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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409633/tunable-nitric-oxide-release-from-s-nitroso-n-acetylpenicillamine-via-catalytic-copper-nanoparticles-for-biomedical-applications
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Jitendra Pant, Marcus James Goudie, Sean P Hopkins, Elizabeth J Brisbois, Hitesh Handa
The quest for novel therapies to prevent bacterial infections and blood clots (thrombosis) is of utmost importance in biomedical research due to exponential growth in cases of thrombosis, blood infections, and the emergence of multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria. Endogenous nitric oxide (NO) is a cellular signaling molecule that plays a pivotal role in host immunity against pathogens, prevention of clotting, and regulation of systemic blood pressure among several biological functions. The physiological effect of NO is dose dependent, that necessitates the need of tunable release kinetics which is the objective of this study...
April 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405704/expression-of-histophilus-somni-ibpa-dr2-protective-antigen-in-the-diatom-thalassiosira-pseudonana
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Aubrey Davis, Lauren T Crum, Lynette B Corbeil, Mark Hildebrand
Increasing demand for the low-cost production of valuable proteins has stimulated development of novel expression systems. Many challenges faced by existing technology may be overcome by using unicellular microalgae as an expression platform due to their ability to be cultivated rapidly, inexpensively, and in large scale. Diatoms are a particularly productive type of unicellular algae showing promise as production organisms. Here, we report the development of an expression system in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana by expressing the protective IbpA DR2 antigen from Histophilus somni for the production of a vaccine against bovine respiratory disease...
April 12, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402325/the-bioenergetics-of-inflammation-insights-into-obesity-and-type-2-diabetes
#3
REVIEW
K N Keane, E K Calton, R Carlessi, P H Hart, P Newsholme
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic metabolic disorders worldwide, and its incidence in Asian countries is alarmingly high. Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is closely associated with obesity, and the staggering rise in obesity is one of the primary factors related to the increased frequency of T2DM. Low-grade chronic inflammation is also accepted as an integral metabolic adaption in obesity and T2DM, and is believed to be a major player in the onset of insulin resistance. However, the exact mechanism(s) that cause a persistent chronic low-grade infiltration of leukocytes into insulin-target tissues such as adipose, skeletal muscle and liver are not entirely known...
April 12, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366813/mita-modulated-autophagy-flux-promotes-cell-death-in-breast-cancer-cells
#4
Khyati Bhatelia, Kritarth Singh, Paresh Prajapati, Lakshmi Sripada, Milton Roy, Rajesh Singh
The crosstalk between inflammation and autophagy is an emerging phenomenon observed during tumorigenesis. Activation of NF-κB and IRF3 plays a key role in the regulation of cytokines that are involved in tumor growth and progression. The genes of innate immunity are known to regulate the master transcription factors like NF-κB and IRF3. Innate immunity pathways at the same time regulate the genes of the autophagy pathway which are essential for tumor cell metabolism. In the current study, we studied the role of MITA (Mediator of IRF3 Activation), a regulator of innate immunity, in the regulation of autophagy and its implication in cell death of breast cancer cells...
March 31, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363762/an-integrated-network-analysis-reveals-that-nitric-oxide-reductase-prevents-metabolic-cycling-of-nitric-oxide-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Jonathan L Robinson, Jacob M Jaslove, Allison M Murawski, Christopher H Fazen, Mark P Brynildsen
Nitric oxide (NO) is a chemical weapon within the arsenal of immune cells, but is also generated endogenously by different bacteria. Pseudomonas aeruginosa are pathogens that contain an NO-generating nitrite (NO2(-)) reductase (NirS), and NO has been shown to influence their virulence. Interestingly, P. aeruginosa also contain NO dioxygenase (Fhp) and nitrate (NO3(-)) reductases, which together with NirS provide the potential for NO to be metabolically cycled (NO→NO3(-)→NO2(-)→NO). Deeper understanding of NO metabolism in P...
March 29, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349484/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-models-to-study-t-cell-migration-through-the-human-liver-parenchyma
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Benjamin G Wiggins, Konstantinos Aliazis, Scott P Davies, Gideon Hirschfield, Patricia F Lalor, Gary Reynolds, Zania Stamataki
The liver is the largest internal organ and filters around 3 pints of blood per minute. This continuous flux of blood should not be confused with rapid egress of lymphocytes through the liver; this organ has intricate corridors of specialized sinusoidal spaces, ensuring that immune cells decelerate to shear flow rates, and providing ample opportunities to interact with parenchymal cells. Migration has been intricately linked to T cell function; it is therefore important to study liver T cell biology into context within the liver microenvironment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300333/psychological-stress-induced-colonic-barrier-dysfunction-role-of-immune-mediated-mechanisms
#8
P Hattay, D K Prusator, L Tran, B Greenwood-Van Meerveld
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) exhibit increases in gut permeability and alterations in tight junction (TJ) protein expression. Although psychological stress worsens IBS symptoms, the mechanisms by which stress enhances gut permeability and affects TJ protein expression remain to be determined. Here, we test the hypothesis that chronic intermittent psychological stress activates the release of proinflammatory cytokines to alter TJ proteins and promotes increased gut permeability...
March 16, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289506/regulation-of-mitochondrial-function-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-nitric-oxide-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Estefania Caballano-Infantes, José Terron-Bautista, Amparo Beltrán-Povea, Gladys M Cahuana, Bernat Soria, Hajji Nabil, Francisco J Bedoya, Juan R Tejedo
Mitochondrial dysfunction and endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) are global processes that are interrelated and regulated by several stress factors. Nitric oxide (NO) is a multifunctional biomolecule with many varieties of physiological and pathological functions, such as the regulation of cytochrome c inhibition and activation of the immune response, ERS and DNA damage; these actions are dose-dependent. It has been reported that in embryonic stem cells, NO has a dual role, controlling differentiation, survival and pluripotency, but the molecular mechanisms by which it modulates these functions are not yet known...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274797/polyplex-evolution-understanding-biology-optimizing-performance
#10
REVIEW
Arnaldur Hall, Ulrich Lächelt, Jiri Bartek, Ernst Wagner, Seyed Moein Moghimi
Polyethylenimine (PEI) is a gold standard polycationic transfectant. However, the highly efficient transfecting activity of PEI and many of its derivatives is accompanied by serious cytotoxic complications and safety concerns at innate immune levels, which impedes the development of therapeutic polycationic nucleic acid carriers in general and their clinical applications. In recent years, the dilemma between transfection efficacy and adverse PEI activities has been addressed from in-depth investigations of cellular processes during transfection and elucidation of molecular mechanisms of PEI-mediated toxicity and translation of these integrated events to chemical engineering of novel PEI derivatives with an improved benefit-to-risk ratio...
March 5, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264910/the-expanding-role-of-type-ii-secretion-in-bacterial-pathogenesis-and-beyond
#11
Nicholas P Cianciotto, Richard C White
Type II secretion (T2S) is one means by which Gram-negative pathogens secrete proteins into the extracellular milieu and/or host organisms. Based upon recent genome sequencing, it is clear that T2S is largely restricted to the Proteobacteria, occurring in many, but not all genera in the α-, β-, γ-, and δ- classes. Prominent human and/or animal pathogens that express a T2S system(s) include Acinetobacter baumannii, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Chlamydia trachomatis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Vibrio cholerae, and Yersinia enterocolitica T2S-expressing plant pathogens include Dickeya dadantii, Erwinia amylovora, Pectobacterium carotovorum, Ralstonia solanacearum, Xanthomonas campestris, Xanthomonas oryzae, and Xylella fastidiosa T2S also occurs in non-pathogenic bacteria, facilitating symbioses, among other things...
March 6, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223986/gtpase-of-the-immune-associated-nucleotide-protein-5-regulates-the-lysosomal-calcium-compartment-in-t-lymphocytes
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Daniel Serrano, Farnaz Ghobadi, Guylain Boulay, Subburaj Ilangumaran, Christine Lavoie, Sheela Ramanathan
T lymphocytes from Gimap5(lyp/lyp) rats carrying a recessive mutation in the GTPase of immune-associated protein 5 (Gimap5) gene undergo spontaneous apoptosis. Molecular mechanisms underlying this survival defect are not yet clear. We have shown that Gimap5(lyp/lyp) T lymphocytes display reduced calcium influx following T cell antigen receptor (TCR) stimulation that was associated with impaired buffering of calcium by mitochondria. Here, we investigated the subcellular localization of GIMAP5 and its influence on Ca(2+) response in HEK293T cells and T lymphocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220858/time-reversal-breaking-induced-quantum-spin-hall-effect
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Wei Luo, D X Shao, Ming-Xun Deng, W Y Deng, L Sheng
We show that quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect does not occur in a square lattice model due to cancellation of the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coming from different hopping paths. However, we show that QSH effect can be induced by the presence of staggered magnetic fluxes alternating directions square by square. When the resulting Peierls phase takes a special value , the system has a composite symmetry ΘΡ- with Θ the time-reversal operator and Ρ- transforming the Peierls phase from γ to γ - , which protects the gapless edge states...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
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REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219803/maintaining-unperturbed-cerebral-blood-flow-is-key-in-the-study-of-brain-metastasis-and-its-interactions-with-stress-and-inflammatory-responses
#15
Benbenishty Amit, Segev-Amzaleg Niva, Shaashua Lee, Melamed Rivka, Ben-Eliyahu Shamgar, Blinder Pablo
Blood-borne brain metastases are associated with poor prognosis, but little is known about the interplay between cerebral blood flow, surgical stress responses, and the metastatic process. The intra-carotid inoculation approach, traditionally used in animal studies, involves permanent occlusion of the common carotid artery (CCA). Herein we introduced a novel intra-carotid inoculation approach that avoids CCA ligation, namely - assisted external carotid artery inoculation (aECAi) - and compared it to the traditional approach in C57/BL6 mice, assessing cerebral blood flow; particle distribution; blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity; stress, inflammatory and immune responses; and brain tumor retention and growth...
May 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178278/advances-in-the-quantification-of-mitochondrial-function-in-primary-human-immune-cells-through-extracellular-flux-analysis
#16
Dequina Nicholas, Elizabeth A Proctor, Forum M Raval, Blanche C Ip, Chloe Habib, Eleni Ritou, Tom N Grammatopoulos, Devin Steenkamp, Hans Dooms, Caroline M Apovian, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Barbara S Nikolajczyk
Numerous studies show that mitochondrial energy generation determines the effectiveness of immune responses. Furthermore, changes in mitochondrial function may regulate lymphocyte function in inflammatory diseases like type 2 diabetes. Analysis of lymphocyte mitochondrial function has been facilitated by introduction of 96-well format extracellular flux (XF96) analyzers, but the technology remains imperfect for analysis of human lymphocytes. Limitations in XF technology include the lack of practical protocols for analysis of archived human cells, and inadequate data analysis tools that require manual quality checks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177299/development-of-an-improved-wearable-device-for-core-body-temperature-monitoring-based-on-the-dual-heat-flux-principle
#17
Jingjie Feng, Congcong Zhou, Cheng He, Yuan Li, Xuesong Ye
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, a miniaturized wearable core body temperature (CBT) monitoring system based on the dual heat flux (DHF) principle was developed. APPROACH: By interspersing calcium carbonate powder in PolyDimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a reformative heat transfer medium was produced to reduce the thermal equilibrium time. Besides, a least mean square (LMS) algorithm based active noise cancellation (ANC) method was adopted to diminish the impact of ambient temperature fluctuations...
February 8, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176790/architectural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-small-intestinal-mucosa-in-classical-whipple-s-disease
#18
H-J Epple, J Friebel, V Moos, H Troeger, S M Krug, K Allers, K Schinnerling, A Fromm, B Siegmund, M Fromm, J D Schulzke, T Schneider
Classical Whipple's disease (CWD) affects the gastrointestinal tract and rather elicits regulatory than inflammatory immune reactions. Mechanisms of malabsorption, diarrhea, and systemic immune activation are unknown. We here analyzed mucosal architecture, barrier function, and immune activation as potential diarrheal trigger in specimens from 52 CWD patients. Our data demonstrate villus atrophy and crypt hyperplasia associated with epithelial apoptosis and reduced alkaline phosphatase expression in the duodenum of CWD patients...
February 8, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170426/chronic-social-stress-in-pigs-impairs-intestinal-barrier-and-nutrient-transporter-function-and-alters-neuro-immune-mediator-and-receptor-expression
#19
Yihang Li, Zehe Song, Katelyn A Kerr, Adam J Moeser
Psychosocial stress is a major factor driving gastrointestinal (GI) pathophysiology and disease susceptibility in humans and animals. The mechanisms governing susceptibility to stress-induced GI disease remain poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the influence of chronic social stress (CSS) in pigs, induced by 7 d of chronic mixing/crowding stress, on intestinal barrier and nutrient transport function, corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) signaling and immunological responses. Results from this study showed that CSS resulted in a significant impairment of ileal and colonic barrier function indicated by reduced transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) in the ileum and increased FD4 flux in the ileum (by 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169350/chloroquine-inhibits-human-cd4-t-cell-activation-by-ap-1-signaling-modulation
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Ralf L J Schmidt, Sabrina Jutz, Katrin Goldhahn, Nadine Witzeneder, Marlene C Gerner, Doris Trapin, Georg Greiner, Gregor Hoermann, Guenter Steiner, Winfried F Pickl, Heinz Burgmann, Peter Steinberger, Franz Ratzinger, Klaus G Schmetterer
Chloroquine (CQ) is widely used as an anti-inflammatory therapeutic for rheumatic diseases. Although its modes of action on the innate immune system are well described, there is still insufficient knowledge about its direct effects on the adaptive immune system. Thus, we evaluated the influence of CQ on activation parameters of human CD4(+) T-cells. CQ directly suppressed proliferation, metabolic activity and cytokine secretion of T-cells following anti-CD3/anti-CD28 activation. In contrast, CQ showed no effect on up-regulation of T-cell activation markers...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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