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Jeong-Eun Kwon, Seon-Yeong Lee, Hyeon-Beom Seo, Young-Mee Moon, Jun-Geol Ryu, Kyung-Ah Jung, Joo-Yeon Jhun, Jin-Sil Park, Soo-Seok Hwang, Joo-Myeong Kim, Gap Ryol Lee, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a ubiquitously expressed transcription factor that functions in cooperation with various cofactors to regulate gene expression. In the immune system, YY1 enhances cytokine production and T helper (Th) 2 effector cell differentiation, resulting in the activation of inflammation. However, no studies have reported the role of YY1 in Th17 cell regulation, which is implicated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigated the expression of YY1 in Th17 cells in vitro and revealed increased levels of YY1 mRNA and protein...
March 12, 2018: Immunology Letters
Baruch B Hertzog, Yael Kaufman, Debabrata Biswas, Miriam Ravins, Poornima Ambalavanan, Reuven Wiener, Veronique Angeli, Swaine L Chen, Emanuel Hanski
Bacteria use quorum sensing (QS) to regulate gene expression. We identified a group A Streptococcus (GAS) strain possessing the QS system sil, which produces functional bacteriocins, through a sequential signaling pathway integrating host and bacterial signals. Host cells infected by GAS release asparagine (ASN), which is sensed by the bacteria to alter its gene expression and rate of proliferation. We show that upon ASN sensing, GAS upregulates expression of the QS autoinducer peptide SilCR. Initial SilCR expression activates the autoinduction cycle for further SilCR production...
March 14, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
Liv Reidun Tverelv, Sveinung Wergeland Sørbye, Finn Egil Skjeldestad
OBJECTIVE: The Norwegian Cervical Cancer Screening Programme recommends follow-up of histologically confirmed normal/cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) 1 with combined cytology and human papillomavirus testing within 6 to 12 months. This study examines adherence to guidelines and subsequent risk for CIN 3+ within this subset of women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women aged 25 to 69 years attending the Norwegian Cervical Cancer Screening Programme in Norway's 2 northernmost counties were included...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease
Ling Xu, Jun Xu, Zheng Hu, Baohua Yang, Lifeng Wang, Xiao Lin, Ziyin Xia, Zhiling Zhang, Yunheng Zhu
DNA methylation is associated with tumorigenesis and may act as a potential biomarker for detecting cervical cancer. The aim of the present study was to explore the methylation status of the paired box gene 1 (PAX1) and the LIM homeobox transcription factor 1 α (LMX1A) gene in a spectrum of cervical lesions in an Eastern Chinese population. This single-center study involved 121 patients who were divided into normal cervix (NC; n=28), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL; n=32), high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL; n=34) and cervical squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC; n=27) groups, according to biopsy results...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Koy Min Chue, Giap Hean Goh, Alfred Wei Chieh Kow
Adrenal pseudocysts are rare entities, which are usually asymptomatic. Large symptomatic adrenal pseudocysts may cause compressive symptoms. The etiology of these cysts is unknown, although the cyst wall is all lined by fibrous tissue, without any epithelial or endothelial lining. We report a case of a 26-year-old lady who presented with a symptomatic right adrenal pseudocyst measuring 7.6 cm in size. Magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the presence of a right retroperitoneal cystic lesion which was hyperintense on T2 sequencing...
February 2018: Annals of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Se-Ho Park, Sung-Hee Cho, Ji-Young Han
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the modified plaque score (MPS) for assessing the oral hygiene status of periodontitis patients. Methods: A total of 116 patients were included in this study. After evaluation of the Löe and Silness gingival index (GI), Silness and Löe plaque index (PlI), O'Leary plaque control record (PCR), and MPS, patients were randomly assigned to either a conventional tooth brushing instruction (C-TBI) group (n=56) or a professional intraoral tooth brushing instruction (P-TBI) group (n=60)...
February 2018: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
Hisanori Fukunaga, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Hideo Shimomura, Shuzo Yamamoto, Chiaki Terao, Tomoko Totsune, Manabu Nakagawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Primary cardiac lymphoma is rare and can be an aggressive disease, depending on the grade. A case is reported of low-grade primary cardiac lymphoma associated with a pericardial effusion. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) imaging was useful in the diagnosis and in evaluating the disease activity in this case. CASE REPORT A 72-year-old Japanese woman visited a general practitioner, complaining of dyspnea associated with cardiac tamponade. Pericardiocentesis was performed, and Group V malignant cells were identified by cytology, suspicious for malignant lymphoma...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Seung Min Jung, Jaeseon Lee, Seung Ye Baek, Juhyun Lee, Se Gwang Jang, Seung-Min Hong, Jin-Sil Park, Mi-La Cho, Sung-Hwan Park, Seung-Ki Kwok
This study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect of fraxinellone on inflammatory arthritis and identify the underlying mechanisms. Fraxinellone (7.5 mg/kg) or a vehicle control was injected into mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). The severity of arthritis was evaluated clinically and histologically. The differentiation of CD4⁺ T cells and CD19⁺ B cells was investigated in the presence of fraxinellone. Osteoclastogenesis after fraxinellone treatment was evaluated by staining with tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and by measuring the mRNA levels of osteoclastogenesis-related genes...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Susanne Sütterlin, Carlos J Téllez-Castillo, Leticia Anselem, Hong Yin, James E Bray, Martin C J Maiden
Antimicrobial resistance is a major health care problem, with the intensive use of heavy metals and biocides recently being identified as potential contributing factors to the aggravation of this situation. This study investigated heavy metal susceptibility and genetic resistance determinants in Escherichia coli isolated from clinical urine samples from Sweden, Germany and Spain. A total of 186 isolates were tested for minimal inhibition concentration to sodium arsenite, silver nitrate and copper (II) sulphate...
March 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Ross D Cranston, Michelle S Cespedes, Pawel Paczuski, Ming Yang, Robert W Coombs, Joan Dragavon, Alfred Saah, Catherine Godfrey, Jennifer Y Webster-Cyriaque, Elizabeth Y Chiao, Barbara Bastow, Timothy Wilkin
BACKGROUND: The quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (qHPV; types 6, 11, 16, 18) is indicated for men and women aged 9 to 26 years to prevent HPV associated anogenital high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions (HSIL) and cancer. ACTG 5298 was a randomized placebo controlled Phase 3 study in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men who have sex with men, and women of qHPV to prevent persistent anal HPV infection. Baseline data are presented here. METHODS: Human immunodeficiency virus-infected men who have sex with men, and women 27 years or older without previous anogenital or oral cancer were enrolled...
April 2018: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sarah Cotton, Robert E Brown, Elizabeth K Nugent, Sonia C Robazetti, Pamela D Berens, Judith A Smith
OBJECTIVE: To assess the consistency between human papillomavirus (HPV) mRNA testing in women with a history of previous HPV infections diagnosed by HPV DNA assay and the potential effects on follow-up HPV screening. METHODS: This was a quality improvement study that used data from a pathology laboratory software database reviewed from November 2014 to June 2016 to identify female patients aged 30 years or older with greater than one HPV-positive result, including one or more HPV mRNA assay results and one or more documented HPV DNA assay results for comparison...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nathalia Mayumi Noda-Nicolau, Jossimara Polettini, Márcia Guimarães da Silva, Morgan R Peltier, Ramkumar Menon
The polybacterial invasion of the amniotic cavity and risk of preterm birth is often due to cervicovaginal bacteria such as genital mycoplasmas (Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum) and Gardnerella vaginalis. The most studied biomarker associated with preterm birth is interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pleiotropic cytokine that performs different functions based on classical or trans-signaling mechanisms. This study evaluated the changes in IL-6 and IL-6 function associated accessory molecules by human fetal membranes to determine the functional availability of IL-6 assessment in an in vitro model of polybacterial infection...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Athanasia Bletsa, Hisham Abdalla, Sigbjørn Løes, Ellen Berggreen
BACKGROUND: The lymphatic growth factors vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -C and -D are important for maintenance and growth of lymphatic vessels (lymphangiogenesis), but their localization in human gingiva is unknown. This study investigated the expression of VEGF-C and -D in human gingiva and isolated human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs). In addition, the localization of their main receptor VEGFR-3 was explored. METHODS: Non-inflamed gingiva from 6 donors was used for immunohistochemistry or isolation of HGFs...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Jee-Youn Kim, Yong-Min An, Byeong Rok Yoo, Jin-Mo Kim, Song Yee Han, Younghwa Na, Yun-Sil Lee, Jaeho Cho
Radiation therapy has been used to treat over 70% of thoracic cancer; however, the method usually causes radiation pneumonitis. In the current study, we investigated the radioprotective effects of HSP27 inhibitor (J2) on radiation-induced lung inflammation in comparison to amifostine. In gross and histological findings, J2 treatment significantly inhibited immune cell infiltration in lung tissue, revealing anti-inflammatory potential of J2. Normal lung volume, evaluated by micro-CT analysis, in J2-treated mice was higher compared to that in irradiated mice...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tor Henrik Anderson Tvedt, Randi Hovland, Galina Tsykunova, Aymen Bushra Ahmed, Tobias Gedde-Dahl, Øystein Bruserud
BACKGROUND: Interleukin 6 (IL-6) is an important regulator of immunity and inflammation in many diseases. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the IL-6 gene influence outcome after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (ASCT), but the possible importance of SNPs in the IL-6 receptor has not been examined. We therefore investigated whether SNPs in the IL-6R gene influenced biochemical characteristics and clinical outcomes after ASCT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We investigated the IL-6 promoter variant rs1800975 and the IL-6R SNPs rs4453032, rs2228145, rs4129267, rs4845374, rs4329505, rs4845617, rs12083537, rs4845618, rs6698040 and rs4379670 in a 101 population-based cohort of allotransplant recipients and their family donors...
March 7, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Alana Goldstein-Leever, Lindsey L Cohen, Carlton Dampier, Soumitri Sil
BACKGROUND: Youth with sickle cell disease (SCD) are at risk for recurrent pain and depressive symptoms, both of which contribute to poorer health outcomes. Furthermore, youth and family coping with child pain, including pain catastrophizing, is known to be associated with poorer psychosocial adjustment and greater functional disability among youth with SCD. In particular, child catastrophizing about pain and parent catastrophizing about their child's pain have been linked to increased pain and depressive symptoms in youth with chronic pain conditions...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Fatma Beyazit, Fatma Sılan, Meryem Gencer, Buket Aydin, Barış Paksoy, Mesut A Unsal, Ozturk Ozdemir
OBJECTIVES: Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer for women worldwide with a great proportion proved to be related to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. As infection with HPV is the strongest risk factor for cervical neoplasia, detection of HPV genotypes in cervical and vaginal specimens of women with normal and abnormal cytology seems to be of paramount importance in cervical cancer screening. The objective of the study is to evaluate the prevalence and HPV genotypes among women with normal or abnormal Pap smear tests...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
Kei Hashimoto, Soma Suzuki, Morgan L Thomas, Toshihiko Mandai, Seiji Tsuzuki, Kaoru Dokko, Masayoshi Watanabe
The phase behavior of binary mixtures of triglyme (G3) and Mg[TFSA]2 (TFSA: bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide) was investigated, towards the development of a Mg2+ -based room-temperature solvate ionic liquid (SIL) electrolyte. In a 1 : 1 molar ratio, G3 and Mg[TFSA]2 form a thermally stable complex (decomposition temperature, Td : 240 °C) with a melting point (Tm ) of 70 °C, which is considerably lower than that of the analogous tetraglyme (G4) system (137 °C). X-ray crystallography of a single crystal of [Mg(G3)][TFSA]2 revealed that a single Mg2+ cation is coordinated by a single, distorted, tetradentate G3 molecule from one side, and two monodentate [TFSA]- anions, with transoid conformation, from the reverse side to form an ion pair...
March 7, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
A d'Alessandro, N Kari, A Alameh, N Pasquier, A Tarhini, B Vinson Bonnet, R Noun, E Chouillard
BACKGROUND: The umbilicus, an embryological natural orifice, is increasingly used as the only access route during single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) for colorectal disease. As a part of some of these procedures, a temporary, diverting ostomy could be exteriorized through the umbilicus itself. Theoretical advantages include better preservation of the abdominal wall and potentially superior cosmetic results. The aim of the present study was to evaluate our preliminary experience in SILS colorectal resection with umbilical stoma (u-stoma)...
March 6, 2018: Techniques in Coloproctology
Kai Peng, Qianqian Huang, Zhongjun Xu, Tim A McAllister, Surya Acharya, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Christopher Drake, Junming Cao, Yanhua Huang, Yuping Sun, Shunxi Wang, Yuxi Wang
Conservation methods have been shown to affect forage nutrient composition and value, but little information is available about the effect of forage conservation on plant condensed tannins (CT). The objective of this study was to assess the effects of conservation method on the concentration, chemical composition and biological activity of CT. Whole-plant purple prairie clover (PPC, Dalea purpurea Vent.) was harvested at full flower and conserved as freeze-dried forage (FD), hay (HAY) or silage (SIL). Concentration of CT in conserved PPC was determined by the butanol-HCl-acetone method...
March 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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