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J Exp Med ; 217(12)2020 12 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33000129

RESUMO

Developing effective in vivo models for SARS-CoV-2 infection is crucial for mechanistic studies of COVID-19 disease progression. In this issue of JEM, Israelow et al. (https://doi.org/10.1084/jem.20201241) generate a model that supports SARS-CoV-2 infection in mice, which they use to characterize type I IFN-driven pulmonary inflammation.


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Infecções por Coronavirus , Interferon Tipo I , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave , Animais , Betacoronavirus , Camundongos
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PLoS One ; 15(10): e0240266, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33007039

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BACKGROUND: Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is widely used in the treatment of malaria, rheumatologic disease such as lupus, and most recently, COVID-19. These uses raise concerns about its safe use in the setting of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, especially as 11% of African American men carry the G6PD A- variant. However, limited data exist regarding the safety of HCQ in this population. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Recently, we created a novel "humanized" mouse model containing the G6PD deficiency A- variant (Val68Met) using CRISPR technology. We tested the effects of high-dose HCQ administration over 5 days on hemolysis in our novel G6PD A- mice. In addition to standard hematologic parameters including plasma hemoglobin, erythrocyte methemoglobin, and reticulocytes, hepatic and renal function were assessed after HCQ. RESULTS: Residual erythrocyte G6PD activity in G6PD A- mice was ~6% compared to wild-type (WT) littermates. Importantly, we found no evidence of clinically significant intravascular hemolysis, methemoglobinemia, or organ damage in response to high-dose HCQ. CONCLUSIONS: Though the effects of high doses over prolonged periods was not assessed, this study provides early, novel safety data of the use of HCQ in the setting of G6PD deficiency secondary to G6PD A-. In addition to novel safety data for HCQ, to our knowledge, we are the first to present the creation of a "humanized" murine model of G6PD deficiency.


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Modelos Animais de Doenças , Deficiência de Glucosefosfato Desidrogenase/patologia , Hidroxicloroquina/efeitos adversos , Afro-Americanos , Animais , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , Masculino , Camundongos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(Suppl 14): 369, 2020 Sep 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32998686

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BACKGROUND: Chromosome conformation capture-based methods, especially Hi-C, enable scientists to detect genome-wide chromatin interactions and study the spatial organization of chromatin, which plays important roles in gene expression regulation, DNA replication and repair etc. Thus, developing computational methods to unravel patterns behind the data becomes critical. Existing computational methods focus on intrachromosomal interactions and ignore interchromosomal interactions partly because there is no prior knowledge for interchromosomal interactions and the frequency of interchromosomal interactions is much lower while the search space is much larger. With the development of single-cell technologies, the advent of single-cell Hi-C makes interrogating the spatial structure of chromatin at single-cell resolution possible. It also brings a new type of frequency information, the number of single cells with chromatin interactions between two disjoint chromosome regions. RESULTS: Considering the lack of computational methods on interchromosomal interactions and the unsurprisingly frequent intrachromosomal interactions along the diagonal of a chromatin contact map, we propose a computational method dedicated to analyzing interchromosomal interactions of single-cell Hi-C with this new frequency information. To the best of our knowledge, our proposed tool is the first to identify regions with statistically frequent interchromosomal interactions at single-cell resolution. We demonstrate that the tool utilizing networks and binomial statistical tests can identify interesting structural regions through visualization, comparison and enrichment analysis and it also supports different configurations to provide users with flexibility. CONCLUSIONS: It will be a useful tool for analyzing single-cell Hi-C interchromosomal interactions.


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Cromossomos/metabolismo , Análise de Célula Única/métodos , Animais , Cromatina/metabolismo , Fase G1 , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala/métodos , Camundongos , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/metabolismo , Oócitos/citologia , Oócitos/metabolismo , Fase S , Zigoto/citologia , Zigoto/metabolismo
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Urol Clin North Am ; 47(4): 487-510, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33008499

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The advent of immunotherapy has revolutionized cancer treatment. Prostate cancer has an immunosuppressive microenvironment and a low tumor mutation burden, resulting in low neoantigen expression. The consensus was that immunotherapy would be less effective in prostate cancer. However, recent studies have reported that prostate cancer does have a high number of DNA damage and repair gene defects. Immunotherapies that have been tested in prostate cancer so far have been mainly vaccines and checkpoint inhibitors. A combination of genomically targeted therapies, with approaches to alleviate immune response and thereby make the tumor microenvironment immunologically hot, is promising.


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Produtos Biológicos/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Anticâncer/administração & dosagem , Imunoterapia/métodos , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/terapia , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Idoso , Animais , Antígenos de Neoplasias/efeitos dos fármacos , Antígenos de Neoplasias/imunologia , Previsões , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Terapia de Alvo Molecular/métodos , Invasividade Neoplásica/patologia , Metástase Neoplásica/genética , Metástase Neoplásica/imunologia , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Resultado do Tratamento , Microambiente Tumoral/genética
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(10): 1207-1212, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999199

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T-type calcium channels are low-threshold voltage-gated calcium channel and characterized by unique electrophysiological properties such as fast inactivation and slow deactivation kinetics. All subtypes of T-type calcium channel (Cav3.1, 3.2 and 3.3) are widely expressed in the central nerve system, and they have an important role in homeostasis of sleep, pain response, and development of epilepsy. Recently, several reports suggest that T-type calcium channels may mediate neuronal plasticity in the mouse brain. We succeeded to develop T-type calcium channel enhancer ethyl 8'-methyl-2',4-dioxo-2-(piperidin-1-yl)-2'H-spiro[cyclopentane-1,3'-imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine]-2-ene-3-carboxylate (SAK3) which enhances Cav3.1 and 3.3 currents in each-channel expressed neuro2A cells. SAK3 can promote acetylcholine (ACh) release in the mouse hippocampus via enhancing T-type calcium channel. In this review, we have introduced the role of T-type calcium channel, especially Cav3.1 channel in the mouse hippocampus based on our previous data using SAK3 and Cav3.1 knockout mice.


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Canais de Cálcio Tipo T/efeitos dos fármacos , Canais de Cálcio Tipo T/fisiologia , Imidazóis/farmacologia , Neurônios/fisiologia , Compostos de Espiro/farmacologia , Acetilcolina/metabolismo , Animais , Encéfalo/fisiologia , Canais de Cálcio Tipo T/genética , Canais de Cálcio Tipo T/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , Sistema Nervoso Central/metabolismo , Fenômenos Eletrofisiológicos , Epilepsia/etiologia , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Hipocampo/metabolismo , Homeostase , Camundongos , Plasticidade Neuronal , Dor/etiologia , Ratos , Sono/fisiologia
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(10): 1235-1242, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999202

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The central nervous system (CNS) is segregated from the circulating blood and peripheral tissues by endothelial and epithelial barriers. To overcome refractory CNS diseases, it is important to understand the membrane transport systems of drugs and the endogenous compounds that relate to the pathogenesis of CNS diseases at these barriers. The endothelial barrier in the brain is the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Our studies clarified the efflux transport of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a modulator of neural excitation and inflammatory responses, across the BBB via plasma membrane transporters such as organic anion transporter 3 (Oat3) and multidrug resistance-associated protein 4 (Mrp4). This efflux transport was attenuated by peripheral inflammation or cerebral treatment with neuroexcitatory l-glutamate, suggesting that BBB-mediated PGE2 elimination was altered under several pathological conditions. We also examined excitatory amino acid transporter (EAAT) 1 and 3 as l-glutamate efflux transporters of the inner blood-retinal barrier (BRB) and blood-cerebrospinal barrier. It was considered that these efflux membrane transporters participated in the homeostasis of neuroexcitatory and neuroinflammatory responses in the brain and retina. Moreover, we identified connexin 43 (Cx43) hemichannels as a new membrane transport system that is activated under pathological conditions and recognizes several monocarboxylate drugs, such as valproate. As it is expected that the action of these membrane transporters across the CNS barriers is of great importance in understanding the pathology of various neuroexcitatory diseases, our studies should contribute to the establishment of therapeutic strategies for refractory CNS diseases.


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Transporte Biológico , Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Barreira Hematorretiniana/metabolismo , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/etiologia , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/metabolismo , Desenvolvimento de Medicamentos , Proteínas de Membrana Transportadoras/metabolismo , Retina/metabolismo , Animais , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso Central/tratamento farmacológico , Conexina 43/metabolismo , Dinoprostona/metabolismo , Transportador 1 de Aminoácido Excitatório/metabolismo , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Terapia de Alvo Molecular , Proteínas Associadas à Resistência a Múltiplos Medicamentos/metabolismo , Transportadores de Ânions Orgânicos Sódio-Independentes/metabolismo
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Phys Rev Lett ; 125(12): 128102, 2020 Sep 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33016724

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Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease, show characteristic degradation of structural brain networks. This degradation eventually leads to changes in the network dynamics and degradation of cognitive functions. Here, we model the progression in terms of coupled physical processes: The accumulation of toxic proteins, given by a nonlinear reaction-diffusion transport process, yields an evolving brain connectome characterized by weighted edges on which a neuronal-mass model evolves. The progression of the brain functions can be tested by simulating the resting-state activity on the evolving brain network. We show that while the evolution of edge weights plays a minor role in the overall progression of the disease, dynamic biomarkers predict a transition over a period of 10 years associated with strong cognitive decline.


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Demência/patologia , Modelos Neurológicos , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/patologia , Animais , Relógios Biológicos , Encéfalo/patologia , Encéfalo/fisiopatologia , Morte Celular/fisiologia , Disfunção Cognitiva/patologia , Disfunção Cognitiva/fisiopatologia , Conectoma/métodos , Demência/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Camundongos , Doenças Neurodegenerativas/fisiopatologia , Neurônios/patologia
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Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 52(5): 845-850, 2020 Oct 18.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33047717

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression efficiency of exogenous gene mediated by different serotypes of adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors in retina, and to compare the expression efficiency of AAV vector and two kinds of promoters commonly used in ophthalmology after transfection into mouse retina, so as to provide the basis for selecting appropriate AAV vector and promoter for gene therapy of retinitis pigmentosa. METHODS: AAV2/2, AAV2/5, AAV2/8 and AAV2/9 were prepared. The C57BL/6J mice were injected subretinally with 1 µL purified AAV vectors (1.00×1013 mg/L). Then the mice were killed 2 or 4 weeks after treatment, and the eyes were enucleated for frozen section. The expression of green fluorescent protein (GFP) was observed under the confocal microscope. Two kinds of promoters, CMV and CAG, were selectd, and the expression of AAV2/8-GFP-CMV and AAV2/8-GFP-CAG was observed under confocal microscope. RESULTS: No bacterial infection or immune response were seen in the injected mice. 2 weeks after injection, the GFP green fluorescence of AAV2/8 and AAV2/9 in the mouse retina was obvious, which indicated that the GFP green fluorescence of AAV2/8 and AAV2/9 was high after transfection into the mouse retina. In these two serotypes, GFP green fluorescence of AAV2/8 was mainly concentrated in photoreceptor cells while AAV2/8 was expressed in the whole retina, indicating that AAV2/8 was more specific to photoreceptors. Further experiments on AAV2/8 showed that the GFP green fluorescence of the mouse retina was obvious 4 weeks after injection, indicating that the exogenous gene mediated by AAV2/8 could be stably expressed in vivo. For CMV and CAG promoters, CMV promoter was expressed stronger in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)cells, while CAG promoter was stronger in photorecepters. In photorecepters, CAG promoter was expressed almost the same as CMV promoter, while CMV promoter was stronger in RPE cells. CONCLUSION: AAV vectors could express transgene robustly in retinal cells; Among several AAV serotypes, AAV2/2 and AAV2/5 showed weaker GFP fluorescence than AAV2/8 and AAV2/9. AAV2/9 showed expression in each layer of the retina including ganglion cells. AAV2/8 was more specific for photoreceptor; CAG promoters had higher specificity for photoreceptors than CMV promoters.


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Dependovirus , Vetores Genéticos , Animais , Dependovirus/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Retina , Sorogrupo , Transdução Genética
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Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 45(8): 892-900, 2020 Aug 28.
Artigo em Inglês, Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33053529

RESUMO

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of environmental enrichment on cognitive behavior and the expression of adenosine triphosphate binding cassette transporter A7 (ABCA7) in hippocampus of the adolescent mice with high fat diet. METHODS: A total of healthy 3-week-old male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into 3 groups: a control (Con) group, a high fat diet (HFD) group, and a high fat diet+environmental enrichment (HFD+EE) group, with 10 mice in each group. The Con group was given normal diet. The HFD group was given high fat diet. The HFD+EE group was given high fat diet; at the same time, they treated by environmental enrichment. After 10 weeks, open field test was used to detect activity. Novel object recognition test and Y maze test were used to detect cognitive behavior. After the test, the brain was collected and used to detect the protein expression of ABCA7 in the hippocampus by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. And quantitative RT-PCR (RT-qPCR) was used to detect the ABCA7 mRNA expression level in the hippocampus. RESULTS: There was no significant difference in the total movement distance in the mice among the 3 groups (P>0.05). In the novel object recognition test, the discrimination index of the HFD group was much lower than that of the Con group, and the difference was significant (P<0.01). The discrimination index of the HFD+EE group was higher than that of the HFD group, and the difference was significant (P<0.01). In the Y maze test, there was no significant difference in the percentage of time spent on the new arm among the mice in the 3 groups (P=0.1279). The percentage of entries in new arm in the HFD group was much lower than that in the Con group, and the difference was significant (P<0.01). The percentage of the entries in new arm in the HFD+EE group was significantly higher than that in the HFD group (P<0.05). The results of immunohistochemistry showed that ABCA7 was positively expressed in the cytoplasm of hippocampal neurons in the mice from these 3 groups, and the expression of ABCA7 in the hippocampus of the HFD group was lower than that of the Con group (CA1: P<0.01, CA3: P=0.06), while the expression of ABCA7 in hippocampus of HFD+EE group was higher than that of HFD group (CA1: P=0.23, CA3: P<0.05). Western blotting results showed that compared with the Con group, the protein level of ABCA7 in the hippocampus of the HFD group was significantly reduced (P<0.05), while compared with the Con group, the protein level of ABCA7 in the hippocampus of the HFD+EE group showed an upward trend (P=0.06). The results of RT-qPCR showed that the mRNA level of ABCA7 in the hippocampus of HFD group was significantly lower than that of the Con group (P<0.01), while the mRNA level of ABCA7 in the hippocampus of HFD+EE group was significantly higher than that of the HFD group (P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: High fat diet in adolescent can impair cognitive function with a decrease in the expression of ABCA7 in hippocampus, which can be ameliorate by environmental enrichment.


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Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP , Trifosfato de Adenosina , Dieta Hiperlipídica , Hipocampo , Animais , Cognição , Dieta Hiperlipídica/efeitos adversos , Hipocampo/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL
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Vestn Oftalmol ; 136(5): 103-108, 2020.
Artigo em Russo | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33056970

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Primary open-angle glaucoma is a major cause of irreversible blindness in all countries of the world. The pathogenesis of primary open-angle glaucoma has not been resolved. In addition to increased intraocular pressure, pathogenetic factors of this disease such as reduced systemic blood pressure, deterioration of ocular blood flow, as well as vascular dysregulation, reperfusion damage and oxidative stress of ocular tissues are now generally recognized. The role of α1-adrenoreceptors in regulation of, for example, ocular blood flow, blood flow in the retina, permeability of the vascular wall etc has already been described. PURPOSE: To identify the effects of different subtypes of α1-adrenoreceptors on the level of systemic blood pressure in laboratory mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Features of blood pressure of 36 laboratory mice older than 18 months having a genetic defect (lines ADRA-1A, ADRA-1D and ADRA-1D) of one of the subtypes of α1-adrenoreceptors (α1a, α1b, α1d) were studied. The control group included ten healthy laboratory mice of the same age. The blood pressure of mice was measured with modern high-precision and noninvasive method using the CodaTM Standard system (Kent Scientific Corporation, U.S.A.). RESULTS: The mice of the ADRA-1A line were revealed to have reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure and maximum level of pulse pressure, as well as the greatest fluctuations of pulse pressure; for the ADRA-1B line - the highest levels of systolic and diastolic blood pressure; for the ADRA-1D line - the smallest systolic and diastolic blood pressure and the minimum values of pulse pressure. CONCLUSION: The obtained results show the specific contribution of α1a, α1b and α1d subtypes of the adrenoreceptors in the maintenance of normal hemodynamic of an organism, which should be considered when studying pathogenesis of primary open-angle glaucoma.


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Glaucoma de Ângulo Aberto , Glaucoma , Animais , Pressão Sanguínea , Olho , Glaucoma de Ângulo Aberto/genética , Camundongos , Receptores Adrenérgicos alfa 1/genética
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Zhongguo Xiu Fu Chong Jian Wai Ke Za Zhi ; 34(10): 1322-1331, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33063500

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Objective: To investigate the effect of hydrogel from acellular porcine adipose tissue (HAPA) on the survival of transplanted adipose tissue. Methods: For in vitro study, adipose tissue and HAPA-adipose tissue complex were cultured in normoxia and hypoxia atmospheres for 24 and 72 hours. TUNEL and Perilipin immunofluorescence staining were performed to observe the effect of HAPA on apoptosis and survival of adipocities. For in vivo study, 42 healthy male nude mice (4-6 weeks old) weighing 15-18 g were randomly divided into adipose group (group A), 10%HAPA group (group B), 20%HAPA group (group C), 30%HAPA group (group D), 40%HAPA group (group E), and 50%HAPA group (group F) according to different HAPA/adipose tissue volume ratio ( n=7). For each group, 1 mL adipose tissue or HAPA-adipose tissue complex was injected subcutaneously into the dorsum of the nude mice. At 4 weeks after transplantation, 7 nude mice in each group were sacrificed and grafts were harvested, gross observation, volume measurement, ultrasound examination, and histologic staining (HE staining, CD31 and Perilipin immunofluorescence stainings) were applied. Results: Hypoxia showed a tendency of promoting adipose tissue necrosis and apoptosis, while HAPA exhibited an obvious effect of inhibiting cell apoptosis in vitro study ( P<0.05). For in vivo study, grafts of all groups had intact fibrocapsule. No obvious signs of infection and necrosis were observed at 4 weeks. Volume shrinkage was observed in all groups, however, the groups A-D had significantly higher volume retention rate than groups E and F ( P<0.05). Ultrasound examination showed that there were no significant difference in the number and volume of liquify area of the grafts in each group ( P>0.05). With the increase of HAPA's volume ratio, HE staining proved an improved fat integrity while a gradually decreased vacuoles and fibrosis. CD31 immunohistochemical staining showed that the number of neo-vascularisation in groups E and F were significantly higher than those in groups A-D ( P<0.05). Perilipin immunofluorescence staining showed that with the increase of HAPA volume ratio, the number of living adipocytes increased gradually, and more new adipocytes could be seen in the field of vision. Conclusion: As the volume ratio of HAPA gradually increased, the survival of transplanted adipose tissue also increased, but the volume retention rate decreased gradually. 30%HAPA was considered the relative optimal volume ratio for its superior adipose tissue survival and volume retation rate.


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Hidrogéis , Transplantes , Adipócitos , Tecido Adiposo , Animais , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Nus , Suínos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4912, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999275

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Most signals detected by genome-wide association studies map to non-coding sequence and their tissue-specific effects influence transcriptional regulation. However, key tissues and cell-types required for functional inference are absent from large-scale resources. Here we explore the relationship between genetic variants influencing predisposition to type 2 diabetes (T2D) and related glycemic traits, and human pancreatic islet transcription using data from 420 donors. We find: (a) 7741 cis-eQTLs in islets with a replication rate across 44 GTEx tissues between 40% and 73%; (b) marked overlap between islet cis-eQTL signals and active regulatory sequences in islets, with reduced eQTL effect size observed in the stretch enhancers most strongly implicated in GWAS signal location; (c) enrichment of islet cis-eQTL signals with T2D risk variants identified in genome-wide association studies; and (d) colocalization between 47 islet cis-eQTLs and variants influencing T2D or glycemic traits, including DGKB and TCF7L2. Our findings illustrate the advantages of performing functional and regulatory studies in disease relevant tissues.


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Glicemia/genética , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/genética , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Ilhotas Pancreáticas/metabolismo , Locos de Características Quantitativas , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Animais , Glicemia/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Estudos de Coortes , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/sangue , Diacilglicerol Quinase/genética , Diacilglicerol Quinase/metabolismo , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , RNA-Seq , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Proteína 2 Semelhante ao Fator 7 de Transcrição/genética , Proteína 2 Semelhante ao Fator 7 de Transcrição/metabolismo , Adulto Jovem
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4907, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999289

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Global alterations in the metabolic network provide substances and energy to support tumor progression. To fuel these metabolic processes, extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a dominant role in supporting the mass transport and providing essential nutrients. Here, we report a fibrinogen and thrombin based coagulation system to construct an artificial ECM (aECM) for selectively cutting-off the tumor metabolic flux. Once a micro-wound is induced, a cascaded gelation of aECM can be triggered to besiege the tumor. Studies on cell behaviors and metabolomics reveal that aECM cuts off the mass transport and leads to a tumor specific starvation to inhibit tumor growth. In orthotopic and spontaneous murine tumor models, this physical barrier also hinders cancer cells from distant metastasis. The in vivo gelation provides an efficient approach to selectively alter the tumor mass transport. This strategy results in a 77% suppression of tumor growth. Most importantly, the gelation of aECM can be induced by clinical operations such as ultrasonic treatment, surgery or radiotherapy, implying this strategy is potential to be translated into a clinical combination regimen.


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Materiais Biomiméticos/administração & dosagem , Matriz Extracelular/química , Neoplasias/terapia , Animais , Transporte Biológico/efeitos dos fármacos , Transporte Biológico/efeitos da radiação , Materiais Biomiméticos/química , Materiais Biomiméticos/efeitos da radiação , Linhagem Celular Tumoral/transplante , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos da radiação , Quimiorradioterapia/métodos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Matriz Extracelular/efeitos da radiação , Feminino , Fibrinogênio/administração & dosagem , Fibrinogênio/química , Fibrinogênio/efeitos da radiação , Géis , Humanos , Injeções Intravenosas , Metabolômica , Camundongos , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Trombina/administração & dosagem , Trombina/química , Trombina/efeitos da radiação , Terapia por Ultrassom/métodos , Ondas Ultrassônicas
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4909, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999291

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Effectively activating macrophages against cancer is promising but challenging. In particular, cancer cells express CD47, a 'don't eat me' signal that interacts with signal regulatory protein alpha (SIRPα) on macrophages to prevent phagocytosis. Also, cancer cells secrete stimulating factors, which polarize tumor-associated macrophages from an antitumor M1 phenotype to a tumorigenic M2 phenotype. Here, we report that hybrid cell membrane nanovesicles (known as hNVs) displaying SIRPα variants with significantly increased affinity to CD47 and containing M2-to-M1 repolarization signals can disable both mechanisms. The hNVs block CD47-SIRPα signaling axis while promoting M2-to-M1 repolarization within tumor microenvironment, significantly preventing both local recurrence and distant metastasis in malignant melanoma models. Furthermore, by loading a stimulator of interferon genes (STING) agonist, hNVs lead to potent tumor inhibition in a poorly immunogenic triple negative breast cancer model. hNVs are safe, stable, drug loadable, and suitable for genetic editing. These properties, combined with the capabilities inherited from source cells, make hNVs an attractive immunotherapy.


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Micropartículas Derivadas de Células/imunologia , Imunoterapia/métodos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Melanoma/terapia , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/prevenção & controle , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/terapia , Animais , Antígeno CD47/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral/transplante , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Ativação de Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Melanoma/imunologia , Melanoma/secundário , Proteínas de Membrana/agonistas , Proteínas de Membrana/imunologia , Camundongos , Nanopartículas/administração & dosagem , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/imunologia , Nucleotídeos Cíclicos/administração & dosagem , Receptores Imunológicos/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Neoplasias de Mama Triplo Negativas/imunologia , Evasão Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Evasão Tumoral/imunologia , Microambiente Tumoral/imunologia
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Nature ; 586(7829): 457-462, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999458

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TASK2 (also known as KCNK5) channels generate pH-gated leak-type K+ currents to control cellular electrical excitability1-3. TASK2 is involved in the regulation of breathing by chemosensory neurons of the retrotrapezoid nucleus in the brainstem4-6 and pH homeostasis by kidney proximal tubule cells7,8. These roles depend on channel activation by intracellular and extracellular alkalization3,8,9, but the mechanistic basis for TASK2 gating by pH is unknown. Here we present cryo-electron microscopy structures of Mus musculus TASK2 in lipid nanodiscs in open and closed conformations. We identify two gates, distinct from previously observed K+ channel gates, controlled by stimuli on either side of the membrane. Intracellular gating involves lysine protonation on inner helices and the formation of a protein seal between the cytoplasm and the channel. Extracellular gating involves arginine protonation on the channel surface and correlated conformational changes that displace the K+-selectivity filter to render it nonconductive. These results explain how internal and external protons control intracellular and selectivity filter gates to modulate TASK2 activity.


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Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Ativação do Canal Iônico , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/química , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/ultraestrutura , Potássio/metabolismo , Animais , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Camundongos , Modelos Moleculares , Canais de Potássio de Domínios Poros em Tandem/metabolismo , Domínios Proteicos , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4956, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009383

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Tet-enzyme-mediated 5-hydroxymethylation of cytosines in DNA plays a crucial role in mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs). In RNA also, 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) has recently been evidenced, but its physiological roles are still largely unknown. Here we show the contribution and function of this mark in mouse ESCs and differentiating embryoid bodies. Transcriptome-wide mapping in ESCs reveals hundreds of messenger RNAs marked by 5hmC at sites characterized by a defined unique consensus sequence and particular features. During differentiation a large number of transcripts, including many encoding key pluripotency-related factors (such as Eed and Jarid2), show decreased cytosine hydroxymethylation. Using Tet-knockout ESCs, we find Tet enzymes to be partly responsible for deposition of 5hmC in mRNA. A transcriptome-wide search further reveals mRNA targets to which Tet1 and Tet2 bind, at sites showing a topology similar to that of 5hmC sites. Tet-mediated RNA hydroxymethylation is found to reduce the stability of crucial pluripotency-promoting transcripts. We propose that RNA cytosine 5-hydroxymethylation by Tets is a mark of transcriptome flexibility, inextricably linked to the balance between pluripotency and lineage commitment.


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5-Metilcitosina/análogos & derivados , Diferenciação Celular , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/citologia , Células-Tronco Embrionárias Murinas/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas/metabolismo , RNA/metabolismo , 5-Metilcitosina/metabolismo , Animais , Especificidade de Anticorpos/imunologia , Sequência de Bases , Corpos Embrioides/metabolismo , Camundongos , Modelos Biológicos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , Estabilidade de RNA/genética , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Transcriptoma/genética
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4949, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009388

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Electron microscopy (EM) is widely used for studying cellular structure and network connectivity in the brain. We have built a parallel imaging pipeline using transmission electron microscopes that scales this technology, implements 24/7 continuous autonomous imaging, and enables the acquisition of petascale datasets. The suitability of this architecture for large-scale imaging was demonstrated by acquiring a volume of more than 1 mm3 of mouse neocortex, spanning four different visual areas at synaptic resolution, in less than 6 months. Over 26,500 ultrathin tissue sections from the same block were imaged, yielding a dataset of more than 2 petabytes. The combined burst acquisition rate of the pipeline is 3 Gpixel per sec and the net rate is 600 Mpixel per sec with six microscopes running in parallel. This work demonstrates the feasibility of acquiring EM datasets at the scale of cortical microcircuits in multiple brain regions and species.


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Processamento de Imagem Assistida por Computador , Microscopia Eletrônica de Transmissão , Rede Nervosa/ultraestrutura , Neurônios/ultraestrutura , Animais , Automação , Camundongos , Neocórtex/diagnóstico por imagem , Software
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Med Hypotheses ; 143: 110201, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33017909

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COVID-19 initially an epidemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has turned out to be a life- threatening global pandemic with increased morbidity and mortality. The presence of cytokine storm has been linked with the pathogenesis of severe lung injury as evinced in COVID-19. Aquaporins (AQPs) are molecular water channels, facilitating water transport across the cell membrane in response to osmotic gradients. Impairment in alveolar fluid clearance due to altered functional expression of respiratory AQPs highlight their pathophysiological significance in pulmonary edema associated respiratory illness. Therefore, we hypothesize that targeted modulation of AQPs in lungs in the intervening period of time, could diminish the dreadful effects of inflammation- induced comorbidity in COVID-19.


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Aquaporinas/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Edema Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Betacoronavirus , Transporte Biológico , Comorbidade , Citocinas/metabolismo , Humanos , Inflamação , Pulmão/imunologia , Pulmão/virologia , Camundongos , Pandemias
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Yonsei Med J ; 61(9): 780-788, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32882762

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PURPOSE: This research was designed to investigate how miR-542-5p regulates the progression of hyperglycemia and hyperlipoidemia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An in vivo model with diabetic db/db mice and an in vitro model with forskolin/dexamethasone (FSK/DEX)-induced primary hepatocytes and HepG2 cells were employed in the study. Bioinformatics analysis was conducted to identify the expression of candidate miRNAs in the liver tissues of diabetic and control mice. H&E staining revealed liver morphology in diabetic and control mice. Pyruvate tolerance tests, insulin tolerance tests, and intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test were utilized to assess insulin resistance. ELISA was conducted to evaluate blood glucose and insulin levels. Red oil O staining showed lipid deposition in liver tissues. Luciferase reporter assay was used to depict binding between miR-542-5p and forkhead box O1 (FOXO1). RESULTS: MiR-542-5p expression was under-expressed in the livers of db/db mice. Further in vitro experiments revealed that FSK/DEX, which mimics the effects of glucagon and glucocorticoids, induced cellular glucose production in HepG2 cells and in primary hepatocytes cells. Notably, these changes were reversed by miR-542-5p. We found that transcription factor FOXO1 is a target of miR-542-5p. Further in vivo study indicated that miR-542-5p overexpression decreases FOXO1 expression, thereby reversing increases in blood glucose, blood lipids, and glucose-related enzymes in diabetic db/db mice. In contrast, anti-miR-542-5p exerted an adverse influence on blood glucose and blood lipid metabolism, and its stimulatory effects were significantly inhibited by sh-FOXO1 in normal control mice. CONCLUSION: Collectively, our results indicated that miR-542-5p inhibits hyperglycemia and hyperlipoidemia by targeting FOXO1.


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Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/genética , Proteína Forkhead Box O1/genética , Proteína Forkhead Box O1/metabolismo , Hiperglicemia/tratamento farmacológico , Hiperlipidemias/tratamento farmacológico , MicroRNAs/genética , Animais , Glicemia/metabolismo , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Glucose/metabolismo , Teste de Tolerância a Glucose , Células Hep G2 , Hepatócitos/metabolismo , Humanos , Hiperglicemia/metabolismo , Hiperlipidemias/metabolismo , Resistência à Insulina , Metabolismo dos Lipídeos , Fígado/metabolismo , Camundongos , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/farmacologia
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Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi ; 45(15): 3719-3725, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32893564

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The aim of this paper was to investigate the effect of Schizonepetae Herba and Saposhnikoviae Radix(wind medicine) on the expression of AQP4 and AQP8 in colonic mucosa in rats with ulcerative colitis(UC). A total of 35 healthy SD male rats were randomly divided into normal group(gavaged with normal saline), DSS model group, as well as low, middle, and high dose wind medicine groups(Schizonepeta and Saposhnikovia 1∶1, gavaged at dosages of 6, 12, and 24 g·kg~(-1)·d~(-1)), with 7 in each group. UC rat model was established by free drinking of 3% dextran sulphate sodium(DSS) solution for 10 days. At the end of the 10 th day after the treatment, mice were put to death to collect colonic mucosa. The length of colon was measured; the colonic mucosal injury index(CMDI) and pathological changes of colon were observed. ELISA method was used for measuring the content of serum IL-1, IL-8, and immunohistochemical method was used to measure AQP4, AQP8 protein expressions in colon mucosa. The expressions of AQP4, AQP8 mRNA were measured by Real-time PCR. As compared with the normal group, the length of colon tissue was significantly reduced(P<0.01), CMDI scores and pathological scores were significantly increased(P<0.01), the levels of serum IL-1 and IL-8 were significantly increased(P<0.05) in model group; the immunohistochemical results showed that the protein expressions of AQP4, AQP8 were lower; the color was light yellow or brown; AQP4, AQP8 mRNA expressions in colon mucosa were significantly decreased in model group(P<0.01). CMDI scores, pathological scores, and the levels of serum IL-1, IL-8 in high, middle, low dose wind medicine groups were obvious lower than those in the model group(P<0.01 or P<0.05); the protein expressions of AQP4, AQP8 were higher; the color was chocolate brown or dark brown; the length of colon tissue, and the expressions of AQP4, AQP8 mRNA were obvious higher in wind medicine groups(P<0.01 or P<0.05). Schizonepetae Herba and Saposhnikoviae Radix could significantly improve the symptoms and histopathology of UC model rats and accelerate the intestinal mucosal healing. The mechanism may be related with up-regulating the expression level of AQP4 and AQP8 in colonic mucosa.


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Apiaceae , Colite Ulcerativa , Animais , Aquaporina 4 , Colo , Mucosa Intestinal , Masculino , Camundongos , Raízes de Plantas , Ratos
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