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Monica Gandhi, Rajesh T Gandhi, Andrei Stefanescu, Ronald J Bosch, Joshua C Cyktor, Howard Horng, Alexander Louie, Nhi Phung, Joseph J Eron, Evelyn Hogg, Bernard J C Macatangay, Christopher Hensel, Courtney V Fletcher, John W Mellors, Deborah K McMahon
Data on the relationship of antiretroviral exposure to measures of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) persistence are limited. To address this gap, multiple viral, immunologic, and pharmacologic measures were analyzed from individuals with sustained virologic suppression on therapy (median 7 years) in the AIDS Clinical Trials Group A5321 cohort. Among 110 participants on tenofovir-(TFV)-disoproxil-fumarate (TDF)/emtricitabine (FTC)-containing regimens, we found no significant correlation between hair concentrations of individual antiretrovirals (ARVs) in the regimen and measures of HIV persistence (plasma HIV-1 RNA by single copy assay, cell-associated-DNA, cell-associated RNA) or soluble markers of inflammation...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Hyojung Kang, Rachel L Orlowsky, Gregory J Gerling
In mammals, touch is encoded by sensory receptors embedded in the skin. For one class of receptors in the mouse, the architecture of its Merkel cells, unmyelinated neurites, and heminodes follow particular renewal and remodeling trends over hair cycle stages from ages 4 to 10 weeks. As it is currently impossible to observe such trends across a single animal's hair cycle, this work employs discrete event simulation to identify and evaluate policies of Merkel cell and heminode dynamics. Well matching the observed data, the results show that the baseline model replicates dynamic remodeling behaviors between stages of the hair cycle - based on particular addition and removal polices and estimated probabilities tied to constituent parts of Merkel cells, terminal branch neurites and heminodes...
December 2017: Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference
Jorge E Salazar-Henao, Girish Mokkapati, Eunice Han Xian Khor, Yi-Chia Chou, Wann-Neng Jane, Wolfgang Schmidt
The root epidermis of Arabidopsis thaliana has been established as a model system for elucidating the mechanisms which govern the spatial patterningAbstract and morphogenesis of plant cells. Investigations into root hairs focus on various aspects of the biology of epidermal cells, using methods specifically developed to dissect the biological question under study. Despite the large number of studies related to epidermal cell differentiation, a survey of methods to analyze the phenotypic readout resulting from environmental conditions or the genetic background of the plant has not been provided so far...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
John M Kelso
Patients often seek opinions from allergists regarding unconventional testing for adverse reactions to foods. These tests include flow cytometry to measure the change in white blood cell volumes after incubation with foods, measurement of serum IgG or IgG4 antibodies directed against foods, intradermal provocation-neutralization with food allergens, hair analysis, electrodermal testing, and applied kinesiology. In some cases, although the laboratory methods may be valid, there are no studies showing correlation with disease...
March 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Richard Boyle, Reza Ehsanian, Alireza Mofrad, Yekaterina Popova, Joseph Varelas
The utricle provides the vestibular reflex pathways with the sensory codes of inertial acceleration of self motion and head orientation with respect to gravity to control balance and equilibrium. Here we present an anatomical description of this structure in the adult oyster toadfish, and establish a morphological basis for interpretation of subsequent functional studies. Light, scanning and transmission electron microscopy techniques were applied to visualize the sensory epithelium at varying levels of detail, its neural innervation and its synaptic organization...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Rebecca Susan Dewey, Deborah A Hall, Hannah Guest, Garreth Prendergast, Christopher J Plack, Susan T Francis
BACKGROUND: Rodent studies indicate that noise exposure can cause permanent damage to synapses between inner hair cells and high-threshold auditory nerve fibers, without permanently altering threshold sensitivity. These demonstrations of what is commonly known as hidden hearing loss have been confirmed in several rodent species, but the implications for human hearing are unclear. OBJECTIVE: Our Medical Research Council-funded program aims to address this unanswered question, by investigating functional consequences of the damage to the human peripheral and central auditory nervous system that results from cumulative lifetime noise exposure...
March 9, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Min Chen, Weibin Zhou, Zhe Zhang, Yuting Zou, Chengjiang Li
RATIONALE: The incidence of severe hyperandrogenism associated with masculinity in women is very low. While rare and difficult to diagnose, androgen secreting tumors should be suspected in women with hyperandrogenism and hirsutism, especially in the postmenopausal population. Herein we present one case of ovarian Leydig cell tumor (LCT) with markedly elevated serum testosterone levels and frank hirsutism. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 60-year-old woman, presented with increased hair growth and androgenic alopecia and the hormonal laboratory examination showed that she had elevated serum testosterone level and normal dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), androstenedione, 17- hydroxyprogesterone, cortisol and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Clive P Morgan, Hongyu Zhao, Meredith LeMasurier, Wei Xiong, Bifeng Pan, Piotr Kazmierczak, Matthew R Avenarius, Michael Bateschell, Ruby Larisch, Anthony J Ricci, Ulrich Müller, Peter G Barr-Gillespie
Hair cells of the inner ear transduce mechanical stimuli like sound or head movements into electrical signals, which are propagated to the central nervous system. The hair-cell mechanotransduction channel remains unidentified. We tested whether three transient receptor channel (TRP) family members, TRPV6, TRPM6 and TRPM7, were necessary for transduction. TRPV6 interacted with USH1C (harmonin), a scaffolding protein that participates in transduction. Using a cysteine-substitution knock-in mouse line and methanethiosulfonate (MTS) reagents selective for this allele, we found that inhibition of TRPV6 had no effect on transduction in mouse cochlear hair cells...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Wen-Wei Luo, Xin-Wei Wang, Rui Ma, Fang-Lu Chi, Ping Chen, Ning Cong, Yu-Yan Gu, Dong-Dong Ren, Juan-Mei Yang
Notch inhibition is known to generate supernumerary hair cells (HCs) at the expense of supporting cells (SCs) in the mammalian inner ear. However, inhibition of Notch activity becomes progressively less effective at inducing SC-to-HC conversion in the postnatal cochlea and balance organs as the animal ages. It has been suggested that the SC-to-HC conversion capacity is inversely correlated with E-cadherin accumulation in postnatal mammalian utricles. However, whether E-cadherin localization is linked to the SC-to-HC conversion capacity in the mammalian inner ear is poorly understood...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Mei Jin, Junyan Zhang, Mingxing Chu, Jun Piao, Jing-Ai Piao, Fengqin Zhao
Objective: The study investigated the biological functions and mechanisms for controlling cashmere growth of Liaoning cashmere goat by OCIAD2 and DCN genes. Methods: cDNA library of Liaoning cashmere goat was constructed in early stages. OCIAD2 and DCN genes related to cashmere growth were identified by homology analysis comparison. The expression location of OCIAD2 and DCN genes in primary and secondary hair follicles was performed using in situ hybridization. The expression of OCIAD2 and DCN genes in primary and secondary hair follicles was performed using real-time PCR ...
March 2, 2018: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Jerry D Monroe, Heidi L Hruska, Hannah K Ruggles, Kevin M Williams, Michael E Smith
Unlike cisplatin, which forms bifunctional DNA adducts, monofunctional platinum(II) complexes bind only one strand of DNA and might target cancer without causing auditory side-effects associated with cisplatin treatment. We synthesized the monofunctional triamine-ligated platinum(II) complexes, Pt(diethylenetriamine)Cl, [Pt(dien)Cl]+, and Pt(N,N-diethyldiethylenetriamine)Cl, [Pt(Et2dien)Cl]+, and the monofunctional heterocyclic-ligated platinum(II) complexes, pyriplatin and phenanthriplatin, and compared their 5'-GMP binding rates, cellular compartmental distribution and cellular viability effects...
2018: PloS One
Joshua A Tillinger, Chhavi Gupta, Kadri Ila, Jamal Ahmed, Jeenu Mittal, Thomas R Van De Water, Adrien A Eshraghi
OBJECTIVE: The present study is aimed at determining the efficacy and exploring the mechanisms by which l-N-acetylcysteine (l-NAC) provides protection against tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFα)-induced oxidative stress damage and hair cell loss in 3-day-old rat organ of Corti (OC) explants. Previous work has demonstrated a high level of oxidative stress in TNFα-challenged OC explants. TNFα can potentially play a significant role in hair cell loss following an insult to the inner ear...
March 7, 2018: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Eva K B Pfannes, Lina Weiss, Sabrina Hadam, Jessica Gonnet, Béhazine Combardière, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Annika Vogt
The success of topically applied treatments on skin relies on the efficacy of skin penetration. In order to increase particle or product penetration, mild skin barrier disruption methods can be used. We previously described cyanoacrylate skin surface stripping as an efficient method to open hair follicles, enhance particle penetration, and activate Langerhans cells. We conducted ex vivo and in vivo measurements on human skin to characterize the biological effect and quantify barrier disruption-related inflammation on a molecular level...
March 7, 2018: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
Michelle L Stoller, Orvelin Roman, Michael R Deans
The organization of polarized stereociliary bundles is critical for the function of the inner ear sensory receptor hair cells that detect sound and motion, and these cells present a striking example of Planar Cell Polarity (PCP); the coordinated orientation of polarized structures within the plane of an epithelium. PCP is best understood in Drosophila where the essential genes regulating PCP were first discovered, and functions for the core PCP proteins encoded by these genes have been deciphered through phenotypic analysis of core PCP gene mutants...
March 3, 2018: Developmental Biology
Sewon Kim, Seung Keun Back, Heung Sik Na, Sun-Ho Kee
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a complex disease featuring pruritic skin inflammation. Many animal models have been developed. In a rat model, subcutaneous capsaicin injection within 48 hours after birth induces AD-like skin manifestations of dermatitis and scratching behavior 3 weeks after the injection. When 2-4-week-old rats were injected with capsaicin, the lag period was shortened and the severity of skin manifestations was significantly reduced, suggesting influences of postnatal development. Lgr6 is an epidermal stem cell marker that is normally restricted to the isthmus area of hair follicles at postnatal 2 weeks...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Kifayathullah Liakath-Ali, Valerie E Vancollie, Inês Sequeira, Christopher J Lelliott, Fiona M Watt
Myosins are molecular motors that are well known for their role in cell movement and contractile functions. Although extensively studied in muscle physiology, little is known about the function of myosins in mammalian skin. As part of the Sanger Institute Mouse Genetic Project, we have identified a role for Myo10 in pigmentation, with a phenotype unlike those of Myo5a or Myo7a. Adult mice homozygous for a disrupted Myo10 allele on a C57BL/6N background displayed a high degree of penetrance for white patches on their abdomen and dorsal surface...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Jeevitaa Kshersagar, Ravi Kshirsagar, Shashikant Desai, Raghvendra Bohara, Meghnad Joshi
Direct application of amnion has greater risk of immunological rejection and infection. Decellularization is an effective method to lower the risk of immune complications and infections. The bioreactor assembly with multiple cassettes was designed for decellurization of multiple amnions with different cell types simultaneously in single run. A detergent-based protocol was modified to remove all cellular components from amnion and diminish the DNA content to render it non-immunogenic. Amnion (n = 10) were treated with 2% sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), 5% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and 2% sodium deoxycholeate (SD)...
March 5, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
Witold Owczarek, Monika Słowińska, Aleksandra Lesiak, Magdalena Ciążyńska, Aldona Maciąg, Elwira Paluchowska, Luiza Marek-Józefowicz, Rafał Czajkowski
Overexpression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is found in many cancers, including those of the head and neck area, non-small-cell lung cancer, and colorectal, cervical, prostate, breast, ovary, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. The EGFR inhibitors are used at present in the treatment of such cancers. Skin lesions that develop during and after cancer treatment may be due to specific cytostatics, molecular-targeted drugs, radiation therapy, complementary therapy, or the cancer itself, and hence knowledge is essential to distinguish between them...
October 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
Adam M Saffer, Vivian F Irish
Rhamnose is required in Arabidopsis thaliana for synthesizing pectic polysaccharides and glycosylating flavonols. RHAMNOSE BIOSYNTHESIS1 (RHM1) encodes a UDP-l-rhamnose synthase, and rhm1 mutants exhibit many developmental defects, including short root hairs, hyponastic cotyledons, and left-handed helically twisted petals and roots. It has been proposed that the hyponastic cotyledons observed in rhm1 mutants are a consequence of abnormal flavonol glycosylation, while the root hair defect is flavonol-independent...
March 5, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Anna Papierniak, Katarzyna Kozak, Maria Kendziorek, Anna Barabasz, Małgorzata Palusińska, Jerzy Tiuryn, Bohdan Paterczyk, Lorraine E Williams, Danuta M Antosiewicz
Tobacco has frequently been suggested as a candidate plant species for use in phytoremediation of metal contaminated soil but knowledge on the regulation of its metal-homeostasis is still in the infancy. To identify new tobacco metal transport genes that are involved in Zn homeostasis a bioinformatics study using the tobacco genome information together with expression analysis was performed. Ten new tobacco metal transport genes from the ZIP, NRAMP, MTP, and MRP/ABCC families were identified with expression levels in leaves that were modified by exposure to Zn excess...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
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