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Chunyan Mo, Shumin Wan, Youquan Xia, Ning Ren, Yang Zhou, Xingyu Jiang
Cassava is an energy crop that is tolerant of multiple abiotic stresses. It has been reported that the interaction between Calcineurin B-like (CBL) protein and CBL-interacting protein kinase (CIPK) is implicated in plant development and responses to various stresses. However, little is known about their functions in cassava. Herein, 8 CBL ( MeCBL ) and 26 CIPK ( MeCIPK ) genes were isolated from cassava by genome searching and cloning of cDNA sequences of Arabidopsis CBL s and CIPK s. Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis showed that the expression levels of MeCBL and MeCIPK genes were different in different tissues throughout the life cycle...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Marta Obremska, Maria Boratyńska, Maciej Szymczak, Dorota Zyśko, Tomasz Płonek, Anna Goździk, Marian Klinger
INTRODUCTION    The dilatation of aortic root (AoR) correlates with cardiac damage and higher cardiovascular risk. The cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in patient after kidney transplantation ( KTX). OBJECTIVES    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of enlarged AoR diameter in patient after KTX. Patients with  bicuspid aortic valve, significant valvular disease or evidence of connective tissue disorder were excluded. PATIENTS AND METHODS    The all 87 patients after KTX were divided into 2 groups depend on immunosuppressive regimen :mTORi group: 41 patients treated with mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors  and CNI group: 46 with calcineurin inhibitors...
March 17, 2018: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
Andrea Mencarelli, Hanif Javanmard Khameneh, Jan Fric, Maurizio Vacca, Sary El Daker, Baptiste Janela, Jing Ping Tang, Sabrina Nabti, Akhila Balachander, Tong Seng Lim, Florent Ginhoux, Paola Ricciardi-Castagnoli, Alessandra Mortellaro
The intestinal immune system can respond to invading pathogens yet maintain immune tolerance to self-antigens and microbiota. Myeloid cells are central to these processes, but the signaling pathways that underlie tolerance versus inflammation are unclear. Here we show that mice lacking Calcineurin B in CD11chigh MHCII+ cells (Cnb1CD11c mice) spontaneously develop intestinal inflammation and are susceptible to induced colitis. In these mice, colitis is associated with expansion of T helper type 1 (Th1) and Th17 cell populations and a decrease in the number of FoxP3+ regulatory T (Treg) cells, and the pathology is linked to the inability of intestinal Cnb1-deficient CD11chigh MHCII+ cells to express IL-2...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Yuehong Li, Binbin Li, Wei Wang, Jiaxuan Lv
The aim of the present study was to analyze the risk factors for new-onset chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients who have received a liver transplant. A total of 190 patients who underwent liver transplantation between March 2001 and January 2015 were followed up, and analyzed retrospectively. Sex, age, primary disease, preoperative laboratory findings (hemoglobin, albumin, creatinine and glomerular filtration rate), surgical approach, blood loss during the surgery and transfusion volume, postoperative complications, and the average levels of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) (from liver transplantation to the onset of CKD) were analyzed...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Haruki Katsumata, Izumi Yamamoto, Yo Komatsuzaki, Mayuko Kawabe, Yusuke Okabayashi, Takafumi Yamakawa, Ai Katsuma, Yasuyuki Nakada, Akimitsu Kobayashi, Yudo Tanno, Jun Miki, Hiroki Yamada, Ichiro Ohkido, Nobuo Tsuboi, Hiroyasu Yamamoto, Takashi Yokoo
BACKGROUND: Both prevention and treatment of recurrent immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) in kidney transplant recipients are important since recurrent IgAN seems to affect long-term graft survival. We present here a case of recurrent IgAN that was successfully treated using steroid pulse therapy plus tonsillectomy 10 years after kidney transplantation. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old male was admitted for an episode biopsy with a serum creatinine level of 1...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Suwasin Udomkarnjananun, Natavudh Townamchai, Pajaree Chariyavilaskul, Kroonpong Iampenkhae, Krit Pongpirul, Boonchoo Sirichindakul, Kamol Panumatrassamee, Jakapat Vanichanan, Yingyos Avihingsanon, Somchai Eiam-Ong, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa
BACKGROUND: Tacrolimus is mainly metabolized by cytochrome P450 3A5 (CYP3A5), which is expressed in the liver. However, CYP3A5 is also expressed in the kidney tissue and may contribute to local tacrolimus clearance in the kidney allograft. We aimed to evaluate the association between the allograft CYP3A5 genotype and transplant outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thailand, comparing 2 groups of donor and recipient CYP3A5 genotypes, the expressor (*1/*1 and *1/*3) and the non-expressor (*3/*3)...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Nephrology
Manjula Karpurapu, Yong Gyu Lee, Ziqing Qian, Jin Wen, Megan N Ballinger, Luiza Rusu, Sangwoon Chung, Jing Deng, Feng Qian, Brenda F Reader, Teja Srinivas Nirujogi, Gye Young Park, Dehua Pei, John W Christman
Specific therapies targeting cellular and molecular events of sepsis induced Acute Lung Injury (ALI) pathogenesis are lacking. We have reported a pivotal role for Nuclear Factors of Activated T cells (NFATc3) in regulating macrophage phenotype during sepsis induced ALI and subsequent studies demonstrate that NFATc3 transcriptionally regulates macrophage CCR2 and TNFα gene expression. Mouse pulmonary microvascular endothelial cell monolayer maintained a tighter barrier function when co-cultured with LPS stimulated NFATc3 deficient macrophages whereas wild type macrophages caused leaky monolayer barrier...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Tianyi Xia, Sang Zhu, Yan Wen, Shouhong Gao, Mingming Li, Xia Tao, Feng Zhang, Wansheng Chen
Background: Nephrotoxicity of calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) is the major concern for long-term allograft survival despite its predominant role in current immunosuppressive regime after renal transplantation. CNI nephrotoxicity is multifactorial with demographic, environmental, and pharmacogenetic flexibility, whereas studies indicating risk factors for CNI nephrotoxicity obtained incomplete or conflicting results. Methods: A systematic review and meta-analysis of risk factors for CNI nephrotoxicity was performed on all retrieved studies through a comprehensive research of network database...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
A Wollenberg, R Fölster-Holst, M Saint Aroman, F Sampogna, C Vestergaard
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, highly pruritic, chronic inflammatory skin disease. Dysfunction of the epidermal barrier is witnessed by an increased transepidermal water loss in lesional and non-lesional AD skin. The inflammation in lesional AD skin is well characterized. Non-lesional skin of AD patients shows histological signs of a subclinical inflammation and a pro-inflammatory cytokine milieu. This microinflammation is present even in seemingly healed skin and must be taken into account regarding treatment of AD...
April 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Philippe A Eigenmann
Skin diseases related to allergy are common in childhood and pediatric allergists are commonly faced with atopic eczema, treatment schemes for which include calcineurin inhibitors: commonly used topical drugs which control inflammatory skin flares. In the first review of this issue, Nakahira et al provide mechanistic insights, among others, into modulation of the immune response by tacrolimus (1). Prevention of atopic eczema is addressed by Wickens et al. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Fei Liu, Jian-Hua Mao
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) are commonly given to transplant recipients of kidneys and other solid organs and to patients with immune disorders, such as steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome, steroid-dependent nephrotic syndrome, and frequent relapse nephrotic syndrome. Although CNIs remain the most effective available immunosuppressant agent, there is clinical concern regarding possible long-term nephrotoxicity. This concern is especially significant in children who have a longer life expectancy and greater growth rate...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Summer J Rozzi, Valeria Avdoshina, Jerel A Fields, Italo Mocchetti
Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) infection of the central nervous system promotes neuronal injury that culminates in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Viral proteins, including transactivator of transcription (Tat), have emerged as leading candidates to explain HIV-mediated neurotoxicity, though the mechanisms remain unclear. Tat transgenic mice or neurons exposed to Tat, which show neuronal loss, exhibit smaller mitochondria as compared to controls. To provide an experimental clue as to which mechanisms are used by Tat to promote changes in mitochondrial morphology, rat cortical neurons were exposed to Tat (100 nM) for various time points...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
B Handan Özdemir, Alev Ok Atılgan, Eda Yılmaz Akçay, Gökçe Özdemir, Ebru Ayvazoğlu Soy, Aydıncan Akdur, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Thrombotic microangiopathy is a form of renal capillary injury possibly associated with calcineurin inhibitor toxicity, acute humoral rejection, infections, and recurrent diseases. Here, we examined its incidence in patients diagnosed with acute and chronic active humoral rejection, polyomavirus nephropathy, acute cellular rejection, and immunoglobulin A recurrence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 272 renal allograft recipients who met the inclusion criteria were reevaluated for presence of renal thrombotic microangiopathy...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Ayşe Tunçer Vural, Arzu Karataş Toğral, Ayşe Tülin Güleç, Mehmet Haberal
Solid-organ transplant recipients are at higher risk of developing Kaposi sarcoma, which is a multicentric vascular neoplasm of lymphatic endothelium-derived cells. Reducing doses of immunosuppressive drugs and switching from calcineurin inhibitors to the mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor rapamycin have been suggested as an effective first-line treatment modality in most patients. Herein, we report a 64-year-old renal transplant recipient who developed multiple cutaneous and visceral Kaposi sarcoma lesions 2 months after transplant...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Ali Riza Ucar, Erol Demir, Mehmet Sukru Sever
Progress in patient care and immunosuppressive medications has resulted in improved allograft survival in the early posttransplant period; however, substantial graft loss continues in the long term. Therefore, the number of dialysis patients with failed allografts is increasing progressively. These patients have a worse prognosis than naive dialysis patients. Cardiovascular causes are the leading cause of death, followed by infections and malignancies. Delay in return to dialysis, a chronic inflammatory state, infections, and cancer are contributing factors to mortality, whereas type of dialysis modality does not have a significant effect on outcomes...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Yoko Maruyama, Satoko Ueno, Mitsuhiro Morita, Fumio Hayashi, Shohei Maekawa
Neurons have well-developed membrane microdomains called "rafts" that are recovered as a detergent-resistant membrane microdomain fraction (DRM). NAP-22 is one of the major protein components of neuronal DRM. In a previous study, we showed that DRM-derived NAP-22 binds ganglioside and the inhibitory effect of ganglioside to calcineurin (CaN), a neuron-enriched calmodulin-regulated phosphoprotein phosphatase. Considering the important roles of CaN in neurons, identification of other cellular regulators of CaN could be a good clue to understand the molecular background of neuronal function...
March 7, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Yu Yan, Xinyi He, Wei Hu, Guoyin Liu, Peng Wang, Chaozu He, Haitao Shi
MeCIPK23 interacts with MeCBL1/9, and they confer improved defense response, providing potential genes for further genetic breeding in cassava. Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is an important food crop in tropical area, but its production is largely affected by cassava bacterial blight. However, the information of defense-related genes in cassava is very limited. Calcium ions play essential roles in plant development and stress signaling pathways. Calcineurin B-like proteins (CBLs) and CBL-interacting protein kinases (CIPKs) are crucial components of calcium signals...
March 9, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Cássio S Meira, José Maurício Dos Santos Filho, Caroline C Sousa, Pâmela S Anjos, Jéssica V Cerqueira, Humberto A Dias Neto, Rafael G da Silveira, Helena M Russo, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Emerson F Queiroz, Diogo R M Moreira, Milena B P Soares
4-(Nitrophenyl)hydrazone derivatives of N-acylhydrazone were synthesized and screened for suppress lymphocyte proliferation and nitrite inhibition in macrophages. Compared to an unsubstituted N-acylhydrazone, active compounds were identified within initial series when hydroxyl, chloride and nitro substituents were employed. Structure-activity relationship was further developed by varying the position of these substituents as well as attaching structurally-related substituents. Changing substituent position revealed a more promising compound series of anti-inflammatory agents...
February 25, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
JiaLi Xu, YaDong Feng, GuoXin Song, QiXing Gong, Li Yin, YingYing Hu, Dan Luo, ZhiQiang Yin
Background: Topical calcineurin inhibitors including tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are used in the treatment of many inflammatory skin diseases mainly via blocking T-cell proliferation. Our previous studies found that pimecrolimus 1% cream could reverse high-dose ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation-induced epidermal Langerhans cell (LC) reduction via inhibition of LC migration. We conducted this study to investigate the effects of topical tacrolimus 0.03% ointment on high-dose UVB-irradiated human epidermal LCs. Methods: Twenty fresh human foreskin tissues were randomly divided into four groups as follows: Control , Tacrolimus (0...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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