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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352710/changes-in-hepg2-spheroid-behavior-induced-by-differences-in-the-gap-distance-between-spheroids-in-a-micropatterned-culture-system
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Daisuke Miyamoto, Takuya Hara, Ai Hyakutake, Kohji Nakazawa
Micropatterning is a promising technique for modulating culture environments. In this study, we investigated the effect of spheroid separation distance on their properties in a micropatterned chip of HepG2 spheroids. The basic chip design consisted of 37 collagen spots (300 μm in diameter) in a hexagonal arrangement on a glass substrate; the region without collagen-spots was modified by polyethylene glycol to create the non-adhesive surface. Three similar chips were fabricated with gap distances between collagen-spots of 500, 1000, and 1500 μm...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352483/epidermal-aspects-of-type-vii-collagen-implications-for-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-and-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita
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REVIEW
Mika Watanabe, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Hiroshi Shimizu
Type VII collagen (COL7), a major component of anchoring fibrils in the epidermal basement membrane zone, has been characterized as a defective protein in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and as an autoantigen in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Although COL7 is produced and secreted by both epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts, the role of COL7 with regard to the epidermis is rarely discussed. This review focuses on COL7 physiology and pathology as it pertains to epidermal keratinocytes. We summarize the current knowledge of COL7 production and trafficking, its involvement in keratinocyte dynamics, and epidermal carcinogenesis in COL7 deficiency and propose possible solutions to unsolved issues in this field...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352446/mycobacterium-marinum-infection-in-zebrafish-and-microglia-imitates-the-early-stage-of-tuberculous-meningitis
#3
Zhan Chen, Xiao-Yi Shao, Chao Wang, Min-Hui Hua, Cheng-Niu Wang, Xin Wang, Qian-Jin Wang, Jin-Yi Yao, Yi-Hui Fan, Yong-Wei Qin
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) invading and activating microglia causes the most serious subtypes of tuberculosis called tubercular meningitis. However, the developmental process of tubercular meningitis, especially the early phase, is poorly understood due to lacking well-established and well-accepted visible models in vitro and in vivo. Here, consistent with one recent report, we found Mycobacterium marinum (M. marinum) invade the zebrafish brain and subsequently cause granuloma-like structures...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352336/who-was-dr-william-c-baum
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REVIEW
Mitchell R Ladd, Martha A Zeiger
The first discovery of primary hyperaldosteronism secondary to an aldosterone-secreting adrenal adenoma has been credited solely to Dr. Jerome Conn, an endocrinologist at the University of Michigan and for whom, Conn syndrome was named. Dr. William Baum, a urologist at the University of Michigan, however, was instrumental in the appropriate operation and historical aldosteronoma resection. Despite Dr. Baum's important role in this discovery, he was never included as an author in any of the subsequent papers describing Conn syndrome and, few today would recognize his name...
January 19, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352311/decreased-%C3%AE-cell-mass-and-early-structural-alterations-of-the-exocrine-pancreas-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-an-analysis-based-on-the-npod-repository
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Fidéline Bonnet-Serrano, Marc Diedisheim, Roberto Mallone, Etienne Larger
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Abnormal glucagon secretion and functional alterations of the exocrine pancreas have been described in patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but their respective anatomical substrata have seldom been investigated. Our aim was to develop an automated morphometric analysis process to characterize the anatomy of α-cell and exocrine pancreas in patients with T1D, using the publicly available slides of the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors (nPOD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ratio of β- and α-cell area to total tissue area were quantified in 75 patients with T1D (thereafter patients) and 66 control subjects (thereafter controls), on 2 insulin-stained and 4 glucagon-stained slides from both the head and the tail of the pancreas...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352310/leishmania-proteophosphoglycans-regurgitated-from-infected-sand-flies-accelerate-dermal-wound-repair-and-exacerbate-leishmaniasis-via-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-dependent-signalling
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Emilie Giraud, Tereza Lěstinová, Tamsyn Derrick, Oihane Martin, Rod J Dillon, Petr Volf, Ingrid Műller, Paul A Bates, Matthew E Rogers
Leishmania parasites are transmitted to vertebrate hosts by female phlebotomine sand flies as they bloodfeed by lacerating the upper capillaries of the dermis with their barbed mouthparts. In the sand fly midgut secreted proteophosphoglycans from Leishmania form a biological plug known as the promastigote secretory gel (PSG), which blocks the gut and facilitates the regurgitation of infective parasites. The interaction between the wound created by the sand fly bite and PSG is not known. Here we nanoinjected a sand fly egested dose of PSG into BALB/c mouse skin that lead to the differential expression of 7,907 transcripts...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352308/high-efficiency-production-of-human-serum-albumin-in-the-posterior-silk-glands-of-transgenic-silkworms-bombyx-mori-l
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Qiujie Qian, Zhengying You, Lupeng Ye, Jiaqian Che, Yiran Wang, Shaohua Wang, Boxiong Zhong
Human serum albumin (HSA) is an important biological preparation with a variety of biological functions in clinical applications. In this study, the mRNA of a fusion transposase derived from the pESNT-PBase plasmid and a pBHSA plasmid containing the HSA gene under the control of a fibroin light chain (FL) promoter were co-injected into fertilized eggs. Fifty-six transgenic silkworm pedigrees expressing theexogenous recombinant HSA (rHSA) in the posterior silk glands (PSGs) with stable inheritance were successfully obtained...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352287/ifn%C3%AE-inhibits-g-csf-induced-neutrophil-expansion-and-invasion-of-the-cns-to-prevent-viral-encephalitis
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Chandran Ramakrishna, Edouard M Cantin
Emergency hematopoiesis facilitates the rapid expansion of inflammatory immune cells in response to infections by pathogens, a process that must be carefully regulated to prevent potentially life threatening inflammatory responses. Here, we describe a novel regulatory role for the cytokine IFNγ that is critical for preventing fatal encephalitis after viral infection. HSV1 encephalitis (HSE) is triggered by the invasion of the brainstem by inflammatory monocytes and neutrophils. In mice lacking IFNγ (GKO), we observed unrestrained increases in G-CSF levels but not in GM-CSF or IL-17...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352262/microbial-regulation-of-the-l-cell-transcriptome
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Tulika Arora, Rozita Akrami, Ramona Pais, Linda Bergqvist, Bengt R Johansson, Thue W Schwartz, Frank Reimann, Fiona M Gribble, Fredrik Bäckhed
L cells are an important class of enteroendocrine cells secreting hormones such as glucagon like peptide-1 and peptide YY that have several metabolic and physiological effects. The gut is home to trillions of bacteria affecting host physiology, but there has been limited understanding about how the microbiota affects gene expression in L cells. Thus, we rederived the reporter mouse strain, GLU-Venus expressing yellow fluorescent protein under the control of the proglucagon gene, as germ-free (GF). Lpos cells from ileum and colon of GF and conventionally raised (CONV-R) GLU-Venus mice were isolated and subjected to transcriptomic profiling...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352190/autophagy-promotes-msc-mediated-vascularization-in-cutaneous-wound-healing-via-regulation-of-vegf-secretion
#10
Y An, W J Liu, P Xue, Y Ma, L Q Zhang, B Zhu, M Qi, L Y Li, Y J Zhang, Q T Wang, Y Jin
Vascularization deficiency caused a lot of diseases, such as diabetes ulcer and myocardial infarction. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), with the self-renewal and multipotent differentiation capacities, have been used for many diseases treatment through regulation microenvironment. Numerous studies reported that MSCs transplantation could largely improve cutaneous wound healing via paracrine secretion of growth factors. However, whether MSCs take part in the angiogenesis process directly remains elusive. Previous study proved that autophagy inhibited immunosuppressive function of MSCs and prevented the degradation of MSCs function in inflammatory and senescent microenvironment...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352188/efficient-scalable-production-of-therapeutic-microvesicles-derived-from-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Jae Min Cha, Eun Kyoung Shin, Ji Hee Sung, Gyeong Joon Moon, Eun Hee Kim, Yeon Hee Cho, Hyung Dal Park, Hojae Bae, Jinseok Kim, Oh Young Bang
Microvesicles (MVs) released by cells are involved in a multitude of physiological events as important mediators of intercellular communication. MVs derived from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) contain various paracrine factors from the cells that primarily contribute to their therapeutic efficacy observed in numerous clinical trials. As nano-sized and bi-lipid layered vesicles retaining therapeutic potency equivalent to that of MSCs, MSC-derived MVs have been in focus as ideal medicinal candidates for regenerative medicine, and are preferred over MSC infusion therapy with their improved safety profiles...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352112/direct-cell-cell-contact-between-mature-osteoblasts-and-osteoclasts-dynamically-controls-their-functions-in-vivo
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Masayuki Furuya, Junichi Kikuta, Sayumi Fujimori, Shigeto Seno, Hiroki Maeda, Mai Shirazaki, Maki Uenaka, Hiroki Mizuno, Yoriko Iwamoto, Akito Morimoto, Kunihiko Hashimoto, Takeshi Ito, Yukihiro Isogai, Masafumi Kashii, Takashi Kaito, Shinsuke Ohba, Ung-Il Chung, Alexander C Lichtler, Kazuya Kikuchi, Hideo Matsuda, Hideki Yoshikawa, Masaru Ishii
Bone homeostasis is regulated by communication between bone-forming mature osteoblasts (mOBs) and bone-resorptive mature osteoclasts (mOCs). However, the spatial-temporal relationship and mode of interaction in vivo remain elusive. Here we show, by using an intravital imaging technique, that mOB and mOC functions are regulated via direct cell-cell contact between these cell types. The mOBs and mOCs mainly occupy discrete territories in the steady state, although direct cell-cell contact is detected in spatiotemporally limited areas...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352103/dynamic-cycling-of-t-snare-acylation-regulates-platelet-exocytosis
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Jinchao Zhang, Yunjie Huang, Jing Chen, Haining Zhu, Sidney W Whiteheart
Platelets regulate vascular integrity by secreting a host of molecules that promote hemostasis and its sequelae. Given the importance of platelet exocytosis, it is critical to understand how it is controlled. The t-SNAREs, SNAP-23 and syntaxin-11, lack classical transmembrane domains (TMDs), yet both are associated with platelet membranes and redistributed into cholesterol-dependent, lipid rafts when platelets were activated. Using metabolic labeling and hydroxylamine/HCl (HA) treatment, we showed that both contain thioester-linked acyl groups...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352088/an-archaeal-fluoride-responsive-riboswitch-provides-an-inducible-expression-system-for-hyperthermophiles
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Michael Clayton Speed, Brett W Burkhart, Jonathan W Picking, Thomas J Santangelo
Robust genetic systems for the hyperthermophilic Thermococcales have facilitated overexpression of native genes, allowed for the addition of sequences encoding secretion signals, epitope, and affinity tags to coding regions, and permitted the introduction of sequences encoding new proteins in these fast growing fermentative heterotrophs. Tightly controlled and easily manipulated systems permitting regulated gene expression are however limited for these hosts. Here we describe an alternative method for regulatory control reliant on a cis-encoded functional riboswitch in the model archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis Despite the hyperthermophilic growth temperatures, the proposed structure of the riboswitch conforms to a fluoride-responsive riboswitch encoded in many bacteria, and similarly functions to regulate a component conserved fluoride export pathway...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352039/disrupting-cd147-rap2-interaction-abrogates-erythrocyte-invasion-by-plasmodium-falciparum
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Meng-Yao Zhang, Yang Zhang, Xiao-Dong Wu, Kun Zhang, Peng Lin, Hui-Jie Bian, Min-Min Qin, Wan Huang, Ding Wei, Zhao Zhang, Jiao Wu, Ruo Chen, Fei Feng, Bin Wang, Gang Nan, Ping Zhu, Zhi-Nan Chen
Effective vaccines against Plasmodium falciparum malaria are still lacking and the molecular mechanism of the host-parasite interaction is not fully understood. Here we demonstrate that the interaction of RAP2, a parasite secreted rhoptry protein functioning in the parasitophorous vacuole formation stage of the invasion, and CD147 on host erythrocyte is essential for erythrocyte invasion by Plasmodium falciparum and is independent from all previously identified interactions involved. Importantly, the blockade of the CD147-RAP2 interaction by HP6H8, a humanized CD147 antibody, completely abolished the parasite invasion with both cure and preventative functions in a humanized mouse model...
January 19, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351987/cd83-is-a-new-potential-biomarker-and-therapeutic-target-for-hodgkin-lymphoma
#16
Ziduo Li, Xinsheng Ju, Kenneth Lee, Candice Clarke, Jennifer L Hsu, Edward Abadir, Christian E Bryant, Suzanne Pears, Neroli Sunderland, Scott Heffernan, Annemarie Hennessy, Tsun-Ho Lo, Geoffrey A Pietersz, Fiona Kupresanin, Phillip D Fromm, Pablo A Silveira, Con Tsonis, Wendy A Cooper, Ilona Cunningham, Christina Brown, Georgina J Clark, Derek N J Hart
Chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are effective treatments for most Hodgkin lymphoma patients, however there remains a need for better tumor-specific target therapy in Hodgkin lymphoma patients with refractory or relapsed disease. We demonstrate that membrane CD83 is a diagnostic and therapeutic target, highly expressed in Hodgkin lymphoma cell lines and Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells in 29/35 (82.9%) Hodgkin lymphoma patient lymph node biopsies. CD83 from Hodgkin lymphoma tumor cells was able to trogocytose to surrounding T cells and interestingly, the trogocytosing CD83+T cells expressed significantly more PD-1 compared to CD83- T cells...
January 19, 2018: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351922/activation-of-constitutive-androstane-receptor-ameliorates-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-liver-and-kidney-injury
#17
You-Jin Choi, Dong Zhou, Anne Barbosa, Yongdong Niu, Xiudong Guan, Meishu Xu, Songrong Ren, Thomas Nolin, Yiuhua Liu, Wen Xie
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associate with high mortality. Despite the evidence of AKI-induced distant organ injury, a relationship between AKI and liver injury has not been clearly established. The goal of this study is to investigate whether renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) can affect liver pathophysiology. We showed that renal IR in mice induced fatty liver and compromised liver function through the down-regulation of constitutive androstane receptor (CAR; -90.4%) and inhibition of hepatic very low-density lipoprotein-triglyceride (VLDL-TG) secretion (-28...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351841/no-excess-baggage-new-life-starts-with-a-clean-slate
#18
Netta Shemesh, Anat Ben-Zvi
A new mechanism for clearing protein damage from maturing oocytes has been described in a recent study by Bohnert and Kenyon (2017), who demonstrated that sperm-secreted hormones activate a vascular H+-ATPase pump that acidifies lysosomes and thus restores protein homeostasis.
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351662/the-versatile-tanycyte-a-hypothalamic-integrator-of-reproduction-and-energy-metabolism
#19
Vincent Prevot, Bénédicte Dehouck, Ariane Sharif, Philippe Ciofi, Paolo Giacobini, Jerome Clasadonte
The fertility and survival of an individual rely on the ability of the periphery to promptly, effectively and reproducibly communicate with brain neural networks that control reproduction, food intake and energy homeostasis. Tanycytes, a specialized glial cell type lining the wall of the third ventricle in the median eminence of the hypothalamus, appear to act as the linchpin of these processes by dynamically controlling the secretion of neuropeptides into the portal vasculature by hypothalamic neurons and regulating blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid exchanges, both processes that depend on the ability of these cells to adapt their morphology to the physiological state of the individual...
January 17, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351489/cooperative-function-of-pdx1-and-oc1-in-multipotent-pancreatic-progenitors-impacts-postnatal-islet-maturation-and-adaptability
#20
Peter A Kropp, Jennifer C Dunn, Bethany A Carboneau, Doris A Stoffers, Maureen Gannon
The transcription factors Pdx1 and Oc1 are co-expressed in multipotent pancreatic progenitors (MPCs), but their expression patterns diverge in hormone-expressing cells, with Oc1 expression being extinguished in the endocrine lineage and Pdx1 being maintained at high levels in β cells. We previously demonstrated that cooperative function of these two factors in MPCs is necessary for proper specification and differentiation of pancreatic endocrine cells. In those studies, we observed a persistent decrease in expression of the β-cell maturity factor MafA...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
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