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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351585/core-differences-in-synaptic-signaling-between-primary-visual-and-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortex
#1
Sheng-Tao Yang, Min Wang, Constantinos D Paspalas, Johanna L Crimins, Marcus T Altman, James A Mazer, Amy F T Arnsten
Neurons in primary visual cortex (V1) are more resilient than those in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) in aging, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease. The current study compared glutamate and neuromodulatory actions in macaque V1 to those in dlPFC, and found striking regional differences. V1 neuronal firing to visual stimuli depended on AMPA receptors, with subtle NMDA receptor contributions, while dlPFC depends primarily on NMDA receptors. Neuromodulatory actions also differed between regions. In V1, cAMP signaling increased neuronal firing, and the phosphodiesterase PDE4A was positioned to regulate cAMP effects on glutamate release from axons...
January 17, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351444/activated-human-t-lymphocytes-inhibit-tgf%C3%AE-induced-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-prostaglandins-d2-and-e2
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Shannon H Lacy, Amali P Epa, Stephen J Pollock, Collynn F Woeller, Thomas H Thatcher, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
In pulmonary fibrosis (PF), fibroblasts and myofibroblasts proliferate and deposit excessive extracellular matrix in the interstitium, impairing normal lung function. As most forms of PF have a poor prognosis and limited treatment options, PF represents an urgent unmet need for novel, effective therapeutics. While the role of immune cells in lung fibrosis is unclear, recent studies suggest that T lymphocyte (T cell) activation may be impaired in PF patients. Further, we have previously shown that activated T cells can produce prostaglandins with anti-scarring potential...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350886/the-cell-biology-and-molecular-genetics-of-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-development
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REVIEW
Zahida Yesmin Roly, Brendan Backhouse, Andrew Cutting, Tiong Yang Tan, Andrew H Sinclair, Katie L Ayers, Andrew T Major, Craig A Smith
The Müllerian ducts are part of the embryonic urogenital system. They give rise to mature structures that serve a critical function in the transport and development of the oocyte and/or embryo. In most vertebrates, both sexes initially develop Müllerian ducts during embryogenesis, but they regress in males under the influence of testis-derived Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH). A number of regulatory factors have been shown to be essential for proper duct development, including Bmp and Wnt signaling molecules, together with homeodomain transcription factors such as PAX2 and LIM1...
January 19, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350807/mait-cells-and-viruses
#4
James E Ussher, Christian B Willberg, Paul Klenerman
Mucosal associated invariant T cells (MAIT cells) bear a T cell receptor (TCR) that specifically targets microbially-derived metabolites. Functionally they respond to bacteria and yeasts, which possess the riboflavin pathway, essential for production of such metabolites and which are presented on MR1. Viruses cannot generate these ligands, so a priori, they should not be recognized by MAIT cells and indeed this is true when considering recognition through the TCR. However, MAIT cells are distinctive in another respect, since they respond quite sensitively to non-TCR signals, especially in the form of inflammatory cytokines...
January 19, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350534/discovery-of-tetrahydroisoquinoline-containing-cxcr4-antagonists-with-improved-in-vitro-admet-properties
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Eric J Miller, Edgars Jecs, Valarie M Truax, Brooke M Katzman, Yesim A Tahirovic, Robert J Wilson, Katie M Kuo, Michelle B Kim, Huy H Nguyen, Manohar T Saindane, Huanyu Zhao, Tao Wang, Chi S Sum, Mary Ellen Cvijic, Gretchen M Schroeder, Lawrence J Wilson, Dennis C Liotta
CXCR4 is a 7-transmembrane receptor expressed by hematopoietic stem cells and progeny, as well as by ≥ 48 different cancers types. CXCL12, the only chemokine ligand of CXCR4, is secreted within the tumor microenvironment, providing sanctuary for CXCR4+ tumor cells from immune surveillance and chemotherapeutic elimination by 1) stimulating pro-survival signaling and 2) recruiting CXCR4+ immunosuppressive leukocytes. Additionally, distant CXCL12-rich niches attract and support CXCR4+ metastatic growths. Accordingly, CXCR4 antagonists can potentially obstruct CXCR4-mediated pro-survival signaling, recondition the CXCR4+ leukocyte infiltrate from immunosuppressive to immunoreactive, and inhibit CXCR4+ cancer cell metastasis...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350052/protective-mechanisms-of-6-gingerol-in-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-chronic-ulcerative-colitis-in-mice
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B O Ajayi, I A Adedara, E O Farombi
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relapsing and remitting inflammatory disease of the colon, with an increasing incidence worldwide. 6-Gingerol (6G) is a bioactive constituent of Zingiber officinale, which has been reported to possess various biological activities. This study was designed to evaluate the role of 6G in chronic UC. Chronic UC was induced in mice by three cycles of 2.5% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in drinking water. Each cycle consisted of 7 days of 2.5% DSS followed by 14 days of normal drinking water...
January 1, 2018: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349709/the-host-response-in-critically-ill-sepsis-patients-on-statin-therapy-a-prospective-observational-study
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Maryse A Wiewel, Brendon P Scicluna, Lonneke A van Vught, Arie J Hoogendijk, Aeilko H Zwinderman, René Lutter, Janneke Horn, Olaf L Cremer, Marc J Bonten, Marcus J Schultz, Tom van der Poll
BACKGROUND: Statins can exert pleiotropic anti-inflammatory, vascular protective and anticoagulant effects, which in theory could improve the dysregulated host response during sepsis. We aimed to determine the association between prior statin use and host response characteristics in critically ill patients with sepsis. METHODS: We performed a prospective observational study in 1060 patients admitted with sepsis to the mixed intensive care units (ICUs) of two hospitals in the Netherlands between January 2011 and July 2013...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349609/caspase-1-mediated-pyroptosis-of-the-predominance-for-driving-cd4-formula-see-text-t-cells-death-a-nonlocal-spatial-mathematical-model
#8
Wei Wang, Tongqian Zhang
Caspase-1-mediated pyroptosis is the predominance for driving CD4[Formula: see text] T cells death. Dying infected CD4[Formula: see text] T cells can release inflammatory signals which attract more uninfected CD4[Formula: see text] T cells to die. This paper is devoted to developing a diffusive mathematical model which can make useful contributions to understanding caspase-1-mediated pyroptosis by inflammatory cytokines IL-1[Formula: see text] released from infected cells in the within-host environment. The well-posedness of solutions, basic reproduction number, threshold dynamics are investigated for spatially heterogeneous infection...
January 18, 2018: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348886/frk-inhibits-breast-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion-by-suppressing-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Yetunde Ogunbolude, Chenlu Dai, Edward T Bagu, Raghuveera Kumar Goel, Sayem Miah, Joshua MacAusland-Berg, Chi Ying Ng, Rajni Chibbar, Scott Napper, Leda Raptis, Frederick Vizeacoumar, Franco Vizeacoumar, Keith Bonham, Kiven Erique Lukong
The human fyn-related kinase (FRK) is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase known to have tumor suppressor activity in breast cancer cells. However, its mechanism of action has not been fully characterized. We generated FRK-stable MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell lines and analyzed the effect on cell proliferation, migration, and invasiveness. We also used kinome analysis to identify potential FRK-regulated signaling pathways. We employed both immunoblotting and RT-PCR to identify/validate FRK-regulated targets (proteins and genes) in these cells...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348880/the-potential-mechanism-of-extracellular-high-mobility-group-box-1-protein-mediated-p53-expression-in-immune-dysfunction-of-t-lymphocytes
#10
Ying-Yi Luan, Min Jia, Hui Zhang, Fu-Jun Zhu, Ning Dong, Yong-Wen Feng, Ming Wu, Ya-Lin Tong, Yong-Ming Yao
In the present study, we examined the activity of p53 protein in Jurkat cells treated with high mobility group box-1 protein (HMGB1), thereafter we investigated the mechanism of extracellular HMGB1 mediated p53 expression in immune dysfunction of T lymphocytes. mRNA expression of p53, mdm2, and p21 was determined by Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR). The apoptotic rate of Jurkat cells was analyzed by flow cytometry. Expressions of bcl-2, bax, caspase-3, phosphorylated (p) extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2, ERK1/2, p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), p38 MAPK, and p-c-jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK)1/2 and JNK1/2 were simultaneously determined by Western blotting...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348619/cytokine-mediated-changes-in-k-channel-activity-promotes-an-adaptive-ca2-response-that-sustains-%C3%AE-cell-insulin-secretion-during-inflammation
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Matthew T Dickerson, Avery M Bogart, Molly K Altman, Sarah C Milian, Kelli L Jordan, Prasanna K Dadi, David A Jacobson
Cytokines present during low-grade inflammation contribute to β-cell dysfunction and diabetes. Cytokine signaling disrupts β-cell glucose-stimulated Ca2+ influx (GSCI) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) Ca2+ ([Ca2+]ER) handling, leading to diminished glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS). However, cytokine-mediated changes in ion channel activity that alter β-cell Ca2+ handling remain unknown. Here we investigated the role of K+ currents in cytokine-mediated β-cell dysfunction. Kslow currents, which control the termination of intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) oscillations, were reduced following cytokine exposure...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348575/quantitative-optical-nanophysiology-of-ca2-signaling-at-inner-hair-cell-active-zones
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Jakob Neef, Nicolai T Urban, Tzu-Lun Ohn, Thomas Frank, Philippe Jean, Stefan W Hell, Katrin I Willig, Tobias Moser
Ca2+ influx triggers the release of synaptic vesicles at the presynaptic active zone (AZ). A quantitative characterization of presynaptic Ca2+ signaling is critical for understanding synaptic transmission. However, this has remained challenging to establish at the required resolution. Here, we employ confocal and stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy to quantify the number (20-330) and arrangement (mostly linear 70 nm × 100-600 nm clusters) of Ca2+ channels at AZs of mouse cochlear inner hair cells (IHCs)...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348565/an-in-vitro-system-of-autologous-lymphocytes-culture-that-allows-the-study-of-homeostatic-proliferation-mechanisms-in-human-naive-cd4-t-cells
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Isaac Rosado-Sánchez, Amaia González-Magaña, María M Pozo-Balado, Inés Herrero-Fernández, María J Polaino, María M Rodríguez-Méndez, María Francisca González-Escribano, Manuel Leal, Yolanda M Pacheco
The size of peripheral T-cell pool is kept constant throughout life. However, a decline in lymphocyte numbers is a feature of several human disorders, in which fast and slow homeostatic proliferation play a crucial role. Several in vitro and in vivo models have been developed to study such processes. Nevertheless, self- and commensal- antigens, well-known triggers of homeostatic proliferation, have not been examined in these models. We have designed an in vitro culture of human T-cells exposed to rIL7 and autologous antigen-presenting cells (aAPC) that allows the simultaneous characterization of the different types of homeostatic proliferation...
January 18, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348018/myocardial-inflammation-predicts-remodeling-and-neuroinflammation-after-myocardial-infarction
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James T Thackeray, Henri C Hupe, Yong Wang, Jens P Bankstahl, Georg Berding, Tobias L Ross, Johann Bauersachs, Kai C Wollert, Frank M Bengel
BACKGROUND: The local inflammatory tissue response after acute myocardial infarction (MI) determines subsequent healing. Systemic interaction may induce neuroinflammation as a precursor to neurodegeneration. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess the influence of MI on cardiac and brain inflammation using noninvasive positron emission tomography (PET) of the heart-brain axis. METHODS: After coronary artery ligation or sham surgery, mice (n = 49) underwent serial whole-body PET imaging of the mitochondrial translocator protein (TSPO) as a marker of activated macrophages and microglia...
January 23, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346274/irf4-mediates-the-oncogenic-effects-of-stat3-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphomas
#15
Cecilia Bandini, Aldi Pupuleku, Elisa Spaccarotella, Elisa Pellegrino, Rui Wang, Nicoletta Vitale, Carlotta Duval, Daniela Cantarella, Andrea Rinaldi, Paolo Provero, Ferdinando Di Cunto, Enzo Medico, Francesco Bertoni, Giorgio Inghirami, Roberto Piva
Systemic anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) are a category of T-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas which can be divided into anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) positive and ALK negative subgroups, based on ALK gene rearrangements. Among several pathways aberrantly activated in ALCL, the constitutive activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is shared by all ALK positive ALCL and has been detected in a subgroup of ALK negative ALCL. To discover essential mediators of STAT3 oncogenic activity that may represent feasible targets for ALCL therapies, we combined gene expression profiling analysis and RNA interference functional approaches...
January 18, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345428/traf3-regulation-of-inhibitory-signaling-pathways-in-b-and-t-lymphocytes-by-kinase-and-phosphatase-localization
#16
REVIEW
Alicia M Wallis, Gail A Bishop
This brief review presents current understanding of how the signaling adapter protein TRAF3 can both induce and block inhibitory signaling pathways in B and T lymphocytes, via association with kinases and phosphatases, and subsequent regulation of their localization within the cell. In B lymphocytes, signaling through the interleukin 6 receptor (IL-6R) induces association of TRAF3 with IL-6R-associated JAK1, to which TRAF3 recruits the phosphatase PTPN22 (protein tyrosine phosphatase number 22) to dephosphorylate JAK1 and STAT3, inhibiting IL-6R signaling...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345372/truncation-of-neurokinin-1-receptor-negative-regulation-of-substance-p-signaling
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REVIEW
Sergei Spitsin, Vasiliki Pappa, Steven D Douglas
Substance P (SP) is a tachykinin peptide, which triggers intracellular signaling in the nervous and immune systems, as well as, other local and systemic events. The interaction between SP and its receptor, neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1R), results in major downstream cellular actions, which include changes in calcium fluxes, ERK, and p21-activated kinase phosphorylation and NFκB activation. Two naturally occurring variants of the NK1R, the full-length, 407 aa receptor (NK1R-F) and the truncated, 311 aa isoform (NK1R-T), mediate the actions of SP...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345370/inhibition-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-attenuates-eosinophil-recruitment-and-food-allergen-induced-gastrointestinal-inflammation
#18
Idil Bastan, Xiao Na Ge, Mythili Dileepan, Yana G Greenberg, Alonso G Guedes, Sung Hee Hwang, Bruce D Hammock, Robert J Washabau, Savita P Rao, P Sriramarao
Prevalence of food allergies in the United States is on the rise. Eosinophils are recruited to the intestinal mucosa in substantial numbers in food allergen-driven gastrointestinal (GI) inflammation. Soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) is known to play a pro-inflammatory role during inflammation by metabolizing anti-inflammatory epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) to pro-inflammatory diols. We investigated the role of sEH in a murine model of food allergy and evaluated the potential therapeutic effect of a highly selective sEH inhibitor (trans-4-{4-[3-(4-trifluoromethoxyphenyl)-ureido]-cyclohexyloxy}-benzoic acid [t-TUCB])...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345363/effects-of-il-10-and-th-2-cytokines-on-human-m%C3%AF-phenotype-and-response-to-csf1r-inhibitor
#19
Leon P Pradel, Andreas Franke, Carola H Ries
Tumor-associated Mφs display a plastic phenotype that is regulated by the local tumor milieu. Gene expression analysis and functional characterization of Mφs exposed in vitro to individual cytokines aids to delineate the cross-talk between defined cytokines shaping the complex Mφ phenotype. Human monocyte-derived Mφs can be differentiated in vitro with the T helper cell type 2 response cytokines IL-4 and IL-13 or the immunosuppressive IL-10. Notably, only the latter subset undergoes apoptosis when treated with the CSF 1 receptor (CSF1R) blocking antibody emactuzumab...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345219/transcriptional-changes-when-myxococcus-xanthus-preys-on-escherichia-coli-suggest-myxobacterial-predators-are-constitutively-toxic-but-regulate-their-feeding
#20
Paul G Livingstone, Andrew D Millard, Martin T Swain, David E Whitworth
Predation is a fundamental ecological process, but within most microbial ecosystems the molecular mechanisms of predation remain poorly understood. We investigated transcriptome changes associated with the predation of Escherichia coli by the myxobacterium Myxococcus xanthus using mRNA sequencing. Exposure to pre-killed prey significantly altered expression of 1319 predator genes. However, the transcriptional response to living prey was minimal, with only 12 genes being significantly up-regulated. The genes most induced by prey presence (kdpA and kdpB, members of the kdp regulon) were confirmed by reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR to be regulated by osmotic shock in M...
January 18, 2018: Microbial Genomics
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