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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811534/distinct-projection-patterns-of-different-classes-of-layer-2-principal-neurons-in-the-olfactory-cortex
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Camille Mazo, Julien Grimaud, Yasuyuki Shima, Venkatesh N Murthy, C Geoffrey Lau
The broadly-distributed, non-topographic projections to and from the olfactory cortex may suggest a flat, non-hierarchical organization in odor information processing. Layer 2 principal neurons in the anterior piriform cortex (APC) can be divided into 2 subtypes: semilunar (SL) and superficial pyramidal (SP) cells. Although it is known that SL and SP cells receive differential inputs from the olfactory bulb (OB), little is known about their projections to other olfactory regions. Here, we examined axonal projections of SL and SP cells using a combination of mouse genetics and retrograde labeling...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810929/the-impact-of-age-and-gut-microbiota-on-th17-and-tfh-cells-in-k-bxn-autoimmune-arthritis
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Fei Teng, Krysta M Felix, C Pierce Bradley, Debdut Naskar, Heqing Ma, Walid A Raslan, Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu
BACKGROUND: Age is an important risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which often develops in middle age. However, how age-associated changes in immunity impact RA is poorly understood. Gut microbiota are known to be involved in the pathogenesis of RA, but the effects of microbiota in older subjects remain mostly unknown. METHODS: We used segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB), a gut commensal species with immunomodulatory effects, and K/BxN mice, a T cell receptor (TCR) transgenic model, to study the effect of age and microbiota on autoimmune arthritis...
August 15, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810808/advances-and-challenges-in-cardiovascular-gene-therapy
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Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Johanna Lähteenvuo
25 years of gene therapy have not yet yielded standard therapeutic solutions for clinical use in cardiovascular medicine, but several therapeutic targets have been identified and foundations for future therapies have been set. The safety of viral gene therapy has been established with a wide variety of vectors and transgenes. Adenoviruses and adeno-associated viruses have established their role as vectors of choice for many cardiovascular applications and appropriate viral doses have been established for several tissues and applications...
August 16, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810592/protective-effect-and-mechanism-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-on-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#4
Jun-Biao Zhang, Chang-Lei Guo
The protective effect and the mechanism of estrogen receptor β (ERβ) on myocardial infarction (MI) in mice were explored. A total of 12 female Tg-ERβ transgenic mice and 12 non-transgenic littermate control (NLC) wild-type C57 mice were used for the present study. Both transgenic and wild-type mice had similar baseline data such as age, sex, and weight. The mouse model of MI was established by coronary artery ligation method, and the cardiac structure and function changes of the mouse were observed by ultrasonic echocardiography on days 1, 3 and 7 after the operation...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809841/measuring-neuromuscular-junction-functionality
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Emanuele Rizzuto, Simona Pisu, Carmine Nicoletti, Zaccaria Del Prete, Antonio Musarò
Neuromuscular junction (NMJ) functionality plays a pivotal role when studying diseases in which the communication between motor neuron and muscle is impaired, such as aging and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Here we describe an experimental protocol that can be used to measure NMJ functionality by combining two types of electrical stimulation: direct muscle membrane stimulation and the stimulation through the nerve. The comparison of the muscle response to these two different stimulations can help to define, at the functional level, potential alterations in the NMJ that lead to functional decline in muscle...
August 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809019/lentiviral-mediated-transgenesis-in-songbirds
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Wan-Chun Liu, Marian Hruska-Plochan, Atsushi Miyanohara
Transgenesis involves the insertion of an exogenous gene into an animal's genome, which allows the identification of the expressed phenotypes in brain function or behavior. Lentiviral-mediated transgenesis offers unique transduction potency making it possible to deliver and stably integrate transgenes into a wide variety of dividing and nondividing cells. The ability to establish long-term expression of such transgenes allows their use for transgenesis which is especially useful in organisms lacking quality pluripotent stem cell lines and which is otherwise difficult to produce via traditional pronuclear microinjection, such as songbirds...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809018/fluorescent-quail-a-transgenic-model-system-for-the-dynamic-study-of-avian-development
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David Huss, Rusty Lansford
Real-time four-dimensional (4D, xyzt) imaging of cultured avian embryos is an ideal method for investigating the complex movements of cells and tissues during early morphogenesis. While methods that transiently label cells, such as electroporation, are highly useful for dynamic imaging, they can also be limiting due to the number and type of cells that can be effectively targeted. In contrast, the heritable, stable, and long-term expression of a fluorescent protein driven by the exogenous promoter of a transgene overcomes these challenges...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808293/targeting-apolipoprotein-e-amyloid-%C3%AE-binding-by-peptoid-cpo_a%C3%AE-17-21%C3%A2-p-ameliorates-alzheimer-s-disease-related-pathology-and-cognitive-decline
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Shan Liu, Shinae Park, Grant Allington, Frances Prelli, Yanjie Sun, Mitchell Martá-Ariza, Henrieta Scholtzova, Goutam Biswas, Bernard Brown, Philip B Verghese, Pankaj D Mehta, Yong-Uk Kwon, Thomas Wisniewski
Inheritance of the apolipoprotein E4 (apoE4) genotype has been identified as the major genetic risk factor for late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). Studies have shown that apoE, apoE4 in particular, binds to amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides at residues 12-28 of Aβ and this binding modulates Aβ accumulation and disease progression. We have previously shown in several AD transgenic mice lines that blocking the apoE/Aβ interaction with Aβ12-28 P reduced Aβ and tau-related pathology, leading to cognitive improvements in treated AD mice...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808241/specific-calpain-inhibition-protects-kidney-against-inflammaging
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Guillaume Hanouna, Laurent Mesnard, Sophie Vandermeersch, Joëlle Perez, Sandrine Placier, Jean-Philippe Haymann, Fabien Campagne, Julien Moroch, Aurélien Bataille, Laurent Baud, Emmanuel Letavernier
Calpains are ubiquitous pro-inflammatory proteases, whose activity is controlled by calpastatin, their specific inhibitor. Transgenic mice over-expressing rabbit calpastatin (CalpTG) are protected against vascular remodelling and angiotensin II-dependent inflammation. We hypothesized that specific calpain inhibition would protect against aging-related lesions in arteries and kidneys. We analysed tissues from 2-months and 2-years-old CalpTG and wild-type mice and performed high throughput RNA-Sequencing of kidney tissue in aged mice...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808140/amyloid-%C3%AE-and-islet-amyloid-pathologies-link-alzheimer-disease-and-type-2-diabetes-in-a-transgenic-model
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Nadeeja Wijesekara, Rosemary Ahrens, Miheer Sabale, Ling Wu, Kathy Ha, Giuseppe Verdile, Paul E Fraser
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) present a significant risk to each other. AD and T2D are characterized by deposition of cerebral amyloid-β (Aβ) and pancreatic human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), respectively. We investigated the role of amyloidogenic proteins in the interplay between these diseases. A novel double transgenic mouse model combining T2D and AD was generated and characterized. AD-related amyloid transgenic mice coexpressing hIAPP displayed peripheral insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and glucose intolerance...
August 14, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807859/widespread-functional-opsin-transduction-in-the-rat-cortex-via-convection-enhanced-delivery-optimized-for-horizontal-spread
#11
Zeyang Yu, Arto Nurmikko, Ilker Ozden
BACKGROUND: Widespread opsin expression in the cortex of rats, where transgenic models have not been established, is not practical to achieve with the traditional diffusion-based virus transduction methods (DBD). NEW METHOD: We developed protocols for convection-enhanced delivery (CED) of virus for optogenetic transduction of the rat cortex. Targeting the motor forelimb area as an example, we performed dual-site CED (6 μL of virus per site, 3 mm pitch between sites) in the rat motor cortex...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807602/neutralization-of-interferon-%C3%AE-reverts-clinical-and-laboratory-features-in-a-mouse-model-of-macrophage-activation-syndrome
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Giusi Prencipe, Ivan Caiello, Antonia Pascarella, Alexei A Grom, Claudia Bracaglia, Laurence Chatel, Walter G Ferlin, Emiliano Marasco, Raffaele Strippoli, Cristina de Min, Fabrizio De Benedetti
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is not clearly understood: a large body of evidence supports the involvement of mechanisms similar to those implicated in primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pathogenic role of interferon-γ (IFNγ) and the therapeutic efficacy of IFNγ neutralization in an animal model of macrophage activation syndrome. METHODS: We used a MAS model established in mice transgenic for human interleukin-6 (IL-6TG) challenged with LPS (MAS mice)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807377/crem-transgene-mice-an-animal-model-of-atrial-fibrillation-and-thrombogenesis
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A Bukowska, M Felgendreher, B Scholz, C Wolke, J S Schulte, E Fehrmann, E Wardelmann, M D Seidl, U Lendeckel, K Himmler, A Gardemann, A Goette, F U Müller
BACKGROUND: The molecular pathomechanisms underlying atrial thrombogenesis are multifactorial and still require detailed investigations. Transgenic mice with cardiomyocyte-directed expression of the transcriptional repressor CREM-IbΔC-X (CREM-TG) represent an experimental model of atrial fibrillation (AF) that shows a gradual, age-dependent progression from atrial ectopy to persistent AF. Importantly, this model develops biatrial thrombi. The molecular characteristics related to the thrombogenesis in CREM-TG mice have not been studied, yet...
August 1, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807201/overexpression-of-thioredoxin1-enhances-functional-recovery-in-a-mouse-model-of-hind-limb-ischemia
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Inam A Shaikh, Muhammad Tipu Rishi, Mark Youssef, Vaithinathan Selvaraju, Mahesh Thirunavukkarasu, Gopi Ukani, Rajesh Lakshmanan, J Alexander Palesty, Nilanjana Maulik
BACKGROUND: There is keen interest in finding nonsurgical treatments for peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Previously, we demonstrated that selective activation of Thioredoxin1 (Trx1), a 12-kDa cytosolic protein, initiates redox-dependent signaling and promotes neovascularization after ischemic heart disease. Therefore, Trx1 might possess immense potential to not only treat murine hind limb ischemia (HLI) through effective angiogenesis but also provide PVD patients with nonsurgical therapy to enhance neovascularization and improve blood perfusion...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806488/serotonergic-5-ht2b-receptors-in-mitral-valvulopathy-bone-marrow-mobilization-of-endothelial-progenitors
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Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Roland Lawson, Francine Côté, Claudia de Tapia, Sylvia Da Silva, Claudine Ebel, Béatrice Hechler, Christian Gachet, Jérome Guyonnet, Hélène Rouillard, Jordane Stoltz, Emily Quentin, Sophie Banas, François Daubeuf, Nelly Frossard, Bernard Gasser, Jean-Philippe Mazzucotelli, Olivier Hermine, Luc Maroteaux, Laurent Monassier
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is highly prevalent in industrialized countries. Chronic use of anorexigens, amphetamine or ergot derivatives targeting the serotonin system has been associated with valvular heart disease. PURPOSE AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Here, we investigated the contribution of serotonin receptors in a mouse model of valve degeneration induced by nordexfenfluramine, the main metabolite of the anorexigens dexfenfluramine and benfluorex. KEY RESULTS: Chronically activated 5-HT2B receptors by nordexfenfluramine in mice mimicked early steps of mitral valve remodelling attested by increased valve thickness, and cell density in a thick extracellular matrix...
August 14, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806140/adherent-invasive-e-coli-enhances-colonic-hypersensitivity-and-p2x-receptors-expression-during-post-infectious-period
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Amandine Lashermes, Ludivine Boudieu, Julie Barbier, Benoit Sion, Agathe Gelot, Nicolas Barnich, Denis Ardid, Frédéric Antonio Carvalho
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are related gastrointestinal disorders characterized by abdominal pain associated with colonic hypersensitivity (CHS). Studies in humans have reported an abnormal colonization of Adherent-Invasive E. coli (AIEC) in the ileum of Crohn's disease (CD) patients associated with overexpression of the bacterial colonizing receptor CEACAM6. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether AIEC reference strain LF82 could induce intestinal impairment during infectious and/or post-infectious periods and subsequently the development of CHS...
August 14, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805798/repeated-aav-mediated-gene-transfer-by-serotype-switching-enables-long-lasting-therapeutic-levels-of-hugt1a1-enzyme-in-a-mouse-model-of-crigler-najjar-syndrome-type-i
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L Bočkor, G Bortolussi, A Iaconcig, G Chiaruttini, C Tiribelli, M Giacca, F Benvenuti, L Zentilin, A F Muro
Adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene therapy is a promising strategy to treat liver-based monogenic diseases. However, two major obstacles limit its success: first, vector dilution in actively dividing cells, such as hepatocytes in neonates/children, due to the non-integrating nature of the vector; second, development of an immune response against the transgene and/or viral vector. Crigler-Najjar Syndrome Type I (CNSI) is a rare monogenic disease with neonatal onset, caused by mutations in the liver-specific UGT1 gene, with toxic accumulation of unconjugated bilirubin in plasma, tissues and brain...
August 14, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805015/stromelysin-2-mmp-10-a-novel-mediator-of-vascular-remodeling-underlying-pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-systemic-sclerosis
#18
Jérôme Avouac, Christophe Guignabert, Anna Maria Hoffmann-Vold, Barbara Ruiz, Peter Dorfmuller, Sonia Pezet, Olivia Amar, Ly Tu, Jérôme Van Wassenhove, Jérémy Sadoine, David Launay, Muriel Elhai, Anne Cauvet, Arun Subramaniam, Robert Resnick, Eric Hachulla, Øyvind Molberg, André Kahan, Marc Humbert, Yannick Allanore
OBJECTIVE: To decipher the role of gene candidates involved in pulmonary hypertension (PH) associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Gene candidates were identified through microarray experiments performed on Affymetrix GeneChip(®) Human Exon 1.0 ST Arrays in endothelial progenitor cell (EPC)-derived endothelial cells (ECs) issued from patients with SSc-PH, SSc without PH and controls. Expression of identified candidates was assessed by quantitative sandwich ELISA in the serum and by immunohistochemistry in lesional lung tissue...
August 13, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804489/normalized-synergy-predicts-that-cd8-co-receptor-contribution-to-t-cell-receptor-tcr-and-pmhc-binding-decreases-as-tcr-affinity-increases-in-human-viral-specific-t-cells
#19
Chad M Williams, Alexandra A Schonnesen, Shu-Qi Zhang, Ke-Yue Ma, Chenfeng He, Tori Yamamoto, S Gail Eckhardt, Christopher A Klebanoff, Ning Jiang
The discovery of naturally occurring T cell receptors (TCRs) that confer specific, high-affinity recognition of pathogen and cancer-associated antigens remains a major goal in cellular immunotherapies. The contribution of the CD8 co-receptor to the interaction between the TCR and peptide-bound major histocompatibility complex (pMHC) has previously been correlated with the activation and responsiveness of CD8(+) T cells. However, these studies have been limited to model systems of genetically engineered hybridoma TCRs or transgenic mouse TCRs against either a single epitope or an array of altered peptide ligands...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803336/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-vitamin-d-receptor-vdr-show-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-lung-tissues
#20
Masaki Ishii, Yasuhiro Yamaguchi, Kyoko Isumi, Sumito Ogawa, Masahiro Akishita
Vitamin D insufficiency is increasingly recognized as a prevalent problem worldwide, especially in patients with a chronic lung disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of chronic inflammatory lung disease. Previous clinical studies have shown that COPD leads to low vitamin D levels, which further increase the severity of COPD. Vitamin D homeostasis represents one of the most important factors that potentially determine the severity of COPD. Nonetheless, the mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in lung tissues are still unclear...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation
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