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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914013/inhibitory-effect-of-homocysteine-on-rat-neural-stem-cell-growth-in-vitro-is-associated-with-reduced-protein-levels-and-enzymatic-activities-of-aconitase-and-respiratory-complex-iii
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Xu-Mei Zhang, Ya-Qian Zhao, Hai Yan, Huan Liu, Guo-Wei Huang
Increased blood plasma concentration of the sulphur amino acid homocysteine (Hcy) is considered as an independent risk factor of the neurodegenerative diseases. However, the detailed molecular mechanisms by which Hcy leads to neurotoxicity have yet to be clarified. Recent research has suggested that neurotoxicity of Hcy may involve negative regulation of neural stem cell (NSC) proliferation. In the current study, primary NSCs were isolated from neonatal rat brain hippocampus and the inhibition in cell growth was observed after exposure to l50 μM and 500 μM L-Hcy...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913816/genetic-ablation-or-pharmacologic-inhibition-of-autophagy-mitigated-nsaid-associated-gastric-damages
#2
Chan Young Ock, Jong-Min Park, Young-Min Han, Migyeong Jeong, Mi-Young Kim, Ho Jae Lee, Ki Baik Hahm
: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress (a cyclooxygenase-2-independent mechanism) and consequent autophagic cell death are responsible for NSAID-associated gastric damage. Therefore, alleviating cytotoxicity executed via ER stress and autophagy can be a strategy to prevent NSAID-associated gastric damage. Here, we explored whether genetic or pharmacologic inhibition of autophagy can mitigate NSAID-associated gastric damage in in vitro and in vivo models...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913740/a-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-coa-synthase-is-involved-in-rice-leaf-cuticular-wax-synthesis-and-requires-a-cer2-like-protein-as-a-cofactor
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Xiaochen Wang, Yuanyuan Guan, Du Zhang, Xiangbai Dong, Lihong Tian, Le Qing Qu
Cuticular waxes are complex mixtures of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) and their derivatives, forming a natural barrier on aerial surfaces of terrestrial plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. In VLCFA biosynthesis, β-ketoacyl-CoA synthase (KCS) is the key enzyme, catalyzing the first reaction in fatty acid elongation and determining substrate specificity. We isolated a rice (Oryza sativa L.) wax crystal-sparse leaf 4 (WSL4) gene using a map-based cloning strategy. WSL4 is predicted to encode a KCS, a homolog of Arabidopsis CER6...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913738/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Elena Dolmatova, Kasra Moazzami, Thomas P Cocke, Elie Elmann, Pranay Vaidya, Arthur F Ng, Kumar Satya, Rajeev L Narayan
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement can experience severe perioperative complications leading to hemodynamic instability and death. Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can be used to provide cardiorespiratory support during this time. METHODS: From 2012 to 2015, of 247 patients who underwent transcatheter aortic valve replacement, 6 (2.42%) required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. Their mean age was 82 ± 7...
December 2, 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913603/the-tumor-suppressor-flcn-mediates-an-alternate-mtor-pathway-to-regulate-browning-of-adipose-tissue
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Shogo Wada, Michael Neinast, Cholsoon Jang, Yasir H Ibrahim, Gina Lee, Apoorva Babu, Jian Li, Atsushi Hoshino, Glenn C Rowe, James Rhee, José A Martina, Rosa Puertollano, John Blenis, Michael Morley, Joseph A Baur, Patrick Seale, Zoltan Arany
Noncanonical mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways remain poorly understood. Mutations in the tumor suppressor folliculin (FLCN) cause Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, a hamartomatous disease marked by mitochondria-rich kidney tumors. FLCN functionally interacts with mTOR and is expressed in most tissues, but its role in fat has not been explored. We show here that FLCN regulates adipose tissue browning via mTOR and the transcription factor TFE3. Adipose-specific deletion of FLCN relieves mTOR-dependent cytoplasmic retention of TFE3, leading to direct induction of the PGC-1 transcriptional coactivators, drivers of mitochondrial biogenesis and the browning program...
December 2, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913309/sequence-determinants-of-the-caenhorhabditis-elegansdopamine-transporter-dictating-in-vivoaxonal-export-and-synaptic-localization
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Sarah B Robinson, J Andrew Hardaway, Shannon L Hardie, Jane Wright, Ryan M Glynn, Daniel P Bermingham, Qiao Han, Sarah M Sturgeon, Phyllis Freeman, Randy D Blakely
The monoamine neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) acts across phylogeny to modulate both simple and complex behaviors. The presynaptic DA transporter (DAT) is a major determinant of DA signaling capacity in ensuring efficient extracellular DA clearance. In humans, DAT is also a major target for prescribed and abused psychostimulants. Multiple structural determinants of DAT function and regulation have been defined, though largely these findings have arisen from heterologous expression or ex vivo cell culture studies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913297/phospholipase-c%C3%AE-1-suppresses-foreign-body-giant-cell-formation-by-maintaining-runx1-expression-in-macrophages
#7
Ye Seon Kim, Chang Youp Ok, Joon Seong Park, Ha Young Lee, Yoe-Sik Bae
Foreign body giant cell (FBGC) formation is associated with the inflammatory response following material implantation. However, the intracellular signaling events that regulate the process remain unclear. Here, we investigated the potential role of phospholipase C (PLC)γ1, a crucial enzyme required for growth factor-induced signaling, on FBGC formation. Knock-down of PLCγ1 using shRNA induced FBGC formation accompanied by increased expression of cathepsin K, DC-STAMP and CD36. Re-addition of PLCγ1 decreased FBGC formation...
November 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913219/tbx2-regulates-anterior-neural-specification-by-repressing-fgf-signaling-pathway
#8
Gun-Sik Cho, Dong-Seok Park, Sun-Cheol Choi, Jin-Kwan Han
During early embryogenesis, FGF signals regulate the antero-posterior (AP) patterning of the neural plate by promoting posterior cell fates. In particular, BMP signal-mediated attenuation of FGF pathway plays a critical role in the determination of the anterior neural region. Here we show that Tbx2, a T-box transcriptional repressor regulates anterior neural specification by suppressing FGF8 signaling pathway in Xenopus embryo. Tbx2 is expressed in the anterior edge of the neural plate in early neurulae. Overexpression and knockdown of Tbx2 induce expansion and reduction in the expression of anterior neural markers, respectively...
November 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912950/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-as-an-add-on-therapy-to-oral-montelukast-in-the-treatment-of-mild-persistent-asthma-in-children
#9
Pak-Hong Chan, Ching-Yee To, Eric Yat-Tung Chan, Handong Li, Xiuxia Zhang, Pok-Yu Chow, Po-Ling Liu, Shuk-Yu Leung, Chung-Hong Chan, Ka-Yan Chan, Johnny Yick-Chun Chan, Jonathan Pak-Heng Ng, Daniel Kwok-Keung Ng
OBJECTIVES: Traditional Chinese medicine are commonly used for treatment of asthma. However, there are only very limited data about its efficacy in children. Therefore, we aimed to determine the efficacy of augmented Yu Ping Feng San (aYPFS) as an add-on to oral montelukast compared with montelukast alone for treatment of mild persistent asthma in children. DESIGN: A single centre, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized control trial was carried out. Participants with age 6-18 years who had mild persistent asthma were randomized according to random number list to receive either aYPFS plus montelukast for 24 weeks or placebo plus montelukast for 24 weeks...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912767/lipocalin2-suppresses-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer-by-attenuating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-activation-of-snail-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#10
Meibao Feng, Jieqiong Feng, Wuzhen Chen, Wubin Wang, Xuesong Wu, Jing Zhang, Fangying Xu, Maode Lai
BACKGROUND: Lipocalin2 (LCN2) is a secretory protein that is aberrantly expressed in several types of cancer and has been involved in metastatic progression. However, neither mechanisms nor the role that LCN2 plays in the metastasis of colorectal cancer are clear. METHODS: LCN2 expression in colorectal cancer was detected by immunohistochemistry in 400 tissue specimens and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis was performed. In vitro, real-time PCR, western blot, colony formation assay, immunofluorescence assay, wound healing assay, migration and invasion experiment were performed to investigate the effects of LCN2 in epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), migration and invasion, respectively...
December 3, 2016: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912078/mouse-double-minute-2-homolog-actively-suppresses-p53-activity-in-oocytes-during-mouse-folliculogenesis
#11
Chen-Xi Zhang, Qin Zhang, Yin-Yin Xie, Xue-Yan He, Cong Xiang, Xiao-Shuang Hou, Ying Zhou, Lai Chen, Guo-Xin Zhang, Geng Liu
The p53 signaling network is indispensible in cellular stress responses and tumor suppression. Negative regulations of p53 by mouse double minute 2 and 4 homologs (MDM2) and (MDM4) are an integrated component of the network and have been implicated in regulating the stress responses and the maintenance of normal development and homeostasis of multiple somatic cell lineages. However, the regulatory role of MDM2 on p53 and stress responses in female germ cells remains undetermined. Here, we used the Cre-loxP system to delete Mdm2 in oocytes at different stages of folliculogenesis in mice...
November 29, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912037/avalanche-accidents-causing-fatalities-are-they-any-different-in-the-summer
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Mathieu Pasquier, Olivier Hugli, Alexandre Kottmann, Frank Techel
: Pasquier, Mathieu, Olivier Hugli, Alexandre Kottmann, and Frank Techel. Avalanche accidents causing fatalities: are they any different in the summer? High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016. AIMS: This retrospective study investigated the epidemiology of summer avalanche accidents that occurred in Switzerland and caused at least one fatality between 1984 and 2014. Summer avalanche accidents were defined as those that occurred between June 1st and October 31st. RESULTS: Summer avalanches caused 21 (4%) of the 482 avalanches with at least one fatality occurring during the study period, and 40 (6%) of the 655 fatalities...
December 2, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912035/failure-to-rescue-after-infectious-complications-in-a-statewide-trauma-system
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Elinore J Kaufman, Emily Earl-Royal, Philip S Barie, Daniel N Holena
BACKGROUND: The failure to rescue (FTR) rate, the rate of death after a complication, measures a center's ability to identify and manage complications by "rescuing" vulnerable patients. Infectious complications are common after trauma, but risk factors for death after infection are not established. We hypothesized that risk factors would differ for FTR after infectious complications, development of infections, and for development of and death after non-infectious complications. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed trauma registry data for adult patients admitted to all 30 level I and II Pennsylvania trauma centers, 2011-2014...
December 2, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911860/id4-regulates-transcriptional-activity-of-wild-type-and-mutant-p53-via-k373-acetylation
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Derrick J Morton, Divya Patel, Jugal Joshi, Aisha Hunt, Ashley E Knowell, Jaideep Chaudhary
Given that mutated p53 (50% of all human cancers) is over-expressed in many cancers, restoration of mutant p53 to its wild type biological function has been sought after as cancer therapy. The conformational flexibility has allowed to restore the normal biological function of mutant p53 by short peptides and small molecule compounds. Recently, studies have focused on physiological mechanisms such as acetylation of lysine residues to rescue the wild type activity of mutant p53. Using p53 null prostate cancer cell line we show that ID4 dependent acetylation promotes mutant p53 DNA-binding capabilities to its wild type consensus sequence, thus regulating p53-dependent target genes leading to subsequent cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911855/glutamine-and-glutaminolysis-are-required-for-efficient-replication-of-infectious-spleen-and-kidney-necrosis-virus-in-chinese-perch-brain-cells
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Xiaozhe Fu, Xianqin Hu, Ningqiu Li, Feifei Zheng, Xingxing Dong, Jing Duan, Qiang Lin, Jiagang Tu, Lijuan Zhao, Zhibin Huang, Jianguo Su, Li Lin
Viruses rely on host cellular metabolism for energy and macromolecule synthesis during their replication. Infectious spleen and kidney necrosis virus (ISKNV) causes significant economic losses in the Chinese perch (Siniperca chuatsi) industry worldwide. However, little is known about the relationship between ISKNV replication and cellular metabolism. Using transcriptomic analysis, we observed that glutamine metabolism in Chinese perch brain (CPB) cells is altered during ISKNV infection. Moreover, ISKNV replication was decreased in CPB cells cultured in the glutamine-depleted medium...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911821/myth4-ferm-myosins-have-an-ancient-and-conserved-role-in-filopod-formation
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Karl J Petersen, Holly V Goodson, Ashley L Arthur, G W Gant Luxton, Anne Houdusse, Margaret A Titus
The formation of filopodia in Metazoa and Amoebozoa requires the activity of myosin 10 (Myo10) in mammalian cells and of Dictyostelium unconventional myosin 7 (DdMyo7) in the social amoeba Dictyostelium However, the exact roles of these MyTH4-FERM myosins (myosin tail homology 4-band 4.1, ezrin, radixin, moesin; MF) in the initiation and elongation of filopodia are not well defined and may reflect conserved functions among phylogenetically diverse MF myosins. Phylogenetic analysis of MF myosin domains suggests that a single ancestral MF myosin existed with a structure similar to DdMyo7, which has two MF domains, and that subsequent duplications in the metazoan lineage produced its functional homolog Myo10...
November 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911806/permissive-roles-of-cytokines-interleukin-7-and-flt3-ligand-in-mouse-b-cell-lineage-commitment
#17
Lilly von Muenchow, Llucia Alberti-Servera, Fabian Klein, Giuseppina Capoferri, Daniela Finke, Rhodri Ceredig, Antonius Rolink, Panagiotis Tsapogas
Hematopoietic cells are continuously generated throughout life from hematopoietic stem cells, thus making hematopoiesis a favorable system to study developmental cell lineage commitment. The main factors incorporating environmental signals to developing hematopoietic cells are cytokines, which regulate commitment of hematopoietic progenitors to the different blood lineages by acting either in an instructive or a permissive manner. Fms-like tyrosine kinase-3 (Flt3) ligand (FL) and Interleukin-7 (IL-7) are cytokines pivotal for B-cell development, as manifested by the severely compromised B-cell development in their absence...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911769/reductive-carboxylation-is-a-major-metabolic-pathway-in-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium
#18
Jianhai Du, Aya Yanagida, Kaitlen Knight, Abbi L Engel, Anh Huan Vo, Connor Jankowski, Martin Sadilek, Van Thi Bao Tran, Megan A Manson, Aravind Ramakrishnan, James B Hurley, Jennifer R Chao
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a monolayer of pigmented cells that requires an active metabolism to maintain outer retinal homeostasis and compensate for oxidative stress. Using (13)C metabolic flux analysis in human RPE cells, we found that RPE has an exceptionally high capacity for reductive carboxylation, a metabolic pathway that has recently garnered significant interest because of its role in cancer cell survival. The capacity for reductive carboxylation in RPE exceeds that of all other cells tested, including retina, neural tissue, glial cells, and a cancer cell line...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911767/phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-inhibition-restores-ca2-release-defects-and-prolongs-survival-in-myotubularin-deficient-mice
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Candice Kutchukian, Mirella Lo Scrudato, Yves Tourneur, Karine Poulard, Alban Vignaud, Christine Berthier, Bruno Allard, Michael W Lawlor, Ana Buj-Bello, Vincent Jacquemond
Mutations in the gene encoding the phosphoinositide 3-phosphatase myotubularin (MTM1) are responsible for a pediatric disease of skeletal muscle named myotubular myopathy (XLMTM). Muscle fibers from MTM1-deficient mice present defects in excitation-contraction (EC) coupling likely responsible for the disease-associated fatal muscle weakness. However, the mechanism leading to EC coupling failure remains unclear. During normal skeletal muscle EC coupling, transverse (t) tubule depolarization triggers sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release through ryanodine receptor channels gated by conformational coupling with the t-tubule voltage-sensing dihydropyridine receptors...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910888/microtubule-stabilising-peptides-rescue-tau-phenotypes-in-vivo
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Shmma Quraishe, Megan Sealey, Louise Cranfield, Amritpal Mudher
The microtubule cytoskeleton is a highly dynamic, filamentous network underpinning cellular structure and function. In Alzheimer's disease, the microtubule cytoskeleton is compromised, leading to neuronal dysfunction and eventually cell death. There are currently no disease-modifying therapies to slow down or halt disease progression. However, microtubule stabilisation is a promising therapeutic strategy that is being explored. We previously investigated the disease-modifying potential of a microtubule-stabilising peptide NAP (NAPVSIPQ) in a well-established Drosophila model of tauopathy characterised by microtubule breakdown and axonal transport deficits...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
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