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Takuya Wakamatsu, Suguru Yamamoto, Toru Ito, Yoko Sato, Koji Matsuo, Yoshimitsu Takahashi, Yoshikatsu Kaneko, Shin Goto, Junichiro James Kazama, Fumitake Gejyo, Ichiei Narita
In chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, accumulation of uremic toxins is associated with cardiovascular risk and mortality. One of the hallmarks of kidney disease-related cardiovascular disease is intravascular macrophage inflammation, but the mechanism of the reaction with these toxins is not completely understood. Macrophages differentiated from THP-1 cells were exposed to indoxyl sulfate (IS), a representative uremic toxin, and changes in inflammatory cytokine production and intracellular signaling molecules including interleukin (IL)-1, aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), nuclear factor (NF)-κ, and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades as well as the NLRP3 inflammasome were quantified by real-time PCR, Western blot analysis, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
March 15, 2018: Toxins
Maiko K Okajima, Saranyoo Sornkamnerd, Tatsuo Kaneko
Cyanobacteria are regarded as very eco-friendly microreactors for the production of various biomolecules such as polysaccharides by fixing not only carbon but also nitrogen in water. Cyanobacterial polysaccharides having various functional groups such as hydroxyls, carboxyls, sulfates, etc. have the ability to interact with metals or inorganics, to create bionanocomposites. Sacran, a supergiant cyanobacterial anionic polysaccharide extracted from the extracellular matrix of Aphanothece sacrum which is mass-cultivated in freshwater, is mainly used to create functional bionanocomposites...
March 15, 2018: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
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
Changcheng Shi, Yuting Ma, Jin Zhang, Dongshan Wei, Huabin Wang, Xiaoyu Peng, Mingjie Tang, Shihan Yan, Guokun Zuo, Chunlei Du, Hongliang Cui
Chondroitin sulfate (CS), derived from cartilage tissues, is an important type of biomacromolecule. In this paper, the terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was investigated as a potential method for content detection of CS. With the increase of the CS content, the THz absorption coefficients of the CS/polyethylene mixed samples linearly increase. The refractive indices of the mixed samples also increase when the CS content increases. The extinction coefficient of CS demonstrates the THz frequency dependence to be approximately the power of 1...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Zonggong Song, Yongming Huang, Chao Liu, Ming Lu, Zhituo Li, Bei Sun, Weihui Zhang, Dongbo Xue
This study was performed to screen miRNAs and mRNAs that are differentially expressed during trypsinogen activation in acute pancreatitis and to verify their role in the process of trypsinogen activation. The function enrichment analysis showed that the functions of miR-352 and its regulatory targets lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP2) and cathepsin L1 (CTSL1) were lysosome related. The results of the verification experiment showed that in the TLC-S-treated AR42J (pancreatic cell line) cells, miR-352 expression increased, expression levels of LAMP2 and CTSL1 were significantly reduced, trypsinogen activation was increased, and the autophagy pathway was blocked...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Weiwei Ruan, Li Cao, Zhonghua Chen, Mingxiang Kong, Qing Bi
Hereditary multiple osteochondroma (HMO) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder characterized by multiple outgrowing bony tumors capped by cartilage, generally affecting the metaphyses. The disease is known as hereditary multiple exostoses, familial exostosis, multiple cartilaginous exostoses or hereditary malformation of cartilage. The prevalence of HMO in Europe and the Unites States is ~1:100,000, although it has not been reported in China. The disease is often accompanied by pain, asymmetry and skeletal malformations, including forearm and leg bending deformities, limb length discrepancies, and knee internal and external rotation abnormalities...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Shintaro Sugahara, Kumiko Fukuhara, Yuki Tokunaga, Shuhei Tsutsumi, Yuto Ueda, Masateru Ono, Katsuhisa Kurogi, Yoichi Sakakibara, Masahito Suiko, Ming-Cheh Liu, Shin Yasuda
1-Naphthol (1-Nap) and 2-naphthol (2-Nap) are phenolic isomers that may be subjected to sulfate conjugation in vivo. Phase-II sulfate conjugation of phenolic compounds is generally thought to result in their inactivation. This study aimed to investigate the antioxidative effects of 1-NapS and 2-NapS, in comparison with their unsulfated counterparts, using established free radical scavenging assays. Based on the calculated EC50 values, 1-NapS resulted in 5.60 to 7.35-times lower antioxidative activity than 1-Nap...
2018: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
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
Chenhao Zhang, Shuqin Zhao, Yanjing Zang, Weidong Zhao, Qin Song, Shanshan Feng, Lei Hu, Fang Gu
Objective Cerebral vasospasm(CVS) after Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can cause delayed cerebral ischemia,secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage, which are the leading causes of mutilation and death. Nimodipine has been shown to prevent CVS. Magnesium ion (Mg2+ ) can competitively inhibit the influx of calcium (Ca2+ ) and prevent vasospasm. There is evidence that magnesium sulfate can prevent CVS and reduce infarct volume after SAH. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of intravenous magnesium sulfate combined with oral nimodipine on CVS, delayed cerebral ischemia, secondary cerebral infarction, and rehemorrhage after SAH...
April 2018: Neurological Research
Darren Svirskis, Sairam Behera, Neera Naidoo, Joanne Beachman, Tarsha Raina, Yongzhi Zhou, Leanne Berkahn, Ian Costello, Yongchuan Gu
Background The EPOCH regimen, consisting of vincristine sulfate, doxorubicin hydrochloride, and etoposide phosphate, is typically administered by continuous infusion over four days to oncology inpatients. If the EPOCH regimen was available to be administered through portable elastomeric pumps, chemotherapy could be transitioned to an outpatient setting, reducing inpatient bed days and overall healthcare costs. However, a lack of stability data for the admixtures in the elastomeric infusion devices currently prevents the transition of the regime to an outpatient setting...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Heather Flanagan-Steet, Courtney Christian, Po-Nien Lu, Megan Aarnio-Peterson, Laura Sanman, Stephanie Archer-Hartmann, Parastoo Azadi, Matthew Bogyo, Richard A Steet
Cysteine cathepsins play roles during development and disease beyond their function in lysosomal protein turnover. Here, we leverage a fluorescent activity-based probe (ABP), BMV109, to track cysteine cathepsins in normal and diseased zebrafish embryos. Using this probe in a model of mucolipidosis II, we show that loss of carbohydrate-dependent lysosomal sorting alters the activity of several cathepsin proteases. The data support a pathogenic mechanism where TGF-ß signals enhance the proteolytic processing of pro-Ctsk by modulating the expression of chondroitin 4-sulfate (C4-S)...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Mario Lopez-Moya, Pedro Melgar-Lesmes, Kumaran Kolandaivelu, Jose Maria de la Torre Hernandez, Elazer R Edelman, Mercedes Balcells
Porcine glutaraldehyde-fixed pericardium is widely used to replace human heart valves. Despite the stabilizing effects of glutaraldehyde fixation, the lack of endothelialization and the occurrence of immune reactions contribute to calcification and structural valve deterioration, which is particularly significant in young patients where valve longevity is crucial. This report shows an optimization system to enhance endothelialization of fixed pericardium to mimic the biological function of a native heart valve...
March 14, 2018: Biomacromolecules
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
Kevin Rey, Sukhbir Manku, Winnie Enns, Thea Van Rossum, Kevin Bushell, Ryan D Morin, Fiona S L Brinkman, Jonathan C Choy
BACKGROUND: The gut microbiota influences many immunological processes but how its disruption affects transplant rejection is poorly understood. METHODS: Interposition grafting of aortic segments was used to examine vascular rejection. The gut microbiota was disrupted in graft recipients using an antibiotic cocktail (ampicillin, vancomycin, metronidazole, neomycin sulfate) in their drinking water. RESULTS: Treatment of mice with antibiotics severely reduced total bacterial content in the intestine and disrupted the bacterial composition...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
James Gilbert Atherton, David S Hains, John J Bissler, Bradford D Pendley, Erno Lindner
Current dialysis dosing calculations provide an incomplete assessment of blood purification. They do not include clearances of protein-bound uremic toxins like polyamines, p-cresol sulfate, and indoxyl sulfate, relying solely on the clearance of urea as a surrogate for all molecules accumulating in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Protein-bound uremic toxins clear differently in dialysis but also during normal renal function. The kidney clears protein bound toxins via the process of secretion, while it clears urea through filtration...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Manjunath Siddaramaiah, BolaSadashiva Satish Rao, Manjunath B Joshi, Anirbit Datta, S Sandya, Vasudha Vishnumurthy, Subhash Chandra, Subramanya G Nayak, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, Krishna Kishore Mahato
In the present study, we have designed a laser induced fluorescence (LIF) based instrumentation and developed a sensitive methodology for the effective separation, visualization, identification and analysis of proteins on a single platform. In this method, intrinsic fluorescence spectra of proteins were detected after separation on one or two dimensional Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (SDS-TCEP) polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and the data were analyzed. The MATLAB assisted software was designed for the development of PAGE fingerprint for the visualization of protein after one and two-dimensional protein separation...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biophotonics
Oscar Cabeza, Luisa Segade, Montserrat Domínguez-Pérez, Esther Rilo, David Ausín, Anna Martinelli, Negin Yaghini, Bernhard Gollas, Manfred Kriechbaum, Olga Russina, Alessandro Triolo, Elena López-Lago, Luis M Varela
This paper extends the study of the induced temperature change in the mesostructure and in the physical properties occurring in aqueous mixtures of the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium octyl-sulfate [EMIm][OSO4 ]. For some compositions, these mixtures undergo a phase transition between the liquid (isotropic in the mesoscale) and the mesomorphic state (lyotropic liquid crystalline) at about room temperature. The behavior of mixtures doped with a divalent metal sulfate was investigated in order to observe their applicability as electrolytes...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Li Yan, Jie Ye, Panyue Zhang, Dong Xu, Yan Wu, Jianbo Liu, Haibo Zhang, Wei Fang, Bei Wang, Guangming Zeng
High sulfur content in excess sludge impacts the production of biomethane during anaerobic digestion, meanwhile leads to hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) formation in biogas. Effect of initial sludge pH on H2 S formation during batch mesophilic anaerobic digestion of slaughterhouse wastewater sludge was studied in this paper. The results demonstrated that when the initial sludge pH increased from 6.5 to 8.0, the biogas production increased by 10.1%, the methane production increased by 64.1%, while the H2 S content in biogas decreased by 44...
March 6, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Yongho Shin, Jonghwa Lee, Ji-Ho Lee, Junghak Lee, Eunhye Kim, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Hye Suk Lee, Jeong-Han Kim
A screening method for simultaneous analysis of 379 pesticides in human serum was developed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Electrospray ionization with positive/negative switching mode of LC-MS/MS was adopted and scheduled multiple reaction monitoring for each target compound was established. The limit of quantitation was 10 ng/mL for 94.5% of the total pesticides and the correlation coefficients of calibration were ≥0.990 for 93.9% of the pesticides. For the sample preparation, scaled-down QuEChERS were used...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Mehmet Özbek, Emel Ergün, Feyzullah Beyaz, Levent Ergün, Nuh Y Ld R M, Özge Özgenç, Füsun Erhan
The object of this study was to describe the prenatal development and histochemical properties of mucins in the sheep gastrointestinal tract. To determine changes in the mucin profile, the sections were stained with specific histochemical stains for carbohydrates. While neutral and mixed mucins were observed in the superficial epithelial cells of the abomasal pyloric region, acidic mucins were detected in the secretory ducts and corpus of the glands. Acidic mucins consisted predominantly of sialomucins. In the duodenal villi, the number of goblet cells containing neutral mucins increased toward the end of gestation, whereas Brunner's glands contained acidic mucins until the 95th day of gestation and both acidic and neutral mucins thereafter...
March 14, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
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