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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231550/short-term-particulate-matter-exposure-induces-extracellular-vesicle-release-in-overweight-subjects
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Matteo Bonzini, Laura Pergoli, Laura Cantone, Mirjam Hoxha, Andrea Spinazzè, Luca Del Buono, Chiara Favero, Michele Carugno, Laura Angelici, Lucia Broggi, Andrea Cattaneo, Angela C Pesatori, Valentina Bollati
BACKGROUND: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) represent a plausible molecular mechanism linking particulate matter (PM) inhalation to its systemic effects. Microvesicles (MVs) are released from many cell types in response to various stimuli. Increased body mass index (BMI) could modify the response to PM exposure due to enhanced PM uptake and/or an underlying pro-oxidative state. We investigated the relationship between EV release and PM10/PM2.5 exposure in a cohort of 51 volunteers. Subjects were stratified based on their BMI to evaluate whether overweight BMI is a determinant of hypersusceptibility to PM effects...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231510/lipopolyplex-potentiates-anti-tumor-immunity-of-mrna-based-vaccination
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Stefano Persano, Maria L Guevara, Zhaoqi Li, Junhua Mai, Mauro Ferrari, Pier Paolo Pompa, Haifa Shen
mRNA-based vaccines have the benefit of triggering robust anti-cancer immunity without the potential danger of genome integration from DNA vaccines or the limitation of antigen selection from peptide vaccines. Yet, a conventional mRNA vaccine comprising of condensed mRNA molecules in a positively charged protein core structure is not effectively internalized by the antigen-presenting cells. It cannot offer sufficient protection for mRNA molecules from degradation by plasma and tissue enzymes either. Here, we have developed a lipopolyplex mRNA vaccine that consists of a poly-(β-amino ester) polymer mRNA core encapsulated into a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine/1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine/1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[amino(polyethylene glycol)-2000 (EDOPC/DOPE/DSPE-PEG) lipid shell...
February 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230974/femtogram-resolution-of-iron-content-on-a-per-cell-basis-ex-vivo-storage-of-human-red-blood-cells-leads-to-loss-of-hemoglobin
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Jeffrey J Chalmers, Xiaoxia Jin, Andre Francis Palmer, Peter Amaya, Mark H Yazer, Lee R Moore, Kyoung-Joo Park, X Jeff Pan, Maciej Zborowski
The magnetic characteristics of hemoglobin (Hb) changes with the binding of dioxygen (O2) to the heme prosthetic groups of the globin chains: from paramagnetic ferrous Hb to diamagnetic ferrous oxyhemoglobin (oxyHb) with reversibly bound O2, or paramagnetic ferric methemoglobin (metHb). When multiplied over the number of Hb molecules in a red blood cell (RBC), the effect is detectable through motion analysis of RBCs in a high magnetic field and gradient. This motion is referred to as magnetophoretic mobility which can be conveniently expressed as a fraction of the cell sedimentation coefficient...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230786/sex-specificity-of-mineralocorticoid-target-gene-expression-during-renal-development-and-long-term-consequences
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Laurence Dumeige, Caroline Storey, Lyvianne Decourtye, Melanie Nehlich, Christophe Lhadj, Say Viengchareun, Laurent Kappeler, Marc Lombès, Laetitia Martinerie
Sex differences have been identified in various biological processes, including hypertension. The mineralocorticoid signaling pathway is an important contributor to early arterial hypertension, however its sex-specific expression has been scarcely studied, particularly with respect to the kidney. Basal systolic blood pressure (SBP) and heart rate (HR) were measured in adult male and female mice. Renal gene expression studies of major players of mineralocorticoid signaling were performed at different developmental stages in male and female mice using reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), and were compared to those of the same genes in the lung, another mineralocorticoid epithelial target tissue that regulates ion exchange and electrolyte balance...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230760/bioinformatics-approaches-for-fetal-dna-fraction-estimation-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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REVIEW
Xianlu Laura Peng, Peiyong Jiang
The discovery of cell-free fetal DNA molecules in plasma of pregnant women has created a paradigm shift in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Circulating cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been increasingly recognized as an important proxy to detect fetal abnormalities in a noninvasive manner. A variety of approaches for NIPT using next-generation sequencing have been developed, which have been rapidly transforming clinical practices nowadays. In such approaches, the fetal DNA fraction is a pivotal parameter governing the overall performance and guaranteeing the proper clinical interpretation of testing results...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230655/lessons-learned-from-human-hiv-vaccine-trials
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Justin Pollara, David Easterhoff, Genevieve G Fouda
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The ability to induce broadly neutralizing antibody (bNAb) responses is likely essential for development of a globally effective HIV vaccine. Unfortunately, human vaccine trials conducted to date have failed to elicit broad plasma neutralization of primary virus isolates. Despite this limitation, in-depth analysis of the vaccine-induced memory B-cell repertoire can provide valuable insights into the presence and function of subdominant B-cell responses, and identify initiation of antibody lineages that may be on a path towards development of neutralization breadth...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230359/efficient-liver-targeting-by-polyvalent-display-of-a-compact-ligand-for-the-asialoglycoprotein-receptor
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Carlos A Sanhueza, Michael M Baksh, Benjamin Thuma, Marc D Roy, Sanjay Dutta, Cathy Préville, Boris A Chrunyk, Kevin Beaumont, Robert Dullea, Mark Ammirati, Shenping Liu, David Gebhard, James E Finley, Christopher T Salatto, Amanda King-Ahmad, Ingrid Stock, Karen Atkinson, Benjamin Reidich, Wen Lin, Rajesh Kumar, Meihua Tu, Elnaz Menhaji-Klotz, David A Price, Spiros Liras, M G Finn, Vincent Mascitti
A compact and stable bicyclic bridged ketal was developed as a ligand for the asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR). This compound showed excellent ligand efficiency, and the molecular details of binding were revealed by the first X-ray crystal structures of ligand-bound ASGPR. This analogue was used to make potent di- and trivalent binders of ASGPR. Extensive characterization of the function of these compounds showed rapid ASGPR-dependent cellular uptake in vitro and high levels of liver/plasma selectivity in vivo...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230187/silencing-salusin-%C3%AE-attenuates-cardiovascular-remodeling-and-hypertension-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#8
Xing-Sheng Ren, Li Ling, Bing Zhou, Ying Han, Ye-Bo Zhou, Qi Chen, Yue-Hua Li, Yu-Ming Kang, Guo-Qing Zhu
Salusin-β is a bioactive peptide involved in vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation, vascular fibrosis and hypertension. The present study was designed to determine the effects of silencing salusin-β on hypertension and cardiovascular remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Thirteen-week-old male SHR and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY) were subjected to intravenous injection of PBS, adenoviral vectors encoding salusin-β shRNA (Ad-Sal-shRNA) or a scramble shRNA. Salusin-β levels in plasma, myocardium and mesenteric artery were increased in SHR...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230024/o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase-gene-promoter-methylation-and-lung-cancer-risk-a-meta-analysis
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Zhijia Yang, Fangjun Li
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter methylation pattern in tumor tissue and autologous controls (plasma, normal lung tissue, and bronchial lavage fluid [BLF]) in patients with nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We electronic searched the MEDLINE and CNKI databases to find the open published studies related to MGMT gene promoter hypermethylation in NSCLC patients. The odds ratio (OR) for hypermethylation in plasma, BLF, and tissue was pooled by fixed or random effect model according to the statistical heterogeneity across the included studies...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229922/mandevilla-longiflora-desf-pichon-improves-airway-inflammation-in-a-murine-model-of-allergic-asthma
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Danielle Ayr Tavares de Almeida, Suellen Iara Guirra Rosa, Thais Campos Dias da Cruz, Eduarda Pavan, Amílcar Sabino Damazo, Ilsamar Mendes Soares, Sérgio Donizeti Ascêncio, Antonio Macho, Domingos Tabajara de Oliveira Martins
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Mandevilla longiflora, popularly known as "velame" in central Brazil, is a subshrub and widely distributed in South America. Its xylopodium is used in the form of a decoction or infusion to treat inflammation and other ailments. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory potential of M. longiflora in an in vivo model of ovalbumin-induced immediate hypersensitivity, identifying its effects on leukocyte infiltration, IgE and LTB4 levels, and Th2 cytokine production...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229628/impaired-glucose-tolerance-after-streptozotocin-microinjection-into-the-mediodorsal-prefrontal-cortex-of-the-rat
#11
B Nagy, I Szabó, G Takács, B Csetényi, E Hormay, Z Karádi
The mediodorsal prefrontal cortex (mdPFC) is a key structure of the central glucose-monitoring (GM) neural network. Previous studies indicate that intracerebral streptozotocin (STZ) microinjection-induced destruction of local chemosensory neurons results in feeding and metabolic alterations. The present experiments aimed to examine whether STZ microinjection into the mdPFC causes metabolic deficits. To do so, glucose tolerance test (GTT) and measurements of plasma metabolites were performed in STZ-treated or control rats...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229505/a-variant-in-a-cis-regulatory-element-enhances-claudin-14-expression-and-is-associated-with-pediatric-onset-hypercalciuria-and-kidney-stones
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Megan E Ure, Emma Heydari, Wanling Pan, Ajay Ramesh, Sabah Rehman, Catherine Morgan, Maury Pinsk, Robin Erickson, Johannes M Herrmann, Henrik Dimke, Emmanuelle Cordat, Mathieu Lemaire, Michael Walter, R Todd Alexander
The greatest risk factor for kidney stones is hypercalciuria, the etiology of which is largely unknown. A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) linked hypercalciuria and kidney stones to a claudin-14 (CLDN14) risk haplotype. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not delineated. Recently, renal CLDN14 expression was found to increase in response to increased plasma calcium, thereby inducing calciuria. We hypothesized therefore that some children with hypercalciuria and kidney stones harbor a CLDN14 variant that inappropriately increases gene expression...
February 22, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229475/first-cases-of-zika-virus-infected-us-blood-donors-outside-states-with-areas-of-active-transmission
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Phillip C Williamson, Jeffrey M Linnen, Debra A Kessler, Beth H Shaz, Hany Kamel, Ralph R Vassallo, Valerie Winkelman, Kui Gao, Rainer Ziermann, Juscilene Menezes, Stephen Thomas, Jerry A Holmberg, Sonia Bakkour, Mars Stone, Kai Lu, Graham Simmons, Michael P Busch
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) is transmitted by Aedes mosquitos and can result in severe congenital and adult neurologic abnormalities. ZIKV has rapidly spread northward through Central America and the Caribbean and autochthonous cases have been identified in the continental United States. High rates of ZIKA RNA positivity were detected in blood donors during previous epidemics. ZIKV transmission by transfused blood from healthy donor components has been a growing concern. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Individual-donation aliquots of plasma from volunteer blood donors were tested individually with an investigational Procleix ZIKV assay...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229423/patient-derived-and-intraoperatively-formed-biomaterial-for-tissue-engineering
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Shalmli U Joshi, Rares O Barbu, Melissa Carr-Reynolds, Brian Barnes, Syam P Nukavarapu
In this chapter, we introduce a completely intraoperative procedure for obtaining a patient-derived biomaterial in cell therapy and tissue engineering applications. An automated device for processing human peripheral-blood ensures a reproducible method for retrieving the patient's cellular-rich as well as cellular-poor plasma. By substituting calcium for animal-derived thrombin, we engineer a completely autologous hydrogel that eliminates the risk of disease transmission and lowers FDA regulation hurdles. Through this chapter, we will discuss a bedside protocol developed to prepare a patient-derived hydrogel...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229387/the-effects-of-cerium-valence-states-at-cerium-oxide-coatings-on-the-responses-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-macrophages
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Mingyu You, Kai Li, Youtao Xie, Liping Huang, Xuebin Zheng
Ideal orthopedic coatings should trigger good osteogenic response and limited inflammatory response. The cerium valence states in ceria are associated with their anti-oxidative activity and anti-inflammatory property. In the study, we prepared two kinds of plasma sprayed CeO2 coatings with different Ce(4+) concentrations to investigate the effects of Ce valence states on the response of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and macrophage RAW264.7. Both the coatings (CeO2-A and CeO2-B) were characterized via XRD, SEM, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
February 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229304/early-elevated-levels-of-soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients
#16
Xin-Gang Sun, Qian Ma, Gang Jing, Li Wang, Xu-Dong Hao, Gai-Qing Wang
Early brain injury (EBI) contributes to poor prognosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). This study aimed to clarify whether triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) was implicated in the inflammatory mechanisms of EBI. The cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of soluble TREM-1 (sTREM-1), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) as well as plasma levels of white blood cells (WBC) count and C-reactive protein in 17 SAH patients at early stage (within the EBI period) and 9 volunteers were observed...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228865/identification-of-beta-cell-dysfunction-at-the-pre-symptomatic-stage-of-diabetes-mellitus-by-novel-analytical-system-liquid-biopsy-measurements-in-femtograms
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REVIEW
Kurt Krapfenbauer
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is produced and progresses as a consequence of complex and gradual processes, in which a variety of alterations of the endocrine pancreas, are involved and which mainly result in beta cell failure. Those molecular alterations can be found in the bloodstream, which suggests that we could quantify specific biomarkers in plasma or serum by very sensitive methods before the onset diabetes mellitus is diagnosed. However, classical methods of protein analysis such as electrophoresis, Western blot, ELISA, and liquid chromatography are generally time-consuming, lab-intensive, and not sensitive enough to detect such alteration in a pre-symptomatic state of the disease...
December 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228748/chromogranin-a-regulation-of-obesity-and-peripheral-insulin-sensitivity
#18
REVIEW
Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Sushil K Mahata
Chromogranin A (CgA) is a prohormone and granulogenic factor in endocrine and neuroendocrine tissues, as well as in neurons, and has a regulated secretory pathway. The intracellular functions of CgA include the initiation and regulation of dense-core granule biogenesis and sequestration of hormones in neuroendocrine cells. This protein is co-stored and co-released with secreted hormones. The extracellular functions of CgA include the generation of bioactive peptides, such as pancreastatin (PST), vasostatin, WE14, catestatin (CST), and serpinin...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228639/grin1-mutation-associated-with-intellectual-disability-alters-nmda-receptor-trafficking-and-function
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Wenjuan Chen, Christine Shieh, Sharon A Swanger, Anel Tankovic, Margaret Au, Marianne McGuire, Michele Tagliati, John M Graham, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Stephen F Traynelis, Hongjie Yuan, Tyler Mark Pierson
N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) play important roles in brain development and neurological disease. We report two individuals with similar dominant de novo GRIN1 mutations (c.1858 G>A and c.1858 G>C; both p.G620R). Both individuals presented at birth with developmental delay and hypotonia associated with behavioral abnormalities and stereotypical movements. Recombinant NMDARs containing the mutant GluN1-G620R together with either GluN2A or GluN2B were evaluated for changes in their trafficking to the plasma membrane and their electrophysiological properties...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228506/low-plasma-zinc-is-associated-with-higher-mitochondrial-oxidative-stress-and-faster-liver-fibrosis-development-in-the-miami-adult-studies-in-hiv-cohort
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Sabrina S Martinez, Adriana Campa, Yinghui Li, Christina Fleetwood, Tiffanie Stewart, Venkataraghavan Ramamoorthy, Marianna K Baum
Background: Oxidative stress and reduced antioxidants may be a trigger for liver fibrogenesis. Reducing oxidative stress through higher antioxidant concentration may be a potential antifibrotic target.Objective: We aimed to investigate longitudinally whether plasma zinc, an antioxidant, is related to mitochondrial oxidative stress and the progression of liver fibrosis in the Miami Adult Studies in HIV (MASH) cohort.Methods: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted in 487 predominantly African American HIV-monoinfected and HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected adults with a mean ± SD age of 47...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
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