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Simon Felz, Salah Al-Zuhairy, Olav Andreas Aarstad, Mark C M van Loosdrecht, Yue Mei Lin
To evaluate and develop methodologies for the extraction of gel-forming extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), EPS from aerobic granular sludge (AGS) was extracted using six different methods (centrifugation, sonication, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), formamide with sodium hydroxide (NaOH), formaldehyde with NaOH and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) with heat and constant mixing). AGS was collected from a pilot wastewater treatment reactor. The ionic gel-forming property of the extracted EPS of the six different extraction methods was tested with calcium ions (Ca(2+))...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Tobias Wiedemann, Stefan Hofbaur, Eva Loell, Gabriele Rieder
Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is a potent neutrophil-activating chemokine which triggers the infiltration and migration of neutrophils into areas of bacterial infection. Helicobacter pylori-infected patient studies as well as animal models have revealed that H. pylori type I strains carrying an intact cytotoxin-associated gene pathogenicity island (cag-PAI) with a functional type IV secretion system (T4SS) induce IL-8 expression and secretion in gastric mucosa. This gastric mucosal IL-8 expression correlates with severe histological changes due to H...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
Kun Taek Park, Mahmoud M ElNaggar, Gaber S Abdellrazeq, John P Bannantine, Victoria Mack, Lindsay M Fry, William C Davis
Phylogenic comparisons of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS) of humans and mice demonstrate phenotypic divergence of dendritic cell (DC) subsets that play similar roles in innate and adaptive immunity. Although differing in phenotype, DC can be classified into four groups according to ontogeny and function: conventional DC (cDC1 and cDC2), plasmacytoid DC (pDC), and monocyte derived DC (MoDC). DC of Artiodactyla (pigs and ruminants) can also be sub-classified using this system, allowing direct functional and phenotypic comparison of MoDC and other DC subsets trafficking in blood (bDC)...
2016: PloS One
Wen-Jin Ding, Min Zhou, Mei-Mei Chen, Chun-Ying Qu
PURPOSE: The homeobox B8 (HOXB8) functions as a sequence-specific transcription factor that is involved in development. Increased expression of this gene is associated with a wide variety of tumor; however, its function in gastric cancer has not been clarified. In the present study, the expression of HOXB8 in gastric cancer tissues and influence of HOXB8 on gastric cancer cellular were evaluated. METHODS: The expression levels of HOXB8 mRNA in human gastric cancer tissues were analyzed through quantitative RT-PCR...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Farideh Mohammadian, Alireza Abhari, Hassan Dariushnejad, Alireza Nikanfar, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi, Nosratollah Zarghami
BACKGROUND: Recently, Chrysin, as a flavone, has revealed cancer chemo-preventive activity. The present experiment utilized the PLGA-PEG-chrysin complex, and free chrysin, to evaluation of the expression of miR-22, miR-34a and miR-126 in human gastric cell line. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to examine whether nano encapsulating chrysin improves the anti-cancer effect of free chrysin on AGS human gastric cell line. METHODS: Properties of the chrysin encapsulated in PLGA-PEG nanoparticles were investigated by SEM, H NMR, and FTIR...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Cancer Prevention
Hoyun Choi, Suk Kyeong Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of noncoding RNA molecules approximately 19 to 25 nucleotides in length that downregulate the expression of target genes at the post-transcriptional level by binding to the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR). Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) generates at least 44 miRNAs, but the functions of most of these miRNAs have not yet been identified. Previously, we reported BRUCE as a target of miR-BART15-3p, a miRNA produced by EBV, but our data suggested that there might be other apoptosis-associated target genes of miR-BART15-3p...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Virology
Wimonrat Panpetch, Jennifer K Spinler, James Versalovic, Somying Tumwasorn
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-8 is the key agent for initiating an inflammatory response to infection with Helicobacter pylori. Some strains of Lactobacillus spp. are known to colonize the stomach and suppress inflammation caused by H. pylori. In this study, we characterized two gastric-derived lactobacilli, Lactobacillus salivarius (LS) strains B37 and B60, capable of inhibiting H. pylori-induced IL-8 production by gastric epithelial cells. RESULTS: Conditioned media from LS-B37 and LS-B60 suppressed H...
October 18, 2016: BMC Microbiology
M Khaleghi, A Farsinejad, S Dabiri, G Asadikaram
The current study is aimed at investigation of the opium effects on the apoptosis of different cell lines in culture medium and compares such effects with one another. The study is carried out on over 8 cell lines (AA8, AGS, Hela, HepG2, MCF7, N2a, PC12, WEHI). A 2.86 x 10-4 g/ml opium concentration was prepared and added to the culture medium of the cell lines for 48 hours. Cytotoxicity was tested by 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. The apoptotic effect of opium on the cell lines was analyzed by Annexin-PI test...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Mohamed M M Abdel-Latif, Mekky M Abouzied
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Natural honey has been used as a medicine since ancient times. Honey is widely known for its antibacterial properties against H. pylori; however, the mechanisms of its antibacterial activity are not fully known. The present study was performed to examine the molecular mechanisms by which natural honey can inhibit H. pylori infection in gastric epithelial cells. METHODS: Electrophoretic mobility shift assay was used to measure NF-κB- and AP-1-DNA binding activity...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Dorota Gliwicz, Irena Jankowska, Aldona Wierzbicka, Anna Miśkiewicz-Chotnicka, Aleksandra Lisowska, Jarosław Walkowiak
Alagille syndrome (AGS) is often associated with symptoms of maldigestion, such as steatorrhea, hypotrophy and growth retardation. Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency was proposed as the underlying cause. We aimed to assess the exocrine pancreatic function with the use of different methods in AGS patients. Concentrations of fecal elastase-1 (FE1) and fecal lipase (FL) activities were measured in 33 children with AGS. The C-mixed triglyceride breath test (MTBT) in a subgroup comprising 15 patients. In all patients studied, FE1 concentrations and FL activities were normal...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hui Teng, Qun Huang, Lei Chen
Data from the present study showed that agrimonolide exhibited a high anti-proliferation effect against human gastric cancer AGS cells. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that the number of total apoptotic cells increased after the treatment with the agrimonolide in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, it was found that agrimonolide-induced cell apoptosis was associated with the increase in the (Bcl-2 Associated X Protein, BAX)/(B-cell lymphoma-2, Bcl-2) ratio and the activation of cleaved caspase-3. MAPK (p38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and ERK1/2) signaling pathways were involved in agrimonolide-induced apoptosis...
October 17, 2016: Food & Function
Raul Elgueta, Dan Tse, Sophie J Deharvengt, Marcus R Luciano, Catherine Carriere, Randolph J Noelle, Radu V Stan
Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein (Plvap) is an endothelial protein with roles in endothelial diaphragm formation and maintenance of basal vascular permeability. At the same time, Plvap has roles in immunity by facilitating leukocyte diapedesis at inflammatory sites and controlling peripheral lymph node morphogenesis and the entry of soluble Ags into lymph node conduits. Based on its postulated role in diapedesis, we have investigated the role of Plvap in hematopoiesis and show that deletion of Plvap results in a dramatic decrease of IgM(+)IgD(lo) B cells in both the spleen and the peritoneal cavity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Soad Nady, Mohamed Tarek M Shata, Mohammad A Mohey, Ayatollah El-Shorbagy
The role of T helper-17 (Th17) lymphocytes in the regulation of Schistosoma mansoni Soluble Egg Ags (SEA)-induced granuloma is unknown. The present study examined the effect of Th17 cytokines (IL-17 and IL-22) on granulocytes recruitment and functions during SEA-induced granuloma formation in vitro in Schistosoma-infected and non-infected individuals. Granulocytes were isolated from 27 Schistosoma-infected patients and 13 controls and were used for granuloma induction using SEA-conjugated polyacrylamide beads in the presence of Th17 cytokines...
October 14, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Fatemeh Mahmoodi, Hassan Akrami
Placental growth factor (PlGF) a member of the vascular endothelial growth factor family regulates some cell processes such as survival, growth of vascular endothelial cells, invasiveness and also involves in pathological angiogenesis and metastasis in most cancers. Cancer stem cells are believed to be the main reason for the tumor relapse and resistance to therapy. These cells have various characteristics as same as normal tissue-specific adult stem cells, including self-renewability and potent to differentiate into various cell types...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
M Carrabba, A Vichi, G Vultaggio, S Pallari, R Paravina, M Ferrari
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate surface roughness and gloss of feldspathic ceramic blocks for chairside CAD/CAM systems before and after finishing and polishing. METHODS: VITA Mark II ceramic blocks for the CEREC CAD/CAM system were cut perpendicularly in order to obtain a total of 70 specimens (14 × 18 × 3 mm). The flat surface was roughened using a grinder/polisher with dry 120-grit silicone-carbide paper. Surface roughness and gloss were measured using a digital profilometer (Ra) and a glossmeter (GU), respectively...
October 10, 2016: Operative Dentistry
Gene Kurosawa, Mariko Kondo, Yoshikazu Kurosawa
When the technology for constructing human antibody (Ab) libraries using a phage-display system was developed, many researchers in Ab-related fields anticipated that it would be widely applied to the development of pharmaceutical drugs against various diseases, including cancers. However, successful examples of such applications are very limited. Moreover, researchers who utilize phage-display technology now show divergent ways of thinking about phage Ab libraries. For example, there is debate about what should be the source of VH and VL genes for the construction of libraries to cover the whole repertoire of Abs present in the human body...
October 5, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mohd Hakim Ab Halim, Aznah Nor Anuar, Nur Syahida Abdul Jamal, Siti Izaidah Azmi, Zaini Ujang, Mustafa M Bob
The effect of temperature on the efficiency of organics and nutrients removal during the cultivation of aerobic granular sludge (AGS) in biological treatment of synthetic wastewater was studied. With this aim, three 3 L sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) with influent loading rate of 1.6 COD g (L d)(-1) were operated at different high temperatures (30, 40 and 50 °C) for simultaneous COD, phosphate and ammonia removal at a complete cycle time of 3 h. The systems were successfully started up and progressed to steady state at different cultivation periods...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Murali Ganesan, Larisa Y Poluektova, Dean J Tuma, Kusum K Kharbanda, Natalia A Osna
BACKGROUND: Alcohol consumption exacerbates the pathogenesis of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and worsens disease outcomes. The exact reasons are not clear yet, but they might be partially attributed to the ability of alcohol to further suppress the innate immunity. Innate immunity is known to be already decreased by HCV in liver cells. METHODS: In this study, we aimed to explore the mechanisms of how alcohol metabolism dysregulates IFNα signaling (STAT1 phosphorylation) in HCV(+) hepatoma cells...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Evangelos J Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Steven M Opal
During the course of sepsis when immunosuppression predominates, the concentrations of circulating immunoglobulins (IGs) are decreased and this is associated with adverse outcomes. The production of IGs as response to invasive bacterial pathogens takes place through a complex pathway starting from the recognition of the antigen (Ag) by innate immune cells that process and present Ags to T cells. The orchestration of T-helper (Th) lymphocyte responses directs specific B cells and ends with the production of IGs by plasma cells...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Mengjia He, Xiandong Liu, Xiancai Lu, Chi Zhang, Rucheng Wang
In order to quantify the speciation and structures of silver-sulfide complexes in aqueous solutions, we have carried out systematic first principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations at three temperatures (25°C, 200°C, and 300°C). It is found that mono-sulfide (i.e., Ag(HS)) and di-sulfide species (i.e., Ag(HS)2-) are the major silver-sulfide species over a wide T-P range, while Ag(HS)32- can hold stably only at ambient temperatures and Ag(HS)43- does not exist even at the ambient conditions. Ag(H2S)+ has a tetrahedral structure up to 300°C (i...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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