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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729444/an-atoh1-s193a-phospho-mutant-allele-causes-hearing-deficits-and-motor-impairment
#1
Wei Rose Xie, Hsin-I Jen, Michelle L Seymour, Szu-Ying Yeh, Fred A Pereira, Andrew K Groves, Tiemo J Klisch, Huda Y Zoghbi
Atoh1 is a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor that is essential for the genesis, survival, and maturation of a variety of neuronal and non-neuronal cell populations, including those involved in proprioception, interoception, balance, respiration, and hearing. Such diverse functions require fine regulation at the transcriptional and protein levels. Here we show that serine 193 (S193) is phosphorylated in Atoh1's bHLH domain in vivo Knock-in mice of both sexes bearing a GFP-tagged phospho-dead S193A allele on a null background (Atoh1(S193A/lacZ) ) exhibit mild cerebellar foliation defects, motor impairments, and also partial pontine nucleus migration defects, cochlear hair cell degeneration, and profound hearing loss...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718807/melanin-and-melanin-related-polymers-as-materials-with-biomedical-and-biotechnological-applications-cuttlefish-ink-and-mussel-foot-proteins-as-inspired-biomolecules
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REVIEW
Francisco Solano
The huge development of bioengineering during the last years has boosted the search for new bioinspired materials, with tunable chemical, mechanical, and optoelectronic properties for the design of semiconductors, batteries, biosensors, imaging and therapy probes, adhesive hydrogels, tissue restoration, photoprotectors, etc. These new materials should complement or replace metallic or organic polymers that cause cytotoxicity and some adverse health effects. One of the most interesting biomaterials is melanin and synthetic melanin-related molecules...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702978/the-evolution-of-artificial-hair-implantation
#3
M Agrawal, J Lotti, K França, M Fioranelli, M G Roccia, T Lotti
From the beginning, artificial hair implantation has aroused a lot of interest, sometimes controversial, in the field of hair restoration. The artificial fiber must be of high quality and biocompatible. Biofibre® is a very fine fiber having diameter of 80 m. The standard length of this fiber is 15 or 30 cm, to satisfy multiple patient requests. They are available in 13 colors and 3 different shapes (straight, wavy and curly). Artificial hair implant is indicated in all (male and female) cases of androgenetic alopecia, especially for those who show dismal response to medical therapies and have poor donor area supply for hair transplantation...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686861/generation-of-human-hair-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro-is-it-all-about-how-the-wnt-blows
#4
Matthew W Kelley
Screening for small molecules or drugs that can protect or restore mechanosensory hair cells has been hampered by limited cell numbers. In Nature Biotechnology, Koehler et al. (2017) have developed a human organoid-based approach using basic developmental principles to generate large numbers of bonafide hair cells in vitro.
July 6, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686713/transcriptome-wide-comparison-of-the-impact-of-atoh1-and-mir-183-family-on-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-multipotent-otic-progenitor-cells
#5
Michael Ebeid, Prashanth Sripal, Jason Pecka, Kirk W Beisel, Kelvin Kwan, Garrett A Soukup
Over 5% of the global population suffers from disabling hearing loss caused by multiple factors including aging, noise exposure, genetic predisposition, or use of ototoxic drugs. Sensorineural hearing loss is often caused by the loss of sensory hair cells (HCs) of the inner ear. A barrier to hearing restoration after HC loss is the limited ability of mammalian auditory HCs to spontaneously regenerate. Understanding the molecular mechanisms orchestrating HC development is expected to facilitate cell replacement therapies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682135/using-zebrafish-as-a-model-to-study-the-role-of-epigenetics-in-hearing-loss
#6
Yingzi He, Beier Bao, Huawei Li
The rapid progress of bioinformatics and high-throughput screening techniques in recent years has led to the identification of many candidate genes and small-molecule drugs that have the potential to make significant contributions to our understanding of the developmental and pathological processes of hearing, but it remains unclear how these genes and regulatory factors are coordinated. Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic mechanisms are essential for establishing gene expression profiles and likely play an important role in the development of inner ear and in the pathology of hearing-associated diseases...
July 6, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652426/transcriptome-analysis-of-skin-from-smp30-gnl-knockout-mice-reveals-the-effect-of-ascorbic-acid-deficiency-on-skin-and-hair
#7
Koji Wakame, Ken-Ichi Komatsu, Akifumi Nakata, Keisuke Sato, Akira Takaguri, Hirofumi Masutomi, Takayuki Nagashima, Hironobu Uchiyama
BACKGROUND/AIM: Senescence marker protein-30/gluconolactonase knockout mice (SMP-30/GNL-KO) are a very useful model for clarifying the involvement of vitamin C (VC) in aging-related diseases. In this study, the effects of VC deficiency on skin and hair growth were investigated using SMP-30/GNL-KO mice by RNA sequencing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SMP-30/GNL-KO mice were given water containing 1.5 g/l VC until up to 8 weeks after birth to maintain a VC concentration in their organs and plasma equivalent to that in wild-type mice...
July 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599846/planar-cell-polarity-dependent-and-independent-functions-in-the-emergence-of-tissue-scale-hair-follicle-patterns
#8
Maureen Cetera, Liliya Leybova, Frank W Woo, Michael Deans, Danelle Devenport
Hair follicles of the mammalian epidermis display local order and global alignment, a complex pattern instructed by the core planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway. Here we address the contributions of core PCP genes, Van Gogh-like and Frizzled, to the establishment, local refinement, and global order of embryonic and postnatal hair follicles. We find that, similar to Fz6 mutants, the disordered hair patterns of Vangl2 mutants are refined over time and eventually corrected. In both mutants, we find that tissue-level reorientation occurs through locally coordinated follicle rotation at stereotyped locations...
August 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584752/body-to-scalp-evolving-trends-in-body-hair-transplantation
#9
REVIEW
Kuldeep Saxena, Sandeep S Savant
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is becoming an increasingly popular method for hair restoration. As FUE leaves behind no linear scars, it is more suitable to harvest from various body areas including beard, chest, and extremities in hirsute individuals. Body hair characteristics such as thickness, length, and hair cycle may not completely match to that of the scalp hair. The techniques of harvesting body hairs are more time consuming, requiring higher degree of skill than regular scalp FUE. Body hair transplantation can be successfully used either alone or in combination with scalp hair in advanced grades of baldness, for improving the cosmetic appearance of hairlines and in scarring alopecia when there is paucity of donor scalp hair...
May 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576729/afferent-synaptogenesis-between-ectopic-hair-cell-like-cells-and-neurites-of-spiral-ganglion-induced-by-atoh1-in-mammals-in-vitro
#10
Wen-Wei Luo, Rui Ma, Xiang Cheng, Xiao-Yu Yang, Zhao Han, Dong-Dong Ren, Ping Chen, Fang-Lu Chi, Juan-Mei Yang
Newly formed ectopic hair-cell-like cells (EHCLCs) induced by overexpression of atonal homolog 1 (Atoh1) in vitro were found to possess features of endogenous hair cells (HCs) in previous reports and in the present study. However, limited information is available regarding whether EHCLCs and native spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) form afferent synapses, which are important for the restoration of hearing. In the current study, we focused on the afferent synaptogenesis between EHCLCs and SGN-derived dendrites...
May 31, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574382/dermal-adipose-tissue-in-hair-follicle-cycling-possible-applications-in-alopecia
#11
U Wollina, Naser M Abdel, I Kruglikov
Cross-talk between the hair follicles (HFs) in different stages of their cycling and adjacent adipose tissue is a new important topic which is of both theoretical and practical interest. Objective - to analyze available data on possible interrelationship of dermal adipose tissue and hair follicle cycling. Experimental results obtained in rodents clearly demonstrate that HFs cycling is connected to adjacent dermal adipose tissue. Recently uncovered adipocyte-myofibroblast transition can be significantly involved in miniaturization of HFs and be an important pathophysiological step in androgenetic alopecia...
April 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552069/tissue-engineered-skin-and-wound-healing-current-strategies-and-future-directions
#12
Nandana Bhardwaj, Dimple Chouhan, Biman B Mandal
The global volume of skin damage or injuries has major healthcare implications and, accounts for about half of the world's annual expenditure in the healthcare sector. In the last two decades, tissue-engineered skin constructs have shown great promise in the treatment of various skin-related disorders such as deep burns and wounds. The treatment methods for skin replacement and repair have evolved from utilization of autologous epidermal sheets to more complex bilayered cutaneous tissue engineered skin substitutes...
May 25, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546083/mechanisms-of-tolerance-and-potential-therapeutic-interventions-in-alopecia-areata
#13
REVIEW
Gabriel Skogberg, Sonya Jackson, Annika Åstrand
This review aims to address the mechanisms of compromised immune tolerance contributing to the development and maintenance of Alopecia Areata (AA). Our goal is to also highlight future treatment opportunities and therapeutics that will safely and efficiently restore hair growth and maintain patients in remission. AA is a presumptive autoimmune disorder that coincides and genetically clusters to several other autoimmune diseases. In this review, we pay attention to the learnings from the mechanistic research and drug development in these other autoimmune conditions...
May 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523261/rejuvenation-using-platelet-rich-plasma-and-lipofilling-for-vaginal-atrophy-and-lichen-sclerosus
#14
Seok Hwan Kim, Eun Soo Park, Tae Hee Kim
Vaginal atrophy is a common condition among peri- and post-menopausal women. Symptoms of vaginal dryness, pruritus, irritation, loss of subcutaneous fat, sparse pubic hair and dyspareunia occur due to decreased estrogen level. Estrogen-based treatments are effective. But many patients are reluctant to be treated due to health concerns. As alternatives, we explored the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and lipofilling. A 67-year-old female patient with vaginal atrophy was referred to our department. Treatment using estrogen cream had failed to improve patient's symptoms...
April 2017: Journal of Menopausal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499525/consecutive-cyproterone-acetate-and-estradiol-treatment-in-late-pubertal-transgender-female-adolescents
#15
Lloyd J W Tack, Robin Heyse, Margarita Craen, Karlien Dhondt, Heidi Vanden Bossche, Jolien Laridaen, Martine Cools
BACKGROUND: Cyproterone acetate (CA) is an antiandrogenic progestin commonly used in adult transwomen to suppress endogenous androgens, often in combination with estrogens to induce feminization. AIM: To assess the (side) effects and biochemical changes of CA alone and in combination with estrogens in adolescent trans-girls. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of clinical and biochemical data from 27 trans-girls who presented at Tanner stage G4 and were treated with CA monotherapy for at least 6 months (mean = 12 months) and then in combination with incremental doses of estrogens (CA + E; mean = 16 months)...
May 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499298/-cochlear-implant-state-of-the-art
#16
Thomas Lenarz
Cochlear implants are the treatment of choice for the auditory rehabilitation of patients with sensory deafness. They restore the missing function of inner hair cells by transforming the acoustic signal into electrical stimuli for activation of auditory nerve fibers. Due to the very fast technology development cochlear implants provide open-set speech understanding in the majority of patients including the use of the telephone. Children can achieve a near to normal speech and language development provided their deafness is detected early after onset and implantation is performed quickly thereafter...
April 2017: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461770/pimecrolimus-increases-the-melanogenesis-and-migration-of-melanocytes-in-vitro
#17
Ping Xu, Jie Chen, Cheng Tan, Ren-Sheng Lai, Zhong-Sheng Min
Vitiligo is an intriguing depigmentary disorder and is notoriously difficult to be treated. The ultimate goal of vitiligo treatment is to replenish the lost melanocytes by immigration from hair follicle and to restore the normal function of melanogenesis by residual melanocytes. There are two types of topical calcineurin inhibitors called tacrolimus and pimecrolimus, and are recommended as the first-line treatments in vitiligo. Although pimecrolimus is efficacious for the repigmentation of vitiligo, its intrinsic mechanisms have never been investigated in vitro...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437267/reconstruction-of-pediatric-scalp-avulsion-injuries-after-dog-bites
#18
Zhi Yang Ng, Kyle R Eberlin, Tianyu Lin, Peter T Masiakos, Curtis L Cetrulo
Dog bite injuries are common and the head and neck is most frequently involved in pediatric patients. In severe cases, the combination of crushing, tearing, and puncturing can result in scalp avulsion. Currently, microsurgical replantation of the avulsed scalp remains the gold standard but may not always be possible. The authors present their treatment algorithm with 2 patient examples. In Patient 1, the scalp was deemed unsuitable for replantation due to extensive soft tissue injury; in Patient 2, the scalp was not available on presentation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418596/hair-follicle-dermal-stem-cells-and-skin-derived-precursor-cells-exciting-tools-for-endogenous-and-exogenous-therapies
#19
Natacha A Agabalyan, Nicole L Rosin, Waleed Rahmani, Jeff Biernaskie
Understanding the cellular interactions and molecular signals underlying hair follicle (HF) regeneration may have significant implications for restorative therapies for skin disease that diminish hair growth, whilst also serving to provide fundamental insight into the mechanisms underlying adult tissue regeneration. One of the major, yet underappreciated, players in this process is the underlying HF mesenchyme. Here, we provide an overview of a mesenchymal progenitor pool referred to as hair follicle dermal stem cells (hfDSCs), discuss their potential functions within the skin, their relationship to Skin-derived precursors (SKPs) and consider unanswered questions about the function of these specialized fibroblasts...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388662/scanning-laser-optical-tomography-for-in-toto-imaging-of-the-murine-cochlea
#20
Lena Nolte, Nadine Tinne, Jennifer Schulze, Dag Heinemann, Georgios C Antonopoulos, Heiko Meyer, Hans Gerd Nothwang, Thomas Lenarz, Alexander Heisterkamp, Athanasia Warnecke, Tammo Ripken
The mammalian cochlea is a complex macroscopic structure due to its helical shape and the microscopic arrangements of the individual layers of cells. To improve the outcomes of hearing restoration in deaf patients, it is important to understand the anatomic structure and composition of the cochlea ex vivo. Hitherto, only one histological technique based on confocal laser scanning microscopy and optical clearing has been developed for in toto optical imaging of the murine cochlea. However, with a growing size of the specimen, e...
2017: PloS One
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