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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691783/optimization-of-fixative-solution-for-retinal-morphology-a-comparison-with-davidson-s-fixative-and-other-fixation-solutions
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Kazuhiro Tokuda, Byron Baron, Yasuhiro Kuramitsu, Takao Kitagawa, Nobuko Tokuda, Naoyuki Morishige, Masaaki Kobayashi, Kazuhiro Kimura, Kazuyuki Nakamura, Koh-Hei Sonoda
PURPOSE: Numerous fixative solutions are available but many are not amenable to the histomorphological preservation of retinae. The investigators specifically focused on retinal histological studies, which rather than 4% formaldehyde (FA), often use Davidson's fixative. However the latter has its limitations. The purpose of this study was to produce a new fixative which maintains retinae closer to the in vivo conditions. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental design. METHODS: Four fixative formulations (4% paraformaldehyde, Davidson's fixative, modified Davidson's fixative and an in-house fixative - TB-Fix) were tested on retinae and the outcomes on histomorphology and immunohistochemical staining for selected antigenic markers was compared...
April 24, 2018: Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691454/heterologous-dna-prime-protein-boost-immunization-with-reca-and-flid-offers-cross-clade-protection-against-leptospiral-infection
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Veerapandian Raja, Sankaran Sobana, Charles Solomon Akino Mercy, Bianca Cotto, Durlav Prasad Bora, Kalimuthusamy Natarajaseenivasan
The emergence of >300 serovars of Leptospira confounded the use of generalized bacterin, the whole cell lysate, as vaccines to control leptospirosis. Because of substantial genetic and geographic heterogeneity among circulating serovars, one vaccine strain per serovar cannot be efficacious against all the serovars. We have performed heterologous DNA prime-protein boost vaccination challenge studies in hamsters using in vivo expressed, leptospiral recombinase A (RecA) and flagellar hook associated protein (FliD)...
April 24, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29688339/4-5-years-within-patient-evolution-of-a-colistin-resistant-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st258
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Agnès B Jousset, Rémy A Bonnin, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Delphine Girlich, Gaëlle Cuzon, Nicolas Cabanel, Hélène Frech, Eric Farfour, Laurent Dortet, Philippe Glaser, Thierry Naas
Background: KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) have emerged globally over the last decade as a major nosocomial pathogen that threatens patient's care. These highly resistant bacteria are mostly associated with a single Kp clonal group (CG) CG258, but the reasons for its host and hospital adaptation remain largely unknown. Methods: We analyzed the in vivo evolution of a colistin-resistant KPC-Kp-CG258 strain that contaminated a patient following an endoscopy, and was responsible for a fatal bacteraemia 4...
April 21, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29687383/high-definition-confocal-imaging-modalities-for-the-characterization-of-tissue-engineered-substitutes
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Dominique Mayrand, Julie Fradette
Optimal imaging methods are necessary in order to perform a detailed characterization of thick tissue samples from either native or engineered tissues. Tissue-engineered substitutes are featuring increasing complexity including multiple cell types and capillary-like networks. Therefore, technical approaches allowing the visualization of the inner structural organization and cellular composition of tissues are needed. This chapter describes an optical clearing technique which facilitates the detailed characterization of whole-mount samples from skin and adipose tissues (ex vivo tissues and in vitro tissue-engineered substitutes) when combined with spectral confocal microscopy and quantitative analysis on image renderings...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29686590/construction-and-evaluation-of-the-tumor-targeting-cell-penetrating-multifunctional-molecular-probe-icreka
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Li-Juan Wang, Hong-Sheng Li, Quan-Shi Wang, Hu-Bing Wu, Yan-Jiang Han, Wen-Lan Zhou, Meng Wang, Shun Huang
A novel tumor stroma targeting and membrane-penetrating cyclic peptide, named iCREKA, was designed and labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and positron emitter 18 F to build the tumor-targeting tracers. The FITC-iCREKA was proved to have significantly higher cellular uptake in the glioma U87 cells in the presence of activated MMP-2 than that in absence of activated MMP-2 by cells fluorescence test in vitro . The tumor tissue fluorescence microscope imaging demonstrated that FITC-iCREKA accumulated in the walls of the blood vessels and the surrounding stroma in the glioma tumor at 1 h after intravenous injection...
2018: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685968/impact-of-dietary-gut-microbial-metabolites-on-the-epigenome
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REVIEW
Clarissa Gerhauser
Within the past decade, epigenetic mechanisms and their modulation by natural products have gained increasing interest. Dietary bioactive compounds from various sources, including green tea, soya, fruit and berries, cruciferous vegetables, whole grain foods, fish and others, have been shown to target enzymes involved in epigenetic gene regulation, including DNA methyltransferases, histone acetyltransferases, deacetylases and demethylases in vitro and in cell culture. Also, many dietary agents were shown to alter miRNA expression...
June 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29685812/the-cf-canada-sick-kids-program-in-individual-cf-therapy-a-resource-for-the-advancement-of-personalized-medicine-in-cf
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Paul D W Eckford, Jacqueline McCormack, Lise Munsie, Gengming He, Sanja Stanojevic, Sergio L Pereira, Karen Ho, Julie Avolio, Claire Bartlett, Jin Ye Yang, Amy P Wong, Leigh Wellhauser, Ling Jun Huan, Jia Xin Jiang, Hong Ouyang, Kai Du, Michelle Klingel, Lianna Kyriakopoulou, Tanja Gonska, Theo J Moraes, Lisa J Strug, Janet Rossant, Felix Ratjen, Christine E Bear
BACKGROUND: Therapies targeting certain CFTR mutants have been approved, yet variations in clinical response highlight the need for in-vitro and genetic tools that predict patient-specific clinical outcomes. Toward this goal, the CF Canada-Sick Kids Program in Individual CF Therapy (CFIT) is generating a "first of its kind", comprehensive resource containing patient-specific cell cultures and data from 100 CF individuals that will enable modeling of therapeutic responses. METHODS: The CFIT program is generating: 1) nasal cells from drug naïve patients suitable for culture and the study of drug responses in vitro, 2) matched gene expression data obtained by sequencing the RNA from the primary nasal tissue, 3) whole genome sequencing of blood derived DNA from each of the 100 participants, 4) induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generated from each participant's blood sample, 5) CRISPR-edited isogenic control iPSC lines and 6) prospective clinical data from patients treated with CF modulators...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679647/a-new-micro-holder-device-for-local-drug-delivery-during-in-vivo-whole-cell-recordings
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María Sáez, Maya Ketzef, Javier Alegre-Cortés, Ramón Reig, Gilad Silberberg
Focal administration of pharmacological agents during in vivo recordings is a useful technique to study the functional properties of neural microcircuits. However, the lack of visual control makes this task difficult and inaccurate, especially when targeting small and deep regions where spillover to neighboring regions is likely to occur. An additional problem with recording stability arises when combining focal drug administration with in vivo intracellular recordings, which are highly sensitive to mechanical vibrations...
April 18, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678603/chebulagic-acid-chebulinic-acid-and-gallic-acid-the-active-principles-of-triphala-inhibit-tnf%C3%AE-induced-pro-angiogenic-and-pro-inflammatory-activities-in-retinal-capillary-endothelial-cells-by-inhibiting-p38-erk-and-nfkb-phosphorylation
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Sivasankar Shanmuganathan, Narayanasamy Angayarkanni
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) a pleiotropic cytokine induces pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogenic changes in conditions such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and neovascular age related macular degeneration (NV-AMD). Hence, inhibition of TNFα mediated changes can benefit the management of DR and NV-AMD. Triphala, an ayurvedic herbal preparation is known to have immunomodulatry functions. In this study we evaluated the alcoholic extract of triphala (AlE) and its compounds Chebulagic acid (CA), Chebulinic acid (CI) and Gallic acid (GA) for their anti-TNFα activity...
April 17, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676651/immunohistochemical-localization-of-fam83h-during-fluorosis-induced-mouse-molar-development
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Guanghui Shi, Yanyan Zhou, Jing Guo, Zhongrui Yang, Yang Lu, Yaling Song, Jie Jia
The clinical and pathological features of fluorosis are similar to amelogenesis imperfecta (AI) caused by FAM83H mutations, suggesting that excess fluoride could have effects on the expression of Fam83h. Our previous study found that Fam83h was downregulated by fluorosis induction in ameloblasts; the purpose of this study was to underline the importance of understanding the relationship between fluoride administration and Fam83h expression in vivo. A total of 80 healthy female adult Kunming mice were randomly divided into control group or F group that induced the clinical features of fluorosis...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674064/determination-of-eight-carbonyl-compounds-in-aerosols-trapped-in-phosphate-buffer-saline-solutions-to-support-in-vitro-assessment-studies
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Roberto Buratto, Daniela Correia, Monique Parel, Maude Crenna, Mickaël Bilger, Audrey Debrick
When investigating the toxicological impact of aerosols using in vitro systems like cell cultures, it is essential to have a quantitative measurement of the chemicals that the cells are exposed to. Carbonyl compounds represent an important class of marker compounds for in vitro and in vivo exposure to different toxicological agents, including cigarette smoke (CS). A new LC-MS/MS method that quantifies eight of these analytes in aerosols trapped in phosphate-buffered saline solutions has been developed to measure exposure...
July 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673714/discovery-and-evaluation-of-nna-v-1-5-sodium-channel-blockers-with-potent-cell-invasion-inhibitory-activity-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Shilpa Dutta, Osbaldo Lopez Charcas, Samuel Tanner, Frédéric Gradek, Virginie Driffort, Sébastien Roger, Katri Selander, Sadanandan E Velu, Wayne Brouillette
Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSC) are a well-established drug target for anti-epileptic, anti-arrhythmic and pain medications due to their presence and the important roles that they play in excitable cells. Recently, their presence has been recognized in non-excitable cells such as cancer cells and their overexpression has been shown to be associated with metastatic behavior in a variety of human cancers. The neonatal isoform of the VGSC subtype, Nav 1.5 (nNav 1.5) is overexpressed in the highly aggressive human breast cancer cell line, MDA-MB-231...
April 3, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673130/effects-of-gip-on-regional-blood-flow-during-normoglycemia-and-hyperglycemia-in-anesthetized-rats
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Xiang Gao, Andreas Lindqvist, Monica Sandberg, Leif Groop, Nils Wierup, Leif Jansson
The incretin hormone glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) potentiates glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, and affects β-cell turnover. This study aimed at evaluating if some of the beneficial effects of GIP on glucose homeostasis can be explained by modulation of islet blood flow. Anesthetized Sprague-Dawley rats were infused intravenously with different doses of GIP (10, 20, or 60 ng/kg*min) for 30 min. Subsequent organ blood flow measurements were performed with microspheres. In separate animals, islets were perfused ex vivo with GIP (10-6 -10-12  mol/L) during normo- and hyperglycemia and arteriolar responsiveness was recorded...
April 2018: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672841/mutant-myo1f-alters-the-mitochondrial-network-and-induces-tumor-proliferation-in-thyroid-cancer
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Chiara Diquigiovanni, Christian Bergamini, Cecilia Evangelisti, Federica Isidori, Andrea Vettori, Natascia Tiso, Francesco Argenton, Anna Costanzini, Luisa Iommarini, Hima Anbunathan, Uberto Pagotto, Andrea Repaci, Giulia Babbi, Rita Casadio, Giorgio Lenaz, Kerry J Rhoden, Anna Maria Porcelli, Romana Fato, Anne Bowcock, Marco Seri, Giovanni Romeo, Elena Bonora
Familial aggregation is a significant risk factor for the development of thyroid cancer and Familial Non-Medullary Thyroid Cancer (FNMTC) accounts for 5-7% of all NMTC. Whole Exome Sequencing analysis in the family affected by FNMTC with oncocytic features where our group previously identified a predisposing locus on chromosome 19p13.2, revealed a novel heterozygous mutation (c.400G>A, NM_012335; p.Gly134Ser) in exon 5 of MYO1F, mapping to the linkage locus. In the thyroid FRTL-5 cell model stably expressing the mutant MYO1F p...
April 19, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672535/a-novel-nanoluciferase-based-system-to-monitor-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-in-mice-by-bioluminescence-imaging
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Erica Silberstein, Carylinda Serna, Stenio Perdigão Fragoso, Rana Nagarkatti, Alain Debrabant
Chagas disease, caused by the intracellular protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, affects 8-10 million people worldwide and represents a major public health challenge. There is no effective treatment or vaccine to control the disease that is characterized by a mild acute phase followed by a chronic life-long infection. Approximately 30% of chronically infected individuals develop cardiac and/or digestive pathologies. T. cruzi can invade a wide variety of nucleated cells, but only persists at specific tissues in the host...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670362/antiangiogenic-effects-of-aa-pme-on-huvecs-in-vitro-and-zebrafish-in-vivo
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Yue Jing, Gang Wang, Qi Xiao, Yachun Zhou, Yingjie Wei, Zhunan Gong
Angiogenesis plays a vital role in many physiological and pathological processes and several diseases are connected with its dysregulation. Asiatic acid (AA) has demonstrated anticancer properties and we suspect this might be attributable to an effect on angio-genesis. A modified derivative of AA, N-(2α,3β,23-acetoxyurs-12-en-28-oyl)-L-proline methyl ester (AA-PMe), has improved efficacy over its parent compound, but its effect on blood vessel development remains unclear. Methods: In this study, we investigated the antiangiogenic activity of AA and AA-PMe in zebrafish embryos and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670202/automated-fluid-delivery-from-multiwell-plates-to-microfluidic-devices-for-high-throughput-experiments-and-microscopy
#17
Ross C Lagoy, Dirk R Albrecht
High-throughput biological and chemical experiments typically use either multiwell plates or microfluidic devices to analyze numerous independent samples in a compact format. Multiwell plates are convenient for screening chemical libraries in static fluid environments, whereas microfluidic devices offer immense flexibility in flow control and dynamics. Interfacing these platforms in a simple and automated way would introduce new high-throughput experimental capabilities, such as compound screens with precise exposure timing...
April 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670095/single-synaptic-inputs-drive-high-precision-action-potentials-in-parvalbumin-expressing-gaba-ergic-cortical-neurons-in-vivo
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Jean-Sébastien Jouhanneau, Jens Kremkow, James F A Poulet
A defining feature of cortical layer 2/3 excitatory neurons is their sparse activity, often firing in singlets of action potentials. Local inhibitory neurons are thought to play a major role in regulating sparseness, but which cell types are recruited by single excitatory synaptic inputs is unknown. Using multiple, targeted, in vivo whole-cell recordings, we show that single u EPSPs have little effect on the firing rates of excitatory neurons and somatostatin-expressing GABA-ergic inhibitory neurons but evoke precisely timed action potentials in parvalbumin-expressing inhibitory neurons...
April 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669944/neutrophil-subsets-and-their-gene-signature-associate-with-vascular-inflammation-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-lupus
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Philip M Carlucci, Monica M Purmalek, Amit K Dey, Yenealem Temesgen-Oyelakin, Simantini Sakhardande, Aditya A Joshi, Joseph B Lerman, Alice Fike, Michael Davis, Jonathan H Chung, Martin P Playford, Mohammad Naqi, Pragnesh Mistry, Gustavo Gutierrez-Cruz, Stefania Dell'Orso, Faiza Naz, Taufiq Salahuddin, Balaji Natarajan, Zerai Manna, Wanxia L Tsai, Sarthak Gupta, Peter Grayson, Heather Teague, Marcus Y Chen, Hong-Wei Sun, Sarfaraz Hasni, Nehal N Mehta, Mariana J Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with enhanced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease not explained by Framingham risk score (FRS). Immune dysregulation associated to a distinct subset of lupus proinflammatory neutrophils (low density granulocytes; LDGs) may play key roles in conferring enhanced CV risk. This study assessed if lupus LDGs are associated with in vivo vascular dysfunction and inflammation and coronary plaque. METHODS: SLE subjects and healthy controls underwent multimodal phenotyping of vascular disease by quantifying vascular inflammation (18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/CT [18F-FDG-PET/CT]), arterial dysfunction (EndoPAT and cardio-ankle vascular index), and coronary plaque burden (coronary CT angiography)...
April 19, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669304/safety-assessment-and-functional-properties-of-four-enterococci-strains-isolated-from-regional-argentinean-cheese
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Gabriela P Martino, Martín Espariz, Gabriel Gallina Nizo, Luis Esteban, Víctor S Blancato, Christian Magni
The members of the Enterococcus genus are widely distributed in nature. Its strains have been extensively reported to be present in plant surfaces, soil, water and food. In an attempt to assess their potential application in food industry, four Enterococcus faecium group-strains recently isolated from Argentinean regional cheese products were evaluated using a combination of whole genome analyses and in vivo assays. In order to identify these microorganisms at species level, in silico analyses using their newly reported sequences were conducted...
April 11, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
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