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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823121/characterization-of-the-porcine-nanog-5-flanking-region
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Azra Memon, Ki-Duk Song, Woon Kyu Lee
Objective: Nanog, a homeodomain protein, has been investigated in humans and mice using ESCs. Because of the limited availability of ESCs, few studies have reported the function and role of Nanog in porcine ESCs. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the location of the porcine Nanog chromosome and its basal promoter activity, which might have potential applications in development of ESs specific marker as well as understanding its operating systems in the porcine. Methods: To characterize the porcine Nanog promoter, the 5'-flanking region of Nanog was isolated from cells of mini-pig ears...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822987/effects-of-a-water-extract-of-lepidium-meyenii-root-in-different-models-of-persistent-pain-in-rats
#2
Barbara Tenci, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Mario Maresca, Laura Micheli, Giuseppe Pieraccini, Nadia Mulinacci, Carla Ghelardini
Lepidium meyenii (Walp.), commonly called maca, is an Andean crop belonging to the Brassicaceae family. Maca hypocotils are habitually consumed as customary food as well as traditional remedies for pathological conditions such as infertility. Moreover, the characterization of maca extracts revealed the presence of compounds that are able to modulate the nervous system. Aimed to evaluate the efficacy of L. meyenii in persistent pain, the present study analyzed the effects of a commercial root extract from maca in different animal models reproducing the most common causes of chronic painful pathologies...
August 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822969/preconditioning-with-the-bkca-channel-activator-ns-1619-prevents-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-inflammation-and-mucosal-barrier-dysfunction-ros-and-ho-1
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Hongyan Dai, Meifang Wang, Parag N Patel, Theodore J Kalogeris, Yajun Liu, William Durante, Ronald J Korthuis
Activation of large conductance, calcium-activated potassium (BKCa) channels evokes cell survival programs that mitigate intestinal ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) inflammation and injury 24 hours later. The goal of the current study was to determine the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and heme oxygenase (HO)-1 in delayed acquisition of tolerance to I/R induced by pretreatment with the BKCa channel opener NS-1619. Superior mesentery arteries were occluded for 45 min followed by reperfusion for 70 min in wild type (WT) or HO-1 null (HO-1(-/-)) mice that were pretreated with NS-1619 or saline vehicle 24 hrs earlier...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822966/inhibitory-actions-of-the-nrg-1-erbb4-pathway-in-macrophages-during-tissue-fibrosis-in-heart-skin-and-lung
#4
Zarha Vermeulen, Anne-Sophie Hervent, Lindsey Dugaucquier, Leni Vandekerckhove, Miche Rombouts, Matthias Beyens, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Stuart Maudsley, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Vincent Fm Segers
The neuregulin-1 (NRG-1)/ErbB system is an endothelium-controlled paracrine system modulating cardiac performance and adaptation. Recent studies indicate that NRG-1 has anti-fibrotic effects in the left ventricle (LV), which were explained by direct actions on cardiac fibroblasts. However, the NRG-1/ErbB system also regulates the function of macrophages. In this study, we hypothesized that the anti-fibrotic effect of NRG-1 in the heart is at least partially mediated through inhibitory effects on macrophages...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822963/%C3%AE-1a-subtype-adrenergic-agonist-therapy-for-failing-right-ventricle
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Patrick M Cowley, Guan-Ying Wang, Sunil K Joshi, Philip M Swigart, David H Lovett, Paul C Simpson, Anthony J Baker
Failure of the right ventricle (RV) is a serious disease with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Signaling by α1-adrenergic receptors (α1-ARs), in particular the α1A-subtype, mediate cardioprotective effects in multiple heart failure models. Recent studies show that chronic treatment with the α1A-subtype agonist A61603 improves function and survival in a model of LV failure. The goal of this study was to determine if chronic A61603 treatment is beneficial in a RV failure model. We used tracheal instillation of the fibrogenic antibiotic bleomycin in mice to induce pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, and RV failure within 2 wk...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822962/glucose-transporter-4-glut4-deficient-hearts-develop-maladaptive-hypertrophy-in-response-to-physiologic-or-pathologic-stresses
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Adam Raymond Wende, Jaetaek Kim, William Holland, Benjamin E Wayment, Brian T O'Neill, Joseph Tuinei, Manoja K Brahma, Mark E Pepin, Mark A McCrory, Ivan Luptak, Ganesh V Halade, Sheldon E Litwin, E Dale Abel
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy may be associated with reduced expression of the GLUT4 glucose transporter in contrast to exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy, where GLUT4 levels are increased. However, mice with cardiac specific deletion of GLUT4 (G4H-/-) have normal cardiac function in the unstressed state. This study tested the hypothesis that cardiac GLUT4 is required for myocardial adaptations to hemodynamic demands. G4H-/- and control littermates (Con) were subjected to either a pathological model of left ventricular pressure overload (transverse aortic constriction; TAC) or a physiological model of endurance exercise (swim training)...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822960/loss-of-perilipin-2-in-cultured-myotubes-enhances-lipolysis-and-redirects-the-metabolic-energy-balance-from-glucose-oxidation-towards-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Yuan Z Feng, Jenny Lund, Yuchuan Li, Irlin K Knabenes, Siril S Bakke, Eili Tranheim Kase, Yun K Lee, Alan R Kimmel, G Hege Thoresen, Arild Christian Rustan, Knut Tomas Dalen
Lipid droplet (LD) coating proteins are essential for the formation and stability of intracellular LDs. Plin2 is an abundant LD coating protein in skeletal muscle, but its importance for muscle function is unclear. We show that myotubes established from Plin2-/- mice contain reduced content of LDs and accumulate less oleic acid in triacylglycerol (TAG), due to elevated LD hydrolysis compared to Plin2+/+ myotubes. The reduced ability to store TAG in LDs in Plin2-/- myotubes is accompanied by a shift in energy metabolism...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822852/prostaglandin-d2-is-the-major-cyclooxygenase-1-derived-product-in-prepartum-mouse-uteri-where-it-mediates-an-enhanced-in-vitro-myometrial-contraction
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Bin Liu, Jingli Yang, Wenhong Luo, Yingzhan Zhang, Jiarong Li, Hui Li, Lelin Chen, Yingbi Zhou
This study aimed to determine whether prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) is a major uterine cyclooxygenase (COX) product and if so, we wanted to examine the underlying mechanism, its relation to COX-1-mediated metabolism, and how it influences the in vitro myometrial contraction during the late stage of pregnancy. The production of PGD2 or responses evoked by the prostanoid were determined in uteri isolated from prepartum and/or non-pregnant C57Bl/6 wild-type (WT) or COX-1(-/-) mice. Results showed that PGD2, which was not detected in non-pregnant counterparts, appears as the major prostanoid in prepartum (<24h prior to parturition) mouse uteri...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822839/decreased-surface-expression-of-the-%C3%AE-subunit-of-the-gabaa-receptor-contributes-to-reduced-tonic-inhibition-in-dentate-granule-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Nianhui Zhang, Zechun Peng, Xiaoping Tong, A Kerstin Lindemeyer, Yliana Cetina, Christine S Huang, Richard W Olsen, Thomas S Otis, Carolyn R Houser
While numerous changes in the GABA system have been identified in models of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), alterations in subunits of the GABAA receptors (GABAARs) that mediate tonic inhibition are particularly intriguing. Considering the key role of tonic inhibition in controlling neuronal excitability, reduced tonic inhibition could contribute to FXS-associated disorders such as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and increased seizure susceptibility. The current study has focused on the expression and function of the δ subunit of the GABAAR, a major subunit involved in tonic inhibition, in granule cells of the dentate gyrus in the Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse model of FXS...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822836/fty720-fingolimod-an-oral-s1pr-modulator-mitigates-radiation-induced-cognitive-deficits
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Alexander M Stessin, Matei A Banu, Mariano Guardia Clausi, Nicholas Berry, John A Boockvar, Samuel Ryu
PURPOSE: This study evaluates FTY720/Fingolimod, modulator of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptor, as a potential mitigator of radiation-induced neurocognitive dysfunction. METHODS AND MATERIALS: To study radiation-induced neurocognitive deficits, 6 week-old C57/Bl/6J mice received 0 or 7Gy cranial irradiation and were treated with FTY720 or vehicle for seven weeks. Fear conditioning and Morris water maze were then employed to test learning and memory. Immunohistochemical staining for neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and mature neurons was used to assess changes in hippocampal neurogenesis...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822835/neuroprotective-effects-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-neuroinflammation-in-mice-involvement-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor
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Filiz Kazak, Gul Fatma Yarim
Neuroinflammation is the inflammation of nervous tissue that can lead to neurodegeneration. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin which affects growth, function and survival of neurons, enhances the stabilization of synapses, regulates synaptic function and branching of dendrites and axons. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is believed to be involved in the pathophysiology of central nervous system (CNS) diseases associated with neuroinflamation. The aim of this study was to investigate new protective and therapeutic effect of acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) in neuroinflammation...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822833/complete-knockout-of-estrogen-receptor-alpha-is-not-directly-protective-in-murine-lupus
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Jennifer L Scott, Jena R Wirth, Jackie Eudaly, Phil Ruiz, Melissa A Cunningham
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic and potentially severe autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects women. Despite a known role for hormonal factors impacting autoimmunity and disease pathogenesis, the specific mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Our laboratory previously backcrossed "estrogen receptor alpha knockout (ERαKO)" mice onto the NZM2410 lupus prone background to generate NZM/ERαKO mice. This original ERαKO mouse, developed in the mid-1990s and utilized in hundreds of published studies, is not in fact ERα null...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822816/genetically-modified-rabies-virus-vectored-ebola-virus-disease-vaccines-are-safe-and-induce-efficacious-immune-responses-in-mice-and-dogs
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Lei Shuai, Xijun Wang, Zhiyuan Wen, Jinying Ge, Jinliang Wang, Dandan Zhao, Zhigao Bu
Ebola viruses (EBOVs) are zoonotic pathogens that cause EBOV disease (EVD) with high case fatality in humans. Currently, EVD vaccines are still under development in several countries. Here, we generated two recombinant rabies viruses (RABVs), rERAG333E/ZGP and rERAG333E/SGP, expressing the Zaire EBOV glycoprotein (ZGP) or Sudan EBOV glycoprotein (SGP) gene based on a modified ERA vaccine strain (rERAG333E) vector platform. The recombinant RABVs retained growth properties similar to those of the vector virus in BSR cell culture and efficiently expressed ZGP or SGP...
August 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822805/mg53-is-dispensable-for-t-tubule-maturation-but-critical-for-maintaining-t-tubule-integrity-following-cardiac-stress
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Caimei Zhang, Biyi Chen, Yihui Wang, Ang Guo, Yiqun Tang, Tahsin Khataei, Yun Shi, William J Kutschke, Kathy Zimmerman, Robert M Weiss, Jie Liu, Christopher J Benson, Jiang Hong, Jianjie Ma, Long-Sheng Song
The cardiac transverse (T)-tubule membrane system is the safeguard for cardiac function and undergoes dramatic remodeling in response to cardiac stress. However, the mechanism by which cardiomyocytes repair damaged T-tubule network remains unclear. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MG53, a muscle-specific membrane repair protein, antagonizes T-tubule damage to protect against maladaptive remodeling and thereby loss of excitation-contraction coupling and cardiac function. Using MG53-knockout (MG53-KO) mice, we first established that deficiency of MG53 had no impact on maturation of the T-tubule network in developing hearts...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822802/stromal-expression-of-activated-leukocyte-cell-adhesion-molecule-alcam-promotes-lung-tumor-growth-and-metastasis
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Ann-Helen Willrodt, Michal Beffinger, Martina Vranova, Darya Protsyuk, Katja Schuler, Maria Jadhav, Mathias Heikenwalder, Maries van den Broek, Lubor Borsig, Cornelia Halin Winter
Activated leukocyte cell adhesion molecule (ALCAM) is expressed on various cell types, including leukocytes, endothelial cells and certain tumor cells. While ALCAM expression on tumor cells has been linked with tumor invasion and metastatic spread, the contribution of ALCAM expressed in cells forming the tumor stroma to cancer progression has not been investigated. In this study, we made use of ALCAM-deficient (ALCAM(-/-)) mice to evaluate the role of ALCAM in lung tumor growth and metastasis. ALCAM(-/-) mice displayed an altered blood vascular network in the lung and the diaphragm, indicative of an angiogenesis defect...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822790/galectin-3-as-a-novel-regulator-of-osteoblast-osteoclast-interaction-and-bone-homeostasis
#16
Dominic Simon, Anja Derer, Fabian Andes, Patrick Lezuo, Aline Bozec, Georg Schett, Martin Herrmann, Ulrike Harre
Bone tissue undergoes permanent and lifelong remodeling with a concerted action of bone-building osteoblasts and bone-resorbing osteoclasts. A precise cooperation between those two cell types is critical in the complex process of bone renewal. Galectin-3 is a member of the β-galactoside-binding lectin family playing multiple roles in cell growth, differentiation and aggregation. As it has been described to be expressed in bone, galectin-3 might influence bone homeostasis by regulating the function and/or interplay of osteoblasts and osteoclasts...
August 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822786/leptin-is-essential-for-spinal-microglial-activation-and-neuropathic-pain-after-preganglionic-cervical-root-avulsion
#17
Kai-Ting Chang, Yi-Lo Lin, Chi-Te Lin, Chen-Jei Hong, May-Jywan Tsai, Wen-Cheng Huang, Yang-Hsin Shih, Yi-Yen Lee, Henrich Cheng, Ming-Chao Huang
AIMS: Preganglionic cervical root avulsion (PCRA) affects both the peripheral and central nervous systems and is often associated with neuropathic pain. Unlike peripheral nerve injuries (PNI), central lesions caused by disruption of cervical roots from the spinal cord following PCRA contribute to the generation of neuropathic pain. Leptin is involved in the development of neuropathic pain after PNI by affecting neurons. However, whether leptin is involved in microglial activation leading to neuropathic pain after PCRA is unknown...
August 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822771/pge2-pulsing-of-murine-bone-marrow-cells-reduces-migration-of-daughter-monocytes-macrophages-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#18
Terence A McGonigle, Amy R Dwyer, Eloise L Greenland, Naomi M Scott, Kevin N Keane, Philip Newsholme, Helen S Goodridge, Leonard I Zon, Fiona J Pixley, Prue H Hart
Monocytes/macrophages differentiating from bone marrow cells pulsed for 2 hours at 37(o)C with a stabilised derivative of prostaglandin E2, 16,16-dimethyl PGE2 (dmPGE2), migrated less efficiently towards a chemoattractant than monocytes/macrophages differentiated from bone marrow cells pulsed with vehicle. To confirm that the effect on bone marrow cells was long-lasting and to replicate human bone marrow transplantation, chimeric mice were established with donor bone marrow cells pulsed for 2 hours with dmPGE2 before injection into marrow-ablated congenic recipient mice...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822770/regulation-of-autoimmune-myocarditis-by-host-responses-to-the-microbiome
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Jobert G Barin, Monica V Talor, Nicola L Diny, SuFey Ong, Julie A Schaub, Elizabeth Gebremariam, Djahida Bedja, Guobao Chen, Hee Sun Choi, Xuezhou Hou, Lei Wu, Ashley B Cardamone, Daniel A Peterson, Noel R Rose, Daniela Čiháková
The extensive, diverse communities that constitute the microbiome are increasingly appreciated as important regulators of human health and disease through inflammatory, immune, and metabolic pathways. We sought to elucidate pathways by which microbiota contribute to inflammatory, autoimmune cardiac disease. We employed an animal model of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM), which results in inflammatory and autoimmune pathophysiology and subsequent maladaptive cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Antibiotic dysbiosis protected mice from EAM and fibrotic cardiac dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822765/local-radiotherapy-reduces-circulating-tumor-cells-and-metastatic-progression-role-of-circulating-cell-detection-in-response-to-vascular-damaging-therapies
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Nathan A Koonce, Mazen A Juratli, Chengzhong Cai, Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Yulian A Menyaev, Judy Dent, Charles M Quick, Ruud P M Dings, Dmitry Nedosekin, Vladimir Zharov, Robert J Griffin
Noninvasive biological readouts of tumor metastatic risk and therapeutic efficacy are needed as healthcare costs rise. Conventional imaging modalities are expensive; require significant periods of time to see appreciable change and repetitive use increases risk of hazardous side effects. Utilizing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as a minimally invasive biological readout of tumor progression or therapeutic response is increasingly being studied. While focus has primarily been on the predictive value of naturally occurring CTCs, a more recent effort has emerged regarding the potential consequence of therapy induced CTCs...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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