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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226225/thymic-epithelial-cells
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Jakub Abramson, Graham Anderson
IntrathymicTcell development is a complex process that depends upon continuous guidance from thymus stromal cell microenvironments. The thymic epithelium within the thymic stroma comprises highly specialized cells with a high degree of anatomic, phenotypic, and functional heterogeneity. These properties are collectively required to bias thymocyte development toward production of self-tolerant and functionally competent T cells. The importance of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) is evidenced by clear links between their dysfunction and multiple diseases where autoimmunity and immunodeficiency are major components...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223275/vascular-cxcr4-expression-promotes-vessel-sprouting-and-sensitivity-to-sorafenib-treatment-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Jing Xu, Jing Liang, Ya-Ming Meng, Jing Yan, Xin-Juan Yu, Chao-Qun Liu, Li Xu, Shi-Mei Zhuang, Limin Zheng
PURPOSE: Chemokine receptor CXCR4 is known to be involved in both developmental and adult angiogenesis; however, its role in tumor angiogenesis remains largely unknown. Here the role of vascular CXCR4 in regulating vascular structure in HCC was assessed and the clinical value of CXCR4 was explored. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The expression of CXCR4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was determined by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. Characteristics of CXCR4+ cells were determined by in vitro and mice experiments...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219888/cd74-deficiency-mitigates-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-like-autoimmunity-and-pathological-findings-in-mice
#3
Yi Zhou, Huimei Chen, Li Liu, Xueqing Yu, Galina K Sukhova, Min Yang, Lijun Zhang, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos, Isaac E Stillman, Takaharu Ichimura, Joseph V Bonventre, Peter Libby, Guo-Ping Shi
CD74 mediates MHC class-II antigenic peptide loading and presentation and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus. C57BL/6 Fas(lpr) mice that develop spontaneous lupus-like autoimmunity and pathology showed elevated CD74 expression in the inflammatory cell infiltrates and the adjacent tubular epithelial cells (TECs) in kidneys affected by lupus nephritis but negligible levels in kidneys from age-matched wild-type mice. The inflammatory cytokine IFN-γ or IL-6 induced CD74 expression in kidney TECs in vitro...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213012/evaluating-and-improving-terminal-hygiene-practices-on-broiler-farms-to-prevent-campylobacter-cross-contamination-between-flocks
#4
Tara Battersby, D Walsh, P Whyte, D Bolton
The objectives of this study were to evaluate current cleaning practices in broiler houses by testing a range of sites after cleaning and disinfection and to test the efficacy of the most commonly used methods in a commercial broiler house after flock harvesting. Cleaning procedures on 20 broiler houses (10 separate farms) were examined by testing a range of sampling points (feeders, drinkers, walls, etc.) for total viable count (TVC), total Enterobacteriaceae count (TEC) and Campylobacter spp. after cleaning and disinfection, using culture based methods...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194065/adverse-events-during-apheresis-procedures-audit-at-a-tertiary-hospital
#5
Kanchan Dogra, Parag Fulzele, Diptiranjan Rout, Rahul Chaurasia, Poonam Coshic, Kabita Chatterjee
Apheretic platelets are better quality blood components which reduce donor exposure and chances of TTIs to transfusion recipients when compared to the whole blood derived components. Though safe, these apheretic donations are associated with donor adverse events. We evaluated the incidence of such adverse events associated with the modern apheresis procedures that would provide an insight as well as help formulating preventive steps to avoid frequent occurrences of such events. This prospective audit-based observational study was conducted over 1 year...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170174/transplantation-of-donor-origin-mouse-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-thymic-epithelial-progenitors-prevents-the-development-of-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease-in-mice
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Rong Hu, Yalan Liu, Min Su, Yinhong Song, Debra Rood, Laijun Lai
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a potentially curative therapy for many malignant and nonmalignant diseases. However, chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) remains a significant cause of late morbidity and mortality after allogeneic HSCT. cGVHD often manifests as autoimmune syndrome. Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) play a critical role in supporting negative selection and regulatory T-cell (Treg) generation. Studies have shown that damage in TECs is sufficient to induce cGVHD...
January 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163181/treatment-of-an-aortic-arch-aneurysm-with-scalloped-and-fenestrated-thoracic-stent-graft-and-left-carotid-to-subclavian-artery-bypass
#7
Cheow Soon Chia, Luke Tay Hsien Tsung, John Wang Chaw Chian, Tze Tec Chong, Kiang Hiong Tay, Edward Choke Tieng Chek
We report a successful treatment of thoracic arch aneurysm using a combination of hybrid approach and a customized stent graft in a frail patient with challenging anatomy and concomitant large retrosternal goiter. The patient is an 82-year-old lady with multiple comorbidities who presented to her general practitioner for anorexia and significant weight loss. She was incidentally found to have a 6.6 cm saccular distal aortic arch aneurysm, a 5.5 cm infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm, and a large goiter adjacent to the left common carotid artery with retrosternal extension...
February 2, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158249/rb-inactivation-in-keratin-18-positive-thymic-epithelial-cells-promotes-non-cell-autonomous-t-cell-hyperproliferation-in-genetically-engineered-mice
#8
Yurong Song, Teresa Sullivan, Kimberly Klarmann, Debra Gilbert, T Norene O'Sullivan, Lucy Lu, Sophie Wang, Diana C Haines, Terry Van Dyke, Jonathan R Keller
Thymic epithelial cells (TEC), as part of thymic stroma, provide essential growth factors/cytokines and self-antigens to support T cell development and selection. Deletion of Rb family proteins in adult thymic stroma leads to T cell hyperplasia in vivo. To determine whether deletion of Rb specifically in keratin (K) 18 positive TEC was sufficient for thymocyte hyperplasia, we conditionally inactivated Rb and its family members p107 and p130 in K18+ TEC in genetically engineered mice (TgK18GT121; K18 mice). We found that thymocyte hyperproliferation was induced in mice with Rb inactivation in K18+ TEC, while normal T cell development was maintained; suggesting that inactivation of Rb specifically in K18+ TEC was sufficient and responsible for the phenotype...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140694/genotoxic-and-hematological-effects-of-chlorpyrifos-exposure-on-freshwater-fish-labeo-rohita
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Muhammad Ismail, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Shahid, Muhammad Asaf Khan, Muhammad Zubair, Tayyaba Ali, Qaiser Mahmood Khan
Chlorpyrifos is a commonly used organophosphate insecticide that causes toxicological effects in aquatic organisms especially in fish. This study determined the effects of chlorpyrifos on the genotoxic and hematological parameters of freshwater fish, Labeo rohita. The genotoxic effects of different sublethal concentrations of chlorpyrifos were investigated in the erythrocytes of Labeo rohita (commonly known as Rohu) using the Micronucleus test. Effects of chlorpyrifos on the hematological parameters of the fish were also observed...
January 31, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140585/discovery-of-2-3-acrylamido-4-methylphenyl-amino-n-2-methyl-5-3-4-5-trimethoxybenzamido-phenyl-4-methylamino-pyrimidine-5-carboxamide-chmfl-bmx-078-as-a-highly-potent-and-selective-type-ii-irreversible-bone-marrow-kinase-in-the-x-chromosome-bmx-kinase-inhibitor
#10
Xiaofei Liang, Fengchao Lv, Beilei Wang, Kailin Yu, Hong Wu, Ziping Qi, Zongru Jiang, Cheng Chen, Aoli Wang, Weili Miao, Wenchao Wang, Zhenquan Hu, Juan Liu, Xiaochuan Liu, Zheng Zhao, Li Wang, Shanchun Zhang, Zi Ye, Chu Wang, Tao Ren, Yinsheng Wang, Qingsong Liu, Jing Liu
BMX is a member of TEC family non-receptor tyrosine kinase and is involved in a variety of critical physiological and pathological processes. Through combination of irreversible inhibitor design and type II inhibitor design approaches, we have discovered a highly selective and potent type II irreversible BMX kinase inhibitor compound 41 (CHMFL-BMX-078), which exhibited an IC50 of 11 nM by formation of a covalent bond with cysteine 496 residue in the DFG-out inactive conformation of BMX. It displayed a high selectivity profile (S score(1)=0...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135803/remote-eye-care-screening-for-rural-veterans-with-technology-based-eye-care-services-a-quality-improvement-project
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April Y Maa, Barbara Wojciechowski, Kelly Hunt, Clara Dismuke, Rabeea Janjua, Mary G Lynch
CONTEXT: Veterans are at high risk for eye disease because of age and comorbid conditions. Access to eye care is challenging within the entire Veterans Hospital Administration's network of hospitals and clinics in the USA because it is the third busiest outpatient clinical service and growing at a rate of 9% per year. ISSUE: Rural and highly rural veterans face many more barriers to accessing eye care because of distance, cost to travel, and difficulty finding care in the community as many live in medically underserved areas...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132876/study-protocol-the-technology-enhanced-coaching-tec-program-to-improve-diabetes-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Michele Heisler, Rebecca Mase, Brianne Brown, Shayla Wilson, Pamela J Reeves
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 27, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117986/sequence-controlled-glycopolymers-via-step-growth-polymerization-of-precision-glycomacromolecules-for-lectin-receptor-clustering
#13
Christoph Gerke, Morten F Ebbesen, Dennis Jansen, Sophia Boden, Tanja Freichel, Laura Hartmann
A versatile approach for the synthesis of sequence-controlled multiblock copolymers, using a combination of solid phase synthesis and step-growth polymerization by photoinduced thiol-ene coupling (TEC) is presented. Following this strategy, a series of sequence-controlled glycopolymers is derived from the polymerization of a hydrophilic spacer macromonomer and different glycomacromonomers bearing between one to five α-d-Mannose (Man) ligands. Through the solid phase assembly of the macromonomers, the number and positioning of spacer and sugar moieties is controlled and translates into the sequence-control of the final polymer...
February 8, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112815/how-to-implement-therapeutic-evaluative-conditioning-in-a-clinical-setting
#14
Joseph C Franklin, Kathryn R Fox, Jessica D Ribeiro
Self-injurious behaviors (SIBs), including both suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury, are major public health problems that have been on the rise in recent decades. There are few effective SIB interventions, and those that are effective cannot reach most people who are in need of help-that is, these interventions are not scalable. To address this need, we recently developed a scalable, app-based treatment called Therapeutic Evaluative Conditioning (TEC) that preliminary studies have shown causes reductions in SIBs (Franklin et al...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108558/irf4-expression-in-thymic-epithelium-is-critical-for-thymic-regulatory-t-cell-homeostasis
#15
Uku Haljasorg, James Dooley, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand, Rudolf Bichele, Adrian Liston, Pärt Peterson
The thymus is a primary lymphoid organ required for the induction and maintenance of central tolerance. The main function of the thymus is to generate an immunocompetent set of T cells not reactive to self. During negative selection in the thymus, thymocytes with autoreactive potential are either deleted or differentiated into regulatory T cells (Tregs). The molecular basis by which the thymus allows high-efficiency Treg induction remains largely unknown. In this study, we report that IFN regulatory factor 4 (Irf4) is highly expressed in murine thymic epithelium and is required to prime thymic epithelial cells (TEC) for effective Treg induction...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102640/activated-macrophages-as-key-mediators-of-capsule-formation-on-adipose-constructs-in-tissue-engineering-chamber-models
#16
Weiqing Zhan, Feng Lu
In plastic and reconstructive field, it would be much beneficial to fabricate an engineered adipose tissue substitute allowing reliable and complete fat tissue regeneration. Tissue engineering chamber (TEC) holds the promise to optimize an adipogenic configuration that is efficacious as well as reproducible. A frequently occurring complication involves the adipose tissue flap encapsulation and, effectively, its shielding, by a thick fibrous membrane, which hinders development into the proliferative stage. The reason for the deposition of the collagen capsule remains unclear...
January 19, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100499/gremlin1-plays-a-key-role-in-kidney-development-and-renal-fibrosis
#17
Rachel H Church, Imran Ali, Mitchel Tate, Deborah Lavin, Arjun Krishnakumar, Helena M Kok, Roel Goldschmeding, Finian Martin, Derek Brazil
Grem1, an antagonist of bone morphogenetic proteins, plays a key role in embryogenesis. A highly specific temporospatial gradient of Grem1 and BMP signalling is critical to normal lung, kidney and limb development. Grem1 levels are increased in renal fibrotic conditions including acute kidney injury, diabetic nephropathy, chronic allograft nephropathy and immune glomerulonephritis. A small number of grem1-/- whole body knockout mice on a mixed genetic background (8 %) are viable, with a single, enlarged left kidney and grossly normal histology...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092892/deformation-of-erythroblasts-in-transient-erythroblastopenia-of-childhood-caused-by-hhv-6
#18
Akira Ogawa, Ryu Yanagisawa
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072432/closed-vitrification-system-as-a-platform-for-cryopreservation-of-tissue-engineered-constructs
#19
N A Trufanova, V S Zaikov, A V Zinchenko, A Yu Petrenko, Y A Petrenko
BACKGROUND: Cryopreservation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and MSCs-based tissue engineered constructs (TECs) is a promising strategy for regenerative medicine. OBJECTIVE: To examine vitrification system consisting of multicomponent vitreous solution, closed type container, human adult MSCs and two-step exposure procedure as a platform for cryopreservation of MSCs-based TECs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Vitrification properties of solutions were studied by visual analysis and calorimetry...
November 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046079/quantifying-the-carbon-balance-of-forest-restoration-and-wildfire-under-projected-climate-in-the-fire-prone-southwestern-us
#20
Matthew D Hurteau
Climate projections for the southwestern US suggest a warmer, drier future and have the potential to impact forest carbon (C) sequestration and post-fire C recovery. Restoring forest structure and surface fire regimes initially decreases total ecosystem carbon (TEC), but can stabilize the remaining C by moderating wildfire behavior. Previous research has demonstrated that fire maintained forests can store more C over time than fire suppressed forests in the presence of wildfire. However, because the climate future is uncertain, I sought to determine the efficacy of forest management to moderate fire behavior and its effect on forest C dynamics under current and projected climate...
2017: PloS One
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