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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526321/effects-of-dehp-and-its-metabolite-mehp-on-insulin-signalling-and-proteins-involved-in-glut4-translocation-in-cultured-l6-myotubes
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Mangala Priya Viswanathan, Vigneswari Mullainadhan, Mayilvanan Chinnaiyan, Balasubramanian Karundevi
Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) is the plasticizer used in variety of medical and consumer products to impart structural flexibility. DEHP and its primary metabolite mono-(2-ethyl hexyl)phthalate (MEHP) posed a considerable interest because of their contribution to insulin resistance, type-2 diabetes and obesity. Experimental and epidemiological data have shown that DEHP affects blood glucose homeostasis. However, direct effect of DEHP and its metabolite MEHP on insulin signal transduction and glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) translocation remain obscure...
May 16, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520937/atypical-endocannabinoid-signaling-initiates-a-new-form-of-memory-related-plasticity-at-a-cortical-input-to-hippocampus
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Weisheng Wang, Yousheng Jia, Danielle T Pham, Linda C Palmer, Kwang-Mook Jung, Conor D Cox, Gavin Rumbaugh, Daniele Piomelli, Christine M Gall, Gary Lynch
Endocannabinoids (ECBs) depress transmitter release at sites throughout the brain. Here, we describe another form of ECB signaling that triggers a novel form of long-term potentiation (LTP) localized to the lateral perforant path (LPP) which conveys semantic information from cortex to hippocampus. Two cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R) signaling cascades were identified in hippocampus. The first is pregnenolone sensitive, targets vesicular protein Munc18-1 and depresses transmitter release; this cascade is engaged by CB1Rs in Schaffer-Commissural afferents to CA1 but not in the LPP, and it does not contribute to LTP...
May 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513656/restoring-the-biophysical-properties-of-decellularized-patches-through-recellularization
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Gigi Chi Ting Au-Yeung, Udi Sarig, Hadar Sarig, Hanumakumar Bogireddi, Tomer Bronshtein, Limor Baruch, Avihai Spizzichino, Jacob Bortman, Boey Yin Chiang Freddy, Marcelle Machluf, Subbu S Venkatraman
Various extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds, isolated through decellularization, were suggested as ideal biomimetic materials for 'Functional tissue engineering' (FTE). The decellularization process comprises a compromise between damaging and preserving the ultrastructure and composition of ECM-previously shown to affect cell survival, proliferation, migration, organization, differentiation and maturation. Inversely, the effects of cells on the ECM constructs' biophysical properties, under physiological-like conditions, remain still largely unknown...
May 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511982/characteristic-and-intermingled-neocortical-circuits-encode-different-visual-object-discriminations
#4
Guo-Rong Zhang, Hua Zhao, Nathan Cook, Michael Svestka, Eui M Choi, Mary Jan, Robert G Cook, Alfred I Geller
Synaptic plasticity and neural network theories hypothesize that the essential information for advanced cognitive tasks is encoded in specific circuits and neurons within distributed neocortical networks. However, these circuits are incompletely characterized, and we do not know if a specific discrimination is encoded in characteristic circuits among multiple animals. Here, we determined the spatial distribution of active neurons for a circuit that encodes some of the essential information for a cognitive task...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506823/hyperammonemia-compromises-glutamate-metabolism-and-reduces-bdnf-in-the-rat-hippocampus
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Fabiana Galland, Elisa Negri, Carollina Da Ré, Fernanda Fróes, Liliane Strapazzon, Maria Cristina Guerra, Lucas Silva Tortorelli, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves, Marina Concli Leite
Ammonia is putatively the major toxin associated with hepatic encephalopathy (HE), a neuropsychiatric manifestation that results in cognitive impairment, poor concentration and psychomotor alterations. The hippocampus, a brain region involved in cognitive impairment and depressive behavior, has been studied less than neocortical regions. Herein, we investigated hippocampal astrocyte parameters in a hyperammonemic model without hepatic lesion and in acute hippocampal slices exposed to ammonia. We also measured hippocampal BDNF, a neurotrophin commonly related to synaptic plasticity and cognitive deficit, and peripheral S100B protein, used as a marker for brain damage...
May 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505105/new-functions-of-apc-c-ubiquitin-ligase-in-the-nervous-system-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Tanja Fuchsberger, Ana Lloret, Jose Viña
The E3 ubiquitin ligase Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome (APC/C) regulates important processes in cells, such as the cell cycle, by targeting a set of substrates for degradation. In the last decade, APC/C has been related to several major functions in the nervous system, including axon guidance, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, and neuronal survival. Interestingly, some of the identified APC/C substrates have been related to neurodegenerative diseases. There is an accumulation of some degradation targets of APC/C in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains, which suggests a dysregulation of the protein complex in the disorder...
May 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503377/analysis-of-reca-independent-recombination-events-between-short-direct-repeats-related-to-a-genomic-island-and-to-a-plasmid-in-escherichia-coli-k12
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María F Azpiroz, Magela Laviña
RecA-independent recombination events between short direct repeats, leading to deletion of the intervening sequences, were found to occur in two genetic models in the Escherichia coli K12 background. The first model was a small E. coli genomic island which had been shown to be mobile in its strain of origin and, when cloned, also in the E. coli K12 context. However, it did not encode a site-specific recombinase as mobile genomic islands usually do. It was then deduced that the host cells should provide the recombination function...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500219/mechanisms-of-enhanced-phrenic-long-term-facilitation-in-sod1-g93a-rats
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Nicole L Nichols, Irawan Satriotomo, Latoya L Allen, Ashley M Grebe, Gordon S Mitchell
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative motor neuron disease, causing muscle paralysis and death from respiratory failure. Effective means to preserve/restore ventilation are necessary to increase the quality and duration of life in ALS patients. At disease end-stage in a rat ALS model (SOD1(G93A)), acute intermittent hypoxia (AIH) restores phrenic nerve activity to normal levels via enhanced phrenic long-term facilitation (pLTF). Mechanisms enhancing pLTF in end-stage SOD1(G93A) rats are not known...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498870/brg1-chromatin-remodeling-atpase-balances-germ-layer-patterning-by-amplifying-the-transcriptional-burst-at-midblastula-transition
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Gabriele Wagner, Nishant Singhal, Dario Nicetto, Tobias Straub, Elisabeth Kremmer, Ralph A W Rupp
Zygotic gene expression programs control cell differentiation in vertebrate development. In Xenopus, these programs are initiated by local induction of regulatory genes through maternal signaling activities in the wake of zygotic genome activation (ZGA) at the midblastula transition (MBT). These programs lay down the vertebrate body plan through gastrulation and neurulation, and are accompanied by massive changes in chromatin structure, which increasingly constrain cellular plasticity. Here we report on developmental functions for Brahma related gene 1 (Brg1), a key component of embyronic SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488209/mir-135a-regulates-synaptic-transmission-and-anxiety-like-behavior-in-amygdala
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Cecilia Mannironi, Antonio Biundo, Samyutha Rajendran, Francesca De Vito, Luana Saba, Silvia Caioli, Cristina Zona, Teresa Ciotti, Silvana Caristi, Emerald Perlas, Giorgia Del Vecchio, Irene Bozzoni, Arianna Rinaldi, Andrea Mele, Carlo Presutti
MicroRNAs are a class of non-coding RNAs with a growing relevance in the regulation of gene expression related to brain function and plasticity. They have the potential to orchestrate complex phenomena, such as the neuronal response to homeostatic challenges. We previously demonstrated the involvement of miR-135a in the regulation of early stress response. In the present study, we examine the role of miR-135a in stress-related behavior. We show that the knockdown (KD) of miR-135a in the mouse amygdala induces an increase in anxiety-like behavior...
May 9, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484388/aging-impairs-hippocampal-dependent-recognition-memory-and-ltp-and-prevents-the-associated-ryr-up-regulation
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Alejandra Arias-Cavieres, Tatiana Adasme, Gina Sánchez, Pablo Muñoz, Cecilia Hidalgo
Recognition memory comprises recollection judgment and familiarity, two different processes that engage the hippocampus and the perirhinal cortex, respectively. Previous studies have shown that aged rodents display defective recognition memory and alterations in hippocampal synaptic plasticity. We report here that young rats efficiently performed at short-term (5 min) and long-term (24 h) hippocampus-associated object-location tasks and perirhinal cortex-related novel-object recognition tasks. In contrast, aged rats successfully performed the object-location and the novel-object recognition tasks only at short-term...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482796/effects-of-cold-acclimation-on-gene-expression-in-fall-field-cricket-gryllus-pennsylvanicus-ionoregulatory-tissues
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Lauren E Des Marteaux, Alexander H McKinnon, Hiroko Udaka, Jantina Toxopeus, Brent J Sinclair
BACKGROUND: Cold tolerance is a key determinant of temperate insect distribution and performance. Chill-susceptible insects lose ion and water homeostasis during cold exposure, but prior cold acclimation improves both cold tolerance and defense of homeostasis. The mechanisms underlying these processes are mostly unknown; cold acclimation is thought to enhance ion transport in the cold and/or prevent leak of water and ions. To identify candidate mechanisms of cold tolerance plasticity we generated transcriptomes of ionoregulatory tissues (hindgut and Malpighian tubules) from Gryllus pennsylvanicus crickets and compared gene expression in warm- and cold-acclimated individuals...
May 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475476/signatures-of-cytoplasmic-proteins-in-the-exoproteome-distinguish-community-and-hospital-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-usa300-lineages
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Solomon A Mekonnen, Laura M Palma Medina, Corinna Glasner, Eleni Tsompanidou, Anne de Jong, Stefano Grasso, Marc Schaffer, Ulrike Mäder, Anders R Larsen, Heidi Gumpert, Henrik Westh, Uwe Völker, Andreas Otto, Dörte Becher, Jan Maarten van Dijl
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the common name for a heterogeneous group of highly drug-resistant staphylococci. Two major MRSA classes are distinguished based on epidemiology, namely community-associated (CA) and hospital-associated (HA) MRSA. Notably, the distinction of CA- and HA-MRSA based on molecular traits remains difficult due to the high genomic plasticity of S. aureus. Here we sought to pinpoint global distinguishing features of CA- and HA-MRSA through a comparative genome and proteome analysis of the notorious MRSA lineage USA300...
May 5, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469601/comparative-genomics-and-transcriptional-analysis-of-flavobacterium-columnare-strain-atcc-49512
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Hasan C Tekedar, Attila Karsi, Joseph S Reddy, Seong W Nho, Safak Kalindamar, Mark L Lawrence
Flavobacterium columnare is a Gram-negative fish pathogen causing columnaris disease in wild and cultured fish species. Although the pathogen is widespread in aquatic environments and fish worldwide, little is known about biology of F. columnare and mechanisms of columnaris disease pathogenesis. Previously we presented the complete genome sequence of F. columnare strain ATCC 49512. Here we present a comparison of the strain ATCC 49512 genome to four other Flavobacterium genomes. In this analysis, we identified predicted proteins whose functions indicate F...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468668/proteomic-anaysis-of-aged-microglia-shifts-in-transcription-bioenergetics-and-nutrient-response
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Antwoine Flowers, Harris Bell-Temin, Ahmad Jalloh, Stanley M Stevens, Paula C Bickford
BACKGROUND: Age is the primary risk factor for many diseases. As such, age is a critical co-factor for examination in order to understand the progression and potential intervention in disease progression. Studies examining both the phenotype and transcriptome of aged microglia demonstrated a propensity for the development of a pro-inflammatory phenotype. Less well studied is the concomitant blunting of anti-inflammatory aspects of microglial function with age which also impact plasticity and repair in the CNS...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467855/use-of-ice-nucleating-proteins-to-improve-the-performance-of-freeze-thaw-valves-in-microfluidic-devices
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Joseph C Gaiteri, W Hampton Henley, Nathan A Siegfried, Thomas H Linz, J Michael Ramsey
Currently, reliable valving on integrated microfluidic devices fabricated from rigid materials is confined to expensive and complex methods. Freeze-thaw valves (FTVs) can provide a low cost, low complexity valving mechanism, but reliable implementation of them has been greatly hindered by the lack of ice nucleation sites within the valve body's small volume. Work to date has required very low temperatures (on the order of -40 °C or colder) to induce freezing without nucleation sites, making FTVs impractical due to instrument engineering challenges...
May 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466892/the-multi-output-incoherent-feedforward-loop-constituted-by-the-transcriptional-regulators-lasr-and-rsal-confers-robustness-to-a-subset-of-quorum-sensing-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Roslen Bondí, Francesca Longo, Marco Messina, Francesca D'Angelo, Paolo Visca, Livia Leoni, Giordano Rampioni
Quorum sensing (QS) is an intercellular communication system which controls virulence-related phenotypes in the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. LasR is the QS receptor protein which responds to the signal molecule N-(3-oxododecanoyl)homoserine lactone (3OC12-HSL) and promotes signal production by increasing the transcription of the 3OC12-HSL synthase gene, lasI. LasR also activates the expression of other genes, including rsaL, coding for the RsaL protein which acts as a transcriptional repressor of lasI...
May 3, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465655/early-amd-like-defects-in-the-rpe-and-retinal-degeneration-in-aged-mice-with-rpe-specific-deletion-of-atg5-or-atg7
#18
Youwen Zhang, Samuel D Cross, James B Stanton, Alan D Marmorstein, Yun Zheng Le, Lihua Y Marmorstein
PURPOSE: To examine the effects of autophagy deficiency induced by RPE-specific deletion of Atg5 or Atg7 in mice as a function of age. METHODS: Conditional knockout mice with a floxed allele of Atg5 or Atg7 were crossed with inducible VMD2-rtTA/Cre transgenic mice. VMD2-directed RPE-specific Cre recombinase expression was induced with doxycycline feeding in the resulting mice. Cre-mediated deletion of floxed Atg5 or Atg7 resulted in RPE-specific inactivation of the Atg5 or Atg7 gene...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460279/overexpression-of-a-tartary-buckwheat-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-gene-ftmyb9-enhances-tolerance-to-drought-and-salt-stresses-in-transgenic-arabidopsis
#19
Fei Gao, Jing Zhou, Ren-Yu Deng, Hai-Xia Zhao, Cheng-Lei Li, Hui Chen, Tatsuro Suzuki, Sang-Un Park, Qi Wu
Tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) is a traditional coarse cereal that exhibits strong plasticity in its adaptation to harsh and complicated environmental stresses. In an attempt to study the strong tolerance of tartary buckwheat, the FtMYB9 gene, which encodes an R2R3-MYB transcription factor protein, was functionally investigated. FtMYB9 expression was rapidly and strongly induced by ABA, cold, salt, and drought treatments in the seedling stage. A yeast one-hybrid system assay indicated that FtMYB9 is an activator of transcriptional activity, consistent with its roles as a transcription factor...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458806/the-contribution-of-neuromuscular-stimulation-in-elucidating-muscle-plasticity-revisited
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REVIEW
Dirk Pette, Gerta Vrbová
Studies carried out during the past 45 years on the effects of chronic low-frequency stimulation on skeletal muscle have revealed a multiplicity of adaptive changes of muscle fibres in response to increased activity. As reflected by induced changes in the metabolic properties, protein profiles of the contractile machinery and elements of the Ca(2+)-regulatory system, all essential components of the muscle fibre undergo pronounced changes in their properties that ultimately lead to their reversible transformation from fast-to-slow phenotype...
February 24, 2017: European Journal of Translational Myology
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