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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724384/deficiency-of-pi3-kinase-catalytic-isoforms-p110%C3%AE-and-p110%C3%AE-in-mice-enhances-the-il-17-g-csf-axis-and-induces-neutrophilia
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Kirsten Bucher, Fee Schmitt, Benedikt Mothes, Carolin Blumendeller, Daniel Schäll, Roland Piekorz, Emilio Hirsch, Bernd Nürnberg, Sandra Beer-Hammer
BACKGROUND: Phosphoinositide 3-kinase γ (PI3Kγ) and PI3Kδ are second messenger-generating enzymes with key roles in proliferation, differentiation, survival, and function of leukocytes. Deficiency of the catalytic subunits p110γ and p110δ of PI3Kγ and PI3Kδ in p110γ/δ(-/-) mice leads to defective B- and T-cell homeostasis. Here we examined the role of p110γ and p110δ in the homeostasis of neutrophils by analyzing p110γ(-/-), p110δ(-/-) and p110γ/δ(-/-) mice. METHODS: Neutrophils and T cells in leukocyte suspensions from the bone marrow (BM), blood, spleen and lung were analyzed by flow cytometry...
July 19, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723904/impact-of-mass-drug-administration-for-elimination-of-lymphatic-filariasis-in-nepal
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Chet Raj Ojha, Basant Joshi, Khagendra Prakash Kc, Shyam Prakash Dumre, Keshav Kumar Yogi, Bandana Bhatta, Tulasi Adhikari, Kathryn Crowley, Babu Ram Marasaini
BACKGROUND: Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a neglected tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Nepal has implemented a national effort to eliminate LF by 2020 through mass drug administration (MDA) using diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and albendazole (ALB). We assessed the impact of MDAs on LF in selected districts of Nepal after the recommended six MDA rounds had been completed. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Baseline surveys were conducted in seven districts and mapping data were used as baseline in the other three districts before starting MDA in 2009...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718767/in-vitro-analysis-of-rqc-activities-provides-insights-into-the-mechanism-and-function-of-cat-tailing
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Beatriz A Osuna, Conor J Howard, Subheksha Kc, Adam Frost, David E Weinberg
Ribosomes can stall during translation due to defects in the mRNA template or translation machinery, leading to the production of incomplete proteins. The Ribosome-associated Quality control Complex (RQC) engages stalled ribosomes and targets nascent polypeptides for proteasomal degradation. However, how each RQC component contributes to this process remains unclear. Here we demonstrate that key RQC activities-Ltn1p-dependent ubiquitination and Rqc2p-mediated Carboxy-terminal Alanine and Threonine (CAT) tail elongation-can be recapitulated in vitro with a yeast cell-free system...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718765/a-connectome-of-a-learning-and-memory-center-in-the-adult-drosophila-brain
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Shin-Ya Takemura, Yoshinori Aso, Toshihide Hige, Allan Wong, Zhiyuan Lu, C Shan Xu, Patricia K Rivlin, Harald F Hess, Ting Zhao, Toufiq Parag, Stuart Berg, Gary Huang, William Katz, Donald J Olbris, Stephen Plaza, Lowell Umayam, Roxanne Aniceto, Lei-Ann Chang, Shirley Lauchie, Omotara Ogundeyi, Christopher Ordish, Aya Shinomiya, Christopher Sigmund, Satoko Takemura, Julie Tran, Glenn C Turner, Gerald M Rubin, Louis K Scheffer
Understanding memory formation, storage and retrieval requires knowledge of the underlying neuronal circuits. In Drosophila, the mushroom body (MB) is the major site of associative learning. We reconstructed the morphologies and synaptic connections of all 983 neurons within the three functional units, or compartments, that compose the adult MB's α lobe, using a dataset of isotropic 8-nm voxels collected by focused ion-beam milling scanning electron microscopy. We found that Kenyon cells (KCs), whose sparse activity encodes sensory information, each make multiple en passant synapses to MB output neurons (MBONs) in each compartment...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716864/alpha1-antitrypsin-binds-hemin-and-prevents-oxidative-activation-of-human-neutrophils-putative-pathophysiological-significance
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Sabina Janciauskiene, Srinu Tumpara, Malgorzata Wiese, Sabine Wrenger, Vijith Vijayan, Faikah Gueler, Rongjun Chen, Kukuh Madyaningrana, Ravi Mahadeva, Tobias Welte, Stephan Immenschuh, Joanna Chorostowska-Wynimko
Heme is a ubiquitous compound of human tissues, and it is involved in cellular physiology and metabolism. Once released from the cell, free heme oxidizes to the ferric state (hemin). High levels of hemin can cause oxidative stress and inflammation if not neutralized immediately by specialized scavenger proteins. Human alpha1-antitrypsin (A1AT), an acute-phase glycoprotein and important inhibitor of neutrophil proteases, is also a hemin-binding protein. A short-term exposure of freshly isolated human blood neutrophils to 4 µM hemin results in cell spreading, surface expression of filament protein, vimentin, free radical production, expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), release of IL-8, and enhanced neutrophil adhesion to human endothelial cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715471/habitat-and-indigenous-gut-microbes-contribute-to-the-plasticity-of-gut-microbiome-in-oriental-river-prawn-during-rapid-environmental-change
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Cheng-Yu Chen, Po-Cheng Chen, Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Daryi Wang
Growing evidence points out that the capacity of organisms to acclimate or adapt to new habitat conditions basically depends on their phenomic plasticity attributes, of which their gut commensal microbiota might be an essential impact factor. Especially in aquatic organisms, which are in direct and continual contact with the aquatic environment, the complex and dynamic microbiota have significant effects on health and development. However, an understanding of the relative contribution of internal sorting (host genetic) and colonization (environmental) processes is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714496/clinical-outcome-of-autologous-serum-therapy-in-chronic-idiopathic-urticaria
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D Karn, S Kc
BACKGROUND: Quality of life in chronic idiopathic urticaria is hampered as efficacy of H1-antihistamines is limited. Autologous serum containing tolerance-generating anti-idiotype antibodies is a novel and cost-effective therapy. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of autologous serum therapy (AST) among chronic urticaria patients with autologous skin prick test positive and negative status. METHODS: Untreated 102 patients of chronic urticaria were enrolled in a non-randomized interventional study...
January 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713338/investigation-of-och1-in-the-virulence-of-candida-parapsilosis-using-a-new-neonatal-mouse-model
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Katalin Csonka, Máté Vadovics, Annamária Marton, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Erik Zajta, Adél Tóth, Renáta Tóth, Csaba Vizler, László Tiszlavicz, Héctor M Mora-Montes, Attila Gácser
Candida parapsilosis is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen that poses a serious threat to low birth weight neonates, particularly at intensive care units. In premature infants, the distinct immune responses to Candida infections are not well understood. Although several in vivo models exist to study systemic candidiasis, only a few are available to investigate dissemination in newborns. In addition, the majority of related studies apply intraperitoneal infection rather than intravenous inoculation of murine infants that may be less efficient when studying systemic invasion...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712048/photobiomodulation-therapy-improves-both-inflammatory-and-fibrotic-parameters-in-experimental-model-of-lung-fibrosis-in-mice
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Robson Alexandre Brochetti, Mayara Peres Leal, Raíssa Rodrigues, Renata Kelly da Palma, Luis Vicente Franco de Oliveira, Anna Carolina Ratto Tempestini Horliana, Amílcar Sabino Damazo, Ana Paula Ligeiro de Oliveira, Rodolfo Paula Vieira, Adriana Lino-Dos-Santos-Franco
Lung fibrosis (LF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease characterized by pulmonary parenchyma progressive lesion, inflammatory infiltration, and interstitial fibrosis. It is developed by excessive collagen deposition and other cellular matrix components, resulting in severe changes in the alveolar architecture. Considering the absence of effective treatment, the aim of this study was to investigate the effect of photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) on the development of PF. For this purpose, we used C57BL6 mice subjected to induction of LF by bleomycin administration (1...
July 16, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707578/acute-otitis-media-in-children
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Alexander Kc Leung, Alex H C Wong
BACKGROUND: Acute otitis media is a common childhood infection. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are very important. OBJECTIVE: To review in depth the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, complications and particularly treatment of acute otitis media in children. METHODS: A PubMed search was completed in Clinical Queries using the key term "acute otitis media". Patents were searched using the key term "acute otitis media" from www...
July 12, 2017: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702675/tnf-%C3%AE-genetic-predisposition-and-higher-expression-of-inflammatory-pathway-components-in-keratoconus
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Muneeza Arbab, Saira Tahir, Muhammad Khizar Niazi, Mazhar Ishaq, Alamdar Hussain, Pir Muhammad Siddique, Sadia Saeed, Wajid Ali Khan, Raheel Qamar, Azeem Mehmood Butt, Maleeha Azam
Purpose: To date keratoconus (KC) pathogenesis is undefined; however, the involvement of inflammatory pathways in disease development is becoming apparent. In the present study, we investigated the role of a promoter region polymorphism rs1800629 (-308G>A) in the inflammatory pathway component TNF-α and its effects on the expression of TNF-α and downstream molecules tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 and 2 (TNFR1 and TNFR2), v-rel avian reticuloendotheliosis viral oncogene homolog A (RELA), and interleukin 6 (IL-6) in KC development...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698116/effects-of-early-life-adversity-on-immune-function-are-mediated-by-prenatal-environment-role-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Charlis Raineki, Tamara S Bodnar, Parker J Holman, Samantha L Baglot, Ni Lan, Joanne Weinberg
The contribution of the early postnatal environment to the pervasive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is poorly understood. Moreover, PAE often carries increased risk of exposure to adversity/stress during early life. Dysregulation of immune function may play a role in how pre- and/or postnatal adversity/stress alters brain development. Here, we combine two animal models to examine whether PAE differentially increases vulnerability to immune dysregulation in response to early-life adversity. PAE and control litters were exposed to either limited bedding (postnatal day [PN] 8-12) to model early-life adversity or normal bedding, and maternal behavior and pup vocalizations were recorded...
July 8, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692136/measurement-centration-and-zone-diameter-in-anterior-posterior-and-total-corneal-astigmatism-in-keratoconus
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Anneli Fredriksson, Anders Behndig
PURPOSE: To investigate the central and paracentral astigmatism and the significance of centration and measurement zone diameter compared to a 3-mm pupil-centred measurement zone in keratoconus and in healthy eyes. METHODS: Twenty-eight right eyes from 28 KC patients with an inferotemporal cone were selected according to specified criteria based on Oculus Pentacam HR(®) measurements and were matched with healthy control eyes. The flat (K1) and steep (K2) keratometry readings were registered from the 'Total Corneal Refractive Power' (TCRP) display as well as the anterior and posterior corneal astigmatism displays (ACA and PCA, respectively)...
July 10, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691411/kupffer-cell-in-the-immune-activation-and-tolerance-toward-hbv-hcv-infection
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Yuan Fangchao, Zhang Wenfeng, Mu Di, Gong Jianping
Kupffer cells(KCs) largely found in the sinusoids are the macrophages which specifically reside in liver. KC is a crucial part of innate immune system, acting as scavenger and phagocyte. KCs and sinusoidal endothelial cells together form the first immune barrier of the portal system. Studies show that KCs can not only maintain homeostasis in immune response, but also facilitate the pathogenesis of type B and type C hepatitis through their antigen-presenting function and secretion of soluble mediators. KCs can express TLRs (Toll-like receptors), FasL, Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) and secrete large amount of inflammatory factors to lead to the tolerant state of immune response toward HBV/HCV...
June 27, 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686295/effects-of-correcting-in-situ-ruminal-microbial-colonization-of-feed-particles-on-the-relationship-between-ruminally-undegraded-and-intestinally-digested-crude-protein-in-concentrate-feeds
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Javier González, Rabiaa Mouhbi, Jesús Alberto Guevara-González, José María Arroyo
BACKGROUND: In situ estimates of ruminally undegraded protein (RUP) and intestinally digested protein (IDP) of ten concentrates, uncorrected or corrected for the ruminal microbial colonization, were used to examine the effects of this correction on the relationship between IDP and RUP values. Both variables were established for three rumen and duodenum cannulated wethers using (15) N labeling-techniques and considering measured rates of ruminal particle comminution (kc ) and outflow (kp )...
July 7, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684908/%C3%AE-bisabolol-loaded-lipid-core-nanocapsules-reduce-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-in-mice
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Ana Paula L D'Almeida, Maria T Pacheco de Oliveira, Éverton T de Souza, Diego de Sá Coutinho, Bianca T Ciambarella, Cristiano R Gomes, Thatiana Terroso, Sílvia S Guterres, Adriana R Pohlmann, Patrícia Mr Silva, Marco A Martins, Andressa Bernardi
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe clinical condition of respiratory failure due to an intense inflammatory response with different etiologies. Despite all efforts, therapy remains limited, and ARDS is still associated with high mortality and morbidity. Plants can provide a vast source of active natural products for the discovery of new drugs. α-bisabolol (α-bis), a constituent of the essential oil from chamomile, has elicited pharmacological interest. However, the molecule has some limitations to its biological application...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678851/receptor-for-advanced-glycation-endproducts-rage-maintains-pulmonary-structure-and-regulates-the-response-to-cigarette-smoke
#17
Lisa Wolf, Christian Herr, Julia Niederstraßer, Christoph Beisswenger, Robert Bals
The receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) is highly expressed in the lung but its physiological functions in this organ is still not completely understood. To determine the contribution of RAGE to physiological functions of the lung, we analyzed pulmonary mechanics and structure of wildtype and RAGE deficient (RAGE-/-) mice. RAGE deficiency spontaneously resulted in a loss of lung structure shown by an increased mean chord length, increased respiratory system compliance, decreased respiratory system elastance and increased concentrations of serum protein albumin in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677732/jnk-signaling-is-required-for-the-mip%C3%A2-1%C3%AE-%C3%A2-associated-regulation-of-kupffer-cells-in-the-heat-stroke-response
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Xiao-Juan Chen, Zhong-Zhi Tang, Guo-Guo Zhu, Qing Cheng, Wen-Kai Zhang, Hui-Min Li, Wei Fu, Qi-Ping Lu
Severe heat stroke (HS) consists of extreme hyperthermia with thermoregulatory failure, leading to high morbidity and mortality. Liver injury is a complication of HS that is associated with inflammatory responses and Kupffer cells (KCs), which are resident macrophages in the liver that serve as a major source of inflammatory cytokines; however, the association and the underlying mechanisms of KC functions in HS‑induced endotoxemia and inflammation require an improved understanding. The important chemokine macrophage inflammatory protein‑1α (MIP‑1α) increases inflammatory responses and the secretion of inflammatory molecules from KCs, including tumor necrosis factor‑α, interleukin (IL)‑1β and IL‑6...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676992/topographic-typology-in-a-consecutive-series-of-refractive-surgery-candidates
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Seyed-Farzad Mohammadi, Vahid Mohammadzadeh, Sakineh Kadivar, Amir-Houshang Beheshtnejad, Amir Hossein Norooznezhad, Seyed-Hassan Hashemi
PURPOSE: The term 'keratoconus (KC) suspect' is used as a blanket term to refer to any deviation of virgin cornea shape toward KC features. We intend to subclassify such topographies in meaningful and informative designations. METHODS: Pentacam corneal topographies of 199 consecutive refractive surgery candidates (398 eyes) are examined. Features of steepness, inferior-superior asymmetry, focal steepening, thinning, and bounded anterior or posterior elevations are observed in the quad map...
July 4, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673477/image-monitoring-of-the-impaired-phagocytic-activity-of%C3%A2-kupffer-cells-and-liver-oxygen-saturation-in-a-mouse-cholangitis-model-using-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging-and-photoacoustic-imaging
#20
Seunghyun Lee, Jung Hoon Kim, Jae Hwan Lee, Seo-Youn Choi
Bile duct ligation (BDL) can cause cholangitis, which is known to induce impaired Kupffer cell (KC) function and increased oxygen consumption in a mouse model. It is important to monitor changes in KC function and tissue oxygen saturation, both of which are critical factors in the progression of cholangitis. The purpose of this study is to investigate the impaired phagocytic activity of KC and liver oxygen saturation (sO2) in a mouse cholangitis model using contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging (CEUS) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI)...
June 30, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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