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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538731/a-neural-circuit-architecture-for-angular-integration-in-drosophila
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Jonathan Green, Atsuko Adachi, Kunal K Shah, Jonathan D Hirokawa, Pablo S Magani, Gaby Maimon
Many animals keep track of their angular heading over time while navigating through their environment. However, a neural-circuit architecture for computing heading has not been experimentally defined in any species. Here we describe a set of clockwise- and anticlockwise-shifting neurons in the Drosophila central complex whose wiring and physiology provide a means to rotate an angular heading estimate based on the fly's angular velocity. We show that each class of shifting neurons exists in two subtypes, with spatiotemporal activity profiles that suggest different roles for each subtype at the start and end of tethered-walking turns...
May 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528743/-18-f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-for-molecular-imaging-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-based-on-computed-tomography-analysis
#2
Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Shinya Toshimitsu, Ko Sasaki, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Fuminari Tatsugami, Kazuo Awai, Yutaka Hirokawa, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at evaluating the relation of (18)F-sodium fluoride ((18)F-NaF) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET) to coronary atherosclerosis detected and assessed by computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Thirty-two patients with one or more coronary atherosclerotic lesions detected on cardiac CT underwent (18)F-NaF PET/CT. Each coronary atherosclerotic lesion was evaluated on CT angiography for plaque types (calcified plaque [CP], non-calcified plaque [NCP], partially calcified plaque [PCP]), and the presence of CT-based high-risk features (minimum CT density <30 Hounsfield units and vascular remodeling index >1...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498321/bdnf-binds-its-pro-peptide-with-high-affinity-and-the-common-val66met-polymorphism-attenuates-the-interaction
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Koichi Uegaki, Haruko Kumanogoh, Toshiyuki Mizui, Takatsugu Hirokawa, Yasuyuki Ishikawa, Masami Kojima
Most growth factors are initially synthesized as precursors then cleaved into bioactive mature domains and pro-domains, but the biological roles of pro-domains are poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the pro-domain (or pro-peptide) of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neuronal survival, differentiation and synaptic plasticity. The BDNF pro-peptide is a post-processing product of the precursor BDNF. Using surface plasmon resonance and biochemical experiments, we first demonstrated that the BDNF pro-peptide binds to mature BDNF with high affinity, but not other neurotrophins...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486057/low-rate-of-niftp-in-asian-practice
#4
Andrey Bychkov, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Chan Kwon Jung, Zhiyan Liu, Yun Zhu, Soon Won Hong, Shinya Satoh, Chiung-Ru Lai, Lien Huynh, Kennichi Kakudo
Reclassification of non-invasive encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (EFV-PTC) into non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) has significant impact for patients and clinicians. It was estimated that this reclassification could potentially affect more than 45,000 patients worldwide annually (around 20% of thyroid carcinoma), who will not be labeled as having cancer. Our experience from Asian grounds indicates that NIFTP is extremely rare in local practice...
May 9, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466100/sedative-effects-of-oral-pregabalin-premedication-on-intravenous-sedation-using-propofol-target-controlled-infusion
#5
Noriko Karube, Shinichi Ito, Saori Sako, Jun Hirokawa, Takeshi Yokoyama
PURPOSE: The sedative effects of pregabalin during perioperative period have not been sufficiently characterized. The aim of this study was to verify the sedative effects of premedication with pregabalin on intravenous sedation (IVS) using propofol and also to assess the influences of this agent on circulation, respiration, and postanesthetic complications. METHODS: Ten healthy young volunteers underwent 1 h of IVS using propofol, three times per subject, on separate days (first time, no pregabalin; second time, pregabalin 100 mg; third time, pregabalin 200 mg)...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455742/eosinophilic-otitis-media-the-aftermath-of-eosinophil-extracellular-trap-cell-death
#6
REVIEW
Shigeharu Ueki, Nobuo Ohta, Masahide Takeda, Yasunori Konno, Makoto Hirokawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Eosinophilic otitis media (EOM) is a refractory disease characterized by the accumulation of eosinophils in middle ear effusion and mucosa. We summarize current knowledge regarding the clinical characteristics and management of EOM. Although eosinophil activation in inflamed foci is involved in the pathogenesis of EOM, little is known about the fate of the eosinophils and aftermath of their cell death. We discuss the possibility that eosinophils undergo non-apoptotic cell death that worsens tissue damage and increases effusion viscosity...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453470/three-repeat-tau-with-grain-like-structures-and-distribution-in-an-83-year-old-man
#7
Naoki Kasahata, Tomohide Sato, Iichiroh Onishi, Masanobu Kitagawa, Toshiki Uchihara, Katsuiku Hirokawa
We encountered an 83-year-old man with 3-repeat dominant grain-like tau deposition. Tau-positive lesions exhibited apparent similarity to argyrophilic grains in terms of their distribution in the ambient gyrus, amygdala, and dorsomedial temporal tip and the characteristic comma-like morphology. The abundant oligodendroglial tau immunoreactivities were 3-repeat dominant. Tuft-shaped astrocytes showed partial 3-repeat tau immnoreactivities. These grain-like structures, as well as tuft-shaped astrocytes and oligodendroglia, exhibited predominant 3-repeat tau immunoreactivity, suggesting that grain-like structures and their characteristic distribution are mutually linked and not unique to 4-repeat tau deposition...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432078/effect-of-4-5-6-7-8-tetrahydro-5-5-8-8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl-carbamoyl-benzoic-acid-am80-on-alveolar-regeneration-in-adiponectin-deficient-mice-showing-a-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-like-pathophysiology
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Hitomi Sakai, Michiko Horiguchi, Tomomi Akita, Chihiro Ozawa, Mai Hirokawa, Yuki Oiso, Harumi Kumagai, Yoshito Takeda, Isao Tachibana, Norikazu Maeda, Chikamasa Yamashita
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an intractable pulmonary disease that causes widespread and irreversible alveolar collapse. Although COPD occurs worldwide, only symptomatic therapy is currently available. The objective of the present study was the development of therapeutic agents to eradicate COPD. Therefore, we focused on 4-[(5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-5,5,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl) carbamoyl] benzoic acid (Am80), which is a derivative of all-trans retinoic acid. We evaluated the effects of Am80 on alveolar repair in a novel COPD model of adiponectin-deficient mice...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408311/validation-of-a-difficulty-scoring-system-for-laparoscopic-liver-resection-a-multicenter-analysis-by-the-endoscopic-liver-surgery-study-group-in-japan
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Shogo Tanaka, Shoji Kubo, Akishige Kanazawa, Yutaka Takeda, Fumitoshi Hirokawa, Hiroyuki Nitta, Takayoshi Nakajima, Takashi Kaizu, Hironori Kaneko, Go Wakabayashi
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) is widely used for hepatic disease treatment. Preoperative prediction of operative difficulty can be beneficial as a roadmap for surgeons advancing from simple to highly technical LLR. We performed a multicenter analysis to investigate a "difficulty scoring system" for predicting the difficulty of LLR. STUDY DESIGN: The proposed "difficulty scoring system" includes three difficulty levels based on five factors. The system was validated in a cohort of 2,199 patients who underwent LLR at 74 Japanese centers between 2010 and 2014; the difficulty level was rated as low (n = 965), intermediate (n = 891), and high (n = 343)...
April 10, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404748/components-of-rna-granules-affect-their-localization-and-dynamics-in-neuronal-dendrites
#10
Kazuhiko Mitsumori, Yosuke Takei, Nobutaka Hirokawa
In neurons, RNA transport is important for local protein synthesis. Messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are transported along dendrites as large RNA granules. The localization and dynamics of Puralpha and Stau1, major components of RNA transport granules, were investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons. Puralpha-positive granules were localized in both the shafts and spines of dendrites. In contrast, Stau1-positive granules tended to be localized mainly in dendritic shafts. More than 90% of Puralpha-positive granules were positive for Stau1 in immature dendrites, while only half were positive in mature dendrites...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401637/alcohol-tolerant-mutants-of-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942-obtained-by-single-cell-mutant-screening-system
#11
Sayuri Arai, Kayoko Hayashihara, Yuki Kanamoto, Kazunori Shimizu, Yasutaka Hirokawa, Taizo Hanai, Akio Murakami, Hiroyuki Honda
Enhancement of alcohol tolerance in microorganisms is an important strategy for improving bioalcohol productivity. Although cyanobacteria can be used as a promising biocatalyst to produce various alcohols directly from CO2 , low productivity, and low tolerance against alcohols are the main issues to be resolved. Nevertheless, to date, a mutant with increasing alcohol tolerance has rarely been reported. In this study, we attempted to select isopropanol (IPA)-tolerant mutants of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 using UV-C-induced random mutagenesis, followed by enrichment of the tolerant candidates in medium containing 10 g/L IPA and screening of the cells with a high growth rate in the single cell culture system in liquid medium containing 10 g/L IPA...
April 12, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359889/characterization-of-four-arginine-kinases-in-the-ciliate-paramecium-tetraurelia-investigation-on-the-substrate-inhibition-mechanism
#12
Daichi Yano, Takaya Suzuki, Saki Hirokawa, Kyoko Fuke, Tomohiko Suzuki
The ciliate Paramecium tetraurelia contains four arginine kinase genes (AK1-4). We detected cDNA for only three of the AKs (AK1-3) via PCR. Recombinant AK1-4 were expressed in Escherichia coli and their kinetics parameters determined. AK3 showed typical substrate inhibition toward arginine, and enzymatic activity markedly decreased when arginine concentration increased. This is the first example of substrate inhibition in wild-type phosphagen kinases. To explore the substrate inhibition mechanism, site-directed mutations were generated, targeting the amino acid sequence D-D-S-Q-V at positions 77-81 in P...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355078/discovery-of-novel-indazole-derivatives-as-orally-available-%C3%AE-3-adrenergic-receptor-agonists-lacking-off-target-based-cardiovascular-side-effects
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Yasuhiro Wada, Seiji Nakano, Akifumi Morimoto, Ken-Ichi Kasahara, Takahiko Hayashi, Yoshio Takada, Hiroko Suzuki, Michiko Niwa-Sakai, Shigeki Ohashi, Mutsuhiro Mori, Takatsugu Hirokawa, Satoshi Shuto
We previously discovered that indazole derivative 8 was a highly selective β3-adrenergic receptor (β3-AR) agonist, but it appeared to be metabolically unstable. To improve metabolic stability, further optimization of this scaffold was carried out. We focused on the sulfonamide moiety of this scaffold, which resulted in the discovery of compound 15 as a highly potent β3-AR agonist (EC50 = 18 nM) being inactive to β1-, β2-, and α1A-AR (β1/β3, β2/β3, and α1A/β3 > 556-fold). Compound 15 showed dose-dependent β3-AR-mediated responses in marmoset urinary bladder smooth muscle, had a desirable metabolic stability and pharmacokinetic profile (Cmax and AUC), and did not obviously affect heart rate or mean blood pressure when administered intravenously (3 mg/kg) to anesthetized rats...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341544/echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricular-function-in-routine-practice-which-parameters-are-useful-to-predict-one-year-outcome-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#14
Takayuki Kawata, Masao Daimon, Koichi Kimura, Tomoko Nakao, Seitetsu L Lee, Megumi Hirokawa, Tomoko S Kato, Masafumi Watanabe, Yutaka Yatomi, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) function has recently gained attention as a prognostic predictor of outcome even in patients who have left-sided heart failure. Since several conventional echocardiographic parameters of RV systolic function have been proposed, our aim was to determine if any of these parameters (tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion: TAPSE, tissue Doppler derived systolic tricuspid annular motion velocity: S', fractional area change: FAC) are associated with outcome in advanced heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337323/structure-based-design-of-ask1-inhibitors-as-potential-agents-for-heart-failure
#15
Marion Lanier, Jason Pickens, Simone V Bigi, Erica L Bradshaw-Pierce, Alison Chambers, Zacharia S Cheruvallath, Derek Cole, Douglas R Dougan, Jacques Ermolieff, Tony Gibson, Petro Halkowycz, Aki Hirokawa, Anthony Ivetac, Joanne Miura, Evan Nunez, Mark Sabat, John Tyhonas, Haixia Wang, Xiaolun Wang, Steve Swann
Apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1/MAP3K) is a mitogen-activated protein kinase family member shown to contribute to acute ischemia/reperfusion injury. Using structure-based drug design, deconstruction, and reoptimization of a known ASK1 inhibitor, a lead compound was identified. This compound displayed robust MAP3K pathway inhibition and reduction of infarct size in an isolated perfused heart model of cardiac injury.
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332308/ceacam1-long-isoform-has-opposite-effects-on-the-growth-of-human-mastocytosis-and-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-cells
#16
Chiyuki Ueshima, Tatsuki R Kataoka, Yusuke Takei, Masahiro Hirata, Akihiko Sugimoto, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Yoshimichi Okayama, Richard S Blumberg, Hironori Haga
Carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) is expressed in a number of tumor cell types. The immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM)-containing isoforms of this molecule which possess a long cytoplasmic tail (CEACAM1-L) generally play inhibitory roles in cell function by interacting with Src homology 2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase (SHP)-1 and/or SHP-2. Src family kinases (SFKs) are also known to bind to and phosphorylate CEACAM1-L isoforms. Here, we report that CEACAM1 was uniquely expressed at high levels in both human neoplastic mast cells (mastocytosis) and medullary thyroid carcinoma cell (MTC) lines, when compared with their expression in nonneoplastic mast cells or nonneoplastic C cells...
April 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325659/construction-of-a-novel-d-lactate-producing-pathway-from-dihydroxyacetone-phosphate-of-the-calvin-cycle-in-cyanobacterium-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc%C3%A2-7942
#17
Yasutaka Hirokawa, Ryota Goto, Yoshitaka Umetani, Taizo Hanai
Using engineered cyanobacteria to produce various chemicals from carbon dioxide is a promising technology for a sustainable future. Lactate is a valuable commodity that can be used for the biodegradable plastic, polylactic acid. Typically, lactate production using engineered cyanobacteria was via the conversion of pyruvate in glycolysis by lactate dehydrogenase. In cyanobacteria, the metabolic flux in the Calvin cycle is higher than that in glycolysis under photoautotrophic conditions. The construction of a novel lactate producing pathway that uses metabolites from the Calvin cycle could potentially increase lactate productivity in cyanobacteria...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269978/differential-diagnosis-between-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasm-with-an-associated-invasive-carcinoma-and-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-on-ultrasonography-the-utility-of-echo-intensity-and-contrast-enhancement
#18
Masato Saito, Naoki Hirokawa, Yoko Usami, Masanori Someya, Koh-Ichi Sakata
Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of echo intensity and contrast enhancement in the differential diagnosis between intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm with an associated invasive carcinoma (IPMN-IC) and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) on ultrasonography. Methods: This study included eight and 33 patients who had pathologically confirmed IPMN-IC and PDAC, respectively, and were enrolled for a comparative analysis of the sonographic features of the tumors...
February 4, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246648/minute-hyalinizing-trabecular-tumor-misinterpreted-as-a-blood-vessel-on-ultrasonography-a-case-report
#19
Kumiko Tajiri, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Maki Oshita, Hisashi Ota, Ayana Suzuki, Kaoru Kobayashi, Hirotoshi Nakamura, Akira Miyauchi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228269/diverse-central-projection-patterns-of-retinal-ganglion-cells
#20
Emily M Martersteck, Karla E Hirokawa, Mariah Evarts, Amy Bernard, Xin Duan, Yang Li, Lydia Ng, Seung W Oh, Benjamin Ouellette, Joshua J Royall, Michelle Stoecklin, Quanxin Wang, Hongkui Zeng, Joshua R Sanes, Julie A Harris
Understanding how >30 types of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in the mouse retina each contribute to visual processing in the brain will require more tools that label and manipulate specific RGCs. We screened and analyzed retinal expression of Cre recombinase using 88 transgenic driver lines. In many lines, Cre was expressed in multiple RGC types and retinal cell classes, but several exhibited more selective expression. We comprehensively mapped central projections from RGCs labeled in 26 Cre lines using viral tracers, high-throughput imaging, and a data processing pipeline...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
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