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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088007/impairment-of-host-liver-repopulation-by-transplanted-hepatocytes-in-aged-rats-and-the-release-by-short-term-growth-hormone-treatment
#2
Peggy Stock, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin S Staege, Mei-Ju Hsu, Martin Bidlingmaier, Bruno Christ
Hepatocyte transplantation is an alternative to whole liver transplantation. Yet, efficient liver repopulation by transplanted hepatocytes is low in livers of old animals. This restraint might be because of the poor proliferative capacity of aged donor hepatocytes or the regenerative impairment of the recipient livers. The age-dependent liver repopulation by transplanted wild-type hepatocytes was investigated in juvenile and senescent rats deficient in dipeptidyl-peptidase IV. Repopulation was quantified by flow cytometry and histochemical estimation of dipeptidyl-peptidase IV enzyme activity of donor cells in the negative host liver...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087911/-aortic-stiffness-and-its-influencing-factors-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Binxian Ye, Li Zhao, Wei Shen, Yan Ren, Bo Lin, Maosheng Chen, Junda Tang, Xinxin Jiang, Yiwen Li, Qiang He
Objective: To investigate the changes of aortic stiffness and its influencing factors in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD). Methods: Eightyfour patients with CKD from Department of Nephrology, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital were divided into the dialysis group (CKD stage 5, n=48) and non-dialysis group (CKD stage 3-5, n=36). Clinical data, biochemical parameters and echocardiography findings were collected. SphygmoCor pulse wave analysis system was used to obtain pulse wave analysis (PWA) parameters including central aortic systolic blood pressure (CSP), central pulse pressure (CPP), augmented pressure (AP), augmentation index (AIX), and heart rate 75-adjusted augmentation index (HR75AIX)...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087896/eag-channels-expressed-in-microvillar-photoreceptors-are-unsuited-to-diurnal-vision
#4
Esa-Ville Immonen, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli, Hongxia Liu, Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, Roman V Frolov
The principles underlying evolutionary selection of ion channels for expression in sensory neurons are unclear. Among species possessing microvillar photoreceptors the major ionic conductances have only been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. In Drosophila depolarization is provided by light-activated TRP channels with a minor contribution from TRPL channels, while repolarization is mediated by sustained voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels of the Shab family. Bright light stimulates Shab channels, further restricting depolarization and improving membrane bandwidth...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087817/t-cell-redeployment-and-intracellular-cytokine-expression-following-exercise-effects-of-exercise-intensity-and-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Emily C LaVoy, Maryam Hussain, Justin Reed, Hawley Kunz, Mira Pistillo, Austin B Bigley, Richard J Simpson
The magnitude of lymphocytosis following exercise is directly related to exercise intensity. Infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) also augments lymphocytosis after exercise. It is not known if the enhanced T-cell response to exercise due to CMV depends on exercise intensity. Furthermore, exercise-induced changes in T-cell expression of type I and type II cytokines are thought to be intensity dependent, but direct comparisons are lacking. The aim of this experiment was to determine if CMV affects the exercise-induced redistribution of T-cell subsets at varying intensities, and determine the effect of exercise intensity on CD8(+) T-cell cytokine expression...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
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Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087469/tofacitinib-ameliorates-inflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-airway-neutrophilia-induced-by-inhaled-lps
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Elena Calama, Isabel Ramis, Anna Domènech, Cristina Carreño, Jorge De Alba, Neus Prats, Montserrat Miralpeix
BACKGROUND: and purpose: The Janus Kinase (JAK) family mediates the cytokine receptor-induced signalling pathways involved in inflammatory processes. The activation of the signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs) by JAK kinases is a key point in these pathways. Four JAK proteins, JAK1, JAK2, JAK3 and tyrosine kinase 2 (Tyk2) associate with the intracellular domains of surface cytokine receptors are phosphorylating STATs and modulating gene expression. The aim of this study was to explore the role of JAK inhibition in an acute model of inhaled lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced airway inflammation in rats through evaluating the effects of tofacitinib, a marketed pan-JAK inhibitor...
January 10, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087342/myeloid-leukemia-factor-1-is-a-novel-modulator-of-neonatal-rat-cardiomyocyte-proliferation
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Ashraf Yusuf Rangrez, Jost Pott, Annika Kluge, Robert Frauen, Katharina Stiebeling, Phillip Hoppe, Samuel Sossalla, Norbert Frey, Derk Frank
The present study focuses on the identification of the gene expression profile of neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRVCMs) after dynamic mechanical stretch through microarrays of RNA isolated from cells stretched for 2, 6 or 24h. In this analysis, myeloid leukemia factor-1 (MLF1) was found to be significantly downregulated during the course of stretch. We found that MLF1 is highly expressed in the heart, however, its cardiac function is unknown yet. In line with microarray data, MLF1 was profoundly downregulated in in vivo mouse models of cardiomyopathy, and also significantly reduced in the hearts of human patients with dilated cardiomyopathy...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087333/nicotinamide-nucleotide-transhydrogenase-activity-impacts-mitochondrial-redox-balance-and-the-development-of-hypertension-in-mice
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Igor Leskov, Amber Neville, Xinggui Shen, Sibile Pardue, Christopher G Kevil, D Neil Granger, David M Krzywanski
Oxidant stress contributes to the initiation and progression of hypertension (HTN) by enhancing endothelial dysfunction and/or causing perturbations in nitric oxide homeostasis. Differences in mitochondrial function may augment this process and provide insight into why age of onset and clinical outcomes differ among individuals from distinct ethnic groups. We have previously demonstrated that variation in normal mitochondrial function and oxidant production exists in endothelial cells from individuals of Caucasian and African-American ethnicity and that this variation contributes to endothelial dysfunction...
December 16, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087294/bioactive-metabolites-of-docosahexaenoic-acid
#10
REVIEW
Ondrej Kuda
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an essential fatty acid that is recognized as a beneficial dietary constituent and as a source of the anti-inflammatory specialized proresolving mediators (SPM): resolvins, protectins and maresins. Apart from SPMs, other metabolites of DHA also exert potent biological effects. This article summarizes current knowledge on the metabolic pathways involved in generation of DHA metabolites. Over 70 biologically active metabolites have been described, but are often discussed separately within specific research areas...
January 10, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086806/age-related-macular-degeneration-associated-polymorphism-rs10490924-in-arms2-results-in-deficiency-of-a-complement-activator
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Sven Micklisch, Yuchen Lin, Saskia Jacob, Marcus Karlstetter, Katharina Dannhausen, Prasad Dasari, Monika von der Heide, Hans-Martin Dahse, Lisa Schmölz, Felix Grassmann, Medhanie Alene, Sascha Fauser, Harald Neumann, Stefan Lorkowski, Diana Pauly, Bernhard H Weber, Antonia M Joussen, Thomas Langmann, Peter F Zipfel, Christine Skerka
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. The polymorphism rs10490924 in the ARMS2 gene is highly associated with AMD and linked to an indel mutation (del443ins54), the latter inducing mRNA instability. At present, the function of the ARMS2 protein, the exact cellular sources in the retina and the biological consequences of the rs10490924 polymorphism are unclear. METHODS: Recombinant ARMS2 was expressed in Pichia pastoris, and protein functions were studied regarding cell surface binding and complement activation in human serum using fluoresence-activated cell sorting (FACS) as well as laser scanning microscopy (LSM)...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081450/heparanase-driven-inflammation-from-the-ages-stimulated-macrophages-changes-the-functions-of-glomerular-endothelial-cells
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Guang Xu, Qiaojing Qin, Min Yang, Zhongdong Qiao, Yong Gu, Jianying Niu
AIMS: Amounts of macrophages were infiltrated in glomeruli in diabetic nephropathy. Heparanase has been thought to be closely related to proteinuria. Our aims were to determine the effect of heparanase on the inflammation in AGEs-stimulated macrophages and its role on the functions of glomerular endothelial cells (GEnCs). METHODS: The expression of inflammation cytokines in macrophages were assayed by q-RT PCR, western, and ELISA. Then western was used to measure the expression of RAGE and key proteins in NF-κB pathway in macrophages...
December 30, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081386/effects-of-biodiesel-made-from-swine-and-chicken-fat-residues-on-co-co2-and-nox-emissions
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Vivian Feddern, Anildo Cunha Junior, Marina C De Prá, Marcio L Busi da Silva, Rodrigo da S Nicoloso, Martha M Higarashi, Arlei Coldebella, Paulo G de Abreu
Implications Emissions from motor vehicles can contribute considerably to the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The use of biodiesel to replace or augment diesel can not only decrease our dependency on fossil fuels but also help decrease air pollution. Thus, different sources of feedstocks are constantly being explored for affordable biodiesel production. However, the amount of CO, CO2 and/or NOx emissions can vary largely depending on type of feedstock used to produce biodiesel. In this work we demonstrated animal fat feasibility in replacing petrodiesel with less impact regarding greenhouse gas emissions than other sources...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080988/medical-mycology-and-fungal-immunology-new-research-perspectives-addressing-a-major-world-health-challenge
#14
REVIEW
Neil A R Gow, Mihai G Netea
Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year. Global mortality owing to fungal infections is greater than for malaria and breast cancer and is equivalent to that owing to tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. These statistics evidence fungal infections as a major threat to human health and a major burden to healthcare budgets worldwide. Those patients who are at greatest risk of life-threatening fungal infections include those who have weakened immunity or have suffered trauma or other predisposing infections such as HIV...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080078/what-to-do-when-scalar-invariance-fails-the-extended-alignment-method-for-multi-group-factor-analysis-comparison-of-latent-means-across-many-groups
#15
Herbert W Marsh, Jiesi Guo, Philip D Parker, Benjamin Nagengast, Tihomir Asparouhov, Bengt Muthén, Theresa Dicke
Scalar invariance is an unachievable ideal that in practice can only be approximated; often using potentially questionable approaches such as partial invariance based on a stepwise selection of parameter estimates with large modification indices. Study 1 demonstrates an extension of the power and flexibility of the alignment approach for comparing latent factor means in large-scale studies (30 OECD countries, 8 factors, 44 items, N = 249,840), for which scalar invariance is typically not supported in the traditional confirmatory factor analysis approach to measurement invariance (CFA-MI)...
January 12, 2017: Psychological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079948/induction-of-antibodies-directed-against-branched-core-o-mannosyl-glycopeptides-selectivity-complimentary-to-the-cona-lectin
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Jin Yu, Oliver C Grant, Christian Pett, Sabine Strahl, Robert J Woods, Ulrika Westerlind
Mammalian protein O-mannosylation comprise a group of post-translational modifications (PTMs) involved in muscle and brain development. Despite the enormous progress made, to date the biological impact of the mammalian O-mannosyl glycoproteome remains largely unknown. Tools are still needed to investigate the structure, role and abundance of O-mannosyl glycans. While O-mannosyl branching has been shown to be of relevance in integrin-dependent cell-migration, and also plays a role in demyelinating diseases, a broader understanding of the biological roles of branched O-mannosyl glycans is lacking in part due to the paucity of detection tools...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079799/risk-factors-for-recollapse-of-the-augmented-vertebrae-after-percutaneous-vertebroplasty-for-osteoporotic-vertebral-fractures-with-intravertebral-vacuum-cleft
#17
Weibo Yu, De Liang, Zhensong Yao, Ting Qiu, Linqiang Ye, Xuecheng Huang, Xiaobing Jiang
To determine risk factors related to recollapse of the augmented vertebrae after percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) with intravertebral vacuum cleft (IVC).Fifty-two patients treated with PVP for single OVCFs with the IVC were retrospectively reviewed. The follow-up period was at least 2 years. Vertebral height loss ≥15% or kyphotic angle ≥10° at the final follow-up in relation to the immediately postoperative values were adopted as a definition of recollapse of the augmented vertebrae...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079766/attempted-and-successful-vacuum-assisted-vaginal-delivery-by-prepregnancy-body-mass-index
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Sebastian Z Ramos, Molly E Waring, Katherine Leung, Nili S Amir, Annika L Bannon, Tiffany A Moore Simas
OBJECTIVE: To examine rates of attempted and successful vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery by prepregnancy body mass index (BMI). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 2,084 women with singleton gestations needing operative delivery assistance and vacuum-eligible (fully dilated, +2 station or greater, 34 weeks of gestation or greater) using 2006-2014 inpatient records. Prepregnancy BMI was categorized as underweight (less than 18.5), normal weight (18...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079687/periocular-amyloidosis-manifesting-as-pseudopemphigoid-treated-with-mitomycin-c
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Kaveh Vahdani, Vladimir T Thaller, Giorgio Albanese, Andrew F Dean
PURPOSE: To describe an unusual cicatrizing manifestation of periocular amyloid and the utility of adjuvant antimetabolite therapy. METHODS: This is a case report of a 49-year old woman with progressive bilateral upper lid ptosis, who was found to have bilateral inferior forniceal masses with thickening of the conjunctiva. Conjunctival and eyelid biopsies showed evidence of amyloid deposition. Systemic evaluation did not reveal any evidence of systemic amyloidosis...
January 11, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079595/acetylated-cyclophilin-a-is-a-major-mediator-in-hypoxia-induced-autophagy-and-pulmonary-vascular-angiogenesis
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Min Mao, Xiufeng Yu, Xin Ge, Rui Gu, Qian Li, Shasha Song, Xiaodong Zheng, Tingting Shen, Xuecang Li, Yao Fu, Jiali Li, Daling Zhu
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is a major intracellular degradation and recycling process that maintains cellular homeostasis, which is involved in structural and functional abnormalities of pulmonary vasculature in hypoxic pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH). Cyclophilin A (CyPA) is a secreted, oxidative stress-induced factor. Its role in inducing autophagy and augmenting endothelial cell dysfunction has never been explored. METHODS: Lungs from rats exposed to chronic hypoxia were examined for autophagy with electron microscopy, western blotting, and fluorescence microscopy...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
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