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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319140/role-of-muscle-il-6-in-gender-specific-metabolism-in-mice
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Amalia Molinero, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Aina Mogas, Mercedes Giralt, Gemma Comes, Olaya Fernandez-Gayol, Mario Vallejo, Juan Hidalgo
The aim of the present work was to further explore the physiological roles of muscle-derived IL-6. Adult-floxed and conditional skeletal muscle IL-6 knock out male and female mice were used to study energy expenditure (indirect calorimetry at rest and during treadmill exercise, and body temperature cycle during the light phase) and energy intake (response to fast/refeeding). We also evaluated the responses to leptin and the activity of the insulin signalling pathway in skeletal muscle and liver by phosphorylation of Akt at Ser 473...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318036/autophagy-determines-efficiency-of-liver-directed-gene-therapy-with-adeno-associated-viral-vectors
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Marianna Hösel, Anke Huber, Susanne Bohlen, Julie Lucifora, Giuseppe Ronzitti, Francesco Puzzo, Florence Boisgerault, Ulrich T Hacker, Wilhelmus J Kwanten, Nora Klöting, Matthias Blüher, Alexander Gluschko, Michael Schramm, Olaf Utermöhlen, Wilhelm Bloch, Federico Mingozzi, Oleg Krut, Hildegard Büning
Use of Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors for liver-directed gene therapy has shown considerable success, particularly in patients with severe hemophilia B. However, the high vector doses required to reach therapeutic levels of transgene expression caused liver inflammation in some patients that selectively destroyed transduced hepatocytes. We hypothesized that such detrimental immune responses can be avoided by enhancing the efficacy of AAV vectors in hepatocytes. Because autophagy is a key liver response to environmental stresses, we characterized the impact of hepatic autophagy on AAV infection...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316325/silencing-of-the-small-gtpase-diras3-induces-cellular-senescence-in-human-white-adipose-stromal-progenitor-cells
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Asim Ejaz, Monika Mattesich, Werner Zwerschke
Inhibition of Akt-mTOR signaling protects from obesity and extends life span in animals. In the present study, we analyse the impact of the small GTPase, GTP-binding RAS-like 3 (DIRAS3), a recently identified weight-loss target gene, on cellular senescence in adipose stromal/progenitor cells (ASCs) derived from human subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT). We demonstrate that DIRAS3 knock-down (KD) in ASCs induces activation of Akt-mTOR signaling and proliferation arrest. DIRAS3 KD ASCs lose the potential to form colonies and are negative for Ki-67...
March 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316027/validation-of-dopamine-receptor-drd1-and-drd2-antibodies-using-receptor-deficient-mice
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Tamara Stojanovic, Michaela Orlova, Fernando J Sialana, Harald Höger, Stanislav Stuchlik, Ivan Milenkovic, Jana Aradska, Gert Lubec
Dopamine receptors 1 and 2 (DRD1, DRD2) are essential for signaling in the brain for a multitude of brain functions. Previous work using several antibodies against these receptors is abundant but only the minority of antibodies used have been validated and, therefore, the results of these studies remain uncertain. Herein, antibodies against DRD1 (Merck Millipore AB1765P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-14001, Sigma Aldrich D2944, Alomone Labs ADR-001) and DRD2 (Abcam ab21218, Merck Millipore AB5084P, Santa Cruz Biotechnology sc-5303) have been tested using western blotting and immunohistochemistry on mouse striatum (wild type and corresponding knock-out mice) and when specific, they were further evaluated on rat and human striatum...
March 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304295/palmitate-increases-%C3%AE-site-a%C3%AE-pp-cleavage-enzyme-1-activity-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-genesis-by-evoking-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-subsequent-c-ebp-homologous-protein-activation
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Gurdeep Marwarha, Stephen Rostad, Jaclyn Lilek, Mason Kleinjan, Jared Schommer, Othman Ghribi
Epidemiological studies implicate diets rich in saturated free fatty acids (sFFA) as a potential risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). In particular, high plasma levels of the sFFA palmitic acid (palmitate) were shown to inversely correlate with cognitive function. However, the cellular mechanisms by which sFFA may increase the risk for AD are not well known. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has emerged as one of the signaling pathways initiating and fostering the neurodegenerative changes in AD by increasing the aspartyl protease β-site AβPP cleaving enzyme 1 (BACE1) and amyloid-β (Aβ) genesis...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303259/sensory-neuron-specific-deletion-of-trpa1-results-in-mechanical-cutaneous-sensory-deficits
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Katherine J Zappia, Crystal L O'Hara, Francie Moehring, Kelvin Y Kwan, Cheryl L Stucky
The nonselective cation channel transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is known to be a key contributor to both somatosensation and pain. Recent studies have implicated TRPA1 in additional physiologic functions and have also suggested that TRPA1 is expressed in nonneuronal tissues. Thus, it has become necessary to resolve the importance of TRPA1 expressed in primary sensory neurons, particularly since previous research has largely used global knock-out animals and chemical TRPA1 antagonists. We therefore sought to isolate the physiological relevance of TRPA1 specifically within sensory neurons...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302472/erk1-and-erk2-activation-modulates-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#7
Amira Sayed Khan, Selvakumar Subramaniam, Gado Dramane, Douadi Khelifi, Naim Akhtar Khan
Obesity is a worldwide problem, and dietary lipids play an important role in its pathogenesis. Recently, Erk1 knock-out (ERK1(-/-)) mice have been shown to exhibit low preference for dietary fatty acids. Hence, we maintained Erk1(-/-) mice on a high-fat diet (HFD) to assess the implication of this mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase in obesity. The Erk1(-/-) mice, fed the HFD, were more obese than wild-type (WT) animals, fed the same diet. Erk1(-/-) obese mice gained more fat and liver mass than WT obese animals...
March 13, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302382/congenital-heart-defect-causing-mutation-in-nkx2-5-displays-in-vivo-functional-deficit
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Abeer F Zakariyah, Rashida F Rajgara, John P Veinot, Ilona S Skerjanc, Patrick G Burgon
The Nkx2.5 gene encodes a transcription factor that plays a critical role in heart development. In humans, heterozygous mutations in NKX2.5 result in congenital heart defects (CHDs). However, the molecular mechanisms by which these mutations cause the disease remain unknown. NKX2.5-R142C is a mutation that was reported to be associated with atrial septal defect (ASD) and atrioventricular (AV) block in 13-patients from one family. The R142C mutation is located within both the DNA-binding domain and the nuclear localization sequence of NKX2...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300205/one-step-generation-of-mice-carrying-a-conditional-allele-together-with-an-ha-tag-insertion-for-the-delta-opioid-receptor
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Dongru Su, Min Wang, Chenli Ye, Jiahui Fang, Yanhui Duan, Zhenghong Zhang, Qiuhong Hua, Changjie Shi, Lihong Zhang, Ru Zhang, Xin Xie
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are important modulators of many physiological functions and excellent drug targets for many diseases. However, to study the functions of endogenous GPCRs is still a challenging task, partially due to the low expression level of GPCRs and the lack of highly potent and selective GPCR antibodies. Overexpression or knock-in of tagged GPCRs, or knockout of specific GPCRs in mice, are common strategies used to study the in vivo functions of these receptors. However, generating separate mice carrying tagged GPCRs or conditional alleles for GPCRs is labor intensive, and requires additional breeding costs...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299994/the-changes-of-cytoskeletal-proteins-induced-by-the-fast-effect-of-estrogen-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-its-roles-in-implantation
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Shi-Mao Zhang, Lin-Lin Yu, Ting Qu, Ying Hu, Dong-Zhi Yuan, Sheng Zhang, Qian Xu, You-Bo Zhao, Jin-Hu Zhang, Li-Min Yue
It is necessary for estrogen to activate mouse blastocysts, so that they can attach to endometrial epithelium in implantation and in our previous research, we have proved estrogen can induce a fast increase in intracellular calcium of mouse blastocysts through acting on G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30), which further promotes their implantation. Moreover, there has been evidence that cytoskeletal proteins are involved in integrin-mediated adhesion of many kinds of cells, which also plays an important role in implantation...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298362/negative-regulation-of-smad1-pathway-and-collagen-iv-expression-by-store-operated-ca2-entry-in-glomerular-mesangial-cells
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Peiwen Wu, Yuezhong Ren, Yuhong Ma, Yanxia Wang, Hui Jiang, Sarika Chaudhari, Mark E Davis, Jonathan E Zuckerman, Rong Ma
Collagen IV (Col IV) is a major component of expanded glomerular extracellular matrix in diabetic nephropathy and Smad1 is a key molecule regulating Col IV expression in mesangial cells (MCs). The present study was conducted to determine if Smad1 pathway and Col IV protein abundance were regulated by store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE). In cultured human MCs, pharmacological inhibition of SOCE significantly increased the total amount of Smad1 protein. Activation of SOCE blunted high glucose-increased Smad1 protein content...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296922/the-potential-role-of-osteopontin-in-the-maintenance-of-commensal-bacteria-homeostasis-in-the-intestine
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Koyu Ito, Akira Nakajima, Yuji Fukushima, Keiichiro Suzuki, Keiko Sakamoto, Yoko Hamazaki, Kouetsu Ogasawara, Nagahiro Minato, Masakazu Hattori
Osteopontin (Opn), a multifunctional extracellular matrix protein, is implicated in the pathogenesis of various inflammatory disorders. Under physiologic conditions, its expression is restricted to certain tissues including bone and kidney tubule. However, cellular activation during disease development induces Opn expression in various immune cells. In this study, using Opn-EGFP knock-in (KI) mice we found that CD8α+ T cells in the intestinal tissues, including Peyer's patch, lamina propria and epithelium, express Opn under steady state conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296079/magel2-knockout-mice-manifest-altered-social-phenotypes-and-a-deficit-in-preference-for-social-novelty
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Michael D Fountain, Huifang Tao, Chun-An Chen, Jiani Yin, Christian P Schaaf
MAGEL2 is one of five protein-coding, maternally imprinted, paternally expressed genes in the Prader-Willi syndrome-critical domain on chromosome 15q11-q13. Truncating pathogenic variants of MAGEL2 cause Schaaf-Yang syndrome (OMIM #615547), a neurodevelopmental disorder related to Prader-Willi syndrome. Affected individuals manifest a spectrum of neurocognitive and behavioral phenotypes, including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Magel2 knockout mice carrying a maternally inherited, imprinted wildtype allele and a paternally inherited Magel2-lacZ knock-in allele, which abolishes endogenous Magel2 gene function, exhibit several features reminiscent of the human Prader-Willi phenotypes, including neonatal growth retardation, excessive weight gain after weaning, and increased adiposity in adulthood...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292328/age-dependent-dopamine-transporter-dysfunction-and-serine129-phospho-%C3%AE-synuclein-overload-in-g2019s-lrrk2-mice
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Francesco Longo, Daniela Mercatelli, Salvatore Novello, Ludovico Arcuri, Alberto Brugnoli, Fabrizio Vincenzi, Isabella Russo, Giulia Berti, Omar S Mabrouk, Robert T Kennedy, Derya R Shimshek, Katia Varani, Luigi Bubacco, Elisa Greggio, Michele Morari
Mutations in the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene are the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease. Here, we investigated whether the G2019S LRRK2 mutation causes morphological and/or functional changes at nigro-striatal dopamine neurons. Density of striatal dopaminergic terminals, nigral cell counts, tyrosine hydroxylase protein levels as well as exocytotic dopamine release measured in striatal synaptosomes, or striatal extracellular dopamine levels monitored by in vivo microdialysis were similar between ≥12-month-old G2019S knock-in mice and wild-type controls...
March 14, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290464/blocking-the-recruitment-of-naive-cd4-t-cells-reverses-immunosuppression-in-breast-cancer
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Shicheng Su, Jianyou Liao, Jiang Liu, Di Huang, Chonghua He, Fei Chen, LinBing Yang, Wei Wu, Jianing Chen, Ling Lin, Yunjie Zeng, Nengtai Ouyang, Xiuying Cui, Herui Yao, Fengxi Su, Jian-Dong Huang, Judy Lieberman, Qiang Liu, Erwei Song
The origin of tumor-infiltrating Tregs, critical mediators of tumor immunosuppression, is unclear. Here, we show that tumor-infiltrating naive CD4(+) T cells and Tregs in human breast cancer have overlapping TCR repertoires, while hardly overlap with circulating Tregs, suggesting that intratumoral Tregs mainly develop from naive T cells in situ rather than from recruited Tregs. Furthermore, the abundance of naive CD4(+) T cells and Tregs is closely correlated, both indicating poor prognosis for breast cancer patients...
March 14, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288081/conditional-tissue-specific-foxa2-ablation-in-mouse-pancreas-causes-hyperinsulinemic-hypoglycemia-retracted
#16
Zengbin Wu, Aihua Fei, Yingbin Liu, Shuming Pan
The forkhead/winged helix transcription factor Foxa2 is a major upstream regulator of Pdx1, a transcription factor necessary for pancreatic development. In the present study, we conditionally knocked out Foxa2 in Pdx1-expressing domain and further analyzed the contribution of Foxa2 to α- and β-cell development and the effect of Foxa2 deletion on plasma insulin, glucagon, and glucose levels. Homozygous pdx1 Foxa2 mice and heterozygous pdx1 Foxa2 mice were generated by homologous recombination using a Foxa2 gene-targeting vector...
March 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286209/esophageal-adenocarcinoma-cells-and-xenograft-tumors-exposed-to-erb-b2-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-2-and-3-inhibitors-activate-transforming-growth-factor-beta-signaling-which-induces-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Eva A Ebbing, Anne Steins, Evelyn Fessler, Phylicia Stathi, Willem Joost Lesterhuis, Kausilia K Krishnadath, Louis Vermeulen, Jan Paul Medema, Maarten F Bijlsma, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Drugs that inhibit the erb-b2 receptor tyrosine kinase 2 (ERBB2 or HER2) are the standard treatment of patients with different types of cancer, including HER2-overexpressing gastroesophageal tumors. Unfortunately, cancer cells become resistant to these drugs, so overall these drugs provide little benefit to patients with these tumors. We investigated mechanisms that mediate resistance of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) cells and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumors to ERBB inhibitors...
March 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286204/long-term-acetaminophen-treatment-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice-and-the-involvement-of-egr-1
#18
Qingyun Bai, Hongyu Yan, Yuchen Sheng, Yao Jin, Liang Shi, Lili Ji, Zhengtao Wang
Acetaminophen (APAP)-induced acute liver injury has already been well studied. However, whether long-term administration of APAP will cause liver fibrosis is still not very clear. This study aims to investigate the liver fibrosis in mice induced by long-term APAP treatment and the involvement of early growth response 1 (Egr-1). C57BL/6 mice were orally given with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 2, 6 or 10 weeks, respectively. Liver hydroxyproline content, collagen deposition and inflammatory cells infiltration were increased in mice treated with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 6 or 10 weeks...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286049/insulin-signaling-regulates-the-foxm1-plk1-cenp-a-pathway-to-promote-adaptive-pancreatic-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-cell-proliferation
#19
Jun Shirakawa, Megan Fernandez, Tomozumi Takatani, Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, Prapaporn Jungtrakoon, Erin R Okawa, Wei Zhang, Peng Yi, Alessandro Doria, Rohit N Kulkarni
Investigation of cell-cycle kinetics in mammalian pancreatic β cells has mostly focused on transition from the quiescent (G0) to G1 phase. Here, we report that centromere protein A (CENP-A), which is required for chromosome segregation during the M-phase, is necessary for adaptive β cell proliferation. Receptor-mediated insulin signaling promotes DNA-binding activity of FoxM1 to regulate expression of CENP-A and polo-like kinase-1 (PLK1) by modulating cyclin-dependent kinase-1/2. CENP-A deposition at the centromere is augmented by PLK1 to promote mitosis, while knocking down CENP-A limits β cell proliferation and survival...
February 26, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285415/naag-peptidase-inhibitors-act-via-mglur3-animal-models-of-memory-alzheimer-s-and-ethanol-intoxication
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Rafal T Olszewski, Karolina J Janczura, Tomasz Bzdega, Elise K Der, Faustino Venzor, Brennen O'Rourke, Timothy J Hark, Kirsten E Craddock, Shankar Balasubramanian, Charbel Moussa, Joseph H Neale
Glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) inactivates the peptide neurotransmitter N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) following synaptic release. Inhibitors of GCPII increase extracellular NAAG levels and are efficacious in animal models of clinical disorders via NAAG activation of a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor. mGluR2 and mGluR3 knock-out (ko) mice were used to test the hypothesis that mGluR3 mediates the activity of GCPII inhibitors ZJ43 and 2-PMPA in animal models of memory and memory loss. Short- (1...
March 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
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