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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821767/identification-of-candidate-genes-for-devil-facial-tumour-disease-tumourigenesis
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Robyn L Taylor, Yiru Zhang, Jennifer P Schöning, Janine E Deakin
Devil facial tumour (DFT) disease, a transmissible cancer where the infectious agent is the tumour itself, has caused a dramatic decrease in Tasmanian devil numbers in the wild. The purpose of this study was to take a candidate gene/pathway approach to identify potentially perturbed genes or pathways in DFT. A fusion of chromosome 1 and X is posited as the initial event leading to the development of DFT, with the rearranged chromosome 1 material now stably maintained as the tumour spreads through the population...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821673/unc-18-and-tomosyn-antagonistically-control-synaptic-vesicle-priming-downstream-of-unc-13-in-c-elegans
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Seungmee Park, Na-Ryum Bin, Bin Yu, Raymond Wong, Ewa Sitarska, Kyoko Sugita, Ke Ma, Junjie Xu, Chi-Wei Tien, Arash Algouneh, Ekaterina Turlova, Siyan Wang, Pranay Siriya, Waleed Shahid, Lorraine Kalia, Zhong-Ping Feng, Philippe P Monnier, Hong-Shuo Sun, Mei Zhen, Shangbang Gao, Josep Rizo, Shuzo Sugita
Munc18-1/UNC-18 is believed to prime SNARE-mediated membrane fusion, yet the underlying mechanisms remain enigmatic. Here, we examined how potential gain-of-function mutations of Munc18-1/UNC-18 affect locomotory behavior and synaptic transmission, and how Munc18-1-mediated priming is related to Munc13-1/UNC-13 and Tomosyn/TOM-1, positive and negative SNARE regulators, respectively. We show that a Munc18-1(P335A)/UNC-18(P334A) mutation leads to significantly increased locomotory activity and acetylcholine release in C...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818858/pai-1-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-expression-renders-alternatively-activated-human-macrophages-proteolytically-quiescent
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Philipp J Hohensinner, Johanna Baumgartner, Julia B Kral-Pointner, Pavel Uhrin, Benjamin Ebenbauer, Barbara Thaler, Konstantin Doberer, Stefan Stojkovic, Svitlana Demyanets, Michael B Fischer, Kurt Huber, Gernot Schabbauer, Walter S Speidl, Johann Wojta
OBJECTIVE: Macrophages are versatile immune cells capable of polarizing into functional subsets depending on environmental stimulation. In atherosclerotic lesions, proinflammatory polarized macrophages are associated with symptomatic plaques, whereas Th2 cytokine-polarized macrophages are inversely related with disease progression. To establish a functional cause for these observations, we analyzed extracellular matrix degradation phenotypes in polarized macrophages. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We provide evidence that proinflammatory polarized macrophages rely on membrane-bound proteases including matrix metalloproteinase 14 and the serine protease uPA (urokinase plasminogen activator) together with its receptor uPAR for extracellular matrix degradation...
August 17, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818679/improved-assays-for-agg-interruptions-in-fragile-x-premutation-carriers
#4
Bruce E Hayward, Karen Usdin
The learning disability fragile X syndrome results from the presence of >200 CGG/CCG-repeats in exon 1 of the X-linked gene FMR1. Such alleles arise by expansion from maternally transmitted FMR1 premutation alleles, alleles having 55 to 200 repeats. Expansion risk is directly related to maternal repeat number. However, AGG interruptions to the repeat tract are important modifiers of expansion risk. Thus, the ability to identify such interruptions is crucial for the appropriate genetic counseling of women who are premutation carriers...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817248/attenuated-suppression-of-lipolysis-explains-increases-in-triglyceride-secretion-and-concentration-with-basal-insulin-peglispro-bil-relative-to-insulin-glargine-treatment-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
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Rakel Fuglsang Johansen, Esben Søndergaard, Helle Linnebjerg, Parag Garhyan, Eric Chen Quin Lam, Niels Porksen, Scott J Jacober, Søren Nielsen
AIMS: In patients with type 1 diabetes, basal insulin peglispro (BIL) lowers weight and increases plasma triglycerides (TG) and hepatic fat relative to insulin glargine (GL). To explain this, we hypothesised that BIL's attenuated peripheral effects may include increased free fatty acid flux to the liver, causing increased VLDL-TG secretion and lipid oxidation, and decreased TG adipose tissue deposition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this open-label, randomised, 2-period crossover study, 14 patients with type 1 diabetes received once-daily, individualised, stable BIL or GL doses for 3 weeks...
August 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813817/the-effects-of-silent-visuomotor-cueing-on-word-retrieval-in-broca-s-aphasies-a-pilot-study
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Klaudia Grechuta, Belen Rubio Bellaster, Rosa Espin Munne, Teresa Usabiaga Bernal, Begona Molina Hervas, Rosa San Segundo, Paul F M J Verschure
About a quarter of stroke patients worldwide suffer serious language disorders such as aphasias. Most common symptoms of Broca's aphasia are word naming disorders which highly impact verbal communication and the quality of life of aphasic patients. In order to recover disturbances in word retrieval, several cueing methods (i.e. phonemic and semantic) have been established to improve lexical access establishing effective language rehabilitation techniques. Based on recent evidence from action-perception theories, which postulate that neural circuits for speech perception and articulation are tightly coupled, in the present work, we propose and investigate an alternative type of cueing using silent articulation-related visual stimuli...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813334/the-future-for-pettlep-a-modern-perspective-on-an-effective-and-established-tool
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REVIEW
Dave Collins, Howie J Carson
Over the past 15 years there has been much research into the PETTLEP model of motor imagery, originally designed to improve the quality and impact of imagery interventions on sport performance. This article reviews the most recent trends within this research. Despite a suggested change of underpinning mechanisms involved, there is much support for the positive impact of the model when applied within the sporting context and with engaged participants. The model also appears to have provided impact in fields other than sport, such as medicine and music...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811978/development-and-characterization-of-naive-single-type-tumor-antigen-specific-cd8-t-lymphocytes-from-murine-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Fengyang Lei, Mohammad Haque, Praneet Sandhu, Swetha Ravi, Jianyong Song, Bing Ni, Songguo Zheng, Deyu Fang, Hongyan Jia, Jin-Ming Yang, Jianxun Song
Optimal approaches to differentiate tumor antigen-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) remain elusive. In the current study, we showed that combination of in vitro priming through Notch ligands and in vivo development facilitated the generation of tumor Ag-specific CTLs that effectively inhibited tumor growth. We co-cultured the murine induced PSCs (iPSCs) genetically modified with tyrosinase-related protein 2 (TRP2)-specific T cell receptors with OP9 cell line expressing both Notch ligands Delta-like 1 and 4 (OP9-DL1/DL4) for a week before adoptively transferred into recipient C67BL/6 mice...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811757/cyclic-dipeptides-from-bacillus-vallismortis-bs07-require-key-components-of-plant-immunity-to-induce-disease-resistance-in-arabidopsis-against-pseudomonas-infection
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Seong Woo Noh, Rira Seo, Jung-Kwon Park, Md Maniruzzaman Manir, Kyungseok Park, Mee Kyung Sang, Surk-Sik Moon, Ho Won Jung
Cyclic dipeptides (CDPs) are one of the simplest compounds produced by living organisms. Plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs) also produce CDPs that can induce disease resistance. Bacillus vallismortis strain BS07 producing various CDPs has been evaluated as a potential biocontrol agent against multiple plant pathogens in chili pepper. However, plant signal pathway triggered by CDPs has not been fully elucidated yet. Here we introduce four CDPs, cyclo(Gly-L-Pro) previously identified from Aspergillus sp...
August 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811584/nanopriming-technology-for-enhancing-germination-and-starch-metabolism-of-aged-rice-seeds-using-phytosynthesized-silver-nanoparticles
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Wuttipong Mahakham, Ajit K Sarmah, Santi Maensiri, Piyada Theerakulpisut
Application of nanomaterials for agriculture is relatively new as compared to their use in biomedical and industrial sectors. In order to promote sustainable nanoagriculture, biocompatible silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been synthesized through green route using kaffir lime leaf extract for use as nanopriming agent for enhancing seed germination of rice aged seeds. Results of various characterization techniques showed the successful formation of AgNPs which were capped with phytochemicals present in the plant extract...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811558/cross-modal-plasticity-in-the-deaf-enhances-processing-of-masked-stimuli-in-the-visual-modality
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Seema Prasad, Gouri Shanker Patil, Ramesh Kumar Mishra
Compensatory changes as a result of auditory deprivation in the deaf lead to higher visual processing skills. In two experiments, we explored if such brain plasticity in the deaf modulates processing of masked stimuli in the visual modality. Deaf and normal-hearing participants responded to targets either voluntarily or by instruction. Masked primes related to the response were presented briefly before the targets at the center and the periphery. In Experiment 1, targets appeared only at the foveal region whereas, in Experiment 2, they appeared both at the fovea and the periphery...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810059/targeted-genome-editing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-crispr-cas9
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REVIEW
Behnom Farboud
Utilization of programmable nucleases to generate DNA lesions at precise endogenous sequences has transformed the ability to edit genomes from microbes to plants and animals. This is especially true in organisms that previously lacked the means to engineer precise genomic changes, like Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is a 1 mm long free-living, nonparasitic, nematode worm, which is easily cultivated in a laboratory. Its detailed genetic map and relatively compact genome (~100 megabases) helped make it the first metazoan to have its entire genome sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808238/rna-seq-using-bulked-recombinant-inbred-line-populations-uncovers-the-importance-of-brassinosteroid-for-seed-longevity-after-priming-treatments
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Naoto Sano, June-Sik Kim, Yoshihiko Onda, Takahito Nomura, Keiichi Mochida, Masanori Okamoto, Mitsunori Seo
Seed priming is a commercially used technique for improving seed performance including germination. However, the treatment sometimes reduces seed longevity as a side effect, limiting the storable period or longevity of the seeds. To overcome this problem, molecular mechanisms involved in the loss of seed longevity during priming were analyzed using natural variations of Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that the Est-1 accession retained longevity for longer after priming compared to the reference accession Col-0...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807664/social-interaction-modulates-the-neuroinflammatory-response-to-global-cerebral-ischemia-in-male-mice
#14
Monica M Gaudier-Diaz, Ning Zhang, Adam H Haines, Surbhi, Min Zhou, A Courtney DeVries
Social isolation is a risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, although the underlying mechanisms remain underspecified. Considering the potential of microglia to become sensitized by stressors and their role in neuroinflammation, we hypothesized that social isolation primes microglia, resulting in an exaggerated neuroimmune response to experimental cerebral ischemia. First, major histocompatibility complex II (MHC II) gene expression, an indicator of microglial priming, was compared between mice that were socially isolated or pair-housed...
August 11, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807632/development-of-an-in-vitro-co-culture-model-to-mimic-the-human-intestine-in-healthy-and-diseased-state
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Angela A M Kämpfer, Patricia Urbán, Sabrina Gioria, Nilesh Kanase, Vicki Stone, Agnieszka Kinsner-Ovaskainen
The intestine forms the largest interface between the environment and the human organism. Its integrity and functioning are crucial for the uptake of nutrients while preventing access of harmful antigens. Inflammatory conditions can significantly change the normal functioning of the intestine. In vitro models that adequately reproduce both healthy and inflamed intestinal tissue could provide a useful tool for studying the mechanisms of intestinal inflammation and investigating new therapeutic drugs. We established a co-culture of Caco-2 and PMA-differentiated THP-1 cells that mimics the intestine in healthy and controlled inflamed states...
August 11, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804401/being-slower-feeling-older-experimentally-induced-cognitive-aging-experiences-have-limited-impact-on-subjective-age
#16
Martina Gabrian, Hans-Werner Wahl
Initial experimental research has shown that subjective age may change in response to induced aging experiences, but replication and extension are needed. The present study investigates if age-related cognitive gain or loss experiences evoke decreases/increases in subjective age. A multidimensional subjective age measure was used to explore domain-specific internalization effects. 78 individuals aged 59-70 years were randomly assigned to two experimental conditions and a control group. Participants took a cognitive attention test and received gain-oriented feedback on their accuracy or loss-oriented feedback on their processing speed...
June 2017: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804392/the-impact-of-aging-stereotypes-on-dementia-worry
#17
Joie Molden, Molly Maxfield
Dementia worry, an anxiety-related response to the possibility of developing dementia, represents an important yet underexplored health concern for an aging population. Such a construct is likely impacted by stereotypes concerning aging, including biased associations of aging with inevitable cognitive decline. The present article explores the impact of mixed positive and negative aging stereotype messages on levels of dementia worry. The Fear of Alzheimer's Disease Scale (FADS) was used to measure impact of priming with different proportions of positive and negative aging stereotype words...
March 2017: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803980/humoral-immune-response-of-galleria-mellonella-after-repeated-infection-with-bacillus-thuringiensis
#18
Paulina Taszłow, Lidiia Vertyporokh, Iwona Wojda
The insect immune system relies on innate mechanisms only. However, there is an increasing number of data reporting that previous immune challenge with microbial elicitors or a low number of microorganisms can modulate susceptibility after subsequent lethal infection with the same or different pathogen. This phenomenon is called immune priming. Its biochemical and molecular mechanisms remain unravelled. Here we present that Galleria mellonella larvae that survived infection induced by intrahemocelic injection of a low dose of Bacillus thuringiensis were more resistant to re-injection of a lethal dose of the same bacteria but not with other bacteria and fungi tested...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803918/modeling-of-trex1-dependent-autoimmune-disease-using-human-stem-cells-highlights-l1-accumulation-as-a-source-of-neuroinflammation
#19
Charles A Thomas, Leon Tejwani, Cleber A Trujillo, Priscilla D Negraes, Roberto H Herai, Pinar Mesci, Angela Macia, Yanick J Crow, Alysson R Muotri
Three-prime repair exonuclease 1 (TREX1) is an anti-viral enzyme that cleaves nucleic acids in the cytosol, preventing accumulation and a subsequent type I interferon-associated inflammatory response. Autoimmune diseases, including Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) and systemic lupus erythematosus, can arise when TREX1 function is compromised. AGS is a neuroinflammatory disorder with severe and persistent intellectual and physical problems. Here we generated a human AGS model that recapitulates disease-relevant phenotypes using pluripotent stem cells lacking TREX1...
August 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798364/characterization-of-circulating-low-density-neutrophils-intrinsic-properties-in-healthy-and-asthmatic-horses
#20
Nicolas Herteman, Amandine Vargas, Jean-Pierre Lavoie
Low-density neutrophils (LDNs) are a subset of neutrophils first described in the bloodstream upon pathological conditions, and recently, in the blood of healthy humans. LDNs may have an enhanced pro-inflammatory (low-density granulocytes, LDGs) or an immunosuppressive (Granulocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells, G-MDSCs) profile. Whether these characteristics are specific to LDNs or related to disease states is unknown. Thus, we sought to investigate the properties of LDNs in both health and disease states, and to compare them to those of autologous normal-density neutrophils (NDNs)...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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