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Gyo Eun Gu, Chul Soon Park, Hyun-Ju Cho, Tai Hwan Ha, Joonwon Bae, Oh Seok Kwon, Jeong-Soo Lee, Chang-Soo Lee
Fluorescent polydopamine nanoparticles (FPNPs) are prepared via the ethylenediamine (EDA)-induced degradation of as-prepared non-fluorescent polydopamine (PDA) and used for targeted bioimaging. The reductive treatment of PDA in the presence of EDA yields fluorescent precipitates, inspiring us to seek various biological approaches to preparing FPNPs with excellent optical and biocompatible properties. Moreover, we firstly found that FPNPs selectively label neuromast hair cells in the lateral line of zebrafish, their applications as a reliable fluorescent indicator to investigate the neuromast hair cells, to in turn determine the viability of hair cells, was demonstrated...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lars Edvinsson, János Tajti, Levente Szalárdy, László Vécsei
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide implicated in a wide range of functions, such as nociception and in primary headaches. Regarding its localization, PACAP has been observed in the sensory trigeminal ganglion (TG), in the parasympathetic sphenopalatine (SPG) and otic ganglia (OTG), and in the brainstem trigeminocervical complex. Immunohistochemistry has shown PACAP-38 in numerous cell bodies of SPG/OTG, co-stored with vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and, to a minor degree, with choline acetyltransferase...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Yu Okamoto, Naoko Nishimura, Kazunari Matsuda, Deshani C Ranawakage, Yusuke Kamachi, Hisato Kondoh, Masanori Uchikawa
To elucidate the transcriptional regulation that underlies specification of the otic placode, we investigated the Sox3 downstream enhancer Otic1 of the chicken, the activity of which is restricted to and distributed across the entire otic placode. The 181-bp Otic1 enhancer sequence was dissected into a 68-bp minimal activating sequence, which exhibited dimer enhancer activity in the otic placode and cephalic neural crest, and this was further reduced to a 25-bp Otic1 core sequence, which also showed octamer enhancer activity in the same regions...
March 8, 2018: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Norma de Oliveira Penido, Andy de Oliveira Vicente
Otosclerosis/otospongiosis is a primary osteodystrophy of the otic capsule that affects genetically predisposed individuals and leads to progressive hearing loss. Diagnosis is usually clinical, based on the findings of anamnesis, physical examination, and audiometric evaluation. However, high-resolution computed tomography scan and MRI have played an important role in the diagnosis and therapeutic approach of otosclerosis and in assisting in the differential diagnosis. The therapeutic approach is aimed at preventing, or at least minimizing, disease progression while attempting to restore hearing...
April 2018: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Thomas A Babcock, Xue Zhong Liu
Over the past several years, with the evolution of genetic and molecular research, several etiologic factors have been implicated in the pathogenesis of otosclerosis. Overall, current evidence suggests that otosclerosis is a complex disease with a variety of potential pathways contributing to the development of abnormal bone remodeling in the otic capsule. These pathways involved in the pathogenesis of otosclerosis are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors.
April 2018: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Xiao Han, Haibo Xie, Yadong Wang, Chengtian Zhao
Radial spokes are structurally conserved, macromolecular complexes that are essential for the motility of 9 + 2 motile cilia. In Chlamydomonas species, mutations in radial spoke proteins result in ciliary motility defects. However, little is known about the function of radial spoke proteins during embryonic development. Here, we investigated the role of a novel radial spoke protein, leucine-rich repeat containing protein 23 (Lrrc23), during zebrafish embryonic development. Mutations in lrrc23 resulted in a selective otolith formation defect during early ear development...
February 22, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Sarah Ehling, Ronald E Baynes, Wolfgang Bäumer
OBJECTIVE To determine the pharmacokinetics of florfenicol, terbinafine, and betamethasone acetate after topical application to canine auricular skin and the influence of synthetic canine cerumen on pharmacokinetics. SAMPLE Auricular skin from 6 euthanized shelter dogs (3 females and 3 neutered males with no visible signs of otitis externa). PROCEDURES Skin adjacent to the external opening of the ear canal was collected and prepared for use in a 2-compartment flow-through diffusion cell system to evaluate penetration of an otic gel containing florfenicol, terbinafine, and betamethasone acetate over a 24-hour period...
March 2018: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Chang Xue, Hai Hong Wang, Jun Zhu, Jun Zhou
Transcriptional cofactor Vestigial-like 4 (VGLL4) was considered to take part in the early stage of development. Different from human, three paralogs of vgll4 were found in zebrafish, which were vgll4a, vgll4b and vgll4l. However, the expression patterns of the three paralogs during zebrafish development remains unknown. In this study, we used in situ hybridization to elucidate the temporal and spatial expression of zebrafish vgll4 paralogs during normal embryonic and larval development. Similar expression was shown in certain areas at similar stages for the three paralogs...
February 14, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
N Hashimoto, K Togami, K Endou, H Onodera, H Tanimoto, S Itagaki, S Chono
OBJECTIVE: The storage stability of serum formulations containing ofloxacin for autologous serum eardrop therapy was evaluated for microbiological quality and component stability. METHODS: Sterile serum formulations were prepared by mixing human serum and ofloxacin otic solution (1:1, v/v). To simulate eardrop contamination with external ear surface substances, prepared serum formulations were contaminated with a cotton swab that was rubbed sufficiently on the human external ear...
March 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
Mohi Ahmed, Andrea Streit
During development, multipotent progenitor cells must maintain their identity while retaining the competence to respond to new signalling cues that drive cell fate decisions. This depends on both DNA-bound transcription factors and surrounding histone modifications. Here we identify the histone demethylase Lsd1 as a crucial component of the molecular machinery that preserves progenitor identity in the developing ear prior to lineage commitment. While Lsd1 is mainly associated with repressive complexes, we show that in ear precursors it is required to maintain active transcription of otic genes...
February 5, 2018: Development
Chao Zhong, Zhenhuang Chen, Xiaocui Luo, Cuicui Wang, Hui Jiang, Jianzhong Shao, Minxin Guan, Liquan Huang, Xiao Huang, Jinfu Wang
Inner ear hair cells are mechanoreceptors responsible for hearing. Pathogenic defects of hair cell-specific genes are one of the major causes of deafness. The BarH class homeobox gene Barhl1 is a deafness gene expressed in developing hair cells, yet the role of Barhl1 during hair cell development remains poorly understood. In the present study, we first established an in vitro differentiation system to efficiently obtain mouse embryonic stem cell (mESC)-derived hair cell-like cells. Subsequently, a mESC line carrying a targeted disruption of Barhl1 was generated using CRISPR/Cas9 technology and subjected to the established in vitro hair cell differentiation protocol...
January 26, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Joseph E Dohar, Debra Don, Jeffrey Koempel, Chung H Lu, Dean Hakanson, Kenny H Chan
PURPOSE: Otorrhea frequently follows tympanostomy tube (TT) placement. We evaluated otorrhea following single 6mg OTO-201 (OTIPRIO®, ciprofloxacin otic suspension 6%) intraoperative injection into each middle ear in a variety of effusion types and concurrent procedures in children undergoing TT placement. SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: Efficacy based on Medicaid status and safety. BASIC PROCEDURES: In this prospective, 8-week, multicenter, open-label study, 501 patients were enrolled: mean age 2...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Otolaryngology
David Dornbos, H Jeffrey Kim, John A Butman, Russell R Lonser
Importance: von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease-associated central nervous system (CNS) lesions include hemangioblastomas and endolymphatic sac tumors (ELSTs), which are associated with significant neurological morbidity and mortality. Recent studies provide critical new biological, diagnostic, and management insights into these tumors. Observations: Biological features, natural history, clinical findings, and management strategies of VHL disease-associated CNS tumors are reviewed...
January 29, 2018: JAMA Neurology
Duncan M Chadly, Jennifer Best, Cong Ran, Małgorzata Bruska, Witold Woźniak, Bartosz Kempisty, Mark Schwartz, Bonnie LaFleur, B J Kerns, John A Kessler, Akihiro J Matsuoka
Due to the extreme inaccessibility of fetal human inner ear tissue, defining of the microRNAs (miRNAs) that regulate development of the inner ear has relied on animal tissue. In the present study, we performed the first miRNA sequencing of otic precursors in human specimens. Using HTG miRNA Whole Transcriptome assays, we examined miRNA expression in the cochleovestibular ganglion (CVG), neural crest (NC), and otic vesicle (OV) from paraffin embedded (FFPE) human specimens in the Carnegie developmental stages 13-15...
2018: PloS One
Dharmeshkumar Patel, Atsushi Shimomura, Sreeparna Majumdar, Matthew C Holley, Eri Hashino
The histone demethylase LSD1 plays a pivotal role in cellular differentiation, particularly in silencing lineage-specific genes. However, little is known about how LSD1 regulates neurosensory differentiation in the inner ear. Here we show that LSD1 interacts directly with the transcription factor Pax2 to form the NuRD co-repressor complex at the Pax2 target gene loci in a mouse otic neuronal progenitor cell line (VOT-N33). VOT-N33 cells expressing a Pax2-response element reporter were GFP-negative when untreated, but became GFP positive after forced differentiation or treatment with a potent LSD inhibitor...
2018: PloS One
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March 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Yunzi Gou, Shruti Vemaraju, Elly M Sweet, Hye-Joo Kwon, Bruce B Riley
Formation of neural and sensory progenitors in the inner ear requires Sox2 in mammals, and in other species is thought to rely on both Sox2 and Sox3. How Sox2 and/or Sox3 promote different fates is poorly understood. Our mutant analysis in zebrafish showed that sox2 is uniquely required for sensory development while sox3 is uniquely required for neurogenesis. Moderate misexpression of sox2 during placodal stages led to development of otic vesicles with expanded sensory and reduced neurogenic domains. However, high-level misexpression of sox2 or sox3 expanded both sensory and neurogenic domains to fill the medial and lateral halves of the otic vesicle, respectively...
January 17, 2018: Developmental Biology
Yunzi Gou, Jinbai Guo, Kirstin Maulding, Bruce B Riley
Expression of sox3 is one of the earliest markers of Fgf-dependent otic/epibranchial placode induction. We report here that sox2 is also expressed in the early otic/epibranchial placode in zebrafish. To address functions of sox2 and sox3, we generated knockouts and heat shock-inducible transgenes. Mutant analysis, and low-level misexpression, showed that sox2 and sox3 act redundantly to establish a full complement of otic/epibranchial cells. Disruption of pax8, another early regulator, caused similar placodal deficiencies to sox3 mutants or pax8-sox3 double mutants, suggesting that sox3 and pax8 operate in the same pathway...
January 17, 2018: Developmental Biology
Marion F Haug, Matthias Gesemann, Manuela Berger, Stephan C F Neuhauss
Conventional protein kinases - consisting of α, β, and γ family members - play key roles in numerous signal transduction events. Phylogenetic analysis demonstrated the existence of five prkcs (the genes representing PKCs) in zebrafish, two paralogous forms of prkca and -b and one prkcg variant. mRNA expression analysis showed distinct, mainly nervous system specific expression, for all five prkc genes. For prkca and prkcb paralogs prominent expression can be seen in the telencephalon, in diencephalic regions such as the habenula or the optic tectum, in hypothalamic areas and in distinct cerebellar structures...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Julie B Guerin, Diana L Vork, Lourdes Eguiguren, Alexander P Marston, Colin L W Driscoll, Matthew L Carlson, Nancy K Henry, John I Lane
OBJECTIVE: To report the presentation, diagnosis, management, and convalescence of labyrinthine sequestrum (LS) and summarize all previously published cases. PATIENT(S): Eleven-year-old female with LS. INTERVENTION(S): Multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluation and treatment. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Imaging and laboratory findings, medical and surgical treatment. RESULTS: We describe a case of LS secondary to medically recalcitrant suppurative otitis media in an 11-year-old female and review all eight previously reported cases...
March 2018: Otology & Neurotology
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