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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918578/bringing-together-raptor-collections-in-europe-for-contaminant-research-and-monitoring-in-relation-to-chemicals-regulations
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Paola Movalli, René Dekker, Jan Koschorreck, Gabriele Treu
Raptors are good sentinels of environmental contamination and there is good capability for raptor biomonitoring in Europe. Raptor biomonitoring can benefit from natural history museums (NHMs), environmental specimen banks (ESBs) and other collections (e.g. specialist raptor specimen collections). Europe's NHMs, ESBs and other collections hold large numbers of raptor specimens and samples, covering long periods of time. These collections are potentially a valuable resource for contaminant studies over time and space...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918572/spot-light-on-skeletal-muscles-optogenetic-stimulation-to-understand-and-restore-skeletal-muscle-function
#2
Tobias van Bremen, Thorsten Send, Philipp Sasse, Tobias Bruegmann
Damage of peripheral nerves results in paralysis of skeletal muscle. Currently, the only treatment option to restore proper function is electrical stimulation of the innervating nerve or of the skeletal muscles directly. However this approach has low spatial and temporal precision leading to co-activation of antagonistic muscles and lacks cell-type selectivity resulting in pain or discomfort by stimulation of sensible nerves. In contrast to electrical stimulation, optogenetic methods enable spatially confined and cell-type selective stimulation of cells expressing the light sensitive channel Channelrhodopsin-2 with precise temporal control over the membrane potential...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918499/the-levels-of-circulating-proangiogenic-factors-in-migraineurs
#3
Slawomir Michalak, Alicja Kalinowska-Lyszczarz, Danuta Wegrzyn, Anna Thielemann, Krystyna Osztynowicz, Wojciech Kozubski
Migraine has been reported as a risk factor for ischemic stroke or cardiovascular events, and dysfunction of endothelial cells has been evidenced in migraine patients. Proangiogenic factors are potential endothelial stimulators, and their disturbances can link abnormalities of endothelium with increased risk of vascular disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of circulating proangiogenic factors in sera of migraineurs during interictal period. Fifty-two patients aged 37.9 ± 9.6 years, fulfilling International Headache Society criteria for migraine, were included in this observational case-control study...
September 16, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918354/indium-iii-induces-isolated-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-by-inhibiting-proton-influx-and-triggering-oxidative-stress
#4
Lian Yuan, Jiaqi Zhang, Yujiao Liu, Jie Zhao, Fenglei Jiang, Yi Liu
While Indium's toxicity to organs is realized, its effects on mitochondria are still under investigation. Mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) is widely accepted in mitochondrial dysfunction approaches and its importance in metal-induced mitochondrial degradation has been proposed. Since mitochondria are respiratory organelles, their interaction with free In(3+) is analyzed to access structural and functional changes. Spectral methods and multimode plate reader was used to detect mitochondrial swelling, membrane potential, membrane fluidity, and inner membrane permeability...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918337/ecotoxicological-and-microbiological-assessment-of-sewage-sludge-associated-with-sugarcane-bagasse
#5
Lais Roberta Deroldo Sommaggio, Dânia Elisa Christofoletti Mazzeo, Débora de Andrade E Silva Sant' Anna, Carlos Emílio Levy, Maria Aparecida Marin-Morales
Sewage sludge (SS) obtained after sewage treatment process may contain several toxic substances. Bioremediation can decrease the toxicity of the sludge, mainly when it is associated with stimulant agents, such as sugarcane bagasse (B). Samples of pure SS (SSP); SS+B; SS+Soil; and SS+B+Soil were bioremediated for 1, 3, and 6 months (T1, T2, and T3, respectively). After each period, the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic potentials of the solid samples and their respective aqueous extracts (aqueous eluate and percolate water) were evaluated by the Allium cepa test...
September 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918294/potassium-channels-modulate-the-action-but-not-the-synthesis-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-rat-corpus-cavernosum
#6
H Abd Elmoneim, F Sharabi, M Mohy El Din, L Louedec, X Norel, A Senbel
AIM: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a newly-introduced gasotransmitter in penile tissues. However, its exact mechanism of action in mediating penile erection is not fully elucidated. The major aim of this study was to examine the role of different K(+) channels in mediating the responses to H2S in the corpus cavernosum. MAIN METHODS: Tension studies using isolated rat corpus cavernosum strips were conducted. Endogenous H2S production was measured using polarographic technique...
September 13, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918288/th9-cells-promote-antitumor-immunity-via-il-9-and-il-21-and-demonstrate-atypical-cytokine-expression-in-breast-cancer
#7
Fa-Ping You, Jian Zhang, Tao Cui, Rui Zhu, Chong-Qing Lv, Hai-Tao Tang, Di-Wen Sun
Breast cancer is a major cause of cancer-related death in women. Antitumor T cell responses play critical therapeutic roles, including direct cytotoxicity mediated by CD8(+) T cells and immunomodulatory roles mediated by CD4(+) T cells. The IL-9-expressing Th9 cells are recently found to present antitumor immunity in melanoma and lung adenocarcinoma. In this study, we found that IL-9 expression in the serum and in circulating CD4(+) T cells were significantly upregulated in breast cancer patients compared to healthy controls...
September 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918265/amorphous-liquid-metal-electrodes-enabled-conformable-electrochemical-therapy-of-tumors
#8
Xuyang Sun, Bo Yuan, Wei Rao, Jing Liu
Electrochemical treatment of tumors (EChT) has recently been identified as a very effective way for local tumor therapy. However, hindered by the limited effective area of a single rigid electrode, multiple electrodes are often recruited when tackling large tumors, where too many electrodes not only complicate the clinical procedures but also aggravate patients' pain. Here we present a new conceptual electric stimulation tumor therapy through introducing the injectable liquid metal electrodes, which can adapt to complex tumor shapes so as to achieve desired therapeutic performance...
September 5, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918263/dna-nanotechnology-based-composite-type-gold-nanoparticle-immunostimulatory-dna-hydrogel-for-tumor-photothermal-immunotherapy
#9
Tomoya Yata, Yuki Takahashi, Mengmeng Tan, Hirotaka Nakatsuji, Shozo Ohtsuki, Tatsuya Murakami, Hiroshi Imahori, Yuka Umeki, Tomoki Shiomi, Yoshinobu Takakura, Makiya Nishikawa
Success of tumor photothermal immunotherapy requires a system that induces heat stress in cancer cells and enhances strong anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we designed a composite-type immunostimulatory DNA hydrogel consisting of a hexapod-like structured DNA (hexapodna) with CpG sequences and gold nanoparticles. Mixing of the properly designed hexapodna and oligodeoxynucleotide-modified gold nanoparticles resulted in the formation of composite-type gold nanoparticle-DNA hydrogels. Laser irradiation of the hydrogel resulted in the release of hexapodna, which efficiently stimulated immune cells to release proinflammatory cytokines...
September 9, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918256/transgene-is-specifically-and-functionally-expressed-in-retinal-inhibitory-interneurons-in-the-vgat-chr2-eyfp-mouse
#10
Guo-Zhong Xu, Ling-Jie Cui, Ai-Lin Liu, Wei Zhou, Xue Gong, Yong-Mei Zhong, Xiong-Li Yang, Shi-Jun Weng
Ectopic transgene expression in the retina has been reported in various transgenic mice, indicating the importance of characterizing retinal phenotypes. We examined transgene expression in the VGAT-ChR2-EYFP mouse retina by fluorescent immunohistochemistry and electrophysiology, with special emphasis on EYFP localization in retinal neuronal subtypes identified by specific markers. Strong EYFP signals were detected in both the inner and outer plexiform layers. In addition, the ChR2-EYFP fusion protein was also expressed in somata of the great majority of inhibitory interneurons, including horizontal cells and GABAergic and glycinergic amacrine cells...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918253/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-medial-forebrain-bundle-elevates-striatal-dopamine-concentration-without-affecting-spontaneous-or-reward-induced-phasic-release
#11
Marianne Klanker, Matthijs Feenstra, Ingo Willuhn, Damiaan Denys
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) induces rapid improvement of depressive symptoms in patients suffering from treatment-refractory major depressive disorder. It has been hypothesized that activation of the dopamine (DA) system contributes to this effect. To investigate whether DBS in the MFB affects DA release in the striatum, we combined DBS with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) in freely moving rats. Animals were implanted with a stimulating electrode at the border of the MFB and the ventral tegmental area, and a FSCV microelectrode in the ventromedial striatum to monitor extracellular DA during the acute onset of DBS and subsequent continued stimulation...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918252/a-pdgf-vegf-homologue-provides-new-insights-into-the-nucleus-grafting-operation-and-immune-response-in-the-pearl-oyster-pinctada-fucata
#12
Xian-De Huang, Hua Zhang, Mao-Xian He
The platelet-derived growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor (PDGF/VEGF, PVF) family of proteins have been implicated in a wide range of biological functions in vertebrates, including cell proliferation, cell differentiation, cell migration, neural development and especially angiogenesis/vasculogenesis. In this study, a PVF gene, belonging to the PDGF/VEGF family, was cloned and characterized from Pinctada fucata. It contained an ORF of 1110bp encoding a putative protein of 369 amino acids. The deduced amino acid sequence presented the typical structural features of PDGF family members and the N-terminal signal peptide for secretion...
September 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918148/mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-signaling-and-ubiquitin-proteasome-related-gene-expression-in-3-different-skeletal-muscles-of-colostrum-versus-formula-fed-calves
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H Sadri, J Steinhoff-Wagner, Harald M Hammon, R M Bruckmaier, S Görs, H Sauerwein
The rates of protein turnover are higher during the neonatal period than at any other time in postnatal life. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and the ubiquitin-proteasome system are key pathways regulating cellular protein turnover. The objectives of this study were (1) to elucidate the effect of feeding colostrum versus milk-based formula on the mRNA abundance of key components of the mTOR pathway and of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in skeletal muscle of neonatal calves and (2) to compare different muscles...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918129/where-do-substrates-of-diacylglycerol-kinases-come-from-diacylglycerol-kinases-utilize-diacylglycerol-species-supplied-from-phosphatidylinositol-turnover-independent-pathways
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Fumio Sakane, Satoru Mizuno, Daisuke Takahashi, Hiromichi Sakai
Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) phosphorylates diacylglycerol (DG) to produce phosphatidic acid (PA). Mammalian DGK comprises ten isozymes (α-κ) and regulates a wide variety of physiological and pathological events, such as cancer, type II diabetes, neuronal disorders and immune responses. DG and PA consist of various molecular species that have different acyl chains at the sn-1 and sn-2 positions, and consequently, mammalian cells contain at least 50 structurally distinct DG/PA species. Because DGK is one of the components of phosphatidylinositol (PI) turnover, the generally accepted dogma is that all DGK isozymes utilize 18:0/20:4-DG derived from PI turnover...
September 9, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918122/pre-harvest-uv-c-irradiation-triggers-vocs-accumulation-with-alteration-of-antioxidant-enzymes-and-phytohormones-in-strawberry-leaves
#15
Yanqun Xu, Zisheng Luo, Marie Thérèse Charles, Daniel Rolland, Dominique Roussel
Recent studies have highlighted the biological and physiological effects of pre-harvest ultraviolet (UV)-C treatment on growing plants. However, little is known about the involvement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their response to this treatment. In this study, strawberry plants were exposed to three different doses of UV-C radiation for seven weeks (a low dose: 9.6kJm(-2); a medium dose: 15kJm(-2); and a high-dose: 29.4kJm(-2)). Changes in VOC profiles were investigated and an attempt was made to identify factors that may be involved in the regulation of these alterations...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918059/regulatory-role-of-the-microrna-29b-il-6-signaling-in-the-formation-of-vascular-mimicry
#16
Jian-Hong Fang, Zhi-Yuan Zheng, Jin-Yu Liu, Chen Xie, Zi-Jun Zhang, Shi-Mei Zhuang
Vascular mimicry (VM) is a critical complement for microcirculation and is implicated in tumor progression. We showed that IL-6 derived from tumor cells and stroma cells promoted tumor cells to form a VM structure, whereas blocking the IL-6 signaling by RNA interference, IL-6-neutralizing antibody, or STAT3 inhibitor suppressed the VM formation of tumor cells. Mechanism investigations revealed that IL-6 stimulated VM formation by activating STAT3, in turn upregulating VE-cadherin expression and MMP2 activity...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918048/mir-133a-promotes-trail-resistance-in-glioblastoma-via-suppressing-death-receptor-5-and-activating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#17
Shan-Shan Wang, Lu Feng, Bao-Guang Hu, Ying-Fei Lu, Wei-Mao Wang, Wei Guo, Chun-Wai Suen, Bao-Hua Jiao, Jian-Xin Pang, Wei-Ming Fu, Jin-Fang Zhang
Recombinant tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), as a novel cancer therapeutic, is being tested in phase II and III clinical trials; however, TRAIL resistance remains a big obstacle preventing its clinical application. Considering that TRAIL-induced apoptosis through death receptors DR4 and DR5, their activation may be an alternative pathway to suppress TRAIL resistance. In this study, a negative correlation between DR5 expression and TRAIL resistance was observed, and miR-133a was predicted to be the most promising candidate to suppress DR5 expression...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918041/gapmer-antisense-oligonucleotides-suppress-the-mutant-allele-of-col6a3-and-restore-functional-protein-in-ullrich-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Elena Marrosu, Pierpaolo Ala, Francesco Muntoni, Haiyan Zhou
Dominant-negative mutations in the genes that encode the three major α chains of collagen type VI, COL6A1, COL6A2, and COL6A3, account for more than 50% of Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy patients and nearly all Bethlem myopathy patients. Gapmer antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) are usually used for gene silencing by stimulating RNA cleavage through the recruitment of an endogenous endonuclease known as RNase H to cleave the RNA strand of a DNA-RNA duplex. In this study, we exploited the application of the allele-specific silencing approach by gapmer AON as a potential therapy for Collagen-VI-related congenital muscular dystrophy (COL6-CMD)...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918025/effect-of-calcium-carbonate-encapsulation-on-the-activity-of-orally-administered-cpg-oligonucleotides
#19
Neslihan Kayraklioglu, Julia Scheiermann, W Gregory Alvord, Dennis M Klinman
Synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides containing unmethylated CpG motifs (CpG ODNs) stimulate immune cells via Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). Because oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) are susceptible to gastric degradation, clinical trials designed to evaluate their therapeutic utility have relied solely on parenteral routes of administration. A strategy to improve the activity of orally delivered ODNs by reducing their susceptibility to gastrointestinal (GI) digestion via encapsulation in calcium carbonate nanoparticles (ODNcaps) was recently described...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918023/repression-of-coup-tfi-improves-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differentiation-into-insulin-producing-cells
#20
Tao Zhang, Xiao-Hang Li, Dian-Bao Zhang, Xiao-Yu Liu, Feng Zhao, Xue-Wen Lin, Rui Wang, Hong-Xin Lang, Xi-Ning Pang
Identifying molecular mechanisms that regulate insulin expression in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (bmMSCs) can provide clues on how to stimulate the differentiation of bmMSCs into insulin-producing cells (IPCs), which can be used as a therapeutic approach against type 1 diabetes (T1D). As repression factors may inhibit differentiation, the efficiency of this process is insufficient for cell transplantation. In this study, we used the mouse insulin 2 (Ins2) promoter sequence and performed a DNA affinity precipitation assay combined with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify the transcription factor, chicken ovalbumin upstream promoter transcriptional factor I (COUP-TFI)...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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