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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212278/the-effect-of-the-human-peptide-ghk-on-gene-expression-relevant-to-nervous-system-function-and-cognitive-decline
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Loren Pickart, Jessica Michelle Vasquez-Soltero, Anna Margolina
Neurodegeneration, the progressive death of neurons, loss of brain function, and cognitive decline is an increasing problem for senior populations. Its causes are poorly understood and therapies are largely ineffective. Neurons, with high energy and oxygen requirements, are especially vulnerable to detrimental factors, including age-related dysregulation of biochemical pathways caused by altered expression of multiple genes. GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) is a human copper-binding peptide with biological actions that appear to counter aging-associated diseases and conditions...
February 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212204/1-2-4-dibromophenyl-3-6-6-trimethyl-1-5-6-7-tetrahydro-4h-indazol-4-one-a-novel-opioid-receptor-agonist-with-less-accompanying-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-than-morphine
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Po-Kuan Chao, Shau-Hua Ueng, Li-Chin Ou, Teng-Kuang Yeh, Wan-Ting Chang, Hsiao-Fu Chang, Shu-Chun Chen, Pao-Luh Tao, Ping-Yee Law, Horace H Loh, Ming-Fu Cheng, Jian-Ying Chuang, Chiung-Tong Chen, Chuan Shih, Shiu-Hwa Yeh
BACKGROUND: The authors investigated the pharmacology and signaling pathways of the opioid receptors modulated by compound 1, 1-(2,4-dibromophenyl)-3,6,6-trimethyl-1,5,6,7-tetrahydro-4H-indazol-4-one. METHODS: In vitro studies of compound 1 were assessed by using a radioligand-binding assay (n = 3), a cyclic adenosine monophosphate assay (n = 3), a β-arrestin assay (n = 3), an internalization assay (n = 3), and an immunohistochemistry (n = 8). In vivo studies of compound 1 were characterized using a tail-flick test (n = 5 to 6), tail-clip test (n = 7), von Frey hair test (n = 5), and charcoal meal test (n = 5)...
February 17, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211470/transient-auditory-nerve-demyelination-as-a-new-mechanism-for-hidden-hearing-loss
#3
Guoqiang Wan, Gabriel Corfas
Hidden hearing loss (HHL) is a recently described auditory neuropathy believed to contribute to speech discrimination and intelligibility deficits in people with normal audiological tests. Animals and humans with HHL have normal auditory thresholds but defective cochlear neurotransmission, that is, reduced suprathreshold amplitude of the sound-evoked auditory nerve compound action potential. Currently, the only cellular mechanism known for HHL is loss of inner hair cell synapses (synaptopathy). Here we report that transient loss of cochlear Schwann cells results in permanent auditory deficits characteristic of HHL...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211089/icariin-promotes-mouse-hair-follicle-growth-by-increasing-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-expression-in-dermal-papillary-cells
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Y-S Su, Z-X Fan, S-E Xiao, B-J Lin, Y Miao, Z-Q Hu, H Liu
BACKGROUND: Icariin is a major flavonoid isolated from Epimedium spp. leaves (Epimedium Herba), and has multiple pharmacological functions, including anti-angiogenesis, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunoprotective effects. AIM: To investigate whether icariin can stimulate growth of hair follicles in mice and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: In vitro, the effect of icariin on hair growth was assessed by using a vibrissae hair follicle (VHF) organ-culture model...
February 16, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211069/mglur1-enhances-efferent-inhibition-of-inner-hair-cells-in-the-developing-rat-cochlea
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Zhanlei Ye, Juan D Goutman, Sonja J Pyott, Elisabeth Glowatzki
Just before the onset of hearing, the inner hair cells (IHCs) receive inhibitory efferent input from cholinergic medial olivocochlear (MOC) neurons originating in the brainstem. This input may serve a role in the maturation of the ascending (afferent) auditory system by inhibiting spontaneous activity of the IHCs. To investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating these IHC efferent synapses, we combined electrical stimulation of the efferent fibres with patch clamp recordings from the IHCs to measure efferent synaptic strength...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209736/pejvakin-a-candidate-stereociliary-rootlet-protein-regulates-hair-cell-function-in-a-cell-autonomous-manner
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Marcin Kazmierczak, Piotr Kazmierczak, Anthony W Peng, Suzan L Harris, Prahar Shah, Jean-Luc Puel, Marc Lenoir, Santos J Franco, Martin Schwander
Mutations in the Pejvakin (PJVK) gene are thought to cause auditory neuropathy and hearing loss of cochlear origin by affecting noise-induced peroxisome proliferation in auditory hair cells and neurons. Here we demonstrate that loss of pejvakin in hair cells, but not in neurons, causes profound hearing loss and outer hair cell degeneration in mice. Pejvakin binds to and co-localizes with the rootlet component TRIOBP at the base of stereocilia in injectoporated hair cells, a pattern that is disrupted by deafness-associated PJVK mutations...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205242/one-way-or-another-iron-uptake-in-plants
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Huei-Hsuan Tsai, Wolfgang Schmidt
Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P), the latter taken up by plants as phosphate (Pi), are two essential nutrients that determine species distribution and often limit crop yield as a result of their low availability in most soils. Pi-deficient plants improve the interception of Pi by increasing the density of root hairs, thereby expanding the volume of soil to be explored. The increase in root hair frequency results mainly from attenuated primary root growth, a process that was shown to be dependent on the availability of external Fe...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202726/two-tonoplast-mate-proteins-function-as-turgor-regulating-chloride-channels-in-arabidopsis
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Haiwen Zhang, Fu-Geng Zhao, Ren-Jie Tang, Yuexuan Yu, Jiali Song, Yuan Wang, Legong Li, Sheng Luan
The central vacuole in a plant cell occupies the majority of the cellular volume and plays a key role in turgor regulation. The vacuolar membrane (tonoplast) contains a large number of transporters that mediate fluxes of solutes and water, thereby adjusting cell turgor in response to developmental and environmental signals. We report that two tonoplast Detoxification efflux carrier (DTX)/Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion (MATE) transporters, DTX33 and DTX35, function as chloride channels essential for turgor regulation in Arabidopsis Ectopic expression of each transporter in Nicotiana benthamiana mesophyll cells elicited a large voltage-dependent inward chloride current across the tonoplast, showing that DTX33 and DTX35 each constitute a functional channel...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202575/models-of-utricular-bouton-afferents-role-of-afferent-hair-cell-connectivity-in-determining-spike-train-regularity
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William R Holmes, Janice A Huwe, Barbara Williams, Michael H Rowe, Ellengene H Peterson
Vestibular bouton afferent terminals in turtle utricle can be categorized into four types depending on their location and terminal arbor structure: lateral extrastriolar (LES), striolar, juxtastriolar, and medial extrastriolar (MES). The terminal arbors of these afferents differ in surface area, total length, collecting area, number of boutons, number of bouton contacts per hair cell and axon diameter (Huwe et al. 2015). To understand how differences in terminal morphology and the resulting hair cell inputs might affect afferent response properties, we modeled representative afferents from each region, using reconstructed bouton afferents (Huwe et al...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202466/time-varying-auditory-gain-control-in-response-to-double-pulse-stimuli-in-harbour-porpoises-is-not-mediated-by-a-stapedial-reflex
#10
Asger Emil Munch Schrøder, Kristian Beedholm, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Echolocating animals reduce their output level and hearing sensitivity, presumably to stabilize the perceived echo intensity during target approaches. In bats this variation in hearing sensitivity is formed by a call-induced stapedial reflex that tapers off over time after the call. Here we test the hypothesis that a similar mechanism exists in toothed whales by subjecting a trained harbour porpoise to a series of double sound pulses varying in delay and frequency, while measuring the magnitudes of the evoked ABRs...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197104/angled-growth-of-the-dental-lamina-is-accompanied-by-asymmetrical-expression-of-the-wnt-pathway-receptor-frizzled-6
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Iveta Putnová, Hana Dosedělová, Vitezslav Bryja, Marie Landová, Marcela Buchtová, Jan Štembírek
Frizzled 6 (FZD6) belongs to a family of proteins that serve as receptors in the WNT signaling pathway. FZD6 plays an important role in the establishment of planar cell polarity in many embryonic processes such as convergent extension during gastrulation, neural tube closure, or hair patterning. Based on its role during hair development, we hypothesized that FZD6 may have similar expression pattern and function in the dental lamina, which is also a distinct epithelial protrusion growing characteristically angled into the mesenchyme...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196606/imaging-and-cell-count-in-cleared-intact-cochlea-in-the-mongolian-gerbil-using-laser-scanning-confocal-microscopy
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M Risoud, J Sircoglou, G Dedieu, M Tardivel, C Vincent, N-X Bonne
OBJECTIVES: To draw up a clearing protocol for Mongolian gerbil cochlea, and to assess the feasibility of quantifying and analyzing 3D cell architecture in the transparent cochleae. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Freshly dissected inner ears were prepared on a 13-day protocol: fixation, microdissection, post-fixation, decalcification, pretreatment (signal enhancement, permeabilization and blocking), fluorescent labeling (indirect immunolabeling and direct labeling), dehydration, clearing in Spalteholz solution (MSBB: methyl salicylate and benzyl benzoate) and mounting...
February 9, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196110/ethnic-variation-in-medical-and-lifestyle-risk-factors-for-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-a-case-control-study-among-israelis-and-palestinians
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Geffen Kleinstern, Rania Abu Seir, Riki Perlman, Areej Khatib, Ziad Abdeen, Husein Elyan, Ronit Nirel, Gail Amir, Asad Ramlawi, Fouad Sabatin, Paolo Boffetta, Eldad J Dann, Meirav Kedmi, Martin Ellis, Arnon Nagler, Dina Ben Yehuda, Ora Paltiel
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) have not been assessed among Palestinian Arabs (PA) and Israeli Jews (IJ). METHODS: In a case-control study we investigated self-reported medical and lifestyle exposures, reporting odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals [CIs], by ethnicity, for overall B-NHL and subtypes. RESULTS: We recruited 823 cases and 808 healthy controls. Among 307 PA/516 IJ B-NHL cases (mean age at diagnosis = 51 [±17] versus 60 [±15] years, respectively) subtype distributions differed, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) being prominent among PA (71%) compared to IJ (41%); follicular lymphoma (FL), was observed in 14% versus 28%, and marginal zone lymphoma, in 2% versus 14%, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195201/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-wild-derived-mice-generation-of-tamed-wild-derived-strains-by-mutation-of-the-a-nonagouti-gene
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Michiko Hirose, Ayumi Hasegawa, Keiji Mochida, Shogo Matoba, Yuki Hatanaka, Kimiko Inoue, Tatsuhiko Goto, Hideki Kaneda, Ikuko Yamada, Tamio Furuse, Kuniya Abe, Yoshihisa Uenoyama, Hiroko Tsukamura, Shigeharu Wakana, Arata Honda, Atsuo Ogura
Wild-derived mice have contributed to experimental mouse genetics by virtue of their genetic diversity, which may help increase the chance of identifying novel modifier genes responsible for specific phenotypes and diseases. However, gene targeting using wild-derived mice has been unsuccessful because of the unavailability of stable embryonic stem cells. Here, we report that CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene targeting can be applied to the Japanese wild-derived MSM/Ms strain (Mus musculus molossinus). We targeted the nonagouti (a) gene encoding the agouti protein that is localized in hair and the brain...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195101/trichoblastic-carcinoma-of-the-scalp-with-rippled-pattern
#15
Cem Leblebici, Dincer Altinel, Merdan Serin, Oguzhan Okcu, Sevgi Kurt Yazar
Trichoblastic carcinoma (TC) is a rare type of malignancy which is derived from the hair follicles. In this paper, we report a case with TC on the scalp characterized with rippled pattern. There have been reports of rippled pattern in trichoblastomas, sebaceomas, and basal cell carcinomas. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case in the literature to report a rippled pattern in TCs.
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194644/ionizing-radiation-blocks-hair-cell-regeneration-in-zebrafish-lateral-line-neuromasts-by-preventing-wnt-signaling
#16
Rong Li, Guixiang Liao, Guo Yin, Baiyao Wang, Miaohong Yan, Xiaoshan Lin, Wenqing Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Shasha Du, Yawei Yuan
Loss of hair cells occurs after radiotherapy, which is a major treatment modality for head and neck cancers. In the lateral line neuromasts of zebrafish, hair cells regenerate rapidly from supporting cells after damage from ototoxins. To investigate hair cell regeneration after radiation damage, zebrafish larvae were exposed to radiation, and hair cells were counted and cell proliferation was detected in neuromasts. After irradiation exposure, cell proliferation was inhibited in neuromasts and the number of supporting cells remained stable...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193694/different-cav1-3-channel-isoforms-control-distinct-components-of-the-synaptic-vesicle-cycle-in-auditory-inner-hair-cells
#17
Philippe Fy Vincent, Yohan Bouleau, Gilles Charpentier, Alice Emptoz, Saaid Safieddine, Christine Petit, Didier Dulon
The mechanisms orchestrating transient and sustained exocytosis in auditory inner hair cells (IHCs) remain largely unknown. These exocytotic responses are believed to mobilize sequentially a readily releasable pool of vesicles (RRP) underneath the synaptic ribbons and a slowly releasable pool of vesicles (SRP) at farther distance from them. They are both governed by Cav1.3 channels and require otoferlin as Ca(2+) sensor but whether they use the same Cav1.3 isoforms is still unknown. Using whole cell patch clamp recordings in post-hearing mice, we show that only a proportion (∼25 %) of the total Ca(2+) current in IHCs, displaying fast inactivation and resistance to 20 μM nifedipine, a L-type Ca(2+) channel blocker, is sufficient to trigger RRP but not SRP exocytosis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193226/hair-growth-promoting-effect-of-geranium-sibiricum-extract-in-human-dermal-papilla-cells-and-c57bl-6-mice
#18
William A Boisvert, Miri Yu, Youngbin Choi, Gi Hee Jeong, Yi-Lin Zhang, Sunghun Cho, Changsun Choi, Sanghyun Lee, Bog-Hieu Lee
BACKGROUND: Geranium sibiricum L. has been used as a medicinal plant to treat diarrhea, bacterial infection, and cancer in Bulgaria, Peru, and Korea. However, its hair growth-promoting effect was not investigated so far. This study examined the effects of Geranium sibiricum L. extract (GSE) on hair growth, using in vitro and in vivo models. METHODS: Antioxidant, proliferation and migration assay of GSE was performed with human dermal papilla cells (hDPCs). Hair-growth promoting effect was measured in animal model...
February 13, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192743/behavior-of-leucine-rich-repeat-containing-g-protein-coupled-receptor-5-expressing-cells-in-the-reprogramming-process
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Yuko Arioka, Hiroyasu Ito, Akihiro Hirata, Katsunori Semi, Yasuhiro Yamada, Mitsuru Seishima
It remains unclear what cells are proper for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5) is well known as a tissue stem cell and progenitor marker, both of which are reported to be sensitive to reprogramming. In the present study, we examined the reprogramming behavior of Lgr5-expressing cells (Lgr5+ cells). First, we compared reprogramming behavior using mouse Lgr5+ and Lgr5 negative (Lgr5-) hair follicles (HFs). The number of alkaline phosphatase staining-positive cells was lesser in a well of Lgr5+ HFs than in Lgr5- HFs; however, the ratio of Nanog+ SSEA1+ cells in the cell mixture derived from Lgr5+ HFs was much higher than that from Lgr5- HFs...
February 4, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192564/a-japanese-family-with-autosomal-dominant-oculocutaneous-albinism-type-4
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Ryoko Oki, Kisaburo Yamada, Satoko Nakano, Kenichi Kimoto, Ken Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Kondo, Toshiaki Kubota
Purpose: We report the clinical characteristics of a Japanese family with autosomal dominant oculocutaneous albinism and a SLC45A2 gene mutation. Methods: A total of 16 members of a Japanese family with general hypopigmentation and foveal hypoplasia underwent detailed clinical examinations. We evaluated the severity of foveal hypoplasia using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and graded it according to the criteria of Thomas et al. DNA was extracted from 17 family members and used for genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping and linkage analysis...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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