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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915449/common-variants-in-cldn14-are-associated-with-differential-excretion-of-magnesium-over-calcium-in-urine
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Tanguy Corre, Eric Olinger, Sarah E Harris, Michela Traglia, Sheila Ulivi, Stefania Lenarduzzi, Hendrica Belge, Sonia Youhanna, Natsuko Tokonami, Olivier Bonny, Pascal Houillier, Ozren Polasek, Ian J Deary, John M Starr, Daniela Toniolo, Paolo Gasparini, Peter Vollenweider, Caroline Hayward, Murielle Bochud, Olivier Devuyst
The nature and importance of genetic factors regulating the differential handling of Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) by the renal tubule in the general population are poorly defined. We conducted a genome-wide meta-analysis of urinary magnesium-to-calcium ratio to identify associated common genetic variants. We included 9320 adults of European descent from four genetic isolates and three urban cohorts. Urinary magnesium and calcium concentrations were measured centrally in spot urine, and each study conducted linear regression analysis of urinary magnesium-to-calcium ratio on ~2...
December 3, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915330/mechanism-of-sex-determination-in-humans-insights-from-disorders-of-sex-development
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Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey
In this review we will consider the gene mutations responsible for the non-syndromic forms of disorders of sex development (DSD) and how recent genetic findings are providing insights into the mechanism of sex determination. High-throughput sequencing technologies are having a major impact on our understanding of the genetic basis of rare human disorders, including DSD. The study of human DSD is progressively revealing subtle differences in the genetics of the sex-determining system between the mouse and the human...
December 3, 2016: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915273/altered-mirna-expression-in-high-fat-diet-induced-prostate-cancer-progression
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Taketoshi Nara, Shintaro Narita, Huang Mingguo, Toshiaki Yoshioka, Atsushi Koizumi, Kazuyuki Numakura, Hiroshi Tsuruta, Atsushi Maeno, Mitsuru Saito, Takamitsu Inoue, Norihiko Tsuchiya, Shigeru Satoh, Tomonori Habuchi
Recent evidence suggests that a high-fat diet (HFD) plays an important role in prostate carcinogenesis; however, underlying mechanisms largely remain unknown. Here, we investigated microRNA (miRNA) expression changes in murine prostate cancer (PCa) xenografts using two different diets: HFD and control diet. We then assessed the roles and targets of altered miRNAs in HFD-induced PCa progression. We identified 38 up- and 21 downregulated miRNAs in xenografts under HFD conditions using the miRCURY LNA™ microRNA array...
December 2016: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915244/antifungal-activity-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-of-a-salmon-protamine-peptide-and-its-derived-cyclic-peptide-against-candida-albicans
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Jun-Ichi Nagao, Tamaki Cho, Makoto Mitarai, Keishi Iohara, Kazumi Hayama, Shigeru Abe, Yoshihiko Tanaka
Protamine peptides (PP) derived from salmon are 14-mer consisting of 10 arginine residues. We investigated the in vitro and in vivo antifungal activity of PP against Candida albicans PP showed the concentration-dependent dual mode of action; fungicidal activity and inhibitory activity of hyphal development in vitro. At lethal concentration of PP, intracellular accumulation of PP was energy-dependent but independent of endocytosis that resulted in ATP efflux and the generation of reactive oxygen species in the cells...
December 2, 2016: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915183/search-for-new-potential-anticonvulsants-with-anxiolytic-and-antidepressant-properties-among-derivatives-of-4-4-diphenylpyrrolidin-2-one
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Katarzyna Malawska, Aleksandra Rak, Beata Gryzło, Kinga Sałat, Małgorzata Michałowska, Elżbieta Żmudzka, Krzysztof Lodarski, Barbara Malawska, Katarzyna Kulig
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to synthesize a series of new N-Mannich bases derived from 4,4-diphenylpyrrolidin-2-one having differently substituted 4-phenylpiperazines as potential anticonvulsant agents with additional (beneficial) pharmacological properties. METHODS: The target compounds 8-12 were prepared in one step from the 4-substituted phenylpiperazines, paraformaldehyde, and synthesized 4,4-diphenylpyrrolodin-2-one (7) by a Mannich-type reaction...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915171/progress-in-the-development-of-%C3%AE-lactams-as-n-acylethanolamine-acid-amidase-naaa-inhibitors-synthesis-and-sar-study-of-new-potent-n-o-substituted-derivatives
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R Petracca, S Ponzano, S M Bertozzi, O Sasso, D Piomelli, T Bandiera, F Bertozzi
The anti-inflammatory effects resulting from raising the levels of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endogenous bioactive lipid, led to envisage N-Acylethanolamine Acid Amidase (NAAA), the cysteine hydrolase mainly responsible for PEA degradation, as an attractive target for small molecule inhibitors. Previous work in our group identified serine-derived β-lactams as potent and systemically active inhibitors of NAAA activity. Aiming to expand the SAR study around this class of compounds, we investigated the effect of the substitution on the endocyclic nitrogen by designing and synthesizing a series of N-substituted β-lactams...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915162/high-fat-diet-induces-metabolic-changes-and-reduces-oxidative-stress-in-female-mouse-hearts
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Ignasi Barba, Elisabet Miró-Casas, José L Torrecilla, Eulàlia Pladevall, Sergi Tejedor, Rubén Sebastián-Pérez, Marisol Ruiz-Meana, José R Berrendero, Antonio Cuevas, David García-Dorado
After an acute myocardial infarction, obese patients generally have a better prognosis than their leaner counterparts, known as the "obesity paradox". In addition, female sex is associated with a lower risk of cardiac ischemic events and smaller infarct size compared to males. The objective of the present work was to study the metabolic phenotype and mitochondrial function associated to female sex and short-term high-fat diet. (1)H NMR spectra of mice heart extracts were analysed by mRMR variable selection and linear discriminant analysis was used to evaluate metabolic changes...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915160/histone-deacetylase-9-plays-a-role-in-the-antifibrogenic-effect-of-astaxanthin-in-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Yue Yang, Minkyung Bae, Young-Ki Park, Yoojin Lee, Tho X Pham, Swetha Rudraiah, José Manautou, Sung I Koo, Ji-Young Lee
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is critical for liver fibrosis development. Previously, we showed that astaxanthin (ASTX), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has antifibrogenic effects in LX-2 cells, a human HSC cell line. We sought to determine the effect of ASTX on HSC activation, and to identify molecular mediators that are critically involved in the processes. ASTX prevented the activation of mouse primary HSCs, as evidenced by attenuated induction of procollagen type I α1. In human primary HSCs, ASTX also inhibited transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1)-induced fibrogenic gene expression...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915139/impairment-of-fetal-hematopoietic-stem-cell-function-in-the-absence-of-fancd2
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Sakiko Suzuki, Ronny R Racine, Nathan A Manalo, Sharon B Cantor, Glen D Raffel
Fanconi Anemia (FA), results from mutations in genes necessary for DNA damage repair and often leads to progressive bone marrow failure. Although the exhaustion of the bone marrow leads to cytopenias in FA patients as they age, evidence from human FA and mouse model fetal livers suggests hematopoietic defects originate in utero which may lead to deficient seeding of the bone marrow. To address this possibility, we examined the consequences of loss of Fancd2, a central component of the FA pathway. Examination of E14...
November 30, 2016: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915055/identification-of-human-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-isoforms-involved-in-the-isofraxidin-glucuronidation-and-assessment-of-the-species-differences-of-the-reaction
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Fanxing Meng, Yan Li, Guiyuan He, Guangbo Ge, Shumin Liu
Isofraxidin, 7-Hydroxy-6.8-dimethoxy-2H-1-benzopyran-2-one, is a major active component of Acanthopanax senticosus, which has been used as Acanthopanax (Ciwujia) injection to treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases in China for more than thirty years. The purpose of this study was to identify the roles of human UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) in isofraxidin glucuronidation in the liver and intestinal microsomes and to reveal the potential species differences by comparing the liver microsomal glucuronidation from different experimental animals...
November 30, 2016: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915049/csn1201-a-subunit-of-the-cop9-signalosome-regulates-the-virulence-in-cryptococcus-neoformans-infection
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Yibin Fan, Xiaohua Tao, Weili Pan, Wei Fang, Youming Huang, Mingyan Jia
The COP9 signalosome (CSN) is a multisubunit protein complex, and it now has been found to participate in diverse cellular and developmental processes in various eukaryotic organisms. Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) is an important basidiomycete pathogen that causes life-threatening meningoencephalitis primarily in the immune compromised population. Here, we generated CSN deletion mutants to investigate the role in Cryptococcus infection. Compared to other CSN mutants, we identified a CSN1201 mutant exhibited severely attenuated virulence...
November 30, 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915047/physical-and-functional-interaction-of-snapin-with-cav1-3-calcium-channel-impacts-channel-protein-trafficking-in-atrial-myocytes
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Xiao-Li Sun, Ju-Fang Yuan, Tao Jin, Xiao-Qing Cheng, Qiang Wang, Jia Guo, Wei Zhang, Yin Zhang, Ling Lu, Zhao Zhang
The L-type Ca(2+) channel (LTCC) Cav1.3 playsa critical role in generating electrical activity in atrial myocytes and cardiac pacemaker cells. However, the molecular and functional basis of Cav1.3 modulation in atrial myocytes has not yet been fully understood. By using the yeast two-hybrid system (Y2H), a Cav1.3-associated protein was screened, which was identified as Snapin. Physical interaction and co-localization between Snapin and Cav1.3 were then confirmed in both theheterologous expression system and mouse atrial myocytes...
November 30, 2016: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915044/a-novel-aldosterone-synthase-inhibitor-ameliorates-mortality-in-pressure-overload-mice-with-heart-failure
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Shinji Furuzono, Masaki Meguro, Satoru Miyauchi, Shinichi Inoue, Tsuyoshi Homma, Keisuke Yamada, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa, Futoshi Nara, Takahiro Nagayama
It has been elucidated that mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists reduce mortality in patients with congestive heart failure and post-acute myocardial infarction. A direct inhibition of aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) is also expected to have therapeutic benefits equal in quality to mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists in terms of reducing mineralocorticoid receptor signaling. Therefore, we have screened our chemical libraries and identified a novel and potent aldosterone synthase inhibitor, 2,2,2-trifluoro-1-{4-[(4-fluorophenyl)amino]pyrimidin-5-y}-1-[1-(methylsulfonyl)piperidin-4-yl]ethanol (compound 1), by lead optimization...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915032/reelin-expression-is-up-regulated-in-mice-colon-in-response-to-acute-colitis-and-provides-resistance-against-colitis
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Ana E Carvajal, María D Vázquez-Carretero, Pablo García-Miranda, María J Peral, María L Calonge, Anunciación A Ilundain
Reelin is an extracellular matrix protein first known for its key role in neuronal migration. Studies in rodent small intestine suggested that reelin protects the organism from intestinal pathology. Here we determined in mice colon, by real time-PCR and immunological assays, the expression of the reelin signalling system; its response to dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) and the response of wild-type and reeler mice to DSS. DNA methylation was determined by bisulfite modification and sequencing of genomic DNA. In the colon mucosa reelin expression is restricted to the myofibroblasts, whereas both epithelial cells and myofibroblasts express reelin receptors (ApoER2 and VLDLR) and its effector protein Dab1...
November 30, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915022/concentration-dependent-survival-and-neural-differentiation-of-murine-embryonic-stem-cells-cultured-on-polyethylene-glycol-dimethacrylate-hydrogels-possessing-a-continuous-concentration-gradient-of-n-cadherin-derived-peptide-his-ala-val-asp-lle
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Hyun Ju Lim, Matthew C Mosley, Yuki Kurosu, Laura A Smith Callahan
: N-cadherin cell-cell signaling plays a key role in the structure and function of the nervous system. However, few studies have incorporated bioactive signaling from n-cadherin into tissue engineering matrices. The present study uses a continuous gradient approach in polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate hydrogels to identify concentration dependent effects of n-cadherin peptide, His-Ala-Val-Asp-Lle (HAVDI), on murine embryonic stem cell survival and neural differentiation. The n-cadherin peptide was found to affect the expression of pluripotency marker, alkaline phosphatase, in murine embryonic stem cells cultured on n-cadherin peptide containing hydrogels in a concentration dependent manner...
November 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915007/effect-of-the-oral-administration-of-nanoencapsulated-quercetin-on-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lina Clara Gayoso E Almendra Ibiapina, Elena Puerta, José Eduardo Suárez-Santiago, Nereide Stela Santos-Magalhães, Maria J Ramirez, Juan M Irache
Quercetin has been identified as a promising compound with a neuroprotective potential against age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Nevertheless, the clinical application of quercetin is hampered by its low oral bioavailability. The aim of this work was to evaluate the capability of nanoencapsulated quercetin in zein nanoparticles (NPQ), that significantly improves the oral absorption and bioavailability of the flavonoid, as potential oral treatment for AD. For this purpose, SAMP8 mice were orally treated for two months with either NPQ (25mg/kg every 48hours) or a solution of quercetin (Q; 25mg/kg daily)...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915005/development-and-characterisation-of-disulfiram-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Mohammad Najlah, Zahima Ahmed, Mohammed Iqbal, Zhipeng Wang, Patrica Tawari, Weiguang Wang, Christopher McConville
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer in both men and women. A recent phase IIb study demonstrated that disulfiram (DSF) in combination with cisplatin and vinorelbine was well tolerated and prolonged the survival of patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC. However, DSF is rapidly (4 minutes) metabolised in the bloodstream and it is this issue which is limiting its anticancer application in the clinic. We have recently demonstrated that a low dose of DSF-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles supplemented with oral Cu inhibited tumour growth and reduced metastasis in a xenograft mouse lung cancer model...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914985/combination-therapy-with-doxorubicin-loaded-galactosylated-poly-ethyleneglycol-lithocholic-acid-to-suppress-the-tumor-growth-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model-of-liver-cancer
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Bijay Singh, Yoonjeong Jang, Sushila Maharjan, Hyeon-Jeong Kim, Ah Young Lee, Sanghwa Kim, Nomundelger Gankhuyag, Myeon-Sik Yang, Yun-Jaie Choi, Myung-Haing Cho, Chong-Su Cho
Despite advances in technology, neither conventional anti-cancer drugs nor current nanoparticle (NP) drugs have gained substantial success in cancer treatment. While conventional chemotherapy drugs have several limitations such as low potency, poor in vivo stability and limited bioavailability, non-specific targeting of NP drugs diminishes their potency at actual target sites. In addition, the development of drug resistance to anti-cancer drugs is another challenging problem. To overcome these limitations, we aimed to develop a polymer-drug conjugate, which functions as an active NP drug and drug carrier both, to deliver a chemotherapeutic drug for combination therapy...
November 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914963/hypothermia-in-mouse-is-caused-by-adenosine-a1-and-a3-receptor-agonists-and-amp-via-three-distinct-mechanisms
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Jesse Lea Carlin, Shalini Jain, Elizabeth Gizewski, Tina C Wan, Dilip K Tosh, Cuiying Xiao, John A Auchampach, Kenneth A Jacobson, Oksana Gavrilova, Marc L Reitman
Small mammals have the ability to enter torpor, a hypothermic, hypometabolic state, allowing impressive energy conservation. Administration of adenosine or adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP) can trigger a hypothermic, torpor-like state. We investigated the mechanisms for hypothermia using telemetric monitoring of body temperature in wild type and receptor knock out (Adora1(-/-)-/-, Adora3(-/-)) mice. Confirming prior data, stimulation of the A3 adenosine receptor (AR) induced hypothermia via peripheral mast cell degranulation, histamine release, and activation of central histamine H1 receptors...
November 30, 2016: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914952/independent-tonotopy-and-thalamocortical-projection-patterns-in-two-adjacent-parts-of-the-classical-primary-auditory-cortex-in-mice
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Hiroaki Tsukano, Masao Horie, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Ryuichi Hishida, Hirohide Takebayashi, Katsuei Shibuki
Amid recent amendment of delineation of a mouse auditory cortical map, a caudal auditory field, originally defined as the primary auditory cortex (AI), was divided into the AI and dorsomedial field (DM), based on distinct high frequency areas. A low frequency area was not previously established in the DM because responses to low frequency tones were weak in this area. This may lead to the misconception that the DM is an atypical region that lacks a low frequency band. In the current study, we confirmed that the DM has a low frequency area that is completely independent from the AI...
November 30, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
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