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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345117/inwardly-rectifying-k-currents-in-cultured-oligodendrocytes-from-rat-optic-nerve-are-insensitive-to-ph
#1
Alberto Pérez-Samartín, Edith Garay, Juan Pablo H Moctezuma, Abraham Cisneros-Mejorado, María Victoria Sánchez-Gómez, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Leticia Robles-Martínez, Manuel Canedo-Antelo, Carlos Matute, Rogelio O Arellano
Inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) channel expression signals at an advanced stage of maturation during oligodendroglial differentiation. Knocking down their expression halts the generation of myelin and produces severe abnormalities in the central nervous system. Kir4.1 is the main subunit involved in the tetrameric structure of Kir channels in glial cells; however, the precise composition of Kir channels expressed in oligodendrocytes (OLs) remains partially unknown, as participation of other subunits has been proposed...
March 27, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343565/thermal-tolerance-and-preferred-temperature-range-of-juvenile-meagre-acclimated-to-four-temperatures
#2
Mehmet Kır, Murat Can Sunar, Barış Can Altındağ
The present study reports the temperature tolerance, estimated using dynamic and static methodologies, and preferred temperature range, based on oxygen consumption rate (OCR), of juvenile meagre (Argyrosomus regius) (Asso, 1801) (3.4±0.9g) after 30 days of acclimation at 18, 22, 26 and 30°C. Meagre has dynamic and static thermal tolerance zones of 551°C(2) and 460°C(2), respectively and is a low resistance fish species, with a resistance zone area of 87°C(2). The OCR of juvenile meagre at the above acclimation temperatures was 370, 410, 618 and 642mgh(-1)kg(-)(1), respectively, and is significantly different (P<0...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343239/improved-full-length-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-transcript-discovery-in-mauritian-cynomolgus-macaques
#3
Trent M Prall, Michael E Graham, Julie A Karl, Roger W Wiseman, Adam J Ericsen, Muthuswamy Raveendran, R Alan Harris, Donna M Muzny, Richard A Gibbs, Jeffrey Rogers, David H O'Connor
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) modulate disease progression of pathogens including HIV, malaria, and hepatitis C. Cynomolgus and rhesus macaques are widely used as nonhuman primate models to study human pathogens, and so, considerable effort has been put into characterizing their KIR genetics. However, previous studies have relied on cDNA cloning and Sanger sequencing that lack the throughput of current sequencing platforms. In this study, we present a high throughput, full-length allele discovery method utilizing Pacific Biosciences circular consensus sequencing (CCS)...
March 25, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340829/impact-of-prophylaxis-vs-pre-emptive-approach-for-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
#4
O Kır, A Zeytinoğlu, B Arda, M Yılmaz, G Aşçı, H Töz
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common viral infection during the post-transplant period, and it is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in kidney transplantation. In this study, the incidence and impact of pre-emptive and prophylactic approaches and long-term effects on graft and patient survival of CMV infection were investigated. Among 493 adult kidney transplant recipients, pretransplant CMV IgG-negative patients and patients with a follow-up shorter than a month were excluded. The patients were divided into 2 groups: pre-emptive group (n = 187, regular screening and acyclovir 400 mg twice daily for 6 months), and prophylaxis group (n = 275, valganciclovir 450 mg/d for 3 months)...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340818/use-of-atg-fresenius-as-an-induction-agent-in-deceased-donor-kidney-transplantation
#5
M Yilmaz, T Ö Sezer, O Kir, A Öztürk, C Hoşcoşkun, H Töz
BACKGROUND: Anti-T-lymphocyte globulins (ATG) are most commonly used as induction agents in kidney transplantation (KT). In this study, we investigated the use of ATG as induction therapy in deceased-donor KT. METHODS: Among 152 deceased-donor KT recipients transplanted between January 2009 and December 2003, 147 with exact data were enrolled in this study. Delayed graft function was defined as dialysis requirement after KT. Greater than 10% panel-reactive antibody (PRA) was considered as positive...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337195/nk-cells-uncertain-allies-against-malaria
#6
REVIEW
Asia-Sophia Wolf, Samuel Sherratt, Eleanor M Riley
Until recently, studies of natural killer (NK) cells in infection have focused almost entirely on their role in viral infections. However, there is an increasing awareness of the potential for NK cells to contribute to the control of a wider range of pathogens, including intracellular parasites such as Plasmodium spp. Given the high prevalence of parasitic diseases in the developing world and the devastating effects these pathogens have on large numbers of vulnerable people, investigating interactions between NK cells and parasitized host cells presents the opportunity to reveal novel immunological mechanisms with the potential to aid efforts to eradicate these diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335888/second-and-third-generation-drugs-for-immuno-oncology-treatment-the-more-the-better
#7
REVIEW
Wolfram C M Dempke, Klaus Fenchel, Peter Uciechowski, Stephen P Dale
Recent success in cancer immunotherapy (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD1/PD-L1) has confirmed the hypothesis that the immune system can control many cancers across various histologies, in some cases producing durable responses in a way not seen with many small-molecule drugs. However, only less than 25% of all patients do respond to immuno-oncology drugs and several resistance mechanisms have been identified (e.g. T-cell exhaustion, overexpression of caspase-8 and β-catenin, PD-1/PD-L1 gene amplification, MHC-I/II mutations)...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333380/smooth-muscle-ion-channels-and-regulation-of-vascular-tone-in-resistance-arteries-and-arterioles
#8
Nathan R Tykocki, Erika M Boerman, William F Jackson
Vascular tone of resistance arteries and arterioles determines peripheral vascular resistance, contributing to the regulation of blood pressure and blood flow to, and within the body's tissues and organs. Ion channels in the plasma membrane and endoplasmic reticulum of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in these blood vessels importantly contribute to the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ concentration, the primary determinant of SMC contractile activity and vascular tone. Ion channels provide the main source of activator Ca2+ that determines vascular tone, and strongly contribute to setting and regulating membrane potential, which, in turn, regulates the open-state-probability of voltage gated Ca2+ channels (VGCCs), the primary source of Ca2+ in resistance artery and arteriolar SMCs...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331977/role-of-plasma-membrane-associated-akaps-for-the-regulation-of-cardiac-ik1-current-by-protein-kinase-a
#9
Claudia Seyler, Daniel Scherer, Christoph Köpple, Martin Kulzer, Sevil Korkmaz, Panagiotis Xynogalos, Dierk Thomas, Ziya Kaya, Eberhard Scholz, Johannes Backs, Christoph Karle, Hugo A Katus, Edgar Zitron
The cardiac IK1 current stabilizes the resting membrane potential of cardiomyocytes. Protein kinase A (PKA) induces an inhibition of IK1 current which strongly promotes focal arrhythmogenesis. The molecular mechanisms underlying this regulation have only partially been elucidated yet. Furthermore, the role of A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs) in this regulation has not been examined to date. The objective of this project was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the inhibition of IK1 by PKA and to identify novel molecular targets for antiarrhythmic therapy downstream β-adrenoreceptors...
March 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
#10
Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293408/impact-of-donor-specific-anti-hla-antibodies-and-donor-kir-characteristics-in-haploidentical-hsct-for-beta-thalassemia
#11
Marco Andreani, Manuela Testi, Pietro Sodani, Maria Troiano, Andrea Di Luzio, Giuseppe Testa, Michela Falco, Elvira Poggi, Javid Gaziev, Antonina Piazza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293391/gestational-diabetes-leads-to-down-regulation-of-cdk4-prb-e2f1-pathway-genes-in-pancreatic-islets-of-rat-offspring
#12
Zahra Nazari, Mohammad Nabiuni, Mohsen Saeidi, Mohammad Jafar Golalipour
OBJECTIVES: The link between a hyperglycemic intrauterine environment and the development of diabetes later in life has been observed in offspring exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), but the underlying mechanisms for this phenomenon are still not clear. Reduced β-cells mass is a determinant in the development of diabetes (type 1 and type 2 diabetes). Some recent studies have provided evidence that the CDK4-pRB-E2F1 regulatory pathway is involved in β-cells proliferation...
February 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292677/multiple-lines-of-evidence-to-identify-sewage-as-the-cause-of-water-quality-impairment-in-an-urbanized-tropical-watershed
#13
Marek Kirs, Veljo Kisand, Mayee Wong, Roberto A Caffaro-Filho, Philip Moravcik, Valerie J Harwood, Bunnie Yoneyama, Roger S Fujioka
Indicator bacteria, which are conventionally used to evaluate recreational water quality, can originate from various non-human enteric and extra-enteric sources, hence they may not be indicative of human health risk nor do they provide information on the sources of contamination. In this study we utilized traditional (enterococci and Escherichia coli) and alternative (Clostridium perfringens) indicator bacteria, F(+)-specific coliphage, molecular markers for microorganisms associated with human sewage (human-associated Bacteroides and polyomaviruses), and microbial community analysis tools (16S rRNA gene fragment amplicon sequencing), to identify and evaluate human sewage-related impact in the Manoa watershed in Honolulu, Hawaii...
March 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288868/inhibition-of-kir4-1-potassium-channels-by-quinacrine
#14
Leticia G Marmolejo-Murillo, Iván A Aréchiga-Figueroa, Meng Cui, Eloy G Moreno-Galindo, Ricardo A Navarro-Polanco, José A Sánchez-Chapula, Tania Ferrer, Aldo A Rodríguez Menchaca
Inwardly rectifying potassium (Kir) channels are expressed in many cell types and contribute to a wide range of physiological processes. Particularly, Kir4.1 channels are involved in the astroglial spatial potassium buffering. In this work, we examined the effects of the cationic amphiphilic drug quinacrine on Kir4.1 channels heterologously expressed in HEK293 cells, employing the patch clamp technique. Quinacrine inhibited the currents of Kir4.1 channels in a concentration and voltage dependent manner. In inside-out patches, quinacrine inhibited Kir4...
March 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280748/cervical-carcinogenesis-and-immune-response-gene-polymorphisms-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Akash M Mehta, Merel Mooij, Ivan Branković, Sander Ouburg, Servaas A Morré, Ekaterina S Jordanova
The local immune response is considered a key determinant in cervical carcinogenesis after persistent infection with oncogenic, high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Genetic variation in various immune response genes has been shown to influence risk of developing cervical cancer, as well as progression and survival among cervical cancer patients. We reviewed the literature on associations of immunogenetic single nucleotide polymorphism, allele, genotype, and haplotype distributions with risk and progression of cervical cancer...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280089/successful-transfer-of-umbilical-cord-blood-cd34-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-derived-nk-cells-in-older-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients
#16
Harry Dolstra, Mieke W H Roeven, Jan Spanholtz, Basav N Hangalapura, Marleen Tordoir, Frans Maas, Marij Leenders, Fenna Bohme, Nina Kok, Carel Trilsbeek, Jos Paardekooper, Anniek B van der Waart, Peter E Westerweel, Tjeerd J F Snijders, Jan J Cornelissen, Gerard M J Bos, Hans F M Pruijt, Aniek O De Graaf, Bert van der Reijden, Joop H Jansen, Arnold van der Meer, Gerwin Huls, Jeannette Cany, Frank Preijers, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Nicolaas M Schaap
PURPOSE: Older acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients have a poor prognosis, therefore novel therapies are needed. Allogeneic natural killer (NK) cells have been adoptively transferred with promising clinical results. Here, we report the first-in-human study exploiting an unique scalable NK cell product generated ex vivo from CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) from partially HLA-matched umbilical cord blood units. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Ten older AML patients in morphologic complete remission received an escalating HSPC-NK cell dose (between 3 and 30x10^6/kg body weight) after lymphodepleting chemotherapy without cytokine boosting...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272205/association-between-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-kir-polymorphisms-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle-in-populations-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
#17
Hui-Ling Liang, Shu-Juan Ma, Hong-Zhuan Tan
BACKGROUND: Recently, a growing number of studies show that the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) gene polymorphisms may play a role in the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) susceptibility. Nonetheless, the results were inconsistent. Thus, a meta-analysis was carried out by integrating multiple research to clarify the association between KIR polymorphisms and SLE susceptibility. METHODS: The Web of Science, Embase (Ovid), PubMed, Elsevier Science Direct, the Chinese Biomedical Database and CNKI, Wanfang databases (last search was updated on May 15, 2016) were systematically searched to select studies on addressing the association between the KIR polymorphisms and susceptibility to SLE in populations...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264973/two-orangutan-species-have-evolved-different-kir-alleles-and-haplotypes
#18
Lisbeth A Guethlein, Paul J Norman, Corinne M C Heijmans, Natasja G de Groot, Hugo G Hilton, Farbod Babrzadeh, Laurent Abi-Rached, Ronald E Bontrop, Peter Parham
The immune and reproductive functions of human NK cells are regulated by interactions of the C1 and C2 epitopes of HLA-C with C1-specific and C2-specific lineage III killer cell Ig-like receptors (KIR). This rapidly evolving and diverse system of ligands and receptors is restricted to humans and great apes. In this context, the orangutan has particular relevance because it represents an evolutionary intermediate, one having the C1 epitope and corresponding KIR but lacking the C2 epitope. Through a combination of direct sequencing, KIR genotyping, and data mining from the Great Ape Genome Project, we characterized the KIR alleles and haplotypes for panels of 10 Bornean orangutans and 19 Sumatran orangutans...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262191/protective-effect-of-acetyl-l-carnitine-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-wistar-albino-rats
#19
Hatice Adiguzel Dundar, Muge Kiray, Mustafa Kir, Efsun Kolatan, Alper Bagriyanik, Zekiye Altun, Safiye Aktas, Hulya Ellidokuz, Osman Yilmaz, Kamer Mutafoglu, Nur Olgun
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Anthracyclines are one of the most preferred agents in practical pediatric oncology despite their dose-dependent cardiotoxic effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) has protective effects on doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS: Wistar rats were divided into four groups; control, DOX, ALCAR and ALCAR+DOX. Rats in the first group were given saline on study days, whereas those in the second group were given a single dose of DOX on the 5(th) day and saline on the other days...
October 2016: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261910/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-hcv-clearance
#20
REVIEW
Emeline Gauthiez, Ines Habfast-Robertson, Sina Rüeger, Zoltan Kutalik, Vincent Aubert, Thomas Berg, Andreas Cerny, Meri Gorgievski, Jacob George, Markus H Heim, Raffaele Malinverni, Darius Moradpour, Beat Müllhaupt, Francesco Negro, David Semela, Nasser Semmo, Jean Villard, Stéphanie Bibert, Pierre-Yves Bochud
BACKGROUND & AIMS: While hepatitis C exemplifies the role of host genetics in infectious diseases outcomes, there is no comprehensive overview of polymorphisms influencing spontaneous and/or treatment-induced HCV clearance. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of host polymorphisms associated with these phenotypes. METHODS: Litterature search was conducted by using combinations of keywords in 3 databases. Studies were reviewed and relevant data systematically extracted for subsequent meta-analyses...
March 6, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
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