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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719951/neuronal-apoptosis-pathological-basis-of-behavioral-dysfunctions-induced-by-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-rodents-model
#1
Shiqi Luo, Lisi OuYang, Jie Wei, Feng Wu, Zhongdao Wu, Wanlong Lei, Dongjuan Yuan
Angiostrongylus cantonensis invades the central nervous system (CNS) of humans to induce eosinophilic meningitis and meningoencephalitis and leads to persistent headache, cognitive dysfunction, and ataxic gait. Infected mice (nonpermissive host), admittedly, suffer more serious pathological injuries than rats (permissive host). However, the pathological basis of these manifestations is incompletely elucidated. In this study, the behavioral test, histological and immunohistochemical techniques, and analysis of apoptotic gene expression, especially caspase-3, were conducted...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719892/cinnamaldehyde-ameliorates-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice-by-inducing-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue
#2
Jiacheng Zuo, Dandan Zhao, Na Yu, Xin Fang, Qianqian Mu, Yue Ma, Fangfang Mo, Rui Wu, Rufeng Ma, Lili Wang, Ruyuan Zhu, Haixia Liu, Dongwei Zhang, Sihua Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Obesity has become a major health concern with few effective medications. Cinnamaldehyde (CA) has been reported to exhibit anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, whether CA shows anti-obesity activity remains unknown. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the potential anti-obesity effects of CA on mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and to explore the possible mechanisms involved. METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice fed an HFD for 12 weeks were supplemented with CA (40 mg/kg/day) via gavage for an additional 8 weeks...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719888/inhibition-of-single-routes-of-intracellular-signaling-is-not-sufficient-to-neutralize-the-biphasic-disturbance-of-a-retinal-endothelial-cell-barrier-induced-by-vegf-a165
#3
Heidrun L Deissler, Gerhard K Lang, Gabriele E Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hallmark of diabetic macular edema is the enhanced permeability of retinal endothelial cells (REC) induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A165), which acts through activating specific receptors. To improve the predictability of inhibitors' potentials to block harmful effects of VEGF-A165, we investigated if its signaling pathways triggered in REC are redundant. METHODS: Immortalized bovine REC monolayers were treated with inhibitors specific for various protein kinases in combination with VEGF-A165...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719878/the-effects-of-fluoride-on-neuronal-function-occurs-via-cytoskeleton-damage-and-decreased-signal-transmission
#4
Lingli Chen, Hongmei Ning, Zhihong Yin, Xiaochao Song, Yongchao Feng, Hao Qin, Yi Li, Jundong Wang, Yaming Ge, Wenkui Wang
It has been reported that fluoride exposure may cause serious public health problems, particularly neurotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study used Neuro-2A cells to investigate the effects of fluoride on the cytoskeleton. The Neuro-2A cells were exposed to 0, 1, 2, 4 and 6 mM sodium fluoride (NaF) for 24 h. Cell viability and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release were examined. It was observed that exposure to NaF reduced cell viability, disrupted cellular membrane integrity, and high levels of LDH were released...
June 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719855/high-fat-diet-and-aging-interact-to-produce-neuroinflammation-and-impair-hippocampal-and-amygdalar-dependent-memory
#5
Sarah J Spencer, Heather D'Angelo, Alita Soch, Linda R Watkins, Steven F Maier, Ruth M Barrientos
More Americans are consuming diets higher in saturated fats and refined sugars than ever before, and based on increasing obesity rates, this is a growing trend among older adults as well. While high saturated fat diet (HFD) consumption has been shown to sensitize the inflammatory response to a subsequent immune challenge in young adult rats, the inflammatory effect of HFD in the already-vulnerable aging brain has not yet been assessed. Here, we explored whether short-term (3 days) consumption of HFD would serve as a neuroinflammatory trigger in aging animals, leading to cognitive deficits...
June 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719851/interaction-of-cholera-toxin-b-subunit-with-t-and-b-lymphocytes
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Elena V Navolotskaya, Vladimir B Sadovnikov, Dmitry V Zinchenko, Valery M Lipkin, Vladimir P Zav'yalov
We have prepared (125)I-labeled cholera toxin B subunit ((125)I-labeled CT-B, a specific activity of 98Ci/mmol) and found that its binding to T and B lymphocytes from the blood of healthy donors was high-affinity (Kd 2.8 and 3.0nM, respectively). The binding of labeled protein was completely inhibited by unlabeled thymosin-α1 (TM-α1), interferon-α2 (IFN-α2), and the synthetic peptide LKEKK that corresponds to residues 16-20 in TM-α1 and 131-135 in IFN-α2, but was not inhibited by the synthetic peptide KKEKL with inverted amino acid sequence (Ki>10μM)...
July 15, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719789/waist-to-height-ratio-in-indian-women-comparison-with-traditional-indices-of-obesity-association-with-inflammatory-biomarkers-and-lipid-profile
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Sharvari Dilip Malshe, Shobha Anand Udipi
We compared waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) with traditional anthropometric indices in healthy women aged 21 to 45 years from urban slums of Mumbai city, India. Lipid profile and inflammatory markers were measured in a subsample of 200 women, and their relationship with WHtR was examined. Mean WHtR was 0.50 ± 0.1, but a little more than half (51.9%) of the women had WHtR ≥0.50. WHtR could correctly identify centrally obese adult women, even when they were categorized as healthy or normal according to body mass index, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, and percentage body fat...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719765/beetroot-juice-is-more-beneficial-than-sodium-nitrate-for-attenuating-muscle-pain-after-strenuous-eccentric-bias-exercise
#8
Tom Clifford, Glyn Howatson, Daniel J West, Emma J Stevenson
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of beetroot juice (BTJ) and a nitrate only drink (sodium nitrate; SN) on indices of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD). Thirty recreationally active males consumed either BTJ (n=10), a nitrate matched SN drink (n=10) or an isocaloric placebo (PLA; n=10) immediately, 24 and 48 h after performing 100 drop jumps. To assess muscle damage, maximal isometric voluntary contractions (MIVC), countermovement jumps (CMJ), pressure-pain threshold (PPT), creatine kinase (CK) and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured pre, immediately post, 24, 48 and 72 h following the drop jumps...
July 18, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719746/structure-activity-study-of-ghrelin-1-8-resulting-in-high-affinity-fluorine-bearing-ligands-for-the-ghrelin-receptor
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Carlie L Charron, Jin-Qiang Hou, Mark S McFarland, Savita Dhanvantari, Michael S Kovacs, Leonard G Luyt
The ghrelin receptor, also known as the growth hormone secretagogue receptor 1a (GHS-R1a), is a G-protein coupled receptor that is differentially expressed in healthy tissue and several cancers, including prostate, testicular, and ovarian. Selectively targeting the ghrelin receptor using fluorine-18 tagged entities would allow localization and visualization of ghrelin receptor expressing carcinomas using PET imaging. The endogenous ligand ghrelin, a 28 amino acid peptide with 3.1 nM affinity, has poor in vivo stability...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719664/predicting-the-protein-half-life-in-tissue-from-its-cellular-properties
#10
Mahbubur Rahman, Rovshan G Sadygov
Protein half-life is an important feature of protein homeostasis (proteostasis). The increasing number of in vivo and in vitro studies using high throughput proteomics provide estimates of the protein half-lives in tissues and cells. However, protein half-lives in cells and tissues are different. Due to the resource requirements for researching tissues, more data is available from cellular studies than tissues. We have designed a multivariate linear model for predicting protein half-life in tissue from its cellular properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719653/isolation-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-from-a-phage-display-library-binding-the-rhesus-macaque-mhc-class-i-allomorph-mamu-a1-001
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Nathan Holman, Jason T Weinfurter, Trevor R Harsla, Roger W Wiseman, Aaron J Belli, Anthony J Michaels, Keith A Reimann, Robert I DeMars, Matthew R Reynolds
Monoclonal antibodies that bind to human leukocyte antigen (HLA) are useful tools for HLA-typing, tracking donor-recipient chimerisms after bone marrow transplants, and characterizing specific major histocompatibility complexes (MHC) on cell surfaces. Unfortunately, equivalent reagents are not available for rhesus macaques, which are commonly used animal as models in organ transplant and infectious disease research. To address this deficiency, we isolated an antibody that recognizes the common Indian rhesus macaque MHC class I molecule, Mamu-A1*001...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719649/differential-expression-of-small-rna-pathway-genes-associated-with-the-biomphalaria-glabrata-schistosoma-mansoni-interaction
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Fábio Ribeiro Queiroz, Luciana Maria Silva, Wander de Jesus Jeremias, Élio Hideo Babá, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Paulo Marcos Zech Coelho, Matheus de Souza Gomes
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 240 million people in 78 countries require treatment for schistosomiasis, an endemic disease caused by trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. In Brazil, Schistosoma mansoni is the only species representative of the genus whose passage through an invertebrate host, snails of the genus Biomphalaria, is obligatory before infecting a mammalian host, including humans. The availability of the genome and transcriptome of B. glabrata makes studying the regulation of gene expression, particularly the regulation of miRNA and piRNA processing pathway genes, possible...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719628/salt-tolerant-and-sensitive-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-cultivars-have-large-variations-in-defense-responses-to-the-lepidopteran-insect-spodoptera-litura-under-normal-and-salt-stress-condition
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Yunting Lei, Qing Liu, Christian Hettenhausen, Guoyan Cao, Qing Tan, Weiye Zhao, Honghui Lin, Jianqiang Wu
In nature, plants are often exposed to multiple stress factors at the same time. Yet, little is known about how plants modulate their physiology to counteract simultaneous abiotic and biotic stresses, such as soil salinity and insect herbivory. In this study, insect performance bioassays, phytohormone measurements, quantification of transcripts, and protein determination were employed to study the phenotypic variations of two alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars in response to insect Spodoptera litura feeding under normal and salt stress condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719624/sequence-specific-dna-binding-by-myc-max-to-low-affinity-non-e-box-motifs
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Michael Allevato, Eugene Bolotin, Mark Grossman, Daniel Mane-Padros, Frances M Sladek, Ernest Martinez
The MYC oncoprotein regulates transcription of a large fraction of the genome as an obligatory heterodimer with the transcription factor MAX. The MYC:MAX heterodimer and MAX:MAX homodimer (hereafter MYC/MAX) bind Enhancer box (E-box) DNA elements (CANNTG) and have the greatest affinity for the canonical MYC E-box (CME) CACGTG. However, MYC:MAX also recognizes E-box variants and was reported to bind DNA in a "non-specific" fashion in vitro and in vivo. Here, in order to identify potential additional non-canonical binding sites for MYC/MAX, we employed high throughput in vitro protein-binding microarrays, along with electrophoretic mobility-shift assays and bioinformatic analyses of MYC-bound genomic loci in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719605/extracellular-phosphorylation-of-a-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-controls-synaptic-localization-of-nmda-receptors-and-regulates-pathological-pain
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Kenji Hanamura, Halley R Washburn, Sean I Sheffler-Collins, Nan L Xia, Nathan Henderson, Dipti V Tillu, Shayne Hassler, Daniel S Spellman, Guoan Zhang, Thomas A Neubert, Theodore J Price, Matthew B Dalva
Extracellular phosphorylation of proteins was suggested in the late 1800s when it was demonstrated that casein contains phosphate. More recently, extracellular kinases that phosphorylate extracellular serine, threonine, and tyrosine residues of numerous proteins have been identified. However, the functional significance of extracellular phosphorylation of specific residues in the nervous system is poorly understood. Here we show that synaptic accumulation of GluN2B-containing N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) and pathological pain are controlled by ephrin-B-induced extracellular phosphorylation of a single tyrosine (p*Y504) in a highly conserved region of the fibronectin type III (FN3) domain of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphB2...
July 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719578/de-novo-active-sites-for-resurrected-precambrian-enzymes
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Valeria A Risso, Sergio Martinez-Rodriguez, Adela M Candel, Dennis M Krüger, David Pantoja-Uceda, Mariano Ortega-Muñoz, Francisco Santoyo-Gonzalez, Eric A Gaucher, Shina C L Kamerlin, Marta Bruix, Jose A Gavira, Jose M Sanchez-Ruiz
Protein engineering studies often suggest the emergence of completely new enzyme functionalities to be highly improbable. However, enzymes likely catalysed many different reactions already in the last universal common ancestor. Mechanisms for the emergence of completely new active sites must therefore either plausibly exist or at least have existed at the primordial protein stage. Here, we use resurrected Precambrian proteins as scaffolds for protein engineering and demonstrate that a new active site can be generated through a single hydrophobic-to-ionizable amino acid replacement that generates a partially buried group with perturbed physico-chemical properties...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719542/cideb-deficiency-aggravates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-ulcerative-colitis-in-mice-by-exacerbating-the-oxidative-burden-in-colonic-mucosa
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Chao Sun, Yuanlin Zhao, Xing Gao, Yuan Yuan, Chao Wang, Yingmei Wang, Lijun Zhang, Yu Gu, Feng Zhang, Peizhen Hu, Zhe Wang, Zhuyi Li, Jiankuan Shi, Sheng Li, Kaiyu Cao, Bingcheng Ren, Ming Yu, Weihua Liang, Zengshan Li, Jing Ye
BACKGROUND: Abnormal lipid metabolism is one of many factors that contribute to the development of ulcerative colitis (UC). As a lipid droplet-associated protein, Cideb facilitated the export of lipids from enterocytes and promoted intestinal lipid absorption. We found that Cideb was upregulated in the colonic mucosa of both UC patients and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse colitis, but its roles in the pathogenesis of UC are still ill-defined. METHODS: Acute colitis was induced with DSS in Cideb-null and wild-type mice, and the inflammation and oxidative stress were evaluated in the colonic mucosa...
August 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719469/insm1-demonstrates-superior-performance-to-the-individual-and-combined-use-of-synaptophysin-chromogranin-and-cd56-for-diagnosing-neuroendocrine-tumors-of-the-thoracic-cavity
#18
Lisa M Rooper, Rajni Sharma, Qing Kay Li, Peter B Illei, William H Westra
Despite the importance of recognizing neuroendocrine differentiation when diagnosing tumors of the thoracic cavity, the sensitivity of traditional neuroendocrine markers is suboptimal, particularly for high-grade neuroendocrine carcinomas such as small cell lung carcinoma and large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma. To increase sensitivity, neuroendocrine markers are routinely ordered as panels of multiple immunostains where any single positive marker is regarded as sufficient evidence of neuroendocrine differentiation...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719465/predictors-of-outcome-in-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-salivary-glands-a-clinicopathologic-study-with-correlation-between-myb-fusion-and-protein-expression
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Bin Xu, Esther Drill, Allen Ho, Alan Ho, Lara Dunn, Carlos Nicolas Prieto-Granada, Timothy Chan, Ian Ganly, Ronald Ghossein, Nora Katabi
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is the second most common salivary gland malignancy and it has a high rate of recurrences and a poor long-term prognosis. Our aim was to assess the prognostic factors in ACC and study MYB-NFIB fusion and MYB protein expression in a large retrospective cohort of 135 patients with a median follow-up of 6.3 years. The 5- and 10-year local recurrence-free survival (RFS) rate of 94% and 78%, 5- and 10-year distant metastasis survival rate of 77% and 58%, and 5- and 10-year RFS of 66% and 44%...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719339/modulation-of-oxidative-and-glycolytic-skeletal-muscle-fibers-na-h-exchanger1-nhe1-and-na-hco3-co-transporter1-nbc1-genes-and-proteins-expression-in-type-2-diabetic-rat-streptozotocin-high-fat-diet-following-long-term-endurance-training
#20
A Monazzami, H Rajabi, R Ghrakhanlou, K Yari, Z Rahimi
Diabetes is known to alter both oxidative and glycolytic pathways in a fiber type-dependent manner. The aim of present study was to investigate the effects of endurance training on muscle NHE1 and NBC1 genes and proteins expression in type 2 diabetic rats. Male wistar rats (n=30), 4 weeks old and 95.7±10.8g, were randomly selected and divided into control, diabetic without training and diabetic with training groups. Diabetes was induced by injection of low dose of streptotozin and feeding with high-fat diet...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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