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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340257/cd8-positive-t-cell-leukoencephalitis-with-astrocytopathy-clinically-presenting-as-neuromyelitis-optica
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Diana L Thomas, Jody Manners, Daniel Marker, Joseph Mettenburg, Geoffrey Murdoch, Bryan Stevens, Guoji Wang, Clayton Wiley
We describe a novel disease entity with the clinical and radiologic presentation of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and widespread CD8-positive T-cell leukoencephalitis and astrocytopathy. The 59-year-old female patient had a complex 2-year neurological history that included early changes in cognition and memory, progressive lower extremity motor dysfunction, and multimodal sensory involvement. MRI of the spinal cord showed increased T2 signal in the central cord extending from C2 through T4. MRI of the brain showed symmetric radial enhancement in periventricular deep white matter without evidence of demyelinating lesions...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340252/urinary-tract-infection-recent-insight-into-the-evolutionary-arms-race-between-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-and-our-immune-system
#3
Sebastian Schwab, Katarzyna Jobin, Christian Kurts
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections worldwide. Humans evolved various immune-dependent and independent defense mechanisms, while pathogens evolved multiple virulence factors to fight back. This article summarizes recent findings regarding the arms race between hosts and pathogens in UTIs. It was recently reported that macrophage subsets regulate neutrophil-mediated defense in primary UTIs but seem to subvert adaptive immunity upon re-infection. Moreover, some bacterial strains can survive inside macrophages, leading to recurrent infections...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339963/anti-apoptotic-effects-of-decyl-gallate-on-the-induction-of-apoptosis-in-a549-pneumocytes-by-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-gp43
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Thais Bernardi, Julhiany de Fátima da Silva, Juliana Vicentin, Haroldo Cesar de Oliveira, Patricia Akemi Assato, Caroline Maria Marcos, Ana Carolina Alves de Paula E Silva, Rosangela Aparecida Moraes da Silva, Luis Octávio Regasini, Dulce Helena Siqueira Silva, Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani, Ana Marisa Fusco-Almeida, Maria José Soares Mendes-Giannini
Apoptosis is considered an escape mechanism from the host immune system for the fungus Paracoccidioides spp, and it serves as a vehicle for entry into macrophages without stimulating microbicidal activities. Recently, gp43 of P. brasiliensis was demonstrated to be involved in this process. Therefore, as a new therapeutic alternative, it is very important to study compounds that could reduce the modulation of the induction of apoptosis caused by this fungus. Decyl gallate (G14) is a known antifungal compound, and we decided to investigate its anti-apoptotic properties...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339742/topiramate-modulates-post-infarction-inflammation-primarily-by-targeting-monocytes-or-macrophages
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Zhaohui Wang, Shiyuan Huang, Yuling Sheng, Xu Peng, Hui Liu, Nan Jin, Jun Cai, Yanwen Shu, Ting Li, Ping Li, Cheng Fan, Xiaofan Hu, Wenyong Zhang, Rui Long, Ya You, Caihong Huang, Yi Song, Chunhua Xiang, Jue Wang, Yong Yang, Kun Liu
Aims: Monocytes/macrophages response plays a key role in post-infarction inflammation that contributes greatly to post-infarction ventricular remodeling and cardiac rupture. Therapeutic targeting of the GABAA receptor, which is enriched in monocytes/macrophages but not expressed in the myocardium, may be possible after myocardial infarction. Methods and results: After MI was induced by ligation of the coronary artery, C57BL/6 mice were intraperitoneally administered with one specific agonist or antagonist of the GABAA receptor (topiramate or bicuculline), in the setting of presence or depletion of monocytes/macrophages...
February 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339032/clc-7-ostm1-contribute-to-the-ability-of-tea-polyphenols-to-maintain-bone-homeostasis-in-c57bl-6-mice-protecting-against-fluorosis
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Bing-Yun Li, Yan-Hui Gao, Jun-Rui Pei, Yan-Mei Yang, Wei Zhang, Dian-Jun Sun
Epidemiological investigations indicate that certain ingredients in tea bricks can antagonize the adverse effects of fluoride. Tea polyphenols (TPs), the most bioactive ingredient in tea bricks, have been demonstrated to be potent bone-supporting agents. ClC‑7 is known to be crucial for osteoclast (OC) bone resorption. Thus, in this study, we investigated the potential protective effects of TPs against fluorosis using a mouse model and explored the underlying mechanisms with particular focus on ClC‑7...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339004/cyclocurcumin-a-curcumin-derivative-exhibits-immune-modulating-ability-and-is-a-potential-compound-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-as-predicted-by-the-mm-pbsa-method
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Min Fu, Lihui Chen, Limin Zhang, Xiao Yu, Qingrui Yang
The control and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is a challenge in today's world. Therefore, the pursuit of natural disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMRDs) remains a top priority in rheumatology. The present study focused on curcumin and its derivatives in the search for new DMRDs. We focused on prominent p38 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase p38α which is a prime regulator of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), a key mediator of rheumatoid arthritis. In the present study, we used the X-ray crystallographic structure of p38α for molecular docking simulations and molecular dynamic simulations to study the binding modes of curcumin and its derivatives with the active site of p38α...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338974/recombinant-cc16-protein-inhibits-the-production-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38-mapk-pathways-in-lps-activated-raw264-7-macrophages
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Min Pang, Yangyang Yuan, Dong Wang, Ting Li, Dan Wang, Xiaohong Shi, Min Guo, Chunfang Wang, Xinri Zhang, Guoping Zheng, Baofeng Yu, Hailong Wang
Accumulating evidence indicates that Clara cell protein-16 (CC16) has anti-inflammatory functions, although the involved molecular pathways have not been completely elucidated. Here, we evaluated the effect of recombinant rat CC16 (rCC16) on the expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-8 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated mouse macrophages (RAW264.7 cells) and explored the underlying molecular mechanisms. It was found that rCC16 inhibited LPS-induced TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 expression at both the messenger ribonucleicacid (mRNA) level and protein level in a concentration-dependent manner, as demonstrated by real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
March 17, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338748/role-of-scavenger-receptors-as-damage-associated-molecular-pattern-receptors-in-toll-like-receptor-activation
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Kyoko Komai, Takashi Shichita, Minako Ito, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Shunsuke Chikuma, Akihiko Yoshimura
Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) have been implicated in sterile inflammation in various tissue injuries. High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a representative DAMP, and has been shown to transmit signals through receptors for advanced glycation end products (RAGEs) and TLRs, including TLR2 and TLR4. HMGB1 does not, however, bind to TLRs with high affinity; therefore, the mechanism of HMGB1-mediated TLR activation remains unclear. In this study, we found that fluorescently labeled HMGB1 was efficiently internalized into macrophages through class A scavenger receptors...
February 24, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338625/-r-aloesaponol-iii-8-methyl-ether-from-eremurus-persicus-a-novel-compound-against-leishmaniosis
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Daniela Rossi, Karzan Mahmood Ahmed, Raffaella Gaggeri, Serena Della Volpe, Lauretta Maggi, Giuseppe Mazzeo, Giovanna Longhi, Sergio Abbate, Federica Corana, Emanuela Martino, Marisa Machado, Raquel Varandas, Maria do Céu Sousa, Simona Collina
Leishmaniosis is a neglected tropical disease which affects several millions of people worldwide. The current drug therapies are expensive and often lack efficacy, mainly due to the development of parasite resistance. Hence, there is an urgent need for new drugs effective against Leishmania infections. As a part of our ongoing study on the phytochemical characterization and biological investigation of plants used in the traditional medicine of western and central Asia, in the present study, we focused on Eremurus persicus root extract in order to evaluate its potential in the treatment of leishmaniosis...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338408/clofazimine-encapsulation-in-nanoporous-silica-particles-for-the-oral-treatment-of-antibiotic-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infections
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Sabrina Valetti, Xin Xia, Joana Costa-Gouveia, Priscille Brodin, Marie-Françoise Bernet-Camard, Margareta Andersson, Adam Feiler
AIM: First extensive reformulation of clofazimine (CLZ) in nanoporous silica particles (NSPs) for tackling antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis (TB) infections. MATERIALS & METHODS: Solid-state characterization of several CLZ-encapsulated NSP formulations was followed by in vitro drug solubility, Caco-2 intestinal cells drug permeability and TB antibacterial activity. RESULTS: NSPs stabilize the amorphous state of CLZ (shelf stability >6 months) and dramatically increase the drug solubility in simulated gastric fluid (up to 20-fold) with different dissolution kinetics depending on the NSPs used...
March 24, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338190/the-role-of-mir-146a-in-modulating-traf6-induced-inflammation-during-lupus-nephritis
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C-Z Zheng, Y-B Shu, Y-L Luo, J Luo
OBJECTIVE: Lupus nephritis (LN) is a major complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A previous study showed decreased expression level of microRNA (miR)-146a in LN patients, indicating its possible role in LN pathogenesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 98 LN patients were recruited, for the collection of renal tissue samples during biopsy or surgery. Another cohort of 15 patients who had renal tumor resection was recruited as the control group, for the further comparison of expression levels of miR-146a, TRAF6 and p-p65 in tissues...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338059/non-thermal-air-plasma-promotes-the-healing-of-acute-skin-wounds-in-rats
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S Kubinova, K Zaviskova, L Uherkova, V Zablotskii, O Churpita, O Lunov, A Dejneka
Non-thermal plasma (NTP) has nonspecific antibacterial effects, and can be applied as an effective tool for the treatment of chronic wounds and other skin pathologies. In this study we analysed the effect of NTP on the healing of the full-thickness acute skin wound model in rats. We utilised a single jet NTP system generating atmospheric pressure air plasma, with ion volume density 5 · 10(17) m(-3) and gas temperature 30-35 °C. The skin wounds were exposed to three daily plasma treatments for 1 or 2 minutes and were evaluated 3, 7 and 14 days after the wounding by histological and gene expression analysis...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337871/cytokine-modulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-treatment-with-steroids-immunosuppressants-and-ifn-%C3%AE-1b
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S Marinari, V De Iuliis, V Dadorante, S Colella, A Marino, A Nunziata, V Flati, M Caruso, A Pennelli, F De Benedetto, S Matera, S Capodifoglio, S Martinotti, S Caputi, E Toniato
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease of unknown etiology and pathogenic mechanisms. From an etiopathogenic point of view, alveolar macrophages play a key role in accumulation of fibroblasts and deposition of collagen and extracellular matrix by releasing specific cytokines and inflammatory mediators. IPF seems to be also associated with circulating fibrocytes, which might be involved with an abnormal pulmonary vascular repair and remodeling. Based on its hypothesized pathologic mechanisms, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and immunosuppressive therapies are often used...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337842/halogenated-briarane-diterpenes-with-acetyl-migration-from-the-gorgonian-coral-junceella-fragilis
#15
Wei Cheng, Xiaodan Li, Fuling Yin, Leen van Ofwegen, Wenhan Lin
Chemical examination of the gorgonian coral Junceella fragilis resulted in the isolation of four pairs of acetyl isomers belonging to briarane diterpenoids, including five new compounds. Their structures were determined on the basis of extensive spectroscopic (IR, MS, NMR and single-crystal X-ray diffraction) analysis in association with the chemical conversion. Each pair of isomers featured by dynamical interconversion through as acetyl migration in 1,2-diol, which was postulated to be generated under the formation of a cyclic orthoacetate intermediate...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337837/sulfated-hyaluronan-attenuates-inflammatory-signaling-pathways-in-macrophages-involving-induction-of-antioxidants
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Florent Jouy, Nadine Lohmann, Elke Wandel, Gloria Ruiz-Gómez, M Teresa Pisabarro, Annette G Beck-Sickinger, Matthias Schnabelrauch, Stephanie Moeller, Jan C Simon, Stefan Kalkhof, Martin von Bergen, Sandra Franz
It is well recognized that high molecular weight hyaluronan (H-HA) exerts potent anti-inflammatory effects while its fragmentation into low molecular weight HA (L-HA) is discussed to promote inflammation. Chemical modification of HA with sulfate groups has been shown to foster its anti-inflammatory activity which seems to be maintained in sulfated low molecular weight HA derivatives (sL-HA). However, the molecular mechanisms by which sL-HA produces its anti-inflammatory activity are not understood. In this study, we used global quantitative proteomics combined with targeted analysis of key proteins to characterize the effect of sL-HA on fully differentiated human inflammatory macrophages (iMФ)...
March 24, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337197/hypofractionated-irradiation-has-immune-stimulatory-potential-and-induces-a-timely-restricted-infiltration-of-immune-cells-in-colon-cancer-tumors
#17
Benjamin Frey, Michael Rückert, Julia Weber, Xaver Mayr, Anja Derer, Michael Lotter, Christoph Bert, Franz Rödel, Rainer Fietkau, Udo S Gaipl
In addition to locally controlling the tumor, hypofractionated radiotherapy (RT) particularly aims to activate immune cells in the RT-modified microenvironment. Therefore, we examined whether hypofractionated RT can activate dendritic cells (DCs), induce immune cell infiltration in tumors, and how the chronology of immune cell migration into tumors occurs to gain knowledge for future definition of radiation breaks and inclusion of immunotherapy. Colorectal cancer treatments offer only limited survival benefit, and immunobiological principles for additional therapies need to be explored with preclinical models...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336953/palmitoylethanolamide-induces-microglia-changes-associated-with-increased-migration-and-phagocytic-activity-involvement-of-the-cb2-receptor
#18
F Guida, L Luongo, S Boccella, M E Giordano, R Romano, G Bellini, I Manzo, A Furiano, A Rizzo, R Imperatore, F A Iannotti, E D'Aniello, F Piscitelli, F Sca Rossi, L Cristino, V Di Marzo, V de Novellis, S Maione
The endogenous fatty acid amide palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory actions mainly through inhibition of the release of pro-inflammatory molecules from mast cells, monocytes and macrophages. Indirect activation of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system is among the several mechanisms of action that have been proposed to underlie the different effects of PEA in vivo. In this study, we used cultured rat microglia and human macrophages to evaluate whether PEA affects eCB signaling. PEA was found to increase CB2 mRNA and protein expression through peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) activation...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336942/selective-inhibitor-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-cbp-signaling-ameliorates-hepatitis-c-virus-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mouse-model
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Yuko Tokunaga, Yosuke Osawa, Takahiro Ohtsuki, Yukiko Hayashi, Kenzaburo Yamaji, Daisuke Yamane, Mitsuko Hara, Keisuke Munekata, Kyoko Tsukiyama-Kohara, Tsunekazu Hishima, Soichi Kojima, Kiminori Kimura, Michinori Kohara
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of serious liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis. There are no anti-fibrotic drugs with efficacy against liver cirrhosis. Wnt/β-catenin signaling has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of tissue fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of a β-catenin/CBP (cyclic AMP response element binding protein) inhibitor on liver fibrosis. The anti-fibrotic activity of PRI-724, a selective inhibitor of β-catenin/CBP, was assessed in HCV GT1b transgenic mice at 18 months after HCV genome expression...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336784/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-fingolimod-treatment-on-microglial-activation-using-serial-pet-imaging-in-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Marcus Sucksdorff, Eero Rissanen, Jouni Tuisku, Salla Nuutinen, Teemu Paavilainen, Johanna Rokka, Juha Rinne, Laura Airas
Traditionally, multiple sclerosis (MS) has been considered a white matter (WM) disease with focal inflammatory lesions. It is, however, becoming clear that significant pathology, such as microglial activation, also takes place outside the plaque areas, i.e. in areas of normal appearing white matter (NAWM) and gray matter (GM). Microglial activation can be detected in vivo using an 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) binding radioligands and positron emission tomography (PET). It is unknown whether fingolimod affects microglial activation in MS...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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