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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222621/lifespan-extension-of-caenorhabditis-elegans-by-butyricicoccus-pullicaecorum-and-megasphaera-elsdenii-with-probiotic-potential
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Gayeung Kwon, Jiyun Lee, Jong-Ho Koh, Young-Hee Lim
Butyricicoccus pullicaecorum and Megasphaera elsdenii inhabit the human intestine and have probiotic potential. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of B. pullicaecorum and M. elsdenii on the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans. They significantly (P < 0.05) extended the lifespan of C. elegans compared with Escherichia coli OP50, a standard food for the worm. Analysis of age-related biomarkers such as lipofuscin, body size, and locomotory activity showed that they retarded aging. They all failed to extend the lifespan of daf-12 or dbl-1 loss-of-function C...
December 8, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214314/quantitative-fundus-autofluorescence-in-pseudoxanthoma-elasticum
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Martin Gliem, Philipp L Müller, Johannes Birtel, Myra B McGuinness, Robert P Finger, Philipp Herrmann, Doris Hendig, Frank G Holz, Peter Charbel Issa
Purpose: To quantify lipofuscin-associated fundus autofluorescence in patients with pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), a model disease for Bruch's membrane pathology. Methods: In this prospective, monocenter, cross-sectional case-control study, 49 patients with PXE (mean age: 46 years, range 18-62) underwent quantitative fundus autofluorescence (qAF) imaging with a modified scanning laser ophthalmoscope containing an internal fluorescent reference for normalization of images...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210183/young-plasma-reverses-age-dependent-alterations-in-hepatic-function-through-the-restoration-of-autophagy
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Anding Liu, Enshuang Guo, Jiankun Yang, Yan Yang, Shenpei Liu, Xiaojing Jiang, Qi Hu, Olaf Dirsch, Uta Dahmen, Cuntai Zhang, David A Gewirtz, Haoshu Fang
Recent studies showing the therapeutic effect of young blood on aging-associated deterioration of organs point to young blood as the solution for clinical problems related to old age. Given that defective autophagy has been implicated in aging and aging-associated organ injuries, this study was designed to determine the effect of young blood on aging-induced alterations in hepatic function and underlying mechanisms, with a focus on autophagy. Aged rats (22 months) were treated with pooled plasma (1 ml, intravenously) collected from young (3 months) or aged rats three times per week for 4 weeks, and 3-methyladenine or wortmannin was used to inhibit young blood-induced autophagy...
December 5, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192807/autophagy-in-advanced-low-and-high-grade-tubular-adenocarcinomas-of-the-stomach-an-ultrastructural-investigation
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Rosario Alberto Caruso, Giuseppe Angelico, Eleonora Irato, Rosalba de Sarro, Giovanni Tuccari, Antonio Ieni
Autophagy represents a catabolic process in which cellular protein and organelles are engulfed into autophagosomes, digested in lysosomes and reutilized for the cellular metabolism. In neoplastic conditions, autophagy may act either as a tumour suppressor avoiding the accumulation of damaged proteins and organelles or as a mechanism of cell survival promoting the tumour growth. Although enhanced autophagy has been reported in hypoxic areas of solid tumors, there are only few ultrastructural reports concerning the relationships between autophagy and tumor grade...
December 1, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189906/individual-variability-in-the-structural-properties-of-neurons-in-the-human-inferior-olive
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Joan S Baizer, Keit Men Wong, Chet C Sherwood, Patrick R Hof, Sandra F Witelson
The inferior olive (IO) is the sole source of the climbing fibers innervating the cerebellar cortex. We have previously shown both individual differences in the size and folding pattern of the principal nucleus (IOpr) in humans as well as in the expression of different proteins in IOpr neurons. This high degree of variability was not present in chimpanzee samples. The neurochemical differences might reflect static differences among individuals, but might also reflect age-related processes resulting in alterations of protein synthesis...
November 30, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150629/statistically-strong-label-free-quantitative-identification-of-native-fluorophores-in-a-biological-sample
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Saabah B Mahbub, Martin Plöschner, Martin E Gosnell, Ayad G Anwer, Ewa M Goldys
Bioimaging using endogenous cell fluorescence, without any external biomarkers makes it possible to explore cells and tissues in their original native state, also in vivo. In order to be informative, this label-free method requires careful multispectral or hyperspectral recording of autofluorescence images followed by unsupervised extraction (unmixing) of biochemical signatures. The unmixing is difficult due to the scarcity of biochemically pure regions in cells and also because autofluorescence is weak compared with signals from labelled cells, typically leading to low signal to noise ratio...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149899/selective-depletion-of-microglial-progranulin-in-mice-is-not-sufficient-to-cause-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-or-neuroinflammation
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Terri L Petkau, Natalia Kosior, Kathleen de Asis, Colúm Connolly, Blair R Leavitt
BACKGROUND: Progranulin deficiency due to heterozygous null mutations in the GRN gene are a common cause of familial frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD), while homozygous loss-of-function GRN mutations are thought to be a rare cause of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). Aged progranulin-knockout (Grn-null) mice display highly exaggerated lipofuscinosis, microgliosis, and astrogliosis, as well as mild cell loss in specific brain regions. In the brain, progranulin is predominantly expressed in neurons and microglia, and previously, we demonstrated that neuronal-specific depletion of progranulin does not recapitulate the neuropathological phenotype of Grn-null mice...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145636/localization-and-functional-characterization-of-the-p-asn965ser-n965s-abca4-variant-in-mice-reveal-pathogenic-mechanisms-underlying-stargardt-macular-degeneration
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Laurie L Molday, Daniel Wahl, Marinko Sarunic, Robert S Molday
ABCA4 is a member of the superfamily of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins that transports N-retinylidene-phosphatidylethanolamine (N-Ret-PE) across outer segment disc membranes thereby facilitating the removal of potentially toxic retinoid compounds from photoreceptor cells. Mutations in the gene encoding ABCA4 are responsible for Stargardt disease (STGD1), an autosomal recessive retinal degenerative disease that causes severe vision loss. To define the molecular basis for STGD1 associated with the p.Asn965Ser (N965S) mutation in the Walker A motif of nucleotide binding domain 1 (NBD1), we generated a p...
November 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138683/the-evaluation-of-oxidative-stress-parameters-in-serum-patients-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-treated-with-ii-line-immunomodulatory-therapy
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Bożena Adamczyk, Sławomir Wawrzyniak, Sławomir Kasperczyk, Monika Adamczyk-Sowa
Objectives: The assessment of oxidative stress (OS) in serum relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients treated with II-line immunomodulatory therapy (fingolimod, natalizumab) compared to newly diagnosed patients (de novo group) treated with interferon (IFN) beta and controls. The relationship between OS parameters and gender, age, disease duration, Expanded Disability Status Scale, annualized relapse rate, MRI lesions in patients treated with II-line. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty-one patients with RRMS were enrolled in the study...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098804/fundus-autofluorescence-imaging-in-hereditary-retinal-diseases
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Francesco Pichi, Emad B Abboud, Nicola G Ghazi, Arif O Khan
Fundus autofluorescence (FAF) is a non-invasive retinal imaging modality used in clinical practice to non-invasively map changes at the level of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)/photoreceptor complex and alterations of macular pigment distribution. This imaging method is based on the visualization of intrinsic fluorophores and may be easily and rapidly used in routine patient care. Excessive accumulation of lipofuscin granules in the lysosomal compartment of RPE cells represents a common downstream pathogenic pathway in various hereditary and complex retinal diseases...
November 2, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066281/visualizing-melanosomes-lipofuscin-and-melanolipofuscin-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium-using-serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy
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Andreas Pollreisz, Jeffrey D Messinger, Kenneth R Sloan, Tamara J Mittermueller, Alexandra S Weinhandl, Emily K Benson, Grahame J Kidd, Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, Christine A Curcio
To assess serial section block-face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM) for retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) ultrastructure, we determined the number and distribution within RPE cell bodies of melanosomes (M), lipofuscin (L), and melanolipofuscin (ML). Eyes of 4 Caucasian donors (16M, 32F, 76F, 84M) with unremarkable maculas were sectioned and imaged using an SEM fitted with an in-chamber automated ultramicrotome. Aligned image stacks were generated by alternately imaging an epoxy resin block face using backscattered electrons, then removing a 125 nm-thick layer...
October 21, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058770/suppression-of-red-blood-cell-autofluorescence-for-immunocytochemistry-on-fixed-embryonic-mouse-tissue
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Niteace C Whittington, Susan Wray
Autofluorescence is a problem that interferes with immunofluorescent staining and complicates data analysis. Throughout the mouse embryo, red blood cells naturally fluoresce across multiple wavelengths, spanning the emission and excitation spectra of many commonly used fluorescent reporters, including antibodies, dyes, stains, probes, and transgenic proteins, making it difficult to distinguish assay fluorescence from endogenous fluorescence. Several tissue treatment methods have been developed to bypass this issue with varying degrees of success...
October 23, 2017: Current Protocols in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057298/saposin-b-binds-the-lipofuscin-bisretinoid-a2e-and-prevents-its-enzymatic-and-photooxidation
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Jay Tinklepaugh, Britannia M Smith, Yan Nie, Kelsey Moody, Kris Grohn, Fadi Bou-Abdallah, Robert P Doyle
Vitamin A based bisretinoid accumulation is a major focus in the study of macular degeneration. Whether specific endogenous lysosomal proteins can bind A2E, a pronounced bisretinoid in lipofuscin granules in retinal pigment epithelial cells, and interfere with enzymatic or photoinduced oxidation of such, has not been explored. Herein, using fluorescence and electronic absorption spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, we demonstrate that Saposin B, a critical protein in the degradation of sulfatides and "flushing" of lipids, can bind A2E, preventing its H2O2-dependent enzymatic oxidation by horseradish peroxidase and photooxidation by blue light (λ=450-460 nm)...
June 2017: ChemPhotoChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053125/-ultrastructural-pathology-of-oligodendrocytes-in-the-white-matter-in-continuous-paranoid-schizophrenia-a-role-for-microglia
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N A Uranova, O V Vikhreva, V I Rakhmanova, D D Orlovskaya
AIM: Previously the authors have reported the ultrastructural pathology and deficit of oligodendrocytes in gray and white matter of the prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia. The aim of the study was to determine of the effects of microglia on the ultrastructure of oligodendrocytes in the white matter underlying the prefrontal cortex in continuous schizophrenia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Postmortem morphometric electron microscopic study of oligodendrocytes in close apposition to microglia was performed in white matter underlying the prefrontal cortex (BA10)...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050515/cytologic-and-ultrastructural-findings-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-in-patients-with-chronic-granulomatous-disease
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Mikako Warren, Hiroyuki Shimada
Background Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a hereditary immunodeficiency caused by mutations in genes encoding nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase enzyme complex, which lead to the inability to kill intracellular pathogens. Patients with CGD are susceptible to recurrent bacterial and fungal infections in their early lives. Although the recent survival rate has been significantly improved, early diagnosis is critical to prevent multiple organ impairment. In 1950s, CGD was first described as a disease with recurrent infections and visceral infiltration of granulomas and pigmented histiocytes...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046397/lipid-metabolic-perturbation-is-an-early-onset-phenotype-in-adult-spin-mutants-a-drosophila-model-for-lysosomal-storage-disorders
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Sarita Hebbar, Avinash Khandelwal, Jayashree R, Samantha J Hindle, Yin Ning Chiang, Joanne Y Yew, Sean T Sweeney, Dominik Schwudke
Intracellular accumulation of lipids and swollen dysfunctional lysosomes are linked to several neurodegenerative diseases including lysosomal storage disorders (LSD). Detailed characterization of lipid metabolic changes in relation to the onset and progression of neurodegeneration is currently missing. We systematically analyzed lipid perturbations in spinster (spin) mutants, a Drosophila model of LSD-like neurodegeneration. Our results highlight an imbalance in brain ceramide and sphingosine in the early stages of neurodegeneration, preceding the accumulation of endomembranous structures, manifestation of altered behaviour, and buildup of lipofuscin...
October 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036611/progranulin-mediated-deficiency-of-cathepsin-d-results-in-ftd-and-ncl-like-phenotypes-in-neurons-derived-from-ftd-patients
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Clarissa Valdez, Yvette C Wong, Michael Schwake, Guojun Bu, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Dimitri Krainc
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) encompasses a group of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by cognitive and behavioral impairments. Heterozygous mutations in progranulin (PGRN) cause familial FTD and result in decreased PGRN expression, while homozygous mutations result in complete loss of PGRN expression and lead to the neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL). However, how dose-dependent PGRN mutations contribute to these two different diseases is not well understood...
September 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028687/hyperreflective-deposition-in-the-background-of-advanced-stargardt-disease
#18
Lyam Ciccone, Winston Lee, Jana Zernant, Koji Tanaka, Kaspar Schuerch, Stephen H Tsang, Rando Allikmets
PURPOSE: To describe an unusual manifestation of hyperreflective deposits in the subretinal space in a group of patients with clinically and genetically confirmed Stargardt disease. METHODS: Retrospective review of color fundus, autofluorescence, infrared reflectance, red-free images, and spectral domain optical coherence tomography in 296 clinically diagnosed and genetically confirmed (2 expected disease-causing mutations in ABCA4) patients with Stargardt disease...
October 12, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016530/reabsorption-of-acquired-vitelliform-lesions-in-vitreomacular-disorders-after-vitrectomy
#19
Giulio Bamonte, Andrea Appeltans, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Giuseppe Querques
PURPOSE: To describe cases of reabsorption of subretinal acquired vitelliform material (acquired vitelliform lesion [AVL]) associated with vitreomacular disorders after 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy and peeling of internal limiting membrane. METHODS: Data of consecutive patients who underwent 25-gauge transconjunctival pars plana vitrectomy for vitreomacular disorders at the Department of Ophthalmology of the University Hospital of Brussels (Belgium) were collected...
October 9, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984339/a-unique-immunofluorescence-protocol-to-detect-protein-expression-in-vascular-tissues-tacking-a-long-standing-pathological-hitch
#20
Puneet Gandhi, Richa Khare
OBJECTIVE: Autofluorescence induced interference is one of the major drawbacks in immunofluorescence analysis of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues, as it decreases the signal-to-noise ratio of specific labeling. Apart from aldehyde-fixation induced artifacts; collagen and elastin, red blood cells and endogenous fluorescent pigment lipofuscin are prime sources of autofluorescence in vascular and aging tissues. We describe herein, an optimized indirect-immunofluorescence method for archival formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues tissues and cryo sections, using a combination of 3-reagents in a specific order, to achieve optimal fluorescence signals and imaging...
October 6, 2017: Türk Patoloji Dergisi
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