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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933729/structure-and-catalysis-of-fe-iii-and-cu-ii-microperoxidase-11-interacting-with-the-positively-charged-interfaces-of-lipids
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Tatiana Prieto, Vinicius Santana, Adrianne M M Britto, Juliana C Araujo-Chaves, Otaciro R Nascimento, Iseli L Nantes-Cardoso
Numerous applications have been described for microperoxidases (MPs) such as in photoreceptors, sensing, drugs, and hydrogen evolution. The last application was obtained by replacing Fe(III), the native central metal, by cobalt ion and inspired part of the present study. Here, the Fe(III) of MP-11 was replaced by Cu(II) that is also a stable redox state in aerated medium, and the structure and activity of both MPs were modulated by the interaction with the positively charged interfaces of lipids. Comparative spectroscopic characterization of Fe(III) and Cu(II)MP-11 in the studied media demonstrated the presence of high and low spin species with axial distortion...
July 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933590/rubcn-rubicon-and-egfr-regulate-lysosomal-degradative-processes-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-rpe-of-the-eye
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Luis Muniz-Feliciano, Teresa A Doggett, Zhenqing Zhou, Thomas A Ferguson
Macroautophagy/autophagy is an intracellular stress survival and recycling system whereas phagocytosis internalizes material from the extracellular milieu; yet, both pathways utilize lysosomes for cargo degradation. Whereas autophagy occurs in all cells, phagocytosis is performed by cell types such as macrophages and the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells of the eye where it is supported by the noncanonical autophagy process termed LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP). Autophagy and LAP are distinct pathways that use many of the same mediators and must compete for cellular resources, suggesting that cells may regulate both processes under homeostatic and stress conditions...
September 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931719/innate-colour-preference-individual-learning-and-memory-retention-in-the-ant-camponotus-blandus
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Ayse Yilmaz, Adrian G Dyer, Wolfgang Rössler, Johannes Spaethe
Ants are a well-characterized insect model for the study of visual learning and orientation, but the extent to which colour vision is involved in these tasks remains unknown. We investigated the colour preference, learning and memory retention of Camponotus blandus foragers under controlled laboratory conditions. Our results show that C. blandus foragers exhibit a strong innate preference for ultraviolet (UV, 365 nm) over blue (450 nm) and green (528 nm) wavelengths. The ants can learn to discriminate 365 nm from either 528 nm or 450 nm, independent of intensity changes...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929832/cngb3-mutations-cause-severe-rod-dysfunction
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J Maguire, M McKibbin, K Khan, S Kohl, M Ali, D McKeefry
PURPOSE: Congenital achromatopsia or rod monochromatism is a rare autosomal recessive condition defined by a severe loss of cone photoreceptor function in which rods purportedly retain normal or near-to-normal function. This report describes the results of electroretinography in two siblings with CNGB3-associated achromatopsia. METHODS: Full field light- and dark-adapted electroretinograms (ERGs) were recorded using standard protocols detailed by the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV)...
September 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929374/inhibition-of-gsk-3%C3%AE-activation-protects-sd-rat-retina-against-n-methyl-n-nitrosourea-induced-degeneration-by-modulating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Baoying Wang, Chenghu Hu, Xiaobei Yang, Fangying Du, Yan Feng, Hongbo Li, Chunhui Zhu, Xiaorui Yu
Retinal degenerative diseases are characterized by photoreceptor cell loss. Photoreceptor cell loss leading to retinal degeneration can be induced by N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU), which was widely used to mimic the pathology. However, the mechanism by which MNU induces photoreceptor cell loss is still largely unknown. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether phosphorylation of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (p-GSK-3β) is a potent mediator of MNU-induced retinal degeneration and how p-GSK-3β affects the process...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929348/-comparative-analysis-of-light-sensitivity-depth-and-motion-perception-in-animals-and-humans
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REVIEW
F Schaeffel
BACKGROUND: This study examined how humans perform regarding light sensitivity, depth perception and motion vision in comparison to various animals. OBJECTIVE: The parameters that limit the performance of the visual system for these different functions were examined. METHODS: This study was based on literature studies (search in PubMed) and own results. RESULTS: Light sensitivity is limited by the brightness of the retinal image, which in turn is determined by the f‑number of the eye...
September 19, 2017: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928775/assessment-of-safety-and-functional-efficacy-of-stem-cell-based-therapeutic-approaches-using-retinal-degenerative-animal-models
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Tai-Chi Lin, Magdalene J Seiler, Danhong Zhu, Paulo Falabella, David R Hinton, Dennis O Clegg, Mark S Humayun, Biju B Thomas
Dysfunction and death of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and or photoreceptors can lead to irreversible vision loss. The eye represents an ideal microenvironment for stem cell-based therapy. It is considered an "immune privileged" site, and the number of cells needed for therapy is relatively low for the area of focused vision (macula). Further, surgical placement of stem cell-derived grafts (RPE, retinal progenitors, and photoreceptor precursors) into the vitreous cavity or subretinal space has been well established...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928761/hormonal-regulation-in-shade-avoidance
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REVIEW
Chuanwei Yang, Lin Li
At high vegetation density, shade-intolerant plants sense a reduction in the red (660 nm) to far-red (730 nm) light ratio (R/FR) in addition to a general reduction in light intensity. These light signals trigger a spectrum of morphological changes manifested by growth of stem-like tissue (hypocotyl, petiole, etc.) instead of harvestable organs (leaves, fruits, seeds, etc.)-namely, shade avoidance syndrome (SAS). Common phenotypical changes related to SAS are changes in leaf hyponasty, an increase in hypocotyl and internode elongation and extended petioles...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928639/microglia-polarization-with-m1-m2-phenotype-changes-in-rd1-mouse-model-of-retinal-degeneration
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Tian Zhou, Zijing Huang, Xiaowei Sun, Xiaowei Zhu, Lingli Zhou, Mei Li, Bing Cheng, Xialin Liu, Chang He
Microglia activation is recognized as the hallmark of neuroinflammation. However, the activation profile and phenotype changes of microglia during the process of retinal degeneration are poorly understood. This study aimed to elucidate the time-spatial pattern of microglia distribution and characterize the polarized phenotype of activated microglia during retinal neuroinflammation and degeneration in rd1 (Pde6β(rd1/rd1)) mice, the classic model of inherited retinal degeneration. Retinae of rd1 mice at different postnatal days (P7, P14, P21, P28, P56, and P180) were prepared for further analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927431/role-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-chaperone-in-rod-and-cone-photoreceptor-degenerations-in-a-mouse-model-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Huan Yang, Yingmei Fu, Xinying Liu, Pawan K Shahi, Timur A Mavlyutov, Jun Li, Annie Yao, Steven Z-W Guo, Bikash R Pattnaik, Lian-Wang Guo
BACKGROUND: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most common inherited retinal degenerative disease yet with no effective treatment available. The sigma-1 receptor (S1R), a ligand-regulated chaperone, emerges as a potential retina-protective therapeutic target. In particular, pharmacological activation of S1R was recently shown to rescue cones in the rd10 mouse, a rod Pde6b mutant that recapitulates the RP pathology of autonomous rod degeneration followed by secondary death of cones. The mechanisms underlying the S1R protection for cones are not understood in detail...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926578/tet-mediated-dna-hydroxymethylation-regulates-retinal-neurogenesis-by-modulating-cell-extrinsic-signaling-pathways
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Pawat Seritrakul, Jeffrey M Gross
DNA hydroxymethylation has recently been shown to play critical roles in regulating gene expression and terminal differentiation events in a variety of developmental contexts. However, little is known about its function during eye development. Methylcytosine dioxygenases of the Tet family convert 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), an epigenetic mark thought to serve as a precursor for DNA demethylation and as a stable mark in neurons. Here, we report a requirement for Tet activity during zebrafish retinal neurogenesis...
September 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926259/dual-photochemical-reaction-pathway-in-flavin-based-photoreceptor-lov-domain-a-combined-quantum-mechanics-molecular-mechanics-investigation
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Setsuko Nakagawa, Oliver Weingart, Christel M Marian
The primary photochemical reaction of the light, oxygen, and voltage (LOV) domain of the blue-light photo-sensor YtvA of Bacillus subtilis were investigated using high-level QM(DFT/MRCI)/MM methods. After blue-light excitation, the Sγ atom of the reactive cysteine forms a covalent bond with the C4a of the flavin mononucleotide (FMN) ring. Two conformations for the side chain of reactive cysteine with occupancies of 70% (conf A) and 30% (conf B) are observed in the X-ray crystallographic structures of the YtvA-LOV (Möglich, A...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925526/sub1-has-photoreceptor-dependent-and-independent-functions-in-sexual-development-and-secondary-metabolism-in-trichoderma-reesei
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Hoda Bazafkan, Sabrina Beier, Eva Stappler, Stefan Böhmdorfer, Josua T Oberlerchner, Michael Sulyok, Monika Schmoll
Light dependent processes are involved in the regulation of growth, development and enzyme production in Trichoderma reesei. The photoreceptors BLR1, BLR2 and ENV1 exert crucial functions in these processes. We analyzed the involvement of the transcription factor SUB1 in sexual development as well as secondary metabolism and its position in the light signaling cascade. SUB1 influences growth and in contrast to its homologue in N. crassa, SUB1 is not essential for fruiting body formation and male fertility in T...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924976/spontaneous-generation-of-a-novel-foetal-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium-rpe-cell-line-available-for-investigation-on-phagocytosis-and-morphogenesis
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Zhihua Shao, Haiyun Wang, Xuejian Zhou, Baosen Guo, Xuehu Gao, Zengrong Xiao, Meng Liu, Jihong Sha, Chunlian Jiang, Yuping Luo, Zhixue Liu, Siguang Li
OBJECTIVES: Primary retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells have a limited capacity to re-establish epithelial morphology and to maintain native RPE function in vitro, and all commercially available RPE cell lines have drawbacks of morphology or function; therefore, the establishment of new RPE cell lines with typical characteristics of RPE would be helpful in further understanding of their physiological and pathological mechanisms. Here, we firstly report a new spontaneously generated RPE line, fhRPE-13A, from a 13-week aborted foetus...
September 18, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923598/testicular-atrophy-and-reproductive-quiescence-in-photorefractory-and-scotosensitive-quail-involvement-of-hypothalamic-deep-brain-photoreceptors-and-gnrh-gnih-system
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Somanshu Banerjee, Chandra Mohini Chaturvedi
Birds time their daily and seasonal activities in synchronization with circadian and annual periodicities in the environment, which is mainly provided by changes in photoperiod/day length conditions. Photoperiod appears to act at the level of eye, pineal and encephalic/deep brain photoperception and thus entrain the hypothalamic clock as well as reproductive circuitry in different avian species. In this article our focus of study is to elucidate out the underlying molecular mechanism of modulation of the hypothalamic reproductive circuitry following the photoperception through the hypothalamic photoreceptor cells and the subsequent alteration in the reproductive responses in quail, kept under different simulated photoperiodic conditions...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923583/sunlight-and-ultraviolet-radiation-pertinent-retinal-implications-current-management
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REVIEW
Tedi Begaj, Shlomit Schaal
Unprotected and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from sunlight, lasers, and arc welding leads to outer retinal damage. The photoreceptors and retinal pigment epithelium located in the posterior pole are particularly susceptible to this radiation. Classically known as solar retinopathy, this disorder frequently affects young individuals who have clear lenses and a propensity toward observing solar eclipses. Various imaging techniques aid the clinician in diagnosis, even if patients cannot recall an exposure event...
September 16, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923430/mapping-the-brain-of-the-chicken-gallus-gallus-with-emphasis-on-the-septal-hypothalamic-region
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REVIEW
Wayne J Kuenzel
There has been remarkable progress in discoveries made in the avian brain, particularly over the past two decades. This review first highlights some of the discoveries made in the forebrain and credits the Avian Brain Nomenclature Forum, responsible for changing many of the terms found in the cerebrum and for stimulating collaborative research thereafter. The Forum facilitated communication among comparative neurobiologists by eliminating confusing and inaccurate names. The result over the past 15 years has been a standardized use of avian forebrain terms...
September 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922560/betacellulin-regulates-the-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-retinal-progenitor-cells-in-vitro
#18
Dandan Zhang, Bingqiao Shen, Yi Zhang, Ni Ni, Yuyao Wang, Fan Xianqun, Hao Sun, Ping Gu
Retinal progenitor cells (RPCs) hold great potential for the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases. However, their proliferation capacity and differentiation potential towards specific retinal neurons are limited, which limit their future clinical applications. Thus, it is important to improve the RPCs' ability to proliferate and differentiate. Currently, epidermal growth factor (EGF) is commonly used to stimulate RPC growth in vitro. In this study, we find that betacellulin (BTC), a member of the EGF family, plays important roles in the proliferation and differentiation of RPCs...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920064/cone-fusion-confusion-in-photoreceptor-transplantation
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EDITORIAL
Robert E MacLaren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920063/hesc-derived-photoreceptors-survive-and-integrate-better-in-immunodeficient-retina
#20
EDITORIAL
Magdalene J Seiler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
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