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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918598/triacsin-c-reduces-lipid-droplet-formation-and-induces-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-primary-rat-hepatocytes
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Carlos R P Dechandt, Felippe H Zuccolotto-Dos-Reis, Bruno G Teodoro, Anna Maria A P Fernandes, Marcos N Eberlin, Isis C Kettelhut, Carlos Curti, Luciane C Alberici
Intracellular long-chain acyl-CoA synthetases (ACSL) activate fatty acids to produce acyl-CoA, which undergoes β-oxidation and participates in the synthesis of esterified lipids such as triacylglycerol (TAG). Imbalances in these metabolic routes are closely associated with the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Triacsin C is one of the few compounds that inhibit TAG accumulation into lipid droplets (LD) by suppressing ACSL activity. Here we report that treatment of primary rat hepatocytes with triacsin C at concentrations lower than the IC50 (4...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918538/genetic-manipulation-of-borrelia-spp
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Dan Drecktrah, D Scott Samuels
The spirochetes Borrelia (Borreliella) burgdorferi and Borrelia hermsii, the etiologic agents of Lyme disease and relapsing fever, respectively, cycle in nature between an arthropod vector and a vertebrate host. They have extraordinarily unusual genomes that are highly segmented and predominantly linear. The genetic analyses of Lyme disease spirochetes have become increasingly more sophisticated, while the age of genetic investigation in the relapsing fever spirochetes is just dawning. Molecular tools available for B...
September 17, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918492/decreased-plasma-neuregulin-4-concentration-is-associated-with-increased-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-in-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Pi-Jun Yan, Yong Xu, Qin Wan, Jian Feng, Hua Li, Chen-Lin Gao, Jun Yang, Hai-Hua Zhong, Zhi-Hong Zhang
AIMS: Inflammation has been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This principal objective of this study was to investigate if the secretion of neuregulin 4 (Nrg4), a soluble protein associated with metabolic syndrome and subclinical cardiovascular disease, is correlated with the inflammation marker high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (nT2DM). METHODS: A study group of 311 nT2DM patients was divided into three subgroups based on hs-CRP tertiles...
September 16, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918467/anisodamine-inhibits-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-associated-txnip-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-rhabdomyolysis-induced-acute-kidney-injury
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Xiaopeng Yuan, Yitao Zheng, Chuanbao Chen, Changxi Wang
Anisodamine protects against free radical-induced cellular damage. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of anisodamine on rhabdomyolysis-induced acute kidney injury (RIAKI). C57BL/6 J mice, TXNIP(-/-) and NLRP3 (-/-) (both were C57BL/6 J background) mice were used to construct RIAKI model. Anisodamine administration was performed on RIAKI mice only. Mice were divided into control, TXNIP-KD (knock down), LNPR3-KD, and anisodamine group (n = 15 in each group). The renal injury, renal function, renal tubular cells apoptosis and expression of Caspase-1, ASC, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress markers IRE-1α, CHOP, and ATF4, and interleukin (IL-1α, IL-1β, and IL-18) were detected...
September 16, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918452/pro-oxidant-status-and-nrf2-levels-in-psoriasis-vulgaris-skin-tissues-and-dimethyl-fumarate-treated-hacat-cells
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Yoon Jin Lee, Jin Ho Bae, Sang-Gue Kang, Sung Woo Cho, Dong-Il Chun, Seung Min Nam, Chul Han Kim, Hae Seon Nam, Seon Hwa Lee, Sang Han Lee, Moon Kyun Cho
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) contribute to pathogenesis of many inflammatory skin diseases, including psoriasis. The aim of this study is to compare antioxidant protein expression in psoriasis vulgaris (PV) skin tissues with that in normal skin tissues in vivo and to evaluate the effects of dimethyl fumarate (DMF), used for the treatment of psoriasis, on ROS generation and apoptosis in a human keratinocyte cell line HaCaT. Compared with normal skin tissues, PV skin tissues showed increased protein oxidation as well as down-regulation of Nrf2 and its regulatory proteins such as HO-1 and AKR1C3...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918303/decoding-noises-in-hiv-computational-genotyping
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MingRui Jia, Timothy Shaw, Xing Zhang, Dong Liu, Ye Shen, Amara E Ezeamama, Chunfu Yang, Ming Zhang
Lack of a consistent and reliable genotyping system can critically impede HIV genomic research on pathogenesis, fitness, virulence, drug resistance, and genomic-based healthcare and treatment. At present, mis-genotyping, i.e., background noises in molecular genotyping, and its impact on epidemic surveillance is unknown. For the first time, we present a comprehensive assessment of HIV genotyping quality. HIV sequence data were retrieved from worldwide published records, and subjected to a systematic genotyping assessment pipeline...
September 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918190/autophagy-inflammation-and-immune-dysfunction-in-the-pathogenesis-of-pancreatitis
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Anna S Gukovskaya, Ilya Gukovsky, Hana Algül, Aida Habtezion
Pancreatitis is a common disorder with significant morbidity and mortality, yet little is known about its pathogenesis and there is no specific or effective treatment. Its development involves dysregulated autophagy and unresolved inflammation, demonstrated by studies in genetic and experimental mouse models. Disease severity depends on whether the inflammatory response resolves or amplifies, leading to multi-organ failure. Dysregulated autophagy might promote the inflammatory response in the pancreas. We discuss the roles of autophagy and inflammation in pancreatitis, mechanisms of deregulation, and connections among disordered pathways...
September 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918172/melatonin-and-periodontal-tissues-molecular-and-clinical-perspectives
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Agata Rita Carpentieri, María Elena Peralta Lopez, Javier Aguilar, Verónica Mariana Solá
Periodontal disease is a frequent chronic inflammatory pathology that implies the destruction of the tissues supporting the teeth, which represents a high sanitary cost. It usually appears associated with other systemic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, depression and Alzheimer disease among others. The presence of melatonin and its receptors in the oral cavity supports the hypothesis that this hormone could play a role in homeostasis of periodontal tissues. In the present review we will discuss the potential role of melatonin, a circadian synchronizing hormone, with proved antiinflammatory and antioxidant profile, in the pathogenesis and treatment of periodontitis...
September 13, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918129/where-do-substrates-of-diacylglycerol-kinases-come-from-diacylglycerol-kinases-utilize-diacylglycerol-species-supplied-from-phosphatidylinositol-turnover-independent-pathways
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Fumio Sakane, Satoru Mizuno, Daisuke Takahashi, Hiromichi Sakai
Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) phosphorylates diacylglycerol (DG) to produce phosphatidic acid (PA). Mammalian DGK comprises ten isozymes (α-κ) and regulates a wide variety of physiological and pathological events, such as cancer, type II diabetes, neuronal disorders and immune responses. DG and PA consist of various molecular species that have different acyl chains at the sn-1 and sn-2 positions, and consequently, mammalian cells contain at least 50 structurally distinct DG/PA species. Because DGK is one of the components of phosphatidylinositol (PI) turnover, the generally accepted dogma is that all DGK isozymes utilize 18:0/20:4-DG derived from PI turnover...
September 9, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918021/in%C3%A2-vitro-selection-of-cell-internalizing-dna-aptamers-in-a-model-system-of-inflammatory-kidney-disease
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Glory Ranches, Melanie Lukasser, Herbert Schramek, Andreas Ploner, Taras Stasyk, Gert Mayer, Günter Mayer, Alexander Hüttenhofer
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive pathological condition marked by a gradual loss of kidney function. Treatment of CKD is most effective when diagnosed at an early stage and patients are still asymptomatic. However, current diagnostic biomarkers (e.g., serum creatinine and urine albumin) are insufficient for prediction of the pathogenesis of the disease. To address this need, we applied a cell-SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment) approach and identified a series of DNA aptamers, which exhibit high affinity and selectivity for cytokine-stimulated cells, resembling some aspects of a CKD phenotype...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917999/the-two-component-response-regulator-vdskn7-plays-key-roles-in-microsclerotial-development-stress-resistance-and-virulence-of-verticillium-dahliae
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Chen Tang, Dianguang Xiong, Yulin Fang, Chengming Tian, Yonglin Wang
The fungus Verticillium dahliae causes vascular wilt disease on various plant species resulting in devastating yield losses worldwide. The capacity of V. dahliae to colonize in host plant xylem and disseminate by microsclerotia has led to studies to evaluate genes associated with pathogenesis and microsclerotia formation. Here, we identified and characterized a V. dahliae homolog to Skn7, a two-component stress response regulator of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Results showed that melanized microsclerotia formation and conidiation were significantly inhibited in the VdSkn7 deletion mutants...
September 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917982/connexin-hemichannels-and-cochlear-function
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REVIEW
Vytas K Verselis
Connexins play vital roles in hearing, including promoting cochlear development and sustaining auditory function in the mature cochlea. Mutations in connexins expressed in the cochlear epithelium, Cx26 and Cx30, cause sensorineural deafness and in the case of Cx26, is one of the most common causes of non-syndromic, hereditary deafness. Connexins function as gap junction channels and as hemichannels, which mediate intercellular and transmembrane signaling, respectively. Both channel configurations can play important, but very different roles in the cochlea...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917840/both-nitric-oxide-and-nitrite-prevent-homocysteine-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-subsequent-apoptosis-via-cgmp-dependent-pathway-in-neuronal-cells
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Sun-Oh Jeong, Yong Son, Ju Hwan Lee, Seung Won Choi, Sung Hun Kim, Yong-Kwan Cheong, Hun-Taeg Chung, Hyun-Ock Pae
Growing evidence indicates that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and/or ER stress-mediated apoptosis may play a role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. The present study investigated the effects of non-cytotoxic concentrations of nitric oxide (NO) and nitrite, a metabolite of NO, on ER stress and ER stress-mediated apoptosis in Neuro-2a cells exposed to homocysteine (Hcy), an endogenous ER stress inducer. Hcy induced ER stress, as confirmed by inositol-requiring enzyme 1α (IRE1α) phosphorylation and X-box-binding protein-1 (Xbp1) mRNA splicing as well as C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) expression, and apoptosis, as verified by Annexin V-positive cells...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917625/reduced-neuroprotective-potential-of-the-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-secretome-with-ex-vivo-expansion-age-and-progressive-multiple-sclerosis
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Pamela Sarkar, Juliana Redondo, Kevin Kemp, Mark Ginty, Alastair Wilkins, Neil J Scolding, Claire M Rice
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials using ex vivo expansion of autologous mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are in progress for several neurological diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS). Given that environment alters MSC function, we examined whether in vitro expansion, increasing donor age and progressive MS affect the neuroprotective properties of the MSC secretome. METHODS: Comparative analyses of neuronal survival in the presence of MSC-conditioned medium (MSCcm) isolated from control subjects (C-MSCcm) and those with MS (MS-MSCcm) were performed following (1) trophic factor withdrawal and (2) nitric oxide-induced neurotoxicity...
September 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917451/postinflammatory-hyperpigmentation-a-comprehensive-overview-epidemiology-pathogenesis-clinical-presentation-and-noninvasive-assessment-technique
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REVIEW
Narumol Silpa-Archa, Indermeet Kohli, Suteeraporn Chaowattanapanit, Henry W Lim, Iltefat Hamzavi
Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) commonly occurs after various endogenous and exogenous stimuli, especially in dark-skinned individuals. PIH is one of the most common complications of procedures performed using laser and other light sources. The severity of PIH is determined by the inherent skin color, degree and depth of inflammation, degree of dermoepidermal junction disruption, inflammatory conditions, and the stability of melanocytes, leading to epidermal and dermal melanin pigment deposition...
October 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917326/serum-levels-of-cytokines-in-water-buffaloes-experimentally-infected-with-fasciola-gigantica
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Fu-Kai Zhang, Ai-Jiang Guo, Jun-Ling Hou, Miao-Miao Sun, Zhao-An Sheng, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Wei-Yi Huang, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
Fasciola gigantica infection in water buffaloes causes significant economic losses especially in developing countries. Although modulation of the host immune response by cytokine neutralization or vaccination is a promising approach to control infection with this parasite, our understanding of cytokine's dynamic during F. gigantica infection is limited. To address this, we quantified the levels of serum cytokines produced in water buffaloes following experimental infection with F. gigantica. Five buffaloes were infected via oral gavage with 500 viable F...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917273/mechanisms-and-risk-factors-of-thrombosis-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Anna Falanga, Laura Russo, Viola Milesi, Alfonso Vignoli
The close relationship between cancer and thrombosis is known since more than a century. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) may be the first manifestation of an occult malignancy in an otherwise healthy individual. Cancer patients commonly present with abnormalities of laboratory coagulation tests, indicating an ongoing subclinical hypercoagulable condition. The results of laboratory tests demonstrate that a process of fibrin formation and removal parallels the development of malignancy, which is of particular interest since fibrin and other clotting products are important for both thrombogenesis and tumor progression...
October 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917024/decreased-percentage-of-peripheral-na%C3%A3-ve-t-cells-is-independently-associated-with-ischemic-stroke-in-patients-on-hemodialysis
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Rongyi Chen, Jiachang Hu, Fangfang Xiang, Xiao Tan, Bo Shen, Zhonghua Liu, Wenlv Lv, Xiaoqiang Ding, Xuesen Cao, Jianzhou Zou
PURPOSE: Cerebrovascular complications, including ischemic stroke, account for poor outcomes in patients on hemodialysis. T cell responses may be involved in the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. We aimed to evaluate the role of naïve T cells in development of ischemic stroke in patients on hemodialysis. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 156 patients on hemodialysis in our blood purification center were included. These patients were divided into the ischemic stroke (IS) group (61 cases) and non-ischemic stroke (non-IS) group (95 cases) according to a new diagnosis after initiation of hemodialysis...
September 15, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917022/epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-management-of-takotsubo-syndrome
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REVIEW
Shams Y-Hassan, Per Tornvall
Takotsubo syndrome is a recently recognized acute cardiac disease entity with a clinical presentation resembling that of an acute coronary syndrome. The typical takotsubo syndrome patient has a unique circumferential left (bi-) ventricular contraction abnormality profile that extends beyond a coronary artery supply territory and appears to follow the anatomical cardiac sympathetic innervation. The syndrome predominantly affects postmenopausal women and is often preceded by emotional or physical stress. Patients with predisposing factors such as malignancy and other chronic comorbidities are more prone to suffer from takotsubo syndrome...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916993/periostin-in-the-pathogenesis-of-skin-diseases
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REVIEW
Hiroyuki Murota, Yang Lingli, Ichiro Katayama
Skin is an organ that is susceptible to damage by external injury, chronic inflammation, and autoimmunity. Tissue damage causes alterations in both the configuration and type of cells in lesional skin. This phenomenon, called tissue remodeling, is a universal biological response elicited by programmed cell death, inflammation, immune disorders, and tumorigenic, tumor proliferative, and cytoreductive activity. In this process, changes in the components of the extracellular matrix are required to provide an environment that facilitates tissue remodeling...
September 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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