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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728156/predicting-the-risk-to-develop-preeclampsia-in-the-first-trimester-combining-promoter-variant-98a-c-of-lgals13-placental-protein-13-black-ethnicity-previous-preeclampsia-obesity-and-maternal-age
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Liora Madar-Shapiro, Ido Karady, Alla Trahtenherts, Argryo Syngelaki, Ranjit Akolekar, Liona Poon, Ruth Cohen, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Berthold Huppertz, Marei Sammar, Kata Juhasz, Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp, Roberto Romero, Kypros H Nicolaides, Hamutal Meiri
BACKGROUND: LGALS13 (placental protein 13 [PP13]) promoter DNA polymorphisms was evaluated in predicting preeclampsia (PE), given PP13's effects on hypotension, angiogenesis, and immune tolerance. METHODS: First-trimester plasma samples (49 term and 18 intermediate) of PE cases matched with 196 controls were collected from King's College Hospital, London, repository. Cell-free DNA was extracted and the LGALS13 exons were sequenced after PCR amplification. Expression of LGALS13 promoter reporter constructs was determined in BeWo trophoblast-like cells with luciferase assays...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723268/assay-of-calcium-transients-and-synapses-in-rat-hippocampal-neurons-by-kinetic-image-cytometry-and-high-content-analysis-an-in-vitro-model-system-for-postchemotherapy-cognitive-impairment
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Patrick M McDonough, Natalie L Prigozhina, Ranor C B Basa, Jeffrey H Price
Postchemotherapy cognitive impairment (PCCI) is commonly exhibited by cancer patients treated with a variety of chemotherapeutic agents, including the endocrine disruptor tamoxifen (TAM). The etiology of PCCI is poorly understood. Our goal was to develop high-throughput assay methods to test the effects of chemicals on neuronal function applicable to PCCI. Rat hippocampal neurons (RHNs) were plated in 96- or 384-well dishes and exposed to test compounds (forskolin [FSK], 17β-estradiol [ES]), TAM or fulvestrant [FUL], aka ICI 182,780) for 6-14 days...
July 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718638/semisynthesis-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-activity-of-derivatives-of-columbin-a-furanolactone-diterpene
#3
Anil Yilmaz, Rachel Saylor Crowley, Alexander M Sherwood, Thomas E Prisinzano
Columbin (1) is a furanolactone diterpene isolated from the roots of Jateorhiza and Tinospora species. These species generally grow in Asia and Africa and have been used in folk medicine for their apparent analgesic and antipyretic activities. Columbin (1) is of particular interest due to its structural similarity to the known kappa-opioid receptor (KOR) agonist salvinorin A. Given that the KOR is of interest in the study of many serious diseases, such as anxiety, depression, and drug addiction, obtaining natural or semisynthetic molecules with KOR activity recently has gained much interest...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717253/prostacyclin-reverses-platelet-stress-fibre-formation-causing-platelet-aggregate-instability
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M Z Yusuf, Z Raslan, L Atkinson, A Aburima, S G Thomas, K M Naseem, S D J Calaminus
Prostacyclin (PGI2) modulates platelet activation to regulate haemostasis. Evidence has emerged to suggest that thrombi are dynamic structures with distinct areas of differing platelet activation. It was hypothesised that PGI2 could reverse platelet spreading by actin cytoskeletal modulation, leading to reduced capability of platelet aggregates to withstand a high shear environment. Our data demonstrates that post-flow of PGI2 over activated and spread platelets on fibrinogen, identified a significant reduction in platelet surface area under high shear...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715817/amp010014a09-in-sus-scrofa-encodes-an-analog-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-109a-which-mediates-the-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-beta-hydroxybutyric-acid
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Guangxin Chen, Shoupeng Fu, Wenqian Feng, Bingxu Huang, Shiyao Xu, Wei Wang, Juxiong Liu
BACKGROUND: Hydroxy-carboxylic acid receptor 2 (HCA2, also called GPR109A) belongs to the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family and is found in humans, rats, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs, but there are almost no reports of this protein in other species. In this investigation, we speculated that AMP010014A09 (AMP+) is a homologue of GPR109A in swine. METHODS: To test this hypothesis, the following experiments were designed: monocytes isolated from the peripheral blood of swine were treated with LPS after pretreating with or without β-hydroxybutyric acid (BHBA), and the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and inflammatory proteins were assessed...
July 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715496/transition-of-phase-response-properties-and-singularity-in-the-circadian-limit-cycle-of-cultured-cells
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Satoshi Koinuma, Hiroshi Kori, Isao T Tokuda, Kazuhiro Yagita, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi
The circadian system has been regarded as a limit cycle oscillator constructed by the integrated interaction of clock genes and proteins. Here, we investigated a mammalian circadian oscillation geometrically before and after a perturbation. We detected the singular point and transition from a type 1 to type 0 phase response curve (PRC) and determined the embedding dimension to show how many variables are needed to describe the limit cycle oscillation and relaxation process after a perturbation. As a perturbation, forskolin (FK) was administered to Rat-1 cells expressing the Per2::luc gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713902/establishment-and-characterization-of-cell-lines-derived-from-complete-hydatidiform-mole
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Eiko Yamamoto, Kaoru Niimi, Tohru Kiyono, Toshimichi Yamamoto, Kimihiro Nishino, Kenichi Nakamura, Tomomi Kotani, Hiroaki Kajiyama, Kiyosumi Shibata, Fumitaka Kikkawa
Gestational trophoblastic diseases (GTDs) are a group of diseases characterized by abnormal cellular proliferation of atypical trophoblasts. A hydatidiform mole is an abnormal pregnancy caused by genetic fertilization disorders, and it can be classified as a complete hydatidiform mole (CHM) or a partial hydatidiform mole. The aim of this study was to establish cell lines from CHMs and to characterize the cells for future studies concerning GTD. HMol1-2C, HMol1-3B, HMol1-8 and HMol3-1B were established from primary cultures of CHM explants following the introduction of different combinations of genes including human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT), a mutant form of CDK (CDK4R24C), cyclin D1, p53C234, MYC and HRAS...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712885/detection-of-cftr-function-and-modulation-in-primary-human-nasal-cell-spheroids
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John J Brewington, Erin T Filbrandt, F J LaRosa, Alicia J Ostmann, Lauren M Strecker, Rhonda D Szczesniak, John P Clancy
BACKGROUND: Expansion of CFTR modulators to patients with rare/undescribed mutations will be facilitated by patient-derived models quantifying CFTR function and restoration. We aimed to generate a personalized model system of CFTR function and modulation using non-surgically obtained nasal epithelial cells (NECs). METHODS: NECs obtained by curettage from healthy volunteers and CF patients were expanded and grown in 3-dimensional culture as spheroids, characterized, and stimulated with cAMP-inducing agents to activate CFTR...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709639/ganoderma-triterpenes-retard-renal-cyst-development-by-downregulating-ras-mapk-signaling-and-promoting-cell-differentiation
#9
Limin Su, Liying Liu, Yingli Jia, Lei Lei, Jiangfeng Liu, Shuai Zhu, Hong Zhou, Ruoyun Chen, Hua Ann Jenny Lu, Baoxue Yang
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common monogenetic disease characterized by the progressive development of renal cysts with further need for effective therapy. Here our aim was to investigate the effect of Ganoderma triterpenes (GT) on the development of kidney cysts. Importantly, GT attenuated cyst development in two mouse models of ADPKD with phenotypes of severe cystic kidney disease. Assays for tubulogenesis showed that GT promoted epithelial tubule formation in MDCK cells, suggesting a possible effect on epithelial cell differentiation...
July 11, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706457/relaxant-and-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-two-thalidomide-analogs-as-pde-4-inhibitors-in-pregnant-rat-uterus
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Víctor Manuel Muñoz-Pérez, Eduardo Fernández-Martínez, Héctor Ponce-Monter, Mario I Ortiz
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relaxant and anti-inflammatory effects of two thalidomide analogs as phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE-4) inhibitors in pregnant rat uterus. Uteri from Wistar female rats were isolated at 19 day of pregnancy. Uterine samples were used in functional studies to evaluate the inhibitory effects of the thalidomide analogs, methyl 3-(4-nitrophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4NO2PDPMe) and methyl 3-(4-aminophthalimido)-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-propanoate (4APDPMe), on prostaglandin-F2α (PGF2α)-induced phasic, K(+)-induced tonic, and Ca(2+)-induced contractions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696682/homogeneous-assays-of-second-messenger-signaling-and-hormone-secretion-using-thermofluorimetric-methods-that-minimize-calibration-burden
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Juan Hu, Christopher J Easley
Homogeneous assays are characterized by rapidity, low cost, and simple workflows. However, relatively few specialized homogeneous platforms have garnered significant use in biological studies. Inconsistencies in matrix interferences, limited multiplexability, and the requirement for specialized instrumentation are among the various reasons for delayed acceptance. Recently, we have shown that DNA-driven protein assays using thermofluorimetric analysis (TFA) can limit matrix interference and promote multiplexing, all while requiring only a standard qPCR instrument for readout...
July 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677151/getting-a-tan-without-getting-sik
#12
John D'Orazio
It has been more than a decade since the Fisher lab reported that epidermal eumelanin could be robustly up-regulated by topical application of forskolin, an adenylyl cyclase activator that bypassed a defective melanocortin 1 receptor (Mc1r) to promote melanin synthesis. Eumelanin induction protected fair-skinned mice from UV damage using an animal model that recapitulates many of the features of pigmented human epidermis. Through constitutive production of stem cell factor (Kit ligand) in the basal epidermis, the K14-Scf transgenic mouse retains interfollicular melanocytes in the skin and therefore accumulates melanin pigments in the epidermis...
July 5, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673721/contribution-of-presynaptic-hcn-channels-to-excitatory-inputs-of-spinal-substantia-gelatinosa-neurons
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S-C Peng, J Wu, D-Y Zhang, C-Y Jiang, C-N Xie, T Liu
Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are pathological pain-associated voltage-gated ion channels. They are widely expressed in central nervous system including spinal lamina II (also named the substantia gelatinosa, SG). Here, we examined the distribution of HCN channels in glutamatergic synaptic terminals as well as their role in the modulation of synaptic transmission in SG neurons from SD rats and glutamic acid decarboxylase-67 (GAD67)-GFP mice. We found that the expression of the HCN channel isoforms was varied in SG...
July 1, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668390/ser-261-phospho-regulation-is-involved-in-ps256-and-ps269-mediated-aquaporin-2-apical-translocation
#14
Naofumi Yui, Fumiaki Ando, Sei Sasaki, Shinichi Uchida
Vasopressin catalyzes aquaporin-2 phosphorylation at several serine sites in the C-terminal region. Compared with Ser-256 and Ser-269 phosphorylation, the role of Ser-261 phospho-regulation on vasopressin-regulated AQP2 apical translocation is largely unknown. In addition, recent discovery of transcytotic apical delivery of AQP2 made the concept of its intracellular trafficking even more complicated. In this study, we evaluated how intact phospho-AQP2 signals fit with the transcytosis trafficking model in Madin-Darby canine kidney cells...
June 28, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661480/role-of-peroxiredoxin2-downregulation-in-recurrent-miscarriage-through-regulation-of-trophoblast-proliferation-and-apoptosis
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Fan Wu, Fuju Tian, Weihong Zeng, Xiaorui Liu, Jianxia Fan, Yi Lin, Yan Zhang
Peroxiredoxin (Prdx) 2 is an antioxidant protein that utilizes its redox-sensitive cysteine groups to reduce hydrogen peroxide molecules and protect cells against oxidative damage from reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, its function in trophoblasts at the maternal-fetal interface has not been clarified yet. In this study, significantly lower Prdx2 expression was found in the first-trimester villous cytotrophoblasts of patients with recurrent miscarriage (RM) than in cytotrophoblasts from healthy controls...
June 29, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660299/physiological-crosstalk-between-the-ac-pka-and-plc-pkc-pathways-modulates-melatonin-mediated-monochromatic-light-induced-proliferation-of-t-lymphocytes-in-chickens
#16
Qingyun Guo, Zixu Wang, Yulan Dong, Jing Cao, Yaoxing Chen
Previous study has demonstrated that melatonin plays a critical role in monochromatic-light-induced lymphocyte proliferation in response to T cell mitogen concanavalin A (ConA). However, its intracellular mechanism is still unclear. In this study, we investigate the intracellular signal pathways of melatonin receptor-mediated T-lymphocyte proliferation in the spleens of chicks exposed to different light wavelengths. Results showed that green light enhanced T-lymphocyte proliferation by 2.46-6.83% and increased splenic mRNA and protein expressions of melatonin receptor subtypes (Mel1a, Mel1b and Mel1c) by 16...
June 28, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659738/rosmarinic-acid-suppresses-adipogenesis-lipolysis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-secretion-in-macrophages-and-inflammatory-mediators-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
#17
Yehua Rui, Lingxia Tong, Jinbo Cheng, Guiping Wang, Liqiang Qin, Zhongxiao Wan
Background: Rosmarinic acid (RA) is a natural phenol carboxylic acid with many promising biological effects. It may be a suitable candidate for improving obesity-related adipose tissue dysfunction. Objective: We aimed to investigate the therapeutic use of RA as an anti-obesity agent by measuring its effects on adipogenesis, lipolysis, and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of major adipokines in 3T3-L1 adipocytes; and its effects on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) secretion in macrophages and inflammatory mediators in 3T3-L1 adipocytes incubated with macrophage-conditioned medium (MCM)...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659466/caffeine-accelerates-recovery-from-general-anesthesia-via-multiple-pathways
#18
Robert Fong, Suhail Khokhar, Atif Newaz Chowdhury, Kelvin G Xie, Josiah Hiu-Yuen Wong, Aaron P Fox, Zheng Xie
Various studies have explored different ways to speed emergence from anesthesia. Previously, we have shown that three drugs that elevate intracellular cAMP (forskolin, theophylline and caffeine) accelerate emergence from anesthesia in rats. However, our earlier studies left two main questions unanswered. First, were cAMP elevating drugs effective at all anesthetic concentrations? Second, given that caffeine was the most effective of the drugs tested, why was caffeine more effective than forskolin since both drugs elevate cAMP? In our current study, emergence time from anesthesia was measured in adult rats exposed to 3% isoflurane for 60 minutes...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655922/direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-to-brown-adipocytes-by-small-chemical-compounds
#19
Yukimasa Takeda, Yoshinori Harada, Toshikazu Yoshikawa, Ping Dai
Brown adipocytes play an important role in human energy metabolism and prevention of obesity and diabetes. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) represent a promising source for brown adipocytes; however, exogenous gene induction is generally required for iPSCs generation, which might cause undesired effects particularly in long-term treatment after transplantation. We have previously reported a cocktail of six small chemical compounds that enables a conversion of human fibroblasts into chemical compound-induced neuronal cells (CiNCs)...
June 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648739/g-protein-coupled-receptor-35-contributes-to-mucosal-repair-in-mice-via-migration-of-colonic-epithelial-cells
#20
Takuya Tsukahara, Nahla Hamouda, Daichi Utsumi, Kenjiro Matsumoto, Kikuko Amagase, Shinichi Kato
G protein-coupled receptor 35 (GPR35), a receptor for lysophosphatidic acid, is highly expressed in the gastrointestinal tract. Recently, GPR35 has been implicated in the onset of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but its role in physiological and pathological processes in the colon remains undefined. In this study, we investigated the contribution of GPR35-mediated signalling to mucosal repair of colonic epithelium in IBD. GPR35 function was examined in a wound healing model, using young adult mouse colon epithelium (YAMC) cells, and in a dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced mouse model of colitis...
June 23, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
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