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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229997/splics-a-split-green-fluorescent-protein-based-contact-site-sensor-for-narrow-and-wide-heterotypic-organelle-juxtaposition
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Domenico Cieri, Mattia Vicario, Marta Giacomello, Francesca Vallese, Riccardo Filadi, Tina Wagner, Tullio Pozzan, Paola Pizzo, Luca Scorrano, Marisa Brini, Tito Calì
Contact sites are discrete areas of organelle proximity that coordinate essential physiological processes across membranes, including Ca2+ signaling, lipid biosynthesis, apoptosis, and autophagy. However, tools to easily image inter-organelle proximity over a range of distances in living cells and in vivo are lacking. Here we report a split-GFP-based contact site sensor (SPLICS) engineered to fluoresce when organelles are in proximity. Two SPLICS versions efficiently measured narrow (8-10 nm) and wide (40-50 nm) juxtapositions between endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria, documenting the existence of at least two types of contact sites in human cells...
December 11, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229923/eml1-loss-impairs-apical-progenitor-spindle-length-and-soma-shape-in-the-developing-cerebral-cortex
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Sara Bizzotto, Ana Uzquiano, Florent Dingli, Dmitry Ershov, Anne Houllier, Guillaume Arras, Mark Richards, Damarys Loew, Nicolas Minc, Alexandre Croquelois, Anne Houdusse, Fiona Francis
The ventricular zone (VZ) of the developing cerebral cortex is a pseudostratified epithelium that contains progenitors undergoing precisely regulated divisions at its most apical side, the ventricular lining (VL). Mitotic perturbations can contribute to pathological mechanisms leading to cortical malformations. The HeCo mutant mouse exhibits subcortical band heterotopia (SBH), likely to be initiated by progenitor delamination from the VZ early during corticogenesis. The causes for this are however, currently unknown...
December 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228221/oncogenic-potential-of-hepatitis-b-virus-subgenotype-d1-surpasses-d3-significance-in-the-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Somenath Datta, Debanjali Dasgupta, Alip Ghosh, Suchandrima Ghosh, Alak Manna, Simanti Datta, Mitali Chatterjee, Abhijit Chowdhury, Soma Banerjee
Despite widespread distribution of HBV-genotype D, the clinical implications of its 9 subgenotypes (D1-D9) have not been well documented. Here, we have investigated the impact of two major circulating HBV/D-subgenotypes, D1 and D3 in Eastern India towards pathogenesis of liver disease progression to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). HBV-subgenotypes were determined using full-length genome sequences of HBV isolates from patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), liver cirrhosis (LC) and HCC. Impact of D1 and D3 on viral lifecycle and disease progression was assessed by several invitro assays...
December 8, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225255/edwardsiella-tarda-bacteremia-with-psoas-and-epidural-abscess-as-a-food-borne-infection-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#4
Kiyozumi Suzuki, Mitsuru Yanai, Yuta Hayashi, Hiromasa Otsuka, Kimitoshi Kato, Masayoshi Soma
Edwardsiella tarda is commonly isolated from aquatic environments and a variety of animals. We present the first case of E. tarda bacteremia with psoas and epidural abscess. The patient was a 65-year-old woman with recurrent gastric cancer who had frequently consumed raw fish and grilled eel. She was successfully treated with antimicrobials and surgery. We also review reports published in English regarding E. tarda bacteremia in Japan and the experience at our hospital. On the basis of this review, we conclude that the major underlying disease leading to E...
December 8, 2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223776/impact-of-edaphic-factors-and-nutrient-management-on-the-hepatoprotective-efficiency-of-carlinoside-purified-from-pigeon-pea-leaves-an-evaluation-of-ugt1a1-activity-in-hepatitis-induced-organelles
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Subhasish Das, K Charan Teja, Sandip Mukherjee, Soma Seal, Rajesh Kumar Sah, Buddhadeb Duary, Ki-Hyun Kim, Satya Sundar Bhattacharya
Carlinoside is a unique compound well-known for its excellent curative potential in hepatitis. There is a substantial research gap regarding the medicinal use of carlinoside, as its concentrations are greatly variable (depending on locality). We cultivated Cajanus cajan using vermicompost as a major organic amendment at two locations (Sonitpur and Birbhum) with different soil types, but identical climate conditions. Sonitpur soils were richer in soil organic C (SOC), enzyme activation, and N/P content than Birbhum...
December 7, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223561/microglia-and-astrocyte-activation-in-the-spinal-cord-of-lame-horses
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Constanza S Meneses, Heine Y Müller, Daniel E Herzberg, Benjamin Uberti, Marianne P Werner, Hedie A Bustamante
OBJECTIVE: To determine the microglial and astrocyte response to painful lameness in horses. STUDY DESIGN: Ionized calcium binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba-1) and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) expression, cell density and morphology were determined through immunofluorescence within the dorsal horn of equine spinal cord. ANIMALS: A total of five adult horses with acute or chronic unilateral lameness, previously scheduled for euthanasia...
November 2, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219199/variable-transcriptional-responsiveness-of-the-p2%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-3-receptor-gene-during-cfa-induced-inflammatory-hyperalgesia
#7
Paulina Nuñez-Badinez, Hugo Sepúlveda, Emilio Diaz, Wolfgang Greffrath, Rolf-Detlef Treede, Jimmy Stehberg, Martin Montecino, Brigitte van Zundert
The purinergic receptor P2 × 3 (P2 × 3-R) plays important roles in molecular pathways of pain, and reduction of its activity or expression effectively reduces chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain sensation. Inflammation, nerve injury, and cancer-induced pain can increase P2 × 3-R mRNA and/or protein levels in dorsal root ganglia (DRG). However, P2 × 3-R expression is unaltered or even reduced in other pain studies. The reasons for these discrepancies are unknown and might depend on the applied traumatic intervention or on intrinsic factors such as age, gender, genetic background and/or epigenetics...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217690/re-positioning-of-somatic-golgi-apparatus-is-essential-for-the-dendritic-establishment-of-adult-born-hippocampal-neurons
#8
Sneha Rao, Gregory W Kirschen, Joanna Szczurkowska, Adrian Di Antonio, Jia Wang, Shaoyu Ge, Maya Shelly
New dentate granule cells are continuously generated, and integrate into the pre-existing hippocampal network in the adult brain. How an adult-born neuron with initially simple spindle-like morphology develops into a complex dentate granule cell (DGC), consisting of a single apical dendrite with further branches, remains largely unknown. Here, using retroviruses to birth-date and manipulate newborn neurons, we examined initial dendritic formation, and possible underlying mechanisms. We found that GFP-expressing newborn cells began to establish a DGC-like morphology at around 7 days after birth, with a primary dendrite pointing to the molecular layer, but at this stage, with several neurites in the neurogenic zone...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216315/the-pul37-tegument-protein-guides-alpha-herpesvirus-retrograde-axonal-transport-to-promote-neuroinvasion
#9
Alexsia L Richards, Patricia J Sollars, Jared D Pitts, Austin M Stults, Ekaterina E Heldwein, Gary E Pickard, Gregory A Smith
A hallmark property of the neurotropic alpha-herpesvirinae is the dissemination of infection to sensory and autonomic ganglia of the peripheral nervous system following an initial exposure at mucosal surfaces. The peripheral ganglia serve as the latent virus reservoir and the source of recurrent infections such as cold sores (herpes simplex virus type I) and shingles (varicella zoster virus). However, the means by which these viruses routinely invade the nervous system is not fully understood. We report that an internal virion component, the pUL37 tegument protein, has a surface region that is an essential neuroinvasion effector...
December 7, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214672/region-specific-deletions-of-the-glutamate-transporter-glt1-differentially-affect-seizure-activity-and-neurodegeneration-in-mice
#10
Junya Sugimoto, Moeko Tanaka, Kaori Sugiyama, Yukiko Ito, Hidenori Aizawa, Miho Soma, Tomoko Shimizu, Akira Mitani, Kohichi Tanaka
Glial glutamate transporter GLT1 plays a key role in the maintenance of extracellular glutamate homeostasis. Recent human genetic studies have suggested that de novo mutations in GLT1 (EAAT2) cause early-onset epilepsy with multiple seizure types. Consistent with these findings, global GLT1 null mice show lethal spontaneous seizures. The consequences of GLT1 dysfunction vary between different brain regions, suggesting that the role of GLT1 dysfunction in epilepsy may also vary with brain regions. In this study, we generated region-specific GLT1 knockout mice by crossing floxed-GLT1 mice with mice that express the Cre recombinase in a particular domain of the ventricular zone...
December 6, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212016/cellular-phenotypes-in-human-ipsc-derived-neurons-from-a-genetic-model-of-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Aditi Deshpande, Smita Yadav, Dang Q Dao, Zhi-Yong Wu, Kenton C Hokanson, Michelle K Cahill, Arun P Wiita, Yuh-Nung Jan, Erik M Ullian, Lauren A Weiss
A deletion or duplication in the 16p11.2 region is associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. In addition to clinical characteristics, carriers of the 16p11.2 copy-number variant (CNV) manifest opposing neuroanatomical phenotypes-e.g., macrocephaly in deletion carriers (16pdel) and microcephaly in duplication carriers (16pdup). Using fibroblasts obtained from 16pdel and 16pdup carriers, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and differentiated them into neurons to identify causal cellular mechanisms underlying neurobiological phenotypes...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211718/pirna-mediated-regulation-of-transposon-alternative-splicing-in-the-soma-and-germ-line
#12
Felipe Karam Teixeira, Martyna Okuniewska, Colin D Malone, Rémi-Xavier Coux, Donald C Rio, Ruth Lehmann
Transposable elements can drive genome evolution, but their enhanced activity is detrimental to the host and therefore must be tightly regulated. The Piwi-interacting small RNA (piRNA) pathway is vital for the regulation of transposable elements, by inducing transcriptional silencing or post-transcriptional decay of mRNAs. Here we show that piRNAs and piRNA biogenesis components regulate precursor mRNA splicing of P-transposable element transcripts in vivo, leading to the production of the non-transposase-encoding mature mRNA isoform in Drosophila germ cells...
December 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209962/effects-of-location-and-extent-of-spine-clustering-on-synaptic-integration-in-striatal-medium-spiny-neurons-a-computational-study
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Mrunal Rane, Rohit Manchanda
The nucleus accumbens (NAc) is known widely for its role in the reward circuit, which is dysregulated in a number of psychological disorders. Recent evidence also suggests the contribution of this structure in spatial and gustatory memories. Because of its role in different types of memories, similar to the hippocampus, we assumed the formation of spine clusters, which are engrams of memory, to be present on dendrites of medium spiny neurons (MSNs). We found that the activation of clustered inputs resulted in sublinear summation when clusters were present on the same branch and also when inputs were distributed on different branches...
December 6, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209163/voluntary-ambulation-by-upper-limb-triggered-hal%C3%A2-in-patients-with-complete-quadri-paraplegia-due-to-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Yukiyo Shimizu, Hideki Kadone, Shigeki Kubota, Kenji Suzuki, Tetsuya Abe, Tomoyuki Ueno, Yuichiro Soma, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Yasushi Hada, Masashi Yamazaki
Patients with complete paraplegia after spinal cord injury (SCI) are unable to stand or walk on their own. Standing exercise decreases the risk of decubitus ulcers, osteoporosis, and joint deformities in patients with SCI. Conventional gait training for complete paraplegia requires excessive upper limb usage for weight bearing and is difficult in cases of complete quadriplegia. The purpose of this study was to describe voluntary ambulation triggered by upper limb activity using the Hybrid Assistive Limb® (HAL) in patients with complete quadri/paraplegia after chronic SCI...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208647/cell-type-transcriptomes-of-the-multicellular-green-alga-volvox-carteri%C3%A2-yield-insights-into-the-evolutionary-origins-of-germ-and-somatic-differentiation-programs
#15
Gavriel Y Matt, James G Umen
Germ-soma differentiation is a hallmark of complex multicellular organisms, yet its origins are not well understood. Volvox carteri is a simple multicellular green alga that has recently evolved a simple germ-soma dichotomy with only two cell types: large germ cells called gonidia and small terminally differentiated somatic cells. Here, we provide a comprehensive characterization of the gonidial and somatic transcriptomes of Volvox to uncover fundamental differences between the molecular and metabolic programming of these cell types...
December 5, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206840/age-related-changes-in-somatic-condition-and-reproduction-in-the-eurasian-beaver-resource-history-influences-onset-of-reproductive-senescence
#16
Ruairidh D Campbell, Frank Rosell, Chris Newman, David W Macdonald
Using 15 years of data from a stable population of wild Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber), we examine how annual and lifetime access to food resources affect individual age-related changes in reproduction and somatic condition. We found an age-related decline in annual maternal reproductive output, after a peak at age 5-6. Rainfall, an established negative proxy of annual resource availability for beavers, was consistently associated with lower reproductive output for females of all ages. In contrast, breeding territory quality, as a measure of local resource history over reproductive lifetimes, caused differences in individual patterns of reproductive senescence; animals from lower quality territories senesced when younger...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205064/2017-white-paper-on-recent-issues-in-bioanalysis-a-global-perspective-on-immunogenicity-guidelines-biomarker-assay-performance-part-3-lba-immunogenicity-biomarkers-and-pk-assays
#17
Shalini Gupta, Susan Richards, Lakshmi Amaravadi, Steven Piccoli, Binodh Desilva, Renuka Pillutla, Lauren Stevenson, Devangi Mehta, Montserrat Carrasco-Triguero, Robert Neely, Michael Partridge, Roland F Staack, Xuemei Zhao, Boris Gorovits, Gerry Kolaitis, Giane Sumner, Kay-Gunnar Stubenrauch, Linglong Zou, Shashi Amur, Chris Beaver, Isabella Berger, Flora Berisha, Herbert Birnboeck, Joe Bower, Seongeun Julia Cho, Isabelle Cludts, Laurent Cocea, Lorella Di Donato, Saloumeh Fischer, Stephanie Fraser, Fabio Garofolo, Sam Haidar, Jonathan Haulenbeek, Charles Hottenstein, Jenny Hu, Akiko Ishii-Watabe, Rafiq Islam, Darshana Jani, John Kadavil, John Kamerud, Daniel Kramer, Pekka Kurki, Stephen MacMannis, Jim McNally, Ashley Mullan, Apollon Papadimitriou, João Pedras-Vasconcelos, Soma Ray, Afshin Safavi, Yoshiro Saito, Natasha Savoie, Marianne Scheel Fjording, Kara Scheibner, John Smeraglia, An Song, Bruce Stouffer, Nilufer Tampal, Barry van der Strate, Thorsten Verch, Jan Welink, Yuanxin Xu, Tong-Yuan Yang, Lilian Yengi, Jianing Zeng, Yan Zhang, Yanhua Zhang, Stephen Zoog
The 2017 11th Workshop on Recent Issues in Bioanalysis took place in Los Angeles/Universal City, California, on 3-7 April 2017 with participation of close to 750 professionals from pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, contract research organizations and regulatory agencies worldwide. WRIB was once again a 5-day, week-long event - a full immersion week of bioanalysis, biomarkers and immunogenicity. As usual, it was specifically designed to facilitate sharing, reviewing, discussing and agreeing on approaches to address the most current issues of interest including both small- and large-molecule analysis involving LC-MS, hybrid ligand-binding assay (LBA)/LC-MS and LBA approaches...
December 5, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203974/deterministic-role-of-cea-and-msi-status-in-predicting-outcome-of-crc-patients-a-perspective-study-amongst-hospital-attending-eastern-indian-populations
#18
Banerjee Koyel, Das Priyabrata, Bhattacharya Rittwika, Dasgupta Swati, Mukhopadhyay Soma, Basak Jayasri, Mukhopadhyay Ashis
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is an important deterministic factor in predicting colorectal carcinoma (CRC) progression. It is also evident that microsatellite instability (MSI) which results in a hypermutable phenotype of genomic DNA is common in CRC. Owing to the scarcity of reports from India, our aim of this study was to understand the clinicopathological correlations of CEA status with surgery and chemotherapy, correlate the same with socio-demographic status of the patients, determine the MSI status amongst them and understand the prognostic implications of CEA and MSI as CRC progression marker amongst patients...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203920/pan-arthropod-analysis-reveals-somatic-pirnas-as-an-ancestral-defence-against-transposable-elements
#19
Samuel H Lewis, Kaycee A Quarles, Yujing Yang, Melanie Tanguy, Lise Frézal, Stephen A Smith, Prashant P Sharma, Richard Cordaux, Clément Gilbert, Isabelle Giraud, David H Collins, Phillip D Zamore, Eric A Miska, Peter Sarkies, Francis M Jiggins
In animals, small RNA molecules termed PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) silence transposable elements (TEs), protecting the germline from genomic instability and mutation. piRNAs have been detected in the soma in a few animals, but these are believed to be specific adaptations of individual species. Here, we report that somatic piRNAs were probably present in the ancestral arthropod more than 500 million years ago. Analysis of 20 species across the arthropod phylum suggests that somatic piRNAs targeting TEs and messenger RNAs are common among arthropods...
December 4, 2017: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203207/suppression-of-autophagy-in-the-brain-of-transgenic-mice-with-overexpression-of-%C3%B0-53%C3%B0-mutant-%C3%AE-synuclein-as-an-early-event-at-synucleinopathy-progression
#20
Alexander B Pupyshev, Tatiana A Korolenko, Anna A Akopyan, Tamara G Amstislavskaya, Maria A Tikhonova
Transgenic overexpression of α-synuclein is a common model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Accumulation of А53Т-mutant α-synuclein induces three autophagy cell response: the inhibition of autophagy caused by the accumulation of α-synuclein, compensatory activation of macroautophagy in response to inhibition of the CMA, and toxic effects of mutant α-synuclein accompanied by the activation of autophagy. The overall effect of long-term overexpression of mutant α-synuclein in vivo remained unclear. Here we evaluated the activity of autophagy in the frontal cortex, striatum and s...
December 1, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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