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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161383/basal-forebrain-gating-by-somatostatin-neurons-drives-prefrontal-cortical-activity
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Nelson Espinosa, Alejandra Alonso, Cristian Morales, Pedro Espinosa, Andrés E Chávez, Pablo Fuentealba
The basal forebrain provides modulatory input to the cortex regulating brain states and cognitive processing. Somatostatin-expressing neurons constitute a heterogeneous GABAergic population known to functionally inhibit basal forebrain cortically projecting cells thus favoring sleep and cortical synchronization. However, it remains unclear if somatostatin cells can regulate population activity patterns in the basal forebrain and modulate cortical dynamics. Here, we demonstrate that somatostatin neurons regulate the corticopetal synaptic output of the basal forebrain impinging on cortical activity and behavior...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161311/expression-and-regulation-of-atl9-an-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-involved-in-plant-defense
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Fengyan Deng, Tingwei Guo, Mitchell Lefebvre, Steven Scaglione, Christopher J Antico, Tao Jing, Xin Yang, Weixing Shan, Katrina M Ramonell
Plants are continually exposed to a variety of pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. In response to these assaults, plants have developed various defense pathways to protect themselves from pathogen invasion. An understanding of the expression and regulation of genes involved in defense signaling is essential to controlling plant disease. ATL9, an Arabidopsis RING zinc finger protein, is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that is induced by chitin and involved in basal resistance to the biotrophic fungal pathogen, Golovinomyces cichoracearum (G...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161153/protective-effects-of-agomelatine-on-testicular-damage-caused-by-bortezomib
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N Akaras, T Bal, H Atilay, J Selli, M B Halici
Bortezomib is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat several cancers; however, it exhibits severe side effects in testicular tissue. We investigated the use of agomelatine to prevent testicular tissue damage caused by bortezomib. We used 36 male Sprague-Dawley rats divided randomly into six equal groups: group 1, no treatment control; group 2, agomelatine treatment only; group 3, bortezomib treatment only for 48 h; group 4, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 48 h; group 5, bortezomib treatment only for 72 h; and group 6, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 72 h...
November 21, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160573/activation-of-voltage-dependent-k-channels-strongly-limits-hypoxia-induced-elevation-of-ca-2-i-in-rat-carotid-body-glomus-cells
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Jiaju Wang, Donghee Kim
Large-conductance KCa (BK) and other voltage-dependent K(+) channels (Kv) are highly expressed in carotid body (CB) glomus cells, but their role in hypoxia-induced excitation is still not well defined and remains controversial. We addressed this issue by studying the effects of inhibitors of BK (IBTX) and BK/Kv (TEA/4-AP) on [Ca(2+) ]i responses to a wide range of hypoxia at different levels of resting cell Em. IBTX and TEA/4-AP did not affect the basal [Ca(2+) ]i in isolated glomus cells bathed in 5 mm KClo , but elicited transient increases in [Ca(2+) ]i in cells that were moderately depolarized (11-20 mV) by elevation of [KCl]o (12-20 mm)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159761/nestin-expression-in-breast-cancer-association-with-prognosis-and-subtype-on-3641-cases-with-long-term-follow-up
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Karama Asleh, Jennifer R Won, Dongxia Gao, K David Voduc, Torsten O Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Basal-like breast cancers, originally recognized by gene expression profiling, can be clinically identified using immunohistochemical (IHC) definitions that require estrogen receptor (ER) negativity. However, some basal cases are ER positive and are mistakenly considered to be luminal by standard IHC approaches, leading to suboptimal treatment choices. Nestin, an intermediate filament expressed in many stem cells, is a recently identified positive marker of basal-like phenotype independent of ER status...
November 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159432/comparison-of-the-neuroprotective-effects-of-brimonidine-tartrate-and-melatonin-on-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Deniz Marangoz, Elif Guzel, Signem Eyuboglu, Asli Gumusel, Ismail Seckin, Ferda Ciftci, Bayram Yilmaz, Ilgaz Yalvac
PURPOSE: We aimed to compare the neuroprotective effects of brimonidine tartrate (BRT) and melatonin (MEL) on retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in a rat glaucoma model. METHODS: Thirty-six adult Wistar albino rats were allocated into six groups: control (C), glaucoma (G), BRT, MEL, G + BRT and G + MEL. After establishing the glaucoma model, intraocular pressure (IOP) of all animals measured at day 4 and day 30 was compared statistically with day 0 and day 4, respectively...
November 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159004/linear-malignant-melanoma-in-situ-reports-and-review-of-cutaneous-malignancies-presenting-as-linear-skin-cancer
#7
Philip R Cohen
Melanomas usually present as oval lesions in which the borders may be irregular. Other morphological features of melanoma include clinical asymmetry, variable color, diameter greater than 6 mm and evolving lesions. Two males whose melanoma in situ presented as linear skin lesions are described and cutaneous malignancies that may appear linear in morphology are summarized in this report. A medical literature search engine, PubMed, was used to search the following terms: cancer, cutaneous, in situ, linear, malignant, malignant melanoma, melanoma in situ, neoplasm, and skin...
September 18, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158814/dna-methylation-of-mir-7-is-a-mechanism-involved-in-platinum-response-through-mafg-overexpression-in-cancer-cells
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Olga Vera, Julia Jimenez, Olga Pernia, Carlos Rodriguez-Antolin, Carmen Rodriguez, Fatima Sanchez Cabo, Javier Soto, Rocio Rosas, Sara Lopez-Magallon, Isabel Esteban Rodriguez, Ana Dopazo, Federico Rojo, Cristobal Belda, Rafael Alvarez, Jaime Valentin, Javier Benitez, Rosario Perona, Javier De Castro, Inmaculada Ibanez de Caceres
One of the major limitations associated with platinum use is the resistance that almost invariably develops in different tumor types. In the current study, we sought to identify epigenetically regulated microRNAs as novel biomarkers of platinum resistance in lung and ovarian cancers, the ones with highest ratios of associated chemo-resistance. Methods: We combined transcriptomic data from microRNA and mRNA under the influence of an epigenetic reactivation treatment in a panel of four paired cisplatin -sensitive and -resistant cell lines, followed by real-time expression and epigenetic validations for accurate candidate selection in 19 human cancer cell lines...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158510/construction-of-developmental-lineage-relationships-in-the-mouse-mammary-gland-by-single-cell-rna-profiling
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Bhupinder Pal, Yunshun Chen, François Vaillant, Paul Jamieson, Lavinia Gordon, Anne C Rios, Stephen Wilcox, Naiyang Fu, Kevin He Liu, Felicity C Jackling, Melissa J Davis, Geoffrey J Lindeman, Gordon K Smyth, Jane E Visvader
The mammary epithelium comprises two primary cellular lineages, but the degree of heterogeneity within these compartments and their lineage relationships during development remain an open question. Here we report single-cell RNA profiling of mouse mammary epithelial cells spanning four developmental stages in the post-natal gland. Notably, the epithelium undergoes a large-scale shift in gene expression from a relatively homogeneous basal-like program in pre-puberty to distinct lineage-restricted programs in puberty...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158490/long-lived-unipotent-blimp1-positive-luminal-stem-cells-drive-mammary-gland-organogenesis-throughout-adult-life
#10
Salah Elias, Marc A Morgan, Elizabeth K Bikoff, Elizabeth J Robertson
The hierarchical relationships between various stem and progenitor cell subpopulations driving mammary gland morphogenesis and homoeostasis are poorly understood. Conditional inactivation experiments previously demonstrated that expression of the zinc finger transcriptional repressor Blimp1/PRDM1 is essential for the establishment of epithelial cell polarity and functional maturation of alveolar cells. Here we exploit a Prdm1.CreERT2-LacZ reporter allele for lineage tracing experiments. Blimp1 expression marks a rare subpopulation of unipotent luminal stem cells that initially appear in the embryonic mammary gland at around E17...
November 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158444/hnf1b-controls-epithelial-organization-and-cell-polarity-during-ureteric-bud-branching-and-collecting-duct-morphogenesis
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Audrey Desgrange, Claire Heliot, Ilya Skovorodkin, Saad U Akram, Janne Heikkilä, Veli-Pekka Ronkainen, Ilkka Miinalainen, Seppo J Vainio, Silvia Cereghini
Kidney development depends critically on proper ureteric bud branching giving rise to the entire collecting duct system. The transcription factor HNF1B is required for the early steps of ureteric bud branching. Yet, the molecular and cellular events regulated by HNF1B are poorly understood. We report that specific removal of Hnf1b from the ureteric bud leads to defective cell-cell contacts and apico-basal polarity during the early branching events. High resolution ex vivo imaging combined with a membranous fluorescent reporter strategy show decreased mutant cell-rearrangements during mitosis-associated cell dispersal and severe epithelial disorganisation...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158396/emt-programs-promote-basal-mammary-stem-cell-and-tumor-initiating-cell-stemness-by-inducing-primary-ciliogenesis-and-hedgehog-signaling
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Vincent J Guen, Tony E Chavarria, Cornelia Kröger, Xin Ye, Robert A Weinberg, Jacqueline A Lees
Tissue regeneration relies on adult stem cells (SCs) that possess the ability to self-renew and produce differentiating progeny. In an analogous manner, the development of certain carcinomas depends on a small subset of tumor cells, called "tumor-initiating cells" (TICs), with SC-like properties. Mammary SCs (MaSCs) reside in the basal compartment of the mammary epithelium, and their neoplastic counterparts, mammary TICs (MaTICs), are thought to serve as the TICs for the claudin-low subtype of breast cancer...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158262/the-epac-rap1-pathway-prevents-and-reverses-cytokine-induced-retinal-vascular-permeability
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Carla J Ramos, Chengmao Lin, Xuwen Liu, David A Antonetti
Increased retinal vascular permeability contributes to macular edema, a leading cause of vision loss in eye pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and central retinal vein occlusions. Pathological changes in vascular permeability are driven by growth factors such as VEGF and by pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α. Identifying the pro-barrier mechanisms that block vascular permeability and restore the blood-retinal barrier (BRB) may lead to new therapies. The cAMP-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor EPAC promotes exchange of GTP in the small GTPase Rap1...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157829/sulfated-galactans-from-the-red-seaweed-gracilaria-fisheri-exerts-anti-migration-effect-on-cholangiocarcinoma-cells
#14
Thannicha Sae-Lao, Natthanej Luplertlop, Tavan Janvilisri, Rutaiwan Tohtong, David O Bates, Kanokpan Wongprasert
BACKGROUND: Seaweeds have a long history of use in Asian countries as functional foods, medicinal herbs, and the treatment of cancer. Polysaccharides from various seaweeds have shown anti-tumor activity. Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), often with metastatic disease, is highly prevalent in Thailand as a consequence of liver fluke infection. Recently, we extracted sulfated galactans (SG) from Gracilaria fisheri (G. fisheri), a south east Asian seaweed, and found it exhibited anti-proliferation effect on CCA cells...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156775/monophosphoryl-lipid-a-attenuates-radiation-injury-through-tlr4-activation
#15
Jiaming Guo, Yuanyuan Chen, Xiao Lei, Yang Xu, Zhe Liu, Jianming Cai, Fu Gao, Yanyong Yang
Ionizing radiation causes severe damage to human body, and normal tissue toxicity in cancer radiotherapy also limits its further application. It is urgently required to develop safe and effective radioprotector. Our previous study has shown that toll like receptor 4 (TLR4) was dispensable for basal radiation resistance. However, severe toxicity of its traditional agonist lipopolysaccharide limits the clinical application. In present study, we demonstrated that monophosphoryl lipid A (MPLA), a potent TLR4 agonist with low toxicity, effectively attenuated radiation injury on in vitro and in vivo...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156734/pax3d-mrna-over-2-76-copies-%C3%A2%C2%B5l-in-the-bloodstream-predicts-cutaneous-malignant-melanoma-relapse
#16
Chiara Autilio, Carmela Paolillo, Maria Michela Lavieri, Krizia Pocino, Elisa De Paolis, Enrico Di Stasio, Paolo Marchetti, Cappellini Antonini Gian Carlo, Ettore Capoluongo
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate if our molecular algorithm, based on tumor circulating transcripts, may predict relapse risk in cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM). Results: The multi-marker panel was able to differentiate patients with CMM from HC with high diagnostic sensitivity and specificity, especially for MITF-m and TGFB2 (91-100%) whose levels decreased during follow-up of recurrence-free patients, and remained stable in the case of relapse...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156515/linc00152-promotes-tumorigenesis-by-regulating-dnmts-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#17
Jiali Wu, Zeyu Shuang, Jianfu Zhao, Hailin Tang, Peng Liu, Lijuan Zhang, Xiaoming Xie, Xiangsheng Xiao
Long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) is a significant factor that regulates various aspects of genome activity, including tumor development and progression. Linc00152, a member of lncRNA, is unregulated in various types of cancer. However, its role in breast cancer, especially in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), is unclear. In this study, we found that linc00152 was highly expressed in all basal-like cell lines and in the majority of TNBC tissues. Linc00152 suppression by shRNA significantly inhibited invasion and colony growth...
November 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155264/modulation-of-adrenal-steroidogenesis-by-testosterone-in-the-lizard-coleonyx-elegans
#18
Rocco V Carsia, Patrick J McIlroy, Henry B John-Alder
Our previous work with adrenocortical cells from several Sceloporus lizard species suggests that gonadal hormones influence the steroidogenic capacity and the sensitivity to ACTH. However, there are discrepancies in these cellular response parameters suggesting that the effects of gonadal hormones on adrenocortical function vary with species, sex, age, season, and environmental/experimental conditions. To gain further insight into these complex interactions, here we report studies on Coleonyx elegans, Eublepharidae (Yucatán Banded Gecko), which is only distantly related to Sceloporus lizards via a basal common ancestor and in captivity, reproduces throughout the year...
November 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155176/toward-understanding-barnacle-cementing-by-characterization-of-one-cement-protein-100kda-in-amphibalanus-amphitrite
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Li-Sheng He, Gen Zhang, Yong Wang, Guo-Yong Yan, Pei-Yuan Qian
Barnacles, as major fouling organisms, have attracted more attentions. It is no doubt that the study on cement proteins is required to illustrate the mechanism of barnacle cementing. A cement protein defined as Aa-cp100k was characterized from Amphibalanus amphitrite in this study. The amino acid sequence of Aa-cp100k was shown a high similarity to other three barnacles including Megabalanus rosa (Mr-cp100k), Tetraclita japonica formosana (Tj-cp100k) and Pollicipes pollicipes (Pp-cp100k). Moreover, the localization of Aa-cp100k in the vacuoles of cyprid β secretory cells and the adult cement gland cells by immunofluorescence microscopy, indicating that Aa-cp100k existed in both cyprid and adult barnacle...
November 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155171/manganese-chloride-induces-histone-acetylation-changes-in-neuronal-cells-its-role-in-manganese-induced-damage
#20
Zhenkun Guo, Zhipeng Zhang, Qingqing Wang, Jie Zhang, Lijin Wang, Qunwei Zhang, Huangyuan Li, Siying Wu
Manganese neurotoxicity presents with Parkinson-like symptoms, with degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the basal ganglia as the principal pathological feature. Manganese neurotoxicity studies may contribute to a better understanding of the mechanism of Parkinson's disease. Here, we examined the effects of manganese on histone acetylation, a major epigenetic change in chromatin that can regulate gene expression, chromatin remodelling, cell cycle progression, DNA repair and apoptosis. In this study, we found that manganese chloride (MnCl2) may significantly suppress the acetylation of histone H3 and H4 in PC12 cells and SHSY5Y cells in a time-dependent manner...
November 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology
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