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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334554/the-systemic-immune-inflammation-index-independently-predicts-survival-and-recurrence-in-resectable-pancreatic-cancer-and-its-prognostic-value-depends-on-bilirubin-levels-a-retrospective-multicenter-cohort-study
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Mohammad Hosein Aziz, Kostandinos Sideras, Nasir Ahmad Aziz, Katya Mauff, Roel Haen, Daphne Roos, Lawlaw Saida, Mustafa Suker, Erwin van der Harst, Jan Sven Mieog, Bert A Bonsing, Yarne Klaver, Bas Groot Koerkamp, Casper H van Eijck
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine the prognostic significance of the systemic-immune-inflammation index (SIII) in patients with resectable pancreatic cancer, using cancer-specific survival as the primary outcome. BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is associated with a dysfunctional immune system and poor prognosis. We examined the prognostic significance of the SIII in patients with resectable pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and the effects of bilirubin on this index...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333928/phosphorylation-of-stat3-promotes-vasculogenic-mimicry-by-inducing-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-colorectal-cancer
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Cong Han, Baocun Sun, Xiulan Zhao, Yanhui Zhang, Qiang Gu, Fang Liu, Nan Zhao, Lili Wu
Vasculogenic mimicry refers to the process by which highly invasive cancer cells mimic endothelial cells by forming blood channels. Vasculogenic mimicry is important for the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells in colorectal cancer. STAT3 was initially identified as a mediator of the inflammation-associated acute phase response. The phosphorylation of Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription 3 (p-STAT3) is closely related to tumor invasion and migration. We analyzed the relationship between p-STAT3 and vasculogenic mimicry formation in 65 human colorectal cancer samples, and the results showed that the expression of p-STAT3 is significantly correlated with vasculogenic mimicry, tumor metastasis, Tumor, Lymph Node and Metastasis Stage (TNM Stage), and poor prognosis...
December 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333781/-research-progress-on-the-relationship-between-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1-and-2-and-malignant-tumors
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Yang Yun, Wu Wuchao, Wu Yafei, Zhao Lei
Increasing scientific evidence supports the positive relationship between inflammation and cancer development. The immune response initiated by pattern recognition receptors is critical to triggering of tumor-associated inflammation. Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells (TREM) is an immunoglobulin of the super transmembrane glycoprotein family, which is mainly expressed on select groups of myeloid cells. The most important members of TREM comprise TREM-1 and TREM-2. Activation of TREM-1 and TREM-2 signaling is initiated upon binding of their ligands...
December 1, 2017: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331880/preventive-effects-of-indole-3-carbinol-against-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-via-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-anti-apoptotic-mechanisms-role-of-gut-liver-adipose-tissue-axis
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Youngshim Choi, Mohamed A Abdelmegeed, Byoung-Joon Song
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C), found in Brassica family vegetables, exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancerous properties. Here, we aimed to evaluate the preventive effects of I3C against ethanol (EtOH)-induced liver injury and study the protective mechanism(s) by using the well-established chronic-plus-binge alcohol exposure model. The preventive effects of I3C were evaluated by conducting various histological, biochemical, and real-time PCR analyses in mouse liver, adipose tissue, and colon, since functional alterations of adipose tissue and intestine can also participate in promoting EtOH-induced liver damage...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331741/extracellular-acidification-induces-ros-and-mptp-mediated-death-in-hek293-cells
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José Teixeira, Farhan Basit, Herman G Swarts, Marleen Forkink, Paulo J Oliveira, Peter H G M Willems, Werner J H Koopman
The extracellular pH (pHe) is a key determinant of the cellular (micro)environment and needs to be maintained within strict boundaries to allow normal cell function. Here we used HEK293 cells to study the effects of pHe acidification (24h), induced by mitochondrial inhibitors (rotenone, antimycin A) and/or extracellular HCl addition. Lowering pHe from 7.2 to 5.8 reduced cell viability by 70% and was paralleled by a decrease in cytosolic pH (pHc), hyperpolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψ), increased levels of hydroethidine-oxidizing ROS and stimulation of protein carbonylation...
December 30, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330435/beta-catenin-cleavage-enhances-transcriptional-activation
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Tatiana Goretsky, Emily M Bradford, Qing Ye, Olivia F Lamping, Tomas Vanagunas, Mary Pat Moyer, Patrick C Keller, Preetika Sinh, Josep M Llovet, Tianyan Gao, Qing-Bai She, Linheng Li, Terrence A Barrett
Nuclear activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling is required for cell proliferation in inflammation and cancer. Studies from our group indicate that β-catenin activation in colitis and colorectal cancer (CRC) correlates with increased nuclear levels of β-catenin phosphorylated at serine 552 (pβ-Cat552). Biochemical analysis of nuclear extracts from cancer biopsies revealed the existence of low molecular weight (LMW) pβ-Cat552, increased to the exclusion of full size (FS) forms of β-catenin. LMW β-catenin lacks both termini, leaving residues in the armadillo repeat intact...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330207/early-assessment-of-lung-cancer-immunotherapy-response-via-circulating-tumor-dna
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Sarah B Goldberg, Azeet Narayan, Adam J Kole, Roy H Decker, Jimmitti Teysir, Nicholas J Carriero, Angela Lee, Roxanne Nemati, Sameer K Nath, Shrikant M Mane, Yanhong Deng, Nitin Sukumar, Daniel Zelterman, Daniel J Boffa, Katerina Politi, Scott Gettinger, Lynn D Wilson, Roy S Herbst, Abhijit A Patel
PURPOSE: Decisions to continue or suspend therapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors are commonly guided by tumor dynamics seen on serial imaging.  However, immunotherapy responses are uniquely challenging to interpret because tumors often shrink slowly or can appear transiently enlarged due to inflammation.  We hypothesized that monitoring tumor cell death in real-time by quantifying changes in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) levels could enable early assessment of immunotherapy efficacy...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330025/the-role-of-extracellular-and-intracellular-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyl-transferase-in-cancer-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-perspectives-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Maria Dalamaga, Gerasimos Socrates Christodoulatos, Christos S Mantzoros
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyl-transferase (Nampt) or pre-B cell colony-enhancing factor or visfatin represents a pleiotropic molecule acting as an enzyme, a cytokine and a growth factor. Intracellular Nampt plays an important role in cellular bioenergetics and metabolism, particularly NAD biosynthesis. NAD biosynthesis is critical in DNA repair, oncogenic signal transduction, transcription, genomic integrity and apoptosis. Although its insulin-mimetic function remains a controversial issue, extracellular Nampt presents proliferative, anti-apoptotic, pro-inflammatory, pro-angiogenic and metastatic properties...
January 9, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329668/helicobacter-pylori-induces-direct-activation-of-the-lymphotoxin-beta-receptor-and-non-canonical-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-signaling
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Michael Hartmut Feige, Michael Vieth, Olga Sokolova, Christian Täger, Michael Naumann
The pathogen Helicobacter pylori, which infects half of the world's population, is a major risk factor for the development of gastric diseases including chronic gastritis and gastric cancer. Among H. pylori's virulence factors is the cytotoxin-associated gene pathogenicity island (cagPAI), which encodes for a type IV secretion system (T4SS). The T4SS induces fast canonical nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling, a major factor increasing inflammation, supressing apoptotic cell death and thereby promoting the development of neoplasia...
January 9, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329594/modelling-the-structure-of-a-cerna-theoretical-bipartite-microrna-mrna-interaction-network-regulating-intestinal-epithelial-cellular-pathways-using-r-programming
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J M Robinson, W A Henderson
OBJECTIVE: We report a method using functional-molecular databases and network modelling to identify hypothetical mRNA-miRNA interaction networks regulating intestinal epithelial barrier function. The model forms a data-analysis component of our cell culture experiments, which produce RNA expression data from Nanostring Technologies nCounter® system. The epithelial tight-junction (TJ) and actin cytoskeleton interact as molecular components of the intestinal epithelial barrier. Upstream regulation of TJ-cytoskeleton interaction is effected by the Rac/Rock/Rho signaling pathway and other associated pathways which may be activated or suppressed by extracellular signaling from growth factors, hormones, and immune receptors...
January 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329564/phytochemical-analysis-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-potential-of-feretia-apodanthera-root-bark-extracts
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Oluwayinka Olufunmilayo Owolabi, Dorcas Bolanle James, Ibrahim Sani, Binda T Andongma, Opeoluwa O Fasanya, Barnabas Kure
BACKGROUND: Inflammation has been implicated in many disorders, including cancer and available therapies elicit adverse effects. Plants of the family Rubiaceae have shown potency against inflammation. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant potential of Feretia apodanthera was investigated in this study to evaluate its effectiveness. METHODS: The phytochemical, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential of root bark (n-Hexane, diethyl ether, ethanol and aqueous) extracts of Feretia apodanthera was investigated in this study...
January 12, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328785/immune-responses-in-the-liver
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Paul Kubes, Craig Jenne
The liver is a key, frontline immune tissue. Ideally positioned to detect pathogens entering the body via the gut, the liver appears designed to detect, capture, and clear bacteria, viruses, and macromolecules. Containing the largest collection of phagocytic cells in the body, this organ is an important barrier between us and the outside world. Importantly, as portal blood also transports a large number of foreign but harmless molecules (e.g., food antigens), the liver's default immune status is anti-inflammatory or immunotolerant; however, under appropriate conditions, the liver is able to mount a rapid and robust immune response...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327493/a-prospective-cohort-study-of-122-adult-patients-presenting-to-an-otolaryngologist-s-office-with-globus-pharyngeus
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Eva Rye Rasmussen, Didde Traerup Schnack, Andreas Tomaas Ravn
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the epidemiology of globus pharyngeus in adult patients presenting to the otolaryngologist's office. Also the predictors of persisting symptoms, prevalence of anxiety and the effect of clinical assessment were analyzed. DESIGN: This was a prospective cohort study. Follow-up was done using a postal questionnaire. SETTING: One otolaryngologists' office comprising three medical doctors. PARTICIPANTS: 122 consecutive globus patients presenting to one otolaryngology office in a one-year period...
January 11, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327354/a-validated-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantitation-of-tryptophan-kynurenine-kynurenic-acid-and-quinolinic-acid-in-human-plasma
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Kathrin Arnhard, Florian Pitterl, Barbara Sperner-Unterweger, Dietmar Fuchs, Therese Koal, Herbert Oberacher
Tryptophan (TRP) catabolism via the kynurenine pathway is considered to represent a major link between inflammation and various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The kynurenine pathway and levels of TRP and its metabolites kynurenine (KYN), kynurenic acid (KYNA) and quinolinic acid (QUIN) are well regulated under physiological conditions but may be altered as part of the activated immune response. A simple, sensitive and specific liquid chromatography-time of flight mass spectrometry method was developed for determining levels of the four compounds in human plasma samples...
January 12, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326816/immune-checkpoint-inhibition-prospects-for-prevention-and-therapy-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Caryn L Elsegood, Janina Ee Tirnitz-Parker, John K Olynyk, George Ct Yeoh
The global prevalence of liver cancer is rapidly rising, mostly as a result of the amplified incidence rates of viral hepatitis, alcohol abuse and obesity in recent decades. Treatment options for liver cancer are remarkably limited with sorafenib being the gold standard for advanced, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma but offering extremely limited improvement of survival time. The immune system is now recognised as a key regulator of cancer development through its ability to protect against infection and chronic inflammation, which promote cancer development, and eliminate tumour cells when present...
November 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326488/resveratrol-prevents-liver-fibrosis-via-two-possible-pathways-modulation-of-alpha-fetoprotein-transcriptional-levels-and-normalization-of-protein-kinase-c-responses
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Alyaa Farouk Hessin, Rehab Rehab Hegazy, Azza Ahmed Hassan, Nemat Zakaria Yassin, Sanaa Abdel-Baky Kenawy
OBJECTIVE: Liver fibrosis is a global health problem that causes approximately 1.4 million deaths per year. It is associated with inflammation, oxidative stress, necrosis and ends with cirrhosis, liver cancer, or liver failure. Therefore, the present study was constructed to investigate the protective effect of resveratrol (RVT) on liver fibrosis, focusing on the possible involvement of alpha 1-fetoprotein and protein kinase C signaling. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rats received thioacetamide (TAA) (200 mg/kg, intraperitoneal) twice weekly, for 4 successive weeks to induce liver fibrosis...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326364/inflammation-and-pd-l1-expression-in-pulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Atsuko Kasajima, Yuichi Ishikawa, Ayaka Iwata, Katja Steiger, Naomi Oka, Hirotaka Ishida, Akira Sakurada, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Toru Kameya, Björn Konukiewitz, Gunter Kloppel, Yoshinori Okada, Hironobu Sasano, Wilko Weichert
In the light of novel cancer immune therapies, the status of antitumor inflammatory response and its regulation has gained much attention in patients with lung cancer. Ample datasets exist for non-small cell lung cancer, but those for pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors are scarce and controversial. Here, tumor-associated inflammation, CD8+ cell infiltration and PD-L1 status were evaluated in a cohort of 57 resected carcinoids and 185 resected neuroendocrine carcinomas of the lung (58 large cell carcinomas and 127 small cell carcinomas)...
January 11, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326176/combinatorial-omics-analysis-reveals-perturbed-lysosomal-homeostasis-in-collagen-vii-deficient-keratinocytes
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Kerstin Thriene, Björn Andreas Grüning, Olivier Bornert, Anika Erxleben, Juna Leppert, Ioannis Athanasiou, Ekkehard Weber, Dimitra Kiritsi, Alexander Nyström, Thomas Reinheckel, Rolf Backofen, Cristina Has, Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, Joern Dengjel
The extracellular matrix protein collagen VII is part of the microenvironment of stratified epithelia and critical in organismal homeostasis. Mutations in the encoding gene COL7A1 lead to the skin disorder dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB), are linked to skin fragility and progressive inflammation-driven fibrosis that facilitates aggressive skin cancer. So far, these changes have been linked to mesenchymal alterations, the epithelial consequences of collagen VII loss remaining under-addressed. As epithelial dysfunction is a principal initiator of fibrosis, we performed a comprehensive transcriptome and proteome profiling of primary human keratinocytes to generate global and detailed images of dysregulated epidermal molecular pathways linked to loss of collagen VII...
January 11, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326072/novel-1-4-naphthoquinone-derivatives-induce-apoptosis-via-ros-mediated-p38-mapk-akt-and-stat3-signaling-in-human-hepatoma-hep3b-cells
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Chang Liu, Gui-Nan Shen, Ying-Hua Luo, Xian-Ji Piao, Xue-Yuan Jiang, Ling-Qi Meng, Yue Wang, Yi Zhang, Jia-Ru Wang, Hao Wang, Wan-Ting Xu, Jin-Qian Li, Yang Liu, Yi-Qin Wu, Hu-Nan Sun, Ying-Hao Han, Mei-Hua Jin, Yu-Dong Cui, Nan-Zhu Fang, Cheng-Hao Jin
1,4-Naphthoquinone and its derivatives have shown some efficacy as therapeutic compounds for cancer and inflammation, though their clinical application is limited by their side-effects. To reduce the toxicity of these compounds and optimize their effects, we synthesized two 1,4-naphthoquinone derivatives-2-butylsulfinyl- 1,4-naphthoquinone (BSNQ) and 2-octylsulfinyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (OSNQ)-and investigated their effects and underlying mechanisms in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. BSNQ and OSNQ decreased cell viability and significantly induced apoptosis, accompanied by the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325451/expression-of-sestrin-genes-in-radiotherapy-for-prostate-cancer-and-its-association-with-fatigue-a-proof-of-concept-study
#20
Velda J Gonzalez, Farnoosh Abbas-Aghababazadeh, Brooke L Fridley, Tomar Ghansah, Leorey N Saligan
Genetic factors that influence inflammation and energy production/expenditure in cells may affect patient outcomes following treatment with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Sestrins, stress-inducible genes with antioxidant properties, have recently been implicated in several behaviors including fatigue. This proof-of-concept study explored whether the sestrin family of genes ( SESN1, SESN2, and SESN3) were differentially expressed from baseline to the midpoint of EBRT in a sample of 26 Puerto Rican men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
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