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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783229/-morphological-characteristics-of-kidneys-connective-tissue-of-mature-fetuses-and-newborns-from-mothers-whose-pregnancy-was-complicated-by-preeclampsia-of-varying-degrees-of-severity
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Iryna V Sorokina, Mykhailo S Myroshnychenko, Nataliia V Kapustnyk, Tetyana O Khramova, Oksana V Dehtiarova, Svitlana I Danylchenko
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: The kidneys connective tissue condition in the antenatal period affects the formation of tissues and it changes with the development of various general pathological processes in this organ. The aim of the study was to identify the morphological features of kidneys connective tissue of fetuses and newborns from mothers whose pregnancy was complicated by preeclampsia of varying degrees of severity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: The material of the study was the tissue of kidneys of mature fetuses and newborns from mothers with physiological pregnancy (28 cases), as well as from mothers whose pregnancy was complicated by preeclampsia of varying degrees of severity (78 cases)...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783206/-experimental-evaluation-of-the-therapeutic-potential-of-liposome-mediated-apoe3-gene-transfection-for-cerebral-atherosclerosis
#2
Vadym V Biloshytskyi, Alisa V Pachevska, Alina V Biloshytska, Valerii M Istoshyn, Maryna V Biloshytska, Olha B Shevnia
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: In recent years, a stroke has been the cause of high lethality, long-term and sustained disability, the problem of which is still far from being resolved. The root cause of stroke is atherosclerosis. The aim: Study of neurotrophic and neuroprotective functions of apoE in rat brain tissue in experimental atherosclerosis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Materials and methods: The study included 60 sexually mature rats. The model of experimental atherosclerosis was created by Anichkov method...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783158/pirfenidone-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-and-fibrosis-by-blocking-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation
#3
Yi Li, Haitao Li, Shuai Liu, Pinhua Pan, Xiaoli Su, Hongyi Tan, Dongdong Wu, Lemeng Zhang, Chao Song, Minhui Dai, Qian Li, Zhi Mao, Yuan Long, Yongbin Hu, Chengping Hu
Acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS)is a severe clinical disorder characterized by its acute onset, diffuse alveolar damage, intractable hypoxemia, and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. Acute lung injury(ALI) can trigger persistent lung inflammation and fibrosis through activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome and subsequent secretion of mature IL-1β, suggesting that the NLRP3 inflammasome is a potential therapeutic target for ALI, for which new therapeutic approaches are needed. Our present study aims to assess whether pirfenidone,with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, can improve LPS-induced inflammation and fibrosis by inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasome activation...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783103/sleep-spindles-and-cognitive-performance-across-adolescence-a-meta-analytic-review
#4
C M Reynolds, M A Short, M Gradisar
Higher sleep spindle activity generally relates to better cognitive performance in adults, while studies in children often show the opposite. As children become young adults, there is rapid brain maturation and development of higher-order cognitive functions, and therefore investigations within this age group may elucidate the relationship between spindles and cognition in this developmental period. Twelve studies published between 2009 and 2016 were identified. Meta-analyses revealed a positive relationship between spindles and cognition overall (r = 0...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783061/enhanced-extinction-of-aversive-memories-in-mice-lacking-sparc-related-protein-containing-immunoglobulin-domains-1-spig1-fstl4
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Ryoko Suzuki, Akihiro Fujikawa, Yukio Komatsu, Kazuya Kuboyama, Naomi Tanga, Masaharu Noda
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays an important role in synaptic plasticity related to learning and memory. We previously reported that SPARC-related protein-containing immunoglobulin domains 1 (SPIG1, also known as Follistatin-like protein 4, FSTL4) binds to pro-BDNF and negatively regulates BDNF maturation; however, its neurological functions, particularly in learning and memory, have not yet been elucidated. We herein examined the electrophysiological and behavioral phenotypes of Spig1-knockout (Spig1-KO) mice...
May 18, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783043/developmental-changes-in-the-perception-of-visuotactile-simultaneity
#6
Yi-Chuan Chen, Terri L Lewis, David I Shore, Charles Spence, Daphne Maurer
A simultaneity judgment (SJ) task was used to measure the developmental trajectory of visuotactile simultaneity perception in children (aged 7, 9, 11, and 13 years) and adults. Participants were presented with a visual flash in the center of a computer monitor and a tap on their right index finger (located 20° below the flash) with 13 possible stimulus onset asynchronies (SOAs). Participants reported whether the flash and tap were presented at the same time. Compared with the adult group, children aged 7 and 9 years made more simultaneous responses when the tap led by more than 300 ms and when the flash led by more than 200 ms, whereas they made fewer simultaneous responses at the 0 ms SOA...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782964/an-in-vitro-approach-for-prioritization-and-evaluation-of-chemical-effects-on-glucocorticoid-receptor-mediated-adipogenesis
#7
Jessica K Hartman, Tyler Beames, Bethany Parks, Daniel Doheny, Gina Song, Alina Efremenko, Miyoung Yoon, Briana Foley, Chad Deisenroth, Patrick D McMullen, Rebecca A Clewell
Rising obesity rates worldwide have socio-economic ramifications. While genetics, diet, and lack of exercise are major contributors to obesity, environmental factors may enhance susceptibility through disruption of hormone homeostasis and metabolic processes. The obesogen hypothesis contends that chemical exposure early in development may enhance adipocyte differentiation, thereby increasing the number of adipocytes and predisposing for obesity and metabolic disease. We previously developed a primary human adipose stem cell (hASC) assay to evaluate the effect of environmental chemicals on PPARG-dependent adipogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782946/delivery-of-the-improved-bmp-2-advanced-plasmid-dna-within-a-gene-activated-scaffold-accelerates-mesenchymal-stem-cell-osteogenesis-and-critical-size-defect-repair
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Rosanne M Raftery, Irene Mencía-Castaño, Simon Sperger, Gang Chen, Brenton Cavanagh, Georg Feichtinger, Heinz Redl, Ara Hacobian, Fergal J O'Brien
Gene-activated scaffolds have been shown to induce controlled, sustained release of functional transgene both in vitro and in vivo. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are potent mediators of osteogenesis however we found that the delivery of plasmid BMP-2 (pBMP-2) alone was not sufficient to enhance bone formation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess if the use of a series of modified BMP-2 plasmids could enhance the functionality of a pBMP-2 gene-activated scaffold and ultimately improve bone regeneration when implanted into a critical sized bone defect in vivo...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782926/decoding-cell-signalling-and-regulation-of-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
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REVIEW
A K Santos, M S Vieira, R Vasconcellos, V A M Goulart, A H Kihara, R R Resende
Oligodendrocytes are fundamental for the functioning of the nervous system; they participate in several cellular processes, including axonal myelination and metabolic maintenance for astrocytes and neurons. In the mammalian nervous system, they are produced through waves of proliferation and differentiation, which occur during embryogenesis. However, oligodendrocytes and their precursors continue to be generated during adulthood from specific niches of stem cells that were not recruited during development. Deficiencies in the formation and maturation of these cells can generate pathologies mainly related to myelination...
May 18, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782918/bdnf-haploinsufficiency-exerts-a-transient-and-regionally-different-influence-upon-oligodendroglial-lineage-cells-during-postnatal-development
#10
Madeline Nicholson, Rhiannon J Wood, Jessica L Fletcher, Maarten van den Buuse, Simon S Murray, Junhua Xiao
The Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) plays important roles in promoting myelination in the developing central nervous system (CNS), however the influence it exerts on oligodendrocyte development in vivo remain unclear. As BDNF knockout mice die in the perinatal period, we undertook a systematic developmental analysis of oligodendroglial lineage cells within multiple CNS regions of BDNF heterozygous (HET) mice. Our data identify that BDNF heterozygosity results in transient reductions in oligodendroglial lineage cell density and progression that are largely restricted to the optic nerve, whereas the corpus callosum, cerebral cortex, basal forebrain and spinal cord white matter tracts are unaffected...
May 18, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782836/dancing-with-the-diva-hsp90-client-interactions
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REVIEW
Martina Radli, Stefan G D Rüdiger
The molecular chaperone Hsp90 is involved in the folding, maturation and degradation of a large number structurally and sequentially unrelated clients, often connected to serious diseases. Elucidating the principles of how Hsp90 recognises this large variety of substrates is essential for comprehending the mechanism of this chaperone machinery, as well as it is a prerequisite for the design of client specific drugs targeting Hsp90. Here, we discuss the recent progress in understanding the substrate recognition principles of Hsp90 and its implications for the role of Hsp90 in the lifecycle of (signalling) molecules...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782826/sheets-of-human-retinal-progenitor-transplants-improve-vision-in-rats-with-severe-retinal-degeneration
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Bin Lin, Bryce T McLelland, Anuradha Mathur, Robert B Aramant, Magdalene J Seiler
Loss of photoreceptors and other retinal cells is a common endpoint in retinal degenerate (RD) diseases that cause blindness. Retinal transplantation is a potential therapy to replace damaged retinal cells and improve vision. In this study, we examined the development of human fetal retinal sheets with or without their retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) transplanted to immunodeficient retinal degenerate rho S334ter-3 rats. Sheets were dissected from fetal human eyes (11-15.7 weeks gestation) and then transplanted to the subretinal space of 24-31 d old RD nude rats...
May 18, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782819/analytical-performance-of-an-immunoassay-to-measure-proenkephalin
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Leslie J Donato, Jeffrey W Meeusen, John C Lieske, Deborah Bergmann, Andrea Sparwaßer, Allan S Jaffe
BACKGROUND: Endogenous opioids, enkephalins, are known to increase with acute kidney injury. Since the mature pentapeptides are unstable, we evaluated the performance of an assay that measures proenkephalin 119-159 (PENK), a stable peptide formed concomitantly with mature enkephalins. METHODS: PENK assay performance was evaluated on two microtiterplate/chemiluminescence sandwich immunoassay formats that required 18 or 1 h incubation times. PENK concentration was measured in plasma from healthy individuals to establish a reference interval and in patients with varied levels of kidney function and comorbidities to assess the association with measured glomerular filtration rate (mGFR) using iothalamate clearance...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782695/dual-ag-zno-decorated-micro-nanoporous-sulfonated-polyetheretherketone-with-superior-antibacterial-capability-and-biocompatibility-via-layer-by-layer-self-assembly-strategy
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Yi Deng, Lei Yang, Xiaobing Huang, Junhong Chen, Xiuyuan Shi, Weizhong Yang, Min Hong, Yuan Wang, Matthew S Dargusch, Zhi-Gang Chen
Polyetheretherketone is attractive for dental and orthopedic applications due to its mechanical attributes close to that of human bone; however, the lack of antibacterial capability and bioactivity of polyetheretherketone has substantially impeded its clinical applications. Here, a dual therapy implant coating is developed on the 3D micro-/nanoporous sulfonated polyetheretherketone via layer-by-layer self-assembly of Ag ions and Zn ions. Material characterization studies have indicated that nanoparticles consisting of elemental Ag and ZnO are uniformly incorporated on the porous sulfonated polyetheretherketone surface...
May 21, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782550/multiple-roles-of-core-protein-linker-in-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
#15
Kuancheng Liu, Laurie Luckenbaugh, Xiaojun Ning, Ji Xi, Jianming Hu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core protein (HBc) contains an N-terminal domain (NTD, assembly domain) and a C-terminal domain (CTD), which are linked by a flexible linker region. HBc plays multiple essential roles in viral replication, including capsid assembly, packaging of the viral pregenomic RNA (pgRNA) into nucleocapsids, viral reverse transcription that converts pgRNA to the genomic DNA, and secretion of DNA-containing (complete) virions or genome-free (empty) virions. The HBc linker is generally assumed to act merely as a spacer between NTD and CTD but some results suggest that the linker may affect NTD assembly...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782463/gut-microbiota-probiotics-and-sport-from-clinical-evidence-to-agonistic-performance
#16
Marco Pane, Angela Amoruso, Francesca Deidda, Teresa Graziano, Serena Allesina, Luca Mogna
Human beings harbor clusters of bacteria in different parts of the body, such as the surface or the deep layers of the skin, the mouth, the lungs, the intestine, the vagina, and all the surfaces exposed to the outer world. The majority of microbes resides in the gut, have a weighty influence on human physiology and nutrition and are vital for human life. There is growing evidence showing that the gut microbiota plays important roles in the maturation of the immune system and the protection against some infectious agents...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782339/transcription-factors-foxo-in-the-regulation-of-homeostatic-hematopoiesis
#17
Vijay Menon, Saghi Ghaffari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Work in the past decade has revealed key functions of the evolutionary conserved transcription factors Forkhead box O (FOXO) in the maintenance of homeostatic hematopoiesis. Here the diverse array of FOXO functions in normal and diseased hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells is reviewed and the main findings in the past decade are highlighted. Future work should reveal FOXO-regulated networks whose alterations contribute to hematological disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have identified unanticipated FOXO functions in hematopoiesis including in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC), erythroid cells, and immune cells...
May 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782334/inhibitors-of-the-hiv-1-capsid-a-target-of-opportunity
#18
Stephanie K Carnes, Jonathan H Sheehan, Christopher Aiken
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent advances in the discovery of chemical inhibitors targeting the HIV capsid and research on their mechanisms of action. RECENT FINDINGS: HIV infection is critically dependent on functions of the viral capsid. Numerous studies have reported the identification of a variety of compounds that bind to the capsid protein; some of these inhibit reverse transcription and nuclear entry, steps required for infection. Other capsid-targeting compounds appear to act by perturbing capsid assembly, resulting in noninfectious progeny virions...
May 18, 2018: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782330/a-transgenic-mouse-model-for-hla-b-57-01-linked-abacavir-drug-tolerance-and-reactivity
#19
Marco Cardone, Karla Garcia, Mulualem E Tilahun, Lisa F Boyd, Sintayehu Gebreyohannes, Masahide Yano, Gregory Roderiquez, Adovi D Akue, Leslie Juengst, Elliot Mattson, Suryatheja Ananthula, Kannan Natarajan, Montserrat Puig, David H Margulies, Michael A Norcross
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a major obstacle to drug development, and some of these, including hypersensitivity reactions to the HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitor abacavir (ABC), are associated with HLA alleles, particularly HLA-B*57:01. However, not all HLA-B*57:01+ patients develop ADRs, suggesting that in addition to the HLA genetic risk, other factors may influence the outcome of the response to the drug. To study HLA-linked ADRs in vivo, we generated HLA-B*57:01-Tg mice and show that, although ABC activated Tg mouse CD8+ T cells in vitro in a HLA-B*57:01-dependent manner, the drug was tolerated in vivo...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782225/a-comparison-of-reproductive-and-energetic-states-in-a-marine-apex-predator-the-tiger-shark-galeocerdo-cuvier
#20
Neil Hammerschlag, Rachel A Skubel, James Sulikowski, Duncan J Irschick, Austin J Gallagher
To fuel the high energetic demands of reproduction, vertebrates employ different tactics of resource use. Large sharks exhibit long gestation periods and have relatively few well-developed young, which likely incurs high energetic costs. However, information on the relationship between the reproductive and energetic states for most shark species is lacking. In the present study, we used a noninvasive approach to assess relationships among reproductive stage, plasma triglyceride levels, body condition, and circulating reproductive hormones in free-ranging female tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier)...
July 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
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