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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782940/defining-osteoblast-and-adipocyte-lineages-in-the-bone-marrow
#1
J L Pierce, D L Begun, J J Westendorf, M E McGee-Lawrence
Bone is a complex endocrine organ that facilitates structural support, protection to vital organs, sites for hematopoiesis, and calcium homeostasis. The bone marrow microenvironment is a heterogeneous niche consisting of multipotent musculoskeletal and hematopoietic progenitors and their derivative terminal cell types. Amongst these progenitors, bone marrow mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (BMSCs) may differentiate into osteogenic, adipogenic, myogenic, and chondrogenic lineages to support musculoskeletal development as well as tissue homeostasis, regeneration and repair during adulthood...
May 18, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782926/decoding-cell-signalling-and-regulation-of-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
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REVIEW
A K Santos, M S Vieira, R Vasconcellos, V A M Goulart, A H Kihara, R R Resende
Oligodendrocytes are fundamental for the functioning of the nervous system; they participate in several cellular processes, including axonal myelination and metabolic maintenance for astrocytes and neurons. In the mammalian nervous system, they are produced through waves of proliferation and differentiation, which occur during embryogenesis. However, oligodendrocytes and their precursors continue to be generated during adulthood from specific niches of stem cells that were not recruited during development. Deficiencies in the formation and maturation of these cells can generate pathologies mainly related to myelination...
May 18, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782644/on-the-relationship-between-phylogenetic-diversity-and-trait-diversity
#3
Caroline M Tucker, T Jonathan Davies, Marc W Cadotte, William D Pearse
Niche differences are key to understanding the distribution and structure of biodiversity. To examine niche differences, we must first characterize how species occupy niche space, and two approaches are commonly used in the ecological literature. The first uses species traits to estimate multivariate trait space (so-called functional trait diversity, FD); the second quantifies the amount of time or evolutionary history captured by a group of species (phylogenetic diversity, PD). It is often-but controversially-assumed that these putative measures of niche space are at a minimum correlated and perhaps redundant, since more evolutionary time allows for greater accumulation of trait changes...
May 21, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782547/isotope-niche-dimension-and-trophic-overlap-between-bigheaded-carps-and-native-filter-feeding-fish-in-the-lower-missouri-river-usa
#4
Jianzhu Wang, Duane Chapman, Jun Xu, Yang Wang, Binhe Gu
Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values (δ13C and δ15N) were used to evaluate trophic niche overlap between two filter-feeding fishes (known together as bigheaded carp) native to China, silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), and three native filter-feeding fish including bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) and paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) in the lower Missouri River, USA, using the Bayesian Stable Isotope in R statistics...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782011/a-preclinical-mouse-model-of-osteosarcoma-to-define-the-extracellular-vesicle-mediated-communication-between-tumor-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#5
Tonny Lagerweij, Maria Pérez-Lanzón, S Rubina Baglio
Within the tumor microenvironment, resident or recruited mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) contribute to malignant progression in multiple cancer types. Under the influence of specific environmental signals, these adult stem cells can release paracrine mediators leading to accelerated tumor growth and metastasis. Defining the crosstalk between tumor and MSCs is of primary importance to understand the mechanisms underlying cancer progression and identify novel targets for therapeutic intervention. Cancer cells produce high amounts of extracellular vesicles (EVs), which can profoundly affect the behavior of target cells in the tumor microenvironment or at distant sites...
May 6, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781813/the-notch1-cd44-axis-drives-pathogenesis-in-a-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-model
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Marina García-Peydró, Patricia Fuentes, Marta Mosquera, María J García-León, Juan Alcain, Antonio Rodríguez, Purificación García de Miguel, Pablo Menéndez, Kees Weijer, Hergen Spits, David T Scadden, Carlos Cuesta-Mateos, Cecilia Muñoz-Calleja, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid, María L Toribio
NOTCH1 is a prevalent signaling pathway in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL), but crucial NOTCH1 downstream signals and target genes contributing to T-ALL pathogenesis cannot be retrospectively analyzed in patients and thus remain ill defined. This information is clinically relevant, as initiating lesions that lead to cell transformation and leukemia-initiating cell (LIC) activity are promising therapeutic targets against the major hurdle of T-ALL relapse. Here, we describe the generation in vivo of a human T cell leukemia that recapitulates T-ALL in patients, which arises de novo in immunodeficient mice reconstituted with human hematopoietic progenitors ectopically expressing active NOTCH1...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781797/from-plants-to-nematodes-serratia-grimesii-bxf1-genome-reveals-an-adaptation-to-the-modulation-of-multi-species-interactions
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Francisco Nascimento, Cláudia Vicente, Peter Cock, Maria Tavares, Márcio Rossi, Koichi Hasegawa, Manuel Mota
Serratia grimesii BXF1 is a bacterium with the ability to modulate the development of several eukaryotic hosts. Strain BXF1 was isolated from the pinewood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the causative agent of pine wilt disease affecting pine forests worldwide. This bacterium potentiates Bursaphelenchus xylophilus reproduction, acts as a beneficial pine endophyte, and possesses fungal and bacterial antagonistic activities, further indicating a complex role in a wide range of trophic relationships. In this work, we describe and analyse the genome sequence of strain BXF1, and discuss several important aspects of its ecological role...
May 21, 2018: Microbial Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781664/the-online-social-support-scale-measure-development-and-validation
#8
Elizabeth A Nick, David A Cole, Sun-Joo Cho, Darcy K Smith, T Grace Carter, Rachel L Zelkowitz
A new measure, the Online Social Support Scale, was developed based on previous theory, research, and measurement of in-person social support. It includes four subscales: Esteem/Emotional Support, Social Companionship, Informational Support, and Instrumental Support. In college and community samples, factor analytic and item response theory results suggest that subtypes of in-person social support also pertain in the online world. Evidence of reliability, convergent validity, and discriminant validity provide excellent psychometric support for the measure...
May 21, 2018: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781420/species-specific-aggregation-pheromones-contribute-to-coexistence-in-two-closely-related-thrips-species
#9
X Li, S Geng, Z Zhang, J Zhang, W Li, J Huang, W Lin, Y Bei, Y Lu
Pheromones play an important role in mediating interspecific interactions in insects. In an insect community, pheromones can reveal information about the senders, which could be used by other members of the food web (competitor, natural enemies, etc.) to their own advantage. The aggregation pheromones of two closely related thrips species, Frankliniella occidentalis and Frankliniella intonsa, have been identified with the same major compounds, (R)-lavandulyl acetate and neryl (S)-2-methylbutanoate, but in different ratios...
May 21, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781179/pigmentation-is-associated-with-stemness-hierarchy-of-progenitor-cells-within-cultured-limbal-epithelial-cells
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Lei Liu, Frederik Mølgaard Nielsen, Jeppe Emmersen, Chris Bath, Jesper Østergaard Hjortdal, Simone Riis, Trine Fink, Cristian Pablo Pennisi, Vladimir Zachar
Ex-vivo cultured human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (hLESCs) are the main source for regenerative therapy of limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD), which is worldwide one of the major causes of corneal blindness. Despite many stemness-associated markers have been identified within the limbal niche, the phenotype of the earliest hLESCs has not been hitherto identified. We sought to confirm or refute the use of tumor protein p63 (p63) and ATP binding cassette subfamily B member 5 (ABCB5) as surrogate markers for hLESCs early within the limbal differentiation hierarchy...
May 20, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781171/fiber-based-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-of-recellularization-processes-on-vascular-tissue-constructs
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Alba Alfonso-Garcia, Jeny Shklover, Benjamin E Sherlock, Alyssa Panitch, Leigh G Griffiths, Laura Marcu
New techniques able to monitor the maturation of tissue engineered constructs over time are needed for a more efficient control of developmental parameters. Here, a label-free fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) approach implemented through a single fiber-optic interface is reported for non-destructive in situ assessment of vascular biomaterials. Recellularization processes of antigen removed bovine pericardium scaffolds with endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells were evaluated on the serous and the fibrous sides of the scaffolds, two distinct extracellular matrix niches, over the course of a 7 day culture period...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780735/the-expression-and-functional-significance-of-vascular-endothelial-cadherin-cd44-and-vimentin-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Soussan Irani, Arash Dehghan
Objectives: Ninety percent of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinoma which develops in the oral cavity. Metastasis is the main causative factor for death in 90% of all cancer-related deaths and begins with the invasion of tumor cells through the walls of small blood vessels or lymph vessels. A growing body of evidence has shown that vasculogenic mimicry (VM) facilitates tumor growth and cancer metastasis. The current study aimed to present the role of vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin, CD44, and vimentin in inducing VM and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and to identify the cancer stem cell (CSC) niche in different grades of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC)...
March 2018: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780613/schwann-cell-durotaxis-can-be-guided-by-physiologically-relevant-stiffness-gradients
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Elisabeth B Evans, Samantha W Brady, Anubhav Tripathi, Diane Hoffman-Kim
Background: Successful nerve regeneration depends upon directed migration of morphologically specialized repair state Schwann cells across a nerve defect. Although several groups have studied directed migration of Schwann cells in response to chemical or topographic cues, the current understanding of how the mechanical environment influences migration remains largely understudied and incomplete. Therefore, the focus of this study was to evaluate Schwann cell migration and morphodynamics in the presence of stiffness gradients, which revealed that Schwann cells can follow extracellular gradients of increasing stiffness, in a form of directed migration termed durotaxis...
2018: Biomaterials Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780265/does-focused-and-dedicated-teaching-improve-the-confidence-of-gp-trainees-to-diagnose-and-manage-common-acute-ent-pathologies-in-primary-care
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Vikas Acharya, Matthew Haywood, Naomi Kokkinos, Anisha Raithatha, Sinthuja Francis, Rishi Sharma
Background: General practitioners (GPs) are key members of the health care profession who are required to have a considerable breadth of knowledge to manage and treat patients effectively in the community. Their skills and experience varies depending on the medical school they attended and their foundation training and specialist GP training schemes. Exposure to ear, nose, and throat (ENT)-specific pathology is often insufficient due to the lack of formal otolaryngology rotations, minimal relevant teaching opportunities, and inconsistencies in curricula, despite ENT-related pathology presentations being one of the commonest consultations in primary care...
2018: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780176/sex-size-and-isotopes-cryptic-trophic-ecology-of-an-apex-predator-the-white-shark-carcharodon-carcharias
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G C A French, S Rizzuto, M Stürup, R Inger, S Barker, J H van Wyk, A V Towner, W O H Hughes
Demographic differences in resource use are key components of population and species ecology across the animal kingdom. White sharks ( Carcharodon carcharias ) are migratory, apex predators, which have undergone significant population declines across their range. Understanding their ecology is key to ensuring that management strategies are effective. Here, we carry out the first stable isotope analyses of free-swimming white sharks in South Africa. Biopsies were collected in Gansbaai (34.5805°S, 19.3518°E) between February and July 2015...
2018: Marine Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780171/is-saltmarsh-restoration-success-constrained-by-matching-natural-environments-or-altered-succession-a-test-using-niche-models
#16
Martin J P Sullivan, Anthony J Davy, Alastair Grant, Hannah L Mossman
Restored habitats, such as saltmarsh created through managed realignment, sometimes fail to meet targets for biological equivalence with natural reference sites. Understanding why this happens is important in order to improve restoration outcomes.Elevation in the tidal frame and sediment redox potential are major controls on the distribution of saltmarsh plants. We use niche models to characterize 10 species' responses to these, and test whether differences in species occurrence between restored and natural saltmarshes in the UK result from failure to recreate adequate environmental conditions...
May 2018: Journal of Applied Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779898/oncostatin-m-and-kit-ligand-control-hematopoietic-stem-cell-fate-during-zebrafish-embryogenesis
#17
Christopher B Mahony, Corentin Pasche, Julien Y Bertrand
Understanding the molecular pathways controlling hematopoietic stem cell specification and expansion is a necessary milestone to perform regenerative medicine. Here, we used the zebrafish model to study the role of the ckit signaling pathway in this process. We show the importance of kitb/kitlgb signaling in the specification and expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), in the hemogenic endothelium and caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT), respectively. Moreover, we identified the zebrafish ortholog of Oncostatin M (osm) in the zebrafish genome...
May 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779808/is-multi-level-marketing-of-nutrition-supplements-a-legal-and-an-ethical-practice
#18
Diana Cardenas, Vanessa Fuchs-Tarlovsky
BACKGROUND: Multi-level marketing (MLM) of nutrition products has experienced dramatic growth in recent decades. 'Wellness' is the second most popular niche in the MLM industry and represents 35% of sales among all the products in 2016. This category includes dietary supplements, weight management and sports nutrition products. The aim of this paper is to analyse whether this practice is legal and ethical. METHODS: An analysis of available documentary information about the legal aspects of Multi-level marketing business was performed...
June 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779252/germination-niche-breadth-varies-inconsistently-among-three-asclepias-congeners-along-a-latitudinal-gradient
#19
Jessamine Finch, Jeffrey L Walck, Siti N Hidayati, Andrea T Kramer, Victoria Lason, Kayri Havens
Species responses to climate change will be primarily driven by their environmental tolerance range, or niche breadth, with the expectation that broad niches will increase resilience. Niche breadth is expected to be greater in more heterogeneous environments and moderated by life history. Niche breadth also varies across life stage. Therefore, the life stage with the narrowest niche may serve as the best predictor of climatic vulnerability. To investigate the relationship between niche breadth, climate, and life stage we identify germination niche breadth for dormant and nondormant seeds in multiple populations of three milkweed (Asclepias) species...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779234/testing-the-role-of-climate-in-speciation-new-methods-and-applications-to-squamate-reptiles-lizards-and-snakes
#20
Tereza Jezkova, John J Wiens
Climate may play important roles in speciation, such as causing the range fragmentation that underlies allopatric speciation (through niche conservatism) or driving divergence of parapatric populations along climatic gradients (through niche divergence). Here, we developed new methods to test the frequency of climate niche conservatism and divergence in speciation, and applied it to species pairs of squamate reptiles (lizards and snakes). We used a large-scale phylogeny to identify 242 sister-species pairs for analysis...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Ecology
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