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Jae-Hui Nam, Young-Jun Choi, Jae Yun Lim, Joon Hong Min, Won-Serk Kim
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is regarded as an effective skin-lifting device; however, literature regarding treatment of the aging neck and décolletage with HIFU is scarce. Our study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of combination with HIFU and low-fluence Q-switched Nd:YAG (LQSNY) laser on the aging neck and décolletage. Nineteen women were assessed. HIFU at two visits and LQSNY laser at six visits were used to irradiate the neck and chest. At week 16, improvements were rated using the Dedo classification, Fabi/Bolton Chest Wrinkle Scale (FBCWS), and Global Aesthetic Improvement Scales (GAIS)...
October 20, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Natalia Lifshitz, Colleen Cassady St Clair
Growth in human populations causes habitat degradation for other species, which is usually gauged by physical changes to landscapes. Corresponding habitat degradation to air and water is also common, but its effects on individuals can be difficult to detect until they result in the decline or disappearance of populations. More proactive measures of pollution usually combine abiotic samples of soil, water or air with invasive sampling of expendable species, but this approach sometimes creates ethical dilemmas and has limited application for threatened species...
2016: Conservation Physiology
Mojgan Aminnejad, Massimo Cogliati, Shuyao Duan, Michael Arabatzis, Kathrin Tintelnot, Elizabeth Castañeda, Marcia Lazéra, Aristea Velegraki, David Ellis, Tania C Sorrell, Wieland Meyer
Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii are pathogenic basidiomycetous yeasts and the commonest cause of fungal infection of the central nervous system. Cryptococci are typically haploid but several inter-species, inter-varietal and intra-varietal hybrids have been reported. It has a bipolar mating system with sexual reproduction occurring normally between two individuals with opposite mating types, α and a. This study set out to characterize hybrid isolates within the C. neoformans/C. gattii species complex: seven unisexual mating intra-varietal VNI/VNII (αAAα) and six novel inter-varietal VNII/VNIV (aADα)...
2016: PloS One
Chao Ji, Yue Zhang, Patricia Heller, Ying Guo
Melanocytic matrical carcinoma is a very uncommon malignant neoplasm with follicular differentiation. The lesion often presents as a solitary nodule on sun-exposed skin of elderly patients. Histopathologically, it is characterized by proliferation of atypical matrical cells admixed with an increased number of melanocytes, and some atypical matrical cells may have cytoplasmic pigment. When melanocytic proliferation or melanin pigment is prominent, melanocytic metrical carcinoma can mimic melanoma. Here, we present a novel case of melanocytic matrical carcinoma mimicking melanoma in an 80-year-old man with our findings in histopathologic and immunohistochemical study...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Timothy D Leathers, Neil P J Price, Pennapa Manitchotpisit, Kenneth M Bischoff
Liamocins are unique heavier-than-water "oils" produced by certain strains of the fungus Aureobasidium pullulans. Liamocins have antibacterial activity with specificity for Streptococcus sp. Previous studies reported that liamocin yields were highest from strains of A. pullulans belonging to phylogenetic clades 8, 9, and 11, cultured on medium containing sucrose. In this study, 27 strains from these clades were examined for the first time for production of liamocins from agricultural biomass substrates. Liamocin yields were highest from strains in phylogenetic clade 11, and yields were higher from cultures grown on sucrose than from those grown on pretreated wheat straw...
December 2016: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Oscar Prospéro-García, Octavio Amancio-Belmont, Alline L Becerril Meléndez, Alejandra E Ruiz-Contreras, Mónica Méndez-Díaz
Sleep is regulated by several brain structures, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators. Endocannabinoids (eCBs) are a group of lipids with modulatory activity in the brain and bind mainly to cannabinoid receptors CB1R and CB2R, thereby modulating several brain functions, (memory, mood, food intake, pain perception). Oleoylethanolamide and palmitoylethanolamide belong to the N-acylethanolamides (NAEs) family, another type of active endogenous lipids. They bind to the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α but not to CB1R, thereby modulating food satiety, inflammation and pain...
October 15, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Yang Wang, Ting Li, Xuefei Wang, Piming Ma, Huiyu Bai, Weifu Dong, Yi Xie, Mingqing Chen
Melanin, a kind of well-known multifunctional biomacromolecules that are widely available in large quantities from a variety of natural sources. In this work, Polyurethane (PU) /melanin nanocomposites with enhanced tensile strength and toughness were successfully fabricated via in situ polymerization. It was found that the tensile strength (σ), elongation-at-break (εmax) and work to fracture (W) were increased from 5.6 MPa, 770% and 33 MJ/m3 for PU to 51.5 MPa, 1880% and 413 MJ/m3 for PU/melanin (2 wt %) nanocomposite, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Birendra Kumar Singh, Seok Hoon Park, Hyang-Bok Lee, Young-Aae Goo, Hyoung Shik Kim, Seung Hee Cho, Jeong Hun Lee, Ghe Whan Ahn, Jin Pyo Kim, Su Myoung Kang, Eun-Ki Kim
BACKGROUND: Kojic acid was used for decades in the cosmetic industry as an antimelanogenic agent. However, there are two major drawbacks of Kojic acid, one is cytotoxicity and second are instability on storage. These limitations led the scientist to synthesize the active Kojic acid peptides. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we synthesize and investigate the effect of five Kojic acid peptides to overcome the limitation of Kojic acid. METHODS: The peptide was analyzed and purified by high-performance liquid chromatography and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time of flight mass spectroscopy...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
Pham Thi Be Tu, Binh Cao Quan Nguyen, Shinkichi Tawata, Cheong-Yong Yun, Eung Gook Kim, Hiroshi Maruta
We previously demonstrated that the oncogenic kinase PAK4, which both melanomas and normal melanocytes express at a very high level, is essential for their melanogenesis. In the present study, using the highly sensitive "Macaroni-Western" (IP-ATP-Glo) kinase assay, we investigated the melanogenic potential of another oncogenic kinase PAK1, which melanoma (B16F10) cells express only at a very minute level. After transfecting melanoma cells with PAK1-shRNA for silencing PAK1 gene, melanin content, tyrosinase activity, and kinase activity of PAK1 were compared between the wild-type and transfectants...
October 17, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Junkoh Yamamoto, Shohei Shimajiri, Daisuke Akiba, Yoshiteru Nakano, Shigeru Nishizawa
BACKGROUND: An intracranial neurenteric cyst (NC) is a rare congenital benign lesion that usually has a well-demarcated cystic appearance without contrast enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In particular, an intracranial NC with an enhanced mural nodule is extremely rare. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 20-year-old man presented with left-sided hearing disturbance and headache. On MRI, a cystic mass was seen in the prepontine cistern that significantly compressed the brain stem...
October 11, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Vipul M Patel, Bhavin Kapadiya, Viral Shah
Phaeohyphomycosis is a term used to describe infections caused by dematiaceous fungi, i.e. fungi which contain melanin in their cell wall. Cladophialophora bantiana has been implicated to cause brain abscess in immunocompromised patients. Infection caused by Cladophialophora bantiana in an immunocompetent host is relatively rare. Surgical site infection at abdominal subcutaneous tissue caused by Cladophialophora bantiana was noted in this case, which was rarely reported.
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Neelam S Kumari, Shyamala Srujana, Annapoorna Sireesha, L Krishna, O Sharavan Kumar
Esophageal melanocytosis is a rare benign condition characterized by melanocytic proliferation in esophageal squamous epithelium and melanin deposition in the mucosa. Because of its uncommon nature, pathologists and gastroenterologists lack experience with this entity. We present a case of esophageal melanocytosis in a 66 years old male patient who presented with atypical chest pain and dysphagia. Endoscopic guided biopsy was done, provisional diagnosis of esophageal melanocytosis was made. Bleaching and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Lucia Mauri, Emanuela Manfredini, Alessandra Del Longo, Emanuela Veniani, Manuela Scarcello, Roberta Terrana, Adriano Egidio Radaelli, Donata Calò, Giuseppe Mingoia, Antonella Rossetti, Giovanni Marsico, Marco Mazza, Giovanni Pietro Gesu, Maria Cristina Patrosso, Silvana Penco, Elena Piozzi, Paola Primignani
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is characterized by hypopigmentation of the skin, hair and eye, and by ophthalmologic abnormalities caused by a deficiency in melanin biosynthesis. In this study we recruited 321 albino patients and screened them for the genes known to cause oculocutaneous albinism (OCA1-4 and OCA6) and ocular albinism (OA1). Our purpose was to detect mutations and genetic frequencies of the main causative genes, offering to albino patients an exhaustive diagnostic assessment within a multidisciplinary approach including ophthalmological, dermatological, audiological and genetic evaluations...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
Ophélia Le Thuc, Céline Cansell, Miled Bourourou, Raphaël Gp Denis, Katharina Stobbe, Nadège Devaux, Alice Guyon, Julie Cazareth, Catherine Heurteaux, William Rostène, Serge Luquet, Nicolas Blondeau, Jean-Louis Nahon, Carole Rovère
Sickness behavior defines the endocrine, autonomic, behavioral, and metabolic responses associated with infection. While inflammatory responses were suggested to be instrumental in the loss of appetite and body weight, the molecular underpinning remains unknown. Here, we show that systemic or central lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injection results in specific hypothalamic changes characterized by a precocious increase in the chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) followed by an increase in pro-inflammatory cytokines and a decrease in the orexigenic neuropeptide melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH)...
October 12, 2016: EMBO Reports
Chunya Ni, Marie-Sophie Narzt, Ionela-Mariana Nagelreiter, Cheng Feng Zhang, Lionel Larue, Heidemarie Rossiter, Johannes Grillari, Erwin Tschachler, Florian Gruber
Autophagy is a recycling program which allows cells to adapt to metabolic needs and to stress. Defects in autophagy can affect metabolism, aging, proteostasis and inflammation. Autophagy pathway genes, including autophagy related 7 (Atg7), have been associated with the regulation of skin pigmentation, and autophagy defects disturb the biogenesis and transport of melanosomes in melanocytes as well as transfer and processing of melanin into keratinocytes. We have previously shown that mice whose melanocytes or keratinocytes lack Atg7 (and thus autophagy) as a result of specific gene knockout still retained functioning melanosome synthesis and transfer, and displayed only moderate reduction of pigmentation...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Longyan Tian, Yonglin Wang, Jun Yu, Dianguang Xiong, Hengjun Zhao, Chengming Tian
Verticillium dahliae, a ubiquitous phytopathogenic fungus, forms resting structures, known as microsclerotia that play crucial roles in Verticillium wilt diseases. VdHog1, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), controls microsclerotia formation, virulence, and stress response in V. dahliae. In this study, we present detailed evidence that the conserved upstream component of VdHog1, VdPbs2, is a key regulator of microsclerotia formation, oxidative stress and fungicide response and plant virulence in V. dahliae...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sara Mohebbi, Florian Erfurth, Philipp Hennersdorf, Axel A Brakhage, Hans Peter Saluz
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is a technique based on the combination of classical spectroscopy and conventional digital image processing. It is also well suited for the biological assays and quantitative real-time analysis since it provides spectral and spatial data of samples. The method grants detailed information about a sample by recording the entire spectrum in each pixel of the whole image. We applied HSI to quantify the constituent pH variation in a single infected apoptotic monocyte as a model system...
2016: PloS One
Batel Deri, Margarita Kanteev, Mor Goldfeder, Daniel Lecina, Victor Guallar, Noam Adir, Ayelet Fishman
Tyrosinases are responsible for melanin formation in all life domains. Tyrosinase inhibitors are used for the prevention of severe skin diseases, in skin-whitening creams and to avoid fruit browning, however continued use of many such inhibitors is considered unsafe. In this study we provide conclusive evidence of the inhibition mechanism of two well studied tyrosinase inhibitors, KA (kojic acid) and HQ (hydroquinone), which are extensively used in hyperpigmentation treatment. KA is reported in the literature with contradicting inhibition mechanisms, while HQ is described as both a tyrosinase inhibitor and a substrate...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jian Li, Lu-Yan Tang, Wen-Wen Fu, Jin Yuan, You-Yu Sheng, Qin-Ping Yang
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) may have a biphasic effect on melanin synthesis and melanosome transfer. High H2O2 concentrations are involved in impaired melanosome transfer in vitiligo. However, low H2O2 concentration promotes the beneficial proliferation and migration of melanocytes. The aim of this study was to explore low H2O2 and its mechanism in melanosome transfer, protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) expression and calcium balance. Melanosomes were fluorescein-labeled for clear visualization of their transfer...
October 8, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Subashchandrabose Priya, Lakshmikanth Ramiah Madanagopaal, Venkaterwaran Sarada
The calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor (CEOT), also known as the Pindborg tumor, is a benign locally invasive neoplasm. Common variants of CEOT include noncalcifying, Langerhans cell, bone and cementum forming and clear cell, which have a prognostic significance. Pigmented variants are known to occur in other odontogenic tumors. However, a definitive pigmented variant of CEOT has not been reported in literature so far. Here, we report the first case of pigmented Pindborg tumor arising from the maxilla in a young female...
September 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
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