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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098911/diagnosis-for-choroideremia-in-a-large-chinese-pedigree-by-next%C3%A2-generation-sequencing-ngs-and-non%C3%A2-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt
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Li Zhu, Jingliang Cheng, Boxu Zhou, Chunli Wei, Weichan Yang, Dong Jiang, Iqra Ijaz, Xiaojun Tan, Rui Chen, Junjiang Fu
To develop an effective strategy to isolate and use cell‑free fetal DNA (cffDNA) for the combined use of next‑generation sequencing (NGS) for diagnosing choroideremia and non‑invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Y chromosome determination, a large Chinese family with an X‑linked recessive disease, choroideremia, was recruited. Cell‑free DNA was extracted from maternal plasma, and SRY polymerase chain reaction amplification was performed using NIPT. Sanger sequencing was subsequently used for fetal amniotic fluid DNA verification...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098879/cytokines-inducers-and-inhibitors-modulate-mmp-2-and-mmp%C3%A2-9-secretion-by-human-fanconi-anemia-immortalized-fibroblasts
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M W Roomi, T Kalinovsky, M Rath, A Niedzwiecki
Acute myeloid leukemia and head and neck squamous cell carcinomas are the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Fanconi anemia (FA) patients. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), particularly MMP-2 and MMP-9, have been implicated in tumor invasion and metastasis. Various cytokines, mitogens, growth factors, inducers and inhibitors control MMP activities. We investigated the roles of these in the regulation of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in human immortalized fibroblasts from FA. Human FA immortalized fibroblast cell lines FA-A:PD220 and FA-D2:PD20 were grown in minimum essential medium (MEM) supplemented with 15% fetal bovine serum (FBS) and antibiotics in 24-well tissue culture plates...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098253/the-clinically-approved-antiviral-drug-sofosbuvir-inhibits-zika-virus-replication
#3
Carolina Q Sacramento, Gabrielle R de Melo, Caroline S de Freitas, Natasha Rocha, Lucas Villas Bôas Hoelz, Milene Miranda, Natalia Fintelman-Rodrigues, Andressa Marttorelli, André C Ferreira, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Juliana L Abrantes, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Mônica M Bastos, Eduardo de Mello Volotão, Estevão Portela Nunes, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Erick Correia Loiola, Pablo Trindade, Stevens K Rehen, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Nubia Boechat, Fabiano L Thompson, Ana M B de Filippis, Karin Brüning, Thiago Moreno L Souza
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae family, along with other agents of clinical significance such as dengue (DENV) and hepatitis C (HCV) viruses. Since ZIKV causes neurological disorders during fetal development and in adulthood, antiviral drugs are necessary. Sofosbuvir is clinically approved for use against HCV and targets the protein that is most conserved among the members of the Flaviviridae family, the viral RNA polymerase. Indeed, we found that sofosbuvir inhibits ZIKV RNA polymerase, targeting conserved amino acid residues...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098215/epigenetic-modifications-at-dmrs-of-placental-genes-are-subjected-to-variations-in-normal-gestation-pathological-conditions-and-folate-supplementation
#4
Beenish Rahat, Aatish Mahajan, Rashmi Bagga, Abid Hamid, Jyotdeep Kaur
Invasive placentation and cancer development shares many similar molecular and epigenetic pathways. Paternally expressed, growth promoting genes (SNRPN, PEG10 and MEST) which are known to play crucial role in tumorogenesis, are not well studied during placentation. This study reports for the first time of the impact of gestational-age, pathological conditions and folic acid supplementation on dynamic nature of DNA and histone methylation present at their differentially methylated regions (DMRs). Here, we reported the association between low DNA methylation/H3K27me3 and higher expression of SNRPN, PEG10 and MEST in highly proliferating normal early gestational placenta...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097494/establishment-and-characterization-of-a-heart-derived-cell-line-from-goldfish-carassius-auratus
#5
Hongli Jing, Xiangmei Lin, Lipu Xu, Longying Gao, Min Zhang, Na Wang, Shaoqiang Wu
The goldfish Carassius auratus, a freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae, was one of the earliest fish to be domesticated for ornamental purposes. A cell line was established from goldfish heart (GH) tissue to create a biological monitoring tool for viral diseases. The GH cell line was optimally maintained at 25 °C in M199 medium supplemented with 10-20% fetal bovine serum. A chromosomal analysis indicated that the cell line remained diploid, with a mean chromosomal count of 100. In viral inoculation assays, significant cytopathic effects (CPEs) were caused by epizootic hematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV), Andrias davidianus iridovirus (ADIV), and Bohle iridovirus (BIV) infections in the fish cells and the viral titers (average value) of EHNV, ADIV, and BIV in GH cells reached 10(5...
January 18, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096434/precocious-glucocorticoid-exposure-reduces-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cells-in-the-fetal-rat
#6
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/28096043/a-simplified-protocol-for-culture-of-murine-neonatal-cardiomyocytes-on-nanoscale-keratin-coated-surfaces
#7
Aditi Jain, Venkatraman Ravi, Jaseer Muhamed, Kaushik Chatterjee, Nagalingam R Sundaresan
OBJECTIVE: We aim to develop a simple, efficient and cost-effective protocol for culturing the neonatal cardiomyocytes using keratin derived from human hair, which can be used for studying cardiac hypertrophy in vitro. METHODS: Keratin was extracted from human hair and applied as nanoscale coating onto the culture dishes. Physical parameters such as surface morphology and roughness of the coating were studied by SEM and AFM. Cardiomyocyte specific markers were assessed by immunofluorescence...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095523/effects-of-titanium-surface-microtopography-and-simvastatin-on-growth-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-estrogen-deprived-cell-culture
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Premjit Arpornmaeklong, Prisana Pripatnanont, Chonticha Chookiatsiri, Boonsin Tangtrakulwanich
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effects of titanium surface topography and simvastatin on growth and osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) in estrogen-deprived (ED) cell culture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human BMSCs were seeded on cell culture plates, smooth-surface titanium (Ti) disks, and sandblasted with large grits and acid etched (SLA)-surface Ti disks; and subsequently cultured in regular (fetal bovine serum [FBS]), ED, and ED-with 100 nM simvastatin (ED-SIM) culture media for 14 to 21 days...
January 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095495/dna-methylation-analysis-of-brd1-promoter-regions-and-the-schizophrenia-rs138880-risk-allele
#9
Mads Dyrvig, Per Qvist, Jacek Lichota, Knud Larsen, Mette Nyegaard, Anders D Børglum, Jane H Christensen
The bromodomain containing 1 gene, BRD1 is essential for embryogenesis and CNS development. It encodes a protein that participates in histone modifying complexes and thereby regulates the expression of a large number of genes. Genetic variants in the BRD1 locus show association with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and risk alleles in the promoter region correlate with reduced BRD1 expression. Insights into the transcriptional regulation of BRD1 and the pathogenic mechanisms associated with BRD1 risk variants, however, remain sparse...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092268/phenotypic-outcomes-in-mouse-and-human-foxc1-dependent-dandy-walker-cerebellar-malformation-suggest-shared-mechanisms
#10
Parthiv Haldipur, Derek Dang, Kimberly A Aldinger, Olivia K Janson, Fabien Guimiot, Homa Adle-Biasette, William B Dobyns, Joseph R Siebert, Rosa Russo, Kathleen J Millen
FOXC1 loss contributes to Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), a common human cerebellar malformation.  Previously we found that complete Foxc1 loss leads to aberrations in proliferation, neuronal differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse cerebellum (Haldipur et al., 2014). We now demonstrate that hypomorphic Foxc1 mutant mice have granule and Purkinje cell abnormalities causing subsequent disruptions in postnatal cerebellar foliation and lamination. Particularly striking is the presence of a partially formed posterior lobule echoing the posterior vermis DW "tail sign" observed in human imaging studies...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090638/late-gestational-intermittent-hypoxia-induces-metabolic-and-epigenetic-changes-in-male-adult-offspring-mice
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Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Rene Cortese, Zhuanhong Qiao, Honggang Ye, Riyue Bao, Jorge Andrade, David Gozal
Pregnancy, particularly late gestation, has been associated with a relatively high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Intermittent hypoxia (IH), a hallmark of OSA, could impose significant long-term effects on somatic growth, energy homeostasis, and metabolic function in offspring. We hypothesized that IH during late pregnancy (LG-IH) may increase the propensity for metabolic dysregulation and obesity in adult offspring via epigenetic modifications. Time-pregnant female C57BL/6 mice were exposed to LG-IH or room air (LG-RA) during days 13-18 of gestation...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090637/diltiazem-prevents-stress-induced-contractile-deficits-in-cardiomyocytes-but-does-not-reverse-the-cardiomyopathy-phenotype-in-mybpc3-knock-in-mice
#12
Frederik Flenner, Birgit Geertz, Silke Reischmann-Düsener, Florian Weinberger, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lucie Carrier, Felix W Friedrich
Left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and fibrosis are main features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Guidelines recommend β-adrenoceptor or Ca(2+) channel antagonists as pharmacological treatment. The Ca(2+) channel blocker diltiazem recently showed promising beneficial effects in pre-clinical HCM, particularly in patients carrying MYBPC3 mutations. In the present study we evaluated whether diltiazem could ameliorate or reverse the disease phenotype in cells and in vivo in Mybpc3-targeted knock-in (KI) mouse model of HCM...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089577/neutralizing-anti-interleukin-1%C3%AE-antibodies-reduce-ischemia-related-interleukin-1%C3%AE-transport-across-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-fetal-sheep
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Aparna Patra, Xiaodi Chen, Grazyna B Sadowska, Jiyong Zhang, Yow-Pin Lim, James F Padbury, William A Banks, Barbara S Stonestreet
Hypoxic ischemic insults predispose to perinatal brain injury. Pro-inflammatory cytokines are important in the evolution of this injury. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is a key mediator of inflammatory responses and elevated IL-1β levels in brain correlate with adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes after brain injury. Impaired blood-brain barrier (BBB) function represents an important component of hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in the fetus. In addition, ischemia-reperfusion increases cytokine transport across the BBB of the ovine fetus...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088294/suitability-of-small-diagnostic-peripheral-blood-samples-for-cell-therapy-studies
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Coralea Stephanou, Panayiota Papasavva, Myria Zachariou, Petros Patsali, Marilena Epitropou, Petros Ladas, Ruba Al-Abdulla, Soteroulla Christou, Michael N Antoniou, Carsten W Lederer, Marina Kleanthous
BACKGROUND AIMS: Primary hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) are key components of cell-based therapies for blood disorders and are thus the authentic substrate for related research. We propose that ubiquitous small-volume diagnostic samples represent a readily available and as yet untapped resource of primary patient-derived cells for cell- and gene-therapy studies. METHODS: In the present study we compare isolation and storage methods for HSPCs from normal and thalassemic small-volume blood samples, considering genotype, density-gradient versus lysis-based cell isolation and cryostorage media with different serum contents...
February 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088292/human-fetal-intestinal-epithelial-cells-metabolize-and-incorporate-branched-chain-fatty-acids-in-a-structure-specific-manner
#15
Lei Liu, Zhen Wang, Hui Gyu Park, Chuang Xu, Peter Lawrence, Xueli Su, Vasuki Wijendran, W Allan Walker, Kumar S D Kothapalli, J Thomas Brenna
BACKGROUND: Branched chain fatty acids (BCFA) are constituents of gastrointestinal (GI) tract in healthy newborn human infants, reduce the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in a neonatal rat model, and are incorporated into small intestine cellular lipids in vivo. We hypothesize that BCFA are taken up, metabolized and incorporated into human fetal cells in vitro. METHODS: Human H4 cells, a fetal non-transformed primary small intestine cell line, were incubated with albumin-bound non-esterified anteiso-17:0, iso-16:0, iso-18:0 and/or iso-20:0, and FA profiles in lipid fractions were analyzed...
January 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087634/genome-wide-identification-of-regulatory-elements-in-sertoli-cells
#16
Danielle M Maatouk, Anirudh Natarajan, Yoichiro Shibata, Lingyun Song, Gregory E Crawford, Uwe Ohler, Blanche Capel
A current goal of molecular biology is to identify transcriptional networks regulating cell differentiation. However, identifying functional gene regulatory elements has been challenging in the context of developing tissues where material is limited and cell types are mixed. To identify regulatory sites during sex determination, we subjected Sertoli cells from mouse fetal testes to DNaseI-seq and ChIP-seq for H3K27ac. DNaseI-seq identified putative regulatory sites around Sertoli- and pregranulosa-enriched genes; however, active enhancers marked by H3K27ac were enriched proximal only to Sertoli-enriched genes...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087122/human-trophoblast-stem-cells-real-or-not-real
#17
Ching-Wen Chang, Mana M Parast
Abnormal trophoblast differentiation is the root cause of many placenta-based pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Human trophoblast differentiation is difficult to study due to the lack of a stem cell model. Such a multipotent "trophoblast stem" (TS) cell, with the ability to differentiate into all trophoblast subtypes, has been derived from mouse blastocysts, but attempts to derive similar human cells have failed. We consider here several possibilities for the TS cell niche in the human placenta...
January 5, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
#18
Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079886/hiv-1-nef-is-released-in-extracellular-vesicles-derived-from-astrocytes-evidence-for-nef-mediated-neurotoxicity
#19
A Sami Saribas, Stephanie Cicalese, Taha Mohseni Ahooyi, Kamel Khalili, Shohreh Amini, Ilker Kudret Sariyer
Human immunodeficiency virus-associated neurological disorders (HANDs) affect the majority of AIDS patients and are a significant problem among HIV-1-infected individuals who live longer because of combined anti-retroviral therapies. HIV-1 utilizes a number of viral proteins and subsequent cytokine inductions to unleash its toxicity on neurons. Among HIV-1 viral proteins, Nef is a small protein expressed abundantly in astrocytes of HIV-1-infected brains and has been suggested to have a role in the pathogenesis of HAND...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079409/promoting-awareness-of-neonatal-menstruation
#20
Paola Bianchi, Giuseppe Benagiano, Ivo Brosens
Neonatal uterine bleeding (NUB) has been carefully studied in the past through case reports, small series, clinical cohort studies, pathology investigations of fetal and neonatal. Following a historical recount, this review summarizes biological mechanisms conditioning NUB, starting from the persistence till birth of an 'ontogenetic progesterone resistance' (OPR), causing decreased responsiveness of target tissues to bioavailable progesterone. Several pregnancy-related conditions, such as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, prematurity, post-maturity and even Rhesus or ABO incompatibility, influence the occurrence of NUB...
January 12, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
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