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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526884/combined-use-of-metformin-and-atorvastatin-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-rabbits-fed-a-high-cholesterol-diet
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Fei Luo, Yuan Guo, Gui-Yun Ruan, Jun-Ke Long, Xi-Long Zheng, Qin Xia, Shui-Ping Zhao, Dao-Quan Peng, Zhen-Fei Fang, Xiang-Ping Li
Statins are widely used to reduce cardiovascular risk. Unfortunately, some patients still experience cardiovascular events though prescribed with high-intensity statins. Metformin, an anti-diabetic drug, was reported to possess anti-atherosclerotic effects. Therefore, the experiments were designed to evaluate whether combined use of metformin and atorvastatin can achieve additional benefits. In rabbits fed a high-cholesterol diet, we evaluated the effects of the combination therapy on atherosclerotic plaques, lipid profiles, blood glucose levels, liver and kidney functions...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518147/survivin-a-key-player-in-cancer-progression-increases-in-obesity-and-protects-adipose-tissue-stem-cells-from-apoptosis
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Miriam Ejarque, Victòria Ceperuelo-Mallafré, Carolina Serena, Gisela Pachón, Yaiza Núñez-Álvarez, Margarida Terrón-Puig, Enrique Calvo, Catalina Núñez-Roa, Wilfredo Oliva-Olivera, Francisco J Tinahones, Miguel Angel Peinado, Joan Vendrell, Sonia Fernández-Veledo
Adipose tissue (AT) has a central role in obesity-related metabolic imbalance through the dysregulated production of cytokines and adipokines. In addition to its known risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, obesity is also a major risk for cancer. We investigated the impact of obesity for the expression of survivin, an antiapoptotic protein upregulated by adipokines and a diagnostic biomarker of tumor onset and recurrence. In a cross-sectional study of 111 subjects classified by body mass index, circulating levels of survivin and gene expression in subcutaneous AT were significantly higher in obese patients and positively correlated with leptin...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513228/relationship-between-chop-gadd153-and-unstable-human-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque
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Suping Wang, Meiyan Zhang, Zanhua Liu, Wuyang Yang, Junwei Shi, Victor Dean, Dong Chen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The signaling protein C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and corresponding growth-arrest-and-DNA-damage-inducible gene 153 (GADD153) is associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS), which can lead to apoptosis. Our study aims to elucidate the role of CHOP/GADD153 in unstable atherosclerotic (AS) plaque formation isolated from confounding factors such as diabetes mellitus, primary hyperlipidemia, autoimmune deficiencies/abnormalities, essential hypertension, chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and smoking...
May 17, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509874/evaluation-of-the-mycobactericidal-effect-of-thio-functionalized-carbohydrate-derivatives
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Małgorzata Korycka-Machała, Anna Brzostek, Bożena Dziadek, Malwina Kawka, Tomasz Popławski, Zbigniew J Witczak, Jarosław Dziadek
Sugars with heteroatoms other than oxygen have attained considerable importance in glycobiology and in drug design since they are often more stable in blood plasma due to their resistance to enzymes, such as glycosidases, phosphorylases and glycosyltransferases. The replacement of oxygen atoms in sugars with sulfur forms thio-sugars, which are potentially useful for the treatment of diabetes and some bacterial and viral infections. Here, we evaluated the antibacterial activity of thio-functionalized carbohydrate derivatives...
May 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500395/the-human-serum-protein-c4b-binding-protein-inhibits-pancreatic-iapp-induced-inflammasome-activation
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Klaudia Kulak, Gunilla T Westermark, Nikolina Papac-Milicevic, Erik Renström, Anna M Blom, Ben C King
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Inflammasome activation and subsequent IL-1β production is a driver of islet pathology in type 2 diabetes. Oligomers, but not mature amyloid fibrils, of human islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), which is co-secreted with insulin, trigger NOD-like receptor pyrin domain containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation. C4b-binding protein (C4BP), present in serum, binds to IAPP and affects transition of IAPP monomers and oligomers to amyloid fibrils. We therefore hypothesised that C4BP inhibits IAPP-mediated inflammasome activation and IL-1β production...
May 12, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497277/brazilin-ameliorates-diabetic-nephropathy-and-inflammation-in-db-db-mice
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Zhan-Yuan Li, Yu Zheng, Yan Chen, Min Pan, Shu-Bei Zheng, Wen Huang, Zhi-Hong Zhou, Han-Yang Ye
Hyperglycemia and inflammation play important roles in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Brazilin might be an effective pharmacological agent against hyperglycemia and inflammation. In our present study, we explored whether brazilin mitigated pathological progression, inflammation, and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation in a mouse model of diabetic nephropathy. Brazilin reduced aggravated biochemical indices of DN (proteinuria and the serum glucose level) and renal hypertrophy. Brazilin also improved renal morphology and inhibited macrophage infiltration, as manifested by different pathological staining methods...
May 11, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495997/extracellular-vesicles-in-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
M Carmen Martínez, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina
Metabolic syndrome defines a cluster of interrelated risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. These factors include metabolic abnormalities, such as hyperglycemia, elevated triglyceride levels, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and obesity, mainly central adiposity. In this context, extracellular vesicles (EVs) may represent novel effectors that might help to elucidate disease-specific pathways in metabolic disease. Indeed, EVs (a terminology that encompasses microparticles, exosomes, and apoptotic bodies) are emerging as a novel mean of cell-to-cell communication in physiology and pathology because they represent a new way to convey fundamental information between cells...
May 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494015/long-non-coding-rna-lethe-regulates-hyperglycemia-induced-reactive-oxygen-species-production-in-macrophages
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Carlos Zgheib, Maggie M Hodges, Junyi Hu, Kenneth W Liechty, Junwang Xu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a complex, systemic metabolic disease characterized by insulin resistance and resulting hyperglycemia, which is associated with impaired wound healing. The clinical complications associated with hyperglycemia are attributed, in part, to the increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Recent studies revealed that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important regulatory roles in many biological processes. Specifically, lncRNA Lethe has been described as exhibiting an anti-inflammatory effect by binding to the p65 subunit of NFκB and blocking its binding to DNA and the subsequent activation of downstream genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493905/melioidosis-clinical-impact-and-public-health-threat-in-the-tropics
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Ramar Perumal Samy, Bradley G Stiles, Gautam Sethi, Lina H K Lim
This review briefly summarizes the geographical distribution and clinical impact of melioidosis, especially in the tropics. Burkholderia pseudomallei (a gram-negative bacterium) is the major causative agent for melioidosis, which is prevalent in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Northern Australia. Melioidosis patients are increasingly being recognized in other parts of the world. The bacteria are intrinsically resistant to many antimicrobial agents, but prolonged treatment, especially with combinations of antibiotics, may be effective...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483670/role-of-14-3-3%C3%AE-protein-on-cardiac-fatty-acid-metabolism-and-macrophage-polarization-after-high-fat-diet-induced-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Remya Sreedhar, Somasundaram Arumugam, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Vengadeshprabhu Karuppagounder, Yusuke Koga, Takashi Nakamura, Meilei Harima, Kenichi Watanabe
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), a metabolic disorder, is one of the leading causes of mortality around the world and its pathogenesis involves cardiac inflammation and altered metabolic profile. Altered fatty acid metabolism during DCM can cause macrophage polarization in which inflammatory M1 phenotype dominates over the anti-inflammatory M2 phenotype. Hence, it is essential to identify a specific target, which could revert the metabolic profile and thereby reducing the M1 macrophage polarization. 14-3-3η protein has several cellular protective functions especially in the heart as plenty of reports available in various animal models of heart failure including diabetes mellitus...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469770/fgf-16-protects-against-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-in-the-infarct-diabetic-heart
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Yanyan Hu, Li Li, Lin Shen, Haiqing Gao, Fei Yu, Wenbin Yin, Wei Liu
Till now, no functional studies for FGF-16 in diabetic heart have been reported. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the potential function of FGF-16 in inhibiting adverse cardiac remodeling in post myocardial infarction (MI) of diabetic heart. We investigated the role of fibroblast growth factor-16 (FGF-16) in post-MI remodeling and role of cardio-protection in the diabetic infarct heart. Adult db/db diabetic mice were assigned to sham group, MI group and MI+FGF-16 group, respectively. MI group was induced by permanent coronary artery ligation, and the mice were subjected to 2D trans-thoracic echocardiography 2-4 weeks post-surgery...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466023/adipose-tissue-specialized-immunologic-features-might-be-the-potential-therapeutic-target-of-prospective-medicines-for-obesity
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REVIEW
Fan Yao, Ming Zhang, Li Chen
Excessive lipid accumulation in adipose tissue is either the source of obesity or the cause and result of chronic local inflammation, and recent studies indicate that the accumulation may induce many other specialized immunologic features with macrophages and epidemic diseases. We analyze the effective stages of immune cells in adipose tissue, including macrophage recruitment, macrophage polarization, and macrophage-like phenotype preadipocyte possession to find optimal sites as drug targets. Subsequently, some main signaling pathways are summarized in this review, including the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway, the JNK signaling pathway, and a novel one, the Notch signaling pathway...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465178/oral-delivery-of-ursolic-acid-loaded-nanostructured-lipid-carrier-coated-with-chitosan-oligosaccharides-development-characterization-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment-for-the-therapy-of-leishmaniasis
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Suman Das, Santanu Ghosh, Asit Kumar De, Tanmoy Bera
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a life-threatening disease caused by Leishmania donovani due to uncontrolled parasitisation of liver, spleen, and bone marrow. Ursolic acid (UA), a promising anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-diabetic drug used successfully for treatment of ailments. Development of new delivery system is extremely urgent for UA with better efficacy and fewer side effects. The aim of present research work was to formulate and evaluate the potential anti-leishmanial activity of UA loaded N-octyl-chitosan surface decorated nanostructured lipid carrier system (UA-NLC) for delivery to the macrophages for VL...
April 29, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454543/trem-1-associated-macrophage-polarization-plays-a-significant-role-in-inducing-insulin-resistance-in-obese-population
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Saravanan Subramanian, Pradeep K Pallati, Poonam Sharma, Devendra K Agrawal, Kalyana C Nandipati
BACKGROUND: TREM-1 acts as an amplifier of inflammation expressed on macrophages. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between TREM-1 and macrophage polarization, and association of TREM-1 and M1 macrophage polarization with insulin resistance (IR) in obese population compared to non-obese population. METHODS: We enrolled 38 patients after obtaining IRB approval for this study. We evaluated the mRNA and protein expression levels of general macrophage marker (CD68), M1 marker (CD86, CCR7, iNOS, IFNγ, TNF-α and IL-6,), M2 marker (CD206, CD163, IL-10, IL-4) and chemokine axis (MCP-1, CCR2 and CCR5) along with TREM-1 and TREM-2 in omentum fat, subcutaneous fat, and liver biopsy tissues of non-obese (N = 5), obese non-diabetics, (N = 16) and obese diabetics (N = 17)...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449873/progress-in-tumor-associated-macrophage-tam-targeted-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Chayanon Ngambenjawong, Heather H Gustafson, Suzie H Pun
As an essential innate immune population for maintaining body homeostasis and warding off foreign pathogens, macrophages display high plasticity and perform diverse supportive functions specialized to different tissue compartments. Consequently, aberrance in macrophage functions contributes substantially to progression of several diseases including cancer, fibrosis, and diabetes. In the context of cancer, tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in tumor microenvironment (TME) typically promote cancer cell proliferation, immunosuppression, and angiogenesis in support of tumor growth and metastasis...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447667/tweak-blockade-decreases-atherosclerotic-lesion-size-and-progression-through-suppression-of-stat1-signaling-in-diabetic-mice
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Valvanera Fernández-Laso, Cristina Sastre, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Jesús Egido, Jose L Martín-Ventura, Carmen Gómez-Guerrero, Luis M Blanco-Colio
Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK/Tnfsf12) is a cytokine implicated in different steps associated with vascular remodeling. However, the role of TWEAK under hyperglycemic conditions is currently unknown. Using two different approaches, genetic deletion of Tnfsf12 and treatment with a TWEAK blocking mAb, we have analyzed the effect of TWEAK inhibition on atherosclerotic plaque progression and stability in streptozotocin-induced diabetic ApoE deficient mice. Genetic inactivation of Tnfsf12 reduced atherosclerosis extension and severity in diabetic ApoE deficient mice...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446459/distinct-roles-of-arginases-1-and-2-in-diabetic-nephropathy
#17
Sidney M Morris, Hanning You, Ting Gao, Jean Vacher, Timothy K Cooper, Alaa S Awad
Diabetes is the leading cause of end stage renal disease, resulting in a significant health care burden and loss of economic productivity by affected individuals. As current therapies for progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN) are only moderately successful, identification of underlying mechanisms of disease is essential in order to develop more effective therapies. We showed previously that inhibition of arginase using S-(2-boronoethyl)-L-cysteine (BEC) or genetic deficiency of the arginase-2 isozyme was protective against key features of nephropathy in diabetic mouse models...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443100/-epigallocatechin-gallate-targets-notch-to-attenuate-the-inflammatory-response-in-the-immediate-early-stage-in-human-macrophages
#18
Tengfei Wang, Zemin Xiang, Ya Wang, Xi Li, Chongye Fang, Shuang Song, Chunlei Li, Haishuang Yu, Han Wang, Liang Yan, Shumei Hao, Xuanjun Wang, Jun Sheng
Inflammation plays important roles at different stages of diabetes mellitus, tumorigenesis, and cardiovascular diseases. (-)-Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) can attenuate inflammatory responses effectively. However, the immediate early mechanism of EGCG in inflammation remains unclear. Here, we showed that EGCG attenuated the inflammatory response in the immediate early stage of EGCG treatment by shutting off Notch signaling and that the effect did not involve the 67-kDa laminin receptor, the common receptor for EGCG...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439004/endocannabinoid-system-acts-as-a-regulator-of-immune-homeostasis-in-the-gut
#19
Nandini Acharya, Sasi Penukonda, Tatiana Shcheglova, Adam T Hagymasi, Sreyashi Basu, Pramod K Srivastava
Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) are small molecules biosynthesized from membrane glycerophospholipid. Anandamide (AEA) is an endogenous intestinal cannabinoid that controls appetite and energy balance by engagement of the enteric nervous system through cannabinoid receptors. Here, we uncover a role for AEA and its receptor, cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), in the regulation of immune tolerance in the gut and the pancreas. This work demonstrates a major immunological role for an endocannabinoid. The pungent molecule capsaicin (CP) has a similar effect as AEA; however, CP acts by engagement of the vanilloid receptor TRPV1, causing local production of AEA, which acts through CB2...
May 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434946/hyperglycemia-induced-renal-p2x7-receptor-activation-enhances-diabetes-related-injury
#20
Robert I Menzies, John W R Booth, John J Mullins, Matthew A Bailey, Frederick W K Tam, Jill T Norman, Robert J Unwin
Diabetes is a leading cause of renal disease. Glomerular mesangial expansion and fibrosis are hallmarks of diabetic nephropathy and this is thought to be promoted by infiltration of circulating macrophages. Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) has been shown to attract macrophages in kidney diseases. P2X7 receptors (P2X7R) are highly expressed on macrophages and are essential components of pro-inflammatory signaling in multiple tissues. Here we show that in diabetic patients, renal P2X7R expression is associated with severe mesangial expansion, impaired glomerular filtration (≤40ml/min/1...
April 20, 2017: EBioMedicine
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