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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228723/presynaptic-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-trkb-receptor-cooperate-in-the-elimination-of-redundant-motor-nerve-terminals-during-development
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Laura Nadal, Neus Garcia, Erica Hurtado, Anna Simó, Marta Tomàs, Maria A Lanuza, Victor Cilleros, Josep Tomàs
The development of the nervous system involves the overproduction of synapses but connectivity is refined by Hebbian activity-dependent axonal competition. The newborn skeletal muscle fibers are polyinnervated but, at the end of the competition process, some days later, become innervated by a single axon. We used quantitative confocal imaging of the autofluorescent axons from transgenic B6.Cg-Tg (Thy1-YFP)16 Jrs/J mice to investigate the possible cooperation of the muscarinic autoreceptors (mAChR, M1-, M2- and M4-subtypes) and the tyrosine kinase B (TrkB) receptor in the control of axonal elimination after the mice Levator auris longus (LAL) muscle had been exposed to several selective antagonist of the corresponding receptor pathways in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224157/smart-worm-like-micelles-responsive-to-co2-n2-and-light-dual-stimuli
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Jianzhong Jiang, Guozheng Wang, Yuxuan Ma, Zhenggang Cui, Bernard P Binks
CO2/N2 and light dual stimuli-responsive worm-like micelles (WLMs) were obtained by addition of a relatively small amount of a switchable surfactant, 4-butyl-4'-(4-N,N-dimethylhexyloxy-amine) azobenzene bicarbonate (AZO-B6-CO2), sensitive to the same triggers to a binary aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium salicylate (NaSal).
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220480/quality-and-stability-of-extemporaneous-pyridoxal-phosphate-preparations-used-in-the-treatment-of-paediatric-epilepsy
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Abeer H A Mohamed-Ahmed, Matthew P Wilson, Maedelyn Albuera, Ting Chen, Philippa B Mills, Emma J Footitt, Peter T Clayton, Catherine Tuleu
OBJECTIVES: To assess the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP) content and stability of extemporaneous PLP liquids prepared from dietary supplements used for the treatment of vitamin B6 -dependent epilepsy. METHODS: Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate liquids were prepared in accordance with the guidelines given to patients from marketed 50 mg PLP dietary capsules and tablets. The PLP content and its stability were evaluated under conditions resembling the clinical setting using reverse phase HPLC and mass spectrometry...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219888/cd74-deficiency-mitigates-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-like-autoimmunity-and-pathological-findings-in-mice
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Yi Zhou, Huimei Chen, Li Liu, Xueqing Yu, Galina K Sukhova, Min Yang, Lijun Zhang, Vasileios C Kyttaris, George C Tsokos, Isaac E Stillman, Takaharu Ichimura, Joseph V Bonventre, Peter Libby, Guo-Ping Shi
CD74 mediates MHC class-II antigenic peptide loading and presentation and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus. C57BL/6 Fas(lpr) mice that develop spontaneous lupus-like autoimmunity and pathology showed elevated CD74 expression in the inflammatory cell infiltrates and the adjacent tubular epithelial cells (TECs) in kidneys affected by lupus nephritis but negligible levels in kidneys from age-matched wild-type mice. The inflammatory cytokine IFN-γ or IL-6 induced CD74 expression in kidney TECs in vitro...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219887/disruption-of-pathogenic-cellular-networks-by-il-21-blockade-leads-to-disease-amelioration-in-murine-lupus
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Jin-Young Choi, Abhinav Seth, Michael Kashgarian, Sonia Terrillon, Emma Fung, Lili Huang, Li Chun Wang, Joe Craft
Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) is characterized by autoantibody-mediated organ injury. Follicular Th (Tfh) cells orchestrate physiological germinal center (GC) B cell responses, whereas in lupus they promote aberrant GC responses with autoreactive memory B cell development and plasma cell-derived autoantibody production. IL-21, a Tfh cell-derived cytokine, provides instructional cues for GC B cell maturation, with disruption of IL-21 signaling representing a potential therapeutic strategy for autoantibody-driven diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218661/exploring-the-effect-of-lactium%C3%A2-and-zizyphus-complex-on-sleep-quality-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Andrew Scholey, Sarah Benson, Amy Gibbs, Naomi Perry, Jerome Sarris, Greg Murray
Acute, non-clinical insomnia is not uncommon. Sufferers commonly turn to short-term use of herbal supplements to alleviate the symptoms. This placebo-controlled, double-blind study investigated the efficacy of LZComplex3 (lactium™, Zizyphus, Humulus lupulus, magnesium and vitamin B6), in otherwise healthy adults with mild insomnia. After a 7-day single-blind placebo run-in, eligible volunteers (n = 171) were randomized (1:1) to receive daily treatment for 2 weeks with LZComplex3 or placebo. Results revealed that sleep quality measured by change in Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score improved in both the LZComplex3 and placebo groups...
February 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215677/pyridoxine-supplementation-during-oocyte-maturation-improves-the-development-and-quality-of-bovine-preimplantation-embryos
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Mansour Aboelenain, Ahmed Zaky Balboula, Manabu Kawahara, Abd El-Monem Montaser, Samy Moawad Zaabel, Sung-Woo Kim, Masashi Nagano, Masashi Takahashi
Recently, inhibition of cathepsin B (CTSB) activity during in vitro maturation (IVM) and culture (IVC) improved the developmental competence and quality of bovine oocytes and embryos. E-64 is a widely used inhibitor to inhibit CTSB activity, however, E-64 inhibits not only CTSB activity but also the activities of other proteases including cathepsin L (CTSL), papain, calpain, and trypsin. Pyridoxine, the catalytically active form of vitamin B6, plays a crucial role in several cellular processes and has the ability to inhibit CTSB activity...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213665/neurologic-manifestations-of-vitamin-b-deficiency-after-bariatric-surgery
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Suriya Punchai, Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Katherine M Meister, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer, Ali Aminian
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess the incidence, clinical presentation, and outcomes of neurologic disorders secondary to vitamin B deficiencies following bariatric surgery. METHODS: Patients at a single academic institution who underwent bariatric surgery and developed neurologic complications secondary to low levels of vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12 between the years 2004 and 2015 were studied. RESULTS: In total, 47 (0.7%) bariatric surgical patients (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass n = 36, sleeve gastrectomy n = 9, and duodenal switch n = 2) developed neurologic manifestations secondary to vitamin B deficiencies...
February 17, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212289/the-effects-of-myo-inositol-and-b-and-d-vitamin-supplementation-in-the-db-mouse-model-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Jasmine F Plows, Florence Budin, Rebecka A M Andersson, Valerie J Mills, Katherine Mace, Sandra T Davidge, Mark H Vickers, Philip N Baker, Irma Silva-Zolezzi, Joanna L Stanley
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a growing concern, affecting an increasing number of pregnant women worldwide. By predisposing both the affected mothers and children to future disease, GDM contributes to an intergenerational cycle of obesity and diabetes. In order to stop this cycle, safe and effective treatments for GDM are required. This study sought to determine the treatment effects of dietary supplementation with myo-inositol (MI) and vitamins B2, B6, B12, and D in a mouse model of GDM (pregnant db/+ dams)...
February 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210752/biodegradation-of-diesel-crude-oil-and-spent-lubricating-oil-by-soil-isolates-of-bacillus-spp
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Maddela Naga Raju, Rodriguez Leo, Sanaguano Salguero Herminia, Ricardo Ernesto Burgos Morán, Kadiyala Venkateswarlu, Scalvenzi Laura
Two species of Bacillus, B. thuringiensis B3 and B. cereus B6, isolated from crude oil-contaminated sites in Ecuador, were tested for their capability in degrading polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in diesel (shake-flask), and to remove total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPHs) from crude oil- or spent lubricating oil-polluted soils (plot-scale). TPHs and PAHs were analyzed by Gas chromatography-Flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), respectively. Degradation percentages of PAHs by strain B6 were in the range of 11-83 after 30 days...
February 16, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202095/the-effects-of-vitamin-and-mineral-supplementation-on-symptoms-of-schizophrenia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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J Firth, B Stubbs, J Sarris, S Rosenbaum, S Teasdale, M Berk, A R Yung
BACKGROUND: When used as an adjunctive with antipsychotics, certain vitamins and minerals may be effective for improving symptomatic outcomes of schizophrenia, by restoring nutritional deficits, reducing oxidative stress, or modulating neurological pathways. METHOD: We conducted a systematic review of all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) reporting effects of vitamin and/or mineral supplements on psychiatric symptoms in people with schizophrenia. Random-effects meta-analyses were used to calculate the standardized mean difference between nutrient and placebo treatments...
February 16, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201990/a-vast-genomic-deletion-in-the-c56bl-6-genome-affects-different-genes-within-the-ifi200-cluster-on-chromosome-1-and-mediates-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
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Heike Vogel, Markus Jähnert, Mandy Stadion, Daniela Matzke, Stephan Scherneck, Annette Schürmann
BACKGROUND: Obesity, the excessive accumulation of body fat, is a highly heritable and genetically heterogeneous disorder. The complex, polygenic basis for the disease consisting of a network of different gene variants is still not completely known. RESULTS: In the current study we generated a BAC library of the obese-prone NZO strain to clarify the genomic alteration within the gene cluster Ifi200 on chr.1 including Ifi202b, an obesity gene that is in contrast to NZO not expressed in the lean B6 mouse...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194885/in-vivo-bioluminescence-imaging-of-neurogenesis-the-role-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-an-experimental-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Inga B Fricke, Sonja Schelhaas, Bastian Zinnhardt, Thomas Viel, Sven Hermann, Sébastien Couillard-Després, Andreas H Jacobs
Bioluminescence imaging in transgenic mice expressing firefly luciferase in Doublecortin(+) (Dcx) neuroblasts might serve as a powerful tool to study the role of neurogenesis in models of brain injury and neurodegeneration using non-invasive, longitudinal in vivo imaging. Therefore, we aimed to use BLI in B6(Cg)-Tyrc-2J/J Dcx-Luc (Doublecortin-Luciferase, Dcx-Luc) mice to investigate its suitability to assess neurogenesis in a unilateral injection model of Parkinson's disease. We further aimed to assess the blood brain barrier leakage associated with the intranigral 6-OHDA injection to evaluate its impact on substrate delivery and bioluminescence signal intensity...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193514/microrna-301a-promotes-intestinal-inflammation-and-colitis-associated-cancer-development-by-inhibiting-btg1
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Chong He, Tianming Yu, Yan Shi, Caiyun Ma, Wenjing Yang, Leilei Fang, Mingming Sun, Wei Wu, Fei Xiao, Feifan Guo, Minhu Chen, Hong Yang, Jiaming Qian, Yingzi Cong, Zhanju Liu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal tissues from patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer have increased expression of microRNA-301a (MIR301A), compared to tissues from patients without IBD. We studied the mechanisms of MIR301A in progression of IBD in human tissues and mice. METHODS: We isolated intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) from colon biopsy samples of 153 patients with different stages of IBD activity, 6 patients with colitis-associated cancer (CAC), and 35 healthy individuals (controls), enrolled in the study in Shanghai, China...
February 10, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192517/neutrophils-and-neutrophil-serine-proteases-are-increased-in-the-spleens-of-estrogen-treated-c57bl-6-mice-and-several-strains-of-spontaneous-lupus-prone-mice
#15
Rujuan Dai, Catharine Cowan, Bettina Heid, Deena Khan, Zhihong Liang, Christine T N Pham, S Ansar Ahmed
Estrogen, a natural immunomodulator, regulates the development and function of diverse immune cell types. There is now renewed attention on neutrophils and neutrophil serine proteases (NSPs) such as neutrophil elastase (NE), proteinase 3 (PR3), and cathepsin G (CG) in inflammation and autoimmunity. In this study, we found that although estrogen treatment significantly reduced total splenocytes number, it markedly increased the splenic neutrophil absolute numbers in estrogen-treated C57BL/6 (B6) mice when compared to placebo controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192132/flavor-preferences-conditioned-by-nutritive-and-non-nutritive-sweeteners-in-mice
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Anthony Sclafani, Karen Ackroff
Recent studies suggest that preferences are conditioned by nutritive (sucrose) but not by non-nutritive (sucralose) sweeteners in mice. Here we compared the effectiveness of nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners to condition flavor preferences in three mouse strains. Isopreferred sucrose and sucralose solutions both conditioned flavor preferences in C57BL/6J (B6) mice but sucrose was more effective, consistent with its post-oral appetition action. Subsequent experiments compared flavor conditioning by fructose, which has no post-oral appetition effect in B6 mice, and a sucralose+saccharin mixture (SS) which is highly preferred to fructose in 24-h choice tests...
February 10, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192120/osteopontin-attenuates-acute-gastrointestinal-graft-versus-host-disease-by-preventing-apoptosis-of-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Kentaro Kawakami, Naoki Minami, Minoru Matsuura, Tomoya Iida, Takahiko Toyonaga, Kanna Nagaishi, Yoshiaki Arimura, Mineko Fujimiya, Toshimitsu Uede, Hiroshi Nakase
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which often targets gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Osteopontin (OPN) plays an important physiological role in the efficient development of Th1 immune responses and cell survival by inhibiting apoptosis. The role of OPN in acute GI-GVHD is poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the role of OPN in donor T cells in the pathogenicity of acute GI-GVHD...
February 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188261/role-of-genetic-variation-in-collateral-circulation-in-the-evolution-of-acute-stroke-a-multimodal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
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Yu-Chieh Jill Kao, Esteban A Oyarzabal, Hua Zhang, James E Faber, Yen-Yu Ian Shih
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: No studies have determined the effect of differences in pial collateral extent (number and diameter), independent of differences in environmental factors and unknown genetic factors, on severity of stroke. We examined ischemic tissue evolution during acute stroke, as measured by magnetic resonance imaging and histology, by comparing 2 congenic mouse strains with otherwise identical genetic backgrounds but with different alleles of the Determinant of collateral extent-1 (Dce1) genetic locus...
February 10, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186698/added-dietary-vegetables-and-fruits-improved-coat-quality-of-capybara-in-seoul-zoo-republic-of-korea-a-case-study
#19
Hyungeun Shim, Ellen S Dierenfeld
Adequate levels of dietary vitamin C are necessary for capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrocharis) because they cannot synthesize the vitamin endogenously. Beginning in 2013, hair and weight loss, as well as general dermatitis, were observed in all individual capybaras (n = 4) in a mixed exhibit at Seoul Zoo. Seven additional vegetables, leafy greens, and fruits that increased dietary vitamin C concentration from ∼300-400 to >600 mg/kg dry matter were added to the diet since January 2015. Within 6 months, capybaras' skin and coats improved considerably, with hair becoming thicker and glossier...
January 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183371/regular-breakfast-consumption-is-associated-with-higher-blood-vitamin-status-in-adolescents-the-helena-healthy-lifestyle-in-europe-by-nutrition-in-adolescence-study
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Juan Mielgo-Ayuso, Jara Valtueña, Magdalena Cuenca-García, Fréderic Gottrand, Christina Breidenassel, Marika Ferrari, Yannis Manios, Stefaan De Henauw, Kurt Widhalm, Anthony Kafatos, Mathilde Kersting, Inge Huybrechts, Luis A Moreno, Marcela González-Gross
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to examine the association between different breakfast consumption patterns and vitamin intakes and blood vitamin concentrations in European adolescents. DESIGN: Breakfast consumption was assessed by a questionnaire. Vitamin intake was calculated from two 24 h recalls. Blood vitamin and total homocysteine (tHcy) concentrations were analysed from fasting blood samples. SETTING: The European Commission-funded HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Study...
February 10, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
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