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Stephany M Biello, David R Bonsall, Lynsey A Atkinson, Penny C Molyneux, Mary E Harrington, Gurprit S Lall
Robust physiological circadian rhythms form an integral part of well-being. The aging process has been found to negatively impact systems that drive circadian physiology, typically manifesting as symptoms associated with abnormal/disrupted sleeping patterns. Here, we investigated the age-related decline in light-driven circadian entrainment in male C57BL/6J mice. We compared light-driven resetting of circadian behavioral activity in young (1-2 months) and old (14-18 months) mice and explored alterations in the glutamatergic pathway at the level of the circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN)...
February 20, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Jihwan Myung, Christoph Schmal, Sungho Hong, Yoshiaki Tsukizawa, Pia Rose, Yong Zhang, Michael J Holtzman, Erik De Schutter, Hanspeter Herzel, Grigory Bordyugov, Toru Takumi
Mammalian circadian clocks have a hierarchical organization, governed by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothalamus. The brain itself contains multiple loci that maintain autonomous circadian rhythmicity, but the contribution of the non-SCN clocks to this hierarchy remains unclear. We examine circadian oscillations of clock gene expression in various brain loci and discovered that in mouse, robust, higher amplitude, relatively faster oscillations occur in the choroid plexus (CP) compared to the SCN...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Jodi R Paul, Hira A Munir, Thomas van Groen, Karen L Gamble
Disruption of circadian rhythms is commonly reported in individuals with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurons in the primary circadian pacemaker, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), exhibit daily rhythms in spontaneous neuronal activity which are important for maintaining circadian behavioral rhythms. Disruption of SCN neuronal activity has been reported in animal models of other neurodegenerative disorders; however, the effect of AD on SCN neurophysiology remains unknown. In this study we examined circadian behavioral and electrophysiological changes in a mouse model of AD, using male mice from the Tg-SwDI line which expresses human amyloid precursor protein with the familial Swedish (K670N/M671L), Dutch (E693Q), Iowa (D694N) mutations...
March 11, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
Claudia Laperchia, Yuan-Zhong Xu, Dieudonné Mumba Ngoyi, Tiziana Cotrufo, Marina Bentivoglio
Neuron populations of the lateral hypothalamus which synthesize the orexin (OX)/hypocretin or melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) peptides play crucial, reciprocal roles in regulating wake stability and sleep. The disease human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), also called sleeping sickness, caused by extracellular Trypanosoma brucei ( T. b .) parasites, leads to characteristic sleep-wake cycle disruption and narcoleptic-like alterations of the sleep structure. Previous studies have revealed damage of OX and MCH neurons during systemic infection of laboratory rodents with the non-human pathogenic T...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Pei-Lin Lee, Kun-Hsien Chou, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Hsiu-Ling Chen, Nai-Wen Tsai, Ai-Ling Hsu, Meng-Hsiang Chen, Wei-Che Lin, Ching-Po Lin
OBJECTIVES: To identify disease-related spatial covariance patterns of grey matter volume as an aid in the classification of Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: Seventy structural covariance networks (SCNs) based on grey matter volume covariance patterns were defined using independent component analysis with T1-weighted structural MRI scans (discovery sample, 70 PD patients and 70 healthy controls). An image-based classifier was constructed from SCNs using a multiple logistic regression analysis with a leave-one-out cross-validation-based feature selection scheme...
March 12, 2018: European Radiology
Francesca Fioredda
The inherited form of Severe Chronic Neutropenia called Severe Congenital Neutropenia (SCN) is an intrinsic defect of neutrophils maturation. SCN affected patients are at risk to develop lethal in-fections and to transform into myelodisplasia (MDS) and/or acute laeukemia(AL). Use of Granulocyte-Colony-Stimulating Factor (G-CSF) has significantly improved the prognosis of affected patients, but the only definitive cure for the disease is Haematopoietic Stem Cell Trans-plantation (HSCT). Overall Survival of SCN patients has been assessed at around 85% after 3 years from transplantation ...
March 8, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Marisa Koini, Marco Duering, Benno G Gesierich, Serge A R B Rombouts, Stefan Ropele, Fabian Wagner, Christian Enzinger, Reinhold Schmidt
Loss of grey-matter volume with advancing age affects the entire cortex. It has been suggested that atrophy occurs in a network-dependent manner with advancing age rather than in independent brain areas. The relationship between networks of structural covariance (SCN) disintegration and cognitive functioning during normal aging is not fully explored. We, therefore, aimed to (1) identify networks that lose GM integrity with advancing age, (2) investigate if age-related impairment of integrity in GM networks associates with cognitive function and decreasing fine motor skills (FMS), and (3) examine if GM disintegration is a mediator between age and cognition and FMS...
March 6, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Casey L Ruark, Michael Gardner, Melissa G Mitchum, Eric L Davis, Tim L Sit
The study of invertebrate-and particularly nematode-viruses is emerging with the advancement of transcriptome sequencing. Five single-stranded RNA viruses have now been confirmed within the economically important soybean cyst nematode (SCN; Heterodera glycines). From previous research, we know these viruses to be widespread in greenhouse and field populations of SCN. Several of the SCN viruses were also confirmed within clover (H. trifolii) and beet (H. schachtii) cyst nematodes. In the presented study, we sequenced the transcriptomes of several inbred SCN populations and identified two previously undiscovered viral-like genomes...
2018: PloS One
Hyeonseung Hwang, Jeong-Sik Yu, Eun-Suk Cho, Joo Hee Kim, Jae-Joon Chung
Our purpose was to assess the endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) features of serous cystic neoplasms (SCNs) of the pancreas in determining the surgical removal compared with computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features. For 33 consecutive patients with 34 surgically confirmed SCNs over the past 11 years, preoperative EUS features were compared with those of CT and MRI (CT&MRI). Besides the lesion size and location, a retrospective analysis of the various imaging features was performed by 2 observers to understand the characteristics that determine the need for surgical intervention in terms of multiplicity of locules, calcification, mural thickening, mural nodules, ductal communication, and main pancreatic duct dilatation in addition to the gross morphologic type: microcystic, macrocystic (>1 cm), mixed, or solid...
March 5, 2018: Ultrasound Quarterly
Harald Below, Romy Baguhl, Wiebke Geßner, Axel Kramer, Elke Below, Heike Kahlert, Alexander Welk
The enzymatic system in saliva, consisting of salivary peroxidase (SPO), hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), and thiocyanate (SCN- ), produces hypothiocyanite (OSCN- ) as a high effective antibacterial compound. OSCN- is of great importance for the natural non-specific antibacterial resistance in the oral cavity. However, no analytical method currently exists to selectively quantify OSCN- in saliva samples. A robust and specific analytical method for the determination of OSCN- was developed based on ion chromatography with combined UV and electrochemical detection...
March 5, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Marek Pruszynski, Matthias D'Huyvetter, Frank Bruchertseifer, Alfred Morgenstern, Tony Lahoutte
Human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2) is overexpressed in numerous carcinomas. Nanobodies (Nbs) are the smallest antibody-derived fragments with beneficial characteristics for molecular imaging and radionuclide therapy. Therefore, HER2-targeting nanobodies could offer a valuable platform for radioimmunotherapy, especially when labeled with α-particle emitters, which provide highly lethal and localized radiation to targeted cells with minimal exposure to surrounding healthy tissues. In this study, the anti-HER2 2Rs15d-nanobody was conjugated with 2-(4-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid ( p-SCN-Bn-DOTA) and radiolabeled with an α-emitter225 Ac with a high yield (>90%) and a radiochemical purity above 95%...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Chiara Tesoriero, Yuan-Zhong Xu, Dieudonné Mumba Ngoyi, Marina Bentivoglio
Trypanosoma brucei ( T. b. ) gambiense is the parasite subspecies responsible for most reported cases of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness. This severe infection leads to characteristic disruption of the sleep-wake cycle, recalling attention on the circadian timing system. Most animal models of the disease have been hitherto based on infection of laboratory rodents with the T. b. brucei subspecies, which is not infectious to humans. In these animal models, functional, rather than structural, alterations of the master circadian pacemaker, the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), have been reported...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Oren Froy, Marta Garaulet
Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of illnesses, such as insulin resistance and hypertension and has become a serious public health problem. Mammals have developed a circadian clock located in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) that responds to the environmental light-dark cycle. Clocks similar to the one located in the SCN are found in peripheral tissues, such as the kidney, liver and adipose tissue. The circadian clock regulates metabolism and energy homeostasis in peripheral tissues by mediating activity and/or expression of key metabolic enzymes and transport systems...
February 27, 2018: Endocrine Reviews
Elisa Jiménez, Nicolás Valls, Patricio Astudillo, Cristian Valls, Gabriel Cavada, Alejandra Sandoval, Angélica Alegría, Gabriela Ortega, Daniela Núñez, Patricia Mena
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics (ATB) are drugs widely used in hospitalized newborns. The indiscriminate use of ATBs promote the rise of resistant bacteria to the most commonly indicated antimicrobials. In addition, ATB prescription presents associations to morbidity, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotizing enterocolitis, late sepsis and even death. All of the above leads to an increase in health care costs. AIM: To record and to evaluate trends of antibiotic use over time in hospitalized NB in the Neonatology Unit at Dr...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
Wen-Bin Chen, Yan-Cong Chen, Meng Yang, Ming-Liang Tong, Wen Dong
A 4-amino-1,2,4-triazole (NH2 -trz) based linear trinuclear Fe(ii) complex of [Fe3 (NH2 -trz)6 (SCN)4 (H2 O)2 ](SCN)2 ·H2 O (1) has been hydrothermally synthesized by the reaction of a NH2 -trz ligand with FeSO4 . A single crystal of complex 1 is able to extrude one lattice water and one coordinated water, leading to another single crystal of complex 1a with a formula [Fe3 (NH2 -trz)6 (SCN)5 (H2 O)](SCN) by heating. Complex 1a can be reversed to 1 upon the reabsorption of water. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that these two complexes consist of a linear trinuclear core where a central Fe1 ion is coordinated to six nitrogen atoms from six bridged NH2 -trz ligands and one of the terminal Fe2 ions is coordinated to five nitrogen atoms and one oxygen atom...
February 28, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Liyi Huang, Weijun Xuan, Andrzej Zadlo, Anna Kozinska, Tadeusz Sarna, Michael R Hamblin
We previously showed that antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (aPDI) of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria mediated by the phenothiazinium dye, methylene blue (MB) was potentiated by addition of potassium thiocyanate (10mM). The mechanism was suggested to involve a singlet oxygen mediated reaction with SCN- to form sulfite and cyanide and then to produce sulfur trioxide radical anion. We now report that potassium selenocyanate KSeCN (concentrations up to 100 mM) can also potentiate (up to 6 logs of killing) aPDI mediated by a number of different photosensitizers: MB, Rose Bengal, and TPPS4 (as low as 200 nM)...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
Ayodele Olatimehin, Adebayo O Shittu, Francis C Onwugamba, Alexander Mellmann, Karsten Becker, Frieder Schaumburg
Bats are economically important animals and serve as food sources in some African regions. They can be colonized with the Staphylococcus aureus complex, which includes Staphylococcus schweitzeri and Staphylococcus argenteus . Fecal carriage of S. aureus complex in the straw-colored fruit bat ( Eidolon helvum ) has been described. However, data on their transmission and adaptation in animals and humans are limited. The aim of this study was to investigate the population structure of the S. aureus complex in E...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Eduardo González-Valdez, Alejandro Alarcón, Ronald Ferrera-Cerrato, Héctor René Vega-Carrillo, María Maldonado-Vega, Miguel Ángel Salas-Luévano, Rosalba Argumedo-Delira
This study evaluated the ability of Brassica napus for extracting gold (Au), silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) from a mine tailings, with the inoculation of two Aspergillus niger strains, and the application of ammonium thiocyanate (NH4 SCN) or ammonium thiosulfate [(NH4 )2 S2 O3 ]. After seven weeks of growth inoculated or non-inoculated plants were applied with 1 or 2 g kg-1 of either NH4 SCN or (NH4 )2 S2 O3 , respectively. Eight days after the application of the chemical compounds, plants were harvested for determining the total dry biomass, and the content of Au, Ag, and Cu in plant organs...
February 20, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Gabriela L Carrillo, Jianmin Su, Aboozar Monavarfeshani, Michael A Fox
The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is the master pacemaker that drives circadian behaviors. SCN neurons have intrinsic, self-sustained rhythmicity that is governed by transcription-translation feedback loops. Intrinsic rhythms within the SCN do not match the day-night cycle and are therefore entrained by light-derived cues. Such cues are transmitted to the SCN by a class of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs). In the present study, we sought to identify how axons from ipRGCs target the SCN...
2018: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Tamotsu Sugai, Makoto Eizuka, Noriyuki Arakawa, Mitsumasa Osakabe, Wataru Habano, Yasuko Fujita, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Hiroo Yamano, Masaki Endoh, Takayuki Matsumoto, Hiromu Suzuki
BACKGROUND: We attempted to identify the molecular profiles of gastric intramucosal neoplasia (IMN; low-grade dysplasia, LGD; high-grade dysplasia, HGD; intramucosal cancer, IMC) by assessing somatic copy number alterations (SCNAs) stratified by microsatellite status (microsatellite stable, MSS; microsatellite instable, MSI). Thus, microsatellite status was determined in 84 tumors with MSS status and 16 tumors with MSI status. METHODS: One hundred differentiated type IMNs were examined using SCNAs...
February 21, 2018: Gastric Cancer
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