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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933305/robust-generation-of-transgenic-mice-by-simple-hypotonic-solution-mediated-delivery-of-transgene-in-testicular-germ-cells
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Abul Usmani, Nirmalya Ganguli, Subodh K Jain, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Mayank Choubey, Mansi Shukla, Hironmoy Sarkar, Subeer S Majumdar
Our ability to decipher gene sequences has increased enormously with the advent of modern sequencing tools, but the ability to divulge functions of new genes have not increased correspondingly. This has caused a remarkable delay in functional interpretation of several newly found genes in tissue and age specific manner, limiting the pace of biological research. This is mainly due to lack of advancements in methodological tools for transgenesis. Predominantly practiced method of transgenesis by pronuclear DNA-microinjection is time consuming, tedious, and requires highly skilled persons for embryo-manipulation...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933058/skewed-lung-ccr4-to-ccr6-cd4-t-cell-ratio-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-is-associated-with-pulmonary-function
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Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Cara L Hrusch, Catherine A Bonham, Mohammad R Jaffery, Kelly M Blaine, Meghan Sullivan, Matthew M Churpek, Mary E Strek, Imre Noth, Anne I Sperling
RATIONALE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive, fatal lung disease. While it has been suggested that T cells may contribute to IPF pathogenesis, these studies have focused primarily on T cells outside of the pulmonary interstitium. Thus, the role of T cells in the diseased lung tissue remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To identify whether specific CD4(+) T cell subsets are differentially represented in lung tissue from patients with IPF. METHODS: CD4(+) T cell subsets were measured in lung tissue obtained from patients with IPF at the time of lung transplantation, and from age- and gender-matched organ donors with no known lung disease...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932976/melatonin-and-nitrones-as-potential-therapeutic-agents-for-stroke
#3
Alejandro Romero, Eva Ramos, Paloma Patiño, Maria J Oset-Gasque, Francisco López-Muñoz, José Marco-Contelles
Stroke is a disease of aging affecting millions of people worldwide, and recombinant tissue-type plasminogen activator (r-tPA) is the only treatment approved. However, r-tPA has a low therapeutic window and secondary effects which limit its beneficial outcome, urging thus the search for new more efficient therapies. Among them, neuroprotection based on melatonin or nitrones, as free radical traps, have arisen as drug candidates due to their strong antioxidant power. In this Perspective article, an update on the specific results of the melatonin and several new nitrones are presented...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931223/pattern-and-prognostic-value-of-cardiac-involvement-in-patients-with-late-onset-pompe-disease-a-comprehensive-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach
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Matthias Boentert, Anca Florian, Bianca Dräger, Peter Young, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Pompe disease is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the lysosomal α-1,4-glucosidase leading to accumulation of glycogen in target tissues with progressive organ failure. While the early infantile-onset form is characterized by early severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with cardiac and respiratory failure, clinically relevant cardiomyopathy seems to be uncommon in patients with late-onset Pompe disease, and the prevalence and nature of myocardial abnormalities are still to be clarified...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930914/a-high-fat-diet-induced-decrease-in-hippocampal-newly-born-neurons-of-male-mice-is-exacerbated-by-mild-psychological-stress-using-a-communication-box
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Yusuke Murata, Yukiyasu Narisawa, Rima Shimono, Hiraku Ohmori, Masayoshi Mori, Kenji Ohe, Kazunori Mine, Munechika Enjoji
BACKGROUND: Obese persons have a higher incidence of depression than healthy-weight persons. Several studies indicated that the exposure to a high fat diet (HFD) results in a decrease in hippocampal neurogenesis, which leads to higher stress response and stress-induced depression. Although stress is a risk factor for obesity and depression, no studies to date have investigated the effect of stress on the hippocampal neurogenesis of HFD-induced obese animals. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether or not obese HFD-fed mice are vulnerable to stress-induced depression by investigating hippocampal neurogenesis...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928257/evaluating-the-correlation-between-serum-nt-probnp-level-and-diastolic-dysfunction-severity-in-beta-thalassemia-major-patients
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Behzad Alizadeh, Zahra Badiee, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Mahsa Mohajery
Background: N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a sensitive biomarker for the detection of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Since β-thalassemia major patients suffer from early diastolic dysfunction due to iron deposition of chronic blood transfusion, we tried to evaluate the correlation between the serum NT-proBNP level and the severity of LV diastolic dysfunction determined by echocardiography in these patients. Methods: Fifty β-thalassemia major patients with normal LV systolic function were studied by tissue Doppler echocardiography, and blood samples were taken at the same time to measure the serum NT-proBNP level...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926461/long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-regulation-of-ppars-signaling-relationship-to-tissue-development-and-aging
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Francisca Echeverría, Macarena Ortiz, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis A Videla
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors that function as ligand-dependent transcription factors that can be activated by different types of fatty acids (FAs). Three isoforms of PPARs have been identify, namely, PPARα, PPARβ/δ, and PPARγ, which are able to bind long-chain polyunsaturated FAs (LCPUFAs), n-3 LCPUFAs being bound with greater affinity to achieve activation. FA binding induces a conformational change of the nuclear receptors, triggering the transcription of specific genes including those encoding for various metabolic and cellular processes such as FA β-oxidation and adipogenesis, thus representing key mediators of lipid homeostasis...
November 2016: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925349/hepatitis-c-viremia-reversibly-maintains-subset-of-antigen-specific-t-bet-tissue-like-memory-b-cells
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Li-Yuan Chang, Yonghai Li, David E Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Chronic antigen exposure and/or aging increases the frequency of T-box expressed in T cells (T-bet)-expressing B-lymphocytes in mice. The frequency and significance of B-cell T-bet expression during chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection in human subjects has never been described. METHODS: Healthy controls, cirrhotic and non-cirrhotic HCV-infected patients, and non-HCV patients with cirrhosis were recruited. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were phenotyped for expression of T-bet and related markers by flow cytometry...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920333/accuracy-and-reproducibility-using-patient-specific-instrumentation-in-total-ankle-arthroplasty
#9
Justin Daigre, Gregory Berlet, Bryan Van Dyke, Kyle S Peterson, Robert Santrock
BACKGROUND: Implant survivorship is dependent on accuracy of implantation and successful soft tissue balancing. System instrumentation for total ankle arthroplasty implantation has a key influence on surgeon accuracy and reproducibility. The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy and reproducibility of implant position with patient-specific guides for total ankle arthroplasty across multiple surgeons at multiple facilities. METHODS: This retrospective, multicenter study included 44 patients who received a total ankle implant (INBONE II Total Ankle System; Wright Medical Technology, Memphis, TN) using PROPHECY patient-specific guides from January 2012 to December 2014...
December 5, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919074/epigenetic-stress-responses-induce-muscle-stem-cell-ageing-by-hoxa9-developmental-signals
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Simon Schwörer, Friedrich Becker, Christian Feller, Ali H Baig, Ute Köber, Henriette Henze, Johann M Kraus, Beibei Xin, André Lechel, Daniel B Lipka, Christy S Varghese, Manuel Schmidt, Remo Rohs, Ruedi Aebersold, Kay L Medina, Hans A Kestler, Francesco Neri, Julia von Maltzahn, Stefan Tümpel, K Lenhard Rudolph
The functionality of stem cells declines during ageing, and this decline contributes to ageing-associated impairments in tissue regeneration and function. Alterations in developmental pathways have been associated with declines in stem-cell function during ageing, but the nature of this process remains poorly understood. Hox genes are key regulators of stem cells and tissue patterning during embryogenesis with an unknown role in ageing. Here we show that the epigenetic stress response in muscle stem cells (also known as satellite cells) differs between aged and young mice...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919008/phenotype-analysis-of-male-transgenic-mice-overexpressing-mutant-igfbp-2-lacking-the-cardin-weintraub-sequence-motif-reduced-expression-of-synaptic-markers-and-myelin-basic-protein-in-the-brain-and-a-lower-degree-of-anxiety-like-behaviour
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N Schindler, J Mayer, S Saenger, U Gimsa, C Walz, J Brenmoehl, D Ohde, E Wirthgen, A Tuchscherer, V C Russo, M Frank, T Kirschstein, F Metzger, A Hoeflich
Brain growth and function are regulated by insulin-like growth factors I and II (IGF-I and IGF-II) but also by IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), including IGFBP-2. In addition to modulating IGF activities, IGFBP-2 interacts with a number of components of the extracellular matrix and cell membrane via a Cardin-Weintraub sequence or heparin binding domain (HBD1). The nature and the signalling elicited by these interactions are not fully understood. Here, we examined transgenic mice (H1d-hBP2) overexpressing a mutant human IGFBP-2 that lacks a specific heparin binding domain (HBD1) known as the Cardin-Weintraub sequence...
November 16, 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918961/the-promise-of-subtraction-ictal-spect-co-registered-to-mri-for-improved-seizure-localization-in-pediatric-epilepsies-affecting-factors-and-relationship-to-the-surgical-outcome
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Catherine Stamoulis, Nishant Verma, Himanshu Kaulas, Jonathan J Halford, Frank H Duffy, Phillip L Pearl, S Ted Treves
OBJECTIVE: Ictal SPECT is promising for accurate non-invasive localization of the epileptogenic brain tissue in focal epilepsies. However, high quality ictal scans require meticulous attention to the seizure onset. In a relatively large cohort of pediatric patients, this study investigated the impact of the timing of radiotracer injection, MRI findings and seizure characteristics on ictal SPECT localizations, and the relationship between concordance of ictal SPECT, scalp EEG and resected area with seizure freedom following epilepsy surgery...
November 30, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917303/mir-146a-is-upregulated-during-retinal-pigment-epithelium-rpe-choroid-aging-in-mice-and-represses-il-6-and-vegf-a-expression-in-rpe-cells
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Yi Hao, Qinbo Zhou, Jing Ma, Yun Zhao, Shusheng Wang
PURPOSE: MicroRNA-146a (miR-146a) has been proposed as a marker for age-associated inflammation, or "inflammaging", acting as a negative regulator of cellular senescence and pro-inflammatory signaling pathways. However, the regulation and function of miR-146 during ocular aging remains unclear. Here we propose that miR-146 is regulated during aging of the retina and choroid, and functions in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells to regulate key genes involved in inflammation and angiogenesis...
June 2016: Journal of Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916526/the-mitochondrial-lon-protease-is-required-for-age-specific-and-sex-specific-adaptation-to-oxidative-stress
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Laura C D Pomatto, Caroline Carney, Brenda Shen, Sarah Wong, Kelly Halaszynski, Matthew P Salomon, Kelvin J A Davies, John Tower
Multiple human diseases involving chronic oxidative stress show a significant sex bias, including neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, immune dysfunction, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, a possible molecular mechanism for the sex bias in physiological adaptation to oxidative stress remains unclear. Here, we report that Drosophila melanogaster females but not males adapt to hydrogen peroxide stress, whereas males but not females adapt to paraquat (superoxide) stress. Stress adaptation in each sex requires the conserved mitochondrial Lon protease and is associated with sex-specific expression of Lon protein isoforms and proteolytic activity...
November 23, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916250/viral-serological-and-molecular-data-on-possible-involvement-of-herpes-viruses-in-periodontal-disease
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Cristiana Antipa, Coralia Bleotu, Camelia Grancea, Andreea Oana Rosu, Gabriela Anton, Simona Ruta
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that latent herpes virus infections can be associated with chronic periodontal sites that exhibit a predisposition to disease progression. The aim of this study was to identify the possible relationship between infections with CMV and EBV and the severity of periodontal disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty two patients aged between 27 and 70 years, diagnosed with periodontal disease were enrolled in the study after giving informed consent...
December 2016: Singapore Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914752/utility-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-for-the-diagnosis-of-asbestos-related-diseases
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María Jesús Cruz, Victor Curull, Lara Pijuan, Daniel Álvarez-Simón, Albert Sánchez-Font, Javier de Gracia, Mario Culebras, Jaume Ferrer
INTRODUCTION: Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) analysis has been proposed as an objective technique for confirming asbestos exposure. However, the reliability and diagnostic yield of this procedure has not been studied in Spain. The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of the analysis of asbestos bodies (AB) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for the diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases (ARD). METHODS: BAL samples from 72 patients (66 male, mean age 66 years) undergoing bronchoscopy were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913607/autoimmune-comorbidities-in-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-different-patterns-of-association-in-adulthood-and-childhood-adolescence
#17
R M Ruggeri, F Trimarchi, G Giuffrida, R Certo, E Cama, A Campennì, A Alibrandi, F De Luca, M Wasniewska
OBJECTIVE: Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), the most common autoimmune thyroid disease at any age, is often associated with other autoimmune diseases. The present study was aimed to describe the type and frequency of non-thyroidal autoimmune diseases (NTADs) in HT patients and to delineate the clinical pattern of diseases clustering in pediatric/adolescent and adult age. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: 1053 newly diagnosed HT patients (500 adults (467 F, mean age 40...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913438/quantifying-the-dynamics-of-field-cancerization-in-tobacco-related-head-and-neck-cancer-a-multiscale-modeling-approach
#18
Marc D Ryser, Walter T Lee, Neal E Ready, Kevin Z Leder, Jasmine Foo
High rates of local recurrence in tobacco-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are commonly attributed to unresected fields of precancerous tissue. Because they are not easily detectable at the time of surgery without additional biopsies, there is a need for noninvasive methods to predict the extent and dynamics of these fields. Here, we developed a spatial stochastic model of tobacco-related HNSCC at the tissue level and calibrated the model using a Bayesian framework and population-level incidence data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registry...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911922/nucleic-acid-amplification-testing-and-sequencing-combined-with-acid-fast-staining-in-needle-biopsy-lung-tissues-for-the-diagnosis-of-smear-negative-pulmonary-tuberculosis
#19
Faming Jiang, Weiwei Huang, Ye Wang, Panwen Tian, Xuerong Chen, Zongan Liang
BACKGROUND: Smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is common and difficult to diagnose. In this study, we investigated the diagnostic value of nucleic acid amplification testing and sequencing combined with acid-fast bacteria (AFB) staining of needle biopsy lung tissues for patients with suspected smear-negative PTB. METHODS: Patients with suspected smear-negative PTB who underwent percutaneous transthoracic needle biopsy between May 1, 2012, and June 30, 2015, were enrolled in this retrospective study...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911782/egfr-signaling-is-critical-for-maintaining-the-superficial-layer-of-articular-cartilage-and-preventing-osteoarthritis-initiation
#20
Haoruo Jia, Xiaoyuan Ma, Wei Tong, Basak Doyran, Zeyang Sun, Luqiang Wang, Xianrong Zhang, Yilu Zhou, Farid Badar, Abhishek Chandra, X Lucas Lu, Yang Xia, Lin Han, Motomi Enomoto-Iwamoto, Ling Qin
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disease, characterized by progressive destruction of the articular cartilage. The surface of joint cartilage is the first defensive and affected site of OA, but our knowledge of genesis and homeostasis of this superficial zone is scarce. EGFR signaling is important for tissue homeostasis. Immunostaining revealed that its activity is mostly dominant in the superficial layer of healthy cartilage but greatly diminished when OA initiates. To evaluate the role of EGFR signaling in the articular cartilage, we studied a cartilage-specific Egfr-deficient (CKO) mouse model (Col2-Cre EgfrWa5/flox)...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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