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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088772/thrombospondin-immune-regulation-and-the-kidney
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Claudio Ponticelli, Hans-Joachim Anders
Most therapeutic attempts to prevent the progression of kidney diseases have been based on interventions to inhibit the production of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β). Thrombospondins (TSPs) play an important role in activating TGF-β. In the healthy kidney, two TSPs are expressed, TSP1 and TSP2, which exert contrasting effects. While TSP1 is a major activator of TGF-β in renal cells and exerts pro-inflammatory effects both in vitro and in vivo, TSP2 lacks the ability for TGF-β activation but regulates matrix remodeling and inflammation in experimental kidney disease...
January 14, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088688/randomized-phase-iii-study-to-assess-efficacy-and-safety-of-adjuvant-capox-with-or-without-bevacizumab-in-patients-after-resection-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-hepatica-study
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Nikol Snoeren, Richard van Hillegersberg, Sander B Schouten, Andre M Bergman, Erikv van Werkhoven, Otilia Dalesio, Rob A E M Tollenaar, Henk M Verheul, Joost van der Sijp, Inne H M Borel Rinkes, E E Voest
Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Recurrence after resection of colorectal liver metastases (CRLMs), presumably caused by VEGF-mediated outgrowth of micrometastases, might decrease when VEGF is inhibited. This study examines the efficacy and safety of adding bevacizumab to an adjuvant regimen of CAPOX in patients undergoing radical resection for their CRLMs. Patients with resected CRLMs were randomized after surgery to receive CAPOX and bevacizumab (arm A) or CAPOX alone (arm B) as adjuvant treatment...
January 12, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088612/alterations-in-cytokine-gene-expression-profile-in-colon-mucosa-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-on-different-therapeutic-regimens
#3
Tsvetelina Velikova, Dobroslav Kyurkchiev, Zoya Spassova, Iliya Karakolev, Ekaterina Ivanova-Todorova, Iskra Altankova, Spaska Stanilova
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is assumed to be caused by genetic and environmental factors that interact together in promoting intestinal immune dysregulation where cytokines have validated role. However, the underlying intimate mechanisms in the human IBD involving cytokines still needs to be supplemented especially in the clinical context. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of some inflammatory and regulatory cytokines (IL-17A, IL-23, IL-6, TGFβ1, and IL-10) as well as of the transcription factor FoxP3 in mucosal samples of IBD and non-IBD patients...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088590/human-papillomavirus-hpv-68-and-58-are-the-most-prevalent-genotypes-in-women-from-quilombos-communities-in-the-state-of-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil
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José Eduardo Batista, Vera Aparecida Saddi, Keila Patrícia Almeida de Carvalho, Andréa Alves Ribeiro, Kelly Deyse Segati, Megmar Aparecida Dos S Carneiro, Silvio G Monteiro, Maria do Desterro S B Nascimento, Silvia Helena Rabelo-Santos
OBJECTIVES: to determine the frequency of human papillomavirus (HPV) types and behavioral characteristics related to cytological abnormalities in women descendants of slaves, who live in isolated communities known as Quilombos in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. METHODS: Cervicovaginal specimens of 353 women were analyzed by conventional cytology and genotyping. HPV detection and genotyping was performed using a Linear Array HPV genotyping test kit. Behavioral factors and their association with cytological abnormalities were analyzed as well as the association between cytological abnormalities and HPV infection...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088579/the-microrna-449-family-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-liver-cancer-cell-migration-by-targeting-sox4
#5
Maria Sandbothe, Reena Buurman, Nicole Reich, Luisa Greiwe, Beate Vajen, Engin Gürlevik, Vera Schäffer, Marlies Eilers, Florian Kühnel, Alejandro Vaquero, Thomas Longerich, Stephanie Roessler, Peter Schirmacher, Michael P Manns, Thomas Illig, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Britta Skawran
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Modulation of microRNA expression is considered for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Therefore, we characterized the epigenetically regulated microRNA-449 family (miR-449a, miR-449b, miR-449c) with regards to its functional effects and target genes in HCC. METHODS: After transfection of miR-449a, miR-449b, and/or miR-449c, tumor-relevant functional effects were analyzed using in vitro assays and a xenograft mouse model. Binding specificities, target genes, and regulated pathways of each microRNA were identified by microarray analyses...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088561/mutant-dd-genotype-of-nfkb1-gene-is-associated-with-the-susceptibility-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Jun-Yi Luo, Xiao-Mei Li, Yun Zhou, Qiang Zhao, Bang-Dang Chen, Fen Liu, Xiao-Cui Chen, Hong Zheng, Yi-Tong Ma, Xiao-Ming Gao, Yi-Ning Yang
Nuclear factor κappa B (NF-κB) is an important transcription factor in the development and progression of coronary artery disease (CAD). Recent evidence suggests that -94 ATTG ins/del mutant in the promoter of NFKB1 gene is an essential functional mutant. The present study demonstrated the frequencies of the del/del (DD) genotype and del (D) allele were significantly higher in CAD patients than in controls. CAD patients carrying mutant DD genotype had worse stenosis of diseased coronary arteries compared to those carrying ins/ins (II) or ins/del (ID) genotype...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088539/the-dna-damage-response-of-c-elegans-affected-by-gravity-sensing-and-radiosensitivity-during-the-shenzhou-8-spaceflight
#7
Ying Gao, Dan Xu, Lei Zhao, Yeqing Sun
Space radiation and microgravity are recognized as primary and inevitable risk factors for humans traveling in space, but the reports regarding their synergistic effects remain inconclusive and vary across studies due to differences in the environmental conditions and intrinsic biological sensitivity. Thus, we studied the synergistic effects on transcriptional changes in the global genome and DNA damage response (DDR) by using dys-1 mutant and ced-1 mutant of C. elegans, which respectively presented microgravity-insensitivity and radiosensitivity when exposure to spaceflight condition (SF) and space radiation (SR)...
January 7, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088534/the-social-transmission-of-metacontrol-policies-mechanisms-underlying-the-interpersonal-transfer-of-persistence-and-flexibility
#8
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Bernhard Hommel, Lorenza S Colzato
Humans often face binary cognitive-control dilemmas, with the choice between persistence and flexibility being a crucial one. Tackling these dilemmas requires metacontrol, i.e., the control of the current cognitive-control policy. As predicted from functional, psychometric, neuroscientific, and modeling approaches, interindividual variability in metacontrol biases towards persistence or flexibility could be demonstrated in metacontrol-sensitive tasks. These biases covary systematically with genetic predispositions regarding mesofrontal and nigrostriatal dopaminergic functioning and the individualistic or collectivistic nature of the cultural background...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088524/possible-roles-of-the-transcription-factor-nrf1-nfe2l1-in-neural-homeostasis-by-regulating-the-gene-expression-of-deubiquitinating-enzymes
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Hiroaki Taniguchi, Shota Okamuro, Misaki Kohji, Tsuyoshi Waku, Kaori Kubo, Atsushi Hatanaka, Yimeng Sun, A M Masudul Azad Chowdhury, Akiyoshi Fukamizu, Akira Kobayashi
The transcription factor Nrf1 (NFE2L1) maintains protein homeostasis (proteostasis) by regulating the gene expression of proteasome subunits in response to proteasome inhibition. The deletion of the Nrf1 gene in neural stem/progenitor cells causes severe neurodegeneration due to the accumulation of ubiquitinated proteins in Purkinje cells and motor neurons (Nrf1 NKO mice). However, the molecular mechanisms governing this neurodegenerative process remain unclear. We demonstrate herein that the loss of Nrf1 leads to the reduced gene expression of the deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) but not proteasome subunits in Nrf1 NKO mice between P7 and P18...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088523/the-selective-cysteinyl-leukotriene-receptor-1-cyslt1r-antagonist-montelukast-regulates-extracellular-matrix-remodeling
#10
Jingli Peng, Hezheng Zhou, Guoping Kuang, Lilian Xie, Tao Tian, Ru Liu
Scar formation after filtration surgery of glaucoma is mainly caused by excessive synthesis of new extracellular matrix (ECM) and contraction of subconjunctival tissue mediated by human Tenon fibroblasts (HTFs) and the transforming growth factor (TGF-β1). Montelukast, a potent and specific cysteinyl leukotriene receptor 1 (cysLT1R) antagonist, is a licensed drug clinically used for the treatment of bronchial asthma. In this study, we investigated the effects of montelukast on the contractility of HTFs cultured in a three-dimensional collagen gel...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088520/palmitic-acid-increases-invasiveness-of-pancreatic-cancer-cells-aspc-1-through-tlr4-ros-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mmp-9-signaling-pathway
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Makena J Binker-Cosen, Daniel Richards, Brenda Oliver, Herbert Y Gaisano, Marcelo G Binker, Laura I Cosen-Binker
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is an aggressive malady with proclivity for early metastasis. Overexpression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic malignancy, correlates to tumor size, lymph node involvement, venous invasion and pathological stage. Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are natural TLR4 ligands that have been shown to increase the invasive ability of PC cells. However, rapid inactivation of circulating LPS and low systemic absorption of inhaled LPS from the bronchoalveolar compartment make other agonists such as saturated fatty acids more suitable to be considered for TLR4-related cell invasiveness...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088488/average-activity-but-not-variability-is-the-dominant-factor-in-the-representation-of-object-categories-in-the-brain
#12
Hamid Karimi-Rouzbahani, Nasour Bagheri, Reza Ebrahimpour
To categorize the perceived objects, brain utilizes a broad set of its resources and encoding strategies. Yet, it remains elusive how the category information is encoded in the brain. While many classical studies have sought the category information in the across-trials-averaged activity of neurons/neural populations, several recent studies have observed category information also in the within-trial correlated variability of activities between neural populations (i.e. dependent variability). Moreover, other studies have observed that independent variability of activity, which is the variability of the measured neural activity without any influence from correlated variability with other neurons/populations, could also be modulated for improved categorization...
January 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#13
Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088388/activation-of-gr-but-not-pxr-by-dexamethasone-attenuated-acetaminophen-hepatotoxicities-via-fgf21-induction
#14
Saurabh G Vispute, Pengli Bu, Yuan Le, Xingguo Cheng
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling is indispensable for cell growth and development, and plays important roles in drug metabolism. Fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) 21, an important regulator of glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism, plays a cytoprotective role by attenuating toxicities induced by chemicals such as dioxins, acetaminophen (APAP), and alcohols. The present study investigates the impact of dexamethasone (DEX)-activated GR on Fgf21 expression and how it affects the progression of APAP-induced hepatotoxicity...
January 11, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088247/first-molecular-identification-of-echinococcus-vogeli-and-echinococcus-granulosus-sensu-stricto-g1-revealed-in-feces-of-domestic-dogs-canis-familiaris-from-acre-brazil
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Leandro Batista das Neves, Paulo Eduardo Ferlini Teixeira, Sidnei Silva, Fernanda Bittencourt de Oliveira, Daniel Daipert Garcia, Fernanda Barbosa de Almeida, Rosângela Rodrigues-Silva, José Roberto Machado-Silva
BACKGROUND: Echinococcus granulosus (sensu lato) (s.l.) and Echinococcus vogeli are causative agents of chronic zoonotic diseases such as cystic and polycystic echinococcosis, respectively. In Brazil, polycystic echinococcosis has a restricted geographical distribution in the North Region, while cystic echinococcosis is observed in the South Region. Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) fed with raw viscera represent a risk factor for E. granulosus (s.l.) infection in the South Region. Although this practice is frequent, it remains unclear whether domestic dogs are infected with E...
January 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088229/clinicopathologic-significance-of-trap1-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-a-large-scale-study-of-human-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-tissues
#16
Min Gyoung Pak, Hyong Jong Koh, Mee Sook Roh
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is the major cause of cancer mortality, despite development of therapeutic strategies. The novel marker tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated protein 1 (TRAP1) is a mitochondrial heat shock protein that has been related to drug resistance and protection from apoptosis in colorectal cancer. This study aims to delineate the clinicopathologic significance of TRAP1 expression in colorectal cancer. METHODS: Seven-hundred and fourteen FFPE tissues were collected from colorectal cancer patients who underwent surgery from February 2002 to July 2011 at Dong-A University Medical Center, Busan, South Korea...
January 14, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088173/high-risk-human-papillomavirus-infection-and-abnormal-cervical-cytology-among-nepali-and-bhutanese-refugee-women-living-in-eastern-nepal
#17
Madhav P Bhatta, Derek C Johnson, Mingma Lama, Shilu Aryal, Pema Lhaki, Sadeep Shrestha
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality among women in Nepal and Bhutan. Data on high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection and cervical abnormalities among Nepali and Bhutanese women are sparse. The objectives of this study were to assess and compare the prevalence of HR-HPV infection and cervical abnormalities among Nepali and Bhutanese women living in Jhapa District in eastern Nepal; and examine the risk factors for HR-HPV infection and cervical abnormalities in those women...
January 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088113/modulatory-effect-of-vanillic-acid-on-antioxidant-status-in-high-fat-diet-induced-changes-in-diabetic-hypertensive-rats
#18
Kolanji Vinothiya, Natarajan Ashokkumar
The worldwide incidence of diabetes has increased dramatically along with widespread lifestyle and dietary changes. Diets high in fat are strongly associated with the development of obesity and can induce insulin resistance in humans and animals. It is clear that obesity constitutes a risk factor for contributing to the development of type 2 diabetes. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic potential action of vanillic acid on diabetes associated complications using a rat model. Rats were made diabetic hypertensive by high fat diet (HFD) for 20 weeks and were treated with vanillic acid (50mg/kg bw) for last 8 weeks...
January 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087948/regulation-of-immunity-to-tuberculosis
#19
Susanna Brighenti, Diane J Ordway
Immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis requires a balance between adaptive immune responses to constrain bacterial replication and the prevention of potentially damaging immune activation. Regulatory T (Treg) cells express the transcription factor Foxp3+ and constitute an essential counterbalance of inflammatory Th1 responses and are required to maintain immune homeostasis. The first reports describing the presence of Foxp3-expressing CD4+ Treg cells in tuberculosis (TB) emerged in 2006. Different Treg cell subsets, most likely specialized for different tissues and microenvironments, have been shown to expand in both human TB and animal models of TB...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087840/vibrio-cholerae-cholix-toxin-induced-hepg2-cell-death-is-enhanced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-through-ros-and-intracellular-signal-regulated-kinases
#20
Kohei Ogura, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Mika Terasaki, Joel Moss, Masatoshi Noda, Kinnosuke Yahiro
Cholix toxin (Cholix) from Vibrio cholerae is a potent virulence factor exhibiting ADP-ribosyltransferase activity on eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) of host cells, resulting in inhibition of protein synthesis. Administration of Cholix or its homologue Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PEA) to mice causes lethal hepatocyte damage. In this study, we demonstrate cytotoxicity of Cholix on immortalized human hepatocytes in the presence of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), which has been reported to play a fatal role in PEA administered to mice...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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