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Miguel Hernández-Cerón, Juan Carlos Martínez-Lazcano, Carmen Rubio, Verónica Custodio, Edith González-Guevara, Carlos Castillo-Pérez, Carlos Paz
Lesions of the cerebellar dentate nucleus (DN) reduce the after-discharge duration induced by repetitive kindling stimulation and decrease seizures to a lower rank according to Racine's scale. The DN sends cholinergic and glutamatergic fibers to the red nucleus (RN), which is composed of glutamatergic and GABAergic cells. To test the participation of these neurotransmitters in seizures, we compared the levels of glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) at the RN in a control condition, a kindled stage, and a kindled stage followed by DN lesions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Suman Pradhan, Christine Pellino, Kayleigh MacMaster, Dennis Coyle, Alison A Weiss
Seizures and neurologic involvement have been reported in patients infected with Shiga toxin (Stx) producing E. coli, and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) with neurologic involvement is associated with more severe outcome. We investigated the extent of renal and neurologic damage in mice following injection of the highly potent form of Stx, Stx2a, and less potent Stx1. As observed in previous studies, Stx2a brought about moderate to acute tubular necrosis of proximal and distal tubules in the kidneys. Brain sections stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) appeared normal, although some red blood cell congestion was observed...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Surya Venkatasekhar Cheemalapati, John Winskas, Hao Wang, Karthik Konnaiyan, Arseny Zhdanov, Alison Roth, Swamy Rakesh Adapa, Andrew Deonarine, Mark Noble, Tuhin Das, Robert Gatenby, Sandy D Westerheide, Rays H Y Jiang, Anna Pyayt
Analysis of individual cells at the subcellular level is important for understanding diseases and accelerating drug discovery. Nanoscale endoscopes allow minimally invasive probing of individual cell interiors. Several such instruments have been presented previously, but they are either too complex to fabricate or require sophisticated external detectors because of low signal collection efficiency. Here we present a nanoendoscope that can locally excite fluorescence in labelled cell organelles and collect the emitted signal for spectral analysis...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Masao Horie, Kazuyuki Mekada, Hiromi Sano, Yoshiaki Kikkawa, Satomi Chiken, Takuro Someya, Keisuke Saito, M Ibrahim Hossain, Masaaki Nameta, Kuniya Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Katsuhiko Ono, Atsushi Nambu, Atsushi Yoshiki, Hirohide Takebayashi
We identified a novel spontaneous mutant mouse showing motor symptoms that are similar to those of the dystonia musculorum (dt) mouse. The observations suggested that the mutant mice inherited the mild dt phenotype as an autosomal recessive trait. Linkage analysis showed that the causative gene was located near D1Mit373 and D1Mit410 microsatellite markers on chromosome 1, which are close to the dystonin (Dst) gene locus. To investigate whether Dst is the causative gene of the novel mutant phenotype, we crossed the mutant with Dst gene trap (Dst(Gt)) mice...
September 28, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
Haojun Jin, Yuqian Liu, Tianshu Xu, Xiaojun Qu, Feika Bian, Qingjiang Sun
By complexing a non-ionic G-quadruplex ligand with hybrid dual-emission quantum dots (QDs), a ratiometric fluorescent nanoprobe is developed for G-quadruplex detection in a sensitive and specific manner. The QDs nanohybrid comprised of a green-emission QD (gQD) and multiple red-emission QDs (rQDs) inside and outside of a silica shell, respectively, is utilized as the signal displaying unit. Only the presence of G-quadruplex can displace the ligand from QDs, breaking up the QDs-ligand complexation, and inducing the restoration of the rQDs fluorescence...
October 1, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Emily S Fuller, Cindy Shu, Margaret M Smith, Christopher B Little, James Melrose
The role of hyaluronan (HA) oligosaccharides in disc cell mediated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and anabolic gene expression in-vitro and annular repair in-vivo were examined in this study. Monolayer and alginate bead cultures of ovine intervertebral disc cells were stimulated with 10-12 mer hyaluronan oligosaccharides (HA-oligos). Annulus fibrosus (AF) monolayers were poorly responsive to the HA-oligos, proMMP-2 levels were marginally elevated and MMP-9 unaffected. ProMMP-2 displayed a strong dose dependant increase in the nucleus pulposus (NP) monolayers...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
H Sun, P Seres, A H Wilman
Standard functional MRI (fMRI), which includes resting-state or paradigm-driven designs, is widely used in studies of brain function, aging, and disease. These fMRI studies typically use two-dimensional gradient echo-planar imaging, which inherently contains phase data that enables quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). This work focuses on the dual value of QSM within fMRI studies, by providing both a localized analysis of functional changes in activated tissue, and iron-sensitive structural maps in deep grey matter (DGM)...
September 30, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Gabrielle Lê-Bury, Chantal Deschamps, Audrey Dumas, Florence Niedergang
Macrophages are phagocytic cells that play a major role at the crossroads between innate and specific immunity. They can be infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 and because of their resistance to its cytopathic effects they can be considered to be persistent viral reservoirs. In addition, HIV-infected macrophages exhibit defective functions that contribute to the development of opportunistic diseases. The exact mechanism by which HIV-1 impairs the phagocytic response of macrophages was unknown...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Julio Gallego-Delgado, Upal Basu-Roy, Maureen Ty, Matilde Alique, Cristina Fernandez-Arias, Alexandru Movila, Pollyanna Gomes, Ada Weinstock, Wenyue Xu, Innocent Edagha, Samuel C Wassmer, Thomas Walther, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Ana Rodriguez
Cerebral malaria is characterized by cytoadhesion of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells (Pf-iRBCs) to endothelial cells in the brain, disruption of the blood-brain barrier, and cerebral microhemorrhages. No available antimalarial drugs specifically target the endothelial disruptions underlying this complication, which is responsible for the majority of malaria-associated deaths. Here, we have demonstrated that ruptured Pf-iRBCs induce activation of β-catenin, leading to disruption of inter-endothelial cell junctions in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Celene Salgado-Miranda, Juan Pablo Medina, Andrea Paloma Zepeda-Velázquez, Michele García-Conejo, Karla Patricia Galindo-Sánchez, Mariusz Krzysztof Janczur, Edgardo Soriano-Vargas
A new coccidian species (Protozoa: Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) collected from the red warbler Cardellina rubra (Swainson) is reported from the Nevado de Toluca National Park, Mexico. Isospora cardellinae n. sp. has subspherical oöcysts, measuring on average 26.6 × 25.4 μm, with smooth, bi-layered wall, c.1.3 μm thick. Micropyle, oöcyst residuum, and polar granule are absent. Sporocysts are ovoidal, measuring on average 19.0 × 12.0 µm, with a knob-like Stieda body, a trapezoidal sub-Stieda body and sporocyst residuum composed of scattered spherules of different sizes...
October 2016: Systematic Parasitology
Xiang Li, Dong Han, Zuhong Tian, Beilei Gao, Miaomiao Fan, Congye Li, Xiujuan Li, Yabin Wang, Sai Ma, Feng Cao
AIMS: Myocardial interstitial fibrosis is a major histologic landmark resulting in cardiac dysfunction after myocardial infarction (MI). Activation of cannabinoid receptor type II (CB2 receptor) have been demonstrated to reduce fibrosis in hepatic cirrhotic rat. However, the anti-fibrotic effect of CB2 receptor activation in infarcted hearts was still unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of a CB2 receptor selective agonist AM1241 on myocardial fibrosis post MI in mice...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Angélica M Garcia, Hasitha de Alwis Weerasekera, Spencer P Pitre, Brian McNeill, Eduardo Lissi, Ana M Edwards, Emilio I Alarcon
Comparable intracellular concentrations (≈30pmol/10(6) cells) of bovine serum albumin-ZnPc (BSA) adduct outperformed dipalmitoyl-phosphatidyl-choline (DPPC) liposomes containing ZnPc at photodynamic-killing of human cervical cancer cells (HeLa) after only 15min of irradiation using red light (λ>620nm, 30W/cm(2)). This result could not be simply explained in terms of dye aggregation within the carrier, since in the liposomes the dye was considerably less aggregated than in bovine serum albumin, formulation that was capable to induce cell apoptosis upon red light exposure...
October 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Mehmet Tardu, Ugur Meric Dikbas, Ibrahim Baris, Ibrahim Halil Kavakli
Light is one of the main environmental cues that affects the physiology and behavior of many organisms. The effect of light on genome-wide transcriptional regulation has been well-studied in green algae and plants, but not in red algae. Cyanidioschyzon merolae is used as a model red algae, and is suitable for studies on transcriptomics because of its compact genome with a relatively small number of genes. In addition, complete genome sequences of the nucleus, mitochondrion, and chloroplast of this organism have been determined...
September 10, 2016: Functional & Integrative Genomics
K E McGrath, S C Catherman, J Palis
Adult humans need to make 2.5million red blood cells (RBCs) every second to maintain a steady state level of 25trillion circulating RBCs. Understanding normal erythropoiesis as well as diseases that afflict the erythron, such as genetic anemias, hyperproliferative disorders, and myelodysplastic syndromes, requires a robust method to delineate erythropoietic intermediates. In order to apply the power of flow cytometry to these studies, challenges of limited immunophenotypic markers, incorporation of significant changes in morphology, and maturational changes that occur along a continuum need to be met...
August 28, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Xia-Fei Geng, Min Fang, Shao-Ping Liu, Yan Li
This aim of the present study was to investigate clonal growth behavior and analyze the proliferation characteristics of cancer cells. The MCF‑7 human breast cancer cell line, SW480 human colon cancer cell line and SGC7901 human gastric cancer cell line were selected to investigate the morphology of cell clones. Quantum dot‑based molecular targeted imaging techniques (which stained pan‑cytokeratin in the cytoplasm green and Ki67 in the cell nucleus yellow or red) were used to investigate the clone formation rate, cell morphology, discrete tendency, and Ki67 expression and distribution in clones...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Melissa R Andrews, Sara Soleman, Menghon Cheah, David A Tumbarello, Matthew R J Mason, Elizabeth Moloney, Joost Verhaagen, Jean-Charles Bensadoun, Bernard Schneider, Patrick Aebischer, James W Fawcett
The regenerative ability of CNS axons decreases with age, however, this ability remains largely intact in PNS axons throughout adulthood. These differences are likely to correspond with age-related silencing of proteins necessary for axon growth and elongation. In previous studies, it has been shown that reintroduction of the α9 integrin subunit (tenascin-C receptor, α9) that is downregulated in adult CNS can improve neurite outgrowth and sensory axon regeneration after a dorsal rhizotomy or a dorsal column crush spinal cord lesion...
July 2016: ENeuro
Jelena Danilović Luković, Aleksandra Korać, Ivan Milošević, Tijana Lužajić, Nela Puškaš, Milica Kovačević Filipović, Anita Radovanović
Thyroid hormones (TH) are one of the key factors for normal prenatal development in mammals. Previously, we showed that subclinical maternal hypothyroidism leads to premature atresia of ovarian follicles in female rat offspring in the pre-pubertal and pubertal periods. The influence of decreased concentration of TH on primordial follicles pool formation during neonatal and early infantile period of rat pups was not investigated previously. Maternal hypothyroidism during pregnancy has irreversible negative influence on primordial follicles pool formation and population of resting oocytes in female rat offspring...
November 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
Xiaoling Chen, Yanliu Luo, Zhiqing Huang, Gang Jia, Guangmang Liu, Hua Zhao
Phosphotyrosine interaction domain containing 1 (PID1), a recently identified gene involved in obesity-associated insulin resistance, plays an important role in fat deposition. However, its effect on porcine intramuscular preadipocyte proliferation and differentiation remains poorly understood. In this study, the plasmid pcDNA3.1(+)-pPID1 was transfected into porcine intramuscular preadipocytes with Lipofectamine 3000 reagent to over-express porcine PID1 (pPID1). Over-expression of pPID1 significantly promoted porcine intramuscular preadipocyte proliferation...
October 2016: Animal Biotechnology
Maria Morena, Kira D Leitl, Haley A Vecchiarelli, J Megan Gray, Patrizia Campolongo, Matthew N Hill
Systemic activation of cannabinoid receptors often induces biphasic effects on emotional memory and anxiety depending on the levels of emotional arousal associated to the experimental context. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) represents a crucial structure for the ability of endocannabinoid (eCB) signaling to modulate emotional behaviour, and receives dense projections from brainstem arousal system nuclei. We examined whether changes in emotional arousal state would influence the ability of acute eCB manipulations within the BLA to modulate anxiety...
December 2016: Neuropharmacology
Xiaojun Guan, Min Xuan, Quanquan Gu, Xiaojun Xu, Peiyu Huang, Nian Wang, Zhujing Shen, Jingjing Xu, Wei Luo, Minming Zhang
PURPOSE: Because the roles of striatal-thalamo-cortical and cerebello-thalamo-cortical circuits in the heterogeneous motor impairments of Parkinson's disease (PD) are becoming recognized, this study was designed to investigate the relationships between regional iron in the cardinal subcortical nuclei in these circuits and the different motor impairments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-two PD patients and 40 normal subjects were included and accepted for Enhanced T2 -Star Weighted Angiography Scanning (3...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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