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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646178/increased-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-impaired-contractile-function-of-mesangial-cells-in-trpc6-knockout-mice
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Weizu Li, Yanfeng Ding, Crystal Smedley, Yanxia Wang, Sarika Chaudhari, Lutz Birnbaumer, Rong Ma
The present study was conducted to determine if TRPC6 regulates glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and the contractile function of glomerular mesangial cells (MCs). GFR was assessed in conscious TRPC6 wild type and knockout mice, and in anesthetized rats with and without in vivo knockdown of TRPC6 in kidneys. We found that GFR was significantly greater, and serum creatinine level was significantly lower in TRPC6 deficient mice. Consistently, local knockdown of TRPC6 in kidney using TRPC6 specific shRNA construct significantly attenuated Ang II-induced GFR decline in rats...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645892/meis1-effects-on-motor-phenotypes-and-the-sensorimotor-system-in-mice
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Aaro V Salminen, Lillian Garrett, Barbara Schormair, Jan Rozman, Florian Giesert, Kristina M Niedermeier, Lore Becker, Birgit Rathkolb, Ildikó Rácz, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Eckhard Wolf, Andreas Zimmer, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Miguel Torres, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Wolfgang Wurst, Sabine M Hölter, Juliane Winkelmann
MEIS1 is a developmental transcription factor linked to restless legs syndrome (RLS) in genome-wide association studies. RLS is a movement disorder leading to severe sleep reduction and with significant impact on the quality-of-life of patients. In genome-wide association studies, MEIS1 has consistently been the gene with the highest effect size and functional studies suggest a disease-relevant downregulation. Therefore, haploinsufficiency of Meis1 could be the most potential system for modeling RLS in animals...
June 23, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645622/in-vivo-effects-of-knocking-down-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-5-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Tiziana Bonifacino, Luca Cattaneo, Elena Gallia, Aldamaria Puliti, Marcello Melone, Francesca Provenzano, Simone Bossi, Ilaria Musante, Cesare Usai, Fiorenzo Conti, Giambattista Bonanno, Marco Milanese
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder due to loss of upper and lower motor neurons (MNs). The mechanisms of neuronal death are largely unknown, thus prejudicing the successful pharmacological treatment. One major cause for MN degeneration in ALS is represented by glutamate(Glu)-mediated excitotoxicity. We have previously reported that activation of Group I metabotropic Glu receptors (mGluR1 and mGluR5) at glutamatergic spinal cord nerve terminals produces abnormal Glu release in the widely studied SOD1(G93A) mouse model of ALS...
June 20, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643938/oral-application-of-a-periodontal-pathogen-impacts-serpine1-expression-and-pancreatic-islet-architecture-in-prediabetes
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V Ilievski, U G Bhat, S Suleiman-Ata, B A Bauer, P T Toth, S T Olson, T G Unterman, K Watanabe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Epidemiological studies suggest a close association between periodontitis and prediabetes/insulin resistance (IR) but whether periodontitis causes prediabetes in humans is not known. Using various animal models, we have recently established that periodontitis can be an initiator of prediabetes, which is characterized by glucose intolerance, hyperinsulinemia and IR. In addition, our in vitro studies indicated that Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg) induced insulin secretion in MIN6 β cells and this induction was in part SerpinE1 (plasminogen activator inhibitor 1, PAI1) dependent...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643252/generation-of-knock-in-mouse-by-genome-editing
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Wataru Fujii
Knock-in mice are useful for evaluating endogenous gene expressions and functions in vivo. Instead of the conventional gene-targeting method using embryonic stem cells, an exogenous DNA sequence can be inserted into the target locus in the zygote using genome editing technology. In this chapter, I describe the generation of epitope-tagged mice using engineered endonuclease and single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotide through the mouse zygote as an example of how to generate a knock-in mouse by genome editing.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642843/the-impact-of-genome-region-of-difference-4-rd4-on-mycobacterial-virulence-and-bcg-efficacy
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Huanwei Ru, Xiaojia Liu, Chen Lin, Jingyan Yang, Fuzeng Chen, Ruifeng Sun, Lu Zhang, Jun Liu
Comparative genome analyses have revealed a number of regions of difference (RD) among mycobacterial species. The functional consequences of most of these genome variations have not been studied. RD4, which encompasses Rv1506c-Rv1516c of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) H37Rv, is absent in the closely related Mycobacterium bovis and M. bovis Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG). On the other hand, we previously found that Mycobacterium marinum has an extended RD4 which includes a number of genes involved in the biosynthesis of lipooligosaccharides (LOSs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642476/prevention-of-long-term-memory-loss-after-retrieval-by-an-endogenous-camkii-inhibitor
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Fabio Antonio Vigil, Keiko Mizuno, Walter Lucchesi, Victoria Valls-Comamala, Karl Peter Giese
CaMK2N1 and CaMK2N2 are endogenous inhibitors of calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), a key synaptic signaling molecule for learning and memory. Here, we investigated the learning and memory function of CaMK2N1 by knocking-down its expression in dorsal hippocampus of mice. We found that reduced CaMK2N1 expression does not affect contextual fear long-term memory (LTM) formation. However, we show that it impairs maintenance of established LTM, but only if retrieval occurs. CaMK2N1 knockdown prevents a decrease of threonine-286 (T286) autophosphorylation of αCaMKII and increases GluA1 levels in hippocampal synapses after retrieval of contextual fear LTM...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641141/rag2-involves-the-ig%C3%AE%C2%BA-locus-demethylation-during-b-cell-development
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Caijun Wu, Yanying Dong, Xiaohui Zhao, Ping Zhang, Mingzhe Zheng, Hua Zhang, Shichang Li, Yaofeng Jin, Yunfeng Ma, Huixun Ren, Yanhong Ji
The genes encoding the immunoglobulin κ light chain are assembled during B cell development by V(D)J recombination. For efficient rearrangement, the Igκ locus must undergo a series of epigenetic changes. One such epigenetic mark is DNA methylation. The mechanism that the Igκ locus is selectively demethylated at the pre-B cell stage has not previously been characterized. Here, we employed bisulfite DNA-modification assays to analyze the methylation status of the Igκ locus in primary pre-B cells from RAG-deficient mice with pre-rearranged Igh knock-in allele...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638078/the-stress-response-factor-daf-16-foxo-is-required-for-multiple-compound-families-to-prolong-the-function-of-neurons-with-huntington-s-disease
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Francesca Farina, Emmanuel Lambert, Lucie Commeau, François-Xavier Lejeune, Nathalie Roudier, Cosima Fonte, J Alex Parker, Jacques Boddaert, Marc Verny, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, Christian Neri
Helping neurons to compensate for proteotoxic stress and maintain function over time (neuronal compensation) has therapeutic potential in aging and neurodegenerative disease. The stress response factor FOXO3 is neuroprotective in models of Huntington's disease (HD), Parkinson's disease and motor-neuron diseases. Neuroprotective compounds acting in a FOXO-dependent manner could thus constitute bona fide drugs for promoting neuronal compensation. However, whether FOXO-dependent neuroprotection is a common feature of several compound families remains unknown...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637883/niche-mediated-depletion-of-the-normal-hematopoietic-stem-cell-reservoir-by-flt3-itd-induced-myeloproliferation
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Adam J Mead, Wen Hao Neo, Nikolaos Barkas, Sahoko Matsuoka, Alice Giustacchini, Raffaella Facchini, Supat Thongjuea, Lauren Jamieson, Christopher A G Booth, Nicholas Fordham, Cristina Di Genua, Deborah Atkinson, Onima Chowdhury, Emmanouela Repapi, Nicki Gray, Shabnam Kharazi, Sally-Ann Clark, Tiphaine Bouriez, Petter Woll, Toshio Suda, Claus Nerlov, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen
Although previous studies suggested that the expression of FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 (Flt3) initiates downstream of mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), FLT3 internal tandem duplications (FLT3 ITDs) have recently been suggested to intrinsically suppress HSCs. Herein, single-cell interrogation found Flt3 mRNA expression to be absent in the large majority of phenotypic HSCs, with a strong negative correlation between Flt3 and HSC-associated gene expression. Flt3-ITD knock-in mice showed reduced numbers of phenotypic HSCs, with an even more severe loss of long-term repopulating HSCs, likely reflecting the presence of non-HSCs within the phenotypic HSC compartment...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637794/a-trpv1-to-secretagogin-regulatory-axis-controls-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-by-modulating-protein-turnover
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Katarzyna Malenczyk, Fatima Girach, Edit Szodorai, Petter Storm, Åsa Segerstolpe, Giuseppe Tortoriello, Robert Schnell, Jan Mulder, Roman A Romanov, Erzsébet Borók, Fabiana Piscitelli, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Gábor Szabó, Rickard Sandberg, Stefan Kubicek, Gert Lubec, Tomas Hökfelt, Ludwig Wagner, Leif Groop, Tibor Harkany
Ca(2+)-sensor proteins are generally implicated in insulin release through SNARE interactions. Here, secretagogin, whose expression in human pancreatic islets correlates with their insulin content and the incidence of type 2 diabetes, is shown to orchestrate an unexpectedly distinct mechanism. Single-cell RNA-seq reveals retained expression of the TRP family members in β-cells from diabetic donors. Amongst these, pharmacological probing identifies Ca(2+)-permeable transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channels (TRPV1) as potent inducers of secretagogin expression through recruitment of Sp1 transcription factors...
June 21, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637784/tnfr2-stimulation-promotes-mitochondrial-fusion-via-stat3-and-nf-kb-dependent-activation-of-opa1-expression
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Jinliang Nan, Hengxun Hu, Yong Sun, Lianlian Zhu, Yingchao Wang, Zhiwei Zhong, Jing Zhao, Na Zhang, Ya Wang, Yaping Wang, Jian Ye, Ling Zhang, Xinyang Hu, Wei Zhu, Jian'an Wang
Rationale: Mitochondria are important cellular organelles and play essential roles in maintaining cell structure and function. Emerging evidence indicates that in addition to having pro-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic effects, tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) can, under certain circumstances, promote improvements in mitochondrial integrity and function, phenomena that can be ascribed to the existence of TNFα receptor 2 (TNFR2). Objective: The present study aimed to investigate whether and how TNFR2 activation mediates the effects of TNFα on mitochondria...
June 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637665/hmga2-promotes-the-development-of-myelofibrosis-in-jak2v617f-knock-in-mice-by-enhancing-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-cxcl12-pathways
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Avik Dutta, Robert E Hutchison, Golam Mohi
Myelofibrosis (MF) is a devastating blood disorder. The JAK2V617F mutation has been detected in ~50% cases of MF. Elevated expression of high mobility group AT hook 2 (HMGA2) also has been frequently observed in patients with MF. Interestingly, upregulation of HMGA2 expression has been found in association with the JAK2V617F mutation in significant cases of MF. However, the contribution of HMGA2 in the pathogenesis of MF remains elusive. To determine the effects of concurrent expression of HMGA2 and JAK2V617F mutation in hematopoiesis, we transduced bone marrow cells from Jak2V617F knock-in mice with lentivirus expressing Hmga2 and performed bone marrow transplantation...
June 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637493/the-role-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-in-5-fluorouracil-resistance-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Xiaodong Feng, Qingqiong Luo, Han Zhang, Han Wang, Wantao Chen, Guangxun Meng, Fuxiang Chen
BACKGROUND: 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is a widely used drug for the therapy of cancer. However, the chemoresistance of tumor cells to 5-FU usually limits its clinical effectiveness. In this study, we explored the role of NLRP3 inflammasome in 5-FU resistance of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). METHODS: The mRNA and protein expression levels of NLRP3, Caspase1 and IL-1β in resected OSCC specimens or cell lines were measured respectively by quantitative real time-PCR (qRT-PCR) and western blot...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637396/modulation-of-mir29a-improves-impaired-post-ischemic-angiogenesis-in-hyperglycemia
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Lingdan Chen, Emmanuel Okeke, Dawit Ayalew, Danny Wang, Lyeba Shahid, Ayotunde O Dokun
Individuals with diabetes mellitus suffer from impaired angiogenesis and this contributes to poorer peripheral arterial disease outcomes. In experimental peripheral arterial disease, angiogenesis and perfusion recovery are impaired in mice with diabetes. We recently showed that a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-containing protein 12 (ADAM12) is upregulated in ischemic endothelial cells and plays a key role in post-ischemic angiogenesis and perfusion recovery following experimental peripheral arterial disease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635176/genetic-loss-of-the-muscarinic-m3-receptor-m3-r-markedly-alters-bile-formation-and-cholestatic-liver-injury-in-mice
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Franziska Durchschein, Elisabeth Krones, Marion J Pollheimer, Gernot Zollner, Martin Wagner, Jean-Pierre Raufman, Peter Fickert
Hepatic innervation represents a potentially underestimated regulator of liver function and regeneration. The muscarinic 3 receptor (M3 -R) is the primary cholangiocyte receptor for the afferent parasympathetic innervation of bile ducts. We aimed to determine the specific role of the M3 -R in bile formation and models for cholestatic liver disease in mice. We compared bile flow and composition in M3 -R knock-out mice (M3 -R(-/-) ) and wild type littermates (WT). M3 -R(-/-) mice showed significantly reduced bile flow compared to WT mice, most likely due to decreased biliary HCO3(-) secretion...
June 21, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632845/iris-malformation-and-anterior-segment-dysgenesis-in-mice-and-humans-with-a-mutation-in-pi-3-kinase
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Marie H Solheim, Allen C Clermont, Jonathon N Winnay, Erlend Hallstensen, Anders Molven, Pål R Njølstad, Eyvind Rødahl, C Ronald Kahn
Purpose: To determine the ocular consequences of a dominant-negative mutation in the p85α subunit of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PIK3R1) using a knock-in mouse model of SHORT syndrome, a syndrome associated with short stature, lipodystrophy, diabetes, and Rieger anomaly in humans. Methods: We investigated knock-in mice heterozygous for the SHORT syndrome mutation changing arginine 649 to tryptophan in p85α (PIK3R1) using physical examination, optical coherence tomography (OCT), tonometry, and histopathologic sections from paraffin-embedded eyes, and compared the findings to similar investigations in two human subjects with SHORT syndrome heterozygous for the same mutation...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630333/boosting-cns-axon-regeneration-by-harnessing-antagonistic-effects-of-gsk3-activity
#18
Marco Leibinger, Anastasia Andreadaki, Renate Golla, Evgeny Levin, Alexander M Hilla, Heike Diekmann, Dietmar Fischer
Implications of GSK3 activity for axon regeneration are often inconsistent, if not controversial. Sustained GSK3 activity in GSK3(S/A) knock-in mice reportedly accelerates peripheral nerve regeneration via increased MAP1B phosphorylation and concomitantly reduces microtubule detyrosination. In contrast, the current study shows that lens injury-stimulated optic nerve regeneration was significantly compromised in these knock-in mice. Phosphorylation of MAP1B and CRMP2 was expectedly increased in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons upon enhanced GSK3 activity, but, surprisingly, no GSK3-mediated CRMP2 inhibition was detected in sciatic nerves, thus revealing a fundamental difference between central and peripheral axons...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630232/long-noncoding-rna-h19-promotes-neuroinflammation-in-ischemic-stroke-by-driving-histone-deacetylase-1-dependent-m1-microglial-polarization
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Jue Wang, Haiping Zhao, Zhibin Fan, Guangwen Li, Qingfeng Ma, Zhen Tao, Rongliang Wang, Juan Feng, Yumin Luo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Long noncoding RNA H19 is repressed after birth, but can be induced by hypoxia. We aim to investigate the impact on and underlying mechanism of H19 induction after ischemic stroke. METHODS: Circulating H19 levels in stroke patients and mice subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion were assessed using real-time polymerase chain reaction. H19 siRNA and histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) plasmid were used to knock down H19 and overexpress HDAC1, respectively...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630214/patient-derived-interstitial-fluids-and-predisposition-to-aggressive-sporadic-breast-cancer-through-collagen-remodeling-and-inactivation-of-p53
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Timothy Kenny, Hank Schmidt, Kerin Adelson, Yujin Hoshida, Anna P Koh, Nagma Shah, John P Mandeli, Jess Ting, Doris Germain
Despite the fact that interstitial fluid (IF) represents a third of our body fluid, it is the most poorly understood body fluid in medicine. Increased IF pressure is thought to result from the increased deposition of extracellular matrix in the affected tissue preventing its reabsorption. In the cancer field, increased rigidity surrounding a cancerous mass remains the main reason that palpation and radiological examination, such as mammography, are used for cancer detection. While the pressure produced by IF has been considered, the biochemical composition of IF has not been considered in its effect on tumors...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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