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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107381/in-vivo-two-photon-imaging-of-astrocytes-in-gfap-gfp-transgenic-mice
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Dongjun Guo, Jia Zou, Nicholas Rensing, Michael Wong
Astrocytes play important roles in normal brain function and neurological diseases. In vivo two-photon excitation laser scanning microscopy has the potential to reveal rapid, dynamic structural changes in cells in a variety of physiological and pathological conditions. The type of in vivo imaging method has been shown to affect the plasticity of dendritic spines of neurons, but the optimal in vivo imaging methods of astrocytes have not been established. We compared open-skull and thinned-skull imaging methods for two-photon laser microscopy of live astrocytes in neocortex of GFAP-GFP transgenic mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
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Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100653/minocycline-blocks-glial-cell-activation-and-ventilatory-acclimatization-to-hypoxia
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Jennifer Ann Stokes, Tara Elizabeth Arbogast, Esteban A Moya, Zhenxing Fu, Frank L Powell
Ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia (VAH) is the time-dependent increase in ventilation, which persists upon return to normoxia, and involves plasticity in both central nervous system respiratory centers and peripheral chemoreceptors. We investigated the role of glial cells in VAH in male Sprague Dawley rats using minocycline, an antibiotic that inhibits microglia activation and has anti-inflammatory properties, and barometric pressure plethysmography to measure ventilation. Rats received either minocycline (45mg/kg, i...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096432/effects-of-activity-genetic-selection-and-their-interaction-on-muscle-metabolic-capacities-and-organ-masses-in-mice
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Scott A Kelly, Fernando R Gomes, Erik M Kolb, Jessica L Malisch, Theodore Garland
Chronic voluntary exercise elevates total daily energy expenditure (DEE) and food consumption, potentially resulting in organ compensation supporting nutrient extraction/utilization. Additionally, species with naturally higher DEE often have larger processing organs, which may represent genetic differences and/or phenotypic plasticity. We tested for possible adaptive changes in organ masses of 4 replicate lines of house mice selected (37 generations) for high running (HR lines) compared with 4 non-selected control (C) lines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094346/development-of-interface-dominant-bulk-cu-v-nanolamellar-composites-by-cross-accumulative-roll-bonding
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L F Zeng, R Gao, Z M Xie, S Miao, Q F Fang, X P Wang, T Zhang, C S Liu
Traditional nanostructured metals are inherently comprised of a high density of high-energy interfaces that make this class of materials not stable in extreme conditions. Therefore, high performance bulk nanostructured metals containing stable interfaces are highly desirable for extreme environments applications. Here, we reported an attractive bulk Cu/V nanolamellar composite that was successfully developed by integrating interface engineering and severe plastic deformation techniques. The layered morphology and ordered Cu/V interfaces remained stable with respect to continued rolling (total strain exceeding 12)...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093548/astrocytic-control-of-synaptic-function
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Thomas Papouin, Jaclyn Dunphy, Michaela Tolman, Jeannine C Foley, Philip G Haydon
Astrocytes intimately interact with synapses, both morphologically and, as evidenced in the past 20 years, at the functional level. Ultrathin astrocytic processes contact and sometimes enwrap the synaptic elements, sense synaptic transmission and shape or alter the synaptic signal by releasing signalling molecules. Yet, the consequences of such interactions in terms of information processing in the brain remain very elusive. This is largely due to two major constraints: (i) the exquisitely complex, dynamic and ultrathin nature of distal astrocytic processes that renders their investigation highly challenging and (ii) our lack of understanding of how information is encoded by local and global fluctuations of intracellular calcium concentrations in astrocytes...
March 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089517/hypoxia-induces-a-hif-1-dependent-transition-from-collective-to-amoeboid-dissemination-in-epithelial-cancer-cells
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Steffi Lehmann, Veronika Te Boekhorst, Julia Odenthal, Roberta Bianchi, Sjoerd van Helvert, Kristian Ikenberg, Olga Ilina, Szymon Stoma, Jael Xandry, Liying Jiang, Reidar Grenman, Markus Rudin, Peter Friedl
Cancer metastases arise from a multi-step process that requires metastasizing tumor cells to adapt to signaling input from varying tissue environments [1]. As an early metastatic event, cancer cell dissemination occurs through different migration programs, including multicellular, collective, and single-cell mesenchymal or amoeboid migration [2-4]. Migration modes can interconvert based on changes in cell adhesion, cytoskeletal mechanotransduction [5], and/or proteolysis [6], most likely under the control of transcriptional programs such as the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) [7, 8]...
January 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088900/synaptic-plasticity-dementia-and-alzheimer-disease
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Pietro Giusti, Stephen D Skaper, Laura Facci, Morena Zusso
Neuroplasticity is not only shaped by learning and memory but is also a mediator of responses to neuron attrition and injury (compensatory plasticity). As an ongoing process it reacts to neuronal cell activity and injury, death, and genesis, which encompasses the modulation of structural and functional processes of axons, dendrites, and synapses. The range of structural elements that comprise plasticity includes long-term potentiation (a cellular correlate of learning and memory), synaptic efficacy and remodelling, synaptogenesis, axonal sprouting and dendritic remodelling, and neurogenesis and recruitment...
January 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087979/rapid-antidepressant-effect-of-ketamine-correlates-with-astroglial-plasticity-in-the-hippocampus
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Maryam Ardalan, Ali H Rafati, Jens R Nyengaard, Gregers Wegener
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Astroglia contributes to the pathophysiology of major depression and the action of antidepressant drugs through modulating synaptic plasticity; therefore, present study investigated whether fast antidepressant action of ketamine is reflected in the rapid alteration of the astrocytes morphology in a genetic animal model of depression. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: S-Ketamine (15 mg/kg) or saline was administered as a single injection to Flinders Line (FSL/FRL) rats...
January 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080045/crystal-engineering-of-hand-twisted-helical-crystals
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Subhankar Saha, Gautam R Desiraju
A strategy is outlined for the design of hand-twisted helical crystals. The starting point in the exercise is the one-directional (1D) plastic crystal, 1,4-dibromobenzene, which is then changed to a 1D elastic crystal, exemplified by 4-bromophenyl 4'-chlorobenzoate, by introduction of a molecular synthon -O-CO- in lieu of the supramolecular synthon Br•••Br in the precursor. The 1D elastic crystals are next modified to two-directional (2D) elastic crystals, of the type 4-bromophenyl 4'-nitrobenzoate where the halogen bonding and C-H•••O hydrogen bonding are well matched...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078570/micro-rna-expression-in-muscle-and-fiber-morphometry-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Chiara Fritegotto, Chiara Ferrati, Valentina Pegoraro, Corrado Angelini
We aimed to explore the cellular action of micro-RNAs that are non-coding-RNAs modulating gene expression, whose expression is dysregulated in myotonic dystrophy (DM1). Basic procedure was to measure the levels of muscle-specific myo-miRNAs (miR-1, miR-133a/b, miR-206) in muscle of 12 DM1 patients. Muscle fiber morphometry and a new grading of histopathological severity score were used to compare specific myo-miRNA level and fiber atrophy. We found that the levels of miR-1 and miR-133a/b were significantly decreased, while miR-206 was significantly increased as compared to controls...
January 11, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073604/morphometric-and-genetic-analysis-of-arcella-intermedia-and-arcella-intermedia-laevis-amoebozoa-arcellinida-illuminate-phenotypic-plasticity-in-microbial-eukaryotes
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Alfredo L Porfírio-Sousa, Giulia M Ribeiro, Daniel J G Lahr
Testate amoebae are eukaryotic microorganisms characterized by the presence of an external shell (test). The shell morphology is used as a diagnostic character, but discordance between morphological and molecular data has been demonstrated in groups of arcellinids (Amoebozoa), one of the principal groups of testate amoebae. Morphology of the test is supposed to differentiate genera and species and it is applied in ecological, monitoring and paleontological studies. However, if phenotype does not reflect genotype, conclusions in these types of studies become severely impaired...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073506/changes-in-morphological-plasticity-of-ulva-prolifera-under-different-environmental-conditions-a-laboratory-experiment
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Guang Gao, Zhihai Zhong, Xianghong Zhou, Juntian Xu
The large-scale green tides, consisting mainly of Ulva prolifera, have invaded the coastal zones of western Yellow Sea each year since 2008, resulting in tremendous impacts on the local environment and economy. A large number of studies have been conducted to investigate the physiological traits of U. prolifera to explain its dominance in the green tides. However, little has been reported regarding the response of U. prolifera to changing environmental factors via morphological variation. In our experiments, we found remarkable morphological acclimation of U...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072881/reciprocal-symbiont-sharing-in-the-lodging-mutualism-between-walking-corals-and-sipunculans
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Momoko Igawa, Hiroki Hata, Makoto Kato
Solitary scleractinian corals of the genera Heterocyathus and Heteropsammia inhabit soft marine bottoms without attaching to hard substrata. The corallums of these genera contain a coiled cavity inhabited by a sipunculan that roams the seafloor, carrying the host coral with it. The coral serves as a sturdy shelter that protects the sipunculan from possible predators. At the same time, the sipunculan maintains the coral in an upright position on the soft bottom. This coral-sipunculan association is unique because two phylogenetically distant coral genera have developed convergent associations with sipunculans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072424/a-theoretical-and-experimental-investigation-of-mechanical-damage-to-rodent-sperm-generated-by-microscale-ice-formation
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X Han, J K Critser
:   BACKGROUND: Rodent sperm cryopreservation is of critical importance for the maintenance of lines or strains of genetically engineered mice and rats. However, rodent sperm are extremely mechanically sensitive due to their unusual morphology, and are severely damaged using current methods of cryopreservation. Those methods result in poor post thaw motility (PTM) for mouse. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the mechanism of mechanical damage introduced to rodent sperm during freezing, a micro-mechanical model was established to analyze the sperm radial and axial thermal stresses generated by microscale extracellular ice formation...
November 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070205/plasticity-of-adipose-tissue-in-response-to-fasting-and-refeeding-in-male-mice
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Hao-Neng Tang, Chen-Yi Tang, Xiao-Fei Man, Shu-Wen Tan, Yue Guo, Jun Tang, Ci-La Zhou, Hou-De Zhou
BACKGROUND: Fasting is the most widely prescribed and self-imposed strategy for treating excessive weight gain and obesity, and has been shown to exert a number of beneficial effects. The aim of the present study was to determine the exact role of fasting and subsequent refeeding on fat distribution in mice. METHODS: C57/BL6 mice fasted for 24 to 72 h and were then subjected to refeeding for 72 h. At 24, 48 and 72 h of fasting, and 12, 24, 48 and 72 h of refeeding, the mice were sacrificed, and serum and various adipose tissues were collected...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070120/the-protocadherin-17-gene-affects-cognition-personality-amygdala-structure-and-function-synapse-development-and-risk-of-major-mood-disorders
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H Chang, N Hoshina, C Zhang, Y Ma, H Cao, Y Wang, D-D Wu, S E Bergen, M Landén, C M Hultman, M Preisig, Z Kutalik, E Castelao, M Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, A J Forstner, J Strohmaier, J Hecker, T G Schulze, B Müller-Myhsok, A Reif, P B Mitchell, N G Martin, P R Schofield, S Cichon, M M Nöthen, H Walter, S Erk, A Heinz, N Amin, C M van Duijn, A Meyer-Lindenberg, H Tost, X Xiao, T Yamamoto, M Rietschel, M Li
Major mood disorders, which primarily include bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, are the leading cause of disability worldwide and pose a major challenge in identifying robust risk genes. Here, we present data from independent large-scale clinical data sets (including 29 557 cases and 32 056 controls) revealing brain expressed protocadherin 17 (PCDH17) as a susceptibility gene for major mood disorders. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) spanning the PCDH17 region are significantly associated with major mood disorders; subjects carrying the risk allele showed impaired cognitive abilities, increased vulnerable personality features, decreased amygdala volume and altered amygdala function as compared with non-carriers...
January 10, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069946/wnt5a-is-essential-for-hippocampal-dendritic-maintenance-and-spatial-learning-and-memory-in-adult-mice
#18
Chih-Ming Chen, Lauren L Orefice, Shu-Ling Chiu, Tara A LeGates, Samer Hattar, Richard L Huganir, Haiqing Zhao, Baoji Xu, Rejji Kuruvilla
Stability of neuronal connectivity is critical for brain functions, and morphological perturbations are associated with neurodegenerative disorders. However, how neuronal morphology is maintained in the adult brain remains poorly understood. Here, we identify Wnt5a, a member of the Wnt family of secreted morphogens, as an essential factor in maintaining dendritic architecture in the adult hippocampus and for related cognitive functions in mice. Wnt5a expression in hippocampal neurons begins postnatally, and its deletion attenuated CaMKII and Rac1 activity, reduced GluN1 glutamate receptor expression, and impaired synaptic plasticity and spatial learning and memory in 3-mo-old mice...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069025/interaction-of-biomedical-nanoparticles-with-the-pulmonary-immune-system
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REVIEW
Fabian Blank, Kleanthis Fytianos, Emilie Seydoux, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Alke Petri-Fink, Christophe von Garnier, Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser
Engineered nanoparticles (NPs) offer site-specific delivery, deposition and cellular uptake due to their unique physicochemical properties and were shown to modulate immune responses. The respiratory tract with its vast surface area is an attractive target organ for innovative immunomodulatory therapeutic applications by pulmonary administration of such NPs, enabling interactions with resident antigen-presenting cells (APCs), such as dendritic cells and macrophages. Depending on the respiratory tract compartment, e...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059803/whole-body-vibration-wbv-following-spinal-cord-injury-sci-in-rats-timing-of-intervention
#20
Marilena Manthou, Diana Saad Yousif Abdulla, Stoyan Pavlov Pavlov, Ramona Jansen, Habib Bendella, Klaus Nohroudi, Gregor Stein, Carolin Mmeyer, Ozlem Ozsoy, Umut Ozsoy, Yasemin Behram Kandemir, Levent Sarikcioglu, Oliver Semler, Eckhard Schoenau, Sarah Dunlop, Doychin Nikolov Angelov
BACKGROUND: Following spinal cord injury (SCI), exercise training provides a wide range of benefits and promotes activity-dependent synaptic plasticity. Whole body vibration (WBV) in SCI patients improves walking and spasticity as well as bone and muscle mass. However, little is known about the effects of timing or frequency of intervention. OBJECTIVE: To determine which WBV-onset improves locomotor and bladder functions and influences synaptic plasticity beneficially...
January 4, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
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