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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732438/investigation-of-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-kir-and-hla-genotypes-to-predict-the-occurrence-of-acute-allograft-rejection-after-kidney-transplantation
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Davood Jafari, Mohsen Nafar, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Razieh Abdolvahabi, Mahboob Lesan Pezeshki, Efat Razaghi, Ali Akbar Amirzargar
After kidney transplantation, natural killer (NK) cells play a pivotal role in triggering the immune response to the allogeneic grafts primarily by their killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). This process may be one mechanism that contributes to graft rejection. In this study, we have evaluated whether acute rejection after kidney transplantation was associated with predicted NK cell alloreactivity based on KIR gene and ligand along with KIR/HLA compound genotype analysis. After kidney transplantation, natural killer (NK) cells play a pivotal role in triggering the immune response to the allogeneic grafts primarily by their killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR)...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732386/a-phase-i-trial-of-nk-92-cells-for-refractory-hematological-malignancies-relapsing-after-autologous-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-shows-safety-and-evidence-of-efficacy
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Brent A Williams, Arjun Datt Law, Bertrand Routy, Neal denHollander, Vikas Gupta, Xing-Hua Wang, Amélie Chaboureau, Sowmya Viswanathan, Armand Keating
BACKGROUND: Autologous NK cell therapy can treat a variety of malignancies, but is limited by patient-specific variations in potency and cell number expansion. In contrast, allogeneic NK cell lines can overcome many of these limitations. Cells from the permanent NK-92 line are constitutively activated, lack inhibitory receptors and appear to be safe based on two prior phase I trials. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a single-center, non-randomized, non-blinded, open-label, Phase I dose-escalation trial of irradiated NK-92 cells in adults with refractory hematological malignancies who relapsed after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT)...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730102/anti-scarring-effects-of-butaprost-on-human-subconjunctival-tenon-s-fibroblasts
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Jong Hoon Shin, Je Hyun Seo, Jae Ho Jung, Tae Woo Kim
AIM: To investigate the toxicity of the E-prostanoid 2 (EP2) receptor agonist, butaprost against human subconjunctival (Tenon's capsule) fibroblasts, and to determine the underlying mechanism. METHODS: We isolated Tenon's fibroblasts from the subconjunctival area of healthy subjects and evaluated the types of EP receptors expressed using quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The toxicity of butaprost against the fibroblasts was evaluated using methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium and lactic dehydrogenase assays...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729853/role-of-melatonin-galanin-and-rfamide-neuropeptides-qrfp26-and-qrfp43-in-the-neuroendocrine-control-of-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-function
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REVIEW
Iacopo Gesmundo, Tania Villanova, Dana Banfi, Giacomo Gamba, Riccarda Granata
Glucose homeostasis is finely regulated by a number of hormones and peptides released mainly from the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and muscle, regulating pancreatic secretion through cellular receptors and their signal transduction cascades. The endocrine function of the pancreas is controlled by islets within the exocrine pancreatic tissue that release hormones like insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, pancreatic polypeptide, and ghrelin. Moreover, both exocrine and endocrine pancreatic functions are regulated by a variety of hormonal and neural mechanisms, such as ghrelin, glucagon-like peptide, glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide, or the inhibitory peptide somatostatin...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729555/inhibition-of-phosphodiesterase-5-suppresses-calcineurin-nfat-mediated-trpc6-expression-in-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells
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Shaojun Li, Yilin Pan, Rui Ke, Xinming Xie, Cui Zhai, Wenhua Shi, Jian Wang, Xin Yan, Limin Chai, Qingting Wang, Qianqian Zhang, Xiaofan Su, Lan Yang, Li Gao, Manxiang Li
The up-regulation of transient receptor potential channel 6 (TRPC6) has been found to contribute to the proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs), and inhibition of phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5) has been shown to suppress TRPC6 expression in PASMCs. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the up-regulation of TRPC6 expression and PDE5 modulation of TRPC6 expression in PASMCs remain largely unclear. The aim of this study is to address these issues. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) dose and time-dependently up-regulated TRPC6 expression in primary cultured rat PASMCs, and this was accompanied with the activation of calcineurin and subsequent translocation of NFATc4 to the nucleus...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729057/neuropathic-pain-alleviating-effects-of-pyrazole-conjugated-arylsulfonamides-as-5-ht6-receptor-antagonists
#6
Jin Ri Hong, Hyunah Choo, Ghilsoo Nam
A novel series of arylsulfonylaminomethyl-3-(1-phenyl-5-isopropyl)pyrazoles was evaluated for serotonin receptor subtype 6 (5-HT6R) antagonistic effects in vitro. We also investigated their neuropathic pain-alleviating effects in vivo using a rat spinal nerve ligation (SNL) model. Bicyclic aromatic sulfonamino groups, such as naphthalene and quinolin-substituted derivatives, showed good 5-HT6 inhibitory activity in vitro. Among them, selected compounds, 12 and 13, having 8-quinoylsulfonamino groups, showed potent neuropathic pain-alleviating effects in the rat model...
July 11, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728974/activation-of-cryptic-phthoxazolin-a-production-in-streptomyces-avermitilis-by-the-disruption-of-autoregulator-receptor-homologue-avar3
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Dian Anggraini Suroto, Shigeru Kitani, Kiyoko T Miyamoto, Yasuko Sakihama, Masayoshi Arai, Haruo Ikeda, Takuya Nihira
The genomes of actinomycetes encode many cryptic novel/useful bioactive compounds, but access to these cryptic secondary metabolites remains limited. Streptomyces avermitilis predominantly produces three polyketide antibiotics (avermectin, filipin, and oligomycin) but has the potential to produce more secondary metabolites based on the number of cryptic biosynthetic gene clusters. Here, we extensively investigated the metabolite profiles of a gene disruptant of AvaR3 (an autoregulator receptor homologue), which is involved in the pleiotropic regulation of antibiotic production and cell morphology...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728794/myeloid-suppressor-cells-in-cancer-and-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Antonio Sica, Marco Massarotti
A bottleneck for immunotherapy of cancer is the immunosuppressive microenvironment in which the tumor cells proliferate. Cancers harness the immune regulatory mechanism that prevents autoimmunity from evading immunosurveillance and promoting immune destruction. Regulatory T cells, myeloid suppressor cells, inhibitory cytokines and immune checkpoint receptors are the major components of the immune system acting in concert with cancer cells and causing the subversion of anti-tumor immunity. This redundant immunosuppressive network poses an impediment to efficacious immunotherapy by facilitating tumor progression...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728562/low-oxygen-tension-increases-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-and-enhances-expression-of-antioxidant-genes-and-implantation-protein-of-mouse-blastocyst-cultured-in-vitro
#9
Yun-Yi Ma, Huei-Wen Chen, Chii-Ruey Tzeng
BACKGROUND: In human IVF, embryos cultured with a lower O2 tension (5%) can give rise to higher success rates when compared with normoxic conditions (20%). However, the mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of reduced oxygen tension in embryogenesis remain unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of oxygen related and antioxidant genes and mitochondrial function in mouse embryo cultured under hypoxic and normoxic conditions, to investigate the beneficial effect of low oxygen tension in preimplantation embryogenesis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727685/erbb4-signaling-in-dopaminergic-axonal-projections-increases-extracellular-dopamine-levels-and-regulates-spatial-working-memory-behaviors
#10
M Skirzewski, I Karavanova, A Shamir, L Erben, J Garcia-Olivares, J H Shin, D Vullhorst, V A Alvarez, S G Amara, A Buonanno
Genetic variants of Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) and its neuronal tyrosine kinase receptor ErbB4 are associated with risk for schizophrenia, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by excitatory/inhibitory imbalance and dopamine (DA) dysfunction. To date, most ErbB4 studies have focused on GABAergic interneurons in the hippocampus and neocortex, particularly fast-spiking parvalbumin-positive (PV+) basket cells. However, NRG has also been shown to modulate DA levels, suggesting a role for ErbB4 signaling in dopaminergic neuron function...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726759/high-resolution-inhibition-profiling-combined-with-hplc-hrms-spe-nmr-for-identification-of-ptp1b-inhibitors-from-vietnamese-plants
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Binh Thi Dieu Trinh, Anna K Jäger, Dan Staerk
Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) plays a key role as a negative regulator in insulin signal transduction by deactivating the insulin receptor. Thus, PTP1B inhibition has emerged as a potential therapeutic strategy for curing insulin resistance. In this study, 40 extracts from 18 different plant species were investigated for PTP1B inhibitory activity in vitro. The most promising one, the EtOAc extract of Ficus racemosa, was investigated by high-resolution PTP1B inhibition profiling combined with HPLC-HRMS-SPE-NMR analysis...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726723/mertensene-a-halogenated-monoterpene-induces-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-of-human-colon-adenocarcinoma-ht29-cell-line-through-the-modulation-of-erk-1-2-akt-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Safa Tarhouni-Jabberi, Ons Zakraoui, Efstathia Ioannou, Ichrak Riahi-Chebbi, Meriam Haoues, Vassilios Roussis, Riadh Kharrat, Khadija Essafi-Benkhadir
Conventional treatment of advanced colorectal cancer is associated with tumor resistance and toxicity towards normal tissues. Therefore, development of effective anticancer therapeutic alternatives is still urgently required. Nowadays, marine secondary metabolites have been extensively investigated due to the fact that they frequently exhibit anti-tumor properties. However, little attention has been given to terpenoids isolated from seaweeds. In this study, we isolated the halogenated monoterpene mertensene from the red alga Pterocladiella capillacea (S...
July 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726057/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-mif-modulates-trophic-signaling-through-interaction-with-serine-protease-htra1
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Åsa Fex Svenningsen, Svenja Löring, Anna Lahn Sørensen, Ha Uyen Buu Huynh, Simone Hjæresen, Nellie Martin, Jesper Bonnet Moeller, Maria Louise Elkjær, Uffe Holmskov, Zsolt Illes, Malin Andersson, Solveig Beck Nielsen, Eirikur Benedikz
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), a small conserved protein, is abundant in the immune- and central nervous system (CNS). MIF has several receptors and binding partners that can modulate its action on a cellular level. It is upregulated in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer although its function is far from clear. Here, we report the finding of a new binding partner to MIF, the serine protease HTRA1. This enzyme cleaves several growth factors, extracellular matrix molecules and is implicated in some of the same diseases as MIF...
July 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725939/escalated-cocaine-binges-in-rats-enduring-effects-of-social-defeat-stress-or-intra-vta-crf
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Michael Z Leonard, Joseph F DeBold, Klaus A Miczek
RATIONALE: Exposure to intermittent social defeat stress elicits corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) release into the VTA and induces long-term modulation of mesocorticolimbic dopamine activity in rats. These adaptations are associated with an intense cocaine-taking phenotype, which is prevented by CRF receptor antagonists. OBJECTIVE: The present studies examine whether infusion of CRF into the VTA is sufficient to escalate cocaine-taking behavior, in the absence of social defeat experience...
July 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725182/canonical-and-novel-non-canonical-cholinergic-agonists-inhibit-atp-induced-release-of-monocytic-interleukin-1%C3%AE-via-different-combinations-of-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-subunits-%C3%AE-7-%C3%AE-9-and-%C3%AE-10
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Anna Zakrzewicz, Katrin Richter, Alisa Agné, Sigrid Wilker, Kathrin Siebers, Bijan Fink, Gabriela Krasteva-Christ, Mike Althaus, Winfried Padberg, Arik J Hone, J Michael McIntosh, Veronika Grau
Recently, we discovered a cholinergic mechanism that inhibits the adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent release of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) by human monocytes via nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) composed of α7, α9 and/or α10 subunits. Furthermore, we identified phosphocholine (PC) and dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) as novel nicotinic agonists that elicit metabotropic activity at monocytic nAChR. Interestingly, PC does not provoke ion channel responses at conventional nAChRs composed of subunits α9 and α10...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724927/dual-functionality-nanobioconjugates-targeting-intracellular-bacteria-in-cancer-cells-with-enhanced-antimicrobial-activity
#16
Rohini Singh, Smita Patil, Neetu Singh, Shalini Gupta
Bacterial drug resistance has emerged as a serious global threat mandating the development of novel methodologies that allow facile modulation of antimicrobial action in a controlled fashion. Conjugating antibiotics to nanoparticles helps to meet this goal by increasing the drug's overall avidity, bioavailability and easier internalisation into mammalian cells, targeting bacteria that otherwise escape antibacterial action by host cell-localisation. We used polymyxin B sulfate (PMB) and sushi peptide as model drugs against Gram-negative bacteria and established their enhanced antimicrobial activity on Escherichia coli (E...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724908/design-and-discovery-of-novel-monastrol-1-3-5-triazines-as-potent-anti-breast-cancer-agent-via-attenuating-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-tyrosine-kinase
#17
Jitendra Kumar Srivastava, Girinath G Pillai, Hans Raj Bhat, Amita Verma, Udaya Pratap Singh
A novel series of hybrid analogues of monastrol-1,3,5-triazine were designed and developed via one-pot synthesis using Bi(NO3)3 as a catalyst. Entire compounds were evaluated for their anticancer activity against HeLa (cervical cancer), MCF-7 (breast cancer), HL-60 (Human promyelocytic leukemia), HepG2 (Hepatocellular carcinoma) and MCF 12A (normal epithelial breast cell line) using MTT assay, where they showed highest inhibitory activity against MCF-7. The molecules were also found to be non-toxic to MCF 12A cells...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724891/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-alpha-is-involved-in-rip-induced-necroptosis-caused-by-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-ischemic-brain-injury
#18
Xiao-Sa Yang, Tai-Long Yi, Sai Zhang, Zhong-Wei Xu, Ze-Qi Yu, Hong-Tao Sun, Cheng Yang, Yue Tu, Shi-Xiang Cheng
Necroptosis, a novel type of programmed cell death, is involved in stroke-induced ischemic brain injury. Although studies have sought to explore the mechanisms of necroptosis, its signaling pathway has not yet to be completely elucidated. Thus, we used oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) and middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) models mimicking ischemic stroke (IS) conditions to investigate mechanisms of necroptosis. We found that OGD and MCAO induced cell death, local brain ischemia and neurological deficit, while zVAD-fmk (zVAD, an apoptotic inhibitor), GSK'872 (a receptor interacting protein kinase-3 (RIP3) inhibitor), and combined treatment alleviated cell death and ischemic brain injury...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724801/tcr-ligand-dissociation-rate-is-a-robust-and-stable-biomarker-of-cd8-t-cell-potency
#19
Mathilde Allard, Barbara Couturaud, Laura Carretero-Iglesia, Minh Ngoc Duong, Julien Schmidt, Gwennaëlle C Monnot, Pedro Romero, Daniel E Speiser, Michael Hebeisen, Nathalie Rufer
Despite influencing many aspects of T cell biology, the kinetics of T cell receptor (TCR) binding to peptide-major histocompatibility molecules (pMHC) remain infrequently determined in patient monitoring or for adoptive T cell therapy. Using specifically designed reversible fluorescent pMHC multimeric complexes, we performed a comprehensive study of TCR-pMHC off-rates combined with various functional assays on large libraries of self/tumor- and virus-specific CD8+ T cell clones from melanoma patients and healthy donors...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724750/disruption-of-a-structurally-important-extracellular-element-in-the-glycine-receptor-leads-to-decreased-synaptic-integration-and-signaling-resulting-in-severe-startle-disease
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Natascha Schaefer, Alexandra Berger, Johannes van Brederode, Fang Zheng, Yan Zhang, Sophie Leacock, Laura Littau, Sibylle Jablonka, Sony Malhotra, Maya Topf, Friederike Winter, Daria Davydova, Joseph W Lynch, Christopher J Paige, Christian Alzheimer, Robert J Harvey, Carmen Villmann
Functional impairments or trafficking defects of inhibitory glycine receptors (GlyRs) have been linked to human hyperekplexia/startle disease and autism spectrum disorder. We found that lack of synaptic integration of GlyRs, together with disrupted receptor function is responsible for a lethal startle phenotype in a novel spontaneous mouse mutant shaky, caused by a missense mutation Q177K located in the extracellular β8-β9 loop of the GlyR α1 subunit. Recently, structural data provided evidence that the flexibility of the β8-β9 loop is crucial for conformational transitions during opening and closing of the ion channel and represents a novel allosteric binding site in cys-loop receptors...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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