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Tracing Gene Expression Through Detection of β-galactosidase Activity in Whole Mouse Embryos María José Blanco*1, Ana I.R. Learte*1, Miguel A. Marchena1, Emma Muñoz-Sáez1, María Antonia Cid1, Iván Rodríguez-Martín1, Cristina Sánchez-Camacho2,3 1Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, 2Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), 3School of Doctoral Studies and Research, Universidad Europea de Madrid Here we describe the standard protocol for the detection of β-galactosidase activity in early whole mouse embryos and the method for paraffin sectioning and counterstaining. This is an easy and quick procedure to monitor gene expression during development that can also be applied to tissue sections, organs or cultured cells.
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Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Virtual Diffusion of the Disease As a Lifestyle Nutricion Hospitalaria. | Pubmed ID: 28627209 Introduction: Adolescence is a vulnerable period for the onset of eating disorders (ED) such as anorexia and bulimia nervosas. Body dissatisfaction, a precipitating factor for ED, leads adolescents to seek information on the Internet about diets. In this context, pro-Ana (proanorexia) and pro-Mia (probulimia) are on-line pages that promulgate highly harmful contents for health related to weight loss and ED. Objectives: The aim of this study was to analyze quantity, quality and social diffusion strategies used by pro-Ana and pro-Mia webpages. Methods: A web search was done in the Google Chrome browser, using the keywords “anorexia”, “bulimia”, “eating disorders”, “Ana and Mia”, “pro-Ana and pro-Mia”, “anorexic nation”, “obesity”, “healthy lifestyles” and “healthy nutrition”. The top 20 results for each search were selected and analyzed according to positioning rates (PageRank, PR). The quality of these resources was analyzed by a previously published questionnaire. Finally, a study of the diffusion in social networks like Facebook and Twitter was performed for pro-Ana and pro-Mia pages using SharedCount. Results: Searches for pro-Ana and pro-Mia reported more than a million entries. The pages were poorly positioned. Blog contents were the most shared between all the analyzed pages. Conclusions: pro-Ana and pro-Mia are resources with a clear intention to establish a contact with people with an eating disorder or who are at risk for developing one, in order to strengthen the communication through the blogosphere.
Developmental Expression of Membrane Type 4-matrix Metalloproteinase (Mt4-mmp/Mmp17) in the Mouse Embryo PloS One. | Pubmed ID: 28926609 Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) constitute a large group of endoproteases that play important functions during embryonic development, tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by degrading components of the extracellular matrix. Within this family, we focused our study on Mt4-mmp (also called Mmp17) that belongs to a distinct subset that is anchored to the cell surface via a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) moiety and with the catalytic site exposed to the extracellular space. Information about its function and substrates is very limited to date, and little has been reported on its role in the developing embryo. Here, we report a detailed expression analysis of Mt4-mmp during mouse embryonic development by using a LacZ reporter transgenic mouse line. We showed that Mt4-mmp is detected from early stages of development to postnatal stages following a dynamic and restricted pattern of expression. Mt4-mmp was first detected at E8.5 limited to the intersomitic vascularization, the endocardial endothelium and the dorsal aorta. Mt4-mmpLacZ/+ cells were also observed in the neural crest cells, somites, floor plate and notochord at early stages. From E10.5, expression localized in the limb buds and persists during limb development. A strong expression in the brain begins at E12.5 and continues to postnatal stages. Specifically, staining was observed in the olfactory bulb, cerebral cortex, hippocampus, striatum, septum, dorsal thalamus and the spinal cord. In addition, LacZ-positive cells were also detected during eye development, initially at the hyaloid artery and later on located in the lens and the neural retina. Mt4-mmp expression was confirmed by quantitative RT-PCR and western blot analysis in some embryonic tissues. Our data point to distinct functions for this metalloproteinase during embryonic development, particularly during brain formation, angiogenesis and limb development.