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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822890/production-of-a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-applicable-for-an-immunochromatographic-assay-for-kudoa-septempunctata-spores-contaminating-the-raw-olive-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
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Michio Jinnai, Takao Kawai, Tetsuya Harada, Yasutaka Nishiyama, Hiroshi Yokoyama, Sho Shirakashi, Hiroshi Sato, Junko Sakata, Yuko Kumeda, Yutaka Fukuda, Kikuyo Ogata, Kentaro Kawatsu
Kudoa septempunctata, a myxosporean parasite of the olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), causes foodborne gastroenteritis after ingestion of contaminated raw flounder. Available methods to detect K. septempunctata require expensive equipment, well-trained personnel, and lengthy procedures. Here we generated a novel monoclonal antibody (MAb 15G11) against K. septempunctata and used it to produce a prototype immunochromatographic assay (prototype Kudoa-ICA). Within 15min, the prototype Kudoa-ICA detected ≥1...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
#2
Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822852/prostaglandin-d2-is-the-major-cyclooxygenase-1-derived-product-in-prepartum-mouse-uteri-where-it-mediates-an-enhanced-in-vitro-myometrial-contraction
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Bin Liu, Jingli Yang, Wenhong Luo, Yingzhan Zhang, Jiarong Li, Hui Li, Lelin Chen, Yingbi Zhou
This study aimed to determine whether prostaglandin D2 (PGD2) is a major uterine cyclooxygenase (COX) product and if so, we wanted to examine the underlying mechanism, its relation to COX-1-mediated metabolism, and how it influences the in vitro myometrial contraction during the late stage of pregnancy. The production of PGD2 or responses evoked by the prostanoid were determined in uteri isolated from prepartum and/or non-pregnant C57Bl/6 wild-type (WT) or COX-1(-/-) mice. Results showed that PGD2, which was not detected in non-pregnant counterparts, appears as the major prostanoid in prepartum (<24h prior to parturition) mouse uteri...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822839/decreased-surface-expression-of-the-%C3%AE-subunit-of-the-gabaa-receptor-contributes-to-reduced-tonic-inhibition-in-dentate-granule-cells-in-a-mouse-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome
#4
Nianhui Zhang, Zechun Peng, Xiaoping Tong, A Kerstin Lindemeyer, Yliana Cetina, Christine S Huang, Richard W Olsen, Thomas S Otis, Carolyn R Houser
While numerous changes in the GABA system have been identified in models of Fragile X Syndrome (FXS), alterations in subunits of the GABAA receptors (GABAARs) that mediate tonic inhibition are particularly intriguing. Considering the key role of tonic inhibition in controlling neuronal excitability, reduced tonic inhibition could contribute to FXS-associated disorders such as hyperactivity, hypersensitivity, and increased seizure susceptibility. The current study has focused on the expression and function of the δ subunit of the GABAAR, a major subunit involved in tonic inhibition, in granule cells of the dentate gyrus in the Fmr1 knockout (KO) mouse model of FXS...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822808/bml-111-equilibrated-ace-angii-at1r-and-ace2-ang-1-7-mas-axis-to-protect-hepatic-fibrosis-in-rats
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Quandong Hu, Zhenzhen Hu, Qiongfeng Chen, Yonghong Huang, Zi Mao, Fangyun Xu, Xiaoyan Zhou
BACKGROUND: It was recently reported Lipoxins (LXs) had protective effects on fibrous diseases, and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) had played vital and bidirectional roles in hepatic fibrosis. In this paper, a hepatic fibrosis model, induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) in rats, was used to observe the relations between RAAS and LXs, as well as to further explore the alternative anti-fibrosis mechanisms of LXs. METHODS: The model was evaluated by morphological observations and biochemical assays...
August 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822685/28-homocastasterone-down-regulates-blood-glucose-cholesterol-triglycerides-srebp1c-and-activates-lxr-expression-in-normal-diabetic-male-rat
#6
Velan Athithan, Kotteazeth Srikumar
Plant steroids are being recognized as influential secondary bio factors, assimilating in animal tissues through diet and affecting their cellular metabolic function to varying degree. They modulate catalytic and signaling functions in mammalian cells, affecting cellular homeostasis. The effect of phyto brassinosteroid ketoisoform 28-homocastasterone (28-HC), was assessed for its influence on blood glucose, plasma lipid and selective signal marker levels in normal and diabetic male wistar rat models. A 15 day oral feed regimen employing the experimental rat, noted that circulating blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride level in diabetic rat were markedly reduced by this compound...
August 16, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822602/time-dependent-role-of-prefrontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-on-cognitive-improvement-by-aripiprazole-in-olfactory-bulbectomized-mice
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Kohei Takahashi, Osamu Nakagawasai, Wataru Nemoto, Takayo Odaira, Yuichiro Arai, Tadashi Hisamitsu, Koichi Tan-No
Dopamine (DA) modulates cognitive functions in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and hippocampus. Olfactory bulbectomy (OBX) in mice induces cognitive dysfunctions. Recently, we reported that aripiprazole (ARI) normalizes the behavioral hyper-responsivity to DA agonists in OBX mice. However, it remains unclear whether ARI affects OBX-induced cognitive dysfunctions. To address this question we evaluated ARI-treated and untreated OBX mice in a passive avoidance test. Then, we investigated the effects of ARI on cell proliferation in the hippocampal dentate gyrus by immunohistochemistry, and on c-fos levels in the PFC and hippocampus, as well as nerve growth factor (NGF) levels in the hippocampus by western blotting...
August 16, 2017: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822454/-effects-of-up-regulation-of-cathepsin-s-by-hbx-gene-on-hepg2-cell
#9
Z Zhang, P Guo, X Sun, Y Xiao, J Xu, Z S Fang, S Y Wu, H Huang
Objective: To explore the expression of cathepsin S (Cat S) and Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) in HBeAg(-) and HBeAg(+ ) hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and discuss the effects of Cat S and HBx interaction on HepG2 cell. Methods: Seventy HCC tissue specimens were collected from the surgical resection which were confirmed by pathology in the Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University. The tissue samples were separated into two groups: HBeAg(-) group and HBeAg(+ ) group according to the serology of HBeAg...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822264/trimethylamine-n-oxide-as-a-risk-factor-for-atherosclerosis-induces-stress-in-j774a-1-murine-macrophages
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Abbas Mohammadi, Zakaria Vahabzadeh, Soran Jamalzadeh, Tahereh Khalili
PURPOSE: Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is a biomarker for kidney problems. It has also been introduced as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. The classic risk factors for atherosclerosis trigger cellular and humeral immunoreaction in macrophages through induction of heat shock protein expressions and increased levels of GRP94 and HSP70 are associated with increased atherosclerosis risk. The present study evaluated the possible effect(s) of TMAO on the expression of GRP94 and HSP70 at protein levels...
August 16, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822209/primary-culture-of-rat-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-a-new-method
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Jufang Chi, Liping Meng, Sunlei Pan, Hui Lin, Xiaoya Zhai, Longbin Liu, Changzuan Zhou, Chengjian Jiang, Hangyuan Guo
BACKGROUND Developing a simple and efficient method of obtaining primary cultured VSMCs is necessary for basic cardiovascular research. MATERIAL AND METHODS The procedure of our new method mainly includes 6 steps: isolation of the aortic artery, removal of the fat tissue around the artery, separation of the media, cutting the media into small tissue blocks, transferring the tissue blocks to cell culture plates, and incubation until the cells reach confluence. The cells were identified as VSMCs by morphology and immunofluorescence...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822194/-effect-of-oridonin-on-apoptosis-and-intracellular-reactive-oxygen-species-level-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells
#12
Qi Qi, Pei Zhang, Qi-Xiang Li, Qiong Pan, Hai-Lun Zheng, Su-Rong Zhao
Oridonin, which is an ent-kaurene diterpenoid isolated from traditional Chinese medicine Rabdosia rubescens, displays various bioactivities, including anti-inflammation, anti-bacteria and anti-tumor. This study aimed to investigate the effect of oridonin on apoptosis of triple-negative breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells and its underlying mechanisms. The inhibitory effect of oridonin on proliferation of MDA-MB-231 cells was measured by MTT assay; Apoptosis was analyzed by flow cytometry with PI staining and Annexin V-FITC/PI staining; Intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) level was determined by ROS detection kit, and expressions of PARP, Bcl-2, caspase-3 were analyzed by Western blot...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822192/-taurine-affects-expression-of-icam-1-vcam-1-by-p38-pathway-in-hypoxic-endothelial-cells
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Xiao-Dan Zhang, Shu-Ya Zhao, Yun-Lin Li, Da-Ling Zhu, Ru Zhang, Jie-Jing Sheng, Shu-Jing Wang
To investigate the effect of taurine(Tau) on ICAM-1, VCAM-1 by p-p38 pathway in bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells(PAECs) and explore its mechanism of action. Generation 4-12 cells in primary cultures of PAECs were used in experiments and divided into five groups: control group, hypoxia(hyp) group, inhibitor(SB203580) group, treatment(Tau) group, and treatment+inhibitor(SB+Tau) group. The concentration of Tau:100 mmol•L⁻¹; p38 inhibitor SB203580: 20 μmol•L⁻¹; and the treatment time was 12 h...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822191/-polydatin-induces-human-cervical-cancer-cell-apoptosis-via-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Ji-Hong Pan, Hai-Bin Wang, Xiao-Fei Du, Jiang-Yue Liu, Dai-Juan Zhang
To observe the effect of polydatin on proliferation and apoptosis of cervical cancer HeLa cells and explore its possible mechanism. The growth inhibitory effect was detected with MTT assay. After HeLa cells were treated with different concentrations (50, 100, 150 μmol•L⁻¹) of polydatin, MTT assay was used to detect the inhibitory effect of polydatin on proliferation of HeLa cells; Acridine orange/ethidium bromide staining was used for morphological changes in apoptotic HeLa cells; Annexin/propidium iodide staining was applied to detect HeLa cell apoptotic rate...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822190/-effect-of-pinostrobin-chalcone-on-adipogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-c3h10t1-2
#15
Wei-Peng Huang, Yan-Fen Huang, Jian-Zhen Chen, Bo Jin, Jia-Ning Tan, Zhi-Shan Ding
Chalcones is a flavonoid wildly presented in many herbs. It has the effect to inhibit cells adipogenic differentiation. In order to study the effect of pinostrobin chalcone extracted and isolated from leaves of hickoryes on the adipogenic differentiation of murine embryonic mesenchymal stem cell (C3H10T1/2), MTS [3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)- 2H-tetrazolium] method was used to detect the cell proliferation; adipogenic differentiation was characterized by oil red O staining and isopropanol extraction; the triglyceride content was detected by GAP-PAP enzyme method; and the C3H10T1/2 cell differentiation into adipocytes was also examined by the mRNA and protein expression of PPARγ, C/EBPα and FABP4 by RT-PCR and Western blot respectively...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822125/in-vitro-alkylation-methods-for-assessing-the-protein-redox-state
#16
Flavien Zannini, Jérémy Couturier, Olivier Keech, Nicolas Rouhier
Cysteines are important residues for protein structure, function, and regulation. Owing to their modified reactivity, some cysteines can undergo very diverse redox posttranslational modifications, including the reversible formation of disulfide bonds, a widespread protein regulatory process as well exemplified in plant chloroplasts for Calvin-Benson cycle enzymes. Both core- and peripheral-photorespiratory enzymes possess conserved cysteines, some of which have been identified as being subject to oxidative modifications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822034/microrna-expression-target-genes-and-signaling-pathways-in-infants-with-a-ventricular-septal-defect
#17
Hui Chai, Zhaoyuan Yan, Ke Huang, Yuanqing Jiang, Lin Zhang
This study aimed to systematically investigate the relationship between miRNA expression and the occurrence of ventricular septal defect (VSD), and characterize the miRNA target genes and pathways that can lead to VSD. The miRNAs that were differentially expressed in blood samples from VSD and normal infants were screened and validated by implementing miRNA microarrays and qRT-PCR. The target genes regulated by differentially expressed miRNAs were predicted using three target gene databases. The functions and signaling pathways of the target genes were enriched using the GO database and KEGG database, respectively...
August 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822024/glycosaminoglycans-and-glycolipids-as-potential-biomarkers-in-lung-cancer
#18
Guoyun Li, Lingyun Li, Eun Ji Joo, Ji Woong Son, Young Jin Kim, Jae Ku Kang, Kyung Bok Lee, Fuming Zhang, Robert J Linhardt
In this report, we used liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and Western blotting to analyze the content and structure of glycosaminoglycans, glycolipids and selected proteins to compare differences between patient-matched normal and cancerous lung tissues obtained from lung cancer patients. The cancer tissue samples contained over twice as much chondroitin sulfate (CS)/dermatan sulfate (DS) as did the normal tissue samples, while the amount of heparan sulfate (HS) and hyaluronan (HA) in normal and cancer tissues were not significantly different...
August 18, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821923/ankg-hemizygous-mice-present-cognitive-impairment-and-elevated-anxiety-depressive-like-traits-associated-with-decreased-expression-of-gaba-receptors-and-postsynaptic-density-protein
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Cui Liu, Ling Zhang, Jie Wu, Xiaolong Sui, Yanfeng Xu, Lan Huang, Yunlin Han, Hua Zhu, Yanhong Li, Xiuping Sun, Chuan Qin
Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of patient populations and genetic linkage assessments have demonstrated that the ankyrin-G (AnkG) gene is involved in neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease, but it remains unclear how the genetic variants of AnkG contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we generated AnkG hemizygous mice using the gene trapping approach. Homozygous AnkG was embryonically lethal. Western blotting and real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assessments of wild type (WT) and AnkG (+/-) mutant mice demonstrated a 50% reduction of ANKG levels, at the gene and protein levels, in AnkG hemizygous mice...
August 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821706/apigenin-ameliorates-post-stroke-cognitive-deficits-in-rats-through-histone-acetylation-mediated-neurochemical-alterations
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Fengxia Tu, Qiongyi Pang, Tingting Huang, Yun Zhao, Meixia Liu, Xiang Chen
BACKGROUND To identify the effect of apigenin on cognitive deficits of rats after cerebral ischemia and reperfusion injury, and to investigate the potential molecular mechanisms. MATERIAL AND METHODS The rats were given sodium butyrate (NaB) or apigenin (20 or 40 mg/kg) for 28 days. Cognition was investigated by the Morris water maze (MWM) test. On day 28, the rats were euthanized and their hippocampal brain regions were used to identify biochemical and neurochemical alterations. The content of histone deacetylase (HDAC) was measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
August 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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