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Fadia J A Gujam, Donald C McMillan, Joanne Edwards
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between tumour cell expression of total and phosphorylated STAT1 (ph-STAT1) and STAT3 (ph-STAT-3), components of tumour microenvironment and survival in patients with invasive ductal breast cancer.Immunohistochemical analysis of total and ph-STAT1, and STAT3 were performed on tissue microarray of 384 breast cancer specimens. Tumour cell expression of STAT1 and STAT3 at both cytoplasmic and nuclear locations were combined and identified as STAT1/STAT3 tumour cell expression...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Izabela Jatczak-Pawlik, Michal Gorzkiewicz, Maciej Studzian, Dietmar Appelhans, Brigitte Voit, Lukasz Pulaski, Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz
PURPOSE: Fourth-generation poly(propylene imine) dendrimers fully surface-modified by maltose (dense shell, PPI-m DS) were shown to be biocompatible in cellular models, which is important for their application in drug delivery. We decided to verify also their inherent bioactivity, including immunomodulatory activity, for potential clinical applications. We tested their effects on the THP-1 monocytic cell line model of innate immunity effectors. METHODS: To estimate the cytotoxicity of dendrimers the reasazurin assay was performed...
October 20, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
Bernice M Benoit, Neha Jariwala, Geraldine O'Connor, Landon K Oetjen, Timothy M Whelan, Adrienne Werth, Andrea B Troxel, Hélène Sicard, Lisa Zhu, Christopher Miller, Junko Takeshita, Daniel W McVicar, Brian S Kim, Alain H Rook, Maria Wysocka
Sézary syndrome (SS), a leukemic variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), is associated with a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to skin-restricted mycosis fungoides. Early diagnosis of SS is, therefore, key to achieving enhanced therapeutic responses. However, the lack of a biomarker(s) highly specific for malignant CD4(+) T cells in SS patients has been a serious obstacle in making an early diagnosis. We recently demonstrated the high expression of CD164 on CD4(+) T cells from Sézary syndrome patients with a wide range of circulating tumor burdens...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Nirbhay N Singh, Giulio E Lancioni, Bryan T Karazsia, Jeffrey Chan, Alan S W Winton
Caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) often end up having their medical and psychological well-being compromised due to the stressful nature of caregiving, especially when those in their care engage in aggressive behavior. In this study, we provided caregivers with mindfulness-based training to enable them to better manage their psychological well-being and, through this, to also enhance specific indices of quality of life of the individuals in their care. Thus, the aim of the present study was to evaluate in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) the comparative effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Positive Behavior Support (MBPBS) and Training-as-Usual (TAU) for caregivers in a congregate care facility for individuals with severe and profound IDD...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Dagmar Hildebrand, Katharina F Kubatzky
Flow cytometric techniques allow fast, sensitive, and multiparametric analyses at the single cell level. This makes it possible to distinguish subsets of cells within heterogeneous samples. Moreover, flow cytometry has become a frequently used method for the evaluation of therapeutic effects. Here, we describe the analysis of the phosphorylation status of signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT-1) in primary mouse cells after treatment with histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) that are currently considered anticancer agents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Levi Todd, Natalie Squires, Lilianna Suarez, Andy J Fischer
Müller glia are capable of de-differentiating and proliferating to become Müller glia-derived progenitor cells (MGPCs) with the ability to regenerate retinal neurons. One of the cell-signaling pathways that drives the reprogramming of Müller glia into MGPCs in the zebrafish retina is the Jak/Stat-pathway. However, nothing is known about the influence of Jak/Stat-signaling during the formation of MGPCs in the retinas of warm-blooded vertebrates. Accordingly, we examined whether Jak/Stat-signaling influences the formation of MGPCs and differentiation of progeny in the avian retina...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Liang Leng, Xiaojun Zhong, Guan Sun, Wen Qiu, Lei Shi
Temozolomide (TMZ) is widely used in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) as it can effectively inhibit the growth of GBM for some months; however, this cancer type is still incurable. The existence of glioma stem cells (GSCs) is thought to be responsible for the invariable recurrence of GBM after treatment, but GSCs are insensitive to TMZ. Our recent research showed that demethoxycurcumin (DMC), a component of curcumin, was superior to TMZ in its ability to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of GSCs in vitro...
October 18, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Natarajan Suganthy, Kasi Pandima Devi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Nady Braidy, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
Quercetin, a ubiquitous flavonoid that is widely distributed in plants is classified as a cognitive enhancer in traditional and oriental medicine. The protective effects of quercetin for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and cerebrovascular diseases have been demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo studies. The free radical scavenging activity of quercetin has been well-documented, wherein quercetin has been observed to exhibit protective effects against oxidative stress mediated neuronal damage by modulating the expression of NRF-2 dependent antioxidant responsive elements, and attenuation of neuroinflammation by suppressing NF-κB signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT-1)...
October 15, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Yusuke Miyazaki, Yasufumi Katanasaka, Yoichi Sunagawa, Sae Hirano-Sunagawa, Masafumi Funamoto, Eriko Morimoto, Maki Komiyama, Akira Shimatsu, Noriko Satoh-Asahara, Hajime Yamakage, Hiromichi Wada, Koji Hasegawa, Tatsuya Morimoto
PURPOSE: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also termed statins, are used to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Two oxidatively modified low-density lipoprotein (LDL) complexes, serum amyloid A-LDL (SAA-LDL) and α1-antitrypsin-LDL (AT-LDL), serve as atherosclerotic, inflammatory, and cardiovascular risk markers. In this study, we examined the effects of hydrophilic rosuvastatin (RSV) and lipophilic pitavastatin (PTV) on these markers in patients with hypercholesterolemia. METHODS: The present study was a sub-analysis of our previous STAT-LVDF study...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Guoliang Wang, Jingchao Zhang, Danhua Dui, Haoyuan Ren, Jin Liu
The pathogenesis of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) remains unclear. The Janus kinase and signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway is important for various cytokines and growth factors. This study investigated the effect of the late inflammatory factor high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) on the activation of JAK2/STAT3 in pancreatic acinar cells and the inhibitory effects of AG490 (a JAK2 inhibitor) and rapamycin (a STAT3 inhibitor) on this pathway. Rat pancreatic acinar cells were randomly divided into the control, HMGB1, AG490, and rapamycin groups...
October 18, 2016: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Jun P Ren, Lin Wang, Juan Zhao, Ling Wang, Shun B Ning, Mohamed El Gazzar, Jonathan P Moorman, Zhi Q Yao
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to attenuating immune responses during chronic viral infection; however, the precise mechanisms underlying their suppressive activities remain incompletely understood. We have recently shown marked expansion of MDSCs that promote regulatory T (Treg) cell development in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Here we further investigated whether the HCV-induced expansion of MDSCs and Tregs is regulated by a miRNA-mediated mechanism...
October 18, 2016: Immunology
Naeim Ehtesham, Fariborz Khorvash, Majid Kheirollahi
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are crucial to the immunopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The mechanism of action of interferon beta (IFN-β) in relapsing-remitting (RR) MS patients is largely unknown. miR-145 and miR-20a-5p previously reported as diagnosis biomarker in treatment naïve RRMS patients and their expression after IFN-β therapy might be indicative of molecular mechanism of IFN-β. Cross-talking between JAK/STAT pathway and complementary pathways like MAPK is important in IFN-β signaling. Here, in order to clarify the ambiguous molecular mechanism of IFN-β and evaluate the potential use of them as a biomarker for monitoring of therapy, we investigated the expression of miR-145 and miR-20a-5p in blood sample of 15 treatment naïve RRMS patients, 15 IFN-β-treated RRMS patients, and 15 healthy volunteers (HVs)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Dirk Fahrenkamp, Jinyu Li, Sabrina Ernst, Hildegard Schmitz-Van de Leur, Nicolas Chatain, Andrea Küster, Steffen Koschmieder, Bernhard Lüscher, Giulia Rossetti, Gerhard Müller-Newen
STAT5 is an essential transcription factor in hematopoiesis, which is activated through tyrosine phosphorylation in response to cytokine stimulation. Constitutive activation of STAT5 is a hallmark of myeloid and lymphoblastic leukemia. Using homology modeling and molecular dynamics simulations, a model of the STAT5 phosphotyrosine-SH2 domain interface was generated providing first structural information on the activated STAT5 dimer including a sequence, for which no structural information is available for any of the STAT proteins...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Filiz Demircik, David Klonoff, Petra B Musholt, Sanja Ramljak, Andreas Pfützner
BACKGROUND: Devices employing electrochemistry-based correction algorithms (EBCAs) are optimized for patient use and require special handling procedures when tested in the laboratory. This study investigated the impact of sample handling on the results of an accuracy and hematocrit interference test performed with BG*Star, iBG*Star; OneTouch Verio Pro and Accu-Chek Aviva versus YSI Stat 2300. METHODS: Venous heparinized whole blood was manipulated to contain three different blood glucose concentrations (64-74, 147-163, and 313-335 mg/dL) and three different hematocrit levels (30%, 45%, and 60%)...
October 2016: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
Michael J Feldman, Saman Sizdahkhani, Nancy A Edwards, Marsha J Merrill, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Zhengping Zhuang, Russell R Lonser, Edward H Oldfield, Prashant Chittiboina
von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) patients develop multiple central nervous system hemangioblastomas (HB). Some HBs become symptomatic with exponential growth or cyst formation following long periods of quiescence. Understanding the factors underlying growth in hemangioblastoma may lead to better strategies to arrest or prevent tumor growth. In 5 VHL patients, we resected quiescent hemangioblastomas (Q-HB) that were en-route during surgical access to symptomatic hemangioblastomas (S-HB), for matched tumor analysis. Quantitative reverse transcriptase analysis demonstrated a 2-fold increase in EPO expression in all S-HB, while 4/5 showed either Hypoxia Inducible Factor-1α or 2α upregulation...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
C Du, Y Xu, K Yang, S Chen, X Wang, S Wang, C Wang, M Shen, F Chen, M Chen, D Zeng, F Li, T Wang, F Wang, J Zhao, G Ai, T Cheng, Y Su, J Wang
Estrogen is reported to be involved in thrombopoiesis and the disruption of its signaling may cause myeloproliferative disease, yet the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. GATA-binding factor 1 (GATA1) is a key regulator of megakaryocyte differentiation and its deficiency will lead to megakaryoblastic leukemia. Here, we show that estrogen can dose-dependently promote megakaryocyte polyploidization and maturation via activation of estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), accompanied by a significant up-regulation of GATA1...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Mohamed Balaha, Samah Kandeel, Waleed Barakat
Carvedilol is an anti-oxidant non-selective β-blocker used for reduction of portal blood pressure, prophylaxis of esophageal varices development and bleeding in chronic liver diseases. Recently, it exhibited potent anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic, anti-proliferative and anti-carcinogenic effects. In the present study, we evaluated the possible suppressive effect of carvedilol on circulating and hepatic IL-6 levels responsible for hepatocarcinogenesis in a rat model of hepatic cirrhosis. Besides, its effect on hepatic STAT-3 levels, function tests, oxidative stress markers, and hydroxyproline content, hepatic tissue histopathological changes and immunohistochemical expression of E & N-cadherin...
October 13, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Shai S Shen-Orr, David Furman, Brian A Kidd, Francois Hadad, Patricia Lovelace, Ying-Wen Huang, Yael Rosenberg-Hasson, Sally Mackey, Fatemeh A Gomari Grisar, Yishai Pickman, Holden T Maecker, Yueh-Hsiu Chien, Cornelia L Dekker, Joseph C Wu, Atul J Butte, Mark M Davis
Chronic inflammation, a decline in immune responsiveness, and reduced cardiovascular function are all associated with aging, but the relationships among these phenomena remain unclear. Here, we longitudinally profiled a total of 84 signaling conditions in 91 young and older adults and observed an age-related reduction in cytokine responsiveness within four immune cell lineages, most prominently T cells. The phenotype can be partially explained by elevated baseline levels of phosphorylated STAT (pSTAT) proteins and a different response capacity of naive versus memory T cell subsets to interleukin 6 (IL-6), interferon α (IFN-α), and, to a lesser extent, IL-21 and IFN-γ...
October 12, 2016: Cell Systems
Caron Jacobson, Nadja Kopp, Jacob V Layer, Robert A Redd, Sebastian Tschuri, Sarah Haebe, Diederik van Bodegom, Liat Bird, Amanda L Christie, Alexandra Christodoulou, Amy Saur, Trevor Tivey, Stefanie Zapf, Deepak Bararia, Ursula Zimber-Strobl, Scott J Rodig, Oliver Weigert, David M Weinstock
The BTK inhibitor ibrutinib induces responses in 70% of patients with relapsed and refractory mantle cell lymphoma. Intrinsic resistance can occur through activation of the non-classical NFκB pathway and acquired resistance may involve the BTK C481S mutation. Outcomes after ibrutinib failure are dismal, indicating an unmet medical need. We reasoned that newer HSP90 inhibitors could overcome ibrutinib resistance by targeting multiple oncogenic pathways in MCL. HSP90 inhibition induced the complete degradation of both BTK and IKKα in MCL lines and CD40-dependent B cells, with downstream loss of MAP kinase and non-classical NFκB signaling...
October 14, 2016: Blood
C G Bruno, D A Scott, M Aliotta, A Formicola, A Best, A Boeltzig, D Bemmerer, C Broggini, A Caciolli, F Cavanna, G F Ciani, P Corvisiero, T Davinson, R Depalo, A Di Leva, Z Elekes, F Ferraro, Zs Fülöp, G Gervino, A Guglielmetti, C Gustavino, Gy Gyürky, G Imbriani, M Junker, R Menegazzo, V Mossa, F R Pantaleo, D Piatti, P Prati, E Somorjai, O Straniero, F Strieder, T Szücs, M P Takács, D Trezzi
The ^{17}O(p,α)^{14}N reaction plays a key role in various astrophysical scenarios, from asymptotic giant branch stars to classical novae. It affects the synthesis of rare isotopes such as ^{17}O and ^{18}F, which can provide constraints on astrophysical models. A new direct determination of the E_{R}=64.5  keV resonance strength performed at the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA) accelerator has led to the most accurate value to date ωγ=10.0±1.4_{stat}±0.7_{syst}  neV, thanks to a significant background reduction underground and generally improved experimental conditions...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
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