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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222445/blocking-il-17a-alleviates-diabetic-retinopathy-in-rodents
#1
Ao-Wang Qiu, Qing-Huai Liu, Jun-Ling Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Interleukin (IL)-17A, a proinflammatory cytokine, has been implicated in several autoimmune diseases. However, it is unclear whether IL-17A is involved in diabetic retinopathy (DR), one of the most serious complications of autoimmune diabetes. This study aimed to demonstrate that IL-17A exacerbates DR by affecting retinal Müller cell function. METHODS: High glucose (HG)-treated rat Müller cell line (rMC-1) was exposed to IL-17A, anti-IL-17A-neutralizing monoclonal antibody (mAb) or/and anti-IL-17 receptor (R)A-neutralizing mAb for 24 h...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222242/obesity-and-melanoma-could-fat-be-fueling-malignancy
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REVIEW
Emily Clement, Ikrame Lazar, Catherine Muller, Laurence Nieto
Over the last decade, it has become increasingly clear that adipose tissue, and particularly adipocytes, contribute to tumor progression. Obesity, an ever-increasing worldwide phenomenon, exacerbates this effect. The influence of obesity on melanoma remains poorly studied, although recent data does underline an association between the two diseases in both humans and murine models. Herein, we review the impact of obesity on melanoma incidence and progression and discuss the underlying mechanisms known to be involved...
February 21, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220544/prospective-purification-and-characterization-of-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-in-the-mouse-retina-regeneration-assay
#3
Patrick Schäfer, Mike O Karl
Reactive gliosis is an umbrella term for various glia functions in neurodegenerative diseases and upon injury. Specifically, Müller glia (MG) in some species readily regenerate retinal neurons to restore vision loss after insult, whereas mammalian MG respond by reactive gliosis-a heterogeneous response which frequently includes cell hypertrophy and proliferation. Limited regeneration has been stimulated in mammals, with a higher propensity in young MG, and in vitro compared to in vivo, but the underlying processes are unknown...
February 21, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220535/interaction-of-approved-drugs-with-synaptic-vesicle-protein-2a
#4
Azeem Danish, Vigneshwaran Namasivayam, Anke C Schiedel, Christa E Müller
Levetiracetam (LEV) and its recently approved derivative brivaracetam are anti-epileptic drugs with a unique mechanism of action. The synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) was previously identified as their main target. In the current study, we tested a collection of 500 approved drugs for interaction with the human SV2A protein expressed in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Competition binding studies were performed using cell lysates with high SV2A expression and [(3) H]brivaracetam as a radioligand. A hit rate of 3% was obtained, defined as compounds that inhibited radioligand binding by more than 90% at a screening concentration of 20 μM...
February 21, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215987/accelerated-retinal-aging-in-pacap-knock-out-mice
#5
Andrea Kovács-Valasek, Krisztina Szabadfi, Viktória Dénes, Bálint Szalontai, Andrea Tamás, Péter Kiss, Aliz Szabó, Gyorgy Setalo, Dóra Reglődi, Robert Gábriel
Pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neurotrophic and neuroprotective peptide. PACAP and its receptors are widely distributed in the retina. A number of reports provided evidence that PACAP is neuroprotective in retinal degenerations. The current study compared retina cell type-specific differences in young (3-4months) and aged adults (14-16months), of wild-type (WT) mice and knock-out (KO) mice lacking endogenous PACAP production during the course of aging. Histological, immunocytochemical and Western blot examinations were performed...
February 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213912/diagnostic-red-flags-steroid-treated-malignant-cns-lymphoma-mimicking-autoimmune-inflammatory-demyelination
#6
Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Aylin Sophie Engel, Odir Antonio Rodríguez-Villagra, Anne Winkler, Markus Bergmann, Christian Mawrin, Tania Kuempfel, Hannah Pellkofer, Imke Metz, Annalen Bleckmann, Silvia Hernández-Durán, Sven Schippling, Elisabeth J Rushing, Stephan Frank, Markus Glatzel, Jakob Matschke, Christian Hartmann, Guido Reifenberger, Wolf Müller, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Wolfgang Brück, Christine Stadelmann
The presence of inflammation and demyelination in a central nervous system (CNS) biopsy points towards a limited, yet heterogeneous group of pathologies, of which multiple sclerosis (MS) represents one of the principal considerations. Inflammatory demyelination has also been reported in patients with clinically suspected primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), especially when steroids had been administered prior to biopsy acquisition. The histopathological changes induced by corticosteroid treatment can range from mild reduction to complete disappearance of lymphoma cells...
February 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213108/intestinal-transport-and-absorption-of-bioactive-phenolic-compounds-from-a-chemically-characterized-aqueous-extract-of-athrixia-phylicoides
#7
Sandra L Bowles, Yonela Ntamo, Christiaan J Malherbe, Abidemi M P Kappo, Johan Louw, Christo J F Muller
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Athrixia phylicoides (A. phylicoides), popularly known as "bush tea", is an indigenous aromatic shrub found in mountainous and grassland areas of the northern and eastern parts of southern Africa. The plant is traditionally used for the treatment of several ailments, including coughing, treating infected wounds, treating boils and sore throat, hypertension and heart disease. Potential anti-diabetic effects have also been demonstrated in vitro. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the intestinal transport of prominent phenolic constituents, across a fully differentiated Caco-2 monolayer, using a characterized aqueous extract of A...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207890/mucosal-stromal-fibroblasts-markedly-enhance-hiv-infection-of-cd4-t-cells
#8
Jason A Neidleman, Joseph C Chen, Nargis Kohgadai, Janis A Müller, Anders Laustsen, Karthiga Thavachelvam, Karen S Jang, Christina M Stürzel, Jennifer J Jones, Christina Ochsenbauer, Avantika Chitre, Ma Somsouk, Maurice M Garcia, James F Smith, Ruth M Greenblatt, Jan Münch, Martin R Jakobsen, Linda C Giudice, Warner C Greene, Nadia R Roan
Understanding early events of HIV transmission within mucosal tissues is vital for developing effective prevention strategies. Here, we report that primary stromal fibroblasts isolated from endometrium, cervix, foreskin, male urethra, and intestines significantly increase HIV infection of CD4+ T cells-by up to 37-fold for R5-tropic HIV and 100-fold for X4-tropic HIV-without themselves becoming infected. Fibroblasts were more efficient than dendritic cells at trans-infection and mediate this response in the absence of the DC-SIGN and Siglec-1 receptors...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199885/evaluation-of-polyesteramide-pea-and-polyester-plga-microspheres-as-intravitreal-drug-delivery-systems-in-albino-rats
#9
Tobias Peters, Seong-Woo Kim, Vinicius Castro, Krunoslav Stingl, Torsten Strasser, Sylvia Bolz, Ulrich Schraermeyer, George Mihov, MengMeng Zong, Vanessa Andres-Guerrero, Rocio Herrero Vanrell, Aylvin A Dias, Neil R Cameron, Eberhart Zrenner
PURPOSE: To study the suitability of injectable microspheres based on poly(ester amide) (PEA) or poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) as potential vehicles for intravitreal drug delivery in rat eyes. Dexamethasone-loaded PEA microspheres (PEA + DEX) were also evaluated. METHODS: Forty male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into four groups that received different intravitreally injected microspheres: PEA group (n = 12); PLGA group (n = 12); PEA + DEX group (n = 8); and control group (no injection, n = 8)...
February 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198412/a-screening-strategy-for-the-discovery-of-drugs-that-reduce-c-ebp%C3%AE-lip-translation-with-potential-calorie-restriction-mimetic-properties
#10
Mohamad A Zaini, Christine Müller, Tobias Ackermann, Jeanette Reinshagen, Gertrud Kortman, Ole Pless, Cornelis F Calkhoven
An important part of the beneficial effects of calorie restriction (CR) on healthspan and lifespan is mediated through regulation of protein synthesis that is under control of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). As one of its activities, mTORC1 stimulates translation into the metabolic transcription factor CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Protein β (C/EBPβ) isoform Liver-specific Inhibitory Protein (LIP). Regulation of LIP expression strictly depends on a translation re-initiation event that requires a conserved cis-regulatory upstream open reading frame (uORF) in the C/EBPβ-mRNA...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197929/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-a-mutual-association-with-airway-disease
#11
Malik Quasir Mahmood, Chris Ward, Hans Konrad Muller, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal, Eugene Haydn Walters
NSCLC is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It includes adeno- and squamous cell carcinoma. In the background, COPD and smoking play a vital role in development of NSCLC. Local progression and metastasis of NSCLC has been associated with various mechanisms, but in particular by a process called epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), which is implicated in COPD pathogenesis. In this study, we have investigated whether expression of EGFR (activation marker) and S100A4, vimentin and N-cadherin (as EMT) is different both in central and leading edge of NSCLC and to what extent related to EMT activity of both small and large airways, stage and differentiation of NSCLC...
March 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194946/plasmonic-nanospectroscopy-for-thermal-analysis-of-organic-semiconductor-thin-films
#12
Ferry A A Nugroho, Amaia Diaz de Zerio Mendaza, Camilla Lindqvist, Tomasz J Antosiewicz, Christian Müller, Christoph Langhammer
Organic semiconductors are key materials for the next generation thin film electronic devices like field-effect transistors, light-emitting diodes, and solar cells. Accurate thermal analysis is essential for the fundamental understanding of these materials, for device design, stability studies, and quality control because the desired nanostructures are often far from thermodynamic equilibrium and therefore tend to evolve with time and temperature. However, classical experimental techniques are insufficient because the active layer of most organoelectronic device architectures is typically only on the order of a hundred nanometers or less...
February 8, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194183/regulation-of-stem-cell-properties-of-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-by-jak-stat-and-mapk-signaling-in-the-mammalian-retina
#13
REVIEW
Krista M Beach, Jianbo Wang, Deborah C Otteson
In humans and other mammals, the neural retina does not spontaneously regenerate, and damage to the retina that kills retinal neurons results in permanent blindness. In contrast to embryonic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem cells, and embryonic/fetal retinal stem cells, Müller glia offer an intrinsic cellular source for regenerative strategies in the retina. Müller glia are radial glial cells within the retina that maintain retinal homeostasis, buffer ion flux associated with phototransduction, and form the blood/retinal barrier within the retina proper...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192409/melanocyte-transformation-requires-complete-loss-of-all-pocket-protein-function-via-a-mechanism-that-mitigates-the-need-for-mapk-pathway-activation
#14
I D Tonks, P Mukhopadhyay, W A Schroder, A Sorolla, A W Mould, H Y Handoko, B Ferguson, H K Muller, P Keith, N K Hayward, G J Walker, G F Kay
Deregulation of p16INK4A is a critical event in melanoma susceptibility and progression. It is generally assumed that the major effect of loss of p16 function is mediated through the CDK-cyclin pathway via its influence on the pocket protein (PP) pRb. However, there are also two other PPs, p107 and p130, which, when phosphorylated by CDK-cyclin complexes, play a role in permitting cell progression. Cohorts of mice carrying melanocyte-specific knockouts (KOs) of various combinations of the three PPs were generated...
February 13, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191006/capability-of-neutrophils-to-form-nets-is-not-directly-influenced-by-a-cma-targeting-peptide
#15
Christian Maueröder, Nicolas Schall, Frédéric Meyer, Aparna Mahajan, Benjamin Garnier, Jonas Hahn, Deborah Kienhöfer, Markus H Hoffmann, Sylviane Muller
During inflammatory reaction, neutrophils exhibit numerous cellular and immunological functions, notably the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and autophagy. NETs are composed of decondensed chromatin fibers coated with various antimicrobial molecules derived from neutrophil granules. NETs participate in antimicrobial defense and can also display detrimental roles and notably trigger some of the immune features of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune diseases. Autophagy is a complex and finely regulated mechanism involved in the cell survival/death balance that may be connected to NET formation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188248/the-pivotal-role-of-cxcr7-in-stabilization-of-the-pulmonary-epithelial-barrier-in-acute-pulmonary-inflammation
#16
Kristian-Christos Ngamsri, Anika Müller, Hans Bösmüller, Jutta Gamper-Tsigaras, Jörg Reutershan, Franziska M Konrad
Acute pulmonary inflammation is still a frightening complication in intensive care units and has a high mortality. Specific treatment is not available, and many details of the pathomechanism remain unclear. The recently discovered chemokine receptor CXCR7 and its ligand stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1 are known to be involved in inflammation. We chose to investigate the detailed role of CXCR7 in a murine model of LPS inhalation. Inflammation increased pulmonary expression of CXCR7, and the receptor was predominantly expressed on pulmonary epithelium and on polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMNs) after transepithelial migration into the alveolar space...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187777/gmp-conformant-on-site-manufacturing-of-a-cd133-stem-cell-product-for-cardiovascular-regeneration
#17
Anna Skorska, Paula Müller, Ralf Gaebel, Jana Große, Heiko Lemcke, Cornelia A Lux, Manuela Bastian, Frauke Hausburg, Nicole Zarniko, Sandra Bubritzki, Ulrike Ruch, Gudrun Tiedemann, Robert David, Gustav Steinhoff
BACKGROUND: CD133(+) stem cells represent a promising subpopulation for innovative cell-based therapies in cardiovascular regeneration. Several clinical trials have shown remarkable beneficial effects following their intramyocardial transplantation. Yet, the purification of CD133(+) stem cells is typically performed in centralized clean room facilities using semi-automatic manufacturing processes based on magnetic cell sorting (MACS®). However, this requires time-consuming and cost-intensive logistics...
February 10, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187589/palaearctic-i-protosmia-i-bees-of-the-subgenus-i-chelostomopsis%C3%A2-i-megachilidae-osmiini-biology-taxonomy-and-key-to-species
#18
Andreas Müller
Chelostomopsis represents a subgenus of the osmiine bee genus Protosmia (Megachilidae) containing three Palaearctic and one Nearctic species. Analysis of female pollen loads and literature data indicate that all Chelostomopsis species are broad pollen generalists exploiting the flowers of numerous plant families, such as Fabaceae, Asteraceae, Lamiaceae, Cistaceae and Brassicaceae. Preexisting linear cavities in dead wood or pine cones serve as nesting sites and pure resin is used to construct cell partitions and nest plug...
February 2, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187446/targeting-of-apoptotic-pathways-by-smac-or-bh3-mimetics-distinctly-sensitizes-paclitaxel-resistant-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#19
Effrosini G Panayotopoulou, Anna-Katharina Müller, Melanie Börries, Hauke Busch, Guohong Hu, Sima Lev
Standard chemotherapy is the only systemic treatment for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), and despite the good initial response, resistance remains a major therapeutic obstacle. Here, we employed a High-Throughput Screen to identify targeted therapies that overcome chemoresistance in TNBC. We applied short-term paclitaxel treatment and screened 320 small-molecule inhibitors of known targets to identify drugs that preferentially and efficiently target paclitaxel-treated TNBC cells. Among these compounds the SMAC mimetics (BV6, Birinapant) and BH3-mimetics (ABT-737/263) were recognized as potent targeted therapy for multiple paclitaxel-residual TNBC cell lines...
February 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185966/disturbed-mitochondrial-function-restricts-glutamate-uptake-in-the-human-m%C3%A3-ller-glia-cell-line-mio-m1
#20
Rupali Vohra, Iswariyaraja Sridevi Gurubaran, Ulrik Henriksen, Linda Hildegaard Bergersen, Lene Juel Rasmussen, Claus Desler, Dorte Marie Skytt, Miriam Kolko
Using the human Müller cell line, MIO-M1, the aim was to study the impact of mitochondrial inhibition in Müller glia through antimycin A treatment. MIO-M1 cell survival, levels of released lactate, mitochondrial function, and glutamate uptake were studied in response to mitochondrial inhibition and glucose restriction. Lactate release decreased in response to glucose restriction. Combined glucose restriction and blocked mitochondrial activity decreased survival and caused collapse of the respiratory chain measured by oxygen consumption rate and extracellular acidification rate...
February 6, 2017: Mitochondrion
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