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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106373/preparation-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-zno-hybrid-cathode-interlayer-using-in-situ-thermal-reduction-annealing-for-interconnecting-nanostructure-and-its-effect-on-organic-solar-cell
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Ding Zheng, Wei Huang, Pu Fan, Yifan Zheng, Jiang Huang, Junsheng Yu
A novel hybrid cathode interlayer (CIL) consisting of reduced graphene oxide and zinc oxide (ZnO) is realized in the inverted organic solar cells (OSCs). Dual-nozzle spray coating system and facile one step in-situ thermal reduction/annealing (ITR/ITA) method are introduced to precisely control the components of the CIL, assemble ZnO with graphene oxide, and reduce graphene oxide into in-situ thermal reduced graphene oxide (IT-RGO), simultaneously. The ZnO:IT-RGO hybrid CIL shows high electric conductivity, interconnecting nanostructure and matched energy level, which leads to a significant enhancement in the power conversion efficiency from 6...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106049/food-grade-tio2-impairs-intestinal-and-systemic-immune-homeostasis-initiates-preneoplastic-lesions-and-promotes-aberrant-crypt-development-in-the-rat-colon
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Sarah Bettini, Elisa Boutet-Robinet, Christel Cartier, Christine Coméra, Eric Gaultier, Jacques Dupuy, Nathalie Naud, Sylviane Taché, Patrick Grysan, Solenn Reguer, Nathalie Thieriet, Matthieu Réfrégiers, Dominique Thiaudière, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Marie Carrière, Jean-Nicolas Audinot, Fabrice H Pierre, Laurence Guzylack-Piriou, Eric Houdeau
Food-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2) containing a nanoscale particle fraction (TiO2-NPs) is approved as a white pigment (E171 in Europe) in common foodstuffs, including confectionary. There are growing concerns that daily oral TiO2-NP intake is associated with an increased risk of chronic intestinal inflammation and carcinogenesis. In rats orally exposed for one week to E171 at human relevant levels, titanium was detected in the immune cells of Peyer's patches (PP) as observed with the TiO2-NP model NM-105. Dendritic cell frequency increased in PP regardless of the TiO2 treatment, while regulatory T cells involved in dampening inflammatory responses decreased with E171 only, an effect still observed after 100 days of treatment...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105978/simultaneous-transplantation-of-fetal-ventral-mesencephalic-tissue-and-encapsulated-genetically-modified-cells-releasing-gdnf-in-a-hemi-parkinsonian-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Alberto Perez-Bouza, Stefano Di, Stefanie Seiler, Morten Meyer, Lukas Andereggen, Alexander Huber, Raphael Guzman, Hans R
Transplantation of fetal ventral mesencephalic (VM) neurons for Parkinson's disease (PD) is limited by poor survival and suboptimal integration of grafted tissue into the host brain. In a 6-OHDA rat model of PD we investigated the feasibility of simultaneous transplantation of rat fetal VM tissue and polymer-encapsulated C2C12 myoblasts genetically modified to produce glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor or mocktransfected myoblasts on graft function. Amphetamine-induced rotations were assessed prior and 2, 4, 6 and 9 weeks post-transplantation...
January 20, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104249/il-17-signalling-in-astrocytes-promotes-glutamate-excitotoxicity-indications-for-the-link-between-inflammatory-and-neurodegenerative-events-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Milos Kostic, Nikola Zivkovic, Ana Cvetanovic, Ivana Stojanovic, Miodrag Colic
OBJECTIVE: Th-17 cells have been exclusively referred to inflammatory events in multiple sclerosis (MS), while their importance in the development of glutamate excitotoxicity and the consequent neurodegeneration has been a completely unexplored concept. Accordingly, the objective of our study was to assess IL-17A effect on astrocyte ability to metabolize and release glutamate, considering that astrocytes had the central role in glutamate homeostasis. METHODS: By using primary rat astrocyte cultures, astrocyte ability to uptake glutamate was estimated by the alterations of glutamate transporters (GLAST and GLT-1) expression, whereas changes in glutamine synthetase expression were used to estimate the ability to metabolize glutamate...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101184/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-luteolin-on-experimental-autoimmune-thyroiditis-in-mice
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Nan Xia, Gang Chen, Min Liu, Xiaozhen Ye, Yahui Pan, Jiuyu Ge, Yanting Mao, Hongwei Wang, Jian Wang, Sijing Xie
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is the most common organ-specific autoimmune disease and is believed to be a predominately T cell-mediated autoimmunity. Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)3 is a crucial transcription factor of T cell-mediated immunity, with key roles in the proliferation and migration of T helper (Th) cells, differentiation of Th cells into Th17 cells, and the balance between Treg cells and Th17 cells. Flavonoid luteolin has been shown to markedly inhibit Tyr705 activation/phosphorylation of STAT3 and exert anti-inflammatory effects in multiple sclerosis...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100680/th22-cells-form-a-distinct-th-lineage-from-th17-cells-in-vitro-with-unique-transcriptional-properties-and-tbet-dependent-th1-plasticity
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Maximilian W Plank, Gerard E Kaiko, Steven Maltby, Jessica Weaver, Hock L Tay, Wei Shen, Mark S Wilson, Scott K Durum, Paul S Foster
Th22 cells are a major source of IL-22 and have been found at sites of infection and in a range of inflammatory diseases. However, their molecular characteristics and functional roles remain largely unknown because of our inability to generate and isolate pure populations. We developed a novel Th22 differentiation assay and generated dual IL-22/IL-17A reporter mice to isolate and compare pure populations of cultured Th22 and Th17 cells. Il17a fate-mapping and transcriptional profiling provide evidence that these Th22 cells have never expressed IL-17A, suggesting that they are potentially a distinct cell lineage from Th17 cells under in vitro culture conditions...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100679/etv5-regulates-il-10-production-in-th-cells
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Byunghee Koh, Matthew M Hufford, Xin Sun, Mark H Kaplan
IL-10 is an immunoregulatory cytokine that has broad effects across the immune system. In Th cell subsets, Th2 cells produce considerable amounts of IL-10. The transcription factors that regulate IL-10 production in Th2 cells are still incompletely described. In this study, we demonstrate that the ETS family transcription factor ETS variant (Etv)5 regulates IL-10 production in Th2 cells. T cell-specific Etv5-deficient and littermate control mice demonstrated that IL-10 production and gene expression were significantly decreased in the absence of Etv5...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097785/down-regulation-of-bnda1-whose-gene-locus-is-associated-with-the-seeds-weight-improves-the-seeds-weight-and-organ-size-in-brassica-napus
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Jie-Li Wang, Min-Qiang Tang, Sheng Chen, Xiang-Feng Zheng, Hui-Xian Mo, Sheng-Jun Li, Zheng Wang, Ke-Ming Zhu, Li-Na Ding, Sheng-Yi Liu, Yun-Hai Li, Xiao-Li Tan
Brassica napus L. is an important oil crop worldwide, and is the main raw material for biofuel. Seed weight and seed size are the main contributors to seed yield. DA1 (DA means big in Chinese) is an ubiquitin receptor and negatively regulates seed size. Down-regulation of AtDA1 in Arabidopsis leads to larger seeds and organs by increasing cell proliferation in integuments. In this study, BnDA1was down-regulated in B. napus by over expressed of AtDA1(R358K) , which is a functional deficiency of DA1 with an arginine-to-lysine mutation at the 358(th) amino acid...
January 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096964/g-csf-for-mobilizing-transplanted-bone-marrow-stem-cells-in-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Manouchehr Safari, Behnaz Jafari, Sam Zarbakhsh, Hamidreza Sameni, Abbas Ali Vafaei, Nasrin Khan Mohammadi, Laya Ghahari
OBJECTIVES: Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) is used in clinical practice for the treatment of neutropenia and to stimulate generation of hematopoietic stem cells in bone marrow donors. In the present study, the ability of G-CSF in mobilizing exogenous bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) from peripheral blood into the brain was tested. We for the first time injected a small amount of BMSCs through the tail vein. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We choose 25 male Wistar rats (200-250 g) were lesioned by 6-OHDA injected into the left substantia nigra, pars compacta (SNpc)...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096232/pr-957-a-selective-inhibitor-of-immunoproteasome-subunit-low-mw-polypeptide-7-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-neuritis-by-suppressing-th17-cell-differentiation-and-regulating-cytokine-production
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Haijie Liu, Chunxiao Wan, Yanan Ding, Ranran Han, Yating He, Jinting Xiao, Junwei Hao
Experimental autoimmune neuritis (EAN) is a CD4(+) T cell-mediated autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating disease of the peripheral nervous system. It has been replicated in an animal model of human inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, Guillain-Barré syndrome. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of a selective inhibitor of the immunoproteasome subunit, low-MW polypeptide 7 (PR-957) in rats with EAN. Our results showed that PR-957 significantly delayed onset day, reduced severity and shortened duration of EAN, and alleviated demyelination and inflammatory infiltration in sciatic nerves...
January 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095433/bj-3105-a-6-alkoxypyridin-3-ol-analog-impairs-t-cell-differentiation-and-prevents-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-disease-progression
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Maheshwor Timilshina, Youra Kang, Ishmit Dahal, Zhiwei You, Tae-Gyu Nam, Keuk-Jun Kim, Byeong-Seon Jeong, Jae-Hoon Chang
CD4+ T cells are essential in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) secreting T helper (Th1) and IL-17 secreting T helper (Th17) cells are critical for several autoimmune diseases. To assess the inhibitory effect of a given compound on autoimmune disease, we screened many compounds with an in vitro Th differentiation assay. BJ-3105, a 6-alkoxypyridin-3-ol analog, inhibited IFN-γ and IL-17 production from polyclonal CD4+ T cells and ovalbumin (OVA)-specific CD4+ T cells which were activated by T cell receptor (TCR) engagement...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095355/immune-regulatory-network-in-successful-pregnancy-and-reproductive-failures
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Mahnaz Ghaebi, Mohammad Nouri, Aliyeh Ghasemzadeh, Laya Farzadi, Farhad Jadidi-Niaragh, Majid Ahmadi, Mehdi Yousefi
Maternal immune system must tolerate semiallogenic fetus to establish and maintain a successful pregnancy. Despite the existence of several strategies of trophoblast to avoid recognition by maternal leukocytes, maternal immune system may react against paternal alloantigenes. Leukocytes are important components in decidua. Not only T helper (Th)1/Th2 balance, but also regulatory T (Treg) cells play an important role in pregnancy. Although the frequency of Tregs is elevated during normal pregnancies, their frequency and function are reduced in reproductive defects such as recurrent miscarriage and preeclampsia...
January 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094812/putative-presynaptic-dopamine-dysregulation-in-schizophrenia-is-supported-by-molecular-evidence-from-post-mortem-human-midbrain
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T D Purves-Tyson, S J Owens, D A Rothmond, G M Halliday, K L Double, J Stevens, T McCrossin, C Shannon Weickert
The dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia posits that increased subcortical dopamine underpins psychosis. In vivo imaging studies indicate an increased presynaptic dopamine synthesis capacity in striatal terminals and cell bodies in the midbrain in schizophrenia; however, measures of the dopamine-synthesising enzyme, tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), have not identified consistent changes. We hypothesise that dopamine dysregulation in schizophrenia could result from changes in expression of dopamine synthesis enzymes, receptors, transporters or catabolic enzymes...
January 17, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093210/neuroprotection-by-paeoniflorin-in-the-mptp-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Meizhu Zheng, Chunming Liu, Yajun Fan, Pan Yan, Dongfang Shi, Yuchi Zhang
Paeoniflorin (PF) is a major bioactive ingredient in Radix Paeonia alba roots that has low toxicity and has been shown to have neuroprotective effects. Our in vitro experiments suggested that PF affords a significant neuroprotective effect against MPP(+)-induced damage and apoptosis in PC12 cells through Bcl-2/Bax/caspase-3 pathway. The objectives of the present study were to explore the potential neuroprotective effect of PF in 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-treated mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD)...
January 13, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091566/efficient-generation-of-hpsc-derived-midbrain-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-fully-defined-scalable-3d-biomaterial-platform
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Maroof M Adil, Gonçalo M C Rodrigues, Rishikesh U Kulkarni, Antara T Rao, Nicole E Chernavsky, Evan W Miller, David V Schaffer
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have major potential as an unlimited source of functional cells for many biomedical applications; however, the development of cell manufacturing systems to enable this promise faces many challenges. For example, there have been major recent advances in the generation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons from stem cells for Parkinson's Disease (PD) therapy; however, production of these cells typically involves undefined components and difficult to scale 2D culture formats. Here, we used a fully defined, 3D, thermoresponsive biomaterial platform to rapidly generate large numbers of action-potential firing mDA neurons after 25 days of differentiation (~40% tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) positive, maturing into 25% cells exhibiting mDA neuron-like spiking behavior)...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090668/studies-of-anticancer-drug-cytotoxicity-based-on-long-term-hepg2-spheroid-culture-in-a-microfluidic-system
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Agnieszka Zuchowska, Karina Kwapiszewska, Michal Chudy, Artur Dybko, Zbigniew Brzozka
Cell-on-a-chip systems have become promising devices to study the effectiveness of new anticancer drugs recently. Several microdevices for liver cancer culture and evaluation of the drug cytotoxicity have been reported. However, there are still no proven reports about high-throughput and simple methods for the evaluation of drug cytotoxicity on liver cancer cells. The paper presents the results of the effects of the anticancer drug (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU) on the HepG2 spheroids as a model of liver cancer. The experiments were based on the long-term 3D spheroid culture in the microfluidic system and monitoring of the effect of 5-FU at two selected concentrations (0...
January 16, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089871/parents-childhood-socioeconomic-circumstances-are-associated-with-their-children-s-asthma-outcomes
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Edith Chen, Madeleine U Shalowitz, Rachel E Story, Katherine B Ehrlich, Erika M Manczak, Paula J Ham, Van Le, Gregory E Miller
BACKGROUND: Previous literature documents associations between low socioeconomic status (SES) and poor health outcomes, including asthma. However, this literature has largely focused on the effects of current family circumstances. OBJECTIVE: To test an intergenerational hypothesis, that the childhood SES that parents experience will be associated with asthma outcomes in their children, independent of effects of current family SES. Secondly, to test whether this association is in part due to difficulties in current parent-child relationships...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088877/the-concerted-action-of-type-2-and-type-3-deiodinases-regulates-the-cell-cycle-and-survival-of-basal-cell-carcinoma-cells
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Caterina Miro, Raffaele Ambrosio, Maria Angela De Stefano, Daniela Di Girolamo, Emery Di Cicco, Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Giuseppina Mancino, Tommaso Porcelli, Maddalena Raia, Luigi Del Vecchio, Domenico Salvatore, Monica Dentice
BACKGROUND: Thyroid hormones (THs) mediate pleiotropic cellular processes involved in metabolism, cellular proliferation and differentiation. The intracellular hormonal environment can be tailored by the deiodinase enzymes, D2 and D3, which catalyze TH activation and inactivation, respectively. In many cellular systems, THs exert well documented stimulatory or inhibitory effects on cell proliferation, however, the molecular mechanisms by which they control rates of cell cycle progression have not yet been entirely clarified...
January 15, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087917/-reasearch-progress-on-the-role-of-neutrophils-in-asthma
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Tingting Li, Yuehai Ke, Hongqiang Cheng
Asthma is a phenotypically heterogeneous chronic disease of the airways. Studies have found that neutrophils are crucial to airway inflammation in acute asthma, persistent asthma, particularly in asthma of poor response to glucocorticoid treatment. The role of neutrophils in development of bronchial asthma is complex, as they can release a potent source of cytokines and inflammatory mediators participating in asthma. Differing from eosinophilic inflammatory asthma, neutrophilic inflammatory asthma is not depend on helper T (Th)2 cells, but may be related to Th1 and Th17 cells...
May 25, 2016: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087667/prmt5-selective-inhibitors-suppress-inflammatory-t-cell-responses-and-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Lindsay M Webb, Stephanie A Amici, Kyle A Jablonski, Himanshu Savardekar, Amanda R Panfil, Linsen Li, Wei Zhou, Kevin Peine, Vrajesh Karkhanis, Eric M Bachelder, Kristy M Ainslie, Patrick L Green, Chenglong Li, Robert A Baiocchi, Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano
In the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), expansion of pathogenic, myelin-specific Th1 cell populations drives active disease; selectively targeting this process may be the basis for a new therapeutic approach. Previous studies have hinted at a role for protein arginine methylation in immune responses, including T cell-mediated autoimmunity and EAE. However, a conclusive role for the protein arginine methyltransferase (PRMT) enzymes that catalyze these reactions has been lacking...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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