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Dong-Yan Zhao, Wen-Xue Zhang, Qing-Qing Qi, Xin Long, Xia Li, Yan-Bo Yu, Xiu-Li Zuo
We aimed to investigate the effects of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on apoptosis of intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) and alterations of intestinal barrier integrity using BDNF knock-out mice model. Colonic tissues from BDNF(+/+) mice and BDNF(+/-) mice were prepared for this study. The integrity of colonic mucosa was evaluated by measuring trans-mucosa electrical resistance and tissue conductance in Ussing chamber. The colonic epithelial structure was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Risa Akizuki, Ryohei Maruhashi, Hiroaki Eguchi, Kazuki Kitabatake, Mitsutoshi Tsukimoto, Takumi Furuta, Toshiyuki Matsunaga, Satoshi Endo, Akira Ikari
Chemotherapy resistance is a major problem in the treatment of cancer, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. We found that the expression levels of claudin-1 (CLDN1) and 3, tight junctional proteins, are upregulated in cisplatin (CDDP)-resistant human lung adenocarcinoma A549 (A549R) cells. A549R cells showed cross-resistance to doxorubicin (DXR). Here, the expression mechanism and function of CLDN1 and 3 were examined. CLDN1 and 3 were mainly localized at tight junctions concomitant with zonula occludens (ZO)-1, a scaffolding protein, in A549 and A549R cells...
March 7, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sven-Martin Schlaffer, Michael Buchfelder, Robert Stoehr, Rolf Buslei, Annett Hölsken
A 6-year old patient presented with an intra and suprasellar cystic lesion accompanied with impairment of the hypothalamic-pituitary axis and partial hypopituitarism. The most likely cause of sellar lesions in this age group are adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma (adaCP) or Rathke´s cleft cysts (RCCs). AdaCP are characterized by CTNNB1 mutations accompanied with aberrant nuclear beta-catenin expression. RCC show neither nuclear beta-catenin expression nor BRAF mutation. The latter is a hallmark of papillary craniopharyngiomas (papCP) that exhibit remarkable histological similarity with metaplasia of RCC...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Huiling Zhu, Haibo Wang, Shuhui Wang, Zhixiao Tu, Lin Zhang, Xiuying Wang, Yongqing Hou, Chunwei Wang, Jie Chen, Yulan Liu
SCOPE: Flaxseed oil is a rich source of α-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the precursor of the long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This study investigated the protective effect of flaxseed oil against intestinal injury induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). MATERIALS AND RESULTS: Twenty-four weaned pigs were used in a 2 × 2 factorial experiment with dietary treatment (5% corn oil vs...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Xiao Xu, Shaokui Chen, Haibo Wang, Zhixiao Tu, Shuhui Wang, Xiuying Wang, Huiling Zhu, Chunwei Wang, Jiadong Zhu, Yulan Liu
This study was conducted to evaluate whether medium-chain TAG (MCT) could alleviate Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced intestinal injury by regulating intestinal epithelial inflammatory response, as well as necroptosis. A total of twenty-four weanling piglets were randomly allotted to one of four treatments in a 2×2 factorial arrangement including diet type (5 % maize oil v. 4 % MCT+1 % maize oil) and immune stress (saline v. E. coli LPS). The piglets were fed diets containing maize oil or MCT for 21 d...
March 6, 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
Dacheng Wu, Keyan Wu, Qingtian Zhu, Weiming Xiao, Qing Shan, Zhigang Yan, Jian Wu, Bin Deng, Yan Xue, Weijuan Gong, Guotao Lu, Yanbing Ding
Formononetin is a kind of isoflavone compound and has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties. In this present study, we aimed to explore the protective effects of formononetin on dextran sulfate sodium- (DSS-) induced acute colitis. By intraperitoneal injection of formononetin in mice, the disease severity of colitis was attenuated in a dose-dependent manner, mainly manifesting as relieved clinical symptoms of colitis, mitigated colonic epithelial cell injury, and upregulations of colonic tight junction proteins levels (ZO-1, claudin-1, and occludin)...
2018: Mediators of Inflammation
Abderrahman Ouban
Tight junction proteins are essential for sealing the cellular sheets and controlling para-cellular ion flux. Our understanding of the role that tight junction proteins, particularly claudins, play in cellular functions and pathologic conditions is continuously expanding. Particularly, the role of claudin-1 in oncogenesis in multiple locations in the human body is coming to light. This review will shed light on the role of claudin-1 in colon cancer. It will address the mechanisms through which claudin-1 becomes dysregulated in colon cancer...
March 1, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
Zhengxi Wei, Zhongguo Shan, Zahir A Shaikh
Epidemiological and experimental studies have implicated cadmium (Cd) with breast cancer. In breast cancer-derived cells, Cd has been shown to promote MCF10A and MDA-MB-231 cell growth. The present study examined whether Cd also causes epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a hallmark of cancer progression. Human breast epithelial cells consisting of non-cancerous MCF10A, non-metastatic HCC 1937 and HCC 38, and metastatic MDA-MB-231 were treated with 1 or 3 μM Cd for 4 weeks. The MCF10A epithelial cells switched to a more mesenchymal-like morphology, which was accompanied by a decrease in the epithelial marker E-cadherin and an increase in the mesenchymal markers N-cadherin and vimentin...
February 28, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Alla Splichalova, Vera Slavikova, Zdislava Splichalova, Igor Splichal
Preterm infants born with immature organ systems, which can impede normal development, can also be highly sensitive to different biological and/or environmental factors. Animal models could aid in investigating and understanding the effects of different conditions on the health of these immunocompromised infants. The epitheliochorial placentation of the pig prevents the prenatal transfer of protective colostral immunoglobulins. Surgical colostrum-deprived piglets are free of maternal immunoglobulins, and the cells that are normally provided via colostrum...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Laura Riva, Ok-Ryul Song, Jannick Prentoe, François Helle, Laurent L'homme, Charles-Henry Gattolliat, Alexandre Vandeputte, Lucie Fénéant, Sandrine Belouzard, Thomas F Baumert, Tarik Asselah, Jens Bukh, Priscille Brodin, Laurence Cocquerel, Yves Rouillé, Jean Dubuisson
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection causes 500,000 deaths annually, associated with end-stage liver diseases. Investigations of the HCV life cycle widened the knowledge in virology, and here we discovered that two piperazinylbenzenesulfonamides inhibit HCV entry into liver cells. The entry process of HCV into host cells is a complex process, not fully understood, but characterized by multiple spatially and temporally regulated steps involving several known host factors. Through a high-content virus-infection screening analysis with a library of 1,120 biologically active chemical compounds, we identified SB258585, an antagonist of the serotonin receptor 6 (5-HT6), as a new inhibitor of HCV entry in liver-derived cell lines, as well as in primary hepatocytes...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Anand Prakash Singh, Swati Sharma, Kirti Pagarware, Rafay Anwar Siraji, Imran Ansari, Anupam Mandal, Pangertoshi Walling, Saima Aijaz
Enteropathogenic E. coli infection is characterized by rapid onset of diarrhea but the underlying mechanisms are not well defined. EPEC targets the tight junctions which selectively regulate the permeability of charged and uncharged molecules. Cooperative actions of the EPEC effectors EspF and Map have been reported to mediate tight junction disruption. To analyze the individual contributions of EspF and Map, we generated in vitro models where EspF and Map, derived from the EPEC strain E2348/69, were constitutively expressed in epithelial cells...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chen Li, Yong-Yan Cai, Zhi-Xin Yan
The intestinal mucosal barrier (IMB) enables the intestine to provide adequate containment of luminal microorganisms and molecules while preserving the ability to absorb nutrients. In this study, we explored the effect of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on IMB function and gut microbiota in mice. BDNF gene knock-out mice (the BDNF+/- group) and wild-type mice (the BDNF+/+ group) were selected. The gut microbiota of these mice was analyzed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) assay. The ultrastructure of the ileum and the colonic epithelium obtained from decapitated mice were observed by transmission electron microscopy...
March 2018: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Young-Eun Cho, Li-Rong Yu, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Seong-Ho Yoo, Byoung-Joon Song
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Binge alcohol causes gut leakiness, contributing to increased endotoxemia and inflammatory liver injury, although the molecular mechanisms are still elusive. This study was aimed at investigating the roles of apoptosis of enterocytes and nitration followed by degradation of intestinal tight junction (TJ) and adherent junction (AJ) proteins in binge alcohol-induced gut leakiness. METHODS: The levels of intestinal (ileum) junctional complex proteins, oxidative stress markers and apoptosis-related proteins in rodents, T84 colonic cells and autopsied human ileums were determined by immunoblot, immunoprecipitation, immunofluorescence, and mass-spectral analyses...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Andrea R Gilbert, Patricia Chévez-Barrios, Matthew D Cykowski
The suprachoroidal region of the eye comprises vascular channels, melanocytes, and thin fibroblasts with elongated cytoplasm that are positioned directly adjacent to the densely collagenous sclera. Morphological similarities between these suprachoroidal fibroblasts and arachnoid cells and perineurial cells have been recognized, but whether these fibroblasts have a perineurial cell-like immunophenotype is not known. To further examine the relationship of these three cell types, we investigated the comparative expression of epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), the tight junction protein claudin-1, glucose transporter-1 (Glut-1), and CD34 in suprachoroidal fibroblasts, arachnoid of the optic nerve sheath, and perineurium of ciliary nerves in eight human eye specimens...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
Tímea Szekerczés, Ádám Galamb, Adrienn Kocsis, Márta Benczik, Tibor Takács, Attila Martonos, Balázs Járay, András Kiss, Csaba Jeney, Miklós Nyíri, Zsuzsa Schaff, Gábor Sobel
Several biomarkers are in use to improve the sensitivity and specificity of cervical cancer screening. Previously, increased expression of tight junction protein claudin-1 (CLDN1) was detected in premalignant and malignant cervical lesions and applied for cytology screening. To improve the specificity, a double immunoreaction with CLDN1/Ki67 was developed in the recent study. Parallel p16/Ki67 (CINtec® PLUS) and CLDN1/Ki67 dual-stained cytology and histology were performed and compared. p16/Ki67 immunoreaction showed positivity in 317 out of 1596 smears with negativity in 1072 and unacceptable reactions in 207 samples...
February 13, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Kyaw Zwar Myint, Pornparn Kongpracha, Panthip Rattanasinganchan, Kawin Leelawat, Penpak Moolthiya, Kittipong Chaiyabutr, Rutaiwan Tohtong
Growth arrest and DNA damage-inducible-β (Gadd45β) is a stress-response protein involved in a number of processes, including cell cycle control, DNA repair, survival and death control, and stress signaling, depending on its interactions. Gadd45β expression is dysregulated in numerous types of cancer, functioning as either a tumor promoter or a tumor suppressor. However, the functions of Gadd45β in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), particularly in metastasis, has not been studied. The immunohistochemical analysis of Gadd45β expression revealed that 75% of histological specimens from patients with CCA expressed high levels of Gadd45β, and that high Gadd45β expression was associated with metastasis...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Alysia G Buckley, Kevin Looi, Thomas Iosifidis, Kak-Ming Ling, Erika N Sutanto, Kelly M Martinovich, Elizabeth Kicic-Starcevich, Luke W Garratt, Nicole C Shaw, Francis J Lannigan, Alexander N Larcombe, Graeme Zosky, Darryl A Knight, Paul J Rigby, Anthony Kicic, Stephen M Stick
Background: Apically located tight junctions in airway epithelium perform a fundamental role in controlling macromolecule migration through paracellular spaces. Alterations in their expression may lead to disruptions in barrier integrity, which subsequently facilitates entry of potential bacterial and other pathogens into the host. Furthermore, there is emerging evidence that the barrier integrity of the airway in certain airway inflammatory diseases may be altered. However, there is little consensus on the way this is assessed and measured and the type of cells used to achieve this...
2018: Biological Procedures Online
Luqiao Huang, Yingjian Jiang, Zhenqing Sun, Zhengyu Gao, Jiang Wang, Dianliang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Intestinal mucosal barrier dysfunction can be caused by severe acute pancreatitis (SAP). It is normally associated with changes to mucosal autophagy and oxidative stress. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between autophagy and oxidative stress on the intestinal mucosal barrier of SAP rat model. METHODS: SAP was induced by retrograde injection of sodium taurocholate (5%) into the biliopancreatic duct...
February 9, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Min Zhang, Yuanlong Shan, Hongtao Gao, Bin Wang, Xin Liu, Yuanyuan Dong, Xiuming Liu, Na Yao, Yonggang Zhou, Xiaowei Li, Haiyan Li
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic residues can cause antibiotic resistance in livestock and their food safety-related issues have increased the consumer demand for products lacking these residues. Hence, developing safe and effective antibiotic alternatives is important to the animal feed industry. With their strong antibacterial actions, antimicrobial peptides have potential as antibiotic alternatives. RESULTS: We investigated the antibacterial and immunomodulatory activities and the mechanisms of action of an antimicrobial peptide...
February 5, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Sarah C Pearce, Arwa Al-Jawadi, Kunihiro Kishida, Shiyan Yu, Madeleine Hu, Luke F Fritzky, Karen L Edelblum, Nan Gao, Ronaldo P Ferraris
BACKGROUND: Mammalian small intestinal tight junctions (TJ) link epithelial cells to one another and function as a permselective barrier, strictly modulating the passage of ions and macromolecules through the pore and leak pathways, respectively, thereby preventing the absorption of harmful compounds and microbes while allowing regulated transport of nutrients and electrolytes. Small intestinal epithelial permeability is ascribed primarily to the properties of TJs between adjoining enterocytes (ENTs), because there is almost no information on TJ composition and the paracellular permeability of nonenterocyte cell types that constitute a small but significant fraction of the intestinal epithelia...
February 1, 2018: BMC Biology
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