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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651331/il-1%C3%AE-up-regulates-star-and-progesterone-production-through-the-erk1-2-and-p38-mediated-creb-signaling-pathways-in-human-granulosa-lutein-cells
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Xuan Dang, Qinling Zhu, Yaqiong He, Yuan Wang, Yao Lu, Xiaoxue Li, Jia Qi, Hasiximuke Wu, Yun Sun
The pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β) may be involved in several ovulation-associated events, such as proteases synthesis, prostaglandin production and steroidogenesis in granulosa cells. However, the exact effect of IL-1β on progesterone synthesis in granulosa cells and the underlying mechanism remain unclear. By using cultured granulosa-lutein cells collected from women undergoing in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, we found that IL-1β up-regulated steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) expression and progesterone synthesis in granulosa-lutein cells, which was comparable with luteinizing hormone (LH) effect and could be abolished by an IL-1 receptor antagonist...
June 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651304/rifaximin-and-propranolol-combination-therapy-is-more-effective-than-propranolol-monotherapy-for-the-reduction-of-portal-pressure-an-open-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Yoo Li Lim, Moon Young Kim, Yoon Ok Jang, Soon Koo Baik, Sang Ok Kwon
Background/Aims: Non-selective beta blockers (NSBBs) are currently the only accepted regimen for preventing portal hypertension (PHT)-related complications. However, the effect of NSBBs is insufficient in many cases. Bacterial translocation (BT) is one of the aggravating factors of PHT in cirrhosis; therefore, selective intestinal decontamination by rifaximin is a possible therapeutic option for improving PHT. We investigated whether the addition of rifaximin to propranolol therapy can improve hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) response...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651253/association-of-il-6-gene-174-and-572-g-c-polymorphisms-with-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-of-type-2-diabetes-in-a-chinese-population
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Qin-Kang Lu, Jun-Tao Zhang, Na Zhao, Hui-Yun Wang, Qi-Hu Tong, Shou-Li Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the association of interleukin (IL)-6 with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in a Chinese population. METHODS: Two subtypes of the IL-6 promoter (-174 and -572 G/C) were genotyped in 215 T2D patients with PDR and 207 T2D patients with a normal retinal function (controls) using the PCR-RFLP method. The mRNA and protein expression of IL-6 was examined by real-time PCR. RESULTS: T2D patients with PDR had a significantly higher frequency of IL-6 -174 GC (OR 0...
June 27, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651236/tanshinone-i-alleviates-insulin-resistance-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-rats-through-irs-1-pathway
#4
Ying Wei, Jiaqi Gao, Lingling Qin, Yunling Xu, Dongchao Wang, Haoxia Shi, Tunhai Xu, Tonghua Liu
Tanshinone I from tanshen has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for treating cardiovascular diseases and inflammatory diseases. Given the link between inflammation and Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), we suspect that tanshinone I may have a beneficial effect on T2DM. This study was to investigate the potential effects of tanshinone I on T2DM and its underlying mechanism. T2DM was thus induced in Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats using streptozotocin (STZ) and high-fat diet. It was observed that T2DM rats had higher levels of total cholesterol (TC), nonesterified fatty acids (NEFAs), total triglyceride (TG) and total low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) compared with normal, healthy SD rats...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651168/the-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-lycopene-in-mice-lungs-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
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Keila Karine Duarte Campos, Glaucy Rodrigues Araújo, Thais Lourenço Martins, Ana Carla Balthar Bandeira, Guilherme de Paula Costa, André Talvani, Camila Carrião Machado Garcia, Laser Antônio Machado Oliveira, Daniela Caldeira Costa, Frank Silva Bezerra
Lycopene is a carotenoid with known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. We aimed to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo effects of lycopene on reducing the redox imbalance and inflammation induced by cigarette smoke (CS). For the in vitro study, J774A.1 (macrophages) cells were incubated in the presence of 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, 4.0, 8.0, 10.0 and 25 μM of lycopene for 3, 6 and 24 h or in the presence of 0.1%, 0.25%, 0.5%, 0.625%, 1.25%, 2.25%, 5% and 10% cigarette smoke extract (CSE) for 3, 6 and 24 h to assess cell viability and measurement of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651075/modulation-of-natriuretic-peptide-receptors-in-human-adipose-tissue-molecular-mechanisms-behind-the-natriuretic-handicap-in-morbidly-obese-patients
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A Gentili, M R Frangione, E Albini, C Vacca, M A Ricci, S De Vuono, M Boni, F Rondelli, L Rotelli, G Lupattelli, C Orabona
The B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) hormone plays a crucial role in the regulation of cardiovascular and energy homeostasis. Obesity is associated with low circulating levels of BNP, a condition known as "natriuretic handicap." Recent evidences suggest an altered expression of BNP receptors-both the signaling natriuretic peptide receptors (NPR)-A and the clearance NPR-C receptor-in adipose tissue (AT) as one of the putative causes of natriuretic handicap. The current study aims at clarifying the molecular mechanisms behind the natriuretic handicap, focusing on NPR modulation in the AT of obese and control subjects...
June 10, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651060/mechanism-underlying-methyl-eugenol-attenuation-of-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Hanan Saleh, Haidan M El-Shorbagy
Intestinal Ischemia/Reperfusion injury (I/R) is associated with a high risk of mortality in the clinical situation. Many factors are involved in I/R including reactive oxygen species (ROS), cytokine release and apoptosis. We aimed to determine whether a pure methyl eugenol (ME) given before intestinal ischemia, protects against intestinal I/R and the possible mechanism involved in this protection. Rat received ME (100 mg/kg) for 30 days then underwent intestinal I/R with 30 min ischemia and 60 min reperfusion...
June 26, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651009/interleukin-4-receptor-alpha-is-still-required-after-th2-polarization-for-the-maintenance-and-the-recall-of-protective-immunity-to-nematode-infection
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Justin Komguep Nono, Hlumani Ndlovu, Nada Abdel Aziz, Thabo Mpotje, Lerato Hlaka, Frank Brombacher
There is currently no vaccine against parasitic nematodes and the knowledge on the mechanisms by which protective immunity against this class of parasites is achieved is continuously expanding. Nematode parasites trigger a host protective type 2 immune response via interleukin-4 receptor alpha (IL-4Rα). Despite this central role, it is not known whether IL-4Rα has a role in maintaining host type 2 immune responses following polarization. To determine the role of IL-4Rα after polarization, we used a recently established strain of rosaCreERT2-/+IL-4Rα-/Lox mice where il4rα gene deletion can be temporally controlled...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650995/septins-restrict-inflammation-and-protect-zebrafish-larvae-from-shigella-infection
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Maria J Mazon-Moya, Alexandra R Willis, Vincenzo Torraca, Laurent Boucontet, Avinash R Shenoy, Emma Colucci-Guyon, Serge Mostowy
Shigella flexneri, a Gram-negative enteroinvasive pathogen, causes inflammatory destruction of the human colonic epithelium. Infection by S. flexneri has been well-studied in vitro and is a paradigm for bacterial interactions with the host immune system. Recent work has revealed that components of the cytoskeleton have important functions in innate immunity and inflammation control. Septins, highly conserved cytoskeletal proteins, have emerged as key players in innate immunity to bacterial infection, yet septin function in vivo is poorly understood...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650775/urine-interleukin-18-il-18-as-a-biomarker-of-total-body-irradiation-a-preliminary-study-in-nonhuman-primates
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Mang Xiao, David L Bolduc, XiangHong Li, Wanchang Cui, Kevin P Hieber, Rolf Bünger, Natalia I Ossetrova
We have reported that circulating IL-18 can be used as a radiation biomarker in mice, minipigs and nonhuman primates (NHPs, Macaca mulatta). Here, we report the levels of IL-18 in individual NHP's urine before and at 6 h-7 days after 5.0, 6.5 and 8.5 Gy (60)Co total-body irradiation (TBI) using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Six animals (3.5-5.5 kg, 3-4 years old) per radiation dose were investigated. Correlation values between urine IL-18 and blood cell counts and serum chemistry parameters including lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), lipase, and serum total protein (TP), as well as between urine IL-18 and 60-day survival, were analyzed...
June 26, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650731/combination-treatments-with-luteolin-and-fisetin-enhance-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-high-glucose-treated-thp-1-cells-through-histone-acetyltransferase-histone-deacetylase-regulation
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Arang Kim, Jung-Mi Yun
Hyperglycemia leads to diabetes and its diabetic complications. In this study, we investigated the synergistic effects of luteolin and fisetin on proinflammatory cytokine secretion and its underlying epigenetic regulation in human monocytes exposed to hyperglycemic (HG) concentrations. Human monocytic cells (THP-1) were cultured under controlled (14.5 mM mannitol), normoglycemic (5.5 mM glucose), or HG (20 mM glucose) conditions in the absence or presence of the two phytochemicals for 48 h. Whereas HG conditions significantly induced histone acetylation, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) activation, interleukin 6, and tumor necrosis factor-α release from THP-1 cells; combination treatments with the two phytochemicals (500 nM fisetin, and l μM and 500 nM luteolin) suppressed NF-κB activity and inflammatory cytokine release...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650673/evidence-of-interleukin-21-reduction-in-osteosarcoma-patients-due-to-pd-1-pd-l1-mediated-suppression-of-follicular-helper-t-cell-functionality
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Wenwu Gao, Junjie Zhou, Bin Ji
Interleukin 21 (IL-21) is crucial for the development of a robust CD8(+) T cell response and has been shown to promote antitumor immunity. Despite the fact that osteosarcoma presents significant genetic instability with a high immunogenic potential, the antitumor immune response in osteosarcoma is ineffective. We investigated whether this was due to impaired IL-21 responses. We found that the circulating CD4(+) T cells, a major source of IL-21, had reduced capacity to express IL-21 in osteosarcoma patients compared to healthy controls...
June 26, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650481/germinal-center-development-of-memory-b-cells-driven-by-il-9-from-follicular-helper-t-cells
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Yifeng Wang, Jingwen Shi, Jiacong Yan, Zhengtao Xiao, Xiaoxiao Hou, Peiwen Lu, Shiyue Hou, Tianyang Mao, Wanli Liu, Yuanwu Ma, Lianfeng Zhang, Xuerui Yang, Hai Qi
Germinal centers (GCs) support high-affinity, long-lived humoral immunity. How memory B cells develop in GCs is not clear. Through the use of a cell-cycle-reporting system, we identified GC-derived memory precursor cells (GC-MP cells) that had quit cycling and reached G0 phase while in the GC, exhibited memory-associated phenotypes with signs of affinity maturation and localized toward the GC border. After being transferred into adoptive hosts, GC-MP cells reconstituted a secondary response like genuine memory B cells...
June 26, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650427/roflumilast-reverses-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-liver-damage-by-inhibiting-inflammation-in-mice
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Hongfang Feng, Jiajia Chen, Haitao Wang, Yufang Cheng, Zhengqiang Zou, Qiuping Zhong, Jiangping Xu
Sepsis is a life-threatening syndrome accompanied by an overwhelming inflammatory response and organ dysfunction. Selective targeting of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) is currently being investigated as an effective therapeutic approach for inflammation-associated diseases. Roflumilast is a selective PDE4 inhibitor, used for the treatment of severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in clinic. However, its role in the treatment of sepsis-induced liver damage remains unclear. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of roflumilast in mice with cecal ligation and puncture-induced sepsis, and investigated the underlying mechanism...
June 26, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650254/proteomics-to-predict-the-response-to-tumour-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-inhibitors-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-using-a-supervised-cluster-analysis-based-protein-score
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Bvj Cuppen, Rde Fritsch-Stork, I Eekhout, W de Jager, A C Marijnissen, Jwj Bijlsma, M Custers, J M van Laar, Fpjg Lafeber, Pmj Welsing
OBJECTIVE: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it is of major importance to identify non-responders to tumour necrosis factor-α inhibitors (TNFi) before starting treatment, to prevent a delay in effective treatment. We developed a protein score for the response to TNFi treatment in RA and investigated its predictive value. METHOD: In RA patients eligible for biological treatment included in the BiOCURA registry, 53 inflammatory proteins were measured using xMAP® technology...
June 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650243/antigenicity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-an-inflamed-joint-environment
#16
Jacqueline A Hill, Jennifer M Cassano, Margaret B Goodale, Lisa A Fortier
OBJECTIVE To determine whether major histocompatability complex (MHC) class II expression in equine mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) changes with exposure to a proinflammatory environment reflective of an inflamed joint. SAMPLE Cryopreserved bone marrow-derived MSCs from 12 horses and cartilage and synovium samples from 1 horse euthanized for reasons other than lameness. PROCEDURES In part 1 of a 3-part study, the suitability of a quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR) assay for measurement of MHC class II expression in MSCs following stimulation with interferon (IFN)-γ was assessed...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650215/tolerability-of-topical-tocilizumab-eyedrops-in-dogs-a-pilot-study
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Vatinee Y Bunya, Simone Iwabe, Ilaria Macchi, Mina Massaro-Giordano, Maxwell Pistilli, Gustavo D Aguirre
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine the tolerability of topical tocilizumab eyedrops in normal dogs and to assess whether this preparation alters tear film cytokine levels or conjunctival cytokine mRNA expression. METHODS: Two percent tocilizumab eyedrops were administered to the right eyes and artificial tears to the left eyes of 10 dogs with no anterior segment pathology 3 times daily for 4 weeks. Portable slit-lamp examinations and Schirmer tear testing were performed at baseline and day 1 week 4, as well as 2 weeks after treatment (week 6)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650207/epicardial-pericardial-and-total-cardiac-fat-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-type-2-diabetic-patients-with-elevated-urinary-albumin-excretion-rate
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Regitse H Christensen, Bernt J von Scholten, Christian S Hansen, Sarah E Heywood, Jaya B Rosenmeier, Ulrik B Andersen, Peter Hovind, Henrik Reinhard, Hans-Henrik Parving, Bente K Pedersen, Marit E Jørgensen, Peter K Jacobsen, Peter Rossing
Background We evaluated the association of cardiac adipose tissue including epicardial adipose tissue and pericardial adipose tissue with incident cardiovascular disease and mortality, coronary artery calcium, carotid intima media thickness and inflammatory markers. Design A prospective study of 200 patients with type 2 diabetes and elevated urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER). Methods Cardiac adipose tissue was measured from baseline echocardiography. The composite endpoint comprised incident cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650112/liver-graft-preservation-using-perfluorocarbon-improves-the-outcomes-of-simulated-donation-after-cardiac-death-liver-transplantation-in-rats
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Shinya Okumura, Tadahiro Uemura, Xiangdong Zhao, Yuki Masano, Tatsuaki Tsuruyama, Yasuhiro Fujimoto, Taku Iida, Shintaro Yagi, Dmitri Bezinover, Bruce Spiess, Toshimi Kaido, Shinji Uemoto
INTRODUCTION: The outcomes of liver transplantation from donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors remain poor due to the severe warm ischemic injury. Perfluorocarbon (PFC) is a novel compound with high oxygen carrying capacity. In the present study, a rat model simulating DCD liver transplantation was used, and the impact of improved graft oxygenation provided by PFC addition on liver ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and survival after DCD liver transplantation was investigated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Orthotopic liver transplants were performed in male Lewis rats, using DCD liver grafts preserved with cold University of Wisconsin (UW) solution in the control group and preserved with cold oxygenated UW solution with addition of 20% PFC in the PFC group...
June 26, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650001/brodalumab-the-first-anti-il-17-receptor-agent-for-psoriasis
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L Puig
Psoriasis is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory skin disease in which the alteration of the interleukin-23 (IL-23)/IL-17 cytokine axis appears to be crucial from a pathogenetic perspective. This has been confirmed by the efficacy of monoclonal antibodies blocking IL-17A, such as secukinumab and ixekizumab. Brodalumab is a human anti-IL-17 receptor A (IL-17RA) monoclonal antibody that inhibits the biological activity of IL-17A, IL-17F and other IL-17 isoforms, and has been approved (210 mg s.c. at weeks 0, 1, 2 and every 2 weeks thereafter) for the treatment of psoriasis vulgaris, psoriatic arthritis, pustular psoriasis and psoriatic erythroderma in Japan (Lumicef)...
May 2017: Drugs of Today
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