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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637347/mechanisms-underlying-the-long-term-survival-of-the-monocot-dracaena-marginata-under-drought-conditions
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Radek Jupa, Roman Plichta, Zuzana Paschová, Nadezhda Nadezhdina, Roman Gebauer
Efficient water management is essential for the survival of vascular plants under drought stress. While interrelations among drought stress, plant anatomy and physiological functions have been described in woody dicots, similar research is very limited for non-palm arborescent and shrubby monocots despite their generally high drought tolerance. In this study, potted transplants of Dracaena marginata Lam. in primary growth stage were exposed to several short- and long-term drought periods. Continuous measurements of sap flow and stem diameter, the evaluation of capacitance and leaf conductance, the quantification of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and organ-specific anatomical analyses were performed to reveal the mechanisms promoting plant resistance to limited soil moisture...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637327/effect-of-simvastatin-on-baboon-endometriosis
#2
Hugh S Taylor, Myles Alderman, Thomas M D'Hooghe, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Duleba J Antoni
Endometriosis, a common disorder affecting women of reproductive age is characterized by ectopic growth of the endometrial tissues, altered steroid hormone response and inflammation. Previous studies revealed that statins, selective inhibitors of the key step of mevalonate pathway, inhibit growth of endometrial stromal cells in vitro and reduce endometriotic lesions in murine models of endometriosis. This study evaluated the effects of simvastatin on the development of endometriosis in a baboon model of this disease...
June 16, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636946/ptbp2-controls-an-alternative-splicing-network-required-for-cell-communication-during-spermatogenesis
#3
Molly M Hannigan, Leah L Zagore, Donny D Licatalosi
Alternative splicing has essential roles in development. Remarkably, spermatogenic cells express more alternatively spliced RNAs compared to most whole tissues; however, regulation of these RNAs remains unclear. Here, we characterize the alternative splicing landscape during spermatogenesis and reveal an essential function for the RNA-binding protein Ptbp2 in this highly regulated developmental program. We found that Ptbp2 controls a network of genes involved in cell adhesion, migration, and polarity, suggesting that splicing regulation by Ptbp2 is critical for germ cell communication with Sertoli cells (multifunctional somatic cells necessary for spermatogenesis)...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636945/pkn1-directs-polarized-rab21-vesicle-trafficking-via-rph3a-and-is-important-for-neutrophil-adhesion-and-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#4
Qianying Yuan, Chunguang Ren, Wenwen Xu, Björn Petri, Jiasheng Zhang, Yong Zhang, Paul Kubes, Dianqing Wu, Wenwen Tang
Polarized vesicle transport plays an important role in cell polarization, but the mechanisms underlying this process and its role in innate immune responses are not well understood. Here, we describe a phosphorylation-regulated polarization mechanism that is important for neutrophil adhesion to endothelial cells during inflammatory responses. We show that the protein kinase PKN1 phosphorylates RPH3A, which enhances binding of RPH3A to guanosine triphosphate (GTP)-bound RAB21. These interactions are important for polarized localization of RAB21 and RPH3A in neutrophils, which leads to PIP5K1C90 polarization...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636654/characterization-of-human-fcrl4-positive-b-cells
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Michel Jourdan, Nicolas Robert, Maïlys Cren, Coraline Thibaut, Christophe Duperray, Alboukadel Kassambara, Michel Cogné, Karin Tarte, Bernard Klein, Jérôme Moreaux
FCRL4 is an immunoregulatory receptor that belongs to the Fc receptor-like (FCRL) family. In healthy individuals, FCRL4 is specifically expressed by memory B cells (MBCs) localized in sub-epithelial regions of lymphoid tissues. Expansion of FCRL4+ B cells has been observed in blood and other tissues in various infectious and autoimmune disorders. Currently, the mechanisms involved in pathological FCRL4+ B cell generation are actively studied, but they remain elusive. As in vivo FCRL4+ cells are difficult to access and to isolate, here we developed a culture system to generate in vitro FCRL4+ B cells from purified MBCs upon stimulation with soluble CD40 ligand and/or CpG DNA to mimic T-cell dependent and/or T-cell independent activation, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636266/marap2-4-a-waterlogging-responsive-erf-from-mentha-regulates-bidirectional-sugar-transporter-atsweet10-to-modulate-stress-response-in-arabidopsis
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Ujjal J Phukan, Gajendra Singh Jeena, Vineeta Tripathi, Rakesh Kumar Shukla
As waterlogging and successive events severely influence growth and development of economically important plants, we attempted to characterize the role of a waterlogging-responsive Group I (A-6) Ethylene response factor (MaRAP2-4) from Mentha arvensis. Waterlogging, ethylene and Methyl jasmonate rapidly induced the expression of MaRAP2-4. MaRAP2-4 interacted with multiple cis-elements like Dehydration response elements (DRE1/2), Anoxia/Jasmonic acid response element (JARE) and GCC box showing its involvement in multiple responses...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
#7
Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636088/multicompartment-drug-release-system-for-dynamic-modulation-of-tissue-responses
#8
Aaron H Morris, Rajwant S Mahal, Jillian Udell, Michelle Wu, Themis R Kyriakides
Pharmacological modulation of responses to injury is complicated by the need to deliver multiple drugs with spatiotemporal resolution. Here, a novel controlled delivery system containing three separate compartments with each releasing its contents over different timescales is fabricated. Core-shell electrospun fibers create two of the compartments in the system, while electrosprayed spheres create the third. Utility is demonstrated by targeting the foreign body response to implants because it is a dynamic process resulting in implant failure...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635632/glucose-and-lipid-dysmetabolism-in-a-rat-model-of-prediabetes-induced-by-a-high-sucrose-diet
#9
Ana Burgeiro, Manuela G Cerqueira, Bárbara M Varela-Rodríguez, Sara Nunes, Paula Neto, Frederico C Pereira, Flávio Reis, Eugénia Carvalho
Glucotoxicity and lipotoxicity are key features of type 2 diabetes mellitus, but their molecular nature during the early stages of the disease remains to be elucidated. We aimed to characterize glucose and lipid metabolism in insulin-target organs (liver, skeletal muscle, and white adipose tissue) in a rat model treated with a high-sucrose (HSu) diet. Two groups of 16-week-old male Wistar rats underwent a 9-week protocol: HSu diet (n = 10)-received 35% of sucrose in drinking water; Control (n = 12)-received vehicle (water)...
June 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635562/nanoformulated-natural-therapeutics-for-management-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-potential-use-of-curcumin-nanoformulation
#10
Yousra M El-Far, Mahmoud M Zakaria, Mahmoud M Gabr, Amal M El Gayar, Laila A Eissa, Ibrahim M El-Sherbiny
AIM: The goal of this study was to improve curcumin (CUR) aqueous solubility and bioavailability via nanoformulation, and then study its activity and mechanism of action as an antidiabetic agent. METHODS: CUR-loaded pluronic nanomicelles (CURnp) were prepared and characterized. Biochemical assessments were performed as well as histological, confocal and RTPCR studies on pancreatic target tissues. RESULTS: CURnp with a diameter of 333 ± 6 nm and ζ potential of -26...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635403/psychomotor-skills-assessment-by-motion-analysis-in-minimally-invasive-surgery-on-an-animal-organ
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Erlend Fagertun Hofstad, Cecilie Våpenstad, Lars Eirik Bø, Thomas Langø, Esther Kuhry, Ronald Mårvik
BACKGROUND: A high level of psychomotor skills is required to perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS) safely. To be able to measure these skills is important in the assessment of surgeons, as it enables constructive feedback during training. The aim of this study was to test the validity of an objective and automatic assessment method using motion analysis during a laparoscopic procedure on an animal organ. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Experienced surgeons in laparoscopy (experts) and medical students (novices) performed a cholecystectomy on a porcine liver box model...
February 8, 2017: Minimally Invasive Therapy & Allied Technologies: MITAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635259/a-delivery-system-targeting-haemagglutinin-of-influenza-virus-a-to-facilitate-antisense-based-anti-h1n1-therapy
#12
Xiaoran Ding, Jing Yang, Dandan Lu, Qingjun Li, Zhaoyan Zhang, Zhe Zhou, Shengqi Wang
Antisense oligonucleotides (ODNs) are therapeutic molecules that hybridize to complementary target mRNA sequences. To further overcome the poor cellular uptake of ODNs, we proposed a novel strategy to deliver ODNs by conjugating the anti-influenza A virus (IAV) ODN with a peptide showing high affinity to the haemagglutinin (HA) on the surface of IAV particles or the IAV infected host cells. The HA-specific binding peptides were selected by phage display and the individual binding clones are characterized by DNA sequencing, and the selected phage was further assayed by ELISA...
June 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635081/understanding-and-improving-photo-control-of-ion-channels-in-nociceptors-with-azobenzene-photoswitches
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Alexandre Mourot, Christian Herold, Michael A Kienzler, Richard H Kramer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We previously developed a photoisomerizable local anaesthetic, named QAQ, to gain rapid, optical control over pain signaling without involving genetic modification. In darkness or in green light, trans-QAQ blocks voltage-gated K(+) and Na(+) channels and silences action potentials in pain-sensing neurons. Upon photoisomerization to cis with near UV light, QAQ blockade is rapidly relieved and neuronal activity is restored. However, the molecular mechanism of cis and trans QAQ blockade is not known...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634819/establishment-of-a-tagged-variant-of-lgr4-receptor-suitable-for-functional-and-expression-studies-in-the-mouse
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Vitezslav Kriz, Michaela Krausova, Petra Buresova, Jan Dobes, Dusan Hrckulak, Olga Babosova, Jiri Svec, Vladimir Korinek
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 4 (LGR4) is produced in a broad spectrum of mouse embryonic and adult tissues and its deficiency results in embryonal or perinatal lethality. The LGR4 function was mainly related to its potentiation of canonical Wnt signaling; however, several recent studies associate LGR4 with additional signaling pathways. To obtain a suitable tool for studying the signaling properties of Lgr4, we generated a tagged variant of the Lgr4 receptor using gene targeting in the mouse oocyte...
June 20, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634789/detection-and-grading-of-prostate-cancer-using-temporal-enhanced-ultrasound-combining-deep-neural-networks-and-tissue-mimicking-simulations
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Shekoofeh Azizi, Sharareh Bayat, Pingkun Yan, Amir Tahmasebi, Guy Nir, Jin Tae Kwak, Sheng Xu, Storey Wilson, Kenneth A Iczkowski, M Scott Lucia, Larry Goldenberg, Septimiu E Salcudean, Peter A Pinto, Bradford Wood, Purang Abolmaesumi, Parvin Mousavi
PURPOSE  : Temporal Enhanced Ultrasound (TeUS) has been proposed as a new paradigm for tissue characterization based on a sequence of ultrasound radio frequency (RF) data. We previously used TeUS to successfully address the problem of prostate cancer detection in the fusion biopsies. METHODS  : In this paper, we use TeUS to address the problem of grading prostate cancer in a clinical study of 197 biopsy cores from 132 patients. Our method involves capturing high-level latent features of TeUS with a deep learning approach followed by distribution learning to cluster aggressive cancer in a biopsy core...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634719/a-sugarcane-pathogenesis-related-protein-scpr10-plays-a-positive-role-in-defense-responses-under-sporisorium-scitamineum-srmv-sa-and-meja-stresses
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Qiong Peng, Yachun Su, Hui Ling, Waqar Ahmad, Shiwu Gao, Jinlong Guo, Youxiong Que, Liping Xu
A pathogenesis-related gene, ScPR10 , was isolated from sugarcane and its bio-function was characterized, demonstrating that ScPR10 was involved in plant defense responses to Sporisorium scitamineum , SrMV, SA, and MeJA stresses. Plant fungal and viral diseases are the major concerns in sugarcane industry. Many anti-fungal and antivirus components, including pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins, have been identified. The pathogenesis-related protein 10 (PR10) is the dominant group in PR families, involved in the plant defense mechanism...
June 20, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634560/atypical-lipomatous-tumor-well-differentiated-liposarcoma-developed-in-a-patient-with-progressive-muscular-dystrophy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Ryo Miyagi, Toshihiko Nishisho, Shinjiro Takata, Yoshimitsu Shimatani, Shunichi Toki, Koichi Sairyo
BACKGROUND: Atypical lipomatous tumor/well-differentiated liposarcoma (ALT/WDLS) is an intermediate or locally aggressive form of adipocytic soft tissue sarcoma. Muscular dystrophy (MD) is characterized by progressive muscle atrophy and its replacement by adipose and fibrous tissue. Recently, some authors have reported that MD genes are related to neoplastic formation, but there have been no detailed clinical reports of ALT associated with MD. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old woman with a diagnosis of limb-girdle MD visited our department for recurrence of a huge tumor in her left thigh...
2017: Case Reports in Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634474/different-dynamic-distribution-in-chickens-and-ducks-of-the-hypervirulent-novel-genotype-fowl-adenovirus-serotype-4-recently-emerged-in-china
#18
Qing Pan, Yanchao Yang, Zhibin Shi, Linlin Liu, Yulong Gao, Xiaole Qi, Changjun Liu, Yanping Zhang, Hongyu Cui, Xiaomei Wang
A hypervirulent fowl adenovirus serotype 4 (FAdV-4) has caused hepatitis-hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) with mortalities that range from 30 to 80% in outbreaks across China since 2015. The FAdV-4 strain was characterized as a novel genotype based on the specific genome characteristics. However, our understanding of the dynamic distribution, tissue tropism, and pathogenesis of the novel FAdV-4 is incomplete. In this study, a new, sensitive and FAdV-4-specific real-time PCR was developed and applied to detect the dynamic distribution of the duck origin, novel FAdV-4 strain HLJDAd15 in experimentally infected special-pathogen free (SPF) chickens and ducks...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634418/long-noncoding-rnas-as-biomarkers-in-cancer
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Luka Bolha, Metka Ravnik-Glavač, Damjan Glavač
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a relatively well-characterized class of noncoding RNA (ncRNA) molecules, involved in the regulation of various cell processes, including transcription, intracellular trafficking, and chromosome remodeling. Their deregulation has been associated with the development and progression of various cancer types, the fact which makes them suitable as biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and prognosis. In recent years, detection of cancer-associated lncRNAs in body fluids of cancer patients has proven itself as an especially valuable method to effectively diagnose cancer...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634372/dna-methylation-changes-in-endometrium-and-correlation-with-gene-expression-during-the-transition-from-pre-receptive-to-receptive-phase
#20
Viktorija Kukushkina, Vijayachitra Modhukur, Marina Suhorutšenko, Maire Peters, Reedik Mägi, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Agne Velthut-Meikas, Signe Altmäe, Francisco J Esteban, Jaak Vilo, Krina Zondervan, Andres Salumets, Triin Laisk-Podar
The inner uterine lining (endometrium) is a unique tissue going through remarkable changes each menstrual cycle. Endometrium has its characteristic DNA methylation profile, although not much is known about the endometrial methylome changes throughout the menstrual cycle. The impact of methylome changes on gene expression and thereby on the function of the tissue, including establishing receptivity to implanting embryo, is also unclear. Therefore, this study used genome-wide technologies to characterize the methylome and the correlation between DNA methylation and gene expression in endometrial biopsies collected from 17 healthy fertile-aged women from pre-receptive and receptive phase within one menstrual cycle...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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