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Masafumi Yoshinaga, Hiromasa Ninomiya, M M Aeorangajeb Al Hossain, Makoto Sudo, Anwarul Azim Akhand, Nazmul Ahsan, Md Abdul Alim, Md Khalequzzaman, Machiko Iida, Ichiro Yajima, Nobutaka Ohgami, Masashi Kato
Chromium (Cr) pollution caused by wastewater from tanneries is a worldwide environmental problem. To develop a countermeasure, we performed a comprehensive study using Hazaribagh, the tannery area in Dhaka City, Bangladesh, as a model. Our environmental monitoring indicated that the soluble form of Cr, but not barium or arsenic, in Buriganga River is derived from Hazaribagh. Our chemical analysis next showed that Cr, the primary pollutant in canal water at Hazaribagh, consisted of ≤0.7 μM hexavalent Cr [Cr(VI)] and ≤1705 μM trivalent Cr [Cr(III)]...
March 5, 2018: Chemosphere
Koji Yamamoto, Makiko Kawaguchi, Takeshi Shimomura, Aya Izumi, Kazuomi Konari, Arata Honda, Chen-Yong Lin, Michael D Johnson, Yoshihiro Yamashita, Tsuyoshi Fukushima, Hiroaki Kataoka
Hepatocyte growth factor activator inhibitor (HAI)-1/ SPINT1 and HAI-2/ SPINT2 are membrane-anchored protease inhibitors having homologous Kunitz-type inhibitor domains. They regulate membrane-anchored serine proteases, such as matriptase and prostasin. Whereas HAI-1 suppresses the neoplastic progression of keratinocytes to invasive squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) through matriptase inhibition, the role of HAI-2 in keratinocytes is poorly understood. In vitro homozygous knockout of the SPINT2 gene suppressed the proliferation of two oral SCC (OSCC) lines (SAS and HSC3) but not the growth of a non-tumorigenic keratinocyte line (HaCaT)...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Luyan Tang, Wenyu Wu, Wenwen Fu, Yao Hu
Phototherapy is widely used in the treatment of vitiligo. Previous studies have focused on the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on melanocytes; however, the biological effects of phototherapy and melanocytes on keratinocytes remain to be elucidated. To investigate and assess the effects of clinically doses of broad band (BB)-UVA, narrow band (NB)-UVB and melanocytes on human keratinocytes in vitro , clinical doses of BB-UVA or NB-UVB radiation and human melanoma cell A375 co-culture were performed as stress divisors to HaCaT cells...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Stéphane Faucher, Samantha Soulé, Anne-Laure Bulteau, Joachim Allouche, Gaëtane Lespes
A method to determine total gold (Au) and/or silver (Ag) elemental concentrations from gold nanoparticles, Au-Ag nanoshells (NS) and silica coated Au-Ag nanoshells was developed, evaluated and validated. Samples were mineralized in a mixture of concentrated aqua regia and hydrofluoric acid at 65 °C for 4 h. Mineralized solutions were diluted and standard solutions were prepared in aqua regia 5%. ICP-MS analysis was performed with or without the use of a reaction cell (CRC). For the determination of elemental concentrations of nanopowders and test suspensions, the average recovery was 99 ± 2% and 101 ± 2% for gold and silver respectively...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Bingxin Zhang, Zishen Zhao, Xiaoyin Meng, Hongguang Chen, Guojun Fu, Keliang Xie
Chronic ultraviolet (UV) exposure-induced oxidative stress is associated with the pathogenesis of skin damage. However, the nuclear factor erythroid‑2‑related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway is a critical factor in protecting cells against UVB‑induced injury through inhibiting oxidative stress. Furthermore, Nrf2 activation requires the involvement of the phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT) pathway, which has a major role in survival of various cell types. Molecular hydrogen exerts protective effects on UV‑induced injury, but the underlying mechanisms have remained elusive...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Ji-Won Park, Han-Sol Lee, Yourim Lim, Jin-Hyub Paik, Ok-Kyoung Kwon, Jung-Hee Kim, Imam Paryanto, Prasetyawan Yunianto, Sangho Choi, Sei-Ryang Oh, Kyung-Seop Ahn
Rhododendron album Blume (RA) has traditionally been used as an herbal medicine and is considered to have anti‑inflammatory properties. It is a well‑known medicine for treatment of allergic or atopic diseases. In the present study, the biological effects of an RA methanol extract (RAME) on inflammation were investigated in tumor necrosis factor‑α (TNF‑α)/interferon‑γ (IFN‑γ)‑stimulated human keratinocytes. The present study aimed to investigate the potential mechanisms by which RAME inhibited TNF‑α/IFN‑γ‑induced expression of chemokines [thymus‑ and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC) and macrophage‑derived chemokine (MDC)] and cytokines [interleukin (IL)‑6 and IL‑8] through the nuclear factor‑κB (NF‑κB) pathway in human keratinocytes...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Sawana Singkhorn, Mayuree H Tantisira, Supita Tanasawet, Pilaiwanwadee Hutamekalin, Tulaporn Wongtawatchai, Wanida Sukketsiri
Centella asiatica is widely considered the most important medicinal plant for treating and relieving skin diseases. Recently developed standardized extract of Centella asiatica ECa 233 has demonstrated positive effects on wound healing of incision and burn wound in rats. However, knowledge associated with wound healing mechanism of ECa 233 was scare. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effect and underlying molecular mechanisms of ECa 233 on the migration of a human keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT) using scratch wound healing assay...
March 13, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Kanika Thakur, Gajanand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh, Ashay Jain, Rajeev Tyagi, Sanjay Chhibber, Om P Katare
AIM: The aim of the current study was to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of cationic-charged bilayered nanoemulsion for topical delivery of fusidic acid in eradicating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterial burn wound infection. MATERIALS & METHODS: The developed carriers were characterized for particle size, antibacterial activity, cell viability assay in HaCat cell lines, rheological profile, ex vivo and in vivo studies, namely, full thickness MRSA 33591 murine burn wound infection via topical route...
March 12, 2018: Nanomedicine
June Lee, Karabasappa Mailar, Ok-Kyung Yoo, Won Jun Choi, Young-Sam Keum
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) catalyzes the enzymatic degradation of heme to produce three anti-oxidant molecules: carbon monoxide (CO), ferrous ion (Fe2+ ), and biliverdin. Induction of HO-1 is currently considered as a feasible strategy to treat oxidative stress-related diseases. In the present study, we identified marliolide as a novel inducer of HO-1 in human normal keratinocyte HaCaT cells. Mechanism-based studies demonstrated that the induction of HO-1 by marliolide occurred through activation of NRF2/ARE via direct binding of marliolide to KEAP1...
February 23, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ji-Hyun Lee, Yong-Deok Jeon, Young-Mi Lee, Dae-Ki Kim
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the common inflammatory immune disorders. Puerarin is the main isoflavonoid obtained from the root of Pueraria lobata and has been known have ameliorative effects on diverse inflammatory diseases. However, the effects of puerarin on AD have not been uncovered. 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB) was used to induce atopic dermatitis(AD)-like skin lesions on BALB/c mice for 17 days. Further, the BALB/c mice were orally administered puerarin. Puerarin ameliorated DNCB-induced AD-like symptoms in the mice by regulating skin thickness, degranulation of mast cells, and serum immunoglobulin E (IgE)...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Stanley Ns Vasconcelos, Juliana M Sciani, Nicole Mambeli Lisboa, Helio A Stefani
BACKGROUND: Structural component of proteins and peptides, amino acids have been used as building blocks in the synthesis of more complex molecules with antitumor activity against several types of cancer. OBJECTIVE: The search for new anticancer compounds is ongoing, especially for cancers that are very aggressive and have poor prognoses, such as leukemia. METHOD: Here, we report a method to synthesize Tyr-Tyr dipeptides via sonochemistry reactions followed by functionalization of these Tyr-Tyr dipeptides with Suzuki-Miyaura and Sonogashira cross-coupling reactions in good yields...
March 9, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
JiaLi Xu, YaDong Feng, GuoXin Song, QiXing Gong, Li Yin, YingYing Hu, Dan Luo, ZhiQiang Yin
Background: Topical calcineurin inhibitors including tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are used in the treatment of many inflammatory skin diseases mainly via blocking T-cell proliferation. Our previous studies found that pimecrolimus 1% cream could reverse high-dose ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation-induced epidermal Langerhans cell (LC) reduction via inhibition of LC migration. We conducted this study to investigate the effects of topical tacrolimus 0.03% ointment on high-dose UVB-irradiated human epidermal LCs. Methods: Twenty fresh human foreskin tissues were randomly divided into four groups as follows: Control , Tacrolimus (0...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Katarzyna Miranowicz-Dzierżawska
The aim of this study was to assess whether there are differences between the results of determining oxidative stress markers obtained from different origin cell lines after exposure to chemicals generating free radicals. The studies considered two markers of oxidative stress: the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and superoxide dismutase activity. The evaluation was performed in five cell lines: Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-9) cells, lung adenocarcinoma A549, macrophages RAW264.7, skin carcinoma cells A431, and keratinocytes HaCaT...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
Emiri Hotta, Hirokazu Hara, Tetsuro Kamiya, Tetsuo Adachi
Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma (NTAPP) has recently emerged as a novel medical therapy for skin wounds. Interleukin-8 (IL-8) is thought to play a critical role in wound healing. NTAPP irradiation has been reported to promote production of IL-8; however, the mechanism is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to elucidate the underlying mechanism of NTAPP-induced IL-8 expression in human keratinocyte HaCaT cells. NTAPP irradiation of HaCaT cells increased IL-8 mRNA expression in an irradiation time-dependent manner...
March 5, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Danyela Valero-Rubio, Karen Marcela Jiménez, Dora Janeth Fonseca, César Payán-Gomez, Paul Laissue
Fucosidosis is a rare lysosomal storage disease which has been classified into two subtypes, depending on the severity of clinical signs and symptoms. Fucosidosis patients' skin abnormalities include angiokeratoma corporis diffusum, widespread telangiectasia, thick skin, hyperhidrosis and hypohidrosis, acrocyanosis and distal transverse nail bands. It has been described that >50% of fucosidosis patients have angiokeratoma. At molecular level, fucosidosis is caused by lysosomal alpha-L-fucosidase (FUCA1) gene mutations...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Judit Danis, Luca Janovák, Barbara Gubán, Anikó Göblös, Kornélia Szabó, Lajos Kemény, Zsuzsanna Bata-Csörgő, Márta Széll
Keratinocytes are non-professional immune cells contributing actively to innate immune responses partially by reacting to a wide range of molecular patterns by activating pattern recognition receptors. Cytosolic nucleotide fragments as pathogen- or self-derived trigger factors are activating inflammasomes and inducing anti-viral signal transduction pathways as well as inducing expression of inflammatory cytokines. We aimed to compare the induced inflammatory reactions in three keratinocyte cell types-normal human epidermal keratinocytes, the HaCaT cell line and the HPV-KER cell line-upon exposure to the synthetic RNA and DNA analogues poly(I:C) and poly(dA:dT) to reveal the underlying signaling events...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Andrea Cecilia Parrado, Luciana Soledad Salaverry, Franco Mauricio Mangone, Carolina Eugenia Apicella, Teresa Gentile, Andrea Canellada, Estela Beatriz Rey-Roldán
OBJECTIVE: Dopamine is an immunomodulatory neurotransmitter. In the skin, keratinocytes and macrophages produce proinflammatory cytokines and metalloproteinases (MMPs) which participate in wound healing. These cells have a catecholaminergic system that modulates skin pathophysiologic processes. We have demonstrated that dopamine modulates cytokine production in keratinocytes via dopaminergic and adrenergic receptors (ARs). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of dopamine and its interaction with β-ARs in human HaCaT keratinocytes and THP-1 macrophages...
March 7, 2018: Neuroimmunomodulation
Irhan Ibrahim Abu Hashim, Noha Fawzy Abo El-Magd, Ahmed Ramadan El-Sheakh, Mohammed Fawzy Hamed, Abd El-Gawad Helmy Abd El-Gawad
The goal of the current study was to explore the potential benefits of Acitretin (Act) nanovesicular gel as a prospective antipsoriatic topical delivery system counteracting the drug challenges in terms of its extremely low aqueous solubility, instability, skin irritation, and serious systemic adverse effects. Act-loaded niosomes were successfully developed, entirely characterized, and optimized. Further evaluation of the optimized formula was conducted regarding its stability and ex vivo cytotoxicity on different cell lines...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Wen-Jiao Xian, Xue-Er Wang, Lin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the optimum conditions for preparing poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA) nanoparticles and evaluate the bioactivity of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)-loaded PLGA nanoparticles. METHODS: Bovine serum albumin (BSA)-loaded PLGA nanoparticles were prepared using a double emulsion-solvent evaporation method. The preparation process of nanoparticles was optimized by orthogonal test with the particle size, encapsulation efficiency (EE), drug loading (DD), and recovery as the indexes...
February 20, 2018: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Boya Zhang, Xianzhen Chen, Qiang Zhou, Yinjing Song, Siyuan Sun, Hao Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted agent in the world. HPV6b is a low-risk type of HPVs that causes benign verrucous hyperplastic lesions of the skin and anal genital mucosa. Previous research has indicated that HPV genotype 6 is sometimes associated with high-grade lesions and anal cancer. The pathogenesis of low-risk HPV infection and its relationship to high-risk HPV is not clear at present. The E7 protein, which is encoded by HPV early -expressing genes, plays an important role in HPV infection...
March 1, 2018: Gene
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