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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053339/ecm-crosslinking-enhances-fibroblast-growth-and-protects-against-matrix-proteolysis-in-lung-fibrosis
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Christopher J Philp, Ivonne Siebeke, Debbie Clements, Suzanne Miller, Anthony Habgood, Alison E John, Vidya Navaratnam, Richard B Hubbard, Gisli Jenkins, Simon R Johnson
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterised by accumulation of extra cellular matrix (ECM) proteins and fibroblast proliferation. ECM cross-linking enzymes have been implicated in fibrotic diseases and we hypothesised that the ECM in IPF is abnormally cross-linked which enhances fibroblast growth and resistance to normal ECM turnover. We used a combination of in vitro ECM preparations and in vivo assays to examine the expression of cross-linking enzymes and the effect of their inhibitors on fibroblast growth and ECM turnover...
October 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050767/cish-controls-bacterial-burden-early-after-infection-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-mice
#2
Berit Carow, Yu Gao, Graciela Terán, Xuexian O Yang, Chen Dong, Akihiko Yoshimura, Martin E Rottenberg
CISH gene has been associated with increased susceptibility to human tuberculosis. We found that cish(-/-) mice had higher M. tuberculosis load in spleens and lungs up to 2.5 weeks after infection but not later compared to controls. Cish mRNA levels were increased in lungs at early and late time points after M. tuberculosis infection. In relation, the titers of inos and tnf mRNA in lungs were reduced early after infection of cish(-/-) mice. The transfer of cish(-/-) and control T cells conferred rag1(-/-) mice similar protection to infection with M...
December 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050431/a-study-on-the-sternum-growth-and-mineralization-kinetic-of-meat-duck-from-35-to-63-days-of-age
#3
H Y Zhang, H Liao, Q F Zeng, J P Wang, X M Ding, S P Bai, K Y Zhang
The sternum as an important part of the skeleton and not only provides a crucial attachment site for the pectoral muscles and protects internal organs such as the heart and lungs for meat duck, but may also be considered as the primary ventilator in the avian respiratory system. Therefore, this study focuses on the sternum growth and mineralization kinetics of ducks from 35 d to 63 d of age. A total of 72 one-d-old males and 72 females were chosen and fed with the same diet until the age of 9 weeks. The sternum and serum were harvested at 35 d, 42 d, 49 d, 56d, and 63 d of feeding...
September 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050341/geraniol-alleviates-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-via-inhibiting-inflammation-and-apoptosis
#4
Kangfeng Jiang, Tao Zhang, Nannan Yin, Xiaofei Ma, Gan Zhao, Haichong Wu, Changwei Qiu, Ganzhen Deng
Geraniol (GOH), a special type of acyclic monoterpene alcohol, has been widely used to treat many diseases associated with inflammation and apoptosis. Acute lung injury (ALI) is a common clinical disease in humans characterized by pulmonary inflammation and apoptosis. In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of GOH in a mouse model of ALI induced by the intranasal administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms in RAW 264.7 cells. In vivo, GOH treatment markedly ameliorated pathological injury and pulmonary cell apoptosis and reduced the wet/dry (W/D) weight ratio of lungs, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α)...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050006/recent-insights-into-the-biological-functions-of-sestrins-in-health-and-disease
#5
Menglong Wang, Yao Xu, Jianfang Liu, Jing Ye, Wenhui Yuan, Huimin Jiang, Zhen Wang, Hong Jiang, Jun Wan
Sestrins (Sesns) have been identified as a family of highly conserved stress-inducible proteins that are strongly up-regulated by various stresses, including DNA damage, oxidative stress, and hypoxia. The Sesns play protective roles in most physiological and pathological conditions mainly through the regulation of oxidative stress, inflammation, autophagy, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and metabolic homeostasis. In this review, we discussed the possible regulators of Sesns expression, such as p53, forkhead box O, nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 2 (Nrf2), NH (2)-terminal kinase (JNK)/c-Jun pathway and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (Hif-1α), and the downstream pathways regulated by the Sesns including AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling, mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) signaling, Nrf2 signaling, NADPH oxidase signaling and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling in heart diseases, lung diseases, gastrointestinal tract diseases, liver and metabolism diseases, neurological diseases, kidney diseases and immunological diseases...
October 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049686/national-practice-variation-in-pneumonectomy-perioperative-care-among-canadian-thoracic-surgeons
#6
Biniam Kidane, John K Peel, Andrew Seely, Richard A Malthaner, Christian Finley, Sean Grondin, Brian E Louie, Sadeesh Srinathan, Gail E Darling
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess perioperative pneumonectomy practices among Canadian thoracic surgeons as part of a quality-improvement initiative to determine practice variability and identify areas for study/improvement. METHODS: After several rounds of survey development and piloting, a 29-item survey was distributed using the Dillman method to all practicing members of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons. RESULTS: The response rate was 87% (62 of 71)...
July 28, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046510/carcinogenicity-of-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-challenging-issue-on-hazard-assessment
#7
Shoji Fukushima, Tatsuya Kasai, Yumi Umeda, Makoto Ohnishi, Toshiaki Sasaki, Michiharu Matsumoto
OBJECTIVES: This report reviews the carcinogenicity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in experimental animals, concentrating on MWNT-7, a straight fibrous MWCNT. METHODS: MWCNTs were administered to mice and rats by intraperitoneal injection, intrascrotal injection, subcutaneous injection, intratracheal instillation and inhalation. RESULTS: Intraperitoneal injection of MWNT-7 induced peritoneal mesothelioma in mice and rats. Intrascrotal injection induced peritoneal mesothelioma in rats...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046306/a-novel-yeast-based-therapeutic-vaccine-for-tuberculosis-gi-19007
#8
Thomas H King, Crystal A Shanley, Zhimin Guo, Donald Bellgrau, Timothy Rodell, Synthia Furney, Marcela Henao-Tamayo, Ian M Orme
As yet, very few vaccine candidates with activity in animals against Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection have been tested as therapeutic "post-exposure" vaccines. We recently described two pools of mycobacterial proteins with this activity and here we describe further studies in which four of these proteins (Rv1738, Rv2032, Rv3130, and Rv3841) were generated as a fusion polypeptide, and then delivered in a novel yeast-based platform ("Tarmogen®") which itself has immunostimulatory properties including activation of Toll-like receptors...
October 18, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045708/association-between-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-exposure-and-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-dna-damage-in-human-volunteers-during-fire-extinction-exercises
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Maria Helena Guerra Andersen, Anne Thoustrup Saber, Per Axel Clausen, Julie Elbæk Pedersen, Mille Løhr, Ali Kermanizadeh, Steffen Loft, Niels Ebbehøj, Åse Marie Hansen, Peter Bøgh Pedersen, Ismo Kalevi Koponen, Eva-Carina Nørskov, Peter Møller, Ulla Vogel
This study investigated a number of biomarkers, associated with systemic inflammation as well as genotoxicity, in 53 young and healthy subjects participating in a course to become firefighters, while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). The exposure period consisted of a 3-day training course where the subjects participated in various live-fire training exercises. The subjects were instructed to extinguish fires of either wood or wood with electrical cords and mattresses. The personal exposure was measured as dermal polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations and urinary excretion of 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP)...
October 13, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045567/individualized-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-in-obese-patients-during-general-anaesthesia-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-using-electrical-impedance-tomography
#10
C Nestler, P Simon, D Petroff, S Hammermüller, D Kamrath, S Wolf, A Dietrich, L M Camilo, A Beda, A R Carvalho, A Giannella-Neto, A W Reske, H Wrigge
Background: General anaesthesia leads to atelectasis, reduced end-expiratory lung volume (EELV), and diminished arterial oxygenation in obese patients. We hypothesized that a combination of a recruitment manoeuvre (RM) and individualized positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) can avoid these effects. Methods: Patients with a BMI ≥35 kg m-2 undergoing elective laparoscopic surgery were randomly allocated to mechanical ventilation with a tidal volume of 8 ml kg-1 predicted body weight and (i) an RM followed by individualized PEEP titrated using electrical impedance tomography (PEEPIND) or (ii) no RM and PEEP of 5 cm H2O (PEEP5)...
October 16, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045477/tubastatin-ameliorates-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-targeting-the-tgf%C3%AE-pi3k-akt-pathway
#11
Shigeki Saito, Yan Zhuang, Bin Shan, Svitlana Danchuk, Fayong Luo, Martina Korfei, Andreas Guenther, Joseph A Lasky
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease. Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) alters function and fate of various proteins via deacetylation of lysine residues, and is implicated in TGF-β1-induced EMT (epithelial-mesenchymal transition). However, the role of HDAC6 in pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. METHODS: HDAC6 expression in IPF and control lungs was assessed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) and immunoblots. Lung fibroblasts were treated with TGF-β1 ± HDAC6 inhibitors (Tubacin, Tubastatin, ACY1215, or MC1568), and fibrotic markers such as type I collagen were assessed using qRT-PCR and immunoblots...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045271/rhabdomyosarcoma-cells-are-susceptible-to-cell-death-by-ldk378-alone-or-in-combination-with-sorafenib-independently-of-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-status
#12
Nadezda Dolgikh, Simone Fulda
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a receptor tyrosine kinase that is often overexpressed in rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). However, its oncogenic and functional role in RMS remains unclear. Therefore, we investigated the antitumor activity of LDK378 (ceritinib), a new second-generation ALK inhibitor approved for patients with ALK-positive non-small-cell lung cancers. Here, we report that LDK378 reduces cell viability and induces cell death in RMS cell lines at low micromolar IC50 concentrations irrespective of ALK expression levels or phosphorylation status...
November 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045046/a-novel-mouse-cre-driver-line-targeting-perilipin-2-expressing-cells-in-the-neonatal-lung
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Aglaia Ntokou, Marten Szibor, José Alberto Rodríguez-Castillo, Jennifer Quantius, Susanne Herold, Elie El Agha, Saverio Bellusci, Isabelle Salwig, Thomas Braun, Robert Voswinckel, Werner Seeger, Rory E Morty, Katrin Ahlbrecht
Pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia are characterized by the destruction or malformation of the alveolar regions of the lung. The underlying pathomechanisms at play are an area of intense interest since these mechanisms may reveal pathways suitable for interventions to drive reparative processes. Lipid-laden fibroblasts (lipofibroblasts) express the Perilipin 2 (Plin2) gene-product, PLIN2, commonly called adipose-differentiation related protein (ADRP) These cells are also thought to play a role in alveolarization and repair after injury to the alveolus...
October 16, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045045/mesenchymal-stromal-cell-therapy-in-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-preclinical-studies
#14
Sajit Augustine, Marc T Avey, Brittany Harrison, Tiffany Locke, Mona Ghannad, David Moher, Bernard Thébaud
Extreme prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age. Currently, there is no treatment for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), the most common complication of extreme prematurity. Experimental studies in animal models of BPD suggest that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are lung protective. To date, no systematic review and meta-analysis has evaluated the preclinical evidence of this promising therapy. Our protocol was registered with Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies prior to searching MEDLINE (1946 to June 1, 2015), Embase (1947 to 2015 Week 22), Pubmed, Web of Science, and conference proceedings (1990 to present) for controlled comparative studies of neonatal animal models that received MSCs or cell free MSC-derived conditioned media (MSC-CM)...
October 17, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045023/more-advanced-disease-and-worse-survival-in-cryptogenic-compared-to-viral-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Tomi W Jun, Ming-Lun Yeh, Ju Dong Yang, Vincent L Chen, Pauline Nguyen, Nasra H Giama, Chung-Feng Huang, Ann W Hsing, Chia-Yen Dai, Jee-Fu Huang, Wan-Long Chuang, Lewis R Roberts, Ming-Lung Yu, Mindie H Nguyen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections remain major risk factors for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), non-viral causes of HCC, particularly non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are becoming increasingly prevalent. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical characteristics and survival of cryptogenic and viral HCC. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study involving 3,878 consecutive HCC patients seen at two tertiary centers in the United States and one in Taiwan from 2004-2014...
October 16, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044831/a-cluster-of-scedosporiosis-in-lung-transplant-candidates-and-recipients-the-zurich-experience-and-review-of-the-literature
#16
Irene A Abela, Christian Murer, Macé M Schuurmans, Juergen W Schmitt, Frabci Muller, Frank Imkamp, Nicolas J Mueller, Christian Benden
Scedosporium species are fungal pathogens increasingly recognized in cystic fibrosis (CF). They can cause multiresistant, life-threatening infections that are of particular concern in CF patients undergoing lung transplantation, as optimal treatment remains unclear. Here, we describe our Zurich experience of CF patients with Scedosporium infection. Disseminated infection occurred in one patient after transplantation and was successfully treated. We propose a step-by-step approach to treat candidates with colonization, and discuss our cases in the context of the current literature...
October 17, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044573/higher-igfb3-is-associated-with-increased-incidence-of-colorectal-cancer-in-older-men-independently-of-igf1
#17
Yi X Chan, Helman Alfonso, S A Paul Chubb, Ken K Y Ho, P Gerry Fegan, Graeme J Hankey, Jonathan Golledge, Leon Flicker, Bu B Yeap
OBJECTIVE: Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) has anabolic and growth-promoting effects, raising concerns regarding its potential to promote tumour growth. Circulating IGF1 is bound to binding proteins, which modulate bioavailability of IGF1. This study assessed the associations of IGF1 and its binding proteins 1 (IGFBP1) and 3 (IGFBP3) with cancer risk. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study of 4042 men aged ≥70 years. METHODS: Plasma total IGF1, IGFBP1 and IGFBP3 were measured between 2001-2004...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043832/high-frequency-oscillation-for-adult-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Ewan Goligher, Laveena Munshi, Neill Kj Adhikari, Maureen O Meade, Carol Hodgson, Hannah Wunsch, Elizabeth Uleryk, Ognjen Gajic, Marcelo Amato, Niall D Ferguson, Gordon D Rubenfeld, Eddy Fan
RATIONALE: By minimizing tidal lung strain and maintaining alveolar recruitment, high frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) may protect against ventilator-induced lung injury. OBJECTIVES: To summarize the current evidence in support of the use of HFOV in adult patients with ARDS. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials comparing mortality rates with the use of HFOV vs. conventional mechanical ventilation for adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome...
October 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042968/hesperetin-alleviates-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-tubular-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#19
Hong-Wei Wang, Lei Shi, Yan-Ping Xu, Xing-Ya Qin, Qi-Zhi Wang
Hesperetin (HES) is a flavonoid that has been reported to exert protective effects against cardiac remodeling, lung fibrosis and hepatic fibrosis. However, reports on the effects and potential mechanisms of HES in renal fibrosis are limited. In the present study, a unilateral ureteric obstruction (UUO) mouse model and a transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1-activated normal rat kidney (NRK)-52E cell model were established. HES was subsequently administered to these models to evaluate its anti-fibrotic effects and potential underlying mechanisms of action...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042952/protective-effect-of-ulinastatin-on-severe-pulmonary-infection-under-immunosuppression-and-its-molecular-mechanism
#20
Wenshuai Liu, Guozhong Pang, Shengyan Wang, Aiqin Sun
The objective of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of ulinastatin on severe pulmonary infection under immunosuppression, and its molecular mechanism. Mice were treated with methylprednisolone and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to establish the model of severe pulmonary infection under immunosuppression. Mice were randomly divided into group A (model group; treated with equal volumes of saline), group B (treated with 1×10(5) U/kg ulinastatin), and group C (normal control group). Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was collected, and the concentrations of cytokines in BALF were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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