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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431065/cha2ds2-vasc-score-and-blood-biomarkers-to-identify-patients-with-atrial-high-rate-episodes-and-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
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Paulina Wakula, Benjamin Neumann, Jens Kienemund, Eva Thon-Gutschi, Tatjana Stojakovic, Martin Manninger, Daniel Scherr, Hubert Scharnagl, Martin Kapl, Burkert Pieske, Frank R Heinzel
Aims: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF) is often asymptomatic but nonetheless harmful. We evaluated the performance of disease-related blood biomarkers and CHA2DS2-VASc score to discriminate for PAF in patients with continuous rhythm monitoring. Methods and Results: Clinical data and blood samples were obtained from patients with dual-chamber pacemakers selected according to the absence (no_AHRE) or presence of Atrial High-Rate Episodes (AHRE) >6 min in recent device history (case-control approach)...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421528/postnatal-lps-challenge-impacts-escape-learning-and-expression-of-plasticity-factors-mmp9-and-timp1-in-rats-effects-of-repeated-training
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Alexander Trofimov, Tatyana Strekalova, Niall Mortimer, Olga Zubareva, Alexander Schwarz, Evgeniy Svirin, Aleksei Umriukhin, Andrei Svistunov, Klaus-Peter Lesch, Victor Klimenko
Bacterial intoxication associated with inflammatory conditions during development can impair brain functions, in particular evolutionarily novel forms of memory, such as explicit learning. Little is known about the dangers of early-life inflammation on more basic forms of learning, for example, the acquisition of motor escape abilities, which are generally better preserved under pathological conditions. To address this limitation in knowledge, an inflammatory response was elicited in Wistar pups by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injections (25 μg/kg) on postnatal days P15, P18 and P21...
April 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416457/mono-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-inhibits-human-extravillous-trophoblast-invasion-via-the-ppar%C3%AE-pathway
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Fumei Gao, Wenxin Hu, Yu Li, Huan Shen, Jianying Hu
Concerns over the adverse reproductive outcomes in human have been raised, more evidence including the underlying mechanism are required. Since extravillous trophoblast (EVT) invasion is an important physiological step during early development, the effects of mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP), the bioactive metabolite of DEHP, on EVT invasion were investigated using Matrigel-coated transwell chambers and cell line HTR-8/SVneo. In the transwell-based invasive assay, MEHP exposure inhibited EVT invasion as judged by decreased invasion index...
April 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416318/basic-fibroblast-growth-factor-regulates-gene-and-protein-expression-related-to-proliferation-differentiation-and-matrix-production-of-human-dental-pulp-cells
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Ya-Ching Chang, Mei-Chi Chang, Yi-Jane Chen, Ji-Uei Liou, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Wei-Ling Huang, Wan-Chuen Liao, Chiu-Po Chan, Po-Yuan Jeng, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
INTRODUCTION: Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) plays differential effects on the proliferation, differentiation, and extracellular matrix turnover in various tissues. However, limited information is known about the effect of bFGF on dental pulp cells. The purposes of this study were to investigate whether bFGF influences the cell differentiation and extracellular matrix turnover of human dental pulp cells (HDPCs) and the related gene and protein expression as well as the role of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK)/extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) signaling pathway...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415707/luteolin-reduces-inflammation-in-staphylococcus-aureus-induced-mastitis-by-inhibiting-nf-kb-activation-and-mmps-expression
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Ying-Fang Guo, Nian-Nian Xu, Weijing Sun, Yifan Zhao, Cheng-Ye Li, Meng-Yao Guo
Mastitis is a serious and prevalent disease caused by infection by pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. We evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects and mechanism of luteolin, a natural flavonoid with a wide range of pharmacological activities, in a mouse model of S. aureus mastitis. We also treated cultured mouse mammary epithelial cells (mMECs) with S. aureus and luteolin. Histopathological changes were examined by H&E staining and the levels of inflammatory cytokine proteins were analyzed using ELISAs...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413493/tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-timp1-double-directional-raav-targeted-by-utmd-in-atherosclerotic-vulnerable-plaque
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Yijin Su, Changsong Xu, Kunyu Li, Bo Wang, Jufang Chen, Long Liu, Lizhou Lin, Qingqing Dong, Lianfang Du
In the present study, we determined whether ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD) combined with dual targeting of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMP) 1 recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) can stabilize atherosclerotic vulnerable plaques. First, we used rabbit model to detect the TGF-β1/TIMP1 virus therapy result. H&E staining was used to evaluate the tissues. The protein levels of TGF-β1 and TIMP1 were detected in rabbit models. The THP-1 cells were induced into macrophages, and transfected with TGF-β1 and TIMP1 rAAV under optimized UTMD...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413031/matrix-metalloproteinases-in-remodeling-of-lower-extremity-veins-and-chronic-venous-disease
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Yunfei Chen, Wei Peng, Joseph D Raffetto, Raouf A Khalil
The veins of the lower extremity are equipped with efficient wall, contractile vascular smooth muscle (VSM), and competent valves in order to withstand the high venous hydrostatic pressure in the lower limb and allow unidirectional movement of deoxygenated blood toward the heart. The vein wall structure and function are in part regulated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs are zinc-dependent endopeptidases that are secreted as inactive pro-MMPs by different cells in the venous wall including fibroblasts, VSM, and leukocytes...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413027/matrix-metalloproteinases-and-platelet-function
#8
Paolo Gresele, Emanuela Falcinelli, Manuela Sebastiano, Stefania Momi
Platelets contain and release several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMPs), including MMP-1, -2, -3, -9, and -14 and TIMP-1, -2, and -4. Although devoid of a nucleus, platelets also synthesize TIMP-2 upon activation. Platelet-released MMPs/TIMPs, as well as MMPs generated by other cells within the cardiovascular system, modulate platelet function in health and disease. In particular, a normal hemostatic platelet response to vessel wall injury may be transformed into pathologic thrombus formation by the release from platelets and/or by the local generation of some MMPs...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413026/the-balance-between-metalloproteinases-and-timps-critical-regulator-of-microvascular-endothelial-cell-function-in-health-and-disease
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Marcello G Masciantonio, Christopher K S Lee, Valerie Arpino, Sanjay Mehta, Sean E Gill
Endothelial cells (EC), especially the microvascular EC (MVEC), have critical functions in health and disease. For example, healthy MVEC provide a barrier between the fluid and protein found within the blood, and the surrounding tissue. Following tissue injury or infection, the microvascular barrier is often disrupted due to activation and dysfunction of the MVEC. Multiple mechanisms promote MVEC activation and dysfunction, including stimulation by cytokines, mechanical interaction with activated leukocytes, and exposure to harmful leukocyte-derived molecules, which collectively result in a loss of MVEC barrier function...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413025/biochemical-and-biological-attributes-of-matrix-metalloproteinases
#10
Ning Cui, Min Hu, Raouf A Khalil
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases that are involved in the degradation of various proteins in the extracellular matrix (ECM). Typically, MMPs have a propeptide sequence, a catalytic metalloproteinase domain with catalytic zinc, a hinge region or linker peptide, and a hemopexin domain. MMPs are commonly classified on the basis of their substrates and the organization of their structural domains into collagenases, gelatinases, stromelysins, matrilysins, membrane-type (MT)-MMPs, and other MMPs...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412391/moving-towards-endotypes-in-atopic-dermatitis-identification-of-patient-clusters-based-on-serum-biomarker-analysis
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Judith Lydia Thijs, Ian Strickland, Catharina Ansfrieda Francisca Maria Bruijnzeel-Koomen, Stefan Nierkens, Barbara Giovannone, Eszter Csomor, Bret Richard Sellman, Tomas Mustelin, Matthew Alexander Sleeman, Marjolein Saskia de Bruin-Weller, Athula Herath, Julia Drylewicz, Richard David May, DirkJan Hijnen
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a complex, chronic, inflammatory skin disease with a diverse clinical presentation. It is however unclear whether this diversity exists at a biological level. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that AD is heterogeneous at the biological level of individual inflammatory mediators. METHODS: Serum from 193 moderate to severe adult AD patients (geomean (95%CI) SASSAD of 22.3 (21.3, 23.3) and 39.1 (37.5, 40...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412025/the-influence-of-chronic-il-6-exposure-in-vivo-on-rat-achilles-tendon-extracellular-matrix
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Mark S Katsma, Shivam H Patel, Erica Eldon, Kathryn A Corbell, Kevin L Shimkus, James D Fluckey, Chad C Carroll
When compared to placebo, acetaminophen (APAP) reduces tendon stiffness and collagen cross-linking. APAP also enhances the exercise-induced increase in peritendinous levels of IL-6. Elevated levels of IL-6 are associated with tendinopathy, thus we hypothesized that chronic, elevated peritendinous IL-6 would alter tendon extracellular matrix (ECM). IL-6 (∼3000pgml(-1)) was injected (3dwk(-1) for 8-wks) into the Achilles peritendinous region of male Wistar rats (n=16) with the opposite leg serving as a sham...
April 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409646/intravitreal-bevacizumab-alters-type-iv-collagenases-and-exacerbates-arrested-alveologenesis-in-the-neonatal-rat-lungs
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Arwin M Valencia, Charles L Cai, Jeffrey Tan, Thomas J Duggan, Gloria B Valencia, Jacob V Aranda, Kay D Beharry
Purpose/Aim: Intravitreal bevacizumab (Avastin) is an irreversible vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor used off-label to treat severe retinopathy of prematurity in extremely low gestational age neonates. VEGF and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) participate in lung maturation. We tested the hypothesis that intravitreal bevacizumab enters the systemic circulation and has long-lasting effects on lung MMPs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Neonatal rats were exposed to: (1) hyperoxia (50% O2); (2) intermittent hypoxia (IH) (50% O2 with brief episodes of 12% O2); or (3) room air (RA) from birth (P0) to P14...
April 14, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409388/diethylcarbamazine-attenuates-the-expression-of-pro-fibrogenic-markers-and-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Maria Eduarda Rocha de França, Sura Wanessa Santos Rocha, Wilma Helena Oliveira, Laise Aline Santos, Anne Gabrielle Vasconcelos de Oliveira, Karla Patrícia Sousa Barbosa, Ana Karolina Santana Nunes, Gabriel Barros Rodrigues, Deniele Bezerra Lós, Christina Alves Peixoto
BACKGROUND AND AIM: While diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) displays important anti-inflammatory effects in experimental models of liver injury, the mechanisms of its action remain poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the fibrolytic potential of DEC. METHODS: Mice receive two injections of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) per week for 8 weeks. DEC 50 mg/kg body weight was administered through drinking water during the last 12 days of liver injury...
April 13, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407807/subclinical-inflammation-associated-with-prolonged-timp-1-upregulation-and-arterial-stiffness-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-hospital-based-cohort-study
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Tiina Vilmi-Kerälä, Anneli Lauhio, Taina Tervahartiala, Outi Palomäki, Jukka Uotila, Timo Sorsa, Ari Palomäki
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has significant implications for the future health of the mother. Some clinical studies have suggested subclinical inflammation and vascular dysfunction after GDM. We aimed to study whether concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) and -9, as well as values of arterial stiffness differ between women with and without a history of GDM a few years after delivery...
April 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407719/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-clove-eugenia-caryophyllata-essential-oil-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
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Xuesheng Han, Tory L Parker
CONTEXT: Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb. [Myrtaceae]) essential oil (CEO) has been shown to possess antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. However, few studies have focused on its topical use. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the biological activity of a commercially available CEO in a human skin disease model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the effect of CEO on 17 protein biomarkers that play critical roles in inflammation and tissue remodelling in a validated human dermal fibroblast system, which was designed to model chronic inflammation and fibrosis...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402522/gene-expression-profiling-of-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-combined-with-in-vitroassessment%C3%A2
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Naoyuki Kimura, Kyoko Futamura, Mamoru Arakawa, Naoko Okada, Fabian Emrich, Homare Okamura, Tetsuya Sato, Yasuhiro Shudo, Tiffany K Koyano, Atsushi Yamaguchi, Hideo Adachi, Akio Matsuda, Koji Kawahito, Kenji Matsumoto, Michael P Fischbein
OBJECTIVES: The mechanisms underlying aortic dissection remain to be fully elucidated. We aimed to identify key molecules driving dissection through gene expression profiling achieved by microarray analysis and subsequent in vitro experiments using human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) and aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (AoSMCs). METHODS: Total RNA, including microRNA (miRNA), was isolated from the intima-media layer of dissected ascending aorta obtained intraoperatively from acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) patients without familial thoracic aortic disease ( n  = 8) and that of non-dissected ascending aorta obtained from transplant donors ( n  = 9)...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402202/correlations-between-mmps-and-timps-levels-in-aqueous-humor-from-high-myopia-and-cataract-patients
#18
Yan Jia, Dan-Ning Hu, Jing Sun, Jibo Zhou
PURPOSE: To study the relationships between matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2, MMP-3, and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1, TIMP-2, and TIMP-3 aqueous humor levels in patients with high myopia or cataract. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MMPs and TIMPs protein levels in 65 aqueous humor samples collected from patients with high myopia or cataract during cataract or clear lens extraction surgery were measured with the Luminex xMAP Technology. The relationship between MMPs and TIMPs levels was analyzed with Spearman's correlation test...
April 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398251/proteolysis-in-helicobacter-pylori-induced-gastric-cancer
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Gernot Posselt, Jean E Crabtree, Silja Wessler
Persistent infections with the human pathogen and class-I carcinogen Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are closely associated with the development of acute and chronic gastritis, ulceration, gastric adenocarcinoma and lymphoma of the mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) system. Disruption and depolarization of the epithelium is a hallmark of H. pylori-associated disorders and requires extensive modulation of epithelial cell surface structures. Hence, the complex network of controlled proteolysis which facilitates tissue homeostasis in healthy individuals is deregulated and crucially contributes to the induction and progression of gastric cancer through processing of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, cell surface receptors, membrane-bound cytokines, and lateral adhesion molecules...
April 11, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396867/carvedilol-attenuates-the-progression-of-hepatic-fibrosis-induced-by-bile-duct-ligation
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Xiaopeng Tian, Chunhong Zhao, Jinbo Guo, Shurui Xie, Fengrong Yin, Xiaoxia Huo, Xiaolan Zhang
Background. The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) activation and the accumulation of collagen that occurs in hepatic fibrogenesis. Carvedilol has been widely used for the complication of hepatic cirrhosis in the clinic. Furthermore, it has powerful antioxidant properties. We assessed the potential antifibrotic effects of carvedilol and the underlying mechanisms that may further enhance its clinical benefits. Methods. Using a bile duct ligation rat model of hepatic fibrosis, we studied the effects of carvedilol on the fibrosis, collagen deposition, and oxidative stress based on histology, immunohistochemistry, western blot, and RT-PCR analyses...
2017: BioMed Research International
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