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Yikai Huang, Wukui Zhao, Congcong Wang, Yaru Zhu, Mengjie Liu, Huan Tong, Yin Xia, Qing Jiang, Jinzhong Qin
Though genetic data suggest that Polycomb group proteins (PcGs) are central chromatin modifiers and repressors that have been implicated in control of embryonic stem cell (ESC) pluripotency, the precise mechanism of PcG complex recruitment remains elusive, especially in mammals. We now report that the first and second MBT repeats of L3mbtl2 are important structural and functional features that are necessary and sufficient for L3mbtl2-mediated recruitment of PRC1.6 complex to target promoters. Interestingly, this region of L3mbtl2 harbors the evolutionarily conserved Pho-binding pocket also present in Drosophila Sfmbt, and mutation of the critical residues within this pocket completely abolishes its interaction with target promoters...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Hein Heidbuchel, Nikolaos Dagres, Matthias Antz, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Patrice Lazure, Suzanne Murray, Céline Carrera, Gerhard Hindricks, Alec Vahanian
Aims: Guideline-adherent treatment is associated with improved prognosis in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients but is insufficiently implemented in clinical practice. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) performed a multinational educational needs assessment study among cardiologists, general practitioners/family physicians (GPs/FPs), and neurologists in order to evaluate knowledge and skills of physicians and system factors related to AF care delivery. Methods and results: A total of 561 physicians (294 cardiologists, 131 neurologists, and 136 GPs/FPs) from six European countries participated...
March 12, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Hitomi Aoki
Rest is a regulator of neuronal development and has been suggested to function in maintaining the pluripotent state of embryonic stem cells (ESCs); however, this remains controversial. Since Rest null mice show embryonic lethality, we herein generated conditional Rest knockout (CKO) models to investigate Rest functions in more detail. Our results revealed that Rest was not necessary for maintaining the pluripotency of ESCs and instead promoted primitive endoderm differentiation. In contrast to the repressive role of Rest in vitro, including ESCs, neural stem cells, and fibroblasts, on the expression of target neural genes, Rest CKO did not affect the in vivo development of brain tissue...
March 13, 2018: Medical Molecular Morphology
C Shivaprasad, Amit Goel, Alice Vilier, Jean-Henri Calvet
Context: Electrochemical skin conductance (ESC) test is a widely accepted objective technique for quantitatively assessing sudomotor dysfunction, which is one of the earliest-detected neurophysiologic abnormalities in diabetic patients with distal symmetric polyneuropathy. Aims: This study aimed to provide normative data for ESC values among healthy Indian participants and assess the potential influence of age, sex, and body mass index (BMI) on ESC measurements...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Fawaz Abomaray, Sebastian Gidlöf, Bartosz Bezubik, Mikael Engman, Cecilia Götherström
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease marked by ectopic growth of endometrial cells. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have immunosuppressive properties that have been suggested as a treatment for inflammatory diseases. Therefore, the aim herein was to examine effects of allogeneic MSC on endometriosis-derived cells in vitro as a potential therapy for endometriosis. MSC from allogeneic adipose tissue (Ad-MSC) and stromal cells from endometrium (ESCendo ) and endometriotic ovarian cysts (ESCcyst ) from women with endometriosis were isolated...
2018: Stem Cells International
Junhao Deng, Yiling Zhang, Yong Xie, Licheng Zhang, Peifu Tang
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an intractable and worldwide difficult medical challenge with limited treatments. Neural stem/progenitor cell (NS/PC) transplantation derived from fetal tissues or embryonic stem cells (ESCs) has demonstrated therapeutic effects via replacement of lost neurons and severed axons and creation of permissive microenvironment to promote repair of spinal cord and axon regeneration but causes ethnical concerns and immunological rejections as well. Thus, the implementation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which can be generated from adult somatic cells and differentiated into NS/PCs, provides an effective alternation in the treatment of SCI...
2018: Stem Cells International
Buqing Ye, Benyu Liu, Liuliu Yang, Xiaoxiao Zhu, Dongdong Zhang, Wei Wu, Pingping Zhu, Yanying Wang, Shuo Wang, Pengyan Xia, Ying Du, Shu Meng, Guanling Huang, Jiayi Wu, Runsheng Chen, Yong Tian, Zusen Fan
Divergent long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) represent a major lncRNA biotype in mouse and human genomes. The biological and molecular functions of the divergent lncRNAs remain largely unknown. Here, we show that lncKdm2b , a divergent lncRNA for Kdm2b gene, is conserved among five mammalian species and highly expressed in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and early embryos. LncKdm2b knockout impairs ESC self-renewal and causes early embryonic lethality. LncKdm2b can activate Zbtb3 by promoting the assembly and ATPase activity of Snf2-related CREBBP activator protein (SRCAP) complex in trans Zbtb3 potentiates the ESC self-renewal in a Nanog-dependent manner...
March 13, 2018: EMBO Journal
Tingting Hu, Mengyun Yao, Xiaoxia Fu, Chaolu Chen, Ruijin Wu
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), as part of environmental contaminants, have been proved to be related to endometriosis. This study is to investigate the effect of PCB 104 on cell migration, invasion and resultant gene expression in endometrial stromal cells (ESCs). Fifty-three specimens of eutopic endometrial tissues were collected from twenty-four women with endometriosis (EU-EMS) and twenty-nine women without endometriosis (EU-NON). Both EU-EMS and EU-NON were divided into the PCB 104 exposure group and the control group according to whether they were exposed to PCB 104...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology Letters
James Fung, Ka-Shing Cheung, Danny Ka-Ho Wong, Lung-Yi Mak, Wai-Pan To, Wai-Kay Seto, Ching-Lung Lai, Man-Fung Yuen
The significance of hepatitis B e-antigen seroclearance (ESC) in the long term is not well defined. The current study aimed to determine the clinical outcomes, the factors and predictive scores for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) seroclearance of a large cohort of patients undergoing ESC. Patients with documented ESC were followed up 3-6 monthly. Baseline characteristics and longitudinal laboratory results were recorded. Predictive scores for HCC (HCC-ESC) and HBsAg seroclearance (HBsAg-ESC) were derived from multivariate Cox regression models...
March 13, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Yangyang Ma, Tong Yu, Yuanxing Cai, Huayan Wang
Derivation of bona fide porcine pluripotent stem cells is still a critical issue because porcine embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not available yet, and most of the culture conditions to maintain porcine induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSCs) are based on conditions for mouse and human iPS cells. In this study, we generated a doxycycline-inducible porcine iPS cell line (DOX-iPSCs) and used it to screen the optimal culture condition to sustain the self-renewal of piPSCs. We found that LIF and b-FGF were required for porcine cell reprogramming, but were not essential cytokines for maintaining the self-renewal and pluripotency of piPSCs...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Tasalak Thonghong, Ole De Backer, Lars Søndergaard
New European guidelines on the management of valvular heart disease-supported by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association of CardioThoracic Surgery (EACTS)-were recently published. Although these guidelines are very comprehensive, these typically are not very inviting to read. In this document, we aimed to distil all the information about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in the new 2017 ESC/EACTS guidelines to the essential and give additional comments on the position of TAVR in 2017...
2018: Open Heart
Dandan Yang, Jing Qiao, Guiying Wang, Yuanyuan Lan, Guoping Li, Xudong Guo, Jiajie Xi, Dan Ye, Songcheng Zhu, Wen Chen, Wenwen Jia, Ye Leng, Xiaoping Wan, Jiuhong Kang
Previous studies have revealed the critical roles of N6-methyladenosine (m6A) modification of mRNA in embryonic stem cells (ESCs), but the biological function of m6A in large intergenic noncoding RNA (lincRNA) is unknown. Here, we showed that the internal m6A modification of linc1281 mediates a competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) model to regulate mouse ESC (mESC) differentiation. We demonstrated that loss of linc1281 compromises mESC differentiation and that m6A is highly enriched within linc1281 transcripts...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Navroop K Dhaliwal, Kamelia Miri, Scott Davidson, Hala Tamim El Jarkass, Jennifer A Mitchell
Cooperative action of a transcription factor complex containing OCT4, SOX2, NANOG, and KLF4 maintains the naive pluripotent state; however, less is known about the mechanisms that disrupt this complex, initiating exit from pluripotency. We show that, as embryonic stem cells (ESCs) exit pluripotency, KLF4 protein is exported from the nucleus causing rapid decline in Nanog and Klf4 transcription; as a result, KLF4 is the first pluripotency transcription factor removed from transcription-associated complexes during differentiation...
March 1, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Shunsuke Kuroki, Yuji Nakai, Ryo Maeda, Naoki Okashita, Mika Akiyoshi, Yutaro Yamaguchi, Satsuki Kitano, Hitoshi Miyachi, Ryuichiro Nakato, Kenji Ichiyanagi, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Hiroshi Kimura, Yoichi Shinkai, Makoto Tachibana
Histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methylation is unevenly distributed in mammalian chromosomes. However, the molecular mechanism controlling the uneven distribution and its biological significance remain to be elucidated. Here, we show that JMJD1A and JMJD1B preferentially target H3K9 demethylation of gene-dense regions of chromosomes, thereby establishing an H3K9 hypomethylation state in euchromatin. JMJD1A/JMJD1B-deficient embryos died soon after implantation accompanying epiblast cell death. Furthermore, combined loss of JMJD1A and JMJD1B caused perturbed expression of metabolic genes and rapid cell death in embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
February 27, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Channabasappa Shivaprasad, Goel Amit, Kolly Anish, Boppana Rakesh, Biswas Anupam, Yalamanchi Aiswarya
AIMS: To investigate the factors associated with abnormal electrochemical skin conductance (ESC) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) and early diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). METHODS: We recruited 523 consecutive patients with T2D (median age: 50 [interquartile range: 16] years; median T2D duration: 4 [5] years). Sudomotor dysfunction was defined as an ESC <60 µS, and DPN as a neuropathy disability score (NDS) ≥6. Logistic regression was performed to determine the predictors of sudomotor dysfunction in patients with DPN...
March 7, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Sandrine Baron, Laetitia Le Devendec, Fabrice Touzain, Eric Jouy, Pierrick Lucas, Claire de Boisséson, Emeline Larvor, Isabelle Kempf
Resistance to extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) is mostly borne by conjugative plasmids. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the characteristics and diversity of ESC resistance plasmids in Escherichia coli from different free-range broiler flocks in France, and their persistence in flocks during rearing. Two hatcheries were selected. Faecal samples from 11 flocks were collected from before their arrival on the broiler production farm up to their slaughter at the end of the rearing period. A selection of 25 E...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Krzysztof Wrzesinski, Stephen J Fey
The recovery of physiological functionality, which is commonly seen in tissue mimetic three-dimensional (3D) cellular aggregates (organoids, spheroids, acini, etc.), has been observed in cells of many origins (primary tissues, embryonic stem cells (ESCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and immortal cell lines). This plurality and plasticity suggest that probably several basic principles promote this recovery process. The aim of this study was to identify these basic principles and describe how they are regulated so that they can be taken in consideration when micro-bioreactors are designed...
March 7, 2018: Bioengineering
S Klischies
The annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is the largest medical congress in Europe for this area of research and took place this year in Barcelona, Spain. The ESC Congress 2017 gathered more than 30,000 registered participants from over 140 countries together to share their knowledge in all cardiovascular fields, from basic science to management and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. The congress comprised 5 days of science and education with over 11,000 abstracts submitted, 500 expert sessions and over 200 exhibiting companies, making it the prime meeting platform for the profession...
December 2017: Drugs of Today
Clara Lopes Novo, Biola-Maria Javierre, Jonathan Cairns, Anne Segonds-Pichon, Steven W Wingett, Paula Freire-Pritchett, Mayra Furlan-Magaril, Stefan Schoenfelder, Peter Fraser, Peter J Rugg-Gunn
Transcriptional enhancers, including super-enhancers (SEs), form physical interactions with promoters to regulate cell-type-specific gene expression. SEs are characterized by high transcription factor occupancy and large domains of active chromatin, and they are commonly assigned to target promoters using computational predictions. How promoter-SE interactions change upon cell state transitions, and whether transcription factors maintain SE interactions, have not been reported. Here, we used promoter-capture Hi-C to identify promoters that interact with SEs in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs)...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Adnan Khan, Saadat Kamran, Georgios Ponirakis, Naveed Akhtar, Rabia Khan, Pooja George, Blessy M Babu, Faiza M Ibrahim, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Beatriz G Canibano, Stacy S Wilins, Dirk Deleu, Ashfaq Shuaib, Rayaz A Malik
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence and severity of neuropathic pain, sudomotor dysfunction and abnormal vibration perception in patients with MS. METHODS: 73 patients with MS and 32 age-matched healthy controls underwent assessment of expanded disability severity score (EDSS), DN4 to assess neuropathic pain, electrochemical skin conductance (ESC) to assess sudomotor function and vibration perception threshold (VPT). RESULTS: Patients with MS had a higher DN4 score (p < 0...
2018: PloS One
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