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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212795/nanojunctions-of-the-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-deliver-site-and-function-specific-calcium-signaling-in-vascular-smooth-muscles
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A M Evans
Vasoactive agents may induce myocyte contraction, dilation, and the switch from a contractile to a migratory-proliferative phenotype(s), which requires changes in gene expression. These processes are directed, in part, by Ca(2+) signals, but how different Ca(2+) signals are generated to select each function is enigmatic. We have previously proposed that the strategic positioning of Ca(2+) pumps and release channels at membrane-membrane junctions of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) demarcates cytoplasmic nanodomains, within which site- and function-specific Ca(2+) signals arise...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174135/a-system-of-recurrent-neural-networks-for-modularising-parameterising-and-dynamic-analysis-of-cell-signalling-networks
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S Samarasinghe, H Ling
In this paper, we show how to extend our previously proposed novel continuous time Recurrent Neural Networks (RNN) approach that retains the advantage of continuous dynamics offered by Ordinary Differential Equations (ODE) while enabling parameter estimation through adaptation, to larger signalling networks using a modular approach. Specifically, the signalling network is decomposed into several sub-models based on important temporal events in the network. Each sub-model is represented by the proposed RNN and trained using data generated from the corresponding ODE model...
February 4, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165513/linear-free-energy-relationships-for-the-adsorption-of-volatile-organic-compounds-onto-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-at-different-relative-humidities-comparison-with-organoclays-and-activated-carbon
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Mei-Syue Li, Reuben Wang, Dave Ta Fu Kuo, Yang-Hsin Shih
Accurate prediction of the sorption coefficients of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is of major importance for developing an effective VOC removal process and risk assessment of released nanomaterial-carrying contaminants. The linear free energy relationship (LFER) approach was applied to investigate the adsorption mechanisms of VOCs on multiwalled CNTs (MWCNTs). The gas-solid partition coefficients (log Kd) of 17 VOCs were determined at 0%, 55%, and 90% relative humidity (RH)...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159717/generation-of-anti-inflammatory-macrophages-for-implants-and-regenerative-medicine-using-self-standing-release-systems-with-a-phenotype-fixing-cytokine-cocktail-formulation
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Vladimir Riabov, Fabián Salazar, Su Su Htwe, Alexandru Gudima, Christina Schmuttermaier, Julien Barthes, Helena Knopf-Marques, Harald Klüter, Amir M Ghaemmaghami, Nihal Engin Vrana, Julia Kzhyshkowska
: The immediate tissue microenvironment of implanted biomedical devices and engineered tissues is highly influential on their long term fate and efficacy. The creation of a long-term anti-inflammatory microenvironment around implants and artificial tissues can facilitate their integration. Macrophages are highly plastic cells that define the tissue reactions on the implanted material. Local control of macrophage phenotype by long-term fixation of their healing activities and suppression of inflammatory reactions are required to improve implant acceptance...
February 1, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158021/optical-manipulation-for-studies-of-collisional-dynamics-of-micron-sized-droplets-under-gravity
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Maksym Ivanov, Kelken Chang, Ivan Galinskiy, Bernhard Mehlig, Dag Hanstorp
A new experimental technique for creating and imaging collisions of micron-sized droplets settling under gravity is presented. A pair of glycerol droplets is suspended in air by means of two optical traps. The droplet relative velocities are determined by the droplet sizes. The impact parameter is precisely controlled by positioning the droplets using the two optical traps. The droplets are released by turning off the trapping light using electro-optical modulators. The motion of the sedimenting droplets is then captured by two synchronized high-speed cameras, at a frame rate of up to 63 kHz...
January 23, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151849/survival-of-patients-with-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-after-iodine125-seeds-implantation-brachytherapy-a-meta-analysis
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Quanli Han, Muhong Deng, Yao Lv, Guanghai Dai
BACKGROUND: Brachytherapy with iodine-labeled seeds (I-seeds) implantation is increasingly being used to treat tumors because of its positional precision, minimal invasion, least damage to noncancerous tissue due to slow and continuous release of radioactivity and facilitation with modern medical imaging technologies. This study evaluates the survival and pain relief outcomes of the I-seeds implantation brachytherapy in advanced pancreatic cancer patients. METHODS: Literature search was carried out in multiple electronic databases (Google Scholar, Embase, Medline/PubMed, and Ovid SP) and studies reporting I seeds implantation brachytherapy in pancreatic cancer patients with unresectable tumor were selected by following predetermined eligibility criteria...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106706/intravitreal-ocriplasmin-in-clinical-practice-predictors-of-success-visual-outcomes-and-complications
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Henry L Feng, Daniel B Roth, Aisha Hasan, Howard F Fine, H Matthew Wheatley, Jonathan L Prenner, Sumit P Shah, Kunjal K Modi, William J Feuer
PURPOSE: To investigate predictors of success, visual outcomes, and complications of intravitreal ocriplasmin for the treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion in a clinical care setting. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of 49 consecutive eyes of 47 patients who received intravitreal ocriplasmin. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography scans were examined for vitreomacular traction (VMT) release, full-thickness macular hole (FTMH) closure, and other changes in retinal anatomy...
January 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101851/importance-of-radioactive-labelling-to-elucidate-inositol-polyphosphate-signalling
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Miranda S C Wilson, Adolfo Saiardi
Inositol polyphosphates, in their water-soluble or lipid-bound forms, represent a large and multifaceted family of signalling molecules. Some inositol polyphosphates are well recognised as defining important signal transduction pathways, as in the case of the calcium release factor Ins(1,4,5)P3, generated by receptor activation-induced hydrolysis of the lipid PtdIns(4,5)P2 by phospholipase C. The birth of inositol polyphosphate research would not have occurred without the use of radioactive phosphate tracers that enabled the discovery of the "PI response"...
February 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071679/novel-long-chain-compounds-with-both-immunomodulatory-and-mena-inhibitory-activities-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-its-biofilm
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Seoung-Ryoung Choi, Joel Frandsen, Prabagaran Narayanasamy
Menaquinone (MK) biosynthesis pathway is a potential target for evaluating antimicrobials in gram-positive bacteria. Here, 1,4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate prenyltransferase (MenA) was targeted to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) growth. MenA inhibiting, long chain-based compounds were designed, synthesized and evaluated against MRSA and menaquinone utilizing bacteria in aerobic conditions. The results showed that these bacteria were susceptible to most of the compounds. Menaquinone (MK-4) supplementation rescued MRSA growth, suggesting these compounds inhibit MK biosynthesis...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054660/antimicrobial-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-three-chensinin-1-peptides-containing-mutation-of-glycine-and-histidine-residues
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Weibing Dong, Xiaoman Mao, Yue Guan, Yao Kang, Dejing Shang
The natural peptide chensinin-1 doesnot exhibit its desired biological properties. In this study, the mutant MC1-1 was designed by replacing Gly in the chensinin-1 sequence with Trp. Mutants MC1-2 and MC1-3 were designed based on the MC1-1 sequence to investigate the specific role of His residues. The mutated peptides presented α-helicity in a membrane-mimetic environment and exhibited broad-spectrum antimicrobial activities; in contrast to Trp residues, His residues were dispensable for interacting with the cell membrane...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043894/propionic-acid-metabolism-asd-and-vitamin-b12-is-there-a-role-for-environmental-nitrous-oxide
#11
Keith Fluegge
Foley et al. (2014) published their findings in this journal on the role of prenatal exposure to propionic acid (PPA) and behavioral outcomes in treated rat pups. The authors show that PPA treated pups displayed subtle differences in behavior including nest seeking, novel object recognition, and locomotor activity. Others have previously proposed that PPA infusion in rat could represent a valid animal model of ASD since many of the diagnostic criteria for the disorder spectrum manifest under such conditions...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025988/charge-based-precipitation-of-extracellular-vesicles
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Maria Chiara Deregibus, Federico Figliolini, Sergio D'Antico, Paola Maria Manzini, Chiara Pasquino, Michela De Lena, Ciro Tetta, Maria Felice Brizzi, Giovanni Camussi
Vesicular-mediated communication between cells appears critical in many biological processes. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released from healthy and diseased cells are involved in a network of exchange of biologically active molecules. Since EVs present in biological fluids carry the signature of the cell of origin, they are potential biomarkers for ongoing physiological or pathological processes. Despite the knowledge on EV biology accrued in recent years, techniques of EV purification remain a challenge and all the described methods have some advantages and disadvantages...
November 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011681/effects-of-size-and-age-of-the-host-musca-domestica-diptera-muscidae-on-production-of-the-parasitoid-wasp-spalangia-endius-hymenoptera-pteromalidae
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Scott A Broski, B H King
One method of control of house flies, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae), and other filth flies is by repeated release of large numbers of pupal parasitoids such as Spalangia endius Walker. Rearing these parasitoids may be facilitated by understanding how host factors affect their production. Previous studies have examined the effects of host size and host age on parasitoid production, but have not examined the interaction between host size and host age or the effects with older females, which may be less capable of drilling tough hosts...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984729/pam-dependent-target-dna-recognition-and-cleavage-by-c2c1-crispr-cas-endonuclease
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Hui Yang, Pu Gao, Kanagalaghatta R Rajashankar, Dinshaw J Patel
C2c1 is a newly identified guide RNA-mediated type V-B CRISPR-Cas endonuclease that site-specifically targets and cleaves both strands of target DNA. We have determined crystal structures of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris C2c1 (AacC2c1) bound to sgRNA as a binary complex and to target DNAs as ternary complexes, thereby capturing catalytically competent conformations of AacC2c1 with both target and non-target DNA strands independently positioned within a single RuvC catalytic pocket. Moreover, C2c1-mediated cleavage results in a staggered seven-nucleotide break of target DNA...
December 15, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982437/commentary-unhealthy-diet-nutrient-status-and-adhd-symptoms-a-confounding-role-for-environmental-nitrous-oxide-exposure-reflections-on-rijlaarsdam-et%C3%A2-al-2016
#15
Keith Fluegge
Rijlaarsdam et al. (2016) recently published their findings utilizing a longitudinal design showing that prenatal 'unhealthy diet' was positively associated with IGF2 DNA methylation at birth across both youth cohorts. However, only in the EOP youth was prenatal 'unhealthy diet' positively associated with ADHD symptoms presumably through IGF2 DNA hypermethylation. Rijlaarsdam et al.'s () choice to assess high fat and sugar diet with the Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) may offer some indication as to prenatal nutrient status, as the foods identified by the FFQ in their study are relatively low in free choline...
January 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976981/hepatitis-b-virus-e-antigen-regulates-monocyte-function-and-promotes-b-lymphocyte-activation
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Bingru Lu, Bingchang Zhang, Laicheng Wang, Chunyan Ma, Xiaowen Liu, Yueran Zhao, Yulian Jiao
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) e (HBe) antigen is a nonstructural virus component with great immune regulation roles. It regulates adaptive immunity response and participates in persistent infection development. However, its roles on monocytes and B lymphocytes were rarely studied. Herein, we studied HBe roles on U937 and Hmy2.CIR by creating HBe stably transfected cells using lentivirus. We detected the motility of HBe-U937 through transwell migration assay. Cytokines that primarily produced by monocytes, including BAFF, B-cell activating factor (BAFF), interleukin (IL)-6, IL-10, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and A proliferation inducing ligand (APRIL), were measured in culture supernatants of transfected U937, and serum BAFF, IL-6, and IL-10 were detected in HBe-positive and HBe-negative HBV-infected patients...
January 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966757/equine-chorionic-gonadotropin-influence-on-sheep-oocyte-in-vitro-maturation-apoptosis-and-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-expression
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S C Wei, Z D Gong, H W Zhao, H Q Liang, L J Lai, Y Y Deng
We assessed the effects of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) on oocyte in vitro maturation (IVM), apoptosis, and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR), luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR), and gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor (GnRHR) expression and mRNA levels. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were recovered from sheep ovaries and pooled in groups, before being cultured in IVM media containing varying eCG concentrations. Maturation and apoptosis rates were then calculated. Expression of FSHR, LHR, and GnRHR mRNA in oocytes was measured using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
December 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930706/do-reported-effects-of-acute-aerobic-exercise-on-subsequent-higher-cognitive-performances-remain-if-tested-against-an-instructed-self-myofascial-release-training-control-group-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Max Oberste, Wilhelm Bloch, Sven T Hübner, Philipp Zimmer
A substantial body of evidence suggests positive effects of acute aerobic exercise (AAE) on subsequent higher cognitive functions in healthy young adults. These effects are widely understood as a result of the ongoing physiological adaptation processes induced by the preceding AAE. However, designs of published studies do not control for placebo, Hawthorne and subject expectancy effects. Therefore, these studies do not, at a high degree of validity, allow attributing effects of AEE on subsequent cognitive performance to exercise induced physical arousal...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921105/ultrasmall-silver-nanoclusters-highly-efficient-antibacterial-activity-and-their-mechanisms
#19
Jian-Cheng Jin, Xiao-Juan Wu, Juan Xu, Bei-Bei Wang, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yi Liu
Silver materials have been widely used as antimicrobial agents. Notably, silver nanoparticles have emerged as a new generation of nanoproducts for biomedical and environmental applications in recent years. However, ultrasmall silver nanoclusters (NCs) (∼2 nm) have rarely been used to kill bacteria and their antibacterial mechanisms have not yet been fully elucidated. Herein, we studied the antibacterial activities of bifunctional fluorescent DHLA-AgNCs against three types of bacteria. The results showed that DHLA-AgNCs exhibited excellent antibacterial activities against Gram-negative E...
December 6, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920500/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-vegf-sirna-crs-as-a-novel-vector-for-gene-delivery
#20
Wen Zhao, Yifan Zhang, Xueyun Jiang, Chunying Cui
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery is a prospective method in gene therapy, but it has application limitations such as negative charge, water solubility and high molecular weight. In this study, a safe and efficient nano-vector, CRS, was designed and synthesized to facilitate siRNA delivery. Physical and chemical properties of VEGF-siRNA/CRS were characterized by methods including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy, zeta potential (ζ) measurement, drug-releasing rate measurement, gel electrophoresis and confocal microscopy...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
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