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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924830/impaired-regenerative-capacity-and-lower-revertant-fibre-expansion-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscles-on-dba-2-background
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Merryl Rodrigues, Yusuke Echigoya, Rika Maruyama, Kenji Rowel Q Lim, So-Ichiro Fukada, Toshifumi Yokota
Duchenne muscular dystrophy, one of the most common lethal genetic disorders, is caused by mutations in the DMD gene and a lack of dystrophin protein. In most DMD patients and animal models, sporadic dystrophin-positive muscle fibres, called revertant fibres (RFs), are observed in otherwise dystrophin-negative backgrounds. RFs are thought to arise from skeletal muscle precursor cells and clonally expand with age due to the frequent regeneration of necrotic fibres. Here we examined the effects of genetic background on muscle regeneration and RF expansion by comparing dystrophin-deficient mdx mice on the C57BL/6 background (mdx-B6) with those on the DBA/2 background (mdx-DBA), which have a more severe phenotype...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919743/dual-antiplasmodial-activity-of-vitamin-d3-and-its-analog-22-oxacalcitriol-by-direct-and-indirect-mechanisms
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Kiichi Yamamoto, Moritoshi Iwagami, Takenori Seki, Shigeyuki Kano, Nobuo Ota, Manabu Ato
Recent evidence suggests that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol, VD3), the active form of vitamin D (VD), can inhibit the proliferation of microorganisms. In the present study, we conducted in vitro experiments and utilized in vivo murine models to investigate the antimalarial activity of VD3 and its analog, 22-oxacalcitriol (22-OCT), which was designed to cause less hypercalcemia than VD3. VD3 and 22-OCT treatments effectively resolved a Plasmodium chabaudi (Pc) infection in wild-type mice. Reduced parasitemia was observed during the acute phase of infection in the presence of VD3 and 22-OCT, followed by a delayed peak during the chronic stage of infection...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919403/trace-amine-associated-receptor-1-agonists-as-narcolepsy-therapeutics
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Sarah W Black, Michael D Schwartz, Tsui-Ming Chen, Marius C Hoener, Thomas S Kilduff
BACKGROUND: Narcolepsy, a disorder of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, a loss of muscle tone triggered by emotional stimulation. Current narcolepsy pharmacotherapeutics include controlled substances with abuse potential or drugs with undesirable side effects. As partial agonists at trace amine-associated receptor 1 (TAAR1) promote wakefulness in mice and rats, we evaluated whether TAAR1 agonism had beneficial effects in two mouse models of narcolepsy...
October 18, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917743/context-specific-complementary-feeding-recommendations-developed-using-optifood-could-improve-the-diets-of-breast-fed-infants-and-young-children-from-diverse-livelihood-groups-in-northern-kenya
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Marieke Vossenaar, Frances A Knight, Alison Tumilowicz, Christine Hotz, Peter Chege, Elaine L Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: To formulate age- and context-specific complementary feeding recommendations (CFR) for infants and young children (IYC) and to compare the potential of filling population-level nutrient gaps using common sets of CFR across age groups. DESIGN: Linear programming was used to develop CFR using locally available and acceptable foods based on livelihood- and age-group-specific dietary patterns observed through 24 h dietary recalls. Within each livelihood group, the nutrient potential of age-group-specific v...
December 5, 2016: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916904/impact-of-pre-pregnancy-bmi-on-b-vitamin-and-inflammatory-status-in-early-pregnancy-an-observational-cohort-study
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Anne-Lise Bjørke-Monsen, Arve Ulvik, Roy M Nilsen, Øivind Midttun, Christine Roth, Per Magnus, Camilla Stoltenberg, Stein Emil Vollset, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Per Magne Ueland
Maternal nutrition and inflammation have been suggested as mediators in the development of various adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with maternal obesity. We have investigated the relation between pre-pregnancy BMI, B vitamin status, and inflammatory markers in a group of healthy pregnant women. Cobalamin, folate, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate, and riboflavin; and the metabolic markers homocysteine, methylmalonic acid, and 3-hydroxykynurenine/xanthurenic acid ratio (HK/XA); and markers of cellular inflammation, neopterin and kynurenine/tryptophan ratio (KTR) were determined in pregnancy week 18 and related to pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), in 2797 women from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa)...
November 30, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912044/mutations-in-prosc-disrupt-cellular-pyridoxal-phosphate-homeostasis-and-cause-vitamin-b6-dependent-epilepsy
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Niklas Darin, Emma Reid, Laurence Prunetti, Lena Samuelsson, Ralf A Husain, Matthew Wilson, Basma El Yacoubi, Emma Footitt, W K Chong, Louise C Wilson, Helen Prunty, Simon Pope, Simon Heales, Karine Lascelles, Mike Champion, Evangeline Wassmer, Pierangelo Veggiotti, Valérie de Crécy-Lagard, Philippa B Mills, Peter T Clayton
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of vitamin B6, functions as a cofactor in humans for more than 140 enzymes, many of which are involved in neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation. A deficiency of PLP can present, therefore, as seizures and other symptoms that are treatable with PLP and/or pyridoxine. Deficiency of PLP in the brain can be caused by inborn errors affecting B6 vitamer metabolism or by inactivation of PLP, which can occur when compounds accumulate as a result of inborn errors of other pathways or when small molecules are ingested...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907873/excellent-storage-stability-and-sensitive-detection-of-neurotoxin-quinolinic-acid
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Ranjana Singh, Sunayana Kashyap, Suveen Kumar, Shiju Abraham, Tejendra K Gupta, Arvind M Kayastha, Bansi D Malhotra, Preeti Suman Saxena, Anchal Srivastava, Ranjan K Singh
Quinolinic acid (QA) is a metabolite of tryptophan degradation obtained through kynurenine pathway, produced naturally in the mammalian brain as well as in the human cerebrospinal fluid. The presence of QA ~10-40µM is a clear indicator of many neurological disorders as well as deficiency of vitamin B6 in human being. In the present work; rapid, sensitive and cost-effective bio-electrodes were prepared to detect the trace amount of endogenous neurotoxin (QA). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) studies were carried out to measure the electrochemical response of the fabricated bio-electrodes as a function of QA concentrations...
November 23, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904735/urinary-metabolomics-of-young-italian-autistic-children-supports-abnormal-tryptophan-and-purine-metabolism
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Federica Gevi, Lello Zolla, Stefano Gabriele, Antonio M Persico
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is still diagnosed through behavioral observation, due to a lack of laboratory biomarkers, which could greatly aid clinicians in providing earlier and more reliable diagnoses. Metabolomics on human biofluids provides a sensitive tool to identify metabolite profiles potentially usable as biomarkers for ASD. Initial metabolomic studies, analyzing urines and plasma of ASD and control individuals, suggested that autistic patients may share some metabolic abnormalities, despite several inconsistencies stemming from differences in technology, ethnicity, age range, and definition of "control" status...
2016: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901495/air-pollution-and-dna-methylation-alterations-in-lung-cancer-a-systematic-and-comparative-study
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Cheng-Lan Jiang, Shui-Wang He, Yun-Dong Zhang, He-Xian Duan, Tao Huang, Yun-Chao Huang, Gao-Feng Li, Ping Wang, Li-Ju Ma, Guang-Biao Zhou, Yi Cao
The lung cancer incidence in the Xuanwei and neighboring region, Yunnan, China, is among the highest in China and is attributed to severe air pollution with high benzo(a)pyrene levels. We systematically and comparatively analyzed DNA methylation alterations at genome and gene levels in Xuanwei lung cancer tissues and cell lines, as well as benzo(a)pyrene-treated cells and mouse samples. We obtained a comprehensive dataset of genome-wide cytosine-phosphate-guanine island methylation in air pollution-related lung cancer samples...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899739/impact-of-immune-deficiency-on-remodeling-of-maternal-resistance-vasculature-4-weeks-postpartum-in-mice
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Elizabeth A Bonney, Ann Howard, Kendall Krebs, Kelly Begin, Kelsey Veilleux, Natalia I Gokina
Pregnancy manifests changes in the vascular and immune systems that persist postpartum (PP), have important implications for future pregnancies, and may modify responses to cardiovascular stress in late life. The association between immune and vascular function and the generation or progression of cardiovascular disease beg the question of whether altered immunity modifies pregnancy-induced changes in the vasculature. Our objective was to compare changes in the function and remodeling of systemic resistance vessels 4 weeks PP in normal C57BL/6 (B6), and immunodeficient mice recombinase 1-deficient/B6 (Rag1(-/-))...
November 28, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899487/glomerular-endothelial-mitochondrial-dysfunction-is-essential-and-characteristic-of-diabetic-kidney-disease-susceptibility
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Ilse Daehn, Haiying Qi, Gabriella Casalena, Shaolin Shi, Liping Yu, Kerstin Ebefors, Yezhou Sun, Weijia Zhang, Vivette D'Agati, Detlef Schlondorff, Börje Haraldsson, Erwin Böttinger
The molecular signaling mechanisms between glomerular cell types during initiation/progression of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) remain poorly understood. We compared the early transcriptome profile between DKD resistant C57BL/6J (B6) and DKD susceptible DBA/2J (D2) glomeruli, and demonstrated a significant down regulation of essential mitochondrial genes in glomeruli from diabetic D2 mice, but not in B6 with comparable hyperglycemia. Diabetic D2 mice manifested increased mtDNA lesions (8-oxoG), exclusively localized to glomerular endothelial cells after 3 weeks of diabetes and these accumulated over time as well as increased urine secretion of 8-oxodG...
November 29, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898035/dietary-b-vitamins-and-a-10-year-risk-of-dementia-in-older-persons
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Sophie Lefèvre-Arbogast, Catherine Féart, Jean-François Dartigues, Catherine Helmer, Luc Letenneur, Cécilia Samieri
B vitamins may lower the risk of dementia, yet epidemiological findings, mostly from countries with folic acid fortification, have remained inconsistent. We evaluated in a large French cohort of older persons the associations between dietary B vitamins and long-term incident dementia. We included 1321 participants from the Three-City Study who completed a 24 h dietary recall, were free of dementia at the time of diet assessment, and were followed for an average of 7.4 years. In Cox proportional hazards models adjusted for multiple potential confounders, including overall diet quality, higher intake of folate was inversely associated with the risk of dementia (p for trend = 0...
November 26, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895593/baseline-muscle-mass-is-a-poor-predictor-of-functional-overload-induced-gain-in-the-mouse-model
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Audrius Kilikevicius, Lutz Bunger, Arimantas Lionikas
Genetic background contributes substantially to individual variability in muscle mass. Muscle hypertrophy in response to resistance training can also vary extensively. However, it is less clear if muscle mass at baseline is predictive of the hypertrophic response. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of genetic background on variability in muscle mass at baseline and in the adaptive response of the mouse fast- and slow-twitch muscles to overload. Males of eight laboratory mouse strains: C57BL/6J (B6, n = 17), BALB/cByJ (n = 7), DBA/2J (D2, n = 12), B6...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894806/genetic-divergence-in-the-transcriptional-engram-of-chronic-alcohol-abuse-a-laser-capture-rna-seq-study-of-the-mouse-mesocorticolimbic-system
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Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Ashutosh K Pandey, Maren L Smith, Suzhen Gong, Jesse Ingels, Michael F Miles, Marcelo F Lopez, Lu Lu, Robert W Williams
Genetic factors that influence the transition from initial drinking to dependence remain enigmatic. Recent studies have leveraged chronic intermittent ethanol (CIE) paradigms to measure changes in brain gene expression in a single strain at 0, 8, 72 h, and even 7 days following CIE. We extend these findings using LCM RNA-seq to profile expression in 11 brain regions in two inbred strains - C57BL/6J (B6) and DBA/2J (D2) - 72 h following multiple cycles of ethanol self-administration and CIE. Linear models identified differential expression based on treatment, region, strain, or interactions with treatment...
October 15, 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893611/absence-of-mir-182-augments-cardiac-allograft-survival
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Liang Wei, Vandana Kaul, Xiumei Qu, Xiaoxing Xiong, Audrey H Lau, Naoharu Iwai, Olivia M Martinez, Sheri M Krams
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNA molecules that regulate the posttranscriptional expression of target genes and are important regulators in immune responses. Previous studies demonstrated that the miRNA, miR-182 was significantly increased during allograft rejection. Further, the transcription factor Forkhead box (FOX) protein 1, (FOXO1) was shown to be a target of miR-182. The aim of this study is to further examine the role of miR-182 in alloimmune responses. METHODS: Transplantation of BALB/c cardiac allografts was performed in C57BL/6, miR-182, B6...
November 23, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892851/lovastatin-fails-to-improve-motor-performance-and-survival-in-methyl-cpg-binding-protein2-null-mice
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Claudia Villani, Giuseppina Sacchetti, Renzo Bagnati, Alice Passoni, Federica Fusco, Mirjana Carli, Roberto William Invernizzi
Previous studies provided evidence for the alteration of brain cholesterol homeostasis in 129.Mecp2-null mice, an experimental model of Rett syndrome. The efficacy of statins in improving motor symptoms and prolonging survival of mutant mice suggested a potential role of statins in the therapy of Rett syndrome. In the present study, we show that Mecp2 deletion had no effect on brain and reduced serum cholesterol levels and lovastatin (1.5 mg/kg, twice weekly as in the previous study) had no effects on motor deficits and survival when Mecp2 deletion was expressed on a background strain (C57BL/6J; B6) differing from that used in the earlier study...
November 28, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890703/vitamin-b6-metabolism-in-microbes-and-approaches-for-fermentative-production
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Jonathan Rosenberg, Till Ischebeck, Fabian M Commichau
Vitamin B6 is a designation for the six vitamers pyridoxal, pyridoxine, pyridoxamine, pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), pyridoxine 5'-phosphate, and pyridoxamine. PLP, being the most important B6 vitamer, serves as a cofactor for many proteins and enzymes. In contrast to other organisms, animals and humans have to ingest vitamin B6 with their food. Several disorders are associated with vitamin B6 deficiency. Moreover, pharmaceuticals interfere with metabolism of the cofactor, which also results in vitamin B6 deficiency...
November 24, 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889885/investigating-factors-involved-in-post-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-lsg-neuropathy
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Almaha Alsabah, Salman Al Sabah, Suleiman Al-Sabah, Ahmad Al-Serri, Eliana Al Haddad, Waleed M Renno
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has gained popularity as the leading bariatric procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity. Due to the rising numbers of bariatric surgeries, neurologic complications have become increasingly recognized. Our aim was to examine biochemical and hormonal factors that are associated with neuropathy post-LSG. METHODS: Thirty-two patients were included: 16 patients with neuropathy in the neuropathic group (NG) and 16 patients without neuropathy in the control group (CG)...
November 26, 2016: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888761/tissue-thrombin-is-associated-with-the-pathogenesis-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Keiichi Ito, Kenichi Hongo, Taro Date, Masahiro Ikegami, Hiroshi Hano, Mamiko Owada, Satoshi Morimoto, Yusuke Kashiwagi, Daisuke Katoh, Takuya Yoshino, Akira Yoshii, Haruka Kimura, Tomohisa Nagoshi, Ichige Kajimura, Yoichiro Kusakari, Toru Akaike, Susumu Minamisawa, Kazuo Ogawa, Kosuke Minai, Takayuki Ogawa, Makoto Kawai, Junji Yajima, Seiichiro Matsuo, Teiichi Yamane, Ikuo Taniguchi, Sachio Morimoto, Michihiro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: Thrombin is a serine protease known to be the final product of the coagulation cascade. However, thrombin plays other physiological roles in processes such as gastric contractions and vessel wound healing, and a state of coagulability is increased in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). In this study, we investigate the role of thrombin in the pathogenesis of DCM. The purpose of this study is to clarify the role of thrombin in the pathogenesis of DCM and investigate the possibility of treatment against DCM by thrombin inhibition...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884698/alteration-of-the-brain-morphology-and-the-response-to-the-acute-stress-in-the-recombinant-mouse-lines-with-different-predisposition-to-catalepsy
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E A Kulikova, D V Bazovkina, Y V Antonov, A E Akulov, A V Kulikov, E M Kondaurova
Catalepsy is an inability to correct an externally imposed awkward posture; it is associated with schizophrenia and depression in human. We created new recombinant B6.CBA-D13Mit76C and B6.CBA-D13Mit76B mouse lines on the C57Bl/6 genome, carrying the 102.73-110.56 Mbp fragment of chromosome 13 derived from the catalepsy-prone CBA strain and catalepsy-resistant C57BL/6 strain, respectively. We compared the behavior and brain morphology (11.7T BioSpec 117/16 USR tomograph, Germany) in these lines. The effects of acute emotional stress on corticosterone's level in the blood and mRNA expression of Bdnf and Arc genes in the brain were investigated...
November 21, 2016: Neuroscience Research
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