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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328155/does-dynorphin-play-a-role-in-the-onset-of-puberty-in-female-sheep
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J A Lopez, M N Bedenbaugh, R B McCosh, P W Weems, L J Meadows, B Wisman, L M Coolen, R L Goodman, S M Hileman
Puberty onset involves increased gonadotrophin-release (GnRH) release as a result of decreased sensitivity to oestrogen (E2 )-negative feedback. Because GnRH neurones lack E2 receptor α, this pathway must contain interneurones. One likely candidate is KNDy neurones (kisspeptin, neurokinin B, dynorphin). The overarching hypothesis of the present study was that the prepubertal hiatus in luteinising hormone (LH) release involves reduced kisspeptin and/or heightened dynorphin input. We first tested the specific hypothesis that E2 would reduce kisspeptin-immunopositive cell numbers and increase dynorphin-immunopositive cell numbers...
December 2016: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327655/thin-film-metallic-glass-an-effective-diffusion-barrier-for-se-doped-agsbte2-thermoelectric-modules
#2
Chia-Chi Yu, Hsin-Jay Wu, Ping-Yuan Deng, Matthias T Agne, G Jeffrey Snyder, Jinn P Chu
The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8-360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324056/gabaergic-neurons-and-their-modulatory-effects-on-gnrh3-in-zebrafish
#3
Yanlong Song, Binbin Tao, Ji Chen, Shaoting Jia, Zuoyan Zhu, Vance L Trudeau, Wei Hu
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major amino acid neurotransmitter in the vertebrate brain. To provide detailed information on the distribution of the GABA in zebrafish (Danio rerio), neurons were labeled with mCherry driven by the glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 (gad67) promoter. In the transgenic line Tg(gad67:mCherry), mCherry-positive gad67 cell bodies were predominantly localized to the olfactory bulb, pallial zones, subpallium zones, parvocellular preoptic nucleus, periventricular gray zone of optic tectum, torus semicircularis, posterior tuberculum, medial longitudinal fascicle, caudal zone of periventricular hypothalamus, and oculomotor nucleus...
January 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324006/effects-of-season-and-estradiol-on-kndy-neuron-peptides-colocalization-with-d2-dopamine-receptors-and-dopaminergic-inputs-in-the-ewe
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Peyton Weems, Jeremy Smith, Iain J Clarke, Lique M Coolen, Robert L Goodman, Michael N Lehman
Seasonal reproduction in sheep is primarily due to a dramatic increase in the ability of estradiol (E2) to inhibit the pulsatile secretion of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) during the non-breeding season (anestrus). Recent findings suggest that KNDy (kisspeptin/neurokinin B/dynorphin) neurons of the arcuate nucleus (ARC) play a key role in conveying this negative feedback influence, with dopaminergic projections from the retrochiasmatic area acting upon KNDy cells to decrease kisspeptin release and thus inhibit GnRH pulses...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323898/perfluorocarbon-reduces-cell-damage-from-blast-injury-by-inhibiting-signal-paths-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mapk-and-bcl-2-bax-signaling-pathway-in-a549-cells
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Zhaorui Zhang, Zhixin Liang, Huaidong Li, Chunsun Li, Zhen Yang, Yanqin Li, Danyang She, Lu Cao, Wenjie Wang, Changlin Liu, Liangan Chen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Blast lung injury is a common type of blast injury and has very high mortality. Therefore, research to identify medical therapies for blast injury is important. Perfluorocarbon (PFC) is used to improve gas exchange in diseased lungs and has anti-inflammatory functions in vitro and in vivo. The aim of this study was to determine whether PFC reduces damage to A549 cells caused by blast injury and to elucidate its possible mechanisms of action. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A549 alveolar epithelial cells exposed to blast waves were treated with and without PFC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323870/contribution-of-sortase-srta2-to-lactobacillus-casei-bl23-inhibition-of-staphylococcus-aureus-internalization-into-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Renata F S Souza, Julien Jardin, Chantal Cauty, Lucie Rault, Damien S Bouchard, Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán, Philippe Langella, Vicente Monedero, Núbia Seyffert, Vasco Azevedo, Yves Le Loir, Sergine Even
Probiotics have been considered as a promising strategy to prevent various diseases in both humans and animals. This approach has gained interest in recent years as a potential means to control bovine mastitis. In a previous study, we found that several L. casei strains, including BL23, were able to inhibit the internalization of S. aureus, a major etiologic agent of mastitis, into bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC). This antagonism required a direct contact between L. casei and bMEC or S. aureus, suggesting the inhibition relied on interactions between L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323618/contact-dependent-killing-by-caulobacter-crescentus-via-cell-surface-associated-glycine-zipper-proteins
#7
Leonor Garcia-Bayona, Monica S Guo, Michael T Laub
Most bacteria are in fierce competition with other species for limited nutrients. Some bacteria can kill nearby cells by secreting bacteriocins, a diverse group of proteinaceous antimicrobials. However, bacteriocins are typically freely diffusible, and so of little value to planktonic cells in aqueous environments. Here, we identify an atypical two-protein bacteriocin in the α-proteobacterium Caulobacter crescentus that is retained on the surface of producer cells where it mediates cell contact-dependent killing...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320874/enos-dependent-s-nitrosylation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-prevents-its-association-with-tcf4-and-inhibits-proliferation-of-endothelial-cells-by-wnt3a
#8
Ying Zhang, Rony Chidiac, Chantal Delisle, Jean-Philippe Gratton
Nitric oxide (NO) produced by endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) modulates many functions in endothelial cells. S-nitrosylation (SNO) of cysteine residues on β-catenin by eNOS-derived NO has been shown to influence intercellular contacts between endothelial cells. However, the implication of SNO in the regulation of β-catenin transcriptional activity is ill-defined. Here we report that NO inhibits the transcriptional activity of β-catenin and endothelial cell proliferation induced by activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling...
March 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320580/roles-of-alternatively-activated-m2-macrophages-in-allergic-contact-dermatitis
#9
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Kotaro Suzuki, Kazuyuki Meguro, Daiki Nakagomi, Hiroshi Nakajima
Alternatively activated macrophages (M2 macrophages) play key roles in the suppression of Th1 cell responses and the orchestration of tissue repair. However, recent studies have shown that M2 macrophages have potentials to produce high levels of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α, suggesting that M2 macrophages may exacerbate inflammation in some settings. In this regard, we have recently shown that large numbers of M2 macrophages accumulate in the sites of hapten-induced contact hypersensitivity (CHS), an animal model of allergic contact dermatitis, and that M2 macrophages exacerbate hapten-induced CHS by producing matrix metalloproteinase 12 (MMP12)...
March 17, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320483/human-and-feline-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-have-comparable-phenotype-immunomodulatory-functions-and-transcriptome
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Kaitlin C Clark, Fernando A Fierro, Emily Mills Ko, Naomi J Walker, Boaz Arzi, Clifford G Tepper, Heather Dahlenburg, Andrew Cicchetto, Amir Kol, Lyndsey Marsh, William J Murphy, Nasim Fazel, Dori L Borjesson
BACKGROUND: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) are a promising cell therapy to treat inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases. Development of appropriate pre-clinical animal models is critical to determine safety and attain early efficacy data for the most promising therapeutic candidates. Naturally occurring diseases in cats already serve as valuable models to inform human clinical trials in oncologic, cardiovascular, and genetic diseases. The objective of this study was to complete a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of human and feline ASCs, with an emphasis on their immunomodulatory capacity and transcriptome...
March 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319781/systematic-study-of-imidazoles-inhibiting-ido1-via-the-integration-of-molecular-mechanics-and-quantum-mechanics-calculations
#11
Yi Zou, Fang Wang, Yan Wang, Wenjie Guo, Yihua Zhang, Qiang Xu, Yisheng Lai
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is regarded as an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. To rationalize the detailed interactions between IDO1 and its inhibitors at the atomic level, an integrated computational approach by combining molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics methods was employed in this report. Specifically, the binding modes of 20 inhibitors was initially investigated using the induced fit docking (IFD) protocol, which outperformed other two docking protocols in terms of correctly predicting ligand conformations...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319099/the-direct-role-of-selenocysteine-in-nifese-hydrogenase-maturation-and-catalysis
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Marta C Marques, Cristina Tapia, Oscar Gutiérrez-Sanz, Ana Raquel Ramos, Kimberly L Keller, Judy D Wall, Antonio L De Lacey, Pedro M Matias, Inês A C Pereira
Hydrogenases are highly active enzymes for hydrogen production and oxidation. [NiFeSe] hydrogenases, in which selenocysteine is a ligand to the active site Ni, have high catalytic activity and a bias for H2 production. In contrast to [NiFe] hydrogenases, they display reduced H2 inhibition and are rapidly reactivated after contact with oxygen. Here we report an expression system for production of recombinant [NiFeSe] hydrogenase from Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough and study of a selenocysteine-to-cysteine variant (Sec489Cys) in which, for the first time, a [NiFeSe] hydrogenase was converted to a [NiFe] type...
March 20, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318268/mechanistic-insights-into-the-directed-assembly-of-hydrogel-blocks-mediated-by-polyelectrolytes-or-microgels
#13
Nicolas Hanauer, Pierre Luc Latreille, Xavier Banquy
In this study, we report the directed assembly of hydrogel blocks mediated by electrostatic interactions. We compared two different assembly mechanisms, one mediated by microgel particles and another mediated by direct interaction between oppositely charged blocks. The system consisted in hydrogel blocks made of an interpenetrated network of (hydroxyethyl)methacrylate-poly(ethyleneglycol)dimethacrylate (HEMA-PEGDMA) and either positively charged polyethyleneimine (PEI) or negatively charged hyaluronic acid (HA)...
March 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316258/walking-football-as-sustainable-exercise-for-older-adults-a-pilot-investigation
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Peter Reddy, Irundika Dias, Carol Holland, Niyah Campbell, Iaysha Nagar, Luke Connolly, Peter Krustrup, Harry Hubball
The health benefits of playing football and the importance of exercise and social contact for healthy ageing are well established, but few older adults in the UK take enough exercise. Football is popular, flexible in format and draws players into engrossing, effortful and social exercise, but the physical demands of play at full speed may make it unsustainable for some older adults. Restricted to walking pace, will play still be engaging? Will health benefits be retained? Will physical demands remain manageable? This pilot study aims to investigate: (1) the experience of older adults playing walking football every week, is it sustainable and rewarding, (2) the intensity and locomotor pattern of walking football, (3) the scale and nature of walking football health benefits and (4) possible cognitive benefits of playing walking football through measures of processing speed, selective and divided attention and updating and inhibition components of executive function...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314902/potential-factors-enabling-human-body-colonization-by-animal-streptococcus-dysgalactiae-subsp-equisimilis-strains
#15
Marcin Ciszewski, Eligia M Szewczyk
Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis (SDSE) is a pyogenic, Lancefield C or G streptococcal pathogen. Until recently, it has been considered as an exclusive animal pathogen. Nowadays, it is responsible for both animal infections in wild animals, pets, and livestock and human infections often clinically similar to the ones caused by group A streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes). The risk of zoonotic infection is the most significant in people having regular contact with animals, such as veterinarians, cattlemen, and farmers...
March 18, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304382/inhibition-of-cathepsin-k-promotes-osseointegration-of-titanium-implants-in-ovariectomised-rats
#16
Chun Yi, Ke-Yi Hao, Ting Ma, Ye Lin, Xi-Yuan Ge, Yu Zhang
The bone mineral deficiency in osteoporosis poses a threat to the long-term outcomes of endosseous implants. The inhibitors of cathepsin K (CatK) significantly affect bone turnover, bone mineral density (BMD) and bone strength in the patients with osteoporosis. Therefore, we hypothesised that the application of a CatK inhibitor (CatKI) could increase the osseointegration of endosseous implants under osteoporotic conditions. Odanacatib (ODN), a highly selective CatKI, was chosen as the experimental drug. Sixteen rats were randomised into 4 groups: sham, ovariectomy (OVX) with vehicle, OVX with low-dose ODN (5 mg/kg) and OVX with high-dose ODN (30 mg/kg)...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300552/monoaminergic-modulation-of-gabaergic-transmission-onto-cerebellar-globular-cells
#17
Moritoshi Hirono, Soichi Nagao, Yuchio Yanagawa, Shiro Konishi
Cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs) project their axon collaterals to underneath of the PC layer and make GABAergic synaptic contacts with globular cells, a subgroup of Lugaro cells. GABAergic transmission derived from the PC axon collaterals is so powerful that it could inhibit globular cells and regulate their firing patterns. However, the physiological properties and implications of the GABAergic synapses on globular cells remain unknown. Using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from globular cells in the mouse cerebellum, we examined the monoaminergic modulation of GABAergic inputs to these cells...
March 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299749/osmotic-stress-in-colony-and-planktonic-cells-of-pseudomonas-putida-mt-2-revealed-significant-differences-in-adaptive-response-mechanisms
#18
Nancy Hachicho, Astrid Birnbaum, Hermann J Heipieper
Planktonic cells and those grown on surfaces (or as colony biofilm) are known to show significant differences regarding growth behavior, cell physiology, gene expression and stress tolerance. In order to compare stress behavior of different growth forms, shake cultures for planktonic growth and agar plate cultivation for colony growth, were carried out with the well investigated model organism, Pseudomonas putida mt-2. Cells were exposed to sodium chloride to cause osmotic stress as one main environmental stressor bacteria have to cope with when growing in soil...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296403/distinct-roles-for-interfacial-hydration-in-site-specific-dna-recognition-by-ets-family-transcription-factors
#19
Suela Xhani, Shingo Esaki, Kenneth Huang, Noa Erlitzki, Gregory M K Poon
The ETS family of transcription factors is a functionally heterogeneous group of gene regulators that share a structurally conserved, eponymous DNA-binding domain. Unlike other ETS homologs, such as Ets-1, DNA recognition by PU.1 is highly sensitive to its osmotic environment due to excess interfacial hydration in the complex. To interrogate interfacial hydration in the two homologs, we mutated a highly conserved tyrosine residue, which is exclusively engaged in coordinating a well-defined water contact between the protein and DNA among ETS proteins, to phenylalanine...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295880/mesenchymal-stem-cells-modulate-differentiation-of-myeloid-progenitor-cells-during-inflammation
#20
Afsaneh Amouzegar, Sharad K Mittal, Anuradha Sahu, Srikant K Sahu, Sunil K Chauhan
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess distinct immunomodulatory properties and have tremendous potential for use in therapeutic applications in various inflammatory diseases. MSCs have been shown to regulate pathogenic functions of mature myeloid inflammatory cells, such as macrophages and neutrophils. Intriguingly, the capacity of MSCs to modulate differentiation of myeloid progenitors to mature inflammatory cells remains unknown to date. Here, we report the novel finding that MSCs inhibit the expression of differentiation markers on myeloid progenitors under inflammatory conditions...
March 15, 2017: Stem Cells
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