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Yanhong Li, Xiaolong Sui, Hua Zhu, Yanfeng Xu, Lan Huang, Yuhuan Xu, Yunlin Han, Xiaochun Feng, Chuan Qin
Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is a systemic vasculitis mediated by autologous immune complex. Animal models of HSP are scarce. Here, we describe the characteristics of HSP rabbit model in the acute and recovery phase. First, we constructed the HSP rabbit models, and then assessed immunologic indicators of models by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunoturbidimetry. Histomorphological characteristics were analyzed by haematoxylin-eosin, immunofluorescence and special staining. In the acute stage (24 h) after antigen challenge, the model group rabbits featured skin ecchymosis and abnormal laboratory examination results...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Greg Hodge, Eugene Roscioli, Hubertus Jersmann, Hai B Tran, Mark Holmes, Paul N Reynolds, Sandra Hodge
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroid resistance is a major barrier to effective treatment of COPD. We have shown that the resistance is associated with decreased expression of glucocorticoid receptor (GCR) by senescent CD28nullCD8+ pro-inflammatory lymphocytes in peripheral blood of COPD patients. GCR must be bound to molecular chaperones heat shock proteins (Hsp) 70 and Hsp90 to acquire a high-affinity steroid binding conformation, and traffic to the nucleus. We hypothesized a loss of Hsp70/90 from these lymphocytes may further contribute to steroid resistance in COPD...
October 21, 2016: Respiratory Research
Sedat Tatar, Ainura Sarybaeva, Kemal Fındıkcıoğlu, Cemile Merve Seymen, Çiğdem Elmas, Osman Latifoğlu
BACKGROUND: Silicon implants constitute a major part of plastic surgery practice. Although materials with high biocompatibility have been used around the implants, capsule formation still develops and progressive nature of this process results in capsule contraction. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of hyaluronic acid injected around the silicon block on the capsule structure. METHODS: Twenty Wistar albino rats were used in the study. Rats were divided into two main groups (group 1 and group 2) and two subgroups...
October 20, 2016: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Silvia Dal Santo, Alberto Palliotti, Sara Zenoni, Giovanni Battista Tornielli, Marianna Fasoli, Paola Paci, Sergio Tombesi, Tommaso Frioni, Oriana Silvestroni, Andrea Bellincontro, Claudio d'Onofrio, Fabiola Matarese, Matteo Gatti, Stefano Poni, Mario Pezzotti
BACKGROUND: Grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) is an economically important crop with a wide geographical distribution, reflecting its ability to grow successfully in a range of climates. However, many vineyards are located in regions with seasonal drought, and these are often predicted to be global climate change hotspots. Climate change affects the entire physiology of grapevine, with strong effects on yield, wine quality and typicity, making it difficult to produce berries of optimal enological quality and consistent stability over the forthcoming decades...
October 20, 2016: BMC Genomics
Stefan Tukaj, Anna Görög, Konrad Kleszczyński, Detlef Zillikens, Sarolta Kárpáti, Michael Kasperkiewicz
Inflammation-induced heat shock proteins (HSPs) and hypovitaminosis D have been reported to impact immune responses and to be associated with autoimmune diseases including celiac disease (CD), a gluten-sensitive enteropathy mediated by autoantibodies against tissue transglutaminase (TG2). Recently, we provided evidence for a role of autoantibodies to HSPs in patients with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), an inflammatory skin disease induced by underlying latent CD. In this study, we aimed at investigating the humoral autoimmune response to HSPs and vitamin D status in CD patients (n=15) presenting without the cutaneous disease manifestation...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hye Jin Kim, Hae Min Yoon, Oran Kwon, Won Jun Lee
PURPOSE: Pueraria lobata/rehmannia glutinosa (PR) and exercise have been receiving a lot of attention from postmenopausal women, as a result of the side effects of estrogen replacement therapy. However, the effects of PR and exercise on fatty acid transporters (FATPs), which play essential role in fatty acid transport, have not been studied. In this study, we evaluated the effects of PR and aerobic exercise on FATP1, FABPpm and FAT/CD36 expression in ovariectomized rat skeletal muscles...
September 2016: Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry
Anastasia Mihailidou, Anthony Ashton
OBJECTIVE: Myocardial infarction (MI) continues to be a major burden of disease, despite rapid reperfusion interventions. Reperfusion of ischemic hearts (reperfusion injury) induces free radical generation, activation of early stress responses and apoptosis, which contributes to ventricular remodeling and dysfunction, which may lead to developing heart failure. Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists have been shown clinically to reduce blood pressure, particularly in resistant hypertension, and substantially increase survival in heart failure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mridula Krishnan, Joseph Nahas
We present an unusual case of a young 26-year-old male who was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP). Initial presentation was primarily mild gastrointestinal symptoms, which progressed to a life threatening intussusception and subsequently resolved with prompt glucocorticoid use rather than typical surgical intervention. Of importance, the patient's initial gastrointestinal symptoms without associated skin manifestations made the diagnosis difficult. In conclusion, it is important to recognize uncommon presentations of HSP as it may lead to life threatening complications and surgical intervention may be avoided with prompt treatment...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Kamalakshi Deka, Archana Singh, Surajit Chakraborty, Rupak Mukhopadhyay, Sougata Saha
ATE1-mediated post-translational addition of arginine to a protein has been shown to regulate activity, interaction, and stability of the protein substrates. Arginylation has been linked to many different stress conditions, namely ER stress, cytosolic misfolded protein stress, and nitrosative stress. However, clear understanding about the effect of arginylation in cellular stress responses is yet to emerge. In this study, we investigated the role of arginylation in heat-stress response. Our findings suggest that Ate1 knock out (KO) cells are more susceptible to heat stress compared with its wild-type counterparts due to the induction of apoptosis in KO cells...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
Li-Ping Xia, Xu Chen, Yi Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical effect of high-dose gamma globulin pulse therapy for abdominal Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). METHODS: Thirty-three children with abdominal HSP were randomly assigned to dexamethasone group (15 children) and gamma globulin group (18 children). The children in the dexamethasone group were treated with dexamethasone and conventional treatment, and those in the gamma globulin group were treated with high-dose gamma globulin pulse therapy in addition to the conventional treatment...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Babatunde Adebayo Kehinde, Farid Abolhassani, Hossein Yazdekhasti, Niloufar Abbasi, Leyla Heydari, Erfan Daneshi, Zahra Rajabi, Alaa Hamada, Ashok Agarwal, Mehdi Abbasi
OBJECTIVES: Several researchers have reported the relationship between infertility in male and varicocele for so many years but the implication of varicocele in female patients is remains elusive. Here, we aim to examine the effects of unilateral varicose ovarian vein on antioxidant capacity and oocyte quality of rat ovary after the experimental creation of varicocele in female rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, thirty adult female albino rats were divided into three equal groups: Group 1 as the control group has 10 rats, Group 2 as the sham group has 10 rats and they underwent a sham operation and finally Group 3 has the varicocele group has 10 rats...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Yael Bar-Lavan, Netta Shemesh, Anat Ben-Zvi
Quality control is an essential aspect of cellular function, with protein folding quality control being carried out by molecular chaperones, a diverse group of highly conserved proteins that specifically identify misfolded conformations. Molecular chaperones are thus required to support proteins affected by expressed polymorphisms, mutations, intrinsic errors in gene expression, chronic insult or the acute effects of the environment, all of which contribute to a flux of metastable proteins. In this article, we review the four main chaperone families in metazoans, namely Hsp60 (where Hsp is heat-shock protein), Hsp70, Hsp90 and sHsps (small heat-shock proteins), as well as their co-chaperones...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Tiantian Luo, Jing Hu, Dan Xi, Haowei Xiong, Wenshuai He, Jichen Liu, Menghao Li, Hao Lu, Jinzhen Zhao, Wenyan Lai, Zhigang Guo
Previously, we reported that heat shock protein (HSP)65 impairs the effects of high-density lipoprotein on macrophages. We also showed that immune response activation adversely affects reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). In this study, we investigated the effects of the Src family kinase lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) and elucidated the mechanism underlying HSP65-regulated cholesterol efflux in T cells. We evaluated cell proliferation, Lck expression, and inflammatory cytokine production in Jurkat cells and CD4(+) T cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Kunzhi Zhang, Geng Wu, Hongzhi Tang, Chuanming Hu, Ting Shi, Ping Xu
Nicotine is an environmental toxicant in tobacco wastes, imposing severe hazards for the health of human and other mammalians. NicR2, a TetR-like repressor from Pseudomonas putida S16, plays a critical role in regulating nicotine degradation. Here, we determined the crystal structures of NicR2 and its complex with the inducer 6-hydroxy-3-succinoyl-pyridine (HSP). The N-terminal domain of NicR2 contains a conserved helix-turn-helix (HTH) DNA-binding motif, while the C-terminal domain contains a cleft for its selective recognition for HSP...
October 14, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
Suzie Noten, Filip Struyf, Enrique Lluch, Marika D'Hoore, Eveline Van Looveren, Mira Meeus
BACKGROUND: Shoulder pain is a common health problem in which changes in shoulder structure cannot always explain the patient's perceived pain. Central sensitization (CS) might play a role in a subgroup of these patients. METHODS: The literature was systematically reviewed to address the role of CS in patients with shoulder pain. Electronic databases PubMed and Web of Knowledge were searched for relevant studies. RESULTS: Eighteen full-text articles were included, methodological quality was scored, and information was extracted...
October 14, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Thomas Musacchio, Ann-Kathrin Zaum, Nurcan Üçeyler, Claudia Sommer, Nora Pfeifroth, Karlheinz Reiners, Erdmute Kunstmann, Jens Volkmann, Simone Rost, Stephan Klebe
Silver syndrome/SPG17 is a motor manifestation of mutations in the BSCL2 gene and usually presents as a complicated form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP). We present clinical data, follow-up, and genetic results of seven patients with Silver syndrome/SPG17 including a family with a variable intrafamilial phenotype ranging from subclinical signs to a severe and rapidly progressing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-like phenotype. For molecular diagnosis of the family, we used the TruSight Exome sequencing panel consisting of 2761 genes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurology
Yong Hee Lee, Yu Bin Kim, Ja Wook Koo, Ju-Young Chung
PURPOSE: To investigate the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, investigations and management, and prognosis of patients with Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 212 HSP patients under the age of 18 years who were admitted to Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital between 2004 and 2015. RESULTS: The mean age of the HSP patients was 6.93 years, and the ratio of boys to girls was 1.23:1. HSP occurred most frequently in the winter (33...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Kirsten F Smit, Daniel Brevoord, Stefan De Hert, Bas A de Mol, Raphaela P Kerindongo, Susan van Dieren, Wolfgang S Schlack, Markus W Hollmann, Nina C Weber, Benedikt Preckel
BACKGROUND: The noble gas helium induces pre- and postconditioning in animals and humans. Volatile anesthetics induce cardioprotection in humans undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. We hypothesized that helium induces pre- and postconditioning in CABG-patients, affecting signaling molecules protein kinase C-epsilon (PKC-ε), p38 mitogen activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK-1/2) and heat shock protein 27 (HSP-27) within cardiac tissue, and reducing postoperative troponin levels...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Sabri Güncan, N Şule Y Bilge, Döndü Üsküdar Cansu, Timuçin Kaşifoğlu, Cengiz Korkmaz
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the frequency in which familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) coexists with other diseases and determine whether Mediterranean fever (MEFV) gene mutations are involved in such coexistence. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In total, 142 consecutive patients with FMF investigated for MEFV mutation were enrolled in this study [Female: 87; Male: 55, mean age 32±12 years (11-62)]. All the patients were questioned for the presence of concurrent disorders, and the medical records of these patients were revised retrospectively...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Meltem Erol, Ozgul Yigit, Mehmet Tasdemir, Ozlem Bostan Gayret, Ovgu Buke, Aysegul Gunes, Sahin Hamilcikan, Ozgur Kasapcopur
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is an enzyme implicated in the pathogenesis of renal diseases. Renal involvement is the principal cause of morbidity and mortality in children with Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether serum and urinary MMP-9 levels are associated with renal involvement in HSP. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated 40 children with HSP (patient group) and 27 healthy volunteer children (control group)...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
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