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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151278/tetrahydrobiopterin-bh4-targeting-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-as-a-potential-therapy-for-pulmonary-hypertension
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Bahaa N Francis, Maram Salameh, Rola Khamisy-Farah, Raymond Farah
PURPOSE: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is complex disease which is associated with endothelial and cardiac dysfunction. Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) regulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to produce nitric oxide rather than superoxide which maintains normal endothelial and cardiac function. This study explores the therapeutic potential of BH4 in experimental PH. METHODS: Monocrotaline-induced PH in rats and Hph-1 deficiency in mice were used for animal experiments...
November 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151137/blood-brain-barrier-transport-and-neuroprotective-potential-of-blackberry-digested-polyphenols-an-in-vitro-study
#2
Inês Figueira, Lucélia Tavares, Carolina Jardim, Inês Costa, Ana P Terrasso, Andreia F Almeida, Coen Govers, Jurriaan J Mes, Rui Gardner, Jörg D Becker, Gordon J McDougall, Derek Stewart, Augusto Filipe, Kwang S Kim, Dora Brites, Catarina Brito, M Alexandra Brito, Cláudia N Santos
PURPOSE: Epidemiological and intervention studies have attempted to link the health effects of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with the consumption of polyphenols and their impact in neurodegenerative diseases. Studies have shown that polyphenols can cross the intestinal barrier and reach concentrations in the bloodstream able to exert effects in vivo. However, the effective uptake of polyphenols into the brain is still regarded with some reservations. Here we describe a combination of approaches to examine the putative transport of blackberry-digested polyphenols (BDP) across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and ultimate evaluation of their neuroprotective effects...
November 18, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151130/layered-pegda-hydrogel-for-islet-of-langerhans-encapsulation-and-improvement-of-vascularization
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Giulia Marchioli, Lisa Zellner, Catarina Oliveira, Marten Engelse, Eelco de Koning, Joao Mano, Karperien, Aart van Apeldoorn, Lorenzo Moroni
Islets of Langerhans need to maintain their round morphology and to be fast revascularized after transplantation to preserve functional insulin secretion in response to glucose stimulation. For this purpose, a non-cell-adhesive environment is preferable for their embedding. Conversely, nutrient and oxygen supply to islets is guaranteed by capillary ingrowth within the construct and this can only be achieved in a matrix that provides adhesion cues for cells. In this study, two different approaches are explored, which are both based on a layered architecture, in order to combine these two opposite requirements...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151079/mechanisms-of-vasorelaxation-induced-by-total-flavonoids-of-euphorbia-humifusa-in-rat-aorta
#4
T T Wang, Z Q Zhou, S Wang, X W Ji, B Wu, L Y Sun, J F Wen, D G Kang, H S Lee, K W Cho, S N Jin
Euphorbia humifusa Willd. (EH), rich in flavonoids, has long been used for the treatment of bacillary dysentery and enteritis in China, and is known to have antioxidant, hypotensive and hypolipidemic properties. However, the vasorelaxant effect of total flavonoids of EH (TFEH) and action mechanisms are not clearly defined yet. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of TFEH on the vascular tension and its underlying mechanisms. Experiments were performed in rat thoracic aorta using the organ bath system...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151077/weight-loss-dependent-and-independent-effects-of-moderate-calorie-restriction-on-endothelial-cell-markers-in-obesity
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K Korybalska, J Luczak, E Swora-Cwynar, A Kanikowska, N Czepulis, D Kanikowska, H Skalisz, A Breborowicz, M Grzymislawski, J Witowski
Endothelial cell dysfunction in obesity can be reduced by calorie restriction (CR), however it is unclear whether this benefit requires a concomitant weight loss or is it simply related to the reduced calorie intake per se. In our study serum was drawn from 41 obese women who were undergoing an 8-week dietary intervention with 15 - 30% energy deficit, and from 48 age- and sex-matched controls of normal weight. Serum was analysed for biomarkers of endothelial cell function, oxidative stress and inflammation...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151075/formation-of-new-blood-vessels-during-gastric-ulcer-healing-role-of-bone-marrow-derived-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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A Ahluwalia, T Brzozowski, M K Jones, Y Ichikawa, A S Tarnawski
Regeneration of blood vessels (neovascularization) is critical for gastric ulcer (GU) healing. The contributions of bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (BMD-EPCs) to neovascularization during GU healing are not fully elucidated. Our specific aims were to determine whether in GU, BMD-EPCs are incorporated into blood vessels of GU granulation tissue jointly with ECs, thus forming hybrid vessels; or, form separate vessels consisting of only BMD-EPCs. GUs were induced in rats by serosal application of acetic acid...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150977/the-cellular-composition-and-glia-neuron-ratio-in-the-spinal-cord-of-a-human-and-a-non-human-primate-comparison-with-other-species-and-brain-regions
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Jami Bahney, Christopher S von Bartheld
The cellular composition of brains shows largely conserved, gradual evolutionary trends between species. In the primate spinal cord, however, the glia-neuron ratio was reported to be greatly increased over that in the rodent spinal cord. Here, we re-examined the cellular composition of the spinal cord of one human and one non-human primate species by employing two different counting methods, the isotropic fractionator and stereology. We also determined whether segmental differences in cellular composition, possibly reflecting increased fine motor control of the upper extremities, may explain a sharply increased glia-neuron ratio in primates...
November 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150934/the-current-status-and-perspectives-regarding-the-clinical-implication-of-intracellular-calcium-in-breast-cancer
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Amir Tajbakhsh, Alireza Pasdar, Mehdi Rezaee, Mostafa Fazeli, Saman Soleimanpour, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Zahra FarshchiyanYazdi, Tayebe Younesi Rad, Gordon A Ferns, Amir Avan
Calcium ions (Ca(2+) ) act as second messengers in intracellular signaling. Ca(2+) pumps, channels, sensors, and calcium binding proteins, regulate the concentrations of intracellular Ca(2+) as a key regulator of important cellular processes such as gene expression, proliferation, differentiation, DNA repair, apoptosis, metastasis, and hormone secretion. Intracellular Ca(2+) also influences the functions of several organelles, that include: the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, the Golgi, and cell membrane both in normal and breast cancer cells...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150829/brain-metastasis-of-penile-angiosarcoma
#9
Ozgur Kardes, Fatih Aydemir, Halil Ibrahim Suner, Emre Durdag, Soner Civi, Kadir Tufan, Fazilet Kayaselcuk
Angiosarcoma is a rare malignancy originating from vascular endothelial cells. Brain metastasis of aniosarcomas are uncommon up to the literature. Penile angiosarcomas are also seldom among all anjiosarcomas. A case with penile angiosarcoma with confirmed brain metastasis is aimed to be reported and contribute to the literature for similar cases.
November 16, 2017: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150732/dimethylarginine-dimethylaminohydrolase-1-ddah1-is-frequently-upregulated-in-prostate-cancer-and-its-overexpression-conveys-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-by-metabolizing-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-adma
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Karthik Reddy Kami Reddy, Chandrashekhar Dasari, Divya Duscharla, Bhukya Supriya, N Sai Ram, M V Surekha, Jerald Mahesh Kumar, Ramesh Ummanni
Tissue microarray analysis confirmed higher dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase-1 (DDAH1) expression in prostate cancer (PCa) compared to benign and normal prostate tissues. DDAH1 regulates nitric oxide (NO) production by degrading endogenous nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA). This study examined whether DDAH1 has any physiological role in PCa progression. Using overexpression of DDAH1 in PCa (PC3 and LNCaP) cell lines, we found that DDAH1 promotes cell proliferation, migration and invasion by lowering ADMA levels, as well as increasing NO production...
November 17, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150606/loss-of-hif-1%C3%AE-in-natural-killer-cells-inhibits-tumour-growth-by-stimulating-non-productive-angiogenesis
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Ewelina Krzywinska, Chahrazade Kantari-Mimoun, Yann Kerdiles, Michal Sobecki, Takayuki Isagawa, Dagmar Gotthardt, Magali Castells, Johannes Haubold, Corinne Millien, Thomas Viel, Bertrand Tavitian, Norihiko Takeda, Joachim Fandrey, Eric Vivier, Veronika Sexl, Christian Stockmann
Productive angiogenesis, a prerequisite for tumour growth, depends on the balanced release of angiogenic and angiostatic factors by different cell types within hypoxic tumours. Natural killer (NK) cells kill cancer cells and infiltrate hypoxic tumour areas. Cellular adaptation to low oxygen is mediated by Hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs). We found that deletion of HIF-1α in NK cells inhibited tumour growth despite impaired tumour cell killing. Tumours developing in these conditions were characterised by a high-density network of immature vessels, severe haemorrhage, increased hypoxia, and facilitated metastasis due to non-productive angiogenesis...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150495/small-dense-high-density-lipoproteins-display-potent-vasorelaxing-activity-reflecting-their-elevated-content-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate
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Laurence Persegol, Maryam Darabi, Carolane Dauteuille, Marie Lhomme, Sandrine Chantepie, Kerry-Anne Rye, Patrice Therond, M John Chapman, Robert Salvayre, Anne Negre-Salvayre, Philippe Lesnik, Serge Monier, Anatol Kontush
AIMS: Functional heterogeneity of HDL is attributed to its diverse bioactive components. We evaluated whether vasodilatory effects of HDL differed across HDL subpopulations, reflecting their distinct molecular composition. METHODS: Capacity of five major HDL subfractions to counteract inhibitory effects of oxidized low-density lipoprotein on acetylcholine-induced vasodilation was tested in a rabbit aortic rings model. Nitric oxide (NO) production, an essential pathway in endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, was studied in SV40-transformed murine endothelial cells (SVEC)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150442/functional-analyses-of-a-human-vascular-tumor-fos-variant-identify-a-novel-degradation-mechanism-and-a-link-to-tumorigenesis
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David G P van Ijzendoorn, Zary Forghany, Frauke Liebelt, Alfred C Vertegaal, Aart G Jochemsen, Judith V M G Bovée, Karoly Szuhai, David A Baker
Epithelioid hemangioma is a locally aggressive vascular neoplasm, found in bones and soft tissue, whose cause is currently unknown, but may involve oncogene activation. FOS was one of the earliest viral oncogenes to be characterized and normal cellular FOS forms part of the activator protein 1 (AP-1) transcription factor complex which plays a pivotal role in cell growth, differentiation and survival as well as the DNA damage response. Despite this, to date, a causal link between aberrant FOS function and naturally occurring tumors has not been established...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150299/a-new-analytical-model-for-the-changes-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-ischemic-diseases
#14
Feng Qiu, Hui Cao, Yue Wu
Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) play an important role in ischemic diseases. However, few studies focused on the generation and decay process of VEGF and no model yet can quantify different VEGF behavior caused in different area, like heart or brain. We compare the results across different groups and quantify the effectiveness of the selected training protocols. By applying the model to experimental data, the analytical model has been proposed to simulate the changes of vascular endothelial growth factor as a function of time and training protocols in ischemic diseases...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150290/premature-atherosclerosis-in-premenopausal-women-does-cytokine-balance-play-a-role
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Jo-Ann Eastwood, Doris A Taylor, B Delia Johnson, Micheline Resende, Barry L Sharaf, Bina Ahmed, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra Shufelt, Noel Bairey Merz
Contributory risk factors to premature coronary artery disease (CAD) in premenopausal women are poorly understood and data on this subset of women is lacking. There is growing evidence that the process of inflammation is a part of the atherosclerotic process. Mechanistic insights from animal work suggest that the profile of circulating cytokines reflects both endothelial integrity and the presence of immune and progenitor cells. Significant differences in pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine concentrations between patients with and without CAD exist...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150280/nk-cell-recruitment-and-exercise-potential-immunotherapeutic-role-of-shear-stress-and-endothelial-health
#16
William Evans
Positive cancer patient outcomes, including increased time to recurrent events, have been associated with increased counts and function of natural killer (NK) cells. NK cell counts and function are elevated following acute exercise, and the generally accepted mechanism of increased recruitment suggests that binding of epinephrine releases NK cells from endothelial tissue via decreases in adhesion molecules following. I propose that blood flow-induced shear stress may also play a role in NK cell recruitment from the endothelium...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150277/the-vegf-paradox-does-diabetic-retinopathy-protect-from-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
Mario Saravia, Luis Zeman, Mariana Ingolotti, Ariel Schlaen
Age-related macular disease (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) are prevalent diseases. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) related retinal neovascularization is a common feature in both. Consequently, both pathologies are treated with anti-VEGF therapy. We have previously reported a lower incidence of AMD in patients with DR compared to controls. The present study hypothesizes that DR in stages in which the concentration of intravitreal VEGF is increased, might have a protective role for both the onset and development of AMD...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150149/pregnancy-and-heart-disease-pregnancy-associated-hypertension-and-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
#18
Tobias Jonathan Pfeffer, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner
Cardiovascular diseases are major complications in pregnancy worldwide and the number of patients who develop cardiac problems during pregnancy is increasing. Pregnancy-associated hypertensive complications such as pre-eclampsia (PE) or peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) are potentially life-threatening heart diseases emerging during pregnancy, under delivery or in the first postpartal months in previously healthy women. Both disease entities display substantial morbidity and mortality in the acute phase. Long-term effects are just beginning to be evaluated...
October 31, 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150101/lack-of-association-between-kidd-blood-group-system-and-chronic-kidney-disease
#19
Tiago Verri Capriolli, Jeane Eliete Laguila Visentainer, Ana Maria Sell
BACKGROUND: The Kidd blood group system has three antigens, Jk(a), Jk(b) and Jk3, found on red blood cells and on endothelial cells of the inner lining of blood vessels in the renal medulla. These are known as urea transporter B (UT-B). Researchers have found that individuals carrying the Jk(a-b-) or Jk-null (UT-B null) phenotypes have a lower urine-concentrating capability and risk of severe renal impairment. This study evaluated the distribution of the Kidd phenotypes in patients with chronic kidney disease and a possible association of Kidd antigens with the development of renal disease...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150029/-fungal-keratitis
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REVIEW
T Bourcier, A Sauer, A Dory, J Denis, M Sabou
Fungal keratitis, or keratomycoses, are corneal infections which must be considered in cases of corneal trauma, prior corneal surgery, chronic ocular surface disease, topical corticosteroids or contact lens wear. Filamentous fungi or yeasts may be involved. Presenting clinical features such as corneal infiltrates with feathery edges and/or raised surface, intact epithelium with deep stromal involvement, satellite lesions, endothelial plaques, lack of improvement with antibiotics and worsening with steroids are suggestive of fungal keratitis...
November 14, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
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