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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733146/resveratrol-efficiently-improves-pulmonary-function-via-stabilizing-mast-cells-in-a-rat-intestinal-injury-model
#1
Xiaolei Huang, Weicheng Zhao, Dan Hu, Xue Han, Hanbin Wang, Jianyu Yang, Yang Xu, Yuantao Li, Weifeng Yao, Chaojin Chen
BACKGROUND: Intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (IIR) leads to acute lung injury (ALI) distally by aggravating pulmonary oxidative stress. Resveratrol is effective in attenuating ALI through its antioxidant capacity. This study aimed to determine the effects of resveratrol on IIR-induced ALI and to explore the role of mast cells (MCs) activation in a rat model of IIR. METHODS: Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to IIR by occluding the superior mesenteric artery for 60min followed by 4-hour reperfusion...
July 18, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728902/role-of-mirnas-in-development-and-disease-lessons-learnt-from-small-organisms
#2
REVIEW
Swati Chandra, Divya Vimal, Divya Sharma, Vipin Rai, Subash Chandra Gupta, D Kar Chowdhuri
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) constitute a class of small (21-24 nucleotides) non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila melanogaster, and many other small organisms have been instrumental in deciphering the biological functions of miRNAs. While some miRNAs from small organisms are highly conserved across the taxa, others are organism specific. The miRNAs are known to play a crucial role during development and in various cellular functions such as cell survival, cell proliferation, and differentiation...
July 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723417/long-term-morphine-delivery-via-slow-release-morphine-pellets-or-osmotic-pumps-plasma-concentration-analgesia-and-naloxone-precipitated-withdrawal
#3
Virginia D McLane, Ivy Bergquist, James Cormier, Deborah J Barlow, Karen L Houseknecht, Edward J Bilsky, Ling Cao
AIMS: Slow-release morphine sulfate pellets and osmotic pumps are common routes of chronic morphine delivery in mouse models, but direct comparisons of these drug delivery systems are lacking. In this study, we assessed the efficacy of slow-release pellets versus osmotic pumps in delivering morphine to adult mice. MAIN METHODS: Male C57BL/6NCr mice (8weeksold) were implanted subcutaneously with slow-release pellets (25mg morphine sulfate) or osmotic pumps (64mg/mL, 1...
July 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720470/molecular-docking-prediction-and-in-vitro-studies-elucidate-anti-cancer-activity-of-phytoestrogens
#4
Shreelekha Dutta, Prashant S Kharkar, Niteshkumar U Sahu, Aparna Khanna
AIM: The study is aimed at evaluating the chemosensitization and apoptotic effect of aglycone rich extracts of dietary phytoestrogens (derived from soybean and flaxseed) on estrogen receptor positive, MCF-7 and estrogen receptor negative, MDA-MB-231 cells. The extracts show potent activity on both the cell lines, hence, in silico studies have been carried out to find the possible reason for their activity. MAIN METHODS: MTT assay was carried to assess chemosensitization effect and activated caspase-3/7 activity was studied using flow-cytometry and western blotting...
July 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716564/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-the-cardiovascular-system
#5
REVIEW
Hui Gong, Xing Lu, Qiong Wang, Min Hu, Xiangyu Zhang
Endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a special type of epithelial to mesenchymal transition. It is a process that is characterized by the loss of features of endothelial cells and acquisition of specific markers of mesenchymal cells. A variety of stimuli, such as inflammation, growth factors, and hypoxia, regulate EndMT through various signaling pathways and intracellular transcription factors. It has been demonstrated that epigenetic modifications are also involved in this process. Recent studies have identified the essential role of EndMT in the cardiovascular system...
July 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712765/losartan-reverses-cox-2-dependent-vascular-dysfunction-in-offspring-of-hyperglycaemic-rats
#6
Diego Barbosa de Queiroz, Fernanda Elizabethe Ramos-Alves, Juliana Santos-Rocha, Gloria Pinto Duarte, Fabiano Elias Xavier
AIMS: This study examined whether chronic treatment with losartan, an angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) antagonist, might reverse COX-2-mediated vascular dysfunction in mesenteric resistance arteries (MRA) from offspring of hyperglycaemic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male 12-month-old offspring of hyperglycaemic (O-DR) and normoglycaemic (O-CR) rats were treated with losartan (15mg·kg·day(-1)) during 2months. Third order MRA of untreated and losartan-treated O-DR and O-CR were mounted in wire myograph for isometric tension measurements...
July 13, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711489/time-course-microarrays-reveal-early-activation-of-the-immune-transcriptome-in-a-choline-deficient-mouse-model-of-liver-injury
#7
Koji Mitsumoto, Rina Watanabe, Katsuki Nakao, Hisaki Yonenaka, Takao Hashimoto, Norihisa Kato, Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee, Noriyuki Yanaka
AIMS: Choline-deficient diet is extensively used as a model of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In this study, we explored genes in the liver for which the expression changed in response to the choline-deficient (CD) diet. MAIN METHODS: Male CD-1 mice were divided into two groups and fed a CD diet with or without 0.2% choline bitartrate for one or three weeks. Hepatic levels of choline metabolites were analyzed by using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry and hepatic gene expression profiles were examined by DNA microarray analysis...
July 12, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711488/immunomodulatory-intervention-with-gamma-interferon-in-mice-with-sepsis
#8
Yu Wang, Bing-Bing Kong, Wen-Ping Yang, Xin Zhao, Rong Zhang
AIMS: Sepsis-triggered immune paralysis including T-cell dysfunction increase susceptibility to infection. Gamma interferon (IFNg) exert beneficial effects in patients with sepsis. Herein, we speculated that IFNg may attenuate T-cell dysfunction induced by sepsis, although the mechanisms remain elusive. To test this hypothesis, we used a model based on cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) to induce sepsis in mice. MAIN METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were pretreated with recombinant human IFNg (0...
July 12, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709849/effects-of-huperzin-a-on-the-beta-amyloid-accumulation-in-the-brain-and-skeletal-muscle-cells-of-a-rat-model-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#9
Cagatay Han Turkseven, Belgin Buyukakilli, Ebru Balli, Derya Yetkin, Mehmet Emin Erdal, Senay Gorucu Yilmaz, Leyla Sahin
AIMS: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is characterized by a loss of cognitive function and also the accumulation of β-amyloid peptide (βAP) in the brain parenchyma, which plays an important role in this disease. However, it is often also associated with the non-cognitive symptoms such as loss of muscle function (Inclusion-Body Myositis-IBM). MAIN METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats (13 weeks-n=68) were randomly assigned into five groups: Group C: Control; Group D: d-galactose; Group O+D: Bilateral oophorectomy+d-galactose; Group O: Bilateral oophorectomy; Group O+D+H: Bilateral oophorectomy+d-galactose+Hup-A...
July 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705469/systematic-prioritization-of-functional-hotspot-in-rig-1-domains-using-pattern-based-conventional-molecular-dynamic-simulation
#10
P Raghuraman, R Jesu Jaya Sudan, J Lesitha Jeeva Kumari, C Sudandiradoss
BACKGROUND: Retinoic acid inducible gene 1 (RIG-1), multi-domain protein has a role-play in detecting viral nucleic acids and stimulates the antiviral response. Dysfunction of this protein due to mutations makes the route vulnerable to viral diseases. AIM: Identification of functional hotspots that maintains conformational stability in RIG-1 domains. METHODS: In this study, we employed a systematic in silico strategy on RIG-1 protein to understand the mechanism of structural changes upon mutation...
July 10, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697984/potential-mechanisms-of-cd133-in-cancer-stem-cells
#11
REVIEW
Jae-Woo Jang, Yeonhwa Song, Se-Hyuk Kim, Joon Kim, Haeng Ran Seo
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have emerged as an underlying cause of cancer relapse and resistance to treatment. Initially, biomarkers were used to identify and isolate distinct cell populations. Several CSC markers have been identified from many types of tumors, and these markers are also being used for isolation and enrichment of CSCs. Cluster of differentiation CD133 is a well-characterized CSC marker, and it is involved in tumor cell proliferation, metastasis, tumorigenesis, and recurrence, as well as chemo- and radio-resistance...
July 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694089/the-potential-protective-role-of-taurine-against-experimental-allergic-inflammation
#12
Sun-Young Nam, Hyung-Min Kim, Hyun-Ja Jeong
AIMS: Taurine has been widely evaluated as a potential therapeutic agent in chronic inflammatory disorders and various infections. However, the potential role of taurine in regulating allergic inflammatory responses is currently unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study was designed to evaluate the in vitro effects of taurine on the levels of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and other pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of caspase-1 and nuclear factor (NF)-κB as well as the phosphorylations of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 in phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and calcium ionophore A23187 (PMACI)-triggered human mast cell line, HMC-1 cells...
July 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694088/enhanced-expression-of-tumour-suppressor-rar-%C3%AE-by-dspc-nano-formulated-lipo-atra-in-the-lung-of-b16f10-cell-implanted-c57bl6-mice-and-in-a549-cells
#13
V M Berlin Grace, Reshma Mahima Reji, Viswanathan Sundaram
AIM: All Trans Retinoic acid (ATRA) is an efficient drug for leukemia, but is not efficient therapy for solid cancers. Hence we have used 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DSPC) and cholesterol lipo-ATRA to investigate its molecular therapeutic effect on lung cancer. The objective was to find whether it could enhance ATRA receptor, RAR-β expression in lung cells as it was lost in majority of cancers including lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was made in an experimental C57BL/6 mice model developed by tail vein injection of B16F10 cells and in A549 human lung cancer cells...
July 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694087/a-mathematical-model-of-a-recombinant-humanized-anti-cocaine-monoclonal-antibody-s-effects-on-cocaine-pharmacokinetics-in-mice
#14
Hanna N Wetzel, Tongli Zhang, Andrew B Norman
AIMS: A recombinant humanized anti-cocaine monoclonal antibody (mAb), h2E2, is at an advanced stage of pre-clinical development as an immunotherapy for cocaine abuse. It is hypothesized that h2E2 binds to and sequesters cocaine in the blood. MAIN METHODS: A three-compartment model of the effects of h2E2 on cocaine's distribution was constructed. The model assumes that h2E2 binds to cocaine and that the h2E2-cocaine complex does not enter the brain but distributes between the central and peripheral compartments...
July 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689804/efficacy-and-safety-of-levosimendan-in-patients-with-acute-right-heart-failure-a-meta-analysis
#15
Jiayong Qiu, Lei Jia, Yingying Hao, Shenshen Huang, Yaqing Ma, Xiaofang Li, Min Wang, Yimin Mao
AIMS: Right heart failure (RHF), which is caused by a variety of heart and lung diseases, has a high morbidity and mortality rate. Levosimendan is a cardiac inotropic drug and vasodilator. The effect of levosimendan on RHF remains unclear. We sought to evaluate the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in patients with acute RHF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We systematically searched PubMed, Cochrane Library, EMBASE, and ClinicalTrials.gov to identify studies reporting the efficacy and safety of levosimendan for the treatment of RHF...
July 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689803/lipopolysaccharides-induce-smad2-phosphorylation-through-pi3k-akt-and-mapk-cascades-in-hsc-t6-hepatic-stellate-cells
#16
Ying-Hsien Kao, Po-Han Chen, Tin-Ya Wu, Yu-Chun Lin, Ming-Shian Tsai, Po-Huang Lee, Tzong-Shyuan Tai, Huoy-Rou Chang, Cheuk-Kwan Sun
AIMS: Endotoxemia and its pro-fibrogenic signaling play a significant role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. This study investigated whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS) directly activate cultured HSC-T6 hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) through triggering Smad-dependent pro-fibrogenic signaling pathway. MAIN METHODS: Direct cell counting and assays for cell proliferation and migration were used to measure the effects of LPS on HSC behaviors. Quantitative PCR, Western blot, and gelatin zymography were used to quantify the molecular effects of LPS on expression of HSC activation markers and signaling activity...
July 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684065/the-role-of-oxct1-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cancer-as-a-rate-limiting-enzyme-of-ketone-body-metabolism
#17
REVIEW
Song Zhang, Caifeng Xie
Cancer cells are well documented to reprogram their metabolism in order to support the maintenance and reproduction. 3-oxoacid CoA-transferase 1 (OXCT1) is a key enzyme in ketone body metabolism that catalyzes the first and rate-determining step of ketolysis. The product of OXCT1 converts to acetyl-CoA and finally fed into the tricarboxylic acid cycle for oxidation and ATP production. However, little is known of its regulation right now. Recently, some studies suggested that OXCT1 participates in tumorigenesis and signaling in cancer cells...
July 3, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684064/protective-role-of-vitamin-e-preconditioning-of-human-dermal-fibroblasts-against-thermal-stress-in-vitro
#18
Hira Butt, Azra Mehmood, Muhammad Ali, Saba Tasneem, Muhammad Sohail Anjum, Moazzam N Tarar, Shaheen N Khan, Sheikh Riazuddin
AIMS: Oxidative microenvironment of burnt skin restricts the outcome of cell based therapies of thermal skin injuries. The aim of this study was to precondition human dermal fibroblasts with an antioxidant such as vitamin E to improve their survival and therapeutic abilities in heat induced oxidative in vitro environment. MAIN METHODS: Fibroblasts were treated with 100μM vitamin E for 24h at 37°C followed by heat shock for 10min at 51°C in fresh serum free medium...
July 3, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676432/pathophysiological-mechanisms-involved-in-the-relationship-between-diabetes-and-major-depressive-disorder
#19
REVIEW
Gislaine Z Reus, Maria Augusta B Dos Santos, Ana Paula Strassi, Helena M Abelaira, Luciane B Ceretta, João Quevedo
Diabetes mellitus (DM) and major depressive disorder (MDD) are diseases that are expanding globally. Separately, each presents with several comorbidities for patients. When the two diseases present simultaneously in the same subject, there is a drastic worsening in the quality of life of the patient. This study reviewed the literature relating to the relationship between MDD and DM, bringing forward studies showing that DM develops due to MDD, and others that report the opposite. According to the studies reviewed, DM and MDD are both debilitating conditions that are associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs...
July 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663065/potential-therapeutic-and-protective-effect-of-curcumin-against-stroke-in-the-male-albino-stroke-induced-model-rats
#20
Yuanyuan Zhang, Yi Yan, Yi Cao, Yongtao Yang, Qing Zhao, Rui Jing, Jiayi Hu, Juan Bao
AIMS: The present study was carried out to understand the therapeutic effect of curcumin (CUR) against stroke in the experimental animal model. The study investigates the healing effect of CUR on mitochondrial dysfunction and inflammation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male albino, Wistar strain rats were used for the induction of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), and reperfusion. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used for the determination of interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) in the brain region...
June 26, 2017: Life Sciences
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