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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679867/n-acetylcysteine-protects-against-microcystin-lr-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-germ-cell-apoptosis-in-zebrafish-testes
#1
Sujuan Zhao, Ying Liu, Fang Wang, Dexiang Xu, Ping Xie
Previous studies have shown that microcystin-LR (MCLR) is a reproductive toxicant that induces germ cell apoptosis in the testes, but the underlying mechanisms have not been well understood. In this study, we investigated that MCLR induces germ cell apoptosis is through activation of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an antioxidant could protect against germ cell apoptosis by inhibiting the ER stress. Healthy male zebrafish were intraperitoneally injected with NAC (500 nM), beginning at 2 h before different doses of MCLR (0, 50, 100, 200 μg/kg)...
April 6, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679845/establishment-of-stub1-chip-mutant-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ipscs-from-a-patient-with-gordon-holmes-syndrome-scar16
#2
Stefanie Schuster, Yvonne Schelling, Matthis Synofzik, Philip Höflinger, Ludger Schöls, Stefan Hauser
STUB1/CHIP is a central component of cellular protein homeostasis and interacts with key proteins involved in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we reprogrammed human skin fibroblasts from a 12-year-old male patient with recessive spinocerebellar ataxia type 16 (OMIM #615768), carrying compound heterozygous mutations (c.355C>T, c.880A>T) in STUB1. Genomic integrity of the iPSC line HIHCNi001-A without transgene integration and genomic aberration but with maintained disease-relevant mutations was proven by SNP array analysis and Sanger sequencing while pluripotency was verified by the expression of important pluripotency markers and the capacity to differentiate into cells of all three germ layers...
April 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679802/the-evolving-role-of-dna-inter-strand-crosslinks-in-chemotherapy
#3
REVIEW
Halley B Rycenga, David T Long
DNA crosslinking agents make up a broad class of chemotherapy agents that target rapidly dividing cancer cells by disrupting DNA synthesis. These drugs differ widely in both chemical structure and biological effect. In cells, crosslinking agents can form multiple types of DNA lesions with varying efficiencies. Inter-strand crosslinks (ICLs) are considered to be the most cytotoxic lesion, creating a covalent roadblock to replication and transcription. Despite over 50 years in the clinic, the use of crosslinking agents that specialize in the formation of ICLs remains limited, largely due to high toxicity in patients...
April 18, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679798/liposomal-formulations-of-magnesium-sulfanyl-tribenzoporphyrazines-for-the-photodynamic-therapy-of-cancer
#4
Jaroslaw Piskorz, Dariusz T Mlynarczyk, Wojciech Szczolko, Krystyna Konopka, Nejat Düzgüneş, Jadwiga Mielcarek
Photodynamic therapy of cancer comprises the activation of photosensitizer molecules delivered to cancer cells, to generate reactive oxygen species that mediate cytotoxicity. In this study, previously synthesized dendritic magnesium tribenzoporphyrazines were incorporated into four types of liposomes containing either 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) or 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) as the zwitterionic lipids. The addition of either l-α-phosphatidyl-dl-glycerol (PG) or 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammoniumpropane (DOTAP) imparted a negative or positive charge, respectively...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679791/phosphorodiamidate-morpholino-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-the-zikv-rna-inhibits-virus-replication
#5
Waldemar Popik, Atanu Khatua, James E K Hildreth, Benjamin Lee, Donald J Alcendor
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been associated with microcephaly in infants. Currently there is no treatment or vaccine. Here we explore the use of a morpholino oligonucleotide targeted to the 5' untranslated region (5'-UTR) of the ZIKV RNA to prevent ZIKV replication. METHODS: Morpholino DWK-1 inhibition of ZIKV replication in human glomerular podocytes was examined by qRT-PCR, reduction in ZIKV genome copy number, western blot analysis, immunofluorescence and proinflammatory cytokine gene expression...
April 18, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679778/recapitulating-spatiotemporal-tumor-heterogeneity-in-vitro-through-engineered-breast-cancer-microtissues
#6
Claudia Mazio, Costantino Casale, Giorgia Imparato, Francesco Urciuolo, Paolo Antonio Netti
Tumor and microenvironmental heterogeneity hinders the study of breast cancer biology and the assessment of therapeutic strategies, being associated with high variability and drug resistance. In this context, it is mandatory to develop three-dimensional breast tumor models able to reproduce this heterogeneity and the dynamic interaction occurring between tumor cells and microenvironment. Here we show a new breast cancer microtissue model (T-µTP) uniquely able to present intra-tumor morphological heterogeneity in a dynamic and responsive endogenous matrix...
April 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679753/daidzein-rich-isoflavone-aglycones-inhibit-cell-growth-and-inflammation-in-endometriosis
#7
O Takaoka, T Mori, F Ito, H Okimura, H Kataoka, Y Tanaka, A Koshiba, I Kusuki, S Shigehiro, T Amami, J Kitawaki
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent disease, and isoflavones interact with estrogen receptors. The purposes of this study are to investigate the in vitro and in vivo effects of daidzein-rich isoflavone aglycones (DRIAs), dietary supplements, on cellular proliferation in endometriosis. Stromal cells isolated from ovarian endometrioma (OESCs) and normal endometrium (NESCs) were cultured with DRIAs, i.e., each of the DRIA components (daidzein, genistein, or glycitein), or isoflavone glycosides (IG; DRIA precursors)...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679718/identification-of-differential-phosphorylation-and-sub-cellular-localization-of-the-metastasis-suppressor-ndrg1
#8
Kyung Chan Park, Sharleen V Menezes, Danuta S Kalinowski, Sumit Sahni, Patric J Jansson, Zaklina Kovacevic, Des R Richardson
The metastasis suppressor, N-myc downstream regulated gene-1 (NDRG1), exhibits pleiotropic activity, inhibiting metastasis of various tumor-types, while being correlated with metastasis in others. Notably, NDRG1 phosphorylation and cleavage are associated with its function, although it is unclear if these modifications occur universally, or selectively, in different cancer cell-types and if it contributes to its pleiotropy. Considering the suggested DNA repair role of nuclear NDRG1, the effects of the above post-translational modifications on its nuclear localization was examined...
April 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679712/evaluating-the-genotoxicity-of-cellulose-nanofibrils-in-a-co-culture-of-human-lung-epithelial-cells-and-monocyte-derived-macrophages
#9
Célia Ventura, Ana Filipa Lourenço, António Sousa-Uva, Paulo J T Ferreira, Maria João Silva
Cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) are manufactured nanofibres that hold impressive expectations in forest, food, pharmaceutical, and biomedical industries. CNF production and applications are leading to an increased human exposure and thereby it is of utmost importance to assess its safety to health. In this study, we screened the cytotoxic, immunotoxic and genotoxic effects of a CNF produced by TEMPO-mediated oxidation of an industrial bleached Eucalyptus globulus kraft pulp on a co-culture of lung epithelial alveolar (A549) cells and monocyte-derived macrophages (THP-1 cells)...
April 18, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679709/unique-glandular-ex-vivo-th1-and-th17-receptor-motifs-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients-using-single-cell-analysis
#10
Alexandria Voigt, Katherine Bohn, Sukesh Sukumaran, Carol M Stewart, Indraneel Bhattacharya, Cuong Q Nguyen
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is an autoimmune disease in which the underlying cause has yet to be elucidated. The main objective of this study was to determine the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires of individual infiltrating T helper (Th)-1 and 17 cells of pSS patients using single-cell analysis. Single-cell analysis of ex-vivo infiltrating T cells demonstrated that pSS patients had higher frequencies of activated Th17 cells. Single-cell TCR sequencing revealed that TCRβ variable (TRBV)3-1/joint (J)1-2 (CLFLSMSACVW) and TRBV20-1/J1-1 (SVGSTAIPP*T) were expressed by activated Th1 and Th17 cells in both cohorts...
April 18, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679650/cmv-seronegative-donors-effect-on-clinical-severity-of-cmv-infection-and-reconstitution-of-cmv-specific-immunity
#11
P L J van der Heiden, H M van Egmond, S A J Veld, M van de Meent, M Eefting, L C de Wreede, C J M Halkes, J H F Falkenburg, W A F Marijt, I Jedema
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV)-specific T-cells are crucial to prevent CMV disease. CMV seropositive recipients transplanted with stem cells from a CMV seronegative allogeneic donor (R+ D- ) may be at risk for CMV disease due to absence of donor CMV-specific memory T-cells in the graft. METHODS: We analyzed the duration of CMV reactivations and the incidence of CMV disease in R+ D- and R+ D+ patients after alemtuzumab-based T-cell depleted allogeneic stem cell transplantation (TCD alloSCT)...
April 18, 2018: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679611/control-of-t-cell-effector-functions-by-mirnas
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Daniel P Inácio, Tiago Amado, Bruno Silva-Santos, Anita Q Gomes
The differentiation of effector T cells is a tightly regulated process that relies on the selective expression of lineage-defining master regulators that orchestrate unique transcriptional programs, including the production of distinct sets of effector cytokines. miRNAs are post-transcriptional regulators that are now viewed as critical players in these gene expression networks and help defining cell identity and function. This review summarises the role of individual miRNAs in the regulation of the differentiation of effector T cell subsets, including CD4+ T helper cells, cytotoxic CD8+ T cells and innate-like NKT cells...
April 18, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679556/a-novel-smac-mimetic-apg-1387-exhibited-dual-antitumor-effect-on-hbv-positive-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-high-expression-of-ciap2-by-inducing-apoptosis-and-enhancing-innate-anti-tumor-immunity
#13
Wentao Pan, Qiuyun Luo, Xianglei Yan, Luping Yuan, Hanjie Yi, Lin Zhang, Baoxia Li, Yuxin Zhang, Jian Sun, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Da-Jun Yang
Check point inhibitor anti-PD1 antibody produced some efficacy in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) patients previously treated with sorafenib. Unfortunately, HCC patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection did not respond as well as uninfected patients. Previously, SMAC mimetics-the antagonist for inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs) can rapidly reduce serum hepatitis B virus DNA in animal model. APG-1387 is a novel SMAC-mimetic, small molecule inhibitor targeting inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs)...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679494/risk-of-sun-induced-skin-cancers-in-patients-with-alopecia-areata-alopecia-totalis-and-alopecia-universalis
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Rosalynn R Z Conic, Rose Miller, Melissa Piliang, Wilma Bergfeld, Natasha Atanaskova Mesinkovska
Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune non-scarring hair loss characterized by round patches on the scalp and body. It can progress to alopecia totalis (AT) where there is total loss of scalp hair and alopecia universalis (AU) in where hair loss encompasses the entire body. The pathophysiologic mechanism is unclear, but is thought to be due to peribulbar T-cell inflammation which results in premature induction of anagen follicles to catagen and telogen, without causing destruction of the hair follicle. This article is protected by copyright...
April 21, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679490/increased-nk-cell-subsets-with-inhibitory-cytokines-and-inhibitory-surface-receptors-in-patients-with-recurrent-miscarriage-and-decreased-or-normal-subsets-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-late-post-transplant
#15
Li Zhu, Mostafa Aly, Haihao Wang, Hristos Karakizlis, Rolf Weimer, Christian Morath, Ruben Jeremias Kuon, Bettina Toth, Naruemol Ekpoom, Gerhard Opelz, Volker Daniel
BACKGROUND: Patients with recurrent miscarriage (RM) show up-regulated cytotoxic NK cells that are suspected to play a causal role in abortion. In the present study, we investigated counter-regulating inhibitory mechanisms and compared the results in RM patients with those of healthy controls (HC), patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney transplant recipients late post-transplant (TX). METHODS: NK, NKT and T cell subsets were analyzed in the peripheral blood of 31 RM, 14 female ESRD and 9 female TX patients as well as 21 female HC using eight-color fluorescence flow cytometry...
April 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679487/allergen-specific-immunotherapy-induces-regulatory-t-cells-in-an-atopic-dermatitis-mouse-model
#16
Jung U Shin, Seo Hyeong Kim, Ji Yeon Noh, Ji Hye Kim, Kim Hye Ran, Kyoung Yong Jeong, Kyung Hee Park, Jungsoo Lee, Howard Chu, Jae-Hyun Lee, Tai-Soon Yong, Jung-Won Park, Kwang Hoon Lee
BACKGROUND: Several studies have demonstrated that allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) can be an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis (AD). However, there is no relevant mouse model to investigate the mechanism and validate the novel modality of SIT in AD. METHODS: NC/Nga mice with induced AD-like skin lesions received a subcutaneous injection of SIT (an extract of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides farinae [DfE]) or placebo for 5 weeks). Clinical and histological improvements of AD-like skin lesions were examined...
April 21, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679373/cytokine-producing-b-cells-promote-immune-mediated-bile-duct-injury-in-murine-biliary-atresia
#17
Joseph Bednarek, Brianna Traxinger, Dania Brigham, Jonathan Roach, David Orlicky, Dong Wang, Roberta Pelanda, Cara L Mack
Biliary atresia (BA) is a neonatal T cell-mediated inflammatory, sclerosing cholangiopathy. In the Rhesus rotavirus (RRV)-induced neonatal mouse model of BA (murine BA), mice lacking B cells do not develop BA, and the lack of B cells is associated with loss of T cell and macrophage activation. The aim of this study was to determine the mechanism of B cell-mediated immune activation (antigen presentation versus cytokine production) in murine BA. RESULTS: Normal neonatal B cells in the liver are predominantly at pro-B and pre-B cellular development...
April 20, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679324/controlling-fibrin-network-morphology-polymerization-and-degradation-dynamics-in-fibrin-gels-for-promoting-tissue-repair
#18
Erin P Sproul, Riley T Hannan, Ashley C Brown
Fibrin is an integral part of the clotting cascade and is formed by polymerization of the soluble plasma protein fibrinogen. Following stimulation of the coagulation cascade, thrombin activates fibrinogen, which binds to adjacent fibrin(ogen) molecules resulting in the formation of an insoluble fibrin matrix. This fibrin network is the primary protein component in clots and subsequently provides a scaffold for infiltrating cells during tissue repair. Due to its role in hemostasis and tissue repair, fibrin has been used extensively as a tissue sealant...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679306/regenerative-medicine-strategies-in-biomedical-implants
#19
REVIEW
Divya Rani Bijukumar, Clay McGeehan, Mathew T Mathew
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recently, significant progress has been made in the research related to regenerative medicine. At the same time, biomedical implants in orthopedics and dentistry are facing many challenges and posing clinical concerns. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the clinical applications of current regenerative strategies to the fields of dentistry and orthopedic surgery. The main research question in this review is: What are the major advancement strategies in regenerative medicine that can be used for implant research? RECENT FINDINGS: The implant surfaces can be modified through patient-specific stem cells and plasma coatings, which may provide methods to improve osseointegration and sustainability of the implant...
April 20, 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679299/impact-of-computer-aided-ct-and-pet-analysis-on-non-invasive-t-staging-in-patients-with-lung-cancer-and-atelectasis
#20
Paul Flechsig, Ramin Rastgoo, Clemens Kratochwil, Ole Martin, Tim Holland-Letz, Alexander Harms, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Uwe Haberkorn, Frederik L Giesel
PURPOSE: Tumor delineation within an atelectasis in lung cancer patients is not always accurate. When T staging is done by integrated 2-deoxy-2-[18 F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18 F]FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)/X-ray computer tomography (CT), tumors of neuroendocrine differentiation and slowly growing tumors can present with reduced FDG uptake, thus aggravating an exact T staging. In order to further exhaust information derived from [18 F]FDG-PET/CT, we evaluated the impact of CT density and maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) for the classification of different tumor subtypes within a surrounding atelectasis, as well as possible cutoff values for the differentiation between the primary tumor and atelectatic lung tissue...
April 20, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
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