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Ji-Eun Kang, Hyun-Do Kim, Soo-Young Park, Jae-Gu Pan, Jeong Hyun Kim, Do-Young Yum
Background and Aims: Commercial superoxide dismutase (SOD) is derived from melon extract and has a potential as a dietary supplement due to its beneficial anti-oxidative effects. We aimed to improve the productivity of SOD compared with plant SOD by using a generally-regarded-as-safe (GRAS) microorganism, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, and assess its anti-oxidative effect using γ-radiation- and dextransulfate sodium (DSS)-induced oxidative models in mice. Methods: We identified the sodA gene encoding manganese-containing SODs (Mn-SOD) in B...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Yuan-Jun Xia, Hong Xia, Ling Chen, Qing-Shui Ying, Xiang Yu, Li-Hua Li, Jian-Hua Wang, Ying Zhang
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) serves an important role in the development of bone and cartilage. However, administration of BMP-2 protein alone by intravenous delivery is not very effective. Sustained delivery of stabilized BMP-2 by carriers has been proven necessary to improve the osteogenesis effect of BMP-2. The present study constructed a novel drug delivery system using dextran sulfate (DS)-chitosan (CS) microspheres and investigated the efficiency of the delivery system on recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein (rhBMP-2)...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ana Cardoso, Antonio Gil Castro, Ana Catarina Martins, Guilhermina M Carriche, Valentine Murigneux, Isabel Castro, Ana Cumano, Paulo Vieira, Margarida Saraiva
Inflammatory bowel disease encompasses a group of chronic-inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. These conditions are characterized by exacerbated inflammation of the organ that greatly affects the quality of life of patients. Molecular mechanisms counteracting this hyperinflammatory status of the gut offer strategies for therapeutic intervention. Among these regulatory molecules is the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-10, as shown in mice and humans. Indeed, IL-10 signaling, particularly in macrophages, is essential for intestinal homeostasis...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Adelaide Tawiah, Steve Cornick, France Moreau, Hayley Gorman, Manish Kumar, Sameer Tiwari, Kris Chadee
MUC2 mucin is a large glycoprotein produced by goblet cells that forms the protective mucus blanket overlying the intestinal epithelium as the first line of innate host defense. High MUC2 production in inflammatory bowel disease and infectious colitis depletes goblet cells and the mucus layer by an unknown mechanism. Here, we analyzed the effect of high MUC2 biosynthesis on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and apoptosis in goblet cells using a high MUC2-producing human goblet cell line (HT29-H) and a HT29-H clone (HT29-L) silenced for MUC2 expression by lentivirus-mediated shRNA...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Deniz Turan, Monika Gibis, Gurbuz Gunes, Stefan K Baier, Jochen Weiss
The conjugation reaction of electrospun fibers of a mixture of whey protein isolate (WPI) and dextran using different molecular weights (40, 70, and 100 kDa) and mixing ratios was studied. This study includes the electrospinnability of a mixture of WPI and dextran, and the conjugation reaction between them via the initial stage of the Maillard reaction. The WPI-dextran fibers were characterized using optical and transmission electron microscopy. The covalent attachment of dextran to WPI was confirmed using sodium-dodecyl-sulfate-polyacrylamide gel-electrophoresis with protein and glycoprotein staining...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Yu-Ju Peng, Tang-Long Shen, Yu-Shan Chen, Harry John Mersmann, Bing-Hsien Liu, Shih-Torng Ding
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin (ADN) is an adipokine derived from adipocytes. It binds to adiponectin receptor 1 and 2 (AdipoR1 and R2) to exert its function in regulating whole-body energy homeostasis and inflammatory responses. However, the role of ADN-AdipoR1 signaling in intestinal inflammation is controversial, and its role in the regulation of neutrophils is still unclear. Our goal was to clarify the role of AdipoR1 signaling in colitis and the effects on neutrophils. METHODS: We generated porcine AdipoR1 transgenic mice (pAdipoR1 mice) and induced murine colitis using dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) to study the potential role of AdipoR1 in inflammatory bowel disease...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Xiu-Ting Yu, Yi-Fei Xu, Yan-Feng Huang, Chang Qu, Lie-Qiang Xu, Zi-Ren Su, Hui-Fang Zeng, Lin Zheng, Tie-Gang Yi, Hui-Lin Li, Jian-Ping Chen, Xiao-Jun Zhang
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic relapsing disease without satisfactory treatments, in which intestinal inflammation and disrupted intestinal epithelial barrier are two main pathogeneses triggering UC. Berberrubine (BB) is deemed as one of the major active metabolite of berberine (BBR), a naturally-occurring isoquinoline alkaloid with appreciable anti-UC effect. This study aimed to comparatively investigate the therapeutic effects of BB and BBR on dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse colitis model, and explore the potential underlying mechanism...
2018: PloS One
Woo-In Ryu, Hana Lee, Hyun Cheol Bae, Jiehyun Jeon, Hwa Jung Ryu, Jaehyung Kim, Ji Hyun Kim, Ji Won Son, JaeYoung Kim, Yasutomo Imai, Kiyofumi Yamanishi, Sang Hoon Jeong, Sang Wook Son
BACKGROUND: Tight junctions (TJs) have important roles in skin barrier function. The TJ protein claudin-1 (CLDN1) is decreased in atopic dermatitis (AD). However, little is known about the mechanism of CLDN1 down-expression. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the effect of IL-33 on CLDN1 expression in keratinocytes. METHODS: Normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) and human skin equivalent models (HSEMs) were cultured in vitro in the presence of IL-33...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Takuya Uemura, Takuya Yashiro, Rei Oda, Naoki Shioya, Tadaaki Nakajima, Masakazu Hachisu, Shoko Kobayashi, Chiharu Nishiyama, Gen-Ichiro Arimura
Monoterpenoid perillaldehyde (PA) is the major component in Perilla frutescens leaf essential oil, but its function in the anti-inflammatory effect is unclear. We explored the anti-inflammatory activity of PA in a dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis mouse model using relief of bodyweight loss (avg. 49.2% recovery; P = 0.094) and colon damage (avg. 35.3% recovery; P < 0.05) by administration of PA at a 100 mg/kg dosage. The PA administration resulted in suppression of DSS-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokine genes and matrix metalloproteinase-9 in the colon (e...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Xinghua Gao, Qiuhua Cao, Yan Cheng, Dandan Zhao, Zhuo Wang, Hongbao Yang, Qijin Wu, Linjun You, Yue Wang, Yanting Lin, Xianjing Li, Yun Wang, Jin-Song Bian, Dongdong Sun, Lingyi Kong, Lutz Birnbaumer, Yong Yang
Chronic stress is known to promote inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the underlying mechanism remains largely unresolved. Here, we found chronic stress to sensitize mice to dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis; to increase the infiltration of B cells, neutrophils, and proinflammatory ly6Chi macrophages in colonic lamina propria; and to present with decreased thymus and mesenteric lymph node (MLN) coefficients. Circulating total white blood cells were significantly increased after stress, and the proportion of MLN-associated immune cells were largely changed...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tsukuru Masuda, Naohiko Shimada, Atsushi Maruyama
Membrane active peptides (MAPs) have potential applications in drug delivery systems and as antimicrobials. We previously showed that a cationic comb-type copolymer, poly(allylamine)-graft-dextran (PAA-g-Dex), forms a soluble inter-polyelectrolyte complex with an anionic MAP, the E5 peptide, resulting in significant enhancement of the membrane disruption activity of E5. In this study, we designed a novel comb-type cationic copolymer composed of a PAA main chain and thermo-responsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) graft chains (PAA-g-PNIPAAm)...
March 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Stéphanie Da Silva, Åsa V Keita, Sofie Mohlin, Sven Påhlman, Vassilia Theodorou, Ingrid Påhlman, Jan P Mattson, Johan D Söderholm
Background: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ) exerts anti-inflammatory effects and is therefore a potential target in ulcerative colitis (UC). A novel PPARγ agonist (AS002) developed for local action was evaluated ex vivo in biopsies from UC patients and in vivo in mice with low-grade dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)- and trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis. Methods: Colonic biopsies from UC patients (n = 18) and healthy controls (n = 6) were incubated with AS002 or rosiglitazone (positive control) to measure mRNA expression of the PPARγ-responsive gene ADIPOPHILIN and protein levels of UC-related cytokines (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay)...
February 24, 2018: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Pengyu Yang, Huafei Zou, Candy Lee, Avinash Muppidi, Elizabeth Chao, Qiangwei Fu, Xiaozhou Luo, Danling Wang, Peter G Schultz, Weijun Shen
Glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP-2) is a hormone that has been shown to stimulate intestinal growth and attenuate intes-tinal inflammation. Despite being efficacious in a variety of animal models of disease, its therapeutic potential is ham-pered by the short half-life in vivo. We now describe a highly potent, stapled long-acting GLP-2 analog, Peptide 10, that has a more than 10-fold longer half-life than teduglutide and improved intestinotrophic and anti-inflammatory effects in mouse models of DSS-induced colitis...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sara Lago, Matteo Nadai, Monica Rossetto, Sara N Richter
BACKGROUND: G-quadruplexes (G4s) are nucleic acids secondary structures formed in guanine-rich sequences. Anti-G4 antibodies represent a tool for the direct investigation of G4s in cells. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is a high sensitive technology, suitable for assessing the affinity between biomolecules. We here aimed at improving the orientation of an anti-G4 antibody (1H6) on SPR sensor chip for optimizing the detection of binding antigens. METHODS: SPR was employed for the characterization of 1H6 interaction with G4 and non-G4 oligonucleotides...
March 7, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Pan Pan, Kiyoko Oshima, Yi-Wen Huang, Kimberle A Agle, William R Drobyski, Xiao Chen, Jianying Zhang, Martha M Yearsley, Jianhua Yu, Li-Shu Wang
Free fatty acid receptor 2 (FFAR2, also named GPR43), is activated by short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as butyrate, that are produced when gut bacteria ferment dietary fiber. FFAR2 has been suggested to regulate colonic inflammation, which is a major risk factor for the development of colon cancer and is also linked to epigenetic dysregulation in colon carcinogenesis. The current study assessed whether FFAR2, acting as an epigenetic regulator, protects against colon carcinogenesis. To mimic the mild inflammation that promotes human colon cancer, we treated mice with dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) overnight, which avoids excessive inflammation but induces mild inflammation that promotes colon carcinogenesis in the ApcMin/+ and the azoxymethane (AOM)-treated mice...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
M Rezaa Mohammadi, Andrey V Malkovskiy, Preetha Jothimuthu, Kwang-Min Kim, Mansi Parekh, Mohammed Inayathullah, Yan Zhuge, Jayakumar Rajadas
Despite preliminary confidence on biosafety of polymer coated iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), toxicity concerns have hampered their clinical translation. SPIONs toxicity is known to be due to catalytic activity of their surface and release of toxic Fe ions originating from the core biodegradation, leading to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Here, we hypothesized that a double-layer polymeric corona comprising of dextran as an interior, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) as an exterior layer better shields the core SPIONs...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shailja Kumar, Virendra Kumar Meena, Puja Panwar Hazari, Surinder Kumar Sharma, Rakesh Kumar Sharma
We report here, reverse micelle mediated synthesis of multifunctional dextran (dex) coated Gd2 O3 nanoparticles (NPs) carrying rose bengal (RB) dye for magnetic resonance and optical imaging. The diameter of these RB attached dex coated Gd2 O3 NPs (Gd-dex-RB NPs) was found to be ~17 nm as measured by TEM. NMR line broadening effect on the surrounding water protons affirmed the paramagnetic nature of these NPs. Optical properties of Gd-dex-RB NPs were validated by UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy. Time dependent release profile of RB from NPs at two different pH of 7...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jennifer M Monk, Wenqing Wu, Laurel H McGillis, Hannah R Wellings, Amber L Hutchinson, Danyelle M Liddle, Daniela Graf, Lindsay E Robinson, Krista A Power
The potential for a chickpea supplemented diet (rich in fermentable non-digestible carbohydrates and phenolic compounds) to modify the colonic microenvironment and attenuate the severity of acute colonic inflammation was investigated. C57Bl/6 male mice were fed a control basal diet (BD) or BD supplemented with 20% cooked chickpea flour for 3 weeks prior to acute colitis onset induced by 7-day exposure to dextran sodium sulfate (DSS, 2% w/v in drinking water) and colon and serum levels of inflammatory mediators were assessed...
March 9, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Canser Yilmaz Demir
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of various ratios of hemodilution on the survival of McFarlane's skin flaps. MATERIAL AND METHODS An experimental study was performed on 42 adult male Wistar rats (weighing 260 to 305 g) allocated to a control group without any volume loss and to 6 study groups with hemodilution ratios of 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 25%, and 30%. In all subjects, random-pattern McFarlane's skin flaps were uniformly elevated and re-sutured to the donor sites. The amount of necrosis was evaluated on the 7th day postoperatively and compared among the groups...
March 9, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
V G Deepagan, Hyewon Ko, Seunglee Kwon, N Vijayakameswara Rao, Sang Kyoon Kim, Wooram Um, Sohee Lee, Jiwoong Min, Jeongjin Lee, Ki Young Choi, Sol Shin, Minah Suh, Jae Hyung Park
Conventional cancer targeting with nanoparticles has been based on the assumed enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. The data obtained in clinical trials to date, however, have rarely supported the presence of such an effect. To address this challenge, we formulated intracellular nitric oxide-generating nanoparticles (NO-NPs) for the tumor site-specific delivery of NO, a well-known vasodilator, with the intention of boosting EPR. These nanoparticles are self-assembled under aqueous conditions from amphiphilic copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) and nitrated dextran, which possesses inherent NO release properties in the reductive environment of cancer cells...
March 9, 2018: Nano Letters
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