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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29465772/superhydrophobic-blood-repellent-surfaces
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Ville Jokinen, Esko Kankuri, Sasha Hoshian, Sami Franssila, Robin H A Ras
Superhydrophobic surfaces repel water and, in some cases, other liquids as well. The repellency is caused by topographical features at the nano-/microscale and low surface energy. Blood is a challenging liquid to repel due to its high propensity for activation of intrinsic hemostatic mechanisms, induction of coagulation, and platelet activation upon contact with foreign surfaces. Imbalanced activation of coagulation drives thrombogenesis or formation of blood clots that can occlude the blood flow either on-site or further downstream as emboli, exposing tissues to ischemia and infarction...
February 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463843/prostaglandin-d-2-amplifies-lupus-disease-through-basophil-accumulation-in-lymphoid-organs
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Christophe Pellefigues, Barbara Dema, Yasmine Lamri, Fanny Saidoune, Nathalie Chavarot, Charlotte Lohéac, Emeline Pacreau, Michael Dussiot, Caroline Bidault, Florian Marquet, Mathieu Jablonski, Jonathan M Chemouny, Fanny Jouan, Antoine Dossier, Marie-Paule Chauveheid, Delphine Gobert, Thomas Papo, Hajime Karasuyama, Karim Sacré, Eric Daugas, Nicolas Charles
In systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), autoantibody production can lead to kidney damage and failure, known as lupus nephritis. Basophils amplify the synthesis of autoantibodies by accumulating in secondary lymphoid organs. Here, we show a role for prostaglandin D2 (PGD2 ) in the pathophysiology of SLE. Patients with SLE have increased expression of PGD2 receptors (PTGDR) on blood basophils and increased concentration of PGD2 metabolites in plasma. Through an autocrine mechanism dependent on both PTGDRs, PGD2 induces the externalization of CXCR4 on basophils, both in humans and mice, driving accumulation in secondary lymphoid organs...
February 20, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463285/network-modules-uncover-mechanisms-of-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-in-copd-patients
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Ákos Tényi, Isaac Cano, Francesco Marabita, Narsis Kiani, Susana G Kalko, Esther Barreiro, Pedro de Atauri, Marta Cascante, David Gomez-Cabrero, Josep Roca
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients often show skeletal muscle dysfunction that has a prominent negative impact on prognosis. The study aims to further explore underlying mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction as a characteristic systemic effect of COPD, potentially modifiable with preventive interventions (i.e. muscle training). The research analyzes network module associated pathways and evaluates the findings using independent measurements. METHODS: We characterized the transcriptionally active network modules of interacting proteins in the vastus lateralis of COPD patients (n = 15, FEV1 46 ± 12% pred, age 68 ± 7 years) and healthy sedentary controls (n = 12, age 65 ± 9 years), at rest and after an 8-week endurance training program...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29461260/hemolysis-and-immune-regulation
#4
Hui Zhong, Karina Yazdanbakhsh
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemolytic anemias caused by premature destruction of red blood cells occur in many disorders including hemoglobinopathies, autoimmune conditions, during infection or following reaction to drugs or transfusions. Recent studies which will be reviewed here have uncovered several novel mechanisms by which hemolysis can alter immunological functions and increase the risk of severe complications in hemolytic disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Plasma-free heme can induce the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) through reactive oxygen species signaling...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29460338/mdscs-drive-the-process-of-endometriosis-by-enhancing-angiogenesis-and-are-a-new-potential-therapeutic-target
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Tao Zhang, Juhua Zhou, Gene Chi Wai Man, Kam Tong Leung, Bo Liang, Bo Xiao, Xinting Ma, Shaoyan Huang, Huaxiang Huang, Venkatesh L Hegde, Yin Zhong, Yanmin Li, Grace Wing Shan Kong, Alice KaWah Yiu, Joseph Kwong, Pak Cheung Ng, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti, Chi Chiu Wang
Endometriosis affects women of reproductive age via unclear immunological mechanism(s). Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a heterogeneous group of myeloid cells with potent immunosuppressive and angiogenic properties. Here we found MDSCs significantly increased in the peripheral blood of patients with endometriosis and in the peritoneal cavity of a mouse model of surgically-induced endometriosis. Majority of MDSCs were granulocytic, produced ROS and arginase, and suppressed T cell proliferation. Depletion of MDSCs by antiGr-1 antibody dramatically suppressed development of endometrial lesions in mice...
February 20, 2018: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458977/hyperglycemia-promotes-insulin-independent-ovarian-tumor-growth
#6
Lisa D Kellenberger, Jim Petrik
INTRODUCTION: Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is notoriously difficult to diagnose in its earlier and more treatable stages, making it one of the deadliest cancers in women. Comorbid diabetes is associated with poor prognosis in EOC and pro-growth insulin signalling is often considered to be the driving factor. However, EOC cells are also highly glycolytic and insulin-independent glucose uptake is essential to their metabolism. Evidence of gluconeogenesis in cancer in vivo suggests that the normal concentration of circulating glucose does not meet the energy demands of the tumor and may therefore be a limiting factor in cancer cell metabolism...
February 17, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457687/substrate-binding-drives-active-site-closing-of-human-blood-group-b-galactosyltransferase-as-revealed-by-hot-spot-labeling-and-nmr-experiments
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Thomas Peters, Sophie Weissbach, Friedemann Flügge
Crystallography has shown that human blood group A (GTA) and B (GTB) glycosyltransferases undergo transitions between "open", "semi-closed", and "closed" conformations upon substrate binding. However, the time scales of corresponding conformational reorientations are unknown. Crystal structures show that Trp and Met residues are located at "conformational hot spots" of the enzymes. Therefore, we have utilized 15N-side chain labeling of Trp residues, and 13C-methyl labeling of Met residues to study substrate induced conformational transitions of GTB...
February 19, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457201/validity-of-oral-fluid-test-for-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-in-drivers-using-the-2013-national-roadside-survey-data
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Huiyan Jin, Sharifa Z Williams, Stanford T Chihuri, Guohua Li, Qixuan Chen
BACKGROUND: Driving under the influence of marijuana is a serious traffic safety concern in the United States. Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main active compound in marijuana. Although blood THC testing is a more accurate measure of THC-induced impairment, measuring THC in oral fluid is a less intrusive and less costly method of testing. METHODS: We examined whether the oral fluid THC test can be used as a valid alternative to the blood THC test using a sensitivity and specificity analysis and a logistic regression, and estimate the quantitative relationship between oral fluid THC concentration and blood THC concentration using a correlation analysis and a linear regression on the log-transformed THC concentrations...
February 19, 2018: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456737/distinctive-profiles-of-tumor-infiltrating-immune-cells-and-association-with-intensity-of-infiltration-in-colorectal-cancer
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Yugang Wu, Lei Yuan, Qicheng Lu, Haiyan Xu, Xiaozhou He
Tumor-infiltrating immune cells are heterogeneous and consist of characteristic compartments, including T helper (Th)1 and regulatory T (Treg) cells that exhibit distinctive biological functions. The present study investigated the profile of infiltrating immune cells from surgically removed tumor tissues from patients with colorectal cancer. The characteristic transcription factors of Th1 and Th2 cells, Treg cells, Th17 cells and T follicular helper (Tfh) cells were analyzed. The results demonstrated that a marked increased number of Treg cells presented in tumor infiltrates when compared with non-tumor adjacent tissues...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455932/a-paradigm-shift-on-beta-thalassaemia-treatment-how-will-we-manage-this-old-disease-with-new-therapies
#10
REVIEW
Maria Domenica Cappellini, John B Porter, Vip Viprakasit, Ali T Taher
Beta-thalassaemia causes defective haemoglobin synthesis leading to ineffective erythropoiesis, chronic haemolytic anaemia, and subsequent clinical complications. Blood transfusion and iron chelation allow long-term disease control, and haematopoietic stem cell transplantation offers a potential cure for some patients. Nonetheless, there are still many challenges in the management of beta-thalassaemia. The main treatment option for most patients is supportive care; furthermore, the long-term efficacy and safety of current therapeutic strategies are limited and adherence is suboptimal...
February 12, 2018: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454038/dendritic-cells-as-cancer-therapeutics
#11
REVIEW
Christian E Bryant, Sarah Sutherland, Benjamin Kong, Michael S Papadimitrious, Derek N J Hart
The ability of immune therapies to control cancer has recently generated intense interest. This therapeutic outcome is reliant on T cell recognition of tumour cells. The natural function of dendritic cells (DC) is to generate adaptive responses, by presenting antigen to T cells, hence they are a logical target to generate specific anti-tumour immunity. Our understanding of the biology of DC is expanding, and they are now known to be a family of related subsets with variable features and function. Most clinical experience to date with DC vaccination has been using monocyte-derived DC vaccines...
February 14, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451063/epithelial-tumors-growing-from-within
#12
Mariana Muzzopappa, Marco Milán
The growth of epithelial tumors is often governed by cell interactions with the surrounding stroma. Drosophila has been instrumental in identifying the relevant molecular elements mediating these interactions. Of note is the role of the TNF ligand Eiger, released from recruited blood cells, in activating the JNK tumor-promoting pathway in epithelial tumors. JNK drives the transcriptional induction of mitogenic molecules, matrix metalloproteases and systemic signals that lead to tumor growth, tissue invasiveness and malignancy...
February 16, 2018: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448923/data-driven-predictions-and-novel-hypotheses-about-zoonotic-tick-vectors-from-the-genus-ixodes
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Laura Hyesung Yang, Barbara A Han
BACKGROUND: With the resurgence of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and the emergence of new tick-borne pathogens such as Powassan virus, understanding what distinguishes vectors from non-vectors, and predicting undiscovered tick vectors is a crucial step towards mitigating disease risk in humans. We aimed to identify intrinsic traits that predict which Ixodes tick species are confirmed or strongly suspected to be vectors of zoonotic pathogens. METHODS: We focused on the well-studied tick genus Ixodes from which many species are known to transmit zoonotic diseases to humans...
February 15, 2018: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447836/sensory-denervation-of-inguinal-white-fat-modifies-sympathetic-outflow-to-white-and-brown-fat-in-siberian-hamsters
#14
REVIEW
Ngoc Ly T Nguyen, Bingzhong Xue, Timothy J Bartness
White adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT) have sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and sensory innervations. Previous studies from our laboratory revealed central neuroanatomical evidence of WAT sensory and BAT SNS crosstalk with double labeling of inguinal WAT (IWAT) sensory and interscapular BAT (IBAT) SNS neurons. We previously demonstrated that WAT lipolysis increases IBAT temperature, but this effect is absent when IWAT afferents are surgically denervated, which severs both sensory and SNS nerves...
February 12, 2018: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440935/disruption-in-the-diabetic-device-care-market
#15
REVIEW
Utkarsh Ojha, Raihan Mohammed
As diabetes mellitus (DM) has approached pandemic proportions, the pressure for effective glycemic management is mounting. The starting point for managing and living well with DM involves early diagnosis and monitoring blood glucose levels. Therefore, self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) can help patients maintain their blood glucose levels within the appropriate range. The general principle behind the current SMBG method involves a finger prick test to obtain a blood drop, which is applied onto a reagent strip and read by an automated device...
2018: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440190/a-model-linking-sickle-cell-hemoglobinopathies-and-smarcb1-loss-in-renal-medullary-carcinoma
#16
Pavlos Msaouel, Nizar M Tannir, Cheryl Lyn Walker
Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a highly aggressive malignancy that predominantly afflicts young adults and adolescents with sickle hemoglobinopathies. It is characterized by complete loss of expression of the chromatin remodeler and tumor suppressor SMARCB1. Despite therapy, the outcomes of patients with RMC remain very poor, highlighting the need to understand the etiology of this cancer, and develop new diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic strategies. A key knowledge gap in RMC biology is why sickle hemoglobinopathies predispose to the development of this cancer...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437589/prolyl-4-hydroxylase-2-promotes-b-cell-lymphoma-progression-via-hydroxylation-of-carabin
#17
Wei Jiang, Xiaoyan Zhou, Zengxia Li, Kaiyu Liu, Weige Wang, Renke Tan, Xiaoji Cong, Jiaoyu Shan, Yanxia Zhan, Zhaomeng Cui, Lizhi Jiang, Quanfu Li, Suqin Shen, Meirong Bai, Yunfeng Cheng, Bin Li, Minjia Tan, Dengke K Ma, Jun O Liu, Yongjun Dang
B-cell lymphomas are heterogeneous blood disorders with limited therapeutic options, largely because of its propensity to relapse and become refractory to treatments. Carabin, a key suppressor of B cell receptor signaling and proliferation, is inactivated in B-cell lymphoma by unknown mechanisms. Here we identify P4HA2 (Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase 2) as a specific proline hydroxylase of Carabin. Carabin hydroxylation leads to its proteasomal degradation, thereby activating the Ras/ERK pathway and increasing B-cell lymphoma proliferation...
February 1, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437578/tissue-factor-an-essential-mediator-of-hemostasis-and-trigger-of-thrombosis
#18
REVIEW
Steven P Grover, Nigel Mackman
Tissue factor (TF) is the high-affinity receptor and cofactor for FVII/VIIa. The TF-FVIIa complex is the primary initiator of blood coagulation and plays an essential role in hemostasis. TF is expressed on perivascular and epithelial cells at organ and body surfaces where it forms a hemostatic barrier. TF also provides additional hemostatic protection to vital organs, such as the brain, lung, and heart. Under pathological conditions, TF can trigger both arterial and venous thrombosis. For instance, atherosclerosis plaques contain high levels of TF on macrophage foam cells and microvesicles that drives thrombus formation after plaque rupture...
February 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437007/blood-eosinophils-as-biomarkers-to-drive-treatment-choices-in-asthma-and-copd
#19
Francesco Patalano, Konstantinos Kostikas, Caterina Brindicci
Both asthma and COPD are complex, heterogeneous conditions comprising a wide range of phenotypes, some of which are refractory to currently available treatments. Elucidation of these phenotypes and identification of biomarkers with which to recognize them and guide appropriate treatment remains a priority. This review describes the utility of blood eosinophils as a surrogate biomarker of eosinophilic airway inflammation, a common feature of specific asthma and COPD phenotypes. The role of blood eosinophils in airway disease is described, as is their relevance in reflecting airway eosinophilia...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436696/cxcr4-receptor-blockage-reduces-the-contribution-of-tumor-and-stromal-cells-to-the-metastatic-growth-in-the-liver
#20
Aitor Benedicto, Irene Romayor, Beatriz Arteta
The liver is a common site for the metastatic spread of primary malignancies including colorectal cancer, and liver metastasis is a main cause of death in cancer patients. This is due to the complexity of the interactions taking place in the liver between tumor and stromal cells. In fact, cancer‑associated fibroblasts (CAFs) have been shown to support tumor growth through the CXCL12/CXCR4 axis. However, along with cancer cells, myeloid‑derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), immature dendritic cells with immunosuppressive potential, also express CXCR4...
February 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
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