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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822901/morphological-and-molecular-differences-in-corpus-luteum-of-pregnant-sows-from-divergent-genetic-groups
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Karine A Costa, Walmir da Silva, Renata Veroneze, José C Montes, Lucas L Verardo, Margareth E Botelho, Márcio S Duarte, Mariana M Neves, Paulo S Lopes, José D Guimarães, Susana A Teixeira, Laene Alcantara, Simone E F Guimarães
Comprehending mechanisms controlling corpus luteum (CL) angiogenesis and apoptosis in pregnant sows is essential to understand the physiological role of these processes in CL function, progesterone production and consequently in conceptus development and prenatal mortality. CL from 54 sows from two genetic groups, a commercial line (COM) and the local Piau breed (LPB), were obtained for gene expression (n = 3 COM; n = 6 LPB), histological and protein analysis (n = 3 COM; n = 3 LPB), divided in six gestational ages (seven, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 days)...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821969/interleukin-1-receptor-like-1-protein-st2-is-a-potential-biomarker-for-cardiomyopathy-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#2
Julia Anderson, Haeri Seol, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Yetrib Hathout, Christopher F Spurney
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a rare, fatal X-linked disorder characterized by the lack of dystrophin, a key sarcolemma muscle protein. Cardiac failure is a significant cause of death in DMD subjects. The purpose of our research was to identify potential cardiac serum biomarkers associated with DMD cardiomyopathy. This is an observational, case-controlled study using subjects from the CINRG DMD natural history study with cardiomyopathy (ejection fraction (EF) <55%; shortening fraction (SF) <28%), subjects without cardiomyopathy (EF ≥ 55%; SF ≥ 28%) compared to normal healthy volunteer subjects...
August 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819943/the-mmp-9-timp-1-imbalance-and-the-reduced-level-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-the-cervical-area-of-amniotic-membrane-is-a-possible-risk-factor-of-prom-and-premature-labor-proof-of-concept-study
#3
Małgorzata Litwiniuk, Małgorzata Radowicka, Alicja Krejner, Mirosław Wielgoś, Tomasz Grzela
OBJECTIVES: To assess the level MMP-9, TIMP-1 and TGF-β in placental and cervical region of amniotic membranes derived from at-term, pre-term and PROM deliveries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 14 amniotic membranes have been assessed; the quantitative analysis of MMP-9, TGF-β and TIMP-1 was assayed using respective Quantikine Immunoassay Kit. RESULTS: The MMP-9 level in PROM samples was similar to the level of MMP-9 in at-term membranes and comparable between the cervical and placental region of these membranes...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819302/generation-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-a-polysialic-acid-carrying-fragment-of-the-neural-cell-adhesion-molecule-ncam-to-the-cell-nucleus
#4
Nina Westphal, Gabriele Loers, David Lutz, Thomas Theis, Ralf Kleene, Melitta Schachner
Polysialic acid (PSA) and its major protein carrier, the neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM, play important roles in many nervous system functions during development and in adulthood. Here, we show that a PSA-carrying NCAM fragment is generated at the plasma membrane by matrix metalloproteases and transferred to the cell nucleus via endosomes and the cytoplasm. Generation and nuclear import of this fragment in cultured cerebellar neurons is induced by a function-triggering NCAM antibody and a peptide comprising the effector domain (ED) of myristoylated alanine-rich C kinase substrate (MARCKS) which interacts with PSA within the plane of the plasma membrane...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818099/biosemantics-guided-gene-expression-profiling-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-comparative-analysis-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Nirav R Shah, Braxton D Noll, Craig B Stevens, Michael T Brennan, Farah B Mougeot, Jean-Luc C Mougeot
BACKGROUND: Sjögren's syndrome (SS) shares many clinical and pathological similarities with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These autoimmune diseases mostly affect women. In this study, concept profile analysis (CPA) and gene expression meta-analysis were used to identify genes potentially involved in SS pathogenesis. METHODS: Human genes associated with SS, SLE, and RA were identified using the CPA tool, Anni 2.1. The differential mRNA expression of genes common to SS and SLE (SS-SLE) was determined in female peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) using NCBI-GEO2R...
August 17, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817677/abnormal-expression-of-nrf2-may-play-an-important-role-in-the-pathogenesis-and-development-of-adenomyosis
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Ning Chen, Baoying Du, Hao Zhou, Fengxian Shen, Juan Li, Zhenwei Xie
OBJECTIVE: To explore the expression level of Nrf2 in adenomyosis and study the mechanism of abnormal expression of Nrf2 in the pathogenesis of adenomyosis. METHODS: Western blot, immunohistochemistry(IHC) and real time PCR were used to measure Nrf2 expression levels in tissue and cell samples. Knockdown and overexpression of Nrf2 were used to investigate the variation of migration ability of endometrial glandular cells as well as the regulatory mechanism. RESULTS: Nrf2 protein levels were significantly higher in the eutopic and ectopic endometrial glands when compared with control cases using IHC and western blot methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812311/nad-replenishment-with-nicotinamide-mononucleotide-protects-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-and-attenuates-delayed-tpa-induced-haemorrhagic-transformation-after-cerebral-ischemia
#7
Chun-Chun Wei, Yuan-Yuan Kong, Xia-Hua, Guo-Qiang Li, Si-Li Zheng, Ming-He Cheng, Pei Wang, Chao-Yu Miao
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is the only approved pharmacological therapy for acute brain ischemia; however, a major limitation of tPA is the haemorrhagic transformation followed by tPA treatment. Here, we determine whether nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), a key intermediate of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide biosynthesis, would affect tPA-induced haemorrhagic transformation. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was achieved in CD1 mice by introducing a filament to the left MCA for 5 hours...
August 15, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811968/il-32%C3%AE-induced-inflammation-constitutes-a-link-between-obesity-and-colon-cancer
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Victoria Catalán, Javier Gómez-Ambrosi, Amaia Rodríguez, Beatriz Ramírez, Victor A Ortega, José Luis Hernández-Lizoain, Jorge Baixauli, Sara Becerril, Fernando Rotellar, Víctor Valentí, Rafael Moncada, Camilo Silva, Javier Salvador, Gema Frühbeck
Growing evidence indicates that adipose tissue inflammation is an important mechanism whereby obesity promotes cancer risk and progression. Since IL-32 is an important inflammatory and remodeling factor in obesity and is also related to colon cancer (CC) development, the aim of this study was to explore whether IL-32 could function as an inflammatory factor in human obesity-associated CC promoting a microenvironment favorable for tumor growth. Samples obtained from 84 subjects [27 lean (LN) and 57 obese (OB)] were used in the study...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811128/a-newly-synthesized-ligustrazine-stilbene-derivative-inhibits-pdgf-bb-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotypic-switch-and-proliferation-via-delaying-cell-cycle-progression
#9
Chunlian Peng, Siming Zhang, Haixin Liu, Yanxiao Jiao, Guifa Su, Yan Zhu
Vascular Smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) possess remarkable phenotype plasticity that allows it to rapidly adapt to fluctuating environmental cues, including the period of development and progression of vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis and restenosis subsequent to vein grafting or coronary intervention. Although VSMC phenotypic switch is an attractive target, there is no effective drug so far. Using rat aortic VSMCs, we investigate the effects of Ligustrazine and its synthetic derivatives on platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) induced proliferation and phenotypic switch by a cell image-based screening of 60 Ligustrazine stilbene derivatives...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810579/microrna-375-targets-pax6-and-inhibits-the-viability-migration-and-invasion-of-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
#10
Qiongyan Zou, Wenjun Yi, Jianghai Huang, Fenfen Fu, Gannong Chen, Dewu Zhong
MicroRNAs (miRs) are a type of small non-coding RNA that serve crucial roles in the development and progression of breast cancer. However, the exact role and underlying molecular mechanism of miR-375 in mediating the growth and metastasis of breast cancer remains unknown. In the present study, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were conducted to examine RNA and protein expression. A luciferase reporter assay was performed to determine the association between miR-375 and paired box 6 (PAX6)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810559/identification-of-key-genes-and-pathways-associated-with-obesity-in-children
#11
Ling Li, Guangyu Wang, Ning Li, Haiyan Yu, Jianping Si, Jiwen Wang
The present study aimed to identify potential key genes and pathways in obese children in order to explore possible molecular mechanisms associated with child obesity. The array dataset GSE29718 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Subcutaneous adipose tissue samples derived from 7 obese children and 8 lean children were selected for the analysis. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in samples from obese children compared with those from lean children were analyzed by the limma package...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808419/exposure-to-concentrated-ambient-fine-particulate-matter-induces-vascular-endothelial-dysfunction-via-mir-21
#12
Jianwei Dai, Wensheng Chen, Yuyin Lin, Shiwen Wang, Xiaolan Guo, Qian-Qian Zhang
Vascular endothelial permeability transition does not cause significant lesions, but enhanced permeability may contribute to the development of vascular and other diseases, including atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart failure and cancer. Therefore, elucidating the effect of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) on vascular endothelial permeability could help prevent disease that might be caused by PM2.5. Our previous study and the present one revealed that PM2.5 significantly increased the permeability of vascular endothelial cells and disrupted the barrier function of the vascular endothelium in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806688/concentration-dependent-transcriptome-responses-of-zebrafish-embryos-after-exposure-to-cadmium-cobalt-and-copper
#13
Laura Sonnack, Thorsten Klawonn, Ralf Kriehuber, Henner Hollert, Christoph Schäfers, Martina Fenske
Environmental metals are known to cause harmful effects to fish of which many molecular mechanisms still require elucidation. Particularly concentration dependence of gene expression effects is unclear. Focusing on this matter, zebrafish embryo toxicity tests were used in combination with transcriptomics. Embryos were exposed to three concentrations of copper (CuSO4), cadmium (CdCl2) and cobalt (CoSO4) from just after fertilization until the end of the 48hpf pre- and 96hpf post-hatch stage. The RNA was then analyzed on Agilent's Zebrafish (V3, 4×44K) arrays...
August 2, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801055/therapy-with-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-or-conditioned-medium-reverse-cardiac-alterations-in-a-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-model
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P S Daltro, B C Barreto, P G Silva, P Chenaud Neto, P H F Sousa Filho, D Santana Neta, G B Carvalho, D N Silva, B D Paredes, A C de Alcantara, L A R Freitas, R D Couto, R R Santos, B S F Souza, M B P Soares, S G Macambira
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with numerous cardiac complications, including arrhythmias, cardiac fibrosis, remodeling and heart failure. Here we evaluated the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and their conditioned medium (CM) to treat cardiac complications in a mouse model of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity. METHODS: After obesity induction and HFD withdrawal, obese mice were treated with MSCs, CM or vehicle. Cardiac function was assessed using electrocardiography, echocardiography and treadmill test...
August 8, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800788/mir-204-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-by-targeting-ephb2-in-human-cervical-cancer
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Shanhong Duan, Ali Wu, Zhengyu Chen, Yarong Yang, Liying Liu, Qi Shu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that involved in human carcinogenesis and progression. miR-204 has been reported to be a tumor suppressor in several cancer types. However, the function and underlying molecular mechanism of miR-204 in cervical cancer (CC) are still unclear. In the present study, the expression level of miR-204 was measured using qRT-PCR method in 30 paired CC clinical samples and 6 CC cell lines. We found that the expression of miR-204 was significantly down-regulated in CC tissues and cell lines compared to normal cervical tissues and cell line...
August 11, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800400/mechanism-of-tfam-mediated-cardiomyocyte-protection
#16
George H Kunkel, Pankaj Chaturvedi, Nicholas Theilen, Rohit Nair, Suresh C Tyagi
Although mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) is a protective component of mitochondrial DNA and a regulator of calcium and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, the mechanism remains unclear. In heart failure (HF), TFAM is significantly decreased and cardiomyocyte instability ensues. TFAM inhibits Nuclear Factor of Activated T cells (NFAT), which reduces ROS production; additionally, TFAM transcriptionally activates SERCA2a to decrease free calcium. Therefore, decreasing TFAM vastly increases protease expression and hypertrophic factors, leading to cardiomyocyte functional decline...
August 11, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797712/estrogen-receptor-beta-as-epigenetic-mediator-of-mir-10b-and-mir-145-in-mammary-cancer
#17
Zoi Piperigkou, Marco Franchi, Martin Götte, Nikos K Karamanos
Even though the role of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) in the modulation of breast cancer cells' behavior is thoroughly studied, the biological functions of its isoform, ERβ, are less elucidated. The suppression of ERβ in the aggressive ERα-negative MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells resulted in the inhibition of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and major changes in the basic functional properties and expression levels of certain matrix components of breast cancer cells. This arrest in metastatic potential of breast cancer cells suggests the contribution of ERβ in the induction of a more aggressive phenotype in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells...
August 8, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797051/prenylated-flavonoid-morusin-protects-against-tnbs-induced-colitis-in-rats
#18
Zora Vochyánová, Marie Pokorná, Dominik Rotrekl, Václav Smékal, Petr Fictum, Pavel Suchý, Jan Gajdziok, Karel Šmejkal, Jan Hošek
Morusin is a prenylated flavonoid isolated from the root bark of Morus alba. Many studies have shown the ability of flavonoids to act as anti-inflammatory agents. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of morusin on experimentally colitis induced by 2,4,6-trinitrobenzensulfonic acid in Wistar rats and to compare it with sulfasalazine, a drug conventionally used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Morusin was administered by gavage at doses of 12.5, 25, or 50 mg/kg/day for five days. The colonic tissue was evaluated macroscopically, histologically, and by performing immunodetection and zymographic analysis to determine the levels of antioxidant enzymes [superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT)], interleukin (IL)-1β, and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 and the activities of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) 2 and 9...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796414/genetic-variants-in-the-metzincin-metallopeptidase-family-genes-predict-melanoma-survival
#19
Yinghui Xu, Yanru Wang, Hongliang Liu, Qiong Shi, Dakai Zhu, Christopher I Amos, Shenying Fang, Jeffrey E Lee, Terry Hyslop, Xin Li, Jiali Han, Qingyi Wei
Metzincins are key molecules in the degradation of the extracellular matrix and play an important role in cellular processes such as cell migration, adhesion, and cell fusion of malignant tumors, including cutaneous melanoma (CM). We hypothesized that genetic variants of the metzincin metallopeptidase family genes would be associated with CM-specific survival (CMSS). To test this hypothesis, we first performed Cox proportional hazards regression analysis to evaluate the associations between genetic variants of 75 metzincin metallopeptidase family genes and CMSS using the dataset from the genome-wide association study (GWAS) from The University of Texas MD Anderson cancer Center (MDACC) which included 858 non-Hispanic white patients with CM, and then validated in the dataset from the Harvard GWAS study which had 409 non-Hispanic white patients with invasive CM...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794159/p63%C3%AE-protein-upregulates-heat-shock-protein-70-expression-via-e2f1-transcription-factor-1-promoting-wasf3-wave3-mmp9-signaling-and-bladder-cancer-invasion
#20
Honglei Jin, Qipeng Xie, Xirui Guo, Jiheng Xu, Annette Wang, Jingxia Li, Junlan Zhu, Xue-Ru Wu, Haishan Huang, Chuanshu Huang
Bladder cancer (BC) is the sixth most common cancer in the United States and is the number one cause of death among patients with urinary system malignancies. This makes the identification of invasive regulator(s)/effector(s) as the potential therapeutic targets for managing BC a high priority. p63 is a member of the p53 family of tumor suppressor genes/proteins, plays a role in the differentiation of epithelial tissues, and is believed to function as a tumor suppressor. However, whether and how p63 functions in BC cell invasion after tumorigenesis remains unclear...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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