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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324963/quantitative-assessment-of-arm-tremor-in-people-with-neurological-disorders
#1
Jeonghee Kim, Claire Parnell, Thomas Wichmann, Stephen P DeWeerth
Abnormal oscillatory movement (i.e. tremor) is usually evaluated with qualitative assessment by clinicians, and quantified with subjective scoring methods. These methods are often inaccurate. We utilized a quantitative and standardized task based on the Fitts' law to assess the performance of arm movement with tremor by controlling a gyration mouse on a computer. The experiment included the center-out tapping (COT) and rectangular track navigation (RTN) tasks. We report the results of a pilot study in which we collected the performance for healthy participants in whom tremor was simulated by imposing oscillatory movements to the arm with a vibration motor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
#2
Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324846/novel-alk5-inhibitor-tp0427736-reduces-tgf-%C3%AE-%C3%A3-induced-growth-inhibition-in-human-outer-root-sheath-cells-and-elongates-anagen-phase-in-mouse-hair-follicles
#3
Takumi Naruse, Mari Aoki, Natsuko Fujimoto, Seiji Arase, Hajimu Oura, Yasuji Ueda, Akiko Ikeda
BACKGROUND: Androgenic alopecia (AGA) occurs as a result of the contraction of the anagen phase because of the action of androgens on hair follicles. TGF-β production from dermal papillae is enhanced by androgens, and growth inhibition of hair-follicle cells is induced by TGF-β, and the hair cycle progresses from the anagen phase to the catagen phase. We investigated both the in vitro and in vivo potency of the newly identified ALK5 inhibitor TP0427736 {6-[4-(4-methyl-1,3-thiazol-2-yl)-1H-imidazol-5-yl]-1,3-benzothiazole}...
January 25, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324830/chitinase-3-like-1-deficient-donor-splenocytes-accentuated-the-pathogenesis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-diseases-through-regulating-t-cell-expansion-and-type-i-inflammation
#4
Zengyao Li, Jian Gu, Jing Liu, Qin Zhu, Hao Lu, Yunjie Lu, Jianhua Rao, Ling Lu, Xuehao Wang
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a major complication following transplantation, limiting the success of this therapy. Chitinase 3-like-1 (CHI3L1), a member of the glycosyl hydrolase 18 family, plays a critical role in bacterial infections, allergic disease and a variety of malignancies. Here, we investigated whether CHI3L1 could affect the pathogenesis of aGVHD in a mouse allo-HCT model. In this study, we show that CHI3L1 deficiency in donor T cells increased the severity of aGVHD through enhancing systemic and local inflammation...
March 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324689/calcium-phosphate-quercetin-nanocomposite-cpqn-a-multi-functional-nanoparticle-having-ph-indicating-highly-fluorescent-and-anti-oxidant-properties
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Mousumi Patra, Riya Mukherjee, Milon Banik, Debanjan Dutta, Naznin Ara Begum, Tarakdas Basu
Calcium phosphate quercetin nanocomposite (CPQN) i.e., quercetin entrapped in calcium phosphate nanoparticle was synthesized by a precipitation method at 80°C, taking ammonium hydrogen phosphate, calcium nitrate and quercetin as precursors and sodium citrate as stabilizer. The nanocomposite suspension had different color at different pH values, a property that could render the nanoparticle a pH indicator. Besides color, the particles also had different size, shape, stability and quercetin content with change of pH...
March 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324667/gtpase-activating-protein-elmod2-is-essential-for-meiotic-progression-in-mouse-oocytes
#6
Chun-Xiang Zhou, Li-Ya Shi, Rui-Chao Li, Ya-Hong Liu, Bo-Qun Xu, Jin-Wei Liu, Bo Yuan, Zhi-Xia Yang, Xiao-Yan Ying, Dong Zhang
Meiotic failure in oocytes is the major determinant of human zygote-originated reproductive diseases, the successful accomplishment of meiosis largely relay on the normal functions of many female fertility factors. Elmod2 is a member of the Elmod family with the strongest GAP (GTPase-activating protein) activity; although it was identified as a possible maternal protein, its actual physiologic role in mammalian oocytes has not been elucidated. Herein we reported that among Elmod family proteins, Elmod2 is the most abundant in mouse oocytes, and that inhibition of Elmod2 by specific siRNA caused severe meiotic delay and abnormal chromosomal segregation during anaphase...
March 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324666/gene-expression-analysis-to-assess-the-relevance-of-rodent-models-to-human-lung-injury
#7
Timothy E Sweeney, Shane Lofgren, Purvesh Khatri, Angela J Rogers
Rationale The relevance of animal models to human diseases is an area of intense scientific debate. The degree to which mouse models of lung injury recapitulate human lung injury has never been assessed. Integrating data from both human and animal expression studies allows for increased statistical power and identification of conserved differential gene expression across organisms and conditions. Objectives Comprehensive integration of gene expression data in experimental ALI in rodents compared to humans. Methods We performed two separate gene expression multi-cohort analyses to determine differential gene expression in experimental animal and human lung injury...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324630/morphological-and-neurochemical-differences-in-peptidergic-nerve-fibres-of-the-mouse-vagina
#8
Christine Barry, Esther Ji, Harman Sharma, Lara Beukes, Pat Vilimas, Yvette DeGraaf, Dusan Matusica, Rainer V Haberberger
The vagina is innervated by a complex arrangement of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres that contain classical transmitters plus an array of neuropeptides and enzymes known to regulate diverse processes including blood flow and nociception. The neurochemical characteristics and distributions of peptide-containing nerves in the mouse vagina are unknown. This study used multiple labelling immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and analysis to investigate the presence and colocalization of the peptides vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), neuropeptide tyrosine (NPY) and the nitric oxide synthesizing enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in nerve fibres of the murine vaginal wall...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324485/maintenance-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-by-sphingosine-1-phosphate-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor
#9
Raymond C B Wong, Martin F Pera, Alice Pébay
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have historically been cultivated on feeder layers of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) in a medium supplemented with fetal calf serum (FCS). However, serum contains a wide variety of biologically active compounds that might adversely affect hESC growth and differentiation. Thus, cultivation of stem cells in FCS complicates experimental approaches to define the intracellular mechanisms required for hESC maintenance. This chapter describes the serum-free maintenance of hESCs in culture by addition of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324299/fatal-familial-insomnia-clinical-aspects-and-molecular-alterations
#10
REVIEW
Franc Llorens, Juan-José Zarranz, Andre Fischer, Inga Zerr, Isidro Ferrer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fatal familiar insomnia (FFI) is an autosomal dominant inherited prion disease caused by D178N mutation in the prion protein gene (PRNP D178N) accompanied by the presence of a methionine at the codon 129 polymorphic site on the mutated allele. FFI is characterized by severe sleep disorder, dysautonomia, motor signs and abnormal behaviour together with primary atrophy of selected thalamic nuclei and inferior olives, and expansion to other brain regions with disease progression...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324259/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-seeds-against-spermatocyte-chromosomal-aberrations-and-genotoxicity-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-mice
#11
Ashraf M Abdel-Moneim, Amina E Essawy, Sherifa S Hamed, Ashgan A Abou-Gabal, Aglal A Alzergy
Nigella sativa is a well-known dietary antioxidant and a valuable inhibitor of clastogenesis and carcinogenesis. The purpose of the present work was to investigate the effects of N. sativa seeds against chromosomal aberrations in primary spermatocytes and early embryonic lethality induced by CCl4 hepatotoxin in Swiss albino mice. One hundred male Swiss albino mice were randomly divided into five groups. Groups I, II, and III received only normal saline, olive oil, and aqueous suspension of N. sativa seeds (50 mg/kg b...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324176/bhlha9-regulates-apical-ectodermal-ridge-formation-during-limb-development
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Kensuke Kataoka, Takahide Matsushima, Yoshiaki Ito, Tempei Sato, Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Asahara
Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) and SHFM combined with long-bone deficiency (SHFLD) are congenital dysgeneses of the limb. Although six different loci/mutations (SHFM1-SHFM6) have been found from studies on families with SHFM, the causes and associated pathogenic mechanisms for a large number of patients remain unidentified. On the basis of the identification of a duplicated gene region involving BHLHA9 in some affected families, BHLHA9 was identified as a novel SHFM/SHFLD-related gene. Although Bhlha9 is predicted to participate in limb development as a transcription factor, its precise function is unclear...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324125/exercise-and-cancer-from-healthy-to-therapeutic
#13
REVIEW
Manja Idorn, Per Thor Straten
Exercise improves functional capacity and patient-reported outcomes across a range of cancer diagnoses. The mechanisms behind this protection have been largely unknown, but exercise-mediated changes in body composition, sex hormone levels, systemic inflammation, and immune cell function have been suggested to play a role. We recently demonstrated that voluntary exercise leads to an influx of immune cells in tumors, and a more than 60% reduction in tumor incidence and growth across several mouse models. Given the common mechanisms of immune cell mobilization in mouse and man during exercise, we hypothesize that this link between exercise and the immune system can be exploited in cancer therapy in particular in combination with immunotherapy...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
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Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
#15
Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324107/functional-characterization-of-transient-receptor-potential-trp-channel-c5-in-female-murine-gonadotropes
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Andreas Beck, Viktoria Götz, Sen Qiao, Petra Weissgerber, Veit Flockerzi, Marc Freichel, Ulrich Boehm
Gonadotrope cells in the anterior pituitary gland secrete gonadotropins regulating gonadal function in mammals. Recent results have implicated Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) cation channels in pituitary physiology, however, if and how TRP channels contribute to gonadotrope function is not known. Here we report that 14 out of 28 TRP channels encoded in the mouse genome are expressed in murine gonadotropes with highest expression levels found for TRPC5 in juvenile females. We show that TRP channel expression in these cells exhibits considerable plasticity and that it depends on gender as well as on the developmental and hormonal status of the animal...
January 30, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324063/dio2-thr92ala-reduces-deiodinase-2-activity-and-serum-t3-levels-in-thyroid-deficient-patients
#17
M G Castagna, M Dentice, S Cantara, R Ambrosio, F Maino, T Porcelli, C Marzocchi, C Garbi, F Pacini, D Salvatore
Context: A significant proportion of athyreotic LT4-treated patients experience hypothyroid-like symptoms. During LT4 replacement, levels of the active hormone triiodothyronine (T3) strictly depend on type-2-deiodinase (D2)-mediated activation of LT4. The Thr92Ala polymorphism and the 258 G/A in the DIO2 gene have been associated with various clinical conditions. Objectives: To investigate the effects of DIO2 polymorphisms in thyroid hormone homeostasis. Design: We compared the pre-surgical hormonal status of thyroidectomized LT4-treated patients who had a similar TSH level, to their post-surgery status, and analyzed their DIO2 genotype in a subgroup of 102/140 (72...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324051/androgen-stimulates-growth-of-mouse-preantral-follicles-in-vitro-interaction-with-follicle-stimulating-hormone-and-with-growth-factors-of-the-tgf%C3%AE-superfamily
#18
Mhairi Laird, Kacie Thomson, Mark Fenwick, Jocelyn Mora, Stephen Franks, Kate Hardy
Androgens are essential for the normal function of mature antral follicles but also have a role in the early stages of follicle development. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the commonest cause of anovulatory infertility, is characterized by androgen excess and aberrant follicle development that includes accelerated early follicle growth. We have examined the effects of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on development of isolated mouse preantral follicles in culture with the specific aims of investigating interaction with FSH, the steroidogenic pathway and with growth factors of the TGFβ superfamily that are known to have a role in early follicle development...
January 24, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324027/follistatin-targets-distinct-pathways-to-promote-brown-adipocyte-characteristics-in-brown-and-white-adipose-tissues
#19
Rajan Singh, Melissa Braga, Srinivasa T Reddy, Se-Jin Lee, Meher Parveen, Victor Grijalva, Laurent Vergnes, Shehla Pervin
We previously demonstrated that Fst expression is highest in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and skeletal muscle, but is also present at substantial levels in epididymal (Epi) and subcutaneous (SC) white adipose tissues (WAT). Fst promotes mouse brown preadipocyte differentiation and promotes browning during differentiation of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Fst-transgenic (Fst-Tg) mouse show significant increase in circulating Fst levels and increased brown adipose mass. BAT of Fst-Tg mice had increased expression of brown adipose-associated markers including uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), PRDM16, PGC-1α and Glut4...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324015/paternally-inherited-dlk1-deletion-associated-with-familial-central-precocious-puberty
#20
Andrew Dauber, Marina Cunha-Silva, Delanie B Macedo, Vinicius N Brito, Ana Paula Abreu, Stephanie A Roberts, Luciana R Montenegro, Melissa Andrew, Andrew Kirby, Matthew T Weirauch, Guillaume Labilloy, Danielle S Bessa, Rona S Carroll, Dakota C Jacobs, Patrick E Chappell, Berenice B Mendonca, David Haig, Ursula B Kaiser, Ana Claudia Latronico
Context: Central precocious puberty (CPP) results from premature activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Few genetic causes of CPP have been identified with the most common being mutations in the paternally expressed imprinted gene MKRN3. Objective: To identify the genetic etiology of CPP in a large multigenerational family. Design: Linkage analysis followed by whole genome sequencing was performed in a family with 5 female members with nonsyndromic CPP...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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