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Takanori Kanazawa, Takahiro Endo, Naoki Arima, Hisako Ibaraki, Yuuki Takashima, Yasuo Seta
This study aimed to build an innovative system to deliver a systemic small interfering RNA (siRNA) treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. We combined arginine-histidine-cysteine based oligopeptide-modified polymer micelles with siRNA targeting the nuclear factor κB subunit, RelA (siRelA). This is a key molecule in the control of inflammation. We tested the cellular uptake of siRNA and its effects on inflammatory cytokine levels in vitro using synoviocytes, and siRNA distribution and therapeutic effects in vivo in mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA)...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Xin Gu, Bingjie Gu, Xianhui Lv, Zhenzhen Yu, Rong Wang, Xiaoli Zhou, Wanxin Qiao, Zhiyuan Mao, Guoping Zuo, Qing Li, Dengshun Miao, Jianliang Jin
Impaired apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) causes synovial hyperplasia, facilitating destruction of cartilage and bone in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, a dominant inflammatory mediator in RA pathogenesis, promotes progression of RA symptoms. Prevalence of 1, 25-dihydroxy-vitamin D3 (hereafter termed VD) deficiency is 30-63% in patients with RA. Whether VD leads to apoptosis or enhances TNF-α-mediated apoptosis in FLSs to ameliorate RA is unclear. To determine this, 10-week-old CYP27B1-deficient (CYP27B1(-/-)) mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) were intraperitoneally treated with 1 μg/kg VD every other day for 9 weeks...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Wenyao Chen, Tingzi Fang, Xiujuan Zhou, Daofeng Zhang, Xianming Shi, Chunlei Shi
The wide usage of antibiotics contributes to the increase in the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. Plasmids play a critical role in horizontal transfer of antibiotic resistance markers in Salmonella. This study aimed to screen and characterize plasmid profiles responsible for antibiotic resistance in Salmonella and ultimately to clarify the molecular mechanism of transferable plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance. A total of 226 Salmonella isolates were examined for antimicrobial susceptibility by a disk diffusion method...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jian-Ying Wang, Ying Yuan, Xiao-Jun Chen, Sheng-Guang Fu, Lei Zhang, Yan-Long Hong, Sheng-Fu You, Yong-Qing Yang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Eucommia Ulmoides Oliv., a valuable Chinese herb, has shown a variety of health benefits. Despite the widespread clinical use of this herb to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), very few studies have described its anti-pathological effects or mechanism in RA. The present study investigated the mechanism of Eucommia Ulmoides Oliv. in an experimental collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effects of four different Eucommia Ulmoides Oliv...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Eon Jeong Nam, Jin Hee Kang, Keum Hee Sa, Shijin Sung, Jae Yong Park, Dong-Gyu Jo, Jae Hyung Park, In San Kim, Young Mo Kang
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic agents that are transformable via introducing cleavable linkage by locally enriched MMP-2 within inflamed synovium would enhance therapeutic efficacy on chronic inflammatory arthritis. Transforming growth factor-β-inducible gene-h3 (βig-h3), which consists of four fas-1 domains and an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif, intensifies inflammatory processes by facilitating adhesion and migration of fibroblast-like synoviocyte in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
2016: PloS One
Li Cai, Haiyan Xu, Han Zhang, Lili Zhang, Guojue Wang, Hong Nie
T cell response is crucial to the pathogenesis and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). IL-7/IL-7R axis has significant effect on CD4(+) T cell response, including proliferation, differentiation, survival and migration. However, whether blockade of IL-7/IL-7R axis signaling can relieve RA and what is the potential treatment mechanisms are still remaining unclear. In this paper, we established collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model and observed the effect of IL-7Rα antibody in the treatment of CIA mice...
October 10, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Shih-Yao Chen, Ai-Li Shiau, Chao-Liang Wu, Chrong-Reen Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Crohn's disease (CD) are autoimmune disorders with a crosstalk between their pathogenesis such as increased expression of TNF in the target organs. Despite a successful clinical trial with an oral Smad7 antisense oligonucleotide in CD, intraarticular (i.a.) modulation of Smad7 expression has not been performed in rheumatoid joint yet. In this study, contradictory to the findings in CD mucosa, higher levels of pSmad2/3 were found in RA synovium. In vitro experiments with synovial fibroblasts revealed that higher acetylated Smad7 expression was associated with lower activation status...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Carmen Burtea, Sophie Laurent, Tuba Sanli, Deborah Fanfone, Aude Devalckeneer, Sébastien Sauvage, Marie-Claire Beckers, Sandrine Rorive, Isabelle Salmon, Luce Vander Elst, Bernard R Lauwerys, Robert N Muller
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-7 receptor alpha (IL-7Rα) represents a biomarker with potential applications in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis and therapy. We have therefore searched by phage display potential IL-7Rα specific peptides with the primary goal being to develop in vivo molecular imaging tools. METHODS: IL-7Rα-targeted peptides were searched within a disulfide-constrained combinatorial phage displayed library of random linear heptapeptides. The apparent dissociation constant (Kd) and half maximal inhibition constant (IC50) were estimated for phage clones and synthesized peptides by ELISA...
October 12, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Seung Hoon Lee, Jin-Sil Park, Jae-Kyung Byun, JooYeon Jhun, KyungAh Jung, Hyeon-Beom Seo, Young-Mee Moon, Ho-Youn Kim, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
PTEN is a tyrosine phosphatase with significant function in inhibiting STAT3 activation. Recently, inactivation of STAT3 has been demonstrated as a therapeutic candidate for autoimmune arthritis. The expression of PTEN controlled by p53 regulates autoimmune arthritis through modulating the balance between Th17 and Treg. We hypothesized that PTEN regulated by p53 might reduce CIA severity and inflammatory response via inhibiting STAT3 activation. Our results revealed that PTEN could ameliorate experimental autoimmune arthritis by reducing STAT3 activity and Th17 differentiation...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Gabriella Morozzi, Sauro Lorenzini, Antonella Simpatico, Enrico Selvi, Maria Romana Bacarelli, Maurizio Acampa, Deana Lazaro, Nabil El-Sherif, Mohamed Boutjdir, Franco Laghi-Pasini
Mounting evidence indicates that in chronic inflammatory arthritis (CIA), QTc prolongation is frequent and correlates with systemic inflammatory activation. Notably, basic studies demonstrated that inflammatory cytokines induce profound changes in potassium and calcium channels resulting in a prolonging effect on cardiomyocyte action potential duration, thus on the QT interval on the electrocardiogram. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, the risk of sudden cardiac death is significantly increased when compared to non-RA subjects...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Chia-Ying Li, Mei-Ling Chen
Chemotherapy is a common adjuvant therapy for breast cancer that improves survival rates by killing residual cancer cells. However, this intervention may damage the germ cells within the ovary and interrupt the menstrual cycle, ultimately leading to chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea (CIA). The incidence of CIA depends on how broadly this term is defined. Around 75% of premenopausal breast cancer women treated with chemotherapy will develop CIA. Age, having a relatively long chemotherapy cycle duration, being estrogen-receptor positive, and using Tamoxifen all increase the risk of CIA...
October 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
Xiu-Jun Liang, Ya-Chun Guo, Tong-You Sun, Hong-Ru Song, Ya-Xian Gao
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common chronic autoimmune and incurable disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate the therapeutic effect and mechanism of the total saponins of Rhizoma Dioscorea nipponica (TSRDN) in RA. A collagen induced-arthritis (CIA) rat model was established. CIA rats were randomly divided into three groups and lavaged with an equal volume of solvent (CIA group), TSRDN (25 mg/kg/day, RDN group) and tripterygium (TP; 12 mg/kg/day, TP group) for 21 days, respectively. Normal rats served as a control group...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Melissa N van Tok, Nataliya G Yeremenko, Christine A Teitsma, Barbara E Kream, Véronique L Knaup, Rik J Lories, Dominique L Baeten, Leonie M van Duivenvoorde
INTRODUCTION: Insulin like growth factor (IGF)-I can act on a variety of cells involved in cartilage and bone repair, yet IGF-I has not been studied extensively in the context of inflammatory arthritis. The objective of this study was to investigate whether IGF-I overexpression in the osteoblast lineage could lead to increased reparative or pathological bone formation in rheumatoid arthritis and/or spondyloarthritis respectively. METHODS: Mice overexpressing IGF-I in the osteoblast lineage (Ob-IGF-I+/-) line 324-7 were studied during collagen induced arthritis and in the DBA/1 aging model for ankylosing enthesitis...
2016: PloS One
M M C Komen, C H Smorenburg, J W R Nortier, T van der Ploeg, C J G van den Hurk, J J M van der Hoeven
OBJECTIVES: The success of scalp cooling in preventing or reducing chemotherapy induced alopecia (CIA) is highly variable between patients undergoing similar chemotherapy regimens. A decrease of the scalp skin temperature seems to be an important factor, but data on the optimum temperature reached by scalp cooling to prevent CIA are lacking. This study investigated the relation between scalp skin temperature and its efficacy to prevent CIA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this explorative study, scalp skin temperature was measured during scalp cooling in 62 breast cancer patients undergoing up to six cycles of anthracycline containing chemotherapy...
September 27, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Xuefeng Wang, Li Li, Jun Wang, Liyang Dong, Yang Shu, Yong Liang, Liang Shi, Chengcheng Xu, Yuepeng Zhou, Yi Wang, Deyu Chen, Chaoming Mao
Helminth-derived products have recently been shown to prevent the development of inflammatory diseases in mouse models. However, most identified immunomodulators from helminthes are mixtures or macromolecules with potentially immunogenic side effects. We previously identified an immunomodulatory peptide called SJMHE1 from the HSP60 protein of Schistosoma japonicum. In this study, we assessed the ability of SJMHE1 to affect murine splenocytes and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated by toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands in vitro and its treatment effect on mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Kathryn M Harper, Darin J Knapp, Meredith A Park, George R Breese
RATIONALE: Behavioral and neuroimmune vulnerability to withdrawal from chronic alcohol varies with age. The relation of anxiety-like behavior to amygdalar CCL2 responses following stress after withdrawal from chronic intermittent alcohol (CIA) was investigated in adolescent and adult rats. METHODS: Adolescent and adult Wistar rats were exposed to CIA (three 5-day blocks of dietary alcohol separated by 2 days of withdrawal) at concentrations that created similar blood alcohol levels across age...
September 24, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Miha Lavric, María Auxiliadora Miranda-García, Dirk Holzinger, Dirk Foell, Helmut Wittkowski
Alarmins are endogenous molecules with homeostatic roles that have reached the focus of research in inflammatory arthritis in the last two decades, mostly due to their ability to indicate tissue related damage after active or passive release from injured cells. From HMGB1, S100A8/A9 and S100A12 proteins, over heat-shock proteins (HSPs) and purine metabolites (e.g. uric acid, ATP) to altered matrix proteins and interleukin-33 (IL-33), a number of alarmins have been determined until now as having a role in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, as well as spondyloarthritis and gout...
September 19, 2016: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Yu-Ling Wang, Ju-Mei Gao, Li-Zhi Xing
Excessive inflammation contributes greatly to the pathogenesis and development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Oroxylin A (OA) is a natural anti-inflammatory flavonoid compound. In this study, we investigated the effects of OA on collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) and human RA fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS). CIA was induced in DBA/1 mice and mice were intraperitoneally treated with OA (10mg/kg) for 10days. Arthritis severity was evaluated every day and the histopathologic examination of joints was done. Serum levels of anti-collagen II antibodies (anti-CII Abs) and cytokines were determined by ELISA...
September 16, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Sami Aziz Brahmi, Fatima Zahra Ziani, Seddik Youssef, Said Afqir
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in premenopausal women and its treatment may affect their fertility. Indeed, chemotherapy used in breast cancer may cause transient or permanent amenorrhea in premenopausal women. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective study of young patients with localized breast canceri in the Department of Medical Oncology, Mohammed VI Inuversity Hospital, Oujda, Morocco over a 3-year period from January 2009 to December 2011...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Pasqualino Sirignano, Francesco Speziale, Laura Capoccia, Danilo Menna, Wassim Mansour, Nunzio Montelione, Francesco Setacci, Giuseppe Galzerano, Carlo Setacci
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the impact of iliac artery's diameters, tortuosity, and peripheral vascular patency on outcome of elective endovascular repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in 2 high volume vascular centers' experience. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted on a prospectively collected database between 2010 and 2012. Anatomical features at pre-operative computed tomography (CTA) considered as potentially influencing outcomes were: iliac diameters, tortuosity (expressed as a ratio), and calcifications, bilateral internal iliac artery (IIA) patency, and presence of Trans-Atlantic Inter-Societies Consensus (TASC) II C/D femoro-popliteal occlusive disease (PAD)...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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