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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340078/image-integration-into-3-dimensional-electro-anatomical-mapping-system-facilitates-safe-ablation-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-originating-from-the-aortic-root-and-its-vicinity
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Mario Jularic, Ruken Özge Akbulak, Benjamin Schäffer, Julia Moser, Jana Nuehrich, Christian Meyer, Christian Eickholt, Stephan Willems, Boris A Hoffmann
Aims: During ablation in the vicinity of the coronary arteries establishing a safe distance from the catheter tip to the relevant vessels is mandatory and usually assessed by fluoroscopy alone. The aim of the study was to investigate the feasibility of an image integration module (IIM) for continuous monitoring of the distance of the ablation catheter tip to the main coronary arteries during ablation of ventricular arrhythmias (VA) originating in the sinus of valsalva (SOV) and the left ventricular summit part of which can be reached via the great cardiac vein (GCV)...
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339772/heterologous-desensitization-of-cardiac-%C3%AE-adrenergic-signal-via-hormone-induced-%C3%AE-ar-arrestin-pde4-complexes
#2
Qian Shi, Minghui Li, Delphine Mika, Qin Fu, Sungjin Kim, Jason Phan, Ao Shen, Gregoire Vandecasteele, Yang K Xiang
Aims: Cardiac β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) signaling is susceptible to heterologous desensitization by different neurohormonal stimuli in clinical conditions associated with heart failure. We aim to examine the underlying mechanism of cross talk between βARs and a set of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) activated by hormones/agonists. Methods and results: Rat ventricular cardiomyocytes were used to determine heterologous phosphorylation of βARs under a series of GPCR agonists...
February 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339300/genetic-manipulation-by-zinc-finger-nucleases-in-rat-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#3
Sheng Yang, Shufang Ding, Qianhua Xu, Xiong Li, Qiong Xiong
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have an extensive application in regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical discovery, and basic research. With the recent derivation of rat iPSCs, it is now feasible to apply genetic manipulation in this species. But such tools do not yet exist for many rat strains, especially for disease model rat. The Sprague Dawley (SD) rat is an inbred disease model for hypertension, nephropathy, pulmonary hypertension, depression, and alcohol consumption. In this study, the SD rat iPSCs were generated using lentiviral method...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335001/fastkd1-and-fastkd4-have-opposite-effects-on-expression-of-specific-mitochondrial-rnas-depending-upon-their-endonuclease-like-rap-domain
#4
Erik Boehm, Sofia Zaganelli, Kinsey Maundrell, Alexis A Jourdain, Stéphane Thore, Jean-Claude Martinou
FASTK family proteins have been identified as regulators of mitochondrial RNA homeostasis linked to mitochondrial diseases, but much remains unknown about these proteins. We show that CRISPR-mediated disruption of FASTKD1 increases ND3 mRNA level, while disruption of FASTKD4 reduces the level of ND3 and of other mature mRNAs including ND5 and CYB, and causes accumulation of ND5-CYB precursor RNA. Disrupting both FASTKD1 and FASTKD4 in the same cell results in decreased ND3 mRNA similar to the effect of depleting FASTKD4 alone, indicating that FASTKD4 loss is epistatic...
March 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334918/adaptive-human-immunity-drives-remyelination-in-a-mouse-model-of-demyelination
#5
Mohamed El Behi, Charles Sanson, Corinne Bachelin, Léna Guillot-Noël, Jennifer Fransson, Bruno Stankoff, Elisabeth Maillart, Nadège Sarrazin, Vincent Guillemot, Hervé Abdi, Isabelle Cournu-Rebeix, Bertrand Fontaine, Violetta Zujovic
One major challenge in multiple sclerosis is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to disease severity progression. The recently demonstrated correlation between disease severity and remyelination emphasizes the importance of identifying factors leading to a favourable outcome. Why remyelination fails or succeeds in multiple sclerosis patients remains largely unknown, mainly because remyelination has never been studied within a humanized pathological context that would recapitulate major events in plaque formation such as infiltration of inflammatory cells...
February 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334907/a-combinatorial-approach-to-identify-calpain-cleavage-sites-in-the-machado-joseph-disease-protein-ataxin-3
#6
Jonasz J Weber, Matthias Golla, Giambattista Guaitoli, Pimthanya Wanichawan, Stefanie N Hayer, Stefan Hauser, Ann-Christin Krahl, Maike Nagel, Sebastian Samer, Eleonora Aronica, Cathrine R Carlson, Ludger Schöls, Olaf Riess, Christian J Gloeckner, Huu P Nguyen, Jeannette Hübener-Schmid
Ataxin-3, the disease protein in Machado-Joseph disease, is known to be proteolytically modified by various enzymes including two major families of proteases, caspases and calpains. This processing results in the generation of toxic fragments of the polyglutamine-expanded protein. Although various approaches were undertaken to identify cleavage sites within ataxin-3 and to evaluate the impact of fragments on the molecular pathogenesis of Machado-Joseph disease, calpain-mediated cleavage of the disease protein and the localization of cleavage sites remained unclear...
March 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334864/coordination-among-tertiary-base-pairs-results-in-an-efficient-frameshift-stimulating-rna-pseudoknot
#7
Yu-Ting Chen, Kai-Chun Chang, Hao-Teng Hu, Yi-Lan Chen, You-Hsin Lin, Chiung-Fang Hsu, Cheng-Fu Chang, Kung-Yao Chang, Jin-Der Wen
Frameshifting is an essential process that regulates protein synthesis in many viruses. The ribosome may slip backward when encountering a frameshift motif on the messenger RNA, which usually contains a pseudoknot structure involving tertiary base pair interactions. Due to the lack of detailed molecular explanations, previous studies investigating which features of the pseudoknot are important to stimulate frameshifting have presented diverse conclusions. Here we constructed a bimolecular pseudoknot to dissect the interior tertiary base pairs and used single-molecule approaches to assess the structure targeted by ribosomes...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334781/auf1-facilitates-microrna-mediated-gene-silencing
#8
Kyung-Won Min, Myung Hyun Jo, Soochul Shin, Sylvia Davila, Richard W Zealy, Soo Im Kang, Lawson T Lloyd, Sungchul Hohng, Je-Hyun Yoon
Eukaryotic mRNA decay is tightly modulated by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and microRNAs (miRNAs). RBP AU-binding factor 1 (AUF1) has four isoforms resulting from alternative splicing and is critical for miRNA-mediated gene silencing with a distinct preference of target miRNAs. Previously, we have shown that AUF1 facilitates miRNA loading to Argonaute 2 (AGO2), the catalytic component of the RNA-induced silencing complex. Here, we further demonstrate that depletion of AUF1 abolishes the global interaction of miRNAs and AGO2...
February 28, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334611/somatosensory-cortex-plays-an-essential-role-in-forelimb-motor-adaptation-in-mice
#9
Mackenzie Weygandt Mathis, Alexander Mathis, Naoshige Uchida
Our motor outputs are constantly re-calibrated to adapt to systematic perturbations. This motor adaptation is thought to depend on the ability to form a memory of a systematic perturbation, often called an internal model. However, the mechanisms underlying the formation, storage, and expression of such models remain unknown. Here, we developed a mouse model to study forelimb adaptation to force field perturbations. We found that temporally precise photoinhibition of somatosensory cortex (S1) applied concurrently with the force field abolished the ability to update subsequent motor commands needed to reduce motor errors...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334110/long-time-no-see-enduring-behavioral-and-neuronal-changes-in-perceptual-learning-of-motion-trajectories-3-years-after-training
#10
Sebastian M Frank, Mark W Greenlee, Peter U Tse
Here, we report on the long-term stability of changes in behavior and brain activity following perceptual learning of conjunctions of simple motion features. Participants were trained for 3 weeks on a visual search task involving the detection of a dot moving in a "v"-shaped target trajectory among inverted "v"-shaped distractor trajectories. The first and last training sessions were carried out during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Learning stability was again examined behaviorally and using fMRI 3 years after the end of training...
February 23, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333442/photoaffinity-ligand-for-the-inhalational-anesthetic-sevoflurane-allows-mechanistic-insight-into-potassium-channel-modulation
#11
Kellie A Woll, Wesley Peng, Qiansheng Liang, Lianteng Zhi, Jack A Jacobs, Lina Maciunas, Natarajan Bhanu, Benjamin A Garcia, Manuel Covarrubias, Patrick J Loll, William P Dailey, Roderic G Eckenhoff
Sevoflurane is a commonly used inhaled general anesthetic. Despite this, its mechanism of action remains largely elusive. Compared to other anesthetics, sevoflurane exhibits distinct functional activity. In particular, sevoflurane is a positive modulator of voltage-gated Shaker-related potassium channels (Kv1.x), which are key regulators of action potentials. Here, we report the synthesis and validation of azisevoflurane, a photoaffinity ligand for the direct identification of sevoflurane binding sites in the Kv1...
March 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333280/hcg-activates-the-erk1-2-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway-in-human-endometrial-stromal-cells-transiently-increasing-the-progesterone-receptor-and-regulating-genes-associated-with-endometrial-receptivity
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Alejandro Tapia-Pizarro, Sebastián Archiles, Felipe Argandoña, Cecilia Valencia, Keyla Zavaleta, María Cecilia Johnson, Reinaldo González-Ramos, Luigi Devoto
STUDY QUESTION: How does hCG signal in human endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) and what is its role in regulating ESC function? SUMMARY ANSWER: CG signaling in ESCs activates the extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 (Erk1/2) pathway through exchange protein activated by cAMP (Epac) and transiently increases progesterone receptor (PR) transcript and protein expression and its transcriptional function. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: hCG is one of the earliest embryo-derived secreted signals in the endometrium, which abundantly expresses LH/hCG receptors...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332745/5-ht4-receptors-facilitate-cholinergic-neurotransmission-throughout-the-murine-gastrointestinal-tract
#13
V Pauwelyn, R A Lefebvre
BACKGROUND: In the gastrointestinal tract of several species, facilitating 5-HT4 receptors were proposed on myenteric cholinergic neurons innervating smooth muscle by in vitro study of the effect of the selective 5-HT4 receptor agonist prucalopride on submaximal cholinergic contractions. This was not yet established in the murine gastrointestinal tract. METHODS: In circular smooth muscle strips from murine fundus, jejunum and colon, contractions were induced by electrical field stimulation in the presence of guanethidine, L-NAME and for colon also MRS 2500...
March 23, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332554/fucoidan-induces-toll-like-receptor-4-regulated-reactive-oxygen-species-and-promotes-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-apoptosis-in-lung-cancer
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Hsien-Yeh Hsu, Tung-Yi Lin, Mei-Kuang Lu, Pei-Ju Leng, Shu-Ming Tsao, Yu-Chung Wu
Fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from brown algae, exhibits anti-cancer activity. However, the effects and mechanism of fucoidan-induced apoptosis via endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is unclear. In this study, we demonstrated that fucoidan prevents tumorigenesis and reduces tumor size in LLC1-xenograft male C57BL/6 mice. Fucoidan induces an ER stress response by activating the PERK-ATF4-CHOP pathway, resulting in apoptotic cell death in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, ATF4 knockdown abolishes fucoidan-induced CHOP expression and rescues cell viability...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332312/antitumor-activity-of-chlpmab-2-a-human-mouse-chimeric-cancer-specific-antihuman-podoplanin-antibody-via-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity
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Mika K Kaneko, Shinji Yamada, Takuro Nakamura, Shinji Abe, Yasuhiko Nishioka, Akiko Kunita, Masashi Fukayama, Yuki Fujii, Satoshi Ogasawara, Yukinari Kato
Human podoplanin (hPDPN), a platelet aggregation-inducing transmembrane glycoprotein, is expressed in different types of tumors, and it binds to C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC-2). The overexpression of hPDPN is involved in invasion and metastasis. Anti-hPDPN monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) such as NZ-1 have shown antitumor and antimetastatic activities by binding to the platelet aggregation-stimulating (PLAG) domain of hPDPN. Recently, we developed a novel mouse anti-hPDPN mAb, LpMab-2, using the cancer-specific mAb (CasMab) technology...
March 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332126/klotho-suppresses-high-phosphate-induced-osteogenic-responses-in-human-aortic-valve-interstitial-cells-through-inhibition-of-sox9
#16
Fei Li, Qingzhou Yao, Lihua Ao, Joseph C Cleveland, Nianguo Dong, David A Fullerton, Xianzhong Meng
Elevated level of blood phosphate (Pi) associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor of aortic valve calcification. Aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) display osteogenic responses to high Pi although the underlying mechanism is incompletely understood. Sox9 is a pro-chondrogenic factor and may play a role in ectopic tissue calcification. Circulating and kidney levels of Klotho are reduced in patients with CKD. We hypothesized that Sox9 mediates high Pi-induced osteogenic responses in human AVICs and that Klotho inhibits the responses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332063/decreased-interaction-between-zo-1-and-occludin-is-involved-in-alteration-of-tight-junctions-in-transplanted-epiphora-submandibular-glands
#17
Chong Ding, Xin Cong, Xue-Ming Zhang, Sheng-Lin Li, Li-Ling Wu, Guang-Yan Yu
Tight junctions (TJs) in salivary epithelium play an important role in regulating saliva secretion. Autologous transplantation of submandibular glands (SMGs) is an effective method to treat severe dry eye syndrome. However, epiphora occurs in some patients 6 months after transplantation. We previously found that the acinar TJs are enlarged in rabbit SMGs after long-term transplantation, but the exact TJ components involved in the epiphora are still unknown. Here, we found that the mRNA and protein expression of ZO-1 and occludin were increased in the transplanted SMGs obtained from epiphora patients, while other TJs were unchanged...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331531/an-integrative-systematic-framework-helps-to-reconstruct-skeletal-evolution-of-glass-sponges-porifera-hexactinellida
#18
Martin Dohrmann, Christopher Kelley, Michelle Kelly, Andrzej Pisera, John N A Hooper, Henry M Reiswig
BACKGROUND: Glass sponges (Class Hexactinellida) are important components of deep-sea ecosystems and are of interest from geological and materials science perspectives. The reconstruction of their phylogeny with molecular data has only recently begun and shows a better agreement with morphology-based systematics than is typical for other sponge groups, likely because of a greater number of informative morphological characters. However, inconsistencies remain that have far-reaching implications for hypotheses about the evolution of their major skeletal construction types (body plans)...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331181/multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-act-as-a-chemokine-and-recruit-macrophages-by-activating-the-plc-ip3-crac-channel-signaling-pathway
#19
Hui Li, Xiao-Qiu Tan, Li Yan, Bo Zeng, Jie Meng, Hai-Yan Xu, Ji-Min Cao
The impact of nanomaterials on immune cells is gaining attention but is not well documented. Here, we report a novel stimulating effect of carboxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (c-MWCNTs) on the migration of macrophages and uncover the underlying mechanisms, especially the upstream signaling, using a series of techniques including transwell migration assay, patch clamp, ELISA and confocal microscopy. c-MWCNTs dramatically stimulated the migration of RAW264.7 macrophages when endocytosed, and this effect was abolished by inhibiting phospholipase C (PLC) with U-73122, antagonizing the IP3 receptor with 2-APB, and blocking calcium release-activated calcium (CRAC) channels with SK&F96365...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331100/microrna-434-3p-regulates-age-related-apoptosis-through-eif5a1-in-the-skeletal-muscle
#20
Patricia S Pardo, Ameena Hajira, Aladin M Boriek, Junaith S Mohamed
Sarcopenia is caused by increased activation of catabolic pathways, including apoptosis. However, the mechanism underlying sarcopenia is not well understood. We report that aging alters miRNA expression profile as evidenced by miRNA microarray and real-time PCR. Our data show that miR-434-3p is highly downregulated miRNA in skeletal muscles of the aging mouse and provided the first evidence that miR-434 is a novel regulator of apoptosis. Myocytes transfected with miR-434-3p mimic prevents apoptosis induced by various apoptotic stimuli, and that inhibitory role of miR-434-3p was abolished by its antagomir, suggesting a role for miR-434-3p in apoptosis...
March 22, 2017: Aging
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