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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454293/changes-in-mitochondrial-function-during-emt-induced-by-tgf%C3%AE-1-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Qingqu Guo
Mitochondrial dysfunction is linked to cancer. Differences in the number, morphology and function of mitochondria have been observed between normal cells and cancer cells. However, changes in mitochondrial function during epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in pancreatic cancer are less known. In the present study, the cultured human pancreatic cancer cell line Panc-1 was treated with transforming growth factor (TGF)β-1. Mitochondrial functions following TGFβ-1 exposure in pancreatic cancer were investigated...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453975/synaptic-plasticity-in-dendrites-complications-and-coping-strategies
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REVIEW
Bartlett W Mel, Jackie Schiller, Panayiota Poirazi
The elaborate morphology, nonlinear membrane mechanisms and spatiotemporally varying synaptic activation patterns of dendrites complicate the expression, compartmentalization and modulation of synaptic plasticity. To grapple with this complexity, we start with the observation that neurons in different brain areas face markedly different learning problems, and dendrites of different neuron types contribute to the cell's input-output function in markedly different ways. By committing to specific assumptions regarding a neuron's learning problem and its input-output function, specific inferences can be drawn regarding the synaptic plasticity mechanisms and outcomes that we 'ought' to expect for that neuron...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449113/development-of-a-new-clinical-severity-staging-system-for-patients-with-nonmetastatic-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Omar A Karadaghy, Dorina Kallogjeri, Jay F Piccirillo
Importance: The inclusion of patient features in addition to tumor morphology provides a more holistic staging system. Objective: To identify prognostically important variables in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) to incorporate into a comprehensive functional severity staging system (FSSS) and clinical severity staging system (CSSS) and to validate the model using a multi-institutional database. Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective cohort study of adults 18 years or older newly diagnosed or treated for nonmetastatic PTC at the Siteman Cancer Center from 1995 through 2012...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449024/secretagogin-is-expressed-by-developing-neocortical-gabaergic-neurons-in-humans-but-not-mice-and-increases-neurite-arbor-size-and-complexity
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Chandrasekhar S Raju, Julien Spatazza, Amelia Stanco, Phillip Larimer, Shawn F Sorrells, Kevin W Kelley, Cory R Nicholas, Mercedes F Paredes, Jan H Lui, Andrea R Hasenstaub, Arnold R Kriegstein, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, John L Rubenstein, Michael C Oldham
The neocortex of primates, including humans, contains more abundant and diverse inhibitory neurons compared with rodents, but the molecular foundations of these observations are unknown. Through integrative gene coexpression analysis, we determined a consensus transcriptional profile of GABAergic neurons in mid-gestation human neocortex. By comparing this profile to genes expressed in GABAergic neurons purified from neonatal mouse neocortex, we identified conserved and distinct aspects of gene expression in these cells between the species...
April 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448819/construction-of-three-dimensional-vascularized-functional-human-liver-tissue-using-a-layer-by-layer-cell-coating-technique
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Kazuki Sasaki, Takami Akagi, Tadafumi Asaoka, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yasunari Fukuda, Yoshifumi Iwagami, Daisaku Yamada, Takehiro Noda, Hiroshi Wada, Kunihito Gotoh, Koichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Mitsuru Akashi
The creation of artificial liver tissue is an active area of research due to the shortage of donors for liver transplantation. Here we investigated whether a simple and efficient cell coating technique developed in our laboratory could be used to generate functional vascularized liver tissue. This technique creates three-dimensional tissue by loading cells sterically onto other cells that have been coated with layer-by-layer (LbL) nanofilms of fibronectin and gelatin, two extracellular matrix proteins. We used this technique to construct homogenous, dense, well-vascularized liver tissue from cryopreserved human primary hepatocytes, human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and normal human dermal fibroblasts...
February 28, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448515/chronic-cocaine-induces-hif-vegf-pathway-activation-along-with-angiogenesis-in-the-brain
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Wei Yin, Kevin Clare, Qiujia Zhang, Nora D Volkow, Congwu Du
Cocaine induces vasoconstriction in cerebral vessels, which with repeated use can result in transient ischemic attacks and cerebral strokes. However, the neuroadaptations that follow cocaine's vasoconstricting effects are not well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of chronic cocaine exposure (2 and 4 weeks) on markers of vascular function and morphology in the rat brain. For this purpose we measured nitric oxide (NO) concentration in plasma, brain neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS or NOS1), HIF-1α, and VEGF expression in different brain regions, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448275/multi-band-decomposition-analysis-application-to-cardiac-alternans-as-a-function-of-temperature
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A Gizzi, A Loppini, E M Cherry, C Cherubini, F H Fenton, S Filippi
OBJECTIVE: It has long been known that variations in temperature can facilitate the development of cardiac arrhythmias. Here, we aim to quantify the effects of temperature on cardiac alternans properties. APPROACH: in this work, we use optical mapping recordings of canine ventricular epicardial preparations to demonstrate that hypothermia can promote the formation of alternans, which is an important precursor to potentially lethal arrhythmias like fibrillation. We then present a novel quantification of alternans properties for a broad range of cycle lengths under different thermal states...
May 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447711/alleviative-effect-of-grape-seed-proanthocyanidin-extract-on-small-artery-vascular-remodeling-in-spontaneous-hypertensive-rats-via-inhibition-of-collagen-hyperplasia
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Ying Liang, Haiqing Gao, Jian Wang, Quanzhen Wang, Shaohua Zhao, Jun Zhang, Jie Qiu
Vascular remodeling is a primary contributor to the initiation and development of hypertension, which has a pathological association with subsequent multi-organ damage. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts (GSPE) exhibit protective cardiovascular effects, resulting from their anti‑oxidant and anti‑inflammatory properties. However, the function and mechanism underlying the effect of GSPE on small artery remodeling remain to be elucidated. The present study investigated the effect of GSPE on vascular remodeling in the mesenteric small arteries of spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR)...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447337/reconstructing-the-ancestral-vertebrate-brain
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REVIEW
Fumiaki Sugahara, Yasunori Murakami, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Shigeru Kuratani
Highly complicated morphologies and sophisticated functions of vertebrate brains have been established through evolution. However, the origin and early evolutionary history of the brain remain elusive, owing to lack of information regarding the brain architecture of extant and fossil species of jawless vertebrates (agnathans). Comparative analyses of the brain of less studied cyclostomes (only extant agnathan group, consisting of lampreys and hagfish) with the well-known sister group of jawed vertebrates (gnathostomes) are the only tools we have available to illustrate the ancestral architecture of the vertebrate brain...
April 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447297/generating-neuron-geometries-for-detailed-three-dimensional-simulations-using-anamorph
#10
Konstantin Mörschel, Markus Breit, Gillian Queisser
Generating realistic and complex computational domains for numerical simulations is often a challenging task. In neuroscientific research, more and more one-dimensional morphology data is becoming publicly available through databases. This data, however, only contains point and diameter information not suitable for detailed three-dimensional simulations. In this paper, we present a novel framework, AnaMorph, that automatically generates water-tight surface meshes from one-dimensional point-diameter files. These surface triangulations can be used to simulate the electrical and biochemical behavior of the underlying cell...
April 26, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446882/modified-low-dose-triiodo-l-thyronine-therapy-safely-improves-function-following-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Viswanathan Rajagopalan, Youhua Zhang, Christine Pol, Clifford Costello, Samantha Seitter, Ann Lehto, Olga V Savinova, Yue-Feng Chen, A Martin Gerdes
Background: We have shown that thyroid hormones (THs) are cardioprotective and can be potentially used as safe therapeutic agents for diabetic cardiomyopathy and permanent infarction. However, no reliable, clinically translatable protocol exists for TH treatment of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. We hypothesized that modified low-dose triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) therapy would confer safe therapeutic benefits against IR injury. Methods: Adult female rats underwent left coronary artery ligation for 60 min or sham surgeries...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446800/oxidative-stress-evoked-damages-on-rat-sperm-and-attenuated-antioxidant-status-on-consumption-of-aspartame
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I Ashok, P S Poornima, D Wankhar, R Ravindran, R Sheeladevi
Although several studies on toxic effect of aspartame metabolite have been studied, controversial reports over the use of aspartame owing to the fact that it releases methanol as one of its metabolite during metabolism exist. This present study is proposed to investigate whether aspartame (40 mg kg(-1) b.wt) administration for 90 days could induce oxidative stress and alter antioxidant status of epididymal sperm in Wistar strain male albino rats. To mimic the human methanol metabolism, methotrexate (MTX)-treated rats were included to study the effects of aspartame...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446779/functional-neuronal-differentiation-of-injury-induced-muscle-derived-stem-cell-like-cells-with-therapeutic-implications
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Kinga Vojnits, Haiying Pan, Xiaojing Dai, Hao Sun, Qingchun Tong, Radbod Darabi, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Mammalian skeletal muscles contain a number of heterogeneous cell populations. Our previous study characterized a unique population of myogenic lineage stem cells that can be isolated from adult mammalian skeletal muscles upon injury. These injury-induced muscle-derived stem cell-like cells (iMuSCs) displayed a multipotent state with sensitiveness and strong migration abilities. Here, we report that these iMuSCs have the capability to form neurospheres that represent multiple neural phenotypes. The induced neuronal cells expressed various neuron-specific proteins, their mRNA expression during neuronal differentiation recapitulated embryonic neurogenesis, they generated action potentials, and they formed functional synapses in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446667/disparate-contributions-of-human-retrovirus-capsid-subdomains-to-gag-gag-oligomerization-virus-morphology-and-particle-biogenesis
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Jessica L Martin, Luiza Mendonça, Isaac Angert, Joachim D Mueller, Wei Zhang, Louis M Mansky
The capsid domain (CA) of the retroviral Gag protein is a primary determinant of Gag oligomerization, which is a critical step for immature Gag lattice formation and virus particle budding. Although the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) CA carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) is essential for CA-CA interactions, the CA CTD has been suggested to be largely dispensable for human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) particle biogenesis. To more clearly define the roles of the HTLV-1 CA amino-terminal domain (NTD) and CA CTD in particle biogenesis, we generated and analyzed a panel of Gag proteins with chimeric HIV-1/HTLV-1 CA domains...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446133/prevention-and-reversal-of-selenite-induced-cataracts-by-n-acetylcysteine-amide-in-wistar-rats
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Yasaswi Maddirala, Shakila Tobwala, Humeyra Karacal, Nuran Ercal
BACKGROUND: The present study sought to evaluate the efficacy of N-acetylcysteine amide (NACA) eye drops in reversing the cataract formation induced by sodium selenite in male Wistar rat pups. METHODS: Forty male Wistar rat pups were randomly divided into a control group, an N-acetylcysteine amide-only group, a sodium selenite-induced cataract group, and a NACA-treated sodium selenite-induced cataract group. Sodium selenite was injected intraperitoneally on postpartum day 10, whereas N-acetylcysteine amide was injected intraperitoneally on postpartum days 9, 11, and 13 in the respective groups...
April 26, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446052/effective-intraperitoneal-gene-transfection-system-using-nanobubbles-and-ultrasound-irradiation
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Koyo Nishimura, Shintaro Fumoto, Yuki Fuchigami, Masayori Hagimori, Kazuo Maruyama, Shigeru Kawakami
In this study, we demonstrate the low toxicity and highly efficient and spatially improved transfection of plasmid DNA (pDNA) with liposomal nanobubbles (bubble liposomes [BLs]) using ultrasound (US) irradiation in mice. Naked pDNA with BLs was intraperitoneally injected, followed by US irradiation. The injection volume, the duration of US irradiation, and the dose of BLs were optimized. Both BLs and US irradiation were essential to achieve high transgene expression from naked pDNA. We observed transgene expression in the entire peritoneal tissues, including the peritoneal wall, liver, spleen, stomach and small and large intestines...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446005/cardioprotective-effects-of-wharton-jelly-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-in-a-rodent-model-of-myocardial-injury
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Taghrid Gaafar, Wael Attia, Shereen Mahmoud, Dina Sabry, Osama Abdel Aziz, Dina Rasheed, Hala Hamza
Background: Whartons jelly-derived mesenchymal stem cells are a valuable alternative source that possess multipotent properties, easy to obtain and available in large scale compared to BMMSCs. We investigated the possibility of cardiac function improvement post isoproterenol induced cardiac injury in a rat model following human WJMSCs transplantation. Materials and Methods: MSCs were extracted and cultured from cord WJ, characterized by morphology, Immunophenotyping and differentiation to osteoblast and adipocytes...
April 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445993/berberine-nanoparticles-protects-tubular-epithelial-cells-from-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#18
Da Xie, Yong Xu, Wang Jing, Zeng Juxiang, Li Hailun, Hu Yu, Dong-Hui Zheng, Yong-Tao Lin
Renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is one of the most common causes of acute renal failure, the prognosis of which remains poor and there still lacks of effective therapeutics available in the clinic. This study aimed at investigating the effects of Berberine nanoparticles (BBR-NP) on the ischemia-reperfusion injury of renal tubular epithelial cells and underlying the mechanisms. Our results showed that in a rat model of renal I/R injury, BBR and BBR-NP protected renal against injury both functionally (as assessed by serum urea nitrogen and creatinine level) and morphologically (as assessed by HE staining, transmission electron microscopy and TUNEL staining) in a dose-dependent manner, with the effects of BBR-NP superior to BBR alone...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445787/adipose-derived-stem-cells-were-impaired-in-restricting-cd4-t-cell-proliferation-and-polarization-in-type-2-diabetic-apoe-mouse
#19
Ming-Hao Liu, Ya Li, Lu Han, Yao-Yuan Zhang, Di Wang, Zhi-Hao Wang, Hui-Min Zhou, Ming Song, Yi-Hui Li, Meng-Xiong Tang, Wei Zhang, Ming Zhong
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis (AS) is the most common and serious complication of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and is accelerated via chronic systemic inflammation rather than hyperglycemia. Adipose tissue is the major source of systemic inflammation in abnormal metabolic state. Pro-inflammatory CD4(+)T cells play pivotal role in promoting adipose inflammation. Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) for fat regeneration have potent ability of immunosuppression and restricting CD4(+)T cells as well...
April 23, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445693/high-content-analysis-screening-for-cell-cycle-regulators-using-arrayed-synthetic-crrna-libraries
#20
Žaklina Strezoska, Matthew R Perkett, Eldon T Chou, Elena Maksimova, Emily M Anderson, Shawn McClelland, Melissa L Kelley, Annaleen Vermeulen, Anja van Brabant Smith
The CRISPR-Cas9 system has been utilized for large-scale, loss-of-function screens mainly using lentiviral pooled formats and cell-survival phenotypic assays. Screening in an arrayed format expands the types of phenotypic readouts that can be used to now include high-content, morphology-based assays, and with the recent availability of synthetic crRNA libraries, new studies are emerging. Here, we use a cell cycle reporter cell line to perform an arrayed, synthetic crRNA:tracrRNA screen targeting 169 genes (> 600 crRNAs) and used high content analysis (HCA) to identify genes that regulate the cell cycle...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
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