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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334467/robot-assisted-upper-extremity-rehabilitation-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-a-systematic-scoping-review
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Hardeep Singh, Janelle Unger, José Zariffa, Maureen Pakosh, Susan Jaglal, B Catharine Craven, Kristin E Musselman
Abstact Purpose: To provide an overview of the feasibility and outcomes of robotic-assisted upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), and to identify gaps in current research and articulate future research directions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted using Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, CCTR, CDSR, CINAHL and PubMed on June 7, 2017. Search terms included 3 themes: (1) robotics; (2) SCI; (3) upper extremity. Studies using robots for upper extremity rehabilitation among individuals with cervical SCI were included...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334373/prevention-of-tuberculosis-in-rhesus-macaques-by-a-cytomegalovirus-based-vaccine
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Scott G Hansen, Daniel E Zak, Guangwu Xu, Julia C Ford, Emily E Marshall, Daniel Malouli, Roxanne M Gilbride, Colette M Hughes, Abigail B Ventura, Emily Ainslie, Kurt T Randall, Andrea N Selseth, Parker Rundstrom, Lauren Herlache, Matthew S Lewis, Haesun Park, Shannon L Planer, John M Turner, Miranda Fischer, Christina Armstrong, Robert C Zweig, Joseph Valvo, Jackie M Braun, Smitha Shankar, Lenette Lu, Andrew W Sylwester, Alfred W Legasse, Martin Messerle, Michael A Jarvis, Lynn M Amon, Alan Aderem, Galit Alter, Dominick J Laddy, Michele Stone, Aurelio Bonavia, Thomas G Evans, Michael K Axthelm, Klaus Früh, Paul T Edlefsen, Louis J Picker
Despite widespread use of the bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of global mortality from a single infectious agent (Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Mtb). Here, over two independent Mtb challenge studies, we demonstrate that subcutaneous vaccination of rhesus macaques (RMs) with rhesus cytomegalovirus vectors encoding Mtb antigen inserts (hereafter referred to as RhCMV/TB)-which elicit and maintain highly effector-differentiated, circulating and tissue-resident Mtb-specific CD4+ and CD8+ memory T cell responses-can reduce the overall (pulmonary and extrapulmonary) extent of Mtb infection and disease by 68%, as compared to that in unvaccinated controls, after intrabronchial challenge with the Erdman strain of Mtb at ∼1 year after the first vaccination...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334315/interplay-between-p53-and-ink4c-in-spermatogenesis-and-fertility
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Hassan Zalzali, Wisam Rabeh, Omar Najjar, Rami Abi Ammar, Mohamad Harajly, Raya Saab
The tumor suppressor p53, and the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor Ink4c, have been both implicated in spermatogenesis control. Both p53-/- and Ink4c-/- single knockout male mice are fertile, despite testicular hypertrophy, Leydig cell differentiation defect, and increased sperm count in Ink4c-/- males. To investigate their collaborative roles, we studied p53-/- Ink4c-/- dual knockout animals, and found that male p53-/- Ink4c-/- mice have profoundly reduced fertility. Dual knockout male mice show a marked decrease in sperm count, abnormal sperm morphology and motility, prolongation of spermatozoa proliferation and delay of meiosis entry, and accumulation of DNA damage...
January 15, 2018: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333781/-research-progress-on-the-relationship-between-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1-and-2-and-malignant-tumors
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Yang Yun, Wu Wuchao, Wu Yafei, Zhao Lei
Increasing scientific evidence supports the positive relationship between inflammation and cancer development. The immune response initiated by pattern recognition receptors is critical to triggering of tumor-associated inflammation. Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM) is an immunoglobulin of the super transmembrane glycoprotein family, which is mainly expressed on select groups of myeloid cells. The most important members of TREM comprise TREM-1 and TREM-2. Activation of TREM-1 and TREM-2 signaling is initiated upon binding of their ligands...
December 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332944/fungal-pathogenesis-wheat-stem-rust-effectors-revealed
#5
Ursula Hofer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332937/improving-immune-vascular-crosstalk-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Yuhui Huang, Betty Y S Kim, Charles K Chan, Stephen M Hahn, Irving L Weissman, Wen Jiang
The vasculature of tumours is highly abnormal and dysfunctional. Consequently, immune effector cells have an impaired ability to penetrate solid tumours and often exhibit compromised functions. Normalization of the tumour vasculature can enhance tissue perfusion and improve immune effector cell infiltration, leading to immunotherapy potentiation. However, recent studies have demonstrated that the stimulation of immune cell functions can also help to normalize tumour vessels. In this Opinion article, we propose that the reciprocal regulation between tumour vascular normalization and immune reprogramming forms a reinforcing loop that reconditions the tumour immune microenvironment to induce durable antitumour immunity...
January 15, 2018: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332565/beyond-the-lock-and-key-paradigm-targeting-lipid-rafts-to-induce-the-selective-apoptosis-of-cancer-cells
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Anna Carolina Schneider Alves, Reinaldo Antonio Dias, Luciano Porto Kagami, Gustavo Machado das Neves, Fernando Cidade Torres, Vera Lucia Eifler-Lima, Ivone Carvalho, Carolina de Miranda Silva, Daniel Fabio Kawano
For more than 40 years, the fluid mosaic model of cellular membranes have supported our vision of an inert lipid bilayer containing membrane protein receptors that are randomly hit by extracellular molecules to trigger intracellular signaling events. However, the notion that compartmentalized cholesterol- and sphingomyelin-rich membrane microdomains (known as lipid rafts) spatially arrange receptors and effectors to promote kinetically favorable interactions necessary for the signal transduction sounds much more realistic...
January 10, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332310/advances-and-current-challenges-in-calcium-signaling
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REVIEW
Jörg Kudla, Dirk Becker, Erwin Grill, Rainer Hedrich, Michael Hippler, Ursula Kummer, Martin Parniske, Tina Romeis, Karin Schumacher
Content I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII VIII IX X XI ORCID References SUMMARY: Temporally and spatially defined changes in Ca2+ concentration in distinct compartments of cells represent a universal information code in plants. Recently, it has become evident that Ca2+ signals not only govern intracellular regulation but also appear to contribute to long distance or even organismic signal propagation and physiological response regulation. Ca2+ signals are shaped by an intimate interplay of channels and transporters, and during past years important contributing individual components have been identified and characterized...
January 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332281/programmed-cell-death-in-plants-an-overview
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Vittoria Locato, Laura De Gara
Programmed cell death (PCD) is a controlled mechanism that eliminates specific cells under developmental or environmental stimuli. All organisms-from bacteria to multicellular eukaryotes-have the ability to induce PCD in selected cells. Although this process was first identified in plants, the interest in deciphering the signaling pathways leading to PCD strongly increased when evidence came to light that PCD may be involved in several human diseases. In plants, PCD activation ensures the correct occurrence of growth and developmental processes, among which embryogenesis and differentiation of tracheary elements...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331956/adenosine-production-by-biomaterial-supported-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-reduces-the-innate-inflammatory-response-in-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Eric Y Shin, Lanfang Wang, Marina Zemskova, Juline Deppen, Kai Xu, Frederick Strobel, Andrés J García, Rabindra Tirouvanziam, Rebecca D Levit
BACKGROUND: During myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury, there is extensive release of immunogenic metabolites that activate cells of the innate immune system. These include ATP and AMP, which upregulate chemotaxis, migration, and effector function of early infiltrating inflammatory cells. These cells subsequently drive further tissue devitalization. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are a potential treatment modality for MI/R because of their powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities; however, the manner in which they regulate the acute inflammatory milieu requires further elucidation...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331587/il-23-il-17-immune-axis-in-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-exploring-newer-vistas-for-understanding-pathobiology-and-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Monojit Debnath, Madhu Nagappa, Geetanjali Murari, Arun B Taly
Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a severe disorder of the peripheral nervous system with an inadequately known etiopathology. It is a post infectious immune mediated disorder, characterized by autoantibody production, complement activation as well as T reactivity against gangliosides. However, the precise etiopathogenesis remains poorly understood in a majority of the patients. Th17 cells, a recently identified lineage of Th cells have emerged as a predominant inducer of autoimmunity and inflammation in various immunological disorders...
January 10, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331581/identification-and-characterization-of-arginine-finger-like-motifs-and-endosome-lysosome-basolateral-sorting-signals-within-ectopically-expressed-cira-a-coxiella-burnetii-type-iv-secreted-effector-protein
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Mary M Weber, Robert Faris, Erin J van Schaik, James E Samuel
Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that replicates in an endolysosome-like compartment termed the Coxiella-containing vacuole (CCV). Formation of this unique replicative niche requires delivery of bacterial effector proteins into the host cytosol where they mediate crucial interactions with the host. We previously identified an essential Dot/Icm effector, CirA that is required for intracellular replication and CCV formation. Furthermore, CirA was shown to stimulate the GTPase activity of RhoA in vitro...
January 10, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331375/xanthomonas-tal-effectors-hijack-host-basal-transcription-factor-iia-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-subunits-for-invasion
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Ling Ma, Qiang Wang, Meng Yuan, Tingting Zou, Ping Yin, Shiping Wang
The Xanthomonas genus includes Gram-negative plant-pathogenic bacteria, which infect a broad range of crops and wild plant species, cause symptoms with leaf blights, streaks, spots, stripes, necrosis, wilt, cankers and gummosis on leaves, stems and fruits in a wide variety of plants via injecting their effector proteins into the host cell during infection. Among these virulent effectors, transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) interact with the γ subunit of host transcription factor IIA (TFIIAγ) to activate the transcription of host disease susceptibility genes...
January 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330918/leptosphaeria-maculans-avrlm9-a-new-player-in-the-game-of-hide-and-seek-with-avrlm4-7
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Kaveh Ghanbarnia, Lisong Ma, Nicholas J Larkan, Parham Haddadi, W G Dilantha Fernando, M Hossein Borhan
Blackleg disease of Brassica napus caused by Leptosphaeria maculans (Lm) is largely controlled by deploying race-specific resistance (R) genes. However, selection pressure exerted by R genes causes Lm to adapt and give rise to new virulent strains through mutation and deletion of effector genes. Therefore, knowledge of effector gene function is necessary for effective management of the disease. Here we report cloning of Lm effector AvrLm9 that is recognised by the resistance gene Rlm9 in B. napus cultivar Goéland...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330859/differential-effects-of-phototherapy-adalimumab-and-betamethasone-calcipotriol-on-effector-and-regulatory-t-cells-in-psoriasis
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I S Kotb, B J Lewis, R N Barker, A D Ormerod
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic T cell-mediated skin disease with marked social and economic burdens. Current treatments are unsatisfactory, with unpredictable remission times and incompletely understood modes of action. Recent advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis of psoriasis identify the imbalance between CD4+ T effector cells, particularly the T helper (Th) 17 subset, and regulatory T cells (Treg) as key to the development of psoriatic lesions, and therefore a novel therapeutic target...
January 12, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330799/hypoxia-signaling-and-placental-adaptations
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Damayanti Chakraborty, Regan L Scott, Michael J Soares
Oxygen is an essential nutrient for cells. Oxygen is delivered to tissues via red blood cells through the vasculature. Molecular mechanisms mediating cellular responses to low oxygen tension have been identified. Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) are activated by low oxygen and promote transcriptional regulation of downstream effector genes, which lead to cellular adaptations. Controlled hypoxia exposure is utilized as an experimental tool to investigate biological processes, regulating cellular adaptations...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330773/mechanistic-regulation-of-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-through-ras-signaling-pathway-and-therapeutic-implications-in-human-cancer
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REVIEW
Kiran Tripathi, Minal Garg
RAS effector signaling instead of being simple, unidirectional and linear cascade, is actually recognized as highly complex and dynamic signaling network. RAF-MEK-ERK cascade, being at the center of complex signaling network, links to multiple scaffold proteins through feed forward and feedback mechanisms and dynamically regulate tumor initiation and progression. Three isoforms of Ras harbor mutations in a cell and tissue specific manner. Besides mutations, their epigenetic silencing also attributes them to exhibit oncogenic activities...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330324/betaine-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-inhibiting-dendritic-cell-derived-il-6-production-and-th17-differentiation
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Cuixia Yang, Weiming Lai, Jinfeng Zhou, Xinyuan Zheng, Yingying Cai, Wanjie Yang, Sirong Xie, Yuan Gao, Changsheng Du
IL-17-secreting T cells (Th17 cells) play a pathogenic role in multiple autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), and dendritic cell (DC)-derived cytokines play pivotal roles in promoting the differentiation of naive CD4+ T cells into Th cell subsets (Th1 and Th17). Therefore, small molecules blocking the key cytokines produced by DCs will be beneficial in MS. In this article, we report that betaine treatment ameliorates MS pathogenesis by inhibiting DC-derived IL-6 production and Th17 differentiation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330321/osteopontin-promotes-protective-antigenic-tolerance-against-experimental-allergic-airway-disease
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Themis Alissafi, Evangelia Kourepini, Davina C M Simoes, Nikolaos Paschalidis, Maria Aggelakopoulou, Tim Sparwasser, Louis Boon, Hamida Hammad, Bart N Lambrecht, Vily Panoutsakopoulou
In the context of inflammation, osteopontin (Opn) is known to promote effector responses, facilitating a proinflammatory environment; however, its role during antigenic tolerance induction is unknown. Using a mouse model of asthma, we investigated the role of Opn during antigenic tolerance induction and its effects on associated regulatory cellular populations prior to disease initiation. Our experiments demonstrate that Opn drives protective antigenic tolerance by inducing accumulation of IFN-β-producing plasmacytoid dendritic cells, as well as regulatory T cells, in mediastinal lymph nodes...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330095/crosstalk-between-rac1-mediated-actin-regulation-and-ros-production
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REVIEW
Alejandro Acevedo, Christian González-Billault
The small RhoGTPase Rac1 is implicated in a variety of events related to actin cytoskeleton rearrangement. Remarkably, another event that is completely different from those related to actin regulation has the same relevance; the Rac1-mediated production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) through NADPH oxidases (NOX). Each outcome involves different Rac1 downstream effectors; on one hand, events related to the actin cytoskeleton require Rac1 to bind to WAVEs proteins and PAKs that ultimately promote actin branching and turnover, on the other, NOX-derived ROS production demands active Rac1 to be bound to a cytosolic activator of NOX...
January 9, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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