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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349578/in-situ-tissue-labeling-of-cerebral-amyloid-using-hiv-related-tat-peptide
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E Maderna, L Colombo, A Cagnotto, G Di Fede, A Indaco, F Tagliavini, M Salmona, G Giaccone
Delivering peptide-based drugs to the brain is a major challenge because of the existence of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). To overcome this problem, cell-penetrating peptides derived from proteins that are able to cross biological membranes have been used as cell-permeable and brain-penetrant compounds. An example is the transactivator of transcription protein transduction domain (Tat) of the human immunodeficiency virus. The basic domain of Tat is formed of arginine and lysine amino acid residues. Tat has been used as brain-penetrant carrier also in therapies for Alzheimer disease (AD), the most common form of dementia characterized by extracellular cerebral deposits of amyloid made up of Aβ peptide...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345041/serum-amyloid-a-procalcitonin-highly-sensitive-c-reactive-protein-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-levels-and-acute-inflammatory-response-in-patients-with-hemolysis-elevated-liver-enzymes-low-platelet-count-hellp-and-eclampsia
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Kazım Uckan, Hanım Guler Sahin
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between serum amyloid A (SAA), procalcitonin (ProC), highly sensitive C reactive protein (hsCRP) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha activity in patients with pre-eclampsia, eclampsia and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count (HELLP), and the pathogenesis and severity of the disease. METHOD: Ninety patients at ≥ 32 gestational weeks, according to the last date of menstruation and ultra-sonographic measurements, diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (30 patients), eclampsia (30 patients) or HELLP syndrome (30 patients) were included in the study...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344980/analytical-validation-of-a-new-point-of-care-assay-for-serum-amyloid-a-in-horses
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D Schwartz, N Pusterla, S Jacobsen, M M Christopher
BACKGROUND: Serum amyloid A (SAA) is a major acute phase protein in horses. A new point-of-care (POC) test for SAA (Stablelab) is available, but studies evaluating its analytical accuracy are lacking. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the analytical performance of the SAA POC test by: (1) determining linearity and imprecision, (2) comparing results in whole blood with those in serum or plasma, and (3) comparing POC results with those obtained using a previously validated turbidimetric immunoassay (TIA)...
January 17, 2018: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337053/oral-ingestion-of-plasmalogens-can-attenuate-the-lps-induced-memory-loss-and-microglial-activation
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Md Shamim Hossain, Ayako Tajima, Satoshi Kotoura, Toshihiko Katafuchi
Plasmalogens (Pls) are the special phospholipids which were reported to be reduced in brain and blood samples of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, suggested a possibility that an oral ingestion of Pls may prevent the disease progression. Interestingly, the clinical study showed that the daily oral ingestion of Pls among the mild AD patients improved cognition. However, it is unknown of whether the oral ingestion of Pls inhibits the AD like changes in brain e.g., glial activation and accumulation of amyloid beta (Aβ) proteins...
January 11, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332042/protective-effects-of-indian-spice-curcumin-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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P Hemachandra Reddy, Maria Manczak, Xiangling Yin, Mary Catherine Grady, Andrew Mitchell, Sahil Tonk, Chandra Sekhar Kuruva, Jasvinder Singh Bhatti, Ramesh Kandimalla, Murali Vijayan, Subodh Kumar, Rui Wang, Jangampalli Adi Pradeepkiran, Gilbert Ogunmokun, Kavya Thamarai, Kandi Quesada, Annette Boles, Arubala P Reddy
The purpose of our article is to assess the current understanding of Indian spice, curcumin, against amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Natural products, such as ginger, curcumin, and gingko biloba have been used as diets and dietary supplements to treat human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory, infectious, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndromes, and neurological disorders. Products derived from plants are known to have protective effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-arthritis, pro-healing, and boosting memory cognitive functions...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325805/reduced-plaque-size-and-inflammation-in-the-app23-mouse-model-for-alzheimer-s-disease-after-chronic-application-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-for-cns-targeted-zinc-delivery
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Antonietta Vilella, Daniela Belletti, Ann Katrin Sauer, Simone Hagmeyer, Tasnuva Sarowar, Martina Masoni, Natalia Stasiak, John J E Mulvihill, Barbara Ruozi, Flavio Forni, Maria Angela Vandelli, Giovanni Tosi, Michele Zoli, Andreas M Grabrucker
A local dyshomeostasis of zinc ions in the vicinity of amyloid aggregates has been proposed in Alzheimer's disease (AD) due to the sequestration of zinc in senile plaques. While an increase in zinc levels may promote the aggregation of amyloid beta (Aβ), increased brain zinc might also be beneficial rescuing some pathological alterations caused by local zinc deficiency. For example, increased Aβ degradation by metalloproteinases, and a reduction in inflammation can be hypothesized. In addition, zinc may allow a stabilization of the number of synapses in AD brains...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321950/manifestations-of-renal-impairment-in-fructose-induced-metabolic-syndrome
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Kameliya Bratoeva, George S Stoyanov, Albena Merdzhanova, Mariya Radanova
Introduction International studies show an increased incidence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with metabolic syndrome (MS). It is assumed that the major components of MS - obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension - are linked to renal damage through the systemic release of several pro-inflammatory mediators, such as uric acid (UA), C-reactive protein (CRP), and generalized oxidative stress. The aim of the present study was to investigate the extent of kidney impairment and manifestations of dysfunction in rats with fructose-induced MS...
November 7, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321508/thrombospondin-1-secreted-by-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-rescues-neurons-from-synaptic-dysfunction-in-alzheimer-s-disease-model
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Dong Hyun Kim, Hoon Lim, Dahm Lee, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Yoon Sun Yang, Jeong Su Oh, Hyun Ho Hwang, Hong Bae Jeon
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterised clinically by learning and memory impairments. Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide-induced synaptic dysfunction is a pathological process associated with early-stage AD. Here, we show that paracrine action of human umbilical cord blood-derived-mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) protects the hippocampus from synaptic-density loss in in vitro and in vivo AD models. To identify paracrine factors underlying this rescue effect, we analysed hUCB-MSCs' secretome co-cultured with Aβ42-treated mouse hippocampal neurons...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318587/new-perspectives-on-the-role-of-melatonin-in-human-sleep-circadian-rhythms-and-their-regulation
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REVIEW
N Zisapel
In mammals a central circadian clock, located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, tunes the innate circadian physiological rhythms to the ambient 24h light-dark cycle to invigorate and optimize the internal temporal order. The SCN-activated, light- inhibited production of melatonin conveys the message of darkness to the clock and induces night state in physiological function, e.g., sleep/wake blood pressure and metabolism. Clinically meaningful effects of melatonin treatment have been demonstrated in placebo-controlled trials in humans, particularly in disorders associated with diminished or misaligned melatonin rhythms, e...
January 10, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310464/annals-express-unwanted-road-to-anemia-in-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-may-continue-irrespective-of-tafamidis-treatment
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Tokunori Ikeda, Teruaki Masuda, Mitsuharu Ueda, Taro Yamashita, Yohei Misumi, Satoru Shinriki, Yukio Ando
BACKGROUND: This retrospective longitudinal study was performed to determine whether tafamidis treatment leads to improvements in commonly used blood data for transthyretin familial amyloid polyneuropathy (TTR-FAP). METHODS: Commonly used blood data (complete blood count [including a hemogram], total protein, albumin, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase, γ-glutamyl transpeptidase, total bilirubin [T-Bil], creatine kinase, choline esterase, high density lipoprotein cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR], serum amyloid A protein, TTR, hemoglobin A1c, free triiodothyronine [FT3], and free thyroxine [FT4]) were investigated in 33 TTR-FAP patients...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306759/il-4-and-serum-amyloid-p-inversely-regulate-fibrocyte-differentiation-by-targeting-store-operated-ca2-channels
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Jin-Nan Zhong, Lan Lan, Yi-Fei Chen, Ge Huang, Guang-Zhen He, Jiong Yang, Ya-Dong Gao
BACKGROUND: Circulating fibrocytes (CFs) have been shown to participate in subepithelial fibrosis of asthma with chronic airflow limitation by acting as an important source of fibroblasts deposited beneath airway epithelia. Serum amyloid P (SAP) is an innate inhibitor of fibrocytes differentiation. Store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) is the major Ca2+ influx of non-excitable cells. In this study, the role of SOCE in the regulation of fibrocytes differentiation and the effects of Th2 cytokine IL-4 and SAP on SOCE of fibrocytes were investigated...
July 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305855/microglia-derived-extracellular-vesicles-in-alzheimer-s-disease-a-double-edged-sword
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REVIEW
Teresa Trotta, Maria Antonietta Panaro, Antonia Cianciulli, Giorgio Mori, Adriana Di Benedetto, Chiara Porro
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), based on their origin or size, can be classified as apoptotic bodies, microvesicles (MVs)/microparticles (MPs), and exosomes. EVs are one of the new emerging modes of communication between cells that are providing new insights into the pathophysiology of several diseases. EVs released from activated or apoptotic cells contain specific proteins (signaling molecules, receptors, integrins, cytokines), bioactive lipids, nucleic acids (mRNA, miRNA, small non coding RNAs, DNA) from their progenitor cells...
January 3, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299706/18f-fdg-pet-ct-an-accurate-method-to-assess-the-activity-of-takayasu-s-arteritis
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Xiaojie Zhang, Jun Zhou, Ying Sun, Hongcheng Shi, Zongfei Ji, Lindi Jiang
The objective of the study is to investigate the value of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG-PET/CT) for assessment of the activity of Takayasu's arteritis (TA) and the correlation between acute-phase reactive proteins (ARPs) and standard uptake value (SUV). Analyses of the clinical characteristics and 42 18F-FDG-PET/CT scans in 39 TA patients were undertaken. The degree of FDG uptake in the blood vessel walls was assessed quantitatively by SUV. TA activity was analyzed by physician global assessment (PGA)...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298722/pyroglutamate-and-isoaspartate-modified-amyloid-beta-in-ageing-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Maria Luisa Moro, Andrew Stephen Phillips, Katie Gaimster, Christian Paul, Amritpal Mudher, James A R Nicoll, Delphine Boche
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) in the brain is considered central in AD pathogenesis and its understanding crucial for developing new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Recent literature suggests that ageing may induce post translational modifications in Aβ, in the form of spontaneous amino acid modifications, which enhance its pathogenic properties, contributing to its aggregation.In this study, we have investigated whether the isoaspartate (IsoD-Aβ) and pyroglutamate (pE3-Aβ) modified forms of Aβ are significantly associated with AD pathology or represent markers of ageing...
January 3, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277015/milk-fever-in-dairy-cows-is-preceded-by-activation-of-innate-immunity-and-alterations-in-carbohydrate-metabolism-prior-to-disease-occurrence
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Guanshi Zhang, Elda Dervishi, Burim N Ametaj
The objective of this study was to search for potential alterations in innate immunity reactants and carbohydrate and lipid metabolism in the blood of transition dairy cows before, during, and after clinical occurrence of milk fever (MF) and identify potential predictive biomarkers of disease. One hundred pregnant multiparous Holstein dairy cows were involved in the study starting from -8wks before the expected day of parturition until +8wks postpartum as part of a large retrospective longitudinal study. Health status, DMI, milk yield, and milk composition were monitored during the whole experimental period...
December 19, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275160/role-of-the-peripheral-innate-immune-system-in-the-development-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Aurélie Le Page, Gilles Dupuis, Eric H Frost, Anis Larbi, Graham Pawelec, Jacek M Witkowski, Tamas Fulop
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most devastating neurodegenerative diseases. The exact cause of the disease is still not known although many scientists believe in the beta amyloid hypothesis which states that the accumulation of the amyloid peptide beta (Aβ) in brain is the initial cause which consequently leads to pathological neuroinflammation. However, it was recently shown that Aβ may have an important role in defending the brain against infections. Thus, the balance between positive and negative impact of Aβ may determine disease progression...
December 21, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260371/analysis-of-the-vasculature-by-immunohistochemistry-in-paraffin-embedded-brains
#17
Yann Decker, Andreas Müller, Eszter Németh, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer, Marc Fatar, Michael D Menger, Yang Liu, Klaus Fassbender
The brain vasculature can be investigated in different ways ranging from in vivo to biochemical analysis. Immunohistochemistry is a simple and powerful technique that can also be applied to archival tissues. However, staining of brain vessels on paraffin sections has been challenging. In this study, we developed an optimized method that can be used in paraffin-embedded mouse and human brain tissues derived from healthy controls and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. We subsequently showed that this method is fully compatible with the detection of glial cells and key markers of Alzheimer's disease including amyloid beta and phosphorylated Tau protein...
December 19, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260245/-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-associated-with-inflammation
#18
J Schaumberg, M Trauscheid, B Eckert, D Petersen, W Schulz-Schaeffer, J Röther, W Heide
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) associated with inflammation is a rare form of a potentially reversible encephalopathy in a subgroup of patients with CAA. The cerebral amyloid deposition can in isolated cases induce an inflammation predominantly of the cerebral blood vessels and a multifocal edema of the cerebral white matter. The courses can occur as monophasic, relapsing remitting and primarily progressive forms. We present seven cases with different courses of the disease and give an overview of the pathophysiology, clinical aspects and treatment of the disease with reference to the current literature...
December 19, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260199/systemic-inflammation-associated-proteins-and-retinopathy-of-prematurity-in-infants-born-before-the-28th-week-of-gestation
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Mari Holm, Tora S Morken, Raina N Fichorova, Deborah K VanderVeen, Elizabeth N Allred, Olaf Dammann, Alan Leviton
Purpose: To assess the association between systemic levels of inflammation-associated proteins and severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in extremely preterm infants. Methods: We collected whole blood on filter paper on postnatal days 1, 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1205 infants born before the 28th week of gestation, and measured the concentrations of 27 inflammation-associated, angiogenic, and neurotrophic proteins. We calculated odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals for the association between top quartile concentrations of each protein and prethreshold ROP...
December 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259710/regulation-of-blood-vascular-permeability-in-the-skin
#20
REVIEW
Sachiko Ono, Gyohei Egawa, Kenji Kabashima
Regulation of blood vessel permeability is essential for the homeostasis of peripheral tissues. This regulation controls the trafficking of plasma contents, including water, vitamins, ions, hormones, cytokines, amyloids, lipoproteins, carrier proteins, and immunoglobulins. The properties of blood vessels vary among tissues based on their structural differences: continuous, fenestrated, or sinusoidal. These three types of blood vessels have different charge and size barrier properties. The anionic luminal glycocalyx layer on endothelial cells establishes the "charge barrier" that repels the attachment of negatively charged blood cells and plasma molecules...
2017: Inflammation and Regeneration
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