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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332266/association-between-the-interferon-gamma-874-t-a-polymorphism-and-the-severity-of-valvular-damage-in-patients-with-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Erhan Teker, A Basak Akadam-Teker, Oguz Ozturk, Allison Pinar Eronat, Kivanc Yalin, S Ebru Golcuk, Zehra Bugra
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) is a multifunctional cytokine that plays an important role in modulating almost all phases of the immune response and may be responsible for the increased valvular fibrosis and calcification in the pathogenesis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between the IFN-γ +874 T/A polymorphism and the severity of valvular damage in the Turkish population. The IFN-γ genotypes were determined in 152 RHD patients and 151 healthy controls by ARMS-PCR...
January 13, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332180/cd39-adenosinergic-axis-in-renal-pathophysiology-and-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Bellamkonda K Kishore, Simon C Robson, Karen M Dwyer
Extracellular ATP interacts with purinergic type 2 (P2) receptors and elicits many crucial biological functions. Extracellular ATP is sequentially hydrolyzed to ADP and AMP by the actions of defined nucleotidases, such as CD39, and AMP is converted to adenosine, largely by CD73, an ecto-5'-nucleotidase. Extracellular adenosine interacts with P1 receptors and often opposes the effects of P2 receptor activation. The balance between extracellular ATP and adenosine in the blood and extracellular fluid is regulated chiefly by the activities of CD39 and CD73, which constitute the CD39-adenosinergic axis...
January 13, 2018: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332138/pathophysiology-of-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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REVIEW
Benjamin P Davis
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the esophagus associated with an atopic predisposition which appears to be increasing in prevalence over the last few decades. Symptoms stem from fibrosis, swelling, and smooth muscle dysfunction. In the past two decades, the etiology of EoE has been and is continuing to be revealed. This review provides an overview of the effects of genetics, environment, and immune function including discussions that touch on microbiome, the role of diet, food allergy, and aeroallergy...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332002/the-implementation-of-a-cystic-fibrosis-annual-review-process-in-a-tertiary-paediatric-hospital
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Raffaela Armiento, Sarath C Ranganathan, Joanne Harrison
We evaluated the implementation of a cystic fibrosis annual review process in a tertiary paediatric hospital. After implementation, there was demonstrated improvement in an important outcome measure-the use of inhaled mucolytic agents.
January 13, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331944/liver-sampling-a-vital-window-into-hbv-pathogenesis-on-the-path-to-functional-cure
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Upkar S Gill, Laura J Pallett, Patrick T F Kennedy, Mala K Maini
In order to optimally refine the multiple emerging drug targets for hepatitis B virus (HBV), it is vital to evaluate virological and immunological changes at the site of infection. Traditionally liver biopsy has been the mainstay of HBV disease assessment, but with the emergence of non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis, there has been a move away from tissue sampling. Here we argue that liver biopsy remains an important tool, not only for the clinical assessment of HBV but also for research progress and evaluation of novel agents...
January 13, 2018: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331939/volumetric-muscle-loss-injury-repair-using-in-situ-fibrin-gel-cast-seeded-with-muscle-derived-stem-cells-mdscs
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Nadine Matthias, Samuel D Hunt, Jianbo Wu, Jonathan Lo, Laura A Smith Callahan, Yong Li, Johnny Huard, Radbod Darabi
Volumetric muscle defect, caused by trauma or combat injuries, is a major health concern leading to severe morbidity. It is characterized by partial or full thickness loss of muscle and its bio-scaffold, resulting in extensive fibrosis and scar formation. Therefore, the ideal therapeutic option is to use stem cells combined with bio-scaffolds to restore muscle. For this purpose, muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) are a great candidate due to their unique multi-lineage differentiation potential. In this study, we evaluated the regeneration potential of MDSCs for muscle loss repair using a novel in situ fibrin gel casting...
January 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331868/zinc-supplementation-alleviates-the-progression-of-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-the-overexpression-of-oxidative-stress-mediated-molecular-markers-in-streptozotocin-induced-experimental-rats
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Susmita Barman, Seetur R Pradeep, Krishnapura Srinivasan
Zinc deficiency during diabetes projects a role for zinc nutrition in the management of diabetic nephropathy. The current study explored whether zinc supplementation protects against diabetic nephropathy through modulation of kidney oxidative stress and stress-induced expression related to the inflammatory process in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Groups of hyperglycemic rats were exposed to dietary interventions for 6 weeks with zinc supplementation (5 times and 10 times the normal level). Supplemental-zinc-fed diabetic groups showed a significant reversal of increased kidney weight and creatinine clearance...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331689/baicalin-inhibits-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-through-regulating-ampk-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
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Yichuan Xiao, Jiantao Ye, Ying Zhou, Junjun Huang, Xiawen Liu, Biyun Huang, Liu Zhu, Bo Wu, Genshui Zhang, Yi Cai
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways. It has been shown that activation of AMPK could inhibit fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation, thereby suppressing cardiac fibrosis. Baicalin, the major component found in skullcap, possesses multiple protective effects on the cardiovascular system. However, little is known about the effect of baicalin on cardiac fibrosis and the molecular mechanism by which baicalin exerts its anti-fibrotic effects has not been investigated...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331499/hspb7-is-a-cardioprotective-chaperone-facilitating-sarcomeric-proteostasis
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Emily J Mercer, Yi-Fan Lin, Leona Cohen-Gould, Todd Evans
Small heat shock proteins are chaperones with variable mechanisms of action. The function of cardiac family member Hspb7 is unknown, despite being identified through GWAS as a potential cardiomyopathy risk gene. We discovered that zebrafish hspb7 mutants display mild focal cardiac fibrosis and sarcomeric abnormalities. Significant mortality was observed in adult hspb7 mutants subjected to exercise stress, demonstrating a genetic and environmental interaction that determines disease outcome. We identified large sarcomeric proteins FilaminC and Titin as Hspb7 binding partners in cardiac cells...
January 10, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331278/impact-of-treatment-with-a-protein-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-genistein-on-acute-and-chronic-experimental-schistosoma-mansoni-infection
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Maysa Mohamed Kamel Sobhy, Soheir Sayed Mahmoud, Shaimaa Helmy El-Sayed, Enas Mohamed Ali Rizk, Amira Raafat, Mohamed Sherif Ismail Negm
Schistosomiasis mansoni is considered one of the most common fibrotic diseases resulting from inflammation and deposition of fibrous tissue around parasitic eggs trapped in the liver, causing morbidity and mortality. Chemotherapy against schistosomiasis is largely dependent on Praziquantel (PZQ). Yet, the huge administration of it in endemic areas and its incompetence towards the immature stages have raised serious alarms against the development of drug resistance. Few drugs are directed to reverse schistosomal liver fibrosis, particularly at the chronic and advanced stages of the disease...
January 10, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330966/static-hyperinflation-is-associated-with-ventilatory-limitation-and-exercise-tolerance-in-adult-cystic-fibrosis
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Daniel Stevens
INTRODUCTION: Lung hyperinflation is a potential mechanism limiting exercise tolerance. However, available data on the impact of static hyperinflation on exercise performance in adult cystic fibrosis is lacking. Furthermore, the relative contribution of both static and dynamic hyperinflation to exercise performance is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of static hyperinflation on exercise tolerance and lung dynamics in adult cystic fibrosis. METHODS: Clinical data of 107 adult patients with cystic fibrosis, including pulmonary function, lung volumes, and cardiopulmonary exercise from the Toronto Cystic Fibrosis database were collected and analyzed...
January 13, 2018: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330836/pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-mediated-by-yap
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Ping Chen, Qihui Luo, Chao Huang, Qi Gao, Like Li, Jingfei Chen, Bing Chen, Wentao Liu, Wen Zeng, Zhengli Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of the interaction between Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling pathways in the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: Serum samples of monkeys with biopsy-proven NAFLD and healthy normal monkeys were used to measure fasting plasma glucose (FPG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglyceride (TG) and albumin (ALB) with the BECKMAN CX5 PRO...
January 12, 2018: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330775/a-peg-based-method-for-the-isolation-of-urinary-exosomes-and-its-application-in-renal-fibrosis-diagnostics-using-cargo-mir-29c-and-mir-21-analysis
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Chun-Yan Lv, Wei-Jun Ding, Yi-Li Wang, Zi-Yi Zhao, Jin-Hui Li, Yan Chen, Jiao Lv
PURPOSE: To assess a new and highly specific, but low-cost, easily performed and suitable for large-scale applications method for renal fibrosis (RF) diagnostics. METHODS: Thirty-five RF and twenty non-RF patients were enrolled in the study. An appropriate polyethylene glycol (PEG) was used to isolate urinary exosomes. The efficiency of isolation process was evaluated by the morphology and size observation, as well as the detection of specific markers (CD63, CD9)...
January 12, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330743/acute-downregulation-of-mir-155-leads-to-a-reduced-collagen-synthesis-through-attenuating-macrophages-inflammatory-factor-secretion-by-targeting-ship1
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Longlong Yang, Lingying Liu, Huinan Ying, Yonghui Yu, Donghai Zhang, Huping Deng, Haijun Zhang, Jiake Chai
Fibrosis, tightly associated with fibroblasts collagen synthesis, is related closely with inflammatory response. Our previously study found that acute downregulation of miR-155 at wound sites leads to a reduced fibrosis, however its particular mechanism is unclear. Herein, we aimed to explore the mechanism of miR-155 in reducing fibrosis. We first found that down-regulation of miR-155 inhibited macrophages transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and IL-1β secretion. Next, we found that co-cultured with macrophages increased the proliferation and collagen synthesis of fibroblasts, and downregulation of miR-155 in macrophages could effectively attenuate the accelerative effects...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330726/ultra-deep-genomic-sequencing-of-hcv-ns5a-resistance-associated-substitutions-in-hcv-hiv-coinfected-patients
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Enass A Abdel-Hameed, Susan D Rouster, Ceejay L Boyce, Xiang Zhang, Jacek Biesiada, Mario Medvedovic, Kenneth E Sherman
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The prevalence of naturally occurring HCV-NS5A resistance-associated substitutions (RAS) to DAA drugs might affect the response to treatment in HCV/HIV coinfected subjects. There are limited data on the frequency of HCV-NS5A naturally occurring drug-RAS at baseline in HCV/HIV coinfected patients when ultra-deep sequencing methodologies are applied. METHODS: HCV-NS5A-RAS were evaluated among 25 subjects in each group. Patients were matched by age, gender, and hepatic fibrosis stage category to control for selection bias...
January 12, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330723/association-between-the-incidence-of-pancreatic-fistula-after-pancreaticoduodenectomy-and-the-degree-of-pancreatic-fibrosis
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Yong Deng, Baixiong Zhao, Meiwen Yang, Chuanhong Li, Leida Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the association between the incidence of pancreatic fistula after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) and the degree of pancreatic fibrosis. METHOD: Between January 2013 and December 2016, the analysis of the clinical data of 529 cases of pancreaticoduodenectomy patients of our hospital was performed in a retrospective fashion. The univariate analysis and multivariate analysis were done using the Pearson chi-squared test and binary logistic regression analysis model; correlations were analyzed by Spearman rank correlation analysis...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330473/endothelial-heparan-sulfate-deficiency-reduces-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-murine-diabetic-nephropathy
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Ditmer T Talsma, Kirankumar Katta, Marieke A B Ettema, Berna Kel, Marion Kusche-Gullberg, Moh R Daha, Coen A Stegeman, Jacob van den Born, Lianchun Wang
Inflammation plays a vital role in the development of diabetic nephropathy, but the underlying regulatory mechanisms are only partially understood. Our previous studies demonstrated that, during acute inflammation, endothelial heparan sulfate (HS) contributes to the adhesion and transendothelial migration of leukocytes into perivascular tissues by direct interaction with L-selectin and the presentation of bound chemokines. In the current study, we aimed to assess the role of endothelial HS on chronic renal inflammation and fibrosis in a diabetic nephropathy mouse model...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330374/predicting-fibrosis-progression-in-renal-transplant-recipients-using-laser-based-infrared-spectroscopic-imaging
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Vishal K Varma, Andre Kajdacsy-Balla, Sanjeev Akkina, Suman Setty, Michael J Walsh
Renal transplants have not seen a significant improvement in their 10-year graft life. Chronic damage accumulation often leads to interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy (IF/TA) and thus graft function loss over time. For this reason, IF/TA has been the chief suspect for a potential prognostic marker for long term outcomes. In this study, we have used infrared spectroscopic (IR) imaging to interrogate the biochemistry of regions of fibrosis from renal transplant biopsies to identify a biochemical signature that can predict rapid progression of fibrosis...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330340/the-adiponectin-receptor-agonist-adiporon-ameliorates-diabetic-nephropathy-in-a-model-of-type-2-diabetes
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Yaeni Kim, Ji Hee Lim, Min Young Kim, Eun Nim Kim, Hye Eun Yoon, Seok Joon Shin, Bum Soon Choi, Yong-Soo Kim, Yoon Sik Chang, Cheol Whee Park
Adiponectin exerts renoprotective effects against diabetic nephropathy (DN) by activating the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/peroxisome proliferative-activated receptor-α (PPARα) pathway through adiponectin receptors (AdipoRs). AdipoRon is an orally active synthetic adiponectin receptor agonist. We investigated the expression of AdipoRs and the associated intracellular pathways in 27 patients with type 2 diabetes and examined the effects of AdipoRon on DN development in male C57BLKS/J db/db mice, glomerular endothelial cells (GECs), and podocytes...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330249/is-it-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-or-not
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REVIEW
Mary Salvatore, Genta Ishikawa, Maria Padilla
Pulmonary fibrosis is not uncommon. Usual interstitial pneumonitis (UIP)/idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is the most common of the idiopathic pulmonary fibrotic diseases and has the worst prognosis with a mean life expectancy of 3.8 years. The American Thoracic Society has provided guidelines for the accurate diagnosis of IPF.In 2014, 2 antifibrotic medications were approved in the United States that target the multiple fibrotic pathways of UIP, which increased the need for early and accurate diagnosis of IPF...
January 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
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