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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807764/staphylococcal-enterotoxin-c2-mutant-drives-t-lymphocyte-activation-through-pi3k-mtor-and-nf-%C3%A4-b-signaling-pathways
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Xuanhe Fu, Mingkai Xu, Songyuan Yao, Huiwen Zhang, Chenggang Zhang, Jinghai Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a superantigen, causes rapid clonal expansion of lymphocytes and secretion of T cell growth factors, leading to a severe inflammatory response within tissues. Although previous studies have shown that ST-4, a SEC2 mutant with enhanced recognition of Vβ regions of T-cell receptors (TCRVβ), can activate an increased number of T cells and produce more cytokines than SEC2. However, the signaling mechanisms of SEC2/ST-4-mediated immune activation have not been addressed. In this study, we showed that the phosphatidylinositide-3-kinase (PI-3K) inhibitor LY294002, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor rapamycin, and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) inhibitor Bay11-7085 could suppress SEC2/ST-4-induced proliferation, CD69/CD25 expression, cell-cycle progression, and IL-2 production in BALB/c mouse splenocytes...
August 11, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807672/pharmacological-characterization-of-novel-synthetic-opioids-nso-found-in-the-recreational-drug-marketplace
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REVIEW
Michael H Baumann, Susruta Majumdar, Valerie Le Rouzic, Amanda Hunkele, Rajendra Uprety, Xi Ping Huang, Jin Xu, Bryan L Roth, Ying-Xian Pan, Gavril W Pasternak
Novel synthetic opioids (NSO) are increasingly encountered in illicit heroin and counterfeit pain pills. Many NSO are resurrected from older biomedical literature or patent applications, so limited information is available about their biological effects. Here we examined the pharmacology of three structurally-distinct NSO found in the recreational drug market: N-(1-(2-phenylethyl)-4-piperidinyl)-N-phenylbutyramide (butyrylfentanyl), 3,4-dichloro-N-[(1R,2R)-2-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl]-N-methylbenzamide (U-47700) and 1-cyclohexyl-4-(1,2-diphenylethyl)piperazine (MT-45)...
August 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805489/atorvastatin-attenuates-experimental-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-a-role-for-tlr4-myd88-signaling-pathway
#3
Rongzheng Yue, Chuan Zuo, Jing Zeng, Baihai Su, Ye Tao, Songmin Huang, Rui Zeng
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the protective effect of different atorvastatin doses on contrast-induced acute kidney injury and the related mechanism. METHODS: Healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into the blank control group, experimental control group and different-dose atorvastatin groups. A rat model of contrast-induced acute kidney injury was established. We detected changes in serum creatinine (Scr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) before and after model establishment, observed and scored renal tubular injury, analyzed rat renal cell apoptosis, and measure the expression of signal pathway proteins and downstream inflammatory factors...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804546/ccr7-enhances-the-angiogenic-capacity-of-esophageal-squamous-carcinoma-cells-in-vitro-via-activation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-vegf-signaling-pathway
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Qing-Yong Cai, Gui-You Liang, Yi-Feng Zheng, Qun-You Tan, Ru-Wen Wang, Kun Li
High levels of angiogenesis are associated with poor prognosis and a highly invasive phenotype in esophageal squamous carcinoma. C-C chemokine receptor type 7 (CCR7) is overexpressed in multiple tumor types and has been suggested to act as an oncogene and pro-angiogenic factor. This study aimed to elucidate the effect of CCR7 on the angiogenic capacity of esophageal squamous carcinoma cells in vitro. Expression of CCR7 in esophageal squamous carcinoma cell lines and normal human esophageal epithelial cell line was examined by western blotting and quantitative real-time PCR...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804442/mesozeaxanthin-protects-the-liver-and-reduces-cardio-metabolic-risk-factors-in-an-insulin-resistant-rodent-model
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Kazim Sahin, Cemal Orhan, Fatih Akdemir, Mehmet Tuzcu, Nurhan Sahin, Ismet Yilmaz, Shakir Ali, Jayant Deshpande, Vijaya Juturu
Background: Mesozeaxanthin (MZ) is a macular carotenoid which has been reported to have a number of pharmacological properties, including the antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic property, and has been stated to decrease the hepatocyte lipid content. Objective: In this study, we investigated the effect of MZ on cardio-metabolic health risk (CMHR) and its probable mechanisms of action in rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). Design: Rats were randomly divided into four groups consisting of (i) Control, (ii) MZ, (iii) HFD, and (iv) HFD+MZ...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803924/differential-regulation-of-the-tlr4-signalling-pathway-in-post-mortem-prefrontal-cortex-and-cerebellum-in-chronic-schizophrenia-relationship-with-sp-transcription-factors
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Karina S MacDowell, Raquel Pinacho, Juan C Leza, Joan Costa, Belén Ramos, Borja García Bueno
Alterations in innate immunity may underlie the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (SZ). Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) is a master element of innate immunity. The specificity proteins (SPs), transcription factors recently implicated in SZ, are putative regulatory agents of this. This work was aimed at describing alterations in the TLR4 signalling pathway in postmortem brain prefrontal cortex (PFC) and cerebellum (CB) of 16 chronic SZ patients and 14 controls. The possible association of TLR4 pathway with SP1 and SP4 and SZ negative symptomatology is explored...
August 10, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803762/apigenin-protects-against-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-in-mice-by-regulating-hepatic-cyp2e1-mediated-oxidative-stress-and-ppar%C3%AE-mediated-lipogenic-gene-expression
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Feng Wang, Jin-Cheng Liu, Rui-Jun Zhou, Xi Zhao, Mei Liu, Hua Ye, Mei-Lin Xie
Alcohol is a major cause of liver injury, and there are currently no ideal pharmacological reagents that can prevent or reverse this disease. Apigenin is one of the most common flavonoids present in numerous plants and has many beneficial effects. But whether or not apigenin may protect against alcohol-induced liver injury remains unknown. Our aim was to examine the effect and potential mechanisms. The experimental mice were given 56% erguotou wine or simultaneously given apigenin 150-300 mg/kg by gavage for 30 days...
August 10, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803264/hyaluronan-in-the-experimental-injury-of-the-cartilage-biochemical-action-and-protective-effects
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REVIEW
Angela Avenoso, Angela D'Ascola, Michele Scuruchi, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Alberto Calatroni, Antonino Saitta, Salvatore Campo, Giuseppe M Campo
INTRODUCTION: Our knowledge of extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and function has increased enormously over the last decade or so. There is evidence demonstrating that ECM provides signals affecting cell adhesion, shape, migration, proliferation, survival, and differentiation. ECM presents many domains that become active after proteolytic cleavage. These active ECM fragments are called matrikines which play different roles; in particular, they may act as potent inflammatory mediators during cartilage injury...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802836/neocortical-prodynorphin-expression-is-transiently-increased-with-learning-implications-for-time-and-learning-dependent-neocortical-kappa-opioid-receptor-activation
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Ryan Loh, Sean Collins, Roberto Galvez
There are several lines of evidence that indicate a prominent role for the opioid system in the acquisition and consolidation of learned associations. Specifically, kappa opioid receptor (KOR) modulation has been demonstrated to alter various behavioral tasks including whisker trace eyeblink conditioning (WTEB). WTEB is an associative conditioning paradigm in which a neutral conditioned stimulus (CS; Whisker stimulation) is paired following a short stimulus free trace interval with a salient unconditioned stimulus that elicits a blink response (US; Eye shock)...
August 9, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800964/the-effect-of-metal-ions-released-from-different-dental-implant-abutment-couples-on-osteoblast-function-and-secretion-of-bone-resorbing-mediators
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Ghada O Alrabeah, Peter Brett, Jonathan C Knowles, Haralampos Petridis
OBJECTIVES: The etiology of the reduced marginal bone loss observed around platform-switched implant-abutment connections is not clear but could be related to the release of variable amounts of corrosion products. The present study evaluated the effect of different concentrations of metal ions released from different implant abutment couples on osteoblastic cell viability, apoptosis and expression of genes related to bone resorption. METHODS: Osteoblastic cells were exposed to five conditions of culture media prepared containing metal ions (titanium, aluminum, vanadium, cobalt, chromium and molybdenum) in different concentrations representing the amounts released from platform-matched and platform-switched implant-abutment couples as a result of an earlier accelerated corrosion experiment...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800474/nps-2143-a-selective-calcium-sensing-receptor-antagonist-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation
#11
Jae-Won Lee, Hyun Ah Park, Ok-Kyoung Kwon, Ji-Won Park, Gilhye Lee, Hee Jae Lee, Seung Jin Lee, Sei-Ryang Oh, Kyung-Seop Ahn
NPS 2143, a novel and selective antagonist of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory activity. In the present study, we examined the protective effect of NPS 2143 on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI). NPS 2143 pretreatment significantly inhibited the influx of inflammatory cells and the expression of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in the lung of mice with LPS-induced ALI. NPS 2143 decreased the levels of neutrophil elastase (NE) and protein concentration in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
August 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798909/analysis-of-urine-composition-in-type-ii-diabetic-mice-after-intervention-therapy-using-holothurian-polypeptides
#12
Yanyan Li, Jiajie Xu, Xiurong Su
Hydrolysates and peptide fractions (PF) obtained from sea cucumber with commercial enzyme were studied on the hyperglycemic and renal protective effects on db/db rats using urine metabolomics. Compared with the control group the polypeptides from the two species could significantly reduce the urine glucose and urea. We also tried to address the compositions of highly expressed urinary proteins using a proteomics approach. They were serum albumins, AMBP proteins, negative trypsin, elastase, and urinary protein, GAPDH, a receptor of urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPAR), and Ig kappa chain C region...
2017: Frontiers in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797847/cytokine-gene-polymorphisms-associated-with-symptom-clusters-in-oncology-patients-undergoing-radiation-therapy
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Christine Miaskowski, Yvette P Conley, Judy Mastick, Steven M Paul, Bruce A Cooper, Jon D Levine, Mitchell Knisely, Kord M Kober
CONTEXT: Most of the reviews on the biological basis for symptom clusters suggest that inflammatory processes are involved in the development and maintenance of the symptom clusters. However, no studies have evaluated for associations between genetic polymorphisms and common symptom clusters (e.g., mood disturbance, sickness behavior). OBJECTIVES: Examine the associations between cytokine gene polymorphisms and the severity of three distinct symptom clusters (i...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796483/placement-of-hydroxy-moiety-on-pendant-of-peptidomimetic-scaffold-modulates-mu-and-kappa-opioid-receptor-efficacy
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Aubrie A Harland, Irina D Pogozheva, Nicholas W Griggs, Tyler J Trask, John R Traynor, Henry I Mosberg
In an effort to expand the structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of a series of mixed-efficacy opioid ligands, peptidomimetics that incorporate methoxy and hydroxy groups around a benzyl or 2-methylindanyl pendant on a tetrahydroquinoline (THQ) core of the peptidomimetics were evaluated. Compounds containing a methoxy or hydroxy moiety in the o- or m- positions increased binding affinity to the kappa opioid receptor (KOR), whereas compounds containing methoxy or hydroxy groups in the p- position decreased KOR affinity and reduced or eliminated efficacy at the mu opioid receptor (MOR)...
August 10, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793782/direct-activation-of-nadph-oxidase-2-by-2-deoxyribose-1-phosphate-triggers-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-dependent-angiogenesis
#15
Dina Vara, Joanna M Watt, Tiago M Fortunato, Harry Mellor, Matthew Burgess, Kate Wicks, Kimberly Mace, Shaun Reeksting, Anneke T Lubben, Caroline Pd Wheeler-Jones, Giordano Pula
AIMS: Deoxyribose-1-phosphate (dRP) is a pro-angiogenic paracrine stimulus released by cancer cells, platelets and macrophages and acting on endothelial cells. The objective of this study was to clarify how dRP stimulates angiogenic responses in human endothelial cells. RESULTS: Live cell imaging, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), pull-down of dRP-interacting proteins followed by immunoblotting, gene silencing of different NOXs and their regulatory co-subunits by siRNA transfection, and experiments with inhibitors of the sugar transporter GLUT1 were utilized to demonstrate that dRP acts intracellularly by directly activating the endothelial NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) complex, but not NOX4...
August 10, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790485/bone-wasn-t-built-in-a-day-destruction-and-formation-of-bone-in-the-rheumatic-diseases
#16
Ellen M Gravallese
The hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis is synovitis, or inflammation of synovial tissues lining joints. Synovitis in rheumatoid arthritis promotes destruction of articular bone by inducing the differentiation and function of osteoclasts, leading to significant patient morbidity. The cell types and pathways mediating articular bone destruction have now been elucidated and the critical role of receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B ligand has been recognized, leading to the identification of new targets for the protection of articular bone...
2017: Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770825/kappa-opioid-receptor-agonist-u50448h-protects-against-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-via-activating-the-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#17
Li-Jie Liu, Jian-Jun Yu, Xiao-Lin Xu
Renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is regarded as a leading cause of acute kidney failure and renal dysfunction. Previous studies show that kappa opioid receptor (KOR) agonists can attenuate IRI in cardiomycytes and neuronal cells. In this study we explored the effects of a KOR agonist on renal IRI and the underlying mechanisms in vivo and in vitro. An IRI model was established in SD rats, which were intravenously pretreated with a KOR agonist U50448H (1 mg/kg), a KOR antagonist Nor-BNI (2 mg/kg) followed by U50448H (1 mg/kg), or the PI3K inhibitor wortmannin (1...
August 3, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766672/seabuckthorn-berry-polysaccharide-protects-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-mice-via-anti-oxidative-and-anti-inflammatory-activities
#18
Wei Zhang, Xiaohui Zhang, Kai Zou, Jiming Xie, Shimin Zhao, Jingran Liu, Huan Liu, Jinling Wang, Yuzhen Wang
The berries of Seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) are traditional medicinal foods that have been used by Tibetans and Mongolians for thousands of years. The polysaccharides are the main components of Seabuckthorn berries, possessing immune stimulating, anti-cancer and anti-fatigue activities. The present study focused on evaluating the protective effects and mechanisms of Seabuckthorn berry polysaccharide (SP) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatotoxicity. Mice were orally administrated with 50, 100 and 200 mg kg(-1) of SP once daily for 14 consecutive days prior to CCl4 challenge...
August 2, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765008/microcystin-leucine-arginine-exhibits-immunomodulatory-roles-in-testicular-cells-resulting-in-orchitis
#19
Yabing Chen, Jing Wang, Qin Zhang, Zou Xiang, Dongmei Li, Xiaodong Han
Microcystin-leucine arginine (MC-LR) causes testicular inflammation and hinders spermatogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the immune responses to MC-LR in the testis have not been elucidated in detail. In this study, we show that MC-LR induced immune responses in Sertoli cells (SC), germ cells (GC), and Leydig cells (LC) via activating phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), resulting in the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines including tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), and chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10)...
July 29, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764320/lipoteichoic-acid-isolated-from-staphylococcus-aureus-induces-both-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-wound-healing-in-hacat-cells
#20
Seongjae Kim, Hyeoung-Eun Kim, Boyeon Kang, Youn-Woo Lee, Hangeun Kim, Dae Kyun Chung
Lipoteichoic acid (LTA), a cell wall component of gram-positive bacteria, is recognized by toll-like receptor (TLR) 2, expressed on certain mammalian cell surfaces, initiating signaling cascades that include nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). There are many structural and functional varieties of LTA, which vary according to the different species of gram-positive bacteria which produce them. In this study, we examined whether LTA isolated from Staphylococcus aureus (aLTA) affects the expression of junction proteins in keratinocytes...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
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