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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720662/proximal-tubule-apical-endocytosis-is-modulated-by-fluid-shear-stress-via-an-mtor-dependent-pathway
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Kimberly R Long, Katherine E Shipman, Youssef Rbaibi, Elizabeth V Menshikova, Vladimir B Ritov, Megan L Eshbach, Yu Jiang, Edwin K Jackson, Catherine J Baty, Ora A Weisz
Cells lining the proximal tubule (PT) have unique membrane specializations that are required to maintain the high capacity ion transport and endocytic functions of this nephron segment. PT cells in vivo acutely regulate ion transport in response to changes in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) to maintain glomerulotubular balance. PT cells in culture upregulate endocytic capacity in response to acute changes in fluid shear stress (FSS); however it is not known whether GFR modulates PT endocytosis to enable maximally efficient uptake of filtered proteins in vivo Here we show that cells cultured under continuous FSS develop an expanded apical endocytic pathway as well as increased endocytic capacity and lysosomal biogenesis...
July 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719464/nuclear-crx-and-foxj1-expression-differentiates-non-germ-cell-pineal-region-tumors-and-supports-the-ependymal-differentiation-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-region
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Shannon Coy, Adrian M Dubuc, Sonika Dahiya, Keith L Ligon, Alexandre Vasiljevic, Sandro Santagata
Papillary tumor of the pineal region (PTPR) is a neuroepithelial neoplasm first described in 2003. Despite the anatomic association of PTPR with the pineal gland, the features of these tumors resemble those of the ependymal circumventricular subcommissural organ (SCO) of the posterior third ventricle. Given the presumed distinct derivation of PTPR and pineal parenchymal tumors, we hypothesized that expression of lineage-specific transcription factors could distinguish these tumors and provide additional insight into the differentiation of PTPR...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719181/differential-ligand-binding-specificities-of-the-pulmonary-collectins-are-determined-by-the-conformational-freedom-of-a-surface-loop
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Michael J Rynkiewicz, Huixing Wu, Tanya R Cafarella, Nikolaos M Nikolaidis, James Frederick Head, Barbara A Seaton, Francis X McCormack
Lung surfactant proteins (SP) play critical roles in surfactant function and innate immunity. SP-A and SP-D, members of the collectin family of C-type lectins, exhibit distinct ligand specificities, effects on surfactant structure, and host defense functions despite extensive structural homology. SP-A binds to dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), the major surfactant lipid component, but not phosphatidylinositol (PI), whereas SP-D shows the opposite preference. Additionally, SP-A and SP-D recognize widely divergent pathogen-associated molecular patterns...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717251/transdifferentiated-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-are-a-new-potential-cell-source-for-endothelial-regeneration
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Xuechong Hong, Andriana Margariti, Alexandra Le Bras, Laureen Jacquet, Wei Kong, Yanhua Hu, Qingbo Xu
Endothelial dysfunction is widely implicated in cardiovascular pathological changes and development of vascular disease. In view of the fact that the spontaneous endothelial cell (EC) regeneration is a slow and insufficient process, it is of great interest to explore alternative cell sources capable of generating functional ECs. Vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) composes the majority of the vascular wall and retains phenotypic plasticity in response to various stimuli. The aim of this study is to test the feasibility of the conversion of SMC into functional EC through the use of reprogramming factors...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716462/rapid-identification-of-a-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-full-genetic-drug-resistance-profile-through-whole-genome-sequencing-directly-from-sputum
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Camus Nimmo, Ronan Doyle, Carrie Burgess, Rachel Williams, Rebecca Gorton, Timothy D McHugh, Mike Brown, Stephen Morris-Jones, Helen Booth, Judith Breuer
INTRODUCTION: Resistance to second line tuberculosis drugs is common, but slow to diagnose with phenotypic drug sensitivity testing. Rapid molecular tests speed up diagnosis, but can only detect limited mutations. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) of culture isolates can generate a complete genetic drug resistance profile, but is delayed by the initial culture step. We previously successfully achieved WGS directly from sputum using targeted enrichment. CASE REPORT: A 29-year-old Nigerian lady was diagnosed with tuberculosis...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712382/design-and-fabrication-of-a-three-dimensional-in-vitro-system-for-modeling-vascular-stenosis
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Rebecca S Jones, Pin H Chang, Tzlil Perahia, Katrina A Harmon, Lorain Junor, Michael J Yost, Daping Fan, John F Eberth, Richard L Goodwin
Vascular stenosis, the abnormal narrowing of blood vessels, arises from defective developmental processes or atherosclerosis-related adult pathologies. Stenosis triggers a series of adaptive cellular responses that induces adverse remodeling, which can progress to partial or complete vessel occlusion with numerous fatal outcomes. Despite its severity, the cellular interactions and biophysical cues that regulate this pathological progression are poorly understood. Here, we report the design and fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) in vitro system to model vascular stenosis so that specific cellular interactions and responses to hemodynamic stimuli can be investigated...
July 17, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712377/breed-of-cow-and-herd-productivity-affect-milk-nutrient-recovery-in-curd-and-cheese-yield-efficiency-and-daily-production
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G Stocco, C Cipolat-Gotet, V Gasparotto, A Cecchinato, G Bittante
Little is known about cheese-making efficiency at the individual cow level, so our objective was to study the effects of herd productivity, individual herd within productivity class and breed of cow within herd by producing, then analyzing, 508 model cheeses from the milk of 508 cows of six different breeds reared in 41 multi-breed herds classified into two productivity classes (high v. low). For each cow we obtained six milk composition traits; four milk nutrient (fat, protein, solids and energy) recovery traits (REC) in curd; three actual % cheese yield traits (%CY); two theoretical %CYs (fresh cheese and cheese solids) calculated from milk composition; two overall cheese-making efficiencies (% ratio of actual to theoretical %CYs); daily milk yield (dMY); and three actual daily cheese yield traits (dCY)...
July 17, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712104/do-bacteria-isolated-from-icu-patients-eskape-antibiotic-treatment-in-vitro-susceptibility-of-the-enterobacteriaceae-family-to-tigecycline
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Katarzyna Talaga-Ćwiertnia, Paweł Krzyściak, Małgorzata Bulanda
BACKGROUND: Enterobacteriaceae are currently causing the majority of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and simultaneously expressing increasing levels of antibiotic resistance. The purpose of this study is to assess the in vitro sensitivity of MDR strains from the family Enterobacteriaceae to tigecycline in relation to their origin from patients hospitalized in intensive care units (ICUs) and non-ICUs. METHODS: The study involved 156 clinically-significant strains of the Enterobacteriaceae family isolated from patients with cIAIs and/or cSSSIs hospitalized in ICUs and other surgical departments...
July 16, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710947/variations-in-biofilm-formation-desiccation-resistance-and-benzalkonium-chloride-susceptibility-among-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-isolated-in-canada
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Marta J Piercey, Timothy C Ells, Andrew J Macintosh, Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen
Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic foodborne microorganism noted for its ability to survive in the environment and food processing facilities. Survival may be related to the phenotype of individual strains including the ability to form biofilms and resist desiccation and/or sanitizer exposure. The objectives of this research were to compare 14 L. monocytogenes strains isolated from blood (3), food (6) and water (5) with respect to their benzalkonium chloride (BAC) sensitivity, desiccation resistance, and ability to form biofilm...
July 8, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709491/band-pattern-analysis-of-mutations-in-rifampicin-resistance-strain-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-by-line-probe-assay-in-patients-from-delhi-india
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Himanshu Vashistha, M Hanif, K K Chopra, Ashwani Khanna, Divya Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: The GenoType MTBDRplus, a commercial Line Probe Assay (LPA) kit from Hain Lifescience, Germany, is endorsed by India's RNTCP Program for diagnosis of DRTB cases among smear-positive sputum samples. Although the LPA has been studied in several laboratories, there is a wide variation in existing M. tuberculosis strains across the globe, and false results can occur due to the presence of unique genetic mutations in different settings. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: An attempt was made to carry out band pattern analysis using LPA and also to observe uncommon mutations in MDR strains...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709146/liver-cancers-with-stem-progenitor-cell-features-a-rare-chemotherapy-sensitive-malignancy
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Bruno Christian Köhler, Nina Waldburger, Kai Schlamp, Dirk Jäger, Karl Heinz Weiss, Henning Schulze-Bergkamen, Peter Schirmacher, Christoph Springfeld
Primary liver tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignancies. Besides classical hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CC), combined and intermediate forms of liver cancer exist and can express stem-cell markers like nuclear cell adhesion molecule (NCAM-1/CD56), c-kit (CD117) or epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) together with high proliferative activity. Liver tumors with progenitor-cell features are associated with an unfavorable prognosis, but the phenotype has not resulted in therapeutic consequences so far...
June 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704177/morphology-and-contractile-gene-expression-of-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-response-to-short-term-cyclic-uniaxial-strain-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1
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Neda Rashidi, Mohammad Tafazzoli-Shadpour, Nooshin Haghighipour, Mohammad-Mehdi Khani
Previous studies have shown smooth muscle induction in adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) caused by long-term cyclic stretch. Here we examined the capability of the short-term straining with time steps of 4, 8, 16 and 24 h alone or combined with TGF-β1 on smooth muscle induction of rabbit ASCs. Alterations in cell morphology were quantified through the cell shape index and orientation angle, and expression levels of α-SMA, SM22-α, h-caldesmon and calponin3 markers were examined using the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method...
July 12, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700648/highly-diverse-and-antimicrobial-susceptible-escherichia-coli-display-a-na%C3%A3-ve-bacterial-population-in-fruit-bats-from-the-republic-of-congo
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Kathrin Nowak, Jakob Fahr, Natalie Weber, Antina Lübke-Becker, Torsten Semmler, Sabrina Weiss, Jean-Vivien Mombouli, Lothar H Wieler, Sebastian Guenther, Fabian H Leendertz, Christa Ewers
Bats are suspected to be a reservoir of several bacterial and viral pathogens relevant to animal and human health, but studies on Escherichia coli in these animals are sparse. We investigated the presence of E. coli in tissue samples (liver, lung and intestines) collected from 50 fruit bats of five different species (Eidolon helvum, Epomops franqueti, Hypsignathus monstrosus, Myonycteris torquata, Rousettus aegyptiacus) of two different areas in the Republic of Congo between 2009 and 2010. To assess E. coli pathotypes and phylogenetic relationships, we determined the presence of 59 virulence associated genes and multilocus sequence types (STs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698621/investigating-gene-flow-between-the-blind-cavefish-garra-barreimiae-and-its-conspecific-surface-populations
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Sandra Kirchner, Helmut Sattmann, Elisabeth Haring, Lukas Plan, Reginald Victor, Luise Kruckenhauser
Cave-dwelling taxa often share the same phenotypic modifications like absence of eyes and pigmentation. These "troglomorphic characters" are expressed in the populations of Garra barreimiae from the Al Hoota Cave and nearby Hoti Pit in Northern Oman. Surface morphotypes of this cyprinid species are common throughout the distribution area. Very rarely individuals with intermediate phenotypes can be found. In the present study, potential gene flow between cave and surface populations was tested and population structure within five sampling sites was assessed...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698311/proteomics-and-metabolomics-in-ageing-research-from-biomarkers-to-systems-biology
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REVIEW
Jessica M Hoffman, Yang Lyu, Scott D Pletcher, Daniel E L Promislow
Age is the single greatest risk factor for a wide range of diseases, and as the mean age of human populations grows steadily older, the impact of this risk factor grows as well. Laboratory studies on the basic biology of ageing have shed light on numerous genetic pathways that have strong effects on lifespan. However, we still do not know the degree to which the pathways that affect ageing in the lab also influence variation in rates of ageing and age-related disease in human populations. Similarly, despite considerable effort, we have yet to identify reliable and reproducible 'biomarkers', which are predictors of one's biological as opposed to chronological age...
July 15, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698287/blimp-1-dependent-and-independent-natural-antibody-production-by-b-1-and-b-1-derived-plasma-cells
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Hannah P Savage, Vanessa M Yenson, Sanjam S Sawhney, Betty J Mousseau, Frances E Lund, Nicole Baumgarth
Natural antibodies contribute to tissue homeostasis and protect against infections. They are secreted constitutively without external antigenic stimulation. The differentiation state and regulatory pathways that enable continuous natural antibody production by B-1 cells, the main cellular source in mice, remain incompletely understood. Here we demonstrate that natural IgM-secreting B-1 cells in the spleen and bone marrow are heterogeneous, consisting of (a) terminally differentiated B-1-derived plasma cells expressing the transcriptional regulator of differentiation, Blimp-1, (b) Blimp-1(+), and (c) Blimp-1(neg) phenotypic B-1 cells...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692660/n-3-oxododecanoyl-l-homoserine-lactone-interactions-in-the-breast-tumor-microenvironment-implications-for-breast-cancer-viability-and-proliferation-in-vitro
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Brittany N Balhouse, Logan Patterson, Eva M Schmelz, Daniel J Slade, Scott S Verbridge
It is well documented that the tumor microenvironment profoundly impacts the etiology and progression of breast cancer, yet the contribution of the resident microbiome within breast tissue remains poorly understood. Tumor microenvironmental conditions, such as hypoxia and dense tumor stroma, predispose progressive phenotypes and therapy resistance, however the role of bacteria in this interplay remains uncharacterized. We hypothesized that the effect of individual bacterial secreted molecules on breast cancer viability and proliferation would be modulated by these tumor-relevant stressors differentially for cells at varying stages of progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689190/intermediate-c9orf72-alleles-in-neurological-disorders-does-size-really-matter
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REVIEW
Adeline S L Ng, Eng-King Tan
C9orf72 repeat expansions is a major cause of familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) worldwide. Sizes of <20 hexanucleotide repeats are observed in controls, while up to thousands associate with disease. Intermediate C9orf72 repeat lengths, however, remain uncertain. We systematically reviewed the role of intermediate C9orf72 alleles in C9orf72-related neurological disorders. We identified 49 studies with adequate available data on normal or intermediate C9orf72 repeat length, involving subjects with FTD, ALS, Parkinson's disease (PD), atypical parkinsonism, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other aetiologies...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688454/reassortment-process-after-co-infection-of-pigs-with-avian-h1n1-and-swine-h3n2-influenza-viruses
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Kinga Urbaniak, Iwona Markowska-Daniel, Andrzej Kowalczyk, Krzysztof Kwit, Małgorzata Pomorska-Mól, Barbara Frącek, Zygmunt Pejsak
BACKGROUND: The influenza A virus is highly variable, which, to some degree, is caused by the reassortment of viral genetic material. This process plays a major role in the generation of novel influenza virus strains that can emerge in a new host population. Due to the susceptibility of pigs to infections with avian, swine and human influenza viruses, they are considered intermediate hosts for the adaptation of the avian influenza virus to humans. In order to test the reassortment process in pigs, they were co-infected with H3N2 A/swine/Gent/172/2008 (Gent/08) and H1N1 A/duck/Italy/1447/2005 (Italy/05) and co-housed with a group of naïve piglets...
July 8, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686562/-impulsivity-as-an-immediate-factor-between-addictive-disorders-and-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
#20
H Lazaratou, A Palaiologou, D Anagnostopoulos
Impulsivity is a behavior in everyday life of mentally healthy individuals. But in some cases the degree of impulsivity begins to create negative effects on one's life and acquires pathological connotation. Two clinical entities in which can be observed a high degree of impulsivity is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Addictive disorders. In these disorders, both impulsive act and impulsive choice are observed. According to some researchers, genetic factors are involved in the control of impulsivity...
April 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
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