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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222445/blocking-il-17a-alleviates-diabetic-retinopathy-in-rodents
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Ao-Wang Qiu, Qing-Huai Liu, Jun-Ling Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Interleukin (IL)-17A, a proinflammatory cytokine, has been implicated in several autoimmune diseases. However, it is unclear whether IL-17A is involved in diabetic retinopathy (DR), one of the most serious complications of autoimmune diabetes. This study aimed to demonstrate that IL-17A exacerbates DR by affecting retinal Müller cell function. METHODS: High glucose (HG)-treated rat Müller cell line (rMC-1) was exposed to IL-17A, anti-IL-17A-neutralizing monoclonal antibody (mAb) or/and anti-IL-17 receptor (R)A-neutralizing mAb for 24 h...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222432/extracellular-hmgb1-modulates-glutamate-metabolism-associated-with-kainic-acid-induced-epilepsy-like-hyperactivity-in-primary-rat-neural-cells
#2
Yuji Kaneko, Colleen Pappas, Teresita Malapira, Fernando Ĺ Vale, Naoki Tajiri, Cesar V Borlongan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neuroinflammatory processes have been implicated in the pathophysiology of seizure/epilepsy. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a non-histone DNA binding protein, behaves like an inflammatory cytokine in response to epileptogenic insults. Kainic acid (KA) is an excitotoxic reagent commonly used to induce epilepsy in rodents. However, the molecular mechanism by which KA-induced HMGB1 affords the initiation of epilepsy, especially the role of extracellular HMGB1 in neurotransmitter expression, remains to be elucidated...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222413/a-new-tr%C3%AE-mutation-in-resistance-to-thyroid-hormone-syndrome
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Corina Neamţu, Claudiu Ţupea, Diana Păun, Anca Hoisescu, Adina Ghemigian, Samuel Refetoff, Chutintorn Sriphrapradang
Thyroid hormones (TH) exert their actions by binding nuclear receptors alpha (TRα1) and beta (TRß1 and TRß2). Resistance to thyroid hormone (RTH) is a clinical syndrome with various clinical manifestations, its hallmark being decreased tissue sensitivity to the action of thyroid hormones. We report the case of a family harbouring a novel TRß mutation. Sequencing of the TRβ gene revealed a single nucleotide substitution-C to G in codon 340: glutamine was replaced by glutamic acid. The clinical picture and biochemical and hormonal panel showed significant differences within the family, despite their sharing the same mutation...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222226/arctic-ground-squirrel-hippocampus-tolerates-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-independent-of-hibernation-season-even-when-not-hibernating-and-after-atp-depletion-acidosis-and-glutamate-efflux
#4
Saurav Bhowmick, Jeanette T Moore, Daniel L Kirschner, Kelly L Drew
Cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) triggers a cascade of uncontrolled cellular processes that perturb cell homeostasis. The arctic ground squirrel (AGS), a seasonal hibernator resists brain damage following cerebral I/R caused by cardiac arrest and resuscitation. However, it remains unclear if tolerance to I/R injury in AGS depends on the hibernation season. Moreover, it is also not clear if events such as depletion of ATP, acidosis and glutamate efflux that are associated with anoxic depolarization are attenuated in AGS...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221365/glial-glt-1-blockade-in-infralimbic-cortex-as-a-new-strategy-to-evoke-rapid-antidepressant-like-effects-in-rats
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J Gasull-Camós, M Tarrés-Gatius, F Artigas, A Castañé
Ketamine and deep brain stimulation produce rapid antidepressant effects in humans and rodents. An increased AMPA receptor (AMPA-R) signaling in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been suggested to mediate these responses. However, little research has addressed the direct effects of enhancing glutamate tone or AMPA-R stimulation in mPFC subdivisions. The current study investigates the behavioral and neurochemical consequences of glutamate transporter-1 (GLT-1) blockade or s-AMPA microinfusion in the infralimbic (IL) and prelimbic (PrL) cortex...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221080/blockade-of-glutamatergic-transmission-in-the-primate-basolateral-amygdala-suppresses-active-behavior-without-altering-social-interaction
#6
Patrick A Forcelli, Laurie L Wellman, Ludise Malkova
The amygdala is an integrator of affective processing, and a key component of a network regulating social behavior. While decades of lesion studies in nonhuman primates have shown alterations in social interactions after amygdala damage, acute manipulations of the amygdala in primates have been underexplored. We recently reported (Wellman, Forcelli, Aguilar, & Malkova, 2016) that acute pharmacological inhibition of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) or the central nucleus of the amygdala increased affiliative social interactions in experimental dyads of macaques; this was achieved through microinjection of a GABA-A receptor agonist...
February 20, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220061/a-model-of-induction-of-cerebellar-long-term-depression-including-rkip-inactivation-of-raf-and-mek
#7
Iain Hepburn, Anant Jain, Himanshu Gangal, Yukio Yamamoto, Keiko Tanaka-Yamamoto, Erik De Schutter
We report an updated stochastic model of cerebellar Long Term Depression (LTD) with improved realism. Firstly, we verify experimentally that dissociation of Raf kinase inhibitor protein (RKIP) from Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) is required for cerebellar LTD and add this interaction to an earlier published model, along with the known requirement of dissociation of RKIP from Raf kinase. We update Ca(2+) dynamics as a constant-rate influx, which captures experimental input profiles accurately...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220060/a-pulsed-electromagnetic-field-protects-against-glutamate-induced-excitotoxicity-by-modulating-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-ht22-cells
#8
Xin Li, Haoxiang Xu, Tao Lei, Yuefan Yang, Da Jing, Shuhui Dai, Peng Luo, Qiaoling Xu
Glutamate-induced excitotoxicity is common in the pathogenesis of many neurological diseases. A pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) exerts therapeutic effects on the nervous system, but its specific mechanism associated with excitotoxicity is still unknown. We investigated the role of PEMF exposure in regulating glutamate-induced excitotoxicity through the endocannabinoid (eCB) system. PEMF exposure improved viability of HT22 cells after excitotoxicity and reduced lactate dehydrogenase release and cell death...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219985/activity-induced-synaptic-structural-modifications-by-an-activator-of-integrin-signaling-at-the-drosophila-neuromuscular-junction
#9
Joo Yeun Lee, Junhua Geng, Juhyun Lee, Andrew R Wang, Karen T Chang
Activity-induced synaptic structural modification is crucial for neural development and synaptic plasticity, but the molecular players involved in this process are not well defined. Here, we report that a protein named Shriveled, Shv, regulates synaptic growth and activity-dependent synaptic remodeling at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction. Depletion of Shv causes synaptic overgrowth and an accumulation of immature boutons. We find that Shv physically and genetically interacts with βPS integrin. Furthermore, Shv is secreted during intense, but not mild, neuronal activity to acutely activate integrin signaling, induce synaptic bouton enlargement, and increase postsynaptic glutamate receptor abundance...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219951/generation-of-thalamic-neurons-from-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#10
Atsushi Shiraishi, Keiko Muguruma, Yoshiki Sasai
Thalamus is a diencephalic structure that plays crucial roles in relaying and modulating sensory and motor information to the neocortex. The thalamus develops in the dorsal part of the neural tube at the level of the caudal forebrain. However, the molecular mechanisms that are essential for thalamic differentiation are still unknown. Here we have succeeded in the generation of thalamic neurons from mouse ES cells (mESCs) by modifying the default method that induces the most-anterior neural type in self-organizing culture...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219903/myc-driven-inhibition-of-the-glutamate-cysteine-ligase-promotes-glutathione-depletion-in-liver-cancer
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Brittany Anderton, Roman Camarda, Sanjeev Balakrishnan, Asha Balakrishnan, Rebecca A Kohnz, Lionel Lim, Kimberley J Evason, Olga Momcilovic, Klaus Kruttwig, Qiang Huang, Guowang Xu, Daniel K Nomura, Andrei Goga
How MYC reprograms metabolism in primary tumors remains poorly understood. Using integrated gene expression and metabolite profiling, we identify six pathways that are coordinately deregulated in primary MYC-driven liver tumors: glutathione metabolism; glycine, serine, and threonine metabolism; aminoacyl-tRNA biosynthesis; cysteine and methionine metabolism; ABC transporters; and mineral absorption. We then focus our attention on glutathione (GSH) and glutathione disulfide (GSSG), as they are markedly decreased in MYC-driven tumors...
February 20, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219837/chronic-maternal-calcium-and-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-deficiency-in-wistar-rats-programs-abnormal-hepatic-gene-expression-leading-to-hepatic-steatosis-in-female-offspring
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Sona S Sharma, Nivedita M Jangale, Abhay M Harsulkar, Medha K Gokhale, Bimba N Joshi
Importance of calcium and vitamin D deficiency is well established in adult dyslipidemia. We hypothesized that maternal calcium and vitamin D deficiency could alter offspring's lipid metabolism. Our objective was to investigate the effect of maternal dietary calcium and vitamin D deficiency on lipid metabolism and liver function of the F1 generation offspring. intergenerational calcium-deficient (CaD) and vitamin D-deficient (VDD) models were developed by mating normal male rats with deficient females and continuing maternal-deficient diets through pregnancy and lactation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219812/detection-and-molecular-diversity-of-giardia-duodenalis-and-cryptosporidium-spp-in-sheltered-dogs-and-cats-in-northern-spain
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Horacio Gil, Lourdes Cano, Aida de Lucio, Begoña Bailo, Marta Hernández de Mingo, Guillermo A Cardona, José A Fernández-Basterra, Juan Aramburu-Aguirre, Nuria López-Molina, David Carmena
Domestic dogs and cats may act as natural reservoirs of a large number of zoonotic pathogens, including the enteric parasites Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp., the most relevant protozoan species causing gastrointestinal disease worldwide. A cross-sectional epidemiological study aiming to assess the prevalence and molecular diversity of G. duodenalis and Cryptosporidium spp. was conducted in an animal rescue centre in the province of Álava (Northern Spain). A total of 194 and 65 faecal dropping samples from individual dogs and cats, respectively, were collected between November 2013 and June 2016...
February 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219683/the-c1q-complement-family-of-synaptic-organizers-not-just-complementary
#14
REVIEW
Michisuke Yuzaki
Molecules that regulate formation, differentiation, and maintenance of synapses are called synaptic organizers. Recently, various 'C1q family' proteins have been shown to be released from neurons, and serve as a new class of synaptic organizers. Cbln1 and C1ql1 proteins regulate the formation and maintenance of parallel fiber-Purkinje cell and climbing fiber-Purkinje cell synapses, respectively, in the cerebellum. Cbln1 also modulates the function of postsynaptic delta2 glutamate receptors to regulate synaptic plasticity...
February 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219600/tert-butylhydroquinone-protects-liver-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-through-nrf2-activating-anti-oxidative-activity
#15
X-P Zeng, X-J Li, Q-Y Zhang, Q-W Liu, L Li, Y Xiong, C-X He, Y-F Wang, Q-F Ye
BACKGROUND: Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a serious complication that occurs in surgical operations such as hepatectomy and liver transplantation. NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that has been proven against inflammatory and oxidative injury. Tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ), a widely used Nrf2 activator, is a common food preservative. In this study, we attempt to investigate the potential protective role of tBHQ in hepatic I/R injury. METHODS: Twenty adult male rats were randomly divided into four groups: (1) sham+vehicle group; (2) I/R+vehicle group; (3) sham+tBHQ group; and (4) I/R+tBHQ group...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219342/effects-of-exposure-to-streptococcus-iniae-on-microrna-expression-in-the-head-kidney-of-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#16
Jun Qiang, Fanyi Tao, Jie He, Lanyi Sun, Pao Xu, Wenjin Bao
BACKGROUND: Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are susceptible to infection by Streptococcus iniae when maintained in modern intensive culture systems. GIFT are commercially important fishes that are cultured widely in southern China. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulatory response of GIFT to S. iniae infection has been underestimated and has not yet been well studied. Head kidney has an important immune function in teleost fishes. The main aim of this study was to determine the possible function of miRNAs in head kidney of S...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219007/electrochemistry-of-the-4fe4s-cluster-in-base-excision-repair-proteins-tuning-the-redox-potential-with-dna
#17
Phillip Leon Bartels, Andy Zhou, Anna Ruth Arnold, Nicole N Nunez, Frank Nelson Crespilho, Sheila S David, Jacqueline K Barton
Escherichia coli Endonuclease III (EndoIII) and MutY are DNA glycosylases that contain [4Fe4S] clusters and that serve to maintain the integrity of the genome after oxidative stress. Electrochemical studies on highly-oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) revealed that DNA binding by EndoIII leads to a large negative shift in midpoint potential of the cluster, consistent with stabilization of the oxidized [4Fe4S]3+ form. However, the smooth, hydrophobic HOPG surface is non-ideal for working with proteins in the absence of DNA...
February 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218850/impact-of-phosphorylation-and-pseudo-phosphorylation-on-the-early-stages-of-aggregation-of-the-microtubule-associated-protein-tau
#18
Dmitriy V Prokopovich, John W Whittaker, Micaiah M Muthee, Azka Ahmed, Luca Larini
The microtubule associated protein tau regulates the stability of microtubules within neurons in the central nervous system. In turn, microtubules are responsible for the remodeling of the cytoskeleton that ultimately leads to the formation or pruning of new connections among neurons. As a consequence, dysfunction of tau is associated with many forms of dementia as well as Alzheimer's disease. In the brain, tau activity is regulated by its phosphorylation state. Phosphorylation is a post-translational modification of proteins that adds a phosphate group to the side chain of an amino acid...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218274/trapping-of-ivermectin-by-a-pentameric-ligand-gated-ion-channel-upon-open-to-closed-isomerization
#19
Nurit Degani-Katzav, Moshe Klein, Moran Har-Even, Revital Gortler, Ruthi Tobi, Yoav Paas
Ivermectin (IVM) is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic drug used to treat human parasitic diseases like river blindness and lymphatic filariasis. By activating invertebrate pentameric glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCl receptors; GluClRs), IVM induces sustained chloride influx and long-lasting membrane hyperpolarization that inhibit neural excitation in nematodes. Although IVM activates the C. elegans heteromeric GluClα/β receptor, it cannot activate a homomeric receptor composed of the C. elegans GluClβ subunits...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218035/microrna-153-regulates-glutamine-metabolism-in-glioblastoma-through-targeting-glutaminase
#20
Zhenyang Liu, Junyu Wang, Yunjun Li, Juan Fan, Lihua Chen, Ruxiang Xu
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive manifestation of malignant gliomas and considered to be among the deadliest forms of human cancers. MicroRNAs are found to tightly regulate diverse biological processes and considered to play important roles in cancer etiology. In this study, we found that microRNA-153 was significantly downregulated in glioblastoma tissues compared to matched non-tumor tissues and in glioblastoma cell lines. To investigate the potential function of microRNA-153 in glioblastoma, we transfected glioblastoma cell line U87MG as well as U373MG with synthetic microRNA-153 oligos and observed decreased cell proliferation and increased apoptosis...
February 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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