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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641303/microrna-122a-regulates-zonulin-by-targeting-egfr-in-intestinal-epithelial-dysfunction
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Bin Zhang, Yinghai Tian, Ping Jiang, Yanqiong Jiang, Chao Li, Ting Liu, Rujian Zhou, Ning Yang, Xinke Zhou, Zhihua Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study aimed to investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-122a in regulating zonulin during the modulation of intestinal barrier. METHODS: Zonulin proteins and their target gene expression were analyzed in miR-122a-overexpressing cell lines and in the target gene of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). An mmu-miR-122a intestinal epithelial conditional transgenic (miR-122a-TG) mouse model was established to investigate EGFR and zonulin expression...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640817/an-r-camp1-07-reporter-mouse-for-cell-type-specific-expression-of-a-sensitive-red-fluorescent-calcium-indicator
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Philipp Bethge, Stefano Carta, Dayra A Lorenzo, Ladan Egolf, Despoina Goniotaki, Linda Madisen, Fabian F Voigt, Jerry L Chen, Bernard Schneider, Masamichi Ohkura, Junichi Nakai, Hongkui Zeng, Adriano Aguzzi, Fritjof Helmchen
Genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) enable imaging of in vivo brain cell activity with high sensitivity and specificity. In contrast to viral infection or in utero electroporation, indicator expression in transgenic reporter lines is induced noninvasively, reliably, and homogenously. Recently, Cre/tTA-dependent reporter mice were introduced, which provide high-level expression of green fluorescent GECIs in a cell-type-specific and inducible manner when crossed with Cre and tTA driver mice. Here, we generated and characterized the first red-shifted GECI reporter line of this type using R-CaMP1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634862/effect-of-gapt-extract-on-expression-of-tau-protein-and-its-phosphorylation-related-enzymes-in-hippocampal-neurons-of-appv717i-transgenic-mice
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Jing-Nian Ni, Jing Shi, Xue-Kai Zhang, Yi-Chang Yang, Xiao-Meng Liu, Ming-Qing Wei, Ting Li, Peng-Wen Wang, Jin-Zhou Tian, Yong-Yan Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of GAPT, an extract mixture from Radix Ginseng, Rhizoma Acor tatarinowii, Radix Polygalae and Radix Curcuma (containing ingredient of turmeric), etc. on expression of tau protein and its phosphorylation related enzyme in hippocampal neurons of APPV717I transgenic mice. METHODS: Sixty three-month-old APPV717I transgenic mice were randomly divided into model group, donepezil group [0.92 mg/(kg d)], the low, medium and high dosage of GAPT groups [0...
June 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634110/pharmacological-rescue-of-ductal-cftr-rescue-pancreatic-and-salivary-glands-acinar-cells-and-tissue-function-in-mouse-models-of-autoimmune-diseases
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Mei Zeng, Mitchell Szymczak, Malini Ahuja, Changyu Zheng, Hongen Yin, William Swaim, John A Chiorini, Robert J Bridges, Shmuel Muallem
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Sjögren's syndrome and autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) are disorders with decreased function of salivary, lacrimal glands, and the exocrine pancreas. NOD/ShiLTJ mice and mice transduced with the cytokine BMP6 develop Sjögren's syndrome and chronic pancreatitis and MRL/Mp mice are models of AIP. CFTR is a ductal Cl(-) channel essential for ductal fluid and HCO3(-) secretion. We used these models to ask: is CFTR expression altered in these diseases, does correction of CFTR correct gland function, and most notably, does correcting ductal function correct acinar function...
June 17, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632778/over-expressing-the-soluble-gp130-fc-does-not-ameliorate-methionine-and-choline-deficient-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice
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Helene L Kammoun, Tamara Louise Allen, Darren Colin Henstridge, Michael James Kraakman, Lone Peijs, Stefan Rose-John, Mark Anthony Febbraio
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a liver disease with the potential to lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of NASH, with the so-called IL-6 'trans-signaling' cascade being responsible for the pro-inflammatory actions of this cytokine. We aimed to block IL-6 'trans-signaling', using a transgenic mouse that overexpresses human soluble glycoprotein130 (sgp130Fc Tg mice) fed a commonly used dietary model of inducing NASH (methionine and choline deficient-diet; MCD diet) and hypothesized that markers of NASH would be ameliorated in such mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
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Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632402/3-benzyloxy-1-5-18-f-fluoropentyl-5-nitro-1h-indazole-a-pet-radiotracer-to-measure-acetylcholinesterase-in-brain
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Soledad Fernández, Javier Giglio, Ana Laura Reyes, Andrés Damián, Concepción Pérez, Daniel I Pérez, Mercedes González, Patricia Oliver, Ana Rey, Henry Engler, Hugo Cerecetto
AIM: Noninvasive studies of the acetylcholinesterase (AChE) level in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients can contribute to a better understanding of the disease and its therapeutic. We propose 3-(benzyloxy)-1-(5-[(18)F]fluoropentyl)-5-nitro-1H-indazole, [(18)F]-IND1, structurally related to the AChE-inhibitor CP126,998, as a new positron emission tomography-radiotracer. EXPERIMENTAL: Radiosynthesis, with 18F, stability, lipophilicity and protein binding of [18F]-IND1 were studied...
June 20, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631185/the-increased-expression-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-leads-to-a-decrease-of-fecundity-in-transgenic-large-white-female-pigs
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Kai Jiang, Pan Xu, Wanbo Li, Qiang Yang, Longyun Li, Chuanmin Qiao, Huanfa Gong, Hao Zheng, Zhimin Zhou, Hao Fu, Qiuyan Li, Yuyun Xing, Jun Ren
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) is a pituitary gonadotropin regulating reproduction in mammals. Overexpression of the exogenous FSHα/β genes from Chinese Erhualian pigs improved female fecundity of transgenic (TG) mice and male spermatogenesis ability of Large White TG boars. Here, we investigated the impact of the exogenous FSHα/β genes on female reproductive performance of Large White TG pigs. First, we identified the integration site of the exogenous FSHα/β genes at 140,646,456 bp on chromosome 9 in these TG pigs using whole-genome sequencing...
June 19, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630497/chronic-treatment-with-a-smart-antioxidative-nanoparticle-for-inhibition-of-amyloid-plaque-propagation-in-tg2576-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Phetcharat Boonruamkaew, Pennapa Chonpathompikunlert, Long Binh Vong, Sho Sakaue, Yasushi Tomidokoro, Kazuhiro Ishii, Akira Tamaoka, Yukio Nagasaki
The present study aimed to assess whether our newly developed redox nanoparticle (RNP(N)) that has antioxidant potential decreases Aβ levels or prevents Aβ aggregation associated with oxidative stress. The transgenic Tg2576 Alzheimer's disease (AD) mice were used to investigate the effect of chronic ad libitum drinking of RNP(N) solution for 6 months, including memory and learning functions, antioxidant activity, and amyloid plaque aggregation. The results showed that RNP(N)-treated mice had significantly attenuated cognitive deficits of both spatial and non-spatial memories, reduced oxidative stress of lipid peroxide, and DNA oxidation...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630452/remote-memories-are-enhanced-by-comt-activity-through-dysregulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
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D Scheggia, E Zamberletti, N Realini, M Mereu, G Contarini, V Ferretti, F Managò, G Margiani, R Brunoro, T Rubino, M A De Luca, D Piomelli, D Parolaro, F Papaleo
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a crucial hub for the flexible modulation of recent memories (executive functions) as well as for the stable organization of remote memories. Dopamine in the PFC is implicated in both these processes and genetic variants affecting its neurotransmission might control the unique balance between cognitive stability and flexibility present in each individual. Functional genetic variants in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene result in a different catabolism of dopamine in the PFC...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630432/down-regulation-of-kca2-3-channels-causes-erectile-dysfunction-in-mice
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Simon Comerma-Steffensen, Attila Kun, Elise R Hedegaard, Susie Mogensen, Christian Aalkjaer, Ralf Köhler, Birgitte Mønster Christensen, Ulf Simonsen
Modulation of endothelial calcium-activated K(+) channels has been proposed as an approach to restore arterial endothelial cell function in disease. We hypothesized that small-conductance calcium-activated K(+) channels (KCa2.3 or SK3) contributes to erectile function. The research was performed in transgenic mice with overexpression (KCa2.3 (T/T(-Dox))) or down-regulation (KCa2.3 (T/T(+Dox))) of the KCa2.3 channels and wild-type C57BL/6-mice (WT). QPCR revealed that KCa2.3 and KCa1.1 channels were the most abundant in mouse corpus cavernosum...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630423/thymosin-beta-4-regulates-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-hedgehog-signaling
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Jieun Kim, Jeongeun Hyun, Sihyung Wang, Chanbin Lee, Jae-Wook Lee, Eun-Yi Moon, Heejae Cha, Anna Mae Diehl, Youngmi Jung
The molecular mechanisms of thymosin beta-4 (TB4) involved in regulating hepatic stellate cell (HSC) functions remain unclear. Therefore, we hypothesize that TB4 influences HSC activation through hedgehog (Hh) pathway. HSC functions declined in a TB4 siRNA-treated LX-2. TB4 suppression down-regulated both integrin linked kinase (ILK), an activator of smoothened, and phosphorylated glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (pGSK-3B), an inactive form of GSK-3B degrading glioblastoma 2 (GLI2), followed by the decreased expression of both smoothened and GLI2...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630288/intact-pirna-pathway-prevents-l1-mobilization-in-male-meiosis
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Simon J Newkirk, Suman Lee, Fiorella C Grandi, Valeriya Gaysinskaya, James M Rosser, Nicole Vanden Berg, Cathryn A Hogarth, Maria C N Marchetto, Alysson R Muotri, Michael D Griswold, Ping Ye, Alex Bortvin, Fred H Gage, Jef D Boeke, Wenfeng An
The PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) pathway is essential for retrotransposon silencing. In piRNA-deficient mice, L1-overexpressing male germ cells exhibit excessive DNA damage and meiotic defects. It remains unknown whether L1 expression simply highlights piRNA deficiency or actually drives the germ-cell demise. Specifically, the sheer abundance of genomic L1 copies prevents reliable quantification of new insertions. Here, we developed a codon-optimized L1 transgene that is controlled by an endogenous mouse L1 promoter...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630133/dual-regulation-of-gluconeogenesis-by-insulin-and-glucose-in-the-proximal-tubules-of-the-kidney
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Motohiro Sasaki, Takayoshi Sasako, Naoto Kubota, Yoshitaka Sakurai, Iseki Takamoto, Tetsuya Kubota, Reiko Inagi, George Seki, Moritaka Goto, Kohjiro Ueki, Masaomi Nangaku, Takahito Jomori, Takashi Kadowaki
Growing attention has been focused on the roles of the proximal tubules (PTs) of the kidney in glucose metabolism, including the mechanism of regulation of gluconeogenesis. Here, we found that PT-specific IRS1/2 double-knockout mice, established by using the newly generated sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2)-Cre transgenic mice, exhibited impaired insulin signaling and upregulated gluconeogenic gene expression and renal gluconeogenesis, resulting in systemic insulin resistance. On the other hand, in streptozotocin-treated mice, although insulin action was impaired in the PTs, the gluconeogenic gene expression was unexpectedly downregulated in the renal cortex, which was restored by administration of an SGLT1/2 inhibitor...
June 19, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630094/type-i-ifn-is-necessary-and-sufficient-for-inflammation-induced-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization-in-mice
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David R Gibb, Jingchun Liu, Prabitha Natarajan, Manjula Santhanakrishnan, David J Madrid, Stephanie C Eisenbarth, James C Zimring, Akiko Iwasaki, Jeanne E Hendrickson
During RBC transfusion, production of alloantibodies against RBC non-ABO Ags can cause hemolytic transfusion reactions and limit availability of compatible blood products, resulting in anemia-associated morbidity and mortality. Multiple studies have established that certain inflammatory disorders and inflammatory stimuli promote alloimmune responses to RBC Ags. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these findings are poorly understood. Type I IFNs (IFN-α/β) are induced in inflammatory conditions associated with increased alloimmunization...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629836/opposite-effects-of-catalase-and-mnsod-ectopic-expression-on-stress-induced-defects-and-mortality-in-the-desmin-deficient-cardiomyopathy-model
#16
Kleopatra Rapti, Antigoni Diokmetzidou, Ismini Kloukina, Derek J Milner, Aimilia Varela, Constantinos H Davos, Yassemi Capetanaki
Oxidative stress has been linked strongly to cell death and cardiac remodeling processes, all hallmarks of heart failure. Mice deficient for desmin (des-/-), the major muscle specific intermediate filament protein, develop dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure characterized by mitochondrial defects and cardiomyocyte death. The cellular and biochemical alterations in the hearts of these mice strongly suggest that oxidative stress is one of the mechanisms contributing to the pathogenesis of the phenotype. Recently, we showed that indeed the desmin deficient cardiomyocytes are under increased oxidative stress...
June 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629760/cardiac-overexpression-of-epac1-in-transgenic-mice-rescues-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-inhibits-jak-stat-pathway
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Huiling Jin, Takayuki Fujita, Meihua Jin, Reiko Kurotani, Iyuki Namekata, Shogo Hamaguchi, Yuko Hidaka, Wenqian Cai, Kenji Suita, Yoshiki Ohnuki, Yasumasa Mototani, Kouichi Shiozawa, Rajesh Prajapati, Chen Liang, Masanari Umemura, Utako Yokoyama, Motohiko Sato, Hikaru Tanaka, Satoshi Okumura, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are released in septic shock and impair cardiac function via the Jak-STAT pathway. It is well known that sympathetic stimulation leads to coupling of the β-adrenergic receptor/Gs/adenylyl cyclase, a membrane-bound enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of ATP to cAMP, thereby stimulating protein kinase A (PKA) and ultimately compensating for cardiac dysfunction. The mechanism of such compensation by catecholamine has been traditionally understood as PKA-mediated enforcement of cardiac contractility...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629361/decoy-receptor-3-an-endogenous-immunomodulator-in-cancer-growth-and-inflammatory-reactions
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Shie-Liang Hsieh, Wan-Wan Lin
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3), also known as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily member 6b (TNFRSF6B), is a soluble decoy receptor which can neutralize the biological functions of three members of tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF): Fas ligand (FasL), LIGHT, and TL1A. In addition to 'decoy' function, recombinant DcR3.Fc is able to modulate the activation and differentiation of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages via 'non-decoy' action. DcR3-treated DCs skew T cell differentiation into Th2 phenotype, while DcR3-treated macrophages behave M2 phenotype...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628725/dendronized-semiconducting-polymer-as-photothermal-nanocarrier-for-remote-activation-of-gene-expression
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Yan Lyu, Dong Cui, He Sun, Yansong Miao, Hongwei Duan, Kanyi Pu
Regulation of transgene systems is imperative to develop innovative medicines. However, noninvasive remote control of gene expression has been rarely developed and remains elusive. We herein synthesize a near-infrared (NIR) absorbing dendronized semiconducting polymer (DSP) and utilize it as a photothermal nanocarrier not only to efficiently deliver genes but also to spatiotemporally control gene expression in conjunction with heat-inducible promoter. DSP has a high photothermal conversion efficiency (44.2%) at 808 nm, permitting fast transduction of NIR light into heat signals for intracellular activation of transcription...
June 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628673/multiple-tolerance-defects-contribute-to-the-breach-of-b-cell-tolerance-in-new-zealand-black-chromosome-1-congenic-mice
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Nan-Hua Chang, Kieran P Manion, Christina Loh, Evelyn Pau, Yuriy Baglaenko, Joan E Wither
Lupus is characterized by a loss of B cell tolerance leading to autoantibody production. In this study, we explored the mechanisms underlying this loss of tolerance using B6 congenic mice with an interval from New Zealand Black chromosome 1 (denoted c1(96-100)) sufficient for anti-nuclear antibody production. Transgenes for soluble hen egg white lysozyme (sHEL) and anti-HEL immunoglobulin were crossed onto this background and various tolerance mechanisms examined. We found that c1(96-100) mice produced increased levels of IgM and IgG anti-HEL antibodies compared to B6 mice and had higher proportions of germinal center B cells and long-lived plasma cells, suggesting a germinal center-dependent breach of B cell anergy...
2017: PloS One
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