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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055003/anti-cd20-antibody-prevents-red-blood-cell-alloimmunization-in-a-mouse-model
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Rahma Elayeb, Marie Tamagne, Marion Pinheiro, Julie Ripa, Rachid Djoudi, Philippe Bierling, France Pirenne, Benoît Vingert
Alloimmunization against RBCs can cause life-threatening delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions. Anti-CD20 Ab has recently been used to prevent alloimmunization. However, its effects remain unclear, particularly in lymphoid organs. We investigated the impact of murine anti-CD20 Ab in the blood and spleen. We assessed protocols for preventing primary alloimmunization and for abolishing established alloimmunization. Prophylactic protocols prevented alloimmunization. However, anti-CD20 treatment could only limit the further amplification of established alloimmunization...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054928/the-type-ii-transmembrane-serine-protease-matriptase-cleaves-the-amyloid-precursor-protein-and-reduces-its-processing-to-%C3%AE-amyloid
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Erwan Lanchec, Antoine Désilets, François Béliveau, Anthony Flamier, Shaimaa Mahmoud, Gilbert Bernier, Denis Gris, Richard Leduc, Christine Lavoie
Recent studies have reported that many proteases, besides the canonical α-, β- and γ-secretases, cleave the amyloid precursor protein (APP) and modulate β amyloid (Aβ) peptide production. Moreover, specific APP isoforms contain Kunitz protease inhibitor (KPI) domains, which regulate the proteolytic activity of serine proteases. This prompted us to investigate the role of matriptase, a member of the type II transmembrane serine protease family, in APP processing. Using qRTPCR, we detected matriptase mRNA in several regions of the human brain, with an enrichment in neurons...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054861/regulation-of-human-feto-placental-endothelial-barrier-integrity-by-vascular-endothelial-growth-factors-competitive-interplay-between-vegf-a165a-vegf-a165b-pigf-and-ve-cadherin
#3
Vincent Pang, David O Bates, Lopa Leach
The human placenta nourishes and protects the developing fetus whilst influencing maternal physiology for fetal advantage. It expresses several members of the VEGF family including the pro-angiogenic/pro-permeability VEGF-A165a isoform, the anti-angiogenic VEGF-A165b, placental growth factor (PIGF) and their receptors, VEGFR1 and VEGFR2. Alterations in the ratio of these factors during gestation and in complicated pregnancies have been reported; however the impact of this on feto-placental endothelial barrier integrity is unknown...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054429/surface-chemistry-induces-mitochondria-mediated-apoptosis-of-breast-cancer-cells-via-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#4
Jing Zhang, Li Li, Yueting Peng, Yu Chen, Xiaoying Lv, Shun Li, Xiang Qin, Hong Yang, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao Liu
Tumor cell can be significantly influenced by various chemical groups of the extracellular matrix proteins. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in the interaction between cancer cells and functional groups in the extracellular matrix remain unknown. Using chemically modified surfaces with biological functional groups (CH3, NH2, OH), it was found that hydrophobic surfaces modified with CH3 and NH2 suppressed cell proliferation and induced the number of apoptotic cells. Mitochondrial dysfunction, cytochrome c release, Bax upregulation, cleaved caspase-3 and PARP, and Bcl-2 downregulation indicated that hydrophobic surfaces with CH3 and NH2 triggered the activation of intrinsic apoptotic signaling pathway...
October 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054409/dual-expression-of-constitutively-active-g-protein-coupled-receptors-differentially-establishes-the-resting-activity-of-the-camp-gated-hcn2-channel-in-a-single-compartment
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Noriyuki Nakashima, Kie Nakashima, Takeo Nakayama, Akiko Takaku, Ryosuke Kanamori
The hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated 2 (HCN2) channel is a major subtype of the HCN channel family expressed in the nervous system that sets the membrane potential, regulates cell excitability and senses changes in the extracellular environment. Neurons express various Gαs-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), many of which show ligand-independent constitutive activity. These membrane-bound proteins are expressed in various subcellular compartments of neurons. Therefore, some proportion of HCN2 channels opens in response to the basal cAMP pool size produced by constitutively active GPCRs...
October 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054366/simvastatin-accelerates-hematoma-resolution-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-a-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-manner
#6
Yuelong Wang, Qianwei Chen, Qiang Tan, Zhou Feng, Zhenlin He, Jun Tang, Hua Feng, Gang Zhu, Zhi Chen
To date, the neuroprotective effects of statins on intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) are not well established. This study explored the effect and potential mechanism of simvastatin treatment on ICH. In the present study, the effects of simvastatin on hematoma absorption, neurological outcome, CD36 expression and microglia polarization were examined in rat model of ICH model. In the meantime, inhibitory effect of PPARγ inhibitor GW9662 was investigated following ICH. Additionally, the effect of simvastatin on PPARγ activation was also investigated in rat ICH model and primary microglia culture...
October 17, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053877/trpv4-regulates-vascular-endothelial-permeability-during-colonic-inflammation-in-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-murine-colitis
#7
Kenjiro Matsumoto, Riho Yamaba, Ken Inoue, Daichi Utsumi, Takuya Tsukahara, Kikuko Amagase, Makoto Tominaga, Shinichi Kato
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The transient receptor potential vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a nonselective cation channel involved in physical sensing in various tissue types. The present study aimed to elucidate the function and expression of TRPV4 in colonic vascular endothelial cells during dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The role of TRPV4 in the progression of colonic inflammation was examined in the 2 % DSS-induced murine colitis model using immunohistochemical analysis, western blotting, and Evans blue dye extrusion assay...
October 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053707/high-glucose-augments-angiotensinogen-in-human-renal-proximal-tubular-cells-through-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-5
#8
Juan Wang, Yuki Shibayama, Hiroyuki Kobori, Ya Liu, Hideki Kobara, Tsutomu Masaki, Zhiyu Wang, Akira Nishiyama
High glucose has been demonstrated to induce angiotensinogen (AGT) synthesis in the renal proximal tubular cells (RPTCs) of rats, which may further activate the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and contribute to diabetic nephropathy. This study aimed to investigate the effects of high glucose on AGT in the RPTCs of human origin and identify the glucose-responsive transcriptional factor(s) that bind(s) to the DNA sequences of AGT promoter in human RPTCs. Human kidney (HK)-2 cells were treated with normal glucose (5...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052277/src-promotes-egf-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-migration-in-gastric-cancer-cells-by-upregulating-zeb1-and-zeb2-through-akt
#9
Lei Zhao, Xin Li, Na Song, Aodi Li, Kezuo Hou, Xiujuan Qu, Xiaofang Che, Yunpeng Liu
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays important roles in the migration, invasion and metastasis of cancer cells. However, the role of Src in epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced EMT and migration in gastric cancer cells remains to be clarified. In the current study, the effect of Src on EGF-stimulated EMT and migration was explored in gastric cancer cells. EGF induced EMT in gastric cancer cells and increased their migratory ability, which was accompanied by the phosphorylation of Src. PP2, the Src inhibitor, markedly suppressed EGF-mediated EMT and migration in gastric cancer cells...
October 20, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052125/differences-in-innate-ifn%C3%AE-and-il-17-responses-to-bordetella-pertussis-between-balb-c-and-c57bl-6-mice-role-of-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-nk-cells-and-dendritic-cells
#10
Yung-Yi C Mosley, Fangjia Lu, Harm HogenEsch
Cell-mediated immune responses characterized by the secretion of IFNγ and IL-17 play an important role in the immune response to Bordetella pertussis (B. pertussis). We investigated innate sources of IFNγ and IL-17 upon stimulation of spleen cells from BALB/c (B/c) and C57BL/6 (B6) mice with heat-killed B. pertussis (hkBp). Spleen cells from B/c mice secreted less IFNγ and more IL-17 than those from B6 mice. Innate IFNγ was produced predominantly by NK cells in B/c mice and by CD8 T cells and NK cells in B6 mice...
October 19, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051754/a-cellular-fusion-cascade-regulated-by-laea-is-required-for-sclerotial-development-in-aspergillus-flavus
#11
Xixi Zhao, Joseph E Spraker, Jin Woo Bok, Thomas Velk, Zhu-Mei He, Nancy P Keller
Aspergillus flavus is a saprophytic soil fungus that poses a serious threat worldwide as it contaminates many food and feed crops with the carcinogenic mycotoxin called aflatoxin. This pathogen persists as sclerotia in the soil which enables fungal survival in harsh environmental conditions. Sclerotia formation by A. flavus depends on successful cell communication and hyphal fusion events. Loss of LaeA, a conserved developmental regulator in fungi, abolishes sclerotia formation in this species whereas overexpression (OE) of laeA results in enhanced sclerotia production...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051582/a-role-for-the-purinergic-receptor-p2x3-in-astrocytes-in-the-mechanism-of-craniofacial-neuropathic-pain
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Won Mah, Sang Man Lee, Jaekwang Lee, Jin Young Bae, Jin Sook Ju, C Justin Lee, Dong Kuk Ahn, Yong Chul Bae
The purinergic receptor P2X3, expressed in the central terminals of primary nociceptive neurons in the brainstem, plays an important role in pathological pain. However, little is known about expression of P2X3 in the brainstem astrocytes and its involvement in craniofacial pathologic pain. To address this issue, we investigated the expression of P2X3 in astrocytes in the trigeminal caudal nucleus (Vc) in a rat model of craniofacial neuropathic pain, chronic constriction injury of infraorbital nerve (CCI-ION)...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050967/role-of-k-channels-in-regulating-spontaneous-activity-in-the-muscularis-mucosae-of-guinea-pig-bladder
#13
Ken Lee, Ayu Isogai, Minori Antoh, Shunichi Kajioka, Masatoshi Eto, Hikaru Hashitani
To explore the roles of various K(+) channels in regulating the spontaneous activity of bladder muscularis mucosae (MM) that is considered to play an important role in maintaining mucosal function. Effects of K(+) channel modulators on electrical and contractile activity in the guinea-pig bladder MM were examined using intracellular microelectrode and isometric tension recording. The MM predominately generated bursting spontaneous action potentials (SAPs) and phasic contractions (SPCs) that were blocked by nifedipine (1µM)...
October 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050939/c6-glioma-conditioned-medium-induces-malignant-transformation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-possible-role-of-s100b-rage-pathway
#14
Bin Tan, Lianju Shen, Ke Yang, Daochao Huang, Xin Li, Yasha Li, Li Zhao, Jie Chen, Qing Yi, Hao Xu, Jie Tian, Jing Zhu
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been widely studied as an attractive therapeutic agent for the treatment of tumors. However, the adverse effects of the tumor paracrine factors who affect MSCs are still unclear. In this study, we report for the first time that C6 glioma-conditioned medium (GCM) induces malignant transformation of MSCs. In contrast to MSCs, the transformed mesenchymal stem cells (TMCs) exhibited tumor cell characterizations in vitro and highly tumorigenic in vivo. Furthermore, GCM and recombinant S100B increased receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and its downstream Akt1, STAT3 genes expression as well as phosphorylation and transcriptional activation...
October 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050671/gambogic-acid-improves-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-progression-by-inhibition-of-mtor-signaling-pathway
#15
Teng Zhao, Hong-Jian Wang, Wen-Wen Zhao, Yi-Ling Sun, Li-Kuan Hu
Gambogic acid (GA) has been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce apoptosis, and enhance reactive oxygen species accumulation. However, whether GA could improve multidrug resistance through modulating autophagy has never been explored. We demonstrated that the combination of GA and cisplatin (CDDP) resulted in a stronger growth inhibition effect on A549 and NCI-H460 cells using the MTT assay. Furthermore, treatment with GA significantly increased autophagy in these cells. More importantly, GA-induced cell death could be largely abolished by 3-methyladenine (3-MA) or chloroquine (CQ) treatment, suggesting that GA-induced cell death was dependent on autophagy...
November 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050313/adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-employed-exosomes-to-attenuate-aki-ckd-transition-through-tubular-epithelial-cell-dependent-sox9-activation
#16
Fengming Zhu, Octavia L S Chong Lee Shin, Guangchang Pei, Zhizhi Hu, Juan Yang, Han Zhu, Meng Wang, Jingyi Mou, Jie Sun, Yuxi Wang, Qian Yang, Zhi Zhao, Huzi Xu, Hui Gao, Weiqi Yao, Xiao Luo, Wenhui Liao, Gang Xu, Rui Zeng, Ying Yao
Acute kidney injury (AKI) predisposes patients to an increased risk into progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), however effective treatments are still elusive. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of human adipose-derived MSCs (hAD-MSCs) in the prevention of AKI-CKD transition, and illuminate the role of Sox9, a vital transcription factor in the development of kidney, in this process. C57BL/6 mice were subjected to unilateral renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) with or without hAD-MSC treatment...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050306/the-hyaluronan-mediated-motility-receptor-rhamm-promotes-growth-invasiveness-and-dissemination-of-colorectal-cancer
#17
Valentina Mele, Lena Sokol, Viktor Hendrik Kölzer, Dennis Pfaff, Manuele Giuseppe Muraro, Irene Keller, Zahnd Stefan, Irene Centeno, Luigi Maria Terracciano, Heather Dawson, Inti Zlobec, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alessandro Lugli
In colorectal cancer (CRC), RHAMM is an independent adverse prognostic factor. The aim of the study was therefore to investigate on the role of RHAMM as a potential direct driver of cell proliferation and migration in CRC cell lines and to identify pathways dependent on RHAMM in human CRC. Proliferation, cell cycle alterations and invasive capacity were tested in two RHAMM- and control- knockdown CRC cell lines by flow cytometry and in vitro assays. Tumorigenicity and metastasis formation was assessed in immunodeficient mice...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050010/calcium-sensing-receptor-stimulation-in-cultured-glomerular-podocytes-induces-trpc6-dependent-calcium-entry-and-rhoa-activation
#18
Lei Zhang, Tianrong Ji, Qin Wang, Kexin Meng, Rui Zhang, He Yang, Chang Liao, Linlin Ma, Jundong Jiao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies provided compelling evidence that stimulation of the calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) exerts direct renoprotective action at the glomerular podocyte level. This protective action may be attributed to the RhoA-dependent stabilization of the actin cytoskeleton. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. METHODS: In the present study, an immortalized human podocyte cell line was used. Fluo-3 fluorescence was utilized to determine intracellular Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]i), and western blotting was used to measure canonical transient receptor potential 6 (TRPC6) protein expression and RhoA activity...
October 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049987/isoflavones-induce-bex2-dependent-autophagy-to-prevent-atr-induced-neurotoxicity-in-sh-sy5y-cells
#19
Peng Li, Kun Ma, Hao-Yu Wu, Yan-Ping Wu, Bai-Xiang Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Atrazine (ATR) is a broad-spectrum herbicide in wide use around the world. However, ATR is neurotoxic and can cause cell death in dopaminergic neurons, leading to neurodegenerative disorders. Autophagy is the basic cellular catabolic process involving the degradation of proteins and damaged organelles. Studies have shown that certain plant compounds can induce autophagy and prevent neuronal cell death. This prompted us to investigate plant compounds that might reduce the neurotoxic effects of ATR...
October 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049979/triptonide-inhibits-the-pathological-functions-of-gastric-cancer-associated-fibroblasts
#20
Zhenfei Wang, Daguang Ma, Changshan Wang, Zhe Zhu, Yongyan Yang, Fenfang Zeng, Jianlong Yuan, Xia Liu, Yue Gao, Yongxia Chen, Yongfeng Jia
Direct attacks on tumour cells with chemotherapeutic drugs have the drawbacks of accelerating tumour metastasis and inducing tumour stem cell phenotypes. Inhibition of tumour-associated fibroblasts, which provide nourishment and support to tumour cells, is a novel and promising anti-tumour strategy. However, effective drugs against tumour-associated fibroblasts are currently lacking. In the present study, we explored the possibility of inhibiting the pathological functions of tumour-associated fibroblasts with triptonide...
October 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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