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Inês Leal, David Cordeiro Sousa, Filomena Pinto, Carlos Marques-Neves, Luís Abegão Pinto
PURPOSE: To determine intra- and inter-rater agreement of anterior lamina cribrosa depth (ALCD) manual measurements using enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT). METHODS: Observational study. EDI-OCT of the optic nerve head was performed in healthy subjects. ALCD was defined as the perpendicular distance between the line connecting both edges of Bruch's membrane opening and the anterior border of the lamina cribrosa (LC), at the maximum depth point...
October 21, 2016: Ophthalmic Research
Viktoria Hasselhof, Anastasia Sperling, Kerstin Buttler, Philipp Ströbel, Jürgen Becker, Thiha Aung, Gunther Felmerer, Jörg Wilting
Millions of patients suffer from lymphedema worldwide. Supporting the contractility of lymphatic collectors is an attractive target for pharmacological therapy of lymphedema. However, lymphatics have mostly been studied in animals, while the cellular and molecular characteristics of human lymphatic collectors are largely unknown. We studied epifascial lymphatic collectors of the thigh, which were isolated for autologous transplantations. Our immunohistological studies identify additional markers for LECs (vimentin, CCBE1)...
2016: PloS One
Emilie Lukasova, Aleš Kovařík, Alena Bačíková, Martin Falk, Stanislav Kozubek
The cellular transition to senescence is associated with extensive chromatin reorganization and gene expression changes. Recent studies appeared implying an association of lamin B1 (LB1) reduction with chromatin rearrangement in human fibroblasts promoted to senescence, while the mechanisms and structural features of these relations were not yet clarified. In this work we examined the functions of LB1 and lamin B receptor (LBR) in human cancer cells. We found that both LB1 and LBR tend to deplete during cancer cells transfer to senescence by γ-irradiation...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Christine A Curcio, William H Morgan, Giuseppe Querques, Vittorio Capuano, Eric Souied, Jesse Jung, K Bailey Freund
Purpose: Drusenoid pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) are a defined path to atrophy in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). We analyzed the relationships between retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and drusen volume changes during the PED lifecycle, using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Methods: Twenty-one cases of drusenoid PED tracked using SD-OCT through periods of growth and collapse were evaluated. Volumetric calculations and piece-wise linear regression analysis were used to determine the breakpoint between growth and collapse...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Matthias Holzlechner, Katharina Strasser, Elitsa Zareva, Luise Steinhaeuser, Hanna Birnleitner, Andrea Beer, Michael Bergmann, Rudolf Oehler, Martina Marchetti-Deschmann
Tissue-resident immune cells differ from the corresponding blood cells in many functional aspects. Although the proteome of blood immune cells is well investigated there are almost no data on tissue-resident immune cells. Here we explored the potential of MALDI-TOF-MS imaging (MSI) to investigate these cells in colon tissue, which exhibits a strong immune infiltration. MSI identified several proteinaceous markers that colocalized with specific structures of the colon such as mucosa or muscularis mucosae in six patients...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Toshinori Sakai, Fumitake Tezuka, Kazuta Yamashita, Yoichiro Takata, Kosaku Higashino, Akihiro Nagamachi, Koichi Sairyo
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To investigate recent outcomes of conservative treatment for bony healing in pediatric patients with lumbar spondylolysis (LS) and to identify the problems that need to be resolved. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Several diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for LS have been developed recently, leading to better outcomes for bony healing. METHODS: Overall, 63 consecutive pediatric patients (53 boys and 10 girls) with LS (average age: 13...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Youngkyo Kwun, Gyule Han, Yoon-Jung Choy, Jong Chul Han, Changwon Kee
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the optic disc characteristics associated with visual field (VF) progression in normal tension glaucoma (NTG) eyes with tilted optic discs. METHODS: Sixty-six eyes of 66 NTG patients with tilted optic disc were included in this cross-sectional study, who were examined by at least 5 Humphrey 30-2 VFs. Glaucomatous VF progression was evaluated using pointwise linear regression. Optic nerve heads were scanned with enhanced-depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT), and evaluated for the focal lamina cribrosa (LC) defects and LC thicknesses...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
Anna Keppner, Sumedha Malsure, Antoine Nobile, Muriel Auberson, Olivier Bonny, Edith Hummler
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are diseases with impaired epithelial barrier function. We aimed to investigate whether mutated prostasin and thus, reduced colonic epithelial sodium channel activity predisposes to develop an experimentally dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis. METHODS: Wildtype, heterozygous (fr/+), and homozygous (fr/fr) prostasin-mutant rats were treated 7 days with DSS followed by 7 days of recovery and analyzed with respect to histology, clinicopathological parameters, inflammatory marker mRNA transcript expression, and sodium transporter protein expression...
October 12, 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Haruka Yokota, Ayaka Tsuzuki, Yuki Shimada, Azusa Imai, Daichi Utsumi, Takuya Tsukahara, Misaki Matsumoto, Kikuko Amagase, Kazumi Iwata, Akio Nakamura, Chihiro Yabe-Nishimura, Shinichi Kato
NOX1/NADPH oxidase, a non-phagocytic isoform of reactive oxygen species-producing enzymes, is highly expressed in the colon, but the physiological and pathophysiological roles of this isoform are not fully understood. The present study investigated the role of NOX1 in the development of colonic inflammation in a trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced murine colitis model. Intrarectal injection of TNBS caused severe colitis accompanied by body weight loss, diarrhea, and increased MPO activity in wild-type (WT) mice...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Subarna Dutta, Maitree Bhattacharyya, Kaushik Sengupta
Lamins are mechanosensitive and elastic components of the nuclear lamina that respond to external mechanical cues by altering gene regulation in a feedback mechanism. Numerous mutations in A-type lamins cause a plethora of diverse diseases collectively termed as laminopathies, the majority of which are characterized by irregularly shaped, fragile, and plastic nuclei. These nuclei are challenged to normal mechanotransduction and lead to disease phenotypes. Here, we review our current understanding of the nucleocytoskeleton coupling in mechanotransduction mediated by lamins...
October 14, 2016: Cells
Seungbum Kim, Gary Wang, Gilberto Lobaton, Eric Li, Tao Yang, Mohan Raizada
OBJECTIVE: Our previous studies have demonstrated that gut microbial dysbiosis is linked to high blood pressure in patients. This was associated with decreases in butyrate- and acetate- producing microbial populations. Thus, our objective in this study was to investigate the hypothesis that infusion of butyrate would impact dysbiosis, gut immunity and attenuate hypertension. DESIGN AND METHOD: C57B6 mice were divided into 4 groups; Saline infused, Angiotensin II (750ng/kg/min) infused, Ang II infused and butyrate treated (0...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Neil C Ford, Mark L Baccei
Spinal lamina I projection neurons serve as a major conduit by which noxious stimuli detected in the periphery are transmitted to nociceptive circuits in the brain, including the parabrachial nucleus (PB) and the periaqueductal gray (PAG). While neonatal spino-PB neurons are more than twice as likely to exhibit spontaneous activity compared to spino-PAG neurons, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear since nothing is known about the voltage-independent (i.e. 'leak') ion channels expressed by these distinct populations during early life...
October 14, 2016: Neuroscience
Donglei Chen, Henning Blom, Sophie Sanchez, Paul Tafforeau, Per E Ahlberg
The teeth of gnathostomes (jawed vertebrates) show rigidly patterned, unidirectional replacement that may or may not be associated with a shedding mechanism. These mechanisms, which are critical for the maintenance of the dentition, are incongruently distributed among extant gnathostomes. Although a permanent tooth-generating dental lamina is present in all chondrichthyans, many tetrapods and some teleosts, it is absent in the non-teleost actinopterygians. Tooth-shedding by basal hard tissue resorption occurs in most osteichthyans (including tetrapods) but not in chondrichthyans...
October 17, 2016: Nature
Naoki Morimoto, Chizuru Jinno, Atsushi Mahara, Michiharu Sakamoto, Natsuko Kakudo, Masukazu Inoie, Toshia Fujisato, Shigehiko Suzuki, Kenji Kusumoto, Tetsuji Yamaoka
We previously reported that human nevus tissue was inactivated after high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) higher than 200 MPa and that human cultured epidermis (hCE) engrafted on the pressurized nevus at 200 MPa but not at 1000 MPa. In this study, we explore the changes to the epidermal basement membrane in detail and elucidate the cause of the difference in hCE engraftment. Nevus specimens of 8 mm in diameter were divided into five groups (control and 100, 200, 500, and 1000 MPa). Immediately after HHP, immunohistochemical staining was performed to detect the presence of laminin-332 and type VII collagen, and the specimens were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
2016: BioMed Research International
Jian-Dong Li, Ai-Yuan Cheng, Yan-Li Huo, Jie Fan, Yu-Ping Zhang, Zhi-Qin Fang, Hong-Sheng Sun, Wei Peng, Jin-Shun Zhang, Hai-Ping Wang, Bao-Jian Xue
Heart failure (HF) is characterized by cardiac dysfunction along with autonomic unbalance that is associated with increased renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activity and elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines (PICs). Renal denervation (RD) has been shown to improve cardiac function in HF, but the protective mechanisms remain unclear. The present study tested the hypothesis that RD ameliorates isoproterenol- (ISO-) induced HF through regulation of brain RAS and PICs. Chronic ISO infusion resulted in remarked decrease in blood pressure (BP) and increase in heart rate and cardiac dysfunction, which was accompanied by increased BP variability and decreased baroreflex sensitivity and HR variability...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Chunyan Shao, Heng Wang, Xiaodu Wang, Sheng Jiang, Jing Sun, Houhui Song, Jianji Li
Endometritis is a common puerperal disease in livestock. Thus, a practical clinical test for the establishment of diagnosis is needed. We developed a goat model for subclinical endometritis diagnosis by examining cytological, ultrastructural features and molecular expression in cervical discharge collected by cervical cytobrush method. A suspension of E. coli was infused into the uterine horn of goats, and cervical discharge, peripheral blood and endomertrial biopsy samples were collected before inoculation and at 3, 6, 12, 24, 72, 120 and 168 hr post-inoculation (pi)...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Naoto Kamiya, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Takahito Suyama, Masayuki Kobayashi, Satoshi Fukasawa, Nobuyuki Sekita, Kazuo Mikami, Naoki Nihei, Yukio Naya, Tomohiko Ichikawa
BACKGROUND: A retrospective, multi-institutional collaborative study was conducted to evaluate the impact of second transurethral resection (TUR) on the clinical outcome of non-muscle invasive high-grade bladder cancer and to identify predictors of invasion to the lamina propria (pT1) or deeper and residual tumor at the second TUR. METHODS: The clinical and pathological features of 198 patients with non-muscle invasive high-grade bladder cancer treated in five medical institutions from April 1990 to March 2013 were reviewed retrospectively...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Laura Vannini, Judith H Willis
Previous work with EM immunolocalization examined the intracuticular placement of several antibodies directed against cuticular proteins (CPs) in various structures of Anopheles gambiae. Those structures had long stretches of fairly uniform cuticle. We have now used 19 antibodies directed against members of five CP families on two adult structures with considerable complexity, Johnston's organ and the corneal lens of the compound eye. We also localized chitin with colloidal-gold labeled wheat germ agglutinin...
October 12, 2016: Arthropod Structure & Development
Marion K Gordon, Andrea DeSantis-Rodrigues, Rita Hahn, Peihong Zhou, Yokechen Chang, Kathy K H Svoboda, Donald R Gerecke
Mustard exposures result in epithelial-stromal separations in the cornea and epidermal-dermal separations in the skin. Large blisters often manifest in skin, while the cornea develops microblisters, and, when enough form, the epithelium sloughs. If the exposure is severe, healing can be imperfect and can result in long-term adverse consequences. For the cornea, this could manifest as recurrent corneal erosions. Since the corneal epithelial-stromal separations are in the region identified by electron microscopy as the lamina lucida, the same region affected by the blistering disease junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), we postulated that the molecules that are defective in JEB would be the same ones cleaved by mustard compounds...
August 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Kamil Kowalski, Aleksandra Kołodziejczyk, Maria Helena Sikorska, Jagoda Płaczkiewicz, Paulina Cichosz, Magdalena Kowalewska, Wladyslawa Streminska, Katarzyna Janczyk-Ilach, Marta Koblowska, Anna Fogtman, Roksana Iwanicka-Nowicka, Maria A Ciemerych, Edyta Brzoska
The skeletal muscle regeneration occurs due to the presence of tissue specific stem cells - satellite cells. These cells, localized between sarcolemma and basal lamina, are bound to muscle fibers and remain quiescent until their activation upon muscle injury. Due to pathological conditions, such as extensive injury or dystrophy, skeletal muscle regeneration is diminished. Among the therapies aiming to ameliorate skeletal muscle diseases are transplantations of the stem cells. In our previous studies we showed that Sdf-1 (stromal derived factor -1) increased migration of stem cells and their fusion with myoblasts in vitro...
October 13, 2016: Cell Adhesion & Migration
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