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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821113/fabrication-of-thermo-responsive-cotton-fabrics-using-poly-vinyl-caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl-acrylamide-copolymer
#1
Min Xiao, Edurne González, Alexis Martell Monterroza, Margaret Frey
A thermo-responsive polymer with hydrophilic to hydrophobic transition behavior, poly(vinyl caprolactam-co-hydroxyethyl acrylamide) P(VCL-co-HEAA), was prepared by copolymerization of vinyl caprolactam and N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide via free radical solution polymerization. The resulting copolymer was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815370/effects-of-small-hydropower-plants-on-mercury-concentrations-in-fish
#2
Elaine C Cebalho, Sergi Díez, Manoel Dos Santos Filho, Claumir Cesar Muniz, Wilkinson Lázaro, Olaf Malm, Aurea R A Ignácio
Although the impacts of large dams on freshwater biota are relatively well known, the effects of small hydropower plants (SHP) are not well investigated. In this work, we studied if mercury (Hg) concentrations in fish rise in two tropical SHP reservoirs, and whether similar effects take place during impoundment. Total Hg concentrations in several fish species were determined at two SHP in the Upper Guaporé River basin floodplain, Brazil. In total, 185 specimens were analysed for Hg content in dorsal muscle and none of them reported levels above the safety limit (500 μg kg(-1)) for fish consumption recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811476/lyn-and-fyn-function-as-molecular-switches-that-control-immunoreceptors-to-direct-homeostasis-or-inflammation
#3
Sanae Ben Mkaddem, Amaya Murua, Héloise Flament, Dimitri Titeca-Beauport, Carine Bounaix, Luca Danelli, Pierre Launay, Marc Benhamou, Ulrich Blank, Eric Daugas, Nicolas Charles, Renato C Monteiro
Immunoreceptors can transduce either inhibitory or activatory signals depending on ligand avidity and phosphorylation status, which is modulated by the protein kinases Lyn and Fyn. Here we show that Lyn and Fyn control immune receptor signaling status. SHP-1 tyrosine 536 phosphorylation by Lyn activates the phosphatase promoting inhibitory signaling through the immunoreceptor. By contrast, Fyn-dependent phosphorylation of SHP-1 serine 591 inactivates the phosphatase, enabling activatory immunoreceptor signaling...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808239/compound-a-influences-gene-regulation-of-the-dexamethasone-activated-glucocorticoid-receptor-by-alternative-cofactor-recruitment
#4
S J Desmet, N Bougarne, L Van Moortel, L De Cauwer, J Thommis, M Vuylsteke, D Ratman, R Houtman, J Tavernier, K De Bosscher
The glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is a transcription factor of which the underlying gene regulatory mechanisms are complex and incompletely understood. The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Compound A (CpdA), a selective GR modulating compound in various cell models, has been shown to favour GR-mediated gene repression but not GR-mediated gene activation. Shifting balances towards only a particular subset of GR gene regulatory events may be of benefit in the treatment of inflammatory diseases. We present evidence to support that the combination of CpdA with Dexamethasone (DEX), a classic steroidal GR ligand, can shape GR function towards a unique gene regulatory profile in a cell type-dependent manner...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805978/obeticholic-acid-a-selective-farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-regulates-bile-acid-homeostasis-in-sandwich-cultured-human-hepatocytes
#5
Yuanyuan Zhang, Jonathan P Jackson, Robert L St Claire, Kimberly Freeman, Kenneth R Brouwer, Jeffrey E Edwards
Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a master regulator of bile acid homeostasis through transcriptional regulation of genes involved in bile acid synthesis and cellular membrane transport. Impairment of bile acid efflux due to cholangiopathies results in chronic cholestasis leading to abnormal elevation of intrahepatic and systemic bile acid levels. Obeticholic acid (OCA) is a potent and selective FXR agonist that is 100-fold more potent than the endogenous ligand chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA). The effects of OCA on genes involved in bile acid homeostasis were investigated using sandwich-cultured human hepatocytes...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798401/the-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-nintedanib-activates-shp-1-and-induces-apoptosis-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#6
Chun-Yu Liu, Tzu-Ting Huang, Pei-Yi Chu, Chun-Teng Huang, Chia-Han Lee, Wan-Lun Wang, Ka-Yi Lau, Wen-Chun Tsai, Tzu-I Chao, Jung-Chen Su, Ming-Huang Chen, Chung-Wai Shiau, Ling-Ming Tseng, Kuen-Feng Chen
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) remains difficult to treat and urgently needs new therapeutic options. Nintedanib, a multikinase inhibitor, has exhibited efficacy in early clinical trials for HER2-negative breast cancer. In this study, we examined a new molecular mechanism of nintedanib in TNBC. The results demonstrated that nintedanib enhanced TNBC cell apoptosis, which was accompanied by a reduction of p-STAT3 and its downstream proteins. STAT3 overexpression suppressed nintedanib-mediated apoptosis and further increased the activity of purified SHP-1 protein...
August 11, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797635/circadian-rhythmicity-a-functional-connection-between-differentiated-embryonic-chondrocyte-1-dec1-and-small-heterodimer-partner-shp
#7
Marek M Marczak, Bingfang Yan
Circadian rhythm misalignment has been increasingly recognized to pose health risk for a wide range of diseases, particularly metabolic disorders. The liver maintains metabolic homeostasis and expresses many circadian genes, such as differentiated embryo chondrocyte-1 (DEC1) and small heterodimer partner (SHP). DEC1 is established to repress transcription through E-box elements, and SHP belongs to the superfamily of nuclear receptors and has multiple E-box elements in its promoter. Importantly, DEC1 and SHP are inversely oscillated...
August 8, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790195/the-tyrosine-phosphatase-shp-1-promotes-t-cell-adhesion-by-activating-the-adaptor-protein-crkii-in-the-immunological-synapse
#8
Inbar Azoulay-Alfaguter, Marianne Strazza, Michael Peled, Hila K Novak, James Muller, Michael L Dustin, Adam Mor
The adaptor protein CrkII regulates T cell adhesion by recruiting the guanine nucleotide exchange factor C3G, an activator of Rap1. Subsequently, Rap1 stimulates the integrin LFA-1, which leads to T cell adhesion and interaction with antigen-presenting cells (APCs). The adhesion of T cells to APCs is critical for their proper function and education. The interface between the T cell and the APC is known as the immunological synapse. It is characterized by the specific organization of proteins that can be divided into central supramolecular activation clusters (c-SMACs) and peripheral SMACs (p-SMACs)...
August 8, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780571/the-critical-role-of-uterine-cd31-as-a-post-progesterone-signal-in-early-pregnancy
#9
Seo-Ho Lee, Byung-Ju Kim, Uh-Hyun Kim
CD31 has been shown to play a role in endothelial cell migration and angiogenesis, which are critical to the formation and function of the endometrium and myometrium in uterine development during early pregnancy. However, the role of CD31 in uterine receptivity during blastocyst implantation is poorly understood. The pregnancy rate in CD31-/- female mice mated with CD31+/+ male mice was higher than that observed in CD31+/+ female mice mated with CD31+/+ male mice. During the receptive phase of implantation, uterine glands were more developed in CD31-/- mice than in CD31+/+ mice, and the uterine weights of CD31-/- mice were increased...
August 5, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777492/gankyrin-induces-stat3-activation-in-tumour-microenvironment-and-sorafenib-resistance-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Toshiharu Sakurai, Norihisa Yada, Satoru Hagiwara, Tadaaki Arizumi, Kosuke Minaga, Ken Kamata, Mamoru Takenaka, Yasunori Minami, Tomohiro Watanabe, Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
Most hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) develop as a result of chronic liver inflammation. We have shown that the oncoprotein gankyrin is critical for inflammation-induced tumourigenesis in the colon. Although the in vitro function of gankyrin is well known, its role in vivo remains to be elucidated. We investigated the effect of gankyrin in tumour microenvironment of mice with liver parenchymal cell-specific gankyrin ablation (Alb-Cre;gankyrin(f/f) ) and gankyrin deletion both in liver parenchymal and non-parenchymal cells (Mx1-Cre;gankyrin(f/f) )...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760930/down-modulation-of-effector-functions-in-nk-cells-upon-t-gondii-infection
#11
Afifa M Sultana, Ann Du, Berit Carow, Catrine M Angbjär, Jessica M Weidner, Sachie Kanatani, Jonas M Fuks, Tamara De Koning, Jaime James, Imogen O Mansfield, Tessa M Campbell, Lifeng Liu, Nadir Kadri, Henrik Lambert, Antonio Barragan, Benedict J Chambers
The obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) can actively infect any nucleated cell type including cells from the immune system. Rapid transfer of T. gondii from infected dendritic cells to effector natural killer (NK) cells may contribute to the parasite's sequestration and shielding from immune recognition shortly after infection. However, subversion of NK cell functions, such as cytotoxicity or production of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IFNγ, upon parasite infection might also be beneficial to the parasite...
July 31, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759203/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-the-histidine-phosphatase-domains-of-human-sts-1-and-sts-2
#12
Weijie Zhou, Yue Yin, Alexandra S Weinheimer, Neena Kaur, Nick Carpino, Jarrod B French
The suppressor of T-cell signaling (Sts) proteins, Sts-1 and Sts-2, are homologous phosphatases that negatively regulate signaling pathways downstream of the T-cell receptor. Functional inactivation of Sts-1 and Sts-2 in a murine model leads to resistance to systemic infection by the opportunistic pathogen, C. albicans. This suggests that modulation of the host immune response by inhibiting Sts function may be a viable strategy to treat these deadly fungal pathogen infections. To better understand the molecular determinants of function and structure, we characterized the structure and steady-state kinetics of the histidine phosphatase domains of human Sts-1 (Sts-1HP) and Sts-2 (Sts-2HP)...
July 31, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751103/-prevalence-and-characterization-of-overactive-bladder-detected-in-a-population-in-madrid-with-self-administered-oab-v3-questionnaire-in-primary-care
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Javier C Angulo, María P Calderín, Yolanda Fernández, Miriam González, Esther Gómez, Maria B Herreros, Purificación Peñasco, Manuela Zapatero, Juan F Dorado
OBJECTIVE: Determining the prevalence of symptoms suggestive of overactive bladder (OAB) in a Spanish population and evaluate the impact of these symptoms on well-being and labour productivity in this population. DESIGN: Transversal study. LOCATION: Primary health care, Madrid, Spain. PARTICIPANTS: Males and females >30 years. INTERVENTIONS: Classification by primary care physicians with the Overactive Bladder Awareness Tool abbreviated version (OAB-V3)...
July 24, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731187/isolation-and-purification-of-novel-peptides-derived-from-sepia-ink-effects-on-apoptosis-of-prostate-cancer-cell-pc%C3%A2-3
#14
Fangfang Huang, Yinwen Jing, Guofang Ding, Zuisu Yang
Novel prostate cancer therapeutics are in high demand. In order to identify potential therapeutic targets, protein from sepia ink was hydrolyzed by utilizing pepsin in an orthogonal array design. Pepsin hydrolysate (SH) obtained at optimal conditions exhibited the highest antitumor activity. Subsequently, a novel antitumor peptide, which was termed SHP, was isolated through ultrafiltration, gel filtration chromatography and reversed phase high‑performance liquid chromatography. The amino acid sequence of SHP was identified as Leu‑Lys‑Glu‑Glu‑Asn‑Arg‑Arg‑Arg‑Arg‑Asp with a molecular mass of 1371...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729690/functional-variation-of-shp-2-promoter-is-associated-with-preterm-birth-and-delayed-myelination-and-motor-development-in-preterm-infants
#15
So-Yeon Shim, Hye Jin Jeong, Hyo Jin Park, Eun Young Kwon, Bo Min Kim, Yang Ji Choi, Youn-Hee Choi, Su Jin Cho, Ji Ha Choi, Eun Ae Park
Src homology 2 domain-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 2 (SHP-2) is a cytoplasmic tyrosine phosphatase that is highly expressed in hematopoietic cells and in the CNS and exerts opposite effects on signal transduction by exerting a neuroprotective or proapoptotic effect. Several mutations of SHP-2 have been found in children with myeloproliferative disorders or malignant leukemia, and some of these can affect brain development. In the present study, we aimed to identify and functionally characterize genetic variations in SHP-2 in 72 preterm and 58 full-term infants and to evaluate the effect of the variations on neurodevelopment in preterm infants...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725099/changes-in-employment-uncertainty-and-the-fertility-intention-realization-link-an-analysis-based-on-the-swiss-household-panel
#16
Doris Hanappi, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Laura Bernardi, Jean-Marie Le Goff
How do changes in employment uncertainty matter for fertility? Empirical studies on the impact of employment uncertainty on reproductive decision-making offer a variety of conclusions, ranging from gender and socio-economic differences in the effect of employment uncertainty on fertility intentions and behaviour, to the effect of employment on changes in fertility intentions. This article analyses the association between a change in subjective employment uncertainty and fertility intentions and behaviour by distinguishing male and female partners' employment uncertainty, and examines the variation in these associations by education...
2017: European Journal of Population
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714962/shp-1-is-a-negative-regulator-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
L-C Fan, C-W Shiau, W-T Tai, M-H Hung, P-Y Chu, F-S Hsieh, H Lin, H-C Yu, K-F Chen
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/onc.2014.445.
July 17, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714273/%C3%AE-catenin-regulation-of-farnesoid-x-receptor-signaling-and-bile-acid-metabolism-during-murine-cholestasis
#18
Michael D Thompson, Akshata Moghe, Pamela Cornuet, Rebecca Marino, Jianmin Tian, Pengcheng Wang, Xiaochao Ma, Marc Abrams, Joseph Locker, Satdarshan P S Monga, Kari Nejak-Bowen
Cholestatic liver diseases result from impaired bile flow and are characterized by inflammation, atypical ductular proliferation (ADP), and fibrosis. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway plays a role in bile duct development, yet its role in cholestatic injury remains indeterminate. Liver-specific β-catenin knockout (KO) mice and wild-type (WT) littermates were subjected to cholestatic injury via bile duct ligation or short-term exposure to 3,5-diethoxycarbonyl-1,4-dihydrocollidine (DDC) diet. Intriguingly, KO exhibit a dramatic protection from liver injury, fibrosis, and ADP, which coincided with significantly decreased total hepatic bile acids (BA)...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701303/endothelial-cell-shp-2-negatively-regulates-neutrophil-adhesion-and-promotes-transmigration-by-enhancing-icam-1-ve-cadherin-interaction
#19
Meiping Yan, Xinhua Zhang, Ao Chen, Wei Gu, Jie Liu, Xiaojiao Ren, Jianping Zhang, Xiaoxiong Wu, Aaron T Place, Richard D Minshall, Guoquan Liu
Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) mediates the firm adhesion of leukocytes to endothelial cells and initiates subsequent signaling that promotes their transendothelial migration (TEM). Vascular endothelial (VE)-cadherin plays a critical role in endothelial cell-cell adhesion, thereby controlling endothelial permeability and leukocyte transmigration. This study aimed to determine the molecular signaling events that originate from the ICAM-1-mediated firm adhesion of neutrophils that regulate VE-cadherin's role as a negative regulator of leukocyte transmigration...
July 12, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698313/hiv-and-hiv-tat-inhibit-lps-induced-il-27-production-in-human-macrophages-by-distinct-intracellular-signaling-pathways
#20
Niranjala Gajanayaka, Shifawn O'Hara, Yulia Konarski, Jason Fernandes, Kar Muthumani, Maya Kozlowski, Jonathan B Angel, Ashok Kumar
Monocyte-derived Mϕs (MDMs) from HIV-infected patients and MDM infected in vitro with HIV exhibit a reduced ability to secrete various cytokines, including IL-12. Recently, IL-27, an IL-12 family cytokine, was shown to inhibit HIV replication in Mϕ. Whether HIV infection or HIV accessory protein(s) impact IL-27 production in Mϕs remains unknown. Herein, we show that in vitro HIV infection, as well as intracellular HIV-Tat (Tat) and Tat peptides, inhibit LPS-induced IL-27 production in human MDMs, suggesting impairment of the TLR4 signaling pathway...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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