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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161633/urinary-concentrations-of-biomarkers-of-phthalates-and-phthalate-alternatives-and-ivf-outcomes
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Ronit Machtinger, Audrey J Gaskins, Catherine Racowsky, Abdallah Mansur, Michal Adir, Andrea A Baccarelli, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser
Phthalates are a class of chemicals found in a large variety of consumer products. Available experimental and limited human data show adverse effects of some phthalates on ovarian function, which has raised concerns regarding potential effects on fertility. The aim of the current study was to determine whether urinary concentrations of metabolites of phthalates and phthalate alternatives are associated with intermediate and clinical in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes. We enrolled 136 women undergoing IVF in a Tertiary University Affiliated Hospital...
November 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161441/contributions-of-function-altering-variants-in-genes-implicated-in-pubertal-timing-and-body-mass-for-self-limited-delayed-puberty
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Sasha R Howard, Leonardo Guasti, Ariel Poliandri, Alessia David, Claudia P Cabrera, Michael R Barnes, Karoliina Wehkalampi, Stephen O'Rahilly, Catherine E Aiken, Anthony P Coll, Marcella Ma, Debra Rimmington, Giles S H Yeo, Leo Dunkel
Context: Self-limited delayed puberty (DP) is often associated with delay in physical maturation, but whilst highly heritable the causal genetic factors remain elusive. Genome-wide association studies of the timing of puberty have identified multiple loci for age of menarche (AAM) in females and voice break in males, particularly in pathways controlling energy balance. Objective/Main outcome measures: We aimed to assess the contribution of rare variants in such genes to the phenotype of familial DP...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161152/proliferative-cells-isolated-from-the-adult-human-peripheral-retina-only-transiently-upregulate-key-retinal-markers-upon-induced-differentiation
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Erik O Johnsen, Rebecca C Frøen, Ole Kristoffer Olstad, Bjørn Nicolaissen, Goran Petrovski, Morten C Moe, Agate Noer
Purpose/Aim: The adult human retina has limited regenerative potential, and severe injury will result in permanent damage. Lower vertebrates handle retinal injury by activating neural stem cells (NSCs) in the ciliary marginal zone (CMZ). Müller glia-like cells expressing markers of NSCs are also present in the peripheral retina (PR) of the adult human eye, leading to the hypothesis that a CMZ-like zone might exists also in humans. In order to shed further light on this hypothesis we investigated the in vitro differentiation potential of proliferative cells isolated from the adult human PR towards a retinal phenotype...
November 21, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160911/simultaneous-use-of-erythropoietin-and-lfm-a13-as-a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-colorectal-cancer
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Anna Tankiewicz-Kwedlo, Justyna Magdalena Hermanowicz, Tomasz Domaniewski, Krystyna Pawlak, Małgorzata Rusak, Anna Pryczynicz, Arkadiusz Surazynski, Tomasz Kaminski, Adam Kazberuk, Dariusz Pawlak
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase involved in the activation of signaling pathways responsible for cell maturation and viability. BTK has previously been reported to be overexpressed in colon cancers. This kind of cancer is often accompanied by anemia, which is treated with an erythropoietin supplement. The goal of the present study was to assess the effects of combination therapy with erythropoietin beta (Epo) and LFM-A13 (BTK inhibitor) on colon cancer in in vitro and in vivo models...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160745/the-unveiling-of-the-warburg-effect-and-the-inscribed-innovative-approach-to-a-radical-non-toxic-anticancer-therapy
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Olivia Crociani, Ilaria Marzi, Maria Grazia Cipolleschi, Antonella Mannini, Massimo Contini, Massimo Olivotto
The purpose of this research has been deciphering the Warburg paradox, the biochemical enigma unsolved since 1923. This paradox consists of the aerobic pyruvate conversion to lactate brought about by anaplastic cancer, through the metabolic pathway known as aerobic glycolysis. This pathway implies a heavy energetic waste. We solved the enigma by demonstrating that its specific character, i.e. the forced aerobic lactate exportation, represents a crucial metabolic device to counteract the cytotoxic effect produced by an excess of pyruvate at the connection of glycolysis with the Krebs cycle...
November 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159704/neuroimmune-regulation-of-jc-virus-by-intracellular-and-extracellular-agnoprotein
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Michael Craigie, Stephanie Cicalese, Ilker Kudret Sariyer
JC virus (JCV) is a human polyomavirus and the etiologic agent of the demyelinating disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). PML is observed in patients with underlying immunocompromising conditions, suggesting that neuro-immune interactions between peripheral immune cells and neuro-glia play an important role in controlling viral reactivation in the brain. There is little known about the immunobiology of JCV reactivation in glial cells and the role of immune, glial, and viral players in this regulation...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158643/in-vitro-propagation-ex-vitro-rooting-and-leaf-micromorphology-of-bauhinia-racemosa-lam-a-leguminous-tree-with-medicinal-values
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Udit Sharma, Vinod Kataria, N S Shekhawat
A micropropagation system for Bauhinia racemosa Lam. was developed involving axillary shoot proliferation and ex vitro rooting using nodal explants obtained from mature tree. MS medium with 3.0 mg l(-1) BA (6-benzyladenine) was optimum for shoot bud induction. For shoot multiplication, mother explants were transferred repeatedly on medium containing low concentration of BA (0.75 mg l(-1)). Number of shoots was increased up to two passages and decreased thereafter. Shoot multiplication was further enhanced on MS medium containing 0...
October 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158642/insights-into-nuclear-dna-content-hydrogen-peroxide-and-antioxidative-enzyme-activities-during-transverse-thin-cell-layer-organogenesis-and-ex-vitro-acclimatization-of-malaxis-wallichii-a-threatened-medicinal-orchid
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Biswajit Bose, Suman Kumaria, Hiranjit Choudhury, Pramod Tandon
Malaxis wallichii (Lindl.) Deb, a small, perennial, monopodial, terrestrial orchid, is endemic to tropical Himalayas at an altitude of 1200-2000 m asl. The pseudobulbs are important ingredients of century old drug 'Ashtavarga' and a polyherbal energetic tonic 'Chyavanprash'. An efficient genetically stable in vitro propagation protocol using transverse thin cell layer culture system was established for M. wallichii. In the present report, meta-topolin alone proved to be three times more beneficial compared to other routinely used cytokinins in inducing highest number of shoot buds, plant height and growth of regenerated shoots...
October 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158557/mir-29b-antagonizes-the-pro-inflammatory-tumor-promoting-activity-of-multiple-myeloma-educated-dendritic-cells
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C Botta, M Cucè, M R Pitari, D Caracciolo, A Gullà, E Morelli, C Riillo, L Biamonte, M E G Cantafio, R Prabhala, C Mignogna, A Di Vito, E Altomare, N Amodio, M T Di Martino, P Correale, M Rossi, A Giordano, N C Munshi, P Tagliaferri, P Tassone
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in regulating tumor immunity, tumor cell growth and drug resistance. We hypothesized that multiple myeloma (MM) cells might recruit and reprogram DCs to a tumor-permissive phenotype by changes within their miRNA network. By analyzing 6 different miRNA-profiling datasets, miR-29b was identified as the only miRNA upregulated in normal mature DCs and significantly downregulated in tumor associated DCs. This finding was validated in primary DCs co-cultured in vitro with MM cell lines and in primary bone marrow DCs from MM patients...
November 21, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157981/foxo1-inhibition-promotes-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-into-insulin-producing-cells
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Fei Yu, Rui Wei, Jin Yang, Junling Liu, Kun Yang, Haining Wang, Yiming Mu, Tianpei Hong
Insulin-producing cells (IPCs) derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) hold great potential for cell transplantation therapy in diabetes. Tremendous progress has been made in inducing differentiation of hESCs into IPCs in vitro, of which definitive endoderm (DE) protocol mimicking foetal pancreatic development has been widely used. However, immaturity of the obtained IPCs limits their further applications in treating diabetes. Forkhead box O1 (FoxO1) is involved in the differentiation and functional maintenance of murine pancreatic β cells, but its role in human β cell differentiation is under elucidation...
November 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155854/profiling-of-proteins-secreted-in-the-bovine-oviduct-reveals-diverse-functions-of-this-luminal-microenvironment
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Viju Vijayan Pillai, Darren M Weber, Brett S Phinney, Vimal Selvaraj
The oviductal microenvironment is a site for key events that involve gamete maturation, fertilization and early embryo development. Secretions into the oviductal lumen by either the lining epithelium or by transudation of plasma constituents are known to contain elements conducive for reproductive success. Although previous studies have identified some of these factors involved in reproduction, knowledge of secreted proteins in the oviductal fluid remains rudimentary with limited definition of function even in extensively studied species like cattle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155735/quantification-of-monocyte-transmigration-and-foam-cell-formation-from-individuals-with-chronic-inflammatory-conditions
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Thomas A Angelovich, Anna C Hearps, Anna Maisa, Theodoros Kelesidis, Anthony Jaworowski
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Atherosclerosis, a leading cause of CAD, is initiated by the transmigration of innate immune monocytes to inflammatory sites of deposited lipid called fatty streaks, which are present in arterial walls of medium to large arteries. The key pathogenic feature of lesions at this early stage of atherosclerosis is the maturation of monocytes which migrate into arteries to form foam cells or lipid-laden macrophages. Considerable evidence supports the hypothesis that risk of atherosclerosis is increased by chronic inflammatory conditions accompanying diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and HIV, as well as general ageing, and that this risk is predicted by monocyte activation...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154550/biophysical-and-sequence-based-methods-for-identifying-monovalent-and-bivalent-antibodies-with-high-colloidal-stability
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Magfur E Alam, Steven B Geng, Christian Bender, Seth D Ludwig, Lars Linden, Rene Hoet, Peter M Tessier
In vitro antibody discovery and/or affinity maturation are often performed using antibody fragments (Fabs), but most monovalent Fabs are reformatted as bivalent IgGs (monoclonal antibodies, mAbs) for therapeutic applications. One problem related to reformatting antibodies is that the bivalency of mAbs can lead to increased antibody self-association and poor biophysical properties (e.g., reduced antibody solubility and increased viscosity). Therefore, it is important to identify monovalent Fabs early in the discovery and/or optimization process that will display favorable biophysical properties when reformatted as bivalent mAbs...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153512/dose-and-type-dependent-effects-of-long-chain-fatty-acids-on-adipogenesis-and-lipogenesis-of-bovine-adipocytes
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Chen Yanting, Q Y Yang, G L Ma, M Du, J H Harrison, E Block
Differentiation and lipid metabolism of adipocytes have a great influence on milk performance, health, and feed efficiency of dairy cows. The effects of dietary long-chain fatty acids (FA) on adipogenesis and lipogenesis of dairy cows are often confounded by other nutritional and physiological factors in vivo. Therefore, this study used an in vitro approach to study the effect of dose and type of long-chain FA on adipogenesis and lipogenesis of bovine adipocytes. Stromal vascular cells were isolated from adipose tissue of dairy cows and induced into mature adipocytes in the presence of various long-chain FA including myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic, or linoleic acid...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152454/recent-advances-in-retinal-stem-cell-therapy
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Rajashekhar Gangaraju, Edward Chaum
Purpose of review: Progress in stem cell research for blinding diseases over the past decade is now being applied to patients with retinal degenerative diseases and soon perhaps, glaucoma. However, the field still has much to learn about the conversion of stem cells into various retinal cell types, and the potential delivery methods that will be required to optimize the clinical efficacy of stem cells delivered into the eye. Recent findings: Recent groundbreaking human clinical trials have demonstrated both the opportunities and current limitations of stem cell transplantation for retinal diseases...
September 2017: Current Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152094/xenotransplantation-of-pediatric-low-grade-gliomas-confirms-the-enrichment-of-braf-v600e-mutation-and-preservation-of-cdkn2a-deletion-in-a-novel-orthotopic-xenograft-mouse-model-of-progressive-pleomorphic-xanthoastrocytoma
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Mari Kogiso, Lin Qi, Holly Lindsay, Yulun Huang, Xiumei Zhao, Zhigang Liu, Frank K Braun, Yuchen Du, Huiyuan Zhang, Goeun Bae, Sibo Zhao, Sarah G Injac, Mary Sobieski, David Brunell, Vidya Mehta, Diep Tran, Jeffrey Murray, Patricia A Baxter, Xiao-Jun Yuan, Jack M Su, Adekunle Adesina, Laszlo Perlaky, Murali Chintagumpala, D Williams Parsons, Ching C Lau, Clifford C Stephan, Xinyan Lu, Xiao-Nan Li
To identify cellular and molecular changes that driver pediatric low grade glioma (PLGG) progression, we analyzed putative cancer stem cells (CSCs) and evaluated key biological changes in a novel and progressive patient-derived orthotopic xenograft (PDOX) mouse model. Flow cytometric analysis of 22 PLGGs detected CD133(+) (<1.5%) and CD15(+) (20.7 ± 28.9%) cells, and direct intra-cranial implantation of 25 PLGGs led to the development of 1 PDOX model from a grade II pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA). While CSC levels did not correlate with patient tumor progression, neurosphere formation and in vivo tumorigenicity, the PDOX model, IC-3635PXA, reproduced key histological features of the original tumor...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151250/mudskipper-boleophthalmus-pectinirostris-hepcidin-1-and-hepcidin-2-present-different-gene-expression-profile-and-antibacterial-activity-and-possess-distinct-protective-effect-against-edwardsiella-tarda-infection
#17
Jie Chen, Li Nie, Jiong Chen
Hepcidins are small cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptides that play an important role in fish immunity against pathogens. Most fish species have two or more hepcidin homologs that have distinct functions. This study investigated the immune functions of mudskipper (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) hepcidin-1 (BpHep-1) and hepcidin-2 (BpHep-2) in vitro and in vivo. Upon infection with Edwardsiella tarda, the expression of BpHep-1 and BpHep-2 mRNA in immune tissues was significantly upregulated, but the expression profiles were different...
November 18, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151189/the-environmental-pollutant-bde-209-regulates-no-cgmp-signaling-through-activation-of-nmda-receptors-in-neurons
#18
Jingsi Chen, Xiuying Li, Xiaomei Li, Dunjin Chen
The common flame retardant decabrominated diphenyl ether (BDE-209) is a persistent organic pollutant. Epidemiological studies have revealed that prenatal or postnatal exposure to BDE-209 can result in delayed cognitive development, and BDE-209 has been shown to be toxic to cultured neurons with maturation interference effects. However, its neurotoxic mechanism remains unclear. Nitric oxide/cyclic guanosine monophosphate (NO/cGMP) signaling plays an important role in regulating neuronal maturation. We examined the influence of BDE-209 (100, 200, and 400 nM) on NO production and cGMP levels signaling in rodent neurons in vitro, with or without pretreatment N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonism...
November 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150675/mechanisms-by-which-in-vitro-meiotic-arrest-and-sexual-maturity-improve-developmental-potential-of-mouse-oocytes
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Fei Chen, Juan Lin, Xue Sun, Bin Xiao, Shu-Fen Ning, Shuai Zhu, Hui-Li Wang, Jing-He Tan
To study the relationship between chromatin condensation, gene transcription and developmental competence during oocyte maturation and to explore the mechanisms by which meiotic arrest maintenance (MAM) and sexual maturity improve oocyte competence, we examined effects of MAM with roscovitine or db-cAMP on chromatin condensation, gene transcription and developmental potential of NSN or SN oocytes from prepubertal or adult mice. MAM with roscovitine improved the developmental competence and global gene transcription of prepubertal NSN (prep-NSN) and adult-SN oocytes while having no effect on those of prep-SN oocytes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150639/in-vitro-maturation-and-in-vivo-integration-and-function-of-an-engineered-cell-seeded-disc-like-angle-ply-structure-daps-for-total-disc-arthroplasty
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J T Martin, S E Gullbrand, D H Kim, K Ikuta, C G Pfeifer, B G Ashinsky, L J Smith, D M Elliott, H E Smith, R L Mauck
Total disc replacement with an engineered substitute is a promising avenue for treating advanced intervertebral disc disease. Toward this goal, we developed cell-seeded disc-like angle ply structures (DAPS) and showed through in vitro studies that these constructs mature to match native disc composition, structure, and function with long-term culture. We then evaluated DAPS performance in an in vivo rat model of total disc replacement; over 5 weeks in vivo, DAPS maintained their structure, prevented intervertebral bony fusion, and matched native disc mechanical function at physiologic loads in situ...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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