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Capacitive Memory Alters Alternans And Spontaneous Activity In A Minimal Cardiomyocyte Model, Tien Comlekoglu, Seth H. Weinberg 2017 Virginia Commonwealth University

Capacitive Memory Alters Alternans And Spontaneous Activity In A Minimal Cardiomyocyte Model, Tien Comlekoglu, Seth H. Weinberg

Biology and Medicine Through Mathematics Conference

No abstract provided.


Alcohol-Related Changes In The Intestinal Microbiome Influence Neutrophil Infiltration, Inflammation And Steatosis In Early Alcoholic Hepatitis In Mice, Patrick Lowe, Benedek Gyongyosi, Abhishek Satishchandran, Arvin Iracheta-Vellve, Aditya Ambade, Karen Kodys, Donna Catalano, Doyle V. Ward, Gyongyi Szabo 2017 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Alcohol-Related Changes In The Intestinal Microbiome Influence Neutrophil Infiltration, Inflammation And Steatosis In Early Alcoholic Hepatitis In Mice, Patrick Lowe, Benedek Gyongyosi, Abhishek Satishchandran, Arvin Iracheta-Vellve, Aditya Ambade, Karen Kodys, Donna Catalano, Doyle V. Ward, Gyongyi Szabo

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: Alcohol-induced intestinal dysbiosis disrupts homeostatic gut-liver axis function and is essential in the development of alcoholic liver disease. Here, we investigate changes in enteric microbiome composition in a model of early alcoholic steatohepatitis and dissect the pathogenic role of intestinal microbes in alcohol-induced liver pathology.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wild type mice received a 10-day diet that was either 5% alcohol-containing or an isocaloric control diet plus a single binge. 16S rDNA sequencing defined the bacterial communities in the cecum of alcohol- and pair-fed animals. Some mice were treated with an antibiotic cocktail prior to and throughout alcohol feeding. Liver ...


Calibrated Brightfield-Based Imaging For Measuring Intracellular Protein Concentration, Nathan Mudrak, Priyanka S. Rana, Michael A. Model 2017 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Calibrated Brightfield-Based Imaging For Measuring Intracellular Protein Concentration, Nathan Mudrak, Priyanka S. Rana, Michael A. Model

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Intracellular protein concentration is an essential cell characteristic which manifests itself through the refractive index. The latter can be measured from two or more mutually defocused brightfield images analyzed using the TIE (transport-of-intensity equation). In practice, however, TIE does not always achieve quantitatively accurate results on biological cells. Therefore, we have developed a calibration procedure that involves successive imaging of cells in solutions containing different amounts of added protein. This allows one to directly relate the output of TIE (T) to intracellular protein concentration C (g/l). The resultant relationship has a simple form: C ≈ 1.0(T/V), where ...


The Dangers Of Fat Metabolism And Pufa: Why You Don’T Want To Be A Fat Burner, Kyle J. Mamounis 2017 Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway

The Dangers Of Fat Metabolism And Pufa: Why You Don’T Want To Be A Fat Burner, Kyle J. Mamounis

Journal of Evolution and Health

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Patterns Of Morphological And Molecular Evolution In The Antillean Tree Bat, Ardops Nichollsi (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), Roxanne J. Larsen, Peter A. Larsen, Caleb D. Phillips, Hugh H. Genoways, Gary G. Kwiecinski, Scott C. Pedersen, Carleton J. Phillips, Robert J. Baker 2017 Duke University

Patterns Of Morphological And Molecular Evolution In The Antillean Tree Bat, Ardops Nichollsi (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), Roxanne J. Larsen, Peter A. Larsen, Caleb D. Phillips, Hugh H. Genoways, Gary G. Kwiecinski, Scott C. Pedersen, Carleton J. Phillips, Robert J. Baker

Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum

Species endemic to oceanic islands offer unique insights into the mechanisms underlying evolution and have served as model systems for decades. Often these species show phenotypic variation that is correlated with the ecosystems in which they occur and such correlations may be a product of genetic drift, natural selection, and/or environmental factors. We explore the morphologic and genetic variation within Ardops nichollsi, a species of phyllostomid bat endemic to the Lesser Antillean islands. Ardops nichollsi is an ideal taxon to investigate the tempo of evolution in Chiroptera, as it: is a recently derived genus in the family Phyllostomidae; contains ...


Bioaccumulation Of Metallic Trace Elements And Antioxidant Enzyme Activities In Apfelbeckia Insculpta (L. Koch, 1867) (Diplopoda: Callipodida) From The Cave Hadži-Prodanova Pećina (Serbia), Jelena Vranković, Slavica Borković-Mitić, Bojan Ilić, Milanka Radulović, Slaviša Milošević, Slobodan Makarov, Bojan Mitić 2017 University of Belgrade

Bioaccumulation Of Metallic Trace Elements And Antioxidant Enzyme Activities In Apfelbeckia Insculpta (L. Koch, 1867) (Diplopoda: Callipodida) From The Cave Hadži-Prodanova Pećina (Serbia), Jelena Vranković, Slavica Borković-Mitić, Bojan Ilić, Milanka Radulović, Slaviša Milošević, Slobodan Makarov, Bojan Mitić

International Journal of Speleology

The concentration of 10 metallic trace elements or MTE (Cu, Fe, Zn, Mn, As, Hg, Pb, Cd, Ni, and Cr) was measured in specimens of the troglophilic millipede Apfelbeckia insculpta (L. Koch, 1867) and sediment of the cave Hadži-Prodanova Pećina in western Serbia. Some MTE, like Fe and Mn, displayed much higher concentrations compared to other elements, both in the sediment and in the body of A. insculpta. On the other hand, estimation of the bioaccumulation factor (BAF) in both males and females of A. insculpta showed values greater than 1 for xenobiotic elements compared to those that are essential ...


Hlh-30/Tfeb-Mediated Autophagy Functions In A Cell-Autonomous Manner For Epithelium Intrinsic Cellular Defense Against Bacterial Pore-Forming Toxin In C. Elegans, Huan-Da Chen, Raffi V. Aroian, Chang-Shi Chen 2017 National Cheng Kung University

Hlh-30/Tfeb-Mediated Autophagy Functions In A Cell-Autonomous Manner For Epithelium Intrinsic Cellular Defense Against Bacterial Pore-Forming Toxin In C. Elegans, Huan-Da Chen, Raffi V. Aroian, Chang-Shi Chen

Open Access Articles

Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved intracellular system that maintains cellular homeostasis by degrading and recycling damaged cellular components. The transcription factor HLH-30/TFEB-mediated autophagy has been reported to regulate tolerance to bacterial infection, but less is known about the bona fide bacterial effector that activates HLH-30 and autophagy. Here, we reveal that bacterial membrane pore-forming toxin (PFT) induces autophagy in an HLH-30-dependent manner in Caenorhabditis elegans. Moreover, autophagy controls the susceptibility of animals to PFT toxicity through xenophagic degradation of PFT and repair of membrane-pore cell-autonomously in the PFT-targeted intestinal cells in C. elegans. These results demonstrate that autophagic pathways ...


The Gut Microbiota Of Helix Aspersa, Parker Smith, Michael Baltzley, S. M. Boomer 2017 Western Oregon University

The Gut Microbiota Of Helix Aspersa, Parker Smith, Michael Baltzley, S. M. Boomer

Student Theses, Papers and Projects (Biology)

The Gut Microbiota of Helix aspersa. The gut microbiota plays an important role in the host organism’s well-being, contributing to the host’s immunity and metabolism. An individual’s total gut microbiota is dynamic, fluctuating in response to changes in diet and environmental stressors; however, a host often has a subset of gut microorganisms, known as the core gut microbiome, which is consistent among individuals in a population. To study the gut microbiota, we are using the common garden snail, Helix aspersa, as our model organism. In the past, culture-based studies have been used to identify bacteria from the ...


Transient Alt Activation Protects Human Primary Cells From Chromosome Instability Induced By Low Chronic Oxidative Stress, Elisa Coluzzi, Rossella Buonsante, Stefano Leone, Anthony J. Asmar, Kelley L. Miller, Daniela Cimini, Antonella Sgura 2017 Old Dominion University

Transient Alt Activation Protects Human Primary Cells From Chromosome Instability Induced By Low Chronic Oxidative Stress, Elisa Coluzzi, Rossella Buonsante, Stefano Leone, Anthony J. Asmar, Kelley L. Miller, Daniela Cimini, Antonella Sgura

Bioelectrics Publications

Cells are often subjected to the effect of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as a result of both intracellular metabolism and exposure to exogenous factors. ROS-dependent oxidative stress can induce 8-oxodG within the GGG triplet found in the G-rich human telomeric sequence (TTAGGG), making telomeres highly susceptible to ROS-induced oxidative damage. Telomeres are nucleoprotein complexes that protect the ends of linear chromosomes and their dysfunction is believed to affect a wide range of cellular and/or organismal processes. Acute oxidative stress was shown to affect telomere integrity, but how prolonged low level oxidative stress, which may be more physiologically relevant, affects ...


Ck2 Inhibitor Cx-4945 Destabilizes Notch1 And Synergizes With Jq1 Against Human T-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemic Cells, Haiwei Lian, Dun Li, Yun Zhou, Esther Landesman-Bollag, Guanglan Zhang, Nicole M. Anderson, Kevin Charles. Tang, Justine E. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, David C. Seldin, Hui Fu, Hui Feng 2017 Wuhan University School of Basic Medical Sciences

Ck2 Inhibitor Cx-4945 Destabilizes Notch1 And Synergizes With Jq1 Against Human T-Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemic Cells, Haiwei Lian, Dun Li, Yun Zhou, Esther Landesman-Bollag, Guanglan Zhang, Nicole M. Anderson, Kevin Charles. Tang, Justine E. Roderick, Michelle A. Kelliher, David C. Seldin, Hui Fu, Hui Feng

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Here we show that CK2 inhibition by CX-4945 destabilizes NOTCH1 and synergizes with JQ1 to induce apoptosis in human T-ALL cells, implicating an alternative strategy to target NOTCH1 signaling in refractory/relapsed T-ALL.


Phosphorylation Of The Mdm2 Oncoprotein By The C-Abl Tyrosine Kinase Regulates P53 Tumor Suppression And The Radiosensitivity Of Mice, Michael I. Carr, Justine E. Roderick, Hong Zhang, Bruce A. Woda, Michelle A. Kelliher, Stephen N. Jones 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Phosphorylation Of The Mdm2 Oncoprotein By The C-Abl Tyrosine Kinase Regulates P53 Tumor Suppression And The Radiosensitivity Of Mice, Michael I. Carr, Justine E. Roderick, Hong Zhang, Bruce A. Woda, Michelle A. Kelliher, Stephen N. Jones

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The p53 tumor suppressor acts as a guardian of the genome by preventing the propagation of DNA damage-induced breaks and mutations to subsequent generations of cells. We have previously shown that phosphorylation of the Mdm2 oncoprotein at Ser394 by the ATM kinase is required for robust p53 stabilization and activation in cells treated with ionizing radiation, and that loss of Mdm2 Ser394 phosphorylation leads to spontaneous tumorigenesis and radioresistance in Mdm2S394A mice. Previous in vitro data indicate that the c-Abl kinase phosphorylates Mdm2 at the neighboring residue (Tyr393) in response to DNA damage to regulate p53-dependent apoptosis. In this present ...


Pgc-1alpha Dictates Endothelial Function Through Regulation Of Enos Expression, Siobhan M. Craige, Swenja Kroller-Schon, Chunying Li, Shashi Kant, Shenghe Cai, Kai Chen, Mayur M. Contractor, Yongmei Pei, Eberhard Schulz, John F. Keaney Jr. 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Pgc-1alpha Dictates Endothelial Function Through Regulation Of Enos Expression, Siobhan M. Craige, Swenja Kroller-Schon, Chunying Li, Shashi Kant, Shenghe Cai, Kai Chen, Mayur M. Contractor, Yongmei Pei, Eberhard Schulz, John F. Keaney Jr.

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Endothelial dysfunction is a characteristic of many vascular related diseases such as hypertension. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma, coactivator 1alpha (PGC-1alpha) is a unique stress sensor that largely acts to promote adaptive responses. Therefore, we sought to define the role of endothelial PGC-1alpha in vascular function using mice with endothelial specific loss of function (PGC-1alpha EC KO) and endothelial specific gain of function (PGC-1alpha EC TG). Here we report that endothelial PGC-1alpha is suppressed in angiotensin-II (ATII)-induced hypertension. Deletion of endothelial PGC-1alpha sensitized mice to endothelial dysfunction and hypertension in response to ATII, whereas PGC-1alpha EC TG mice were ...


Cancer Metabolism: Fueling More Than Just Growth, Namgyu Lee, Dohoon Kim 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Cancer Metabolism: Fueling More Than Just Growth, Namgyu Lee, Dohoon Kim

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The early landmark discoveries in cancer metabolism research have uncovered metabolic processes that support rapid proliferation, such as aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effect), glutaminolysis, and increased nucleotide biosynthesis. However, there are limitations to the effectiveness of specifically targeting the metabolic processes which support rapid proliferation. First, as other normal proliferative tissues also share similar metabolic features, they may also be affected by such treatments. Secondly, targeting proliferative metabolism may only target the highly proliferating "bulk tumor" cells and not the slower-growing, clinically relevant cancer stem cell subpopulations which may be required for an effective cure. An emerging body of research indicates ...


Increased Mitochondrial Superoxide In The Brain, But Not Periphery, Sensitizes Mice To Angiotensin Ii-Mediated Hypertension., Adam J. Case, Jun Tian, Matthew C. Zimmerman 2016 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Increased Mitochondrial Superoxide In The Brain, But Not Periphery, Sensitizes Mice To Angiotensin Ii-Mediated Hypertension., Adam J. Case, Jun Tian, Matthew C. Zimmerman

Journal Articles: Cellular & Integrative Physiology

Angiotensin II (AngII) elicits the production of superoxide (O2(•-)) from mitochondria in numerous cell types within peripheral organs and in the brain suggesting a role for mitochondrial-produced O2(•-) in the pathogenesis of hypertension. However, it remains unclear if mitochondrial O2(•-) is causal in the development of AngII-induced hypertension, or if mitochondrial O2(•-) in the absence of elevated AngII is sufficient to increase blood pressure. Further, the tissue specific (i.e. central versus peripheral) redox regulation of AngII hypertension remains elusive. Herein, we hypothesized that increased mitochondrial O2(•-) in the absence of pro-hypertensive stimuli, such as AngII, elevates baseline systemic mean ...


Altered Interleukin-10 Signaling In Skeletal Muscle Regulates Obesity-Mediated Inflammation And Insulin Resistance, Sezin Dagdeviren, Dae Young Jung, Eunjung Lee, Randall H. Friedline, Hye Lim Noh, Jong Hun. Kim, Payal R. Patel, Nicholas Tsitsilianos, Andrew V. Tsitsilianos, Duy A. Tran, George H. Tsougranis, Caitlyn C. Kearns, Cecilia P. Uong, Jung Yeon. Kwon, Werner Muller, Ki Won. Lee, Jason K. Kim 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Altered Interleukin-10 Signaling In Skeletal Muscle Regulates Obesity-Mediated Inflammation And Insulin Resistance, Sezin Dagdeviren, Dae Young Jung, Eunjung Lee, Randall H. Friedline, Hye Lim Noh, Jong Hun. Kim, Payal R. Patel, Nicholas Tsitsilianos, Andrew V. Tsitsilianos, Duy A. Tran, George H. Tsougranis, Caitlyn C. Kearns, Cecilia P. Uong, Jung Yeon. Kwon, Werner Muller, Ki Won. Lee, Jason K. Kim

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Skeletal muscle insulin resistance is a major characteristic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Although obesity-mediated inflammation is causally associated with insulin resistance, the underlying mechanism is unclear. Here, we examined the effects of chronic obesity in mice with muscle-specific overexpression of interleukin-10 (MIL10). After 16 weeks of a high-fat diet (HFD), MIL10 mice became markedly obese but showed improved insulin action compared to that of wild-type mice, which was largely due to increased glucose metabolism and reduced inflammation in skeletal muscle. Since leptin regulates inflammation, the beneficial effects of interleukin-10 (IL-10) were further examined in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice ...


Transient Runx1 Expression During Early Mesendodermal Differentiation Of Hescs Promotes Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition Through Tgfb2 Signaling, Jennifer J. VanOudenhove, Ricardo F. Medina, Prachi N. Ghule University of Vermont College of Medicine, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Gary S. Stein 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Transient Runx1 Expression During Early Mesendodermal Differentiation Of Hescs Promotes Epithelial To Mesenchymal Transition Through Tgfb2 Signaling, Jennifer J. Vanoudenhove, Ricardo F. Medina, Prachi N. Ghule University Of Vermont College Of Medicine, Jane B. Lian, Janet L. Stein, Sayyed K. Zaidi, Gary S. Stein

Open Access Articles

The transition of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) from pluripotency to lineage commitment is not fully understood, and a role for phenotypic transcription factors in the initial stages of hESC differentiation remains to be explored. From a screen of candidate factors, we found that RUNX1 is selectively and transiently upregulated early in hESC differentiation to mesendodermal lineages. Transcriptome profiling and functional analyses upon RUNX1 depletion established a role for RUNX1 in promoting cell motility. In parallel, we discovered a loss of repression for several epithelial genes, indicating that loss of RUNX1 impaired an epithelial to mesenchymal transition during differentiation. Cell ...


Chrebp Regulates Fructose-Induced Glucose Production Independently Of Insulin Signaling, Mi-Sung Kim, Sarah A. Krawczyk, Ludivine Doridot, Alan J. Fowler, Jennifer X. Wang, Sunia A. Trauger, Hye Lim Noh, Hee Joon Kang, John K. Meissen, Matthew Blatnik, Jason K. Kim, Michelle Lai, Mark A. Herman 2016 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cente

Chrebp Regulates Fructose-Induced Glucose Production Independently Of Insulin Signaling, Mi-Sung Kim, Sarah A. Krawczyk, Ludivine Doridot, Alan J. Fowler, Jennifer X. Wang, Sunia A. Trauger, Hye Lim Noh, Hee Joon Kang, John K. Meissen, Matthew Blatnik, Jason K. Kim, Michelle Lai, Mark A. Herman

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Obese, insulin-resistant states are characterized by a paradoxical pathogenic condition in which the liver appears to be selectively insulin resistant. Specifically, insulin fails to suppress glucose production, yet successfully stimulates de novo lipogenesis. The mechanisms underlying this dysregulation remain controversial. Here, we hypothesized that carbohydrate-responsive element-binding protein (ChREBP), a transcriptional activator of glycolytic and lipogenic genes, plays a central role in this paradox. Administration of fructose increased hepatic hexose-phosphate levels, activated ChREBP, and caused glucose intolerance, hyperinsulinemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and hepatic steatosis in mice. Activation of ChREBP was required for the increased expression of glycolytic and lipogenic genes as well as ...


Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptor Type 1 Signaling In Epilepsy And Traumatic Brain Injury, V V Chakravarthi Narla 2016 The University of Western Ontario

Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptor Type 1 Signaling In Epilepsy And Traumatic Brain Injury, V V Chakravarthi Narla

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Stress increases the frequency by which epileptic seizures occur. Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) coordinates neuroendocrine, autonomic and behavioral response to stress. This thesis sought to study the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which CRF regulates the activity of neural circuits in the piriform cortex (PC) in normal and epileptic states. The PC is richly innervated by CRF and 5-HT containing axons arising from the central amygdala and raphe nucleus. CRFR1 and 5-HT2A/CRs have been shown to interact in a manner where CRFR activation subsequently potentiates the activity of 5-HT2A/CRs. The first purpose of this ...


Macrophages Are Regulators Of Whole Body Metabolism: A Dissertation, Joseph C. Yawe 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Macrophages Are Regulators Of Whole Body Metabolism: A Dissertation, Joseph C. Yawe

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Obesity is the top risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Obese adipose tissue, particularly visceral depots, exhibits an increase in macrophage accumulation and is described as being in a state of chronic low-grade inflammation. It is characterized by the increased expression and secretion of inflammatory cytokines produced by both macrophages and adipocytes, and is associated with the development of insulin resistance. Based on these observations, we investigated the potential role of macrophage infiltration on whole body metabolism, using genetic and diet-induced mouse models of obesity.

Using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence imaging we found that ...


A Gene-Centered C. Elegans Protein-Dna Interaction Network Provides A Framework For Functional Predictions, Juan Fuxman Bass, Carles Pons, Lucie Kozlowski, John S. Reece-Hoyes, Shaleen Shrestha, Amy D. Holdorf, Akihiro Mori, Chad L. Myers, Albertha J. M. Walhout 2016 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Gene-Centered C. Elegans Protein-Dna Interaction Network Provides A Framework For Functional Predictions, Juan Fuxman Bass, Carles Pons, Lucie Kozlowski, John S. Reece-Hoyes, Shaleen Shrestha, Amy D. Holdorf, Akihiro Mori, Chad L. Myers, Albertha J. M. Walhout

Open Access Articles

Transcription factors (TFs) play a central role in controlling spatiotemporal gene expression and the response to environmental cues. A comprehensive understanding of gene regulation requires integrating physical protein-DNA interactions (PDIs) with TF regulatory activity, expression patterns, and phenotypic data. Although great progress has been made in mapping PDIs using chromatin immunoprecipitation, these studies have only characterized ~10% of TFs in any metazoan species. The nematode C. elegans has been widely used to study gene regulation due to its compact genome with short regulatory sequences. Here, we delineated the largest gene-centered metazoan PDI network to date by examining interactions between 90 ...


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