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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445980/the-pp4r1-sub-unit-of-protein-phosphatase-pp4-is-essential-for-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-by-merkel-polyomavirus-small-tumour-antigen
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Hussein Abdul-Sada, Marietta Müller, Rajni Mehta, Rachel Toth, J Simon C Arthur, Adrian Whitehouse, Andrew Macdonald
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a highly aggressive skin cancer with a high metastatic potential. The majority of MCC cases are caused by the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV), through expression of the virus-encoded tumour antigens. Whilst mechanisms attributing tumour antigen expression to transformation are being uncovered, little is known of the mechanisms by which MCPyV persists in the host. We previously identified the MCPyV small T antigen (tAg) as a novel inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) signalling and a modulator of the host anti-viral response...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445734/opposing-actions-of-fgf8a-on-notch-signaling-distinguish-two-muller-glial-cell-populations-that-contribute-to-retina-growth-and-regeneration
#2
Jin Wan, Daniel Goldman
The teleost retina grows throughout life and exhibits a robust regenerative response following injury. Critical to both these events are Muller glia (or, Muller glial cells; MGs), which produce progenitors for retinal growth and repair. We report that Fgf8a may be an MG niche factor that acts through Notch signaling to regulate spontaneous and injury-dependent MG proliferation. Remarkably, forced Fgf8a expression inhibits Notch signaling and stimulates MG proliferation in young tissue but increases Notch signaling and suppresses MG proliferation in older tissue...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443635/expression-and-localisation-of-two-pore-domain-k2p-background-leak-potassium-ion-channels-in-the-mouse-retina
#3
Steven Hughes, Russell G Foster, Stuart N Peirson, Mark W Hankins
Two-pore domain (K2P) potassium channels perform essential roles in neuronal function. These channels produce background leak type potassium currents that act to regulate resting membrane potential and levels of cellular excitability. 15 different K2P channels have been identified in mammals and these channels perform important roles in a wide number of physiological systems. However, to date there is only limited data available concerning the expression and role of K2P channels in the retina. In this study we conduct the first comprehensive study of K2P channel expression in the retina...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443091/natural-killer-group-2d-ligand-depletion-reconstitutes-natural-killer-cell-immunosurveillance-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#4
Sandra Weil, Stefanie Memmer, Axel Lechner, Volker Huppert, Ariane Giannattasio, Tamara Becker, Andreas Müller-Runte, Karen Lampe, Dirk Beutner, Alexander Quaas, Ralf Schubert, Eva Herrmann, Alexander Steinle, Ulrike Koehl, Lutz Walter, Michael S von Bergwelt-Baildon, Joachim Koch
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a highly heterogeneous and aggressive tumor originating from the epithelial lining of the upper aero-digestive tract accounting for 300,000 annual deaths worldwide due to failure of current therapies. The natural killer group 2D (NKG2D) receptors on natural killer (NK) cells and several T cell subsets play an important role for immunosurveillance of HNSCC and are thus targeted by tumor immune evasion strategies in particular by shedding of various NKG2D ligands (NKG2DLs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442442/prostaglandins-and-other-lipid-mediators-polm-special-issue-of-the-6th-european-workshop-on-lipid-mediators-role-of-m%C3%A3-ller-cell-cytochrome-p450-2c44-in-murine-retinal-angiogenesis
#5
Jiong Hu, Alexandra Geyer, Sarah Dziumbla, Khader Awwad, Darryl C Zeldin, Wolf-Hagen Schunck, Rüdiger Popp, Timo Frömel, Ingrid Fleming
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and their cytochrome P450 (CYP450) metabolites have been linked to angiogenesis and vessel homeostasis. However, the role of individual CYP isoforms and their endogenous metabolites in those processes are not clear. Here, we focused on the role of Cyp2c44 in postnatal retinal angiogenesis and report that Cyp2c44 is highly expressed in Müller glial cells in the retina. The constitutive as well as inducible postnatal genetic deletion of Cyp2c44 resulted in an increased vessel network density without affecting vessel radial expansion during the first postnatal week...
April 22, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439461/quantitative-assessment-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-1-expression-in-neurons-and-glia
#6
Lisha Choubey, Jantzen C Collette, Karen Müller Smith
BACKGROUND: Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and their receptors (FGFRs) have numerous functions in the developing and adult central nervous system (CNS). For example, the FGFR1 receptor is important for proliferation and fate specification of radial glial cells in the cortex and hippocampus, oligodendrocyte proliferation and regeneration, midline glia morphology and soma translocation, Bergmann glia morphology, and cerebellar morphogenesis. In addition, FGFR1 signaling in astrocytes is required for postnatal maturation of interneurons expressing parvalbumin (PV)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438165/microglia-derived-il-1%C3%AE-promotes-chemokine-expression-by-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-and-rpe-in-focal-retinal-degeneration
#7
Riccardo Natoli, Nilisha Fernando, Michele Madigan, Joshua A Chu-Tan, Krisztina Valter, Jan Provis, Matt Rutar
BACKGROUND: Chemokine signalling is required for the homing of leukocytes during retinal inflammation, and is associated with pathogenesis of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here, we explore the role of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in modulating AMD-associated chemokines Ccl2, Cxcl1, and Cxcl10 during photo-oxidative retinal damage, and the effect on both the accumulation of outer-retinal macrophages, and death of photoreceptors. METHODS: Inhibition of retinal IL-1β expression was performed using either siRNA or antibody neutralisation, which was intravitreally injected in SD rats prior to photo-oxidative damage...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438135/a-passive-mutualistic-interaction-promotes-the-evolution-of-spatial-structure-within-microbial-populations
#8
Marie Marchal, Felix Goldschmidt, Selina N Derksen-Müller, Sven Panke, Martin Ackermann, David R Johnson
BACKGROUND: While mutualistic interactions between different genotypes are pervasive in nature, their evolutionary origin is not clear. The dilemma is that, for mutualistic interactions to emerge and persist, an investment into the partner genotype must pay off: individuals of a first genotype that invest resources to promote the growth of a second genotype must receive a benefit that is not equally accessible to individuals that do not invest. One way for exclusive benefits to emerge is through spatial structure (i...
April 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437785/the-retina-of-asian-and-african-elephants-comparison-of-newborn-and-adult
#9
Heidrun Kuhrt, Andreas Bringmann, Wolfgang Härtig, Gudrun Wibbelt, Leo Peichl, Andreas Reichenbach
Elephants are precocial mammals that are relatively mature as newborns and mobile shortly after birth. To determine whether the retina of newborn elephants is capable of supporting the mobility of elephant calves, we compared the retinal structures of 2 newborn elephants (1 African and 1 Asian) and 2 adult animals of both species by immunohistochemical and morphometric methods. For the first time, we present here a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative characterization of the cellular composition of the newborn and the adult retinas of 2 elephant species...
April 25, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437524/the-evolution-of-the-plateau-an-optical-coherence-tomography-signature-seen-in-geographic-atrophy
#10
Anna C S Tan, Polina Astroz, Kunal K Dansingani, Jason S Slakter, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Christine A Curcio, K Bailey Freund
Purpose: Histologic details of progression routes to geographic atrophy (GA) in AMD are becoming available through optical coherence tomography (OCT). We studied the origins and evolution of an OCT signature called plateau in eyes with GA and suggested a histologic correlate. Methods: Serial eye-tracked OCT scans and multimodal imaging were acquired from eight eyes of seven patients with GA and plateau signatures over a mean follow-up of 7.7 years (range, 3.7-11...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437018/polar-side-chains-enhance-processability-electrical-conductivity-and-thermal-stability-of-a-molecularly-p-doped-polythiophene
#11
Renee Kroon, David Kiefer, Dominik Stegerer, Liyang Yu, Michael Sommer, Christian Müller
Molecular doping of organic semiconductors is critical for optimizing a range of optoelectronic devices such as field-effect transistors, solar cells, and thermoelectric generators. However, many dopant:polymer pairs suffer from poor solubility in common organic solvents, which leads to a suboptimal solid-state nanostructure and hence low electrical conductivity. A further drawback is the poor thermal stability through sublimation of the dopant. The use of oligo ethylene glycol side chains is demonstrated to significantly improve the processability of the conjugated polymer p(g4 2T-T)-a polythiophene-in polar aprotic solvents, which facilitates coprocessing of dopant:polymer pairs from the same solution at room temperature...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436969/associations-between-levels-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-and-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-after-allogeneic-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#12
S Weischendorff, K Kielsen, H Sengeløv, K Jordan, C H Nielsen, A E Pedersen, L P Ryder, A Juul, K G Müller
Allogeneic myeloablative haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is challenged by severe adverse events, as cytotoxic effects of the conditioning may result in systemic inflammation, leaky epithelial barriers and organ toxicities, contributing to treatment-related morbidity and mortality. We hypothesised that insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a mediator of growth and proliferation of various tissues, may attenuate chemotherapy-induced tissue damage after HSCT. We prospectively measured plasma levels of IGF-1 and its binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3) in 41 patients undergoing myeloablative HSCT...
April 24, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436416/lpp-is-a-src-substrate-required-for-invadopodia-formation-and-efficient-breast-cancer-lung-metastasis
#13
Elaine Ngan, Konstantin Stoletov, Harvey W Smith, Jessica Common, William J Muller, John D Lewis, Peter M Siegel
We have previously shown that lipoma preferred partner (LPP) mediates TGFβ-induced breast cancer cell migration and invasion. Herein, we demonstrate that diminished LPP expression reduces circulating tumour cell numbers, impairs cancer cell extravasation and diminishes lung metastasis. LPP localizes to invadopodia, along with Tks5/actin, at sites of matrix degradation and at the tips of extravasating breast cancer cells as revealed by intravital imaging of the chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM). Invadopodia formation, breast cancer cell extravasation and metastasis require an intact LPP LIM domain and the ability of LPP to interact with α-actinin...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431003/intracoronary-autologous-bone-marrow-cell-transfer-after-myocardial-infarction-the-boost-2-randomised-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Kai C Wollert, Gerd P Meyer, Jochen Müller-Ehmsen, Carsten Tschöpe, Vernon Bonarjee, Alf Inge Larsen, Andreas E May, Klaus Empen, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Ulrich Tebbe, Johannes Waltenberger, Heiko Mahrholdt, Benedikta Ritter, Jens Pirr, Dieter Fischer, Mortimer Korf-Klingebiel, Lubomir Arseniev, Hans-Gert Heuft, Jan E Brinchmann, Diethelm Messinger, Bernd Hertenstein, Arnold Ganser, Hugo A Katus, Stephan B Felix, Meinrad P Gawaz, Kenneth Dickstein, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Dennis Ladage, Simon Greulich, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: Intracoronary infusion of autologous nucleated bone marrow cells (BMCs) enhanced the recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the randomised-controlled, open-label BOOST trial. We reassessed the therapeutic potential of nucleated BMCs in the randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind BOOST-2 trial conducted in 10 centres in Germany and Norway. Methods and results: Using a multiple arm design, we investigated the dose-response relationship and explored whether γ-irradiation which eliminates the clonogenic potential of stem and progenitor cells has an impact on BMC efficacy...
April 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430186/independence-of-nutrient-limitation-and-carbon-dioxide-impacts-on-the-southern-ocean-coccolithophore-emiliania-huxleyi
#15
Marius N Müller, Thomas W Trull, Gustaaf M Hallegraeff
Future oceanic conditions induced by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions include warming, acidification and reduced nutrient supply due to increased stratification. Some parts of the Southern Ocean are expected to show rapid changes, especially for carbonate mineral saturation. Here we compare the physiological response of the model coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi (strain EHSO 5.14, originating from 50(o)S, 149(o)E) with pH/CO2 gradients (mimicking ocean acidification ranging from 1 to 4 × current pCO2 levels) under nutrient-limited (nitrogen and phosphorus) and -replete conditions...
April 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429411/nanodiscs-for-inpharma-nmr-characterization-of-gpcrs-ligand-binding-to-the-human-a2a-adenosine-receptor
#16
Kai Fredriksson, Philip Lottmann, Sonja Hinz, Iounut Onila, Aliaksei Shymanets, Christian Harteneck, Christa E Müller, Christian Griesinger, Thomas E Exner
G-protein-coupled-receptors (GPCRs) are of fundamental importance for signal transduction through cell membranes. This makes them important drug targets, but structure-based drug design (SBDD) is still hampered by the limitations for structure determination of unmodified GPCRs. We show that the interligand NOEs for pharmacophore mapping (INPHARMA) method can provide valuable information on ligand poses inside the binding site of the unmodified human A2A adenosine receptor reconstituted in nanodiscs. By comparing experimental INPHARMA spectra with back-calculated spectra based on ligand poses obtained from molecular dynamics simulations, a complex structure for A2A R with the low-affinity ligand 3-pyrrolidin-1-ylquinoxalin-2-amine was determined based on the X-ray structure of ligand ZM-241,358 in complex with a modified A2A R...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428560/combination-of-high-density-microelectrode-array-and-patch-clamp-recordings-to-enable-studies-of-multisynaptic-integration
#17
David Jäckel, Douglas J Bakkum, Thomas L Russell, Jan Müller, Milos Radivojevic, Urs Frey, Felix Franke, Andreas Hierlemann
We present a novel, all-electric approach to record and to precisely control the activity of tens of individual presynaptic neurons. The method allows for parallel mapping of the efficacy of multiple synapses and of the resulting dynamics of postsynaptic neurons in a cortical culture. For the measurements, we combine an extracellular high-density microelectrode array, featuring 11'000 electrodes for extracellular recording and stimulation, with intracellular patch-clamp recording. We are able to identify the contributions of individual presynaptic neurons - including inhibitory and excitatory synaptic inputs - to postsynaptic potentials, which enables us to study dendritic integration...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427061/emerging-insights-into-pathogenesis
#18
Edoardo Midena, Elisabetta Pilotto
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a frequent complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). Persistent hyperglycemia leads to the activation of multiple cellular pathways involved in the pathogenesis of DR, resulting in increased inflammation, oxidative stress, and vascular dysfunction. DR has been considered a "chronic, low-grade inflammatory disease of the retina". However, an increasing body of evidence suggests that inflammation and neurodegeneration both occur in human diabetes even before the development of clinical signs of DR...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423727/paclitaxel-synergizes-with-exposure-time-adjusted-cd22-targeting-immunotoxins-against-b-cell-malignancies
#19
Fabian Müller, Stephanie Stookey, Tyler Cunningham, Ira Pastan
CD22-targeted recombinant immunotoxins (rIT) are active in hairy cell leukemia or acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), but not in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) patients. The goal was to enhance rIT efficacy in vivo and to define a strong combination treatment. Activity of Moxetumomab pasudotox (Moxe) and LR combined with paclitaxel was tested against MCL cell lines in vitro and as bolus doses or continuous infusion in xenograft models. In the KOPN-8 ALL xenograft, Moxe or paclitaxel alone was active, but all mice died from leukemia; when combined, 60% of the mice achieved a sustained complete remission...
March 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423717/non-homologous-end-joining-induced-alterations-in-dna-methylation-a-source-of-permanent-epigenetic-change
#20
Brittany Allen, Antonio Pezone, Antonio Porcellini, Mark T Muller, Michal M Masternak
In addition to genetic mutations, epigenetic revision plays a major role in the development and progression of cancer; specifically, inappropriate DNA methylation or demethylation of CpG residues may alter the expression of genes that promote tumorigenesis. We hypothesize that DNA repair, specifically the repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSB) by Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ) may play a role in this process. Using a GFP reporter system inserted into the genome of HeLa cells, we are able to induce targeted DNA damage that enables the cells, after successfully undergoing NHEJ repair, to express WT GFP...
March 11, 2017: Oncotarget
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