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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936498/invasive-exotic-shrub-modifies-a-classic-animal-habitat-relationship-and-alters-patterns-of-vertebrate-seed-predation
#1
Peter W Guiden, John L Orrock
Recent evidence suggests that invasive exotic plants can provide novel habitats that alter animal behavior. However, it remains unclear whether classic animal-habitat associations that influence the spatial distribution of plant-animal interactions, such as small mammal use of downed woody debris, persist in invaded habitats. We removed an invasive exotic shrub (buckthorn, Rhamnus cathartica) from 7 of 15 plots in Wisconsin. In each plot, we deployed 200 tagged Quercus rubra seeds in November 2014. After five months, tags were recovered to track spatial patterns of small mammal seed predation...
December 9, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936495/t-bet-overexpression-regulates-ahr-mediated-th-17-differentiation-through-an-ifn%C3%AE-independent-pathway
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Masahiro Yokosawa, Yuya Kondo, Masahiro Tahara, Mana Iizuka-Koga, Seiji Segawa, Shunta Kaneko, Hiroto Tsuboi, Keigyou Yoh, Satoru Takahash, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
Various transcription factors are also known to enhance or suppress Th-17 differentiation. We previously showed that the development of collagen-induced arthritis was suppressed in T-bet transgenic (T-bet Tg) mice and T-bet seemed to suppress Th-17 differentiation through an IFNγ-independent pathway, although the precise mechanism remains to be clarified. The present study was designed to further investigate the mechanisms involved in the regulation of Th-17 differentiation by T-bet overexpression, and we found the new relation between T-bet and aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR)...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936470/ocular-delivery-of-pacap1-27-protects-the-retina-from-ischemic-damage-in-rodents
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Dora Werling, Dora Reglodi, William A Banks, Therese S Salameh, Krisztina Kovacs, Timea Kvarik, Alexandra Vaczy, Laszlo Kovacs, Flora Mayer, Bese Danyadi, Emese Lokos, Andrea Tamas, Gabor Toth, Zsolt Biro, Tamas Atlasz
Purpose: Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is neuroprotective in neuronal injuries. Bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) causes chronic hypoperfusion-induced degeneration in the rat retina, where we proved the retinoprotective effect of intravitreal PACAP. Although this route of administration is a common clinical practice in several diseases, easier routes are clinically important. Our aim was to investigate the potential retinoprotective effects of PACAP eye drops in BCCAO-induced ischemic retinopathy...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936457/genetic-disruption-of-nrf2-promotes-the-development-of-necroinflammation-and-liver-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-hfe-hereditary-hemochromatosis
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Tiago L Duarte, Carolina Caldas, Ana G Santos, Sandro Silva-Gomes, Andreia Santos-Gonçalves, Maria João Martins, Graça Porto, José Manuel Lopes
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In hereditary hemochromatosis, iron deposition in the liver parenchyma may lead to fibrosis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Most cases are ascribed to a common mutation in the HFE gene, but the extent of clinical expression is greatly influenced by the combined action of yet unidentified genetic and/or environmental modifying factors. In mice, transcription factor NRF2 is a critical determinant of hepatocyte viability during exposure to acute dietary iron overload...
December 1, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936346/antibodies-to-staphylococcus-aureus-capsular-polysaccharides-5-and-8-perform-similarly-in-vitro-but-are-functionally-distinct-in-vivo
#5
Bo Liu, Saeyoung Park, Christopher D Thompson, Xue Li, Jean C Lee
The capsular polysaccharide (CP) produced by Staphylococcus aureus is a virulence factor that allows the organism to evade uptake and killing by host neutrophils. Polyclonal antibodies to the serotype 5 (CP5) and type 8 (CP8) capsular polysaccharides are opsonic and protect mice against experimental bacteremia provoked by encapsulated staphylococci. Thus, passive immunotherapy using CP antibodies has been considered for the prevention or treatment of invasive antibiotic-resistant S. aureus infections. In this report, we generated monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against S...
December 9, 2016: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936249/the-impact-of-exercise-on-statin-associated-skeletal-muscle-myopathy
#6
Hae R Chung, Mayand Vakil, Michael Munroe, Alay Parikh, Benjamin M Meador, Pei T Wu, Jin H Jeong, Jeffrey A Woods, Kenneth R Wilund, Marni D Boppart
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) are the most effective pharmacological means of reducing cardiovascular disease risk. The most common side effect of statin use is skeletal muscle myopathy, which may be exacerbated by exercise. Hypercholesterolemia and training status are factors that are rarely considered in the progression of myopathy. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which acute and chronic exercise can influence statin-induced myopathy in hypercholesterolemic (ApoE-/-) mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936238/trehalose-6-phosphate-mediated-toxicity-determines-essentiality-of-otsb2-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-vitro-and-in-mice
#7
Jan Korte, Marina Alber, Carolina M Trujillo, Karl Syson, Hendrik Koliwer-Brandl, René Deenen, Karl Köhrer, Michael A DeJesus, Travis Hartman, William R Jacobs, Stephen Bornemann, Thomas R Ioerger, Sabine Ehrt, Rainer Kalscheuer
Trehalose biosynthesis is considered an attractive target for the development of antimicrobials against fungal, helminthic and bacterial pathogens including Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The most common biosynthetic route involves trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P) synthase OtsA and T6P phosphatase OtsB that generate trehalose from ADP/UDP-glucose and glucose-6-phosphate. In order to assess the drug target potential of T6P phosphatase, we generated a conditional mutant of M. tuberculosis allowing the regulated gene silencing of the T6P phosphatase gene otsB2...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936229/endothelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-vascular-calcification-of-ins2akita-mice
#8
Pierre J Guihard, Jiayi Yao, Ana M Blazquez-Medela, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Kristina I Boström, Yucheng Yao
Endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) drives endothelium to contribute to normal development and disease processes. Here, we report that EndMTs occur in the diabetic endothelium of Ins2Akita/wt mouse, and show that induction of sex determining region Y-box 2 (Sox2) is a mediator of excess BMP signaling that results in activation of EndMTs and increased vascular calcification. We also find an induction of a complex of serine proteases in the diabetic endothelium, required for the up-regulation of Sox2. Our results suggest that EndMTs contribute to vascular calcification in diabetic arteries...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936222/combined-oral-and-intravenous-immunization-stimulates-strong-iga-responses-in-both-systemic-and-mucosal-compartments
#9
Zhe Yang, Qing Zhao, Yun-An Gao, Wei Zhang
To investigate the influence of immunization routes onIgG, IgA and IgM production in systemic and mucosal compartments, we immunized mice with keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) via oral, intranasal (i.n.) or subcutaneous (s.c.) routes alone or combined with the intravenous (i.v.) route. We found that administering antigen intravenously could affect antibody production and formation of antibody secreting cells (ASCs) depending on the immunization route previously used. Combined oral/i.v. immunization but not s...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936218/a-key-role-for-inhibins-in-dendritic-cell-maturation-and-function
#10
Roxana Olguín-Alor, Marisol de la Fuente-Granada, Laura C Bonifaz, Laura Antonio-Herrera, Eduardo A García-Zepeda, Gloria Soldevila
Inhibins are members of the TGFβ superfamily, which regulate many cellular processes including differentiation, proliferation, survival and apoptosis. Although initially described as hormones regulating the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis, based on their ability to antagonize Activins, our group has recently reported that they play a role in thymocyte differentiation and survival, as well as in thymic stromal cell maturation and nTreg generation. Here, we used Inhibin knock out mice (Inhα-/-) to investigate the role of Inhibins in peripheral dendritic cell maturation and function...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936205/hyperhomocysteinemia-in-apoe-mice-leads-to-overexpression-of-enhancer-of-zeste-homolog-2-via-mir-92a-regulation
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Yang Xiaoling, Zhao Li, Li ShuQiang, Ma Shengchao, Yang Anning, Ding Ning, Li Nan, Jia Yuexia, Yang Xiaoming, Li Guizhong, Jiang Yideng
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. HHcy promotes atherogenesis by modifying the histone methylation patterns and miRNA regulation. In this study, we investigated the effects of homocysteine (Hcy) on the expression of enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), and tested our hypothesis that Hcy-induced atherosclerosis is mediated by increased EZH2 expression, which is regulated by miR-92a. The levels of EZH2 and H3K27me3 were increased in the aorta of ApoE-/- mice fed a high-methionine diet for 16 weeks, whereas miR-92a expression was decreased...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936190/two-isoforms-of-yersinia-pestis-plasminogen-activator-pla-intraspecies-distribution-intrinsic-disorder-propensity-and-contribution-to-virulence
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Svetlana V Dentovskaya, Mikhail E Platonov, Tat'yana E Svetoch, Pavel Kh Kopylov, Tat'yana I Kombarova, Sergey A Ivanov, Rima Z Shaikhutdinova, Lyubov' V Kolombet, Sadhana Chauhan, Vitaly G Ablamunits, Vladimir L Motin, Vladimir N Uversky, Andrey P Anisimov
It has been shown previously that several endemic Y. pestis isolates with limited virulence contained the I259 isoform of the outer membrane protease Pla, while the epidemic highly virulent strains possessed only the T259 Pla isoform. Our sequence analysis of the pla gene from 118 Y. pestis subsp. microtus strains revealed that the I259 isoform was present exclusively in the endemic strains providing a convictive evidence of more ancestral origin of this isoform. Analysis of the effects of the I259T polymorphism on the intrinsic disorder propensity of Pla revealed that the I259T mutation slightly increases the intrinsic disorder propensity of the C-terminal tail of Pla and makes this protein slightly more prone for disorder-based protein-protein interactions, suggesting that the T259 Pla could be functionally more active than the I259 Pla...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936186/maternal-separation-impairs-cocaine-induced-behavioural-sensitization-in-adolescent-mice
#13
Irene Gracia-Rubio, Olga Valverde, Elena Martinez-Laorden, Maria Moscoso-Castro, M Victoria Milanés, M Luisa Laorden
Adverse early-life conditions induce persistent disturbances that give rise to negative emotional states. Therefore, early life stress confers increased vulnerability to substance use disorders, mainly during adolescence as the brain is still developing. In this study, we investigated the consequences of maternal separation, a model of maternal neglect, on the psychotropic effects of cocaine and the neuroplasticity of the dopaminergic system. Our results show that mice exposed to maternal separation displayed attenuated behavioural sensitization, while no changes were found in the rewarding effects of cocaine in the conditioned place preference paradigm and in the reinforcing effects of cocaine in the self-administration paradigm...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936185/hedgehog-signaling-overcomes-an-ezh2-dependent-epigenetic-barrier-to-promote-cholangiocyte-expansion
#14
Nidhi Jalan-Sakrikar, Thiago M De Assuncao, Jie Lu, Luciana L Almada, Gwen Lomberk, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Raul Urrutia, Robert C Huebert
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Developmental morphogens play an important role in coordinating the ductular reaction and portal fibrosis occurring in the setting of cholangiopathies. However, little is known about how membrane signaling events in ductular reactive cells (DRCs) are transduced into nuclear transcriptional changes to drive cholangiocyte maturation and matrix deposition. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate potential mechanistic links between cell signaling events and epigenetic regulators in DRCs...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936166/increased-age-but-not-parity-predisposes-to-higher-bacteriuria-burdens-due-to-streptococcus-urinary-tract-infection-and-influences-bladder-cytokine-responses-which-develop-independent-of-tissue-bacterial-loads
#15
Matthew J Sullivan, Alison J Carey, Sophie Y Leclercq, Chee K Tan, Glen C Ulett
Streptococcus agalactiae causes urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnant adults, non-pregnant adults, immune-compromised individuals and the elderly. The pathogenesis of S. agalactiae UTI in distinct patient populations is poorly understood. In this study, we used murine models of UTI incorporating young mice, aged and dam mice to show that uropathogenic S. agalactiae causes bacteriuria at significantly higher levels in aged mice compared to young mice and this occurs coincident with equivalent levels of bladder tissue colonisation at 24 h post-infection (p...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936149/increased-bone-mass-in-female-mice-lacking-mast-cell-chymase
#16
Thomas Lind, Ann-Marie Gustafson, Gabriela Calounova, Lijuan Hu, Annica Rasmusson, Kenneth B Jonsson, Sara Wernersson, Magnus Åbrink, Göran Andersson, Sune Larsson, Håkan Melhus, Gunnar Pejler
Here we addressed the potential impact of chymase, a mast-cell restricted protease, on mouse bone phenotype. We show that female mice lacking the chymase Mcpt4 acquired a persistent expansion of diaphyseal bone in comparison with wild type controls, reaching a 15% larger diaphyseal cross sectional area at 12 months of age. Mcpt4-/- mice also showed increased levels of a bone anabolic serum marker and higher periosteal bone formation rate. However, they were not protected from experimental osteoporosis, suggesting that chymase regulates normal bone homeostasis rather than the course of osteoporosis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936104/mechanical-loading-attenuates-radiation-induced-bone-loss-in-bone-marrow-transplanted-mice
#17
Peter M Govey, Yue Zhang, Henry J Donahue
Exposure of bone to ionizing radiation, as occurs during radiotherapy for some localized malignancies and blood or bone marrow cancers, as well as during space travel, incites dose-dependent bone morbidity and increased fracture risk. Rapid trabecular and endosteal bone loss reflects acutely increased osteoclastic resorption as well as decreased bone formation due to depletion of osteoprogenitors. Because of this dysregulation of bone turnover, bone's capacity to respond to a mechanical loading stimulus in the aftermath of irradiation is unknown...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936095/dual-specificity-phosphatase-5-is-essential-for-t-cell-survival
#18
Raman G Kutty, Gang Xin, David M Schauder, Stephanie M Cossette, Michelle Bordas, Weiguo Cui, Ramani Ramchandran
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway regulates many key cellular processes such as differentiation, apoptosis, and survival. The final proteins in this pathway, ERK1/2, are regulated by dual specificity phosphatase 5 (DUSP5). DUSP5 is a nuclear, inducible phosphatase with high affinity and fidelity for ERK1/2. By regulating the final step in the MAPK signaling cascade, DUSP5 exerts strong regulatory control over a central cellular pathway. Like other DUSPs, DUSP5 plays an important role in immune function...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936072/delonix-regia-leaf-extract-drle-a-potential-therapeutic-agent-for-cardioprotection
#19
Lung-Shuo Wang, Chun-Ting Lee, Wei-Lieh Su, Shih-Che Huang, Shu-Chi Wang
Delonix regia (Boj. Ex. Hook) is a flowering plant in the pea family found in tropical areas and its leaves are used informally to treat diseases in folk medicine. However, the cardioprotective effects in this plant are still unclear. In this study, we found that the Delonix regia leaf extract (DRLE) (400 mg/kg/d) can reduce the mortality rate in an isoproterenol (ISO)-induced heart injury and hypertrophy mouse model. Decreased serum levels of creatine phosphokinase, LDH, GOT, TNF-alpha and increased nitric oxide levels were found in DRLE-treated ISO-injured mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936061/in-vivo-measurements-of-t2-relaxation-time-of-mouse-lungs-during-inspiration-and-expiration
#20
Lars E Olsson, Paul D Hockings
PURPOSE: The interest in measurements of magnetic resonance imaging relaxation times, T1, T2, T2*, with intention to characterize healthy and diseased lungs has increased recently. Animal studies play an important role in this context providing models for understanding and linking the measured relaxation time changes to the underlying physiology or disease. The aim of this work was to study how the measured transversal relaxation time (T2) in healthy lungs is affected by normal respiration in mouse...
2016: PloS One
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