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Ying Huang, Keke Han, Qian Ren
Toll receptors are involved in innate immunity of invertebrates. In this study, we identify and characterize two Toll genes (named HcToll4 and HcToll5 ) from triangle sail mussel Hyriopsis cumingii. HcToll4 has complete cDNA sequence of 3,162 bp and encodes a protein of 909 amino acids. HcToll5 cDNA is 4,501 bp in length and encodes a protein of 924 amino acids. Both deduced HcToll4 and HcToll5 protein contain signal peptide, extracellular leucine rich repeats (LRRs), and intracellular Toll/interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor domains...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Rasoul Yahyapour, Peyman Amini, Saeed Rezapour, Mohsen Cheki, Abolhasan Rezaeyan, Bagher Farhood, Dheyauldeen Shabeeb, Ahmed Eleojo Musa, Hengameh Fallah, Masoud Najafi
Currently, ionizing radiation (IR) plays a key role in the agricultural and medical industry, while accidental exposure resulting from leakage of radioactive sources or radiological terrorism is a serious concern. Exposure to IR has various detrimental effects on normal tissues. Although an increased risk of carcinogenesis is the best-known long-term consequence of IR, evidence has shown that other diseases, particularly diseases related to inflammation, are common disorders among irradiated people. Autoimmune disorders are among the various types of immune diseases that have been investigated among exposed people...
March 20, 2018: Military Medical Research
David P Perrault, Athanasios Bramos, Xingtian Xu, Songtao Shi, Alex K Wong
Impaired healing of the skin is a notable cause of patient morbidity and mortality. In diabetic individuals, dysregulated inflammation contributes to delayed wound healing. Specific immunomodulatory agents may have a role in the treatment of diabetic wounds. One of these molecules is interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Anakinra; Amgen Corp.). Although interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Anakinra; Amgen Corp.) is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and neonatal-onset multisystem inflammatory disease, little is known about the local use this drug in cutaneous wound healing...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Priscilla Coutinho Romualdo, Marília P Lucisano, Francisco Wanderley G Paula-Silva, Graziela B Leoni, Manoel D Sousa-Neto, Raquel Assed B Silva, Lea Assed B Silva, Paulo Nelson-Filho
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the gene expression of proinflammatory cytokines, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and cathepsin K in apical periodontitis (AP) and the volume of lesions in ovariectomized and sham-operated rats. METHODS: Twenty 12-week-old female Wistar rats were subjected to ovariectomy (OVX) or sham surgery. After 9 weeks, access cavities were prepared in the maxillary and mandibular first molars, pulp tissue was removed, and canals were exposed to the oral environment during 21 days for the induction of AP...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Endodontics
Palani Dinesh, MahaboobKhan Rasool
The current study investigated the therapeutic effect of berberine (BBR), an alkaloid derivative against IL-21/IL-21R mediated phosphotidyl inositol 3 kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling in adjuvant induced arthritic fibroblast-like synoviocytes (AA-FLS) isolated from rats and IL-21 mediated osteoclastogenesis in bone-marrow derived monocytes (BMMs). BBR (15-45 µM) treatment attenuated the gene and protein levels of IL-21R complex. BBR suppressed the levels of IL-21 (20 ng/ml) mediated production of inflammatory cytokines such as: tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), interleukin 1 beta (IL-1β), interleukin 6 (IL-6) and interleukin 23 (IL-23) in AA-FLS cells...
March 14, 2018: Cytokine
Leo F Buckley, Antonio Abbate
Interleukin-1 (IL-1) is the prototypical pro-inflammatory cytokine that occupies an apical place in the inflammatory cascade and also modulates cardiac function, functioning as a soluble cardiodepressant factor. Preclinical research over the past 4 decades has shown that blocking IL-1 processing or activity favorably affects cardiomyocyte survival and cardiac function in experimental animal models, paving the way for clinical studies in patients with heart disease. The promising results of phase II clinical trials of IL-1 blockade in patients with acute myocardial infarction and heart failure have been followed by a successful phase III trial in patients with prior acute myocardial infarction...
March 16, 2018: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Qiyu Lu, Yi Sun, Yuyin Duan, Bin Li, Jianming Xia, Songhua Yu, Guimin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease is a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality, especially in China. More than a half of valvular heart diseases are caused by acute rheumatic fever. microRNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. However, the miRNA profile of the rheumatic valvular heart disease is unknown. This research is to discuss microRNAs and their target gene pathways involved in rheumatic heart valve disease. METHODS: Serum miRNA from one healthy individual and four rheumatic heart disease patients were sequenced...
March 16, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Takeshi Iwasa, Toshiya Matsuzaki, Kiyohito Yano, Mayila Yiliyasi, Akira Kuwahara, Sumika Matsui, Minoru Irahara
Energy balance and reproductive functions are closely linked in some species. The sex hormones (estrogens and androgens) are involved in the regulation of appetite, metabolism, body weight (BW), and body composition in mammals. Previously, we showed that the effects of testosterone on BW, appetite, and fat weight were markedly affected by alterations to the gonadal hormonal milieu. In this study, we examined whether testosterone administration changes food preferences and whether these effects of testosterone depend on gonadal status in female rats...
March 12, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Brendan M Everett, Marc Y Donath, Aruna D Pradhan, Tom Thuren, Prem Pais, Jose C Nicolau, Robert J Glynn, Peter Libby, Paul M Ridker
BACKGROUND: Subclinical inflammation mediated in part by interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) participates in peripheral insulin resistance and impaired pancreatic insulin secretion. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that canakinumab, an IL-1β inhibitor, reduces incident diabetes. METHODS: The Canakinumab Antiinflammatory Thrombosis Outcomes Study (CANTOS) randomized 10,061 patients with prior MI and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) ≥2 mg/L to placebo or canakinumab at doses of 50mg, 150mg, or 300mg subcutaneously once every three months...
March 3, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Quan-Bo Zhang, Yu-Feng Qing, Cong-Cong Yin, Li Zhou, Xian-Shuang Liu, Qing-Sheng Mi, Jing-Guo Zhou
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) serve as important regulators of inflammatory and immune responses and are implicated in several immune disorders including gouty arthritis. The expression of miR-146a is upregulated in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with inter-critical gout when compared to normouricemic and hyperuricemic controls and those patients with acute gout flares. However, the role of miR-146a in the development of gout remains unknown. Here, we used miR-146a knockout (KO) mice to test miR-146a function in a monosodium urate (MSU)-induced gouty arthritis model...
March 15, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Peter A Nigrovic, Timothy Beukelman, George Tomlinson, Brian M Feldman, Laura E Schanberg, Yukiko Kimura
BACKGROUND: Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a rare febrile arthritis of childhood characterized by a potentially severe course, including prolonged glucocorticoid exposure, growth failure, destructive arthritis, and life-threatening macrophage activation syndrome. Early cytokine-blocking biologic therapy may improve long-term outcomes, although some systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients respond well to non-biologic treatment, leaving optimal management undefined. Consequently, treatment of new-onset systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis by expert clinicians varies widely...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
Paulino Alvarez, Alexandros Briasoulis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Immune system activation plays a central role in heart failure progression. Large-scale immune modulatory clinical trials targeting tumor necrosis factor-α and broad spectrum immune modulation have been negative. The objective of this review is to highlight past, present, and what is in the horizon for the immunomodulation in heart failure with a focus of biologics. RECENT FINDINGS: Strategies targeting interleukin-1 pathway are currently undergoing clinical evaluation and data from pilot studies are promising...
March 15, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Luping Wang, Hushan Wang, Zongsheng Duan, Jian Zhang, Wenwen Zhang
This study investigated the protective effect ofgastrodin on cell apoptosis in rats hippocampus tissues induced by desflurane to explore its mechanism. A total of 36 rats were randomly divided into three groups: Blank control group (C group, n=12), desflurane anesthesia group (DF group, n=12) and gastrodin treatment group (GT group, n=12). Rats in DF group were treated with anesthesia using desflurane. Rats in GT group were treated with gavage using gastrodin and the same treatment as DF group. After the experiment, novel object recognition test and water maze test were performed...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiaoxing Kou, Xingtian Xu, Chider Chen, Maria Laura Sanmillan, Tao Cai, Yanheng Zhou, Claudio Giraudo, Anh Le, Songtao Shi
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are capable of secreting exosomes, extracellular vesicles, and cytokines to regulate cell and tissue homeostasis. However, it is unknown whether MSCs use a specific exocytotic fusion mechanism to secrete exosomes and cytokines. We show that Fas binds with Fas-associated phosphatase-1 (Fap-1) and caveolin-1 (Cav-1) to activate a common soluble N -ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor (NSF) attachment protein receptor (SNARE)-mediated membrane fusion mechanism to release small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) in MSCs...
March 14, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Huisheng Wu, Chaoliang Tang, Lydia Wai Tai, Weifeng Yao, Peipei Guo, Junmou Hong, Xin Yang, Xinyi Li, Zhao Jin, Jianjuan Ke, Yanlin Wang
Background & Aims:  Ischemic stroke has been ranked the second cause of death in patients worldwide.Inflammation which is activated during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion is an important mechanism leading to brain injury. This study aimed to investigate the effect of flurbiprofen axetil on cerebral I/R injury and the role of inflammation in this process. Methods:  Rats were subjected to sham operation or global cerebral I/R with or without flurbiprofen axetil (5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg). Global cerebral ischemia was achieved by occlusion of bilateral common carotid arteries combined with hypotension for 20 min followed by reperfusion for 72 h...
March 14, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Yicai Xiao, Gaofeng Li, Yujie Chen, Yuchun Zuo, Kauthar Rashid, Tibiao He, Hua Feng, John H Zhang, Fei Liu
Iatrogenic brain injury inevitably occurs in neurosurgical operations, leading to brain edema, ischemia, intracranial hematoma, and other postoperative complications, eventually worsening neurological outcomes of patients. If apoptotic cells are not rapidly eliminated by phagocytic engulfment, they may communicate with surrounding cells to undergo secondary necrosis and releasing toxic signals. Recent studies have shown that milk fat globule-epidermal growth factor-8 (MFGE8), which promotes phagocytosis and inhibits inflammation, is an endogenous protective factor in response to brain infarction, Alzheimer's disease, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and prion disease...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Peter M Grace, Xiaohui Wang, Keith A Strand, Michael V Baratta, Yingning Zhang, Erika L Galer, Hang Yin, Steven F Maier, Linda R Watkins
The absence of selective pharmacological tools is a major barrier to the in vivo study of microglia. To address this issue, we developed a Gq - and Gi -coupled Designer Receptor Exclusively Activated by a Designer Drug (DREADD) to enable selective stimulation or inhibition of microglia, respectively. DREADDs under a CD68 (microglia/macrophage) promoter were intrathecally transfected via an AAV9 vector. Naïve male rats intrathecally transfected with Gq (stimulatory) DREADDs exhibited significant allodynia following intrathecal administration of the DREADD-selective ligand clozapine-N-oxide (CNO), which was abolished by intrathecal interleukin-1 receptor antagonist...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Neurology
Ye-Ping Jiang, Ying Shen, Xiao-Rong Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the nutritional status of children on maintenance hemodialysis due to stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the clinical significance of nutritional assessment indices. METHODS: A total of 21 children on maintenance hemodialysis due to stage 5 CKD were grouped according to body mass index. The nutritional status was assessed based on anthropometric parameters, biochemical parameters, inflammatory factors, residual renal function, indices of dialysis adequacy, and resting energy expenditure...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Shayna E Thomas-Jardin, Mohammed S Kanchwala, Joan Jacob, Sana Merchant, Rachel K Meade, Nagham M Gahnim, Afshan F Nawas, Chao Xing, Nikki A Delk
BACKGROUND: In immunosurveillance, bone-derived immune cells infiltrate the tumor and secrete inflammatory cytokines to destroy cancer cells. However, cancer cells have evolved mechanisms to usurp inflammatory cytokines to promote tumor progression. In particular, the inflammatory cytokine, interleukin-1 (IL-1), is elevated in prostate cancer (PCa) patient tissue and serum, and promotes PCa bone metastasis. IL-1 also represses androgen receptor (AR) accumulation and activity in PCa cells, yet the cells remain viable and tumorigenic; suggesting that IL-1 may also contribute to AR-targeted therapy resistance...
March 11, 2018: Prostate
Melda Onal, Alex H Carlson, Jeff D Thostenson, Nancy A Benkusky, Mark B Meyer, Seong M Lee, J Wesley Pike
Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) production is regulated by both calciotropic hormones and inflammation. Consistent with this, elevated FGF23 levels are associated with inflammatory markers as well as parathyroid hormone (PTH) in various disease states, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the molecular mechanisms underpinning Fgf23 transcription in response to these regulators are largely unknown. We therefore utilized chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by DNA sequencing (ChIP-seq) data from an osteocyte cell line to identify potential regulatory regions of the Fgf23 gene...
January 2018: JBMR Plus
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