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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735463/impact-of-pioglitazone-on-bone-mineral-density-and-bone-marrow-fat-content
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L M Pop, I Lingvay, Q Yuan, X Li, B Adams-Huet, N M Maalouf
Pioglitazone use is associated with an increased risk of fractures. In this randomized, placebo-controlled study, pioglitazone use for 12 months was associated with a significant increase in bone marrow fat content at the femoral neck, accompanied by a significant decrease in total hip bone mineral density. The change in bone marrow fat with pioglitazone use was predominantly observed in female vs. male participants. INTRODUCTION: Use of the insulin sensitizer pioglitazone is associated with greater fracture incidence, although the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood...
July 22, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733679/increased-overall-cortical-connectivity-with-syndrome-specific-local-decreases-suggested-by-atypical-sleep-eeg-synchronization-in-williams-syndrome
#2
Ferenc Gombos, Róbert Bódizs, Ilona Kovács
Williams syndrome (7q11.23 microdeletion) is characterized by specific alterations in neurocognitive architecture and functioning, as well as disordered sleep. Here we analyze the region, sleep state and frequency-specific EEG synchronization of whole night sleep recordings of 21 Williams syndrome and 21 typically developing age- and gender-matched subjects by calculating weighted phase lag indexes. We found broadband increases in inter- and intrahemispheric neural connectivity for both NREM and REM sleep EEG of Williams syndrome subjects...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733196/proteasome-subunit-beta-type-1-p11a-polymorphism-is-a-new-prognostic-marker-in-multiple-myeloma
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Gergely Varga, Gábor Mikala, Katalin Piroska Kiss, Éva Kosóczki, Edit Szabó, Nóra Meggyesi, Katalin Balassa, Petra Kövy, Bálint Tegze, Gergely Szombath, Attila Tordai, Hajnalka Andrikovics, László Homolya, Tamás Masszi
BACKGROUND: Proteasome subunit beta type 1 (PSMB1) rs12717 polymorphism, a single nucleotide polymorphism with unknown functional effect, was recently reported to influence response to bortezomib-based therapy in follicular lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the prognostic impact of this polymorphism in 211 consecutively diagnosed multiple myeloma cases, and performed in vitro experiments to look into its functional consequences. RESULTS: On univariate analysis, patients carrying the variant G allele showed significantly shorter progression-free survival (PFS) with a pattern suggestive of a gene-dose effect (PFS 26...
June 30, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733034/decreased-expression-of-mir-150-mir146a-and-mir424-in-type-1-diabetic-patients-association-with-ongoing-islet-autoimmunity
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Guofeng Wang, Yong Gu, Ning Xu, Mei Zhang, Tao Yang
BACKGROUND: Recent studies revealed altered miRNAs profiling in patients with autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes (T1D). Here, we conducted an observational study and examined the expression levels of these five miRNAs (miR-150,miR-146a,miR-424,miR-181a and miR-142-3P) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from T1D patients. METHODS: PBMCs were obtained from T1D cohorts (n = 78), type 2 diabetes (T2D, n = 46) and healthy control subjects (n = 56)...
July 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732437/effect-of-microrna-21-transfection-on-in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-naive-cd4-t-cells-to-regulatory-t-cells
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Haideh Namdari, Mojgan Ghayedi, Jamshid Hadjati, Farhad Rezaei, Kurosh Kalantar, Parisa Rahimzadeh, Eisa Salehi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important components of the immune system that modulate responses of other cells. These cells are involved in peripheral tolerance mechanisms, so defect in development and function of these cells can result in autoimmune disease. Increasing evidence supports the role of microRNAs-21 (miR-21) in the regulation of forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) expression in Tregs. We aimed to determine whether miR-21 transfection to naive CD4+ T cells can be useful in generation of iTregs in-vitro. We investigated in-vitro differentiation of miR-21-transfected naive CD4+ T cells to iTregs and compared these iTregs to cytokine-differentiated iTregs and control group...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731364/synthesis-of-a-new-insulin-mimetic-anti-diabetic-drug-containing-vitamin-a-and-vanadium-iv-salt-chemico-biological-characterizations
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Abdel Majid A Adam, Ahmed M Naglah, Mohamed A Al-Omar, Moamen S Refat
Diabetes patients suffer from chronic disorders in the metabolism due to high blood sugar caused by anomalies in insulin excretion. Recently, vanadium compounds have been prepared and functionalized to decrease the level of hyperglycemia. Vitamin A boosts beta cell activity; therefore, the lack of this vitamin plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The aim of this article focused on the synthesis of a new anti-diabetic drug formed from the complexation of a vanadium(IV) salt with vitamin A. Vitamin A acts as a unidentate chelate through the oxygen of its -OH group...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730310/optical-biosensor-optimized-for-continuous-in-line-glucose-monitoring-in-animal-cell-culture
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Mircea Tric, Mario Lederle, Lisa Neuner, Igor Dolgowjasow, Philipp Wiedemann, Stefan Wölfl, Tobias Werner
Biosensors for continuous glucose monitoring in bioreactors could provide a valuable tool for optimizing culture conditions in biotechnological applications. We have developed an optical biosensor for long-term continuous glucose monitoring and demonstrated a tight glucose level control during cell culture in disposable bioreactors. The in-line sensor is based on a commercially available oxygen sensor that is coated with cross-linked glucose oxidase (GOD). The dynamic range of the sensor was tuned by a hydrophilic perforated diffusion membrane with an optimized permeability for glucose and oxygen...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729889/differential-methylation-at-mhc-in-cd4-t-cells-is-associated-with-multiple-sclerosis-independently-of-hla-drb1
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Vicki E Maltby, Rodney A Lea, Katherine A Sanders, Nicole White, Miles C Benton, Rodney J Scott, Jeannette Lechner-Scott
BACKGROUND: Although many genetic variants have been associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) risk, they do not explain all the disease risk and there remains uncertainty as to how these variants contribute to disease. DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism that can influence gene expression and has the potential to mediate the effects of environmental factors on MS. In a previous study, we found a differentially methylation region (DMR) at MHC HLA-DRB1 that was associated within relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) patients in CD4(+) T cells...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729832/the-role-of-microglia-in-retinal-neurodegeneration-alzheimer-s-disease-parkinson-and-glaucoma
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REVIEW
Ana I Ramirez, Rosa de Hoz, Elena Salobrar-Garcia, Juan J Salazar, Blanca Rojas, Daniel Ajoy, Inés López-Cuenca, Pilar Rojas, Alberto Triviño, José M Ramírez
Microglia, the immunocompetent cells of the central nervous system (CNS), act as neuropathology sensors and are neuroprotective under physiological conditions. Microglia react to injury and degeneration with immune-phenotypic and morphological changes, proliferation, migration, and inflammatory cytokine production. An uncontrolled microglial response secondary to sustained CNS damage can put neuronal survival at risk due to excessive inflammation. A neuroinflammatory response is considered among the etiological factors of the major aged-related neurodegenerative diseases of the CNS, and microglial cells are key players in these neurodegenerative lesions...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728928/gtf-231-a-mixture-of-gymnemic-acid-trigonelline-and-ferulic-acid-significantly-ameliorates-oxidative-stress-in-experimental-type-2-diabetes-in-rats
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Roshana Devi Vellai, Sharmila Chandiran, Subramanian Sorimuthu Pillai
OBJECTIVES: According to a report by the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, nearly 60% of patients with diabetes have more than one complication caused by chronic diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a multifactorial metabolic disorder that accounts for more than 95% of people with diabetes and usually requires multitargeted therapeutic interventions. It arises due to insufficient insulin secretion or its action or both. Recently, we reported that the oral administration of gymnemic acid, trigonelline and ferulic acid in the ratio of 2:3:1 (GTF-231), a mixture of 3 phytoingredients at a concentration of 300 mg/kg body weight significantly improved the glucose homeostasis in rats with low-dose streptozotocin-induced type 2 diabetes that were fed with high-fat diet...
July 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725915/ikk%C3%AE-inhibition-prevents-fat-induced-beta-cell-dysfunction-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-in-rodents
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Aleksandar Ivovic, Andrei I Oprescu, Khajag Koulajian, Yusaku Mori, Judith A Eversley, Liling Zhang, Rodolfo Nino-Fong, Gary F Lewis, Marc Y Donath, Michael Karin, Michael B Wheeler, Jan Ehses, Allen Volchuk, Catherine B Chan, Adria Giacca
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We have previously shown that oxidative stress plays a causal role in beta cell dysfunction induced by fat. Here, we address whether the proinflammatory kinase inhibitor of (nuclear factor) κB kinase β (IKKβ), which is activated by oxidative stress, is also implicated. METHODS: Fat (oleate or olive oil) was infused intravenously in Wistar rats for 48 h with or without the IKKβ inhibitor salicylate. Thereafter, beta cell function was evaluated in vivo using hyperglycaemic clamps or ex vivo in islets isolated from fat-treated rats...
July 20, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722327/transforming-growth-factor-beta-matrix-metalloproteinases-and-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-interaction-in-the-cancer-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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REVIEW
Juan F Santibanez, Hristina Obradović, Tamara Kukolj, Jelena Krstić
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is a pleiotropic factor that acts as a tumor suppressor in the early stages, while it exerts tumor promoting activities in advanced stages of cancer development. One of the hallmarks of cancer progression is the capacity of cancer cells to migrate and invade surrounding tissues with subsequent metastasis to different organs. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) together with urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and its receptor (uPAR), whose main original function described is the proteolytic degradation of the extracellular matrix, play key cellular roles in the enhancement of cell malignancy during cancer progression...
July 19, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721437/erk1-is-dispensable-for-mouse-pancreatic-beta-cell-function-but-is-necessary-for-glucose-induced-full-activation-of-msk1-and-creb
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Michele Leduc, Joy Richard, Safia Costes, Dany Muller, Annie Varrault, Vincent Compan, Julia Mathieu, Jean-François Tanti, Gilles Pagès, Jacques Pouyssegur, Gyslaine Bertrand, Stéphane Dalle, Magalie A Ravier
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Insufficient insulin secretion from pancreatic beta cells, which is associated with a decrease in beta cell mass, is a characteristic of type 2 diabetes. Extracellular signal-related kinase 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) inhibition in beta cells has been reported to affect insulin secretion, gene transcription and survival, although whether ERK1 and ERK2 play distinct roles is unknown. The aim of this study was to assess the individual roles of ERK1 and ERK2 in beta cells using ERK1 (also known as Mapk3)-knockout mice (Erk1 (-/-) mice) and pharmacological approaches...
July 18, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720696/persistent-organic-pollutants-impair-insulin-secretory-function-of-pancreatic-beta-cells-human-and-in-vitro-evidence
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Yu-Mi Lee, Chae-Myeong Ha, Se-A Kim, Themis Thoudam, Young-Ran Yoon, Dae-Jung Kim, Hyeon-Chang Kim, Hyo-Bang Moon, Sungmi Park, In-Kyu Lee, Duk-Hee Lee
Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), especially organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have emerged as a new risk factor of type 2 diabetes (T2D). We evaluated whether chronic exposure to low-dose POPs affects insulin secretory function of beta-cells in humans and in vitro cells. Serum concentrations of OCPs and PCBs were measured in 200 nondiabetic adults. Mathematical-model-based insulin secretion indices were estimated using a 2-hour 7-sample oral glucose tolerance test. Insulin secretion by INS1E beta-cells was measured after 48-hour treatment with 3 OCPs or a PCB mixture...
July 18, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720517/transient-receptor-potential-trpm3-channels-pharmacology-signaling-and-biological-functions
#15
REVIEW
Gerald Thiel, Sandra Rubil, Andrea Lesch, Lisbeth A Guethlein, Oliver G Rössler
The transient receptor potential melastatin-3 (TRPM3) channel belongs to the family of transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels that are expressed in a variety of tissues and cell types, including dorsal root ganglia, cardiomyocytes and pancreatic beta-cells. Although its natural ligands are currently unknown, TRPM3 channels can be activated by the neurosteroid pregnenolone sulfate, the synthetic ligand CIM0216, and by noxious heat. TRPM3 channels are regulated by phosphoinositides, and perhaps by calmodulin...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720509/the-neuropeptide-galanin-promotes-an-anti-thrombotic-phenotype-on-endocardial-endothelial-cells-from-heart-failure-patients
#16
Christina Tyrrell, Amanda Toyooka, Faiza Khan, Kent L Thornburg, James O Mudd, Wohaib Hasan
Thromboembolic complications are a significant cause of mortality and re-hospitalization in heart failure (HF) patients. One source of thrombi is the ventricular endocardial surface that becomes increasingly pro-thrombotic as HF progresses. Anticoagulation comes with bleeding risks so identifying therapeutic agents for improving cardiac endothelial health are of critical clinical importance. Endocardial endothelial cells are closely apposed to cardiac sympathetic nerves. In HF, cardiac sympathetic nerves are dysregulated and promote disease progression...
July 12, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718378/microrna-613-is-downregulated-in-hcmv-positive-glioblastoma-and-inhibits-tumour-progression-by-targeting-arginase-2
#17
Yan Wang, Peng Zhao, Dongmeng Qian, Ming Hu, Li Zhang, Hailei Shi, Bin Wang
Glioblastoma is the most common and malignant tumour that occurs primarily in nervous system and has a high morbidity. Research on glioblastoma has recently focused on human cytomegalovirus, belonging to the beta subfamily of Herpesviridae that plays crucial roles in cancer development and progression. This study aimed to investigate the role of human cytomegalovirus-associated microRNA-613 in glioblastoma. In this study, we demonstrate that microRNA-613 expression was frequently reduced in human cytomegalovirus-positive glioblastoma specimens/cells compared with human cytomegalovirus-negative glioblastoma tissue/cells, and a significant correlation was observed between the reduction in microRNA-613 expression and the presence of unfavourable variables, including tumour size (p = 0...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717166/targeting-cellular-calcium-homeostasis-to-prevent-cytokine-mediated-beta-cell-death
#18
Amy L Clark, Kohsuke Kanekura, Zeno Lavagnino, Larry D Spears, Damien Abreu, Jana Mahadevan, Takuya Yagi, Clay F Semenkovich, David W Piston, Fumihiko Urano
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are important mediators of islet inflammation, leading to beta cell death in type 1 diabetes. Although alterations in both endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and cytosolic free calcium levels are known to play a role in cytokine-mediated beta cell death, there are currently no treatments targeting cellular calcium homeostasis to combat type 1 diabetes. Here we show that modulation of cellular calcium homeostasis can mitigate cytokine- and ER stress-mediated beta cell death. The calcium modulating compounds, dantrolene and sitagliptin, both prevent cytokine and ER stress-induced activation of the pro-apoptotic calcium-dependent enzyme, calpain, and partly suppress beta cell death in INS1E cells and human primary islets...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716530/genetic-association-analysis-of-serotonin-and-signal-transduction-pathways-in-suicide-attempters-from-an-italian-sample-of-psychiatric-patients
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Maurizio Pompili, Giovanna Gentile, Catia Scassellati, Cristian Bonvicini, Marco Innamorati, Denise Erbuto, Franco Montebovi, Giuseppe Ducci, Alberto Forte, Eleonora De Pisa, Stefano Ferracuti, Gianluca Serafini, Vincenzo De Luca, Mario Amore, Maurizio Simmaco, Paolo Girardi
Genetic factors have been reported to contribute to the liability of suicide. We aimed to investigate functional polymorphisms in eight genes (serotonin transporter, SLC6A4; receptors, 5HTR1A, 1B, 5HTR2A; Tryptophan Hydroxylase, TPH1, TPH2; Monoamine Oxidase, MAOA and G Protein Subunit Beta 3, GNB3) to investigate their predictive value for suicide. The possible confounding effects of gender and phenotypic patients dissection were also valued. A sample of 111 consecutive psychiatric inpatients was recruited and assessed using specific psychometric instruments...
July 14, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715808/retinoic-acid-facilitates-toll-like-receptor-4-expression-to-improve-intestinal-barrier-function-through-retinoic-acid-receptor-beta
#20
Yingying Li, Yuan Gao, Ting Cui, Ting Yang, Lan Liu, Tingyu Li, Jie Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vitamin A (VA) protects the intestinal epithelial barrier by improving cell migration and proliferation. Our previous studies demonstrated that VA deficiency (VAD) during pregnancy suppresses the systemic and mucosal immune responses in the intestines of offspring and that VA supplementation (VAS) during early life can increase immune cell counts. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which VA regulates intestinal epithelial barrier function. METHODS: Caco-2 cells were treated with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) for 24 hours to determine the optimum ATRA concentration to which the cells in question respond...
July 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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