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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329680/correlation-of-severity-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-with-potential-biomarkers
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Seema Singh, S K Verma, Santosh Kumar, M K Ahmad, Anuradha Nischal, S K Singh, R K Dixit
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a non-specific inflammation, which involves the airways, lung parenchyma and pulmonary vessels. The inflammation causes the activation of inflammatory cells and the release of various inflammatory mediators such as interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a). The present study was designed to assess the serum cytokines [Interleukin-1β (IL-1β), Interleukin-6 (IL-6), Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)] levels in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients and they were correlated with severity of disease by spirometric measurements...
January 9, 2018: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328990/the-amyloidogenicity-of-the-influenza-virus-pb1-derived-peptide-sheds-light-on-its-antiviral-activity
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Yana A Zabrodskaya, Dmitry V Lebedev, Marja A Egorova, Aram A Shaldzhyan, Alexey V Shvetsov, Alexander I Kuklin, Daria S Vinogradova, Nikolay V Klopov, Oleg V Matusevich, Taisiia A Cheremnykh, Rajeev Dattani, Vladimir V Egorov
The influenza virus polymerase complex is a promising target for new antiviral drug development. It is known that, within the influenza virus polymerase complex, the PB1 subunit region from the 1st to the 25th amino acid residues has to be is in an alpha-helical conformation for proper interaction with the PA subunit. We have previously shown that PB1(6-13) peptide at low concentrations is able to interact with the PB1 subunit N-terminal region in a peptide model which shows aggregate formation and antiviral activity in cell cultures...
January 8, 2018: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324310/25-hydroxyl-protopanaxatriol-protects-against-h2o2-induced-h9c2-cardiomyocytes-injury-via-pi3k-akt-pathway-and-apoptotic-protein-down-regulation
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Zhihao Wang, Guangyue Su, Zhiguo Zhang, Han Dong, Yuehui Wang, Huiying Zhao, Yuqing Zhao, Qi Sun
Oxidative stress injury and apoptosis are the main mechanisms of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MI/RI). Compounds with anti-oxidant properties can treat MI/RI. Therefore, identification of natural antioxidants such as herbs or botanical drugs is an ideal strategy to develop safe and effective anti-MI/RI drugs. Cardioprotective effects of Ginseng are well documented and are attributable to its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, anti-arrhythmic, anti-ischemic properties. Ginseng monomer 20®-dammarane -3 beta,6 alpha,12 beta,20,25-pentol(25-hydroxyl-Protopanaxatriol,25-OH-PPT), a novel compound, which belongs to panaxatriol category, is extracted from the leaves and stem of ginseng...
January 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314341/synthesis-of-galactosylated-glycosylphosphatylinositols-derivatives-from-trypanosoma-brucei
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Maurice Grube, Lee Bo-Young, Monika Garg, Dana Michel, Ankita Malik, Ivan Vilotijevic, Peter H Seeberger, Daniel Varon Silva
Trypanosoma brucei uses variant surface glycoproteins (VSGs) to evade the host immune system and ensure parasitic longevity in animals and humans. VSGs are attached to the cell membrane by complex glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors (GPI). Distinguishing structural feature of VSG GPIs are multiple alpha and beta-galactosides attached to the conserved GPI core structure. T. brucei GPIs have been associated with macrophage activation and alleviation of parasitemia during infection, acting as disease onset delaying antigens...
January 3, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305861/role-of-thyroid-transcription-factor-1-in-transcriptional-regulation-of-heme-oxygenase-1
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Bora Jeong, Han Rae Kim, Nan Seong Choi, Byong Seo Park, Hyejin Eom, Jeong Woo Park, Jae Geun Kim, Byung Ju Lee
Here, we report thyroid transcription factor 1 (TTF-1) as an important transcription factor for the expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). HO-1 is a well-known cytoprotective enzyme against inflammation. We observed that HO-1 co-expressed with TTF-1 in mouse hypothalamic cells. Results from luciferase and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays revealed that TTF-1 directly activated HO-1 transcription by binding to binding domains in the 5'-flanking region of the HO-1 gene. A proinflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), induced nuclear translocation of TTF-1 and increased binding affinity of TTF-1 to its binding sites on the HO-1 gene...
January 3, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302075/foxo1-a2m-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-three-novel-genes-predicting-depression-in-gene-x-environment-interactions-are-identified-using-cross-species-and-cross-tissues-transcriptomic-and-mirnomic-analyses
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Annamaria Cattaneo, Nadia Cattane, Chiara Malpighi, Darina Czamara, Anna Suarez, Nicole Mariani, Eero Kajantie, Alessia Luoni, Johan G Eriksson, Jari Lahti, Valeria Mondelli, Paola Dazzan, Katri Räikkönen, Elisabeth B Binder, Marco A Riva, Carmine M Pariante
To date, gene-environment (GxE) interaction studies in depression have been limited to hypothesis-based candidate genes, since genome-wide (GWAS)-based GxE interaction studies would require enormous datasets with genetics, environmental, and clinical variables. We used a novel, cross-species and cross-tissues "omics" approach to identify genes predicting depression in response to stress in GxE interactions. We integrated the transcriptome and miRNome profiles from the hippocampus of adult rats exposed to prenatal stress (PNS) with transcriptome data obtained from blood mRNA of adult humans exposed to early life trauma, using a stringent statistical analyses pathway...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301325/extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-alters-the-expression-of-fibrosis-related-molecules-in-fibroblast-derived-from-human-hypertrophic-scar
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Hui Song Cui, A Ram Hong, June-Bum Kim, Joo Hyang Yu, Yoon Soo Cho, So Young Joo, Cheong Hoon Seo
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) considerably improves the appearance and symptoms of post-burn hypertrophic scars (HTS). However, the mechanism underlying the observed beneficial effects is not well understood. The objective of this study was to elucidate the mechanism underlying changes in cellular and molecular biology that is induced by ESWT of fibroblasts derived from scar tissue (HTSFs). We cultured primary dermal fibroblasts derived from human HTS and exposed these cells to 1000 impulses of 0...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301269/enhancing-of-osseointegration-with-propolis-loaded-tio%C3%A2-nanotubes-in-rat-mandible-for-dental-implants
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Nithideth Somsanith, Yu-Kyoung Kim, Young-Seok Jang, Young-Hee Lee, Ho-Keun Yi, Jong-Hwa Jang, Kyoung-A Kim, Tae-Sung Bae, Min-Ho Lee
TiO₂ nanotubes (TNT) formation is beneficial for improving bone cell-material interaction and drug delivery for Ti dental implants. Among the natural drugs to be installed in TNT, selected propolis has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a resinous natural product which is collected by the honeybees from the various types of plants with their salivary enzymes. This study concludes that TNT loaded with a propolis (PL-TNT-Ti) dental implant has the ability to improve osseointegration. The propolis particles were embedded within the TNT or adhered to the top...
January 1, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298097/functional-defects-of-regulatory-t-cell-through-interleukin-10-mediated-mechanism-in-the-induction-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Yan Yang, Lixiu Liu, Beibei Liu, Qi Li, Zhe Wang, Sitong Fan, He Wang, Liandi Wang
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a metabolic and low-grade inflammatory disease most commonly found in pregnant women with high body mass index and non-Caucasian ethnicities; however, not all women of high-risk groups develop GDM. We hypothesized that regulatory T cells (Tregs) might present a role in suppressing GDM development. To this end, 55 high-risk women at early pregnancy (first trimester) were recruited, and 21 of them developed GDM while the other 34 did not. Compared to those subjects who did not develop GDM (non-GDM), the patients who developed GDM presented reduced levels of Tregs and elevated levels of serum interleukin 6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha)...
January 3, 2018: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289653/in-vitro-investigations-on-the-effects-of-semi-synthetic-sulphated-carbohydrates-on-the-immune-status-of-cultured-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio-leucocytes
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N Kareem, E Yates, M Skidmore, D Hoole
The rapid emergence of drug resistance, unfavourable immunosuppression and mounting evidence to suggest the deleterious accumulation of drug breakdown residues within animal tissues has driven a strong desire to move away from these current methods of disease control. Some natural products such as β-glucan, which are extracted from, for example, plants and fungi, are able to modulate the immune system and increase protection against diseases. However, these products are heterogeneous and their effects can be variable thus limiting their applicability and reliability...
December 28, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287085/loss-of-tlr4-in-mouse-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-inhibits-both-myd88-dependent-and-independent-signaling
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Li Liu, Jena J Steinle
Müller cells are key to metabolic and ionic regulation in the retina. They also produce a number of inflammatory mediators and are significantly affected in diabetic retinopathy. To investigate the role of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in retinal Müller cells, we crossed TLR4 floxed with PDGFRα-Cre mice to eliminate TLR4 in retinal Müller cells. We performed Western blotting and ELISA analyses to determine whether loss of TLR4 affected myeloid differentiation primary response protein (MyD88)-dependent or -independent signaling, leading to reduced levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and interleukin 1 beta (IL1β) in whole retinal lysates from the TLR4 floxed and TLR4-PDGFRα-Cre mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286439/isolation-and-characterization-of-primary-rat-valve-interstitial-cells-a-new-model-to-study-aortic-valve-calcification
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Cui Lin, Dongxing Zhu, Greg Markby, Brendan M Corcoran, Colin Farquharson, Vicky E Macrae
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is characterized by the progressive thickening of the aortic valve leaflets. It is a condition frequently found in the elderly and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, who commonly suffer from hyperphosphatemia and hypercalcemia. At present, there are no medication therapies that can stop its progression. The mechanisms that underlie this pathological process remain unclear. The aortic valve leaflet is composed of a thin layer of valve endothelial cells (VECs) on the outer surfaces of the aortic cusps, with valve interstitial cells (VICs) sandwiched between the VECs...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277361/ala-pdt-exerts-beneficial-effects-on-chronic-venous-ulcers-by-inducing-changes-in-inflammatory-microenvironment-especially-through-increased-tgf-beta-release-a-pilot-clinical-and-translational-study
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Vieri Grandi, Stefano Bacci, Alessandro Corsi, Maurizio Sessa, Elisa Puliti, Nicoletta Murciano, Francesca Scavone, Pietro Cappugi, Nicola Pimpinelli
A cohort of 19 patients affected by chronic venous ulcers was recruited from our centre. A 4-mm punch biopsy from wound bed was taken before application of ALA 20% gel and repeated one hour after the first PDT irradiation. We observed a significant and progressive reduction of wounds mean volumes right after three ALA-PDT sessions (once per week; 4479.9 +/- 345.5 mm3 vs 34599 +/- 190.3 mm3, p < 0.01). On immunofluorescence staining from biopsy specimens, we observed a change in all tested stains of post treatment specimens compared to pre-treatment ones...
December 22, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274352/oxytocin-is-present-in-islets-and-plays-a-role-in-beta-cell-function-and-survival
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Shruti Mohan, Dawood Khan, R Charlotte Moffett, Nigel Irwin, Peter R Flatt
Oxytocin is associated mainly with modulating reproductive function. However, studies suggest that oxytocin also plays a role in endocrine pancreatic function. In the present study, islet expression of oxytocin and its related receptor was confirmed in mouse islets as well as cultured rodent and human beta-cells. Oxytocin significantly stimulated glucose-induced insulin secretion from isolated mouse islets. Similar insulinotropic actions were also observed in rodent BRIN BD11 and human 1.1B4 beta-cells. Positive effects of oxytocin on insulin secretion were almost fully annulled by the oxytocin receptor antagonist, atosiban...
December 20, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274062/metformin-beta-cell-development-and-novel-processes-following-beta-cell-ablation-in-zebrafish
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Georgia Wyett, Yann Gibert, Megan Ellis, Hozana A Castillo, Jan Kaslin, Kathryn Aston-Mourney
PURPOSE: Type 1 and 2 diabetes are characterized by a loss of insulin-producing beta-cells. Current treatments help maintain blood glucose levels but cannot provide a cure. As such, a vital target for the cure of diabetes is a way to restore beta-cell mass. The drug metformin can protect cultured beta-cells/islets from hyperglycemia-induced dysfunction and death. Further, treatment of pregnant mice with metformin results in an enhanced beta-cell fraction in the embryos; however, whether this occurs via a direct effect is unknown...
December 22, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259464/expression-of-cytokine-induced-neutrophil-chemoattractant-suppresses-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-expression-and-thereby-prevents-the-follicles-from-undergoing-atresia-and-apoptosis
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Yu Tanaka, Akira Kuwahara, Kenjiro Ushigoe, Yuya Yano, Yuka Taniguchi, Yuri Yamamoto, Toshiya Matsuzaki, Toshiyuki Yasui, Minoru Irahara
Aim: Cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant (CINC/gro) is a CXC family chemokine, similar to interleukin-8 in rats, and is one of the factors that regulates ovulation. However, the mechanism that regulates atresia of the ovaries postovulation is not clearly defined. Methods: Whether antibody-blocking of CINC/gro can alter the number of ovulated oocytes and modulate neutrophil infiltration was investigated. The effect of the antibody on the level of inflammatory cytokine production and follicular atresia was examined...
April 2017: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249322/saponin-quil-a-up-regulates-type-i-interferon-regulated-gene-and-type-i-and-ii-interferon-expressions-which-are-suppressed-by-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus
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Wasin Charerntantanakul, Dante Fabros
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) suppresses innate immune response following infection of myeloid antigen-presenting cells. Poor innate immune response results in weak and delayed PRRSV-specific adaptive immunity, and facilitates PRRSV replication, pathogenesis, and persistent infection. Numerous efforts have been made to enhance the effective innate and adaptive immune defenses to PRRSV, however, only a few attempts have so far elicited satisfactory results. The present study aims to evaluate in vitro the potential of saponin quil A to enhance the expression of type I interferon (IFN)-regulated gene, type I and II IFNs, and pro-inflammatory cytokines in PRRSV-inoculated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
January 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248718/proteomic-characterization-of-prostate-cancer-to-distinguish-nonmetastasizing-and-metastasizing-primary-tumors-and-lymph-node-metastases
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Ann-Kathrin Müller, Melanie Föll, Bianca Heckelmann, Selina Kiefer, Martin Werner, Oliver Schilling, Martin L Biniossek, Cordula Annette Jilg, Vanessa Drendel
Patients with metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) have a poorer prognosis than patients with organ-confined tumors. We strove to uncover the proteome signature of primary PCa and associated lymph node metastases (LNMs) in order to identify proteins that may indicate or potentially promote metastases formation. We performed a proteomic comparative profiling of PCa tissue from radical prostatectomy (RPE) of patients without nodal metastases or relapse at the time of surgical resection (n=5) to PCa tissue from RPE of patients who suffered from nodal relapse (n=5)...
December 14, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228930/gene-expression-analysis-in-asthma-using-a-targeted-multiplex-array
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Christopher D Pascoe, Ma'en Obeidat, Bryna A Arsenault, Yunlong Nie, Stephanie Warner, Dorota Stefanowicz, Samuel J Wadsworth, Jeremy A Hirota, S Jasemine Yang, Delbert R Dorscheid, Chris Carlsten, Tillie L Hackett, Chun Y Seow, Peter D Paré
BACKGROUND: Gene expression changes in the structural cells of the airways are thought to play a role in the development of asthma and airway hyperresponsiveness. This includes changes to smooth muscle contractile machinery and epithelial barrier integrity genes. We used a targeted gene expression arrays to identify changes in the expression and co-expression of genes important in asthma pathology. METHODS: RNA was isolated from the airways of donor lungs from 12 patients with asthma (8 fatal) and 12 non-asthmatics controls and analyzed using a multiplexed, hypothesis-directed platform to detect differences in gene expression...
December 11, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228549/er%C3%AE-inhibits-cyclin-dependent-kinases-1-and-7-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Jordan M Reese, Elizabeth S Bruinsma, David G Monroe, Vivian Negron, Vera J Suman, James N Ingle, Matthew P Goetz, John R Hawse
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), which comprises approximately 15% of all primary breast cancer diagnoses, lacks estrogen receptor alpha, progesterone receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 expression. However, we, and others, have demonstrated that approximately 30% of TNBCs express estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), a nuclear hormone receptor and potential drug target. Treatment of ERβ expressing MDA-MB-231 cells with estrogen or the ERβ selective agonist, LY500307, was shown to result in suppression of cell proliferation...
November 14, 2017: Oncotarget
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