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Electron. j. biotechnol ; 51: 50-57, May. 2021. ilus, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1343384

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BACKGROUND: Molecular brain therapies require the development of molecular switches to control gene expression in a limited and regulated manner in time and space. Light-switchable gene systems allow precise control of gene expression with an enhanced spatio-temporal resolution compared to chemical inducers. In this work, we adapted the existing light-switchable Light-On system into a lentiviral platform, which consists of two modules: (i) one for the expression of the blue light-switchable transactivator GAVPO and (ii) a second module containing an inducible-UAS promoter (UAS) modulated by a light-activated GAVPO. RESULTS: In the HEK293-T cell line transfected with this lentiviral plasmids system, the expression of the reporter mCherry increased between 4 to 5 fold after light induction. A time expression analysis after light induction during 24 h revealed that mRNA levels continuously increased up to 9 h, while protein levels increased throughout the experiment. Finally, transduction of cultured rat hippocampal neurons with this dual Light-On lentiviral system showed that CDNF, a potential therapeutic trophic factor, was induced only in cells exposed to blue light. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, the optimized lentiviral platform of the Light-On system provides an efficient way to control gene expression in neurons, suggesting that this platform could potentially be used in biomedical and neuroscience research, and eventually in brain therapies for neurodegenerative diseases.


Subject(s)
Gene Expression Regulation , Optogenetics/methods , Light , Neurons/metabolism , Immunoblotting , Gene Expression , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Lentivirus
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Autops. Case Rep ; 11: e2021267, 2021. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1249009

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Pemphigus Vulgaris (PV) is an uncommon autoimmune and blistering mucocutaneous disease. Childhood Pemphigus Vulgaris (CPV) is a pediatric variant of PV, which affects children below 12 years, being very rare among children under 10 years of age. CPV has similar clinical, histological, and immunological features as seen in PV in adults. The mucocutaneous clinical presentation is the most common in both age groups. Vesicles and erosions arising from the disease usually cause pain. A few CPV cases have been reported in the literature. This study reports a case of an 8-year-old male patient with oral lesions since the age of 3 years, and the diagnosis of pemphigus was achieved only 2 years after the appearance of the initial lesions. CPV remains a rare disease, making the diagnosis of this clinical case a challenge due to its age of onset and clinical features presented by the patient. Therefore, dentists and physicians should know how to differentiate CPV from other bullous autoimmune diseases more common in childhood.


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Humans , Male , Child , Pemphigus/complications , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Rare Diseases
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Int. j. morphol ; 38(6): 1742-1750, Dec. 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1134507

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SUMMARY: Mesenchymal stem cells are present in adult tissues such as the human dental pulp. They are pluripotent and can differentiate into various specialized cell types in vitro through appropriate stimuli. Ameloblasts produce human tooth enamel only during embryonic development before tooth eruption, so endogenous regeneration is not possible. Various efforts have been aimed at generating natural or artificial substitutes for dental enamel with properties similar to the specific components of said tissue. The purpose of this study was to induce human dental pulp stem cells to produce enamel proteins using extracellular matrix derived from the rat tail tendon and pigskin. Primary cultures of human dental pulp stem cells were established and characterized by RT-PCR and immunofluorescence, using mesenchymal cell markers such as CD14, CD40, CD44, CD105, and STRO-1. The cells were then incubated with the extracellular matrix for fourteen days and labeled with specific antibodies to detect the expression of dental enamel proteins such as amelogenin, ameloblastin, enamelisin, tuftelin, and parvalbumin, characteristics of the phenotype of ameloblasts. This work demonstrated a positive effect of the extracellular matrix to induce the expression of enamel proteins in the stem cells of the human dental pulp.


RESUMEN: Las células madre mesenquimales están presentes en los tejidos adultos como la pulpa dental humana. Son pluripotentes y pueden diferenciarse en varios tipos de células especializadas in vitro a través de estímulos adecuados. Los ameloblastos producen esmalte dental humano sólo durante el desarrollo embrionario antes de la erupción dental, por lo que no es posible su regeneración endógena. Varios esfuerzos se han orientado a generar sustitutos naturales o artificiales de esmalte dental con propiedades similares a los componentes específicos de este tejido. El propósito de este estudio fue inducir células madre de pulpa dental humana para producir proteínas del esmalte dental a través del estímulo de matriz extracelular derivada del tendón de la cola de rata y piel de cerdo. Se establecieron cultivos primarios de células madre de pulpa dental humana y se caracterizaron por RT-PCR e inmunofluorescencia utilizando marcadores de células mesenquimales como CD14, CD40, CD44, CD105 y STRO-1. Posteriormente, las células se incubaron con matriz extracelular durante un período de catorce días y se marcaron con anticuerpos específicos para detectar la expresión de proteínas de esmalte dental como amelogenina, ameloblastina, enamelisina, tuftelina y parvalbúmina, las cuales son características del fenotipo de ameloblastos. Este trabajo demostró el efecto positivo que tiene el empleo de la matriz extracelular para inducir la expresión de proteínas de esmalte en las células pluripotenciales de la pulpa dental humana.


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Humans , Stem Cells , Dental Enamel Proteins , Dental Pulp , Extracellular Matrix , Immunophenotyping , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Cell Culture Techniques , Tissue Engineering
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Int. j. morphol ; 38(5): 1463-1472, oct. 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1134463

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SUMMARY: The vomeronasal organ (VNO) is an accessory organ involved on the olfactory pathway, that detects pheromones and emits signals in order to modulate social and reproductive behavior. The VNO stem cells replace neurons throughout life. The aim of this study was to isolate and characterize cells derived from the vomeronasal organ from New Zealand rabbits. Five male rabbits with 120 days were used for cell isolation and culture. Results: VNO-derived cells presented labelling for proliferation (PCNA), undifferentiated profile (Nanog), neuronal (GFAP), mesenchymal stem cells (CD73, CD90 and CD105 and Stro-1). Also, presence of cytoskeletal (Vimentin, b-tubulin and CK-18) and absence of hematopoietic markers (CD34, CD117 and CD45) both by immunofluorescence and flow cytometry. By PCR it was possible to verify the expression of some undifferentiated profile (Oct-4), neuronal (Nestin) and mesenchymal (CD73, CD105 and Vimentin) genes. Functionally, VNO-derived cells differentiate in vitro into adipocytes, osteocytes and chondrocytes, and presented no tumorigenic potential when injected to Balb/c nu/nu mice. In conclusion, the rabbit VNO-derived cells have a profile that could be supportive to VNO olfactory/neuroreceptor epithelium by delivering factors to epithelial turnover or even by differentiation into epithelial cells to replacement of commissural epithelium.


RESUMEN: El órgano vomeronasal (OVN) es un órgano accesorio de la vía olfatoria, que detecta feromonas y emite señales que afectan la modulación del comportamiento social y reproductivo. Las células madre OVN reemplazan las neuronas durante toda la vida. El objetivo de este estudio fue aislar y caracterizar células derivadas del órgano vomeronasal de conejos raza Nueva Zelanda. Para el aislamiento y el cultivo celular se utilizaron cinco conejos machos con una edad de 120 días. Las células del OVN presentaron etiquetado para la proliferación (PCNA), un perfil indiferenciado (Nanog), neuronal (GFAP), células madre mesenquimales (CD73, CD90 y CD105 y Stro-1). Además, se ob- servó presencia de citoesqueleto (Vimentina, β-tubulina y CK-18) y ausencia de marcadores hematopoyéticos (CD34, CD117 y CD45) tanto por inmunofluorescencia como por citometría de flujo. Me- diante PCR fue posible verificar la expresión de algunos genes de perfil indiferenciado (Oct-4), neuronal (Nestin) y mesenquimatoso (CD73, CD105 y Vimentin). Las células derivadas del OVN se diferencian in vitro en adipocitos, osteocitos y condrocitos, y no presentan un potencial tumorigénico al ser infiltrados en ratones Balb / c nu / nu. En conclusión, las células derivadas de OVN de conejo tienen un perfil que podría ser compatible con el epitelio olfatorio / neurorreceptor de OVN transmitiendo factores al recambio epitelial o incluso mediante la diferenciación en células epiteliales para reemplazar el epitelio comisural.


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Animals , Rabbits/anatomy & histology , Vomeronasal Organ/cytology , Mesenchymal Stem Cells/physiology , Olfactory Bulb/cytology , Stem Cells/physiology , Olfactory Mucosa/cytology , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Flow Cytometry , Neurons/physiology
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Brasília; s.n; maio 2020.
Non-conventional in Portuguese | LILACS, BRISA | ID: biblio-1099659

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INTRODUÇÃO: O coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave 2 (abreviado para SARSCoV-2, do inglês Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2), anteriormente conhecido como novo coronavírus (2019-nCoV), é um agente zoonótico recémemergente que surgiu em dezembro de 2019, em Wuhan, China, causando manifestações respiratórias, digestivas e sistêmicas, que se articulam no quadro clínico da doença denominada COVID-19 (do inglês Coronavirus Disease 2019). Ainda não há informações robustas sobre a história natural da doença, tampouco sobre as medidas de efetividade para o manejo clínico dos casos de infecção pelo COVID19, restando ainda muitos detalhes a serem esclarecidos. No entanto, sabe-se que o vírus tem alta transmissibilidade e provoca uma síndrome respiratória aguda que varia de casos leves ­ cerca de 80% ­ a casos muito graves com insuficiência respiratória - entre 5% e 10% dos casos ­, os quais requerem tratamento especializado em unidades de terapia intensiva (UTI). Sua letalidade varia, principalmente, conforme a faixa etária. TECNOLOGIA: Os testes de diagnóstico para a COVID-19 se destacaram na pandemia de coronavírus em andamento como uma ferramenta essencial para rastrear a propagação da doença. Uma ampla gama de testes diagnósticos para o SARS-CoV-2 está disponível comercialmente, alguns dos quais receberam autorizações para uso por várias agências reguladoras nacionais. Com as informações da sequência genética devidamente identificadas, os testes de diagnóstico baseados na detecção da sequência viral por reação em cadeia da polimerase com transcriptase reversa (RT-PCR) ou plataformas de sequenciamento logo se tornaram disponíveis. Isso permitiu a confirmação do diagnóstico e melhores estimativas da atividade da infecção, que vêm aumentando em velocidades alarmantes. Para a detecção mais sensível de SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV e SARS-CoV-2, recomendavam-se a coleta e o teste de amostras respiratórias superiores e inferiores. O diagnóstico de casos suspeitos era confirmado por testes de RNA com RT-PCR em tempo real ou sequenciamento de próxima geração. Foi demonstrado que o RNA viral poderia ser detectado a partir do swab nasal e faríngeo, lavagem broncoalveolar e plasma sanguíneo usando RT-PCR direcionado ao gene do vírus (5). O padrão-ouro para diagnóstico laboratorial da COVID-19 é a reação da transcriptase reversa, seguida de reação em cadeia da polimerase (RT-PCR) para amostras coletadas no trato respiratório superior ou inferior. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste relatório é analisar a acurácia dos testes diagnósticos registrados na Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) até a presente data. METODOLOGIA: foi realizada uma busca por diagnósticos para COVID-19 com registros vigentes na ANVISA. Para tal, foram utilizados os termos "COVID 19", SARS e coronavírus no campo de consulta de registro de produtos para saúde no site da Agência (https://consultas.anvisa.gov.br/#/saude/). Os passos para acesso ao banco de dados de produtos diagnósticos na ANVISA são: 1) consulta produtos; 2) consulta a banco de dados; 3) produtos para a saúde e 4) pesquisa de produtos para a saúde registrados. CONCLUSÕES: A ANVISA já avaliou mais de 120 pedidos de registro de produtos para testagens relacionadas à COVID-19 desde o dia 18 de março. A maior parte das petições aguarda complementação de informações por parte das empresas e outras estão sendo analisadas com prioridade. O tempo médio para avaliação dos registros na ANVISA gira em torno de 15 dias. Atualmente, mais da metade dos registros concedidos diz respeito a testes rápidos para anticorpos. Até a presente data, foram registrados 64 testes para diagnóstico da COVID-19, sendo 15 deles moleculares. O teste de polymerase chain reaction em tempo real (RT-PCR) para identificação de SARS-CoV-2 é um teste de elevada sensibilidade e especificidade, ainda que os doentes com maior carga viral possam ter maior probabilidade de um teste positivo. Os testes moleculares baseados em RNA exigem instalações laboratoriais específicas com níveis restritos de biossegurança e técnica. A sensibilidade e especificidade dos testes sorológicos variaram entre os fabricantes. É importante destacar que uma baixa sensibilidade do teste diagnóstico pode resultar em uma maior probabilidade de detectar falsos-negativos, o que poderia interferir principalmente em casos de indivíduos assintomáticos. Em geral, a sensibilidade dos testes foi superior a 85% e a especificidade, superior a 94%. Os testes sorológicos medem a quantidade de dois anticorpos (IgG e IgM) que o organismo produz quando entra em contato com um invasor. Contudo, o desenvolvimento da resposta de um anticorpo à infecção pode ser dependente do hospedeiro e levar tempo. No caso de SARS-CoV-2, estudos iniciais sugerem que a maioria dos pacientes se converte entre 7 e 11 dias após a exposição ao vírus, embora alguns pacientes possam desenvolver anticorpos mais cedo. Devido a esse atraso natural, o teste de anticorpos pode não ser útil no cenário de uma doença aguda (11). Os testes de anticorpos para SARS-CoV-2 podem facilitar (i) o rastreamento de contatos (os testes baseados em RNA também podem ajudar); (ii) a vigilância sorológica nos níveis local, regional, estadual e nacional; e (iii) a identificação de quem já teve contato com o vírus e, portanto, pode (se houver imunidade protetora) ser imune (11,12). Alguns conjuntos de reagentes para testes sorológicos foram autorizados pela ANVISA em caráter emergencial devido à gravidade da situação e à necessidade de ampliar a testagem da população, mas a validação desses reagentes pelos laboratórios é fundamental, uma vez que poucos trabalhos conseguiram ser publicados até o momento. As aprovações estão de acordo com a Resolução da Diretoria Colegiada (RDC) 348/2020, que define os critérios e os procedimentos extraordinários e temporários para tratamento de petições de registro de medicamentos, produtos biológicos e produtos para diagnóstico in vitro, e mudança pós-registro de medicamentos e produtos biológicos em virtude da emergência de saúde pública internacional decorrente do novo coronavírus. Na RDC, para registro de testes diagnósticos, a ausência de qualquer estudo de desempenho ou restrição de dados deve ser justificada por motivações técnicas que permitam a avalição da confiabilidade dos resultados e da efetividade diagnóstica do produto. Os registros concedidos nas condições dessa Resolução terão a validade de um ano, exceto para situações em que a avaliação da estabilidade seja apresentada por comparação com produtos similares e os demais critérios descritos no Regulamento sejam atendidos. Nesse caso, poderão ter a concessão regular de validade de registro de produtos para saúde por um período de 10 anos. Em resumo, as duas categorias de testes para SARS-CoV-2 podem ser úteis nesse surto, pois, eventualmente, a coleta de múltiplas amostras, regiões e em tempos diferentes durante a evolução da doença pode ser necessária para o diagnóstico da COVID-19.


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Humans , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay/instrumentation , Chromatography, Affinity/instrumentation , Fluorescent Antibody Technique/instrumentation , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction/instrumentation , Technology Assessment, Biomedical , Health Evaluation
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Int. arch. otorhinolaryngol. (Impr.) ; 24(1): 47-52, Jan.-Mar. 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1090559

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Abstract Introduction Cisplatin damages the auditory system and is related to the generation of free radicals. Glutathione peroxidase is an endogenous free radicals remover. Objective To investigate the mechanisms involved in otoprotection by N-acetylcys- teine through the expression of glutathione peroxidase in outer hair cells from rats treated with cisplatin. Methods Male Wistar rats were intraperitoneally injected with cisplatin (8 mg/Kg) and/or received oral administration by gavage of N-acetylcysteine (300 mg/Kg) for 3 consecutive days. On the 4th day, the animals were euthanized and beheaded. The tympanic bullae were removed and prepared for scanning electron microscopy and Results Among the groups exposed to ototoxic doses of cisplatin, there was an increase in glutathione peroxidase immunostaining in two groups, the one exposed to cisplatin alone, and the group exposed to both cisplatin and N-acetylcysteine. Conclusion The expression of glutathione peroxidase in the outer hair cells of rats exposed to cisplatin showed the synthesis of this enzyme under cellular toxicity conditions.


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Animals , Male , Acetylcysteine/therapeutic use , Free Radical Scavengers/therapeutic use , Cisplatin/toxicity , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Antineoplastic Agents/toxicity , Acetylcysteine/metabolism , Acetylcysteine/pharmacology , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Brain Stem , Free Radical Scavengers/metabolism , Free Radical Scavengers/pharmacology , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Cisplatin/therapeutic use , Rats, Wistar , Cochlea/anatomy & histology , Cochlea/drug effects , Free Radicals , Glutathione Peroxidase/metabolism , Hearing Loss, Sensorineural/prevention & control
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-785341

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PURPOSE: Plasma cells and immunoglobulins (Igs) play a pivotal role in the induction and maintenance of chronic inflammation in nasal polyps. During secondary immune responses, plasma cell survival and Ig production are regulated by the local environment. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the presence of long-lived plasma cells (LLPCs) and specific survival niches for LLPCs in human nasal polyps.METHODS: Nasal mucosal samples were cultured with an air-liquid interface system and the Ig levels in culture supernatants were analyzed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The characteristics of LLPCs in nasal polyps were determined by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. The expression of neurotrophins as well as their receptors was detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and Western blotting.RESULTS: The numbers of CD138⁺ total plasma cells and BCL2⁺ plasma cells were increased in both eosinophilic and non-eosinophilic nasal polyps compared with those in normal tissues. The production of IgG, IgA, and IgE was detected in culture supernatants even after a 32-day culture of nasal polyps. Although the total numbers of plasma cells were decreased in nasal polyps after culture, the numbers of BCL2⁺ plasma cells remained stable. The expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) as well as tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) A, a high-affinity receptor for NGF, was upregulated in both eosinophilic and non-eosinophilic nasal polyps. In addition, BCL2⁺ plasma cell numbers were positively correlated with NGF and TrkA mRNA expression in nasal mucosal tissues. Polyp plasma cells had the expression of TrkA.CONCLUSIONS: Human nasal polyps harbor a population of LLPCs and NGF may be involved in their prolonged survival. LLPCs may be a novel therapeutic target for suppressing the local Ig production in nasal polyps.


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Blotting, Western , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Eosinophils , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Humans , Immunoglobulin A , Immunoglobulin E , Immunoglobulin G , Immunoglobulins , Immunohistochemistry , Inflammation , Mucous Membrane , Nasal Polyps , Nerve Growth Factor , Nerve Growth Factors , Phosphotransferases , Plasma Cells , Plasma , Polyps , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , RNA, Messenger , Tropomyosin
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-785339

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PURPOSE: Osteitis refers to the development of new bone formation and remodeling of bone in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients; it is typically associated with eosinophilia, nasal polyps (NPs), and recalcitrant CRS. However, the roles of ossification in CRS with or without NPs remain unclear due to the lack of appropriate animal models. Thus, it is necessary to have a suitable animal model for greater advances in the understanding of CRS pathogenesis.METHODS: BALB/c mice were administered ovalbumin (OVA) and staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB). The numbers of osteoclasts and osteoblasts and bony changes were assessed. Micro computed tomography (micro-CT) scans were conducted to measure bone thickness. Immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction were performed to evaluate runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), osteonectin, interleukin (IL)-13, and RUNX2 downstream gene expression. Gene set enrichment analysis was performed in mucosal tissues from control and CRS patients. The effect of resveratrol was evaluated in terms of osteogenesis in a murine eosinophilic CRS NP model.RESULTS: The histopathologic changes showed markedly thickened bones with significant increase in osteoblast numbers in OVA/SEB-treated mice compared to the phosphate-buffered saline-treated mice. The structural changes in bone on micro-CT were consistent with the histopathological features. The expression of RUNX2 and IL-13 was increased by the administration of OVA/SEB and showed a positive correlation. RUNX2 expression mainly co-localized with osteoblasts. Bioinformatic analysis using human CRS transcriptome revealed that IL-13-induced bony changes via RUNX2. Treatment with resveratrol, a candidate drug against osteitis, diminished the expression of IL-13 and RUNX2, and the number of osteoblasts in OVA/SEB-treated mice.CONCLUSIONS: In the present study, we found the histopathological and radiographic evidence of osteogenesis using a previously established murine eosinophilic CRS NP model. This animal model could provide new insights into the pathophysiology of neo-osteogenesis and provide a basis for developing new therapeutics.


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Animals , Computational Biology , Core Binding Factor Alpha 1 Subunit , Enterotoxins , Eosinophilia , Eosinophils , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Gene Expression , Humans , Immunohistochemistry , Interleukin-13 , Interleukins , Mice , Models, Animal , Mucous Membrane , Nasal Polyps , Nose , Osteitis , Osteoblasts , Osteoclasts , Osteogenesis , Osteonectin , Ovalbumin , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Sinusitis , Transcription Factors , Transcriptome
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-787136

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Regulator of calcineurin 1 (RCAN1) can be induced by an intracellular calcium increase and oxidative stress, which are characteristic features of temporal lobe epilepsy. Thus, we investigated the spatiotemporal expression and cellular localization of RCAN1 protein and mRNA in the mouse hippocampus after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE). Male C57BL/6 mice were given pilocarpine hydrochloride (280 mg/kg, i.p.) and allowed to develop 2 h of SE. Then the animals were given diazepam (10 mg/kg, i.p.) to stop the seizures and sacrificed at 1, 3, 7, 14, or 28 day after SE. Cresyl violet staining showed that pilocarpine-induced SE resulted in cell death in the CA1 and CA3 subfields of the hippocampus from 3 day after SE. RCAN1 immunoreactivity showed that RCAN1 was mainly expressed in neurons in the shammanipulated hippocampi. At 1 day after SE, RCAN1 expression became detected in hippocampal neuropils. However, RCAN1 signals were markedly enhanced in cells with stellate morphology at 3 and 7 day after SE, which were confirmed to be reactive astrocytes, but not microglia by double immunofluorescence. In addition, real-time reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction showed a significant upregulation of RCAN1 isoform 4 (RCAN1-4) mRNA in the SE-induced hippocampi. Finally, in situ hybridization with immunohistochemistry revealed astrocytic expression of RCAN1-4 after SE. These results demonstrate astrocytic upregulation of RCAN1 and RCAN1-4 in the mouse hippocampus in the acute and subacute phases of epileptogenesis, providing foundational information for the potential role of RCAN1 in reactive astrocytes during epileptogenesis.


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Animals , Astrocytes , Calcineurin , Calcium , Cell Death , Diazepam , Epilepsy , Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Hippocampus , Humans , Immunohistochemistry , In Situ Hybridization , Male , Mice , Microglia , Neurons , Neuropil , Oxidative Stress , Pilocarpine , RNA, Messenger , Seizures , Status Epilepticus , Up-Regulation , Viola
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-762184

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PURPOSE: Various immune cells, including eosinophils and neutrophils, are known to contribute to the development of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). However, the current understanding of the role of neutrophils in the development of CRSwNP still remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated risk factors for refractoriness of CRSwNP in an Asian population. METHODS: Protein levels of 17 neutrophil-related mediators in nasal polyps (NPs) were determined by multiplex immunoassay, and exploratory factor analysis using principal component analysis was performed. Immunofluorescence analysis was conducted to detect human neutrophil elastase (HNE) or myeloperoxidase (MPO)-positive cells. Tissue eosinophilic nasal polyp (ENP) and tissue neutrophilia (Neu(high)) were defined as greater than 70 eosinophils and 20 HNE-positive cells, otherwise was classified into non-eosinophilic nasal polyp (NENP) and absence of tissue neutrophilia (Neu(low)). RESULTS: In terms of disease control status, NENP-Neu(low) patients showed the higher rate of disease control than NENP-Neu(high) and ENP-Neu(high) patients. Linear by linear association demonstrated the trend in refractoriness from NENP-Neu(low) to NENP-Neu(high) or ENP-Neu(low) to ENP-Neu(high). When multiple logistic regression was performed, tissue neutrophilia (hazard ratio, 4.38; 95% confidence interval, 1.76-10.85) was found as the strongest risk factor for CRSwNP refractoriness. Additionally, exploratory factor analysis revealed that interleukin (IL)-18, interferon-γ, IL-1Ra, tumor necrosis factor-α, oncostatin M, and MPO were associated with good disease control status, whereas IL-36α and IL-1α were associated with refractory disease control status. In subgroup analysis, HNE-positive cells and IL-36α were significantly upregulated in the refractory group (P = 0.0132 and P = 0.0395, respectively), whereas MPO and IL-18 showed higher expression in the controlled group (P = 0.0002 and P = 0.0009, respectively). Moreover, immunofluorescence analysis revealed that IL-36R⁺HNE⁺-double positive cells were significantly increased in the refractory group compared to the control group. We also found that the ratio of HNE-positive cells to α1 anti-trypsin was increased in the refractory group. CONCLUSIONS: Tissue neutrophilia had an influence on treatment outcomes in the Asian CRSwNP patients. HNE-positive cells and IL-36α may be biomarkers for predicting refractoriness in Asians with CRSwNP. Additionally, imbalances in HNE and α1 anti-trypsin may be associated with pathophysiology of neutrophilic chronic rhinosinusitis.


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Asian Continental Ancestry Group , Biomarkers , Eosinophils , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Humans , Immunoassay , Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein , Interleukin-18 , Interleukins , Leukocyte Elastase , Logistic Models , Nasal Polyps , Necrosis , Neutrophils , Oncostatin M , Peroxidase , Principal Component Analysis , Rhinitis , Risk Factors , Sinusitis
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-762183

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PURPOSE: The effect of air pollution-related particulate matter (PM) on epithelial barrier function and tight junction (TJ) expression in human nasal mucosa has not been studied to date. This study therefore aimed to assess the direct impact of PM with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) on the barrier function and TJ molecular expression of human nasal epithelial cells. METHODS: Air-liquid interface cultures were established with epithelial cells derived from noninflammatory nasal mucosal tissue collected from patients undergoing paranasal sinus surgery. Confluent cultures were exposed to 50 or 100 µg/mL PM2.5 for up to 72 hours, and assessed for 1) epithelial barrier integrity as measured by transepithelial resistance (TER) and permeability of fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) 4 kDa; 2) expression of TJs using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence staining, and 3) proinflammatory cytokines by luminometric bead array or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. RESULTS: Compared to control medium, 50 and/or 100 µg/mL PM2.5-treatment 1) significantly decreased TER and increased FITC permeability, which could not be restored by budesonide pretreatment; 2) significantly decreased the expression of claudin-1 messenger RNA, claudin-1, occludin and ZO-1 protein; and 3) significantly increased production of the cytokines interleukin-8, TIMP metallopeptidase inhibitor 1 and thymic stromal lymphopoietin. CONCLUSIONS: Exposure to PM2.5 may lead to loss of barrier function in human nasal epithelium through decreased expression of TJ proteins and increased release of proinflammatory cytokines. These results suggest an important mechanism of susceptibility to rhinitis and rhinosinusitis in highly PM2.5-polluted areas.


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Asthma , Budesonide , Claudin-1 , Cytokines , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Epithelial Cells , Fluorescein , Fluorescein-5-isothiocyanate , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Humans , Interleukin-8 , Mucous Membrane , Nasal Mucosa , Occludin , Particulate Matter , Permeability , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Rhinitis , RNA, Messenger , Tight Junctions
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Braz. oral res. (Online) ; 34: e006, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1055522

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Abstract Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells could be induced into ameloblast-like cells by ameloblasts serum-free conditioned medium (ASF-CM), and bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) might be essential during the regulation of this process. The present study investigates the signal transduction that regulates the ameloblastic differentiation of iPS cells induced by ASF-CM. Mouse iPS cells were characterized and then cultured for 14 days in epithelial cell medium (control) or ASF-CM. Bone morphogenetic protein receptor II (BMPR-II) siRNA, inhibitor of Smad1/5 phosphorylation activated by activin receptor-like kinase (ALK) receptors, and inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) phosphorylation were used to treat the iPS cells in combination with ASF-CM. Real-time PCR, western blotting, and immunofluorescent staining were used to evaluate the expressions of ameloblast markers ameloblastin, enamelin, and cytokeratin-14. BMPR-II gene and protein levels increased markedly in ASF-CM-treated iPS cells compared with the controls, while the mRNA levels of Bmpr-Ia and Bmpr-Ib were similar between the ASF-CM and control groups. ASF-CM stimulation significantly increased the gene and protein expression of ameloblastin, enamelin and cytokeratin-14, and phosphorylated SMAD1/5, p38 MAPK, and ERK1/2 MAPK compared with the controls. Knockdown of BMPR-II and inhibition of Smad1/5 phosphorylation both could significantly reverse the increased expression of ameloblastin, enamelin, and cytokeratin-14 induced by ASF-CM, while neither inhibition of p38 nor ERK1/2 phosphorylation had significant reversing effects. We conclude that smad1/5 signaling transduction, activated by ALK receptors, regulates the ameloblastic differentiation of iPS cells induced by ameloblast-conditioned medium.


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Signal Transduction/physiology , Smad1 Protein/physiology , Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells/cytology , Ameloblasts/cytology , Phosphorylation , Time Factors , Gene Expression , Cell Differentiation/physiology , Cell Differentiation/genetics , Cells, Cultured , Blotting, Western , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Culture Media, Serum-Free , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , MAP Kinase Signaling System/physiology , Activin Receptors/analysis , Activin Receptors/physiology , RNA Interference , p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases/analysis , p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases/physiology , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type II/analysis , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type II/physiology , Smad1 Protein/analysis
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Braz. oral res. (Online) ; 34: e006, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1089380

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Abstract Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells could be induced into ameloblast-like cells by ameloblasts serum-free conditioned medium (ASF-CM), and bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) might be essential during the regulation of this process. The present study investigates the signal transduction that regulates the ameloblastic differentiation of iPS cells induced by ASF-CM. Mouse iPS cells were characterized and then cultured for 14 days in epithelial cell medium (control) or ASF-CM. Bone morphogenetic protein receptor II (BMPR-II) siRNA, inhibitor of Smad1/5 phosphorylation activated by activin receptor-like kinase (ALK) receptors, and inhibitors of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) phosphorylation were used to treat the iPS cells in combination with ASF-CM. Real-time PCR, western blotting, and immunofluorescent staining were used to evaluate the expressions of ameloblast markers ameloblastin, enamelin, and cytokeratin-14. BMPR-II gene and protein levels increased markedly in ASF-CM-treated iPS cells compared with the controls, while the mRNA levels of Bmpr-Ia and Bmpr-Ib were similar between the ASF-CM and control groups. ASF-CM stimulation significantly increased the gene and protein expression of ameloblastin, enamelin and cytokeratin-14, and phosphorylated SMAD1/5, p38 MAPK, and ERK1/2 MAPK compared with the controls. Knockdown of BMPR-II and inhibition of Smad1/5 phosphorylation both could significantly reverse the increased expression of ameloblastin, enamelin, and cytokeratin-14 induced by ASF-CM, while neither inhibition of p38 nor ERK1/2 phosphorylation had significant reversing effects. We conclude that smad1/5 signaling transduction, activated by ALK receptors, regulates the ameloblastic differentiation of iPS cells induced by ameloblast-conditioned medium.


Subject(s)
Signal Transduction/physiology , Smad1 Protein/physiology , Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells/cytology , Ameloblasts/cytology , Phosphorylation , Time Factors , Gene Expression , Cell Differentiation/physiology , Cell Differentiation/genetics , Cells, Cultured , Blotting, Western , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Culture Media, Serum-Free , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , MAP Kinase Signaling System/physiology , Activin Receptors/analysis , Activin Receptors/physiology , RNA Interference , p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases/analysis , p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases/physiology , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type II/analysis , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type II/physiology , Smad1 Protein/analysis
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Einstein (Säo Paulo) ; 18: eAO5236, 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1133772

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ABSTRACT Objective To follow the expansion of mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords by two classic senescence markers, p16 (INK4A) and p21 (CDKN1A), using practical, fast, and less expensive methods than the gold standard Western blotting technique, to evaluate its applicability in the laboratory. Methods Mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cords were isolated from Wharton's jelly and, after quality control, morphological and immunophenotypic characterization by flow cytometry, were expanded in culture until coming close to cell cycle arrest (replicative senescence). Results A comparison was made between young cells, at passage 5, and pre-senescent cells, at passage 10, evaluating the protein expression of the classic cell senescence markers p16 and p21, comparing the results obtained by Western blotting with those obtained by flow cytometry and indirect immunofluorescence. Conclusion Follow-up of cell cultures, through indirect p16 immunofluorescence, allows the identification of mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord cultures at risk of reaching replicative senescence.


RESUMO Objetivo Acompanhar a expansão de células-tronco mesenquimais de cordão umbilical por dois marcadores clássicos de senescência, p16 (INK4A) e p21 (CDKN1A), usando métodos práticos, rápidos e com custo menor do que a técnica padrão-ouro de Western blotting, para avaliar sua aplicabilidade em laboratório. Métodos Células-tronco mesenquimais de cordão umbilical foram isoladas da geleia de Wharton e, após controle de qualidade e caracterização morfológica e imunofenotípica por citometria de fluxo, foram expandidas em cultura, até chegarem próximas à parada do ciclo celular (senescência replicativa). Resultados Foi feita a comparação entre células jovens, na passagem 5, e células pré-senescentes, na passagem 10, avaliando a expressão proteica dos marcadores clássicos de senescência celular p16 e p21, comparando os resultados obtidos por Western blotting com os obtidos por citometria de fluxo e imunofluorescência indireta. Conclusão O seguimento de culturas celulares, por meio da imunofluorescência indireta de p16, permite identificar as culturas de células-tronco mesenquimais de cordão umbilical em risco de atingirem a senescência replicativa.


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Humans , Umbilical Cord/physiology , Fluorescent Antibody Technique/methods , Cellular Senescence , Mesenchymal Stem Cells/physiology , Flow Cytometry/methods , Biomarkers/blood , Cells, Cultured , Blotting, Western , Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16 , Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p21
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-811062

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PURPOSE: Th17-associated inflammation is increased in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyp (CRSwNP), and is associated with disease severity and steroid resistance. Overexpressed interleukin (IL)-17A affects CRSwNP by tissue remodeling, eosinophilic accumulation, and neutrophilic infiltration. We aimed to identify the role of IL-17A in CRSwNP and to evaluate the effects of anti-IL-17A blocking antibody on nasal polyp (NP) formation using a murine NP model. Moreover, we sought to investigate whether the inhibition of mechanistic target of the rapamycin (mTOR) signal pathway could suppress IL-17A expression and NP formation.METHODS: Human sinonasal tissues from control subjects and patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) were analyzed using immunohistochemistry (IHC) and immunofluorescence staining. The effects of IL-17A neutralizing antibody and rapamycin were evaluated in a murine NP model. Mouse samples were analyzed using IHC, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.RESULTS: IL-17A+ inflammatory cells were significantly increased in number in NP from patients with CRSwNP compared to that in uncinate process tissues from control subjects and patients with CRS without NP or CRSwNP. CD68+ M1 macrophages dominantly expressed IL-17A, followed by neutrophils and T helper cells, in NP tissues. Neutralization of IL-17A effectively reduced the number of NPs, inflammatory cytokines, and IL-17A-producing cells, including M1 macrophages. Inhibition of IL-17A via the mTOR pathway using rapamycin also attenuated NP formation and inflammation in the murine NP model.CONCLUSIONS: IL-17A possibly plays a role in the pathogenesis of CRSwNP, the major cellular source being M1 macrophage in NP tissues. Targeting IL-17A directly or indirectly may be an effective therapeutic strategy for CRSwNP.


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Animals , Antibodies, Neutralizing , Cytokines , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Eosinophils , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Humans , Immunohistochemistry , Inflammation , Interleukin-17 , Interleukins , Macrophages , Mice , Nasal Polyps , Neutrophils , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Signal Transduction , Sinusitis , Sirolimus , T-Lymphocytes, Helper-Inducer
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-828988

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Objective@#The definite diagnosis of human and animal prion diseases depends on the examination of special pathological changes and/or detection of PrP in the brain tissues of suspected cases. Thus, developing methods to obtain PrP antibody with good specificity and sensitivity is fundamental for prion identification.@*Methods@#We prepared a PrP-specific polyclonal antibody (pAb P54) in a -knockout mouse model immunization with recombinant full-length human PrP protein residues 23-231. Thereafter, we verified that pAb in Western blot, immunohistochemistry (IHC), and immunofluorescent (IFA) assays.@*Results@#Western blot illustrated that the newly prepared pAb P54 could react with recombinant PrP protein, normal brain PrP from healthy rodents and humans, and pathological PrP in the brains of experimental rodents infected with scrapie and humans infected with different types of prion diseases. The electrophoretic patterns of brain PrP and PrP observed after their reaction with pAb P54 were nearly identical to those produced by commercial PrP monoclonal antibodies. Three glycosylated PrP molecules in the brain homogenates were clearly demonstrated in the reactions of these molecules with pAb P54. IHC assay revealed apparent PrP deposits in the GdnCl-treated brain slices of 139A-infected mice and 263K-infected hamsters. IFA tests with pAb P54 also showed clear green signals surrounding blue-stained cell nuclei.@*Conclusion@#The newly prepared pAb P54 demonstrated reliable specificity and sensitivity and, thus, may have potential applications not only in studies of prion biology but also in the diagnosis of human and experimental rodent prion diseases.


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Animals , Antibodies , Allergy and Immunology , Blotting, Western , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Immunization , Immunohistochemistry , Mice , Mice, Knockout , PrPC Proteins , Allergy and Immunology , PrPSc Proteins , Allergy and Immunology , Prion Proteins , Allergy and Immunology , Recombinant Proteins , Allergy and Immunology
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Int. j. morphol ; 37(3): 1132-1141, Sept. 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1012409

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Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) have self-renewal and differentiation capacity essential for sperm production throughout the male reproductive life. The electrospun polycaprolactone/gelatin (PCL/Gel) nanofibrous scaffold mimics important features of the extracellular matrix (ECM), which can provide a promising technique for the proliferation and differentiation of SSCs in vitro. The goal of the present study was to investigate the effects of PCL/Gel nanofibrous scaffold on the propagation and differentiation of neonate mouse SSCs (mSSCs). mSSCs were enzymatically isolated, and the cells were purified by differential plating method and seeded on scaffold. After 2 weeks, viability, colony number and diameter, and expression of specific spermatogonial cell genes were investigated. After mSSCs propagation, the cells were cultivated in a differentiation medium on the scaffold for another 2 weeks, and differentiating cells were analyzed by real-time PCR. The number of mSSC colony (P<0.01) and expression levels of specific spermatogonial genes Plzf and Inga6 (P<0.01) and also differentiation genes c-Kit, Tp1 and Ptm1 (P<0.05) were higher in scaffold group compared with control during the culture period. We conclude that mSSCs can be expanded and can differentiate toward spermatid cells on PCL/Gel nanofibrous scaffold with improved developmental parameters.


Las células madre espermatogónicas (CME) tienen capacidad de auto renovación y diferenciación esenciales para la producción de esperma a lo largo de la vida reproductiva masculina. El «scaffold¼ nanofibroso de policaprolactona / gelatina (PCL / Gel) electrohilado imita características importantes de la matriz extracelular (MEC), que puede proporcionar una técnica prometedora para la proliferación y diferenciación de CME in vitro. El objetivo del presente estudio fue investigar los efectos del «scaffold¼ nanofibroso PCL / Gel en la propagación y diferenciación de CME de ratones neonatos (mSSC). Los mSSC se aislaron enzimáticamente y las células se purificaron mediante un método de siembra diferencial y se sembraron en un «scaffold¼. Después de 2 semanas, se investigaron la viabilidad, el número y el diámetro de las colonias y la expresión de genes específicos de células espermatogónicas. Después de la propagación de mSSC, las células se cultivaron en un medio de diferenciación en el «scaffold¼ durante otras 2 semanas, y las células se analizaron mediante PCR en tiempo real. El número de colonias mSSC (P <0,01) y los niveles de expresión de los genes espermatogónicos específicos Plzf e Inga6 (P <0,01) y también los genes de diferenciación c-Kit, Tp1 y Ptm1 (P <0,05) fueron mayores en el grupo de «scaffold¼ en comparación con el control durante el período de cultivo. Concluimos que los mSSC pueden expandirse y diferenciarse en células espermátidas en un «scaffold¼ de nanofibras PCL / Gel con parámetros de desarrollo mejorados.


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Animals , Male , Mice , Spermatogonia/cytology , Spermatogonia/metabolism , Cell Differentiation/physiology , Cell Proliferation/physiology , Polyesters/chemistry , Cell Differentiation/genetics , Cell Survival , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Cell Proliferation/genetics , Tissue Scaffolds , Nanofibers/chemistry , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Animals, Newborn
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Int. j. morphol ; 37(2): 522-532, June 2019. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1002254

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Amelogenin is one of the enamel matrices secreted by ameloblasts. A mutation of the amelogenin gene can cause hereditary dental enamel defects known as amelogenesis imperfecta (AI). Since lysosome-associated membrane protein-1 (LAMP-1), -3 (LAMP-3), and 78kDa glucose-related protein (Grp78) were identified as binding proteins of amelogenin, several studies have suggested the involvement of these binding proteins with the cell kinetics of ameloblasts in normal or abnormal conditions. The purpose of this study is to investigate the distribution of these amelogenin binding proteins in the ameloblast cell differentiation of mice with a point mutation of the amelogenin gene (Amelx*). The incisors of Amelx* mice had a white opaque color and the tooth surface was observed to be rough under a scanning electron microscope. Among the sequential ameloblast cell differentiation in the Amelx* mice, the shape of ameloblasts at the transition stage was irregular in comparison to those in wild-type (WT) mice. Immunostaining of Grp78 revealed that the whole cytoplasm of the transition stage ameloblasts was immunopositive for Grp78 antibody, while only the distal part of cell was positive in the WT mice. Furthermore, in the Amelx* mice, the cytoplasm of the transition stage ameloblasts was immunopositive for LAMP-1 and LAMP-3. These results suggest that Amelx* may cause the abnormal distribution of amelogenin binding proteins in the cytoplasm of ameloblasts.


La amelogenina es una de las matrices de esmalte secretadas por los ameloblastos. Una mutación del gen de amelogenina puede causar defectos hereditarios del esmalte dental conocidos como amelogénesis imperfecta (AI). Dado que la proteína de membrana asociada a lisosoma-1 (LAMP-1), -3 (LAMP-3) y la proteína relacionada con la glucosa de 78 kDa (Grp78) se identificaron como proteína de unión a amelogenina, varios estudios han sugerido la participación de estas proteínas con la cinética celular de los ameloblastos en condiciones normales o anormales. El objetivo del estudio fue investigar la distribución de LAMP-1, LAM-3 y Grp78 durante la diferenciación celular de ameloblastos de ratones con una mutación puntual del gen de amelogenina (Amelx*). Los incisivos de los ratones Amelx* presentaron un color blanco opaco y se observó en microscopio electrónico de barrido que la superficie del diente era áspera. La diferenciación celular secuencial y la forma de los ameloblastos en la etapa de transición en los ratones Amelx* fue irregular en comparación con los ratones silvestres (RS). La inmunotinción de Grp78 reveló que todo el citoplasma de los ameloblastos en etapa de transición fue inmunopositivo para el anticuerpo Grp78, mientras que solo la parte distal de la célula fue positiva en los ratones RS. Además, en ratones Amelx*, el citoplasma de los ameloblastos en etapa de transición fue inmunopositivo para LAMP-1 y LAMP-3. Estos resultados sugieren que Amelx* puede causar distribución anormal de proteínas de unión a amelogenina en el citoplasma de los ameloblastos.


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Animals , Mice , Lysosome-Associated Membrane Glycoproteins/metabolism , Amelogenin/metabolism , Amelogenesis Imperfecta , Heat-Shock Proteins/metabolism , Microscopy, Electron, Scanning , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Dental Enamel/pathology , Lysosomal-Associated Membrane Protein 1/metabolism , Amelogenin/genetics , Lysosomal-Associated Membrane Protein 3/metabolism , Incisor/pathology
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Rev. argent. microbiol ; 51(2): 153-156, jun. 2019.
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1013366

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Se presenta el caso de un niño de 5 años sin antecedentes de enfermedad, que se internó en terapia intensiva por convulsiones tónico-clónicas focalizadas en la cara y en el hemicuerpo derecho, con documentación de temperatura axilar de 37,4°C. Se descartó la presencia de gérmenes comunes y la etiología viral a través de estudios de muestras de líquido cefalorraquídeo (LCR). Se sospechó la presencia de Mycoplasma pneumoniae por comprobarse inmunofluorescencia positiva en suero para anticuerpos de clase IgM. El diagnóstico se confirmó mediante la detección del ADN de dicho patógeno sobre la biopsia cerebral efectuada por el método de la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa (PCR) y una histología compatible con encefalomielitis aguda diseminada. El paciente recibió tratamiento con claritromicina y su evolución fue favorable. Al menos dentro de nuestros conocimientos, este es el primer caso en el que se detectó ADN de M. pneumoniae en una biopsia cerebral por el método de PCR.


We present here the case of a previously healthy 5 year-old boy hospitalized in an intensive care unit due to tonic-clonic seizures focused on the face and right side of the body, and axillary temperature of 37.4 °C. Common bacterial and viral etiology was ruled out through studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. Mycoplasma pneumoniae was suspected by a positive immunofluorescence serum test for IgM class antibodies. Finally, with a brain biopsy, M. pneumoniae was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis by pathological anatomy. The patient was treated with clarithromycin and had an uneventful evolution. At least to our knowledge, this is the first case in which M. pneumoniae DNA was detected by PCR in a brain biopsy.


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Humans , Male , Child, Preschool , Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated/diagnosis , Encephalomyelitis, Acute Disseminated/therapy , Mycoplasma pneumoniae/pathogenicity , Biopsy/methods , Immunoglobulin M , Cerebrospinal Fluid/microbiology , Polymerase Chain Reaction/methods , Fluorescent Antibody Technique/methods
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