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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899160/physiopathology-of-vesico-ureteral-reflux
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Salvatore Arena, Roberta Iacona, Pietro Impellizzeri, Tiziana Russo, Lucia Marseglia, Eloisa Gitto, Carmelo Romeo
Vescico-Ureteral Reflux (VUR) is a common condition in childhood, caused by a congenital anomaly at the Vescico-Ureteral Junction (VUJ) level. It seems that the main cause could be an abnormal embryological development occurred during the early stage of fetal life.Refluxing ureteral endings show structural and functional anomalies: previous studies have shown a significant decrease in alfa actin, miosin and desmin contents as well as an high rate of atrophy and muscular degeneration with disorganized muscular fibres...
November 29, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894940/changes-in-the-mrna-expression-of-structural-proteins-hormone-synthesis-and-secretion-from-bovine-placentome-sections-after-ddt-and-dde-treatment
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A Wojciechowska, J Mlynarczuk, J Kotwica
Disorders in the barrier function and secretory activity of the placenta can be caused by xenobiotics (XB) present in the environment and their accumulation in tissues of living organisms. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2,-bis-4-chlorophenyl-ethane (DDT) and its metabolite 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis-4-chlorophenyl-ethene (DDE) (for 24 or 48h) at doses of 1, 10 or 100ng/ml on the function of cow placentome sections in the second trimester of pregnancy. DDT and DDE affected neither (P>0...
November 25, 2016: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889952/effects-of-different-doses-of-2-3-dimercaptosuccinic-acid-modified-fe2-o3-nanoparticles-on-intercalated-discs-in-engineered-cardiac-tissues
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Yongchao Mou, Shuanghong Lv, Fei Xiong, Yao Han, Yuwei Zhao, Junjie Li, Ning Gu, Jin Zhou
Although iron oxide nanoparticles (IRONs) were applied in clinical magnetic resonance imaging in vivo and magnetic tissue engineering in vitro widely, the underlying effects of IRONs on the development of cardiomyocytes especially the intercellular junctions, intercalated discs (IDs), remain an unknown issue. Given the critical role of three-dimensional (3D) engineered cardiac tissues (ECTs) in evaluation of nanoparticles toxicology, it remained necessary to understand the effects of IRONs on IDs assembly of cardiomyocytes in 3D environment...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882462/proliferative-potential-of-cardiomyocytes-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-correlation-with-myocardial-remodeling
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T V Sukhacheva, Yu A Chudinovskikh, M V Eremeeva, R A Serov, L A Bockeria
Proliferating Ki-67(+) cardiomyocytes were detected in the interventricular septum myocardium of adult patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In the same patients, the severity of hypertrophy and the degree of cardiomyocyte differentiation were assessed by the content of myofibrils, ultrastructural morphology, and the pattern of connexin 43-containing gap junction distribution. Adult Ki-67(+) cardiomyocytes containing sarcomeric α-actin (sarc α-act(+)) in the sarcoplasm (diameter 23.9±6.9 μ) were detected in the myocardium of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; their relative content varied from 2 to 3084 cells per 1 million cardiomyocytes...
November 23, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882143/expression-of-connexin-43-ion-channels-and-ca-2-handling-proteins-in-rat-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes
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Yaqiong Xiao, Xue Cai, Andrew Atkinson, Sunil Jit Logantha, Mark Boyett, Halina Dobrzynski
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. AF is thought to be triggered by ectopic beats, originating primarily in the myocardial sleeves surrounding the pulmonary veins (PVs). The mechanisms underlying these cardiac arrhythmias remain unclear. To investigate this, frozen sections of heart and lung tissue from adult rats without arrhythmia were obtained in different planes, stained with Masson's trichrome, and immunolabeled for connexin 43 (Cx43), caveolin-3 (Cav3), hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel 4 (HCN4), Nav1...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876669/ginsenoside-rg1-induced-antidepressant-effects-involve-the-protection-of-astrocyte-gap-junctions-within-the-prefrontal-cortex
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Can Jin, Zhen-Zhen Wang, Heng Zhou, Yu-Xia Lou, Jiao Chen, Wei Zuo, Man-Tong Tian, Zhi-Qi Wang, Guo-Hua Du, Ichiro Kawahata, Tohru Yamakuni, Yi Zhang, Nai-Hong Chen, Dan-Shen Zhang
Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) exhibits antidepressant-like activity by increasing neurogenesis and dendritic spine density without discernible side effects. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying Rg1 antidepressant activity remain poorly understood. As the dysfunction of gap junctions between astrocytes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is implicated in major depression disorder, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Rg1 on astrocyte gap junctions in the PFC. Rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) were administered Rg1 (5, 10, and 20mg/kg) for 28days and analyzed for depressive symptoms using the sucrose preference and forced swimming tests...
November 19, 2016: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875570/towards-a-tissue-engineered-contractile-fontan-conduit-the-fate-of-cardiac-myocytes-in-the-subpulmonary-circulation
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Daniel Biermann, Alexandra Eder, Florian Arndt, Hatim Seoudy, Hermann Reichenspurner, Thomas Mir, Arlindo Riso, Rainer Kozlik-Feldmann, Kersten Peldschus, Michael G Kaul, Tillman Schuler, Susanne Krasemann, Arne Hansen, Thomas Eschenhagen, Jörg S Sachweh
The long-term outcome of patients with single ventricles improved over time, but remains poor compared to other congenital heart lesions with biventricular circulation. Main cause for this unfavourable outcome is the unphysiological hemodynamic of the Fontan circulation, such as subnormal systemic cardiac output and increased systemic-venous pressure. To overcome this limitation, we are developing the concept of a contractile extracardiac Fontan-tunnel. In this study, we evaluated the survival and structural development of a tissue-engineered conduit under in vivo conditions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870307/abrogation-of-gap-junctional-communication-in-es-cells-results-in-a-disruption-of-primitive-endoderm-formation-in-embryoid-bodies
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Philipp Wörsdörfer, Felicitas Bosen, Martina Gebhardt, Nicole Russ, Katrin Zimmermann, David Komla Kessie, Thileepan Sekaran, Angela Egert, Süleyman Ergün, Hubert Schorle, Alexander Pfeifer, Frank Edenhofer, Klaus Willecke
Gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) has been suggested to be involved in early embryonic development but the actual functional role remained elusive. Connexin (Cx) 43 and Cx45 are co-expressed in embryonic stem (ES) cells, form gap junctions and are considered to exhibit adhesive function and/or to contribute to the establishment of defined communication compartments. Here we describe the generation of Cx43/Cx45-double deficient mouse ES cells to achieve almost complete breakdown of GJIC. Cre-loxP induced deletion of both, Cx43 and Cx45, results in a block of differentiation in embryoid bodies without affecting pluripotency marker expression and proliferation in ES cells...
November 21, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863440/patient-derived-glioblastoma-stem-cells-respond-differentially-to-targeted-therapies
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Pratik Kanabur, Sujuan Guo, Gary R Simonds, Deborah F Kelly, Robert G Gourdie, Scott S Verbridge, Zhi Sheng
The dismal prognosis of glioblastoma is, at least in part, attributable to the difficulty in eradicating glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs). However, whether this difficulty is caused by the differential responses of GSCs to drugs remains to be determined. To address this, we isolated and characterized ten GSC lines from established cell lines, xenografts, or patient specimens. Six lines formed spheres in a regular culture condition, whereas the remaining four lines grew as monolayer. These adherent lines formed spheres only in plates coated with poly-2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate...
November 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862636/a-novel-method-for-a-high-enrichment-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells-for-genomic-analysis
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Jhansi Rani Kasinathan, Venkatesh Prajna Namperumalsamy, Muthukkaruppan Veerappan, Gowri Priya Chidambaranathan
Understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs) in maintaining corneal homeostasis remains elusive largely due to the lack of a specific marker for their isolation. This study aims to enrich CESCs from human donor limbal epithelium and to evaluate the level of enrichment based on expression of ΔNp63α, a putative CESC marker. A two-stage enrichment of CESCs was carried out. (a) The limbal basal epithelial cells were isolated by differential enzymatic treatment and five-fold enrichment was achieved from 2% of CESCs present in the total limbal epithelium...
December 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860462/improved-anticancer-photothermal-therapy-using-the-bystander-effect-enhanced-by-antiarrhythmic-peptide-conjugated-dopamine-modified-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanocomposite
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Jiantao Yu, Yu-Hsin Lin, Lingyan Yang, Chih-Ching Huang, Liliang Chen, Wen-Cheng Wang, Guan-Wen Chen, Junyan Yan, Saranta Sawettanun, Chia-Hua Lin
Despite tremendous efforts toward developing novel near-infrared (NIR)-absorbing nanomaterials, improvement in therapeutic efficiency remains a formidable challenge in photothermal cancer therapy. This study aims to synthesize a specific peptide conjugated polydopamine-modified reduced graphene oxide (pDA/rGO) nanocomposite that promotes the bystander effect to facilitate cancer treatment using NIR-activated photothermal therapy. To prepare a nanoplatform capable of promoting the bystander effect in cancer cells, we immobilized antiarrhythmic peptide 10 (AAP10) on the surface of dopamine-modified rGO (AAP10-pDA/rGO)...
November 8, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849058/inhibition-of-connexin-43-prevents-trauma-induced-heterotopic-ossification
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Bing Tu, Shen Liu, Guangwang Liu, Zhiwei Li, Yangbai Sun, Cunyi Fan
Heterotopic ossification (HO) can result from traumatic injury, surgery or genetic diseases. Here, we demonstrate that overexpression of connexin 43 (Cx43) is critical for the development and recurrence of traumatic HO in patients. Inhibition of Cx43 by shRNA substantially suppressed the osteogenic differentiation of MC-3T3 cells and the expression of osteogenic genes. We employed a tenotomy mouse model to explore the hypothesis that Cx43 is vital to the development of HO. Inhibition of Cx43 by a specific shRNA decreased extraskeletal bone formation in vivo...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833962/changes-in-rat-ovary-with-experimentally-induced-diabetes-and-the-effects-of-lycopene-on-those-changes
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Mustafa Yildiz, Mustafa Sandikci
Free radicals increase in the presence of diabetes. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. The goal of the present study was to determine the effect of diabetes on rat ovaries and the protective role of lycopene in that context. Experimental diabetes was induced with 50 mg÷kg streptozotocin. Rats were randomly separated into four groups, as follows: control + corn oil, control + lycopene, diabetes + corn oil and diabetes + lycopene. The histological and histometric evaluations were performed using Crossman's triple staining method...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819278/hepacam-associates-with-connexin-43-and-enhances-its-localization-in-cellular-junctions
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Meihui Wu, Mei Chung Moh, Herbert Schwarz
HepaCAM (GlialCAM) is frequently deleted in carcinomas, and reintroduction of hepaCAM into transformed cell lines reduces cellular growth and induces senescence. Mutations in HEPACAM give rise to the neurodegenerative disease megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts (MLC) since mutated hepaCAM prevents shuttling of MLC1 protein to astrocytic junctions in the plasma membrane. Here we identify that hepaCAM associates with connexin 43, a main component of gap junctions, and enhances connexin 43 localization to the plasma membrane at cellular junctions...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813551/rehmannia-glutinosa-oligosaccharide-induces-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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X H Wang, H W Du, X H Guo, S W Wang, R B Zhou, Y Li, Z B Li, Y S Zhao, Q L Zhu
The aim of this study was to observe the effect of Rehmannia glutinosa oligosaccharide (RGO) on differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into cardiomyocyte-like cells . Rat MSCs were isolated, treated, and grouped as follows: RGO treatment group, 5-azacytidine (5-aza) treatment group, RGO + 5-aza treatment group, and control group. Following a four-week induction period, cardiac troponin I (cTnI) levels in MSCs were quantified by chemiluminescence, and the levels of myocardial enzymes creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase isoenzyme-MB (CK-MB) were measured using a dry chemistry analyzer...
October 17, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813323/tumor-targeted-nanotherapeutics-overcoming-treatment-barriers-for-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Aniket S Wadajkar, Jimena G Dancy, David S Hersh, Pavlos Anastasiadis, Nhan L Tran, Graeme F Woodworth, Jeffrey A Winkles, Anthony J Kim
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive and lethal form of primary brain cancer. Numerous barriers exist to the effective treatment of GBM including the tightly controlled interface between the bloodstream and central nervous system termed the 'neurovascular unit,' a narrow and tortuous tumor extracellular space containing a dense meshwork of proteins and glycosaminoglycans, and genomic heterogeneity and instability. A major goal of GBM therapy is achieving sustained drug delivery to glioma cells while minimizing toxicity to adjacent neurons and glia...
November 4, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798912/cx43-expression-in-colonic-adenomas-and-surrounding-mucosa-is-a-marker-of-malignant-potential
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Alen Bišćanin, Neven Ljubičić, Marko Boban, Drinko Baličević, Ivana Pavić, Mirela Maver Bišćanin, Ivan Budimir, Zdravko Dorosulic, Marko Duvnjak
BACKGROUND/AIM: Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem. The adenoma-carcinoma sequence offers potential for screening and surveillance. We tested the clinical behavior and diagnostic utility of connexin 43 (CX43) in connection with pathohistological risk. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemical expression of CX43 in colonic adenomas and surrounding mucosa from 87 patients was determined. RESULTS: CX43 expression was higher in mucosa surrounding adenomas with high-grade dysplasia (p=0...
October 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784805/the-acute-inhibition-of-enteric-glial-metabolism-with-fluoroacetate-alters-calcium-signaling-hemichannel-function-and-the-expression-of-key-proteins
#18
Jonathon L McClain, Brian David Gulbransen
Glia play key roles in the regulation of neurotransmission in the nervous system. Fluoroacetate (FA) is a metabolic poison widely used to study glial functions by disrupting the tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme aconitase. Despite the widespread use of FA, the effects of FA on essential glial functions such as calcium (Ca(2+)) signaling and hemichannel function remain unknown. Therefore, our goal was to specifically assess the impact of FA on essential glial cell functions that are involved with neurotransmission in the enteric nervous system...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783297/pulsed-dendritic-cells-for-the-therapy-of-experimental-glioma
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I V Chekhonin, O I Gurina, S A Cherepanov, M A Abakumov, K P Ionova, D K Zhigarev, A V Makarov, V P Chekhonin
We obtained the morphologically, cytofluorometrically, and functionally mature dendritic cells from rats that were pulsed with antigens of the C6 glioma tissue extract. The concentrations of angiogenesis antigens (VEGF, VEGFR-1, and VEGFR-2) and periglioma zone proteins (GFAP, connexin 43, and BSAT1) in the pulsing extract were measured by ELISA. Our results drove us to a conclusion that despite mature phenotype of pulsed dendritic cell, the antigenic composition of glioma tissue extracts should be modified...
October 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776252/the-role-of-spinal-interleukin-1%C3%AE-and-astrocyte-connexin-43-in-the-development-of-mirror-image-pain-in-an-inflammatory-pain-model
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Hoon-Seong Choi, Dae-Hyun Roh, Seo-Yeon Yoon, Soon-Gu Kwon, Sheu-Ran Choi, Suk-Yun Kang, Ji-Young Moon, Ho-Jae Han, Hyun-Woo Kim, Alvin J Beitz, Jang-Hern Lee
Although we have recently demonstrated that carrageenan-induced inflammation upregulates the expression of spinal interleukin (IL)-1β, which inhibits spinal astrocyte activation and results in the delayed development of Mirror-Image Pain (MIP), little is known regarding the mechanisms that underlie how spinal IL-1β inhibits the astrocyte activation. In this study, we examined the effect of spinal IL-1β on astrocyte gap junctions (GJ) and the development of MIP. Following unilateral carrageenan (CA) injection, mechanical allodynia (MA) was evaluated at various time points...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Neurology
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