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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209603/deoxyribonuclease-partially-ameliorates-thioacetamide-induced-hepatorenal-injury
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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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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/28154012/gastrointestinal-immune-and-microbiome-changes-during-parenteral-nutrition
#7
Joseph F Pierre
Parenteral Nutrition (PN) is a lifesaving therapy that provides intravenous nutrition support to patients who cannot, or should not, feed via the gastrointestinal tract. Unfortunately, PN also carries certain risks related to infection and metabolic complications compared with enteral nutrition. In this review, an overview of PN and gastrointestinal (GI) immune and microbiome changes is provided. PN impacts the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) functions - especially adaptive immune cells - changes to intestinal epithelium and chemical secretions, and significantly alters the intestinal microbiome...
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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/28104585/rcad-bip-pathway-is-necessary-for-the-proper-synthesis-of-digestive-enzymes-and-the-secretory-function-of-the-exocrine-pancreas
#12
Camille Miller, Yafei Cai, Tadd Patton, Sarai Graves, Honglin Li, Maria Eugenia Sabbatini
Alcoholism causes an imbalance of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) homeostasis in pancreatic acini. In those cells, the ER is involved in the synthesis and folding of pancreatic enzymes. Ufm1 (Ubiquitin-fold modifier 1) is part of a novel ubiquitin-like modification system involved in maintaining ER homeostasis. Among the components of the Ufm1 system, Regulator of C53 and DDRGK1 (RCAD) has recently been identified as an Ufm1-specific E3 ligase that promotes ufmylation of DDRGK1, a RCAD-interacting protein. We determined the importance of RCAD in the proper synthesis and secretion of pancreatic enzymes using RCAD-deficient mice...
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
#13
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
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28082284/hepatocyte-specific-ppara-expression-exclusively-promotes-agonist-induced-cell-proliferation-without-influence-from-non-parenchymal-cells
#15
Chad N Brocker, Jiang Yue, Donghwan Kim, Aijuan Qu, Jessica A Bonzo, Frank J Gonzalez
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARA) is a nuclear transcription factor and key mediator of systemic lipid metabolism. Prolonged activation in rodents causes hepatocyte proliferation and hepatocellular carcinoma. Little is known about the contribution of non-parenchymal cells (NPCs) to PPARA-mediated cell proliferation. NPC contribution to PPARA agonist-induced hepatomegaly was assessed in hepatocyte (Ppara(∆Hep))- and macrophage (Ppara(∆Mac))-specific Ppara null mice. Mice were treated with the agonist Wy-14643 for 14 days and response of conditional null mice was compared to conventional knockout mice (Ppara(-/-))...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057611/wnt-5a-regulates-tgf%C3%AE-related-activities-in-liver-fibrosis
#16
Leonie Beljaars, Sara Daliri, Christa Dijkhuizen, Klaas Poelstra, Reinoud Gosens
WNT-5A is a secreted growth factor that belongs to the non-canonical members of the Wingless-related MMTV-integration family. Previous studies pointed to a connection between WNT-5A and the fibrogenic factor TGF-β warranting further studies into the functional role of WNT-5A in liver fibrosis. Therefore, we studied WNT-5A expressions in mouse and human fibrotic livers and examined the relation between WNT-5A and various fibrosis-associated growth factors, cytokines and extracellular matrix proteins. WNT-5A gene and protein expressions were significantly increased in fibrotic mouse and human livers compared to healthy...
January 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039160/%C3%A2-potential-roles-of-enteric-glia-in-bridging-neuro-immune-communication-in-the-gut
#17
Aaron K Chow, Brian David Gulbransen
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is a network of neurons and glia that controls ongoing gastrointestinal (GI) functions. Damage or injury to the ENS can lead to functional GI disorders. Current data support the conclusion that many functional GI disorders are caused by an imbalance between gut microbes and the immune system but how the ENS is involved in these interactions is less understood. Due to the proximity of the ENS to bacteria and other foreign antigens present in the GI tract, it is important to prevent the passage of these antigens through the GI epithelium...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039159/gut-microbiota-differs-between-children-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-healthy-siblings-in-taxonomic-and-functional-composition-a-metagenomic-analysis
#18
Rebecca Luise Knoll, Kristoffer Forslund, Jens Roat Kultima, Claudius U Meyer, Ulrike Kullmer, Shinichi Sunagawa, Peer Bork, Stephan Gehring
Current treatment for pediatric IBD patients is often ineffective, with serious side effects. Manipulating the gut microbiota via fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an emerging treatment approach but remains controversial. We aimed to assess the composition of the fecal microbiome through a comparison of pediatric IBD patients to their healthy siblings, evaluating risks and prospects for FMT in this setting. A Case-Control (Sibling) Study was conducted analyzing fecal samples of six children with Crohn's Disease (CD), six children with Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and 12 healthy siblings by metagenomic sequencing...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039158/inhibition-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-ameliorates-murine-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#19
Amy S Mauer, Petra Hirsova, Jessica L Maiers, Vijay H Shah, Harmeet Malhi
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a lipotoxic disorder, wherein proinflammatory lipids, such as ceramide and its derivative sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), contribute to macrophage-associated liver inflammation. For example, we have previously demonstrated a role for S1P in steatotic hepatocyte-derived S1P enriched extracellular vesicles in macrophage chemotaxis in vitro. Therefore, we hypothesized that FTY720, an S1P antagonist, would ameliorate NASH by inhibiting proinflammatory monocyte chemotaxis...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039157/extracellular-vesicles-in-liver-diseases
#20
Sayantan Maji, Akiko Matsuda, Irene K Yan, Mansi Parasramka, Tushar Patel
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane-bound vesicles that are released by cells into their extracellular environment, have selective enrichment of specific proteins and RNA, and can mediate inter-cellular communication. In this review we highlight recent observations of the role of EVs in liver injury, viral hepatitis, alcoholic or non-alcoholic liver disease, biliary tract disease and liver cancers. Potential applications as markers of diseases or for therapeutic applications are outlined to emphasize the new opportunities that are arising from the study of EVs...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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