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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719960/evaluation-of-boldine-activity-against-intracellular-amastigotes-of-leishmania-amazonensis
#1
Isabel Cristina Salama, Cristina Arrais-Lima, Wagner Welber Arrais-Silva
Leishmaniasis is a neglected and endemic disease that affects poorest population mainly in developing countries. A lack of adequate and definitive chemotherapeutic agents to fight against this infection has led to the investigation of numerous compounds. The aim of this study was to investigate in vitro activity of boldine against Leishmania amazonensis murine cell infection. Boldine ((S)-2,9-dihydroxy-1,10-dimethoxy-aporphine) is an aporphine alkaloid found abundantly in the leaves/bark of boldo (Peumus boldus Molina), a widely distributed tree native to Chile...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719954/subsets-of-inflammatory-cytokine-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-risk-of-carcinogenic-liver-fluke-opisthorchis-viverrini-associated-advanced-periductal-fibrosis-and-cholangiocarcinoma
#2
Arpa Surapaitoon, Sutas Suttiprapa, Eimorn Mairiang, Narong Khuntikeo, Chawalit Pairojkul, Jeffrey Bethony, Paul J Brindley, Banchob Sripa
Opisthorchis viverrini infection induces chronic inflammation, and a minor proportion of infected individuals develop advanced periductal fibrosis (APF) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Inflammatory cytokines and/or their gene polymorphisms may link to these biliary pathologies. We therefore investigated associations among cytokine gene polymorphisms and cytokine production in 510 Thai cases infected with O. viverrini who presented with APF+ or APF-, as established by abdominal ultrasonography as well as in patients diagnosed with CCA...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719951/neuronal-apoptosis-pathological-basis-of-behavioral-dysfunctions-induced-by-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-rodents-model
#3
Shiqi Luo, Lisi OuYang, Jie Wei, Feng Wu, Zhongdao Wu, Wanlong Lei, Dongjuan Yuan
Angiostrongylus cantonensis invades the central nervous system (CNS) of humans to induce eosinophilic meningitis and meningoencephalitis and leads to persistent headache, cognitive dysfunction, and ataxic gait. Infected mice (nonpermissive host), admittedly, suffer more serious pathological injuries than rats (permissive host). However, the pathological basis of these manifestations is incompletely elucidated. In this study, the behavioral test, histological and immunohistochemical techniques, and analysis of apoptotic gene expression, especially caspase-3, were conducted...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719946/cell-assisted-lipotransfer-friend-or-foe-in-fat-grafting-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
REVIEW
J Laloze, A Varin, J Gilhodes, N Bertheuil, J L Grolleau, J Brie, J Usseglio, L Sensebe, T Filleron, B Chaput
BACKGROUND: Autologous fat grafting is a common procedure for soft-tissue reconstruction but is associated with a graft resorption rate ranging from 20% to 80%. To improve the fat graft survival rate, a new technique, called cell-assisted lipotransfer (CAL), was developed. With CAL, fat is injected along with adipose-derived stromal cells (ASCs) that are assumed to improve fat survival rate. We conducted an evidence-based meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CAL as compared with conventional autologous fat grafting (non-CAL)...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719912/crocin-protects-podocytes-against-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-induced-by-high-glucose-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#5
Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719907/tumor-heterogeneity-in-lymphomas-a-different-breed
#6
Christian M Schürch, Birgit Federmann, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Falko Fend
The facts that cancer represents tissues consisting of heterogeneous neoplastic, as well as reactive, cell populations and that cancers of the same histotype may show profound differences in clinical behavior have long been recognized. With the advent of new technologies and the demands of precision medicine, the investigation of tumor heterogeneity has gained much interest. An understanding of intertumoral heterogeneity in patients with the same disease entity is necessary to optimally guide personalized treatment...
July 19, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719904/gonadectomy-in-complete-androgen-insensitivity-syndrome-why-and-when
#7
Ulla Döhnert, Lutz Wünsch, Olaf Hiort
Prophylactic gonadectomy has been recommended in complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) because of an increased risk for the development of malignant germ cell tumors in the intra-abdominal gonads. No reliable screening parameters are available to detect early (pre-)malignant changes. Because the tumor risk before puberty is very low, the timing of gonadectomy has been postponed to allow spontaneous puberty and involvement of the patients in important decisions affecting their body and health. Gonadectomy after puberty is still discussed controversially...
July 19, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719903/thinning-of-inner-retinal-layers-after-vitrectomy-with-silicone-oil-versus-gas-endotamponade-in-eyes-with-macula-off-retinal-detachment
#8
Konstantine Purtskhvanidze, Jost Hillenkamp, Jan Tode, Olaf Junge, Jürgen Hedderich, Johann Roider, Felix Treumer
PURPOSE: To evaluate retinal layer thickness with optical coherence tomography (OCT) in eyes with macula-off retinal detachment after silicone oil (SiO) or gas endotamponade. PROCEDURES: Cross-sectional study of 40 eyes with macula-off rhegmatogenous retinal detachment that underwent vitrectomy. 20 eyes received SiO tamponade and 20 matched eyes received gas. 33 healthy fellow eyes served as controls. Macular spectral domain OCT was performed with automated layer detection in the 5 inner subfields of the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) map...
July 19, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719902/serum-hyaluronic-acid-levels-are-altered-in-acute-leukemia-patients-potential-prognostic-implications
#9
Eleni Anagnostopoulou, Chrysanthi Papanastasopoulou, Maria Papastamataki, Antonia Kotsiou, Zoi Topouzoglou, Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos, Nikolaos Sitaras
BACKGROUND: Studies on the serum concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) in newly diagnosed patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL), and mantle-cell lymphoma (MCL) are scarce. In this study, we focused on investigating whether HA could serve as a possible prognostic marker in patients with AML, B-ALL, and MCL. METHODS: The serum concentration of HA was measured in a total of 51 patients with newly diagnosed AML, B-ALL, and MCL...
July 19, 2017: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719899/the-relationship-between-mmp-2-1306c-t-and-mmp-9-1562c-t-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-and-prognosis-of-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-a-chinese-population-a-case-control-study
#10
Cong-Meng Lin, Yan-Ling Zeng, Min Xiao, Xu-Qiao Mei, Lv-Ying Shen, Meng-Xian Guo, Zhe-Yao Lin, Qi-Fa Liu, Tin Yang
BACKGROUND: T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a malignant hematological disease and is often accompanied by a variety of genetic abnormalities. Hence, our study aims to investigate the relationship between MMP-2 -1306C>T and MMP-9 -1562C>T polymorphisms and the risk and prognosis of T-ALL. METHODS: From April 2009 to February 2011, a total of 376 T-ALL patients were chosen as the case group. Meanwhile, 352 healthy people who passed routine health examinations were selected as the control group...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719895/update-on-the-pathophysiology-and-risk-factors-for-the-development-of-malignant-testicular-germ-cell-tumors-in-complete-androgen-insensitivity-syndrome
#11
Martine Cools, Leendert Looijenga
Prophylactic gonadectomy in young adult women with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) to avoid development of an invasive testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT) is currently advised in most centers. However, women with CAIS increasingly question the need of this procedure. In order to provide optimal counseling and follow-up of these women, insight in the mechanisms underlying TGCT development in androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS), data regarding the incidence of TGCT in AIS adults specifically, and an overview of existing and novel screening tools for in situ and invasive neoplastic lesions are crucial...
July 19, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719888/inhibition-of-single-routes-of-intracellular-signaling-is-not-sufficient-to-neutralize-the-biphasic-disturbance-of-a-retinal-endothelial-cell-barrier-induced-by-vegf-a165
#12
Heidrun L Deissler, Gerhard K Lang, Gabriele E Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hallmark of diabetic macular edema is the enhanced permeability of retinal endothelial cells (REC) induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A165), which acts through activating specific receptors. To improve the predictability of inhibitors' potentials to block harmful effects of VEGF-A165, we investigated if its signaling pathways triggered in REC are redundant. METHODS: Immortalized bovine REC monolayers were treated with inhibitors specific for various protein kinases in combination with VEGF-A165...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719882/antileishmanial-activity-and-tubulin-polymerization-inhibition-of-podophyllotoxin-derivatives-on-leishmania-infantum
#13
José Miguel Escudero-Martínez, Yolanda Pérez-Pertejo, Rosa M Reguera, María Ángeles Castro, María Victoria Rojo, Carolina Santiago, Andrés Abad, Pablo Anselmo García, José Luis López-Pérez, Arturo San Feliciano, Rafael Balaña-Fouce
Leishmania microtubules play an important role not only in cell division, but also in keeping the shape of the parasite and motility of its free-living stages. Microtubules result from the self-assembly of alpha and beta tubulins, two phylogenetically conserved and very abundant eukaryotic proteins in kinetoplastids. The colchicine binding domain has inspired the discovery and development of several drugs currently in clinical use against parasites. However, this domain is less conserved in kinetoplastids and may be selectively targeted by new compounds...
June 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719878/the-effects-of-fluoride-on-neuronal-function-occurs-via-cytoskeleton-damage-and-decreased-signal-transmission
#14
Lingli Chen, Hongmei Ning, Zhihong Yin, Xiaochao Song, Yongchao Feng, Hao Qin, Yi Li, Jundong Wang, Yaming Ge, Wenkui Wang
It has been reported that fluoride exposure may cause serious public health problems, particularly neurotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study used Neuro-2A cells to investigate the effects of fluoride on the cytoskeleton. The Neuro-2A cells were exposed to 0, 1, 2, 4 and 6 mM sodium fluoride (NaF) for 24 h. Cell viability and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release were examined. It was observed that exposure to NaF reduced cell viability, disrupted cellular membrane integrity, and high levels of LDH were released...
June 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719877/functional-genomic-assessment-of-2-2-bis-bromomethyl-1-3-propanediol-induced-cytotoxicity-in-a-single-gene-knockout-library-of-e-%C3%A2-coli
#15
Miao Guan, Xiaowei Zhang
Functional gene fingerprinting of chemicals could be used to understand the direct gene-chemical interaction in the process of toxification from a genome-wide scale. 2, 2-bis (bromomethyl)-1, 3-propanediol (BMP) is a brominated flame retardant with widespread production but with very limited toxicological data. Here the cytotoxicity of BMP was assessed by Escherichia coli (E. coli) functional genome-wide knockout mutants screening and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. The median inhibition concentration (IC50) of BMP was 1...
July 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719870/effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-on-estrogen-receptor-alpha-and-heat-shock-protein-60-gene-expression-in-primary-cultures-of-loggerhead-sea-turtle-caretta-caretta-erythrocytes
#16
Paolo Cocci, Martina Capriotti, Gilberto Mosconi, Francesco Alessandro Palermo
The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) can be considered a good indicator species for studying the ecological impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on wildlife. However, the effect of these environmental pollutants on nuclear steroid hormone signaling has not yet been addressed in sea turtles mainly due to the legal constraints of their endangered status. Here we describe the use of primary erythrocyte cell cultures as in vitro models for evaluating the effects of different EDCs on the expression of estrogen receptor α (ERα)...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719867/tissue-homeostasis-and-aging-new-insight-from-the-fly-intestine
#17
REVIEW
Louis Gervais, Allison J Bardin
Adult somatic stem cells facilitate tissue homeostasis throughout the life of the organism. The mechanisms controlling stem cell activity are under intense scrutiny, with the aims of elucidating how they mediate tissue homeostasis, contribute to age-related decline of adult tissues, and promote tumorigenesis. Recently, the use of model systems such as the Drosophila intestine has enriched our understanding of how stem cells integrate local and systemic signals to maintain tissue and organs function in physiological conditions of homeostasis or after damage...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719866/cell-competition-in-mammals-novel-homeostatic-machinery-for-embryonic-development-and-cancer-prevention
#18
REVIEW
Takeshi Maruyama, Yasuyuki Fujita
In the multi-cellular community, cells with different properties often compete with each other for survival and space. This process is named cell competition and was originally discovered in Drosophila. Recent studies have revealed that comparable phenomena also occur in mammals under various physiological and pathological conditions. Within the epithelium, normal cells often recognize the presence of the neighboring transformed cells and actively eliminate them from the epithelium; a process termed EDAC (Epithelial Defense Against Cancer)...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719864/in-vivo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-pancreatic-tumors-using-iron-oxide-nanoworms-targeted-with-ptr86-peptide
#19
Yasaman Ahmadi, Genady Kostenich, Mor Oron-Herman, Wolfgang Wadsak, Markus Mitterhauser, Arie Orenstein, Siroos Mirzaei, Peter Knoll
To cut the high mortality rate of malignant disease such as pancreatic cancer, development of newly diagnostic probes for early stage detection of tumor lesions is required. Multimodal imaging nanoprobes allowing targeted and real time functional/anatomical imaging of tumors meet the demands. For this purpose, a MRI/optical dual-modality probe based on biodegradable magnetic iron oxide nanoworms has been developed. The cross-linked surface of nanoworms were anchored to fluorescent dyes and to FITC.PTR86; a novel synthetic peptide with high affinity towards somatostatin receptors...
July 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719862/green-biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-leaves-extract-of-artemisia-vulgaris-and-their-potential-biomedical-applications
#20
Tahir Rasheed, Muhammad Bilal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Chuanlong Li
Biosynthesis of nanoparticles from plant extracts is receiving enormous interest due to their abundant availability and a broad spectrum of bioactive reducing metabolites. In this study, the reducing potential of Artemisia vulgaris leaves extract (AVLE) was investigated for synthesizing silver nanoparticles without the addition of any external reducing or capping agent. The appearance of blackish brown color evidenced the complete synthesis of nanoparticles. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscope (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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