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Sailendra Singh, Pallavi Pandey, Sumit Ghosh, Suchitra Banerjee
Andrographolide (AD) is the time-honoured pharmacologically active constituent of the traditionally renowned medicinal plant-Andrographis paniculata. Advancements in the target-oriented drug discovery process have further unravelled the immense therapeutic credibility of another unique molecule-neoandrographolide (NAD). The escalated market demand of these anti-cancer diterpenes is increasingly facing unrelenting hurdles of demand and supply disparity, attributable to their limited yield. Callus and adventitious root cultures were generated to explore their biosynthetic potentials which first time revealed NAD production along with AD...
March 20, 2018: Protoplasma
Katsuhiro Hosoyama, Shohei Wakao, Yoshihiro Kushida, Fumitaka Ogura, Kay Maeda, Osamu Adachi, Shunsuke Kawamoto, Mari Dezawa, Yoshikatsu Saiki
OBJECTIVES: Aortic aneurysms result from the degradation of multiple components represented by endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and elastic fibers. Cells that can replenish these components are desirable for cell-based therapy. Intravenously injected multilineage-differentiating stress-enduring (Muse) cells, endogenous nontumorigenic pluripotent-like stem cells, reportedly integrate into the damaged site and repair the tissue through spontaneous differentiation into tissue-compatible cells...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Xiaofei Zhang, Huaibin Mabel Ko, Joana Torres, Hinaben J Panchal, Zhenjian Cai, Mathilde Wagner, Bruce E Sands, Jean-Frederic Colombel, Judy Cho, Bachir Taouli, Noam Harpaz
Intestinal stricture, a major complication of Crohn's disease (CD), results from fibromuscular remodeling and expansion of the intestinal wall. The corresponding microanatomical alterations have not been fully described, hindering progress toward understanding their pathogenesis and devising appropriate treatments. We used tissue-specific staining and quantitative digital histomorphometry for this purpose. Serial histological sections from 37 surgically-resected ileal strictures and adjacent non-strictured controls from patients with CD were evaluated after staining for smooth muscle actin, collagen (Sirius red) and collagen types I, III and V...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Gea Guerriero, Chinnoi Law, Ian Stokes, Katie L Moore, Christopher Exley
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) plants grew healthily for 10 weeks under both Si-deficient and Si-replete conditions. After 10 weeks, plants grown under Si-deficient conditions succumbed to fungal infection. We have used NanoSIMS and fluorescence microscopy to investigate silica deposition in the tissues of these plants. Horsetail grown under Si-deficient conditions did not deposit identifiable amounts of silica in their tissues. Plants grown under Si-replete conditions accumulated silica throughout their tissues and especially in the epidermis of the outer side of the leaf and the furrow region of the stem where it was continuous and often, as a double layer suggestive of a barrier function...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Nobutaka Noto, Akiko Komori, Mamoru Ayusawa, Shori Takahashi
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a systemic vasculitis with a predilection for damage to the coronary arteries. In the acute phase, clinical decision making for KD relies on the measurements of the coronary z-score obtained by 2-dimensional echocardiography (2DE). In the convalescent phase, KD patients with coronary artery abnormalities (CAAs) eventually show arteriosclerotic vascular remodeling characterized by marked intimal proliferation and neoangiogenesis after KD vasculitis, which often induces myocardial ischemia...
February 2018: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Hoang Khai Trinh, Inge Verstraeten, Danny Geelen
Adventitious roots (AR) are de novo formed roots that emerge from any part of the plant or from callus in tissue culture, except root tissue. The plant tissue origin and the method by which they are induced determine the physiological properties of emerged ARs. Hence, a standard method encompassing all types of AR does not exist. Here we describe a method for the induction and analysis of AR that emerge from the etiolated hypocotyl of dicot plants. The hypocotyl is formed during embryogenesis and shows a determined developmental pattern which usually does not involve AR formation...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Silvia D Visonà, Onno J de Boer, Claire Mackaaij, Hans H de Boer, Kartika R Pertiwi, Ruben W de Winter, Antonio Osculati, Allard C van der Wal
Acute medial dissection of aorta can occur in the context of a sudden and unexpected death. For medico-legal reasons it is important to estimate as accurately the histological age of dissections. We evaluated the additional value of a systematic application of immunohistochemistry, compared with conventional histology only, in determining chronological steps of injury and repair. Thirty two paraffin embedded specimens of aortic dissection were retrospectively allocated to one of four defined stages: acute (I), subacute (II), early organizing (III) and scarring (IV) using Hematoxylin and Eosin and Elastica van Gieson stained sections...
February 10, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Heng Ye, Li Song, Huatao Chen, Babu Valliyodan, Liakat Ali, Tri Vuong, Chengjun Wu, John Orlowski, Blair Buckley, Pengyin Chen, J Grover Shannon, Henry T Nguyen
Natural genetic variations in waterlogging tolerance are controlled by multiple genes mapped as quantitative trait loci (QTL) in major crops, including soybean (Glycine max L.). In this research, two novel QTL associated with waterlogging tolerance were mapped from an elite/exotic soybean cross. The subsequent research was focused on a major QTL (qWT_Gm03) with the tolerant allele from the exotic parent. This QTL was isolated into near-isogenic backgrounds and its effects on waterlogging tolerance were validated in multiple environments...
March 8, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Ilaria Biasato, Renato Zanatta, Lorella Maniscalco, Rocchina Evangelista, Bryan Iotti, Selina Iussich
The unexpected demise of a 12-year-old male neutered English bulldog solicited a gross examination, which revealed a blood-filled space occurring in the proximal left subclavian artery (LSA). It originated about 1 cm from the branching point of the vessel and progressively dilated for 3 cm distal to this origin. Histopathological investigation showed that the tunica media of the LSA was more than 50% split, with the blood-filled space dissecting through the arterial wall. In the tunica media of the LSA, severe multifocal fragmentation and/or loss of the elastic fibers was observed...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
Kyounghee Lee, Ok-Sun Park, Pil Joon Seo
Tissue identity is plastically regulated in plants, and chromatin modifiers/remodelers are main players of cell fate changes. Callus formation is an intriguing example of cell fate transition. Leaf explants can form callus tissues, which resemble lateral root primordium, on callus-inducing medium (CIM). We recently demonstrated that the ARABIDOPSIS TRITHORAX-RELATED 2 (ATXR2) protein, which deposits H3K36me3 at genomic level, regulates callus formation on CIM. Consistent with the role of ATXR2 in conferring root identity, lateral root formation was significantly reduced in atxr2-deficient mutants...
March 8, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Han Yong Park, Kyung Won Kang, Doo Hwan Kim, Iyyakkannu Sivanesan
The influence of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), benzyladenine (BA), and thidiazuron (TDZ) on direct rhizome induction and shoot formation from rhizome explants of Cymbidium goeringii was explored. Rhizome segments obtained from in vitro seed cultures of C. goeringii were placed on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium incorporated with 5, 10, 20, or 40 µM 2,4-D and 1, 2, 4, or 8 µM BA or TDZ alone or in combination with 20 µM 2,4-D. The explants developed only rhizomes on MS medium with or without 2,4-D...
March 2018: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Ayaka Iwasaki, Koji Furukawa, Eisaku Nakamura, Kunihide Nakamura
We report a case of venous adventitial cystic disease of the right common femoral vein, misdiagnosed as deep vein thrombosis before surgery in a 47-year-old woman who presented with swelling and heaviness in her right leg. Complete cyst wall resection and common femoral vein reconstruction via patch angioplasty were performed. The patient's postoperative course was uneventful.
March 2, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Stavros K Kakkos, Peter Zampakis, George C Lampropoulos, Leonidas Paridis, Charalampos Kaplanis, Dimitra Bantouna, Konstantinos M Nikolakopoulos, Chrysanthi P Papageorgopoulou, Christina Kalogeropoulou, Ioannis A Tsolakis
A 41-year-old woman presented with a large painful and tender mass of the left side of her neck located just below the angle of the mandible. She was also complaining of frequent attacks of symptoms ranging from dizziness upon resuming the erect position to frank syncope. Color-coded duplex showed a large well-vascularized vascular mass at the level of the carotid bifurcation, suggesting the diagnosis of a carotid body tumor (CBT). A computerized tomographic angiography confirmed the diagnosis of a CBT, which measured 5...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Chao Lei, Sheng Fan, Ke Li, Yuan Meng, Jiangping Mao, Mingyu Han, Caiping Zhao, Lu Bao, Dong Zhang
Adventitious root (AR) formation, which is controlled by endogenous and environmental factors, is indispensable for vegetative asexual propagation. However, comprehensive proteomic data on AR formation are still lacking. The aim of this work was to study indole-3-butyric acid (IBA)-induced AR formation in the dwarf apple rootstock 'T337'. In this study, the effect of IBA on AR formation was analysed. Subsequent to treatment with IBA, both the rooting rate and root length of 'T337' increased significantly. An assessment of hormone levels in basal stem cuttings suggested that auxin, abscisic acid, and brassinolide were higher in basal stem cuttings that received the exogenous IBA application; while zeatin riboside, gibberellins, and jasmonic acid were lower than non-treated basal stem cuttings...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Magda R Hamczyk, Ricardo Villa-Bellosta, Pilar Gonzalo, María J Andrés-Manzano, Paula Nogales, Jacob F Bentzon, Carlos López-Otín, Vicente Andrés
Background -Progerin, an aberrant protein that accumulates with age, causes the rare genetic disease Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). HGPS patients with ubiquitous progerin expression exhibit accelerated aging and atherosclerosis, and die in their early teens mainly from myocardial infarction or stroke. The mechanisms underlying progerin-induced atherosclerosis remain unexplored, in part due to the lack of appropriate animal models. Methods -We generated an atherosclerosis-prone model of HGPS by crossing apolipoprotein E-deficient ( Apoe-/- ) mice with LmnaG609G/G609G mice ubiquitously expressing progerin...
February 28, 2018: Circulation
A J Debnath, G Gangopadhyay, D Basu, S R Sikdar
Establishment of a suitable regeneration protocol is a pre-requisite to carry out transformation study in Sesamum indicum L. (sesame). In this paper, different parameters of regeneration were standardised to develop an efficient protocol for in vitro plant regeneration via direct adventitious shoot organogenesis using de-embryonated cotyledons of sesame as explants. Among the various treatments of MS medium supplemented with 6-benzylaminopurine, thidiazuron and indole-3-acetic acid, maximum regeneration frequency (25...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Katie M Clow, Nicholas H Ogden, L Robbin Lindsay, Curtis B Russell, Pascal Michel, David L Pearl, Claire M Jardine
The emergence of the vector Ixodes scapularis in Ontario, Canada poses a significant public health risk. Both passive and active surveillance approaches have been employed by public health professionals (i.e., government employees) to monitor for the range expansion of this tick. Field surveillance using drag sampling for questing ticks is a recognized and effective method to identify reproducing tick populations. The degree of effort (i.e., number of visits per site) can enhance the sensitivity and specificity of surveillance, but increased effort conflicts with the cost to public health for field surveillance...
2018: PloS One
Eimer Mary Tuite, Bengt Norden
The assembly of stacked dyes on DNA is of interest for electron transfer, light harvesting, sensing and catalysis applications. A combination of UV/vis absorption, linear dichroism (LD), and circular dichroism (CD) was applied to characterize thoroughly the aggregation with DNA of the phenothiazine dyes methylene blue, azure B, and thionine. Aggregates of each dye with [poly(dG-dC)]2 , [poly(dA-dT)]2 and calf thymus DNA were explored at high dye:DNA binding ratios, where excess dye groove-binds after all intercalation sites are filled...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Fan Qiao, Cunhua Su, Qingqi Han, Mengwei Tan, Jun Wang, Yang Liu, Fanglin Lu, Lin Han, Zhiyun Xu
PURPOSE: To report the results of a hybrid approach to aortic arch repair using an innovative unibody double-branched stent graft in a canine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The stent-graft system consists of two parts: the main body and two branches for reconstruction of the supra-arch branches. There is a 2-cm-long suturing portion at the proximal end of the main body. Twenty adult German sheep dogs underwent a hybrid surgical treatment to place the stent-grafts into the proximal descending aorta and the supra-arch branches...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Isabel Velada, Dariusz Grzebelus, Diana Lousa, Cláudio M Soares, Elisete Santos Macedo, Augusto Peixe, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt, Hélia G Cardoso
Propagation of some Olea europaea L. cultivars is strongly limited due to recalcitrant behavior in adventitious root formation by semi-hardwood cuttings. One example is the cultivar "Galega vulgar". The formation of adventitious roots is considered a morphological response to stress. Alternative oxidase (AOX) is the terminal oxidase of the alternative pathway of the plant mitochondrial electron transport chain. This enzyme is well known to be induced in response to several biotic and abiotic stress situations...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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