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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197761/the-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-pedf-an-important-potential-therapeutic-agent-for-infantile-hemangioma
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Ming Li, Yanru Chen, Zhihui Guo, Yide Xie, Yakuan Zhou, Chenghong Jiang, Xiaosong Chen
In previous studies, the expression and the role of proangiogenic factors in infantile hemangiomas have been well studied. However, the role of angiogenic inhibitors has been revealed rarely. The expression of PEDF, as the strongest and safe endogenous inhibitor, is still unrecognized until the current study. In order to investigate the expression and significance of the pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) in the proliferating and regressing phases of infantile hemangiomas, the expression of PEDF, VEGF, Ki-67, and CD34 protein in hemangioma tissues was examined with immunohistochemical polymer HRP method in 42 cases during the proliferative phase, 40 cases during the regressing phase, and 11 cases of non-involuting congenital hemangiomas (NICHs)...
February 14, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193726/genetic-basis-of-melanin-pigmentation-in-butterfly-wings
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Linlin Zhang, Arnaud Martin, Michael W Perry, Karin R L van der Burg, Yuji Matsuoka, Antónia Monteiro, Robert D Reed
Despite the variety, prominence, and adaptive significance of butterfly wing patterns surprisingly little known about the genetic basis of wing color diversity. Even though there is intense interest in wing pattern evolution and development, the technical challenge of genetically manipulating butterflies has slowed efforts to functionally characterize color pattern development genes. To identify candidate wing pigmentation genes we used RNA-seq to characterize transcription across multiple stages of butterfly wing development, and between different color pattern elements, in the painted lady butterfly Vanessa cardui This allowed us to pinpoint genes specifically associated with red and black pigment patterns...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187978/optical-coherence-tomography-examination-of-the-retinal-pigment-epithelium-in-best-vitelliform-macular-dystrophy
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Cynthia X Qian, Dionisio Charran, Cameron R Strong, Timothy J Steffens, Thiran Jayasundera, John R Heckenlively
PURPOSE: To describe the anatomic changes and natural history of vitelliform lesions in Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT). DESIGN: Prospective comparative case series. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty patients (40 eyes) with molecular confirmation of mutation in the BEST1 gene and 20 age-matched controls were included. METHODS: Color fundus photographs, fundus autofluorescence, and spectral-domain OCT were obtained, and these findings were compared between the 2 groups...
February 7, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176337/how-fish-color-their-skin-a-paradigm-for-development-and-evolution-of-adult-patterns-multipotency-plasticity-and-cell-competition-regulate-proliferation-and-spreading-of-pigment-cells-in-zebrafish-coloration
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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Ajeet Pratap Singh
Pigment cells in zebrafish - melanophores, iridophores, and xanthophores - originate from neural crest-derived stem cells associated with the dorsal root ganglia of the peripheral nervous system. Clonal analysis indicates that these progenitors remain multipotent and plastic beyond embryogenesis well into metamorphosis, when the adult color pattern develops. Pigment cells share a lineage with neuronal cells of the peripheral nervous system; progenitors propagate along the spinal nerves. The proliferation of pigment cells is regulated by competitive interactions among cells of the same type...
February 3, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174022/the-evolution-and-genetics-of-carotenoid-processing-in-animals
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REVIEW
David P L Toews, Natalie R Hofmeister, Scott A Taylor
Coloration is one of the most conspicuous traits that varies among organisms. Carotenoid pigments are responsible for many of the red, orange, and yellow colors in the natural world and, at least for most animals, these molecules must be acquired from their environment. Identifying genes important for carotenoid transport, deposition, and processing has been difficult, in contrast to the well-characterized genes involved in the melanogenesis pathways. We review recent progress in the genetics of carotenoid processing, advances owing in part to the application of high-throughput sequencing data...
February 4, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171723/reaction-kinetics-of-monomeric-anthocyanin-conversion-to-polymeric-pigment-and-significance-to-color-in-interspecific-hybrid-wines
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Claire E Burtch, Anna Katharine Mansfield, David C Manns
The color stability of red wines produced from interspecific hybrid grapes, which is partially dependent on anthocyanin diglucosides, is not well understood. In this study, the rate of decrease of monomeric anthocyanins as they polymerized to polymeric pigments due to the presence of excess catechin and acetaldehyde was measured in model wine using HPLC. Colorimetry was used to measure L*, a*, and b* values, hue angle, and change in color (∆E). Concentrations of individual diglucosides decreased more slowly than monoglucosides...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168103/in-situ-morphometric-survey-elucidates-the-evolutionary-systematics-of-the-eurasian-himantoglossum-clade-orchidaceae-orchidinae
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Richard M Bateman, Attila Molnár V, Gábor Sramkó
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The charismatic Himantoglossum s.l. clade of Eurasian orchids contains an unusually large proportion of taxa that are of controversial circumscriptions and considerable conservation concern. Whereas our previously published study addressed the molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of every named taxon within the clade, here we use detailed morphometric data obtained from the same populations to compare genotypes with associated phenotypes, in order to better explore taxonomic circumscription and character evolution within the clade...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168030/eggshell-coloration-and-its-importance-in-postmating-sexual-selection
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Miroslav Poláček, Matteo Griggio, Ivan Mikšík, Michaela Bartíková, Manfred Eckenfellner, Herbert Hoi
Avian eggshell color seems to fulfill multiple functions, some of them being structural and others signaling. In this study, we tested whether or not eggshell coloration may play a role in sexual selection of Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus). According to the "Sexually selected eggshell coloration" hypothesis, eggshell coloration signals female, egg or chick quality and males adjust parental investment according to this signal. Eggs of this species are covered with brown spots and patches, and variation between clutches is high...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166161/characterizing-photoreceptor-changes-in-acute-posterior-multifocal-placoid-pigment-epitheliopathy-using-adaptive-optics
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Philipp K Roberts, Peter L Nesper, Alex C Onishi, Dimitra Skondra, Lee M Jampol, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To characterize lesions of acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy (APMPPE) by multimodal imaging including adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO). METHODS: We included patients with APMPPE at different stages of evolution of the placoid lesions. Color fundus photography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography, infrared reflectance, fundus autofluorescence, and AOSLO images were obtained and registered to correlate microstructural changes...
February 3, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160125/evolution-of-the-z-scheme-of-photosynthesis-a-perspective
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REVIEW
Govindjee, Dmitriy Shevela, Lars Olof Björn
The concept of the Z-scheme of oxygenic photosynthesis is in all the textbooks. However, its evolution is not. We focus here mainly on some of the history of its biophysical aspects. We have arbitrarily divided here the 1941-2016 period into three sub-periods: (a) Origin of the concept of two light reactions: first hinted at, in 1941, by James Franck and Karl Herzfeld; described and explained, in 1945, by Eugene Rabinowitch; and a clear hypothesis, given in 1956 by Rabinowitch, of the then available cytochrome experiments: one light oxidizing it and another reducing it; (b) Experimental discovery of the two light reactions and two pigment systems and the Z-scheme of photosynthesis: Robert Emerson's discovery, in 1957, of enhancement in photosynthesis when two light beams (one in the far-red region, and the other of shorter wavelengths) are given together than when given separately; and the 1960 scheme of Robin Hill & Fay Bendall; and...
February 3, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151674/electrostatic-asymmetry-in-the-reaction-center-of-photosystem-ii
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Frank Müh, Melanie Plöckinger, Thomas Renger
The exciton Hamiltonian of the chlorophyll (Chl) and pheophytin (Pheo) pigments in the reaction center (RC) of photosystem II is computed based on recent crystal structures by using the Poisson-Boltzmann/quantum-chemical method. Computed site energies largely confirm a previous model inferred from fits of optical spectra, in which ChlD1 has the lowest site energy, while that of PheoD1 is higher than that of PheoD2. The latter assignment has been challenged recently under reference to mutagenesis experiments...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132411/a-case-report-of-disappearing-pigmented-skin-lesions-associated-with-pembrolizumab-treatment-for-metastatic-melanoma
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Z J Wolner, A A Marghoob, M P Pulitzer, M A Postow, M A Marchetti
Pembrolizumab is an immune checkpoint inhibitor that targets the programmed cell death (PD)-1 receptor. Common cutaneous adverse side effects of PD-1 inhibitors include maculopapular rash, pruritus, vitiligo, and lichenoid skin and mucosal reactions. Here, we describe a man in his sixties with metastatic melanoma treated with pembrolizumab who subsequently developed fading or disappearance of pigmented skin lesions, lightening of the skin, and poliosis of the eyebrows, eyelashes, and scalp and body hair. Compared to baseline high-resolution three-dimensional total body photography, we observed fading or disappearing of solar lentigines, seborrheic keratoses, and melanocytic naevi, suggesting that PD-1 inhibitors may affect the evolution of these benign skin lesions...
January 28, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128324/intraspecific-geographic-variation-in-rod-and-cone-visual-pigment-sensitivity-of-a-parrot-platycercus-elegans
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Ben Knott, Mathew L Berg, Raoul F H Ribot, John A Endler, Andrew T D Bennett
Variation in wavelength sensitivity among subspecies is unknown among vertebrates. The parrot Platycercus elegans has extreme plumage variation between subspecies ranging from pale yellow to crimson which, with differences in background colour and light environment between subspecies, makes it a good candidate for the evolution of within-species differences in vision. We report differences in visual pigments between populations of P. elegans from two subspecies, providing the first known support for population and subspecies variation in visual pigments within a vertebrate species; it is also the first instance of intraspecific variation in rod sensitivity within any vertebrate species...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127058/overcoming-the-loss-of-blue-sensitivity-through-opsin-duplication-in-the-largest-animal-group-beetles
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Camilla R Sharkey, M Stanley Fujimoto, Nathan P Lord, Seunggwan Shin, Duane D McKenna, Anton Suvorov, Gavin J Martin, Seth M Bybee
Opsin proteins are fundamental components of animal vision whose structure largely determines the sensitivity of visual pigments to different wavelengths of light. Surprisingly little is known about opsin evolution in beetles, even though they are the most species rich animal group on Earth and exhibit considerable variation in visual system sensitivities. We reveal the patterns of opsin evolution across 62 beetle species and relatives. Our results show that the major insect opsin class (SW) that typically confers sensitivity to "blue" wavelengths was lost ~300 million years ago, before the origin of modern beetles...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125043/comparison-of-aquitaine-and-rioja-red-wines-characterization-of-their-phenolic-composition-and-evolution-from-2000-to-2013
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Cindy Quaglieri, Noelia Prieto-Perea, Luis Angel Berrueta, Blanca Gallo, Zurine Rasines-Perea, Michael Jourdes, Pierre-Louis Teissedre
Wine chemical analysis was carried out on 194 commercial blended red wines produced by two major wine-growing areas-the Aquitaine (France) and Rioja (Spain) regions-in order to compare the wines of both regions. Anthocyanins and derived pigments, tannins and derivatives were identified and quantified by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS/MS (high pressure liquid chromatography coupled to diode array detector and mass spectrometry using the electrospray ionization interface). Mean degree of polymerization (mDP) was determined...
January 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111171/the-sexual-advantage-of-looking-smelling-and-tasting-good-the-metabolic-network-that-produces-signals-for-pollinators
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REVIEW
Monica Borghi, Alisdair R Fernie, Florian P Schiestl, Harro J Bouwmeester
A striking feature of the angiosperms that use animals as pollen carriers to sexually reproduce is the great diversity of their flowers with regard to morphology and traits such as color, odor, and nectar. These traits are underpinned by the synthesis of secondary metabolites such as pigments and volatiles, as well as carbohydrates and amino acids, which are used by plants to lure and reward animal pollinators. We review here the knowledge of the metabolic network that supports the biosynthesis of these compounds and the behavioral responses that these molecules elicit in the animal pollinators...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101418/multi-surface-segmentation-of-oct-images-with-amd-using-sparse-high-order-potentials
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Jorge Oliveira, Sérgio Pereira, Luís Gonçalves, Manuel Ferreira, Carlos A Silva
In age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the quantification of drusen is important because it is correlated with the evolution of the disease to an advanced stage. Therefore, we propose an algorithm based on a multi-surface framework for the segmentation of the limiting boundaries of drusen: the inner boundary of the retinal pigment epithelium + drusen complex (IRPEDC) and the Bruch's membrane (BM). Several segmentation methods have been considerably successful in segmenting retinal layers of healthy retinas in optical coherence tomography (OCT) images...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098709/multimodal-imaging-during-the-evolution-of-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-maculopathy
#18
Bikramjit P Pal, Tapani Palosaari, Tero Kivelä
PURPOSE: To highlight the course of blood-brain barrier disruption maculopathy in a patient with successfully managed relapsed central nervous system lymphoma. METHODS: Case report with fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence tomography imaging, and literature review. RESULTS: A 57-year-old patient diagnosed with central nervous system large B-cell lymphoma had a normal ophthalmic evaluation on his first visit. Subsequently, when his malignancy recurred locally, he was started on blood-brain barrier disruption therapy and intraarterial methotrexate...
January 16, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095782/genome-scale-transcriptional-study-of-hybrid-effects-and-regulatory-divergence-in-an-f1-hybrid-ruellia-wild-petunias-acanthaceae-and-its-parents
#19
Yongbin Zhuang, Erin A Tripp
BACKGROUND: New combinations of divergent genomes can give rise to novel genetic functions in resulting hybrid progeny. Such functions may yield opportunities for ecological divergence, contributing ultimately to reproductive isolation and evolutionary longevity of nascent hybrid lineages. In plants, the degree to which transgressive genotypes contribute to floral novelty remains a question of key interest. Here, we generated an F1 hybrid plant between the red-flowered Ruellia elegans and yellow flowered R...
January 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095778/the-pangenome-of-antarctic-pseudoalteromonas-bacteria-evolutionary-and-functional-insights
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Emanuele Bosi, Marco Fondi, Valerio Orlandini, Elena Perrin, Isabel Maida, Donatella de Pascale, Maria Luisa Tutino, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Angelina Lo Giudice, Alain Filloux, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of ubiquitous marine bacteria used as model organisms to study the biological mechanisms involved in the adaptation to cold conditions. A remarkable feature shared by these bacteria is their ability to produce secondary metabolites with a strong antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Despite their biotechnological relevance, representatives of this genus are still lacking (with few exceptions) an extensive genomic characterization, including features involved in the evolution of secondary metabolites production...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
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