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Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej

Anna Skoczyńska, Elżbieta Budzisz, Kasjana Podgórna, Helena Rotsztejn
Morphology of senescent cells is constantly changing at the molecular level, which in turn leads to disruption of their function. It is connected with reduced ability to synthesize extracellular matrix (ECM) and leads to the dysfunction of integrin adhesion molecules and adhesion clusters. In skin, these factors cause a loss of communication between the extracellular matrix and fibroblasts. This contributes to the appearance of signs of aging. The aim of this study is to draw attention to the very important molecule such as paxillin, which is an adaptor protein with mass of 68 kDa...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Krzysztof Mikołajczyk, Radosław Kaczmarek, Marcin Czerwiński
Transcription factor EKLF (Erythroid Krüppel-Like Factor) belongs to the group of Krüppellike factors, which regulate proliferation, differentiation, development and apoptosis of mammalian cells. EKLF factor is present in erythroid cells, where it participates in regulation of hematopoiesis, expression of genes encoding transmembrane proteins (including blood group antigens), and heme biosynthesis enzymes. It is also a key factor in downregulation of γ-globins and activation of β-globin gene expression...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Sylwia Mańka, Ewa Majewska
Literature data indicate a significant immunoregulatory role of melatonin. Melatonin exerts an effect directly affecting leucocytes bearing specific melatonin receptors or indirectly by means of melatonin regulating other hormones, opioids or cytokines. Despite numerous experiments, the influence of the hormone on the immune system is still controversial. Melatonin affects the immune response acting as both an activator and an inhibitor of the inflammatory process. The hormone acts as an "immunological buffer" activating impaired immunity in immunosuppression, chronic stress or old age as well as suppressing overreaction of the immune system...
October 4, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Paulina Własiuk, Maciej Putowski, Krzysztof Giannopoulos
The appropriate function of the immune system depends on the effective regulation of the immune response on multiple levels. The key element of an effective immune response to antigenic stimulation is maintaining a homeostasis between activation and inhibitory function of immunocompetent cells and molecules. In pathological conditions such as chronic infections, autoimmune diseases or cancer there are significant alterations, and prevalence of signals of one type over another. Main markers of these dysfunctions are altered expressions of molecules, such as programmed death-1 (PD-1), Human Leukocyte Antigen G (HLA-G), or changed percentages of T regulatory cells (Treg)...
October 4, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Dominika Drzewiecka, Gabriela Lewandowska
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) pose a threat especially to women, the individuals with weakened immunity or with abnormalities in the urinary tract as well as to hospitalized and catheterized patients. The bacteria from the genus Proteus, especially P. mirabilis, are important UTI pathogenic factors. They frequently cause chronic, recurrent or severely complicated infections, resulting in the urinary stones production due to urease and other virulence factors. The ability to survive inside the stones and the increasing antibiotic resistance make it difficult to eradicate the bacteria from the urinary tract...
September 30, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Małgorzata Kowalska, Krzysztof Kocot
Results of epidemiological studies suggest a significant impact of ambient particulate matter air pollution (PM10 and PM2,5) on the health of the population. Increased level of these pollutants is connected with increased rate of daily mortality and hospitalizations due to cardiovascular diseases. Among analyzed health effects, heart arrhythmias and stroke are mentioned most frequently. The aim of the study was to present the current knowledge of potential influence of the exposure to fine particulate matter on the presence of arrhythmias and strokes...
September 28, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Aleksandra Poterala, Joanna Rzeszowska-Wolny
Ago proteins are members of the highly specialized and conserved Argonaute family, primarily responsible for regulation of gene expression. As a part of RNA-induced silencing complexes (RISCs) Ago proteins are responsible for binding a short RNA and cleavage/inhibition of translation of target mRNAs. Phosphorylation may work as the switch between those two functions, but the role of magnesium ion concentration is also taken into consideration. Recent reports indicate that Ago proteins can interact with an mRNA and cause inhibition of translation without the participation of a short RNA...
September 28, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Elwira Szychot, Jarosław Peregud-Pogorzelski, Paweł Wawryków, Andrzej Brodkiewicz
Neuroblastoma is the most common extra-cranial malignancy of childhood, with the highest incidence in children younger than 4 years. The prognosis depends on many factors, such as age at diagnosis, stage of disease and molecular genetic subtype. More than 50% of children who present with the disease are deemed to have high-risk neuroblastoma. The standard therapy for children with high-risk neuroblastoma consists of intensive chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy, myeloablative consolidation with autologous haematopoietic stem cell rescue followed by the treatment of minimal residual disease with 13-cis-retinoic acid...
September 28, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Monika Chaszczewska-Markowska, Maria Sagan, Katarzyna Bogunia-Kubik
Secretion of renin juxtaglomerular cells into bloodstream initiates activation of an enzymatic-hormonal cascade known as the RAAS (renin - angiotensin - aldosterone system). As a result, blood pressure is increased by the means several interrelated mechanisms. Mechanism of Zjednoczoaction of this system has been known for decades, but a few previously unknown components were recently added, such as ACE-2 and Ang(1-7), and their role often seems to be opposite to that of the conventional components. Local tissue systems also have important biological functions...
September 13, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Olumide Olatubosun Rowaiye, Mariusz Kusztal, Wacław Weyde, Marian Klinger
Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV) are a group of small vessel vasculitides which commonly affect the kidneys, manifesting as rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. In this review, we present different treatment methods (e.g. cyclophosphamide, rituximab, plasma exchange) used for remission induction and maintenance in renal AAV. We also discuss treatment options in relapsing and refractory disease and for patients with end-stage renal disease due to AAV. In addition, we enumerate the various risk factors associated with relapsing and refractory disease, quality of life impairment and decreased renal and patient survival in AAV...
June 28, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Aneta Paczula, Andrzej Więcek, Grzegorz Piecha
Endogenous cardiotonic steroids (CTS), also called digitalis-like factors, are a group of steroid hormones linking high salt intake and elevated blood pressure and in part responsible for target organ damage in arterial hypertension. CTS act primarily through their ability to inhibit the ubiquitous transport enzyme sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na⁺/K⁺-ATPase). A portion of Na⁺/K⁺-ATPase does not seem to actively "pump" sodium and potassium but is closely associated with other key signaling proteins...
March 18, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Łukasz Michalak, Magdalena Bulska, Katarzyna Kudłacz, Piotr Szcześniak
Neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin, known also as 24p3 lipocalin, lipocalin-2 or uterocalin (in mouse), is a small secretory protein binding small molecular weight ligands which takes part in numerous processes including apoptosis induction in leukocytes, iron transport, smell, and prostaglandins and retinol transport [19]. It was discovered in activated neutrophils as a covalent peptide associated with human gelatinase neutrophils [7]. Neutrophil lipocalin is secreted physiologically in the digestive system, respiratory tract, renal tubular cells, liver or immunity system...
January 4, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Magdalena Myga-Nowak, Agnieszka Godela, Tomasz Głąb, Monika Lewańska, Janusz Boratyński
It is estimated that each year more than 2 million people suffer from diarrheal diseases, resulting from the consumption of contaminated meat. Foodborne infections are most frequently caused by small Gram-negative rods Campylobacter. The hosts of these bacteria are mainly birds wherein they are part of the normal intestinal flora. During the commercial slaughter, there is a likelihood of contamination of carcasses by the bacteria found in the intestinal content. In Europe, up to 90% of poultry flocks can be a reservoir of the pathogen...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Natalia Marczuk, Elżbieta Cecerska-Heryć, Anna Jesionowska, Barbara Dołęgowska
Adropin is a peptide hormone that was discovered in 2008 by Kumar et al. This protein consists of 76 amino acids, and it was originally described as a secreted peptide, with residues 1-33 encoding a secretory signal peptide sequence. The amino acid sequence of this protein in humans, mice and rats is identical. While our knowledge of the exact physiological roles of this poorly understood peptide continues to evolve, recent data suggest a role in energy homeostasis and the control of glucose and fatty acid metabolism...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Izabela Papiewska-Pająk, Maria A Kowalska, Joanna Boncela
Inhibition of E-cadherin gene expression by transcription factor SNAIL is known to be a crucial element of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition; EMT. Epigenetic regulation of E-cadherin expression is regulated by SNAIL binding to E-box sequences in the CDH1 gene promoter and recruiting enzymes belonging to repressor complexes that are directly engaged in histone modifications and DNA methylation leading to the modification of chromatin structure. SNAIL involvement in cell acquisition of invasive phenotype is based on direct suppression of tight-junction and gap junction proteins...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Ewelina Grywalska, Anna Hymos, Izabela Korona-Głowniak, Marcin Pasiarski, Agnieszka Stelmach-Gołdyś, Stanisław Góźdź, Anna Malm, Jacek Rolinski
INTRODUCTION: Since 2012, both the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) have been recommended for pneumococcal infection prevention in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Available literature data indicate that leukemic cells may respond to the presence of pathogens through specific Toll-like receptors (TLR). OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the effect of in vitro PPV23 stimulation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) on expression of TLR-2, TLR-4, CD25, CD69, and CD95 on the surface of CD3+ T cells and CD19+ B cells in CLL patients...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Justyna Gatkowska, Henryka Długońska
Zewnątrzkomórkowe pęcherzyki błonowe (EVs, extracellular vesicles), początkowo uważane za elementy zniszczonych komórek, okazały się niezwykle istotnym sposobem przekazywania informacji między komórkami, bez ich bezpośredniego kontaktu. Ze względu na powszechne występowanie EVs w komórkach organizmów zarówno jedno-, jak i wielokomórkowych należących do różnych grup systematycznych oraz ze względu na pełnioną rolę w komunikacji międzykomórkowej stały się przedmiotem licznych badań i dyskusji...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Kinga A Kocemba, Joanna Dulińska-Litewka, Karolina L Wojdyła, Przemysław A Pękala
The high rate of glucose breakdown is the fingerprint of cancer. Increased glycolysis allows tumour cells to fulfil their high energetic and biosynthetic demands. Interestingly, however, rather than metabolizing glucose in the oxidative phosphorylation pathway, cancer cells generally use glucose for aerobic glycolysis. This phenomenon is known as the Warburg effect and is considered as one of the most fundamental forms of metabolic reprogramming during cancerogenesis. Changes in the rate of glycolytic activity of cancer cells are caused mainly by the increased expression of glycolytic enzymes as a consequence of activation of oncogenes or loss of tumour suppressors...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Joanna Oświęcimska, Wojciech Roczniak, Agata Mikołajczak, Agnieszka Szymlak
Growth hormone (GH) is a naturally occurring polypeptide hormone produced by somatotropic cells in the anterior pituitary. The main function of somatotropin is stimulation of linear growth, but it also affects carbohydrate metabolism, increases bone mass and has potent lipolytic, antinatriuretic and antidiuretic effects. Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) may occur both in children and in adults. At the moment there is no gold standard for the diagnosis of GHD, and the diagnosis should take into account clinical, auxological, biochemical and radiological changes and, if necessary, genetic testing...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Maria Czarnek, Joanna Bereta
Precise and efficient genome modifications present a great value in attempts to comprehend the roles of particular genes and other genetic elements in biological processes as well as in various pathologies. In recent years novel methods of genome modification known as genome editing, which utilize so called "programmable" nucleases, came into use. A true revolution in genome editing has been brought about by the introduction of the CRISP-Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-CRISPR associated) system, in which one of such nucleases, i...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
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