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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918421/macrophage-activation-syndrome-at-the-onset-of-glucocorticoid-resistant-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
#1
Delia Tulbă, Marius Balea, Cristian Băicuș
INTRODUCTION: Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threatening hyperinflammatory state mediated by uncontrolled cytokine storm and haemophagocytosis. Although rarely reported, MAS might occur in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), notably as an inaugural manifestation. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the cornerstone of SLE therapy. However, in some cases high doses of GCs are required to achieve remission (i.e. glucocorticoid-resistance), leading to significant side effects. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old Romani male was admitted to our hospital for polyarthralgia, polyserositis and fatigability...
September 16, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916288/anti-apoptotic-and-moderate-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-berberine-in-sulfur-mustard-exposed-keratinocytes
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Simon Lang, Tanja Popp, Christian Silvester Kriegs, Annette Schmidt, Frank Balszuweit, Georg Menacher, Kai Kehe, Horst Thiermann, Thomas Gudermann, Dirk Steinritz
Skin affections after sulfur mustard (SM) exposure include erythema, blister formation and severe inflammation. An antidote or specific therapy does not exist. Anti-inflammatory compounds as well as substances counteracting SM-induced cell death are under investigation. In this study, we investigated the benzylisoquinoline alkaloide berberine (BER), a metabolite in plants like berberis vulgaris, which is used as herbal pharmaceutical in Asian countries, against SM toxicity using a well-established in vitro approach...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916287/effects-of-anti-inflammatory-compounds-on-sulfur-mustard-injured-cells-recommendations-and-caveats-suggested-by-in-vitro-cell-culture-models
#3
Georg Menacher, Dirk Steinritz, Annette Schmidt, Tanja Popp, Franz Worek, Thomas Gudermann, Horst Thiermann, Frank Balszuweit
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a vesicant agent who had its first military use 100 years ago, in Ypres. Since then it has been used in several conflicts like the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The use of SM in Syria 2015 indicated the still existing threat. Despite decades of research no causal antidote against SM intoxication is available, so far. A SM intoxication is accompanied by necrosis, apoptosis and inflammation. To counteract the SM-induced inflammation, glucocorticoids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compounds (NSAIDs) are recommended...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906132/effects-of-different-dietary-sources-and-levels-of-selenium-supplements-on-growth-performance-antioxidant-status-and-immune-parameters-in-ross-308-broiler-chickens
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R Bakhshalinejad, Reza Akbari Moghaddam Kakhki, E Zoidis
1. Although different impacts of various sources of Selenium (Se) on chicken performance have been largely studied, there is a lack of comparative experiments studying the effects of these sources on immune system and antioxidant indices of broiler tissues. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of various sources and levels of dietary Se supplements on performance, antioxidant status and immune parameters in Ross 308 broiler chickens. 2. A total of 1200 one-day-old male broilers (Ross × Ross 308) were divided into 8 treatments with 6 replicate pens and 25 birds per pen...
September 14, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894082/chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathy-cidp-an-uncommon-manifestation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-sle
#5
Hrudya Abraham, Jose Kuzhively, Syed W Rizvi
BACKGROUND Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an uncommon manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We report a case of SLE presenting as CIDP and discuss the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of CIDP. CASE REPORT A 40-year-old woman with a past medical history of SLE treated with hydroxychloroquine presented with bilateral, progressive, ascending, sensory and motor neuropathy. Physical examination showed weakness and reduced temperature of all extremities, reduced pinprick and vibration sense of the distal extremities, loss of reflexes, and walking with a wide-based unsteady gait...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871252/development-and-characterization-of-a-camelid-single-domain-antibody-urease-conjugate-that-targets-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-2
#6
Baomin Tian, Wah Yau Wong, Marni D Uger, Pawel Wisniewski, Heman Chao
Angiogenesis is the process of new blood vessel formation and is essential for a tumor to grow beyond a certain size. Tumors secrete the pro-angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor, which acts upon local endothelial cells by binding to vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFRs). In this study, we describe the development and characterization of V21-DOS47, an immunoconjugate that targets VEGFR2. V21-DOS47 is composed of a camelid single domain anti-VEGFR2 antibody (V21) and the enzyme urease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835901/beneficial-effects-of-prebiotic-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-mannan-on-allergic-asthma-mouse-models
#7
D Betty Lew, Christie F Michael, Tracie Overbeck, W Scout Robinson, Erin L Rohman, Jeffrey M Lehman, Jennifer K Patel, Brandi Eiseman, Kim S LeMessurier, Amali E Samarasinghe, M Waleed Gaber
One of the unmet needs for asthma management is a new therapeutic agent with both anti-inflammatory and anti-smooth muscle (ASM) remodeling effects. The mannose receptor (MR) family plays an important role in allergen uptake and processing of major allergens Der p 1 and Fel d 1. We have previously reported that ASM cells express a mannose receptor (ASM-MR) and that mannan derived from Saccharomyces cerevisiae (SC-MN) inhibits mannosyl-rich lysosomal hydrolase-induced bovine ASM cell proliferation. Using a humanized transgenic mouse strain (huASM-MRC2) expressing the human MRC2 receptor in a SM tissue-specific manner, we have demonstrated that ASM hyperplasia/hypertrophy can occur as early as 15 days after allergen challenge in this mouse model and this phenomenon is preventable with SC-MN treatment...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820362/characterization-of-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-who-meet-the-diagnostic-criteria-for-tafro-syndrome
#8
E Hasegawa, H Sato, Y Wada, K Takai, A Wakamatsu, Y Nozawa, T Nakatsue, T Kuroda, Y Suzuki, M Nakano, I Narita
Purpose TAFRO syndrome is a novel disorder manifesting as fever, anasarca, thrombocytopenia, renal insufficiency and organomegaly, and its etiology has not been clarified. The aim of this study was to elucidate similarities and differences between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and TAFRO syndrome. Methods We examined 46 consecutive patients diagnosed with SLE and determined whether they meet the proposed diagnostic criteria for TAFRO syndrome (2015 version). Results Of the 46 patients with SLE, four (8...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816533/high-prevalence-of-hypothyroidism-in-systemic-lupus-erythematous-patients-without-an-increase-in-circulating-anti-thyroid-antibodies
#9
Sol Lara Domingues, Fabrícia Torres Gonçalves, Maria Luiza Mendonça Pereira Jorge, Jean Ezequiel Limongi, Roberto Ranza, Paulo Tannus Jorge
OBJECTIVES: Because routine investigations are necessary for the early detection of thyroid disease, this study aimed to assess the prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) and thyroid dysfunction (TD) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Seventy-nine SLE patients (American College of Rheumatology criteria) and 159 control patients with no diagnosis of autoimmune diseases (except for ATD) were consecutively evaluated regarding changes in laboratory assessments of thyroid function and the presence of ATD...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808385/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-etlingera-pavieana-pierre-ex-gagnep-r-m-sm-rhizomal-extract-and-its-phenolic-compounds-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-macrophages
#10
Ekaruth Srisook, Mullika Palachot, Sakulrat Mankhong, Klaokwan Srisook
BACKGROUND: In our continuing search for anti-inflammatory agents from Thai herbs, Etlingera pavieana (Pierre ex Gagnep.) R.M.Sm. showed potent inhibition on nitric oxide (NO) production in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced macrophages. However, the mechanism behind its inhibitory effect has not been yet explored, and little is known regarding its bioactive compounds responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, anti-inflammatory effect of hexane, ethyl acetate, and water fractions of rhizomal ethanol extracts of E...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770466/cd137-cd137l-interaction-modulates-neointima-formation-and-the-phenotype-transformation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-via-nfatc1-signaling
#11
Wei Zhong, Bo Li, Ping Yang, Rui Chen, Cuiping Wang, Zhongqun Wang, Chen Shao, Wei Yuan, Jinchuan Yan
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) phenotype transformation is an important event in the formation of vessel neointima during lesion progression. CD137 can accelerate plaque formation, but the underlying mechanisms of this process remain unknown. Thus, we investigated the effect of CD137 signaling on VSMC phenotype transformation and potential mechanism underlying this transformation. Mouse recombinant CD137L and anti-CD137 antibody were used to activate or block the CD137 signaling way, respectively. Real-time PCR, immunofluorescence, and western blot analyses were performed to detect the expression of NFATc1 and phenotype markers such as SM-MHC, α-SMA, and vimentin in vivo or in vitro...
August 2, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762061/direct-antiglobulin-coombs-test-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients
#12
Thelma Skare, Leandro Picelli, Thiago Alberto G Dos Santos, Renato Nisihara
The objective of the study is to study the positivity of Coombs test or direct antiglobulin test (DAT) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and its relationship with disease's clinical and serological profile. Retrospective study of 373 SLE patients seen at single Rheumatology Unit. Epidemiological data (age, gender, age at disease onset, auto declared ethnic background and tobacco use), clinical (malar rash, photosensitivity, oral ulcers, discoid lesions, serositis, glomerulonephritis, convulsions, psychosis, hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, lymphocytopenia and arthritis), and serological profile (anti ds DNA, anti Ro/SS-A; anti La/SS-B, Anti RNP, Anti Sm, aCl (anticardiolipin) IgG, aCl Ig M, LA or lupus anticoagulant, rheumatoid factor and direct Coombs) were collected...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740422/preoperative-intravenous-ibuprofen-does-not-influence-postoperative-narcotic-use-in-patients-undergoing-elective-hernia-repair-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-prospective-trial
#13
Lauren S Sparber, Christine Sm Lau, Tanya S Vialet, Ronald S Chamberlain
INTRODUCTION: Inguinal and umbilical hernia repairs are among the most common surgical procedures performed in the US. Optimal perioperative pain control regimens remain challenging and opioid analgesics are commonly used. Preoperative nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) administration has been shown to reduce postoperative narcotic requirements. This study sought to evaluate the efficacy of perioperative intravenous (IV) ibuprofen on postoperative pain level and narcotic use in patients undergoing open or laparoscopic inguinal and/or umbilical hernia repair...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726768/characterization-and-purification-of-bergamottin-from-citrus-grandis-l-osbeck-cv-yongjiazaoxiangyou-and-its-antiproliferative-activity-and-effect-on-glucose-consumption-in-hepg2-cells
#14
Yilong Liu, Chuanhong Ren, Yunlin Cao, Yue Wang, Wenyi Duan, Linfeng Xie, Chongde Sun, Xian Li
Bergamottin is a natural furanocoumarin compound with weak polarity. Characterization and quantification of bergamottin were carried out in different fruit tissues of various citrus cultivars. Among the four citrus tissues tested, i.e., flavedo, albedo, segment membrane (SM), and juice sacs (JS) in eight citrus cultivars, the highest bergamottin content was found in the flavedo of Citrus grandis (L.) Osbeck cv. Yongjiazaoxiangyou (YJZXY, 666.54 μg·g(-1) DW). A combination of silica gel column chromatography and high-speed counter-current chromatography (HSCCC) was established to efficiently purify bergamottin from the flavedo of YJZXY...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726276/the-colonic-groove-of-the-plains-viscacha-lagostomus-maximus-histochemical-evidence-of-an-abrupt-change-in-the-glycosylation-pattern-of-goblet-cells
#15
María Florencia Tano de la Hoz, Mirta Alicia Flamini, Carolina Natalia Zanuzzi, Alcira Ofelia Díaz
The ascending colon of most rodent species shows a longitudinal colonic groove that works as a retrograde transport pathway for a mixture of bacteria and mucus toward the cecum. We describe the morphology and glycosylation pattern of the colonic groove of Lagostomus maximus to analyze the role of mucins in this anatomical feature. We also studied the distribution pattern of the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) to evaluate their regulatory influence on gut motility. The groove originated near the cecocolic junction and extended along the mesenteric side of the ascending colon, limited at both ends by nonpapillated ridges...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721931/ts-1-tegafur-gimeracil-oteracil-induced-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-with-skin-lesions-and-anti-sm-antibody
#16
Fumi Miyagawa, Yuka Sugano, Masayuki Sho, Hideo Asada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712890/amburana-cearensis-seed-extract-protects-brain-mitochondria-from-oxidative-stress-and-cerebellar-cells-from-excitotoxicity-induced-by-glutamate
#17
Érica Patrícia Lima Pereira, Cleide Santos Souza, Jessika Amparo, Rafael Short Ferreira, Yanier Nuñez-Figueredo, Luzimar Gonzaga Fernandez, Paulo Roberto Ribeiro, Suzana Braga-de-Souza, Victor Diogenes Amaral da Silva, Silvia Lima Costa
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Amburana cearensis (Allemao) A.C.Sm. is a medicinal plant of the Brazilian Caatinga reported to present antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This study aimed to evaluate the neuroprotective effect of the extracts obtained from the seeds of A. cearensis in primary cultures of cerebellar cells subjected to excitotoxicity induced by glutamate and brain mitochondria submitted to oxidative stress. MATERIALS: and methods: Primary cultures of cerebellar cells were treated with the ethanol (ETAC), hexane (EHAC), dichloromethane (EDAC) and ethyl acetate (EAAC) extracts of the seeds of A...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693190/solamargine-inhibits-the-migration-and-invasion-of-hepg2-cells-by-blocking-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#18
Xiaodong Xie, Haitao Zhu, Jia Zhang, Meiqin Wang, Li Zhu, Zhen Guo, Wenrong Shen, Dongqing Wang
Solamargine (SM), a steroidal alkaloid glycoside purified from the Chinese traditional herb Solanum incanum, is known to possess various biological activities. However, only a few previous studies have reported the anti-metastatic activity of SM. In the present study, the inhibitory effects of SM on metastatic action were investigated in human HepG2 cells. The proliferation effects of SM on the HepG2 cells was evaluated by MTT and colony formation assays. Wound-healing and Transwell assays were performed to examine the migration and invasion effects on SM-treated HepG2 cells...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680086/host-age-and-expression-of-genes-involved-in-red-blood-cell-invasion-in-plasmodium-falciparum-field-isolates
#19
Aida Valmaseda, Quique Bassat, Pedro Aide, Pau Cisteró, Alfons Jiménez, Aina Casellas, Sonia Machevo, Ruth Aguilar, Betuel Sigaúque, Virander S Chauhan, Christine Langer, James Beeson, Chetan Chitnis, Pedro L Alonso, Deepak Gaur, Alfredo Mayor
Plasmodium falciparum proteins involved in erythrocyte invasion are main targets of acquired immunity and important vaccine candidates. We hypothesized that anti-parasite immunity acquired upon exposure would limit invasion-related gene (IRG) expression and affect the clinical impact of the infection. 11 IRG transcript levels were measured in P. falciparum isolates by RT-PCR, and IgG/IgM against invasion ligands by Luminex®, in 50 Mozambican adults, 25 children with severe malaria (SM) and 25 with uncomplicated malaria (UM)...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665401/pd-l1-and-iaps-co-operate-to-protect-tumors-from-cytotoxic-lymphocyte-derived-tnf
#20
Conor J Kearney, Najoua Lalaoui, Andrew J Freeman, Kelly M Ramsbottom, John Silke, Jane Oliaro
Smac-mimetics are emerging as promising anti-cancer agents and are being evaluated in clinical trials for a variety of malignancies. Smac-mimetics can induce TNF production from a subset of tumor cells and simultaneously sensitize them to TNF-induced apoptosis. However, TNF derived from other cellular sources, such as cytotoxic lymphocytes (CLs) within the tumor, may also contribute to the anti-tumor activity of SMs. Here, we show that CD8(+) T cells and NK cells potently kill tumor cells in the presence of the SM, birinapant...
October 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
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