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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777869/subconjunctival-dendrimer-drug-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-dry-eye-in-rabbits-with-induced-autoimmune-dacryoadenitis
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Hui Lin, Ying Liu, Siva P Kambhampati, Chih-Chien Hsu, Rangaramanujam M Kannan, Samuel C Yiu
PURPOSE: To investigate the efficacy of a single subconjunctival injection of dendrimer-dexamethasone to treat dry eye in a rabbit model of induced autoimmune dacryoadenitis (AID). METHOD: Dendrimer biodistribution after subconjuntival injection in AID animals was evaluated using Cy5-labelled dendrimer (D-Cy5) and confocal microscopy. Diseased animals were treated with free dexamethasone (Free-Dex), dendrimer-dexamethasone (D-Dex), or saline via a single subconjunctival injection...
May 16, 2018: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775485/plasmodium-parasite-exploits-host-aquaporin-3-during-liver-stage-malaria-infection
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Dora Posfai, Kayla Sylvester, Anupama Reddy, Jack G Ganley, Johannes Wirth, Quinlan E Cullen, Tushar Dave, Nobutaka Kato, Sandeep S Dave, Emily R Derbyshire
Within the liver a single Plasmodium parasite transforms into thousands of blood-infective forms to cause malaria. Here, we use RNA-sequencing to identify host genes that are upregulated upon Plasmodium berghei infection of hepatocytes with the hypothesis that host pathways are hijacked to benefit parasite development. We found that expression of aquaporin-3 (AQP3), a water and glycerol channel, is significantly induced in Plasmodium-infected hepatocytes compared to uninfected cells. This aquaglyceroporin localizes to the parasitophorous vacuole membrane, the compartmental interface between the host and pathogen, with a temporal pattern that correlates with the parasite's expansion in the liver...
May 18, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772789/downregulation-of-the-s1p-transporter-spinster-homology-protein-2-spns2-exerts-an-anti-fibrotic-and-anti-inflammatory-effect-in-human-renal-proximal-tubular-epithelial-cells
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Olivier Blanchard, Bisera Stepanovska, Manuel Starck, Martin Erhardt, Isolde Römer, Dagmar Meyer Zu Heringdorf, Josef Pfeilschifter, Uwe Zangemeister-Wittke, Andrea Huwiler
Sphingosine kinase (SK) catalyses the formation of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), which acts as a key regulator of inflammatory and fibrotic reactions, mainly via S1P receptor activation. Here, we show that in the human renal proximal tubular epithelial cell line HK2, the profibrotic mediator transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) induces SK-1 mRNA and protein expression, and in parallel, it also upregulates the expression of the fibrotic markers connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and fibronectin. Stable downregulation of SK-1 by RNAi resulted in the increased expression of CTGF, suggesting a suppressive effect of SK-1-derived intracellular S1P in the fibrotic process, which is lost when SK-1 is downregulated...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771702/pathogenesis-of-cerebral-edema-in-patients-with-acute-renal-and-liver-failure-and-the-role-of-the-nephrologist-in-the-management
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Tamim Hamdi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute liver failure (ALF) is a severe and complex illness and one of the most daunting conditions managed in the ICU. Because the renal care is intertwined with multiple disciplines, the aim of this review is to examine the multifactorial pathogenesis of cerebral edema in ALF, covering basic established facts as well as recent advances in our understanding of this condition. RECENT FINDINGS: Acetaminophen remains the most common cause of ALF in the United States and many European countries...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770867/dietary-supplementation-with-an-amino-acid-blend-enhances-intestinal-function-in-piglets
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Dan Yi, Baocheng Li, Yongqing Hou, Lei Wang, Di Zhao, Hongbo Chen, Tao Wu, Ying Zhou, Binying Ding, Guoyao Wu
The traditionally classified nutritionally non-essential amino acids are now known to be insufficiently synthesized for maximal growth and optimal health in piglets. This study determined the effects of dietary supplementation with an amino acid blend (AAB; glutamate:glutamine:glycine:arginine:N-acetylcysteine = 5:2:2:1:0.5) on piglet growth performance and intestinal functions. Sixteen piglets (24-day-old) were randomly assigned to a corn and soybean meal-based diet supplemented with 0.99% alanine (isonitrogenous control) or 1% AAB...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770164/aquaporin-membrane-channels-in-oxidative-stress-cell-signaling-and-aging-recent-advances-and-research-trends
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REVIEW
Grazia Tamma, Giovanna Valenti, Elena Grossini, Sandra Donnini, Angela Marino, Raul A Marinelli, Giuseppe Calamita
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced as a result of aerobic metabolism and as by-products through numerous physiological and biochemical processes. While ROS-dependent modifications are fundamental in transducing intracellular signals controlling pleiotropic functions, imbalanced ROS can cause oxidative damage, eventually leading to many chronic diseases. Moreover, increased ROS and reduced nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability are main key factors in dysfunctions underlying aging, frailty, hypertension, and atherosclerosis...
2018: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769526/a-whole-genome-sequence-study-identifies-genetic-risk-factors-for-neuromyelitis-optica
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Karol Estrada, Christopher W Whelan, Fengmei Zhao, Paola Bronson, Robert E Handsaker, Chao Sun, John P Carulli, Tim Harris, Richard M Ransohoff, Steven A McCarroll, Aaron G Day-Williams, Benjamin M Greenberg, Daniel G MacArthur
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare autoimmune disease that affects the optic nerve and spinal cord. Most NMO patients ( > 70%) are seropositive for circulating autoantibodies against aquaporin 4 (NMO-IgG+). Here, we meta-analyze whole-genome sequences from 86 NMO cases and 460 controls with genome-wide SNP array from 129 NMO cases and 784 controls to test for association with SNPs and copy number variation (total N = 215 NMO cases, 1244 controls). We identify two independent signals in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region associated with NMO-IgG+, one of which may be explained by structural variation in the complement component 4 genes...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769447/aquaporin-1-regulates-platelet-procoagulant-membrane-dynamics-and-in-vivo-thrombosis
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Ejaife O Agbani, Christopher M Williams, Yong Li, Marion Tj van den Bosch, Samantha F Moore, Adele Mauroux, Lorna Hodgson, Alan S Verkman, Ingeborg Hers, Alastair W Poole
In response to collagen stimulation, platelets use a coordinated system of fluid entry to undergo membrane ballooning, procoagulant spreading, and microvesiculation. We hypothesized that water entry was mediated by the water channel aquaporin-1 (AQP1) and aimed to determine its role in the platelet procoagulant response and thrombosis. We established that human and mouse platelets express AQP1 and localize to internal tubular membrane structures. However, deletion of AQP1 had minimal effects on collagen-induced platelet granule secretion, aggregation, or membrane ballooning...
May 17, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767275/aldh2-protects-against-ischemic-stroke-in-rats-by-facilitating-4-hne-clearance-and-aqp4-down-regulation
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Yan Li, Si-Liang Liu, Si-Hua Qi
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a new therapeutic target in the central nervous system. However, the association between ALDH2 and brain edema following ischemic stroke (IS) remains unclear. The present study was investigated to whether active ALDH2 can attenuate brain edema by using a rat model of IS, with the aim of clarifying the underlying mechanisms involved. Rats were administered the ALDH2 agonist Alda-1, vehicle or the ALDH2 inhibitor cyanamide (CYA) 15 min prior to a 1.5 h middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) surgery...
May 16, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766684/neuromyelitis-optica-review-and-utility-of-testing-aquaporin-4-antibody-in-typical-optic-neuritis
#10
Meagan Seay, Janet C Rucker
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune, inflammatory demyelinating disorder often leading to severe vision impairment and disability. The discovery of a diagnostic biomarker, the aquaporin-4 antibody (AQP4-IgG), transformed the clinical diagnosis and treatment of NMO and broadened the spectrum of disease [NMO spectrum disorders (NMOSD)]. Though the antibody is highly sensitive and specific to NMOSD, routine testing in patients with typical optic neuritis is considered controversial. This article will provide a brief review of NMOSD and highlight the pros and cons of routine testing in typical optic neuritis...
May 16, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766198/aquaporins-in-cancer-development-opportunities-for-bioinorganic-chemistry-to-contribute-novel-chemical-probes-and-therapeutic-agents
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REVIEW
Brech Aikman, Andreia de Almeida, Samuel M Meier-Menches, Angela Casini
Aquaporins (AQPs) are membrane proteins allowing permeation of water, glycerol & hydrogen peroxide across biomembranes, and playing an important role in water homeostasis in different organs, exocrine gland secretion, urine concentration, skin moisturization, fat metabolism and neural signal transduction. Notably, a large number of studies showed that AQPs are closely associated with cancer biological functions and expressed in more than 20 human cancer cell types. Furthermore, AQP expression is positively correlated with tumour types, grades, proliferation, migration, angiogenesis, as well as tumour-associated oedema, rendering these membrane channels attractive as both diagnostic and therapeutic targets in cancer...
May 16, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759053/histopathologic-and-immunohistochemistry-findings-in-feline-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Isao Matsumoto, James K Chambers, Kazumi Nibe, Ryohei Kinoshita, Ryohei Nishimura, Hiroyuki Nakayama, Kazuyuki Uchida
The biological behavior and immunohistochemical features of feline renal cell carcinoma (RCC) have not been well characterized. In the present study, immunohistochemical examinations were performed in 12 feline cases of RCC. The RCC consisted of solid ( n = 2), solid-tubular ( n = 2), tubular ( n = 3), papillary ( n = 2), tubulopapillary ( n = 2), and sarcomatoid ( n = 1) type lesions. Of the cases with RCC, 1 developed metastatic disease and 6 cases had no evidence of recurrence at 80 to 2292 days after surgery...
January 1, 2018: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757481/severe-white-matter-astrocytopathy-in-cadasil
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Yoshiki Hase, Aiqing Chen, Letitia L Bates, Lucinda J L Craggs, Yumi Yamamoto, Elizabeth Gemmell, Arthur E Oakley, Viktor I Korolchuk, Raj N Kalaria
Objectives Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is characterised by strategic white matter (WM) hyperintensities on MRI. Pathological features include WM degeneration, arteriolosclerosis, lacunar infarcts and the deposition of granular osmiophilic material. Based on the hypothesis that the gliovascular unit is compromised, we assessed the nature of astrocyte damage in the deep WM of CADASIL subjects. Methods We evaluated post-mortem brains from CADASIL, cerebral small vessel disease, similar age cognitively normal and older control subjects...
May 14, 2018: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756582/polypharmacology-approach-against-migraine-with-aura-and-brain-edema-for-the-development-of-an-efficient-inhibitor-and-its-analogues
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Samawia Rizwan, Asim Mehmood, Irum Khalid, Muhammad Saad Khan, Qudsia Yousafi, Hayssam M Ali, Mohamed S Elshikh, Saima Kalsoom, Hamid Rashid
Polypharmacology is a design or use of pharmaceutical agents in which single drug is used to treat multiple diseases. Aquaporin proteins are identified to treat migraine with aura and brain edema. This study focuses on Aquaporin-1 and Aquaporin-4. AQP-1 is expressed in small afferent sensory nerve fibers. Over-expression of peripheral nervous system causes migraine. AQP-4 is an abundant channel water protein in brain that regulates water transport to prevent homeostasis. Over-expression of AQP-4 contributes to water imbalance in ischemic pathology resulting in cerebral edema...
May 13, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755973/identification-of-loop-d-domain-amino-acids-in-the-human-aquaporin-1-channel-involved-in-activation-of-the-ionic-conductance-and-inhibition-by-aqb011
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Mohamad Kourghi, Michael L De Ieso, Saeed Nourmohammadi, Jinxin V Pei, Andrea J Yool
Aquaporins are integral proteins that facilitate the transmembrane transport of water and small solutes. In addition to enabling water flux, mammalian Aquaporin-1 (AQP1) channels activated by cyclic GMP can carry non-selective monovalent cation currents, selectively blocked by arylsulfonamide compounds AqB007 (IC50 170 μM) and AqB011 (IC50 14 μM). In silico models suggested that ligand docking might involve the cytoplasmic loop D (between AQP1 transmembrane domains 4 and 5), but the predicted site of interaction remained to be tested...
2018: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755491/roles-of-soybean-plasma-membrane-intrinsic-protein-gmpip2-9-in-drought-tolerance-and-seed-development
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Linghong Lu, Changhe Dong, Ruifang Liu, Bin Zhou, Chuang Wang, Huixia Shou
Aquaporins play an essential role in water uptake and transport in vascular plants. The soybean genome contains a total of 22 plasma membrane intrinsic protein (PIP) genes. To identify candidate PIPs important for soybean yield and stress tolerance, we studied the transcript levels of all 22 soybean PIPs. We found that a GmPIP2 subfamily member, GmPIP2;9, was predominately expressed in roots and developing seeds. Here, we show that GmPIP2;9 localized to the plasma membrane and had high water channel activity when expressed in Xenopus oocytes...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755396/overlapping-autoimmune-syndromes-in-patients-with-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-antibodies
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Xinguang Yang, Huiming Xu, Meilin Ding, Qingmei Huang, Baikeng Chen, Huacai Yang, Tianni Liu, Youming Long, Cong Gao
Background: Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy, an autoimmune central nervous system disorder with a specific GFAP-IgG, often coexists with other antibodies. Objective: The aim of this article was to study overlapping syndromes in autoimmune GFAP astrocytopathy. Methods: Antibody was detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay. Patient data were analyzed retrospectively. Results: Thirty patients with positive GFAP-IgG were included, of whom 10 were defined as overlapping syndrome...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754505/1-formula-see-text-2-formula-see-text-3-formula-see-text-4-formula-see-text-6-penta-o-galloyl-%C3%AE-d-glucose-from-galla-rhois-ameliorates-renal-tubular-injury-and-microvascular-inflammation-in-acute-kidney-injury-rats
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Ji Hun Park, Min Chol Kho, Hyun Cheol Oh, Youn Chul Kim, Jung Joo Yoon, Yun Jung Lee, Dae Gill Kang, Ho Sub Lee
Renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), an important cause of acute kidney injury (AKI), causes increased renal tubular injury and microvascular inflammation. 1,[Formula: see text]2,[Formula: see text]3,[Formula: see text]4,[Formula: see text]6-penta-O-galloyl-[Formula: see text]-D-glucose (PGG) from Galla rhois has anticancer, anti-oxidation and angiogenesis effects. We examined protective effects of PGG on IRI-induced acute AKI. Clamping both renal arteries for 45[Formula: see text]min induced isechemia and then reperfusion...
May 13, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751971/cardiac-hypertrophy-elevates-serum-levels-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-23
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Isao Matsui, Tatsufumi Oka, Yasuo Kusunoki, Daisuke Mori, Nobuhiro Hashimoto, Ayumi Matsumoto, Karin Shimada, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Keiichi Kubota, Sayoko Yonemoto, Tomoaki Higo, Yusuke Sakaguchi, Yoshitsugu Takabatake, Takayuki Hamano, Yoshitaka Isaka
Several experimental studies have shown that fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) induces left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). However, the opposite directional relationship, namely a potential effect of LVH on FGF23, remains uncertain. Here we evaluated the effects of LVH on FGF23 using cardiomyocyte-specific calcineurin A transgenic mice. At six weeks, these mice showed severe LVH, with elevated levels of serum intact FGF23. FGF23 levels were elevated in cardiomyocytes, but not osteocytes, of the transgenic animals...
May 8, 2018: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751100/low-level-laser-therapy-with-850-nm-recovers-salivary-function-via-membrane-redistribution-of-aquaporin-5-by-reducing-intracellular-ca-2-overload-and-er-stress-during-hyperglycemia
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Raktim Biswas, Jin Chul Ahn, Jeong Hwan Moon, Jungbin Kim, Young-Hoon Choi, So Young Park, Phil-Sang Chung
The overall goal is to study the effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on membrane distribution of major water channel protein aquaporin 5 (AQP5) in salivary gland during hyperglycemia. Par C10 cells treated with high glucose (50 mM) showed a reduced membrane distribution of AQP5. The functional expression of AQP5 was down regulated due to intracellular Ca2+ overload and ER stress. This reduction in AQP5 expression impairs water permeability and therefore results in hypo-salivation. A reduced salivary flow was also observed in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice model and the expression of AQP5 and phospho-AQP5 was down regulated...
May 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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