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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454469/regulation-of-cytotoxicity-and-apoptosis-associated-pathways-contributes-to-the-enhancement-of-efficacy-of-cisplatin-by-baicalein-adjuvant-in-human-a549-lung-cancer-cells
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Suparata Kiartivich, Ying Wei, Jiaqi Liu, Rungtip Soiampornkul, Mihui Li, Hongying Zhang, Jingcheng Dong
Scutellaria baicalensis (SB; Chinese name, huangqin) is widely used in Chinese medicine as a traditional adjuvant in the chemotherapy of lung and liver cancer. Baicalein is one of the bioactive flavonoid components isolated from the root of SB. The present study aimed to observe the effect of baicalein, in combination with platin-based systemic chemotherapy (cisplatin), on cytotoxicity and apoptosis of human A549 lung cancer cells. The cell cultures were treated with baicalein, cisplatin, or a combination of the two...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454116/neuroprotection-by-ifn-%C3%AE-via-astrocyte-secreted-il-6-in-acute-neuroinflammation
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Lijie Sun, Yan Li, Xiuzhi Jia, Qi Wang, Yue Li, Minghui Hu, Linlu Tian, Jinfeng Yang, Wenjing Xing, Weihua Zhang, Jingtao Wang, Hongwei Xu, Lihua Wang, Dekai Zhang, Huan Ren
Inflammation eliminates pathogenic infections while also threatening the integrity of the central nervous system. In this study, using in vivo and in vitro models of acute neuroinflammation, we investigated the mechanisms by which inflammation and astrocytes affect neuronal apoptosis. The in vitro model mimicked acute neuroinflammation by incubation in IFN-γ-containing media with primary cultured cerebellar granule neurons, with or without cultured astrocytes. This quickly induced neuronal apoptosis characterized by cleaved caspase-3 expression, Hoechst 33342 staining, and intercellular Ca2+ influx, whereas the presence of astrocytes significantly protected neurons from these effects...
April 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453531/structural-diversity-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-lipopolysaccharides-affects-innate-immune-signaling
#3
Michael H Norris, Herbert P Schweizer, Apichai Tuanyok
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp) causes the disease melioidosis. The main cause of mortality in this disease is septic shock triggered by the host responding to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) components of the Gram-negative outer membrane. Bp LPS is thought to be a weak inducer of the host immune system. LPS from several strains of Bp were purified and their ability to induce the inflammatory mediators TNF-α and iNOS in murine macrophages at low concentrations was investigated. Innate and adaptive immunity qPCR arrays were used to profile expression patterns of 84 gene targets in response to the different LPS types...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449395/breast-milk-iga-to-foods-has-different-epitope-specificity-than-serum-iga-evidence-for-entero-mammary-link-for-food-specific-iga
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Antti E Seppo, Emma M Savilahti, M Cecilia Berin, Hugh A Sampson, Kirsi M Järvinen
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that maternal cow's milk (CM) elimination results in down-regulation of CM-specific IgA antibody levels in BM, but not in serum, suggesting that an entero-mammary link may exist for food-specific antibody-secreting cells. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate whether food-specific IgA epitope profiles differ intra-individually between mother's serum and BM. We also examined how infants' food epitope-specific IgA develops in early infancy and the relationship of IgA epitope recognition with development of cow's milk allergy (CMA)...
April 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449081/the-coxiella-burnetii-type-ivb-secretion-system-t4bss-component-dota-is-released-secreted-during-infection-of-host-cells-and-during-in-vitro-growth-in-a-t4bss-dependent-manner
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Brandon E Luedtke, Saugata Mahapatra, Erika I Lutter, Edward I Shaw
Coxiella burnetii is a Gram-negative intracellular pathogen and is the causative agent of the zoonotic disease Q-fever. To cause disease, C. burnetii requires a functional type IVB secretion system (T4BSS) to transfer effector proteins required for the establishment and maintenance of a membrane bound parasitophorous vacuole (PV) and further modulation of host cell process. However, it is not clear how the T4BSS interacts with the PV membrane since neither a secretion pilus nor an extracellular pore forming apparatus has not been described...
April 25, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448789/development-of-pre-implantation-porcine-blastocysts-cultured-within-alginate-hydrogel-systems-either-supplemented-with-secreted-phosphoprotein-1-or-conjugated-with-arg-gly-asp-peptide
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Taylor D Laughlin, Jeremy R Miles, Elane C Wright-Johnson, Lea A Rempel, Clay A Lents, Angela K Pannier
Although deficiencies in porcine blastocyst elongation play a significant role in early embryonic mortality and establishment of within-litter developmental variation, the exact mechanisms of elongation are poorly understood. Secreted phosphoprotein 1 (SPP1) is increased within the uterine milieu during early porcine pregnancy and contains an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) peptide sequence that binds to cell surface integrins on the uterine endometrium and trophectoderm, promoting cell adhesion and migration. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the development of preimplantation porcine blastocysts encapsulated and cultured within alginate hydrogels either supplemented with SPP1 or conjugated with RGD...
April 28, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448786/microbiological-features-and-clinical-impact-of-the-type-vi-secretion-system-t6ss-in-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolates-causing-bacteremia
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Jungok Kim, Ji-Young Lee, Haejeong Lee, Ji Young Choi, Dae Hun Kim, Yu Mi Wi, Kyong Ran Peck, Kwan Soo Ko
We investigated the genetic background and microbiological features of T6SS-positive Acinetobacter baumannii isolates and clinical impact of the T6SS in patients with A. baumannii bacteremia. One hundred and sixty-two A. baumannii isolates from patients with bacteremia in two tertiary-care hospitals in Korea were included in this study. Approximately one-third (51/162, 31.5%) of the A. baumannii clinical isolates possessed the hcp gene, and the hcp-positive isolates were found in several genotypes in multilocus sequence typing...
April 27, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448560/activity-of-xyloglucan-endotransglucosylases-hydrolases-suggests-a-role-during-host-invasion-by-the-parasitic-plant-cuscuta-reflexa
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Stian Olsen, Kirsten Krause
The parasitic vines of the genus Cuscuta form haustoria that grow into other plants and connect with their vascular system, thus allowing the parasite to feed on its host. A major obstacle that meets the infection organ as it penetrates the host tissue is the rigid plant cell wall. In the present study, we examined the activity of xyloglucan endotransglucosylases/hydrolases (XTHs) during the host-invasive growth of the haustorium. The level of xyloglucan endotransglucosylation (XET) activity was found to peak at the penetrating stage of Cuscuta reflexa on its host Pelargonium zonale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447859/transgene-expression-in-dogs-after-liver-directed-hydrodynamic-delivery-of-i-sleeping-beauty-i-transposons-using-balloon-catheters
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Kendra Anne Hyland, Elena L Aronovich, Erik R Olson, Jason B Bell, Myra Urness Rusten, Roland Gunther, David W Hunter, Perry B Hackett, R Scott McIvor
The <i>Sleeping Beauty</i> transposon system has been extensively tested for integration of reporter and therapeutic genes <i>in vitro</i> and <i>in vivo</i> in mice. Dogs were used as a large animal model for human therapy and minimally invasive infusion of DNA solutions. DNA solutions were delivered into the entire liver or the left side of the liver using balloon catheters for temporary occlusion of venous outflow. A peak intravascular pressure between 80 and 140 mmHg supported sufficient DNA delivery in dog liver for detection of secretable reporter proteins...
April 27, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445787/adipose-derived-stem-cells-were-impaired-in-restricting-cd4-t-cell-proliferation-and-polarization-in-type-2-diabetic-apoe-mouse
#10
Ming-Hao Liu, Ya Li, Lu Han, Yao-Yuan Zhang, Di Wang, Zhi-Hao Wang, Hui-Min Zhou, Ming Song, Yi-Hui Li, Meng-Xiong Tang, Wei Zhang, Ming Zhong
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis (AS) is the most common and serious complication of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and is accelerated via chronic systemic inflammation rather than hyperglycemia. Adipose tissue is the major source of systemic inflammation in abnormal metabolic state. Pro-inflammatory CD4(+)T cells play pivotal role in promoting adipose inflammation. Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) for fat regeneration have potent ability of immunosuppression and restricting CD4(+)T cells as well...
April 23, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445456/floor-plate-derived-netrin-1-is-dispensable-for-commissural-axon-guidance
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Chloé Dominici, Juan Antonio Moreno-Bravo, Sergi Roig Puiggros, Quentin Rappeneau, Nicolas Rama, Pauline Vieugue, Agns Bernet, Patrick Mehlen, Alain Chédotal
Netrin-1 is an evolutionarily conserved, secreted extracellular matrix protein involved in axon guidance at the central nervous system midline. Netrin-1 is expressed by cells localized at the central nervous system midline, such as those of the floor plate in vertebrate embryos. Growth cone turning assays and three-dimensional gel diffusion assays have shown that netrin-1 can attract commissural axons. Loss-of-function experiments further demonstrated that commissural axon extension to the midline is severely impaired in the absence of netrin-1 (refs 3, 7, 8, 9)...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444877/identification-and-measurement-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-m-sem-from-staphylococcus-aureus-isolate-associated-with-staphylococcal-food-poisoning
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Yanying Zhao, Anni Zhu, Junni Tang, Cheng Tang, Juan Chen
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) produces a wide variety of staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs, SEA to SEX), which are responsible for staphylococcal food poisoning. This study is aimed to establish a system to detect SEM protein in food matrixes. In the present study, sem gene was characterized in a S. aureus isolate H4 associated with food poisoning. The amino acid sequence of the deduced SEM protein was same as that of previously identified SEM from S. aureus 04-02981. Subsequently, mature SEM protein was expressed in E...
April 26, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444390/characterisation-of-drug-specific-signalling-between-primary-human-hepatocytes-and-immune-cells
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Monday O Ogese, Lee Faulkner, Roz E Jenkins, Neil S French, Ian M Copple, Daniel J Antoine, Mohamed Elmasry, Hasan Malik, Christopher E Goldring, B Kevin Park, Catherine Betts, Dean J Naisbitt
It is now apparent that antigen-specific T-cells are activated in certain patients with drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Since cross-talk between hepatocytes and immune cells is likely to be critical in determining the outcome of drug exposure, the aim of this study was to profile the signals released by drug-treated hepatocytes and to characterise the impact of these molecules on dendritic cells. Human hepatocytes were exposed to three drugs (flucloxacillin, amoxicillin and isoniazid) associated with DILI potentially mediated by the adaptive immune system as drug-specific T-cells have been isolated from DILI patients, and the metabolite nitroso-sulfamethoxazole (SMX-NO)...
April 21, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444230/apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B54-%C3%AE%C2%B54-diminishes-neurotrophic-function-of-human-ipsc-derived-astrocytes
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Jing Zhao, Mary D Davis, Yuka Atagi, Mitsuru Shinohara, Neill R Graff-Radford, Steven G Younkin, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Takahisa Kanekiyo, Guojun Bu
The ε4 allele of the APOE gene encoding apolipoprotein E (apoE) is a strong genetic risk factor for aging-related cognitive decline as well as late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) compared to the common ε3 allele. In the central nervous system, apoE is produced primarily by astrocytes and functions in transporting lipids including cholesterol to support neuronal homeostasis and synaptic integrity. Although mouse models and corresponding primary cells have provided valuable tools for studying apoE isoform-dependent functions, recent studies have shown that human astrocytes have distinct gene expression profile compare with rodent astrocytes...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443506/catestain-a-master-regulator-of-cardiovascular-functions
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Sushil K Mahata, Malapaka Kiranmayi, Nitish R Mahapatra
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause of death globally, accounts for ~30% of all deaths worldwide. Hypertension is a common contributor to morbidity and mortality from CVD. The plasma concentration of chromogranin A (CgA) is elevated in patients with CVD as well as patients with established human essential hypertension and heart failure (HF). In contrast, the plasma level of the CgA-derived peptide catestatin (CST) is diminished in human essential hypertension. Low conversion of CgA-to-CST has been associated with increased mortality in patients hospitalized with acute HF...
April 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442716/a-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici-secreted-protein-activates-plant-immunity-at-the-cell-surface
#16
Bayantes Dagvadorj, Ahmet Caglar Ozketen, Ayse Andac, Cian Duggan, Tolga Osman Bozkurt, Mahinur S Akkaya
Pathogens secrete effector proteins to suppress host immunity, mediate nutrient uptake and subsequently enable parasitism. However, on non-adapted hosts, effectors can be detected as non-self by host immune receptors and activate non-host immunity. Nevertheless, the molecular mechanisms of effector triggered non-host resistance remain unknown. Here, we report that a small cysteine-rich protein PstSCR1 from the wheat rust pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) activates immunity in the non-host solanaceous model plant Nicotiana benthamiana...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442388/microbial-secretion-of-lactate-enriched-oligomers-for-efficient-conversion-into-lactide-a-biological-shortcut-to-polylactide
#17
Camila Utsunomia, Ken'ichiro Matsumoto, Sakiko Date, Chiaki Hori, Seiichi Taguchi
Recently, we have succeeded in establishing the microbial platform for the secretion of lactate (LA)-based oligomers (D-LAOs), which consist of D-LA and d-3-hydroxybutyrate (d-3HB). The secretory production of D-LAOs was substantially enhanced by the supplementation of diethylene glycol (DEG), which resulted in the generation of DEG-capped oligomers at the carboxyl terminal (referred as D-LAOs-DEG). The microbial D-LAOs should be key compounds for the synthesis of lactide, an important intermediate for polylactides (PLAs) production, eliminating the costly chemo-oligomerization step in the PLA production process...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442251/liquidus-tracking-large-scale-preservation-of-encapsulated-3-d-cell-cultures-using-a-vitrification-machine
#18
Eva Puschmann, Clare Selden, Steve Butler, Barry Fuller
Currently, cryo-banking of multicellular structures such as organoids, especially in large volumes at clinical scale >1 L, remains elusive for reasons such as insufficient dehydration and cryoprotectant additive (CPA(1)) penetration, slow cooling and warming rates and devitrification processes. Here we introduce the concept of Liquidus Tracking (LT) using a semi-automated process for liquid volumes of up to 450 ml including 130 ml of alginate encapsulated liver cells (AELC) that archived controlled and reversible vitrification with minimized toxicity...
April 22, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442059/caudal-vena-cava-progesterone-and-lh-release-patterns-on-day-14-of-gestation-in-primiparous-sows
#19
L L Hoving, S M Haen, B F A Laurenssen, O A T Peltoniemi, B Kemp, N M Soede
The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between systemic and local progesterone secretion and LH pulsatility during implantation in the pig. Differences in progesterone concentrations measured locally in the caudal vena cava and systemically in the jugular vein were studied in eight primiparous sows on Day 14 of pregnancy. LH pulsatility was analysed for its effects on the local progesterone-releasing pattern. Mean (±s.d.) progesterone concentrations in the vena cava (65.5±19.8ngmL(-1)) were approximately double basal concentrations (33...
March 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441965/evaluation-of-a-dna-a%C3%AE-42-vaccine-in-adult-rhesus-monkeys-macaca-mulatta-antibody-kinetics-and-immune-profile-after-intradermal-immunization-with-full-length-dna-a%C3%AE-42-trimer
#20
Doris Lambracht-Washington, Min Fu, Pat Frost, Roger N Rosenberg
BACKGROUND: Aggregated amyloid-β peptide 1-42 (Aβ42), derived from the cellular amyloid precursor protein, is one of the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although active immunization against Aβ42 peptide was successful in AD mouse models and led to removal of plaques and improved memory, a similar clinical trial in humans (Aβ42 peptide immunization with QS-21 adjuvant) was stopped in phase II, when 6% of the treated patients developed encephalitis. Currently ongoing passive immunizations with the injection of preformed monoclonal antibodies against different epitopes within the Aβ1-42 peptide, which do not lead to activation of the immune system, have shown some effects in slowing AD pathology...
April 26, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
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