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Grace Y Wang, Rosalynn M Nazarian, Lili Zhao, Alexandra C Hristov, Rajiv M Patel, Douglas R Fullen, May P Chan
Cellular neurothekeoma (CNTK) frequently enters the differential diagnosis of a benign dermal cellular proliferation. Diagnosis often relies on immunohistochemistry including the use of protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5). A previous study demonstrated PGP9.5 expression across a wide variety of soft tissue neoplasms. We explored the utility of this antibody in distinguishing CNTK from other benign dermal-based lesions. A cohort of CNTK (n=7) and benign cutaneous lesions of neural (n=28), fibrohistiocytic (n=23), fibroblastic (n=25), histiocytic (n=18), myofibroblastic (n=7), smooth muscle (n=14), and melanocytic (n=12) differentiations were immunostained with PGP9...
November 30, 2016: Pathology
Arisa Takeuchi, Kaori Koga, Mariko Miyashita, Tomoko Makabe, Fusako Sue, Miyuki Harada, Tetsuya Hirata, Yasushi Hirota, Tomoyuki Fujii, Yutaka Osuga
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the in vivo effect of dienogest on proliferation, apoptosis, aromatase expression, vascular density, nerve growth factor (NGF) expression and nerve fiber density in human adenomyosis tissue. STUDY DESIGN: Twelve women who underwent hysterectomy for adenomyosis were enrolled. Six patients received dienogest treatment prior to hysterectomy (dienogest group), and age-matched six patients who had not received any hormonal treatment for ≥3 months before surgery (control group)...
November 8, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Anil Sebastian, Susan W Volk, Poonam Halai, James Colthurst, Ralf Paus, Ardeshir Bayat
Electrical stimulation (ES) is known to promote cutaneous healing, however its ability to regulate reinnervation remains unclear. Firstly, we show that ES treatment of human acute cutaneous wounds (n=40) increased reinnervation. Next, to define neurophysiological mechanisms through which ES impacts repair, microarray of wound biopsies was performed on days 3, 7, 10 and 14 post-wounding. This identified neural differentiation biomarkers Class III β-tubulin (TUBB3; melanocyte development and neuronal marker) and its upstream molecule Factor Induced Gene 4 (FIG4; phosphatidylinositol (3,5)-bisphosphate 5-phosphatase) as significantly up-regulated post-ES treatment...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Baohan Pan, Kelly Byrnes, Mary Schwartz, C David Hansen, Claudia M Campbell, Malvina Krupiczojc, Michael J Caterina, Michael Polydefkis
We compared patterns of intraepidermal nerve fibers and mechanoreceptors from affected and unaffected plantar skin from patients with pachyonychia congenita (PC) and control subjects. Plantar biopsies from 10 genetically confirmed patients with PC (with a mutation in KRT6A) were performed at the ball of the foot (affected skin) and the arch (unaffected) and were compared to biopsies from corresponding locations in 10 control subjects. Tissue was processed to visualize intraepidermal nerve fibers (IENF) (PGP9...
October 20, 2016: Pain
Chao Liang, Kaiyue Wang, Bin Xu, Zhi Yu
BACKGROUND: Electroacupuncture (EA) at acupoint ST 37 (Shangjuxu) has been used to alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms and improve gastrointestinal motility. However, the mechanisms by which EA affects the enteric nervous system (ENS) have scarcely been investigated. In this study, we investigated whether EA could improve ENS function. METHODS: A constipation model was established by gastric instillation of ice-cold saline daily for 14 days. The constipated mice were divided into two groups: the model group, which was not treated, and the EA group, which received EA at ST 37 at a frequency of 2-15 HZ and an amplitude of 1 mA for 15 min a day for 3 days...
October 18, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Naho Fujiwara, Katsumi Miyahara, Nana Nakazawa-Tanaka, Chihiro Akazawa, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: Hirschsprung's disease (HD) is caused by a failure of enteric neural crest-derived cells (ENCC) to colonize the bowel, resulting in an absence of the enteric nervous system (ENS). Previously, we developed a Sox10 transgenic version of the Endothelin receptor-B (Ednrb) mouse to visualize ENCC with the green fluorescent protein, Venus. The aim of this study was to isolate Sox10-Venus(+) cells, which are differentiated neurons and glial cells in the ENS, and analyze these cells using Sox10-Venus mice gut...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
A Nishimoto-Kakiuchi, S Netsu, S Matsuo, S Hayashi, T Ito, S Okabayashi, L Yasmin, K Yuzawa, O Kondoh, A Kato, M Suzuki, R Konno, T Sankai
STUDY QUESTION: What are the characteristics of spontaneous endometriosis in cynomolgus monkeys? SUMMARY ANSWER: Spontaneous endometriosis in cynomolgus monkeys exhibited similar characteristics to the human disease. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: One previous report described the prevalence and the basic histopathology of spontaneous endometriosis in cynomolgus monkeys. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: Endometriotic lesions that had been histologically confirmed in 8 female cynomolgus monkeys between 5 and 21 years old were subjected to study...
October 2016: Human Reproduction
Agung Dewanto, Jozsef Dudas, Rudolf Glueckert, Sylvia Mechsner, Anneliese Schrott-Fischer, Ludwig Wildt, Beata Seeber
BACKGROUND: The roles of the neurotrophins NGF (Neurotrophic growth factor) and BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) in neuronal growth and development are already known. Meanwhile, the neurotrophin receptors TrkA (tropomyosin related kinase A), TrkB, and p75 are important for determining the fate of cells. In endometriosis, this complex system has not been fully elucidated yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression and location of these neurotrophins and their receptors in peritoneal (PE) and deep infiltrating endometriotic (DIE) tissues and to measure and compare the density of nerve fibers in the disease subtypes...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Meng Jiang, Kang Li, Shuai Li, Li Yang, Dehua Yang, Xi Zhang, Mijing Fang, Guoqing Cao, Yong Wang, Weibin Chen, Shaotao Tang
Evaluation of rectal suction biopsies for the ganglion cells and neural hypertrophy is the basic modality for the diagnosis of Hirschsprung's disease (HD). However, the traditional hematoxylin and eosin staining coupled with acetylcholinesterase histochemistry remain challenging, especially in newborns. Thus we conducted a prospective study to evaluate the usefulness of calretinin combined with S100 and protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5) immunostaining of rectal suction biopsies for the diagnosis of HD. A total of 195 patients were enrolled in our study...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Päivi Tommola, Leila Unkila-Kallio, Anders Paetau, Seppo Meri, Eija Kalso, Jorma Paavonen
BACKGROUND: Provoked vestibulodynia manifests as allodynia of the vulvar vestibular mucosa. The exact mechanisms that result in altered pain sensation are unknown. Recently, we demonstrated the presence of secondary lymphoid tissue, which is the vestibule-associated lymphoid tissue in the vestibular mucosa, and showed that this tissue becomes activated in provoked vestibulodynia. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether expression of intraepithelial nerve fibers and nerve growth factor are related to immune activation in provoked vestibulodynia...
December 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sigrid Regauer, Marianne Gamper, Mathias K Fehr, Volker Viereck
PURPOSE: Pain is the key symptom that distinguishes bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis from overactive bladder syndrome but overlap occurs. To find a discriminating marker for these bladder diseases we examined sensory hyperinnervation and neurotrophin receptor expression in bladder biopsies as well as nerve growth factor levels in urine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bladder biopsies from patients with bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis, including 12 with and 19 without Hunner lesions, 13 with overactive bladder syndrome and 12 healthy controls, were analyzed by immunohistochemistry with antibodies to the nerve cell marker PGP9...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Urology
U Anand, M Sinisi, M Fox, A MacQuillan, T Quick, Y Korchev, C Bountra, T McCarthy, P Anand
BACKGROUND: Mycolactone is a polyketide toxin secreted by the mycobacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans, responsible for the extensive hypoalgesic skin lesions characteristic of patients with Buruli ulcer. A recent pre-clinical study proposed that mycolactone may produce analgesia via activation of the angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R). In contrast, AT2R antagonist EMA401 has shown analgesic efficacy in animal models and clinical trials for neuropathic pain. We therefore investigated the morphological and functional effects of mycolactone in cultured human and rat dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurons and the role of AT2R using EMA401...
2016: Molecular Pain
S Escada-Rebelo, A F Silva, S Amaral, R S Tavares, C Paiva, S Schlatt, J Ramalho-Santos, P C Mota
Spermatogonial stem cells are being exploited in many species as a tool to recover fertility, but may also be used to manipulate the genetic pool. Whatever the purpose, these cells must be fully characterized and easily identifiable, and our goal was to improve this procedure in the domestic cat, used as an animal model for endangered felid species and for some human diseases/physiological processes. We have therefore screened several markers that might be used to distinguish and study the undifferentiated spermatogonia population in situ and in vitro via immunohistochemistry applied to tissue sections and whole mounts of the domestic cat seminiferous tubules...
June 17, 2016: Andrology
Carlos De la Rosa-Prieto, Daniel Saiz-Sanchez, Isabel Ubeda-Banon, Alicia Flores-Cuadrado, Alino Martinez-Marcos
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neurodegenerative disease, mostly idiopathic and with palliative treatment. Neuropathologically, it is characterized by intracellular neurofibrillary tangles of tau protein and extracellular plaques of amyloid β peptides. The relationship between AD and neurogenesis is unknown, but two facts are particularly relevant. First, early aggregation sites of both proteinopathies include the hippocampal formation and the olfactory bulb (OB), which have been correlated to memory and olfactory deficits, respectively...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
E A Kogan, A S Ovakimyan, N B Paramonova, N M Faizullina, I F Kazachenko, L V Adamyan
UNLABELLED: Endometriosis (EM) is morphologically characterized by the development of extrauterine endometrioid heterotopies, the major clinical symptoms of which is chronic pelvic pain, which is a serious problem not only in modern gynecology, but also in public health as a whole. AIM: to investigate neurogenic markers in the foci of EM of various sites and histological structure in women with and without pain syndrome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The investigation was performed using the operative material (resected segments of the intestine, bladder, rectovaginal septum, and small pelvic peritoneum) obtained from 52 women with an intraoperative and morphologically verified diagnosis of EM and (Group 1) and without (Group 2) pain syndrome...
May 2016: Arkhiv Patologii
Xiao Yan Yu, Li Zhang, Xiu Ying Yang, Xiao Ting Li, Guan Hua Du
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to detect the effect of a new herbal extract salvianolic acid A (SalA) on gastrointestinal complications in diabetic rats. METHODS: Altogether 80 rats were divided randomly into five groups, including normal control (NC) group, high-fat (HF) diet group, diabetes mellitus (DM) control group, and DM treated with SalA (0.1 mg/kg and 0.3 mg/kg) groups, respectively. DM was induced by feeding the rats with HF diet and the administration of streptozotocin (30 mg/kg)...
July 2016: Journal of Digestive Diseases
S Mizukami, T Murakami, T Tanaka, N Machida, K Nomura, T Yoshida, M Shibutani
The present study has characterized the germ cell component of canine testicular mixed germ cell-sex cord stromal tumours (MGSCTs) by examining the histological nature and histochemical and immunohistochemical features using gonocytic and spermatogonial cellular markers, c-Kit, placental alkaline phosphatase (PLAP), protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5), Sal-like protein 4 (SALL4), and the periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) reaction. Histologically, all 45 examples of MGSCTs were classified as spermatocytic seminomas (SSs) and Sertoli cell tumours in combination...
July 2016: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Nathalie Van Acker, Michael Ragé, Ellen Sluydts, Michiel W M Knaapen, Martine De Bie, Maarten Timmers, Erik Fransen, Carla Duymelinck, Stefanie De Schepper, Praveen Anand, Theo Meert, Léon Plaghki, Patrick Cras
BACKGROUND: In this study we explored the possibility of automating the PGP9.5 immunofluorescence staining assay for the diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy using skin punch biopsies. The laboratory developed test (LDT) was subjected to a validation strategy as required by good laboratory practice guidelines and compared to the well-established gold standard method approved by the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS). To facilitate automation, the use of thinner sections...
2016: BMC Research Notes
Cordula Netzer, Karin Urech, Thomas Hügle, Robyn Melanie Benz, Jeroen Geurts, Stefan Schären
Facet joint osteoarthritis may be a cause of low back pain in degenerative spine diseases including lumbar spinal stenosis. Subchondral bone is regarded as a potential therapeutic target for osteoarthritis treatment. The goal of this study was to characterize subchondral bone histopathology in osteoarthritic facet joints from lumbar spinal stenosis patients. Fifteen patients with degenerative spinal stenosis scheduled for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion surgery were recruited for this study. Osteoarthritis severity was graded on T1- and T2-weighted MRI images using Weishaupt scoring system...
August 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Pan Luo, Cheng Chen, Yun Lu, TianLi Fu, Qing Lu, Xulin Xu, Changjun Li, Zhi He, Lianjun Guo
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) causes memory deficits and increases the risk of vascular dementia (VD) through several biologically plausible pathways. However, whether CCH causes prefrontal cortex (PFC)-dependent spatial working memory impairments and Baclofen, a GABAB receptor agonist, could ameliorate the impairments is still not clear especially the mechanisms underlying the process. In this study, rats were subjected to permanent bilateral occlusion of the common carotid arteries (two-vessel occlusion, 2VO) to induce CCH...
July 15, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
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