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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934329/biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties-of-the-pacemaking-sinoatrial-node-extracellular-matrix-are-distinct-from-contractile-left-ventricular-matrix
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Jessica M Gluck, Anthony W Herren, Sergey Yechikov, Hillary K J Kao, Ambereen Khan, Brett S Phinney, Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, James W Chan, Deborah K Lieu
Extracellular matrix plays a role in differentiation and phenotype development of its resident cells. Although cardiac extracellular matrix from the contractile tissues has been studied and utilized in tissue engineering, extracellular matrix properties of the pacemaking sinoatrial node are largely unknown. In this study, the biomechanical properties and biochemical composition and distribution of extracellular matrix in the sinoatrial node were investigated relative to the left ventricle. Extracellular matrix of the sinoatrial node was found to be overall stiffer than that of the left ventricle and highly heterogeneous with interstitial regions composed of predominantly fibrillar collagens and rich in elastin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934193/oxidative-stress-prefrontal-cortex-hypomyelination-and-cognitive-symptoms-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
D A Maas, A Vallès, G J M Martens
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a broad symptomatology, including cognitive symptoms that are thought to arise from the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The neurobiological aetiology of these symptoms remains elusive, yet both impaired redox control and PFC dysconnectivity have been recently implicated. PFC dysconnectivity has been linked to white matter, oligodendrocyte (OL) and myelin abnormalities in SZ patients. Myelin is produced by mature OLs, and OL precursor cells (OPCs) are exceptionally susceptible to oxidative stress...
July 18, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934118/graphene-based-materials-for-biosensors-a-review
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REVIEW
Phitsini Suvarnaphaet, Suejit Pechprasarn
The advantages conferred by the physical, optical and electrochemical properties of graphene-based nanomaterials have contributed to the current variety of ultrasensitive and selective biosensor devices. In this review, we present the points of view on the intrinsic properties of graphene and its surface engineering concerned with the transduction mechanisms in biosensing applications. We explain practical synthesis techniques along with prospective properties of the graphene-based materials, which include the pristine graphene and functionalized graphene (i...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934028/toward-neuroproteomics-in-biological-psychiatry-a-systems-approach-unravels-okadaic-acid-induced-alterations-in-the-neuronal-phosphoproteome
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Joana Machado Oliveira, Cristóvão B da Cruz E Silva, Thorsten Müller, Tânia Soares Martins, Marta Cova, Odete A B da Cruz E Silva, Ana Gabriela Henriques
Neuroproteomics is an evolving field of postgenomic medicine, highlighting the convergence of psychiatry/neurology and proteomics, yet compared with neurogenetics, it has received little attention. This study in rat primary neuronal cultures provides an example of a neuroproteomic approach relevant to the study of psychiatric disease pathophysiology, focusing on Alzheimer's disease. In this context, okadaic acid (OA) is routinely used in experimental designs to investigate phosphorylation-mediated events. It is a potent protein phosphatase (PP) inhibitor, particularly of PP1 and PP2A...
September 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933366/the-role-of-the-mapk-signaling-topoisomerase-and-dietary-bioactives-in-controlling-cancer-incidence
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REVIEW
Khaled A Selim, Hend Abdelrasoul, Mohamed Aboelmagd, Ahmed M Tawila
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are common products of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, xenobiotics metabolism and are generated in response to several environmental stress conditions. Some of them play important biochemical roles in cellular signal transduction and gene transcription. On the other hand, ROS are known to be involved in a wide range of human diseases, including cancer. The excessive production of such ROS together with disruption of homeostasis detoxifying mechanisms can mediate a series of cellular oxidative stresses...
April 26, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932772/diabetes-alters-vascular-mechanotransduction-data-pressure-induced-regulation-of-nf-kapa-b-p65-and-translational-associated-signaling-in-the-rat-inferior-vena-cava
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Kevin M Rice, Nandini D P K Manne, Ravikumar Arvapalli, Gautam K Ginjupalli, Eric R Blough
Diabetic patients have a high rate of vein graft failure due to attrition or vessel occlusion that cause recurrent ischemic events or vein graft. Veins grafted into a high-pressure arterial environment must undergo vascular remodeling to better handle the altered hemodynamics and intravascular increased pressure. Multiple cellular and molecular events are purported to be associated with vascular remodeling of veins. Understanding the effect diabetes has on vascular mechano-transductive response is critical to decreasing graft failure rates...
October 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932756/non-clinical-safety-and-efficacy-of-an-aav2-8-vector-administered-intravenously-for-treatment-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-vi
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Rita Ferla, Marialuisa Alliegro, Jean-Brice Marteau, Margherita Dell'Anno, Edoardo Nusco, Severine Pouillot, Stefania Galimberti, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Vincent Zuliani, Alberto Auricchio
In vivo gene therapy with adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors is safe and effective in humans. We recently demonstrated that AAV8-mediated liver gene transfer is effective in animal models of mucopolysaccharidosis type VI (MPS VI), a rare lysosomal storage disease that is caused by arylsulfatase B (ARSB) deficiency. In preparing for a first-in-human trial, we performed non-clinical studies to assess the safety of intravenous administrations of AAV2/8.TBG.hARSB produced under good manufacturing practice-like conditions...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932706/global-proteomics-revealed-klebsiella-pneumoniae-induced-autophagy-and-oxidative-stress-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-by-inhibiting-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-during-infection
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Arumugam Kamaladevi, Krishnaswamy Balamurugan
The enterobacterium, Klebsiella pneumoniae invades the intestinal epithelium of humans by interfering with multiple host cell response. To uncover a system-level overview of host response during infection, we analyzed the global dynamics of protein profiling in Caenorhabditis elegans using quantitative proteomics approach. Comparison of protein samples of nematodes exposed to K. pneumoniae for 12, 24, and 36 h by 2DE revealed several changes in host proteome. A total of 266 host-encoded proteins were identified by 2DE MALDI-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS and the interacting partners of the identified proteins were predicted by STRING 10...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932208/invertebrate-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-related-peptides-and-their-receptors-an-update
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REVIEW
Tsubasa Sakai, Akira Shiraishi, Tsuyoshi Kawada, Shin Matsubara, Masato Aoyama, Honoo Satake
Gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRHs) play pivotal roles in reproductive functions via the hypothalamus, pituitary, and gonad axis, namely, HPG axis in vertebrates. GnRHs and their receptors (GnRHRs) are likely to be conserved in invertebrate deuterostomes and lophotrochozoans. All vertebrate and urochordate GnRHs are composed of 10 amino acids, whereas protostome, echinoderm, and amphioxus GnRH-like peptides are 11- or 12-residue peptide containing two amino acids after an N-terminal pyro-Glu. In urochordates, Halocynthia roretzi GnRH gene encodes two GnRH peptide sequences, whereas two GnRH genes encode three different GnRH peptides in Ciona intestinalis...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932181/invasive-intraneural-interfaces-foreign-body-reaction-issues
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REVIEW
Fiorenza Lotti, Federico Ranieri, Gianluca Vadalà, Loredana Zollo, Giovanni Di Pino
Intraneural interfaces are stimulation/registration devices designed to couple the peripheral nervous system (PNS) with the environment. Over the last years, their use has increased in a wide range of applications, such as the control of a new generation of neural-interfaced prostheses. At present, the success of this technology is limited by an electrical impedance increase, due to an inflammatory response called foreign body reaction (FBR), which leads to the formation of a fibrotic tissue around the interface, eventually causing an inefficient transduction of the electrical signal...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931938/dynamic-transcriptome-and-phytohormone-profiling-along-the-time-of-light-exposure-in-the-mesocotyl-of-rice-seedling
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Fangjun Feng, Hanwei Mei, Peiqing Fan, Yanan Li, Xiaoyan Xu, Haibin Wei, Ming Yan, Lijun Luo
Mesocotyl elongation is an important trait influencing seedling emergence and establishment in rice direct-seeding cultivation and is immediately inhibited after light exposure. Detailed researches on the molecular basis and biological processes underlying light repression of mesocotyl growth could probably provide useful information for key factors controlling this trait. Here we monitored the transcriptome and endogenous phytohormone changes specifically in the elongating mesocotyl in response to light exposure with a time-course...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931407/the-emerging-roles-of-phosphatases-in-hedgehog-pathway
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REVIEW
Long Zhao, Liguo Wang, Chunli Chi, Wenwen Lan, Ying Su
Hedgehog signaling is evolutionarily conserved and plays a pivotal role in cell fate determination, embryonic development, and tissue renewal. As aberrant Hedgehog signaling is tightly associated with a broad range of human diseases, its activities must be precisely controlled. It has been known that several core components of Hedgehog pathway undergo reversible phosphorylations mediated by protein kinases and phosphatases, which acts as an effective regulatory mechanism to modulate Hedgehog signal activities...
September 20, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930753/camel-milk-attenuates-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-inhibition-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-pathway
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Hany H Arab, Samir A Salama, Tamer M Abdelghany, Hany A Omar, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Majed M Alrobaian, Ibrahim A Maghrabi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Camel milk (CM) has shown beneficial anti-inflammatory actions in several experimental and clinical settings. So far, its effect on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not been previously explored. Thus, the current work aimed to evaluate the effects of CM in Adjuvant-induced arthritis and air pouch edema models in rats, which mimic human RA. METHODS: CM was administered at 10 ml/kg orally for 3 weeks starting on the day of Freund's adjuvant paw inoculation...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930702/gcamp-expression-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-characterized-using-a-low-cost-fundus-imaging-system
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Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland
OBJECTIVE: Virus-transduced, intracellular-calcium indicators are effective reporters of neural activity, offering the advantage of cell-specific labeling. Due to the existence of an optimal time window for the expression of calcium indicators, a suitable tool for tracking GECI expression in vivo following transduction is highly desirable. APPROACH: We developed a noninvasive imaging approach based on a custom-modified, low-cost fundus viewing system that allowed us to monitor and characterize in vivo bright-field and fluorescence images of the mouse retina...
October 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930090/biomimetic-matrix-fabricated-by-lmp-1-gene-transduced-mc3t3-e1-cells-for-bone-regeneration
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Junxuan Ma, Wei Guo, Manman Gao, Baoding Huang, Qihua Qi, Zemin Ling, Yan Chen, Hao Hu, Hailian Zhou, Fei Yu, Ke Chen, Zhiyu Zhou, Deming Xiao, Xuenong Zou
Bone healing is regulated by multiple microenvironmental signals provided by the extracellular matrix (ECM). The study aimed to mimic native osteoinductive microenvironment by developing an ECM using gene-transduced cells. LIM mineralization protein-1 (LMP-1) gene was transferred to the murine pre-osteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1) using lentiviral vectors. Western blotting essay indicated that the MC3T3-E1 cells expressed an increased level of bone morphologic protein-2, -4 and-7 (BMP-2, -4 and -7) after LMP-1 gene transduction...
September 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929662/-effect-of-astragaloside-on-mrna-expression-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-signal-transduction-in-anemia-model-mice-induced-by-chemotherapy
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Tie Qiao, Ke Liang, Jin Ma, Shu-Ru Lin, Bing-Yuan Zheng, Li-de Zhang
To study the influence of astragaloside on mRNA expression of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signal transduction in anemia model mice induced by chemotherapy, 48 male BALB/c mice which were 6-7 week old were picked as the research objects and randomly divided into four groups, blank group, model group, astragaloside group and astragaloside IV group. Each group was 12 mice. Chemotherapy anemia model was established by cyclophosphamide. The mice were drawn blood from eyeball after 14 days treatment. The QPCR was used to test the mRNA concentrations of Akt, PI3K, BCL-xl, bad, FoxO, mTOR, PTEN in mouse spleen...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929213/to-finish-things-well-cysteine-methylation-ensures-selective-gtpase-membrane-localization-and-signalling
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REVIEW
José Cansado
Isoprenylcysteine-O-Carboxyl Methyltransferase (ICMT) catalyzes the final step in the prenylation process of different proteins including members of the Ras superfamily of GTPases. While cysteine methylation is essential in mammalian cells for growth, membrane association, and signalling by Ras and Rho GTPases, its role during signal transduction events in simple eukaryotes like yeasts appears irrelevant. By using a multidisciplinary approach our group has recently shown that, contrary to this initial assumption, in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe ICMT activity encoded by the Mam4 gene is not only important to promote selective plasma membrane targeting of Ras and specific Rho GTPases, but also to allow precise downstream signalling to the mitogen-activated protein kinase and target of rapamycin pathways in response to diverse environmental cues...
September 19, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928970/the-role-of-hyperuricemia-on-vascular-endothelium-dysfunction
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Haitao Zhen, Fen Gui
Hyperuricemia appears to be associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and associated mortality. Population epidemiological data support a causal link between hyperuricemia and cardiovascular disease. Endothelium injury could be one of the potential mechanisms in hyperuricemia-induced cardiovascular disease. However, the specific role of uric acid (UA) in the impairment of vascular relaxation and its signal transduction pathway has not been examined. The authors investigated the role of UA on vascular relaxation, nitric oxide (NO) production and expression of proinflammatory cytokines...
October 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928963/recent-advances-in-understanding-the-roles-of-whole-genome-duplications-in-evolution
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REVIEW
Carol MacKintosh, David E K Ferrier
Ancient whole-genome duplications (WGDs)- paleopolyploidy events-are key to solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery' of how flowering plants evolved and radiated into a rich variety of species. The vertebrates also emerged from their invertebrate ancestors via two WGDs, and genomes of diverse gymnosperm trees, unicellular eukaryotes, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and even a rodent carry evidence of lineage-specific WGDs. Modern polyploidy is common in eukaryotes, and it can be induced, enabling mechanisms and short-term cost-benefit assessments of polyploidy to be studied experimentally...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928866/ct-721-a-potent-bcr-abl-inhibitor-exhibits-excellent-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-efficacy-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Yinghui Sun, Na Zhao, Huan Wang, Qiong Wu, Yunqi Han, Qichao Liu, Mangang Wu, Yuliang Liu, Fansheng Kong, He Wang, Ying Sun, Deguang Sun, Lutao Jing, Guojing Tang, Yuandong Hu, Dengming Xiao, Hong Luo, Yongxin Han, Yong Peng
Kinase inhibitors that target Bcr-Abl are highly effective in the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, these inhibitors are often invalidated due to the drug resistance. Therefore, the discovery and development of novel Bcr-Abl inhibitors is required to overwhelm the drug resistance in the treatment of CML resistant to the currently used first-line Bcr-Abl inhibitors. Herein we have described a newly developed Bcr-Abl inhibitor CT-721, which displayed potent inhibitory effects on wild-type and T315I mutant Bcr-Abl...
2017: Journal of Cancer
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