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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750488/serum-microrna-levels-as-a-noninvasive-diagnostic-biomarker-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-liver-fibrosis
#1
Suxia Bao, Jianming Zheng, Ning Li, Chong Huang, Mingquan Chen, Qi Cheng, Kangkang Yu, Shengshen Chen, Mengqi Zhu, Guangfeng Shi
Background/Aims: To investigate the role of selected serum microRNA (miRNA) levels as potential noninvasive biomarkers for differentiating S0-S2 (early fibrosis) from S3-S4 (late fibrosis) in patients with a chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Methods: One hundred twenty-three treatment-naive patients with a chronic HBV infection who underwent a liver biopsy were enrolled in this study. The levels of selected miRNAs were measured using a real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay...
July 28, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747874/the-functioning-of-a-cortex-without-layers
#2
REVIEW
Julien Guy, Jochen F Staiger
A major hallmark of cortical organization is the existence of a variable number of layers, i.e., sheets of neurons stacked on top of each other, in which neurons have certain commonalities. However, even for the neocortex, variable numbers of layers have been described and it is just a convention to distinguish six layers from each other. Whether cortical layers are a structural epiphenomenon caused by developmental dynamics or represent a functionally important modularization of cortical computation is still unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747550/a-tyrosine-kinase-stat5-mir21-pdcd4-regulatory-axis-in-chronic-and-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#3
Anne-Sophie Espadinha, Valérie Prouzet-Mauléon, Stéphane Claverol, Valérie Lagarde, Marc Bonneu, François-Xavier Mahon, Bruno Cardinaud
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are regulators of several key patho-physiological processes, including cell cycle and apoptosis. Using microarray-based miRNA profiling in K562 cells, a model of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), we found that the oncoprotein BCR-ABL1 regulates the expression of miR-21, an "onco-microRNA", found to be overexpressed in several cancers. This effect relies on the presence of two STAT binding sites on the promoter of miR-21, and on the phosphorylation status of STAT5, a transcription factor activated by the kinase activity of BCR-ABL1...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746863/cortical-interneurons-differentially-regulate-the-effects-of-acoustic-context
#4
Elizabeth A K Phillips, Christoph E Schreiner, Andrea R Hasenstaub
Both behavioral and neural responses to sounds are generally modified by the acoustic context in which they are encountered. As an example, in the auditory cortex, preceding sounds can powerfully suppress responses to later, spectrally similar sounds-a phenomenon called forward suppression (FWS). Whether cortical inhibitory networks shape such suppression or whether it is wholly regulated by common mechanisms such as synaptic depression or spike frequency adaptation is controversial. Here, we show that optogenetically suppressing somatostatin-positive (Sst+) interneurons weakens forward suppression, often revealing facilitation in neurons that are normally forward-suppressed...
July 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746852/photo-cross-linking-of-iks-demonstrates-state-dependent-interactions-between-kcne1-and-kcnq1
#5
Maartje Westhoff, Christopher I Murray, Jodene Eldstrom, David Fedida
The slow delayed rectifier potassium current (IKs) is a key repolarizing current during the cardiac action potential. It consists of four KCNQ1 α-subunits and up to four KCNE1 β-subunits, which are thought to reside within external clefts of the channel. The interaction of KCNE1 with KCNQ1 dramatically delays opening of the channel but the mechanisms by which this occur are not yet fully understood. Here, we have used unnatural amino acid photo-cross-linking to investigate the dynamic interactions that occur between KCNQ1 and KCNE1 during activation gating...
July 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745641/automated-analysis-of-a-nematode-population-based-chemosensory-preference-assay
#6
Cynthia M Chai, Christopher J Cronin, Paul W Sternberg
The nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans' compact nervous system of only 302 neurons underlies a diverse repertoire of behaviors. To facilitate the dissection of the neural circuits underlying these behaviors, the development of robust and reproducible behavioral assays is necessary. Previous C. elegans behavioral studies have used variations of a "drop test", a "chemotaxis assay", and a "retention assay" to investigate the response of C. elegans to soluble compounds. The method described in this article seeks to combine the complementary strengths of the three aforementioned assays...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744199/differential-impact-of-mir-21-on-pain-and-associated-affective-and-cognitive-behavior-after-spared-nerve-injury-in-b7-h1-ko-mouse
#7
Franziska Karl, Anne Grießhammer, Nurcan Üçeyler, Claudia Sommer
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are increasingly recognized as regulators of immune and neuronal gene expression and are potential master switches in neuropathic pain pathophysiology. miR-21 is a promising candidate that may link the immune and the pain system. To investigate the pathophysiological role of miR-21 in neuropathic pain, we assessed mice deficient of B7 homolog 1 (B7-H1), a major inhibitor of inflammatory responses. In previous studies, an upregulation of miR-21 had been shown in mouse lymphocytes. Young (8 weeks), middle-aged (6 months), and old (12 months) B7-H1 ko mice and wildtype littermates (WT) received a spared nerve injury (SNI)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742860/prognostic-significance-of-microrna-101-in-solid-tumor-a-meta-analysis
#8
Xianxiong Ma, Jie Bai, Gengchen Xie, Yulin Liu, Xiaoming Shuai, Kaixiong Tao
MicroRNA-101 has been reported as an important factor in carcinogenesis of several malignant tumors. However, its actual role in prognosis among solid malignancies remains unclear. Accordingly, we performed this meta-analysis aiming to identify prognostic significance of miR-101 in solid tumor. Pooled hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for overall survival (OS) or disease-free survival (DFS)/metastasis-free survival (MFS)/progression-free survival (PFS)/relapse-free survival (RFS)/time-to progression (TTP) were estimated with random effects or fixed effects models on the basis of heterogeneity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742513/kallistatin-double-edged-role-in-angiogenesis-apoptosis-and-oxidative-stress
#9
Julie Chao, Pengfei Li, Lee Chao
Kallistatin via its two structural elements - an active site and a heparin-binding domain - displays double-edged function in angiogenesis, apoptosis and oxidative stress. First, kallistatin has both anti-angiogenic and pro-angiogenic effects. Kallistatin treatment attenuates angiogenesis and tumor growth in cancer-bearing mice. Kallistatin via its heparinbinding site inhibits angiogenesis by blocking vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)- induced growth, migration and adhesion of endothelial cells. Conversely, kallistatin via the active site promotes neovascularization by stimulating VEGF levels in endothelial progenitor cells...
July 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742497/causal-role-for-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-interrupting-behavior
#10
Kathryn H Fife, Navarre A Gutierrez-Reed, Vivien Zell, Julie Bailly, Christina M Lewis, Adam R Aron, Thomas S Hnasko
Stopping or pausing in response to threats, conflicting information, or surprise is fundamental to behavior. Evidence across species has shown that the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is activated by scenarios involving stopping or pausing, yet evidence that the STN causally implements stops or pauses is lacking. Here we used optogenetics to activate or inhibit mouse STN to test its putative causal role. We first demonstrated that optogenetic stimulation of the STN excited its major projection targets. Next we showed that brief activation of STN projection neurons was sufficient to interrupt or pause a self-initiated bout of licking...
July 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742402/association-of-il-10-regulating-micrornas-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-with-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
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Yukina Takuse, Mikio Watanabe, Naoya Inoue, Ritsuko Ozaki, Hiroshi Ohtsu, Minori Saeki, Yuka Katsumata, Yoh Hidaka, Yoshinori Iwatani
Interleukin (IL)-10 is known to suppress inflammation in autoimmune diseases. IL-10 can be regulated by miRNAs. To elucidate the involvement of miRNAs that regulate IL-10 expression with the pathogenesis of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we examined the expression levels of hsa-miR-27a-3p, hsa-miR-98-5p, hsa-miR-106a-5p, and hsa-miR-223-3p in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 43 patients with Graves' disease (GD), 38 patients with Hashimoto's disease (HD), and 21 healthy volunteers. We evaluated the association between the expression levels of four miRNAs and intracellular expression of IL-10 in PBMCs from 11 healthy volunteers...
July 25, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742211/targeting-of-mir-20a-against-cflar-to-potentiate-trail-induced-apoptotic-sensitivity-in-hepg2-cells
#12
Y Wang, Y-R Zhao, A-Y Zhang, J Ma, Z-Z Wang, X Zhang
The article "Targeting of miR-20a against CFLAR to potentiate TRAIL-induced apoptotic sensitivity in HepG2 cells" by Y. Wang, Y.-R. Zhao, A.-Y. Zhang, J. Ma, Z.-Z. Wang, X. Zhang, published in Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2017; 21 (9): 2087-2097 has been withdrawn.
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742209/the-expression-significance-of-serum-mir-21-in-patients-with-osteosarcoma-and-its-relationship-with-chemosensitivity
#13
Y Hua, Z Jin, F Zhou, Y-Q Zhang, Y Zhuang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression level of serum microRNA-21 (miR-21) in 69 patients with osteosarcoma, to analyze the changes in miR-21 expression in the serum and tumor tissues before and after chemotherapy in patients with osteosarcoma, and to investigate the relationship between the expression of serum miR-21 in patients with osteosarcoma and chemosensitivity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to detect the expression level of serum miR-21 in 69 patients with osteosarcoma before and after chemotherapy, and analyze the relationship between the expression of miR-21 with tumor necrosis grading and chemosensitivity...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742208/effects-of-microrna-21-targeting-pitx2-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-pituitary-tumor-cells
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M Cui, M Zhang, H-F Liu, J-P Wang
OBJECTIVE: Expression of pituitary homeobox 2 (PITX2) is significantly elevated in pituitary adenoma tissues, which also has lower microRNA (miR)-21 expression, indicating possible tumor-suppression role of miR-21. Bio-informatics analysis revealed targeting onto 3'-UTR of PITX2 by miR-21. This study aims to investigate the role of miR-21/PITX2 expression in proliferation and apoptosis of pituitary adenoma cells and pathogenesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 48 pituitary adenoma samples were collected in parallel with 12 normal brain tissues and were recruited in this study...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741852/polymorphisms-of-mir-146a-mir-149-mir-196a2-and-mir-499-are-associated-with-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-in-korean-postmenopausal-women
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Tae-Keun Ahn, Jung-Oh Kim, Hemant Kumar, Hyemi Choi, Min-Jae Jo, Seil Sohn, Alexander E Ropper, Nam-Keun Kim, In-Bo Han
Genetic factors have been shown to be a small but significant predictor for osteoporosis and osteoporotic fracture risk. We performed a case-control association study to determine the association between miR-146a, miR-149, miR-196a2 and miR-499 polymorphisms and osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) susceptibility. In total, 286 unrelated postmenopausal Korean women (57 with OVCFs, 55 with non-OVCFs, and 174 healthy controls) were recruited. All subjects underwent dual energy X-ray absorptiometry to determine BMD at the lumbar spine and femoral neck...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740575/identification-of-novel-diagnostic-and-prognostic-mirna-signatures-in-endometrial-cancer
#16
Muralidharan Jayaraman, Rangasudhagar Radhakrishnan, Cara A Mathews, Mingda Yan, Sanam Husain, Katherine M Moxley, Yong Sang Song, Danny N Dhanasekaran
With the goal of identifying diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in endometrial cancer, miRNA-profiling was carried out with formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples from 49 endometrial cancer patients. Results using an 84-cancer specific miRNA panel identified the upregulation of miR-141-3p and miR-96-5p along with a downregulation of miR-26, miR-126-3p, miR-23b, miR-195-5p, miR-374a and let-7 family of miRNAs in endometrial cancer. We validated the dysregulated expression of the identified miRNAs in a panel of endometrial cancer cell-lines...
May 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740261/sustained-efficacy-of-closed-loop-electrical-stimulation-for-long-term-treatment-of-absence-epilepsy-in-rats
#17
Gábor Kozák, Antal Berényi
Closed-loop brain stimulation is a promising alternative to treat drug-resistant epilepsies. In contrast to optogenetic interventions, transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) does not require cellular modification of neurons to be effective, and it is less invasive compared to deep brain stimulation. Furthermore, on-demand TES of targeted brain regions allows the potential for normal function of these networks during interictal periods, a possibility that is eliminated by resective surgical treatment approaches...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739583/tonic-or-phasic-stimulation-of-dopaminergic-projections-to-prefrontal-cortex-causes-mice-to-maintain-or-deviate-from-previously-learned-behavioral-strategies
#18
Ian T Ellwood, Tosha Patel, Varun Wadia, Anthony T Lee, Alayna T Liptak, Kevin J Bender, Vikaas S Sohal
Dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) encode reward prediction errors and can drive reinforcement learning through their projections to striatum, but much less is known about their projections to prefrontal cortex (PFC). Here we studied these projections, and observed phasic VTA-PFC fiber photometry signals following the delivery of rewards. Next, we studied how optogenetic stimulation of these projections affects behavior, using conditioned place preference (CPP), and a task in which mice learn associations between cues and food rewards, then use those associations to make choices...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739526/chronic-mild-stress-exacerbates-severity-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-association-with-altered-non-coding-rna-and-metabolic-biomarkers
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Brietta Gerrard, Vaibhav Singh, Olena Babenko, Isabelle Gauthier, V Wee Yong, Igor Kovalchuk, Artur Luczak, Gerlinde A S Metz
The causal factors determining the onset and severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) are not well understood. Here, we investigated the influence of chronic stress on clinical symptoms, metabolic and epigenetic manifestations of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a common animal model of MS. Lewis rats were immunized for monophasic EAE with MBP69-88 and were exposed to chronic stress for 37 days starting 7 days prior to immunization. The exposure to stress accelerated and exacerbated the clinical symptoms of EAE...
July 21, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737660/renal-protection-mediated-by-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-depends-on-proangiogenesis-function-of-mir-21-by-targeting-thrombospondin-1
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Xialian Xu, Nana Song, Xue Zhang, Xiaoyan Jiao, Jiachang Hu, Mingyu Liang, Jie Teng, Xiaoqiang Ding
BACKGROUND: Angiogenesis contributes to the repair process after renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. In the present study, we tested the role of miR-21 in the angiogenesis induced by hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α through inhibiting a predicted target gene thrombospondin 1 (TSP-1). METHODS: To stabilize HIF-1α, hypoxia (1% O2 for 24 hours) was performed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and cobalt chloride (CoCl2) was pretreated intraperitoneally 24 hours before renal I/R in mice...
August 2017: Transplantation
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