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H-Y Li, F Liu, H-R Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between nuclear receptor related 1 (Nurr1) expression and drug resistance in the brain of rats with epilepsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were selected, and the animal model of epilepsy was established by electrical stimulation. These rats were randomly divided into the control group and the drug-resistant group. The model of drug-resistant epilepsy was screened with phenytoin (PHT) and phenobarbital (PB); the hippocampus and temporal lobe cortex tissues were isolated from rats; the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) and protein levels of Nurr1 in the hippocampus and cortex tissues of the two groups of rats were detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blotting and immunohistochemistry, respectively...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
L-J Wang, L-P Liu, X L Gu, M Wang, L-M Liu
OBJECTIVE: The use of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) to cure the optic nerve injury was never shown previously. Here, we implanted purified ADSCs into optic nerve injury of rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were used in this study. The vision degeneration was detected by Flash-visual evoked potential (F-VEP) assay. The expression of Macrophage-1 (Mac-1), myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), and nuclear transcription factor-κB (NF-κB) were studied by Western blot...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
G Marotta, T Muto, G Benincasa, A De Monaco
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March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
F Condorelli
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March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Hee Jung Um, Anil Kumar Chauhan, Kyoung-Jin Min, Taeg Kyu Kwon
cFLIP is a key regulator of the anti‑apoptotic mechanism and its association with FAS‑mediated apoptosis has been widely studied and well documented. However, the equipoise between its two isoforms i.e. the long isoform cFLIP(L) and the short isoform cFLIP(S) during FAS‑mediated apoptosis remains to be revealed. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the regulatory effect of these isoforms on FasL‑mediated apoptosis in renal carcinoma. Our results revealed that FasL treatment to Caki cells induced the expression of cFLIP(S) and downregulated the expression of cFLIP(L) in a concentration‑ and time‑dependent manner...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Hsien-Kuo Chin, Chi-Ting Horng, Yi-Shan Liu, Chi-Cheng Lu, Chen-Ying Su, Pei-Syuan Chen, Hong-Yi Chiu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Po-Chuen Shieh, Jai-Sing Yang
Anti-angiogenesis is one of the most general clinical obstacles in cancer chemotherapy. Kaempferol is a flavonoid phytochemical found in many fruits and vegetables. Our previous study revealed that kaempferol triggered apoptosis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) by ROS‑mediated p53/ATM/death receptor signaling. However, the anti‑angiogenic potential of kaempferol remains unclear and its underlying mechanism warranted further exploration in VEGF‑stimulated HUVECs. In the present study, kaempferol significantly reduced VEGF‑stimulated HUVEC viability...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Srinivasan Ramakrishnan, Beejan Asady, Roberto Docampo
Membrane contact sites are regions of close apposition between two organelles, typically less than 30 nanometers apart, that facilitate transfer of biomolecules. The presence of contact sites has been demonstrated in yeast, plants, and mammalian cells. Here, we investigated the presence of such contact sites in Trypanosoma brucei . In mammalian cells, endoplasmic reticulum-mitochondria contact sites facilitate mitochondrial uptake of Ca2+ released by the ER-located inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP₃R)...
March 22, 2018: Pathogens
Na Huang, Fanpu Ji, Shu Zhang, Yansong Pu, An Jiang, Rui Zhou, Yuanyuan Ji, Wei Wei, Jun Yang, Zongfang Li
Emerging evidences showed the promoting role of spleen in the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, in the context of portal hypertension and hypersplenism due to hepatitis B virus-related cirrhosis. In this study, we tried to explore the precise mechanism of how spleen regulates this process from the serum cytokines profile level. Compared with the 16 healthy subjects, the RayBio Human Cytokine Antibody Array identified 136 cytokines differentially expressed in 36 cirrhotic patients. Splenectomy resulted in significant changes in 28 cytokines...
March 22, 2018: Viral Immunology
Dario Kivelevitch, Jillian Frieder, Ian Watson, So Yeon Paek, M Alan Menter
Despite great therapeutic advancements in psoriasis, four notable difficult-to-treat areas including the scalp, nails, intertriginous (including genitals), and palmoplantar regions, pose a challenge to both physicians and patients. Localized disease of these specific body regions inflicts a significant burden on patients' quality of life and requires an adequate selection of treatments. Areas covered: This manuscript discusses appropriate therapies and important treatment considerations for these difficult-to-treat areas based on the available clinical data from the literature...
March 22, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
A Aydogan, O Ozmen, M Haligur, C Sipahi, D Ileri, A Haligur
We investigated the expression of bcl-2, estrogen receptor alpha (ER-alpha), caspase-3, -8, -9, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and Ki-67 in canine mammary carcinomas. We used 65 paraffin embedded and re-diagnosed archival canine mammary tumor samples to which we applied the routine streptavidin-biotin-peroxidase technique. Seventeen cases were re-diagnosed as tubulopapillary carcinoma, 31 were re-diagnosed as complex carcinoma and 17 were re-diagnosed as carcinosarcoma. Differences of expression of bcl-2 and PCNA were statistically significant according to tumor type...
March 22, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
Peter Mancuso, Jeffrey L Curtis, Christine M Freeman, Marc Peters-Golden, Jason B Weinberg, Martin G Myers
Leptin is a pleiotropic hormone produced by white adipose tissue that regulates appetite and many physiologic functions including the immune response to infection. Genetic leptin deficiency in humans and mice impairs host defenses against respiratory tract infections. Since leptin deficiency is associated with obesity and other metabolic abnormalities, we generated mice that lack the leptin receptor (LepRb) in cells of the myeloid linage (LysM-LepRb-KO) to evaluate its impact in lean metabolically normal mice in a murine model of pneumococcal pneumonia...
March 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Beatriz Pinto Costa, Ana Cristina Gonçalves, Ana Margarida Abrantes, Raquel Alves, Paulo Matafome, Raquel Seiça, Ana Bela Sarmento-Ribeiro, Maria Filomena Botelho, Francisco Castro-Sousa
BACKGROUND: Teduglutide is an enterotrophic analogue of glucagon-like peptide-2, with an indirect and poorly understood mechanism of action, approved for the rehabilitation of short-bowel syndrome. This study aims to analyze the response of tissue growth factors to surgical injury and teduglutide administration on an animal model of intestinal anastomosis. METHODS: Wistar rats (n = 59) were distributed into four groups: "ileal resection" or "laparotomy", each one subdivided into "postoperative teduglutide administration" or "no treatment"; and sacrificed at the third or the seventh day, with ileal sample harvesting...
January 16, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Meng-Yi Xu, Albert H C Wong
Schizophrenia is considered primarily as a cognitive disorder. However, functional outcomes in schizophrenia are limited by the lack of effective pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for cognitive impairment. GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) interneurons are the main inhibitory neurons in the central nervous system (CNS), and they play a critical role in a variety of pathophysiological processes including modulation of cortical and hippocampal neural circuitry and activity, cognitive function-related neural oscillations (eg, gamma oscillations) and information integration and processing...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Suzanne Oparil, Maria Czarina Acelajado, George L Bakris, Dan R Berlowitz, Renata Cífková, Anna F Dominiczak, Guido Grassi, Jens Jordan, Neil R Poulter, Anthony Rodgers, Paul K Whelton
Systemic arterial hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for all-cause morbidity and mortality worldwide and is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Fewer than half of those with hypertension are aware of their condition, and many others are aware but not treated or inadequately treated, although successful treatment of hypertension reduces the global burden of disease and mortality. The aetiology of hypertension involves the complex interplay of environmental and pathophysiological factors that affect multiple systems, as well as genetic predisposition...
March 22, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Madhusudhanan Gogul Ramnath, Ramaraj Thirugnanasampandan, Nagarajan NagaSundaram, Gunasekaran Bhuvaneswari
BACKGROUND: Genus Isodon (Lamiaceae) is a prolific source for bioactive terpenoids. Nowadays, people move towards natural products because of undesirable effects of chemotherapeutic drugs. OBJECTIVE: In silico and in vitro approach were attempted to screen bioactive terpenoids isolated from Isodon wightii with acetylcholinesterase and histone deacetylase3 receptors, Methods: Terpenoids such as abietic acid, oleanolic acid, α-amyrin acetate, β-amyrin acetate were docked with AchE and HDAC3 receptors using AutoDock Vina (version 1...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Brian J Doyle, Temitope O Lawal, Tracie D Locklear, Lorraina Hernandez, Alice L Perez, Udeshi Patel, Shitalben Patel, Gail B Mahady
CONTEXT: Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr. (Myrtaceae) is used in Costa Rican traditional medicine for women's health. Our previous work showed that P. dioica extracts were oestrogenic. OBJECTIVES: This work identifies phytochemicals from P. dioica that are responsible for the plant's oestrogen-like activities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: P. dioica leaves were collected in Costa Rica in 2005. Fractions resulting from chromatographic separation of a methanol extract were tested at 50 μg/mL in a competitive oestrogen receptor-binding assay...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Maha Mohamed Sabry, Manal Moustafa Mahmoud, Heba Samy Shoukry, Laila Rashed, Samaa Samir Kamar, Mona Mohamed Ahmed
Apelin and its receptor (APJ) are involved in the regulation of a variety of pathophysiological processes. We studied the effect of apelin treatment on obesity-induced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and possible interaction between apelin/APJ system and renin-angiotensin system (RAS). Forty eight male albino rats were divided into two groups: control group and diabetic group. Diabetic group was subdivided into: control diabetic, apelin-treated, apelin + losartan-treated, apelin + l-NAME-treated and losartan-treated diabetic subgroup...
March 22, 2018: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Bohui Xu, Yan Xu, Gaoxing Su, Hongyan Zhu, Li Zong
Successful delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) into the cytoplasm of target cells relies on biocompatible and efficient vectors. In this study, a novel multifunctional core/shell nanoparticle [CS-SS-9R/BSA-c(RGDyK)] was developed to effectively deliver siVEGF to hepatocellular carcinoma cells (Bel-7402 cells). To improve the gene payload and transfection efficiency, a positively charged inner core (CS-SS-9R) was constructed by grafting nona-arginine (9R) onto chitosan (CS) using disulfide bonds. The negatively charged outer shell [BSA-c(RGDyK)] assembled on the surface of inner core by electrostatic forces that shielded high cationic charges and provided improved targeting...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Drug Targeting
Yan Zhou, Jialei Zhu, Yang Lv, Chenghuan Song, Jianhua Ding, Ming Xiao, Ming Lu, Gang Hu
The loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) is a major feature in the pathology of Parkinson's disease (PD). Using neural stem or progenitor cells (NSC/NPCs), the prospect of replacing the missing or damaged DA neurons is very attractive for PD therapy. However, little is known about the endogenous mechanisms and molecular pathways regulating the NSC/NPC proliferation and differentiation in the development of PD. Herein, using Kir6.2 knockout (Kir6.2-/- ) mice, we observed that genetic deficiency of Kir6...
March 21, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Yu-Yan Li, Guang Zheng, Liang Liu
OBJECTIVE: To decipher the possible mechanisms of Sinomenium Acutum (SA) in treating diseases by a bioinformatics method. METHODS: SA ingredients were searched according to Chinese Pharmacopoeia, Chinese Medicine Dictionary and Traditional Chinese Medicines Database (TCMD). Active compounds and target proteins of SA were acquired through the Pubchem platform. Pathway, network and function analyses of SA were performed with ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA), a bioinformatics analysis platform...
March 21, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
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