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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821000/simultaneous-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-brominated-flame-retardants-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-hexabromocyclododecane-diastereoisomers-in-french-breast-milk
#1
Chanthadary Inthavong, Frédéric Hommet, François Bordet, Virginie Rigourd, Thierry Guérin, Sylviane Dragacci
TBBPA and HBCDs are the two classes of flame retardants that are still allowed for use by the European Commission. In May 2013, HBCDs were listed as Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention, and they were banned with an exemption on EPS/XPS for cavity wall insulation. This study describes the development and optimisation of a rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method using isotopic dilution quantification including a simplified extraction step using a mixture of solvents and sulphuric acid hydrolysis followed by the one-shot analysis of TBBPA and each of the α-, β- and γ-HBCD diastereoisomers...
August 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820892/maternal-autoimmune-antibodies-alter-the-dendritic-arbor-and-spine-numbers-in-the-infragranular-layers-of-the-cortex
#2
Jeanelle Ariza, Jesus Hurtado, Haille Rogers, Raymond Ikeda, Michael Dill, Craig Steward, Donnay Creary, Judy Van de Water, Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño
An association between maternal IgG antibodies reactive against proteins in fetal brain and an outcome of autism in the child has been identified. Using a mouse model of prenatal intraventricular administration of autism-specific maternal IgG, we demonstrated that these antibodies produce behavioral alterations similar to those in children with ASD. We previously demonstrated that these antibodies bind to radial glial stem cells (RG) and observed an increase in the number of divisions of translocating RG in the developing cortex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820646/consequences-of-puberty-on-efficacy-of-intraocular-pressure-lowering-drugs-in-male-dutch-belted-rabbits
#3
Cassandra L Hays, Kingsley C Okafor, Shan Fan, Robin High, Dhirendra P Singh, Carol B Toris
PURPOSE: To investigate the changes in intraocular pressure (IOP), aqueous flow, and outflow facility, as well as efficacy of IOP-lowering drugs before and after sexual development in rabbits. METHODS: Male Dutch-belted rabbits were studied at night between the ages of 8 and 44 weeks. During these times, body weight, testicular volume, and serum testosterone were measured to monitor sexual maturity. Ocular measurements included anterior chamber depth, central corneal thickness, IOP, aqueous flow, and outflow facility...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820612/the-potential-of-signal-peptide-peptidase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-hepatitis-c
#4
Kohji Moriishi
Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes liver steatosis, cirrhosis, metabolic syndrome with inflammation, and eventually leads to hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV core protein is a well-known capsid protein and pathogenic factor related to lipid accumulation, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and carcinogenesis. Cleavage of the C-terminal transmembrane region by signal peptide peptidase (SPP) is required for maturation of the core protein. Areas covered: Herein, this review details the general aspects of the structure, lifecycle, pathogenesis, and maturation of the HCV core protein, the function of SPP, and clinically available direct-acting antivirals (DAAs)...
August 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820416/-ovarian-reserve-and-effectiveness-of-ivf-in-women-of-various-age-groups
#5
A Sayadyan, E Totoyan
The purpose of this study is a comparative assessment of ovarian reserve parameters and the effect of these indices on the features of follicle and oogenesis in women of different age groups. A retrospective analysis of IVF results was conducted in 101 patients aged 21 to 49 years. All patients were divided into 4 groups according to age: I group up to 30 y.o. - 45 women, II group - 31-35 y.o - 14 women, III group - 36-40 y.o. - 26 women, IV Group - 41 or more - 16 women. A low ovarian reserve was found in the majority (84,6%) of women in group III and in all women in group IV...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820341/cell-cycle-dynamics-and-complement-expression-distinguishes-mature-hematopoietic-subsets-arising-from-hemogenic-endothelium
#6
Joan P Zape, Carlos O Lizama, Kelly M Cautivo-Reyes, Ann C Zovein
The emergence of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) from hemogenic endothelium results in the formation of sizeable HSPC clusters attached to the vascular wall. We evaluate the cell cycle and proliferation of HSPCs involved in cluster formation, as well as the molecular signatures from their initial appearance to the point when cluster cells are capable of adult engraftment (definitive HSCs). We uncover a non-clonal origin of HSPC clusters with differing cell cycle, migration, and cell signaling attributes...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820284/bnip3l-nix-mediated-mitophagy-protects-against-ischemic-brain-injury-independent-of-park2
#7
Yang Yuan, Yanrong Zheng, Xiangnan Zhang, Ying Chen, Xiaoli Wu, Jiaying Wu, Zhe Shen, Lei Jiang, Lu Wang, Wei Yang, Jianhong Luo, Zhenghong Qin, Weiwei Hu, Zhong Chen
Cerebral ischemia induces massive mitochondrial damage. These damaged mitochondria are cleared, thus attenuating brain injury, by mitophagy. Here, we identified the involvement of BNIP3L/NIX in cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I-R)-induced mitophagy. Bnip3l knockout (bnip3l(-/-)) impaired mitophagy and aggravated cerebral I-R injury in mice, which can be rescued by BNIP3L overexpression. The rescuing effects of BNIP3L overexpression can be observed in park2(-/-) mice, which showed mitophagy deficiency after I-R...
August 18, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819889/visualization-of-57-fe-labeled-heme-isotopic-fine-structure-and-localization-of-regions-of-erythroblast-maturation-in-mouse-spleen-by-maldi-fticr-ms-imaging
#8
Makoto Kihara, Yukari Matsuo-Tezuka, Mariko Noguchi-Sasaki, Keigo Yorozu, Mitsue Kurasawa, Yasushi Shimonaka, Michinori Hirata
Epoetin beta pegol (continuous erythropoiesis receptor activator; C.E.R.A.), or methoxy-polyethylene glycol-modified epoetin beta, is a long-acting erythropoiesis stimulating agent (ESA) that effectively maintains hemoglobin levels. It promotes proliferation of erythroid progenitor cells in hematopoietic organs and leads to increased reticulocyte and hemoglobin levels. However, the detailed erythropoietic effects of various ESAs on their target organs have yet to be clarified, and new approaches are needed to analyze tissue iron localization with structural information...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819727/abiraterone-acetate-a-review-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostrate-cancer
#9
Lesley J Scott
Oral abiraterone acetate (Zytiga(®)) is a selective inhibitor of CYP17 and thereby inhibits androgen biosynthesis, with androgen signalling crucial in the progression from primary to metastatic prostate cancer (PC) and subsequently, in the development of metastatic castration-resistant PC (mCRPC). In large phase 3 trials and in the clinical practice setting, oral abiraterone acetate in combination with prednisone was an effective treatment and had an acceptable, manageable tolerability and safety profile in chemotherapy-naive and docetaxel-experienced men with mCRPC...
August 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819671/fullerenol-nanoparticles-suppress-rankl-induced-osteoclastogenesis-by-inhibiting-differentiation-and-maturation
#10
Huan Geng, Ya-Nan Chang, Xue Bai, Shuitao Liu, Qing Yuan, Weihong Gu, Juan Li, Kui Chen, Gengyan Xing, Gengmei Xing
Bone health requires regulation of homeostatic equilibrium between osteoblasts and osteoclasts. The over-activation of osteoclasts can disrupt bone metabolism, resulting in osteoporosis and other bone-loss diseases. Fullerenol, a polyhydroxy derivative of fullerene, exhibits excellent biocompatibility. Here we show that fullerenol nanoparticles exert two functions: inhibition of osteoclastic differentiation and blockage of pre-osteoclast fusion to restructure osteoclast maturation and function. Experimentally, the nanoparticles reduced pre-osteoclast migration and inhibited ruffled border formation to block their maturation...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819305/cardiorespiratory-pathogenesis-of-sickle-cell-disease-in-a-mouse-model
#11
Jun Ren, Xiuqing Ding, Marie Trudel, John J Greer, Joanna E MacLean
The nature and development of cardiorespiratory impairments associated with sickle cell disease are poorly understood. Given that the mechanisms of these impairments cannot be addressed adequately in clinical studies, we characterized cardiorespiratory pathophysiology from birth to maturity in the sickle cell disease SAD mouse model. We identified two critical phases of respiratory dysfunction in SAD mice; the first prior to weaning and the second in adulthood. At postnatal day 3, 43% of SAD mice showed marked apneas, anemia, and pulmonary vascular congestion typical of acute chest syndrome; none of these mice survived to maturity...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819274/distinct-carbon-sources-affect-structural-and-functional-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#12
Cláudia Correia, Alexey Koshkin, Patrícia Duarte, Dongjian Hu, Ana Teixeira, Ibrahim Domian, Margarida Serra, Paula M Alves
The immature phenotype of human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) constrains their potential in cell therapy and drug testing. In this study, we report that shifting hPSC-CMs from glucose-containing to galactose- and fatty acid-containing medium promotes their fast maturation into adult-like CMs with higher oxidative metabolism, transcriptional signatures closer to those of adult ventricular tissue, higher myofibril density and alignment, improved calcium handling, enhanced contractility, and more physiological action potential kinetics...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819257/cytolytic-dna-vaccine-encoding-lytic-perforin-augments-the-maturation-of-and-antigen-presentation-by-dendritic-cells-in-a-time-dependent-manner
#13
Danushka K Wijesundara, Wenbo Yu, Ben J C Quah, Preethi Eldi, John D Hayball, Kerrilyn R Diener, Ilia Voskoboinik, Eric J Gowans, Branka Grubor-Bauk
The use of cost-effective vaccines capable of inducing robust CD8(+) T cell immunity will contribute significantly towards the elimination of persistent viral infections and cancers worldwide. We have previously reported that a cytolytic DNA vaccine encoding an immunogen and a truncated mouse perforin (PRF) protein significantly augments anti-viral T cell (including CD8(+) T cell) immunity. Thus, the current study investigated whether this vaccine enhances activation of dendritic cells (DCs) resulting in greater priming of CD8(+) T cell immunity...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819220/nosema-ceranae-fipronil-and-their-combination-compromise-honey-bee-reproduction-via-changes-in-male-physiology
#14
Guillaume Kairo, David G Biron, Faten Ben Abdelkader, Marc Bonnet, Sylvie Tchamitchian, Marianne Cousin, Claudia Dussaubat, Boris Benoit, André Kretzschmar, Luc P Belzunces, Jean-Luc Brunet
The honey bee is threatened by biological agents and pesticides that can act in combination to induce synergistic effects on its physiology and lifespan. The synergistic effects of a parasite/pesticide combination have been demonstrated on workers and queens, but no studies have been performed on drones despite their essential contribution to colony sustainability by providing semen diversity and quality. The effects of the Nosema ceranae/fipronil combination on the life traits and physiology of mature drones were examined following exposure under semi-field conditions...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819214/hiv-1-nef-induced-cardiotoxicity-through-dysregulation-of-autophagy
#15
Manish K Gupta, Rafal Kaminski, Brian Mullen, Jennifer Gordon, Tricia H Burdo, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman, Muniswamy Madesh, Kamel Khalili
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of co-morbidity in HIV-1 positive patients, even those in whom plasma virus levels are well-controlled. The pathogenic mechanism of HIV-1-associated cardiomyopathy is unknown, but has been presumed to be mediated indirectly, owing to the absence of productive HIV-1 replication in cardiomyocytes. We sought to investigate the effect of the HIV-1 auxiliary protein, Nef, which is suspected of extracellular release by infected CD4+ T cells on protein quality control and autophagy in cardiomyocytes...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819198/regulation-of-ccr7-dependent-cell-migration-through%C3%A2-ccr7-homodimer-formation
#16
Daichi Kobayashi, Masataka Endo, Hirotaka Ochi, Hironobu Hojo, Masayuki Miyasaka, Haruko Hayasaka
The chemokine receptor CCR7 contributes to various physiological and pathological processes including T cell maturation, T cell migration from the blood into secondary lymphoid tissues, and tumor cell metastasis to lymph nodes. Although a previous study suggested that the efficacy of CCR7 ligand-dependent T cell migration correlates with CCR7 homo- and heterodimer formation, the exact extent of contribution of the CCR7 dimerization remains unclear. Here, by inducing or disrupting CCR7 dimers, we demonstrated a direct contribution of CCR7 homodimerization to CCR7-dependent cell migration and signaling...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819182/impact-of-extracellular-matrix-on-engraftment-and-maturation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-in-a-rat-myocardial-infarct-model
#17
Tatsuki Ogasawara, Satomi Okano, Hajime Ichimura, Shin Kadota, Yuki Tanaka, Itsunari Minami, Motonari Uesugi, Yuko Wada, Naoto Saito, Kenji Okada, Koichiro Kuwahara, Yuji Shiba
Pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes show great promise in regenerating the heart after myocardial infarction; however, several uncertainties exist that must be addressed before clinical trials. One practical issue is graft survival following transplantation. Although a pro-survival cocktail with Matrigel has been shown to enhance graft survival, the use of Matrigel may not be clinically feasible. The purpose of this study was to test whether a hyaluronan-based hydrogel, HyStem, could be a substitute for Matrigel...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819016/a-syndromic-extreme-insulin-resistance-caused-by-biallelic-poc1a-mutations-in-exon-10
#18
Elisa Giorgio, Elisa Rubino, Alessandro Bruselles, Simone Pizzi, Innocenzo Rainero, Sergio Duca, Fabio Sirchia, Barbara Pasini, Marco Tartaglia, Alfredo Brusco
POC1A encodes a protein with a role in centriole assembly and stability, and in ciliogenesis. Biallelic loss of function mutations affecting POC1A cause SOFT syndrome, an ultra-rare condition characterized by short stature, onychodysplasia, facial dysmorphism and hypotrichosis. Using exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous frameshift mutation (c.1047_1048dupC; p.G337Rfs*25) in a patient presenting with short stature, facial hirsutism, alopecia, dyslipidemia and extreme insulin resistance. The truncating variant affected exon 10, which is retained in only two of the three POC1A mature RNAs, due to alternative processing of the transcript...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818995/maternal-dcaf2-is-crucial-for-maintenance-of-genome-stability-during-the-first-cell-cycle-in-mice
#19
Yi-Wen Xu, Lan-Rui Cao, Min Wang, Ying Xu, Xin Wu, Junping Liu, Chao Tong, Heng-Yu Fan
Precise regulation of DNA replication and genome integrity is crucial for gametogenesis and early embryogenesis. Cullin ring-finger ubiquitin ligase 4 (CRL4) has multiple functions in the maintenance of germ cell survival, oocyte meiotic maturation, and maternal-zygotic transition in mammals. DDB1-cullin 4-associated factor-2 (DCAF2, also known as DTL or CDT2) is an evolutionarily conserved substrate receptor of CRL4. To determine whether DCAF2 is a key CRL4 substrate adaptor in mammalian oocytes, we generated a novel mouse strain that carries a Dcaf2 allele flanked by LoxP sequences, and specifically deleted Dcaf2 in oocytes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818832/b-cell-ox40l-supports-t-follicular-helper-cell-development-and-contributes-to-sle-pathogenesis
#20
Andrea Cortini, Ursula Ellinghaus, Talat H Malik, Deborah S Cunningham Grahman, Marina Botto, Timothy James Vyse
OBJECTIVES: TNFSF4 (encodes OX40L) is a susceptibility locus for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Risk alleles increase TNFSF4 expression in cell lines, but the mechanism linking this effect to disease is unclear, and the OX40L-expressing cell types mediating the risk are not clearly established. Blockade of OX40L has been demonstrated to reduce disease severity in several models of autoimmunity, but not in SLE. We sought to investigate its potential therapeutic role in lupus. METHODS: We used a conditional knockout mouse system to investigate the function of OX40L on B and T lymphocytes in systemic autoimmunity...
August 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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