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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786089/spectral-analysis-of-fundus-autofluorescence-pattern-as-a-tool-to-detect-early-stages-of-degeneration-in-the-retina-and-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Tatiana B Feldman, Marina A Yakovleva, Andrey V Larichev, Patimat M Arbukhanova, Alexandra Sh Radchenko, Sergey A Borzenok, Vladimir A Kuzmin, Mikhail A Ostrovsky
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is the determination of quantitative diagnostic criteria based on the spectral characteristics of fundus autofluorescence to detect early stages of degeneration in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). METHODS: RPE cell suspension samples were obtained from the cadaver eyes with and without signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Fluorescence analysis at an excitation wavelength of 488 nm was performed. The fluorescence lifetimes of lipofuscin-granule fluorophores were measured by counting time-correlated photon method...
May 22, 2018: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785315/a-very-rare-case-of-hypereosinophilic-syndrome-secondary-to-natural-killer-t-cell-lymphoma
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Takanori Yamamoto, Atsushi Kamijo, Tadao Nakazawa, Kei Nakajima, Keita Kirito, Norio Komatsu, Keisuke Masuyama
Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a systemic disease characterized by an increased peripheral blood eosinophil count accompanied by systemic organ dysfunction. HES is classified into idiopathic HES, primary (neoplastic) HES (HESN ), and secondary (reactive) HES (HESR ). In this case report, a patient who developed peripheral blood eosinophilia and granulation tissue in the pharynx and paranasal sinus, which was initially diagnosed as chronic eosinophilic leukemia (CEL), categorized as HESN , but was eventually identified after the patient had died as natural killer/T-cell (NK/T) lymphoma, nasal type (ENKL), categorized as HESR , is presented...
2018: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784282/characterization-of-human-decidual-mast-cells-and-establishment-of-a-culture-system
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Takayuki Matsuno, Shota Toyoshima, Tomomi Sakamoto-Sasaki, Jun-Ichi Kashiwakura, Akira Matsuda, Yasuo Watanabe, Hiromitsu Azuma, Kei Kawana, Tatsuo Yamamoto, Yoshimichi Okayama
BACKGROUND: Although rodent decidual mast cells (MCs) reportedly play an important role in implantation and placenta formation, the characterization of human decidual MCs has been not well clarified. The aims of this study were to investigate the distribution and characteristics of MCs in human decidua and to establish a culture system for decidua-derived MCs. METHODS: Decidual tissues were obtained from patients who underwent a legal elective abortion (6th week to 9th week of pregnancy), and decidual MCs were enzymatically dispersed...
May 18, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780879/altered-cerebellar-short-term-plasticity-but-no-change-in-postsynaptic-ampa-type-glutamate-receptors-in-a-mouse-model-of-juvenile-batten-disease
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Dorota Studniarczyk, Elizabeth L Needham, Hannah M Mitchison, Mark Farrant, Stuart G Cull-Candy
Juvenile Batten disease is the most common progressive neurodegenerative disorder of childhood. It is associated with mutations in the CLN3 gene, causing loss of function of CLN3 protein and degeneration of cerebellar and retinal neurons. It has been proposed that changes in granule cell AMPA-type glutamate receptors (AMPARs) contribute to the cerebellar dysfunction. In this study, we compared AMPAR properties and synaptic transmission in cerebellar granule cells from wild-type and Cln3 knock-out mice. In Cln3 Δ ex1-6 cells, the amplitude of AMPA-evoked whole-cell currents was unchanged...
March 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778809/effects-of-propofol-on-ipscs-in-ca1-and-dentate-gyrus-cells-of-rat-hippocampus-propofol-effects-on-hippocampal-cells-ipscs
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Masanori Ishiguro, Suguru Kobayashi, Kiyoji Matsuyama, Takashi Nagamine
Propofol (2, 6-diisopropylphenol) is one of the most popular intravenous anesthetic agents. In this study, we compared the effects of propofol on inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) induced by single and paired electrical stimulations in CA1 pyramidal cells (CA1-PCs) and dentate gyrus granule cells (DG-GCs) in rat hippocampal slices using the whole cell patch-clamp technique. In the absence of propofol, the amplitude of evoked IPSC by single stimulation and decay time constants were stable in both CA1-PCs and DG-GCs for 30 min...
May 17, 2018: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777586/platelets-autotaxin-and-lysophosphatidic-acid-signaling-win-win-factors-for-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Raphael Leblanc, Audrey Houssin, Olivier Peyruchaud
Platelets play a crucial role in the survival of metastatic cells in the blood circulation. Interaction of tumor cells with platelets leads to the production of plethoric factors among which our review will focus on lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) because platelets are the highest producers of this bioactive lysophospholipid in the organism. LPA promotes platelet aggregation and blocking platelet function leads to inhibition of breast cancer cell metastasis through decreased LPA signaling. Autotaxin (ATX), a lysophospholipase D responsible for basal concentration of LPA in blood, was detected in platelet α-granules...
May 19, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775580/znfx-1-functions-within-perinuclear-nuage-to-balance-epigenetic-signals
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Takao Ishidate, Ahmet R Ozturk, Daniel J Durning, Rita Sharma, En-Zhi Shen, Hao Chen, Meetu Seth, Masaki Shirayama, Craig C Mello
Animal cells have a remarkable capacity to adopt durable and heritable gene expression programs or epigenetic states that define the physical properties and diversity of somatic cell types. The maintenance of epigenetic programs depends on poorly understood pathways that prevent gain or loss of inherited signals. In the germline, epigenetic factors are enriched in liquid-like perinuclear condensates called nuage. Here, we identify the deeply conserved helicase-domain protein, ZNFX-1, as an epigenetic regulator and component of nuage that interacts with Argonaute systems to balance epigenetic inheritance...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774409/starch-formation-inside-plastids-of-higher-plants
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REVIEW
Asena Goren, Daniel Ashlock, Ian J Tetlow
Starch is a water-insoluble polyglucan synthesized inside the plastid stroma within plant cells, serving a crucial role in the carbon budget of the whole plant by acting as a short-term and long-term store of energy. The highly complex, hierarchical structure of the starch granule arises from the actions of a large suite of enzyme activities, in addition to physicochemical self-assembly mechanisms. This review outlines current knowledge of the starch biosynthetic pathway operating in plant cells in relation to the micro- and macro-structures of the starch granule...
May 17, 2018: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774030/changes-in-the-tcr%C3%AE-repertoire-and-tumor-immune-signature-from-a-cutaneous-melanoma-patient-immunized-with-the-csf-470-vaccine-a-case-report
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Mariana Aris, Alicia Inés Bravo, María Betina Pampena, Paula Alejandra Blanco, Ibel Carri, Daniel Koile, Patricio Yankilevich, Estrella Mariel Levy, María Marcela Barrio, José Mordoh
The allogeneic therapeutic vaccine CSF-470 has demonstrated a significant benefit over medium-dose IFNα2b in the distant metastasis-free survival for stages IIB-IIC-III cutaneous melanoma patients in a randomized phase II/III clinical trial (CASVAC-0401, NCT01729663). At the end of the 2-year CSF-470 immunization protocol, patient #006 developed several lung and one subcutaneous melanoma metastases; this later was excised. In this report, we analyzed the changes throughout vaccination of immune populations in blood and in the tumor tissue, with special focus on the T-cell repertoire...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774009/signaling-pathways-and-cellular-mechanisms-regulating-mossy-fiber-sprouting-in-the-development-of-epilepsy
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REVIEW
Christin M Godale, Steve C Danzer
The sprouting of hippocampal dentate granule cell axons, termed mossy fibers, into the dentate inner molecular layer is one of the most consistent findings in tissue from patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy. Decades of research in animal models have revealed that mossy fiber sprouting creates de novo recurrent excitatory connections in the hippocampus, fueling speculation that the pathology may drive temporal lobe epileptogenesis. Conducting definitive experiments to test this hypothesis, however, has been challenging due to the difficulty of dissociating this sprouting from the many other changes occurring during epileptogenesis...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773801/lrrc8-vrac-anion-channels-enhance-%C3%AE-cell-glucose-sensing-and-insulin-secretion
#11
Till Stuhlmann, Rosa Planells-Cases, Thomas J Jentsch
Glucose homeostasis depends critically on insulin that is secreted by pancreatic β-cells. Serum glucose, which is directly sensed by β-cells, stimulates depolarization- and Ca2+ -dependent exocytosis of insulin granules. Here we show that pancreatic islets prominently express LRRC8A and LRRC8D, subunits of volume-regulated VRAC anion channels. Hypotonicity- or glucose-induced β-cell swelling elicits canonical LRRC8A-dependent VRAC currents that depolarize β-cells to an extent that causes electrical excitation...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772246/preterm-birth-disrupts-cerebellar-development-by-affecting-granule-cell-proliferation-program-and-bergmann-glia
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Igor Y Iskusnykh, Randal K Buddington, Victor V Chizhikov
Preterm birth is a leading cause of long-term motor and cognitive deficits. Clinical studies suggest that some of these deficits result from disruption of cerebellar development, but the mechanisms that mediate cerebellar abnormalities in preterm infants are largely unknown. Furthermore, it remains unclear whether preterm birth and precocious exposure to the ex-utero environment directly disrupt cerebellar development or indirectly by increasing the probability of cerebellar injury, including that resulting from clinical interventions and protocols associated with the care of preterm infants...
May 14, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771981/antimicrobial-activity-of-bovine-nk-lysin-derived-peptides-on-mycoplasma-bovis
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Rohana P Dassanayake, Shollie M Falkenberg, Karen B Register, Daniel Samorodnitsky, Eric M Nicholson, Timothy A Reinhardt
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a diverse group of molecules which play an important role in the innate immune response. Bovine NK-lysins, a type of AMP, have been predominantly found in the granules of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes and NK-cells. Bovine NK-lysin-derived peptides demonstrate antimicrobial activity against various bacterial pathogens, including several involved in bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) in cattle; however, such studies are yet to be performed with one important contributor to the BRDC, Mycoplasma bovis...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769721/spatiotemporal-regulation-of-liquid-like-condensates-in-epigenetic-inheritance
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Gang Wan, Brandon D Fields, George Spracklin, Aditi Shukla, Carolyn M Phillips, Scott Kennedy
Non-membrane-bound organelles such as nucleoli, processing bodies, Cajal bodies and germ granules form by the spontaneous self-assembly of specific proteins and RNAs. How these biomolecular condensates form and interact is poorly understood. Here we identify two proteins, ZNFX-1 and WAGO-4, that localize to Caenorhabditis elegans germ granules (P granules) in early germline blastomeres. Later in germline development, ZNFX-1 and WAGO-4 separate from P granules to define an independent liquid-like condensate that we term the Z granule...
May 16, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769664/parallel-odor-processing-by-mitral-and-middle-tufted-cells-in-the-olfactory-bulb
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Francesco Cavarretta, Shawn D Burton, Kei M Igarashi, Gordon M Shepherd, Michael L Hines, Michele Migliore
The olfactory bulb (OB) transforms sensory input into spatially and temporally organized patterns of activity in principal mitral (MC) and middle tufted (mTC) cells. Thus far, the mechanisms underlying odor representations in the OB have been mainly investigated in MCs. However, experimental findings suggest that MC and mTC may encode parallel and complementary odor representations. We have analyzed the functional roles of these pathways by using a morphologically and physiologically realistic three-dimensional model to explore the MC and mTC microcircuits in the glomerular layer and deeper plexiform layer...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768204/an-amphipathic-helix-directs-cellular-membrane-curvature-sensing-and-function-of-the-bar-domain-protein-pick1
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Rasmus Herlo, Viktor K Lund, Matthew D Lycas, Anna M Jansen, George Khelashvili, Rita C Andersen, Vikram Bhatia, Thomas S Pedersen, Pedro B C Albornoz, Niklaus Johner, Ina Ammendrup-Johnsen, Nikolaj R Christensen, Simon Erlendsson, Mikkel Stoklund, Jannik B Larsen, Harel Weinstein, Ole Kjærulff, Dimitrios Stamou, Ulrik Gether, Kenneth L Madsen
BAR domains are dimeric protein modules that sense, induce, and stabilize lipid membrane curvature. Here, we show that membrane curvature sensing (MCS) directs cellular localization and function of the BAR domain protein PICK1. In PICK1, and the homologous proteins ICA69 and arfaptin2, we identify an amphipathic helix N-terminal to the BAR domain that mediates MCS. Mutational disruption of the helix in PICK1 impaired MCS without affecting membrane binding per se. In insulin-producing INS-1E cells, super-resolution microscopy revealed that disruption of the helix selectively compromised PICK1 density on insulin granules of high curvature during their maturation...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767397/the-potential-role-of-spherocrystals-in-the-detoxification-of-essential-trace-metals-following-exposure-to-cu-and-zn-in-the-fighting-conch-strombus-lobatus-pugilis
#17
Jean-Marie Volland, Paco Bustamante, Dalila Aldana Aranda, Olivier Gros
Crypt cells-one of the three cell types composing Strombidae digestive tubules-are characterized by the presence of numerous metal-containing phosphate granules termed spherocrystals. We explored the bioaccumulation and detoxification of metals in Strombidae by exposing wild fighting conch Strombus pugilis for 9 days to waterborne CuSO4 and ZnSO4 . The total amount of Cu and Zn was determined in the digestive gland and in the rest of the body by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) analyses. The digestive gland spherocrystal metal content was investigated based on the semi-quantitative energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) elemental analysis...
May 16, 2018: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767240/munc13%C3%A2-4-mediates-human-neutrophil-elastase%C3%A2-induced-airway-mucin5ac-hypersecretion-by-interacting-with-syntaxin2
#18
Rui Xu, Jia Zhou, Xiang-Dong Zhou, Qi Li, Juliy M Perelman, Victor P Kolosov
The overexpression and hypersecretion of mucus is a hallmark of chronic pulmonary inflammatory disease. Mucin5AC (MUC5AC) is a major component of airway gel‑forming mucin. Members of the Unc13 (Munc13) protein family act as important activators of granule exocytosis from various types of mammalian cells. The present study aimed to determine the role of Munc13 family proteins in MUC5AC secretion via an in vitro study with BEAS‑2B and Calu‑3 cell lines. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting indicated that stimulation of the cells with 100 nM human neutrophil elastase (hNE) for 1 h did not affect the expression of either unc13 homolog B (Munc13‑2) or unc13 homolog D (Munc13‑4), but immunofluorescence analysis demonstrated that hNE treatment was associated with the recruitment of Munc13‑4 to the plasma membrane...
May 14, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766278/adenomatous-ductal-proliferation-hyperplasia-in-the-parotid-gland-associated-without-any-other-pathological-lesions-a-report-and-survey-of-the-literatures
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Bhoj Raj Adhikari, Michiko Nishimura, Kosuke Takimoto, Fumiya Harada, Aya Onishi, Daichi Hiraki, Durga Paudel, Puja Neopane, Masafumi Utsunomiya, Tetsuro Morikawa, Koki Yoshida, Jun Sato, Mamata Shakya, Eiji Nakayama, Hiroki Nagayasu, Yoshihiro Abiko
Adenomatous ductal proliferation/hyperplasia (ADP/H) is a rare hyperplastic condition of the salivary gland. It is mostly associated with other salivary gland pathologies such as tumors and inflammations, and is incidentally found in tissue sections during histopathological examinations of those diseases. Herein, we report a case of ADP/H in the parotid gland not associated with any other pathological lesions, and present a review of the literature on this condition. A 60-year-old Japanese female complained of swelling on the left side of parotid region...
May 15, 2018: Medical Molecular Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765387/photosynthetic-characteristics-and-chloroplast-ultrastructure-of-summer-maize-response-to-different-nitrogen-supplies
#20
Zheng Liu, Jia Gao, Fei Gao, Peng Liu, Bin Zhao, Jiwang Zhang
Maize ( Zea mays L.) is the important crop over the world. Nitrogen (N) as necessary element affects photosynthetic characteristics and grain yield of summer maize. In this study, N0 (0 kg N ha-1 ), N1 (129 kg N ha-1 ), N2 (185 kg N ha-1 ), and N3 (300 kg N ha-1 ) was conducted using hybrid 'ZhengDan958' at Dawenkou research field (36°11'N, 117°06'E, 178 m altitude) in the North China Plain to explore the effects of N rate on photosynthetic characteristics and chloroplast ultrastructure. Gas exchange parameters, chlorophyll fluorescence parameters, leaf area index (LAI), chlorophyll SPAD value, chloroplast ultrastructure, dry matter weight and grain yield were measured...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
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