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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534260/pharmacogenetics-of-cannabinoids
#1
Szymon Hryhorowicz, Michal Walczak, Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak, Ryszard Słomski, Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska
Although the application of medical marijuana and cannabinoid drugs is controversial, it is a part of modern-day medicine. The list of diseases in which cannabinoids are promoted as a treatment is constantly expanding. Cases of significant improvement in patients with a very poor prognosis of glioma or epilepsy have already been described. However, the occurrence of side effects is still difficult to estimate, and the current knowledge of the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids is still insufficient. In our opinion, the answers to many questions and concerns regarding the medical use of cannabis can be provided by pharmacogenetics...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525598/differential-diagnosis-for-pythiosis-using-thermophilic-helicase-dna-amplification-and-restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism-thda-rflp
#2
Navaporn Worasilchai, Piyasak Chaumpluk, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Ariya Chindamporn
Pythiosis is caused by Pythium insidiosum, a fungus-like microbe belonging to the kingdom Stramenopila. Its diagnosis is challenging due to clinical and histopathological similarities with the fungal microbes that cause mucormycosis and entomophthoramycosis. In addition, the proper identification of P. insidiosum in the clinical laboratory is difficult. We have developed a rapid and accurate, species-specific identification method using a thermophilic helicase DNA amplification (tHDA) technique, to differentiate this pathogen from closely related pathogenic fungi...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523794/mineralocorticoid-receptor-associates-with-pro-inflammatory-bias-in-hippocampus-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#3
María Elvira Brocca, Luciana Pietranera, Maria Meyer, Analia Lima, Paulina Roig, E Ronald de Kloet, Alejandro F De Nicola
Damage observed in the hippocampus of the adult spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) resembles the neuropathology of mineralocorticoid-induced hypertension, supporting a similar endocrine dysfunction in both entities. In this study we have tested the hypothesis that increased expression of the hippocampal mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) in SHR animals is associated with a prevalent expression of pro-inflammatory over anti-inflammatory factors. For this purpose we measured in hippocampus mRNA expression and immunoreactivity of the MR and the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) using qPCR and histochemistry...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516399/hangeshashinto-tj-14-prevents-radiation-induced-mucositis-by-suppressing-cyclooxygenase-2-expression-and-chemotaxis-of-inflammatory-cells
#4
D Kamide, T Yamashita, K Araki, M Tomifuji, A Shiotani
PURPOSE: Radiation-induced oral mucositis is the most common side effect of radiotherapy in head and neck cancer; however, effective modalities for its prevention have not been established. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of Hangeshashinto (TJ-14), a Japanese herbal medicine, for preventing radiation-induced mucositis and elucidated its effect on inflammatory responses, including inflammatory cell chemotaxis and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) expression, in an animal model. METHODS: Syrian hamsters, 8-9 weeks old, were enrolled in this study...
May 17, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506899/hepatoprotective-activities-of-antrodia-camphorata-and-its-triterpenoid-compounds-against-ccl4-induced-liver-injury-in-mice
#5
Zi-Wei Li, Yi Kuang, Shu-Nan Tang, Kai Li, Yun Huang, Xue Qiao, Si-Wang Yu, Yew-Min Tzeng, Jen-Yu Lo, Min Ye
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY RELEVANCE: Antrodia camphorata (AC) is a rare and precious fungus indigenous to Taiwan used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of liver injury. Triterpenoids are the major bioactive constituents of A. camphorata and have been reported to possess hepatoprotective activities. To meet the increasing demand, artificial cultivation techniques have been developed. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aims to evaluate the hepatoprotective activities of AC samples derived from different cultivation techniques and to dissect the main active triterpenoid compounds...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500644/autophagy-stimulation-prevents-intestinal-mucosal-inflammation-and-ameliorates-murine-colitis
#6
Dulce C Macias-Ceja, Jesús Cosín-Roger, Dolores Ortiz-Masiá, Pedro Salvador, Carlos Hernández, Juan V Esplugues, Sara Calatayud, María D Barrachina
BACKGROUND AND POURPOSE: A defective autophagy is involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory disorders such as IBD. Cross talk interactions between autophagy and inflammation have been reported and we analyse the effects of autophagy stimulators on murine colitis. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Mice were treated with intrarectal administration of TNBS (3.5 mg/20 g BW) and body weight was measured every day and histological damage score analysed two or four days after treatment...
May 12, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495615/a-novel-function-of-tlr4-in-mediating-the-immunomodulatory-effect-of-benzanthrone-an-environmental-pollutant
#7
Prachi Tewari, Payal Mandal, Ruchi Roy, Somya Asthana, Premendra D Dwivedi, Mukul Das, Anurag Tripathi
Our prior studies have reported that Benzanthrone (BA) manifests inflammatory responses in the spleen of Balb/c mice. The present investigation was carried out to study the impact of BA on macrophages, which are the primary scavenger cells in the body that act as a connecting link between innate and adaptive immunity. Parenteral administration of BA (daily for one week) to mice resulted in enhanced levels of nitric oxide (NO) and overexpression of inflammatory markers (COX-2, MMP-9 and PGE-2) in macrophages; however the level of MHC class-I and MHC class-II receptors were down regulated...
May 8, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490636/the-cox1-carboxyl-terminal-domain-is-a-central-regulator-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-biogenesis-in-yeast-mitochondria
#8
Rodolfo García-Villegas, Yolanda Camacho-Villasana, Miguel Ángel Shingú-Vázquez, Alfredo Cabrera-Orefice, Salvador Uribe-Carvajal, Thomas D Fox, Xochitl Pérez-Martínez
Cytochrome c oxidase (CcO) is the last electron acceptor in the respiratory chain. The CcO core is formed by mitochondrial DNA-encoded Cox1, Cox2, and Cox3 subunits. Cox1 synthesis is highly regulated; for example, if CcO assembly is blocked, Cox1 synthesis decreases. Mss51 activates translation of COX1 mRNA and interacts with Cox1 protein in high-molecular-weight complexes (COA complexes) to form the Cox1 intermediary assembly module. Thus, Mss51 coordinates both Cox1 synthesis and assembly. We previously reported that the last 15 residues of the Cox1 C-terminus regulate Cox1 synthesis by modulating an interaction of Mss51 with Cox14, another component of the COA complexes...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490532/podocyte-specific-knockout-ko-of-cyclooxygenase-2-cox2-exacerbates-diabetic-kidney-disease
#9
Limng Wang, Yonggang Sha, Jingyi Bai, William Eisner, Mathew A Sparks, Anne F Buckley, Robert F Spurney
Enhanced expression of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2) in podocytes contributes to glomerular injury in diabetic kidney disease, but some basal level of podocyte COX2 expression might be required to promote podocyte attachment and/or survival. To investigate the role of podocyte COX2 expression in diabetic kidney disease, we deleted COX2 specifically in podocytes in a mouse model of type 1 diabetes mellitus (Akita mice). Podocyte specific knockout (KO) of COX2 did not affect renal morphology or albuminuria in non-diabetic mice...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490276/endometrial-stromal-and-epithelial-cells-exhibit-unique-aberrant-molecular-defects-in-patients-with-endometriosis
#10
Philip C Logan, Pamela Yango, Nam D Tran
CONTEXT: Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain and infertility in women of reproductive age. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the pathologic pathways in endometrial stromal and epithelial cells that contribute to the manifestation of endometriosis. DESIGN: In vitro cellular and molecular analyses of isolated eutopic endometrial stromal and epithelial cells. METHODS: Eutopic stromal and epithelial cells from endometriotic and normal patients were isolated by fluorescence-activated cell sorting for paired sibling RNA sequencing and microRNA microarray...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482921/the-autocrine-role-of-proteoglycan-4-prg4-in-modulating-osteoarthritic-synoviocyte-proliferation-and-expression-of-matrix-degrading-enzymes
#11
Ali Alquraini, Maha Jamal, Ling Zhang, Tannin Schmidt, Gregory D Jay, Khaled A Elsaid
BACKGROUND: Lubricin/proteoglycan 4 (PRG4) is a mucinous glycoprotein secreted by synovial fibroblasts and superficial zone chondrocytes. Recently, we showed that recombinant human PRG4 (rhPRG4) is a putative ligand for CD44 receptor. rhPRG4-CD44 interaction inhibits cytokine-induced rheumatoid arthritis synoviocyte proliferation. The objective of this study is to decipher the autocrine function of PRG4 in regulating osteoarthritic synoviocyte proliferation and expression of catabolic and pro-inflammatory mediators under basal and interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β)-stimulated conditions...
May 8, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474840/cox2-and-nos3-gene-polymorphisms-in-women-with-gestational-diabetes
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Maciej Tarnowski, Marta Tkacz, Violetta Dziedziejko, Krzysztof Safranow, Andrzej Pawlik
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes (GDM) is carbohydrate intolerance occurring in pregnancy. Low-grade inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of this disorder. The aim of this study was to examine the association between COX2 (rs6681231) and NOS3 (rs1799983, rs2070744) gene polymorphisms and GDM. METHODS: This study included 204 pregnant women with GDM and 207 pregnant women with normal glucose tolerance (NGT). The diagnosis of GDM was based on a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) at 24-28 weeks' gestation...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472949/distinct-gene-expression-profiles-associated-with-notch-ligands-delta-like-4-and-jagged1-in-plaque-material-from-peripheral-artery-disease-patients-a-pilot-study
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Giorgio Aquila, Cinzia Fortini, Antonio Pannuti, Serena Delbue, Micaela Pannella, Marco Bruno Morelli, Cristiana Caliceti, Fausto Castriota, Monica de Mattei, Alessia Ongaro, Agnese Pellati, Pasquale Ferrante, Lucio Miele, Luigi Tavazzi, Roberto Ferrari, Paola Rizzo, Alberto Cremonesi
BACKGROUND: The lack of early diagnosis, progression markers and effective pharmacological treatment has dramatic unfavourable effects on clinical outcomes in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Addressing these issues will require dissecting the molecular mechanisms underlying this disease. We sought to characterize the Notch signaling and atherosclerosis relevant markers in lesions from femoral arteries of symptomatic PAD patients. METHODS: Plaque material from the common femoral, superficial femoral or popliteal arteries of 20 patients was removed by directional atherectomy...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471235/mechanism-of-grape-seeds-extract-protection-against-paracetamol-renal-cortical-damage-in-male-albino-rats
#14
S M N Abdel-Hafez, R A Rifaai, W Y Abd Elzaher
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the possible protective role of grape seeds extract (GSE) in ameliorating the toxic effects of paracetamol overdose on the rat renal cortical tissue. BACKGROUND: Paracetamol is one of the widely used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Unfortunately, it was reported as the most common cause of toxic ingestion in the world. Grape seeds extract (GSE) is known to have a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465540/circulating-vegf-and-enos-variations-as-predictors-of-outcome-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients-receiving-bevacizumab
#15
Giorgia Marisi, Emanuela Scarpi, Alessandro Passardi, Oriana Nanni, Angela Ragazzini, Martina Valgiusti, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Luca Maria Neri, Giovanni Luca Frassineti, Dino Amadori, Paola Ulivi
Novel predictive biomarkers are needed to improve patient selection and optimize the use of bevacizumab (B) in metastatic colorectal cancer. We analyzed the potential of five circulating biomarkers to predict B efficacy and monitor response. Peripheral blood samples collected at baseline, at the first clinical evaluation and at progression were available for 129 patients enrolled in the prospective multicentric ITACa trial and randomized to receive FOLFOX4/FOLFIRI (CT) with (64 patients) or without B (65 patients)...
May 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456844/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-urokinase-receptor-derived-peptide-uparant-as-an-anti-inflammatory-drug
#16
Serena Boccella, Elisabetta Panza, Liliana Lista, Carmela Belardo, Angela Ianaro, Mario De Rosa, Vito de Novellis, Vincenzo Pavone
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of several chronic diseases. The urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) exerts a plethora of functions in both physiological and pathological processes, including inflammation. OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of a novel peptide ligand of uPAR, UPARANT, in different animal models of inflammation. SUBJECTS AND TREATMENT: Rats and mice were divided in different groups (n = 5) for single or repeated administration of vehicle (9% DMSO in 0...
April 29, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451639/microglial-tnf%C3%AE-induces-cox2-and-pgi2-synthase-expression-in-spinal-endothelial-cells-during-neuropathic-pain
#17
Hirosato Kanda, Kimiko Kobayashi, Hiroki Yamanaka, Masamichi Okubo, Koichi Noguchi
Prostaglandins (PGs) are typical lipid mediators that play a role in homeostasis and disease. They are synthesized from arachidonic acid by cyclooxygenase 1 (COX1) and COX2. Although COX2 has been reported to be upregulated in the spinal cord after nerve injury, its expression and functional roles in neuropathic pain remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the expression of Cox2, PGI2 synthase (Pgis), and prostaglandin I2 receptor (IP receptor) mRNA in the rat spinal cord after spared nerve injury (SNI)...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450158/the-erbb-family-and-androgen-receptor-signaling-are-targets-of%C3%A2-celecoxib-in-prostate-cancer
#18
Antonella Brizzolara, Roberto Benelli, Roberta Venè, Paola Barboro, Alessandro Poggi, Francesca Tosetti, Nicoletta Ferrari
Inflammation plays a central role in prostate cancer (PCa) development through significant crosstalk between the COX-2-ErbB family receptor network and androgen receptor (AR)-EGFR signaling pathways. The purpose of this work was to determine the ability of the COX-2 inhibitor Celecoxib to modulate the EGFR-AR signaling pathway in androgen-dependent PCa cells and to provide a rationale for its beneficial use in chemopreventive strategies. Functional studies of Celecoxib activity were performed on LNCaP prostate cancer cells...
April 25, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444901/pge2-receptor-subtype-1-ep1-regulates-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-osteogenic-differentiation-by-modulating-cellular-energy-metabolism
#19
M Feigenson, R A Eliseev, J H Jonason, B N Mills, R J O'Keefe
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are multipotent progenitors capable of differentiation into osteoblasts and can potentially serve as a source for cell-based therapies for bone repair. Many factors have been shown to regulate MSC differentiation into the osteogenic lineage such as the Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2)/Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) signaling pathway that is critical for bone repair. PGE2 binds four different receptors EP1-4. While most studies focus on the role PGE2 receptors EP2 and EP4 in MSC differentiation, our study focuses on the less studied, receptor subtype 1 (EP1) in MSC function...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438620/expression-of-protease-activated-receptor-2-par-2-is-related-to-advanced-clinical-stage-and-adverse-prognosis-in-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
#20
Murasaki Aman, Yoshihiro Ohishi, Hiroko Imamura, Tomoko Shinozaki, Nobuko Yasutake, Kiyoko Kato, Yoshinao Oda
Recent studies demonstrated that Protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) correlates with tumor progression in various tissues. On the other hand, oxidative stress arising from endometriosis has been considered a cause of carcinogenesis in ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC). We previously demonstrated that oxidative stress upregulates PAR-2 expression, and we conducted the present study to investigate the PAR-2 expression and its relation to clinicopathological factors and oxidative stress in OCCC. We performed an immunohistochemical evaluation in 95 cases of OCCC...
April 21, 2017: Human Pathology
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