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Mi-Young Lee, Sung Hoon Kim, Young Sang Oh, Seung-Ho Heo, Kang-Hyun Kim, Hee Dong Chae, Chung-Hoon Kim, Byung Moon Kang
STUDY QUESTION: Does interleukin-32 (IL-32) play a role in the pathogenesis of endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: IL-32 might be involved in the pathogenesis of endometriosis through increased viability, proliferation and invasion of endometrial cells. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriosis is characterized as a chronic inflammatory disease and several proinflammatory cytokines are suggested to be involved in its pathogenesis and pathophysiology...
March 19, 2018: Human Reproduction
Katharina Dietrich, Yvonne Bouter, Michael Müller, Thomas A Bayer
This commentary reviews the role of the Alzheimer amyloid peptide Aβ on basal synaptic transmission, synaptic short-term plasticity, as well as short- and long-term potentiation in transgenic mice, with a special focus on N-terminal truncated Aβ4-42 . Aβ4-42 is highly abundant in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. It demonstrates increased neurotoxicity compared to full length Aβ, suggesting an important role in the pathogenesis of AD. Transgenic Tg4-42 mice, a model for sporadic AD, express human Aβ4-42 in Cornu Ammonis (CA1) neurons, and develop age-dependent hippocampal neuron loss and neurological deficits...
March 21, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Na-Na Tao, Rui Gong, Xiang Chen, Lin He, Fang Ren, Hai-Bo Yu, Juan Chen, Ji-Hua Ren
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major health problem worldwide. Interleukin-35 (IL-35) is a definite immunosuppressive cytokine belonging to the IL-12 family. Nevertheless, the role of IL-35 in HBV replication remains elusive. In this study, we found that the level of HBV DNA replicative intermediates detected by qPCR and Southern blotting analysis was significantly increased by rhIL-35 in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, HBV 3.5 kb mRNA levels were up-regulated by rhIL-35. The HBV core protein level as well as the HBsAg and HBeAg secretion levels were also increased by rhIL-35...
March 21, 2018: Journal of General Virology
Ahsan Habib, Huayan Hou, Takashi Mori, Jun Tian, Jin Zeng, Shengnuo Fan, Brian Giunta, Paul R Sanberg, Darrell Sawmiller, Jun Tan
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related disorder that affects cognition. Our previous studies showed that the neuroprotective fragment of amyloid procurer protein (APP) metabolite, soluble APPα (sAPPα), interferes with β-site APP-cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1, β-secretase) cleavage and reduces amyloid-β (Aβ) generation. In an attempt to identify approaches to restore sAPPα levels, we found that human cord blood serum (CBS) significantly promotes sAPPα production compared with adult blood serum (ABS) and aged blood serum (AgBS) in Chinese hamster ovary cells stably expressing wild-type human APP...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
Balaji Krishnan, Rakez Kayed, Giulio Taglialatela
Introduction: Phospholipase D (PLD), a lipolytic enzyme that breaks down membrane phospholipids, is also involved in signaling mechanisms downstream of seven transmembrane receptors. Abnormally elevated levels of PLD activity are well-established in Alzheimer's disease (AD), implicating the two isoforms of mammalian phosphatidylcholine cleaving PLD (PC-PLD1 and PC-PLD2). Therefore, we took a systematic approach of investigating isoform-specific expression in human synaptosomes and further investigated the possibility of therapeutic intervention using preclinical studies...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions
Elena Sanguinetti, Maria Carmen Collado, Vannina G Marrachelli, Daniel Monleon, Marta Selma-Royo, Mercedes M Pardo-Tendero, Silvia Burchielli, Patricia Iozzo
Cognitive decline, obesity and gut dysfunction or microbial dysbiosis occur in association. Our aim was to identify gut microbiota-metabolomics signatures preceding dementia in genetically prone (3xtg) mice, with and without superimposed high-fat diet. We examined the composition and diversity of their gut microbiota, and serum and faecal metabolites. 3xtg mice showed brain hypometabolism typical of pre-demented stage, and lacked the physiological bacterial diversity between caecum and colon seen in controls...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
T H Wang, S Y Wang, X D Wang, H Q Jiang, Y Q Yang, Y Wang, J L Cheng, C T Zhang, W W Liang, H L Feng
Oxidative stress exhibits a central role in the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease commonly found to include a copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (SOD1) gene mutation. Fisetin, a natural antioxidant, has shown benefits in varied neurodegenerative diseases. The possible effect of fisetin in ALS has not been clarified as of yet. We investigated whether fisetin affected mutant hSOD1 ALS models. Three different hSOD1-related mutant models were used: Drosophila expressing mutant hSOD1G85R , hSOD1G93A NSC34 cells, and transgenic mice...
March 17, 2018: Neuroscience
Juan C Olaya, Carrie L Heusner, Mitsuyuki Matsumoto, Cynthia Shannon Weickert, Tim Karl
Elevated levels of the type III (III) isoforms of neuregulin 1 (NRG1) have been observed in the brains of schizophrenia patients that carry NRG1 HapICE risk alleles, which is thought to contribute to the aetiology of the disease. We generated transgenic mice with forebrain driven Nrg1 III overexpression (Nrg1 III tg) and previously found that male heterozygous Nrg1 type III tg mice exhibit several schizophrenia-relevant behaviours including social and cognitive deficits as well as impaired sensorimotor gating...
March 17, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Raphaël Boursereau, Michel Abou-Samra, Sophie Lecompte, Laurence Noel, Sonia M Brichard
BACKGROUND: The hormone adiponectin (ApN) exerts powerful anti-inflammatory effects on skeletal muscle and can reverse devastating myopathies, like Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), where inflammation exacerbates disease progression. The NLRP3 inflammasome plays a key role in the inflammation process, and its aberrant activation leads to several inflammatory or immune diseases. Here we investigated the expression of the NLRP inflammasome in skeletal muscle and its contribution to DMD...
March 20, 2018: BMC Biology
Seyedmehdi Hossaini Nasr, Anne Tonson, Mohammad El-Dakdouki, David C Zhu, Dalen Agnew, Robert Wiseman, Chunqi Qian, Xuefei Huang
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease of arterial walls and the rupturing of atherosclerotic plaques is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. Imaging techniques that can enable the detection of atherosclerosis plaques before clinical manifestation are urgently needed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful technique to image the morphology of atherosclerotic plaques. In order to better analyze molecular processes in plaques, contrast agents that can selectively bind to plaque receptors will prove invaluable...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rachel V Jimenez, Tyler T Wright, Nicholas R Jones, Jianming Wu, Andrew W Gibson, Alexander J Szalai
C-reactive protein (CRP) is the prototypical acute phase reactant, increasing in blood concentration rapidly and several-fold in response to inflammation. Recent evidence indicates that CRP has an important physiological role even at low, baseline levels, or in the absence of overt inflammation. For example, we have shown that human CRP inhibits the progression of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) in CRP transgenic mice by shifting CD4+ T cells away from the TH 1 and toward the TH 2 subset. Notably, this action required the inhibitory Fcγ receptor IIB (FcγRIIB), but did not require high levels of human CRP...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Joaquín Letelier, Elisa de la Calle-Mustienes, Joyce Pieretti, Silvia Naranjo, Ignacio Maeso, Tetsuya Nakamura, Juan Pascual-Anaya, Neil H Shubin, Igor Schneider, Juan Ramón Martinez-Morales, José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta
Despite their evolutionary, developmental and functional importance, the origin of vertebrate paired appendages remains uncertain. In mice, a single enhancer termed ZRS is solely responsible for Shh expression in limbs. Here, zebrafish and mouse transgenic assays trace the functional equivalence of ZRS across the gnathostome phylogeny. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated deletion of the medaka (Oryzias latipes) ZRS and enhancer assays identify the existence of ZRS shadow enhancers in both teleost and human genomes. Deletion of both ZRS and shadow ZRS abolishes shh expression and completely truncates pectoral fin formation...
March 19, 2018: Nature Genetics
Jiangchao Li, Xiaohan Zhang, Qing Liu, Mingming Yang, Zijun Zhou, Yuxiang Ye, Zeqi Zhou, Xiaodong He, Lijing Wang
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are found frequently in patients and mice bearing tumors, which derived from immature myeloid cells. In healthy individuals, immature myeloid cells formed in the bone marrow differentiating to dendritic cells, macrophages and neutrophils. However, it is unclear whether some gene deficiency will lead to MDSCs accumulation in mice without bearing tumor. Here, we observed that MDSCs accumulated in the bone marrow of matrix metalloproteinase 12 knockout mice (MMP12-/- mice) compared with wild type mice (MMP12+/+ mice)...
December 13, 2017: Cellular Immunology
Esther Mahabir, Ruth Volland, Adrian Landsberger, Sabine Manz, Ellen Na, Iris Urban, Geert Michel
Embryo transfer (ET) is a frequent procedure in contemporary animal and transgenic facilities. We compared the reproductive performance of mice after unilateral and bilateral ET of 15 to 18 two-cell embryos per recipient. The genetic backgrounds of the donors were C57BL/6J (B6J), C57BL/6N (B6N), or fewer than 5 generations of backcrossing to B6 (unknown substrain, <5G B6). The pregnancy rate was significantly higher for bilateral than for unilateral ET for B6J lines (85.4% compared with 79%) but similar between modes for B6N (73...
March 1, 2018: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
Vasudevan Bakthavatchalu, Katherine J Wert, Yan Feng, Anthony Mannion, Zhongming Ge, Alexis Garcia, Kathleen E Scott, Tyler J Caron, Carolyn M Madden, Johanne T Jacobsen, Gabriel Victora, Rudolf Jaenisch, James G Fox
Immune-compromised mouse models allow for testing the preclinical efficacy of human cell transplantations and gene therapy strategies before moving forward to clinical trials. However, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing of the Wsh/Wsh mouse strain to create an immune-compromised model lacking function of Rag2 and Il2rγ led to unexpected morbidity and mortality. This warranted an investigation to ascertain the cause and predisposing factors associated with the outbreak. Postmortem examination was performed on 15 moribund mice...
2018: PloS One
Shamir R Jacobino, Maaike Nederend, J Frederiek Reijneveld, Daan Augustijn, J H Marco Jansen, Jan Meeldijk, Karli R Reiding, Manfred Wuhrer, Frank E J Coenjaerts, C Erik Hack, Louis J Bont, Jeanette H W Leusen
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is a leading cause of hospitalization and mortality in young children. Protective therapy options are limited. Currently, palivizumab, a monoclonal IgG1 antibody, is the only licensed drug for RSV prophylaxis, although other IgG antibody candidates are being evaluated. However, at the respiratory mucosa, IgA antibodies are most abundant and act as the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Therefore, it would be logical to explore the potential of recombinant human IgA antibodies to protect against viral respiratory infection, but very little research on the topic has been published...
March 19, 2018: MAbs
Hiroki Maruyama, Atsumi Taguchi, Yuji Nishikawa, Chu Guili, Mariko Mikame, Masaaki Nameta, Yutaka Yamaguchi, Mitsuhiro Ueno, Naofumi Imai, Yumi Ito, Takahiko Nakagawa, Ichiei Narita, Satoshi Ishii
A main feature of Fabry disease is nephropathy, with polyuria an early manifestation; however, the mechanism that underlies polyuria and affected tubules is unknown. To increase globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) levels, we previously crossbred asymptomatic Glatm mice with transgenic mice that expressed human Gb3 synthase (A4GALT) and generated the Glatm Tg(CAG-A4GALT) symptomatic Fabry model mice. Additional analyses revealed that these mice exhibit polyuria and renal dysfunction without remarkable glomerular damage...
March 19, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Barun Das, Jashdeep Bhattacharjee, Preeti, Alaknanda Mishra, Kshama Jain, Srikanth Iyer, Ashwani Kesarwani, Parul Sahu, Prakriti Sinha, Perumal Nagarajan, Pramod Upadhyay
Partial hepatectomy is a versatile and reproducible method to study liver regeneration and the effect of cell based therapeutics in various pathological conditions. Partial hepatectomy also facilitates the increased engraftment and proliferation of transplanted cells by accelerating neovascularization and cell migration towards the liver. Here, we describe a simple protocol for performing 30% hepatectomy and transplantation of cells in the spleen of a non-obese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficient NOD.SCID (NOD...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jonathan T Ting, Brian R Lee, Peter Chong, Gilberto Soler-Llavina, Charles Cobbs, Christof Koch, Hongkui Zeng, Ed Lein
This protocol is a practical guide to the N-methyl-D-glucamine (NMDG) protective recovery method of brain slice preparation. Numerous recent studies have validated the utility of this method for enhancing neuronal preservation and overall brain slice viability. The implementation of this technique by early adopters has facilitated detailed investigations into brain function using diverse experimental applications and spanning a wide range of animal ages, brain regions, and cell types. Steps are outlined for carrying out the protective recovery brain slice technique using an optimized NMDG artificial cerebrospinal fluid (aCSF) media formulation and enhanced procedure to reliably obtain healthy brain slices for patch clamp electrophysiology...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Hui Jiang, Yicun Wang, Zhantao Deng, Jiewen Jin, Jia Meng, Shuo Chen, Jun Wang, Yang Qiu, Ting Guo, Jianning Zhao
Wear particle-induced osteolysis is a major cause of aseptic loosening in arthroplasty failure, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Due to long follow-ups necessary for detection and sporadic occurrence, it is challenging to assess the pathogenesis ofparticle-induced osteolysis in clinical cases. Hence, optimal animal models are required for further studies. The murine model of calvarial osteolysis established by exposure to CoCrMo particles is an effective and valid tool for assessing the interactions between particles and various cells in aseptic loosening...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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