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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334206/decreased-expression-of-arginine-phenylalanine-amide-related-peptide-3-gene-in-dorsomedial-hypothalamic-nucleus-of-constant-light-exposure-model-of-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome
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Zahra Shaaban, Mohammad Reza Jafarzadeh Shirazi, Mohammad Hossein Nooranizadeh, Amin Tamadon, Farhad Rahmanifar, Somayeh Ahmadloo, Amin Ramezani, Mohammad Javad Zamiri, Iman Razeghian Jahromi, Fatemeh Sabet Sarvestani, Omid Koohi Hosseinabadi
Background: An abnormality in pulse amplitude and frequency of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion is the most characteristics of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). On the other hand, arginine-phenylalanine-amide (RFamide)-related peptide-3 (RFRP3) inhibits the secretion of GnRH in mammalian hypothalamus. The current study performed in order to investigate the expression of RFRP3 mRNA in the dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus (DMH) after the induction of PCOS in a rat model of constant light exposure, and the possible role of parity on occurrence of PCOS...
April 2018: International Journal of Fertility & Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333938/structure-based-engineering-to-restore-high-affinity-binding-of-an-isoform-selective-anti-tgf%C3%AE-1-antibody
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Dana M Lord, Julie J Bird, Denise M Honey, Annie Best, Anna Park, Ronnie R Wei, Huawei Qiu
Metelimumab (CAT192) is a human IgG4 monoclonal antibody developed as a TGFβ1-specific antagonist. It was tested in clinical trials for the treatment of scleroderma but later terminated due to lack of efficacy. Subsequent characterization of CAT192 indicated that its TGFβ1 binding affinity was reduced by ∼50-fold upon conversion from the parental single-chain variable fragment (scFv) to IgG4. We hypothesized this result was due to decreased conformational flexibility of the IgG that could be altered via engineering...
January 15, 2018: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331314/chloroquine-inhibits-autophagy-and-deteriorates-the-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-apoptosis-in-hypoxic-rat-neurons
#3
Peng Li, Lei Hao, Yan-Yan Guo, Guang-Lu Yang, Hua Mei, Xiao-Hua Li, Qiong-Xiang Zhai
AIMS: Mitochondrial dysfunction (MD) and apoptosis in the neurons are associated with neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) encephalopathy (HIE). The present study was to explore the influence of autophagy on the induction of MD and apoptosis in the neurons in a neonatal HIE rats and in hypoxia-treated neurons in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten-day-old HI rat pups were sacrificed for brain pathological examination and immunohistochemical analysis. The induction of autophagy, apoptosis and MD were also determined in the neurons under hypoxia, with or without autophagy inhibitor, chloroquine (CQ) treatment...
January 10, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331126/binding-branched-and-linear-dna-structures-from-isolated-clusters-to-fully-bonded-gels
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J Fernandez-Castanon, F Bomboi, F Sciortino
The proper design of DNA sequences allows for the formation of well-defined supramolecular units with controlled interactions via a consecution of self-assembling processes. Here, we benefit from the controlled DNA self-assembly to experimentally realize particles with well-defined valence, namely, tetravalent nanostars (A) and bivalent chains (B). We specifically focus on the case in which A particles can only bind to B particles, via appropriately designed sticky-end sequences. Hence AA and BB bonds are not allowed...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330408/collagen-type-1-accelerates-healing-of-ruptured-fetal-membranes
#5
Haruta Mogami, Annavarapu Hari Kishore, R Ann Word
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM) is a major cause of preterm birth. Recently, extracellular matrix-directed treatment is applied for wound healing. Here, we used a pregnant mouse model to test the efficacy of collagen type 1 gel for healing of the prematurely ruptured fetal membranes. Although injection of PBS into the ruptured fetal membranes resulted in 40% closure, injection of collagen type 1 improved closure rates to 90% within 72 h. Macrophages of the M2 wound healing phenotype were entrapped in the collagen layer...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330050/production-and-characterization-of-a-novel-site-specific-modifiable-anti-ox40-receptor-single-chain-variable-fragment-for-targeted-drug-delivery
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Aki Tanabe, Kazumi Nakano, Makoto Nakakido, Satoru Nagatoishi, Yuetsu Tanaka, Kouhei Tsumoto, Kaoru Uchimaru, Toshiki Watanabe
OX40 receptor (tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily, member 4; CD134) is a T-cell co-stimulatory molecule that plays an important role in T-cell activation and survival. OX40 receptor is activated by its ligand, OX40L; and modulation of the OX40-OX40L interaction is a promising target for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancers. Here, we generated a high-affinity anti-OX40 single-chain variable fragment carrying a C-terminal cysteine residue (scFvC). Physicochemical and functional analyses revealed that the scFvC bound to OX40-expressing cells and was internalized via OX40-mediated endocytosis without inducing phosphorylation of IκBα (nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells inhibitor, alpha), an important complex in the classical NFκB (nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells) signaling pathway...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328927/alzheimer-s-disease-biomarker-guided-diagnostic-workflow-using-the-added-value-of-six-combined-cerebrospinal-fluid-candidates-a%C3%AE-1-42-total-tau-phosphorylated-tau-nfl-neurogranin-and-ykl-40
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Harald Hampel, Nicola Toschi, Filippo Baldacci, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Ingo Kilimann, Stefan J Teipel, Enrica Cavedo, Antonio Melo Dos Santos, Stéphane Epelbaum, Foudil Lamari, Remy Genthon, Bruno Dubois, Roberto Floris, Francesco Garaci, Simone Lista
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic and classificatory performances of all combinations of three core (amyloid β peptide [i.e., Aβ1-42], total tau [t-tau], and phosphorylated tau) and three novel (neurofilament light chain protein, neurogranin, and YKL-40) cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of neurodegeneration were compared among individuals with mild cognitive impairment (n = 41), Alzheimer's disease dementia (ADD; n = 35), frontotemporal dementia (FTD; n = 9), and cognitively healthy controls (HC; n = 21), using 10-fold cross-validation...
January 9, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328494/pterostilbene-inhibits-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-apoptosis-in-primary-spinal-cord-neurons-by-activating-autophagy-via-the-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-signaling-pathway
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Jing-Lan He, Xiao-Hui Dong, Zong-Hu Li, Xiao-Ying Wang, Zhi-An Fu, Na Shen
Autophagy is an important self-adaptive mechanism that is involved in inhibiting reactive oxygen species (ROS) in spinal cord neurons. Pterostilbene, a natural plant extract, has been demonstrated to possess antioxidant effects; however, it has not yet been investigated whether pterostilbene could activate autophagy and protect spinal cord neurons from oxidative stress. In the present study, primary spinal cord neurons of Sprague Dawley rats were cultured. Cell counting kit‑8 analysis was used to detect cytotoxicity of pterostilbene...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328481/ttf1%C3%A2-np-induces-protective-autophagy-during-apoptosis-by-inhibiting-the-akt-mtor-pathway-and-activating-jnk-in-human-liver-cancer-cells
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Xuan Zhang, Meilan Zhang, Bin Xiao, Wenjun Jiao, Silin Zhang, Xuewu Zhang
TTF1‑NP is a flavonoid nanoparticle based on 5,2',4'‑trihydroxy‑6,7,5'‑trimethoxyflavone (TTF1), which is derived from the medicinal plant Sorbaria sorbifolia that grows in the Changbai Mountain. We previously demonstrated antitumor effects of TTF1‑NP in human hepatoma including induction of apoptosis and inhibition of angiogenesis, migration and invasion. Herein, we examined the effects of TTF1‑NP on autophagy and its relationship with apoptosis, and explored potential underlying mechanisms in human hepatoma cell lines...
January 5, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328391/effects-of-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-on-oxygen%C3%A2-glucose-deprivation-and-reoxygenation%C3%A2-induced-injury
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Hua Ji, Linhao Xu, Zheng Wang, Xinli Fan, Lihui Wu
Cerebral ischemia causes severe brain injury and results in selective neuronal death through programmed cell death mechanisms, including apoptosis and autophagy. Minimizing neuronal injury has been considered a hot topic among clinicians. The present study elucidated the effect of thymosin β4 (Tβ4) on neuronal death induced by cerebral ischemia/reperfusion in PC12 cells that were subjected to oxygen‑glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R). The survival, apoptotic and autophagy rates of PC12 cells were investigated...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328189/massive-ordering-and-alignment-of-cylindrical-micro-objects-by-photovoltaic-optoelectronic-tweezers
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Iris Elvira, Juan F Muñoz-Martínez, Álvaro Barroso, Cornelia Denz, José B Ramiro, Angel García-Cabañes, Fernando Agulló-López, Mercedes Carrascosa
Optical tools for manipulation and trapping of micro- and nano-objects are a fundamental issue for many applications in nano- and biotechnology. This work reports on the use of one such method, known as photovoltaic optoelectronics tweezers, to orientate and organize cylindrical microcrystals, specifically elongated zeolite L, on the surface of Fe-doped LiNbO3 crystal plates. Patterns of aligned zeolites have been achieved through the forces and torques generated by the bulk photovoltaic effect. The alignment patterns with zeolites parallel or perpendicular to the substrate surface are highly dependent on the features of light distribution and crystal configuration...
January 1, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328096/approximate-bayesian-computation-techniques-for-optical-characterization-of-nanoparticle-clusters
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Ozan Burak Ericok, Ali Taylan Cemgil, Hakan Erturk
Characterization of nanoparticle aggregates from observed scattered light leads to a highly complex inverse problem. Even the forward model is so complex that it prohibits the use of classical likelihood-based inference methods. In this study, we compare four so-called likelihood-free methods based on approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) that requires only numeric simulation of the forward model without the need of evaluating a likelihood. In particular, rejection, Markov chain Monte Carlo, population Monte Carlo, and adaptive population Monte Carlo (APMC) are compared in terms of accuracy...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327711/cd3-positive-plasmablastic-b-cell-neoplasms-a-diagnostic-pitfall
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Zenggang Pan, Mingyi Chen, Qianyun Zhang, Endi Wang, Liqun Yin, Youyuan Xu, Qin Huang, Youzhong Yuan, Xiaohui Zhang, Gang Zheng, Ji Yuan
Rare B-cell neoplasms with plasmablastic differentiation may aberrantly express CD3 by immunohistochemical staining, which places a great challenge for diagnosis. We here studied 17 cases of CD3+ plasmablastic B-cell neoplasms, including 12 plasmablastic lymphomas and 5 plasmablastic plasma cell myelomas. All 17 cases occurred in the extranodal sites with a male predominance (13/17). Four cases were initially misinterpreted by outside institutions, among which three were diagnosed as 'peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified' and one was classified as 'poorly differentiated neuroendocrine carcinoma'...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327206/brain-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Farzad Salehpour, Javad Mahmoudi, Farzin Kamari, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Michael R Hamblin
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (cytochrome c oxidase) and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327016/isoenergic-modification-of-whey-protein-structure-by-denaturation-and-crosslinking-using-transglutaminase
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Emil G P Stender, Glykeria Koutina, Kristoffer Almdal, Tue Hassenkam, Alan Mackie, Richard Ipsen, Birte Svensson
Transglutaminase (TG) catalyzes formation of covalent bonds between lysine and glutamine side chains and has applications in manipulation of food structure. Physical properties of a whey protein mixture (SPC) denatured either at elevated pH or by heat-treatment and followed by TG catalyzed crosslinking, have been characterised using dynamic light scattering, size exclusion chromatography, flourescence spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. The degree of enzymatic crosslinking appeared higher for pH- than for heat-denatured SPC...
January 12, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326807/heavy-chain-diseases-and-myeloma-associated-fanconi-syndrome-an-update
#16
REVIEW
Roberto Ria, Franco Dammacco, Angelo Vacca
The heavy chain diseases (HCDs) are rare B-cell malignancies characterized by the production of a monoclonal immunoglobulin heavy chain without an associated light chain. There are three types of HCD, defined by the class of immunoglobulin heavy chain produced: IgA (α-HCD), IgG (γ-HCD), and IgM (μ-HCD). Alpha-HCD is the most common and usually occurs as intestinal malabsorption in a young adult from a country of the Mediterranean area. Gamma- and μ-HCDs are rarer and associated with a B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that produces an abnormal Ig heavy chain...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326288/drosophila-big-bang-regulates-the-apical-cytocortex-and-wing-growth-through-junctional-tension
#17
Giorgos Tsoumpekos, Linda Nemetschke, Elisabeth Knust
Growth of epithelial tissues is regulated by a plethora of components, including signaling and scaffolding proteins, but also by junctional tension, mediated by the actomyosin cytoskeleton. However, how these players are spatially organized and functionally coordinated is not well understood. Here, we identify the Drosophila melanogaster scaffolding protein Big bang as a novel regulator of growth in epithelial cells of the wing disc by ensuring proper junctional tension. Loss of big bang results in the reduction of the regulatory light chain of nonmuscle myosin, Spaghetti squash...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326287/the-apical-scaffold-big-bang-binds-to-spectrins-and-regulates-the-growth-of-drosophila-melanogaster-wing-discs
#18
Elodie Forest, Rémi Logeay, Charles Géminard, Diala Kantar, Florence Frayssinoux, Lisa Heron-Milhavet, Alexandre Djiane
During development, cell numbers are tightly regulated, ensuring that tissues and organs reach their correct size and shape. Recent evidence has highlighted the intricate connections between the cytoskeleton and the regulation of the key growth control Hippo pathway. Looking for apical scaffolds regulating tissue growth, we describe that Drosophila melanogaster big bang (Bbg), a poorly characterized multi-PDZ scaffold, controls epithelial tissue growth without affecting epithelial polarity and architecture...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325343/-expression-and-significance-of-autophagy-in-rabbit-model-of-tracheal-stenosis
#19
E Y Qin, L M Gan, J H Gan, Y Li, W T Li, C C Hou, X Y Meng, L Zhou, G N Liu
Objective: To investigate the expression and significance of autophagy in rabbit model of tracheal stenosis. Methods: A total of 18 rabbits were equally divided into 3 groups (blank control group, saline group, erythromycin group) in accordance with the random number table. After rabbit model of tracheal stenosis was established, no treatment was done with blank control group. Saline group was atomized with saline (0.54 mg/kg, 2 times/day), and erythromycin group was fed on erythromycin (7.5 mg/kg, 2 times/day) for 7 days before and 10 days after the operation...
December 26, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324976/ginsenoside-rg1-inhibits-apoptosis-by-increasing-autophagy-via-the-ampk-mtor-signaling-in-serum-deprivation-macrophages
#20
Ping Yang, Lu Ling, Wenjing Sun, Junquan Yang, Ling Zhang, Guoji Chang, Jiazhi Guo, Jun Sun, Lin Sun, Di Lu
Ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) has been widely used in a broad range of cardiovascular and cerebral-vascular diseases because of its unique therapeutic properties. However, the underlying mechanisms of Rg1 in the treatment of atherosclerosis have not been fully explored. This study sought to determine the precise molecular mechanisms on how Rg1 might be involved in regulating apoptosis in serum deprivation-induced Raw264.7 macrophages and primary bone marrow-derived macrophages. Results demonstrated that Rg1 treatment effectively suppressed apoptosis and the expression of phosphorylation level of mTOR induced by serum deprivation in Raw264...
January 9, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
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