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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883042/real-time-acquisition-of-transendothelial-electrical-resistance-in-an-all-human-in-vitro-3-dimensional-blood-brain-barrier-model-exemplifies-tight-junction-integrity
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Zaynah Maherally, Helen L Fillmore, Sim Ling Tan, Suk Fei Tan, Samah A Jassam, Friederike I Quack, Kathryn E Hatherell, Geoffrey J Pilkington
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) consists of endothelial cells, astrocytes, and pericytes embedded in basal lamina (BL). Most in vitro models use nonhuman, monolayer cultures for therapeutic-delivery studies, relying on transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements without other tight-junction (TJ) formation parameters. We aimed to develop reliable, reproducible, in vitro 3-dimensional (3D) models incorporating relevant human, in vivo cell types and BL proteins. The 3D BBB models were constructed with human brain endothelial cells, human astrocytes, and human brain pericytes in mono-, co-, and tricultures...
September 7, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874828/srsf1-suppresses-selection-of-intron-distal-5-splice-site-of-dok7-intron-4-to-generate-functional-full-length-dok-7-protein
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Khalid Bin Ahsan, Akio Masuda, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Mohammad Nazim, Bisei Ohkawara, Mikako Ito, Kinji Ohno
Dok-7 is a non-catalytic adaptor protein that facilitates agrin-induced clustering of acetylcholine receptors (AChR) at the neuromuscular junction. Alternative selection of 5' splice sites (SSs) of DOK7 intron 4 generates canonical and frame-shifted transcripts. We found that the canonical full-length Dok-7 enhanced AChR clustering, whereas the truncated Dok-7 did not. We identified a splicing cis-element close to the 3' end of exon 4 by block-scanning mutagenesis. RNA affinity purification and mass spectrometry revealed that SRSF1 binds to the cis-element...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846617/in-vitro-innervation-as-an-experimental-model-to-study-the-expression-and-functions-of-acetylcholinesterase-and-agrin-in-human-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
Katarina Mis, Zoran Grubic, Paola Lorenzon, Marina Sciancalepore, Tomaz Mars, Sergej Pirkmajer
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and agrin, a heparan-sulfate proteoglycan, reside in the basal lamina of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and play key roles in cholinergic transmission and synaptogenesis. Unlike most NMJ components, AChE and agrin are expressed in skeletal muscle and α-motor neurons. AChE and agrin are also expressed in various other types of cells, where they have important alternative functions that are not related to their classical roles in NMJ. In this review, we first focus on co-cultures of embryonic rat spinal cord explants with human skeletal muscle cells as an experimental model to study functional innervation in vitro...
August 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843658/trunk-events-present-minimal-intra-and-inter-tumoral-heterogeneity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#4
Sara Torrecilla, Daniela Sia, Andrew N Harrington, Zhongyang Zhang, Laia Cabellos, Helena Cornella, Agrin Moeini, Genis Camprecios, Wei-Qiang Leow, Maria Isabel Fiel, Ke Hao, Laia Bassaganyas, Milind Mahajan, Swan N Thung, Augusto Villanueva, Sander Florman, Myron E Schwartz, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: According to the clonal model of tumor evolution, trunk alterations arise at early stages and are ubiquitous. Through the characterization of early stages of hepatocarcinogenesis, we aimed to identify trunk alterations in HCC and study their intra- and inter-tumor distribution in advanced lesions. METHODS: 151 samples representing the multi-step process of hepatocarcinogenesis were analyzed by targeted-sequencing and SNP array. Genes altered in early lesions [31 dysplastic nodules (DNs) and 38 small HCCs (sHCC)] were defined as trunk...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729214/milk-fat-globule-membrane-supplementation-with-voluntary-running-exercise-attenuates-age-related-motor-dysfunction-by-suppressing-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-mice
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Michiko Yano, Yoshihiko Minegishi, Satoshi Sugita, Noriyasu Ota
Age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function attenuates physical performance, and maintaining fine muscle innervation is known to play an important role in its prevention. We had previously shown that consumption of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) with habitual exercise improves the muscle mass and motor function in humans and mice. Improvement of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) was suggested as one of the mechanisms underlying these effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MFGM intake combined with voluntary running (MFGM-VR) on morphological changes of NMJ and motor function in aging mice...
July 18, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727885/sustained-activation-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-induces-cell-death-in-fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy
#6
Naoki Okumura, Miu Kitahara, Hirokazu Okuda, Keisuke Hashimoto, Emi Ueda, Makiko Nakahara, Shigeru Kinoshita, Robert D Young, Andrew J Quantock, Theofilos Tourtas, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt, Friedrich Kruse, Noriko Koizumi
Purpose: The unfolded protein response (UPR) is believed to play a role in the pathogenesis of Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether unfolded proteins accumulate in the corneal endothelium in FECD and if they are involved in triggering cell death. Methods: Descemet's membranes with corneal endothelial cells (CECs) were obtained during keratoplasty, and expression of aggresomes, type 1 collagen, fibronectin, and agrin was evaluated...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718435/agrin-to-yap-in-cancer-and-neuromuscular-junctions
#7
Wen-Cheng Xiong, Lin Mei
Agrin is utilized by motor neurons to stimulate the LRP4-MuSK receptor in muscles for neuromuscular junction (NMJ) formation. Recent studies of cancer have identified novel functions of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4-muscle-specific kinase (LRP4-MuSK) pathway. Agrin may act as a mechanotransduction signal in the extracellular matrix (ECM) to coordinate the cross-talk between the LRP4-MuSK pathway and integrin-focal adhesion pathway. Ensuing Yes-associated protein (YAP) activation promotes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
April 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697334/heart-regeneration-4-0-matrix-medicine
#8
Elif Eroglu, Kenneth R Chien
The heart has a markedly limited capacity for regeneration. Reporting in Nature, Bassat et al. (2017) and Morikawa et al. (2017) have uncovered a new mechanism of Yap inhibition by the dystrophin glycoprotein complex (DGC) that is released by the extracellular matrix protein Agrin in order to promote cardiac regeneration.
July 10, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659438/linker-proteins-restore-basement-membrane-and-correct-lama2-related-muscular-dystrophy-in-mice
#9
Judith R Reinhard, Shuo Lin, Karen K McKee, Sarina Meinen, Stephanie C Crosson, Maurizio Sury, Samantha Hobbs, Geraldine Maier, Peter D Yurchenco, Markus A Rüegg
LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy (LAMA2 MD or MDC1A) is the most frequent form of early-onset, fatal congenital muscular dystrophies. It is caused by mutations in LAMA2, the gene encoding laminin-α2, the long arm of the heterotrimeric (α2, β1, and γ1) basement membrane protein laminin-211 (Lm-211). We establish that despite compensatory expression of laminin-α4, giving rise to Lm-411 (α4, β1, and γ1), muscle basement membrane is labile in LAMA2 MD biopsies. Consistent with this deficit, recombinant Lm-411 polymerized and bound to cultured myotubes only weakly...
June 28, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646861/c-terminal-fragment-of-agrin-caf-levels-predict-acute-kidney-injury-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
#10
Spyridon Arampatzis, Georgios Chalikias, Vasilios Devetzis, Stavros Konstantinides, Uyen Huynh-Do, Dimitrios Tziakas
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at high risk for acute kidney injury. Novel biomarkers that can predict acute kidney injury in AMI may allow timely interventions. C-terminal fragment of agrin (CAF), a proteoglycan of the glomerular and tubular basement membrane, have been recently associated with rapid renal function deterioration and proximal tubular dysfunction. It is unknown whether elevated CAF levels may serve as a novel AKI biomarker in patients presenting with AMI...
June 24, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626780/igg-specific-cell-based-assay-detects-potentially-pathogenic-musk-abs-in-seronegative-mg
#11
Saif Huda, Patrick Waters, Mark Woodhall, Maria Isabel Leite, Leslie Jacobson, Anna De Rosa, Michelangelo Maestri, Roberta Ricciardi, Jeannine M Heckmann, Angelina Maniaol, Amelia Evoli, Judy Cossins, David Hilton-Jones, Angela Vincent
OBJECTIVE: To increase the detection of MuSK-Abs using a CBA and test their pathogenicity. METHODS: Sera from 69 MuSK-RIA-positive patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) (Definite MuSK-MG), 169 patients negative for MuSK-RIA and AChR-RIA (seronegative MG, SNMG), 35 healthy individuals (healthy controls, HCs), and 16 NMDA receptor-Ab-positive (NMDAR-Ab) disease controls were tested for binding to MuSK on a CBA using different secondary antibodies. RESULTS: Initially, in addition to 18% of SNMG sera, 11% of HC and 19% of NMDAR-Ab sera showed positive binding to MuSK-transfected cells; this low specificity was due to anti-IgG(H+L) detection of IgM bound nonspecifically to MuSK...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581497/the-extracellular-matrix-protein-agrin-promotes-heart-regeneration-in-mice
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Elad Bassat, Yara Eid Mutlak, Alex Genzelinakh, Ilya Y Shadrin, Kfir Baruch Umansky, Oren Yifa, David Kain, Dana Rajchman, John Leach, Daria Riabov Bassat, Yael Udi, Rachel Sarig, Irit Sagi, James F Martin, Nenad Bursac, Shenhav Cohen, Eldad Tzahor
The adult mammalian heart is non-regenerative owing to the post-mitotic nature of cardiomyocytes. The neonatal mouse heart can regenerate, but only during the first week of life. Here we show that changes in the composition of the extracellular matrix during this week can affect cardiomyocyte growth and differentiation in mice. We identify agrin, a component of neonatal extracellular matrix, as required for the full regenerative capacity of neonatal mouse hearts. In vitro, recombinant agrin promotes the division of cardiomyocytes that are derived from mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells through a mechanism that involves the disassembly of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex, and Yap- and ERK-mediated signalling...
July 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555889/reduced-muscle-strength-in-ether-lipid-deficient-mice-is-accompanied-by-altered-development-and-function-of-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Fabian Dorninger, Ruth Herbst, Bojana Kravic, Bahar Z Camurdanoglu, Igor Macinkovic, Gerhard Zeitler, Sonja Forss-Petter, Siegfried Strack, Muzamil Majid Khan, Hans R Waterham, Rüdiger Rudolf, Said Hashemolhosseini, Johannes Berger
Inherited deficiency in ether lipids, a subgroup of phospholipids whose biosynthesis needs peroxisomes, causes the fatal human disorder rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata. The exact roles of ether lipids in the mammalian organism and, therefore, the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease are still largely enigmatic. Here, we used glyceronephosphate O-acyltransferase knockout (Gnpat KO) mice to study the consequences of complete inactivation of ether lipid biosynthesis and documented substantial deficits in motor performance and muscle strength of these mice...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516329/screening-for-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-4-agrin-and-titin-antibodies-and-exploring-the-autoimmune-spectrum-in-myasthenia-gravis
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Isabell Cordts, Nicolas Bodart, Kathi Hartmann, Katerina Karagiorgou, John S Tzartos, Lin Mei, Jens Reimann, Philip Van Damme, Michael H Rivner, Alain Vigneron, Joachim Weis, Jörg B Schulz, Socrates J Tzartos, Kristl G Claeys
In autoimmune myasthenia gravis (MG), the identification of antibodies and characterization of serological subgroups is of great importance for diagnosis and management of the disease. Our aims were to study the frequency of antibodies against lipoprotein-related protein 4 (LRP4), agrin, and titin using the most recent techniques, and to characterize corresponding clinical features and autoimmune diseases (AID) in 100 MG-patients. The antibody frequencies in the 55 AChR-antibody positive patients were 7% LRP4, 5% agrin, 53% titin, and in the 45 AChR-antibody negative patients 2% MuSK, 2% LRP4, 2% agrin, and 27% titin...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493069/comparison-of-molecular-marker-expression-in-early-zebrafish-brain-development-following-chronic-ethanol-or-morpholino-treatment
#15
Chengjin Zhang, Oswald Boa-Amponsem, Gregory J Cole
This study was undertaken to ascertain whether defined markers of early zebrafish brain development are affected by chronic ethanol exposure or morpholino knockdown of agrin, sonic hedgehog, retinoic acid, and fibroblast growth factors, four signaling molecules that are suggested to be ethanol sensitive. Zebrafish embryos were exposed to 2% ethanol from 6 to 24 hpf or injected with agrin, shha, aldh1a3, or fgf8a morpholinos. In situ hybridization was employed to analyze otx2, pax6a, epha4a, krx20, pax2a, fgf8a, wnt1, and eng2b expression during early brain development...
August 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441579/geldanamycin-inspired-compounds-induce-direct-trans-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-neurons
#17
Srinivas Jogula, Anand Ram Soorneedi, Jagan Gaddam, Srinivas Chamakuri, Girdhar Singh Deora, Ranjith Kumar Indarapu, Murali Krishna Ramgopal, Subhadra Dravida, Prabhat Arya
Inspired from geldanamycin, the synthesis of a new series of 20-membered macrocyclic compounds is developed. The key features in our design are (i) retention of the fragment having the precise chiral functional groups of geldanamycin at C10, C11, C12 and C14, and (ii) replacement of an olefin moiety with the ester group, and the quinoid sub-structure with the triazole ring. The southern fragment needed for the macrocyclic ring formation was obtained from Evans' syn aldol as the key reaction and with the use of D-mannitol as the cheap source of a chiral starting material...
July 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379354/motor-neuronal-repletion-of-the-nmj-organizer-agrin-modulates-the-severity-of-the-spinal-muscular-atrophy-disease-phenotype-in-model-mice
#18
Jeong-Ki Kim, Charlotte Caine, Tomoyuki Awano, Ruth Herbst, Umrao R Monani
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common and often fatal neuromuscular disorder caused by low levels of the Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein. Amongst the earliest detectable consequences of SMN deficiency are profound defects of the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). In model mice these synapses appear disorganized, fail to mature and are characterized by poorly arborized nerve terminals. Given one role of the SMN protein in orchestrating the assembly of spliceosomal snRNP particles and subsequently regulating the alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs, a plausible link between SMN function and the distal neuromuscular SMA phenotype is an incorrectly spliced transcript or transcripts involved in establishing or maintaining NMJ structure...
July 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357490/annexin-a10-optimally-differentiates-between-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-and-hepatic-metastases-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-a-comparative-study-of-immunohistochemical-markers-and-panels
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Julia Kälsch, Juliet Padden, Stefanie Bertram, Leona L Pott, Henning Reis, Daniela Westerwick, Christoph M Schaefer, Jan-P Sowa, Dorothe Möllmann, Christian Fingas, Alexander Dechȇne, Barbara Sitek, Martin Eisenacher, Ali Canbay, Maike Ahrens, Hideo A Baba
Discriminating intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) from hepatic metastases of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (mPDAC) can be challenging. While pathologists might depend on clinical information regarding a primary tumor, their diagnosis will lead the patient either to potentially curative surgery (for ICC) or to palliation (for mPDAC). Beyond the validation of recently published potential biomarkers for PDAC (primary or metastatic) in a large cohort, we assessed diagnostic performance of the most promising candidates in the challenging task of discriminating metastatic PDAC (mPDAC) from ICC...
May 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#20
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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