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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345339/the-role-of-cdk5-mediated-drp1-phosphorylation-in-a%C3%AE-1-42-induced-mitochondrial-fission-and-neuronal-apoptosis
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Miao-Yu Guo, Lei Shang, Yang-Yang Hu, Li-Ping Jiang, Yu-Ying Wan, Qin-Qin Zhou, Kun Zhang, Hong-Fei Liao, Jing-Lin Yi, Xiao-Jian Han
Alzheimer's disease, one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, is pathologically characterized by Amyloid beta containing plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid beta (Aβ) induces neuronal apoptosis through the intracellular Ca2+ increase, subsequent hyperactivation of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) and mitochondrial abnormality. Recently, Cdk5 was identified as an upstream regulator of mitochondrial fission during neuronal apoptosis, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, in vitro phosphorylation assays showed that Cdk5 could phosphorylate the recombinant Drp1 at Serine 579...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336629/pupillary-manifestations-of-marfan-syndrome-from-the-marfan-eye-consortium-of-chicago
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Sanket S Shah, Sudhi P Kurup, Hantamalala Ralay Ranaivo, Rebecca B Mets-Halgrimson, Marilyn B Mets
BACKGROUND: Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a genetic disorder that affects multiple organ systems, including the eye. The most common ocular manifestations include ectopia lentis and retinal detachment. The current literature qualitatively cites that MFS patients have miotic or "poorly dilating" pupils. This study was the first to quantitatively assess pupillary function in MFS patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 57 eyes from 29 MFS patients, 36 eyes from 18 pediatric age- and gender-matched controls, and 44 eyes from 22 adult age-matched controls were measured in a clinic-based cross sectional study...
January 16, 2018: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333091/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-effects-of-mirna-19b-20a-92a-on-gastric-cancer-stem-cells-and-the-related-mechanism
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Qianwen Shao, Jing Xu, Xin Guan, Bing Zhou, Wei Wei, Rong Deng, Dongzhen Li, Xinyu Xu, Haitao Zhu
We aimed to analyze the in vitro and in vivo effects of miRNA-19b/20a/92a on gastric cancer stem cells (GCSCs) and the related mechanism. GCSCs were cultured until adherence and differentiation, and subjected to miRNA microarray analysis to find and to verify miRNA deletion. Cells stably expressing lentivirus carrying miRNA-19b/20a/92a were constructed by transfection. The relationship between miRNA-19b/20a/92a and renewal of GCSCs was studied by the tumor sphere assay, and that between miRNA-19b/20a/92a and their proliferation was explored with MTT and colony formation assays...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329593/targeting-ectodysplasin-promotor-by-crispr-dcas9-effector-effectively-induces-the-reprogramming-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-sweat-gland-like-cells
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Sujing Sun, Jun Xiao, Jiahui Huo, Zhijun Geng, Kui Ma, Xiaoyan Sun, Xiaobing Fu
BACKGROUND: Patients with a deep burn injury are characterized by losing the function of perspiration and being unable to regenerate the sweat glands. Because of their easy accession, multipotency, and lower immunogenicity, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) represent as an ideal biological source for cell therapy. The aim of this study was to identify whether targeting the promotor of ectodysplasin (EDA) by CRISPR/dCas9-effector (dCas9-E) could induce the BM-MSCs to differentiate into sweat gland-like cells (SGCs)...
January 12, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313485/biological-and-molecular-characterization-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-strains-from-four-states-of-brazil
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Aline Rimoldi Ribeiro, Luciana Lima, Larissa Aguiar de Almeida, Joana Monteiro, Cláudia Jassica Gonçalves Moreno, Juliana Damieli Nascimento, Renato Freitas de Araújo, Fernanda Mello, Luciamáre Perinetti Alves Martins, Márcia Aparecida Silva Graminha, Marta Maria Geraldes Teixeira, Marcelo Sousa Silva, Mário Steindel, João Aristeu da Rosa
Chagas disease affects between six and seven million people. Its etiological agent, Trypanosoma cruzi, is classified into six discrete typing units (DTUs). The biological study of 11 T. cruzi strains presented here included four parameters: growth kinetics, parasitemia curves, rate of macrophage infection, and serology to evaluate IgM, total IgG, IgG1, IgG2a, and IgG3. Sequencing of small subunit of ribosomal RNA (SSU rRNA)was performed and the T. cruzi strains were classified into three DTUs. When their growth in liver infusion tryptose medium was represented in curves, differences among the strains could be noted...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305299/identification-of-oaf-and-pvrl1-as-candidate-genes-for-an-ocular-anomaly-characterized-by-keratolenticular-dysgenesis-and-ectopia-lentis
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Dezső David, Deepti Anand, Carlos Araújo, Brian Gloss, Joana Fino, Marcel Dinger, Päivi Lindahl, Minna Pöyhönen, Laivuori Hannele, João Lavinha
Keratolenticular dysgenesis (KLD) and ectopia lentis are congenital eye defects. The aim of this study is the identification of molecular genetic alterations responsible for those ocular anomalies with neurologic impairment in an individual with a de novo balanced chromosome translocation t(11;18)(q23.3;q11.2)dn. Disruption of OAF, the human orthologue of the Drosophila oaf, by the 11q23.3 breakpoint results in reduced expression of this transcriptional regulator. Furthermore, four most likely nonfunctional chimeric transcripts comprising up to OAF exon 3, derived from the der(11) allele, have also been identified...
January 2, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286145/antitumor-activity-of-notch%C3%A2-1-inhibition-in-human-colorectal-carcinoma-cells
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Wangdi Liao, Guohua Li, Yu You, Hongping Wan, Qiong Wu, Chongwen Wang, Nonghua Lv
This study investigated the roles of Notch‑1 in colorectal carcinoma, to assess the mechanisms. The expression of Notch‑1 and its ligand-Jagged1 was detected in human colorectal carcinoma, colorectal adenoma, paracancerous tissue and normal colorectal tissue by immunohistochemistry. Colorectal carcinoma cell lines were utilized to confirm the expression of Notch‑1 in colorectal carcinoma cells. Lentiviral- encoding Notch‑1‑siRNA, as well as Notch‑1 inhibitor was employed to silence Notch‑1 expression and to inhibit Notch‑1 activity in HT29 cells, respectively...
December 29, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284677/munc18c-depletion-attenuates-caerulein-hyperstimulation-induced-pancreatitis
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Subhankar Dolai, Tao Liang, Abrahim I Orabi, Li Xie, Douglas Holmyard, Tanveer A Javed, Nestor A Fernandez, Huanli Xie, Mark S Cattral, Debbie C Thurmond, Peter Thorn, Herbert Y Gaisano
Epithelial pancreatic acinar cells perform crucial functions in food digestion, and acinar cell homoeostasis required for secretion of digestive enzymes relies on SNARE-mediated exocytosis. The ubiquitously expressed Sec1/Munc18 protein mammalian uncoordinated-18c (Munc18c) regulates membrane fusion by activating syntaxin-4 (STX-4) to bind cognate SNARE proteins to form a SNARE complex that mediates exocytosis in many cell types. However, in the acinar cell, Munc18c's functions in exocytosis and homeostasis remain inconclusive...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283142/bilateral-idiopathic-spontaneous-filtering-bleb-with-ectopia-lentis-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Premanand Chandran, Anjali S Khairnar, Nabeed Aboobacker, Ganesh V Raman
A 26-year-old male presented with superior filtering bleb with scleral thinning, dislocated lens, and hypotony in both the eyes. His cornea was normal without any sign of ectasia, and there was no history of recurrent redness, trauma, or surgery in either eye. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography did not reveal communicating fistula between the anterior chamber and subconjunctival space. Physical examination and blood investigations did not reveal any systemic association. He was diagnosed to have spontaneous filtering bleb, which is a rare condition observed with ocular or systemic abnormalities...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281057/detection-of-leishmania-dna-and-blood-meal-identification-in-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae-from-len%C3%A3-ois-maranhenses-national-park-region-brazil
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Raquel Silva Fonteles, Adalberto Alves Pereira Filho, Jorge Luiz Pinto Moraes, Silma Regina Ferreira Pereira, Bruno Leite Rodrigues, José Manuel Macário Rebêlo
To elucidate portions of the transmission cycles of American tegumentary leishmaniasis (TL) and visceral leishmaniasis (VL) occurring in the region surrounding the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, an important tourist center in Brazil, the present study objectives were to determine the rate of natural infection by Leishmania spp. and the blood meal in caught sand flies species in the region. Sand flies were captured over 36 mo in 62 locations of the municipality of Barreirinhas, Maranhão with notifications of disease incidence...
December 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260653/hybrid-collapse-confirms-the-specific-status-of-triatoma-bahiensis-sherlock-and-serafim-1967-hemiptera-triatominae-an-endemic-species-in-brazil
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Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi, Heloisa Pinotti, Renato Freitas de Araújo, Maria Tercília Vilela de Azeredo Oliveira, João Aristeu da Rosa, Vagner José Mendonça
Six to seven million people worldwide are estimated to be infected with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease transmitted mainly by triatomines. Triatoma bahiensis was recently collected in the Brazilian state of Bahia and revalidated using different approaches. The main criterion used to define a "good" biological species is reproductive isolation, so we evaluated the cytogenetics of first-generation (F1) hybrids resulting from the experimental cross between T. bahiensis females and Triatoma lenti males to possibly characterize the postzygotic isolation associated with the hybrid breakdown...
December 18, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251729/virus-stamping-for-targeted-single-cell-infection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Rajib Schubert, Stuart Trenholm, Kamill Balint, Georg Kosche, Cameron S Cowan, Manuel A Mohr, Martin Munz, David Martinez-Martin, Gotthold Fläschner, Richard Newton, Jacek Krol, Brigitte Gross Scherf, Keisuke Yonehara, Adrian Wertz, Aaron Ponti, Alexander Ghanem, Daniel Hillier, Karl-Klaus Conzelmann, Daniel J Müller, Botond Roska
Genetic engineering by viral infection of single cells is useful to study complex systems such as the brain. However, available methods for infecting single cells have drawbacks that limit their applications. Here we describe 'virus stamping', in which viruses are reversibly bound to a delivery vehicle-a functionalized glass pipette tip or magnetic nanoparticles in a pipette-that is brought into physical contact with the target cell on a surface or in tissue, using mechanical or magnetic forces. Different single cells in the same tissue can be infected with different viruses and an individual cell can be simultaneously infected with different viruses...
December 18, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251725/broad-spectrum-non-toxic-antiviral-nanoparticles-with-a-virucidal-inhibition-mechanism
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Valeria Cagno, Patrizia Andreozzi, Marco D'Alicarnasso, Paulo Jacob Silva, Marie Mueller, Marie Galloux, Ronan Le Goffic, Samuel T Jones, Marta Vallino, Jan Hodek, Jan Weber, Soumyo Sen, Emma-Rose Janeček, Ahmet Bekdemir, Barbara Sanavio, Chiara Martinelli, Manuela Donalisio, Marie-Anne Rameix Welti, Jean-Francois Eleouet, Yanxiao Han, Laurent Kaiser, Lela Vukovic, Caroline Tapparel, Petr Král, Silke Krol, David Lembo, Francesco Stellacci
Viral infections kill millions yearly. Available antiviral drugs are virus-specific and active against a limited panel of human pathogens. There are broad-spectrum substances that prevent the first step of virus-cell interaction by mimicking heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG), the highly conserved target of viral attachment ligands (VALs). The reversible binding mechanism prevents their use as a drug, because, upon dilution, the inhibition is lost. Known VALs are made of closely packed repeating units, but the aforementioned substances are able to bind only a few of them...
December 18, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215942/cocktail-of-chemical-compounds-and-recombinant-proteins-robustly-promote-the-stemness-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Yonglong Guo, Quan Yu, Sanjana Mathew, Ruiling Lian, Yunxia Xue, Zekai Cui, Shanyi Li, Deliang Zhu, Yuting Han, Qiaolang Zeng, Shiwei Liu, Jiansu Chen
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from somatic cells can be reprogrammed to provide an unlimited cell resource showing great potential in disease modeling and regenerative medicine. However, the traditional method for reprogramming cells into iPSCs using genome-integrating retro- or lenti-viruses remain an obstacle for its application in clinical settings. We tried the possibility to generate pre-iPSCs from human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) by nongenetic reprogramming using recombinant cell-penetrating proteins OCT4/KLF4/SOX2 (PTD-OKS) and the cocktail of small molecules (VCFZ)...
December 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215740/the-stat3-nfil3-signaling-axis-mediated-chemotherapy-resistance-is-reversed-by-raddeanin-a-via-inducing-apoptosis-in-choriocarcinoma-cells
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Zheng Peng, Chun Zhang, Wenjun Zhou, Chenchun Wu, Yi Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Chemotherapy resistance is the major issue of choriocarcinoma. Apoptosis always is the ultimate outcome of chemotherapeutic drugs, which considered one of the reasons of resistance. We investigated the role of STAT3/NFIL3 signaling-inhibited apoptosis in chemotherapy resistance and whether Raddeanin A (RA) could be a new drug to reverse resistance. METHODS: Established three drug-resistant cell lines as JEG-3/MTX, JEG-3/5-FU and JEG-3/VP16. NFIL3 and STAT3 expression was evaluated in the cells...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214735/the-mechanism-study-of-mir-125b-in-occurrence-and-progression-of-multiple-myeloma
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Da Gao, Zhen Xiao, Hui-Ping Li, Dong-Hai Han, Ya-Peng Zhang
Although many efforts have contributed to improve our knowledge of molecular pathogenesis about multiple myeloma (MM), the role and significance of microRNAs and long noncoding RNAs in MM cells, along with the core mechanism remains virtually absent. The mRNA levels of miR-125b and MALAT1 in MM cell lines were detected by qRT-PCR. The influence of Lenti-Sh-miR-125b on cell viability and the Notch-1 pathway-related proteins were assessed by MTT method and western blot, respectively. We also investigated the regulation effect between MALAT1 and Notch1 pathway...
December 7, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206625/effect-of-mir-204-211-and-runx2-control-on-the-fate-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Benedetto Sacchetti, Alessandro Fatica, Melissa Sorci, Antonio Sorrentino, Michele Signore, Annamaria Cerio, Federica Felicetti, Alessandra De Feo, Elvira Pelosi, Alessandra Caré, Edoardo Pescarmona, Jan Oxholm Gordeladze, Mauro Valtieri
MiR-204 and 211 enforced expression in murine mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) has been shown to induce adipogenesis and impair osteogenesis, through RUNX2 down-modulation. This mechanism has been suggested to play a role in osteoporosis associated with obesity. However, two further fundamental MSC functions, chondrogenesis and hematopoietic supporting activity, have not yet been explored. To this end, we transduced, by a lenti-viral vector, miR-204 and 211 in a model primary human MSC line, opportunely chosen among our MSC collection for displaying all properties of canonical bone marrow MSCs, except adipogenesis...
2017: Regenerative Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198574/design-and-application-of-a-fluorogenic-assay-for-monitoring-inflammatory-caspase-activity
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Raj Ranganathan, Gena Lenti, Nicholas M Tassone, Brian J Scannell, Cathrine A Southern, Caitlin E Karver
Various fluorogenic assays exist for monitoring the activity of inflammatory caspases. However, there are no continuous assays that provide C-terminal substrate sequence specificity for inflammatory caspases. As a first step towards this, we have developed a continuous in vitro assay that relies on monitoring emission from tryptophan after cleavage of a quenching coumarin chromophore. The coumarin can be attached as an amino acid side chain or capping the C-terminus of the peptide. When the coumarin is a side chain, it allows for C-terminal and N-terminal sequence specificities to be explored...
November 30, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181318/validity-of-automated-refraction-after-segmented-refractive-multifocal-intraocular-lens-implantation
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César Albarrán-Diego, Gonzalo Muñoz, Stephanie Rohrweck, Santiago García-Lázaro, José Ricardo Albero
AIM: To evaluate the clinical utility of automated refraction (AR) and keratometry (KR) compared with subjective or manifest refraction (MR) after cataract or refractive lens exchange surgery with implantation of Lentis Mplus X (Oculentis GmbH) refractive multifocal intraocular lens (IOL). METHODS: Eighty-six eyes implanted with the Lentis Mplus X multifocal IOL were included. MR was performed in all patients followed by three consecutive AR measurements using the Topcon KR-8000 autorefractor...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146755/ocular-findings-in-loeys-dietz-syndrome
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Catharina Busch, Robert Voitl, Barbara Goergen, Tomasz Zemojtel, Petra Gehle, Daniel J Salchow
BACKGROUND: Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), an autosomal-dominant connective tissue disorder, is characterised by systemic manifestations including arterial aneurysm and craniofacial dysmorphologies. Although ocular involvement in LDS has been reported, detailed information on those manifestations is lacking. METHODS: Retrospective chart review of patients with diagnosed LDS and comparison with age-matched control patients. RESULTS: Mean age was 37...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
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