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G H Chen, H W Huang, Y Wang, H W Liu, L J Xu, X Ma, S L Xue, X F He, Y Wang, B Gu, C X Li, H Y Qiu, X W Tang, Z M Jin, M Miao, A N Sun, D P Wu
Objective: To study the specific killing effect of CD4 membrane protein targeted chimeric antigen receptor modified T (CAR-T) cell. Methods: The second generation CD4 targeted chimeric antigen receptor containing 4-1BB costimulation domain was insert into lentiviral vector through recombinant DNA technology. Lentivirus was prepared and packaged by 293T cells with four plasmids. Beads activated T cells were transduced with lentivirus and the transduction efficiency was checked with Protein L and flow cytometry...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Y Jiang, D Cao, C G Xu
Objective: To investigate the expressions of growth arrest-specific protein (GAS1), IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL-1RAP) and perforin (PRF1) in patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALK+ ALCL) and their relationships with clinical significances and the prognoses of ALK+ ALCL. Methods: Twenty-six formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples of ALK+ ALCL patients who were diagnosed from January 2011 to September 2016 were collected. Twelve FFPE samples of patients with ALK+ ALCL, 13 FFPE samples of patients with peripheral T cell lymphoma (not otherwise specified) (PTCL-NOS) and 8 FFPE samples of patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) were used as control groups...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Y Gao, Y C Liang, H B Yu, X L Yan, B G Xu, R Liu, N Wang, G Q Xu, Z L Wang
Objective: To investigate the heart rate control situation of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients who received cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) therapy, and to assess the heart rate control efficacy by optimized medication adjustment. Methods: We performed a perspective study in heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients who received CIED according to guideline recommendations, patients were enrolled from January 2012 to January 2017. Resting heart rate (RHR) recorded by electrocardiogram after 10 minutes' rest and medication usage within 1 month were recorded at baseline...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
L J Gu, Y Y Zhang, L Wang, J L Wang, X Wang, W J Yuan
Objective: To investigate the changes of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) axis in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its role in skeletal muscle atrophy. Methods: A total of 240 patients with CKD stage 1-5 (without dialysis treatment) were included between August 2016 and February 2017. Serum IGF-1 and IGF-1 binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) were measured using chemiluminescence, and the influencing factors of serum IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 were analyzed. Besides, male Sprague-Dawley rats (200-250 g) were randomly assigned to the sham-operated control group (Control, n =15) and the 5/6 nephrectomy group ( n =15) as CKD animal model...
March 13, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
L Dishon, N Avital-Cohen, S Zaguri, J Bartman, R Heiblum, S Druyan, T E Porter, M Gumulka, I Rozenboim
Previous studies demonstrated that in-ovo photostimulation with monochromatic green light increased the somatotropic axis expression in broilers embryos. The objective of the current study was to detect the critical period for in-ovo GL photostimulation, in order to find the optimal targeted photostimulation period during the incubation process. Three hundred thirty-six fertile broiler eggs were divided into 4 groups. The first group was incubated under dark conditions as a negative control. The second incubated under intermittent monochromatic green light using light-emitting diode (LED) lamps with an intensity of 0...
March 16, 2018: Poultry Science
Graham M Hughes, Emma M Boston, John A Finarelli, William J Murphy, Desmond G Higgins, Emma C Teeling
The olfactory receptor (OR) gene families, which govern mammalian olfaction, have undergone extensive expansion and contraction through duplication and pseudogenization. Previous studies have shown that broadly-defined environmental adaptations (e.g terrestrial vs aquatic) are correlated with the number of functional and non-functional OR genes retained. However, to date, no study has examined species-specific gene duplications in multiple phylogenetically divergent mammals to elucidate OR evolution and adaptation...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Kathryn Z Guyton, Ivan Rusyn, Weihsueh A Chiu, Denis E Corpet, Martin van den Berg, Matthew K Ross, David C Christiani, Frederick A Beland, Martyn T Smith
Smith et al. (Env. Health Perspect. 124: 713, 2016) identified 10 key characteristics (KCs), one or more of which are commonly exhibited by established human carcinogens. The KCs reflect the properties of a cancer-causing agent, such as 'is genotoxic,' 'is immunosuppressive' or 'modulates receptor-mediated effects,' and are distinct from the hallmarks of cancer, which are the properties of tumors. To assess feasibility and limitations of applying the KCs to diverse agents, methods and results of mechanistic data evaluations were compiled from eight recent IARC Monograph meetings...
February 21, 2018: Carcinogenesis
Ling Han, Ruixiang Zheng, Michele R Richards, Ming Tan, Elena N Kitova, Xi Jiang, John S Klassen
Human noroviruses (HuNoVs) are a major cause of acute gastroenteritis. Many HuNoVs recognize histo-blood group antigens (HBGAs) as cellular receptors or attachment factors for infection. It was recently proposed that HuNoV recognition of HBGAs involves a cooperative, multistep binding mechanism that exploits both known and, previously, unknown glycan binding sites. In this study, binding measurements, implemented using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), were performed on homodimers of the protruding domain (P dimers) of the capsid protein of three HuNoV strains [Saga (GII...
March 19, 2018: Glycobiology
Misty R Riddle, Ariel C Aspiras, Karin Gaudenz, Robert Peuß, Jenny Y Sung, Brian Martineau, Megan Peavey, Andrew C Box, Julius A Tabin, Suzanne McGaugh, Richard Borowsky, Clifford J Tabin, Nicolas Rohner
Periodic food shortages are a major challenge faced by organisms in natural habitats. Cave-dwelling animals must withstand long periods of nutrient deprivation, as-in the absence of photosynthesis-caves depend on external energy sources such as seasonal floods. Here we show that cave-adapted populations of the Mexican tetra, Astyanax mexicanus, have dysregulated blood glucose homeostasis and are insulin-resistant compared to river-adapted populations. We found that multiple cave populations carry a mutation in the insulin receptor that leads to decreased insulin binding in vitro and contributes to hyperglycaemia...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Saba Mahdavi Hezaveh, Hamid Khanmohammadi, Mojgan Zendehdel
The immobilized azo-azomethine receptors on amorphous SiO2 , S-B, SiO2 nanoparticles, S-NPs, and NaY zeolite, S-ZY, have been prepared and applied as solid phase sensors for detection of HSO4 - , over other interfering anions, in 100% aqueous media. Remarkably, S-B and S-ZY show unique and rapid sensitivity towards HSO4 - , which could it easily visualized through naked eye detection even at 5×10-4 molL-1 and 4×10-4 molL-1 , respectively. The fabricated solid phase sensors were characterized using powder XRD diffraction, TGA-DTA, FE-SEM and also FT-IR techniques...
March 13, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Gerd Meyer Zu Horste, Dariusz Przybylski, Markus A Schramm, Chao Wang, Alexandra Schnell, Youjin Lee, Raymond Sobel, Aviv Regev, Vijay K Kuchroo
The death receptor Fas removes activated lymphocytes through apoptosis. Previous transcriptional profiling predicted that Fas positively regulates interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing T helper 17 (Th17) cells. Here, we demonstrate that Fas promoted the generation and stability of Th17 cells and prevented their differentiation into Th1 cells. Mice with T-cell- and Th17-cell-specific deletion of Fas were protected from induced autoimmunity, and Th17 cell differentiation and stability were impaired. Fas-deficient Th17 cells instead developed a Th1-cell-like transcriptional profile, which a new algorithm predicted to depend on STAT1...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Chong Sun, Riccardo Mezzadra, Ton N Schumacher
Expression of programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) is frequently observed in human cancers. Binding of PD-L1 to its receptor PD-1 on activated T cells inhibits anti-tumor immunity by counteracting T cell-activating signals. Antibody-based PD-1-PD-L1 inhibitors can induce durable tumor remissions in patients with diverse advanced cancers, and thus expression of PD-L1 on tumor cells and other cells in the tumor microenviroment is of major clinical relevance. Here we review the roles of the PD-1-PD-L1 axis in cancer, focusing on recent findings on the mechanisms that regulate PD-L1 expression at the transcriptional, posttranscriptional, and protein level...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Liansheng Liu, Jinqiu Lu, Xiaoling Li, Ailing Wu, Qingzhe Wu, Mujun Zhao, Nan Tang, Hai Song
Intracellular transport of membranous organelles and protein complexes to various destinations is fundamental to signaling transduction and cellular function. The cytoplasmic dynein motor and its regulatory proteins LIS1 and NDE1 are required for transporting a variety of cellular cargos along the microtubule network. In this study, we show that deletion of Lis1 in developing lung endoderm and limb mesenchymal cells causes agenesis of the lungs and limbs. In both mutants, there is increased cell death and decreased fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling activity...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Jie Gao, Jun Li, Wen-Chao Geng, Fang-Yuan Chen, Xingchen Duan, Zhe Zheng, Dan Ding, Dong-Sheng Guo
Activatable phototheranostics is highly appealing to meet the demand of precision medicine. However, although displaying the efficacy in construction of activatable photosensitizers (PSs), direct covalent decoration still shows some inevitable issues, such as complex molecular design, tedious synthesis, possible photoactivity changes and potential toxicity. Herein, we propose a novel concept of biomarker displacement activation (BDA) using host-guest strategy. To exemplify BDA, we engineered a PS-loaded nanocarrier by utilizing a macrocyclic amphiphile, where the fluorescence and photoactivity of PS were completely annihilated by the complexation of macrocyclic receptor (OFF state)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
J L de Deus, A L A Dagostin, W A Varanda
Testosterone synthesis within Leydig cells is a calcium-dependent process. Intracellular calcium levels are regulated by different processes including ATP-activated P2X purinergic receptors, T-type Ca2+ channels modulated by the luteinizing hormone, and intracellular calcium storages recruited by a calcium-induced calcium release mechanism. On the other hand, nitric oxide (NO) is reported to have an inhibitory role in testosterone production. Based on these observations, we investigated the interaction between the purinergic and nitrergic systems in Leydig cells of adult mice...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Feng Liang, Christian Giordano, Dong Shang, Qian Li, Basil J Petrof
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is characterized by progressive muscle weakness which is ultimately fatal, most often due to involvement of the diaphragm. Macrophage infiltration of dystrophic muscles has been strongly linked to muscle damage and fibrosis in DMD. We hypothesized that cenicriviroc (CVC), a dual chemokine receptor (CCR2/CCR5) antagonist currently under clinical evaluation for other diseases, could prevent macrophage accumulation and blunt disease progression in the diaphragms of mdx mice (genetic homologue of DMD)...
2018: PloS One
Kate S Collison, Angela Inglis, Sherin Shibin, Soad Saleh, Bernard Andres, Rosario Ubungen, Jennifer Thiam, Princess Mata, Futwan A Al-Mohanna
RATIONALE: Aspartame (L-aspartyl phenylalanine methyl ester) is a non-nutritive sweetener (NNS) approved for use in more than 6000 dietary products and pharmaceuticals consumed by the general public including adults and children, pregnant and nursing mothers. However a recent prospective study reported a doubling of the risk of being overweight amongst 1-year old children whose mothers consumed NNS-sweetened beverages daily during pregnancy. We have previously shown that chronic aspartame (ASP) exposure commencing in utero may detrimentally affect adulthood adiposity status, glucose metabolism and aspects of behavior and spatial cognition, and that this can be modulated by developmental N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) blockade with the competitive antagonist CGP 39551 (CGP)...
2018: PloS One
Zhenhua Miao, Linda S Ertl, Dale Newland, Bin Zhao, Yu Wang, Xiaoping Zang, James J Campbell, Xiaoli Liu, Ton Dang, Shichang Miao, Antoni Krasinski, Sreenivas Punna, Yibin Zeng, Jeffrey McMahon, Penglie Zhang, Israel F Charo, Thomas J Schall, Rajinder Singh
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) comprises a group of uncommon disorders that present with marked proteinuria, nephrotic syndrome, progressive renal failure and characteristic glomerular lesions on histopathology. The current standard of care for patients with FSGS include immunosuppressive drugs such as glucocorticoids followed by calcineurin inhibitors, if needed for intolerance or inadequate response to glucocorticoids. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) blockers are also used to control proteinuria, an important signature of FSGS...
2018: PloS One
Germano Guerra, Angela Lucariello, Angelica Perna, Laura Botta, Antonio De Luca, Francesco Moccia
BACKGROUND: Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the mechanism whereby an increase in neuronal activity (NA) leads to local elevation in cerebral blood flow (CBF) to match the metabolic requirements of firing neurons. Following synaptic activity, an increase in neuronal and/or astrocyte Ca2+ concentration leads to the synthesis of multiple vasoactive messengers. Curiously, the role of endothelial Ca2+ signaling in NVC has been rather neglected, although endothelial cells are known to control the vascular tone in a Ca2+ -dependent manner throughout peripheral vasculature...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ayako Casanova-Nakayama, Elena Wernicke von Siebenthal, Christian Kropf, Elisabeth Oldenberg, Helmut Segner
Genomic actions of estrogens in vertebrates are exerted via two intracellular estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes, ERα and ERβ, which show cell- and tissue-specific expression profiles. Mammalian immune cells express ERs and are responsive to estrogens. More recently, evidence became available that ERs are also present in the immune organs and cells of teleost fish, suggesting that the immunomodulatory function of estrogens has been conserved throughout vertebrate evolution. For a better understanding of the sensitivity and the responsiveness of the fish immune system to estrogens, more insight is needed on the abundance of ERs in the fish immune system, the cellular ratios of the ER subtypes, and their autoregulation by estrogens...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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