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K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Maroua Ben Amira, Robin Mom, David Lopez, Hatem Chaar, Ali Khouaja, Valérie Pujade-Renaud, Boris Fumanal, Aurélie Gousset-Dupont, Gisèle Bronner, Philippe Label, Jean-Louis Julien, Mohamed Ali Triki, Daniel Auguin, Jean-Stéphane Venisse
Major intrinsic proteins (MIP) are characterized by a transmembrane pore-type architecture that facilitates transport across biomembranes of water and a variety of low molecular weight solutes. They are found in all parts of life, with remarkable protein diversity. Very little is known about MIP from fungi. And yet, it can legitimately be stated that MIP are pivotal molecular components in the privileged relationships fungi enjoy with plants or soil fauna in various environments. To date, MIP have never been studied in a mycoparasitism situation...
2018: PloS One
Yasutaka Tajima, Mariko Matsumura, Hiroaki Yaguchi, Yasunori Mito
A 27-year-old woman with optic neuritis and cervical myelitis developed hypertrophic demyelinating polyneuropathy. It was hypothesized that the diagnosis was combined central and peripheral demyelination. A hypertrophic nerve was observed subcutaneously, and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated marked hypertrophy of the nerve roots. The patient was negative for anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies. Her anti-neurofascin 155 antibody levels was slightly elevated, but it was not definitely positive. Pulsed steroid therapy and the administration of immunoglobulin ameliorated her symptoms...
2018: Internal Medicine
Huisheng Wu, Chaoliang Tang, Lydia Wai Tai, Weifeng Yao, Peipei Guo, Junmou Hong, Xin Yang, Xinyi Li, Zhao Jin, Jianjuan Ke, Yanlin Wang
Background & Aims:  Ischemic stroke has been ranked the second cause of death in patients worldwide.Inflammation which is activated during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion is an important mechanism leading to brain injury. This study aimed to investigate the effect of flurbiprofen axetil on cerebral I/R injury and the role of inflammation in this process. Methods:  Rats were subjected to sham operation or global cerebral I/R with or without flurbiprofen axetil (5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg). Global cerebral ischemia was achieved by occlusion of bilateral common carotid arteries combined with hypotension for 20 min followed by reperfusion for 72 h...
March 14, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Yuan Sheng Tao, Shang Guo Piao, Ying Shun Jin, Ji Zhe Jin, Hai Lan Zheng, Hai Yan Zhao, Sun Woo Lim, Chul Woo Yang, Can Li
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests that a decrease in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) level induces a variety of psychiatric and neurological disorders. However, the expression and role of BDNF in the kidney have not been explored. The present study examined the expression of BDNF and tropomyosin-related kinase (Trk) receptors in an experimental model of chronic cyclosporine A (CsA) nephropathy. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats on a salt-deplete diet were treated daily for four weeks with vehicle or CsA...
March 14, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Liang Luo, Rui Yang, Shaojie Zhao, Yu Chen, Shanchao Hong, Ke Wang, Tiejun Wang, Jing Cheng, Ting Zhang, Daozhen Chen
Our previous studies have demonstrated that Aquaporin 1 (AQP1) is overexpressed in breast cancer. However, the mechanism remains elusive. MicroRNA 320 (miR-320) downregulation has been reported in various types of cancers, and it may regulate AQP1 expression. In this study, miR-320 and AQP1 expressions were investigated by quantitative reverse transcription-PCR, in situ hybridization, and immunohistochemistry. The clinicopathological implications of these molecules were also analyzed. We found that miR-320 expression is downregulated in both plasma and tumor tissue in human breast cancer patients...
March 12, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Qiwei Chen, Liang Zhu, Huafeng Zong, Xishuang Song, Lina Wang, Xuejian Wang, Deyong Yang, Jianbo Wang
We previously found that in normal epithelia of the prostate, localization of AQP3 is limited to the cell membranes; however, the expression of AQP3 protein in cancer epithelia is distributed to the plasma. Yet, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, PC‑3 cell derivatives with stable knockdown of RAS like proto‑oncogene A (RalA) and overexpression of E‑cadherin were established. We found that overexpression of E‑cadherin and knockdown of RaLA resulted in an increase in AQP3 in prostate cancer cell plasma membranes...
March 9, 2018: Oncology Reports
Jianping Zhang, Meiping Yan, Wei Gu, Ao Chen, Jie Liu, Lexing Li, Songlin Zhang, Guoquan Liu
Aquaporins (AQPs) and Na,K-ATPase control water transport across the air space-capillary barrier in the distal lung and play an important role in the formation and resolution of lung edema. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) infection usually causes pulmonary inflammation and edema in the infected pig lungs. To investigate the possibility that PRRSV infection may cause altered expression of AQPs and Na,K-ATPase messenger RNA (mRNA) levels and protein expression of AQP1, AQP5, and Na,K-ATPase in the PRRSV-infected pig lungs were detected...
March 12, 2018: Inflammation
J Kabutomori, O Beloto-Silva, R R Geyer, R Musa-Aziz
Xenopus laevis oocytes are a valuable tool for investigating the function of membrane proteins. However, regulations around the world, specifically in Brazil, render the import of Xenopus laevis frogs impractical, and, in some cases, impossible. Here, as an alternative, we evaluate the usefulness of the North American aquatic bullfrog Lithobates catesebeianus , which is commercially available in Brazil, for the heterologous expression of aquaporin (AQP) proteins. We have developed a method that combines a brief collagenase treatment and mechanical defolliculation for isolating individual oocytes from Lithobates ovaries...
March 12, 2018: Biology Open
Rattikarn Noitem, Chaowalit Yuajit, Sunhapas Soodvilai, Chatchai Muanprasat, Varanuj Chatsudthipong
Overexpression of aquaporin 2 (AQP2) was observed and suggested to be involved in fluid secretion leading to cyst enlargement in polycystic kidney disease (PKD). The cyst expansion deteriorates the renal function and, therefore, therapies targeting cyst enlargement are of clinical interest. Of note, inhibition of vasopressin function using vasopressin 2 receptor (V2R) antagonist which decreased cAMP production along with AQP2 production and function can slow cyst growth in ADPKD. This finding supports the role of AQP2 in cyst enlargement...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jiaojiao Hou, Yuan Li, Xüxia Ren, Fei Gao, Yuqin Chen, Yaoxing Yi, Lili Kang, Yürui Luo, Mei Yang
Aquaporin-9 (AQP9) is an aquaglyceroporin that biophysically conducts water, glycerol, and other small solutes. AQP9 is expressed in hepatocytes on the sinusoidal surfaces of hepatocyte plates in the liver, where it is considered responsible for the glycerol uptake in gluconeogenesis. However, limited information is available on the expression and regulating mechanism of AQP9 in different hyperglycemia models. Thus, this study examined the expression patterns of AQP9 and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) in Types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) to clarify the roles and regulating mechanism of AQP9 in gluconeogenesis...
March 9, 2018: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Ruth Geraldes, Olga Ciccarelli, Frederik Barkhof, Nicola De Stefano, Christian Enzinger, Massimo Filippi, Monika Hofer, Friedemann Paul, Paolo Preziosa, Alex Rovira, Gabriele C DeLuca, Ludwig Kappos, Tarek Yousry, Franz Fazekas, Jette Frederiksen, Claudio Gasperini, Jaume Sastre-Garriga, Nikos Evangelou, Jacqueline Palace
MRI red flags proposed over a decade ago by the European Magnetic Resonance Network in MS (MAGNIMS) have guided clinicians in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the past 10 years have seen increased recognition that vascular disease can coexist and possibly interact with MS, improvements in the reliability of ways to differentiate MS from novel antibody-mediated CNS disorders (such as anti-aquaporin-4 antibody and myelin-oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody-associated diseases) and advances in MRI techniques...
March 9, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neurology
Amandine Jullienne, Andrew M Fukuda, Aleksandra Ichkova, Nina Nishiyama, Justine Aussudre, André Obenaus, Jérôme Badaut
Aquaporins (AQPs) facilitate water diffusion through the plasma membrane. Brain aquaporin-4 (AQP4) is present in astrocytes and has critical roles in normal and disease physiology. We previously showed that a 24.9% decrease in AQP4 expression after in vivo silencing resulted in a 45.8% decrease in tissue water mobility as interpreted from magnetic resonance imaging apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC). Similar to previous in vitro studies we show decreased expression of the gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) in vivo after intracortical injection of siAQP4 in the rat...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rosa Cortese, Lise Magnollay, Carmen Tur, Khaled Abdel-Aziz, Anu Jacob, Floriana De Angelis, Marios C Yiannakas, Ferran Prados, Sebastien Ourselin, Tarek A Yousry, Frederik Barkhof, Olga Ciccarelli
OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of the central vein sign (CVS) on a clinical 3T scanner to distinguish between multiple sclerosis (MS) and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD). METHODS: Eighteen aquaporin-4-antibody-positive patients with NMOSD, 18 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, and 25 healthy controls underwent 3T MRI. The presence of a central vein in white matter lesions on susceptibility-weighted imaging, defined as a thin hypointense line or a small dot, was recorded...
March 7, 2018: Neurology
Ye Li, Haifeng Hu, Jingchen Liu, Qingsan Zhu, Rui Gu
PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) and inward rectifier potassium channel 4.1 (Kir4.1) on medullospinal edema after treatment with methylprednisolone (MP) to suppress acute spinal cord injury (ASCI) in rats. METHODS: Sprague Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, sham, ASCI, and MP-treated ASCI groups. After the induction of ASCI, we injected 30 mg/kg MP via the tail vein at various time points. The Tarlov scoring method was applied to evaluate neurological symptoms, and the wet-dry weights method was applied to measure the water content of the spinal cord...
February 2018: Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira
Jae-Won Hyun, So-Young Huh, Hyun-June Shin, Mark Woodhall, Su-Hyun Kim, Sarosh R Irani, Sang Hyun Lee, Patrick Waters, Ho Jin Kim
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the utility of the recently described brain lesion distribution criteria to differentiate multiple sclerosis (MS) from aquaporin-4 immunoglobulin G-positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein immunoglobulin G-associated encephalomyelitis (MOG-EM) at disease onset in an Asian cohort. METHODS: A total of 214 patients who fulfilled the published criteria for MS, NMOSD, or MOG-EM and underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) within 3 months of disease onset were enrolled...
March 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
De Qing Wu, Zi Feng Yang, Ke Jian Wang, Xing Yu Feng, Ze Jian Lv, Yong Li, Zhi Xiang Jian
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignant cancers and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in worldwide. Although the monoclonal antibody therapy is prescribed for CRC, the metastasis resistant to therapy is the major cause of death of patients with CRC, which indicating the urgent demands for new therapeutic targets discovery. Aquaporin 8 (AQP8) has been identified alter expressed in several cancers including breast cancer, lung cancer and prostatic carcinoma. Our study demonstrated the functional significance of AQP8 in CRC cells growth and metastasis...
2018: American Journal of Cancer Research
Nader Shahrokhi, Mohammad Khaksari, Gholamreza AsadiKaram, Zahra Soltani, Nava Shahrokhi
Objectives: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common causes of death and disability in modern societies. The role of steroids and melatonin is recognized as a neuroprotective factor in traumatic injuries. This study examined the role of melatonin receptors in the neuroprotective effects of estrogen. Materials and Methods: Seventy female ovariectomized Wistar rats were divided into five groups and two subgroups. All animals underwent brain trauma. The groups were as follow: 1) trauma, 2) melatonin receptor antagonist vehicle + estrogen, 3) MT1 melatonin receptor antagonist + estrogen, 4) MT2 melatonin receptor antagonist+ estrogen, 5) MT3 melatonin receptor antagonist+ estrogen...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Ami Schattner, Shilo Voichanski, Livnat Uliel
A healthy 38-year-old woman developed sudden unilateral vision loss due to retrobulbar optic neuritis in the wake of varicella-zoster virus infection. She had no further central nervous system (CNS) lesions. Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) and anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies were found, consistent with neuromyelitis optica (NMO). Later, serial MRIs showed dynamic short-segment and long-segment myelitis lesions, ANA titre increased and additional autoantibodies were found including anti-dsDNA, anti-chromatin/nucleosome and antiphospholipid antibodies...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Yu Zhang, Mingqin Zhu, Lifang Wang, Miao Shi, Hui Deng
RATIONALE: Longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis (LETM) is characterized by contiguous inflammatory lesions of spinal cord extending to ≥3 vertebral segments. The etiology of LETM is complicated, including various infection, autoimmune disease, and so on. Neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder (NMOSD) is the most common cause of LETM. Several case reports have suggested the associations between NMOSD and pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). PATIENT CONCERNS: Patient 1, a 20-year-old woman who had a past history of PTB, presented with weakness, numbness, and pain in the limbs...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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