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Yolk sac

Kipp Weiskopf, Peter J Schnorr, Wendy W Pang, Mark P Chao, Akanksha Chhabra, Jun Seita, Mingye Feng, Irving L Weissman
The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) is a multipotent stem cell that resides in the bone marrow and has the ability to form all of the cells of the blood and immune system. Since its first purification in 1988, additional studies have refined the phenotype and functionality of HSCs and characterized all of their downstream progeny. The hematopoietic lineage is divided into two main branches: the myeloid and lymphoid arms. The myeloid arm is characterized by the common myeloid progenitor and all of its resulting cell types...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Mario Tirone, Valentina Conti, Fabio Manenti, Pier Andrea Nicolosi, Cristina D'Orlando, Emanuele Azzoni, Silvia Brunelli
Embryonic VE-Cadherin-expressing progenitors (eVE-Cad+), including hemogenic endothelium, have been shown to generate hematopoietic stem cells and a variety of other progenitors, including mesoangioblasts, or MABs. MABs are vessel-associated progenitors with multilineage mesodermal differentiation potential that can physiologically contribute to skeletal muscle development and regeneration, and have been used in an ex vivo cell therapy setting for the treatment of muscular dystrophy. There is currently a therapeutic need for molecules that could improve the efficacy of cell therapy protocols; one such good candidate is nitric oxide...
2016: PloS One
Matthew J Murray, Robert A Huddart, Nicholas Coleman
Testicular germ cell tumours (GCTs) are the most common malignancy occurring in young adult men and the incidence of these tumours is increasing. Current research priorities in this field include improving overall survival for patients classified as being 'poor-risk' and reducing late effects of treatment for patients classified as 'good-risk'. Testicular GCTs are broadly classified into seminomas and nonseminomatous GCTs (NSGCTs). The conventional serum protein tumour markers α-fetoprotein (AFP), human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) show some utility in the management of testicular malignant GCT...
October 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Gerd Horneff, Ariane Klein, Prasad T Oommen, Anton Hospach, Ivan Foeldvari, Isa Feddersen, Kirsten Minden
OBJECTIVES: While tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α-inhibitor treatment improved outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) management markedly, concerns have been raised about an association of TNF-α-inhibitor treatment and an increased risk for malignancies especially lymphoma. METHODS: Cases of suspected malignancies documented in the German Biker Registry are reviewed in detail. RESULTS: Until Dec 31, 2015, 3695 JIA patients were prospectively followed with a total of more than 13,198 observation years...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Yu Yan, Xin Cheng, Ren-Hao Yang, He Li, Jian-Long Chen, Zheng-Lai Ma, Guang Wang, Manli Chuai, Xuesong Yang
Phenobarbital is an antiepileptic drug that is widely used to treat epilepsy in a clinical setting. However, a long term of phenobarbital administration in pregnant women may produce side effects on embryonic skeletogenesis. In this study, we aim to investigate the mechanism by which phenobarbital treatment induces developmental defects in long bones. We first determined that phenobarbital treatment decreased chondrogenesis and inhibited the proliferation of chondrocytes in chick embryos. Phenobarbital treatment also suppressed mineralization in both in vivo and in vitro long bone models...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Turan Yıldız, Zekeriya İlçe, Yasemin Gündüz, Gözde Çakar Çakırsoy
Undescended testicle is the most common congenital anomaly among males. Testicular tumor develops in 3-5% of the boys with a complaint of undescended testicle. The clinical presentation of malignant intra-abdominal testicular tumors ranges from asymptomatic cases to acute abdomen. In this study, we present a child with testicular tumor rupture which is observed very rarely. A 16-year-old boy presented 24 hours after the sudden onset of right lower quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting and fever. On physical examination, extensive tenderness in the abdomen and abdominal guarding were found...
September 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Fang Liu, Anni Tan, Renhao Yang, Yingzi Xue, Ming Zhang, Lei Chen, Luanjuan Xiao, Xuesong Yang, Yanhong Yu
C1ql-like (C1QL)-1 and -4 proteins are encoded by homologous genes that are highly expressed in brain and adipose tissues. However, functional properties of C1QL proteins outside of the brain and adipocytes remain unknown. Here, we report that the globular domain of C1ql1/Ctrp14 and C1ql4/Ctrp11 proteins directly stimulate the angiogenesis of endothelial cells. In this study, soluble C1ql1/CTRP14 and C1ql4/Ctrp11 proteins, produced in prokaryote expression system, are co-cultured with human umbilical vein endothelium cells (HUVECs), which phenotype is identified with von Willebrand factor antibody...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Pia Rantakari, Norma Jäppinen, Emmi Lokka, Elias Mokkala, Heidi Gerke, Emilia Peuhu, Johanna Ivaska, Kati Elima, Kaisa Auvinen, Marko Salmi
Macrophages are required for normal embryogenesis, tissue homeostasis and immunity against microorganisms and tumours. Adult tissue-resident macrophages largely originate from long-lived, self-renewing embryonic precursors and not from haematopoietic stem-cell activity in the bone marrow. Although fate-mapping studies have uncovered a great amount of detail on the origin and kinetics of fetal macrophage development in the yolk sac and liver, the molecules that govern the tissue-specific migration of these cells remain completely unknown...
October 12, 2016: Nature
Andrea Maria Mess, Ana Claudia Oliveira Carreira, Cláudia Marinovic de Oliveira, Paula Fratini, Phelipe Oliveira Favaron, Rodrigo da Silva Nunes Barreto, Christiane Pfarrer, Flávio Vieira Meirelles, Maria Angelica Miglino
Reproductive technologies are widely used in cattle, although many are associated with high-embryonic mortality, especially during early gestation, when the yolk sac undergoes macroscopic changes in structure. We hypothesized that vasculogenesis and angiogenesis are affected, thereby affecting embryonic and placental differentiation. To test this, we studied yolk sac development and gene expression of the vascular endothelial growth factor system (VEGF-A, VEGFR-1/Flt-1, VEGFR-2/KDR). Samples from Days 25 to 40/41 of pregnancy from control cattle (n = 8) and from pregnancies established with IVF, (n = 7) or somatic cell nuclear transfer/clones (n = 5) were examined by histology, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR...
September 13, 2016: Theriogenology
Kotaro Sasaki, Tomonori Nakamura, Ikuhiro Okamoto, Yukihiro Yabuta, Chizuru Iwatani, Hideaki Tsuchiya, Yasunari Seita, Shinichiro Nakamura, Naoto Shiraki, Tetsuya Takakuwa, Takuya Yamamoto, Mitinori Saitou
The germ cell lineage ensures reproduction and heredity. The mechanism for germ cell specification in primates, including humans, has remained unknown. In primates, upon implantation the pluripotent epiblast segregates the amnion, an extra-embryonic membrane eventually ensheathing an embryo, and thereafter initiates gastrulation to generate three germ layers. Here, we show that in cynomolgus monkeys, the SOX17/TFAP2C/BLIMP1-positive primordial germ cells (cyPGCs) originate from the dorsal amnion at embryonic day 11 (E11) prior to gastrulation...
October 6, 2016: Developmental Cell
Yim Ling Mak, Jing Li, Chih-Ning Liu, Shuk Han Cheng, Paul K S Lam, Jinping Cheng, Leo L Chan
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are natural biotoxins produced by benthic dinoflagellates of the genus Gambierdiscus, which are bioaccumulated and biotransformed along food chains in coral ecosystems. They are neurotoxins that activate voltage-gated sodium channels and disrupt ion conductance in the excitable tissues. Pacific ciguatoxin-1 (P-CTX-1) is the most prevalent and potent CTX congener present in fishes from the Pacific Ocean. In this study, P-CTX-1 was administrated to larval marine medaka (2h post-hatch) via microinjection...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Flemming T Dahlke, Elettra Leo, Felix C Mark, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Ulf Bickmeyer, Stephan Frickenhaus, Daniela Storch
Thermal tolerance windows serve as a powerful tool for estimating the vulnerability of marine species and their life-stages to increasing temperature means and extremes. However, it remains uncertain to which extent additional drivers, such as ocean acidification, modify organismal responses to temperature. This study investigated the effects of CO2 -driven ocean acidification on embryonic thermal sensitivity and performance in Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, from the Kattegat. Fertilized eggs were exposed to factorial combinations of two PCO2 conditions (400 μatm vs...
October 8, 2016: Global Change Biology
Justin R Perrault, Katherine D Bauman, Taylor M Greenan, Patricia C Blum, Michael S Henry, Catherine J Walsh
Blooms of Karenia brevis (also called red tides) occur almost annually in the Gulf of Mexico. The health effects of the neurotoxins (i.e., brevetoxins) produced by this toxic dinoflagellate on marine turtles are poorly understood. Florida's Gulf Coast represents an important foraging and nesting area for a number of marine turtle species. Most studies investigating brevetoxin exposure in marine turtles thus far focus on dead and/or stranded individuals and rarely examine the effects in apparently "healthy" free-ranging individuals...
October 1, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
June Baik, Alessandro Magli, Naoyuki Tahara, Scott A Swanson, Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Luciene Borges, Ron Stewart, Daniel J Garry, Yasuhiko Kawakami, James A Thomson, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Mechanisms of haematopoietic and cardiac patterning remain poorly understood. Here we show that the BMP and Wnt signalling pathways are integrated in an endoglin (Eng)-dependent manner in cardiac and haematopoietic lineage specification. Eng is expressed in early mesoderm and marks both haematopoietic and cardiac progenitors. In the absence of Eng, yolk sacs inappropriately express the cardiac marker, Nkx2.5. Conversely, high levels of Eng in vitro and in vivo increase haematopoiesis and inhibit cardiogenesis...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Julia L Savage, Katherine E Maturen, Erika L Mowers, Katherine B Pasque, Ashish P Wasnik, Vanessa K Dalton, Jason D Bell
PURPOSE: To assess the prospective sonographic diagnosis of molar pregnancy and compare sonographic features of complete versus partial molar pregnancy. METHODS: This institutional review board--approved retrospective chart review conducted between 2001 and 2011 identified 70 women with a histopathologic diagnosis of molar pregnancy and with available sonograms. Clinical data, images, and reports were reviewed, and features enumerated by radiologists blinded to the final diagnosis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Dan-Dan Guo, Wen-Zhi Guan, Yi-Wen Sun, Jie Chen, Xia-Yun Jiang, Shu-Ming Zou
Fibroblast growth factor 1 (Fgf1) is known as a mitogenic factor involved in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation in vertebrates. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of two fgf1 genes in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Grass carp fgf1a and fgf1b cDNAs are highly divergent, sharing a relatively low amino acid sequence identity of 50%, probably due to fish-specific gene duplication. fgf1a and fgf1b mRNAs were detected in the zygote and expressed throughout embryogenesis...
September 24, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Kassiani Harbi, Pavlos Makridis, Christos Koukoumis, Marina Papadionysiou, Theodoros Vgenis, Michael Kornaros, Ioanna Ntaikou, Sinos Giokas, Stefanos Dailianis
The present study evaluates a battery of marine species-based bioassays against chemically characterized municipal wastewater samples (raw and WWTP treated). We estimated Dunaliella tertiolecta growth rate inhibition (24-96h IC50 values), Artemia franciscana immobilization (24h LC50 values), mussel hemocytes viability and lipid peroxidation enhancement (in terms of neutral red retention assay/NRRT and malondialdehyde/MDA content, respectively) in influent- and WWTP effluent-treated species. We found algal growth arrest and stimulation respectively, almost similar 24hLC50 values in Artemia sp...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Chih-Wei Hsu, Leeyean Wong, Tara L Rasmussen, Sowmya Kalaga, Melissa L McElwee, Lance C Keith, Ritu Bohat, John R Seavitt, Arthur L Beaudet, Mary E Dickinson
In this work, we report the use of iodine-contrast microCT to perform high-throughput 3D morphological analysis of mouse embryos and neonates between embryonic day 8.5 to postnatal day 3, with high spatial resolution up to 3µm/voxel. We show that mouse embryos at early stages can be imaged either within extra embryonic tissues such as the yolk sac or the decidua without physically disturbing the embryos. This method enables a full, undisturbed analysis of embryo turning, allantois development, vitelline vessels remodeling, yolk sac and early placenta development, which provides increased insights into early embryonic lethality in mutant lines...
September 23, 2016: Developmental Biology
Alaa El-Din Hamid Sayed, Hiroshi Mitani
In the present work, the destructive effects of ultraviolet A (UVA; 366nm) irradiation on the developmental stages of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) are revealed in terms of hatching success, mortality rate, and morphological malformations (yolk sac edema, body curvature, fin blistering, and dwarfism). Fertilized eggs in stage 4 were exposed to 15, 30, and 60min/day UVA for 3days in replicates. Fish were staged and aged following the stages established by Iwamatsu [1]. We observed and recorded the hatching time and deformed and dead embryos continuously...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Li Yao, Shi-Xiao Peng, Yi-Da Xu, Stanley Li Lin, Yu-Hong Li, Chun-Jie Liu, Hou-De Zhao, Lin-Fang Wang, Yan-Qin Shen
1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6 tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), which induces the pathological characteristics of Parkinson's disease in rodents, also specifically targets dopaminergic neurons in zebrafish embryos and larvae. Loganin, a traditional Chinese drug, was reported to regulate immune function and possess anti-inflammatory and anti-shock effects. Here, we investigate the role of loganin in MPTP-induced Parkinson-like abnormalities in zebrafish. MPTP treatment-induced abnormal development, in larvae, such as pericardium edema, increased yolk color, yolk sac edema, and retarded yolk sac resorption, as well as defects in brain development...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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