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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457860/controlling-the-outgrowth-and-functions-of-neural-stem-cells-the-effect-of-surface-topography
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REVIEW
Chara Simitzi, Kanelina Karali, Anthi Ranella, Emmanuel Stratakis
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are self-renewing cells that generate the major cell types of the central nervous system, namely neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, during embryonic development and in the adult brain. NSCs reside in a complex niche where they are exposed to a plethora of signals, including both soluble and physical signals such as compressive and shear stresses, but also discontinuities and differences in morphology of the extracellular environment, termed as topographical features. Different approaches that incorporate artificial micro- and nano-scale surface topographical features have been developed aiming to recapitulate the in vivo NSC niche discontinuities and features, particularly for in vitro studies...
February 19, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457368/emergence-of-two-novel-sublineages-ind2001bd1-and-ind2001bd2-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-serotype-o-in-bangladesh
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M A Siddique, M R Ali, A S M R U Alam, H Ullah, A Rahman, R P Chakrabarty, M A Amin, S A Hoque, S P Nandi, M Sultana, M A Hossain
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is endemic in Bangladesh, and the implementation of a control programme for this disease is at an early stage, according to the FAO- and OIE-proposed Progressive Control Pathway for FMD (PCP-FMD) Roadmap. To develop an effective control programme, understanding of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) serotypes, even subtypes within the serotypes is essential. The present investigation aims at viral VP1 coding region sequence-based analysis of FMD samples collected from 34 FMD outbreaks during 2012-2016 in Bangladesh...
February 18, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456966/metabolic-profile-of-oral-squamous-carcinoma-cell-lines-relies-on-a-higher-demand-of-lipid-metabolism-in-metastatic-cells
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Ana Carolina B Sant'Anna-Silva, Gilson C Santos, Samir P Costa Campos, André Marco Oliveira Gomes, Juan Alberto Pérez-Valencia, Franklin David Rumjanek
Tumor cells are subjected to a broad range of selective pressures. As a result of the imposed stress, subpopulations of surviving cells exhibit individual biochemical phenotypes that reflect metabolic reprograming. The present work aimed at investigating metabolic parameters of cells displaying increasing degrees of metastatic potential. The metabolites present in cell extracts fraction of tongue fibroblasts and of cell lines derived from human tongue squamous cell carcinoma lineages displaying increasing metastatic potential (SCC9 ZsG, LN1 and LN2) were analyzed by1 H NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectroscopy...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456887/a-new-slider-turtle-testudines-emydidae-deirochelyinae-trachemys-from-the-late-hemphillian-late-miocene-early-pliocene-of-eastern-tennessee-and-the-evolution-of-the-deirochelyines
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Steven E Jasinski
Trachemys (Testudines: Emydidae) represents one of the most well-known turtle genera today. The evolution of Trachemys , while being heavily documented with fossil representatives, is not well understood. Numerous fossils from the late Hemphillian Gray Fossil Site (GFS) in northeastern Tennessee help to elucidate its evolution. The fossil Trachemys at the GFS represent a new species. The new taxon, Trachemys haugrudi , is described, and currently represents the most thoroughly described fossil emydid species known...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456885/genus-level-phylogeny-of-cephalopods-using-molecular-markers-current-status-and-problematic-areas
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Gustavo Sanchez, Davin H E Setiamarga, Surangkana Tuanapaya, Kittichai Tongtherm, Inger E Winkelmann, Hannah Schmidbaur, Tetsuya Umino, Caroline Albertin, Louise Allcock, Catalina Perales-Raya, Ian Gleadall, Jan M Strugnell, Oleg Simakov, Jaruwat Nabhitabhata
Comprising more than 800 extant species, the class Cephalopoda (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses) is a fascinating group of marine conchiferan mollusks. Recently, the first cephalopod genome (of Octopus bimaculoides ) was published, providing a genomic framework, which will enable more detailed investigations of cephalopod characteristics, including developmental, morphological, and behavioural traits. Meanwhile, a robust phylogeny of the members of the subclass Coleoidea (octopuses, squid, cuttlefishes) is crucial for comparative and evolutionary studies aiming to investigate the group's traits and innovations, but such a phylogeny has proven very challenging to obtain...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456832/interleukin-25-and-eosinophils-progenitor-cell-mobilization-in-allergic-asthma
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Wei Tang, Steven G Smith, Wei Du, Akash Gugilla, Juan Du, John Paul Oliveria, Karen Howie, Brittany M Salter, Gail M Gauvreau, Paul M O'Byrne, Roma Sehmi
Background: Eosinophil-lineage committed progenitor cells (EoP) migrate from the bone marrow and differentiate locally to provide an ongoing source of mature eosinophils in asthmatic inflammatory responses in the airways. Sputum levels of EoP are increased in asthmatics compared to normal controls suggesting an exaggerated eosinophilopoietic environment in the airways. Understanding what factors promote EoP traffic to the airways is important to understand the diathesis of asthma pathology...
2018: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456828/theoretical-models-of-inhibitory-activity-for-inhibitors-of-protein-protein-interactions-targeting-menin-mixed-lineage-leukemia-with-small-molecules
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Wiktoria Jedwabny, Szymon Kłossowski, Trupta Purohit, Tomasz Cierpicki, Jolanta Grembecka, Edyta Dyguda-Kazimierowicz
Development and binding affinity predictions of inhibitors targeting protein-protein interactions (PPI) still represent a major challenge in drug discovery efforts. This work reports application of a predictive non-empirical model of inhibitory activity for PPI inhibitors, exemplified here for small molecules targeting the menin-mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) interaction. Systematic ab initio analysis of menin-inhibitor complexes was performed, revealing the physical nature of these interactions. Notably, the non-empirical protein-ligand interaction energy comprising electrostatic multipole and approximate dispersion terms ( E (10)El,MTP + E Das ) produced a remarkable correlation with experimentally measured inhibitory activities and enabled accurate activity prediction for new menin-MLL inhibitors...
December 1, 2017: MedChemComm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456547/evolutionary-origin-gradual-accumulation-and-functional-divergence-of-heat-shock-factor-gene-family-with-plant-evolution
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Xiaoming Wang, Xue Shi, Siyuan Chen, Chuang Ma, Shengbao Xu
Plants, as sessile organisms, evolved a complex and functionally diverse heat shock factor (HSF) gene family to cope with various environmental stresses. However, the limited evolution studies of the HSF gene family have hindered our understanding of environmental adaptations in plants. In this study, a comprehensive evolution analysis on the HSF gene family was performed in 51 representative plant species. Our results demonstrated that the HSFB group which lacks a typical AHA activation domain, was the most ancient, and is under stronger purifying selection pressure in the subsequent evolutionary processes...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456533/non-hematopoietic-mlkl-protects-against-salmonella-mucosal-infection-by-enhancing-inflammasome-activation
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Shui-Xing Yu, Wei Chen, Zhen-Zhen Liu, Feng-Hua Zhou, Shi-Qing Yan, Gui-Qiu Hu, Xiao-Xia Qin, Jie Zhang, Ke Ma, Chong-Tao Du, Jing-Min Gu, Xu-Ming Deng, Wen-Yu Han, Yong-Jun Yang
The intestinal mucosal barrier is critical for host defense against pathogens infection. Here, we demonstrate that the mixed lineage kinase-like protein (MLKL), a necroptosis effector, promotes intestinal epithelial barrier function by enhancing inflammasome activation. MLKL-/- mice were more susceptible to Salmonella infection compared with wild-type counterparts, with higher mortality rates, increased body weight loss, exacerbated intestinal inflammation, more bacterial colonization, and severe epithelial barrier disruption...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456465/-barrmaelia-and-entosordaria-in-barrmaeliaceae-fam-nov-xylariales-and-critical-notes-on-anthostomella-like-genera-based-on-multigene-phylogenies
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Hermann Voglmayr, Gernot Friebes, Alain Gardiennet, Walter M Jaklitsch
Phylogenetic analyses of a combined DNA data matrix containing ITS, LSU, rpb2 and tub2 sequences of representative Xylariales revealed that the genus Barrmaelia is a well-defined monophylum, as based on four of its described species ( B. macrospora , B. moravica , B. oxyacanthae , B. rhamnicola ) and the new species B. rappazii . The generic type of Entosordaria , E. perfidiosa , is revealed as the closest relative of Barrmaelia , being phylogenetically distant from the generic type of Clypeosphaeria , C. mamillana , which belongs to Xylariaceae sensu stricto...
2018: Mycological Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456164/pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-source-of-osteoblasts-for-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Hui Zhu, Takaharu Kimura, Srilatha Swami, Joy Y Wu
Appropriate and abundant sources of bone-forming osteoblasts are essential for bone tissue engineering. Pluripotent stem cells can self-renew and thereby offer a potentially unlimited supply of osteoblasts, a significant advantage over other cell sources. We generated mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from transgenic mice expressing rat 2.3 kb type I collagen promoter-driven green fluorescent protein (Col2.3GFP), a reporter of the osteoblast lineage. We demonstrated that Col2...
February 5, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456146/a-comprehensive-and-dated-phylogenomic-analysis-of-butterflies
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Marianne Espeland, Jesse Breinholt, Keith R Willmott, Andrew D Warren, Roger Vila, Emmanuel F A Toussaint, Sarah C Maunsell, Kwaku Aduse-Poku, Gerard Talavera, Rod Eastwood, Marta A Jarzyna, Robert Guralnick, David J Lohman, Naomi E Pierce, Akito Y Kawahara
Butterflies (Papilionoidea), with over 18,000 described species [1], have captivated naturalists and scientists for centuries. They play a central role in the study of speciation, community ecology, biogeography, climate change, and plant-insect interactions and include many model organisms and pest species [2, 3]. However, a robust higher-level phylogenetic framework is lacking. To fill this gap, we inferred a dated phylogeny by analyzing the first phylogenomic dataset, including 352 loci (> 150,000 bp) from 207 species representing 98% of tribes, a 35-fold increase in gene sampling and 3-fold increase in taxon sampling over previous studies [4]...
February 14, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456145/the-interrelationships-of-land-plants-and-the-nature-of-the-ancestral-embryophyte
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Mark N Puttick, Jennifer L Morris, Tom A Williams, Cymon J Cox, Dianne Edwards, Paul Kenrick, Silvia Pressel, Charles H Wellman, Harald Schneider, Davide Pisani, Philip C J Donoghue
The evolutionary emergence of land plant body plans transformed the planet. However, our understanding of this formative episode is mired in the uncertainty associated with the phylogenetic relationships among bryophytes (hornworts, liverworts, and mosses) and tracheophytes (vascular plants). Here we attempt to clarify this problem by analyzing a large transcriptomic dataset with models that allow for compositional heterogeneity between sites. Zygnematophyceae is resolved as sister to land plants, but we obtain several distinct relationships between bryophytes and tracheophytes...
February 12, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456143/neocortical-association-cell-types-in-the-forebrain-of-birds-and-alligators
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Steven D Briscoe, Caroline B Albertin, Joanna J Rowell, Clifton W Ragsdale
The avian dorsal telencephalon has two vast territories, the nidopallium and the mesopallium, both of which have been shown to contribute substantially to higher cognitive functions. From their connections, these territories have been proposed as equivalent to mammalian neocortical layers 2 and 3, various neocortical association areas, or the amygdala, but whether these are analogies or homologies by descent is unknown. We investigated the molecular profiles of the mesopallium and the nidopallium with RNA-seq...
February 14, 2018: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456137/lineage-biased-hematopoietic-stem-cells-are-regulated-by-distinct-niches
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Sandra Pinho, Tony Marchand, Eva Yang, Qiaozhi Wei, Claus Nerlov, Paul S Frenette
The spatial localization of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow (BM) remains controversial, with some studies suggesting that they are maintained in homogeneously distributed niches while others have suggested the contributions of distinct niche structures. Subsets of quiescent HSCs have been reported to associate with megakaryocytes (MK) or arterioles in the BM. However, these HSC subsets have not been prospectively defined. Here, we show that platelet and myeloid-biased HSCs, marked by von Willebrand factor (vWF) expression, are highly enriched in MK niches...
February 9, 2018: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455847/the-fate-choice-between-effector-and-memory-t-cell-lineages-asymmetry-signal-integration-and-feedback-to-create-bistability
#16
Ronald A Backer, Pleun Hombrink, Christina Helbig, Derk Amsen
CD8+ T cells clear primary infections with intracellular pathogens and provide long-term immunity against reinfection. Two different types of CD8+ T cells are responsible for these functions: short-lived effector T cells and memory T cells. The cellular relationship between these two types of CD8+ T cells has been subject to much investigation. Both cell types can derive from a single naïve CD8+ T cell precursor. Their generation requires a fate choice early during a T cell response. As a result, two populations of T cells emerge...
2018: Advances in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455678/cryptic-species-and-their-utilization-of-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-intermediate-hosts-in-the-acanthocephalan-polymorphus-minutus-sensu-lato-polymorphidae
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Maike Zittel, Daniel Grabner, Andre Wlecklik, Bernd Sures, Florian Leese, Horst Taraschewski, Alexander Martin Weigand
The bird-infecting acanthocephalan Polymorphus minutus has been suggested to comprise different lineages or even cryptic species using different intermediate hosts. To clarify this open question, we investigated Polymorphus cf. minutus cystacanths originating from amphipod intermediate hosts from 27 sites in Germany and France. Parasites and hosts were identified using integrated datasets (COI and/or morphology for hosts and COI + ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 for parasites). Mitochondrial and nuclear data (ITS1) strongly support the existence of three cryptic species in Polymorphus cf...
February 19, 2018: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455315/mitogenomes-of-two-neotropical-bird-species-and-the-multiple-independent-origin-of-mitochondrial-gene-orders-in-passeriformes
#18
Renato Caparroz, Amanda V Rocha, Gustavo S Cabanne, Pablo Tubaro, Alexandre Aleixo, Emily M Lemmon, Alan R Lemmon
At least four mitogenome arrangements occur in Passeriformes and differences among them are derived from an initial tandem duplication involving a segment containing the control region (CR), followed by loss or reduction of some parts of this segment. However, it is still unclear how often duplication events have occurred in this bird order. In this study, the mitogenomes from two species of Neotropical passerines (Sicalis olivascens and Lepidocolaptes angustirostris) with different gene arrangements were first determined...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455241/cox-2-derived-pge-2-triggers-hyperplastic-renin-expression-and-hyperreninemia-in-aldosterone-synthase-deficient-mice
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Christian Karger, Katharina Machura, André Schneider, Christian Hugo, Vladimir T Todorov, Armin Kurtz
Pharmacological inhibition or genetic loss of function defects of the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) causes compensatory renin cell hyperplasia and hyperreninemia. The triggers for the compensatory stimulation of renin synthesis and secretion in this situation may be multimodal. Since cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in the macula densa is frequently increased in states of a defective RAAS, we have investigated a potential role of COX-2 and its derived prostaglandins for renin expression and secretion in aldosterone synthase-deficient mice (AS-/- ) as a model for a genetic defect of the RAAS...
February 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455234/blastic-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cell-neoplasm-update-on-therapy-especially-novel-agents
#20
REVIEW
Shunan Wang, Xingtong Wang, Mingsuo Liu, Ou Bai
Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare and aggressive hematopoietic malignancy mainly affecting elderly patients. Most patients present with asymptomatic skin lesions as the first symptom and has a high frequency of bone marrow involvement. BPDCN is typically characterized by CD4+ and CD 56+ co-expression without common lymphoid or myeloid lineage markers. There is no consensus on the optimal therapeutic strategy for BPDCN. It is highly responsive to chemotherapy but the median event-free survival is very short...
February 17, 2018: Annals of Hematology
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