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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636167/berberine-ameliorates-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-suppressing-th17-cell-responses-via-inducing-cortistatin-in-the-gut
#1
Mengfan Yue, Yufeng Xia, Can Shi, Chunge Guan, Yunfan Li, Rui Liu, Zhifeng Wei, Yue Dai
Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has been reported to ameliorate various autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis by oral administration. However, its mechanism remains mysterious due to an extremely low bioavailability. The fact that berberine is easy to accumulate in gut, the largest endocrine organ in the body, attracts us to explore its anti-arthritic mechanism in view of the induction of intestinal immunosuppressive neuropeptides. In this study, berberine (200 mg/kg, i.g.) was shown to ameliorate collagen-induced arthritis in rats, which was manifested by the reduction of clinical signs and joint destruction, as well as marked down-regulation of Th17 cell frequency and IL-17 level in blood...
June 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636137/the-experience-of-waiting-for-a-kidney-transplant-a-qualitative-study
#2
Tania Burns, Ritin Fernandez, Moira Stephens
BACKGROUND: In Australia over 1100 people are living on dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. Worldwide there are an estimated 170,000 people who wait an average of three years before an organ becomes available. OBJECTIVE: To provide an understanding of the lived experience of people waiting on dialysis for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor. APPROACH: A qualitative descriptive research design was used...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636132/trpc1-and-trpc3-dependent-ca-2-signaling-in-mouse-cortical-astrocytes-affects-injury-evoked-astrogliosis-in-vivo
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Thabet Belkacemi, Alexander Niermann, Laura Hofmann, Ulrich Wissenbach, Lutz Birnbaumer, Petra Leidinger, Christina Backes, Eckart Meese, Andreas Keller, Xianshu Bai, Anja Scheller, Frank Kirchhoff, Stephan E Philipp, Petra Weissgerber, Veit Flockerzi, Andreas Beck
Following brain injury astrocytes change into a reactive state, proliferate and grow into the site of lesion, a process called astrogliosis, initiated and regulated by changes in cytoplasmic Ca(2+) . Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels may contribute to Ca(2+) influx but their presence and possible function in astrocytes is not known. By RT-PCR and RNA sequencing we identified transcripts of Trpc1, Trpc2, Trpc3, and Trpc4 in FACS-sorted glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST)-positive cultured mouse cortical astrocytes and subcloned full-length Trpc1 and Trpc3 cDNAs from these cells...
June 21, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636034/upregulation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-mediates-the-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-casein-glycomacropeptide-gmp-hydrolysates-in-lps-stimulated-macrophages
#4
Tiange Li, Xue Cheng, Min Du, Bin Chen, Xueying Mao
Recently, we have shown that casein glycomacropeptide hydrolysates (GHP) exhibit both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities in vitro. However, whether heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is involved in the cytoprotective effect of GHP against the inflammatory status remains unclear. Therefore, we hypothesized that HO-1 is a potential target of GHP, which mediates its anti-inflammatory effect. Here, GHP inhibited the intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) expression and enhanced reduced glutathione (GSH) levels in LPS-stimulated RAW264...
June 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635997/a-spin-column-free-approach-to-sodium-hydroxide-based-glycan-permethylation
#5
Yueming Hu, Chad R Borges
Glycan permethylation was introduced as a tool to facilitate the study of glycans in 1903. Since that time, permethylation procedures have been continually modified to improve permethylation efficiency and qualitative applicability. Typically, however, either laborious preparation steps or cumbersome and uneconomical spin columns have been needed to obtain decent permethylation yields on small glycan samples. Here we describe a spin column-free (SCF) glycan permethylation procedure that is applicable to both O- and N-linked glycans and can be employed upstream to intact glycan analysis by MALDI-MS, ESI-MS, or glycan linkage analysis by GC-MS...
June 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635656/screening-and-identification-of-the-metabolites-in-rat-plasma-and-urine-after-oral-administration-of-areca-catechu-l-nut-extract-by-ultra-high-pressure-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-linear-ion-trap-orbitrap-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Lulu Li, Zhiqiang Luo, Yang Liu, Hao Wang, Aoxue Liu, Guohua Yu, Mengwei Li, Ruirui Yang, Xinjing Chen, Jialian Zhu, Baosheng Zhao
Areca catechu L. nut, a well-known toxic traditional herbal medicine, has been widely used to treat various diseases in China and many other Asian countries for centuries. However, to date the in vivo absorption and metabolism of its multiple bioactive or toxic components still remain unclear. In this study, liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry was used to analyze the major components and their metabolites in rat plasma and urine after oral administration of Areca catechu L. nut extract (ACNE)...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635653/virtual-screening-against-phosphoglycerate-kinase-1-in-quest-of-novel-apoptosis-inhibitors
#7
Jie Xia, Bo Feng, Qianhang Shao, Yuhe Yuan, Xiang Simon Wang, Naihong Chen, Song Wu
Inhibition of apoptosis is a potential therapy to treat human diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease), stroke, and sepsis. Due to the lack of druggable targets, it remains a major challenge to discover apoptosis inhibitors. The recent repositioning of a marketed drug (i.e., terazosin) as an anti-apoptotic agent uncovered a novel target (i.e., human phosphoglycerate kinase 1 (hPgk1)). In this study, we developed a virtual screening (VS) pipeline based on the X-ray structure of Pgk1/terazosin complex and applied it to a screening campaign for potential anti-apoptotic agents...
June 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635624/effects-of-type-1-diabetes-risk-alleles-on-immune-cell-gene-expression
#8
REVIEW
Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan
Genetic studies have identified 61 variants associated with the risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The functions of most of the non-HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) genetic variants remain unknown. We found that only 16 of these risk variants could potentially be linked to a protein-coding change. Therefore, we investigated whether these variants affected susceptibility by regulating changes in gene expression. To do so, we examined whole transcriptome profiles of 600 samples from the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (T1DGC)...
June 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635587/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-ophioviridae
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María Laura García, Elena Dal Bó, John V da Graça, Selma Gago-Zachert, John Hammond, Pedro Moreno, Tomohide Natsuaki, Vicente Pallás, Jose A Navarro, Carina A Reyes, Gabriel Robles Luna, Takahide Sasaya, Ioannis E Tzanetakis, Anna María Vaira, Martin Verbeek, Ictv Report Consortium
The Ophioviridae is a family of filamentous plant viruses, with single-stranded negative, and possibly ambisense, RNA genomes of 11.3-12.5 kb divided into 3-4 segments, each encapsidated separately. Virions are naked filamentous nucleocapsids, forming kinked circles of at least two different contour lengths. The sole genus, Ophiovirus, includes seven species. Four ophioviruses are soil-transmitted and their natural hosts include trees, shrubs, vegetables and bulbous or corm-forming ornamentals, both monocots and dicots...
June 21, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635554/summary-of-the-bill-morgan-memorial-symposium-part-1-biology-epidemiology-and-radiation-protection
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Kathryn D Held, Nobuyuki Hamada
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635496/internet-based-peer-support-for-m%C3%A3-ni%C3%A3-re-s-disease-a-summary-of-web-based-data-collection-impact-evaluation-and-user-evaluation
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Ilmari Pyykkő, Vinaya Manchaiah, Hilla Levo, Erna Kentala, Martti Juhola
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a summary of web-based data collection, impact evaluation, and user evaluations of an Internet-based peer support program for Ménière's disease (MD). DESIGN: The program is written in html-form. The data are stored in a MySQL database and uses machine learning in the diagnosis of MD. The program works interactively with the user and assesses the participant's disorder profile in various dimensions (i.e., symptoms, impact, personal traits, and positive attitude)...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634715/regulatory-element-based-prediction-identifies-new-susceptibility-regulatory-variants-for-osteoporosis
#12
Shi Yao, Yan Guo, Shan-Shan Dong, Ruo-Han Hao, Xiao-Feng Chen, Yi-Xiao Chen, Jia-Bin Chen, Qing Tian, Hong-Wen Deng, Tie-Lin Yang
Despite genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified many susceptibility genes for osteoporosis, it still leaves a large part of missing heritability to be discovered. Integrating regulatory information and GWASs could offer new insights into the biological link between the susceptibility SNPs and osteoporosis. We generated five machine learning classifiers with osteoporosis-associated variants and regulatory features data. We gained the optimal classifier and predicted genome-wide SNPs to discover susceptibility regulatory variants...
June 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634693/rhepo-enhances-cellular-anti-oxidant-capacity-to-protect-long-term-cultured-aging-primary-nerve-cells
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Huqing Wang, Jiaxin Fan, Mengyi Chen, Qingling Yao, Zhen Gao, Guilian Zhang, Haiqin Wu, Xiaorui Yu
Erythropoietin (EPO) may protect the nervous system of animals against aging damage, making it a potential anti-aging drug for the nervous system. However, experimental evidence from natural aging nerve cell models is lacking, and the efficacy of EPO and underlying mechanism of this effect warrant further study. Thus, the present study used long-term cultured primary nerve cells to successfully mimic the natural aging process of nerve cells. Starting on the 11th day of culture, cells were treated with different concentrations of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634269/human-development-heredity-and-evolution
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REVIEW
Ryuichi Nishinakamura, Minoru Takasato
From March 27-29 2017, the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology held a symposium entitled 'Towards Understanding Human Development, Heredity, and Evolution' in Kobe, Japan. Recent advances in technologies including stem cell culture, live imaging, single-cell approaches, next-generation sequencing and genome editing have led to an expansion in our knowledge of human development. Organized by Yoshiya Kawaguchi, Mitinori Saitou, Mototsugu Eiraku, Tomoya Kitajima, Fumio Matsuzaki, Takashi Tsuji and Edith Heard, the symposium covered a broad range of topics including human germline development, epigenetics, organogenesis and evolution...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634213/omega-3-fatty-acids-increase-the-unfolded-protein-response-and-improve-amyloid-%C3%AE-phagocytosis-by-macrophages-of-patients-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Henry M Olivera-Perez, Larry Lam, Johnny Dang, Weilan Jiang, Fabian Rodriguez, Elizabeth Rigali, Sarah Weitzman, Verna Porter, Liudmilla Rubi, Marco Morselli, Matteo Pellegrini, Milan Fiala
Mϕs of patients with Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are defective in amyloid-β1-42 (Aβ) phagocytosis and have low resistance to apoptosis by Aβ. ω-3 in vitro and in vivo and the ω-3 mediator, resolvin D1, in vitro increase Aβ phagocytosis by Mϕs of patients with MCI. We have investigated the unfolded protein response (UPR) to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress by Mϕs in a longitudinal study of fish-derived, ω-3-supplemented patients with MCI. Patients in the apolipoprotein E (ApoE)e3/e3 subgroup over time exhibited an increase of protein kinase RNA-like ER kinase (PERK) expression, Aβ phagocytosis, intermediate M1-M2 Mϕ type, and a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) rate of change of +1...
June 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634078/astrocytes-regulate-the-expression-of-sp1r3-on-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells-through-cx47-and-promote-their-proliferation
#16
Dan Xu, Zhaoyu Liu, Shang Wang, Yan Peng, Xiaochuan Sun
Many degenerative diseases of the central nervous system are associated with demyelination. Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) are potential stem cells that can differentiate into various cell types, including oligodendrocytes (OLs). Promoting the proliferation and differentiation of OPCs into mature OLs that can myelinate axons is the key to stimulate remyelination. Here, we report that astrocytes (ASTs) increase the number of sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors 3 (S1pR3) on OPCs and promote OPCs proliferation through a direct contact via connexin 47 (Cx47)...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633683/plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-is-regulated-through-dietary-fat-intake-and-heritability-studies-in-twins
#17
Anna Janina Engstler, Turid Frahnow, Michael Kruse, Andreas Friedrich Hermann Pfeiffer, Ina Bergheim
In different pathophysiological conditions plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) plasma concentrations are elevated. As dietary patterns are considered to influence PAI-1 concentration, we aimed to determine active PAI-1 plasma concentrations and mRNA expression in adipose tissue before and after consumption of a high-fat diet (HFD) and the impact of additive genetic effects herein in humans. For 6 weeks, 46 healthy, non-obese pairs of twins (aged 18-70) received a normal nutritionally balanced diet (ND) followed by an isocaloric HFD for 6 weeks...
June 21, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633591/approaches-in-topical-ocular-drug-delivery-and-developments-in-the-use-of-contact-lenses-as-drug-delivery-devices
#18
Prina Mehta, Rita Haj-Ahmad, Ali Al-Kinani, Muhammad Sohail Arshad, Ming-Wei Chang, Raid G Alany, Zeeshan Ahmad
Drug-delivery approaches have diversified over the last two decades with the emergence of nanotechnologies, smart polymeric systems and multimodal functionalities. The intended target for specific treatment of disease is the key defining developing parameter. One such area which has undergone significant advancements relates to ocular delivery. This has been expedited by the development of material advancement, mechanistic concepts and through the deployment of advanced process technologies. This review will focus on the developments within lens-based drug delivery while touching on conventional and current methods of topical ocular drug delivery...
July 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633509/a-qualitative-study-exploring-awareness-and-attitudes-towards-tuberculosis-in-migrant-populations-in-a-metropolitan-district-council-in-the-north-of-england
#19
C E Humphreys, A Lee, C Offer, R Spencer-Henshall, E Okereke
Background: The majority of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the UK occur among people born in high-burden countries (73%), and are concentrated in large urban centres. This study explores migrants' attitudes and beliefs towards TB in an English District where the incidence is higher than the UK average. Methods: Community engagement workers ran 26 focus groups using a standardized questionnaire. Purposeful sampling was used to obtain a cross-section of migrant communities...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632912/surveillance-and-early-warning-systems-of-infectious-disease-in-china-from-2012-to-2014
#20
Honglong Zhang, Liping Wang, Shengjie Lai, Zhongjie Li, Qiao Sun, Peng Zhang
Appropriate surveillance and early warning of infectious diseases have very useful roles in disease control and prevention. In 2004, China established the National Notifiable Infectious Disease Surveillance System and the Public Health Emergency Event Surveillance System to report disease surveillance and events on the basis of data sources from the National Notifiable Infectious Disease Surveillance System, China Infectious Disease Automated-alert and Response System in this country. This study provided a descriptive summary and a data analysis, from 2012 to 2014, of these 3 key surveillance and early warning systems of infectious disease in China with the intent to provide suggestions for system improvement and perfection...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
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