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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819093/non-seminomatous-germ-cell-tumor-presenting-with-superior-vena-cava-syndrome
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Paolo K Soriano, Muhammad F Iqbal, Omar M Siddiqui, Jeff F Wang, Meghna R Desai
BACKGROUND Primary mediastinal non-seminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs) are aggressive and carry a poor five-year disease free survival rate even with aggressive treatment. We describe a young adult male with primary mediastinal NSGCT presenting with airway obstruction and superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS). CASE REPORT The patient presented with four weeks of nonproductive cough, weight loss, and right-sided pleuritic chest pain. Chest computed topography (CT) imaging demonstrated a right-sided mediastinal mass determined as a yolk sac tumor on biopsy...
August 18, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814662/irgm1-coordinately-regulates-autoimmunity-and-host-defense-at-select-mucosal-surfaces
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Kathleen M Azzam, Jennifer H Madenspacher, Derek W Cain, Lihua Lai, Kymberly M Gowdy, Prashant Rai, Kyathanahalli Janardhan, Natasha Clayton, Willie Cunningham, Heather Jensen, Preeyam S Patel, John F Kearney, Gregory A Taylor, Michael B Fessler
The pathogenesis of primary Sjogren's syndrome (SS), an autoimmune disease that targets the mucosa of exocrine tissues, is poorly understood. Although several mouse models have been developed that display features of SS, most of these are within the larger context of a lupus-like presentation. Immunity-related GTPase family M protein 1 (Irgm1) is an interferon-inducible cytoplasmic GTPase that is reported to regulate autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis. Here, we report that naive Irgm1-/- mice display lymphocytic infiltration of multiple mucosal tissues including the lung in a manner reminiscent of SS, together with IgA class-predominant autoantibodies including anti-Ro and anti-La...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813664/intestinal-dysbiosis-and-biotin-deprivation-induce-alopecia-through-overgrowth-of-lactobacillus-murinus-in-mice
#3
Atsushi Hayashi, Yohei Mikami, Kentaro Miyamoto, Nobuhiko Kamada, Toshiro Sato, Shinta Mizuno, Makoto Naganuma, Toshiaki Teratani, Ryo Aoki, Shinji Fukuda, Wataru Suda, Masahira Hattori, Masayuki Amagai, Manabu Ohyama, Takanori Kanai
Metabolism by the gut microbiota affects host physiology beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Here, we find that antibiotic-induced dysbiosis, in particular, overgrowth of Lactobacillus murinus (L. murinus), impaired gut metabolic function and led to the development of alopecia. While deprivation of dietary biotin per se did not affect skin physiology, its simultaneous treatment with vancomycin resulted in hair loss in specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice. Vancomycin treatment induced the accumulation of L. murinus in the gut, which consumes residual biotin and depletes available biotin in the gut...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813488/role-of-post-chemotherapy-radiation-in-the-management-of-children-and-adolescents-with-primary-advanced-malignant-mediastinal-germ-cell-tumors
#4
Junting Huang, Yuting Tan, Zijun Zhen, Suying Lu, Feifei Sun, Jia Zhu, Juan Wang, Ru Liao, Xiaofei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Primary malignant mediastinal germ cell tumors (MMGCTs) are rare in children and adolescents and have a poorer prognosis than their gonadal counterparts. We report a single institutional experience of a 10-year period of primary advanced MMGCTs treated with chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy in those who had residual mass. METHODS: Children and adolescents with primary advanced MMGCTs between 2005 and 2014 were identified from the Cancer Center, Sun Yat-Sen University...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808158/the-influence-of-the-gut-microbiota-composition-on-campylobacter-jejuni-colonization-in-chickens
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Zifeng Han, Thomas Willer, Li Li, Colin Pielsticker, Ivan Rychlik, Philippe Velge, Bernd Kaspers, Silke Rautenschlein
Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni)-host-interaction may be affected by the host's gut microbiota through competitive exclusion, metabolites or modification of the immune response. To understand this interaction C. jejuni colonization and local immune responses were compared in chickens with different gut microbiota composition. Birds were treated with an antibiotic cocktail (AT) (Experiment 1 and 2) or raised under germ-free (GF) conditions (Experiment 3). At 18 days post hatch (dph), they were either orally inoculated with 10(4) colony forming units (CFU) of C...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802232/the-activity-of-hou-po-da-huang-tang-is-improved-through-intestinal-bacterial-metabolism-and-hou-po-da-huang-tang-selectively-stimulate-the-growth-of-intestinal-bacteria-associated-with-health
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Xing-Yan Liu, Huai-You Wang, Xue-Qing Li, Juan-Juan Wu, Bo-Yang Yu, Ji-Hua Liu
Hou-Po-Da-Huang Tang (HPDHT) was used for the treatment of intestinal tract diseases in China. However, the underlying mechanisms via the intestinal bacteria remain largely unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the metabolism of HPDHT by the human intestinal bacteria and its modulating effect on the intestinal bacteria. As a result, a total of 34 compounds were identified in HPDHT and transformed HPDHT (T-HPDHT). Among them, 12 metabolites were proved to be transformed by human intestinal bacteria...
August 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801232/nlrp6-and-asc-dependent-inflammasomes-do-not-shape-the-commensal-gut-microbiota-composition
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Michail Mamantopoulos, Francesca Ronchi, Filip Van Hauwermeiren, Sara Vieira-Silva, Bahtiyar Yilmaz, Liesbet Martens, Yvan Saeys, Stefan K Drexler, Amir S Yazdi, Jeroen Raes, Mohamed Lamkanfi, Kathy D McCoy, Andy Wullaert
The gut microbiota regulate susceptibility to multiple human diseases. The Nlrp6-ASC inflammasome is widely regarded as a hallmark host innate immune axis that shapes the gut microbiota composition. This notion stems from studies reporting dysbiosis in mice lacking these inflammasome components when compared with non-littermate wild-type animals. Here, we describe microbial analyses in inflammasome-deficient mice while minimizing non-genetic confounders using littermate-controlled Nlrp6-deficient mice and ex-germ-free littermate-controlled ASC-deficient mice that were all allowed to shape their gut microbiota naturally after birth...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795125/the-microbiome-activates-cd4-t-cell-mediated-immunity-to%C3%A2-compensate-for-increased-intestinal-permeability
#8
Karen L Edelblum, Gil Sharon, Gurminder Singh, Matthew A Odenwald, Anne Sailer, Severine Cao, Sarina Ravens, Irene Thomsen, Kamal El Bissati, Rima McLeod, Chen Dong, Sandeep Gurbuxani, Immo Prinz, Sarkis K Mazmanian, Jerrold R Turner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Despite a prominent association, chronic intestinal barrier loss is insufficient to induce disease in human subjects or experimental animals. We hypothesized that compensatory mucosal immune activation might protect individuals with increased intestinal permeability from disease. We used a model in which intestinal barrier loss is triggered by intestinal epithelial-specific expression of constitutively active myosin light chain kinase (CA-MLCK). Here we asked whether constitutive tight junction barrier loss impacts susceptibility to enteric pathogens...
September 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794899/an-extended-model-for-culture-dependent-heterogenous-gene-expression-and-proliferation-dynamics-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#9
Simon Godwin, Daniel Ward, Elisa Pedone, Martin Homer, Alexander G Fletcher, Lucia Marucci
During development, pluripotency is a transient state describing a cell's ability to give rise to all three germ layers and germline. Recent studies have shown that, in vitro, pluripotency is highly dynamic: exogenous stimuli provided to cultures of mouse embryonic stem cells, isolated from pre-implantation blastocysts, significantly affect the spectrum of pluripotency. 2i/LIF, a recently defined serum-free medium, forces mouse embryonic stem cells into a ground-state of pluripotency, while serum/LIF cultures promote the co-existence of ground-like and primed-like mouse embryonic stem cell subpopulations...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790160/card9-mediates-susceptibility-to-intestinal-pathogens-through-microbiota-modulation-and-control-of-bacterial-virulence
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Bruno Lamas, Marie-Laure Michel, Nadine Waldschmitt, Hang-Phuong Pham, Vassiliki Zacharioudaki, Louise Dupraz, Myriam Delacre, Jane M Natividad, Gregory Da Costa, Julien Planchais, Bruno Sovran, Chantal Bridonneau, Adrien Six, Philippe Langella, Mathias L Richard, Mathias Chamaillard, Harry Sokol
OBJECTIVE: In association with innate and adaptive immunity, the microbiota controls the colonisation resistance against intestinal pathogens. Caspase recruitment domain 9 (CARD9), a key innate immunity gene, is required to shape a normal gut microbiota. Card9(-/-) mice are more susceptible to the enteric mouse pathogen Citrobacter rodentium that mimics human infections with enteropathogenic and enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Here, we examined how CARD9 controls C. rodentium infection susceptibility through microbiota-dependent and microbiota-independent mechanisms...
August 8, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789710/transplanted-human-fecal-microbiota-enhanced-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-autoantibody-responses-after-campylobacter-jejuni-infection-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Phillip T Brooks, Kelsey A Brakel, Julia A Bell, Christopher E Bejcek, Trey Gilpin, Jean M Brudvig, Linda S Mansfield
BACKGROUND: Campylobacter jejuni is the leading antecedent infection to the autoimmune neuropathy Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which is accompanied by an autoimmune anti-ganglioside antibody attack on peripheral nerves. Previously, we showed that contrasting immune responses mediate C. jejuni induced colitis and autoimmunity in interleukin-10 (IL-10)-deficient mice, dependent upon the infecting strain. Strains from colitis patients elicited T helper 1 (TH1)-dependent inflammatory responses while strains from GBS patients elicited TH2-dependent autoantibody production...
August 8, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789560/milk-fermented-by-lactobacillus-species-from-brazilian-artisanal-cheese-protect-germ-free-mice-against-salmonella-typhimurium-infection
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L B Acurcio, S H C Sandes, R W Bastos, F M Sant'anna, S H S P Pedroso, D C Reis, Á C Nunes, G D Cassali, M R Souza, J R Nicoli
Ingestion of milks fermented by Lactobacillus strains showing probiotic properties is an important tool to maintain gastrointestinal health. In this study, Lactobacillus rhamnosus D1 and Lactobacillus plantarum B7, isolated from Brazilian artisanal cheese, were used as starters for the functional fermented milks to assess their probiotic properties in a gnotobiotic animal model. Male germ-free Swiss mice received a single oral dose of milk fermented by each sample, and were challenged with Salmonella Typhimurium five days afterwards...
August 9, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783147/marrow-ablative-chemotherapy-followed-by-tandem-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-in-pediatric-patients-with-malignant-brain-tumors
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J A Guerra, G Dhall, A Marachelian, E Castillo, J Malvar, K Wong, R Sposto, J L Finlay
To improve survival in young children with malignant brain tumors, irradiation-avoiding or -minimizing marrow-ablative chemotherapy (HDCx) with autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AuHCT) has been investigated. We evaluated the outcome of 44 children with malignant brain tumors treated with HDCx and tandem AuHCT at Children's Hospital Los Angeles between June 1999 and July 2012. Forty-four children with malignant brain tumors were studied. Twenty-one had medulloblastoma/primitive neuro-ectodermal tumor, eight atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (ATRT), five high-grade glioma, four malignant germ cell tumor, three ependymoma and three choroid plexus carcinoma...
August 7, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776953/establishment-of-oral-bacterial-communities-in-germ-free-mice-and-the-influence-of-recipient-age
#14
Yingying Wu, Caroline Westwater, E Xiao, Jôice Dias Corrêa, Wenmei Xiao, Dana T Graves
The acquisition of the oral microbiome is a complex process. We examined how the timing of microbial exposure alters bacterial colonization of the tooth surface. Germ-free mice were conventionalized by exposure to specific pathogen free (SPF) mice to acquire a commensal microbiome over three distinct four week periods, 0-4 weeks of age (Conv0-4w), 4-8 weeks (Conv4-8w), or 8-12 weeks (Conv8-12w). Bacterial DNA was extracted from the tooth surface and analyzed by 16S rDNA sequencing. Total bacteria and inflammatory cytokine expression in gingiva were determined by quantitative real-time PCR...
August 4, 2017: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776758/aerobic-exercise-blocks-interleukin-6-levels-and-germ-cell-apoptosis-in-obese-rats
#15
N-C Li, X-X Wei, Y-L Hu, X Hou, H Xu
To investigate the effect of a high-fat diet and aerobic exercise intervention and its related mechanism on rat germ cell apoptosis. Forty male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control group, high-fat diet group, control exercise group and high-fat exercise group. Rats were fed with high-fat diet or were given weight-free swimming. The levels of TG, TC, HDL, LDL and IL-6 in serum of rats were measured. The body weight, body length and inguinal fat weight were measured to calculate the Lee's index and lipid/body weight ratio...
August 3, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775213/lactobacillus-reuteri-induces-gut-intraepithelial-cd4-cd8%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells
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Luisa Cervantes-Barragan, Jiani N Chai, Ma Diarey Tianero, Blanda DiLuccia, Philip P Ahern, Joseph Merriman, Victor S Cortez, Michael G Caparon, Mohamed S Donia, Susan Gilfillan, Marina Cella, Jeffrey I Gordon, Chyi-Song Hsieh, Marco Colonna
The small intestine contains CD4(+)CD8αα(+) double-positive intraepithelial T lymphocytes (DP IELs), which originate from intestinal CD4(+) T cells through downregulation of the transcription factor ThPOK and have regulatory functions. DP IELs are absent in germ-free mice, suggesting that their differentiation depends on microbial factors. We found that DP IEL numbers in mice varied in different vivaria, correlating with the presence of Lactobacillus reuteri This species induced DP IELs in germ-free mice and conventionally raised mice lacking these cells...
August 3, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763631/an-ultra-effective-method-of-generating-extramultipotent-cells-from-human-fibroblasts-by-ultrasound
#17
Yong Seung Lee, Hyejung Heo, Jonghwan Lee, Sung Ung Moon, Woon Yong Jung, Yong Keun Park, Min Geun Park, Seung-Hun Oh, Soonhag Kim
Multipotent cells have similar basic features of all stem cells but limitation in ability of self-renewal and differentiation compared with pluripotent cells. Here, we have developed an ultra effective, gene- and chemical-free method of generating extra multipotent (xpotent) cells which have differentiation potential more than limited cell types, by the mechanism of ultrasound-directed permeation of environmental transition-guided cellular reprogramming (Entr). Ultrasound stimulus generated a massive number of Entr-mediated xpotent (x/Entr) spheroids from human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) 6 days after treatment...
July 25, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763368/veliparib-monotherapy-to-patients-with-brca-germ-line-mutation-and-platinum-resistant-or-partially-platinum-sensitive-relapse-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-a-phase-i-ii-study
#18
Karina Dahl Steffensen, Parvin Adimi, Anders Jakobsen
OBJECTIVE: A new treatment principle, which seems to radically change the treatment approach in ovarian cancer (OC), has developed over the past few years. Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors work by interfering with mechanisms important to DNA damage repair. Cancer cells that already have defects in the BRCA genes are particularly sensitive to treatment with poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of veliparib in patients with known BRCA1/2 mutations and with a platinum-resistant or intermediate sensitive relapse of OC...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760826/commensal-microbiota-induced-microrna-modulates-intestinal-epithelial-permeability-through-a-small-gtpase-arf4
#19
Kazuaki Nakata, Yutaka Sugi, Hikari Narabayashi, Tetsuro Kobayakawa, Yusuke Nakanishi, Masato Tsuda, Akira Hosono, Shuichi Kaminogawa, Shigemasa Hanazawa, Kyoko Takahashi
The intestinal tract contains many commensal bacteria that modulate various physiological host functions. Dysbiosis of commensal bacteria triggers dysfunction of the intestinal epithelial barrier, leading to the induction or aggravation of intestinal inflammation. To elucidate whether miRNA plays a role in the commensal microbiome-dependent intestinal epithelial barrier regulation, here we compared transcripts in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) from conventional (CV) and germ-free (GF) mice and found that commensal bacteria induced the expression of miR-21-5p in IECs...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760163/stable-engraftment-of-human-microbiota-into-mice-with-a-single-oral-gavage-following-antibiotic-conditioning
#20
Christopher Staley, Thomas Kaiser, Lalit K Beura, Matthew J Hamilton, Alexa R Weingarden, Aleh Bobr, Johnthomas Kang, David Masopust, Michael J Sadowsky, Alexander Khoruts
BACKGROUND: Human microbiota-associated (HMA) animal models relying on germ-free recipient mice are being used to study the relationship between intestinal microbiota and human disease. However, transfer of microbiota into germ-free animals also triggers global developmental changes in the recipient intestine, which can mask disease-specific attributes of the donor material. Therefore, a simple model of replacing microbiota into a developmentally mature intestinal environment remains highly desirable...
August 1, 2017: Microbiome
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