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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699360/mir-34a-and-mir-9-are-overexpressed-and-sirt-genes-are-downregulated-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-aging-humans
#1
Magdalena Owczarz, Monika Budzinska, Anna Domaszewska-Szostek, Joanna Borkowska, Jacek Polosak, Magdalena Gewartowska, Przemyslaw Slusarczyk, Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka
Increased expression of sirtuins lowers the risk of age-related diseases, while their role in the regulation of longevity is not firmly established. Since aging is associated with immunosenescence, we tested whether sirtuin expression was modified in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in an age-related manner and whether this might result from altered expression of the selected miRNAs. The expression of seven SIRT genes and of SIRT1 mRNA-interacting miR-9, miR-34a, miR-132, and miR-199a-5p was evaluated by real-time PCR in PBMC originating from young (Y, n = 57, mean age 27 ± 4...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675044/featured-article-delivery-of-chemotherapeutic-vcmmae-using-tobacco-mosaic-virus-nanoparticles
#2
Daniel L Kernan, Amy M Wen, Andrzej S Pitek, Nicole F Steinmetz
The first-line treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is chemotherapy. While generally well tolerated, off-target effects and chemotherapy-associated complications are still of concern. To overcome the challenges associated with systemic chemotherapy, we developed a biology-inspired, nanoparticle drug delivery system (nanoDDS) making use of the nucleoprotein components of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). Virus-based nanoparticles, including the high-aspect ratio soft nanorods formed by TMV, are growing in popularity as nanoDDS due to their simple genetic and chemical engineerability, size and shape tunability, and biocompatibility...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669222/comparison-of-serological-assessments-in-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-bile-duct-ligation-mice
#3
Chengxia Xie, Bo Ma, Ning Wang, Lin Wan
Liver fibrosis assessment is essential to make a prognosis and to determine the appropriate anti-fibrosis treatment. Non-invasive serum markers are widely studied in patients to assess liver fibrosis due to the limitations of liver biopsy. When using animal models to study the mechanism and intervention of hepatic fibrosis, serum markers might be useful for the continuous assessment of liver fibrosis in individual animals, which could avoid the influence of biological differences between individuals. However, it is unclear whether serum markers can assess hepatic fibrosis in the animal model...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669221/maternal-chromium-restriction-modulates-mirna-profiles-related-to-lipid-metabolism-disorder-in-mice-offspring
#4
Qian Zhang, Xinhua Xiao, Jia Zheng, Ming Li, Miao Yu, Fan Ping, Zhixin Wang, Cuijuan Qi, Tong Wang, Xiaojing Wang
Increasing evidence shows that maternal nutrition status has a vital effect on offspring susceptibility to obesity. MicroRNAs are related to lipid metabolism processes. This study aimed to evaluate whether maternal chromium restriction could affect miRNA expression involved in lipid metabolism in offspring. Weaning C57BL/6J mice born from mothers fed with normal control diet or chromium-restricted diet were fed for 13 weeks. The adipose miRNA expression profile was analyzed by miRNA array analysis. At 16 weeks old, pups from dams fed with chromium-restricted diet exhibit higher body weight, fat weight, and serum TC, TG levels...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661206/protective-regulation-of-the-ace2-ace-gene-expression-by-estrogen-in-human-atrial-tissue-from-elderly-men
#5
A Bukowska, L Spiller, C Wolke, U Lendeckel, S Weinert, J Hoffmann, P Bornfleth, I Kutschka, A Gardemann, B Isermann, A Goette
Data from animal experiments and clinical investigations suggest that components of the renin-angiotensin system are markedly affected by sex hormones. However, whether estrogen affects human atrial myocardium has not been investigated yet. In this study, we determined the effects of estrogen on key components of atrial renin-angiotensin system: angiotensin-converting enzyme, responsible for generation of angiotensin II and angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, counteracting majority of AngII effects, and different renin-angiotensin system receptors, AT1R, AT2R, and MAS...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661205/preliminary-profiling-of-blood-transcriptome-in-a-rat-model-of-hemorrhagic-shock
#6
D Braga, M Barcella, F D'Avila, S Lupoli, F Tagliaferri, M H Santamaria, F A DeLano, G Baselli, G W Schmid-Schönbein, E B Kistler, F Aletti, C Barlassina
Hemorrhagic shock is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Significant blood loss may lead to decreased blood pressure and inadequate tissue perfusion with resultant organ failure and death, even after replacement of lost blood volume. One reason for this high acuity is that the fundamental mechanisms of shock are poorly understood. Proteomic and metabolomic approaches have been used to investigate the molecular events occurring in hemorrhagic shock but, to our knowledge, a systematic analysis of the transcriptomic profile is missing...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637396/modulation-of-mir29a-improves-impaired-post-ischemic-angiogenesis-in-hyperglycemia
#7
Lingdan Chen, Emmanuel Okeke, Dawit Ayalew, Danny Wang, Lyeba Shahid, Ayotunde O Dokun
Individuals with diabetes mellitus suffer from impaired angiogenesis and this contributes to poorer peripheral arterial disease outcomes. In experimental peripheral arterial disease, angiogenesis and perfusion recovery are impaired in mice with diabetes. We recently showed that a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-containing protein 12 (ADAM12) is upregulated in ischemic endothelial cells and plays a key role in post-ischemic angiogenesis and perfusion recovery following experimental peripheral arterial disease...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629226/no-significant-impact-of-foxf1-sirna-treatment-in-acute-and-chronic-ccl4-liver-injury
#8
Kerstin Abshagen, Tobias Rotberg, Berit Genz, Brigitte Vollmar
Chronic liver injury of any etiology is the main trigger of fibrogenic responses and thought to be mediated by hepatic stellate cells. Herein, activating transcription factors like forkhead box f1 are described to stimulate pro-fibrogenic genes in hepatic stellate cells. By using a liver-specific siRNA delivery system (DBTC), we evaluated whether forkhead box f1 siRNA treatment exhibit beneficial effects in murine models of acute and chronic CCl4-induced liver injury. Systemic administration of DBTC-forkhead box f1 siRNA in mice was only sufficient to silence forkhead box f1 in acute CCl4 model, but was not able to attenuate liver injury as measured by liver enzymes and necrotic liver cell area...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549404/the-impact-of-quercetin-on-wound-healing-relates-to-changes-in-%C3%AE-v-and-%C3%AE-1-integrin-expression
#9
Karen M Doersch, M Karen Newell-Rogers
Overly fibrotic wound healing can lead to excess scar formation, causing functional impairment and undesirable cosmetic results. However, there are few successful treatments available to prevent or remediate scars. This study sought to explore the molecular mechanisms by which quercetin, a naturally-occurring antifibrotic agent, diminishes scar formation. Using both mice and fibroblast cells, we examined quercetin's impact on fibrosis and the wound healing rate, and potential molecular mechanisms underlying the quercetin-mediated reduction of fibrosis...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737477/changes-in-duodenal-enteroendocrine-cells-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome-following-dietary-guidance
#10
Tarek Mazzawi, Magdy El-Salhy
The densities of enteroendocrine cells are abnormal in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS); however, they tend to change toward normal levels in stomach, ileum, and colon following dietary guidance. The aim was to identify the types of duodenal enteroendocrine cells affected after receiving dietary guidance in the same group of patients with IBS. Fourteen patients with IBS and 14 control subjects were included. The patients received three sessions of dietary guidance. Both groups underwent gastroscopies at baseline, and again for the patients after 3-9 months (median, four months) from receiving dietary guidance...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737476/a-high-fidelity-method-for-genomic-sequencing-of-single-somatic-cells-reveals-a-very-high-mutational-burden
#11
REVIEW
Jan Vijg, Xiao Dong, Lei Zhang
Postzygotic mutations in somatic cells lead to genome mosaicism and can be the cause of cancer, possibly other human diseases and aging. Somatic mutations are difficult to detect in bulk tissue samples. Here, we review the available assays for measuring somatic mutations, with a focus on recent single-cell, whole genome sequencing methods. Impact statement Somatic mutations cause cancer, possibly other diseases and aging. Yet, very little is known about the frequency of such mutations in vivo, their distribution across the genome, and their possible functional consequences other than cancer...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581337/featured-article-electroporation-mediated-gene-delivery-of-surfactant-protein-b-sp-b-restores-expression-and-improves-survival-in-mouse-model-of-sp-b-deficiency
#12
Rebecca C Barnett, Xin Lin, Michael Barravecchia, Rosemary A Norman, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Fabeha Fazal, Jennifer L Young, David A Dean
Surfactant Protein B Deficiency is a rare but lethal monogenetic, congenital lung disease of the neonate that is unresponsive to any treatment except lung transplantation. Based on the potential that gene therapy offers to treat such intractable diseases, our objective was to test whether an electroporation-based gene delivery approach could restore surfactant protein B expression and improve survival in a compound knockout mouse model of surfactant protein B deficiency. Surfactant protein B expression can be shut off in these mice upon withdrawl of doxycycline, resulting in decreased levels of surfactant protein B within four days and death due to lung dysfunction within four to seven days...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581336/challenges-and-progress-in-interpretation-of-non-coding-genetic-variants-associated-with-human-disease
#13
Yizhou Zhu, Cagdas Tazearslan, Yousin Suh
Genome-wide association studies have shown that the far majority of disease-associated variants reside in the non-coding regions of the genome, suggesting that gene regulatory changes contribute to disease risk. To identify truly causal non-coding variants and their affected target genes remains challenging but is a critical step to translate the genetic associations to molecular mechanisms and ultimately clinical applications. Here we review genomic/epigenomic resources and in silico tools that can be used to identify causal non-coding variants and experimental strategies to validate their functionalities...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580796/artificial-cell-mimics-as-simplified-models-for-the-study-of-cell-biology
#14
REVIEW
Ali Salehi-Reyhani, Oscar Ces, Yuval Elani
Living cells are hugely complex chemical systems composed of a milieu of distinct chemical species (including DNA, proteins, lipids, and metabolites) interconnected with one another through a vast web of interactions: this complexity renders the study of cell biology in a quantitative and systematic manner a difficult task. There has been an increasing drive towards the utilization of artificial cells as cell mimics to alleviate this, a development that has been aided by recent advances in artificial cell construction...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534431/ameliorating-effect-of-anti-alzheimer-s-drugs-on-the-bidirectional-association-between-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
Amira S Ahmed, Rehab M Elgharabawy, Amal H Al-Najjar
Mild to severe forms of nervous system damage were exhibited by approximately 60-70% of diabetics. It is important to understand the association between type 2 diabetes mellitus and Alzheimer's disease. The aim of the present work is to understand the bidirectional association between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis, that was monitored by glycaemic status, lipid profile, amyloid beta 40 and 42 (Aβ40 and Aβ42), C-reactive protein, total creatine kinase, total lactate dehydrogenase, D-dimer and magnesium measurements, to assess the association between theses biochemical markers and each other, to estimate the possibility of utilizing the amyloid beta as biochemical marker of T2D in Alzheimer's patients, and to evaluate the effect of piracetam and memantine drugs on diabetes mellitus...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436273/proteome-analysis-of-sheep-b-lymphocytes-in-the-course-of-bovine-leukemia-virus-induced-leukemia
#16
Michal Reichert
Presented are the results of a study of the expression pattern of different proteins in the course of bovine leukemia virus-induced leukemia in experimental sheep and I discuss how the obtained data may be useful in gaining a better understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease, diagnosis, and for the selection of possible therapeutic targets. In cattle, the disease is characterized by life-long persistent lymphocytosis leading to leukemia/lymphoma in about 5% of infected animals. In sheep, as opposed to cattle, the course of the disease is always fatal and clinical symptoms usually occur within a three-year period after infection...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399644/effects-of-gonadectomy-and-testosterone-treatment-on-aquaporin-expression-in-the-kidney-of-normotensive-and-hypertensive-rats
#17
Su Yi Loh, Nelli Giribabu, Naguib Salleh
We tested the hypothesis that testosterone-induced increase in blood pressure was due to changes in aquaporin (AQP) expression in kidneys. In this study, expression level of kidney AQPs was investigated under testosterone influence. Adult normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY) and hypertensive SHR male and female rats underwent gonadectomy. For female rats, testosterone was given for six weeks duration, two weeks following ovariectomy via subcutaneous silastic implant. Mean arterial pressure (MAP) was measured in all the rats after eight weeks via carotid artery cannulation and the rats were then sacrificed and kidneys were harvested for analyses of AQP-1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 mRNA and protein expressions by quantitative real-time PCR and Western blotting, respectively...
July 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585891/in%C3%A2-vitro-psoriasis-models-with-focus-on-reconstructed-skin-models-as-promising-tools-in-psoriasis-research
#18
Eline Desmet, Anesh Ramadhas, Jo Lambert, Mireille Van Gele
Psoriasis is a complex chronic immune-mediated inflammatory cutaneous disease associated with the development of inflammatory plaques on the skin. Studies proved that the disease results from a deregulated interplay between skin keratinocytes, immune cells and the environment leading to a persisting inflammatory process modulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of T cells. However, a major hindrance to study the pathogenesis of psoriasis more in depth and subsequent development of novel therapies is the lack of suitable pre-clinical models mimicking the complex phenotype of this skin disorder...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585890/hypoxic-conditioning-and-the-central-nervous-system-a-new-therapeutic-opportunity-for-brain-and-spinal-cord-injuries
#19
REVIEW
S Baillieul, S Chacaroun, S Doutreleau, O Detante, J L Pépin, S Verges
Central nervous system diseases are among the most disabling in the world. Neuroprotection and brain recovery from either acute or chronic neurodegeneration still represent a challenge in neurology and neurorehabilitation as pharmacology treatments are often insufficiently effective. Conditioning the central nervous system has been proposed as a potential non-pharmacological neuro-therapeutic. Conditioning refers to a procedure by which a potentially deleterious stimulus is applied near to but below the threshold of damage to the organism to increase resistance to the same or even different noxious stimuli given above the threshold of damage...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485685/protein-palmitoylation-palmitoyltransferases-and-their-specificity
#20
Sabina Tabaczar, Aleksander Czogalla, Joanna Podkalicka, Agnieszka Biernatowska, Aleksander F Sikorski
A plethora of novel information has emerged over the past decade regarding protein lipidation. The reversible attachment of palmitic acid to cysteine residues, termed S-palmitoylation, has focused a special attention. This is mainly due to the unique role of this modification in the regulation of protein trafficking and function. A large family of protein acyltransferases (PATs) containing a conserved aspartate-histidine-histidine-cysteine motif use ping-pong kinetic mechanism to catalyze S-palmitoylation of a substrate protein...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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