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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220286/characteristics-of-hypertrophic-pachymeningitis-in-patients-with-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#1
Hyun Ah Choi, Mi Ji Lee, Chin-Sang Chung
Hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) is an important neurologic complication of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, formerly Wegener's granulomatosis). The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical features, radiological findings, and diagnostic pitfalls of GPA-related HP. A retrospective chart review was performed to screen patients diagnosed with GPA at Samsung Medical Center between 1997 and 2016. Neurologic manifestation, laboratory findings, neuroimaging data, and clinical course were evaluated in all patients...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
#2
REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218693/propylene%C3%A2-glycol%C3%A2-alginate%C3%A2-sodium%C3%A2-sulfate%C3%A2-alleviates%C3%A2-cerulein-induced%C3%A2-acute%C3%A2-pancreatitis%C3%A2-by%C3%A2-modulating%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-mek-erk%C3%A2-pathway%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-mice
#3
Hui Zhang, Yueyue Li, Linqiang Li, Hua Liu, Liangkai Hu, Ying Dai, Jianqing Chen, Shuqi Xu, Weimin Chen, Xiaorong Xu, Xuanfu Xu
Previous studies have focused on the effects of propylene glycol alginate sodium sulfate  (PSS)  against  thrombosis,  but  the  anti-inflammatory  potential  is  unknown.  Therefore,  we  specifically focused on the protective effects of PSS on cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis (AP)  using a mouse model, and investigated the mechanism of PSS on autophagy and apoptosis via the  Mitogen-activated  protein  kinase  (MEK)/extracellular  signal-regulated  kinase  (ERK)  pathway...
February 17, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218448/chronic-supplementation-with-dietary-proanthocyanidins-protects-from-diet-induced-intestinal-alterations-in-obese-rats
#4
Gil-Cardoso Katherine, Ginés Iris, Pinent Montserrat, Ardévol Anna, Arola Lluís, Blay Mayte, Terra Ximena
SCOPE: Increased attention has been paid to the link between altered intestinal function and elevated incidence of metabolic disorders, such as in obesity. The present study investigated in obese rats the role of grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) chronic treatment, taken in a low, moderate or high dose, on obesity-associated intestinal alterations in response to a cafeteria diet (CAF). METHODS AND RESULTS: To evaluate the degree of intestinal inflammation, ROS production and MPO activity were measured as well as the expression of inflammatory related genes...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217942/hypertrophic-pachymeningitis-is-a-characteristic-manifestation-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-a-retrospective-study-of-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis
#5
Yasuhiro Shimojima, Dai Kishida, Akiyo Hineno, Masahide Yazaki, Yoshiki Sekijima, Shu-Ichi Ikeda
AIM: To elucidate the characteristics of patients with hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) in a population with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated the clinical records of 39 patients who were diagnosed with AAV. To determine the characteristics of HP in AAV, the epidemiological and clinical data from patients with HP were statistically compared with those from patients without HP. RESULTS: Of 39 patients with AAV, seven (17...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216875/antidermatophytic-and-protease-inhibiting-activities-of-zerumbone-a-natural-sesquiterpene-from-the-rhizome-of-zingiber-zerumbet-l-roscoe-ex-j-e-smith
#6
Madhavankutty Jyothilakshmi, Mathew Jyothis, Gokulanathan Nair Hari Narayanan, Mukalel Sankunni Latha
CONTEXT: Due to increase in the number of patients with impaired immunity, incidence of dermatophytoses has increased considerably. Antidermatophytic agents with anti-inflammatory and protease-inhibiting activities will help in restricting inflammatory response associated with dermatophytoses. AIMS: The present study aims to evaluate antidermatophytic and protease-inhibiting activities of zerumbone. Cytotoxicity was tested using Chang liver cell line as a preliminary step in toxicity study...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215833/effects-of-platelet-rich-plasma-against-experimental-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rat-testis
#7
C A Sekerci, Y Tanidir, T E Sener, G Sener, O Cevik, A Yarat, B Alev-Tuzuner, S Cetinel, E Kervancioglu, A Sahan, C Akbal
BACKGROUND: Testicular torsion is a common problem and, to date, there is no agent to preserve testicular function following detorsion. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), with its rich growth factor composition, has proven beneficial in regenerative therapy. It is believed that PRP has not been studied in testis for ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effect of PRP in an I/R rat model 1 month after detorsion. STUDY DESIGN: Of 24 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, 18 were randomly assigned into three groups, with six in each: control, I/R and I/R + PRP...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215711/biomarkers-for-cystic-fibrosis-drug-development
#8
REVIEW
Marianne S Muhlebach, J P Clancy, Sonya L Heltshe, Assem Ziady, Tom Kelley, Frank Accurso, Joseph Pilewski, Nicole Mayer-Hamblett, Elizabeth Joseloff, Scott D Sagel
PURPOSE: To provide a review of the status of biomarkers in cystic fibrosis drug development, including regulatory definitions and considerations, a summary of biomarkers in current use with supportive data, current gaps, and future needs. METHODS: Biomarkers are considered across several areas of CF drug development, including cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator modulation, infection, and inflammation. RESULTS: Sweat chloride, nasal potential difference, and intestinal current measurements have been standardized and examined in the context of multicenter trials to quantify CFTR function...
November 2016: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214650/2-methoxyestradiol-protects-against-igg-immune-complex-induced-acute-lung-injury-by-blocking-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE-activities
#9
Chunguang Yan, Yanfei Shen, Qiqing Sun, Dong Yuan, Huifang Tang, Hongwei Gao
Increasing evidences indicate that 2-Methoxyestradiol (2ME2) plays an essential role in protecting against inflammatory responses. However, its effect on IgG immune complex (IC)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) remains enigmatic. In the study, by using i.p. administration of 2ME2, we evaluated its influence on IgG IC-induced pulmonary injury in mice. We found that during IgG IC-induced ALI, mice treated by 2ME2 displayed a substantial decrease in vascular permeability and neutrophil influx (represented by myeloperoxidase activity) when compared with their counterparts receiving vehicle treatment...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214183/-misuse-and-dependence-on-prescription-opioids-prevention-identification-and-treatment
#10
B Rolland, D Bouhassira, N Authier, M Auriacombe, V Martinez, P Polomeni, G Brousse, R Schwan, P Lack, J Bachellier, S Rostaing, P Bendimerad, P Vergne-Salle, M Dematteis, S Perrot
Since the 1990s, the use of prescription opioids has largely spread, which has brought a real progress in the treatment of pain. The long-term use of prescription opioid is sometimes required, and may lead to pharmacological tolerance and withdrawal symptoms, i.e. pharmacological dependence on prescription opioids. Occasionally, this may also lead to misuse of prescription opioids (MPO). MPO preferentially occurs in vulnerable individuals, i.e., those with a young age, history of other addictive or psychiatric disorders, especially anxious and depressive disorders...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214022/circulating-il-6-upregulates-il-10-production-in-splenic-cd4-t-cells-and-limits-acute-kidney-injury-induced-lung-inflammation
#11
Ana Andres-Hernando, Kayo Okamura, Rhea Bhargava, Carol M Kiekhaefer, Danielle Soranno, Lara A Kirkbride-Romeo, Hyo-Wook Gil, Chris Altmann, Sarah Faubel
Although it is well established that acute kidney injury (AKI) is a proinflammatory state, little is known about the endogenous counter-inflammatory response. IL-6 is traditionally considered a pro-inflammatory cytokine that is elevated in the serum in both human and murine AKI. However, IL-6 is known to have anti-inflammatory effects. Here we sought to investigate the role of IL-6 in the counter-inflammatory response after AKI, particularly in regard to the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. Ischemic AKI was induced by bilateral renal pedicle clamping...
February 14, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213269/protective-effects-of-morin-on-lipopolysaccharide-d-galactosamine-induced-acute-liver-injury-by-inhibiting-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-activating-nrf2-ho-1-signaling-pathways
#12
Ye Tian, Zheng Li, Bingyu Shen, Qiaoling Zhang, Haihua Feng
Morin, a bioactive flavonoid extracted from the bark of Moraceae plants and many medicinal herbs, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects. In this research, we explored the protective effects of morin against lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and d-galactosamine (D-GalN) induced acute liver injury in mice. Mice were given an intraperitoneal injection of morin before LPS and D-GalN treatment and the HepG2 cells were only given morin to investigate its effects. The results showed that morin markedly inhibited the production of serum alanine transaminase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) and hepatic TNF-α, IL-6, and myeloperoxidase (MPO) induced by LPS/D-GalN...
February 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212864/gpr43-activation-enhances-psoriasis-like-inflammation-through-epidermal-upregulation-of-il-6-and-dual-oxidase-2-signaling-in-a-murine-model
#13
Ahmed Nadeem, Sheikh F Ahmad, Naif O Al-Harbi, Ahmed M El-Sherbeeny, Mohammed M Al-Harbi, Talal S Almukhlafi
The gut is densely inhabited by commensal bacteria, which metabolize dietary fibers/undigested carbohydrates and produce short-chain fatty acids such as acetate. GPR43 is one of the receptors to sense short-chain fatty acids, and expressed in various immune and non-immune cells. Acetate/GPR43 signaling has been shown to affect various inflammatory diseases through Th17 responses and NADPH oxidase (NOX)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. However, no study has previously explored the effects of GPR43 activation during psoriasis-like inflammation...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212715/novel-biomarkers-of-heart-failure
#14
A Savic-Radojevic, M Pljesa-Ercegovac, M Matic, D Simic, S Radovanovic, T Simic
Although substantial improvements have been made in majority of cardiac disorders, heart failure (HF) remains a major health problem, with both increasing incidence and prevalence over the past decades. For that reason, the number of potential biomarkers that could contribute to diagnosis and treatment of HF patients is, almost exponentially, increasing over the recent years. The biomarkers that are, at the moment, more or less ready for use in everyday clinical practice, reflect different pathophysiological processes present in HF...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211304/granisetron-and-carvedilol-can-protect-experimental-rats-againstadjuvant-induced-arthritis
#15
Yasmin Moustafa Ahmed, Basim Anwar Shehata Messiha, Ali Ahmed Abo-Saif
CONTEXT: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disabling autoimmune disorder of the joints as well as other organs, affects about 1% of population. Unfortunately, all current treatments of RA cause severe gastrointestinal, renal and other complications. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the possible antiarthritic effects of a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor blocker, granisetron, and a nonselective adrenergic receptor blocker, carvedilol, on complete Freund's adjuvant-induced RA in adult female albino rats...
April 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210902/deletion-of-mammalian-sterile-20-like-kinase-1-attenuates-neuronal-loss-and-improves-locomotor-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-spinal-cord-trauma
#16
Pan-Feng Wang, Da-Yuan Xu, Yuntong Zhang, Xiao-Bin Liu, Yan Xia, Pan-Yu Zhou, Qing-Ge Fu, Shuo-Gui Xu
Neuronal cell death following spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributor to neurological deficits. The purpose of our work was to delineate the function of mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (Mst1), a pro-apoptotic kinase and key mediator of apoptotic signaling, in the pathogenesis of an experimental mouse model of SCI. Male mice received a mid-thoracic spinal contusion injury, and it was found that phosphorylation of Mst1 at the injured site was enhanced significantly following SCI. Furthermore, when compared to the wild-type controls, Mst1-deficient mice displayed improved locomotor function by increased Basso mouse scale score...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209602/a-novel-murine-model-of-esophageal-non-erosive-reflux-disease-nerd-from-inflammation-to-impairment-in-mucosal-integrity
#17
Renan O Silva, Francisco Fábio B Oliveira, Rudy D Bingana, Mailton O Arruda, Philip Woodland, Chung Lee, Miguel A Nobre E Souza, Pedro Marcos G Soares, Armenio A Santos, Daniel Sifrim, Marcellus H L P Souza
Non-erosive reflux disease (NERD) is a highly prevalent phenotype of the gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In this study, we developed a novel murine model of NERD in mice with microscopic inflammation and impairment in the epithelial esophageal barrier. Female Swiss mice were subjected to the following surgical procedure: the transitional region between the forestomach and the glandular portion of the stomach was ligated, and a nontoxic ring was placed around the duodenum near the pylorus. The control group underwent sham surgery...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209258/biliary-tract-external-drainage-protects-against-multiple-organs-injuries-of-severe-acute-pancreatitis-rats-via-heme-oxygenase-1-upregulation
#18
Jin-Long Wang, Ying Chen, Xiao-Qing Song, Mei-Ling Lu, Bing Zhao, Li Ma, Er-Zhen Chen, En-Qiang Mao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of biliary tract external drainage (BTED) on severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) in rats and the relationship with heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) pathway. METHODS: Thirty SD rats weighing 250-300 g were randomly assigned into five groups (n = 6): sham surgery (SS) group, SAP group, SAP + BTED group, SAP + zinc protoporphyrin IX (ZnPP) group, SAP + BTED + ZnPP group. The SAP model was induced via retrograde injection of 4% sodium taurocholate (1 mL/kg) into biliopancreatic duct through duodenal wall...
February 1, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209096/increased-oxidative-stress-alters-nucleosides-metabolite-levels-in-sickle-cell-anemia
#19
Lívia Gelain Castilhos, Juliana Sorraila de Oliveira, Stephen Adeniyi Adefegha, Luana Pereira Magni, Pedro Henrique Doleski, Fatima Husein Abdalla, Cínthia Melazzo de Andrade, Daniela Bitencourt Rosa Leal
OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to assess the markers of oxidative stress, myeloperoxidase (MPO), acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and xanthine oxidase (XO) activities as well as the levels of nucleotide metabolites in sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients. METHODS: Fifteen SCA treated patients and 30 health subjects (control group) were selected. The markers of oxidative stress (levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), plasma proteins, carbonyl content, lipid peroxidation (TBARS), total thiols (T-SH), glutathione and catalase activity), MPO, AChE and XO activities as well as the levels of nucleotide metabolites were measured in SCA patients...
February 16, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208751/oxidative-stress-related-genetic-variants-may-modify-associations-of-phthalate-exposures-with-asthma
#20
I-Jen Wang, Wilfried J J Karmaus
Background: Phthalate exposure may increase the risk of asthma. Little is known about whether oxidative-stress related genes may alter this association. First, this motivated us to investigate whether genetic polymorphisms of the oxidative-stress related genes glutathione S-transferase Mu 1 (GSTM1), glutathione S-transferase pi 1 (GSTP1), superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2), catalase (CAT), myeloperoxidase (MPO), and EPHX1 in children are associated with phthalate urine concentrations. Second, we addressed the question whether these genes may affect the influence of phthalates on asthma...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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