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Yi-Cun Li, Lin-Lin Bu, Liang Mao, Si-Rui Ma, Jian-Feng Liu, Guang-Tao Yu, Wei-Wei Deng, Wen-Feng Zhang, Zhi-Jun Sun
OBJECTIVE: Our aim is to evaluate the expression of SATB1 in human oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) and its role in the invasiveness and metastasis of OSCC. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A human OSCC tissue microarray was used to evaluate the expression pattern of SATB1. SATB1 mRNA knockdown was performed in human OSCC cell lines SCC25 and Cal27 to assess the function of SATB1 in the invasiveness and metastasis of OSCC. RESULTS: SATB1 is highly expressed in human OSCC determined by immunohistochemistry and its nuclear/cytoplasmic ratio of histoscore is significantly correlated with patients' prognosis...
October 26, 2016: Oral Diseases
Akira Minami, Masakazu Saito, Shou Mamada, Daisuke Ieno, Tomoya Hikita, Tadanobu Takahashi, Tadamune Otsubo, Kiyoshi Ikeda, Takashi Suzuki
Sialic acid bound to glycans in glycolipids and glycoproteins is essential for synaptic plasticity and memory. Sialidase (EC, which has 4 isozymes including Neu1, Neu2, Neu3 and Neu4, regulates the sialylation level of glycans by removing sialic acid from sialylglycoconjugate. In the present study, we investigated the distribution of sialidase activity in rat hippocampus and the role of sialidase in hippocampal memory processing. We previously developed a highly sensitive histochemical imaging probe for sialidase activity, BTP3-Neu5Ac...
2016: PloS One
Junhui Zhang, Dongxia Zhang, Tiantian Yan, Xupin Jiang, Can Zhang, Liping Zhao, Lingfei Li, Di Tang, Qiong Zhang, Jiezhi Jia, Jiaping Zhang, Yuesheng Huang
The migration of keratinocytes from wound margins plays a critical role in the re-epithelialization of skin wounds. Hypoxia occurs immediately after injury and acts as an early stimulus to initiate the healing processes. Although our previous studies have revealed that hypoxia promotes keratinocyte migration, the precise mechanisms involved remain unclear. Here, we found that BNIP3 expression was up-regulated in hypoxic keratinocytes, and BNIP3 silencing suppressed hypoxia-induced cell migration. Additionally, hypoxia activated the FAK pathway through up-regulation of BNIP3, while FAK inhibition attenuated hypoxic keratinocyte migration...
October 26, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Yusuf Kayar, Ahmet Danalıoğlu, Abdullah Al Kafee, Şükrü Okkesim, Hakan Şentürk
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pathogenesis of functional dyspepsia (FD) is unclear and not well documented. Some gastric motility abnormalities have been reported to be important factors. Transcutaneous electrogastrography (EGG) is an experimental method that is used to assess FD. We aimed to compare FD patients with control subjects in terms of motility abnormalities according to the EGG results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients with FD and thirty control subjects were included...
September 2016: Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Journal of Turkish Society of Gastroenterology
Sven Erik Ilse, Christian Holm, Joost de Graaf
Self-propelled particles can spontaneously form dense phases from a dilute suspension in a process referred to as motility-induced phase separation. The properties of the out-of-equilibrium structures that are formed are governed by the specifics of the particle interactions and the strength of the activity. Thus far, most studies into the formation of these structures have focused on spherical colloids, dumbbells, and rod-like particles endowed with various interaction potentials. Only a few studies have examined the collective behavior of more complex particle shapes...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jodi L Connell, Eric T Ritschdorff, Jason B Shear
Advances in microscopic three-dimensional (µ3D) printing provide a means to microfabricate an almost limitless range of arbitrary geometries, offering new opportunities to rapidly prototype complex architectures for microfluidic and cellular applications. Such 3D lithographic capabilities present the tantalizing prospect for engineering micromechanical components - for example, pumps and valves - for cellular environments comprised of smart materials whose size, shape, permeability, stiffness, and other attributes might be modified in real time to precisely manipulate ultra-low-volume samples...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
I M Fuentes, J A Christianson
Ion channels are expressed throughout the gastrointestinal system and regulate nearly every aspect of digestion, including fluid secretion and absorption, motility, and visceral sensitivity. It is therefore not surprising that in the setting of functional bowel disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ion channels are often altered in terms of expression level and function and are a target of pharmacological intervention. This is particularly true of their role in driving abdominal pain through visceral hypersensitivity (VH), which is the main reason IBS patients seek medical care...
November 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Rebecca J Stewart, Lachlan Whitehead, Brunda Nijagal, Brad E Sleebs, Guillaume Lessene, Malcolm J McConville, Kelly L Rogers, Christopher J Tonkin
Host cell invasion, exit and parasite dissemination is critical to the pathogenesis of apicomplexan parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii and Plasmodium spp. These processes are regulated by intracellular Ca(2+) signalling although the temporal dynamics of Ca(2+) fluxes and down-stream second messenger pathways are poorly understood. Here we use a genetically encoded biosensor, GFP-Calmodulin-M13-6 (GCaMP6), to capture Ca(2+) flux in live Toxoplasma and investigate the role of Ca(2+) signalling in egress and motility...
October 26, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Kemal Güngördük, İsa Aykut Özdemir, Özgü Güngördük, Varol Gülseren, Mehmet Gokçü, Muzaffer Sancı
BACKGROUND: Paralytic ileus developing after elective surgery is a common and uncomfortable complication and is considered inevitable after an intraperitoneal operation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether coffee consumption accelerates the recovery of bowel function after complete staging surgery of gynecological cancers. STUDY DESIGN: In this randomized controlled trial, 114 patients were preoperatively allocated to either postoperative coffee consumption with three times daily (n=58) or routine postoperative care without coffee consumption (n=56)...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
R J Buckley, G S Whitley, I E Dumitriu, J E Cartwright
INTRODUCTION: During the first trimester of human pregnancy, fetally-derived extravillous trophoblast (EVT) invade into the uterine decidua and remodel the uterine spiral arteries to ensure that sufficient blood reaches the maternal-fetal interface. Decidual macrophages have been implicated in the regulation of decidual remodelling, and aberrant activation of these immune cells is associated with pre-eclampsia. METHODS: The monocytic cell line THP-1 was activated to induce a classically- or alternatively-activated macrophage phenotype and the conditioned media was used to treat the EVT cell line SGHPL-4 in order to determine the effect of macrophage polarisation on trophoblast behaviour in-vitro...
November 2016: Placenta
Thanyarat Wongwananuruk, Tomomi Sato, Takeshi Kajihara, Sachiko Matsumoto, Masumi Akita, Kazuhiro Tamura, Jan J Brosens, Osamu Ishihara
INTRODUCTION: To elucidate whether trophoblast expansion and invasion are modulated by androgen signaling in an in vitro co-culture model system with decidualizing endometrial stromal cells (ESCs). METHODS: We employed an in vitro co-culture model of early embryo implantation, consisting of human ESCs (EtsT499 cells) and spheroids generated by extravillous trophoblast (EVT) derived HTR8/Svneo. The ESCs were decidualized with 8-bromo-cAMP (8-br-cAMP) in the presence or absence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at various concentrations for 5 days before co-culture with EVT spheroids...
November 2016: Placenta
Hisanori Matsumoto, Yukiyasu Sato, Akihito Horie, Koh Suginami, Hirohiko Tani, Akira Hattori, Yoshihiko Araki, Kyosuke Kagami, Ikuo Konishi, Hiroshi Fujiwara
During human placentation, the extravillous trophoblast (EVT) invades the maternal decidua and reconstructs maternal spiral arteries. However, the precise mechanisms that control EVT behavior have not yet been elucidated in detail. CD9 has been reported to be a cell-motility-related molecule. Since we previously observed that CD9 was expressed on human EVT, we examined the possible involvement of CD9 in the invasion process of EVT. Placental and umbilical samples were obtained from patients who underwent legal abortions, normal delivery, or hysterectomy...
November 2016: Placenta
Gláucia E M L Siervo, Fernanda M Ogo, Aline D Valério, Thamara N X Silva, Larissa Staurengo-Ferrari, Tathiana A Alvarenga, Rubens Cecchini, Waldiceu A Verri, Flávia A Guarnier, Monica L Andersen, Glaura S A Fernandes
Good sleep quality has a direct effect on the activity of the neuroendocrine-reproductive control axis and oxidative stress. Thus, the aim of the present study was to evaluate whether sleep restriction (SR) during the peripubertal period impaired the postnatal development of the epididymis in Wistar rats. After 21 days SR (18h per day), epididymides were collected on Postnatal Day (PND) 62 for evaluation of oxidative stress markers, inflammatory profile, sperm count and histopathological and stereological analyses; in addition, the motility of spermatozoa from the vas deferens was examined...
October 26, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Meijiao Wang, Tinghe Yu, Lina Hu, Zhi Cheng, Min Li
Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L3 (UCHL3) belongs to the group of deubiquitinating enzymes and plays a part in apoptosis of germ cells and the differentiation of spermatocytes into spermatids. However, the exact role of UCHL3 in human spermatogenesis and sperm function remains unknown. Here we examined the level and activity of UCHL3 in spermatozoa from men with asthenozoospermia (A), oligoasthenozoospermia (OA) or normozoospermia (N). Immunofluorescence indicated that UCHL3 was mainly localized in the acrosome and throughout the flagella, and western blotting revealed a lower level in A or OA compared with N (p < 0...
2016: PloS One
Jufen Zheng, Yongning Lu, Xianqin Qu, Peng Wang, Leiwen Zhao, Minzhi Gao, Huijuan Shi, Xingliang Jin
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2016: PloS One
Max Schelker, Caroline Maria Mair, Fabian Jolmes, Robert-William Welke, Edda Klipp, Andreas Herrmann, Max Flöttmann, Christian Sieben
After endocytic uptake, influenza viruses transit early endosomal compartments and eventually reach late endosomes. There, the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) triggers fusion between endosomal and viral membrane, a critical step that leads to release of the viral segmented genome destined to reach the cell nucleus. Endosomal maturation is a complex process involving acidification of the endosomal lumen as well as endosome motility along microtubules. While the pH drop is clearly critical for the conformational change and membrane fusion activity of HA, the effect of intracellular transport dynamics on the progress of infection remains largely unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Zhiwen Zhu, Yongping Chai, Yuxiang Jiang, Wenjing Li, Huifang Hu, Wei Li, Jia-Wei Wu, Zhi-Xin Wang, Shanjin Huang, Guangshuo Ou
Directional cell migration is critical for metazoan development. We define two molecular pathways that activate the Arp2/3 complex during neuroblast migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. The transmembrane protein MIG-13/Lrp12 is linked to the Arp2/3 nucleation-promoting factors WAVE or WASP through direct interactions with ABL-1 or SEM-5/Grb2, respectively. WAVE mutations partially impaired F-actin organization and decelerated cell migration, and WASP mutations did not inhibit cell migration but enhanced migration defects in WAVE-deficient cells...
October 24, 2016: Developmental Cell
Richard H G Baxter
Both historically and at present, vector control is the most generally effective means of controlling malaria transmission. Insecticides are the predominant method of vector control, but the sterile insect technique (SIT) is a complementary strategy with a successful track record in both agricultural and public health sectors. Strategies of genetic and radiation-induced sterilization of Anopheles have to date been limited by logistical and/or regulatory hurdles. A safe and effective mosquito chemosterilant would therefore be of major utility to future deployment of SIT for malaria control...
October 2016: Chimia
Pierre F Ray, Aminata Toure, Metzler-Guillemain, Michael J Mitchell, Christophe Arnoult, Charles Coutton
Infertility, defined by the inability of conceiving a child after one year is estimated to concern approximately 50 million couples worldwide. As the male gamete is readily accessible and can be studied by a simple spermogram it is easier to subcategorize male than female infertility. Subjects with a specific sperm phenotype are more likely to have a common origin thus facilitating the search for causal factors. Male infertility is believed to be often multifactorial and caused by both genetic and extrinsinc factors, but severe cases of male infertility are likely to have a predominant genetic etiology...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Genetics
A Rybicka, C Eyileten, B Taciak, J Mucha, K Majchrzak, E Hellmen, M Krol
Cancer stem-like cells as cells with ability to self-renewal and potential to differentiate into various types of cells are known to be responsible for tumour initiation, recurrence and drug resistance. Hence a comprehensive research is concentrated on discovering cancer stem-like cells biology and interdependence between them and other cells. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of macrophages on cancer stem-like cells in canine mammary carcinomas. As recent studies indicated presence of macrophages in cancer environment stimulates cancer cells into more motile and invasive cells by acquisition of macrophage phenotypes...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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