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Jun P Ren, Lin Wang, Juan Zhao, Ling Wang, Shun B Ning, Mohamed El Gazzar, Jonathan P Moorman, Zhi Q Yao
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to attenuating immune responses during chronic viral infection; however, the precise mechanisms underlying their suppressive activities remain incompletely understood. We have recently shown marked expansion of MDSCs that promote regulatory T (Treg) cell development in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Here we further investigated whether the HCV-induced expansion of MDSCs and Tregs is regulated by a miRNA-mediated mechanism...
October 18, 2016: Immunology
Mohamed Balaha, Samah Kandeel, Waleed Barakat
Carvedilol is an anti-oxidant non-selective β-blocker used for reduction of portal blood pressure, prophylaxis of esophageal varices development and bleeding in chronic liver diseases. Recently, it exhibited potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-proliferative and anti-carcinogenic effects. In the present study, we evaluated the possible suppressive effect of carvedilol on circulating and hepatic IL-6 levels responsible for hepatocarcinogenesis in a rat model of hepatic cirrhosis. Besides, its effect on hepatic STAT-3 levels, function tests, oxidative stress markers, and hydroxyproline content, hepatic tissue histopathological changes and immunohistochemical expression of E & N-cadherin...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
C G Bruno, D A Scott, M Aliotta, A Formicola, A Best, A Boeltzig, D Bemmerer, C Broggini, A Caciolli, F Cavanna, G F Ciani, P Corvisiero, T Davinson, R Depalo, A Di Leva, Z Elekes, F Ferraro, Zs Fülöp, G Gervino, A Guglielmetti, C Gustavino, Gy Gyürky, G Imbriani, M Junker, R Menegazzo, V Mossa, F R Pantaleo, D Piatti, P Prati, E Somorjai, O Straniero, F Strieder, T Szücs, M P Takács, D Trezzi
The ^{17}O(p,α)^{14}N reaction plays a key role in various astrophysical scenarios, from asymptotic giant branch stars to classical novae. It affects the synthesis of rare isotopes such as ^{17}O and ^{18}F, which can provide constraints on astrophysical models. A new direct determination of the E_{R}=64.5  keV resonance strength performed at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) accelerator has led to the most accurate value to date ωγ=10.0±1.4_{stat}±0.7_{syst}  neV, thanks to a significant background reduction underground and generally improved experimental conditions...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Zhengguang Wang, Liuyi Dong, Yinan Zhen, Yanan Wang, Dongjiang Qi, Aman Xu, Xiangling Meng, Weiping Li
We and others have shown that Astragalus extract (AE) regulates various cellular processes including inflammation and apoptosis. It remains elusive whether and how AE modulates apoptosis in gastric cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. The objective of this study is to determine the effects and mechanisms of AE on the proliferation and apoptosis of human gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells and on tumor growth in orthotopic transplantation gastric tumor model in nude mice. Human gastric adenocarcinoma SGC-7901 cells and nude mice implanted with gastric cancer cells were treated with different concentration of AE and 5-fluorouracil as control...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad Ansari, Ahmed Nadeem, Khairy M A Zoheir, Saleh A Bakheet, Abdulaziz M S Alsaad, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Sabry M Attia
We set out to investigate the influence of STA-21, a dynamic STAT-3 inhibitor, on the expansion and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to determine its potential mechanisms of action in a mouse model of collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA). To this end, arthritis was induced via intravenous (IV) injection of Balb/c mice with a cocktail of antibodies directed against type II collagen (1.5μg/mouse, IV), followed by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) at a dose of (25μg/mouse, i.p.) on day 3. Mice were then left untreated or were simultaneously treated with STA-21 (0...
October 3, 2016: Immunobiology
Tingting Bai, Feilin Liu, Fei Zou, Guifang Zhao, Yixu Jiang, Li Liu, Jiahong Shi, Deshun Hao, Qi Zhang, Tong Zheng, Yingyao Zhang, Mingsheng Liu, Shilun Li, Liangchen Qi, Jin Yu Liu
The maintenance of highly proliferative capacity and full differentiation potential is a necessary step in the initiation of stem cell-based regenerative medicine. Our recent study showed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) significantly enhanced hair follicle-derived mesenchymal stem cells (HF-MSCs) proliferation whilemaintaining the multi-lineage differentiation potentials. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear.Herein, we investigated the role of EGF in HF-MSC proliferation.HF-MSCs were isolated and cultured with or without EGF...
October 5, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Florian Wiede, Faruk Sacirbegovic, Yew Ann Leong, Di Yu, Tony Tiganis
Non-coding single nucleotide polymorphisms that repress PTPN2 expression have been linked with the development of type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease. PTPN2 attenuates CD8(+) T cell responses to self and prevents overt autoreactivity in the context of T cell homeostasis and antigen cross-presentation. The role of PTPN2 in other immune subsets in the development of autoimmunity remains unclear. Here we show that the inducible deletion of PTPN2 in hematopoietic compartment of adult non-autoimmune prone mice results in systemic inflammation and autoimmunity...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Heike A Hildebrandt, Vincent Kreienkamp, Sabine Gent, Philipp Kahlert, Gerd Heusch, Petra Kleinbongard
Although remote ischemic pre-conditioning (RIPC) reduced infarct size in animal experiments and proof-of-concept clinical trials, recent phase III trials failed to confirm cardioprotection during cardiac surgery. Here, we characterized the kinetic properties of humoral factors that are released after RIPC, as well as the signal transduction pathways that were responsible for cardioprotection in an ex vivo model of global ischemia reperfusion injury. Venous blood from 20 healthy volunteers was collected at baseline and 5 min, 30 min, 1 h, 6 h, and daily from 1 to 7 days after RIPC (3 × 5/5 min upper-limb ischemia/reperfusion)...
January 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Balraj Singh Gill, Sanjeev Kumar, Navgeet
Evaluating anti-oxidant potential of Ganoderic acid A in STAT 3 pathway in Prostate cancer. Molecular docking and ADMET activities of different isoforms of ganoderic acid on STAT 3 pathway were performed by Maestro 9.6 (Schrödinger Inc). The ganoderic acid A is best-docked among isoforms which analyses the expression level of antioxidant and STAT 3 pathway in PC-3 cells. The receptor-based molecular docking reveals the best binding interaction of SH2 domain of STAT3 and ganoderic acid A with GScore (-6.134), kcal/mol, Lipophilic EvdW (-1...
September 17, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
Tarun Keswani, Samrat Sarkar, Anirban Sengupta, Arindam Bhattacharyya
The role of cytokines in Plasmodium infection have been extensively investigated, but pro and anti inflammatory cytokines mediated imbalance during malaria immune-pathogenesis is still unrevealed. Malaria is associated with the circulating levels of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β), but association between these two cytokines in immune response remains largely obscured. Using mouse model, we proposed that IL-6 and TGF-β are involved in immune regulation of dendritic cells (DC), regulatory T cells (Treg), T-helper cells (Th17) during P...
December 2016: Cytokine
Guilherme Galvão Dos Santos, Shafqat Batool, Araceli Hastreiter, Talita Sartori, Amanda Nogueira-Pedro, Primavera Borelli, Ricardo Ambrosio Fock
Tissues that require a great supply of nutrients and possess high metabolic demands, such as lympho-hemopoietics tissues, are the first to be affected by protein malnutrition (PM). Thus, PM directly affects hemopoiesis and the production and function of immune cells. Consequently, malnourished individuals are more susceptible to infections. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have immunomodulatory properties and are important in the formation of lympho-hemopoietic stroma. Since an adequate supply of nutrients is essential to sustain stroma formation, which is mainly constituted of MSCs and differentiated cells originated from them, this study investigated whether PM would influence some biological and immunomodulatory aspects of MSCs...
August 13, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Jun Peng, Xingfeng Ren, Tianbiao Lan, Yan Chen, Ziyun Shao, Cheng Yang
Ursolic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene compound with low toxicity and easy availability, has a variety of biological activities, including antitumor, antioxidant, antihepatitis, anti‑inflammatory and antibacterial effects. The present study aimed to investigate the renoprotective effects of ursolic acid on ischemia/reperfusion‑induced acute kidney injury (I/R‑IAKI) in rats associated with its antioxidant and anti‑inflammatory effects, as well as interference with the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)3/nuclear factor (NF)‑κB signaling pathway...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Wen-Xiang Li, Meng-Xuan Yang, Xin-Qiang Hong, Tian-Geng Dong, Tuo Yi, Sheng-Li Lin, Xin-Yu Qin, Wei-Xin Niu
The enhanced motility of cancer cells via the remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton is crucial in the process of cancer cell invasion and metastasis. It was previously demonstrated that gelsolin (GSN) may be involved as a tumor or a metastasis suppressor, depending on the cell lines and model systems used. In the present study, the effect of GSN on the growth and invasion of human colon carcinoma (CC) cells was investigated using reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Melinda J Murphy, Nathan G Halow, Pamela A Royer, Jon D Hennebold
Although the requirement of pituitary-derived luteinizing hormone (LH) for ovulation is well documented, the intrafollicular paracrine and autocrine processes elicited by LH necessary for follicle rupture are not fully understood. Evaluating a published rhesus macaque periovulatory transcriptome database revealed that mRNA encoding leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) and its downstream signaling effectors are upregulated in the follicle after animals receive an ovulatory stimulus (human chorionic gonadotropin; hCG)...
August 29, 2016: Endocrinology
Eun-Hye Jung, Ji-Sun Hwang, Mi-Youn Kwon, Kyung-Hong Kim, Hyeongjin Cho, In Kyoon Lyoo, Sujeong Shin, Jeong-Ho Park, Inn-Oc Han
In the present study, we synthesized and evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of three tryptamine (Trm) hybrid compounds, HBU-375, HBU-376 and HBU-379. The Click reaction between the azido-Trm and 2- or 4-propazylated paeonol moiety resulted in HBU-376 and HBU-375, respectively. HBU-379 was generated by hybridizing Trm with propazylated acetyl-syringic acid. HBU-376 and HBU-375 dose-dependently inhibited LPS and caused nitric oxide (NO) generation in BV2 cells, whereas HBU-379 minimally inhibited NO generation, indicating that the paeonol unit plays an important role in the anti-inflammatory effect of Trm hybrid compounds...
August 25, 2016: Neurochemistry International
Zedong Wang, Shuchao Wang, Wei Wang, Yi Gu, Huanhuan Liu, Feng Wei, Quan Liu
Toxoplasma gondii, the causative agent of toxoplasmosis, encodes two casein kinase 1 (CK1) isoforms, CK1α and CK1β, with only CK1α having enzyme activity. Here we investigated the biological role of CK1α by construction of a CK1α deletion mutant (Δck1α) based on the type I parasite, and complement the mutant with restored expression of CK1α. Deletion of CK1α resulted in markedly defective parasite replication in vitro. Infected mice with Δck1α parasite caused suppression of IL-12 production, severe liver damage, higher tissue burdens, and short survival time relative to the CK1α-positive parental strain...
August 4, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
Ghulam Mohammad, Deema Jomar, Mohammad Mairaj Siddiquei, Kaiser Alam, Ahmed M Abu El-Asrar
PURPOSE: The expression of high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) and signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT-3) is upregulated in the diabetic retina. We hypothesized that the activation of STAT-3 is under the control of HMGB1. METHODS: Retinas from 1-month-old diabetic rats and from normal rats intravitreally injected with HMGB1 and human retinal Müller glial cells (MIO-M1) stimulated with HMGB1 or high glucose were studied by Western blot analysis and immunofluorescence...
August 25, 2016: Ophthalmic Research
Fatemeh Ostadhossein, Santosh K Misra, Prabuddha Mukherjee, Alireza Ostadhossein, Enrique Daza, Saumya Tiwari, Shachi Mittal, Mark C Gryka, Rohit Bhargava, Dipanjan Pan
Signal transducer and activator of transcription factor 3 (STAT-3) is known to be overexpressed in cancer stem cells. Poor solubility and variable drug absorption are linked to low bioavailability and decreased efficacy. Many of the drugs regulating STAT-3 expression lack aqueous solubility; hence hindering efficient bioavailability. A theranostics nanoplatform based on luminescent carbon particles decorated with cucurbit[6]uril is introduced for enhancing the solubility of niclosamide, a STAT-3 inhibitor. The host-guest chemistry between cucurbit[6]uril and niclosamide makes the delivery of the hydrophobic drug feasible while carbon nanoparticles enhance cellular internalization...
August 22, 2016: Small
Muthusamy Rajasekar, Kathiresan Suresh, Kathiresan Sivakumar
Diosmin is naturally found flavanoid in many citrus fruits known to have anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycemic, antioxidant and antimutagenic properties. Effects of Diosmin on IL-6/STAT-3 expression in hamster buccal pouch carcinogenesis remain unclear. Alterations in many genes encode crucial proteins, which regulate cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis have been implicated in oral cancer. In the present study, we investigated the effect of dietary Diosmin on IL-6/STAT-3 signaling in the 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced hamster buccal pouch (HBP) carcinogenesis by examining the protein expression of IL-6/STAT-3 and its related genes...
August 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Julio C Alcántara-Montiel, Tamara Staines-Boone, Gabriela López-Herrera, Laura Berrón-Ruiz, Carlos R Borrego-Montoya, Leopoldo Santos-Argumedo
Hyper IgE syndrome (HIES) is characterized by recurrent skin abscesses, eczema, pneumonia, and high levels of serum IgE. Nonimmunologic manifestations of HIES include a characteristic face, pathologic dentition, scoliosis, bone alterations, hyperextensible joints, and vascular abnormalities. Somatic mosaicism is defined by the presence of two or more populations of cells with different genotypes in one individual. In this report, we describe one patient with classical HIES and another patient with a mild phenotype, both harboring the same genetic mutation...
October 2016: European Journal of Immunology
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