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Jun Bian, Dan Cao, Jie Shen, Bo Jiang, Dan Chen, Lanzheng Bian
N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), a small bioactive molecule, has the potential to stimulate bone formation and inhibit osteoclast differentiation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of NMP on the inflammatory response and underlying molecular mechanisms in MG-63 cells. The mRNA and protein expression of cytokines from peripheral blood in children with or without ankle fracture were determined by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and ELISA, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Lin Shen, Yinghua Wu, Liang Han, Haiying Zhang
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. The incidence is ~70% in adults and many of them suffer from disability. Recently, intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) has been deemed as a main cause of LBP. The present study aimed to investigate the potentials of growth and differentiation factor-5 (GDF-5) in IDD. The protein levels of prostaglandin-E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-1β in culture medium were evaluated by ELISA. mRNA and protein expression levels in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells were evaluated by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blotting, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Rasa Tamosiuniene, Olga Manouvakhova, Paul Mesange, Toshie Saito, Jin Qian, Mrinmoy Sanyal, Yu-Chun Lin, Linh P Nguyen, Amir Luria, Allen B Tu, Joshua M Sante, Marlene Rabinovitch, Desmond J Fitzgerald, Brian B Graham, Aida Habtezion, Norbert F Voelkel, Laure Aurelian, Mark R Nicolls
<u>Rationale:</u> Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition associated with immune dysregulation and abnormal regulatory T cell (Treg) activity, but it is currently unknown whether and how abnormal Treg function differentially affects males and females. <u>Objective:</u> To evaluate whether and how Treg-deficiency differentially affects male and female rats in experimental PH. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Male and female athymic rnu/rnu rats, lacking Tregs, were treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) inhibitor SU5416 or chronic hypoxia and evaluated for PH; some animals underwent Treg immune reconstitution (IR) before SU5416 administration...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Marta Menicatti, Marco Pallecchi, Silvia Bua, Daniela Vullo, Lorenzo Di Cesare Mannelli, Carla Ghelardini, Fabrizio Carta, Claudiu T Supuran, Gianluca Bartolucci
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by a faulty autoimmune response. Recently, it was reported that some human carbonic anhydrases (CAs) isoforms are overexpressed in inflamed synovium of RA patients. New CA inhibitors (CAIs) incorporating CA-binding moiety and the cyclooxygenase inhibitor tail (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug [NSAID] type) were studied. The aim of this work is the evaluation of the chemical stability of NSAID - CAI hybrids towards spontaneous or enzymatic hydrolysis by LC-MS/MS...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Eisa Tahmasbpour, Mostafa Ghanei, Abolfazl Khor, Yunes Panahi
CONTEXT: Sulfur mustard (SM) is a strong alkylating toxicant that targets different organs, particularly human lung tissue. Change in genes expression is one of the molecular mechanisms of SM toxicity in damaged tissue. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation is to characterize the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), 12-lipoxygenase (12-LO), inducible nitric oxide synthase 2 (iNOS2), and surfactant protein D (SFTPD) in lungs of patients who exposed to SM...
March 14, 2018: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Chandong Jeong, Sung Eun Kim, Kyu-Sik Shim, Hak-Jun Kim, Mi Hyun Song, Kyeongsoon Park, Hae-Ryong Song
Tendon rupture induces an inflammatory response characterized by release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and impaired tendon performance. This study sought to investigate the therapeutic effects of simvastatin-loaded porous microspheres (SIM/PMSs) on inflamed tenocytes in vitro and collagenase-induced Achilles tendinitis in vivo. The treatment of SIM/PMSs in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated tenocytes reduced the mRNA expressions of pro-inflammatory cytokines (Matrix metalloproteinase-3 ( MMP-3 ), cyclooxygenase-2 ( COX-2 ), interleukin-6 ( IL-6 ), and tumor necrosis factor-α ( TNF-α ))...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Meejung Ahn, Hyun Ju Ko, Jeongtae Kim, Yeounghwan Jang, Taekyun Shin
Kudoa septempunctata (Myxosporea, Multivalvulida) is a parasite of the trunk muscle of cultured olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). We investigated whether K. septempunctata genotype ST3 spores induce cell damage and the secretion of inflammatory mediators in Caco-2 cells, which exhibit characteristics similar to human intestinal epithelial cells. Purified K. septempunctata spores were heated at 95 °C for 5 min. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release was measured to determine the efficacy of denaturation...
2018: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Ji-Won Park, Ok-Kyoung Kwon, Hyung Won Ryu, Jin-Hyub Paik, Imam Paryanto, Prasetyawan Yuniato, Sangho Choi, Sei-Ryang Oh, Kyung-Seop Ahn
Passiflora foetida L. (Passifloraceae), a perennial climber in general, is used for treating many ailments in conventional medicine. In this study, the anti-inflammatory effect of methanolic extracts of P. foetida L. (PFME) and the involvement of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signalling in the regulation of inflammation were investigated. PFME prevented the production of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and the expression of inducible cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced macrophage cells. Additionally, PFME reduced the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Sajid Ur Rahman, Yu Li, Yingying Huang, Lei Zhu, Shibin Feng, Jinjie Wu, Xichun Wang
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a collection of inflammatory conditions of colon and small intestine which affect millions of individuals worldwide and the prevalence amount is on the rise. The organ failure as well as loss of tissue function is because of the inflammatory reaction which is the major contributor of tissue healing leading to lifelong debilitation. To stop the tough consequences of inflammation every patient pursues alternative therapy to relieve symptoms. Green tea polyphenols (GTPs) play significant roles in down regulating signaling pathways because GTPs exert effective antioxidant properties and regulate Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) expression via certain receptor, inhibited endotoxin-mediated tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) production by blocking transcription nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB) activation and upstream of mediated I kappa B kinase complex pathway activities, as well as intrusion with the flow of cytokines and synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
March 12, 2018: Inflammopharmacology
Yunhuan Gao, Tiantian Wang, Yuanyuan Li, Yuan Zhang, Rongcun Yang
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are major regulators of immune responses in cancer. Both C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and C/EBPβ play a critical role in regulating immunosuppressive function of MDSCs. In this study, we identified a novel long noncoding RNA termed as lnc-chop in MDSCs, which may interact with CHOP and the C/EBPβ isoform liver-enriched inhibitory protein. The binding of lnc-chop with both CHOP and the C/EBPβ isoform liver-enriched inhibitory protein promoted the activation of C/EBPβ and upregulated the expression of arginase-1, NO synthase 2, NADPH oxidase 2, and cyclooxygenase-2, which are related to the immunosuppressive function of MDSCs in inflammatory and tumor environments...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Mariko Yokota, Shoichi Yahagi, Yoshihiro Tokudome, Hitoshi Masaki
Alkyl glyceryl ethers (AKGs) are widely used as emulsion stabilizers, and their anti-inflammatory effects are well known. Daily exposure to environmental stresses, such as chemicals, low humidity and ultraviolet light (UV), can initiate and promote the development of various skin problems. Among those stresses, it has been established that UV induces skin pigmentation and accelerates premature skin aging due to the inflammation that results. Here, we investigated whether chimyl alcohol (CA), which is an AKG, suppresses the inflammatory process...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Oleo Science
Yihai Lin, Zhangyi Wu
MicroRNAs (miRNA), a class of small noncoding RNAs, regulates message RNA (mRNA) by targeting the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) resulting in suppression of gene expression. In this study, we identified the expression and function of miR-128, which was found to be downregulated in glioma tissues and glioma cells by real time PCR. Overexpression of miR-128 mimics into LN229 and U251 cells could inhibit proliferation and invasion of glioma cells. However, the inhibitory effects of miR-128 mimics on the invasion and proliferation of glioma cells were reversed by overexpression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
March 7, 2018: Gene
Paul C Norris, Charles N Serhan
Metabolomics enables a systems approach to interrogate the bioactive mediators, their pathways and further metabolites involved in the physiology and pathophysiology of human and animal tissues. New metabololipidomic approaches with mass spectrometry presented in this brief review can now be utilized for the identification and profiling of lipid mediator networks that control inflammation-resolution in human blood and healthy and diseased solid tissues. Coagulation of blood is a protective response that prevents excessive bleeding on injury of blood vessels...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Nancy N Shahin, Noha F Abdelkader, Marwa M Safar
The advent of angiotensin II type 1 receptor blockers (ARBs) as intriguing gastroprotective candidates and the superior pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics displayed by irbesartan compared to many other ARBs raised the interest to investigate its gastroprotective potential in a rat model of gastric injury. Irbesartan (50 mg/Kg) was orally administered to male Wistar rats once daily for 14 days; thereafter gastric injury was induced by indomethacin (60 mg/Kg, p.o). Irbesartan reduced gastric ulcer index, gastric acidity, and ameliorated indomethacin-induced gastric mucosal apoptotic and inflammatory aberrations, as demonstrated by hampering caspase-3, prostaglandin E2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha levels and cyclooxygenase-2 mRNA expression...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dorien Reijnders, Chin-Chi Liu, Xinjing Xu, Anna Zhao, Kelsey Olson, Scott D Butler, Nataki C Douglas, Jenny L Sones
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disease of pregnancy, is a leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity/mortality. Early angiogenic and inflammatory disturbances within the placenta are thought to underlie the development of the maternal PE syndrome and poor pregnancy outcomes. However, the exact etiology remains largely unknown. Here, we use the BPH/5 mouse model of PE to elucidate the way in which inflammation early in pregnancy contributes to abnormal expression of angiogenic factors at the maternal-fetal interface...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
Rei Nagahara, Nobuhiko Onda, Susumu Yamashita, Miho Kojima, Mari Inohana, Ayumi Eguchi, Misato Nakamura, Shinya Matsumoto, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
Fluorescence tumor imaging using exogenous fluorescent tumor-targeting agents has potential to improve early tumor detection. The fluorescent contrast agent indocyanine green (ICG) is used in medical diagnostics. The aim of the present study is to investigate the tumor imaging capability and the imaging mechanism of i.v. administered ICG in a mouse model of colitis-associated colon cancer. To do this, an azoxymethane/dextran sodium sulfate-induced colon cancer mouse model was used. Ex vivo imaging experiments were performed 1 hour after i...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Science
Jelena M Janjic, Kiran Vasudeva, Muzamil Saleem, Andrea Stevens, Lu Liu, Sravan Patel, John A Pollock
Neuroinflammation involving macrophages elevates Prostaglandin E2 , associated with neuropathic pain. Treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) inhibits cyclooxygenase, reducing PGE2 . However, NSAIDs cause physiological complications. We developed nanoemulsions incorporating celecoxib and near infrared dye. Intravenous injected nanoemulsion is incorporated into monocytes that accumulate at the injury; revealed in live animals by fluorescence. A single dose (celecoxib 0.24 mg/kg) provides targeted delivery in chronic constriction injury rats, resulting in significant reduction in the visualized inflammation, infiltration of macrophages, COX-2 and PGE2 ...
February 25, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Sahar M El Agaty
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of vitamin D2 and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms on acute myocardial injury induced by isoproterenol (ISO) in diabetic rats. METHODS: Rats were divided into control rats, diabetic rats (DM), diabetic rats received ISO (DM-ISO), and diabetic rats pretreated with vitamin D2 and received ISO (DM-D2 -ISO). RESULTS: Vitamin D2 pretreatment significantly decreased fasting glucose and myocardial malondialdehyde, associated with increased insulin, myocardial glutathione and superoxide dismutase in DM-D2 -ISO versus DM-ISO...
March 8, 2018: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Tzenge-Lien Shih, Ming-Hwa Liu, Chia-Wai Li, Chia-Feng Kuo
A series of B-ring, halo-substituted chalcones and azachalcones were synthesized to evaluate and compare their anti-inflammatory activity. Mouse BALB/c macrophage RAW 264.7 were pre-treated with 10 μg/mL of each compound for one hour before induction of inflammation by lipopolysaccharide (1 μg/mL) for 6 h. Some halo-chalcones and -azachalcones suppressed expression of pro-inflammatory factors toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), IκB-α, transcription factor p65, interleukine 1β (IL-1β), IL-6, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), and cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2)...
March 7, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Mohammad-Reza Khajevand-Khazaei, Pouria Ziaee, Seyyed-Alireza Motevalizadeh, Mahdi Rohani, Siamak Afshin-Majd, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Mehrdad Roghani
Systemic inflammation following infection is usually associated with long-term complications including cognitive deficit and dementia. Neuroinflammation and cognitive decline are also main hallmarks of several neurological conditions. Naringenin is a citrus flavanone with anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant potential. In this study, the protective effect of naringenin against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cognitive decline was evaluated in the rat. LPS was daily injected at a dose of 167μg/kg for 1 week and naringenin was administered p...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
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