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Ariel Finkielsztein, Lorraine Mascarenhas, Veronika Butin-Israeli, Ronen Sumagin
Polymorphonuclear neutrophil-derived microparticles (PMN)-MPs) are lipid bilayer, spherical microvesicles with sizes ranging from 50-1,000 nm in diameter. MPs are a newly evolving, important part of cell-to-cell communication and signaling machinery. Because of their size and the nature of their release, until recently MP existence was overlooked. However, with improved technology and analytical methods their function in health and disease is now emerging. The protocols presented here are aimed at isolating and characterizing PMN-MPs by flow cytometry and immunoblotting...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Julia Ae Walters, Daniel J Tan, Clinton J White, Richard Wood-Baker
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend that patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be treated with systemic corticosteroid for seven to 14 days. Intermittent systemic corticosteroid use is cumulatively associated with adverse effects such as osteoporosis, hyperglycaemia and muscle weakness. Shorter treatment could reduce adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To compare the efficacy of short-duration (seven or fewer days) and conventional longer-duration (longer than seven days) systemic corticosteroid treatment of adults with acute exacerbations of COPD...
March 19, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Xin-Yu Tian, Chun-Hong Liu, De-Xiang Wang, Xiu-Li Ji, Hui Shi, Chun-Yan Zheng, Meng-Shuang Xie, Wei Xiao
Background: The interpretation of spirometry varies on different reference values. Older people are usually underrepresented in published predictive values. This study aimed at developing spirometric reference equations for elderly Chinese in Jinan aged 60-84 years and to compare them to previous equations. Methods: The project covered all of Jinan city, and the recruitment period lasted 9 months from January 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, 434 healthy people aged 60-84 years who had never smoked (226 females and 208 males) were recruited to undergo spirometry...
March 19, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Wen Tan, Lin Chen, Ya-Xin Wang, Li-Sha Hu, Wei Xiong, You Shang, Shang-Long Yao
Background: Acute lung injury (ALI) is a severe disease with high mortality and poor prognosis. Protectin DX (PDX), a pro-resolving lipid mediator, exhibits protective effects in ALI. Our experiment aimed to explore the effects and related mechanisms of PDX in mice with ALI induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Methods: BALB/c mice were randomly divided into five groups: sham, LPS, LPS plus 1 ng of PDX (LPS + PDX-1 ng), LPS plus 10 ng of PDX (LPS + PDX-10 ng), and LPS plus 100 ng of PDX (LPS + PDX-100 ng)...
March 19, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Fushen Yang
PURPOSE: To investigate the expression of sirtuin type 1 (Sirt1) and adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to explore the mechanism of their functions in NSCLC. METHODS: Cancer tissues (NSCLC group) and the adjacent normal healthy tissues (control group) of 50 patients with NSCLC were selected, and H&E staining was performed to identify the histopathological differences. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunofluorescence staining and Western blot were performed to detect the expression of Sirt1 and AMPK in tissues of NSCLC group and control group...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Alexandra K Eicher, H Matthew Berns, James M Wells
Gastric diseases, including peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer, are highly prevalent in human beings. Despite this, the cellular biology of the stomach remains poorly understood relative to other gastrointestinal organs such as the liver, intestine, and colon. In particular, little is known about the molecular basis of stomach development and the differentiation of gastric lineages. Although animal models are useful for studying gastric development, function, and disease, there are major structural and physiological differences in human stomachs that render these models insufficient...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Shivani Jaswal, Varinder Saini, Jasbinder Kaur, Seema Gupta, Harjeet Kaur, Kranti Garg
Context: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not only restricted to the pulmonary inflammation and airway obstruction but is also associated with comorbidities, which affect the therapeutic intervention and the quality of life and survival. Markers that can predict the systemic inflammation and a decline in the pulmonary function are of scientific interest. Adiponectin (APN) appears to be one such biomarker and can be used as a potential indicator of severity and response to treatment in patients of COPD...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Jaidip Jagtap, Gayatri Sharma, Abdul K Parchur, Venkateswara Gogineni, Carmen Bergom, Sarah White, Michael J Flister, Amit Joshi
Vascular supply is a critical component of the tumor microenvironment (TME) and is essential for tumor growth and metastasis, yet the endogenous genetic modifiers that impact vascular function in the TME are largely unknown. To identify the host TME modifiers of tumor vascular function, we combined a novel genetic mapping strategy [Consomic Xenograft Model] with near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging and multiparametric analysis of pharmacokinetic modeling. To detect vascular flow, an intensified cooled camera based dynamic NIR imaging system with 785 nm laser diode based excitation was used to image the whole-body fluorescence emission of intravenously injected indocyanine green dye...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Madiha Kanwal, Xiao-Jie Ding, Xin Song, Guang-Biao Zhou, Yi Cao
Air pollution is one of the leading causes of lung cancer. Air pollution-related lung cancer is a deteriorating public health problem, particularly in developing countries. The MUC16 gene is one of the most frequently mutated genes in air pollution-related lung cancer. In the present study, MUC16 mRNA expression was increased in ∼50% of air pollution-related lung cancer samples obtained from patients residing in air-polluted regions (Xuanwei and Fuyuan, Yunnan, China), and MUC16 mRNA levels were correlated with the degree of air pollution...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Paolo Maniglio, Enzo Ricciardi, Federica Meli, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Marco Noventa, Amerigo Vitagliano, Gaetano Valenti, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Antonio Simone Laganà, Donatella Caserta
Background: Thoracic endometriosis syndrome is a rare form of extrapelvic endometriosis characterized by the presence of functioning endometrial tissue in pleura, lung parenchyma, and airways, associated with a high rate of infertility. Case Report: We have reported a case of successful management and treatment of thoracic endometriosis syndrome that occurred in a 37-year-old female patient. She underwent thoracoscopic resection of the lesion. During follow-up, we revealed the recurrence of a previously surgically treated thoracic endometriosis...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Chiawen Hsieh, Yun-Wei Lin, Ching-Hsein Chen, Wenjun Ku, Fuching Ma, Hanming Yu, Chishih Chu
Natural compounds have been candidates for anticancer medicine over the last 20 years. During the process of isolating seed oil from Calophyllum inophyllum L., yellow and green pigments containing multiple compounds with an aromatic structure were identified. High-performance liquid chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance analysis of these pigments revealed that the compounds present were identical, but the concentration of the compounds was different. Treatment with the pigments was able to induce the death of DLD-1 human colon cancer cells and increase the percentage of the cells in the sub-G1 and sub-G2 /M phases in a dose-dependent manner...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tonghui Cai, Xiaoying Guan, Hongyan Wang, Ying Fang, Jie Long, Xiaobin Xie, Yajie Zhang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression and role of microRNA-26a (miR-26a) in lung cancer, and to verify whether differentially expressed in adenocarcinoma of the lung (DAL-1) is the target protein of miR-26a. mRNA expression levels of miR-26a and DAL-1 were detected using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Protein expression levels of DAL-1 and annexin A1 (ANXA1) were evaluated by western blot analysis. Cell Counting Kit-8, Transwell and wound scratch healing assays were used to characterize the function of miR-26a in lung cancer cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Rong-Quan He, Xia Yang, Liang Liang, Gang Chen, Jie Ma
The present study aimed to explore the potential clinical significance of microRNA (miR)-124-3p expression in the hepatocarcinogenesis and development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as well as the potential target genes of functional HCC pathways. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction was performed to evaluate the expression of miR-124-3p in 101 HCC and adjacent non-cancerous tissue samples. Additionally, the association between miR-124-3p expression and clinical parameters was also analyzed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yang Guo, Ying Hu, Mingming Hu, Jiabei He, Baolan Li
Lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide, with a low 5-year survival rate of 16.1%. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms behind lung cancer tumorigenesis remain largely unknown. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to serve a function in the tumorigenesis of multiple types of cancer. The objective of the present study was to identify the function of a newly identified lncRNA zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 antisense RNA 1 (ZEB2-AS1) in human lung cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ping Zhou, Jian Hu, Xiaoqin Wang, Jingyuan Wang, Yong Zhang, Cong Wang
The present study assessed the function of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its molecular targets in non-small cell lung cancer. The results of the present study demonstrated that EGFR protein and mRNA expression in the normal adjacent tissue specimens was decreased compared with that in the lung cancer tissue samples. Compared with the BEAS-2B normal bronchial epithelial cells, EGFR and phosphorylated (p)-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) protein expression in the SW-900 and A549 lung cancer cells was increased and microRNA (miR)200a expression in the SW-900 and A549 cells was inhibited compared with the BEAS-2B cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Meng Wu, Zhihua Zhang, Fangxu Ma, Xiulong Zhang, Zhilin Zhang, Jianhua Tang, Ping Chen, Chunyan Zhou, Weiping Wang
TAp73 and p53 are involved in regulating tumor angiogenesis and vasohibin-1 (VASH1) is an anti-angiogenic factor. Whether TAp73 regulates angiogenesis positively or negatively is controversial. The status of P53 may determine the effect of TAp73 on angiogenesis. To the best of our knowledge it has not been previously reported whether TAp73, p53 and VASH1 are coexpressed in lung cancer. We profiled the association between TAp73 and p53 and VASH1 expression in lung adenocarcinoma (LAC) and investigated the function of TAp73 in regulating tumor angiogenesis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Songcheng Yu, Zhen Yan, Feifei Feng, Jing Ni, Wei Wang, Kadijatu Nabie, Yiguo Zhang, Lingbo Qu, Yongjun Wu
Coal tar pitch (CTP) is a key factor in the development of occupational lung cancer. In order to investigate the function of the anti-oxidative signaling pathway regulated by NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) during cancer development, BEAS-2B cells were cultured with CTP extract for 30 passages. It was revealed that malignant transformation occurred in cells between the 20 and 30th passage. The expression levels of Nrf2 and NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) were promoted throughout the CTP exposure culture, and there was a positive linear correlation between the expression levels of Nrf2 and NQO1...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Kana R Jat, Dinesh K Walia, Anju Khairwa
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is an autosomal recessive multisystem disorder with an approximate prevalence of 1 in 3500 live births. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a lung disease caused by aspergillus-induced hypersensitivity with a prevalence of 2% to 15% in people with cystic fibrosis. The mainstay of treatment includes corticosteroids and itraconazole. The treatment with corticosteroids for prolonged periods of time, or repeatedly for exacerbations of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, may lead to many adverse effects...
March 18, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Dandan Xu, Yi Zhang, Lian Zhou, Tiantian Li
The association between exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) and reduced lung function parameters has been reported in many works. However, few studies have been conducted in developing countries with high levels of air pollution like China, and little attention has been paid to the acute effects of short-term exposure to air pollution on lung function. The study design consisted of a panel comprising 86 children from the same school in Nanjing, China. Four measurements of lung function were performed...
March 17, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jenny G Turcott, María Del Rocío Guillen Núñez, Diana Flores-Estrada, Luis F Oñate-Ocaña, Zyanya Lucia Zatarain-Barrón, Feliciano Barrón, Oscar Arrieta
BACKGROUND: Over one half of the patients diagnosed with advanced lung cancer experience anorexia. In addition to its high incidence, cancer-induced anorexia promotes the development of the anorexia-cachexia syndrome, which is related to poor clinical outcomes. Recently, drugs derived from cannabinoids, such as Nabilone, have been recognized for their appetite improvement properties; however, clinical trials to support their use in cancer patients are necessary. METHODS: This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the effect of Nabilone vs...
March 17, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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