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Gabriëlle H S Buitendijk, Ada J Hooghart, Corina Brussee, Paulus T V M de Jong, Albert Hofman, Johannes R Vingerling, Caroline C W Klaver
Purpose: Reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) are considered to be a distinct feature in AMD. Population studies have studied the epidemiology of RPD using standard color fundus photographs (CFP). However, recent studies have shown that RPD are better imaged using near-infrared (NIR) imaging. We studied the epidemiology of RPD in a large population-based study using NIR and CFP. Methods: Participants aged 65+ years from the Rotterdam Study underwent ophthalmologic examination including NIR and CFP...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Liangliang Chen, Yuancheng Peng, Juan Tian, Xiaohong Wang, Zhaosheng Kong, Tonglin Mao, Ming Yuan, Yunhai Li
How cell shape is controlled is a fundamental question in developmental biology, but the genetic and molecular mechanisms that determine cell shape are largely unknown. Arabidopsis trichomes have been used as a good model system to investigate cell shape at the single-cell level. Here we describe the trichome cell shape 1 (tcs1) mutants with the reduced trichome branch number in Arabidopsis. TCS1 encodes a coiled-coil domain-containing protein. Pharmacological analyses and observations of microtubule dynamics show that TCS1 influences the stability of microtubules...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Tao Peng, Howard C Hang
Over the past years, fluorescent proteins (e.g., green fluorescent proteins) have been widely utilized to visualize recombinant protein expression and localization in live cells. Although powerful, fluorescent protein tags are limited by their relatively large sizes and potential perturbation to protein function. Alternatively, site-specific labeling of proteins with small-molecule organic fluorophores using bioorthogonal chemistry may provide a more precise and less perturbing method. This approach involves site-specific incorporation of unnatural amino acids (UAAs) into proteins via genetic code expansion, followed by bioorthogonal chemical labeling with small organic fluorophores in living cells...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Juliane Mundorf, Mirka Uhlirova
Drosophila melanogaster has emerged as a powerful experimental system for functional and mechanistic studies of tumor development and progression in the context of a whole organism. Sophisticated techniques to generate genetic mosaics facilitate induction of visually marked, genetically defined clones surrounded by normal tissue. The clones can be analyzed through diverse molecular, cellular and omics approaches. This study describes how to generate fluorescently labeled clonal tumors of varying malignancy in the eye/antennal imaginal discs (EAD) of Drosophila larvae using the Mosaic Analysis with a Repressible Cell Marker (MARCM) technique...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Bruce Wen, Kirby R Campbell, Karissa Tilbury, Oleg Nadiarnykh, Molly A Brewer, Manish Patankar, Vikas Singh, Kevin W Eliceiri, Paul J Campagnola
Remodeling of the collagen architecture in the extracellular matrix (ECM) has been implicated in ovarian cancer. To quantify these alterations we implemented a form of 3D texture analysis to delineate the fibrillar morphology observed in 3D Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy image data of normal (1) and high risk (2) ovarian stroma, benign ovarian tumors (3), low grade (4) and high grade (5) serous tumors, and endometrioid tumors (6). We developed a tailored set of 3D filters which extract textural features in the 3D image sets to build (or learn) statistical models of each tissue class...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
S T Oestergaard, T Stojkovic, J R Dahlqvist, C Bouchet-Seraphin, J Nectoux, F Leturcq, M Cossée, G Solé, C Thomsen, T O Krag, J Vissing
OBJECTIVE: In this study, muscle involvement assessed by MRI and levels of GMPPB and glycosylation of α-dystroglycan expression in muscle were examined in patients with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) type 2T. METHODS: Six new patients with genetically verified mutations in GMPPB were studied. T1-weighted magnetic resonance images were obtained in 4 participants. Muscle strength and potential involvement of extramuscular organs were examined. Glycosylation of α-dystroglycan in muscle was studied, and GMPPB and α-dystroglycan expression was analyzed by Western blotting...
December 2016: Neurology. Genetics
In K Cho, Silun Wang, Hui Mao, Anthony Ws Chan
Recent advances in stem cell-based regenerative medicine, cell replacement therapy, and genome editing technologies (i.e. CRISPR-Cas 9) have sparked great interest in in vivo cell monitoring. Molecular imaging promises a unique approach to noninvasively monitor cellular and molecular phenomena, including cell survival, migration, proliferation, and even differentiation at the whole organismal level. Several imaging modalities and strategies have been explored for monitoring cell grafts in vivo. We begin this review with an introduction describing the progress in stem cell technology, with a perspective toward cell replacement therapy...
2016: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Ruijie Zhang, Nana Zhang, Hai Zhang, Chunxiao Liu, Xiaoqing Dong, Xiaoxue Wang, Yu Zhu, Chong Xu, Lei Liu, Sijun Yang, Shile Huang, Long Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Increasing evidence has suggested cadmium (Cd), as an inducer of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is a potential pathogenic factor in human neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, it is important to find effective interventions for Cd-induced oxidative stress in the central nervous system. The purpose of this study was to determine whether and how celastrol, a plant-derived triterpene, could mitigate Cd-induced ROS and cell death in neuronal cells. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: PC12, SH-SY5Y cells and primary murine neurons were chosen as a model to study celastrol neuroprotection against Cd-poisoning...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Carolin A Boecking, Eleanor A Drey, Jennifer L Kerns, Walter E Finkbeiner
CONTEXT: -Despite increased use of dilation and evacuation in the setting of fetuses with developmental anomalies, the pathology examination of fragmented specimens obtained by this technique has been understudied. OBJECTIVES: -To correlate pathologic findings in second-trimester fetal dilation and evacuation specimens with prenatal diagnoses established through ultrasound and/or chromosome studies to determine the value of pathology examination for supplementing or correcting clinical diagnoses...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Balaji K Tamarappoo, Allan L Klein
Post-pericardiotomy syndrome (PPS) occurs in a subgroup of patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgery and is characterized by fever, pleuritic pain, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion. It is associated with significant morbidity, and the leading complications include tamponade and constrictive pericarditis. Epidemiologic studies have found that PPS often occurs among younger patients; however, there is a lack of comprehensive risk stratification. It is therefore important to be able to identify patients who are at high risk for developing this disease...
November 2016: Current Cardiology Reports
Matthew T Whitehead, Guy Helman, Andrea L Gropman
Xp21.2 duplication syndrome is a rare genetic disorder of undetermined prevalence and clinical relevance. As the use of chromosomal microarray has become first line for the work-up of childhood developmental delay, more gene deletions and duplications have been recognized. To the best of our knowledge, the imaging findings of Xp21.2 duplication syndrome have not been reported. We report a case of a 33 month-old male referred for developmental delay that was found to have an Xp21.2 duplication containing IL1RAPL1 and multiple midline brain malformations...
May 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Zhen Huo, Tao Lu, Zhiyong Liang, Fan Ping, Jie Shen, Jingjing Lu, Wenbing Ma, Dachun Zhao, Dingrong Zhong
BACKGROUND: Isolated hypothalamic-pituitary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (HPLCH) is very rare. We investigated the clinicopathological characteristics, endocrine function changes, BRAF(V600E) mutations and treatments of isolated HPLCH. METHODS: We identified seven patients with isolated HPLCH by reviewing the clinical and pathological files in our hospital from 2007 to 2015. The clinical characteristics of the seven patients were retrospectively reviewed, especially the endocrine function changes...
October 19, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
Vincenzo Sannino, Arun M Kolinjivadi, Giorgio Baldi, Vincenzo Costanzo
The correct duplication of genetic information is essential to maintain genome stability, which is lost in cancer cells. Replication fork integrity is ensured by a number of DNA metabolism proteins that assist replication of chromatin regions difficult to replicate due to their intrinsic DNA sequence composition, coordinate repair of DNA molecules resulting from aberrant replication events or protect replication forks in the presence of lesions impairing their progression. Some DNA metabolism genes involved in DNA repair are essential in higher eukaryotes even in unchallenged conditions, suggesting the existence of biological processes requiring these specialized functions in organisms with complex genomes...
2016: International Journal of Developmental Biology
Tzu-Pin Shentu, Ming He, Xiaoli Sun, Jianlin Zhang, Fan Zhang, Brendan Gongol, Traci L Marin, Jiao Zhang, Liang Wen, Yinsheng Wang, Gregory G Geary, Yi Zhu, David A Johnson, John Y-J Shyy
OBJECTIVE: Cortactin translocates to the cell periphery in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) on cortical-actin assembly in response to pulsatile shear stress. Because cortactin has putative sites for AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) phosphorylation and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) deacetylation, we examined the hypothesis that AMPK and SIRT1 coregulate cortactin dynamics in response to shear stress. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Analysis of the ability of AMPK to phosphorylate recombinant cortactin and oligopeptides whose sequences matched AMPK consensus sequences in cortactin pointed to Thr-401 as the site of AMPK phosphorylation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Nynke Oosterhof, Inge R Holtman, Laura E Kuil, Herma C van der Linde, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Tjakko J van Ham
Microglia are brain resident macrophages important for brain development, connectivity, homeostasis and disease. However, it is still largely unclear how microglia functions and their identity are regulated at the molecular level. Although recent transcriptomic studies have identified genes specifically expressed in microglia, the function of most of these genes in microglia is still unknown. Here, we performed RNA sequencing on microglia acutely isolated from healthy and neurodegenerative zebrafish brains...
October 19, 2016: Glia
Lena Brüser, Sven Bogdan
The actin cytoskeleton provides mechanical support for cells and generates forces to drive cell shape changes and cell migration in morphogenesis. Molecular understanding of actin dynamics requires a genetically traceable model system that allows interdisciplinary experimental approaches to elucidate the regulatory network of cytoskeletal proteins in vivo. Here, we will discuss some examples of how advances in Drosophila genetics and high-resolution imaging techniques contribute to the discovery of new actin functions, signaling pathways, and mechanisms of actin regulation in vivo...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Simona Gaudino, Matia Martucci, Rosellina Russo, Emiliano Visconti, Emma Gangemi, Francesco D'Argento, Tommaso Verdolotti, Libero Lauriola, Cesare Colosimo
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common pediatric brain glioma and is considered the prototype of benign circumscribed astrocytoma. Despite its low malignancy, the CT and MRI features of brain PA may resemble those of much more aggressive brain tumors. Misdiagnosis of PA is particularly easy when it demonstrates MR morphological and non-morphological findings that are inconsistent with its non-aggressive nature and that overlap with the features of more aggressive brain tumors...
October 18, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Sungjin Im, Sang-Gu Lee, Jeonghwan Lee, Siekyeong Kim, Chul-Jin Shin, Jeong-Woo Son, Gawon Ju, Sang-Ick Lee
OBJECTIVE: The structural alteration of brain shown in patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) can originate from both alcohol effects and genetic or developmental processes. We compared surface-based parameters of patients with AUD with healthy controls to prove the applicability of surface-based morphometry with head size correction and to determine the areas that were sensitive to brain alteration related to AUD. METHODS: Twenty-six abstinent male patients with AUD (alcohol group, mean abstinence=13...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Ross M Clark, Brittany Coffman, Paul G McGuire, Thomas R Howdieshell
BACKGROUND: Murine models of diabetes and obesity have provided insight into the pathogenesis of impaired epithelialization of excisional skin wounds. However, knowledge of postischemic myocutaneous revascularization in these models is limited. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A myocutaneous flap was created on the dorsum of wild type (C57BL/6), genetically obese and diabetic (ob/ob, db/db), complementary heterozygous (ob(+)/ob(-), db(+)/db(-)), and diet-induced obese (DIO) mice (n=48 total; five operative mice per strain and three unoperated mice per strain as controls)...
2016: Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy
Henk-Jan Westeneng, Renée Walhout, Milou Straathof, Ruben Schmidt, Jeroen Hendrikse, Jan H Veldink, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Leonard H van den Berg
BACKGROUND: In patients with a C9orf72 repeat expansion (C9+), a neuroimaging phenotype with widespread structural cerebral changes has been found. We aimed to investigate the specificity of this neuroimaging phenotype in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: 156 C9- and 14 C9+ patients with ALS underwent high-resolution T1-weighted MRI; a subset (n=126) underwent diffusion-weighted imaging. Cortical thickness, subcortical volumes and white matter integrity were compared between C9+ and C9- patients...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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