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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445275/cases-of-primary-malignant-melanoma-and-melanocytosis-of-the-esophagus-observed-by-magnifying-endoscopy-application-to-differential-diagnosis-case-series
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Hiroyuki Ohnuma, Kazuma Ishikawa, Masahiro Hirakawa, Shohei Kikuchi, Yasushi Sato, Koji Miyanishi, Junji Kato
RATIONALE: Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME) is a rare disease with an extremely poor prognosis. In contrast, melanocytosis is a benign condition defined as melanocytic proliferation with melanin deposition. PMME is often accompanied by melanocytosis, but differentiating between them is difficult because of their similar appearance. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we reported 3 PMME cases, 2 with melanocytosis. DIAGNOSES: Magnifying endoscopy revealed characteristic non-uniform pigmented spots along deformed intrapapillary capillary loops (IPCLs) in PMME, while melanocytosis showed fine granule-like or linearly arranged spots and intact IPCLs...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445254/the-clinical-features-treatment-and-prognosis-of-primary-mediastinal-malignant-melanoma-a-case-report
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ZiHai Li, Hui Jia, Baijiang Zhang, Yongming Zhang, Hui Li, Pingping Song
RATIONALE: Primary malignant melanoma (MM) of the mediastinum is exceedingly rare; a review of the English-language literature reveals only a small number of case reports. In this paper, we discuss a case of primary mediastinal MM and present a review of the relevant literature on its clinical features and treatment. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 52-year-old male presenting with back pain was admitted to our hospital for treatment. Imaging examination revealed an anterior mediastinal mass and no evidence of other metastatic or primary lesions...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444138/the-evolution-of-neuropeptide-signalling-insights-from-echinoderms
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Dean C Semmens, Maurice R Elphick
Neuropeptides are evolutionarily ancient mediators of neuronal signalling that regulate a wide range of physiological processes and behaviours in animals. Neuropeptide signalling has been investigated extensively in vertebrates and protostomian invertebrates, which include the ecdysozoans Drosophila melanogaster (Phylum Arthropoda) and Caenorhabditis elegans (Phylum Nematoda). However, until recently, an understanding of evolutionary relationships between neuropeptide signalling systems in vertebrates and protostomes has been impaired by a lack of genome/transcriptome sequence data from non-ecdysozoan invertebrates...
April 21, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441468/histological-study-of-white-rhinoceros-integument
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Jeffrey H Plochocki, Saul Ruiz, José R Rodriguez-Sosa, Margaret I Hall
In this study, we report findings from a microscopic analysis of the white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) integumentary ultrastructure. Skin samples from the cheek, shoulder, flank and rump were taken from a 46-year-old female southern white rhinoceros and examined using H&E and elastic histological stains. The epidermis was thickest in the flank (1.003 mm) followed by the rump, cheek and shoulder. The stratum corneum comprised more than half the epidermal thickness. Numerous melanin granules were found in the basal and spinosum layers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434049/a-prospective-study-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-combined-bipolar-radiofrequency-intense-pulsed-light-and-infrared-diode-laser-treatment-for-global-facial-photoaging
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Min Jiang, Fang Yan, Mathew Avram, Zhong Lu
The clinical features of photoaging include: skin texture changes, laxity, rhytides, pigmentary changes, and vascular changes such as erythema and telangiectasias. In order to meet patients' increasing demands for improving all aspects of photoaging at one office visit, employing a multi-modality treatment for all aspects of photoaging has become increasingly desirable for the physician and patient alike. We examine a novel device that employs bipolar radiofrequency (RF), intense pulsed light (IPL), and infrared diode laser...
April 23, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431132/revealing-the-biochemical-and-genetic-basis-of-colour-variation-in-a-polymorphic-lizard
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Claire A McLean, Adrian Lutz, Katrina J Rankin, Devi Stuart-Fox, Adnan Moussalli
Determining the mechanistic and genetic basis of animal coloration is essential to understand the costs and constraints on colour production, and the evolution and maintenance of phenotypic variation. However, genes underlying structural colour and widespread pigment classes apart from melanin remain largely uncharacterised, in part due to restricted taxonomic focus. We combined liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and RNA-seq gene expression analyses to characterise the pigments and genes associated with skin colour in the polymorphic lizard, Ctenophorus decresii...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429191/melanogenesis-inhibition-in-mice-using-a-low-fluence-1064-nm-q-switched-neodymium-doped-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-a-pilot-study
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Jae-Hui Nam, Joon Hong Min, Wang-Kyun Kim, Sunmin Yim, Won-Serk Kim
A low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser, or laser toning, has yielded favorable outcomes in various benign pigmented disorders. However, the exact mechanism of action of laser toning has not been fully elucidated. We sought to determine the inhibitory effect of laser toning on melanogenesis and to assess how laser passes influence the outcomes. To produce perceptible pigmentation, nine HRM-2 melanin-possessing hairless mice were treated with ultraviolet (UV) B radiation on the dorsal skin...
April 20, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427940/characterization-of-the-rax1-gene-encoding-a-putative-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Olumuyiwa Ayokunle Igbalajobi, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is the major cause of life threatening invasive aspergillosis, and its small hydrophobic asexual spores (conidia) are the major infection agent. To better understand biology of A. fumigatus, we have characterized the rax1 gene encoding a putative regulator of G protein signaling (RGS). The deletion (Δ) of rax1 results in restricted colony growth and highly reduced number of conidia in A. fumigatus. Transcript levels of the three central activators of asexual development abaA, brlA, and wetA are significantly reduced in the Δrax1 mutant...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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 518 nm under controlled photoperiod (10.5:13.5 h, 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/28427008/lateral-hypothalamic-circuits-for-sleep-wake-control
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Takayuki Yamashita, Akihiro Yamanaka
The lateral hypothalamic area (LHA) of the diencephalon is crucially involved in controlling instinctive behavior such as sleep-wake cycle and feeding behavior. LHA is a heterogeneous structure that contains spatially intermingled, genetically distinct cell populations. Among LHA neurons, orexin/hypocretin (OX) neuron is the key cell type that promotes waking, and specific loss of OX neurons results in narcolepsy. Melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) containing neurons are known to be active during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and stimulation of these neurons promotes REM sleep...
April 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424564/new-developments-in-the-management-of-narcolepsy
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REVIEW
Vivien C Abad, Christian Guilleminault
Narcolepsy is a life-long, underrecognized sleep disorder that affects 0.02%-0.18% of the US and Western European populations. Genetic predisposition is suspected because of narcolepsy's strong association with HLA DQB1*06-02, and genome-wide association studies have identified polymorphisms in T-cell receptor loci. Narcolepsy pathophysiology is linked to loss of signaling by hypocretin-producing neurons; an autoimmune etiology possibly triggered by some environmental agent may precipitate hypocretin neuronal loss...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419984/topical-histamine-stimulates-repigmentation-of-nonsegmental-vitiligo-by-a-receptor-dependent-mechanism
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Jun Liu, Yan Xu, Tzu-Kai Lin, Chengzhi Lv, Peter M Elias, Mao-Qiang Man
BACKGROUND: Though vitiligo is a common depigmentary disorder, it still represents a substantial therapeutic challenge. Therapeutic options are limited in part due to its uncertain etiology. OBJECTIVE: Because recent studies suggest that histamine stimulates melanogenesis in vitro, we determined here whether topical histamine stimulates repigmentation in patients with stable, nonsegmental vitiligo. METHODS: A total of 23 otherwise normal volunteers with vitiligo, including 14 males and 9 females aged 6-59 years (mean age 29...
April 19, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419675/melanin-for-space-travel-radioprotection
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Radames Jb Cordero
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418585/mir-128-1-is-not-required-for-hair-pigmentation-in-mice
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Abigail R Wark, Elizabeth J Terman, Clifford J Tabin
MicroRNAs are endogenous, regulatory RNAs implicated in many biological processes including pigmentation. Software algorithms and in vitro experiments predict that microRNAs can target pigmentation pathway genes, but few have been tested in vivo. MiR-128-1, a microRNA within the strongly selected lactase locus in the human genome, has predicted pigmentation targets. To test the role of miR-128-1 in pigment regulation, we created C57BL/6 agouti miR-128-1 knockout mice and quantified melanin deposition in hair...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418076/ultrasonic-modulation-of-tissue-optical-properties-in-ex-vivo-porcine-skin-to-improve-transmitted-transdermal-laser-intensity
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Paul J D Whiteside, Chenxi Qian, Nicholas Golda, Heather K Hunt
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Applications of light-based energy devices involving optical targets within the dermis frequently experience negative side-effects resultant from surface scattering and excess optical absorption by epidermal melanin. As a broadband optical absorber, melanin decreases the efficacy of light-based treatments throughout the ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared spectra while also generating additional heat within the surface tissue that can lead to inflammation or tissue damage...
April 18, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416863/protective-effects-of-tetrahydrocurcumin-thc-on-fibroblast-and-melanoma-cell-lines-in-vitro-it-s-implication-for-wound-healing
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Mahendra Kumar Trivedi, Mayank Gangwar, Sambhu Charan Mondal, Snehasis Jana
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of tetrahydrocurcumin (THC) against various skin health parameters using in vitro human foreskin fibroblast and melanoma cell lines (i.e. HFF-1 and B16-F10). The study was assessed using cell viability by MTT assay, identification of extracellular matrix component in HFF-1 cell line (i.e. collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid), melanin synthesis in B16-F10 cells, cell viability against UVB-induced stress in HFF-1 cells, and in vitro wound healing by the scratch assay...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415485/antimicrobial-activity-of-eumelanin-based-hybrids-the-role-of-tio2-in-modulating-the-structure-and-biological-performance
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Giuseppe Vitiello, Alessandro Pezzella, Anna Zanfardino, Brigida Silvestri, Paola Giudicianni, Aniello Costantini, Mario Varcamonti, Francesco Branda, Giuseppina Luciani
Eco-friendly hybrid Eumelanin-TiO2 nanostructures, recently obtained through in situ methodology based on hydrothermal route, have shown a striking antimicrobial activity, after exposure to oxidative environment, even under visible light induction condition. Nevertheless, the role of each component in defining the efficacy of these biological properties is far from being clearly defined. Furthermore, the effect of oxidative step on hybrids structure has not yet addressed. This study aims at elucidating the role of the ratio between eumelanin precursor, 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA), and TiO2, for its polymerization in defining morphology and structural organization of TiO2-melanin nanostructures...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414820/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-epidermis-of-the-purple-quail-like-q-lp-mutant-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#18
Pingyang Wang, Zhiyong Qiu, Dingguo Xia, Shunming Tang, Xingjia Shen, Qiaoling Zhao
A new purple quail-like (q-lp) mutant found from the plain silkworm strain 932VR has pigment dots on the epidermis similar to the pigment mutant quail (q). In addition, q-lp mutant larvae are inactive, consume little and grow slowly, with a high death rate and other developmental abnormalities. Pigmentation of the silkworm epidermis consists of melanin, ommochrome and pteridine. Silkworm development is regulated by ecdysone and juvenile hormone. In this study, we performed RNA-Seq on the epidermis of the q-lp mutant in the 4th instar during molting, with 932VR serving as the control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412758/endoscopic-diagnosis-of-primary-anorectal-melanoma
#19
Wang Sheng, Sun Siyu, Liu Xiang, Ge Nan, Wang Guoxin, Guo Jintao, Liu Wen, Wang Shupeng
OBJECTIVE: The present study retrospectively analyzed case data from 12 patients diagnosed with anorectal melanoma, with the purpose of identifying key diagnostic features at endoscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Images from colonoscopy were reviewed for all patients in order to establish the endoscopic features of primary anorectal melanoma. For the patients whose colonoscopic examinations included endoscopic ultrasound, images were examined to characterize lesions and the depth of infiltration, the results of which were compared with pathological findings after operative resection...
February 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410949/-pigmentations-of-the-oral-cavity
#20
Jean-Christophe Fricain, Vincent Sibaud
Buccal mucosa color is explained by hemoglobin in the vessels and melanin in the epithelium. Abnormal presence of melanin pigments (hypermelaninosis, hypermelanocytosis), hematic pigments (hemoglobin, hemosiderin, iron) but also some exogenous circonstancies explain pigmented lesions (figure 1). These lesions could be localized (single lesions), multifocal (multiple lesions) or diffused. In case of a localized pigmentation with melanic appearance, melanoma must be systematically eliminated with a biopsy. In the case of a more diffused lesion, systemic disease must be evoked...
April 12, 2017: La Presse Médicale
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