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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197948/mercury-in-soil-earthworms-and-organs-of-voles-myodes-glareolus-and-shrew-sorex-araneus-in-the-vicinity-of-an-industrial-complex-in-northwest-russia-cherepovets
#1
V T Komov, E S Ivanova, N Y Poddubnaya, V A Gremyachikh
The characteristic properties of uptake and distribution of mercury in terrestrial ecosystems have received much lesser attention compared to aquatic particularly in Russia. Terrestrial ecosystems adjacent to large industrial manufactures-potential sources of mercury inflow into the environment frequently remain unstudied. This is the first report on mercury (Hg) levels in the basic elements of terrestrial ecosystems situated close to a large metallurgical complex.Mean values of mercury concentration (mg Hg/kg dry weight) in the vicinity of city of Cherepovets were the following: 0...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197667/discovery-and-progress-of-direct-cardiac-reprogramming
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Hidenori Kojima, Masaki Ieda
Cardiac disease remains a major cause of death worldwide. Direct cardiac reprogramming has emerged as a promising approach for cardiac regenerative therapy. After the discovery of MyoD, a master regulator for skeletal muscle, other single cardiac reprogramming factors (master regulators) have been sought. Discovery of cardiac reprogramming factors was inspired by the finding that multiple, but not single, transcription factors were needed to generate induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from fibroblasts. We first reported a combination of cardiac-specific transcription factors, Gata4, Mef2c, and Tbx5 (GMT), that could convert mouse fibroblasts into cardiomyocyte-like cells, which were designated as induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (iCMs)...
February 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192046/distribution-and-seasonal-variation-of-ljungan-virus-in-bank-voles-myodes-glareolus-in-fennoscandia
#3
Cristina Fevola, Chiara Rossi, Roberto Rosà, Åke Nordström, Frauke Ecke, Magnus Magnusson, Andrea L Miller, Jukka Niemimaa, Gert E Olsson, Anne J Jääskeläinen, Birger Hörnfeldt, Heikki Henttonen, Heidi C Hauffe
Ljungan virus (LV) is a picornavirus originally isolated from Swedish bank voles ( Myodes glareolus ) in 1998. The association of LV with human disease has been debated ever since, but fundamental data on the ecology of the virus are still lacking. Here we present results of the first intensive study on the prevalence of LV in bank voles trapped in Fennoscandia (Sweden and Finland) from 2009-2012 as determined by PCR. Using an LV-specific RT-PCR, LV was detected in the liver of 73 out of 452 (16.2%) individuals and in 13 out of 17 sampling sites across Sweden and Finland (mean per site prevalence 16%, SE 3%, range 0-50%)...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188264/immortalized-human-myotonic-dystrophy-muscle-cell-lines-to-assess-therapeutic-compounds
#4
Arandel Ludovic, Polay-Espinosa Micaela, Matloka Magdalena, Bazinet Audrey, De Dea Diniz Damily, Naouar Naïra, Rau Frédérique, Jollet Arnaud, Edom-Vovard Frédérique, Mamchaoui Kamel, Tarnopolsky Mark, Puymirat Jack, Battail Christophe, Boland Anne, Deleuze Jean-Francois, Mouly Vincent, Klein F Arnaud, Furling Denis
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are autosomal dominant neuromuscular diseases caused by microsatellite expansions and belong to the family of RNA dominant disorders. Availability of cellular models in which the DM mutation is expressed within its natural context is essential to facilitate efforts to identify new therapeutic compounds. Here we generated immortalized DM1 and DM2 human muscle cell lines that display nuclear RNA-aggregates of expanded repeats, a hallmark of myotonic dystrophy. Selected clones of DM1 and DM2 immortalized myoblasts behave as parental primary myoblasts with a reduced fusion capacity of immortalized DM1 myoblasts when compared to control and DM2 cells...
February 10, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188178/activation-of-the-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-promotes-myogenesis-through-the-noncanonical-wnt-pathway-leading-to-hypertrophic-myotubes
#5
Federica Cirillo, Giulia Resmini, Andrea Ghiroldi, Marco Piccoli, Sonia Bergante, Guido Tettamanti, Luigi Anastasia
Regeneration of skeletal muscle is a complex process that requires the activation of quiescent adult stem cells, called satellite cells, which are resident in hypoxic niches in the tissue. Hypoxia has been recognized as a key factor to maintain stem cells in an undifferentiated state. Herein we report that hypoxia plays a fundamental role also in activating myogenesis. In particular, we found that the activation of the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α under hypoxia, in murine skeletal myoblasts, leads to activation of MyoD through the noncanonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
February 10, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186708/mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-extracellular-vesicles-as-mediators-of-anti-inflammatory-effects-endorsement-of-macrophage-polarization
#6
Claudia Lo Sicco, Daniele Reverberi, Carolina Balbi, Valentina Ulivi, Elisa Principi, Luisa Pascucci, Pamela Becherini, Maria Carla Bosco, Luigi Varesio, Chiara Franzin, Michela Pozzobon, Ranieri Cancedda, Roberta Tasso
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are effective therapeutic agents enhancing the repair of injured tissues mostly through their paracrine activity. Increasing evidences show that besides the secretion of soluble molecules, the release of extracellular vesicles (EVs) represents an alternative mechanism adopted by MSCs. Since macrophages are essential contributors toward the resolution of inflammation, which has emerged as a finely orchestrated process, the aim of the present study was to carry out a detailed characterization of EVs released by human adipose derived-MSCs to investigate their involvement as modulators of MSC anti-inflammatory effects inducing macrophage polarization...
January 31, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183860/diminished-satellite-cell-fusion-and-s6k1-expression-in-myotubes-derived-from-skeletal-muscle-of-low-birth-weight-neonatal-pigs
#7
Ying Chen, Haibo Zhu, Sydney R McCauley, Lidan Zhao, Sally E Johnson, Robert P Rhoads, Samer W El-Kadi
Low birth weight (LBWT) is consistently associated with impaired postnatal muscle growth in mammals. Satellite cell (SC)-mediated myonuclear incorporation precedes protein accumulation in the early stages of postnatal muscle development and growth. The objective of this study was to investigate proliferation and differentiation of SCs and the regulation of protein synthesis signaling in response to insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I stimulation in SC-derived myotubes of LBWT neonatal pigs. SCs isolated from Longissimus dorsi muscle of LBWT and NBWT pigs (3-d-old, n = 8) were cultured and induced to proliferate and differentiate to myotubes in vitro...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174253/vitamin-d-induces-myogenic-differentiation-in-skeletal-muscle-derived-stem-cells
#8
Melissa Braga, Zena Simmons, Keith C Norris, Monica G Ferrini, Jorge N Artaza
Skeletal muscle wasting is a serious disorder associated with health conditions such as aging, chronic kidney disease, and AIDS. Vitamin D is most widely recognized for its regulation of calcium and phosphate homeostasis in relation to bone development and maintenance. Recently, Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to improve muscle performance and reduce the risk of falls in Vitamin D deficient older adults. However, little is known of the underlying molecular mechanism(s) or the role it plays in myogenic differentiation...
February 7, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155153/characterizing-satellite-cells-and-myogenic-progenitors-during-skeletal-muscle-regeneration
#9
Nicolas A Dumont, Michael A Rudnicki
Muscle stem cells, named satellite cells, are quiescent in resting skeletal muscle. Following injury, satellite cells are activated and become proliferating myoblasts that either self-renew or differentiate. Several markers are used to identify the different myogenic populations, such as Pax7 (quiescent and activated satellite cells), MyoD (proliferating myoblasts), and myogenin (differentiating myoblasts). Immunodetection of these markers is a very useful tool to analyze myogenic cells and muscle regeneration...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131768/brachylaima-ezohelicis-sp-nov-trematoda-brachylaimidae-found-from-the-land-snail-ezohelix-gainesi-with-a-note-of-an-unidentified-brachylaima-species-in-hokkaido-japan
#10
Minoru Nakao, Tsukasa Waki, Mizuki Sasaki, Jason L Anders, Daisuke Koga, Mitsuhiko Asakawa
In the Japanese Archipelago, Ezohelix gainesi, a member of bradybaenid land snails, is endemic mainly to the island of Hokkaido. During July to August of 2016, a survey to detect trematode infections from E. gainesi was carried out at a forest city park in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Systemic infections of the snails with sporocysts containing short-tailed cercariae were found in 5.3% of 94 individuals examined. Furthermore, most of them (90.4%) harbored non-encysted metacercariae within their kidneys. A DNA sequence identification revealed that both of the sporocyst and the metacercaria belong to an unknown species of the family Brachylaimidae...
January 25, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120411/electrical-stimulation-delays-reinnervation-in-denervated-rat-muscle
#11
Clara M Pinheiro-Dardis, Bruna T Erbereli, Davilene Gigo-Benato, Paula A T S Castro, Thiago L Russo
INTRODUCTION: It is not clear if electrical stimulation (ES) can affect muscle reinnervation. This study aimed to verify if ES affects neuromuscular recovery after nerve crush injury in rats. METHODS: Denervated muscles were electrically stimulated daily for 6 or 14 days. Neuromuscular performance and excitability, and muscle morphology were determined. Muscle trophism markers (atrogin-1, MuRF-1, and myoD), as well as neuromuscular junction (NMJ) organization (MuSK, Dok-7, nAChR, and N-CAM) were assessed...
January 24, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118678/effect-of-sex-on-the-acute-skeletal-muscle-response-to-sprint-interval-exercise
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Lauren E Skelly, Jenna B Gillen, Martin J MacInnis, Brian J Martin, Adeel Safdar, Mahmood Akhtar, Maureen J MacDonald, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Martin J Gibala
What is the central question of this study? Are there sex-based differences in the acute skeletal muscle response to sprint interval training (SIT)? What is the main finding and its importance? In response to a SIT protocol that involved three 20 s bouts of 'all-out' cycling, the expression of multiple genes associated with mitochondrial biogenesis, metabolic control and structural remodelling was largely similar between men and women matched for fitness. Our findings cannot explain previous reports of sex-based differences in the adaptive response to SIT and suggest that the mechanistic basis for these differences remains to be elucidated...
January 24, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117277/loss-of-myod-promotes-fate-transdifferentiation-of-myoblasts-into-brown-adipocytes
#13
Chao Wang, Weiyi Liu, Yaohui Nie, Mulan Qaher, Hannah Elizabeth Horton, Feng Yue, Atsushi Asakura, Shihuan Kuang
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) represents a promising agent to ameliorate obesity and other metabolic disorders. However, the abundance of BAT decreases with age and BAT paucity is a common feature of obese subjects. As brown adipocytes and myoblasts share a common Myf5 lineage origin, elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the fate choices of brown adipocytes versus myoblasts may lead to novel approaches to expand BAT mass. Here we identify MyoD as a key negative regulator of brown adipocyte development...
January 13, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096456/antibody-conjugated-dna-based-nanocarriers-intercalated-with-doxorubicin-eliminate-myofibroblasts-in-explants-of-human-lens-tissue
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Jacquelyn Gerhart, Marvin Greenbaum, Lou Casta, Anthony Clemente, Keith Mathers, Robert Getts, Mindy George-Weinstein
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) occurs in some adults and most children following cataract surgery. The fibrotic form of PCO arises, in part, from migratory, contractile myofibroblasts that deform the lens capsule and impair vision. In short-term cultures of human anterior lens tissue, myofibroblasts emerge from Myo/Nog cells that are identified with the G8 monoclonal antibody and by their expression of the MyoD transcription factor and bone morphogenetic protein inhibitor noggin. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that targeted depletion of Myo/Nog cells with the G8 mAb conjugated to three-dimensional DNA nanocarriers intercalated with Doxorubicin (G8:3DNA:Dox) would prevent the accumulation of myofibroblasts in long-term, serum and growth factor free cultures of human lens tissue obtained by capsulorhexis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096434/precocious-glucocorticoid-exposure-reduces-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cells-in-the-fetal-rat
#15
Ganga Gokulakrishnan, Xiaoyan Chang, Ryan Fleischmann, Marta Fiorotto
Perinatal skeletal muscle growth rates are a function of protein and myonuclear accretion. Precocious exposure of the fetus to glucocorticoids (GLC) in utero impairs muscle growth. Reduced muscle protein synthesis rates contribute to this response, but the consequences for myonuclear hyperplasia are unknown. To test the hypothesis that blunting of Pax7+ muscle progenitor cell proliferative activity by GLC in vivo also contributes to reduced fetal muscle growth, pregnant rats were administered dexamethasone (DEX;1 mg/L drinking water) from embryonic day (ED) 13 to ED21...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093611/a-highly-divergent-puumala-virus-lineage-in-southern-poland
#16
Ulrike M Rosenfeld, Stephan Drewes, Hanan Sheikh Ali, Edyta T Sadowska, Magdalena Mikowska, Gerald Heckel, Paweł Koteja, Rainer G Ulrich
Puumala virus (PUUV) represents one of the most important hantaviruses in Central Europe. Phylogenetic analyses of PUUV strains indicate a strong genetic structuring of this hantavirus. Recently, PUUV sequences were identified in the natural reservoir, the bank vole (Myodes glareolus), collected in the northern part of Poland. The objective of this study was to evaluate the presence of PUUV in bank voles from southern Poland. A total of 72 bank voles were trapped in 2009 at six sites in this part of Poland...
January 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091529/long-non-coding-rna-linc-ram-enhances-myogenic-differentiation-by-interacting-with-myod
#17
Xiaohua Yu, Yong Zhang, Tingting Li, Zhao Ma, Haixue Jia, Qian Chen, Yixia Zhao, Lili Zhai, Ran Zhong, Changyin Li, Xiaoting Zou, Jiao Meng, Antony K Chen, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Meihong Chen, Dahai Zhu
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important regulators of diverse biological processes. Here we report on functional identification and characterization of a novel long intergenic non-coding RNA with MyoD-regulated and skeletal muscle-restricted expression that promotes the activation of the myogenic program, and is therefore termed Linc-RAM (Linc-RNA Activator of Myogenesis). Linc-RAM is transcribed from an intergenic region of myogenic cells and its expression is upregulated during myogenesis. Notably, in vivo functional studies show that Linc-RAM knockout mice display impaired muscle regeneration due to the differentiation defect of satellite cells...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080960/myogenic-regulatory-transcription-factors-regulate-growth-in-rhabdomyosarcoma
#18
Inês M Tenente, Madeline N Hayes, Myron S Ignatius, Karin McCarthy, Marielle Yohe, Sivasish Sindiri, Berkley Gryder, Mariana L Oliveira, Ashwin Ramakrishnan, Qin Tang, Eleanor Y Chen, G Petur Nielsen, Javed Khan, David M Langenau
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a pediatric malignacy of muscle with myogenic regulatory transcription factors MYOD and MYF5 being expressed in this disease. Consensus in the field has been that expression of these factors likely reflects the target cell of transformation rather than being required for continued tumor growth. Here, we used a transgenic zebrafish model to show that Myf5 is sufficient to confer tumor-propagating potential to RMS cells and caused tumors to initiate earlier and have higher penetrance...
January 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070280/surviving-winter-food-but-not-habitat-structure-prevents-crashes-in-cyclic-vole-populations
#19
Kaja Johnsen, Rudy Boonstra, Stan Boutin, Olivier Devineau, Charles J Krebs, Harry P Andreassen
Vole population cycles are a major force driving boreal ecosystem dynamics in northwestern Eurasia. However, our understanding of the impact of winter on these cycles is increasingly uncertain, especially because climate change is affecting snow predictability, quality, and abundance. We examined the role of winter weather and snow conditions, the lack of suitable habitat structure during freeze-thaw periods, and the lack of sufficient food as potential causes for winter population crashes. We live-trapped bank voles Myodes glareolus on 26 plots (0...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067271/praja1-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-promotes-skeletal-myogenesis-through-degradation-of-ezh2-upon-p38%C3%AE-activation
#20
Silvia Consalvi, Arianna Brancaccio, Alessandra Dall'Agnese, Pier Lorenzo Puri, Daniela Palacios
Polycomb proteins are critical chromatin modifiers that regulate stem cell differentiation via transcriptional repression. In skeletal muscle progenitors Enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2), the catalytic subunit of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2), contributes to maintain the chromatin of muscle genes in a repressive conformation, whereas its down-regulation allows the progression through the myogenic programme. Here, we show that p38α kinase promotes EZH2 degradation in differentiating muscle cells through phosphorylation of threonine 372...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
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