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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340470/calcifying-giant-cell-cardiomyopathy-a-possible-new-entity-images-in-cardiovascular-pathology
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Ke-Yong Wang, Sohsuke Yamada, Shohei Shimajiri, Ryuji Nakano, Naoki Yamashita, Tetsuya So, Akihide Tanimoto
We demonstrated an extremely unusual case of an 83-year-old male's sudden death secondary to characteristic myocardial necrosis and fibrosis with calcification and multinucleated giant cells infiltration, possibly due to sepsis and Stage IV pulmonary pleomorphic carcinoma-induced cachexia after postmortem study. We propose that this calcifying giant cell cardiomyopathy (CGC) would be a new entity especially from the pathological viewpoints and should be considered in the classification of noninfectious myocarditis...
March 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339054/overexpression-of-tim-3-reduces-helicobacter-pylori-associated-inflammation-through-tlr4-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Fucai Wang, Zhirong Mao, Dongsheng Liu, Jing Yu, Youhua Wang, Wen Ye, Dongjia Lin, Nanjin Zhou, Yong Xie
The present study aimed to investigate the interaction between T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin-domain-containing molecule-3 (Tim-3) and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)/nuclear factor κB (NF‑κB) signaling in Helicobacter pylori-infected RAW264.7 macrophage cells. RAW264.7 cells were co‑cultured with H. pylori SS1 at different bacteria/cell ratios, and subsequently the mRNA expression of Tim‑3, TLR4, and myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) was measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR)...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339048/agr2-ameliorates-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-via-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-mediated-mlck-p-mlc-pathway-activation
#4
Xiaolin Ye, Mei Sun
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anterior gradient protein 2 homologue (AGR2) assists in maintaining intestinal homeostasis in dextran sulphate sodium-induced mouse ileocolitis; however, it is unclear whether it modulates intestinal barrier function. Our study aimed to investigate the protective role of AGR2 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced intestinal epithelial barrier injury. Caco-2 cell monolayers were pre-transfected with an AGR2 plasmid and then exposed to TNF-α...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339005/curcumin-inhibits-angiotensin-ii-induced-inflammation-and-proliferation-of-rat-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-by-elevating-ppar-%C3%AE-activity-and-reducing-oxidative-stress
#5
Hai-Yu Li, Mei Yang, Ze Li, Zhe Meng
Angiotensin II (AngII)-induced production of inflammatory factors and proliferation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) play an important role in the progression of atherosclerotic plaques. Growing evidence has demonstrated that activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) effectively attenuates AngII-induced inflammation and intercellular reactive oxygen species (iROS) production. Curcumin (Cur) inhibits inflammatory responses by enhancing PPAR-γ activity and reducing oxidative stress in various tissues...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338974/recombinant-cc16-protein-inhibits-the-production-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38-mapk-pathways-in-lps-activated-raw264-7-macrophages
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Min Pang, Yangyang Yuan, Dong Wang, Ting Li, Dan Wang, Xiaohong Shi, Min Guo, Chunfang Wang, Xinri Zhang, Guoping Zheng, Baofeng Yu, Hailong Wang
Accumulating evidence indicates that Clara cell protein-16 (CC16) has anti-inflammatory functions, although the involved molecular pathways have not been completely elucidated. Here, we evaluated the effect of recombinant rat CC16 (rCC16) on the expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-8 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated mouse macrophages (RAW264.7 cells) and explored the underlying molecular mechanisms. It was found that rCC16 inhibited LPS-induced TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 expression at both the messenger ribonucleicacid (mRNA) level and protein level in a concentration-dependent manner, as demonstrated by real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
March 17, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338619/role-and-function-of-a2a-and-a%C3%A2-adenosine-receptors-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-psoriatic-arthritis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Annalisa Ravani, Fabrizio Vincenzi, Alessandra Bortoluzzi, Melissa Padovan, Silvia Pasquini, Stefania Gessi, Stefania Merighi, Pier Andrea Borea, Marcello Govoni, Katia Varani
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases that affect joints, causing debilitating pain and disability. Adenosine receptors (ARs) play a key role in the mechanism of inflammation, and the activation of A2A and A₃AR subtypes is often associated with a reduction of the inflammatory status. The aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of ARs in patients suffering from early-RA (ERA), RA, AS and PsA. Messenger RNA (mRNA) analysis and saturation binding experiments indicated an upregulation of A2A and A₃ARs in lymphocytes obtained from patients when compared with healthy subjects...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337817/the-cytotoxic-effects-of-camptothecin-and-mastoparan-on-the-unicellular-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#8
Jürgen Voigt, Markus Morawski, Johannes Wöstemeyer
We have recently reported that protease inhibitors affecting the activity of the proteasome cause necrotic cell death in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii instead of inducing apoptosis as shown for some mammalian cell lines. Therefore, we have studied other well-known inducers of apoptosis in mammalian cells for their effects on C. reinhardtii cells. Mastoparan caused rapid cell death without a prominent lag-phase under all growth conditions, whereas the cytotoxic effect of the topoisomerase I inhibitor camptothecin exclusively occured during the cell-division phase...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337703/umi-77-primes-glioma-cells-for-trail-induced-apoptosis-by-unsequestering-bim-and-bak-from-mcl-1
#9
Ji-Wei Liu, Zhi-Chuan Zhu, Kui Li, Hong-Tao Wang, Zhi-Qi Xiong, Jing Zheng
Malignant glioma is the most common and aggressive form of brain tumor with poor prognosis of survival. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a promising anticancer agent but is insufficient of inducing apoptosis in some types of gliomas. In this study, we showed that the small-molecule Mcl-1 inhibitor UMI-77 sensitized glioma cells to TRAIL treatment, as evidenced by cell viability assay, Annexin V staining and JC-1 staining. Combination of UMI-77 and TRAIL in glioma cells led to the activation of caspase-8 and Bid, cleavage of caspase-3 and poly-ADP ribose polymerase (PARP), accumulation of tBid in the mitochondria and release of cytochrome c into the cytosol...
March 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337465/inflammatory-response-and-barrier-dysfunction-by-different-e-cigarette-flavoring-chemicals-identified-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-in-e-liquids-and-e-vapors-on-human-lung-epithelial-cells-and-fibroblasts
#10
Janice Gerloff, Isaac K Sundar, Robert Freter, Emily R Sekera, Alan E Friedman, Risa Robinson, Todd Pagano, Irfan Rahman
Recent studies suggest that electronic cigarette (e-cig) flavors can be harmful to lung tissue by imposing oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. The potential inflammatory response by lung epithelial cells and fibroblasts exposed to e-cig flavoring chemicals in addition to other risk-anticipated flavor enhancers inhaled by e-cig users is not known. The goal of this study was to evaluate the release of the proinflammatory cytokine (interleukin-8 [IL-8]) and epithelial barrier function in response to different e-cig flavoring chemicals identified in various e-cig e-liquid flavorings and vapors by chemical characterization using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis...
March 1, 2017: Appl In Vitro Toxicol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337303/the-involvement-and-possible-mechanism-of-nr4a1-in-chondrocyte-apoptosis-during-osteoarthritis
#11
Xinge Shi, Hui Ye, Xuedong Yao, Yanzheng Gao
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone, and places great burdens to daily life of patients. Nuclear orphan receptor nuclear receptor subfamily 4, group A, member 1 (NR4A1) is vital for cell apoptosis, but little is known about its role in OA. This study aims to reveal the expression and function of NR4A1 during OA chondrocyte apoptosis. NR4A1 expression by qRT-PCR and western blot, and chondrocyte apoptosis by TUNEL assay were detected in normal and OA joint cartilage...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337264/ip3r-and-ryr-calcium-channels-are-involved-in-neonatal-rat-cardiac-myocyte-hypertrophy-induced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE
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Gui-Jun Wang, Lian-Yi Guo, Hong-Xin Wang, Yu-Sheng Yao
To investigate which calcium channels are involved in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy induced by TNF-α, cultured cardiomyocytes were treated with 100 μg/L TNF-α. In addition, three different calcium channel blockers (2-APB, ryanodine and nifedipine) were used, and the effects of each calcium channel blocker on cardiac hypertrophy induced by TNF-α were carefully observed. Measurements included cytosolic calcium transients ([Ca(2+)]i), the level of intracellular calcium in individual cells, cell protein content, cell protein synthesis and cell volume...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337253/hepatoprotective-effects-of-antrodia-cinnamomea-the-modulation-of-oxidative-stress-signaling-in-a-mouse-model-of-alcohol-induced-acute-liver-injury
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Yange Liu, Juan Wang, Lanzhou Li, Wenji Hu, Yidi Qu, Yipei Ding, Lina Meng, Lirong Teng, Di Wang
In the present study, the components of A. cinnamomea (AC) mycelia were systematically analyzed. Subsequently, its hepatoprotective effects and the underlying mechanisms were explored using a mouse model of acute alcohol-induced liver injury. AC contained 25 types of fatty acid, 16 types of amino acid, 3 types of nucleotide, and 8 types of mineral. The hepatoprotective effects were observed after 2 weeks of AC treatment at doses of 75 mg/kg, 225 mg/kg, and 675 mg/kg in the mouse model. These effects were indicated by the changes in the levels of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, several oxidation-related factors, and inflammatory cytokines in serum and/or liver samples...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337252/small-interfering-rna-targeting-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-improves-cardiomyocyte-cell-viability-in-hypoxia-reoxygenation-injury-by-reducing-calcium-overload
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Yuriana Oropeza-Almazán, Eduardo Vázquez-Garza, Héctor Chapoy-Villanueva, Guillermo Torre-Amione, Gerardo García-Rivas
Intracellular Ca(2+) mishandling is an underlying mechanism in hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury that results in mitochondrial dysfunction and cardiomyocytes death. These events are mediated by mitochondrial Ca(2+) (mCa(2+)) overload that is facilitated by the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) channel. Along this line, we evaluated the effect of siRNA-targeting MCU in cardiomyocytes subjected to H/R injury. First, cardiomyocytes treated with siRNA demonstrated a reduction of MCU expression by 67%, which resulted in significant decrease in mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337141/%C3%AE-elemene-mechanistic-studies-on-cancer-cell-interaction-and-its-chemosensitization-effect
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REVIEW
Ziyu Jiang, Joe A Jacob, Dinesh S Loganathachetti, Prasannabalaji Nainangu, Baoan Chen
Over the past decade, screening and identifying novel compounds for their biomedical applications has become an upcoming area of research. Identifying the molecular mechanisms of these compounds has become an integral part of anticancer research. β-elemene, a sesquiterpene, is renowned for its anticancer activity against a variety of cell lines. Recent studies on β-elemene have elucidated that it possesses anti-proliferative effect on cancer cells by creating an apoptotic trigger. Interestingly, it also induces protective autophagy in some cancerous cell lines and is less cytotoxic compared to other widely accepted chemotherapeutic agents...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336852/amorphous-silica-particles-relevant-in-food-industry-influence-cellular-growth-and-associated-signaling-pathways-in-human-gastric-carcinoma-cells
#16
Anja Wittig, Helge Gehrke, Giorgia Del Favero, Eva-Maria Fritz, Marco Al-Rawi, Silvia Diabaté, Carsten Weiss, Haider Sami, Manfred Ogris, Doris Marko
Nanostructured silica particles are commonly used in biomedical and biotechnical fields, as well as, in cosmetics and food industry. Thus, their environmental and health impacts are of great interest and effects after oral uptake are only rarely investigated. In the present study, the toxicological effects of commercially available nano-scaled silica with a nominal primary diameter of 12 nm were investigated on the human gastric carcinoma cell line GXF251L. Besides the analysis of cytotoxic and proliferative effects and the comparison with effects of particles with a nominal primary diameter of 200 nm, emphasis was also given to their influence on the cellular epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) signaling pathways-both of them deeply involved in the regulation of cellular processes like cell cycle progression, differentiation or proliferation...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336489/current-applications-selection-and-possible-mechanisms-of-actions-of-synbiotics-in-improving-the-growth-and-health-status-in-aquaculture-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Truong-Giang Huynh, Ya-Li Shiu, Thanh-Phuong Nguyen, Quoc-Phu Truong, Jiann-Chu Chen, Chun-Hung Liu
Synbiotics, a conjunction between prebiotics and probiotics, have been used in aquaculture for over 10 years. However, the mechanisms of how synbiotics work as growth and immunity promoters are far from being unraveled. Here, we show that a prebiotic as part of a synbiotic is hydrolyzed to mono- or disaccharides as the sole carbon source with diverse mechanisms, thereby increasing biomass and colonization that is established by specific crosstalk between probiotic bacteria and the surface of intestinal epithelial cells of the host...
March 20, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335761/the-effects-of-jiao-tai-wan-on-sleep-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-in-obesity-resistant-rats-with-chronic-partial-sleep-deprivation
#18
Xin Zou, Wenya Huang, Fuer Lu, Ke Fang, Dingkun Wang, Shuyong Zhao, Jiming Jia, Lijun Xu, Kaifu Wang, Nan Wang, Hui Dong
BACKGROUND: Jiao-Tai-Wan (JTW), composed of Rhizome Coptidis and Cortex Cinnamomi, is a classical traditional Chinese prescription for treating insomnia. Several in vivo studies have concluded that JTW could exert its therapeutical effect in insomnia rats. However, the specific mechanism is still unclear. The present study aimed to explore the effect of JTW on sleep in obesity-resistant (OR) rats with chronic partial sleep deprivation (PSD) and to clarify its possible mechanism. METHODS: JTW was prepared and the main components contained in the granules were identified by 3D-High Performance Liquid Chromatography (3D-HPLC) assay...
March 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335614/therapeutic-targeting-of-protein-kinase-ck2-gene-expression-in-feline-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-naturally-occurring-large-animal-model-of-head-and-neck-cancer
#19
Claire Cannon, Janeen Trembley, Betsy Kren, Gretchen Unger, M Gerard O'Sullivan, Ingrid Cornax, Jaime Modiano, Khalil Ahmed
Protein kinase CK2 (CK2) is a highly promising target for cancer therapy and anti-CK2 gene expression therapy has shown effectiveness in rodent models of human head and neck cancer (HNC). To date, there has been no large animal model of cancer in which to further explore anti-CK2 therapies. Feline oral squamous cell carcinoma (FOSCC) has been proposed as a large animal model for human HNC and we have previously shown that CK2 is a rational target in FOSCC. We hypothesized that a novel tenfibgen coated tumor-specific nanocapsule carrying RNAi oligonucleotides targeting feline CK2α and CK2α' (TBG-RNAi-fCK2αα') would be safe in cats with FOSCC...
March 23, 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335600/redox-potential-sensitive-n-acetyl-cysteine-prodrug-nanoparticles-inhibit-the-activation-of-microglia-and-improve-neuronal-survival
#20
Eleni Markoutsa, Peisheng Xu
One hallmark of neuroinflammation is the activation of microglia, which triggers the production and release of reactive oxygen species (ROS), nitrate, nitrite, and cytokines. N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a free radical scavenger that is involved in the intracellular and extracellular detoxification of ROS in the brain. However, the clinical application of NAC is limited by its low bioavailability and short half-life. Herein, NAC was conjugated to a polymer through disulfide bond to form a NAC-prodrug nanoparticle (NAC-NP)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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