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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549111/diabetic-db-db-mice-do-not-develop-heart-failure-upon-pressure-overload-a-longitudinal-in-vivo-pet-mri-and-mrs-study-on-cardiac-metabolic-structural-and-functional-adaptations
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Desiree Abdurrachim, Miranda Nabben, Verena Hoerr, Michael T Kuhlmann, Philipp Bovenkamp, Jolita Ciapaite, Ilvy M E Geraets, Will Coumans, Joost J F P Luiken, Jan F C Glatz, Michael Schäfers, Klaas Nicolay, Cornelius Faber, Sven Hermann, Jeanine J Prompers
Aim: Heart failure is associated with altered myocardial substrate metabolism and impaired cardiac energetics. Comorbidities like diabetes may influence the metabolic adaptations during heart failure development. We quantified to what extent changes in substrate preference, lipid accumulation, and energy status predict the longitudinal development of hypertrophy and failure in the non-diabetic and the diabetic heart. Methods and results: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was performed in non-diabetic ( db /+) and diabetic ( db/db ) mice to induce pressure overload...
May 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547795/synaptogenesis-and-synaptic-protein-localization-in-the-postnatal-development-of-rod-bipolar-cell-dendrites-in-mouse-retina
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Zvan A Anastassov, Weiwei Wang, Felice A Dunn
Retinal responses to photons originate in rod photoreceptors and are transmitted to the ganglion cell output of the retina through the primary rod bipolar pathway. At the first synapse of this pathway, input from multiple rods is pooled into individual rod bipolar cells. This architecture is called convergence. Convergence serves to improve sensitivity of rod vision when photons are sparse. Establishment of convergence depends on the development of a proper complement of dendritic tips and transduction proteins in rod bipolar cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546528/comparative-proteomic-profiling-of-sera-from-patients-with-refractory-multiple-myeloma-reveals-potential-biomarkers-predicting-response-to-bortezomib-based-therapy
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Magdalena Łuczak, Tadeusz Kubicki, Zuzanna Rzetelska, Tomasz Szczepaniak, Anna Przybyłowicz-Chalecka, Błażej Ratajczak, Joanna Czerwińska-Rybak, Adam Nowicki, Monika Joks, Andrzej Jakubowiak, Mieczysław Komarnicki, Dominik Dytfeld
INTRODUCTION    In the era of novel agent implementation in multiple myeloma (MM) regimens, drug resistance has become a key factor undermining the results of treatment. Identifying biomarkers allows the prediction of therapy outcomes with specific agents and may lead to the avoidance of resistance. OBJECTIVES    This study aimed to identify biomarkers in the pretreatment sera of patients with refractory/relapsed MM that differ from those in the sera of patients who achieved a better depth of response from bortezomib-containing therapy...
May 25, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546125/molecular-cloning-and-functional-characterization-of-coft1-a-homolog-of-flowering-locus-t-ft-from-camellia-oleifera
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Hengjiu Lei, Shuchai Su, Luyi Ma, Yue Wen, Xiangnan Wang
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) is an important integrator of flowering genetic pathways and plays crucial roles in flowering transition. The tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera Abel.) is a valuable woody oil crop, but the molecular mechanisms controlling flowering are still unclear. In this study, a FT-like gene, CoFT1, was isolated and characterized from C. oleifera. The CoFT1 protein was localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm of Arabidopsis protoplasts, and exhibited no transactivation activity in yeast cells. CoFT1 was highly expressed in mature leaves and reproductive organs, such as flower buds, flowers, flower organs, and young fruits...
May 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546021/sodium-butyrate-improved-intestinal-immune-function-associated-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38mapk-signalling-pathways-in-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Li Tian, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Fei Xie, Lin Feng
The present study evaluated the effect of dietary sodium butyrate (SB) supplementation on the growth and immune function in the proximal intestine (PI), middle intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). The fish were fed one powdery sodium butyrate (PSB) diet (1000.0 mg kg(-1) diet) and five graded levels of microencapsulated sodium butyrate (MSB) diets: 0.0 (control), 500.0, 1000.0, 1500.0 and 2000.0 mg kg(-1) diet for 60 days. Subsequently, a challenge test was conducted by injection of Aeromonas hydrophila...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542174/specification-and-spatial-arrangement-of-cells-in-the-germline-stem-cell-niche-of-the-drosophila-ovary-depend-on-the-maf-transcription-factor-traffic-jam
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Trupti Panchal, Xi Chen, Ekaterina Alchits, Youjin Oh, James Poon, Jane Kouptsova, Frank A Laski, Dorothea Godt
Germline stem cells in the Drosophila ovary are maintained by a somatic niche. The niche is structurally and functionally complex and contains four cell types, the escort, cap, and terminal filament cells and the newly identified transition cell. We find that the large Maf transcription factor Traffic jam (Tj) is essential for determining niche cell fates and architecture, enabling each niche in the ovary to support a normal complement of 2-3 germline stem cells. In particular, we focused on the question of how cap cells form...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542146/the-role-of-extracellular-histone-in-organ-injury
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Eleanor Silk, Hailin Zhao, Hao Weng, Daqing Ma
Histones are intra-nuclear cationic proteins that are present in all eukaryotic cells and are highly conserved across species. Within the nucleus, they provide structural stability to chromatin and regulate gene expression. Histone may be released into the extracellular space in three forms: freely, as a DNA-bound nucleosome or as part of neutrophil extracellular traps, and all three can be detected in serum after significant cellular death such as sepsis, trauma, ischaemia/reperfusion injury and autoimmune disease...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540674/microrna-expression-protein-participants-in-microrna-regulation
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Valeria M King, Glen M Borchert
MiRNAs are ~20 nt small RNAs that regulate networks of proteins using a seed region of nucleotides 2-8 to complement the 3' UTR of target mRNAs. The biogenesis and function of miRNAs as translational repressors is facilitated by protein counterparts that process primary and precursor miRNAs to maturity (Drosha/DCGR8 and Dicer/TRBP respectively) and incorporate miRNAs into the protein complex RISC to recognize and repress target mRNAs (RISC proteins: Ago/TRBP1/TRBP2/DICER). Similarly, siRNAs through comparable mechanisms are loaded into the protein complex RITS to heterochromatin formation of DNA and suppress transcription of particular genes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538514/long-term-outcome-of-4-patients-with-transcobalamin-deficiency-caused-by-2-novel-tcn2-mutations
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Marwan Nashabat, Gustavo Maegawa, Peter H Nissen, Ebba Nexo, Hussain Al-Shamrani, Mohammed Al-Owain, Majid Alfadhel
Cobalamin (vitamin B12 [Cbl]) is an essential cofactor for many biochemical pathways. Transcobalamin (TC) is required to internalize Cbl into the cells through membrane receptor-mediated endocytosis. Cbl is then processed in the cytoplasm and mitochondria by complementation factors leading to its active metabolites; methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosyl-cobalamin. Deficiency of TC results in an elevation in methylmalonic acid and homocysteine. Patients usually present with macrocytic anemia, pancytopenia, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal symptoms, and neurological dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538012/antiphospholipid-syndrome-an-update-for-clinicians-and-scientists
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Andrew P Vreede, Paula L Bockenstedt, Jason S Knight
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a leading acquired cause of thrombosis and pregnancy loss. Upon diagnosis (which is unlikely to be made until at least one morbid event has occurred), anticoagulant medications are typically prescribed in an attempt to prevent future events. This approach is not uniformly effective and does not prevent associated autoimmune and inflammatory complications. The goal of this review is to update clinicians and scientists on mechanistic and clinically relevant studies from the past 18 months, which have especially focused on inflammatory aspects of APS pathophysiology...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536887/ficolin-2-gene-rs7851696-polymorphism-is-associated-with-delayed-graft-function-and-acute-rejection-in-kidney-allograft-recipients
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Ewa Dabrowska-Zamojcin, Michal Czerewaty, Damian Malinowski, Maciej Tarnowski, Sylwia Słuczanowska-Głabowska, Leszek Domanski, Krzysztof Safranow, Andrzej Pawlik
Ficolin-2 is an activator of the complement system that acts via the lectin pathway. Complement activation plays a substantial role in the renal injury inherent to kidney transplantation. In this study, we examined the associations between ficolin-2 gene polymorphisms in exon 8 and kidney allograft function. This study comprised 270 Caucasian deceased-donor renal transplant recipients. The following parameters were recorded in each case: delayed graft function (DGF), acute rejection (AR), and chronic allograft dysfunction...
May 23, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536831/abnormal-expression-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-myocardial-infarction
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Tao Wu, Huan-Dong Wu, Zao-Xian Xu, Fei Han, Bi-Qi Zhang, Jian Sun, Shen-Jiang Hu
Myocardial infarction (MI) is the leading cause of fatality worldwide. Our study aimed to investigate the dysregulated long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) in MI and elucidate the mechanism of it in MI. The lncRNA and mRNA expression profiling of the whole left ventricular tissue of MI mice model (8 mice) and Sham group (8 mice) was obtained based on microarray analysis. Differentially expressed lnRNAs/mRNA (DELs/DEMs) were identified in MI. DELs/DEMs co-expression network construction, gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) enrichment analysis were conducted to predict the biological functions of DEMs...
May 23, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536698/the-critical-role-of-long-noncoding-rna-in-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Xiaoling Qiu, Bo Jia, Xiang Sun, Weitao Hu, Hongxing Chu, Shuaimei Xu, JianJiang Zhao
Objective. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to regulate many biological processes including differentiation. However, their role in osteogenic differentiation was poorly known. Materials and Methods. In this study, we first globally profiled the differentially expressed lncRNAs and mRNAs during osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBMMSCs). Bioinformatics analysis was performed to further analyze these significantly changed molecules. Then the role of lncRNA ENST00000502125...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536642/itraq-based-proteomics-of-chronic-renal-failure-rats-after-fushengong-decoction-treatment-reveals-haptoglobin-and-alpha-1-antitrypsin-as-potential-biomarkers
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Yu Yang, Junmeng Wei, Xuekuan Huang, Mingjun Wu, Zhenbing Lv, Pan Tong, Rui Chang
Background. Chronic renal failure (CRF) has become a global health problem and bears a huge economic burden. FuShengong Decoction (FSGD) as traditional Chinese medicine has multiple pharmacological effects. Objectives. To understand the underlying molecular mechanism and signaling pathway involved in the FSGD treatment of CRF and screen differentially expressed proteins in rats with CRF treated with FSGD. Methods. Thirty-three male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group, CRF group, and FSGD group...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536559/new-functions-and-subcellular-localization-patterns-of-c-di-gmp-components-ggdef-domain-proteins-in-b-subtilis
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Patricia Bedrunka, Peter L Graumann
The universal and pleiotropic cyclic dinucleotide second messenger c-di-GMP is most prominently known to inversely regulate planktonic and sessile lifestyles of Gram-negative species. In the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis, intracellular c-di-GMP levels are modulated by a concise set of three diguanylate cylases (DgcK, DgcP, DgcW) and one phosphodiesterase (PdeH). Two recent studies have reported the negative influence of the c-di-GMP receptor DgrA (PilZ domain protein) on swarming motility indicating a conserved role of this second messenger across the bacterial domain...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536290/peptidoglycan-association-of-murein-lipoprotein-is-required-for-kpsd-dependent-group-2-capsular-polysaccharide-expression-and-serum-resistance-in-a-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-isolate
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Jingyu Diao, Catrien Bouwman, Donghong Yan, Jing Kang, Anand K Katakam, Peter Liu, Homer Pantua, Alexander R Abbas, Nicholas N Nickerson, Cary Austin, Mike Reichelt, Wendy Sandoval, Min Xu, Chris Whitfield, Sharookh B Kapadia
Murein lipoprotein (Lpp) and peptidoglycan-associated lipoprotein (Pal) are major outer membrane lipoproteins in Escherichia coli Their roles in cell-envelope integrity have been documented in E. coli laboratory strains, and while Lpp has been linked to serum resistance in vitro, the underlying mechanism has not been established. Here, lpp and pal mutants of uropathogenic E. coli strain CFT073 showed reduced survival in a mouse bacteremia model, but only the lpp mutant was sensitive to serum killing in vitro The peptidoglycan-bound Lpp form was specifically required for preventing complement-mediated bacterial lysis in vitro and complement-mediated clearance in vivo Compared to the wild-type strain, the lpp mutant had impaired K2 capsular polysaccharide production and was unable to respond to exposure to serum by elevating capsular polysaccharide amounts...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534024/cancer-immunoprevention-and-public-health
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REVIEW
Sandeep K Singh, Mehmet Tevfik Dorak
The power of cancer immune surveillance has been documented beyond doubt, and the successful exploitation of immune response to cancer has started a new era in the war against cancer. Cancer biologists have recognized immunoevasion as an emerging hallmark in addition to the six hallmarks of cancer. Besides the natural connection between the immune system and cancer development, most established environmental risk factors are now known to interfere with immune surveillance mechanisms. Genetic variations regulating immunity may also modulate cancer susceptibility, but evidence for this is currently limited...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533443/fhr-1-binds-to-c-reactive-protein-and-enhances-rather-than-inhibits-complement-activation
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Ádám I Csincsi, Zsóka Szabó, Zsófia Bánlaki, Barbara Uzonyi, Marcell Cserhalmi, Éva Kárpáti, Agustín Tortajada, Joseph J E Caesar, Zoltán Prohászka, T Sakari Jokiranta, Susan M Lea, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Mihály Józsi
Factor H-related protein (FHR) 1 is one of the five human FHRs that share sequence and structural homology with the alternative pathway complement inhibitor FH. Genetic studies on disease associations and functional analyses indicate that FHR-1 enhances complement activation by competitive inhibition of FH binding to some surfaces and immune proteins. We have recently shown that FHR-1 binds to pentraxin 3. In this study, our aim was to investigate whether FHR-1 binds to another pentraxin, C-reactive protein (CRP), analyze the functional relevance of this interaction, and study the role of FHR-1 in complement activation and regulation...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533106/trans-sectoral-care-of-geriatric-cancer-patients-based-on-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-and-patient-reported-quality-of-life-results-of-a-multicenter-study-to-develop-and-pilot-test-a-patient-centered-interdisciplinary-care-concept-for-geriatric-oncology
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Heike Schmidt, Stephanie Boese, Katharina Lampe, Karin Jordan, Eckhard Fiedler, Ursula Müller-Werdan, Andreas Wienke, Dirk Vordermark
OBJECTIVES: For older patients with cancer the maintenance of independence, functionality and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is of great importance. Aiming to maintain HRQOL of older patients with cancer we developed an interdisciplinary care program based on comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and patient-reported HRQOL comprising tailored supportive measures and telephone-based counseling during 6month aftercare. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pilot-testing of the intervention took place in three centers at the University Hospital Halle to examine feasibility, acceptance and potential benefit...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532666/transcription-of-immune-related-genes-in-solea-senegalensis-vaccinated-against-photobacterium-damselae-subsp-piscicida-identification-of-surrogates-of-protection
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J A Núñez-Díaz, I García de la Banda, C Lobo, M A Moriñigo, M C Balebona
Solea senegalensis is a flatfish with a great potential for aquaculture, but infectious diseases restrict its production, being this fish species highly susceptible to Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida (Phdp) infections. A better understanding of the mechanisms related to fish immune response is crucial for the development of effective approaches in disease management. In the present work, transcriptional changes of immune related genes have been evaluated in farmed S. senegalensis specimens vaccinated against Phdp by intraperitoneal injection (IP) and immersion (IM)...
May 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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