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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786554/a-human-ipsc-line-capable-of-differentiating-into-functional-macrophages-expressing-zsgreen-a-tool-for-the-study-and-in-vivo-tracking-of-therapeutic-cells
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Martha Lopez-Yrigoyen, Antonella Fidanza, Luca Cassetta, Richard A Axton, A Helen Taylor, Jose Meseguer-Ripolles, Anestis Tsakiridis, Valerie Wilson, David C Hay, Jeffrey W Pollard, Lesley M Forrester
We describe the production of a human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line, SFCi55-ZsGr, that has been engineered to express the fluorescent reporter gene, ZsGreen, in a constitutive manner. The CAG-driven ZsGreen expression cassette was inserted into the AAVS1 locus and a high level of expression was observed in undifferentiated iPSCs and in cell lineages derived from all three germ layers including haematopoietic cells, hepatocytes and neurons. We demonstrate efficient production of terminally differentiated macrophages from the SFCi55-ZsGreen iPSC line and show that they are indistinguishable from those generated from their parental SFCi55 iPSC line in terms of gene expression, cell surface marker expression and phagocytic activity...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786147/timing-and-frequency-of-sublethal-exposure-modifies-the-induction-and-retention-of-increased-insecticide-tolerance-in-wood-frogs-lithobates-sylvaticus
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Devin K Jones, Erika K Yates, Brian M Mattes, William D Hintz, Matthew S Schuler, Rick A Relyea
While the paradigm for increased tolerance to pesticides has been by selection on constitutive (naïve) traits, recent research has shown it can also occur through phenotypic plasticity. However, the time period in which induction can occur, the duration of induced tolerance, and the influence of multiple induction events remain unknown. We hypothesized that the induction of increased pesticide tolerance is limited to early sensitive periods, the magnitude of induced tolerance depends on the number of exposures, and the retention of induced tolerance depends on the time elapsed after an exposure and the number of exposures...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785777/paradoxical-effect-of-baclofen-on-social-behavior-in-the-fragile-x-syndrome-mouse-model
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Shimriet Zeidler, Andreea S Pop, Israa A Jaafar, Helen de Boer, Ronald A M Buijsen, Celine E F de Esch, Ingeborg Nieuwenhuizen-Bakker, Renate K Hukema, Rob Willemsen
INTRODUCTION: Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common monogenetic cause of intellectual disability, autism spectrum features, and a broad range of other psychiatric and medical problems. FXS is caused by the lack of the fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP), a translational regulator of specific mRNAs at the postsynaptic compartment. The absence of FMRP leads to aberrant synaptic plasticity, which is believed to be caused by an imbalance in excitatory and inhibitory network functioning of the synapse...
April 26, 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785541/new-observations-in-tumor-cell-plasticity-mutational-profiling-in-a-case-of-metastatic-melanoma-with-biphasic-sarcomatoid-transdifferentiation
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Niels J Rupp, Markus Rechsteiner, Sandra N Freiberger, Daniela Lenggenhager, Mirjana Urosevic, Irene A Burger, Elisabeth J Rushing, Daniela Mihic-Probst
We describe a highly unusual case of metastatic melanoma in a 61-year-old female that manifested as a single groin lymph node metastasis accompanied by two distinct, subcutaneous sarcomatoid tumors on the same leg, without evidence of a primary tumor. Characterization encompassed extensive immunohistochemical staining as well as next-generation sequencing (NGS). The lymph node metastasis showed obvious features of melanoma. The two subcutaneous lesions, however, were morphologically and immunohistochemically consistent with high-grade myxofibrosarcoma and soft tissue mixed tumor, respectively...
May 21, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784817/topography-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-plasticity
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Francesc Font-Clos, Stefano Zapperi, Caterina A M La Porta
The transition between epithelial and mesenchymal states has fundamental importance for embryonic development, stem cell reprogramming, and cancer progression. Here, we construct a topographic map underlying epithelial-mesenchymal transitions using a combination of numerical simulations of a Boolean network model and the analysis of bulk and single-cell gene expression data. The map reveals a multitude of metastable hybrid phenotypic states, separating stable epithelial and mesenchymal states, and is reminiscent of the free energy measured in glassy materials and disordered solids...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783061/enhanced-extinction-of-aversive-memories-in-mice-lacking-sparc-related-protein-containing-immunoglobulin-domains-1-spig1-fstl4
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Ryoko Suzuki, Akihiro Fujikawa, Yukio Komatsu, Kazuya Kuboyama, Naomi Tanga, Masaharu Noda
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an important role in synaptic plasticity related to learning and memory. We previously reported that SPARC-related protein-containing immunoglobulin domains 1 (SPIG1, also known as Follistatin-like protein 4, FSTL4) binds to pro-BDNF and negatively regulates BDNF maturation; however, its neurological functions, particularly in learning and memory, have not yet been elucidated. We herein examined the electrophysiological and behavioral phenotypes of Spig1-knockout (Spig1-KO) mice...
May 18, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782541/an-unappreciated-role-for-neutrophil-dc-hybrids-in-immunity-to-invasive-fungal-infections
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J Scott Fites, Michael Gui, John F Kernien, Paige Negoro, Zeina Dagher, David B Sykes, Jeniel E Nett, Michael K Mansour, Bruce S Klein
Neutrophils are classically defined as terminally differentiated, short-lived cells; however, neutrophils can be long-lived with phenotypic plasticity. During inflammation, a subset of neutrophils transdifferentiate into a population called neutrophil-DC hybrids (PMN-DCs) having properties of both neutrophils and dendritic cells. While these cells ubiquitously appear during inflammation, the role of PMN-DCs in disease remains poorly understood. We observed the differentiation of PMN-DCs in pre-clinical murine models of fungal infection: blastomycosis, aspergillosis and candidiasis...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782499/tgf%C3%AE-signaling-limits-lineage-plasticity-in-prostate-cancer
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Yi Hao, Glen A Bjerke, Karolina Pietrzak, Tiffany A Melhuish, Yu Han, Stephen D Turner, Henry F Frierson, David Wotton
Although treatment options for localized prostate cancer (CaP) are initially effective, the five-year survival for metastatic CaP is below 30%. Mutation or deletion of the PTEN tumor suppressor is a frequent event in metastatic CaP, and inactivation of the transforming growth factor (TGF) ß signaling pathway is associated with more advanced disease. We previously demonstrated that mouse models of CaP based on inactivation of Pten and the TGFß type II receptor (Tgfbr2) rapidly become invasive and metastatic...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781411/phenotypic-plasticity-in-clutch-size-regulation-among-populations-of-a-potential-invasive-fruit-fly-from-environments-that-vary-in-host-heterogeneity-and-isolation
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M Aluja, A Birke, F Díaz-Fleischer, J Rull
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to evolve in response to environmental unpredictability and can shield genotypes from selection. However, selection can also act on plastic traits. Egg-laying behaviour, including clutch size regulation, is a plastic behavioural trait among tephritid fruit flies. We compared plasticity in clutch size regulation among females of Anastrepha ludens populations stemming from environments that differed in the degree of predictability in egg-laying opportunities. Clutch size regulation in response to hosts of different sizes was compared among flies from (a) a wild, highly isolated population, (b) a wild population that switches seasonally from a small wild host fruit that varies greatly in abundance to an abundant large-sized commercial host, and (c) a laboratory population...
May 21, 2018: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778974/metabolic-plasticity-during-transition-to-na%C3%A3-ve-like-pluripotency-in-canine-embryo-derived-stem-cells
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I C Tobias, R R Isaac, J G Dierolf, R Khazaee, R C Cumming, D H Betts
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have been described in naïve or primed pluripotent states. Domestic dogs are useful translational models in regenerative medicine, but their embryonic stem cells (cESCs) remain narrowly investigated. Primed-like cESCs expanded in the presence of leukemia inhibitory factor and fibroblast growth factor 2 (LIF-FGF2) acquire features of naïve pluripotency when exposed to chemical inhibitors and LIF (2iL). However, proliferation of cESCs is influenced by the pluripotent state and is comparatively slower than human or mouse PSCs...
May 16, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778911/exposure-to-diethylhexyl-phthalate-dehp-and-monoethylhexyl-phthalate-mehp-promotes-the-loss-of-alveolar-epithelial-phenotype-of-a549-cells
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L Rafael-Vázquez, García-Trejo Semiramis, O G Aztatzi-Aguilar, B Bazán-Perkins, B Quintanilla-Vega
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a widely used plasticizer that is metabolized to mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP). Inhalation is an important exposure route for both phthalates, and their effects on lungs include inflammation, alteration of postnatal maturation (alveolarization), enlarged airspaces and cell differentiation changes, suggesting that alveolar epithelial cells-2 (AEC) are targets of phthalates. This study evaluated the cell progression, epithelial and mesenchymal markers, including surfactant secretion in A549 cells (AEC) that were exposed to DEHP (1-100 µM) or MEHP (1-50 µM) for 24-72 h...
May 17, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778791/evolutionary-transitions-in-controls-reconcile-adaptation-with-continuity-of-evolution
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REVIEW
Alexander V Badyaev
Evolution proceeds by accumulating functional solutions, necessarily forming an uninterrupted lineage from past solutions of ancestors to the current design of extant forms. At the population level, this process requires an organismal architecture in which the maintenance of local adaptation does not preclude the ability to innovate in the same traits and their continuous evolution. Representing complex traits as networks enables us to visualize a fundamental principle that resolves tension between adaptation and continuous evolution: phenotypic states encompassing adaptations traverse the continuous multi-layered landscape of past physical, developmental and functional associations among traits...
May 17, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778759/to-adapt-or-not-to-adapt-consequences-of-declining-adaptive-homeostasis-and-proteostasis-with-age
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REVIEW
Laura C D Pomatto, Patrick Y Sun, Kelvin J A Davies
Many consequences of ageing can be broadly attributed to the inability to maintain homeostasis. Multiple markers of ageing have been identified, including loss of protein homeostasis, increased inflammation, and declining metabolism. Although much effort has been focused on characterization of the ageing phenotype, much less is understood about the underlying causes of ageing. To address this gap, we outline the age-associated consequences of dysregulation of 'Adaptive Homeostasis' and its proposed contributing role as an accelerator of the ageing phenotype...
May 17, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774202/loss-of-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-1-in-the-context-of-brachyury-mediated-phenotypic-plasticity-drives-tumor-resistance-to-immune-attack
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Duane H Hamilton, Kristen K McCampbell, Claudia Palena
The acquisition of mesenchymal features by carcinoma cells is now recognized as a driver of metastasis and tumor resistance to a range of anticancer therapeutics, including chemotherapy, radiation, and certain small-molecule targeted therapies. With the recent successful implementation of immunotherapies for the treatment of various types of cancer, there is growing interest in understanding whether an immunological approach could be effective at eradicating carcinoma cells bearing mesenchymal features. Recent studies, however, demonstrated that carcinoma cells that have acquired mesenchymal features may also exhibit decreased susceptibility to lysis mediated by immune effector cells, including antigen-specific CD8+ T cells, innate natural killer (NK), and lymphokine-activated killer (LAK) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774036/the-pattern-and-distribution-of-induced-mutations-in-j-curcas-using-reduced-representation-sequencing
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Fatemeh Maghuly, Stephan Pabinger, Julie Krainer, Margit Laimer
Mutagenesis in combination with Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) is a powerful tool for introducing variation, studying gene function and identifying causal mutations underlying phenotypes of interest in crop plant genomes. About 400 million paired-end reads were obtained from 82 ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) induced mutants and 14 wild-type accessions of Jatropha curcas for the detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Insertion/Deletions (InDels) by two different approaches (nGBS and ddGBS) on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773745/prospects-for-harnessing-biocide-resistance-for-bioremediation-and-detoxification
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REVIEW
Siavash Atashgahi, Irene Sánchez-Andrea, Hermann J Heipieper, Jan R van der Meer, Alfons J M Stams, Hauke Smidt
Prokaryotes in natural environments respond rapidly to high concentrations of chemicals and physical stresses. Exposure to anthropogenic toxic substances-such as oil, chlorinated solvents, or antibiotics-favors the evolution of resistant phenotypes, some of which can use contaminants as an exclusive carbon source or as electron donors and acceptors. Microorganisms similarly adapt to extreme pH, metal, or osmotic stress. The metabolic plasticity of prokaryotes can thus be harnessed for bioremediation and can be exploited in a variety of ways, ranging from stimulated natural attenuation to bioaugmentation and from wastewater treatment to habitat restoration...
May 18, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773648/ten-eleven-translocation-2-demethylates-the-mmp9-promoter-and-its-down-regulation-in-preeclampsia-impairs-trophoblast-migration-and-invasion
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Xiaoliang Li, Chunlian Wu, Ying Shen, Ke Wang, Li Tang, Mi Zhou, Ming Yang, Tianying Pan, Xinghui Liu, Wenming Xu
Preeclampsia is the most common clinical disorder in pregnancy and might result from disordered uterine environments caused by epigenetic modifications, including deregulation of DNA methylation/demethylation. Recent research has indicated that 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), a DNA base derived from 5-methylcytosine (5mC) via oxidation by ten-eleven translocation (TET) enzymes, is involved in DNA methylation-related plasticity. Here, we report that TET2 expression and 5hmC abundance are significantly altered in the placentas from preeclampsia patients...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771935/cell-iron-status-influences-macrophage-polarization
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Rafiou Agoro, Meriem Taleb, Valerie F J Quesniaux, Catherine Mura
Macrophages play crucial roles in innate immune response and in the priming of adaptive immunity, and are characterized by their phenotypic heterogeneity and plasticity. Reprogramming intracellular metabolism in response to microenvironmental signals is required for M1/M2 macrophage polarization and function. Here we assessed the influence of iron on the polarization of the immune response in vivo and in vitro. Iron-enriched diet increased M2 marker Arg1 and Ym1 expression in liver and peritoneal macrophages, while iron deficiency decreased Arg1 expression...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771639/hic-5-expression-is-a-major-indicator-of-cancer-cell-morphology-migration-and-plasticity-in-three-dimensional-matrices
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Anushree C Gulvady, Fatemeh Dubois, Nicholas O Deakin, Gregory J Goreczny, Christopher E Turner
The focal adhesion proteins, Hic-5 and Paxillin have been previously identified as key regulators of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell migration and morphologic mesenchymal-amoeboid plasticity in three-dimensional extracellular matrices. However, their respective roles in other cancer cell types has not been evaluated. Herein, utilizing 3D cell-derived matrices and fibronectin-coated 1D substrates, we show that across a variety of cancer cell lines, the level of Hic-5 expression serves as the major indicator of the cells primary morphology, plasticity and in vitro invasiveness...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770865/the-agrobacterium-phenotypic-plasticity-plast-genes
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Léon Otten
The transfer of T-DNA sequences from Agrobacterium to plant cells is a well-understood process of natural genetic engineering. The expression of T-DNA genes in plants leads to tumors, hairy roots, or transgenic plants. The transformed cells multiply and synthesize small molecules, called opines, used by Agrobacteria for their growth. Several T-DNA genes stimulate or influence plant growth. Among these, iaaH and iaaM encode proteins involved in auxin synthesis, whereas ipt encodes a protein involved in cytokinin synthesis...
May 17, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
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