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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550135/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-and-its-phosphomimetic-mutant-induce-jnk-dependent-apoptosis-and-p38-mediated-migration-arrest
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Alexander Konson, Sunila Pradeep, Cosimo Walter D'Acunto, Rony Seger
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May 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549619/a-mechanical-model-for-diversified-insect-wing-margin-shapes
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Yukitaka Ishimoto, Kaoru Sugimura
The wings in different insect species are morphologically distinct with regards to their size, outer contour (margin) shape, venation, and pigmentation. The basis of the diversity of wing margin shapes remains unknown, despite the fact that gene networks governing the Drosophila wing development have been well characterised. Among the different types of wing margin shapes, smoothly curved contour is the most frequently found and implies the existence of a highly organised, multicellular mechanical structure...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549093/autoantibodies-in-melanoma-associated-retinopathy-recognize-an-epitope-conserved-between-trpm1-and-trpm3
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Robert M Duvoisin, Tammie L Haley, Gaoying Ren, Iwona Strycharska-Orczyk, James P Bonaparte, Catherine W Morgans
Purpose: Melanoma-associated retinopathy (MAR) is a paraneoplastic syndrome associated with malignant melanoma and the presence of anti-retinal autoantibodies, including autoantibodies against transient receptor potential melanopsin 1 (TRPM1), a cation channel expressed by both melanocytes and retinal bipolar cells. The goal of this study was to further map the antigenic epitope. Methods: Patient sera were tested by immunofluorescence and Western blotting on HEK293 cells transfected with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-TRPM1 fusion constructs and mouse retina sections...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548923/tubb3-overexpression-has-a-negligible-effect-on-the-sensitivity-to-taxol-in-cultured-cell-lines
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Mihoko A Tame, Anna G Manjón, Daria Belokhvostova, Jonne A Raaijmakers, René H Medema
Microtubules are cellular targets for a variety of anticancer therapies because of their critical function in mitosis. Taxol belongs to a class of microtubule targeting agents that suppresses microtubule dynamics and interferes with the functioning of the mitotic spindle, thereby effectively blocking cell cycle progression of rapidly proliferating tumor cells. Despite its antitumor activity, drug resistance remains a common obstacle in improving its overall clinical efficacy. Previous studies have shown that the expression of a specific β-tubulin isotype, βIII-tubulin/TUBB3, is dysregulated in drug-refractory tumors...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548297/dysregulation-of-the-causative-genes-for-hereditary-parkinsonism-in-the-midbrain-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Yun Joong Kim, Junbeom Jeon, Jaemoon Shin, Nan Young Kim, Jeong Hoon Hong, Jae-Min Oh, SangKyoon Hong, Yeo Jin Kim, Young-Eun Kim, Suk Yun Kang, Hyeo-Il Ma, Unjoo Lee, Jeehee Yoon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many hereditary movement disorders with complex phenotypes without a locus symbol prefix for familial PD present as parkinsonism; however, the dysregulation of genes associated with these phenotypes in the SNpc of PD patients has not been systematically studied. METHODS: Gene set enrichment analyses were performed using 10 previously published genome-wide expression datasets obtained by laser-captured microdissection of pigmented neurons in the SNpc...
May 26, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548228/skin-reactions-after-photodynamic-therapy-are-unaffected-by-839%C3%A2-nm-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Christiane Bay, Anne-Cathrine Vissing, Daniel Thaysen-Petersen, Catharina Margrethe Lerche, Katrine Togsverd-Bo, Jakob Heydenreich, Merete Haedersdal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is associated with erythema and edema. Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy may stimulate the skin recovery process. We investigated the potential of PBM to reduce PDT-induced skin reactions. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Healthy volunteers (n = 20) were randomized to receive left- or right side PBM (near-infrared 839/595 nm) or placebo-PBM (595 nm) on their buttocks. Corresponding test areas were exposed to standardized PDT reactions, using ablative fractional laser-assisted PDT (AFXL-PDT) with methyl-aminolevulinate (MAL) incubated for 30, 90, and 180 minutes before red-light illumination...
May 26, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546942/magnetic-nanoparticles-conjugated-with-rpe-cell-mcp-1-antibody-vegf-antibody-compounds-for-the-targeted-therapy-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-hypothesis
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Zhao-Jiang Du, Peng Li, Li Wang
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly throughout the world. Treatment of AMD utilizing retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplantation represents a promising therapy. However, simplex RPE transplantation can only replace the diseased RPE cells, but has no abilities to stop the development of AMD. It has been indicated that oxidization triggers the development of AMD by inducing the dysfunction and degeneration of RPE cells, which results in the upregulation of local monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) expression...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546923/homocysteine-mediates-transcriptional-changes-of-the-inflammatory-pathway-signature-genes-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Mahavir Singh, Suresh C Tyagi
AIM: To test whether homocysteine (Hcy) can influence the transcriptional profile, we hypothesized that Hcy can lead to the induction of proinflammatory molecules in the retinal cells of aging people. METHODS: An unbiased in vitro inflammatory pathway focused study was designed employing retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell line, ARPE-19. Cells were cultured in the presence or absence of Hcy to capture target genes' expression profile. Three different concentrations of Hcy were added in the culture medium of confluent monolayers...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546692/age-related-changes-in-the-foveal-bulge-in-healthy-eyes
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Kumar Saurabh, Rupak Roy, Preeti Sharma, Dhileesh P Chandrasekharan, Kaustubh Deshmukh, Chinmayi Vyas
BACKGROUND: Intact foveal bulge has been associated with good visual outcome in retinal diseases. The aim of this study was to study the variation in foveal bulge with age. METHODS: It was an observational cross-sectional study conducted between October 2014 and December 2015. Totally, 101 eyes of 101 healthy volunteers were studied in a tertiary care center. All individuals had best corrected visual acuity of 20/20 or better. High myopia (>6 D), high hyperopia (>4 D), unstable fixation, media opacities and retinal disorder like diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion were the exclusion criteria...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546507/individual-quality-as-sensitivity-to-cysteine-availability-in-a-melanin-based-honest-signalling-system
#10
Ismael Galván, Carlos Alonso-Alvarez
The evolution of honest animal communication is mostly understood through the handicap principle, which is intrinsically dependent on the concept of individual quality: low-quality individuals are prevented from producing high-quality signals because if they did so, they would pay greater production costs than high-quality individuals. We tested an alternative explanation for the black bib size of male house sparrows Passer domesticus, an honest signal of quality whose expression is negatively related to levels of the pigment pheomelanin in its contituent feathers...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546339/bmp-induced-reprograming-of-the-retina-into-rpe-requires-wnt-signalling-in-the-developing-chick-optic-cup
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Jörg Steinfeld, Ichie Steinfeld, Alexander Bausch, Nicola Coronato, Meggi-Lee Hampel, Heike Depner, Paul G Layer, Astrid Vogel-Höpker
In vertebrates, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors of the neural retina (NR) comprise a functional unit required for vision. During vertebrate eye development, a conversion of the RPE into NR can be induced by growth factors in vivo at optic cup stages, but the reverse process, the conversion of NR tissue into RPE has not been reported. Here, we show that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) signalling can reprogram the NR into RPE at optic cup stages in chick. Shortly after BMP application, expression of Microphthalmia associated transcription factor (Mitf) is induced in the NR and selective cell death on the basal side of the NR induces an RPE-like morphology...
May 25, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545553/pigment-fingerprint-profile-during-extractive-fermentation-with-monascus-anka-gim-3-592
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Kan Shi, Rui Tang, Tao Huang, Lu Wang, Zhenqiang Wu
BACKGROUND: Traditional submerged fermentation mainly accumulates intracellular orange pigments with absorption maxima at 470 nm, whereas extractive fermentation of Monascus spp. with Triton X-100 can promote the export of intracellular pigments to extracellular broth, mainly obtaining extracellular yellow pigments with absorption maxima at approximately 410 nm. In this study, a strain of Monascus (M. anka GIM 3.592) that produces high yields of pigments was employed to investigate the differences in pigment fingerprint profiles between submerged and extractive fermentations...
May 25, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545377/phenolic-compounds-from-edible-algae-bioactivity-and-health-benefits
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Lidia Montero, Andrea Del Pilar Sánchez-Camargo, Elena Ibáñez, Bienvenida Gilbert-López
Algae have been consumed for many years in Asian countries; at present, its consumption around the world either as food ingredient or directly as food commodity has increased considerably mainly due to the Asian influence and its cuisine, but also because the growing interest on the beneficial health effects of algae. Although several biological activities have been attributed to different algae compounds such as pigments, lipids, polysaccharides, fiber, proteins or vitamins, in the present review we will highlight the different phenolic compounds present on seaweeds and their important role in the functional and health effects, paying special attention to the antioxidant, antiproliferative, anti-obesity and antidiabetic activities...
May 23, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544535/%C3%AE-cryptoxanthin-exerts-greater-cardioprotective-effects-on-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-than-astaxanthin-by-attenuating-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-mice
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Wanpitak Pongkan, Osamu Takatori, Yinhua Ni, Liang Xu, Naoto Nagata, Siriporn C Chattipakorn, Soichiro Usui, Shuichi Kaneko, Masayuki Takamura, Minoru Sugiura, Nipon Chattipakorn, Tsuguhito Ota
SCOPE: β-Cryptoxanthin and astaxanthin are antioxidant carotenoid pigments that inhibit lipid peroxidation as potently as vitamin E. We hypothesized that acute treatment with β-cryptoxanthin and astaxanthin causes similar reductions in the sizes of cardiac infarcts caused by ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury by attenuating oxidative stress and cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice (n = 36) were randomized to receive vehicle, β-cryptoxanthin, astaxanthin or vitamin E at 50 mg/kg by gavage feeding prior to I/R injury...
May 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544249/37th-annual-david-w-smith-workshop-on-malformations-and-morphogenesis-abstracts-of-the-2016-annual-meeting
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Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Julian A Martinez-Agosto, Louanne Hudgins, John C Carey
The 37th Annual David W. Smith Workshop on Malformations and Morphogenesis occurred on September 9th-14th, 2016 at the University of California-Los Angeles Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead, CA. The Workshop, which honors the legacy of David W. Smith, brought together clinicians and researchers interested in congenital malformations and their underlying mechanisms of morphogenesis. The Workshop highlighted five themes besides mechanisms of morphogenesis and New Syndromes: Neural Crestopathies, Mosaicism, Disorders of Skin Pigmentation, Therapies, and Ear Malformations and Hearing Loss...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544213/bac-recombineering-of-the-agouti-loci-from-spotted-gar-and-zebrafish-reveals-the-evolutionary-ancestry-of-dorsal-ventral-pigment-asymmetry-in-fish
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Laura Cal, Manuel MegÍas, José Miguel Cerdá-Reverter, John H Postlethwait, Ingo Braasch, Josep Rotllant
Dorsoventral pigment patterning, characterized by a light ventrum and a dark dorsum, is one of the most widespread chromatic adaptations in vertebrate body coloration. In mammals, this countershading depends on differential expression of agouti-signaling protein (ASIP), which drives a switch of synthesis of one type of melanin to another within melanocytes. Teleost fish share countershading, but the pattern results from a differential distribution of multiple types of chromatophores, with black-brown melanophores most abundant in the dorsal body and reflective iridophores most abundant in the ventral body...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544110/waardenburg-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-inherited-neuropathy-due-to-sox10-mutation
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Petya Bogdanova-Mihaylova, Michael D Alexander, Raymond Pj Murphy, Sinéad M Murphy
Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is a rare disorder comprising sensorineural deafness and pigmentation abnormalities. Four distinct subtypes are defined based on the presence or absence of additional symptoms. Mutations in six genes have been described in WS. SOX10 mutations are usually associated with a more severe phenotype of WS with peripheral demyelinating neuropathy, central dysmyelinating leukodystrophy and Hirschsprung disease. Here we report a 32 year-old man with a novel heterozygous missense variant in SOX10 gene, who presented with congenital deafness, Hirschsprung disease, iris heterochromia, foot deformity and intermediate conduction velocity length-dependent sensorimotor neuropathy...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543966/development-of-a-quantitative-assessment-method-of-pigmentary-skin-disease-using-ultraviolet-optical-imaging
#18
Onseok Lee, Sunup Park, Jaeyoung Kim, Chilhwan Oh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The visual scoring method has been used as a subjective evaluation of pigmentary skin disorders. Severity of pigmentary skin disease, especially melasma, is evaluated using a visual scoring method, the MASI (melasma area severity index). This study differentiates between epidermal and dermal pigmented disease. The study was undertaken to determine methods to quantitatively measure the severity of pigmentary skin disorders under ultraviolet illumination. METHODS: The optical imaging system consists of illumination (white LED, UV-A lamp) and image acquisition (DSLR camera, air cooling CMOS CCD camera)...
May 21, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543858/survival-improvement-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-via-fas-receptor-targeting-by-mir-374a
#19
Nooshin Tasharrofi, Fatemeh Kouhkan, Masoud Soleimani, Zahra-Sheila Soheili, Mahboubeh Kabiri, Mohaddeseh Mahmoudi Saber, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
Oxidative conditions of the eye could contribute to retinal cells loss through activating the Fas-L/Fas pathway. This phenomenon is one of the leading causes of some ocular diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By targeting proteins at their mRNA level, microRNAs (miRNAs) can regulate gene expression and cell function. The aim of the present study is to investigate Fas targeting by miR-374a and find whether it can inhibit Fas-mediated apoptosis in primary human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells under oxidative stress...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543798/mucosal-melanoma-clinical-histological-and-c-kit-gene-mutational-profile-of-86-french-cases
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E Cinotti, J Chevallier, B Labeille, F Cambazard, L Thomas, B Balme, M T Leccia, M D'Incan, P Vercherin, C Douchet, P Rubegni, J L Perrot
BACKGROUND: Mucosal melanomas are rare and highly aggressive tumors. Few studies evaluated mucosal melanomas of locations other than the head and neck region, and other than those of the Asian population. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to analyze the clinical and histological features, as well as the mutational status of c-kit and b-raf gene of mucosal melanoma in any localization in a French series. METHODS: We investigated clinical (sex, age, performance status, survival, treatment of the patients and lack of pigmentation of the tumors) and histopathologic features (ulceration, Breslow's index, mitotic rate), as well as the mutational status of c-kit and b-raf of 86 mucosal melanomas diagnosed in 15 years in four French University Hospitals...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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