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Da-Zhi Guo, Lin Xiao, Yi-Jun Liu, Chen Shen, Hui-Fang Lou, Yan Lv, Shu-Yi Pan
This study aimed to investigate the role of cathepsin D (CathD) in central nervous system (CNS) myelination and its possible mechanism. By using CathD knockout mice in conjunction with immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry and western blot assays, the myelination of the CNS and the development of oligodendrocyte lineage cells in vivo and in vitro were observed. Endocytosis assays, real-time-lapse experiments and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy were used to demonstrate the location and movement of proteolipid protein in oligodendrocyte lineage cells...
March 16, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Zer Vue, Gabriel Gonzalez, C Allison Stewart, Shyamin Mehra, Richard R Behringer
Endometrial or uterine glands secrete substances essential for uterine receptivity to the embryo, implantation, conceptus survival, and growth. Adenogenesis is the process of gland formation within the stroma of the uterus. In the mouse, uterine gland formation initiates at postnatal day (P) 5. Uterine gland morphology is poorly understood because it is primarily based on two-dimensional (2D) histology. To more fully describe uterine gland morphogenesis, we generated three-dimensional (3D) models of postnatal uterine glands from P0 to P21, based on volumetric imaging using light sheet microscopy...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Ibtessam R Hussein, Rima S Bader, Adeel G Chaudhary, Randa Bassiouni, Maha Alquaiti, Fai Ashgan, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Mohammad H Al Qahtani
Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common birth defects in neonatal life. CHDs could be presented as isolated defects or associated with developmental delay (DD) and/or other congenital malformations. A small proportion of cardiac defects are caused by chromosomal abnormalities or single gene defects; however, in a large proportion of cases no genetic diagnosis could be achieved by clinical examination and conventional genetic analysis. The development of genome wide array-Comparative Genomic Hybridization technique (array-CGH) allowed for the detection of cryptic chromosomal imbalances and pathogenic copy number variants (CNVs) not detected by conventional techniques...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Tala Achkar, Siraj M Ali, Allison Welsh, Rajiv Dhir, Susanne M Gollin, Rahul A Parikh
Tumor genome sequencing has become an invaluable resource in determining targets for new therapies. In this report, we describe the case of a patient with metastatic urothelial carcinoma with sarcomatoid features. Sarcomatoid differentiation is a rare histologic subtype that confers a more aggressive course. The first-line treatment for patients with urothelial carcinoma is platinum-based chemotherapy. Next generation tumor sequencing performed using the FoundationOne assay revealed loss of one NF2 allele and an unbalanced der(22)t(10;22)(p11...
March 13, 2018: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
S Suda, T Takamizawa, F Takahashi, A Tsujimoto, S Akiba, Y Nagura, H Kurokawa, M Miyazaki
The aim of this study was to use ultrasonography to evaluate the effect of the self-assembling peptide P11-4 on acid erosion prevention. Curodont Repair (CR), which includes peptide P11-4, was used. Rectangular prisms of bovine enamel (4×1×1 mm) were immersed in pure orange juice for a period of 5 minutes six times per day for 28 days. These samples were divided into four groups of six specimens each and treated differently for an additional period of 28 days: 1) baseline group specimens were stored in artificial saliva; 2) CR group specimens were exposed to curodont without acid challenge; 3) NCRA (no curodont+acid challenge) specimens were treated with orange juice without curodont exposure; and 4) CRA (CR+acid challenge) specimens were treated with curodont before treatment with orange juice...
March 7, 2018: Operative Dentistry
Xin Qing, Annie Qing, Ping Ji, Samuel W French, Holli Mason
BACKGROUND: Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by the Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome generated by the reciprocal translocation t(9,22)(q34;q11). The natural progression of the disease follows a biphasic or triphasic course. Most cases of CML are diagnosed in the chronic phase. Extramedullary blast crisis rarely occurs during the course of CML, and is extremely rare as the initial presentation of CML. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 32-year-old female with enlarged neck lymph nodes and fatigue...
March 1, 2018: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Tim Vanmierlo, Jochen De Vry, Ellis Nelissen, Annerieke Sierksma, Nadia Roumans, Harry W M Steinbusch, Lawrence P Wennogle, Daniel van den Hove, Jos Prickaerts
Stress during pregnancy increases the risk to develop psychological disorders such as depression during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. According to the neurotrophin hypothesis of depression, the pathophysiology of depression is caused by reduced neurotrophic activity in the brain. However, most studies only focus on the molecular changes happening to the offspring upon gestational stress. To gain insight into the potential molecular changes happening in the stressed dams, C57Bl6/J mice were stressed during their first week of gestation...
February 28, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Shin Y Kim, Bom Y Lee, Ah R Oh, So Y Park, Hyo S Lee, Ju T Seo
To investigate the clinical, hormonal, and genetic factors in infertile men with idiopathic nonobstructive azoospermia (NOA) or azoospermic Klinefelter syndrome (KFS), a total of 556 and 96 patients, respectively, were included in this study. All patient samples were analyzed cytogenetically. Serum reproductive hormone levels were measured. Microdeletions in the azoospermia factor (AZF) region of the Y chromosome were detected by multiplex PCR using 16 specific sequence-tagged sites. FSH and LH levels in both NOA and KFS patients were significantly higher than the normal range, and the testosterone level in KFS patients was significantly lower...
February 22, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Haoran Ji, Dongxiao Li, Ye Wu, Quanli Zhang, Qiang Gu, Han Xie, Taoyun Ji, Huifang Wang, Lu Zhao, Haijuan Zhao, Yanling Yang, Hongchun Feng, Hui Xiong, Jinhua Ji, Zhixian Yang, Liping Kou, Ming Li, Xinhua Bao, Xingzhi Chang, Yuehua Zhang, Li Li, Huijuan Li, Zhengping Niu, Xiru Wu, Jiangxi Xiao, Yuwu Jiang, Jingmin Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hypomyelinating disorders are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases characterized by neurological deterioration with hypomyelination visible on brain MRI scans. This study was aimed to clarify the clinical and genetic features of HMDs in Chinese population. METHODS: 119 patients with hypomyelinating disorders in Chinese population were enrolled and evaluated based on their history, clinical manifestation, laboratory examinations, series of brain MRI with follow-up, genetic etiological tests including chromosomal analysis, multiplex ligation probe amplification, Sanger sequencing, targeted enrichment-based next-generation sequencing and whole exome sequencing...
2018: PloS One
Helder Veras Ribeiro Filho, Natália Bernardi Videira, Aline Villanova Bridi, Thais Helena Tittanegro, Fernanda Aparecida Helena Batista, José Geraldo de Carvalho Pereira, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Albane Le Maire, Ana Carolina Migliorini Figueira
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a member of a nuclear receptor superfamily and acts as a ligand-dependent transcription factor, playing key roles in maintenance of adipose tissue and in regulation of glucose and lipid homeostasis. This receptor is the target of thiazolidinediones, a class of antidiabetic drugs, which improve insulin sensitization and regulate glycemia in type 2 diabetes. Despite the beneficial effects of drugs, such as rosiglitazone and pioglitazone, their use is associated with several side effects, including weight gain, heart failure, and liver disease, since these drugs induce full activation of the receptor...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Andrea Domenico Praticò, Raffaele Falsaperla, Renata Rizzo, Martino Ruggieri, Alberto Verrotti, Piero Pavone
Speech delay, intellectual disability, and behavioral disturbances are the main clinical manifestations of Potocki-Lupski syndrome. Other features include infantile hypotonia, the absence of major dysmorphism, sleep disorders, and congenital anomalies, particularly of the cardiovascular system. A male patient with Potocki-Lupski syndrome is reported herein. He showed speech and borderline cognitive delay, behavioral troubles with no signs suggestive of autism, in the absence of major dysmorphism. A de novo 17p12-p11...
March 2018: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
Elena Zerkalenkova, Agnesa Panfyorova, Anna Kazakova, Pavel Baryshev, Larisa Shelihova, Irina Kalinina, Galina Novichkova, Michael Maschan, Aleksey Maschan, Yulia Olshanskaya
T(16;21)(p11;q22)/FUS-ERG is a rare but recurrent translocation in acute leukemias and in some types of solid tumors. Due to multiple types of FUS-ERG transcripts, PCR-based minimal residual disease detection is impeded. In this study, we evaluated a cohort of pediatric patients with t(16;21)(p11;q22)/FUS-ERG and revealed fusion gene breakpoints. We implemented next-generation sequencing (NGS) on long PCR amplicons for the detection of fusion genes with unknown partners or DNA breakpoints. That allowed us to describe different fusion variants of FUS/ERG in different patients and to detect MRD on both RNA and DNA levels...
February 9, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Seung Heon Lee, Dong-Kun Yang, Ha-Hyun Kim, In-Soo Cho
Purpose: The first aim of this study was to develop a novel inactivated porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) vaccine using the recently isolated Korean PEDV QIAP1401 strain and to evaluate its protective efficacy in growing pigs. The second was to determine the optimum adjuvant formulation of the inactivated PEDV vaccine that induces protection against viral challenge. Materials and Methods: To generate high titers of infectious PEDV, the QIAP1401 isolate was passaged in Vero cells...
January 2018: Clinical and Experimental Vaccine Research
Katsuya Yamamoto, Shinichiro Kawamoto, Keiji Kurata, Akihito Kitao, Yu Mizutani, Hiroya Ichikawa, Kimikazu Yakushijin, Kazuyoshi Kajimoto, Yoshitake Hayashi, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Hironobu Minami
Oncogene amplification is uncommon in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Cytogenetically, it is primarily found as double minute chromosomes (dmin) or homogeneously staining regions (hsr). A 62-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of anemia and thrombocytopenia. Her bone marrow was hypercellular with 78.6% myeloperoxidase- positive blasts. Some had micronuclei. The patient was diagnosed with AML M2 and remains in complete remission (CR) after induction therapy. G-banding at diagnosis showed 51,XX,t(11;16)(q13;p11...
January 24, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Boris Zagradišnik, Danijela Krgović, Špela Stangler Herodež, Andreja Zagorac, Bogdan Ćižmarević, Nadja Kokalj Vokač
Background: Copy number variations (CNSs) of large genomic regions are an important mechanism implicated in the development of head and neck cancer, however, for most changes their exact role is not well understood. The aim of this study was to find possible associations between gains/losses of genomic regions and clinically distinct subgroups of head and neck cancer patients. Results: Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) analysis was performed on DNA samples in 64 patients with cancer in oral cavity, oropharynx or hypopharynx...
2018: Molecular Cytogenetics
Takahiro Seyama, Yoshimasa Kamei, Takayuki Iriyama, Shinya Imada, Mari Ichinose, Masatake Toshimitsu, Tomoyuki Fujii, Hiroaki Asou
AIM: Antenatal maternal administration of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4 ) reduces cerebral palsy in preterm infants. However, it remains controversial as to whether it also reduces occurrence of white matter damage, or periventricular leukomalacia. We assessed the effect of MgSO4 against white matter damage induced by hypoxic-ischemic insult using a neonatal rat model and culture of premyelinating oligodendrocytes (pre-OL). METHODS: Rat pups at postnatal day (P) 6 were administered either MgSO4 or vehicle intraperitoneally before hypoxic-ischemic insult (unilateral ligation of the carotid artery followed by 6% oxygen for 1 h)...
January 23, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
M Alkilzy, R M Santamaria, J Schmoeckel, C H Splieth
Modern approaches in caries treatment involve lesion management without tissue removal. Regenerative medicine focuses on replacing damaged tissues with biologically similar tissues. This article discusses the scientific evidence and clinical results for self-assembling peptides in modern caries management. The biomimetic remineralization promoted by self-assembling peptide P11-4 has been proven in vitro as an effective therapy for initial caries. P11-4 was rationally designed to promote formation of hydroxyapatite on its surface...
February 2018: Advances in Dental Research
Alexandra Neyazi, Wiebke Theilmann, Claudia Brandt, Tomi Rantamäki, Nobuaki Matsui, Mathias Rhein, Johannes Kornhuber, Malek Bajbouj, Wolfgang Sperling, Stefan Bleich, Helge Frieling, Wolfgang Löscher
Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is among the most effective treatment options for pharmacoresistant major depressive disorder (MDD), some patients still remain refractory to standard ECT practise. Thus, there is a need for markers reliably predicting ECT non/response. In our study, we have taken a novel translational approach for discovering potential biomarkers for the prediction of ECT response. Our hypothesis was that the promoter methylation of p11, a multifunctional protein involved in both depressive-like states and antidepressant treatment responses, is differently regulated in ECT responders vs...
January 22, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Fumihito Saitow, Masatoshi Nagano, Hidenori Suzuki
Outputs from the cerebellar nuclei (CN) are important for generating and controlling movement. The activity of CN neurons is controlled not only by excitatory inputs from mossy and climbing fibers and by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-based inhibitory transmission from Purkinje cells in the cerebellar cortex but is also modulated by inputs from other brain regions, including serotonergic fibers that originate in the dorsal raphe nuclei. We examined the modulatory effects of serotonin (5-HT) on GABAergic synapses during development, using rat cerebellar slices...
January 19, 2018: Cerebellum
Ayuki Nakano, Daiki Asano, Ryo Kondo, Asami Mori, Shiho Arima, Hiroko Ushikubo, Kenji Sakamoto, Tohru Nagamitsu, Kunio Ishii, Tsutomu Nakahara
A short-term blockade of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-mediated pathway in neonatal rats results in formation of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)-like retinal blood vessels. The present study aimed to examine the role of retinal neurons in the formation of abnormal retinal blood vessels. Newborn rats were treated subcutaneously with the VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, KRN633 (10 mg/kg), or its vehicle (0.5% methylcellulose in water) on postnatal day (P) 7 and P8. To induce excitotoxic loss of retinal neurons, N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) was injected into the vitreous chamber of the eye on P9...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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