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  • Author(s):
    Md Suhail Alam, Bruce Cooper, Kasturi Halder
    Abstract:

    Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are of significant interest as drugs. However, their use in neurological disorders has raised concern because HDACs are required for brain function. We have previously shown that a triple combination formulation (TCF) of the pan HDACi vorinostat (Vo) improves pharmacokinetic exposure and entry of Vo into the brain. TCF treatment significantly delayed both neurodegeneration and death in the Npc1nmf164 murine model of Niemann Pick Type C (NPC) disease. The …

    Date Published:
    2017-09
  • Author(s):
    Manuela Lahne, Clare E. Yarka, Michael E. Petravick, Jingling Li, David R. Hyde
    Abstract:

    Sox2 is a well-established neuronal stem cell-associated transcription factor that regulates neural development and adult neurogenesis in vertebrates, and is one of the critical genes used to reprogram differentiated cells into induced pluripotent stem cells. We examined if Sox2 was involved in the early reprogramming-like events that Müller glia undergo as they upregulate many pluripotency- and neural stem cell-associated genes required for proliferation in light-damaged adult zebrafish reti…

    Date Published:
    2017-08
  • Author(s):
    Jeff Schorey, Yong Cheng
    Abstract:

    Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been shown to carry microbial components and function in the host defense against infections. In this study, we demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) RNA is delivered into macrophage-derived EVs through an M.tb SecA2-dependent pathway, and that EVs released from M.tb-infected macrophages stimulate a host RIG-I/MAVS/TBK1/IRF3 RNA sensing pathway, leading to type I interferon production in recipient cells. These EVs also promote, in a RIG-I/MAVS-de…

    Date Published:
    2018-06
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    Paul T. Kroeger, Bridgette E. Drumond, Rachel Miceli, Michael McKernan, Gary F. Gerlach, Amanda N. Marra, Annemarie Fox, Kristen K. McCampbell, Ignaty Leshchiner, Adriana Rodriguez-Mari, Ruth Bremiller, Ryan Thummel, Alan J. Davidson, John Postlethwait, Wolfram Goessling, Rebecca Wingert
    Abstract:

    The zebrafish kidney is conserved with other vertebrates, making it an excellent genetic model to study renal development. The kidney collects metabolic waste using a blood filter with specialized epithelial cells known as podocytes. Podocyte formation is poorly understood but relevant to many kidney diseases, as podocyte injury leads to progressive scarring and organ failure. zeppelin (zep) was isolated in a forward screen for kidney mutants and identified as a homozygous recessive lethal al…

    Date Published:
    2017