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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714245/drug-loaded-multifunctional-nanoparticles-targeted-to-the-endocardial-layer-of-the-injured-heart-modulate-hypertrophic-signaling
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Mónica P A Ferreira, Sanjeev Ranjan, Sini Kinnunen, Alexandra Correia, Virpi Talman, Ermei Mäkilä, Brianda Barrios-Lopez, Marianna Kemell, Vimalkumar Balasubramanian, Jarno Salonen, Jouni Hirvonen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Anu J Airaksinen, Hélder A Santos
Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death globally. Severe myocardial ischemia results in a massive loss of myocytes and acute myocardial infarction, the endocardium being the most vulnerable region. At present, current therapeutic lines only ameliorate modestly the quality of life of these patients. Here, an engineered nanocarrier is reported for targeted drug delivery into the endocardial layer of the left ventricle for cardiac repair. Biodegradable porous silicon (PSi) nanoparticles are functionalized with atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), which is known to be expressed predominantly in the endocardium of the failing heart...
July 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639898/targeting-interlukin-6-to-relieve-immunosuppression-in-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Qian Liu, Shengnan Yu, Anping Li, Hanxiao Xu, Xinwei Han, Kongming Wu
Immunotolerance is one of the hallmarks of malignant tumors. Tumor cells escape from host immune surveillance through various mechanisms resulting in tumor progression and therapeutic resistance. Interlukin-6 is a proinflammatory cytokine involved in many physiological and pathological processes by integrating with multiple intracellular signaling pathways. Aberrant expression of interlukin-6 is associated with the growth, metastasis, and chemotherapeutic resistance in a wide range of cancers. Interlukin-6 exerts immunosuppressive capacity mostly by stimulating the infiltrations of myeloid-derived suppressor cells, tumor-associated neutrophils, and cancer stem-like cells via Janus-activated kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 pathway in tumor microenvironment...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631500/pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-and-proliferation-are-promoted-by-protein-kinase-g-type-i%C3%AE-and-downstream-regulation-of-akt-foxo1
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Janica C Wong, Van Vo, Priyatham Gorjala, Ronald R Fiscus
Early studies showed nitric oxide as a pro-inflammatory-cytokine-induced toxin involved in pancreatic β-cell destruction during pathogenesis of type-1 diabetes. However, nitric oxide has both cytotoxic and cytoprotective effects on mammalian cells, depending on concentration and micro-environmental surroundings. Our studies have shown that low/physiological-level nitric oxide selectively activates protein kinase G type Iα isoform, promoting cytoprotective/pro-cell-survival effects in many cell types. In bone marrow-derived stromal/mesenchymal stem cells, protein kinase G type Iα mediates autocrine effects of nitric oxide and atrial natriuretic peptide, promoting DNA-synthesis/proliferation and cell survival...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599248/the-multifaceted-role-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Prasanna K Santhekadur, Divya P Kumar, Mulugeta Seneshaw, Faridoddin Mirshahi, Arun J Sanyal
Due to globalization and sophisticated western and sedentary lifestyle, metabolic syndrome has emerged as a serious public health challenge. Obesity is significantly increasing worldwide because of increased high calorie food intake and decreased physical activity leading to hypertension, dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, and insulin resistance. Thus, metabolic syndrome constitutes cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and recently some cancers are also considered to be associated with this syndrome...
August 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596054/a-potent-and-selective-natriuretic-peptide-receptor-3-blocker-11-mer-peptide-created-by-hybridization-of-musclin-and-atrial-natriuretic-peptide
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Naoki Nishizawa, Goshi Nakamura, Yoko Noguchi, Hideyuki Nakagawa, Ayako Shimizu, Masaharu Nakayama, Shiro Takekawa, Taiji Asami
The natriuretic peptide (NP) system is a critical endocrine, autocrine, and paracrine system and has been investigated for potential use against cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The clearance of NPs is regulated by the proteolysis of neutral endopeptidase (NEP) and by endocytosis via natriuretic peptide receptor-3 (NPR3). A linear NPR3-selective peptide, [Cha(8)]-ANP(7-16)-NH2 (1), showed potent binding affinity for NPR3 but poor predicted chemical stability due to its free thiol group. A 12-mer peptide (9) without a thiol group was designed by the hybridization of two NPR3-binding peptides: a linear ANP fragment peptide analog and musclin, a murine member of the bHLH family of transcription factors, possessed high binding affinity and strict selectivity for NPR3...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497371/sestrin-2-attenuates-neonatal-rat-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-induced-by-phenylephrine-via-inhibiting-erk1-2
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Bin Dong, Ruicong Xue, Yu Sun, Yugang Dong, Chen Liu
Cardiac hypertrophy is an adaptive response triggered by many physiological and pathological conditions and will lead to heart failure eventually. Sestrin 2, which is a stress-responsive protein, was reported to protect heart from ischemia reperfusion injury. However, the role of Sestrin 2 in cardiac hypertrophy remains unknown. In our present study, we aimed to explore the effects of Sestrin 2 on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy. We found that knockdown of Sestrin 2 protein aggravated cardiomyocyte hypertrophy induced by phenylephrine (PE), featured by increased hypertrophic marker ANP and cell surface area...
May 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457561/is-the-presence-of-end-diastolic-forward-flow-specific-for-restrictive-right-ventricular-physiology-in-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Yoshiki Mori, Tomotaka Murakami, Nao Inoue, Sachie Kaneko, Yasumi Nakashima, Masaaki Koide
BACKGROUND: End-diastolic forward flow (EDFF) is recognized as restrictive right ventricular physiology (r-RVP), but conflicting results have been reported about effects on the clinical outcome in repaired tetralogy of Fallot (r-TOF). OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that the EDFF by Doppler was not specific for diagnosing r-RVP. METHODS: Sixty-two consecutive patients aged 15.7±11.6years who underwent cardiac catheterization were studied. Patients were divided according to the presence of EDFF (group 1: EDFF+, group 2: EDFF-) and RV size (group A: small RV, group B: large RV [>150ml/m(2)])...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378496/c-reactive-protein-and-ageing
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Ying Tang, Erik Fung, Anping Xu, Hui-Yao Lan
Increasing evidence shows that C-reactive protein (CRP) is not only an inflammatory biomarker but also an important risk factor associated with ageing-related diseases including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and kidney disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that CRP is pathogenic in a number of diseases including hypertensive cardiovascular and kidney complications, diabetic nephropathy, and acute and chronic kidney diseases. It is well known that CRP binds its receptor, CD32/CD64, to induce the process of inflammation by activating the NF-κB signalling pathway...
April 4, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378286/resetting-the-neurohormonal-balance-in-heart-failure-hf-the-relevance-of-the-natriuretic-peptide-np-system-to-the-clinical-management-of-patients-with-hf
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REVIEW
Speranza Rubattu, Filippos Triposkiadis
The natriuretic peptide (NP) system, which includes atrial natriuretic peptide, B-type natriuretic peptide, and C-type natriuretic peptide, has an important role in cardiovascular homeostasis, promoting a number of physiological effects including diuresis, vasodilation, and inhibition of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. Heart failure (HF) is associated with defects in NP processing and synthesis, and there is a strong relationship between NP levels and disease state. NPs are useful biomarkers in HF, and their use in diagnosis and evaluation of prognosis is well established, particularly in patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
May 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316060/hotair-functions-as-a-competing-endogenous-rna-to-regulate-pten-expression-by-inhibiting-mir-19-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Yanjun Lai, Shuai He, Liming Ma, Hong Lin, Biyun Ren, Jing Ma, Xinyu Zhu, Shifang Zhuang
Sustained cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is related to a variety of physiological as well as pathological stimuli and eventually increases the risk of heart failure. HOTAIR has been identified as a competing endogenous RNA in multiple human biological processes. Whether lncRNA-HOTAIR is involved in the progress of CH and how it works still remain unknown. Herein, we found that HOTAIR was down-regulated, while miR-19 was up-regulated in both heart tissues from TAC-operated mice in vivo and cultural cardiomyocytes treated with Ang-II in vitro by real-time PCR...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304151/cardiac-cell-proliferation-is-not-necessary-for-exercise-induced-cardiac-growth-but-required-for-its-protection-against-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury
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Yihua Bei, Siyi Fu, Xiangming Chen, Mei Chen, Qiulian Zhou, Pujiao Yu, Jianhua Yao, Hongbao Wang, Lin Che, Jiahong Xu, Junjie Xiao
The adult heart retains a limited ability to regenerate in response to injury. Although exercise can reduce cardiac ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, the relative contribution of cardiac cell proliferation including newly formed cardiomyocytes remains unclear. A 4-week swimming murine model was utilized to induce cardiac physiological growth. Simultaneously, the antineoplastic agent 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), which acts during the S phase of the cell cycle, was given to mice via intraperitoneal injections. Using EdU and Ki-67 immunolabelling, we showed that exercise-induced cardiac cell proliferation was blunted by 5-FU...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267585/disturbances-of-thirst-and-fluid-balance-associated-with-aging
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REVIEW
Denovan P Begg
During heat waves, significant mortality and morbidity occurs in elderly populations due to heat-stress and dehydration. The dehydration is primarily attributable to inadequate water intake caused by dysfunction of the central nervous system mechanisms controlling thirst. The phenomenon of a reduced thirst in response to dehydration in aging was first observed decades ago and has been examined extensively since. The reduced thirst and ingestive behavior have been reported consistently in response to hyperosmotic stimuli, hypovolemic stimuli and dehydration in both elderly humans and animal models of aging...
March 4, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248529/neuronal-circuits-involved-in-osmotic-challenges
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M C Dos Santos Moreira, L M Naves, S M Marques, E F Silva, E Colombari, G R Pedrino
The maintenance of plasma sodium concentration within a narrow limit is crucial to life. When it differs from normal physiological patterns, several mechanisms are activated in order to restore body fluid homeostasis. Such mechanisms may be vegetative and/or behavioral, and several regions of the central nervous system (CNS) are involved in their triggering. Some of these are responsible for sensory pathways that perceive a disturbance of the body fluid homeostasis and transmit information to other regions...
February 28, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116728/isolation-and-culture-of-endothelial-cells-from-large-vessels
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Augusto C Montezano, Karla B Neves, Rheure A M Lopes, Francisco Rios
The endothelium, which is at the interface between circulating blood and the vascular wall, comprises a simple squamous layer of cells that lines the inner surface of all blood vessels. Endothelial cells are highly metabolically active and play an important role in many physiological functions, including control of vasomotor tone, blood cell trafficking, vascular permeability, and maintenance of vascular integrity (Mensah, Vascul Pharmacol 46(5):310-314, 2007; Yetik-Anacak and Catravas, Vascul Pharmacol 45(5):268-276, 2006)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107168/the-natriuretic-peptide-mr-proanp-predicts-all-cause-mortality-and-adverse-outcome-in-community-patients-a-10-year-follow-up-study
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Jonas Odermatt, Lara Hersberger, Rebekka Bolliger, Lena Graedel, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Matthias Briel, Heiner C Bucher, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: The precursor peptide of atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP) has a physiological role in fluid homeostasis and is associated with mortality and adverse clinical outcomes in heart failure patients. Little is known about the prognostic potential of this peptide for long-term mortality prediction in community-dwelling patients. We evaluated associations of MR-proANP levels with 10-year all-cause mortality in patients visiting their general practitioner for a respiratory tract infection...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754186/sp-04-1-the-role-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#16
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713761/genome-wide-identification-phylogeny-and-expression-analyses-of-the-14-3-3-family-reveal-their-involvement-in-the-development-ripening-and-abiotic-stress-response-in-banana
#17
Meiying Li, Licheng Ren, Biyu Xu, Xiaoliang Yang, Qiyu Xia, Pingping He, Susheng Xiao, Anping Guo, Wei Hu, Zhiqiang Jin
Plant 14-3-3 proteins act as critical components of various cellular signaling processes and play an important role in regulating multiple physiological processes. However, less information is known about the 14-3-3 gene family in banana. In this study, 25 14-3-3 genes were identified from the banana genome. Based on the evolutionary analysis, banana 14-3-3 proteins were clustered into ε and non-ε groups. Conserved motif analysis showed that all identified banana 14-3-3 genes had the typical 14-3-3 motif...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643143/sp-04-1-the-role-of-natriuretic-peptides-in-the-pathogenesis-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#18
Zhanna Kobalava
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in general and heart failure (HF) in particular continues to increase worldwide. CVD are major contributors to death and morbidity and recognized as important drivers of healthcare expenditure. Chronic overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) plays a key role in human hypertension and HF pathophysiology. RAAS is fundamental in the overall regulation of cardiovascular homeostasis through the actions of hormones, which regulate vascular tone, and specifically blood pressure through vasoconstriction and renal sodium and water retention...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619808/natural-history-after-acute-necrotizing-pancreatitis-a-large-us-tertiary-care-experience
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Chandraprakash Umapathy, Amit Raina, Shreyas Saligram, Gong Tang, Georgios I Papachristou, Mordechai Rabinovitz, Jennifer Chennat, Herbert Zeh, Amer H Zureikat, Melissa E Hogg, Kenneth K Lee, Melissa I Saul, David C Whitcomb, Adam Slivka, Dhiraj Yadav
BACKGROUND: Most studies of acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) focus on short-term outcomes. We evaluated long-term survival and outcomes following ANP. METHODS: Patients treated for ANP at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 2001 to 2008 were studied. Data on presentation and course during initial hospitalization and follow-up (median 34 months) was extracted. RESULTS: Mean age of patients (n = 167) was 53 ± 16 years; 70 % were male, 94 % white, 71 % transfers, 52 % biliary etiology, and 78 % had first-attack of acute pancreatitis...
November 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605464/-epicatechin-induces-physiological-cardiac-growth-by-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-mice
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Sergio De Los Santos, Viridiana García-Pérez, Sauri Hernández-Reséndiz, Carlos Palma-Flores, Carlos J González-Gutiérrez, Cecilia Zazueta, Patricia Canto, Ramón M Coral-Vázquez
SCOPE: The flavanol (-)-epicatechin (Epi) has cardioprotective effects and improves physical capacity in normal mice. In addition, Epi increases nitric oxide (NO) production by activation of both PI3K/Akt or Ca(2+) /CaMI/CaMKII (where Akt is protein kinase B; PI3K is phosphoinositide 3-kinase; CaMI is calmodulin; CaMKII is Ca(2+) /calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II) signaling pathways, which have been associated with physiological and pathological cardiac hypertrophy, respectively...
September 8, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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