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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526527/cellular-scale-model-of-growth-plate-an-in-silico-model-of-chondrocyte-hypertrophy
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H A Castro-Abril, J M Guevara, M A Moncayo, S J Shefelbine, L A Barrera, D A Garzón-Alvarado
The growth plate is the responsible for longitudinal bone growth. It is a cartilaginous structure formed by chondrocytes that are continuously undergoing a differentiation process that starts with a highly proliferative state, followed by cellular hypertrophy, and finally tissue ossification. Within the growth plate chondrocytes display a characteristic columnar organization that potentiates longitudinal growth. Both chondrocyte organization and hypertrophy are highly regulated processes influenced by biochemical and mechanical stimuli...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525313/a-tunable-three-dimensional-in-vitro-culture-model-of-growth-plate-cartilage-using-alginate-hydrogel-scaffolds
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Alek G Erickson, Taylor D Laughlin, Sarah M Romereim, Catherine N Sargus-Patino, Angela K Pannier, Andrew T Dudley
Defining the final size and geometry of engineered tissues through precise control of the scalar and vector components of tissue growth is a necessary benchmark for regenerative medicine, but it has proved to be a significant challenge for tissue engineers. The growth plate cartilage that promotes elongation of the long bones is a good model system for studying morphogenetic mechanisms because cartilage is composed of a single cell type, the chondrocyte; chondrocytes are readily maintained in culture; and growth trajectory is predominately in a single vector...
May 18, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521077/clinical-case-series-of-pediatric-hepatic-angiosarcoma
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Kalee L Grassia, Caitlin M Peterman, Ionela Iacobas, Judith F Margolin, Ewa Bien, Bhavna Padhye, Rebecka L Meyers, Denise M Adams
Hepatic angiosarcoma is a rare, aggressive, malignant neoplasm with fewer than 50 cases reported in children. Prognosis is poor, with a minority surviving beyond 2 years after diagnosis. We report eight cases of pediatric hepatic angiosarcoma, diagnosed at a mean age of 3 years. Seven were initially diagnosed with an infantile hepatic hemangioendothelioma (IHHE) or hemangioma and the eighth with a "vascular tumor." Two patients, who received liver transplant, survived. We suggest hepatic hemangiomas can rarely transform into angiosarcomas and a subset of IHHEs (Type II) are actually a low-grade form of angiosarcoma rather than a benign lesion...
May 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506824/hypoxia-and-nicotine-effects-on-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-and-its-receptor-1-pac1-in-the-developing-piglet-brainstem
#4
J Huang, K A Waters, R Machaalani
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its cognate receptor 1 (PAC1), have been implicated in the pathophysiology of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Two main risk factors for SIDS are prone sleeping and cigarette smoke exposure. Using piglet models of these risk factors, intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia (IHH-mimicking rebreathing in prone position) and nicotine (main reinforcing element of cigarettes), this study aimed to determine their effects on PACAP and PAC1 protein expression in the medulla...
May 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476224/molecular-and-genetic-aspects-of-congenital-isolated-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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REVIEW
Lorena Guimaraes Lima Amato, Ana Claudia Latronico, Leticia Ferreira Gontijo Silveira
Congenital isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH) is a clinically and genetically heterogenous disorder characterized by abnormal synthesis, secretion, or action of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, a key hypothalamic decapeptide that orchestrates the reproductive axis. Several modes of inheritance have been identified. A growing list of causative genes has been implicated in the molecular pathogenesis of syndromic and nonsyndromic IHH, largely contributing for better understanding the complex neuroendocrine control of reproduction...
June 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446294/-effect-of-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-abnormality-on-chemothe-rapeutic-resistance-of-multiple-myeloma
#6
Jia-Sheng Hu, Xiao Huang, Ying-Dan Huang, Yan-Yan Lu, Quan-Yi Lu
OBJECTIVE: To study the correlation between the excessive activation of Hedgehog signal and the drug resistance of multiple myeloma. METHODS: The resistant cell line RPMI 8226/R of multiple myeloma was established by an ascending concentration gradient method. The experiment consisted of 4 groups: RPMI8226/R, RPMI8226/S, GANT61+RPMI8226/R and GANT61+RPMI8226/S. The CCK-8 (cell counting kit-8) assay was used to detect the cell proliferation inhibition rate in 4 groups; the RT-PCR was used to detect the expression of Gli1, Gli2, Shh, Ihh, Smo and Sufu in the RPMI8226/S and RPMI8226/R cells...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431985/quercetin-interferes-with-the-fluid-volume-and-receptivity-development-of-the-uterus-in-rats-during-the-peri-implantation-period
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Huma Shahzad, Nelli Giribabu, Kamarulzaman Karim, Normadiah Kassim, Sekaran Muniandy, Kilari Eswar Kumar, Naguib Salleh
HYPOTHESIS: Quercetin could induce changes to the fluid volume and receptivity development of the uterus during peri-implantation period. METHODS: Female rats were treated with quercetin (10, 25 and 50mg/kg/day) subcutaneously beginning from day-1 pregnancy. Uterus was harvested at day-4 (following three days quercetin treatment) for morphological, ultra-structural, protein and mRNA expressional changes and plasma sex-steroid levels analyses. In another cohort of rats, implantation rate was determined at day-6 (following five days quercetin treatment)...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411082/a-dominant-negative-fgfr1-mutation-identified-in-a-kallmann-syndrome-patient
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Hunjin Luo, Ruizhi Zheng, Yaguang Zhao, Jiayu Wu, Jie Li, Fang Jiang, Dan-Na Chen, Xiao-Tao Zhou, Jia-Da Li
Kallmann syndrome (KS) is characterized by isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH) with anosmia. Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1) is one of KS-associated genes, accounts for approximately 10% of total patients. FGFR1 mutations have also been identified in more severe craniosynostosis syndromes, and a subset of craniosynostosis syndromes-associated FGFR1 mutations show dominant negative effect. In this study, we identified a novel FGFR1 mutation (c.867G>A; p.W289X) in a KS patient. The p.W289X mutation leads premature termination, producing a truncated FGFR1 without the transmembrane and intracellular domains...
July 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324054/ccdc141-mutations-in-idiopathic-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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Ihsan Turan, B Ian Hutchins, Bulent Hacihamdioglu, L Damla Kotan, Fatih Gurbuz, Ayca Ulubay, Eda Mengen, Bilgin Yuksel, Susan Wray, A Kemal Topaloglu
Context: GnRH neurons originate outside the central nervous system in the olfactory placode and migrate into the CNS, becoming integral components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Failure of this migration can lead to Idiopathic Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism (IHH)/Kallmann Syndrome (KS). We have previously shown that CCDC141 knockdown leads to impaired migration of GnRH neurons but not of olfactory receptor neurons. Objective: The aim of this study was to further describe the phenotype and prevalence of CCDC141 mutations in IHH/KS...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324034/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-and-ovarian-morphology-in-women-with-isolated-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-kallmann-syndrome-effects-of-recombinant-human-fsh
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Hélène Bry-Gauillard, Florence Larrat-Ledoux, Jean-Marc Levaillant, Nathalie Massin, Luigi Maione, Isabelle Beau, Nadine Binart, Philippe Chanson, Sylvie Brailly-Tabard, Janet E Hall, Jacques Young
Context: Isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH), characterized by gonadotropin deficiency and absent puberty, is very rare in women. IHH prevents pubertal ovarian stimulation, but anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC) have not been studied. Objectives: (1) To compare, in IHH vs controls, AMH, ovarian volume (OV), and AFC. (2) To compare, in IHH, ovarian responses to recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone (rhFSH) and rhFSH plus recombinant human luteinizing hormone (rhLH)...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323137/defects-in-chondrocyte-maturation-and-secondary-ossification-in-mouse-knee-joint-epiphyses-due-to-snorc-deficiency
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J Heinonen, F-P Zhang, C Surmann-Schmitt, S Honkala, M Stock, M Poutanen, A-M Säämänen
OBJECTIVE: The role of Snorc, a novel cartilage specific transmembrane proteoglycan, was studied during skeletal development using two Snorc knockout mouse models. Hypothesizing that Snorc, like the other transmembrane proteoglycans, may be a coreceptor, we also studied its interaction with growth factors. METHODS: Skeletal development was studied in wild type (WT) and Snorc knockout mice during postnatal development by whole mount staining, X-ray imaging, histomorphometry, immunohistochemistry and qRT-PCR...
March 18, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299652/roles-of-runx2-in-skeletal-development
#12
Toshihisa Komori
Runx2 is the most upstream transcription factor essential for osteoblast differentiation. It regulates the expression of Sp7, the protein of which is a crucial transcription factor for osteoblast differentiation, as well as that of bone matrix genes including Spp1, Ibsp, and Bglap2. Runx2 is also required for chondrocyte maturation, and Runx3 has a redundant function with Runx2 in chondrocyte maturation. Runx2 regulates the expression of Col10a1, Spp1, Ibsp, and Mmp13 in chondrocytes. It also inhibits chondrocytes from acquiring the phenotypes of permanent cartilage chondrocytes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288899/kisspeptin-10-treatment-generated-specific-gnrh-expression-in-cells-differentiated-from-rhesus-monkey-derived-lyon-nscs
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Tanzeel Huma, Xintian Hu, Yuanye Ma, Andrew Willden, Joshua Rizak, Muhammad Shahab, Zhengbo Wang
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) have enormous potential as novel cell-based therapies, but their effectiveness depends on stem cell differentiation and specific signaling regulators, which remain poorly understood. In this study, a kisspeptin peptide (KP-10) was used at different dosages to determine whether rhesus macaque-derived tau GFP-Lyon ES cells underwent kisspeptin-specific neuronal differentiation. It was found that KP-10 exhibited an anti-proliferative effect on the cells and led to morphological changes and cellular differentiation consistent with neuronal stem cell (NSC) development...
March 10, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261833/diagnostic-utility-of-testosterone-priming-prior-to-dynamic-tests-to-differentiate-constitutional-delay-in-puberty-from-isolated-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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Suja P Sukumar, Anil Bhansali, Naresh Sachdeva, Chirag Kamal Ahuja, Ujjwal Gorsi, Kush Dev Singh Jarial, Rama Walia
CONTEXT: Differentiation between constitutional delay in puberty (CDP) and isolated hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (IHH) during adolescence is a great clinical challenge, and the available diagnostic tests are of limited value. OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of withdrawal of short-term, low-dose testosterone therapy (testosterone priming) on the discriminatory power of dynamic tests for hypothalamo-pituitary-testicular axis to differentiate CDP from IHH. DESIGN: A prospective study (n = 30) consisting of 20 boys with delayed puberty (group A) and 10 patients with IHH (group B)...
March 5, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235547/intermittent-hypercapnic-hypoxia-effects-on-the-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-the-developing-piglet-hippocampus-and-brainstem
#15
Arunnjah Vivekanandarajah, Atqiya Aishah, Karen A Waters, Rita Machaalani
This study investigated the effects of acute (1 day) vs repeated (4 days) exposure to intermittent hypercapnic hypoxia (IHH) on the immunohistochemical expression of α2, α3, α5, α7, α9 and β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subunits in the developing piglet hippocampus and brainstem medulla, and how prior nicotine exposure alters the response to acute IHH. Five piglet groups included: 1day IHH (1D IHH, n=9), 4days IHH (4D IHH, n=8), controls exposed only to air cycles for 1day (1D Air, n=6) or 4days (4D Air, n=5), and pre-exposed to nicotine for 13days prior to 1day IHH (Nic+1D IHH, n=7)...
February 22, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205343/association-of-chloride-intracellular-channel-4-and-indian-hedgehog-proteins-with-survival-of-patients-with-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#16
Qiong Zou, Zhulin Yang, Daiqiang Li, Ziru Liu, Yuan Yuan
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related mortality. Novel molecular biomarkers need to be identified for personalized medicine and to improve survival. The aim of this study was to examine chloride intracellular channel 4 (CLIC4) and Indian Hedgehog (Ihh) expression in benign and malignant lesions of the pancreas and to examine the eventual association between CLIC4 and Ihh expression, with clinicopathological features and prognosis of pancreatic cancer. A retrospective study of specimens collected from January 2000 to December 2011 at the Department of Pathology of the Second and Third Xiangya Hospitals, Central South University was undertaken to explore this question...
December 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183999/gain-of-function-%C3%AE-catenin-in-the-uterine-mesenchyme-leads-to-impaired-implantation-and-decidualization
#17
Amanda L Patterson, Jamieson Pirochta, Stephanie Y Tufano, Jose M Teixeira
Embryo implantation and endometrial decidualization are critical events that occur during early pregnancy in humans and mice, and perturbation in either can result in infertility. WNT signaling through the canonical β-catenin pathway plays a pivotal role in embryonic Müllerian duct development, postnatal uterine maturation and establishment of pregnancy. Loss of β-catenin in the Müllerian duct mesenchyme (MDM)-derived stroma and myometrium results in impaired decidualization and infertility, whereas gain-of-function (GOF) results in the formation of mesenchymal tumors and sub-fertility attributed to malformed oviducts...
April 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177702/modulation-of-mitochondrial-biomarkers-by-intermittent-hypobaric-hypoxia-and-aerobic-exercise-after-eccentric-exercise-in-trained-rats
#18
David Rizo-Roca, Juan Gabriel Ríos-Kristjánsson, Cristian Núñez-Espinosa, Estela Santos-Alves, José Magalhães, António Ascensão, Teresa Pagès, Ginés Viscor, Joan Ramon Torrella
Unaccustomed eccentric contractions induce muscle damage, calcium homeostasis disruption and mitochondrial alterations. Since exercise and hypoxia are known to modulate mitochondrial function, we aimed to analyze the effects on eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage (EEIMD), in trained rats, of two recovery protocols based on: 1) intermittent hypobaric hypoxia (IHH) and 2) IHH followed by exercise. The expression of biomarkers related to mitochondrial biogenesis, dynamics, oxidative stress and bioenergetics was evaluated...
February 2, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163186/microrna-467g-inhibits-new-bone-regeneration-by-targeting-ihh-runx-2-signaling
#19
Jyoti Kureel, Aijaz A John, Manisha Dixit, Divya Singh
MicroRNAs are important post transcriptional regulators of gene expression and play critical role in osteoblast differentiation. In this study we report miR-467g, an uncharacterized novel miRNA, in regulation of osteoblast functions. Over-expression of miR-467g inhibited osteoblast differentiation. Target prediction analysis tools and experimental validation by luciferase 3' UTR reporter assay identified Runx-2 as a direct target of miR-467g. Over expression of miR-467g in osteoblasts down regulated Runx-2 and Ihh signaling components...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159470/hedgehog-pathway-plays-a-vital-role-in-hiv-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-podocyte
#20
Xiqian Lan, Hongxiu Wen, Kang Cheng, Andrei Plagov, Seyedeh Shadafarin Marashi Shoshtari, Ashwani Malhotra, Pravin C Singhal
HIV-associated nephropathy (HIVAN) is characterized by heavy proteinuria, rapidly progressive renal failure, and distinct morphological features in the kidney. HIV-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is critically important for the progression of kidney injury. In this study, we tested the role of hedgehog pathway in the HIV-induced EMT and fibrosis of kidney. We used the Tg26 mice, the abundantly used HIVAN mouse model, to investigate the activation of hedgehog pathway by HIV. Western blotting and real time PCR results showed that renal tissue expression of hedgehog pathway related molecules, including hedgehog homologous (Shh, Ihh, Dhh), PTCH, and Gli1, were increased in HIVAN (Tg26) mice; while immunofluorescent staining displayed localization PTCH expression in podocytes...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
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