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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726485/annals-express-20%C3%AE-and-20%C3%AE-dihydrocortisone-may-interfere-in-lc-ms-ms-determination-of-cortisol-in-saliva-and-urine
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Marlen Israelsson, Ralph Brattsand, Goran Brattsand
BACKGROUND: LC-MS/MS methods offer high selectivity in cortisol determinations. However, endogenous steroid metabolites may still interfere and compromise the results, for example in the diagnosis of Cushing´s syndrome. Erroneously elevated cortisol may, in particular, be misleading at the low concentrations found in salivary samples obtained at late night and after dexamethasone suppression. METHODS: Interferences in our LC-MS/MS method used for determination of cortisol in saliva and urine were identified by comparing their retention times and mass spectra with those of pure candidate substances...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724321/diospyros-kaki-calyx-inhibits-immediate-type-hypersensitivity-via-the-reduction-of-mast-cell-activation
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Min-Jong Kim, Hae Ran Park, Tae-Yong Shin, Sang-Hyun Kim
CONTEXT: Diospyros kaki L. (Ebenaceae) fruit is widely distributed in Asia and is known to exert anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic effects. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the inhibitory effect of aqueous extract of D. kaki calyx (AEDKC) on mast cell-mediated immediate-type hypersensitivity and underlying mechanism of action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For in vivo, ovalbumin (OVA)-induced active systemic anaphylaxis (ASA) and immunoglobulin (Ig) E-mediated passive cutaneous anaphylaxis (PCA) models were used...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719014/bioavailability-and-tolerability-of-nebulised-dexamethasone-sodium-phosphate-in-adult-horses
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A D Haspel, S Giguère, K A Hart, L J Berghaus, J L Davis
BACKGROUND: Nebulisation of the injectable dexamethasone sodium phosphate (DSP) would offer an inexpensive way of delivering a potent corticosteroid directly to the lungs of horses with asthma. However, this approach would be advantageous only if systemic absorption is minimal and if the preservatives present in the formulation do not induce airway inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the bioavailability of nebulised DSP and to determine whether it induces airway inflammation or hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression in healthy adult horses...
July 18, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717133/insulin-upregulates-betatrophin-expression-via-pi3k-akt-pathway
#4
Puhan Lu, Xi Chen, Zeqing Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Yan Yang, Zhelong Liu, Junhui Xie, Shiying Shao, Xinrong Zhou, Shuhong Hu, Wentao He, Jiajun Zhao, Xuefeng Yu
Betatrophin is regarded as a liver-produced hormone induced by insulin resistance (IR). However, it remains largely unknown how IR regulates betatrophin expression. To study whether IR could regulate betatrophin expression and the corresponding molecular mechanisms, betatrophin levels were examined in 6 in vitro IR models which were established using human hepatocytes L02 with different agents, including tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β, dexamethasone, palmitate, high glucose and insulin and betatrophin levels were elevated only in the insulin group...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714135/yap-suppresses-gluconeogenic-gene-expression-via-pgc1%C3%AE
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Yue Hu, Dong-Ju Shin, Hui Pan, Zhiqiang Lin, Jonathan M Dreyfuss, Fernando D Camargo, Ji Miao, Sudha B Biddinger
Cell growth and proliferation are tightly coupled to metabolism, and dissecting the signaling molecules which link these processes is an important step towards understanding development, regeneration and cancer. The transcriptional regulator Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP) is a key regulator of liver size, development and function. We now show that YAP can also suppress gluconeogenic gene expression. Yap deletion in primary hepatocytes potentiates the gluconeogenic gene response to glucagon and dexamethasone, whereas constitutively active YAP suppresses it...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711783/%C3%AE-patchoulene-from-patchouli-oil-protects-against-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-via-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-activating-nrf2-pathways
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Xiao-Ying Chen, Yao-Xing Dou, Dan-Dan Luo, Zhen-Biao Zhang, Cai-Lan Li, Hui-Fang Zeng, Zi-Ren Su, Jian-Hui Xie, Xiao-Ping Lai, Yu-Cui Li
β-Patchoulene (β-PAE), a tricyclic sesquiterpene isolated from the essential oil of the leaves and stems of Pogostemon cablin (Blanco) Benth., has been reported to have potent anti-inflammatory activity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential protective effect of β-PAE on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice and to illuminate the underlying mechanisms. ALI was induced by intracheal instillation of LPS into lung, and dexamethasone (DEX) was used as a positive control...
July 12, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711658/betulinic-acid-isolated-from-the-leaves-of-syzygium-cumini-l-skeels-ameliorates-the-proteinuria-in-experimental-membranous-nephropathy-through-regulating-nrf2-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Brijesh Sutariya, Neetika Taneja, Madhusudan Saraf
Membranous nephropathy (MN) is associated with increased oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in the kidney. Betulinic acid (BA) is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound isolated from the leaves of Syzygium cumini (L.) Skeels. In the present study, we investigated the effects of BA on experimental MN in rats and explored the mechanisms by which it enhances antioxidant activities and resolves inflammatory condition in experimental MN. Passive Heymann nephritis (PHN) was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by a single tail vein injection of anti- Fx1A antiserum...
July 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708501/bmal1-interference-impairs-hormone-synthesis-and-promotes-apoptosis-in-porcine-granulosa-cells
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Wusu Wang, Lin Yin, Long Bai, Guangjun Ma, Cunzhen Zhao, Aoqi Xiang, Weijun Pang, Gongshe Yang, Guiyan Chu
In mammals, granulosa cell proliferation, differentiation, luteinization, apoptosis, and hormone synthesis are tightly related to oocyte maturation, follicular development and ovarian function. In current study, we investigated the role of the key circadian clock gene, brain and muscle arnt-like protein-1 (Bmal1), on porcine granulosa cell hormone secretion and apoptosis. The transcription levels of circadian clock genes, including Bmal1 and period circadian clock 2 (Per2), were detected by RT-qPCR. We found that the circadian clock genes exhibited rhythmic change and were further enhanced by dexamethasone synchronization in granulosa cells...
May 23, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705797/cyclical-cushing-s-how-best-to-catch-the-ups-and-downs
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Malik Asif Humayun, Tanya Hart, Tristan Richardson
A 68-year-old man with a background of hypertension and type 2 diabetes presented with fluctuating symptoms of muscle aches and pains and tiredness. His initial work-up for the possibility of hypercortisolaemia showed a completely variable pattern, with 24-hour cortisol excretion and serum cortisol post 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test ranging from normal to significantly elevated. A series of salivary cortisol with symptom diary confirmed the cyclical nature of hypercortisolaemia, and his concomitant adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels were elevated...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701865/processed-panax-ginseng-sun-ginseng-inhibits-the-differentiation-and-proliferation-of-3t3-l1-preadipocytes-and-fat-accumulation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Hyejin Lee, Jinhee Kim, Jun Yeon Park, Ki Sung Kang, Joeng Hill Park, Gwi Seo Hwang
BACKGROUND: Heat-processed ginseng, sun ginseng (SG), has been reported to have improved therapeutic properties compared with raw forms, such as increased antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antihyperglycemic effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the antiobesity effects of SG through the suppression of cell differentiation and proliferation of mouse 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells and the lipid accumulation in Caenorhabditis elegans. METHODS: To investigate the effect of SG on adipocyte differentiation, levels of stained intracellular lipid droplets were quantified by measuring the oil red O signal in the lipid extracts of cells on differentiation Day 7...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689020/ferulic-acid-supresses-th2-immune-response-and-prevents-remodeling-in-ovalbumin-induced-pulmonary-allergy-associated-with-inhibition-of-epithelial-derived-cytokines
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Alessa Sin Singer Brugiolo, Ana Cláudia Carvalho Gouveia, Caio César de Souza Alves, Flávia Márcia de Castro E Silva, Érick Esteves de Oliveira, Ana Paula Ferreira
Asthma is characterized by intermittent airway obstruction and chronic inflammation, orchestrated primarily by Th2 cytokines. There is a strong rationale for developing new asthma therapies, since current treatment protocols present side effects and may not be effective in cases of difficult-to-control asthma. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of ferulic acid, a phenolic acid commonly present in plants, in the ovalbumin-induced pulmonary allergy murine model. METHODS: BALB/c mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin, and treatments were provided by gavage...
July 5, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688912/inhibition-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-protects-against-reactive-microglial-associated-reductions-in-the-complexity-of-primary-cortical-neurons
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Katherine O'Farrell, Eimear Fagan, Thomas J Connor, Andrew Harkin
Brain glia possess the rate limiting enzyme indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) which catalyses the conversion of tryptophan to kynurenine. Microglia also express kynurenine monooxygenase (KMO) and kynureninase (KYNU) which lead to the production of the free radical producing metabolites, 3-hydroxykynurenine and 3-hydroxyanthranillic acid respectively and subsequently production of the NMDA receptor agonist quinolinic acid. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of IFNγ-stimulated kynurenine pathway (KP) induction in microglia on neurite outgrowth and complexity, and to determine whether alterations could be abrogated using pharmacological inhibitors of the KP...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682499/high-dose-dexamethasone-or-all-trans-retinoic-acid-restores-the-balance-of-macrophage-toward-m2-in-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Q Feng, M Xu, Y Y Yu, Y Hou, X Mi, Y X Sun, S Ma, X Y Zuo, L L Shao, M Hou, X H Zhang, J Peng
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disorder. Deficiency of immune-tolerance in antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and cross-communication between APCs and T cells are involved in the pathogenesis of ITP. Macrophages can polarize into pro-inflammatory M1 or anti-inflammatory M2 phenotypes in response to different environmental stimuli, and possess diverse immunological functions OBJECTIVES: To investigate the imbalance of M1/M2 in ITP and whether high-dose dexamethasone (HD-DXM) or all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) could restore this imbalance METHODS: Numbers of M1 and M2 in the spleens of ITP patients and patients with traumatic spleen rupture were analyzed by immunofluorescence...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672974/efficacies-of-rosiglitazone-and-retinoin-on-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-rats
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Wencheng Yu, Liyun Mi, Teng Long
The present study investigated the intervention efficacies of rosiglitazone (ROS) and retinoin (RET) on bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats. A total of 48 rats were randomly divided into the control group (group C), the model group (group M), the dexamethasone group (group D), the ROS group (group R), the RET group (group W) and the ROS + RET group (group L). Group M and the treatment groups were intratracheally injected with 5 mg/kg bleomycin, while group C was injected with saline. The lungs of rats in each group were inspected using high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), lung tissue hematoxylin and eosin staining and Masson staining; furthermore, lung L-hydroxyproline (Hyp) content and the concentration of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) serum of each group were also determined...
July 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670192/the-occurrence-of-subclinical-hypercortisolism-and-osteoporosis-in-patients-with-incidentally-discovered-unilateral-and-bilateral-adrenal-tumors
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Sanja Ognjanović, Djuro Macut, Milan Petakov, Valentina Elezović Kovačević, Tatjana Isailović, Ivana Bozić Antić, Dušan Ilić, Bojana Popović, Tamara Bogavac, Tatjana Pekmezović, Svetozar Damjanović
BACKGROUND: Adrenal incidentalomas (AI) are clinically silent adrenal masses that are detected incidentally during imaging procedures performed for unrelated diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of sub-clinical hypercortisolism (SH) and associated co-morbidities in patients with unilateral AI (UAI) and bilateral AI (BAI). METHODS: We evaluated 152 patients, 105 (69.1%) with UAI and 47 (30.9%) with BAI. SH was diagnosed in the presence of serum cortisol levels after 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test (DST) or after 2-day low-dose DST (LDDST) > 50 nmol/L with at least one of the following parameters: midnight serum cortisol > 208 nmol/L, 24-h urinary free cortisol > 245 nmol/24 h, or ACTH < 10 ng/L...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664215/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-galectin-1-in-a-murine-model-of-atopic-dermatitis
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Mab Pereira Corrêa, Frans Eberth Costa Andrade, Alexandre Dantas Gimenes, Cristiane Damas Gil
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is caused by both dysregulated immune responses and an impaired skin barrier. Although beta-galactoside-binding protein galectin-1 (Gal-1) has immunomodulatory effects in several inflammatory disorders, therapeutic strategies based on its anti-inflammatory properties have not been explored in AD. Thus, we evaluate pharmacological treatment with Gal-1 in the progression of an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced AD-like skin lesions. The skin of OVA-immunized male BALB/c mice was challenged with drops containing OVA on days 11, 14-18 and 21-24...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660993/diagnostic-pitfalls-of-adrenal-incidentaloma
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Ewa Cyrańska-Chyrek, Małgorzata Grzymisławska, Marek Ruchała
Adrenal incidentaloma (AI) includes all lesions with diameter ≥ 1 cm found incidentally during imaging examinations not associated with suspected adrenal pathology. Every adrenal incidentaloma requires a detailed hormonal and imaging assessment. Initial diagnosis includes radiological phenotypical evaluation (particularly in CT, or in case of contraindications - in MRI) and biochemical assessment of tumour hormonal activity (which includes cortisol circadian rhythm, salivary cortisol concentration, 24-hour urinary free-cortisol and metanephrines test, short cortisol and dexamethasone suppression test, ACTH level assessment, aldosterone and ARO concentration, adrenal androgen concentration)...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655777/monogalactosyldiacylglycerol-facilitates-synthesis-of-photoactive-protochlorophyllide-in-etioplasts
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Sho Fujii, Koichi Kobayashi, Noriko Nagata, Tatsuru Masuda, Hajime Wada
Cotyledon cells of dark-germinated angiosperms develop etioplasts that are plastids containing unique internal membranes called prolamellar bodies (PLBs). Protochlorophyllide (Pchlide), a precursor of chlorophyll, accumulates in PLBs and forms a ternary complex with NADPH and light-dependent NADPH:Pchlide oxidoreductase (LPOR), which allows for rapid formation of chlorophyll after illumination while avoiding photodamage. PLBs are 3D lattice structures formed by lipid bilayer rich in monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG)...
June 27, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649130/dopamine-d2-receptor-antagonist-sulpiride-enhances-dexamethasone-responses-in-the-treatment-of-drug-resistant-and-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Jian Li, Qing-Yu Yao, Jun-Sheng Xue, Li-Jie Wang, Yin Yuan, Xiu-Yun Tian, Hong Su, Si-Yuan Wang, Wen-Jun Chen, Wei Lu, Tian-Yan Zhou
Recent evidence shows that dopamine D2-like receptor (D2DR) antagonists, such as trifluoperazine and thioridazine, are effective for cancer therapy and inhibition of cancer stem-like cells (CSCs). In this study, we investigated the anti-cancer effects of combination therapy of dexamethasone (DEX) and sulpiride (SUL), an atypical antipsychotic, against drug-resistant and metastatic breast cancers and further explored the underlying mechanisms. Oral administration of SUL (25, 100 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1)) alone did not inhibit the tumor growth in human breast cancer MCF-7/Adr xenograft model, but dose-dependently decreased the proportion of CSCs in vitro and in vivo...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638336/emphysematous-pyelonephritis-and-cystitis-unusual-adverse-events-during-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-for-lung-cancer
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Tetsuya Yokoyama, Seiji Shinozaki, Hidenobu Arimura, Keita Nakatomi, Hiroshi Wataya
Various adverse events can occur during antineoplastic therapy. A 67-year-old diabetic woman developed an emphysematous urinary tract infection (UTI) associated with chemoradiotherapy for lung cancer. She had received weekly carboplatin plus paclitaxel with thoracic radiotherapy and developed a fever on day 19. Computed tomography showed a large quantity of gas within the urinary tract. She was therefore diagnosed with emphysematous UTI. Poor diabetes control due to the weekly administration of dexamethasone, an existing urinary tract obstruction, and bone marrow suppression were involved in her serious infection...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
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