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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093196/a-prospective-single-centre-pilot-evaluation-of-a-serum-calprotectin-assay-in-unselected-gi-patients
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Rebecca K McCann, Karen Smith, Daniel R Gaya
BACKGROUND: Whilst C-reactive protein (CRP) is an established serum marker of inflammation, its use in gastroenterology has been limited by its poor sensitivity and specificity for GI disease.Faecal calprotectin (FC) has been adopted into mainstream GI practice as a sensitive but non-specific marker of intestinal inflammation. However, stool samples collection for FC can be challenging and the possibility of utilising a sensitive and specific serum biomarker of intestinal inflammation in luminal gastroenterology is an attractive prospect...
January 13, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088460/ultrasound-mediated-delivery-of-rna-to-colonic-mucosa-of-live-mice
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Carl M Schoellhammer, Gregory Y Lauwers, Jeremy A Goettel, Matthias A Oberli, Cody Cleveland, June Y Park, Daniel Minahan, Yiyun Chen, Daniel G Anderson, Ana Jaklenec, Scott B Snapper, Robert Langer, Giovanni Traverso
BACKGROUND & AIMS: It is a challenge to deliver nucleic acids to gastrointestinal (GI) tissues due to their size and need for intracellular delivery. They are also extremely susceptible to degradation by nucleases, which are ubiquitous in the GI tract. We investigated whether ultrasound, which can permeabilize tissue through a phenomenon known as transient cavitation, can be used to deliver RNA to the colonic mucosa of living mice. METHODS: We investigated delivery of fluorescently labeled permeants to colon tissues of Yorkshire pigs ex vivo and mice in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088291/bcfa-suppresses-lps-induced-il-8-mrna-expression-in-human-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Y Yan, Z Wang, J Greenwald, K S D Kothapalli, H G Park, R Liu, E Mendralla, P Lawrence, X Wang, J T Brenna
Branched chain fatty acids (BCFA) are components of common food fats and are major constituents of the normal term human newborn GI tract. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been suggested to reduce the risk and development of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD); however, little is known about the influence of BCFA on inflammation. We investigated the effect of BCFA on interleukin (IL)-8 and NF-κB production in a human intestinal epithelial cell line (Caco-2). Cells were pre-treated with specific BCFA, or DHA, or EPA, and then activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
January 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087531/salivary-gluten-degradation-and-oral-microbial-profiles-in-health-and-celiac-disease
#4
Na Tian, Lina Faller, Daniel A Leffler, Ciaran P Kelly, Joshua Hansen, Jos A Bosch, Guoxian Wei, Bruce J Paster, Detlef Schuppan, Eva J Helmerhorst
: Celiac disease (CD) is a chronic immune-mediated enteropathy induced by dietary gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Saliva harbors the second highest bacterial load of the GI tract after the colon. Moreover, saliva contains gluten-degrading enzymes produced by oral bacteria that may modify gluten processing in the intestine and susceptibility to celiac disease (CD). AIM: To investigate salivary enzymatic activities and oral microbial profiles in healthy subjects vs patients with classical and refractory CD...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079827/differentiating-malignant-from-benign-gastric-mucosal-lesions-with-quantitative-analysis-in-dual-energy-spectral-computed-tomography-initial-experience
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Xiaoyan Meng, Cheng Ni, Yaqi Shen, Xuemei Hu, Xiao Chen, Zhen Li, Daoyu Hu
To investigate the value of quantitative analysis in dual energy spectral computed tomography (DESCT) for differentiating malignant gastric mucosal lesions from benign gastric mucosal lesions (including gastric inflammation [GI] and normal gastric mucosa [NGM]). This study was approved by the ethics committee, and all patients provided written informed consent. A total of 161 consecutive patients (63 with gastric cancer [GC], 48 with GI, and 50 with NGM) who underwent dual-phase contrast enhanced DESCT scans in the arterial phase (AP) and portal venous phase (PVP) were included in this study...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057433/cytokine-profile-after-oral-food-challenge-in-infants-with-food-protein-induced-enterocolitis-syndrome
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Mitsuaki Kimura, Yasunori Ito, Masaki Shimomura, Hideaki Morishita, Takaaki Meguro, Yuichi Adachi, Shiro Seto
BACKGROUND: Although food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is supposed to be caused by inflammation, the role of cytokines has not yet been clarified. METHODS: To elucidate the role of cytokines in the development of symptoms and abnormal laboratory findings at an oral food challenge (OFC), changes in serum cytokine levels were analyzed for 6 OFCs in 4 patients with FPIES. The result of OFC was judged positive if any gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody stool) were induced...
January 2, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051128/electroacupuncture-treatment-partly-promotes-the-recovery-time-of-postoperative-ileus-by-activating-the-vagus-nerve-but-not-regulating-local-inflammation
#7
Jun-Fan Fang, Jian-Qiao Fang, Xiao-Mei Shao, Jun-Ying Du, Yi Liang, Wen Wang, Zhe Liu
Postoperative ileus (POI) after abdominal surgery significantly lowers the life quality of patients and increase hospital costs. However, few treatment strategies have successfully shortened the duration of POI. Electroacupuncture (EA) is a modern way of administering acupuncture and widely used in various gastrointestinal (GI) diseases in the world. Here, we studied the effect of EA on POI and its underlying mechanisms. Intestinal manipulation resulted in significant delays of GI transit, colonic transit and gastric emptying...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042344/noninvasive-imaging-of-myocardial-inflammation-in-myocarditis-using-68-ga-tagged-mannosylated-human-serum-albumin-positron-emission-tomography
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Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Jun Im, Shinae Kang, Seock-Jin Chung, Ye Seul Cho, Hyejeong Kang, Ho Seon Park, Do-Won Hwang, Jun-Bean Park, Jin-Chul Paeng, Gi-Jeong Cheon, Yun-Sang Lee, Jae Min Jeong, Yong-Jin Kim
The diagnosis of myocarditis traditionally relies on invasive endomyocardial biopsy but none of the imaging studies so far are specific for infiltration of the inflammatory cells itself. We synthesized (68)Ga-2-(p-isothiocyanatobenzyl)-1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4,7-triacetic acid (NOTA) mannosylated human serum albumin (MSA) by conjugating human serum albumin with mannose, followed by conjugation with NOTA and labeling it with (68)Ga. The efficacy of (68)Ga-NOTA-MSA positron emission tomography (PET) for imaging myocardial inflammation was tested in a rat myocarditis model...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039160/%C3%A2-potential-roles-of-enteric-glia-in-bridging-neuro-immune-communication-in-the-gut
#9
Aaron K Chow, Brian David Gulbransen
The enteric nervous system (ENS) is a network of neurons and glia that controls ongoing gastrointestinal (GI) functions. Damage or injury to the ENS can lead to functional GI disorders. Current data support the conclusion that many functional GI disorders are caused by an imbalance between gut microbes and the immune system but how the ENS is involved in these interactions is less understood. Due to the proximity of the ENS to bacteria and other foreign antigens present in the GI tract, it is important to prevent the passage of these antigens through the GI epithelium...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035531/neuroimmune-modulation-of-gut-function
#10
Terez Shea-Donohue, Joseph F Urban
Neuroimmune communications are facilitated by the production of neurotransmitters by immune cells and the generation of immune mediators by immune cells, which form a functional entity called the "neuroimmune synapse." There are several mechanisms that further facilitate neuroimmune interactions including the anatomic proximity between immune cells and nerves, the expression of receptors for neurotransmitters on immune cells and for immune mediators on nerves, and the receptor-mediated activation of intracellular signaling pathways that modulate nerve and immune phenotype and function...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035530/serotonergic-mechanisms-regulating-the-gi-tract-experimental-evidence-and-therapeutic-relevance
#11
Natalie Terry, Kara Gross Margolis
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) is best known as a neurotransmitter critical for central nervous system (CNS) development and function. 95% of the body's serotonin, however, is produced in the intestine where it has been increasingly recognized for its hormonal, autocrine, paracrine, and endocrine actions. This chapter provides the most current knowledge of the critical autocrine and paracrine roles of 5-HT in intestinal motility and inflammation as well as its function as a hormone in osteocyte homeostasis...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029082/probiotics-in-curing-allergic-and-inflammatory-conditions-research-progress-and-futuristic-vision
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Kuldeep Dhama, Shyma K Latheef, Ashok Kumar Munjal, Rekha Khandia, Hari Abdul Samad, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Sunil K Joshi
BACKGROUND: Probiotics constitute the viable and beneficial microbes, which offer a dietary means to sustain the balance of gastro-intestinal (GI) microflora. Owing to their multiple health benefits, these have recently gained wide attention among researchers for exploring their potential in safeguarding the health of humans and animals. Probiotics could also modulate host-immune responses, thereby help in counteracting the immunological dysfunctions. Probiotics can inhibit the systemic invasion of pathogens entering through the GI mucosa/ oral cavity and have been found to possess effective prophylactic and therapeutic utilities against various infectious pathogens as well as non-infectious diseases and disorders...
December 26, 2016: Recent Patents on Inflammation & Allergy Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029080/synthesis-and-study-of-analgesic-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-amide-derivatives-of-ibuprofen
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Abbas Ahmadi, Mohsen Khalili, Zahra Olama, Shirin Karami, Babak Nahri-Niknafs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most widely used drugs worldwide and represent a mainstay in the therapy of acute and chronic pain and inflammation. The traditional NSAIDs like ibuprofen (I) contain free carboxylic acid group which can produce gastro-intestinal (GI) damage in long-term using of them. In order to obtain the novel NSAIDs with less side effects; carboxylic acid moiety has been modified into various amide groups which is the most active area of research in this family...
December 26, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029021/bile-acid-nuclear-receptor-farnesoid-x-receptor-therapeutic-target-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Sun Gi Kim, Byung Kwon Kim, Kyumin Kim, Sungsoon Fang
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one of the causes of fatty liver, occurring when fat is accumulated in the liver without alcohol consumption. NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in advanced countries. NAFLD is a spectrum of pathology involving hepatic steatosis with/without inflammation and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis with accumulation of hepatocyte damage and hepatic fibrosis. Recent studies have revealed that NAFLD results in the progression of cryptogenic cirrhosis that leads to hepatocarcinoma and cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027722/celastrol-suppresses-expression-of-adhesion-molecules-and-chemokines-by-inhibiting-jnk-stat1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-in-poly-i-c-stimulated-astrocytes
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Soo Yeon An, Gi Soo Youn, Hyejin Kim, Soo Young Choi, Jinseu Park
In the central nervous system, viral infection can induce inflammation by up-regulating pro-inflammatory mediators that contribute to enhanced infiltration of immune cells into the central nervous areas. Celastrol is known to exert various regulatory functions, including anti-microbial activities. In this study, we investigated the regulatory effects and the mechanisms of action of celastrol against astrocytes activated with polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)), a synthetic dsRNA, as a model of pro-inflammatory mediated responses...
September 2, 2016: BMB Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998883/unlocking-aspirin-s-chemopreventive-activity-role-of-irreversibly-inhibiting-platelet-cyclooxygenase-1
#16
Lenard M Lichtenberger, Dexing Fang, Roger J Bick, Brain J Poindexter, Tri Phan, Angela L Bergeron, Subhashree Pradhan, Elizabeth J Dial, K Vinod Vijayan
The mechanism by which aspirin consumption is linked to significant reductions in the incidence of multiple forms of cancer and metastatic spread to distant tissues, resulting in increased cancer patient survival is not well understood. In this study, using colon cancer as an example, we provide both in vitro (cell culture) and in vivo (chemically-induced mouse model of colon cancer) evidence that this profound anti-neoplastic action may be associated with aspirin's ability to irreversibly inhibit COX-1 mediated platelet activation, thereby blocking platelet-cancer cell interactions, which promote cancer cell number and invasive potential...
December 20, 2016: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992733/trefoil-factor-peptides-and-gastrointestinal-function
#17
Eitaro Aihara, Kristen A Engevik, Marshall H Montrose
Trefoil factor (TFF) peptides, with a 40-amino acid motif, including six conserved cysteine residues that form intramolecular disulfide bonds, are a family of mucin-associated secretory molecules mediating many physiological roles that maintain and restore gastrointestinal (GI) mucosal homeostasis. TFF peptides play important roles in response to GI mucosal injury and inflammation. In response to acute GI mucosal injury, TFF peptides accelerate cell migration to seal the damaged area from luminal contents, whereas chronic inflammation leads to increased TFF expression to prevent further progression of disease...
December 15, 2016: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990120/polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-and-their-derivatives-therapeutic-value-for-inflammatory-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-and-colorectal-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Arkadiusz Michalak, Paula Mosińska, Jakub Fichna
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are bioactive lipids which modulate inflammation and immunity. They gained recognition in nutritional therapy and are recommended dietary supplements. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting the usefulness of PUFAs in active therapy of various gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. In this review we briefly cover the systematics of PUFAs and their metabolites, and elaborate on their possible use in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) with focus on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and colorectal cancer (CRC)...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988382/the-vagus-nerve-in-appetite-regulation-mood-and-intestinal-inflammation
#19
REVIEW
Kirsteen N Browning, Simon Verheijden, Guy E Boeckxstaens
Although the gastrointestinal (GI) tract contains intrinsic neural plexuses that allow a significant degree of independent control over GI functions, the central nervous system provides extrinsic neural inputs that modulate, regulate and integrate these functions. In particular, the vagus nerve (VN) provides the parasympathetic innervation to the GI tract, co-ordinates the complex interactions between central and peripheral neural control mechanisms. This review will discuss the physiological roles of the afferent (sensory) and motor (efferent) vagus in regulation of appetite, mood and the immune system, as well as the pathophysiological outcomes of VN dysfunction resulting in obesity, mood disorders and inflammation...
December 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981684/gastrointestinal-symptom-severity-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-the-general-population
#20
A D Lee, B M Spiegel, R D Hays, G Y Melmed, R Bolus, D Khanna, P P Khanna, L Chang
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients report similar gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, yet comparisons of symptom severity between groups and with the general population (GP) are lacking. METHODS: We compared Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS(®) ) GI symptom scales measuring gastro-esophageal reflux (GER), disrupted swallowing, diarrhea, bowel incontinence, nausea/vomiting, constipation, belly pain, and gas/bloating in: (i) USA GP sample, (ii) IBS patients, and (iii) IBD patients from tertiary care and community populations...
December 16, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
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