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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324683/thermal-stress-impacts-reproductive-development-and-grain-yield-in-rice
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Muhammad Shakeel Arshad, Muhammad Farooq, Folkard Asch, Jagadish S V Krishna, P V Vara Prasad, Kadambot H M Siddique
Rice is highly sensitive to temperature stress (cold and heat), particularly during the reproductive and grain-filling stages. In this review, we discuss the effects of low- and high-temperature sensitivity in rice at various reproductive stages (from meiosis to grain development) and propose strategies for improving the tolerance of rice to terminal thermal stress. Cold stress impacts reproductive development through (i) delayed heading, due to its effect on anther respiration, which increases sucrose accumulation, protein denaturation and asparagine levels, and decreases proline accumulation, (ii) pollen sterility owing to tapetal hypertrophy and related nutrient imbalances, (iii) reduced activity of cell wall bound invertase in the tapetum of rice anthers, (iv) impaired fertilization due to inhibited anther dehiscence, stigma receptivity and ability of the pollen tube to germinate through the style towards the ovary, and (v) floret sterility, which increases grain abortion, restricts grain size, and thus reduces grain yield...
March 16, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323918/elucidating-the-role-of-the-desmosome-protein-p53-apoptosis-effector-related-to-pmp-22-perp-in-growth-hormone-tumors
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Katja Kiseljak-Vassiliades, Taylor S Mills, Yu Zhang, Mei Xu, Kevin O Lillehei, B K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Margaret E Wierman
Purpose: Densely granulated (DG) and sparsely granulated (SG) growth hormone (GH) pituitary adenomas differ in biological behavior which may be correlated with their known differences in cytoplasmic keratin distribution and E-cadherin expression. We desired to explore candidate genes which might further explain this behavior. Methods: Exon expression microarray was performed on 21 GH tumors (10 SG and 11 DG) and 20 normal control pituitaries from autopsy. Results: Bioinformatic analyses confirmed a differential molecular signature between normal pituitary and GH tumors as well as between the GH tumor subtypes...
February 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319608/cerebellar-granule-cells-acquire-a-widespread-predictive-feedback-signal-during-motor-learning
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Andrea Giovannucci, Aleksandra Badura, Ben Deverett, Farzaneh Najafi, Talmo D Pereira, Zhenyu Gao, Ilker Ozden, Alexander D Kloth, Eftychios Pnevmatikakis, Liam Paninski, Chris I De Zeeuw, Javier F Medina, Samuel S-H Wang
Cerebellar granule cells, which constitute half the brain's neurons, supply Purkinje cells with contextual information necessary for motor learning, but how they encode this information is unknown. Here we show, using two-photon microscopy to track neural activity over multiple days of cerebellum-dependent eyeblink conditioning in mice, that granule cell populations acquire a dense representation of the anticipatory eyelid movement. Initially, granule cells responded to neutral visual and somatosensory stimuli as well as periorbital airpuffs used for training...
March 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317875/chd7-is-indispensable-for-mammalian-brain-development-through-activation-of-a-neuronal-differentiation-programme
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Weijun Feng, Daisuke Kawauchi, Huiqin Körkel-Qu, Huan Deng, Elisabeth Serger, Laura Sieber, Jenna Ariel Lieberman, Silvia Jimeno-González, Sander Lambo, Bola S Hanna, Yassin Harim, Malin Jansen, Anna Neuerburg, Olga Friesen, Marc Zuckermann, Vijayanad Rajendran, Jan Gronych, Olivier Ayrault, Andrey Korshunov, David T W Jones, Marcel Kool, Paul A Northcott, Peter Lichter, Felipe Cortés-Ledesma, Stefan M Pfister, Hai-Kun Liu
Mutations in chromatin modifier genes are frequently associated with neurodevelopmental diseases. We herein demonstrate that the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 7 (Chd7), frequently associated with CHARGE syndrome, is indispensable for normal cerebellar development. Genetic inactivation of Chd7 in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors leads to cerebellar hypoplasia in mice, due to the impairment of granule neuron differentiation, induction of apoptosis and abnormal localization of Purkinje cells, which closely recapitulates known clinical features in the cerebella of CHARGE patients...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316170/-advances-in-effects-of-integrin-linked-kinase-on-cutaneous-wound-healing-and-the-relative-mechanism
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R X Zhou, Y Y Li, W H Lin, G Li, J E Sun, W B Zhou
Previous studies have demonstrated that integrin-linked kinases (ILKs) are abundantly expressed in extracellular matrix (ECM) riche dermis, hair follicles, and basal cells of epidermis. ILKs are not only essential for the maintenance of skin structure, but also play important roles in wound healing. ILKs can promote the formation of granulation tissue by stimulating the proliferation of fibroblasts and secretion of ECM, accelerate wound contraction by inducing the differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, and boost reepithelization by promoting proliferation, migration, and differentiation of keratinocytes and follicle epidermal stem cells...
March 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315217/basophil-degranulation-assay
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Madhan Masilamani, Mohanapriya Kamalakannan, Hugh A Sampson
Basophil degranulation assay has gained importance over the last decade in both diagnosis of food allergy and evaluation of progression of immunotherapy. This assay involves the identification and quantification of the expression of CD63 molecule on basophil membrane. CD63 is a marker of multivesicular bodies that is exposed to cell membrane during the process of degranulation in which the contents of basophil granules are released. This chapter describes the methodology for performing this assay.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314928/hilar-granule-cells-of-the-mouse-dentate-gyrus-effects-of-age-septotemporal-location-strain-and-selective-deletion-of-the-proapoptotic-gene-bax
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Keria Bermudez-Hernandez, Yi-Ling Lu, Jillian Moretto, Swati Jain, John J LaFrancois, Aine M Duffy, Helen E Scharfman
The dentate gyrus (DG) principal cells are glutamatergic granule cells (GCs), and they are located in a compact cell layer. However, GCs are also present in the adjacent hilar region, but have been described in only a few studies. Therefore, we used the transcription factor prospero homeobox 1 (Prox1) to quantify GCs at postnatal day (PND) 16, 30, and 60 in a common mouse strain, C57BL/6J mice. At PND16, there was a large population of Prox1-immunoreactive (ir) hilar cells, with more in the septal than temporal hippocampus...
March 17, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306627/novel-microspheres-reduce-the-formation-of-deep-venous-thrombosis-and-repair-the-vascular-wall-in-a-rat-model
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Bingyang Dai, Lan Li, Qiangqiang Li, Xiaoxiao Song, Dongyang Chen, Jin Dai, Yao Yao, Wenjin Yan, Huajian Teng, Fang Yang, Zhihong Xu, Qing Jiang
L-Arginine (L-arg), widely known as a substrate for endogenous nitric oxide synthesis, can improve endothelial function associated with the vasculature, inhibit platelet aggregation, and alter the activity of vascular smooth muscle cells. P-selectin is a membrane component of the platelet alpha-granule and the endothelial cell-specific Wiebel-Palade body that plays a central role in mediating interactions between platelets and both leukocytes and the endothelium. The experiment was designed to evaluate the effect of novel microspheres with L-arg targeting P-selectin on the formation of deep vein thrombosis and repair of vascular wall in a rat model...
March 16, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306503/phase-separation-of-c9orf72-dipeptide-repeats-perturbs-stress-granule-dynamics
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Steven Boeynaems, Elke Bogaert, Denes Kovacs, Albert Konijnenberg, Evy Timmerman, Alex Volkov, Mainak Guharoy, Mathias De Decker, Tom Jaspers, Veronica H Ryan, Abigail M Janke, Pieter Baatsen, Thomas Vercruysse, Regina-Maria Kolaitis, Dirk Daelemans, J Paul Taylor, Nancy Kedersha, Paul Anderson, Francis Impens, Frank Sobott, Joost Schymkowitz, Frederic Rousseau, Nicolas L Fawzi, Wim Robberecht, Philip Van Damme, Peter Tompa, Ludo Van Den Bosch
Liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) of RNA-binding proteins plays an important role in the formation of multiple membrane-less organelles involved in RNA metabolism, including stress granules. Defects in stress granule homeostasis constitute a cornerstone of ALS/FTLD pathogenesis. Polar residues (tyrosine and glutamine) have been previously demonstrated to be critical for phase separation of ALS-linked stress granule proteins. We now identify an active role for arginine-rich domains in these phase separations...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303682/ultrastructural-alterations-of-pancreatic-beta-cells-in-human-diabetes-mellitus
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Matilde Masini, Luisa Martino, Lorella Marselli, Marco Bugliani, Ugo Boggi, Franco Filipponi, Piero Marchetti, Vincenzo De Tata
AIMS: Both types of diabetes are characterized by beta-cell failure and death, leading to insulin insufficiency. Very limited information is currently available about the ultrastructural alterations of beta cells in human diabetes. Our aim was to provide a comprehensive ultrastructural analysis of human pancreatic islets in type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS: We performed a morphometric electron microscopy evaluation of beta cells obtained from the pancreas of 8 non-diabetic (ND), 5 type 1 (T1D) and 8 type 2 (T2D) diabetic organ donors...
March 16, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303594/the-analysis-of-the-different-functions-of-starch-phosphorylating-enzymes-during-the-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-plants-discloses-an-unexpected-role-for-the-cytosolic-isoform-gwd2
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Claudia Pirone, Libero Gurrieri, Ivan Gaiba, Alessio Adamiano, Francesco Valle, Paolo Trost, Francesca Sparla
The genome of Arabidopsis thaliana encodes three glucan, water dikinases. Glucan, water dikinase 1 (GWD1; EC 2.7.9.4) and phosphoglucan, water dikinase (PWD; EC 2.7.9.5) are chloroplastic enzymes, while glucan, water dikinase 2 (GWD2) is cytosolic. Both GWDs and PWD catalyze the addition of phosphate groups to amylopectin chains at the surface of starch granules, changing its physicochemical properties. As a result, GWD1 and PWD have a positive effect on transitory starch degradation at night. Because of its cytosolic localization, GWD2 does not have the same effect...
March 17, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303546/clathrin-dependent-uptake-of-paraquat-into-sh-sy5y-cells-and-its-internalization-into-different-subcellular-compartments
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Fengrui Li, Xiaofei Tian, Xiaoni Zhan, Baojie Wang, Mei Ding, Hao Pang
The herbicide paraquat (PQ) is an exogenous toxin that allows the selective activation of dopaminergic neurons in the mesencephalon to induce injury and also causes its apoptosis in vitro. However, uptake mechanisms between PQ and neurons remain elusive. To address this issue, we undertook a study of PQ endocytosis in a dopaminergic SH-SY5Y cell line as well as explored the subsequent subcellular location and potential functional analysis of PQ. The PQ was found to bind the SH-SY5Y cell membrane and then became internalized via a clathrin-dependent pathway...
March 16, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302404/mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-mfg-e8-accelerates-diabetic-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Akihiko Uchiyama, Sei-Ichiro Motegi, Akiko Sekiguchi, Chisako Fujiwara, Buddhini Perera, Sachiko Ogino, Yoko Yokoyama, Osamu Ishikawa
BACKGROUND: Diabetic wounds are intractable due to complex factors, such as the inhibition of angiogenesis, dysfunction of phagocytosis by macrophages and abnormal inflammatory responses. It is recognized that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) promote wound healing in diabetic mice. We previously demonstrated that MSCs produce large amounts of MFG-E8. OBJECT: The objective was to ascertain the role of MSCs-derived MFG-E8 in murine diabetic wounds. METHODS: MFG-E8 WT/KO MSCs or rMFG-E8 were subcutaneously injected around the wound in diabetic db/db mice, and wound areas were analyzed...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298884/physical-exercise-restores-the-generation-of-newborn-neurons-in-an-animal-model-of-chronic-epilepsy
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Fabricio N Mendonça, Luiz E C Santos, Antônio M Rodrigues, Sérgio Gomes da Silva, Ricardo M Arida, Gilcélio A da Silveira, Fulvio A Scorza, Antônio-Carlos G Almeida
Neurogenesis impairment is associated with the chronic phase of the epilepsy in humans and also observed in animal models. Recent studies with animal models have shown that physical exercise is capable of improving neurogenesis in adult subjects, alleviating cognitive impairment and depression. Here, we show that there is a reduction in the generation of newborn granule cells in the dentate gyrus of adult rats subjected to a chronic model of epilepsy during the postnatal period of brain development. We also show that the physical exercise was capable to restore the number of newborn granule cells in this animals to the level observed in the control group...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296382/human-%C3%AE-defensin-6-a-small-peptide-that-self-assembles-and-protects-the-host-by-entangling-microbes
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Phoom Chairatana, Elizabeth M Nolan
Human α-defensin 6 (HD6) is a 32-residue cysteine-rich peptide that contributes to innate immunity by protecting the host at mucosal sites. This peptide is produced in small intestinal Paneth cells, stored as an 81-residue precursor peptide named proHD6 in granules, and released into the lumen. One unusual feature of HD6 is that it lacks the broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity observed for other human α-defensins, including the Paneth cell peptide human α-defensin 5 (HD5). HD6 exhibits unprecedented self-assembly properties, which confer an unusual host-defense function...
March 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296058/a-comparison-between-the-larval-eyes-of-the-dimly-luminescent-keroplatus-nipponicus-and-the-brightly-luminescent-arachnocampa-luminosa-diptera-keroplatidae
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V Benno Meyer-Rochow, Yumi Yamahama
Larvae of the weakly blue-luminescent fungus gnat Keroplatus nipponicus possess on either side of their heads a small black stemmatal eye with a plano-convex lens approximately 25 μm in diameter. In total, 12-14 retinula cells give rise to a centrally fused rhabdom of up to 8 μm in diameter. The rhabdom's constituent microvilli, approximately 70 nm in width, are roughly orthogonally oriented, a requirement for polarization sensitivity. Screening pigment granules are abundant in the retinula cells and measure at least 1 μm in diameter...
March 9, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296036/targeting-of-c-type-lectin-like-receptor-2-or-p2y12-for-the-prevention-of-platelet-activation-by-immunotherapeutic-cpg-oligodeoxynucleotides
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C Delierneux, N Donis, L Servais, O Wéra, C Lecut, M Vandereyken, L Musumeci, S Rahmouni, J Schneider, J A Eble, P Lancellotti, C Oury
BACKGROUND: Synthetic phosphorothioate-modified CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (CpG ODNs) display potent immunostimulatory properties that are widely exploited in clinical trials of anticancer treatment. Unexpectedly, a recent study indicates that CpG ODNs activate human platelets via the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-coupled receptor glycoprotein VI. OBJECTIVE: To further analyze the mechanisms of CpG ODN-induced platelet activation and identify potential inhibitory strategies...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295320/brefeldin-a-sensitive-mechanisms-contribute-to-endocytotic-membrane-retrieval-and-vesicle-recycling-in-cerebellar-granule-cells
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Alberto Rampérez, José Sánchez-Prieto, Magdalena Torres
The recycling of synaptic vesicle (SV) proteins and transmitter release both occur at multiple sites along the axon. These processes are sensitive to inhibition of the small GTP binding protein ARF1, which regulates the AP-1/AP-3 complex. As the axon matures, SV recycling becomes restricted to the presynaptic bouton, and its machinery undergoes a complex process of maturation. We used the styryl dye FM1-43 to highlight differences in the efficiency of membrane recycling at different sites in cerebellar granule cells cultured for 7 days in vitro...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295292/differential-neuronal-and-glial-expression-of-nuclear-factor-i-proteins-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-adult-mice
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Kok-Siong Chen, Lachlan Harris, Jonathan W C Lim, Tracey J Harvey, Michael Piper, Richard M Gronostajski, Linda J Richards, Jens Bunt
The Nuclear factor I (NFI) family of transcription factors plays an important role in the development of the cerebral cortex in humans and mice. Disruption of NFIA, NFIB or NFIX results in abnormal development of the corpus callosum, lateral ventricles and hippocampus. However, the expression or function of these genes has not been examined in detail in the adult brain, and the cell type-specific expression of NFIA, NFIB and NFIX is currently unknown. Here, we demonstrate that the expression of each NFI protein shows a distinct laminar pattern in the adult mouse neocortex and that their cell type-specific expression differs depending on the family member...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295017/antimicrobial-peptide-gramicidin-s-is-accumulated-in-granules-of-producer-cells-for-storage-of-bacterial-phosphagens
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Marina Berditsch, Mareike Trapp, Sergii Afonin, Christian Weber, Julia Misiewicz, Joana Turkson, Anne S Ulrich
Many antimicrobial peptides are synthesized non-ribosomally in bacteria, but little is known about their subcellular route of biosynthesis, their mode of intracellular accumulation, or their role in the physiology of the producer cells. Here, we present a comprehensive view on the biosynthesis of gramicidin S (GS) in Aneurinibacillus migulanus, having observed a peripheral membrane localization of its synthetases. The peptide gets accumulated in nano-globules, which mature by fusion into larger granules and end up within vacuolar structures...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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