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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334470/heterologous-expression-of-rhizobial-celc2-cellulase-impairs-symbiotic-signaling-and-nodulation-in-medicago-truncatula
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Marta Robledo, Esther Menéndez, Jose Ignacio Jimenez-Zurdo, Raúl Rivas, Encarna Velazquez, Eustoquio Martinez-Molina, Giles Oldroyd, Pedro F Mateos
The infection of legume plants by rhizobia is tightly regulated to ensure accurate bacterial penetration, infection and development of functionally efficient nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Rhizobial Nod Factors (NF) have key roles in the elicitation of nodulation signalling. Infection of white clover roots also involves the tightly regulated specific breakdown of the non-crystalline apex of cell walls in growing root hairs, which is mediated by Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii cellulase CelC2. Here, we have analyzed the impact of this endoglucanase on symbiotic signalling in the model legume Medicago truncatula...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332275/impact-of-drought-stress-induced-by-polyethylene-glycol-on-growth-water-relations-and-cell-viability-of-norway-spruce-seedlings
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Ilya E Zlobin, Yury V Ivanov, Alexander V Kartashov, Vladimir V Kuznetsov
We investigated physiological responses of 7-week-old Norway spruce seedlings to water deficits of different intensities. Hydroponically grown seedlings were subjected to mild (-0.15 MPa), strong (-0.5 and -1.0 MPa) and extreme (-1.5 MPa) water deficit induced by polyethylene glycol 6000, and their growth parameters, water status and physiological activity were analyzed. Seedlings effectively restricted water loss under drought, and even under extreme water deficit, shoot relative water content did not fall below 85%...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331373/establishment-and-characterization-of-five-immortalized-human-scalp-dermal-papilla-cell-lines
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Mi Hee Kwack, Jung Min Yang, Gong Hee Won, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chul Kim, Young Kwan Sung
Dermal papilla (DP) regulates the growth and cycling of hair follicles. Cultured DP cells are useful for the study of their role in relation to hair growth and regeneration. However, cultivation of human DP cells is tedious and difficult. In addition, cultured DP cells possess a relatively short replicative life span, requiring immortalized human DP cell lines. We previously established an immortalized human DP cell line, SV40T-hTERT-DPC, by introducing human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene into the transformed cell line, SV40T-DPC...
January 10, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330026/sound-shock-response-in-larval-zebrafish-a-convenient-and-high-throughput-assessment-of-auditory-function
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Xiuyun Liu, Jia Lin, Yinglan Zhang, Ning Guo, Qiang Li
Given that hearing ability can be challenged in diverse ways, it is necessary to develop an easily conducted, high-throughput method for assessing potential auditory risks. Measuring the acoustic startle response (ASR) has become a critical behavioral method in hearing research using zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this study, changes in the activity of zebrafish larvae (10 days post fertilization (dpf)) due to exposure to a sudden easily-generated broad-band noise were automatically and objectively recorded and analyzed without building sophisticated equipments...
January 9, 2018: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329503/chemical-imaging-of-aggressive-basal-cell-carcinoma-using-time-of-flight-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry
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Marwa Munem, Oscar Zaar, Kelly Dimovska Nilsson, Noora Neittaanmäki, John Paoli, John S Fletcher
A set of basal cell carcinoma samples, removed by Mohs micrographic surgery and pathologically identified as having an aggressive subtype, have been analyzed using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The SIMS analysis employed a gas cluster ion beam (GCIB) to increase the sensitivity of the technique for the detection of intact lipid species. The GCIB also allowed these intact molecular signals to be maintained while surface contamination and delocalized chemicals were removed from the upper tissue surface...
January 12, 2018: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328021/the-presynaptic-ribbon-maintains-vesicle-populations-at-the-hair-cell-afferent-fiber-synapse
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Lars Becker, Michael E Schnee, Mamiko Niwa, Willy Sun, Stephan Maxeiner, Sara Talaei, Bechara Kachar, Mark A Rutherford, Anthony J Ricci
The ribbon is the structural hallmark of cochlear inner hair cell (IHC) afferent synapses, yet its role in information transfer to spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) remains unclear. We investigated the ribbon's contribution to IHC synapse formation and function using KO mice lacking RIBEYE. Despite loss of the entire ribbon structure, synapses retained their spatiotemporal development and KO mice had a mild hearing deficit. IHCs of KO had fewer synaptic vesicles and reduced exocytosis in response to brief depolarization; high stimulus level rescued exocytosis in KO...
January 12, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328020/the-synaptic-ribbon-is-critical-for-sound-encoding-at-high-rates-and-with-temporal-precision
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Philippe Jean, David Lopez de la Morena, Susann Michanski, Lina María Jaime Tobón, Rituparna Chakrabarti, Maria Magdalena Picher, Jakob Neef, SangYong Jung, Mehmet Gültas, Stephan Maxeiner, Andreas Neef, Carolin Wichmann, Nicola Strenzke, Chad Grabner, Tobias Moser
We studied the role of the synaptic ribbon for sound encoding at the synapses between inner hair cells (IHCs) and spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in mice lacking RIBEYE (RBEKO/KO). Electron and immunofluorescence microscopy revealed a lack of synaptic ribbons and an assembly of several small active zones (AZs) at each synaptic contact. Spontaneous and sound-evoked firing rates of SGNs and their compound action potential were reduced, indicating impaired transmission at ribbonless IHC-SGN synapses. The temporal precision of sound encoding was impaired and the recovery of SGN-firing from adaptation indicated slowed synaptic vesicle (SV) replenishment...
January 12, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327704/emerging-nonmetabolic-functions-of-skin-fat
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REVIEW
Christian F Guerrero-Juarez, Maksim V Plikus
Although the major white adipose depots evolved primarily to store energy, secrete hormones and thermo-insulate the body, multiple secondary depots developed additional specialized and unconventional functions. Unlike any other fat tissue, dermal white adipose tissue (dWAT) evolved a large repertoire of novel features that are central to skin physiology, which we discuss in this Review. dWAT exists in close proximity to hair follicles, the principal appendages of the skin that periodically grow new hairs. Responding to multiple hair-derived signals, dWAT becomes closely connected to cycling hair follicles and periodically cycles itself...
January 12, 2018: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327200/exocyst-complex-member-exoc5-is-required-for-survival-of-hair-cells-and-spiral-ganglion-neurons-and-maintenance-of-hearing
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Byeonghyeon Lee, Jeong-In Baek, Hyehyun Min, Seung-Hyun Bae, Kyeonghye Moon, Min-A Kim, Ye-Ri Kim, Ben Fogelgren, Joshua H Lipschutz, Kyu-Yup Lee, Jinwoong Bok, Un-Kyung Kim
The exocyst, an octameric protein complex consisting of Exoc1 through Exoc8, was first determined to regulate exocytosis by targeting vesicles to the plasma membrane in yeast to mice. In addition to this fundamental role, the exocyst complex has been implicated in other cellular processes. In this study, we investigated the role of the exocyst in cochlear development and hearing by targeting EXOC5, a central exocyst component. Deleting Exoc5 in the otic epithelium with widely used Cre lines resulted in early lethality...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323127/differential-proteomics-of-lesional-vs-non-lesional-biopsies-revealed-non-immune-mechanisms-of-alopecia-areata
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Kanchalit Thanomkitti, Rattiyaporn Kanlaya, Kedsarin Fong-Ngern, Chompunoot Kapincharanon, Kanyarat Sueksakit, Prangwalai Chanchaem, Rattapon Thuangtong, Visith Thongboonkerd
Alopecia areata (AA) is one of the common hair disorders for which treatment is frequently ineffective and associated with relapsing episodes. Better understanding of disease mechanisms and novel therapeutic targets are thus required. From 10 AA patients, quantitative proteomics using LTQ-Orbitrap-XL mass spectrometer revealed 104 down-regulated, 4 absent, 3 up-regulated and 11 newly present proteins in lesional vs. non-lesional biopsies. Among these, the decreased levels of α-tubulin, vimentin, heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), HSP90, annexin A2 and α-enolase were successfully confirmed by Western blotting...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323051/notch-pathway-inhibitor-dapt-enhances-atoh1-activity-to-generate-new-hair-cells-in-situ-in-rat-cochleae
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Wen-Wei Luo, Zhao Han, Dong-Dong Ren, Xin-Wei Wang, Fang-Lu Chi, Juan-Mei Yang
Atoh1 overexpression in cochlear epithelium induces new hair cell formation. Use of adenovirus-mediated Atoh1 overexpression has mainly focused on the rat lesser epithelial ridge and induces ectopic hair cell regeneration. The sensory region of rat cochlea is difficult to transfect, thus new hair cells are rarely produced in situ in rat cochlear explants. After culturing rat cochleae in medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum, adenovirus successfully infected the sensory region as the width of the supporting cell area was significantly increased...
December 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321681/in-vivo-monitoring-of-hair-cycle-stages-via-bioluminescence-imaging-of-hair-follicle-ng2-cells
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Yasuhisa Tamura, Kumi Takata, Asami Eguchi, Yosky Kataoka
Hair growth occurs periodically in a cycle that consists of three different phases: growth, regression, and resting. The length of each phase is regulated by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors throughout life, and influenced by physiological and pathological conditions. Elongation of the resting phase and shortening of the growth phase occur during physiological ageing and in baldness, respectively. In vivo discrimination of each phase of the hair cycle can be used to research for regeneration of hair follicles as well as to evaluate the efficacy of hair regrowth treatments in the same individual...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321651/auditory-neural-activity-in-congenitally-deaf-mice-induced-by-infrared-neural-stimulation
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Xiaodong Tan, Israt Jahan, Yingyue Xu, Stuart Stock, Changyow Claire Kwan, Carmen Soriano, Xianghui Xiao, Jaime García-Añoveros, Bernd Fritzsch, Claus-Peter Richter
To determine whether responses during infrared neural stimulation (INS) result from the direct interaction with spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs), we tested three genetically modified deaf mouse models: Atoh1-cre; Atoh1 f/f (Atoh1 conditional knockout, CKO), Atoh1-cre; Atoh1 f/kiNeurog1 (Neurog1 knockin, KI), and the Vglut3 knockout (Vglut3 -/-) mice. All animals were exposed to tone bursts and clicks up to 107 dB (re 20 µPa) and to INS, delivered with a 200 µm optical fiber. The wavelength (λ) was 1860 nm, the radiant energy (Q) 0-800 µJ/pulse, and the pulse width (PW) 100-500 µs...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320711/anatomical-physiological-and-functional-diversity-of-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Rachel K Zwick, Christian F Guerrero-Juarez, Valerie Horsley, Maksim V Plikus
Adipose tissue depots can exist in close association with other organs, where they assume diverse, often non-traditional functions. In stem cell-rich skin, bone marrow, and mammary glands, adipocytes signal to and modulate organ regeneration and remodeling. Skin adipocytes and their progenitors signal to hair follicles, promoting epithelial stem cell quiescence and activation, respectively. Hair follicles signal back to adipocyte progenitors, inducing their expansion and regeneration, as in skin scars. In mammary glands and heart, adipocytes supply lipids to neighboring cells for nutritional and metabolic functions, respectively...
January 9, 2018: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318409/oncomodulin-expression-reveals-new-insights-into-the-cellular-organization-of-the-murine-utricle-striola
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Larry F Hoffman, Kristel R Choy, David R Sultemeier, Dwayne D Simmons
Oncomodulin (OCM, aka β-parvalbumin) is an EF-hand calcium binding protein that is expressed in a restricted set of hair cells in the peristriolar region of the mammalian utricle. In the present study, we determined the topologic distribution of OCM among hair cell phenotypes to advance our understanding of the cellular organization of the striola and the relationship of these phenotypes with characteristics of tissue polarity. The distributions of OCM-positive (OCM+) hair cells were quantified in utricles of mature C57Bl/6 mice...
January 9, 2018: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318324/strategies-for-a%C3%A2-regenerative-therapy-of-hearing-loss
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REVIEW
M Diensthuber, T Stöver
Despite impressive technical progress in the field of conventional hearing aids and implantable hearing systems, the hopes for the treatment of inner ear diseases such as hearing loss and tinnitus have become increasingly directed toward regenerative therapeutic approaches. This review discusses the currently most promising strategies for hair cell regeneration in the inner ear to treat hearing loss, including stem cell-based, gene transfer-based, and pharmacological interventions. Furthermore, previous milestones and ground-breaking work in this scientific field are identified...
January 9, 2018: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316829/effects-of-carbomer-940-hydrogel-on-burn-wounds-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Farzad Hayati, Seyed Mehdi Ghamsari, Mohammad Mehdi Dehghan, Ahmad Oryan
PURPOSE: This study was designed to investigate the applicability of carbomer 940 hydrogel on skin-burn wounds by focusing on its effects on the zone of stasis. METHOD: Fibroblast cells were used to assess the cytotoxicity of carbomer 940. Wound healing was monitored by laser Doppler flowmetry and histopathological analysis. Twenty adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into two groups (N = 10 each). After shaving their dorsum, a "burn comb" was contacted bilaterally on each side of the spine...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316283/split-cas9-not-hairs-advancing-the-therapeutic-index-of-crispr-technology
#18
REVIEW
Carolin Schmelas, Dirk Grimm
The discovery that the bacterial CRISPR/Cas9 system can be translated into mammalian cells continues to have an unprecedented impact on the biomedical research community, as it largely facilitates efforts to experimentally interrogate or therapeutically modify the cellular genome. In particular, CRISPR promises the ability to correct disease-associated genetic defects, or to target and destroy invading foreign DNA, in a simple, efficient and selective manner directly in affected human cells or tissues. Here, we highlight a set of exciting new strategies that aim at further increasing the therapeutic index of CRISPR technologies, by reducing the size of Cas9 expression cassettes and thus enhancing their compatibility with viral gene delivery vectors...
January 5, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310861/never-too-old-to-regenerate-wound-induced-hair-follicle-neogenesis-after-secondary-intention-healing-in-a-geriatric-patient
#19
Tak-Wah Wong, Michael Hughes, Szu-Han Wang
Wound healing is a natural process to restore the structure and function of injured or diseased tissues. Repair of a skin wound usually leads to a scar while regeneration implies fully recovery of function and structure of the damaged tissue. Adult skin wound usually heals with scar while fetal skin heals scarless. Hair regeneration in elderly scalp wound has never been observed. We reported an 80-year-old patient with a large wound on the scalp after excision of a basal cell carcinoma healed by secondary intention wound healing...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305691/the-capos-mutation-in-atp1a3-alters-na-k-atpase-function-and-results-in-auditory-neuropathy-which-has-implications-for-management
#20
Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Nicola Strenzke, Sture Lindholm, Nanna D Rendtorff, Hanne Poulsen, Himanshu Khandelia, Wojciech Kopec, Troels J Brünnich Lyngbye, Christian Hamel, Cecile Delettre, Beatrice Bocquet, Michael Bille, Hanne H Owen, Toke Bek, Hanne Jensen, Karen Østergaard, Claes Möller, Linda Luxon, Lucinda Carr, Louise Wilson, Kaukab Rajput, Tony Sirimanna, Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, Shamima Rahman, Barbara Vona, Julia Doll, Thomas Haaf, Oliver Bartsch, Hendrik Rosewich, Tobias Moser, Maria Bitner-Glindzicz
Cerebellar ataxia, areflexia, pes cavus, optic atrophy and sensorineural hearing impairment (CAPOS) is a rare clinically distinct syndrome caused by a single dominant missense mutation, c.2452G>A, p.Glu818Lys, in ATP1A3, encoding the neuron-specific alpha subunit of the Na+/K+-ATPase α3. Allelic mutations cause the neurological diseases rapid dystonia Parkinsonism and alternating hemiplegia of childhood, disorders which do not encompass hearing or visual impairment. We present detailed clinical phenotypic information in 18 genetically confirmed patients from 11 families (10 previously unreported) from Denmark, Sweden, UK and Germany indicating a specific type of hearing impairment-auditory neuropathy (AN)...
January 5, 2018: Human Genetics
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