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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922635/increased-plasma-levels-of-circulating-cell-free-mitochondrial-dna-in-suicide-attempters-associations-with-hpa-axis-hyperactivity
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D Lindqvist, J Fernström, C Grudet, L Ljunggren, L Träskman-Bendz, L Ohlsson, Å Westrin
Preclinical data suggest that chronic stress may cause cellular damage and mitochondrial dysfunction, potentially leading to the release of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) into the bloodstream. Major depressive disorder has been associated with an increased amount of mtDNA in leukocytes from saliva samples and blood; however, no previous studies have measured plasma levels of free-circulating mtDNA in a clinical psychiatric sample. In this study, free circulating mtDNA was quantified in plasma samples from 37 suicide attempters, who had undergone a dexamethasone suppression test (DST), and 37 healthy controls...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918072/fgf-suppresses-poldip2-expression-in-osteoblasts
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Sakie Katsumura, Yayoi Izu, Takayuki Yamada, Kathy Griendling, Kiyoshi Harada, Masaki Noda, Yoichi Ezura
Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent ageing-associated diseases that are soaring in the modern world. Although various aspects of the disease have been investigated to understand the bases of osteoporosis, the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying bone loss is still incompletely understood. Poldip2 is a molecule that has been shown to be involved in cell migration of vascular cells and angiogenesis. However, expression of Poldip2 and its regulation in bone cells were not known. Therefore, we examined the Poldip2 mRNA expression and the effects of bone regulators on the Poldip2 expression in osteoblasts...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911275/microrna-25-targets-pkc%C3%AE-and-protects-osteoblastic-cells-from-dexamethasone-via-activating-ampk-signaling
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Jian-Bo Fan, Wei Liu, Xin-Hui Zhu, Hong Yi, Sheng-Yu Cui, Jian-Ning Zhao, Zhi-Ming Cui
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation could protect osteoblasts from dexamethasone (Dex). This study aims to provoke AMPK activation via microRNA downregulation of its negative regulator protein kinase C ζ (PKCζ). Results show that microRNA-25-5p (miR-25-5p) targets PKCζ's 3' untranslated regions (UTRs). Forced-expression of miR-25 downregulated PKCζ and activated AMPK in human osteoblastic cells (OB-6 and hFOB1.19 lines), which thereafter protected cells from Dex. Reversely, expression of antagomiR-25, the miR-25 inhibitor, upregulated PKCζ and inhibited AMPK activation, exacerbating Dex damages...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903577/adrenal-cushing-syndrome-with-detectable-acth-from-an-unexpected-source
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Thinzar M Lwin, Nehal Galal, Shweta Gera, Jennifer L Marti
Mixed corticomedullary adrenal tumours (MCMT) are rare. We describe the second reported case of a male patient presenting with hypertension and Cushing syndrome with MCMT. A man aged 48 years presented with hypertension and signs of Cushing syndrome. 24-hour urine cortisol was elevated, with detectable adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). A high-dose dexamethasone suppression test indicated an adrenal or ectopic Cushing syndrome. Plasma metanephrines were normal. A 3 cm left adrenal mass was identified without potential ectopic sources of ACTH on imaging...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901643/bilateral-testicular-tumors-resulting-in-recurrent-cushing-s-syndrome-after-bilateral-adrenalectomy
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Troy Puar, Manon Engels, Antonius E van Herwaarden, Fred C G J Sweep, Christina Hulsbergen-van de Kaa, Karin Kamphuis-van Ulzen, Vasileios Chortis, Wiebke Arlt, Nike Stikkelbroeck, Hedi L Claahsen-van der Grinten, Ad R M M Hermus
CONTEXT: Recurrence of hypercortisolism in patients after bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's disease is extremely rare. PATIENT: We present a rare case of a 27-year-old man who previously underwent bilateral adrenalectomy for Cushing's disease with complete clinical resolution. Cushingoid features recurred 12 years later, along with bilateral testicular enlargement. Hormonal tests confirmed ACTH-dependent Cushing's. Surgical resection of the testicular tumors led to clinical and biochemical remission...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897418/suppression-of-muscle-wasting-by-the-plant-derived-compound-ursolic-acid-in-a-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Rizhen Yu, Ji-An Chen, Jing Xu, Jin Cao, Yanlin Wang, Sandhya S Thomas, Zhaoyong Hu
BACKGROUND: Muscle wasting in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and other catabolic disorders contributes to morbidity and mortality, and there are no therapeutic interventions that regularly and safely block losses of muscle mass. We have obtained evidence that impaired IGF-1/insulin signalling and increases in glucocorticoids, myostatin and/or inflammatory cytokines that contribute to the development of muscle wasting in catabolic disorders by activating protein degradation. METHODS: Using in vitro and in vivo models of muscle wasting associated with CKD or dexamethasone administration, we measured protein synthesis and degradation and examined mechanisms by which ursolic acid, derived from plants, could block the loss of muscle mass stimulated by CKD or excessive levels of dexamethasone...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890916/polydatin-ameliorates-staphylococcus-aureus-induced-mastitis-in-mice-via-inhibiting-tlr2-mediated-activation-of-the-p38-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Kang-Feng Jiang, Gan Zhao, Gan-Zhen Deng, Hai-Chong Wu, Nan-Nan Yin, Xiu-Ying Chen, Chang-Wei Qiu, Xiu-Li Peng
Recent studies show that Polydatin (PD) extracted from the roots of Polygonum cuspidatum Sieb, a widely used traditional Chinese remedies, possesses anti-inflammatory activity in several experimental models. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of PD on Staphylococcus aureus-induced mastitis in mice and elucidated the potential mechanisms. In mice with S aureus-induced mastitis, administration of PD (15, 30, 45 mg/kg, ip) or dexamethasone (Dex, 5 mg/kg, ip) significantly suppressed the infiltration of inflammatory cells, ameliorated the mammary structural damage, and inhibited the activity of myeloperoxidase, a biomarker of neutrophils accumulation...
November 28, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883963/hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-cognition-in-major-depression-the-role-of-remission-status
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Neus Salvat-Pujol, Javier Labad, Mikel Urretavizcaya, Aida de Arriba-Arnau, Cinto Segalàs, Eva Real, Alex Ferrer, José M Crespo, Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Carles Soriano-Mas, José M Menchón, Virginia Soria
OBJECTIVES: Neuropsychological deficits and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction have been described in major depressive disorder (MDD). We conducted an exploratory study to investigate the role of remission status in the relationship between HPA axis and cognition in MDD. METHODS: Ninety-seven MDD patients (44 remitted, 53 non-remitted) and 97 healthy controls (HC) were evaluated. We measured verbal and visual memory, working memory, processing speed, attention, and executive function...
November 10, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871027/trauma-exposure-relates-to-heightened-stress-altered-amygdala-morphology-and-deficient-extinction-learning-implications-for-psychopathology
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Raffaele Cacciaglia, Frauke Nees, Oliver Grimm, Stephanie Ridder, Sebastian T Pohlack, Slawomira J Diener, Claudia Liebscher, Herta Flor
Stress exposure causes a structural reorganization in neurons of the amygdala. In particular, animal models have repeatedly shown that both acute and chronic stress induce neuronal hypertrophy and volumetric increase in the lateral and basolateral nuclei of amygdala. These effects are visible on the behavioral level, where stress enhances anxiety behaviors and provokes greater fear learning. We assessed stress and anxiety levels in a group of 18 healthy human trauma-exposed individuals (TR group) compared to 18 non-exposed matched controls (HC group), and related these measurements to amygdala volume...
November 11, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869314/runx1-orchestrates-sphingolipid-metabolism-and-glucocorticoid-resistance-in-lymphomagenesis
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A Kilbey, A Terry, S Wotton, G Borland, Q Zhang, N Mackay, A McDonald, M Bell, M J O Wakelam, E R Cameron, J C Neil
The three-membered RUNX gene family includes RUNX1, a major mutational target in human leukemias, and displays hallmarks of both tumour suppressors and oncogenes. In mouse models the Runx genes appear to act as conditional oncogenes, as ectopic expression is growth suppressive in normal cells but drives lymphoma development potently when combined with over-expressed Myc or loss of p53. Clues to underlying mechanisms emerged previously from murine fibroblasts where ectopic expression of any of the Runx genes promotes survival through direct and indirect regulation of key enzymes in sphingolipid metabolism associated with a shift in the 'sphingolipid rheostat' from ceramide to sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P)...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868125/coumestrol-modulates-akt-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-during-the-attenuation-of-adipogenesis
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Young Jin Jang, Hyo Jeong Son, Jiyun Ahn, Chang Hwa Jung, Taeyoul Ha
Coumestrol is a natural phytochemical present in plants such as red clover and soy, and has been reported to stimulate the estrogen receptor as a major phytoestrogen. While the molecular mechanisms responsible for the anti-adipogenic effects of phytoestrogens such as genistein and daidzein have been previously investigated, the effects of coumestrol on adipogenesis remain to be elucidated. We observed that coumestrol dose-dependently attenuates MDI (mixture of 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, dexamethasone, and insulin)-induced lipid accumulation, consistent with an earlier study, while significantly inhibiting MDI-induced adipogenesis in the first 48 hours of differentiation, a critical time window for anti-adipogenic effects...
November 21, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866327/mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-the-adverse-effects-of-immunosuppressive-drugs-on-distinct-t-cell-subopulations
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Michaela Hajkova, Barbora Hermankova, Eliska Javorkova, Pavla Bohacova, Alena Zajicova, Vladimir Holan, Magdalena Krulova
Immunosuppressive drugs are widely used to treat undesirable immune reaction, however their clinical use is often limited by harmful side effects. The combined application of immunosuppressive agents with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) offers a promising alternative approach that enables the reduction of immunosuppressive agent doses and simultaneously maintains or improves the outcome of therapy. The present study aimed to determinate the effects of immunosuppressants on individual T cell subpopulations and to investigate the efficacy of MSC-based treatment combined with immunosuppressive drugs...
November 19, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865591/outcome-of-adrenalectomy-for-subclinical-hypercortisolism-and-cushing-syndrome
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Marco Raffaelli, Carmela De Crea, Gerardo D'Amato, Pierpaolo Gallucci, Celestino P Lombardi, Rocco Bellantone
BACKGROUND: We compared operative and metabolic outcomes in patients with subclinical Cushing syndrome and Cushing syndrome caused by unilateral adrenal lesion, aiming to clarify the role of glucocorticoid replacement treatment in patients with subclinical Cushing syndrome after adrenalectomy. METHODS: The medical records of all the patients who underwent unilateral adrenalectomy for subclinical Cushing syndrome or Cushing syndrome were reviewed. Diagnostic criteria for subclinical Cushing syndrome were a pathologic dexamethasone suppression test plus 2 additional criteria...
November 16, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863548/impact-of-in-vitro-treatments-of-physiological-levels-of-estradiol-and-progesterone-observed-in-pregnancy-on-bovine-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cell-differentiation-and-maturation
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Brianna Pomeroy, Suzanne Klaessig, Ynte Schukken
The specific factors which regulate differentiation and maturation of dendritic cells in bovine pregnancy remain unclear. We evaluated the influence of physiologically relevant in vitro treatments of progesterone (PG) and estradiol (E2) observed in late pregnancy on the differentiation and maturation of CD14+ monocyte-derived dendritic cell (moDC) from non-pregnant, lactating dairy cows (n=7). We found that moDC differentiated in the presence of both E2 and PG had impaired E. coli-induced phenotypic maturation, specifically a significant reduction in CD80 and MHC II expression...
December 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855236/vandetanib-induces-a-marked-anti-tumor-effect-and-amelioration-of-ectopic-cushing-s-syndrome-in-a-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma-patient
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Hashem Bseiso, Naama Lev-Cohain, David J Gross, Simona Grozinsky-Glasberg
: A 55-year-old woman diagnosed with sporadic MTC underwent total thyroidectomy 20 years ago. After the first surgery, elevated calcitonin levels in parallel with local disease persistence were noted and therefore she underwent repeated neck dissections. During follow-up, multiple foci of metastatic disease were noted in the neck and mediastinal lymph nodes, lungs and bones; however, the disease had an indolent course for a number of years, in parallel with a calcitonin doubling time of more than two years and without significant symptoms...
2016: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853364/curcumin-modulates-the-effect-of-histone-modification-on-the-expression-of-chemokines-by-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-in-a-rat-copd-model
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Lixing Gan, Chengye Li, Jian Wang, Xuejun Guo
BACKGROUND: Studies have suggested that histone modification has a positive impact on various aspects associated with the progression of COPD. Histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) suppresses proinflammatory gene expression through deacetylation of core histones. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of histone modification on the expression of chemokines in type II alveolar epithelial cells (AEC II) in a rat COPD model and regulation of HDAC2 expression by curcumin in comparison with corticosteroid...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846826/natural-product-htp-screening-for-antibacterial-e-coli-0157-h7-and-anti-inflammatory-agents-in-lps-from-e-coli-o111-b4-activated-macrophages-and-microglial-cells-focus-on-sepsis
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Elizabeth A Mazzio, Nan Li, David Bauer, Patricia Mendonca, Equar Taka, Mohammed Darb, Leeshawn Thomas, Henry Williams, Karam F A Soliman
BACKGROUND: Acute systemic inflammatory response syndrome arising from infection can lead to multiple organ failure and death, with greater susceptibility occurring in immunocompromised individuals. Moreover, sub-acute chronic inflammation is a contributor to the pathology of diverse degenerative diseases (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and arthritis). Given the known limitations in Western medicine to treat a broad range of inflammatory related illness as well as the emergence of antibiotic resistance, there is a renewed interest in complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) to achieve these means...
November 15, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846404/local-release-of-dexamethasone-from-macroporous-scaffolds-accelerates-islet-transplant-engraftment-by-promotion-of-anti-inflammatory-m2-macrophages
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Kaiyuan Jiang, Jessica D Weaver, Yangjunyi Li, Xiongjian Chen, Jiapu Liang, Cherie L Stabler
Transplant-associated inflammatory responses generate an unfavorable microenvironment for tissue engraftment, particularly for cells susceptible to inflammatory stress, such as pancreatic islets. The localized delivery of anti-inflammatory agents, such as glucocorticoids, offers a promising approach to minimize the detrimental side effects associated with systemic delivery; however, the dosage must be carefully tailored to avoid deleterious responses, such as poor engraftment. Herein, we employed a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based three-dimensional scaffold platform for the local and controlled delivery of dexamethasone (Dex)...
November 5, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845381/fasting-and-feeding-signals-control-the-oscillatory-expression-of-angptl8-to-modulate-lipid-metabolism
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Fabin Dang, Rong Wu, Pengfei Wang, Yuting Wu, Md Shofiul Azam, Qian Xu, Yaqiong Chen, Yi Liu
Emerging evidence implies a key role of angiopoietin-like protein 8 (Angptl8) in the metabolic transition between fasting and feeding, whereas much less is known about the mechanism of its own expression. Here we show that hepatic Angptl8 is rhythmically expressed, which involving the liver X receptor alpha (LXRα) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) modulation during feeding and fasting periods, respectively. In addition, Angptl8 mRNA is very unstable, which contributes to the nature of its daily rhythmicity by rapidly responding to fasting/feeding transition...
November 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842921/suppression-of-osteoblast-related-genes-during-osteogenic-differentiation-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells
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Yahya Açil, Amir Alexander Ghoniem, Aydin Gülses, Tobias Kisch, Felix Stang, Jörg Wiltfang, Matthias Gierloff
Recent studies indicated a lower osteogenic differentiation potential of adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) compared to bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of potent combinations of highly osteogenic bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) in order to enhance the osteogenic differentiation potential of ASCs. Human ASCs were cultured for 10 days in the presence of osteogenic medium consisting of dexamethasone, ß-glycerophosphate and ascorbat-2-phosphate (OM) supplemented with BMP-2, BMP-6, BMP-9+IGF-2 and BMP-2,-6,-9 (day 1+2: 50 ng/ml, days 3-6: 100 ng/ml, days 7-10: 200 ng/ml)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
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