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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806624/bcl-2-bax-protein-and-mrna-expression-in-yak-bos-grunniens-placentomes
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JiangFeng Fan, SiJiu Yu, Yan Cui, Gengquan Xu, Libin Wang, Yangyang Pan, Honghong He
Placental function is complex and influenced by various factors; furthermore, it depends on a delicate balance between cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell death. Bcl-2 and Bax proteins are key apoptosis regulators and are considered to play an important role in the maintenance of both dynamic balance and integrity of many tissues. Changes in Bcl-2 and Bax expressions have been described during different developmental stages in normal human placentas. Studies furthermore indicated several pathological placental changes to be related to abnormal Bcl-2 and Bax expressions...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805973/experimental-and-clinical-evidence-of-differential-effects-of-magnesium-sulfate-on-neuroprotection-and-angiogenesis-in-the-fetal-brain
#2
Matthieu Lecuyer, Marina Rubio, Clément Chollat, Maryline Lecointre, Sylvie Jégou, Philippe Leroux, Carine Cleren, Isabelle Leroux-Nicollet, Loic Marpeau, Denis Vivien, Stéphane Marret, Bruno J Gonzalez
Clinical studies showed beneficial effects of magnesium sulfate regarding the risk of cerebral palsy. However, regimen protocols fluctuate worldwide and risks of adverse effects impacting the vascular system have been reported for human neonates, keeping open the question of the optimal dosing. Using clinically relevant concentrations and doses of magnesium sulfate, experiments consisted of characterizing, respectively, ex vivo and in vivo, the effects of magnesium sulfate on the nervous and vascular systems of mouse neonates by targeting neuroprotection, angiogenesis, and hemodynamic factors and in measuring, in human fetuses, the impact of a 4-g neuroprotective loading dose of magnesium sulfate on brain hemodynamic parameters...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805137/differential-influences-of-fc-gamma-receptor-blocking-on-the-effects-of-certolizumab-pegol-and-infliximab-on-human-monocytes
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Takayuki Hoshiyama, Yu Matsueda, Toshihiro Tono, Yoshiyuki Arinuma, Tatsuo Nagai, Shunsei Hirohata
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of certolizumab pegol (CZP) and infliximab (IFX) on human monocytes. METHODS: Highly purified monocytes from healthy donors were cultured with CZP, IFX, control IgG1, or polyethylene glycol (PEG) at pharmacological attainable concentrations in culture medium with 10% autologous normal human serum (NHS) or with fetal bovine serum (FBS) for 24 h, after which the supernatants were replaced by fresh culture medium containing LPS...
August 14, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805106/measuring-fetal-brain-and-lung-transcripts-in-amniotic-fluid-supernatant-a-comparison-of-digital-pcr-and-rt-qpcr-methods
#4
Lisa Hui, Sally Beard, Natalie J Hannan
PURPOSE: Amniotic fluid (AF) cell-free RNA is a promising source of information regarding fetal physiology. Digital PCR (dPCR) is a direct approach to nucleic acid detection that reports absolute transcript copy number. The aim of this study was to compare quantification of cell-free fetal brain and lung RNA transcripts in AF by reverse transcription-qPCR and dPCR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective hospital-based study performed in 2016-2017. Pulmonary genes were quantified in term AF samples collected at elective cesarean birth; neurodevelopmental genes were measured in preterm samples (< 34 weeks) obtained from women undergoing clinically-indicated amniocentesis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804687/zika-virus-zikv-a-review-of-proposed-mechanisms-of-transmission-and-associated-congenital-abnormalities
#5
Sruti K Desai, Steven D Hartman, Shilpa Jayarajan, Stephanie Liu, G Ian Gallicano
Zika virus (ZIKV) has been of major international public health concern following large outbreaks in the Americas occurring in 2015-2016. Most notably, ZIKV has been seen to pose dangers in pregnancy due to its association with congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly. Numerous experimental approaches have been taken to address how the virus can cross the placenta, alter normal fetal development, and disrupt specific cellular functions. Many areas concerning the mechanisms of transmission, especially from mother to fetus, are largely unknown but demand further research...
2017: American Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804448/erythropoietin-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-microgliosis-and-abnormal-granule-cell-development-in-the-ovine-fetal-cerebellum
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Annie R A McDougall, Nadia Hale, Sandra Rees, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Stuart B Hooper, Mary Tolcos
Erythropoietin (EPO) ameliorates inflammation-induced injury in cerebral white matter (WM). However, effects of inflammation on the cerebellum and neuroprotective effects of EPO are unknown. Our aims were to determine: (i) whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced intrauterine inflammation causes injury to, and/or impairs development of the cerebellum; and (ii) whether recombinant human EPO (rhEPO) mitigates these changes. At 107 ± 1 days gestational age (DGA; ~0.7 of term), fetal sheep received LPS (~0.9 μg/kg; i...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803917/sca1-cells-from-the-heart-possess-a-molecular-circadian-clock-and-display-circadian-oscillations-in-cellular-functions
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Bastiaan C Du Pré, Evelyne J Demkes, Dries A M Feyen, Pieterjan Dierickx, Sandra Crnko, Bart J M Kok, Joost P G Sluijter, Pieter A Doevendans, Marc A Vos, Toon A B Van Veen, Linda W Van Laake
Stem cell antigen 1-positive (SCA1(+)) cells (SPCs) have been investigated in cell-based cardiac repair and pharmacological research, although improved cardiac function after injection has been variable and the mode of action remains unclear. Circadian (24-hr) rhythms are biorhythms regulated by molecular clocks that play an important role in (patho)physiology. Here, we describe (1) the presence of a molecular circadian clock in SPCs and (2) circadian rhythmicity in SPC function. We isolated SPCs from human fetal heart and found that these cells possess a molecular clock based on typical oscillations in core clock components BMAL1 and CRY1...
August 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803829/the-vascular-niche-regulates-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-lodgment-and-expansion-via-klf6a-ccl25b
#8
Yuanyuan Xue, Junhua Lv, Chunxia Zhang, Lu Wang, Dongyuan Ma, Feng Liu
In mammals, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) rapidly expand in the fetal liver (FL), but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we characterize zebrafish caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT) and identify an important cellular and molecular mechanism of HSPC expansion. Time-lapse imaging showed that HSPCs localize adjacent to vascular endothelial cells (ECs), and their migration and expansion display caudal vein-specific orientation in the CHT. RNA sequencing and functional analysis identified that an EC-expressed transcription factor, Krüppel-like factor 6a (Klf6a), is essential for the CHT niche...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803788/central-nervous-system-development-related-micrornas-levels-increase-in-the-serum-of-gestational-diabetic-women-during-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy
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M Lamadrid-Romero, K H Solís, M S Cruz-Reséndiz, J E Pérez, N F Díaz, H Flores-Herrera, G García-López, O Perichart, E Reyes-Muñoz, F Arenas-Huertero, P Eguía-Aguilar, A Molina-Hernández
MicroRNAs are heterochronic molecules important during brain development, which could be altered by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). To explore these molecules in maternal serum, we performed an RT-qPCR analysis. Our results revealed the heterochronic character of some neural development-related microRNA in serum samples of pregnant women. In relation to the first trimester, higher levels of miR-183-5p, -200b-3p, and -125-5p in the second trimester, and higher levels of miR-137 in the third trimester, were found...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803703/viral-hijacking-of-formins-in-neurodevelopmental-pathologies
#10
REVIEW
Karen Racicot, Sarah VanOeveren, Art Alberts
The 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak caused global concern when it was determined to cause microcephaly, hearing loss, and other neurodevelopmental manifestations upon fetal exposure. Significant progress has been made in our understanding of the interactions between ZIKV and the pregnant host, but there is still a critical need to understand how ZIKV and other neurotropic viruses affect fetal neurodevelopment. Diaphanous-related formins (Diaphs) have recently been identified as microcephaly-associated proteins in humans and mice...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802576/atorvastatin-and-lovastatin-but-not-pravastatin-increased-cellular-complex-formation-between-pcsk9-and-the-ldl-receptor-in-human-hepatocyte-like-c3a-cells
#11
Quantil M Melendez, Catherine J Wooten, Dayami Lopez
Statins are the first-line treatment for hypercholesterolemic patients. Herein, the effects of three statins on complex formation between proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin 9 (PCSK9) and the low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), a critical step for the PCSK9-dependent degradation of LDLR in the lysosome, were examined. Human hepatocyte-like C3A cells grown in control (containing 10% fetal bovine serum) or MITO+ (supplemented with BD™ MITO + serum extender) medium were also treated with atorvastatin (Atorv), lovastatin (Lov), or pravastatin (Prav) for 24 h...
August 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801976/implications-of-fetoplacental-mosaicism-on-cell-free-dna-testing-for-sex-chromosome-aneuploidies
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Francesca Romana Grati, Komal Bajaj, Valentina Zanatta, Francesca Malvestiti, Barbara Malvestiti, Livia Marcato, Beatrice Grimi, Federico Maggi, Giuseppe Simoni, Susan J Gross, Jose Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: The unique biological behavior of sex chromosomes has implications for cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing. Our purpose is to predict the i) false positive/negative rates (FPR/FNR) of cfDNA testing consequent to feto-placental mosaicism for any sex chromosome anomaly (SCA) ii) positive (PPV) and negative predictive values (NPV) of a high- and low-risk cfDNA result for any SCA. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 67030 chorionic villus sampling (CVS) karyotypes, including feto-placental mosaicism cases...
August 11, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801810/effects-of-pbm-in-different-energy-densities-and-irradiance-on-maintaining-cell-viability-and-proliferation-of-pulp-fibroblasts-from-human-primary-teeth
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Nádia Carolina Teixeira Marques, Natalino Lourenço Neto, Mariel Tavares Oliveira Prado, Luciana Lourenço Ribeiro Vitor, Rodrigo Cardoso Oliveira, Vivien Thiemy Sakai, Carlos Ferreira Santos, Maria Aparecida Andrade Moreira Machado, Thais Marchini Oliveira
This study aimed to compare the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) in different energy densities and irradiances on maintaining cell viability, and proliferation of pulp fibroblasts from human primary teeth (HPF) were cultured in DMEM and used between the fourth and eighth passages. Then, HPF were irradiated with the following different energy densities: 1.25 J/cm(2) (a), 2.50 J/cm(2) (b), 3.75 J/cm(2) (c), 5.00 J/cm(2) (d), and 6.25 J/cm(2) (e); but varying either the time of irradiation (groups 1a-1e) or the output power (groups 2a-2e)...
August 11, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801702/paeonol-attenuates-aging-mrc-5-cells-and-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-premalignant-hacat-cells-induced-by-aging-mrc-5-cell-conditioned-medium
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Lihua Yang, Shangping Xing, Kun Wang, Hua Yi, Biaoyan Du
Senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) factors, such as IL-6 and IL-8, are extremely critical in tissue microenvironment. Senescent human fibroblasts facilitate epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in premalignant epithelial cells mainly through the secretion of SASP factors. Meanwhile, premalignant human HaCaT Keratinocyte (HaCaT) cells as immortal epithelial cells are susceptible to malignant transformation. Paeonol, an herbal phenolic component found in peonies, exerts anti-aging and anti-tumor efficacies, while the molecular mechanisms of paeonol on EMT in premalignant HaCaT cells induced by SASP factors are unclear...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801532/activation-of-nkx2-5-calr-p53-signaling-pathway-by-hyperglycemia-induces-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-adult-zebrafish
#15
Sun Yanyi, Wang Qiuyun, Fang Yuehua, Wu Chunfang, Lu Guoping, Chen Zhenyue
Hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for diabetic cardiomyopathy in humans; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been thoroughly elucidated. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) was used in this study as a novel vertebrate model to explore the signaling pathways of human adult cardiomyopathy. Hyperglycemia was induced by alternately immersing adult zebrafish in a glucose solution or water. The hyperglycemic fish gradually exhibited some hallmarks of cardiomyopathy such as myocardial hypertrophy and apoptosis, myofibril loss, fetal gene reactivation, and severe arrhythmia...
August 11, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800727/a-phased-snp-based-classification-of-sickle-cell-anemia-hbb-haplotypes
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Elmutaz M Shaikho, John J Farrell, Abdulrahman Alsultan, Hatem Qutub, Amein K Al-Ali, Maria Stella Figueiredo, David H K Chui, Lindsay A Farrer, George J Murphy, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Paola Sebastiani, Martin H Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia causes severe complications and premature death. Five common β-globin gene cluster haplotypes are each associated with characteristic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels. As HbF is the major modulator of disease severity, classifying patients according to haplotype is useful. The first method of haplotype classification used restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the β-globin gene cluster. This is labor intensive, and error prone...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800376/fetal-bovine-serum-fbs-past-present-future
#17
Jan van der Valk, Karen Bieback, Christiane Buta, Brett Cochrane, Wilhelm G Dirks, Jianan Fu, James J Hickman, Christiane Hohensee, Roman Kolar, Manfred Liebsch, Francesca Pistollato, Markus Schulz, Daniel Thieme, Tilo Weber, Joachim Wiest, Stefan Winkler, Gerhard Gstraunthaler
The supplementation of culture medium with fetal bovine serum (FBS, also referred to as 'fetal calf serum') is still common practice in cell culture applications. Due to a number of disadvantages in terms of quality and reproducibility of in vitro data, animal welfare concerns, and in light of recent cases of fraudulent marketing, the search for alternatives and the development of serum-free medium formulations gained global attention. Here, we report on the 3rd Workshop on FBS, Serum Alternatives and Serum-free Media, where (a) regulatory aspects, (b) the serum dilemma, (c) alternatives to FBS, (d) case-studies of serum-free in vitro applications, and (e) the establishment of serum-free databases, were discussed...
August 9, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800254/sirt1-protects-against-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-decreasing-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-processes
#18
Haiyan Chu, Shuai Jiang, Qingmei Liu, Yanyun Ma, Xiaoxia Zhu, Minrui Liang, Xiangguang Shi, Weifeng Ding, Xiaodong Zhou, Hejian Zou, Feng Qian, Philip W Shaul, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is the leading cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) is a deacetylase with known anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity in the liver, kidney and skin. The role of SIRT1 in SSc-related pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. In the present work, we determined that the expression of SIRT1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of SSc patients with pulmonary fibrosis is lower than that in SSc patients without pulmonary fibrosis. In in vivo studies of Bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice, SIRT1 activation with Resveratrol reduced collagen production when it was administered either prophylactically during the inflammatory stage or after the development of fibrosis...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799096/a-quantitative-and-qualitative-rna-expression-profiling-assay-for-cell-culture-with-single-cell-resolution
#19
Petra Kraus, Rachel Yerden, Darren Sipes, Shantanu Sur, Thomas Lufkin
Cells are often characterized by their gene expression profile. However, commonly used methods to detect mRNA require cell pooling and could therefore mask differences in gene expression within heterogeneous cell populations. q(2)PISH allows for the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative (q(2)) gene expression on cultured cells for quality control measures with single cell resolution. q(2)PISH was optimized for the subsequent use of two alkaline phosphatase substrates in combination with a cell nucleus count to allow for accurate quantification of gene expression per cell and simultaneously qualitative assessment of potential culture population drift or heterogeneity...
August 10, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798665/maternal-diabetes-alters-expression-of-micrornas-that-regulate-genes-critical-for-neural-tube-development
#20
Seshadri Ramya, Sukanya Shyamasundar, Boon Huat Bay, S Thameem Dheen
Maternal diabetes is known to cause neural tube defects (NTDs) in embryos and neuropsychological deficits in infants. Several metabolic pathways and a plethora of genes have been identified to be deregulated in developing brain of embryos by maternal diabetes, although the exact mechanism remains unknown. Recently, miRNAs have been shown to regulate genes involved in brain development and maturation. Therefore, we hypothesized that maternal diabetes alters the expression of miRNAs that regulate genes involved in biological pathways critical for neural tube development and closure during embryogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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