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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145710/testosterone-replacement-in-transgenic-sickle-cell-mice-controls-priapic-activity-and-upregulates-pde5-expression-and-enos-activity-in-the-penis
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B Musicki, S Karakus, W Akakpo, F H Silva, J Liu, H Chen, B R Zirkin, A L Burnett
Sickle cell disease (SCD)-associated priapism is characterized by decreased nitric oxide (NO) signaling and downregulated phosphodiesterase (PDE)5 protein expression and activity in the penis. Priapism is also associated with testosterone deficiency, but molecular mechanisms underlying testosterone effects in the penis in SCD are not known. Given the critical role of androgens in erection physiology and NO synthase (NOS)/PDE5 expression, we hypothesized that testosterone replacement to eugonadal testosterone levels reduces priapism by reversing impaired endothelial (e)NOS activity and molecular abnormalities involving PDE5...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145593/root-respiratory-burst-oxidase-homologue-dependent-h2o2-production-confers-salt-tolerance-on-a-grafted-cucumber-by-controlling-na-exclusion-and-stomatal-closure
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Mengliang Niu, Yuan Huang, Shitao Sun, Jingyu Sun, Haishun Cao, Sergey Shabala, Zhilong Bie
Plant salt tolerance can be improved by grafting onto salt-tolerant rootstocks. However, the underlying signaling mechanisms behind this phenomenon remain largely unknown. To address this issue, we used a range of physiological and molecular techniques to study responses of self-grafted and pumpkin-grafted cucumber plants exposed to 75 mM NaCl stress. Pumpkin grafting significantly increased the salt tolerance of cucumber plants, as revealed by higher plant dry weight, chlorophyll content and photochemical efficiency (Fv/Fm), and lower leaf Na+ content...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145494/global-analysis-of-gene-expression-mediated-by-ox1-orexin-receptor-signaling-in-a-hypothalamic-cell-line
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Eric Koesema, Thomas Kodadek
The orexins and their cognate G-protein coupled receptors have been widely studied due to their associations with various behaviors and cellular processes. However, the detailed downstream signaling cascades that mediate these effects are not completely understood. We report the generation of a neuronal model cell line that stably expresses the OX1 orexin receptor (OX1) and an RNA-Seq analysis of changes in gene expression seen upon receptor activation. Upon treatment with orexin, several families of related transcription factors are transcriptionally regulated, including the early growth response genes (Egr), the Kruppel-like factors (Klf), and the Nr4a subgroup of nuclear hormone receptors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145416/two-is-better-than-one-the-effects-of-strategic-cooperation-on-intra-and-inter-brain-connectivity-by-fnirs
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Michela Balconi, Laurent Pezard, Jean-Louis Nandrino, Maria Elide Vanutelli
Inter-brain synchronization during joint actions is a core question in social neuroscience, and the differential contribution of intra- and inter-brain functional connectivity has yet to be clarified along with the role of psychological variables such as perceived self-efficacy. The cognitive performance and the neural activation underlying the execution of joint actions were recorded by functional Near-Infrared imaging during a synchronicity game. An 8-channel array of optodes was positioned over the frontal and prefrontal regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145069/the-sultr-gene-family-in-maize-zea-mays-l-gene-cloning-and-expression-analyses-under-sulfate-starvation-and-abiotic-stress
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Qin Huang, Meiping Wang, Zongliang Xia
Sulfur is an essential macronutrient required for plant growth, development and stress responses. The family of sulfate transporters (SULTRs) mediates the uptake and translocation of sulfate in higher plants. However, basic knowledge of the SULTR gene family in maize (Zea mays L.) is scarce. In this study, a genome-wide bioinformatic analysis of SULTR genes in maize was conducted, and the developmental expression patterns of the genes and their responses to sulfate starvation and abiotic stress were further investigated...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145027/differential-gene-expression-in-the-intestine-of-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-under-low-and-high-salinity-conditions
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Libin Zhang, Qiming Feng, Lina Sun, Kui Ding, Da Huo, Yan Fang, Tao Zhang, Hongsheng Yang
Sea cucumber, Apostichopus japonicus is an important species for aquaculture, and its behavior and physiology can change in response to changing salinity conditions. For this reason, it is important to understand the molecular responses of A. japonicus when exposed to ambient changes in salinity. In this study, RNA-Seq provided a general overview of the gene expression profiles in the intestine of A. japonicus exposed to high salinity (SD40), normal salinity (SD30) and low salinity (SD20) environments. Screening for differentially expressed genes (DEGs) using the NOISeq method identified 109, 100, and 89 DEGs based on a fold change of ≥2 and divergence probability ≥0...
November 4, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144825/salt-hypertension-and-immunity
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A Justin Rucker, Nathan P Rudemiller, Steven D Crowley
The link between inappropriate salt retention in the kidney and hypertension is well recognized. However, growing evidence suggests that the immune system can play surprising roles in sodium homeostasis, such that the study of inflammatory cells and their secreted effectors has provided important insights into salt sensitivity. As part of the innate immune system, myeloid cells have diverse roles in blood pressure regulation, ranging from prohypertensive actions in the kidney, vasculature, and brain, to effects in the skin that attenuate blood pressure elevation...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144383/monitoring-for-response-to-antineoplastic-drugs-the-potential-of-a-metabolomic-approach
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REVIEW
Jodi Rattner, Oliver F Bathe
For most cancers, chemotherapeutic options are rapidly expanding, providing the oncologist with substantial choices. Therefore, there is a growing need to select the best systemic therapy, for any individual, that effectively halts tumor progression with minimal toxicity. Having the capability to predict benefit and to anticipate toxicity would be ideal, but remains elusive at this time. An alternative approach is an adaptive approach that involves close observation for treatment response and emergence of resistance...
November 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144234/lrp1-integrates-murine-macrophage-cholesterol-homeostasis-and-inflammatory-responses-in-atherosclerosis
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Xunde Xian, Yinyuan Ding, Marco Dieckmann, Li Zhou, Florian Plattner, Mingxia Liu, John S Parks, Robert E Hammer, Philippe Boucher, Shirling Tsai, Joachim Herz
Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) is a multifunctional cell surface receptor with diverse physiological roles, ranging from cellular uptake of lipoproteins and other cargo by endocytosis to sensor of the extracellular environment and integrator of a wide range of signaling mechanisms. As a chylomicron remnant receptor, LRP1 controls systemic lipid metabolism in concert with the LDL receptor in the liver, whereas in smooth muscle cells (SMC) LRP1 functions as a co-receptor for TGFβ and PDGFRβ in reverse cholesterol transport and the maintenance of vascular wall integrity...
November 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144168/the-effects-of-extended-nap-periods-on-cognitive-physiological-and-subjective-responses-under-simulated-night-shift-conditions
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Jonathan Davy, Matthias Göbel
Extended nap opportunities have been effective in maintaining alertness in the context of extended night shifts (+12 h). However, there is limited evidence of their efficacy during 8-h shifts. Thus, this study explored the effects of extended naps on cognitive, physiological and perceptual responses during four simulated, 8-h night shifts. In a laboratory setting, 32 participants were allocated to one of three conditions. All participants completed four consecutive, 8-h night shifts, with the arrangements differing by condition...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144157/the-influence-of-sunlight-exposure-on-hospitalization-in-emergency-psychiatry
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Andrea Aguglia, Antonio Borsotti, Francesco Cuniberti, Gianluca Serafini, Mario Amore, Giuseppe Maina
OBJECTIVE: Environmental conditions during early life may affect individual vulnerability to both physiological changes as well as psychiatric conditions, especially in those with a genetic susceptibility. Among all factors, sunlight exposure intensity has a crucial effect on affecting circadian functions high-risk individuals. A potential explanation of this relation is that excessive sunlight exposure is able to impair biological mechanisms, possibly through the dysregulation of serotonin and/or melatonin production/metabolism...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143915/effects-of-aging-on-fracture-healing
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REVIEW
Dan Clark, Mary Nakamura, Ted Miclau, Ralph Marcucio
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes research on the physiological changes that occur with aging and the resulting effects on fracture healing. RECENT FINDINGS: Aging affects the inflammatory response during fracture healing through senescence of the immune response and increased systemic pro-inflammatory status. Important cells of the inflammatory response, macrophages, T cells, mesenchymal stem cells, have demonstrated intrinsic age-related changes that could impact fracture healing...
November 16, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143824/pd-1-is-a-haploinsufficient-suppressor-of-t-cell-lymphomagenesis
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Tim Wartewig, Zsuzsanna Kurgyis, Selina Keppler, Konstanze Pechloff, Erik Hameister, Rupert Öllinger, Roman Maresch, Thorsten Buch, Katja Steiger, Christof Winter, Roland Rad, Jürgen Ruland
T cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas are a heterogeneous group of highly aggressive malignancies with poor clinical outcomes. T cell lymphomas originate from peripheral T cells and are frequently characterized by genetic gain-of-function variants in T cell receptor (TCR) signalling molecules. Although these oncogenic alterations are thought to drive TCR pathways to induce chronic proliferation and cell survival programmes, it remains unclear whether T cells contain tumour suppressors that can counteract these events...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143417/can-antarctic-lichens-acclimatise-to-changes-in-temperature
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Claudia Colesie, Burkhard Büdel, Vaughan Hurry, T G Allan Green
The Antarctic Peninsula, a tundra biome dominated by lichens and bryophytes, is an ecozone undergoing rapid temperature shifts. Such changes may demand a high physiological plasticity of the local lichen species in order for them to maintain their role as key drivers in this pristine habitat. This study examines the response of net photosynthesis and respiration to increasing temperatures for three Antarctic lichen species with different ecological response amplitudes. We hypothesise that negative effects caused by increased temperatures can be mitigated by thermal acclimation of respiration and/or photosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142988/proximal-tubular-expression-patterns-of-megalin-and-cubilin-in-proteinuric-nephropathies
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Jia Sun, Kjell Hultenby, Jonas Axelsson, Johan Nordström, Bing He, Annika Wernerson, Karin Lindström
Introduction: Receptor-mediated endocytosis is responsible for protein reabsorption in the proximal tubules. For albumin this process involves at least 2 interacting receptors, megalin and cubilin. Albumin is not usually present in the urine, indicating a highly efficient tubular reuptake under physiological conditions. However, early appearance of albuminuria may mean that the tubular system is overwhelmed by large quantities of albumin or that the function is impaired. Methods: To better understand the physiological role of megalin and cubilin in human renal disease, renal biopsies from 15 patients with a range of albuminuria and 3 healthy living donors were analyzed for proximal tubular expression of megalin and cubilin using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and semiquantitative immune-electron microscopy...
July 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142788/a-unified-approach-to-model-peripheral-nerves-across-different-animal-species
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Elisabetta Giannessi, Maria Rita Stornelli, Pier Nicola Sergi
Peripheral nerves are extremely complex biological structures. The knowledge of their response to stretch is crucial to better understand physiological and pathological states (e.g., due to overstretch). Since their mechanical response is deterministically related to the nature of the external stimuli, theoretical and computational tools were used to investigate their behaviour. In this work, a Yeoh-like polynomial strain energy function was used to reproduce the response of in vitro porcine nerve. Moreover, this approach was applied to different nervous structures coming from different animal species (rabbit, lobster, Aplysia) and tested for different amount of stretch (up to extreme ones)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142172/change-in-redox-state-and-heat-shock-protein-expression-in-an-indian-major-carp-cirrhinus-cirrhosus-exposed-to-zinc-and-lead
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Mahammed Moniruzzaman, Puja Midday, Anindita Dhara, Debjit Das, Indranath Ghosal, Debosree Mukherjee, Suman Bhusan Chakraborty
Fish are exposed to different heavy metals that may induce numerous physiological changes. In the present study, we examined the redox state in response to a severe stress resulting from two heavy metals (Zinc and Lead) contamination in carp Cirrhinus cirrhosus. Fish were exposed to 1/10th of LC50 of the respective metals [zinc chloride (2.72 mg/L) and lead acetate (2.53 mg/L)] for 30 days and allowed to recover for another 30 days without any metal exposure. Concentration of metals, different enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant agents and expression levels of heat shock protein (HSP) 70 and 90 were measured in the liver and the kidney of fish...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142118/climate-and-foraging-mode-explain-interspecific-variation-in-snake-metabolic-rates
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Andréaz Dupoué, François Brischoux, Olivier Lourdais
The energy cost of self-maintenance is a critical facet of life-history strategies. Clarifying the determinant of interspecific variation in metabolic rate (MR) at rest is important to understand and predict ecological patterns such as species distributions or responses to climatic changes. We examined variation of MR in snakes, a group characterized by a remarkable diversity of activity rates and a wide distribution. We collated previously published MR data (n = 491 observations) measured in 90 snake species at different trial temperatures...
November 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141996/the-distinct-transcriptomes-of-slow-and-fast-adult-muscles-are-delineated-by-noncoding-rnas
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Vered Raz, Muhammad Riaz, Zuotian Tatum, Szymon M Kielbasa, Peter A C 't Hoen
Adult muscles have a vast adaptation capacity, enabling function switches in response to altered conditions. During intensive physical activity, disease, or aging, adult skeletal muscles change and adjust their functions. The competence to adjust varies among muscles. Muscle-specific molecular mechanisms in healthy and normal conditions could designate changes in physiologic and pathologic conditions. We generated deep mRNA-sequencing data in adult fast and slow mouse muscles, and applying paired analysis, we identified that the muscle-specific signatures are composed of half of the muscle transcriptome...
November 15, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141911/transcriptional-integration-of-mitogenic-and-mechanical-signals-by-myc-and-yap
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Ottavio Croci, Serena De Fazio, Francesca Biagioni, Elisa Donato, Marieta Caganova, Laura Curti, Mirko Doni, Silvia Sberna, Deborah Aldeghi, Chiara Biancotto, Alessandro Verrecchia, Daniela Olivero, Bruno Amati, Stefano Campaner
Mammalian cells must integrate environmental cues to determine coherent physiological responses. The transcription factors Myc and YAP-TEAD act downstream from mitogenic signals, with the latter responding also to mechanical cues. Here, we show that these factors coordinately regulate genes required for cell proliferation. Activation of Myc led to extensive association with its genomic targets, most of which were prebound by TEAD. At these loci, recruitment of YAP was Myc-dependent and led to full transcriptional activation...
November 15, 2017: Genes & Development
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