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Aurélien Guillou, Katia Troha, Hui Wang, Nathalie C Franc, Nicolas Buchon
Phagocytosis is an ancient mechanism central to both tissue homeostasis and immune defense. Both the identity of the receptors that mediate bacterial phagocytosis and the nature of the interactions between phagocytosis and other defense mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we report that Croquemort (Crq), a Drosophila member of the CD36 family of scavenger receptors, is required for microbial phagocytosis and efficient bacterial clearance. Flies mutant for crq are susceptible to environmental microbes during development and succumb to a variety of microbial infections as adults...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Karin Hammarberg, Rebecca Zosel, Caroline Comoy, Sarah Robertson, Carol Holden, Mandy Deeks, Louise Johnson
Some potentially modifiable factors adversely affect fertility and pregnancy health. To inform a fertility health promotion programme, this study investigated fertility knowledge and information-seeking behaviour among people of reproductive age. This was a qualitative study involving six focus group discussions with women and men who intended to have children in the future and eight paired interviews with couples who were actively trying to conceive. Participants (n = 74) themselves generally claimed 'low' to 'average' levels of knowledge about fertility...
October 25, 2016: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
Biljana Stojković, Ahmed Sayadi, Mirko Đorđević, Jelena Jović, Uroš Savković, Göran Arnqvist
Mitochondria play a key role in ageing. The pursuit of genes that regulate variation in lifespan and ageing have shown that several nuclear-encoded mitochondrial genes are important. However, the role of mitochondrial-encoded genes (mtDNA) is more controversial and our appreciation of the role of mtDNA for the evolution of lifespan is limited. We use replicated lines of seed beetles that have been artificially selected for long or short life for >190 generations, now showing dramatic phenotypic differences, to test for a possible role of mtDNA in the divergent evolution of ageing and lifespan...
October 25, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Weiwei Zhong, Christopher Mychal Johnson, Yang Wu, Ningren Cui, Hao Xing, Shuang Zhang, Chun Jiang
BACKGROUND: Rett syndrome (RTT) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused mostly by disruptions in the MECP2 gene. MECP2-null mice show imbalances in neuronal excitability and synaptic communications. Several previous studies indicate that augmenting synaptic GABA receptors (GABAARs) can alleviate RTT-like symptoms in mice. In addition to the synaptic GABAARs, there is a group of GABAARs found outside the synaptic cleft with the capability to produce sustained inhibition, which may be potential therapeutic targets for the control of neuronal excitability in RTT...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Suyeun Yu, Eunil Lee, Bodokhsuren Tsogbadrakh, Gwang-Ic Son, Mari Kim
Aging is a universal, irreversible process accompanied by physiological declines that culminate in death. Rapid progress in gerontology research has revealed that aging can be slowed through mild stress-induced hormesis. We previously reported that hyperbaric normoxia (HN, 2 atm absolute pressure with 10% O2) induces a cytoprotective response in vitro by regulating fibronectin. In the present study, we investigated the hormetic effects of prenatal HN exposure on Drosophila healthspan related to molecular defense mechanisms...
October 24, 2016: Aging
J Knoll, I Miklya
AIMS: The first longevity study demonstrating that rats treated with the MAO-B inhibitory dose of (-)-deprenyl (0.25mg/kg) lived significantly longer than their saline-treated peers was published in 1988, and corroborated in many papers. The recent findings that (-)-deprenyl is primarily a PEA-derived synthetic catecholaminergic activity enhancersubstance; (2R)-1-(1-benzofuran-2-yl)-N-propylpentane-2-amine (BPAP) is a tryptamine-derived synthetic enhancer substance, initiated our first longevity study on rats with low enhancer doses of (-)-deprenyl and BPAP to test the enhancer effect's role inlife extension...
October 21, 2016: Life Sciences
Michael Mendler, Christin Riedinger, Andrea Schlotterer, Nadine Volk, Thomas Fleming, Stephan Herzig, Peter P Nawroth, Michael Morcos
BACKGROUND: Glucose derived metabolism generates reactive metabolites affecting the neuronal system and lifespan in C. elegans. Here, the role of the insulin homologue ins-7 and its downstream effectors in the generation of high glucose induced neuronal damage and shortening of lifespan was studied. RESULTS: In C. elegans high glucose conditions induced the expression of the insulin homologue ins-7. Abrogating ins-7 under high glucose conditions in non-neuronal cells decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS)-formation and accumulation of methylglyoxal derived advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs), prevented structural neuronal damage and normalised head motility and lifespan...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Michael M Kasumovic, Zhiliang Chen, Marc R Wilkins
BACKGROUND: Ecological and evolutionary model organisms have provided extensive insight into the ecological triggers, adaptive benefits, and evolution of life-history driven developmental plasticity. Despite this, we still have a poor understanding of the underlying genetic changes that occur during shifts towards different developmental trajectories. The goal of this study is to determine whether we can identify underlying gene expression patterns that can describe the different life-history trajectories individuals follow in response to social cues of competition...
October 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
Zhengqing Zhang, Huapeng Wang, Chunfeng Hao, Wei Zhang, Miaomiao Yang, Yong Chang, Menglou Li
Dastarcus helophoroides, which has a relatively longer lifespan compared to other insects, is one of the most effective natural enemies of many large-body long-horned beetles. Methuselah (Mth) is associated with the lifespan, stress resistance, and reproduction in Drosophila melanogaster, but Mth is not present in non-drosophiline insects. A number of methuselah-like genes (mth-likes, mthls) have been identified in non-drosophiline insects, but it is still unknown whether they are present in Dastarcus helophoroides...
October 21, 2016: Genes
Xinrong Lin, Maryam Salari, Leela Mohana Reddy Arava, Pulickel M Ajayan, Mark W Grinstaff
With the ongoing global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emission and dependence on oil, electrical energy storage (EES) devices such as Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors have become ubiquitous. Today, EES devices are entering the broader energy use arena and playing key roles in energy storage, transfer, and delivery within, for example, electric vehicles, large-scale grid storage, and sensors located in harsh environmental conditions, where performance at temperatures greater than 25 °C are required. The safety and high temperature durability are as critical or more so than other essential characteristics (e...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
M Li, F Liu, X B Zhang, J P Cheng
A variety of carbon materials varying from 0D to 2D, i.e. 0D nanoparticles, 1D carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and 2D reduced graphene oxide (rGO) are selected to in situ combine with Ni-Mn layered double hydroxide (LDH) to prepare electrode materials for supercapacitors. Through a simple solution method, hierarchical Ni-Mn LDH/carbon composites can be easily fabricated. A comparative study is carried out on the sandwich-like LDH/rGO, flower-like LDH/carbon black, turbostratic-structured LDH/CNTs and ternary LDH/CNTs/rGO for their structure, morphology, porous properties and electrochemical performances...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Geoffrey Blondelle, Mathieu Hainselin, Yannick Gounden, Laurent Heurley, Hélène Voisin, Olga Megalakaki, Estelle Bressous, Véronique Quaglino
BACKGROUND: Regularity effect can affect performance in prospective memory (PM), but little is known on the cognitive processes linked to this effect. Moreover, its impacts with regard to aging remain unknown. To our knowledge, this study is the first to examine regularity effect in PM in a lifespan perspective, with a sample of young, intermediate, and older adults. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Our study examined the regularity effect in PM in three groups of participants: 28 young adults (18-30), 16 intermediate adults (40-55), and 25 older adults (65-80)...
2016: Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology
I R MacDonald, O Garcia-Pineda, A Beet, S Daneshgar Asl, L Feng, G Graettinger, D French-McCay, J Holmes, C Hu, F Huffer, I Leifer, F Muller-Karger, A Solow, M Silva, G Swayze
When wind speeds are 2-10 m s(-1), reflective contrasts in the ocean surface make oil slicks visible to synthetic aperture radar (SAR) under all sky conditions. Neural network analysis of satellite SAR images quantified the magnitude and distribution of surface oil in the Gulf of Mexico from persistent, natural seeps and from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) discharge. This analysis identified 914 natural oil seep zones across the entire Gulf of Mexico in pre-2010 data. Their ∼0.1 µm slicks covered an aggregated average of 775 km(2)...
December 2015: Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans
Adriaan A van Beek, Bruno Sovran, Floor Hugenholtz, Ben Meijer, Joanne A Hoogerland, Violeta Mihailova, Corine van der Ploeg, Clara Belzer, Mark V Boekschoten, Jan H J Hoeijmakers, Wilbert P Vermeij, Paul de Vos, Jerry M Wells, Pieter J M Leenen, Claudio Nicoletti, Rudi W Hendriks, Huub F J Savelkoul
Although it is clear that probiotics improve intestinal barrier function, little is known about the effects of probiotics on the aging intestine. We investigated effects of 10-week bacterial supplementation of Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1, Lactobacillus casei BL23, or Bifidobacterium breve DSM20213 on gut barrier and immunity in 16-week-old accelerated aging Ercc1(-/Δ7) mice, which have a median lifespan of ~20 weeks, and their wild-type littermates. The colonic barrier in Ercc1(-/Δ7) mice was characterized by a thin (< 10 μm) mucus layer...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Hema Negi, Aparna Shukla, Feroz Khan, Rakesh Pandey
Remarkably the c-Jun-NH2-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway is all evolutionarily conserved across species. In view of the hypothesis that increased stress resistance subdue aging, we investigated the role of ursolic acid (3β-Hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid; UA) in the pioneering aging model Caenorhabditis elegans with an increase in mean and maximum lifespan by up to 30%. Our genetic study unravelled the underlying pathway where JNK-1 is acting independently of insulin-IGF-1 signalling (IIS) pathway to modulate longevity...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Clare Paterson, Yanhong Wang, Thomas M Hyde, Daniel R Weinberger, Joel E Kleinman, Amanda J Law
OBJECTIVE: Genes implicated in schizophrenia are enriched in networks differentially regulated during human CNS development. Neuregulin 3 (NRG3), a brain-enriched neurotrophin, undergoes alternative splicing and is implicated in several neurological disorders with developmental origins. Isoform-specific increases in NRG3 are observed in schizophrenia and associated with rs10748842, a NRG3 risk polymorphism, suggesting NRG3 transcriptional dysregulation as a molecular mechanism of risk...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Renato Bacchetta, Nadia Santo, Marcello Marelli, Greta Nosengo, Paolo Tremolada
The chronic toxicity of ZnSO4 and ZnO nanoparticles has been studied in Daphnia magna also considering the life cycle parameters beyond the standard 21-day exposure time. Specimens have been individually followed until the natural end of their life, and some of them sampled for microscopic analyses at 48h, 9 and 21 days. Despite the low level of exposure (0.3mg Zn/L), ultrastructural analyses of the midgut epithelial cells revealed efficient internalization of nanoparticles between 48h and 9d, and translocation to other tissues as well...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Research
Jung Seok Hwang, Sun Ah Ham, Taesik Yoo, Won Jin Lee, Kyung Shin Paek, Jae-Hwan Kim, Chi-Ho Lee, Han Geuk Seo
Silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (SIRT1), a NAD-dependent deacetylase, mediates cellular processes involved in gene silencing and aging. The regulation of lifespan by SIRT1 has been extensively investigated, but less is known about the mechanisms associated with its cellular turnover during inflammatory responses. In this study, we found that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ is associated with SIRT1 stability in murine macrophage RAW 264.7 cells exposed to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
October 19, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Zhenyang Yu, Guohua Sun, Yanjun Liu, Daqiang Yin, Jing Zhang
Trans-generational effects are increasingly used to indicate long-term influences of environmental pollutants. However, such studies can be complex and yield inconclusive results. In this study, the trans-generational effects of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) on Caenorhabditis elegans on lifespan, reproduction and population growth were tested for 7 consecutive generations, which included gestating generation (F0), embryo-exposed generation (F1), germline-exposed generation (F2), the first non-exposed generation (F3) and the three following generations (F4-F6)...
October 19, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Patrick H Maxwell
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of DNA damage, mutations, and chromosomal abnormalities is associated with aging in many organisms. How directly various forms of genomic instability contribute to lifespan in different aging contexts is still under active investigation. Testing whether treatments that alter lifespan change mutation rates early during lifespan could provide support for genomic instability being at least partly responsible for changes in the rates of aging. RESULTS: Rates of mutations, direct repeat recombination, or retrotransposition were measured in young cell populations from two strain backgrounds of Saccharomyces cerevisiae exposed to several growth conditions that shortened or extended yeast chronological lifespan...
October 21, 2016: BMC Genetics
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