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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650494/chemical-characteristics-of-an-ilex-kuding-tea-polysaccharide-and-its-protective-effects-against-high-fructose-induced-liver-injury-and-vascular-endothelial-dysfunction-in-mice
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Xichuan Zhai, Daoyuan Ren, Yiyang Luo, Yuanyuan Hu, Xingbin Yang
The present study was designed to investigate the protective effects of Ilex Kuding tea polysaccharides (IKTP) on high fructose (HF)-induced liver injury and vascular endothelial dysfunction in mice. IKTP were identified as acidic heteropolysaccharides by FT-IR and HPLC. Healthy male Kunming mice fed 20% fructose in drinking water for 8 consecutive weeks significantly displayed dyslipidemia, hepatic steatosis, oxidative stress and vascular endothelial dysfunction. However, continuous administration of IKTP at 200, 400 and 800 mg per kg bw in HF-fed mice could prevent the damage caused by HF-diets, especially at dosages of 400 and 800 mg per kg bw (p < 0...
June 26, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643875/prediction-of-severe-pre-eclampsia-by-a-combination-of-sflt-1-ct-pro-et1-and-blood-pressure-exploratory-study
#2
Anne Lind Malte, Niels Uldbjerg, David Wright, Niels Tørring
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the performance of a combination of clinical-, angiogenic- and vasoactive biomarkers to predict the development of severe preeclampsia (PE) and HELLP syndrome in the third trimester METHODS: We included 221 women with suspected- , light- , moderate - or severe PE/HELLP (mean gestational age 35(+6) weeks) attending the obstetrical outpatient clinic, and 99 with normal pregnancies. RESULTS: In a group of patients presenting with mild to moderate symptoms of preeclampsia, a combination of C-terminal Pro Endothelin 1 (CT-Pro-ET1), sFlt-1 and systolic blood pressure reached an Area under Curve (AUC) of 0...
June 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640754/raised-tsh-is-associated-with-endothelial-dysfunction-in-metabolic-syndrome-a-case-control-study
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Ashok Kumar Ahirwar, Archana Singh, Anju Jain, Surajeet Kumar Patra, Binita Goswami, M K Bhatnagar, Jayashree Bhatacharjee
Introduction- Endothelial dysfunction has been considered as one of the important factor in pathogenesis of Metabolic Syndrome (Met S). Sub clinical hypothyroidism (SCH) has also been reported to be associated with Met S. The aim of our study is to evaluate the association of raised TSH with mediators of endothelial dysfunction in Met S with Sub clinical hypothyroidism as compared to healthy controls. Methods- Study population consisted of 100 subjects, out of which 50 were cases of Met S and 50 were healthy controls...
June 15, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638891/effect-of-astragaloside-on-vitamin-d-receptor-expression-after-endothelin-1-induced-cardiomyocyte-injury
#4
Chen Yunzhi, Chen Jiaxu, Gao Jie, Chai Yihui, Li Wen, Qin Zhong
BACKGROUND: Astragaloside, which is one of the main components of Astragalus membranaceus, has been widely used in the treatment of congestive heart failure in China, and it can protect cardiomyocytes. Its mechanism of action remains unclear. Therefore, the present study was carried out to investigate the influence of astragaloside on rat cardiomyocytes stimulated with endothelin-1 (ET-1), and explored the underlying mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ET-1 was used to stimulate primary rat cardiomyocytes and establish a cardiomyocyte hypertrophy model...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635124/regular-aerobic-exercise-reduces-endothelin-1-mediated-vasoconstrictor-tone-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
#5
Caitlin A Dow, Brian L Stauffer, Danielle L Brunjes, Jared J Greiner, Christopher A DeSouza
Endothelin (ET)-1-mediated vasoconstrictor tone is elevated in overweight and obese adults, contributing to vasomotor dysfunction and increased cardiovascular disease risk. While the effects of habitual aerobic exercise on endothelium-dependent vasodilation in overweight/obese adults has been studied, little is known regarding ET-1 vasoconstriction. Accordingly, the aims of the present study were to determine: (1) if regular aerobic exercise training reduces ET-1-mediated vasoconstrictor tone in overweight and obese adults; and, if so (2) whether the reduction in ET-1 vasoconstriction contributes to exercise-induced improvement in endothelium-dependent vasodilation in this population...
June 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634054/effect-of-endothelin-1-on-proliferation-migration-and-fibrogenic-gene-expression-in-human-rpe-cells
#6
Dong Qin, Li Zhang, Xuemin Jin, Zhaoxia Zhao, Yanrong Jiang, Zijun Meng
The pathology of the fibrotic proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) membrane represents an excessive wound healing response characterised by cells' proliferation, migration and secretion of extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are a major cellular component of the fibrotic membrane. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been reported to be involved in the development of PVR in vivo research. However, little is known about the role of ET-1 in RPE cells in vitro. In the present study, we investigated the role of ET-1 in the proliferation, migration and secretion of ECMs (such as type I collagen and fibronectin) in RPE cells in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631819/protective-effects-of-tannic-acid-on-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-underlying-mechanisms-in-rats
#7
Li Chu, Pinya Li, Tao Song, Xue Han, Xuan Zhang, Qiongtao Song, Tao Liu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Jianping Zhang
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the cardioprotective effects and latent mechanism of tannic acid (TA) on cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: Abdominal aortic banding (AAB) was used to induce pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy in male Wistar rats, sham-operated rats served as controls. AAB rats were treated with TA (20 and 40 mg/kg) or captoril. KEY FINDINGS: Abdominal aortic banding rats that received TA showed ameliorated pathological changes in cardiac morphology and coefficients, decreased cardiac hypertrophy and apoptosis, a reduction in over expressions of angiotensin type 1 receptor (AT1 R), angiotensin type 2 receptor (AT2 R), phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) mRNA, and modified expression of matrix metal proteinase-9 (MMP-9) mRNA in AAB rat hearts...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628220/importance-of-endothelial-dysfunction-biomarkers-in-patients-with-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever
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Mustafa Arslan, Gürdal Yilmaz, Ahmet Mentese, Hülya Yilmaz, S Caner Karahan, Iftihar Koksal
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and the cause of the hemorrhage are not yet fully understood. However, the endothelium plays a key role in the pathogenesis. The purpose of this study was to investigate endothelial dysfunction markers [asymmetrical dimethyl arginine(ADMA), endothelin 1(ET-1), thrombomodulin(TM), von Willebrand factor(vWf) and intercellular adhesion molecule(ICAM-1)] in serum in patients with CCHF and their associations with hemorrhage...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623618/endothelin-1-decreases-excitability-of-the-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-via-etb-receptor
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Nandkishor K Mule, Jitendra N Singh, Kunal U Shah, Anil Gulati, Shyam S Sharma
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been demonstrated to be a pro-nociceptive as well as an anti-nociceptive agent. However, underlying molecular mechanisms for these pain modulatory actions remain unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the ability of ET-1 to alter the nociceptor excitability using a patch clamp technique in acutely dissociated rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. ET-1 produced an increase in threshold current to evoke an action potential (I threshold) and hyperpolarization of resting membrane potential (RMP) indicating decreased excitability of DRG neurons...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623260/qualifying-a-eukaryotic-cell-free-system-for-fluorescence-based-gpcr-analyses
#10
Anne Zemella, Solveig Grossmann, Rita Sachse, Andrei Sonnabend, Michael Schaefer, Stefan Kubick
Membrane proteins are key elements in cell-mediated processes. In particular, G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have attracted increasing interest since they affect cellular signaling. Furthermore, mutations in GPCRs can cause acquired and inheritable diseases. Up to date, there still exist a number of GPCRs that has not been structurally and functionally analyzed due to difficulties in cell-based membrane protein production. A promising approach for membrane protein synthesis and analysis has emerged during the last years and is known as cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS)...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619646/time-dependent-effects-of-hjp272-an-endothelin-receptor-antagonist-in-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
#11
Xingjian Liu, Nikhil Khadtare, Hardek Patel, Ralph Stephani, Jerome Cantor
Using a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) model of acute lung injury, we have previously shown that endothelin-1 (ET-1), a potent mediator of vasoconstriction, may act as a "gatekeeper" for the influx of inflammatory cells into the lung. To further investigate the potential of ET-1 to limit the progression of lung injury, hamsters were treated with an endothelin receptor antagonist (ERA), HJP272, either 1 h prior to intratracheal instillation of bleomycin (BLM) or 24 h afterwards. Lung injury and repair were examined by measuring the following parameters: 1) histopathological changes; 2) neutrophil content in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF); 3) lung collagen content; 4) tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) expression by BALF macrophages; 5) BALF levels of: a) transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), b) stromal cell-derived factor 1 (commonly referred to as CXCL12), and c) platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB); 6) alveolar septal cell apoptosis (as measured by the TUNEL assay)...
June 12, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608969/effect-of-iloprost-on-biomarkers-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Xiao-Ye Li, Yu Zheng, Yuliang Long, Xiaochun Zhang, Lei Zhang, Dan Tian, Daxin Zhou, Qian-Zhou Lv
Some biomarkers play important roles in the endothelial dysfunction of patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), including nitric oxide (NO), endothelin-1 (ET-1), asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), galectin-3 (Gal-3), B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), and uric acid (UA). However, studies on these biomarkers in pulmonary artery blood in congenital heart disease-PAH (CHD-PAH) and the effect of iloprost on the regulation of biomarkers are lacking. This study investigated potential CHD-PAH biomarkers and their association with the severity of disease...
June 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606962/endothelin-1-promotes-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-migration-across-the-artery-wall-a-mechanism-contributing-to-vascular-remodelling-and-intimal-hyperplasia-in-giant-cell-arteritis
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Ester Planas-Rigol, Nekane Terrades-Garcia, Marc Corbera-Bellalta, Ester Lozano, Marco A Alba, Marta Segarra, Georgina Espígol-Frigolé, Sergio Prieto-González, José Hernández-Rodríguez, Sara Preciado, Rodolfo Lavilla, Maria C Cid
BACKGROUND: Giant-cell arteritis (GCA) is an inflammatory disease of large/medium-sized arteries, frequently involving the temporal arteries (TA). Inflammation-induced vascular remodelling leads to vaso-occlusive events. Circulating endothelin-1 (ET-1) is increased in patients with GCA with ischaemic complications suggesting a role for ET-1 in vascular occlusion beyond its vasoactive function. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether ET-1 induces a migratory myofibroblastic phenotype in human TA-derived vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) leading to intimal hyperplasia and vascular occlusion in GCA...
June 12, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605810/a-compact-whole-eye-perfusion-system-to-evaluate-pharmacologic-responses-of-outflow-facility
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Enhua H Zhou, Michael Paolucci, Thaddeus P Dryja, Ted Manley, Chuanxi Xiang, Dennis S Rice, Ganesh Prasanna, Amy Chen
Purpose: To discover novel therapies that lower IOP by increasing aqueous humor outflow facility, ex vivo ocular perfusion systems provide a valuable tool. However, currently available designs are limited by their throughput. Here we report the development of a compact, scalable perfusion system with improved throughput and its validation using bovine and porcine eyes. Methods: At a fixed IOP of 6 mm Hg, flow rate was measured by flow sensors. We validated the system by measuring the outflow responses to Y-39983 (a Rho kinase inhibitor), endothelin-1 (ET-1), ambrisentan (an antagonist for endothelin receptor A [ETA]), sphigosine-1-phosphate (S1P), JTE-013 (antagonist for S1P receptor 2 [S1P2]), S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine (SNAP, a nitric oxide [NO] donor), and 3-Morpholino-sydnonimine (SIN-1, another NO donor)...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604846/identification-of-active-components-in-yixinshu-capsule-with-protective-effects-against-myocardial-dysfunction-on-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-by-an-integrative-approach
#15
Minyu Zhang, Hongwei Wu, Feifei Guo, Yangyang Yu, Junying Wei, Ya Geng, Shifeng Wang, Shiyou Li, Hongjun Yang
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) preparations have significant effects on some refractory diseases; however, these compositions are complex and their mechanisms are unknown. Identification of the active components in these preparations is essential. The mortality rate for heart failure (HF) has been increasing in recent years, and myocardial dysfunction (MD) has been proved to be the pathological basis of HF. Yixinshu Capsule (YXSC) is a multi-component oral drug with therapeutic effects on HF. However, the key active components are still unclear...
June 12, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599441/effects-of-silencing-endothelin-1-on-invasion-and-vascular-formation-in-lung-cancer
#16
Zhen-Yu Zhang, Li-Li Chen, Wei Xu, Keshavraj Sigdel, Xing-Tang Jiang
Endothelin-1 (ET-1), which exists not only in the vascular endothelium but is also widely present in various tissues and cells, is an important cardiovascular regulatory factor that serves an important role in maintaining the basal vascular tone and homeostasis in the cardiovascular system. In the present study, the ET-1 gene was silenced by RNA interference, and the effects on lung cancer cell proliferation and tumor cell invasion were then detected by Cell Counting kit-8 and Transwell assays. In addition, the expression of apoptosis, growth and invasion-associated proteins, including RhoA/C, vascular endothelial growth factor, pigment epithelium-derived factor, AKT, E-cadherin and cyclooxygenase-2 was evaluated by western blotting upon silencing ET-1...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596681/effects-of-heme-oxygenase-1-modified-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-microcirculation-and-energy-metabolism-following-liver-transplantation
#17
Liu Yang, Zhong-Yang Shen, Rao-Rao Wang, Ming-Li Yin, Wei-Ping Zheng, Bin Wu, Tao Liu, Hong-Li Song
AIM: To investigate the effects of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-modified bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) on the microcirculation and energy metabolism of hepatic sinusoids following reduced-size liver transplantation (RLT) in a rat model. METHODS: BMMSCs were isolated and cultured in vitro using an adherent method, and then transduced with HO-1-bearing recombinant adenovirus to construct HO-1/BMMSCs. A rat acute rejection model following 50% RLT was established using a two-cuff technique...
May 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590143/combined-exercise-training-reduces-blood-pressure-arterial-stiffness-and-insulin-resistance-in-obese-prehypertensive-adolescent-girls
#18
Won-Mok Son, Ki-Dong Sung, Leena P Bharath, Kong-Jib Choi, Song-Young Park
Childhood obesity is strongly linked to pathological processes for cardiovascular diseases in later adulthood. Obese adolescent girls with high blood pressure (BP) are reported to have increased arterial stiffness, which is associated with the development of hypertension and atherosclerosis. The present study sought to examine the impact of combined resistance and aerobic exercise (CRAE) training on BP, brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV), insulin resistance (IR), and body composition in obese prehypertensive girls...
June 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587387/functions-of-endothelin-1-in-apoptosis-and-migration-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Lu Shi, Shan-Shan Zhou, Wan-Bo Chen, Lei Xu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in China and the third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. The mechanisms involved in the development and progression of HCC are not well understood. In the present study, the functions of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in HCC were studied and its underlying mechanisms were investigated. ET-1, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 related protein 4 (Bax), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 expression was measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586781/house-dust-mites-induce-production-of-endothelin-1-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-in-keratinocytes-via-proteinase-activated-receptor-2-activation
#20
Yoshihito Yamada, Tatsumi Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by skin barrier dysfunction and abnormal immune response. House dust mites (HDM) are a major source of allergens, some of which have cysteine and serine protease activities. Keratinocytes stimulated by HDM-derived proteases have been suggested to contribute to the pathogenesis of AD by producing various cytokines. However, whether keratinocytes contribute to the induction of pruritus in AD, especially by producing pruritus-related mediators upon stimulation with HDM-derived proteases, has not been fully elucidated...
June 7, 2017: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
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