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Chiaki Yabuki, Akitomo Rikuta, Ryosuke Murayama, Syunsuke Akiba, Soshi Suzuki, Toshiki Takamizawa, Hiroyasu Kurokawa, Masashi Miyazaki
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of acid erosion on the bonding performance of universal adhesives. Freshly extracted bovine teeth were cut into enamel slabs and assigned to either the Er or the control group. Specimens in the Er group were immersed in citric acid solution (pH 2.1) twice a day and stored in artificial saliva, while control specimens were simply stored in artificial saliva. Differences in the mean values between the control and Er groups were greater than expected, despite accounting for the effect of differences in the adhesive systems (p=0...
March 17, 2018: Dental Materials Journal
Wenjie Zhang, Feng Yu, Yu Wang, Yu Zhang, Lingxin Meng, Yuhua Chi
As a novel member of the Rab GTPase family, the role of Rab23 has been reported in multiple types of tumor. However, to the best of our knowledge, the role of Rab23 in ovarian cancer (OC) has not yet been reported. In the present study, immunohistochemistry analysis demonstrated that Rab23 was upregulated in OC tissue; survival analysis indicated that Rab23 expression was associated with a reduced overall survival (OS) rate and disease-free survival (DFS) time. In vitro experiments also demonstrated the increased expression of Rab23 in the OC cells lines, A2780 and SKOV-3, compared with in the normal ovarian cell line, IOSE80...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Daniel J Merk, Jasmin Ohli, Natalie D Merk, Venu Thatikonda, Sorana Morrissy, Melanie Schoof, Susanne N Schmid, Luke Harrison, Severin Filser, Julia Ahlfeld, Serap Erkek, Kaamini Raithatha, Thomas Andreska, Marc Weißhaar, Michael Launspach, Julia E Neumann, Mehdi Shakarami, Dennis Plenker, Marco A Marra, Yisu Li, Andrew J Mungall, Richard A Moore, Yussanne Ma, Steven J M Jones, Beat Lutz, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Andrea Rossi, Rabea Wagener, Reiner Siebert, Andreas Jung, Charles G Eberhart, Boleslaw Lach, Michael Sendtner, Stefan M Pfister, Michael D Taylor, Lukas Chavez, Marcel Kool, Ulrich Schüller
Recurrent mutations in chromatin modifiers are specifically prevalent in adolescent or adult patients with Sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma (SHH MB). Here, we report that mutations in the acetyltransferase CREBBP have opposing effects during the development of the cerebellum, the primary site of origin of SHH MB. Our data reveal that loss of Crebbp in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (GNPs) during embryonic development of mice compromises GNP development, in part by downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Cell
Hector Urbina, Martin F Breed, Weizhou Zhao, Kanaka Lakshmi Gurrala, Siv G E Andersson, Jon Ågren, Sandra Baldauf, Anna Rosling
Biotic and abiotic conditions in soil pose major constraints on growth and reproductive success of plants. Fungi are important agents in plant soil interactions but the belowground mycobiota associated with plants remains poorly understood. We grew one genotype each from Sweden and Italy of the widely-studied plant model Arabidopsis thaliana. Plants were grown under controlled conditions in organic topsoil local to the Swedish genotype, and harvested after ten weeks. Total DNA was extracted from three belowground compartments: endosphere (sonicated roots), rhizosphere and bulk soil, and fungal communities were characterized from each by amplification and sequencing of the fungal barcode region ITS2...
April 2018: Fungal Biology
Gary P Wormser, Claudia R Molins, Andrew Levin, Susan C Lipsett, Lise E Nigrovic, Martin E Schriefer, John A Branda
To diagnose Lyme disease, a two-tier testing algorithm is used in which supplemental IgM and IgG immunoblots to detect antibody to Borrelia burgdorferi are reflexively performed if a first-tier assay, such as a whole-cell sonicate-based enzyme immunoassay (WCS EIA), is reactive. Recent data suggest that equal specificity is found by substituting the C6 peptide EIA for immunoblots. In this study using 3956 control sera, we demonstrated that although this two-tier testing algorithm does significantly improve diagnostic specificity compared with each of the EIAs individually, the WCS EIA and the C6 peptide EIA are not independent tests...
February 16, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Aloma L D'Souza, John R Chevillet, Pejman Ghanouni, Xinrui Yan, Muneesh Tewari, Sanjiv S Gambhir
We have previously shown that low frequency ultrasound can release biomarkers from cells into the murine circulation enabling an amplification and localization of the released biomarker that could be used as a blood-based method to detect cancer earlier and monitor therapy. In this study, we further demonstrate that this technique could be used for characterization of tumors and/or identification of cellular masses of unknown origin due to the release of multiple protein and nucleic acid biomarkers in cells in culture, mice and patients...
2018: PloS One
Hirofumi Akamatsu, Yakun Yuan, Vladimir A Stoica, Greg Stone, Tiannan Yang, Zijian Hong, Shiming Lei, Yi Zhu, Ryan C Haislmaier, John W Freeland, Long-Qing Chen, Haidan Wen, Venkatraman Gopalan
Using time- and spatially resolved hard x-ray diffraction microscopy, the striking structural and electrical dynamics upon optical excitation of a single crystal of BaTiO_{3} are simultaneously captured on subnanoseconds and nanoscale within individual ferroelectric domains and across walls. A large emergent photoinduced electric field of up to 20×10^{6}  V/m is discovered in a surface layer of the crystal, which then drives polarization and lattice dynamics that are dramatically distinct in a surface layer versus bulk regions...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Sandrine Mariaux, Ulrika Furustrand Tafin, Olivier Borens
Introduction : When treating periprosthetic joint infection with a two-stage procedure, antibiotic-impregnated spacers can be used in the interval between prosthetic removal and reimplantation. In our experience, cultures of sonicated spacers are most often negative. The objective of the study was to assess whether that sonication causes an elution of antibiotics, leading to elevated antibiotic concentrations in the sonication fluid inhibiting bacterial growth and thus causing false-negative cultures. Methods : A prospective monocentric study was performed from September 2014 to March 2016...
2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Infection
Long Chen, Yifeng Jiang, Zhen Du
Although previous studies have demonstrated that dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) from mature and immature teeth exhibit potential for multi-directional differentiation, the molecular and biological difference between the DPSCs from mature and immature permanent teeth has not been fully investigated. In the present study, 500 differentially expressed genes from dental pulp cells (DPCs) in mature and immature permanent teeth were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus online database. Based on bioinformatics analysis using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery, these genes were divided into a number of subgroups associated with immunity, inflammation and cell signaling...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
D Mata-Mbemba, M Zapotocky, S Laughlin, M D Taylor, V Ramaswamy, C Raybaud
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Molecular grouping of medulloblastoma correlates with prognosis and supports the therapeutic strategy. We provide our experience with the imaging features of primary and metastatic disease in relation to the molecular groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred nineteen consecutive patients (mean age, 7.3 ± 3.8 years at diagnosis; male, 79 [66.4%]) with a confirmed diagnosis of medulloblastoma and interpretable pretreatment MRIs were retrieved from our data base from January 2000 to December 2016...
March 15, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Jie Gao, Gang Zhao, Wei Li, Jiayuan Zhang, Yanling Che, Meiyu Song, Shan Gao, Bin Zeng, Yuanhong Wang
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are involved in diabetes-associated complications, including diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). Recent reports showed that miR-155 downregulation promotes wound healing in diabetic rats and ameliorates endothelial injury induced by high glucose, but its role in DFU is unknown. We found that miR-155 was overexpressed in EPCs from patients with DFU and in high glucose-induced EPCs from healthy people. Reductions in cell viability, migration, tube formation and nitric oxide production, as well as increases in lactated hydrogenase, cell apoptosis, and reactive oxygen species induced by high glucose, were enhanced by miR-155 overexpression and restrained by miR-155 inhibition...
March 12, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Jacob W P Potuijt, Martijn Baas, Rivka Sukenik-Halevy, Hannie Douben, Picard Nguyen, Deon J Venter, Renée Gallagher, Sigrid M Swagemakers, Steven E R Hovius, Christianne A van Nieuwenhoven, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Peter J van der Spek, Nadav Ahituv, Annelies de Klein
PurposeThe zone of polarizing activity regulatory sequence (ZRS) is an enhancer that regulates sonic hedgehog during embryonic limb development. Recently, mutations in a noncoding evolutionary conserved sequence 500 bp upstream of the ZRS, termed the pre-ZRS (pZRS), have been associated with polydactyly in dogs and humans. Here, we report the first case of triphalangeal thumb-polysyndactyly syndrome (TPT-PS) to be associated with mutations in this region and show via mouse enhancer assays how this mutation leads to ectopic expression throughout the developing limb bud...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Weiwei Qian, Xiaochuan Kong, Tao Zhang, Dengdian Wang, Jin Song, Yuan Li, Xiaoting Li, Hao Geng, Jie Min, Qi Kong, Jie Liu, Zhiqi Liu, Daming Wang, Zhiqiang Zhang, Dexin Yu, Caiyun Zhong
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are essentially responsible for tumor initiation, growth, progression, metastasis and recurrence, and cigarette smoke (CS) is closely involved in the occurrence and development of kidney cancer. However, the effect of CS on renal CSCs has not been elucidated yet. In the present study, tumorsphere formation assay was used to enrich renal CSCs from 786-O and ACHN cells. We illustrated that CS effectively promoted renal CSCs stemness by enhancing tumorsphere formation, increasing the expression of renal CSCs markers (CD133, CD44, ALDHA1, Oct4, and Nanog) and elevating CD133+ cell population...
March 13, 2018: Oncogenesis
Dario Presutti, Manuela Ceccarelli, Laura Micheli, Giuliana Papoff, Simonetta Santini, Simone Samperna, Cristiana Lalli, Lorena Zentilin, Giovina Ruberti, Felice Tirone
Medulloblastoma (MB), the tumor of the cerebellum, is the most frequent brain cancer in childhood and a major cause of pediatric mortality. Based on gene profiling, four MB subgroups have been identified, i.e., Wnt or Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) types, and subgroup 3 or 4. The Shh-type MB has been shown to arise from the cerebellar precursors of granule neurons (GCPs), where a hyperactivation of the Shh pathway leads to their neoplastic transformation. We have previously shown that the gene Tis21 (PC3/Btg2) inhibits the proliferation and promotes the differentiation and migration of GCPs...
2018: PloS One
Biki Gupta, Bijay Kumar Poudel, Shobha Regmi, Shiva Pathak, Hima Bindu Ruttala, Milan Gautam, Gyeong Jin An, Jee-Heon Jeong, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
PURPOSE: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The aim of this study was to design solid lipid core nanocapsules (SLCN) comprising a solid lipid core and a PEGylated polymeric corona for paclitaxel (PTX) and erlotinib (ERL) co-delivery to non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and evaluate their physicochemical characteristics and in vitro activity in NCI-H23 cells. METHODS: PTX/ERL-SLCN were prepared by nanoprecipitation and sonication and physicochemically characterized by dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy...
March 13, 2018: Pharmaceutical Research
Tomohiro Katagiri, Minoru Kobayashi, Michio Yoshimura, Akiyo Morinibu, Satoshi Itasaka, Masahiro Hiraoka, Hiroshi Harada
Hypoxic and stroma-rich microenvironments, characteristic features of pancreatic cancers, are strongly associated with a poor prognosis. However, whether and how hypoxia increases stromal compartments remain largely unknown. Here, we investigated the potential importance of a master regulator of the cellular adaptive response to hypoxia, hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), in the formation of stroma-rich microenvironments of pancreatic tumors. We found that pancreatic cancer cells secreted more Sonic hedgehog protein (SHH) under hypoxia by upregulating its expression and efficiency of secretion in a HIF-1-dependent manner...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Xin Shi, Shengcai Wei, Kevin J Simms, Devan N Cumpston, Thomas J Ewing, Ping Zhang
Activation and reprogramming of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells play a critical role in the granulopoietic response to bacterial infection. Our current study determined the significance of Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling in the regulation of hematopoietic precursor cell activity during the host defense response to systemic bacterial infection. Bacteremia was induced in male Balb/c mice via intravenous injection (i.v.) of Escherichia coli (5 × 107 CFUs/mouse). Control mice received i.v. saline. SHH protein level in bone marrow cell (BMC) lysates was markedly increased at both 24 and 48 h of bacteremia...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
M A Afanasyeva, A S Ustiugova, S A Golyshev, A T Kopylov, A V Bogolyubova, D E Demin, P V Belousov, A M Schwartz
Ultracentrifugation on a density gradient remains the only reliable way to obtain highly pure mitochondria preparations. However, it is not readily available for any laboratory and has a serious disadvantage of providing low mitochondria yield, which can be critical when working with limited starting material. Here we describe a combined method for isolation of mitochondria for proteomic studies that includes cell disruption by sonication, differential centrifugation, and magnetic separation. Our method provides remarkable enrichment of mitochondrial proteins as compared to differential centrifugation, magnetic separation, or their combination, and it enables the strongest depletion of cytoplasmic components, as assessed by two-dimensional electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, and Western blot...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Nick Polydorides
We propose a numerical framework to simulate the Lorentz Force Electrical Impedance Tomography (LFEIT) measurements on accurate electrode models and an image reconstruction scheme for which data on two pairs of electrodes are sufficient. The adopted finite element-based complete electrode model encompasses the electrode's geometry and contact impedance, accounting for the power losses at the contact interface. The results of our simulation study suggest that electrode modelling has a significant impact on the measurements and electrode model inaccuracies may be detrimental to the image reconstruction...
March 13, 2018: Physiological Measurement
Sarah Schatschneider, Salah Abdelrazig, Laudina Safo, Anne Meint Henstra, Thomas Millat, Dong-Hyun Kim, Klaus Winzer, Nigel Peter Minton, David A Barrett
We have investigated the applicability of commercially available lyophilised Spirulina ( Arthrospira platensis), a microorganism uniformly labelled with13 C, as a readily accessible source of multiple13 C-labelled metabolites suitable as internal standards for quantitative determination of intracellular bacterial metabolites. Metabolites of interest were analysed by hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography coupled with high resolution mass spectrometry. Multiple internal standards obtained from uniformly (U)-13 C-labelled extract from Spirulina were used to enable isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS) for the identification and quantification of the intracellular metabolites...
March 13, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
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