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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135604/chemical-burns-of-the-eye-the-role-of-retinal-injury-and-new-therapeutic-possibilities
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Claes H Dohlman, Fabiano Cade, Caio V Regatieri, Chengxin Zhou, Fengyang Lei, Alja Crnej, Mona Harissi-Dagher, Marie-Claude Robert, George N Papaliodis, Dongfeng Chen, James V Aquavella, Esen K Akpek, Anthony J Aldave, Kimberly C Sippel, Donald J DʼAmico, Jan G Dohlman, Per Fagerholm, Liqiang Wang, Lucy Q Shen, Miguel González-Andrades, James Chodosh, Kenneth R Kenyon, C Stephen Foster, Roberto Pineda, Samir Melki, Kathryn A Colby, Joseph B Ciolino, Demetrios G Vavvas, Shigeru Kinoshita, Reza Dana, Eleftherios I Paschalis
PURPOSE: To propose a new treatment paradigm for chemical burns to the eye - in the acute and chronic phases. METHODS: Recent laboratory and clinical data on the biology and treatment of chemical burns are analyzed. RESULTS: Corneal blindness from chemical burns can now be successfully treated with a keratoprosthesis, on immediate and intermediate bases. Long term outcomes, however, are hampered by early retinal damage causing glaucoma. New data suggest that rapid diffusion of inflammatory cytokines posteriorly (TNF-α, etc) can severely damage the ganglion cells...
November 9, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127660/exposure-to-a-sublethal-concentration-of-imidacloprid-and-the-side-effects-on-target-and-nontarget-organs-of-apis-mellifera-hymenoptera-apidae
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Aline Fernanda Catae, Thaisa Cristina Roat, Marcel Pratavieira, Anally Ribeiro da Silva Menegasso, Mario Sergio Palma, Osmar Malaspina
The use of insecticides has become increasingly frequent, and studies indicate that these compounds are involved in the intoxication of bees. Imidacloprid is a widely used neonicotinoid; thus, we have highlighted the importance of assessing its oral toxicity to Africanized bees and used transmission electron microscopy to investigate the sublethal effects in the brain, the target organ, and the midgut, responsible for the digestion/absorption of food. In addition, the distribution of proteins involved in important biological processes in the brain were evaluated on the 1st day of exposure by MALDI-imaging analysis...
November 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123029/phenotypic-dissection-of-the-mouse-ren-1-d-knockout-by-complementation-with-human-renin
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Charlotte Buckley, Robert J Nelson, Linda J Mullins, Matthew Gf Sharp, Stewart Fleming, Christopher J Kenyon, Sabrina Semprini, Dominik Steppan, Janos Peti-Peterdi, Armin Kurtz, Helen Christian, John J Mullins
Normal renin synthesis and secretion is important for the maintenance of juxtaglomerular apparatus architecture. Mice lacking a functional Ren-1(d) gene are devoid of renal juxtaglomerular cell granules and exhibit an altered macula densa morphology. Due to the species-specificity of renin activity, transgenic mice are ideal models for experimentally investigating and manipulating expression patterns of the human renin gene in a native cellular environment without confounding Renin-angiotensin-system interactions...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104698/phase-separated-liposomes-enhance-the-efficiency-of-macromolecular-delivery-to-the-cellular-cytoplasm
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Zachary I Imam, Laura E Kenyon, Grant Ashby, Fatema Nagib, Morgan Mendicino, Chi Zhao, Avinash K Gadok, Jeanne C Stachowiak
INTRODUCTION: From viruses to organelles, fusion of biological membranes is used by diverse biological systems to deliver macromolecules across membrane barriers. Membrane fusion is also a potentially efficient mechanism for the delivery of macromolecular therapeutics to the cellular cytoplasm. However, a key shortcoming of existing fusogenic liposomal systems is that they are inefficient, requiring a high concentration of fusion-promoting lipids in order to cross cellular membrane barriers...
October 2017: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082071/rapid-adaptive-remote-focusing-microscope-for-sensing-of-volumetric-neural-activity
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Mantas Žurauskas, Oliver Barnstedt, Maria Frade-Rodriguez, Scott Waddell, Martin J Booth
The ability to record neural activity in the brain of a living organism at cellular resolution is of great importance for defining the neural circuit mechanisms that direct behavior. Here we present an adaptive two-photon microscope optimized for extraction of neural signals over volumes in intact Drosophila brains, even in the presence of specimen motion. High speed volume imaging was made possible through reduction of spatial resolution while maintaining the light collection efficiency of a high resolution, high numerical aperture microscope...
October 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080790/scalloped-a-member-of-the-hippo-tumor-suppressor-pathway-controls-mushroom-body-size-in-drosophila-brain-by-non-canonical-regulation-of-neuroblast-proliferation
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Basavanahalli Nanjundaiah Rohith, Baragur Venkatanarayanasetty Shyamala
Cell proliferation, growth and survival are three different basic processes which converge at determining a fundamental property -the size of an organism. Scalloped (Sd) is the first characterised transcriptional partner to Yorkie (Yki), the downstream effector of the Hippo pathway which is a highly potential and evolutionarily conserved regulator of organ size. Here we have studied the hypomorphic effect of sd on the development of Mushroom Bodies (MBs) in Drosophila brain. We show that, sd non-function results in an increase in the size of MBs...
November 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074489/autophagy-and-the-unfolded-protein-response-promote-pro-fibrotic-effects-of-tgf%C3%AE-1-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
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Saeid Ghavami, Behzad Yeganeh, Amir A Zeki, Shahla Shojaei, Nicholas J Kenyon, Sean Ott, Afshin Samali, John Patterson, Javad Alizadeh, Adel Rezaei Moghadam, Ian M C Dixon, Helmut Unruh, Darryl A Knight, Martin Post, Thomas Klonisch, Andrew John Halayko
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lethal fibrotic lung disease in adults with limited treatment options. Autophagy and the unfolded protein response (UPR), fundamental processes induced by cell stress, are dysregulated in lung fibroblasts and epithelial cells from humans with IPF. METHODS: Human primary cultured lung parenchymal and airway fibroblasts from non-IPF and IPF donors were stimulated with TGFβ1 with or without the inhibitors of autophagy or UPR (IRE1α inhibitor)...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070896/a-formulation-of-pancreatic-pro-enzymes-provides-potent-anti-tumour-efficacy-a-pilot-study-focused-on-pancreatic-and-ovarian-cancer
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Macarena Perán, Elena López-Ruiz, María Ángel García, Shorena Nadaraia-Hoke, Ralf Brandt, Juan A Marchal, Julian Kenyon
Proteolytic enzymes have shown efficacy in cancer therapy. We present a combination of the two pro-enzymes Trypsinogen and Chymotrypsinogen A with potent in vitro and in vivo anti-tumour efficacy. A synergetic anti-tumour effect for Trypsinogen and Chymotrypsinogen A was determined at a ratio 1:6 (named PRP) using 24 human cancer cell lines. The antiangiogenic effect of PRP was analysed by matrigel-based tube formation and by fibrous capsule formation assays. Furthermore, cell invasion and wound healing assays together with qRT-PCR determination of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers were performed on human cancer cells treated with PRP...
October 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062138/increased-complexity-of-mushroom-body-kenyon-cell-subtypes-in-the-brain-is-associated-with-behavioral-evolution-in-hymenopteran-insects
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Satoyo Oya, Hiroki Kohno, Yooichi Kainoh, Masato Ono, Takeo Kubo
In insect brains, the mushroom bodies (MBs) are a higher-order center for sensory integration and memory. Honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) MBs comprise four Kenyon cell (KC) subtypes: class I large-, middle-, and small-type, and class II KCs, which are distinguished by the size and location of somata, and gene expression profiles. Although these subtypes have only been reported in the honeybee, the time of their acquisition during evolution remains unknown. Here we performed in situ hybridization of tachykinin-related peptide, which is differentially expressed among KC subtypes in the honeybee MBs, in four hymenopteran species to analyze whether the complexity of KC subtypes is associated with their behavioral traits...
October 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941994/the-microrna-ame-mir-279a-regulates-sucrose-responsiveness-of%C3%A2-forager-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Fang Liu, Tengfei Shi, Wei Yin, Xin Su, Lei Qi, Zachary Y Huang, Shaowu Zhang, Linsheng Yu
Increasing evidence demonstrates that microRNAs (miRNA) play an important role in the regulation of animal behaviours. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are eusocial insects, with honey bee workers displaying age-dependent behavioural maturation. Many different miRNAs have been implicated in the change of behaviours in honey bees and ame-miR-279a was previously shown to be more highly expressed in nurse bee heads than in those of foragers. However, it was not clear whether this difference in expression was associated with age or task performance...
November 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934415/first-report-of-urease-activity-in-the-novel-systemic-fungal-pathogen-emergomyces-africanus-a-comparison-with-the-neurotrope-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Barbra Lerm, Chris Kenyon, Ilan S Schwartz, Heinrich Kroukamp, Riaan de Witt, Nelesh P Govender, G Sybren de Hoog, Alfred Botha
Cryptococcus neoformans is an opportunistic pathogen responsible for the AIDS-defining illness, cryptococcal meningitis. During the disease process, entry of cryptococcal cells into the brain is facilitated by virulence factors that include urease enzyme activity. A novel species of an Emmonsia-like fungus, recently named Emergomyces africanus, was identified as a cause of disseminated mycosis in HIV-infected persons in South Africa. However, in contrast to C. neoformans, the enzymes produced by this fungus, some of which may be involved in pathogenesis, have not been described...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928635/d-tubocurarine-and-berbamine-alkaloids-that-are-permeant-blockers-of-the-hair-cell-s-mechano-electrical-transducer-channel-and-protect-from-aminoglycoside-toxicity
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Nerissa K Kirkwood, Molly O'Reilly, Marco Derudas, Emma J Kenyon, Rosemary Huckvale, Sietse M van Netten, Simon E Ward, Guy P Richardson, Corné J Kros
Aminoglycoside antibiotics are widely used for the treatment of life-threatening bacterial infections, but cause permanent hearing loss in a substantial proportion of treated patients. The sensory hair cells of the inner ear are damaged following entry of these antibiotics via the mechano-electrical transducer (MET) channels located at the tips of the hair cell's stereocilia. d-Tubocurarine (dTC) is a MET channel blocker that reduces the loading of gentamicin-Texas Red (GTTR) into rat cochlear hair cells and protects them from gentamicin treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921711/foxp-expression-identifies-a-kenyon-cell-subtype-in-the-honeybee-mushroom-bodies-linking-them-to-fruitfly-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-c-neurons
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Adriana Schatton, Constance Scharff
The arthropod mushroom bodies (MB) are a higher order sensory integration center. In insects, they play a central role in associative olfactory learning and memory. In Drosophila melanogaster (Dm), the highly ordered connectivity of heterogeneous MB neuron populations has been mapped using sophisticated molecular genetic and anatomical techniques. The MB-core subpopulation was recently shown to express the transcription factor FoxP with relevance for decision-making. Here we report the development and adult distribution of a FoxP-expressing neuron population in the MB of honeybees (Apis mellifera, Am) using in situ hybridization and a custom-made antiserum...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917001/a-neural-network-model-for-familiarity-and-context-learning-during-honeybee-foraging-flights
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Jurek Müller, Martin Nawrot, Randolf Menzel, Tim Landgraf
How complex is the memory structure that honeybees use to navigate? Recently, an insect-inspired parsimonious spiking neural network model was proposed that enabled simulated ground-moving agents to follow learned routes. We adapted this model to flying insects and evaluate the route following performance in three different worlds with gradually decreasing object density. In addition, we propose an extension to the model to enable the model to associate sensory input with a behavioral context, such as foraging or homing...
September 15, 2017: Biological Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796202/the-complete-connectome-of-a-learning-and-memory-centre-in-an-insect-brain
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Katharina Eichler, Feng Li, Ashok Litwin-Kumar, Youngser Park, Ingrid Andrade, Casey M Schneider-Mizell, Timo Saumweber, Annina Huser, Claire Eschbach, Bertram Gerber, Richard D Fetter, James W Truman, Carey E Priebe, L F Abbott, Andreas S Thum, Marta Zlatic, Albert Cardona
Associating stimuli with positive or negative reinforcement is essential for survival, but a complete wiring diagram of a higher-order circuit supporting associative memory has not been previously available. Here we reconstruct one such circuit at synaptic resolution, the Drosophila larval mushroom body. We find that most Kenyon cells integrate random combinations of inputs but that a subset receives stereotyped inputs from single projection neurons. This organization maximizes performance of a model output neuron on a stimulus discrimination task...
August 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763794/targeting-latency-associated-peptide-promotes-antitumor-immunity
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Galina Gabriely, Andre P da Cunha, Rafael M Rezende, Brendan Kenyon, Asaf Madi, Tyler Vandeventer, Nathaniel Skillin, Stephen Rubino, Lucien Garo, Maria A Mazzola, Panagiota Kolypetri, Amanda J Lanser, Thais Moreira, Ana Maria C Faria, Hans Lassmann, Vijay Kuchroo, Gopal Murugaiyan, Howard L Weiner
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) promote cancer by suppressing antitumor immune responses. We found that anti-LAP antibody, which targets the latency-associated peptide (LAP)/transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) complex on Tregs and other cells, enhances antitumor immune responses and reduces tumor growth in models of melanoma, colorectal carcinoma, and glioblastoma. Anti-LAP decreases LAP(+) Tregs, tolerogenic dendritic cells, and TGF-β secretion and is associated with CD8(+) T cell activation. Anti-LAP increases infiltration of tumors by cytotoxic CD8(+) T cells and reduces CD103(+) CD8 T cells in draining lymph nodes and the spleen...
May 19, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747644/active-nuclear-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-inflammasome-dependent-mechanism-for-early-neutrophil-response-to-mycobacterium-marinum
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Amy Kenyon, Daria Gavriouchkina, Jernej Zorman, Giorgio Napolitani, Vincenzo Cerundolo, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler
The mechanisms governing neutrophil response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis remain poorly understood. In this study we utilise biotagging, a novel genome-wide profiling approach based on cell type-specific in vivo biotinylation in zebrafish to analyse the initial response of neutrophils to Mycobacterium marinum, a close genetic relative of M. tuberculosis used to model tuberculosis. Differential expression analysis following nuclear RNA-seq of neutrophil active transcriptomes reveals a significant upregulation in both damage-sensing and effector components of the inflammasome, including caspase b, NLRC3 ortholog (wu: fb15h11) and il1β...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728024/origins-of-cell-type-specific-olfactory-processing-in-the-drosophila-mushroom-body-circuit
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Kengo Inada, Yoshiko Tsuchimoto, Hokto Kazama
How cell-type-specific physiological properties shape neuronal functions in a circuit remains poorly understood. We addressed this issue in the Drosophila mushroom body (MB), a higher olfactory circuit, where neurons belonging to distinct glomeruli in the antennal lobe feed excitation to three types of intrinsic neurons, α/β, α'/β', and γ Kenyon cells (KCs). Two-photon optogenetics and intracellular recording revealed that whereas glomerular inputs add similarly in all KCs, spikes were generated most readily in α'/β' KCs...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720595/transcription-controls-growth-cell-kinetics-and-cholesterol-supply-to-sustain-acth-responses
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Robert I Menzies, Xin Zhao, Linda J Mullins, John J Mullins, Carolynn Cairns, Nicola Wrobel, Donald R Dunbar, Matthew A Bailey, Christopher J Kenyon
Chronic ACTH exposure is associated with adrenal hypertrophy and steroidogenesis. The underlying molecular processes in mice have been analysed by microarray, histological and immunohistochemical techniques. Synacthen infused for 2 weeks markedly increased adrenal mass and plasma corticosterone levels. Microarray analysis found greater than 2-fold changes in expression of 928 genes (P < 0.001; 397 up, 531 down). These clustered in pathways involved in signalling, sterol/lipid metabolism, cell proliferation/hypertrophy and apoptosis...
October 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718765/a-connectome-of-a-learning-and-memory-center-in-the-adult-drosophila-brain
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Shin-Ya Takemura, Yoshinori Aso, Toshihide Hige, Allan Wong, Zhiyuan Lu, C Shan Xu, Patricia K Rivlin, Harald Hess, Ting Zhao, Toufiq Parag, Stuart Berg, Gary Huang, William Katz, Donald J Olbris, Stephen Plaza, Lowell Umayam, Roxanne Aniceto, Lei-Ann Chang, Shirley Lauchie, Omotara Ogundeyi, Christopher Ordish, Aya Shinomiya, Christopher Sigmund, Satoko Takemura, Julie Tran, Glenn C Turner, Gerald M Rubin, Louis K Scheffer
Understanding memory formation, storage and retrieval requires knowledge of the underlying neuronal circuits. In Drosophila, the mushroom body (MB) is the major site of associative learning. We reconstructed the morphologies and synaptic connections of all 983 neurons within the three functional units, or compartments, that compose the adult MB's α lobe, using a dataset of isotropic 8 nm voxels collected by focused ion-beam milling scanning electron microscopy. We found that Kenyon cells (KCs), whose sparse activity encodes sensory information, each make multiple en passant synapses to MB output neurons (MBONs) in each compartment...
July 18, 2017: ELife
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