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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340478/different-dna-damage-response-of-cis-and-trans-isomers-of-commonly-used-uv-filter-after-the-exposure-on-adult-human-liver-stem-cells-and-human-lymphoblastoid-cells
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Anežka Sharma, Katarína Bányiová, Pavel Babica, Naouale El Yamani, Andrew Richard Collins, Pavel Čupr
2-ethylhexyl 4-methoxycinnamate (EHMC), used in many categories of personal care products (PCPs), is one of the most discussed ultraviolet filters because of its endocrine-disrupting effects. EHMC is unstable in sunlight and can be transformed from trans-EHMC to emergent cis-EHMC. Toxicological studies are focusing only on trans-EHMC; thus the toxicological data for cis-EHMC are missing. In this study, the in vitro genotoxic effects of trans- and cis-EHMC on adult human liver stem cells HL1-hT1 and human-derived lymphoblastoid cells TK-6 using a high-throughput comet assay were studied...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339694/regional-acidosis-locally-inhibits-but-remotely-stimulates-ca2-waves-in-ventricular-myocytes
#2
Kerrie L Ford, Emma L Moorhouse, Mario Bortolozzi, Mark Richards, Pawel Swietach, Richard D Vaughan-Jones
AIMS: Spontaneous Ca2+ waves in cardiomyocytes are potentially arrhythmogenic. A powerful controller of Ca2+ waves is the cytoplasmic H+ concentration ([H+]i), which fluctuates spatially and temporally in conditions such as myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion. H+-control of Ca2+ waves is poorly understood. We have therefore investigated how [H+]i co-ordinates their initiation and frequency. METHODS AND RESULTS: Spontaneous Ca2+ waves were imaged (fluo-3) in rat isolated ventricular myocytes, subjected to modest Ca2+-overload...
February 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335212/rapid-nanoparticle-synthesis-by-magnetic-and-microwave-heating
#3
Viktor Chikan, Emily J McLaurin
Traditional hot-injection (HI) syntheses of colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) allows good separation of the nucleation and growth stages of the reaction, a key limitation in obtaining monodisperse NPs, but with limited scalability. Here, two methods are presented for obtaining NPs via rapid heating: magnetic and microwave-assisted. Both of these techniques provide improved engineering control over the separation of nucleation and growth stages of nanomaterial synthesis when the reaction is initiated from room temperature...
May 5, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334818/chromosomal-dynamics-predicted-by-an-elastic-network-model-explains-genome-wide-accessibility-and-long-range-couplings
#4
Natalie Sauerwald, She Zhang, Carl Kingsford, Ivet Bahar
Understanding the three-dimensional (3D) architecture of chromatin and its relation to gene expression and regulation is fundamental to understanding how the genome functions. Advances in Hi-C technology now permit us to study 3D genome organization, but we still lack an understanding of the structural dynamics of chromosomes. The dynamic couplings between regions separated by large genomic distances (>50 Mb) have yet to be characterized. We adapted a well-established protein-modeling framework, the Gaussian Network Model (GNM), to model chromatin dynamics using Hi-C data...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334773/a-critical-assessment-of-topologically-associating-domain-prediction-tools
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Rola Dali, Mathieu Blanchette
Topologically associating domains (TADs) have been proposed to be the basic unit of chromosome folding and have been shown to play key roles in genome organization and gene regulation. Several different tools are available for TAD prediction, but their properties have never been thoroughly assessed. In this manuscript, we compare the output of seven different TAD prediction tools on two published Hi-C data sets. TAD predictions varied greatly between tools in number, size distribution and other biological properties...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333638/a-comparative-study-for-identifying-the-chromosome-wide-spatial-clusters-from-high-throughput-chromatin-conformation-capture-data
#6
Xiangtao Li, Ka-Chun Wong
In the past years, the high-throughput sequencing technologies have enabled massive insights into genomic annotations. In contrast, the full-scale three-dimensional arrangements of genomic regions are relatively unknown. Thanks to the recent breakthroughs in High-throughput Chromosome Conformation Capture (Hi-C) techniques, non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) has been adopted to identify local spatial clusters of genomic regions from Hi-C data. However, such non-negative matrix factorization entails a high-dimensional non-convex objective function to be optimized with non-negative constraints...
March 20, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332981/global-reorganisation-of-cis-regulatory-units-upon-lineage-commitment-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Paula Freire-Pritchett, Stefan Schoenfelder, Csilla Várnai, Steven W Wingett, Jonathan Cairns, Amanda J Collier, Raquel García-Vílchez, Mayra Furlan-Magaril, Cameron S Osborne, Peter J Fraser, Peter J Rugg-Gunn, Mikhail Spivakov
Long-range cis-regulatory elements such as enhancers coordinate cell-specific transcriptional programmes by engaging in DNA looping interactions with target promoters. Deciphering the interplay between the promoter connectivity and activity of cis-regulatory elements during lineage commitment is crucial for understanding developmental transcriptional control. Here, we use Promoter Capture Hi-C to generate a high-resolution atlas of chromosomal interactions involving ~22,000 gene promoters in human pluripotent and lineage-committed cells, identifying putative target genes for known and predicted enhancer elements...
March 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331286/neutralizing-activities-against-seasonal-influenza-viruses-in-human-intravenous-immunoglobulin
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Hiroyuki Onodera, Takeru Urayama, Kazue Hirota, Kazuhiro Maeda, Ritsuko Kubota-Koketsu, Kazuo Takahashi, Katsuro Hagiwara, Yoshinobu Okuno, Kazuyoshi Ikuta, Mikihiro Yunoki
Influenza viruses A/H1N1, A/H3N2, and B are known seasonal viruses that undergo annual mutation. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) contains anti-seasonal influenza virus globulins. Although the virus-neutralizing (VN) titer is an indicator of protective antibodies, changes in this titer over extended time periods have yet to be examined. In this study, variations in hemagglutination inhibition (HI) and VN titers against seasonal influenza viruses in IVIG lots over extended time periods were examined. In addition, the importance of monitoring the reactivity of IVIG against seasonal influenza viruses with varying antigenicity was evaluated...
2017: Biologics: Targets & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331080/evaluation-of-the-immune-responses-to-and-cross-protective-efficacy-of-eurasian-h7-avian-influenza-viruses
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Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Min-Suk Song, Eun-Ha Kim, Se Mi Kim, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Byung-Min Song, Youn-Jeong Lee, Seok Joong Yun, Wun-Jae Kim, Young Ki Choi
Due to increasing concerns of human infection by various H7 viruses, including recent H7N9 viruses, we evaluated the genetic relationships and the cross-protective efficacies of three different Eurasian H7 avian influenza viruses. Phylogenic and molecular analysis revealed that recent Eurasian H7 viruses can be separated into two different lineages with relatively high amino acid identity within groups (94.8 to 98.8%), and low amino acid identity (90.3 to 92.6 %) between the groups. In vivo immunization with representatives of each group revealed that while group-specific cross-reactivity was induced, cross-reactive HI titers were approximately fourfold lower against heterologous group viruses compared to homologous group viruses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330904/autonomous-tnf-is-critical-for-in-vivo-monocyte-survival-in-steady-state-and-inflammation
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Yochai Wolf, Anat Shemer, Michal Polonsky, Mor Gross, Alexander Mildner, Simon Yona, Eyal David, Ki-Wook Kim, Tobias Goldmann, Ido Amit, Mathias Heikenwalder, Sergei Nedospasov, Marco Prinz, Nir Friedman, Steffen Jung
Monocytes are circulating mononuclear phagocytes, poised to extravasate to sites of inflammation and differentiate into monocyte-derived macrophages and dendritic cells. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and its receptors are up-regulated during monopoiesis and expressed by circulating monocytes, as well as effector monocytes infiltrating certain sites of inflammation, such as the spinal cord, during experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this study, using competitive in vitro and in vivo assays, we show that monocytes deficient for TNF or TNF receptors are outcompeted by their wild-type counterpart...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330155/purification-and-characterization-of-rga2-a-rho2-gtpase-activating-protein-from-tinospora-cordifolia
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Mohd Amir, Mohammad Aasif Dar, Wahiduzzaman, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Rho GTPases activating protein 2 (RGA2) is primarily involved in the modulation of numerous morphological events in eukaryotes. It protects plants by triggering the defense system which restricts the pathogen growth. This is the first report on the isolation, purification and characterization of RGA2 from the stems of Tinospora cordifolia, a medicinal plant. The RGA2 was purified using simple two-step process using DEAE-Hi-Trap FF and Superdex 200 chromatography columns, with a high yield. The purity of RGA2 was confirmed by SDS-PAGE and identified by MALDI-TOF/MS...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329923/-actinomycosis-involving-chronic-pancreatitis-a-case-report-with-literature-review
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Seong Jae Yeo, Chang Min Cho, Min Kyu Jung, Ki Ju Kim, Myung Hi Kim, Seung Hyun Cho, Gab Chul Kim, An Na Seo
Actinomycosis is a slowly progressive, chronic infectious disease. It is caused by the genus Actinomyces, which are gram-positive anaerobic bacteria. It presents as a mass-like lesion, composed of bacterial nidus and characteristic granulomatous inflammatory fibrosis. As such, it has frequently been mistaken for a malignancy. Surgical resection is a common procedure in these patients prior to a definite diagnosis. Although actinomycosis can occur in a variety of regions, including oral-cervicofacial, thoracic, and abdominopelvic cavities, the involvement of the pancreas is very rare...
March 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329707/dendritic-cells-display-subset-and-tissue-specific-maturation-dynamics-over-human-life
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Tomer Granot, Takashi Senda, Dustin J Carpenter, Nobuhide Matsuoka, Joshua Weiner, Claire L Gordon, Michelle Miron, Brahma V Kumar, Adam Griesemer, Siu-Hong Ho, Harvey Lerner, Joseph J C Thome, Thomas Connors, Boris Reizis, Donna L Farber
Maturation and migration to lymph nodes (LNs) constitutes a central paradigm in conventional dendritic cell (cDC) biology but remains poorly defined in humans. Using our organ donor tissue resource, we analyzed cDC subset distribution, maturation, and migration in mucosal tissues (lungs, intestines), associated lymph nodes (LNs), and other lymphoid sites from 78 individuals ranging from less than 1 year to 93 years of age. The distribution of cDC1 (CD141(hi)CD13(hi)) and cDC2 (Sirp-α(+)CD1c(+)) subsets was a function of tissue site and was conserved between donors...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329220/prolonged-exposures-to-intermittent-hypoxia-promote-visceral-white-adipose-tissue-inflammation-in-a-murine-model-of-severe-sleep-apnea-effect-of-normoxic-recovery
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Alex Gileles-Hillel, Isaac Almendros, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Recep Nigdelioglu, Zhuanhong Qiao, Robert B Hamanaka, Gökhan M Mutlu, Mahzad Akbarpour, David Gozal
Study Objectives: Increased visceral white adipose tissue (vWAT) mass results in infiltration of inflammatory macrophages that drive inflammation and insulin resistance. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suffer from increased prevalence of obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Murine models of intermittent hypoxia (IH) mimicking moderate-severe OSA manifest insulin resistance following short-term IH. We examined in mice the effect of long-term IH on the inflammatory cellular changes within vWAT, and the potential effect of normoxic recovery (IH-R)...
December 22, 2016: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328234/quantification-of-basal-insulin-peglispro-and-human-insulin-in-adipose-tissue-interstitial-fluid-by-open-flow-microperfusion
#15
Katrin Tiffner, Beate Boulgaropoulos, Christian Höfferer, Thomas Birngruber, Niels Porksen, Helle Linnebjerg, Parag Garhyan, Eric Chen Quin Lam, Mary Pat Knadler, Thomas R Pieber, Frank Sinner
BACKGROUND: Restoration of the physiologic hepatic-to-peripheral insulin gradient may be achieved by either portal vein administration or altering insulin structure to increase hepatic specificity or restrict peripheral access. Basal insulin peglispro (BIL) is a novel, PEGylated basal insulin with a flat pharmacokinetic and glucodynamic profile and altered hepatic-to-peripheral action gradient. We hypothesized reduced BIL exposure in peripheral tissues explains the latter, and in this study assessed the adipose tissue interstitial fluid (ISF) concentrations of BIL compared with human insulin (HI)...
March 22, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326080/characterization-of-the-highly-prevalent-regulatory-cd24-hi-cd38-hi-b-cell-population-in-human-cord-blood
#16
Ana Esteve-Solé, Irene Teixidó, Angela Deyà-Martínez, Jordi Yagüe, Ana M Plaza-Martín, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
The newborn's immune system must transition from a sterile haploidentical uterus to the world full of antigens. Regulatory B-cells (Breg; broadly defined as CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi)) are tolerance promoters in the adult immune system. They can inhibit IFN-γ and IL-17 production by T-cells and are essential in different conditions, including pregnancy. Breg have still not been well characterized in umbilical cord blood, where we hypothesize that they are pivotal in the achievement of tolerance. We studied CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi) Breg in healthy umbilical cord blood (hUCB) compared to healthy peripheral adult blood (hAPB)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325862/reduced-pu-1-expression-underlies-aberrant-neutrophil-maturation-and-function-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-mice-and-patients
#17
Panjaree Siwaponanan, Jurre Ynze Siegers, Razi Ghazali, Thian Ng, Bradley McColl, Garrett Zhen-Wei Ng, Philip Sutton, Nancy Wang, Isabelle Ooi, Chayada Thiengtavor, Suthat Fucharoen, Pornthip Chaichompoo, Saovaros Svasti, Odilia Louise Wijburg, Jim Vadolas
β-Thalassemia is associated with several abnormalities of the innate immune system. Neutrophils in particular are defective, predisposing patients to life-threatening bacterial infections. The molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in impaired neutrophil function remain incompletely defined. We used the Hbb(th3/+) β-thalassemia mouse and HbE/β-thalassemia patients to investigate dysregulated neutrophil activity. Mature neutrophils from Hbb(th3/+) mice displayed a significant reduction in chemotaxis, opsonophagocytosis and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), closely mimicking the defective immune functions observed in β-thalassemia patients...
March 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324659/optimization-of-cell-based-cdna-microarray-conditions-for-gene-functional-studies-in-hek293-cells
#18
Hi Chul Kim, Jin Yeong Heo, Tae-Kyu Lee, Ssang-Goo Cho, Yong-Jun Kwon
Since the cell-based cDNA microarray (CBCM) technique has been a useful tool for gain-of-function studies, many investigators have used CBCMs to identify interesting genes. However, this method requires better-established conditions to ensure high reverse transfection efficiency without cross-contamination. Therefore, we optimized CBCM techniques through various means. We determined that Lipofectamine 2000 was the most appropriate transfection reagent by evaluating eight commercialized reagents, and we determined that the most effective concentrations for printing solution constituents were 0...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324246/opinions-of-hearing-parents-about-the-causes-of-hearing-impairment-of-their-children-with-biallelic-gjb2-mutations
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Aisen V Solovyev, Lilya U Dzhemileva, Olga L Posukh, Nikolay A Barashkov, Marita S Bady-Khoo, Semen L Lobov, Natalya Yu Popova, Georgii P Romanov, Nikolay N Sazonov, Alexander A Bondar, Igor V Morozov, Mikhail I Tomsky, Sardana A Fedorova, Elza K Khusnutdinova
Hereditary hearing impairment (HI) caused by recessive GJB2 mutations is a frequent sensory disorder. The results of the molecular-based studies of HI are widely used in various genetic test systems. However, the ethical aspects are less described than the genetic aspects. The concerns expressed by individuals from groups with genetic risks must be included in the counseling of patients and their families. For evaluation of subjective opinions of hearing parents about the presumed causes of HI of their children, we analyze the cohort of parents having children with confirmed hereditary HI caused by biallelic recessive GJB2 mutations (in a homozygous or a compound heterozygous state)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323024/ppar%C3%AE-activation-by-mhy908-attenuates-age-related-renal-inflammation-through-modulation-of-the-ros-akt-foxo1-pathway
#20
Ye Ra Kim, Eun Kyeong Lee, Dae Hyun Kim, Kyung Mok Kim, Bonggi Lee, Hye Jin An, June Whoun Park, Kyoung Mi Moon, Min Hi Park, Ki Wung Chung, Ji Young Park, Seong Jin Kim, Hwi Young Yun, Sujin Son, Pusoon Chun, Hyung Ryong Moon, Hae Young Chung
2-[4-(5-Chlorobenzothiazothiazol-2-yl)phenoxy]-2-methyl-propionic acid (MHY908) has been shown to prevent insulin resistance-induced hyperinsulinemia in aged rats. However, the mechanism underlying MHY908-mediated amelioration of renal inflammation with insulin resistance during aging remains unknown. This study investigated the effects of MHY908 on age-related changes in the IRS/Akt/forkhead box (FoxO) 1 signaling pathway in the kidneys of aged rats and HEK293T cells. Experiments were performed in young, old, and MHY908-fed old rats (1mg or 3mg/kg/day MHY908 for 4 weeks)...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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