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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712804/identifying-cell-populations-with-scrnaseq
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REVIEW
Tallulah S Andrews, Martin Hemberg
Single-cell RNASeq (scRNASeq) has emerged as a powerful method for quantifying the transcriptome of individual cells. However, the data from scRNASeq experiments is often both noisy and high dimensional, making the computational analysis non-trivial. Here we provide an overview of different experimental protocols and the most popular methods for facilitating the computational analysis. We focus on approaches for identifying biologically important genes, projecting data into lower dimensions and clustering data into putative cell-populations...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669592/personalized-microbiome-dynamics-cytometric-fingerprints-for-routine-diagnostics
#2
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Christin Koch, Susann Müller
Microbiomes convoy human life in countless ways. They are an essential part of the human body and interact with its host in countless ways. Currently, extensive microbiome analyses assessing the microbiomes' composition and functions based on sequencing information are still far away from being routine analyses due to the complexity of applied techniques and data analysis, their time demand as well as high costs. With the growing demand for on-time community assessment and monitoring of its dynamic behavior with high resolution, alternative high-throughput methods such as microbial community flow cytometry come into focus...
June 29, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624328/adenosine-from-molecular-mechanisms-to-pathophysiology
#3
EDITORIAL
Luis Sobrevia, Bertil Fredholm
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624327/many-tocopherols-one-vitamin-e
#4
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Angelo Azzi
Four tocopherols are available in nature and are absorbed with the diet, but only one RRR-α-tocopherol satisfies the criteria of being a vitamin. The biological activity of the different tocopherols studied in the rat by the resorption-gestation test has been inconsistently extrapolated to human beings where the tocopherols have no influence on a successful pregnancy. Diminution of RRR-α-tocopherol intake results in diseases characterized by ataxia, whose pathogenetic mechanism, despite vigorous claims, has not been clarified...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483532/pro-resolving-mediators-in-the-regulation-of-periodontal-disease
#5
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Thomas E Van Dyke
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the supporting structures of the dentition that is initiated by bacteria that form a biofilm on the surface of the teeth. The pathogenesis of the disease is a result of complex interactions between the biofilm and the host response that results in dysbiosis of the microbiome and dysregulation of the inflammatory response. Current data suggest that the excess inflammation associated with periodontitis is due to a failure of resolution of inflammation pathways. In this review, the relationship between inflammation and microbial dysbiosis is examined in the context of pro-inflammation and pro-resolution mediators and their ability to modify the course of disease...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455109/bronchoprotective-mechanisms-for-specialized-pro-resolving-mediators-in-the-resolution-of-lung-inflammation
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Melody G Duvall, Thayse R Bruggemann, Bruce D Levy
Bronchi are exposed daily to irritants, microbes and allergens as well as extremes of temperature and acid. The airway mucosal epithelium plays a pivotal role as a sentinel, releasing alarmins when danger is encountered. To maintain homeostasis, an elaborate counter-regulatory network of signals and cellular effector mechanisms are needed. Specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) are chemical mediators that enact resolution programs in response to injury, infection or allergy. SPMs are enzymatically derived from essential polyunsaturated fatty acids with potent cell-type specific immunoresolvent properties...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479307/specialized-pro-resolving-mediators-in-renal-fibrosis
#7
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Eoin P Brennan, Antonino Cacace, Catherine Godson
Inflammation and its timely resolution play a critical role in effective host defence and wound healing. Unresolved inflammatory responses underlie the pathology of many prevalent diseases resulting in tissue fibrosis and eventual organ failure as typified by kidney, lung and liver fibrosis. The role of autocrine and paracrine mediators including cytokines, prostaglandins and leukotrienes in initiating and sustaining inflammation is well established. More recently a physiological role for specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators [SPMs] in modulating inflammatory responses and promoting the resolution of inflammation has been appreciated...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483533/berry-anthocyanin-intake-and-cardiovascular-health
#8
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Aedín Cassidy
Over half of all cardiovascular (CV) events could be prevented by improved diet. This is reflected in government targets for fruit/vegetable intake, yet these are variable across the world (UK: 5-a-day; USA: 9-a-day), do not identify specific fruits/vegetables, and prove hard to achieve. Mounting evidence from prospective studies, supported by recent randomised controlled trials suggest that the benefits of fruits/vegetables may be due to bioactive substances called flavonoids. Specifically one sub-class of flavonoids, the anthocyanins, responsible for the red/blue hue, are receiving growing attention...
May 10, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456616/actions-of-spm-in-regulating-host-responses-in-arthritis
#9
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Mauro Perretti, Lucy V Norling
The discovery and identification of omega-3 fatty acid derived specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPM) provides a molecular mechanism for the beneficial effects of fish oil supplementation in patients suffering from arthritis. Here we review the plethora of bioactions of SPM in the context of joint diseases, focusing on both cellular targets and molecular mechanisms. Whenever possible, a parallel to clinical and preclinical data produced with fish oil supplementation is made to strengthen the mechanistic link between omega-3 fatty acids and SPM biosynthesis...
May 5, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711135/bile-acids-roles-in-integrative-physiology-and-pathophysiology
#10
EDITORIAL
David H Volle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606651/mechanisms-of-bile-acid-mediated-inflammation-in-the-liver
#11
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Man Li, Shi-Ying Cai, James L Boyer
Bile acids are synthesized in the liver and are the major component in bile. Impaired bile flow leads to cholestasis that is characterized by elevated levels of bile acid in the liver and serum, followed by hepatocyte and biliary injury. Although the causes of cholestasis have been extensively studied, the molecular mechanisms as to how bile acids initiate liver injury remain controversial. In this chapter, we summarize recent advances in the pathogenesis of bile acid induced liver injury. These include bile acid signaling pathways in hepatocytes as well as the response of cholangiocytes and innate immune cells in the liver in both patients with cholestasis and cholestatic animal models...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602676/interactions-between-gut-bacteria-and-bile-in-health-and-disease
#12
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Sarah L Long, Cormac G M Gahan, Susan A Joyce
Bile acids are synthesized from cholesterol in the liver and released into the intestine to aid the digestion of dietary lipids. The host enzymes that contribute to bile acid synthesis in the liver and the regulatory pathways that influence the composition of the total bile acid pool in the host have been well established. In addition, the gut microbiota provides unique contributions to the diversity of bile acids in the bile acid pool. Gut microbial enzymes contribute significantly to bile acid metabolism through deconjugation and dehydroxylation reactions to generate unconjugated bile acids and secondary bile acids...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511935/bile-acids-and-male-fertility-from-mouse-to-human
#13
REVIEW
Lauriane Sèdes, Emmanuelle Martinot, Marine Baptissart, Silvère Baron, Françoise Caira, Claude Beaudoin, David H Volle
Next to their involvement in digestion, bile acids have been defined as signaling molecules. They have been demonstrated to control many physiological functions among which lipid homeostasis, glucose and energy metabolisms. Bile acids are ligands of several receptors and multiple studies using transgenic mouse models defined the major roles of their respective nuclear and membrane receptors namely the Farnesoid-X-Receptor (FXRα) and the G-protein-coupled bile acid receptor 1(GPBAR1; TGR5). Here we review the reports highlighting the impacts of bile acids on testicular physiology and on male reproductive functions...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506676/bile-acids-and-gestation
#14
REVIEW
Saraid McIlvride, Peter H Dixon, Catherine Williamson
There are numerous profound maternal physiological changes that occur from conception onwards and adapt throughout gestation in order to support a healthy pregnancy. By the time of late gestation, when circulating pregnancy hormones are at their highest concentrations, maternal adaptations include relative hyperlipidemia, hypercholanemia and insulin resistance. Bile acids have now been established as key regulators of metabolism, and their role in gestational changes in metabolism is becoming apparent. Bile acid homeostasis is tightly regulated by the nuclear receptor FXR, which has been shown to have reduced activity during pregnancy...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442273/the-role-of-bile-acids-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#15
REVIEW
Monica D Chow, Yi-Horng Lee, Grace L Guo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing in prevalence worldwide. It is marked by the presence of macrosteatosis on liver histology but is often clinically asymptomatic. However, it can progress into nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is a more severe form of liver disease characterized by inflammation and fibrosis. Further progression leads to cirrhosis, which predisposes patients to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver failure. The mechanism by which simple steatosis progresses to steatohepatitis is not entirely clear...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400119/bile-acids-and-colon-cancer-is-fxr-the-solution-of-the-conundrum
#16
REVIEW
Raffaella Maria Gadaleta, Oihane Garcia-Irigoyen, Antonio Moschetta
Diet and lifestyle habits have a profound impact on the pathophysiology of many diseases. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide and its etiology is strongly influenced by nutrition and high fat/high carbohydrate Western-style diet. Human epidemiological and animal studies have shown that colonic cancer risk is also related to faecal bile acid concentration. Abnormally high levels of bile acids (BA) trigger the colonic mucosa with a plethora of detrimental effects such as DNA oxidative damage, inflammation and hyperproliferation that highly promote CRC progression in post-initiation phase...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390813/bile-acids-and-bariatric-surgery
#17
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Vance L Albaugh, Babak Banan, Hana Ajouz, Naji N Abumrad, Charles R Flynn
Bariatric surgery, specifically Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), are the most effective and durable treatments for morbid obesity and potentially a viable treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D). The resolution rate of T2D following these procedures is between 40 and 80% and far surpasses that achieved by medical management alone. The molecular basis for this improvement is not entirely understood, but has been attributed in part to the altered enterohepatic circulation of bile acids...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322867/bile-acid-analysis-in-human-disorders-of-bile-acid-biosynthesis
#18
REVIEW
Frédéric M Vaz, Sacha Ferdinandusse
Bile acids facilitate the absorption of lipids in the gut, but are also needed to maintain cholesterol homeostasis, induce bile flow, excrete toxic substances and regulate energy metabolism by acting as signaling molecules. Bile acid biosynthesis is a complex process distributed across many cellular organelles and requires at least 17 enzymes in addition to different metabolite transport proteins to synthesize the two primary bile acids, cholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid. Disorders of bile acid synthesis can present from the neonatal period to adulthood and have very diverse clinical symptoms ranging from cholestatic liver disease to neuropsychiatric symptoms and spastic paraplegias...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302491/bile-acids-and-their-receptors-during-liver-regeneration-dangerous-protectors
#19
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Grégory Merlen, José Ursic-Bedoya, Valeska Jourdainne, Nicolas Kahale, Mathilde Glenisson, Isabelle Doignon, Dominique Rainteau, Thierry Tordjmann
Tissue repair is orchestrated by a finely tuned interplay between processes of regeneration, inflammation and cell protection, allowing organisms to restore their integrity after partial loss of cells or organs. An important, although largely unexplored feature is that after injury and during liver repair, liver functions have to be maintained to fulfill the peripheral demand. This is particularly critical for bile secretion, which has to be finely modulated in order to preserve liver parenchyma from bile-induced injury...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153453/bile-acids-and-their-receptors
#20
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Emmanuelle Martinot, Lauriane Sèdes, Marine Baptissart, Jean-Marc Lobaccaro, Françoise Caira, Claude Beaudoin, David H Volle
Primary bile acids are synthetized from cholesterol within the liver and then transformed by the bacteria in the intestine to secondary bile acids. In addition to their involvement in digestion and fat solubilization, bile acids also act as signaling molecules. Several receptors are sensors of bile acids. Among these receptors, this review focuses on the nuclear receptor FXRα and the G-protein-coupled receptor TGR5. This review briefly presents the potential links between bile acids and cancers that are discussed in more details in the other articles of this special issue of Molecular Aspects of Medicine focused on "Bile acids, roles in integrative physiology and pathophysiology"...
August 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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