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Fatemeh Alikarami, Fatemeh Yari, Naser Amirizadeh, Mahin Nikougoftar, Mohammad Ali Jalili
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are isolated from different sources like placenta. The placenta and its membranes like Amniotic Membrane (AM) are readily available and easy to work with. There is only limited knowledge on the immunomodulatory properties of human Amniotic Membrane-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (hAM-MSCs). The aim of this study was to survey the suppressive activity of hAM-MSCs on T lymphocytes in vitro. METHODS: Human AMs were obtained after caesarean section births from healthy women...
July 2015: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
Hemn Mohammadpour, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah, Mahin Nikougoftar Zarif, Mohammad Taher Tahoori
Mesenchymal stem cells are progenitor cells that have capabilities to differentiate different cell types. Also, MSCs possess immune suppressive effects on DC differentiation and T cell activation through a wide range of soluble factors and receptors. The properties of MSCs change through activation of cytokines particularly IFN-γ and TNF-α. The DC phenotypes and functions including the expression of co-stimulatory and co-inhibitory molecules and capabilities of DCs to induce allogeneic activation of CFSE-labeled splenocytes as well as cytokine production when they were differentiated in the presence of MSCs, TNF-α activated MSCs, IFN-γ activated MSCs and IFN-γ & TNF-α activated MSCs were analyzed...
October 2015: International Immunopharmacology
Roya Kelishadi, Michael B Zemel, Mahin Hashemipour, Mohsen Hosseini, Noushin Mohammadifard, Parinaz Poursafa
OBJECTIVE: To determine the long-term effect of a randomized controlled trial of a dairy-rich diet on generalized and abdominal obesity, as well as on the components of the metabolic syndrome, among obese prepubescent children. METHODS: This trial was conducted among a population-based sample of 120 obese prepubescent children who were randomly assigned to 3 groups of equal number. In addition to attending 6 consecutive monthly family-centered education sessions about healthy lifestyle, an isocaloric dairy-rich diet (>800 mg ca/d) was recommended to the children of one group (DR: dairy-rich diet), the second group was placed on a caloric-restricted regimen (ER: energy-restricted), and the third group received no additional recommendation (C: controls)...
October 2009: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Tihomir Miralem, Zhenbo Hu, Michael D Torno, Katherine M Lelli, Mahin D Maines
BVR reduces biliverdin, the HO-1 and HO-2 product, to bilirubin. Human biliverdin (BVR) is a serine/threonine kinase activated by free radicals. It is a leucine zipper (bZip) DNA-binding protein and a regulatory factor for 8/7-bp AP-1-regulated genes, including HO-1 and ATF-2/CREB. Presently, small interference (si) RNA constructs were used to investigate the role of human BVR in sodium arsenite (As)-mediated induction of HO-1 and in cytoprotection against apoptosis. Activation of BVR involved increased serine/threonine phosphorylation but not its protein or transcript levels...
April 29, 2005: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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