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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161807/intravenous-dextran-70-infusion-has-protective-effects-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-of-kidney-an-experimental-study
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Atilla Semercioz, Mustafa Z Temiz, Ipek Erbarut, Ugur Izol, Serdar Aykan, Murat Tuken, Engin Kandirali
BACKGROUND: Renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) leads to alterations of tubular epithelial cells, interstitial microvasculopathy and endothelial cell dysfunction in peritubular capillaries. Although dextrans have deteriorative effects on healthy kidney, their favorable effects on post-ischemic microvascular disturbances have been demonstrated. Therefore, we aimed to investigate in vivo effects of systemic Dextran 70 administration in kidney tissue with ischemia-reperfusion injury. METHODS: Twenty-one rats were allocated as sham, IR and IR+ Dextran 70 treatment groups...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161805/robot-assisted-radical-cystectomy-with-totally-intracorporeal-urinary-diversion-initial-single-surgeon-s-experience-after-a-modified-modular-training
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Angelo Porreca, Francesco Chessa, Daniele Romagnoli, Antonio Salvaggio, Angelo Cafarelli, Marco Borghesi, Lorenzo Bianchi, Matteo Dandrea, Daniele D'Agostino, Donato Dente, Emanuele Cappa, Peter Wiklund, Eugenio Brunocilla, Riccardo Schiavina
BACKGROUND: To report the perioperative and early functional outcomes of patients undergoing Robot-assisted radical cystectomy (RARC) with totally intracorporeal urinary diversion performed by a single surgeon after a modified modular training. METHODS: The surgeon (A.P.) attained a 30-days modified modular training at a referring Centre mentored by a worldwide-recognized robotic surgeon (P.W.). The training program consisted of: a) e-learning based on 10 hours of theoretical lessons made by the mentor; b) video-session concerning the different steps of the procedure, c) step-by-step in vivo modular training...
November 21, 2017: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161719/palmitic-acid-curcumin-ester-facilitates-protection-of-neuroblastoma-against-oligomeric-a%C3%AE-40-insult
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Zhangyang Qi, Meihao Wu, Yun Fu, Tengfei Huang, Tingting Wang, Yanjie Sun, Zhibo Feng, Changzheng Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) caused by amyloid-β (Aβ) is considered to be one of mechanisms underlying the development of Alzheimer's disease. Curcumin can attenuate Aβ-induced neurotoxicity through ROS scavenging, but the protective effect of intracellular curcumin on neurocyte membranes against extracellular Aβ may be compromised. To address this issue, we synthesized a palmitic acid curcumin ester (P-curcumin) which can be cultivated on the cell membrane and investigated the neuroprotective effect of P-curcumin and its interaction with Aβ...
November 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161696/the-protein-expression-level-of-a-heterogeneous-gene-inserted-in-lipi-1-of-the-listeria-ivanovii-genome-relies-on-its-insertion-orientation
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Sijing Liu, Mingjuan Jiang, Lin Su, Tian Tang, Xiang Zhang, Yongyu Li, Qikang Pu, Chenyan Ren, Chuan Wang
Due to its capability to multiply in either phagocytic or nonphagocytic cells, and to subsequently elicit a robust cellular immune response, Listeria ivanovii (LI) is thought to be feasible for developing bacteria-based live attenuated vaccines. We previously generated several recombinant LI strains expressing Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens. Since the expression level of heterogeneous protein was sometimes very low, we attempted to elucidate the principle of heterogeneous protein expression in such recombinant LI strains...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161627/nanoscaled-red-blood-cells-facilitate-breast-cancer-treatment-by-combining-photothermal-photodynamic-therapy-and-chemotherapy
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Guoyun Wan, Bowei Chen, Ling Li, Dan Wang, Shurui Shi, Tao Zhang, Yue Wang, Lianyun Zhang, Yinsong Wang
Red blood cells (RBCs)-based vesicles have been widely used for drug delivery due to their unique advantages. Intact RBCs contain a large amount of oxyhemoglobin (oxyHb), which can assist with photodynamic therapy (PDT). Indocyanine green (ICG), a photosensitizer both for photothermal therapy (PTT) and PDT, shows potent anticancer efficacy when combined with chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOX). In this study, we prepared nanoscaled RBCs (RAs) containing oxyHb and gas-generating agent ammonium bicarbonate (ABC) for co-loading and controlled release of ICG and DOX, thus hoping to achieve synergistic effects of PTT/PDT and chemotherapy against breast cancer...
November 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161596/an-in-toto-approach-to-dissecting-cellular-interactions-in-complex-tissues
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Pavak Kirit Shah, Anthony Santella, Adrian Jacobo, Kimberly Siletti, A J Hudspeth, Zhirong Bao
Single-cell measurements have broadened our understanding of heterogeneity in biology, yet have been limited to mostly observational studies of normal or globally perturbed systems. Typically, perturbations are utilized in an open-ended approach wherein an endpoint is assayed during or after the biological event of interest. Here we describe ShootingStar, a platform for perturbation analysis in vivo, which combines live imaging, real-time image analysis, and automated optical perturbations. ShootingStar builds a quantitative record of the state of the sample being analyzed, which is used to automate the identification of target cells for perturbation, as well as to validate the impacts of the perturbation...
November 20, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161591/cell-invasion-in%C3%A2-vivo-via-rapid-exocytosis-of-a-transient-lysosome-derived-membrane-domain
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Kaleb M Naegeli, Eric Hastie, Aastha Garde, Zheng Wang, Daniel P Keeley, Kacy L Gordon, Ariel M Pani, Laura C Kelley, Meghan A Morrissey, Qiuyi Chi, Bob Goldstein, David R Sherwood
Invasive cells use small invadopodia to breach basement membrane (BM), a dense matrix that encases tissues. Following the breach, a large protrusion forms to clear a path for tissue entry by poorly understood mechanisms. Using RNAi screening for defects in Caenorhabditis elegans anchor cell (AC) invasion, we found that UNC-6(netrin)/UNC-40(DCC) signaling at the BM breach site directs exocytosis of lysosomes using the exocyst and SNARE SNAP-29 to form a large protrusion that invades vulval tissue. Live-cell imaging revealed that the protrusion is enriched in the matrix metalloprotease ZMP-1 and transiently expands AC volume by more than 20%, displacing surrounding BM and vulval epithelium...
November 20, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161583/chrysin-sources-beneficial-pharmacological-activities-and-molecular-mechanism-of-action
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REVIEW
Renuka Mani, Vijayakumar Natesan
In recent years, public and scientific interest in plant flavonoids has tremendously increased because of their postulated health benefits. This review was mainly focuses on the flavone chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone), which occurs naturally in many plants, honey, and propolis. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have revealed the therapeutic effects of chrysin against various diseases. In general, chrysin exhibits many biological activities and pharmacological effects, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiviral activities...
November 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161581/dna-rna-hybrid-substrates-modulate-the-catalytic-activity-of-purified-aid
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Hala S Abdouni, Justin J King, Atefeh Ghorbani, Heather Fifield, Lesley Berghuis, Mani Larijani
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) converts cytidine to uridine at Immunoglobulin (Ig) loci, initiating somatic hypermutation and class switching of antibodies. In vitro, AID acts on single stranded DNA (ssDNA), but neither double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) oligonucleotides nor RNA, and it is believed that transcription is the in vivo generator of ssDNA targeted by AID. It is also known that the Ig loci, particularly the switch (S) regions targeted by AID are rich in transcription-generated DNA/RNA hybrids...
November 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161497/three-dimensional-microstructured-poly-vinyl-alcohol-hydrogel-platform-for-the-controlled-formation-of-multicellular-cell-spheroids
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Xiao-Qiu Dou, Ping Li, Holger Schönherr
Three-dimensional (3D) multicellular cell spheroids (MCSs) are excellent in vitro cell models, in which e.g. the in vivo cell-cell interaction processes are much better mimicked than in conventional two-dimensional (2D) cell layers. However, the difficulties in the generation of well-defined MCSs with controlled size severely limit their application. Herein, low-adhesive poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels structured with inverted pyramid-shaped microwells were used to guide the aggregation of cells into MCSs...
November 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161464/increased-efficiency-of-targeted-mutagenesis-by-crispr-cas9-in-plants-using-heat-stress
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Chantal Le Blanc, Fei Zhang, Josefina Mendez, Yamile Lozano, Krishna Chatpar, Vivian Irish, Yannick Jacob
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has greatly improved our ability to engineer targeted mutations in eukaryotic genomes. While CRISPR/Cas9 appears to work universally, the efficiency of targeted mutagenesis and the adverse generation of off-target mutations vary greatly between different organisms. In this study, we report that Arabidopsis plants subjected to heat stress at 37°C show much higher frequencies of CRISPR-induced mutations compared to plants grown continuously at the standard temperature (22°C). Using quantitative assays relying on GFP reporter genes, we found that targeted mutagenesis by CRISPR/Cas9 in Arabidopsis is increased by ~5-fold in somatic tissues and up to 100-fold in the germline upon heat treatment...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161446/microglia-activation-and-gene-expression-alteration-of-neurotrophins-in-the-hippocampus-following-early-life-exposure-to-e-cigarette-aerosols-in-a-murine-model
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Judith T Zelikoff, Nancy Parmalee, Kevin Corbett, Terry Gordon, Catherine B Klein, Michael Aschner
Recent epidemiological data indicate that the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and consequently nicotine use, is rising in both adolescent and adult populations. As nicotine is a known developmental neurotoxin, these products present a potential threat for those exposed during early life stages. Despite this, few studies have evaluated the toxicity of e-cigarettes on the developing central nervous system (CNS). The goal of this study was to assess neurotoxicity resulting from early life exposure to electronic cigarette aerosols in an in vivo model...
November 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161432/modeling-mutant-wild-type-interactions-to-ascertain-pathogenicity-of-prokr2-missense-variants-in-patients-with-isolated-gnrh-deficiency
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Kimberly H Cox, Luciana M B Oliveira, Lacey Plummer, Braden Corbin, Thomas Gardella, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, William F Crowley
A major challenge in human genetics is the validation of pathogenicity of heterozygous missense variants. This problem is well-illustrated by PROKR2 variants associated with Isolated GnRH Deficiency (IGD). Homozygous, loss of function variants in PROKR2 were initially implicated in autosomal recessive IGD; however, most IGD-associated PROKR2 variants are heterozygous. Moreover, while IGD patient cohorts are enriched for PROKR2 missense variants similar rare variants are also found in normal individuals. To elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms distinguishing IGD-associated PROKR2 variants from rare variants in controls, we assessed 59 variants using three approaches: (i) in silico prediction, (ii) traditional in vitro functional assays across 3 signaling pathways with mutant-alone transfections, and (iii) modified in vitro assays with mutant and wild-type expression constructs co-transfected to model in vivo heterozygosity...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161412/fluid-dynamics-in-heart-development-effects-of-hematocrit-and-trabeculation
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Nicholas A Battista, Andrea N Lane, Jiandong Liu, Laura A Miller
Recent in vivo experiments have illustrated the importance of understanding the haemodynamics of heart morphogenesis. In particular, ventricular trabeculation is governed by a delicate interaction between haemodynamic forces, myocardial activity, and morphogen gradients, all of which are coupled to genetic regulatory networks. The underlying haemodynamics at the stage of development in which the trabeculae form is particularly complex, given the balance between inertial and viscous forces. Small perturbations in the geometry, scale, and steadiness of the flow can lead to changes in the overall flow structures and chemical morphogen gradients, including the local direction of flow, the transport of morphogens, and the formation of vortices...
November 16, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161409/transfer-and-metabolism-of-cortisol-by-the-isolated-perfused-human-placenta
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Laura I Stirrat, Bram G Sengers, Jane E Norman, Natalie Z M Homer, Ruth Andrew, Rohan M Lewis, Rebecca M Reynolds
Context: Fetal overexposure to glucocorticoids in utero is associated with fetal growth restriction and is postulated to be a key mechanism linking suboptimal fetal growth with cardiovascular disease in later life. Objective: To develop a model to predict maternal-fetal glucocorticoid transfer. We hypothesised placental 11β-HSD2 would be the major rate-limiting step in maternal cortisol transfer to the fetus. Design: We used a deuterated cortisol tracer in the ex vivo placental perfusion model, in combination with computational modelling, to investigate the role of interconversion of cortisol and its inactive metabolite cortisone on transfer of cortisol from mother to fetus...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161383/basal-forebrain-gating-by-somatostatin-neurons-drives-prefrontal-cortical-activity
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Nelson Espinosa, Alejandra Alonso, Cristian Morales, Pedro Espinosa, Andrés E Chávez, Pablo Fuentealba
The basal forebrain provides modulatory input to the cortex regulating brain states and cognitive processing. Somatostatin-expressing neurons constitute a heterogeneous GABAergic population known to functionally inhibit basal forebrain cortically projecting cells thus favoring sleep and cortical synchronization. However, it remains unclear if somatostatin cells can regulate population activity patterns in the basal forebrain and modulate cortical dynamics. Here, we demonstrate that somatostatin neurons regulate the corticopetal synaptic output of the basal forebrain impinging on cortical activity and behavior...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161371/long-term-remineralizing-effect-of-mi-paste-plus-on-regression-of-early-caries-after-orthodontic-fixed-appliance-treatment-a-12-month-follow-up-randomized-controlled-trial
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Moniek W Beerens, Jacob M Ten Cate, Mark J Buijs, Monique H van der Veen
Background: Casein-phosphopeptide-amorphous-calcium-fluoride-phosphate (CPP-ACFP) can remineralize subsurface lesions. It is the active ingredient of MI-Paste-Plus® (MPP). The long-term remineralization efficacy is unknown. Objective: To evaluate the long-term effect of MPP versus a placebo paste on remineralization of enamel after fixed orthodontic treatment over a 12-month period. Design: This trial was designed as a prospective, double-blinded, placebo-controlled RCT...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161354/p140cap-regulates-gabaergic-synaptogenesis-and-development-of-hippocampal-inhibitory-circuits
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Isabella Russo, Daniela Gavello, Elisabetta Menna, David Vandael, Carola Veglia, Noemi Morello, Irene Corradini, Elisa Focchi, Annalisa Alfieri, Costanza Angelini, Federico Tommaso Bianchi, Alessandro Morellato, Andrea Marcantoni, Marco Sassoè-Pognetto, Matteo Maria Ottaviani, Latefa Yekhlef, Maurizio Giustetto, Stefano Taverna, Valentina Carabelli, Michela Matteoli, Emilio Carbone, Emilia Turco, Paola Defilippi
The neuronal scaffold protein p140Cap was investigated during hippocampal network formation. p140Cap is present in presynaptic GABAergic terminals and its genetic depletion results in a marked alteration of inhibitory synaptic activity. p140Cap-/- cultured neurons display higher frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) with no changes of their mean amplitude. Consistent with a potential presynaptic alteration of basal GABA release, p140Cap-/- neurons exhibit a larger synaptic vesicle readily releasable pool, without any variation of single GABAA receptor unitary currents and number of postsynaptic channels...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161349/relation-of-retinal-and-serum-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-to-white-matter-integrity-in-older-adults-a-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Catherine M Mewborn, Douglas P Terry, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Billy R Hammond, L Stephen Miller
Objective: Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are phytonutrients that accumulate in human brain tissue and positively impact cognition. Given their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and their role in stabilizing cell membranes, L&Z may relate to measures of white matter integrity (WMI). Method: The current study tested the relation of retinal (macular pigment optical density/MPOD) and blood serum concentrations of L&Z to WMI in community-dwelling older adults (n = 54) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161339/astrocyte-specific-deletion-of-sox2-promotes-functional-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Chunhai Chen, Xiaoling Zhong, Derek K Smith, Wenjiao Tai, Jianjing Yang, Yuhua Zou, Lei-Lei Wang, Jiahong Sun, Song Qin, Chun-Li Zhang
Injury to the adult brain induces activation of local astrocytes, which serves as a compensatory response that modulates tissue damage and recovery. However, the mechanism governing astrocyte activation during brain injury remains largely unknown. Here we provide in vivo evidence that SOX2, a transcription factor critical for stem cells and brain development, is also required for injury-induced activation of adult cortical astrocytes. Genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation-seq analysis of mouse cortical tissues reveals that SOX2 binds to regulatory regions of genes associated with signaling pathways that control glial cell activation, such as Nr2e1, Mmd2, Wnt7a, and Akt2...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
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