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American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302598/helminths-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-as-modulators-of-immunity-and-pathology
#1
Fumi Varyani, John O Fleming, Rick M Maizels
Helminth parasites are highly prevalent in many low- and middle-income countries, in which inflammatory bowel disease and other immunopathologies are less frequent than in the developed world. Many of the most common helminths establish in the gastrointestinal tract, and can exert counter-inflammatory influences on the host immune system. For these reasons, interest has arisen in how parasites may ameliorate intestinal inflammation and whether these organisms, or products they release, could offer future therapies for immune disorders...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254774/mechanism-of-salutary-effects-of-melatonin-mediated-liver-protection-after-trauma-hemorrhage-p38-mapk-dependent-inos-hif-1%C3%AE-pathway
#2
Jun-Te Hsu, Puo-Hsien Le, Chun-Jung Lin, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chia-Jung Kuo, Kun-Chun Chiang, Ta-Sen Yeh
Although melatonin attenuates the increases in inflammatory mediators and reduces organ injury during trauma-hemorrhage, the mechanisms remain unclear. This study explored whether melatonin prevents liver injury after trauma-hemorrhage through the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-dependent, inducible nitrite oxide (iNOS)/hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α pathway. After a 5-cm midline laparotomy, male rats underwent hemorrhagic shock (mean blood pressure approximately 40 mmHg for 90 min) followed by fluid resuscitation...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254773/pharyngeal-peristaltic-pressure-variability-operational-range-and-functional-reserve
#3
Mark K Kern, Gokulakrishnan Balasubramanian, Patrick Sanvanson, Dilpesh Agrawal, Ashley Wuerl, Reza Shaker
BACKGROUND: Current understanding of pharyngeal motor function remains incomplete. Among the remaining gaps of knowledge in this regard is the magnitude of variability of pharyngeal peristaltic pressure amplitude. While variability can pose difficulty in interpretation of manometric findings its magnitude can inform the operational range and reserve of the pharyngeal contractile function, Aims: To define the intra-, inter-subject and inter-session variability of select pharyngeal manometric parameters and, using this information, determine the number of swallow repetitions for acquiring reliable pharyngeal manometric data...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254772/central-inhibition-of-initiation-of-swallowing-by-systemic-administration-of-diazepam-and-baclofen-in-anaesthetized-rats
#4
Takanori Tsujimura, Shogo Sakai, Taku Suzuki, Izumi Ujihara, Kojun Tsuji, Jin Magara, Brendan J Canning, Makoto Inoue
Dysphagia is caused not only by neurological and/or structural damage but also by medication. We hypothesized memantine, dextromethorphan, diazepam and baclofen, all commonly used drugs with central sites of action, may regulate swallowing function. Swallows were evoked by upper airway (UA)/pharyngeal distension, punctate mechanical stimulation using a von Frey filament, capsaicin or distilled water (DW) applied topically to the vocal folds, and electrical stimulation of a superior laryngeal nerve (SLN) in anesthetized rats and were documented by recording electromyographic activation of the suprahyoid and thyrohyoid muscles and by visualizing laryngeal elevation...
March 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232457/dicer-dependent-production-of-microrna221-in-hepatocytes-inhibits-p27-and-is-required-for-liver-regeneration-in-mice
#5
Yuki Oya, Ryota Masuzaki, Daisuke Tsugawa, Kevin C Ray, Yongchao Dou, Seth J Karp
Dicer processes microRNAs (miRs) into active forms in a wide variety of tissues including the liver. To determine the role of Dicer in liver regeneration, we performed a series of in vivo and in vitro studies in a murine 2/3 hepatectomy model. Dicer was downregulated after 2/3 hepatectomy, and loss of Dicer inhibited liver regeneration associated with decreased cyclin A2 and miR-221, and increased levels of the cell cycle inhibitor p27. In vitro, miR-221 inhibited p27 production in primary hepatocytes and increased hepatocyte proliferation...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232456/gut-liver-axis-at-the-frontier-of-host-microbial-interactions
#6
Katharina Brandl, Vipin Kumar, Lars Eckmann
Liver and intestine are tightly linked through the venous system of the portal circulation. Consequently, the liver is the primary recipient of gut-derived products, most prominently dietary nutrients and microbial components. It functions as a secondary "firewall" and protects the body from intestinal pathogens and other microbial products that have crossed the primary barrier of the intestinal tract. Disruption of the intestinal barrier enhances microbial exposure of the liver, which can have detrimental or beneficial effects in the organ depending on the specific circumstances...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232455/intestinal-phosphate-absorption-is-mediated-by-multiple-transport-systems-in-rats
#7
Eduardo Candeal, Yupanqui A Caldas, Natalia Guillen, Moshe Levi, Victor Sorribas
Intestinal inorganic phosphate (Pi) transport seems to be mainly mediated by the sodium/Pi-cotransporter NaPi2b. To verify this role, we have studied the combined effects of pH, phosphonoformate, and Pi deprivation on intestinal Pi transport. Rats were fed, ad libitum, three fodders containing 1.2, 0.6, or 0.1% Pi for 1, 5, or 10 days. Pi deprivation (0.1%) increased both sodium-activated and sodium-independent Pi transport in brush-border membrane vesicles from the duodenum and jejunum, for all three times...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232454/a-longitudinal-study-of-whole-body-tissue-and-cellular-physiology-in-a-mouse-model-of-fibrosing-nash-with-high-fidelity-to-the-human-condition
#8
Anuradha Krishnan, Tasduq Sheikh Abdullah, Taofic Mounajjed, Stella P Hartono, Andrea McConico, Thomas A White, Nathan K LeBrasseur, Ian R Lanza, Sreekumaran Nair, Gregory J Gores, Michael Charlton
The sequence of events that lead to inflammation and fibrosing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) are incompletely understood. We investigated the chronology of whole body, tissue and cellular events that occur during the evolution of diet-induced NASH. METHODS: Male C57Bl6 mice were assigned to a fast food (FF, high calorie, high cholesterol, high fructose) or standard chow (SC) diet for 36 weeks (W). Liver histology, body composition, mitochondrial respiration, metabolic rate, gene expression and hepatic lipid content were analyzed...
February 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209603/deoxyribonuclease-partially-ameliorates-thioacetamide-induced-hepatorenal-injury
#9
Lenka Vokálová, Lucia Lauková, Jozef Čonka, Veronika Melišková, Veronika Borbélyová, Janka Bábíčková, Ľubomíra Tóthová, Július Hodosy, Barbora Vlková, Peter Celec
Several recent studies have shown that liver injury is associated with the release of DNA from hepatocytes. This DNA stimulates innate immunity and induces sterile inflammation exacerbating the liver damage. Similar mechanisms have been described for acute renal injury. Deoxyribonuclease degrades cell-free DNA and can potentially prevent some of the induced tissue damage. In this study the effects of thioacetamide-induced hepatorenal injury on plasma DNA in rats were analysed. Plasma DNA of both nuclear and mitochondrial origin was higher in thioacetamide-treated animals...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209602/a-novel-murine-model-of-esophageal-non-erosive-reflux-disease-nerd-from-inflammation-to-impairment-in-mucosal-integrity
#10
Renan O Silva, Francisco Fábio B Oliveira, Rudy D Bingana, Mailton O Arruda, Philip Woodland, Chung Lee, Miguel A Nobre E Souza, Pedro Marcos G Soares, Armenio A Santos, Daniel Sifrim, Marcellus H L P Souza
Non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) is a highly prevalent phenotype of the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this study, we developed a novel murine model of NERD in mice with microscopic inflammation and impairment in the epithelial esophageal barrier. Female Swiss mice were subjected to the following surgical procedure: the transitional region between the forestomach and the glandular portion of the stomach was ligated, and a nontoxic ring was placed around the duodenum near the pylorus. The control group underwent sham surgery...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209601/the-influence-of-rosuvastatin-upon-the-gastrointestinal-microbiota-and-host-gene-expression-profiles
#11
James A Nolan, Peter Henry Skuse, Kalaimathi Govindarajan, Elaine Patterson, Nina Konstantinidou, Patrick G Casey, John MacSharry, Fergus Shanahan, Catherine Stanton, Colin Hill, P D Cotter, Susan A Joyce, Cormac Gm Gahan
Statins are the most widely prescribed medications worldwide for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. They inhibit the activity of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl co enzyme A reductase (HMG-R) an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis in higher organisms and in isoprenoid biosynthesis in some bacteria. We hypothesized that statins may influence the microbial community in the gut through either direct inhibition or indirect mechanisms involving alterations to host responses. We therefore examined the impact of rosuvastatin (RSV) on the community structure of the murine gastrointestinal microbiota...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209600/cell-therapy-for-gi-motility-disorders-comparison-of-cell-sources-and-proposed-steps-for-treating-hirschsprung-disease
#12
Lincon A Stamp
Cell therapeutic approaches to treat a range of congenital and degenerative neuropathies are under intense investigation. There have been recent significant advancements in the development of cell therapy to treat disorders of the enteric nervous system, enteric neuropathies. These advances include the efficient generation of enteric neural progenitors from pluripotent stem cells and the rescue of a Hirschsprung Disease model mouse following their transplantation into the bowel. Further, a recent study provides evidence of functional innervation of the bowel muscle by neurons derived from transplanted ENS-derived neural progenitors...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209599/role-of-shp2-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-in-sert-inhibition-by-enteropathogenic-e-coli-epec
#13
Megha Singhal, Christopher Manzella, Vinay Soni, Waddah A Alrefai, Seema Saksena, Gail A Hecht, Pradeep K Dudeja, Ravinder K Gill
Enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC), one of the diarrheagenic E. coli pathotypes, is among the most important food-borne pathogens infecting children worldwide. Inhibition of serotonin transporter (SERT), that regulates extracellular availability of serotonin (5-HT), has been previously implicated in EPEC-associated diarrhea. EPEC was shown to inhibit SERT via activation of protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPase), albeit the specific PTPase involved is not known. Current studies aimed to identify EPEC activated PTPase and its role in SERT inhibition...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154013/nitric-oxide-regulates-homeoprotein-otx1-and-otx2-expression-in-the-rat-myenteric-plexus-after-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#14
Viviana Filpa, Elisa Carpanese, Silvia Marchet, Cristina Pirrone, Andrea Conti, Alessia Rainero, Elisabetta Moro, Anna Maria Chiaravalli, Ileana Zucchi, Andrea Moriondo, Daniela Negrini, Francesca Crema, Gianmario Frigo, Cristina Giaroni, Giovanni Porta
Neuronal and inducible NO synthase (nNOS and iNOS) play a protective and damaging role, respectively, on the intestinal neuromuscular function after ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury. To uncover the molecular pathways underlying this dichotomy we investigated their possible correlation with orthodenticle homeobox proteins OTX1 and OTX2 in the rat small intestine myenteric plexus after in vivo I/R. Homeobox genes are fundamental for the regulation of the gut wall homeostasis both during development and in pathological conditions (inflammation, cancer)...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154011/involvement-of-gut-microbiota-in-the-association-between-glp-1-glp-1-receptor-expression-and-gastrointestinal-motility
#15
Mo Yang, Hirokazu Fukui, Hirotsugu Eda, Xin Xu, Yoshitaka Kitayama, Ken Hara, Mio Kodani, Toshihiko Tomita, Tadayuki Oshima, Jiro Watari, Hiroto Miwa
Microbiota in the gut is known to play a pivotal role in host physiology by interacting with the immune and neuroendocrine systems in gastrointestinal (GI) tissues. Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a gut hormone, is involved in metabolism as well as GI motility. We examined how gut microbiota affects the link between GLP-1/GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) expression and motility of the GI tract. Germ-free (GF) mice (6 weeks old) were orally administered a fecal bacterial suspension prepared from specific pathogen-free (SPF) mice, and then after fecal transplantation (FT) GI tissues were obtained from the GF mice at various time points...
February 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126704/crispr-cas-9-genome-editing-and-its-applications-in-organoids
#16
Else Driehuis, Hans Clevers
Organoids are 3D structures derived from adult or embryonic stem cells that maintain many structural and functional features of their respective organ. Recently, genome editing based on the bacterial defense mechanism CRISPR/Cas9 has emerged as an easily applicable and reliable lab tool. Combining organoids and CRISPR/Cas9 creates exciting new opportunities to study organ development and human disease in vitro. The potential applications of CRISPR in organoids are only beginning to be explored.
January 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104587/pkc%C3%AE-expanding-role-in-hepatic-adaptation-of-cholesterol-homeostasis-to-dietary-fat-cholesterol
#17
Devina Mehta, Kamal D Mehta
Cholesterol homeostasis relies on an intricate network of cellular processes whose deregulation in response to Western type high-fat/cholesterol diets can lead to several life-threatening pathologies. Significant advances have been made in resolving the molecular identity and regulatory function of transcription factors sensitive to fat, cholesterol, or bile acids, but whether body senses the presence of both fat and cholesterol simultaneously is not known. Assessing the impact of a high-fat/cholesterol load, rather than an individual component alone, on cholesterol homeostasis is more physiologically relevant because Western diets deliver both fat and cholesterol at the same time...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104586/synergy-of-glucagon-like-peptide-2-and-epidermal-growth-factor-co-administration-on-intestinal-adaptation-in-neonatal-piglets-with-short-bowel-syndrome
#18
David W Lim, Crystal L Levesque, Donna F Vine, Mitsuru Muto, Jacob R Koepke, Patrick N Nation, Pamela R Wizzard, Julang Li, David L Bigam, Patricia L Brubaker, Justine M Turner, Paul W Wales
BACKGROUND: Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2) and epidermal growth factor (EGF) treatment enhance intestinal adaptation. To determine whether these growth factors exert synergistic effects on intestinal growth and function, GLP-2 and EGF-containing media (EGF-cm) were administered, alone and in combination, in neonatal piglet with short bowel syndrome (SBS). METHODS: Neonatal Landrace/Large White piglets were block-randomized to 75% mid-intestinal (JI group) or distal-intestinal (JC group) resection or sham control, with 7-d infusion of saline (control), intravenous human GLP-2 (11 nmol/kg/day) alone, enteral EGF-cm (80 μg/kg/day) alone, or GLP-2 and EGF-cm in combination...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082286/enteric-glia-cells-are-critical-to-limiting-the-intestinal-inflammatory-response-after-injury
#19
Simone Langness, Mitsuaki Kojima, Raul Coimbra, Brian P Eliceiri, Todd W Costantini
Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) has been shown to limit intestinal inflammation following injury, however, direct connection between vagal terminals and resident intestinal immune cells have yet to be identified. We have previously shown that enteric glia cell (EGC) expression is increased after injury through a vagal-mediated pathway to help restore gut barrier function. We hypothesize that EGCs modulate immune cell recruitment following injury and relay vagal anti-inflammatory signals to resident immune cells in the gut...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082285/plasticity-of-neuroeffector-transmission-during-bowel-inflammation
#20
Alan E Lomax, Sabindra Pradhananga, Paul Page Bertrand
Altered gastrointestinal (GI) function contributes to the debilitating symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Nerve circuits contained within the gut wall and outside of the gut play important roles in modulating motility, mucosal fluid transport and blood flow. The structure and function of these neuronal populations change during IBD. Superimposed on this plasticity is a diminished responsiveness of effector cells - smooth muscle cells, enterocytes and vascular endothelial cells - to neurotransmitters...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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