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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647027/targeting-of-stem-cell-niches-using-unconventional-genetic-tools
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Vasily V Shinin, Andrey A Panteleyev
Maintenance of hair follicle (HF) stem cell quiescence and self-renewal are key functions of a specific cellular niche represented by the HF bulge and adjacent cell populations. The unique context of this niche is crucial for normal HF functioning, but mechanisms implicated in its maintenance are still not quite clear. The Letter to the Editor by Sada et al. introduces a novel Slc1a3-CreER genetic mouse model which, in contrast to previously reported marking tools, selectively and highly efficiently demarcates the telogen bulge inner layer, one of the critical structural components of the bulge stem cell niche...
July 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644814/learning-multimodal-parameters-a-bare-bones-niching-differential-evolution-approach
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Yue-Jiao Gong, Jun Zhang, Yicong Zhou
Most learning methods contain optimization as a substep, where the nondifferentiability and multimodality of objectives push forward the interplay of evolutionary optimization algorithms and machine learning models. The recently emerged evolutionary multimodal optimization (MMOP) technique enables the learning of diverse sets of effective parameters for the models simultaneously, providing new opportunities to the applications requiring both accuracy and diversity, such as ensemble, interactive, and interpretive learning...
June 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640953/overview-of-transgenic-mouse-models-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-mpns
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Andrew Dunbar, Abbas Nazir, Ross Levine
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a class of hematologic diseases characterized by aberrant proliferation of one or more myeloid lineages and progressive bone marrow fibrosis. In 2005, seminal work by multiple groups identified the JAK2V617F mutation in a significant fraction of MPN patients. Since that time, murine models of JAK2V617F have greatly enhanced the understanding of the role of aberrant JAK-STAT signaling in MPN pathogenesis and have provided an in vivo pre-clinical platform that can be used to develop novel therapies...
June 22, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639326/bone-marrow-hematons-an-access-point-to-the-human-hematopoietic-niche
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Alexandre Janel, Juliette Berger, Céline Bourgne, Richard Lemal, Nathalie Boiret-Dupré, Frédérique Dubois-Galopin, Pierre Déchelotte, Charlotte Bothorel, Eric Hermet, Sara Chabi, Jacques-Olivier Bay, Céline Lambert, Bruno Pereira, Françoise Pflumio, Rima Haddad, Marc G Berger
To understand the complex interactions between hematopoietic stem cells and the bone marrow niche, a human experimental model is needed. Our hypothesis is that hematons are an appropriate ex vivo model of human bone marrow. We analyzed the hierarchical hematopoietic cell content and the tissue organization of single hematons from healthy donors. Most (>90%) hematons contained precursors of all cell lineages, myeloid progenitors, and LTC-ICs without preferential commitment. Approximately half of the hematons could generate significant levels of lympho-myeloid hematopoiesis after transplantation in an NSG mouse model, despite the low absolute numbers of transplanted CD34(+) cells...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638937/anti-gitr-antibody-treatment-increases-tcr-repertoire-diversity-of-regulatory-but-not-effector-t-cells-engaged-in-the-immune-response-against-b16-melanoma
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Bozena Scirka, Edyta Szurek, Maciej Pietrzak, Grzegorz Rempala, Pawel Kisielow, Leszek Ignatowicz, Arkadiusz Miazek
Crosslinking of glucocorticoid-induced TNF family-related receptor (GITR) with agonist antibodies restores cancer immunity by enhancing effector T cell (Teff) responses while interfering with intra-tumor regulatory T cell (Treg) stability and/or accumulation. However, how anti-GITR antibody infusion changes T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire of Teffs and Tregs engaged in anti-tumor immune response is unclear. Here, we used a transgenic mouse model (TCRmini) where T cells express naturally generated but limited TCR repertoire to trace the fate of individual T cells recognizing B16 melanoma in tumor-bearing mice, treated or non-treated with an anti-GITR monoclonal antibody DTA-1...
June 21, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637838/experimental-species-removals-impact-the-architecture-of-pollination-networks
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Berry J Brosi, Kyle Niezgoda, Heather M Briggs
Mutualistic networks are key for the creation and maintenance of biodiversity, yet are threatened by global environmental change. Most simulation models assume that network structure remains static after species losses, despite theoretical and empirical reasons to expect dynamic responses. We assessed the effects of experimental single bumblebee species removals on the structure of entire flower visitation networks. We hypothesized that network structure would change following processes linking interspecific competition with dietary niche breadth...
June 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632790/diversity-structure-of-culturable-bacteria-isolated-from-the-fildes-peninsula-king-george-island-antarctica-a-phylogenetic-analysis-perspective
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Gerardo González-Rocha, Gabriel Muñoz-Cartes, Cristian B Canales-Aguirre, Celia A Lima, Mariana Domínguez-Yévenes, Helia Bello-Toledo, Cristián E Hernández
It has been proposed that Antarctic environments select microorganisms with unique biochemical adaptations, based on the tenet 'Everything is everywhere, but, the environment selects' by Baas-Becking. However, this is a hypothesis that has not been extensively evaluated. This study evaluated the fundamental prediction contained in this hypothesis-in the sense that species are structured in the landscape according to their local habitats-, using as study model the phylogenetic diversity of the culturable bacteria of Fildes Peninsula (King George Island, Antarctica)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632016/the-bacteroides-fragilis-pathogenicity-island-links-virulence-and-strain-competition
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Benjamin W Casterline, Aaron L Hecht, Vivian M Choi, Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
The mature microbiome is a stable ecosystem that resists perturbation despite constant host exposure to exogenous microbes. However, the microbial mechanisms determining microbiome development and composition are poorly understood. We recently demonstrated that a non-toxigenic B. fragilis (NTBF) strain restricts enteric colonization by an enterotoxigenic (ETBF) strain dependent on a type VI secretion system (T6SS). We show here that a second enterotoxigenic strain is competent to colonize, dependent on the Bacteroides fragilis pathogenicity island (BFPAI)...
February 23, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630444/modelling-the-effects-of-global-climate-change-on-chikungunya-transmission-in-the-21-st-century
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Nils B Tjaden, Jonathan E Suk, Dominik Fischer, Stephanie M Thomas, Carl Beierkuhnlein, Jan C Semenza
The arrival and rapid spread of the mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya across the Americas is one of the most significant public health developments of recent years, preceding and mirroring the subsequent spread of Zika. Globalization in trade and travel can lead to the importation of these viruses, but climatic conditions strongly affect the efficiency of transmission in local settings. In order to direct preparedness for future outbreaks, it is necessary to anticipate global regions that could become suitable for Chikungunya transmission...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627808/evaluation-of-a-pharmaceutical-risk-sharing-agreement-when-patients-are-screened-for-the-probability-of-success
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Reza Mahjoub, Fredrik Ødegaard, Gregory S Zaric
We analyze a game-theoretic model of a risk-sharing agreement between a payer and a pharmaceutical firm. The drug manufacturer chooses the price while the payer sets the rebate rate and decides which patients are eligible for treatment. The manufacturer provides the payer with a rebate for nonresponding patients. We generalize on the existing literature, by making both price and rebate rate decision variables, allowing the rebate rate to be different from 100%, and incorporating 2 types of administrative costs...
June 19, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626833/the-lung-is-a-host-defense-niche-for-immediate-neutrophil-mediated-vascular-protection
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Bryan G Yipp, Jung Hwan Kim, Ronald Lima, Lori D Zbytnuik, Björn Petri, Nick Swanlund, May Ho, Vivian G Szeto, Tamar Tak, Leo Koenderman, Peter Pickkers, Anton T J Tool, Taco W Kuijpers, Timo K van den Berg, Mark R Looney, Matthew F Krummel, Paul Kubes
Bloodstream infection is a hallmark of sepsis, a medically emergent condition requiring rapid treatment. However, upregulation of host defense proteins through toll-like receptors and NFκB requires hours after endotoxin detection. Using confocal pulmonary intravital microscopy, we identified that the lung provides a TLR4-Myd88-and abl tyrosine kinase-dependent niche for immediate CD11b-dependent neutrophil responses to endotoxin and Gram-negative bloodstream pathogens. In an in vivo model of bacteremia, neutrophils crawled to and rapidly phagocytosed Escherichia coli sequestered to the lung endothelium...
April 28, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626366/current-developments-in-mobilization-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-and-their-interaction-with-niches-in-bone-marrow
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REVIEW
Rudolf Richter, Wolfgang Forssmann, Reinhard Henschler
The clinical application of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has evolved from a highly experimental stage in the 1980s to a currently clinically established treatment for more than 20,000 patients annually who suffer from hematological malignancies and other severe diseases. Studies in numerous murine models have demonstrated that HSPCs reside in distinct niches within the bone marrow environment. Whereas transplanted HSPCs travel through the bloodstream and home to sites of hematopoiesis, HSPCs can be mobilized from these niches into the blood either physiologically or induced by pharmaceutical drugs...
June 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624690/toward-a-genetic-tool-development-pipeline-for-host-associated-bacteria
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REVIEW
Matthew C Waller, Josef R Bober, Nikhil U Nair, Chase L Beisel
Bacteria reside in externally accessible niches on and in multicellular organisms, often forming mutualistic relationships with their host. Recent studies have linked the composition of these microbial communities with alterations in the host's health, behavior, and development, yet the causative mediators of host-microbiota interactions remain poorly understood. Advances in understanding and engineering these interactions require the development of genetic tools to probe the molecular interactions driving the structure and function of microbial communities as well as their interactions with their host...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619982/jak1-2-and-bcl2-inhibitors-synergize-to-counteract-bone-marrow-stromal-cell-induced-protection-of-aml
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Riikka Karjalainen, Tea Pemovska, Mihaela Popa, Minxia Liu, Komal K Javarappa, Muntasir M Majumder, Bhagwan Yadav, David Tamborero, Jing Tang, Dmitrii Bychkov, Mika Kontro, Alun Parsons, Minna Suvela, Mireia Mayoral Safont, Kimmo Porkka, Tero Aittokallio, Olli Kallioniemi, Emmet McCormack, Bjørn T Gjertsen, Krister Wennerberg, Jonathan Knowles, Caroline A Heckman
The bone marrow (BM) provides a protective microenvironment to support the survival of leukemic cells and influence their response to therapeutic agents. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the high rate of relapse may in part be due to the inability of current treatment to effectively overcome the protective influence of the BM niche. To better understand the impact of the BM microenvironment on drug responses in AML, we conducted a comprehensive evaluation of 304 inhibitors, including approved and investigational agents, comparing ex vivo responses of primary AML cells in BM stroma-derived and standard culture conditions...
June 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619624/fetal-stem-cell-and-gene-therapy
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REVIEW
Russell Witt, Tippi C MacKenzie, William H Peranteau
Advances in our understanding of stem cells, gene editing, prenatal imaging and fetal interventions have opened up new opportunities for the treatment of congenital diseases either through in-utero stem cell transplantation or in-utero gene therapy. Improvements in ultrasound-guided access to the fetal vasculature have also enhanced the safety and efficacy of cell delivery. The fetal environment offers accessible stem cell niches, localized cell populations with large proliferative potential, and an immune system that is able to acquire donor-specific tolerance...
June 12, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617640/microhabitat-and-climatic-niche-change-explain-patterns-of-diversification-among-frog-families
#16
Daniel S Moen, John J Wiens
A major goal of ecology and evolutionary biology is to explain patterns of species richness among clades. Differences in rates of net diversification (speciation minus extinction over time) may often explain these patterns, but the factors that drive variation in diversification rates remain uncertain. Three important candidates are climatic niche position (e.g., whether clades are primarily temperate or tropical), rates of climatic niche change among species within clades, and microhabitat (e.g., aquatic, terrestrial, arboreal)...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616484/climatic-suitability-influences-species-specific-abundance-patterns-of-australian-flying-foxes-and-risk-of-hendra-virus-spillover
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Gerardo A Martin, Carlos Yanez-Arenas, Billie J Roberts, Carla Chen, Raina K Plowright, Rebecca J Webb, Lee F Skerratt
Hendra virus is a paramyxovirus of Australian flying fox bats. It was first detected in August 1994, after the death of 20 horses and one human. Since then it has occurred regularly within a portion of the geographical distribution of all Australian flying fox (fruit bat) species. There is, however, little understanding about which species are most likely responsible for spillover, or why spillover does not occur in other areas occupied by reservoir and spillover hosts. Using ecological niche models of the four flying fox species we were able to identify which species are most likely linked to spillover events using the concept of distance to the niche centroid of each species...
December 2016: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616199/global-realized-niche-divergence-in-the-african-clawed-frog-xenopus-laevis
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Dennis Rödder, Flora Ihlow, Julien Courant, Jean Secondi, Anthony Herrel, Rui Rebelo, G J Measey, Francesco Lillo, F A De Villiers, Charlotte De Busschere, Thierry Backeljau
Although of crucial importance for invasion biology and impact assessments of climate change, it remains widely unknown how species cope with and adapt to environmental conditions beyond their currently realized climatic niches (i.e., those climatic conditions existing populations are exposed to). The African clawed frog Xenopus laevis, native to southern Africa, has established numerous invasive populations on multiple continents making it a pertinent model organism to study environmental niche dynamics. In this study, we assess whether the realized niches of the invasive populations in Europe, South, and North America represent subsets of the species' realized niche in its native distributional range or if niche shifts are traceable...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616196/geographic-characteristics-of-sable-martes-zibellina-distribution-over-time-in-northeast-china
#19
Rui Zhang, Li Yang, Lin Ai, Qiuyuan Yang, Minhao Chen, Jingxi Li, Lei Yang, Xiaofeng Luan
Understanding historical context can help clarify the ecological and biogeographic characteristics of species population changes. The sable (Martes zibellina) population has decreased dramatically in Northeast China since the l950s, and understanding the changes in its distribution over time is necessary to support conservation efforts. To achieve this goal, we integrated ecological niche modeling and historical records of sables to estimate the magnitude of change in their distribution over time. Our results revealed a 51...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616152/magnetically-levitated-mesenchymal-stem-cell-spheroids-cultured-with-a-collagen-gel-maintain-phenotype-and-quiescence
#20
Natasha S Lewis, Emily El Lewis, Margaret Mullin, Helen Wheadon, Matthew J Dalby, Catherine C Berry
Multicellular spheroids are an established system for three-dimensional cell culture. Spheroids are typically generated using hanging drop or non-adherent culture; however, an emerging technique is to use magnetic levitation. Herein, mesenchymal stem cell spheroids were generated using magnetic nanoparticles and subsequently cultured within a type I collagen gel, with a view towards developing a bone marrow niche environment. Cells were loaded with magnetic nanoparticles, and suspended beneath an external magnet, inducing self-assembly of multicellular spheroids...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
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