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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938749/the-testicular-transcriptome-associated-with-spermatogonia-differentiation-initiated-by-gonadotrophin-stimulation-in-the-juvenile-rhesus-monkey-macaca-mulatta
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Suresh Ramaswamy, William H Walker, Paula Aliberti, Rahil Sethi, Gary R Marshall, Alyxzandria Smith, Seyedmehdi Nourashrafeddin, Alicia Belgorosky, Uma R Chandran, Mark P Hedger, Tony M Plant
STUDY QUESTION: What is the genetic landscape within the testis of the juvenile rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) that underlies the decision of undifferentiated spermatogonia to commit to a pathway of differentiation when puberty is induced prematurely by exogenous LH and FSH stimulation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Forty-eight hours of gonadotrophin stimulation of the juvenile monkey testis resulted in the appearance of differentiating B spermatogonia and the emergence of 1362 up-regulated and 225 down-regulated testicular mRNAs encoding a complex network of proteins ranging from enzymes regulating Leydig cell steroidogenesis to membrane receptors, and from juxtacrine and paracrine factors to transcriptional factors governing spermatogonial stem cell fate...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938558/human-menstrual-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-a-cellular-vehicle-for-malignant-glioma-gene-therapy
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Xiao-Jun Wang, Bing-Yu Xiang, Ya-Hui Ding, Lu Chen, Hai Zou, Xiao-Zhou Mou, Charlie Xiang
Despite many advances in conventional treatment strategies, there is no effective treatment modality for malignant gliomas. Gene therapy may offer a promising option for gliomas and several gene therapy approaches have shown anti-tumor efficiency in previous studies. Mesenchymal stem cell-based gene therapies, in which stem cells are genetically engineered to express therapeutic molecules, have shown tremendous potential because of their innate homing ability. In this study, human menstrual blood-derived MSCs (MenSC), a novel type of multipotential MSCs displays tropism for human malignant glioma when used as a gene delivery vehicle for therapeutics...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938487/regulation-of-endogenous-male-rodent-glp-1-secretion-and-human-islet-insulin-secretion-by-antagonism-of-somatostatin-receptor-5
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Thomas B Farb, Marta Adeva, Thomas J Beauchamp, Over Cabrera, David A Coates, Tamika DeShea Meredith, Brian A Droz, Alexander Efanov, James V Ficorilli, Susan L Gackenheimer, Maria A Martinez-Grau, Victoriano Molero, Gema Ruano, Michael A Statnick, Todd M Suter, Samreen K Syed, Miguel A Toledo, Francis S Willard, Xin Zhou, Krister B Bokvist, David G Barrett
Incretin and insulin responses to nutrient loads are suppressed in persons with diabetes, resulting in decreased glycemic control. Whereas agents including sulfonylureas and Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP4i) partially reverse these effects and provide therapeutic benefit, their modes of action limit efficacy. Because somatostatin (SST) has been shown to suppress both insulin and GLP-1 secretion through the Gi-coupled SST receptor 5 (SSTR5) isoform in vitro, antagonism of SSTR5 may improve glycemic control via intervention in both pathways...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938478/roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-surgery-has-unique-effects-on-postprandial-fgf21-but-not-fgf19-secretion
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Lydia-Ann L S Harris, Gordon I Smith, Bettina Mittendorfer, J Christopher Eagon, Adewole L Okunade, Bruce W Patterson, Samuel Klein
Context: Fibroblast growth factors (FGF) 19 and FGF21 are secreted by the intestine and liver in response to macronutrient intake. Intestinal resection and reconstruction via bariatric surgery may alter their regulation. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that weight loss induced by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, but not matched weight loss induced by laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), increases postprandial plasma FGF19 and FGF21 concentrations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938461/adipokines-and-their-receptor-are-widely-expressed-and-distinctly-regulated-by-the-metabolic-environment-in-the-prostate-of-male-mice-direct-role-under-normal-and-tumoral-conditions
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André Sarmento-Cabral, Fernando L-López, Raúl M Luque
Adipose tissue-derived adipokines (i.e. leptin/adiponectin/resistin) play important roles in the regulation of several pathophysiological processes through the activation of specific receptors. However, although adipokines and their receptors are widely distributed in many tissues and exhibit a clear modulation by the particular metabolic conditions (e.g. obesity and/or fasting), their expression, regulation, and putative action on normal prostate-glands (PGs; a hormone-dependent organ tightly regulated by the endocrine-metabolic milieu) is still to be defined...
August 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938163/tumor-cell-targeted-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-by-aptamer-functionalized-lipopolymer-for-therapeutic-genome-editing-of-vegfa-in-osteosarcoma
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Chao Liang, Fangfei Li, Luyao Wang, Zong-Kang Zhang, Chao Wang, Bing He, Jie Li, Zhihao Chen, Atik Badshah Shaikh, Jin Liu, Xiaohao Wu, Songlin Peng, Lei Dang, Baosheng Guo, Xiaojuan He, D W T Au, Cheng Lu, Hailong Zhu, Bao-Ting Zhang, Aiping Lu, Ge Zhang
Osteosarcoma (OS) is a highly aggressive pediatric cancer, characterized by frequent lung metastasis and pathologic bone destruction. Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA), highly expressed in OS, not only contributes to angiogenesis within the tumor microenvironment via paracrine stimulation of vascular endothelial cells, but also acts as an autocrine survival factor for tumor cell themselves, thus making it a promising therapeutic target for OS. CRISPR/Cas9 is a versatile genome editing technology and holds tremendous promise for cancer treatment...
September 13, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938125/selective-immuno-modulatory-effect-of-prolactin-upon-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-fetal-membranes
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Pilar Flores-Espinosa, Eduardo Preciado-Martínez, Araceli Mejía-Salvador, Gabriela Sedano-González, Luisa Bermejo-Martínez, Adalberto Parra-Covarruvias, Guadalupe Estrada-Gutiérrez, Rodrigo Vega-Sánchez, Isabel Méndez, Braulio Quesada-Reyna, Andrea Olmos-Ortiz, Veronica Zaga-Clavellina
During pregnancy, prolactin (PRL) is a neuro-immuno-cytokine that contributes actively to the crosstalk between the immune and endocrine systems and, thus, to the creation of an immune-privileged milieu. This work aims to analyze the capacity of PRL to modulate the synthesis and secretion of pro-inflammatory markers associated with labor. Studies were conducted using human fetal membranes at term mounted in a model of two independent chambers. The choriodecidual region was stimulated with 500-ng/mL lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and the amnion and choriodecidual region were co-simulated with different concentrations of PRL that can arise during pregnancy: 250, 500, 1000, and 4000ng/mL...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938005/recombinant-vaccines-of-a-cd4-t-cell-epitope-promote-efficient-control-of-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-burden-by-restraining-primary-organ-infection
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Rodrigo Assunção Holanda, Julián Esteban Muñoz, Lucas Santos Dias, Leandro Buffoni Roque Silva, Julliana Ribeiro Alves Santos, Sthefany Pagliari, Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Tatiane Alves Paixão, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Daniel Assis Santos, Oscar Bruña-Romero
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is an infectious disease endemic to South America, caused by the thermally dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides. Currently, there is no effective human vaccine that can be used in prophylactic or therapeutic regimes. We tested the hypothesis that the immunogenicity of the immunodominant CD4+ T-cell epitope (P10) of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis gp43 antigen might be significantly enhanced by using a hepatitis B virus-derived particle (VLP) as an antigen carrier. This chimera was administered to mice as a (His)6-purified protein (rPbT) or a replication-deficient human type 5 adenoviral vector (rAdPbT) in an immunoprophylaxis assay...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937692/bdnf-at-the-synapse-why-location-matters
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M Song, K Martinowich, F S Lee
Neurotrophic factors, a family of secreted proteins that support the growth, survival and differentiation of neurons, have been intensively studied for decades due to the powerful and diverse effects on neuronal physiology, as well as their therapeutic potential. Such efforts have led to a detailed understanding on the molecular mechanisms of neurotrophic factor signaling. One member, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has drawn much attention due to its pleiotropic roles in the central nervous system and implications in various brain disorders...
October 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937681/primary-t-cells-for-mrna-mediated-immunotoxin-delivery
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R Eggers, A Philippi, M O Altmeyer, F Breinig, M J Schmitt
Immune cells become increasingly attractive as delivery system for immunotoxins in cancer therapy in order to reduce the intrinsic toxicity and severe side effects of chimeric protein toxins. In this study, we investigated the potential of human primary T cells to deliver a secreted immunotoxin through transient mRNA transfection. The chimeric protein toxin was directed towards the neovasculature of cancer cells by fusing a truncated version of Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PE38) to human vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and to the single chain variable fragment (scFv) of anti-Her2/neu...
September 22, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937260/the-effect-of-ht-2-toxin-on-ovarian-steroidogenesis-and-its-response-to-igf-i-leptin-and-ghrelin-in-rabbits
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A Kolesarova, N Maruniakova, A Kadasi, M Halenar, M Marak, A V Sirotkin
T-2 toxin and its metabolite HT-2 toxin are one of the most toxic mycotoxins of type A-trichothecenes, which are produced mainly by Fusarium species. Therefore, study of Fusarium toxins T-2 toxin and HT-2 toxin is an essential issue because they could also play role in failures of reproductive functions as well as endocrine system of domestic animals. Assessment of the effect of A-trichothecene mycotoxin HT-2 toxin alone or combined with insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I), leptin and ghrelin on estradiol secretion by rabbit ovarian fragments in vitro was done...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936731/functional-role-of-cardiovascular-exosomes-in-myocardial-injury-and-atherosclerosis
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Maarten Vanhaverbeke, Diane Gal, Paul Holvoet
Extracellular vesicles are now widely recognized as key players in the prevention, repair or progression of cardiovascular disease. Here we first focus on the functional roles of extracellular vesicles in the cross-talk between cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells, important for maintaining normal development and function of the heart. Second, we discuss the role of extracellular vesicles secreted by embryonic and non-embryonic stem cells in repairing cardiomyocyte function and in restoring angiogenic potential after myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936471/analysis-of-hepatitis-c-virus-particle-heterogeneity-in-immunodeficient-human-liver-chimeric-fah-mice
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Ursula Andreo, Ype P de Jong, Margaret A Scull, Jing W Xiao, Koen Vercauteren, Corrine Quirk, Michiel C Mommersteeg, Sonia Bergaya, Arjun Menon, Edward A Fisher, Charles M Rice
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of chronic liver diseases and the most common indication for liver transplantation in the United States. HCV particles in the blood of infected patients are characterized by heterogeneous buoyant densities, likely owing to HCV association with lipoproteins. However, clinical isolates are not infectious in vitro and the relative infectivity of the particles with respect to their buoyant density therefore cannot be determined, pointing to the need for better in vivo model systems...
November 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936203/modulation-of-gut-microbiome-composition-and-function-in-experimental-colitis-treated-with-sulfasalazine
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Haihui Zheng, Mingyi Chen, Yuan Li, Yuanyuan Wang, Lin Wei, Ziqiong Liao, Mengxia Wang, Fangli Ma, Qiongfeng Liao, Zhiyong Xie
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) results from alterations in intestinal flora and the immune system. Sulfasalazine (SASP) is a sulfa antimicrobial used to treat IBD in clinic for years. However, how SASP affects gut microbes and its potential functions remains unclear. To investigate the relationships of SASP, IBD, and gut microbiome, we used 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS) to induce experimental colitis in rats, and analyzed the microbiota in the fecal samples, which come from the control group (treated with ethanol + saline), the model group (treated with TNBS-ethanol + saline) and the SASP group (treated with TNBS-ethanol + SASP), with 16S gene sequencing and followed up a subset sample using shotgun sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935693/a-multidimensional-blood-stimulation-assay-reveals-immune-alterations-underlying-systemic-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Alma-Martina Cepika, Romain Banchereau, Elodie Segura, Marina Ohouo, Brandi Cantarel, Kristina Goller, Victoria Cantrell, Emily Ruchaud, Elizabeth Gatewood, Phuong Nguyen, Jinghua Gu, Esperanza Anguiano, Sandra Zurawski, Jeanine M Baisch, Marilynn Punaro, Nicole Baldwin, Gerlinde Obermoser, Karolina Palucka, Jacques Banchereau, Sebastian Amigorena, Virginia Pascual
The etiology of sporadic human chronic inflammatory diseases remains mostly unknown. To fill this gap, we developed a strategy that simultaneously integrates blood leukocyte responses to innate stimuli at the transcriptional, cellular, and secreted protein levels. When applied to systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA), an autoinflammatory disease of unknown etiology, this approach identified gene sets associated with specific cytokine environments and activated leukocyte subsets. During disease remission and off treatment, sJIA patients displayed dysregulated responses to TLR4, TLR8, and TLR7 stimulation...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935584/vih-from-the-mud-crab-is-specifically-expressed-in-the-eyestalk-and-potentially-regulated-by-transactivator-of-sox9-oct4-oct1
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Chunyun Liu, Xiwei Jia, Zhihua Zou, Xiaowei Wang, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
Vitellogenesis-inhibiting hormone (VIH) is known to regulate ovarian maturation by suppressing the synthesis of vitellogenin (Vtg) in crustaceans, which belongs to a member of crustacean hyperglycemic hormone (CHH) family synthesized and secreted from the X-organ/sinus gland complex of eyestalks. In this study, the cDNA, genomic DNA (gDNA) and the 5'-upstream regulatory (promoter region) sequences of VIH gene were obtained by conventional PCR, genome walker and tail-PCR techniques according to our transcriptomic database of Scylla paramamosain...
September 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935578/abin1-determines-severity-of-glomerulonephritis-via-activation-of-intrinsic-glomerular-inflammation
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Erik A Korte, Dawn J Caster, Michelle T Barati, Min Tan, Shirong Zheng, Celine C Berthier, Frank C Brosius, Mark B Vieyra, Ryan M Sheehan, Michele Kosiewicz, Marcin Wysoczynski, Patrick M Gaffney, David J Salant, Kenneth R McLeish, David W Powell
Transcription factor NF-κB regulates expression of numerous genes that control inflammation and is activated in glomerular cells in glomerulonephritis (GN). We previously identified genetic variants for a NF-κB regulatory, ubiquitin binding protein ABIN1 as risk factors for GN in systemic autoimmunity. The goal here was to define glomerular inflammatory events controlled by ABIN1 function in GN. Nephrotoxic serum nephritis was induced in wild-type (WT) and ubiquitin binding deficient ABIN1[D485N] mice; and renal pathophysiology and glomerular inflammatory phenotypes were assessed...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935173/coxiella-burnetiias-a-useful-tool-to-investigate-bacteria-friendly-host-cell-compartments
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Julian Pechstein, Jan Schulze-Luehrmann, Anja Lührmann
Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular and airborne pathogen which can cause the zoonotic disease Q fever. After inhalation of contaminated aerosols alveolar macrophages are taking up C. burnetii into a phagosome. This phagosome matures to a very large vacuole called the C. burnetii-containing vacuole (CCV). Host endogenous and bacterial driven processes lead to the biogenesis of this unusual compartment, which resembles partially a phagolysosome. However, there are several important differences to the classical phagolysosome, which are crucial for the ability of C...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935111/evaluation-of-virus-like-particle-based-tumor-associated-carbohydrate-immunogen-in-a-mouse-tumor-model
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Suttipun Sungsuwan, Xuanjun Wu, Xuefei Huang
Tumor-associated carbohydrate antigens (TACAs) are attractive targets for anticancer vaccine development. Due to the low immunogenicity of TACAs, a powerful carrier system is needed to boost immune responses. Virus-like particles (VLPs) are an exciting platform for delivering TACAs to the immune system. The high symmetry of VLPs enables the display of TACAs in an organized manner, which in turn can potently activate antibody secreting B cells, eliciting high titers of antiglycan IgG antibodies. In this chapter, the protocol for conjugating a prototypical TACA, the Tn antigen to a VLP, bacteriophage Qβ, is presented...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934418/systems-biotechnology-for-protein-production-in-pichia-pastoris
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Richard J Zahrl, David A Peña, Diethard Mattanovich, Brigitte Gasser
The methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris (syn. Komagataella spp.) is one of the most important production systems for heterologous proteins. After the first genome sequences were published in 2009, tremendous effort was made to establish systems-level analytical methods. Methylotrophic lifestyle was one of the most thoroughly investigated topics, studied at the levels of transcriptome, proteome and metabolic flux. Also the responses of P. pastoris to environmental stress conditions experienced during high cell density production processes were studied...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
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