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Katarzyna Sznurkowska, Anton Żawrocki, Jacek Sznurkowski, Maciej Zieliński, Piotr Landowski, Katarzyna Plata-Nazar, Ewa Iżycka-Świeszewska, Piotr Trzonkowski, Agnieszka Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz, Barbara Kamińska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To determine the proportion of T-regulatory cells (CD4(+)CD25(high)FOXP3(+) cells) in peripheral blood and the number of FOXP3(+) cells in intestinal mucosa of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and to verify whether these parameters correlate with the activity of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 24 patients newly diagnosed for IBD were included in the study: ulcerative colitis (UC; n = 13) and Crohn's disease (CD; n = 11). Seventeen healthy controls (HC) and 16 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) served as a control group for peripheral and intestinal Tregs assessment, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Natalia Miękus, Ilona Olędzka, Alina Plenis, Piotr Kowalski, Ewa Bień, Aleksandra Miękus, Małgorzata Anna Krawczyk, Elżbieta Adamkiewicz-Drożyńska, Tomasz Bączek
The unbalanced secretion of biogenic amines (BAs) is considered to be a relevant biochemical biomarker in the screening for neuroendocrine tumors, such as: neuroblastoma and pheochromocytoma. However, there is still a need to improve the bioanalytical procedures for BA determination in biological samples due to their instability (photo- and thermosensitivity, easy oxidation) and low concentration in the body fluids. In this study, the primary analytical challenge was to optimize the method of extraction of seven compounds from among BAs and their precursors from urine samples...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Amit M Oza, Frédéric Selle, Irina Davidenko, Jacob Korach, Cesar Mendiola, Patricia Pautier, Ewa Chmielowska, Aristotelis Bamias, Andrea DeCensi, Zanete Zvirbule, Antonio González-Martín, Roberto Hegg, Florence Joly, Claudio Zamagni, Angiolo Gadducci, Nicolas Martin, Stephen Robb, Nicoletta Colombo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and efficacy of extending bevacizumab therapy beyond 15 months in nonprogressive ovarian cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multinational prospective single-arm study ( NCT01239732), eligible patients had International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage IIB to IV or grade 3 stage I to IIA ovarian cancer without clinical signs or symptoms of gastrointestinal obstruction or history of abdominal fistula, gastrointestinal perforation, or intra-abdominal abscess within the preceding 6 months...
October 4, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Piotr Ponikowski, Adriaan A Voors, Stefan D Anker, Héctor Bueno, John G F Cleland, Andrew J S Coats, Volkmar Falk, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Ewa A Jankowska, Mariell Jessup, Cecilia Linde, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, John T Parissis, Burkert Pieske, Jillian P Riley, Giuseppe M C Rosano, Luis M Ruilope, Frank Ruschitzka, Frans H Rutten, Peter van der Meer
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2016: Kardiologia Polska
Mariola Herbet, Aleksandra Szopa, Sylwia Wośko, Anna Serefko, Magdalena Izdebska, Monika Gawrońska-Grzywacz, Iwona Piątkowska-Chmiel, Martyna Janas, Renata Gieroba, Agnieszka Korga, Ewa Poleszak, Jarosław Dudka
BACKGROUND: Depressive disorders are associated with oxidative stress. Therefore, it is interesting if antidepressants can affect redox equilibrium and signaling. The first step of our study was to determine the influence of the adenosine system on the antidepressant-like activity of non-competitive antagonist of the NMDA receptor complex - dizocilpine (MK-801). To this aim, two behavioral tests commonly used to assess the antidepressant capability of drugs - the forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST), were performed...
October 10, 2016: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Wilfred F Peter, Henrika Cw de Vet, Maarten Boers, Jaap Harlaar, Leo D Roorda, Rudolf W Poolman, Vanessa Ab Scholtes, Martijn Steultjens, Gordon J Hendry, Ewa M Roos, Francis Guillemin, Maria G Benedetti, Lorenzo Cavazzuti, Antonio Escobar, Hanne Dagfinrud, Caroline B Terwee
OBJECTIVE: The Animated Activity Questionnaire (AAQ) assesses activity limitations in patients with hip/knee osteoarthritis (HKOA), and consisting video animations of which patients choose the animation that best matches their own performance. The AAQ has shown good validity and reliability. This study aims to evaluate cross-cultural and construct validity of the AAQ. Methods Cross-cultural validity was assessed using ordinal logistic regression analysis to evaluate Differential Item Functioning (DIF) across 7 languages...
October 16, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Monika Kasztura, Magdalena Dzięgała, Kamil Kobak, Jacek Bania, Grzegorz Mazur, Waldemar Banasiak, Piotr Ponikowski, Ewa Anita Jankowska
: Background Iron is presumed to play an important role in functioning of cardiomyocytes and skeletal myocytes. There is scarcity of direct data characterizing the cells functioning when exposed to iron depletion or iron overload in cellular environment. There is some clinical evidence demonstrating that iron deficiency has serious negative prognostic consequence in heart failure (HF) patients and its correction brought clinical benefit. BACKGROUND: Iron is presumed to play an important role in functioning of cardiomyocytes and skeletal myocytes...
October 17, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Alan Kivitz, Thomas Wallace, Ewa Olech, Michael Borofsky, Jenny Devenport, Jinglan Pei, Margaret Michalska
INTRODUCTION: To assess the long-term safety and efficacy of subcutaneous tocilizumab (TCZ-SC) in US patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who rolled over from the two global phase 3 studies, SUMMACTA (NCT01194414) and BREVACTA (NCT1232569), into this open-label, single-arm, phase 3b study. METHODS: Patients continued to receive TCZ-SC 162 mg weekly or every other week or switched from intravenous TCZ to TCZ-SC 162 mg qw for up to 84 weeks. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with serious adverse events (SAEs)...
September 24, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Sabina Górska, Ewa Dylus, Angelika Rudawska, Ewa Brzozowska, Dagmar Srutkova, Martin Schwarzer, Agnieszka Razim, Hana Kozakova, Andrzej Gamian
The Bifidobacteria show great diversity in the cell surface architecture which may influence the physicochemical properties of the bacterial cell and strain specific properties. The immunomodulatory role of bifidobacteria has been extensively studied, however studies on the immunoreactivity of their protein molecules are very limited. Here, we compared six different methods of protein isolation and purification and we report identification of immunogenic and immunoreactive protein of two human Bifidobacterium longum ssp...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Jerzy W Mietelski, Renata Kierepko, Edyta Łokas, Anna Cwanek, Krzysztof Kleszcz, Ewa Tomankiewicz, Tomasz Mróz, Robert Anczkiewicz, Mirosław Szałkowski, Bogdan Wąs, Mirosław Bartyzel, Ryszard Misiak
The paper summarizes results of investigation of the current state of radioactive contamination on site being under consideration for planned nuclear power plant in northern Poland. Thanks to use of sequential procedure it was possible to determine activity concentrations for radioisotopes of nine elements, both natural and artificial. Results show that observed levels of radioactive contamination are rather typical for central Europe and global fallout is dominant factor of presence of artificial radionuclides...
2016: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Ewa Obuchowicz, Marta Nowacka, Monika Paul-Samojedny, Anna M Bielecka-Wajdman, Andrzej Małecki
The present study was designed to evaluate, for the first time, the potential sex differences in BDNF and VEGF systems under normal conditions and in response to IL-1β given ip. Peripheral overproduction of this cytokine mediates the pathophysiology of various acute neuroinflammatory states. Until now, the effect of IL-1β on VEGF expression in rat brain structures and its serum level has not been examined. In male and female rats, the BDNF and VEGF mRNA expression, and BDNF level were evaluated in the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus and pituitary gland...
October 12, 2016: Cytokine
Susana Galli, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Jason U Tilan, Emily Trinh, Chao Yang, Jessica Tsuei, Sung-Hyeok Hong, Hongkun Wang, Ewa Izycka-Swieszewska, Yi-Chien Lee, Olga C Rodriguez, Chris Albanese, Joanna Kitlinska
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a pediatric malignant neoplasm of sympathoadrenal origin. Challenges in its management include stratification of this heterogeneous disease and a lack of both adequate treatments for high-risk patients and noninvasive biomarkers of disease progression. Our previous studies have identified neuropeptide Y (NPY), a sympathetic neurotransmitter expressed in NB, as a potential therapeutic target for these tumors by virtue of its Y5 receptor (Y5R)-mediated chemoresistance and Y2 receptor (Y2R)-mediated proliferative and angiogenic activities...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Justyna W Wuenstel, Lidia Wądołowska, Małgorzata A Słowinska, Ewa Niedźwiedzka, Joanna Kowalkowska, Lidia Kurp
AIM: The aim of this observational study was to investigate the intake of dietary fibre and its sources among Polish adolescents according to prevalence of overweight after adjustment for age and gender. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 1,565 students, including 48% boys and 52% girls aged 13-18 with normal weight, overweight and obesity. Dietary information was reported using the Block Screening Questionnaire for Fruit/Vegetable/Fibre Intake. The nutritional status was assessed on the basis of body mass and height measurements...
September 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
Michał Skibniewski, Ewa M Skibniewska, Tadeusz Kośla, Katarzyna Olbrych
The aim of the study was to evaluate the cadmium and zinc content in the kidneys and liver of moose from north-eastern Poland. Animals were divided with respect to their age. The mean concentration of cadmium in the kidneys of moose studied was 11.31 mg kg(-1), while in the liver it amounted to 2.68 mg kg(-1). Age had a significant effect on the content of cadmium in both organs. In the muscles of most animals studied, the cadmium concentrations were below the detection limit. Elevated concentrations were found in three individuals only...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hanna Niehues, Joost Schalkwijk, Ivonne M J J van Vlijmen-Willems, Diana Rodijk-Olthuis, Michelle M van Rossum, Ewa Wladykowski, Johanna M Brandner, Ellen H J van den Bogaard, Patrick L J M Zeeuwen
We investigated differentiation and barrier properties of epidermal equivalents derived from ichthyosis vulgaris keratinocytes that were homozygous for FLG null mutations. We found no effect on penetration of tracer molecules, compared with filaggrin proficient keratinocytes.
October 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ewa D Raczyńska, Jean-François Gal, Pierre-Charles Maria
Nitrogen bases containing one or more pushing amino-group(s) directly linked to a pulling cyano, imino, or phosphoimino group, as well as those in which the pushing and pulling moieties are separated by a conjugated spacer (C═X)n, where X is CH or N, display an exceptionally strong basicity. The n-π conjugation between the pushing and pulling groups in such systems lowers the basicity of the pushing amino-group(s) and increases the basicity of the pulling cyano, imino, or phosphoimino group. In the gas phase, most of the so-called push-pull nitrogen bases exhibit a very high basicity...
October 14, 2016: Chemical Reviews
Paulina Koczurkiewicz, Ewa Kowolik, Irma Podolak, Dawid Wnuk, Kamil Piska, Anna Łabędź-Masłowska, Katarzyna Wójcik-Pszczoła, Elżbieta Pękala, Jarosław Czyż, Marta Michalik
Triterpene saponins are secondary metabolites typical for higher plants. They possess a wide range of pharmaceutical and biological activities. These include anti-inflammatory, vasoprotective, expectorant, and antitumor properties. In particular, the ability of saponins to enhance the cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutic drugs has opened new perspectives for their application in combined cancer chemotherapy. In this study, the biological activity of the saponin fraction isolated from Lysimachia ciliata (denoted as CIL-1/2) was evaluated to assess its chemosensitizing activity in prostate cancer cell lines (DU-145, PC-3)...
October 13, 2016: Planta Medica
Barbara Strojny, Marta Grodzik, Ewa Sawosz, Anna Winnicka, Natalia Kurantowicz, Sławomir Jaworski, Marta Kutwin, Kaja Urbańska, Anna Hotowy, Mateusz Wierzbicki, André Chwalibog
Curcumin has been studied broadly for its wide range of biological activities, including anticancer properties. The major problem with curcumin is its poor bioavailability, which can be improved by the addition of carriers, such as diamond nanoparticles (DN). They are carbon allotropes, and are therefore biocompatible and easily taken up by cells. DN are non-toxic and have antiangiogenic properties with potential applications in cancer therapy. Their large surface makes them promising compounds in a drug delivery system for bioactive agents, as DN create bio-complexes in a fast and simple process of self-organisation...
2016: PloS One
Helena Domin, Natalia Piergies, Dominika Święch, Ewa Pięta, Edyta Proniewicz
It has been suggested that the family of neuropeptide Y (NPY) peptides is a promising target for the neuroprotective therapy; therefore, knowledge of the structure of these biologically active compounds and their behavior at solid/liquid interface is important in order to design new analogues. Because there is still a lack of detailed information on the behavior of NPY and its mutated analogues at the solid/liquid interfaces, in this work surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) analysis was used to investigate NPY and its native NPY(3-36), NPY(13-36), and NPY(22-36) and mutated acetyl-(Leu(28,31))-NPY(24-36)C-terminal fragments, acting on Y2 receptors (Y2R), in order to determine their possible metal surface/molecule interactions...
October 5, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Anna Wajs-Bonikowska, Łukasz Szoka, Ewa Karna, Anna Wiktorowska-Owczarek, Monika Sienkiewicz
The increasing consumption of natural products lead us to discover and study new plant materials, such as conifer seeds and cones, which could be easily available from the forest industry as a waste material, for their potential uses. The chemical composition of the essential oils of Picea pungens and Picea orientalis was fully characterized by GC and GC-MS methods. Seed and cone oils of both tree species were composed mainly of monoterpene hydrocarbons, among which limonene, α- and β-pinene were the major, but in different proportions in the examined conifer essential oils...
October 13, 2016: Chemistry & Biodiversity
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