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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904274/pretreatment-of-ferulic-acid-protects-human-dermal-fibroblasts-against-ultraviolet-a-irradiation
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Hyung Jin Hahn, Ki Bbeum Kim, Seunghee Bae, Byung Gon Choi, Sungkwan An, Kyu Joong Ahn, Su Young Kim
BACKGROUND: Approximately 90%~99% of ultraviolet A (UVA) ray reaches the Earth's surface. The deeply penetrating UVA rays induce the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which results in oxidative stress such as photoproducts, senescence, and cell death. Thus, UVA is considered a primary factor that promotes skin aging. OBJECTIVE: Researchers investigated whether pretreatment with ferulic acid protects human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs) against UVA-induced cell damages...
December 2016: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903773/nlk-mediated-phosphorylation-of-hdac1-negatively-regulates-wnt-signaling
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Katarzyna Chmielarska Masoumi, Renée Daams, Wondossen Sime, Valentina Siino, Hengning Ke, Fredrik Levander, Ramin Massoumi
The Wnt signaling pathway is essential in regulating various cellular processes. Different mechanisms of inhibition for Wnt signaling have been proposed. Besides β-catenin degradation, through the proteasome, nemo-like kinase (NLK) is another molecule that is known to negatively regulate Wnt signaling. However, the mechanism by which NLK mediates the inhibition of Wnt signaling is not yet known. In the present study, we used primary embryonic fibroblast cells isolated from NLK-deficient mice and showed that these cells proliferate faster and have a shorter cell cycle compared with wild-type cells...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903293/personalized-medicine-approach-confirms-a-milder-case-of-abat-deficiency
#3
A Besse, A K Petersen, J V Hunter, V Appadurai, S R Lalani, P E Bonnen
ABAT deficiency (OMIM 613163) is a rare inborn error of metabolism caused by recessive variants in the gene 4-aminobutyric acid transaminase (ABAT), which is responsible for both the catalysis of GABA and maintenance of nucleoside pools in the mitochondria. To date, only a few patients have been reported worldwide. Their clinical presentation has been remarkably consistent with primary features of severe psychomotor retardation, encephalopathy, hypotonia, and infantile-onset refractory epilepsy. We report a new case of ABAT deficiency that marks an important departure from previous clinical findings...
December 1, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901001/ultraviolet-a-enhances-cathepsin-l-expression-and-activity-via-jnk-pathway-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
#4
Qing-Fang Xu, Yue Zheng, Jian Chen, Xin-Ya Xu, Zi-Jian Gong, Yun-Fen Huang, Chun Lu, Howard I Maibach, Wei Lai
BACKGROUND: Cathepsin L (CatL) is a cysteine protease with strong matrix degradation activity that contributes to photoaging. Mannose phosphate-independent sorting pathways mediate ultraviolet A (UVA)-induced alternate trafficking of CatL. Little is known about signaling pathways involved in the regulation of UVA-induced CatL expression and activity. This study aims to investigate whether a single UVA irradiation affects CatL expression and activity and whether mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/activator protein-1 (AP-1) pathway is involved in the regulation of UVA-induced CatL expression and activity in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs)...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900536/t%C3%AE-4-overexpression-based-on-the-piggybac-transposon-system-in-cashmere-goats-alters-hair-fiber-characteristics
#5
Bingbo Shi, Qiang Ding, Xiaolin He, Haijing Zhu, Yiyuan Niu, Bei Cai, Jiao Cai, Anming Lei, Danju Kang, Hailong Yan, Baohua Ma, Xiaolong Wang, Lei Qu, Yulin Chen
Increasing cashmere yield is one of the vital aims of cashmere goats breeding. Compared to traditional breeding methods, transgenic technology is more efficient and the piggyBac (PB) transposon system has been widely applied to generate transgenic animals. For the present study, donor fibroblasts were stably transfected via a PB donor vector containing the coding sequence of cashmere goat thymosin beta-4 (Tβ4) and driven by a hair follicle-specific promoter, the keratin-associated protein 6.1 (KAP6.1) promoter...
November 29, 2016: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899238/goat-umbilical-cord-cells-are-permissive-to-small-ruminant-lentivirus-infection-in-vitro
#6
Gabrielle R Martins, Rebeca C Marinho, Rosivaldo Q Bezerra Junior, Antoniel de O Alves, Lilia M C Câmara, Luiz C Albuquerque-Pinto, Maria F da S Teixeira
Small ruminant lentiviruses isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes and target organs can be propagated in vitro in fibroblasts derived from goat synovial membrane cells. These cells are obtained from tissues collected from embryos or fetuses and are necessary for the establishment of the fibroblast primary culture. A new alternative type of host cells, derived from goat umbilical cord, was isolated and characterized phenotypically with its main purpose being to obtain cell monolayers that could be used for the diagnosis and isolation of small ruminant lentiviruses in cell culture...
November 19, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896908/bixalomer-in-hyperphosphatemic-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-not-on-dialysis-phase-3-randomized-trial
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Tadao Akizawa, Hideki Origasa, Chisato Kameoka, Junko Tsukada, Kentarou Kuroishi, Yusuke Yamaguchi
Currently, calcium- or metal-containing phosphate binders are available to treat hyperphosphatemia in predialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. Bixalomer, a non-calcium, metal-free phosphate binder, has not been studied in these patients. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of bixalomer versus placebo for treatment of hyperphosphatemia in Japanese predialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, phase 3 trial, randomized eligible patients 1:1 to receive bixalomer or placebo for 12 weeks...
November 29, 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893754/cyp26-enzymes-facilitate-second-heart-field-progenitor-addition-and-maintenance-of-ventricular-integrity
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Ariel B Rydeen, Joshua S Waxman
Although retinoic acid (RA) teratogenicity has been investigated for decades, the mechanisms underlying RA-induced outflow tract (OFT) malformations are not understood. Here, we show zebrafish embryos deficient for Cyp26a1 and Cyp26c1 enzymes, which promote RA degradation, have OFT defects resulting from two mechanisms: first, a failure of second heart field (SHF) progenitors to join the OFT, instead contributing to the pharyngeal arch arteries (PAAs), and second, a loss of first heart field (FHF) ventricular cardiomyocytes due to disrupted cell polarity and extrusion from the heart tube...
November 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889897/growth-differentiation-factor-15-is-a-novel-diagnostic-biomarker-of-mitochondrial-diseases
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Xinbo Ji, Lizhen Zhao, Kunqian Ji, Yuying Zhao, Wei Li, Rui Zhang, Ying Hou, Jianqiang Lu, Chuanzhu Yan
The present study aimed to investigate whether serum growth differentiation factor 15 concentration is a valuable and reliable diagnostic biomarker of mitochondrial diseases. We examined consecutive patients with mitochondrial diseases, in comparison with patients with non-mitochondrial disease neuromuscular disorders and healthy controls. The serum concentrations of growth differentiation factor 15 were measured by ELISA, and compared with those of FGF21, lactate, and creatine kinase. We also evaluated the correlations between growth differentiation factor 15 concentrations and the Newcastle Mitochondrial Disease Adult Scale, numbers of ragged-red fibers, and COX-negative fibers in the biopsied muscles...
November 26, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889772/sonodynamic-therapy-inhibits-fibrogenesis-in-rat-cardiac-fibroblasts-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Yuanyuan Guo, Zengxiang Dong, Yuanqi Shi, Wei Wang, Lu Wang, Jing Sun, Xin Sun, Zhen Tian, Jianting Yao, Zhitao Li, Jiali Cheng, Ye Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is a localized ultrasound-activated therapy for atherosclerosis when combined with a sonosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), but whether it can prevent cardiac fibrosis has not been studied. In the present study, we evaluated the effects SDT on fibrogenesis in rat cardiac fibroblasts. METHODS: The primary cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from rats, and induced to fibrogenesis with TGF-β1. With this in vitro model, we tested the preventive effects of SDT on fibrogenesis and further the underlying mechanism...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889433/the-protective-effect-of-curcumin-in-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-exposed-to-hypoxia
#11
Roberta Bonfanti, Teresa Musumeci, Cristina Russo, Rosalia Pellitteri
Curcumin, a phytochemical component derived from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa, has shown a great variety of pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-depression and anti-oxidant activity. Therefore, in the last years it has been used as a therapeutic agent since it confers protection in different neurodegenerative diseases, cerebral ischemia and excitotoxicity. Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) are glial cells of the olfactory system. They are able to secrete several neurotrophic growth factors, promote axonal growth and support the remyelination of damaged axons...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888692/mitochondrial-gsh-replenishment-as-a-potential-therapeutic-approach-for-niemann-pick-type-c-disease
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Sandra Torres, Nuria Matías, Anna Baulies, Susana Nuñez, Cristina Alarcon-Vila, Laura Martinez, Natalia Nuño, Anna Fernandez, Joan Caballeria, Thierry Levade, Alba Gonzalez-Franquesa, Pablo Garcia-Rovés, Elisa Balboa, Silvana Zanlungo, Gemma Fabrías, Josefina Casas, Carlos Enrich, Carmen Garcia-Ruiz, José C Fernández-Checa
Niemann Pick type C (NPC) disease is a progressive lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in genes encoding NPC1/NPC2 proteins, characterized by neurological defects, hepatosplenomegaly and premature death. While the primary biochemical feature of NPC disease is the intracellular accumulation of cholesterol and gangliosides, predominantly in endolysosomes, mitochondrial cholesterol accumulation has also been reported. As accumulation of cholesterol in mitochondria is known to impair the transport of GSH into mitochondria, resulting in mitochondrial GSH (mGSH) depletion, we investigated the impact of mGSH recovery in NPC disease...
November 20, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884338/the-effect-of-local-hyperglycemia-on-skin-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-on-wound-healing-in-euglycemic-rats
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Carla R Kruse, Mansher Singh, Jens A Sørensen, Elof Eriksson, Kristo Nuutila
BACKGROUND: Multiple previous studies have established that high systemic blood glucose concentration impairs skin wound healing. However, the effects of local hyperglycemia on wound healing are not well defined. Comprehensive animal studies and in vitro studies using both fibroblasts and keratinocytes are lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Primary keratinocytes and fibroblasts were isolated from discarded human tissue, cultured under different concentrations of glucose, and the effect on cell function was examined...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882921/a-mutation-in-vps15-pik3r4-causes-a-ciliopathy-and-affects-ift20-release-from-the-cis-golgi
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Corinne Stoetzel, Séverine Bär, Johan-Owen De Craene, Sophie Scheidecker, Christelle Etard, Johana Chicher, Jennifer R Reck, Isabelle Perrault, Véronique Geoffroy, Kirsley Chennen, Uwe Strähle, Philippe Hammann, Sylvie Friant, Hélène Dollfus
Ciliopathies are a group of diseases that affect kidney and retina among other organs. Here, we identify a missense mutation in PIK3R4 (phosphoinositide 3-kinase regulatory subunit 4, named VPS15) in a family with a ciliopathy phenotype. Besides being required for trafficking and autophagy, we show that VPS15 regulates primary cilium length in human fibroblasts, as well as ciliary processes in zebrafish. Furthermore, we demonstrate its interaction with the golgin GM130 and its localization to the Golgi. The VPS15-R998Q patient mutation impairs Golgi trafficking functions in humanized yeast cells...
November 24, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881983/high-endothelial-venules-and-lymphatic-vessels-in-tertiary-lymphoid-organs-characteristics-functions-and-regulation
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REVIEW
Nancy H Ruddle
High endothelial venules (HEVs) and lymphatic vessels (LVs) are essential for the function of the immune system, by providing communication between the body and lymph nodes (LNs), specialized sites of antigen presentation and recognition. HEVs bring in naïve and central memory cells and LVs transport antigen, antigen-presenting cells, and lymphocytes in and out of LNs. Tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs) are accumulations of lymphoid and stromal cells that arise and organize at ectopic sites in response to chronic inflammation in autoimmunity, microbial infection, graft rejection, and cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880907/tet3-mediated-dna-demethylation-contributes-to-the-direct-conversion-of-fibroblast-to-functional-neuron
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Juan Zhang, Shuangquan Chen, Dongming Zhang, Zixiao Shi, Hong Li, Tongbiao Zhao, Baoyang Hu, Qi Zhou, Jianwei Jiao
The direct conversion of somatic cells to neurons by bypassing the multipotent cell state may be a powerful approach for personalized medicine. In addition to neuronal transcription factors and multiple small molecules, we find that epigenetic modification also contributes to the direct conversion of fibroblasts to neurons. Here, we show that Tet3, a DNA dioxygenase, can rapidly and efficiently convert fibroblasts directly into functional neurons. The induced neurons (iNs) express pan and mature neuronal markers such as Tuj1, Synapsin, and neuronal nuclei (NeuN)...
November 22, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878234/prometastatic-mechanisms-of-caf-mediated-emt-regulation-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#17
Tao Shan, Shuo Chen, Xi Chen, Wan Run Lin, Wei Li, Jiancang Ma, Tao Wu, Hong Ji, Yiming Li, Xijuan Cui, Ya'an Kang
Tumor metastasis are accompanied by the EMT (epithelial-mesenchymal transition)-MET (mesenchymal-epithelial transition) two-step process. In this study, we investigated the importance of cancer associated fibroblasts (CAF) in the process. First, the primary cultures of isolated pancreatic CAF, fibroblasts of normal pancreatic tissues (NF), and normal hepatic stellate cells (HSF) were identified and verified via the expression of α-SMA and vimentin. Using an indirect three-dimensional co-culture model, the morphological changes were observed by light microscopy and laser scanning confocal microscopy...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875022/a-comparison-of-left-and-right-atrial-fibroblasts-reveals-different-collagen-production-activity-and-stress-induced-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-in-rats
#18
Cheng-Chih Chung, Yu-Hsun Kao, Chih-Jung Yao, Yung-Kuo Lin, Yi-Jen Chen
AIM: Atrial fibrosis plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of heart failure (HF). The left atrium (LA) experiences greater fibrosis than the right atrium (RA) during HF. It is not clear whether LA cardiac fibroblasts contain distinctive activities that predispose LA to fibrosis. METHODS: LA and RA fibrosis were evaluated in healthy and isoproterenol induced HF Sprague-Dawley rats. Rat LA and RA primary isolated fibroblasts were subjected to proliferation assay, oxidative stress assay, cell migration analysis, collagen measurement, cytokine array and western blot...
November 22, 2016: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874857/antisense-oligonucleotide-mediated-splice-correction-of-a-deep-intronic-mutation-in-opa1
#19
Tobias Bonifert, Irene Gonzalez Menendez, Florian Battke, Yvonne Theurer, Matthis Synofzik, Ludger Schöls, Bernd Wissinger
Inherited optic neuropathies (ION) present an important cause of blindness in the European working-age population. Recently we reported the discovery of four independent families with deep intronic mutations in the main inherited optic neuropathies gene OPA1. These deep intronic mutations cause mis-splicing of the OPA1 pre-messenger-RNA transcripts by creating cryptic acceptor splice sites. As a rescue strategy we sought to prevent mis-splicing of the mutant pre-messenger-RNA by applying 2'O-methyl-antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) with a full-length phosphorothioate backbone that target the cryptic acceptor splice sites and the predicted novel branch point created by the deep intronic mutations, respectively...
November 22, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874830/cell-culture-based-profiling-across-mammals-reveals-dna-repair-and-metabolism-as-determinants-of-species-longevity
#20
Siming Ma, Akhil Upneja, Andrzej Galecki, Yi-Miau Tsai, Charles F Burant, Sasha Raskind, Quanwei Zhang, Zhengdong D Zhang, Andrei Seluanov, Vera Gorbunova, Clary B Clish, Richard A Miller, Vadim N Gladyshev
Mammalian lifespan differs by >100-fold, but the mechanisms associated with such longevity differences are not understood. Here, we conducted a study on primary skin fibroblasts isolated from 16 species of mammals and maintained under identical cell culture conditions. We developed a pipeline for obtaining species-specific ortholog sequences, profiled gene expression by RNA-seq and small molecules by metabolite profiling, and identified genes and metabolites correlating with species longevity. Cells from longer-lived species up-regulated genes involved in DNA repair and glucose metabolism, down-regulated proteolysis and protein transport, and showed high levels of amino acids but low levels of lysophosphatidylcholine and lysophosphatidylethanolamine...
November 22, 2016: ELife
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