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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097219/key-role-of-the-dopamine-d4-receptor-in-the-modulation-of-corticostriatal-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
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Jordi Bonaventura, César Quiroz, Ning-Sheng Cai, Marcelo Rubinstein, Gianluigi Tanda, Sergi Ferré
Polymorphic variants of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) have been repeatedly associated with numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. Yet, the functional role of the D4 receptor and the functional differences of the products of DRD4 polymorphic variants remained enigmatic. Immunohistochemical and optogenetic-microdialysis experiments were performed in knock-in mice expressing a D4 receptor with the long intracellular domain of a human DRD4 polymorphic variant associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096316/bay-11-7082-inhibits-the-nf-kb-and-nlrp3-inflammasome-pathways-and-protects-against-imq-induced-psoriasis
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Natasha Irrera, Mario Vaccaro, Alessandra Bitto, Giovanni Pallio, Gabriele Pizzino, Maria Lentini, Vincenzo Arcoraci, Letteria Minutoli, Michele Scuruchi, Giuseppina Cutroneo, Giuseppe Pio Anastasi, Roberta Ettari, Francesco Squadrito, Domenica Altavilla
BAY 11-7082 antagonizes I-κB kinase-β preventing nuclear translocation of NF-κB; it also inhibits NLRP3 inflammasome activation.NF-κB is involved in psoriasis, while the role of NLRP3 is controversial. We investigated BAY 11-7082 effects in an experimental model of psoriasis-like dermatitis. Psoriasis-like lesions were induced by a topical application of imiquimod cream (IMQ; 62.5 mg/day) on the shaved back skin of C57BL/6 and NLRP3 knock-out mice for 7 consecutive days. Sham psoriasis animals were challenged with vaseline cream...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094236/deficiency-of-ptp1b-attenuates-hypothalamic-inflammation-via-activation-of-the-jak2-stat3-pathway-in-microglia
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Taku Tsunekawa, Ryoichi Banno, Akira Mizoguchi, Mariko Sugiyama, Takashi Tominaga, Takeshi Onoue, Daisuke Hagiwara, Yoshihiro Ito, Shintaro Iwama, Motomitsu Goto, Hidetaka Suga, Yoshihisa Sugimura, Hiroshi Arima
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) regulates leptin signaling in hypothalamic neurons via the JAK2-STAT3 pathway. PTP1B has also been implicated in the regulation of inflammation in the periphery. However, the role of PTP1B in hypothalamic inflammation, which is induced by a high-fat diet (HFD), remains to be elucidated. Here, we showed that STAT3 phosphorylation (p-STAT3) was increased in microglia in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus of PTP1B knock-out mice (KO) on a HFD, accompanied by decreased Tnf and increased Il10 mRNA expression in the hypothalamus compared to wild-type mice (WT)...
January 9, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090751/a-safety-checkpoint-to-eliminate-cancer-risk-of-the-immune-evasive-cells-derived-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Jingjin He, Zhili Rong, Xuemei Fu, Yang Xu
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) hold great promise in the regenerative therapy of many currently untreatable human diseases. One of the key bottlenecks is the immune rejection of hESC-derived allografts by the recipient. To overcome this challenge, we have established new approaches to induce immune protection of hESC-derived allografts through the co-expression of immune suppressive molecules CTLA4-Ig and PD-L1. However, this in turn raises a safety concern of cancer risk because these hESC-derived cells can evade immune surveillance...
January 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090637/diltiazem-prevents-stress-induced-contractile-deficits-in-cardiomyocytes-but-does-not-reverse-the-cardiomyopathy-phenotype-in-mybpc3-knock-in-mice
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Frederik Flenner, Birgit Geertz, Silke Reischmann-Düsener, Florian Weinberger, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lucie Carrier, Felix W Friedrich
Left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and fibrosis are main features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Guidelines recommend β-adrenoceptor or Ca(2+) channel antagonists as pharmacological treatment. The Ca(2+) channel blocker diltiazem recently showed promising beneficial effects in pre-clinical HCM, particularly in patients carrying MYBPC3 mutations. In the present study we evaluated whether diltiazem could ameliorate or reverse the disease phenotype in cells and in vivo in Mybpc3-targeted knock-in (KI) mouse model of HCM...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089712/effect-of-heme-oxygenase-1-on-ochratoxin-a-induced-nephrotoxicity-in-mice
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Agnieszka Loboda, Anna Stachurska, Paulina Podkalicka, Mateusz Sobczak, Olga Mucha, Agnieszka Witalisz-Siepracka, Alicja Jozkowicz, Jozef Dulak
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a heme-degrading enzyme, is suggested to play an important role in kidney pathophysiology, mostly due to its anti-fibrotic, anti-apoptotic and anti-oxidant properties. One of the mycotoxin, ochratoxin A (OTA) was previously shown to affect HO-1 expression, however, the mechanisms of OTA-induced nephrotoxicity during HO-1 deficiency are unknown. We have shown that OTA regulates the number of pro-fibrotic, pro-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and pro-apoptotic factors in HO-1 dependent manner, as the lack of HO-1 accelerates whereas the induction of HO-1 expression by cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP) attenuates nephrotoxic effect of OTA...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088462/activation-of-the-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-alpha-subunit-pathway-in-steatotic-liver-contributes-to-formation-of-cholesterol-gallstones
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Yoichiro Asai, Tetsuya Yamada, Sohei Tsukita, Kei Takahashi, Masamitsu Maekawa, Midori Honma, Masanori Ikeda, Keigo Murakami, Yuichiro Munakata, Yuta Shirai, Shinjiro Kodama, Takashi Sugisawa, Yumiko Chiba, Yasuteru Kondo, Keizo Kaneko, Kenji Uno, Shojiro Sawada, Junta Imai, Yasuhiro Nakamura, Hiroaki Yamaguchi, Kozo Tanaka, Hironobu Sasano, Nariyasu Mano, Yoshiyuki Ueno, Tooru Shimosegawa, Hideki Katagiri
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha subunit (HIF1A) is a transcription factor that controls the cellular response to hypoxia and is activated in hepatocytes of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD increases risk for cholesterol gallstone disease by unclear mechanisms. We studied the relationship between HIF1A and gallstone formation associated with liver steatosis. METHODS: We performed studies with mice with inducible disruption of Hif1a in hepatocytes, via a Cre adenoviral vector (iH-HIFKO mice), and mice without disruption of Hif1a (control mice)...
January 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088460/ultrasound-mediated-delivery-of-rna-to-colonic-mucosa-of-live-mice
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Carl M Schoellhammer, Gregory Y Lauwers, Jeremy A Goettel, Matthias A Oberli, Cody Cleveland, June Y Park, Daniel Minahan, Yiyun Chen, Daniel G Anderson, Ana Jaklenec, Scott B Snapper, Robert Langer, Giovanni Traverso
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is a challenge to deliver nucleic acids to gastrointestinal (GI) tissues due to their size and need for intracellular delivery. They are also extremely susceptible to degradation by nucleases, which are ubiquitous in the GI tract. We investigated whether ultrasound, which can permeabilize tissue through a phenomenon known as transient cavitation, can be used to deliver RNA to the colonic mucosa of living mice. METHODS: We investigated delivery of fluorescently labeled permeants to colon tissues of Yorkshire pigs ex vivo and mice in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086964/anti-%C3%AE-synuclein-immunotherapy-reduces-%C3%AE-synuclein-propagation-in-the-axon-and-degeneration-in-a-combined-viral-vector-and-transgenic-model-of-synucleinopathy
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Brian Spencer, Elvira Valera, Edward Rockenstein, Cassia Overk, Michael Mante, Anthony Adame, Wagner Zago, Peter Seubert, Robin Barbour, Dale Schenk, Dora Games, Robert A Rissman, Eliezer Masliah
Neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's Disease (PD), PD dementia (PDD) and Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) are characterized by progressive accumulation of α-synuclein (α-syn) in neurons. Recent studies have proposed that neuron-to-neuron propagation of α-syn plays a role in the pathogenesis of these disorders. We have previously shown that antibodies against the C-terminus of α-syn reduce the intra-neuronal accumulation of α-syn and related deficits in transgenic models of synucleinopathy, probably by abrogating the axonal transport and accumulation of α-syn in in vivo models...
January 13, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081254/maternal-supply-of-cas9-to-zygotes-facilitates-the-efficient-generation-of-site-specific-mutant-mouse-models
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Alberto Cebrian-Serrano, Shijun Zha, Lars Hanssen, Daniel Biggs, Christopher Preece, Benjamin Davies
Genome manipulation in the mouse via microinjection of CRISPR/Cas9 site-specific nucleases has allowed the production time for genetically modified mouse models to be significantly reduced. Successful genome manipulation in the mouse has already been reported using Cas9 supplied by microinjection of a DNA construct, in vitro transcribed mRNA and recombinant protein. Recently the use of transgenic strains of mice overexpressing Cas9 has been shown to facilitate site-specific mutagenesis via maternal supply to zygotes and this route may provide an alternative to exogenous supply...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081250/cutaneous-deficiency-of-filaggrin-and-stat3-exacerbates-vaccinia-disease-in-vivo
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Yong He, Ishrat Sultana, Kazuyo Takeda, Jennifer L Reed
RATIONALE: Defects in filaggrin and STAT3 are associated with atopic dermatitis (AD) and susceptibility to severe skin infection. METHODS: We evaluated skin infection with the current smallpox vaccine, ACAM-2000, in immunosuppressed mice with combined cutaneous deficiency in filaggrin and STAT3. In parallel, early events post-infection with ACAM-2000 were investigated in cultured keratinocytes in which filaggrin expression was knocked down via siRNA. RESULTS: Immunosuppressed, filaggrin-deficient mice, treated with the topical STAT3 inhibitor Stattic® prior to ACAM-2000 infection, demonstrated rapid weight loss, prolonged vaccinia burden in skin, and dermatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081119/sclerostin-promotes-bone-remodeling-in-the-process-of-tooth-movement
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Rui Shu, Ding Bai, Tzongjen Sheu, Yao He, Xianrui Yang, Chaoran Xue, Yiruo He, Mengyuan Zhao, Xianglong Han
Tooth movement is a biological process of bone remodeling induced by mechanical force. Sclerostin secreted by osteocytes is mechanosensory and important in bone remodeling. However, little is known regarding the role of sclerostin in tooth movement. In this study, models of experimental tooth movement were established in rats and mice. Sclerostin expression was investigated with immunohistochemistry staining, and osteoclastic activity was analyzed with tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining. MLO-Y4 osteocyte-like cells underwent uniaxial compression and tension stress or were cultured in hypoxia conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079884/lack-of-collagen-xv-is-protective-after-ischemic-stroke-in-mice
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Hiramani Dhungana, Mikko T Huuskonen, Taina Pihlajaniemi, Ritva Heljasvaara, Denis Vivien, Katja M Kanninen, Tarja Malm, Jari Koistinaho, Sighild Lemarchant
Collagens are key structural components of basement membranes, providing a scaffold for other components or adhering cells. Collagens and collagen-derived active fragments contribute to biological activities such as cell growth, differentiation and migration. Here, we report that collagen XV knock-out (ColXV KO) mice are resistant to experimental ischemic stroke. Interestingly, the infarcts of ColXV KO mice were as small as those of wild-type (WT) mice thrombolysed with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), the actual treatment for ischemic stroke...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078348/the-fifth-epidermal-growth-factor-like-region-of-thrombomodulin-alleviates-lps-induced-sepsis-through-interacting-with-g-protein-coupled-receptor-15
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Bin Pan, Xiangmin Wang, Shinsuke Kojima, Chie Nishioka, Akihito Yokoyama, Goichi Honda, Kailin Xu, Takayuki Ikezoe
Thrombomodulin (TM) exerts cytoprotection via the fifth region of epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like domain of TM (TME5) by interacting with G-protein coupled receptor 15 (GPR15) expressed on cell surface of vascular endothelial cells. TM is also implied to mediate anti-inflammatory functions by unknown mechanism. By applying a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine sepsis model, we assessed the role of TME5 in septic inflammation and coagulation. We found that TME5 treatment protected mice in association with ameliorating inflammation and coagulopathy in LPS-induced sepsis...
January 12, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077718/integrin-linked-kinase-ilk-deletion-disrupts-oligodendrocyte-development-by-altering-cell-cycle
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Rashad Hussain, Wendy B Macklin
: During development, oligodendrocytes are initially specified, after which oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) migrate and proliferate before differentiating into myelinating cells. Lineage-specific programming of oligodendrocytes results from sensing environmental cues through membrane-bound receptors and related intracellular signaling molecules. Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is an important protein that is expressed at the inner margins of the plasma membrane and can mediate some of these signals...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077706/connexin-mediated-signaling-in-nonsensory-cells-is-crucial-for-the-development-of-sensory-inner-hair-cells-in-the-mouse-cochlea
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Stuart L Johnson, Federico Ceriani, Oliver Houston, Roman Polishchuk, Elena Polishchuk, Giulia Crispino, Veronica Zorzi, Fabio Mammano, Walter Marcotti
: Mutations in the genes encoding for gap junction proteins connexin 26 (Cx26) and connexin 30 (Cx30) have been linked to syndromic and nonsyndromic hearing loss in mice and humans. The release of ATP from connexin hemichannels in cochlear nonsensory cells has been proposed to be the main trigger for action potential activity in immature sensory inner hair cells (IHCs), which is crucial for the refinement of the developing auditory circuitry. Using connexin knock-out mice, we show that IHCs fire spontaneous action potentials even in the absence of ATP-dependent intercellular Ca(2+) signaling in the nonsensory cells...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077655/expression-of-ifnlr1-on-intestinal-epithelial-cells-is-critical-to-the-antiviral-effects-of-ifn-lambda-against-norovirus-and-reovirus
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Megan T Baldridge, Sanghyun Lee, Judy J Brown, Nicole McAllister, Kelly Urbanek, Terence S Dermody, Timothy J Nice, Herbert W Virgin
: Interferon-lambda (IFN-λ) has potent antiviral effects against multiple enteric viral pathogens, including norovirus and rotavirus, in both preventing and curing infection. Because the intestine includes a diverse array of cell types, however, the cell(s) upon which IFN-λ acts to exert its antiviral effects are unclear. Here, we sought to identify IFN-λ responsive cells by generation of mice with lineage-specific deletion of the receptor for IFN-λ, Ifnlr1 We found that expression of IFNLR1 on intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) in the small intestine and colon is required for enteric IFN-λ antiviral activity...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077418/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-with-significant-improvement-of-class-switched-antigen-specific-antibody-production
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Hua Yu, Chiara Borsotti, Jean-Nicolas Schickel, Shu Zhu, Till Strowig, Elizabeth E Eynon, Davor Frleta, Cagan Gurer, Andrew J Murphy, George D Yancopoulos, Eric Meffre, Markus G Manz, Richard A Flavell
Humanized mice are a powerful tool for the study of human hematopoiesis and immune function in vivo. However, the existing models cannot support robust adaptive immune responses, especially the generation of class-switched, antigen-specific antibody responses. Here we describe a new mouse strain, in which human IL6 gene encoding the cytokine that is important for B and T cell differentiation was knocked into its respective mouse locus. The provision of human IL6 not only enhanced thymopoiesis and periphery T-cell engraftment, but also significantly increased class switched memory B cells and serum IgG...
January 11, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076783/cdyl-deficiency-disrupts-neuronal-migration-and-increases-susceptibility-to-epilepsy
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Rui Qin, Shuai Cao, Tianjie Lyu, Cai Qi, Weiguang Zhang, Yun Wang
During brain development, the correct migration of newborn neurons is one of the determinants of circuit formation, and neuronal migration defects may lead to neurological and psychiatric disorders. The molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal migration and related disorders are poorly understood. Here, we report that Chromodomain Y-like (CDYL) is critical for neuronal migration in mice. Knocking down CDYL caused neuronal migration defects and disrupted both mobility and multipolar-to-bipolar transition of migrating neurons...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075049/src-homology-2-domain-containing-inositol-5-phosphatase-ameliorates-high-glucose-induced-extracellular-matrix-deposition-via-the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-protein-kinase-b-pathway-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells
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Fan Li, Lisha Li, Jun Hao, Shuxia Liu, Huijun Duan
A typical hallmark of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is an excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the glomerulus and renal tubulointerstitium, leading to glomerulosclerosis and tubular interstitial fibrosis. Src homology 2 domain-containing inositol 5'-phosphatase (SHIP) is a negative regulator of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling. Here, we investigated the effect of SHIP on ECM deposition in diabetic mice and high glucose-stimulated human renal tubular epithelial cells (HK2 cells)...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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