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Priyadarshini Singh Nee Priyadarshini, Bechan Lal
The present study demonstrates seasonal variation in the cellular expression of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a known orexigenic neuropeptide, in the testis of the catfish, Clarias batrachus and its relation with testicular steroids. In vitro effects of NPY on androgen production and activities of steroidogenic enzymes were also analyzed to reaffirm the relation between NPY and steroids. NPY-immunoprecipitation was observed in Sertoli cells, interstitial cells and germ cells in recrudescing testis. Intensity of NPY-immunoreaction in the interstitial cells increased steadily with initiation of spermatogenesis and reached maximal in fully grown testes, and then decreased suddenly in the spermiating/spent testis...
March 13, 2018: Peptides
Zhiyi Qin, Peter Stoilov, Xuegong Zhang, Yi Xing
Alternative first exons diversify the transcriptomes of eukaryotes by producing variants of the 5' Untranslated Regions (5'UTRs) and N-terminal coding sequences. Accurate transcriptome-wide detection of alternative first exons typically requires specialized experimental approaches that are designed to identify the 5' ends of transcripts. We developed a computational pipeline SEASTAR that identifies first exons from RNA-seq data alone then quantifies and compares alternative first exon usage across multiple biological conditions...
March 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Jamey R Szalay, Petr Pokorný, Peter Jenniskens, Mihály Horányi
The Lunar Dust Experiment (LDEX) onboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission orbited the Moon from 2013 October to 2014 April and detected impact ejecta generated by the continual bombardment of meteoroids to the lunar surface. While the Moon transited the Geminid meteoroid stream, LDEX observed a large enhancement in the lunar impact ejecta cloud, particularly above the portion of lunar surface normal to the Geminids radiant. Here, we present the LDEX measurements during the Geminids, using the surface density of impact ejecta at the Moon as a proxy for meteoroid activity...
March 2018: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Edward J Steele, Shirwan Al-Mufti, Kenneth A Augustyn, Rohana Chandrajith, John P Coghlan, S G Coulson, Sudipto Ghosh, Mark Gillman, Reginald M Gorczynski, Brig Klyce, Godfrey Louis, Kithsiri Mahanama, Keith R Oliver, Julio Padron, Jiangwen Qu, John A Schuster, W E Smith, Duane P Snyder, Julian A Steele, Brent J Stewart, Robert Temple, Gensuke Tokoro, Christopher A Tout, Alexander Unzicker, Milton Wainwright, Jamie Wallis, Daryl H Wallis, Max K Wallis, John Wetherall, D T Wickramasinghe, J T Wickramasinghe, N Chandra Wickramasinghe, Yongsheng Liu
We review the salient evidence consistent with or predicted by the Hoyle-Wickramasinghe (H- W) thesis of Cometary (Cosmic) Biology. Much of this physical and biological evidence is multifactorial. One particular focus are the recent studies which date the emergence of the complex retroviruses of vertebrate lines at or just before the Cambrian Explosion of ∼500 Ma. Such viruses are known to be plausibly associated with major evolutionary genomic processes. We believe this coincidence is not fortuitous but is consistent with a key prediction of H-W theory whereby major extinction-diversification evolutionary boundaries coincide with virus-bearing cometary-bolide bombardment events...
March 12, 2018: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Masaru Nakano, Takane Hori, Eiichiro Araki, Shuichi Kodaira, Satoshi Ide
Recent studies of slow earthquakes along plate boundaries have shown that tectonic tremor, low-frequency earthquakes, very-low-frequency events (VLFEs), and slow-slip events (SSEs) often accompany each other and appear to share common source faults. However, the source processes of slow events occurring in the shallow part of plate boundaries are not well known because seismic observations have been limited to land-based stations, which offer poor resolution beneath offshore plate boundaries. Here we use data obtained from seafloor observation networks in the Nankai trough, southwest of Japan, to investigate shallow VLFEs in detail...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
T Cesak, J Adamkov, J Habalova, P Poczos, M Kanta, M Bartos, T Hosszu
AIM: The aim of this study was to analyse the relationship between intracranial pressure (intracranial pressure monitoring) and lactate pyruvate ratio (cerebral microdialysis) in patients with ruptured intracranial aneurysms. METHODS: In a group of fifteen patients, intracranial pressure and lactate/pyruvate ratios were measured and logged in hourly intervals. The relationship between these two variables was subsequently analysed in two ways. 1) Intracranial hypertension (ICP > 20 mmHg) in the presence of energy deprivation (L/P ratio > 30) was noted...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Mariia Rabyk, Oleksandr Yushchuk, Ihor Rokytskyy, Maria Anisimova, Bohdan Ostash
The AdpA protein from a streptomycin producer Streptomyces griseus is a founding member of the AdpA family of pleiotropic regulators, known to be ubiquitously present in streptomycetes. Functional genomic approaches revealed a huge number of AdpA targets, leading to the claim that the AdpA regulon is the largest one in bacteria. The expression of adpA is limited at the level of translation of the rare leucyl UUA codon. All known properties of AdpA regulators were discovered on a few streptomycete strains. There are open questions about the true abundance and diversity of AdpA across actinobacterial taxa (and beyond) and about the possible evolutionary forces that shape the AdpA orthologous group in Streptomyces...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Daniel Skuk, Jacques P Tremblay
Background: Transplantation of myogenic cells has potential applications in the treatment of muscle pathologies. Excluding purely autologous cell transplantation, graft viability depends on an adequate control of acute rejection (AR). To contribute in understanding AR in this context, we analyzed whether de novo circulating antibodies against donor's cells are detected during induced AR of graft-derived myofibers in nonhuman primates. Methods: We allotransplanted satellite cell-derived myoblasts in macaques immunosuppressed with tacrolimus...
December 2017: Transplantation Direct
Peter van Balen, Boris van der Zouwen, Alwine B Kruisselbrink, Matthijs Eefting, Karoly Szuhai, Ekaterina S Jordanova, J H F Falkenburg, Inge Jedema
Introduction: Conditioning regimens preceding allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) can cause tissue damage and acceleration of the development of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). T-cell-depleted alloSCT with postponed donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) may reduce GVHD, because tissue injury can be restored at the time of DLI. In this study, we investigated the presence of tissue injury and inflammation in skin during the period of hematologic recovery and immune reconstitution after alloSCT...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Na Jiang, Lei Shi, Jieping Lin, Lifang Zhang, Yanxia Peng, Huiying Sheng, Ping Wu, Qingjun Pan
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus (RV) and enteric adenovirus (AdV) mainly cause infantile infectious gastroenteritis. Several separate test methods for the detection of RV or AdV are currently available, but few tests are able to simultaneously detect both RV and AdV viruses, especially in primary medical institutions. METHODS: The present study was mainly designed to compare the performance of two combined test strips for the detection of RV and AdV: a rotavirus-adenovirus strip with fluorescent microspheres for tracers (FMT); and the CerTest rotavirus-adenovirus blister strip with colored microspheres for tracers (CMT)...
March 13, 2018: Virology Journal
M Palova, T Szotkowski, A Hlusi, K Indrak, J Navratilova, M Divoka, T Papajik
Primary myelofibrosis (PMF) is a chronic clonal myeloid disorder. Together with essential thrombocythemia (ET) and polycythemia vera (PV), it belongs to a group of Philadelphia chromosome-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. An integral part of laboratory tests carried out in this disease group is detecting the presence of mutations in the Janus kinase 2 gene at position 617 (JAK2 V617F) and in the gene encoding for the receptor for thrombopoietin (myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene, MPL) found in approximately 60% of PMF patients...
2018: Neoplasma
Daniel Gomez-Cardona, John Hayes, Ran Zhang, Ke Li, Juan Pablo Cruz-Bastida, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: Different low signal correction (LSC) methods have been shown to efficiently reduce noise streaks and noise level in CT to provide acceptable images at low radiation dose levels. These methods usually result in CT images with highly shift-variant and anisotropic spatial resolution and noise, which makes the parameter optimization process highly nontrivial. The purpose of this work was to develop a local task-based parameter optimization framework for LSC methods. METHODS: Two well-known LSC methods: the adaptive trimmed mean (ATM) filter and the anisotropic diffusion (AD) filter, were used as examples to demonstrate how to use the task-based framework to optimize filter parameter selection...
March 12, 2018: Medical Physics
Rahul Banerjee, Jesse B Yoder, David T Yue, L Mario Amzel, Gordon F Tomaselli, Sandra B Gabelli, Manu Ben-Johny
Calmodulin (CaM) regulation of voltage-gated calcium (CaV ) channels is a powerful Ca2+ feedback mechanism that adjusts Ca2+ influx, affording rich mechanistic insights into Ca2+ decoding. CaM possesses a dual-lobed architecture, a salient feature of the myriad Ca2+ -sensing proteins, where two homologous lobes that recognize similar targets hint at redundant signaling mechanisms. Here, by tethering CaM lobes, we demonstrate that bilobal architecture is obligatory for signaling to CaV channels. With one lobe bound, CaV carboxy tail rearranges itself, resulting in a preinhibited configuration precluded from Ca2+ feedback...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Alina Suzann Fichtner, Mohindar Murugesh Karunakaran, Lisa Starick, Richard W Truman, Thomas Herrmann
1-5% of human blood T cells are Vγ9Vδ2 T cells whose T cell receptor (TCR) contain a TRGV9/TRGJP rearrangement and a TRDV2 comprising Vδ2-chain. They respond to phosphoantigens (PAgs) like isopentenyl pyrophosphate or (E)-4-hydroxy-3-methyl-but-2-enyl-pyrophosphate (HMBPP) in a butyrophilin 3 (BTN3)-dependent manner and may contribute to the control of mycobacterial infections. These cells were thought to be restricted to primates, but we demonstrated by analysis of genomic databases that TRGV9, TRDV2 , and BTN3 genes coevolved and emerged together with placental mammals...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Wei Xuan, Davy Opdenacker, Steffen Vanneste, Tom Beeckman
Plants have an amazing capacity to adjust their growth to environmental limitations. This is particularly relevant for the root system that tunes its developmental pattern to mine the soil for water and nutrients while avoiding patches of soil that contain biotic and abiotic stress agents. Because most developmental processes are taking place gradually while roots are growing, it is often difficult to correlate gene expression events with specific developmental processes that are not necessarily coinciding in time and space...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Morten Gersel Stokholm, Alex Iranzo, Karen Østergaard, Mónica Serradell, Marit Otto, Kristina Bacher Svendsen, Alicia Garrido, Dolores Vilas, Peter Parbo, Per Borghammer, Joan Santamaria, Arne Møller, Carles Gaig, David J Brooks, Eduardo Tolosa, Nicola Pavese
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients diagnosed with idiopathic rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder (iRBD) progress over time to a Lewy-type α-synucleinopathy such as Parkinson's disease or dementia with Lewy bodies. This in vivo molecular imaging study aimed to investigate if extrastriatal monoaminergic systems are affected in iRBD patients and if this coincides with neuroinflammation. METHODS: We studied twenty-one polysomnography-confirmed iRBD patients with18 F-DOPA and11 C-PK11195 positron emission tomography (PET) to investigate extrastriatal monoaminergic function and microglial activation...
March 6, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Lindsay T McDonald, Michael R Zile, Yuhua Zhang, An O Van Laer, Catalin F Baicu, Robert E Stroud, Jeffrey A Jones, Amanda C LaRue, Amy D Bradshaw
Myocardial fibrosis and the resultant increases in LV stiffness represent pivotal consequences of chronic pressure-overload (PO) that impact both functional capacity and the rates of morbid and mortal events. However, the time course and cellular mechanisms that underlie PO-induced fibrosis have not been completely defined. Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein shown to be required for insoluble collagen deposition and increased myocardial stiffness in response to murine PO...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Andrea Lavazza
There are many kinds of neural prostheses available or being researched today. In most cases they are intended to cure or improve the condition of patients affected by some cerebral deficiency. In other cases, their goal is to provide new means to maintain or improve an individual's normal performance. In all these circumstances, one of the possible risks is that of violating the privacy of brain contents (which partly coincide with mental contents) or of depriving individuals of full control over their thoughts (mental states), as the latter are at least partly detectable by new prosthetic technologies...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Shashikant L Sholapurkar
The survival of cardiotocography (CTG) as a tool for intrapartum fetal monitoring seems threatened somewhat unjustifiably and unwittingly despite the absence of better alternatives. Fetal heart rate (FHR) decelerations are center-stage (most important) in the interpretation of CTG with maximum impact on three-tier classification. The pattern-discrimination of FHR decelerations is inexorably linked to their nomenclature. Unscientific or flawed nomenclature of decelerations can explain the dysfunctional CTG interpretation leading to errors in detection of acidemic fetuses...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Beata Grzywacz, Haruki Tatsuta, Kei-Ichiro Shikata, Elżbieta Warchałowska-Śliwa
In the present paper, karyotypes of 7 Japanese Podismini species, Anapodisma beybienkoi, Fruhstorferiola okinawaensis, Parapodisma caelestis, P. mikado, P. setouchiensis, P. tenryuensis, and Sinopodisma punctata (2n♂ = 21, all acrocentric), are described and compared on the basis of conventional (C-banding, DAPI/CMA3-staining, Ag-NOR) and molecular (FISH with 18S rDNA and telomeric probes) cytogenetic staining methods. This is the first study to report karyotypes of A. beybienkoi and P. caelestis. Differential staining techniques showed karyotypic diversity in these species...
March 7, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
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