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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782304/role-of-in-vivo-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-in-the-analysis-of-melanocytic-lesions
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Elena-Daniela Serban, Francesca Farnetani, Giovanni Pellacani, Maria Magdalena Constantin
Worldwide melanoma incidence and mortality are increasing (1). Despite the ongoing research, advanced melanoma is still incurable; therefore, the most appropriate solution seems to be early detection combined with complete surgical excision (2). Since the diagnostic protocol of suspicious lesions includes a complete excision with safety margins (2), the problem of unnecessary scarring is significant. The real challenge in this case is to have a properly formulated diagnosis before acquiring a biopsy. Currently available non-invasive techniques are coherence tomography, digital dermoscopy, and reflectance confocal microscopy...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780233/spinal-meningeal-melanocytoma-in-a-5-year-old-child-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#2
Ahmed M Salah El-Din, Hashem M Aboul-Ela, Mohamed F Alsawy, Ahmed Koheil, Ahmed H Ashry
Background: Meningeal melanocytoma is considered a rare lesion arising from leptomeningeal melanocytes. Nearly two thirds of meningeal melanocytomas were reported in the intracranial compartment and the remaining one third in the spine. Spinal melanocytomas can be extradural or intradural, with extradural variant being more common, and the majority of cases have been single reports. Methods: A 5-year-old male presented with a 4-month history of non-radiating low back pain persistent at rest, with otherwise non-remarkable medical history...
2018: The Egyptian journal of neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777103/bacterial-encapsulins-as-orthogonal-compartments-for-mammalian-cell-engineering
#3
Felix Sigmund, Christoph Massner, Philipp Erdmann, Anja Stelzl, Hannes Rolbieski, Mitul Desai, Sarah Bricault, Tobias P Wörner, Joost Snijder, Arie Geerlof, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Albert J R Heck, Alan Jasanoff, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jürgen Plitzko, Gil G Westmeyer
We genetically controlled compartmentalization in eukaryotic cells by heterologous expression of bacterial encapsulin shell and cargo proteins to engineer enclosed enzymatic reactions and size-constrained metal biomineralization. The shell protein (EncA) from Myxococcus xanthus auto-assembles into nanocompartments inside mammalian cells to which sets of native (EncB,C,D) and engineered cargo proteins self-target enabling localized bimolecular fluorescence and enzyme complementation. Encapsulation of the enzyme tyrosinase leads to the confinement of toxic melanin production for robust detection via multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT)...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777046/lack-of-tumour-pigmentation-in-conjunctival-melanoma-is-associated-with-light-iris-colour-and-worse-prognosis
#4
Niels J Brouwer, Marina Marinkovic, Gregorius P M Luyten, Carol L Shields, Martine J Jager
AIM: To investigate whether differences in iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation are related to clinical outcome in conjunctival melanoma. METHODS: Data of 70 patients with conjunctival melanoma from the Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, The Netherlands) and 374 patients from the Wills Eye Hospital (Philadephia, USA) were reviewed. The relation between iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation versus clinical parameters and outcome was investigated using univariate and multivariate regression analyses...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774634/study-of-hyperpigmentation-in-human-skin-disorder-using-different-electron-microscopy-techniques
#5
Seulgi Noh, Hyosun Choi, Ji Soo Kim, Il-Hwan Kim, Ji Young Mun
There is a global trend of increase in the demand for three-dimensional electron microscopy with high resolution. The ultrastructural change and related functional studies are necessary to investigate biological phenomena. In this study, currently available 3D reconstruction techniques of electron microscopes (serial block-face scanning electron microscopy and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy) were used to investigate hyperpigmentary disorders in human skin. In the basal layer of the epidermis in the human skin, there are melanocytes that produce melanin and keratinocytes that act as a barrier against environmental damage...
May 18, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774068/platelet-camouflaged-nanococktail-simultaneous-inhibition-of-drug-resistant-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-via-a-cancer-cells-and-tumor-vasculature-dual-targeting-strategy
#6
Lijia Jing, Haijing Qu, Dongqi Wu, Chaojian Zhu, Yongbo Yang, Xing Jin, Jian Zheng, Xiangsheng Shi, Xiufeng Yan, Yang Wang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) poses a great challenge to cancer therapy. It is difficult to inhibit the growth of MDR cancer due to its chemoresistance. Furthermore, MDR cancers are more likely to metastasize, causing a high mortality among cancer patients. In this study, a nanomedicine RGD-NPVs@MNPs/DOX was developed by encapsulating melanin nanoparticles (MNPs) and doxorubicin (DOX) inside RGD peptide (c(RGDyC))-modified nanoscale platelet vesicles (RGD-NPVs) to efficiently inhibit the growth and metastasis of drug-resistant tumors via a cancer cells and tumor vasculature dual-targeting strategy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773006/antimelanogenesis-and-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-selected-culinary-medicinal-mushrooms
#7
Hazwani Mat Saad, Kae Shin Sim, Yee Shin Tan
Five culinary-medicinal mushrooms are commonly available in the Malaysian market: Agaricus bisporus (white and brown), Ganoderma lucidum, Hypsizygus marmoreus, Pleurotus floridanus, and P. pulmonarius. These species were selected for use in the current study, the aim of which was to investigate the antimelanogenesis and anti-inflammatory activity of these mushrooms in an attempt to evaluate their potential use in cosmeceuticals. Mushroom fruiting bodies were extracted with hot water, and the extracts were freeze-dried before testing...
2018: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772675/silencing-stem-cell-factor-gene-in-fibroblasts-to-regulate-paracrine-factor-productions-and-enhance-c-kit-expression-in-melanocytes-on-melanogenesis
#8
Pin-Hui Li, Li-Heng Liu, Cheng-Chung Chang, Rong Gao, Chung-Hang Leung, Dik-Lung Ma, Hui-Min David Wang
Melanogenesis is a complex physiological mechanism involving various paracrine factors. Skin cells such as keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and melanocytes communicate with one another through secreted regulators, thereby regulating the melanocytes' bio-functions. The stem cell factor (SCF) is a paracrine factor produced by fibroblasts, and its receptor, c-kit, is expressed on melanocytes. Binding of SCF to c-kit activates autophosphorylation and tyrosine kinase to switch on its signal transmission. SCF inhibition does not suppress fibroblast proliferation in MTT assay, and SCF silencing induced mRNA expressions of paracrine factor genes, HGF , NRG-1 , and CRH in qPCR results...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768520/clinical-and-immunohistochemical-study-of-melanotic-neuroectodermal-tumor-of-infancy-in-the-maxilla
#9
Hellen Bandeira de Pontes Santos, Aníbal Henrique Barbosa de Luna, Pedro Everton Marques Goes, Alexander Tadeu Sverzut, Cassiano Francisco Weege Nonaka, Pollianna Muniz Alves
Melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy is a rare and fast-growing neoplasm. In this study, we describe the case of a 6-month-old female patient, who presented swelling in the anterior maxilla. Tomographic reconstruction showed an unilocular hypodense and expansive area associated with the upper right central primary incisor. The presumptive diagnoses were dentigerous cyst, adenomatoid odontogenic tumor, melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy and rhabdomyosarcoma, and an incisional biopsy was performed...
May 14, 2018: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766940/melanotic-intracranial-epidermoid-case-report-and-description-of-a-new-subtype
#10
Krishnamurthy Sridhar, Mukul Vij
Intracranial epidermoids are generally seen as hypodense nonenhancing lesions on computed tomography scans; and, as T1 hypointense and T2 hyperintense lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Unusual radiological findings have been reported earlier. The authors present the case of a 54-year old male patient who had prior intracranial surgery. On MRI, there was a thick peripheral mantle of diffusion restriction with a central core of brilliant T1 hyperintensity and very black T2 hypointensity. The peripheral mantle showing diffusion restriction was heterogeneously T1 hypointense and T2 hyperintense...
May 2018: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763860/ants-and-their-nests-as-indicators-for-industrial-heavy-metal-contamination
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Oksana Skaldina, Sirpa Peräniemi, Jouni Sorvari
Ants accumulate heavy metals and respond to pollution with modification in species composition, community structure, altered behaviour and immunity. However, the levels of heavy metals in ants' nests and explicit individual-level responses towards heavy metals have not been revealed. We found that red wood ants Formica lugubris accumulate high and correlated values of such heavy metals as Al, Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn both in ants and nest material near cobalt smelter in Finland. Relative differences in metal concentrations were higher in nests than in ants...
May 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763564/inhibitors-of-melanogenesis-an-updated-review
#12
Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Manoj Manickam, Sang Hun Jung
Melanins are pigment molecules that determine the skin, eye, and hair color of the human subject to its amount, quality and distribution. Melanocytes synthesize melanin and provide epidermal protection from various stimuli, such as harmful ultraviolet radiation, through the complex process called melanogenesis. However, a serious dermatological problems occur when the excessive production of melanin in different parts of the human body. These include freckles, melasma, senile lentigo, pigmented acne scars and cancer...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761997/-research-progress-on-characteristics-and-applications-of-melanin-nanoparticles
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REVIEW
Liu Yang, Yinghu Zhao, Fang Wang, Haiying Liu, Qinqin Li, Linbian Wang, Li Gao
Melanin nanoparticles (MNPs) not only retain the inherent characteristics of melanin (metal ion chelation, photothermal conversion property, etc .), but also can exhibit more excellent properties, such as high dispersion stability, good biocompatibility and biodegradability, etc . Furthermore, these performances can be enhanced to target the specific sites and treat diseases by the surface modification or combination with functional substance. In this paper, the characteristics, preparation methods and applications of MNPs were reviewed...
December 1, 2017: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761529/pigmentation-and-vision-is-gpr143-in-control
#14
REVIEW
Brian S McKay
Albinism, typically characterized by decreased melanin synthesis, is associated with significant visual deficits owing to developmental changes during neurosensory retina development. All albinism is caused by genetic mutations in a group of diverse genes including enzymes, transporters, G-protein coupled receptor. Interestingly, these genes are not expressed in the neurosensory retina. Further, regardless of cause of albinism, all forms of albinism have the same retinal pathology, the extent of which is variable...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759015/morphologic-and-immunohistochemical-characteristics-of-anorectal-melanoma
#15
Ahmad Charifa, Xuchen Zhang
Anorectal melanoma is a rare aggressive disease. Due to its rarity and considerable histologic and immunohistochemical variabilities, misdiagnosis as lymphoma, carcinoma, sarcoma, and/or gastrointestinal stromal tumor is not uncommon, particularly in amelanotic cases. We reviewed histologic features and immunohistochemical stains of 19 anorectal melanoma cases. Histopathologic features were evaluated including junctional activity, melanin pigment, and morphologic features. Immunohistochemical stains were performed using Sox10, S100 protein, HMB-45, melan-A, CD56, and cytokeratins...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758350/the-true-colours-of-the-flatworm-mechanisms-of-pigment-biosynthesis-and-pigment-cell-lineage-development-in-planarians
#16
REVIEW
Nicole Lindsay-Mosher, Bret J Pearson
Pigment cells serve a variety of important uses across the animal kingdom, and in many species can change and regenerate throughout the lifetime of the organism. The functions of these cells, as well as their origins in both embryonic development and adult regeneration, are not fully understood. Here, we review advances in the study of pigment cells in the freshwater planarian, a model system for stem cell biology and regeneration. Freshwater planarians produce at least three pigment types to generate brown eye and body colouration: melanin, porphyrin, and ommochrome...
May 11, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758252/depression-resistant-phenotype-in-mice-overexpressing-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-8-rgs8
#17
Yuki Kobayashi, Risa Takemoto, Shogo Yamato, Tomoya Okada, Michihiko Iijima, Yoshikatsu Uematsu, Shigeyuki Chaki, Yumiko Saito
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins are negative regulators of heterotrimeric G proteins that act by accelerating Gα-mediated GTPase activity to terminate G protein-coupled receptor-associated signaling. RGS8 is expressed in several brain regions involved with movement and mood. To investigate the role of RGS8 in vivo, we generated transgenic mice overexpressing brain RGS8 (RGS8tg). RGS8 gene and protein expressions were examined by real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry, respectively, and a significant increase in RGS8 protein was detected in the hippocampal CA1 region compared with wild-type mice (WT)...
May 11, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755554/evaluation-of-antioxidant-and-anti-melanogenic-activity-of-different-extracts-of-aerial-parts-of-n-sintenisii-in-murine-melanoma-b16f10-cells
#18
Maryam Akaberi, Seyed Ahmad Emami, Mohsen Vatani, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran
Nepeta (Lamiaceae) is an important genus with beneficial medicinal properties. N. sintenisii Bornm. has been used in folk medicine of Iran to cure various diseases. We investigated the anti-melanogenesis effects of n -hexane, MeOH, CH2 Cl2 , n -BuOH, EtOAc, and H2 O extracts isolated from the plant in B16 melanoma cells. Various assays including cytotoxicity, mushroom tyrosinase inhibition, inhibition of cellular tyrosinase, melanin content, the amount of reactive oxygen species and western blotting were done to assess the plant activities on melanogenesis inhibition...
2018: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755353/importance-of-toxicokinetics-to-assess-the-utility-of-zebrafish-larvae-as-model-for-psychoactive-drug-screening-using-meta-chlorophenylpiperazine-mcpp-as-example
#19
Krishna Tulasi Kirla, Ksenia J Groh, Michael Poetzsch, Rakesh Kumar Banote, Julita Stadnicka-Michalak, Rik I L Eggen, Kristin Schirmer, Thomas Kraemer
The number of new psychoactive substances (NPS) increases rapidly, harming society and fuelling the need for alternative testing strategies. These should allow the ever-increasing number of drugs to be tested more effectively for their toxicity and psychoactive effects. One proposed strategy is to complement rodent models with zebrafish ( Danio rerio ) larvae. Yet, our understanding of the toxicokinetics in this model, owing to the waterborne drug exposure and the distinct physiology of the fish, is incomplete...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752877/characterization-of-rpe-melanin-and-degraded-synthetic-melanin-using-mass-spectrometry-and-in-vitro-biochemical-diagnostics
#20
Sally M Yacout, Kelsey L McIlwain, Shama P Mirza, Elizabeth R Gaillard
With increasing age, there is an observable loss of melanin in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. It is possible that degradation of the pigment contributes to the pathogenesis of retinal disease, as the cellular antioxidant material is depleted. Functionally, intact melanin maintains protective qualities, while oxidative degradation of melanin promotes reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and formation of metabolic byproducts, such as melanolipofuscin. Understanding the structural and functional changes to RPE melanin with increasing age may contribute to a better understanding of disease progression and risk factors for conditions such as Age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...
May 12, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
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