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Hui Han, Jinzhou Zhu, Yaqiong Wang, Zhengbin Zhu, Yanjia Chen, Lin Lu, Wei Jin, Xiaoxiang Yan, Ruiyan Zhang
Renal fibrosis is a significant threat to public health globally. Diverse primary aetiologies eventually result in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and immune cells influence this process. The roles of monocytes/macrophages, T cells and mast cells have been carefully examined, whilst only a few studies have focused on the effect of B cells. We investigated B cell function in tubulointerstitial fibrosis induced by unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO), using genetic B cell-deficient μMT mice or CD20 antibody-mediated B cell depleted mice...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Daoyan Liu
OBJECTIVE: Increased transient receptor potential canonical type 3 (TRPC3) channels have been observed in essential hypertensive patients and spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Our previous study shows that mitochondrial respiratory dysfunctions of blood mononuclear cells link with cardiac disturbance in patients with early-stage heart failure. Telmisartan has beneficial effect on both hypertension and metabolic syndrome. In the present study we tested the hypothesis that telmisartan administration inhibited mitochondrial respiratory function was associated with decreased TRPC3 function in monocytes from genetic hypertensive rats (SHR)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Byeong Hwa Jeon
Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1/redox factor-1 (APE1/Ref-1) is a multifunctional protein that plays a central role in the cellular response to DNA damage and redox regulation against oxidative stress. APE1/Ref-1 is essential for cellular survival and embryonic lethal in knockout mouse models. Heterozygous APE1/Ref-1 mice showed impaired endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, reduced vascular NO levels, and are hypertensive. APE1/Ref-1 reduces intracellular reactive oxygen species production by negatively regulating the activity of the NADPH oxidase...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Katie Yates Hood, Hiba Yusuf, Jane E Findlay, Robson A Santos, Carlos H Castro, George S Baillie, Augusto C Montezano, Margaret R MacLean, Rhian M Touyz
ACE2 and Ang-1-7 have been shown to protect against pulmonary hypertension (PH). Mechanisms for this remain unclear. Considering the important role of ET-1 in the pathophysiology of PH and endothelial dysfunction, we questioned whether Ang-(1-7) influences ET-1 signaling in endothelial cells and whether Ang-(1-7) treatment influences the ET-1 system in PH. Human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC) were stimulated with ET-1 in the absence/presence of Ang 1-7 and showed that Ang 1-7 increased preproET-1 mRNA levels, ET-1 release, and ETBR protein levels...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Katie Y Hood, Hiba Yusuf, Jane E Findlay, Robson A Santos, Carlos H Castro, George S Baillie, Margaret R MacLean, Augusto Montezano, Rhian M Touyz
OBJECTIVE: Ang(1-7) has been shown to protect against pulmonary hypertension (PH). Mechanisms remain unclear. Considering the importance of ET-1 in PH pathophysiology and endothelial dysfunction, we questioned whether Ang(1-7) influences ET-1 signaling in endothelial cells and whether Ang(1-7) treatment influences the ET-1 system in PH. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human endothelial cells (hEC) were stimulated with ET-1 in absence/presence of Ang(1-7). Mas and ETBR interaction was observed by immunoprecipitation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Pierre Paradis, Tlili Barhoumi, Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julio C Fraulob-Aquino, Asia Rehman, Nourredine Idris-Khodja, Ernesto L Schiffrin
OBJECTIVE: Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2) is involved in cardiovascular disease. Whether MMP2 plays a role in hypertension and vascular damage is unknown. We hypothesized that Mmp2 knockout will prevent angiotensin (Ang) II-induced hypertension and vascular injury. DESIGN AND METHOD: Mmp2 knockout (Mmp2) and wild-type (WT) mice were infused with Ang II (1000 ng/kg/min, SC) for 14 days. Systolic blood pressure (SBP) was measured by telemetry, and mesenteric artery (MA) endothelial function and vascular remodeling by pressurized myography...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Xusheng Yuan, Junjun Chen, Min Dai
Paeonol (2'-hydroxy-4'-methoxyacetophenone) is an active component isolated from the root of Paeonia Suffruticosa Andrews. We previously found that paeonol inhibited vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM‑1) expression, and thus may be useful for the prevention and treatment of rabbit atherosclerosis (AS); however, the underlying mechanisms are not yet well known. Recently, microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) have been reported to play an important role in the pathogenesis of AS. In the present study, we examined the effects of paeonol on miRNA-126 (miR‑126) expression, and its ability to inhibit monocyte adhesion to oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL)-injured vascular endothelial cells (VECs)...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Aaron F Cipriano, Amy Sallee, Myla Tayoba, Mayra C Cortez, Alan Lin, Ren-Guo Guan, Zhan-Yong Zhao, Huinan Liu
: Crystalline Mg-Zinc (Zn)-Strontium (Sr) ternary alloys consist of elements naturally present in the human body and provide attractive mechanical and biodegradable properties for a variety of biomedical applications. The first objective of this study was to investigate the degradation and cytocompatibility of four Mg-4Zn-xSr alloys (x = 0.15, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 wt.%; designated as ZSr41A, B, C, and D respectively) in the direct culture with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in vitro...
October 13, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Kenneth I Strauss, Kost V Elisevich
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy patients have distinct immune/inflammatory cell profiles and inflammatory mediator levels in the blood. Although the neural origin of inflammatory cells and mediators has been implied, few studies have measured these inflammatory components in the human brain itself. This study examines the brain levels of chemokines (8), cytokines (14), and vascular injury mediators (3) suspected of being altered in epilepsy. METHODS: Soluble protein extracts of fresh frozen resected hippocampus, entorhinal cortex, and temporal cortex from 58 medically refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy subjects and 4 nonepileptic neurosurgical subjects were assayed for 25 inflammation-related mediators using ultrasensitive low-density arrays...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Kazumi Taguchi, Atsushi Okada, Shuzo Hamamoto, Rei Unno, Yoshinobu Moritoki, Ryosuke Ando, Kentaro Mizuno, Keiichi Tozawa, Kenjiro Kohri, Takahiro Yasui
In our previous report, M2-macrophage (Mφs) deficient mice showed increased renal calcium oxalate (CaOx) crystal formation; however, the role of Mφs-related-cytokines and chemokines that affect kidney stone formation remains unknown. Here, we investigated the role of M1/M2s in crystal development by using in vitro and in vivo approaches. The crystal phagocytic rate of bone marrow-derived M2Mφs was higher than that of bone marrow-derived Mφs and M1Mφs and increased on co-culture with renal tubular cells (RTCs)...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lingman Ma, Lifen Qian, Qidi Ying, Yan Zhang, Changlin Zhou, Guanzhong Wu
Here, we investigated whether I4, which was initially developed as a hypoglycemic agent, possesses anti-atherosclerotic activity and attempted to elucidate the probable mechanism of action underlying this activity. ApoE(-/-) mice were fed a Western diet and simultaneously administered I4, glimepiride, or pioglitazone once daily for 12 weeks, and the atherosclerotic vascular lesions, lipid content, and expression levels of LOX-1, ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and Bax/Bcl-2 in mouse aortas were assessed. RAW264.7 macrophage-derived foam cells were obtained via ox-LDL stimulation to investigate the lipid-lowering, anti-atherosclerotic inflammation and anti-apoptotic effect of I4...
October 7, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Laura Barrachina, Ana Rosa Remacha, Antonio Romero, Francisco José Vázquez, Jorge Albareda, Marta Prades, Jaime Gosálvez, Rosa Roy, Pilar Zaragoza, Inmaculada Martín-Burriel, Clementina Rodellar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a great potential for treating equine musculoskeletal injuries. Although their mechanisms of action are not completely known, their immunomodulatory properties appear to be key in their functions. The expression of immunoregulatory molecules by MSCs is regulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines, so inflammatory priming of MSCs might improve their therapeutic potential. However, inflammatory environment could also increase MSC immunogenicity and decrease MSC viability and differentiation capacity...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
H G Zhang, W Guo, H F Gu, S B Chen, J Q Wang, Z X Qiao, H S Ma, S X Geng
The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of vascular adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 in the maternal serum, cord blood, and placental tissue of pregnant women from Xingtai, Hebei, with gestational hypertension (GH) combined with fetal growth restriction (FGR). A total of 108 patients with GH combined with FGR (GH-FGR), 60 patients with GH alone (GH), and 50 healthy pregnant women (control) were recruited to this study. VCAM- 1 expression was detected in the maternal serum and cord blood by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and in the placental tissue by immunohistochemistry...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Maria Renata Sales Nogueira, Ana Carla Pereira Latini, Maria Esther Salles Nogueira
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that requires better understanding since it continues to be a significant health problem in many parts of the world. Leprosy reactions are acute inflammatory episodes regarded as the central etiology of nerve damage in the disease. The activation of endothelium is a relevant phenomenon to be investigated in leprosy reactions. The present study evaluated the expression of endothelial factors in skin lesions and serum samples of leprosy patients. Immunohistochemical analysis of skin samples and serum measurements of VCAM-1, VEGF, tissue factor and thrombomodulin were performed in 77 leprosy patients and 12 controls...
October 3, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Pablo H Cutini, María B Rauschemberger, Marisa J Sandoval, Virginia L Massheimer
In this work we investigate whether, despite the procalcific action of alendronate on bone, the drug would be able to regulate in vitro the main cellular events that take part in atherosclerotic lesion generation. Using endothelial cell cultures we showed that Alendronate (1-50μM) acutely enhances nitric oxide production (10-30min). This stimulatory action of the bisphosphonate involves the participation of MAPK signaling transduction pathway. Under inflammatory stress, the drug reduces monocytes and platelets interactions with endothelial cells induced by lipopolysaccharide...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Bravein Amalakuhan, Sheila A Habib, Mandeep Mangat, Luis F Reyes, Alejandro H Rodriguez, Cecilia A Hinojosa, Nilam J Soni, Ryan P Gilley, Carlos A Bustamante, Antonio Anzueto, Stephanie M Levine, Jay I Peters, Stefano Aliberti, Oriol Sibila, James D Chalmers, Antoni Torres, Grant W Waterer, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Jose Bordon, Jose Blanquer, Francisco Sanz, Pedro J Marcos, Jordi Rello, Julio Ramirez, Jordi Solé-Violán, Carlos M Luna, Charles Feldman, Martin Witzenrath, Richard G Wunderink, Daiana Stolz, Tim L Wiemken, Yuichiro Shindo, Charles S Dela Cruz, Carlos J Orihuela, Marcos I Restrepo
OBJECTIVE: To determine if serum levels of endothelial adhesion molecules were associated with the development of multiple organ failure (MOF) and in-hospital mortality in adult patients with severe sepsis. DESIGN: This study was a secondary data analysis of a prospective cohort study. SETTING: Patients were admitted to two tertiary intensive care units in San Antonio, TX, between 2007 and 2012. PATIENTS: Patients with severe sepsis at the time of intensive care unit (ICU) admission were enrolled...
December 2016: Cytokine
Katherine E Zychowski, Bethany Sanchez, Rodrigo P Pedrosa, Geraldo Lorenzi-Filho, Luciano F Drager, Vsevolod Y Polotsky, Matthew J Campen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by intermittent airway obstruction and systemic hypoxia during sleep, which can contribute to an increase in reactive oxygen species, vascular remodeling, vasoconstriction and ultimately cardiovascular disease. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a clinical therapy that maintains airway patency and mitigates several symptoms of OSA. However, it is currently unknown whether CPAP therapy also reduces the overall inflammatory potential in the circulation; to address this in an unbiased manner, we applied a novel endothelial biosensor approach, the serum cumulative inflammatory potential (SCIP) assay...
September 22, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Masoud Hatefi, Someyeh Behzadi, Masoud Moghadas Dastjerdi, Alireza Abootalebi Ghahnavieh, Asghar Rahmani, Fatemeh Madizadeh, Mohammad Reza Hafezi Ahmadi, Khairollah Asadollahi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess any correlation between serum levels of homocysteine (Hcy) with markers of cerebral hemodynamic, endothelial dysfunction and cognition impairment in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: By a cross-sectional study, all clinical data and serum levels of homocysteine of 85 TBI patients were collected. The pulsatility indices (PI) of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) were recorded by transcranial color-coded doppler ultrasonography (TCD) and cereberovascular reactivity (CVR)...
September 29, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Eleftheria Letsiou, Saad Sammani, Huashan Wang, Patrick Belvitch, Steven M Dudek
The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a serious condition resulting from direct or indirect lung injury that is associated with high mortality and morbidity. A key biological event in the pathogenesis of the acute lung injury (ALI) that causes acute respiratory distress syndrome is activation of the lung endothelium cells (ECs), which is triggered by a variety of inflammatory insults leading to barrier disruption and excessive accumulation of neutrophils. Recently, we demonstrated that imatinib protects against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced EC activation by inhibiting c-Abl kinase...
September 13, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Yoshihiko Uehara, Yasuhiko Murata, Soichiro Shiga, Yoshio Hosoi
BACKGROUND: It is well known that radiation exposure to the heart and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increase the risk of myocardial infarction (MI). Some NSAIDs are also known to act synergistically with ionizing radiation and have radio-sensitizing effects in radiotherapy. These evidences suggest that NSAIDs may affect the risk of MI after radiation exposure to the heart. In the present study, we investigated effects of NSAIDs on radiation-induced expression of cell adhesion molecules and COX-2, which are associated with inflammation and an increased risk of MI, in human endothelial cells...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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