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M C Rusu, S Hostiuc, A D Vrapciu, L Mogoantă, V S Mănoiu, F Grigoriu
Telocytes (TCs) are morphologically defined as small-sized cells with long, thin, moniliform processes called telopodes (Tps). Numerous papers imply that TCs are a distinctive cell type, and that transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the gold standard tool for their identification. We aimed to reproduce previous studies on myocardial TCs to check their validity. For this purpose we performed an immunohistochemical study on human cardiac samples from six autopsied donor cadavers, using antibodies against CD10, CD31, CD34, CD146, Ki67, alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), Platelet-Derived Growth Factor Receptor - alpha (PDGFRα) and laminin...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Yuan Shi, Yao Xiong, Yongkang Jiang, Zhiyong Zhang, Guangdong Zhou, Wenjie Zhang, Yilin Cao, Jing He, Wei Liu
Tenomodulin (TNMD) is a type II transmembrane protein that is widely expressed in a variety of avascular connective tissues and fat tissue. Its function remains largely unknown except for a marker for mature tenocytes. This study reports the generation of tetracycline (Tet)-on driven conditional TNMD overexpressing mice and thus to provide a tool for systemic investigation of its role in regulating functions of various tissues. The current study focuses on in vitro comparison of tenogenic differentiation potentials induced by doxycycline (Dox) treatment among bone marrow derived stem cells (BMSCs), adipose derived stem cells (ASCs), dermal fibroblasts (DFs) and tenocytes (TCs) of the same transgenic mice...
October 21, 2016: Gene
William Fai Ka Tse
Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS, OMIM: 154500), an autosomal-dominant craniofacial developmental syndrome that occurs in 1 out of every 50,000 live births, is characterized by craniofacial malformation. Facial formation involves tight regulation of the craniofacial neural crest cells (NCCs). Mutations in TCOF1, POLR1C, or POLR1D have been identified in affected individuals. In addition to established mouse models, zebrafish models have recently emerged as an valuable method to study facial disease. In this report, we summarized the two updated articles working on the pathogenesis of the newly identified polr1c and polr1d TCS mutations (Lau et al...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Wei-Wei Shi, Yun-Sang Tang, See-Yuen Sze, Zhen-Ning Zhu, Kam-Bo Wong, Pang-Chui Shaw
Ricin is a type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), containing a catalytic A chain and a lectin-like B chain. It inhibits protein synthesis by depurinating the N-glycosidic bond at α-sarcin/ricin loop (SRL) of the 28S rRNA, which thereby prevents the binding of elongation factors to the GTPase activation center of the ribosome. Here, we present the 1.6 Å crystal structure of Ricin A chain (RTA) complexed to the C-terminal peptide of the ribosomal stalk protein P2, which plays a crucial role in specific recognition of elongation factors and recruitment of eukaryote-specific RIPs to the ribosomes...
October 13, 2016: Toxins
Kristin M Berg, Stevens S Smith, Jessica W Cook, Michael C Fiore, Douglas E Jorenby
While women Veterans have a higher prevalence of smoking than civilian women, little is known about their quitting behavior. Via a chart review, we characterized referral and enrollment patterns in tobacco cessation services (TCS), and quit attempts among 366 women Veteran smokers at a Midwestern Veterans Hospital. Cases receiving referrals to TCS (n = 183) were matched 1:1 to controls who did not (n = 183), by year of referral. Variables included age, marital status, urbanicity, smoking status, comorbidities, pregnancy, packs per day, number of prior smoking cessation medications, provider gender, provider type, and clinical location of referral placement...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Joana Jesus-Ribeiro, António Freire, João Sargento-Freitas, Mário Sousa, Fernando Silva, Fradique Moreira, Maria João Cunha, Uwe Walter, Cristina Januário
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) can sometimes be a challenge in the early stages of the disease. Both transcranial sonography (TCS) and DaTSCAN are recommended as auxiliary examinations for the differential diagnosis of PD; however, only few data exist regarding their diagnostic accuracy in the early stage of PD and essential tremor (ET). METHODS: We evaluated patients with clinically suspected diagnosis of PD at early stages (Hoehn and Yahr ≤2) or ET...
October 18, 2016: European Neurology
Guangxia Miao, Shigeo Hayashi
Extrinsic branching factors promote the elongation and migration of tubular organs. In the Drosophila tracheal system, Branchless/Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) stimulates the branching program by specifying tip cells that acquire motility and lead branch migration to a specific destination. Tip cells have two alternative cell fates: the terminal cell (TC), which elongates the cytoplasmic extension with intracellular lumen, and the fusion cell (FC), which mediates branch connections to form tubular networks...
October 14, 2016: Development
Daniele Starnoni, John Michael Duff, Gopalakrishnan Chittur Viswanathan
CONTEXT: Anatomical variations of the filum terminale (FT) have been described in association with split cord malformations (SCM) but they appear to be a rare finding in its absence. We report the first case in literature of a duplicated FT in a patient presenting with tethered cord syndrome (TCS) without any radiological evidence of SCM. FINDINGS: A 47-year-old man presented with invalidating back pain radiating to both legs. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an intradural dorsal lipoma in a low-lying conus...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Pingping Zhai, Xuan Chen, Wenbo Dong, Hongjing Li, Jean-Marc Chovelon
This study aimed to investigate the degradation of triclosan (TCS) in the presence of p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) under simulated sunlight irradiation (λ ≥ 290 nm). The effect of PABA concentration, pH, dissolved organic matter (DOM), and DOM-hydrolytic Fe(III) species complexes on the photodegradation of TCS in the presence of PABA (TCS-PABA) was also studied. The photolysis of TCS-PABA obeyed pseudo-first-order kinetics well, and the degradation of TCS-PABA enhanced with increasing solution pH (from 3...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ping Zhan, Xiao Chen, Xiao-Yuan Wu, Zhi-Bo Hou, Qian Qian, Yu Zhang, Jue Zou, Yuan-Qing Zhang, Ming-Yue Wan, Jian-Dong Wang, Li-Ke Yu, Hai-Yan Xie
INTRODUCTION: For thymic carcinoma (TC), which is a rare epithelial neoplasm of the thymus gland, median survival with current treatments is only 2 years. OBJECTIVES: Mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene or its downstream effectors may cause constitutive activation that leads to cell proliferation and metastases. Thus, molecular profiling is essential for selecting TC patients who may respond to anti-EGFR therapies. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from 61 histological samples of TCs...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
Yanshan Lv, Shaoyou Lu, Yanyan Dai, Caiyan Rui, Yongjun Wang, Yuanxiu Zhou, Yanru Li, Qihua Pang, Ruifang Fan
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used chemical in the production of many polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resin linings for food and beverage containers and thermal papers. Oral intakes from the contaminated diets were considered as the predominant source of BPA exposure for humans. However, due to the high levels of BPA on thermal receipts and their wide applications in our daily life, the amount of BPA be transferred to the skin after holding thermal paper should not be underestimated, particularly for cashiers...
October 8, 2016: Environment International
L W B Olaniyan, N Mkwetshana, A I Okoh
Triclosan (TCS) is a broad spectrum antibacterial agent present as an active ingredient in some personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes and sterilizers. It is an endocrine disrupting compound and its increasing presence in water resources as well as in biosolid-amended soils used in farming, its potential for bioaccumulation in fatty tissues and toxicity in aquatic organisms are a cause for concern to human and environmental health. TCS has also been detected in blood, breast milk, urine and nails of humans...
2016: SpringerPlus
Nadya Velikova, Nuria Mas, Laura Miguel-Romero, Lorena Polo Aguado, Ellen Stolte, Edoardo Zaccaria, Rui Cao, Nico Taverne, José Ramón Murguía, Ramon Martinez-Manez, Alberto Marina, Jerry Wells
Two-component systems (TCS) regulate diverse processes such as virulence, stress responses, metabolism and antibiotic resistance in bacteria but are absent in humans, making them promising targets for novel antibacterials. By incorporating recently described TCS histidine kinase autophosphorylation inhibitors (HKAIs) into ε-poly-L-lysine capped nanoparticles (NPs) we could overcome the Gram negative (Gr-) permeability barrier for the HKAIs. The observed bactericidal activity against Gr- bacteria was shown to be due to the enhanced delivery and internalization of the HKAIs and not an inhibitory or synergistic effect of the NPs...
October 5, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Amel Ibrahim, Michael Suttie, Neil W Bulstrode, Jonathan A Britto, David Dunaway, Peter Hammond, Patrizia Ferretti
BACKGROUND: Midface hypoplasia as exemplified by Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) can impair appearance and function. Reconstruction involves multiple invasive surgeries with variable long-term outcomes. This study aims to describe normal and dysmorphic midface postnatal development through combined modelling of skeletal and soft tissues and to develop a surgical evaluation tool. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Midface skeletal and soft tissue surfaces were extracted from computed tomography scans of 52 control and 14 TCS children, then analysed using dense surface modelling...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Mauro S Porcel de Peralta, Valeria S Mouguelar, María Antonella Sdrigotti, Felipe A A Ishiy, Roberto D Fanganiello, Maria R Passos-Bueno, Gabriela Coux, Nora B Calcaterra
Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) is a rare congenital disease (1:50 000 live births) characterized by craniofacial defects, including hypoplasia of facial bones, cleft palate and palpebral fissures. Over 90% of the cases are due to mutations in the TCOF1 gene, which codifies the nucleolar protein Treacle. Here we report a novel TCS-like zebrafish model displaying features that fully recapitulate the spectrum of craniofacial abnormalities observed in patients. As it was reported for a Tcof1(+/-) mouse model, Treacle depletion in zebrafish caused reduced rRNA transcription, stabilization of Tp53 and increased cell death in the cephalic region...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Qian Liu, Won-Sik Yeo, Taeok Bae
In the Gram-positive pathogenic bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, the SaeRS twocomponent system (TCS) plays a major role in controlling the production of over 20 virulence factors including hemolysins, leukocidins, superantigens, surface proteins, and proteases. The SaeRS TCS is composed of the sensor histidine kinase SaeS, response regulator SaeR, and two auxiliary proteins SaeP and SaeQ. Since its discovery in 1994, the sae locus has been studied extensively, and its contributions to staphylococcal virulence and pathogenesis have been well documented and understood; however, the molecular mechanism by which the SaeRS TCS receives and processes cognate signals is not...
October 3, 2016: Genes
Dorian R A Swarts, Martina Rudelius, Sandra M H Claessen, Jack P Cleutjens, Stefan Seidl, Marco Volante, Frans C S Ramaekers, Ernst J M Speel
AIMS: Currently pulmonary carcinoids are separated into typical (TC) and atypical (AC) based on mitotic count and presence of necrosis, according to the WHO. At variance with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, which are graded based on mitotic count and Ki-67 proliferative index, the use of Ki-67 for grading pulmonary carcinoids is still under debate. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study we evaluated the prognostic impact of Ki-67 assessment in a multicenter cohort of 201 carcinoids (147 TCs, 54 ACs), using manual analysis (2000 cells counted) and digital image analysis (in-house Leica Qwin program; ≥ 4500 cells counted)...
October 4, 2016: Histopathology
Jianing Meng, Vivek Agrahari, Miezan J Ezoulin, Chi Zhang, Sudhaunshu S Purohit, Agostino Molteni, Daniel Dim, Nathan A Oyler, Bi Botti C Youan
It is hypothesized that a thiolated chitosan (TCS) core/shell nanofiber (NF) can enhance the drug loading of tenofovir, a model low molecular weight and highly water soluble drug molecule, improve its mucoadhesivity, and in vivo safety. To test this hypothesis, PEO core with TCS shell NFs are fabricated by a coaxial electrospinning technique. The morphology, drug loading, drug release profiles, cytotoxicity and mucoadhesion of the NFs are analysised using scanning and transmission electron microscopies, liquid chromatography, cytotoxicity assays on VK2/E6E7 and End1/E6E7 cell lines and Lactobacilli crispatus, and periodic acid colorimetric method, respectively...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yoshimasa Sagane, Minoru Ito, Keita Miyata, Tomonori Suzuki, Koichi Niwa, Suguru Oguri, Toshihiro Watanabe
Serotype C and D of Clostridium botulinum produce botulinum toxin complex (TC), which is comprised of botulinum neurotoxin, nontoxic nonhemagglutinin, and hemagglutinins (HAs). The TC is capable of aggregating equine erythrocytes via interaction between one of the HAs, namely HA-33, and sugar chains on the cell surface. This hemagglutination is inhibited by specific sugars. In this data article, we used four TCs from serotype C and D strains. The hemagglutination-inhibiting effects of 18 sugars and 8 glycoproteins were studied...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Abdelrahman M Abdelgawad, Mehrez E El-Naggar, Samuel M Hudson, Orlando J Rojas
Two chitosan derivatives, namely, thiol-chitosan (TCs) and chitosan iodoacetamide (CsIA) were newly synthesized by reacting Cs with thiglycolic acid (TGA) and iodoacetic acid (IA) respectively. After being crosslinked with glutraldehyde (GA), the two derivatives were submitted to FT-IR and H(1) NMR analysis for identification and characterization of their chemical features. As TCs and CsIA are water soluble, their electrospun nanofibres mats from aqueous solutions could be crosslinked and achieved using polyvinyl alcohol/Chitosan blend (PVA/Cs) polymers...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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