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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585891/in%C3%A2-vitro-psoriasis-models-with-focus-on-reconstructed-skin-models-as-promising-tools-in-psoriasis-research
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Eline Desmet, Anesh Ramadhas, Jo Lambert, Mireille Van Gele
Psoriasis is a complex chronic immune-mediated inflammatory cutaneous disease associated with the development of inflammatory plaques on the skin. Studies proved that the disease results from a deregulated interplay between skin keratinocytes, immune cells and the environment leading to a persisting inflammatory process modulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines and activation of T cells. However, a major hindrance to study the pathogenesis of psoriasis more in depth and subsequent development of novel therapies is the lack of suitable pre-clinical models mimicking the complex phenotype of this skin disorder...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585890/hypoxic-conditioning-and-the-central-nervous-system-a-new-therapeutic-opportunity-for-brain-and-spinal-cord-injuries
#2
S Baillieul, S Chacaroun, S Doutreleau, O Detante, J L Pépin, S Verges
Central nervous system diseases are among the most disabling in the world. Neuroprotection and brain recovery from either acute or chronic neurodegeneration still represent a challenge in neurology and neurorehabilitation as pharmacology treatments are often insufficiently effective. Conditioning the central nervous system has been proposed as a potential non-pharmacological neuro-therapeutic. Conditioning refers to a procedure by which a potentially deleterious stimulus is applied near to but below the threshold of damage to the organism to increase resistance to the same or even different noxious stimuli given above the threshold of damage...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485685/protein-palmitoylation-palmitoyltransferases-and-their-specificity
#3
Sabina Tabaczar, Aleksander Czogalla, Joanna Podkalicka, Agnieszka Biernatowska, Aleksander F Sikorski
A plethora of novel information has emerged over the past decade regarding protein lipidation. The reversible attachment of palmitic acid to cysteine residues, termed S-palmitoylation, has focused a special attention. This is mainly due to the unique role of this modification in the regulation of protein trafficking and function. A large family of protein acyltransferases (PATs) containing a conserved aspartate-histidine-histidine-cysteine motif use ping-pong kinetic mechanism to catalyze S-palmitoylation of a substrate protein...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485684/circular-rna-new-member-of-noncoding-rna-with-novel-functions
#4
Kuei-Yang Hsiao, H Sunny Sun, Shaw-Jenq Tsai
A growing body of evidence indicates that circular RNAs are not simply a side product of splicing but a new class of noncoding RNAs in higher eukaryotes. The progression for the studies of circular RNAs is accelerated by combination of several advanced technologies such as next generation sequencing, gene silencing (small interfering RNAs) and editing (CRISPR/Cas9). More and more studies showed that dysregulated expression of circular RNAs plays critical roles during the development of several human diseases...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485683/cardiac-complications-in-beta-thalassemia-from-mice-to-men
#5
Sirinart Kumfu, Suthat Fucharoen, Siriporn C Chattipakorn, Nipon Chattipakorn
Beta-thalassemia is an inherited hemoglobin disorder caused by reduced or absent synthesis of the beta globin chains of hemoglobin. This results in variable outcomes ranging from clinically asymptomatic to severe anemia, which then typically requires regular blood transfusion. These regular blood transfusions can result in an iron overload condition. The iron overload condition can lead to iron accumulation in various organs, especially in the heart, leading to iron overload cardiomyopathy, which is the major cause of mortality in patients with thalassemia...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474989/discovery-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-by-targeting-%C3%AE-catenin-tcf4-interactions
#6
Maocai Yan, Guanqun Li, Jing An
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway typically shows aberrant activation in various cancer cells, especially colorectal cancer cells. This signaling pathway regulates the expression of a variety of tumor-related proteins, including c-myc and cyclin D1, and plays essential roles in tumorigenesis and in the development of many cancers. Small molecules that block the interactions between β-catenin and Tcf4, a downstream stage of activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, could efficiently cut off this signal transduction and thereby act as a novel class of anticancer drugs...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467182/roles-of-silent-information-regulator-1-serine-arginine-rich-splicing-factor-10-lipin-1-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-alcohol-fatty-liver-disease
#7
Yuanyuan Li, Junying Zhou
Alcohol exposure is a major reason of morbidity and mortality all over the world, with much of detrimental consequences attributing to alcoholic liver disease (ALD). With the continued ethanol consumption, alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD, the earliest and reversible form of ALD) can further develop to more serious forms of alcoholic liver damage, including alcoholic steatohepatitis, fibrosis/cirrhosis, and even eventually progress to hepatocellular carcinoma and liver failure. Furthermore, cell trauma, inflammation, oxidative stress, regeneration, and bacterial translocation are crucial promoters of ethanol-mediated liver lesions...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429653/clinical-development-of-fenretinide-as-an-antineoplastic-drug-pharmacology-perspectives
#8
Jason P Cooper, C Patrick Reynolds, Hwangeui Cho, Min H Kang
Fenretinide (4-HPR) is a synthetic retinoid that has cytotoxic activity against cancer cells. Despite substantial in vitro cytotoxicity, response rates in early clinical trials with 4-HPR have been less than anticipated, likely due to the low bioavailability of the initial oral capsule formulation. Several clinical studies have shown that the oral capsule formulation at maximum tolerated dose (MTD) achieved <10 µmol/L concentrations in patients. To improve bioavailability of 4-HPR, new oral powder (LYM-X-SORB®, LXS) and intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) formulations are being tested in early-phase clinical trials...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429652/atypical-regulators-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Jianxiang Chen, Muthukumar Rajasekaran, Kam M Hui
Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma development depends on the inhibition and activation of multiple vital pathways, including the Wnt signaling pathway. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway lies at the center of various signaling pathways that regulate embryonic development, tissue homeostasis and cancers. Activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been observed frequently in hepatocellular carcinoma. However, activating mutations in β-catenin, Axin and Adenomatous Polyposis Coli only contribute to a portion of the Wnt signaling hyper-activation observed in hepatocellular carcinoma...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423922/activation-of-gpr15-and-its-involvement-in-the-biological-effects-of-smoking
#10
Sulev Kõks, Gea Kõks
Smoking is one of the most significant modifiable environmental risk factors for many diseases. Smoking causes excessive mortality worldwide. Despite decades of long research, there has not been a clear understanding regarding the molecular mechanism that makes smoking harmful to health. Some recent studies have found that smoking influences most significantly the expression and methylation of GPR15. GPR15 is an orphan receptor that is involved in the regulation of the innate immunity and the T-cell trafficking in the intestinal epithelium...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399645/prohibitin-at-the-crossroads-of-obesity-linked-diabetes-and-cancer
#11
Suresh Mishra, Bl Grégoire Nyomba
The promoter of a gene that is selectively expressed in just a few cell types provides unique opportunities to study: (1) the pleiotropic function of a protein in two different cell types including the cell compartment specific function, and (2) the crosstalk between two cell/tissue types at the systemic level. This is not possible with a ubiquitous or a highly specific gene promoter. The adipocyte protein-2 ( aP2) is one such gene. It is primarily expressed in adipocytes, but also selectively in monocytic macrophages and dendritic cells, among various immune cell types...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492349/a-novel-compressive-stress-based-osteoarthritis-like-chondrocyte-system
#12
In-Chi Young, Sung-Ting Chuang, Amit Gefen, Wei-Ting Kuo, Chun-Ting Yang, Chia-Hsien Hsu, Feng-Huei Lin
Mechanical stress damage and insufficient self-repair can contribute to osteoarthritis (OA) in the affected joint. As the effects of stress on chondrocyte metabolism can regulate cartilage homeostasis, the specific stress-response condition is therefore a key to the generation of an OA disease model. We aimed to produce a specific stress- and cell-based OA model after evaluating the metabolic responses of chondrocytes in response to a series of static and cyclic compression stressors. A static load exceeding 40 psi initiated extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation through a decrease in the sulphated-glycosaminoglycan (GAG) content, upregulation of catabolic matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13 encoding gene expression, and downregulation of the ECM-related aggrecan and type II collagen encoding genes within 24 h...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492348/culture-of-human-cells-in-experimental-units-for-spaceflight-impacts-on-their-behavior
#13
Alessandra Cazzaniga, Claudia Moscheni, Jeanette Am Maier, Sara Castiglioni
Because space missions produce pathophysiological alterations such as cardiovascular disorders and bone demineralization which are very common on Earth, biomedical research in space is a frontier that holds important promises not only to counterbalance space-associated disorders in astronauts but also to ameliorate the health of Earth-bound population. Experiments in space are complex to design. Cells must be cultured in closed cell culture systems (from now defined experimental units (EUs)), which are biocompatible, functional, safe to minimize any potential hazard to the crew, and with a high degree of automation...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492347/the-soy-derived-peptide-vglycin-inhibits-the-growth-of-colon-cancer-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#14
Chang Gao, Rui Sun, Ya-Rong Xie, An-Li Jiang, Mei Lin, Min Li, Zheng-Wang Chen, Ping Zhang, Honglin Jin, Jue-Ping Feng
Vglycin, a novel natural polypeptide isolated from pea seeds, possesses antidiabetic properties. Our previous studies have shown that Vglycin can induce the differentiation of human colon adenocarcinoma cells. We aimed to determine the anticancer activity of Vglycin against colon cancer cells and to elucidate related apoptosis-inducing mechanisms. Treatment with purified Vglycin significantly reduced growth, viability, and colony formation of CT-26, SW480, and NCL-H716 colon cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner while down-regulating the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440739/featured-article-pharmacological-postconditioning-with-delta-opioid-attenuates-myocardial-reperfusion-injury-in-isolated-porcine-hearts
#15
Maria Seewald, James A Coles, Daniel C Sigg, Paul A Iaizzo
Ischemic preconditioning has been utilized to protect the heart from ischemia prior to ischemia onset, whereas postconditioning is employed to minimize the consequences of ischemia at the onset of reperfusion. The underlying mechanisms and pathways of ischemic pre- and postconditioning continue to be investigated as therapeutic targets. We evaluated the administration of a delta opioid agonist or cariporide on various parameters associated with myocardial reperfusion injury upon reperfusion of isolated porcine hearts...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440738/restricted-feeding-modulates-the-daily-variations-of-liver-glutamate-dehydrogenase-activity-expression-and-histological-location
#16
Olivia Vázquez-Martínez, Isabel Méndez, Isaías Turrubiate, Héctor Valente-Godínez, Moisés Pérez-Mendoza, Paola García-Tejada, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz
Glutamate dehydrogenase is an important enzyme in the hepatic regulation of nitrogen and energy metabolism. It catalyzes one of the most relevant anaplerotic reactions. Although its relevance in liver homeostasis has been widely described, its daily pattern and responsiveness to restricted feeding protocols has not been studied. We explored the daily variations of liver glutamate dehydrogenase transcription, protein, activity, and histochemical and subcellular location in a protocol of daytime food synchronization in rats...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440737/heart-rate-variability-depression-in-porcine-peritonitis-induced-sepsis-without-organ-failure
#17
Dagmar Jarkovska, Lenka Valesova, Jiri Chvojka, Jan Benes, Vojtech Danihel, Jitka Sviglerova, Lukas Nalos, Martin Matejovic, Milan Stengl
Depression of heart-rate variability (HRV) in conditions of systemic inflammation has been shown in both patients and experimental animal models and HRV has been suggested as an early indicator of sepsis. The sensitivity of HRV-derived parameters to the severity of sepsis, however, remains unclear. In this study we modified the clinically relevant porcine model of peritonitis-induced sepsis in order to avoid the development of organ failure and to test the sensitivity of HRV to such non-severe conditions. In 11 anesthetized, mechanically ventilated and instrumented domestic pigs of both sexes, sepsis was induced by fecal peritonitis...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440736/levistilide-a-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-liver-fibrosis-via-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-signaling-pathway
#18
Zhi-Min Zhao, Hong-Liang Liu, Xin Sun, Tao Guo, Li Shen, Yan-Yan Tao, Cheng-Hai Liu
Levistilide A (C24H28O4, molecular weight = 380.48) derived from Angelica sinensis (Danggui) has been reported to inhibit hepatic stellate cell proliferation. This study investigated the effects of levistilide A on liver fibrosis relating to angiogenesis, particularly on the characteristic change in liver sinusoidal endothelial cells. LX-2 cells were activated by TGF-β1, and the human hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (HHSECs) were induced by endothelial cell growth supplement. Cell viability was detected using a methylthiazoldiphenyl-tetrazolium bromide assay; F-actin was visualized through the fluorescence probe method; cell proliferation was examined using the EdU kit; antiangiogenesis activity was assessed using the tube formation assay and transgenic zebrafish model...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440735/nuclear-factor-e2-related-factor-2-knockdown-enhances-glucose-uptake-and-alters-glucose-metabolism-in-aml12-hepatocytes
#19
Xiaoyang Yuan, Huijing Huang, Yi Huang, Jinli Wang, Jinhua Yan, Ling Ding, Cuntai Zhang, Le Zhang
Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor known to induce the expression of a variety of antioxidant and detoxification genes. Recently, increasing evidence has revealed roles for Nrf2 in glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism; however, the exact functions of Nrf2 in hepatocyte biology are largely unclear. In the current study, the transient knockdown of Nrf2 via siRNA transfection enhanced the glucose uptake of fasting AML12 hepatocytes to 325.3 ± 11.1% ( P < 0.05) of that of untransfected control cells...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440734/cholinergic-activation-suppresses-palmitate-induced-macrophage-activation-and-improves-acylation-stimulating-protein-resistance-in-co-cultured-adipocytes
#20
Jing Wu, Zhou-Yang Jiao, Rui-Zhen Li, Hui-Ling Lu, Hao-Hao Zhang, Katherine Cianflone
Acylation-stimulating protein (ASP), produced through activation of the alternative complement immune system, modulates lipid metabolism. Using a trans-well co-culture cell model, the mitigating role of α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR)-mediated cholinergic pathway on ASP resistance was evaluated. ASP signaling in adipocytes via its receptor C5L2 and signaling intermediates Gαq, Gβ, phosphorylated protein kinase C-α, and protein kinase C-ζ were markedly suppressed in the presence of TNFα or medium from palmitate-treated RAW264...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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