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Xiu Wang, Wen-Han Hu, Kai Zhang, Jun-Jian Zhou, De-Feng Liu, Mei-Yu Zhang, Jian-Guo Zhang
Background: A beneficial memory effect of acute fornix deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been reported in clinical studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the acute changes in glucose metabolism induced by fornix DBS. Methods: First, the Morris water maze test and novel object recognition memory test were used to confirm declined memory in aged mice (C57BL/6, 20-22 months old). Then, four groups of mice were used as follows: aged mice with stimulation (n = 12), aged mice with sham-stimulation (n = 8), adult mice (3-4 months old) with stimulation (n = 12), and adult mice with sham-stimulation (n = 8)...
March 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Adam J Schindler, Arisa Watanabe, Stephen B Howell
Wnt signaling plays a fundamental role in patterning of the embryo and maintenance of stem cells in numerous epithelia. Epithelial stem cells are closeted in niches created by surrounding differentiated cells that express secreted Wnt and R-spondin proteins that influence proliferation rate and fate determination of stem cell daughters. R-spondins act through the LGR receptors to enhance Wnt signaling. This close association of stem cells with more differentiated regulatory cells expressing Wnt-pathway ligands is a feature replicated in all of the epithelial stem cell systems thus far examined...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Andres M Lebensohn, Rajat Rohatgi
The WNT signaling pathway regulates patterning and morphogenesis during development and promotes tissue renewal and regeneration in adults. The R-spondin (RSPO) family of four secreted proteins, RSPO1-4, amplifies target cell sensitivity to WNT ligands by increasing WNT receptor levels. Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptors (LGRs) 4-6 are considered obligate high-affinity receptors for RSPOs. We discovered that RSPO2 and RSPO3, but not RSPO1 or RSPO4, can potentiate WNT/β-catenin signaling in the absence of all three LGRs...
February 6, 2018: ELife
Caroline M Alexander
Attention has been focused on Wnt signaling in the mouse mammary gland for several decades, firstly by the discovery of several Wnt loci among the oncogenes revealed by MMTV-based insertional mutagenesis screening of mouse mammary gland, and then by the remarkable visualization of Wnt-dependent specification of mammary placodes in embryonic skin. This review aims to summarize the impact of recent data for our understanding of the roles of Wnt signaling in these roles. The amount and identity of both familiar and novel Wnt signaling components is examined for mouse mammary epithelial cells...
January 2018: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Rosângela F Garcia, Isabela R Mariano, Isabela C Stolarz, Maria Montserrat D Pedrosa
CONTEXT: Caloric restriction increases liver glucose release (LGR), but it is not known if this is a permanent condition. OBJECTIVE: To investigate if refeeding after caloric restriction reverses the high LGR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats were organised in six-pups litters (GC); 12-pups litters with either 50% caloric restriction from 21 to 80 days of age (GR) or fed at will from 50 to 80 days of age (GRL). Liver perfusion was made at the age of 80 days...
August 30, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Jason W Sidabras, Tadeusz Sarna, Richard R Mett, James S Hyde
In this work we present the design and implementation of two uniform-field resonators: a seven-loop-six-gap loop-gap resonator (LGR) and a rectangular TEU02 cavity resonator. Each resonator has uniform-field-producing end-sections. These resonators have been designed for electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of aqueous samples at 94GHz. The LGR geometry employs low-loss Rexolite end-sections to improve the field homogeneity over a 3mm sample region-of-interest from near-cosine distribution to 90% uniform. The LGR was designed to accommodate large degassable Polytetrafluorethylen (PTFE) tubes (0...
September 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
J R Dunkelberger, P K Mathur, M S Lopes, E F Knol, J C M Dekkers
A QTL for host response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) was identified in a previous study. The SNP WUR10000125 (WUR) is used as a tag SNP for this QTL. The favorable (B) allele at this SNP is in low frequency in commercial populations, possibly because this allele is unfavorably associated with an important trait under nonchallenging conditions and, therefore, may have been selected against. Therefore, objectives of this study were to estimate the effect of WUR on traits under selection in commercial lines under nonchallenging conditions and to estimate the effect of WUR genotype of parents on performance of crossbred progeny in a commercial-like environment...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
Elena V Preobrazhenskaya, Ilya V Bizin, Ekatherina Sh Kuligina, Alla Yu Shleykina, Evgeny N Suspitsin, Olga A Zaytseva, Elena I Anisimova, Sergey A Laptiev, Tatiana V Gorodnova, Alexey M Belyaev, Evgeny N Imyanitov, Anna P Sokolenko
PURPOSE: Large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) constitute a significant share of pathogenic BRCA1 mutations. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) is a leading method for LGR detection; however, it is entirely based on the use of commercial kits, includes relatively time-consuming hybridization step, and is not convenient for large-scale screening of recurrent LGRs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed and validated the droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) assay, which covers the entire coding region of BRCA1 gene and is capable to precisely quantitate the copy number for each exon...
October 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Paola Concolino, Roberta Rizza, Karl Hackmann, Angelo Minucci, Giovanni Luca Scaglione, Maria De Bonis, Alessandra Costella, Cecilia Zuppi, Evelin Schrock, Ettore Capoluongo
INTRODUCTION: Many studies document the involvement of BRCA1/2 gene rearrangements in genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. Large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) of BRCA1 account for 0-27% of all disease-causing mutations in various populations, while LGRs in BRCA2 are rarer. Here, we describe a novel BRCA2 LGR, involving the duplication of exons 4-26, in an Italian family with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome. OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to provide an effective characterization of this variant using a combination of different methods able to establish the exact breakpoints of the duplication...
October 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
Paola Concolino, Roberta Rizza, Karl Hackmann, Ida Paris, Angelo Minucci, Elisa De Paolis, Giovanni Scambia, Cecilia Zuppi, Evelin Schrock, Ettore Capoluongo
BACKGROUND: We report a novel BRCA1 LGR, involving the complete duplication of exon 3, in an Italian patient with a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer. Our purpose is to provide an effective characterization of this LGR using a combination of different methods able to establish the exact breakpoints of the duplication. METHODS: MAQ assay was used as primary screening method in LGRs detection. Array CGH, RT-PCR, and Long-PCR were used for a careful characterization of rearrangement and breakpoint regions...
May 9, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Angelo Minucci, Elisa De Paolis, Paola Concolino, Maria De Bonis, Roberta Rizza, Giulia Canu, Giovanni Luca Scaglione, Flavio Mignone, Giovanni Scambia, Cecilia Zuppi, Ettore Capoluongo
AIM OF THE STUDY: Evaluation of copy number variation (CNV) in BRCA1/2 genes, due to large genomic rearrangements (LGRs), is a mandatory analysis in hereditary breast and ovarian cancers families, if no pathogenic variants are found by sequencing. LGRs cannot be detected by conventional methods and several alternative methods have been developed. Since these approaches are expensive and time consuming, identification of alternative screening methods for LGRs detection is needed in order to reduce and optimize the diagnostic procedure...
July 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Do-Hoon Kim, Hyojin Chae, Irene Jo, Jaeeun Yoo, Hyeyoung Lee, Woori Jang, Joonhong Park, Gun Dong Lee, Dong-Seok Jeon, Keun Ho Lee, Soo Young Hur, Byung Joo Chae, Byung Joo Song, Myungshin Kim, Yonggoo Kim
BACKGROUND: While the majority of germline inactivating mutations in BRCA1/2 are small-scale mutations, large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) are also detected in a variable proportion of patients. However, routine genetic methods are incapable of detecting LGRs, and comprehensive genetic testing algorithm is necessary. METHODS: We performed multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification assay for small-scale mutation negative patients at high-risk for LGR, based on previously published LGR risk criteria...
March 28, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
Filiz Mericli, Eda Becer, Hilal Kabadayı, Azmi Hanoglu, Duygu Yigit Hanoglu, Dudu Ozkum Yavuz, Temel Ozek, Seda Vatansever
CONTEXT: Almond oil is used in traditional and complementary therapies for its numerous health benefits due to high unsaturated fatty acids content. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the composition and in vitro anticancer activity of almond oil from Northern Cyprus and compared with almond oil from Turkey. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Almond oil from Northern Cyprus was obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction and analyzed by GC-MS. Almond oil of Turkey was provided from Turkish pharmacies...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
S M Riajul Wahab, Farhadul Islam, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred King-Yin Lam
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are cancer cells that are responsible for initiation, progression, metastasis, and recurrence in cancer. The aim of this review was to analyze the markers for identifying of CSCs in colorectal carcinoma, as well as the prognostic and therapeutic implications of these markers in the cancer. CSCs are insensitive to the current drug regimens. In colorectal carcinoma, markers, including Nanog, Oct-4, SOX-2, Lgr-5, CD133, CD24, CD29, ALDH1, EpCAM, CD44, CD166, and CD26, are commonly used for the identification and isolation of CSCs...
January 25, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Jason W Sidabras, Richard R Mett, James S Hyde
This paper builds on the work of Mett and Hyde (2003) and Sidabras et al. (2005) where multiple flat aqueous sample cells placed perpendicular to electric fields in microwave cavities were used to reduce the RF losses and increase the EPR signal. In this work, we present three novel sample holders for loop-gap resonators (LGRs) and cylindrical cavity geometries. Two sample holders have been commissioned and built by polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) extrusion techniques: a 1mm O.D. capillary with a septum down the middle, named DoubleDee, and a 3...
April 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Min Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yunsong Liu, Longwei Lv, Xiao Zhang, Hao Liu, Yongsheng Zhou
The four R-spondins (RSPOs) and their three related receptors, LGR4, 5 and 6, have emerged as a major ligand-receptor system with critical roles in development and stem cell survival. However, the exact roles of the RSPO-LGR system in osteogenesis remain largely unknown. In the present study, we showed that RSPO3-shRNA increased the osteogenic potential of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) significantly. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that RSPO3 is a negative regulator of ERK/FGF signalling. We confirmed that inhibition of the ERK1/2 signalling pathway blocked osteogenic differentiation in hASCs, and the increased osteogenic capacity observed after RSPO3 knockdown in hASCs was reversed by inhibition of ERK signalling...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yu-Hwai Tsai, David R Hill, Namit Kumar, Sha Huang, Alana M Chin, Briana R Dye, Melinda S Nagy, Michael P Verzi, Jason R Spence
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Lgr family of transmembrane proteins (Lgr4, 5, 6) act as functional receptors for R-spondin proteins (Rspo 1, 2, 3, 4), and potentiate Wnt signaling in different contexts. Lgr5 is arguably the best characterized of the Lgr family members in a number of adult and embryonic contexts in mice. However, the function of LGR family members in early embryonic development is unclear, and has not been explored during human development or tissue differentiation in detail. METHODS: We interrogated the function and expression of LGR family members using human pluripotent stem cell-derived tissues including definitive endoderm, mid/hindgut, and intestinal organoids...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Yoon Jin Choi, Nayoung Kim, Hye Seung Lee, Seon Mee Park, Ji Hyun Park, Hyuk Yoon, Cheol Min Shin, Young Soo Park, Jin-Wook Kim, Dong Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: The human leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptor (LGR) 5 and CD44 are one of the candidates for the marker of gastric cancer stem cells. We compared the expressions of two genes among control, dysplasia and cancer groups. METHODS: We compared the mRNA expression of LGR5, CD44 and CD44v8-10 and immunohistochemistry (IHC) of LGR5 and CD44 in gastric antral mucosa of 45 controls, 36 patients with gastric dysplasia, and 39 patients with early gastric cancer...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Prevention
Mariya I Petrova, Elke Lievens, Tine L A Verhoeven, Jean M Macklaim, Gregory Gloor, Dominique Schols, Jos Vanderleyden, Gregor Reid, Sarah Lebeer
The probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 has been documented to survive implantation onto the vaginal epithelium and interfere with urogenital pathogens. However, the molecular mechanisms involved are largely unknown. Here, we report for the first time the construction of dedicated knock-out mutants in L. rhamnosus GR-1 to enable the study of gene functions. In a search for genes responsible for the adherence capacity of L. rhamnosus GR-1, a genomic region encoding a protein with homology to lectin-like proteins was identified...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maggie Y Jiang, Tammy L Lee, Su-Shin Hao, Sepi Mahooti, Stephen M Baird, Daniel J Donoghue, Martin Haas
Prostate Cancer represents the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States, and the third leading cause of cancer death among men in Europe. We have previously shown that cells possessing Cancer Stem Cell (CSC) characteristics can be grown from human PrCa tissue harvested at the time of prostatectomy. However, the cellular origin of these CSCs was not previously known. In most cases, simple hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stained sections are sufficient to make a definitive diagnosis of prostatic adenocarcinoma (PrCa) in needle biopsy samples...
November 15, 2016: Oncotarget
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