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Feng Xu, Taoqun Wen, Feng Wang, Wentao Sang, Nan Zeng
CONTEXT: Several pharmacological studies have shown that cinnamicaldehyde (CA) has anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects, but no data show the effects of CA on the endotoxin poisoning. OBJECTIVE: In this work, the protective effect of CA in LPS-induced endotoxin poisoning mice was investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mice were randomly divided into normal, LPS, LPS +5 mg/kg dexamethasone (DEX), LPS +0.132 g/kg CA, and LPS +0.264 g/kg CA group...
October 18, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Kuo Zhang, Jingyu Yang, Fang Wang, Xing Pan, Jian Liu, Lijuan Wang, Guanyue Su, Jie Ma, Yinxu Dong, Zhili Xiong, Chufu Wu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hyperactivity of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is often observed in the pathophysiology of depression. Antidepressant therapy can restore hippocampal neurogenesis to rescue the HPA axis regulation defects. Xiaochaihutang (XCHT), a famous Chinese herbal formula, has been used clinically in depressive disorders in China. Our previous studies have demonstrated XCHT improved depressive-like behaviors in chronic unpredictable mild stress rat, but the underlying mechanisms of XCHT on hippocampal neurogenesis and the HPA axis were still unclear...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Stefano Perni, Polina Prokopovich
The efficient delivery of therapeutic molecules to the cartilage of joints is major obstacle in developing useful therapeutic interventions; hence, a targeted drug delivery system for this tissue is critical. We have overcome the challenge by developing a system that employs electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged constituents of cartilage and a positively charged polymer, Poly-beta amino esters (PBAEs). We have demonstrated cartilage uptake of Dexamethasone (DEX) covalently bound to the PBAE was doubled and retention in tissues prolonged compared to the equivalent dose of the commercial drug formulation...
October 13, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
S Ollier, F Beaudoin, N Vanacker, P Lacasse
When cows are unable to consume enough feed to support milk production, they often fall into severe negative energy balance. This leads to a weakened immune system and increases their susceptibility to infectious diseases. Reducing the milk production of cows subjected to acute nutritional stress decreases their energy deficit. The aim of this study was to compare the effects on metabolism and immune function of reducing milk production using quinagolide (a prolactin-release inhibitor) or dexamethasone in feed-restricted cows...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Paulo Gabriel Melo Brandão, Francisco Ricardo Lobo, Serginando Laudenir Ramin, Yasser Sakr, Mauricio Nassau Machado, Suzana Margareth Lobo
Objective: α-2-agonists cause sympathetic inhibition combined with parasympathetic activation and have other properties that could be beneficial during cardiac anesthesia. We evaluated the effects of dexmedetomidine as an anesthetic adjuvant compared to a control group during cardiac surgery. Methods: We performed a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from all adult patients (> 18 years old) undergoing cardiac surgery. Patients were divided into two groups, regarding the use of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant intraoperatively (DEX group) and a control group who did not receive α-2-agonist (CON group)...
May 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Zuzanna Drebert, Mark MacAskill, Dahlia Doughty-Shenton, Karolien De Bosscher, Marc Bracke, Patrick W F Hadoke, Ilse M Beck
Angiogenesis is important in cancer progression and can be influenced by tumor-associated myofibroblasts. We addressed the hypothesis that glucocorticoids indirectly affect angiogenesis by altering the release of pro-angiogenic factors from colon cancer-derived myofibroblasts. Our study shows that glucocorticoids reduced prostanoids, urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) and angiopoietin-like protein-2 (ANGPTL2) levels, but increased angiogenin (ANG) in supernatant from human CT5.3hTERT colon cancer-derived myofibroblasts...
October 4, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Elisabeth Mamelle, Naila El Kechai, Benjamin Granger, Olivier Sterkers, Amélie Bochot, Florence Agnely, Evelyne Ferrary, Yann Nguyen
Goals of cochlear implantation have shifted from complete insertion of the cochlear electrode array towards low traumatic insertion with minimally invasive techniques. The aim of this study was first to evaluate, in a guinea pig model of cochlear implantation, the effect of a motorized insertion technique on hearing preservation. The second goal was to study a new gel formulation containing dexamethasone phosphate loaded in liposomes (DEX-P). Guinea pigs had a unilateral cochlear implantation with either a manual technique (n = 12), or a motorized technique (n = 15), with a 0...
October 6, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Na Zhang, Feiming Ye, Wei Zhu, Dexing Hu, Changchen Xiao, Jinliang Nan, Sheng'an Su, Yingchao Wang, Mingfei Liu, Kanglu Gao, Xinyang Hu, Jinghai Chen, Hong Yu, Xiaojie Xie, Jian'an Wang
Cardiac ankyrin repeat protein (CARP) is a nuclear transcriptional co-factor that has additional functions in the myoplasm as a component of the muscle sarcomere. Previous studies have demonstrated increased expression of CARP in cardiovascular diseases, however, its role in cardiomyocyte apoptosis is unclear and controversial. In the present study, we investigated possible roles of CARP in hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) -induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis and the underlying mechanisms. Neonatal mouse ventricular cardiomyocytes were isolated and infected with adenovirus encoding Flag-tagged CARP (Ad-CARP) and lentivirus encoding CARP targeted shRNA (sh-CARP), respectively...
October 3, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Viorel Simion, Cristina Ana Constantinescu, Daniela Stan, Mariana Deleanu, Monica Madalina Tucureanu, Elena Butoi, Ileana Manduteanu, Maya Simionescu, Manuela Calin
Inflammation is a common process associated with numerous vascular pathologies. We hypothesized that targeting the inflamed endothelium by coupling a peptide with high affinity for P-selectin to the surface of dexamethasone-loaded lipid nanoemulsions will highly increase their specific binding to activated endothelial cells (EC) and reduce the cell activation. We developed and characterized dexamethasone-loaded lipid nanoemulsions directed towards P-selectin (PLN-Dex) and monitored their anti-inflammatory effects in vitro using cultured EC (EA...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Mona Alibolandi, Marzieh Mohammadi, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Mohammad Ramezani, Khalil Abnous
In the current study, dextran (DEX) was covalently conjugated to the surface of nano-GO sheets, making stable biocompatible dextran coated GO (GO-DEX). The prepared GO-DEX was nontoxic to 4T1 mammary carcinoma cell line at concentrations up to 300μg/mL. AS1411 aptamer, a ssDNA aptamer which can improve the intracellular uptake by nucleolin recognition, also has been introduced to hydroxyl groups of DEX in GO-DEX to produce GO-DEX-Apt. Moreover, curcumin (CUR), a natural polyphenol, found in the rhizomes of Curcuma longa (turmeric) which shows antineoplastic effects, was loaded onto the GO-DEX and GO-DEX-Apt via π-π stacking interactions with a high loading capacity (∼29wt%)...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
J T Richeson, J A Carroll, N C Burdick Sanchez, N D May, H D Hughes, S L Roberts, P R Broadway, K P Sharon, M A Ballou
Our objective was to examine immunosuppression induced by dexamethasone (DEX) administration in cattle on immunological responses to a multivalent respiratory vaccine containing replicating and nonreplicating agents. Steers ( = 32; 209 ± 8 kg) seronegative to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBRV), bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), and parainfluenza-3 virus (PI3V) were stratified by BW and randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatments: 1) acute immunosuppression (ACU; 0...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Ming-Song Lee, Chao-Ming Su, Jih-Chao Yeh, Pei-Ru Wu, Tien-Yao Tsai, Shyh-Liang Lou
Osteoporosis is a result of imbalance between bone formation by osteoblasts and resorption by osteoclasts (OCs). In the present study, we investigated the potential of limiting the aggravation of osteoporosis by reducing the activity of OCs through thermolysis. The proposed method is to synthesize bisphosphonate (Bis)-conjugated iron (II, III) oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and incorporate them into OCs. The cells should be subsequently exposed to radiofrequency (RF) to induce thermolysis. In this study, particles of Fe3O4 were first synthesized by chemical co-precipitation and then coated with dextran (Dex)...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Justin T Easley, Christina L M Maruyama, Ching-Shuen Wang, Olga J Baker
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by chronic inflammation and destruction of salivary and lacrimal glands leading to dry mouth and dry eyes, respectively. Currently, the etiology of SS is unknown and the current therapies have no permanent benefit; therefore, new approaches are necessary to effectively treat this condition. Resolvins are highly potent endogenous lipid mediators that are synthesized during the resolution of inflammation to restore tissue homeostasis. Previous studies indicate that the resolvin family member, RvD1, binds to the ALX/FPR2 receptor to block inflammatory signals caused by tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in the salivary epithelium...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
Irfana Muqbil, Amro Aboukameel, Sivan Elloul, Robert Carlson, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Michael Kauffman, Sharon Shacham, Divaya Bhutani, Jeffrey Zonder, Asfar S Azmi, Ramzi M Mohammad
In previous studies we demonstrated that targeting the nuclear exporter protein exportin-1 (CRM1/XPO1) by a selective inhibitor of nuclear export (SINE) compound is a viable therapeutic strategy against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). Our studies along with pre-clinical work from others led to the evaluation of the lead SINE compound, selinexor, in a phase 1 trial in patients with CLL or NHL (NCT02303392). Continuing our previous work, we studied combinations of selinexor-dexamethasone (DEX) and selinexor-everolimus (EVER) in NHL...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Letters
Lei Shi, Guodong Cai, Jiangang Shi, Yongfei Guo, Dechun Chen, Deyu Chen, Haisong Yang
Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) involves ectopic calcification of the spinal ligament preferentially at the cervical spine. OPLL is associated with different diseases and occurs by endochondral ossification, which is associated with the activity of different transcription factors. However, the pathogenesis of OPLL remains unclear. Here, we investigated the role of osterix (Osx), a transcription factor that functions downstream of Runx2 and is an important regulator of osteogenesis, in the process of OPLL in a dexamethasone (Dex)-induced model of spinal ligament ossification...
September 29, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Todd D Nebesio, Jamie L Renbarger, Zeina M Nabhan, Sydney E Ross, James E Slaven, Lang Li, Emily C Walvoord, Erica A Eugster
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the comparative effects of different glucocorticoids on the adrenal and growth hormone (GH) axes in children with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). We sought to compare the effects of hydrocortisone (HC), prednisone (PDN), and dexamethasone (DEX) in children with classic CAH and to investigate a potential role of pharmacogenetics. METHODS: Subjects were randomly assigned to three sequential 6-week courses of HC, PDN, and DEX, each followed by evaluation of adrenal hormones, IGF-1, GH, and body mass index (BMI)...
2016: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
Makoto Sato, Takayuki Kunisawa, Atsushi Kurosawa, Tomoki Sasakawa
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Hypertension or hypotension in patients receiving continuous infusions of dexmedetomidine (DEX) is often due to changes in vascular resistance caused by α2 receptor stimulation. We investigated whether baseline perfusion index (PI) and pleth variability index (PVI), derived from pulse oximetry readings, could predict DEX-induced changes in the hemodynamic status in spontaneously breathing patients. DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING: Operating room...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Chun-Shan Dong, Yao Lu, Jun Zhang, Peng Sun, Jun-Ma Yu, Chao Wu, Qiang Lu
Postoperative spinal patients remain a challenge for provision of postoperative analgesia. Patient-controlled intravenous analgesia (PCIA) is a major method in reducing the severe pain after the surgery in our institution, but some adverse effects prevent the use of adequate dosage opioids.This study was determined using the probit analysis to investigate the optimal dose of dexmedetomidine (DEX) infusion for postoperative analgesia combined with sufentanil (SUF) in spine surgery.The dose of DEX needed to produce satisfactory analgesia conditions following combination of 3...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Jianhui Yang, Qiong Wu, Jianguo Lv, Huiyong Nie
Apoptosis of osteoblasts triggered by high-dose glucocorticoids (GCs) has been identified as a major cause of osteoporosis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying GC-induced osteoporosis remain elusive. This study was conducted to make clear the mechanism of GC-induced osteoblast apoptosis and to examine whether reduction of ER stress by 4-PBA inhibited osteoblast apoptosis. After treatment with dexamethasone (Dex) or hydrocortisone, cell viability was assessed using an MTT assay. Flow cytometry was performed to assess the apoptosis of MC3T3-E1 cells...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
Shawn David O'Connor, Omar Hoseá Cabrera, Joseph D Dougherty, Sukrit Singh, Brant Stephen Swiney, Patricia Salinas-Contreras, Nuri Bradford Farber, Kevin Kiyoshi Noguchi
OBJECTIVES: Glucocorticoids (GC) are used to improve respiratory mechanics in preterm infants despite clinical evidence linking neonatal GC therapy to cerebellar pathology. In developing mouse cerebellum, the GC dexamethasone (DEX) causes rapid GC-induced neural progenitor cell apoptosis (GINA). Focusing on pharmacological neuroprotection strategies, we investigated whether dexmedetomidine (DMT) protects against GINA. METHODS: Neonatal mice were pretreated with DMT prior to DEX challenge...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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