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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092664/expression-of-specific-inflammasome-gene-modules-stratifies-older-individuals-into-two-extreme-clinical-and-immunological-states
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David Furman, Junlei Chang, Lydia Lartigue, Christopher R Bolen, François Haddad, Brice Gaudilliere, Edward A Ganio, Gabriela K Fragiadakis, Matthew H Spitzer, Isabelle Douchet, Sophie Daburon, Jean-François Moreau, Garry P Nolan, Patrick Blanco, Julie Déchanet-Merville, Cornelia L Dekker, Vladimir Jojic, Calvin J Kuo, Mark M Davis, Benjamin Faustin
Low-grade, chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases of aging, but the mechanisms responsible for producing this inflammation remain unclear. Inflammasomes can drive chronic inflammation in the context of an infectious disease or cellular stress, and they trigger the maturation of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Here we find that the expression of specific inflammasome gene modules stratifies older individuals into two extremes: those with constitutive expression of IL-1β, nucleotide metabolism dysfunction, elevated oxidative stress, high rates of hypertension and arterial stiffness; and those without constitutive expression of IL-1β, who lack these characteristics...
January 16, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092472/using-biomarkers-to-predict-and-to-prevent-cardiotoxicity-of-cancer-therapy
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Daniela Cardinale, Gina Biasillo, Michela Salvatici, Maria Teresa Sandri, Carlo Maria Cipolla
Cardiotoxicity is a common complication that may compromise the clinical effectiveness of anticancer therapy. The current standard for monitoring cardiac function detects cardiotoxicity only when a functional impairment has already occurred, not allowing for any early preventive strategy. Areas covered: A novel approach, based on the use of biomarkers has recently emerged, resulting in a very effective tool for early, real-time identification, and monitoring of cardiotoxicity. In particular, cardiac troponin elevation during chemotherapy allows to identify patients more prone to develop myocardial dysfunction and cardiac events...
January 16, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092376/infectious-immunity-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-brain-function
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Robyn S Klein, Charise Garber, Nicole Howard
Inflammation is emerging as a critical mechanism underlying neurological disorders of various etiologies, yet its role in altering brain function as a consequence of neuroinfectious disease remains unclear. Although acute alterations in mental status due to inflammation are a hallmark of central nervous system (CNS) infections with neurotropic pathogens, post-infectious neurologic dysfunction has traditionally been attributed to irreversible damage caused by the pathogens themselves. More recently, studies indicate that pathogen eradication within the CNS may require immune responses that interfere with neural cell function and communication without affecting their survival...
January 16, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092310/new-insights-into-the-gut-as-the-driver-of-critical-illness-and-organ-failure
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Mei Meng, Nathan J Klingensmith, Craig M Coopersmith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The gut has long been hypothesized to be the 'motor' of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. This review serves as an update on new data elucidating the role of the gut as the propagator of organ failure in critical illness. RECENT FINDINGS: Under basal conditions, the gut absorbs nutrients and serves as a barrier that prevents approximately 40 trillion intraluminal microbes and their products from causing host injury. However, in critical illness, gut integrity is disrupted with hyperpermeability and increased epithelial apoptosis, allowing contamination of extraluminal sites that are ordinarily sterile...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092297/vascular-adaptations-to-habitual-exercise-in-older-adults-time-for-the-sex-talk
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Kerrie L Moreau, Cemal Ozemek
Regular exercise is promoted as a therapeutic strategy for age-associated endothelial dysfunction. Improvements in endothelial function are observed with endurance exercise in older men, but are diminished or absent in older women. This review examines the hypothesis that sex hormones modulate vascular adaptations to exercise training by influencing antioxidant defense systems, mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, and intracellular signaling.
January 13, 2017: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092265/the-fibronectin-synergy-site-re-enforces-cell-adhesion-and-mediates-a-crosstalk-between-integrin-classes
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Maria Benito-Jardón, Sarah Klapproth, Irene Gimeno-LLuch, Tobias Petzold, Mitasha Bharadwaj, Daniel J Müller, Gabriele Zuchtriegel, Christoph A Reichel, Mercedes Costell
Fibronectin (FN), a major extracellular matrix component, enables integrin-mediated cell adhesion via binding of α5β1, αIIbβ3 and αv-class integrins to an RGD-motif. An additional linkage for α5 and αIIb is the synergy site located in close proximity to the RGD motif. We report that mice with a dysfunctional FN-synergy motif (FNsyn/syn) suffer from surprisingly mild platelet adhesion and bleeding defects due to delayed thrombus formation after vessel injury. Additional loss of β3 integrins dramatically aggravates the bleedings and severely compromises smooth muscle cell coverage of the vasculature leading to embryonic lethality...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092091/preliminary-results-on-long-term-potentiation-like-cortical-plasticity-and-cholinergic-dysfunction-after-miglustat-treatment-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
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Alberto Benussi, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Maura Cosseddu, Valeria Bertasi, Marinella Turla, Ettore Salsano, Andrea Dardis, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder, which manifests clinically with a wide range of neurological signs and symptoms. We assessed multiple neurological, neuropsychological and neurophysiological biomarkers using a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) multi-paradigm approach in two patients with NPC carrying a homozygous mutation in the NPC1 gene, and in two heterozygous family members.We assessed short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI), intracortical facilitation (ICF), long-interval intracortical inhibition (LICI), short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and long-term potentiation (LTP)-like cortical plasticity with a paired associative stimulation (PAS) protocol...
January 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092018/bladder-dysfunction-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-6-year-follow-up-study
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Darija Kisic Tepavcevic, Tatjana Pekmezovic, Irena Dujmovic Basuroski, Sarlota Mesaros, Jelena Drulovic
Bladder dysfunction (BD) is the most common autonomic disturbance in multiple sclerosis, but often overlooked and undertreated. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to explore the changes in the frequency of BD symptoms in MS cohort after a period of 3 and 6 years of follow-up, as well as to investigate the correlations between the presence of BD symptoms and both clinical characteristics and the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) at each subsequent point of estimation. The study population comprises a cohort of 93 patients with MS (McDonald's criteria, 2001)...
January 13, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091873/prediction-of-left-ventricular-contractile-recovery-using-tissue-doppler-strain-and-strain-rate-measurements-at-rest-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Ihab M Abdelgawwad, Ahmed A Al Hawary, Hanan M Kamal, Layla M Al Maghawry
The aim of the study was to assess the ability of tissue Doppler (TD) deformation analysis at rest to predict left ventricular contractile recovery in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This prospective cohort enrolled 67 patients with segmental wall motion abnormality. Assessment of each segment was performed at rest and during low dose Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) using a 4 point scoring system, TD peak systolic strain (PSS) and peak systolic strain rate (PSSR). The study followed up the patients for contractile improvement after 6 months of successful PCI by echocardiography...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091824/exercise-capacity-physical-activity-and-morbidity
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Danielle L Brunjes, Peter J Kennel, P Christian Schulze
Muscle weakness and atrophy are key characteristics of the aging adult but can also be found in chronically ill patients with heart failure, cancer, renal failure, and chronic infectious diseases all associated with an accelerated level of muscle dysfunction. Reduced physical activity levels and exercise intolerance increase muscle loss and decrease quality of life in both the aging and heart failure populations. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the effects of aging and heart failure on skeletal muscle function and how exercise training can improve long-term outcomes associated with skeletal muscle dysfunction...
January 16, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091823/skeletal-muscle-inflammation-and-atrophy-in-heart-failure
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Kory J Lavine, Oscar L Sierra
Heart failure represents a systemic disease with profound effects on multiple peripheral tissues including skeletal muscle. Within the context of heart failure, perturbations in skeletal muscle physiology, structure, and function strongly contribute to exercise intolerance and the morbidity of this devastating disease. There is growing evidence that chronic heart failure imparts specific pathological changes within skeletal muscle beds resulting in muscle dysfunction and tissue atrophy. Mechanistically, systemic and local inflammatory responses drive critical aspects of this pathology...
January 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091722/hyperphosphorylated-tau-causes-reduced-hippocampal-ca1-excitability-by-relocating-the-axon-initial-segment
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Robert John Hatch, Yan Wei, Di Xia, Jürgen Götz
Hyperphosphorylated tau has a critical role in tauopathies such as Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia, impairing neuronal function and eventually leading to neurodegeneration. A critical role for tau is supported by studies in transgenic mouse models that express the P301L tau mutation found in cases of familial frontotemporal dementia, with the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau in the hippocampus causing reductions in hippocampal long-term potentiation and impairments in spatial learning and memory...
January 16, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091697/heat-shock-transcription-factor-1-protects-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-via-smad3
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Ning Zhou, Yong Ye, Xingxu Wang, Ben Ma, Jian Wu, Lei Li, Lin Wang, Dao Wen Wang, Yunzeng Zou
: Fibrotic cardiac muscle exhibits high stiffness and low compliance which are major risk factors of heart failure. Although heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) was identified as an intrinsic cardioprotective factor, the role that HSF1 plays in cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate the role of HSF1 in pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis and the underlying mechanism. HSF1 phosphorylation was significantly downregulated in transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-treated mouse hearts and mechanically stretched cardiac fibroblasts (cFBs)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091645/yogurt-inhibits-intestinal-barrier-dysfunction-in-caco-2-cells-by-increasing-tight-junctions
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Kelley K Putt, Ruisong Pei, Heather M White, Bradley W Bolling
Chronic inflammation disrupts intestinal barrier function and may contribute to the pathology of obesity and other diseases. The goal of this study was to determine the mechanism by which yogurt improves intestinal barrier function. Caco-2 cells were differentiated on Transwell inserts and used as a model of intestinal barrier permeability. Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and flux of 4 kDa fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran (FD) and lucifer yellow (LY) were used as indicators of monolayer integrity and paracellular permeability...
January 16, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091556/vegf-b-promotes-recovery-of-corneal-innervations-and-trophic-functions-in-diabetic-mice
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Guohu Di, Xiaowen Zhao, Xia Qi, Songmei Zhang, Lu Feng, Weiyun Shi, Qingjun Zhou
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-B possesses the capacity of promoting injured peripheral nerve regeneration and restore their sensory and trophic functions. However, the contribution and mechanism of VEGF-B in diabetic peripheral neuropathy remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the expression and role of VEGF-B in diabetic corneal neuropathy by using type 1 diabetic mice and cultured trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons. Hyperglycemia attenuated the endogenous expression of VEGF-B in regenerated diabetic corneal epithelium, but not that of VEGF receptors in diabetic TG neurons and axons...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091531/tnf-%C3%AE-regulates-the-proteolytic-degradation-of-st6gal-1-and-endothelial-cell-cell-junctions-through-upregulating-expression-of-bace1
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Xiao Deng, Jun Zhang, Yan Liu, Linmu Chen, Chao Yu
Endothelial dysfunction and monocyte adhesion to vascular endothelial cells are two critical steps in atherosclerosis development, and emerging evidence suggests that protein sialylation is involved in these processes. However, the mechanism underlying this phenomenon remains incompletely elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that treatment with the proinflammatory cytokine TNF-α disrupted vascular endothelial cell-cell tight junctions and promoted monocyte endothelial cell adhesion. Western blotting and Sambucus nigra lectin (SNA) blotting analyses revealed that TNF-α treatment decreased α-2, 6-sialic acid transferase 1 (ST6Gal-I) levels and downregulated VE-Cadherin α-2, 6 sialylation...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091440/nocturnal-enuresis-in-school-aged-children-with-sickle-cell-anemia-any-relationship-with-hyposthenuria
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C I Eneh, A N Ikefuna, H U Okafor, S N Uwaezuoke
BACKGROUND: Reports show that children with sickle-cell anemia (SCA) have a tendency for nocturnal enuresis when compared with their counterparts with normal hemoglobin. Although nocturnal enuresis in SCA has been attributed to several factors including tubular and even bladder dysfunction, its relationship with hyposthenuria has been questioned in some studies. AIM: The study aims to determine the relationship of hyposthenuria with nocturnal enuresis seen in school-aged children with SCA...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091392/the-impact-of-viral-load-and-time-to-onset-of-cytomegalovirus-replication-on-long-term-graft-survival-after-kidney-transplantation
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Tomas Reischig, Martin Kacer, Petra Hruba, Pavel Jindra, Ondrej Hes, Daniel Lysak, Mirko Bouda, Ondrej Viklicky
BACKGROUND: Asymptomatic cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is associated with graft dysfunction and failure. However, no study assessed CMV viral load in terms of the risk for graft failure. METHODS: In prospective cohort of kidney transplant recipients, we assessed the impact of CMV DNAemia on the overall graft survival and the incidence of moderate-to-severe interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy (IF/TA) in protocol biopsy at 36 months. CMV DNAemia was stratified by viral load in whole blood...
January 16, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090802/functional-deficits-induced-by-cortical-microinfarcts
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Philipp M Summers, David A Hartmann, Edward S Hui, Xingju Nie, Rachael L Deardorff, Emilie T McKinnon, Joseph A Helpern, Jens H Jensen, Andy Y Shih
Clinical studies have revealed a strong link between increased burden of cerebral microinfarcts and risk for cognitive impairment. Since the sum of tissue damage incurred by microinfarcts is a miniscule percentage of total brain volume, we hypothesized that microinfarcts disrupt brain function beyond the injury site visible to histological or radiological examination. We tested this idea using a mouse model of microinfarcts, where single penetrating vessels that supply mouse cortex were occluded by targeted photothrombosis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090801/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-attenuate-propofol-induced-pro-oxidative-and-antifibrinolytic-effect-in-human-endothelial-cells
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Marzena Wojewodzka-Zelezniakowicz, Anna Gromotowicz-Poplawska, Wioleta Kisiel, Emilia Konarzewska, Janusz Szemraj, Jerzy Robert Ladny, Ewa Chabielska
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of plasma and tissue angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-Is) against propofol-induced endothelial dysfunction and to elucidate the involved mechanisms in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined the effects of propofol (50 μM), quinaprilat and enalaprilat (10(-5) M) on fibrinolysis (t-PA, PAI-1, TAFI antigen levels), oxidative stress parameters (H2O2 and MDA antigen levels and SOD and NADPH oxidase mRNA levels) and nitric oxide bioavailability (NO2/NO3 concentration and NOS expression at the level of mRNA) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
January 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
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