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SNAP-25 is a promising novel cerebrospinal fluid biomarker for synapse degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Synaptic degeneration is an early pathogenic event in Alzheimer’s disease, associated with cognitive impairment and disease progression. Cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers reflecting synaptic integrity would be highly valuable tools to monitor synaptic degeneration directly in patients. 16 more words

Comparative genomic analysis of nine Sphingobium strains: insights into their evolution and hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) degradation pathways

Sphingobium spp. are efficient degraders of a wide range of chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons.
In particular, strains which harbour the lin pathway genes mediating the degradation of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) isomers are of interest due to the widespread persistence of this contaminant…. 16 more words


Nephrin is a 180 KD trans-membrane protein expressed in glomerular podocytes. It was first identified in children with congenital nephrotic syndrome of the Finnish type (NPHS1). 17 more words

My second half of co-op – January through March 2015 – will be a little bit different than the first. Three big things you should know going forward: 511 more words

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Evaluation of mesenchymal stem cells in treatment of infertility in male rats

IntroductionThe present study aimed to elucidate the therapeutic effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from the bone marrow of rats (BM) against toxic effects of lead (Pb) on the male gonads of experimental rats. 24 more words

MicroRNA-378 promotes mesenchymal stem cells survival and vascularization under hypoxic-ischemic condition in vitro

IntroductionMesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation has been demonstrated to be an effective strategy for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. However, the low survival rate of MSCs at local diseased tissue reduces the therapeutic efficacy. 19 more words

Human neural stem cells rapidly ameliorate symptomatic inflammation in early-stage ischemic-reperfusion cerebral injury

IntroductionClinically, a good deal of injury from stroke results from ischemic-reperfusion. There is a loss of cerebral parenchyma and its associated cells, disruption of neuronal connections, compromise of the blood-brain barrier, and inflammation. 18 more words