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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351662/the-versatile-tanycyte-a-hypothalamic-integrator-of-reproduction-and-energy-metabolism
#1
Vincent Prevot, Bénédicte Dehouck, Ariane Sharif, Philippe Ciofi, Paolo Giacobini, Jerome Clasadonte
The fertility and survival of an individual rely on the ability of the periphery to promptly, effectively and reproducibly communicate with brain neural networks that control reproduction, food intake and energy homeostasis. Tanycytes, a specialized glial cell type lining the wall of the third ventricle in the median eminence of the hypothalamus, appear to act as the linchpin of these processes by dynamically controlling the secretion of neuropeptides into the portal vasculature by hypothalamic neurons and regulating blood-brain and blood-cerebrospinal fluid exchanges, both processes that depend on the ability of these cells to adapt their morphology to the physiological state of the individual...
January 17, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351660/behavior-change-is-not-one-size-fits-all-psychosocial-phenotypes-of-childhood-obesity-prevention-intervention-participants
#2
Marissa Burgermaster, Isobel Contento, Pamela Koch, Lena Mamykina
Variability in individuals' responses to interventions may contribute to small average treatment effects of childhood obesity prevention interventions. But, neither the causes of this individual variability nor the mechanism by which it influences behavior are clear. We used qualitative methods to characterize variability in students' responses to participating in a childhood obesity prevention intervention and psychosocial characteristics related to the behavior change process. We interviewed 18 students participating in a school-based curriculum and policy behavior change intervention...
January 17, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351644/the-role-of-skeletal-muscle-in-the-pathophysiology-and-management-of-knee-osteoarthritis
#3
Priathashini Krishnasamy, Michelle Hall, Sarah R Robbins
The role of skeletal muscle in the pathophysiology of knee OA is poorly understood. To date, the majority of literature has focused on the association of muscle strength with OA symptoms, disease onset and progression. However, deficits or improvements in skeletal muscle strength do not fully explain the mechanisms behind outcome measures in knee OA, such as pain, function and structural disease. This review aims to summarize components of skeletal muscle, providing a holistic view of skeletal muscle mechanisms that includes muscle function, quality and composition and their interactions...
January 16, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351633/evolutionary-genetics-of-cytoplasmic-incompatibility-genes-cifa-and-cifb-in-prophage-wo-of-wolbachia
#4
Amelia R I Lindsey, Danny W Rice, Sarah R Bordenstein, Andrew W Brooks, Seth R Bordenstein, Irene L G Newton
The bacterial endosymbiont Wolbachia manipulates arthropod reproduction to facilitate its maternal spread through host populations. The most common manipulation is cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI): Wolbachia-infected males produce modified sperm that cause embryonic mortality, unless rescued by embryos harboring the same Wolbachia. The genes underlying CI, cifA and cifB, were recently identified in the eukaryotic association module of Wolbachia's prophage WO. Here, we use transcriptomic and genomic approaches to address three important evolutionary facets of the cif genes...
January 17, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351622/antimicrobial-peptide-resistance-mechanism-contributes-to-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
#5
Gordon Y C Cheung, Emilie L Fisher, Joshua W McCausland, Justin Choi, John W M Collins, Seth W Dickey, Michael Otto
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) constitute an important part of innate host defense. Possibly limiting the therapeutic potential of AMPs is the fact that bacteria have developed AMP resistance mechanisms during their co-evolution with humans. However, there is no direct evidence that AMP resistance per se is important during an infection. Here we show that the Staphylococcus aureus Pmt ABC transporter defends the bacteria from killing by important human AMPs and elimination by human neutrophils. By showing that Pmt contributes to virulence during skin infection in an AMP-dependent manner, we provide evidence that AMP resistance plays a key role in bacterial infection...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351619/repairing-folding-defective-%C3%AE-sarcoglycan-mutants-by-cftr-correctors-a-potential-therapy-for-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2d
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Marcello Carotti, Justine Marsolier, Michela Soardi, Elisa Bianchini, Chiara Gomiero, Chiara Fecchio, Sara F Henriques, Romeo Betto, Roberta Sacchetto, Isabelle Richard, Dorianna Sandonà
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy type 2D (LGMD2D) is a rare autosomal-recessive disease, affecting striated muscle, due to mutation of SGCA, the gene coding for α-sarcoglycan. Nowadays more than 50 different SGCA missense mutations have been reported. They are supposed to impact folding and trafficking of α-sarcoglycan because the defective polypeptide, although potentially functional, is recognized and disposed of by the quality control of the cell. The secondary reduction of α-sarcoglycan partners, β-, γ- and δ-sarcoglycan, disrupts a key membrane complex that, associated to dystrophin, contributes to assure sarcolemma stability during muscle contraction...
January 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351616/deficient-glucagon-response-to-hypoglycemia-during-a-mixed-meal-in-total-pancreatectomy-islet-autotransplantation-recipients
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L D Bogachus, M D Bellin, A Vella, R P Robertson
Context: Total pancreatectomy and intrahepatic islet autotransplantation (TP/IAT) is performed to alleviate severe abdominal pain, avoid narcotic use, maintain islet function, and avoid diabetes in patients with chronic pancreatitis. However, many TP/IAT recipients complain of post-prandial hypoglycemia. Objective: This study was designed to discover mechanisms of this problem. Design: Participants consumed a triple-isotope mixed meal. Setting: Hospital research unit...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351614/a-membrane-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient-for-sex-differences-in-zebra-finch-auditory-coding
#8
Amanda A Krentzel, Matheus Macedo-Lima, Maaya Z Ikeda, Luke Remage-Healey
Estradiol acts as a neuromodulator in brain regions important for cognition and sensory processing. Estradiol also shapes brain sex differences, but rarely have these concepts been considered simultaneously. In male and female songbirds, estradiol rapidly increases within the auditory forebrain during song exposure and enhances local auditory processing. We tested whether GPER1, a membrane bound estrogen receptor, is necessary and sufficient for neuroestrogen regulation of forebrain auditory processing in male and female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
January 17, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351607/sector-wide-or-disease-specific-implications-of-trends-in-development-assistance-for-health-for-the-sdg-era
#9
Anne L Buffardi
The record of the Millennium Development Goals broadly reflects the trade-offs of disease-specific financing: substantial progress in particular areas, facilitated by time-bound targets that are easy to measure and communicate, which shifted attention and resources away from other areas, masked inequalities and exacerbated fragmentation. In many ways, the Sustainable Development Goals reflect a profound shift towards a more holistic, system-wide approach. To inform responses to this shift, this article builds upon existing work on aggregate trends in donor financing, bringing together what have largely been disparate analyses of sector-wide and disease-specific financing approaches...
January 16, 2018: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351606/analysis-of-metal-tolerance-in-rhizobium-leguminosarum-strains-isolated-from-an-ultramafic-soil
#10
Laura Rubio-Sanz, Belén Brito, Jose Palacios
Natural habitats containing high amounts of heavy metals provide a valuable source of bacteria adapted to deal with metal toxicity. A functional analysis of the population of legume endosymbiotic bacteria in an ultramafic soil was undertaken by studying a collection of Rhizobium leguminosarum bv viciae (Rlv) isolates obtained using pea as trap plant. One of the isolates, Rlv UPM1137, was selected on the basis of its higher tolerance to nickel and cobalt and presence of inducible mechanisms for such tolerance...
January 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351596/freedom-solo%C3%A2-versus-trifecta%C3%A2-bioprostheses-clinical-and-haemodynamic-evaluation-after-propensity-score-matching
#11
Rui J Cerqueira, Renata Raimundo, Soraia Moreira, Francisca A Saraiva, Marta Andrade, Elson Salgueiro, Jorge Almeida, Mário Jorge Amorim, Paulo Pinho, André P Lourenço, Adelino Leite-Moreira
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to compare the stentless Freedom Solo® (FS) and the stented Trifecta® (TF) aortic bioprostheses with regard to haemodynamic profile, left ventricular mass regression and early and late postoperative outcomes and survival. METHODS: A longitudinal cohort study of consecutive patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (2009-16) with either the FS or TF at 1 centre was performed. Local databases and national records were queried...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351580/maternal-nutrient-restriction-impairs-young-adult-offspring-ovarian-signaling-resulting-in-reproductive-dysfunction-and-follicle-loss
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K A Chan, P A Jazwiec, W Gohir, J J Petrik, D M Sloboda
Reproductive abnormalities are included as health complications in offspring exposed to poor prenatal nutrition. We have previously shown in a rodent model, that offspring born to nutrient restriction during pregnancy are born small, enter puberty early, and display characteristics of early ovarian aging as adults. The present study investigated whether key proteins involved in follicle recruitment and growth mediate ovarian follicle loss. Pregnant rats were randomized to: a standard diet throughout pregnancy and lactation (CON), or a calorie-restricted (50% of control) diet (UN) during pregnancy...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351579/lack-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2-affects-cell-fate-refinement-during-embryonic-cortical-development
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Clementina Cobolli Gigli, Linda Scaramuzza, Marco De Simone, Riccardo L Rossi, Davide Pozzi, Massimiliano Pagani, Nicoletta Landsberger, Francesco Bedogni
During differentiation, neurons progressively restrict their fate repressing the expression of specific genes. Here we describe the involvement in such developmental steps of the methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), an epigenetic factor that participates to chromatin folding and transcriptional regulation. We previously reported that, due to transcriptional impairments, the maturation of Mecp2 null neurons is delayed. To evaluate whether this could stem from altered progenitors proliferation and differentiation, we investigated whether lack of Mecp2 affects these features both in vitro and in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351578/circulating-tumor-dna-analyses-reveal-novel-resistance-mechanisms-to-cdk-inhibition-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
#14
Christopher Abbosh, Charles Swanton, Nicolai J Birkbak
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351577/effects-of-excess-thromboxane-a2-on-placental-development-and-nutrient-transporters-in-a-mus-musculus-model-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Karen J Gibbins, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Ashley S Brown, Matthew Wieben, Richard C Law, Camille M Fung
Hypertensive disease of pregnancy (HDP) with placental insufficiency is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in the developed world. Despite the known negative consequences of HDP both to the mother and fetus, little is known about the longitudinal placental changes that occur as HDP progresses in pregnancy. This is because longitudinal sampling of human placentae during each gestation is impossible. Therefore, using a mouse model of thromboxane A2-analog infusion to mimic human HDP in the last trimester, we calculated placental efficiencies based on fetal and placental weights, quantified spongiotrophoblast and labyrinth thicknesses and vascular density within these layers, examined whether hypoxia signaling pathway involving vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and its receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contributed to vascular change, and examined nutrient transporter abundance including glucose transporters 1 and 3 (GLUT1, GLUT3), neutral amino acid transporters 1, 2, and 4 (SNAT1, SNAT2, and SNAT4), fatty acid transporters 2 and 4 (FATP2, FATP4) and fatty acid translocase (CD36) from embryonic day 15...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351570/joint-adolescent-adult-early-phase-clinical-trials-to-improve-access-to-new-drugs-for-adolescents-with-cancer-proposals-from-the-multi-stakeholder-platform-accelerate
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N Gaspar, L V Marshall, D Binner, R Herold, R Rousseau, P Blanc, R Capdeville, J Carleer, C Copland, Y Kerloeguen, K Norga, L Pacaud, M-A Sevaux, C Spadoni, J Sterba, F Ligas, T Taube, M Uttenreuther-Fischer, S Chioato, M A O'Connell, B Geoerger, J-Y Blay, J C Soria, S Kaye, B Wulff, L Brugières, G Vassal, A D J Pearson
The impressive progress recently observed in adult cancers through the introduction of new drugs has not yet been translated to adolescents between 12 and 17 years of age. Currently adolescents are grouped with children, so their access to new, effective drugs already available for adults is delayed because paediatric drug development starts late relative to adult programmes. Moreover, specific early phase trials designed exclusively for adolescents in rare diseases recruit poorly, even if conducted internationally...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351566/patterns-in-reef-fish-assemblages-insights-from-the-chagos-archipelago
#17
Melita Samoilys, Ronan Roche, Heather Koldewey, John Turner
Understanding the drivers of variability in the composition of fish assemblages across the Indo-Pacific region is crucial to support coral reef ecosystem resilience. Whilst numerous relationships and feedback mechanisms between the functional roles of coral reef fishes and reef benthic composition have been investigated, certain key groups, such as the herbivores, are widely suggested to maintain reefs in a coral-dominated state. Examining links between fishes and reef benthos is complicated by the interactions between natural processes, disturbance events and anthropogenic impacts, particularly fishing pressure...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351561/preconception-use-of-cart-by-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-increases-the-risk-of-infants-being-born-small-for-gestational-age
#18
Ingrid J M Snijdewind, Colette Smit, Mieke H Godfried, Rachel Bakker, Jeannine F J B Nellen, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Elisabeth van Leeuwen, Peter Reiss, Eric A P Steegers, Marchina E van der Ende
BACKGROUND: The benefits of combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive pregnant women (improved maternal health and prevention of mother to child transmission [pMTCT]) currently outweigh the adverse effects due to cART. As the variety of cART increases, however, the question arises as to which type of cART is safest for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. We studied the effect of timing and exposure to different classes of cART on adverse birth outcomes in a large HIV cohort in the Netherlands...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351515/understanding-key-mechanisms-of-exercise-induced-cardiac-protection-to-mitigate-disease-current-knowledge-and-emerging-concepts
#19
Bianca C Bernardo, Jenny Y Y Ooi, Kate L Weeks, Natalie L Patterson, Julie R McMullen
The benefits of exercise on the heart are well recognized, and clinical studies have demonstrated that exercise is an intervention that can improve cardiac function in heart failure patients. This has led to significant research into understanding the key mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced cardiac protection. Here, we summarize molecular mechanisms that regulate exercise-induced cardiac myocyte growth and proliferation. We discuss in detail the effects of exercise on other cardiac cells, organelles, and systems that have received less or little attention and require further investigation...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351514/the-ace2-angiotensin-1-7-mas-axis-of-the-renin-angiotensin-system-focus-on-angiotensin-1-7
#20
Robson Augusto Souza Santos, Walkyria Oliveira Sampaio, Andreia C Alzamora, Daisy Motta-Santos, Natalia Alenina, Michael Bader, Maria Jose Campagnole-Santos
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is a key player in the control of the cardiovascular system and hydroelectrolyte balance, with an influence on organs and functions throughout the body. The classical view of this system saw it as a sequence of many enzymatic steps that culminate in the production of a single biologically active metabolite, the octapeptide angiotensin (ANG) II, by the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). The past two decades have revealed new functions for some of the intermediate products, beyond their roles as substrates along the classical route...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
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