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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328926/frequency-and-role-of-nkp46-and-nkg2a-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Teppei Yoshioka, Tomohide Tatsumi, Takuya Miyagi, Kaori Mukai, Kumiko Nishio, Akira Nishio, Yoshinobu Yokoyama, Takahiro Suda, Tadashi Kegasawa, Minoru Shigekawa, Hayato Hikita, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tetsuo Takehara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the control of viral infection. However, the role of NK cells in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unclear. This study investigated the frequencies and roles of NK cells in CHB, with a focus on activating receptor NKp46 and inhibitory receptor NKG2A. PATIENTS/METHOD: Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from 71 CHB patients and 37 healthy subjects (HS). The expressions of NKp46 and NKG2A were analyzed using flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328745/gpcr-signaling-via-%C3%AE-arrestin-dependent-mechanisms
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Pierre-Yves Jean-Charles, Suneet Kaur, Sudha K Shenoy
β-arrestin1 (or arrestin2) and β-arrestin2 (or arrestin3) are ubiquitously expressed cytosolic adaptor proteins that were originally discovered for their inhibitory role in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling via heterotrimeric G proteins. However, further biochemical characterization revealed that β-arrestins do not just 'block' the activated GPCRs, but trigger endocytosis and kinase activation leading to specific signaling pathways that can be localized on endosomes. The signaling pathways initiated by β-arrestins were also found to be independent of G protein activation by GPCRs...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328743/acetylcholine-atropine-interactions-paradoxical-effects-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility
#3
Yu Liu, Benjamin J Scherlag, Youqi Fan, Wenfang Xia, He Huang, Sunny S Po
Atropine (ATr) is well known as a cholinergic antagonist, however, at low concentrations ATr could paradoxically accentuate the parasympathetic actions of acetylcholine (ACh). In 22 pentobarbital anesthetized dogs, via a left and right thoracotomy, a leak proof barrier was attached to isolate the atrial appendages (AAs) from the rest of the atria. In Group 1(Ach+ATr+Ach), ACh, 100 mM, was placed on the AA followed by the application of ATr, 2mg/cc. The average AFdur was 17±7 minutes. After ATr was applied to the AA and ACh again tested, the AFdur was markedly attenuated (2±2 minutes, p<0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327657/dynasore-impairs-vegfr2-signalling-in-an-endocytosis-independent-manner
#4
Dimitris Basagiannis, Sofia Zografou, Katerina Galanopoulou, Savvas Christoforidis
VEGFR2 is a critical angiogenic receptor playing a key role in vascular homeostasis. Upon activation by VEGF, VEGFR2 becomes endocytosed. Internalisation of VEGFR2 is facilitated, in part, through clathrin mediated endocytosis (CME), the role of which in VEGFR2 function is debated. Here, we confirm the contribution of CME in VEGFR2 uptake. However, curiously, we find that different approaches of inhibition of CME exert contradictory effects on VEGF signalling; knockdown of clathrin, or of dynamin, or overexpression of dynamin K44A, do not affect VEGF-induced phosphorylation of ERK1/2, while dynasore causes strong inhibition...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326937/the-dietary-constituent-resveratrol-suppresses-nociceptive-neurotransmission-via-the-nmda-receptor
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Shiori Takehana, Yoshiko Kubota, Nobuo Uotsu, Kei Yui, Koichi Iwata, Yoshihito Shimazu, Mamoru Takeda
Background Although we have previously reported that intravenous resveratrol administration inhibits the nociceptive neuronal activity of spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis neurons, the site of the central effect remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute intravenous resveratrol administration in the rat attenuates central glutamatergic transmission of spinal trigeminal nucleus caudalis neurons responding to nociceptive mechanical stimulation in vivo, using extracellular single-unit recordings and microiontophoretic techniques...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326936/a-role-for-the-locus-coeruleus-in-the-analgesic-efficacy-of-n-acetylaspartylglutamate-peptidase-gcpii-inhibitors-zj43-and-2-pmpa
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Takahiro Nonaka, Toshihiko Yamada, Tatsuhiro Ishimura, Daiying Zuo, John R Moffett, Joseph H Neale, Tatsuo Yamamoto
N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG) is the third most prevalent and widely distributed neurotransmitter in the mammalian nervous system. NAAG activates a group II metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR3) and is inactivated by an extracellular enzyme, glutamate carboxypeptidase II (GCPII) in vivo. Inhibitors of this enzyme are analgesic in animal models of inflammatory, neuropathic and bone cancer pain. NAAG and GCPII are present in the locus coeruleus, a center for the descending noradrenergic inhibitory pain system...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326934/activations-of-muscarinic-m1-receptors-in-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-contribute-to-the-antinociceptive-effect-via-gabaergic-transmission
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Kohei Koga, Yu Matsuzaki, Kenji Honda, Fumihiro Eto, Tomonori Furukawa, Keisuke Migita, Keiichi Irie, Kenichi Mishima, Shinya Ueno
Background Cholinergic systems regulate the synaptic transmission resulting in the contribution of the nociceptive behaviors. Anterior cingulate cortex is a key cortical area to play roles in nociception and chronic pain. However, the effect of the activation of cholinergic system for nociception is still unknown in the cortical area. Here, we tested whether the activation of cholinergic receptors can regulate nociceptive behaviors in adult rat anterior cingulate cortex by integrative methods including behavior, immunohistochemical, and electrophysiological methods...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325835/picomolar-selective-and-subtype-specific-small-molecule-inhibition-of-trpc1-4-5-channels
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Hussein N Rubaiy, Melanie J Ludlow, Matthias Henrot, Hannah J Gaunt, Katarina Miteva, Sin Yin Cheung, Yasuyuki Tanahashi, Nurasyikin Hamzah, Katie E Musialowski, Nicola M Blythe, Hollie L Appleby, Marc A Bailey, Lynn McKeown, Roger Taylor, Richard Foster, Herbert Waldmann, Peter Nussbaumer, Mathias Christmann, Robin S Bon, Katsuhiko Muraki, David J Beech
The concentration of free cytosolic Ca(2+) and the voltage across the plasma membrane are major determinants of cell function. Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cationic channels are known to regulate these parameters but understanding of these channels remains inadequate. Here we focus on Transient Receptor Potential Canonical 4 and 5 proteins (TRPC4 and TRPC5) which assemble as homomers or heteromerize with TRPC1 to form Ca(2+)-permeable non-selective cationic channels in many mammalian cell types. Multiple roles have been suggested including in epilepsy, innate fear, pain and cardiac remodeling but limitations in tools to probe these channels have restricted progress...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325750/molecular-pathways-evaluating-the-potential-for-b7-h4-as-an-immunoregulatory-target
#9
Heather L MacGregor, Pamela S Ohashi
With the clinical success of CTLA-4 and PD-1 blockade in treating malignancies, there is tremendous interest in finding new ways to augment anti-tumor responses by targeting other inhibitory molecules. In this review, we describe one such molecule. B7-H4, a member of the B7 family of immunoregulatory proteins, inhibits T cell proliferation and cytokine production through ligation of an unknown receptor expressed by activated T cells. Notably, B7-H4 protein expression is observed in a high proportion of patients' tumors across a wide variety of malignancies...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325123/effect-of-stimulation-of-cold-receptors-with-menthol-on-emg-activity-of-quadriceps-muscle-during-low-load-contraction
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Tadayuki Tokunaga, Hitoshi Sugawara, Chigaya Tadano, Masuo Muro
PURPOSE: Facilitatory and inhibitory responses of spinal motor neurons are influenced by somatosensory input from the skin. The purpose of this study, employing electromyography, was to examine the neuromuscular changes that occur with menthol applied to the skin over the quadriceps muscle. METHODS: Forty-two healthy volunteers performed isometric knee extensions at 35% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) in three groups (Adult Placebo, Adult Menthol, Older Adult Menthol)...
March 21, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324061/progesterone-protects-against-bpa-induced-arrhythmias-in-female-rat-cardiac-myocytes-via-rapid-signaling
#11
Jianyong Ma, Kui Hong, Hong-Sheng Wang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) that has a range of potential adverse health effects. Previously we showed that acute exposure to BPA promoted arrhythmias in female rat hearts through estrogen receptor rapid signaling. Progesterone (P4) and estrogen have antagonistic or complementary actions in a number of tissues and systems. In the current study, we examined the influence, and possible protective effect, of P4 on the rapid cardiac actions of BPA in female rat cardiac myocytes...
January 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324026/gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-gnih-the-piscine-ortholog-of-lpxrfa-participates-in-17%C3%AE-estradiol-feedback-in-female-goldfish-reproduction
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Xin Qi, Wenyi Zhou, Qingqing Wang, Liang Guo, Danqi Lu, Haoran Lin
Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) plays a critical role in regulating GnRH, GtH and steroidogenesis in teleosts. In the present study, we sought to determine whether E2 (17β-estradiol) acts directly on GnIH neurons to regulate reproduction in goldfish, a seasonal breeder, and we investigated the role of estrogen receptors in mediating this process. We found that GnIH neurons co-express three types of ERs. Ovariectomy and letrozole implantation into female goldfish at the vitellogenic stage elicited a significant decrease in the expression of GnIH mRNA, and E2 supplementation abolished this effect...
January 4, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323850/ligand-guided-homology-modelling-of-the-gabab2-subunit-of-the-gabab-receptor
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Thibaud Freyd, Dawid Warszycki, Stefan Mordalski, Andrzej J Bojarski, Ingebrigt Sylte, Mari Gabrielsen
γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, and disturbances in the GABAergic system have been implicated in numerous neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases. The GABAB receptor is a heterodimeric class C G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) consisting of GABAB1a/b and GABAB2 subunits. Two GABAB receptor ligand binding sites have been described, namely the orthosteric GABA binding site located in the extracellular GABAB1 Venus fly trap domain and the allosteric binding site found in the GABAB2 transmembrane domain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323049/sutherlandia-frutescens-modulates-adrenal-hormone-biosynthesis-displays-anti-mineralocorticoid-and-serga-properties-acting-as-a-dissociated-glucocorticoid
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C A Sergeant, D Africander, P Swart, A C Swart
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sutherlandia frutescens is a traditional African medicinal plant used in the treatment of stress and anxiety, while also exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties. AIM OF STUDY: The study aimed at linking anti-stress and anti-inflammatory properties of S. frutescens to its influence on glucocorticoid biosynthesis and the inflammatory response via steroid receptor interaction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of S...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322972/potential-role-of-cyp1b1-in-the-development-and-treatment-of-metabolic-diseases
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Fei Li, Weifeng Zhu, Frank J Gonzalez
Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1), a member of CYP450s, is expressed in liver and extrahepatic tissues carries out the metabolism of numerous xenobiotics, including the metabolic activation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Surprisingly, CYP1B1 was also shown to be important in regulating endogenous metabolic pathways, including the metabolism of steroid hormones, fatty acids, melatonin, and vitamins. CYP1B1 and nuclear receptors including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), estrogen receptor (ER), and retinoic acid receptors (RAR) contribute to the maintenance of the homeostasis of these endogenous compounds...
March 16, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322834/anti-human-cd14-monoclonal-antibody-improves-survival-following-sepsis-induced-by-endotoxin-but-not-following-polymicrobial-infection
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Masaki Nakamura, Takashi Takeuchi, Kamon Shirakawa, Shoji Furusako
Cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14), a pattern recognition receptor expressed on myeloid cells and a critical component of the innate immune system, mediates local and systemic host responses to gram-negative bacterial products, including lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Therefore, CD14 is an attractive target for development of sepsis therapies, and several monoclonal anti-CD14 antibodies have been reported. In this study, we prepared an anti-human CD14 monoclonal antibody, F1024-1-3, which suppressed LPS-induced upregulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines and an adhesion molecule in human peripheral mononuclear cells and human vascular endothelial cells...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322832/dapoxetine-induces-neuroprotective-effects-against-glutamate-induced-neuronal-cell-death-by-inhibiting-calcium-signaling-and-mitochondrial-depolarization-in-cultured-rat-hippocampal-neurons
#17
Imju Jeong, Ji Seon Yang, Yi Jae Hong, Hee Jung Kim, Sang June Hahn, Shin Hee Yoon
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have an inhibitory effect on various ion channels including Ca(2+) channels. We used fluorescent dye-based digital imaging, whole-cell patch clamping and cytotoxicity assays to examine whether dapoxetine, a novel rapid-acting SSRI, affect glutamate-induced calcium signaling, mitochondrial depolarization and neuronal cell death in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. Pretreatment with dapoxetine for 10min inhibited glutamate-induced intracellular free Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) increases in a concentration-dependent manner (Half maximal inhibitory concentration= 4...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322790/short-chain-fatty-acids-gpr41-and-gpr43-ligands-inhibit-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-mcp-1-expression-by-modulating-p38-and-jnk-signaling-pathways-in-human-renal-cortical-epithelial-cells
#18
Mamiko Kobayashi, Daisuke Mikami, Hideki Kimura, Kazuko Kamiyama, Yukie Morikawa, Seiji Yokoi, Kenji Kasuno, Naoki Takahashi, Takanobu Taniguchi, Masayuki Iwano
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), such as acetate, propionate, and butyrate, are produced predominantly by gut microbiota fermentation of dietary fiber. SCFAs are newly identified as endogenous ligands of two orphan G protein-coupled receptors, GPR41 and GPR43, which have the potential to modulate inflammation. Therefore, GPR41 and GPR43 may mediate the link between the gut microbiome status and various disease conditions including renal inflammation. This study aimed at investigating whether SCFAs activate GPR41 and GPR43, and thereby exert anti-inflammatory effects in human renal cortical epithelial cells (HRCEs) as a main component of kidney tissue...
March 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322778/down-regulation-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-4-and-mapk-through-estrogen-receptor-mediated-cell-cycle-arrest-in-human-breast-cancer-induced-by-gold-nanoparticle-tagged-toxin-protein-nkct1
#19
Tanmoy Bhowmik, Antony Gomes
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine whether gold nanoparticles conjugated cytotoxic protein NKCT1 (GNP-NKCT1) acted through the estrogen receptor mediated pathway in MCF-7 cells and to establish the MAPK and PI3k/Akt signal transduction pathway. METHODS: Apoptosis was done by flow cytometry. BrdU incorporation and nuclear proliferating antigen was measured by flow cytometry. Wound healing assay along with matrigel chamber invasion and migration was done...
March 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322461/iodinated-tg-in-thyroid-follicular-lumen-regulates-ttf-1-and-pax8-expression-via-tsh-tshr-signaling-pathway
#20
Huibin Huang, Yaxiong Shi, Bo Liang, Huiyao Cai, Qingyan Cai
Our previous study showed that highly iodinated thyroglobulin (TG) inhibited thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1) and paired box gene 8 (PAX8) expression, but the potential mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we constructed a thyroid follicle model in vitro to mimic its natural physiological structure and explored how iodinated TG in the follicular lumen tuned TTF-1 and PAX8 expression. Our data showed that lowly iodinated TG enhanced PKA activity while upregulation of both TTF-1 and PAX8 expression; and that highly iodinated TG triggered PKC activity while suppression of TTF-1 and PAX8 expression...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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