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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230072/improved-social-interaction-recognition-and-working-memory-with-cannabidiol-treatment-in-a-prenatal-infection-poly-i-c-rat-model
#1
Ashleigh L Osborne, Nadia Solowij, Ilijana Babic, Xu-Feng Huang, Katrina Weston-Green
Neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia are associated with cognitive impairment, including learning, memory and attention deficits. Antipsychotic drugs are limited in their efficacy to improve cognition; therefore, new therapeutic agents are required. Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating component of cannabis, has anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antipsychotic-like properties, however, its ability to improve the cognitive deficits of schizophrenia remains unclear. Using a prenatal infection model, we examined the effect of chronic CBD treatment on cognition and social interaction...
February 23, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224792/patterned-polymer-coatings-increase-the-efficiency-of-dew-harvesting
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Omar Al-Khayat, Jun Ki Hong, David M Beck, Andrew I Minett, Chiara Neto
Micro-patterned polymer surfaces, possessing both topographical and chemical characteristics, were used to capture atmospheric water. The micro-patterns mimic the structure on the back of a desert beetle that condenses water from air in a very dry environment. The patterned coatings were prepared by the dewetting of thin films of poly-4-vinylpyridine (P4VP) on top of polystyrene films (PS) films, upon solvent annealing, and consist of raised hydrophilic bumps on a hydrophobic background. The size and density distribution of the hydrophilic bumps could be tuned widely by tuning the initial thickness of the P4VP films: the diameter of the produced bumps and their height could be varied by almost two order of magnitude (1 µm - 80 µm, and 40 nm - 9000 nm, respectively), and their distribution density could be varied by 5 orders of magnitude...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223987/dendritic-cell-targeting-effectively-boosts-t-cell-responses-elicited-by-an-hiv-multiepitope-dna-vaccine
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Juliana de Souza Apostólico, Victória Alves Santos Lunardelli, Marcio Massao Yamamoto, Higo Fernando Santos Souza, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Silvia Beatriz Boscardin, Daniela Santoro Rosa
Despite several efforts in the last decades, an efficacious HIV-1 vaccine is still not available. Different approaches have been evaluated, such as recombinant proteins, viral vectors, DNA vaccines, and, most recently, dendritic cell (DC) targeting. This strategy is based on DC features that place them as central for induction of immunity. Targeting is accomplished by the use of chimeric monoclonal antibodies directed to DC surface receptors fused to the antigen of interest. In this work, we targeted eight promiscuous HIV-derived CD4(+) T cell epitopes (HIVBr8) to the DEC205(+) DCs by fusing the multiepitope immunogen to the heavy chain of αDEC205 (αDECHIVBr8), in the presence of the TLR3 agonist poly (I:C)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223161/molecular-characterization-of-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-irak4-gene-and-its-role-in-myd88-dependent-pathway
#4
Xueying Tang, Baoyu Huang, Linlin Zhang, Li Li, Guofan Zhang
Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinases (IRAKs) play important roles in MyD88-dependent TLR signaling, the crucial innate immune pathway in molluscs. In this study, we examined the full-length IRAK4 genetic sequence in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) by molecular cloning. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that CgIRAK4 is most closely related to Mytilus edulis, and forms a clade with other molluscs. CgIRAK4 transcripts are widely expressed in all tissues, with the highest expression observed in the hemocytes and gill...
February 13, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221366/pathway-wide-association-study-identifies-five-shared-pathways-associated-with-schizophrenia-in-three-ancestral-distinct-populations
#5
C Liu, C A Bousman, C Pantelis, E Skafidas, D Zhang, W Yue, I P Everall
Genome-wide association studies have confirmed the polygenic nature of schizophrenia and suggest that there are hundreds or thousands of alleles associated with increased liability for the disorder. However, the generalizability of any one allelic marker of liability is remarkably low and has bred the notion that schizophrenia may be better conceptualized as a pathway(s) disorder. Here, we empirically tested this notion by conducting a pathway-wide association study (PWAS) encompassing 255 experimentally validated Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathways among 5033 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and 5332 unrelated healthy controls across three distinct ethnic populations; European-American (EA), African-American (AA) and Han Chinese (CH)...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217357/crystal-structure-of-poly-tetra-%C3%AE-2-cyanido-1-2%C3%AE%C2%BA-8-n-c-bis-dimethyl-sulfoxide-1%C3%AE%C2%BAo-diargentate-i-iron-ii
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Olesia I Kucheriv, Dina D Naumova, Inna I Tokmenko, Ruslan A Polunin, Kateryna V Terebilenko
In the title polymeric complex, [Fe{OS(CH3)2}2{Ag(CN)2}2], the Fe(II) cation is located at an inversion centre and is coordinated by four cyanide (CN(-)) anions and two dimethyl sulfoxide mol-ecules in a slightly compressed N4O2 octa-hedral geometry, the Ag(I) cation is C-coordinated by two CN(-) anions in a nearly linear geometry. The CN(-) anions bridge the Fe(II) and Ag(I) cations to form a two-dimensional polymeric structure extending parallel to (102). In the crystal, the nearest Ag⋯Ag distance between polymeric sheets is 3...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217329/crystal-structures-of-two-mixed-valence-copper-cyanide-complexes-with-n-methyl-ethylenedi-amine
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Peter W R Corfield, Alexander Sabatino
The crystal structures of two mixed-valence copper cyanide compounds involving N-methyl-ethylenedi-amine (meen), are described. In compound (I), poly[bis(μ3-cyanido-κ3C:C:N)tris(μ2-cyanido-κ2C:N)bis(N-methylethane-1,2-di-amine-κ2N,N')tricopper(I)copper(II)], [Cu4(CN)5(C3H10N2)2] or Cu4(CN)5meen2, cyanide groups link Cu(I) atoms into a three-dimensional network containing open channels parallel to the b axis. In the network, two tetra-hedrally bound Cu(I) atoms are bonded by the C atoms of two end-on bridging CN groups to form Cu2(CN)6 moieties with the Cu atoms in close contact at 2...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216296/cyclodextrin-modified-plla-parietal-reinforcement-implant-with-prolonged-antibacterial-activity
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G Vermet, S Degoutin, F Chai, M Maton, C Flores, C Neut, P E Danjou, B Martel, N Blanchemain
: The use of textile meshes in hernia repair is widespread in visceral surgery. Though, mesh infection is a complication that may prolong the patient recovery period and consequently presents an impact on public health economy. Such concern can be avoided thanks to a local and extended antibiotic release on the operative site. In recent developments, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) has been used in complement of polyethyleneterephthalate (Dacron(®)) (PET) or polypropylene (PP) yarns in the manufacture of semi-resorbable parietal implants...
February 12, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212505/long-term-validity-of-the-at-risk-mental-state-arms-for-predicting-psychotic-and-non-psychotic-mental-disorders
#9
P Fusar-Poli, G Rutigliano, D Stahl, C Davies, A De Micheli, V Ramella-Cravaro, I Bonoldi, P McGuire
BACKGROUND: The long-term clinical validity of the At Risk Mental State (ARMS) for the prediction of non-psychotic mental disorders is unknown. METHODS: Clinical register-based cohort study including all non-psychotic individuals assessed by the Outreach And Support in South London (OASIS) service (2002-2015). The primary outcome was risk of developing any mental disorder (psychotic or non-psychotic). Analyses included Cox proportional hazard models, Kaplan-Meier survival/failure function and C statistics...
December 6, 2016: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210256/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-innate-antiviral-immune-response-in-porcine-intestinal-epithelial-cells-influence-of-immunobiotic-lactobacilli
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Leonardo Albarracin, Hisakazu Kobayashi, Hikaru Iida, Nana Sato, Tomonori Nochi, Hisashi Aso, Susana Salva, Susana Alvarez, Haruki Kitazawa, Julio Villena
Lactobacillus rhamnosus CRL1505 and Lactobacillus plantarum CRL1506 are immunobiotic strains able to increase protection against viral intestinal infections as demonstrated in animal models and humans. To gain insight into the host-immunobiotic interaction, the transcriptomic response of porcine intestinal epithelial (PIE) cells to the challenge with viral molecular associated pattern poly(I:C) and the changes in the transcriptomic profile induced by the immunobiotics strains CRL1505 and CRL1506 were investigated in this work...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208780/preparation-of-constrained-geometry-titanium-complexes-of-1-2-azasilinane-framework-for-ethylene-1-octene-copolymerization
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Seul Lee, Seung Soo Park, Jin Gu Kim, Chung Sol Kim, Bun Yeoul Lee
The Me₂Si-bridged ansa-Cp/amido half-metallocene, [Me₂Si(η⁵-Me₄C₅)(N(t)Bu)]TiCl₂, termed a "constrained-geometry catalyst (CGC)", is a representative homogeneous Ziegler catalyst. CGC derivatives with the [1,2]azasilinane framework, in which the amide alkyl substituent is joined by the Si-bridge, were prepared, and the catalytic performances of these species was studied. Me₄C₅HSi(Me)(CH₂CH=CH₂)-NH(C(R)(R')CH=CH₂) (R, R' = H or methyl; Me₄C₅H = tetramethylcyclopentadienyl) was susceptible to ring closure metathesis (RCM) when treated with Schrock's Mo-catalyst to afford -Si(Me₄C₅H)(Me)CH₂CH=CHC(R)(R')NH- containing a six-membered ring framework...
February 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208611/betulinic-acid-mediated-apoptosis-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells-involves-p53-and-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Eswar Shankar, Ailin Zhang, Daniel Franco, Sanjay Gupta
Defects in p53 and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathways are frequently observed in the initiation and development of various human malignancies, including prostate cancer. Clinical studies demonstrate higher expression of NF-κB/p65/RelA, NF-κB/p50/RelB, and cRel as well as downregulation of the p53 network in primary prostate cancer specimens and in metastatic tumors. Betulinic acid (BA), is a triterpenoid that has been reported to be an effective inducer of apoptosis through modification of several signaling pathways...
February 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198500/molecular-characterization-expression-and-functional-analysis-of-chicken-traf6
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J Jin, J S Ran, C W Yang, X S Jiang, Y G Zhou, Z Q Feng, Y Wang, D Lan, P Ren, Y P Liu
Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is a crucial adaptor molecule of the interleukin-1 receptor/Toll-like receptor (IL-1/TLR) superfamily, which can trigger downstream signaling cascades involved in innate immunity. The function of TRAF6 has been clarified in mammals but is poorly understood in chicken. In our study, we investigated TRAF6 function in birds, particularly in chicken innate immune responses, by cloning and characterizing chicken TRAF6 (chTRAF6). The full-length coding sequence of chTRAF6 comprised 1638 bp and encoded a 545-amino acid protein, which shares high sequence similarity with TRAF6 of other species and consists of four structurally conserved domains...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198368/tlr4-signaling-induces-tlr3-up-regulation-in-alveolar-macrophages-during-acute-lung-injury
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Xibing Ding, Shuqing Jin, Yao Tong, Xi Jiang, Zhixia Chen, Shuya Mei, Liming Zhang, Timothy R Billiar, Quan Li
Acute lung injury is a life-threatening inflammatory response caused by severe infection. Toll-like receptors in alveolar macrophages (AMΦ) recognize the molecular constituents of pathogens and activate the host's innate immune responses. Numerous studies have documented the importance of TLR-TLR cross talk, but few studies have specifically addressed the relationship between TLR4 and TLR3. We explored a novel mechanism of TLR3 up-regulation that is induced by LPS-TLR4 signaling in a dose- and time-dependent manner in AMΦ from C57BL/6 mice, while the LPS-induced TLR3 expression was significantly reduced in TLR4(-/-) and Myd88(-/-) mice and following pretreatment with a NF-κB inhibitor...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192255/molecular-characterization-of-a-fish-specific-toll-like-receptor-22-tlr22-gene-from-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio-l-evolutionary-relationship-and-induced-expression-upon-immune-stimulants
#15
Hua Li, Guiwen Yang, Fei Ma, Ting Li, Huiting Yang, Jan H W M Rombout, Liguo An
In the host innate immune system, various pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) recognize conserved pathogens-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), and represent an efficient first line of defense against invading pathogens. TLR22 is one of the fish-specific Toll-like receptors (TLRs), identified in a variety of fish species. In this study, we report the cloning and identification of a TLR22 cDNA from the gills of common carp (Cyprinus carpio L.). The full-length CcTLR22 cDNA was 3301 bp long, including a 32 bp 5'-untranslated region (UTR), an open reading frame (ORF) of 2838 bp and a 432 bp 3'-UTR...
February 11, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187172/generation-of-dendritic-cell-based-vaccine-using-high-hydrostatic-pressure-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-immunotherapy
#16
Nada Hradilova, Lenka Sadilkova, Ondrej Palata, Dagmar Mysikova, Hana Mrazkova, Robert Lischke, Radek Spisek, Irena Adkins
High hydrostatic pressure (HHP) induces immunogenic death of tumor cells which confer protective anti-tumor immunity in vivo. Moreover, DC pulsed with HHP-treated tumor cells induced therapeutic effect in mouse cancer model. In this study, we tested the immunogenicity, stability and T cell stimulatory activity of human monocyte-derived dendritic cell (DC)-based HHP lung cancer vaccine generated in GMP compliant serum free medium using HHP 250 MPa. DC pulsed with HHP-killed lung cancer cells and poly(I:C) enhanced DC maturation, chemotactic migration and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines after 24h...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186167/in-vivo-pharmacological-evaluations-of-pilocarpine-loaded-antioxidant-functionalized-biodegradable-thermogels-in-glaucomatous-rabbits
#17
Shih-Feng Chou, Li-Jyuan Luo, Jui-Yang Lai
To alleviate oxidative stress-induced ocular hypertension, grafting of antioxidant molecules to drug carriers enables a dual-function mechanism to effectively treat glaucomatous intraocular pressure (IOP) dysregulation. Providing potential application for intracameral administration of antiglaucoma medications, this study, for the first time, aims to examine in vivo pharmacological efficacy of pilocarpine-loaded antioxidant-functionalized biodegradable thermogels in glaucomatous rabbits. A series of gallic acid (GA)-grafted gelatin-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (GN) polymers were synthesized via redox reactions at 20-50 °C...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166932/hyaluronan-mediates-the-adhesion-of-porcine-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-to-poly-i-c-treated-intestinal-cells-and-modulates-their-cytokine-production
#18
María José Docampo, Jennifer Cabrera, Anna Bassols
Hyaluronan (HA), a major component of the extracellular matrix (ECM), has been increasingly recognized as a regulator of inflammation. Its role is complex since it has pro- and anti-inflammatory actions by modulating the expression of inflammatory genes, the recruitment of inflammatory cells and the production of inflammatory cytokines, but also by attenuating the course of inflammation and providing protection against tissue damage. Certain viruses and other inflammatory stimuli induce organization of HA into cable-like structures, which may be responsible for leukocyte recruitment and, on the other hand, low molecular weight fragments of HA have been shown to activate various inflammatory responses...
February 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166799/toll-like-receptor-3-activation-selectively-reverses-hiv-latency-in-microglial-cells
#19
David Alvarez-Carbonell, Yoelvis Garcia-Mesa, Stephanie Milne, Biswajit Das, Curtis Dobrowolski, Roxana Rojas, Jonathan Karn
BACKGROUND: Multiple toll-like receptors (TLRs) are expressed in cells of the monocytic lineage, including microglia, which constitute the major reservoir for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the brain. We hypothesized that TLR receptor mediated responses to inflammatory conditions by microglial cells in the central nervous system (CNS) are able to induce latent HIV proviruses, and contribute to the etiology of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. RESULTS: Newly developed human microglial cell lines (hµglia), obtained by immortalizing human primary microglia with simian virus-40 (SV40) large T antigen and the human telomerase reverse transcriptase, were used to generate latently infected cells using a single-round HIV virus carrying a green fluorescence protein reporter (hµglia/HIV, clones HC01 and HC69)...
February 6, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166372/sustained-drug-release-by-thermoresponsive-sol-gel-hybrid-hydrogels-of-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-co-3-trimethoxysilyl-propyl-methacrylate-copolymers
#20
Zsófia Osváth, Tamás Tóth, Béla Iván
Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate), P(NIPAAm-co-TMSPMA), copolymers with relatively high TMSPMA contents without insoluble fraction are successfully synthesized. Subsequent sol-gel reactions in both the absence and presence of tetraethyl orthosilicate lead to gels with high gel fractions. The resulting gels undergo gel collapse at 28.6-28.7 °C, i.e., below that of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) homopolymer of 34.3 °C. Unexpectedly, the theophylline-loaded hybrid gels release the drug not only below but also above the gel collapse temperature (GCT) with considerable rates and released amounts of drug...
February 6, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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