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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336292/structural-elucidation-and-physiologic-functions-of-specialized-pro-resolving-mediators-and-their-receptors
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Nan Chiang, Charles N Serhan
The acute inflammatory response is host protective to contain foreign invaders. Many of today's pharmacopeia that block pro-inflammatory chemical mediators can cause serious unwanted side effects such as immune suppression. Uncontrolled inflammation is now considered a pathophysiologic basis associated with, many widely occurring diseases such as cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, obesity and asthma, as well as the classic inflammatory diseases, e.g. arthritis, periodontal diseases...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322867/bile-acid-analysis-in-human-disorders-of-bile-acid-biosynthesis
#2
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Frédéric M Vaz, Sacha Ferdinandusse
Bile acids facilitate the absorption of lipids in the gut, but are also needed to maintain cholesterol homeostasis, induce bile flow, excrete toxic substances and regulate energy metabolism by acting as signaling molecules. Bile acid biosynthesis is a complex process distributed across many cellular organelles and requires at least 17 enzymes in addition to different metabolite transport proteins to synthesize the two primary bile acids, cholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid. Disorders of bile acid synthesis can present from the neonatal period to adulthood and have very diverse clinical symptoms ranging from cholestatic liver disease to neuropsychiatric symptoms and spastic paraplegias...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302491/bile-acids-and-their-receptors-during-liver-regeneration-dangerous-protectors
#3
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Merlen Grégory, Ursic-Bedoya José, Jourdainne Valeska, Kahale Nicolas, Mathilde Glenisson, Doignon Isabelle, Dominique Rainteau, Thierry Tordjmann
Tissue repair is orchestrated by a finely tuned interplay between processes of regeneration, inflammation and cell protection, allowing organisms to restore their integrity after partial loss of cells or organs. An important, although largely unexplored feature is that after injury and during liver repair, liver functions have to be maintained to fulfill the peripheral demand. This is particularly critical for bile secretion, which has to be finely modulated in order to preserve liver parenchyma from bile-induced injury...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263773/discovery-of-specialized-pro-resolving-mediators-marks-the-dawn-of-resolution-physiology-and-pharmacology
#4
REVIEW
Charles N Serhan
It is with great pleasure that I write this foreword and introduction to this Special Issue dedicated to the protective actions of the pro-resolving mediators and edited by my colleague Dr. Jesmond Dalli. Many of my collaborators and colleagues that helped to uncover the actions and clinical potential of the resolvins and other specialized proresolving mediators (SPM), namely, the superfamily of pro-resolving mediators that includes the resolvin (E-series, D-series and DPA-derived), protectin and maresin families, as well as the arachidonic acid-derived lipoxins, join me in this special issue...
March 3, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257820/specialized-pro-resolving-mediators-in-cardiovascular-diseases
#5
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Gabrielle Fredman, Matthew Spite
The resolution of inflammation is a highly regulated process enacted by endogenous mediators including specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators (SPMs): the lipoxins, resolvins, protectins and maresins. SPMs activate specific cellular receptors to temper the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, diminish the recruitment of neutrophils, and promote the clearance of dead cells by macrophages. These mediators also enhance host-defense and couple resolution of inflammation to subsequent phases of tissue repair...
February 28, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232096/special-pro-resolving-mediator-spm-actions-in-regulating-gastro-intestinal-inflammation-and-gut-mucosal-immune-responses
#6
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Ruth X Wang, Sean P Colgan
Surfaces covered by epithelial cells, termed mucosal surfaces, serve special functions as selectively permeable barriers that partition the host and the outside world. Given its close association to microbial antigens, the intestinal mucosa has evolved creative mechanisms to maintain homeostasis, to prevent excessive inflammatory responses, and to promote rapid and full inflammatory resolution. In recent years, an active role for the epithelium has been attributed to the local generation of specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) in the maintenance of immunological homeostasis...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223127/multidrug-resistance-in-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-role-of-the-hypoxic-microenvironment-and-adenosine-signaling
#7
REVIEW
Daniel Uribe, Ángelo Torres, José Dellis Rocha, Ignacio Niechi, Carlos Oyarzún, Luis Sobrevia, Rody San Martín, Claudia Quezada
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is considered the most common and aggressive tumour of the central nervous system and is characterized for being highly chemoresistant. This property is mainly due to the activation of Multiple Drug Resistance (MDR) mechanisms that protect cancer cells from structurally and morphologically different drugs. Overexpression and increased ABC transporters activity is one of the most important MDR mechanisms at the clinical level, and both its expression and activity are elevated in GBM cells...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216432/epigenetic-modification-by-dietary-factors-implications-in-metabolic-syndrome
#8
REVIEW
Jae-Ho Park, Soon-Hee Kim, Myeong Soo Lee, Myung-Sunny Kim
Dietary factors play a role in normal biological processes and are involved in the regulation of pathological progression over a lifetime. Evidence has emerged indicating that dietary factor-dependent epigenetic modifications can significantly affect genome stability and the expression of mRNA and proteins, which are involved in metabolic dysfunction. Since metabolic syndrome is a progressive phenotype characterized by insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or type 2 diabetes, gene-diet interactions are important processes involved in the initiation of particular symptoms of metabolic syndrome and their progression...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202385/long-term-consequences-of-disrupting-adenosine-signaling-during-embryonic-development
#9
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Scott A Rivkees, Christopher C Wendler
There is growing evidence that disruption in the prenatal environment can have long-lasting effects on an individual's health in adulthood. Research on the fetal programming of adult diseases, including cardiovascular disease, focuses on epi-mutations, which alter the normal pattern of epigenetic factors such as DNA methylation, miRNA expression, or chromatin modification, rather than traditional genetic alteration. Thus, understanding how in utero chemical exposures alter epigenetics and lead to adult disease is of considerable public health concern...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159546/leishmania-infections-molecular-targets-and-diagnosis
#10
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Mohammad Akhoundi, Tim Downing, Jan Votýpka, Katrin Kuhls, Julius Lukeš, Arnaud Cannet, Christophe Ravel, Pierre Marty, Pascal Delaunay, Mohamed Kasbari, Bruno Granouillac, Luigi Gradoni, Denis Sereno
Progress in the diagnosis of leishmaniases depends on the development of effective methods and the discovery of suitable biomarkers. We propose firstly an update classification of Leishmania species and their synonymies. We demonstrate a global map highlighting the geography of known endemic Leishmania species pathogenic to humans. We summarize a complete list of techniques currently in use and discuss their advantages and limitations. The available data highlights the benefits of molecular markers in terms of their sensitivity and specificity to quantify variation from the subgeneric level to species complexes, (sub) species within complexes, and individual populations and infection foci...
January 31, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153453/bile-acids-and-their-receptors
#11
REVIEW
Emmanuelle Martinot, Lauriane Sèdes, Marine Baptissart, Jean-Marc Lobaccaro, Françoise Caira, Claude Beaudoin, David H Volle
Primary bile acids are synthetized from cholesterol within the liver and then transformed by the bacteria in the intestine to secondary bile acids. In addition to their involvement in digestion and fat solubilization, bile acids also act as signaling molecules. Several receptors are sensors of bile acids. Among these receptors, this review focuses on the nuclear receptor FXRα and the G-protein-coupled receptor TGR5. This review briefly presents the potential links between bile acids and cancers that are discussed in more details in the other articles of this special issue of Molecular Aspects of Medicine focused on "Bile acids, roles in integrative physiology and physiopathology"...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153452/adenosine-receptors-modulators-of-lipid-availability-that-are-controlled-by-lipid-levels
#12
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Andrea Leiva, Enrique Guzmán-Gutiérrez, Susana Contreras-Duarte, Bárbara Fuenzalida, Claudette Cantin, Lorena Carvajal, Rocío Salsoso, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine as well as agonists and antagonists for the four adenosine receptor subtypes (A1R, A2AR, A2BR and A3R) play a role in several key physiological and pathophysiological processes, including the regulation of vascular tone, thrombosis, immune response, inflammation, and angiogenesis. This review focuses on the adenosine-mediated regulation of lipid availability in the cell and in the systemic circulation as well in humans and animal models. Therefore, adenosine, mainly by acting on A1R, inhibits lipolysis activity, leading to reduction of the circulating fatty acid levels...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119071/of-mice-and-humans-through-the-looking-glass-reflections-on-epigenetics-of-lipid-metabolism
#13
REVIEW
Raffaella Longo, Alessandra Ferrari, Monica Zocchi, Maurizio Crestani
Over the past decade, epigenetics has emerged as a new layer of regulation of gene expression. Several investigations demonstrated that nutrition and lifestyle regulate lipid metabolism by influencing epigenomic remodeling. Studies on animal models highlighted the role of epigenome modifiers in specific metabolic contexts and established clear links between dysregulation of epigenetic mechanisms and metabolic dysfunction. The relevance of findings in animal models has been translated to humans, as epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) deeply investigated the relationship between lifestyle and epigenetics in human populations...
January 22, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109856/adenosine-contribution-to-normal-renal-physiology-and-chronic-kidney-disease
#14
REVIEW
Carlos Oyarzún, Wallys Garrido, Sebastián Alarcón, Alejandro Yáñez, Luis Sobrevia, Claudia Quezada, Rody San Martín
Adenosine is a nucleoside that is particularly interesting to many scientific and clinical communities as it has important physiological and pathophysiological roles in the kidney. The distribution of adenosine receptors has only recently been elucidated; therefore it is likely that more biological roles of this nucleoside will be unveiled in the near future. Since the discovery of the involvement of adenosine in renal vasoconstriction and regulation of local renin production, further evidence has shown that adenosine signaling is also involved in the tubuloglomerular feedback mechanism, sodium reabsorption and the adaptive response to acute insults, such as ischemia...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104382/molecular-implications-of-adenosine-in-obesity
#15
REVIEW
Fabián Pardo, Roberto Villalobos-Labra, Delia I Chiarello, Rocío Salsoso, Fernando Toledo, Jaime Gutierrez, Andrea Leiva, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine has broad activities in organisms due to the existence of multiple receptors, the differential adenosine concentrations necessary to activate these receptors and the presence of proteins able to synthetize, degrade or transport this nucleoside. All adenosine receptors have been reported to be involved in glucose homeostasis, inflammation, adipogenesis, insulin resistance, and thermogenesis, indicating that adenosine could participate in the process of obesity. Since adenosine seems to be associated with several effects, it is plausible that adenosine participates in the initiation and development of obesity or may function to prevent it...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093236/extracellular-atp-and-adenosine-the-yin-and-yang-in-immune-responses
#16
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M M Faas, T Sáez, P de Vos
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) and adenosine molecules are intimately involved in immune responses. ATP is mostly a pro-inflammatory molecule and is released during hypoxic condition and by necrotic cells, as well as by activated immune cells and endothelial cells. However, under certain conditions, for instance at low concentrations or at prolonged exposure, ATP may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Extracellular ATP can activate both P2X and P2Y purinergic receptors. Extracellular ATP can be hydrolyzed into adenosine in a two-step enzymatic process involving the ectonucleotidases CD39 (ecto-apyrase) and CD73...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089907/adenosine-and-preeclampsia
#17
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Rocío Salsoso, Marcelo Farías, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Delia I Chiarello, Fernando Toledo, Andrea Leiva, Alfonso Mate, Carmen M Vázquez, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine is an endogenous nucleoside with pleiotropic effects in different physiological processes including circulation, renal blood flow, immune function, or glucose homeostasis. Changes in adenosine membrane transporters, adenosine receptors, and corresponding intracellular signalling network associate with development of pathologies of pregnancy, including preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality affecting 3-5% of pregnancies. Since the proposed mechanisms of preeclampsia development include adenosine-dependent biological effects, adenosine membrane transporters and receptors, and the associated signalling mechanisms might play a role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089906/adenosine-signaling-in-diabetes-mellitus-and-associated-cardiovascular-and-renal-complications
#18
REVIEW
Maria Peleli, Mattias Carlstrom
Diabetes mellitus is characterized by abnormal glucose and lipid metabolism, and subsequent hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, which results from defects in pancreatic islet beta-cells insulin secretion and/or decreased insulin sensitivity in metabolically active organs (i.e. liver, skeletal muscle and adipose tissue). Accumulating evidence highlights a critical role for the adenosine system in the regulation of insulin and glucose homeostasis and the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Adenosine is a key diverse extracellular signaling molecule that regulates several aspects of tissue function by activating four G-protein-coupled receptors (i...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088486/pharmacological-targeting-of-adenosine-receptor-signaling
#19
REVIEW
Maria Peleli, Bertil B Fredholm, Luis Sobrevia, Mattias Carlström
Adenosine receptor signaling plays important roles in normal physiology, but is also known to modulate the development or progression of several different diseases. The design of new, efficient, and safe pharmacological approaches to target the adenosine system may have considerable therapeutic potential, but is also associated with many challenges. This review summarizes the main challenges of adenosine receptor targeted treatment including tolerance, disease stage, cell type-specific effects, caffeine intake, adenosine level assessment and receptor distribution in vivo...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088487/adenosine-receptors-and-caffeine-in-retinopathy-of-prematurity
#20
REVIEW
Jiang-Fan Chen, Shuya Zhang, Rong Zhou, Zhenlang Lin, Xiaohong Cai, Jing Lin, Yuqing Huo, Xiaoling Liu
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a major cause of childhood blindness in the world and is caused by oxygen-induced damage to the developing retinal vasculature, resulting in hyperoxia-induced vaso-obliteration and subsequent delayed retinal vascularization and hypoxia-induced pathological neovascularization driven by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in retina. Current anti-VEGF therapy has shown some effective in a clinical trial, but is associated with the unintended effects on delayed eye growth and retinal vasculature development of preterm infants...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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