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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792199/nanoparticle-delivery-of-grape-seed-derived-proanthocyanidins-to-airway-epithelial-cells-dampens-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation
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S Castellani, A Trapani, A Spagnoletta, L di Toma, T Magrone, S Di Gioia, D Mandracchia, G Trapani, E Jirillo, M Conese
BACKGROUND: Chronic respiratory diseases, whose one of the hallmarks is oxidative stress, are still incurable and need novel therapeutic tools and pharmaceutical agents. The phenolic compounds contained in grape are endowed with well-recognized anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-aging activities. Considering that natural anti-oxidants, such as proanthocyanidins, have poor water solubility and oral bioavailability, we have developed a drug delivery system based on solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), apt to encapsulate grape seed extract (GSE), containing proanthocyanidins...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791760/neopterin-7-8-dihydroneopterin-is-elevated-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-and-protects-mdx-skeletal-muscle-function
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Angus Lindsay, Alexandra Schmiechen, Christopher M Chamberlain, James M Ervasti, Dawn A Lowe
Macrophage infiltration is a hallmark of dystrophin-deficient muscle. We tested the hypothesis that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients would have elevated levels of the macrophage synthesized pterins, neopterin and 7,8-dihydroneopterin compared to unaffected age-matched controls. Urinary neopterin/creatinine and 7,8-dihydroneopterin/creatinine were elevated in DMD patients and 7,8-dihydroneopterin/creatinine was associated with patient age and ambulation. 7,8-dihydroneopterin correction with specific gravity was also elevated in DMD patients...
May 23, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791553/epidemiological-aspects-clinical-manifestations-and-prevention-of-pediatric-tuberculosis-from-the-perspective-of-the-end-tb-strategy
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Anna Cristina Calçada Carvalho, Claudete Aparecida Araújo Cardoso, Terezinha Miceli Martire, Giovanni Battista Migliori, Clemax Couto Sant'Anna
Tuberculosis continues to be a public health priority in many countries. In 2015, tuberculosis killed 1.4 million people, including 210,000 children. Despite the recent progress made in the control of tuberculosis in Brazil, it is still one of the countries with the highest tuberculosis burdens. In 2015, there were 69,000 reported cases of tuberculosis in Brazil and tuberculosis was the cause of 4,500 deaths in the country. In 2014, the World Health Organization approved the End TB Strategy, which set a target date of 2035 for meeting its goals of reducing the tuberculosis incidence by 90% and reducing the number of tuberculosis deaths by 95%...
April 2018: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791435/immunogenicity-and-efficacy-following-sequential-parenterally-administered-doses-of-salmonella-enteritidis-cops-flic-glycoconjugates-in-infant-and-adult-mice
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Scott M Baliban, Brittany Curtis, Deanna Toema, Sharon M Tennant, Myron M Levine, Marcela F Pasetti, Raphael Simon
In sub-Saharan Africa, invasive nontyphoidal Salmonella (iNTS) infections with serovars S. Enteritidis, S. Typhimurium and I 4,[5],12:i:- are widespread in children < 5 years old. Development of an efficacious vaccine would provide an important public health tool to prevent iNTS disease in this population. Glycoconjugates of S. Enteritidis core and O-polysaccharide (COPS) coupled to the homologous serovar phase 1 flagellin protein (FliC) were previously shown to be immunogenic and protected adult mice against death following challenge with a virulent Malian S...
May 23, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790918/temporal-and-tissue-specific-variability-of-smn-protein-levels-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Ewout Jn Groen, Elena Perenthaler, Natalie L Courtney, Crispin Y Jordan, Hannah K Shorrock, Dinja van der Hoorn, Yu-Ting Huang, Lyndsay M Murray, Gabriella Viero, Thomas H Gillingwater
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive motor neuron disease caused by deleterious variants in SMN1 that lead to a marked decrease in survival motor neuron (SMN) protein expression. Humans have a second SMN gene (SMN2) that is almost identical to SMN1. However, due to alternative splicing the majority of SMN2 mRNA is translated into a truncated, unstable protein that is quickly degraded. Because the presence of SMN2 provides a unique opportunity for therapy development in SMA patients, the mechanisms that regulate SMN2 splicing and mRNA expression have been elucidated in great detail...
May 22, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790791/age-associated-decrease-of-sialin-in-salivary-glands
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L Li, H Wang, L Hu, X Wu, B Zhao, Z Fan, C Zhang, J Wang, S Wang
Aging salivary glands are characterized by a reduced volume of acini, increased duct volume, decline in the rate of synthesis of proteins and their mRNA, and decreased saliva flow. Sialin is a versatile anion transporter that is highly expressed in salivary glands and may also participate in maintenance of salivary gland function. We investigated age-associated sialin expression in salivary glands. Submandibular glands of mice and human parotid gland were collected at different ages. Western blot and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction were used to analyze the protein and mRNA expression levels of sialin, respectively...
May 23, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790567/regional-diversity-in-the-murine-cortical-vascular-network-is-revealed-by-synchrotron-x-ray-tomography-and-is-amplified-with-age
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J A Núñez, A Goring, B Javaheri, H Razi, D Gomez-Nicola, A A Pitsillides, P J Thurner, D Gomez-Nicola, P Schneider, C E Clarkin
TCortical bone is permeated by a system of pores, occupied by the blood supply and osteocytes. With ageing, bone mass reduction and disruption of the microstructure are associated with reduced vascular supply. Insight into the regulation of the blood supply to the bone could enhance the understanding of bone strength determinants and fracture healing. Using synchrotron radiation-based computed tomography, the distribution of vascular canals and osteocyte lacunae was assessed in murine cortical bone and the influence of age on these parameters was investigated...
May 23, 2018: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790300/aspiration-pneumonia-induces-muscle-atrophy-in-the-respiratory-skeletal-and-swallowing-systems
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Riyo Komatsu, Tatsuma Okazaki, Satoru Ebihara, Makoto Kobayashi, Yoko Tsukita, Mayumi Nihei, Hisatoshi Sugiura, Kaijun Niu, Takae Ebihara, Masakazu Ichinose
BACKGROUND: Repetition of the onset of aspiration pneumonia in aged patients is common and causes chronic inflammation. The inflammation induces proinflammatory cytokine production and atrophy in the muscles. The proinflammatory cytokines induce muscle proteolysis by activating calpains and caspase-3, followed by further degradation by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Autophagy is another pathway of muscle atrophy. However, little is known about the relationship between aspiration pneumonia and muscle...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788174/aspirin-abrogates-impairment-of-mammary-gland-differentiation-induced-by-early-in-life-second-hand-smoke-in-mice
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Julia Santucci-Pereira, Thomas J Pogash, Aman Patel, Navroop Hundal, Maria Barton, Anna Camoirano, Rosanna T Micale, Sebastiano La Maestra, Roumen Balansky, Silvio De Flora, Jose Russo
Epidemiological studies show that there is limited evidence that tobacco smoking causes breast cancer in humans. In rodents, many tobacco smoke chemicals cause mammary gland tumors. This study evaluated the mammary gland differentiation in mice exposed to environmental cigarette smoke (ECS), using 3R4F Kentucky reference cigarettes, starting after birth and continuing daily for 10 weeks (total particulate exposure 95 mg/m3; CO 610 ppm). We also analyzed the effects of oral administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin (1600mg/kg) or naproxen (320mg/kg), on mammary gland differentiation, either in unexposed or ECS-exposed mice...
May 17, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788103/post-ischaemic-administration-of-the-murine-canakinumab-surrogate-antibody-improves-outcome-in-experimental-stroke
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Luca Liberale, Candela Diaz-Cañestro, Nicole R Bonetti, Francesco Paneni, Alexander Akhmedov, Jürg H Beer, Fabrizio Montecucco, Thomas F Lüscher, Giovanni G Camici
Aims: The CANTOS trial underscored the efficacy of selective antibody-based interleukin (IL)-1β inhibition with Canakinumab in secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. Despite the success of the trial, incidence of stroke was not reduced likely due to the low number of events and the relatively young age of patients enrolled. Given the established role of IL-1β in stroke, we tested the efficacy of the murine Canakinumab-equivalent antibody in a mouse model of ischaemic stroke...
May 16, 2018: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788087/a-murine-frailty-index-based-on-clinical-and-laboratory-measurements-links-between-frailty-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-differ-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Alice E Kane, Kaitlyn M Keller, Stefan Heinze-Milne, Scott A Grandy, Susan E Howlett
A frailty index based on clinical deficit accumulation (FI-Clinical) quantifies frailty in aging mice. We aimed to develop a laboratory test-based murine FI tool (FI-Lab) and to investigate the effects of age and sex on FI-Lab scores, FI-Clinical scores and the combination (FI-Combined), as well as to explore links between frailty and inflammation. Studies used older (17 & 23-months) C57BL/6 mice of both sexes. We developed an FI-Lab (blood pressure, blood chemistry, echocardiography) based on deviation from reference values in younger adults (12 months), which showed similar characteristics to a human FI-Lab tool...
May 18, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787998/repeated-superovulation-increases-the-risk-of-osteoporosis-and-cardiovascular-diseases-by-accelerating-ovarian-aging-in-mice
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Jinjin Zhang, Zhiwen Lai, Liangyan Shi, Yong Tian, Aiyue Luo, Zheyuan Xu, Xiangyi Ma, Shixuan Wang
Superovulation procedures and assisted reproductive technologies have been widely used to treat couples who have infertility problems. Although generally safe, the superovulation procedures are associated with a series of complications, such as ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome, thromboembolism, and adnexal torsion. The role of long-term repeated superovulation in ovarian aging and especially in associated disorders such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases is still unclear. In this study, we sought to determine if repeated superovulation by ten cycles of treatment with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin/human chorionic gonadotropin could affect ovarian reserve, ovarian function, bone density and heart function...
May 22, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787990/dimethylthiourea-ameliorates-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-ovariectomized-mice
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Satoru Mitazaki, Natsumi Kotajima, Sakiko Matsuda, Naruki Ida, Mina Iide, Shigeyoshi Honma, Miwako Suto, Naho Kato, Naohito Kuroda, Kouichi Hiraiwa, Makoto Yoshida, Sumiko Abe
AIMS: In order to clarify hepato-protective actions of estrogen, we examined the progress of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced acute liver injury (ALI) in sham and ovariectomized (ovx) mice and the effects of dimethylthiourea (DMTU), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, and meloxicam (Melo), a selective cox-2 inhibitor, on the development of CCl4 -induced ALI. MAIN METHODS: Female C57BL/6 J mice weighing 15-20 g were performed sham or ovx operation at 8 weeks of age...
May 19, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787792/age-dependent-alterations-in-expression-and-co-localization-of-pax6-and-ras-gap-in-brain-of-aging-mice
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Khushboo Srivastava, Ratnakar Tripathi, Rajnikant Mishra
As the brain ages, the survival and plasticity of neurons and glia are compromised. The data-mining and in silico studies suggest interactions of Pax6 with Ras and binding sites in Ras-GAP promoter. The Pax6 also shows age-dependent alterations. Therefore, it is presumed that Pax6 may be associated with the Ras-GAP, a synaptic protein, either directly or indirectly in brain. The expression, co-localization and interaction of Pax6 and Ras-GAP in different regions of brain of mice during aging were investigated through immunofluorescence assay, co-immunoprecipitation and western blotting, respectively...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786878/dietary-omega-3-fatty-acids-differentially-impact-acute-ethanol-responsive-behaviors-and-ethanol-consumption-in-dba-2j-versus-c57bl-6j-mice
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Jennifer T Wolstenholme, M Scott Bowers, Alexander B Pais, A Christian Pais, Ryan S Poland, Justin L Poklis, Andrew G Davies, Jill C Bettinger
BACKGROUND: Complex interactions between environmental and genetic factors influence the risk for developing alcohol use disorder (AUD) in humans. To date, studies of the impact of environment on AUD risk have primarily focused on psychological characteristics or on the effects of developmental exposure to ethanol. We recently observed that modifying levels of the long-chain ω-3 (LC ω-3) fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alters acute physiological responses to ethanol in C. elegans...
May 22, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786794/protocols-for-studies-on-genetically-engineered-mouse-models-in-prostate-cancer
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Chris W D Armstrong, Oksana Lyubomska, Melissa J LaBonte, David J J Waugh
Cancer studies have entered an era that is heavily focused on the contribution of the tumor microenvironment. For this reason, in vivo experimentation in an immunodeficient model system is no longer fit for purpose. As a consequence, numerous genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) which self-develop tumors have been developed to allow experiments to be performed in a fully immunocompetent setting. One of the most commonly used technologies is Cre-loxP recombination due to its unique ability to control target gene expression in a specified tissue type...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786658/melatonin-as-a-therapy-for-traumatic-brain-injury-a-review-of-published-evidence
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Nicole Osier, Emily McGreevy, Lan Pham, Ava Puccio, Dianxu Ren, Yvette P Conley, Sheila Alexander, C Edward Dixon
Melatonin (MEL) is a hormone that is produced in the brain and is known to bind to MEL-specific receptors on neuronal membranes in several brain regions. MEL's documented neuroprotective properties, low toxicity, and ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier have led to its evaluation for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a condition for which there are currently no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved therapies. The purpose of this manuscript is to summarize the evidence surrounding the use of melatonin after TBI, as well as identify existing gaps and future directions...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786143/impact-of-commensal-flora-on-periodontal-immune-response-to-lipopolysaccharide
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Daiki Fukuhara, Koichiro Irie, Yoko Uchida, Kota Kataoka, Kentaro Akiyama, Daisuke Ekuni, Takaaki Tomofuji, Manabu Morita
BACKGROUND: Commensal flora are involved in the appropriate development of the mature immune system. However, it is unclear how commensal flora contribute to immune responses against periodontal pathogens, including the response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of immune responses after topical application of LPS in germ-free (GF) and specific-pathogen-free (SPF) mice. METHODS: GF and SPF mice at 8 weeks of age were randomly divided into four groups each: a baseline group (n = 4/group) and three experimental groups (n = 6/group)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786070/selective-elimination-of-senescent-cells-by-mitochondrial-targeting-is-regulated-by-ant2
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Sona Hubackova, Eliska Davidova, Katerina Rohlenova, Jan Stursa, Lukas Werner, Ladislav Andera, LanFeng Dong, Mikkel G Terp, Zdenek Hodny, Henrik J Ditzel, Jakub Rohlena, Jiri Neuzil
Cellular senescence is a form of cell cycle arrest that limits the proliferative potential of cells, including tumour cells. However, inability of immune cells to subsequently eliminate senescent cells from the organism may lead to tissue damage, inflammation, enhanced carcinogenesis and development of age-related diseases. We found that the anticancer agent mitochondria-targeted tamoxifen (MitoTam), unlike conventional anticancer agents, kills cancer cells without inducing senescence in vitro and in vivo. Surprisingly, it also selectively eliminates both malignant and non-cancerous senescent cells...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785651/genetic-analysis-of-the-human-insulin-like-3-gene-in-pediatric-patients-with-testicular-torsion
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Anna Paola Capra, Elisa Ferro, Maria Angela La Rosa, Silvana Briuglia, Tiziana Russo, Salvatore Arena, Carmelo Salpietro Damiano, Carmelo Romeo, Pietro Impellizzeri
PURPOSE: Testicular torsion (TT) mainly affects boys under 18 years old. To avoid orchiectomy, TT requires an immediate operative management. The etiology of TT is still controversial. Observed familiar recurrence suggests the presence of a genetic involvement. The INSL3 gene consists of two exons, and it is specifically expressed in fetal and adult Leydig cells. In transgenic mice, deletion of this gene was observed an increased testicular mobility and testicular torsion. We have hypothesized the possible involvement of the INSL3 gene as a predisposing factor of human TT...
May 21, 2018: Pediatric Surgery International
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