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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294594/the-anti-inflammatory-protein-kallistatin-is-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Mehmet Calan, Aslı Guler, Gokcen Unal Kocabas, Pınar Alarslan, Merve Bicer, Cetin Imamoglu, Arif Yuksel, Giray Bozkaya, Oktay Bilgir
BACKGROUND: Kallistatin is a secreted protein that acts as a tissue kallikrein inhibitor. It has antiinflammatory, antioxidant and vasoprotective properties. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive and metabolic disease associated with low-grade chronic inflammation and multiple risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. The aims of this study were to ascertain whether circulating kallistatin levels are altered in women with PCOS, and whether there is an association between kallistatin and carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) as well as inflammatory markers high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)...
March 14, 2017: Minerva Endocrinologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292179/cross-linking-approaches-to-tuning-the-mechanical-properties-of-peptide-%C3%AF-electron-hydrogels
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Wathsala Liyanage, Herdeline Ann M Ardoña, Hai-Quan Mao, John D Tovar
Self-assembling peptides are extensively exploited as bioactive materials in applications such as regenerative medicine and drug delivery despite the fact that their relatively weak noncovalent interactions often render them susceptible to mechanical destruction and solvent erosion. Herein, we describe how covalent cross-linking enhances the mechanical stability of self-assembling π-conjugated peptide hydrogels. We designed short peptide-chromophore-peptide sequences displaying different reactive functional groups that can form cross-links with appropriately modified bifunctional polyethylene glycol (PEG)-based small guest molecules...
March 15, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280935/crypt-cell-markers-in-the-olfactory-organ-of-poecilia-reticulata-analysis-and-comparison-with-the-fish-model-danio-rerio
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Simone Bettini, Liliana Milani, Maurizio Lazzari, Maria Gabriella Maurizii, Valeria Franceschini
Olfactory crypt neurons have been observed in several bony fishes and chondrichtyans. Although their morphology is uniform in all fish, very few is known about their antigenic properties, usually studied in zebrafish, but quite overlooked in other species. We tested in Poecilia reticulata (guppy) the two antibodies recognized to mark zebrafish crypt cells: while anti-S100 showed an immunohistochemical pattern comparable to what reported in zebrafish, anti-TrkA gave no signal. Western blot analysis revealed that S100-antiserum bound an antigen of expected weight, probably belonging to the S100 family...
March 9, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258298/complement-factor-5-blockade-reduces-porcine-myocardial-infarction-size-and-improves-immediate-cardiac-function
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Soeren E Pischke, A Gustavsen, H L Orrem, K H Egge, F Courivaud, H Fontenelle, A Despont, A K Bongoni, R Rieben, T I Tønnessen, M A Nunn, H Scott, H Skulstad, A Barratt-Due, T E Mollnes
Inhibition of complement factor 5 (C5) reduced myocardial infarction in animal studies, while no benefit was found in clinical studies. Due to lack of cross-reactivity of clinically used C5 antibodies, different inhibitors were used in animal and clinical studies. Coversin (Ornithodoros moubata complement inhibitor, OmCI) blocks C5 cleavage and binds leukotriene B4 in humans and pigs. We hypothesized that inhibition of C5 before reperfusion will decrease infarct size and improve ventricular function in a porcine model of myocardial infarction...
May 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238606/comparison-of-associations-of-dxa-and-ct-visceral-adipose-tissue-measures-with-insulin-resistance-lipid-levels-and-inflammatory-markers
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John T Schousboe, Lisa Langsetmo, Ann V Schwartz, Brent C Taylor, Tien N Vo, Allyson M Kats, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Eric S Orwoll, Lynn M Marshall, Iva Miljkovic, Nancy E Lane, Kristine E Ensrud
Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) measured by computed tomography (CT) is related to insulin resistance, lipids, and serum inflammatory markers. Our objective was to compare the strength of the associations of VAT measured using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA-VAT) and CT (CT-VAT) with insulin resistance, serum lipids, and serum markers of inflammation. For 1117 men aged 65 and older enrolled in the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study, the cross-sectional associations of DXA-VAT and CT-VAT with homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (homa2ir), C-reactive protein, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol were estimated with regression models and compared using a Hausman test...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226180/a33-shows-similar-sensitivity-to-but-is-more-specific-than-cdx2-as-an-immunomarker-of-colorectal-carcinoma
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Newton A C S Wong, Lukasz A Adamczyk, Shanna Evans, Jayne Cullen, Anca Oniscu, Karin A Oien
AIMS: CDX2 is widely used as a sensitive and specific immunomarker for colorectal carcinoma (CRC) but neither this sensitivity nor specificity is absolute. This study is the first known comparison of CDX1 and A33 against CDX2 as immunomarkers for CRC. METHODS AND RESULTS: As a pilot study, whole sections of 51 cases of liver metastatic carcinoma of different origins - colorectum (n=32), breast (n=3), oesophagogastric tract (n=4), lung (n=3), pancreas (n=8), and prostate (n=1) - were immunostained with CDX1, CDX2 and A33...
February 22, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224267/selection-of-dna-aptamers-for-extra-cellular-domain-of-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-to-detect-her2-positive-carcinomas
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A Sett, B B Borthakur, U Bora
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2, an orphan receptor of ErbB family) is considered as an important biomarker as it plays a key role in the development and progression of aggressive types of breast, ovarian, stomach and gastric cancer. In the present study, we developed novel DNA aptamers against the extra-cellular domain (ECD) of Her2 protein for detection of Her2-positive carcinomas. METHODS: We cloned and expressed Her2-ECD protein in E...
February 21, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222056/physical-activity-sedentary-behavior-and-inflammatory-and-hemostatic-markers-in-men
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Tessa J Parsons, Claudio Sartini, Paul Welsh, Naveed Sattar, Sarah Ash, Lucy T Lennon, S Goya Wannamethee, I-Min Lee, Peter H Whincup, Barbara J Jefferis
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine whether higher levels of physical activity (PA) and less sedentary behavior (SB) are associated with less inflammation, indicated by inflammatory and hemostatic biomarkers, in older men. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 1139 men, from the British Regional Heart Study (mean ± SD age = 78 ± 5 yr), and longitudinal analyses of 490 men with two PA measures 1 yr apart were used in this study. Single fasting venous blood samples were analyzed for several biomarkers...
March 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207828/the-wide-spectrum-high-biocidal-potency-of-bioxy-formulation-when-dissolved-in-water-at-different-concentrations
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Dori Dagher, Ken Ungar, Richard Robison, Fadi Dagher
Traditional surface disinfectants that have long been applied in medicine, animal husbandry, manufacturing and institutions are inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Moreover, some of these substances have adverse environmental impacts: for example, quaternary ammonium compounds ("quats") are reproductive toxicants in both fish and mammals. Halogens are corrosive both to metals and living tissues, are highly reactive, can be readily neutralized by metals, and react with organic matter to form toxic, persistent by-products such as dioxins and furans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202751/superiority-in-rhesus-macaques-of-targeting-hiv-1-env-gp140-to-cd40-versus-lox-1-in-combination-with-replication-competent-nyvac-kc-for-induction-of-env-specific-antibody-and-t-cell-responses
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Gerard Zurawski, Xiaoying Shen, Sandra Zurawski, Georgia D Tomaras, David C Montefiori, Mario Roederer, Guido Ferrari, Christine Lacabaratz, Peter Klucar, Zhiqing Wang, Kathryn E Foulds, Shing-Fen Kao, Xuesong Yu, Alicia Sato, Nicole L Yates, Celia LaBranche, Sherry Stanfield-Oakley, Karen Kibler, Bertram Jacobs, Andres Salazar, Steve Self, Jimmy Fulp, Raphael Gottardo, Lindsey Galmin, Deborah Weiss, Anthony Cristillo, Giuseppe Pantaleo, Yves Levy
We compared the HIV-1-specific immune responses generated by targeting HIV-1 envelope protein (Env gp140) to either CD40 or LOX-1, two endocytic receptors on dendritic cells (DCs), in Rhesus macaques primed with a poxvirus vector (NYVAC-KC) expressing Env gp140. The DC-targeting vaccines, humanized recombinant monoclonal antibodies fused to Env gp140, were administered as a boost with poly ICLC adjuvant either alone or co-administered with the NYVAC-KC vector. All the DC-targeting vaccine administrations with poly ICLC increased the low-level serum anti-Env IgG responses elicited by NYVAC-KC priming significantly more (up to P =0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194371/non-tuberculous-mycobacteria-in-south-african-wildlife-neglected-pathogens-and-potential-impediments-for-bovine-tuberculosis-diagnosis
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Nomakorinte Gcebe, Tiny M Hlokwe
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are not only emerging and opportunistic pathogens of both humans and animals, but from a veterinary point of view some species induce cross-reactive immune responses that hamper the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in both livestock and wildlife. Little information is available about NTM species circulating in wildlife species of South Africa. In this study, we determined the diversity of NTM isolated from wildlife species from South Africa as well as Botswana. Thirty known NTM species and subspecies, as well as unidentified NTM, and NTM closely related to Mycobacterium goodii/Mycobacterium smegmatis were identified from 102 isolates cultured between the years 1998 and 2010, using a combination of molecular assays viz PCR and sequencing of different Mycobacterial house-keeping genes as well as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192925/two-photon-ratiometric-fluorescence-probe-with-enhanced-absorption-cross-section-for-imaging-and-biosensing-of-zinc-ions-in-hippocampal-tissue-and-zebrafish
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Wanying Li, Bingqing Fang, Ming Jin, Yang Tian
Zinc ion (Zn(2+)) not only plays an important function in the structural, catalytic, transcription, and regulatory of proteins, but is also an essential ionic signal to regulate brain neurotransmitters pass process. In this work, we designed and synthesized an intramolecular charge transfer-based ratiometric two-photon fluorescence probe, P-Zn, for imaging and biosensing of Zn(2+) in live cell, hippocampal tissue, and zebrafish. The developed probe demonstrated high two-photon absorption cross section (δ) of 516 ± 77 GM, which increased to 958 ± 144 GM after the probe was coordinated with Zn(2+)...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185188/hapten-anti-hapten-technique-for-two-color-ihc-detection-of-phosphorylated-egfr-and-h2ax-using-primary-antibodies-raised-in-the-same-host-species
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Jodi Hagen, David Schwartz, Alexander E Kalyuzhny
Multiplex staining of cell and tissue sections with antibodies raised in the same host species is a serious challenge because of unwanted but inevitable cross-reactivity of secondary antibodies with irrelevant primary antibodies. Several techniques can be used to overcome this obstacle including direct labeling of primary antibodies with fluorescent tags and using tyramide signal amplification. Unfortunately these techniques either lack sensitivity, or require a long multistep protocol which can cause physical damage of specimens...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184946/uptake-of-111in-labeled-fully-human-monoclonal-antibody-tsp-a18-reflects-transferrin-receptor-expression-in-normal-organs-and-tissues-of-mice
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Aya Sugyo, Atsushi B Tsuji, Hitomi Sudo, Fumiko Nomura, Hirokazu Satoh, Mitsuru Koizumi, Gene Kurosawa, Yoshikazu Kurosawa, Tsuneo Saga
Transferrin receptor (TfR) is an attractive molecule for targeted therapy of cancer. Various TfR-targeted therapeutic agents such as anti-TfR antibodies conjugated with anticancer agents have been developed. An antibody that recognizes both human and murine TfR is needed to predict the toxicity of antibody-based agents before clinical trials, there is no such antibody to date. In this study, a new fully human monoclonal antibody TSP-A18 that recognizes both human and murine TfR was developed and the correlation analysis of the radiolabeled antibody uptake and TfR expression in two murine strains was conducted...
March 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166931/evaluation-of-a-panel-of-antibodies-for-the-immunohistochemical-identification-of-immune-cells-in-paraffin-embedded-lymphoid-tissues-of-new-and-old-world-camelids
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Ann-Kathrin Uhde, Annika Lehmbecker, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Ingo Spitzbarth
Different species of camelids play an important role in the epidemiology of various emerging infectious diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome. For precise investigations of the immunopathogenesis in these host species, appropriate immunohistochemical markers are highly needed in order to phenotype distinct immune cells populations in camelids. So far, specific immunohistochemical markers for camelid immune cells are rarely commercially available, and cross-reactivity studies are restricted to the use of frozen dromedary tissues...
February 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164137/immune-responses-to-tissue-restricted-nonmajor-histocompatibility-complex-antigens-in-allograft-rejection
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REVIEW
Ankit Bharat, T Mohanakumar
Chronic diseases that result in end-stage organ damage cause inflammation, which can reveal sequestered self-antigens (SAgs) in that organ and trigger autoimmunity. The thymus gland deletes self-reactive T-cells against ubiquitously expressed SAgs, while regulatory mechanisms in the periphery control immune responses to tissue-restricted SAgs. It is now established that T-cells reactive to SAgs present in certain organs (e.g., lungs, pancreas, and intestine) are incompletely eliminated, and the dysregulation of peripheral immuneregulation can generate immune responses to SAgs...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159752/studies-of-an-androgen-binding-protein-knockout-corroborate-a-role-for-salivary-abp-in-mouse-communication
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Amanda G Chung, Phillip M Belone, Barbora Vošlajerová Bímová, Robert M Karn, Christina M Laukaitis
The house mouse Androgen-binding protein (Abp) gene family is comprised of 64 paralogs, 30 Abpa and 34 Abpbg, encoding the alpha (ABPA) and betagamma (ABPBG) protein subunits that are disulfide-bridged to form dimers in secretions. Only 14 Abp genes are expressed in distinct patterns in the lacrimal (11) and submandibular glands (3). We created a knockout mouse line lacking two of the three genes expressed in submandibular glands, Abpa27 and Abpbg27, by replacing them with the neomycin resistance gene. The knockout genotype (-/-) showed no Abpa27 or Abpbg27 transcripts in submandibular gland cDNA libraries and there was a concomitant lack of protein expression of ABPA27 and ABPBG27 in the -/- genotype saliva, shown by elimination of these two proteins from the saliva proteome and the loss of cross-reactive material in the acinar cells of the submandibular glands...
February 3, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137307/dysglycemia-associations-with-adipose-tissue-among-hiv-infected-patients-after-2-years-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-mwanza-a-follow-up-cross-sectional-study
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George PrayGod, John Changalucha, Saidi Kapiga, Robert Peck, Jim Todd, Suzanne Filteau
BACKGROUND: Data on the burden of dysglycemia among HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) in Africa are limited. We determined the prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes among HIV-infected patients who started ART when malnourished 2 to 3 years previously and investigated the association of dysglycemia with body composition. METHODS: Malnourished (body mass index (BMI) < 18.5 kg/m(2)) HIV-infected patients who were enrolled in the Nutritional Support for Africans Starting Antiretroviral Therapy (NUSTART) trial from 2011 to 2013 were followed-up from March to August 2015...
January 30, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122514/indoxyl-sulfate-the-uremic-toxin-linking-hemostatic-system-disturbances-with-the-prevalence-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Tomasz W Kamiński, Krystyna Pawlak, Małgorzata Karbowska, Michał Myśliwiec, Dariusz Pawlak
BACKGROUND: During chronic kidney disease progression, kidney-specific risk factors for cardiovascular disease come into play. The present study investigated the impact of indoxyl sulfate, dietary tryptophan-derived uremic toxin, accumulated in the blood of patients with chronic kidney disease on hemostatic parameters, markers of inflammation, oxidative stress and monocyte to macrophage transition. METHODS: Fifty-one CKD patients not undergoing hemodialysis were enrolled in the study...
January 25, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117510/allergenicity-of-bony-and-cartilaginous-fish-molecular-and-immunological-properties
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REVIEW
J N Stephen, M F Sharp, T Ruethers, A Taki, D E Campbell, A L Lopata
Allergy to bony fish is common and probably increasing world-wide. The major heat-stable pan-fish allergen, parvalbumin (PV), has been identified and characterized for numerous fish species. In contrast, there are very few reports of allergic reactions to cartilaginous fish despite widespread consumption. The molecular basis for this seemingly low clinical cross-reactivity between these two fish groups has not been elucidated. PV consists of two distinct protein lineages, α and β. The α-lineage of this protein is predominant in muscle tissue of cartilaginous fish (Chondrichthyes), while β-PV is abundant in muscle tissue of bony fish (Osteichthyes)...
January 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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