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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738383/hydralazine-is-a-suitable-mimetic-agent-of-hypoxia-to-study-the-impact-of-hypoxic-stress-on-in-vitro-blood-brain-barrier-model
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Morgane Chatard, Clémentine Puech, Nathalie Perek, Frédéric Roche
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Understanding cellular mechanisms induced by hypoxia is fundamental to reduce blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption. Nevertheless, the investigation of hypoxia on cellular pathways is complex with true hypoxia because HIF-1α has a short lifetime and rapidly reverts back to a normoxic state. To overcome this difficulty, mimetic agents of the hypoxia pathway have been developed, including the gold standard CoCl2. In this study, we proposed to compare CoCl2 and hydralazine in order to determine a suitable mimetic agent of hypoxia for the study on the BBB...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737511/astrocytes-to-the-rescue-glia-limitans-astrocytic-endfeet-control-cns-inflammation
#2
Francisco J Quintana
The blood brain barrier (BBB) and the glia limitans serve to prevent the migration of cells and other large molecules from the blood into the CNS. Neuroinflammatory diseases are characterized by disruption of the BBB and increased leukocyte infiltration into the CNS. In this issue of the JCI, Horng and colleagues demonstrate that astrocytes of the glia limitans induce tight junction formation in response to inflammatory cues, thereby tightening the border to limit the number of activated T cells infiltrating the CNS...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736639/promising-therapeutics-of-gastrointestinal-cancers-in-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Lingling Du, Zheng Che, Andrea Wang-Gillam
Many novel therapeutics are being developed for patients with cancers along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. These emerging agents are frequently classified by their biological targets such as tumor growth pathways, tumor metabolism, microenvironment, etc. Some agents targeting cancer growth pathways are based on existing clinically validated therapeutic targets, such as regorafenib for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), while other agents focus on newly identified targets, such as FGFR fusions in cholangiocarcinoma...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736230/pro-inflammatory-chemokines-and-cytokines-dominate-the-blister-fluid-molecular-signature-in-epidermolysis-bullosa-patients-and-affect-leukocyte-and-stem-cell-migration
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Vitali Alexeev, Julio Cesar Salas-Alanis, Francis Palisson, Lila Mukhtarzada, Giulio Fortuna, Jouni Uitto, Andy South, Olga Igoucheva
Hereditary epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is associated with skin blistering and the development of chronic non-healing wounds. Although clinical studies have shown that cell-based therapies improve wound healing, recruitment of therapeutic cells to blistering skin and to more advanced skin lesions remains a challenge. Here, we analyzed cytokines and chemokines in blister fluids (BF) of patients affected by dystrophic, junctional and simplex EB. Our analysis revealed high levels of CXCR1, CXCR2, CCR2 and CCR4 ligands, particularly dominant in dystrophic and junctional EB...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735862/transcriptome-analysis-reveals-temperature-regulated-antiviral-response-in-turbot-scophthalmus-maximus
#5
Jian Zhang, Li Sun
Megalocytivirus is a severe pathogen to turbot (Scophthalmus maximus), a popular aquaculture species in many countries. In this study, we investigated the effect of temperature on the antiviral response of turbot at transcriptome level. We found that when turbot were infected with megalocytivirus RBIV-C1 at low temperatures (14 °C, 16 °C, and 18 °C), viral replication was undetectable or moderate and no fish mortality occurred; in contrast, when turbot were infected with RBIV-C1 at high temperatures (20 °C, 22 °C, and 24 °C), viral replication was robust and 100% host mortality was observed...
July 20, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735418/gap-junction-communication-between-chromaffin-cells-the-hidden-face-of-adrenal-stimulus-secretion-coupling
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REVIEW
Nathalie C Guérineau
From birth to death, catecholamine secretion undergoes continuous adjustments, allowing the organism to adapt to homeostasis changes. To cope with these stressful conditions, the neuroendocrine cells of the adrenal medulla play an immediate and crucial role. Chromaffin cell-driven catecholamine release is chiefly controlled by a neurogenic command that arises from the sympathetic nervous system, which releases acetylcholine at the splanchnic nerve terminal-chromaffin cell synapses. In addition to receiving several synaptic inputs individually, chromaffin cells are coupled by gap junctions...
July 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733642/gap-junction-mediated-regulation-of-endothelial-cellular-stiffness
#7
Takayuki Okamoto, Eiji Kawamoto, Yoshimi Takagi, Nobuyuki Akita, Tatsuya Hayashi, Eun Jeong Park, Koji Suzuki, Motomu Shimaoka
Endothelial monolayers have shown the ability to signal each other through gap junctions. Gap junction-mediated cell-cell interactions have been implicated in the modulation of endothelial cell functions during vascular inflammation. Inflammatory mediators alter the mechanical properties of endothelial cells, although the exact role of gap junctions in this process remains unclear. Here, we sought to study the role of gap junctions in the regulation of endothelial stiffness, an important physical feature that is associated with many vascular pathologies...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733455/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-nedd4-induces-endocytosis-and-lysosomal-sorting-of-connexin43-to-promote-loss-of-gap-junctions
#8
Max Z Totland, Christian H Bergsland, Tone A Fykerud, Lars M Knudsen, Nikoline L Rasmussen, Peter W Eide, Zeremariam Yohannes, Vigdis Sørensen, Andreas Brech, Ragnhild A Lothe, Edward Leithe
Intercellular communication via gap junctions has an important role in controlling cell growth and in maintaining tissue homeostasis. Connexin43 is the most abundantly expressed gap junction channel protein in humans and acts as a tumor suppressor in multiple tissue types. Connexin43 is often dysregulated at the post-translational level during cancer development, resulting in loss of gap junctions. However, the molecular basis underlying the aberrant regulation of connexin43 in cancer cells has remained elusive...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733453/a-novel-functional-splice-variant-of-akt3-defined-by-analysis-of-alternative-splice-expression-in-hpv-positive-oropharyngeal-cancers
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Theresa Guo, Akihiro Sakai, Bahman Afsari, Michael Considine, Ludmila Danilova, Alexander V Favorov, Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, Dylan Z Kelley, Emily Flam, Patrick K Ha, Zubair Khan, Sarah J Wheelan, J Silvio Gutkind, Elana J Fertig, Daria A Gaykalova, Joseph Califano
The incidence of HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) has increased more than 200% in the past 20 years. Recent genetic sequencing efforts have elucidated relevant genes in head and neck cancer, but HPV-related tumors have consistently shown few DNA mutations. In this study, we sought to analyze alternative splicing events (ASE) that could alter gene function independent of mutations. To identify ASE unique to HPV-related tumors, RNA sequencing was performed on 46 HPV-positive OPSCC and 25 normal tissue samples...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733241/live-imaging-using-a-fret-glucose-sensor-reveals-glucose-delivery-to-all-cell-types-in-the-drosophila-brain
#10
Anne Volkenhoff, Johannes Hirrlinger, Johannes M Kappel, Christian Klämbt, Stefanie Schirmeier
All complex nervous systems are metabolically separated from circulation by a blood-brain barrier (BBB) that prevents uncontrolled leakage of solutes into the brain. Thus, all metabolites needed to sustain energy homeostasis must be transported across this BBB. In invertebrates, such as Drosophila, the major carbohydrate in circulation is the disaccharide trehalose and specific trehalose transporters are expressed by the glial BBB. Here we analyzed whether glucose is able to contribute to energy homeostasis in Drosophila...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732089/cx47-fine-tunes-the-handling-of-serum-lipids-but-is-dispensable-for-lymphatic-vascular-function
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Merlijn J Meens, Issa Kutkut, Viviane Rochemont, Juan Dubrot, Fouad R Kaladji, Amélie Sabine, Oliver Lyons, Stefanie Hendrikx, Jeremiah Bernier-Latmani, Friedemann Kiefer, Alberto Smith, Stéphanie Hugues, Tatiana V Petrova, Brenda R Kwak
Mutations in the gap junction protein connexin47 (Cx47) are associated with lymphedema. However, the role of Cx47 in lymphatic pathophysiology is unknown. We demonstrate that Cx47 is expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells by whole-mount immunostaining and qPCR. To determine if Cx47 plays a role in lymphatic vessel function we analysed Cx47-/- mice. Cx47-deficiency did not affect lymphatic contractility (contractile amplitude or frequency) or lymphatic morphology (vessel diameter or number of valves). Interstitial fluid drainage or dendritic cell migration through lymphatic vessels was also not affected by Cx47-deficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731322/large-scale-stretchable-semi-embedded-copper-nanowires-transparent-conductive-films-by-electrospinning-template
#12
Xia Yang, Xiaotian Hu, Qingxia Wang, Jian Xiong, Hanjun Yang, Xiangchuan Meng, Licheng Tan, Lie Chen, Yiwang Chen
With recent emergence of wearable electronic devices, the flexible and stretchable transparent electrodes are the core components to realize innovative devices. Copper nanowires (CuNWs) network is commonly chosen because of its high conductivity and transparency. However, the junction resistances and low aspect ratios still limit its further stretchable performance. Herein, a large-scale stretchable semi-embedded CuNWs transparent conductive film (TCFs) was fabricated by electrolessly depositing Cu on the electrospun poly (4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP) polymer template semi-embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731282/altered-signaling-associated-with-chronic-arsenic-exposure-in-human-skin-keratinocytes
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Sartaj Ahmad Mir, Santosh Renuse, Gajanan Sathe, Aafaque Ahmad Khan, Arun H Patil, Vishalakshi Nanjappa, Firdous Ahmad Bhat, T S Keshava Prasad, Ashok K Giri, Aditi Chatterjee, Harsha Gowda
Modulation of signaling pathways upon chronic arsenic exposure remains poorly studied. Here we carried out SILAC-based quantitative phosphoproteomics analysis to dissect the signaling induced upon chronic arsenic exposure in human skin keratinocyte cell line, HaCaT. We identified 4,171 unique phosphosites derived from 2,000 proteins. We observed differential phosphorylation of 406 phosphosites (2-fold) corresponding to 305 proteins. Several pathways involved in cytoskeleton maintenance and organization were found to be significantly enriched (p<0...
July 21, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730529/role-of-the-golgi-apparatus-in-the-blood-brain-barrier-golgi-protection-may-be-a-targeted-therapy-for-neurological-diseases
#14
REVIEW
Shuwen Deng, Hui Liu, Ke Qiu, Hong You, Qiang Lei, Wei Lu
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) protects the brain from toxic material in the blood, provides nutrients for brain tissues, and screens harmful substances from the brain. The specific brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMVECs), tight junction between endothelial cells, and astrocytes ensure proper function of the central nervous system (CNS). Pathological factors disrupt the integrity of the BBB by destroying the normal function of endothelial cells and decreasing the production of tight junction proteins or the expression of proteins specifically localized on astrocytes...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730451/using-planar-phi29-prna-three-way-junction-to-control-size-and-shape-of-rna-nanoparticles-for-biodistribution-profiling-in-mice
#15
Farzin Haque, Congcong Xu, Daniel L Jasinski, Hui Li, Peixuan Guo
RNA is rapidly emerging as a versatile building block for nanoparticle assembly due to its simplicity in base pairing, while exhibiting diversity in function such as enzymatic activity similar to some proteins. Recent advances in RNA nanotechnology have generated significant interests in applying RNA nanoparticles for various applications in nanotechnology and nanomedicine. In particular, assessing the effect of size and shape on cell entry and intracellular trafficking as well as in vivo biodistribution of nanoparticles is challenging due to the lack of nanoparticles rich in structure while varying in size and shape...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730333/identification-of-a-novel-leukemic-specific-splice-variant-of-dnmt3b-and-its-stability
#16
Prachi Singh, Sarvagalla Sailu, Elango Palchamy, Mohane Selvaraj Coumar, Sudhakar Baluchamy
DNA methyltransferases make use of alternative splicing mechanism to generate various splice variants, but their role(s) in modulating DNA methylation patterns in the cells is unclear. Notably, DNMT3B alone contains nearly 40 different splice variants. In this study, we have identified a novel splice variant of DNMT3B, which lacks exon 7 and 10 from leukemic cell lines which we termed as DNMT3B9. The exon 7 codes for the major part of PWWP domain, and exon 10 inclusion serves as a pluripotent marker. By quantitative RT-PCR using exon-exon junction-specific primers, we showed higher level of DNMT3B9 transcripts in several leukemic cell lines...
August 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730139/gastric-hemangioma-treated-with-argon-plasma-coagulation-in-a-newborn-infant
#17
Young Ah Lee, Peter Chun, Eun Ha Hwang, Yeoun Joo Lee, Chang Won Kim, Jae Hong Park
Gastric hemangioma in the neonatal period is a very rare cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. We present a case of hemangioma limited to the gastric cavity in a 10-day-old infant. A huge, erythematous mass with bleeding was observed on the lesser curvature side of the upper part of the stomach. Surgical resection was ruled out because the location of the lesion was too close to the gastroesophageal junction. Medical treatment with intravenous H2 blockers, octreotide, packed red blood cell infusions, local epinephrine injection at the lesion site, application of hemoclip, and gel-form embolization of the left gastric artery did not significantly alter the transfusion requirement...
June 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730091/aberrant-expression-of-genes-and-proteins-in-pterygium-and-their-implications-in-the-pathogenesis
#18
REVIEW
Qing-Yang Feng, Zi-Xuan Hu, Xi-Ling Song, Hong-Wei Pan
Pterygium is a common ocular surface disease induced by a variety of factors. The exact pathogenesis of pterygium remains unclear. Numbers of genes and proteins are discovered in pterygium and they function differently in the occurrence and development of this disease. We searched the Web of Science and PubMed throughout history for literatures about the subject. The keywords we used contain pterygium, gene, protein, angiogenesis, fibrosis, proliferation, inflammation, pathogenesis and therapy. In this review, we summarize the aberrant expression of a range of genes and proteins in pterygium compared with normal conjunctiva or cornea, including growth factors, matrix metalloproteinases and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases, interleukins, tumor suppressor genes, proliferation related proteins, apoptosis related proteins, cell adhesion molecules, extracellular matrix proteins, heat shock proteins and tight junction proteins...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730076/scutellaria-barbata-attenuates-diabetic-retinopathy-by-preventing-retinal-inflammation-and-the-decreased-expression-of-tight-junction-protein
#19
Xi-Yu Mei, Ling-Yu Zhou, Tian-Yu Zhang, Bin Lu, Li-Li Ji
AIM: To observe the attenuation of ethanol extract of Herba Scutellaria barbata (SE) against diabetic retinopathy (DR) and its engaged mechanism. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were intraperitoneally injected with streptozotocin (STZ, 55 mg/kg) for 5 consecutive days to induce diabetes. The diabetic mice were orally given with SE (100, 200 mg/kg) for 1mo at 1mo after STZ injection. Blood-retinal barrier (BRB) breakdown was detected by using Evans blue permeation assay. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blot and immunofluorescence staining were used to detect mRNA and protein expression...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729700/sphingomimetic-multiple-sclerosis-drug-fty720-activates-vesicular-synaptobrevin-and-augments-neuroendocrine-secretion
#20
Frederic D Darios, Jernej Jorgacevski, Ajda Flašker, Robert Zorec, Virginia García-Martinez, José Villanueva, Luis M Gutiérrez, Charlotte Leese, Manjot Bal, Elena Nosyreva, Ege T Kavalali, Bazbek Davletov
Neurotransmission and secretion of hormones involve a sequence of protein/lipid interactions with lipid turnover impacting on vesicle trafficking and ultimately fusion of secretory vesicles with the plasma membrane. We previously demonstrated that sphingosine, a sphingolipid metabolite, promotes formation of the SNARE complex required for membrane fusion and also increases the rate of exocytosis in isolated nerve terminals, neuromuscular junctions, neuroendocrine cells and in hippocampal neurons. Recently a fungi-derived sphingosine homologue, FTY720, has been approved for treatment of multiple sclerosis...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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