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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343134/exfoliated-graphene-nanosheets-ph-sensitive-drug-carrier-and-anti-cancer-activity
#1
Nisha Tyagi, Nour F Attia, Kurt E Geckeler
A straightforward and facile method for the exfoliation of graphene sheets using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles of an average size of 42nm was developed and their dual role as pH-sensitive drug carrier and anti-cancer agent was evaluated. The cytotoxic impact of the exfoliated nanosheets (GRP-PVP-NP) was examined on various cells (HCT-116, HeLa, SCC-9, NIH-3T3 and HEK-293cells) by a series of assays. Their cytotoxic nature was attributed to affecting the mitochondrial enzyme activity, proliferation capability, and the formation of tight junctions in cancer cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326616/high-prevalence-of-sensitization-to-gibberellin-regulated-protein-peamaclein-in-fruit-allergies-with-negative-immunoglobulin-e-reactivity-to-bet-v-1-homologs-and-profilin-clinical-pattern-causative-fruits-and-cofactor-effect-of-gibberellin-regulated-protein
#2
Naoko Inomata, Mami Miyakawa, Michiko Aihara
Gibberellin-regulated protein (GRP) is a new allergen in peach allergy, with an amino acid sequence very well conserved through several botanical species. We investigated the allergenicity of GRP in fruit allergies other than peaches and identified the clinical characteristics of fruit allergy patients with GRP sensitization. One hundred consecutive Japanese patients with fruit allergies were enrolled in the present study. To identify the features of GRP sensitization, we selected patients with negative ImmunoCAP results for Bet v 1 homologs and profilin, which are marker allergens for pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS), or lipid transfer protein...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325753/mouse-model-for-inherited-renal-fibrosis-associated-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#3
Sian E Piret, Eric Olinger, Anita A C Reed, M Andrew Nesbit, Tertius A Hough, Liz Bentley, Olivier Devuyst, Roger Cox, Rajesh V Thakker
Renal fibrosis is a common feature of renal failure resulting from multiple aetiologies, including diabetic nephropathy, hypertension and inherited renal disorders. However, the mechanisms of renal fibrosis are incompletely understood and we therefore explored these by establishing a mouse model for a renal tubular disorder, referred to as autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD) due to missense uromodulin (UMOD) mutations (ADTKD-UMOD). ADTKD-UMOD, which is associated with retention of mutant uromodulin in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of renal thick ascending limb cells, is characterized by hyperuricemia, interstitial fibrosis, inflammation, and renal failure, and we used targeted homologous recombination to generate a knock-in mouse model with an ADTKD-causing missense cysteine to arginine uromodulin mutation (C125R)...
March 21, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294183/the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-autophagy-pathway-is-involved-in-cholesterol-induced-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-injury
#4
Fei-Juan Kong, Jia-Hua Wu, Shui-Ya Sun, Jia-Qiang Zhou
Lipotoxicity has been implicated in pancreatic β-cell dysfunction in type 2 diabetes, but the exact mechanisms remain unknown. The current study explored the role of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathway in cholesterol-induced lipotoxicity. Two different insulinoma cell lines were treated with cholesterol with or without inhibitors. ER stress-associated proteins glucose-regulated protein (GRP) 78, activating transcription factor (ATF) 4 and C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), as was phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor (EIF) 2α, were all up-regulated by cholesterol...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287418/dietary-broccoli-alters-rat-cecal-microbiota-to-improve-glucoraphanin-hydrolysis-to-bioactive-isothiocyanates
#5
Xiaoji Liu, Yanling Wang, Jennifer L Hoeflinger, Bárbara P Neme, Elizabeth H Jeffery, Michael J Miller
Broccoli consumption brings many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer and inflammatory diseases. The objectives of this study were to identify global alterations in the cecal microbiota composition using 16S rRNA sequencing analysis and glucoraphanin (GRP) hydrolysis to isothiocyanates ex vivo by the cecal microbiota, following different broccoli diets. Rats were randomized to consume AIN93G (control) or different broccoli diets; AIN93G plus cooked broccoli, a GRP-rich powder, raw broccoli, or myrosinase-treated cooked broccoli...
March 10, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283917/risk-perception-and-psychological-distress-in-genetic-counselling-for-hereditary-breast-and-or-ovarian-cancer
#6
G Cicero, R De Luca, P Dorangricchia, G Lo Coco, C Guarnaccia, D Fanale, V Calò, A Russo
Oncological Genetic Counselling (CGO) allows the identification of a genetic component that increases the risk of developing a cancer. Individuals' psychological reactions are influenced by both the content of the received information and the subjective perception of their own risk of becoming ill or being a carrier of a genetic mutation. This study included 120 participants who underwent genetic counselling for breast and/or ovarian cancer. The aim of the study was to examine the relation between their cancer risk perception and the genetic risk during CGO before receiving genetic test results, considering the influence of some psychological variables, in particular distress, anxiety and depression...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281668/assessing-the-spatiotemporal-variation-and-impact-factors-of-net-primary-productivity-in-china
#7
Xue Wang, Kun Tan, Baozhang Chen, Peijun Du
In this study, the net primary productivity (NPP) in China from 2001 to 2012 was estimated based on the Carnegie-Ames-Stanford Approach (CASA) model using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and meteorological datasets, and the accuracy was verified by a ChinaFLUX dataset. It was found that the spatiotemporal variations in NPP present a downward trend with the increase of latitude and longitude. Moreover, the influence of climate change on the evolution of NPP shows that NPP has had different impact factors in different regions and periods over the 12 years...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245119/identification-of-non-nucleoside-inhibitors-of-the-respiratory-syncytial-virus-polymerase-complex
#8
Alberto Jiménez-Somarribas, Shuli Mao, Jeong-Joong Yoon, Marco Weisshaar, Robert M Cox, Jose R Marengo, Deborah G Mitchell, Zachary P Morehouse, Dan Yan, Ivan Solis, Dennis C Liotta, Michael G Natchus, Richard K Plemper
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) represents a threat to infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. RSV entry blockers are in clinical trials, but escape mutations challenge their potential. In search of RSV inhibitors, we have integrated a signature resistance mutation into a recombinant RSV virus and applied the strain to high-throughput screening. Counterscreening of candidates returned 14 confirmed hits with activities in the nano- to low-micromolar range. All blocked RSV polymerase activity in minigenome assays...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231466/leaky-gate-model-intensity-dependent-coding-of-pain-and-itch-in-the-spinal-cord
#9
Shuohao Sun, Qian Xu, Changxiong Guo, Yun Guan, Qin Liu, Xinzhong Dong
Coding of itch versus pain has been heatedly debated for decades. However, the current coding theories (labeled line, intensity, and selectivity theory) cannot accommodate all experimental observations. Here we identified a subset of spinal interneurons, labeled by gastrin-releasing peptide (Grp), that receive direct synaptic input from both pain and itch primary sensory neurons. When activated, these Grp(+) neurons generated rarely seen, simultaneous robust pain and itch responses that were intensity dependent...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231458/gate-control-theory-springs-a-leak
#10
Paula J S Pereira, Ethan A Lerner
Sun and colleagues (2017) find that individual Grp+ spinal interneurons can respond to and distinguish between stimuli that provoke itch or pain. The nociceptive response is limited by enkaphalin-expressing interneurons that are connected synaptically to the Grp+ neurons.
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230494/application-of-tem-techniques-for-the-study-of-vascular-calcification-monitoring-extracellular-vesicles-and-nanogold-immunodetection-of-fetuin-a-grp-and-cd9
#11
Rute Morais, Carla S B Viegas, Dina C Simes, António P A Matos, Anjos L Macedo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230031/serum-pro-gastrin-releasing-peptide-in-diagnosis-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Hongyuan Wang, Junfeng Qian
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity for serum pro-gastrin-releasing peptide (Pro-GRP) in diagnosis of small cell lung cancer (SCLC) through pooling all the open published data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Databases of PubMed, Cochrane, ISI Web of Knowledge, and CNKI were electronic, searched by two reviewers to find the diagnostic study serum Pro-GRP in diagnosis of SCLC. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, positive likelihood ratio (PLR), negative likelihood ratio (NLR), diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), and area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) were calculated by Med DiSc1...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228560/expression-of-il-22-in-the-skin-causes-th2-biased-immunity-epidermal-barrier-dysfunction-and-pruritus-via-stimulating-epithelial-th2-cytokines-and-the-grp-pathway
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Hongfei Lou, Jingning Lu, Eun Byul Choi, Min Hee Oh, Mingeum Jeong, Sara Barmettler, Zhou Zhu, Tao Zheng
Increased expression of Th22 cytokine IL-22 is a characteristic finding in atopic dermatitis (AD). However, the specific role of IL-22 in the pathogenesis of AD in vivo has yet to be elucidated. Consistent with observations in human AD, IL-22 was significantly increased in the AD skin of mice after epicutaneous sensitization to house dust mite allergen. Utilizing a skin-specific inducible transgenic system, we show in the present study that expression of IL-22 in the skin of mice caused an AD-like phenotype characterized by chronic pruritic dermatitis associated with Th2-biased local and systemic immune responses, downregulation of epidermal differentiation complex genes, and enhanced dermatitis upon epicutaneous allergen exposure...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197547/neural-progenitor-cells-promote-axonal-growth-and-alter-axonal-mrna-localization-in-adult-neurons
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Tanuja T Merianda, Ying Jin, Ashley L Kalinski, Pabitra K Sahoo, Itzhak Fischer, Jeffery L Twiss
The inhibitory environment of the spinal cord and the intrinsic properties of neurons prevent regeneration of axons following CNS injury. However, both ascending and descending axons of the injured spinal cord have been shown to regenerate into grafts of embryonic neural progenitor cells (NPCs). Previous studies have shown that grafts composed of glial-restricted progenitors (GRPs) and neural-restricted progenitors (NRPs) can provide a permissive microenvironment for axon growth. We have used cocultures of adult rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons together with NPCs, which have shown significant enhancement of axon growth by embryonic rat GRP and GRPs/NRPs, both in coculture conditions and when DRGs are exposed to conditioned medium from the NPC cultures...
January 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186846/in-vitro-mouse-and-human-serum-stability-of-a-heterobivalent-dual-target-probe-that-has-strong-affinity-to-gastrin-releasing-peptide-and-neuropeptide-y1-receptors-on-tumor-cells
#15
Arijit Ghosh, Natarajan Raju, Michael Tweedle, Krishan Kumar
Receptor-targeting radiolabeled molecular probes with high affinity and specificity are useful in studying and monitoring biological processes and responses. Dual- or multiple-targeting probes, using radiolabeled metal chelates conjugated to peptides, have potential advantages over single-targeting probes as they can recognize multiple targets leading to better sensitivity for imaging and radiotherapy when target heterogeneity is present. Two natural hormone peptide receptors, gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) and Y1, are specifically interesting as their expression is upregulated in most breast and prostate cancers...
February 2017: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177743/excessive-training-is-associated-with-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-but-not-apoptosis-in-the-hypothalamus-of-mice
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Ana Paula Pinto, Alisson Luiz da Rocha, Bruno Cesar Pereira, Luciana da Costa Oliveira, Gustavo Paroschi Morais, Leandro Pereira Moura, Eduardo Rochete Ropelle, José Rodrigo Pauli, Adelino Sanchez Ramos da Silva
Downhill running-based overtraining model increases the hypothalamic levels of IL-1β, TNF-α, SOCS3, and pSAPK-JNK. The aim of the present study was to verify the effects of 3 overtraining protocols on the levels of BiP, pIRE-1 (Ser724), pPERK (Thr981), pelF2α (Ser52), ATF-6, GRP-94, caspase 4, caspase 12, pAKT (Ser473), pmTOR (Ser2448), and pAMPK (Thr172) proteins in the mouse hypothalamus. The mice were randomized into the control, overtrained by downhill running (OTR/down), overtrained by uphill running (OTR/up), and overtrained by running without inclination (OTR) groups...
December 5, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167048/biochemical-fractionation-of-time-resolved-drosophila-embryos-reveals-similar-transcriptomic-alterations-in-replication-checkpoint-and-histone-mrna-processing-mutants
#17
Fabio Alexis Lefebvre, Louis Philip Benoit Bouvrette, Julie Bergalet, Eric Lécuyer
In higher eukaryotes, maternally provided gene products drive the initial stages of embryogenesis until the zygotic transcriptional program takes over, a developmental process called the midblastula transition (MBT). In addition to zygotic genome activation, the MBT involves alterations in cell-cycle length and the implementation of DNA damage/replication checkpoints that serve to monitor genome integrity. Previous work has shown that mutations affecting histone mRNA metabolism or DNA replication checkpoint factors severely impact developmental progression through the MBT, prompting us to characterize and contrast the transcriptomic impact of these genetic perturbations...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157737/spinal-cord-interneurons-expressing-the-gastrin-releasing-peptide-receptor-convey-itch-through-vglut2-mediated-signaling
#18
Bejan Aresh, Fabio B Freitag, Sharn Perry, Edda Blümel, Joey Lau, Marina C M Franck, Malin C Lagerström
Itch is a sensation that promotes the desire to scratch, which can be evoked by mechanical and chemical stimuli. In the spinal cord, neurons expressing the gastrin releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) have been identified as specific mediators of itch. However, our understanding of the GRPR-population in the spinal cord, and thus how these neurons exercise their functions, is limited. For this purpose, we constructed a Cre line designed to target the GRPR population of neurons (Grpr-Cre). Our analysis revealed that Grpr-Cre cells in the spinal cord are predominantly excitatory interneurons that are found in the dorsal lamina, especially in lamina II-IV...
February 1, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156594/patterns-of-intensity-of-end-of-life-care-for-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer-a-population-based-study
#19
Elysia Marie Alvarez, Olga Saynina, Lee Sanders, Smita Bhatia, Lisa J Chamberlain
132 Background: Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death amongst adolescents and young adults (AYA), aged 15-39, in the U.S. It is critical to understand end of life (EOL) care of AYA cancer decedents, including use of medically intense interventions like intubation. Although desired by some, most patients prefer a natural death. We sought to determine rates of medically intense interventions at end of life for AYA cancer decedents and associated factors. METHODS: Using the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development private administrative database linked to death certificates, we performed a retrospective population based analysis of patients aged 15-39 with cancer who died between 2000-2010...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127106/comparative-anatomy-of-gastrin-releasing-peptide-pathways-in-the-trigeminal-sensory-system-of-mouse-and-the-asian-house-musk-shrew-suncus-murinus
#20
Keiko Takanami, Kaihei Inoue, Hiroki Mukai, Kei Tamura, Takamichi Jogahara, Sen-Ichi Oda, Mitsuhiro Kawata, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Hirotaka Sakamoto
Gastrin-releasing peptide (GRP) has recently been identified as an itch-signaling molecule in the primary afferents and spinal cord of rodents. However, little information exists on the expression and localization of GRP in the trigeminal somatosensory system other than in rats. We examined the generality of the trigeminal GRP system in mammals using two distinct species, suncus as a model of specialized placental mammals known to have a well-developed trigeminal sensory system and mice as a representative small laboratory animal...
December 28, 2016: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
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