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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220370/the-effect-of-candesartan-on-pentraxin-3-plasma-levels-as-marker-of-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-essential-arterial-hypertension
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V Buda, M Andor, C Cristescu, M Voicu, F Cochera, P Tuduce, L Petrescu, M C Tomescu
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, the studies performed on the field of endothelial dysfunction confirmed the fact that the starting point of this pathology is the inflammation. Several inflammatory biomarkers had been discovered and studied, ones showing systemic inflammation, and others being more specific biomarkers and showing the local inflammation. Pentraxin-3 (PTX3) is a new inflammatory biomarker, from the same family as high-selectivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), but it is a more specific biomarker, due to its local production: the endothelial cells and not the liver like in the case of hs-CRP...
February 21, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217528/how-many-oral-antidiabetic-drugs-before-insulin
#2
Jayant Kelwade, Harsh Parekh, Vaibhav Dukle, Bipin Kumar Sethi
Worsening of glycemic control in type 2 Diabetes mellitus occur on account of declining beta cell function. This calls for up titration of the chosen drug, addition of another agent with complementary action and eventually insulin usually after 2 or three OADs. Introduction of insulin has many issues which include parenteral route of administration, cost and enhancement of hypoglycemic tendency. We propose the addition of another OAD in lieu of insulin in whom glycemic control can be achieved equally well without insulin...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215000/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-attenuate-lipopolysaccharide-induced-memory-impairment-by-modulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-bdnf-creb-expression-and-apoptosis-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Ruby Goel, Shahnawaz Ali Bhat, Kashif Hanif, Chandishwar Nath, Rakesh Shukla
Clinical studies demonstrated a positive correlation between hypertension and cognitive decline. Beneficial effects of angiotensin II receptor blockers on cognitive functions have also been reported earlier; however, its role in chronic neuroinflammation-induced memory impairment in the hypertensive state is not well understood. Therefore, in the present study, we investigated the effect of angiotensin II receptor blockers on memory impairment induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214889/regulatory-role-of-mirna-375-in-expression-of-bmp15-gdf9-receptors-and-its-effect-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-bovine-cumulus-cells
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Hongyan Chen, Chang Liu, Hao Jiang, Yan Gao, Mingqiang Xu, Jiawei Wang, Siyuan Liu, Yao Fu, Xulei Sun, Jiajun Xu, Jiabao Zhang, Lisheng Dai
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) and growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) are members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) superfamily. Through autocrine and paracrine mechanisms, these two factors can regulate cell differentiation, proliferation, and other functions in the ovary locally. Furthermore, GDF9 and BMP15 play vital roles in follicular growth, atresia, ovulation, fertilization, reproduction, and maintenance. Numerous studies have demonstrated a synergy between BMP15 and GDF9...
January 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214625/curcumin-functionalized-silk-biomaterials-for-anti-aging-utility
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Lei Yang, Zhaozhu Zheng, Cheng Qian, Jianbing Wu, Yawen Liu, Shaozhe Guo, Gang Li, Meng Liu, Xiaoqin Wang, David L Kaplan
Curcumin is a natural antioxidant that is isolated from turmeric (Curcuma longa) and exhibits strong free radical scavenging activity, thus functional for anti-aging. However, poor stability and low solubility of curcumin in aqueous conditions limit its biomedical applications. Previous studies have shown that the anti-oxidation activity of curcumin embedded in silk fibroin films could be well preserved, resulting in the promoted adipogenesis from human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) cultured on the surface of the films...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213973/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-induces-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-via-noncanonical-signals-and-n-cadherin
#6
Maria Jose Dubon, Jinyeong Yu, Sanghyuk Choi, Ki-Sook Park
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) induces the migration and mobilization of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) to maintain bone homeostasis during bone remodeling and facilitate the repair of peripheral tissues. Although many studies have reported the mechanisms through which TGF-β mediates the migration of various types of cells, including cancer cells, the intrinsic cellular mechanisms underlying cellular migration and mobilization of BM-MSCs mediated by TGF-β are unclear. In this study, we showed that TGF-β activated noncanonical signaling molecules, such as Akt, extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), focal adhesion kinase (FAK), and p38, via TGF-β type I receptor in human BM-MSCs and murine BM-MSC-like ST2 cells...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211900/amyloid-%C3%AE-oligomers-interact-with-neurexin-and-diminish-neurexin-mediated-excitatory-presynaptic-organization
#7
Yusuke Naito, Yuko Tanabe, Alfred Kihoon Lee, Edith Hamel, Hideto Takahashi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by excessive production and deposition of amyloid-beta (Aβ) proteins as well as synapse dysfunction and loss. While soluble Aβ oligomers (AβOs) have deleterious effects on synapse function and reduce synapse number, the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well understood. Here we screened synaptic organizer proteins for cell-surface interaction with AβOs and identified a novel interaction between neurexins (NRXs) and AβOs. AβOs bind to NRXs via the N-terminal histidine-rich domain (HRD) of β-NRX1/2/3 and alternatively-spliced inserts at splicing site 4 of NRX1/2...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211464/molecular-basis-of-abhd5-lipolysis-activation
#8
Matthew A Sanders, Huamei Zhang, Ljiljana Mladenovic, Yan Yuan Tseng, James G Granneman
Alpha-beta hydrolase domain-containing 5 (ABHD5), the defective gene in human Chanarin-Dorfman syndrome, is a highly conserved regulator of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL)-mediated lipolysis that plays important roles in metabolism, tumor progression, viral replication, and skin barrier formation. The structural determinants of ABHD5 lipolysis activation, however, are unknown. We performed comparative evolutionary analysis and structural modeling of ABHD5 and ABHD4, a functionally distinct paralog that diverged from ABHD5 ~500 million years ago, to identify determinants of ABHD5 lipolysis activation...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207269/a-biocompatible-injectable-hydrogel-with-potent-wound-healing-and-antibacterial-properties
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Jiaul Hoque, Relekar G Prakash, Krishnamoorthy Paramanandham, Bibek R Shome, Jayanta Haldar
Two component injectable hydrogels that cross-link in-situ have been used as non-invasive wound-filling devices, i.e., sealants. These materials carry a variety of functions at the wound sites such as seal leaks, cease unwanted bleeding, bind tissues together, and assist in wound healing process. However, commonly used sealants typically lack antibacterial properties. Since bacterial infection at the wound site is very common, bioadhesive materials with intrinsic antibacterial properties are urgently required...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203481/lens-endogenous-peptide-%C3%AE-a66-80-generates-hydrogen-peroxide-and-induces-cell-apoptosis
#10
Murugesan Raju, Puttur Santhoshkumar, K Krishna Sharma
In previous studies, we reported the presence of a large number of low-molecular-weight (LMW) peptides in aged and cataract human lens tissues. Among the LMW peptides, a peptide derived from αA-crystallin, αA66-80, was found in higher concentration in aged and cataract lenses. Additional characterization of the αA66-80 peptide showed beta sheet signature, and it formed well-defined unbranched fibrils. Further experimental data showed that αA66-80 peptide binds α-crystallin, impairs its chaperone function, and attracts additional crystallin proteins to the peptide α-crystallin complex, leading to the formation of larger light scattering aggregates...
February 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203230/the-major-immediate-early-protein-ie2-of-human-cytomegalovirus-is-sufficient-to-induce-proteasomal-degradation-of-cd83-on-mature-dendritic-cells
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Christiane S Heilingloh, Linda Grosche, Mirko Kummer, Petra Mühl-Zürbes, Lisa Kamm, Myriam Scherer, Melanie Latzko, Thomas Stamminger, Alexander Steinkasserer
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the prototypic beta-herpesvirus and widespread throughout the human population. While infection is asymptomatic in healthy individuals, it can lead to high morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised persons. Importantly, HCMV evolved multiple strategies to interfere with immune cell function in order to establish latency in infected individuals. As mature DCs (mDCs) are antigen-presenting cells able to activate naïve T cells they play a crucial role during induction of effective antiviral immune responses...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202581/identification-and-functional-implications-of-sodium-myo-inositol-cotransporter-1-in-pancreatic-beta-cells-and-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#12
Stephen Yu Ting Li, Sam Tsz Wai Cheng, Dan Zhang, Po Sing Leung
Myo-inositol (MI), the precursor of the second messenger phosphoinositide (PI), mediates multiple cellular events. Rat islets exhibit active transport of MI, though the mechanism involved remains elusive. Here, we report, for the first time, the expression of sodium/myo-inositol cotransporter 1 (SMIT1) in rat islets and specifically, β-cells. Genetic or pharmacological inhibition of SMIT impaired glucose-stimulated insulin secretion by INS-1E cells, probably via down-regulation of PI signaling. Additionally, we found that SMIT1 expression in INS-1E cells and isolated islets was augmented by acute high-glucose exposure and reduced in chronic hyperglycemia conditions...
February 15, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198081/latent-autoimmune-diabetes-in-adults-lada-in-asian-and-european-populations
#13
REVIEW
Alok Kumar, Alberto de Leiva
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a chronic disorder caused by relative or absolute insulin deficiency and characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia. It is expected that by year 2025, 80% of all Type 2 Diabetic patients will be living in developing or low and middle income countries. Among Asians, there has been an overall increase in abdominal obesity however, the risk of diabetes in these populations starts at much lower body mass index (BMI) as compared to Caucasians. A significant proportion of diabetic patients with adult-onset, initially non-requiring insulin treatment, depicts diabetes-associated autoantibodies in their sera...
February 14, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195192/ng2-glial-cells-regulate-neuroimmunological-responses-to-maintain-neuronal-function-and-survival
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Masayuki Nakano, Yasuhisa Tamura, Masanori Yamato, Satoshi Kume, Asami Eguchi, Kumi Takata, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Yosky Kataoka
NG2-expressing neural progenitor cells (i.e., NG2 glial cells) maintain their proliferative and migratory activities even in the adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) and produce myelinating oligodendrocytes and astrocytes. Although NG2 glial cells have been observed in close proximity to neuronal cell bodies in order to receive synaptic inputs, substantive non-proliferative roles of NG2 glial cells in the adult CNS remain unclear. In the present study, we generated NG2-HSVtk transgenic rats and selectively ablated NG2 glial cells in the adult CNS...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195097/phenotypic-expression-of-hbo-indonesia-in-two-indian-families-and-its-interaction-with-sickle-hemoglobin
#15
Amar Das Gupta, Anita Nadkarni, Pallavi Mehta, Manju Goriwale, Manisha Ramani, Pradnya Chaudhary, Vishal Mehrotra, Roshan Colah
BACKGROUND: Alpha globin chain variants are clinically significant since they directly influence the structure and function of the hemoglobin (Hb) molecules they constitute, either in combination with normal beta globin chains or with variant beta chains, thereby altering the morbidity and mortality associated with the resultant hemoglobinopathies. We describe here two unrelated families from Madhya Pradesh who had a nondeletional alpha-chain variant, HbO Indonesia (CD116 G → A). Members of one of the two families also had coinheritance of sickle hemoglobin (HbS)...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193789/enriching-islet-phospholipids-with-eicosapentaenoic-acid-reduces-prostaglandin-e2-signaling-and-enhances-diabetic-%C3%AE-cell-function
#16
Joshua C Neuman, Michael D Schaid, Allison L Brill, Rachel J Fenske, Carly R Kibbe, Danielle A Fontaine, Sophia M Sdao, Harpreet K Brar, Kelsey M Connors, Haley N Wienkes, Kevin W Eliceiri, Matthew J Merrins, Dawn B Davis, Michelle E Kimple
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is derived from arachidonic acid, while PGE3 is derived from eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) using the same downstream metabolic enzymes. Little is known about the impact of EPA and PGE3 on β-cell function, particularly in the diabetic state. In this work, we determined PGE3 elicits a 10-fold weaker reduction in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion through the EP3 receptor as compared to PGE2 We tested the hypothesis that enriching pancreatic islet cell membranes with EPA, thereby reducing arachidonic acid abundance, would positively impact β-cell function in the diabetic state...
February 13, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191333/effects-of-fish-oil-supplementation-on-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-gdm-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Alireza Ostadrahimi, Sakineh Mohammad-Alizadeh, Mozhgan Mirgafourvand, Sina Yaghoubi, Elham Shahrisa, Azizeh Farshbaf-Khalili
CONTEXT: One of the most common complications of pregnancy is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which is increasing worldwide. Experimental and epidemiological studies have shown that higher intake of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may decrease the risk of various diseases such as diabetes. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of fish oil supplementation on the prevention and treatment of GDM. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: This systematic review was performed by searching several databases, including PubMed, Scopus, Google Scholar, the Cochrane Library, ProQuest, Science Direct SID, Magiran and IranMedex since 1983...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191283/active-%C3%AE-catenin-is-regulated-by-the-pten-pi3-kinase-pathway-a-role-for-protein-phosphatase-pp2a
#18
Amit Persad, Geetha Venkateswaran, Li Hao, Maria E Garcia, Jenny Yoon, Jaskiran Sidhu, Sujata Persad
Dysregulation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling has been associated with the development and progression of many cancers. The stability and subcellular localization of β-catenin, a dual functional protein that plays a role in intracellular adhesion and in regulating gene expression, is tightly regulated. However, little is known about the transcriptionally active form of β-catenin, Active Beta Catenin (ABC), that is unphosphorylated at serine 37 (Ser37) and threonine 41 (Thr41). Elucidating the mechanism by which β-catenin is activated to generate ABC is vital to the development of therapeutic strategies to block β-catenin signaling for cancer treatment...
November 2016: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190783/a-retrospective-analysis-of-catheter-based-sources-in-intravascular-brachytherapy
#19
J DeCunha, C Janicki, S A Enger
PURPOSE: Coronary artery disease involves the deposition of plaque along the walls of a coronary artery leading to narrowed or blocked vessels (stenosis) and is one of the main causes of death in developed countries. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is used to reverse stenosis. Restenosis (renarrowing) of the treated vessel is a major complication of PTCA. A metal mesh tube (stent) can be placed inside the vessel to prevent restenosis. Tissue stress incurred during PTCA and stenting can provoke neointimal cell proliferation leading to in-stent restenosis (ISR)...
February 10, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187790/retinoic-acid-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signalling-cooperate-to-overcome-mycn-induced-retinoid-resistance
#20
David J Duffy, Aleksandar Krstic, Melinda Halasz, Thomas Schwarzl, Anja Konietzny, Kristiina Iljin, Desmond G Higgins, Walter Kolch
BACKGROUND: Retinoid therapy is widely employed in clinical oncology to differentiate malignant cells into their more benign counterparts. However, certain high-risk cohorts, such as patients with MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma, are innately resistant to retinoid therapy. Therefore, we employed a precision medicine approach to globally profile the retinoid signalling response and to determine how an excess of cellular MYCN antagonises these signalling events to prevent differentiation and confer resistance...
February 10, 2017: Genome Medicine
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