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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535467/molecular-approaches-to-the-diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-production-diseases-in-pigs
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REVIEW
Timothy A Giles, Aouatif Belkhiri, Paul A Barrow, Neil Foster
Production disease in pigs is caused by a variety of different pathogens, mainly enteric and respiratory and can result in significant economic loss. Other factors such as stress, poor husbandry and nutrition can also contribute to an animal's susceptibility to disease. Molecular biomarkers of production disease could be of immense value by improving diagnosis and risk analysis to determine best practice with an impact on increased economic output and animal welfare. In addition to the use of multiplex PCR or microarrays to detect individual or mixed pathogens during infection, these technologies can also be used to monitor the host response to infection via gene expression...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535387/cellular-homeostasis-a-small-rna-at-the-crossroads-of-iron-and-photosynthesis
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Marie-Claude Carrier, Jean-Sébastien Bourassa, Eric Massé
The cyanobacterium Synechocystis relies on iron to perform oxygenic photosynthesis. This makes Synechocystis particularly sensitive to iron starvation. A new study shows that the small RNA IsaR1 is a major effector of the iron-stress response, remodeling the photosynthetic apparatus.
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535182/characterization-of-liver-injury-oval-cell-proliferation-and-cholangiocarcinogenesis-in-glutathione-s-transferase-a3-knockout-mice
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Dana R Crawford, Zoran Ilic, Ian Guest, Ginger L Milne, John D Hayes, Stewart Sell
We recently generated glutathione S-transferase (GST) A3 knockout (KO) mice as a novel model to study the risk factors for liver cancer. GSTA3 KO mice are sensitive to the acute cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), confirming the crucial role of GSTA3 in resistance to AFB1. We now report histopathological changes, tumor formation, biochemical changes and gender response following AFB1 treatment as well as the contribution of oxidative stress. Using a protocol of weekly 0.5 mg AFB1/kg administration, we observed extensive oval (liver stem) cell (OC) proliferation within 1-3 weeks followed by microvesicular lipidosis, megahepatocytes, nuclear inclusions, cholangiomas, and small nodules...
May 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535155/elevated-apobec3b-expression-drives-a-kataegic-like-mutation-signature-and-replication-stress-related-therapeutic-vulnerabilities-in-p53-defective-cells
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Jenni Nikkilä, Rahul Kumar, James Campbell, Inger Brandsma, Helen N Pemberton, Fredrik Wallberg, Kinga Nagy, Ildikó Scheer, Beata G Vertessy, Artur A Serebrenik, Valentina Monni, Reuben S Harris, Stephen J Pettitt, Alan Ashworth, Christopher J Lord
BACKGROUND: Elevated APOBEC3B expression in tumours correlates with a kataegic pattern of localised hypermutation. We assessed the cellular phenotypes associated with high-level APOBEC3B expression and the influence of p53 status on these phenotypes using an isogenic system. METHODS: We used RNA interference of p53 in cells with inducible APOBEC3B and assessed DNA damage response (DDR) biomarkers. The mutational effects of APOBEC3B were assessed using whole-genome sequencing...
May 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534873/molecular-indicators-of-stress-induced-neuroinflammation-in-a-mouse-model-simulating-features-of-post-traumatic-stress-disorder
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S Muhie, A Gautam, N Chakraborty, A Hoke, J Meyerhoff, R Hammamieh, M Jett
A social-stress mouse model was used to simulate features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The model involved exposure of an intruder (male C57BL/6) mouse to a resident aggressor (male SJL) mouse for 5 or 10 consecutive days. Transcriptome changes in brain regions (hippocampus, amygdala, medial prefrontal cortex and hemibrain), blood and spleen as well as epigenome changes in the hemibrain were assayed after 1- and 10-day intervals following the 5-day trauma or after 1- and 42-day intervals following the 10-day trauma...
May 23, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534817/the-soft-and-hard-heartedness-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-mechanotransduction-signaling-pathways-in-fibrosis-of-the-heart
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REVIEW
Kate M Herum, Ida G Lunde, Andrew D McCulloch, Geir Christensen
Cardiac fibrosis, the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM), remains an unresolved problem in most forms of heart disease. In order to be successful in preventing, attenuating or reversing cardiac fibrosis, it is essential to understand the processes leading to ECM production and accumulation. Cardiac fibroblasts are the main producers of cardiac ECM, and harbor great phenotypic plasticity. They are activated by the disease-associated changes in mechanical properties of the heart, including stretch and increased tissue stiffness...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534811/hormetic-property-of-ginseng-steroids-on-anti-oxidant-status-against-exercise-challenge-in-rat-skeletal-muscle
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Ming-Fen Hsu, Szu-Hsien Yu, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Wei-Horng Jean, Shin-Da Lee, Chih-Yang Huang, Yi-Hung Liao, Jessica Lu, Chia-Hua Kuo
BACKGROUND: Existing literature on anti-oxidant capacity of ginseng has been inconsistent due to variance in the profile of ginseng steroids (Ginsenosides) that is because of differences in seasons and species. METHODS: We used various doses of ginseng steroids to determine its effect on oxidative stress and anti-oxidant capacity of rat skeletal muscle against exercise. RESULTS: Under non-exercise conditions, we found increased thiobarbituric acid reactive substance (TBARS) levels and decreased reduced/oxidized glutathione ratio (GSH/GSSG) in rat skeletal muscle as dose increases (p < 0...
May 19, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534505/proteomic-identification-of-erp29-as-a-key-chemoresistant-factor-activated-by-the-aggregating-p53-mutant-arg282trp
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Y Zhang, Y Hu, J-L Wang, H Yao, H Wang, L Liang, C Li, H Shi, Y Chen, J-Y Fang, J Xu
Mutation of the TP53 gene represents a prevalent genetic alteration in human cancers, and a subset of p53 mutants may form amyloid-like aggregates that contribute to the gain of oncogenic functions (GOFs) and chemoresistance. Here we identify the pathways that may mediate the aggregation-associated GOF by using combined proteomic analysis and genome-wide recruitment profiling. Mass spectrometry revealed activation of unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway and upregulation of endoplasmic reticulum protein 29 (ERp29) in (R282W)TP53-expressing cells that were exposed to cisplatin stress...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534368/study-on-the-molecular-mechanism-of-rac3-on-regulating-autophagy-in-human-lung-cancer-cells
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Xuyang Xiao, Gebang Wang, Hongxu Liu
PURPOSE: Rac3 plays an important role in regulating tumorigenesis. Autophagy plays a vital role in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. The relationship between the two remains unclear. The objective of the present study was to determine the specific molecular mechanism of intracellular Rac3 in regulating autophagy and reveal the relationship between tumor cell autophagy and apoptosis. METHODS: A laser confocal microscope was used to photograph the accumulated EGFP-MAP1LC3 spots for investigating the relationship between Rac3 and autophagy at the cellular level...
March 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534253/evaluating-the-involvement-and-interaction-of-abscisic-acid-and-mirna156-in-the-induction-of-anthocyanin-biosynthesis-in-drought-stressed-plants
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REVIEW
Jorge González-Villagra, Leonid V Kurepin, Marjorie M Reyes-Díaz
ABA is involved in anthocyanin synthesis through the regulation of microRNA156, augmenting the level of expression of anthocyanin synthesis-related genes and, therefore, increasing anthocyanin level. Drought stress is the main cause of agricultural crop loss in the world. However, plants have developed mechanisms that allow them to tolerate drought stress conditions. At cellular level, drought stress induces changes in metabolite accumulation, including increases in anthocyanin levels due to upregulation of the anthocyanin biosynthetic pathway...
May 22, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534187/total-hypothalamic-volume-is-reduced-in-postmortem-brains-of-male-heroin-addicts
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Ulf J Müller, Kolja Schiltz, Christian Mawrin, Henrik Dobrowolny, Thomas Frodl, Hans-Gert Bernstein, Bernhard Bogerts, Kurt Truebner, Johann Steiner
The hypothalamus is at the core of the stress responses systems of the brain. Most interestingly, even though changes of HPA-function have been observed in opiate addiction not much is known about structural changes of the hypothalamus. Volumes of hypothalamus in heroin addicts (n = 14) and healthy controls (n = 12) were assessed by using morphometry of serial whole-brain sections. Total brain volume was larger in the heroin group (mean 1478.85 ± 62.34 cm(3) vs. mean 1352.38 ± 103.24 cm(3)), as the heroin group was more than 10 years younger (p = 0...
May 22, 2017: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534119/splenic-ly6c-hi-monocytes-contribute-to-adverse-late-post-ischemic-left-ventricular-remodeling-in-heme-oxygenase-1-deficient-mice
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Mateusz Tomczyk, Izabela Kraszewska, Krzysztof Szade, Karolina Bukowska-Strakova, Marco Meloni, Alicja Jozkowicz, Jozef Dulak, Agnieszka Jazwa
Heme oxygenase-1 (Hmox1) is a stress-inducible protein crucial in heme catabolism. The end products of its enzymatic activity possess anti-oxidative, anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Cardioprotective effects of Hmox1 were demonstrated in experimental models of myocardial infarction (MI). Nevertheless, its importance in timely resolution of post-ischemic inflammation remains incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Hmox1 in the monocyte/macrophage-mediated cardiac remodeling in a mouse model of MI...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534097/increased-hpa-axis-activity-and-serum-tryptophan-in-naswar-dipping-tobacco-users-a-case-control-study
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Faiza Sajid, Samina Bano
Nicotine is the principal addictive agent present in Naswar, a smokeless dipping tobacco product. 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) has been implicated in the reinforcement properties of nicotine. Also, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is of vital importance in evaluating the response to stress and nicotine addiction. The study aimed to evaluate serum tryptophan and cortisol levels in Naswar users in relation to addiction. Additionally, serum cotinine levels were also determined to assess daily nicotine exposure...
May 22, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534083/synthetic-alpha-synuclein-fibrils-cause-mitochondrial-impairment-and-selective-dopamine-neurodegeneration-in-part-via-inos-mediated-nitric-oxide-production
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Victor Tapias, Xiaoping Hu, Kelvin C Luk, Laurie H Sanders, Virginia M Lee, J Timothy Greenamyre
Intracellular accumulation of α-synuclein (α-syn) are hallmarks of synucleinopathies, including Parkinson's disease (PD). Exogenous addition of preformed α-syn fibrils (PFFs) into primary hippocampal neurons induced α-syn aggregation and accumulation. Likewise, intrastriatal inoculation of PFFs into mice and non-human primates generates Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites associated with PD-like neurodegeneration. Herein, we investigate the putative effects of synthetic human PFFs on cultured rat ventral midbrain dopamine (DA) neurons...
May 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534049/bio-inspired-metal-coordinate-hydrogels-with-programmable-viscoelastic-material-functions-controlled-by-longwave-uv-light
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Scott C Grindy, Niels Holten-Andersen
Control over the viscoelastic mechanical properties of hydrogels intended for use as biomedical materials has long been a goal of soft matter scientists. Recent research has shown that materials made from polymers with reversibly associating transient crosslinks are a promising strategy for controlling viscoelasticity in hydrogels, for example leading to systems with precisely tunable mechanical energy-dissipation. We and others have shown that bio-inspired histidine:transition metal ion complexes allow highly precise and tunable control over the viscoelastic properties of transient network hydrogels...
May 23, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534022/mental-health-problems-in-parents-of-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
#16
REVIEW
Gerasimos A Kolaitis, Maya G Meentken, Elisabeth M W J Utens
This review will provide a concise description of mental health problems in parents of children with a (non-syndromic) congenital heart disease (CHD) during different stressful periods. Predictors of these problems and also implications for clinical practice will be mentioned. Having a child with CHD can be very stressful for parents, who have to face overwhelming emotions and also extra physical, financial, and other practical challenges. Parental distress has been reported in 30-80% of parents and appears not to be related to severity of CHD...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533974/foraging-behaviour-of-an-egg-parasitoid-exploiting-plant-volatiles-induced-by-pentatomids-the-role-of-adaxial-and-abaxial-leaf-surfaces
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Francesca Frati, Antonino Cusumano, Eric Conti, Stefano Colazza, Ezio Peri, Salvatore Guarino, Letizia Martorana, Roberto Romani, Gianandrea Salerno
Several phases of herbivorous insect attack including feeding and oviposition are known to induce plant defenses. Plants emit volatiles induced by herbivores to recruit insect parasitoids as an indirect defense strategy. So far, volatiles induced by herbivore walking and their putative role in the foraging behavior of egg parasitoids have not been investigated. In this paper we studied the response of the egg parasitoid Trissolcus basalis toward volatiles emitted by Vicia faba plants as consequence of the walking activity of the host Nezara viridula...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533787/genome-wide-analysis-of-gene-expression-provides-new-insights-into-cold-responses-in-thellungiella-salsuginea
#18
Jiangshan Wang, Quan Zhang, Feng Cui, Lei Hou, Shuzhen Zhao, Han Xia, Jingjing Qiu, Tingting Li, Ye Zhang, Xingjun Wang, Chuanzhi Zhao
Low temperature is one of the major environmental stresses that affects plant growth and development, and leads to decrease in crop yield and quality. Thellungiella salsuginea (salt cress) exhibits high tolerance to chilling, is an appropriate model to investigate the molecular mechanisms of cold tolerance. Here, we compared transcription changes in the roots and leaves of T. salsuginea under cold stress using RNA-seq. We identified 2,782 and 1,430 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in leaves and roots upon cold treatment, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533747/selective-inhibition-of-orexin-2-receptors-prevents-stress-induced-acth-release-in-mice
#19
Sujin Yun, Michelle Wennerholm, Jonathan E Shelton, Pascal Bonaventure, Michael A Letavic, Brock T Shireman, Timothy W Lovenberg, Christine Dugovic
Orexins peptides exert a prominent role in arousal-related processes including stress responding, by activating orexin-1 (OX1R) and orexin-2 (OX2R) receptors located widely throughout the brain. Stress or orexin administration stimulates hyperarousal, adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and corticosterone release, and selective OX1R blockade can attenuate several stress-induced behavioral and cardiovascular responses but not the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activation. As opposed to OX1R, OX2R are preferentially expressed in the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus which is involved in the HPA axis regulation...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533525/cellular-responses-to-t-2-toxin-and-or-deoxynivalenol-that-induce-cartilage-damage-are-not-specific-to-chondrocytes
#20
Yang Lei, Zhao Guanghui, Wang Xi, Wang Yingting, Lin Xialu, Yu Fangfang, Mary B Goldring, Guo Xiong, Mikko J Lammi
The relationship between T-2 toxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) and the risk of Kashin-Beck disease is still controversial since it is poorly known about their selectivity in cartilage damage. We aimed to compare the cytotoxicity of T-2 toxin and DON on cell lines representative of cell types encountered in vivo, including human chondrocytes (C28/I2), human hepatic epithelial cells (L-02) and human tubular epithelial cells (HK-2). In addition, we determined the distribution of T-2 toxin and DON in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats after a single dose exposure...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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