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Andreas Keil, Sean R Hall, Meike Körner, Martin Herrmann, Ralph A Schmid, Steffen Frese
BACKGROUND: Since the precise mechanism for the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is unknown, no targeted therapies in addition to immunosuppression are available so far. We recently demonstrated that administration of the topoisomerase I (topo I) inhibitor irinotecan at extremely low concentrations reversed established lupus nephritis in NZB/NZW mice. While profound immunosuppression was absent, we proposed changes in DNA relaxation and anti-double-stranded (ds)DNA antibody binding as the underlying mechanism...
October 22, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Man Chu, Lai Shan Tam, Jing Zhu, Delong Jiao, De Hua Liu, Zhe Cai, Jie Dong, Christopher Wei Kai Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The newly named interleukin (IL)-36 subfamily member IL-38 has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of IL-38 was poorly investigated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have investigated the expression of CD4(+)IL-17(+) Th17, CD4(+)IFN-γ(+) Th1 and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) T cells and the related immunopathological mechanisms in female MRL/lpr mice model of spontaneous lupus-like disease, with or without IL-38 treatment. Intravenous administration of murine recombinant IL-38 into MRL/lpr mice can ameliorate the lupus-like clinical symptoms including proteinuria, leukocyteuria and skin lesions...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
Mafalda Magalhães, Pedro Belo-Oliveira, João Casalta-Lopes, Yessica Costa, Manuela Gonçalo, Paula Gomes, Filipe Caseiro-Alves
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to correlate acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging velocities with the pathology results and to evaluate the ability of ARFI in distinguishing benign from malignant breast lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: B-mode ultrasonography (US) and ARFI were performed in patients with previously diagnosed and selected breast lesions for biopsy. Shear wave velocity (SWV) was measured inside lesions and in the surrounding parenchyma (m/s)...
October 17, 2016: Academic Radiology
Z H Wang, W Zhang, Y Q Zhang, C Y Pang, Y F Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of CD40 siRNA on expression of IFN-γ, IL-17, IL-4 and anti-dsDNA antibody of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) animal model MRL/Lpr mice and to discuss its therapy on MRL/Lpr mice. METHODS: In the study, 16 female MRL/Lpr mice were randomly divided into control group (n=4), empty vector group (n=4), CD40-siRNA1 group (n=4) and CD40-siRNA2 group (n=4). The vectors expressing siRNA against CD40 were injected by tail veil into MRL/Lpr mice, while MRL/Lpr mice in control group and empty vector group were injected with the same dose of PBS and pGFP-V-RS vector respectively...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Tonika Lam, Dennis V Kulp, Rui Wang, Zheng Lou, Julia Taylor, Carlos E Rivera, Hui Yan, Qi Zhang, Zhonghua Wang, Hong Zan, Dmitri N Ivanov, Guangming Zhong, Paolo Casali, Zhenming Xu
IgG autoantibodies mediate pathology in systemic lupus patients and lupus-prone mice. In this study, we showed that the class-switched IgG autoantibody response in MRL/Fas(lpr/lpr) and C57/Sle1Sle2Sle2 mice was blocked by the CID 1067700 compound, which specifically targeted Ras-related in brain 7 (Rab7), an endosome-localized small GTPase that was upregulated in activated human and mouse lupus B cells, leading to prevention of disease development and extension of lifespan. These were associated with decreased IgG-expressing B cells and plasma cells, but unchanged numbers and functions of myeloid cells and T cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ivan Pavić, Irena Babić, Jasna Čepin Bogović, Iva Hojsak
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic usefulness of combined multichannel intraluminal impedance-pH (MII-pH) monitoring in children with suspected laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A prospective study including children in whom, due to LPR suggestive symptoms, MII-pH monitoring was performed at tertiary medical center from February 2012 to July 2015. INTERVENTIONS: All included children underwent same diagnostic protocol which included examination by single pulmonologist, ENT specialist and underwent 24-h MII-pH monitoring...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Martina Rudgalvyte, Juhani Peltonen, Merja Lakso, Garry Wong
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a persistent environmental pollutant that occurs in the food chain, at occupational sites, and via medical procedures. Exposure in humans and animal models results in renal, neuro, and reproductive toxicities. In this study, we demonstrate that chronic exposure to MeHg (10μM) causes epigenetic landscape modifications of histone H3K4 trimethylation (H3K4me3) marks in Caenorhabditis elegans using chromatin immuno-precipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq). The modifications correspond to the locations of 1467 genes with enhanced and 508 genes with reduced signals...
October 4, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Yue Cao, Hao Ai, Ajay Jain, Xueneng Wu, Liang Zhang, Wenxia Pei, Aiqun Chen, Guohua Xu, Shubin Sun
BACKGROUND: Phosphorus (P), an essential macronutrient, is often limiting in soils and affects plant growth and development. In Arabidopsis thaliana, Low Phosphate Root1 (LPR1) and its close paralog LPR2 encode multicopper oxidases (MCOs). They regulate meristem responses of root system to phosphate (Pi) deficiency. However, the roles of LPR gene family in rice (Oryza sativa) in maintaining Pi homeostasis have not been elucidated as yet. RESULTS: Here, the identification and expression analysis for the homologs of LPR1/2 in rice were carried out...
October 3, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Dhruba J Kurmi, Achal Sharma, R S Mittal, Shashi Singhvi
Lymphoplasmacyte-rich (LPR) meningioma is a rare variant of meningioma, which is characterized by conspicuous infiltration of plasma cells and lymphocytes and a variable proportion of meningothelial elements, and is classified as a grade I tumor in World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumors of central nervous system. The origin and biological behavior of this rare variant of meningioma is still not clear. Till date, very few cases of LPR meningioma have been reported globally. Here, we are presenting a case of right parietal convexity LPR meningioma with invasion of bone in a 32-year-old male patient, who presented to us with complaints of focal seizures and weakness in left upper limb...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
John P Dowling, Yubo Cai, John Bertin, Peter J Gough, Jianke Zhang
The death receptor, Fas, triggers apoptotic death and is essential for maintaining homeostasis in the peripheral lymphoid organs. RIP1 was originally cloned when searching for Fas-binding proteins and was later shown to associate also with the signaling complex of TNFR1. Although Fas exclusively induces apoptosis, TNFR1 primarily activates the pro-survival/pro-inflammatory NF-κB pathway. Mutations in Fas lead to lymphoproliferative (lpr) diseases, and deletion of TNFR1 results in defective innate immune responses...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Nobuya Yoshida, Denis Comte, Masayuki Mizui, Kotaro Otomo, Florencia Rosetti, Tanya N Mayadas, José C Crispín, Sean J Bradley, Tomohiro Koga, Michihito Kono, Maria P Karampetsou, Vasileios C Kyttaris, Klaus Tenbrock, George C Tsokos
Inducible cAMP early repressor (ICER) has been described as a transcriptional repressor isoform of the cAMP response element modulator (CREM). Here we report that ICER is predominantly expressed in Th17 cells through the IL-6-STAT3 pathway and binds to the Il17a promoter, where it facilitates the accumulation of the canonical enhancer RORγt. In vitro differentiation from naive ICER/CREM-deficient CD4(+) T cells to Th17 cells is impaired but can be rescued by forced overexpression of ICER. Consistent with a role of Th17 cells in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, ICER/CREM-deficient B6...
2016: Nature Communications
Simon Nennstiel, Mack Andrea, Mohamed Abdelhafez, Bernhard Haller, Roland M Schmid, Monther Bajbouj, Valentin Becker
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIM: Optimal therapy concepts in patients with laryngo-pharyngeal reflux (LPR) are still under discussion. Aim of this study was to evaluate long term symptom relief according to results in combined pH/multichannel impedance (MII) monitoring to predict therapy response and symptom relief during long term follow-up. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In patients with predominant LPR symptoms, pH/MII monitoring and subsequent proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy were evaluated retrospectively after a minimum follow-up period of 36months...
September 2016: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
Shufang Li, Wei Liu, Yinghui Li, Shaorong Zhao, Can Liu, Mengyun Hu, Wei Yue, Yanhua Liu, Yue Wang, Rongcun Yang, Rong Xiang, Feifei Liu
Abs reactive to DNA and DNA/histone complexes are a distinguished characteristic of primary immunoglobulin repertoires in autoimmune B6.MRL-Fas(lpr) and MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) mice. These mice are defective in Fas receptor, which is critical for the apoptosis of autoreactive B cells by an extrinsic pathway. In the present study, we explored the possibility that bone marrow small pre-B and immature B cells from adult B6.MRL-Fas(lpr) mice and MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) mice respectively, which contain autoreactive B-cell antigen receptors (BCR) and manifest autoimmune syndromes, exhibit enhanced receptor editing patterns...
October 2016: Molecular Immunology
Hülya Kurtul Yildiz, Elif Evrim Ekin
PURPOSE: The medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFLL)/lateral patellar retinaculum (LPR) ratio were assessed in knees as a means to detect patellar malalignment. We also aimed to evaluate the prevalence of the various types of trochlear dysplasia in patients with patellar malalignment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After approval of our institutional ethics committee, we conducted a retrospective study that included 450 consecutive patients to evaluate them for the presence of patellar malalignment...
2016: SpringerPlus
Yi Yao, Jia-Hui Zhang, Xiao-Fang Tang, Chen He, Yuan-Liang Ma, Jing-Jing Xu, Ying Song, Ru Liu, Xian-Min Meng, Lei Song, Miao Wang, Run-Lin Gao, Jin-Qing Yuan
BACKGROUND: Platelet function tests are widely used in clinical practice to guide personalized antiplatelet therapy. In China, the thromboelastography (TEG) test has been well accepted in clinics, whereas VerifyNow, mainly used for scientific research, has not been used in routine clinical practice. The aim of the current study was to compare these two point-of-care platelet function tests and to analyze the consistency between the two tests for evaluating on-clopidogrel platelet reactivity in Chinese acute myocardial infarction patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Zaigham Shahzad, Matthieu Canut, Colette Tournaire-Roux, Alexandre Martinière, Yann Boursiac, Olivier Loudet, Christophe Maurel
Aerobic organisms survive low oxygen (O2) through activation of diverse molecular, metabolic, and physiological responses. In most plants, root water permeability (in other words, hydraulic conductivity, Lpr) is downregulated under O2 deficiency. Here, we used a quantitative genetics approach in Arabidopsis to clone Hydraulic Conductivity of Root 1 (HCR1), a Raf-like MAPKKK that negatively controls Lpr. HCR1 accumulates and is functional under combined O2 limitation and potassium (K(+)) sufficiency. HCR1 regulates Lpr and hypoxia responsive genes, through the control of RAP2...
September 22, 2016: Cell
Italo Cuneo, Thorsten Knipfer, Craig Brodersen, Andrew J McElrone
Root systems perform the crucial task of absorbing water from the soil to meet the demands of a transpiring canopy. Roots are thought to operate like electrical fuses, which break when carrying an excessive load under conditions of drought stress. Yet the exact site and sequence of this dysfunction in roots remains elusive. Using in vivo X-ray computed microtomography (microCT), we found that drought-induced mechanical failure (i.e. lacunae formation) in fine root cortical cells is the initial and primary driver of reduced fine root hydraulic conductivity (Lpr) under mild to moderate drought stress...
September 12, 2016: Plant Physiology
Yunze Xu, Kaiqiang Li, Liang Liu, Lujia Yang, Xiaona Wang, Yi Huang
In this paper, a new kind of carbon steel (CS) and stainless steel (SS) galvanic sensor system was developed for the study of rebar corrosion in different pore solution conditions. Through the special design of the CS and SS electronic coupons, the electronic resistance (ER) method and zero resistance ammeter (ZRA) technique were used simultaneously for the measurement of both the galvanic current and the corrosion depth. The corrosion processes in different solution conditions were also studied by linear polarization resistance (LPR) and the measurements of polarization curves...
2016: Sensors
Xiaoliang He, Yunlong Zhang, Ai Zhu, Kang Zeng, Xiuping Zhang, Li Gong, Yusheng Peng, Kuan Lai, Shaogang Qu
Due to roles in immunoregulation and low immunogenicity, mesenchymal stem cells have been suggested to be potent regulators of the immune response and may represent promising treatments for autoimmune disease. Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs), stromal cells derived from adipose tissue, were investigated with allogeneic ADSCs in B6.MRL/lpr mice, a murine model of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We intravenously injected allogeneic ADSCs into SLE mice after disease onset and report that ADSCs reduced anti-ds DNA antibodies in serum and proteinuria in SLE mice...
September 12, 2016: Immunologic Research
Hoa Thanh Nguyen, Maria Claret Lauan Tsuchiya, Jean Yoo, Midori Iida, Tetsuro Agusa, Masashi Hirano, Eun-Young Kim, Tatsuhiko Miyazaki, Masato Nose, Hisato Iwata
Dioxins cause various toxic effects through the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in vertebrates, with dramatic species and strain differences in susceptibility. Although inbred mouse strains C3H/HeJ-lpr/lpr (C3H/lpr) and MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr (MRL/lpr) are known as dioxin-sensitive and dioxin-resistant mice, respectively, the molecular mechanism underlying this difference remains unclear. The difference in the hepatic proteome of the two mouse strains treated with vehicle or 2,3,7,8-tetrabromodibenzo-p-dioxin (TBDD) was investigated by a proteomic approach of two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight/time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF/TOF)...
September 7, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
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