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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903071/reduced-levels-and-bioactivity-of-endogenous-protease-cathepsin-d-in-genital-tract-secretions-of-postmenopausal-women
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Mariel Jais, Naji Younes, Stacey Chapman, Susan Cu-Uvin, Mimi Ghosh
PROBLEM: HIV infections are increasing in older adult populations. Although it is known that the HIV/AIDS epidemics affect women disproportionately, little is known regarding immune responses in reproductive tract of postmenopausal women, specifically regarding endogenous proteases that modulate inflammation, tissue remodeling and wound healing. METHOD OF STUDY: Levels and bioactivity of endogenous proteases Cathepsin B, D, G, and Neutrophil Elastase were measured in cervical vaginal lavage collected from 20 HIV-negative pre- and postmenopausal women...
November 30, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899813/the-pro-fibrotic-role-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-experimental-liver-injury
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Xin M Wang, Lauren E Holz, Sumaiya Chowdhury, Shaun P Cordoba, Kathryn A Evans, Margaret G Gall, Ana Júlia Vieira de Ribeiro, Yuan Zhou Zheng, Miriam T Levy, Denise M T Yu, Tsun-Wen Yao, Natasa Polak, Christopher J Jolly, Patrick Bertolino, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Mark D Gorrell
Liver fibrosis is a progressive pathological process involving inflammation and extracellular matrix deposition. Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), also known as CD26, is a cell surface glycoprotein and serine protease. DPP4 binds to fibronectin, can inactivate specific chemokines, incretin hormone and neuropeptides, and influences cell adhesion and migration. Such properties suggest a pro-fibrotic role for this peptidase but this hypothesis needs in vivo examination. Experimental liver injury was induced with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in DPP4 gene knockout (gko) mice...
November 30, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898727/biological-markers-for-pulpal-inflammation-a-systematic-review
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Dan-Krister Rechenberg, Johnah C Galicia, Ove A Peters
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Pulpitis is mainly caused by an opportunistic infection of the pulp space with commensal oral microorganisms. Depending on the state of inflammation, different treatment regimes are currently advocated. Predictable vital pulp therapy depends on accurate determination of the pulpal status that will allow repair to occur. The role of several players of the host response in pulpitis is well documented: cytokines, proteases, inflammatory mediators, growth factors, antimicrobial peptides and others contribute to pulpal defense mechanisms; these factors may serve as biomarkers that indicate the status of the pulp...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896225/the-urokinase-urokinase-receptor-system-in-mast-cells-effects-of-its-functional-interaction-with-fmlf-receptors
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Francesca Wanda Rossi, Nella Prevete, Felice Rivellese, Filomena Napolitano, Nunzia Montuori, Loredana Postiglione, Carmine Selleri, Amato de Paulis
Mast cell and basophils express the high affinity receptor for IgE (FcɛRI) and are primary effector cells of allergic disorders. The urokinase (uPA)-mediated plasminogen activation system is involved in physiological and pathological events based on cell migration and tissue remodelling, such as inflammation, wound healing, angiogenesis and metastasis. uPA is a serine protease that binds uPAR, a high affinity glycosyl-phosphatidyl-inositol (GPI)-anchored receptor. uPAR focuses uPA activity at the cell surface and activates intracellular signaling through lateral interactions with integrins, receptor tyrosine kinases and the G-protein-coupled family of fMLF chemotaxis receptors (FPRs)...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894344/siropins-novel-serine-protease-inhibitors-from-gut-microbiota-acting-on-human-proteases-involved-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Héla Mkaouar, Nizar Akermi, Vincent Mariaule, Samira Boudebbouze, Nadia Gaci, Florette Szukala, Nicolas Pons, Josan Marquez, Ali Gargouri, Emmanuelle Maguin, Moez Rhimi
BACKGROUND: In eukaryotes, the serpins constitute a wide family of protease inhibitors regulating many physiological pathways. Many reports stressed the key role of serpins in several human physiopathologies including mainly the inflammatory bowel diseases. In this context, eukaryotic serpins were largely studied and their use to limit inflammation was reported. In comparison to that, bacterial serpins and mainly those from human gut microbiota remain poorly studied. RESULTS: The two genes encoding for putative serpins from the human gut bacterium Eubacterium sireaum, display low sequence identities...
November 29, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885058/association-between-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-and-arterial-stiffness-in-children
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Justin S Kuilder, Nikmah S Idris, Diederick E Grobbee, Michiel L Bots, Michael Mh Cheung, David Burgner, Nia Kurniati, Cuno Spm Uiterwaal
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk and adverse cardiovascular outcome in adults. Early recognition of changes in vascular properties might prove essential in cardiovascular prevention in HIV-infected patients. We investigated the relations between HIV infection and arterial stiffness in children. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 51 HIV-infected and 52 healthy children (age 3.2-14...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880950/protease-activated-receptor-1-contributes-to-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiovascular-remodeling-and-inflammation
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Silvio Antoniak, Jessica C Cardenas, Laura J Buczek, Frank C Church, Nigel Mackman, Rafal Pawlinski
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin II (Ang II) plays an important role in cardiovascular disease. It also leads to the activation of coagulation. The coagulation protease thrombin induces cellular responses by activating protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR-1). We investigated whether PAR-1 contributes to Ang II-induced cardiovascular remodeling and inflammation. METHODS AND RESULTS: PAR-1+/+ (wild-type; WT) and PAR-1-/- mice were infused with Ang II (600 ng/kg/min) for up to 4 weeks...
November 24, 2016: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876233/role-of-platelets-in-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-net-production-and-tissue-injury
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Seok-Joo Kim, Craig N Jenne
In addition to their well-known role as the cellular mediator of thrombosis, numerous studies have identified key roles for platelets during various disease processes. Importantly, platelets play a critical role in the host immune response, directly interacting with, and eliminating pathogens, from the blood stream. In addition to pathogen clearance, platelets also contribute to leukocyte recruitment at sites of infection and inflammation, and modulate leukocyte activity. Platelet interaction with activated neutrophils is a potent inducer of neutrophil extracellular trap (NET)...
November 18, 2016: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870483/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-regenerating-tail-versus-the-scarring-limb-in-lizard-reveals-pathways-leading-to-successful-versus-unsuccessful-organ-regeneration-in-amniotes
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Nicola Vitulo, Luisa Dalla Valle, Tatjana Skobo, Giorgio Valle, Lorenzo Alibardi
BACKGROUND: lizards are amniotes regenerating the tail but not the limb and no information on their different gene expression is available. RESULTS: transcriptomes of regenerating tail and limb blastemas show differences in gene expression between the two organs. In tail blastema snoRNAs and Wnt signals appear up-regulated probably in association with the Apical Epidermal Peg (AEP), an epithelial region that sustains tail regeneration but is absent in the limb. A balance between pro-oncogenes and tumor suppressors is likely present in tail blastema allowing a regulated proliferation...
November 21, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862491/alarmins-and-central-nervous-system-inflammation-in-hiv-associated-neurological-disorders
#10
M-L Gougeon
In the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) persist in infected individuals with adequate immunological and virological status. Risk factors for cognitive impairment include hepatitis C virus co-infection, host genetic factors predisposing to HAND, the early establishment of the virus in the CNS and its persistence under HAART; thus, the CNS is an important reservoir for HIV. Microglial cells are permissive to HIV-1, and NLRP3 inflammasome-associated genes were found expressed in brains of HIV-1-infected persons, contributing to brain disease...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847826/mast-cells-key-players-in-the-shadow-in-oral-inflammation-and-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-oral-cavity
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REVIEW
Pusa Nela Gaje, Raluca Amalia Ceausu, Adriana Jitariu, Stefan Ioan Stratul, Laura-Cristina Rusu, Ramona Amina Popovici, Marius Raica
Although mast cells (MCs) have been discovered over 130 years ago, their function was almost exclusively linked to allergic affections. At the time being, it is well known that MCs possess a great variety of roles, in both physiologic and pathologic conditions. In the oral tissues, MCs release different proinflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), that promote leukocyte infiltration in various inflammatory states of the oral cavity. These cells play a key role in the inflammatory process and, as a consequence, their number changes in different pathologic conditions of the oral cavity, like gingivitis, periodontitis, and so on...
2016: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847555/sulforaphane-protects-pancreatic-acinar-cell-injury-by-modulating-nrf2-mediated-oxidative-stress-and-nlrp3-inflammatory-pathway
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Zhaojun Dong, Haixiao Shang, Yong Q Chen, Li-Long Pan, Madhav Bhatia, Jia Sun
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is characterized by early activation of intra-acinar proteases followed by acinar cell death and inflammation. Cellular oxidative stress is a key mechanism underlying these pathological events. Sulforaphane (SFN) is a natural organosulfur antioxidant with undescribed effects on AP. Here we investigated modulatory effects of SFN on cellular oxidation and inflammation in AP. AP was induced by cerulean hyperstimulation in BALB/c mice. Treatment group received a single dose of 5 mg/kg SFN for 3 consecutive days before AP...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845447/novel-method-to-rescue-a-lethal-phenotype-through-integration-of-target-gene-onto-the-x-chromosome
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Kazuya Sakata, Kimi Araki, Hiroyasu Nakano, Takashi Nishina, Sachiko Komazawa-Sakon, Shin Murai, Grace E Lee, Daisuke Hashimoto, Chigure Suzuki, Yasuo Uchiyama, Kenji Notohara, Anna S Gukovskaya, Ilya Gukovsky, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Hideo Baba, Masaki Ohmuraya
The loss-of-function mutations of serine protease inhibitor, Kazal type 1 (SPINK1) gene are associated with human chronic pancreatitis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. We previously reported that mice lacking Spink3, the murine homologue of human SPINK1, die perinatally due to massive pancreatic acinar cell death, precluding investigation of the effects of SPINK1 deficiency. To circumvent perinatal lethality, we have developed a novel method to integrate human SPINK1 gene on the X chromosome using Cre-loxP technology and thus generated transgenic mice termed "X-SPINK1"...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845251/heparan-sulfate-heparin-glycosaminoglycan-binding-alters-inhibitory-profile-and-enhances-anticoagulant-function-of-conserved-amblyomma-americanum-tick-saliva-serpin-19
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Željko M Radulović, Albert Mulenga
Some serine protease inhibitor (serpin) regulators of essential life pathways bind glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) to enhance inhibitory functions and achieve physiologically relevant rates. This study demonstrates that highly conserved Amblyomma americanum tick saliva serpin 19 (AAS19), a broad-spectrum inhibitor of hemostasis and inflammation system proteases and anticoagulant, can bind heparan sulfate/heparin (HS)GAGs and that this interaction alters its function. Substrate hydrolysis and unpaired t-test analyses revealed that HSGAG binding caused rAAS19 inhibitory activity to: (i) significantly increase against blood clotting factors (f) IIa (thrombin) and fIXa, (ii) significantly reduce against fXa and fXIIa and (iii) moderate to no effect against trypsin, kallikrein, papain, and plasmin...
November 12, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843895/biomaterials-and-nanotherapeutics-for-enhancing-skin-wound-healing
#15
REVIEW
Subhamoy Das, Aaron B Baker
Wound healing is an intricate process that requires complex coordination between many cell types and an appropriate extracellular microenvironment. Chronic wounds often suffer from high protease activity, persistent infection, excess inflammation, and hypoxia. While there has been intense investigation to find new methods to improve cutaneous wound care, the management of chronic wounds, burns, and skin wound infection remain challenging clinical problems. Ideally, advanced wound dressings can provide enhanced healing and bridge the gaps in the healing processes that prevent chronic wounds from healing...
2016: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834692/factor-xii-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-thromboembolic-and-inflammatory-diseases
#16
REVIEW
Katrin F Nickel, Andy T Long, Tobias A Fuchs, Lynn M Butler, Thomas Renné
Coagulation factor XII (FXII, Hageman factor) is a plasma protease that in its active form (FXIIa) initiates the procoagulant and proinflammatory contact system. This name arises from FXII's unique mechanism of activation that is induced by binding (contact) to negatively charged surfaces. Various substances have the capacity to trigger FXII contact-activation in vivo including mast cell-derived heparin, misfolded protein aggregates, collagen, nucleic acids, and polyphosphate. FXII deficiency is not associated with bleeding, and for decades, the factor was considered to be dispensable for coagulation in vivo...
November 10, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816000/protease-degradable-microgels-for-protein-delivery-for-vascularization
#17
Greg A Foster, Devon M Headen, Cristina González-García, Manuel Salmerón-Sánchez, Haval Shirwan, Andrés J García
Degradable hydrogels to deliver bioactive proteins represent an emerging platform for promoting tissue repair and vascularization in various applications. However, implanting these biomaterials requires invasive surgery, which is associated with complications such as inflammation, scarring, and infection. To address these shortcomings, we applied microfluidics-based polymerization to engineer injectable poly(ethylene glycol) microgels of defined size and crosslinked with a protease degradable peptide to allow for triggered release of proteins...
January 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806341/exogenous-cathepsin-g-upregulates-cell-surface-mhc-class-i-molecules-on-immune-and-glioblastoma-cells
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Madleen Giese, Nadine Turiello, Nicole Molenda, David Palesch, Annika Meid, Roman Schroeder, Paola Basilico, Charaf Benarafa, Marc-Eric Halatsch, Michal Zimecki, Mike-Andrew Westhoff, Christian Rainer Wirtz, Timo Burster
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules present antigenic peptides to cytotoxic T cells. During an adaptive immune response, MHC molecules are regulated by several mechanisms including lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and interferon gamma (IFN-g). However, it is unclear whether the serine protease cathepsin G (CatG), which is generally secreted by neutrophils at the site of inflammation, might regulate MHC I molecules. We identified CatG, and to a higher extend CatG and lactoferrin (LF), as an exogenous regulator of cell surface MHC I expression of immune cells and glioblastoma stem cells...
October 28, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806063/biomarker-profiles-in-women-with-pcos-and-pcos-offspring-a-pilot-study
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Nadine M P Daan, Maria P H Koster, Marlieke A de Wilde, Gerdien W Dalmeijer, Annemieke M V Evelein, Bart C J M Fauser, Wilco de Jager
OBJECTIVE: To study metabolic/inflammatory biomarker risk profiles in women with PCOS and PCOS offspring. DESIGN: Cross-sectional comparison of serum biomarkers. SETTING: University Medical Center Utrecht. PATIENTS: Hyperandrogenic PCOS women (HA-PCOS, n = 34), normoandrogenic PCOS women (NA-PCOS, n = 34), non-PCOS reference population (n = 32), PCOS offspring (n = 14, age 6-8 years), and a paedriatic reference population (n = 30)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802588/gene-profiles-in-a-smoke-induced-copd-mouse-lung-model-following-treatment-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#20
You-Sun Kim, Nurdan Kokturk, Ji-Young Kim, Sei Won Lee, Jaeyun Lim, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Yeon-Mok Oh
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) effectively reduce airway inflammation and regenerate the alveolus in cigarette- and elastase-induced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) animal models. The effects of stem cells are thought to be paracrine and immune-modulatory because very few stem cells remain in the lung one day after their systemic injection, which has been demonstrated previously. In this report, we analyzed the gene expression profiles to compare mouse lungs with chronic exposure to cigarette smoke with non-exposed lungs...
October 31, 2016: Molecules and Cells
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