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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157234/zinc-transporters-and-insulin-resistance-therapeutic-implications-for-type-2-diabetes-and-metabolic-disease
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Shaghayegh Norouzi, John Adulcikas, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal, Stephen Myers
BACKGROUND: Zinc is a metal ion that is essential for growth and development, immunity, and metabolism, and therefore vital for life. Recent studies have highlighted zinc's dynamic role as an insulin mimetic and a cellular second messenger that controls many processes associated with insulin signaling and other downstream pathways that are amendable to glycemic control. MAIN BODY: Mechanisms that contribute to the decompartmentalization of zinc and dysfunctional zinc transporter mechanisms, including zinc signaling are associated with metabolic disease, including type 2 diabetes...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151021/regulatory-t-cells-induced-by-b-cells-a-novel-subpopulation-of-regulatory-t-cells
#2
REVIEW
Chien-Hui Chien, Bor-Luen Chiang
Regulatory T cells play a crucial role in the homeostasis of the immune response. In addition to CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells, several subsets of Foxp3(-) regulatory T cells, such as T helper 3 (Th3) cells and type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells, have been described in mice and human. Accumulating evidence shows that naïve B cells contribute to tolerance and are able to promote regulatory T cell differentiation. Naïve B cells can convert CD4(+)CD25(-) T cells into CD25(+)Foxp3(-) regulatory T cells, named Treg-of-B cells by our group...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141644/lipopolysaccharide-pretreatment-increases-protease-activated-receptor-2-expression-and-monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-secretion-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
#3
Hung-Hsing Chao, Po-Yuan Chen, Wen-Rui Hao, Wei-Ping Chiang, Tzu-Hurng Cheng, Shih-Hurng Loh, Yuk-Man Leung, Ju-Chi Liu, Jin-Jer Chen, Li-Chin Sung
BACKGROUND: This study investigated whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS) increase protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) expression and enhance the association between PAR-2 expression and chemokine production in human vascular endothelial cells (ECs). METHODS: The morphology of ECs was observed through microphotography in cultured human umbilical vein ECs (EA. hy926 cells) treated with various LPS concentrations (0, 0.25, 0.5, 1, and 2 μg/mL) for 24 h, and cell viability was assessed using the MTT assay...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132351/therapeutic-efficacy-of-pentoxifylline-on-proteinuria-and-renal-progression-an-update
#4
REVIEW
Yung-Ming Chen, Wen-Chih Chiang, Shuei-Liong Lin, Tun-Jun Tsai
Blood pressure control with renin-angiotensin system (RAS) blockade has remained the gold standard for treating patients with proteinuric chronic kidney disease (CKD) up to date. Nevertheless, RAS blockade slows but does not halt the progression of kidney disease, thus highlighting the need to search for additional therapeutic approaches. The nonselective phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor pentoxifylline (PTX) is an old drug that exhibits prominent anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative and anti-fibrotic activities both in vitro and in vivo...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084538/expression-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-and-2%C3%AE-and-its-association-with-vitamin-c-level-in-thyroid-lesions
#5
Paweł Jóźwiak, Piotr Ciesielski, Agnieszka Zaczek, Anna Lipińska, Lech Pomorski, Marek Wieczorek, Magdalena Bryś, Ewa Forma, Anna Krześlak
BACKGROUND: Cells adapt to hypoxia by transcriptional induction of genes that participate in regulation of angiogenesis, glucose metabolism and cell proliferation. The primary factors mediating cell response to low oxygen tension are hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs), oxygen-dependent transcription activators. The stability and activity of the α subunits of HIFs are controlled by hydroxylation reactions that require ascorbate as a cofactor. Therefore, deficiency of intracellular vitamin C could contribute to HIFs overactivation...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082856/male-non-insulin-users-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-are-predisposed-to-gastric-corpus-predominant-inflammation-after-h-pylori-infection
#6
Yao-Jong Yang, Chung-Tai Wu, Horng-Yih Ou, Chin-Han Lin, Hsiu-Chi Cheng, Wei-Lun Chang, Wei-Ying Chen, Hsiao-Bai Yang, Cheng-Chan Lu, Bor-Shyang Sheu
BACKGROUND: Both H. pylori infection and diabetes increase the risk of gastric cancer. This study investigated whether patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and H. pylori infection had more severe corpus gastric inflammation and higher prevalence of precancerous lesions than non-diabetic controls. METHODS: A total of 797 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were screened for H. pylori, of whom 264 had H. pylori infection. Of these patients, 129 received esophagogastroduodenoscopy to obtain topographic gastric specimens for gastric histology according to the modified Updated Sydney System, corpus-predominant gastritis index (CGI), Operative Link on Gastritis Assessment, and Operative Link on Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia Assessment...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058606/accuracy-of-serum-luteinizing-hormone-and-serum-testosterone-measurements-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-medical-castration-in-prostate-cancer-patients
#7
Juan Morote, Imma Comas, Roser Ferrer, Jacques Planas, Anna Celma, Lucas Regis
BACKGROUND: Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonists are the standard for androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in prostate cancer (PCa) patients. Current guidelines recommend serum testosterone measurement to assess the efficacy of ADT and to define castration resistance. However, serum testosterone does not reflect the exclusive effect of castration due to its extratesticular production. The aim of this study is to analyze if serum LH reflects better than serum testosterone the activity of LH-RH agonists...
October 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047370/the-recent-development-and-applications-of-fluidic-channels-by-3d-printing
#8
REVIEW
Yufeng Zhou
The technology of "Lab-on-a-Chip" allows the synthesis and analysis of chemicals and biological substance within a portable or handheld device. The 3D printed structures enable precise control of various geometries. The combination of these two technologies in recent years makes a significant progress. The current approaches of 3D printing, such as stereolithography, polyjet, and fused deposition modeling, are introduced. Their manufacture specifications, such as surface roughness, resolution, replication fidelity, cost, and fabrication time, are compared with each other...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041928/the-tlr3-ticam-1-signal-constitutively-controls-spontaneous-polyposis-through-suppression-of-c-myc-in-apc-min-mice
#9
Junya Ono, Hiroaki Shime, Hiromi Takaki, Ken Takashima, Kenji Funami, Sumito Yoshida, Yohei Takeda, Misako Matsumoto, Masanori Kasahara, Tsukasa Seya
BACKGROUND: Intestinal tumorigenesis is promoted by myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88) activation in response to the components of microbiota in Apc (Min/+) mice. Microbiota also contains double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), a ligand for TLR3, which activates the toll-like receptor adaptor molecule 1 (TICAM-1, also known as TRIF) pathway. METHODS: We established Apc (Min/+) Ticam1 (-/-) mice and their survival was compared to survival of Apc (Min/+) Myd88 (-/-) and wild-type (WT) mice...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037191/ascorbic-acid-alters-cell-fate-commitment-of-human-neural-progenitors-in-a-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-ros-signaling-dependent-manner
#10
Tareck Rharass, Margareta Lantow, Adam Gbankoto, Dieter G Weiss, Daniela Panáková, Stéphanie Lucas
BACKGROUND: Improving the neuronal yield from in vitro cultivated neural progenitor cells (NPCs) is an essential challenge in transplantation therapy in neurological disorders. In this regard, Ascorbic acid (AA) is widely used to expand neurogenesis from NPCs in cultures although the mechanisms of its action remain unclear. Neurogenesis from NPCs is regulated by the redox-sensitive WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway. We therefore aimed to investigate how AA interacts with this pathway and potentiates neurogenesis...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927419/tumor-necrosis-factor-superfamily-ligand-mrna-expression-profiles-differ-between-humans-and-mice-during-homeostasis-and-between-various-murine-kidney-injuries
#11
Satish Kumar Devarapu, Julia Felicitas Grill, Junhui Xie, Marc Weidenbusch, Mohsen Honarpisheh, Volker Vielhauer, Hans-Joachim Anders, Shrikant R Mulay
BACKGROUND: Several tumour necrosis factor (TNF) based therapeutics have already been approved for human use and several others are emerging. Therefore, we determined the mRNA expression levels of the TNF superfamily ligands (TNFSF) - e.g. TNF-α, lymphotoxin (LT)-α, LT-β, Fas-L (CD95-L), TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), TNF-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), 4-1BBL, OX40-L (CD252) and amyloid precursor protein (APP) in healthy human and mouse solid organs. METHODS: We used quantitative real time-PCR to analyse mRNA expression levels of TNFSF ligands...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927401/oxidative-toxicity-in-diabetes-and-alzheimer-s-disease-mechanisms-behind-ros-rns-generation
#12
REVIEW
Waqar Ahmad, Bushra Ijaz, Khadija Shabbiri, Fayyaz Ahmed, Sidra Rehman
Reactive oxidative species (ROS) toxicity remains an undisputed cause and link between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). Patients with both AD and T2DM have damaged, oxidized DNA, RNA, protein and lipid products that can be used as possible disease progression markers. Although the oxidative stress has been anticipated as a main cause in promoting both AD and T2DM, multiple pathways could be involved in ROS production. The focus of this review is to summarize the mechanisms involved in ROS production and their possible association with AD and T2DM pathogenesis and progression...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923043/rosmarinic-acid-induces-rabbit-articular-chondrocyte-differentiation-by-decreases-matrix-metalloproteinase-13-and-inflammation-by-upregulating-cyclooxygenase-2-expression
#13
Seong-Hui Eo, Song Ja Kim
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are known to play an important role in the degradation of the extracellular matrix and the pathological progression of osteoarthritis (OA). The natural polyphenolic compound rosmarinic acid (Ros. A) has been shown to suppress the inhibitory activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). However, the effects of Ros. A on OA have not been investigated. METHODS: In the current study, primary articular chondrocytes were cultured from rabbit articular cartilage and treated with Ros...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917260/roles-of-sigma-1-receptors-on-mitochondrial-functions-relevant-to-neurodegenerative-diseases
#14
REVIEW
Tzu-Yu Weng, Shang-Yi Anne Tsai, Tsung-Ping Su
The sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) is a chaperone that resides mainly at the mitochondrion-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane (called the MAMs) and acts as a dynamic pluripotent modulator in living systems. At the MAM, the Sig-1R is known to play a role in regulating the Ca(2+) signaling between ER and mitochondria and in maintaining the structural integrity of the MAM. The MAM serves as bridges between ER and mitochondria regulating multiple functions such as Ca(2+) transfer, energy exchange, lipid synthesis and transports, and protein folding that are pivotal to cell survival and defense...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911329/psoriasis-associated-vascular-disease-the-role-of-hdl
#15
REVIEW
Maria Joao Paiva-Lopes, José Delgado Alves
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory systemic disease with a prevalence of 2-3%. Overwhelming evidence show an epidemiological association between psoriasis, cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis. Cardiovascular disease is the most frequent cause of death in patients with severe psoriasis. Several cardiovascular disease classical risk factors are also increased in psoriasis but the psoriasis-associated risk persists after adjusting for other risk factors.Investigation has focused on finding explanations for these epidemiological data...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893245/age-dependent-redox-status-in-the-brain-stem-of-no-deficient-hypertensive-rats
#16
Miroslava Majzúnová, Zuzana Pakanová, Peter Kvasnička, Peter Bališ, Soňa Čačányiová, Ima Dovinová
BACKGROUND: The brain stem contains important nuclei that control cardiovascular function via the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which is strongly influenced by nitric oxide. Its biological activity is also largely determined by oxygen free radicals. Despite many experimental studies, the role of AT1R-NAD(P)H oxidase-superoxide pathway in NO-deficiency is not yet sufficiently clarified. We determined changes in free radical signaling and antioxidant and detoxification response in the brain stem of young and adult Wistar rats during chronic administration of exogenous NO inhibitors...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886718/repositioning-drugs-for-traumatic-brain-injury-n-acetyl-cysteine-and-phenserine
#17
REVIEW
Barry J Hoffer, Chaim G Pick, Michael E Hoffer, Robert E Becker, Yung-Hsiao Chiang, Nigel H Greig
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality of both young adults of less than 45 years of age and the elderly, and contributes to about 30% of all injury deaths in the United States of America. Whereas there has been a significant improvement in our understanding of the mechanism that underpin the primary and secondary stages of damage associated with a TBI incident, to date however, this knowledge has not translated into the development of effective new pharmacological TBI treatment strategies...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882140/role-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-dysregulation-of-ca-2-homeostasis-in-the-pathophysiology-of-insulin-resistance-and-type-2-diabetes
#18
REVIEW
Chih-Hao Wang, Yau-Huei Wei
Metabolic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes (T2D) and insulin resistance have attracted great attention from biomedical researchers and clinicians because of the astonishing increase in its prevalence. Decrease in the capacity of oxidative metabolism and mitochondrial dysfunction are a major contributor to the development of these metabolic disorders. Recent studies indicate that alteration of intracellular Ca(2+) levels and downstream Ca(2+)-dependent signaling pathways appear to modulate gene transcription and the activities of many enzymes involved in cellular metabolism...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877723/conditioned-place-preference-training-prevents-hippocampal-depotentiation-in-an-orexin-dependent-manner
#19
Guan-Ling Lu, Hau-Jie Yau, Lih-Chu Chiou
BACKGROUND: Long-term potentiation (LTP) is well recognized as a cellular-correlated synaptic plasticity of learning and memory. However, its reversal forms of synaptic plasticity, depotentiation, is less studied and its association with behaviors is also far from clear. Previously, we have shown that nanomolar orexin A can prevent the depotentiation induced by low frequency stimulation (LFS) following theta burst stimulation-induced LTP, namely inducing re-potentiation, at hippocampal CA1 synapses in vitro...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870262/virulence-factors-antifungal-susceptibility-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-azole-resistance-among-candida-parapsilosis-complex-isolates-recovered-from-clinical-specimens
#20
Sourour Neji, Ines Hadrich, Houaida Trabelsi, Salma Abbes, Fatma Cheikhrouhou, Hayet Sellami, Fattouma Makni, Ali Ayadi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the biofilm formation, the extracellular enzymatic activities of 182 clinical isolates of the Candida parapsilosis complex. METHODS: Molecular identification of the C. parapsilosis species complex was performed using PCR RFLP of SADH gene and PCR sequencing of ITS region. The susceptibility of ours isolates to antifungal agents and molecular mechanisms underlying azole resistance were evaluated. RESULTS: 63...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
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