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R L Zhang, X H Zheng, L K Zhou, Y Zhang, S L Chen, D L Yang, E L Jiang, J L Wei, Y Huang, Q L Ma, W H Zhai, S Z Feng, M Z Han, Y He
Objective: To investigate the effects of donor-specific HLA antibodies(DSA) for graft failure in un-manipulated haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation(haplo-HSCT) and the feasible treatment for DSA. Methods: HLA antibodies were examined using the Luminex-based single Ag assay for 92 patients who were going on haplo-SCT and the correlations of graft failure and DSA among the patients who had finished SCT were analyzed. Results: Of the total 92 patients who were going on haplo-HSCT, sixteen (17...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Paulina Cerda-Opazo, Manuel Valenzuela-Valderrama, Ignacio Wichmann, Andrés Rodríguez, Daniel Contreras-Reyes, Elmer A Fernández, Gonzalo Carrasco-Aviño, Alejandro H Corvalán, Andrew F G Quest
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between Survivin and Reprimo transcript/protein expression levels, and gastric cancer outcome. METHODS: In silico correlations between an agnostic set of twelve p53-dependent apoptosis and cell-cycle genes were explored in the gastric adenocarcinoma TCGA database, using cBioPortal. Findings were validated by regression analysis of RNAseq data. Separate regression analyses were performed to assess the impact of p53 status on Survivin and Reprimo...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Eun Ju Shin, Hyo-Kyoung Choi, Mi Jeong Sung, Jae Ho Park, Min-Yu Chung, Sangwon Chung, Jin-Taek Hwang
We investigated the anti-cancer effects of beta-sitosterol (BS), a plant-derived sterol in AGS human gastric adenocarcinoma cells and xenograft mouse models. BS significantly reduced cell viability by inducing apoptosis in AGS adenocarcinoma cells. This was accompanied by the formation of apoptotic bodies, as detected by Annexin V, caspase 3/7 activity, and MitoPotential assay. BS stimulated phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and phospho-AMP-activated protein kinase (p-AMPK) expression. Pharmacological inhibitors or siRNA were used to further analyse the relationship between the two proteins...
March 17, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Pedro O Flores-Villanueva, Malathesha Ganachari, Heinner Guio, Jaime A Mejia, Julio Granados
Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women in the United States, where non-small cell lung cancer accounts for ∼85% of lung cancer. Lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) is the major histologic subtype. The presence of actionable mutations prompts the use of therapies designed to specifically address the deleterious effects of those cancer-driving mutations; these therapies have already shown promise in cases carrying those actionable mutations (∼30%). Innovative therapeutic approaches are needed for the treatment of 70% of patients suffering from lung ADC...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ding Shi, Yongpan Liu, Dong Wu, Xujun Hu
Helicobacter pylori , the primary causative agent of stomach cancer, is known to affect gastric mucin expression. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms mediating this H. pylori -dependent effect remain unknown. In the present study, the effect of exogenous expression of the H. pylori virulence factor, CagA, on mucin 5AC oligomeric muscus/gel-forming (MUC5AC) expression was investigated using an in vitro model of the gastric mucosa. AGS cells were either untreated or transfected by a vector control (pCDNA3...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Juntao Xia, Lin Ye, Hongqiang Ren, Xu-Xiang Zhang
Aerobic granular sludge (AGS), a self-immobilized microbial consortium containing different functional microorganisms, is receiving growing attention, since it has shown great technological and economical potentials in the field of wastewater treatment. Microbial community is crucial for the formation, stability, and pollutant removal efficiency of aerobic granules. This mini-review systematically summarizes the recent findings of the microbial community structure and function of AGS and discusses the new research progress in the microbial community dynamics during the granulation process and spatial distribution patterns of the microbiota in AGS...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Fei-Fei Wang, Chao Shi, Yue Yang, Yong Fang, Li Sheng, Ning Li
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fourth most common diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Phellinus igniarius is a traditional medicinal mushroom used in China and other countries of East Asia for the treatment of various diseases including cancer. The aim of this study is to evaluate the antitumor activity of P. igniarius and elucidate the possible mechanism. MTT assay displayed that the total ethanol extract of P. igniarius (TPI) had antitumor activities against five human tumor cell lines of HepG-2, AGS, SGC-7901, Hela and A-549...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Natalia Pawłowska, Agnieszka Gornowicz, Anna Bielawska, Arkadiusz Surażyński, Anna Szymanowska, Robert Czarnomysy, Krzysztof Bielawski
Objective The aim of the current study was to examine the anticancer activity and the detailed mechanism of novel diisoquinoline derivatives in human gastric cancer cells (AGS). Methods The viability of AGS cells was measured by MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay. Cell cycle analysis and apoptosis assay were performed by standard flow cytometric method. Confocal microscopy bioimaging was used to demonstrate the expression of pivotal proteins engaged in apoptosis (caspase-8, caspase-3, p53) and cell signaling (AKT, ERK1/2)...
March 17, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Brianne R O'Leary, Frederick K Houwen, Chase L Johnson, Bryan G Allen, James J Mezhir, Daniel J Berg, Joseph J Cullen, Douglas R Spitz
Gastric adenocarcinoma most often presents at an advanced stage and overall five-year survival of ∼30%. Pharmacological ascorbate (high-dose IV ascorbate) has been proposed as a promising nontoxic adjuvant to standard radio-chemotherapies in several cancer types. In the current study, pharmacological ascorbate (0.5-2 m M) caused a dose-dependent decrease (70-85% at 2 m M) in clonogenic survival of gastric adenocarcinoma cells (AGS and MNK-45), but was relatively nontoxic to a small intestinal epithelial nonimmortalized human cell isolate (FHs 74 Int)...
March 16, 2018: Radiation Research
Nailia R Khasbiullina, Nadezhda V Shilova, Maxim E Navakouski, Alexey Yu Nokel, Yuri A Knirel, Ola Blixt, Nicolai V Bovin
Innate immunity natural Abs (NAbs) execute a number of functions, including protection and surveillance. Despite active research, the stimuli that induce the formation of NAbs are still described only hypothetically. Here, we compared repertoires of anti-glycan Abs in the peripheral blood of mice that received per os various bacteria. The repertoires of Abs of mice primed in this way were compared using a microarray that included about 350 glycans, as well as 150 bacterial polysaccharides. Sterile mice did not possess anti-glycan Abs...
January 1, 2018: Innate Immunity
Ondřej Novák, Peter R Krogen, Tobias Kroh, Tomáš Mocek, Franz X Kärtner, Kyung-Han Hong
We report on a femtosecond ∼8.5  μm, ∼2  μJ source based on the intrapulse difference-frequency generation (DFG) of 2.1 μm pulses in an AgGaSe2 (AGSe) crystal. Compared to the conventional ∼0.8 or 1 μm near-infrared (IR) pulses, a ∼2  μm driver for intrapulse DFG can provide more efficient conversion into the wavelengths longer than 5 μm due to a lower quantum defect and is more suitable for the non-oxide nonlinear crystals that have a relatively low bandgap energy. Using 26 fs, 2...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Wendy E Whatney, Neel R Gandhi, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Azhar Nizam, Hao Wu, Melanie J Quezada, Angela Campbell, Salim Allana, Mbuyi Madeleine Kabongo, Jeremiah Khayumbi, Benson Muchiri, Joshua Ongalo, Joan Tonui, Loren E Sasser, Tawania J Fergus, Gregory Sadat Ouma, Samuel Gurrion Ouma, Allison A Beck, Mark J Mulligan, Alawode Oladele, Deepak Kaushal, Kevin P Cain, Lance Waller, Henry M Blumberg, John D Altman, Joel D Ernst, Jyothi Rengarajan, Cheryl L Day
Antigen-specific CD4 and CD8 T cells are important components of the immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis , yet little information is currently known regarding how the breadth, specificity, phenotype, and function of M. tuberculosis -specific T cells correlate with M. tuberculosis infection outcome in humans. To facilitate evaluation of human M. tuberculosis -specific T cell responses targeting multiple different Ags, we sought to develop a high throughput and reproducible T cell response spectrum assay requiring low blood sample volumes...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yun Zuo, Yan Lv, Xiaolan Qian, Shaokai Wang, Zhipen Chen, Qin Jiang, Cong Cao, Yu Song
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Human hedgehog-interacting protein (HHIP) is a negative regulator of the hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway. It is deregulated in gastric cancer. The underlying molecular mechanism of HHIP-induced inhibition of HH signaling remains to be determined. METHODS: A lentiviral HHIP expression vector ("LV-HHIP") was established to exogenously over-express HHIP in gastric cancer cells. HHIP protein and mRNA were tested by Western blotting assay and quantitative real-time PCR assay, respectively...
February 28, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Simon Bengtsson, Mark de Blois, Britt-Marie Wilén, David Gustavsson
The aerobic granular sludge (AGS) technology is growing towards becoming a mature option for new municipal wastewater treatment plants and capacity extensions. A process based on AGS was compared to conventional activated sludge processes (with and without enhanced biological phosphorus removal), an integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) process and a membrane bioreactor (MBR) by estimating the land area demand (foot-print), electricity demand and chemicals consumption. The process alternatives compared included pre-settling, sludge digestion and necessary post-treatment to achieve effluent concentrations of 8 mg/L nitrogen and 0...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Technology
Ke Zhao, Juan Du, Yanfeng Peng, Peng Li, Shaohua Wang, Yu Wang, Jingwei Hou, Jian Kang, Wenwen Zheng, Shucheng Hua, Xiao-Fang Yu
Improper host immune activation leads to the development of the autoimmune disease Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS), which is attributed to defined genetic mutations in such proteins as TREX1 and ADAR1. The mechanism of immune activation in AGS patients has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. In this study, we report that endogenous LINE1 components trigger IFNβ production in multiple human cell types, including those defective for cGAS/STING-mediated DNA sensing. In these cells, LINE1 DNA synthesis and retrotransposition were not required for LINE1-triggered immune activation, but RNA sensing pathways were essential...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Chi-Hua Yen, Hui-Fang Chiu, Su-Yu Huang, Yan-Ying Lu, Yi-Chun Han, You-Cheng Shen, Kamesh Venkatakrishnan, Chin-Kun Wang
BACKGROUND: Burdock complex (BC) constitutes of burdock (Arctium lappa), angelica (Angelica sinensis), gromwell (Lithospermum erythrorhizon), and sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil, which are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating various disorders. This study intended to examine the anti-H. pylori activity of BC on AGS cell model as well as in asymptomatic H. pylori-infected subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: AGS cell incubated with H. pylori and treated with BC to evaluate the minimum inhibition concentration (MIC), cell viability (MTT) anti-adhesion activity, and inflammatory markers...
March 8, 2018: Helicobacter
Jia-Jun Li, Jun Ma, Ya-Bing Xin, Zhe-Shan Quan, Yu-Shun Tian
Eighteen novel 2,3-diphenyl acrylonitrile derivatives bearing halogens were designed, synthesized and evaluated for biological activity. Preliminary in vitro results indicated that the majority of the compounds with a para-substituted halogen had considerable anti-proliferatory activity against five human cancer cell lines, including MGC-803, AGS, and BEL-7402, with IC50 values in the range of 0.46-100 μM. No significant toxic effects on the non-cancerous human liver cell line L-02 were observed. The selective inhibitory activities against cancer cells were significantly better than that of the control lead compound CA-4 and CA-4P...
March 8, 2018: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Ke-Qin Hu, Wei Cui
BACKGROUND: Our recent study indicated the possible presence of detectable hepatitis C virus antigens (HCV-Ags) after denaturation of sera with resolved HCV (R-HCV) infection. The present study determined and characterized persistent HCV-Ags-specific immune complexes (ICs) in these patients. METHODS: Sixty-eight sera with R-HCV and 34 with viremic HCV (V-HCV) infection were tested for free and IC-bound HCV-Ags using HCV-Ags enzyme immunoassay (EIA), the presence of HCV-Ags-specific ICs by immunoprecipitation and Western blot (IP-WB), HCV ICs containing HCV virions using IP and HCV RNA RT-PCR, and correlation of HCV ICs with clinical presentation in these patients...
March 8, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Nicholas A Gherardin, Liyen Loh, Lorenztino Admojo, Alexander J Davenport, Kelden Richardson, Amy Rogers, Phillip K Darcy, Misty R Jenkins, H Miles Prince, Simon J Harrison, Hang Quach, David P Fairlie, Katherine Kedzierska, James McCluskey, Adam P Uldrich, Paul J Neeson, David S Ritchie, Dale I Godfrey
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are T cells that recognise vitamin-B derivative Ag presented by the MHC-related-protein 1 (MR1) antigen-presenting molecule. While MAIT cells are highly abundant in humans, their role in tumour immunity remains unknown. Here we have analysed the frequency and function of MAIT cells in multiple myeloma (MM) patients. We show that MAIT cell frequency in blood is reduced compared to healthy adult donors, but comparable to elderly healthy control donors. Furthermore, there was no evidence that MAIT cells accumulated at the disease site (bone marrow) of these patients...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yansen Li, Zhanlong Shen, Hongpeng Jiang, Zhiyong Lai, Zhu Wang, Kewei Jiang, Yingjiang Ye, Shan Wang
Increasing evidence has shown that abnormal expression of miR-4284 participates in the progression of several types of cancer. However, the expression and the role of miR‑4284 in gastric cancer remain largely unknown. Therefore, in the present study the miR‑4284 expression levels in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines, was examined using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR) and found that miR‑4284 was significantly upregulated in 40 pairs of gastric cancer tissues and five gastric cancer cell lines compared to the corresponding normal tissues and GES‑1 cell line...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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