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Wildéa Lice de Carvalho Jennings Pereira, Edna Maria Vissoci Reiche, Ana Paula Kallaur, Sayonara Rangel Oliveira, Andréa Name Colado Simão, Marcell Alysson Batisti Lozovoy, Lucas José Vaz Schiavão, Paula Raquel do Vale Pascoal Rodrigues, Daniela Frizon Alfieri, Tamires Flauzino, Damacio Ramón Kaimen-Maciel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to report the frequency of autoimmune disorders and autoantibodies in 22 patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), as well as whether the seropositivity for autoantibodies differs between anti-aquaporin 4 (AQP4) positive and AQP4 negative NMO patients. METHODS: Demographic, medical records, and a profile of autoantibodies were evaluated in 22 NMO patients, including AQP4, anti-thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor, antinuclear antibodies (ANA), anti-thyroperoxidase (anti-TPO), anti-thyroglobulin (anti-Tg), anti-double-stranded DNA, anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic, anti-cyclic citrullinate peptide, rheumatoid factor, anti-SSA/Ro, anti-SSB/La, anti-Smith antibodies (anti-Sm), anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-nucleosome, and anti-Scl70...
October 3, 2016: Acta Neuropsychiatrica
Florencia Vivero, Cristina Gonzalez-Echavarri, Beatriz Ruiz, Irene Maderuelo, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastorza
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study the frequency, severity and predictors of valvular heart disease (VHD) in our lupus cohort. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 211 patients were included. A transthoracic echocardiogram was used for this study. Significant valvular lesions were classified into two groups: valvular thickening and valvular dysfunction. Univariate logistic regression was performed in order to find associations with valvular thickening and dysfunction. Those variables with a p value ≤0...
September 14, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Jagmohan Singh, Ettickan Boopathi, Sankar Addya, Benjamin Phillips, Isidore Rigoutsos, Raymond B Penn, Satish Rattan
A comprehensive -omic, computational, and physiological approach was employed to examine the (previously unexplored) role of microRNAs (miRNAs) as regulators of IAS smooth muscle contractile phenotype and basal tone. MicroRNA profiling, genome wide expression, validation and network analyses were employed to assess changes in mRNA and miRNA expression in IAS smooth muscles from young vs. aging rats. Multiple miRNAs, including rno-miR-1, rno-miR-340-5p, rno-miR-185, rno-miR-199a-3p, rno-miR-200c, rno-miR-200b, rno-miR-31, rno-miR-133a and rno-miR-206 were found to be up-regulated in aging IAS...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Valentina Perri, Elena Gianchecchi, Riccardo Scarpa, Mariella Valenzise, Maria Manuela Rosado, Ezio Giorda, Antonino Crinò, Marco Cappa, Susi Barollo, Silvia Garelli, Corrado Betterle, Alessandra Fierabracci
APECED is a T-cell mediated disease with increased frequencies of CD8+ effector and reduction of FoxP3+ T regulatory cells. Antibodies against affected organs and neutralizing to cytokines are found in the peripheral blood. The contribution of B cells to multiorgan autoimmunity in Aire-/- mice was reported opening perspectives on the utility of anti-B cell therapy. We aimed to analyse the B cell phenotype of APECED patients compared to age-matched controls. FACS analysis was conducted on PBMC in basal conditions and following CpG stimulation...
September 9, 2016: Immunobiology
Do-Kyun Kim, Michael A Beaven, Joseph M Kulinski, Avanti Desai, Geethani Bandara, Yun Bai, Calman Prussin, Lawrence B Schwartz, Hirsh Komarow, Dean D Metcalfe, Ana Olivera
Neoplastic accumulation of mast cells in systemic mastocytosis (SM) associates with activating mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase KIT. Constitutive activation of tyrosine kinase oncogenes has been linked to imbalances in oxidant/antioxidant mechanisms in other myeloproliferative disorders. However, the impact of KIT mutations on the redox status in SM and the potential therapeutic implications are not well understood. Here, we examined the regulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and of the antioxidant protein DJ-1 (PARK-7), which increases with cancer progression and acts to lessen oxidative damage to malignant cells, in relationship with SM severity...
2016: PloS One
Chen Chen, Sun Xiaobo, Wang Yuge, Shu Yaqing, Fang Ling, Peng Lisheng, Lu Zhengqi, Qiu Wei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and autoantibodies. METHODS: Blood samples of 108 NMOSD patients and 38 controls were collected from January 2012 to August 2014. Immunological parameters, including anti-aquaporin 4, antinuclear, anti-ribonucleoprotein, anti-SM, anti-SSA/Ro, anti-SSB/La and anti-ribosomal P-protein autoantibodies were examined. RESULTS: The NMOSD group exhibited a significantly higher percentage of anti-aquaporin 4 antibodies compared with the control group (76...
September 8, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Mi Young Jung, Joo Wan Kim, Ki Young Kim, Seong Hun Choi, Sae Kwang Ku
The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of Polycan, a β-glucan from Aureobasidium pullulans SM-2001, in a rat model of ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis. Ovariectomized (OVX) rats were orally administered 31.25, 62.5 or 125 mg/kg/day Polycan for 126 days, and alterations in body weight, bone mineral content, bone mineral density, failure load, histological profiles and histomorphometric indices were analyzed. In particular, serum levels of osteocalcin, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP), calcium and phosphorus, and the urine deoxypyridinoline/creatinine ratio, were measured...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jianfeng Li, Chaoyue Zhao, Jinxi Liu, Hanmin Huang, Fengxin Wang, Xiufang Xu, Chunming Cui
Samarium methoxide incorporating the ene-diamido ligand L(DME)Sm(μ-OMe)2Sm(DME)L (1; L = [DipNC(Me)C(Me)NDip](2-), Dip = 2,6-iPr2C6H3, and DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) has been prepared and structurally characterized. Complex 1 catalyzed the syndiospecific polymerization of styrene upon activation with phenylsilane and regioselective hydrosilylation of styrenes and nonactivated terminal alkenes. Unprecedented regioselectivity (>99.0%) for both types of alkenes has been achieved with the formation of Markovnikov and anti-Markovnikov products in high yields, respectively, whereas the polymerization of styrene resulted in the formation of syndiotactic silyl-capped oligostyrenes...
September 6, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Biswadeep Das, Saumya Patra, Chinmay Behera, Mryutunjay Suar
Vitamin D has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to be associated with the risk of vulnerability to different infectious diseases, such as neonatal sepsis. Polymorphisms in vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene can influence the expression of vitamin D in individuals. Hence, it is essential to study the vitamin D status and VDR gene polymorphisms for assessing neonatal sepsis risk. In this study, we assessed the serum 25(OH)D, the main circulating form of vitamin D and VDR polymorphism on 120 subjects in a case-control approach, recruiting 60 subjects in each category...
August 14, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Fumi Miyagawa, Yutaka Tagaya, Keiko Ozato, Hideo Asada
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypic systemic autoimmune disease characterized by the production of autoantibodies against nuclear components. Recent genetic studies of SLE patients have revealed that IFN regulatory factor (IRF) 7 gene polymorphisms are associated with an increased risk of SLE, but the precise role of IRF7 in SLE development is not fully understood. We investigated the role of IRF7 in the pathogenesis of SLE using a mouse model and saw a curious dissociation of autoantibody production and development of glomerulonephritis...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Q Wang, F Duan, P Liu, P F Wang, M X Wang
This study aimed to investigate the role of anti-SRP19 antibody in muscle tissues of patients with autoimmune necrotizing myopathy. Immunohistochemistry staining was used to determine the expression of anti-SRP19 antibodies in muscle tissues of autoimmune necrotizing myopathy patients. Results demonstrated that anti-SRP19 antibody was expressed in 71.4% (20/28) of muscle tissue specimens from patients with autoimmune necrotizing myopathy. Anti-SRP19 antibody expression was mainly localized in cytoplasm of necrotic muscle fibers surrounding the small blood vessels and interstitial cells...
2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
G R Fois, L Fattore, G Murineddu, A Salis, G Pintore, B Asproni, G A Pinna, M Diana
Cannabinoids, endogenous and exogenously administered, are known to positively regulate food intake and energy balance. Since CB1 receptor antagonists reduce food intake and antagonize overweight, we developed a new CB1 receptor antagonist in an attempt to identify a compound with potential application in overeating disorders. The newly developed SM-11 compound dose-dependently decreases food intake in rats by 15-20%. Moreover, SM-11 reduces self-administration of palatable food in both food restricted and ad libitum fed rats, suggesting an action on the hedonic component of food intake...
August 10, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Babak Pourakbari, Setareh Mamishi, Mona Mohammadzadeh, Shima Mahmoudi
BACKGROUND: The spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is one of the major public health problems through the world. Surveillance of anti-TB drug resistance is essential for monitoring of TB control strategies. The occurrence of drug resistance, particularly multi-drug resistance Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MDR), defined as resistance to at least rifampicin (RIF) and isoniazid (INH), has become a significant public health dilemma. The status of drug-resistance TB in Iran, one of the eastern Mediterranean countries locating between Azerbaijan and Armenia and high-TB burden countries (such as Afghanistan and Pakistan) has been reported inconsistently...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Bindongo P P Dembele, Haorile Chagan-Yasutan, Toshiro Niki, Yugo Ashino, Noppadon Tangpukdee, Egawa Shinichi, Srivicha Krudsood, Shigeyuki Kano, Toshio Hattori
BACKGROUND: Galectin-9 (Gal-9) is a β-galactoside-binding lectin that interacts with sugar moieties on glycoproteins and glycolipids of cells and pathogens. Gal-9 is known as an immune modulator that induces cell death via interaction with T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-3 (Tim3), a co-inhibitory receptor, and it inhibits production of several pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF, IL-6 and IL-1α) and enhances production of IL-10. To understand the immune pathology of malaria, the Gal-9 in plasma was measured...
2016: Malaria Journal
Li-Tzong Chen, Chiung-Tong Chen, Weir-Torn Jiaang, Tsai-Yun Chen, Joseph H Butterfield, Neng-Yao Shih, John Tsu-An Hsu, Hui-You Lin, Sheng-Fung Lin, Hui-Jen Tsai
Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) carrying t(8;21)(q22;q22) or inv(16)/t(16;16)(p13;q22) is classified as core binding factor (CBF)-AML and accounts for approximately 15% of AML. c-KIT mutation can be detected in 17%∼46% of CBF-AML and is associated with poor prognosis. c-KIT mutation is a crucial hit and cooperates with AML1-ETO resulting from t(8;21)(q22;q22) to cause overt AML. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) targeting c-KIT, such as imatinib, has been used successfully to treat c-KIT driven gastrointestinal stromal tumors...
October 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
D Liu, Y J Gong, Q Xiao, Z A Li
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of poly(ethylene glycol)methacrylate(PEG)-arginine-glycine-aspartic(RGD)polymer brushes graft on bacterial adhesion and MC3T3 osteoblast cell attachment on titanium, and to investigate if the modification of titanium will enable the implant to be anti-fouling and promot osteointegration. METHODS: PEG was tethered on titanium surface modified with 2-bromoisobutyryl bromide(denoted as Ti-Br)to form Ti-PEG brushes. Functionalization of the Ti-PEG surface with RGD was performed to form Ti-PEG-RGD brushes...
August 2016: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
Asami Makino, Mitsuhiro Abe, Reiko Ishitsuka, Motohide Murate, Takuma Kishimoto, Shota Sakai, Françoise Hullin-Matsuda, Yukiko Shimada, Takehiko Inaba, Hideyuki Miyatake, Hideko Tanaka, Atsushi Kurahashi, Chan-Gi Pack, Rinshi S Kasai, Shuku Kubo, Nicole L Schieber, Naoshi Dohmae, Naoya Tochio, Kyoji Hagiwara, Yutaka Sasaki, Yoko Aida, Fumihiro Fujimori, Takanori Kigawa, Kozo Nishibori, Robert G Parton, Akihiro Kusumi, Yasushi Sako, Gregor Anderluh, Makoto Yamashita, Tetsuyuki Kobayashi, Peter Greimel, Toshihide Kobayashi
We identified a novel, nontoxic mushroom protein that specifically binds to a complex of sphingomyelin (SM), a major sphingolipid in mammalian cells, and cholesterol (Chol). The purified protein, termed Nakanori, labeled cell surface domains in an SM- and Chol-dependent manner and decorated specific lipid domains that colocalized with inner leaflet small GTPase H-Ras, but not K-Ras. The use of Nakanori as a lipid-domain-specific probe revealed altered distribution and dynamics of SM/Chol on the cell surface of Niemann-Pick type C fibroblasts, possibly explaining some of the disease phenotype...
August 4, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Fabrizio Conti, Fulvia Ceccarelli, Giancarlo Iaiani, Carlo Perricone, Alessandra Giordano, Luigino Amori, Francesca Miranda, Laura Massaro, Viviana Antonella Pacucci, Simona Truglia, Gabriella Girelli, Azis Fakeri, Gloria Taliani, Chiara Temperoni, Francesca Romana Spinelli, Cristiano Alessandri, Guido Valesini
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is a commensal bacterium representing one of the most important components of the skin microbiome, mostly isolated in the anterior nares. A higher rate of SA nasal colonization in patients affected by Wegener's granulomatosis and rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy subjects (HS) has been described. No studies focusing on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are available. We aimed at analyzing the prevalence of SA nasal carriers in an SLE cohort and evaluating correlation between nasal colonization and clinical, laboratory and therapeutic features...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Chaoling Dong, Steven P Palladino, Eric Scott Helton, Eroboghene E Ubogu
The molecular determinants and mechanisms involved in leukocyte trafficking across the blood-nerve barrier (BNB) in the acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP) variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome are incompletely understood. Prior work using a flow-dependent in vitro human BNB model demonstrated a crucial role for αM-integrin (CD11b)-intercellular adhesion molecule-1 interactions in AIDP patient leukocyte trafficking. The aim of this study is to directly investigate the biological relevance of CD11b in AIDP pathogenesis...
July 26, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Pável Vázquez, Aldo Tirado-Cortés, Rocío Álvarez, Michel Ronjat, Araceli Amaya, Alicia Ortega
The mechanism underlying fatigue in skeletal muscle (SM) related to the redox-potential hypothesis, ranges from a direct effect of oxygen reactive species, to a number of other free radical intermediates targeting specific amino acids in the Ca(2+)-regulatory proteins of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR). In the present study, we investigate the selective oxidation/reduction of the protein motif Cys-(Xn=2-6)-Cys, known as a vicinal thiol group (VTG), present in the SR Ca(2+)-ATPase (SERCA) and in the Ca(2+)-channel ryanodine receptor (RyR) which are modified during muscle fatigue in SM...
October 2016: Cell Calcium
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