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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342116/vegf-signaling-in-neurological-disorders
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REVIEW
Joon W Shim, Joseph R Madsen
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent growth factor playing diverse roles in vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. In the brain, VEGF mediates angiogenesis, neural migration and neuroprotection. As a permeability factor, excessive VEGF disrupts intracellular barriers, increases leakage of the choroid plexus endothelia, evokes edema, and activates the inflammatory pathway. Recently, we discovered that a heparin binding epidermal growth factor like growth factor (HB-EGF)-a class of EGF receptor (EGFR) family ligands-contributes to the development of hydrocephalus with subarachnoid hemorrhage through activation of VEGF signaling...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341901/a-small-peptide-derived-from-bmp-9-can-increase-the-effect-of-bfgf-and-ngf-on-sh-sy5y-cells-differentiation
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Marc-Antoine Lauzon, Nathalie Faucheux
The current aging of the world population will increase the number of people suffering from brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). There are evidence showing that the use of growth factors such as BMP-9 could restored cognitive function as it acts on many AD hallmarks at the same time. However, BMP-9 is a big protein expensive to produce that can hardly access the central nervous system. We have therefore developed a small peptide, SpBMP-9, derived from the knuckle epitope of BMP-9 and showed its therapeutic potential in a previous study...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340071/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-regulates-microglial-functions-affecting-neuronal-survival-in-the-acute-phase-of-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
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Seoyeon Bok, Young-Eun Kim, Youngsik Woo, Soeun Kim, Suk-Jo Kang, Yoontae Lee, Sang Ki Park, Irving L Weissman, G-One Ahn
Cells universally adapt to ischemic conditions by turning on a transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF), in which its role is known to differ widely across many different types of cells. Given that microglia have been reported as an essential mediator of neuroinflammation in many brain diseases, we examined the role of HIF in microglia in the progression of an acute phase of ischemic stroke by challenging our novel strains of myeloid-specific Hif-1α or Hif-2α knockout (KO) mice created by Cre-loxP system via middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340055/concurrent-brain-radiotherapy-and-egfr-tki-may-improve-intracranial-metastases-control-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-have-survival-benefit-in-patients-with-low-ds-gpa-score
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Yongmei Liu, Lei Deng, Xiaojuan Zhou, Youling Gong, Yong Xu, Lin Zhou, Jin Wan, Bingwen Zou, Yongsheng Wang, Jiang Zhu, Zhenyu Ding, Feng Peng, Meijuan Huang, Li Ren, Tim Lautenschlaeger, Feng-Ming Spring Kong, You Lu
Epidermal growth factor receptor-tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) has intracranial activity in EGFR-mutant Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). The optimal timing of brain radiotherapy (RT) and appropriate patients who need early brain RT remains undetermined. This is a retrospective study of EGFR-mutant NSCLC patients with newly diagnosed brain metastases (BMs) before EGFR-TKI initiation. Intra-cranial progression free survival (IC-PFS) and overall survival (OS) were measured from the date of EGFR-TKI treatment...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339415/genome-wide-identification-by-transposon-insertion-sequencing-of-escherichia-coli-k1-genes-essential-for-in-vitro-growth-gastrointestinal-colonizing-capacity-and-survival-in-serum
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Alex J McCarthy, Richard A Stabler, Peter W Taylor
Escherichia coli K1 strains are major causative agents of invasive disease of the new born. The age dependency of infection can be reproduced in the neonatal rat. Colonization of the small intestine following oral administration of K1 bacteria leads rapidly to invasion of the blood circulation; bacteria that avoid capture by the mesenteric lymphatic system and evade antibacterial mechanisms in the blood may disseminate to cause organ-specific infections such as meningitis. Some E. coli K1 surface constituents, in particular the polysialic acid capsule, are known to contribute to invasive potential but a comprehensive picture of the factors that determine the fully virulent phenotype has not so far emerged...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338732/transcriptional-profile-and-epstein-barr-virus-infection-status-of-laser-cut-immune-infiltrates-from-the-brain-of-patients-with-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Caterina Veroni, Barbara Serafini, Barbara Rosicarelli, Corrado Fagnani, Francesca Aloisi
BACKGROUND: It is debated whether multiple sclerosis (MS) might result from an immunopathological response toward an active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection brought into the central nervous system (CNS) by immigrating B cells. Based on this model, a relationship should exist between the local immune milieu and EBV infection status in the MS brain. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed expression of viral and cellular genes in brain-infiltrating immune cells. METHODS: Twenty-three postmortem snap-frozen brain tissue blocks from 11 patients with progressive MS were selected based on good RNA quality and prominent immune cell infiltration...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337140/characteristics-and-prognostic-factors-for-patients-with-her2-overexpressing-breast-cancer-and-brain-metastases-in-the-era-of-her2-targeted-therapy-an-argument-for-earlier-detection
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Aki Morikawa, Rui Wang, Sujata Patil, Adi Diab, Jonathan Yang, Clifford A Hudis, Heather L McArthur, Kathryn Beal, Andrew D Seidman
BACKGROUND: Although brain metastases (BM) are associated with poor prognosis, patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) overexpressing (HER2+) breast cancer (BC) with BM who are treated with anti-HER2 therapy have a relatively longer survival after BM diagnosis compared with other subtypes and HER2+ patients previously untreated with anti-HER2 therapy. It is unclear if previously reported prognostic factors are applicable to patients with HER2+ BC in the era of HER2-targeted therapy...
December 21, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335496/localization-and-function-of-neurosecretory-protein-gm-a-novel-small-secretory-protein-in-the-chicken-hypothalamus
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Kenshiro Shikano, Yuki Bessho, Masaki Kato, Eiko Iwakoshi-Ukena, Shusuke Taniuchi, Megumi Furumitsu, Tetsuya Tachibana, George E Bentley, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Kazuyoshi Ukena
Recently, we discovered a novel cDNA encoding the precursor of a small secretory protein, neurosecretory protein GL (NPGL), in the hypothalamic infundibulum of chickens. NPGL plays an important role in the regulation of growth and feeding. A database search indicated that the NPGL gene has a paralogous gene: neurosecretory protein GM (NPGM), also in chickens. We identified cDNA encoding the NPGM precursor in chickens. Morphological analysis showed that NPGM-containing cells are specifically localized in the medial mammillary nucleus (MM) and infundibular nucleus (IN) in the hypothalamus...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335423/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-space-allowance-on-measures-of-animal-welfare-in-laboratory-mice
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Jeremy D Bailoo, Eimear Murphy, Justin A Varholick, Janja Novak, Rupert Palme, Hanno Würbel
We studied how space allowance affects measures of animal welfare in mice by systematically varying group size and cage type across three levels each in both males and females of two strains of mice (C57BL/6ByJ and BALB/cByJ; n = 216 cages, a total of 1152 mice). This allowed us to disentangle the effects of total floor area, group size, stocking density, and individual space allocation on a broad range of measures of welfare, including growth (food and water intake, body mass); stress physiology (glucocorticoid metabolites in faecal boli); emotionality (open field behaviour); brain function (recurrent perseveration in a two-choice guessing task); and home-cage behaviour (activity, stereotypic behaviour)...
January 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334295/neuritin-provides-neuroprotection-against-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
#10
Qi Liu, Hang Zhang, Jian Xu, Dong Zhao
Objectives Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Neuritin is a neurotrophic factor that regulates neural growth and development. However, the role of neuritin in alleviating TBI has not been investigated. Methods In this study, Sprague Dawley rats (n = 144) weighing 300 ± 50 g were categorized into control, sham, TBI, and TBI + neuritin groups. The neurological scores and the ultrastructure of cortical neurons, apoptotic cells, and caspase-3 were measured by using Garcia scoring system, transmission electron microscopy, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling, Western blot analysis, and real-time RT-PCR at various time points post-TBI...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333652/establishment-and-characterization-of-a-brain-cell-line-from-kelp-grouper-epinephelus-moara
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X F Liu, Y H Wu, S N Wei, N Wang, Y Z Li, N W Zhang, P F Li, Q W Qin, S L Chen
A new brain-cell line, EMB, was developed from kelp grouper Epinephelus moara, a cultured marine fish. The EMB cells were subcultured for more than 60 passages. The cells were cultured in Leibovitz's L-15 medium (L15) supplemented with antibiotics, foetal bovine serum (FBS), 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). The cells could grow at 18-30° C, with the maximum growth between 24 and 30° C. The optimum FBS concentration for the cells growth ranged between 15 and 20%. Chromosome analysis indicated that the modal chromosome number was 48 in the cells at passage 45...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331730/exenatide-exerts-cognitive-effects-by-modulating-the-bdnf-trkb-neurotrophic-axis-in-adult-mice
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Manuela Bomba, Alberto Granzotto, Vanessa Castelli, Noemi Massetti, Elena Silvestri, Lorella M T Canzoniero, Annamaria Cimini, Stefano L Sensi
Modulation of insulin-dependent signaling is emerging as a valuable therapeutic tool to target neurodegeneration. In the brain, the activation of insulin receptors promotes cell growth, neuronal repair, and protection. Altered brain insulin signaling participates in the cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer's disease patients and the aging brain. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) regulates insulin secretion and, along with GLP-1 analogues, enhances neurotrophic signaling and counteracts cognitive deficits in preclinical models of neurodegeneration...
December 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331059/neuroanatomical-correlates-of-grit-growth-mindset-mediates-the-association-between-gray-matter-structure-and-trait-grit-in-late-adolescence
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Song Wang, Jing Dai, Jingguang Li, Xu Wang, Taolin Chen, Xun Yang, Manxi He, Qiyong Gong
There is a long-standing interest in exploring the factors related to student achievement. As a newly explored personality trait, grit is defined as a person's tendency to pursue long-term goals with continual perseverance and passion, and grit plays a critical role in student achievement. Increasing evidence has shown that growth mindset, the belief that one's basic abilities are malleable and can be developed through effort, is a potential factor for cultivating grit. However, less is known about the association between grit and the brain and the role of growth mindset in this association...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330809/analysis-of-hypoxia-and-the-hypoxic-response-in-tumor-xenografts
#14
Nuray Böğürcü, Sascha Seidel, Boyan K Garvalov, Till Acker
Solid tumors are often characterized by insufficient oxygen supply (hypoxia), as a result of inadequate vascularization, which cannot keep up with the rapid growth rate of the tumor. Tumor hypoxia is a negative prognostic and predictive factor and is associated with a more aggressive phenotype in various tumor entities. Activation of the hypoxic response in tumors, which is centered around the hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs), has been causally linked to neovascularization, increased radio- and chemoresistance, altered cell metabolism, genomic instability, increased metastatic potential, and tumor stem cell characteristics...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329006/ongoing-unmet-needs-in-treating-estrogen-receptor-positive-her2-negative-metastatic-breast-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Gül A Başaran, Chris Twelves, Véronique Diéras, Javier Cortés, Ahmad Awada
Estrogen receptor-positive (ER+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 negative (HER2-) advanced or metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is the most common MBC subtype and currently remains incurable, with a median overall survival of 24.8 months (95% confidence interval, 21.3-30.3). Common sites of metastases are bone, viscera, and brain, causing significant symptoms that negatively affect patient functioning, quality of life (QoL), and work productivity. Guidelines state that endocrine therapy (ET) is preferable to chemotherapy as first-line treatment for patients with ER+ MBC, regardless of limited visceral metastases, unless rapid tumor response is required or ET resistance is suspected...
December 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326489/ondansetron-ameliorates-depression-associated-with-obesity-in-high-fat-diet-fed-experimental-mice-an-investigation-based-on-the-behavioral-biochemical-and-molecular-approach
#16
Yeshwant Kurhe, Radhakrishnan Mahesh
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is an important risk factor for depression as more than half of the obese population is susceptible for depression at double rate. Our earlier studies reported the antidepressant potential of 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, ondansetron (OND) in depression associated obesity using behavioral tasks. The present research work is aimed to evaluate the effect of OND on depression associated with obesity with special emphasis on biochemical and molecular mechanisms such as hippocampal brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), hippocampal histological examination and immunohistochemical expression of p53 proteins...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325713/the-interaction-of-tak1-and-tab1-enhances-lps-induced-cytokine-release-via-modulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-larimichthys-crocea
#17
Shi-Yuan Bao, Qing-Xue Sun, Cui-Luan Yao
Transforming growth factor-β-activating kinase 1 (TAK1) is triggered by foreign pathogenic infection and involves in proinflammatory response through the activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), which is specifically regulated by TAK1-binding protein 1 (TAB1). However, the expression and regulatory characterizations of TAK1 and TAB1 in fish immune response remain largely unknown. In the present study, the cDNA sequences of TAK1 (LcTAK1) and TAB1 (LcTAB1) were identified from large yellow croaker, Larimichthys crocea...
January 8, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324888/transcription-factor-runx1-is-pro-neurogenic-in-adult-hippocampal-precursor-cells
#18
Hirokazu Fukui, Annette Rünker, Klaus Fabel, Frank Buchholz, Gerd Kempermann
Transcription factor Runx1 (Runt Related Transcription Factor 1), plays an important role in the differentiation of hematopoetic stem cells, angiogenesis and the development of nociceptive neurons. These known functions have in common that they relate to lineage decisions. We thus asked whether such role might also be found for Runx1 in adult hippocampal neurogenesis as a process, in which such decisions have to be regulated lifelong. Runx1 shows a widespread low expression in the adult mouse brain, not particularly prominent in the hippocampus and the resident neural precursor cells...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324263/the-role-of-pro-fibrotic-biomarkers-in-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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Adina Elena Stanciu, Radu Gabriel Vatasescu, Marcel Marian Stanciu, Nafija Serdarevic, Maria Dorobantu
PURPOSE: Signaling pathways involved in electrical, structural and contractile remodeling processes behind development and progression of atrial fibrillation (AF) have not been completely elucidated, but it seems to be related to complex interactions among neurohormonal and cellular mediators. We aimed to investigate interleukin-6 (IL-6), transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1), matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), as biomarkers of atrial remodeling, in patients with paroxysmal and persistent AF, and their correlation with N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and left atrial (LA) diameter...
January 8, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323250/a-biofilm-and-organomineralisation-model-for-the-growth-and-limiting-size-of-ooids
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Murray T Batchelor, Robert V Burne, Bruce I Henry, Fei Li, Josef Paul
Ooids are typically spherical sediment grains characterised by concentric layers encapsulating a core. There is no universally accepted explanation for ooid genesis, though factors such as agitation, abiotic and/or microbial mineralisation and size limitation have been variously invoked. Here we examine the possible influence of microbial organomineralisation on the formation of some naturally occurring ooids. We develop a mathematical model for ooid growth, inspired by work on avascular brain tumours, that assumes mineralisation in a biofilm to form a central core which then nucleates the progressive growth of concentric laminations...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
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