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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#1
Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215032/nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-regulated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-dapk-contributed-to-paraquat-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#2
Zhenning Liu, Xiaokai Wang, Yu Wang, Min Zhao
Paraquat can result in dysfunction of multiple organs after ingestion in human. However, the mechanisms of nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation in acute kidney injury have not been clearly demonstrated. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of NLRP3 inflammasome activation and its regulation by nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) and death-associated protein kinase (DAPK). Male Wistar rats were treated with intraperitoneal injection of paraquat at 20 mg/kg, and NF-κB inhibitor BAY 11-7082 was pretreated at 10 mg/kg 1 h before paraquat exposure...
February 18, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215005/effect-of-bite-openings-and-mandibular-protrusion-on-genioglossus-muscle-activity-in-healthy-adults-with-oral-appliance
#3
Jianlan Long, Toru Ogawa, Toshimi Ito, Michikazu Matsuda, Wei Li, Haiyang Yu, Keiichi Sasaki
Oral appliance (OA) can effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea; however, numerous types of oral appliances and designs are variable and the precise mechanisms behind differences in treatment outcomes are uncertain. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different degrees of mandibular position [4° of bite openings (BO): 2, 4, 8 and 12 mm; and protrusion (P): 0, 50%, MAX], for both the upright and supine positions: BO2 mm_P0%, BO4 mm_P0%, BO4 mm_P50%, BO4 mm_PMAX, BO8 mm_P0%, BO12 mm_P0%; with an OA on the: (1) activity of the genioglossus (GG) muscle by electromyogram, (2) inspiration by airflow sensor, and (3) recording mandibular movements (incisor and mandibular condyle point) in each position...
February 18, 2017: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215000/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-attenuate-lipopolysaccharide-induced-memory-impairment-by-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-bdnf-creb-expression-and-apoptosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#4
Ruby Goel, Shahnawaz Ali Bhat, Kashif Hanif, Chandishwar Nath, Rakesh Shukla
Clinical studies demonstrated a positive correlation between hypertension and cognitive decline. Beneficial effects of angiotensin II receptor blockers on cognitive functions have also been reported earlier; however, its role in chronic neuroinflammation-induced memory impairment in the hypertensive state is not well understood. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers on memory impairment induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214996/alcohol-induced-retrograde-facilitation-renders-witnesses-of-crime-less-suggestible-to-misinformation
#5
Julie Gawrylowicz, Anne M Ridley, Ian P Albery, Edit Barnoth, Jack Young
RATIONALE: Research has shown that alcohol can have both detrimental and facilitating effects on memory: intoxication can lead to poor memory for information encoded after alcohol consumption (anterograde amnesia) and may improve memory for information encoded before consumption (retrograde facilitation). This study examined whether alcohol consumed after witnessing a crime can render individuals less vulnerable to misleading post-event information (misinformation). METHOD: Participants watched a simulated crime video...
February 19, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214989/exposure-response-analyses-of-blood-pressure-and-heart-rate-changes-for-methylphenidate-in-healthy-adults
#6
Liang Li, Yaning Wang, Ramana S Uppoor, Mehul U Mehta, Tiffany Farchione, Mitchell V Mathis, Hao Zhu
The aim of the study was to evaluate the exposure-response (E-R) relationships of blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) changes in healthy adults taking methylphenidate (MPH). Intensive time profiles of BP and HR from healthy adults in placebo and MPH treatment arms of seven clinical trials from the FDA internal database were utilized for this analysis. The analysis model contains a circadian component for placebo effect and an E-R component to describe drug effect. Internal validation was performed using goodness-of-fit plots and visual predictive check...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214986/astrocyte-sodium-signalling-and-panglial-spread-of-sodium-signals-in-brain-white-matter
#7
Behrouz Moshrefi-Ravasdjani, Evelyn L Hammel, Karl W Kafitz, Christine R Rose
In brain grey matter, excitatory synaptic transmission activates glutamate uptake into astrocytes, inducing sodium signals which propagate into neighboring astrocytes through gap junctions. These sodium signals have been suggested to serve an important role in neuro-metabolic coupling. So far, it is unknown if astrocytes in white matter-that is in brain regions devoid of synapses-are also able to undergo such intra- and intercellular sodium signalling. In the present study, we have addressed this question by performing quantitative sodium imaging in acute tissue slices of mouse corpus callosum...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214984/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-nbp-provides-neuroprotection-in-the-mice-models-after-traumatic-brain-injury-via-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
#8
Zhengwei Liu, Handong Wang, Xiaofeng Shi, Liwen Li, Mengliang Zhou, Hui Ding, Youqing Yang, Xiang Li, Ke Ding
The present study was aimed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of NBP in the mice models of TBI, as well as the possible role of Nrf2-ARE pathways in the assumptive neuroprotection. In mice,a modified Marmarou's weight-drop model was employed to induce TBI. ICR mice were randomly assigned to four experimental groups: sham, TBI, TBI+vehicle(V) and TBI+NBP. NBP (100 mg/kg) was administered via an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection at 1 h following TBI. The administration of NBP significantly ameliorated the effects of the brain injury, including neurological deficits, brain water content, and cortical neuronal apoptosis...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#9
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214973/a-multifunctional-alanine-rich-anti-inflammatory-peptide-bcp61-showed-potent-inhibitory-effects-by-inhibiting-both-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-expression
#10
Yun Hee Choi, Yoon Seok Choi, Young Kyun Kim, Md Saifur Rahman, G C Pradeep, Jin Cheol Yoo, Joo-Won Suh
The purified BCP61 was reported to be a unique low-molecular-weight (MW) anti-microbial peptide because of its non-identical alanine-rich N-terminal sequence. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of BCP61 on induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells. The treatment with BCP61, with varying concentrations of 10, 50, and 100 μg/mL, inhibited levels of expression of LPS-induced NF-κB and MAPKs (extracellular signal-related kinases (ERKs), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and mitogen-activated protein (p38)) as well as production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
February 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214972/avocado-oil-induces-long-term-alleviation-of-oxidative-damage-in-kidney-mitochondria-from-type-2-diabetic-rats-by-improving-glutathione-status
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Omar Ortiz-Avila, María Del Consuelo Figueroa-García, Claudia Isabel García-Berumen, Elizabeth Calderón-Cortés, Jorge A Mejía-Barajas, Alain R Rodriguez-Orozco, Ricardo Mejía-Zepeda, Alfredo Saavedra-Molina, Christian Cortés-Rojo
Hyperglycemia and mitochondrial ROS overproduction have been identified as key factors involved in the development of diabetic nephropathy. This has encouraged the search for strategies decreasing glucose levels and long-term improvement of redox status of glutathione, the main antioxidant counteracting mitochondrial damage. Previously, we have shown that avocado oil improves redox status of glutathione in liver and brain mitochondria from streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats; however, the long-term effects of avocado oil and its hypoglycemic effect cannot be evaluated because this model displays low survival and insulin depletion...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214967/increased-atrial-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors-and-grk-2-gene-expression-can-play-a-fundamental-role-in-heart-failure-after-repair-of-congenital-heart-disease-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Marcela Silva Oliveira, Fabio Carmona, Walter V A Vicente, Paulo H Manso, Karina M Mata, Mara Rúbia Celes, Erica C Campos, Simone G Ramos
Surgeries to correct congenital heart diseases are increasing in Brazil and worldwide. However, even with the advances in surgical techniques and perfusion, some cases, especially the more complex ones, can develop heart failure and death. A retrospective study of patients who underwent surgery for correction of congenital heart diseases with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in a university tertiary-care hospital that died, showed infarction in different stages of evolution and scattered microcalcifications in the myocardium, even without coronary obstruction...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214951/inhibition-of-jak-stat-pathway-restrains-tslp-activated-dendritic-cells-mediated-inflammatory-t-helper-type-2-cell-response-in-allergic-rhinitis
#13
Zhaohui Shi, Weihong Jiang, Min Wang, Xiaocheng Wang, Xiaoyuan Li, Xiaodong Chen, Li Qiao
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) has recently been implicated as a key molecule for initiating allergic rhinitis (AR) at the cell-dendritic cell (DC) interface. Previous studies demonstrated that TSLP activated DCs to express more OX40 ligand (OX40L), which is associated with the initiation of T helper type 2 (Th2) cell responses. STAT phosphorylation has been reported to be promoted by TSLP. Thus, we investigated if the JAK/STAT pathway inhibitor CYT387 could affect TSLP-DC-mediated Th2 cell response in naive T cell and AR mice model...
February 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214940/transcriptional-and-biochemical-alterations-in-zebrafish-eleuthero-embryos-danio-rerio-after-exposure-to-synthetic-progestogen-dydrogesterone
#14
Wen-Jun Shi, Guang-Guo Ying, Guo-Yong Huang, Yan-Qiu Liang, Li-Xin Hu, Jian-Liang Zhao, Jin-Na Zhang
Little information has so far been known on the effects of synthetic progestogen dydrogesterone (DDG) in organisms like fish. This study aimed to investigate the effects of DDG on the transcriptional and biochemical alterations in zebrafish eleuthero-embryos. Zebrafish eleuthero-embryos were analyzed for the transcriptional alterations by real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) and biochemical changes by attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FITR) after 144 h exposure to DDG...
February 18, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214935/promotive-role-of-5-aminolevulinic-acid-on-chromium-induced-morphological-photosynthetic-and-oxidative-changes-in-cauliflower-brassica-oleracea-botrytis-l
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Rehan Ahmad, Shafaqat Ali, Fakhir Hannan, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Iqbal, Zaidul Hassan, Nudrat Aisha Akram, Saliha Maqbool, Farhat Abbas
Chromium (Cr) is among the most toxic pollutants in the environment that adversely affect the living organisms and physiological processes in different plants. The present study investigated the effect of 15 mg L(-1) of 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) on morpho-physiological attributes of cauliflower (Brassica oleracea botrytis L.) under different Cr concentrations (0, 10, 100, and 200 μM) in the growth medium. The results showed that Cr stress decreased the growth, biomass, photosynthetic, and gas exchange parameters...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214934/the-effect-of-low-molecular-weight-organic-acids-on-copper-toxicity-in-e-fetida-in-an-acute-exposure-system
#16
Chuifan Zhou, Meiying Huang, Jiaoda Yu, Ying Li, Aiqin Liu
In the present study, the effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids (OAs) on the toxicity of copper (Cu) to the earthworm Eisenia fetida (E. fetida) were investigated in a simulated soil solution. We exposed E. fetida to soil solution containing Cu and a variety of OAs (acetic acid, oxalic acid, citric acid, and EDTA). We found that the addition of OAs reduced the toxicity of Cu to E. fetida, where the reduction was strongest in EDTA and weakest in acetic acid. These compounds decreased the mortality rate of E...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214928/dendritic-cell-rehab-new-strategies-to-unleash-therapeutic-immunity-in-ovarian-cancer
#17
REVIEW
Chang-Suk Chae, Eli Teran-Cabanillas, Juan R Cubillos-Ruiz
Immune-based therapies that induce remarkable and durable responses against melanoma and lung cancer have unfortunately demonstrated limited success in ovarian cancer patients. This is likely due to the exceptional immunoregulatory nature of ovarian tumors, which employ numerous strategies to effectively suppress anti-tumor immunity. Here, we summarize a decade of research indicating that ovarian cancers possess an exquisite capacity to subvert the activity of host dendritic cells (DCs) as a key mechanism to impede the development and maintenance of protective T cell-based immune responses...
February 18, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214915/evaluation-of-the-gard-assay-in-a-blind-cosmetics-europe-study
#18
Henrik Johansson, Robin Gradin, Andy Forreryd, Maria Agemark, Kathrin Zeller, Angelica Johansson, Olivia Larne, Erwin van Vliet, Carl Borrebaeck, Malin Lindstedt
Chemical hypersensitivity is an immunological response towards foreign substances, commonly referred to as sensitizers, which gives rise primarily to the clinical symptoms known as allergic contact dermatitis. For the purpose of mitigating risks associated with consumer products, chemicals are screened for sensitizing effects. Historically, such predictive screenings have been performed using animal models. However, due to industrial and regulatory demand, animal models for the purpose of sensitization assessment are being replaced by animal-free testing methods, a global trend that is spreading across industries and market segments...
February 17, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214901/protective-effects-of-fluvastatin-on-reproductive-function-in-obese-male-rats-induced-by-high-fat-diet-through-enhanced-signaling-of-mtor
#19
Xiangrong Cui, Chunlan Long, Jing Zhu, Jie Tian
BACKGROUND: Statins can reduce reproductive damage induced by obesity or high-fat diet (HFD), but the specific regulatory mechanisms are largely unknown. Since mTOR/p70s6k sinaling promotes spermatogonia proliferation and spermatogenesis, we hypothesized that this pathway will be involved in the protective effects of statin in HFD-induced reproductive dysfunction. METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old) were randomly divided into a control group (standard diet), HFD group, and a fluvastatin group (HFD + fluvastatin at 6mg/kg, once daily by oral gavage)...
February 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214900/mir-21-regulates-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-cd40-expression-via-the-sirt1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-renal-inner-medullary-collecting-duct-cells
#20
Qinqin Lin, Yuanwen Geng, Meng Zhao, Shuaishuai Lin, Qing Zhu, Zhenjun Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have indicated that microRNA-21 (miR-21) is involved in the inflammatory response in relation to renal disease. Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) exerts renoprotective properties by counteracting inflammation. The activation of CD40 triggers inflammation that participates in renal inflammation and injury. The relationship between miR-21, SIRT1 and CD40, however, remains elusive. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry, small-interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection, quantitative real-time PCR and western blotting were applied to assess the morphological, functional and molecular mechanisms in primary cultured renal inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells...
January 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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