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Sabina Górska, Ewa Dylus, Angelika Rudawska, Ewa Brzozowska, Dagmar Srutkova, Martin Schwarzer, Agnieszka Razim, Hana Kozakova, Andrzej Gamian
The Bifidobacteria show great diversity in the cell surface architecture which may influence the physicochemical properties of the bacterial cell and strain specific properties. The immunomodulatory role of bifidobacteria has been extensively studied, however studies on the immunoreactivity of their protein molecules are very limited. Here, we compared six different methods of protein isolation and purification and we report identification of immunogenic and immunoreactive protein of two human Bifidobacterium longum ssp...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Zhenping Wang, Nicholas Mascarenhas, Lars Eckmann, Yukiko Miyamoto, Xiaojun Sun, Toshiaki Kawakami, Anna Di Nardo
BACKGROUND: Mast cell (MC) progenitors leave the bone marrow, enter the circulation, and settle in the skin and other tissues. Their maturation in tissues is influenced by the surrounding microenvironment. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that environmental factors play a role in MC maturation in the skin. METHODS: MCs were numerically, phenotypically, and functionally compared between germ-free (GF), SPF, and GF mice reconstituted with microbiota...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
A E Hoban, R D Moloney, A V Golubeva, K A McVey Neufeld, O O'Sullivan, E Patterson, C Stanton, T G Dinan, G Clarke, J F Cryan
Gut microbiota colonization is a key event for host physiology that occurs early in life. Disruption of this process leads to altered brain development which ultimately manifests as changes in brain function and behaviour in adulthood. Studies using germ-free mice highlight the extreme impact on brain health that results from life without commensal microbes, however the impact of microbiota disturbances occurring in adulthood is less studied. To this end, we depleted the gut microbiota of 10-week-old male Sprague Dawley rats via chronic antibiotic treatment...
October 11, 2016: Neuroscience
Yutaka Sugi, Kyoko Takahashi, Kenta Kurihara, Kazuaki Nakata, Hikari Narabayashi, Yuji Hamamoto, Makoto Suzuki, Masato Tsuda, Shigemasa Hanazawa, Akira Hosono, Shuichi Kaminogawa
Immune responses against gut microbiota should be minimized to avoid unnecessary inflammation at mucosal surface. In this study, we analyzed the expression patterns of Toll-interacting protein (Tollip), an inhibitor of TLRs and IL-1 family cytokine-related intracellular signaling, in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs). Comparable mRNA expression was observed in murine small and large IECs (S-IECs and L-IECs). However, Tollip protein was only detected in L-IECs, but not in S-IECs. Similar results were obtained in germ-free mice, indicating that L-IEC-specific TOLLIP expression does not depend on bacterial colonization...
2016: PloS One
Jin Xiao, Yonghwi Moon, Lihua Li, Elena Rustchenko, Hironao Wakabayashi, Xiaoyi Zhao, Changyong Feng, Steven R Gill, Sean McLaren, Hans Malmstrom, Yanfang Ren, Robert Quivey, Hyun Koo, Dorota T Kopycka-Kedzierawski
INTRODUCTION: Candida albicans has been detected together with Streptococcus mutans in high numbers in plaque-biofilm from children with early childhood caries (ECC). The goal of this study was to examine the C. albicans carriage in children with severe early childhood caries (S-ECC) and the maternal relatedness. METHODS: Subjects in this pilot cross-sectional study were recruited based on a convenient sample. DMFT(S)/dmft(s) caries and plaque scores were assessed during a comprehensive oral exam...
2016: PloS One
Valeriy A Poroyko, Alba Carreras, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Ahamed A Khalyfa, Vanessa Leone, Eduard Peris, Isaac Almendros, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Zhuanhong Qiao, Nathaniel Hubert, Ramon Farré, Eugene B Chang, David Gozal
Chronic sleep fragmentation (SF) commonly occurs in human populations, and although it does not involve circadian shifts or sleep deprivation, it markedly alters feeding behaviors ultimately promoting obesity and insulin resistance. These symptoms are known to be related to the host gut microbiota. Mice were exposed to SF for 4 weeks and then allowed to recover for 2 weeks. Taxonomic profiles of fecal microbiota were obtained prospectively, and conventionalization experiments were performed in germ-free mice...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
F Kent Hamra
Knowledge gaps persist on signaling pathways and metabolic states in germ cells sufficient to support spermatogenesis independent of a somatic environment. Consequently, methods to culture mammalian stem cells through spermatogenesis in defined systems have not been established. Lack of success at culturing mammalian stem cells through spermatogenesis in defined systems reflects an inability to experimentally recapitulate biochemical events that develop in germ cells during a seminiferous epithelial cycle. Complex germ and somatic cell associations that develop each seminiferous epithelial cycle support such a hypothesis, conceivably explaining why highly pure mammalian spermatogonia have not developed into meiosis, much less through meiosis without somatic cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Zuzana Sestakova, Katarina Kalavska, Lenka Hurbanova, Dana Jurkovicova, Jan Gursky, Michal Chovanec, Daniela Svetlovska, Vera Miskovska, Jana Obertova, Patrik Palacka, Katarina Rejlekova, Zuzana Sycova-Mila, Silvia Cingelova, Stanislav Spanik, Jozef Mardiak, Miroslav Chovanec, Michal Mego
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are extraordinarily sensitive to cisplatin (CDDP)-based chemotherapy. DNA damage represents one of the most important factors contributing to toxic effects of CDDP-based chemotherapy. This study was aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of DNA damage level in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from chemo-naïve GCT patients. PBLs isolated from 59 chemotherapy-naïve GCT patients were included into this prospective study. DNA damage levels in PBLs were evaluated by the Comet assay and scored as percentage tail DNA by the Metafer-MetaCyte analyzing software...
October 7, 2016: Oncotarget
H Diao, H L Yan, Y Xiao, B Yu, J Yu, J He, P Zheng, B H Zeng, H Wei, X B Mao, D W Chen
BACKGROUND: The present study was conducted to compare the differences in gut microbiota composition and gut-phenotypes among pig breeds, and determine whether these differences would transmit to mice colonized with fecal microbiota of different pig breeds. A total of 24 1-day-old germ-free BALB/C mice were divided into 3 groups (TFM, YFM and RFM), which were transplanted with intact fecal microbiota of Tibetan pig (TP), Yorkshire pig (YP) and Rongchang pig (RP), respectively. RESULTS: Results showed that different pig breeds exhibited distinct gut microbiota profile based on high-throughput pyrosequencing...
October 11, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Pedro Zubizarreta, Ana Rossa, Marcela Bailez, Silvia Gil, Adriana Rose, Walter Cacciavillano
Between September 1995 and December 2010, 99 new consecutive assessable patients with extra-cranial MGCT were treated according to SFOP/SFCE TGM95 Protocol. A "watch and wait" strategy for completely resected stage I-II was observed in cases with preoperative high tumor markers levels. Metastatic disease or alpha fetoprotein levels > 15 000 ng/ml cases were treated by VIP chemotherapy (etoposide, ifosfamide and CDDP) 4-6-courses. All other cases were treated by VBP (vinblastine, bleomycin, and CDDP) 3-5 courses...
2016: Medicina
Elisabeth Schrumpf, Martin Kummen, Laura Valestrand, Thomas U Greiner, Kristian Holm, Velmurugesan Arulampalam, Henrik M Reims, John Baines, Fredrik Bäckhed, Tom H Karlsen, Richard S Blumberg, Johannes R Hov, Espen Melum
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A strong association between human inflammatory biliary diseases and gut inflammation has led to the hypothesis that gut microbes and lymphocytes activated in the intestine play a role in biliary inflammation. The NOD.c3c4 mouse model develops spontaneous biliary inflammation in extra- and intra-hepatic bile ducts. We aimed to clarify the role of the gut microbiota in the biliary disease of NOD.c3c4 mice. METHODS: We sampled cecal content and mucosa from conventionally raised (CONV-R) NOD...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Roy Mano, Maria F Becerra, Brett S Carver, George J Bosl, Robert J Motzer, Dean F Bajorin, Darren R Feldman, Joel Sheinfeld
PURPOSE: Fibrosis accounts for approximately 50% of histological findings at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (PC-RPLND), and is associated with reported relapse rates of 10%-15%. We aimed to characterize patients with fibrosis at PC-RPLND, and identify predictors of adverse outcome within this group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of men who underwent PC-RPLND between 1989-2013 with histological findings of necrosis/fibrosis...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Urology
W J Yang, Z Yu, R Lyu, Z J Li, H Li, W J Xiong, S H Yi, W Liu, L G Qiu
Objective: To investigate the IGHV mutational status and its differences from Caucasian in splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL). Methods: A retrospective study on 40 SMZL cases were performed to detect the V-D-J sequence of IGHV by plasmid cloning sequencing, comparing the data with the most homologous germ line V sequence in database, identifying the stereotype of patients through cluster analysis and alignment. The clinical and laboratory characteristics were compared between the patients with IGHV mutation and without mutations...
September 14, 2016: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Zhao Zhang, Emre Turer, Xiaohong Li, Xiaoming Zhan, Mihwa Choi, Miao Tang, Amanda Press, Steven R Smith, Adeline Divoux, Eva Marie Y Moresco, Bruce Beutler
We describe a metabolic disorder characterized by lipodystrophy, hepatic steatosis, insulin resistance, severe diabetes, and growth retardation observed in mice carrying N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea (ENU)-induced mutations. The disorder was ascribed to a mutation of kelch repeat and BTB (POZ) domain containing 2 (Kbtbd2) and was mimicked by a CRISPR/Cas9-targeted null allele of the same gene. Kbtbd2 encodes a BTB-Kelch family substrate recognition subunit of the Cullin-3-based E3 ubiquitin ligase. KBTBD2 targeted p85α, the regulatory subunit of the phosphoinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) heterodimer, causing p85α ubiquitination and proteasome-mediated degradation...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
H R S Coelho, C R Berno, G R Falcão, C R Hildebrand, R J Oliveira, A C M B Antoniolli-Silva
Phosphatidylcholine is the main phospholipid present in cell membranes and in lipoproteins, and can interfere with various biological processes. This lipid also has antioxidant activity, and protects against damage caused by free radicals under conditions of ischemia/reperfusion. Therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate toxicogenetic damage caused by twisting of the spermatic cord in ischemia/reperfusion, and whether phosphatidylcholine plays a role in conditions of ischemia/reperfusion in preclinical trials...
August 29, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Faten Fedhila, Samar Rhayem, Habiba Hafsi, Wiem Douira, Raoudha Doghri, Monia Khemiri, Karima Mrad, Ibtissem Bellagha, Bechir Zouari, Sihem Barsaoui
Background Extracranial Germ cell tumors (GCT) are a rare and a heterogeneous group of pediatric cancers but highly curable. Aim We aimed to review management, outcome and prognostic factors that influence overall survival (OS) in a pediatric Tunisian oncologic unit. Methods We retrospectively evaluated between January 1998 and December 2012, 33 patients affected by extracranial germ cell tumors and treated according to TGM95 protocol established by the SFOPin a pediatric Tunisian oncologic unit. Results Patients had a mean age of 57 months (ranges: 1 day-13 years)...
April 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
Katarina Kalavska, Michal Chovanec, Miriam Zatovicova, Martina Takacova, Paulina Gronesova, Daniela Svetlovska, Magdalena Baratova, Vera Miskovska, Jana Obertova, Patrik Palacka, Jan Rajec, Zuzana Sycova-Mila, Zuzana Cierna, Karol Kajo, Stanislav Spanik, Pavel Babal, Jozef Mardiak, Silvia Pastorekova, Michal Mego
Despite the fact that testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) are one of the most chemosensitive solid tumors, a small proportion of patients fail to be cured following cisplatin-based first line chemotherapy. Upregulation of carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) in various solid tumors is associated with poor outcome. The current prospective study investigated the prognostic value of serum CA IX level in TGCTs. In total, 83 patients (16 non-metastatic following orchiectomy with no evidence of disease, 57 metastatic chemotherapy-naïve and 10 metastatic relapsed chemotherapy-pretreated) starting adjuvant and/or new line of chemotherapy and 35 healthy controls were enrolled in the study...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Deep Pooja, Hitesh Kulhari, Madhusudana Kuncha, Shyam Sunder Rachamalla, David J Adams, Vipul Bansal, Ramakrishna Sistla
Oral delivery of anticancer drugs remains challenging despite the most convenient route of drug administration. Hydrophobicity and non-specific toxicities of anticancer agents are major impediments in the development of oral formulation. In this study, we developed wheat germ agglutinin (WGA)-conjugated, solid lipid nanoparticles to improve the oral delivery of the hydrophobic anticancer drug, paclitaxel (PTX). This study was focused to improve the PTX loading in biocompatible lipid matrix with high bioconjugation efficiency...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Hisato Kobayashi, Tasuku Koike, Akihiko Sakashita, Keisuke Tanaka, Soichiro Kumamoto, Tomohiro Kono
Whole-genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing (WG-SBS) is currently the most powerful tool available for understanding genomewide cytosine methylation with single-base resolution; however, the high sequencing cost limits its widespread application, particularly for mammalian genomes. We mapped high- to low-coverage SBS short reads of mouse and human female developing germ cells to consensus sequences of repetitive elements that were multiplied in the respective host genome. This mapping strategy effectively identified active and evolutionarily young retrotransposon subfamilies and centromeric satellite repeats that were resistant to DNA demethylation during the investigated progressive stages of germ cell development...
October 3, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Dragana Stanley, Linda J Mason, Kate E Mackin, Yogitha N Srikhanta, Dena Lyras, Monica D Prakash, Kulmira Nurgali, Andres Venegas, Michael D Hill, Robert J Moore, Connie H Y Wong
Bacterial infection is highly prevalent in patients who have had a stroke. Despite the potential contribution of micro-aspiration in post-stroke pneumonia, we found that the majority of the microorganisms detected in the patients who developed infections after having a stroke were common commensal bacteria that normally reside in the intestinal tracts. In a mouse model of ischemic stroke, post-stroke infection was only observed in mice that were born and raised in specific-pathogen-free facilities; this was not seen in mice that were born and raised in germ-free facilities...
October 3, 2016: Nature Medicine
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