Read by QxMD icon Read


Marco Pio La Manna, Valentina Orlando, Paolo Li Donni, Guido Sireci, Paola Di Carlo, Antonio Cascio, Francesco Dieli, Nadia Caccamo
We used the Luminex Bead Array Multiplex Immunoassay to measure cytokines, chemokines and growth factors responses to the same antigens used for RD1-based Interferon γ Release Assay (IGRA) test. Seventy-nine individuals, 27 active TB, 32 latent infection subsets, 20 individuals derivative purified protein (PPD) negative (subjects that do not have any indurative cutaneous reaction after 72 hrs of intradermal injection of PPD) and with other pulmonary disease were retrospectively studied. Forty-eight analytes were evaluated by Luminex Assay in plasma obtained from whole blood stimulated cells...
2018: PloS One
Alicja Kalinowska-Łyszczarz, Mikołaj A Pawlak, Aleksandra Wyciszkiewicz, Katarzyna Pawlak-Buś, Piotr Leszczyński, Mariusz Puszczewicz, Włodzimierz Paprzycki, Wojciech Kozubski, Sławomir Michalak
OBJECTIVE: Central nervous system (CNS) involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains poorly understood. Damage within the CNS is driven by the autoimmune response; however, immunopathophysiology of neuropsychiatric (NP) SLE is multifactorial. Immune cell neurotrophin production could be neuroprotective against autoimmunity-driven CNS damage, as has been shown in multiple sclerosis. The aim of this study was to establish whether immune cell neurotrophin production is associated with damage severity in NPSLE...
March 14, 2018: Neuroimmunomodulation
Chaoyu Liu, Chong Wang, Qilong Zhao, Xiaohua Li, Feiyue Xu, Xumei Yao, Min Wang
Electrospun fibrous scaffolds have been extensively used as cell-supporting matrices or delivery vehicles for various biomolecules in tissue engineering. Biodegradable scaffolds with tunable degradation behaviors are favorable for various resorbable tissue replacements. In nerve tissue engineering, delivery of growth factors (GFs) such as nerve growth factor (NGF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) from scaffolds can be used to promote peripheral nerve repair. In this study, using the established dual-source dual-power (DS-DP) electrospinning technique, bicomponent scaffolds incorporated with NGF and GDNF were designed and demonstrated as a strategy to develop scaffolds providing dual GF delivery...
March 14, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Liu-Lin Xiong, Yu Zou, Yu Shi, Piao Zhang, Rong-Ping Zhang, Xie-Jie Dai, Bin Liu, Ting-Hua Wang
The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of implanted neural stem cells (NSCs) on the functional recovery of tree shrews (TSs) subjected to hemi‑sectioned spinal cord injury (hSCI), and to investigate the possible mechanism involved. NSCs (passage 2), derived from the hippocampus of TSs (embryonic day 20), were labeled with Hoechst 33342 and transplanted intraspinally into the hSC of TSs at thoracic level 10 in the acute (immediately after injury) and chronic (day 9 post‑injury) stages...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Agnese Secondo, Alba Esposito, Tiziana Petrozziello, Francesca Boscia, Pasquale Molinaro, Valentina Tedeschi, Anna Pannaccione, Roselia Ciccone, Natascia Guida, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato
Nuclear envelope (NE) is a Ca2+ -storing organelle controlling neuronal differentiation through nuclear Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+ ]n ). However, how [Ca2+ ]n regulates this important function remains unknown. Here, we investigated the role of the nuclear form of the Na+ /Ca2+ exchanger 1(nuNCX1) during the different stages of neuronal differentiation and the involvement of PTEN/PI3'K/Akt pathway. In neuronal cells, nuNCX1 was detected on the inner membrane of the NE where protein expression and activity of the exchanger increased during NGF-induced differentiation...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
A Srivastava, S Singh, A Pandey, D Kumar, C S Rajpurohit, V K Khanna, A B Pant
The secretome-mediated responses over cellular physiology are well documented. Stem cells have been ruling the field of secretomics and its role in regenerative medicine since the past few years. However, the mechanistic aspects of secretome-mediated responses and the role of other cells in this area remain somewhat elusive. Here, we investigate the effects of secretome-enriched conditioned medium (CM) of neuronally differentiated PC12 cells on the neuronal differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs)...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Subodh Kumar, P Hemachandra Reddy
A non-invasive and early-detectable peripheral biomarker is urgently needed for Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study is a step forward to verify the biomarker properties of human microRNA-455-3p (Hsa-miR-455-3p) in AD patients. Our previous findings on mild cognitive impaired subjects, AD patients and AD cells and mouse models unveiled the miR-455-3p as a potential peripheral biomarker for AD. In the current study, we verified the differential expression of miR-455-3p in postmortem AD brains obtained from NIH NeuroBioBank, and fibroblasts and B-lymphocytes from both familial and sporadic AD patients from Coriell Cell Repository of National Institutes on Aging...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Francesca Martorana, Daniela Gaglio, Maria Rosaria Bianco, Federica Aprea, Assunta Virtuoso, Marcella Bonanomi, Lilia Alberghina, Michele Papa, Anna Maria Colangelo
Neuronal differentiation involves extensive modification of biochemical and morphological properties to meet novel functional requirements. Reorganization of the mitochondrial network to match the higher energy demand plays a pivotal role in this process. Mechanisms of neuronal differentiation in response to nerve growth factor (NGF) have been largely characterized in terms of signaling, however, little is known about its impact on mitochondrial remodeling and metabolic function. In this work, we show that NGF-induced differentiation requires the activation of autophagy mediated by Atg9b and Ambra1, as it is disrupted by their genetic knockdown and by autophagy blockers...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Sagar Singh, Sonia Kartha, Ben A Bulka, Nicholas S Stiansen, Beth A Winkelstein
BACKGROUND: Neck pain from cervical facet loading is common and induces inflammation and upregulation of nerve growth factor (NGF) that can sensitize the joint afferents. Yet, the mechanisms by which these occur and whether afferents can be pre-conditioned by certain nonpainful stimuli are unknown. This study tested the hypothesis that a nonpainful mechanical or chemical insult predisposes a facet joint to generate pain after a later exposure to typically nonpainful distraction. METHODS: Rats were exposed to either a nonpainful distraction or an intra-articular subthreshold dose of NGF followed by a nonpainful distraction two days later...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Senol Tonyali, Deniz Ates, Filiz Akbiyik, Duygu Kankaya, Dilek Baydar, Ali Ergen
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cystitis (IC)/bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is a challenging disease, affecting thousands of people all around the world, especially women. Although there have been numerous theories regarding IC/BPS etiology, the physiopathology of the disease still remains unclear and there is a lack of certain treatment. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the role of nerve fibers and nerve growth factor (NGF) in the etiopathogenesis of IC/BPS symptoms by demonstrating if there is a correlation between urine NGF levels, amount of peripheral nerves in bladder mucosa and symptom severity...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Naoki Wada, Takahiro Shimizu, Nobutaka Shimizu, William C de Groat, Anthony J Kanai, Pradeep Tyagi, Hidehiro Kakizaki, Naoki Yoshimura
AIMS: To investigate the role of nerve growth factor (NGF) in lower urinary tract dysfunction in mice with spinal cord injury (SCI). METHODS: Using 4-week SCI mice, single-filling cystometry and external urethral sphincter (EUS)-electromyography were performed under an awake condition. In some SCI mice, anti-NGF antibodies (10 µg/kg/h) were administered for 1 or 2 weeks before the urodynamic study. NGF levels in the bladder and L6/S1 spinal cord were assayed by ELISA...
March 8, 2018: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Zeljka Rupcic, Monique Rascher, Sae Kanaki, Reinhard W Köster, Marc Stadler, Kathrin Wittstein
Basidiomycetes of the genus Hericium are among the most praised medicinal and edible mushrooms, which are known to produce secondary metabolites with the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases. This activity has been attributed to the discovery of various terpenoids that can stimulate the production of nerve growth factor ( NGF ) or (as established more recently) brain-derived neurotrophic factor ( BDNF ) in cell-based bioassays. The present study reports on the metabolite profiles of a Lion's Mane mushroom ( Hericium erinaceus ) strain and a strain of the rare species, Hericium flagellum (synonym H...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Masayuki Miyagi, Kentaro Uchida, Shotaro Takano, Hisako Fujimaki, Jun Aikawa, Hiroyuki Sekiguchi, Naoshige Nagura, Seiji Ohtori, Gen Inoue, Masashi Takaso
Upregulation of inflammatory cytokines and various growth factors is a significant contributor to discogenic low back pain. The aim of this study was to investigate possible regulation of pain-related molecules by macrophages and the role of macrophage-derived molecules in injured intervertebral disc (IVD)s. C57BL/6J mice were used in this study. We characterized the expression profiles of genes for tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin (IL)-1beta, nerve growth factor (NGF), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in both intact and injured IVDs...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Michael P Webb, Erik M Helander, Bethany L Menard, Richard D Urman, Alan D Kaye
Chronic lower back pain is a significant disease that affects nearly 20% of the worldwide population. Along with hindering patients' quality of life, chronic lower back pain is considered to be the second most common cause of disability among Americans. Treating chronic lower back pain is often a challenge for providers, especially in light of our current opioid epidemic. With this epidemic and an increased aging population, there is an imminent need for development of new pharmacologic therapeutic options, which are not only effective but also pose minimal adverse effects to the patient...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Ani Stepanyan, Roksana Zakharyan, Arsen Simonyan, Gohar Tsakanova, Arsen Arakelyan
BACKGROUND: Despite the important role of the nerve growth factor in the survival and maintenance of neurons in ischemic stroke, data regarding the relationships between variations in the encoding gene and stroke are lacking. In the present study, we evaluated the association of the functional polymorphisms in NGF (rs6330) and NGFR (rs2072446 and rs734194) genes with ischemic stroke in an Armenian population. METHODS: In total, 370 unrelated individuals of Armenian nationality were enrolled in this study...
March 2, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Rumana Akhter, Suraiya Saleem, Akash Saha, Subhas Chandra Biswas
The pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 homology 3 domain only (BH3-only) proteins are central regulators of cell death in various physiological and pathological conditions, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Bcl-2 modifying factor (Bmf) is one such BH3-only protein that is implicated in various death paradigms such as anoikis, seizures, cancer and autoimmunity. It also co-operates with other BH3-only proteins such as Bim in various death paradigms. However, its role in neurodegeneration is under-investigated. Here, we report for the first time the essential role of Bmf and its co-operativity with direct activator BH3-only proteins Bim and Puma in neuron death induced by beta-amyloid (Aβ) toxicity or NGF deprivation...
February 27, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Isabelle M Larsen, Asbjørn M Drewes, Anne E Olesen
Pain involves responses in which both peripheral and central mechanisms contribute to the generation of pain. Pre-clinical laboratory data have supported that a topical formulation of combined diclofenac and methadone (Diclometh) may alleviate local pain, and potentially the side effect profile should be low. We hypothesized that anti-allodynic and anti-hyperalgesic effects of Diclometh could be demonstrated in a human experimental pain model, and that Diclometh would be safe to administer. Thus, the aims were: 1) To compare two doses of Diclometh versus placebo; 2) To assess the safety profile of Diclometh...
March 2, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Denglei Ma, Na Wang, Xiaotong Fan, Lan Zhang, Yi Luo, Rui Huang, Li Zhang, Yali Li, Guoguang Zhao, Lin Li
Cornel iridoid glycoside (CIG) is the active ingredient extracted from Cornus officinalis. Our previous studies showed that CIG had protective effects on several brain injury models. In the present study, we aimed to examine the effects and elucidate the mechanisms of CIG against traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was induced in the right cerebral cortex of male adult rats. The neurological and cognitive functions were evaluated by modified neurological severity score (mNSS) and object recognition test (ORT), respectively...
February 28, 2018: Neurochemical Research
Jason A Bleedorn, Troy A Hornberger, Craig A Goodman, Zhengling Hao, Susannah J Sample, Ermias Amene, Mark D Markel, Mary Behan, Peter Muir
Mechanical signals play an integral role in the regulation of bone mass and functional adaptation to bone loading. The osteocyte has long been considered the principle mechanosensory cell type in bone, although recent evidence suggests the sensory nervous system may play a role in mechanosensing. The specific signaling pathways responsible for functional adaptation of the skeleton through modeling and remodeling are not clearly defined. In vitro studies suggest involvement of intracellular signaling through mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt), and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)...
2018: PloS One
Jingjing Ma, Min Shi, Xiangcheng Zhang, Xiaoning Liu, Juan Chen, Ridong Zhang, Xingzhou Wang, Hong Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate the mechanism of glucagon‑like peptide‑1 receptor (GLP‑1R) agonists in the progression of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) in streptozotocin (STZ)‑induced diabetic rats, through inflammatory signaling pathways. The DPN rat model was generated by intraperitoneal injection of STZ and then treated with the GLP‑1R agonist liraglutide or saline for 8 weeks. These animals were randomly divided into 4 groups (10 rats in each): The normal control + saline group, the normal control + liraglutide group, the diabetic + saline (DM) group and the diabetic + liraglutide (DML) group...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"