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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640859/toxic-effects-of-atrazine-on-porcine-oocytes-and-possible-mechanisms-of-action
#1
Bao Yuan, Shuang Liang, Yong-Xun Jin, Ming-Jun Zhang, Jia-Bao Zhang, Nam-Hyung Kim
Because atrazine is a widely used herbicide, its adverse effects on the reproductive system have been extensively researched. In this study, we investigated the effects of atrazine exposure on porcine oocyte maturation and the possible mechanisms. Our results showed that the rates of oocyte maturation significantly decreased after treatment with 200 μM atrazine in vitro. Atrazine treatment resulted in abnormal spindle morphology but did not affect actin distribution. Atrazine exposure not only triggered a DNA damage response but also decreased MPF levels in porcine oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637324/the-effects-of-phytosterols-on-the-sexual-behavior-and-reproductive-function-in-the-japanese-quail-coturnix-coturnix-japonica
#2
Mohammad Ibrahim Qasimi, Kentaro Nagaoka, Gen Watanabe
Phytosterols (PS) are plant origin sterols naturally found in many foods and added as food additives. Since 1950, PS have attracted considerable attention due to their ability to lower serum cholesterol and inhibit cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, recent studies have found that PS act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals in laboratory animals. Therefore, this study was aimed at finding the mechanism(s) for PS effects on the sexual behaviors and reproductive functions in male Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica)...
June 16, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#3
Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
#4
Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636433/immunogenicity-of-ags-004-dendritic-cell-therapy-in-patients-treated-during-acute-hiv-infection
#5
Cynthia L Gay, Mark A DeBenedette, Irina Y Tcherepanova, Alicia Gamble, Whitney E Lewis, Anna B Cope, JoAnn D Kuruc, Kara S McGee, Mary F Kearney, John M Coffin, Nancie M Archin, Charles B Hicks, Joseph J Eron, Charles A Nicolette, David M Margolis
AGS-004 consists of matured autologous dendritic cells co-electroporated with in vitro transcribed RNA encoding autologous HIV antigens. In an open-label, single arm sub-study of AGS-004-003, AGS-004 was administered monthly to suppressed participants who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) during acute HIV infection. HIV-1 specific T cell responses were measured by multicolor flow cytometry after 3-4 doses. The frequency of resting CD4(+) T-cell infection (RCI) was measured by quantitative viral outgrowth assay...
June 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
#6
Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634182/sf3b1-initiating-mutations-in-mds-with-ring-sideroblasts-target-lymphomyeloid-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Teresa Mortera-Blanco, Marios Dimitriou, Petter S Woll, Mohsen Karimi, Edda Elvarsdottir, Simona Conte, Magnus Tobiasson, Monika Jansson, Iyadh Douagi, Matahi Moarii, Leonie Saft, Elli Papaemmanuil, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen, Eva Hellström-Lindberg
Mutations in the RNA splicing gene SF3B1 are found in more than 80% of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome with ring sideroblasts (MDS-RS). We investigated the origin of SF3B1 mutations within the bone marrow hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell compartments in patients with MDS-RS. Screening for recurrently mutated genes in the mononuclear cell fraction revealed mutations in SF3B1 in 39 of 40 cases (97.5%), combined with TET2 and DNMT3A in 11 (28%) and 6 (15%) patients, respectively. All recurrent mutations identified in mononuclear cells could be tracked back to the phenotypically defined hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment in all investigated patients, and were also present in downstream myeloid and erythroid progenitor cells...
June 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631442/osteoblast-migration-in-vertebrate-bone
#8
Antonia Thiel, Marie K Reumann, Adele Boskey, Johannes Wischmann, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Philipp Mayer-Kuckuk
Bone formation, for example during bone remodelling or fracture repair, requires mature osteoblasts to deposit bone with remarkable spatial precision. As osteoblast precursors derive either from circulation or resident stem cell pools, they and their progeny are required to migrate within the three-dimensional bone space and to navigate to their destination, i.e. to the site of bone formation. An understanding of this process is emerging based on in vitro and in vivo studies of several vertebrate species. Receptors on the osteoblast surface mediate cell adhesion and polarization, which induces osteoblast migration...
June 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630428/nuclear-accumulation-of-symplekin-promotes-cellular-proliferation-and-dedifferentiation-in-an-erk1-2-dependent-manner
#9
Chen Zhang, Hai-Lei Mao, Yi Cao
Symplekin is a multifunctional protein that localizes to both tight junctions and the nucleus in polarized epithelial cells, with confirmed roles in mRNA maturation, transcriptional modulation and tight-junction assembly. However, the mechanisms governing its subcellular distribution and related functions remain unclear. In this study, we found that symplekin primarily localizes to the nuclei of cultured dedifferentiated colorectal cancer cells, and nuclear symplekin showed higher phosphorylation and binding affinity with YBX3 than its membrane fraction...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630279/obesity-and-p16-ink4a-down-regulation-activate-breast-adipocytes-and-promote-their-pro-tumorigenicity
#10
Huda H Al-Khalaf, Mrad Amir, Falah Al-Mohanna, Asma Tulbah, Adher Al-Sayed, Abdelilah Aboussekhra
Obesity is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for breast cancer development. However, the molecular basis of obesity-related breast carcinogenesis remains elusive. In this study, we have shown that obesity reduces the level of the tumor suppressor p16(INK4A) protein in breast adipocytes, which showed active features and strong pro-carcinogenic potential both in vitro and in orthotopic tumor xenografts, as compared to mature adipocytes from lean women. Furthermore, obesity triggered epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in breast ductal epithelial cells...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630103/up-regulation-of-ep2-and-ep3-receptors-in-human-tolerogenic-dendritic-cells-boost-the-immunosuppressive-activity-of-pge2
#11
Georgina Flórez-Grau, Raquel Cabezón, Kyra J E Borgman, Carolina España, Juan Jose Lozano, Maria F Garcia-Parajo, Daniel Benítez-Ribas
Dendritic cells (DCs) are APCs essential in regulating the immune response. PGE2, produced during inflammation, has a pivotal role in the maturation of DCs and, therefore, is vital for the immune response. The large variety of biologic functions governed by PGE2 is mediated by its signaling through 4 distinct E-type prostanoid (EP) receptors. Immunogenic DCs express EP2 and EP4, which mediate the PGE2 signaling. However, the expression and function of EP receptors in human tolerogenic DCs (tol-DCs), which present an inhibitory phenotype, have not yet, to our knowledge, been assessed...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630102/the-phenotype-and-function-of-preterm-infant-monocytes-implications-for-susceptibility-to-infection
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REVIEW
Emma de Jong, Tobias Strunk, David Burgner, Pascal M Lavoie, Andrew Currie
The extreme vulnerability of preterm infants to invasive microbial infections has been attributed to "immature" innate immune defenses. Monocytes are important innate immune sentinel cells critical in the defense against infection in blood. They achieve this via diverse mechanisms that include pathogen recognition receptor- and inflammasome-mediated detection of microbes, migration into infected tissues, and differentiation into Mϕs and dendritic cells, initiation of the inflammatory cascade by free radicals and cytokine/chemokine production, pathogen clearance by phagocytosis and intracellular killing, and the removal of apoptotic cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629814/abcb1a-p-glycoprotein-limits-brain-exposure-of-the-anticancer-drug-candidate-seliciclib-in-vivo-in-adult-mice
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Franciska Erdő, Ildikó Nagy, Beáta Tóth, Annamária Bui, Éva Molnár, Zoltán Tímár, Rémi Magnan, Peter Krajcsi
Seliciclib displayed limited brain exposure in vivo in adult rats with mature blood-brain barrier (BBB). Selicilib was shown to be a specific substrate of human ABCB1 in vitro. To demonstrate that ABCB1/Abcb1 can limit brain exposure in vivo in mice we are showing that seliciclib is a substrate of mouse Abcb1a, the murine ABCB1 ortholog expressed in the BBB as LLC-PK-Abcb1a cells displayed an efflux ratio (ER) of 15.31±3.54 versus an ER of 1.44±0.10 in LLC-PK1-mock cells. Additionally, in the presence of LY335979, an ABCB1/Abcb1a specific inhibitor, the observed ER for seliciclib in the LLC-PK1-mMdr1a cells decreased to 1...
June 16, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629378/microrna-130b-is-involved-in-bovine-granulosa-and-cumulus-cells-function-oocyte-maturation-and-blastocyst-formation
#14
Pritam Bala Sinha, Dawit Tesfaye, Franca Rings, Munir Hossien, Michael Hoelker, Eva Held, Christaine Neuhoff, Ernst Tholen, Karl Schellander, Dessie Salilew-Wondim
BACKGROUND: Oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development are controlled by array of genes that are post-transcriptionally regulated by microRNAs. With respect to this, previously, we identified altered expression of microRNA-130b (miR-130b) during oocyte maturation. Here, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-130b in bovine granulosa and cumulus cell function, oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development using gain- and loss-of- function approach. METHODS: For this study, the granulosa cells, cumulus cells and the oocytes were collected from ovaries obtained from slaughterhouse...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628652/microrna-433-3p-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-through-targeting-dkk1-expression
#15
Xiaolin Tang, Jiantao Lin, Guanhai Wang, Jianlin Lu
Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) is a powerful antagonist of canonical WNT signaling pathway, and is regarded as a biomarker for osteoporosis. Its expression is highly correlated with bone mass and osteoblasts maturation. In this study, mouse primary bone marrow cells and osteoblast cell lines were used. Luciferase reporter assay and western blotting methods were employed to validate if miRNA-433-3p epigenetically regulated DKK1 translation. Rat bone marrow derived osteoblasts were infected with lentivirus vector in which miR-433-3p was constructed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627828/the-relationship-between-the-mthfr-c677t-genotypes-to-serum-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-concentrations-and-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-outcome
#16
Seyedeh Z Shahrokhi, Faranak Kazerouni, Firouzeh Ghaffari, Ali Rahimipour, Mir D Omrani, Arezoo Arabipoor, Ramin Lak, Elaheh T Ghane
BACKGROUND: The expression of the 5,10-methylentetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene in human oocytes and preimplantation embryos suggests that the MTHFR gene is involved in folliculogenesis and female reproduction. Considering the importance of the MTHFR gene on female reproduction, the aim of this study was to evalu- ate the influence of MTHFR C677T polymorphism on ovarian marker reserve, particularly serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels, and ovarian response as well as clinical pregnancy rates after in vitro fertilization (IVF)/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627635/concomitant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-promotes-lung-tumor-growth-through-enhancing-treg-development
#17
Yan Zhou, Zhangguo Hu, Shuhui Cao, Bo Yan, Jialin Qian, Hua Zhong
Lung cancer is the most common malignancy in humans. An increased population of CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the tumor-associated microenvironment plays an important role in cancer immune evasion. The exact role and the involved mechanisms of concomitant H37Rv infection in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) development are still not clear. Here, we showed that H37Rv infection promoted NSCLC cell growth with a higher percentage of Tregs found in draining lymph nodes. We also determined in vitro that H37Rv infection induced macrophage maturation and PD-L1 expression, which promoted Treg proportion, with enhanced proliferation suppression function...
June 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627630/gene-expression-profiling-of-human-blastocysts-from-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-rescue-ivm-with-or-without-melatonin-treatment
#18
Yan Hao, Zhiguo Zhang, Dan Han, Yunxia Cao, Ping Zhou, Zhaolian Wei, Mingrong Lv, Dawei Chen
To evaluate the effect of melatonin supplementation in maturation medium for human 'rescue IVM' and investigate differences in transcriptomic profile of blastocysts developed from oocytes matured in vitro with/without melatonin treatment and in vivo, a total of 314 GV oocytes and 320 MI oocytes were collected from 200 patients younger than 35 years old undergoing ICSI cycle. The oocytes were randomly distributed in the control group (no melatonin) and four other groups of varying melatonin concentrations (10‑11, 10‑9, 10‑7, 10‑5 mol/l)...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627460/polysaccharides-from-epimedium-koreanum-nakai-with-immunomodulatory-activity-and-inhibitory-effect-on-tumor-growth-in-llc-bearing-mice
#19
Chengcheng Wang, Liang Feng, Jiayan Su, Li Cui, Dan Liu, Jun Yan, Chuanlin Ding, Xiaobin Tan, Xiaobin Jia
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Epimedium koreanum Nakai is documented as tonic herbal in China for over a thousand years and has the potential to enhance the body's immunity according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides are one of the most important effective compounds in Epimedium koreanum Nakai. Accumulating evidence indicated polysaccharides derived from traditional Chinese medicine have potent immune-enhancing properties and relatively nontoxic effects in cancer treatment...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627369/plekho2-is-essential-for-m-csf-dependent-macrophage-survival
#20
Pengfei Zhang, Chenchen Zhou, Cheng Lu, Wenfei Li, Wei Li, Bin Jing, Wenxia Chen, Yuhua Zha, Peng Zhang, Changqin Bai, Huiying Liu, Luo Zhang
Macrophage-colony stimulating factor (M-CSF) is crucial for macrophage survival; however, the mechanism associated with this signaling has not been fully elucidated. Here, we identified pleckstrin homology domain-containing family O member 2 (PLEKHO2), a protein with unknown function, as a novel regulator of macrophage survival in vitro and in vivo. We found that PLEKHO2-deficient mice exhibited severe reductions in macrophage population in the peritoneal cavity, spleen, and blood, and that PLEKHO2 expression was upregulated during macrophage differentiation and maturation...
June 13, 2017: Cellular Signalling
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