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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431090/current-status-of-the-blue-butterfly-in-fukushima-research
#1
Joji M Otaki, Wataru Taira
Adverse biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident have been revealed using the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, since 2012, which were often considered incompatible with the conventional understanding of radiation biology. This discrepancy likely originates from different system conditions and methodologies. In this article, we first respond to comments from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) regarding our study; "technical errors" in unit usage and mathematical models noted by UNSCEAR are not errors but reflect our research philosophy not to introduce theoretical assumptions associated with unit conversion and mathematical fit...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429568/the-evolutionary-radiation-of-plesiadapiforms
#2
Mary T Silcox, Jonathan I Bloch, Doug M Boyer, Stephen G B Chester, Sergi López-Torres
Very shortly after the disappearance of the non-avian dinosaurs, the first mammals that had features similar to those of primates started appearing. These first primitive forms went on to spawn a rich diversity of plesiadapiforms, often referred to as archaic primates. Like many living primates, plesiadapiforms were small arboreal animals that generally ate fruit, insects, and, occasionally, leaves. However, this group lacked several diagnostic features of euprimates. They also had extraordinarily diverse specializations, represented in eleven families and more than 140 species, which, in some cases, were like nothing seen since in the primate order...
April 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428753/a-clinical-perspective-of-anti-fibrotic-therapies-for-cardiovascular-disease
#3
REVIEW
Lu Fang, Andrew J Murphy, Anthony M Dart
Cardiac fibrosis are central to various cardiovascular diseases. Research on the mechanisms and therapeutic targets for cardiac fibrosis has advanced greatly in recent years. However, while many anti-fibrotic treatments have been studied in animal models and seem promising, translation of experimental findings into human patients has been rather limited. Thus, several potential new treatments which have shown to reduce cardiac fibrosis in animal models have either not been tested in humans or proved to be disappointing in clinical trials...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427752/spontaneously-arising-tumours-and-tumour-like-lesions-of-the-cervix-and-uterus-in-83-pet-guinea-pigs-cavia-porcellus
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C Laik-Schandelmaier, R Klopfleisch, S Schöniger, G Weiffenbach, M Staudacher, H Aupperle
Tumours and tumour-like lesions are rare findings in the genital system of guinea pigs. The aim of the present study was to characterize nodular lesions in the cervix and uterus of guinea pigs submitted for histopathological diagnosis. Samples from 83 pet animals were investigated. Cases included 64 surgically excised masses including complete uteri (n = 37), parts from uteri containing masses (n = 8), complete masses (n = 12) or samples from masses (n = 7) and 19 complete necropsy examinations. In 55 of the cases, only solitary changes were observed; in 28 cases two or more lesions were diagnosed...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427349/genome-wide-survey-of-mirnas-and-their-evolutionary-history-in-the-ascidian-halocynthia-roretzi
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Kai Wang, Christelle Dantec, Patrick Lemaire, Takeshi A Onuma, Hiroki Nishida
BACKGROUND: miRNAs play essential roles in the modulation of cellular functions via degradation and/or translation attenuation of target mRNAs. They have been surveyed in a single ascidian genus, Ciona. Recently, an annotated draft genome sequence for a distantly related ascidian, Halocynthia roretzi, has become available, but miRNAs in H. roretzi have not been previously studied. RESULTS: We report the prediction of 319 candidate H. roretzi miRNAs, obtained through three complementary methods...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427324/genomic-prediction-from-observed-and-imputed-high-density-ovine-genotypes
#6
Nasir Moghaddar, Andrew A Swan, Julius H J van der Werf
BACKGROUND: Genomic prediction using high-density (HD) marker genotypes is expected to lead to higher prediction accuracy, particularly for more heterogeneous multi-breed and crossbred populations such as those in sheep and beef cattle, due to providing stronger linkage disequilibrium between single nucleotide polymorphisms and quantitative trait loci controlling a trait. The objective of this study was to evaluate a possible improvement in genomic prediction accuracy of production traits in Australian sheep breeds based on HD genotypes (600k, both observed and imputed) compared to prediction based on 50k marker genotypes...
April 20, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427230/deguelin-inhibits-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-via-down-regulating-hexokinases-ii-mediated-glycolysis
#7
Wei Li, Feng Gao, Xiaoqian Ma, Ruike Wang, Xin Dong, Wei Wang
Hexokinases II (HK2) is a hub in the regulation of cancer cell glycolysis. Here we reported deguelin, a natural compound which has been studied in various tumor types, has a profound anti-tumor effect on human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) via directly down-regulating of glycolysis. In NSCLC cell lines and primary NSCLC tissue, we found HK2 is overexpressed. Deguelin treatment markedly inhibited anchorage-dependent and independent growth of NSCLC cell lines. We revealed that deguelin exposure impaired glucose metabolism by inhibiting Akt-mediated Hexokinase II expression, overexpression of constitutively activated Akt1 substantially rescued deguelin-induced glycolysis suppression...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426959/ontogenesis-of-lateralization
#8
REVIEW
Onur Güntürkün, Sebastian Ocklenburg
The brains of humans and other animals are asymmetrically organized, but we still know little about the ontogenetic and neural fundaments of lateralizations. Here, we review the current state of understanding about the role of genetic and non-genetic factors for the development of neural and behavioral asymmetries in vertebrates. At the genetic level, the Nodal signaling cascade is of central importance, but several other genetic pathways have been discovered to also shape the lateralized embryonic brain. Studies in humans identified several relevant genes with mostly small effect sizes but also highlight the extreme importance of non-genetic factors for asymmetry development...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426718/effects-of-dietary-beef-pork-chicken-and-salmon-on-intestinal-carcinogenesis-in-a-j-min-mice
#9
Christina Steppeler, Marianne Sødring, Bjørg Egelandsdal, Bente Kirkhus, Marije Oostindjer, Ole Alvseike, Lars Erik Gangsei, Ellen-Margrethe Hovland, Fabrice Pierre, Jan Erik Paulsen
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified red meat as "probably carcinogenic to humans" (Group 2A). In mechanistic studies exploring the link between intake of red meat and CRC, heme iron, the pigment of red meat, is proposed to play a central role as a catalyzer of luminal lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity. In the present work, the novel A/J Min/+ mouse was used to investigate the effects of dietary beef, pork, chicken, or salmon (40% muscle food (dry weight) and 60% powder diet) on Apc-driven intestinal carcinogenesis, from week 3-13 of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425850/a-novel-and-robust-method-for-testing-bimodality-and-characterizing-porcine-adipocytes-of-adipose-tissue-of-5-purebred-lines-of-pig
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Eric D Testroet, Peter Sherman, Chad Yoder, Amber Testroet, Carmen Reynolds, Mathew O'Neil, Soi Meng Lei, Donald C Beitz, Tom J Baas
Adipocyte sizes from adipose tissue of mature animals form a bimodal distribution, thus reporting mean cell size is misleading. The objectives of this study were to develop a robust method for testing bimodality of porcine adipocytes, describe the size distribution with an informative metric, and statistically test hypertrophy and appearance of new small adipocytes, possibly resulting from hyperplasia or lipid filling of previously divided fibroblastic cells. Ninety-three percent of adipose samples measured were bimodal (P < 0...
March 10, 2017: Adipocyte
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425493/characterization-of-different-microbubbles-in-assisting-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening
#11
Sheng-Kai Wu, Po-Chun Chu, Wen-Yen Chai, Shih-Tsung Kang, Chih-Hung Tsai, Ching-Hsiang Fan, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Microbubbles (MBs) serve as a critical catalyst to amplify local cavitation in CNS capillary lumen to facilitate focused ultrasound (FUS) to transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, limited understanding is available regarding the effect of different microbubbles to induce BBB opening. The aim of this study is to characterize different MBs on their effect in FUS-induced BBB opening. Three MBs, SonoVue, Definity, and USphere, were tested, with 0.4-MHz FUS exposure at 0.62-1.38 of mechanical index (MI) on rats...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425051/upregulation-and-phosphorylation-of-hspb1-hsp25-and-hspb5-%C3%AE-b-crystallin-after-transient-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion-in-rats
#12
Britta Bartelt-Kirbach, Alexander Slowik, Cordian Beyer, Nikola Golenhofen
Ischemic stroke leads to cellular dysfunction, cell death, and devastating clinical outcomes. The cells of the brain react to such a cellular stress by a stress response with an upregulation of heat shock proteins resulting in activation of endogenous neuroprotective capacities. Several members of the family of small heat shock proteins (HspBs) have been shown to be neuroprotective. However, yet no systematic study examined all HspBs during cerebral ischemia. Here, we performed a comprehensive comparative study comprising all HspBs in an animal model of stroke, i...
April 20, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424774/cardiac-radionuclide-imaging-in-rodents-a-review-of-methods-results-and-factors-at-play
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Francesco Cicone, David Viertl, Ana Maria Quintela Pousa, Thibaut Denoël, Silvano Gnesin, Francesco Scopinaro, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, John O Prior
The interest around small-animal cardiac radionuclide imaging is growing as rodent models can be manipulated to allow the simulation of human diseases. In addition to new radiopharmaceuticals testing, often researchers apply well-established probes to animal models, to follow the evolution of the target disease. This reverse translation of standard radiopharmaceuticals to rodent models is complicated by technical shortcomings and by obvious differences between human and rodent cardiac physiology. In addition, radionuclide studies involving small animals are affected by several extrinsic variables, such as the choice of anesthetic...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424283/simian-immunodeficiency-virus-targeting-of-cxcr3-cd4-t-cells-in-secondary-lymphoid-organs-is-associated-with-robust-cxcl10-expression-in-monocyte-macrophage-subsets
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Masayuki Fujino, Hirotaka Sato, Tomotaka Okamura, Akihiko Uda, Satoshi Takeda, Nursarat Ahmed, Shigeyuki Shichino, Teiichiro Shiino, Yohei Saito, Satoru Watanabe, Chie Sugimoto, Marcelo Kuroda, Manabu Ato, Yoshiyuki Nagai, Shuji Izumo, Kouji Matsushima, Masaaki Miyazawa, Aftab A Ansari, Francois Villinger, Kazuyasu Mori
Glycosylation of Env defines pathogenic properties of SIV. We previously demonstrated that pathogenic SIVmac239 and live-attenuated, quintuple deglycosylated Env mutant (Δ5G) target CD4(+) T cells residing in different tissues during acute infection. SIVmac239 and Δ5G preferentially infected distinct CD4(+) T cells in secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) and within the lamina propria of the small intestine, respectively (C. Sugimoto et al., J Virol 86:9323-9336, 2012). Herein, we studied the host responses relevant to SIV targeting of CXCR3(+)CCR5(+) CD4(+) T cells in SLOs...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424257/an-animal-source-food-supplement-increases-micronutrient-intakes-and-iron-status-among-reproductive-age-women-in-rural-vietnam
#15
Andrew G Hall, Tu Ngu, Hoang T Nga, Phi N Quyen, Pham T Hong Anh, Janet C King
Background: Few studies have examined the impact of local animal-source foods (ASFs) on the nutritional status of reproductive-age women in developing countries.Objective: We hypothesized that a midmorning snack of local ASF for 6 mo would reduce dietary micronutrient deficiencies [usual intake less than the estimated average requirement (EAR)] and improve blood biomarkers of iron, zinc, and vitamins A and B-12 status among nonpregnant, reproductive-age women in rural Vietnam.Methods: One hundred seventeen women, 18-30 y old, were randomly assigned to receive either an ASF (mean: 144 kcal, 8...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423910/conformational-preference-of-serogroup-b-salmonella-o-polysaccharide-in-presence-and-absence-of-the-monoclonal-antibody-se155-4
#16
Mingjun Yang, Raphael Simon, Alexander D MacKerell
Salmonella infection is a major public health problem worldwide. Antibodies directed toward the O polysaccharide (OPS) of S. Typhimurium, a serogroup B nontyphoidal Salmonella serovar, have protected against fatal infection in animal models. The OPS is known to undergo O-acetylation, though the impact of these modifications on antibody binding is poorly understood. Using molecular simulations, we assessed the conformational properties and antigen-antibody interactions of deacetylated and O-acetylated S. Typhimurium OPS when bound by monoclonal anti-OPS IgG Se155-4...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422915/enteral-tranexamic-acid-attenuates-vasopressor-resistance-and-changes-in-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-receptor-expression-in-hemorrhagic-shock
#17
Marco Santamaria, Federico Aletti, Joyce B Li, Aaron Tan, Monica Chang, Jessica Leon, Geert W Schmid-Schönbein, Erik B Kistler
BACKGROUND: Irreversible hemorrhagic shock is characterized by hyporesponsiveness to vasopressor and fluid therapy. Little is known, however, about the mechanisms that contribute to this phenomenon. Previous studies have shown that decreased intestinal perfusion in hemorrhagic shock leads to proteolytically-mediated increases in gut permeability, with subsequent egress of vasoactive substances systemically. Maintenance of blood pressure is achieved in part by α1 receptor modulation, which may be affected by vasoactive factors; we thus hypothesized that decreases in hemodynamic stability and vasopressor response in shock can be prevented by enteral protease inhibition...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422784/b-cell-abnormalities-and-impact-on-antibody-response-in-hiv-infection
#18
Alessandra Noto, Giuseppe Pantaleo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the present review is to provide an update on the current development in the field of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNabs) and their potential use in the prevention and therapeutic settings, and an evaluation of the B-cell abnormalities that may impair antibody responses in HIV infection. RECENT FINDINGS: Major advances have been achieved in the characterization of bNabs directed against different vulnerable regions of HIV Envelope (Env)...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422745/targeting-of-the-breast-cancer-microenvironment-with-a-potent-and-linkable-oxindole-based-antiangiogenic-small-molecule
#19
Orestis Argyros, Theodoros Karampelas, Aimilia Varela, Xenophon Asvos, Athanasios Papakyriakou, Adamantia Agalou, Dimitris Beis, Constantinos H Davos, Demosthenes Fokas, Constantin Tamvakopoulos
The clinical efficacy of antiangiogenic small molecules (e.g., sunitinib) in breast carcinoma has largely failed with substantial off-target toxicity. We rationally designed and evaluated preclinically a novel sunitinib analogue, SAP, with favourable pharmacological properties and the ability to be readily conjugated to a targeting peptide or antibody for active tumour targeting.SAP was evaluated in silico and in vitro in order to verify target engagement (e.g., VEGFR2). Pharmacokinetic and biodistribution parameters were determined in mice using LC-MS/MS...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422484/direct-synthesis-of-dextran-based-antibacterial-hydrogels-for-extended-release-of-biocides-and-eradication-of-topical-biofilms
#20
Jiaul Hoque, Jayanta Haldar
Cationic small molecular biocides have been developed as promising antibiofilm agents because of their tunability in chemical structures and ability to disrupt established biofilms. However, the impact of biocides in antibiofilm treatment is largely limited due to lack of an effective delivery system that can ensure sustained release of biocide at the target site. Herein we report biocide-encapsulated antibacterial and antibiofilm hydrogel that acts as efficient delivery vehicle for the biocide and eradicates matured bacterial biofilm...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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