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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923196/environmental-preconditioning-rejuvenates-adult-stem-cells-proliferation-and-chondrogenic-potential
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REVIEW
Ming Pei
Adult stem cells are a promising cell source for cartilage regeneration. Unfortunately, due to donor age and ex vivo expansion, stem cell senescence becomes a huge hurdle for these cells to be used clinically. Increasing evidence indicates that environmental preconditioning is a powerful approach in promoting stem cells' ability to resist a harsh environment post-engraftment, such as hypoxia and inflammation. However, few reports organize and evaluate the literature regarding the rejuvenation effect of environmental preconditioning on stem cell proliferation and chondrogenic differentiation capacity, which are important variables for stem cell based tissue regeneration...
November 25, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923174/generalized-epilepsy-syndromes-and-callosal-thickness-differential-effects-between-patients-with-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy-and-those-with-generalized-tonic-clonic-seizures-alone
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Stavroula Anastasopoulou, Florian Kurth, Eileen Luders, Ivanka Savic
PURPOSE: The definition of two well-studied genetic generalized epilepsy syndromes (GGE) - juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) and epilepsy with generalized tonic-clonic seizures alone (GTCS) - suggests the absence of structural cerebral abnormalities. Nevertheless, there are various reports of such abnormalities (especially in JME), where effects mainly occur within thalamus and mesial prefrontal regions. This raises the question of whether JME is particularly linked to midline structure abnormalities, which may also involve the corpus callosum...
November 18, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922847/apolipoprotein-e-metabolism-and-functions-in-brain-and-its-role-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Fan Liao, Hyejin Yoon, Jungsu Kim
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: APOE4 genotype is the strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Prevailing evidence suggests that amyloid β plays a critical role in Alzheimer's disease. The objective of this article is to review the recent findings about the metabolism of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and amyloid β and other possible mechanisms by which ApoE contributes to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. RECENT FINDINGS: ApoE isoforms have differential effects on amyloid β metabolism...
December 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922820/rapamycin-treatment-benefits-glucose-metabolism-in-mouse-models-of-type-2-diabetes
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Peter C Reifsnyder, Kevin Flurkey, Austen Te, David E Harrison
Numerous studies suggest that rapamycin treatment promotes insulin resistance, implying that rapamycin could have negative effects on patients with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes (T2D). New evidence, however, indicates that rapamycin treatment produces some benefits to energy metabolism, even in the context of T2D. Here, we survey 5 mouse models of T2D (KK, KK-Ay, NONcNZO10, BKS-db/db, TALLYHO) to quantify effects of rapamycin on well-recognized markers of glucose homeostasis within a wide range of T2D environments...
November 30, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922600/vibrio-crassostreae-a-benign-oyster-colonizer-turned-into-a-pathogen-after-plasmid-acquisition
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Maxime Bruto, Adèle James, Bruno Petton, Yannick Labreuche, Sabine Chenivesse, Marianne Alunno-Bruscia, Martin F Polz, Frédérique Le Roux
Vibrios are frequently associated with oyster mortality; however whether they are the primary causative agent or secondary opportunistic colonizers is not well understood. Here we combine analysis of natural infection dynamics, population genomics and molecular genetics to ask (i) to what extent oysters are passively colonized by Vibrio population present in the surrounding water, (ii) how populations turn over during pathogenicity events and (iii) what genetic factors are responsible for pathogenicity. We identified several populations of Vibrio preferentially associated with oyster tissues...
December 6, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922499/the-dystrophic-and-nondystrophic-myotonias
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Valeria A Sansone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes clinical and electrical myotonia and provides an update on the classification, diagnosis, and management of myotonic disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: In the myotonic dystrophies, antisense oligonucleotides provide a general strategy to correct RNA gain of function and modulate the expression of CTG expanded repeats; they are currently being tested in a phase 1-2 randomized controlled trial in patients with adult-onset myotonic dystrophy type 1...
December 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921295/digest-sticklebacks-don-t-just-go-with-the-flow-genetic-differentiation-between-lake-and-stream-populations-due-to-more-than-just-geographic-distance1
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Emilie Richards, Aaron Comeault, Jelmer Poelstra
Speciation is thought to occur in large part through the gradual accumulation of genetic differences between partly or completely isolated populations. However, many species differ greatly in their ecology, prompting research into ecology's role in driving genetic differentiation and speciation. Ultimately, understanding diversification requires understanding the factors that allow populations to diverge enough to no longer be considered the same species. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
December 6, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921132/-differential-diagnosis-of-juvenile-normal-pressure-glaucoma
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K Geidel, P Wiedemann, J D Unterlauft
The case of a 50-year-old female patient with autosomal dominant optic atrophy is described, which was initially misinterpreted and treated as normal pressure glaucoma. Bilateral partial optic atrophy can be diagnosed by chance with mild manifestation of symptoms and can initially be misinterpreted as glaucoma. Taking a detailed medical history and performing a thorough optic nerve head examination can raise the suspicion of hereditary optic atrophy. The reliable detection of autosomal dominant optic atrophy by genetic investigations should be strived for in such cases...
December 5, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920788/vegetative-and-adaptive-traits-predict-different-outcomes-for-restoration-using-hybrids
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Philip A Crystal, Nathanael I Lichti, Keith E Woeste, Douglass F Jacobs
Hybridization has been implicated as a driver of speciation, extinction, and invasiveness, but can also provide resistant breeding stock following epidemics. However, evaluating the appropriateness of hybrids for use in restoration programs is difficult. Past the F1 generation, the proportion of a progenitor's genome can vary widely, as can the combinations of parental genomes. Detailed genetic analysis can reveal this information, but cannot expose phenotypic alterations due to heterosis, transgressive traits, or changes in metabolism or development...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920386/does-eutrophication-driven-evolution-change-aquatic-ecosystems
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REVIEW
Timothy J Alexander, Pascal Vonlanthen, Ole Seehausen
Eutrophication increases primary production and changes the relative abundance, taxonomic composition and spatial distribution of primary producers within an aquatic ecosystem. The changes in composition and location of resources alter the distribution and flow of energy and biomass throughout the food web. Changes in productivity also alter the physico-chemical environment, which has further effects on the biota. Such ecological changes influence the direction and strength of natural and sexual selection experienced by populations...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920374/urban-driven-phenotypic-changes-empirical-observations-and-theoretical-implications-for-eco-evolutionary-feedback
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REVIEW
Marina Alberti, John Marzluff, Victoria M Hunt
Emerging evidence that cities drive micro-evolution raises the question of whether rapid urbanization of Earth might impact ecosystems by causing systemic changes in functional traits that regulate urban ecosystems' productivity and stability. Intraspecific trait variation-variation in organisms' morphological, physiological or behavioural characteristics stemming from genetic variability and phenotypic plasticity-has significant implications for ecological functions such as nutrient cycling and primary productivity...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920252/group-i-paks-promote-skeletal-myoblast-differentiation-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Giselle A Joseph, Min Lu, Maria Radu, Jennifer K Lee, Steven J Burden, Jonathan Chernoff, Robert S Krauss
Skeletal myogenesis is regulated by signal transduction, but the factors and mechanisms involved are not well understood. The group I Paks, Pak1 and Pak2, are related protein kinases and direct effectors of Cdc42 and Rac1. Group I Paks are ubiquitously expressed and specifically required for myoblast fusion in Drosophila We report that both Pak1 and Pak2 are activated during mammalian myoblast differentiation. One pathway of activation is initiated by N-cadherin ligation, and involves the cadherin co-receptor Cdo with its downstream effector, Cdc42...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920208/genetic-modification-of-er-hoxb8-osteoclast-precursors-using-crispr-cas9-as-a-novel-way-to-allow-studies-on-osteoclast-biology
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Irene Di Ceglie, Guus G H van den Akker, Giuliana Ascone, Bas Ten Harkel, Hans Häcker, Fons A J van de Loo, Marije I Koenders, Peter M van der Kraan, Teun J de Vries, Thomas Vogl, Johannes Roth, Peter L E M van Lent
Osteoclasts are cells specialized in bone resorption. Currently, studies on murine osteoclasts are primarily performed on bone marrow-derived cells with the use of many animals and limited cells available. ER-Hoxb8 cells are conditionally immortalized monocyte/macrophage murine progenitor cells, recently described to be able to differentiate toward functional osteoclasts. Here, we produced an ER-Hoxb8 clonal cell line from C57BL/6 bone marrow cells that strongly resembles phenotype and function of the conventional bone marrow-derived osteoclasts...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920157/two-serk-receptor-like-kinases-interact-with-the-receptor-like-kinase-ems1-in-anther-cell-fate-determination
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Zhiyong Li, Yao Wang, Jian Huang, Nagib Ahsan, Gabriel Biener, Joel Paprocki, Jay J Thelen, Valerica Raicu, Dazhong Zhao
Cell signaling pathways mediated by leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinases (LRR-RLK) are essential for plant growth, development and defense. The EMS1 (EXCESS MICROSPOROCYTES1) LRR-RLK and its small protein ligand TPD1 (TAPETUM DETERMINANT1) play a fundamental role in somatic and reproductive cell differentiation during early anther development in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). However, it is unclear whether other cell surface molecules serve as co-regulators of EMS1. Here, we show that SERK1 (SOMATIC EMBRYOGENESIS RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASE1) and SERK2 LRR-RLKs act redundantly as co-regulatory and physical partners of EMS1...
December 5, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919804/prevalence-of-giardia-duodenalis-assemblages-and-sub-assemblages-in-symptomatic-patients-from-damascus-city-and-its-suburbs
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Dania Skhal, Ghalia Aboualchamat, Ayman Al Mariri, Samar Al Nahhas
Giardia duodenalis is one of the most important human enteric parasites worldwide and is endemic throughout the world with a vast range of mammalian hosts. However, there is limited information on the prevalent genetic variability of G. duodenalis in Syria. This study aimed to evaluate the predominance of G. duodenalis assemblages/sub-assemblages causing humans infection in the city of Damascus and its suburbs. 40 symptomatic giardiasis patients were recruited in this study. Fecal samples were genotyped using PCR/RFLP assay targeting the β-giardin and glutamate dehydrogenase (gdh) genes...
December 2, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919769/transcriptomic-changes-in-rat-cortex-and-brainstem-after-cortical-spreading-depression-with-or-without-pre-treatment-with-migraine-prophylactic-drugs
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Cèlia Sintas, Noèlia Fernàndez-Castillo, Marta Vila-Pueyo, Patricia Pozo-Rosich, Alfons Macaya, Bru Cormand
: Migraine with aura is a subtype of migraine consisting of neurological disturbances that usually precede headache. Cortical spreading depression (CSD) is the likely pathophysiological correlate of the aura phase of migraine, found in common and rare forms of migraine, such as familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM). CSD is a depolarization wave that propagates across the cerebral gray matter transiently suppressing neuronal activity. Prophylactic treatments for migraine, such as topiramate (TPM) or valproate (VPA), reduce the number of CSD events...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919646/role-of-neurotrophic-factors-in-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Shih-Jen Tsai
Neurotrophins (NTs), a family of proteins including nerve growth factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), neurotrophin-3, and neurotrophin-4, are essential for neural growth, survival, and differentiation, and are therefore crucial for brain development. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by problems of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. ADHD is one of the most common childhood onset psychiatric disorders. Studies have suggested that both genetic and environmental factors influence the development of the disorder, although the precise causes of ADHD have not yet been identified...
November 30, 2016: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919263/derivation-of-chicken-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-tolerant-to-newcastle-disease-virus-induced-lysis-through-multiple-rounds-of-infection
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Leonardo Susta, Ying He, Jessica M Hutcheson, Yangqing Lu, Franklin D West, Steven L Stice, Ping Yu, Zaid Abdo, Claudio L Afonso
BACKGROUND: Newcastle disease (ND), caused by Newcastle disease virus (NDV), is a devastating disease of poultry and wild birds. ND is prevented by rigorous biocontainment and vaccination. One potential approach to prevent spread of the virus is production of birds that show innate resistance to NDV-caused disease. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology allows adult cells to be reprogrammed into an embryonic stem cell-like state capable of contributing to live offspring and passing on unique traits in a number of species...
December 5, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919223/trpm2-snp-genotype-previously-associated-with-susceptibility-to-rhodococcus-equi-pneumonia-in-quarter-horse-foals-displays-differential-gene-expression-identified-using-rna-seq
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Cole M McQueen, Canaan M Whitfield-Cargile, Kranti Konganti, Glenn P Blodgett, Scott V Dindot, Noah D Cohen
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi (R. equi) is an intracellular bacterium that affects young foals and immuno-compromised individuals causing severe pneumonia. Currently, the genetic mechanisms that confer susceptibility and/or resistance to R. equi are not fully understood. Previously, using a SNP-based genome-wide association study, we identified a region on equine chromosome 26 associated with culture-confirmed clinical pneumonia. To better characterize this region and understand the function of the SNP located within TRPM2 that was associated with R...
December 5, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918748/the-cxcl12-cxcr4-signaling-pathway-a-new-susceptibility-factor-in-human-papillomavirus-pathogenesis
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Floriane Meuris, Laetitia Carthagena, Agnieszka Jaracz-Ros, Françoise Gaudin, Pasquale Cutolo, Claire Deback, Yuezhen Xue, Françoise Thierry, John Doorbar, Françoise Bachelerie
The productive human papillomavirus (HPV) life cycle is tightly linked to the differentiation and cycling of keratinocytes. Deregulation of these processes and stimulation of cell proliferation by the action of viral oncoproteins and host cell factors underlies HPV-mediated carcinogenesis. Severe HPV infections characterize the wart, hypogammaglobulinemia, infection, and myelokathexis (WHIM) immunodeficiency syndrome, which is caused by gain-of-function mutations in the CXCR4 receptor for the CXCL12 chemokine, one of which is CXCR41013...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
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