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Ana Gabriela Travassos, Eveline Xavier Pereira de Souza, Eduardo Netto, Eda Vinhaes Dantas, Maiara Timbó, Isabella Nóbrega, Tatiana Haguihara, Júlia Maria de Oliveira Neumeyer, Nathalia Araújo Lisboa, Maria Angela Soidan, Fábio Ferreira, Carlos Brites
BACKGROUND: Infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections throughout the world. These sexually transmitted infections are a growing problem in people living with HIV/AIDS. However, the presence of these agents in extra genital sites, remains poorly studied in our country. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae anal and genital infection in people living with HIV/AIDS followed in a reference center in Salvador, Brazil...
October 17, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Ana Claudia Paradella, André Ferraz de Arruda Musegante, Carlos Roberto Brites
Intravesical botulinum toxin A (BoNTA) injection has been widely used for the treatment of detrusor overactivity in patients with neurogenic bladder due to spinal cord injury who do not respond to conventional treatment. There is no consensus about antibiotic prophylaxis for this procedure. We conducted a retrospective analysis of medical records of adult patients with spinal cord injury who underwent detrusor BoNTA injection between January of 2007 and December of 2013 in a rehabilitation hospital. Occurrence of symptomatic urinary tract infection (UTI) was assessed in 3 groups in accordance with their use of antibiotics (prophylactic dosage, 3 days, more than 3 days) for the treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria...
October 17, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yong Chen, Ruping Pan, Alexander Pfeifer
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNA molecules consisting of approximately 20 to 22 nucleotides. They play a very important role in the regulation of gene expression. miRNAs can be found in different species and a variety of organs and tissues including adipose tissue. There are two types of adipose tissue in mammals: White adipose tissue (WAT) is the largest energy storage, whereas brown adipose tissue (BAT) dissipates energy to maintain body temperature. BAT was first identified in hibernating animals and newborns as a defense against cold...
October 11, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Yong Chen, Ruping Pan, Alexander Pfeifer
Fat tissue is well known for its capacity to store energy and its detrimental role in obesity and metaflammation. However, humans possess different types of fat that have different functions in physiology and metabolic diseases. Apart from white adipose tissue (WAT), the body's main energy storage, there is also brown adipose tissue (BAT) that dissipates energy as a defense against cold and maintains energy balance for the whole body. BAT is present not only in newborns but also in adult humans and its mass correlates with leanness...
October 4, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
J Brenmoehl, D Ohde, E Albrecht, C Walz, A Tuchscherer, A Hoeflich
For the assessment of genetic or conditional factors of fat cell browning, novel and polygenic animal models are required. Therefore, the long-term selected polygenic mouse line DUhTP originally established in Dummerstorf for high treadmill performance is used. DUhTP mice are characterized by increased fat accumulation in the sedentary condition and elevated fat mobilization during mild voluntary physical activity. In the present study, the phenotype of fat cell browning of subcutaneous fat and a potential effect on oral glucose tolerance, an indicator of metabolic health, were addressed in DUhTP mice...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
Francesc Villarroya, Marion Peyrou, Marta Giralt
Regulated transcription of the uncoupling protein-1 (UCP1) gene, and subsequent UCP1 protein synthesis, is a hallmark of the acquisition of the differentiated, thermogenically competent status of brown and beige/brite adipocytes, as well as of the responsiveness of brown and beige/brite adipocytes to adaptive regulation of thermogenic activity. The 5' non-coding region of the UCP1 gene contains regulatory elements that confer tissue specificity, differentiation dependence, and neuro-hormonal regulation to UCP1 gene transcription...
October 5, 2016: Biochimie
Rui Pinheiro, Cláudia Braga, Gisela Santos, Maria R Bronze, Maria J Perry, Rui Moreira, Dora Brites, Ana S Falcão
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor in adults. The triazene Temozolomide (TMZ), an alkylating drug, is the classical chemotherapeutic agent for gliomas, but has been disappointing against the highly invasive and resistant nature of GBM. Hybrid compounds may open new horizons within this challenge. The multicomponent therapeutic strategy here used resides on a combination of two repurposing drugs acting by different but potentially synergistic mechanisms, improved efficacy, and lower resistance effects...
October 11, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Manoel Sarno, Marcelo Aquino, Kleber Pimentel, Renata Cabral, Gisela Costa, Fernanda Bastos, Carlos Brites
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe the pattern and progression of Central Nervous System (CNS) lesions of microcephalic fetuses with suspected Zika Virus (ZIKV) infection. METHODS: We analyzed fetuses diagnosed with microcephaly after a routine primary care ultrasound scan suspect a fetal microcephaly in Salvador, Brazil, from July/2015 to February/2016 and these pregnancies were followed until delivery. Microcephaly was diagnosed when the head circumference was below two or more standard deviation for gestational age and its relationship with ZIKV infection was defined according to World Health Organization criteria...
September 19, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Lea Pogačnik, Katja Pirc, Inês Palmela, Mihaela Skrt, Kim S Kwang, Dora Brites, Maria Alexandra Brito, Nataša Poklar Ulrih, Rui F M Silva
Natural food sources constitute a promising source of new compounds with neuroprotective properties, once they have the ability to reach the brain. Our aim was to evaluate the brain accessibility of quercetin, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) in relation to their neuroprotective capability. Primary cortical neuron cultures were exposed to oxidative insult in the absence and presence of the selected compounds, and neuroprotection was assessed through evaluation of apoptotic-like and necrotic-like cell death...
September 14, 2016: Brain Research
Joana Nogueira-Rodrigues, Pedro Brites, Mónica Mendes Sousa
In Krabbe's disease (KD), demyelination and myelin-independent axonal and neuronal defects contribute to the severe neuropathology. The toxic substrate that accumulates in this disease, psychosine, induces alterations in membrane lipid rafts with downstream consequences to cellular signaling pathways that include impaired protein kinase C, ERK, and AKT-glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) activation. In addition to impaired recruitment of signaling proteins to lipid rafts, endocytosis and axonal transport are affected in KD...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Sho Nishikawa, Hiroki Aoyama, Misa Kamiya, Jun Higuchi, Aiko Kato, Minoru Soga, Taeko Kawai, Kazuki Yoshimura, Shigenori Kumazawa, Takanori Tsuda
Induction of brown-like adipocytes (beige/brite cells) in white adipose tissue (WAT) suggests a new approach for preventing and treating obesity via induction of thermogenesis associated with uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1). However, whether diet-derived factors can directly induce browning of white adipocytes has not been well established. In addition, the underlying mechanism of induction of brown-like adipocytes by diet-derived factors has been unclear. Here, we demonstrate that artepillin C (ArtC), which is a typical Brazilian propolis-derived component, significantly induces brown-like adipocytes in murine C3H10T1/2 cells and primary inguinal WAT (iWAT)-derived adipocytes...
2016: PloS One
Anne-Laure Hafner, Julian Contet, Christophe Ravaud, Xi Yao, Phi Villageois, Kran Suknuntha, Karima Annab, Pascal Peraldi, Bernard Binetruy, Igor I Slukvin, Annie Ladoux, Christian Dani
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) show great promise for obesity treatment as they represent an unlimited source of brown/brite adipose progenitors (BAPs). However, hiPSC-BAPs display a low adipogenic capacity compared to adult-BAPs when maintained in a traditional adipogenic cocktail. The reasons of this feature are unknown and hamper their use both in cell-based therapy and basic research. Here we show that treatment with TGFβ pathway inhibitor SB431542 together with ascorbic acid and EGF were required to promote hiPSCs-BAP differentiation at a level similar to adult-BAP differentiation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Maria-Eduardo Figueira, Mónica Oliveira, Rosa Direito, João Rocha, Paula Alves, Ana-Teresa Serra, Catarina Duarte, Rosário Bronze, Adelaide Fernandes, Dora Brites, Marisa Freitas, Eduarda Fernandes, Bruno Sepodes
Here we investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of a blueberry extract in the carrageenan-induced paw edema model and collagen-induced arthritis model, both in rats. Along with the chemical characterization of the phenolic content of the fruits and extract, the antioxidant potential of the extract, the cellular antioxidant activity and the effects over neutrophils' oxidative burst, were studied in order to provide a mechanistic insight for the anti-inflammatory effects observed. The extract significantly inhibited paw edema formation in an acute model the rat...
August 20, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Gonçalo Garcia, Sara Nanni, Inês Figueira, Ines Ivanov, Gordon J McDougall, Derek Stewart, Ricardo B Ferreira, Paula Pinto, Rui F M Silva, Dora Brites, Cláudia N Santos
Neuroinflammation is an integral part of the neurodegeneration process inherent to several aging dysfunctions. Within the central nervous system, microglia are the effective immune cells, responsible for neuroinflammatory responses. In this study, raspberries were subjected to in vitro digestion simulation to obtain the components that result from the gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, which would be bioaccessible and available for blood uptake. Both the original raspberry extract and the gastrointestinal bioaccessible (GIB) fraction protected neuronal and microglia cells against H2O2-induced oxidative stress and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation, at low concentrations...
January 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Emanuele Marzetti, Emanuela D'Angelo, Giulia Savera, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Riccardo Calvani
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) has evolved as a unique thermogenic organ that allows placental mammals to withstand cold environmental temperatures through the dissipation of metabolic energy in the form of heat. Although traditionally believed to be lost shortly after birth, metabolically active BAT depots have recently been identified in a large percentage of human adults. Besides classical brown cells, a distinct type of thermogenic adipocytes named beige or brite (brown in white) cells are recruited in white adipose tissue depots under specific stimuli...
March 2016: Heart and Metabolism: Management of the Coronary Patient
Cristina Contreras, Rubén Nogueiras, Carlos Diéguez, Gema Medina-Gómez, Miguel López
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) has been also considered as the main thermogenic organ responsible of maintenance body temperature through heat production. However, a new type of thermogenic fat has been characterized during the last years, the beige or brite fat, that is developed from white adipose tissue (WAT) in response to different stimuli by a process known as browning. The activities of brown and beige adipocytes ameliorate metabolic disease, including obesity in mice and correlate with leanness in humans...
August 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Asif Nakhuda, Andrea R Josse, Valentina Gburcik, Hannah Crossland, Frederic Raymond, Sylviane Metairon, Liam Good, Philip J Atherton, Stuart M Phillips, James A Timmons
BACKGROUND: A hypothesis exists whereby an exercise- or dietary-induced negative energy balance reduces human subcutaneous white adipose tissue (scWAT) mass through the formation of brown-like adipocyte (brite) cells. However, the validity of biomarkers of brite formation has not been robustly evaluated in humans, and clinical data that link brite formation and weight loss are sparse. OBJECTIVES: We used rosiglitazone and primary adipocytes to stringently evaluate a set of biomarkers for brite formation and determined whether the expression of biomarker genes in scWAT could explain the change in body composition in response to exercise training combined with calorie restriction in obese and overweight women (n = 79)...
September 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
João Rocha, Carlos D S Brites, Luís D Carlos
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are excellent platforms for engineering luminescence properties as their building blocks, metal ions, linkers, and guest ions or molecules, are all potential sources of light emission. Temperature is one of the most important physical properties affecting the dynamics and viability of natural and engineered systems. Because the luminescence of certain lanthanide-bearing MOFs changes considerably with temperature, in the last few years, these materials have been explored as optical thermometers, especially in temperature sensing based on the intensity ratios of two separate electronic transitions...
October 10, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Gabriela Ricci, Eduardo Martins Netto, Estela Luz, Cynthia Rodamilans, Carlos Brites
BACKGROUND: Successful treatment of HIV-positive children requires a high level of adherence (at least 95%) to highly active antiretroviral therapy. Adherence is influenced by factors related to the child and caregivers. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate children and caregivers characteristics associated to children's adherence. METHODS: Cross-sectional study, from September 2013 to June 2015, comprising a sample of caregivers of perinatally HIV-infected children, in the age group of 1-12 years, under antiretroviral therapy for at least 6 months and on follow-up in two AIDS reference centers in Salvador, Bahia...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Thomas von Zglinicki, Isabel Varela Nieto, Dora Brites, Niki Karagianni, Saida Ortolano, Spiros Georgopoulos, Ana Luisa Cardoso, Susana Novella, Günter Lepperdinger, Anne-Ulrike Trendelenburg, Ronald van Os
Human life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last century and as a result also the prevalence of a variety of age-related diseases and syndromes. One such syndrome is frailty, which is defined as a combination of organ dysfunctions leading to increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes. In humans, frailty is associated with various biomarkers of ageing and predicts relevant outcomes such as responses to therapies and progression of health status and mortality. Moreover, it is relatively easy to assess...
July 18, 2016: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
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