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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550733/immune-regulation-mechanism-of-astragaloside-iv-on-raw264-7-cells-through-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Yu Li, Tingting Meng, Ning Hao, Huanqing Tao, Suping Zou, Manman Li, Pengfei Ming, Hongyan Ding, Jihong Dong, Shibin Feng, Jinchun Li, Xichun Wang, Jinjie Wu
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of Astragaloside IV (ASIV) on the immune functions of RAW264.7 cells. Compared with control group, the concentrations of interleukin 1β (IL-1β), tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and nitric oxide (NO) were higher in the 100μg/mL ASIV-treatment group. The interleukin 6 (IL-6) concentration was significantly higher in the 50 and 100μg/mL ASIV-treatment groups. The relative mRNA expression levels of IL-1β, TNF-α and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) were significantly higher in the 50 and 100μg/mL ASIV-treatment groups...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550295/effects-of-protein-corona-on-iapp-amyloid-aggregation-fibril-remodelling-and-cytotoxicity
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Emily H Pilkington, Yanting Xing, Bo Wang, Aleksandr Kakinen, Miaoyi Wang, Thomas P Davis, Feng Ding, Pu Chun Ke
Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a peptide hormone co-synthesized and co-stored with insulin in pancreatic cells and also co-secreted to the circulation, is associated with beta-cell death in type-2 diabetes (T2D). In T2D patients IAPP is found aggregating in the extracellular space of the islets of Langerhans. Although the physiological environments of these intra- and extra-cellular compartments and vascular systems significantly differ, the presence of proteins is ubiquitous but the effects of protein binding on IAPP aggregation are largely unknown...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550176/mechanical-behavior-and-matrisome-gene-expression-in-aneurysm-prone-thoracic-aorta-of-newborn-lysyl-oxidase-knockout-mice
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Marius Catalin Staiculescu, Jungsil Kim, Robert P Mecham, Jessica Wagenseil
Mutations in lysyl oxidase (LOX) are associated with thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD). Mice that do not express Lox (Lox(-/-)) die soon after birth and have 60% and 40% reductions in elastin- and collagen-specific crosslinks, respectively. LOX inactivation could also change the expression of secreted factors, structural matrix, and matrix-associated proteins that constitute the aortic matrisome. We hypothesize that the absence of Lox will change the mechanical behavior of the aortic wall due to reduced elastin and collagen crosslinking and alter the expression levels of matrisome and smooth muscle cell (SMC) genes in a vascular location-specific manner...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550119/francisella-novicida-inhibits-spontaneous-apoptosis-and-extends-human-neutrophil-lifespan
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Lauren C Kinkead, Drew C Fayram, Lee-Ann H Allen
Francisella novicida is a Gram-negative bacterium that is closely related to the highly virulent facultative intracellular pathogen, Francisella tularensis Data published by us and others demonstrate that F. tularensis virulence correlates directly with its ability to impair constitutive apoptosis and extend human neutrophil lifespan. In contrast, F. novicida is attenuated in humans, and the mechanisms that account for this are incompletely defined. Our published data demonstrate that F. novicida binds natural IgG that is present in normal human serum, which in turn, elicits NADPH oxidase activation that does not occur in response to F...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549991/pancreatic-derived-factor-impaired-glucagon-like-peptide-1-production-from-glutag-enterendorine-l-cell-line-and-intestines
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Fenghua Lai, Yan Chen, Huimei Lin, Xuelan Wang, Xiaonan Zhu, Yanbing Li, Haipeng Xiao, Xiaopei Cao
PURPOSE: Pancreatic-derived factor (PANDER) is a pancreatic islet-specific cytokine that co-secretes with insulin. However, its biological function remains largely unknown. We have recently shown that the intestine might be its novel target tissue. The aim of this study was to clarify whether PANDER impacts the production of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). METHODS: We treated GLUTag cells from the mouse intestine L cell line with recombinant PANDER protein and hepatic overexpression of PANDER in an obese murine model...
May 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549908/elucidation-of-the-intestinal-absorption-of-para-aminobenzoic-acid-a-marker-for-dietary-intake
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Teruko Imai, Keiichiro Tanaka, Takahiro Yonemitsu, Yuta Yakushiji, Kayoko Ohura
para-Aminobenzoic acid (PABA) has long been used as an indicator of the completeness of 24-hour urine collection by determination of total urinary excretion of PABA and its metabolite, N-acetyl-PABA. N-Acetyl-PABA is formed by human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1 (NAT1) in liver and intestine. This intestinal metabolism may reduce the urinary recovery of PABA due to secretion of N-acetyl-PABA into the intestinal lumen. In the present study, the effect of intestinal metabolism of PABA on its absorption was quantitatively evaluated by the in situ single-pass perfusion method using rat intestine expressing rat arylamine N-acetyltransferase 2 (Nat2), which is similar to human NAT1...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549888/synthesis-of-n%C3%AE-vel-artemisinin-dimers-with-polyamine-linkers-and-evaluation-of-their-potential-as-anticancer-agents
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George E Magoulas, Tzoanna Tsigkou, Lina Skondra, Margarita Lamprou, Panagiota Tsoukala, Vassiliki Kokkinogouli, Evangelia Pantazaka, Dionissios Papaioannou, Constantinos M Athanassopoulos, Evangelia Papadimitriou
The natural product artemisinin and derivatives thereof are currently considered as the drugs of choice for the treatment of malaria. At the same time, a significant number of such drugs have also shown interesting anticancer activity. In the context of the present research work, artemisinin was structurally modified and anchored to naturally occurring polyamines to afford new artemisinin dimeric conjugates whose potential anticancer activity was evaluated. All artemisinin conjugates tested were more effective than artemisinin itself in decreasing the number of MCF7 breast cancer cells...
May 10, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549864/hyaluronan-hydrogels-with-a-low-degree-of-modification-as-scaffolds-for-cartilage-engineering
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Annalisa La Gatta, Giulia Ricci, Antonietta Stellavato, Marcella Cammarota, Rosanna Filosa, Agata Papa, Antonella D'Agostino, Marianna Portaccio, Ines Delfino, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
In the field of cartilage engineering, continuing efforts have focused on fabricating scaffolds that favor maintenance of the chondrocytic phenotype and matrix formation, in addition to providing a permeable, hydrated, microporous structure and mechanical support. The potential of hyaluronan-based hydrogels has been well established, but the ideal matrix remains to be developed. This study describes the development of hyaluronan sponges-based scaffolds obtained by lysine methyl-ester crosslinking. The reaction conditions are optimized with minimal chemical modifications to obtain materials that closely resemble elements in physiological cellular environments...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549828/deficiency-of-long-isoforms-of-nfe2l1-sensitizes-min6-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-to-arsenite-induced-cytotoxicity
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Qi Cui, Jingqi Fu, Yuxin Hu, Yongfang Li, Bei Yang, Lu Li, Jing Sun, Chengjie Chen, Guifan Sun, Yuanyuan Xu, Qiang Zhang, Jingbo Pi
Increasing evidence indicates that chronic inorganic arsenic exposure is associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D), a disease of growing prevalence. Pancreatic β-cells were targeted and damaged by oxidative stress induced by arsenite. We previously showed that nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 2 (Nfe2l2)-deficient pancreatic β-cells were vulnerable to cell damage induced by oxidative stressors including arsenite, due to a muted antioxidant response. Like nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 2 (NFE2L2), NFE2L1 also belongs to the cap 'n' collar (CNC) basic-region leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor family, and regulates antioxidant response element (ARE) related genes...
May 23, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549585/cystamine-mediated-inhibition-of-protein-disulfide-isomerase-triggers-aggregation-of-misfolded-orexin-a-in-the-golgi-apparatus-and-prevents-extracellular-secretion-of-orexin-a
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Issei Fujita, Mizuki Nobunaga, Takahiro Seki, Yuki Kurauchi, Akinori Hisatsune, Hiroshi Katsuki
Orexins (orexin-A and orexin-B) are neuropeptides that are reduced in narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that is characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden sleep attacks and cataplexy. However, it remains unclear how orexins in the brain and orexin neurons are reduced in narcolepsy. Orexin-A has two closely located intramolecular disulfide bonds and is prone to misfolding due to the formation of incorrect disulfide bonds. Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) possesses disulfide interchange activity. PDI can modify misfolded orexin-A to its native form by rearrangement of two disulfide bonds...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549432/dendritic-cells-combined-with-tumor-cells-and-%C3%AE-galactosylceramide-induce-a-potent-therapeutic-and-nk-cell-dependent-antitumor-immunity-in-b-cell-lymphoma
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Laura Escribà-Garcia, Carmen Alvarez-Fernández, Marta Tellez-Gabriel, Jorge Sierra, Javier Briones
BACKGROUND: Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a small population of lymphocytes with unique specificity for glycolipid antigens presented by non-polymorphic CD1d receptor on dendritic cells (DCs). iNKT cells play a central role in tumor immunology since they are implicated in the coordination of innate and adaptive immune responses. These cells can be activated with the prototypic lipid α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer), stimulating interferon gamma (IFN-γ) production and cytokine secretion, which contribute to the enhancement of T cell activation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549377/biocompatibility-of-liposome-nanocarriers-in-the-rat-inner-ear-after-intratympanic-administration
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Jing Zou, Hao Feng, Rohit Sood, Paavo K J Kinnunen, Ilmari Pyykko
Liposome nanocarriers (LPNs) are potentially the future of inner ear therapy due to their high drug loading capacity and efficient uptake in the inner ear after a minimally invasive intratympanic administration. However, information on the biocompatibility of LPNs in the inner ear is lacking. The aim of the present study is to document the biocompatibility of LPNs in the inner ear after intratympanic delivery. LPNs with or without gadolinium-tetra-azacyclo-dodecane-tetra-acetic acid (Gd-DOTA) were delivered to the rats through transtympanic injection...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549346/functional-heterogeneity-in-tumor-derived-human-pancreatic-stellate-cells-differential-expression-of-hgf-and-implications-for-mitogenic-signaling-and-migration-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Vegard Tjomsland, Monica Aasrum, Thoralf Christoffersen, Ivar P Gladhaug
The pancreatic stellate cell (PSC) is the principal cell type of the desmoplastic stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PSCs interact with cancer cells and influence the progression of the disease through a complex network of signaling molecules including hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Functional heterogeneity of PSCs within a tumor might conceivably influence tumor progression. We investigated PSC populations isolated from different human PDACs and examined the effects of PSC-conditioned medium on BxPC-3 and AsPC-1 pancreatic cancer cells...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549300/evaluation-of-the-in-vitro-effect-of-boldo-and-meadowsweet-plant-extracts-on-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-and-inflammatory-markers-in-canine-keratinocytes
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Domenico Santoro, Kim Ahrens, Ryan Vesny, Christelle Navarro, Hugues Gatto, Rosanna Marsella
Dogs with allergies are prone to skin infections and treatments/preventatives to boost innate immune-defenses are beneficial. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of Boldo and Meadowsweet extracts on the expression of β-defensins (cBD), cathelicidin (cCath), and pro-inflammatory cytokines in canine keratinocyte. This study had two phases. Phase I evaluated mRNA expression of cBD103 and cCath, and secretion of cCath, IL-8 and TNF-α by keratinocytes harvested from healthy (n=5) and atopic (n=5) age-matched beagles exposed to Boldo (2% to 0...
May 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549061/central-hypothyroidism-a-neglected-thyroid-disorder
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Paolo Beck-Peccoz, Giulia Rodari, Claudia Giavoli, Andrea Lania
Central hypothyroidism is a rare and heterogeneous disorder that is characterized by a defect in thyroid hormone secretion in an otherwise normal thyroid gland due to insufficient stimulation by TSH. The disease results from the abnormal function of the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus, or both. Moreover, central hypothyroidism can be isolated or combined with other pituitary hormone deficiencies, which are mostly acquired and are rarely congenital. The clinical manifestations of central hypothyroidism are usually milder than those observed in primary hypothyroidism...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548949/dietary-grape-seed-proanthocyanidins-inactivate-regulatory-t-cells-by-promoting-ner-dependent-dna-repair-in-dendritic-cells-in-uvb-exposed-skin
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Mudit Vaid, Ram Prasad, Tripti Singh, Santosh K Katiyar
Ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation induces regulatory T cells (Treg cells) and depletion of these Treg cells alleviates immunosuppression and inhibits photocarcinogenesis in mice. Here, we determined the effects of dietary grape seed proanthocyanidins (GSPs) on the development and activity of UVB-induced Treg cells. C3H/HeN mice fed a GSPs (0.5%, w/w)-supplemented or control diet were exposed to UVB (150 mJ/cm2) radiation, sensitized to 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB) and sacrificed 5 days later. FACS analysis indicated that dietary GSPs decrease the numbers of UVB-induced Treg cells...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548928/crosstalk-between-tongue-carcinoma-cells-extracellular-vesicles-and-immune-cells-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models
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Ahmed Al-Samadi, Shady Adnan Awad, Katja Tuomainen, Yue Zhao, Abdelhakim Salem, Mataleena Parikka, Tuula Salo
The crosstalk between immune cells, cancer cells, and extracellular vesicles (EVs) secreted by cancer cells remains poorly understood. We created three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models using human leiomyoma discs and Myogel to study the effects of immune cells on highly (HSC-3) and less (SCC-25) invasive oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) cell lines. Additionally, we studied the effects of EVs isolated from these cell lines on the cytotoxicity of CD8+ T and NK cells isolated from three healthy donors...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548900/corticosterone-response-as-an-age-specific-mediator-of-nestling-body-mass-in-a-wild-passerine
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Vallo Tilgar, Marianne Lind, Jaanis Lodjak, Kadri Moks
The environment can affect individual performance directly via resource availability or indirectly through resource allocation among competing fitness components, such as body growth and maintenance activities related to short-term survival. Corticosterone (CORT), the main glucocorticoid in birds, may be an important mediator of energy allocation to different organismal functions, but its effect on the plasticity of fitness-related traits has rarely been investigated at different ontogenetic stages. Here, we evaluated the role of baseline and stress-induced CORT on nestling development of wild great tits (Parus major) under different growth conditions and at different developmental stages...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548897/evening-light-exposure-to-computer-screens-disrupts-human-sleep-biological-rhythms-and-attention-abilities
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A Green, M Cohen-Zion, A Haim, Y Dagan
The use of electronic devices with light-emitting screens has increased exponentially in the last decade. As a result, humans are almost continuously exposed to unintentional artificial light. We explored the independent and combined effects of two aspects of screen illumination, light wavelength, and intensity, on sleep, its biological regulation, and related functional outcomes. The 2 × 2 repeated-measure design included two independent variables: screen light intensity (low ([LI] versus high [HI]) and wavelength (short [SWL] versus long [LWL])...
May 26, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548883/simultaneous-detection-of-oral-pathogens-in-subgingival-plaque-and-prostatic-fluid-of-men-with-periodontal-and-prostatic-diseases
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John Estemalik, Catherine Demko, Nabil F Bissada, Nishant Joshi, Donald Bodner, Eswar Shankar, Sanjay Gupta
BACKGROUND: Chronic prostatitis (CP) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are complex inflammatory conditions for which the etiological determinants are still poorly defined. Periodontitis is caused by subgingival colonizing bacteria in the oral cavity. The causal effect of periodontal disease on prostatic inflammation has not been established. The purpose of this study is to isolate oral pathogens from expressed prostatic secretions of patients with periodontal disease and chronic prostatitis or benign prostatic hyperplasia...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
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