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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231043/transient-oxytocin-signaling-primes-the-development-and-function-of-excitatory-hippocampal-neurons
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Silvia Ripamonti, Mateusz C Ambrozkiewicz, Francesca Guzzi, Marta Gravati, Gerardo Biella, Ingo Bormuth, Matthieu Hammer, Liam P Tuffy, Albrecht Sigler, Hiroshi Kawabe, Katsuhiko Nishimori, Mauro Toselli, Nils Brose, Marco Parenti, JeongSeop Rhee
Beyond its role in parturition and lactation, oxytocin influences higher brain processes that control social behavior of mammals, and perturbed oxytocin signaling has been linked to the pathogenesis of several psychiatric disorders. However, it is still largely unknown how oxytocin exactly regulates neuronal function. We show that early, transient oxytocin exposure in vitro inhibits the development of hippocampal glutamatergic neurons, leading to reduced dendrite complexity, synapse density, and excitatory transmission, while sparing GABAergic neurons...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230089/endothelin-receptor-specific-control-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-apoptosis-in-the-kidney
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Carmen De Miguel, William C Hamrick, Janet L Hobbs, David M Pollock, Pamela K Carmines, Jennifer S Pollock
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) promotes renal damage during cardiovascular disease; yet, the molecular mechanisms involved remain unknown. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, triggered by unfolded protein accumulation in the ER, contributes to apoptosis and organ injury. These studies aimed to determine whether the ET-1 system promotes renal ER stress development in response to tunicamycin. ETB deficient (ETB def) or transgenic control (TG-con) rats were used in the presence or absence of ETA receptor antagonism. Tunicamycin treatment similarly increased cortical ER stress markers in both rat genotypes; however, only ETB def rats showed a 14-24 fold increase from baseline for medullary GRP78, sXBP-1, and CHOP...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229219/prevalence-and-clinical-impact-of-iron-deficiency-and-anaemia-among-outpatients-with-chronic-heart-failure-the-prep-registry
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Stephan von Haehling, Uwe Gremmler, Michael Krumm, Frank Mibach, Norbert Schön, Jens Taggeselle, Johannes B Dahm, Christiane E Angermann
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency (ID) and anaemia are common in heart failure (HF). The prospective, observational PReP registry (Prävalenz des Eisenmangels bei Patienten mit Herzinsuffizienz) studied prevalence and clinical impact of ID and anaemia in HF outpatients attending cardiology practices in Germany. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 42 practices enrolled consecutive patients with chronic HF [left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤45%]. ID was defined as serum ferritin <100 µg/l, or serum ferritin ≥100 µg/l/<300 µg/l plus transferrin saturation <20%, and anaemia as haemoglobin <13 g/dl (12 g/dl) in men (women)...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228763/cardiolipin-supports-respiratory-enzymes-in-plants-in-different-ways
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Jakob Petereit, Kenta Katayama, Christin Lorenz, Linda Ewert, Peter Schertl, Andreas Kitsche, Hajime Wada, Margrit Frentzen, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
In eukaryotes the presence of the dimeric phospholipid cardiolipin (CL) is limited to the mitochondrial membranes. It resides predominantly in the inner membrane where it interacts with components of the mitochondrial electron transfer chain. CL deficiency has previously been shown to affect abundances of the plant NADH-dehydrogenase complex and its association with dimeric cyctochrome c reductase. Using an Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out mutant for the final enzyme of CL biosynthesis we here extend current knowledge on the dependence of plant respiration on CL...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225193/human-neural-progenitor-transplantation-rescues-behavior-and-reduces-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-a-transgenic-model-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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Natalie R S Goldberg, Samuel E Marsh, Joseph Ochaba, Brandon C Shelley, Hayk Davtyan, Leslie M Thompson, Joan S Steffan, Clive N Svendsen, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Synucleinopathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders sharing the common feature of misfolding and accumulation of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (α-syn) into insoluble aggregates. Within this diverse group, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is characterized by the aberrant accumulation of α-syn in cortical, hippocampal, and brainstem neurons, resulting in multiple cellular stressors that particularly impair dopamine and glutamate neurotransmission and related motor and cognitive function. Recent studies show that murine neural stem cell (NSC) transplantation can improve cognitive or motor function in transgenic models of Alzheimer's and Huntington's disease, and DLB...
February 22, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223291/ctrp7-deletion-attenuates-obesity-linked-glucose-intolerance-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-hepatic-stress
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Pia S Petersen, Xia Lei, Risa M Wolf, Susana Rodriguez, Stefanie Y Tan, Hannah C Little, Michael A Schweitzer, Thomas H Magnuson, Kimberley E Steele, G William Wong
Chronic low-grade inflammation and cellular stress are important contributors to obesity-linked metabolic dysfunction. Here, we uncover an immune-metabolic role for C1q/TNF-related protein 7 (CTRP7), a secretory protein of the C1q family with previously unknown function. In obese humans, circulating CTRP7 levels were markedly elevated and positively correlated with BMI, glucose, insulin, insulin resistance index, hemoglobin A1c, and triglyceride levels. Expression of CTRP7 in liver was also significantly upregulated in obese humans and positively correlated with gluconeogenic genes...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223279/distinct-contributions-of-complement-factors-to-platelet-activation-and-fibrin-formation-in-venous-thrombus-development
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Saravanan Subramaniam, Kerstin Jurk, Lukas Hobohm, Sven Jäckel, Mona Saffarzadeh, Kathrin Schwierczek, Philip Wenzel, Florian Langer, Christoph Reinhardt, Wolfram Ruf
Expanding evidence indicates multiple interactions between the hemostatic system and innate immunity and the coagulation and complement cascades. Here we show in a tissue factor (TF)-dependent model of flow restriction-induced venous thrombosis that complement factors (C) make distinct contributions to platelet activation and fibrin deposition. C3-deficiency causes prolonged bleeding, reduced thrombus incidence, thrombus size, fibrin and platelet deposition in the ligated inferior vena cava, and diminished platelet activation in vitro...
February 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222677/molecular-characterization-of-invasive-capsule-null-neisseria-meningitidis-in-south-africa
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Karistha Ganesh, Mushal Allam, Nicole Wolter, Holly B Bratcher, Odile B Harrison, Jay Lucidarme, Ray Borrow, Linda de Gouveia, Susan Meiring, Monica Birkhead, Martin C J Maiden, Anne von Gottberg, Mignon du Plessis
BACKGROUND: The meningococcal capsule is an important virulence determinant. Unencapsulated meningococci lacking capsule biosynthesis genes and containing the capsule null locus (cnl) are predominantly non-pathogenic. Rare cases of invasive meningococcal disease caused by cnl isolates belonging to sequence types (ST) and clonal complexes (cc) ST-845 (cc845), ST-198 (cc198), ST-192 (cc192) and ST-53 (cc53) have been documented. The clinical significance of these isolates however remains unclear...
February 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222153/dissecting-nutrient-related-co-expression-networks-in-phosphate-starved-poplars
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Mareike Kavka, Andrea Polle
Phosphorus (P) is an essential plant nutrient, but its availability is often limited in soil. Here, we studied changes in the transcriptome and in nutrient element concentrations in leaves and roots of poplars (Populus × canescens) in response to P deficiency. P starvation resulted in decreased concentrations of S and major cations (K, Mg, Ca), in increased concentrations of N, Zn and Al, while C, Fe and Mn were only little affected. In roots and leaves >4,000 and >9,000 genes were differently expressed upon P starvation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220259/mutations-in-kiaa0753-cause-joubert-syndrome-associated-with-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Joshi Stephen, Thierry Vilboux, Luhe Mian, Chulaluck Kuptanon, Courtney M Sinclair, Deniz Yildirimli, Dawn M Maynard, Joy Bryant, Roxanne Fischer, Meghana Vemulapalli, James C Mullikin, Marjan Huizing, William A Gahl, May Christine V Malicdan, Meral Gunay-Aygun
Joubert syndrome and related disorders (JSRD) are a heterogeneous group of ciliopathies defined based on the mid-hindbrain abnormalities that result in the characteristic "molar tooth sign" on brain imaging. The core clinical findings of JSRD are hypotonia, developmental delay, abnormal eye movements and breathing abnormalities. To date, more than 30 JSRD genes that encode proteins important for structure and/or function of cilia have been identified. Here, we present 2 siblings with Joubert syndrome associated with growth hormone deficiency...
February 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219843/the-impact-of-the-endothelial-protein-c-receptor-on-thrombin-generation-and-clot-lysis
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Laura Pepler, Chengliang Wu, Dhruva J Dwivedi, Cynthia Wu, Paul Y Kim, Patricia C Liaw
INTRODUCTION: When thrombin is bound to thrombomodulin (TM), it becomes a potent activator of protein C (PC) and thrombin-activable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI). Activation of PC is enhanced when PC is bound to the endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR). Activated protein C (APC) inhibits thrombin generation while activated TAFI (TAFIa) attenuates fibrinolysis. To determine the impact of diminished EPCR function on thrombin generation and fibrinolysis we generated cells that expressed TM and a variant of EPCR (R96C) that does not bind PC...
February 3, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218617/chimeric-protein-repair-of-laminin-polymerization-ameliorates-muscular-dystrophy-phenotype
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Karen K McKee, Stephanie C Crosson, Sarina Meinen, Judith R Reinhard, Markus A Rüegg, Peter D Yurchenco
Mutations in laminin α2-subunit (Lmα2, encoded by LAMA2) are linked to approximately 30% of congenital muscular dystrophy cases. Mice with a homozygous mutation in Lama2 (dy2J mice) express a nonpolymerizing form of laminin-211 (Lm211) and are a model for ambulatory-type Lmα2-deficient muscular dystrophy. Here, we developed transgenic dy2J mice with muscle-specific expression of αLNNd, a laminin/nidogen chimeric protein that provides a missing polymerization domain. Muscle-specific expression of αLNNd in dy2J mice resulted in strong amelioration of the dystrophic phenotype, manifested by the prevention of fibrosis and restoration of forelimb grip strength...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217805/-induction-of-robust-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotype-in-mouse-nih-3t3-cells-by-mitomycin-c
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Wei-Xing Huang, Xiao-Xuan Guo, Zhong-Zhi Peng, Chun-Liang Weng, Chun-Yan Huang, Ben-Yan Shi, Jie Yang, Xiao-Xin Liao, Xiao-Yi Li, Hui-Ling Zheng, Xin-Guang Liu, Xue-Rong Sun
Senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) is often a concomitant result of cell senescence, embodied by the enhanced function of secretion. The SASP factors secreted by senescent cells include cytokines, proteases and chemokines, etc, which can exert great influence on local as well as systemic environment and participate in the process of cell senescence, immunoregulation, angiogenesis, cell proliferation and tumor invasion, etc. Relative to the abundance of SASP models in human cells, the in vitro SASP model derived from mouse cells is scarce at present...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217586/occult-endocrine-dysfunction-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-of-liver
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K V S Hari Kumar, A K Pawah, Manish Manrai
BACKGROUND: Liver dysfunction leads to endocrine disturbance due to the alteration in protein metabolism or synthesis. We studied the presence of occult endocrine dysfunction in liver cirrhosis and compared the same with underlying etiology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated thirty patients with liver cirrhosis in this cross-sectional, observational study. All subjects were assessed for pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, and gonadal function. The patients were divided into Group 1 (cirrhosis, n = 30) and Group 2 (controls, n = 15) and the data were analyzed with appropriate statistical tests...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216435/morpholino-based-correction-of-hypomorphic-zap70-mutation-in-an-adult-with-combined-immunodeficiency
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Christina Gavino, Marija Landekic, Jibin Zeng, Ning Wu, Sungmi Jung, Ming-Chao Zhong, Alexis Cohen-Blanchet, Mélanie Langelier, Odile Neyret, Duncan Lejtenyi, Claudia Rochefort, Judith Cotton-Montpetit, Christine McCusker, Bruce Mazer, André Veillette, Donald C Vinh
An adult with hypomorphic ZAP-70 deficiency due to de novo donor splice site mutation manifested autoimmunity, infections especially with DNA-based viruses and lymphoproliferation. Morpholino interference of mutant splice site increased expression of wild-type protein, significantly improving T cell responses.
February 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216420/evaluation-of-rag1-mutations-in-an-adult-with-combined-immunodeficiency-and-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
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Claudia Schröder, Niklas Baerlecken, Ulrich Pannicke, Thilo Dörk, Torsten Witte, Roland Jacobs, Matthias Stoll, Klaus Schwarz, Bodo Grimbacher, Reinhold E Schmidt, Faranaz Atschekzei
Here we describe novel mutations in recombination activation gene 1 (RAG1) in a compound heterozygous male patient with combined T and B cell immunodeficiency (CID). Clinical manifestations besides antibody deficiency included airway infections, granulomatosis and autoimmune features. He died at the age of 37 due to PML caused by JC virus infection. By targeted next-generation sequencing we detected post mortem in this patient three mutations in RAG1. One allele harbored two novel mutations (c.1123C>G, p...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216326/a-scalable-lysyl-hydroxylase-2-expression-system-and-luciferase-based-enzymatic-activity-assay
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Hou-Fu Guo, Eun Jeong Cho, Ashwini K Devkota, Yulong Chen, William Russell, George N Phillips, Mitsuo Yamauchi, Kevin N Dalby, Jonathan M Kurie
Hydroxylysine aldehyde-derived collagen cross-links (HLCCs) accumulate in fibrotic tissues and certain types of cancer and are thought to drive the progression of these diseases. HLCC formation is initiated by lysyl hydroxylase 2 (LH2), an Fe(II) and α-ketoglutarate (αKG)-dependent oxygenase that hydroxylates telopeptidyl lysine residues on collagen. Development of LH2 antagonists for the treatment of these diseases will require a reliable source of recombinant LH2 protein and a non-radioactive LH2 enzymatic activity assay that is amenable to high throughput screens of small molecule libraries...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216144/patient-ipsc-derived-neurons-for-disease-modeling-of-frontotemporal-dementia-with-mutation-in-chmp2b
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Yu Zhang, Benjamin Schmid, Nanett K Nikolaisen, Mikkel A Rasmussen, Blanca I Aldana, Mikkel Agger, Kirstine Calloe, Tina C Stummann, Hjalte M Larsen, Troels T Nielsen, Jinrong Huang, Fengping Xu, Xin Liu, Lars Bolund, Morten Meyer, Lasse K Bak, Helle S Waagepetersen, Yonglun Luo, Jørgen E Nielsen, Bjørn Holst, Christian Clausen, Poul Hyttel, Kristine K Freude
The truncated mutant form of the charged multivesicular body protein 2B (CHMP2B) is causative for frontotemporal dementia linked to chromosome 3 (FTD3). CHMP2B is a constituent of the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) and, when mutated, disrupts endosome-to-lysosome trafficking and substrate degradation. To understand the underlying molecular pathology, FTD3 patient induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) were differentiated into forebrain-type cortical neurons. FTD3 neurons exhibited abnormal endosomes, as previously shown in patients...
February 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215425/outcomes-of-lung-transplantation-for-infants-and-children-with-genetic-disorders-of-surfactant-metabolism
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Whitney B Eldridge, Qunyuan Zhang, Albert Faro, Stuart C Sweet, Pirooz Eghtesady, Aaron Hamvas, F Sessions Cole, Jennifer A Wambach
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of infants and children who underwent lung transplantation for genetic disorders of surfactant metabolism (SFTPB, SFTPC, ABCA3, and NKX2-1) over 2 epochs (1993-2003 and 2004-2015) at St Louis Children's Hospital. STUDY DESIGN: We retrospectively reviewed clinical characteristics, mortality, and short- and long-term morbidities of infants (transplanted at <1 year; n = 28) and children (transplanted >1 year; n = 16) and compared outcomes by age at transplantation (infants vs children) and by epoch of transplantation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214429/interplay-between-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-selenium-deficient-cardiomyocytes-in-chicken
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Jie Yang, Yuan Zhang, Sattar Hamid, Jingzeng Cai, Qi Liu, Hao Li, Rihong Zhao, Hong Wang, Shiwen Xu, Ziwei Zhang
Dietary selenium (Se) deficiency can cause heart dysfunction, however the exact mechanism remains unclear. To understand this mechanism, 180day-old chicks, divided into two groups, C (control group) and L (low Se group), were fed with either a Se-sufficient (0.23mg/kg) or Se-deficient (0.033mg/kg) diets for 25days, respectively. Heart tissues and blood samples were collected. In L group, the activities of serum creatine kinase (CK) and creatine kinase-myoglobin (CK-MB) increased and typical ultrastructural apoptotic features were observed...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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