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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087829/tracheophytes-contain-conserved-orthologs-of-a-basic-helix-loop-helix-transcription-factor-to-modulate-root-hair-specific-genes
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Youra Hwang, Hee-Seung Choi, Hyun-Min Cho, Hyung-Taeg Cho
ROOT HAIR SPECIFIC (RHS) genes, which contain the root hair-specific cis-element (RHE) in their regulatory regions, function in root hair morphogenesis. Here, we demostrate that an Arabidopsis thaliana basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, ROOT HAIR DEFECTVE SIX-LIKE 4 (RSL4), directly binds to the RHE in vitro and in vivo, up-regulates RHS genes, and stimulates root hair formation in Arabidopsis. Orthologs of RSL4 from a eudicot (poplar, Populus trichocarpa), a monocot (rice, Oryza sativa), and a lycophyte (Selaginella moellendorffii) each restored root hair growth in the Arabidopsis rsl4 mutant...
January 13, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087769/enzyme-efficiency-but-not-thermostability-drives-cefotaxime-resistance-evolution-in-tem-1-%C3%AE-lactamase
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Jennifer Knies, Fei Cai, Daniel M Weinreich
A leading intellectual challenge in evolutionary genetics is to identify the specific phenotypes that drive adaptation. Enzymes offer a particularly promising opportunity to pursue this question, because many enzymes' contributions to organismal fitness depend on a comparatively small number of experimentally accessible properties. Moreover, on first principles the demands of enzyme thermostability stand in opposition to the demands of catalytic activity. This observation, coupled with the fact that enzymes are only marginally thermostable, motivates the widely held hypothesis that mutations conferring functional improvement require compensatory mutations to restore thermostability...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087762/a-delay-between-motor-cortex-lesions-and-neuronal-transplantation-enhances-graft-integration-and-improves-repair-and-recovery
#3
Sophie Péron, Marine Droguerre, Franck Debarbieux, Nissrine Ballout, Marianne Benoit-Marand, Maureen Francheteau, Sébastien Brot, Geneviève Rougon, Mohamed Jaber, Afsaneh Gaillard
We previously reported that embryonic motor cortical neurons transplanted immediately after lesions in the adult mouse motor cortex restored damaged motor cortical pathways. A critical barrier hindering application of transplantation strategies for a wide range of traumatic injuries is the determination of a suitable time window for therapeutic intervention. Here, we report that a one-week delay between the lesion and transplantation significantly enhances graft vascularization, survival and proliferation of grafted cells...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087700/two-small-molecules-restore-stability-to-a-sub-population-of-the-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-with-the-predominant-disease-causing-mutation
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Xin Meng, Yiting Wang, Xiaomeng Wang, Joe A Wrennall, Tracy L Rimington, Hongyu Li, Zhiwei Cai, Robert C Ford, David N Sheppard
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is caused by mutations that disrupt the plasma membrane expression, stability, and function of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl- channel. Two small molecules, the CFTR corrector lumacaftor and the potentiator ivacaftor, are now used clinically to treat CF, although some studies suggest that they have counteracting effects on CFTR stability. Here, we investigated the impact of these compounds on the instability of F508del-CFTR, the most common CF mutation...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087643/tumor-brca1-reversion-mutation-arising-during-neoadjuvant-platinum-based-chemotherapy-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-is-associated-with-therapy-resistance
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Anosheh Afghahi, Kirsten M Timms, Shaveta Vinayak, Kristin C Jensen, Allison W Kurian, Robert W Carlson, Pei-Jen Chang, Elizabeth A Schackmann, Anne-Renee Hartman, James M Ford, Melinda L Telli
BACKGROUND: In germline BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutation carriers, restoration of tumor BRCA1/2 function by a secondary mutation is recognized as a mechanism of resistance to platinum and PARP inhibitors, primarily in ovarian cancer. We evaluated this mechanism of resistance in newly diagnosed BRCA1/2-mutant breast cancer patients with poor response to neoadjuvant platinum-based therapy. METHODS: PrECOG 0105 was a phase II neoadjuvant study of gemcitabine, carboplatin and iniparib in patients with stage I-IIIA triple-negative or BRCA1/2 mutation-associated breast cancer (n=80)...
January 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
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Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086960/the-relationship-between-synovitis-quantified-by-an-ultrasound-7-joint-inflammation-score-and-physical-disability-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-cohort-study
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Jakub Závada, Petra Hánová, Jana Hurňáková, Lenka Szczuková, Michal Uher, Šárka Forejtová, Martin Klein, Herman Mann, Marta Olejárová, Olga Růžičková, Olga Šléglová, Karel Hejduk, Karel Pavelka
BACKGROUND: Restoring normal physical functioning is a major therapeutic aim in the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is unknown, whether the extent of synovial inflammation quantified by musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) can predict current or future capacity for physical functioning. To answer this question we investigated the longitudinal relationship between physical function assessed by the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) and the German 7-joint ultrasound score (US7S) in a prospective cohort of patients with RA...
January 13, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081197/morphine-withdrawal-modifies-prion-protein-expression-in-rat-hippocampus
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Vincenzo Mattei, Stefano Martellucci, Francesca Santilli, Valeria Manganelli, Tina Garofalo, Niccolò Candelise, Alessandra Caruso, Maurizio Sorice, Sergio Scaccianoce, Roberta Misasi
The hippocampus is a vulnerable brain structure susceptible to damage during aging and chronic stress. Repeated exposure to opioids may alter the brain so that it functions normally when the drugs are present, thus, a prolonged withdrawal might lead to homeostatic changes headed for the restoration of the physiological state. Abuse of morphine may lead to Reacting Oxygen Species-induced neurodegeneration and apoptosis. It has been proposed that during morphine withdrawal, stress responses might be responsible, at least in part, for long-term changes of hippocampal plasticity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081137/anillin-phosphorylation-controls-timely-membrane-association-and-successful-cytokinesis
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Hyunjung Kim, James M Johnson, Robert F Lera, Sarang Brahma, Mark E Burkard
During cytokinesis, a contractile ring generates the constricting force to divide a cell into two daughters. This ring is composed of filamentous actin and the motor protein myosin, along with additional structural and regulatory proteins, including anillin. Anillin is a required scaffold protein that links the actomyosin ring to membrane and its organizer, RhoA. However, the molecular basis for timely action of anillin at cytokinesis remains obscure. Here, we find that phosphorylation regulates efficient recruitment of human anillin to the equatorial membrane...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079894/mir-26-enhances-chemosensitivity-and-promotes-apoptosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-through-inhibiting-autophagy
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Fangfang Jin, Yanbo Wang, Mingzhen Li, Yanan Zhu, Hongwei Liang, Chen Wang, Feng Wang, Chen-Yu Zhang, Ke Zen, Limin Li
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) generally possesses a high resistance to chemotherapy. Given that autophagy is an important factor promoting tumor chemoresistance and HCC express low level of miR-26, we aim to investigate the functional role of miR-26 in autophagy-mediated chemoresistance of HCC. We found that chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (Dox) induced autophagy but decreased the level of miR-26a/b in HCC cells. Activating autophagy using rapamycin can directly downregulate the level of miR-26a/b in HCC cells...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079883/cysteamine-re-establishes-the-clearance-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-by-macrophages-bearing-the-cystic-fibrosis-relevant-f508del-cftr-mutation
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Eleonora Ferrari, Romina Monzani, Valeria R Villella, Speranza Esposito, Francesca Saluzzo, Federica Rossin, Manuela D'Eletto, Antonella Tosco, Fabiola De Gregorio, Valentina Izzo, Maria C Maiuri, Guido Kroemer, Valeria Raia, Luigi Maiuri
Cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common lethal monogenic disease in Caucasians, is characterized by recurrent bacterial infections and colonization, mainly by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, resulting in unresolved airway inflammation. CF is caused by mutations in the gene coding for the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, which functions as a chloride channel in epithelial cells, macrophages, and other cell types. Impaired bacterial handling by macrophages is a feature of CF airways, although it is still debated how defective CFTR impairs bacterial killing...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079680/middle-ear-sound-transmission-under-normal-damaged-repaired-and-reconstructed-conditions
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Wei Dong, Ying Tian, Xin Gao, Timothy T K Jung
HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesize that current clinical treatment strategies for the disarticulated or eroded incus have the effect of combining the incus and stapes of the human middle ear (ME) into one rigid structure, which, while capable of adequately transmitting lower-frequency sounds, fails for higher frequencies. BACKGROUND: ME damage causes conductive hearing loss (CHL) and while great progress has been made in repairing or reconstructing damaged MEs, the outcomes are often far from ideal...
January 10, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079306/open-dislocation-of-ankle-without-fracture-treated-with-an-external-fixator
#13
Emrah Sayit, Asli Tanrivermis Sayit, Elcin Zan
Ankle dislocations are orthopedic emergencies that require immediate treatment to avoid neurovascular impairment. They are usually accompanied by one or more comminuted fractures of the ankle mortis. In rare circumstances, such as high-energy trauma, the ankle dislocations may not be accompanied by concomitant malleolar fractures and, thus, are named "pure ankle dislocations". We presented a very rare and interesting case of an open medial dislocation of the ankle without associated fracture in an 18-year-old man with no known predisposing risk factors...
January 12, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079165/oriented-and-ordered-biomimetic-remineralization-of-the-surface-of-demineralized-dental-enamel-using-hap-acp-nanoparticles-guided-by-glycine
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Haorong Wang, Zuohui Xiao, Jie Yang, Danyang Lu, Anil Kishen, Yanqiu Li, Zhen Chen, Kehua Que, Qian Zhang, Xuliang Deng, Xiaoping Yang, Qing Cai, Ning Chen, Changhong Cong, Binbin Guan, Ting Li, Xu Zhang
Achieving oriented and ordered remineralization on the surface of demineralized dental enamel, thereby restoring the satisfactory mechanical properties approaching those of sound enamel, is still a challenge for dentists. To mimic the natural biomineralization approach for enamel remineralization, the biological process of enamel development proteins, such as amelogenin, was simulated in this study. In this work, carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) conjugated with alendronate (ALN) was applied to stabilize amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) to form CMC/ACP nanoparticles...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078717/a-whole-lamella-perspective-on-the-origin-of-the-epidermal-free-margin-of-anolis-reptilia-dactyloidae-toe-pads
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Anthony P Russell, Alyssa Eslinger
Anoline lamellae terminate in an epidermal free margin carrying the majority of its setae. How the free margin is extruded from the body of the scale is not well understood. Two hypotheses have been advanced to account for it, one advocating distal migration of the outer epidermal layers relative to the body of the lamella, and the other proposing regression of the dermal core. Available evidence provides partial support for both. We assembled a series of specimens of Anolis grahami representing all shedding cycle stages, and prepared histological sections of the toe pads to allow measurement of appropriate lamellar components through the shedding cycle...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078614/resistance-exercise-reduces-seizure-occurrence-attenuates-memory-deficits-and-restores-bdnf-signaling-in-rats-with-chronic-epilepsy
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Alexandre Aparecido de Almeida, Sérgio Gomes da Silva, Glauber Menezes Lopim, Diego Vannucci Campos, Jansen Fernandes, Francisco Romero Cabral, Ricardo Mario Arida
Epilepsy is a disease characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. Cognitive impairment is an important comorbidity of chronic epilepsy. Human and animal model studies of epilepsy have shown that aerobic exercise induces beneficial structural and functional changes and reduces the number of seizures. However, little is yet understood about the effects of resistance exercise on epilepsy. We evaluated the effects of a resistance exercise program on the number of seizures, long-term memory and expression/activation of signaling proteins in rats with epilepsy...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078217/testosterone-replacement-in-the-infertile-man
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REVIEW
Ahmad Majzoub, Edmund Sabanegh
Hypogonadism is a common clinical condition affecting men of different age groups. In addition to its sexual consequences, it has several implications posing significant concerns for a man's health and well-being. Recent advances in testosterone (T) supplementation have facilitated hypogonadism treatment. Despite that, patients complaining of infertility or seeking conception are still hindered by the unfavorable effects supplemental T has on testicular function. Consequently, alternative approaches that can stimulate endogenous T production are favored...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077724/trem2-promotes-microglial-survival-by-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#18
Honghua Zheng, Lin Jia, Chia-Chen Liu, Zhouyi Rong Li Zhong, Longyu Yang, Xiao-Fen Chen, John D Fryer, Xin Wang, Yun-Wu Zhang, Huaxi Xu, Guojun Bu
: Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells 2 (TREM2), expressed on myeloid cells including microglia in the central nervous system (CNS), has recently been identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). TREM2 transmits intracellular signals through its trans-membrane binding partner DNAX-activating protein 12 (DAP12). Homozygous mutations inactivating TREM2 or DAP12 lead to Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD); however, how AD risk-conferring variants increase AD risk is not clear...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077679/crispr-cas9-gene-repair-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-from-patients-with-x-linked-chronic-granulomatous-disease
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Suk See De Ravin, Linhong Li, Xiaolin Wu, Uimook Choi, Cornell Allen, Sherry Koontz, Janet Lee, Narda Theobald-Whiting, Jessica Chu, Mary Garofalo, Colin Sweeney, Lela Kardava, Susan Moir, Angelia Viley, Pachai Natarajan, Ling Su, Douglas Kuhns, Kol A Zarember, Madhusudan V Peshwa, Harry L Malech
Gene repair of CD34(+) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) may avoid problems associated with gene therapy, such as vector-related mutagenesis and dysregulated transgene expression. We used CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated 9) to repair a mutation in the CYBB gene of CD34(+) HSPCs from patients with the immunodeficiency disorder X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (X-CGD). Sequence-confirmed repair of >20% of HSPCs from X-CGD patients restored the function of NADPH (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate) oxidase and superoxide radical production in myeloid cells differentiated from these progenitor cells in vitro...
January 11, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077677/pharmacological-rescue-of-diabetic-skeletal-stem-cell-niches
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Ruth Tevlin, Eun Young Seo, Owen Marecic, Adrian McArdle, Xinming Tong, Bryan Zimdahl, Andrey Malkovskiy, Rahul Sinha, Gunsagar Gulati, Xiyan Li, Taylor Wearda, Rachel Morganti, Michael Lopez, Ryan C Ransom, Christopher R Duldulao, Melanie Rodrigues, Allison Nguyen, Michael Januszyk, Zeshaan Maan, Kevin Paik, Kshemendra-Senarath Yapa, Jayakumar Rajadas, Derrick C Wan, Geoffrey C Gurtner, Michael Snyder, Philip A Beachy, Fan Yang, Stuart B Goodman, Irving L Weissman, Charles K F Chan, Michael T Longaker
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease frequently associated with impaired bone healing. Despite its increasing prevalence worldwide, the molecular etiology of DM-linked skeletal complications remains poorly defined. Using advanced stem cell characterization techniques, we analyzed intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of mouse skeletal stem cell (mSSC) function to identify specific mSSC niche-related abnormalities that could impair skeletal repair in diabetic (Db) mice. We discovered that high serum concentrations of tumor necrosis factor-α directly repressed the expression of Indian hedgehog (Ihh) in mSSCs and in their downstream skeletogenic progenitors in Db mice...
January 11, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
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