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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453757/localization-of-epithelial-sodium-channel-enac-and-cftr-in-the-germinal-epithelium-of-the-testis-sertoli-cells-and-spermatozoa
#1
Sachin Sharma, Aaron Hanukoglu, Israel Hanukoglu
Spermatogenesis starts within the seminiferous tubules of the testis by mitotic division of spermatogonia that produces spermatocytes. Meiotic division of these spermatocytes produces haploid spermatids that differentiate into spermatozoa. In this study, we examined the expression of ENaC and CFTR (a Cl - channel) in rat testicular sections using confocal microscopic immunofluorescence. The structural integrity of the seminiferous tubule sections was verified by precise phalloidin staining of the actin fibers located abundantly at both basal and adluminal tight junctions...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453578/a-stopped-flow-light-scattering-methodology-for-assessing-the-osmotic-water-permeability-of-whole-sertoli-cells
#2
Anna Maggio, Raquel L Bernardino, Patrizia Gena, Marco G Alves, Pedro F Oliveira, Giuseppe Calamita
Movement of water into and out of the cell is fundamental to life. In the male reproductive tract, at the level of the seminiferous epithelium, Sertoli cells are pivotal in mediating the movement of water into the luminal compartment, a process providing a means of transport of spermatozoa into the epididymal ducts. Here, we describe a stopped-flow light-scattering methodology to easily assess the Sertoli cell osmotic water permeability. The devised methodology is well suited for studying how the Sertoli cell's permeability changes following exogenous stimuli...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453576/monitoring-the-integrity-of-the-blood-testis-barrier-btb-an-in-vivo-assay
#3
Haiqi Chen, Wing-Yee Lui, Dolores D Mruk, Xiang Xiao, Renshan Ge, Qingquan Lian, Will M Lee, Bruno Silvestrini, C Yan Cheng
The blood-testis barrier is a unique ultrastructure in the mammalian testis, located near the basement membrane of the seminiferous tubule that segregates the seminiferous epithelium into the basal and the adluminal (apical) compartment. Besides restricting paracellular and transcellular passage of biomolecules (e.g., paracrine factors, hormones), water, electrolytes, and other substances including toxicants and/or drugs to enter the adluminal compartment of the epithelium, the BTB is an important ultrastructure that supports spermatogenesis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453564/identification-of-proliferative-and-apoptotic-sertoli-cells-using-fluorescence-and-confocal-microscopy
#4
Jesús Martínez-Hernández, Vicente Seco-Rovira, Ester Beltrán-Frutos, Victor Quesada-Cubo, Concepción Ferrer, Luis Miguel Pastor
Sertoli cells, the testicular somatic cells of the seminiferous epithelium, are vital for the survival of the epithelium. They undergo proliferation and apoptosis during fetal, neonatal, and prepubertal development. Apoptosis is increased in certain situations such as exposure to many substances, for example, toxics, or short photoperiod in the non-breeding season of some mammals. Therefore, it has always been considered that Sertoli cells that reach adulthood are quiescent cells, that is to say, nonproliferative, do not die, are terminally differentiated, and whose numbers remain constant...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453562/preparation-of-testicular-samples-for-histology-and-immunohistochemistry
#5
Barbara Bilinska, Anna Hejmej, Malgorzata Kotula-Balak
One approach to visualize internal structures of the testis is histological sectioning of the material. The use of testicular samples allows a detailed analysis of the structure of both seminiferous tubules and the interstitial space. It is worth noting that key role in the control of germ cell development is assigned to Sertoli cells. Thus, in this chapter the special reference is made on visualization of Sertoli cells in the seminiferous epithelium in which they create a specialized microenvironment to support the germ cell development through the formation of the blood-testis barrier (BTB)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453250/retinal-chitosan-conjugates-effectively-deliver-active-chromophores-to-retinal-photoreceptor-cells-in-blind-mice-and-dogs
#6
Songqi Gao, Shirin Kahremany, Jianye Zhang, Beata Jastrzebska, Janice Querubin, Simon M Petersen-Jones, Krzysztof Palczewski
The retinoid (visual) cycle consists of a series of biochemical reactions needed to regenerate the visual chromophore, 11-cis-retinal and sustain vision. Genetic or environmental factors affecting chromophore production can lead to blindness. Using animal models that mimic human retinal diseases, we previously demonstrated that mechanism-based pharmacological interventions can maintain vision in otherwise incurable genetic diseases of the retina. Here, we report that after 9-cis-retinal administration to lecithin:retinol acyltransferase-deficient (Lrat-/-) mice, the drug was rapidly absorbed and then cleared within 1-2 h...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453223/tissue-engineering-of-retina-and-bruch-s-membrane-a-review-of-cells-materials-and-processes
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Yong Sheng Edgar Tan, Pu Jiang Shi, Chang-J Choo, Augustinus Laude, Wai Yee Yeong
The biological, structural and functional configuration of Bruch's membrane (BM) is significantly relevant to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other chorioretinal diseases, and AMD is one of the leading causes of blindness in the elderly worldwide. The configuration may worsen along with the ageing of retinal pigment epithelium and BM that finally leads to AMD. Thus, the scaffold-based tissue-engineered retina provides an innovative alternative for retinal tissue repair. The cell and material requirements for retinal repair are discussed including cell sheet engineering, decellularised membrane and tissue-engineered membranes...
February 16, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453060/effect-of-selenium-on-penaeus-monodon-and-perna-viridis-enzyme-activities-and-histopathological-responses
#8
Avula Nagarjuna, Panneerselvam Karthikeyan, Dhandapani Mohan, Shambanagouda Rudragouda Marigoudar
The study was carried out to evaluate enzyme activities and histopathological changes due to the effect of acute and chronic definitive toxicity of selenium (Se) on the post larvae (PL) of giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon), and green mussel (Perna viridis). The 96-h Median Lethal concentration (LC 50 ) for the PL of shrimp was 3.36 mg L -1 and the chronic value for the long-term survival endpoint in a 21-d exposure was 0.10 mg L -1 . The green mussel 96-h LC 50 was 28.41 mg L -1 and the chronic value for the long-term survival endpoint in a 30-d exposure was 3...
February 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452891/effect-of-topical-application-of-2-lidocaine-gel-on-corneal-sensitivity-of-clinically-normal-equine-eyes
#9
Alain Regnier, Iris Berton, Didier Concordet, Jean-Yves Douet
OBJECTIVE: To assess the degree and duration of corneal anaesthesia provided by topical application of a non-ophthalmic 2% lidocaine gel in horses. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental, 'blinded', randomized prospective study. ANIMALS: Twelve adult horses without relevant ocular abnormalities. METHODS: Baseline corneal touch threshold (CTT) measurements were obtained bilaterally by use of a Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer just prior to topical treatment...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452886/shifting-the-igf-axis-an-age-related-decline-in-human-tear-igf-1-correlates-with-clinical-signs-of-dry-eye
#10
Roshni Patel, Meifang Zhu, Danielle M Robertson
OBJECTIVE: The human corneal epithelium expresses both the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) and the IGF-1R/insulin receptor (INSR) hybrid. Despite the previous identification of IGF-1 in human tear fluid, little is known regarding the regulation of IGF-1 in tear fluid and its role in corneal epithelial homeostasis. In the present study, we investigated the impact of biological parameters on the concentration of human tear levels of IGF-1. DESIGN: Tear levels of IGF-1 were measured in 41 healthy, human volunteers without any reported symptoms of dry eye...
February 6, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452570/s1p-transporter-spns2-regulates-proper-postnatal-retinal-morphogenesis
#11
Chao Fang, Ganlan Bian, Pan Ren, Jie Xiang, Jun Song, Caiyong Yu, Qian Zhang, Ling Liu, Kun Chen, Fangfang Liu, Kun Zhang, Chunfeng Wu, Ruixia Sun, Dan Hu, Gong Ju, Jian Wang
Spinster homolog 2 (SPNS2) is the membrane transporter of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), and it participates in several physiologic processes by activating different S1P receptors (S1PRs). However, its functions in the nervous system remain largely unclear. We explored the important role of SPNS2 in the process of retinal morphogenesis using a spns2-deficient rat model. In the absence of the functional SPNS2 transporter, we observed progressively aggravating laminar disorganization of the epithelium at the postnatal stage of retinal development...
February 8, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452453/-personalized-ophthalmology-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-in-vitro-modelling-of-retinal-degenerative-diseases
#12
Caroline Brandl, Bernhard H F Weber
Today, the search for therapeutic options to treat retinal degeneration often relies on an in-depth understanding of the underlying pathological events. Alternatively, it is conceivable to search, in an undirected screening approach, for chemical compounds affecting disease outcome. For both approaches, there is an urgent need for in vitro and, ideally, in vivo disease models that adequately reflect the site of pathology. Currently available animal models possess limitations as they often develop only defined aspects of disease...
February 16, 2018: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452293/genetic-diversity-and-functional-analysis-of-oipa-gene-in-association-with-other-virulence-factors-among-helicobacter-pylori-isolates-from-iranian-patients-with-different-gastric-diseases
#13
Nastaran Farzi, Abbas Yadegar, Hamid Asadzadeh Aghdaei, Yoshio Yamaoka, Mohammad Reza Zali
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is one of the most genetically diverse bacterial pathogens that persistently colonizes the human gastric epithelium. This remarkable genomic plasticity may act as a driving force for successful adaptation and persistence of the bacteria in the harsh gastric environment. Outer inflammatory protein A (OipA) encoded by oipA gene (HP0638/hopH) is a member of the outer membrane proteins (OMPs) of H. pylori involved in induction of IL-8 secretion and is associated with development of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer...
February 13, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452122/ppar%C3%AE-mediated-signalling-regulates-mitochondrial-energy-metabolism-in-human-hair-follicle-epithelium
#14
Yuval Ramot, Majid Alam, Attila Oláh, Tamás Bíró, Leslie Ponce, Jérémy Chéret, Marta Bertolini, Ralf Paus
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452081/chronic-nosema-ceranae-infection-inflicts-comprehensive-and-persistent-immunosuppression-and-accelerated-lipid-loss-in-host-apis-mellifera-honey-bees
#15
Wenfeng Li, Yanping Chen, Steven C Cook
Nosema ceranae is an intracellular microsporidian parasite of the Asian honey bee Apis cerana and the European honey bee Apis mellifera. Until relatively recently, A. mellifera honey bees were naïve to N. ceranae infection. Symptoms of nosemosis, or Nosema disease, in the infected hosts include immunosuppression, damage to gut epithelium, nutrient and energetic stress, precocious foraging and reduced longevity of infected bees. Links remain unclear between immunosuppression, the symptoms of nutrient and energetic stress, and precocious foraging behavior of hosts...
February 13, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451983/reinforcing-mucus-barrier-properties-with-low-molar-mass-chitosans
#16
Sujit Kootala, Luimar Filho, Vaibhav Srivastava, Victoria Linderberg, Amani Moussa, Laurent David, Stéphane Trombotto, Thomas Crouzier
The mucus gel covers the wet epithelia that forms the inner lining of the body. It constitutes our first line of defense protecting the body from infections and other deleterious molecules. Failure of the mucus barrier can lead to the inflammation of the mucosa such as in inflammatory bowel diseases. Unfortunately, there are no effective strategies that reinforce the mucus barrier properties to recover or enhance its ability to protect the epithelium. Herein, we describe a mucus engineering approach that addresses this issue where we physically crosslink the mucus gel with low molar mass chitosan variants to reinforce its barrier functions...
February 16, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451602/synthesis-and-cytotoxic-evaluation-of-1h-1-2-3-triazol-1-ylmethyl-2-3-dihydronaphtho-1-2-b-furan-4-5-diones
#17
Ingrid C Chipoline, Evelyne Alves, Paola Branco, Leticia V Costa-Lotufo, Vitor F Ferreira, Fernando C DA Silva
The 1,2-naphthoquinone compound was previously considered active against solid tumors. Moreover, glycosidase inhibitors such as 1,2,3-1H triazoles has been pointed out as efficient compounds in anticancer activity studies. Thus, a series of eleven 1,2-naphthoquinones tethered in C2 to 1,2,3-1H-triazoles 9a-k were designed, synthesized and their cytotoxic activity evaluated using HCT-116 (colon adenocarcinoma), MCF-7 (breast adenocarcinoma) and RPE (human nontumor cell line from retinal epithelium). The chemical synthesis was performed from C-3 allylation of lawsone followed by iodocyclization with subsequent nucleophilic displacement with sodium azide and, finally, the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition catalyzed by Cu(I) with terminal alkynes led to the formation of 1H-1,2,3-Triazol-1-ylmethyl-2,3-dihydronaphtho[1,2-b]furan-4,5-diones in good yields...
February 15, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451373/regional-structural-and-functional-specialisations-in-the-urethra-of-the-female-rat-evidence-for-complex-physiological-control-systems
#18
Monica Eggermont, Stefan De Wachter, Jane Eastham, James Gillespie
The present study characterises the complex structural and functional elements of the female rat urethra that may be involved in controlling urethral closure and continence. Urethras were dissected from female Sprague-Dawley rats (n=12) euthanized by pentobarbital overdose. Tissues were fixed (4% paraformaldehyde), frozen and sectioned (8μm) for light microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Antibodies were used to detect immunoreactivity to calcitonin gene related peptide, nitric oxide synthase, vesicular acetylcholine transporter and tyrosine hydroxylase...
February 16, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451339/an-indispensable-role-of-androgen-receptor-in-wnt-responsive-cells-during-prostate-development-maturation-and-regeneration
#19
Yongfeng He, Erika Hooker, Eun-Jeong Yu, Huiqing Wu, Gerald R Cunha, Zijie Sun
Androgen signaling is essential for prostate development, morphogenesis, and regeneration. Emerging evidence indicates that Wnt/β-catenin signaling also contributes to prostate development specifically through regulation of cell fate determination. Prostatic Axin2-expressing cells are able to respond to Wnt signals and possess the progenitor properties to regenerate prostatic epithelium. Despite critical roles of both signaling pathways, the biological significance of androgen receptor (AR) in Axin2-expressing Wnt-responsive cells remains largely unexplored...
February 16, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451295/evaluation-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-inos-in-ischemia-reperfusion-gastric-model-bioimpedance-histological-and-immunohistochemical-analyses
#20
Eduardo Peña-Mercado, Mario Garcia-Lorenzana, Elena Arechaga-Ocampo, Claudia H González-De la Rosa, Nohra E Beltran
Gastrointestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) generates pathological alterations that could lead to death. Early ischemic damage markers could be used to guide therapy and improve outcomes. AIM: To relate hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) activation and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression to gastric impedance changes due to I/R damage. METHODS: Experimental animals were randomly distributed into 3 groups: control, ischemia (30 min) and I/R (60 min)...
February 16, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
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