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Alondra Escudero-Castellanos, Blanca E Ocampo-García, Ma Victoria Domínguez-García, Jaime Flores-Estrada, Miriam V Flores-Merino
Hydrogels are suitable materials to promote cell proliferation and tissue support because of their hydrophilic nature, porous structure and sticky properties. However, hydrogel synthesis involves the addition of additives that can increase the risk of inducing cytotoxicity. Sterilization is a critical process for hydrogel clinical use as a proper scaffold for tissue engineering. In this study, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(ethylene glycol)-chitosan (PEG-CH) and multi-arm PEG hydrogels were synthesized by free radical polymerization and sterilized by gamma irradiation or disinfected using 70 % ethanol...
December 2016: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Alexey L Chernobrovkin, Roman A Zubarev
While the focus of attempts to classify cell death programs has finally shifted in 2010s from microscopy-based morphological characteristics to biochemical assays, more recent discoveries have put the underlying assumptions of many such assays under severe stress, mostly because of the limited specificity of the assays. On the other hand, proteomics can quantitatively measure the abundances of thousands of proteins in a single experiment. Thus proteomics could develop a modern alternative to both semiquantitative morphology assessment as well as single-molecule biochemical assays...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Tamilmani Vairapperumal, Ariya Saraswathy, Jayasree S Ramapurath, Sreeram Kalarical Janardhanan, Nair Balachandran Unni
Tetragonal (t)-LaVO4 has turned out to be a potential host for luminescent materials. Synthesis of t-LaVO4 till date has been based on chelating effect of EDTA making it not ideal for bioimaging applications. An alternative was proposed by us through the use of catechin. In recent times there is interest for new MRI contrast agents that can through appropriate doping function both as MRI contrast and optical/upconversion materials. It is generally believed that under appropriate doping, t-LaVO4 would be a better upconversion material than monoclinic (m)-LaVO4...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Manuel García-Herreros
The main aims of this research were to study possible differences in objective morphometric sperm characteristics, establish normative sperm morphometry standards, and evaluate the presumed different subpopulation distribution of avian spermatozoa from the rooster (Gallus domesticus ) and Guinea fowl (Numida meleagris ) as model avian species. Seventy-two ejaculates (36 per species studied) were obtained manually, following a training period involving gently combined dorso-abdominal and lumbo-sacral massage of the birds...
September 30, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
Yuandong Li, Woo June Choi, Wan Qin, Utku Baran, Lauren M Habenicht, Ruikang K Wang
BACKGROUND: Arteriogenesis describes the active growth of the pre-existing collateral arterioles, which is a crucial tissue-saving process in occlusive vascular diseases. NEW METHOD: We propose to use optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based microangiography (OMAG) to monitor arteriogenesis following artery transection in mouse ear and focal stroke in mouse brain. RESULTS: Our longitudinal mouse ear study shows that the growth phase of arteriogenesis, indicated by changes in collateral vessel diameter and velocity, occurs between 12-24hours after vessel occlusion...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Stefan Dippel, Martin Kollmann, Georg Oberhofer, Alice Montino, Carolin Knoll, Milosz Krala, Karl-Heinz Rexer, Sergius Frank, Robert Kumpf, Joachim Schachtner, Ernst A Wimmer
BACKGROUND: The red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum is an emerging insect model organism representing the largest insect order, Coleoptera, which encompasses several serious agricultural and forest pests. Despite the ecological and economic importance of beetles, most insect olfaction studies have so far focused on dipteran, lepidopteran, or hymenopteran systems. RESULTS: Here, we present the first detailed morphological description of a coleopteran olfactory pathway in combination with genome-wide expression analysis of the relevant gene families involved in chemoreception...
October 17, 2016: BMC Biology
Yuan Seng Wu, Ivy Chung, Won Fen Wong, Atsushi Masamune, Maw Shin Sim, Chung Yeng Looi
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) secreted interleukin (IL)-6 and promoted pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell proliferation via nuclear factor erythroid 2 (Nrf2)-mediated metabolic reprogramming. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key process for the metastatic cascade. To study the mechanism of PDAC progression to metastasis, we investigated the role of PSC-secreted IL-6 in activating EMT and the involvement of Nrf2 in this process...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Shaghayegh Soudi, Klaus Reinhold, Leif Engqvist
One of the major goals in speciation research is to understand which isolation mechanisms form the first barriers to gene flow. This requires examining lineages which are still in the process of divergence or incipient species. Here, we investigate the presence of behavioural and several cryptic barriers between the sympatric willow and birch host races of Lochmaea capreae. Behavioural isolation did not have any profound effect on preventing gene flow. Yet despite pairs mating indiscriminately, no offspring were produced from the heterospecific matings between birch females and willow males due to the inability of males to transfer sperm to females...
October 17, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Antonio Micali, Anna M Roszkowska, Elisa I Postorino, Laura Rania, Emanuela Aragona, Edward Wylegala, Anna Nowinska, Antonio Ieni, Sebastiano Calimeri, Antonina Pisani, Pasquale Aragona, Domenico Puzzolo
PURPOSE: Corneal opacities rarely occur in multiple myeloma (MM). Our study correlates the findings of in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM), a useful diagnostic tool, with histopathological features of corneal opacities appearing in a patient with MM. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 53-year-old man developed corneal opacities in both eyes, more pronounced in the left eye. After IVCM examination, he underwent penetrating keratoplasty in the left eye, and the button was processed for light and electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry...
October 5, 2016: Cornea
Snober Ahmed, John Brockgreitens, Ke Xu, Abdennour Abbas
With increasing biomedical and engineering applications of selenium nanospheres (SeNS), new efficient methods are needed for the synthesis and long-term preservation of these nanomaterials. Currently, SeNS are mostly produced through the biosynthesis route using microorganisms or by using wet chemical reduction, both of which have several limitations in terms of nanoparticle size, yield, production time and long-term stability of the nanoparticles. Here, we introduce a novel approach for rapid synthesis and long-term preservation of SeNS on a solid microporous support by combining a mild hydrothermal process with chemical reduction...
October 17, 2016: Nanotechnology
Kjetil Lysne Voje
The dominating view of evolution based on the fossil record is that established species remain more or less unaltered during their existence. Substantial evolution is on the other hand routinely reported for contemporary populations, and most quantitative traits show high potential for evolution. These contrasting observations on long and short time scales are often referred to as the paradox of stasis, which rests on the fundamental assumption that periods of morphological stasis in the fossil record represent minimal evolutionary change...
October 17, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Xiaoxiao Lu, Honglan Guo, Xi Chen, Jian Xiao, Yong Zou, Wei Wang, Qiong Chen
According to recent research, Ras homolog gene family member C (RhoC) is confirmed to have a powerful regulatory effect on cell motility mediated by the cytoskeleton, and this process is closely associated with tumor invasion and metastasis. In addition, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process which causes cytoskeleton rearrangement, also plays a pivotal role in tumor invasion and metastasis.Consequently, in the present study, we aimed to ascertain whether RhoC has an effect on the EMT process induced by TGF-β1 in lung adenocarcinoma cells and whether RhoC promotes tumor invasion by mediating the occurrence of EMT...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xiaoqing Liu, Marie Haddou, Isabelle Grillo, Zohra Mana, Jean-Paul Chapel, Christophe Schatz
Polyelectrolyte complexes (PECs) between poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC), a model system forming coacervate particles via electrostatic interaction at pH 10, were prepared by a stopped-flow (SF) fast mixing technique at different mixing charge ratios (z) and ionic strengths. Both PEC final morphologies prepared by either SF or manual one-shot mixing are similar at bench time. In situ light scattering combined with the SF technique pointed-out, however, the presence of three distinct early stage kinetic behaviors in the formation of PECs...
October 17, 2016: Soft Matter
Ban Xuan Dong, Jojo A Amonoo, Geoffrey E Purdum, Yueh-Lin Loo, Peter F Green
Charge-carrier mobilities in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) increase five-fold when OTFTs composed of P3HT films on trichloro (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl) silane (FTS) monolayers supported on SiO2 dielectric substrates (P3HT/FTS/SiO2/Si) are subjected to supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) processing. In contrast, carrier mobilities in P3HT/octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS)/SiO2 OTFTs processed using scCO2 are comparable to mobilities measured in as-cast P3HT/OTS/SiO2/Si devices...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Huan-Yuan Chen, Dapi Meng-Lin Chiang, Zi-Jing Lin, Chia-Chun Hsieh, Gung-Chian Yin, I-Chun Weng, Peter Guttermann, Stephan Werner, Katja Henzler, Gerd Schneider, Lee-Jene Lai, Fu-Tong Liu
Mast cells play an important role in allergic responses. During activation, these cells undergo degranulation, a process by which various kinds of mediators stored in the granules are released. Granule homeostasis in mast cells has mainly been studied by electron microscopy (EM), where the fine structures of subcellular organelles are partially destroyed during sample preparation. Migration and fusion of granules have not been studied in detail in three dimensions (3D) in unmodified samples. Here, we utilized soft X-ray tomography (SXT) coupled with fluorescence microscopy to study the detailed structures of organelles during mast cell activation...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pedro H O Cavalcante, Maralina T Silva, Everton G N Santos, Vanessa A Chagas-Moutinho, Claudia P Santos
The fish fauna in the State of Acre represents 10·7% of all fish species recorded from Brazil, but, despite this, there are few fish parasite studies in this area. The recent expansion of fish farming in Acre prompted a need for helminthological studies of the most commonly consumed fish species in the area, Pimelodus blochii (Pimelodidae). The aim of this study was to analyse the helminth fauna of P. blochii from the Acre and Xapuri Rivers in Northwestern Brazil. Numerous nematodes were collected from the intestine and two species of the family Atractidae were identified: Rondonia rondoni Travassos, 1920 and Orientatractis moraveci n...
October 17, 2016: Parasitology
Billie A Gould, Yani Chen, David B Lowry
The early stages of speciation are often characterized by the formation of partially reproductively isolated ecotypes, which evolve as a byproduct of divergent selective forces that are endemic to different habitats. Identifying the genomic regions, genes, and ultimately functional polymorphisms that are involved in the processes of ecotype formation is inherently challenging, as there are likely to be many different loci involved in the process. To localize candidate regions of the genome contributing to ecotype formation, we conducted whole genome pooled-sequencing (pool-seq) with 47 coastal perennial and 50 inland annual populations of the yellow monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus...
October 16, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Sebastian Bohm, Falk Mersmann, Adamantios Arampatzis
BACKGROUND: The present article systematically reviews recent literature on the in vivo adaptation of asymptomatic human tendons following increased chronic mechanical loading, and meta-analyzes the loading conditions, intervention outcomes, as well as methodological aspects. METHODS: The search was performed in the databases PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus as well as in the reference lists of the eligible articles. A study was included if it conducted (a) a longitudinal exercise intervention (≥8 weeks) on (b) healthy humans (18 to 50 years), (c) investigating the effects on mechanical (i...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
Julian C Shillcock, Michael Hawrylycz, Sean Hill, Hanchuan Peng
Large-scale brain initiatives such as the US BRAIN initiative and the European Human Brain Project aim to marshall a vast amount of data and tools for the purpose of furthering our understanding of brains. Fundamental to this goal is that neuronal morphologies must be seamlessly reconstructed and aggregated on scales up to the whole rodent brain. The experimental labor needed to manually produce this number of digital morphologies is prohibitively large. The BigNeuron initiative is assembling community-generated, open-source, automated reconstruction algorithms into an open platform, and is beginning to generate an increasing flow of high-quality reconstructed neurons...
February 24, 2016: Brain Informatics
Marcelo Augusto Pinto Cardoso Goularte, Gustavo Frainer Barbosa, Nilson Cristino da Cruz, Luciana Mayumi Hirakata
BACKGROUND: Search for materials that may either replace titanium dental implants or constitute an alternative as a new dental implant material has been widely studied. As well, the search for optimum biocompatible metal surfaces remains crucial. So, the aim of this work is to develop an oxidized surface layer on tantalum using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) similar to those existing on oral implants been marketed today. METHODS: Cleaned tantalum samples were divided into group 1 (control) and groups 2, 3, and 4 (treated by PEO for 1, 3, and 5 min, respectively)...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
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