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Hriday Bera, Sridevi Chigurupati
Thymidine phosphorylase (TP, EC, an enzyme involved in pyrimidine salvage pathway, is identical to platelet-derived endothelial cell growth factor (PD-ECGF) and gliostatin. It is extremely upregulated in a variety of solid tumours. The TP amplification is associated with concomitant overexpression of many angiogenic factors such as matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), interleukins (ILs), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) etc., resulting in promotion of angiogenesis and cancer metastasis. In addition, overshooting TP level protects tumour cells from apoptosis and helps cell survival...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Patrick T Walsh, Padraic G Fallon
The recently discovered interleukin (IL)-36 family of cytokines form part of the broader IL-1 family and are emerging as important mediators of inflammatory disease. The IL-36 subfamily consists of three ligands-IL-36α, IL-36β, and IL-36γ-and the natural antagonist IL-36Ra. The cytokines exert their effects through a specific IL-36 receptor consisting of IL-36R and IL-1RAcP chains. IL-36 cytokines can direct both innate and adaptive immune responses by acting on parenchymal, stromal, and specific immune cell subsets...
October 26, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Lei Dong, Wen-Mei Yu, Hong Zheng, Mignon L Loh, Silvia T Bunting, Melinda Pauly, Gang Huang, Muxiang Zhou, Hal E Broxmeyer, David T Scadden, Cheng-Kui Qu
Germline activating mutations of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP2 (encoded by PTPN11), a positive regulator of the RAS signalling pathway, are found in 50% of patients with Noonan syndrome. These patients have an increased risk of developing leukaemia, especially juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia (JMML), a childhood myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN). Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in Ptpn11 induce a JMML-like MPN through cell-autonomous mechanisms that are dependent on Shp2 catalytic activity...
October 26, 2016: Nature
Muna Sapkota, Kusum K Kharbanda, Todd A Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Reactive aldehydes such as acetaldehyde and malondialdehyde generated as a result of alcohol metabolism and cigarette smoke exposure lead to the formation of malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-adducted proteins (MAA adducts). These aldehydes can adduct to different proteins such as bovine serum albumin and surfactant protein A or surfactant protein D (SPD). Macrophages play an important role in innate immunity, but the effect of MAA adducts on macrophage function has not yet been examined...
October 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Paola Sebastiani, Bharat Thyagarajan, Fangui Sun, Lawrence S Honig, Nicole Schupf, Stephanie Cosentino, Mary F Feitosa, Mary Wojczynski, Anne B Newman, Monty Montano, Thomas T Perls
OBJECTIVES: To determine reference values for laboratory tests in individuals aged 85 and older. DESIGN: Cross-sectional cohort study. SETTING: International. PARTICIPANTS: Long Life Family Study (LLFS) participants (N~5,000, age: range 25-110, median 67, 45% male). MEASUREMENTS: Serum biomarkers were selected based on association with aging-related diseases and included complete blood count, lipids (triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol), 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3, vitamin D epi-isomer, diabetes mellitus-related biomarkers (adiponectin, insulin, insulin-like growth factor 1, glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, soluble receptor for advanced glycation endproduct), kidney disease-related biomarkers (albumin, creatinine, cystatin), endocrine biomarkers (dehydroepiandrosterone, sex-hormone binding globulin, testosterone), markers of inflammation (interleukin 6, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide), ferritin, and transferrin...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
T A Danilova, G A Danilina, A A Adzhieva, A G Minko, V G Zhukhovitskii
Dynamics of IL-6 level was studied in blood serum of CBA mice receiving intraperitoneal injections of killed and live culture of group A Streptococcus and its supernatants. It was found that administration of killed culture was followed by a significant rise in IL-6 level (by 4.7 times in 1 h and by 9.3 times in 5 h in comparison with the control). By 24 h, cytokine content was below the control. The highest levels of IL-6 were found after treatment with supernatants of Streptococcus cultures (by 10.5 times in 1 h and by 14...
October 26, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Sarah Kado, W L William Chang, Aimy Nguyen Chi, Monika Wolny, David M Shepherd, Christoph F A Vogel
Currently, it is not well understood how ligands of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) modify inflammatory responses triggered by Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists in human dendritic cells (DCs). Here, we show that AhR ligands 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the tryptophan derivatives 6-formylindolo[3,2-b] carbazole (FICZ), kynurenine (kyn), and the natural dietary compound indole-3-carbinol (I3C) differentially modify cytokine expression in human monocyte-derived DCs (MoDCs). The results show that TLR-activated MoDCs express higher levels of AhR and are more sensitive toward the effects of AhR ligands...
October 25, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Giulio Mari, Jacopo Crippa, Andrea Costanzi, Michele Mazzola, Michele Rossi, Dario Maggioni
BACKGROUND: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program applied to colorectal laparoscopic surgery is well known to reduce hospitalization improving short-terms outcomes. Its goal is to minimize the surgical stress response in order to maintain the physiological homeostasis altered by surgery. However, there is little knowledge about the involved dynamics in the reduction of the surgical stress that these programs allow. The primary aim of this study was to compare the level of immune and nutritional serum investigators across surgery in patients undergoing elective colorectal laparoscopic surgery within an ERAS protocol or according to a standard care program...
October 25, 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Lauren Tracy Daly, David M Tsai, Mansher Singh, Kristo Nuutila, Raquel A Minasian, Cameron C Y Lee, Elizabeth Kiwanuka, Florian Hackl, Andrew B Onderdonk, Johan P E Junker, Elof Eriksson, Edward J Caterson
BACKGROUND: Wound infection can impair postoperative healing. Topical antibiotics have potential to treat wound infection and inflammation and minimize the adverse effects associated with systemic antibiotics. METHODS: Full-thickness porcine wounds were infected with Staphylococcus aureus. Using polyurethane wound enclosure devices, wounds were treated with topical 100 μg/ml minocycline, topical 1000 μg/ml minocycline, topical saline control, or 4 mg/kg intravenous minocycline...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Patrick Kellner, Mattia Müller, Tobias Piegeler, Philipp Eugster, Christa Booy, Martin Schläpfer, Beatrice Beck-Schimmer
BACKGROUND: Patients experiencing acute lung injury (ALI) often need mechanical ventilation for which sedation may be required. In such patients, usually the first choice an intravenously administered drug. However, growing evidence suggests that volatile anesthetics such as sevoflurane are a valuable alternative. In this study, we evaluate pulmonary and systemic effects of long-term (24-hour) sedation with sevoflurane compared with propofol in an in vivo animal model of ALI. METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were subjected to ALI by intratracheal lipopolysaccharide (LPS) application, mechanically ventilated and sedated for varying intervals up to 24 hours with either sevoflurane or propofol...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Paola Triggianese, Paola Conigliaro, Maria Sole Chimenti, Livia Biancone, Giovanni Monteleone, Roberto Perricone, Ivan Monteleone
OBJECTIVES: Both the innate and the adaptive immune responses contribute to the onset of chronic inflammation in spondyloarthritis (SpA). The association between SpA and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, enteropathic SpA-ESpA) has been largely established and suggests a shared pathophysiology. There is evidence that innate lymphoid cells (ILC) are involved in the pathogenesis of both SpA and IBD while no evidence has been reported to date on ESpA. We aimed to analyse for the first time the frequency and cytokine expression of ILC in peripheral blood from ESpA patients compared with both IBD and healthy subjects...
October 21, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Christian Brinkmann, Benedikt Schulte-Körne, Marijke Grau, Sinja Obels, Roman Kemmerling, Thorsten Schiffer, Wilhelm Bloch, Klara Brixius
BACKGROUND: Increases in the amount of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) protein and abnormal production of nitric oxide (NO) in skeletal muscle have been suggested to be associated with peripheral insulin resistance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). This pilot study analyzed whether a 3-month endurance training can affect iNOS protein and NO metabolite levels in the vastus lateralis muscle of insulin-independent T2DM men, thereby affecting the patients` glycemic control...
October 26, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Paolo Lissoni
Despite its apparent failure in cancer therapy, IL-2 still remains fundamental in the activation of antitumor immunity. Areas covered: The aim of this review is the reinterpretation of the role of IL-2 in anticancer immunity, according to knowledge gained of the cytokine network, by highlighting its importance in inducing T helper-1 (TH1) cell proliferation, natural killer (NK) actHivation and IL-12 secretion. However, its main negative effect is the stimulation of regulatory T cells (Tregs), which in contrast suppresses anticancer immunity...
October 26, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
D Lackeyram, D Young, C J Kim, C Yang, T L Archbold, Y Mine, M Z Fan
Intestinal inflammation induced with dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) is used to study acute or chronic ulcerative colitis in animal models. Decreased gut tissue anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 concentration and mRNA abundance are associated with the development of chronic bowel inflammation. Twelve piglets of 3 days old were fitted with an intragastric catheter and randomly allocated into control and DSS groups by administrating either sterile saline or 1.25 g of DSS/kg body weight (BW) in saline per day, respectively, for 10 days...
October 26, 2016: Physiological Research
Valentina Tabanelli, Vanessa Santiago-Pacheco, Mario Corbellino, Angelica Calleri, Claudio Agostinelli, Carlo Parravicini, Stefano A Pileri
AIMS: A new subtype of granzyme B (GrB) producing "regulatory B cells" (Bregs) has been recently described; these peculiar cytotoxic B-cells are significantly increased in interleukin-21 (IL-21)-rich settings, and in particular during HIV and EBV infection. Our aim is to report a unique case of an EBV-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) with cytotoxic features arisen in an HIV+ patient, and to understand if this lesion may represent a proliferation of neoplastic cytotoxic Bregs...
October 26, 2016: Histopathology
Ryan Pekson, Vladimir Poltoratsky, Samir Gorasiya, Sruthi Sundaram, Charles R Ashby, Ivana Vancurova, Sandra E Reznik
Previously, we have shown that N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMA) prevents inflammation-induced preterm birth in a murine model, inhibits LPS-induced increases in placental pro-inflammatory cytokines and up-regulates the anti-inflammatory cytokine Interleukin-10 (IL-10). However, DMA's mechanism of action remains to be elucidated. In the current study we investigate how DMA produces its anti-inflammatory effect. Using in vitro and ex vivo models, we show that DMA suppresses secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW 264...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine
Anna Pérez-Bosque, Lluïsa Miró, Concepció Amat, Javier Polo, Miquel Moretó
Spray-dried preparations from porcine and bovine plasma can alleviate mucosal inflammation in experimental models and improve symptoms in patients with enteropathy. In rodents, dietary supplementation with porcine spray-dried plasma (SDP) attenuates intestinal inflammation and improves the epithelial barrier function during intestinal inflammation induced by Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin B (SEB). The aim of this study was to discern the molecular mechanisms involved in the anti-inflammatory effects of SDP...
October 22, 2016: Nutrients
Yogi Chang-Yo Hsuan, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Mao-Tsun Lin
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation has been reported to improve neurological function following neural injury. Many physiological and molecular mechanisms involving MSC therapy-related neuroprotection have been identified. METHODS: A review is presented of articles that pertain to MSC therapy and diverse brain injuries including stroke, neural trauma, and heat stroke, which were identified using an electronic search (e.g., PubMed), emphasize mechanisms of MSC therapy-related neuroprotection...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
Clara Abraham, Parambir S Dulai, Séverine Vermeire, William J Sandborn
Insights into the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have provided important information for the development of therapeutics. Levels of interleukin 23 (IL23) and T-helper (Th) 17 cell pathway molecules are elevated in inflamed intestinal tissues of patients with IBD. Loss of function variants of the interleukin 23 receptor gene (IL23R) protect against IBD, and in animals, blocking IL23 reduces severity of colitis. These findings indicated that the IL23 and Th17 cell pathways might be promising targets for treatment of IBD...
October 22, 2016: Gastroenterology
Xing He, Rui Tang, Yue Sun, Yan-Ge Wang, Kui-Yang Zhen, Dong-Mei Zhang, Wei-Qing Pan
Schistosomiasis is a chronic disease caused by the parasite of the Schistosoma genus and is characterized by egg-induced hepatic granulomas and fibrosis. Macrophages play a central role in schistosomiasis with several studies highlighting their differentiation into M2 cells involved in the survival of infected mice through limitation of immunopathology. However, little is known regarding the mechanisms of regulating macrophage differentiation. Here, we showed that the early stage of infection by Schistosoma japonicum induced expression of type 1T-helper-cell (Th1) cytokine, interferon-γ (IFN-γ), leading to increase in M1 cells...
October 19, 2016: EBioMedicine
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