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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920823/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-a-unilateral-renal-cystadenoma-in-an-african-lion-panthera-leo
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Ronan Eustace, Jacob Rubin, Kimberly A Thompson, Kyle Snowdon, James G Sikarskie, Colleen Monahan, Rebecca C Smedley
A renal tubular cystadenoma was diagnosed in a 14-yr-old male African lion (Panthera leo). During a routine health evaluation, a left renal mass was identified via physical examination, radiographs, and abdominal ultrasonography. The mass was 30 × 15 cm in size and had a thin capsule with central hypoechoic fluid, suggestive of a perirenal cyst. An exploratory celiotomy with partial nephrectomy was performed without complications. Histologically, the tumor was characterized by a thick fibrous capsule surrounding multiple, variable-sized cysts that markedly compressed the adjacent fibrotic and atrophied renal cortex...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920766/clinical-profile-of-patients-with-paraneoplastic-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-and-aquaporin-4-antibodies
#2
Maria Sepúlveda, Nuria Sola-Valls, Domingo Escudero, Bojan Rojc, Manuel Barón, Luis Hernández-Echebarría, Begoña Gómez, Josep Dalmau, Albert Saiz, Francesc Graus
BACKGROUND: In a minority of patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and aquaporin-4 antibodies (AQP4-IgG), the disease has a paraneoplastic origin. It is unknown whether these patients have distinctive clinical features. OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical features of a series of patients with paraneoplastic NMOSD and AQP4-IgG and to review previously reported cases. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of clinical records of 156 patients with NMOSD and AQP4-IgG and review of previously reported patients with paraneoplastic NMOSD and AQP4-IgG...
September 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915794/genome-sequence-of-the-ectophytic-fungus-ramichloridium-luteum-reveals-unique-evolutionary-adaptations-to-plant-surface-niche
#3
Bo Wang, Xiaofei Liang, Mark L Gleason, Rong Zhang, Guangyu Sun
BACKGROUND: Ectophytic fungi occupy the waxy plant surface, an extreme environment characterized by prolonged desiccation, nutrient limitation, and exposure to solar radiation. The nature of mechanisms that facilitate adaptation to this environment remains unclear. In this study, we sequenced the complete genome of an ectophytic fungus, Ramichloridium luteum, which colonizes the surface of apple fruit, and carried out comparative genomic and transcriptome analysis. RESULTS: The R...
September 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914342/quantification-of-the-intracellular-life-time-of-water-molecules-to-measure-transport-rates-of-human-aquaglyceroporins
#4
Madelene Palmgren, Malin Hernebring, Stefanie Eriksson, Karin Elbing, Cecilia Geijer, Samo Lasič, Peter Dahl, Jesper S Hansen, Daniel Topgaard, Karin Lindkvist-Petersson
Orthodox aquaporins are transmembrane channel proteins that facilitate rapid diffusion of water, while aquaglyceroporins facilitate the diffusion of small uncharged molecules such as glycerol and arsenic trioxide. Aquaglyceroporins play important roles in human physiology, in particular for glycerol metabolism and arsenic detoxification. We have developed a unique system applying the strain of the yeast Pichia pastoris, where the endogenous aquaporins/aquaglyceroporins have been removed and human aquaglyceroporins AQP3, AQP7, and AQP9 are recombinantly expressed enabling comparative permeability measurements between the expressed proteins...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912594/quantification-of-aquaporin-z-reconstituted-into-vesicles-for-biomimetic-membrane-fabrication
#5
Hui Xian Gan, Hu Zhou, Qingsong Lin, Yen Wah Tong
Aquaporin incorporated biomimetic membranes are anticipated to offer unprecedented desalination capabilities. However, the lack of accurate methods to quantify the reconstituted aquaporin presents a huge hurdle in investigating aquaporin performance and optimizing membrane fabrication. Herein, we present three quantification methods to determine the Aquaporin-Z reconstituted into E. coli lipid vesicles: 1) nanogold labeling with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) visualization, 2) nickel labeling with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and 3) gel electrophoresis...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910968/efficiency-of-antibody-therapy-in-demyelinating-diseases
#6
Tetsuya Akaishi, Ichiro Nakashima
Monoclonal antibody therapy is a new treatment strategy for many types of diseases including cancers and autoimmune diseases, realizing a high efficacy and tolerability. In multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica (NMO) spectrum disorders, several monoclonal antibodies have been suggested to decrease the incidence of clinical relapse and the disease activity. In MS, anti-α4 integrin (natalizumab), anti-CD52 (alemtuzumab), anti-CD25 (daclizumab) and anti-CD20 (ocrelizumab) have been shown to effectively reduce the relapses in randomized controlled trials and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration...
July 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910323/comparative-proteomic-analyses-reveal-the-proteome-response-to-short-term-drought-in-italian-ryegrass-lolium-multiflorum
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Ling Pan, Zhongfu Yang, Jianping Wang, Pengxi Wang, Xiao Ma, Meiliang Zhou, Ji Li, Nie Gang, Guangyan Feng, Junming Zhao, Xinquan Zhang
Drought is a major abiotic stress that impairs growth and productivity of Italian ryegrass. Comparative analysis of drought responsive proteins will provide insight into molecular mechanism in Lolium multiflorum drought tolerance. Using the iTRAQ-based approach, proteomic changes in tolerant and susceptible lines were examined in response to drought condition. A total of 950 differentially accumulated proteins was found to be involved in carbohydrate metabolism, amino acid metabolism, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, and signal transduction pathway, such as β-D-xylosidase, β-D-glucan glucohydrolase, glycerate dehydrogenase, Cobalamin-independent methionine synthase, glutamine synthetase 1a, Farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase, diacylglycerol, and inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate, which might contributed to enhance drought tolerance or adaption in Lolium multiflorum...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906027/sur1-trpm4-and-aqp4-form-a-heteromultimeric-complex-that-amplifies-ion-water-osmotic-coupling-and-drives-astrocyte-swelling
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Jesse A Stokum, Min S Kwon, Seung K Woo, Orest Tsymbalyuk, Rudi Vennekens, Volodymyr Gerzanich, J Marc Simard
Astrocyte swelling occurs after central nervous system injury and contributes to brain swelling, which can increase mortality. Mechanisms proffered to explain astrocyte swelling emphasize the importance of either aquaporin-4 (AQP4), an astrocyte water channel, or of Na(+) -permeable channels, which mediate cellular osmolyte influx. However, the spatio-temporal functional interactions between AQP4 and Na(+) -permeable channels that drive swelling are poorly understood. We hypothesized that astrocyte swelling after injury is linked to an interaction between AQP4 and Na(+) -permeable channels that are newly upregulated...
September 14, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905623/electropumping-of-water-through-human-aquaporin-4-by-circularly-polarized-electric-fields-dramatic-enhancement-and-control-revealed-by-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics
#9
Christian J Burnham, Niall J English
An extensive suite of nonequilibrium molecular-dynamics (NEMD) simulations have been performed for ∼60 ns of human aquaporin 4 in externally applied circularly polarized (CP) electric fields, applied axially along channels. These external fields were 0.05 V/Å in intensity and 100 GHz in frequency. This has the effect of "electro-pumping" the water through the pores as prototypical biochannels, from conversion of molecules' spin angular momentum to linear momentum in the asymmetric heterogeneous-frictional environment of the pores, thus inducing overall net flow...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898278/transcriptome-analysis-of-phytolacca-americana-l-in-response-to-cadmium-stress
#10
Yongkun Chen, Junkai Zhi, Hao Zhang, Jian Li, Qihong Zhao, Jichen Xu
Phytolacca americana L. (pokeweed) has metal phytoremediation potential, but little is known about its metal accumulation-related genes. In this study, the de novo sequencing of total RNA produced 53.15 million reads covering 10.63 gigabases of transcriptome raw data in cadmium (Cd)-treated and untreated pokeweed. Of the 97,502 assembled unigenes, 42,197 had significant matches in a public database and were annotated accordingly. An expression level comparison between the samples revealed 1515 differentially expressed genes (DEGs), 923 down- and 592 up-regulated under Cd treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894278/agerarin-identified-from-ageratum-houstonianum-stimulates-circadian-clock-mediated-aquaporin-3-gene-expression-in-hacat-keratinocytes
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Soon Young Shin, Da Hyun Lee, Ha-Na Gil, Beom Soo Kim, Jeong-Sook Choe, Jung-Bong Kim, Young Han Lee, Yoongho Lim
The juice of Ageratum houstonianum is used in folk medicine as an external wound healing aid for skin injuries. However, the active component of A. houstonianum and its mode of action in skin wound healing has not been investigated. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of A. houstonianum ethanolnolic extract (AHE) on the expression of aquaporin-3 (AQP3), an integral membrane protein for water and glycerol transport in keratinocytes, and to identify the structure of the A. houstonianum bioactive compound...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889151/hydrogen-water-ameliorates-the-severity-of-atopic-dermatitis-like-lesions-and-decreases-interleukin-1%C3%AE-interleukin-33-and-mast-cell-infiltration-in-nc-nga-mice
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Takuya Kajisa, Takuji Yamaguchi, Ailing Hu, Nobuhiro Suetake, Hiroyuki Kobayashi
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effect of hydrogen water (HW) on the severity of atopic dermatitis (AD) and elucidate the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms. METHODS: For this experimental study between March 2015 and December 2015, NC/Nga mice characterized by mild AD severity were given either HW (n=11) or purified water (PW) (n=9) ad libitum; specific-pathogen-free mice (n=9) were used as AD-free control. Atopic dermatitis severity score and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) were examined at baseline (0 week), and after 4 weeks of HW/PW treatment...
September 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886701/the-loss-of-function-disease-mutation-g301r-in-the-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-2-isoform-decreases-lesion-volume-and-improves-functional-outcome-after-acute-spinal-cord-injury-in-mice
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Ditte Gry Ellman, Toke Jost Isaksen, Minna Christiansen Lund, Safinaz Dursun, Martin Wirenfeldt, Louise Helskov Jørgensen, Karin Lykke-Hartmann, Kate Lykke Lambertsen
BACKGROUND: The Na(+)/K(+)-ATPases are transmembrane ion pumps important for maintenance of ion gradients across the plasma membrane that serve to support multiple cellular functions, such as membrane potentials, regulation of cellular volume and pH, and co-transport of signaling transmitters in all animal cells. The α2Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase subunit isoform is predominantly expressed in astrocytes, which us the sharp Na(+)-gradient maintained by the sodium pump necessary for astroglial metabolism...
September 8, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883692/fluctuation-of-zonulin-levels-in-blood-vs-stability-of-antibodies
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Aristo Vojdani, Elroy Vojdani, Datis Kharrazian
AIM: To evaluate the measurement of zonulin level and antibodies of zonulin and other tight junction proteins in the blood of controls and celiac disease patients. METHODS: This study was conducted to assess the variability or stability of zonulin levels vs IgA and IgG antibodies against zonulin in blood samples from 18 controls at 0, 6, 24 and 30 h after blood draw. We also measured zonulin level as well as zonulin, occludin, vinculin, aquaporin 4 and glial fibrillary acidic protein antibodies in the sera of 30 patients with celiac disease and 30 controls using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay methodology...
August 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882955/differential-expression-of-aquaporins-in-experimental-models-of-acute-lung-injury
#15
Alice G Vassiliou, Nikolaos Manitsopoulos, Matina Kardara, Nikolaos A Maniatis, Stylianos E Orfanos, Anastasia Kotanidou
AIM: The mammalian lung expresses at least three aquaporin (AQP) water channels whose precise role in lung injury or inflammation is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three murine models of lung inflammation and corresponding controls were used to evaluate the expression of Aqp1, Aqp4, Aqp5 and Aqp9: lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced lung injury; HCl-induced lung injury; and ventilation-induced lung injury (VILI). RESULTS: All models yielded increased lung vascular permeability, and inflammatory cell infiltration in the broncho-alveolar lavage fluid; VILI additionally produced altered lung mechanics...
September 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879451/prognostic-factors-and-disease-course-in-aquaporin-4-antibody-positive-chinese-patients-with-acute-optic-neuritis
#16
Hao Kang, Tingjun Chen, Hongyang Li, Quangang Xu, Shanshan Cao, Shihui Wei
The objective is to assess the frequency of AQP4-Ab in Chinese patients with optic neuritis (ON) and to investigate the prognostic implications of AQP4-Ab seropositivity in such patients. The presence of aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibodies in human AQP4-transfected cells was determined by indirect immunofluorescence, and the diagnostic and prognostic relevance of AQP4 antibodies in 215 Chinese patients with optic neuritis was evaluated. The patients were enrolled from the Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital (PLAGH) and followed up to 1-228 months...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877240/runx1-mediates-the-development-of-the-granular-convoluted-tubules-in-the-submandibular-glands
#17
Hitomi Ono Minagi, Safiye Esra Sarper, Hiroshi Kurosaka, Koh-Ichi Kuremoto, Ichiro Taniuchi, Takayoshi Sakai, Takashi Yamashiro
The mouse granular convoluted tubules (GCTs), which are only located in the submandibular gland (SMG) are known to develop and maintain their structure in an androgen-dependent manner. We previously demonstrated that the GCTs are involuted by the epithelial deletion of core binding factor β (CBFβ), a transcription factor that physically interacts with any of the Runt-related transcription factor (RUNX) proteins (RUNX1, 2 and 3). This result clearly demonstrates that the Runx /Cbfb signaling pathway is indispensable in the development of the GCTs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875419/lactulose-decreases-neuronal-activation-and-attenuates-motor-behavioral-deficits-in-hyperammonemic-rats
#18
Natália Ferreira Mendes, Flora França Nogueira Mariotti, José Simões de Andrade, Milena de Barros Viana, Isabel Cristina Céspedes, Márcia Regina Nagaoka, Luciana Le Sueur-Maluf
Lactulose is a nonabsorbable disaccharide commonly used in clinical practice to treat hepatic encephalopathy. However, its effects on neuropsychiatric disorders and motor behavior have not been fully elucidated. Male Wistar rats were bile-duct ligated, and 3 weeks after surgery, treated with lactulose administrated by gavage (1.43 or 3.57 g/kg), once a day for seven days. Plasma levels of ammonia, aspartate aminotransferase, total bilirubin, and creatinine were quantified and histopathological analysis of the livers was performed...
September 5, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874966/characterization-of-acetate-transport-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-and-potential-therapeutic-implications
#19
Suellen Ferro, João Azevedo-Silva, Margarida Casal, Manuela Côrte-Real, Fatima Baltazar, Ana Preto
Acetate, together with other short chain fatty acids has been implicated in colorectal cancer (CRC) prevention/therapy. Acetate was shown to induce apoptosis in CRC cells. The precise mechanism underlying acetate transport across CRC cells membrane, that may be implicated in its selectivity towards CRC cells, is not fully understood and was addressed here. We also assessed the effect of acetate in CRC glycolytic metabolism and explored its use in combination with the glycolytic inhibitor 3-bromopyruvate (3BP)...
October 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872108/induction-of-paralysis-and-visual-system-injury-in-mice-by-t-cells-specific-for-neuromyelitis-optica-autoantigen-aquaporin-4
#20
Sharon A Sagan, Andrés Cruz-Herranz, Collin M Spencer, Peggy P Ho, Lawrence Steinman, Ari J Green, Raymond A Sobel, Scott S Zamvil
While it is recognized that aquaporin-4 (AQP4)-specific T cells and antibodies participate in the pathogenesis of neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a human central nervous system (CNS) autoimmune demyelinating disease, creation of an AQP4-targeted model with both clinical and histologic manifestations of CNS autoimmunity has proven challenging. Immunization of wild-type (WT) mice with AQP4 peptides elicited T cell proliferation, although those T cells could not transfer disease to naïve recipient mice. Recently, two novel AQP4 T cell epitopes, peptide (p) 135-153 and p201-220, were identified when studying immune responses to AQP4 in AQP4-deficient (AQP4(-/-)) mice, suggesting T cell reactivity to these epitopes is normally controlled by thymic negative selection...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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