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Catarina Martins, Jorge Lima, Glória Nunes, Luís Miguel Borrego
PROBLEM: Maternal atopy is a risk factor for allergy. B cells are poorly studied in reproduction and atopy. We aimed to assess how pregnancy affects B cells in atopic women and whether B cells relate to allergic manifestations in offspring. METHOD OF STUDY: Women with and without atopic asthma, pregnant and non-pregnant were enrolled for the study, and circulating B cells were evaluated by flow cytometry, using CD19, CD27, CD38, IgD, and IgM. RESULTS: Compared to healthy non-pregnant, atopic asthmatic non-pregnant (ANP) women presented increased B cell counts, enlarged memory subsets, less transitional cells, and plasmablasts...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Petra Břehová, Markéta Šmídková, Jan Skácel, Martin Dračínský, Helena Mertlíková-Kaiserová, Monica P Soto Velasquez, Val J Watts, Zlatko Janeba
Bordetella pertussis adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT) and Bacillus anthracis edema factor (EF) are key virulence factors with adenylate cyclase (AC) activity that substantially contribute to the pathogenesis of whooping cough and anthrax, respectively. There is an urgent need to develop potent and selective inhibitors of bacterial ACs with prospects for the development of potential antibacterial therapeutics and to study their molecular interactions with the target enzymes. Novel fluorescent 5-chloroanthraniloyl-substituted acyclic nucleoside phosphonates (Cl-ANT-ANPs) were designed and synthesized in the form of their diphosphates (Cl-ANT-ANPpp) as competitive ACT and EF inhibitors with sub-micromolar potency (IC50 values: 11-622 nm)...
October 24, 2016: ChemMedChem
Javier Díez
Natriuretic peptides (NPs) promote diuresis, natriuresis and vasodilation in early chronic heart failure (CHF), countering renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) overstimulation. Despite dramatic increases in circulating NP concentrations as CHF progresses, their effects become blunted. Increases in diuresis, natriuresis, and vasodilation after administration of exogenous atrial (ANP) or brain (BNP) natriuretic peptides are attenuated in patients with advanced CHF compared with controls...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Anping Cai, Ling Wang, Yingling Zhou, Jiyan Chen, Yingqing Feng, Qi Zhong
OBJECTIVE: Current study sought to evaluate the effects of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) plus hypertension (HTN) on prevalent cardiovascular diseases (CVD). DESIGN AND METHOD: This was a cross-sectional study and a total of 1889 subjects were enrolled. The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was measured by polysomnography and OSA degree was classified as mild (AHI 5-14.9) and moderate-severe (AHI ≥ 15), and AHI < 5 was considered no-OSA. Mean and lowest oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO2) was detected by pulse oximetry...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Anping Cai, Yingqing Feng, Yingling Zhou, Jiyan Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects and mechanisms of levorotatory (L)-amlodipine combined fluvastatin treatment on endothelium-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), a process related to hypertension development. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used and divided to six groups based on different therapeutic strategies as follows: Blank Control, angiotensin-II (Ang-II), Ang-II+ rho-associated kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, Ang-II+ L-amlodipine, Ang-II+ fluvastatin, and Ang-II +L-amlodipine + fluvastatin groups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Riccardo Sarzani
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) are the cardiac natriuretic peptides (NP), true "cardiometabolic" hormones well known for their renal, endocrine and cardiovascular activities leading to reduced sodium reabsorption and arterial blood pressure. These effects are mainly mediated by the second messenger cGMP that also stimulates lipolysis, mitochondriogenesis and a thermogenic program with potency similar to catecholamines. Two distinct NP receptors modulate the final response to cardiac NP: the cGMP-signaling receptor NPRA and the clearance receptor NPRC...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Min-Zhu Zhao, Yong-Guo Li, Peng Zhang, Jin-Cheng Xiong, Shi-Sheng Zhu, Xuan Xiao, Jian-Bo Li
In forensic medicine, the diagnosis of death due to neurogenic shock is considered to be an aporia, as lacking objective indicators and presenting atypical symptoms in autopsy. Medico-legal disputes and complaints occasionally result from this ambiguity. To explore potential objective indicators of neurogenic shock, we set up a model of neurogenic shock by applying an external mechanical force on the carotid sinus baroreceptor in rabbits. The serum atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) level was measured by radioimmunoassay in the control group (n = 8), survival group (n = 15) and death group (n = 5) both before and after the insult...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Chen Liu, Xiao-Min Jiang, Juan Zhang, Bing Li, Jing Li, Du-Jiang Xie, Zuo-Ying Hu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is commonly accompanied with the activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) reduces PAH partly through the inhibition of RAAS. Analogically, we hypothesized that pulmonary artery denervation (PADN) could reverse PAH and PAH-induced right ventricular (RV) dysfunction by downregulating the local RAAS activity. METHODS: Twenty-five beagle dogs were randomized into two groups: control group (intra-atrial injection of N-dimethylacetamide, 3 mg/kg, n = 6) and test group (intra-atrial injection of dehydrogenized-monocrotaline, 3 mg/kg, n = 19)...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Kristine Baumane, Renate Ranka, Guna Laganovska
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to determine differences in the levels of NT-proANP in the plasma and aqueous humor of glaucoma and cataract patients and to evaluate whether any relationships are present. METHODS: The study group consisted of 58 patients with primary-open glaucoma (POAG) undergoing trabeculectomy surgery. The control group was comprised of 32 age-matched cataract patients. The concentration of the N-terminal fragment of the proatrial natriuretic peptide (NT-proANP, 1-98) in the aqueous humor and blood plasma samples was measured using an immunochemical method (ELISA)...
October 10, 2016: Current Eye Research
Wendy Rosales, Juan Carulla, Jeison García, Diana Vargas, Fernando Lizcano
Epigenetic changes induced by histone demethylases play an important role in differentiation and pathological changes in cardiac cells. However, the role of the jumonji family of demethylases in the development of cardiac hypertrophy remains elusive. In this study, the presence of different histone demethylases in cardiac cells was evaluated after hypertrophy was induced with neurohormones. A cell line from rat cardiomyocytes was used as a biological model. The phenotypic profiles of the cells, as well as the expression of histone demethylases, were studied through immunofluorescence, transient transfection, western blot, and qRT-PCR analysis after inducing hypertrophy by angiotensin II and endothelin-1...
2016: BioMed Research International
Huanhuan Jin, Naqi Lian, Feng Zhang, Mianli Bian, Xingran Chen, Chenxi Zhang, Yan Jia, Chunfeng Lu, Meng Hao, Shunyu Yao, Jiangjuan Shao, Li Wu, Anping Chen, Shizhong Zheng
Accumulating evidence indicates that hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are the central mediators and major effectors in the development of hepatic fibrosis. It is well-known that regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis are potential strategies to block the activation of HSCs. Recently, several studies have revealed that induction of HSC senescence could prevent and cure the liver fibrosis. In our previous work, we have demonstrated that the natural product tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) could inhibit the activation of HSCs and ameliorate hepatic fibrosis...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Meiying Li, Licheng Ren, Biyu Xu, Xiaoliang Yang, Qiyu Xia, Pingping He, Susheng Xiao, Anping Guo, Wei Hu, Zhiqiang Jin
Plant 14-3-3 proteins act as critical components of various cellular signaling processes and play an important role in regulating multiple physiological processes. However, less information is known about the 14-3-3 gene family in banana. In this study, 25 14-3-3 genes were identified from the banana genome. Based on the evolutionary analysis, banana 14-3-3 proteins were clustered into ε and non-ε groups. Conserved motif analysis showed that all identified banana 14-3-3 genes had the typical 14-3-3 motif...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Gurinder Bir Singh, Satish K Raut, Sanskriti Khanna, Akhilesh Kumar, Saurabh Sharma, Rishikesh Prasad, Madhu Khullar
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) (ERK1/2, JNK, and p38) are upregulated in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Dual-specific phosphatase-1 (DUSP-1) has been reported to regulate the activity of MAPKs in cardiac hypertrophy; however, the role of DUSP-1 in regulating MAPKs activity in DCM is not known. MicroRNAs have been reported to regulate the expression of several genes in hypertrophied failing hearts. However, little is known about the microRNAs regulating DUSP-1 expression in diabetes-related cardiac hypertrophy...
September 30, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Laurent Larifla, Christine Rambhojan, Marie-Odile Joannes, Suliya Maimaitiming-Madani, Jean-Paul Donnet, Thérèse Marianne-Pépin, Roger Chout, Ronan Roussel, Lydia Foucan
OBJECTIVES: The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of metabolic abnormalities and cardiovascular risk factors that are highly heritable and polygenic. We investigated the association of allelic variants of three candidate genes, rs1799883-FABP2, rs1501299-ADIPOQ and rs5065-ANP with MetS and its components, individually and in combination, using a genetic risk score. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 462 Afro-Caribbeans subjects without cardiovascular complications or lipid-lowering medications...
2016: PloS One
Ling Wang, Anping Cai, Jiawei Zhang, Qi Zhong, Rui Wang, Jiyan Chen, Yingling Zhou
Current study sought to evaluate the associations of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) plus hypertension (HTN) and prevalent cardiovascular diseases (CVD).This was a cross-sectional study and a total of 1889 subjects were enrolled. The apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was measured by polysomnography and OSA degree was classified as mild (AHI 5-14.9) and moderate-severe (AHI ≥ 15), and AHI < 5 was considered no-OSA. Mean and lowest oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO2) was detected by pulse oximetry. Between-group differences were assessed and logistic regression analysis was used to analyze the association of OSA plus HTN and prevalent CVD...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Shuwang Ge, Sheng Nie, Zhangsuo Liu, Chunbo Chen, Yan Zha, Jing Qian, Bicheng Liu, Siyuan Teng, Anping Xu, Wei Bin, Xin Xu, Gang Xu
BACKGROUND: Information on acute kidney injury (AKI) in elderly hospitalized patients is limited. This study aims to assess the incidence, risk factors and outcomes of AKI in elderly Chinese patients. METHOD: The Epidemiology of AKI in Chinese Hospitalized adults (EACH) study is a multicenter, retrospective cohort study conducted in nine regional central hospitals across China. Patients aged more than 65 years were selected from the EACH study for this analysis...
September 29, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Stephanie Jones-Berry
A scheme that offers accreditation to advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) will be soft-launched this autumn, the RCN has revealed.
September 28, 2016: Nursing Standard
Ji Woong Jang, Myung-Hwan Kim, Dongwook Oh, Dong Hui Cho, Tae Jun Song, Do Hyun Park, Sang Soo Lee, Dong-Wan Seo, Sung Koo Lee, Sung-Hoon Moon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) can affect main pancreatic duct (MPD) as well as parenchyma. However, the incidence and outcomes of MPD disruption has not been well studied in the setting of ANP. METHODS: This retrospective study investigated 84 of 465 patients with ANP who underwent magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography and/or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The MPD disruption group was subclassified into complete and partial disruption...
September 20, 2016: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
Fitz-Roy E Curry, Joyce F Clark, Yanyan Jiang, Min-Ho Kim, Roger H Adamson, Scott I Simon
We tested the hypothesis that the anti-inflammatory actions of atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) result from the modulation of leukocyte adhesion to inflamed endothelium and not solely ANP ligation of endothelial receptors to stabilize endothelial barrier function. We measured vascular permeability to albumin and accumulation of fluorescent neutrophils in a full-thickness skin wound on the flank of LysM-EGFP mice 24 h after formation. Vascular permeability in individually perfused rat mesenteric microvessels was also measured after leukocytes were washed out of the vessel lumen...
September 2016: Physiological Reports
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