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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445928/regulation-of-angiogenic-behaviors-by-oxytocin-receptor-through-gli1-indcued-transcription-of-hif-1%C3%AE-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#1
Ji Zhu, Huiyan Wang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Yin Xie
Angiogenesis is a dynamic hypoxia-stimulated process playing a key role in tissue growth and repair under various pathophysiological circumstances. Abnormal angiogenesis contributes to the pathogenesis of many human diseases. Oxytocin receptor is a classical G-protein-coupled receptor expressed on endothelial cells. The present study was aimed to investigate how oxytocin receptor regulated the angiogenic behaviors of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). We found that oxytocin at 0.1μM significantly increased cell proliferation, upregulated the mRNA and protein expression of CD31 and vWF (two important endothelial markers), and enhanced the tuber formation capacity in HUVECs...
April 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445874/erythropoietin-treatment-exacerbates-moderate-injury-after-hypoxia-ischemia-in-neonatal-superoxide-dismutase-transgenic-mice
#2
R Ann Sheldon, Christine Windsor, Byong Sop Lee, Olatz Arteaga Cabeza, Donna M Ferriero
The neonatal brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress as developing endogenous antioxidant mechanisms are overwhelmed. In the neonate, superoxide dismutase (SOD) overexpression worsens hypoxic-ischemic injury due to H2O2 accumulation in the brain. Erythropoietin (EPO) is upregulated in 2 phases after HI, early (4 h) and late (7 days), and exogenous EPO has been effective in reducing the injury, possibly through reducing oxidative stress. We hypothesized that exogenous EPO would limit injury from excess H2O2 seen in SOD1-overexpressing mice, and thus enhance recovery after HI...
April 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445841/copper-ii-and-iron-iii-ions-inhibit-respiration-and-increase-free-radical-mediated-phospholipid-peroxidation-in-rat-liver-mitochondria-effect-of-antioxidants
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Christian Saporito-Magriñá, Rosario Musacco-Sebio, Juan M Acosta, Sofía Bajicoff, Paola Paredes-Fleitas, Sofia Reynoso, Alberto Boveris, Marisa G Repetto
Rat liver mitochondria (1.5-2.1mg protein·mL(-1)) supplemented with either 25 and 100μM Cu(2+) or 100 and 500μM Fe(3+) show inhibition of active respiration (O2 consumption in state 3) and increased phospholipid peroxidation . Liver mitochondria were supplemented with the antioxidants reduced glutathione, N-acetylcysteine or butylated hydroxitoluene, to evaluate their effects on the above-mentioned alterations. Although the mitochondrial dysfunction is clearly associated to phospholipid peroxidation, the different responses to antioxidant supplementation indicate that the metal ions have differences in their mechanisms of toxicity...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445792/vitamin-d-supplementation-restores-the-blunted-muscle-protein-synthesis-response-in-deficient-old-rats-through-an-impact-on-ectopic-fat-deposition
#4
Audrey Chanet, Jérôme Salles, Christelle Guillet, Christophe Giraudet, Alexandre Berry, Véronique Patrac, Carla Domingues-Faria, Camille Tagliaferri, Katia Bouton, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Miriam Van Dijk, Marion Jourdan, Yvette Luiking, Sjors Verlaan, Corinne Pouyet, Philippe Denis, Yves Boirie, Stéphane Walrand
We investigated the impact of vitamin D deficiency and repletion on muscle anabolism in old rats. Animals were fed a control (1 IU vitamin D3/g, ctrl, n=20) or a vitamin D-depleted diet (VDD; 0 IU, n=30) for 6 months. A subset was thereafter sacrificed in the control (ctrl6) and depleted groups (VDD6). Remaining control animals were kept for 3 additional months on the same diet (ctrl9), while a part of VDD rats continued on a depleted diet (VDD9) and another part was supplemented with vitamin D (5 IU, VDS9)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445724/quantification-of-the-impact-of-the-hiv-1-glycan-shield-on-antibody-elicitation
#5
Tongqing Zhou, Nicole A Doria-Rose, Cheng Cheng, Guillaume B E Stewart-Jones, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Michael Chambers, Aliaksandr Druz, Hui Geng, Krisha McKee, Young Do Kwon, Sijy O'Dell, Mallika Sastry, Stephen D Schmidt, Kai Xu, Lei Chen, Rita E Chen, Mark K Louder, Marie Pancera, Timothy G Wanninger, Baoshan Zhang, Anqi Zheng, S Katie Farney, Kathryn E Foulds, Ivelin S Georgiev, M Gordon Joyce, Thomas Lemmin, Sandeep Narpala, Reda Rawi, Cinque Soto, John-Paul Todd, Chen-Hsiang Shen, Yaroslav Tsybovsky, Yongping Yang, Peng Zhao, Barton F Haynes, Leonidas Stamatatos, Michael Tiemeyer, Lance Wells, Diana G Scorpio, Lawrence Shapiro, Adrian B McDermott, John R Mascola, Peter D Kwong
While the HIV-1-glycan shield is known to shelter Env from the humoral immune response, its quantitative impact on antibody elicitation has been unclear. Here, we use targeted deglycosylation to measure the impact of the glycan shield on elicitation of antibodies against the CD4 supersite. We engineered diverse Env trimers with select glycans removed proximal to the CD4 supersite, characterized their structures and glycosylation, and immunized guinea pigs and rhesus macaques. Immunizations yielded little neutralization against wild-type viruses but potent CD4-supersite neutralization (titers 1: >1,000,000 against four-glycan-deleted autologous viruses with over 90% breadth against four-glycan-deleted heterologous strains exhibiting tier 2 neutralization character)...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445649/high-serum-stability-of-collagen-hybridizing-peptides-and-their-fluorophore-conjugates
#6
Lucas L Bennink, Daniel J Smith, Catherine A Foss, Martin G Pomper, Yang Li, S Michael Yu
Collagen hybridizing peptides (CHPs) have a great potential for use in targeted drug delivery, diagnostics, and regenerative medicine due to their ability to specifically bind to denatured collagens associated with many pathologic conditions. Since peptides generally suffer from poor enzymatic stability resulting in rapid degradation and elimination in vivo, CHP's serum stability is a critical parameter that may dictate its pharmacokinetic behavior. Here, we report the serum stability of a series of monomeric CHP derivatives and establish how peptide length, amino acid composition, terminal modification, and linker chemistry influence their availability in serum...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445628/characterization-of-four-latin-american-families-confirms-previous-findings-and-reveals-novel-features-of-acid-labile-subunit-als-deficiency
#7
Paula A Scaglia, Ana C Keselman, Débora Braslavsky, Lucía C Martucci, Liliana M Karabatas, Sabina Domené, Mariana L Gutiérrez, María G Ballerini, María G Ropelato, Angela Spinola-Castro, Adriana A Siviero-Miachon, Juliana Saito Tartuci, Sol Rodríguez Azrak, Rodolfo A Rey, Héctor G Jasper, Ignacio Bergadá, Horacio M Domené
OBJECTIVE: ALS deficiency (ACLSD), caused by inactivating mutations in both IGFALS gene alleles, is characterized by marked reduction of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 levels associated to mild growth retardation. The aim of this study was to expand the known phenotype and genetic characteristics of ACLSD by reporting data from four index cases and their families. DESIGN: Auxological data, biochemical and genetic studies were performed in four children diagnosed with ACLSD and all available relatives...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445614/two-common-human-cldn5-alleles-encode-different-open-reading-frames-but-produce-one-protein-isoform
#8
Ronald M Cornely, Barbara Schlingmann, Whitney S Shepherd, Joshua D Chandler, David C Neujahr, Michael Koval
Claudins provide tight junction barrier selectivity. The human CLDN5 gene contains a high-frequency single-nucleotide polymorphism (rs885985), where the G allele codes for glutamine (Q) and the A allele codes for an amber stop codon. Thus, these different CLDN5 alleles define nested open reading frames (ORFs) encoding claudin-5 proteins that are 303 or 218 amino acids in length. Interestingly, human claudin-16 and claudin-23 also have long ORFs. The long form of claudin-5 contrasts with the majority of claudin-5 proteins in the National Center for Biotechnology Information protein database, which are less than 220 amino acids in length...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445594/porcine-milk-induces-a-strengthening-of-barrier-function-in-porcine-jejunal-epithelium-in-vitro
#9
Judith Radloff, Silke S Zakrzewski, Robert Pieper, Alexander G Markov, Salah Amasheh
Milk contains a variety of components that have been shown to affect the expression and localization of epithelial tight junction proteins and therefore the intestinal barrier. Thus, we hypothesized that milk would have an effect on intestinal barrier properties, owing to effects on the tight junction in an intraspecies porcine intestinal in vitro model. Jejunal samples of piglets derived from different age groups were analyzed. Transepithelial electrical resistance was recorded employing the Ussing chamber technique...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445558/clinical-characteristics-of-connective-tissue-nevi-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-with-special-emphasis-on-shagreen-patches
#10
Michelle A Bongiorno, Neera Nathan, Oyetewa Oyerinde, Ji-An Wang, Chyi-Chia Richard Lee, G Thomas Brown, Joel Moss, Thomas N Darling
Importance: Patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) frequently develop collagenous connective tissue nevi. The prototypical lesion is a large shagreen patch located on the lower back, but some patients only manifest small collagenomas or have lesions elsewhere on the body. The ability to recognize these variable presentations can be important for the diagnosis of TSC. Objective: To describe the clinical characteristics of connective tissue nevi on the trunk and extremities of patients with tuberous sclerosis complex...
April 26, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445455/structural-insight-into-allosteric-modulation-of-protease-activated-receptor-2
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Robert K Y Cheng, Cédric Fiez-Vandal, Oliver Schlenker, Karl Edman, Birte Aggeler, Dean G Brown, Giles A Brown, Robert M Cooke, Christoph E Dumelin, Andrew S Doré, Stefan Geschwindner, Christoph Grebner, Nils-Olov Hermansson, Ali Jazayeri, Patrik Johansson, Louis Leong, Rudi Prihandoko, Mathieu Rappas, Holly Soutter, Arjan Snijder, Linda Sundström, Benjamin Tehan, Peter Thornton, Dawn Troast, Giselle Wiggin, Andrei Zhukov, Fiona H Marshall, Niek Dekker
Protease-activated receptors (PARs) are a family of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that are irreversibly activated by proteolytic cleavage of the N terminus, which unmasks a tethered peptide ligand that binds and activates the transmembrane receptor domain, eliciting a cellular cascade in response to inflammatory signals and other stimuli. PARs are implicated in a wide range of diseases, such as cancer and inflammation. PARs have been the subject of major pharmaceutical research efforts but the discovery of small-molecule antagonists that effectively bind them has proved challenging...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445365/improvement-of-flap-necrosis-in-a-rat-random-skin-flap-model-by-in-vivo-electroporation-mediated-hgf-gene-transfer
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S Morteza Seyed Jafari, Maziar Shafighi, Helmut Beltraminelli, Thomas Geiser, Robert E Hunger, Amiq Gazdhar
BACKGROUND: Despite great understanding of underlying mechanisms for flap necrosis and advances in surgical techniques, flap necrosis remains a critical issue. In the present study, the authors investigated the efficacy of electroporation-mediated hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene delivery to random dorsal skin flaps (McFarlane) to accelerate wound healing and reduce flap necrosis. METHODS: Fifteen male Wistar rats (290 to 320 g) were divided randomly into three groups...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445238/hydrogen-sulfide-confers-lung-protection-during-mechanical-ventilation-via-cyclooxygenase-2-15-deoxy-%C3%AE-12-14-prostaglandin-j2-and-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma
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Sashko G Spassov, Simone Faller, Matthias Hummel, Khaled Helo, Andreas Ihle, Stefan W Ryter, Karl M Strosing, Alexander Hoetzel
OBJECTIVES: Hydrogen sulfide reduces ventilator-induced lung injury in mice. Here, we have examined the underlying mechanisms of hydrogen sulfide-mediated lung protection and determined the involvement of cyclooxygenase 2, 15-deoxy Δ-prostaglandin J2, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma in this response. DESIGN: Randomized, experimental study. SETTING: University medical center research laboratory. SUBJECTS: C57BL/6 mice and in vitro cell catheters...
April 25, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445138/killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-2dl4-is-expressed-in-and-suppresses-the-cell-growth-of-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Yusuke Takei, Chiyuki Ueshima, Tatsuki R Kataoka, Masahiro Hirata, Akihiko Sugimoto, Mariyo Rokutan-Kurata, Koki Moriyoshi, Kazuo Ono, Ichiro Murakami, Sanju Iwamoto, Hironori Haga
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) 2DL4 (CD158d) is a receptor for human leukocyte antigen-G. The function of KIR2DL4 has been reported in human natural killer cell lymphoma and mastocytosis, but not in Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). Herein, we examined the expression and function of KIR2DL4 in LCHs. In pathological specimens, 27 of 36 LCH cases (75.0%) were immunohistochemically positive for KIR2DL4. Its expression was independent of age, gender, location, multi- or single-system, and the status of BRAFV600E immunostaining...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445073/plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-is-critical-in-alcohol-enhanced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
#15
Lauren G Poole, Veronica L Massey, Deanna L Siow, Edilson Torres-González, Nikole L Warner, James P Luyendyk, Jeffrey D Ritzenthaler, Jesse Roman, Gavin E Arteel
RATIONALE: Chronic alcohol exposure is a clinically important risk factor for development of acute respiratory distress syndrome, the most severe form of acute lung injury (ALI). However, the mechanisms by which alcohol sensitizes the lung to development of this disease are poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: We determined the role of the anti-fibrinolytic protein plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in alcohol enhancement of experimental endotoxin-induced ALI. METHODS: Wild-type (WT), PAI-1(-/-) and Integrin β3(-/-) mice were fed ethanol-containing Lieber-DeCarli liquid or control diet for 6 weeks followed by systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) challenge...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444853/experimental-type-2-diabetes-induction-reduces-serum-vaspin-but-not-serum-omentin-in-wistar-rats
#16
Cynthia Aparecida de Castro, Karina Ana da Silva, Marina Molina Buffo, Karina Nogueira Zambone Pinto, Fernanda de Oliveira Duarte, Keico Okino Nonaka, Fernanda de Freitas Aníbal, Ana Cláudia Garcia de Oliveira Duarte
Vaspin and omentin are adipose tissue adipokines that have often been related to obesity and its comorbidities. The aim of this study was to investigate the behaviour of serum omentin and vaspin in models of type 2 diabetes. To do this, Wistar rats (~200 g) were randomly divided into two groups: a non-diabetic group (n = 6) and a diabetic group fed on a high-fat diet (n = 6) and a low dose of streptozotocin (Sigma(®) ). All procedures were approved by the Brazilian Ethics Committee. Body weight (BW) and food intake were recorded daily...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444804/effect-of-resistant-starch-on-the-intestinal-health-of-old-dogs-fermentation-products-and-histological-features-of-the-intestinal-mucosa
#17
M C Peixoto, É M Ribeiro, A P J Maria, B A Loureiro, L G di Santo, T C Putarov, F N Yoshitoshi, G T Pereira, L R M Sá, A C Carciofi
The effects of resistant starch (RS) intake on nutrient digestibility, microbial fermentation products, faecal IgA, faecal pH, and histological features of the intestinal mucosa of old dogs were evaluated. The same formulation was extruded in two different conditions: one to obtain elevated starch cooking degree with low RS content (0.21%) and the other lower starch cooking with high RS content (1.46%). Eight geriatric Beagles (11.5 ± 0.38 years old) were fed each diet for 61 days in a crossover design...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444792/a-computational-approach-to-study-functional-monomer-protein-molecular-interactions-to-optimize-protein-molecular-imprinting
#18
R Boroznjak, J Reut, A Tretjakov, A Lomaka, A Öpik, V Syritski
Molecular imprinting has become a promising approach for synthesis of polymeric materials having binding sites with a predetermined selectivity for a given analyte, the so-called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), which can be used as artificial receptors in various application fields. Realization of binding sites in a MIP involves the formation of prepolymerization complexes between a template molecule and monomers, their subsequent polymerization, and the removal of the template. It is believed that the strength of the monomer-template interactions in the prepolymerization mixture influences directly on the quality of the binding sites in a MIP and consequently on its performance...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444791/trialling-nutrient-recommendations-for-slow-lorises-nycticebus-spp-based-on-wild-feeding-ecology
#19
F Cabana, E Dierenfeld, W Wirdateti, G Donati, K A I Nekaris
Slow loris (Nycticebus spp.) captive diets have been based on routine and anecdotes rather than scientific fact. The growing body of evidence contradicts the high fruit diet supported by such anecdotes. Non-human primate nutrient requirements are grouped into new (based on the common marmoset Callithrix jacchus) or old world (based on rhesus macaques Macaca mulatta) primates. Slow lorises are known to suffer from many health ailments in captivity such as dental disease, obesity, wasting and kidney issues all of which have been linked to diet...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444738/factors-influencing-biased-agonism-in-recombinant-cells-expressing-the-human-%C3%AE-1a-adrenoceptor
#20
Edilson Dantas da Silva Junior, Masaaki Sato, Jon Merlin, Natalie Broxton, Dana S Hutchinson, Sabatino Ventura, Bronwyn A Evans, Roger J Summers
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Agonists acting at G protein-coupled receptors promote biased signalling via Gα or Gβγ subunits, G protein-coupled receptor kinases and β-arrestins. Since demonstration of biased agonism has implications for drug discovery, it is essential to consider confounding factors contributing to bias. We have examined bias at human α1A -adrenoceptors stably expressed at low levels in CHO-K1 cells, identifying off-target effects at endogenous receptors that contribute to ERK1/2 phosphorylation in response to the agonist oxymetazoline...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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