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Paula Honório de Melo Martimiano, André de Sa Braga Oliveira, Véronique Ferchaud-Roucher, Mikaël Croyal, Audrey Aguesse, Isabelle Grit, Khadija Ouguerram, Sandra Lopes de Souza, Bertrand Kaeffer, Francisco Bolaños-Jiménez
Early malnutrition is a risk factor for depression and schizophrenia. Since the offspring of malnourished dams exhibit increased brain levels of serotonin (5-HT), a tryptophan-derived neurotransmitter involved in the pathophysiology of these mental disorders, it is believed that the deleterious effects of early malnutrition on brain function are due in large part to altered serotoninergic neurotransmission resulting from impaired tryptophan (Trp) metabolism. However, tryptophan is also metabolized through the kynurenine (KYN) pathway yielding several neuroactive compounds including kynurenic (KA), Qinolinic (QA) and Xanthurenic (XA) acids...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Betül Ersoy, Kiremitçi Yılmaz Seniha, Deniz Kızılay, Münevver Yılmaz, Şenol Coşkun
Complex clinical presentation with diverse timing of particular symptoms may cause diagnostic difficulties, especially in children and adolescents. This paper presents diagnostic difficulties and pitfalls in 3 children with acquired primary hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) presenting with unusual manifestations. We described 3 children with acquired primary hypothyroidism due to HT. One of our patients had musculoskeletal pain and was diagnosed and treated as having connective tissue disease...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Yan Deng, Lin Lv, Guang Yang, Yu-Kun Sui
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Liuwei Dihuang (LWDH) decoction on serotonine (5-HTs), melatonin and the activity of the rate-limiting enzymes ANNAT and HIOMT in cultured human melanocytes and in melanocytes co-cultured with keratinocytes. METHODS: CCK-8 assay was used to assess the proliferation of melanocytes and melanocytes co-cultured with keratinocytes after treatment with the serum from rabbits fed with LWDH decoction. High-performance liquid chromatography was used to determine 5-HT and melatonin contents, and real-time fluorescent PCR was employed to evaluate the ANNAT and HIOMT activities in the cell cultures...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Shun Wang, Zhe Dong, Shen Li, Haotian Yin, Zhifu Zhao, Dongmei Gao, Guimin Ren, Xuexiang Bao
Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) was stained in the central nervous system of the Neanthes japonica (Polychaeta, Annelida), using sheep anti-tryptophan hydroxylase antibody by the Streptavidin-Peroxidase immunohistochemical method and Colophony-Paraffin embedded section technique. The immunohistochemistry results revealed that the TPH is distributed in the brain and ventral nerve cord, which is consistent with that of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) that labeled by anti-serotonin antibody. Using the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) technique, TPH cDNA cloned from Neanthes japonica's central nervous system was 1778bp, which encodes predicted protein of 463 amino acid residues...
October 24, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Yuji Mikata, Risa Ohnishi, Risa Nishijima, Hideo Konno
The tetrakisquinoline ligand HT(6-MeO8Q)HPN (N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(6-methoxy-8-quinolylmethyl)-2-hydroxy-1,3-propanediamine) exhibited Zn(2+)-induced fluorescence enhancement with high specificity and sensitivity (IZn/I0 = 57 and ICd/IZn = 6% in the presence of 2 equiv of Zn(2+); LOD (limit of detection) = 15 nM). This ligand also exhibited fluorescence enhancement specific to inorganic phosphate (PO4(3-)) in DMF-HEPES buffer (50 mM HEPES, 100 mM KCl, pH = 7.5) (1:1) in the presence of 2 equiv of Zn(2+). The structure of the unprecedented tetranuclear zinc complex with a μ4-PO4 bridge was elucidated by X-ray crystallography as the key species responsible for fluorescence enhancement...
October 24, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Laura Evangelista, Maria Vittoria Dieci, Valentina Guarneri, Pier Franco Conte
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to determine the correlation between 16α-18F-fluoro-17β-estradiol (18F-FES) uptake and the expression and functionality of estrogen receptors (ERs), as well as to evaluate the ability of 18F-FES PET to predict the response to hormonal therapy (HT) in patients with locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer (BC). METHODS: Literature searches in the major literature databases were carried out in order to select English-language articles dealing with 18F-FES PET and BC...
October 19, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
J Gerenova, S Stanilova
Functional genetic polymorphisms that altered gene expression of cytokines are candidate genetic factors that could modulate the development and progression of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT). IL-12B gene encoded the IL-12p40 subunit, which is included in the pro-inflammatory heterodimeric cytokines IL-12p70 and IL-23. IL-10 is an important Treg cytokine suppressing inflammatory cytokine production and autoimmunity. This study was designed to compare -1082A/GIL-10 and +1188A/C3'UTRIL-12B genotype distribution in 130 patients with HT to a group of 157 healthy controls in attempts to determine an association with HT development...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Immunogenetics
Javier Sanchez-Villamil, Gabriela Tapia-Pastrana, Fernando Navarro-Garcia
Inflammatory response is key for the host defense against diarrheagenic Escherichia coli and contributes to the pathogenesis of the disease but there is not a comparative study among different diarrheagenic pathotypes. We analyzed the inflammatory response induced by five diarrheagenic pathotypes in a HT-29 cell infection model. The model was unified to reproduce the pathogenesis of each pathotype. To compare the inflammatory responses we evaluated: (i) nuclear NF-κB and ERK1/2 translocation by confocal microscopy; (ii) kinetics of activation by each pathway detecting p65 and ERK1/2 phosphorylation by Western blotting; (iii) pathways modulation through bacterial infections with or without co-stimulation with TNF-α or EGF; (iv) cytokine profile induced by each pathotype with and without inhibitors of each pathway...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Courtney L Huff, Rachel L Morano, James P Herman, Bryan K Yamamoto, Gary A Gudelsky
3,4-Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) is a unique psychostimulant that continues to be a popular drug of abuse. It has been well documented that MDMA reduces markers of 5-HT axon terminals in rodents, as well as humans. A loss of parvalbumin-immunoreactive (IR) interneurons in the hippocampus following MDMA treatment has only been documented recently. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that MDMA reduces glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) 67-IR, another biochemical marker of GABA neurons, in the hippocampus and that this reduction in GAD67-IR neurons and an accompanying increase in seizure susceptibility involve glutamate receptor activation...
October 20, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Wenxian Li, Youzhen Feng, Weibiao Lu, Xie Xie, Zhilin Xiong, Zhen Jing, Xiangran Cai, Li'an Huang
PURPOSE: To determine the morphological changes of intracranial arteries and whole-brain perfusion in undetermined isolated vertigo (UIV) patients using 320-detector row computed tomography (CT). METHODS: A total of 150 patients who underwent CT angiography (CTA) and CT perfusion (CTP) imaging were divided into UIV group and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) group. Sixty individuals with sex- and age-matched without vertigo and cerebral diseases served as the control...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Ruirui Han, Qianqian Sun, Jianbo Wu, Pengyuan Zheng, Guoqiang Zhao
BACKGROUND: As the end product of the bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber in the colonic lumen, sodium butyrate (NaBt) has been reported to exert antitumor effects on colorectal cancer (CRC). In addition to functioning as a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, NaBt also regulates the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) to inhibit CRC cell proliferation. Yet, the mechanisms involved are not completely understood. Here we investigate whether NaBt regulates miR-203 to inhibit CRC growth and explore the promising target gene of miR-203 in CRC cells...
October 24, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Cen Guo, Yang Geng, Feifei Song, Yajing Huo, Xuqing Wu, Jianing Lv, Anyan Ge, Wei Fan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Mild hypothermia has been proved to reduce global and focal cerebral ischemic injury in rodents by preventing cellular apoptosis through several pathways. However, whether hypothermia will be beneficial for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and its underlying mechanisms haven't reached a consensus. It has been implicated that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress plays a role in the secondary injury after ICH in rats. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether mild hypothermia would attenuate ICH induced neuronal injury via regulating ER stress...
October 19, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Sunyoung Park, Andrew B C Nevin, Fernando Cardozo-Pelaez, Diana I Lurie
Pb exposure is associated with cognitive deficits including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and alters auditory temporal processing in humans and animals. Serotonin has been implicated in auditory temporal processing and previous studies from our laboratory have demonstrated that developmental Pb decreases expression of serotonin (5-HT) in the adult murine lateral superior olive (LSO). During development, certain non-serotonergic sensory neurons, including auditory LSO neurons, transiently take up 5-HT through the serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT)...
October 19, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Sung-Ho Ahn, Bum Joon Kim, Yeon-Jung Kim, Sun U Kwon, Jong S Kim, Dong-Wha Kang
BACKGROUND: It is still controversial whether early fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) hyperintensity within acute ischemic lesions carries the risk of hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after reperfusion therapy. Furthermore, the association between the location of FLAIR hyperintensity and HT has not been investigated. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent reperfusion therapy within 6 hours of stroke onset and magnetic resonance imaging including a FLAIR sequence before completing reperfusion therapy...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Rita Nely Vilar Furtado, Flávia Soares Machado, Karine Rodrigues da Luz, Marla Francisca Dos Santos, Monique Sayuri Konai, Roberta Vilela Lopes, Jamil Natour
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate local joint variables after intra-articular injection (IAI) with triamcinolone hexacetonide (HT) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: We blindly and prospectively (baseline, 1, 4, 12 and 24 weeks) evaluated metacarpophalangeal (MCP), wrist, elbow, shoulder, knee and ankle joints after HT IAI by the following outcome measures: Visual analogue scale 0-10cm (VAS) for rest pain (VASR); VAS for movement pain (VASM); VAS for joint swelling (VASSw); flexion (FlexG) and extension (ExtG)...
August 18, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Lei Li, Guohua Jiang, Weijiang Yu, Depeng Liu, Hua Chen, Yongkun Liu, Zaizai Tong, Xiangdong Kong, Juming Yao
To overcome multiple barriers for oral delivery of insulin, the chitosan-based multifunctional nanocarriers modified by L-valine (LV, used as a target ligand to facilitate the absorption of the small intestine) and phenylboronic acid (PBA, used as a glucose-responsive unit) have been designed and evaluated in this study. The resultant nanocarriers exhibited low cytotoxicity against HT-29 cells and excellent stability against protein solution. The insulin release behaviors were evaluated triggered by pH and glucose in vitro...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ali Farzin, Mohammadhossein Fathi, Rahmatollah Emadi
Hyperthermia and local drug delivery have been proposed as potential therapeutic approaches for killing cancer cells. The development of bioactive materials such as Hardystonite (HT) with magnetic and drug delivery properties can potentially meet this target. This new class of magnetic bioceramic can replace the widely used magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, whose long-term biocompatibility is not clear. Magnetic HT can be potentially employed to develop new ceramic scaffolds for bone surgery and anticancer therapies...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Ulrich Marcus, Martyna Gassowski, Jochen Drewes
BACKGROUND: HIV testing and serostatus awareness are essential to implement biomedical strategies (treatment as prevention; oral chemoprophylaxis), and for effective serostatus-based behaviours (HIV serosorting; strategic positioning). The analysis focuses on the associations between reported sexual risks, the perceived risk for HIV infection, and HIV testing behaviour in order to identify the most relevant barriers for HIV test uptake among MSM living in Germany. METHODS: MSM were recruited to a nationwide anonymous online-survey in 2013 on MSM social networking/dating sites...
October 22, 2016: BMC Public Health
Na Wei, Xian-En Zhao, Shuyun Zhu, Yongrui He, Longfang Zheng, Guang Chen, Jinmao You, Shu Liu, Zhiqiang Liu
This paper, for the first time, reported a simple, rapid, sensitive and environmental friendly ultrasonic-assisted in situ derivatization-dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (in situ UAD-DLLME) method followed by ultra high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) for the simultaneous determination of dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT) and their biosynthesis precursors and metabolites in rat brain microdialysates. In this work, a commercial reagent, Lissamine rhodamine B sulfonylchloride (LRSC), was proposed as a derivatization reagent...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Rania R Abdelaziz, Wagdi F Elkashef, Eman Said
Silicosis is a crippling respiratory disorder characterized by massive lung inflammation and fibrosis. The current study provides evidence on the protective potential of tadalafil; a specific phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor against experimentally-induced pulmonary silicosis in rats. Silicosis was induced by intranasal instillation of crystalline silica (50mg/rat). Halofuginone hydrobromide; a standard collagen-1 synthesis inhibitor was selected as a reference anti-fibrotic. Daily oral administration of tadalafil (1mg/kg) for 8weeks significantly ameliorated silica-induced pulmonary damage...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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