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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649789/beyond-mitf-multiple-transcription-factors-directly-regulate-the-cellular-phenotype-in-melanocytes-and-melanoma
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Hannah E Seberg, Eric Van Otterloo, Robert A Cornell
MITF governs multiple steps in the development of melanocytes, including specification from neural crest, growth, survival, and terminal differentiation. In addition, the level of MITF activity determines the phenotype adopted by melanoma cells, whether invasive, proliferative, or differentiated. However, MITF does not act alone. Here we review literature on the transcription factors that co-regulate MITF-dependent genes. ChIP-seq studies have indicated that the transcription factors SOX10, YY1, and TFAP2A co-occupy subsets of regulatory elements bound by MITF in melanocytes...
June 26, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647356/optimizing-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-mediated-human-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-trophoblast-like-cells-using-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activin-nodal-signalling-inhibition
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Mariann Koel, Urmo Võsa, Kaarel Krjutškov, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Juha Kere, Juha Tapanainen, Shintaro Katayama, Sulev Ingerpuu, Viljar Jaks, Ulf-Hakan Stenman, Karolina Lundin, Timo Tuuri, Andres Salumets
Several studies have demonstrated that human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be differentiated into trophoblast-like cells if exposed to bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and/or inhibitors of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)/activin/nodal signalling pathways. The goal of this study was to investigate how the inhibitors of these pathways improve the efficiency of hESC differentiation when compared with basic BMP4 treatment. RNA sequencing was used to analyse the effects of all possible inhibitor combinations on the differentiation of hESC into trophoblast-like cells over 12 days...
June 12, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639940/genetic-specification-of-left-right-asymmetry-in-the-diaphragm-muscles-and-their-motor-innervation
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Camille Charoy, Sarah Dinvaut, Yohan Chaix, Laurette Morlé, Isabelle Sanyas, Muriel Bozon, Karine Kindbeiter, Bénédicte Durand, Jennifer M Skidmore, Lies De Groef, Motoaki Seki, Lieve Moons, Christiana Ruhrberg, James F Martin, Donna M Martin, Julien Falk, Valerie Castellani
The diaphragm muscle is essential for breathing in mammals. Its asymmetric elevation during contraction correlates with morphological features suggestive of inherent left-right (L/R) asymmetry. Whether this asymmetry is due to L versus R differences in the muscle or in the phrenic nerve activity is unknown. Here, we have combined the analysis of genetically modified mouse models with transcriptomic analysis to show that both the diaphragm muscle and phrenic nerves have asymmetries, which can be established independently of each other during early embryogenesis in pathway instructed by Nodal, a morphogen that also conveys asymmetry in other organs...
June 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638003/molecular-and-cellular-events-during-blastocyst-implantation-in-the-receptive-uterus-clues-from-mouse-models
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Hiromichi Matsumoto
The success of implantation is an interactive process between the blastocyst and the uterus. Synchronized development of embryos with uterine differentiation to a receptive state is necessary to complete pregnancy. The period of uterine receptivity for implantation is limited and referred to as the "implantation window", which is regulated by ovarian steroid hormones. Implantation process is complicated due to the many signaling molecules in the hierarchical mechanisms with the embryo-uterine dialogue. The mouse is widely used in animal research, and is uniquely suited for reproductive studies, i...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637038/synergic-impact-of-vascular-calcification-and-low-autonomic-tone-in-mortality-of-hemodialysis-patients
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Hwee-Yeong Ng, Shu-Kai Hsueh, Yueh-Ting Lee, Terry Ting-Yu Chiou, Pei-Chen Huang, Chien-Te Lee
BACKGROUND: Both cardiovascular calcification and autonomic dysfunction are frequently encountered in hemodialysis patients. We aimed to investigate the relationship between cardiovascular calcification and heart rate variability (HRV) and their influence on long-term outcome. METHODS: Seventy-eight hemodialysis patients underwent echocardiogram and radiography of the pelvis and hands to identify valvular and vascular calcification. HRV was evaluated using a commercial machine...
June 22, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634472/antifungal-activity-against-filamentous-fungi-of-ts1-a-multifunctional-toxin-from-tityus-serrulatus-scorpion-venom
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Welligton M Santussi, Karla C F Bordon, Ana P N Rodrigues Alves, Camila T Cologna, Suraia Said, Eliane C Arantes
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are ubiquitous and multipotent components of the innate immune defense arsenal used by both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. The search for new AMPs has increased in recent years, due to the growing development of microbial resistance to therapeutical drugs. In this work, we evaluate the effects of Tityus serrulatus venom (Tsv), its fractions and its major toxin Ts1, a beta-neurotoxin, on fungi growth. The fractions were obtained by ion-exchange chromatography of Tsv. The growth inhibition of 11 pathogenic and non-pathogenic filamentous fungi (Aspergillus fumigatus, A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630282/desumoylation-of-gli1-by-senp1-attenuates-sonic-hedgehog-signaling
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Huaize Liu, Sen Yan, Jie Ding, Ting-Ting Yu, Steven Y Cheng
Transcriptional output of the Sonic hedgehog morphogenic pathway is orchestrated by three Krüppel family transcription factors, Gli1-3, which undergo extensive post-translational modifications, including ubiquitination and SUMOylation. Here, we report that sentrin-specific peptidase SENP1 is the specific de-SUMOylation enzyme for Gli1. We show that SUMOylation stabilizes Gli1 by competing with ubiquitination at conserved lysine residues, and SUMOylated Gli1 is enriched in the nucleus, suggesting that SUMOylation is a nuclear localization signal for Gli1...
June 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625174/quantification-of-cardiomyocyte-alignment-from-three-dimensional-3d-confocal-microscopy-of-engineered-tissue
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William J Kowalski, Fangping Yuan, Takeichiro Nakane, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Marc Dwenger, Fei Ye, Joseph P Tinney, Bradley B Keller
Biological tissues have complex, three-dimensional (3D) organizations of cells and matrix factors that provide the architecture necessary to meet morphogenic and functional demands. Disordered cell alignment is associated with congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and neurodegenerative diseases and repairing or replacing these tissues using engineered constructs may improve regenerative capacity. However, optimizing cell alignment within engineered tissues requires quantitative 3D data on cell orientations and both efficient and validated processing algorithms...
June 19, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608153/low-levels-of-physiological-interstitial-flow-eliminate-morphogen-gradients-and-guide-angiogenesis
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Venktesh S Shirure, Andrew Lezia, Arnold Tao, Luis F Alonzo, Steven C George
Convective transport can significantly distort spatial concentration gradients. Interstitial flow is ubiquitous throughout living tissue, but our understanding of how interstitial flow affects concentration gradients in biological processes is limited. Interstitial flow is of particular interest for angiogenesis because pathological and physiological angiogenesis is associated with altered interstitial flow, and both interstitial flow and morphogen gradients (e.g., vascular endothelial growth factor, VEGF) can potentially stimulate and guide new blood vessel growth...
June 12, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607054/electron-shuttling-antibiotics-structure-bacterial-communities-by-modulating-cellular-levels-of-c-di-gmp
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Chinweike Okegbe, Blanche L Fields, Stephanie J Cole, Christopher Beierschmitt, Chase J Morgan, Alexa Price-Whelan, Richard C Stewart, Vincent T Lee, Lars E P Dietrich
Diverse organisms secrete redox-active antibiotics, which can be used as extracellular electron shuttles by resistant microbes. Shuttle-mediated metabolism can support survival when substrates are available not locally but rather at a distance. Such conditions arise in multicellular communities, where the formation of chemical gradients leads to resource limitation for cells at depth. In the pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14, antibiotics called phenazines act as oxidants to balance the intracellular redox state of cells in anoxic biofilm subzones...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605550/effect-of-selenium-supplementation-on-pigeon-reproductive-performance-selenium-concentration-and-antioxidant-status
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Y Wang, H M Yang, W Cao, Y B Li
The effects of dietary supplementation of sodium selenite (SS) on the reproductive performance and the concentration of selenium, glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and malondialdehyde (MDA) were determined, and expression of glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4) and bone morphogenic protein 15 (BMP15) was evaluated. Paired pigeons (n = 864) were fed: T1 received no SS, while T2, T3, and T4 received 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mg of SS/kg of dry matter (DM), respectively. Treatments were performed in triplicate with 72 pairs in each replicate...
June 9, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605143/enhanced-serum-levels-of-matrix-gla-protein-and-bone-morphogenetic-protein-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients
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Zafer Buyukterzi, Ummugulsum Can, Sertac Alpaydin, Asuman Guzelant, Sukru Karaarslan, Mehmet Mustu, Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification has been found to be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Various bone-associated proteins have been suggested to be related with this process. In this study, we aimed to evaluate whether serum levels of bone morphogenic protein-4 (BMP-4) and matrix Gla protein (MGP) differed in patients who were found to have normal epicardial coronary arteries or a culprit lesion in the coronary angiography leading to acute coronary syndrome (ACS)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600007/bone-morphogenic-protein-use-in-spinal-surgery
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REVIEW
John F Burke, Sanjay S Dhall
Bone morphogenic protein (BMP) provides excellent enhancement of fusion in many spinal surgeries. BMP should be a cautionary tale about the use of industry-sponsored research, perceived conflicts of interest, and holding the field of spinal surgery to the highest academic scrutiny and ethical standards. In the case of BMP, not having a transparent base of literature as it was approved led to delays in allowing this superior technology to help patients.
July 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598090/-the-association-between-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-and-in-situ-saphenous-vein-graft-pathology-in-diabetic-patients-undergoing-coronary-revascularization
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Hong-Wei Zhang, Jun Gu, Er-Yong Zhang, Ying-Qiang Guo, Zhong Wu, Chang-Ping Gan, Kang-Jun Fan, Zheng-Hua Xiao, Jia Hu
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to assess the expression levels of bone morphogenic protein-4 (BMP4) in saphenous veins harvested from diabetic patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and to investigate its association with in-situ morphological and pathological changes within the venous wall. METHODS: From January 2013 to December 2014, forty patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and risk factors matched non-DM controls (n =40) were enrolled prospectively...
September 2016: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595634/generation-of-tooth-periodontium-complex-structures-using-high-odontogenic-potential-dental-epithelium-derived-from-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Yancong Zhang, Yongliang Li, Ruirui Shi, Siqi Zhang, Hao Liu, Yunfei Zheng, Yan Li, Jinglei Cai, Duanqing Pei, Shicheng Wei
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have shown that tooth-like structures can be regenerated using induced pluripotent stem cells and mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells. However, few studies have reported the regeneration of tooth-periodontium complex structures, which are more suitable for clinical tooth transplantation. We established an optimized approach to induce high-odontogenic potential dental epithelium derived from mES cells by temporally controlling bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) function and regenerated tooth-periodontium complex structures in vivo...
June 8, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591664/retinoic-acid-in-developmental-toxicology-teratogen-morphogen-and-biomarker
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REVIEW
Aldert H Piersma, Ellen V Hessel, Yvonne C Staal
This review explores the usefulness retinoic acid (RA) related physiological factors as possible biomarkers of embryotoxicity. RA is involved in the morphogenesis of the early embryo as well as in the development and maturation of a wide variety of organ anlagen. The region-specific homeostasis of RA in the embryo is in many ways the driving force determining developmental cell proliferation versus differentiation. As a consequence, RA concentrations are carefully controlled in time and space in the developing embryo...
June 4, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589936/variation-in-auxin-sensing-guides-aux-iaa-transcriptional-repressor-ubiquitylation-and-destruction
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Martin Winkler, Michael Niemeyer, Antje Hellmuth, Philipp Janitza, Gideon Christ, Sophia L Samodelov, Verona Wilde, Petra Majovsky, Marco Trujillo, Matias D Zurbriggen, Wolfgang Hoehenwarter, Marcel Quint, Luz Irina A Calderón Villalobos
Auxin is a small molecule morphogen that bridges SCF(TIR1/AFB)-AUX/IAA co-receptor interactions leading to ubiquitylation and proteasome-dependent degradation of AUX/IAA transcriptional repressors. Here, we systematically dissect auxin sensing by SCF(TIR1)-IAA6 and SCF(TIR1)-IAA19 co-receptor complexes, and assess IAA6/IAA19 ubiquitylation in vitro and IAA6/IAA19 degradation in vivo. We show that TIR1-IAA19 and TIR1-IAA6 have distinct auxin affinities that correlate with ubiquitylation and turnover dynamics of the AUX/IAA...
June 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588028/the-lysine-methyltransferase-smyd2-methylates-the-kinase-domain-of-type-ii-receptor-bmpr2-and-stimulates-bone-morphogenetic-protein-signaling
#18
Shuman Gao, Zhiqiang Wang, Wencai Wang, Xueli Hu, Peilin Chen, Jiwen Li, Xin Hua Feng, Jiemin Wong, James X Du
Lysine methylation of chromosomal and nuclear proteins is a well-known mechanism of epigenetic regulation, but relatively little is known about the role of this protein modification in signal transduction. Using an RNAi-based functional screening of the SMYD family of lysine methyltransferases (KMTs), we identified SMYD2 as a KMT essential for robust bone morphogenic protein (BMP)- but not TGFβ-induced target gene expression in HaCaT keratinocyte cells. A role for SMYD2 in BMP-induced gene expression was confirmed by shRNA knockdown and CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of SMYD2...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586710/regulation-of-gastrulation-movements-by-emergent-cell-and-tissue-interactions
#19
REVIEW
Margot Lk Williams, Lilianna Solnica-Krezel
It is during gastrulation that the primordial germ layers are specified, embryonic axes become morphologically manifest, and the embryonic body plan begins to take shape. As morphogenetic movements push and pull nascent tissues into position within the gastrula, new interactions are established between neighboring cells and tissues. These interactions represent an emergent property within gastrulating embryos, and serve to regulate and promote ensuing morphogenesis that establishes the next set of cell/tissue contacts, and so on...
June 3, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577782/orthobiologics-in-pediatric-sports-medicine
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REVIEW
Christopher C Bray, Clark M Walker, David D Spence
Orthobiologics are biological substances that allow injured muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bone to heal more quickly. They are found naturally in the body; at higher concentrations they can aid in the healing process. These substances include autograft bone, allograft bone, demineralized bone matrix, bone morphogenic proteins, growth factors, stem cells, plasma-rich protein, and ceramic grafts. Their use in sports medicine has exploded in efforts to increase graft incorporation, stimulate healing, and get athletes back to sport with problems including anterior cruciate ligament ruptures, tendon ruptures, cartilage injuries, and fractures...
July 2017: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
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