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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350988/micrornas-establish-uniform-traits-during-the-architecture-of-vertebrate-embryos
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Dionna M Kasper, Albertomaria Moro, Emma Ristori, Anand Narayanan, Guillermina Hill-Teran, Elizabeth Fleming, Miguel Moreno-Mateos, Charles E Vejnar, Jing Zhang, Donghoon Lee, Mengting Gu, Mark Gerstein, Antonio Giraldez, Stefania Nicoli
Proper functioning of an organism requires cells and tissues to behave in uniform, well-organized ways. How this optimum of phenotypes is achieved during the development of vertebrates is unclear. Here, we carried out a multi-faceted and single-cell resolution screen of zebrafish embryonic blood vessels upon mutagenesis of single and multi-gene microRNA (miRNA) families. We found that embryos lacking particular miRNA-dependent signaling pathways develop a vascular trait similar to wild-type, but with a profound increase in phenotypic heterogeneity...
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350950/spine-oncology-metastatic-spine-tumors
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David Choi, Mark Bilsky, Michael Fehlings, Charles Fisher, Ziya Gokaslan
Surgery for spinal metastases remains the mainstay treatment for pain, instability, and neurological deterioration due to tumor infiltration of the spine. However, several new therapies are emerging which may improve outcomes further, and in some cases even replace the need for surgery. We now have a better understanding of which factors influence survival and quality of life after surgery, and this underpins the development and application of new treatments, and assessment of outcome.Depending on genetic subtyping of tumors, novel immunotherapies and chemotherapies may be very effective in prolonging quality of life...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350943/controversies-in-spinal-trauma-and-evolution-of-care
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James S Harrop, George N Rymarczuk, Alexander R Vaccaro, Michael P Steinmetz, Lindsay A Tetreault, Michael G Fehlings
Management of spinal trauma is a complex and rapidly evolving field. To optimize patient treatment algorithms, an understanding of and appreciation for current controversies and advancing technologies in the field of spinal trauma is necessary. Therefore, members of the AOSpine Knowledge Forum Trauma initiative used a modified Delphi method to compile a list of controversial issues and emerging technologies in the field of spinal trauma, and a list of the 14 most relevant topics was generated. A total of 45 440 manuscripts covering the breadth of spine and spinal trauma were initially identified...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345418/a-coaxial-dual-element-focused-ultrasound-probe-for-guidance-of-epidural-catheterization
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Guo-Chung Dong, Li-Chen Chiu, Chien-Kun Ting, Jia-Ruei Hsu, Chih-Chung Huang, Yin Chang, Gin-Shin Chen
Ultrasound guidance for epidural block has improved clinical blind-trial problems but the design of present ultrasonic probes poses operating difficulty of ultrasound-guided catheterization, increasing the failure rate. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel ultrasonic probe to avoid needle contact with vertebral bone during epidural catheterization. The probe has a central circular passage for needle insertion. Two focused annular transducers are deployed around the passage for on-axis guidance. A 17-gauge insulated Tuohy needle containing the self-developed fiber-optic-modified stylet was inserted into the back of the anesthetized pig, in the lumbar region under the guidance of our ultrasonic probe...
March 1, 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345261/antibodies-from-plants-for-bionanomaterials
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Gueven Edgue, Richard M Twyman, Veronique Beiss, Rainer Fischer, Markus Sack
Antibodies are produced as part of the vertebrate adaptive immune response and are not naturally made by plants. However, antibody DNA sequences can be introduced into plants, and together with laboratory technologies that allow the design of antibodies recognizing any conceivable molecular structure, plants can be used as 'green factories' to produce any antibody at all. The advent of plant-based transient expression systems in particular allows the rapid, convenient, and safe production of antibodies, ranging from laboratory-scale expression to industrial-scale manufacturing...
March 27, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344782/la-related-protein-6-controls-ciliated-cell-differentiation
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Zarko Manojlovic, Ryan Earwood, Akiko Kato, Diana Perez, Oscar A Cabrera, Ruth Didier, Timothy L Megraw, Branko Stefanovic, Yoichi Kato
BACKGROUND: La-related protein 6 (LARP6) is an evolutionally conserved RNA-binding protein. Vertebrate LARP6 binds the 5' stem-loop found in mRNAs encoding type I collagen to regulate their translation, but other target mRNAs and additional functions for LARP6 are unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate an additional function of LARP6 and to evaluate the importance of its function during development. METHODS: To uncover the role of LARP6 in development, we utilized Morpholino Oligos to deplete LARP6 protein in Xenopus embryos...
2017: Cilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344097/whence-river-blindness-the-domestication-of-mammals-and-host-parasite-co-evolution-in-the-nematode-genus-onchocerca
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Emilie Lefoulon, Alessio Giannelli, Benjamin L Makepeace, Yasen Mutafchiev, Simon Townson, Shigehiko Uni, Guilherme G Verocai, Domenico Otranto, Coralie Martin
The genus Onchocerca includes 34 described species and represents one of the largest genera of the filarial nematodes within the family Onchocercidae. Representative members of this genus are mainly parasites of ungulates, with some exceptions such as Onchocerca lupi and Onchocerca volvulus, infecting carnivores and/or humans. For a long time, the evolutionary relationships amongst onchocercids remained poorly studied, as the systematics of this genus was impaired by the high morphological variability of species included in the taxon...
March 23, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342854/evolution-of-ligands-receptors-and-metabolizing-enzymes-of-thyroid-signaling
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Guillaume Holzer, Natacha Roux, Vincent Laudet
Thyroid hormones (THs) play important roles in vertebrates such as the control of the metabolism, development and seasonality. Given the pleiotropic effects of thyroid disorders (developmental delay, mood disorder, tachycardia, etc), THs signaling is highly investigated, specially using mammalian models. In addition, the critical role of TH in controlling frog metamorphosis has led to the use of Xenopus as another prominent model to study THs action. Nevertheless, animals regarded as non-model species can also improve our understanding of THs signaling...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341447/macrophage-heterogeneity-and-energy-metabolism
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Francisco Verdeguer, Myriam Aouadi
Macrophages are versatile and multifunctional cell types present in most vertebrate tissues. They are the first line of defense against pathogens through phagocytosis of microbial infections, particles and dead cells. Macrophages harbor additional functions besides immune protection by participating in essential homeostatic and tissue development functions. The immune response requires a concomitant and coordinated regulation of the energetic metabolism. In this review, we will discuss how macrophages influence metabolic tissues and in turn how metabolic pathways, particularly glucose and lipid metabolism, affect macrophage phenotypes...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340590/comparison-of-angle-shape-and-position-of-articular-processes-in-dobermans-and-great-danes-with-and-without-cervical-spondylomyelopathy
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Marília de Albuquerque Bonelli, Ronaldo Casimiro da Costa, Paula Martin-Vaquero, Carolina Gonçalves Dias Lima
BACKGROUND: Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), also known as wobbler syndrome, affects mainly large and giant-breed dogs, causing compression of the cervical spinal cord and/or nerve roots. Structural and dynamic components seem to play a role in the development of CSM; however, pathogenesis is not yet fully understood. Physiologic and pathologic movements of the cervical spine depend on the morphology and morphometry of articular processes, as well as on intervertebral discs and vertebral column ligaments...
March 24, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336096/multigenerational-effects-of-two-glucocorticoids-prednisolone-and-dexamethasone-on-life-history-parameters-of-crustacean-ceriodaphnia-dubia-cladocera
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Navdeep Bal, Anupama Kumar, Jun Du, Dayanthi Nugegoda
Synthetic glucocorticoids (GCs) such as dexamethasone (DEX) and prednisolone (PDS) have been used since the 1940s to cure inflammatory and auto-immune disorders. Their use has been linked to a host of deleterious effects in aquatic ecosystems such as osteoporosis in vertebrates, developmental impairments in molluscs and reduced fecundity and growth in cladocerans. Apart from these handful of studies, the effects of GCs on aquatic biota are largely unknown. The present study is a first of its kind aiming to assess the multi-generational exposure effects of DEX and PDS on the life history parameters of Ceriodaphnia dubia (C...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335865/zebrafish-developmental-models-of-skeletal-diseases
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Lauryn N Luderman, Gokhan Unlu, Ela W Knapik
The zebrafish skeleton shares many similarities with human and other vertebrate skeletons. Over the past years, work in zebrafish has provided an extensive understanding of the basic developmental mechanisms and cellular pathways directing skeletal development and homeostasis. This review will focus on the cell biology of cartilage and bone and how the basic cellular processes within chondrocytes and osteocytes function to assemble the structural frame of a vertebrate body. We will discuss fundamental functions of skeletal cells in production and secretion of extracellular matrix and cellular activities leading to differentiation of progenitors to mature cells that make up the skeleton...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335864/using-zebrafish-to-study-kidney-development-and-disease
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Stephanie Jerman, Zhaoxia Sun
The kidneys are a crucial pair of organs that are responsible for filtering the blood to remove waste, maintain electrolyte and water homeostasis, and regulate blood pressure. There are a number of factors, both genetic and environmental, that can impair the function of the kidneys resulting in significant morbidity and mortality for millions of people affected by kidney disease worldwide. The zebrafish, Danio rerio, has emerged as an attractive vertebrate model in the study of kidney development and disease and has proven to be a powerful tool in the advancement of how kidney development occurs in vertebrates and how the kidney repairs itself after injury...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335863/zebrafish-in-toxicology-and-environmental-health
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Kathryn Bambino, Jaime Chu
As manufacturing processes and development of new synthetic compounds increase to keep pace with the expanding global demand, environmental health, and the effects of toxicant exposure are emerging as critical public health concerns. Additionally, chemicals that naturally occur in the environment, such as metals, have profound effects on human and animal health. Many of these compounds are in the news: lead, arsenic, and endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A have all been widely publicized as causing disease or damage to humans and wildlife in recent years...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335860/-muscling-throughout-life-integrating-studies-of-muscle-development-homeostasis-and-disease-in-zebrafish
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Michelle F Goody, Erin V Carter, Elisabeth A Kilroy, Lisa Maves, Clarissa A Henry
The proper development and function of skeletal muscle is vital for health throughout the lifespan. Skeletal muscle function enables posture, breathing, and locomotion; and also impacts systemic processes-such as metabolism, thermoregulation, and immunity. Diseases of skeletal muscle (myopathies, muscular dystrophies) and even some neurological, age-related, and metabolic diseases compromise muscle function and negatively affect health span and quality of life. There have been numerous, recent examples of studies on skeletal muscle development with exciting, therapeutic implications for muscle diseases...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335859/making-it-new-again-insight-into-liver-development-regeneration-and-disease-from-zebrafish-research
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Shuang Wang, Sophie R Miller, Elke A Ober, Kirsten C Sadler
The adult liver of most vertebrates is predominantly comprised of hepatocytes. However, these cells must work in concert with biliary, stellate, vascular, and immune cells to accomplish the vast array of hepatic functions required for physiological homeostasis. Our understanding of liver development was accelerated as zebrafish emerged as an ideal vertebrate system to study embryogenesis. Through work in zebrafish and other models, it is now clear that the cells in the liver develop in a coordinated fashion during embryogenesis through a complex yet incompletely understood set of molecular guidelines...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335858/netting-novel-regulators-of-hematopoiesis-and-hematologic-malignancies-in-zebrafish
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Wanda Kwan, Trista E North
Zebrafish are one of the preeminent model systems for the study of blood development (hematopoiesis), hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) biology, and hematopathology. The zebrafish hematopoietic system shares strong similarities in functional populations, genetic regulators, and niche interactions with its mammalian counterparts. These evolutionarily conserved characteristics, together with emerging technologies in live imaging, compound screening, and genetic manipulation, have been employed to successfully identify and interrogate novel regulatory mechanisms and molecular pathways that guide hematopoiesis...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335857/modeling-syndromic-congenital-heart-defects-in-zebrafish
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Meagan G Grant, Victoria L Patterson, Daniel T Grimes, Rebecca D Burdine
Cardiac development is a dynamic process regulated by spatial and temporal cues that are integrated to effect molecular, cellular, and tissue-level events that form the adult heart. Disruption of these highly orchestrated events can be devastating for cardiac form and function. Aberrations in heart development result in congenital heart defects (CHDs), which affect 1 in 100 infants in the United States each year. Zebrafish have proven informative as a model organism to understand both heart development and the mechanisms associated with CHDs due to the similarities in heart morphogenesis among vertebrates, as well as their genetic tractability and amenability to live imaging...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335605/opportunistic-sampling-of-roadkill-as-an-entry-point-to-accessing-natural-products-assembled-by-bacteria-associated-with-non-anthropoidal-mammalian-microbiomes
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Jeremy L Motley, Blake W Stamps, Carter A Mitchell, Alec T Thompson, Jayson Cross, Jianlan You, Douglas R Powell, Bradley S Stevenson, Robert H Cichewicz
Few secondary metabolites have been reported from mammalian microbiome bacteria despite the large numbers of diverse taxa that inhabit warm-blooded higher vertebrates. As a means to investigate natural products from these microorganisms, an opportunistic sampling protocol was developed, which focused on exploring bacteria isolated from roadkill mammals. This initiative was made possible through the establishment of a newly created discovery pipeline, which couples laser ablation electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LAESIMS) with bioassay testing, to target biologically active metabolites from microbiome-associated bacteria...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334933/disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1is-essential-for-normal-hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal-hpi-axis-function
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Helen Eachus, Charlotte Bright, Vincent T Cunliffe, Marysia Placzek, Jonathan D Wood, Penelope J Watt
Psychiatric disorders arise due to an interplay of genetic and environmental factors, including stress. Studies in rodents have shown that mutants for Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1), a well-accepted genetic risk factor for mental illness, display abnormal behaviours in response to stress, but the mechanisms through which DISC1 affects stress responses remain poorly understood. Using two lines of zebrafish homozygous mutant for disc1, we investigated behaviour and functioning of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis, the fish equivalent of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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