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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926980/role-and-regulation-of-p27-in-neuronal-apoptosis
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Surbhi Jaiswal, Pushkar Sharma
It is necessary for the cell cycle machinery of neurons to be suppressed to promote differentiation and maintenance of their terminally differentiated state. Reactivation of the cell cycle in response to neurotoxic insults leads to neuronal cell death and some cell cycle related proteins contribute to the process. p27 kip1 (p27), an inhibitor of Cyclin Dependent Kinases (CDKs), prevents unwarranted CDK activation. In the present study, we have elucidated a novel mechanism via which p27 promotes apoptosis of neurons stimulated by neurotoxic amyloid peptide Aβ42 (Amyloid β1-42 peptide)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926952/growth-hormone-treatment-increases-plasma-irisin-concentration-in-patients-with-turner-syndrome
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B Wikiera, K Zawadzka, Ł Łaczmański, N Słoka, M Bolanowski, A Basiak, A Noczyńska, J Daroszewski
Irisin (Ir) deficiency may be a contributing factor in metabolic disease. This study aimed to investigate the effect of supraphysiological doses of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) on Ir plasma concentration in relation to metabolic disorders, including obesity and other components of metabolic syndrome. We studied 36 girls with Turner syndrome (mean age 8.2 years) treated with rhGH (0.05 mg/kg/day). Anthropometric data and fasting blood levels [e. g., Ir, insulin, glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), IGF-1, IGFBP-3, cholesterol, insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and β-cell function (HOMA-β)] were analyzed prior to and following rhGH therapy [mean (SD) follow-up of 1...
December 7, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926827/decoding-hand-gestures-from-primary-somatosensory-cortex-using-high-density-ecog
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Mariana P Branco, Zachary V Freudenburg, Erik J Aarnoutse, Martin G Bleichner, Mariska J Vansteensel, Nick F Ramsey
Electrocorticography (ECoG) based Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have been proposed as a way to restore and replace motor function or communication in severely paralyzed people. To date, most motor-based BCIs have either focused on the sensorimotor cortex as a whole or on the primary motor cortex (M1) as a source of signals for this purpose. Still, target areas for BCI are not confined to M1, and more brain regions may provide suitable BCI control signals. A logical candidate is the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), which not only shares similar somatotopic organization to M1, but also has been suggested to have a role beyond sensory feedback during movement execution...
December 4, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926756/cutting-and-decellularization-of-multiple-corneal-stromal-lamellae-for-the-bioengineering-of-endothelial-grafts
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Zhiguo He, Fabien Forest, Aurélien Bernard, Anne-Sophie Gauthier, Romain Montard, Michel Peoc'h, Clotilde Jumelle, Emilie Courrier, Chantal Perrache, Philippe Gain, Gilles Thuret
Purpose: Engineered corneal endothelial grafts able to provide numerous functional endothelial cells for the restoration of corneal transparency would be a worthwhile way of replacing donor tissue, which is extremely scarce. The grafts are simply constructed: a biocompatible thin and transparent carrier colonized by a monolayer of cultured endothelial cells (ECs). Here we describe a process able to obtain appropriate carriers by recycling human corneas unsuitable for graft in their original state, but liable to provide multiple thin lamellae when cut with a femtosecond laser as used in refractive surgery...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926683/neuromuscular-electrical-stimulation-therapy-to-restore-quadriceps-muscle-function-in-patients-after-orthopaedic-surgery-a-novel-structured-approach
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Paul Spector, Yocheved Laufer, Michal Elboim Gabyzon, Andrew Kittelson, Jennifer Stevens Lapsley, Nicola A Maffiuletti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924941/progressive-muscle-cell-delivery-as-a-solution-for-volumetric-muscle-defect-repair
#6
Ji Hyun Kim, In Kap Ko, Anthony Atala, James J Yoo
Reconstructing functional volumetric tissue in vivo following implantation remains a critical challenge facing cell-based approaches. Several pre-vascularization approaches have been developed to increase cell viability following implantation. Structural and functional restoration was achieved in a preclinical rodent tissue defect; however, the approach used in this model fails to repair larger (>mm) defects as observed in a clinical setting. We propose an effective cell delivery system utilizing appropriate vascularization at the site of cell implantation that results in volumetric and functional tissue reconstruction...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924614/gdf11-treatment-attenuates-the-recovery-of-skeletal-muscle-function-after-injury-in-older-rats
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Yu Zhou, Neel Sharma, David Dukes, Maria B Myzithras, Priyanka Gupta, Ashraf Khalil, Julius Kahn, Jennifer S Ahlberg, David B Hayes, Michael Franti, Tracy Criswell
Loss of skeletal muscle mass and function results in loss of mobility for elderly patients. Novel therapies that can protect and/or restore muscle function during aging would have profound effects on the quality of life for this population. Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11) has been proposed as a "youthful" circulating factor that can restore cardiac, neural, and skeletal muscle functions in aging animals. However, conflicting data has been recently published that casts doubt on these assertions. We used a complex rat model of skeletal muscle injury that physiologically mimics injuries seen in patients; to investigate the ability of GDF11 and to enhance skeletal muscle regeneration after injury in older rats...
December 6, 2016: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924424/rgta-%C3%A2-or-regenerating-agents-mimic-heparan-sulfate-in-regenerative-medicine-from-concept-to-curing-patients
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Denis Barritault, Marie Gilbert-Sirieix, Kim Lee Rice, Fernando Siñeriz, Dulce Papy-Garcia, Christophe Baudouin, Pascal Desgranges, Gilbert Zakine, Jean-Louis Saffar, Johan van Neck
The importance of extracellular matrix (ECM) integrity in maintaining normal tissue function is highlighted by numerous pathologies and situations of acute and chronic injury associated with dysregulation or destruction of ECM components. Heparan sulfate (HS) is a key component of the ECM, where it fulfils important functions associated with tissue homeostasis. Its degradation following tissue injury disrupts this delicate equilibrium and may impair the wound healing process. ReGeneraTing Agents (RGTA(®)s) are polysaccharides specifically designed to replace degraded HS in injured tissues...
December 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924190/network-analysis-of-human-post-mortem-microarrays-reveals-novel-genes-micrornas-and-mechanistic-scenarios-of-potential-importance-in-fighting-huntington-s-disease
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Sreedevi Chandrasekaran, Danail Bonchev
Huntington's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by motor disturbances, cognitive decline, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. In this study, we utilized network-based analysis in an attempt to explore and understand the underlying molecular mechanism and to identify critical molecular players of this disease condition. Using human post-mortem microarrays from three brain regions (cerebellum, frontal cortex and caudate nucleus) we selected in a four-step procedure a seed set of highly modulated genes...
2016: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924116/epistemic-benefits-of-elaborated-and-systematized-delusions-in-schizophrenia
#10
Lisa Bortolotti
In this article I ask whether elaborated and systematized delusions emerging in the context of schizophrenia have the potential for epistemic innocence. Cognitions are epistemically innocent if they have significant epistemic benefits that could not be attained otherwise. In particular, I propose that a cognition is epistemically innocent if it delivers some significant epistemic benefit to a given agent at a given time, and if alternative cognitions delivering the same epistemic benefit are unavailable to that agent at that time...
September 2016: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924000/folate-deficiency-facilitates-recruitment-of-upstream-binding-factor-to-hot-spots-of-dna-double-strand-breaks-of-rrna-genes-and-promotes-its-transcription
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Qiu Xie, Caihua Li, Xiaozhen Song, Lihua Wu, Qian Jiang, Zhiyong Qiu, Haiyan Cao, Kaihui Yu, Chunlei Wan, Jianting Li, Feng Yang, Zebing Huang, Bo Niu, Zhengwen Jiang, Ting Zhang
The biogenesis of ribosomes in vivo is an essential process for cellular functions. Transcription of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes is the rate-limiting step in ribosome biogenesis controlled by environmental conditions. Here, we investigated the role of folate antagonist on changes of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) landscape in mouse embryonic stem cells. A significant DSB enhancement was detected in the genome of these cells and a large majority of these DSBs were found in rRNA genes. Furthermore, spontaneous DSBs in cells under folate deficiency conditions were located exclusively within the rRNA gene units, representing a H3K4me1 hallmark...
December 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923918/identification-of-bicarbonate-as-a-trigger-and-genes-involved-with-extracellular-dna-export-in-mycobacterial-biofilms
#12
Sasha J Rose, Luiz E Bermudez
: Extracellular DNA (eDNA) is an integral biofilm matrix component of numerous pathogens, including nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Cell lysis is the source of eDNA in certain bacteria, but the source of eDNA remains unidentified for NTM, as well as for other eDNA-containing bacterial species. In this study, conditions affecting eDNA export were examined, and genes involved with the eDNA export mechanism were identified. After a method for monitoring eDNA in real time in undisturbed biofilms was established, different conditions affecting eDNA were investigated...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923913/a-tgf%C3%AE-mir-182-brca1-axis-controls-the-mammary-differentiation-hierarchy
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Haydeliz Martinez-Ruiz, Irineu Illa-Bochaca, Coral Omene, Douglas Hanniford, Qi Liu, Eva Hernando, Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff
Maintenance of mammary functional capacity during cycles of proliferation and regression depends on appropriate cell fate decisions of mammary progenitor cells to populate an epithelium consisting of secretory luminal cells and contractile myoepithelial cells. It is well established that transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) restricts mammary epithelial cell proliferation and that sensitivity to TGFβ is decreased in breast cancer. We show that TGFβ also exerts control of mammary progenitor self-renewal and lineage commitment decisions by stringent regulation of breast cancer associated 1 (BRCA1), which controls stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment...
December 6, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923814/mir-483-targeting-of-ctgf-suppresses-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-therapeutic-implications-in-kawasaki-disease
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Ming He, Zhen Chen, Marcy Martin, Jin Zhang, Panjamaporn Sangwung, Brian Woo, Adriana Tremoulet, Chisato Shimizu, Mukesh K Jain, Jane C Burns, John Shyy
RATIONALE: Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) is implicated in myofibroblast-like cell-mediated damage to the coronary arterial wall in acute Kawasaki disease (KD) patients, as evidenced by positive staining for connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and EndoMT markers in KD autopsy tissues. However, little is known about the molecular basis of EndoMT involved in KD. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the microRNA (miRNA) regulation of CTGF and the consequent EndoMT in KD pathogenesis...
December 6, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923788/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-the-development-of-endothelial-dysfunction
#15
Micah L Battson, Dustin M Lee, Christopher L Gentile
The vascular endothelium plays a critical role in cardiovascular homeostasis, and thus identifying the underlying causes of endothelial dysfunction has important clinical implications. In this regard, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has recently emerged as an important regulator of metabolic processes. Dysfunction within the ER, broadly termed ER stress, evokes the unfolded protein response (UPR), an adaptive pathway that aims to restore ER homeostasis. Although the UPR is the first line of defense against ER stress, chronic activation of the UPR leads to cell dysfunction and death, and has recently been implicated in the pathogenesis of endothelial dysfunction...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923679/evolutionary-scalpels-for-dissecting-tumor-ecosystems
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Daniel I S Rosenbloom, Pablo G Camara, Tim Chu, Raul Rabadan
Amidst the growing literature on cancer genomics and intratumor heterogeneity, essential principles in evolutionary biology recur time and time again. Here we use these principles to guide the reader through major advances in cancer research, highlighting issues of "hit hard, hit early" treatment strategies, drug resistance, and metastasis. We distinguish between two frameworks for understanding heterogeneous tumors, both of which can inform treatment strategies: (1) The tumor as diverse ecosystem, a Darwinian population of sometimes-competing, sometimes-cooperating cells; (2) The tumor as tightly integrated, self-regulating organ, which may hijack developmental signals to restore functional heterogeneity after treatment...
December 3, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923325/a-gingiva-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-laden-porcine-small-intestinal-submucosa-extracellular-matrix-construct-promotes-myomucosal-regeneration-of-the-tongue
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Qilin Xu, Rabie M Shanti, Qunzhou Zhang, Steven B Cannady, Bert W O'Malley, Anh D Le
In the oral cavity, the tongue is the anatomic subsite most commonly involved by invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Current treatment protocols often require significant tissue resection to achieve adequate negative margins and optimal local tumor control. Reconstruction of the tongue while preserving and/or restoring its critical vocal, chewing, and swallowing functions remains one of the major challenges in head and neck oncologic surgery. We investigated the in vitro feasibility of fabricating a novel combinatorial construct using porcine small intestinal submucosa extracellular matrix (SIS-ECM) and human gingival mesenchymal stem cells (GMSCs) as a GMSC/SIS-ECM tissue graft for the tongue reconstruction...
December 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922552/novel-use-of-all-trans-retinoic-acid-in-a-model-of-lipopolysaccharide-immunosuppression-to-decrease-the-generation-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-by-reducing-the-proliferation-of-cd34-precursor-cells
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Daiana Martire-Greco, Nahuel Rodriguez-Rodrigues, Luis A Castillo, María Belén Vecchione, Marcelo de Campos-Nebel, Marlina Córdoba Moreno, Roberto Meiss, Mónica Vermeulen, Veronica I Landoni, Gabriela C Fernandez
All-trans-Retinoic Acid (ATRA) is a derivative of vitamin A with anti-proliferative properties. Endotoxin shock and subsequent immunosuppression (IS) by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulates myelopoiesis with expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC). Since we have previously shown that ATRA reverses the IS state by decreasing functional MDSC, our aim was to investigate if ATRA was able to modulate MDSC generation by regulating myelopoiesis in murine hematopoietic organs. We found that ATRA administration in vivo and in vitro decreased the number of CD34+ precursor cells that were increased in IS mice...
November 25, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922551/sphingosine-1-phosphate-s1p-a-potential-biomarker-and-therapeutic-target-for-endothelial-dysfunction-and-sepsis
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Martin S Winkler, Axel Nierhaus, Annika Poppe, Gillis Greiwe, Markus Gräler, Guenter Daum
Sepsis is an acute life-threatening multiple organ failure caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Endothelial dysfunction, particularly barrier disruption leading to increased vascular permeability, edema and insufficient tissue oxygenation is critical to sepsis pathogenesis. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a signaling lipid that regulates important pathophysiological processes including vascular endothelial cell permeability, inflammation and coagulation. It is present at high concentrations in blood and lymph and at very low concentrations in tissues due to the activity of the S1P-degrading enzyme S1P-lyase in tissue cells...
December 2, 2016: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921991/the-role-of-depression-in-the-insomnia-of-people-with-subjective-memory-impairment-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-in-a-community-sample-of-elderly-individuals-in-south-korea
#20
Won-Hyoung Kim, Ji-Hyun Kim, Byung-Soo Kim, Sung-Man Chang, Dong-Woo Lee, Maeng-Je Cho, Jae-Nam Bae
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the relationship between insomnia and cognitive dysfunctions including, subjective memory impairment (SMI), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and dementia, by considering depression in a community sample of elderly individuals. METHODS: Data for 1,740 elderly individuals aged 65 years and over were obtained from a nationwide dementia epidemiological study conducted in South Korea. Cognitive functional status was assessed by the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Packet Clinical Assessment Battery...
December 6, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
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