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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933392/leishmania-infection-painful-or-painless
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Sergio M Borghi, Victor Fattori, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Wander R Pavanelli, Waldiceu A Verri
The complex life cycle and immunopathological features underpinning the interaction of Leishmania parasites and their mammalian hosts poses frequent poorly explored and inconclusively resolved questions. The altered nociceptive signals over the course of leishmaniasis remain an intriguing issue for nociceptive and parasitology researchers. Experimental investigations have utilized behavioral, morphological, and neuro-immune approaches in the study of experimental cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). The data generated indicates new venues for the study of the pathological characteristics of nociceptive processing in this parasitic disease...
December 9, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933386/endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-specimens-in-early-colorectal-cancer-lateral-margins-macroscopic-techniques-and-possible-pitfalls
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Alicia Dessain, Christophe Snauwaert, Pamela Baldin, Pierre Deprez, Louis Libbrecht, Hubert Piessevaux, Anne Jouret-Mourin
Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) allows en-bloc resection of superficial gastrointestinal tumors, providing specimens on which lateral margin analysis can be performed reliably. Positive lateral margins have been linked to higher rates of recurrence/residual tumor. There are no guidelines for macroscopic processing of lateral margins. Currently, most institutions use parallel lateral sections, which are difficult to interpret. We use perpendicular lateral sections, hypothesizing that it decreases potential artifactually positive lateral margins...
December 8, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933085/plant-physiological-morphological-and-yield-related-responses-to-night-temperature-changes-across-different-species-and-plant-functional-types
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Panpan Jing, Dan Wang, Chunwu Zhu, Jiquan Chen
Land surface temperature over the past decades has shown a faster warming trend during the night than during the day. Extremely low night temperatures have occurred frequently due to the influence of land-sea thermal difference, topography and climate change. This asymmetric night temperature change is expected to affect plant ecophysiology and growth, as the plant carbon consumption processes could be affected more than the assimilation processes because photosynthesis in most plants occurs during the daytime whereas plant respiration occurs throughout the day...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932701/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fluorescein-grafted-polyurethane-for-potential-application-in-biomedical-tracing
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Boyuan Yang, Qin Zou, Lili Lin, Limei Li, Yi Zuo, Yubao Li
Redesigned multifunctional biopolymers represent a novel building bridge for interdisciplinary collaborations in biomaterials development. We prepared fluorescein-grafted polyurethane scaffolds (PU-C1, PU-C5, and PU-B1) to meet both clinical needs and biological safety evaluations, using different contents of calcein and different synthesis procedures for potential biomedical tracing. X-ray diffraction, infrared, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, scanning electron microscopy, and light microscopy were used to analyze the composition and structure of polyurethanes, as well as to observe their morphology with and without biomarkers...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932309/binge-alcohol-alters-exercise-driven-neuroplasticity
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Emily A Barton, Yanbin Lu, Murad Megjhani, Mark E Maynard, Prathamesh M Kulkarni, Badrinath Roysam, J Leigh Leasure
Exercise is increasingly being used as a treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUD), but the interactive effects of alcohol and exercise on the brain remain largely unexplored. Alcohol damages the brain, in part by altering glial functioning. In contrast, exercise promotes glial health and plasticity. In the present study, we investigated whether binge alcohol would attenuate the effects of subsequent exercise on glia. We focused on the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), an alcohol-vulnerable region that also undergoes neuroplastic changes in response to exercise...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932033/cellular-analysis-of-trophoblast-and-placenta
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Frances Wong, Brian J Cox
The placenta is composed of two lineages: the trophoblast and mesoderm. While morphological assessment of the placenta has highlighted major cell types and developmental structures, the human placenta is relatively unexplained on a molecular level. Current molecular analysis of the placenta has largely been confined to assessing whole organs that include both cell lineages and their differentiated progeny. This has confounded our understanding of the processes of placental development and function for two reasons...
November 30, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931886/neurobiological-after-effects-of-non-invasive-brain-stimulation
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REVIEW
G Cirillo, G Di Pino, F Capone, F Ranieri, L Florio, V Todisco, G Tedeschi, K Funke, V Di Lazzaro
BACKGROUND: In recent years, many studies have evaluated the effects of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques for the treatment of several neurological and psychiatric disorders. Positive results led to approval of NIBS for some of these conditions by the Food and Drug Administration in the USA. The therapeutic effects of NIBS have been related to bi-directional changes in cortical excitability with the direction of change depending on the choice of stimulation protocol. Although after-effects are mostly short lived, complex neurobiological mechanisms related to changes in synaptic excitability bear the potential to further induce therapy-relevant lasting changes...
November 17, 2016: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931250/tracing-the-origin-of-disseminated-tumor-cells-in-breast-cancer-using-single-cell-sequencing
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Jonas Demeulemeester, Parveen Kumar, Elen K Møller, Silje Nord, David C Wedge, April Peterson, Randi R Mathiesen, Renathe Fjelldal, Masoud Zamani Esteki, Koen Theunis, Elia Fernandez Gallardo, A Jason Grundstad, Elin Borgen, Lars O Baumbusch, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Kevin P White, Vessela N Kristensen, Peter Van Loo, Thierry Voet, Bjørn Naume
BACKGROUND: Single-cell micro-metastases of solid tumors often occur in the bone marrow. These disseminated tumor cells (DTCs) may resist therapy and lay dormant or progress to cause overt bone and visceral metastases. The molecular nature of DTCs remains elusive, as well as when and from where in the tumor they originate. Here, we apply single-cell sequencing to identify and trace the origin of DTCs in breast cancer. RESULTS: We sequence the genomes of 63 single cells isolated from six non-metastatic breast cancer patients...
December 9, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930971/losartan-and-dexamethasone-may-inhibit-chemotaxis-to-reduce-the-infiltration-of-th22-cells-in-iga-nephropathy
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Chenggen Xiao, Qiaoling Zhou, Xiaozhao Li, Hui Li, Yong Zhong, Ting Meng, Mengyuan Zhu, Hong Sun, Shuang Liu, Rong Tang, Jiaxi Pu, Yan Xu, Ping Xiao
Angiotensin II is considered a major profibrotic factor that is involved in tissue remodeling processes, as the inhibition of Angiotensin II can halt renal inflammatory processes. Dexamethasone, an important anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agent, has been widely used to treat renal disease for decades. In this study, we explored the frequency of Th22 cells in a mouse model of IgA nephropathy and compared the possible effects of Losartan and Dexamethasone on Th22 cells. The experiments were performed using 6-week-old BALB/c female mice in an established IgA nephropathy model...
December 5, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930882/a-look-into-the-biochemistry-of-magnetosome-biosynthesis-in-magnetotactic-bacteria
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Shiran Barber-Zucker, Raz Zarivach
Magnetosomes are protein-rich membrane organelles that encapsulate magnetite or greigite and whose chain-alignment enables magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) to sense the geomagnetic field. As these bacteria synthesize uniform magnetic particles, their biomineralization mechanism is of great interest among researchers from different fields, from material engineering to medicine. Both magnetosome formation and magnetic particle synthesis are highly controlled processes that can be divided into several crucial steps: membrane invagination from the inner-cell membrane, protein sorting, the magnetosomes' arrangement into chains, iron transport and chemical environment regulation of the magnetosome lumen, magnetic particle nucleation and finally crystal growth, size and morphology control...
December 8, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929537/upregulation-of-mir-205-under-hypoxia-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-aspp2
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Xingwen Wang, Miao Yu, Kunming Zhao, Mengmeng He, Wenjie Ge, Yuhui Sun, Yihua Wang, Haizhu Sun, Ying Hu
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is one of the crucial procedures for cancer invasion and distal metastasis. Despite undergoing intensive studies, the mechanisms underlying EMT remain to be completely elucidated. Here, we identified that apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53-2 (ASPP2) is a novel target of MiR-205 in various cancers. Interestingly, the binding site of MiR-205 at the 3'-untranslated region of ASPP2 was highly conserved among different species. An inverse correlation between MiR-205 and ASPP2 was further observed in vivo in cervical cancers, suggesting MiR-205 may be an important physiological inhibitor of ASPP2...
December 8, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929474/a-simple-one-step-dissection-protocol-for-whole-mount-preparation-of-adult-drosophila-brains
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Antonio J Tito, Shebna Cheema, Mian Jiang, Sheng Zhang
There is an increasing interest in using Drosophila to model human brain degenerative diseases, map neuronal circuitries in adult brains, and study the molecular and cellular basis of higher brain functions. A whole-mount preparation of adult brains with well-preserved morphology is critical for such whole brain-based studies, but can be technically challenging and time-consuming. This protocol describes an easy-to-learn, one-step dissection approach of an adult fly head in less than 10 s, while keeping the intact brain attached to the rest of the body to facilitate subsequent processing steps...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929413/exosome-proteome-of-u-87mg-glioblastoma-cells
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Sohyun Chun, Seunghyun Ahn, Chang-Hwan Yeom, Seyeon Park
Exosomes are small membrane vesicles between 30 and 100 nm in diameter secreted by many cell types, and are associated with a wide range of physiological and/or pathological processes. Exosomes containing proteins, lipids, mRNA, and microRNA contribute to cell-to-cell communication and cell-to-environment regulation, however, their biological functions are not yet fully understood. In this report, exosomes in the glioblastoma cell line, U-87MG, were isolated and the proteome was investigated. In addition, exosome proteome changes in U-87MG cells exposed to a low temperature were investigated to elucidate whether the exosome proteome could respond to an external stimulus...
December 6, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928195/preparation-and-characterization-of-polycaprolactone-microspheres-by-electrospraying
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Feng-Lei Zhou, Penny L Hubbard Cristinacce, Stephen J Eichhorn, Geoff J M Parker
The ability to reproducibly produce and effectively collect electrosprayed polymeric microspheres with controlled morphology and size in bulk form is challenging. In this study, microparticles were produced by electrospraying polycaprolactone (PCL) of various molecular weights and solution concentrations in chloroform, and by collecting materials on different substrates. The resultant PCL microparticles were characterized by optical and electron microscopy to investigate the effect of molecular weight, solution concentration, applied voltage, working distance, and flow rate on their morphology and size...
November 1, 2016: Aerosol Science and Technology: the Journal of the American Association for Aerosol Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927243/traditional-mapuche-ecological-knowledge-in-patagonia-argentina-fishes-and-other-living-beings-inhabiting-continental-waters-as-a-reflection-of-processes-of-change
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Juana Aigo, Ana Ladio
BACKGROUND: Understanding how people interpret environmental change and develop practices in response to such change is essential to comprehend human resource use. In the cosmology of the American indigenous peoples, as among the Mapuche people, freshwater systems are considered a living entity, where animals have an enormous role to play in the universe of meaning. However, human adaptive responses to freshwater system dynamics are scarcely examined. In this work a survey is carried out in three Mapuche communities of Argentine Patagonia to assess their traditional knowledge of the fishes and other non-human living beings that inhabit lakes and rivers...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927169/comparative-phylogeography-in-the-atlantic-forest-and-brazilian-savannas-pleistocene-fluctuations-and-dispersal-shape-spatial-patterns-in-two-bumblebees
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Elaine Françoso, Alexandre Rizzo Zuntini, Ana Carolina Carnaval, Maria Cristina Arias
BACKGROUND: Bombus morio and B. pauloensis are sympatric widespread bumblebee species that occupy two major Brazilian biomes, the Atlantic forest and the savannas of the Cerrado. Differences in dispersion capacity, which is greater in B. morio, likely influence their phylogeographic patterns. This study asks which processes best explain the patterns of genetic variation observed in B. morio and B. pauloensis, shedding light on the phenomena that shaped the range of local populations and the spatial distribution of intra-specific lineages...
December 7, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926945/ear-structures-of-the-naked-mole-rat-heterocephalus-glaber-and-its-relatives-rodentia-bathyergidae
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Matthew J Mason, Hannah L Cornwall, Ewan St J Smith
Although increasingly popular as a laboratory species, very little is known about the peripheral auditory system of the naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber. In this study, middle and inner ears of naked mole-rats of a range of ages were examined using micro-computed tomography and dissection. The ears of five other bathyergid species (Bathyergus suillus, Cryptomys hottentotus, Fukomys micklemi, Georychus capensis and Heliophobius argenteocinereus) were examined for comparative purposes. The middle ears of bathyergids show features commonly found in other members of the Ctenohystrica rodent clade, including a fused malleus and incus, a synovial stapedio-vestibular articulation and the loss of the stapedius muscle...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926753/in-vivo-observation-of-lens-regeneration-in-rat-using-ultra-long-scan-depth-optical-coherence-tomography
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Kai-Jing Zhou, Yi-Ni Li, Fu-Rong Huang, Qin-Mei Wang, A-Yong Yu
Purpose: To evaluate morphologic changes of lens regeneration in rats in vivo after extracapsular lens extraction (ECLE) by ultra-long scan depth optical coherence tomography (UL-OCT). Methods: A total of 42 Sprague-Dawley rats were used in this study. We performed ECLE on the right eyes of animals in the surgery group (n = 34). Biomicroscopy and UL-OCT scans were carried out for the surgery group immediately (within 1 hour postoperatively) and at days 1 and 3, weeks 1 and 2, and months 1, 2, and 3 postoperatively...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925678/two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-ultrasound-of-artificial-skin
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Ximena Wortsman, Nelson Navarrete
Wound healing may be a difficult problem, and variable types of artificial skin prototypes have been developed for supporting this process. Using ultrasound, we studied 4 cellulose-derived artificial skin prototypes and assessed their two-dimensional and three-dimensional morphology. These prototypes were identified on ultrasound both on in vitro and in vivo studies. They allowed the sonographic observation of deeper layers on different types of surfaces of the body with good definition on the in vivo examinations performed on healthy skin and cutaneous ulcers...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925458/an-engineered-breast-cancer-model-on-a-chip-to-replicate-ecm-activation-in-vitro-during-tumor-progression
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Filomena Gioiella, Francesco Urciuolo, Giorgia Imparato, Virginia Brancato, Paolo A Netti
In this work, a new model of breast cancer is proposed featuring both epithelial and stromal tissues arranged on a microfluidic chip. The main task of the work is the in vitro replication of the stromal activation during tumor epithelial invasion. The activation of tumor stroma and its morphological/compositional changes play a key role in tumor progression. Despite emerging evidences, to date the activation of tumor stroma in vitro has not been achieved yet. The tumor-on-chip proposed in this work is built in order to replicate the features of its native counterpart: multicellularity (tumor epithelial cell and stromal cell); 3D engineered stroma compartment composed of cell-assembled extracellular matrix (ECM); reliable 3D tumor architecture...
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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