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  • Preoperative considerations for the pediatric patient undergoing metabolic and bariatric surgery. Seminars in pediatric surgery Pratt, J. S., Roque, S. S., Valera, R., Czepiel, K. S., Tsao, D. D., Stanford, F. C. 2020; 29 (1): 150890

    Abstract

    To ensure successful outcomes in pediatric patients with severe obesity who undergo metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS), a number of pre-operative patient management options should be considered. This manuscript will review the indications and contraindications of MBS and special considerations for youth who might benefit from MBS. The treatment team conducts a thorough pre-operative evaluation, assessing risks and benefits of surgical intervention, and prepares patients and families to be successful with MBS by providing education about the surgical intervention and lifestyle changes that will be necessary. This article reviews the pre-operative considerations for adolescents with severe obesity who are being considered for MBS, based upon recent clinical practice guidelines.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.sempedsurg.2020.150890

    View details for PubMedID 32238283

  • Recruitment of Spinoparabrachial Neurons by Dorsal Horn Calretinin Neurons CELL REPORTS Petitjean, H., Bourojeni, F. B., Tsao, D., Davidova, A., Sotocinal, S. G., Mogil, J. S., Kania, A., Sharif-Naeini, R. 2019; 28 (6): 1429-+

    Abstract

    The dorsal horn of the spinal cord is the first integration site of somatosensory inputs from the periphery. In the superficial layers of the dorsal horn, nociceptive inputs are processed by a complex network of excitatory and inhibitory interneurons whose function and connectivity remain poorly understood. We examined the role of calretinin-expressing interneurons (CR neurons) in such processing and show that they receive direct inputs from nociceptive fibers and polysynaptic inputs from touch-sensitive Aβ fibers. Their activation by chemogenetic or optogenetic stimulation produces mechanical allodynia and nocifensive responses. Furthermore, they monosynaptically engage spinoparabrachial (SPb) neurons in lamina I, suggesting CR neurons modulate one of the major ascending pain pathways of the dorsal horn. In conclusion, we propose a neuronal pathway in which CR neurons are positioned at the junction between nociceptive and innocuous circuits and directly control SPb neurons in lamina I.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.07.048

    View details for Web of Science ID 000478978200006

    View details for PubMedID 31390558

  • Connexin36 localization to pinealocytes in the pineal gland of mouse and rat EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE Wang, S. G., Tsao, D. D., Vanderpool, K. G., Yasumura, T., Rash, J. E., Nagy, J. I. 2017; 45 (12): 1594–1605

    Abstract

    Several cell types in the pineal gland are known to establish intercellular gap junctions, but the connexin constituents of those junctions have not been fully characterized. Specifically, the expression of connexin36 (Cx36) protein and mRNA has been examined in the pineal, but the identity of cells that produce Cx36 and that form Cx36-containing gap junctions has not been determined. We used immunofluorescence and freeze fracture replica immunogold labelling (FRIL) of Cx36 to investigate the cellular and subcellular localization of Cx36 in the pineal gland of adult mouse and rat. Immunofluorescence labelling of Cx36 was visualized exclusively as puncta or short immunopositive strands that were distributed throughout the pineal, and which were absent in pineal sections from Cx36 null mice. By double immunofluorescence labelling, Cx36 was localized to tryptophan hydroxylase-positive and 5-hydroxytryptamine-positive pinealocyte cell bodies and their large initial processes, including at intersections of those processes and at sites displaying a confluence of processes. Labelling for the cell junction marker zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) either overlapped or was closely associated with labelling for Cx36. Pinealocytes thus form Cx36-containing gap junctions that also incorporate the scaffolding protein ZO-1. FRIL revealed labelling of Cx36 at ultrastructurally defined gap junctions between pinealocytes, most of which was at gap junctions having reticular, ribbon or string configurations. The results suggest that the endocrine functions of pinealocytes and their secretion of melatonin is supported by their intercellular communication via Cx36-containing gap junctions, which may now be tested by the use of Cx36 null mice.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/ejn.13602

    View details for Web of Science ID 000403712000009

    View details for PubMedID 28474748

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  • Immunofluorescence reveals unusual patterns of labelling for connexin43 localized to calbindin-D28K-positive interstitial cells in the pineal gland EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE Tsao, D. D., Wang, S. G., Lynn, B. D., Nagy, J. I. 2017; 45 (12): 1553–69

    Abstract

    Gap junctions between cells in the pineal gland have been described ultrastructurally, but their connexin constituents have not been fully characterized. We used immunofluorescence in combination with markers of pineal cells to document the cellular localization of connexin43 (Cx43). Immunofluorescence labelling of Cx43 with several different antibodies was widely distributed throughout the pineal, whereas another connexin examined, connexin26, was not found in pineal but only in surrounding leptomeninges. Labelling apparently associated with plasma membranes was visualized either as fine Cx43-puncta (1-2 μm) or as unusually large pools of Cx43 ranging up to 4-7 μm in diameter or length. These puncta and pools were highly concentrated in perivascular spaces, where they were associated with numerous cells devoid of labelling for markers of pinealocytes (e.g. tryptophan hydroxylase and serotonin), and where they were minimally associated with blood vessels and lacked association with resident macrophages. Astrocytes labelled for glial fibrillary acidic protein were largely restricted to the anterior pole of the pineal gland, where they displayed only fine and sparse Cx43-puncta along their processes. Labelling for Cx43 was localized largely though not exclusively to the somata and long processes of a subpopulation of perivascular interstitial cells that were immunopositive for calbindin-D28K. These cells were often located among dense bundles or termination areas of sympathetic fibres labelled for tyrosine hydroxylase or serotonin. The results indicate that interstitial cells form abundant gap junctions composed of Cx43, and suggest that gap junction-mediated intracellular communication by these cells supports the activities of pinealocytes.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/ejn.13578

    View details for Web of Science ID 000403712000006

    View details for PubMedID 28394432

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