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Beta cells from Alpha cells

Hani A Al-Shobaili, Zafar Rasheed
Inflammatory-mediated reactions have been implicated as contributors in a number of dermatological disorders, including psoriasis. However, the potential of interleukin (IL)-32 and its isoforms to contribute to the pathogenesis of psoriasis remains unexplored. This study was undertaken to investigate the role of IL-32 and its isoforms IL-32α, IL-32β, IL-32γ, and IL-32δ in the peripheral blood of psoriatic patients. The majority of chronic plaque psoriatic patients showed elevated IL-32 mRNA levels in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) as compared with the levels of IL-32 mRNA in PBMCs of healthy controls ( p = 0...
March 14, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
Ping Fan, Amit K Tyagi, Fadeke A Agboke, Rohit Mathur, Niranjana Pokharel, V Craig Jordan
Stress responses are critical for estrogen (E2 )-induced apoptosis in E2 -deprived breast cancer cells. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is an important therapeutic target to prevent stress responses in chronic inflammatory diseases including cancer. However, whether E2 activates NF-κB to participate in stress-associated apoptosis in E2 -deprived breast cancer cells is unknown. Here, we demonstrated that E2 differentially modulates NF-κB activity according to treatment time. E2 initially has significant potential to suppress NF-κB activation; it completely blocks tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)-induced activation of NF-κB...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Melda Onal, Alex H Carlson, Jeff D Thostenson, Nancy A Benkusky, Mark B Meyer, Seong M Lee, J Wesley Pike
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) production is regulated by both calciotropic hormones and inflammation. Consistent with this, elevated FGF23 levels are associated with inflammatory markers as well as parathyroid hormone (PTH) in various disease states, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the molecular mechanisms underpinning Fgf23 transcription in response to these regulators are largely unknown. We therefore utilized chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by DNA sequencing (ChIP-seq) data from an osteocyte cell line to identify potential regulatory regions of the Fgf23 gene...
January 2018: JBMR Plus
Irene Malkwitz, Angela Berndt, Arwid Daugschies, Berit Bangoura
Toxoplasma gondii is known to be able to infect any nucleated cell including immune cells like macrophages. In addition, it is assumed that macrophages serve as trojan horse during distribution in hosts. The underlying causes of parasite host interaction remain yet not fully understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate susceptibility of chicken macrophages to infection with T. gondii and the process of infection in avian cells in comparison to cells of mammalian origin. Primary avian blood monocyte-derived macrophages were infected with tachyzoites of type II (ME49) and III (NED) strains...
March 5, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Shoko Norimura, Keiichi Kontani, Takako Kubo, Shin-Ichiro Hashimoto, Chisa Murazawa, Koichiro Kenzaki, Dage Liu, Masafumi Tamaki, Fuminori Aki, Kazumasa Miura, Kiyoshi Yoshizawa, Akira Tangoku, Hiroyasu Yokomise
Background: Since breast cancer shows diversity in clinical behaviors, a standard therapy does not always lead to favorable outcomes. Materials and Methods: The expression statuses of candidate markers, including topoisomerase-II alpha (TOP2A), beta-tubulin (B-tub), and tissue inhibitor of metalloprotease-1 (TIMP-1), were immunohistochemically evaluated in 70 breast cancer tissues from 68 patients with advanced breast cancers receiving chemotherapy. Results: The response rates to anthracycline and taxane were 70...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Rayner Rodriguez-Diaz, R Damaris Molano, Jonathan R Weitz, Midhat H Abdulreda, Dora M Berman, Barbara Leibiger, Ingo B Leibiger, Norma S Kenyon, Camillo Ricordi, Antonello Pileggi, Alejandro Caicedo, Per-Olof Berggren
Every animal species has a signature blood glucose level or glycemic set point. These set points are different, and the normal glycemic levels (normoglycemia) of one species would be life threatening for other species. Mouse normoglycemia can be considered diabetic for humans. The biological determinants of the glycemic set point remain unclear. Here we show that the pancreatic islet imposes its glycemic set point on the organism, making it the bona fide glucostat in the body. Moreover, and in contrast to rodent islets, glucagon input from the alpha cell to the insulin-secreting beta cell is necessary to fine-tune the distinctive human set point...
March 6, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Yu Huang, Yang Kong, Lufei Zhang, Tianyu He, Xiaohu Zhou, Yingcai Yan, Linshi Zhang, Dongkai Zhou, Sinan Lu, Jiarong Zhou, Lin Zhou, Haiyang Xie, Shusen Zheng, Weilin Wang
Integrin subunit alpha 3 (ITGA3) interacts with a beta 1 subunit to form a member of the integrin family. Integrins are heterodimeric integral membrane proteins that serve as cell surface adhesion proteins. In this research, we investigated the biological function of this protein in human intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) for the first time. Here, using Western blotting and immunohistochemistry assays, we discovered that ITGA3 was overexpressed in ICC cell lines and ICC patients. Moreover, we found ITGA3 expression correlated with several clinicopathological features, including tumor size, lymph node metastasis, and the TNM stage...
2018: BioMed Research International
Lyudmila Viktorovna Gankovskaya, Valentina Pavlovna Bykova, Leila Seimurovna Namasova-Baranova, Alexander Viktorovich Karaulov, Irina Viktorovna Rahmanova, Viktor Anatolievich Gankovskii, Catherine Dmitrievna Merkushova, Oksana Anatolievna Svitich
BACKGROUND: A major role of the innate immunity in the defence of mucosal tissue is well established. However, a balance between the main components of the immunity such as toll-like receptors (TLRs) and defensins in the pathology of upper respiratory tract in children has not been addressed yet. Our aim was to investigate the gene expression of some TLRs as well as alpha and beta-defensins in children suffered from adenoid hyperthrophy in comparison with healthy children. METHODS: Samples (nasal epithelium and adenoids) from patients with hypertrophic adenoids (n = 77) and control group (n = 33) were investigated...
February 27, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Sonam Sharma, Arusha Modi, Gopeshwar Narayan, Siva Hemalatha
Background: Exacum lawii (Gentianaceae), a bitter herb conventionally used in kidney diseases and eye problems, endemic to the Western coast and Southern part of India. Aim: Folklore reports encourage the author to explore the nephroprotective effect of the standardized ethanolic extract of E. lawii against cisplatin-induced renal toxicity in the rat to scientifically validate its traditional use. Materials and Methods: Ethanolic extract of the whole plant of E...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Koji Nakashima, Hideaki Kaneto, Masashi Shimoda, Tomohiko Kimura, Kohei Kaku
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) stimulates insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells and suppresses glucagon secretion from alpha cells. It remains controversial, however, whether GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R) is expressed in mature alpha cells. In this study, unlike previous studies using non-diabetic animals, we demonstrated using diabetic model rats and confocal laser scanning microscopy that the GLP-1/GLP-1R complex was located in the endosome of diabetic islets. In addition, we showed that GLP-1 and GLP-1R co-localized with various endosomal markers and adenylate cyclase in the alpha cells of diabetic rats...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Loredana Marcu, Eva Bezak, Barry J Allen
Targeted therapy for cancer is a rapidly expanding and successful approach to the management of many intractable cancers. However, many immunotherapies fail in the longer term and there continues to be a need for improved targeted cancer cell toxicity, which can be achieved by radiolabelling the targeting vector with a radioisotope. Such constructs are successful in using a gamma ray emitter for imaging. However, traditionally, a beta emitter is used for therapeutic applications. The new approach is to use the short range and highly cytotoxic alpha radiation from alpha emitters to achieve improved efficacy and therapeutic gain...
March 2018: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Ming Yuan, Dong Li, Zhe Zhang, Huihui Sun, Min An, Guoyun Wang
STUDY QUESTION: What happens to the gut microbiota during development of murine endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Mice with the persistence of endometrial lesions for 42 days develop a distinct composition of gut microbiota. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Disorders in the immune system play fundamental roles in changing the intestinal microbiota. No study has used high-throughput DNA sequencing to show how endometriosis changes the gut microbiota, although endometriosis is accompanied by abnormal cytokine expression and immune cell dysfunction...
February 15, 2018: Human Reproduction
D Rekalov, A Prytkova, R Kulynych, G Protsenko, V Protsenko
Objective of the study layed in assessment of the pathophysiological relation between cell-mediated immunity (tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) inflammatory cytokine) activation and renal dysfunction in the patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. We analyzed the data from 35 early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients of average age of 50,71±2,25 years (ranged 18-76 years, 80% of women) with 9,21±0,43 months mean duration of the disease by the time of the study initiation. Urine and blood tests were performed to verify the main indicators of kidney function and inflammation cytokines significant interaction...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
Hamed Haddad Kashani, Elahe Seyed Hosseini, Hossein Nikzad, Alireza Soleimani, Maryam Soleimani, Mohammad Reza Tamadon, Fariba Keneshlou, Zatollah Asemi
Objective: This study was carried out to determine the effects of vitamin D supplementation on signaling pathway of inflammation and oxidative stress in diabetic hemodialysis (HD) patients. Methods: This randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted among 60 diabetic HD patients. Subjects were randomly allocated into two groups to intake either vitamin D supplements at a dosage of 50,000 IU ( n = 30) or placebo ( n = 30) every 2 weeks for 12 weeks. Gene expression of inflammatory cytokines and biomarkers of oxidative stress were assessed in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of diabetic HD patients with RT-PCR method...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Jessica S Citronberg, Keith R Curtis, Emily White, Polly A Newcomb, Katherine Newton, Charlotte Atkinson, Xiaoling Song, Johanna W Lampe, Meredith Aj Hullar
The mechanisms by which obesity increases cancer risk are unclear, but some lines of evidence suggest that gut microbial communities (GMC) may contribute to chronic inflammation in obese individuals through raised systemic levels of lipopolysaccharides (LPS). We evaluated associations of the GMC in stool with plasma LPS-binding protein (LBP, a measure of LPS) and C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in 110 premenopausal women in the United States. Diet was assessed using 3-day food records and GMCs were evaluated using pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene...
February 12, 2018: ISME Journal
Kathy Parisi, Thomas M A Shafee, Pedro Quimbar, Nicole L van der Weerden, Mark R Bleackley, Marilyn A Anderson
Plant defensins are an extensive family of small cysteine rich proteins characterised by a conserved cysteine stabilised alpha beta protein fold which resembles the structure of insect and vertebrate defensins. However, secondary structure and disulphide topology indicates two independent superfamilies of defensins with similar structures that have arisen via an extreme case of convergent evolution. Defensins from plants and insects belong to the cis-defensin superfamily whereas mammalian defensins belong to the trans-defensin superfamily...
February 9, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Jennifer O Buitrago, Kapil D Patel, Ahmed El-Fiqi, Jung-Hwan Lee, Banani Kundu, Hae-Hyoung Lee, Hae-Won Kim
Cell encapsulating hydrogels with tunable mechanical and biological properties are of special importance for cell delivery and tissue engineering. Silk fibroin and collagen, two typical important biological proteins, are considered potential as cell culture hydrogels. However, both have been used individually, with limited properties (e.g., collagen has poor mechanical properties and cell-mediated shrinkage, and silk fibroin lacks cell adhesion motifs). Therefore, the combination of them is considered to achieve improved mechanical and biological properties with respect to individual hydrogels...
February 1, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Marco Bugliani, Farooq Syed, Flavia M M Paula, Bilal A Omar, Mara Suleiman, Sandra Mossuto, Francesca Grano, Francesco Cardarelli, Ugo Boggi, Fabio Vistoli, Franco Filipponi, Paolo De Simone, Lorella Marselli, Vincenzo De Tata, Bo Ahren, Decio L Eizirik, Piero Marchetti
It has been reported that the incretin system, including regulated GLP-1 secretion and locally expressed DPP-4, is present in pancreatic islets. In this study we comprehensively evaluated the expression and role of DPP-4 in islet alpha and beta cells from non-diabetic (ND) and type 2 diabetic (T2D) individuals, including the effects of its inhibition on beta cell function and survival. Isolated islets were prepared from 25 ND and 18 T2D organ donors; studies were also performed with the human insulin-producing EndoC-βH1 cells...
January 31, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Rexan Rodrigo, Angela Allen, Aresha Manampreri, Luxman Perera, Christopher A Fisher, Stephen Allen, David J Weatherall, Anuja Premawardhena
Iron deficiency complicates the use of red cell indices to screen for carriers of haemoglobin variants in many populations. In a cross sectional survey of 7526 secondary school students from 25 districts of Sri Lanka, 1963 (26.0%) students had low red cell indices. Iron deficiency, identified by low serum ferritin, was the major identifiable cause occurring in 550/1806 (30.5%) students. Low red cell indices occurred in iron-replete students with alpha-thalassaemia including those with single alpha-globin gene deletions...
February 2, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Hale M Tasyurek, Hasan A Altunbas, Mustafa K Balci, Thomas S Griffith, Salih Sanlioglu
Postprandial glucose-induced insulin secretion from the islets of Langerhans is facilitated by glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) - a metabolic hormone with insulinotropic properties. Among the variety of effects it mediates, GLP-1 induces delta cell secretion of somatostatin, inhibits alpha cell release of glucagon, reduces gastric emptying, and slows food intake. These events collectively contribute to weight loss over time. During type 2 diabetes (T2DM), however, the incretin response to glucose is reduced and accompanied by a moderate reduction in GLP-1 secretion...
February 6, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
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