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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108843/ets-transcription-factors-etv2-and-fli1b-are-required-for-tumor-angiogenesis
#1
Kristina Baltrunaite, Michael P Craig, Sharina Palencia Desai, Praneet Chaturvedi, Ram Naresh Pandey, Rashmi S Hegde, Saulius Sumanas
ETS transcription factor ETV2/Etsrp functions as a key regulator of embryonic vascular development in multiple vertebrates. However, its role in pathological vascular development has not been previously investigated. To analyze its role in tumor angiogenesis, we utilized a zebrafish xenotransplantation model. Using a photoconvertible kdrl:NLS-KikGR line, we demonstrated that all tumor vessels originate from the existing embryonic vasculature by the mechanism of angiogenesis. Xenotransplantation of mouse B16 melanoma cells resulted in a significant increase in expression of the ETS transcription factors etv2 and fli1b expression throughout the embryonic vasculature...
January 20, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108647/effects-of-early-life-exposure-to-thip-on-brainstem-neuronal-excitability-in-the-mecp2-null-mouse-model-of-rett-syndrome-before-and-after-drug-withdrawal
#2
Weiwei Zhong, Christopher M Johnson, Ningren Cui, Max F Oginsky, Yang Wu, Chun Jiang
Rett syndrome (RTT) is mostly caused by mutations of the X-linked MECP2 gene. Although the causal neuronal mechanisms are still unclear, accumulating experimental evidence obtained from Mecp2(-/Y) mice suggests that imbalanced excitation/inhibition in central neurons plays a major role. Several approaches may help to rebalance the excitation/inhibition, including agonists of GABAA receptors (GABAAR). Indeed, our previous studies have shown that early-life exposure of Mecp2-null mice to the extrasynaptic GABAAR agonist THIP alleviates several RTT-like symptoms including breathing disorders, motor dysfunction, social behaviors, and lifespan...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108624/inflammatory-molecule-psgl-1-deficiency-activates-macrophages-to-promote-colorectal-cancer-growth-through-nf-kappab-signaling
#3
Jiangchao Li, Zeqi Zhou, Xiaohan Zhang, Li Zheng, Dan He, Yuxiang Ye, Qian-Qian Zhang, Cui-Ling Qi, Xiao-Dong He, Chen Yu, Chun-Kui Shao, Liang Qiao, Lijing Wang
: P-selectin glycoprotein ligand 1 (SELPLG/PSGL-1) is an inflammatory molecule that is functionally related to immune cell differentiation and leukocyte mobilization. However, the role of PSGL-1 in tumor development remains unknown. Therefore, this study investigates the mechanistic role of PSGL-1 in the development of intestinal tumors in colorectal cancer (CRC). ApcMin/+ mice, are highly susceptible to spontaneous intestinal adenoma formation, and were crossbred with PSGL1-null mice to generate compound transgenic mice with a ApcMin/+;PSGL-1-/- genotype...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108451/gwar-robust-analysis-and-meta-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-studies
#4
Niki L Dimou, Konstantinos D Tsirigos, Arne Elofsson, Pantelis G Bagos
MOTIVATION: In the context of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), there is a variety of statistical techniques in order to conduct the analysis, but, in most cases, the underlying genetic model is usually unknown. Under these circumstances, the classical Cochran-Armitage trend test is suboptimal. Robust procedures that maximize the power and preserve the nominal type I error rate are preferable. Moreover, performing a meta-analysis using robust procedures is of great interest and has never been addressed in the past...
January 20, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108396/serotonin-5-ht4-receptors-modulate-the-development-of-glutamatergic-input-to-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus
#5
Angela Chen, Katherine D Hubbert, Pasha F Foroudi, Vivian F Lu, Skirmantas Janušonis
The dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) is a major serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT)-producing region in the central nervous system. It receives glutamatergic inputs from several brain regions, which are reciprocally modulated by serotonergic signals. We investigated whether serotonin 5-HT4 receptors (5-HT4Rs) play a role in the development of glutamatergic control of the DRN, with an emphasis on cortical inputs. Double-label immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy were used to quantify vesicular glutamate transporter 1 (vGluT1)-immunoreactive terminals in the DRN of mice with a null-mutation in the 5-HT4R gene...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108335/tryptase-catalyzed-core-histone-truncation-a-novel-epigenetic-regulatory-mechanism-in-mast-cells
#6
Fabio R Melo, Ola Wallerman, Aida Paivandy, Gabriela Calounova, Ann-Marie Gustafson, Benjamin R Sabari, Giuliano Zabucchi, C David Allis, Gunnar Pejler
BACKGROUND: Mast cells are key effector cells in allergic reactions. When activated to degranulate, they release a plethora of bioactive compounds from their secretory granules, including mast cell-restricted proteases such as tryptase. In a previous study we showed that tryptase, in addition to its intragranular location, can be found within the nuclei of mast cells where it truncates core histones at their N-terminal ends. OBJECTIVE: Considering that the N-terminal portions of the core histones constitute sites for posttranslational modifications of major epigenetic impact, we here evaluated whether histone truncation by tryptase could have an impact on epigenetic events in mast cells...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107527/effects-of-the-administration-of-25-oh-vitamin-d3-in-an-experimental-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-animals-null-for-1-alpha-hydroxylase
#7
Noelia Torremadé, Milica Bozic, David Goltzman, Elvira Fernandez, José M Valdivielso
The final step in vitamin D activation is catalyzed by 1-alpha-hydroxylase (CYP27B1). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by low levels of both 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 provoking secondary hyperparathyroidism (2HPT). Therefore, treatments with active or native vitamin D compounds are common in CKD to restore 25(OH)D3 levels and also to decrease PTH. This study evaluates the dose of 25(OH)D3 that restores parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcium levels in a model of CKD in CYP27B1-/- mice. Furthermore, we compare the safety and efficacy of the same dose in CYP27B1+/+ animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106799/rna-editing-adar1-and-the-innate-immune-response
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REVIEW
Qingde Wang, Xiaoni Li, Ruofan Qi, Timothy Billiar
RNA editing, particularly A-to-I RNA editing, has been shown to play an essential role in mammalian embryonic development and tissue homeostasis, and is implicated in the pathogenesis of many diseases including skin pigmentation disorder, autoimmune and inflammatory tissue injury, neuron degeneration, and various malignancies. A-to-I RNA editing is carried out by a small group of enzymes, the adenosine deaminase acting on RNAs (ADARs). Only three members of this protein family, ADAR1-3, exist in mammalian cells...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106793/hybrid-intelligent-system-to-perform-fault-detection-on-bis-sensor-during-surgeries
#9
José-Luis Casteleiro-Roca, José Luis Calvo-Rolle, Juan Albino Méndez Pérez, Nieves Roqueñí Gutiérrez, Francisco Javier de Cos Juez
This paper presents a new fault detection system in hypnotic sensors used for general anesthesia during surgery. Drug infusion during surgery is based on information received from patient monitoring devices; accordingly, faults in sensor devices can put patient safety at risk. Our research offers a solution to cope with these undesirable scenarios. We focus on the anesthesia process using intravenous propofol as the hypnotic drug and employing a Bispectral Index (BIS(TM)) monitor to estimate the patient's unconsciousness level...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105753/efficacy-and-safety-of-high-dose-chemotherapy-with-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-senior-versus-younger-adults-with-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma
#10
Li-Wen Huang, Wendi Bacon, Constance Cirrincione, Bercedis Peterson, Gwynn Long, David Rizzieri, Keith M Sullivan, Kelly Corbet, Mitchell Horwitz, Nelson Chao, Cristina Gasparetto, Sascha A Tuchman
We retrospectively studied 340 fit patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who underwent autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). We hypothesized that progression-free survival (PFS) of older patients was non-inferior to that of younger patients after ASCT. Our null hypothesis was that the PFS hazard ratio (HR) for a 5-year increase in age was ≥1.05; the alternative (non-inferiority) hypothesis was that the HR was ≤1. The observed HR was 0.94 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.86-1.03); since the CI upper bound was <1...
January 19, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105204/combining-fisetin-and-ionizing-radiation-suppresses-the-growth-of-mammalian-colorectal-cancers-in-xenograft-tumor-models
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Jyh-Der Leu, Bo-Shen Wang, Shu-Jun Chiu, Chun-Yuan Chang, Chien-Chih Chen, Fu-Du Chen, Shiirevnyamba Avirmed, Yi-Jang Lee
Fisetin (3,7,3',4'-tetrahydroxyflavone), which belongs to the flavonoid group of polyphenols and is found in a wide range of plants, has been reported to exhibit a number of biological activities in human cancer cells, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiangiogenic, anti-invasive and antiproliferative effects. Although previous in vitro studies have shown that fisetin treatment increases the apoptotic rate and enhances the radiosensitivity of human colorectal cancer cells, the in vivo effects of fisetin on tumor growth remain unclear...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104984/role-of-mast-cell-mir-490-5p-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#12
Hai-Xia Ren, Fa-Can Zhang, He-Sheng Luo, Guo Zhang, Lie-Xin Liang
AIM: To determine the functional role of miR-490-5p in mast cell proliferation and apoptosis, and in the mast cell tryptase/PAR-2 signal pathway. METHODS: The 3(rd) generation of lentivirus vector systems containing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) (Ruisai Inc., Shanghai, China), which acts as a reporter gene was used to construct the mmu-miR-490-5p lentivirus expression vector pEGFP-antagomiR-490-5p, and the lentivirus vector pEGFP-negative was used as a negative control...
January 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104788/myo18b-is-essential-for-sarcomere-assembly-in-fast-skeletal-muscle
#13
Joachim Berger, Silke Berger, Mei Li, Peter D Currie
Congenital myopathies are muscle degenerative disorders with a broad clinical spectrum. A number of myopathies have been associated with molecular defects within sarcomeres, the force-generating component of the muscle cell. Whereas the highly regular organization of the myofibril has been studied in detail, in vivo assembly of sarcomeres remains a poorly understood process. Therefore, a more detailed knowledge of sarcomere assembly is crucial to better understand the pathogenic mechanisms within myopathies...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104616/sequential-colonization-of-periodontal-pathogens-in-induction-of-periodontal-disease-and-atherosclerosis-in-ldlrnull-mice
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Sasanka S Chukkapalli, Meena Easwaran, Mercedes F Rivera-Kweh, Irina M Velsko, Sriram Ambadapadi, Jiayin Dai, Hannu Larjava, Alexandra R Lucas, Lakshmyya Kesavalu
Periodontal disease (PD) and atherosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD) are both chronic inflammatory diseases with a polymicrobial etiology and have been epidemiologically associated. The purpose is to examine whether periodontal bacteria that infect the periodontium, can also infect vascular tissues and enhance pre-existing early aortic atherosclerotic lesions in LDLR(null) mice. Mice were orally infected with intermediate bacterial colonizer Fusobacterium nucleatum for the first 12 weeks followed by late bacterial colonizers (Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola and Tannerella forsythia) for the remaining 12 weeks mimicking the human oral microbiota ecological colonization...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104486/valid-statistical-approaches-for-analyzing-sholl-data-mixed-effects-versus-simple-linear-models
#15
Machelle D Wilson, Sunjay Sethi, Pamela J Lein, Kimberly P Keil
BACKGROUND: The Sholl technique is widely used to quantify dendritic morphology. Data from such studies, which typically sample multiple neurons per animal, are often analyzed using simple linear models. However, simple linear models fail to account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data, which can lead to faulty inferences. NEW METHOD: Mixed effects models account for intra-class correlation that occurs with clustered data; thus, these models more accurately estimate the standard deviation of the parameter estimate, which produces more accurate p-values...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104457/genetic-deletion-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-provides-cardioprotective-responses-following-myocardial-infarction-in-aged-mice
#16
REVIEW
K Lockhart Jamieson, Victor Samokhvalov, Maria Akhnokh, Kyra Lee, Woo Jung Cho, Abhijit Takawale, Xiuhua Wang, Zamaneh Kassiri, John M Seubert
BACKGROUND: Pathophysiological responses, including cardiovascular complications, often alter with age. Cardioprotective effects of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) toward acute myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury have been well documented. However, biological relevance of EET-evoked cardioprotection in the ageing myocardium remains unknown. EETs are metabolized to less active metabolites by the enzyme soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH). This study uses permanent occlusion of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in young and aged sEH null and WT mice to compare cardiac and mitochondrial function following ischemic injury...
January 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103900/gde2-is-essential-for-neuronal-survival-in-the-postnatal-mammalian-spinal-cord
#17
Clinton Cave, Sungjin Park, Marianeli Rodriguez, Mai Nakamura, Ahmet Hoke, Mikhail Pletnikov, Shanthini Sockanathan
BACKGROUND: Glycerophosphodiester phosphodiesterase 2 (GDE2) is a six-transmembrane protein that cleaves glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors to regulate GPI-anchored protein activity at the cell surface. In the developing spinal cord, GDE2 utilizes its enzymatic function to regulate the production of specific classes of motor neurons and interneurons; however, GDE2's roles beyond embryonic neurogenesis have yet to be defined. METHOD: Using a panel of histological, immunohistochemical, electrophysiological, behavioral, and biochemistry techniques, we characterized the postnatal Gde2 (-/-) mouse for evidence of degenerative neuropathology...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103835/a-novel-putatively-null-fgd1-variant-leading-to-aarskog-scott-syndrome-in-a-family-from-uae
#18
Abdul Rezzak Hamzeh, Fatima Saif, Pratibha Nair, Asma Jassim Binjab, Madiha Mohamed, Mahmoud Taleb Al-Ali, Fatma Bastaki
BACKGROUND: The X-linked condition "Aarskog-Scott syndrome (AAS)" causes a characteristic combination of short stature, facial, genital and skeletal anomalies. Studies elucidated a causative link between AAS and mutations in the FGD1 gene, which encodes a Rho/Rac guanine exchange factor. FGD1 is involved in regulating signaling pathways that control cytoskeleton organization and embryogenesis. CASE PRESENTATION: FGD1 was studied in an Emirati family with two cases of AAS using PCR amplification and direct sequencing of the entire coding region of the gene...
January 19, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102614/expression-of-cd4-cd28-null-t-lymphocytes-in-children-and-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-relation-to-microvascular-complications-aortic-elastic-properties-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness
#19
Mona H El-Samahy, Azza A G Tantawy, Amira A M Adly, Nevin M Habeeb, Eman A R Ismail, Gehan M Hamed, Rasha Eladawy
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular risk in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is associated with endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, and altered immunity. CD4(+) CD28(null) T-cells are a subset of long-lived cytotoxic CD4(+) T-lymphocytes with proatherogenic and plaque-destabilizing properties. We hypothesized that the frequency of CD4(+) CD28(null) T-cells may be altered in T1DM and related to vascular complications. AIM: To assess the percentage of CD4(+) CD28(null) T-lymphocytes in children and adolescents with T1DM and their relation to vascular structure and glycemic control...
January 19, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101448/acetylsalicylic-acid-interferes-with-embryonic-kidney-growth-and-development-by-a-prostaglandin-independent-mechanism
#20
Simon J M Welham, Alexander J Sparrow, David S Gardner, Matthew J Elmes
AIM: To evaluate the effects of the non-selective, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), on ex vivo embryonic kidney growth and development. METHODS: Pairs of fetal mouse kidneys at embryonic day 12.5 were cultured ex vivo in increasing concentrations of ASA (0.04-0.4 mg/mL) for up to 7 d. One organ from each pair was grown in control media and was used as the internal control for the experimental contralateral organ. In some experiments, organs were treated with ASA for 48 h and then transferred either to control media alone or control media containing 10 μmol/L prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) for a further 5 d...
January 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
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