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Mónica Rouco, Sheean T Haley, Harriet Alexander, Samuel T Wilson, David M Karl, Sonya T Dyhrman
Populations of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria in the genus Trichodesmium are critical to ocean ecosystems, yet predicting patterns of Trichodesmium distribution and their role in ocean biogeochemistry is an ongoing challenge. This may, in part, be due to differences in the physiological ecology of Trichodesmium species, which are not typically considered independently in field studies. In this study, the abundance of the two dominant Trichodesmium clades (Clade I and Clade III) was investigated during a survey at Station ALOHA in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG) using a clade-specific qPCR approach...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Microbiology Reports
T Chen, Z-P Guo, L-X Fu, N Cao, S Qin
BACKGROUND: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine, which is closely associated with the pathogenesis of various types of cutaneous vasculitis (CV). AIM: To investigate the therapeutic effects of an anti-TWEAK monoclonal antibody (mAb) in a mouse model of cutaneous reverse passive Arthus (RPA) reaction. METHODS: Cutaneous RPA reaction was induced in BALB/c mice by intradermal injection of anti-ovalbumin IgG into the left ear followed immediately by intravenous injection of chicken ovalbumin...
October 18, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
J C Vidal-Quist, F Ortego, B N Lambrecht, P Castañera, P Hernández-Crespo
The expression of allergen genes in house dust mites is influenced by temperature and relative humidity, but little is known of the impacts of other environmental factors that may alter the repertoire of allergens released by mites in home microhabitats. Bioassays were conducted in concave microscope slides in combination with real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) to analyse gene expression of 17 allergens of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acariformes: Pyroglyphidae) exposed to three chemical stressors that can be present in domestic environments...
October 18, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Janine Aucamp, Abel Jacobus Bronkhorst, Johannes F Wentzel, Piet J Pretorius
Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is regularly used to quantify cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs) in order to identify biomarkers for various pathologies. However, studies have shown notable housekeeping gene expression variation between healthy and diseased tissues and treated versus untreated cell lines. The release of housekeeping genes by four cell lines was investigated and the housekeeping gene expression between cfNAs and mRNA of the cell lines was observed in order to elucidate their relationship.
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Bernd Schmidt, Grit Rehbein, Michael Fleischhacker
Extracellular miRNAs cannot only be isolated from different body fluids like plasma and serum, but also from bronchial lavage samples (BL) obtained by bronchoscopy. Alterations in the expression of microRNAs might be useful for a discrimination of lung cancer patients from patients with a benign lung disease. We profiled extracellular microRNAs from three BL pools of lung cancer patients and three BL pools from a control group (patients with a benign lung disease) with TaqMan MicroRNA Array cards. For the confirmation of these results, we analyzed a panel of eight miRNAs in a qRT-PCR of the BL of 30 different lung cancer and non-cancerous patients...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
B Bonito, D R P Sauter, A Schwab, M B A Djamgoz, I Novak
In the recent decades, ion channels became the focus of cancer biologists, as many channels are overexpressed in tumour tissue and functionally they are linked to abnormal cell behaviour with processes including apoptosis, chemo- and radioresistance, proliferation and migration. KCa3.1 is a Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channel that plays a central role in tumour progression in many cancer types. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate KCa3.1 expression in pancreatic cancer cells and assess possible implications to disease progression...
October 17, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Fumihiro Sanada, Yoshiaki Taniyama, Jun Muratsu, Rei Otsu, Masaaki Iwabayashi, Miguel Carracedo, Hiromi Rakugi, Ryuichi Morishita
Uncontrolled coagulation contributes to the pathophysiology of several chronic inflammatory diseases. In these conditions, senescent cells are often observed and is involved in the generation of inflammation. The coincidence of hyper-coagulation, cell senescence, and inflammation suggests the existence of a common underlying mechanism. Recent evidence indicates that activated coagulation factor X (FXa) plays a role in the processes beyond blood coagulation. This non-hematologic function entails the mediation of inflammation and tissue remodeling...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Norikazu Kiguchi, Huiping Ding, Christopher M Peters, Nancy D Kock, Shiroh Kishioka, J Mark Cline, Janice D Wagner, Mei-Chuan Ko
Neuroinflammation is a pathological condition that underlies diabetes and affects sensory processing. Given the high prevalence of pain in diabetic patients and crosstalk between chemokines and opioids, it is pivotal to know whether neuroinflammation-associated mediators are dysregulated in the central nervous system of diabetic primates. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether mRNA expression levels of glial markers, chemokines, and opioid receptors are altered in the spinal cord and thalamus of naturally occurring type 2 diabetic monkeys (n=7) compared with age-matched non-diabetic monkeys (n=6)...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sung-Eun Lim, Virginie Esain, Wanda Kwan, Lindsay N Theodore, Mauricio Cortes, Isaura M Frost, Sarah Y Liu, Trista E North
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) have the ability to both self-renew and differentiate into all the mature blood cell lineages and thereby reconstitute the entire blood system. As such, HSCs are therapeutically valuable for treatment of hematological malignances and bone marrow failure. We recently showed that transient glucose elevation elicited dose-dependent effects on HSCs through elevated metabolic activity and subsequent ROS-mediated induction of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1α (Hif1α). Platelet Derived Growth Factor B (pdgfb), a Hif1α-target, and its receptor, pdgfrb, were significantly upregulated in response to metabolic stimulation...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Emilie Cauchie, Mathieu Gand, Gilles Kergourlay, Bernard Taminiau, Laurent Delhalle, Nicolas Korsak, Georges Daube
In order to control food losses and wastage, monitoring the microbial diversity of food products, during processing and storage is important, as studies have highlighted the metabolic activities of some microorganisms which can lead to spoilage. Knowledge of this diversity can be greatly improved by using a metagenetic approach based on high throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing, which enables a much higher resolution than culture-based methods. Moreover, the Jameson effect, a phenomenon described by Jameson in 1962, is often used to classify bacterial strains within an ecosystem...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Wafaa M Ezzat, Khalda Said Amr, Haiam Abdel Raouf, Yasser A Elhosary, Abdelfattah E Hegazy, Hoda H Fahim, Refaat R Kamel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Activation of telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) has a role in liver carcinogenesis where telomerase is normally suppressed in most human somatic tissues after birth. In the current study we aimed to detect the significance of hTERT mRNA in early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to determine the relationship between serum microRNA155 and telomerase expression. METHODS: Serum and liver tissue samples were collected from 40 patients (17 samples from patients with liver cirrhosis and 23 samples from patients with HCC) and 12 blood samples from healthy subjects were collected...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Steffi Rocchi, Maxime Tisserant, Benoit Valot, Audrey Laboissière, Victor Frossard, Gabriel Reboux
Since 2010, the Loue River (Franche-Comté, East of France) has been suffering from massive fish kills infested by Saprolegnia parasitica. The river supplies inhabitants of the city of Besançon in drinking water, raising the question of a potential risk through both water consumption and use. We developed a real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) to quantify S. parasitica in the Loue River as well as in the drinking water. A weak spatial trend is suggested with greater quantities of S. parasitica observed at the sampling station close to the main pumping station...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
Mukundh N Balasubramanian, Nejc Rački, José Gonçalves, Katarina Kovač, Magda T Žnidarič, Valentina Turk, Maja Ravnikar, Ion Gutiérrez-Aguirre
Currently, around 50% of the world's population lives in towns and cities within 100 km of the coast. Monitoring of viruses that are frequently present in contaminated coastal environments, such as rotavirus (RoV) and norovirus (NoV), which are also the major cause of human viral gastroenteritis, is essential to ensure the safe use of these water bodies. Since exposure to as few as 10-100 particles of RoV or NoV may induce gastrointestinal disease, there is a need to develop a rapid and sensitive diagnostic method for their detection in coastal water samples...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Karoline Rodrigues Campos, Maria Gisele Gonçalves, Adele Caterino-de-Araujo
Changes in retrovirus acquisition/transmission behaviors have been reported in Brazil, with a concerning increase in HIV-1 infected individuals aged 15 to 39 years. In São Paulo, HIV-1/HTLV-1 and HIV-1/HTLV-2 coinfections have been associated with intravenous drug use and failure to detect HTLV-1/2 with immunosuppression and the use of active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Negative results for HTLV serologic [western blotting (WB)] and molecular [real-time PCR pol (qPCR)] confirmatory assays have been reported, whereas the best sensitivity has been found for INNO-LIA (LIA)...
October 17, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Jian Huang, Lei Zhao, Ping Yang, Zhen Chen, Ni Tang, Xiong Z Ruan, Yaxi Chen
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a hepatocyte-specific DNA virus whose gene expression and replication are closely associated with hepatic metabolic processes. Thus, a potential anti-viral strategy is to target the host metabolic factors necessary for HBV gene expression and replication. Recent studies revealed that fatty acid translocase CD36 is involved in the replication, assembly, storage, and secretion of certain viruses, such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, the relationship between CD36 and the HBV life cycle remains unclear...
2016: PloS One
Kay-Martin Johnsen, Rasmus Goll, Vegard Hansen, Trine Olsen, Renathe Rismo, Richard Heitmann, Mona D Gundersen, Jan M Kvamme, Eyvind J Paulssen, Hege Kileng, Knut Johnsen, Jon Florholmen
BACKGROUND: Anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agents play a pivotal role in the treatment of moderate to severe ulcerative colitis (UC), and yet, no international consensus on when to discontinue therapy exists. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to study the long-term performance of a treatment algorithm of repeated intensified induction therapy with infliximab (IFX) to remission, followed by discontinuation in patients with UC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with moderate to severe UC were enroled in an open prospective study design...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jiaquan Luo, Yu Zhong, Sheng Huang, Liangping Li, Chi Zhang, Xuenong Zou
Ginkgolide B (GB) is one of the ginkgolides isolated from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree. Our previous study indicated that GB promotes the proliferation, migration and adhesion of endothelial progenitor cells, and the induction of angiogenesis through vascular endothelial factor (VEGF). In the present study, the effects of GB on the differentiation of MC3T3‑E1 cells and the signaling pathway involved were investigated in vitro. The MC3T3‑E1 cell viability activities were assessed using an MTS assay...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Juan Xu, Yujia Qian, Min Ye, Ziyi Fu, Xuemei Jia, Wenqu Li, Pengfei Xu, Mingming Lv, Lei Huang, Luyu Wang, Hongjie Ruan, Juan Lv
Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is the most common malignancy in women. Dispite its prevalence, the prognosis of endometrial carcinoma still relies on conventional histological type, grade and invasion information. Its morbidity is still increasing and the outcome is very poor. To the best of our knowledge, hormonal imbalance and/or molecular genetic alterations are the main cause of EC. However, the alterations of lncRNAs which accounts for approximately 4/5 of human transcripts are still poorly understood. In the present study, using the RiboArray™ Custom Array, we studied the expression profiles of lncRNA in EC as compared to normal endometrium (NE) to find potential core lncRNAs for the diagnosis of EC...
October 14, 2016: Oncology Reports
Hongyan Zhou, Jie Li, Zhanqiang Zhang, Runyi Ye, Nan Shao, Tuckyun Cheang, Shenming Wang
Evidence suggests that RING1 and YY1 binding protein (RYBP) functions as a tumor suppressor. However, its role in breast cancer remains unclear. In the present study, the expression of RYBP was assessed in breast cancer patients and cell lines. Disease-free survival durations of breast cancer patients with high RYBP expression were determined based on the ATCG dataset. The effects of RYBP overexpression on cell growth, migration and invasive potency were also assessed. Nude mouse xenograft and lung metastasis models were also used to confirm the role of RYBP...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Peizhen Li, Jun Ying, Qingli Chang, Wen Zhu, Guangjian Yang, Teng Xu, Huiguang Yi, Ruowang Pan, Enyong Zhang, Xiaofeng Zeng, Chunxia Yan, Qiyu Bao, Shengbin Li
We studied phycoerythrin (PE) in human SW480 tumor cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms of action. PE inhibited cell proliferation as evidenced by CCK-8 assay. The IC50 values of phycoerythrin were 48.2 and 27.4 µg/ml for 24 and 48 h of exposure, respectively. PE induced apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in SW480 cells as observed under electron microscopy and with flow cytometry. Apoptosis increased from 5.1 (controls) to 39.0% in 80.0 µg/ml PE-treated cells. Differences in protein expression were identified using proteomic techniques...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
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