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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123147/enzymatic-degradation-of-organophosphorus-insecticides-decreases-toxicity-in-planarians-and-enhances-survival
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Laetitia Poirier, Lucile Brun, Pauline Jacquet, Catherine Lepolard, Nicholas Armstrong, Cédric Torre, David Daudé, Eric Ghigo, Eric Chabrière
Organophosphorus insecticides (OPs) are toxic compounds used for agricultural purposes and responsible for severe types of contamination worldwide. OPs may also induce chronic deleterious effects and developmental disruption. Finding remediation strategies is a major concern to diminish their impact on environment and human health. Enzymes have emerged as a promising eco-friendly route for decontaminating OPs. The enzyme SsoPox from the archaea Sulfolobus solfataricus has been particularly studied, considering both its tremendous stability and phosphotriesterase activity...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080965/how-to-improve-effectiveness-of-pegvisomant-treatment-in-acromegalic-patients
#2
M Ragonese, S Grottoli, P Maffei, A Alibrandi, M R Ambrosio, G Arnaldi, A Bianchi, S Puglisi, M C Zatelli, L De Marinis, E Ghigo, A Giustina, F Maffezzoni, C Martini, L Trementino, S Cannavo
PURPOSE: Pegvisomant (PEGV) treatment in acromegaly patients resistant to somatostatin analogues is less effective in the real life than in clinical trials. This is a multicenter, observational, retrospective, longitudinal study. The aim was to detect characteristics which improve long-term PEGV effectiveness. METHODS: 87 acromegalic patients treated with PEGV have been enrolled in seven referral Italian centres. PEGV was administered for up to 4 years, at doses up titrated until IGF-1 normalization or to ≥ 30 mg/day...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078377/growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-improves-heart-function-in-pressure-overload-induced-heart-failure
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Iacopo Gesmundo, Michele Miragoli, Pierluigi Carullo, Letizia Trovato, Veronica Larcher, Elisa Di Pasquale, Mara Brancaccio, Marta Mazzola, Tania Villanova, Matteo Sorge, Marina Taliano, Maria Pia Gallo, Giuseppe Alloatti, Claudia Penna, Joshua M Hare, Ezio Ghigo, Andrew V Schally, Gianluigi Condorelli, Riccarda Granata
It has been shown that growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) reduces cardiomyocyte (CM) apoptosis, prevents ischemia/reperfusion injury, and improves cardiac function in ischemic rat hearts. However, it is still not known whether GHRH would be beneficial for life-threatening pathological conditions, like cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure (HF). Thus, we tested the myocardial therapeutic potential of GHRH stimulation in vitro and in vivo, using GHRH or its agonistic analog MR-409. We show that in vitro, GHRH(1-44)NH2 attenuates phenylephrine-induced hypertrophy in H9c2 cardiac cells, adult rat ventricular myocytes, and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived CMs, decreasing expression of hypertrophic genes and regulating hypertrophic pathways...
October 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034295/data-demonstrating-the-role-of-peroxiredoxin-2-as-important-anti-oxidant-system-in-lung-homeostasis
#4
Enrica Federti, Alessandro Matte, Alessandra Ghigo, Immacolata Andolfo, Cimino James, Angela Siciliano, Christophe Leboeuf, Anne Janin, Francesco Manna, Soo Young Choi, Achille Iolascon, Elisabetta Beneduce, Davide Melisi, Dae Won Kim, Sonia Levi, Lucia De Franceschi
The data presented in this article are related to the research paper entitled "peroxiredoxin-2 plays a pivotal role as multimodal cytoprotector in the early phase of pulmonary hypertension" (Federti et al., 2017) [1]. Data show that the absence of peroxiredoxin-2 (Prx2) is associated with increased lung oxidation and pulmonary vascular endothelial dysfunction. Prx2(-/)(-) mice displayed activation of the redox-sensitive transcriptional factors, NF-kB and Nrf2, and increased expression of cytoprotective system such as heme-oxygenase-1 (HO-1)...
December 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026182/effects-of-disorder-induced-by-heavy-ion-irradiation-on-ba1-x-k-x-fe2as2-single-crystals-within-the-three-band-eliashberg-s%C3%A2-wave-model
#5
G Ghigo, G A Ummarino, L Gozzelino, R Gerbaldo, F Laviano, D Torsello, T Tamegai
One of the open issues concerning iron-based superconductors is whether the s± wave model is able to account for the overall effects of impurity scattering, including the low rate of decrease of the critical temperature with the impurity concentration. Here we investigate Ba1-x K x Fe2As2 crystals where disorder is introduced by Au-ion irradiation. Critical temperature, T c , and London penetration depth, λ L , were measured by a microwave resonator technique, for different values of the irradiation fluence...
October 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023926/hyperthyroidism-in-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease-after-iodine-load-induced-by-coronary-angiography-long-term-follow-up-and-influence-of-baseline-thyroid-functional-status
#6
Nadia Bonelli, Ruth Rossetto, Davide Castagno, Matteo Anselmino, Francesca Vignolo, Mirko Parasiliti Caprino, Fiorenzo Gaita, Ezio Ghigo, Roberto Garberoglio, Roberto Grimaldi, Mauro Maccario
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of a iodine load on thyroid function of patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and the long-term influence of unknown subclinical hyperthyroidism. CONTEXT: Subclinical hyperthyroidism is considered an independent risk factors for cardiovascular morbidity of patients with IHD. They routinely undergo coronary angiography with iodine contrast media (ICM) which may induce or even worsen hyperthyroidism. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study followed by a longitudinal study on patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism...
October 12, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017056/mitotic-spindle-assembly-and-genomic-stability-in-breast-cancer-require-pi3k-c2%C3%AE-scaffolding-function
#7
Federico Gulluni, Miriam Martini, Maria Chiara De Santis, Carlo Cosimo Campa, Alessandra Ghigo, Jean Piero Margaria, Elisa Ciraolo, Irene Franco, Ugo Ala, Laura Annaratone, Davide Disalvatore, Giovanni Bertalot, Giuseppe Viale, Anna Noatynska, Mara Compagno, Sara Sigismund, Filippo Montemurro, Marcus Thelen, Fan Fan, Patrick Meraldi, Caterina Marchiò, Salvatore Pece, Anna Sapino, Roberto Chiarle, Pier Paolo Di Fiore, Emilio Hirsch
Proper organization of the mitotic spindle is key to genetic stability, but molecular components of inter-microtubule bridges that crosslink kinetochore fibers (K-fibers) are still largely unknown. Here we identify a kinase-independent function of class II phosphoinositide 3-OH kinase α (PI3K-C2α) acting as limiting scaffold protein organizing clathrin and TACC3 complex crosslinking K-fibers. Downregulation of PI3K-C2α causes spindle alterations, delayed anaphase onset, and aneuploidy, indicating that PI3K-C2α expression is required for genomic stability...
October 9, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959736/comparative-analysis-of-bacterial-community-composition-and-structure-in-clinically-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-central-venous-catheters
#8
Franziska A Stressmann, Elodie Couve-Deacon, Delphine Chainier, Ashwini Chauhan, Aimee Wessel, Sylvaine Durand-Fontanier, Marie-Christine Escande, Irène Kriegel, Bruno Francois, Marie-Cécile Ploy, Christophe Beloin, Jean-Marc Ghigo
Totally implanted venous access ports (TIVAPs) are commonly used catheters for the management of acute or chronic pathologies. Although these devices improve health care, repeated use of this type of device for venous access over long periods of time is also associated with risk of colonization and infection by pathogenic bacteria, often originating from skin. However, although the skin microbiota is composed of both pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria, the extent and the consequences of TIVAP colonization by nonpathogenic bacteria have rarely been studied...
September 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900103/yeej-is-an-inverse-autotransporter-from-escherichia-coli-that-binds-to-peptidoglycan-and-promotes-biofilm-formation
#9
Marta Martinez-Gil, Kelvin G K Goh, Elze Rackaityte, Chizuko Sakamoto, Bianca Audrain, Danilo G Moriel, Makrina Totsika, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Mark A Schembri, Christophe Beloin
Escherichia coli is a commensal or pathogenic bacterium that can survive in diverse environments. Adhesion to surfaces is essential for E. coli colonization, and thus it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms that promote this process in different niches. Autotransporter proteins are a class of cell-surface factor used by E. coli for adherence. Here we characterized the regulation and function of YeeJ, a poorly studied but widespread representative from an emerging class of autotransporter proteins, the inverse autotransporters (IAT)...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887782/development-of-acrodat-%C3%A2-a-new-software-medical-device-to-assess-disease-activity-in-patients-with-acromegaly
#10
Aart J van der Lely, Roy Gomez, Andreas Pleil, Xavier Badia, Thierry Brue, Michael Buchfelder, Pia Burman, David Clemmons, Ezio Ghigo, Jens Otto Lunde Jørgensen, Anton Luger, Joli van der Lans-Bussemaker, Susan M Webb, Christian J Strasburger
PURPOSE: Despite availability of multimodal treatment options for acromegaly, achievement of long-term disease control is suboptimal in a significant number of patients. Furthermore, disease control as defined by biochemical normalization may not always show concordance with disease-related symptoms or patient's perceived quality of life. We developed and validated a tool to measure disease activity in acromegaly to support decision-making in clinical practice. METHODS: An international expert panel (n = 10) convened to define the most critical indicators of disease activity...
December 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870484/higher-protein-intake-is-associated-with-improved-muscle-strength-in-elite-senior-athletes
#11
Filippo Giorgio Di Girolamo, Roberta Situlin, Nicola Fiotti, Marcello Tence, Paolo De Colle, Filippo Mearelli, Marco Alessandro Minetto, Ezio Ghigo, Massimo Pagani, Daniela Lucini, Fabio Pigozzi, Piero Portincasa, Gabriele Toigo, Gianni Biolo
OBJECTIVE: The optimal protein intake for elderly individuals who exercise regularly has not yet been clearly defined. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that protein intake level is associated with muscle strength in elderly elite athletes. METHODS: We evaluated 50 elite senior athletes (38 men and 12 women) participating in the European Master Games 2011 in an observational cross-sectional study. Participants were divided into two groups-lower (LPI) or higher (HPI) protein intake-according to the median value of their ratio of urinary urea nitrogen to urinary creatinine (i...
October 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851936/putrescine-independent-wound-response-phenotype-is-produced-by-odc-like-rnai-in-planarians
#12
Lucia Cassella, Alessandra Salvetti, Paola Iacopetti, Chiara Ippolito, Claudio Ghezzani, Gregory Gimenez, Eric Ghigo, Leonardo Rossi
Despite increasing evidence indicates polyamines as a convergence point for signaling pathways, including cell growth and differentiation, a unifying concept to interpret their role is still missing. The activity of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), the rate-limiting enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis, is tightly regulated by a complex molecular machinery, and the demonstration of the existence of multiple ODC paralogs, lacking decarboxylation activity, suggests additional layers of complexity to the intricate ODC regulatory pathway...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801243/peroxiredoxin-2-plays-a-pivotal-role-as-multimodal-cytoprotector-in-the-early-phase-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#13
Enrica Federti, Alessandro Matté, Alessandra Ghigo, Immacolata Andolfo, Cimino James, Angela Siciliano, Christophe Leboeuf, Anne Janin, Francesco Manna, Soo Young Choi, Achille Iolascon, Elisabetta Beneduce, Davide Melisi, Dae Won Kim, Sonia Levi, Lucia De Franceschi
Pulmonary-artery-hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening and highly invalidating chronic disorder. Chronic oxidation contributes to lung damage and disease progression. Peroxiredoxin-2 (Prx2) is a typical 2-cysteine (Cys) peroxiredoxin but its role on lung homeostasis is yet to be fully defined. Here, we showed that Prx2(-/-) mice displayed chronic lung inflammatory disease associated with (i) abnormal pulmonary vascular dysfunction; and (ii) increased markers of extracellular-matrix remodeling. Hypoxia was used to induce PAH...
August 9, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801233/t-cell-zone-resident-macrophages-silently-dispose-of-apoptotic-cells-in-the-lymph-node
#14
Myriam Baratin, Léa Simon, Audrey Jorquera, Clément Ghigo, Doulaye Dembele, Jonathan Nowak, Rebecca Gentek, Stephan Wienert, Frederick Klauschen, Bernard Malissen, Marc Dalod, Marc Bajénoff
In lymph nodes (LNs), dendritic cells (DCs) are thought to dispose of apoptotic cells, a function pertaining to macrophages in other tissues. We found that a population of CX3CR1(+) MERTK(+) cells located in the T cell zone of LNs, previously identified as DCs, are efferocytic macrophages. Lineage-tracing experiments and shield chimeras indicated that these T zone macrophages (TZM) are long-lived macrophages seeded in utero and slowly replaced by blood monocytes after birth. Imaging the LNs of mice in which TZM and DCs express different fluorescent proteins revealed that TZM-and not DCs-act as the only professional scavengers, clearing apoptotic cells in the LN T cell zone in a CX3CR1-dependent manner...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754382/recent-advances-in-studying-single-bacteria-and-biofilm-mechanics
#15
REVIEW
Catherine Even, Christian Marlière, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Jean-Marc Allain, Alba Marcellan, Eric Raspaud
Bacterial biofilms correspond to surface-associated bacterial communities embedded in hydrogel-like matrix, in which high cell density, reduced diffusion and physico-chemical heterogeneity play a protective role and induce novel behaviors. In this review, we present recent advances on the understanding of how bacterial mechanical properties, from single cell to high-cell density community, determine biofilm tri-dimensional growth and eventual dispersion and we attempt to draw a parallel between these properties and the mechanical properties of other well-studied hydrogels and living systems...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729453/pi3k-and-calcium-signaling-in-cardiovascular-disease
#16
REVIEW
Alessandra Ghigo, Muriel Laffargue, Mingchuan Li, Emilio Hirsch
Receptor signaling relays on intracellular events amplified by secondary and tertiary messenger molecules. In cardiomyocytes and smooth muscle cells, cyclic AMP (cAMP) and subsequent calcium (Ca(2+)) fluxes are the best characterized receptor-regulated signaling events. However, most of receptors able to modify contractility and other intracellular responses signal through a variety of other messengers, and whether these signaling events are interconnected has long remained unclear. For example, the PI3K (phosphoinositide 3-kinase) pathway connected to the production of the lipid second messenger PIP3/PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 (phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate) is potentially involved in metabolic regulation, activation of hypertrophy, and survival pathways...
July 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654509/pi3ks-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
#17
Mingchuan Li, Alessandra Murabito, Alessandra Ghigo, Emilio Hirsch
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a heart disease in diabetic patients, identified as ventricular dysfunction in the absence of coronary artery disease and hypertension. The molecular mechanisms underlying diabetic cardiomyopathy are still poorly understood. The protein and lipid kinase phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks) have been suggested to regulate cardiac injury during diabetes. In this review, we will summarize the role of different PI3K isoforms and of their downstream signaling in the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy, including the regulation of cardiac metabolism, contractility, hypertrophy, myocardial cell death and inflammation...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617451/biological-and-chemical-strategies-for-exploring-inter-and-intra-kingdom-communication-mediated-via-bacterial-volatile-signals
#18
Mohamed A Farag, Geun Cheol Song, Yong-Soon Park, Bianca Audrain, Soohyun Lee, Jean-Marc Ghigo, Joseph W Kloepper, Choong-Min Ryu
Airborne chemical signals emitted by bacteria influence the behavior of other bacteria and plants. We present an overview of in vitro methods for evaluating bacterial and plant responses to bacterial volatile compounds (BVCs). Three types of equipment have been used to physically separate the bacterial test strains from either other bacterial strains or plants (in our laboratory we use either Arabidopsis or tobacco plant seedlings): a Petri dish containing two compartments (BI Petri dish); two Petri dishes connected with tubing; and a microtiter-based assay...
July 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581446/tregs-restrain-dendritic-cell-autophagy-to-ameliorate-autoimmunity
#19
Themis Alissafi, Aggelos Banos, Louis Boon, Tim Sparwasser, Alessandra Ghigo, Kajsa Wing, Dimitrios Vassilopoulos, Dimitrios Boumpas, Triantafyllos Chavakis, Ken Cadwell, Panayotis Verginis
Design of efficacious Treg-based therapies and establishment of clinical tolerance in autoimmune diseases have proven to be challenging. The clinical implementation of Treg immunotherapy has been hampered by various impediments related to the stability and isolation procedures of Tregs as well as the specific in vivo targets of Treg modalities. Herein, we have demonstrated that Foxp3+ Tregs potently suppress autoimmune responses in vivo through inhibition of the autophagic machinery in DCs in a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4-dependent (CTLA4-dependent) manner...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560284/data-demonstrating-the-anti-oxidant-role-of-hemopexin-in-the-heart
#20
Giada Ingoglia, Can Martin Sag, Nikolai Rex, Lucia De Franceschi, Francesca Vinchi, James Cimino, Sara Petrillo, Stefan Wagner, Klaus Kreitmeier, Lorenzo Silengo, Fiorella Altruda, Lars S Maier, Emilio Hirsch, Alessandra Ghigo, Emanuela Tolosano
The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled Hemopexin counteracts systolic dysfunction induced by heme-driven oxidative stress (G. Ingoglia, C. M. Sag, N. Rex, L. De Franceschi, F. Vinchi, J. Cimino, S. Petrillo, S. Wagner, K. Kreitmeier, L. Silengo, F. Altruda, L. S. Maier, E. Hirsch, A. Ghigo and E. Tolosano, 2017) [1]. Data show that heme induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in primary cardiomyocytes. H9c2 myoblastic cells treated with heme bound to human Hemopexin (Hx) are protected from heme accumulation and oxidative stress...
August 2017: Data in Brief
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