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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453312/inhibition-of-ras-activity-coordinates-cell-fusion-with-cell-cell-contact-during-yeast-mating
#1
Laura Merlini, Bita Khalili, Omaya Dudin, Laetitia Michon, Vincent Vincenzetti, Sophie G Martin
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe , pheromone signaling engages a signaling pathway composed of a G protein-coupled receptor, Ras, and a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade that triggers sexual differentiation and gamete fusion. Cell-cell fusion requires local cell wall digestion, which relies on an initially dynamic actin fusion focus that becomes stabilized upon local enrichment of the signaling cascade on the structure. We constructed a live-reporter of active Ras1 (Ras1-guanosine triphosphate [GTP]) that shows Ras activity at polarity sites peaking on the fusion structure before fusion...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452192/graded-6-ohda-induced-dopamine-depletion-in-the-nigrostriatal-pathway-evokes-progressive-pathological-neuronal-activities-in-the-subthalamic-nucleus-of-a-hemi-parkinsonian-mouse
#2
Sunghee Estelle Park, Kang-Il Song, Hyungmin Kim, Seok Chung, Inchan Youn
Recent studies have established methods for establishing a rodent model that mimics progressive stages of human Parkinson's disease (PD), via injection of graded doses of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into regions within the nigrostriatal pathway. However, the electrophysiological characteristics of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) in this model have not been fully elucidated in this model. This study aimed to investigate changes in the neuronal activity of the STN in a graded mouse model of PD. Increasing doses of 6-OHDA were unilaterally injected into the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) to produce a hemi-parkinsonian mouse model, mimicking early, moderate, advanced, and severe stages of human PD...
February 13, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451063/epithelial-tumors-growing-from-within
#3
Mariana Muzzopappa, Marco Milán
The growth of epithelial tumors is often governed by cell interactions with the surrounding stroma. Drosophila has been instrumental in identifying the relevant molecular elements mediating these interactions. Of note is the role of the TNF ligand Eiger, released from recruited blood cells, in activating the JNK tumor-promoting pathway in epithelial tumors. JNK drives the transcriptional induction of mitogenic molecules, matrix metalloproteases and systemic signals that lead to tumor growth, tissue invasiveness and malignancy...
February 16, 2018: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449332/inhibition-of-endothelial-notch1-signaling-attenuates-inflammation-by-reducing-cytokine-mediated-histone-acetylation-at-inflammatory-enhancers
#4
Lars la Cour Poulsen, Reidunn Jetne Edelmann, Stig Krüger, Rodrigo Diéguez-Hurtado, Akshay Shah, Tor Espen Stav-Noraas, Anastasia Renzi, Monika Szymanska, Junbai Wang, Manuel Ehling, Rui Benedito, Monika Kasprzycka, Espen Bækkevold, Olav Sundnes, Kim S Midwood, Helge Scott, Philippe Collas, Christian W Siebel, Ralf H Adams, Guttorm Haraldsen, Eirik Sundlisæter, Johanna Hol
OBJECTIVE: Endothelial upregulation of adhesion molecules serves to recruit leukocytes to inflammatory sites and appears to be promoted by NOTCH1; however, current models based on interactions between active NOTCH1 and NF-κB components cannot explain the transcriptional selectivity exerted by NOTCH1 in this context. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Observing that Cre/Lox-induced conditional mutations of endothelial Notch modulated inflammation in murine contact hypersensitivity, we found that IL (interleukin)-1β stimulation induced rapid recruitment of RELA to genomic sites occupied by NOTCH1-RBPJ and that NOTCH1 knockdown reduced H3K27 acetylation at a subset of NF-κB-directed inflammatory enhancers...
February 15, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448092/investigation-on-bisphenol-a-levels-in-human-milk-and-dairy-supply-chain-a-review
#5
REVIEW
Raffaelina Mercogliano, Serena Santonicola
Bisphenol A (BPA), widely used as additive in food packaging, is an environmental and food contaminant that shows a weak estrogenic activity in general population and toxicity in the infant population. A temporary tolerable daily intake (t-TDI) of 4 μg/kg bw/day and a migration limit of 0.6 mg/kg in food from plastic materials, intended to come in contact with food, were fixed. Dietary milk is important in the human diet. The review investigated the contamination levels in human milk and along the dairy supply chain...
February 12, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448000/bone-marrow-derived-fibrocytes-promote-stem-cell-like-properties-of-lung-cancer-cells
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Atsuro Saijo, Hisatsugu Goto, Mayuri Nakano, Atsushi Mitsuhashi, Yoshinori Aono, Masaki Hanibuchi, Hirohisa Ogawa, Hisanori Uehara, Kazuya Kondo, Yasuhiko Nishioka
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a minor population that have clonal tumor initiation and self-renewal capacity and are responsible for tumor initiation, metastasis, and therapeutic resistance. CSCs reside in niches, which are composed of diverse types of stromal cells and extracellular matrix components. These stromal cells regulate CSC-like properties by providing secreted factors or by physical contact. Fibrocytes are differentiated from bone marrow-derived CD14 + monocytes and have features of both macrophages and fibroblasts...
February 12, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444988/nmda-type-glutamate-receptor-activation-promotes-vascular-remodeling-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Sébastien J Dumas, Gilles Bru-Mercier, Audrey Courboulin, Marceau Quatredeniers, Catherine Rücker-Martin, Fabrice Antigny, Morad K Nakhleh, Benoit Ranchoux, Elodie Gouadon, Maria-Candida Vinhas, Matthieu Vocelle, Nicolas Raymond, Peter Dorfmüller, Elie Fadel, Frédéric Perros, Marc Humbert, Sylvia Cohen-Kaminsky
Background -Excessive proliferation and apoptosis resistance in pulmonary vascular cells underlie vascular remodeling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Specific treatments for PAH exist, mostly targeting endothelial dysfunction, but high pulmonary arterial pressure still causes heart failure and death. Pulmonary vascular remodeling may be driven by metabolic reprogramming of vascular cells to increase glutaminolysis and glutamate production. The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), a major neuronal glutamate receptor, is also expressed on vascular cells, but its role in PAH is unknown...
February 14, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444846/differential-immune-gene-expression-in-sperm-storage-organs-of-leaf-cutting-ants
#8
Sarah Chérasse, Boris Baer, Morten Schiøtt, Jacobus J Boomsma
Leaf-cutting ant queens mate with multiple males during a single nuptial flight and store sperm for up to two decades. During mating, males transfer sperm from their accessory testes to the queen bursa copulatrix from where it enters the spermatheca, an insect sperm storage organ that has become highly specialised in long-lived ant queens who never re-mate later in life. Long-term storage without the possibility to obtain new sperm creates an immune defence dilemma, because recognition of non-self cells eliminates infections but may also target irreplaceable sperm and reduce lifetime reproductive success...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443031/ultrasound-cyclo-plasty-in-eyes-with-glaucoma
#9
Giuseppe Giannaccare, Stefano Sebastiani, Emilio C Campos
Glaucoma is a chronic disease caused by the progressive degeneration of the optical nerve fibers, resulting in decreased visual field that can lead to severe visual impairment, and eventually blindness. This manuscript describes a simple, surgeon-friendly, non-incisional technique, named Ultrasound Cyclo Plasty (UCP), for reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients. The technique determines a selective coagulation necrosis of the ciliary body; in addition, the stimulation of supra-choroidal and trans-scleral portions of the uveo-scleral outflow pathway has been recently proposed...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436499/profound-genetic-divergence-and-asymmetric-parental-genome-contributions-as-hallmarks-of-hybrid-speciation-in-polyploid-toads
#10
Caroline Betto-Colliard, Sylvia Hofmann, Roberto Sermier, Nicolas Perrin, Matthias Stöck
The evolutionary causes and consequences of allopolyploidization, an exceptional pathway to instant hybrid speciation, are poorly investigated in animals. In particular, when and why hybrid polyploids versus diploids are produced, and constraints on sources of paternal and maternal ancestors, remain underexplored. Using the Palearctic green toad radiation (including bisexually reproducing species of three ploidy levels) as model, we generate a range-wide multi-locus phylogeny of 15 taxa and present four new insights: (i) at least five (up to seven) distinct allotriploid and allotetraploid taxa have evolved in the Pleistocene; (ii) all maternal and paternal ancestors of hybrid polyploids stem from two deeply diverged nuclear clades (6 Mya, 3...
February 14, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434845/all-trans-retinoic-acid-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-sgc7901-cells-by-regulating-caveolin-1-localization-via-the-erk-mapk-signaling-pathway
#11
Sumei Zhang, Rui Shi, Shaolong Chen, Xiang Wei, Qing Zhou, Yuan Wang
Caveolin-1 is a scaffold protein of caveolae in the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract and acts as a tumor modulator by interacting with cell adhesion molecules and signaling receptors. Caveolin-1 stabilizes cell-cell and cell-matrix contacts and is a hallmark of a number of different types of human cancer, including gastric cancer. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), a derivative of vitamin A, has been demonstrated to exhibit tumor inhibitory effects in acute leukemia and certain types of solid tumor. In the present study, treatment with ATRA was demonstrated to inhibit the proliferation of gastric cancer cell line SGC7901, in a time- and dose-dependent manner...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434825/changes-in-inflammatory-and-oxidative-stress-factors-and-the-protein-synthesis-pathway-in-injured-skeletal-muscle-after-contusion
#12
Xiaoguang Liu, Zhigang Zeng, Linlin Zhao, Weihua Xiao, Peijie Chen
Injury of skeletal muscle, and particularly mechanically-induced damage, including contusion injury, frequently occurs in contact sports as well as in sports with accidental contact. Although the mechanisms of skeletal muscle regeneration are well understood, those involved in muscle contusion are not. A total of 40 male mice were randomly divided into control (n=8) and muscle contusion (n=32) groups. A muscle contusion model was established by weight-drop injury. Subsequently, the gastrocnemius muscles in the two groups were harvested at different times (1, 3, 7 and 14 days) post-injury...
February 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29434596/insight-into-phosphatidylinositol-dependent-membrane-localization-of-the-innate-immune-adaptor-protein-toll-interleukin-1-receptor-domain-containing-adaptor-protein
#13
Mahesh Chandra Patra, Sangdun Choi
The toll/interleukin 1 receptor (TIR) domain-containing adaptor protein (TIRAP) plays an important role in the toll-like receptor (TLR) 2, TLR4, TLR7, and TLR9 signaling pathways. TIRAP anchors to phosphatidylinositol (PI) 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) on the plasma membrane and PI (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3) on the endosomal membrane and assists in recruitment of the myeloid differentiation primary response 88 protein to activated TLRs. To date, the structure and mechanism of TIRAP's membrane association are only partially understood...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431135/challenges-of-diagnosis-and-management-of-giant-cell-arteritis-in-general-practice-a-multimethods-study
#14
Toby Helliwell, Sara Muller, Samantha L Hider, James A Prior, Jane C Richardson, Christian D Mallen
BACKGROUND: In the UK, general practitioners (GPs) are usually the first medical contact for patients with suspected giant cell arteritis (GCA). While rare, it is critical not to miss, as delayed treatment can lead to significant complications including permanent visual loss. To date, little is known about the approach and challenges to diagnosis and management of GCA by GPs. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected GCA in UK general practice...
February 3, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29427800/new-insights-into-transmission-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-a-narrative-review
#15
REVIEW
Ana Durovic, Andreas Widmer, Sarah Tschudin Sutter
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, Clostridium difficile has been considered a typical healthcare-associated pathogen - transmitted within healthcare facilities and thus prevented by implementation of standard infection control measures. More recently, this concept has been challenged by studies suggesting a relevant role for community-acquisition of C. difficile. AIMS: To discusses the current literature, compiled during the last decade, reporting on sources of acquisition of C...
February 7, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426343/differences-in-mwcnt-and-swcnt-induced-dna-methylation-alterations-in-association-with-the-nuclear-deposition
#16
Deniz Öner, Manosij Ghosh, Hannelore Bové, Matthieu Moisse, Bram Boeckx, Radu C Duca, Katrien Poels, Katrien Luyts, Eveline Putzeys, Kirsten Van Landuydt, Jeroen Aj Vanoirbeek, Marcel Ameloot, Diether Lambrechts, Lode Godderis, Peter Hm Hoet
BACKGROUND: Subtle DNA methylation alterations mediated by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) exposure might contribute to pathogenesis and disease susceptibility. It is known that both multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) interact with nucleus. Such, nuclear-CNT interaction may affect the DNA methylation effects. In order to understand the epigenetic toxicity, in particular DNA methylation alterations, of SWCNTs and short MWCNTs, we performed global/genome-wide, gene-specific DNA methylation and RNA-expression analyses after exposing human bronchial epithelial cells (16HBE14o- cell line)...
February 9, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425052/regulatory-t-cells-subvert-mycobacterial-containment-in-patients-failing-extensively-drug-resistant-tb-treatment
#17
Malika Davids, Anil S Pooran, Elize Pietersen, Helen C Wainwright, Anke Binder, Robin Warren, Keertan Dheda
RATIONALE: The advent of extensively (XDR-TB) and totally drug-resistant TB, with limited or no treatment options, has facilitated renewed interest in host directed immunotherapy, particularly for therapeutically destitute patients. However, the selection and utility of such approaches depend upon understanding the host immune response in XDR-TB, which hitherto remains unexplored. OBJECTIVES: To determine the host immunological profile in patients with XDR-TB, compared to drug-sensitive TB, using peripheral blood and explanted lung tissue...
February 9, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422006/inhibition-of-neurogenesis-by-zika-virus-infection
#18
Fahim Ahmad, Amna Siddiqui, Mohammad A Kamal, Sayed S Sohrab
The association between Zika virus infection and neurological disorder has raised urgent global alarm. The ongoing epidemic has triggered quick responses in the scientific community. The first case of Zika virus was reported in 2015 from Brazil and now has spread over 30 countries. Nearly four hundred cases of travel-associated Zika virus infection have also been reported in the United States. Zika virus is primarily transmitted by mosquito belongs to the genus Aedes that are widely distributed throughout the world including the Southern United States...
February 1, 2018: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29418058/evolutionary-conservation-of-the-allosteric-activation-of-factor-viia-by-tissue-factor-in-lamprey
#19
D L Beeler, W C Aird, M A Grant
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have provided insight into the molecular basis of human tissue factor (TF) activation of activated factor VII (FVIIa). TF-induced allosteric networks of FVIIa activation have been rationalized through analysis of the dynamic changes and residue connectivities in the human soluble TF (sTF)/FVIIa complex structure during molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. Evolutionary conservation of the molecular mechanisms for TF-induced allosteric FVIIa activation between human and extant vertebrate jawless fish (lamprey), where blood coagulation emerged more than 500 million years ago, is unknown and of considerable interest...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416763/dysregulation-of-yap-by-the-hippo-pathway-is-involved-in-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-cell-contact-inhibition-and-cell-senescence
#20
Cong Zhang, Feng Wang, Zhiyang Xie, Lu Chen, Arjun Sinkemani, Haomin Yu, Kun Wang, Lu Mao, Xiaotao Wu
The Hippo pathway plays important roles in wound healing, tissue repair and regeneration, and in the treatment of degenerative diseases, by regulating cell proliferation and apoptosis in mammals. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is one of the major causes of low back pain, a widespread issue associated with a heavy economic burden. However, the mechanism underlying how the Hippo pathway regulates IDD is not well understood. Here, we demonstrate that the Hippo pathway is involved in natural IDD. Activation and dephosphorylation of yes-associated protein (YAP) were observed in younger rat discs, and decreased gradually with age...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
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