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C R Gedling, E M Ali, A Gunadi, J J Finer, K Xie, Y Liu, N Yoshikawa, F Qu, A E Dorrance
Background: Virus induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a powerful genomics tool for interrogating the function of plant genes. Unfortunately, VIGS vectors often produce disease symptoms that interfere with the silencing phenotypes of target genes, or are frequently ineffective in certain plant genotypes or tissue types. This is especially true in crop plants like soybean [ Glycine max (L.) Merr]. To address these shortcomings, we modified the inoculation procedure of a VIGS vector based on Apple latent spherical virus (ALSV)...
2018: Plant Methods
Nobuyuki Sakai, Shinzo Ota, Yasushi Matsumoto, Rei Kondo, Tetsu Satow, Michiya Kubo, Tomoyuki Tsumoto, Yukiko Enomoto, Taketo Kataoka, Hirotoshi Imamura, Kenichi Todo, Mikito Hayakawa, Hiroshi Yamagami, Kazunori Toyoda, Yasushi Ito, Kenji Sugiu, Yuji Matsumaru, Shinichi Yoshimura
REVIVE SE (REVIVE) is a closed-ended, self-expanding stent retriever used in the RIVER JAPAN study. We present our early experience with REVIVE for revascularization of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) in patients who have failed or are ineligible for intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator treatment. This prospective, single-arm, non-randomized, multicenter registry study followed up patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy with REVIVE for 90 days. The primary endpoint was a post-procedure Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) score ≥2a...
March 9, 2018: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
Reiko Ashida, Ken-Ichi Kawabata, Takashi Maruoka, Kazuhiro Yamanaka, Hideki Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Ioka, Kazuhiro Katayama, Sachiko Tanaka
Bubble-seeded histotripsy (BSH) is a newly developed ultrasound-based mechanical fractionation technique using locally injected phase change nanodroplets (PCNDs) as sensitizers. The PCNDs are a kind of microbubble precursor compressed into submicron-size in droplets form, which were designed for local administration and will expand into microbubbles under ultrasound exposure. Previously, we reported that a combination of PCNDs injection and pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound (pHIFU) with an acoustic intensity as low as about 3 kW/cm2 at 1...
March 7, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Lei Liu, Yuanyuan Fu, Fang Zhu, Changkao Mu, Ronghua Li, Weiwei Song, Ce Shi, Yangfang Ye, Chunlin Wang
The swimming crab (Portunus trituberculatus) is among the most economically important seawater crustacean species in Asia. Despite its commercial importance and being well-studied status, genomic and transcriptomic data are scarce for this crab species. In the present study, limb bud tissue was collected at different developmental stages post amputation for transcriptomic analysis. Illumina RNA-sequencing was applied to characterise the limb regeneration transcriptome and identify the most characteristic genes...
March 7, 2018: Gene
Carolina Mondillo, María Luisa Varela, Adriana María Belén Abiuso, Ramiro Vázquez
Histamine (HA) is a pleiotropic biogenic amine synthesized exclusively by histidine decarboxylase (HDC) in most mammalian tissues. The literature on the role of HA within the male gonad has expanded over the last years, attracting attention to potential unexpected side-effects of anti-histamines on testicular function. In this regard, HA receptors (HRH1, HRH2 and HRH4) have been described in Leydig cells of different species, including human. Via these receptors, HA has been reported to trigger positive or negative interactions with the LH/hCG signaling pathway depending upon its concentration, thereby contributing to the local control of testicular androgen levels...
March 9, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Hiroyuki Kamiya, Ogee Mer Panlaqui
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(IPF) is chronic fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown aetiology. IPF is diagnosed based on the exclusion of known causes such as connective tissue diseases(CTDs). However, some patients fail to meet defined CTD criteria regardless of an implication of immunological involvement and these cases were described in a variety of terms. The classification criteria of this clinical entity consist of a combination of clinical, serological and morphological findings and it is reported to be distinct from IPF...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Wei Duan, Cong Chen, Masudul Haque, Daniel Hayes, Mandi J Lopez
BACKGROUND: Use of bioscaffolds to direct osteogenic differentiation of adult multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) without exogenous proteins is a contemporary approach to bone regeneration. Identification of in vivo osteogenic contributions of exogenous MSCs on bioscaffolds after long-term implantation is vital to understanding cell persistence and effect duration. METHODS: This study was designed to quantify in vivo equine MSC osteogenesis on synthetic polymer scaffolds with distinct mineral combinations 9 weeks after implantation in a murine model...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Neil H Riordan, Isabela Morales, Giselle Fernández, Nicole Allen, Neal E Fearnot, Michael E Leckrone, Dedra Jones Markovich, Darla Mansfield, Dorita Avila, Amit N Patel, Santosh Kesari, Jorge Paz Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressively debilitating neurological condition in which the immune system abnormally erodes the myelin sheath insulating the nerves. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have been used in the last decade to safely treat certain immune and inflammatory conditions. METHODS: A safety and feasibility study was completed on the use of umbilical cord MSC (UCMSC) as a treatment for MS. In this 1-year study, consenting subjects received seven intravenous infusions of 20 × 106 UCMSC over 7 days...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Gen Li, Dereje Jima, Fred A Wright, Andrew B Nobel
BACKGROUND: Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analysis identifies genetic markers associated with the expression of a gene. Most existing eQTL analyses and methods investigate association in a single, readily available tissue, such as blood. Joint analysis of eQTL in multiple tissues has the potential to improve, and expand the scope of, single-tissue analyses. Large-scale collaborative efforts such as the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) program are currently generating high quality data in a large number of tissues...
March 9, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Susan Sam
Metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are increasing worldwide due to the rise in the obesity epidemic. The metabolic consequences of obesity vary by distribution of adipose tissue. Visceral and ectopic adipose accumulation are associated with adverse cardiometabolic consequences, while gluteal-femoral adipose accumulation are negatively associated with these adverse complications and subcutaneous abdominal adipose accumulation is more neutral in its associations. Gender, race and ethnic differences in adipose tissue distribution have been described and could account for the observed differences in risk for cardiometabolic disease...
March 9, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
Epameinondas Kostopoulos, Christos Agiannidis, Petros Konofaos, Ioannis Kotsakis, Panagiota Hatzigianni, Gerasimos Georgopoulos, Zoe Papadatou, Chara Konstantinidou, Gregorios Champsas, Othon Papadopoulos, Vincent Casoli
INTRODUCTION: Medial canthus is a common area of skin cancer prevalence. Defects in this region represent a challenging reconstructive task. The nasal version of keystone perforator island flap (KPIF) has proven its versatility. The aim of the present study was to expand its utilization in the neighbor medial canthus area. A modified croissant-like KPIF (CKPIF) was used resolving inner convexity-related problems. The presence of procerus in the glabella area, bridging a surface from nasalis up to the frontalis, changed the traditional dissecting flap technique...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Shan Zhu, Yuanbo Liu, Mengqing Zang, Bo Chen, Shanshan Li, Bingjian Xue, Tinglu Han
OBJECTIVE: This clinical study describes a reconstructive method for facial soft-tissue defects that uses the pre-expanded forehead flap and minimizes donor site morbidities. METHODS: The surgery was subdivided into 3 stages. First stage, an appropriately sized expander was buried underneath the forehead. Second stage, after adequate inflation of the expander, a forehead flap based on the frontal branches of the superficial temporal artery was raised, and the distal portion of the flap was used to reconstruct the facial defect...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Christoph Lipps, Franziska Klein, Tom Wahlicht, Virginia Seiffert, Milada Butueva, Jeannette Zauers, Theresa Truschel, Martin Luckner, Mario Köster, Roderick MacLeod, Jörn Pezoldt, Jochen Hühn, Qinggong Yuan, Peter Paul Müller, Henning Kempf, Robert Zweigerdt, Oliver Dittrich-Breiholz, Thomas Pufe, Rainer Beckmann, Wolf Drescher, Jose Riancho, Carolina Sañudo, Thomas Korff, Bertram Opalka, Vera Rebmann, Joachim R Göthert, Paula M Alves, Michael Ott, Roland Schucht, Hansjörg Hauser, Dagmar Wirth, Tobias May
Fundamental research and drug development for personalized medicine necessitates cell cultures from defined genetic backgrounds. However, providing sufficient numbers of authentic cells from individuals poses a challenge. Here, we present a new strategy for rapid cell expansion that overcomes current limitations. Using a small gene library, we expanded primary cells from different tissues, donors, and species. Cell-type-specific regimens that allow the reproducible creation of cell lines were identified. In depth characterization of a series of endothelial and hepatocytic cell lines confirmed phenotypic stability and functionality...
March 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Manuela Hefele, Iris Stolzer, Barbara Ruder, Gui-Wei He, Mousumi Mahapatro, Stefan Wirtz, Markus F Neurath, Claudia Günther
Although induction of host cell death is a pivotal step during bacteria-induced gastroenteritis, the molecular regulation remains to be fully characterized. To expand our knowledge, we investigated the role of the central cell death regulator Caspase-8 in response to Salmonella Typhimurium. Here, we uncovered that intestinal salmonellosis was associated with strong upregulation of members of the host cell death machinery in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) as an early event, suggesting that elimination of infected IECs represents a host defense strategy...
March 8, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
Yusuke Sakai, Makiko Koike, Daisuke Kawahara, Hideko Hasegawa, Tomomi Murai, Kosho Yamanouchi, Akihiko Soyama, Masaaki Hidaka, Mitsuhisa Takatsuki, Fumihiko Fujita, Tamotsu Kuroki, Susumu Eguchi
Engineered primary hepatocytes, including co-cultured hepatocyte sheets, are an attractive to basic scientific and clinical researchers because they maintain liver-specific functions, have reconstructed cell polarity, and have high transplantation efficiency. However, co-culture conditions regarding engineered primary hepatocytes were suboptimal in promoting these advantages. Here we report that the hepatocyte morphology and liver-specific function levels are controlled by the normal human diploid fibroblast (TIG-118 cell) layer cell density...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Teerawut Nedumpun, Chaitawat Sirisereewan, Chanoknun Thanmuan, Pong Techapongtada, Rinlapas Puntarotairung, Sarun Naraprasertkul, Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, Sanipa Suradhat
Regulatory T lymphocytes (Treg) residing within the tissues, are known to possess immunosuppressive properties which contribute to immunomodulation within the organs. PRRSV infection usually weakens lung defense mechanisms, leading to porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC). Induction of circulatory Treg is one of the reported mechanisms involved in PRRSV-induced immunomodulation. However, whether PRRSV can induce tissue-infiltrating Treg in the lungs and lymph nodes is still unclear. To investigate the effect of PRRSV on induction of porcine Treg in the tissues, we isolated mononuclear cells from the lungs and tracheobronchial lymph nodes, and identified the existence of Treg by flow cytometry...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Eek-Hoon Jho
Since the first component of Hippo signaling, Wts in Drosophila, was identified in 1995, the progress of Hippo signaling studies has been very slow initially. However, after the findings suggesting that the core kinase pathway established in Drosophila was evolutionarily conserved in metazoans for the determination of organ size around 2008, the number of publications related to Hippo signaling has grown exponentially. Identification of molecular mechanisms underlying Hippo signaling response to intrinsic cues, such as cell-cell contact and mechanotransduction, as well as extrinsic cues, such as nutrients and soluble factors, has been one of the key topics of Hippo signaling...
March 9, 2018: BMB Reports
Lu Yin, Yingnan Wu, Zheng Yang, Vinitha Denslin, Xiafei Ren, Ching Ann Tee, Zhangxing Lai, Chwee Teck Lim, Jongyoon Han, Eng Hin Lee
Current clinical approaches for articular cartilage repair have not been able to restore the tissue with zonal architecture, and its biomechanical and functional properties. Mimicking the zonal organization of articular cartilage in neo-tissue by implanting zonal chondrocyte subpopulations in multilayer construct could enhance the functionality of the graft, engineering of stratified tissue has not yet been realized due to lack of efficient and specific zonal chondrocyte isolation protocol. We show that by using a spiral microchannel device, the superficial, middle and deep zone chondrocytes can be separated based on cell size, and enriched from full thickness porcine cartilage in a high-throughput, label-free manner...
March 1, 2018: Biomaterials
José A B Araujo-Filho, Antonildes N Assuncao, Marcelo D Tavares de Melo, Loïc Bière, Camila R Lima, Roberto N Dantas, Cesar H Nomura, Vera M C Salemi, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Jose R Parga
Aims: From pathophysiological mechanisms to risk stratification and management, much debate and discussion persist regarding left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). This study aimed to characterize myocardial T1 mapping and extracellular volume (ECV) fraction by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR), and investigate how these biomarkers relate to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and ventricular arrhythmias (VA) in LVNC. Methods and results: Patients with LVNC (n = 36) and healthy controls (n = 18) were enrolled to perform a CMR with T1 mapping...
March 6, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Amar Bouam, Parvin Heidarieh, Abodolrazagh Hashemi Shahraki, Fazel Pourahmad, Mehdi Mirsaeidi, Mohamad Hashemzadeh, Emeline Baptiste, Nicholas Armstrong, Anthony Levasseur, Catherine Robert, Michel Drancourt
Four slowly growing mycobacteria isolates were isolated from the respiratory tract and soft tissue biopsies collected in four unrelated patients in Iran. Conventional phenotypic tests indicated that these four isolates were identical to Mycobacterium lentiflavum while 16S rRNA gene sequencing yielded a unique sequence separated from that of M. lentiflavum. One representative strain AFP-003T was characterized as comprising a 6,121,237-bp chromosome (66.24% guanosine-cytosine content) encoding for 5,758 protein-coding genes, 50 tRNA and one complete rRNA operon...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
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