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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150868/patient-reported-health-outcomes-in-patients-with-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-actinic-keratosis-results-from-a-large-scale-observational-study-analysing-effects-of-diagnoses-and-disease-progression
#1
W G Philipp-Dormston, K Müller, B Novak, K Strömer, C Termeer, U Hammann, J Glutsch, G Kraehn-Senftleben, H Lübbert, M Koller, R M Szeimies
BACKGROUND: Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and actinic keratosis (AK) are very common among fair-skinned individuals. A disease continuum from AK to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has been frequently postulated. AK and NMSC may influence quality of life (QL) of patients, and it can be suspected that disease progression entails a QL reduction. The purpose of this study was to document QL in patients with NMSC and AK using the health-outcome questionnaire EQ-5D-5L. METHODS: The study was designed as a non-interventional, prospective, cross-sectional study...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150843/liver-fibrosis-is-associated-with-cutaneous-inflammation-in-the-imiquimod-induced-murine-model-of-psoriasiform-dermatitis
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P Vasseur, M Pohin, J F Jégou, L Favot, N Venisse, J Mcheik, F Morel, J C Lecron, C Silvain
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis associates several extra-cutaneous manifestations. Little is known about hepatic parameters specifically associated with psoriasis. OBJECTIVE: To study whether psoriasiform dermatitis is associated with liver injury. METHODS: We studied liver parameters of inflammation and fibrosis in a murine model of psoriasiform dermatitis induced by topical application of imiquimod for nine weeks. RESULTS: Topical treatment with imiquimod induced a form of psoriasiform dermatitis reminiscent of the human disorder, characterized by thickened and scaly skin, psoriasiform epidermal hyperplasia, altered keratinocyte differentiation, and cutaneous overexpression of interleukin-17A...
November 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150642/rescue-of-pfos-induced-human-sertoli-cell-injury-by-overexpressing-a-p-fak-y407e-phosphomimetic-mutant
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Haiqi Chen, Ying Gao, Dolores D Mruk, Xiang Xiao, Constance M John, Paul J Turek, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, Bruno Silvestrini, C Yan Cheng
PFOS induces Sertoli cell injury using testicular cells isolated from rodent testes, but it remains unknown if PFOS has similar effects in humans. Herein, we maintained human Sertoli cells in a mitotically active state in vitro, thus enabling transfection experiments that altered gene expression to explore the molecular mechanism(s) underlying toxicant-induced cell injury. Human Sertoli cells obtained from men at ages 15, 23, 36 and 40 were cultured in vitro. These differentiated Sertoli cells remained mitotically active when cultured in the presence of 10% FBS (fetal bovine serum), with a replication time of ~1-3 weeks...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150539/ros-and-glutathionylation-balance-cytoskeletal-dynamics-in-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation
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Darko Stojkov, Poorya Amini, Kevin Oberson, Christiane Sokollik, Andrea Duppenthaler, Hans-Uwe Simon, Shida Yousefi
The antimicrobial defense activity of neutrophils partly depends on their ability to form neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), but the underlying mechanism controlling NET formation remains unclear. We demonstrate that inhibiting cytoskeletal dynamics with pharmacological agents or by genetic manipulation prevents the degranulation of neutrophils and mitochondrial DNA release required for NET formation. Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein-deficient neutrophils are unable to polymerize actin and exhibit a block in both degranulation and DNA release...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150506/the-swinholide-biosynthetic-gene-cluster-from-a-terrestrial-cyanobacterium-nostoc-sp-uhcc-0450
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Anu Humisto, Jouni Jokela, Liwei Liu, Matti Wahlsten, Hao Wang, Perttu Permi, João Paulo Machado, Agostinho Antunes, David P Fewer, Kaarina Sivonen
Swinholides are 42-carbon ring polyketides with a twofold axis of symmetry. They are potent cytotoxins that disrupt the actin cytoskeleton. Swinholides were discovered from the marine sponge Theonella sp. and were long-suspected to be produced by symbiotic bacteria. Misakinolide, a structural variant of swinholide, was recently demonstrated to be the product of the symbiotic heterotrophic proteobacterium. Here we report the production of swinholide A by an axenic strain of the terrestrial cyanobacterium Nostoc sp...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150436/microvesicles-derived-from-human-wharton-s-jellymesenchymal-stem-cells-ameliorate-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-renal-fibrosis-by-releasing-from-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest
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Wenxia Chen, Yongbin Yan, Chundong Song, Ying Ding, Tao Du
Studies have demonstrated that microvesicles (MVs) derived from human Wharton's Jelly mesenchymal stromal cells (hWJMSCs) could ameliorate renal ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), however, the underlying mechanisms were not clear yet. Here, MVs were isolated and injected intravenously into rats immediately after ischemia of the left kidney, and Erk1/2 activator HGF or inhibitor U0126 was administrated, respectively. Tubular cell proliferation and apoptosis were identified by Ki67 or TUNEL immunostaining. Masson's tri-chrome straining and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α -SMA) staining were used for assessing renal fibrosis...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149721/biological-safety-and-tissue-distribution-of-16-mercaptohexadecyl-trimethylammonium-bromide-modified-cationic-gold-nanorods
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Monika Zarska, Michal Sramek, Filip Novotny, Filip Havel, Andrea Babelova, Blanka Mrazkova, Oldrich Benada, Milan Reinis, Ivan Stepanek, Kamil Musilek, Jiri Bartek, Monika Ursinyova, Ondrej Novak, Rastislav Dzijak, Kamil Kuca, Jan Proska, Zdenek Hodny
The exceptionally high cellular uptake of gold nanorods (GNRs) bearing cationic surfactants makes them a promising tool for biomedical applications. Given the known specific toxic and stress effects of some preparations of cationic nanoparticles, the purpose of this study was to evaluate, in an in vitro and in vivo in mouse, the potential harmful effects of GNRs coated with (16-mercaptohexadecyl)trimethylammonium bromide ((MTAB)GNRs). Interestingly, even after cellular accumulation of high amounts of (MTAB)GNRs sufficient for induction of photothermal effect, no genotoxicity (even after longer-term accumulation), induction of autophagy, destabilization of lysosomes (dominant organelles of their cellular destination), alterations of actin cytoskeleton, or in cell migration could be detected in vitro...
November 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149411/elusive-role-of-tctp-protein-and-mrna-in-cell-cycle-and-cytoskeleton-regulation
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Jacek Z Kubiak, Malgorzata Kloc
Translationally Controlled Tumor-associated Protein (TCTP) is a small, 23 kDa multifunctional and ubiquitous protein localized both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells. It is evolutionarily highly conserved. Certain aspects of its structure show remarkable similarities to guanine nucleotide-free chaperons Mss4 and Dss4 suggesting that at least some functions of TCTP may depend on its chaperon-like action on other proteins. Besides other functions, TCTP is clearly involved in cell cycle regulation...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149330/s101-an-inhibitor-of-proliferating-t-cells-rescues-mice-from-superantigen-induced-shock
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Alexei Shir, Shoshana Klein, Idit Sagiv-Barfi, Tamar Geiger, Maya Zigler, Yael Langut, Nufar Edinger, Alexander Levitzki
Superantigens (SAg) are extremely potent bacterial toxins, which evoke a virulent immune response, inducing non-specific T-cell proliferation, rapid cytokine release and lethal toxic shock, for which there is no effective treatment. We previously developed a small molecule, S101, which potently inhibits proliferating T-cells (Sagiv-Barfi et al, Bioorg Med Chem (2010) 18:6404-6413). In a severe mouse model of toxic shock, a single injection of S101 given together with superantigen challenge, rescued 100% of the mice...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148898/enhancement-of-invadopodia-activity-in-glioma-cells-by-sublethal-doses-of-irradiation-and-temozolomide
#10
Leon Mao, Clarissa A Whitehead, Lucia Paradiso, Andrew H Kaye, Andrew P Morokoff, Rodney B Luwor, Stanley S Stylli
OBJECTIVE Glioblastoma is the most common primary central nervous system tumor in adults. These tumors are highly invasive and infiltrative and result in tumor recurrence as well as an extremely poor patient prognosis. The current standard of care involves surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, previous studies have suggested that glioblastoma cells that survive treatment are potentially more invasive. The goal of this study was to investigate whether this increased phenotype in surviving cells is facilitated by actin-rich, membrane-based structures known as invadopodia...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148051/mechanical-parameters-of-the-molecular-motor-myosin-ii-determined-in-permeabilised-fibres-from-slow-and-fast-skeletal-muscles-of-the-rabbit
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Valentina Percario, Simona Boncompagni, Feliciano Protasi, Irene Pertici, Francesca Pinzauti, Marco Caremani
The skeletal muscle exhibits large functional differences depending on the myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform expressed in its molecular motor myosin II. The differences in the mechanical features of force generation by myosin isoforms are investigated in situ by using fast sarcomere-level mechanical methods in permeabilised fibres (sarcomere length 2.4 μm, temperature 12°C, 4% dextran T-500) from the slow (soleus, containing the MHC-1 isoform) and the fast (psoas, containing the MHC-2X isoform) skeletal muscle of the rabbit...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147013/integrin-alpha-11-in-the-regulation-of-the-myofibroblast-phenotype-implications-for-fibrotic-diseases
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Ruchi Bansal, Shigeki Nakagawa, Saleh Yazdani, Joop van Baarlen, Anu Venkatesh, Anna P Koh, Won-Min Song, Nicolas Goossens, Hideo Watanabe, Mary B Beasley, Charles A Powell, Gert Storm, Naftali Kaminski, Harry van Goor, Scott L Friedman, Yujin Hoshida, Jai Prakash
Tissue fibrosis, characterized by excessive accumulation of aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) produced by myofibroblasts, is a growing cause of mortality worldwide. Understanding the factors that induce myofibroblastic differentiation is paramount to prevent or reverse the fibrogenic process. Integrin-mediated interaction between the ECM and cytoskeleton promotes myofibroblast differentiation. In the present study, we explored the significance of integrin alpha 11 (ITGA11), the integrin alpha subunit that selectively binds to type I collagen during tissue fibrosis in the liver, lungs and kidneys...
November 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146997/a-new-method-to-measure-mechanics-and-dynamic-assembly-of-branched-actin-networks
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Pierre Bauër, Joseph Tavacoli, Thomas Pujol, Jessica Planade, Julien Heuvingh, Olivia du Roure
We measured mechanical properties and dynamic assembly of actin networks with a new method based on magnetic microscopic cylinders. Dense actin networks are grown from the cylinders' surfaces using the biochemical Arp2/3-machinery at play in the lamellipodium extension and other force-generating processes in the cell. Under a homogenous magnetic field the magnetic cylinders self-assemble into chains in which forces are attractive and depend on the intensity of the magnetic field. We show that these forces, from piconewtons to nanonewtons, are large enough to slow down the assembly of dense actin networks and controlled enough to access to their non linear mechanical responses...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146911/cytokinesis-requires-localized-%C3%AE-actin-filament-production-by-an-actin-isoform-specific-nucleator
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A Chen, P D Arora, C A McCulloch, A Wilde
Cytokinesis is initiated by the localized assembly of the contractile ring, a dynamic actomyosin structure that generates a membrane furrow between the segregating chromosomal masses to divide a cell into two. Here we show that the stabilization and organization of the cytokinetic furrow is specifically dependent on localized β-actin filament assembly at the site of cytokinesis. β-actin filaments are assembled directly at the furrow by an anillin-dependent pathway that enhances RhoA-dependent activation of the formin DIAPH3, an actin nucleator...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146903/wiskott-aldrich-syndrome-protein-regulates-autophagy-and-inflammasome-activity-in-innate-immune-cells
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Pamela P Lee, Damián Lobato-Márquez, Nayani Pramanik, Andrea Sirianni, Vanessa Daza-Cajigal, Elizabeth Rivers, Alessia Cavazza, Gerben Bouma, Dale Moulding, Kjell Hultenby, Lisa S Westerberg, Michael Hollinshead, Yu-Lung Lau, Siobhan O Burns, Serge Mostowy, Mona Bajaj-Elliott, Adrian J Thrasher
Dysregulation of autophagy and inflammasome activity contributes to the development of auto-inflammatory diseases. Emerging evidence highlights the importance of the actin cytoskeleton in modulating inflammatory responses. Here we show that deficiency of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp), which signals to the actin cytoskeleton, modulates autophagy and inflammasome function. In a model of sterile inflammation utilizing TLR4 ligation followed by ATP or nigericin treatment, inflammasome activation is enhanced in monocytes from WAS patients and in WAS-knockout mouse dendritic cells...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146485/in-frame-variants-in-flna-proximal-rod-1-domain-associate-with-a-predominant-cardiac-valvular-phenotype
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Luis Fernández, Jair Tenorio, Coral Polo-Vaquero, Elena Vallespín, María Palomares-Bralo, Sixto García-Miñaúr, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Pedro Arias, Hernán Carnicer, Silvina Giannivelli, Juan Medina, Rosa Pérez-Piaya, Jorge Solís, Mónica Rodríguez, Alexandra Villagrá, Laura Rodríguez, Julián Nevado, Víctor Martínez-Glez, Karen E Heath, Pablo Lapunzina
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: X-linked cardiac valvular dysplasia is a rare form of male-specific congenital heart defect mainly characterized by myxomatous degeneration of the atrioventricular valves with variable hemodynamic consequences. It is caused by genetic defects in FLNA-encoded filamin A, a widely expressed actin-binding protein that regulates cytoskeleton organization. Filamin A loss of function has also been associated with often concurring neurologic and connective tissue manifestations, with mutations in the first half of the Rod 1 domain apparently expressing the full cardiac phenotype...
November 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146399/label-free-discrimination-analysis-of-de-differentiated-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-vascular-and-osteogenic-progeny-using-vibrational-spectroscopy
#17
Claire Molony, Jennifer McIntyre, Adrian Maguire, Roya Hakimjavadi, Denise Burtenshaw, Gillian Casey, Mariana Di Luca, Bryan Hennelly, Hugh J Byrne, Paul A Cahill
The accumulation of vascular smooth muscle (SMC)-like cells and stem cell-derived myogenic and osteogenic progeny contributes significantly to arteriosclerotic disease. This study established whether label-free vibrational spectroscopy can discriminate de-differentiated 'synthetic' SMCs from undifferentiated stem cells and their myogenic and osteogenic progeny in vitro, compared with conventional immunocytochemical and genetic analyses. TGF-β1- and Jagged1-induced myogenic differentiation of CD44(+)mesenchymal stem cells was confirmed in vitro by immunocytochemical analysis of specific SMC differentiation marker expression (α-actin, calponin and myosin heavy chain 11), an epigenetic histone mark (H3K4me2) at the myosin heavy chain 11 locus, promoter transactivation and mRNA transcript levels...
November 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146292/identification-of-interfaces-involved-in-weak-interactions-with-application-to-f-actin-aldolase-rafts
#18
Guiqing Hu, Dianne W Taylor, Jun Liu, Kenneth A Taylor
Macromolecular interactions occur with widely varying affinities. Strong interactions form well defined interfaces but weak interactions are more dynamic and variable. Weak interactions can collectively lead to large structures such as microvilli via cooperativity and are often the precursors of much stronger interactions, e.g. the initial actin-myosin interaction during muscle contraction. Electron tomography combined with subvolume alignment and classification is an ideal method for the study of weak interactions because a 3-D image is obtained for the individual interactions, which subsequently are characterized collectively...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145710/testosterone-replacement-in-transgenic-sickle-cell-mice-controls-priapic-activity-and-upregulates-pde5-expression-and-enos-activity-in-the-penis
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B Musicki, S Karakus, W Akakpo, F H Silva, J Liu, H Chen, B R Zirkin, A L Burnett
Sickle cell disease (SCD)-associated priapism is characterized by decreased nitric oxide (NO) signaling and downregulated phosphodiesterase (PDE)5 protein expression and activity in the penis. Priapism is also associated with testosterone deficiency, but molecular mechanisms underlying testosterone effects in the penis in SCD are not known. Given the critical role of androgens in erection physiology and NO synthase (NOS)/PDE5 expression, we hypothesized that testosterone replacement to eugonadal testosterone levels reduces priapism by reversing impaired endothelial (e)NOS activity and molecular abnormalities involving PDE5...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145435/functional-characterisation-of-filamentous-actin-probe-expression-in-neuronal-cells
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Shrujna Patel, Sandra Y Y Fok, Holly Stefen, Tamara Tomanić, Esmeralda Parić, Rosanna Herold, Merryn Brettle, Aleksandra Djordjevic, Thomas Fath
Genetically encoded filamentous actin probes, Lifeact, Utrophin and F-tractin, are used as tools to label the actin cytoskeleton. Recent evidence in several different cell types indicates that these probes can cause changes in filamentous actin dynamics, altering cell morphology and function. Although these probes are commonly used to visualise actin dynamics in neurons, their effects on axonal and dendritic morphology has not been systematically characterised. In this study, we quantitatively analysed the effect of Lifeact, Utrophin and F-tractin on neuronal morphogenesis in primary hippocampal neurons...
2017: PloS One
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