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Wei Sun, Ju-Dong Luo, Hua Jiang, Dayue Darrel Duan
Tumor cells produce and secrete more nucleic acids, proteins and lipids than normal cells. These molecules are transported in the blood or around the cells in membrane-encapsulated exosomes. Tumor-derived or tumor-associated exosomes (usually 30-100 nm in diameter) contain abundant biological contents resembling those of the parent cells along with signaling messengers for intercellular communication involved in the pathogenesis, development, progression, and metastasis of cancer. As these exosomes can be detected and isolated from various body fluids, they have become attractive new biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of cancer...
March 15, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, Mark A Mahan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Chandan Kanta Das, Mahitosh Mandal, Donat Kögel
Resistance to therapy is one of the prime causes for treatment failure in cancer and recurrent disease. In recent years, autophagy has emerged as an important cell survival mechanism in response to different stress conditions that are associated with cancer treatment and aging. Autophagy is an evolutionary conserved catabolic process through which damaged cellular contents are degraded after uptake into autophagosomes that subsequently fuse with lysosomes for cargo degradation, thereby alleviating stress. In addition, autophagy serves to maintain cellular homeostasis by enriching nutrient pools...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Metastasis Reviews
Jichun Gu, Hexige Saiyin, Deliang Fu, Ji Li
Pancreatic cancer is a uniformly lethal malignancy with an abundant dense desmoplastic stroma. Because of its dense stroma, conventional drugs were considered to not penetrate this physical barrier, and this caused a systemic drug resistance. Thus, abolishing this barrier with targeted agents is considered to improve the efficiency of chemotherapeutic treatment. The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is a critical regulator of pancreas development and plays diversified roles in pancreatic cancer stroma and neoplastic cells...
April 2018: Pancreas
Dongdong Wu, Honggang Wang, Tieshan Teng, Shaofeng Duan, Ailing Ji, Yanzhang Li
Hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) has been considered the third gaseous signaling molecule that plays important roles in a wide range of physiological and pathological conditions. However, there has been some controversy on the role of H2 S in autophagy. Recent studies indicate that a number of signaling pathways are involved in the pro-autophagy effect of H2 S, such as PI3 K/Akt/mTOR, AMPK/mTOR, LKB1/STRAD/MO25, and miR-30c signaling pathways. On the other hand, there are many signaling pathways that play important roles in the anti-autophagy effect of H2 S, including SR-A, PI3 K/SGK1/GSK3β, PI3 K/AKT/mTOR, Nrf2-ROS-AMPK, AMPK/mTOR, and JNK1 signaling pathways...
March 4, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Sonia Emanuele, Antonella D'Anneo, Giuseppe Calvaruso, Cesare Cernigliaro, Michela Giuliano, Marianna Lauricella
The intracellular redox state in the cell depends on the balance between the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the activity of defensive systems including antioxidant enzymes. This balance is a dynamic process that can change in relation to many factors and/or stimuli induced within the cell. ROS production is derived from physiological metabolic events. For instance, mitochondria represent the major ROS sources during oxidative phosphorylation, but other systems, such as NADPH oxidase or specific enzymes in certain metabolisms, may account for ROS production as well...
March 7, 2018: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Anita Ho, Oliver Quick
BACKGROUND: This debate article explores how smart technologies may create a double-edged sword for patient safety and effective therapeutic relationships. Increasing utilization of health monitoring devices by patients will likely become an important aspect of self-care and preventive medicine. It may also help to enhance accurate symptom reports, diagnoses, and prompt referral to specialist care where appropriate. However, the development, marketing, and use of such technology raise significant ethical implications for therapeutic relationships and patient safety...
March 6, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Meng Luen Lee, Ming Yuh Chang, Tung Ming Chang, Rei Cheng Yang, Ming Che Chang, Albert D Yang
Concurrent involvement of bilateral renal and cerebral arteries, usually incurred as stenosis, is rare in childhood-onset Takayasu arteritis (c-TA). We report the case of a 14-year-old girl, with c-TA, presenting with transient ischemic attack after endovascular revascularization for renal artery stenosis and cerebrovascular stroke after surgical revascularization for cerebral artery stenosis associated with childhood-onset moyamoya syndrome. We deem that decrease of blood pressure by endovascular revascularization and improvement of cerebral perfusion by surgical revascularization may have jeopardized the cerebral deep watershed zone to cerebral ischemia followed by cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome and caused transient ischemic attack and cerebrovascular stroke in our patient...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Jack L Arbiser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 20, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Xuebin Hou, Yibing Cai, Muhammad Mushtaq, Xiaofei Song, Qiang Yang, Fenglin Huang, Qufu Wei
In this work, porous electrospun polylactic acid (PLA) fibers with high specific surface area and excellent biodegradability were examined as the support of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs). The deposition of TiO2 NPs on porous electrospun PLA fibrous substrates was accomplished through the hydrolysis of titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) under ultrasonic irradiation, and the effects of the TTIP concentrations on structure and property of composite fibers was also investigated. The prepared TiO2-deposited PLA composite fibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA)...
August 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Pan Tao, Xiaorong Wu, Venigalla Rao
Bacteria and bacteriophages arm themselves with various defensive and counterdefensive mechanisms to protect their own genome and degrade the other's. CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)-Cas (CRISPR-associated) is an adaptive bacterial defense mechanism that recognizes short stretches of invading phage genome and destroys it by nuclease attack. Unexpectedly, we discovered that the CRISPR-Cas system might also accelerate phage evolution. When Escherichia coli bacteria containing CRISPR-Cas9 were infected with phage T4, its cytosine hydroxymethylated and glucosylated genome was cleaved poorly by Cas9 nuclease, but the continuing CRISPR-Cas9 pressure led to rapid evolution of mutants that accumulated even by the time a single plaque was formed...
February 2018: Science Advances
Masayuki Tsukasaki, Noriko Komatsu, Kazuki Nagashima, Takeshi Nitta, Warunee Pluemsakunthai, Chisa Shukunami, Yoichiro Iwakura, Tomoki Nakashima, Kazuo Okamoto, Hiroshi Takayanagi
The immune system evolved to efficiently eradicate invading bacteria and terminate inflammation through balancing inflammatory and regulatory T-cell responses. In autoimmune arthritis, pathogenic TH 17 cells induce bone destruction and autoimmune inflammation. However, whether a beneficial function of T-cell-induced bone damage exists is unclear. Here, we show that bone-damaging T cells have a critical function in the eradication of bacteria in a mouse model of periodontitis, which is the most common infectious disease...
February 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Quan Zhuang, Ke Cheng, Yingzi Ming
The fractalkine receptor chemokine (C-X3-C motif) receptor 1 (CX3CR1) and its highly selective ligand CX3CL1 mediate chemotaxis and adhesion of immune cells, which are involved in the pathogenesis and progression of numerous inflammatory disorders and malignancies. The CX3CL1/CX3CR1 axis has recently drawn attention as a potential therapeutic target because it is involved in the ontogeny, homeostatic migration, or colonization of renal phagocytes. We performed a Medline/PubMed search to detect recently published studies that explored the relationship between the CX3CL1/CX3CR1 axis and renal diseases and disorders, including diabetic nephropathy, renal allograft rejection, infectious renal diseases, IgA nephropathy, fibrotic kidney disease, lupus nephritis and glomerulonephritis, acute kidney injury and renal carcinoma...
2017: Current Gene Therapy
Bernd B Zeisig, Chi Wai Eric So
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hu Liu, Ji Wang, Ting He, Sage Becker, Guolong Zhang, Defa Li, Xi Ma
Butyrate, a four-carbon short-chain fatty acid, is produced through microbial fermentation of dietary fibers in the lower intestinal tract. Endogenous butyrate production, delivery, and absorption by colonocytes have been well documented. Butyrate exerts its functions by acting as a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor or signaling through several G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Recently, butyrate has received particular attention for its beneficial effects on intestinal homeostasis and energy metabolism...
January 1, 2018: Advances in Nutrition
Shai Shorer, Hadass Goldblatt, Yael Caspi, Faisal Azaiza
The applicability of Western concepts regarding the treatment of trauma in soldiers from indigenous ethnic minority backgrounds has scarcely been researched. This study explored the subjective meaning of living with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among indigenous Bedouin veterans of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who are of Arab ethnicity and Muslim faith. In-depth, semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted with 10 Bedouin veterans suffering from PTSD and three Bedouin mental health clinicians working with this population...
February 1, 2018: Qualitative Health Research
Maria Margarete Karsten, Sabine Enders, Julia Knabl, Verena Kirn, Peter Düwell, Brigitte Rack, Jens-Uwe Blohmer, Doris Mayr, Darius Dian
PURPOSE: In 2005, Breuing et al. first described the use of acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) in breast cancer patients. ADMs are assumed to be safe to use in an oncologic setting, but data from controlled studies are still needed. Here, we investigate the effects of ADMs on the production of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-12, key regulators of immune suppression and activation. METHODS: Strattice (ST), CollaMend (CM), and Biodesign (BD) biologic meshes and TiLoop, a synthetic mesh (TL), were used in this study...
February 7, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Bin Xiang, Chun Xiao, Ting Shen, Xiufang Li
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of ischemic stroke. The inhibition of inflammation appears to be a potential therapeutic strategy for neuro-inflammatory injury after ischemic stroke. In response to cerebral ischemia, resident microglia and infiltrated macrophages from the damaged blood-brain barrier are activated. Microglia activation appears to be a double-edged sword. Activated microglia migrate to the damaged neuron, change their phenotype to M1 or M2, and become involved in nerve damage and repair...
January 29, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Luiz Sérgio F de Carvalho
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 22, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Frank Thévenod
Iron (Fe) is an essential metal, vital for biological functions, including electron transport, DNA synthesis, detoxification, and erythropoiesis that all contribute to metabolism, cell growth, and proliferation. Interactions between Fe and O2 can result in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is based on the ability of Fe to redox cycle. Excess Fe may cause oxidative damage with ensuing cell death, but DNA damage may also lead to permanent mutations. Hence Fe is carcinogenic and may initiate tumor formation and growth, and also nurture the tumor microenvironment and metastasis...
February 5, 2018: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
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