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Abhinandan Mani Tripathi, Abhishek Niranjan, Sribash Roy
Development of flower color in plants is a complex process. Among others, it is an important trait for ornamental flowering plants. Canna is a flowering ornamental plant of family Cannaceae. To understand the molecular mechanism of flower color development in Canna, RNA sequencing from flower tissues of two contrasting flower color cultivars, Red President (RP) and Tropical Sunrise (TS) was performed. More than 27.0 million and 19.0 million clean reads were obtained from RP and TS, respectively. The combined clean reads were assembled into 147,295 unigenes...
March 7, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Alzbeta Bujnakova Mlynarcikova, Sona Scsukova
In the present study, we aimed to examine effects of different concentrations of the endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA; 1 nM, 1 μM, 100 μM) and the flavonoid fisetin (1, 10, 25, 50 μM), individually and in combinations, on steroidogenic function of porcine ovarian granulosa cells (GCs) represented by progesterone production. We confirmed that BPA inhibited progesterone production by GCs at the highest concentration. Fisetin reduced gonadotropin-stimulated progesterone synthesis dose-dependently, and in this manner, fisetin impaired progesterone production when added to BPA-treated GCs...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Guo-Ying Sun, Hui-Hui Yang, Xin-Xin Guan, Wen-Jing Zhong, Yong-Ping Liu, Ming-Yuan Du, Xiao-Qin Luo, Yong Zhou, Cha-Xiang Guan
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is one of the most abundant neuropeptides in the lungs with various biological characters. We have reported that VIP inhibited the expressions of TREM-1 and IL-17A, which are involved in the initiation and amplification of inflammation in acute lung injury (ALI). However, the overall effect of VIP on ALI remains unknown. The aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic effect of VIP mediated by lentivirus (Lenti-VIP) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine ALI. We found that the expression of intrapulmonary VIP peaked at day7 after the intratracheal injection of Lenti-VIP...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Riyoko Tamai, Michiyo Kobayashi-Sakamoto, Yusuke Kiyoura
Galectin-1 and galectin-3 are C-type lectin receptors that bind to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria. In this study, we investigated the effects of galectin-1 and galectin-3 on adhesion to and invasion of the human gingival epithelial cell line Ca9-22 by Porphyromonas gingivalis, a periodontal pathogenic gram-negative bacterium. Recombinant galectin-1, but not galectin-3, enhanced P. gingivalis adhesion and invasion, although both galectins bound similarly to P. gingivalis...
March 15, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Hylke F E van der Toom, Marc P van der Schroeff, Robert Jan Pauw
Importance: The ideal surgical treatment of cholesteatoma has been subject to discussion for years because both traditional surgical techniques (canal wall down [CWD] and canal wall up [CWU] tympanoplasty) have their own advantages and disadvantages. A more recently propagated surgical approach, to combine the CWD or CWU tympanoplasty technique with obliteration of the mastoid and epitympanum, is showing promising results. Objective: To systematically review the literature on recurrent and residual cholesteatoma rates after single-stage CWU and CWD tympanoplasty with mastoid obliteration...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Magdalena B Król, Michał Galicki, Peter Grešner, Edyta Wieczorek, Ewa Jabłońska, Edyta Reszka, Zbigniew Morawiec, Wojciech Wąsowicz, Jolanta Gromadzińska
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to establish whether the gene expression of estrogen receptor alpha (encoded by ESR1) correlates with the expression of glutathione peroxidase 1 (encoded by GPX1) in the tumor and adjacent tumor-free breast tissue, and whether this correlation is affected by breast cancer. Such relationships may give further insights into breast cancer pathology with respect to the status of estrogen receptor. METHODS: We used the quantitative real-time PCR technique to analyze differences in the expression levels of the ESR1 and GPX1 genes in paired malignant and non-malignant tissues from breast cancer patients...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Djalma A Alves da Silva, Marcos V da Silva, Cleyson C Oliveira Barros, Patrícia B Dias Alexandre, Rodolfo P Timóteo, Jonatas S Catarino, Helioswilton Sales-Campos, Juliana R Machado, Denise B R Rodrigues, Carlo J Oliveira, Virmondes Rodrigues
Tuberculosis (TB) is a granulomatous disease that has affected humanity for thousands of years. The production of cytokines, such as IFN-γ and TNF-α, is fundamental in the formation and maintenance of granulomas and in the control of the disease. Recently, the introduction of TNF-α-blocking monoclonal antibodies, such as Infliximab, has brought improvements in the treatment of patients with chronic inflammatory diseases, but this treatment also increases the risk of reactivation of latent tuberculosis. Our objective was to analyze, in an in vitro model, the influence of Infliximab on the granulomatous reactions and on the production of antigen-specific cytokines (TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-12p40, IL-10 and IL-17) from beads sensitized with soluble Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) antigens cultured in the presence of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from TB patients...
2018: PloS One
Ji Young Kim, Kyu Lim, Kyung Hee Kim, Jin Hyun Kim, Jin Sun Choi, Seung-Cheol Shim
N-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have anti-inflammatory effects and were considered useful for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recently, several studies suggested that n-3 PUFAs attenuated arthritis in animal model and human, however the mechanism is still unclear. Interleukin 17 (IL-17) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine mainly produced by T helper 17 (Th17) cells which cause tissue inflammation and bone erosion leading to joint destruction. In contrast, regulatory T (Treg) cells down-regulate various immune responses by suppression of naïve T cells...
2018: PloS One
Seungtaik Hwang, Arun Gopalan, Maximilian Hovestadt, Frank Piepenbreier, Christian Chmelik, Martin Hartmann, Randall Q Snurr, Jörg Kärger
Molecular diffusion is commonly found to slow down with increasing molecular size. Deviations from this pattern occur in some host materials with pore sizes approaching the diameters of the guest molecules. A variety of theoretical models have been suggested to explain deviations from this pattern, but robust experimental data are scarcely available. Here, we present such data, obtained by monitoring the chain length dependence of the uptake of n- alkanes in the zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-4. A monotonic decrease in diffusivity from ethane to n- butane was observed, followed by an increase for n- pentane, and another decrease for n- hexane...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Nina Zupanič, Maša Hribar, Urška Pivk Kupirovič, Anita Kušar, Katja Žmitek, Igor Pravst
Consumption of industrially produced trans -fatty acids (TFAs) is a well-established health risk factor that correlates with the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The recommended TFA intake is as low as possible, within the context of a nutritionally adequate diet. Different countries have introduced different measures to minimize the exposure of their population to TFAs. Previous data have shown that TFA content has significantly decreased in Western European countries, while this was not the case in many Central-Eastern European countries, including Slovenia...
March 15, 2018: Nutrients
Leslee Sprague, Joel M Lee, Brian J Hutzen, Pin-Yi Wang, Chun-Yu Chen, Joe Conner, Lynne Braidwood, Kevin A Cassady, Timothy P Cripe
High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) is a multifunctional protein that plays various roles in the processes of inflammation, cancer, and other diseases. Many reports document abundant HMGB1 release following infection with oncolytic viruses (OVs). Further, other groups including previous reports from our laboratory highlight the synergistic effects of OVs with chemotherapy drugs. Here, we show that virus-free supernatants have varying cytotoxic potential, and HMGB1 is actively secreted by two established fibroblast cell lines (NIH 3T3 and 3T6-Swiss albino) following HSV1716 infection in vitro...
March 15, 2018: Viruses
Dengwei Jue, Xuelian Sang, Liqin Liu, Bo Shu, Yicheng Wang, Jianghui Xie, Chengming Liu, Shengyou Shi
Ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (E2s or UBC enzymes) play vital roles in plant development and combat various biotic and abiotic stresses. Longan ( Dimocarpus longan Lour.) is an important fruit tree in the subtropical region of Southeast Asia and Australia; however the characteristics of the UBC gene family in longan remain unknown. In this study, 40 D. longan UBC genes ( DlUBCs ), which were classified into 15 groups, were identified in the longan genome. An RNA-seq based analysis showed that DlUBCs showed distinct expression in nine longan tissues...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Phillip T Chandler, Matthew Greig, John J McMahon
The aim of this study was to investigate changes in vertical jump technique over the course of a training session. Twelve plyometric and ballistic exercise trained male athletes (age = 23.4 ± 4.6 years, body mass = 78.7 ± 18.8 kg, height = 177.1 ± 9.0 cm) performed three sets of 10 repetitions of drop (DJ), rebound (RJ) and squat jumps (SJ). Each exercise was analysed from touch down to peak joint flexion and peak joint flexion to take-off. SJ where analysed from peak joint flexion to take-off only. Jump height, flexion and extension time and range of motion, and instantaneous angles of the ankle, knee and hip joints were measured...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Yan Qu, Ying Wang, Yan Zhang, Chunyu Han, Dong Gao, Waishu Jin, Jinning Liang, Xiujuan Xia
BACKGROUND: Because of long-term exposure of skin, skin aging is an unavoidable natural law with age. Traditional Vitamin A and novel ablative fractional laser technique both have the effects of skin rejuvenation, and studies have demonstrated both of them have apparent clinical efficacy and histology-improving effects on photo-aging skin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 45 female healthy Wistar rats were selected and the depilation areas of every rat were divided into four regions: control region(Region A), Vitamin A acid region(Region B), combination treatment region(Region C), and fractional laser region(Region D)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Somali Mukherjee, Sumi Ganguly, Krishnendu Manna, Sanchaita Mondal, Supratim Mahapatra, Debasis Das
Five new coordination polymers (CPs) namely, [{Zn(μ2 -H2 O)0.5 (5N3 -IPA)(2,2'-bpe)}]∞ (1), [{Zn(μ2 -H2 O)0.5 (5N3 -IPA)(1,10-phen)}]∞ (2), [{Zn(5N3 -IPA)(1,2-bpe)}]∞ (3), [{Zn(5N3 -IPA)(1,2-bpey)}]∞ (4), and [{Zn(H2 O)(5N3 -IPA)(4,4'-tme)}(H2 O)0.5 ]∞ (5) (5N3 -H2 IPA = 5-azidoisophthalic acid, 2,2'-bpe= 2,2'-bipyridine, 1,10-phen = 1,10-phenanthroline, 1,2-bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane, 1,2-bpey = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylene, 4,4'-tme = 4,4'-trimethylenedipyridine), have been synthesized based on a mixed ligand approach adopting a solvothermal technique...
March 15, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Amit Gaba, Lisanework E Ayalew, Amrutlal Patel, Pankaj Kumar, Suresh K Tikoo
Adenovirus protein VIII appears to connect core with the inner surface of the adenovirus capsid. Since protein- protein interactions are central to virus replication, identification of proteins interacting with protein VIII may help in understanding their role in adenovirus infection. Our yeast two hybrid assay indicated that protein VIII interacts with eukaryotic initiation factor 6 (eIF6). These findings were confirmed by GST-pull down assay, bimolecular fluorescent complementation assay and co-immunoprecipitation assay in plasmid DNA transfected and BAdV-3 infected cells...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Keiichi Koizumi, Minako Hoshiai, Nobuyuki Katsumata, Takako Toda, Hiroaki Kise, Yohei Hasebe, Yosuke Kono, Yuto Sunaga, Masashi Yoshizawa, Atsushi Watanabe, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Kanji Sugita
BACKGROUND: The effect of infliximab (IFX) on immune cells has not been fully reported in Kawasaki disease (KD). To investigate the mechanism of IFX in KD, we examined changes in the abundance of CD14+ CD16+ activated monocytes, regulatory T cells (Treg ), and T-helper cell type 17 (Th17) cells following treatment with IFX. METHODS: We collected peripheral blood from patients with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)-resistant KD and analyzed the absolute counts of CD14+ CD16+ monocytes, Treg cells (CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ ) and Th17 cells (CD4+ IL-17A+ ) by flow cytometry...
March 15, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Jing Chen, Yan Qi, Cui-Fang Liu, Jing-Min Lu, Yan Shi
INTRODUCTION: MicroRNAs have been increasing prevalent due to the association of their deregulation with neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the association between miRNAs and AD hasn't been made clear. PURPOSE: In this study, Nine representative miRNA datasets were selected for the identification of the critical miRNAs by analyzing the overlap relations among them. TargetScan software was further used to predict the target genes of these miRNAs...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Gene Medicine
Lu Han, Shunai Che
Triply periodic minimal surface structures and related geometries are widely identified in many natural systems, such as biological membranes and biophotonic structures in butterfly-wing scales. Inspired by their marvelous and highly symmetrical structures and optimized physical properties, these structures have sparked immense interest for creating novel materials by extracting the design from nature. Significant progress has been made to understand these biological structures and fabricate artificial materials by top-down and bottom-up approaches for numerous applications in chemistry and materials science...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Giulia Ravasi, Sara Pelucchi, Gaia Buoli Comani, Federico Greni, Raffaella Mariani, Irene Pelloni, Silvia Bombelli, Roberto Perego, Donatella Barisani, Alberto Piperno
OBJECTIVE: During hypoxia hepcidin expression is inhibited to allow iron mobilization to sustain erythropoietic expansion. We analysed molecular mechanisms underlying hypoxia-induced hepcidin inhibition in an in vivo model of acute hypoxia. METHODS: Mice were kept under normal or hypoxic conditions for 6h and 15h and treated with α-PDGF-BB antibody or PDGF-BB receptor inhibitor. Blood, liver, spleen, and bone marrow were collected to extract RNA and protein or to quantify EPO and PDGF-BB...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
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