Scientific Literature

Nov 29, 2012

Neutrophil-derived IL-1β Is Sufficient for Abscess Formation in Immunity against Staphylococcus aureus in Mice

Cho JS, Guo Y, Ramos RI, Hebroni F, Plaisier SB, Xuan C, Granick JL, Matsushima H, Takashima A, Iwakura Y, Cheung AL, Cheng G, Lee DJ, Simon SI, Miller LS , PLoS Pathogens , Volume 8, Issue 11, e1003047
Neutrophil abscess formation is critical in innate immunity against many pathogens. Here, the mechanism of neutrophil abscess formation was investigated using a mouse model of Staphylococcus aureus cutaneous infection. Gene expression analysis and in vivo multispectral noninvasive imaging during the S. aureus infection revealed a strong functional and temporal association...
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Nov 18, 2012

TRPM4 cation channel mediates axonal and neuronal degeneration in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and multiple sclerosis

B. Schattling, K. Steinbach, E. Thies, M. Kruse, A. Menigoz, F. Ufer, V. Flockerzi, W. Brück, O. Pongs, R. Vennekens, M. Kneussel, M. Freichel, D. Merkler, M. A. Friese , Nature Medicine , DOI: 10.1038/nm.3015
In multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS), axonal and neuronal loss are major causes for irreversible neurological disability. However, which molecules contribute to axonal and neuronal injury under inflammatory conditions remains largely unknown. Here we show that the transient receptor potential melastatin 4 (TRPM4) cation...
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Sep 28, 2012

DNA repair and replication proteins as prognostic markers in melanoma

L. Song, T. Robson, T. Doig, T. Brenn, M. Mathers, E. R. Brown, V. Doherty, J. M. Bartlett, N. Anderson, D. W. Melton , Histopathology , DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2559.2012.04362.x
Elevated expression of DNA repair and replication genes has been reported in thick, non-fixed primary melanomas that subsequently went on to metastasize, when compared to non-recurrent primary tumours. This increased expression could contribute to the extreme resistance shown by melanoma to DNA-damaging chemotherapeutics. We have investigated the hypothesis that levels...
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Jun 19, 2012

Chronic autophagy is a cellular adaptation to tumor acidic pH microenvironments.

Wojtkowiak J, Rothberg JM, Kumar V, Schramm KJ, Haller E, Proemsey JB, Lloyd MC, Sloane BF, Gillies RJ , Cancer Res , DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-11-3881
Tumor cell survival relies upon adaptation to the acidic conditions of the tumor microenvironment. To investigate potential acidosis survival mechanisms, we examined the effect of low pH (6.7) on human breast carcinoma cells. Acute low pH exposure reduced proliferation rate, induced a G1 cell cycle arrest, and increased cytoplasmic vacuolization....
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Jun 18, 2012

Bax deficiency prolongs cerebellar neurogenesis, accelerates medulloblastoma formation and paradoxically increases both malignancy and differentiation

Garcia I, Crowther AJ, Gama V, Ryan Miller C, Deshmukh M, Gershon TR , Oncogene , DOI: 10.1038/onc.2012.248
Neurogenesis requires negative regulation through differentiation of progenitors or their programmed cell death (PCD). Growth regulation is particularly important in the postnatal cerebellum, where excessive progenitor proliferation promotes medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. We present evidence that PCD operates alongside differentiation to regulate cerebellar granule neuron...
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