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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339728/comparative-expression-of-host-defense-peptides-in-turkey-poults
#1
Shaimaa K Hamad, Sungwon Kim, Samer W El-Kadi, Eric A Wong, Rami A Dalloul
Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a large group of small, positively charged peptides that play an important role in innate immunity, particularly at early ages when other components of the immune system have not fully developed. There are 3 classes of avian HDPs: avian beta defensins (AvBDs), cathelicidins (Cath), and liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide 2 (LEAP-2). The objective was to compare expression of HDP mRNAs in male turkey poults at day of hatch (d 0), d 7, d 14, d 21 and d 28 from the thymus, spleen, bursa, duodenum, jejunum, and ileum...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339466/in-silico-search-for-modifier-genes-associated-with-pancreatic-and-liver-disease-in-cystic-fibrosis
#2
Pascal Trouvé, Emmanuelle Génin, Claude Férec
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common lethal autosomal recessive disorder in the white population, affecting among other organs, the lung, the pancreas and the liver. Whereas Cystic Fibrosis is a monogenic disease, many studies reveal a very complex relationship between genotype and clinical phenotype. Indeed, the broad phenotypic spectrum observed in Cystic Fibrosis is far from being explained by obvious genotype-phenotype correlations and it is admitted that Cystic Fibrosis disease is the result of multiple factors, including effects of the environment as well as modifier genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339172/maternal-high-fat-diet-consumption-enhances-offspring-susceptibility-to-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice
#3
Shima Bibi, Yifei Kang, Min Du, Mei-Jun Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Maternal high-fat diet (HFD) may alter the offspring intestinal immune system, thereby enhancing susceptibility toward inflammatory bowel disease. The objective of the current study was to investigate the impact of maternal HFD on offspring intestinal health using a mouse model of dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. METHODS: Dams were provided with either HFD (60%) or control diet. After weaning, female offspring from both groups were kept on 45% HFD...
March 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337144/generation-and-characterization-of-specific-antibodies-to-the-murine-and-human-ectonucleotidase-ntpdase8
#4
Julie Pelletier, Mabrouka Salem, Joanna Lecka, Michel Fausther, François Bigonnesse, Jean Sévigny
The ectonucleotidase nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase-8 (NTPDase8) is the last member of the Ecto-NTPDase family to be discovered and characterized. It is a transmembrane protein which regulates the concentration of the agonists of P1 and P2 receptors at the cell surface. The functions of the enzyme are still not known partly due to the lack of specific tools such as antibodies. In this work, guinea pig polyclonal antibodies against mouse NTPDase8 and mouse monoclonal antibodies against human NTPDase8 have been generated and characterized...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336908/early-chimerism-after-liver-transplantation-reflects-the-clinical-course-of-recurrent-hepatitis-c
#5
Masashi Utsumi, Akinobu Takaki, Yuzo Umeda, Kazuko Koike, Stephanie C Napier, Nobukazu Watanabe, Susumu Shinoura, Ryuichi Yoshida, Daisuke Nobuoka, Tetsuya Yasunaka, Takahiro Oto, Motoo Araki, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Takahito Yagi
BACKGROUND Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatch is a characteristic feature of post-orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) hepatitis C. To investigate the importance of donor HLA-restricted immune cells in post-OLT hepatitis C recurrence, we analyzed the frequency of donor chimerism and the clinical course of post-OLT hepatitis C. MATERIAL AND METHODS We analyzed peripheral blood chimerism in 11 HCV-reinfected patients with post-HLA mismatched OLT. Patients were divided into 2 groups: the OLT chronic hepatitis C (CHC) group (n=8), exhibiting active hepatitis C recurrence; and the OLT-persistently normal ALT (PNALT) group (n=3), without active hepatitis...
March 24, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335859/making-it-new-again-insight-into-liver-development-regeneration-and-disease-from-zebrafish-research
#6
Shuang Wang, Sophie R Miller, Elke A Ober, Kirsten C Sadler
The adult liver of most vertebrates is predominantly comprised of hepatocytes. However, these cells must work in concert with biliary, stellate, vascular, and immune cells to accomplish the vast array of hepatic functions required for physiological homeostasis. Our understanding of liver development was accelerated as zebrafish emerged as an ideal vertebrate system to study embryogenesis. Through work in zebrafish and other models, it is now clear that the cells in the liver develop in a coordinated fashion during embryogenesis through a complex yet incompletely understood set of molecular guidelines...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335781/tailored-design-of-nkt-stimulatory-glycolipids-for-polarization-of-immune-responses
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Jung-Tung Hung, Jing-Rong Huang, Alice L Yu
Natural killer T (NKT) cell is a distinct population of T lymphocytes that can rapidly release massive amount of Th1 and Th2 cytokines upon the engagement of their T cell receptor with glycolipids presented by CD1d. The secreted cytokines can promote cell-mediated immunity to kill tumor cells and intracellular pathogens, or suppress autoreactive immune cells in autoimmune diseases. Thus, NKT cell is an attractive target for developing new therapeutics to manipulate immune system. The best-known glycolipid to activate NKT cells is α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer), which has been used as a prototype for designing new NKT stimulatory glycolipids...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334911/mertk-rs4374383-variant-predicts-incident-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-diabetes-role-of-mononuclear-cell-activation-and-adipokine-response-to-dietary-fat
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Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Franco De Michieli, Elena Paschetta, Silvia Pinach, Francesca Saba, Daria Bongiovanni, Luciana Framarin, Mara Berrutti, Nicola Leone, Stefania Corvisieri, Renato Parente, Federica Molinaro, Antonio Sircana, Bo Simona, Roberto Gambino
The loss-of-function rs4374383 G>A variant in Myeloid-epithelial-reproductive Tyrosine Kinase (MERTK) gene has been linked to hepatic fibrosis in chronic liver diseases. MERTK is expressed by immune and non-immune cells involved in inflammation, metabolism and vascular homeostasis. We assessed the impact of MERTK rs4374383 G>A variant on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) incidence and severity and on glucose and lipid metabolism.We followed-up 305 healthy nonobese nondiabetic, metabolic syndrome-free insulin sensitive participants in a population-based study, characterized for MERTK G>A polymorphism, adipokine profile and inflammatory markers...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333957/immune-response-of-rats-vaccinated-orally-with-various-plant-expressed-recombinant-cysteine-proteinase-constructs-when-challenged-with-fasciola-hepatica-metacercariae
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Malgorzata Kesik-Brodacka, Agnieszka Lipiec, Monika Kozak Ljunggren, Luiza Jedlina, Katarzyna Miedzinska, Magdalena Mikolajczak, Andrzej Plucienniczak, Andrzej B Legocki, Halina Wedrychowicz
BACKGROUND: Cysteine proteinases of Fasciola hepatica are important candidates for vaccine antigens because of their role in fluke biology and host-parasite relationships. In our previous experiments, we found that a recombinant cysteine proteinase cloned from adult F. hepatica (CPFhW) can protect rats against liver fluke infections when it is administered intramuscularly or intranasally in the form of cDNA. We also observed considerable protection upon challenge following mucosal vaccination with inclusion bodies containing recombinant CPFhW produced in Escherichia coli...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332100/expression-of-programmed-death-1-and-its-ligands-in-the-liver-of-biliary-atresia
#10
Pan-Liang Wang, Jun Wang, Ying Zhou, Xiao-Song Chen, Ke-Jun Zhou, Jie Wen, Jian-Jun Zhang, Wei Cai
BACKGROUND: An aberrant immune response is the predominant pathogenetic factor in biliary atresia (BA). Programmed death-1 (PD-1) and its two ligands, programmed death ligand-1 and programmed death ligand-2 (PD-L1 and PD-L2, respectively) play an important inhibitory role in immune reactions. We aimed to illustrate the expression of these molecules in BA. METHODS: Liver specimens were obtained from infants with BA during the Kasai procedure (early BA) and liver transplantation (late BA)...
March 22, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331994/daily-socs1-rhythms-alter-with-aging-differentially-in-peripheral-clocks-in-male-wistar-rats-therapeutic-effects-of-melatonin
#11
Ch Vinod, Anita Jagota
Suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in synchronization with the peripheral clocks regulates the temporal oscillations leading to overt rhythms. Aging leads to attenuation of such circadian regulation, accompanied by increased inflammatory mediators prevalently the cytokines. Suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) family of proteins such as SOCS 1, 3 and cytokine-inducible SH2-containing protein (CIS) negatively regulate the cytokine signaling pathway. The role of SOCS1 in aging and circadian system is obscure. We therefore studied the daily rhythms of rSocs1 mRNA expression at Zeitgeber time (ZT) -0, 6, 12 and 18 in peripheral clocks such as liver, kidney, intestine and heart of 3, 12 and 24 months (m) old male Wistar rats...
March 22, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331843/curative-effect-of-hf10-on-liver-and-peritoneal-metastasis-mediated-by-host-antitumor-immunity
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Yoshihiro Hotta, Hideki Kasuya, Itzel Bustos, Yoshinori Naoe, Toru Ichinose, Maki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kodera
BACKGROUND: HF10 is a highly attenuated type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV) with proven effective oncolytic effect. Previous investigations have demonstrated that colon cancer mice model treated with HF10 not only had better survival but were also resistant to the reimplantation of the antitumor effect mediated by host antitumor immunity. Importantly, it has also been noted that in mice with antitumors implanted on both sides of the back, an injection of HF10 on only one side strongly restrains not only the injected antitumor but also the non-injected ones...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331807/transmission-of-hepatitis-d-virus-between-spouses-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-first-reported-canadian-case
#13
Carla Osiowy, Anton Andonov, Kevin Fonseca, Ken Swidinsky, Elizabeth Giles, Andrew Mason, Carla S Coffin
In chronic hepatitis B (CHB), hepatitis D virus (HDV) superinfection can lead to acute liver failure. The incidence of HDV superinfection is unknown, but is often detected in immigrants from HDV endemic countries. In this report, we characterize long-term clinical and virological outcomes in a hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected carrier before and after HDV superinfection, acquired from their spouse having HBV/HDV co-infection. A 38 year-old Mongolian male with CHB on anti-HBV therapy developed acute liver failure following HDV superinfection...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331190/natural-killer-cell-activation-contributes-to-hepatitis-b-viral-control-in-a-mouse-model
#14
Shiwen Tong, Guangze Liu, Minghong Li, Xiumei Li, Qian Liu, Hong Peng, Shiying Li, Hong Ren, Wenwei Yin
The roles of CD4 + T cells and CD8 + T cells in hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection have been well documented. However, the role of innate immunity in HBV infection remains obscure. Here we examined the effect of activation of innate immunity by polyinosinic: polycytidylic acid (PolyI:C) on HBV infection. A chronic HBV replication mouse model was established by hydrodynamical injection of pAAV/HBV1.2 plasmid into C57BL/6 mice. We found that HBV did not seem to induce an active NK-cell response in the mouse model...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330868/protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-modulates-innate-immune-responses-through-regulation-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-dependent-macrophage-differentiation
#15
Irina Tikhanovich, Jie Zhao, Jody Olson, Abby Adams, Ryan Taylor, Brian Bridges, Laurie Marshall, Benjamin Roberts, Steven A Weinman
Arginine methylation is a common posttranslational modification that has been shown to regulate both gene expression and extranuclear signaling events. We recently reported defects in Protein Arginine Methyltransferase 1 (PRMT1) activity and arginine methylation in the livers of cirrhosis patients with a history of recurrent infections. To examine the role of PRMT1 in innate immune responses in vivo, we created a cell type specific knockout mouse model. We showed that myeloid specific PRMT1 knockout mice demonstrate higher proinflammatory cytokine production and a lower survival rate after cecal ligation and puncture...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328162/predictive-model-for-inflammation-grades-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-large-scale-analysis-of-clinical-parameters-and-gene-expressions
#16
Weichen Zhou, Yanyun Ma, Jun Zhang, Jingyi Hu, Menghan Zhang, Yi Wang, Yi Li, Lijun Wu, Yida Pan, Yitong Zhang, Xiaonan Zhang, Xinxin Zhang, Zhanqing Zhang, Jiming Zhang, Hai Li, Lungen Lu, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang, Zhenghong Yuan, Jie Liu
BACKGROUND: Liver biopsy is the gold standard to assess pathological features (e.g. inflammation grades) for hepatitis B virus infected patients, although it's invasive and traumatic; meanwhile, several gene profiles of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) have been separately described in relatively small HBV-infected samples. We aimed to analyze correlations among inflammation grades, gene expressions and clinical parameters (serum alanine amino transaminase, aspartate amino transaminase, and HBV-DNA) in large-scale CHB samples, and to predict inflammation grades by using clinical parameters and/or gene expressions...
March 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327084/a-transcriptome-multi-tissue-analysis-identifies-biological-pathways-and-genes-associated-with-variations-in-feed-efficiency-of-growing-pigs
#17
Florence Gondret, Annie Vincent, Magalie Houée-Bigot, Anne Siegel, Sandrine Lagarrigue, David Causeur, Hélène Gilbert, Isabelle Louveau
BACKGROUND: Animal's efficiency in converting feed into lean gain is a critical issue for the profitability of meat industries. This study aimed to describe shared and specific molecular responses in different tissues of pigs divergently selected over eight generations for residual feed intake (RFI). RESULTS: Pigs from the low RFI line had an improved gain-to-feed ratio during the test period and displayed higher leanness but similar adiposity when compared with pigs from the high RFI line at 132 days of age...
March 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326206/chronic-hepatitis-with-liver-granulomas-in-a-patient-with-granuloma-annulare-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#18
Majid Alsahafi, Mohammed I AlJasser, Sunil Kalia, H M Yang, Alnoor Ramji
Granuloma annulare (GA) is a benign granulomatous skin disorder of unknown etiology. GA is rarely associated with liver diseases. We report a unique case of chronic hepatitis with liver granulomas in a patient with GA. Despite an extensive workup, no clear etiology for the hepatitis was found. Based on the possible immune pathophysiology of GA and the presence of liver granulomas, the patient was treated with prednisone and azathioprine which resulted in complete normalization of the liver enzymes and concurrent improvement of GA...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326105/paracrine-effects-of-bone-marrow-mononuclear-cells-in-survival-and-cytokine-expression-after-90-partial-hepatectomy
#19
Carlos Oscar Kieling, Carolina Uribe-Cruz, Mónica Luján López, Alessandro Bersch Osvaldt, Themis Reverbel da Silveira, Ursula Matte
Acute liver failure is a complex and fatal disease. Cell-based therapies are a promising alternative therapeutic approach for liver failure due to relatively simple technique and lower cost. The use of semipermeable microcapsules has become an interesting tool for evaluating paracrine effects in vivo. In this study, we aimed to assess the paracrine effects of bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) encapsulated in sodium alginate to treat acute liver failure in an animal model of 90% partial hepatectomy (90% PH)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325287/cholesterol-containing-nuclease-resistant-sirna-accumulates-in-tumors-in-a-carrier-free-mode-and-silences-mdr1-gene
#20
Ivan V Chernikov, Daniil V Gladkikh, Mariya I Meschaninova, Alya G Ven'yaminova, Marina A Zenkova, Valentin V Vlassov, Elena L Chernolovskaya
Chemical modifications are an effective way to improve the therapeutic properties of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), making them more resistant to degradation in serum and ensuring their delivery to target cells and tissues. Here, we studied the carrier-free biodistribution and biological activity of a nuclease-resistant anti-MDR1 cholesterol-siRNA conjugate in healthy and tumor-bearing severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) mice. The attachment of cholesterol to siRNA provided its efficient accumulation in the liver and in tumors, and reduced its retention in the kidneys after intravenous and intraperitoneal injection...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
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