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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088783/%C3%AE-asarone-blocks-7%C3%AE-hydroxycholesterol-exposed-macrophage-injury-through-blocking-elf2%C3%AE-phosphorylation-and-prompting-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
#1
Sin-Hye Park, Min-Kyung Kang, Yean-Jung Choi, Yun-Ho Kim, Lucia Dwi Antika, Dong Yeon Kim, Eun-Jung Lee, Soon Sung Lim, Young-Hee Kang
Macrophage apoptosis is salient in advanced atherosclerotic lesions and is induced by several stimuli including endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. This study examined that α-asarone present in purple perilla abrogated macrophage injury caused by oxysterols via ER stress- and autophagy-mediated mechanisms. Nontoxic α-asarone at 1-20 μM attenuated 7β-hydroxycholesterol-induced activation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2α in macrophages leading to C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) expression and apoptosis due to sustained ER stress...
January 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088407/far-off-and-close-up-dry-matter-intake-modulate-indicators-of-immunometabolic-adaptations-to-lactation-in-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-of-pasture-based-transition-dairy-cows
#2
M Vailati-Riboni, G Farina, F Batistel, A Heiser, M D Mitchell, M A Crookenden, C G Walker, J K Kay, S Meier, J R Roche, J J Loor
The common practice of increasing dietary energy density during the close-up dry period (last ∼3 wk prepartum) has been recently associated with a higher incidence of metabolic disorders after calving. Despite these reports, over-feeding of metabolizable energy (ME) during the far-off, nonlactating period is a common management policy aimed at achieving optimum calving body condition score (BCS) in pasture-based systems, as cows are generally thinner than total mixed ration cows at the end of lactation. Our hypothesis was that both far-off and close-up overfeeding influence the peripartum adipose tissue changes associated with energy balance and inflammatory state...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087896/eag-channels-expressed-in-microvillar-photoreceptors-are-unsuited-to-diurnal-vision
#3
Esa-Ville Immonen, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli, Hongxia Liu, Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, Roman V Frolov
The principles underlying evolutionary selection of ion channels for expression in sensory neurons are unclear. Among species possessing microvillar photoreceptors the major ionic conductances have only been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. In Drosophila depolarization is provided by light-activated TRP channels with a minor contribution from TRPL channels, while repolarization is mediated by sustained voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels of the Shab family. Bright light stimulates Shab channels, further restricting depolarization and improving membrane bandwidth...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087766/control-of-amygdala-circuits-by-5-ht-neurons-via-5-ht-and-glutamate-co-transmission
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Ayesha Sengupta, Marco Bocchio, David M Bannerman, Trevor Sharp, Marco Capogna
: The serotonin (5-HT) system and the amygdala are key regulators of emotional behavior. Several lines of evidence suggest that 5-HT transmission in the amygdala is implicated in the susceptibility and drug treatment of mood disorders. Thus, elucidating the physiological mechanisms through which midbrain 5-HT neurons modulate amygdala circuits could be pivotal in understanding emotional regulation in health and disease. To shed light on these mechanisms, we performed patch-clamp recordings from basal amygdala (BA) neurons in brain slices from mice with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) genetically targeted to 5-HT neurons...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087671/induction-and-differentiation-of-il-10-producing-regulatory-b-cells-from-healthy-blood-donors-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Zsuzsanna Bankó, Judit Pozsgay, Dániel Szili, Mária Tóth, Tamás Gáti, György Nagy, Bernadette Rojkovich, Gabriella Sármay
The most important feature of B cells is the production of Abs upon activation; additionally, B cells produce pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in response to certain stimuli. IL-10-producing B cells represent a major subset of regulatory B cells (Bregs) that suppress autoimmune and inflammatory responses. B cells play a crucial role in the development and maintenance of the chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, controversial data are available on IL-10- producing Bregs in RA...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077443/single-dose-intracardiac-injection-of-pro-regenerative-micrornas-improves-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Pierluigi Lesizza, Giulia Prosdocimo, Valentina Martinelli, Gianfranco Sinagra, Serena Zacchigna, Mauro Giacca
RATIONALE: Recent evidence indicates that a few human microRNAs (miRNAs), in particular hsa-miR-199a-3p and hsa-miR-590-3p, stimulate proliferation of cardiomyocytes and, once expressed in the mouse heart using viral vectors, induce cardiac regeneration after myocardial infarction. Viral vectors, however, are not devoid of safety issues and, more notably, drive expression of the encoded miRNAs for indefinite periods of time, which might not be desirable in light of human therapeutic application...
January 11, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076571/pupilloplasty-in-a-patient-with-true-polycoria-a-case-report
#7
Handan Bardak, Nimet Yesim Ercalik, Murat Gunay, Ruveyde Bolac, Yavuz Bardak
Here we report a case of surgical pupilloplasty in an adult with true polycoria. A 44-year old man was referred to our clinic with a best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 0.5 diopters (D) in his left eye. Biomicroscopy revealed two pupils within a 2.5-mm central zone, with diameters of 1.2 and 1.1 mm. Both pupils had real iris sphincters and responded to light and chemical stimulation. Therefore, we surgically cut the bridge between the two pupils without any intraoperative or postoperative complications. One month after the surgery, BCVA had improved to 0...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073473/how-rising-co2-and-global-warming-may-stimulate-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms
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REVIEW
Petra M Visser, Jolanda M H Verspagen, Giovanni Sandrini, Lucas J Stal, Hans C P Matthijs, Timothy W Davis, Hans W Paerl, Jef Huisman
Climate change is likely to stimulate the development of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters, with negative consequences for water quality of many lakes, reservoirs and brackish ecosystems across the globe. In addition to effects of temperature and eutrophication, recent research has shed new light on the possible implications of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Depletion of dissolved CO2 by dense cyanobacterial blooms creates a concentration gradient across the air-water interface. A steeper gradient at elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations will lead to a greater influx of CO2, which can be intercepted by surface-dwelling blooms, thus intensifying cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071826/gat-1-mediated-gaba-uptake-in-rat-oligodendrocytes
#9
Giorgia Fattorini, Marcello Melone, María Victoria Sánchez-Gómez, Rogelio O Arellano, Silvia Bassi, Carlos Matute, Fiorenzo Conti
Stimulated by the results of a recent paper on the effects of tiagabine, a selective inhibitor of the main GABA transporter GAT-1, on oligodendrogenesis, we verified the possibility that GAT-1 may be expressed in oligodendrocytes using immunocytochemical methods and functional assays. Light microscopic analysis of the subcortical white matter of all animals revealed the presence of numerous GAT-1+ cells of different size (from 3 to 29 µm) and morphology. An electron microscope analysis revealed that, besides fibrous astrocytes and interstitial neurons, GAT-1 immunoreactivity was present in immature and mature oligodendrocytes...
January 10, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071736/orbital-angular-momentum-mode-division-filtering-for-photon-phonon-coupling
#10
Zhi-Han Zhu, Li-Wen Sheng, Zhi-Wei Lv, Wei-Ming He, Wei Gao
Stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS), a fundamental nonlinear interaction between light and acoustic waves occurring in any transparency material, has been broadly studied for several decades and gained rapid progress in integrated photonics recently. However, the SBS noise arising from the unwanted coupling between photons and spontaneous non-coherent phonons in media is inevitable. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate this obstacle can be overcome via a method called orbital angular momentum mode division filtering...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070079/improvement-of-spatial-resolution-for-nonlinear-raman-microscopy-by-spatial-light-modulation
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Motohiro Banno, Konosuke Onda, Hiroharu Yui
The development of a stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) microscope with a wavefront modulation unit is presented. In the apparatus, two beams for introducing the SRS process were focused into the sample with an objective lens. In the pathway of the Stokes beam, which is one of the two incident beams, a spatial light modulator (SLM) was located. Using the SLM, the wavefront of the Stokes beam was modulated to make the shape of the focal point a concentric circular pattern. By this spot shaping technique, the area where the SRS signal generates is restricted...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068085/cyclocurcumin-an-antivasoconstrictive-constituent-of-curcuma-longa-turmeric
#12
Keunyoung Kim, Jung-Jun Kim, Yeryeon Jung, Ji-Yoon Noh, Ahmed Shah Syed, Chul Young Kim, Moo-Yeol Lee, Kyung-Min Lim, Ok-Nam Bae, Jin-Ho Chung
Despite the increasing attention on the therapeutic potential of Curcuma longa (turmeric), the biological activities of curcuminoids other than curcumin are not well understood. Here, we investigated antivasoconstrictive activities of C. longa extract and its ingredients using freshly isolated rat aortic rings. C. longa extract significantly suppressed agonist-stimulated vasoconstriction, and cyclocurcumin was found to be the most potent (IC50 against phenylephrine-induced vasoconstriction: 14.9 ± 1.0 μM) among the 10 tested ingredients including four curcuminoids...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066146/high-fat-diet-confers-vascular-hyper-contractility-against-angiotensin-ii-through-upregulation-of-mlck-and-cpi-17
#13
Jee In Kim
Obesity is a critical risk factor for the hypertension. Although angiotensin II (Ang II) in obese individuals is known to be upregulated in obesity-induced hypertension, direct evidence that explains the underlying mechanism for increased vascular tone and consequent increase in blood pressure (BP) is largely unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the novel mechanism underlying Ang II-induced hyper-contractility and hypertension in obese rats. Eight-week old male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with 60% fat diet or normal diet for 4 months...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065928/unveiling-the-osmophores-of-philodendron-adamantinum-araceae-as-a-means-to-understanding-interactions-with-pollinators
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Patrícia Gonçalves-Souza, Clemens Schlindwein, Stefan Dötterl, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Araceae species pollinated by nocturnal Cyclocephalini beetles attract their pollinators by inflorescence scents. In Philodendron, despite the intense odour, the osmophores exhibit no definite morphological identity, making them difficult to locate. This may explain why structural studies of the scent-releasing tissue are not available so far. METHODS: Several approaches were employed for locating and understanding the osmophores of Philodendron adamantinum A sensory test allowed other analyses to be restricted to fertile and sterile stamens as odour production sites...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063705/h9n2-avian-influenza-virus-enhances-the-immune-responses-of-bmdcs-by-down-regulating-mir29c
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Jian Lin, Jing Xia, Ya T Chen, Ke Y Zhang, Yan Zeng, Qian Yang
Avian influenza virus (AIV) of the subtypes H9 and N2 is well recognised and caused outbreaks-due to its high genetic variability and high rate of recombination with other influenza virus subtypes. The pathogenicity of H9N2 AIV depends on the host immune response. Dendritic cells (DCs) are major antigen presenting cells that can significantly inhibit H9N2 AIV replication. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) influence the ability of DCs to present antigens, as well as the ability of AIVs to infect host cells and replicate. Here, we studied the molecular mechanism underlying the miRNA-mediated regulation of immune function of mouse DCs...
January 4, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063031/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-afamelanotide-and-its-clinical-use-in-treating-dermatologic-disorders
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REVIEW
Elisabeth I Minder, Jasmin Barman-Aksoezen, Xiaoye Schneider-Yin
Afamelanotide, the first α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH) analogue, synthesized in 1980, was broadly investigated in all aspects of pigmentation because its activity and stability were higher than the natural hormone. Afamelanotide binds to the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), and MC1R signaling increases melanin synthesis, induces antioxidant activities, enhances DNA repair processes and modulates inflammation. The loss-of-function variants of the MC1R present in fair-skinned Caucasians are less effectively activated by the natural hormone...
January 6, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061512/assessment-of-rod-cone-and-intrinsically-photosensitive-retinal-ganglion-cell-contributions-to-the-canine-chromatic-pupillary-response
#17
Connie Y Yeh, Kristin L Koehl, Christine D Harman, Simone Iwabe, José M Guzman, Simon M Petersen-Jones, Randy H Kardon, András M Komáromy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a chromatic pupillometry protocol for specific functional assessment of rods, cones, and intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) in dogs. Methods: Chromatic pupillometry was tested and compared in 37 dogs in different stages of primary loss of rod, cone, and combined rod/cone and optic nerve function, and in 5 wild-type (WT) dogs. Eyes were stimulated with 1-s flashes of dim (1 cd/m2) and bright (400 cd/m2) blue light (for scotopic conditions) or bright red (400 cd/m2) light with 25-cd/m2 blue background (for photopic conditions)...
January 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061465/sirp%C3%AE-antibody-fusion-proteins-stimulate-phagocytosis-and-promote-elimination-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#18
Laia Pascual Ponce, Nadja C Fenn, Nadine Moritz, Christina Krupka, Jan-Hendrik Kozik, Kirsten Lauber, Marion Subklewe, Karl-Peter Hopfner
CD47, expressed on a variety of tumor cells, confers immune resistance by delivering an inhibitory "don't eat me" signal to phagocytic cells via its myeloid-specific receptor SIRPα. Recent studies have shown that blocking the CD47-SIRPα axis with CD47-directed antibodies or antibody-derivatives enhances phagocytosis and increases antitumor immune effects. However, CD47 expression on healthy cells creates an antigen sink and potential sites of toxicity, limiting the efficacy of CD47-directed therapies. In this study, we first characterized CD47 expression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) patients (n = 213) and found that CD47 is highly expressed on both AML bulk and stem cells irrespective of the disease state...
January 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060906/steady-state-motion-visual-evoked-potential-ssmvep-based-on-equal-luminance-colored-enhancement
#19
Wenqiang Yan, Guanghua Xu, Min Li, Jun Xie, Chengcheng Han, Sicong Zhang, Ailing Luo, Chaoyang Chen
Steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) is one of the typical stimulation paradigms of brain-computer interface (BCI). It has become a research approach to improve the performance of human-computer interaction, because of its advantages including multiple objectives, less recording electrodes for electroencephalogram (EEG) signals, and strong anti-interference capacity. Traditional SSVEP using light flicker stimulation may cause visual fatigue with a consequent reduction of recognition accuracy. To avoid the negative impacts on the brain response caused by prolonged strong visual stimulation for SSVEP, steady-state motion visual evoked potential (SSMVEP) stimulation method was used in this study by an equal-luminance colored ring-shaped checkerboard paradigm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059285/analog-electromagnetically-induced-transparency-for-circularly-polarized-wave-using-three-dimensional-chiral-metamaterials
#20
Hai Lin, Dong Yang, Song Han, Yangjie Liu, Helin Yang
In this paper, we theoretically and experimentally demonstrate a three-dimensional metamaterial that can motivate electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT) by using circular polarized wave as stimulations. The unit cell consists of a pair of metallic strips printed on both sides of the printed circuit board (PCB), where a conductive cylinder junction is used to connect the metal strips by drilling a hole inside the substrate. When a right circularly polarized wave is incident, destructive interference is excited between meta-atoms of the 3D structure, the transmission spectrum demonstrates a sharp transparency window...
December 26, 2016: Optics Express
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