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Félix Leroy, Boris Lamotte d'Incamps
Electrophysiological recordings from spinal cord slices have proven to be a valuable technique to investigate a wide range of questions, from cellular to network properties. We show how to prepare viable oblique slices of the spinal cord of young mice (P2 - P11). In this preparation, the motoneurons retain their axons coming out from the ventral roots of the spinal cord. Stimulation of these axons elicits back-propagating action potentials invading the motoneuron somas and exciting the motoneuron collaterals within the spinal cord...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Chih-Ping Chen, Tsang-Ming Ko, Yi-Ning Su, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Kevin Ko, Chen-Chi Lee, Li-Feng Chen, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis and molecular cytogenetic characterization of a recombinant chromosome 10 in a fetus associated with a paternal pericentric inversion. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 18 weeks of gestation because of an advanced maternal age. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 46,XY,der(10)del(10) (q26.3)dup(10)(p11.2p15). She underwent repeat amniocentesis at 21 weeks of gestation and array comparative genomic hybridization revealed a 31...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Fabiana K Ludka, Maurício P Cunha, Tharine Dal-Cim, Luisa Bandeira Binder, Leandra C Constantino, Caio M Massari, Wagner C Martins, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues, Carla I Tasca
Intracerebroventricular (icv) amyloid-beta (Aβ)1-40 infusion to mice has been demonstrated to cause neurotoxicty and depressive-like behavior and it can be used to evaluate antidepressant and neuroprotective effect of drugs. Atorvastatin is a widely used statin that has demonstrated antidepressant-like effect in predictable animal behavioral models and neuroprotective effect against Aβ1-40 infusion. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of in vivo atorvastatin treatment against Aβ1-40-induced changes in mood-related behaviors and biochemical parameters in ex vivo hippocampal slices from mice...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Fei Gao, Ning Wang, Huayun Li, Jisheng Liu, Chenxi Fu, Zihua Xiao, Chunxiang Wei, Xiaoduo Lu, Jinchao Feng, Yijun Zhou
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate target gene expression to modulate plant growth, development, and biotic and abiotic stress response at the post-transcriptional level. Ammopiptanthus mongolicus, an ecologically important desert plant, is increasingly used as a model for studying stress tolerance in plants. The miRNA-mediated gene regulatory network might remarkably contribute to the high stress tolerance of A. mongolicus. However, a genome-wide identification of miRNAs and their targets is still lacking in A. mongolicus...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Naoko Ishiguro, Haruhiko Yoshida
Alveolar soft part sarcoma is an extremely rare soft tissue sarcoma with poor prognosis. It is characterized by the unbalanced recurrent chromosomal translocation der(17)t(X;17)(p11;q25), resulting in the generation of an ASPL-TFE3 fusion gene. ASPL-TFE3 oncoprotein functions as an aberrant transcriptional factor and is considered to play a crucial role in the tumorigenesis of alveolar soft part sarcoma. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we identified p21 (p21(WAF1/CIP1)) as a direct transcriptional target of ASPL-TFE3...
October 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Takashi Mishima, Michiko Watari, Yutaka Iwaki, Takumi Nagai, Miho Kawamata-Nakamura, Yukako Kobayashi, Satoko Fujieda, Mamoru Oikawa, Nobuhiro Takahashi, Mitsuaki Keira, Hiroshi Yoshida, Hidefumi Tonoki
Lissencephaly is one of the central nervous system anomalies of Miller-Dieker Syndrome (MDS). Fetuses with lissencephaly have an abnormal smooth brain with fewer folds and grooves which will be detected by ultrasounds or fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after 30 weeks of gestation. We report a fetus with lissencephaly diagnosed as Miller-Dieker syndrome postnatally. G banded chromosome analysis revelaed 45,X,psu dic(17;Y)(p13;p11.32).ish dic (17;Y)(LIS1-,RARA+, SRY+, DYZ3+) by G-banding analysis using high resolution banding technique...
September 20, 2016: Congenital Anomalies
Ana Milosevic, Thomas Liebmann, Margarete Knudsen, Nicoletta Schintu, Per Svenningsson, Paul Greengard
P11 (S100a10), a member of the S100 family of proteins, has widespread distribution in the vertebrate body, including in the brain, where it has a key role in membrane trafficking, vesicle secretion and endocytosis. Recently, our laboratory has shown that a constitutive knockout of p11 (p11 KO) in mice results in a depressive-like phenotype. Furthermore, p11 has been implicated in major depressive disorder (MDD) and in the actions of antidepressants. Since depression affects multiple brain regions, and the role of p11 has only been determined in a few of these areas, a detailed analysis of p11 expression in the brain is warranted...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Adriana Di-Battista, Vera Ayres Meloni, Magnus Dias da Silva, Mariana Moysés-Oliveira, Maria Isabel Melaragno
In females carrying structural rearrangements of an X-chromosome, cells with the best dosage balance are preferentially selected, frequently resulting in a skewed inactivation pattern and amelioration of the phenotype. The Xp11.23-p11.22 region is involved in a recently described microduplication syndrome associated with severe clinical consequences in males and females, causing intellectual disability, behavior problems, epilepsy with electroencephalogram anomalies, minor facial anomalies, and early onset of puberty...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Kristian Gaarn du Jardin, Heidi Kaastrup Müller, Connie Sanchez, Gregers Wegener, Betina Elfving
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is associated with dysfunctional serotonergic and glutamatergic neurotransmission, and the genetic animal model of depression Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) rats display alterations in these systems relatively to their control strain Flinders Resistant Line (FRL). However, changes on transcript level related to serotonergic and glutamatergic signaling have only been sparsely studied in this model. The non-competitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist ketamine has fast-onset antidepressant properties, and recent data implicate serotonergic neurotransmission in ketamine's antidepressant-like activities in rodents...
September 2, 2016: Synapse
Flávio Fonseca Veras, Ana Paula Folmer Correa, Juliane Elisa Welke, Adriano Brandelli
Bacillus strains isolated from the aquatic environment of the Brazilian Amazon region were tested for their activity against mycotoxigenic fungi. All tested bacteria showed antifungal activity, inhibiting at least 7 indicator fungi. Four Bacillus strains showing promising antifungal results were subsequently evaluated for their activity in reducing mycelial growth rate, sporulation, spore germination percentage, and mycotoxin production. Bacillus sp. P1 and Bacillus sp. P11 had a remarkable antifungal effect on toxigenic fungi...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Lenka Pavlistova, Silvia Izakova, Zuzana Zemanova, Lucie Bartuskova, Martina Langova, Pavlina Malikova, Kyra Michalova
BACKGROUND: Constitutional translocations between sex chromosomes are rather rare in humans with breakpoints at Xp11 and Yq11 as the most frequent. Breakpoints on the short arm of the Y chromosome form one subgroup of t(X;Y), giving rise to a derived chromosome with the centromeres of both the X and Y chromosomes, dic(X;Y). Here, we report a rare congenital chromosomal aberration, 46,X,dic(X;Y)(p22.33;p11.32)[20]/45,X[10], in an adult male. CASE PRESENTATION: Primary myelofibrosis, a malignant haematological disease, was diagnosed in a 63-year-old man following liver transplantation after hepatocellular carcinoma...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Masafumi Kuroiwa, Nanae Fukushima, Kumiko Yokouchi, Kyutaro Kawagishi, Tetsuji Moriizumi
It was revealed that regeneration of the lateral olfactory tract (LOT) occurred in developing rats and the regenerated olfactory system was functional 4 weeks after transection. The aim of this study was to determine the earliest onset of functional recovery in LOT-injured rats and to quantify regenerated nerve components with functional correlation. Neonatal rats on postnatal day (P) 2 were subjected to unilateral transection of the left LOT and underwent unilateral removal of the right olfactory bulb on P11...
August 26, 2016: Brain Research Bulletin
Carlos A Tirado, Ken Siangchin, David S Shabsovich, Maryam Sharifian, Gary Schiller
BACKGROUND: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is commonly characterized by several chromosomal abnormalities resulting in the formation of chimeric genes that play various roles in leukemogenesis. Translocations resulting in the ETV6-ABL1 fusion gene are rare in AML and other hematologic malignancies with only thirty-two previously reported cases in the literature, five of which were AML. FINDINGS: Herein, we report the case of a 73-year-old male with acute myeloid leukemia arising from MDS, negative for PDGFRA and PDGFRB, positive for bone marrow eosinophilia, rash, and marked fluid retention, which improved dramatically with imatinib therapy...
2016: Biomarker Research
I R Hussein, A Magbooli, E Huwait, A Chaudhary, R Bader, M Gari, F Ashgan, M Alquaiti, A Abuzenadah, M AlQahtani
BACKGROUND: Williams-Beuren Syndrome (WBS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by dysmorphic features, cardiovascular defects, cognitive deficits and developmental delay. WBS is caused by a segmental aneuploidy of chromosome 7 due to heterozygous deletion of contiguous genes at the long arm of chromosome 7q11.23. We aimed to apply array-CGH technique for the detection of copy number variants in suspected WBS patients and to determine the size of the deleted segment at chromosome 7q11...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Wenli Zuo, Sa A Wang, Courtney DiNardo, Mariko Yabe, Shaoying Li, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Guilin Tang
AIMS: Chromosome 11q23 translocations, resulting in MLL (KMT2A) rearrangement, have been well characterised in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). However, little is known of haematopoietic neoplasms associated with 11q23 translocation but without MLL rearrangement (11q23+/MLL-). The aim of this study is to characterise such cases with 11q23+/MLL-. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively searched our database for cases with haematopoietic malignancies with 11q23+/MLL-...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
N N Tsyba, A G Turkina, E Yu Chelysheva, I S Nemchenko, A M Kovrigina, T N Obukhova, E S Urnova, L A Kuz'mina, V G Savchenko
Myeloproliferative disease associated with FGFR1 rearrangement (8p11), which is included in the 2008 WHO Classification of Myeloid Neoplasms, is a rare and extremely aggressive abnormality. The paper describes a clinical case of a 39-year-old female patient who was detected to have leukocytosis (as high as 47.2·109/l), absolute eosinophilia (as high as 3.1·109/l), and enlarged peripheral lymph nodes during her visit to a doctor. The bone marrow (BM) showed the changes typically encountered in myeloproliferative disease with eosinophilia...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
J-S Seo, J Wei, L Qin, Y Kim, Z Yan, P Greengard
Chronic stress has a crucial role in the development of psychiatric diseases, such as anxiety and depression. Dysfunction of the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been linked to the cognitive and emotional deficits induced by stress. However, little is known about the molecular and cellular determinants in mPFC for stress-associated mental disorders. Here we show that chronic restraint stress induces the selective loss of p11 (also known as annexin II light chain, S100A10), a multifunctional protein binding to 5-HT receptors, in layer II/III neurons of the prelimbic cortex (PrL), as well as depression-like behaviors, both of which are reversed by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and the tricyclic class of antidepressant (TCA) agents...
July 26, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Taher Chharchhodawala, Smeeta Gajendra, Priya Tiwari, Ajay Gogia, Ritu Gupta
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(8;16)(p11;q13) is a distinct clinical and morphological entity with poor prognosis, which is characterized by a high frequency of extramedullary involvement, most commonly leukemia cutis; association with therapy related AML; frequent coagulopathy and morphologic features overlapping acute promyelocytic leukemia(APL). Herein, we present a case of 47 year-old post-menopausal woman developing secondary AML with t(8;16)(p11;q13) after 1 year of completion of therapy for breast carcinoma...
June 2016: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
Sarah Hackman, Richard D Hammer, Lester Layfield
Malignant mesotheliomas are generally classified into epithelioid, sarcomatoid, desmoplastic, and biphasic types with rare reports of a small cell form. These small cell variants display some morphologic overlap with desmoplastic small round cell tumors (DSRCTs) which generally occur within the abdominal cavity of young males and are defined by a characteristic t(11;22)(p13;q12) translocation. However, there are rare reports of DSRCTs lacking this translocation. We present a 78-year-old man with a pleura-based biphasic neoplasm with features of both epithelioid mesothelioma and a small cell blastema-like neoplasm...
2016: Case Reports in Pathology
Ting Lan, Huijiao Chen, Bo Xiong, Tingqing Zhou, Ran Peng, Min Chen, Feng Ye, Jin Yao, Xin He, Yaqin Wang, Hongying Zhang
BACKGROUND: Primary pleuropulmonary and mediastinal synovial sarcomas (PPMSSs) are extremely rare. The authors present the largest series in an Asian population. METHODS: Between 2000 and 2015, 26 genetically confirmed PPMSSs were included. The clinicopathologic features of all of the cases were reviewed. Immunohistochemical staining was carried out using the following antibodies: TLE1, cytokeratin (AE1/AE3), EMA, CD99, Bcl-2, CK7, CD34, S-100 protein, and Ki-67...
July 11, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
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