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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339909/il-17-and-cd40-ligand-synergistically-stimulate-the-chronicity-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Huey-Liang Kuo, Chiu-Ching Huang, Tze-Yi Lin, Ching-Yuang Lin
Background.: Early stages of diabetic nephropathy (DN) are characterized by an influx of inflammatory cells. Interactions between infiltrating T cells and podocytes may play an important role in the ongoing inflammatory response and remodelling. The aim of this study was to explore the role of IL-17 and CD40 ligand (CD40L) in DN. Methods.: The study design involved a case series. Kidney biopsy samples of 69 patients with type 2 diabetes were assessed for the presence of CD4 +  IL-17 +  T cells...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339754/expression-of-deep-brain-photoreceptors-in-the-pekin-drake-a-possible-role-in-the-maintenance-of-testicular-function
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R Haas, E Alenciks, S Meddle, G S Fraley
Several putative deep brain photoreceptors (DBPs) have been identified, such as melanopsin, opsin 5, and vertebrate ancient opsin. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of DBPs in gonadal regulation in the Pekin drake. As previously reported, we observed opsin-like immunoreactivity (-ir) in the lateral septum (LS), melanopsin-ir in the premammillary nucleus (PMM), and opsin 5-ir in the periventricular organ. To determine the sensitivity of the DBPs to specific wavelengths of light, drakes were given an acute exposure to red, blue, or white light...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339753/in-ovo-monochromatic-green-light-photostimulation-enhances-embryonic-somatotropic-axis-activity
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L Dishon, N Avital-Cohen, D Malamud, R Heiblum, S Druyan, T E Porter, M Gumulka, I Rozenboim
Previous studies demonstrated that in ovo photostimulation with monochromatic green light increases body weight and accelerates muscle development in broilers. The mechanism in which in ovo photostimulation accelerates growth and muscle development is not clearly understood. The objective of the current study was to define development of the somatotropic axis in the broiler embryo associated with in ovo green light photostimulation. Two-hundred-forty fertile broiler eggs were divided into 2 groups. The first group was incubated under intermittent monochromatic green light using light-emitting diode (LED) lamps with an intensity of 0...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339048/agr2-ameliorates-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-via-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-mediated-mlck-p-mlc-pathway-activation
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Xiaolin Ye, Mei Sun
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anterior gradient protein 2 homologue (AGR2) assists in maintaining intestinal homeostasis in dextran sulphate sodium-induced mouse ileocolitis; however, it is unclear whether it modulates intestinal barrier function. Our study aimed to investigate the protective role of AGR2 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced intestinal epithelial barrier injury. Caco-2 cell monolayers were pre-transfected with an AGR2 plasmid and then exposed to TNF-α...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339018/role-of-autophagy-in-the-progression-of-osteoarthritis-the-autophagy-inhibitor-3-methyladenine-aggravates-the-severity-of-experimental-osteoarthritis
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Ni-Tao Cheng, Hai Meng, Li-Feng Ma, Liang Zhang, Hao-Miao Yu, Zhen-Zhong Wang, Ai Guo
Accumulating evidence suggests that autophagy is closely related to the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of this study was to determine the changes in autophagy during the progression of OA and to elucidate the specific role of autophagy in OA. For this purpose, a cellular model of OA was generated by stimulating SW1353 cells with interleukin (IL)-1β and a rabbit model of OA was also established by an intra-articular injection of collagenase, followed by treatment with the autophagy specific inhibitor, 3-methyladenine (3-MA)...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338074/self-phase-matched-second-harmonic-and-white-light-generation-in-a-biaxial-zinc-tungstate-single-crystal
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Pawel Osewski, Alessandro Belardini, Emilija Petronijevic, Marco Centini, Grigore Leahu, Ryszard Diduszko, Dorota A Pawlak, Concita Sibilia
Second-order nonlinear optical materials are used to generate new frequencies by exploiting second-harmonic generation (SHG), a phenomenon where a nonlinear material generates light at double the optical frequency of the input beam. Maximum SHG is achieved when the pump and the generated waves are in phase, for example through birefringence in uniaxial crystals. However, applying these materials usually requires a complicated cutting procedure to yield a crystal with a particular orientation. Here we demonstrate the first example of phase matching under the normal incidence of SHG in a biaxial monoclinic single crystal of zinc tungstate...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337356/cervical-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-lymphedema-of-all-four-extremities-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Livia Maria Pereira de Godoy, Paula Pereira de Godoy Capeletto, José Maria Pereira de Godoy, Maria de Fátima Guerreiro Godoy
Aim. The aim of this study is to report on the use of cervical stimulation as monotherapy to reduce swelling and normalize the size of limbs in two children with lymphedema of all four extremities. Case Presentation. One child also had hemifacial edema. In both cases, the mothers were trained to perform cervical stimulation under professional supervision. The cases of two girls, one of eight months and the other of six months, with primary congenital lymphedema are described. Outcome. After clinical diagnosis, the patients started treatment with cervical stimulation three times per week...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337180/the-effect-of-increased-loads-of-dissolved-organic-matter-on-estuarine-microbial-community-composition-and-function
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Sachia J Traving, Owen Rowe, Nina M Jakobsen, Helle Sørensen, Julie Dinasquet, Colin A Stedmon, Agneta Andersson, Lasse Riemann
Increased river loads are projected as one of the major consequences of climate change in the northern hemisphere, leading to elevated inputs of riverine dissolved organic matter (DOM) and inorganic nutrients to coastal ecosystems. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of elevated DOM on a coastal pelagic food web from the coastal northern Baltic Sea, in a 32-day mesocosm experiment. In particular, the study addresses the response of bacterioplankton to differences in character and composition of supplied DOM...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336836/visible-light-responsive-platinum-containing-titania-nanoparticle-mediated-photocatalysis-induces-nucleotide-insertion-deletion-and-substitution-mutations
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Der-Shan Sun, Yao-Hsuan Tseng, Wen-Shiang Wu, Ming-Show Wong, Hsin-Hou Chang
Conventional photocatalysts are primarily stimulated using ultraviolet (UV) light to elicit reactive oxygen species and have wide applications in environmental and energy fields, including self-cleaning surfaces and sterilization. Because UV illumination is hazardous to humans, visible light-responsive photocatalysts (VLRPs) were discovered and are now applied to increase photocatalysis. However, fundamental questions regarding the ability of VLRPs to trigger DNA mutations and the mutation types it elicits remain elusive...
December 28, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335600/redox-potential-sensitive-n-acetyl-cysteine-prodrug-nanoparticles-inhibit-the-activation-of-microglia-and-improve-neuronal-survival
#10
Eleni Markoutsa, Peisheng Xu
One hallmark of neuroinflammation is the activation of microglia, which triggers the production and release of reactive oxygen species (ROS), nitrate, nitrite, and cytokines. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a free radical scavenger that is involved in the intracellular and extracellular detoxification of ROS in the brain. However, the clinical application of NAC is limited by its low bioavailability and short half-life. Herein, NAC was conjugated to a polymer through disulfide bond to form a NAC-prodrug nanoparticle (NAC-NP)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335387/dectin-1-mediated-pathway-contributes-to-fusarium-proliferatum-induced-cxcl-8-release-from-human-respiratory-epithelial-cells
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Chang-Ching Yeh, Huann-Cheng Horng, Hong Chou, Hsiao-Yun Tai, Horng-Der Shen, Shie-Liang Hsieh, Peng-Hui Wang
Fusarium species are causative agents of human respiratory disorders and are distributed widely in our environment. Little is known of their interaction with human respiratory epithelial cells, which may contribute to allergic airway responses. In this study, we report on the release of C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL-8) from human bronchial epithelial BEAS-2B cells upon stimulation with Fusarium proliferatum extracts. F. proliferatum-induced cytokine release from BEAS-2B cells was determined by cytokine array and CXCL-8 enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333093/the-effect-of-regular-intake-of-dry-cured-ham-rich-in-bioactive-peptides-on-inflammation-platelet-and-monocyte-activation-markers-in-humans
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Sara María Martínez-Sánchez, Alfredo Minguela, David Prieto-Merino, María Pilar Zafrilla-Rentero, José Abellán-Alemán, Silvia Montoro-García
Background and aims: Dietary studies have shown that active biopeptides provide protective health benefits, although the mediating pathways are somewhat uncertain. To throw light on this situation, we studied the effects of consuming Spanish dry-cured ham on platelet function, monocyte activation markers and the inflammatory status of healthy humans with pre-hypertension. Methods: Thirty-eight healthy volunteers with systolic blood pressure of >125 mmHg were enrolled in a two-arm crossover randomized controlled trial...
March 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332561/inertial-bioluminescence-rhythms-at-the-capo-passero-km3net-italia-site-central-mediterranean-sea
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J Aguzzi, E Fanelli, T Ciuffardi, A Schirone, J Craig
In the deep sea, the sense of time is dependent on geophysical fluctuations, such as internal tides and atmospheric-related inertial currents, rather than day-night rhythms. Deep-sea neutrino telescopes instrumented with light detecting Photo-Multiplier Tubes (PMT) can be used to describe the synchronization of bioluminescent activity of abyssopelagic organisms with hydrodynamic cycles. PMT readings at 8 different depths (from 3069 to 3349 m) of the NEMO Phase 2 prototype, deployed offshore Capo Passero (Sicily) at the KM3NeT-Italia site, were used to characterize rhythmic bioluminescence patterns in June 2013, in response to water mass movements...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328097/markers-of-iron-status-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#14
Adam E Gaweda
Anemia is one of the main comorbidities related to chronic kidney disease (CKD). Until the advent of erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESA), endogenous erythropoietin deficiency has been thought to be the main culprit of anemia in CKD patients. The use of ESAs has shed new light on the physiology of CKD anemia, where iron homeostasis plays an increasingly important role. Disorders of iron homeostasis occurring in CKD turn the anemia management in those patients into a complex multifactorial therapeutic task, where ESA and Iron dose must be properly balanced to achieve the desired outcome without exposing the patients to the risk of serious adverse events...
March 22, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326779/illuminating-photochemistry-of-an-excitation-ratiometric-fluorescent-protein-calcium-biosensor
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Longteng Tang, Yanli Wang, Weimin Liu, Yongxin Zhao, Robert E Campbell, Chong Fang
Fluorescent protein (FP) based biosensors have become an important and promising tool to track metal ion movement inside living systems. Their working principles after light irradiation, however, remain elusive. To facilitate the rational design of biosensors, we dissect the fluorescence modulation mechanism of a newly developed excitation ratiometric green FP-based Ca(2+) biosensor, GEX-GECO1, using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) in the electronic excited state. Upon 400 nm photoexcitation, characteristic vibrational marker bands at ~1180 and 1300 cm(-1) show concomitant decay and rise dynamics, probing the progression of an ultrafast excited state proton transfer (ESPT) reaction...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326031/can-neuromodulation-also-enhance-social-inequality-some-possible-indirect-interventions-of-the-state
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Andrea Lavazza
There is evidence that noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS), and especially transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), can improve some cognitive functions, at least temporarily. However, as the improvement only applies to some "lucky" people, it may raise ethical, social and legal issues related to fairness in selective contexts (exams, competitions, job interviews). In this regard, an important element tends to be overlooked: the variability in individual response to tDCS in particular. If intensive study or practice and massive doses of chemical enhancers can have slightly different effects over different people, tDCS can sometimes be completely ineffective...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325790/dopamine-terminals-from-the-ventral-tegmental-area-gate-intrinsic-inhibition-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#17
William C Buchta, Stephen V Mahler, Benjamin Harlan, Gary S Aston-Jones, Arthur C Riegel
Spike frequency adaptation (SFA or accommodation) and calcium-activated potassium channels that underlie after-hyperpolarization potentials (AHP) regulate repetitive firing of neurons. Precisely how neuromodulators such as dopamine from the ventral tegmental area (VTA) regulate SFA and AHP (together referred to as intrinsic inhibition) in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) remains unclear. Using whole cell electrophysiology, we measured intrinsic inhibition in prelimbic (PL) layer 5 pyramidal cells of male adult rats...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324607/sted-imaging-in-drosophila-brain-slices
#18
Sandra Fendl, Jesús Pujol-Martí, Joel Ryan, Alexander Borst, Robert Kasper
Super-resolution microscopy is a very powerful tool to investigate fine cellular structures and molecular arrangements in biological systems. For instance, stimulated emission depletion (STED) microscopy has been successfully used in recent years to investigate the arrangement and colocalization of different protein species in cells in culture and on the surface of specimens. However, because of its extreme sensitivity to light scattering, super-resolution imaging deep inside tissues remains a challenge. Here, we describe the preparation of thin slices from the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) brain, subsequent immunolabeling and imaging with STED microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323089/enhancement-of-erk-phosphorylation-and-photic-responses-in-vc-c1-neurons-of-a-migraine-model
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Suzuro Hitomi, Akiko Okada-Ogawa, Yuka Sato, Ikuko Shibuta, Masamichi Shinoda, Yoshiki Imamura, Kentaro Ono, Koichi Iwata
Although it is well known that migraine pain is enhanced by photic stimulation of the eye, the mechanisms underlying this response are not yet understood. Noxious stimulation to the dura is known to activate trigeminal spinal subnucleus caudalis and upper cervical spinal cord (Vc/C1) neurons, causing migraine pain. Intense photic stimulation to the eye is also known to activate certain Vc/C1 neurons, thus increasing migraine pain. In this study, we hypothesized that Vc/C1 neurons receiving noxious dural input would be further activated by intense photic stimulation, resulting in the enhancement of migraine pain...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322865/palmitic-acid-elicits-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-inflammasomes-and-hedgehog-signaling
#20
Na-Na Duan, Xue-Jing Liu, Jian Wu
AIMS: Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a pivotal role at the center of the fibrogenic progression in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, it is poorly understood that how various molecules interact within HSCs during the progression of NASH to fibrosis. The aim of the present study is to delineate how inflammasome molecules, hedgehog signaling and autophagy provoke HSC activation using palmitic acid (PA) as a major insult. MAIN METHODS: Inflammasome activation, hedgehog signaling activity and autophagy in PA-exposed HSCs were determined to investigate their role in activation of human and rodent HSC lines or primary HSCs...
March 17, 2017: Life Sciences
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