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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628831/analysis-of-immunostimulatory-activity-of-polysaccharide-extracted-from-yu-ping-feng-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Wentao Fan, Pimiao Zheng, Yang Wang, Pan Hao, Jianzhu Liu, Xiaona Zhao
As a traditional Chinese multiherbal formula, Yu-Ping-Feng (YPF) is frequently used to treat cold, flu and inflammation-associated diseases. We aimed to evaluate the immunostimulatory effects of polysaccharide isolated from YPF (YPF-PS) in vitro and in vivo. In in vitro experiment, macrophage cell proliferation, phagocytosis rate, cytokine and costimulatory molecule release, T lymphocyte proliferation, cell cycle distribution, CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell percentages were determined. To investigate the in vivo effects of YPF-PS treatment, different doses YPF-PS were administered to chicken vaccinated against Newcastle disease...
June 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628637/survival-bacterial-clearance-and-thrombocytopenia-are-improved-in-polymicrobial-sepsis-by-targeting-nuclear-transport-shuttles
#2
Ruth Ann Veach, Yan Liu, Jozef Zienkiewicz, Lukasz S Wylezinski, Kelli L Boyd, James L Wynn, Jacek Hawiger
The rising tide of sepsis, a leading cause of death in the US and globally, is not adequately controlled by current antimicrobial therapies and supportive measures, thereby requiring new adjunctive treatments. Severe microvascular injury and multiple organ failure in sepsis are attributed to a "genomic storm" resulting from changes in microbial and host genomes encoding virulence factors and endogenous inflammatory mediators, respectively. This storm is mediated by stress-responsive transcription factors that are ferried to the nucleus by nuclear transport shuttles importins/karyopherins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627391/low-molecular-weight-fucoidan-and-its-fractions-inhibit-renal-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1-or-fgf-2
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Xinpeng Li, Xiaohong Li, Quanbin Zhang, Tingting Zhao
We investigated the renal protective effects of low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF) and its two fractions (F0.5 and F1.0), which were extracted from Laminaria japonica, on the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) induced by transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF-2) in HK-2 human renal proximal tubular cells. Cell morphology and EMT markers (fibronectin and alpha-smooth muscle actin) demonstrated that cells treated with TGF-β1 or FGF-2 developed EMT to a significant extent...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625845/injury-and-defective-regeneration-of-the-epithelial-basement-membrane-in-corneal-fibrosis-a-paradigm-for-fibrosis-in-other-organs
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Steven E Wilson, Gustavo K Marino, Andre A M Torricelli, Carla S Medeiros
Myofibroblast-mediated fibrosis is important in the pathophysiology of diseases in most organs. The cornea, the transparent anterior wall of the eye that functions to focus light on the retina, is commonly affected by fibrosis and provides an optimal model due to its simplicity and accessibility. Severe injuries to the cornea, including infection, surgery, and trauma, may trigger the development of myofibroblasts and fibrosis in the normally transparent connective tissue stroma. Ultrastructural studies have demonstrated that defective epithelial basement membrane (EBM) regeneration after injury underlies the development of myofibroblasts from both bone marrow- and keratocyte-derived precursor cells in the cornea...
June 15, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614918/the-significance-of-sdf-1alpha-cxcr4-axis-in-in-vivo-angiogenic-ability-of-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
#5
Yoon-Kyung Bae, Gee-Hye Kim, Jae Cheoun Lee, Byoung-Moo Seo, Kyeung-Min Joo, Gene Lee, Hyun Nam
Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) are multipotent stem cells derived from periodontium and have mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-like characteristics. Recently, the perivascular region was recognized as the developmental origin of MSCs, which suggests the in vivo angiogenic potential of PDLSCs. In this study, we investigated whether PDLSCs could be a potential source of perivascular cells, which could contribute to in vivo angiogenesis. PDLSCs exhibited typical MSC-like characteristics such as the expression pattern of surface markers (CD29, CD44, CD73, and CD105) and differentiation potentials (osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation)...
June 14, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602397/a-new-species-of-scopulariopsis-and-its-synergistic-effect-on-pathogenicity-of-verticillium-dahliae-on-cotton-plants
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Xiao-Lin Li, Mohammad Reza Ojaghian, Jing-Ze Zhang, Shui-Jin Zhu
A new species, Scopulariopsis gossypii, was found to be present in the vascular bundles of cotton plants (Gossypium hirsutum) infected by Verticillium dahliae which is an economically important pathogen in Hangzhou, China. The fungus was only present in the diseased plants, but it never became isolated from the healthy plants. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the fungus was present in parenchyma cells enclosing vessels in dark brown vascular tissues of stems, and produced asexual conidia within the tissues...
August 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600710/the-influence-of-systemic-renin-angiotensin-inhibition-on-ocular-cytokines-related-to-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy
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Robert Hoerster, Sascha Fauser, Claus Cursiefen, Bernd Kirchhof, Ludwig M Heindl
PURPOSE: The renin-angiotensin system is involved in the pathogenesis of fibrosis in several organs via induction of transforming growth factor (TGF) beta. In the pathogenesis of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) TGF-beta plays a pivotal role, promoting transition of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells into myofibroblasts. We studied the influence of angiotensin converting enzyme-inhibition (ACEI) on cytokines and growth factors, related to PVR in aqueous humor. METHODS: We performed a post hoc analysis of a prospectively conducted interventional case series...
June 9, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600321/importin-beta-and-crm1-control-a-ranbp2-spatiotemporal-switch-essential-for-mitotic-kinetochore-function
#8
Eugenia Gilistro, Valeria de Turris, Michela Damizia, Annalisa Verrico, Sara Moroni, Riccardo De Santis, Alessandro Rosa, Patrizia Lavia
Protein conjugation with SUMO is a post-translational modification that modulates protein interactions and localisation. RANBP2 is a large nucleoporin endowed with SUMO E3 ligase and SUMO-stabilising activity and is implicated in some cancer types. RANBP2 is part of a larger complex, comprising SUMO-modified RANGAP1, the GTP-hydrolysis activating factor for the GTPase RAN. During mitosis, the RANBP2/SUMO-RANGAP1 complex localises to the mitotic spindle and to kinetochores after microtubule attachment. Here we have addressed the mechanisms that regulate this localisation and how they affect kinetochore functions...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600126/chemokine-cc-motif-receptor-like-2-mrna-is-expressed-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-and-is-positively-associated-with-characteristics-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-mice-and-men
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Sebastian Zimny, Rebekka Pohl, Lisa Rein-Fischboeck, Elisabeth M Haberl, Sabrina Krautbauer, Thomas S Weiss, Christa Buechler
Chemokine (CC-motif) receptor-like 2 (CCRL2) is a decoy receptor and regulates the local responses of the chemokine chemerin. Recently our group has shown that the functional chemerin receptor, chemokine-like receptor 1 (CMKLR1), correlates with fibrosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) score in males only. In our current study, we wanted to know whether CCRL2 shows similar correlations as CMKLR1. Therefore, we analyzed the hepatic expression of CCRL2 in murine NASH and in liver tissues obtained from 85 patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and 33 controls...
June 15, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595284/infertility-diagnosis-has-a-significant-impact-on-the-transcriptome-of-developing-blastocysts
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Blair R McCallie, Jason C Parks, Darren K Griffin, William B Schoolcraft, Mandy G Katz-Jaffe
STUDY QUESTION: Is the human blastocyst transcriptome associated with infertility diagnosis, specifically: polycystic ovaries (PCO), male factor (MF), and unexplained (UE)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The global blastocyst transcriptome was significantly altered in association with a PCO, MF, and UE infertility diagnosis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Infertility diagnosis has an impact on the probability for a successful outcome following an IVF cycle. Limited information is known regarding the relationship between a specific infertility diagnosis and blastocyst transcription during pre-implantation development...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592116/radionuclides-in-radiation-induced-bystander-effect-may-it-share-in-radionuclide-therapy
#11
M Widel
For many years in radiobiology and radiotherapy predominated the conviction that cellular DNA is the main target for ionizing radiation, however, the view has changed in the past 20 years. Nowadays, it is assumed that not only directed (targeted) radiation effect, but also an indirect (non-targeted) effect may contribute to the result of radiation treatment. Non-targeted effect is relatively well recognized after external beam irradiation in vitro and in vivo, and comprises such phenomena like radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), genomic instability, adaptive response and abscopal (out of field) effect...
June 8, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585198/fat-cell-and-fatty-acid-turnover-in-obesity
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Atilla Engin
The ratio of free fatty acid (FFA) turnover decreases significantly with the expansion of white adipose tissue. Adipose tissue and dietary saturated fatty acid levels significantly correlate with an increase in fat cell size and number. Inhibition of adipose triglyceride lipase leads to an accumulation of triglyceride, whereas inhibition of hormone-sensitive lipase leads to the accumulation of diacylglycerol. The G0/G1 switch gene 2 increases lipid content in adipocytes and promotes adipocyte hypertrophy through the restriction of triglyceride turnover...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584574/increased-glucose-metabolism-and-alpha-glucosidase-inhibition-in-cordyceps-militaris-water-extract-treated-hepg2-cells
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Dae Jung Kim, Yun Hwan Kang, Kyoung Kon Kim, Tae Woo Kim, Jae Bong Park, Myeon Choe
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Recent living condition improvements, changes in dietary habits, and reductions in physical activity are contributing to an increase in metabolic syndrome symptoms including diabetes and obesity. Through such societal developments, humankind is continuously exposed to metabolic diseases such as diabetes, and the number of the victims is increasing. This study investigated Cordyceps militaris water extract (CMW)-induced glucose uptake in HepG2 cells and the effect of CMW treatment on glucose metabolism...
June 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570746/influence-of-extremely-low-frequency-magnetic-fields-on-ca-2-signaling-and-double-messenger-system-in-mice-hippocampus-and-reversal-function-of-procyanidins-extracted-from-lotus-seedpod
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Haihui Zhang, Yuanyuan Dai, Yanxiang Cheng, Yuanqing He, Zandile Manyakara, Yuqing Duan, Guibo Sun, Xiaobo Sun
This research investigated the influence of extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF; 50 Hz, 8 mT, 4 h per day, for 28 days) on calcium ion signaling and the double messenger system in the hippocampus of mice. Messengers that were studied included: G-protein, Ins(1,4,5)P3 (IP3 ), diacylglycerol (DAG), cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), and Ca(2+) -dependent protein kinase C (PKC). The results showed that ELF-MF caused an increase in the levels of Gi protein, IP3, DAG, PKA and PKC beta, calcium and calmodulin-dependent protein phosphatase calcineuring (PP2B), and intracellular Ca(2+) content, and a decrease in calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMK II) and PKC alpha...
June 1, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567613/characterisation-of-a-pucba-deletion-mutant-from-rhodopseudomonas-palustris-lacking-all-but-the-pucbad-genes
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June Southall, Sarah L Henry, Alastair T Gardiner, Aleksander W Roszak, William Mullen, Anne-Marie Carey, Sharon M Kelly, Claire Ortmann de Percin Northumberland, Richard J Cogdell
Rhodopseudomonas palustris is a species of purple photosynthetic bacteria that has a multigene family of puc genes that encode the alpha and beta apoproteins, which form the LH2 complexes. A genetic dissection strategy has been adopted in order to try and understand which spectroscopic form of LH2 these different genes produce. This paper presents a characterisation of one of the deletion mutants generated in this program, the pucBAd only mutant. This mutant produces an unusual spectroscopic form of LH2 that only has a single large NIR absorption band at 800 nm...
May 31, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554316/beta-hydroxy-beta-methyl-butyrate-hmb-from-experimental-data-to-clinical-evidence-in-sarcopenia
#16
Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft
β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate (HMB) is a metabolite derived from leucine and its ketoacid alpha-ketoisocaproate. Leucine has a role in regulating protein synthesis in muscle cells, and HMB seems to be a key active metabolite in such regulation. HMB has been shown to modulate muscle protein degradation by inhibiting the ubiquitin-proteasome proteolytic pathway, to up-regulate protein synthesis via the mTOR pathway, and to stabilize cell membranes via the rate limiting enzyme to cholesterol synthesis HMG- coenzyme A reductase...
May 28, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551699/the-role-of-somatostatin-in-glp-1-induced-inhibition-of-glucagon-secretion-in-mice
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Anne Ørgaard, Jens J Holst
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists are currently used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Their main mechanism of action is enhancement of glucose-induced insulin secretion (from increased beta cell glucose sensitivity) and inhibition of glucagon secretion. The latter has been demonstrated to account for about half of their blood glucose-lowering activity. Whereas the effect of GLP-1 on insulin secretion is clearly dependent on ambient glucose concentrations and has been described in detail, the mechanism responsible for the inhibitory effect of GLP-1 on glucagon secretion is heavily debated...
May 27, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551622/protein-complex-of-fibrinogen-gamma-chain-and-complement-factor-h-in-ovarian-cancer-patient-plasma
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Ken-Ichi Honda, Ryoko Asada, Katsuhiro Kageyama, Takeshi Fukuda, Hiroyuki Terada, Tomoyo Yasui, Toshiyuki Sumi, Masayasu Koyama, Osamu Ishiko, Tadashi Sugawa
BACKGROUND: In the plasma of an advanced cancer patient, fibrinogen is sometimes increased with possible effects on red blood cells (RBCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The plasma fraction deteriorating osmotic resistance of RBCs was separated from a patient's plasma with advanced ovarian cancer by phenyl-sepharose column chromatography and analyzed with gel filtration chromatography. RESULTS: In the plasma fraction, we found a protein reactive against whole fibrinogen with a molecular weight higher than that of intact fibrinogen from a healthy volunteer...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550734/pterostilbene-alleviates-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-liver-injury-possible-role-of-sirt1-signaling
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Xiaojing Liu, Xueliang Yang, Lingna Han, Feng Ye, Min Liu, Wanhu Fan, Kai Zhang, Ying Kong, Jian Zhang, Lei Shi, Yunru Chen, Xi Zhang, Shumei Lin
Liver injury occurs frequently during sepsis. Pterostilbene (Pte), a natural dimethylated analog of resveratrol from blueberries, exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects in various diseases. However, the role of Pte in sepsis-induced liver injury and its underlying mechanisms remain unknown. The current study aimed to evaluate the protective effects of Pte on sepsis-induced liver injury and its potential mechanisms. Sepsis was induced using cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) in C57BL/6 mice. Mice were administered Pte (5, 10, 15mg/kg, i...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548957/involvement-of-p38-%C3%AE-trcp-tristetraprolin-tnf%C3%AE-axis-in-radiation-pneumonitis
#20
Pranathi Meda Krishnamurthy, Shirish Shukla, Paramita Ray, Rohit Mehra, Mukesh K Nyati, Theodore S Lawrence, Dipankar Ray
Early release of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) during radiotherapy of thoracic cancers plays an important role in radiation pneumonitis, whose inhibition may provide lung radioprotection. We previously reported radiation inactivates Tristetraprolin (TTP), a negative regulator of TNF-α synthesis, which correlated with increased TNF-α release. However, the molecular events involved in radiation-induced TTP inactivation remain unclear. To determine if eliminating Ttp in mice resulted in a phenotypic response to radiation, Ttp-null mice lungs were exposed to a single dose of 15 Gy, and TNF-α release and lung inflammation were analyzed at different time points post-irradiation...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
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