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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641779/macrophage-functions-in-lean-and-obese-adipose-tissue
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Dylan Thomas, Caroline Apovian
Interactions between macrophages and adipocytes influence both metabolism and inflammation. Obesity-induced changes to macrophages and adipocytes lead to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. This paper reviews the various functions of macrophages in lean and obese adipose tissue and how obesity alters adipose tissue macrophage phenotypes. Metabolic disease and insulin resistance shift the balance between numerous pro- and anti-inflammatory regulators of macrophages and create a feed-forward loop of increasing inflammatory macrophage activation and worsening adipocyte dysfunction...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634205/macrophages-don-t-take-more-than-they-can-eat
#2
Annalisa M VanHook
Innate immune signaling feeds forward to control the rate at which macrophages phagocytose bacteria.
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625979/intestine-specific-homeobox-gene-isx-integrates-interleukin-6-signaling-tryptophan-catabolism-and-immune-suppression
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Li-Ting Wang, Shyh-Shin Chiou, Chee-Yin Chai, Edward Hsi, Kazunari K Yokoyama, Shen-Nien Wang, Shau-Ku Huang, Shih-Hsien Hsu
The intestine-specific homeobox transcription factor ISX is an IL-6-inducible proto-oncogene implicated in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but its mechanistic contributions to this process are undefined. In this study, we provide evidence that ISX mediates a positive feedback loop integrating inflammation, tryptophan cataboism and immune suppression. We found that ISX mediated IL-6-induced expression of the tryptophan catabolic enzymes IDO1 and TDO2 in HCC cells, resulting in an ISX-dependent increase in the tryptophan catabolite kynurenine and its receptor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR)...
June 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624612/human-mast-cells-present-antigen-to-autologous-cd4-t-cells
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Sahar Lotfi-Emran, Brant R Ward, Quang T Le, Andrea L Pozez, Masoud H Manjili, Judith Woodfolk, Lawrence B Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Mast cells (MCs), the primary effector cell of the atopic response, participate in immune defense at host/environment interfaces, yet the mechanisms by which they interact with CD4(+)-T cells has been controversial. OBJECTIVE: We utilize in situ-matured primary human MCs and matched CD4(+)-T cells to diligently assess the ability of MCs to act as antigen-presenting cells. METHODS: We examined mature human skin-derived MCs by flow cytometry for expression of antigen-presenting molecules; for their ability to stimulate CD4(+)-T cells to express CD25 and proliferate when exposed to superantigen or to CMV antigen using matched T cells and MCs from CMV seropositive or seronegative donors; and for uptake of antigens...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623807/hiv-tat-excites-d1-receptor-like-expressing-neurons-from-rat-nucleus-accumbens
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G Cristina Brailoiu, Elena Deliu, Jeffrey L Barr, Linda M Console-Bram, Alexandra M Ciuciu, Mary E Abood, Ellen M Unterwald, Eugen Brailoiu
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 infection and drug abuse are frequently co-morbid and their association greatly increases the severity of HIV-1-induced neuropathology. While nucleus accumbens (NAcc) function is severely perturbed by drugs of abuse, little is known about how HIV-1 infection affects NAcc. METHODS: We used calcium and voltage imaging to investigate the effect of HIV-1 trans-activator of transcription (Tat) on rat NAcc. Based on previous neuronal studies, we hypothesized that Tat modulates intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis of NAcc neurons...
June 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623086/the-transcription-factor-t-bet-limits-amplification-of-type-i-ifn-transcriptome-and-circuitry-in-t-helper-1-cells
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Shigeru Iwata, Yohei Mikami, Hong-Wei Sun, Stephen R Brooks, Dragana Jankovic, Kiyoshi Hirahara, Atsushi Onodera, Han-Yu Shih, Takeshi Kawabe, Kan Jiang, Toshinori Nakayama, Alan Sher, John J O'Shea, Fred P Davis, Yuka Kanno
Host defense requires the specification of CD4(+) helper T (Th) cells into distinct fates, including Th1 cells that preferentially produce interferon-γ (IFN-γ). IFN-γ, a member of a large family of anti-pathogenic and anti-tumor IFNs, induces T-bet, a lineage-defining transcription factor for Th1 cells, which in turn supports IFN-γ production in a feed-forward manner. Herein, we show that a cell-intrinsic role of T-bet influences how T cells perceive their secreted product in the environment. In the absence of T-bet, IFN-γ aberrantly induced a type I IFN transcriptomic program...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622530/brain-network-dynamics-in-the-human-articulatory-loop
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Masaaki Nishida, Anna Korzeniewska, Nathan E Crone, Goichiro Toyoda, Yasuo Nakai, Noa Ofen, Erik C Brown, Eishi Asano
OBJECTIVE: The articulatory loop is a fundamental component of language function, involved in the short-term buffer of auditory information followed by its vocal reproduction. We characterized the network dynamics of the human articulatory loop, using invasive recording and stimulation. METHODS: We measured high-gamma activity70-110 Hz recorded intracranially when patients with epilepsy either only listened to, or listened to and then reproduced two successive tones by humming...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610763/inflammatory-cell-infiltration-and-resolution-of%C3%A2-kidney-inflammation-is-orchestrated-by-the-cold-shock-protein-y-box-binding-protein-1
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Anja Bernhardt, Alexander Fehr, Sabine Brandt, Saskia Jerchel, Tobias M Ballhause, Lars Philipsen, Saskia Stolze, Robert Geffers, Honglei Weng, Klaus-Dieter Fischer, Berend Isermann, Monika C Brunner-Weinzierl, Arvind Batra, Britta Siegmund, Cheng Zhu, Jonathan A Lindquist, Peter R Mertens
Tubular cells recruit monocytic cells in inflammatory tubulointerstitial kidney diseases. The cell-cell communication that establishes pro- or anti-inflammatory activities is mainly influenced by cytokines, reactive oxygen species, nitric oxide, and phagocytosis. Key proteins orchestrating these processes such as cold-shock proteins linked with chemoattraction and cell maturation have been identified. The prototypic member of the cold-shock protein family, Y-box binding protein (YB)-1, governs specific phenotypic alterations in monocytic cells and was explored in the present study...
June 11, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604771/locking-of-correlated-neural-activity-to-ongoing-oscillations
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Tobias Kühn, Moritz Helias
Population-wide oscillations are ubiquitously observed in mesoscopic signals of cortical activity. In these network states a global oscillatory cycle modulates the propensity of neurons to fire. Synchronous activation of neurons has been hypothesized to be a separate channel of signal processing information in the brain. A salient question is therefore if and how oscillations interact with spike synchrony and in how far these channels can be considered separate. Experiments indeed showed that correlated spiking co-modulates with the static firing rate and is also tightly locked to the phase of beta-oscillations...
June 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598400/feed-forward-neural-network-prediction-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-sandcrete-materials
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Panagiotis G Asteris, Panayiotis C Roussis, Maria G Douvika
This work presents a soft-sensor approach for estimating critical mechanical properties of sandcrete materials. Feed-forward (FF) artificial neural network (ANN) models are employed for building soft-sensors able to predict the 28-day compressive strength and the modulus of elasticity of sandcrete materials. To this end, a new normalization technique for the pre-processing of data is proposed. The comparison of the derived results with the available experimental data demonstrates the capability of FF ANNs to predict with pinpoint accuracy the mechanical properties of sandcrete materials...
June 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594641/detection-of-pathological-heart-sounds
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Mostafa Abdollahpur, Ali Ghaffari, Shadi Ghiasi, Mohammad Javad Mollakazemi
Heart sound analysis has been a major topic of research during the past few decades. However, necessity for a large reliable and database has been a major concern in these studies. Noting that the current heart sound classification methods do not work properly for noisy signals, the PhysioNet/CinC Challenge 2016 aims at developing the heart sound classification algorithms by providing a global open database for challengers. This paper addresses the problem of heart sound classification methods within noisy real-world phonocardiogram (PCG) recordings by implementing an innovative approach...
June 8, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594440/calcium-signalling-in-medial-intercalated-cell-dendrites-and-spines
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Cornelia Strobel, Robert K P Sullivan, Peter Stratton, Pankaj Sah
The amygdala plays a central role in fear conditioning and extinction. The medial intercalated (mITC) neurons are GABAergic cell clusters interspaced between the basolateral (BLA) and central amygdala (CeA). These neurons are thought to play a key role in fear and extinction, controlling the output of the CeA by feed-forward inhibition. BLA to mITC cell inputs are though to undergo synaptic plasticity, a mechanism underlying learning, which is mediated by NMDA-receptor dependent mechanisms that require changes in cytosolic calcium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590239/fish-mir-146a-promotes-singapore-grouper-iridovirus-infection-by-regulating-cell-apoptosis-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Songwei Ni, Yang Yan, Huachun Cui, Yepin Yu, Youhua Huang, Qiwei Qin
miR-146a was reported to participate in various pathophysiological conditions in mammals, such as inflammation and immune responses, oncogenesis and cell damage. However, its function in low vertebrates has not been well elucidated. In this study, we characterized the expression profiles and functions of miR-146a in fish cells during iridovirus infection. We found that the reported fish miR-146a genes encoded an identical mature sequence, which shared high similarity with its mammalian orthologues, suggesting a putative functional conservation of miR-146a between fish and other vertebrates...
June 1, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589928/dendro-dendritic-cholinergic-excitation-controls-dendritic-spike-initiation-in-retinal-ganglion-cells
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A Brombas, S Kalita-de Croft, E J Cooper-Williams, S R Williams
The retina processes visual images to compute features such as the direction of image motion. Starburst amacrine cells (SACs), axonless feed-forward interneurons, are essential components of the retinal direction-selective circuitry. Recent work has highlighted that SAC-mediated dendro-dendritic inhibition controls the action potential output of direction-selective ganglion cells (DSGCs) by vetoing dendritic spike initiation. However, SACs co-release GABA and the excitatory neurotransmitter acetylcholine at dendritic sites...
June 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588557/the-mechanism-of-starch-over-accumulation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-high-starch-mutants-identified-by-comparative-transcriptome-analysis
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Kwang M Koo, Sera Jung, Beom S Lee, Jin-Baek Kim, Yeong D Jo, Hong-Il Choi, Si-Yong Kang, Gook-H Chung, Won-Joong Jeong, Joon-Woo Ahn
The focus of this study was the mechanism of starch accumulation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii high-starch mutants. Three C. reinhardtii mutants showing high-starch content were generated using gamma irradiation. When grown under nitrogen-deficient conditions, these mutants had more than twice as much starch than a wild-type control. The mechanism of starch over-accumulation in these mutants was studied with comparative transcriptome analysis. In all mutants, induction of phosphoglucomutase 1 (PGM1) expression was detected; PGM1 catalyzes the inter-conversion of glucose 1-phosphate and glucose 6-phosphate in both starch biosynthetic and glycolytic pathway...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562065/role-of-platelet-derived-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-ros-in-radiation-induced-organ-fibrosis
#16
Jasimuddin Ahamed, Jeffrey Laurence
SIGNIFICANCE: This review evaluates the role of platelet-derived TGF-β1 in oxidative stress-linked pathologic fibrosis, with an emphasis on the heart and kidney, using ionizing radiation as a clinically relevant stimulus. Current radiation-induced organ fibrosis interventions focus on pan-neutralization of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 or use of anti-oxidants and anti-proliferative agents, with limited clinical efficacy. Recent Advances: Pathologic fibrosis represents excessive accumulation of collagen and other extracellular matrix (ECM) components following dysregulation of a balance between ECM synthesis and degradation...
May 31, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560808/optical-communication-among-oscillatory-reactions-and-photo-excitable-systems-uv-and-visible-radiation-can-synchronize-artificial-neuron-models
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Pier Luigi Gentili, Maria Sole Giubila, Raimondo Germani, Aldo Romani, Andrea Nicoziani, Anna Spalletti, B Mark Heron
Neuromorphic engineering promises to have a revolutionary impact in our societies. A strategy to develop artificial neurons (ANs) is to use oscillatory and excitable chemical systems. Herein, we use UV and visible radiation as both excitatory and inhibitory signals for the communication among oscillatory reactions, such as the Belousov-Zhabotinsky and the chemiluminescent Orban transformations, and photo-excitable photochromic and fluorescent species. We present the experimental results and the simulations regarding pairs of ANs communicating by either one or two optical signals, and triads of ANs arranged in both feed-forward and recurrent networks...
May 31, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546513/the-siah-e3-ubiquitin-ligases-promote-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-through-mediating-wnt-induced-axin-degradation
#18
Lei Ji, Bo Jiang, Xiaomo Jiang, Olga Charlat, Amy Chen, Craig Mickanin, Andreas Bauer, Wenqing Xu, Xiaoxue Yan, Feng Cong
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays essential roles in embryonic development and adult tissue homeostasis. Axin is a concentration-limiting factor responsible for the formation of the β-catenin destruction complex. Wnt signaling itself promotes the degradation of Axin. However, the underlying molecular mechanism and biological relevance of this targeting of Axin have not been elucidated. Here, we identify SIAH1/2 (SIAH) as the E3 ligase mediating Wnt-induced Axin degradation. SIAH proteins promote the ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation of Axin through interacting with a VxP motif in the GSK3-binding domain of Axin, and this function of SIAH is counteracted by GSK3 binding to Axin...
May 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542453/extracellular-calcium-promotes-bone-formation-from-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-amplifying-the-effects-of-bmp-2-on-smad-signalling
#19
Rubén Aquino-Martínez, Natalia Artigas, Beatriz Gámez, José Luis Rosa, Francesc Ventura
Understanding the molecular events that regulate osteoblast differentiation is essential for the development of effective approaches to bone regeneration. In this study, we analysed the osteoinductive properties of extracellular calcium in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) differentiation. We cultured BM-MSCs in 3D gelatin scaffolds with Ca2+ and BMP-2 as osteoinductive agents. Early and late osteogenic gene expression and bone regeneration in a calvarial critical-size defect model demonstrate that extracellular Ca2+ enhances the effects of BMP-2 on Osteocalcin, Runx2 and Osterix expression and promotes bone regeneration in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541545/kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factors-compete-for-promoters-and-enhancers-to-fine-tune-transcription
#20
Melissa D Ilsley, Kevin R Gillinder, Graham W Magor, Stephen Huang, Timothy L Bailey, Merlin Crossley, Andrew C Perkins
Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) are a family of 17 transcription factors characterized by a conserved DNA-binding domain of three zinc fingers and a variable N-terminal domain responsible for recruiting cofactors. KLFs have diverse functions in stem cell biology, embryo patterning, and tissue homoeostasis. KLF1 and related family members function as transcriptional activators via recruitment of co-activators such as EP300, whereas KLF3 and related members act as transcriptional repressors via recruitment of C-terminal Binding Proteins...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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