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Jun Bian, Dan Cao, Jie Shen, Bo Jiang, Dan Chen, Lanzheng Bian
N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), a small bioactive molecule, has the potential to stimulate bone formation and inhibit osteoclast differentiation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of NMP on the inflammatory response and underlying molecular mechanisms in MG-63 cells. The mRNA and protein expression of cytokines from peripheral blood in children with or without ankle fracture were determined by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and ELISA, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Lin Shen, Yinghua Wu, Liang Han, Haiying Zhang
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal diseases in the world. The incidence is ~70% in adults and many of them suffer from disability. Recently, intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) has been deemed as a main cause of LBP. The present study aimed to investigate the potentials of growth and differentiation factor-5 (GDF-5) in IDD. The protein levels of prostaglandin-E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-1β in culture medium were evaluated by ELISA. mRNA and protein expression levels in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells were evaluated by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blotting, respectively...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xin Zhao, Jinyu Liu, Shijun Yang, Dandan Song, Chen Wang, Chen Chen, Xiaoya Li, Qiuting Wang, Shasha Ge, Runmei Yang, Xiuhua Liu, Yulin Lin, Dayong Cai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Vascular dementia (VaD) is the common cognitive disorder derived mainly from lacunar stroke (LS). The oxidative stress induced neurovascular coupling (NVC) dysfunction involves in the pathogenesis of VaD. Currently, there is no specific drug for VaD. Ling-Yang-Gou-Teng -Decoction (LG), a well-known traditional Chinese formula, has been used for preventing VaD in clinic. AIM OF THE STUDY: In this study, we aimed to investigate the underlying mechanism of LG on VaD in rats...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Sajal Kole, Ranjeeta Kumari, Deepika Anand, Saurav Kumar, Rupam Sharma, Gayatri Tripathi, M Makesh, K V Rajendran, Megha Kadam Bedekar
DNA-based immunization has proven to be an effective prophylactic measure to control aquatic animal diseases. In order to improve the efficiency of vaccine against fish pathogen, novel delivery mechanism needs to be adopted. In the present study we nanoconjugated the previously constructed DNA vaccine (pGPD + IFN) with chitosan nanoparticles (CNPs) by complex coacervation process. After construction of the vaccine, an in vivo vaccination trial was conducted in which 2 groups of rohu (L. rohita) fingerlings were vaccinated with CNPs-pGPD + IFN, one group by oral route (incorporated in feed for 14 days) and the other by immersion route (primary and booster immunised), whereas, a third group was intramuscularly (I/M) injected (initial and booster immunised) with naked pGPD + IFN and subsequently challenged with E...
March 12, 2018: Vaccine
Charikleia Kelaidi, Antonis Kattamis, Filia Apostolakou, Christos Poziopoulos, Christina Lazaropoulou, Polyxeni Delaporta, Ino Kanavaki, Ioannis Papassotiriou
BACKGROUND: Levels of the angiogenic cytokines Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) and soluble Fms-Like Tyrosine Kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and the angiogenic balance, expressed by sFlt-1/PlGF ratio, are perturbed in Sickle Cell Disease and iron overload, but they have not been evaluated in Non-Transfusion-Dependent Thalassemia (NTDT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We measured levels of PlGF, sFlt-1 and vWF:antigen in patients with NTDT of beta thalassemia genotype, and correlated them with erythrocytic indices and markers of iron overload, inflammation and tissue hypoxia...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Weifeng Li, Ruoqi Zhao, Xiumei Wang, Fang Liu, Jinmeng Zhao, Qing Yao, Wenbing Zhi, Zehong He, Xiaofeng Niu
Nobiletin (NOB), a citrus polymethoxy flavonoid, has been reported to exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-insulin resistance activities. Although the anti-inflammatory activity of NOB already reported, its involvement in lung protection has not been reported. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the anti-inflammatory response of NOB in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated A549 cells and LPS-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice. The animals were pre-treated with NOB (5, 10, and 20 mg/kg) or DEX (5 mg/kg) at 12 and 1 h before intranasal instillation of LPS...
March 14, 2018: Inflammation
Fan Wu, Jinying Zhang
Epidemiological studies have confirmed that ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) exposure is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, the underlying mechanisms in PM2.5 exposure-induced heart injury are largely unknown. It has been acknowledged that NADPH oxidase (Nox) 4 plays a critical role in CVD development. To investigate the acute effects of PM2.5 on the mouse heart and the role of Nox4 in PM2.5 exposure-induced cardiac injury, C57BL/6J mice were instilled with saline or 1.5, 3.0, 6...
2018: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Y S Lee, S H Lee, U D Gadde, S T Oh, S J Lee, H S Lillehoj
Three hundred birds (1 day old) were randomly assigned to 6 groups (n = 50 birds/treatment) and fed a basal diet (control) or basal diet supplemented with Allium hookeri (AH) root (1 or 3%). At day 14, half of the birds in each group were orally challenged with E. maxima 41A (1 × 104 cells/chicken), followed by C. perfringens infection (1 × 109 cfu/chicken) on day 18. Necrotic enteritis (NE)-associated infections and intestinal immune response were assessed by average body weight gain, lesion score, and oocyst shedding...
March 12, 2018: Poultry Science
Jiangyong Gu, Li Li, Dongmei Wang, Wei Zhu, Ling Han, Ruizhi Zhao, Xiaojie Xu, Chuanjian Lu
Psoriasis vulgaris is a chronic inflammatory and immune-mediated skin disease. 44 metabonomics biomarkers were identified by high-throughput liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry in our previous work. To further explore the roles of metabonomics biomarkers in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, the metabonomics biomarker-enzyme network was constructed. The key metabonomics biomarkers and enzymes were screened out by network analysis. Long-chain fatty acids, phospholipids, Estradiol and NADH were the most important metabonomics biomarkers...
March 14, 2018: Annals of Medicine
F A Khan, T S Chenier, R A Foster, J Hewson, E L Scholtz
Emerging research suggests that the nitric oxide system may play a role in persistent breeding-induced endometritis (PBIE) in the mare. Differences in uterine nitric oxide (NO) levels between mares susceptible or resistant to PBIE and a dose-dependent inhibitory effect of NO on uterine contractility have been demonstrated. The objectives of this study were to investigate the difference in total nitric oxide synthase (NOS) activity of the endometrium between susceptible and resistant mares and the effect of a specific inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) inhibitor on the endometrial NOS activity in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Eisa Tahmasbpour, Mostafa Ghanei, Abolfazl Khor, Yunes Panahi
CONTEXT: Sulfur mustard (SM) is a strong alkylating toxicant that targets different organs, particularly human lung tissue. Change in genes expression is one of the molecular mechanisms of SM toxicity in damaged tissue. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation is to characterize the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), 12-lipoxygenase (12-LO), inducible nitric oxide synthase 2 (iNOS2), and surfactant protein D (SFTPD) in lungs of patients who exposed to SM...
March 14, 2018: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Cristina Fernández-García, Lisa Rancan, Sergio D Paredes, César Montero, Mónica de la Fuente, Elena Vara, Jesús A F Tresguerres
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Aging is associated with a deregulation of biological systems that lead to an increase in oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis, among other effects. Xanthohumol is the main preylated chalcone present in hops (Humulus lupulus L.) whose antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive properties have been shown in recent years. In the present study, the possible protective effects of xanthohumol on liver alterations associated with aging were evaluated. METHODS: Male young and old senescence-accelerated prone mice (SAMP8), aged 2 and 10 months, respectively, were divided into four groups: non-treated young, non-treated old, old treated with 1 mg/kg/day xanthohumol, and old treated with 5 mg/kg/day xanthohumol...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
Zhuo Wang, Ya-Hong Zhang, Chuang Guo, Hui-Ling Gao, Man-Li Zhong, Ting-Ting Huang, Na-Na Liu, Rui-Fang Guo, Tian Lan, Wei Zhang, Zhan-You Wang, Pu Zhao
Although the positive relationship between copper and Alzheimer's disease (AD) was reported by a lot of epidemiological data, the mechanism is not completely known. Copper is a redox metal and serves as a mediator of inflammation. Because the homeostasis of copper is altered in Aβ precursor protein (APP) and presenilin 1 (PS1) transgenic (Tg) mice, the using of copper chelators is a potential therapeutic strategy for AD. Here we report that a copper chelator, tetrathiomolybdate (TM), is a potential therapeutic drug of AD...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Da Yeon Lee, Hwa Jin Lee, Jae-Ha Ryu
Excessive nitric oxide (NO) production by macrophages has been involved in inflammatory diseases. Seven polyphenols ( 1 - 7 ) were isolated from Broussonetia kazinoki (B. kazinoki) and investigated as potential inhibitors of NO overproduction in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated RAW 264.7 cells. Among them, four prenylated polyphenols ( 2 - 4 and 6 ) with a catechol moiety efficiently suppressed the LPS-induced high level of NO with IC50 values of less than 6 µM. The compounds 2 - 4 and 6 also attenuated protein and mRNA levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)...
March 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Guangxin Chen, Juxiong Liu, Liqiang Jiang, Xin Ran, Dewei He, Yuhang Li, Bingxu Huang, Wei Wang, Dianfeng Liu, Shoupeng Fu
Neuroinflammation, characterized marked by microglial activation, plays a very important role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Upon activation, pro-inflammatory mediators are produced by microglia, triggering excessive inflammatory responses and ultimately damaging dopaminergic neurons. Therefore, the identification of agents that inhibit neuroinflammation may be an effective approach for developing novel treatments for PD. In this study, we sought to investigate whether peiminine protects dopaminergic neurons by inhibiting neuroinflammation...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Simona Adesso, Rosario Russo, Andrea Quaroni, Giuseppina Autore, Stefania Marzocco
Astragalus membranaceus , dried root extract, also known as Astragali radix , is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic remedy. Moreover, it has been reported that Astragalus membranaceus could attenuate intestinal inflammation; however, the underlying mechanism for its anti-inflammatory activity in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) remains unclear. In this study, we evaluated Astragalus membranaceus extract (5-100 µg/mL) in a model of inflammation and oxidative stress for IECs. We showed that Astragalus membranaceus extract reduced the inflammatory response induced by lipopolysaccharide from E...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Takeshi Shimoide, Naoyuki Kawao, Yukinori Tamura, Kiyotaka Okada, Yoshitaka Horiuchi, Katsumi Okumoto, Shinji Kurashimo, Masayoshi Ishida, Kohei Tatsumi, Osamu Matsuo, Hiroshi Kaji
Delayed fracture healing is a significant clinical problem among various complications in diabetic patients. However, the details in the mechanisms of diabetic delayed bone repair have still remained unknown. Here, we investigated the roles of macrophages in diabetic delayed bone repair after femoral bone injury using streptozotocin (STZ)-treated or plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)-deficient female mice. STZ treatment significantly decreased the numbers of F4/80-positive cells (macrophages), but not Gr-1-positive cells (neutrophils), at the damaged site on day 2 after femoral bone injury in mice...
March 8, 2018: Endocrinology
Meejung Ahn, Hyun Ju Ko, Jeongtae Kim, Yeounghwan Jang, Taekyun Shin
Kudoa septempunctata (Myxosporea, Multivalvulida) is a parasite of the trunk muscle of cultured olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). We investigated whether K. septempunctata genotype ST3 spores induce cell damage and the secretion of inflammatory mediators in Caco-2 cells, which exhibit characteristics similar to human intestinal epithelial cells. Purified K. septempunctata spores were heated at 95 °C for 5 min. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release was measured to determine the efficacy of denaturation...
2018: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Jianjie Zheng, Jing Li, Bo Kou, Qiuyue Yi, Tao Shi
The aim of the present study was to determine the cardioprotective mechanisms by which micro (mi)RNA-30e protects the heart from myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury (MI/R) and to explore the signaling pathways that may confer protection for the heart and be potential therapeutic targets. It was demonstrated that miRNA‑30e expression was decreased in patients with MI/R. In H9C2 cells, silencing (si)miRNA‑30e significantly inhibited cellular apoptosis, the expression of apoptosis regulator BAX (Bax) and caspase‑3 activity...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Seungjun Lee, Dong-Cheol Kim, Hum Young Baek, Kyung-Dong Lee, Youn-Chul Kim, Hyuncheol Oh
This study was conducted to isolate the anti-neuroinflammatory component(s) in the 80% EtOH extract of P. tinctoria, and to investigate underlying molecular mechanism of the anti-neuroinflammatory component(s) in LPS-induced BV2 microglial cells. To isolate the active component(s) in the extract, various chromatographic methods were employed, and the structures of the isolated secondary metabolites were determined mainly by analysis of spectroscopic data such as NMR and MS data. Tryptanthrin (1), isolated from P...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Pharmacal Research
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