European Journal of Histochemistry 2019-10-18T08:27:45+02:00 Nadia Moscato Open Journal Systems <p>The <strong>European Journal of Histochemistry&nbsp;</strong>has been an influential cytology journal for over 60 years, publishing research articles on functional cytology and histology in animals and plants. The&nbsp;<strong>European Journal of Histochemistry&nbsp;</strong>offers original research articles investigating on structural and molecular components performed by histochemical and immunohistochemical methods, at light and electron microscopy, cytometry and imaging techniques.</p> <p>Areas of particular interest include cell differentiation, senescence and death, and cell-cell interactions in normal and pathological tissues; attention is also given to articles on newly developed or originally applied histochemical and microscopical techniques.</p> <p>Since its foundation in 1954,&nbsp;the <strong>European Journal of Histochemistry&nbsp;</strong>is the official organ of the Italian Society of Histochemistry.</p> Bradykinin and noradrenaline preconditioning influences level of antioxidant enzymes SOD, CuZn-SOD, Mn-SOD and catalase in the white matter of spinal cord in rabbits after ischemia/reperfusion 2019-10-18T08:27:44+02:00 Marianna Danková Iveta Domoráková Zuzana Fagová Milan Stebnický Alexandra Kunová Eva Mechírová <p>The aim of present work is to assess the effects of bradykinin (Br) or noradrenaline (Nor) preconditioning to the levels of antioxidant enzymes: superoxide dismutase (SOD), copper, zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZn-SOD), manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD) and catalase in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) model in the rabbit spinal cord white matter as well as effect on glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin immunoreaction in glial cells. Rabbits were preconditioned by intraperitoneal single dose of Br or Nor 48 h prior to 20 min of ischemia followed by 24 or 48 h of reperfusion. White matter of L3-L6 spinal cord segments was used for comparison of antioxidant enzyme levels in sham control, ischemic groups and four preconditioned groups. The total SOD level in the Br or Nor preconditioned groups after 48 h of reperfusion was increased <em>vs</em> Br or Nor preconditioned groups after 24 h of reperfusion. The comparison among the ischemic group <em>vs </em>Br preconditioned (P&lt;0.05), and Nor preconditioned (P&lt;0.001) groups after 48 h of reperfusion, showed statistically significant decrease of Mn-SOD activity. Tissue catalase level activity was significantly decreased in the Br preconditioned group after 48 h of reperfusion (P&lt;0.05) and Nor preconditioned groups after 24 h of reperfusion (P&lt;0.001) and also after 48 h of reperfusion (P&lt;0.001), in comparison to ischemic group after 48 h of reperfusion. Significantly decreased tissue catalase activity (P&lt;0.05) in both Nor preconditioned groups after 24 or 48 h of reperfusion was measured vs Br preconditioned group after 48 h of reperfusion. According to our results, in the white matter, activation of stress proteins in glial cells, as well as antioxidant enzymes levels, were influenced by pharmacological preconditioning followed by 20 min of ischemia and 24 or 48 h of reperfusion. These changes contribute to ischemic tolerance acquisition and tissue protection from oxidative stress during reperfusion period.</p> 2019-10-18T08:14:41+02:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Author(s) Immunofluorescence characterization of innervation and nerve-immune cell interactions in mouse lymph nodes 2019-10-18T08:27:44+02:00 Dailun Hu Philip K. Nicholls Melissa Claus Yongkang Wu Zhongli Shi Wayne K. Greene Bin Ma <p>The peripheral nervous system communicates specifically with the immune system via local interactions. These interactions include the “hardwiring” of sympathetic/parasympathetic (efferent) and sensory nerves (afferent) to primary (<em>e.g</em>., thymus and bone marrow) and secondary (<em>e.g</em>., lymph node, spleen, and gut-associated lymphoid tissue) lymphoid tissue/organs. To gain a better understanding of this bidirectional interaction/crosstalk between the two systems, we have investigated the distribution of nerve fibres and PNS-immune cell associations <em>in situ</em> in the mouse lymph node by using immunofluorescent staining and confocal microscopy/ three-dimensional reconstruction. Our results demonstrate i) the presence of extensive nerve fibres in all compartments (including B cell follicles) in the mouse lymph node; ii) close contacts/associations of nerve fibres with blood vessels (including high endothelial venules) and lymphatic vessels/sinuses; iii) close contacts/associations of nerve fibres with various subsets of dendritic cells (<em>e.g</em>., B220<sup>+</sup>CD11c<sup>+</sup>, CD4<sup>+</sup>CD11c<sup>+</sup>, CD8a<sup>+</sup>CD11c<sup>+</sup>, and Mac1<sup>+</sup>CD11c<sup>+</sup>), Mac1<sup>+ </sup>macrophages, and B/T lymphocytes. Our novel findings concerning the innervation and nerve-immune cell interactions inside the mouse lymph node should greatly facilitate our understanding of the effects that the peripheral nervous system has on cellular- and humoral-mediated immune responses or <em>vice versa</em> in health and disease.</p> 2019-10-18T08:26:53+02:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Author(s) Digital PCR - Methods and Protocols 2019-10-18T08:27:45+02:00 Paolo Catarsi <p>Sensitivity, reproducibility, precision and accuracy are recurring words in this book. Indeed, digital PCR (dPCR) represents a major step forward in the quantification of nucleic acids. In this field, for many years it has been used the quantitative PCR (qPCR), a technology that allows a real-time monitoring of DNA amplification which has proved useful for obtaining a relative measurement, but that only indirectly, through the use of reference standards, provides an absolute quantification....</p> 2019-10-18T08:25:37+02:00 Copyright (c) 2019 The Author(s)