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Mahesh Rangu, Zhujia Ye, Sarabjit Bhatti, Suping Zhou, Yong Yang, Tara Fish, Theodore W Thannhauser
In this paper, we report on aluminum (Al)-induced root proteomic changes in switchgrass. After growth in a hydroponic culture system supplemented with 400 μM of Al, plants began to show signs of physiological stress such as a reduction in photosynthetic rate. At this time, the basal 2-cm long root tips were harvested and divided into two segments, each of 1-cm in length, for protein extraction. Al-induced changes in proteomes were identified using tandem mass tags mass spectrometry (TMT-MS)-based quantitative proteomics analysis...
March 22, 2018: Proteomes
Hongmin Hou, Hui Jia, Qin Yan, Xiping Wang
Salinity and drought are two major abiotic stresses that limit grape productivity. Responses to stress in grape are known to be regulated by several families of transcription factors. However, little is known about the role of grape Squamosa promoter binding protein (SBP)-box transcription factor genes in response to abiotic stress. To better understand the functions of the grape SBP-box genes in abiotic stress tolerance, a full-length complementary DNA (cDNA) sequence of the putative SBP-box transcription factor gene, VpSBP16 was amplified from Chinese wild grapevine Vitis pseudoreticulata clone "Baihe-35-1"...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Juliana Naldoni, Antônio A M Maia, Lincoln L Correa, Marcia R M da Silva, Edson A Adriano
Myxozoans are a diverse group of parasitic cnidarians, with some species recognized as serious pathogens to their hosts. The present study describes 2 new myxobolid species (Myxobolus figueirae sp. nov. and Henneguya santarenensis sp. nov.) infecting skin and gill filaments of the Amazonian pimelodid fish Phractocephalus hemioliopterus, based on ultrastructural, histology and phylogenetic analysis. The fish were caught in the Amazon River, Pará, Brazil. The plasmodial development of M. figueirae sp. nov. was in the dermis and those of H...
March 22, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Bakhtyar Sepehri, Raouf Ghavami
BACKGROUND: HSP90 is necessary for the conformational maturation of proteins, proteins disaggregation, folding new synthesized peptides and the refolding of denatured proteins. The inhibition of HSP90 leads to proteasomal degradations of client proteins that finally kill cancer cells. METHODS: In this research, molecular docking and comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) were used to investigate the interactions of tetrahydropyrido[4,3-d]pyrimidine derivatives with the N-terminal domain binding site of the HSP90 and predicting their inhibitory activities Results: A CoMFA model with five components and q2 of 0...
March 21, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
Justin Rashtian, John Zhang
In older women with severe diminished ovarian response (DOR), in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is much less successful due to the low number of mature oocytes collected. The objective of this study was to assess whether follicular-phase stimulation (FPS) and luteal-phase stimulation (LPS) in the same menstrual cycle (double ovarian stimulation) in older women with severe DOR will produce a higher number of oocytes compared to FPS alone. Women with DOR (n = 69; mean age = 42.4) who underwent double ovarian stimulation for IVF were included...
March 22, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Lijun Chi, Paul Delgado-Olguin
Isolation and culture of endothelial cells (ECs) is a useful tool to study the cellular processes involved in vascular development and vascular maturation. In this chapter, we describe a method to isolate and culture endothelial cells from placentae. This method takes advantage of two transgenes: ROSA26mT/mG , which drives the expression of GFP upon Cre-mediated recombination, and Tie2-Cre, which expresses Cre driven by the Tie2 promoter in endothelial progenitors and their descendants. GFP-expressing endothelial cells are isolated through fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Letícia Pereira Úngari, André Luiz Quagliatto Santos, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer, Maria Regina Lucas da Silva, Natália Nasser de Melo Fava, Guilherme Carrara Moreira Paiva, Rogério de Melo Costa Pinto, Márcia Cristina Cury
Based on morphological, morphometric, and molecular data, we describe a new hemoparasite of the genus Haemogregarina Danilewsky 1885, isolated from the Brazilian aquatic turtle Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae). The new species, Haemogregarina podocnemis sp. nov. (Apicomplexa: Haemogregarinidae), is characterized by small trophozoites with a single cytoplasmic vacuole on one side; pre-meronts with nuclear chromatin dispersed in the cytoplasm, with or without cytoplasmic vacuoles; meronts that are usually broad and slightly curved (kidney-shaped), with an average of eight small rectangular nuclei; immature gamonts (bean-shaped) with two morphological types: one with nuclear chromatin dispersed in the cytoplasm and the other with nuclei in the middle of the cell; mature gamonts of two morphological types: one with a length equal to or greater than that of the erythrocyte and the width of the nuclei similar to that of the hemoparasite and the other smaller than the erythrocyte with the width of the nuclei less than that of the hemoparasite...
March 22, 2018: Parasitology Research
Antonio Merolli, Stephanie Fung, N Sanjeeva Murthy, E Thomas Pashuck, Yong Mao, Xiaohuan Wu, Joseph A M Steele, Daniel Martin, Prabhas V Moghe, Timothy Bromage, Joachim Kohn
Osteoclasts are large multinucleated giant cells that actively resorb bone during the physiological bone turnover (BTO), which is the continuous cycle of bone resorption (by osteoclasts) followed by new bone formation (by osteoblasts). Osteoclasts secrete chemotactic signals to recruit cells for regeneration of vasculature and bone. We hypothesize that a biomaterial that attracts osteoclasts and re-establishes BTO will induce a better healing response than currently used bone graft materials. While the majority of bone regeneration efforts have focused on maximizing bone deposition, the novelty in this approach is the focus on stimulating osteoclastic resorption as the starter for BTO and its concurrent new vascularized bone formation...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Sheeba M Joseph, Michael R Karns, Derrick M Knapik, James E Voos
Purpose: To purpose of this study was to compare arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction femoral tunnel length measurements from the anterolateral portal between the standard notch view using a 30° arthroscope versus a "top-down" view utilizing a 70° arthroscope to visual the far side of the femoral tunnel aperture. Methods: Arthroscopic femoral tunnel length measurements using calibrated reamers from the standard notch versus the "top-down" view were obtained and reviewed in 54 skeletally mature patients undergoing ACL reconstruction with no prior bony knee surgery...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Algeri Paola, Rota Sonia Maria, Carlini Laura, Nicoli Elena, Caruso Orlando, Motta Teresio
Primary ovarian melanoma arising on a mature ovarian cystic teratoma is extremely rare. As best of our knowledge, to date, 49 cases have been reported in literature. Few information was reported about best management and therapy. We present a case occurred in a 69-year-old woman, without symptoms, who come to our unit for stress incontinence. A pelvic mass was detected and, after imaging evaluation, surgery was performed. The diagnosis was ovarian melanoma arose on a mature teratoma. No other adjuvant treatment was proposed after surgery...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
You-Jung Lee, Chung-Hoon Kim, Do-Young Kim, Jun-Woo Ahn, Sung-Hoon Kim, Hee-Dong Chae, Byung-Moon Kang
Objective: To compare human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-administered natural cycle with spontaneous ovulatory cycle in patients undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FTET) in natural cycles. Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we analyzed the clinical outcome of a total of 166 consecutive FTET cycles that were performed in either natural cycle controlled by HCG for ovulation triggering (HCG group, n=110) or natural cycle with spontaneous ovulation (control group, n=56) in 166 infertile patients between January 2009 and November 2013...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Yoo Jin Shim, Aeran Seol, Dayong Lee, Seul Ki Kim, Jung Ryeol Lee, Byung Chul Jee, Chang Suk Suh, Seok Hyun Kim
Objective: To investigate the patterns of estradiol-oocyte ratio (EOR) and estradiol-mature oocyte ratio (EMOR) in patients with breast cancer undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) using letrozole and gonadotropins for fertility preservation. Methods: This retrospective study included 32 breast cancer patients underwent COS for fertility preservation and no patients had previously undergone gonadotoxic treatments. Basal characteristics and in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes were compared according to the age of women (age <35 vs...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Amena Khatun, Md Saidur Rahman, Myung-Geol Pang
The evaluation of infertility in males consists of physical examination and semen analyses. Standardized semen analyses depend on the descriptive analysis of sperm motility, morphology, and concentration, with a threshold level that must be surpassed to be considered a fertile spermatozoon. Nonetheless, these conventional parameters are not satisfactory for clinicians since 25% of infertility cases worldwide remain unexplained. Therefore, newer tests methods have been established to investigate sperm physiology and functions by monitoring characteristics such as motility, capacitation, the acrosome reaction, reactive oxygen species, sperm DNA damage, chromatin structure, zona pellucida binding, and sperm-oocyte fusion...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Yuri da Silva Ventura Faustino-da-Silva, Ricardo Ribeiro Agostinete, André Oliveira Werneck, Santiago Maillane-Vanegas, Kyle Robinson Lynch, Isabella Neto Exupério, Igor Hideki Ito, Romulo Araújo Fernandes
Background: Osteoporosis is considered a public health problem with high worldwide prevalence. One approach to prevention is through the promotion of physical activity, especially exercise, during adolescence. Methods: This study compared bone variables in different body segments in adolescents according to participation in track and field. The study included 34 adolescents (22 boys), of whom 17 were track and field athletes and 17 were control subjects. Bone mineral density (BMD, g/cm2 ) and bone mineral content (BMC, g) were analyzed using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (total body stratified by body segments)...
February 2018: Journal of Bone Metabolism
Meixia Luo, Hujie Luo, Pingjun Hu, Yiting Yang, Bo Wu, Guodong Zheng
To discriminate the feasible differences and find potential similarities and relationships of Citri Reticulatae Pericarpium (CRP), this work was accomplished by a comprehensive and reliable method using gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS) to analyze the volatile oils and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) simultaneously to determine the contents of five bioactive flavonoids, namely hesperidin, nobiletin, 3,5,6,7,8,3',4'-heptamethoxyflavone, tangeretin, and 5-hydroxy-6,7,8,3',4'-pentamethoxyflavone in 25 batches of CRP samples of 10 cultivars collected from different regions in China...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Benjamin Stich, Delphine Van Inghelandt
Genomic prediction is a routine tool in breeding programs of most major animal and plant species. However, its usefulness for potato breeding has not yet been evaluated in detail. The objectives of this study were to (i) examine the prospects of genomic prediction of key performance traits in a diversity panel of tetraploid potato modeling additive, dominance, and epistatic effects, (ii) investigate the effects of size and make up of training set, number of test environments and molecular markers on prediction accuracy, and (iii) assess the effect of including markers from candidate genes on the prediction accuracy...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Emily M Mace
Human natural killer (NK) cells play a critical role in the control of viral infections and malignancy. Their importance in human health and disease is illustrated by severe viral infections in patients with primary immunodeficiencies that affect NK cell function and/or development. The recent identification of patients with phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)-signaling pathway mutations that can cause primary immunodeficiency provides valuable insight into the role that PI3K signaling plays in human NK cell maturation and lytic function...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Fangbin Zhou, Yaying Zhou, Ming Yang, Jinli Wen, Jun Dong, Wenyong Tan
Background: Circulating endothelial cells (CECs) and their subpopulations could be potential novel biomarkers for various malignancies. However, reliable enumerable methods are warranted to further improve their clinical utility. This study aimed to optimize a flow cytometric method (FCM) assay for CECs and subpopulations in peripheral blood for patients with solid cancers. Patients and methods: An FCM assay was used to detect and identify CECs. A panel of 60 blood samples, including 44 metastatic cancer patients and 16 healthy controls, were used in this study...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Wen-Kun Bai, Wei Zhang, Bing Hu
Purpose: Prostate cancer (PCa) patients often have dendritic cell (DC) function defects, but the mechanism is not clear. The aim of this study was to detect the effect of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in mature DCs. Patients and methods: In this study, we chose 30 PCa patients, 10 prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) patients and 30 benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients, and compared the composition of peripheral blood T cells, the composition and function of local dendritic cells in prostate tissue, and the density of local VEGF...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Yi-Fan Tong, Ning Meng, Miao-Qin Chen, Han-Ning Ying, Ming Xu, Billy Lu, Jun-Jie Hong, Yi-Fan Wang, Xiu-Jun Cai
AIM: To establish a rat model for evaluating the maturity of liver regeneration derived from associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS). METHODS: In the present study, ALPPS, partial hepatecotmy (PHx), and sham rat models were established initially, which were validated by significant increase of proliferative markers including Ki-67, proliferating cell nuclear antigen, and cyclin D1. In the setting of accelerated proliferation in volume at the second and fifth day after ALPPS, the characteristics of newborn hepatocytes, as well as specific markers of progenitor hepatic cell, were identified...
March 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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