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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913439/retinitis-pigmentosa-associated-cystoid-macular-oedema-pathogenesis-and-avenues-of-intervention
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S Strong, G Liew, M Michaelides
Hereditary retinal diseases are now the leading cause of blindness certification in the working age population (age 16-64 years) in England and Wales, of which retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most common disorder. RP may be complicated by cystoid macular oedema (CMO), causing a reduction of central vision. The underlying pathogenesis of RP-associated CMO (RP-CMO) remains uncertain, however, several mechanisms have been proposed, including: (1) breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier, (2) failure (or dysfunction) of the pumping mechanism in the retinal pigment epithelial, (3) Müller cell oedema and dysfunction, (4) antiretinal antibodies and (5) vitreous traction...
December 2, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910044/cell-based-measurement-of-neutralizing-antibodies-against-adeno-associated-virus-aav
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Andreas Jungmann, Oliver Müller, Kleopatra Rapti
In recent years gene therapy using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors to treat cardiac disease has seen an unprecedented surge, owing to its safety, low immunogenicity relative to other vectors and high and long-term transduction efficiency. This field has also been hampered by the presence of preexisting neutralizing antibodies, not only in patients participating in clinical trials but also in preclinical large animal models. These conflicting circumstances have generated the need for a simple, efficient, and fast assay to screen subjects for the presence of neutralizing antibodies, or lack thereof, in order for them to be included in gene therapy trials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908799/isolation-of-novel-stilbenoids-from-the-roots-of-cyrtopodium-paniculatum-orchidaceae
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Florence Auberon, Opeyemi Joshua Olatunji, Diamondra Raminoson, Christian D Muller, Beatriz Soengas, Frédéric Bonté, Annelise Lobstein
Four new stilbenoids, named cyrtopodinone (1), cyrtopodinol (2), and coeludols A and B (3-4) were isolated from the roots of Cyrtopodium paniculatum, together with 21 known stilbenoids derivatives (5-25). Their structures were elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic analysis including extensive 1D and 2D-NMR techniques. The cytotoxic activities of the isolated compounds were tested on human glioblastoma U-87MG cell line with fluorescence-based image cytometry. Only four compounds (18, 19, 22 and 25) displayed moderate cytotoxicity with IC50 values of 45...
November 28, 2016: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904033/impact-of-slc6a-transporters-in-physiological-taurine-transport-at-the-blood-retinal-barrier-and-in-the-liver
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Yoshiyuki Kubo, Shin-Ichi Akanuma, Ken-Ichi Hosoya
Cumulative studies showed that taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonic acid) contributes to a variety of physiological events. Transport study suggested the cellular taurine transport in an Na(+)- and Cl(-)-dependent manner, and the several members of SLC6A family have been shown as taurine transporter. At the inner blood-retinal barrier (BRB), taurine transporter (TauT/SLC6A) is involved in the transport of taurine to the retina from the circulating blood. The involvement of TauT is also suggested in γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) transport at the inner BRB, and its role is assumed in the elimination of GABA from the retinal interstitial fluid...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903803/the-human-cytomegalovirus-ie1-protein-antagonizes-pml-nuclear-body-mediated-intrinsic-immunity-via-the-inhibition-of-pml-de-novo-sumoylation
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Eva-Maria Schilling, Myriam Scherer, Nina Reuter, Johannes Schweininger, Yves A Muller, Thomas Stamminger
: PML nuclear bodies (NBs) are accumulations of cellular proteins embedded in a scaffold-like structure built by SUMO-modified PML/TRIM19. PML and other NB proteins act as cellular restriction factors against human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), however, this intrinsic defense is counteracted by the immediate-early protein 1 (IE1) of HCMV. IE1 directly interacts with the PML coiled-coil domain via its globular core region and disrupts NB foci by inducing a loss of PML SUMOylation. Here, we demonstrate that IE1 acts via abrogating the de novo SUMOylation of PML...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903799/cxcr6-mediated-sivagmsab-entry-into-sabaeus-african-green-monkey-lymphocytes-implicates-widespread-use-of-non-ccr5-pathways-in-natural-host-infections
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Katherine S Wetzel, Yanjie Yi, Sarah T C Elliott, Dino Romero, Beatrice Jacquelin, Beatrice H Hahn, Michaela Muller-Trutwin, Cristian Apetrei, Ivona Pandrea, Ronald G Collman
: African green monkeys (AGM) and sooty mangabeys (SM) are well-studied natural hosts of SIV, which do not progress to AIDS when infected with their species-specific viruses. SIV natural hosts express very low levels of the canonical entry coreceptor CCR5, and recent studies have shown that CCR5 is dispensable for SIV infection of SM in vivo, and blocking CCR5 does not prevent ex vivo infection of PBMC from SM or vervet AGM. In both hosts, CXCR6 is an efficient entry pathway in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903673/combining-anti-mir-155-with-chemotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-lung-cancers
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Katrien Van Roosbroeck, Francesca Fanini, Tetsuro Setoyama, Cristina Ivan, Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, Lianchun Xiao, Ivan Vannini, Roxana Redis, Lucilla D'Abundo, Xinna Zhang, Milena S Nicoloso, Simona Rossi, Vianey Gonzalez-Villasana, Rajesha Rupaimoole, Manuela Ferracin, Fortunato Morabito, Antonino Neri, Peter Ruvolo, Vivian R Ruvolo, Chad V Pecot, Dino Amadori, Lynne Aruzzo, Steliana Calin, Xuemei Wang, M James You, Alessandra Ferrajoli, Robert Z Orlowski, William Plunkett, Tara Lichtenberg, Ramana V Davuluri, Ioana Berindan-Neagoe, Massimo Negrini, Ignacio I Wistuba, Kantarjian Hagop, Anil K Sood, Gabriel Lopez-Berestein, Michael J Keating, Muller Fabbri, George A Calin
Purpose The oncogenic miR-155 is upregulated in many human cancers and its expression is increased in more aggressive and therapy resistant tumors, but the molecular mechanisms underlying miR-155-induced therapy resistance are not fully understood. The main objectives of this study were to determine the role of miR-155 in resistance to chemotherapy and to evaluate anti-miR-155 treatment to chemosensitize tumors. Experimental Design We performed in vitro studies on cell lines to investigate the role of miR-155 in therapy resistance...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903507/hydroxychloroquine-inhibits-proinflammatory-signalling-pathways-by-targeting-endosomal-nadph-oxidase
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Nadine Müller-Calleja, Davit Manukyan, Antje Canisius, Dennis Strand, Karl J Lackner
OBJECTIVES: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been used for decades to treat patients with rheumatic diseases, for example, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis or the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). We hypothesise that HCQ might target endosomal NADPH oxidase (NOX), which is involved in the signal transduction of cytokines as well as antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). METHODS: For in vitro experiments, monocytic cells were stimulated with tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα), interleukin-1β (IL-1β) or a human monoclonal aPL and the activity of NOX was determined by flow cytometry...
November 30, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902941/enhanced-thermal-stability-of-a-polymer-solar-cell-blend-induced-by-electron-beam-irradiation-in-the-transmission-electron-microscope
#9
Olof Bäcke, Camilla Lindqvist, Amaia Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Stefan Gustafsson, Ergang Wang, Mats R Andersson, Christian Müller, Per Magnus Kristiansen, Eva Olsson
We show by in situ microscopy that the effects of electron beam irradiation during transmission electron microscopy can be used to lock microstructural features and enhance the structural thermal stability of a nanostructured polymer:fullerene blend. Polymer:fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films show great promise for use as active layers in organic solar cells but their low thermal stability is a hindrance. Lack of thermal stability complicates manufacturing and influences the lifetime of devices. To investigate how electron irradiation affects the thermal stability of polymer:fullerene films, a model bulk-heterojunction film based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative was heat-treated in-situ in a transmission electron microscope...
November 21, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902273/racemicystis-persica-sp-nov-a-novel-myxobacterium-from-iranian-soil
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Joachim Wink, Azam Moradi, Gholam Hosein Ebrahimipour, Kathrin Mohr, Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie Glaeser, Fabienne Hennessen, Katja Gemperlein, Awal Prasad Ram, Corinna Wolf, Rolf Müller
A novel myxobacterium, strain MSr11462T, was isolated in 2015 from a soil sample collected from Kish Island beach, Persian Gulf, Iran. It displayed general myxobacterial features like Gram negative staining, rod shaped vegetative cells, gliding on solid surfaces, microbial lytic activity, fruiting body like aggregates and myxospore like structures. The strain was mesophilic, aerobic and showed chemoheterotrophic mode of nutrition. It was resistant to many antibiotics like gentamycin, polymyxin, Fusidic acid and trimethopril and the key fatty acids of whole cell hydrolysates were iso-C15:0, C16:0, iso-C17:0, C18:1 , iso-C17:1 2-OH, C18:1 2-OH, iso-C15:0 OAG (O-alkylglycerol), and C16:1 OAG...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900480/deep-and-superficial-oct-angiography-changes-after-macular-peeling-idiopathic-vs-diabetic-epiretinal-membranes
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Mario R Romano, Gilda Cennamo, Stefano Schiemer, Claudia Rossi, Federica Sparnelli, Giovanni Cennamo
BACKGROUND: To assess changes in deep and superficial perifoveal capillary plexus after macular peeling in idiopathic and diabetic epiretinal membrane (iERM and dERM, respectively). METHODS: Cross-sectional comparative study. We included 40 eyes from 40 patients affected by iERM (20 eyes) and dERM (20 eyes), as well as 34 eyes from 17 healthy, age-matched patients. Patients received a complete ophthalmic evaluation including axial and en-face scanning spectral-domain analysis, optical coherence tomography angiography, and microperimetry...
November 30, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899287/pre-treatment-with-vinpocetine-protects-against-retinal-ischemia
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Lisa Nivison-Smith, Pauline Khoo, Monica L Acosta, Michael Kalloniatis
Vinpocetine has been shown to have beneficial effects for tissues of the central nervous system subjected to ischemia and other related metabolic insults. We recently showed vinpocetine promotes glucose availability, prevents unregulated cation channel permeability and regulates glial reactivity when present during retinal ischemia. Less is known however about the ability of vinpocetine to protect against future ischemic insults. This study explores the effect of vinpocetine when used as a pre-treatment in an ex vivo model for retinal ischemia using cation channel permeability of agmatine (AGB) combined with immunohistochemistry as a measure for cell functionality...
November 26, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896951/hydrogen-peroxide-modulates-energy-metabolism-and-oxidative-stress-in-cultures-of-permanent-human-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-mio-m1
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Sven Peters, Max Griebsch, Matthias Klemm, Jens Haueisen, Martin Hammer
In this study the influence of hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) on the redox state, NADH protein binding, and mitochondrial membrane potential in Müller cells is investigated. Cultures of permanent human Müller cells MIO-M1 were exposed to H2 O2 in 75 µM and 150 µM concentration for two hours. Fluorescence emission spectra and lifetimes were measured by two-photon microscopy (excitation wavelength: 740 nm) at the mitochondria which were identified in the microscopic images by their fluorescence properties (spectra and intensity)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896556/towards-standardized-automated-immunomonitoring-an-automated-elispot-assay-for-safe-and-parallelized-functionality-analysis-of-immune-cells
#14
J C Neubauer, I Sébastien, A Germann, S C Müller, A Meyerhans, H von Briesen, H Zimmermann
The ELISpot assay is used for the detection of T cell responses in clinical trials and vaccine evaluations. Standardization and reproducibility are necessary to compare the results worldwide, inter- and intra-assay variability being critical factors. To assure operator safety as well as high-quality experiment performance, the ELISpot assay was implemented on an automated liquid handling platform, a Tecan Freedom EVO. After validation of the liquid handling, automated loading of plates with cells and reagents was investigated...
November 28, 2016: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895551/oct4-methylation-mediated-silencing-as-an-epigenetic-barrier-preventing-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-dedifferentiation-in-a-murine-model-of-retinal-injury
#15
Luis I Reyes-Aguirre, Monica Lamas
Müller glia (MG) is the most abundant glial type in the vertebrate retina. Among its many functions, it is capable of responding to injury by dedifferentiating, proliferating, and differentiating into every cell types lost to damage. This regenerative ability is notoriously absent in mammals. We have previously reported that cultured mammalian MG undergoes a partial dedifferentiation, but fails to fully acquire a progenitor phenotype and differentiate into neurons. This might be explained by a mnemonic mechanism comprised by epigenetic traits, such as DNA methylation...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895488/advances-in-the-management-of-heart-failure-the-role-of-ivabradine
#16
REVIEW
Ursula Müller-Werdan, Georg Stöckl, Karl Werdan
A high resting heart rate (≥70-75 b.p.m.) is a risk factor for patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF), probably in the sense of accelerated atherosclerosis, with an increased morbidity and mortality. Beta-blockers not only reduce heart rate but also have negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effects, and therefore, in many patients, they cannot be given in the recommended dose. Ivabradine specifically inhibits the pacemaker current (funny current, If) of the sinoatrial node cells, resulting in therapeutic heart rate lowering without any negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effect...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893831/retinal-pre-conditioning-by-cd59a-knockout-protects-against-light-induced-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Delu Song, Brooks Wilson, Liangliang Zhao, Rupak Bhuyan, Mausumi Bandyopadhyay, Arkady Lyubarsky, Chen Yu, Yafeng Li, Levi Kanu, Takashi Miwa, Wen-Chao Song, Silvia C Finnemann, Bärbel Rohrer, Joshua L Dunaief
Complement dysregulation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the specific mechanisms are incompletely understood. Complement also potentiates retinal degeneration in the murine light damage model. To test the retinal function of CD59a, a complement inhibitor, CD59a knockout (KO) mice were used for light damage (LD) experiments. Retinal degeneration and function were compared in WT versus KO mice following light damage. Gene expression changes, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and glial cell activation were also compared...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893727/mechanosensory-hair-cells-express-two-molecularly-distinct-mechanotransduction-channels
#18
Zizhen Wu, Nicolas Grillet, Bo Zhao, Christopher Cunningham, Sarah Harkins-Perry, Bertrand Coste, Sanjeev Ranade, Navid Zebarjadi, Maryline Beurg, Robert Fettiplace, Ardem Patapoutian, Ulrich Müller
Auditory hair cells contain mechanotransduction channels that rapidly open in response to sound-induced vibrations. We report here that auditory hair cells contain two molecularly distinct mechanotransduction channels. One ion channel is activated by sound and is responsible for sensory transduction. This sensory transduction channel is expressed in hair cell stereocilia, and previous studies show that its activity is affected by mutations in the genes encoding the transmembrane proteins TMHS, TMIE, TMC1 and TMC2...
November 28, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893093/ligation-of-cd40-in-human-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-induces-p2x7-receptor-dependent-death-of-retinal-endothelial-cells
#19
Jose-Andres C Portillo, Yalitza Lopez Corcino, George R Dubyak, Timothy S Kern, Shigemi Matsuyama, Carlos S Subauste
Purpose: Cluster of differentiation 40 (CD40) is required for retinal capillary degeneration in diabetic mice, a process mediated by the retinal endothelial cells (REC) death. However, CD40 activates prosurvival signals in endothelial cells. The purpose of this study was to identify a mechanism by which CD40 triggers programmed cell death (PCD) of RECs and address this paradox. Methods: Human RECs and Müller cells were incubated with CD154 and L-N6-(1-Iminoethyl)lysine (L-Nil, nitric oxide synthase 2 inhibitor), α-lipoic acid (inhibitor of oxidative stress), anti-Fas ligand antibody, or A-438079 (P2X7 adenosine triphosphate [ATP] receptor inhibitor)...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891534/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-stimulate-ruffling-and-shedding-of-mammalian-cell-plasma-membranes
#20
Chao Sun, Devin L Wakefield, Yimo Han, David A Muller, David A Holowka, Barbara A Baird, William R Dichtel
Graphene oxide (GO) has attracted intense interest for use in living systems and environmental applications. GO's compatibility with mammalian cells is sometimes inferred from its low cytotoxicity, but such conclusions ignore non-lethal effects that will influence GO's utility. Here we demonstrate, with rat basophilic leukemia (RBL) cells, profound plasma membrane (PM) ruffling and shedding induced by GO using confocal and live cell fluorescence microscopy, as well as scanning electron microscopy. These membrane structures contain immunoglobulin E receptors, are resistant to detergents, and lack detectable fluorescence labeling of F-actin and fibronectin...
August 11, 2016: Chem
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