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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445957/peripheral-kynurenine-tryptophan-ratio-is-not-a-reliable-marker-of-systemic-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-a-lesson-drawn-from-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Yuanhan Chen, Zhen Xie, Chenggen Xiao, Min Zhang, Zhilian Li, Jianteng Xie, Yusheng Zhang, Xingchen Zhao, Pengfei Zeng, Liyi Mo, Xinling Liang, Wei Shi
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) has emerged as a pivotal enzyme for mediating immune tolerance. Because IDO metabolizes tryptophan into kynurenine, the plasma kynurenine/tryptophan (Kyn/Trp) ratio has been widely used as a marker of systemic IDO. Here, we evaluated the clinical value of using the plasma Kyn/Trp ratio to estimate cell-mediated immune responses to tuberculin skin testing and risk of new bacterial infection. We also compared the Kyn/Trp ratio to a novel IDO marker, the IDO median fluorescence index (MFI) of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, which was determined by flow cytometry...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445900/central-and-peripheral-glucagon-reduces-hyperlipidemia-in-rats-and-hamsters
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Vishal Patel, Amit Joharapurkar, Samadhan Kshirsagar, Hiren M Patel, Dheerendra Pandey, Dipam Patel, Kiran Shah, Rajesh Bahekar, Gaurang B Shah, Mukul R Jain
Increased lipid levels in blood contribute to increasing the risk of diabetic complications. Glucagon exerts lipid lowering effects in diabetic state. However, the mechanism behind the lipid reduction by glucagon independent of glucose homeostasis is not well understood. We assessed the actions of glucagon on lipid modulation in blood and markers in liver in hyperlipidemic hamsters and rats. Male Sprague Dawley rats and Golden Syrian hamsters on a hyperlipidemic diet for 2 weeks were administered a single dose of glucagon by subcutaneous (SC, 150 and 300 µg/kg) or intracerebroventricular (ICV, 15 and 30 µg/animal) route...
April 26, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445813/microfluidic-integrated-patterned-ito-immunosensor-for-rapid-detection-of-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-biomarker-in-prostate-cancer
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Rajesh Seenivasan, Chandra K Singh, Jay W Warrick, Nihal Ahmad, Sundaram Gunasekaran
An optically transparent patterned indium tin oxide (ITO) three-electrode sensor integrated with a microfluidic channel was designed for label-free immunosensing of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a prostate cancer (PCa) biomarker, expressed on prostate tissue and circulating tumor cells but also found in serum. The sensor relies on cysteamine capped gold nanoparticles (N-AuNPs) covalently linked with anti-PSMA antibody (Ab) for target specificity. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic channel is used to efficiently and reproducibly introduce sample containing soluble proteins/cells to the sensor...
April 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445810/circulating-cadmium-concentration-and-risk-of-aortic-aneurysms-a-nested-case-control-study-within-the-malm%C3%A3-diet-and-cancer-cohort
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Björn Fagerberg, Yan Borné, Gerd Sallsten, J Gustav Smith, Stefan Acosta, Margaretha Persson, Olle Melander, Niklas Forsgard, Anders Gottsäter, Bo Hedblad, Lars Barregard, Gunnar Engström
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Diet and smoking expose the general population to cadmium (Cd), which is a toxic metal that accumulates in the arterial wall. In experimental studies, Cd causes reductions in proliferation of smooth muscle cells and cellular synthesis of procollagen. The aim of this study was to examine whether blood Cd levels, a valid measure of Cd exposure, are associated with increased risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). METHODS: All middle-aged men and women enrolled in the Malmö Diet and Cancer study (n = 30 447) were followed from the baseline examination in 1991-1996 through 2009...
April 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445727/environmental-enrichment-induces-pericyte-and-iga-dependent-wound-repair-and-lifespan-extension-in-a-colon-tumor-model
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Benjamin D Bice, Megan R Stephens, Stephanie J Georges, Ashlee R Venancio, Peter C Bermant, Annika V Warncke, Kajsa E Affolter, Julio R Hidalgo, Melinda L Angus-Hill
Environmental enrichment (EE) replicates mind-body therapy by providing complex housing to laboratory animals to improve their activity levels, behavior, and social interactions. Using a Tcf4(Het/+)Apc(Min/+)-mediated model of colon tumorigenesis, we found that EE vastly improved the survival of tumor-bearing animals, with differential effect on tumor load in male compared to female animals. Analysis of Tcf4(Het/+)Apc(Min/+) males showed drastically reduced expression of circulating inflammatory cytokines and induced nuclear hormone receptor (NHR) signaling, both of which are common in the wound repair process...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445634/low-temperature-associated-interface-influence-on-the-black-phosphorus-nanoflakes
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Peng Huang, Dan Guo, Guoxin Xie
The temperature dependent structure properties of few-layer black phosphorus (BP) nanoflakes supported on the Si substrate and suspended on the holes are investigated using the Raman spectroscopy in the range of 77-293 K. The temperature coefficients of three main Raman modes for supported BP are larger than those of suspended BP because of the interface effects, mainly the tensile strain and the different thermal expansion coefficients (TEC) between the substrate and BP nanoflakes. The out-of-plane vibration is more apt to be affected by the initial strain while the influence on the in-plane vibrations is negligible...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445512/proportions-of-circulating-follicular-helper-t-cells-are-reduced-and-correlate-with-memory-b-cells-in-hiv-infected-children
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Daniel M Muema, Gladys N Macharia, Babatunde A Olusola, Amin S Hassan, Greg W Fegan, James A Berkley, Britta C Urban, Eunice W Nduati
INTRODUCTION: HIV causes defects in memory B cells in children, but the mechanisms of those defects have not been fully elucidated. One possible mechanism is the lack of T-cell help to B cells during immune reactions. However, few studies have assessed the effect of HIV on follicular helper T cells (TFH cells) in children. METHODS: In this study, follicular-homing CD4 T cells and memory B cells were assessed in HIV-infected children and compared with children from the community...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445501/out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-in-drug-related-versus-cardiac-causes-in-ontario-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Aaron M Orkin, Chun Zhan, Jason E Buick, Ian R Drennan, Michelle Klaiman, Pamela Leece, Laurie J Morrison
BACKGROUND: Drug overdose causes approximately 183,000 deaths worldwide annually and 50,000 deaths in Canada and the United States combined. Drug-related deaths are concentrated among young people, leading to a substantial burden of disease and loss of potential life years. Understanding the epidemiology, patterns of care, and prognosis of drug-related prehospital emergencies may lead to improved outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests with drug-related and presumed cardiac causes between 2007 and 2013 using the Toronto Regional RescuNet Epistry database...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445479/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antivirus-activity-of-an-anti-programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-l1-rat-bovine-chimeric-antibody-against-bovine-leukemia-virus-infection
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Asami Nishimori, Satoru Konnai, Tomohiro Okagawa, Naoya Maekawa, Ryoyo Ikebuchi, Shinya Goto, Yamato Sajiki, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Junko Kohara, Satoshi Ogasawara, Yukinari Kato, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi
Programmed death-1 (PD-1), an immunoinhibitory receptor on T cells, is known to be involved in immune evasion through its binding to PD-ligand 1 (PD-L1) in many chronic diseases. We previously found that PD-L1 expression was upregulated in cattle infected with bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and that an antibody that blocked the PD-1/PD-L1 interaction reactivated T-cell function in vitro. Therefore, this study assessed its antivirus activities in vivo. First, we inoculated the anti-bovine PD-L1 rat monoclonal antibody 4G12 into a BLV-infected cow...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445281/relationship-between-the-abnormal-diastolic-vortex-structure-and-impaired-left-ventricle-filling-in-patients-with-hyperthyroidism
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Bin-Yu Zhou, Ming-Xing Xie, Jing Wang, Xin-Fang Wang, Qing Lv, Man-Wei Liu, Shuang-Shuang Kong, Ping-Yu Zhang, Jin-Feng Liu
Intraventricular hydrodynamics plays an important role in evaluating cardiac function. Relationship between diastolic vortex and left ventricular (LV) filling is still rarely elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the evolution of vortex during diastole in hyperthyroidism (HT) and explore the alteration of hydromechanics characteristics with sensitive indexes.Forty-three patients diagnosed with HT were classified into 2 groups according to whether myocardial damage existed: simple hyperthyroid group (HT1, n = 21) and thyrotoxic cardiomyopathy (HT2, n = 22)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445137/monitoring-of-kras-mutated-ctdna-to-discriminate-pseudo-progression-from-true-progression-during-anti-pd-1-treatment-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Nicolas Guibert, Julien Mazieres, Myriam Delaunay, Anne Casanova, Magali Farella, Laura Keller, Gilles Favre, Anne Pradines
OBJECTIVES: Pseudo-progression is a rare but worrying situation for both clinicians and patients during immunotherapy. Dedicated ir-RECIST criteria have been established to improve this situation. However, this can be sometimes considered inadequate and patients experiencing true progression may then receive inefficient treatments. Additional reliable tools to discriminate pseudo from true progression are thus needed. So far, no biomarker has been identified to distinguish pseudo from true progression...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445124/a-novel-triazolonaphthalimide-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-by-targeting-dna-and-dna-associated-processes
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Liyan Ji, Simin Yang, Shasha Li, Shan Liu, Shunan Tang, Zhongqiu Liu, Xiangbao Meng, Siwang Yu
DNA and DNA-associated processes have been classes of the most important targets of chemotherapeutic drugs. As classic DNA intercalators and topoisomerase inhibitors, naphthalimides have been extensively investigated as potential anti-cancer drugs. We recently synthesized a novel series of triazolonaphthalimides with excellent anti-cancer activities. In the present study, one of the most potent triazolonaphthalimides, LSS-11, was investigated. LSS-11 bound to DNA in vitro and in cell mainly by minor groove binding and significantly increased the stability of DNA, which could be fundamental for the biological activities of LSS-11...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445096/protection-from-oxidative-stress-in-immunocytes-of-the-colonial-ascidian-botryllus-schlosseri-transcript-characterization-and-expression-studies
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Nicola Franchi, Francesca Ballin, Loriano Ballarin
Botryllus schlosseri is a cosmopolitan colonial ascidian that undergoes cyclical generation changes, or take-overs, during which adult zooids are resorbed and replaced by their buds. At take-over, adult tissues undergo diffuse apoptosis and effete cells are massively ingested by circulating phagocytes, with a consequent increase in oxygen consumption and in production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The latter are responsible for the death of phagocytes involved in the clearance of apoptotic cells and corpses by phagocytosis-induced apoptosis...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445004/cftr-dependent-chloride-efflux-in-cystic-fibrosis-mononuclear-cells-is-increased-by-ivacaftor-therapy
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Lorenzo Guerra, Susanna D'Oria, Maria Favia, Stefano Castellani, Teresa Santostasi, Angela M Polizzi, Maria A Mariggiò, Crescenzio Gallo, Valeria Casavola, Pasqualina Montemurro, Giuseppina Leonetti, Antonio Manca, Massimo Conese
AIM: The Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) potentiator ivacaftor (Kalydeco®) improves clinical outcome in G551D cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. Here, we have investigated whether ivacaftor has a clinical impact on non-G551D gating mutations and function of circulating leukocytes as well. METHODS: Seven patients were treated with ivacaftor and evaluated at baseline, and at 1-3 and 6 months. Besides clinical and systemic inflammatory parameters, circulating mononuclear cells (MNC) were evaluated for CFTR-dependent chloride efflux by spectrofluorimetry, neutrophils for oxidative burst by cytofluorimetry and HVCN1 mRNA expression by real time PCR...
April 26, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444973/in-depth-comparative-phenotyping-of-blood-innate-myeloid-leukocytes-from-healthy-humans-and-macaques-using-mass-cytometry
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Jamila Elhmouzi-Younes, Jean-Louis Palgen, Nicolas Tchitchek, Simon Delandre, Inana Namet, Caroline L Bodinham, Kathleen Pizzoferro, David J M Lewis, Roger Le Grand, Antonio Cosma, Anne-Sophie Beignon
Comparative immune-profiling of innate responses in humans and non-human primates is important to understand the pathogenesis of infectious and chronic inflammatory diseases as well as for the preclinical development of vaccines and immune therapies. However, direct comparisons of the two species are rare and were never performed using mass cytometry. Here, whole-blood-derived leukocytes from healthy humans and cynomolgus macaques were analyzed with mass cytometry. Two similar panels of around 30 monoclonal antibodies targeting human markers associated with innate myeloid cells to stain fixed human and macaque leukocytes were constructed...
April 26, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444728/circulating-cell-free-braf-v600e-as-a-biomarker-in-children-with-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis
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Sébastien Héritier, Zofia Hélias-Rodzewicz, Hélène Lapillonne, Nathalie Terrones, Sonia Garrigou, Corinne Normand, Mohamed-Aziz Barkaoui, Jean Miron, Geneviève Plat, Nathalie Aladjidi, Anne Pagnier, Anne Deville, Marion Gillibert-Yvert, Despina Moshous, Alain Lefèvre-Utile, Anne Lutun, Catherine Paillard, Caroline Thomas, Eric Jeziorski, Philippe Nizard, Valérie Taly, Jean-François Emile, Jean Donadieu
The BRAF(V600E) mutation is reported in half of patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). This study investigated the detection of the BRAF(V600E) allele in circulating cell-free (ccf) DNA in a paediatric LCH cohort. Children with BRAF(V600E) -mutated LCH were investigated to detect ccf BRAF(V600E) at diagnosis (n = 48) and during follow-up (n = 17) using a picolitre-droplet digital PCR assay. At diagnosis, ccf BRAF(V600E) was positive in 15/15 (100%) patients with risk-organ positive multisystem (RO+ MS) LCH, 5/12 (42%) of patients with RO- MS LCH and 3/21 (14%) patients with single-system (SS) LCH (P < 0·001, Fisher's exact test)...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444548/post-effect-of-air-quality-improvement-on-biomarkers-for-systemic-inflammation-and-microparticles-in-asthma-patients-after-the-2008-beijing-olympic-games-a-pilot-study
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Jinming Gao, Xiaohua Xu, Zhekang Ying, Lei Jiang, Mianhua Zhong, Aixia Wang, Lung-Chi Chen, Bo Lu, Qinghua Sun
This study's aim was to investigate the post-effect of an air quality improvement on systemic inflammation and circulating microparticles in asthmatic patients during, and 2 months after, the Beijing Olympics 2008. We measured the levels of circulating inflammatory cytokines and microparticles in the peripheral blood from asthma patients and healthy controls during (phase 1), and 2 months after (phase 2) the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The concentrations of circulating cytokines (including TNFα, IL-6, IL-8, and IL-10) were still seen reduced in phase 2 when compared with those in phase 1...
April 25, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444479/the-role-of-gender-and-labour-status-in-immunosenescence-of-65-polish-population
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Magdalena Dudkowska, Dorota Janiszewska, Anna Karpa, Katarzyna Broczek, Michal Dabrowski, Ewa Sikora
Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile (IRP), such as CD4+/CD8+ ratio, percentage of CD8+CD28-, and NK, and the level of circulating cytokines. A total of 92 men and 100 women past the retirement age, namely 65-74 years old, still working or not, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444478/the-association-between-geometry-and-wall-stress-in-emergently-repaired-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#19
Sathyajeeth S Chauhan, Carlos A Gutierrez, Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Victor De Oliveira, Satish C Muluk, Mark K Eskandari, Ender A Finol
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a prevalent cardiovascular disease characterized by the focal dilation of the aorta, which supplies blood to all the organs and tissues in the systemic circulation. With the AAA increasing in diameter over time, the risk of aneurysm rupture is generally associated with the size of the aneurysm. If diagnosed on time, intervention is recommended to prevent AAA rupture. The criterion to decide on surgical intervention is determined by measuring the maximum diameter of the aneurysm relative to the critical value of 5...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444169/androgen-receptor-regulation-of-local-growth-hormone-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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M V Recouvreux, B Wu, A C Gao, S Zonis, V Chesnokova, N Bhowmick, L W Chung, S Melmed
Prostate cancer (PCa) growth is mainly driven by androgen receptor (AR), and tumors that initially respond to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) or AR inhibition usually relapse into a more aggressive, castration resistant stage (CRPC). Circulating growth hormone (GH) has a permissive role in PCa development in animal models and in human PCa xenograft growth. As GH and GH receptor (GHR) are both expressed in PCa cells, we assessed whether prostatic GH production is linked to AR activity and whether GH contributes to the castration resistant phenotype...
April 21, 2017: Endocrinology
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