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María E Alea-Reyes, Oriol Penon, Paula García Calavia, María J Marín, David A Russell, Lluïsa Pérez-García
HYPOTHESIS: Metalloporphyrins are extensively investigated for their ability to form reactive oxygen species and as potent photosensitisers for use in photodynamic therapy. However, their hydrophobicity generally causes solubility issues concerning in vivo delivery due to lack of distribution and low clearance from the body. Immobilising porphyrins on carriers, such as gold nanoparticles (GNP), can overcome some of these drawbacks. The mode of assembling the porphyrins to the carrier influences the properties of the resulting drug delivery systems...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Stephen Capone, Kwasi M Connor, Anthony Colombo, Xin Li, Tim J Triche, Giridharan Ramsingh
Genomic transposable elements (TEs) constitute majority of the genome. Expression of TEs is known to activate the double-stranded RNA recognition pathway ("viral mimicry") leading to the activation of interferon-stimulated genes, inflammation and immune mediated cell death. We recently showed that the expression of TEs is suppressed along with immune pathways in leukemic stem cells (LSC) in acute myeloid leukemia, suggesting a potential mechanism for immune escape of LSC. This indicated that during oncogenesis, where there is escape from senescence, expression of TEs is suppressed...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Oscar H L Bing
Ammonia plays a central role in the life and death of all living organisms and has been studied for over one hundred years. Ammonia is necessary for growth and development but it is toxic in excess and, as a result, differing methods of ammonia neutralization have evolved. Following physiological and pathological stress to the heart, tissue ammonia levels rise. Local ammonia neutralization may be inadequate and excess ammonia may exert its toxic effects. Phenylbutyrate (PBA), which is FDA approved for the treatment of elevated blood ammonia in urea cycle disorders, provides an accessory pathway for ammonia clearance...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Zachary D W Dezman, Angela C Comer, Gordon S Smith, Peter F Hu, Colin F Mackenzie, Thomas M Scalea, Jon Mark Hirshon
BACKGROUND: Lactate clearance has been developed into a marker of resuscitation in trauma, but no study has compared the predictive power of the various clearance calculations. Our objective was to determine which method of calculating lactate clearance best predicted 24-hour and in-hospital mortality after injury. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of patients admitted to a Level-1 trauma center directly from the scene of injury from 2010 to 2013 who survived >15min, had an elevated lactate at admission (≥3mmol/L), followed by another measurement within 24h of admission...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Wen-Han Yu, Cormac Cosgrove, Christoph T Berger, Patrick C Cheney, Marina Krykbaeva, Arthur Y Kim, Lia Lewis-Ximenez, Georg M Lauer, Galit Alter
Background: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects up to 400 million people worldwide and accounts for approximately one million deaths per year from liver pathologies. Current treatment regimens are effective in suppressing viremia but usually have to be taken indefinitely, warranting research into new therapeutic approaches. Acute HBV infection in adults almost universally results in resolution of viremia, with the exception of immunocompromised persons, suggesting that the immune response can functionally cure or even eradicate HBV infection...
2018: Pathogens & Immunity
Ivan Schietroma, Giuseppe Corano Scheri, Claudia Pinacchio, Maura Statzu, Arnolfo Petruzziello, Vincenzo Vullo
Introduction: Globally, between 64 and 103 million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), with more than 4.6 million people in the United States and is associated with more than 15.000 deaths annually. Chronic infection can result in cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Explanation: Epidemiological studies have indicated that persistent infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major risk for the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), mainly through chronic inflammation, cell deaths, and proliferation...
2018: Open Virology Journal
Liliana L Cubas-Gaona, Elisabet Diaz-Beneitez, Marina Ciscar, José F Rodríguez, Dolores Rodríguez
Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) belongs to the Birnaviridae family and is the etiological agent of a highly contagious and immunosuppressive disease (IBD) that affects domestic chickens ( Gallus gallus ). IBD or Gumboro disease leads to high morbidity and mortality of infected animals, and is responsible for major economic losses to the poultry industry world-wide. IBD is characterized by a massive loss of IgM-bearing B lymphocytes and the destruction of the bursa of Fabricius. The molecular bases of the IBDV pathogenicity are still poorly understood, nonetheless, an exacerbated cytokine immune response and B cell depletion due to apoptosis are considered main factors contributing to the severity of the disease...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Maozhi Hu, Weixin Zhao, Hongying Li, Jie Gu, Qiuxiang Yan, Xiaohui Zhou, Zhiming Pan, Guiyou Cui, Xinan Jiao
BACKGROUND: Enhancing caspase-1 activation in macrophages is helpful for the clearance of intracellular bacteria in mice. Our previous studies have shown that EscI, an inner rod protein of type III system in E. coli can enhance caspase-1 activation. The purpose of this study was to further analyze the prospect of EscI in the vaccine design. RESULTS: A recombinant Salmonella expressing SspH2-EscI fusion protein using the promotor of Salmonella effector SspH2, X4550(pYA3334-P-SspH2-EscI), was constructed...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
A Aramburo, Jim Todd, Elizabeth C George, Sarah Kiguli, Peter Olupot-Olupot, Robert O Opoka, Charles Engoru, Samuel O Akech, Richard Nyeko, George Mtove, Diana M Gibb, Abdel G Babiker, Kathryn Maitland
BACKGROUND: Hyperlactataemia (HL) is a biomarker of disease severity that predicts mortality in patients with sepsis and malaria. Lactate clearance (LC) during resuscitation has been shown to be a prognostic factor of survival in critically ill adults, but little data exist for African children living in malaria-endemic areas. METHODS: In a secondary data analysis of severely ill febrile children included in the Fluid Expansion as Supportive Therapy (FEAST) resuscitation trial, we assessed the association between lactate levels at admission and LC at 8 h with all-cause mortality at 72 h (d72)...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medicine
Wei Hong, Yining Zhao, Yuru Guo, Chengcheng Huang, Peng Qiu, Jia Zhu, Chun Chu, Hong Shi, Mingchun Liu
Although nano-self-assemblies of hydrophobic-modified bacitracin A with PLGA (Nano-BAPLGA) have demonstrated promising antibacterial activities, the application of Nano-BAPLGA was severely compromised by low water solubility. In this study, a series of PEGylated PLGA copolymers were selected to conjugate the N-terminus of bacitracin A in order to construct PEGylated self-assembled Nano-BAs and to further develop nano-self-assemblies of bacitracin A with strong antibacterial potency and high solubility. Compared with Nano-BAPLGA, all PEGylated Nano-BAs, except Nano-BA5K, exhibited strong antibacterial efficiency against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria by inducing loss of cytoplasmic membrane potential, membrane permeabilization and leakage of calcein from artificial cell membranes...
March 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Izabela Galvão, Luciana P Tavares, Renan O Corrêa, José Luís Fachi, Vitor Melo Rocha, Marcela Rungue, Cristiana C Garcia, Geovanni Cassali, Caroline M Ferreira, Flaviano S Martins, Sergio C Oliveira, Charles R Mackay, Mauro M Teixeira, Marco Aurélio R Vinolo, Angélica T Vieira
Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death and mortality worldwide. The inflammatory responses that follow respiratory infections are protective leading to pathogen clearance but can also be deleterious if unregulated. The microbiota is known to be an important protective barrier against infections, mediating both direct inhibitory effects against the potential pathogen and also regulating the immune responses contributing to a proper clearance of the pathogen and return to homeostasis. GPR43 is one receptor for acetate, a microbiota metabolite shown to induce and to regulate important immune functions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Giuliano Ramadori, Patrizia Bosio, Federico Moriconi, Ihtzaz A Malik
BACKGROUND: After orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), recurrent HCC mostly develops within 2 years. All cases of de novo HCC described so far occurred later than 2 years after OLT. Prevention of post-transplantation HCC has usually been tried to achieve by curing or controlling recurrent liver disease. This has been rationale for treatment with interferon (IFN)/ribavirin of HCV-recurrence in patients after OLT, transplanted for advanced HCV-induced liver disease and/or HCC...
March 6, 2018: BMC Cancer
Chiaho Shih, Ching-Chun Yang, Gansukh Choijilsuren, Chih-Hsu Chang, An-Ting Liou
This infographic about hepatitis B virus explores its replication cycle, natural history of infection and pathogenesis, and how this can be controlled and treated. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a common worldwide blood-borne pathogen. Chronic hepatitis B can progress to an inactive carrier state, and then, in some patients, give rise to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver, leading to death. An HBV surface-antigen vaccine is effective, but treatments are currently not curative. HBV replicates via reverse transcription...
February 27, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
Nicolas Dauby, Mariana Figueiredo Ferreira, Deborah Konopnicki, Vo Thanh Phuong Nguyen, Brigitte Cantinieaux, Charlotte Martin
Emerging evidence indicates that migrants from Plasmodium falciparum endemic regions are at risk of delayed presentation of P. falciparum malaria. We report three cases of P. falciparum malaria occurring years after arrival in Europe. All patients were originally from Sub-Saharan Africa. Two subjects had controlled HIV infection and one was a pregnant woman. We performed a literature review of all published cases of delayed presentation of P. falciparum in migrants and identified 32 additional cases. All cases but one originate from sub-Saharan Africa...
February 26, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Rustem Dautov, Luiz Fernando Ybarra, Can Manh Nguyen, Claire Gibrat, Dominique Joyal, Stéphane Rinfret
OBJECTIVES: We examined the incidence of periprocedural cardiac enzyme rise (PCER) [troponin T (TnT) or high-sensivity (hs)TnT >5× the upper limit of normal (ULN)] and periprocedural myocardial infarction (PMI), predictors of PCER and impact of PCER on the longer-term major adverse cardiac events (MACE) following hybrid chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: PCER and PMI after CTO PCI, risk factors for PCER and its impact on longer-term MACE are not fully understood...
February 26, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Chenyang Liu, Kang Chen, Yunwei Lu, Zhuyuan Fang, Guran Yu
Excessive amyloid beta (Aβ) deposition in brain is mainly responsible for cell damage and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Catalpol, an iridoid glucoside extracted from the root of Rehmannia glutinosa Libosch, has neuroprotective effect against AD. It is unclear whether catalpol has a protective effect on Aβ-induced BBB leakage. We employed an immortalized endothelial cell line (bEnd.3) and astrocytes co-culture to mimic a BBB model in vitro and investigated the effect of catalpol on BBB...
February 26, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Rifat Sipahi, Günther K H Zupanc
Neural stem and progenitor cells isolated from the central nervous system form, under specific culture conditions, clonal cell clusters known as neurospheres. The neurosphere assay has proven to be a powerful in vitro system to study the behavior of such cells and the development of their progeny. However, the theory of neurosphere growth has remained poorly understood. To overcome this limitation, we have, in the present paper, developed a cellular automata model, with which we examined the effects of proliferative potential, contact inhibition, cell death, and clearance of dead cells on growth rate, final size, and composition of neurospheres...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Sandeep Kumar Dash, Manoj Kumar, Jag Mohan Kataria, Shanmugasundaram Nagarajan, Chakradhar Tosh, Harshad V Murugkar, K Rajukumar, S Kalaiyarasu, D Senthil Kumar, Diwakar D Kulkarni
Herein, the induction of TLRs and cytokines in chickens pre-exposed to low pathogenic avian influenza H9N2 virus followed by challenge with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus was studied. Four groups (1-4) of chickens inoculated with 106 EID50 of H9N2 virus were challenged with 106 EID50 of H5N1 virus on days 1, 3, 7 and 14 post H9N2 inoculation, respectively. In groups (1-4) TLRs and cytokines induction was studied in chicken PBMCs on day 3 post H5N1 challenge. In H5N1 control group TLRs (1, 2, 5 and 7) cytokines (IFNα, IFNβ, IFNγ, IL1β, IL2, IL4, IL8 and TGF β3) were down regulated...
February 21, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Christine Leibiger, Jana Deisel, Andreas Aufschnaiter, Stefanie Ambros, Maria Tereshchenko, Bert M Verheijen, Sabrina Büttner, Ralf J Braun
TDP-43 is a nuclear RNA-binding protein whose cytoplasmic accumulation is the pathological hallmark of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). For a better understanding of this devastating disorder at the molecular level, it is important to identify cellular pathways involved in the clearance of detrimental TDP-43. Using a yeast model system, we systematically analyzed to which extent TDP-43-triggered cytotoxicity is modulated by conserved lysosomal clearance pathways. We observed that the lysosomal fusion machinery and the endolysosomal pathway, which are crucial for proper lysosomal function, were pivotal for survival of cells exposed to TDP-43...
February 20, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Antoni Domagala, Joanna Stachura, Magdalena Gabrysiak, Angelika Muchowicz, Radoslaw Zagozdzon, Jakub Golab, Malgorzata Firczuk
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggest that autophagy plays a pivotal role in various anticancer therapies, including photodynamic therapy (PDT), acting as a pro-death or pro-survival mechanism in a context-dependent manner. Therefore, we aimed to determine the role of autophagy in Photofrin-based PDT. METHODS: In vitro cytotoxic/cytostatic effects of PDT were evaluated with crystal violet cell viability assay. Autophagy induction was analyzed by immunoblotting and immunofluorescence using anti-LC3 antibody...
February 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
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