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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351579/lack-of-methyl-cpg-binding-protein-2-mecp2-affects-cell-fate-refinement-during-embryonic-cortical-development
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Clementina Cobolli Gigli, Linda Scaramuzza, Marco De Simone, Riccardo L Rossi, Davide Pozzi, Massimiliano Pagani, Nicoletta Landsberger, Francesco Bedogni
During differentiation, neurons progressively restrict their fate repressing the expression of specific genes. Here we describe the involvement in such developmental steps of the methyl-CpG binding protein 2 (MeCP2), an epigenetic factor that participates to chromatin folding and transcriptional regulation. We previously reported that, due to transcriptional impairments, the maturation of Mecp2 null neurons is delayed. To evaluate whether this could stem from altered progenitors proliferation and differentiation, we investigated whether lack of Mecp2 affects these features both in vitro and in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351359/cyr61-ccn1-regulates-sclerostin-levels-and-bone-maintenance
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Gexin Zhao, Bau-Lin Huang, Diana Rigueur, Weiguang Wang, Chimay Bhoot, Kemberly R Charles, Jongseung Baek, Subburaman Mohan, Jie Jiang, Karen M Lyons
CYR61/CCN1 is a matricellular protein that resides in the extracellular matrix, but serves regulatory rather than structural roles. CYR61/CCN1 is found in mineralized tissues and has been shown to influence bone healing in vivo and osteogenic differentiation in vitro. In this study we generated Cyr61 bone specific knockout mice to examine the physiological role of CYR61/CCN1 in bone development and maintenance in vivo. Extensive analysis of Cyr61 conditional knockout mice showed a significant decrease in both trabecular and cortical bone mass as compared to WT littermate...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351307/doxycycline-modulates-vegf-a-expression-failure-of-doxycycline-inducible-lentivirus-shrna-vector-to-knockdown-vegf-a-expression-in-transgenic-mice
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Mari Merentie, Riina Rissanen, Line Lottonen-Raikaslehto, Jenni Huusko, Erika Gurzeler, Mikko P Turunen, Lari Holappa, Petri Mäkinen, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) is the master regulator of angiogenesis, vascular permeability and growth. However, its role in mature blood vessels is still not well understood. To better understand the role of VEGF-A in the adult vasculature, we generated a VEGF-A knockdown mouse model carrying a doxycycline (dox)-regulatable short hairpin RNA (shRNA) transgene, which silences VEGF-A. The aim was to find the critical level of VEGF-A reduction for vascular well-being in vivo. In vitro, the dox-inducible lentiviral shRNA vector decreased VEGF-A expression efficiently and dose-dependently in mouse endothelial cells and cardiomyocytes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349300/tensile-forces-drive-a-reversible-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-transition-during-tissue-growth-in-engineered-clefts
#4
Philip Kollmannsberger, Cécile M Bidan, John W C Dunlop, Peter Fratzl, Viola Vogel
Myofibroblasts orchestrate wound healing processes, and if they remain activated, they drive disease progression such as fibrosis and cancer. Besides growth factor signaling, the local extracellular matrix (ECM) and its mechanical properties are central regulators of these processes. It remains unknown whether transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and tensile forces work synergistically in up-regulating the transition of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts and whether myofibroblasts undergo apoptosis or become deactivated by other means once tissue homeostasis is reached...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348600/chinese-olive-extract-ameliorates-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-by-regulating-lipid-metabolism
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Yu-Te Yeh, Yan-Yu Cho, Shu-Chen Hsieh, An-Na Chiang
Chinese olive contains plenty of polyphenols, which possess a wide range of biological actions. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of the ethyl acetate fraction of Chinese olive fruit extract (CO-EtOAc) in the modulation of lipid accumulation in vitro and in vivo. In cellular studies, CO-EtOAc attenuated oleic acid-induced lipid accumulation; we then elucidated the molecular mechanisms of CO-EtOAc in FL83B mouse hepatocytes. CO-EtOAc suppressed the mRNA levels of fatty acid transporter genes (CD36 and FABP) and lipogenesis genes (SREBP-1c, FAS, and ACC1), but upregulated genes that govern lipolysis (HSL) and lipid oxidation (PPARα, CPT-1, and ACOX)...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348527/the-human-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptor-antagonist-dicyclomine-targets-signal-transduction-genes-and-inhibits-the-virulence-factors-in-the-human-pathogen-candida-albicans
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Awad Ali, Ashwini Jadhav, Priyanka Jangid, Rajendra Patil, Amruta Shelar, Sankunny Mohan Karuppayil
Dicyclomine is a human muscarinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist used for the treatment of abdominal cramps. We are reporting here that dicyclomine can inhibit the in vitro growth and virulence factors of the human pathogen Candida albicans very effectively. Dicyclomine inhibited adhesion, early biofilm, mature biofilm, and planktonic growth. Yeast to hyphal form transition of C. albicans in various inducer media such as serum, proline, glucose, and N-acetylglucosamine was inhibited. Dicyclomine also could kill C...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346772/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-controls-mature-brown-adipocyte-inducibility-through-glycerol-kinase
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David Lasar, Matthias Rosenwald, Elke Kiehlmann, Miroslav Balaz, Bettina Tall, Lennart Opitz, Martin E Lidell, Nicola Zamboni, Petra Krznar, Wenfei Sun, Lukas Varga, Patrik Stefanicka, Jozef Ukropec, Pirjo Nuutila, Kirsi Virtanen, Ez-Zoubir Amri, Sven Enerbäck, Walter Wahli, Christian Wolfrum
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) have been suggested as the master regulators of adipose tissue formation. However, their role in regulating brown fat functionality has not been resolved. To address this question, we generated mice with inducible brown fat-specific deletions of PPARα, β/δ, and γ, respectively. We found that both PPARα and β/δδ are dispensable for brown fat function. In contrast, we could show that ablation of PPARγ in vitro and in vivo led to a reduced thermogenic capacity accompanied by a loss of inducibility by β-adrenergic signaling, as well as a shift from oxidative fatty acid metabolism to glucose utilization...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346023/fertility-preservation-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-new-perspectives
#8
Chiara Gertosio, Mariasole Magistrali, Paola Musso, Cristina Meazza, Mauro Bozzola
Over the past 30 years, advances in antineoplastic treatment led to a significant increase in the survival of patients with childhood cancer. In Europe and the United States, 82% of children, adolescents, and young adults survive 5 years from the cancer diagnosis and the majority achieves long-term survival into adulthood. The impact of cancer therapy on fertility is related to the age of the patient and to the duration, dose/intensity, and type of treatment. Exposure to chemotherapy or to radiation to gonads or pituitary brings long-term complications of cancer-directed therapies that include effects on reproductive capacity...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345911/role-of-glycanation-and-convertase-maturation-of-the-soluble-glypican-3-in-inhibiting-proliferation-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Ahmad Saad, Benjamin Liet, Gilles Joucla, Xavier Santarelli, Justine Charpentier, Stéphane Claverol, Christophe F Grosset, Véronique Trézéguet
Glypican 3 (GPC3) is a complex heparan sulfate proteoglycan associated with the outer surface of the plasma membrane by a glycosyl-phosphatidylinositol anchor (GPI). It is also N-glycosylated and processed by a furine-like convertase. GPC3 has numerous biological functions. While undetectable in normal liver tissue, it is abnormally and highly overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Interestingly, proliferation of HCC cells such as HepG2 and HuH7 is inhibited when they express a soluble form of GPC3 after lentiviral transduction...
January 18, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345365/deletion-of-bcg-hip1-protease-enhances-dendritic-cell-and-cd4-t-cell-responses
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Erica Bizzell, Jonathan Kevin Sia, Melanie Quezada, Ana Enriquez, Maria Georgieva, Jyothi Rengarajan
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a key role in the generation of CD4 T cell responses to pathogens. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) harbors immune evasion mechanisms that impair DC responses and prevent optimal CD4 T cell immunity. The vaccine strain Mycobacterium bovis Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) shares many of the immune evasion proteins utilized by Mtb, but the role of these proteins in DC and T cell responses elicited by BCG is poorly understood. We previously reported that the Mtb serine protease, Hip1, promotes sub-optimal DC responses during infection...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345310/a-potential-role-of-knockout-serum-replacement-as-a-porcine-follicular-fluid-substitute-for-in-vitro-maturation-lipid-metabolism-approach
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Jun-Xue Jin, Sanghoon Lee, Erif Maha Nugraha Setyawan, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Ho Jae Han, Curie Ahn, Byeong Chun Lee
The use of supplements, such as porcine follicular fluid (pFF), fetal bovine serum and human serum albumin are widely used during in vitro maturation (IVM) in different species but these supplements contain undefined components that cause technical difficulties in standardization and influence the efficiency of IVM. Knockout serum replacement (KSR) is a synthetic protein source, without any undefined growth factors or differentiation-promoting factors. Therefore, it is feasible to use KSR as a defined component for avoiding effects of unknown molecules in an IVM system...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344312/an-endogenous-vaccine-based-on-fluorophores-and-multivalent-immunoadjuvants-regulates-tumor-micro-environment-for-synergistic-photothermal-and-immunotherapy
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Ling Li, Suleixin Yang, Linjiang Song, Yan Zeng, Tao He, Ning Wang, Chuan Yu, Tao Yin, Li Liu, Xiawei Wei, Qinjie Wu, Yuquan Wei, Li Yang, Changyang Gong
Recently, near-infrared (NIR) light-based photothermal therapy (PTT) has been widely applied in cancer treatment. However, in most cases, the tissue penetration depth of NIR light is not sufficient and thus photothermal therapy is unable to completely eradicate deep, seated tumors inevitably leading to recurrence of the tumor. Due to this significant limitation of NIR, improved therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Methods: We developed an endogenous vaccine based on a novel nanoparticle platform for combinatorial photothermal ablation and immunotherapy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343853/differential-tissue-specific-temporal-and-spatial-expression-patterns-of-the-aggrecan-gene-is-modulated-by-independent-enhancer-elements
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Ian M H Li, Ke Liu, Alice Neal, Peter D Clegg, Sarah De Val, George Bou-Gharios
The transcriptional mechanism through which chondrocytes control the spatial and temporal composition of the cartilage tissue has remained largely elusive. The central aim of this study was to identify whether transcriptional enhancers played a role in the organisation of the chondrocytes in cartilaginous tissue. We focused on the Aggrecan gene (Acan) as it is essential for the normal structure and function of cartilage and it is expressed developmentally in different stages of chondrocyte maturation. Using transgenic reporter studies in mice we identified four elements, two of which showed individual chondrocyte developmental stage specificity...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341877/characterizing-the-effects-of-insertion-of-a-5-2%C3%A2-kb-region-of-a-vacv-genome-which-contains-known-immune-evasion-genes-on-mva-immunogenicity
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Melissa R Ryerson, Joanna L Shisler
Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) is an attenuated Vaccinia virus (VACV) that is a popular vaccine vector candidate against many different pathogens. Its replication-restricted nature makes it a safe vaccine. However, higher doses or multiple boosts of MVA are necessary to elicit an immune response similar to wild-type VACV. Multiple strategies have been used to create modified MVA viruses that remain safe, but have increased immunogenicity. For example, one common strategy is to delete MVA immunomodulatory proteins in hopes of increasing the host immune response...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340931/vascutrainer-a-mobile-and-disposable-bioreactor-system-for-the-conditioning-of-tissue-engineered-vascular-grafts
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Frederic Wolf, Diana M Rojas González, Ulrich Steinseifer, Markus Obdenbusch, Werner Herfs, Christian Brecher, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela, Thomas Schmitz-Rode
In vitro tissue engineering of vascular grafts requires dynamic conditioning in a bioreactor system for in vitro tissue maturation and remodeling to receive a mechanically adequate and hemocompatible implant. The goal of the current work was to develop a bioreactor system for the conditioning of vascular grafts which is (i) able to create a wide range of flow, pressure and frequency conditions, including physiological ones; (ii) compact and easy to assemble; (iii) transportable; (iv) disposable. The system is driven by a small centrifugal pump controlled via a custom-made control unit, which can also be operated on batteries to allow for autonomous transportation...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340620/delivery-of-tapasin-modified-ctl-epitope-peptide-via-cytoplasmic-transduction-peptide-induces-ctls-by-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-vivo
#16
Shanshan Wu, Xiaohua Chen, Yuyan Tang, Yi Zhang, Dan Li, Jie Chen, Jieling Wang, Zhenghao Tang, Guoqing Zang, Yongsheng Yu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a vital role in viral control and clearance. Recent studies have elucidated that Tapasin, an endoplasmic reticulum chaperone, is a well-known molecule that appears to be essential in peptide-loading process. The Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway plays an important role in immune response regulation and cytokines secretion. We have previously verified that fusion protein CTP-HBcAg18-27-Tapasin could facilitate the maturation of bone marrow derived dendritic cells and enhance specific CTLs responses in vitro, which might be associated with the activation of JAK/STAT signaling pathway...
January 11, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340024/chitosan-composite-scaffold-combined-with-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-bone-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#17
Shengqi Zang, Lei Zhu, Kefu Luo, Rui Mu, Feng Chen, Xiaocui Wei, Xiaodong Yan, Biyao Han, Xiaolei Shi, Qintao Wang, Lei Jin
The study aimed to develop a chitosan (CS)-based scaffold for repairing calvarial bone defects. We fabricated composite scaffolds made of CS and bovine-derived xenograft (BDX), characterized their physicochemical properties including pore size and porosity, absorption, degradation, and compressive strength, compared their efficacy to support in vitro proliferation and differentiation of human jaw bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hJBMMSCs), and evaluated their bone regeneration capacity in critical-size rat calvarial defects...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338139/occurrence-of-ovarian-follicular-dominance-during-stimulation-for-ivm-impacts-usable-blastocyst-yield
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Sergio Romero, Ricardo Pella, Francisco Escudero, Ygor Pérez, Mario García, Patricia Orihuela
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of ovarian follicular dominance on the outcome of oocyte in-vitro maturation. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 21 patients with polycystic ovaries or polycystic ovary syndrome (Rotterdam criteria, 2004) subjected to 24 in-vitro maturation (IVM) cycles between October 2015 and January 2017. Patients undergoing IVM received minimal gonadotropin stimulation starting on day 2 or 3 of the cycle; ovum pick-up typically occurred on days 6 to 8...
January 17, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338136/plasmatic-estradiol-concentration-in-the-mid-luteal-phase-is-a-good-prognostic-factor-for-clinical-and-ongoing-pregnancies-during-stimulated-cycles-of-in-vitro-fertilization
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Rodopiano S Florêncio, Melaynne S B Meira, Marcos V da Cunha, Mylena N C R Camarço, Eduardo C Castro, Marta C C F Finotti, Vinicius A de Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive efficiency of serum estradiol (E2) concentration in the mid-luteal phase regarding chemical, clinical, and ongoing pregnancies, in patients subjected to IVF/ICSI with fresh embryo transfer. METHODS: One hundred and forty-three patients undergoing IVF/ICSI met all the inclusion criteria for the present study. Most of the patients used antagonists, final maturation was achieved with recombinant chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), and embryo transfer took place on days 3 to 5, but mostly on day 4...
January 16, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337186/lipoprotein-signal-peptidase-inhibitors-with-antibiotic-properties-identified-through-design-of-a-robust-in%C3%A2-vitro-ht-platform
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Seiya Kitamura, Anna Owensby, Daniel Wall, Dennis W Wolan
As resistance to antibiotics increases, the exploration of new targets and strategies to combat pathogenic bacteria becomes more urgent. Ideal protein targets are required for viability across many species, are unique to prokaryotes to limit effects on the host, and have robust assays to quantitate activity and identify inhibitors. Lipoprotein signal peptidase (Lsp) is a transmembrane aspartyl protease required for lipoprotein maturation and comprehensively fits these criteria. Here, we have developed the first in vitro high-throughput assay to monitor proteolysis by Lsp...
January 10, 2018: Cell Chemical Biology
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