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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723938/gender-differences-in-cerebral-metabolism-for-color-processing-in-mice-a-pet-mri-study
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Philip C Njemanze, Mathias Kranz, Mario Amend, Jens Hauser, Hans Wehrl, Peter Brust
INTRODUCTION: Color processing is a central component of mammalian vision. Gender-related differences of color processing revealed by non-invasive functional transcranial Doppler ultrasound suggested right hemisphere pattern for blue/yellow chromatic opponency by men, and a left hemisphere pattern by women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study measured the accumulation of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose ([18F]FDG) in mouse brain using small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) with statistical parametric mapping (SPM) during light stimulation with blue and yellow filters compared to darkness condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723922/temporal-progression-of-parp-activity-in-the-prph2-mutant-rd2-mouse-neuroprotective-effects-of-the-parp-inhibitor-pj34
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Ayse Sahaboglu, Alaa Sharif, Lili Feng, Enver Secer, Eberhart Zrenner, François Paquet-Durand
Peripherin (peripherin/rds) is a membrane-associated protein that plays a critical role in the morphogenesis of rod and cone photoreceptor outer segments. Mutations in the corresponding PRPH2 gene cause different types of retinal dystrophies characterized by a loss of photoreceptors. Over activation of poly-ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) was previously shown to be involved in different animal models for hereditary retinal dystrophies. This includes the rd2 mouse, which suffers from a human homologous mutation in the PRPH2 gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723693/upregulation-of-microrna-876-induces-endothelial-cell-apoptosis-by-suppressing-bcl-xl-in-development-of-atherosclerosis
#3
Kaicheng Xu, Peng Liu, Yue Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The injury and apoptotic cell death of endothelial cells hallmark the development of atherosclerosis (AS), characterized by dysregulation of lipid homeostasis, immune responses, and formation of coronary plaques. However, the mechanisms underlying the initiation of endothelial cell apoptosis remain ill-defined. Recent evidence suggests a role of microRNAs in the processes of AS-associated endothelial cell apoptosis. Thus, we studied this question in the current study...
July 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723647/set-contributes-to-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-pancreatic-cancer
#4
Hardik R Mody, Sau Wai Hung, Kineta Naidu, Haesung Lee, Caitlin A Gilbert, Toan Thanh Hoang, Rakesh K Pathak, Radhika Manoharan, Shanmugam Muruganandan, Rajgopal Govindarajan
Pancreatic cancer has a devastating prognosis due to 80-90% of diagnostic cases occurring when metastasis has already presented. Activation of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a prerequisite for metastasis because it allows for the dissemination of tumor cells to blood stream and secondary organs. Here, we sought to determine the role of SET oncoprotein, an endogenous inhibitor of PP2A, in EMT and pancreatic tumor progression. Among the two major isoforms of SET (isoform 1 and isoform 2), higher protein levels of SET isoform 2 were identified in aggressive pancreatic cancer cell lines...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723558/dendritic-cell-lineage-potential-in-human-early-hematopoietic-progenitors
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Julie Helft, Fernando Anjos-Afonso, Annemarthe G van der Veen, Probir Chakravarty, Dominique Bonnet, Caetano Reis E Sousa
Conventional dendritic cells (cDCs) are thought to descend from a DC precursor downstream of the common myeloid progenitor (CMP). However, a mouse lymphoid-primed multipotent progenitor has been shown to generate cDCs following a DC-specific developmental pathway independent of monocyte and granulocyte poiesis. Similarly, here we show that, in humans, a large fraction of multipotent lymphoid early progenitors (MLPs) gives rise to cDCs, in particular the subset known as cDC1, identified by co-expression of DNGR-1 (CLEC9A) and CD141 (BDCA-3)...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723419/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-serine-467-phosphorylation-sensitizes-mice-to-weight-gain-and-tnf%C3%AE-or-diet-induced-inflammation
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Tabea Riedlinger, Marleen B Dommerholt, Tobias Wijshake, Janine K Kruit, Nicolette Huijkman, Daphne Dekker, Mirjam Koster, Niels Kloosterhuis, Debby P Y Koonen, Alain de Bruin, Darren Baker, Marten H Hofker, Jan van Deursen, Johan W Jonker, M Lienhard Schmitz, Bart van de Sluis
The NF-κB family of transcription factors is essential for an effective immune response, but also controls cell metabolism, proliferation and apoptosis. Its broad relevance and the high connectivity to diverse signaling pathways require a tight control of NF-κB activity. To investigate the control of NF-κB activity by phosphorylation of the NF-κB p65 subunit, we generated a knock-in mouse model in which serine 467 (the mouse homolog of human p65 serine 468) was replaced with a non-phosphorylatable alanine (S467A)...
July 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723414/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-as-a-treatment-strategy-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Donald B Jump, Kelli A Lytle, Christopher M Depner, Sasmita Tripathy
Obese and type 2 diabetic (T2DM) patients have a high prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is a continuum of chronic liver diseases ranging from benign hepatosteatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis and primary hepatocellular cancer (HCC). Because of its strong association with the obesity epidemic, NAFLD is rapidly becoming a major public health concern worldwide. Surprisingly, there are no FDA approved NAFLD therapies; and current therapies focus on the co-morbidities associated with NAFLD, namely, obesity, hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and hypertension...
July 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722236/the-membrane-type-estrogen-receptor-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-suppresses-lipopolysaccharide-induced-interleukin-6-via-inhibition-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-pathway-in-murine-macrophage-cells
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Mariko Okamoto, Takuto Suzuki, Yoichi Mizukami, Teruo Ikeda
The female sex hormone estrogen exerts anti-inflammatory effects. The G-protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) has been recently identified as a novel membrane-type estrogen receptor that can mediate non-genomic estrogenic effects on many cell types. We previously demonstrated that GPER inhibits tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced expression of interleukin 6 (IL-6) through repression of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) promoter activity using human breast cancer cells. Although several reports have indicated that GPER suppresses Toll-like receptor-induced inflammatory cytokine expression in macrophages, the molecular mechanisms of the inhibition of cytokine production via GPER remain poorly understood...
July 18, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722118/at2-r-deficiency-mediated-podocyte-loss-via-activation-of-ectopic-hedgehog-interacting-protein-hhip-gene-expression
#9
Min-Chun Liao, Xin-Ping Zhao, Shiao-Ying Chang, Chao-Sheng Lo, Isabelle Chenier, Tomoko Takano, Julie R Ingelfinger, Shao-Ling Zhang
Angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2 R) deficiency in AT2 R knockout (KO) mice has been linked to congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract; however, the mechanisms by which this occurs are poorly understood. In this study, we examined whether AT2 R deficiency impaired glomerulogenesis and mediated podocyte loss/dysfunction in vivo and in vitro. Nephrin-cyan fluorescent protein (CFP)-transgenic (Tg) and Nephrin/AT2 RKO mice were used to assess glomerulogenesis, while wild-type and AT2 RKO mice were used to evaluate maturation of podocyte morphology/function...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721844/cd81-large-extracellular-loop-containing-fusion-proteins-with-a-dominant-negative-effect-on-hcv-cell-spread-and-replication
#10
Boyan Grigorov, Jennifer Molle, Eric Rubinstein, Fabien Zoulim, Birke Bartosch
The roles of CD81 in the hepatitis C virus (HCV) life cycle are multiple but remain ill characterized. CD81 is known to interact with the HCV glycoproteins as an attachment factor. It also has an important role in the post-attachment entry process. Its interaction with claudin-1, for example, is vital for viral uptake and trafficking. Furthermore, CD81 and its role in membrane organization and trafficking are thought to play a pivotal role in HCV replication. Some of these functions are particularly limited to human CD81; others can be substituted with CD81 molecules from other species...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721468/are-animal-models-predictive-for-human-postmortem-muscle-protein-degradation
#11
Bianca Ehrenfellner, Angela Zissler, Peter Steinbacher, Fabio C Monticelli, Stefan Pittner
A most precise determination of the postmortem interval (PMI) is a crucial aspect in forensic casework. Although there are diverse approaches available to date, the high heterogeneity of cases together with the respective postmortal changes often limit the validity and sufficiency of many methods. Recently, a novel approach for time since death estimation by the analysis of postmortal changes of muscle proteins was proposed. It is however necessary to improve the reliability and accuracy, especially by analysis of possible influencing factors on protein degradation...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721450/smad3-and-bmal1-regulate-p21-and-s100a4-expression-in-myocardial-stromal-fibroblasts-via-tnf-%C3%AE
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Fuyuki Sato, Akira Kohsaka, Kana Takahashi, Saki Otao, Yusuke Kitada, Yoshiyuki Iwasaki, Yasuteru Muragaki
Bmal1, a clock gene, is associated with depression, hypertrophy, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Smad3, which is involved in the TGF-β signaling pathway, plays an important role in the regulation of tumor progression, fibrosis, obesity and diabetes. Our previous report showed that Smad3 has circadian expression in mouse livers. In the current study, we focused on the heart, especially on the myocardial stromal fibroblasts because the roles of Bmal1 and Smad3 in this tissue are poorly understood. Bmal1 and Smad3 have circadian expression in mouse hearts, and their circadian expression patterns were similar...
July 18, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720890/iron-overload-exacerbates-age-associated-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-a-mouse-model-of-hemochromatosis
#13
Abitha Sukumaran, JuOae Chang, Murui Han, Shrutika Mintri, Ban-An Khaw, Jonghan Kim
Cardiac damage associated with iron overload is the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, but the precise mechanisms leading to disease progression are largely unexplored. Here we investigated the effects of iron overload and age on cardiac hypertrophy using 1-, 5- and 12-month old Hfe-deficient mice, an animal model of hemochromatosis in humans. Cardiac iron levels increased progressively with age, which was exacerbated in Hfe-deficient mice. The heart/body weight ratios were greater in Hfe-deficient mice at 5- and 12-month old, compared with their age-matched wild-type controls...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720880/pattern-of-retinal-morphological-and-functional-decay-in-a-light-inducible-rhodopsin-mutant-mouse
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Claudia Gargini, Elena Novelli, Ilaria Piano, Martina Biagioni, Enrica Strettoi
Hallmarks of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a family of genetic diseases, are a typical rod-cone-degeneration with initial night blindness and loss of peripheral vision, followed by decreased daylight sight and progressive visual acuity loss up to legal blindness. Great heterogeneity in nature and function of mutated genes, variety of mutations for each of them, variability in phenotypic appearance and transmission modality contribute to make RP a still incurable disease. Translational research relies on appropriate animal models mimicking the genetic and phenotypic diversity of the human pathology...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720813/a-new-prenylated-flavonoid-induces-g0-g1-arrest-and-apoptosis-through-p38-jnk-mapk-pathways-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Di Wang, Qian Sun, Jie Wu, Wei Wang, Guodong Yao, Tianyang Li, Xue Li, Lingzhi Li, Yan Zhang, Wei Cui, Shaojiang Song
Prenylated flavonoids have been demonstrated to possess diverse bioactivities including antitumor effects. One new, daphnegiravone D (1), and four known (2-5) prenylated flavonoids were isolated from Daphne giraldii. Their cytotoxic activities revealed that daphnegiravone D markedly inhibited the proliferation of cancer cells, but had no apparent cytotoxicity on human normal cells. Mechanistically, daphnegiravone D induced G0/G1 arrest and apoptosis, reduced the expression of cyclin E1, CDK2 and CDK4, and promoted the cleavage of caspase 3 and PARP in Hep3B and HepG2 cells...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720584/protein-kinase-n2-regulates-amp-kinase-signaling-and-insulin-responsiveness-of-glucose-metabolism-in-skeletal-muscle
#16
Maxwell A Ruby, Isabelle Riedl, Julie Massart, Marcus Åhlin, Juleen R Zierath
Insulin resistance is central to the development of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders. As skeletal muscle is responsible for the majority of whole body insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, regulation of glucose metabolism in this tissue is of particular importance. While Rho GTPases and many of their affecters influence skeletal muscle metabolism, there is a paucity of information on the protein kinase N (PKN) family of serine/threonine protein kinases. We investigated the impact of PKN2 on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in primary human skeletal muscle cells in vitro and mouse tibialis anterior muscle in vivo...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720519/taltirelin-alleviates-fatigue-like-behavior-in-mouse-models-of-cancer-related-fatigue
#17
John P Dougherty, Brian S Wolff, Mary J Cullen, Leorey N Saligan, Marvin C Gershengorn
Fatigue affects most cancer patients and has numerous potential causes, including cancer itself and cancer treatment. Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is not relieved by rest, can decrease quality of life, and has no FDA-approved therapy. Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) has been proposed as a potential novel treatment for CRF, but its efficacy against CRF remains largely untested. Thus, we tested the TRH analog, taltirelin (TAL), in mouse models of CRF. To model fatigue, we used a mouse model of chemotherapy, a mouse model of radiation therapy, and mice bearing colon 26 carcinoma tumors...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720493/crystal-structures-of-monkey-and-mouse-nicotinamide-n-methyltransferase-nnmt-bound-with-end-product-1-methyl-nicotinamide
#18
Srinivasan Swaminathan, Swarnakumari Birudukota, Manish Kumar Thakur, Reejuana Parveen, Saravanan Kandan, Suresh Juluri, Shama Shaik, Niranjan Naranapura Anand, Raghunadha Reddy Burri, Rajendra Kristam, Sridharan Rajagopal, Herman Schreuder, Thomas Langer, Christine Rudolph, Sven Ruf, Saravanakumar Dhakshinamoorthy, Ramachandraiah Gosu, Aimo Kannt
Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) is a S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-dependent enzyme that catalyzes N-methylation of nicotinamide (NA) and other pyridines to form N-methyl pyridinium ions. Here we report the first ternary complex X-ray crystal structures of monkey NNMT and mouse NNMT in bound form with the primary endogenous product, 1-methyl nicotinamide (MNA) and demethylated cofactor, S-adenosyl-homocysteine (SAH) determined at 2.30 Å and 1.88 Å respectively. The structural fold of these enzymes is identical to human NNMT...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720478/monoamine-receptor-interaction-profiles-of-4-thio-substituted-phenethylamines-2c-t-drugs
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REVIEW
Dino Luethi, Daniel Trachsel, Marius C Hoener, Matthias E Liechti
BACKGROUND: 4-Thio-substituted phenethylamines (2C-T drugs) are potent psychedelics with poorly defined pharmacological properties. Because of their psychedelic effects, 2C-T drugs are sometimes sold as new psychoactive substances (NPSs). The aim of the present study was to characterize the monoamine receptor and transporter interaction profiles of a series of 2C-T drugs. METHODS: We determined the binding affinities of 2C-T drugs at monoamine receptors and transporters in human cells that were transfected with the respective receptors or transporters...
July 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720468/production-of-a-chikungunya-vaccine-using-a-cho-cell-and-attenuated-viral-based-platform-technology
#20
Preethi Eldi, Tamara H Cooper, Liang Liu, Natalie A Prow, Kerrilyn R Diener, Paul M Howley, Andreas Suhrbier, John D Hayball
Vaccinia-based systems have been extensively explored for the development of recombinant vaccines. Herein we describe an innovative vaccinia virus (VACV)-derived vaccine platform technology termed Sementis Copenhagen Vector (SCV), which was rendered multiplication-defective by targeted deletion of the essential viral assembly gene D13L. A SCV cell substrate line was developed for SCV vaccine production by engineering CHO cells to express D13 and the VACV host-range factor CP77, because CHO cells are routinely used for manufacture of biologics...
July 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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