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Chika Hamaya, Travis Barr, Gary R Strichartz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Local anesthetics (LAs) are often infiltrated subcutaneously for localized perioperative numbing. In addition to blocking nerve conduction, LAs act on pathways used by a variety of pain-inducing and inflammatory mediators. We describe the effects in isolated model sensory neurons of LAs on responses to the algogenic and sensitizing peptide, bradykinin (BK). METHODS: ND/7 sensory neurons were stimulated by different concentrations of BK in the presence or absence of LAs, with transient increases in intracellular calcium (Δ[Ca]in) detected fluorometrically in fields of cells...
March 17, 2018: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Gustavo Nieto-Alamilla, Juan Escamilla-Sánchez, María-Cristina López-Méndez, Anayansi Molina-Hernández, Agustín Guerrero-Hernández, José-Antonio Arias-Montaño
In stably-transfected human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells, we have compared the effect of activating two isoforms of 445 and 365 amino acids of the human histamine H3 receptor (hH3 R445 and hH3 R365 ) on [35 S]-GTPγS binding, forskolin-induced cAMP formation, depolarization-induced increase in the intracellular concentration of Ca2+ ions ([Ca2+ ]i) and depolarization-evoked [3  H]-dopamine release. Maximal specific binding (Bmax ) of [3  H]-N-methyl-histamine to cell membranes was 953 ± 204 and 555 ± 140 fmol/mg protein for SH-SY5Y-hH3 R445 and SH-SY5Y-hH3 R365 cells, respectively, with similar dissociation constants (Kd , 0...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Burçin Şanlidag, Ceyhun Balkan, Nerin Bahçeciler
Kawasaki Disease (KD) is a systemic autoimmune vasculitis that affects small and medium sized vessels. Main complication of Kawasaki Disease is coronary artery aneurism, which has higher risk in case of delayed diagnosis and treatment. Although, complete and incomplete KD cases in different types of immune deficiency diseases have been presented up to date, clinical course of KD in patients with hypogammaglobulinemia (HG) has not been reported. Herein, a case diagnosed as incomplete KD in a child with transient HG of infancy has been reported...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Tomohiro Kimura, Atsuko Kimura, Mindong Ren, Bob Berno, Yang Xu, Michael Schlame, Richard M Epand
Tafazzin is the mitochondrial enzyme that catalyzes transacylation between a phospholipid and a lysophospholipid in remodeling. Mutations in tafazzin cause Barth syndrome, a potentially life-threatening disease with the major symptom of cardiomyopathy. In the tafazzin-deficient heart, cardiolipin (CL) acyl chains become abnormally heterogeneous unlike those in the normal heart with a single dominant linoleoyl species; tetralinoleoyl CL. In addition, the amount of CL decreases and monolysocardiolipin (MLCL) accumulates...
March 20, 2018: Biochemistry
Lijuan Huo, Daoyou Huang, Xibai Zeng, Shiming Su, Yanan Wang, Lingyu Bai, Cuixia Wu
This study investigated arsenic (As) availability and uptake by rape (Brassica campestris L.) during two harvest periods of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)-stabilized ferrihydrite (HFO) nanoparticles for in situ treatment As-contaminated soil. Application of modified HFO nanoparticles in soils not only provided a larger specific surface area but also markedly improved stability against aggregation and recrystallization. For 90-day incubation, bare HFO particles were gradually converted to the crystalline Fe(III) oxide form, although this was not observed for the 0...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Teresa C Assumpção, Daniella M Mizurini, Dongying Ma, Robson Q Monteiro, Sydney Ahlstedt, Morayma Reyes, Michail Kotsyfakis, Thomas N Mather, John F Andersen, Jan Lukszo, José M C Ribeiro, Ivo M B Francischetti
Tick saliva is a rich source of modulators of vascular biology. We have characterized Ixonnexin, a member of the "Basic-tail" family of salivary proteins from the tick Ixodes scapularis. Ixonnexin is a 104 residues (11.8 KDa), non-enzymatic basic protein which contains 3 disulfide bonds and a C-terminal rich in lysine. It is homologous to SALP14, a tick salivary FXa anticoagulant. Ixonnexin was produced by ligation of synthesized fragments (51-104) and (1-50) followed by folding. Ixonnexin, like SALP14, interacts with FXa...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rowena M Briones, Ajit K Sarmah
Detection of metformin, an antidiabetic drug and its transformation product guanylurea in various environmental matrices such as surface water and groundwater, coupled with their effects on aquatic organisms warrant an understanding of the compounds fate and behaviour in the environment. Batch studies were conducted with the aim of evaluating the sorption of these two emerging contaminants in six New Zealand agricultural soils of contrasting physico-chemical properties. Kinetic studies revealed that metformin and guanylurea sorption in Te Kowhai soil was very rapid initially achieving 90% sorption within the first 4 and 13h, respectively...
March 2, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Ludovica Pasca, Roberto H Caraballo, Valentina De Giorgis, J Gabriela Reyes, Joyce A Macasaet, Silvia Masnada, Marisa Armeno, Massimo Musicco, Anna Tagliabue, Pierangelo Veggiotti
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of the ketogenic diet (KD) as a treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy secondary to malformations of cortical development. METHODS: A two-centre retrospective analysis of 45 paediatric patients with refractory epilepsy due to malformation of cortical development was carried out. Patients were divided into three groups based on malformation type: abnormal neural proliferation (Group 1); abnormal neural migration (Group 2) and abnormal post-migrational development (Group 3)...
March 8, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
Dandan Xiang, Tianyi Chu, Meng Li, Qiangwei Wang, Guonian Zhu
Mounting evidence suggests there is a link between exposure to synthetic pyrethroids (SPs) and the development of obesity. The information presented in this study suggests that cis-bifenthrin (cis-BF) could activate pregnane X receptor (PXR) mediated pathway and lead to the lipid accumulation of human hepatoma (HepG2) cells. Cells were incubated in the control or different concentrations of cis-BF for 24 h. The 1 × 10-7  M and 1 × 10-6  M cis-BF exposure were found to induce cellular triglyceride (TG) accumulation significantly...
March 3, 2018: Chemosphere
Karl Migally, Elizabeth A Braunlin, Lei Zhang, Bryce A Binstadt
BACKGROUND: High-dose aspirin (HDA) is used with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) in Kawasaki Disease (KD). Practice regarding HDA varies, and it is unclear whether HDA duration affects long-term course. METHODS: We retrospectively studied KD patients at our hospital over 10 years. Patients were categorized as having received HDA for 0, 1-7, or >7 days. Primary outcome was maximum coronary Z-score at diagnosis and follow-up; secondary outcomes included inflammatory markers...
March 19, 2018: Pediatric Research
Yu Nakajima, Takashi Tsukamoto, Yohei Kumagai, Yoshitoshi Ogura, Tetsuya Hayashi, Jaeho Song, Takashi Kikukawa, Makoto Demura, Kazuhiro Kogure, Yuki Sudo, Susumu Yoshizawa
Light-driven ion-pumping rhodopsins are widely distributed among bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes in the euphotic zone of the aquatic environment. H+ -pumping rhodopsin (proteorhodopsin: PR), Na+ -pumping rhodopsin (NaR), and Cl- -pumping rhodopsin (ClR) have been found in marine bacteria, which suggests that these genes evolved independently in the ocean. Putative microbial rhodopsin genes were identified in the genome sequences of marine Cytophagia. In the present study, one of these genes was heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli cells and the rhodopsin protein named Rubricoccus marinus halorhodopsin (RmHR) was identified as a light-driven inward Cl- pump...
March 16, 2018: Microbes and Environments
Legang Sun, Ling Liu, Tingting Yu, Qiuqin Wang, Honghai Fu
In the present study, RNA interference (RNAi) was used to investigate the effect of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 ( VCAM1 ) silencing on the proliferation of human oral squamous carcinoma HN12 cells. HN12 cells were divided into three groups: The untreated blank control cell group (CK), the negative control group transfected with non-homologous vector (NC) and the positive group transfected with the target sequence VCAM1 small hairpin RNA (KD). Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were used to examine the effects of VCAM1 -knockdown on the mRNA expression of VCAM1 and subsequent protein expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jennifer J Trowell, Frank A P C Gobas, Margo M Moore, Christopher J Kennedy
Determining the biotransformation potential of commercial chemicals is critical for estimating their persistence in the aquatic environment. In vitro systems are becoming increasingly important as screening methods for assessing the potential for chemical metabolism. Depletion rate constants (kd ) for several organic chemicals with high octanol-water partition coefficient (Kow ) values (9-methylanthracene, benzo(a)pyrene, chrysene, and PCB-153) in rainbow trout hepatocytes were determined to estimate biotransformation rate constants (kMET ) that were used in fish bioconcentration factor (BCF) models...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Vincent Normant, Thierry Mourer, Simon Labbe
In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe , acquisition of exogenous heme is largely mediated by the cell membrane-associated Shu1. Here, we report that Str3, a member of the major facilitator superfamily of transporters promotes cellular heme import. Using a strain that cannot synthesize heme de novo ( hem1Δ ) and lacks Shu1, we found that the heme-dependent growth deficit of this strain is rescued by hemin supplementation in the presence of Str3. Microscopic analyses of a hem1Δ shu1Δ str3Δ mutant strain in the presence of the heme analog zinc mesoporphyrin IX (ZnMP) revealed that ZnMP fails to accumulate within the mutant cells...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Xi Yang, Jun Zhang, Linmu Chen, Qiong Wu, Chao Yu
Chitosan oligosaccharides (COS), linear polymers of N-acetyl-D-glucosamine and deacetylated glucosamine, exhibit diverse pharmacological effects such as antimicrobial, antitumor, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Here, we explored their hypocholesterolemic effects in vivo and the molecular mechanisms of COS in hepatic cells. Our in vivo study of dyslipidemic ApoE-/- male mice showed that COS treatment of 500mg·kg-1 ·d-1 for 4 weeks clearly reduced the lipid deposits in the aorta and significantly decreased the hepatic proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) protein levels versus HFD groups (p < 0...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Thomas Verhaeghe, Christof Van Poucke, Geertrui Vlaemynck, Jan De Block, Marc Hendrickx
Heat-induced color changes of crustaceans are commonly described as the release of astaxanthin. In this study on Crangon crangon, it was found that astaxanthin plays a minor role in the (dis)coloration. By LC-HRMS, two polar, process dependent pigments were found. One pigment was identified as riboflavin and one as drosopterin (level-2 certainty). Thermal treatments had highest effect on drosopterin concentration changes and were chosen as indicator for a kinetic study of heat-induced color changes. The kinetic data fitted a consecutive step model (r2  = 0...
July 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Dorothy W Gietzen, Sarah H Lindström, James W Sharp, Pok Swee Teh, Michael J Donovan
Background: Low protein amounts are used in ketogenic diets (KDs), where an essential (indispensable) amino acid (IAA) can become limiting. Because the chemically sensitive, seizurogenic, anterior piriform cortex (APC) is excited by IAA limitation, an imbalanced KD could exacerbate seizure activity. Objective: We questioned whether dietary IAA depletion worsens seizure activity in rodents fed KDs. Methods: In a series of 6 trials, male rats or gerbils of both sexes (6-8/group) were given either control diets (CDs) appropriate for each trial, a KD, or a threonine-devoid (ThrDev) diet for ≥7 d, and tested for seizures using various stimuli...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Hua Zhou, Abdul Mondal, Aleksandra Dakic, Lama Alhawas, Xuefeng Liu, Zhixu He
The roles of protection of telomeres 1 (POT1) in human ovarian cancer have not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated the impact of POT1 knockdown (POT1-KD) on in vitro cell proliferation, tumorigenesis, and histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) response in human ovarian cancer-derived SK-OV3 cells. The POT1 gene was knocked down by infection with POT1 lenti-shRNA. POT1, c-Myc, and hTERT mRNA levels and relative telomere length were determined by qRT-PCR; POT1 protein levels were determined by western blot...
2018: BioMed Research International
Yun Tang, Zhen-Yuan Zhu, Li-Chao Pan, Huiqing Sun, Qiao-Ying Song, Yongmin Zhang
A polysaccharide was obtained from Lepidium meyenii Walp by hot water extraction and purification by Millipore (100 kD) and Sephadex G-200. The content of polysaccharide was examined to be 89.9% with phenol-sulfuric acid method. Its average molecular weight was estimated to be 2.213 × 106  Da by High Performance Gel Permeation Chromatography (HPGPC). Monosaccharide analysis showed that the polysaccharide was composed of arabinose, mannose, glucose and galactose with the molar ratio of 2.134: 1: 2.78: 2...
March 16, 2018: Natural Product Research
Santosh R Alluri, Patrick J Riss
We report the synthesis, radiosynthesis, and characterization of a radioligand for poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). PARP is of central importance in cell homeostasis, neuroplasticity, and neurodegeneration in the brain. A radiolabeled PARP inhibitor was developed and used for autoradiographic quantification of PARP protein concentration in wild-type and transgenic rodent brains ex vivo in high resolution. The binding of [3 H]rucaparib was found to be confined to PARP-expressing domains, for example, cerebellar cortex or hippocampal regions in both models...
March 16, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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