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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906063/characterization-of-a-multiprotein-complex-involved-in-excitation-transcription-coupling-of-skeletal-muscle
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Manuel Arias-Calderón, Gonzalo Almarza, Alexis Díaz-Vegas, Ariel Contreras-Ferrat, Denisse Valladares, Mariana Casas, Héctor Toledo, Enrique Jaimovich, Sonja Buvinic
BACKGROUND: Electrical activity regulates the expression of skeletal muscle genes by a process known as "excitation-transcription" (E-T) coupling. We have demonstrated that release of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) during depolarization activates membrane P2X/P2Y receptors, being the fundamental mediators between electrical stimulation, slow intracellular calcium transients, and gene expression. We propose that this signaling pathway would require the proper coordination between the voltage sensor (dihydropyridine receptor, DHPR), pannexin 1 channels (Panx1, ATP release conduit), nucleotide receptors, and other signaling molecules...
April 11, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905837/long-term-persistence-of-immunity-after-hepatitis-b-vaccination-a-fact-not-a-fancy
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Andrea Trevisan
On the basis of an article previously published in the journal regarding immune persistence after hepatitis B vaccination in infancy, I discuss why this persistence is a fact and not a fancy. Immune memory after a primary vaccination series has been widely demonstrated by prompt response to booster doses and the proliferation of T cells secreting IFNγ. In a large cohort of medical students, 79% of subjects were positive for anti-HBs antibodies, and only 1.9% of the subjects had serological evidence of past hepatitis B infection...
December 1, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905107/co-operative-suppression-of-inflammatory-responses-in-human-dendritic-cells-by-plant-proanthocyanidins-and-products-from-the-parasitic-nematode-trichuris-suis
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Andrew R Williams, Elsenoor J Klaver, Lisa C Laan, Aina Ramsay, Christos Fryganas, Rolf Difborg, Helene Kringel, Jess D Reed, Irene Mueller-Harvey, Søren Skov, Irma van Die, Stig M Thamsborg
Interactions between dendritic cells (DCs) and environmental, dietary and pathogen antigens play a key role in immune homeostasis and regulation of inflammation. Dietary polyphenols such as proanthocyanidins (PAC) may reduce inflammation, and we therefore hypothesized that PAC may suppress lipopolysaccharide (LPS) -induced responses in human DCs and subsequent T helper type 1 (Th1) -type responses in naive T cells. Moreover, we proposed that, because DCs are likely to be exposed to multiple stimuli, the activity of PAC may synergise with other bioactive molecules that have anti-inflammatory activity, e...
November 7, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904889/reactive-oxygen-species-in-bcr-abl1-expressing-cells-relevance-to-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Joanna Antoszewska-Smith, Elzbieta Pawlowska, Janusz Blasiak
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) results from the t(9;22) reciprocal chromosomal translocation producing the BCR-ABL1 gene, conferring growth and proliferation advantages in the CML cells. CML progresses from chronic, often syndrome-free, to blast phase, fatal if not treated. Although the involvement of BCR-ABL1 in some signaling pathways is considered as the cause of CML, the mechanisms resulting in its progression are not completely known. However, BCR-ABL1 stimulates the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which levels increase with CML progression and induce BCR-ABL1 self-mutagenesis...
December 1, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904138/cirmtuzumab-inhibits-wnt5a-induced-rac1-activation-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-treated-with-ibrutinib
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J Yu, L Chen, B Cui, C Wu, M Y Choi, Y Chen, L Zhang, L Z Rassenti, G F Widhopf, T J Kipps
Signaling via the B cell receptor (BCR) plays an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). This is underscored by the clinical effectiveness of ibrutinib, an inhibitor of Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) that can block BCR-signaling. However, ibrutinib cannot induce complete responses (CR) or durable remissions without continued therapy, suggesting alternative pathways also contribute to CLL growth/survival that are independent of BCR-signaling. ROR1 is a receptor for Wnt5a, which can promote activation of Rac1 to enhance CLL-cell proliferation and survival...
December 1, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903651/t-cells-encountering-myeloid-cells-programmed-for-amino-acid-dependent-immunosuppression-use-rictor-mtorc2-for-proliferative-checkpoint-decisions
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Lee-Ann Van de Velde, Chitra Subramanian, Amber M Smith, Luke Barron, Joseph E Qualls, Geoffrey Neale, Adolfo Alfonso-Pecchio, Suzanne Jackowski, Charles O Rock, Thomas A Wynn, Peter J Murray
Modulation of T cell proliferation and function by immunoregulatory myeloid cells is an essential means of preventing self-reactivity and restoring tissue homeostasis. Consumption of amino acids such as arginine and tryptophan by immunoregulatory macrophages is one pathway that suppresses local T cell proliferation. Using a reduced complexity in vitro macrophage: T cell co-culture system, we show that macrophage Arginase-1 (Arg1) is the only factor required by M2 macrophages to block T cells in G1, and this effect is mediated by L-arginine elimination rather than metabolite generation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903583/aspirin-therapy-reduces-the-ability-of-platelets-to-promote-colon-and-pancreatic-cancer-cell-proliferation-implications-for-the-oncoprotein-c-myc
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Annachiara Mitrugno, Joanna L Sylman, Anh T P Ngo, Jiaqing Pang, Rosalie C Sears, Craig Williams, Owen J T McCarty
Aspirin, an anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic drug, has become the focus of intense research as a potential anti-cancer agent owing to its ability to reduce tumor proliferation in vitro and to prevent tumorigenesis in patients. Studies have found an anti-cancer effect of aspirin when used in low, anti-platelet doses. However, the mechanism(s) through which low dose aspirin works is poorly understood. In this study we aimed to determine the effect of aspirin on the crosstalk between platelets and cancer cells...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902980/gene-expression-profiling-and-functional-characterization-of-macrophages-in-response-to-circulatory-microparticles-produced-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection-and-chagas-disease
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Imran H Chowdhury, Sue-Jie Koo, Shivali Gupta, Lisa Yi Liang, Bojlul Bahar, Laura Silla, Julio Nuñez-Burgos, Natalia Barrientos, Maria Paola Zago, Nisha Jain Garg
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are hallmarks of chagasic cardiomyopathy (CCM). In this study, we determined if microparticles (MPs) generated during Trypanosoma cruzi (Tc) infection carry the host's signature of the inflammatory/oxidative state and provide information regarding the progression of clinical disease. METHODS: MPs were harvested from supernatants of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in vitro incubated with Tc (control: LPS treated), plasma of seropositive humans with a clinically asymptomatic (CA) or symptomatic (CS) disease state (vs...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901054/functional-defects-in-cd4-cd25-high-foxp3-regulatory-cells-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Huifang Guo, Ming Zheng, Kui Zhang, Fengfan Yang, Xin Zhang, Qing Han, Zhi-Nan Chen, Ping Zhu
Forkhead box P3 (FoxP3)-positive regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a pivotal role in the preservation of self-tolerance, and Treg dysfunction has been implicated in many autoimmune diseases. Whether and how Tregs participate in the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) has not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated Treg function and found that Tregs in peripheral blood (PB) from patients with active AS had lower FoxP3 mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) than those from healthy controls and could not fully suppress naïve T cell (Tn) proliferation...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901044/fatty-acid-metabolic-reprogramming-via-mtor-mediated-inductions-of-ppar%C3%AE-directs-early-activation-of-t-cells
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Mulki Angela, Yusuke Endo, Hikari K Asou, Takeshi Yamamoto, Damon J Tumes, Hirotake Tokuyama, Koutaro Yokote, Toshinori Nakayama
To fulfil the bioenergetic requirements for increased cell size and clonal expansion, activated T cells reprogramme their metabolic signatures from energetically quiescent to activated. However, the molecular mechanisms and essential components controlling metabolic reprogramming in T cells are not well understood. Here, we show that the mTORC1-PPARγ pathway is crucial for the fatty acid uptake programme in activated CD4(+) T cells. This pathway is required for full activation and rapid proliferation of naive and memory CD4(+) T cells...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900797/evidence-for-feedback-regulation-following-cholesterol-lowering-therapy-in-a-prostate-cancer-xenograft-model
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Elizabeth M Masko, Mahmoud A Alfaqih, Keith R Solomon, William T Barry, Christopher B Newgard, Michael J Muehlbauer, Nikolaos A Valilis, Tameika E Phillips, Susan H Poulton, Alexis R Freedland, Stephanie Sun, Shweta K Dambal, Sergio E Sanders, Everardo Macias, Michael R Freeman, Mark W Dewhirst, Salvatore V Pizzo, Stephen J Freedland
BACKGROUND: Epidemiologic data suggest cholesterol-lowering drugs may prevent the progression of prostate cancer, but not the incidence of the disease. However, the association of combination therapy in cholesterol reduction on prostate or any cancer is unclear. In this study, we compared the effects of the cholesterol lowering drugs simvastatin and ezetimibe alone or in combination on the growth of LAPC-4 prostate cancer in vivo xenografts. METHODS: Proliferation assays were conducted by MTS solution and assessed by Student's t-test...
November 30, 2016: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900018/influence-of-ezrin-shrna-in-combination-with-hsp70-on-the-apoptosis-and-proliferation-of-osteosarcoma-cells
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Qin Yao, Yihua Pei, Huiqin Zhuo, Bozhen Xie
Ezrin and heat shock protein (HSP)70 have been reported to regulate cell apoptosis and tumor development of osteosarcoma. However, there has not been reported the synergy effect of knocking down ezrin and overexpressing HSP70. In the present study, two vectors, pGFP-V-RS-shRNA and pGFP-V-RS-shRNA-HSP70, were constructed and transfected into LM8 cells [denoted as small hairpin (sh)RNA group and dual group, respectively]. The apoptosis rates in these two transfected groups were significantly higher than those in the control group (empty vector) (P=0...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899897/cellular-and-molecular-responses-to-mechanical-expansion-of-tissue
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REVIEW
Muhammad Abdur Razzak, Md Sanower Hossain, Zamri Bin Radzi, Noor Azlin B Yahya, Jan Czernuszka, Mohammad T Rahman
The increased use of tissue expander in the past decades and its potential market values in near future give enough reasons to sum up the consequences of tissue expansion. Furthermore, the patients have the right to know underlying mechanisms of adaptation of inserted biomimetic, its bioinspired materials and probable complications. The mechanical strains during tissue expansion are related to several biological phenomena. Tissue remodeling during the expansion is highly regulated and depends on the signal transduction...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899720/luteal-function-during-the-estrous-cycle-in-arginine-treated-ewes-fed-different-planes-of-nutrition
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Casie S Bass, Dale A Redmer, Samantha L Kaminski, Anna T Grazul-Bilska
Corpus luteum (CL) functions are influenced by numerous factors including hormones, growth and angiogenic factors, nutritional plane, and dietary supplements such as arginine (Arg), a semi-essential amino acid and precursor for proteins, polyamines, and nitric oxide (NO). The aim of this study was to determine if Arg supplementation to ewes fed different planes of nutrition impacts 1) progesterone (P4) concentrations in serum and luteal tissue, 2) luteal vascularity, cell proliferation, endothelial NO synthase (eNOS), and receptor (R) soluble guanylate cyclase β protein and mRNA expression, and 3) luteal mRNA expression for selected angiogenic factors during the estrous cycle...
November 29, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898882/genome-scan-for-postmortem-carcass-traits-in-nellore-cattle
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G A Fernandes Júnior, R B Costa, G M F de Camargo, R Carvalheiro, G J M Rosa, F Baldi, D A Garcia, D G M Gordo, R Espigolan, L Takada, A F B Magalhães, T Bresolin, F L B Feitosa, L A L Chardulo, H N de Oliveira, L G de Albuquerque
Carcass traits measured after slaughter are economically relevant traits in beef cattle. In general, the slaughter house payment system is based on HCW. Ribeye area (REA) is associated with the amount of the meat in the carcass, and a minimum of backfat thickness (BFT) is necessary to protect the carcass during cooling. The aim of this study was to identify potential genomic regions harboring candidate genes affecting those traits in Nellore cattle. The data set used in the present study consisted of 1,756 Nellore males with phenotype records...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898655/overexpression-of-pbk-topk-relates-to-tumour-malignant-potential-and-poor-outcome-of-gastric-carcinoma
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Takuma Ohashi, Shuhei Komatsu, Daisuke Ichikawa, Mahito Miyamae, Wataru Okajima, Taisuke Imamura, Jun Kiuchi, Toshiyuki Kosuga, Hirotaka Konishi, Atsushi Shiozaki, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Kazuma Okamoto, Hitoshi Tsuda, Eigo Otsuji
BACKGROUND: PDZ-binding kinase/T-LAK cell-originated protein kinase (PBK/TOPK) is a serine-threonine kinase and overexpressed in various types of cancer by inhibiting the transactivation activities of p53 and PTEN. We tested whether PBK/TOPK acts as a cancer-promoting gene through its activation/overexpression in gastric cancer (GC). METHODS: We analysed five GC cell lines and 144 primary tumours, which were curatively resected in our hospital between 2001 and 2003...
November 29, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898465/the-intragraft-microenvironment-as-a-central-determinant-of-chronic-rejection-or-local-immunoregulation-tolerance
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Johannes Wedel, Hironao Nakayama, Nora M Kochupurakkal, Josephine Koch, Michael Klagsbrun, Diane R Bielenberg, David M Briscoe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Chronic rejection is associated with persistent mononuclear cell recruitment, endothelial activation and proliferation, local tissue hypoxia and related biology that enhance effector immune responses. In contrast, the tumor microenvironment elicits signals/factors that inhibit effector T cell responses and rather promote immunoregulation locally within the tissue itself. The identification of immunoregulatory check points and/or secreted factors that are deficient within allografts is of great importance in the understanding and prevention of chronic rejection...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898347/human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-inhibit-cd4-t-cell-activation-in-acute-kidney-injury-patients-by-influencing-the-mir-101-c-rel-il-2-pathway
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Junfeng Liu, Rong Hua, Zhangbin Gong, Bin Shang, Yongyi Huang, Lihe Guo, Te Liu, Jun Xue
In the pathogenesis of acute kidney injury (AKI), the release of multiple interleukins can lead to increased kidney damage. Human amniotic epithelial cells (HuAECs) can inhibit immune cell activation in vivo and in vitro. We hypothesized that HuAECs could weaken patient-derived peripheral blood CD4+ T-cell activation and decreasing the ability of these cells to express and release IL-2. -Cell proliferation assay revealed that under the same culture conditions, activated AKI patient-derived CD4+ T cells had a significantly reduced proliferation rate when were co-cultured with HuAECs...
November 26, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897259/artemisinin-analogue-sm934-attenuate-collagen-induced-arthritis-by-suppressing-t-follicular-helper-cells-and-t-helper-17-cells
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Ze-Min Lin, Xiao-Qian Yang, Feng-Hua Zhu, Shi-Jun He, Wei Tang, Jian-Ping Zuo
SM934 is an artemisinin analogue with immunosuppressive properties and potent therapeutic activity against lupus-like diseases in autoimmune mice. In this report, the therapeutic efficacy and underlying mechanisms of SM934 on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was investigated using collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in DBA/1J mice. We demonstrated that SM934 treatment alleviate the severity of arthritis in CIA mice with established manifestations. The therapeutic benefits were associated with ameliorated joint swelling and reduced extent of bone erosion and destruction...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896829/immunomodulatory-and-immunosuppressive-roles-of-1%C3%AE-25-oh-2d3-in-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Hussaini Alhassan Mohammed, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi, Abbas Mirshafiey, Haumayon Vahedi, Mohammad Reza Shiri-Shahsavar, Ateke Mousavi Nasl Khameneh
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune diseases are pathological conditions characterized by abnormal. responses, accompanied by auto-antibodies to self-molecules. The roles vitamin D in autoimmune diseases has increased significantly in the recent past from its functions in calcium and phosphate homeostasis, it is now involved in the regulations and proliferations of Th1 and Th17 lymphocyte. 1α,25(OH)2D3 in very important in ameliorations of inflammatory disorders arising from autoimmune diseases, but the mechanism by which this is done is still a bone of contentions...
November 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
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