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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877054/melanotic-translocation-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-a-novel-arid1b-tfe3-gene-fusion
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Tatjana Antic, Jerome B Taxy, Mir Alikhan, Jeremy Segal
A 36-year-old male was found to have a 7.0 cm left upper pole renal mass on renal ultrasound. Following nephrectomy, the mass was grossly ill-demarcated, friable and red-brown, invading renal parenchyma, hilar fat and the renal vein. Microscopically, the tumor had a nested and papillary architecture. The cells demonstrated abundant clear and eosinophilic cytoplasm and focal intracytoplasmic melanin pigment. Nucleoli were prominent. By immunohistochemistry, the tumor was positive for TFE3; HMB-45 stained approximately 5% of tumor cells corresponding to the histologic melanin pigment, which was confirmed with Fontana-Masson stain with bleach...
September 4, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869973/palmitoylation-dependent-activation-of-mc1r-prevents-melanomagenesis
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Shuyang Chen, Bo Zhu, Chengqian Yin, Wei Liu, Changpeng Han, Baoen Chen, Tongzheng Liu, Xin Li, Xiang Chen, Chunying Li, Limin Hu, Jun Zhou, Zhi-Xiang Xu, Xiumei Gao, Xu Wu, Colin R Goding, Rutao Cui
The melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R), a G-protein-coupled receptor, has a crucial role in human and mouse pigmentation. Activation of MC1R in melanocytes by α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) stimulates cAMP signalling and melanin production and enhances DNA repair after ultraviolet irradiation. Individuals carrying MC1R variants, especially those associated with red hair colour, fair skin and poor tanning ability (denoted as RHC variants), are associated with higher risk of melanoma. However, how MC1R activity is modulated by ultraviolet irradiation, why individuals with red hair are more prone to developing melanoma, and whether the activity of RHC variants might be restored for therapeutic benefit are unknown...
September 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756194/red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-melanin-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-photothermal-therapy
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Qin Jiang, Zimiao Luo, Yongzhi Men, Peng Yang, Haibao Peng, Ranran Guo, Ye Tian, Zhiqing Pang, Wuli Yang
Photothermal therapy (PTT) has represented a promising noninvasive approach for cancer treatment in recent years. However, there still remain challenges in developing non-toxic and biodegradable biomaterials with high photothermal efficiency in vivo. Herein, we explored natural melanin nanoparticles extracted from living cuttlefish as effective photothermal agents and developed red blood cell (RBC) membrane-camouflaged melanin (Melanin@RBC) nanoparticles as a platform for in vivo antitumor PTT. The as-obtained natural melanin nanoparticles demonstrated strong absorption at NIR region, higher photothermal conversion efficiency (∼40%) than synthesized melanin-like polydopamine nanoparticles (∼29%), as well as favorable biocompatibility and biodegradability...
July 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753659/melanic-variation-underlies-aposematic-color-variation-in-two-hymenopteran-mimicry-systems
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Heather M Hines, Paige Witkowski, Joseph S Wilson, Kazumasa Wakamatsu
The stinging hymenopteran velvet ants (Mutillidae) and bumble bees (Apidae: Bombus spp.) have both undergone extensive diversification in aposematic color patterns, including yellow-red hues and contrasting dark-light body coloration, as a result of Müllerian mimicry. Understanding the genetic and developmental mechanisms underlying shifts in these mimetic colors requires characterization of their pigmentation. In this study, a combination of solubility, spectrophotometry, and melanin degradation analysis are applied to several color forms and species of these lineages to determine that orange-red colors in both lineages are comprised of primarily dopamine-derived pheomelanins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678835/myotis-rufoniger-genome-sequence-and-analyses-m-rufoniger-s-genomic-feature-and-the-decreasing-effective-population-size-of-myotis-bats
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Youngjune Bhak, Yeonsu Jeon, Sungwon Jeon, Oksung Chung, Sungwoong Jho, JeHoon Jun, Hak-Min Kim, Yongsoo Cho, Changhan Yoon, Seungwoo Lee, Jung-Hoon Kang, Jong-Deock Lim, Junghwa An, Yun Sung Cho, Doug-Young Ryu, Jong Bhak
Myotis rufoniger is a vesper bat in the genus Myotis. Here we report the whole genome sequence and analyses of the M. rufoniger. We generated 124 Gb of short-read DNA sequences with an estimated genome size of 1.88 Gb at a sequencing depth of 66× fold. The sequences were aligned to M. brandtii bat reference genome at a mapping rate of 96.50% covering 95.71% coding sequence region at 10× coverage. The divergence time of Myotis bat family is estimated to be 11.5 million years, and the divergence time between M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676950/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-molecular-mechanism-underlying-gray-to-red-body-color-formation-in-red-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-red-var
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Yongqin Zhang, Jinhui Liu, Liangyue Peng, Li Ren, Huiqin Zhang, Lijun Zou, Wenbin Liu, Yamei Xiao
Red crucian carp (Carassius auratus red var.) is an ornamental fish with vivid red/orange color. It has been found that the adult body color of this strain forms a gray-to-red change. In this study, skin transcriptomes of red crucian carp are first obtained for three different stages of body color development, named by gray-color (GC), color-variation (CV), and red-color (RC) stages, respectively. From the skins of GC, CV, and RC, 103,229; 108,208; and 120,184 transcripts have been identified, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608842/talaromyces-marneffei-genomic-transcriptomic-proteomic-and-metabolomic-studies-reveal-mechanisms-for-environmental-adaptations-and-virulence
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REVIEW
Susanna K P Lau, Chi-Ching Tsang, Patrick C Y Woo
Talaromycesmarneffei is a thermally dimorphic fungus causing systemic infections in patients positive for HIV or other immunocompromised statuses. Analysis of its ~28.9 Mb draft genome and additional transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic studies revealed mechanisms for environmental adaptations and virulence. Meiotic genes and genes for pheromone receptors, enzymes which process pheromones, and proteins involved in pheromone response pathway are present, indicating its possibility as a heterothallic fungus...
June 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585335/comparison-of-two-skin-imaging-analysis-instruments-the-visia-%C3%A2-from-canfield-vs-the-antera-3d-%C3%A2-cs-from-miravex
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F Linming, H Wei, L Anqi, C Yuanyu, X Heng, P Sushmita, L Yiming, L Li
BACKGROUND: The skin imaging analysis instruments are widely used to record and measure the surface and subsurface skin conditions. The main aim of this study is to reveal the differences and correlations in measuring wrinkle, skin texture, coloration/evenness, vascular features, and pore between two commercially available instruments. METHODS: Twenty-eight subjects were enrolled in the study. A 2*2 cm cardboard was used to make sure the two instruments analyze the same area...
June 5, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560094/eumelanin-and-pheomelanin-are-predominant-pigments-in-bumblebee-apidae-bombus-pubescence
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Carlo Polidori, Alberto Jorge, Concepción Ornosa
BACKGROUND: Bumblebees (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Bombus) are well known for their important inter- and intra-specific variation in hair (or pubescence) color patterns, but the chemical nature of the pigments associated with these patterns is not fully understood. For example, though melanization is believed to provide darker colors, it still unknown which types of melanin are responsible for each color, and no conclusive data are available for the lighter colors, including white. METHODS: By using dispersive Raman spectroscopy analysis on 12 species/subspecies of bumblebees from seven subgenera, we tested the hypothesis that eumelanin and pheomelanin, the two main melanin types occurring in animals, are largely responsible for bumblebee pubescence coloration...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525626/skin-pigmentation-and-risk-of-hearing-loss-in-women
#10
Brian M Lin, Wen-Qing Li, Sharon G Curhan, Konstantina M Stankovic, Abrar A Qureshi, Gary C Curhan
Black individuals have a lower risk of hearing loss than do whites, possibly because of differences in cochlear melanocytes. Previous studies have suggested that darker-skinned individuals tend to have more inner ear melanin, and cochlear melanocytes are important in generating the endocochlear potential. We investigated the relationship between self-reported hearing loss and skin pigmentation by using hair color, skin tanning ability, and skin reaction to prolonged sun exposure as surrogate measures of pigmentation among 49,323 white women in the Nurses' Health Study...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457509/haplotypes-from-the-slc45a2-gene-are-associated-with-the-presence-of-freckles-and-eye-hair-and-skin-pigmentation-in-brazil
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Nádia Carolina de Aguiar Fracasso, Edilene Santos de Andrade, Cláudia Emília Vieira Wiezel, Claudia Caixeta Franco Andrade, Lídia Renata Zanão, Mateus Spinelli da Silva, Leonardo Arduino Marano, Eduardo Antônio Donadi, Erick C Castelli, Aguinaldo Luiz Simões, Celso Teixeira Mendes-Junior
The Solute Carrier Family 45, Member 2 (SLC45A2) gene encodes the Membrane-Associated Transporter Protein (MATP), which mediates melanin synthesis by tyrosinase trafficking and proton transportation to melanosomes. At least two SLC45A2 coding SNPs [E272K (rs26722) and L374F (rs16891982)] were reported influencing normal variation of human pigmentation. Here we aimed at evaluating the influence of haplotypes of 12 SNPs within SLC45A2 in the determination of eye, hair and skin pigmentation in a highly admixed population sample and comparing their frequencies with the ones found in data retrieved from the 1000 Genomes Project...
March 2017: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447351/estimating-melanin-location-in-the-pigmented-skin-lesions-by-hue-saturation-lightness-color-space-values-of-dermoscopic-images
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Sakai, Yoshimi Ando, Kuniko Ikinaga, Masaru Tanaka
The depth of melanin in the skin can be estimated roughly by observation of the color exhibited on dermoscopy. Currently, there are no objective methods to estimate it. The aim of the present study was to clarify the relationship between the depth of melanin in the skin and the color variation exhibited, and to objectively estimate the 3-D location of melanin in the pigmented skin lesions from dermoscopic images. Representative colors in dermoscopic images of acral compound nevus, Spitz nevus and blue nevus were evaluated by the subjectively perceived color on dermoscopy and objective values in hue-saturation-lightness color space values...
May 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427902/effects-of-different-green-light-intensities-on-the-growth-performance-and-endocrine-properties-of-barfin-flounder-verasper-moseri
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Akiyoshi Takahashi, Satoshi Kasagi, Naoto Murakami, Sumihisa Furufuji, Shigeto Kikuchi, Kanta Mizusawa, Tadashi Andoh
We previously reported that the somatic growth of barfin flounder, Verasper moseri, was effectively stimulated by the green light compared to the blue and red lights. Herein, we report the effects of different green light intensities on the growth and endocrine system of the fish. Fish were reared in a dark room with light from a light-emitting diode (LED) at a peak wavelength of 518nm under controlled photoperiod (10.5:13.5h, light:dark cycle; 06:00-16:30, light) with three levels of photon flux density (PFD)-2 (low), 7 (medium), or 21 (high) μmol·m(-2)·s(-1) at the water surface...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350034/spectrophotometric-analysis-at-the-single-cell-level-elucidating-dispersity-within-melanic-immortalized-cell-populations
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Luis Polo-Parada, Gerardo Gutiérrez-Juárez, David Cywiak, Rafael Pérez-Solano, Gary A Baker
It is widely held that the melanosome is an exemplar of the absorption features of melanin-containing cells, which are assumed to be uniform in both size and optical characteristics. In recent years, however, it has become increasingly apparent that this is a strikingly poor assumption. Indeed, melanin extracted from natural sources and synthetic melanin both show wide variability in their degree of polymerization (molecular weight) and spectroscopic characteristics. In the current study, imaging spectrophotometry performed on individual cells of immortalized melanin-producing cell lines revealed broad distributions in their sizes: 9...
May 2, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330217/sulfitolytic-and-keratinolytic-potential-of-chryseobacterium-sp-rbt-revealed-hydrolysis-of-melanin-containing-feathers
#15
Ranjit G Gurav, Jingchun Tang, Jyoti P Jadhav
In black feathers, melanin is embedded in keratin matrix that makes feather more resistance to the microbial degradation. Chryseobacterium sp. RBT previously isolated from the poultry waste disposable site revealed strong sulfitolytic and keratinolytic activities. Maximum keratinase activity was observed at 48 h (89.12 U ml(-1)) showed 83 % of native black feather degradation. The concentration of free sulfhydryl groups released during degradation was 0.648 × 10(-4) M (12 h), 2.144 × 10(-4) M (96 h), and however, declined on prolong incubation to 1...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316605/detection-of-potential-chloroplastic-substrates-for-polyphenol-oxidase-suggests-a-role-in-undamaged-leaves
#16
Tinne Boeckx, Ana Winters, K Judith Webb, Alison H Kingston-Smith
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs) have a recognized role during pathogen and arthropod attack. As an immediate consequence of such wounding, cellular compartmentation is destroyed allowing the chloroplastic PPO enzyme to interact with vacuolar substrates catalyzing the oxidation of monophenols and/or o-diphenols to o-diquinones. This ultimately results in a reduction in the nutritional value of wounded tissue through the formation of non-digestible secondary melanin pigments. However, the chloroplastic location of PPO enzyme could indicate a role for PPO in undamaged tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283753/cosmetic-applications-of-glucitol-core-containing-gallotannins-from-a-proprietary-phenolic-enriched-red-maple-acer-rubrum-leaves-extract-inhibition-of-melanogenesis-via-down-regulation-of-tyrosinase-and-melanogenic-gene-expression-in-b16f10-melanoma-cells
#17
Hang Ma, Jialin Xu, Nicholas A DaSilva, Ling Wang, Zhengxi Wei, Liangran Guo, Shelby L Johnson, Wei Lu, Jun Xu, Qiong Gu, Navindra P Seeram
The red maple (Acer rubrum) is a rich source of phenolic compounds which possess galloyl groups attached to different positions of a 1,5-anhydro-D-glucitol core. While these glucitol-core containing gallotannins (GCGs) have reported anti-oxidant and anti-glycative effects, they have not yet been evaluated for their cosmetic applications. Herein, the anti-tyrosinase and anti-melanogenic effects of a proprietary phenolic-enriched red maple leaves extract [Maplifa(™); contains ca. 45% ginnalin A (GA) along with other GCGs] were investigated using enzyme and cellular assays...
May 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242435/liposomal-delivery-of-ferrous-chlorophyllin-a-novel-third-generation-photosensitizer-for-in-vitro-pdt-of-melanoma
#18
Iman Gomaa, Aya Sebak, Nagia Afifi, Mahmoud Abdel-Kader
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous melanoma (CM) has substantially increased among Caucasian populations in the past few decades. This increased the number of CM deaths throughout the world. Pigmentation of melanoma reduces the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Third generation photosensitizers (PSs) are characterized by improved targeting to the diseased tissue and reduced systemic side effects. This study is directed towards synthesis and characterization of liposomes encapsulating sodium ferrous chlorophyllin (Fe-CHL) and assessing its efficacy as a PS in PDT of melanoma...
February 24, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193726/genetic-basis-of-melanin-pigmentation-in-butterfly-wings
#19
Linlin Zhang, Arnaud Martin, Michael W Perry, Karin R L van der Burg, Yuji Matsuoka, Antónia Monteiro, Robert D Reed
Despite the variety, prominence, and adaptive significance of butterfly wing patterns, surprisingly little is known about the genetic basis of wing color diversity. Even though there is intense interest in wing pattern evolution and development, the technical challenge of genetically manipulating butterflies has slowed efforts to functionally characterize color pattern development genes. To identify candidate wing pigmentation genes, we used RNA sequencing to characterize transcription across multiple stages of butterfly wing development, and between different color pattern elements, in the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui This allowed us to pinpoint genes specifically associated with red and black pigment patterns...
April 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024137/-secrets-of-the-red-headed
#20
REVIEW
Zygmunt Zdrojewicz, Małgorzata Kowalik, Adam Jagodziński
Only 1-2% of people is red-headed but in the Russian Udmurt Republic or United Kingdom they can be met more often. A specific variant of MC1R gene (R allele) is responsible for the red hair. The gene encodes a receptor for melanocortins. These substances stimulate melanocytes to product melanin- a dye of the skin which is transported to keratinocytes. It protects a cellular nucleus from ultraviolet radiation. Melanin has two types: eumelanin which is dark brown or even black and red/orange pheomelanin. The second one is mostly observed in red-headed which is caused by R allele...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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