameters of the trajectory and the angular velocity.
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314283/stable-shrna-silencing-of-lactate-dehydrogenase-a-ldha-in-human-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-fails-to-alter-lactic-acid-production-glycolytic-activity-atp-or-survival
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Nzinga Mack, Elizabeth A Mazzio, David Bauer, Hernan Flores-Rozas, Karam F A Soliman
BACKGROUND: In the US, African Americans have a high death rate from triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), characterized by lack of hormone receptors (ER, PR, HER2/ERRB2) which are otherwise valuable targets of chemotherapy. There is a need to identify novel targets that negatively impact TNBC tumorigenesis. TNBCs release an abundance of lactic acid, under normoxic, hypoxic and hyperoxic conditions; this referred to as the Warburg effect. Accumulated lactic acid sustains peri-cellular acidity which propels metastatic invasion and malignant aggressive transformation...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314066/comparison-of-propeller-perforator-flap-and-venous-supercharged-propeller-perforator-flap-in-reconstruction-of-lower-limb-soft-tissue-defect-a-prospective-study
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Benoit Chaput, Nicolas Bertheuil, Jean-Louis Grolleau, Farid Bekara, Raphael Carloni, Jerome Laloze, Christian Herlin
INTRODUCTION: In lower limbs, reliability of propeller perforator flaps (PPF) remains uncertain. The main complication is venous congestion, which can lead to distal necrosis. We aim to highlight if venous supercharging of PPF could substantially limit complications in lower limb coverage. METHODS: Between 2011 and 2016, we developed a standardized procedure of venous supercharging in the lower limb reconstruction with PPF using saphenous veins anastomosis. Then, we prospectively compared a consecutive series of 30 PPF to cover lower limbs defect, with a consecutive series of 30 venous-supercharged PPF (vsPPF)...
March 17, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298440/structural-basis-of-outer-dynein-arm-intraflagellar-transport-by-the-transport-adaptor-protein-oda16-and-the-intraflagellar-transport-protein-ift46
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Michael Taschner, André Mourão, Mayanka Awasthi, Jerome Basquin, Esben Lorentzen
Motile cilia are found on unicellular organisms such as the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, on sperm cells, and on cells that line the trachea and fallopian tubes in mammals. The motility of cilia relies on a number of large protein complexes including the force-generating outer dynein arms (ODAs). The transport of ODAs into cilia has been previously shown to require the transport adaptor ODA16 as well as the intraflagellar transport (IFT) protein IFT46, but the molecular mechanism by which ODAs are recognized and transported into motile cilia is still unclear...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297968/lattice-boltzmann-simulations-of-microswimmer-tracer-interactions
#12
Joost de Graaf, Joakim Stenhammar
Hydrodynamic interactions in systems composed of self-propelled particles, such as swimming microorganisms and passive tracers, have a significant impact on the tracer dynamics compared to the equivalent "dry" sample. However, such interactions are often difficult to take into account in simulations due to their computational cost. Here, we perform a systematic investigation of swimmer-tracer interaction using an efficient force-counterforce-based lattice-Boltzmann (LB) algorithm [De Graaf et al., J. Chem...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297865/numerical-study-of-nonequilibrium-gas-flow-in-a-microchannel-with-a-ratchet-surface
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Lianhua Zhu, Zhaoli Guo
The nonequilibrium gas flow in a two-dimensional microchannel with a ratchet surface and a moving wall is investigated numerically with a kinetic method [Guo et al., Phys. Rev. E 91, 033313 (2015)]PLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.91.033313. The presence of periodic asymmetrical ratchet structures on the bottom wall of the channel and the temperature difference between the walls of the channel result in a thermally induced flow, and hence a tangential propelling force on the wall. Such thermally induced propelling mechanism can be utilized as a model heat engine...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296018/assembly-and-transport-of-microscopic-cargos-via-reconfigurable-photoactivated-magnetic-microdockers
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Fernando Martinez-Pedrero, Helena Massana-Cid, Pietro Tierno
The realization of micromotors able to dock and transport microscopic objects in a fluid medium has direct applications toward the delivery of drugs and chemicals in small channels and pores, and the realization of functional wireless microrobots in lab-on-a-chip technology. A simple and general method to tow microscopic particles in water by using remotely controllable light-activated hematite microdockers is demonstrated. These anisotropic ferromagnetic particles can be synthesized in bulk and present the remarkable ability to be activated by light while independently manipulated via external fields...
March 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292904/optimal-run-and-tumble-based-transportation-of-a-janus-particle-with-active-steering
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Tomoyuki Mano, Jean-Baptiste Delfau, Junichiro Iwasawa, Masaki Sano
Although making artificial micrometric swimmers has been made possible by using various propulsion mechanisms, guiding their motion in the presence of thermal fluctuations still remains a great challenge. Such a task is essential in biological systems, which present a number of intriguing solutions that are robust against noisy environmental conditions as well as variability in individual genetic makeup. Using synthetic Janus particles driven by an electric field, we present a feedback-based particle-guiding method quite analogous to the "run-and-tumbling" behavior of Escherichia coli but with a deterministic steering in the tumbling phase: the particle is set to the run state when its orientation vector aligns with the target, whereas the transition to the "steering" state is triggered when it exceeds a tolerance angle [Formula: see text] The active and deterministic reorientation of the particle is achieved by a characteristic rotational motion that can be switched on and off by modulating the ac frequency of the electric field, which is reported in this work...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292891/distinct-recognition-of-complement-ic3b-by-integrins-%C3%AE-x%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-m%C3%AE-2
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Shutong Xu, Jianchuan Wang, Jia-Huai Wang, Timothy A Springer
Recognition by the leukocyte integrins αXβ2 and αMβ2 of complement iC3b-opsonized targets is essential for effector functions including phagocytosis. The integrin-binding sites on iC3b remain incompletely characterized. Here, we describe negative-stain electron microscopy and biochemical studies of αXβ2 and αMβ2 in complex with iC3b. Despite high homology, the two integrins bind iC3b at multiple distinct sites. αXβ2 uses the αX αI domain to bind iC3b on its C3c moiety at one of two sites: a major site at the interface between macroglobulin (MG) 3 and MG4 domains, and a less frequently used site near the C345C domain...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290784/-the-familial-hypercholesterolemia-caused-by-a-novel-human-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-gene-mutation-c-1327-t-c-p-w433r
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V A Korneva, T Yu Kuznetsova, R Z Murtazina, A V Didio, T Yu Bogoslovskaya, M Yu Mandelshtam, V B Vasilyev
During investigation of molecular nature of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) in Petrozavodsk (Russia) cohort of patients a novel low density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor gene mutation was found. This mutation designated c.1327 T>C (W443R [W422R]) was predicted to cause substitution of arginine for tryptophan residue in the very conservative -propeller domain of the LDL receptor. Inheritance of the new mutation was traced in four generations and its cosegregation with hypercholesterolemia phenotype was observed...
February 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290654/new-ulvan-degrading-polysaccharide-lyase-family-structure-and-catalytic-mechanism-suggests-convergent-evolution-of-active-site-architecture
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ThirumalaiSelvi Ulaganathan, Michal T Boniecki, Elizabeth Foran, Vitaliy Buravenkov, Naama Mizrachi, Ehud Banin, William Helbert, Miroslaw Cygler
Ulvan is a complex sulfated polysaccharide biosynthesized by green seaweed and contains predominantly rhamnose, xylose and uronic acids sugars. Ulvan-degrading enzymes have only recently been identified added to the CAZy (www.cazy.org) database, but neither their structure nor catalytic mechanism(s) are yet known. One of the new ulvan lyases was discovered in Pseudoalteromonas sp. strain PLSV and is encoded by the gene PLSV_3936. This enzyme cleaves the glycosidic bond between 3-sulfated rhamnose (R3S) and glucuronic acid (GluA) or iduronic acid (IdoA) via a -elimination mechanism...
March 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290242/variation-in-impact-of-use-of-different-propellants-and-excipients-in-pharmaceutical-topical-aerosol-then-and-now
#19
Maunab Patra, Meenakshi Patnaik
Skin is the most suitable and recommendable organ of the human body for topical administration of drugs. Drug delivery system is the methodology used to ensure that the drugs entering in to the body through any route into the body, reach its target for pharmacological action. Patients tend to prefer the painless route of drug administration. So, pharmaceutical aerosols were invented meet patient compliance. Many variations in excipients with respect to compatibility to drugs, stability and economy have been used since start to improve the aerosol system of drug delivery...
March 8, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289248/antimalarial-drug-resistance-a-threat-to-malaria-elimination
#20
Didier Menard, Arjen Dondorp
Increasing antimalarial drug resistance once again threatens effective antimalarial drug treatment, malaria control, and elimination. Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs) are first-line treatment for uncomplicated falciparum malaria in all endemic countries, yet partial resistance to artemisinins has emerged in the Greater Mekong Subregion. Concomitant emergence of partner drug resistance is now causing high ACT treatment failure rates in several areas. Genetic markers for artemisinin resistance and several of the partner drugs have been established, greatly facilitating surveillance...
March 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
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