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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636236/assessment-of-silibinin-as-a-potential-antifungal-agent-and-investigation-of-its-mechanism-of-action
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Dae Gyu Yun, Dong Gun Lee
Silibinin, which is derived from Silybum marianum (milk thistle), has used as a traditional remedy for liver or biliary disorders and known to have superior antioxidant activity. In addition, silibinin was recently reported to have antifungal effect related to fungal apoptosis against Candida albicans and the interest in the therapeutic effect is increasing. In this study, we found another mode of antifungal action of silibinin and its antibiofilm activity on C. albicans. To investigate influence on fungal plasma membrane, propidium iodide and bis-(1, 3-dibutylbarbituric acid) trimethineoxonol [DiBAC4 (3)] assay were primarily carried out...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634361/uridine-ameliorates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice
#2
Manish Kumar Jeengar, Dinesh Thummuri, Mattias Magnusson, V G M Naidu, Srinivas Uppugunduri
Uridine, one of the four components that comprise RNA, has attracted attention as a novel therapeutic modulator of inflammation. However, very little is known about its effect on intestinal inflammation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential protective effect of intracolonic administered uridine against DSS induced colitis in male C57BL/6 mice. Intracolonic instillation of 3 doses of uridine 1 mg/Kg (lower dose), 5 mg/Kg (medium dose), and 10 mg/Kg (higher dose) in saline was performed daily...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631114/derivatization-of-dextran-for-multiply-charged-ion-formation-and-electrospray-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometric-analysis
#3
Jesus B Tapia, Hailey A J Hibbard, Melissa M Reynolds
We present the use of a simple, one-pot derivatization to allow the polysaccharide dextran to carry multiple positive charges, shifting its molecular weight distribution to a lower m/z range. We performed this derivatization because molecular weight measurements of polysaccharides by mass spectrometry are challenging because of their lack of readily ionizable groups. The absence of ionizable groups limits proton abstraction and suppresses proton adduction during the ionization process, producing mass spectra with predominantly singly charged metal adduct ions, thereby limiting the detection of large polysaccharides...
June 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627341/-protective-effects-of-valproic-acid-on-gut-barrier-function-after-major-burn-injury-and-its-mechanism
#4
Hongmin Luo, Sen Hu, Huining Bian, Shaoyi Zheng, Bing Xiong, Zhifeng Huang, Zuan Liu, Chuanwei Sun, Lianghua Ma, Hanhua Li, Wen Yu, Minghua Du, Huade Chen, Wen Lai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential protective effects of valproic acid (VPA) on gut barrier function after major burn injury in rats and its mechanism. METHODS: Forty male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into sham + normal saline (NS), sham + VPA, scald + NS, and scald + VPA groups, with 10 rats in each group. Rat with 55% total body surface area (TBSA) third-degree severe-burns model was reproduced by immersing into 80 °C water, and the rats in sham groups were given sham-burns by immersing into 37 °C water...
March 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626375/intravenous-bevacizumab-therapy-in-a-patient-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-eng-e137k-alcoholic-cirrhosis-and-portal-hypertension
#5
Luigi F Bertoli, Pauline L Lee, Lauren Lallone, James C Barton
Intravenous bevacizumab decreased mucosal bleeding in some patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). We treated a 47-year-old male who had HHT, severe epistaxis, and gastrointestinal bleeding, alcoholic cirrhosis, and portal hypertension with intravenous bevacizumab 2.5 mg/kg every 2 weeks. We tabulated these measures weekly during weeks 1-33 (no bevacizumab); 34-57 (bevacizumab); and 58-97 (no bevacizumab): hemoglobin (Hb) levels; platelet counts; units of transfused packed erythrocytes (PRBC units); and quantities of iron infused as iron dextran to support erythropoiesis...
May 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625919/c1q-tnf-related-protein-1-promotes-endothelial-barrier-dysfunction-under-disturbed-flow
#6
Zhu Hui Liu, Chang Li, Jia Wei Chen, Ying Shen, Jie Gao, Wei Feng Shen, Rui Yan Zhang, Xiao Qun Wang, Lin Lu
Endothelial hyper-permeability is a major determinant factor that contributes to the accelerated development of atherosclerotic lesions at hemodynamically disturbed sites. Previously, we showed that C1q/TNF related protein (CTRP) 1 promotes endothelium-leukocyte interactions and inflammatory responses in vascular cells. Here, we sought to investigate the role of CTRP1 in modulation of endothelial permeability under disturbed flow condition. By using en face staining of mouse aorta, we found CTRP1 expression was significantly increased in vascular endothelial cells under disturbed flow as compared to steady laminar flow...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624871/synthesis-and-application-of-magnetite-dextran-spermine-nanoparticles-in-breast-cancer-hyperthermia
#7
Reza Avazzadeh, Ebrahim Vasheghani-Farahani, Masoud Soleimani, Saeid Amanpour, Mohsen Sadeghi
Cancer treatment has been very challenging in recent decades. One of the most promising cancer treatment methods is hyperthermia, which increases the tumor temperature (41-45 °C). Magnetic nanoparticles have been widely used for selective targeting of cancer cells. In the present study, magnetic dextran-spermine nanoparticles, conjugated with Anti-HER2 antibody to target breast cancer cells were developed. The magnetic dextran-spermine nanoparticles (DMNPs) were prepared by ionic gelation, followed by conjugation of antibody to them using EDC-NHS method...
June 17, 2017: Progress in biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624056/evaluating-the-efficacy-of-different-types-of-stem-cells-in-preserving-gut-barrier-function-in-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Christopher J McCulloh, Jacob K Olson, Yijie Wang, Jennifer Vu, Sarah Gartner, Gail E Besner
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in premature infants. Increased intestinal permeability is central to NEC development. We have shown that stem cells (SCs) can reduce the incidence and severity of NEC. Our current goal was to investigate the efficacy of four different types of SC in preservation of gut barrier function during NEC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared (1) amniotic fluid-derived mesenchymal SC, (2) bone marrow-derived mesenchymal SC, (3) amniotic fluid-derived neural SC, and (4) enteric neural SC...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619643/superior-transfection-efficiency-of-phagocytic-astrocytes-by-large-chitosan-dna-nanoparticles
#9
Fanqiang Kong, Guoping Liu, Shumin Zhou, Jie Guo, Song Chen, Zhiyun Wang
PURPOSE: Mechanism study of why astrocytes isolated from experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)-induced B6 mice or after being exposed to inflammatory factors had the highest transfection efficiency to larger-sized, but not compacted, pspCS/pDNA particles. METHODS: Phosphorylatable short peptide conjugated chitosan (pspCS) was compounded with plasmid DNA (pDNA) at different N:P ratios to form pspCS/pDNA particles of different size and zeta potentials. These pspCS/pDNA particles were used for the transfection of astrocytes isolated from either EAE induced or healthy B6 mice...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619620/development-of-a-solid-dosage-platform-for-the-oral-delivery-of-bilayer-vesicles
#10
Jitinder S Wilkhu, Sarah E Mcneil, David E Anderson, Marc Kirchmeier, Yvonne Perrie
Within this work, we develop vesicles incorporating sub-unit antigens as solid dosage forms suitable for the oral delivery of vaccines. Using a combination of trehalose, dextran and mannitol, freeze-dried oral disintegrating tablets were formed which upon rehydration release bilayer vesicles incorporating antigen. Initial studies focused on the optimisation of the freeze-dry cycle and subsequently excipient content was optimised by testing tablet hardness, disintegration time and moisture content. The use of 10% mannitol and 10% dextran produced durable tablets which offered strong resistance to mechanical damage yet appropriate disintegration times and dispersed to release niosomes-entrapping antigen...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618865/streptococcus-thermophilus-ncimb-41856-ameliorates-signs-of-colitis-in-an-animal-model-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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J R Bailey, V Vince, N A Williams, T A Cogan
Treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is mainly based on suppression of symptoms, often with numerous side effects. Trials of probiotics in IBD have frequently produced disappointing results. The majority of probiotics are unusual, since they do not require iron for growth, unlike many bacteria resident in the intestine. The IBD intestine is iron-rich due to bleeding and use of oral iron supplements; conventional probiotics would be rapidly outcompeted. We have evaluated an iron-responsive Streptococcus thermophilus strain for its potential to reduce signs of colitis...
June 16, 2017: Beneficial Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618417/cholesterol-enhances-colorectal-cancer-progression-via-ros-elevation-and-mapk-signaling-pathway-activation
#12
Caihua Wang, Peiwei Li, Junmei Xuan, Chunpeng Zhu, Jingjing Liu, Lizhen Shan, Qin Du, Yuezhong Ren, Jun Ye
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Elevated serum cholesterol levels were linked to a higher risk of colorectal adenoma and colorectal cancer (CRC), while the effect of cholesterol on CRC metastasis has not been widely studied. METHODS: CRC patients were enrolled to evaluate the association between low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and CRC metastases, and LDL receptor (LDLR) level of the CRC tissue was assessed by immunohistochemistry. The effects of LDL on cell proliferation, migration and stemness were assessed in CRC cells in vitro, and the effects of high fat diet (HFD) on tumor growth and intestinal tumorigenicity were investigated in vivo...
June 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618228/mechanical-properties-and-cell-compatibility-of-agarose-hydrogels-containing-proteoglycan-mimetic-graft-copolymers
#13
Hannah M Pauly, Laura W Place, Tammy L Haut Donahue, Matt J Kipper
Proteoglycans have vital biochemical and biomechanical functions. Their proteolytic degradation results in loss of these functions. We have previously reported non-protein proteoglycan-mimetic graft copolymers that stabilize and deliver growth factors and are not subject to proteases. Here we expand our investigation of these proteoglycan mimics by also investigating their effects on hydrogel mechanical properties. Four polysaccharide side chains - chondroitin sulfate, heparin, dextran, and dextran sulfate - are each grafted to a hyaluronan backbone...
June 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616685/endocytic-uptake-transport-and-macromolecular-interactions-of-anionic-pamam-dendrimers-within-lung-tissue
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Christopher J Morris, Ghaith Aljayyoussi, Omar Mansour, Peter Griffiths, Mark Gumbleton
PURPOSE: Polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers are a promising class of nanocarrier with applications in both small and large molecule drug delivery. Here we report a comprehensive evaluation of the uptake and transport pathways that contribute to the lung disposition of dendrimers. METHODS: Anionic PAMAM dendrimers and control dextran probes were applied to an isolated perfused rat lung (IPRL) model and lung epithelial monolayers. Endocytosis pathways were examined in primary alveolar epithelial cultures by confocal microscopy...
June 14, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615528/genistein-improves-inflammatory-response-and-colonic-function-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signal-in-dss-induced-colonic-injury
#15
Rui Zhang, Jian Xu, Jian Zhao, Yuzhe Chen
This study aimed to investigate the protective potential of genistein in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colonic injury in vitro and in vivo models. The results showed that DSS exposure caused growth suppression, colonic injury, inflammation, and barrier dysfunction in mice. Dietary genistein alleviated DSS-caused colonic injury via reducing colonic weight, rectal bleeding, and diarrhea ratio. Meanwhile, genistein reduced colonic inflammatory response via downregulating cytokines expression and improved colonic permeability and barrier in DSS-challenged mice...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615301/irf4-dependent-cd103-cd11b-dendritic-cells-and-the-intestinal-microbiome-regulate-monocyte-and-macrophage-activation-and-intestinal-peristalsis-in-postoperative-ileus
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Judith-Mira Pohl, Sebastian Gutweiler, Stephanie Thiebes, Julia K Volke, Ludger Klein-Hitpass, Denise Zwanziger, Matthias Gunzer, Steffen Jung, William W Agace, Daniel Robert Engel, Christian Kurts
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative ileus (POI), the most frequent complication after intestinal surgery, depends on dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages. Here, we have investigated the mechanism that activates these cells and the contribution of the intestinal microbiota for POI induction. DESIGN: POI was induced by manipulating the intestine of mice, which selectively lack DCs, monocytes or macrophages. The disease severity in the small and large intestine was analysed by determining the distribution of orally applied fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran and by measuring the excretion time of a retrogradely inserted glass ball...
June 14, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615126/unveiling-the-participation-of-avian-kinin-ornithokinin-and-its-receptors-in-the-chicken-inflammatory-response
#17
Rodrigo Guabiraba, Damien Garrido, Geoffrey Bailleul, Angélina Trotereau, Mélanie Pinaud, Anne-Christine Lalmanach, Nathalie K Chanteloup, Catherine Schouler
Vasoactive peptides are key early mediators of inflammation released through activation of different enzymatic systems. The mammalian kinin-kallikrein (K-KLK) system produces bradykinin (BK) through proteolytic cleavage of a kininogen precursor by enzymes named kallikreins. BK acts through specific ubiquitous G-protein coupled receptors (B1R and B2R) to participate in physiological processes and inflammatory responses, such as activation of mononuclear phagocytes. In chickens, the BK-like nonapeptide ornithokinin (OK) has been shown to promote intracellular calcium increase in embryonic fibroblasts and to be vasodilatory in vivo...
June 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614589/lactoferrin-protects-against-intestinal-inflammation-and-bacteria-induced-barrier-dysfunction-in-vitro
#18
Nina A Hering, Julia Luettig, Susanne M Krug, Stephanie Wiegand, Gabriele Gross, Eric A van Tol, Jörg D Schulzke, Rita Rosenthal
The iron-binding glycoprotein lactoferrin (LF) is naturally present in human breast milk. Several studies suggest that LF contributes to infant health and development owing to a variety of protective effects, including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory features. Therefore, we aimed to elucidate its protective properties on intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction induced by infection or inflammation using the human epithelial cell culture models HT-29/B6 and T84. During barrier perturbation induced by the proinflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), bovine LF restored tight junction (TJ) morphometry and inhibited TNF-α-induced epithelial apoptosis...
June 14, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612283/cell-laden-microgel-prepared-using-a-biocompatible-aqueous-two-phase-strategy
#19
Yang Liu, Natalia Oshima Nambu, Masahito Taya
Microfluidic methods are frequently used to produce cell-laden microgels for various biomedical purposes. Such microfluidic methods generally employ oil-water systems. The poor distribution of crosslinking reagents in the oil phase limits the available gelation strategies. Extracting the microgel from the oil-phase also reduces its production efficiency. In this study, an aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) involving dextran (DEX) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) was used to prepare cell-laden microgel. This avoided the problems associated with an oil phase...
September 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612188/direct-quantification-of-solute-diffusivity-in-agarose-and-articular-cartilage-using-correlation-spectroscopy
#20
Janty S Shoga, Brian T Graham, Liyun Wang, Christopher Price
Articular cartilage is an avascular tissue; diffusive transport is critical for its homeostasis. While numerous techniques have been used to quantify diffusivity within porous, hydrated tissues and tissue engineered constructs, these techniques have suffered from issues regarding invasiveness and spatial resolution. In the present study, we implemented and compared two separate correlation spectroscopy techniques, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), for the direct, and minimally-invasive quantification of fluorescent solute diffusion in agarose and articular cartilage...
June 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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