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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164181/gingival-depigmentation-using-er-yag-laser-and-scalpel-technique-a-six-month-prospective-clinical-study
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Rola Alhabashneh, Obaida Darawi, Yousef S Khader, Lama Ashour
OBJECTIVE: To compare the 6-month clinical efficacy of Er:YAG laser and standard scalpel technique in treating gingival hyperpigmentation. METHOD AND MATERIALS: Patients requesting treatment for moderate to severe gingival hyperpigmentation in the maxilla were enrolled in this split-mouth study. The contralateral maxillary sides were randomly assigned to receive either Er:YAG laser (continuous wavelength of 2,940 nm) with a noncontact tip or the standard scalpel technique...
November 21, 2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160957/insect-cuticular-melanins-are-distinctly-different-from-those-of-mammalian-epidermal-melanins
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Hanine Barek, Manickam Sugumaran, Shosuke Ito, Kazumasa Wakamatsu
Melanin from several insect samples were isolated and subjected to chemical degradation and HPLC analysis for melanin markers. Quantification of different melanin markers reveals that insect melanins are significantly different from that of the mammalian epidermal melanins. The eumelanin produced in mammals are derived from the oxidative polymerization of both 5,6-dihydroxyindole and 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid. The pheomelanin is formed by the oxidative polymerization of cysteinyldopa. Thus dopa is the major precursor for both eumelanin and pheomelanin in mammals...
November 21, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158996/anterior-posterior-gene-expression-differences-in-three-lake-malawi-cichlid-fishes-with-variation-in-body-stripe-orientation
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Ehsan Pashay Ahi, Kristina M Sefc
Morphological differentiation among closely related species provides opportunities to study mechanisms shaping natural phenotypic variation. Here, we address variation in the orientation of melanin-colored body stripes in three cichlid species of the tribe Haplochromini. Melanochromis auratus displays a common pattern of dark, straight horizontal body stripes, whereas in Aristochromis christyi and Buccochromis rhoadesii, oblique stripes extend from the anterior dorsal to the posterior mid-lateral trunk. We first validated a stably reference gene, and then, investigated the chromatophore distribution in the skin by assessing the expression levels of the iridophore and melanophore marker genes, ltk and slc24a5, respectively, as well as pmel, a melanophore pigmentation marker gene...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158724/comparative-proteomic-analysis-between-nitrogen-supplemented-and-starved-conditions-in-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Yeonyee Oh, Suzanne L Robertson, Jennifer Parker, David C Muddiman, Ralph A Dean
Background: Fungi are constantly exposed to nitrogen limiting environments, and thus the efficient regulation of nitrogen metabolism is essential for their survival, growth, development and pathogenicity. To understand how the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae copes with limited nitrogen availability, a global proteome analysis under nitrogen supplemented and nitrogen starved conditions was completed. Methods: M. oryzae strain 70-15 was cultivated in liquid minimal media and transferred to media with nitrate or without a nitrogen source...
2017: Proteome Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158685/invasive-aspergillus-terreus-morphological-transitions-and-immunoadaptations-mediating-antifungal-resistance
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Louis Bengyella, Elsie Laban Yekwa, Muhammad Nasir Subhani, Ernest Tambo, Kiran Nawaz, Bakoena Ashton Hetsa, Sehrish Iftikhar, Sayanika Devi Waikhom, Pranab Roy
Background and aims: Aspergillus terreus Thom is a pathogen of public health and agricultural importance for its seamless abilities to expand its ecological niche. The aim of this study was holistically to investigate A. terreus morphological and immunoadaptations and their implication in antifungal resistance and proliferation during infection. Materials and methods: In-depth unstructured mining of relevant peer-reviewed literature was performed for A. terreus morphological, immune, resistance, and genetic diversity based on the sequenced calmodulin-like gene...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157313/calpain-5-gene-expression-in-the-mouse-eye-and-brain
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Kellie Schaefer, MaryAnn Mahajan, Anuradha Gore, Stephen H Tsang, Alexander G Bassuk, Vinit B Mahajan
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to characterize CAPN5 gene expression in the mouse central nervous system. Mouse brain and eye sections were probed with two high-affinity RNA oligonucleotide analogs designed to bind CAPN5 RNA and one scramble, control oligonucleotide. Images were captured in brightfield. RESULTS: CAPN5 RNA probes were validated on mouse breast cancer tumor tissue. In the eye, CAPN5 was expressed in the ganglion cell, inner nuclear and outer nuclear layers of the retina...
November 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156328/role-of-hair-pigmentation-in-drug-incorporation-into-hair
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Hyerim Yu, Won-Jun Jang, Jung-Hee Jang, Byoungduck Park, Young Ho Seo, Chul-Ho Jeong, Sooyeun Lee
Hair analysis has notably expanded its application as a bio-monitor for drug or toxicant exposure. Hair pigmentation is proposed as a major factor affecting drug incorporation into hair; however, the mechanisms underlying the incorporation of drugs into hair are still unclear. In the present study, the effect of hair pigmentation on drug incorporation into hair was examined using rats carrying hair with different melanin status and human cells (SK-Mel-28 cells, HaCaT cells and the co-cultured HaCaT cells with SK-Mel-28 cells) representing the main pigmentary unit in hair...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150333/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dihydrostilbene-derivatives-as-potential-anti-melanogenic-skin-protecting-agents
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Yu Zhu, Wen-Hui Pan, Chuen Fai Ku, Hong-Jie Zhang, Siu Wai Tsang
The stems of Dendrobium orchids (Orchidaceae), also known as Shi Hu, have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in oriental countries. In fact, the health benefits of Shi Hu have been evidenced by its modern pharmacological actions on conquering oxidative stress in pathological conditions. From the extracts of two commonly used Dendrobium species, we obtained discernible amounts of stilbenoids, explicitly trans-resveratrol (1) and dihydro-resveratrol (2), which are prototypical antioxidants. When applied to cultured melanocytes, these stilbenoids, dihydro-resveratrol (2) in particular, significantly reduced melanin formation via inhibiting tyrosinase activity and expression of tyrosinase-related proteins...
October 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149202/intraspecific-evolutionary-relationships-among-peregrine-falcons-in-western-north-american-high-latitudes
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Sandra L Talbot, George K Sage, Sarah A Sonsthagen, Meg C Gravley, Ted Swem, Jeffrey C Williams, Jonathan L Longmire, Skip Ambrose, Melanie J Flamme, Stephen B Lewis, Laura Phillips, Clifford Anderson, Clayton M White
Subspecies relationships within the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) have been long debated because of the polytypic nature of melanin-based plumage characteristics used in subspecies designations and potential differentiation of local subpopulations due to philopatry. In North America, understanding the evolutionary relationships among subspecies may have been further complicated by the introduction of captive bred peregrines originating from non-native stock, as part of recovery efforts associated with mid 20th century population declines resulting from organochloride pollution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146131/dysregulation-of-autophagy-in-melanocytes-contributes-to-hypopigmented-macules-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Fei Yang, Lingli Yang, Mari Wataya-Kaneda, Junya Hasegawa, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Atsushi Tanemura, Daisuke Tsuruta, Ichiro Katayama
BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) gene mutations lead to constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway, resulting in a broad range of symptoms. Hypopigmented macules are the earliest sign. Although we have already confirmed that topical rapamycin treatment (an mTOR inhibitor) protects patients with TSC against macular hypopigmentation, the pathogenesis of such lesions remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: Recently emerging evidence supports a role for autophagy in skin pigmentation...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145845/network-pharmacological-mechanisms-of-vernonia-anthelmintica-l-in-the-treatment-of-vitiligo-isorhamnetin-induction-of-melanogenesis-via-up-regulation-of-melanin-biosynthetic-genes
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Ji Ye Wang, Hong Chen, Yin Yin Wang, Xiao Qin Wang, Han Ying Chen, Mei Zhang, Yun Tang, Bo Zhang
BACKGROUND: Vitiligo is a long-term skin disease characterized by the loss of pigment in the skin. The current therapeutic approaches are limited. Although the anti-vitiligo mechanisms of Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) remain ambiguous, the herb has been broadly used in Uyghur hospitals to treat vitiligo. The overall objective of the present study aims to identify the potential lead compounds from Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) in the treatment of vitiligo via an oral route as well as the melanogenic mechanisms in the systematic approaches in silico of admetSAR and substructure-drug-target network-based inference (SDTNBI)...
November 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145341/primary-malignant-melanoma-of-the-gallbladder-with-multiple-metastases-a-case-report
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Jun-Ke Wang, Fei Su, Wen-Jie Ma, Hai-Jie Hu, Qin Yang, Fei Liu, Quan-Sheng Li, Fu-Yu Li
RATIONAL: Primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder is an extremely rare tumor, with fewer than 40 cases reported in the literature worldwide. The majority of patients presented as a solitary lesion in the gallbladder. To our knowledge, only one case of primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder with multiple metastases has been reported, which involved the stomach, duodenum, pancreas, jejunum and a mesenteric lymph node. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of primary malignant melanoma of the gallbladder with metastases to the duodenal bulb, right adrenal and a celiac lymph node...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144597/melanogenesis-inhibitory-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-chemical-constituents-from-the-leaves-of-sauropus-androgynus-l-merr-euphorbiaceae
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Jie Zhang, Wan-Fang Zhu, Wei-Yuan Zhu, Pan Pan Yang, Jian Xu, Jiradej Manosroi, Takashi Kikuchi, Masahiko Abe, Toshihiro Akihisa, Feng Feng
A new steroid, 20-hydroxyisofucosterol (stigmasta-5,24(28)-diene-3β,20β-diol) (7), along with six known compounds 1 - 6 were isolated from the MeOH extract of the leaves of Sauropus androgynus L. Merr. (Euphorbiaceae). The structure of new steroid was determined by HR-APCI-MS and various NMR techniques in combination with literature data. Subsequently, their anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic activities against five human cell lines, as well as inhibitory activities against the α-MSH induced melanogenesis on the B16 cell line were evaluated...
November 16, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144537/thermotolerant-mycobiota-of-israeli-soils
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Isabella Grishkan
Composition of thermotolerant mycobiota in the soil of Israeli deserts and northern territories was examined in spatiotemporal dynamics. A total of 165 species from 82 genera were isolated at 37 °C using the soil dilution plate method. Aspergilli (Aspergillus fumigatus and A. niger) and teleomorphic ascomycetes (Canariomyces notabilis, Chaetomium nigricolor, and Ch. strumarium) comprised the basic part of the thermotolerant communities. The desert communities remarkably differed from the northern communities by a much higher abundance of A...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143606/metabolic-pathways-and-genes-identified-by-rna-seq-analysis-of-barley-near-isogenic-lines-differing-by-allelic-state-of-the-black-lemma-and-pericarp-blp-gene
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Anastasiya Y Glagoleva, Nikolay A Shmakov, Olesya Y Shoeva, Gennady V Vasiliev, Natalia V Shatskaya, Andreas Börner, Dmitry A Afonnikov, Elena K Khlestkina
BACKGROUND: Some plant species have 'melanin-like' black seed pigmentation. However, the chemical and genetic nature of this 'melanin-like' black pigment have not yet been fully explored due to its complex structure and ability to withstand almost all solvents. Nevertheless, identification of genetic networks participating in trait formation is key to understanding metabolic processes involved in the expression of 'melanin-like' black seed pigmentation. The aim of the current study was to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in barley near-isogenic lines (NILs) differing by allelic state of the Blp (black lemma and pericarp) locus...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142412/tyrosinase-inhibitory-activities-of-carissa-opaca-stapf-ex-haines-roots-extracts-and-their-phytochemical-analysis
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Wajeeha Malik, Dildar Ahmed, Sania Izhar
Objective: Carissa opaca is a medicinal plant with rich folkloric applications. The present research was conducted to explore the tyrosinase inhibitory potential of aqueous decoction (AD) and methanolic extract (ME) of roots of C. opaca and its fractions in various solvents and their phytochemical analysis. Materials and Methods: AD of the dried powdered roots of C. opaca was prepared by boiling in water. ME was prepared by cold maceration. Its fractions were obtained in solvents of increasing polarity, i...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141581/sanger-sequencing-in-exonic-regions-of-stk11-gene-uncovers-a-novel-de-novo-germline-mutation-c-962_963delcc-associated-with-peutz-jeghers-syndrome-and-elevated-cancer-risk-case-report-of-a-chinese-patient
#17
Zi-Ye Zhao, Yu-Liang Jiang, Bai-Rong Li, Fu Yang, Jing Li, Xiao-Wei Jin, Shou-Bin Ning, Shu-Han Sun
BACKGROUND: Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is caused by mutations in the tumor suppressor gene, STK11, and is characterized by gastrointestinal hamartomas, melanin spots on the lips and the extremities, and an increased risk of developing cancer. CASE PRESENTATION: We reported an isolated PJS patient who died of colon cancer, whose blood sample was collected together with all the available family members'. The entire coding region of the STK11 gene was amplified by PCR and analyzed by Sanger sequencing, through which, a novel mutation, c...
November 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140884/ovarian-sex-cord-stromal-tumors-with-melanin-pigment-report-of-a-previously-undescribed-phenomenon
#18
Jennifer Taylor, W Glenn McCluggage
We report 2 ovarian sex cord-stromal tumors, a luteinized adult granulosa cell tumor and a cellular fibroma, with melanin pigment. These occurred in 44 and 61-yr-old patients, respectively. As far as we are aware, melanin pigment has not been described previously in an ovarian sex cord-stromal tumor, although it has been reported in a testicular Sertoli cell tumor. We review ovarian neoplasms containing melanin pigment.
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134183/pigmented-spindle-cell-nevus-of-reed-of-the-eyelid
#19
Melina I Morkin, Mitesh K Kapadia, Nora V Laver
Purpose: To report the clinical, pathological, and immunohistochemical features of the first pigmented spindle cell nevus (PSCN) of Reed documented to have appeared in the eyelid. Methods: The findings of clinical and histopathological examination are presented, along with differential diagnoses and a review of the pertinent literature. Case: A 3-year-old boy presented with a rapidly growing, heavily pigmented left lower lid papule raising the concern of malignancy, warranting excisional biopsy...
September 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133199/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-tyrosinase-produced-by-sahara-soil-actinobacteria-and-immobilization-on-nylon-nanofiber-membranes
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Mohammed Harir, Bellahcene Miloud, Maria Camilla Baratto, Simona Pollini, Gian Maria Rossolini, Lorenza Trabalzini, Enrico Fatarella, Rebecca Pogni
In the present study different actinomycete strains were collected and isolated from algerian Sahara soil with the aim to select novel enzymes with promising features for biotechnological applications. The Ms1 strain was selected, amongst the others, for its capability to produce melanin in different solid media. Ms1 chromosomal DNA was sequenced and the strain assigned to Streptomyces cyaneofuscatus sp. A tyrosinase (MW∼30kD) encoding sequence was identified and the corresponding enzyme was isolated and biochemically characterized...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
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