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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914137/is-vitamin-d-an-independent-risk-factor-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-cross-sectional-study-of-the-healthy-population
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Danbee Park, Hyuktae Kwon, Seung Won Oh, Hee Kyung Joh, Seung Sik Hwang, Jin Ho Park, Jae Moon Yun, Hyejin Lee, Goh Eun Chung, Sangjoon Ze, Jae Hong Park, Yeseul Bae, Arang Lee
The association between vitamin D levels and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been recognized. However, few studies showed independent associations between vitamin D deficiency and NAFLD after a sex-related adjustment for metabolic factors. We aimed to study whether vitamin D deficiency is an independent risk factor of NAFLD even after controlling for metabolic syndrome and visceral fat in both sexes. In this cross-sectional study, 7,514 Korean adults (5,278 men, 2,236 women) participated in a health check-up program...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914009/serum-response-factor-srf-ablation-interferes-with-acute-stress-associated-immediate-and-long-term-coping-mechanisms
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Annemarie Zimprich, Gabi Mroz, Christopher Meyer Zu Reckendorf, Sofia Anastasiadou, Philip Förstner, Lillian Garrett, Sabine M Hölter, Lore Becker, Jan Rozman, Cornelia Prehn, Birgit Rathkolb, Kristin Moreth, Wolfgang Wurst, Thomas Klopstock, Martin Klingenspor, Jerzy Adamski, Eckhard Wolf, Raffi Bekeredjian, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Bernd Knöll
Stress experience modulates behavior, metabolism, and energy expenditure of organisms. One molecular hallmark of an acute stress response is a rapid induction of immediate early genes (IEGs) such as c-Fos and Egr family members. IEG transcription in neurons is mediated by the neuronal activity-driven gene regulator serum response factor (SRF). We show a first role of SRF in immediate and long-lasting acute restraint stress (AS) responses. For this, we employed a standardized mouse phenotyping protocol at the German Mouse Clinic (GMC) including behavioral, metabolic, and cardiologic tests as well as gene expression profiling to analyze the consequences of forebrain-specific SRF deletion in mice exposed to AS...
December 2, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913889/ocular-pharmacology-of-tear-film-dry-eye-and-allergic-conjunctivitis
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Shilpa Gulati, Sandeep Jain
Dry Eye Disease (DED) is "a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear-film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface." DED comprises two etiologic categories: aqueous-deficient dry eye (ADDE) and evaporative dry eye (EDE). Diagnostic workup of DED should include clinical history, symptom questionnaire, fluorescein TBUT, ocular surface staining grading, Schirmer I/II, lid and meibomian pathology, meibomian expression, followed by other available tests...
December 3, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913791/circadian-transcription-factor-bmal1-regulates-innate-immunity-against-select-rna-viruses
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Tanmay Majumdar, Jayeeta Dhar, Sonal Patel, Roman Kondratov, Sailen Barik
BMAL1 (brain and muscle ARNT-like protein 1, also known as MOP3 or ARNT3) belongs to the family of the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH)-PAS domain-containing transcription factors, and is a key component of the molecular oscillator that generates circadian rhythms. Here, we report that BMAL1-deficient cells are significantly more susceptible to infection by two major respiratory viruses of the Paramyxoviridae family, namely RSV and PIV3. Embryonic fibroblasts from Bmal1(-/-) mice produced nearly 10-fold more progeny virus than their wild type controls...
December 1, 2016: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913676/translational-control-by-mtor-independent-routes-how-eif6-organizes-metabolism
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Annarita Miluzio, Sara Ricciardi, Nicola Manfrini, Roberta Alfieri, Stefania Oliveto, Daniela Brina, Stefano Biffo
Over the past few years, there has been a growing interest in the interconnection between translation and metabolism. Important oncogenic pathways, like those elicited by c-Myc transcription factor and mTOR kinase, couple the activation of the translational machinery with glycolysis and fatty acid synthesis. Eukaryotic initiation factor 6 (eIF6) is a factor necessary for 60S ribosome maturation. eIF6 acts also as a cytoplasmic translation initiation factor, downstream of growth factor stimulation. eIF6 is up-regulated in several tumor types...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913632/intracellular-activation-of-complement-3-is-responsible-for-intestinal-tissue-damage-during-mesenteric-ischemia
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Abhigyan Satyam, Lakshmi Kannan, Naoya Matsumoto, Mayya Geha, Peter H Lapchak, Robin Bosse, Guo-Ping Shi, Jurandir J Dalle Lucca, Maria G Tsokos, George C Tsokos
Intestinal ischemia followed by reperfusion leads to local and remote organ injury attributed to inflammatory response during the reperfusion phase. The extent to which ischemia contributes to ischemia/reperfusion injury has not been thoroughly studied. After careful evaluation of intestinal tissue following 30 min of ischemia, we noticed significant local mucosal injury in wild-type mice. This injury was drastically reduced in C3-deficient mice, suggesting C3 involvement. Depletion of circulating complement with cobra venom factor eliminated, as expected, injury recorded at the end of the reperfusion phase but failed to eliminate injury that occurred during the ischemic phase...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913624/bcp1-is-the-nuclear-chaperone-of-the-60s-ribosomal-protein-rpl23-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Ya-Han Ting, Ting-Jun Lu, Arlen W Johnson, Jing-Ting Shie, Bo-Ru Chen, Suresh Kumar S, Kai-Yin Lo
Eukaryotic ribosomes are composed of rRNAs and ribosomal proteins. Ribosomal proteins are translated in the cytoplasm and imported into the nucleus for assembly with the rRNAs. It has been shown that chaperones or karyopherins responsible for import can maintain the stability of ribosomal proteins by neutralizing unfavorable positive charges and thus facilitate their transports. Among 79 ribosomal proteins in yeast, only few are identified with specific chaperones. Besides the classic role in maintaining protein stability, chaperones have additional roles in transport, chaperoning the assembly site, and dissociation of ribosomal proteins from karyopherins...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913604/conversion-of-t-cells-to-b-cells-by-inactivation-of-polycomb-mediated-epigenetic-suppression-of-the-b-lineage-program
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Tomokatsu Ikawa, Kyoko Masuda, Takaho A Endo, Mitsuhiro Endo, Kyoichi Isono, Yoko Koseki, Rinako Nakagawa, Kohei Kometani, Junichiro Takano, Yasutoshi Agata, Yoshimoto Katsura, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Miguel Vidal, Haruhiko Koseki, Hiroshi Kawamoto
In general, cell fate is determined primarily by transcription factors, followed by epigenetic mechanisms fixing the status. While the importance of transcription factors controlling cell fate has been well characterized, epigenetic regulation of cell fate maintenance remains to be elucidated. Here we provide an obvious fate conversion case, in which the inactivation of polycomb-medicated epigenetic regulation results in conversion of T-lineage progenitors to the B-cell fate. In T-cell-specific Ring1A/B-deficient mice, T-cell development was severely blocked at an immature stage...
December 2, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913547/new-treatment-approaches-to-von-willebrand-disease
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Michelle Lavin, James S O'Donnell
von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the commonest inherited bleeding disorder and results from either a quantitative or qualitative deficiency in the plasma glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Recent large cohort studies have significantly enhanced our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of VWD. In contrast, however, there have been relatively few advances in the therapeutic options available for the treatment of bleeding in patients with VWD. Established treatment options include tranexamic acid, 1-deamino-8-d-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP), and plasma-derived VWF concentrates...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913544/treatment-of-rare-factor-deficiencies-in-2016
#10
Flora Peyvandi, Marzia Menegatti
Rare bleeding disorders (RBDs) are a heterogeneous group of coagulation disorders characterized by fibrinogen, prothrombin, factors V, VII, X, XI, or XIII (FV, FVII, FX, FXI, or FXIII, respectively), and the combined factor V + VIII and vitamin K-dependent proteins deficiencies, representing roughly 5% of all bleeding disorders. They are usually transmitted as autosomal, recessive disorders, and the prevalence of the severe forms could range from 1 case in 500 000 for FVII up to 1 in 2-3 million for FXIII in the general population...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913422/factor-xi-deficiency-enhances-the-pulmonary-allergic-response-to-house-dust-mite-in-mice-independent-of-factor-xii
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Ingrid Stroo, Jack Yang, Johannes Daan de Boer, Joris J T H Roelofs, Cornelis van 't Veer, Francis J Castellino, Sacha Zeerleder, Tom van der Poll
Asthma is associated with activation of coagulation in the airways. The coagulation system can be initiated via the extrinsic tissue factor dependent pathway or via the intrinsic pathway, in which the central player factor XI (FXI) can be either activated via active factor XII (FXIIa) or via thrombin. We aimed to determine the role of the intrinsic coagulation system, and its possible route of activation, in allergic lung inflammation induced by the clinically relevant human allergen house dust mite (HDM). Wild-type (WT), FXI knockout (KO) and FXII KO mice were subjected to repeated exposure to HDM via the airways, and inflammatory responses were compared...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913297/phospholipase-c%C3%AE-1-suppresses-foreign-body-giant-cell-formation-by-maintaining-runx1-expression-in-macrophages
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Ye Seon Kim, Chang Youp Ok, Joon Seong Park, Ha Young Lee, Yoe-Sik Bae
Foreign body giant cell (FBGC) formation is associated with the inflammatory response following material implantation. However, the intracellular signaling events that regulate the process remain unclear. Here, we investigated the potential role of phospholipase C (PLC)γ1, a crucial enzyme required for growth factor-induced signaling, on FBGC formation. Knock-down of PLCγ1 using shRNA induced FBGC formation accompanied by increased expression of cathepsin K, DC-STAMP and CD36. Re-addition of PLCγ1 decreased FBGC formation...
November 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913191/the-shedding-derived-soluble-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-endproducts-sustains-inflammation-during-acute-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-lung-infection
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Antonella Antonelli, Stefania Di Maggio, Joanna Rejman, Francesca Sanvito, Alice Rossi, Alessandro Catucci, Andrea Gorzanelli, Alessandra Bragonzi, Marco E Bianchi, Angela Raucci
BACKGROUND: The membrane-bound isoform of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (FL-RAGE) is primarily expressed by alveolar epithelial cells and undergoes shedding by the protease ADAM10, giving rise to soluble cleaved RAGE (cRAGE). RAGE has been associated with the pathogenesis of several acute and chronic lung disorders. Whether the proteolysis of FL-RAGE is altered by a given inflammatory stimulus is unknown. Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients and is the major pathogen associated with chronic lung diseases...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912208/smad-nuclear-interacting-protein-1-acts-as-a-protective-regulator-of-pressure-overload-induced-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Yu-Yan Lu, Da-Chun Xu, Yi-Fan Zhao, Guo-Fu Zhu, Meng-Yun Zhu, Wei-Jing Liu, Xue-Jing Yu, Wei Chen, Zheng Liu, Ya-Wei Xu
BACKGROUND: Smad nuclear interacting protein 1 (SNIP1) plays a critical role in cell proliferation, transformation of embryonic fibroblasts, and immune regulation. However, the role of SNIP1 in cardiac hypertrophy remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Here we examined the role of SNIP1 in pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and its mechanisms. Our results demonstrated that SNIP1 expression was downregulated in human dilated cardiomyopathic hearts, aortic banding-induced mice hearts, and angiotensin II-treated cardiomyocytes...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911947/the-yersinia-pestis-effector-yopm-inhibits-pyrin-inflammasome-activation
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Dmitry Ratner, M Pontus A Orning, Megan K Proulx, Donghai Wang, Mikhail A Gavrilin, Mark D Wewers, Emad S Alnemri, Peter F Johnson, Bettina Lee, Joan Mecsas, Nobuhiko Kayagaki, Jon D Goguen, Egil Lien
Type III secretion systems (T3SS) are central virulence factors for many pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria, and secreted T3SS effectors can block key aspects of host cell signaling. To counter this, innate immune responses can also sense some T3SS components to initiate anti-bacterial mechanisms. The Yersinia pestis T3SS is particularly effective and sophisticated in manipulating the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-18, which are typically processed into their mature forms by active caspase-1 following inflammasome formation...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911806/permissive-roles-of-cytokines-interleukin-7-and-flt3-ligand-in-mouse-b-cell-lineage-commitment
#16
Lilly von Muenchow, Llucia Alberti-Servera, Fabian Klein, Giuseppina Capoferri, Daniela Finke, Rhodri Ceredig, Antonius Rolink, Panagiotis Tsapogas
Hematopoietic cells are continuously generated throughout life from hematopoietic stem cells, thus making hematopoiesis a favorable system to study developmental cell lineage commitment. The main factors incorporating environmental signals to developing hematopoietic cells are cytokines, which regulate commitment of hematopoietic progenitors to the different blood lineages by acting either in an instructive or a permissive manner. Fms-like tyrosine kinase-3 (Flt3) ligand (FL) and Interleukin-7 (IL-7) are cytokines pivotal for B-cell development, as manifested by the severely compromised B-cell development in their absence...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911796/egr2-and-egr3-in-regulatory-t-cells-cooperatively-control-systemic-autoimmunity-through-ltbp3-mediated-tgf-%C3%AE-3-production
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Kaoru Morita, Tomohisa Okamura, Mariko Inoue, Toshihiko Komai, Shuzo Teruya, Yukiko Iwasaki, Shuji Sumitomo, Hirofumi Shoda, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical autoimmune disease characterized by multiorgan inflammation induced by autoantibodies. Early growth response gene 2 (Egr2), a transcription factor essential for T-cell anergy induction, controls systemic autoimmunity in mice and humans. We have previously identified a subpopulation of CD4(+) regulatory T cells, CD4(+)CD25(-)LAG3(+) cells, that characteristically express both Egr2 and LAG3 and control mice model of lupus via TGF-β3 production. However, due to the mild phenotype of lymphocyte-specific Egr2-deficient mice, the presence of an additional regulator has been speculated...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911218/aberrant-t-cell-immunity-triggered-by-human-respiratory-syncytial-virus-and-human-metapneumovirus-infection
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Andrea E González, Margarita K Lay, Evelyn L Jara, Janyra A Espinoza, Roberto S Gómez, Jorge Soto, Claudia A Rivera, Katia Abarca, Susan M Bueno, Claudia A Riedel, Alexis M Kalergis
Human Respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) and human metapneumovirus (hMPV) are the two major etiological viral agents of lower respiratory tract diseases, affecting mainly infants, young children and the elderly. Although the infection of both viruses trigger an antiviral immune response that mediate viral clearance and disease resolution in immunocompetent individuals, the promotion of long-term immunity appears to be deficient and reinfection are common throughout life. A possible explanation for this phenomenon is that hRSV and hMPV, can induce aberrant T cell responses, which leads to exacerbated lung inflammation and poor T and B cell memory immunity...
December 2, 2016: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911152/non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-bloodstream-infections-in-patients-with-indwelling-vascular-catheters-the-role-of-sickle-cell-anaemia
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Babatunde Edun, Ansal Shah, Martin Durkin, Melanie Whitmire, Shanetta Patterson Williams, Helmut Albrecht, Majdi Al-Hasan, Sharon Weissman
INTRODUCTION: Few studies have examined risk factors for nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) bloodstream infections (BSI) involving indwelling vascular catheters (IDVC). Sickle cell anaemia (HbSS/SC) is known to affect several aspects of the immune system leading to relative immune deficiency. The purpose of this retrospective nested case-control study was to determine if HbSS/SC is a risk factor for NTM BSI among individuals with IDVCs. METHODS: All NTM IDVC infections (cases) at two tertiary hospitals from 2008 to 2014 were reviewed...
December 2, 2016: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910748/factors-influencing-the-amino-acid-and-peptide-transporter-proteins-mrna-expression-in-avian-species
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Bahman Navidshad, Seyed Ziaodin Mirhoseini
The commercial strains of broiler chickens have genetically selected to reach market weight at younger ages. In order to sustain increased growth rate requires an efficient assimilation of nutrients from the intestinal lumen, which is permitted through nutrient assimilation through the enterocytes that is facilitated by many nutrient transporter proteins. These trans-membrane proteins have specific action, well known kinetics and assist in the partitioning of nutrients among tissues. Amino acids are transported across the plasma membrane as free amino acids or short chain peptides through several independent systems encoded by various nutrient transporter gene products, and these systems may act on multiple substrates...
2016: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
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