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Sara De Biasi, Elena Bianchini, Milena Nasi, Margherita Digaetano, Lara Gibellini, Gianluca Carnevale, Vanni Borghi, Giovanni Guaraldi, Marcello Pinti, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza
INTRODUCTION: Scanty data exist on the phenotype and functionality of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in HIV-infected (HIV+) patients. METHODS: By flow cytometry, we studied iNKT cells from 54 HIV+ patients who started combined antiretroviral therapy and had undetectable viral load for more than 1 year. Twenty-five maintained a CD4/CD8 ratio less than 0.4, whereas 29 reached a ratio more than 1.1; 32 age-matched and sex-matched patients were healthy controls (CTR)...
November 13, 2016: AIDS
Mansoureh Tajaddod, Andrea Tanzer, Konstantin Licht, Michael T Wolfinger, Stefan Badelt, Florian Huber, Oliver Pusch, Sandy Schopoff, Michael Janisiw, Ivo Hofacker, Michael F Jantsch
BACKGROUND: Short interspersed elements (SINEs) represent the most abundant group of non-long-terminal repeat transposable elements in mammalian genomes. In primates, Alu elements are the most prominent and homogenous representatives of SINEs. Due to their frequent insertion within or close to coding regions, SINEs have been suggested to play a crucial role during genome evolution. Moreover, Alu elements within mRNAs have also been reported to control gene expression at different levels...
October 25, 2016: Genome Biology
M Hocevar, L Lezaic, S Rep, K Zaletel, T Kocjan, M J Sever, J Zgajnar, B Peric
A focused surgical approach based on pre-operative localization replaced the classical four-gland exploration in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHP). Sestamibi scanning and ultrasound are most often used localization modalities with reported sensitivity of 54-100% for identification of single gland disease. The aim of this study was to analyze the results of pre-operative localization with (18)F-Fluorocholine PET/CT (FCh-PET) in patients with PHP. A retrospective review of 151 patients with PHP who underwent surgery after pre-operative localization with FCh-PET was performed...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
S R T Veerman, P F J Schulte, J B Deijen, L de Haan
BACKGROUND: In a recent placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover trial (n = 52), significant beneficial effects on memory (d = 0.30) and negative symptoms (d = 0.29) were found after 12 weeks of memantine augmentation in patients with clozapine-refractory schizophrenia. In this open-label 1-year extension study we report the long-term effects and tolerability of memantine add-on therapy to clozapine. METHOD: Completers of the first trial who experienced beneficial effects during 12 weeks of memantine treatment received memantine for 1 year...
October 25, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Andreas Keil, Sean R Hall, Meike Körner, Martin Herrmann, Ralph A Schmid, Steffen Frese
BACKGROUND: Since the precise mechanism for the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is unknown, no targeted therapies in addition to immunosuppression are available so far. We recently demonstrated that administration of the topoisomerase I (topo I) inhibitor irinotecan at extremely low concentrations reversed established lupus nephritis in NZB/NZW mice. While profound immunosuppression was absent, we proposed changes in DNA relaxation and anti-double-stranded (ds)DNA antibody binding as the underlying mechanism...
October 22, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Man Chu, Lai Shan Tam, Jing Zhu, Delong Jiao, De Hua Liu, Zhe Cai, Jie Dong, Christopher Wei Kai Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The newly named interleukin (IL)-36 subfamily member IL-38 has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of IL-38 was poorly investigated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have investigated the expression of CD4(+)IL-17(+) Th17, CD4(+)IFN-γ(+) Th1 and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) T cells and the related immunopathological mechanisms in female MRL/lpr mice model of spontaneous lupus-like disease, with or without IL-38 treatment. Intravenous administration of murine recombinant IL-38 into MRL/lpr mice can ameliorate the lupus-like clinical symptoms including proteinuria, leukocyteuria and skin lesions...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
Guoping Fu, Mei Yu, Yuhong Chen, Yongwei Zheng, Wen Zhu, Debra K Newman, Demin Wang, Renren Wen
Pre-T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is required for pre-T cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation from the CD4 and CD8 double negative (DN) to the double positive (DP) stage. However, the pre-TCR signal transduction pathway is not fully understood and the signaling molecules involved have not been completely identified. Phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ) 1 is an important signaling molecule that generates two second messengers, diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, that are important to mediate PKC activation and intracellular Ca(2+) flux in many signaling pathways...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Neta Goldschmidt, Fares Darawshy, Geffen Kleinstern, Elena Slyusarevsky, Galina Pogrebijski, Svetlana Krichevsky, Dina Ben-Yehuda, Moshe E Gatt
We retrospectively studied the prognostic role of molecular (gene rearrangement, GRR) bone marrow (BM) involvement in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL, 424 patients) and in peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL, 67 patients). When correlating BM GRR to histological findings at diagnosis, the GRR test was more sensitive (p = 0.036) but less specific (p < 0.0001) in PTCL than in DLBCL. For DLBCL (but not PTCL), a positive BM GRR correlated with advanced stage (p = 0.0001) and high IPI (p = 0...
October 18, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Judith Owens, Margaret Weiss, Earl Nordbrock, Greg Mattingly, Sharon Wigal, Laurence L Greenhill, Wei-Wei Chang, Ann Childress, Robert J Kupper, Akwete Adjei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate measures of sleep (exploratory endpoints) in two pivotal studies of a multilayer bead extended-release methylphenidate (MPH-MLR) treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children. METHODS: Study 1 evaluated the time course of response to MPH-MLR (n = 26) patients in an analog classroom setting through four phases: screening (≤28 days), open label (OL) dose optimization (4 weeks), double-blind (DB) crossover (2 weeks; placebo vs...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Zhen Wang, Fuxing Wang, Yechun Hong, Jirong Huang, Huazhong Shi, Jian-Kang Zhu
Chloroplast as the site for photosynthesis is an essential organelle in plants, but little is known about its role in stomatal regulation and drought resistance. In this study, we show that two chloroplastic proteins essential for thylakoid formation negatively regulate drought resistance in Arabidopsis. By screening a mutant pool with T-DNA insertions in nuclear genes encoding chloroplastic proteins, we identified a HCF106 knockdown mutant exhibiting increased resistance to drought stress. The hcf106 mutant displayed elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in guard cells, improved stomatal closure and reduced water loss under drought conditions...
October 15, 2016: Plant Physiology
Saeed Shoja Shafti, Abbas Azizi Khoei
BACKGROUND: Several lines of evidence suggest that the cholinergic system may be disrupted in schizophrenia and so this may contribute to the cognitive impairments of schizophrenic patients. Because such deficits do not respond to neuroleptic treatment, different approaches have been done by acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (AChEIs). The objective of the present assessment was to evaluate the safety and clinical effects of rivastigmine, as an adjunctive drug, on the clinical symptoms of schizophrenia...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
Dibyendu Kumar Das, Robert J Mallis, Jonathan S Duke-Cohan, Rebecca E Hussey, Paul W Tetteh, Mark Hilton, Gerhard Wagner, Matthew J Lang, Ellis Reinherz
The pre-T cell receptor (preTCR) is a pTα-β heterodimer functioning in early αβ T-cell development. Although once thought to be ligand-autonomous, recent studies show that preTCRs participate in thymic repertoire formation through recognition of peptides bound to major histocompatibility molecules (pMHC). Using optical tweezers, we probe preTCR bonding with pMHC at the single molecule level. Like the αβTCR, the preTCR is a mechanosensor undergoing force-based structural transitions that dynamically enhance bond lifetimes, and exploiting allosteric control regulated via the Cβ FG loop region...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
F Belva, M Bonduelle, M Roelants, D Michielsen, A Van Steirteghem, G Verheyen, H Tournaye
STUDY QUESTION: What is the semen quality of young adult men who were conceived 18-22 years ago by ICSI for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this cohort of 54 young adult ICSI men, median sperm concentration, total sperm count and total motile sperm count were significantly lower than in spontaneously conceived peers. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The oldest ICSI offspring cohort worldwide has recently reached adulthood. Hence, their reproductive health can now be investigated...
October 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
Wen-Jie Lan, Martin A Edwards, Long Luo, Rukshan T Perera, Xiaojian Wu, Charles R Martin, Henry S White
Ion current rectification (ICR) refers to the asymmetric potential-dependent rate of the passage of solution ions through a nanopore, giving rise to electrical current-voltage characteristics that mimic those of a solid-state electrical diode. Since the discovery of ICR in quartz nanopipettes two decades ago, synthetic nanopores and nanochannels of various geometries, fabricated in membranes and on wafers, have been extensively investigated to understand fundamental aspects of ion transport in highly confined geometries...
September 30, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Mihaela Ignat, Cherif Youssef Akladios, Véronique Lindner, Konstantin Khetchoumian, Marius Teletin, Didier Muttter, Pierre Marc Aprahamian, Jacques Marescaux
BACKGROUND: Genetically induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) models are generally used to investigate carcinogenesis pathways, but very few attempts were made to valorize them for pharmacological testing. This study describes a micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) - based methodology for the diagnostic and lifelong follow-up of HCC in the hepatocyte-specific Trim24-null mouse line. Myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITPP) was tested as anti-cancer drug. METHODS: Partial hepatectomy was performed in 2 months-old Trim24-null mice, in order to accelerate the carcinogenesis process...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Isabelle Mothe-Satney, Joseph Murdaca, Brigitte Sibille, Anne-Sophie Rousseau, Raphaëlle Squillace, Gwenaëlle Le Menn, Akila Rekima, Frederic Larbret, Juline Pelé, Valérie Verhasselt, Paul A Grimaldi, Jaap G Neels
Metabolism plays an important role in T cell biology and changes in metabolism drive T cell differentiation and fate. Most research on the role of metabolism in T lymphocytes focuses on mature T cells while only few studies have investigated the role of metabolism in T cell development. In this study, we report that activation or overexpression of the transcription factor Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor β (PPARβ) increases fatty acid oxidation in T cells. Furthermore, using both in vivo and in vitro models, we demonstrate that PPARβ activation/overexpression inhibits thymic T cell development by decreasing proliferation of CD4(-)CD8(-) double-negative stage 4 (DN4) thymocytes...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yeganeh Talebkhan, Mohsen Doozbakhshan, Samaneh Saberi, Maryam Esmaeili, Najmeh Karami, Nazanin Mohajerani, Afshin Abdirad, Mahmoud Eshagh Hosseini, Azin Nahvijou, Mohammad Ali Mohagheghi, Marjan Mohammadi
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer arises, mainly, on an inflammatory background. Helicobacter pylori neutrophil activating (HP-NAP) protein functions as a potent pro-inflammatory mediator. Similarly, IL-4 plays a critical role in the inflammation pathway, the levels of which are altered by C to T transition at position -590 in its promoter region. Here, we have aimed to assess the risk of gastritis and gastric cancer in the co-presence of these two inflammation modulating mediators. METHODS: Gastritis (n=58) and gastric cancer (n=31) patients were evaluated and compared with H...
September 28, 2016: Iranian Biomedical Journal
Sara De Biasi, Elena Bianchini, Milena Nasi, Margherita Digaetano, Lara Gibellini, Gianluca Carnevale, Vanni Borghi, Giovanni Guaraldi, Marcello Pinti, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza
INTRODUCTION: Scanty data exist on the phenotype and functionality of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in HIV+ patients (pts). METHODS: By flow cytometry, we studied iNKT cells from 54 HIV+ pts who started combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) and had undetectable viral load for >1 year. Twenty-five maintained a CD4/CD8 ratio <0.4, while 29 reached a ratio >1.1; 32 age- and sex-matched subjects were healthy controls (CTR). RESULTS: Pts with low ratio had lower percentage of CD4+ iNKT cells compared to pts with high ratio, and higher CD8+ iNKT cell percentage; double negative (DN) iNKT cells were lower in HIV+ pts compared to CTR...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Yalei Liu, Ran You, Nan Yu, Yan Gong, Chenxue Qu, Yang Zhang, Guizhi Lu, Youyuan Huang, Hong Zhang, Ying Gao, Yanming Gao, Xiaohui Guo
Both cellular and humoral responses play important roles in the pathogenesis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT). However, the immunological differences between euthyroid (mild HT) and hypothyroid (severe HT) patients are unknown. This study aimed to investigate the distribution of lymphocyte subsets and cytokine profiles in HT patients with differences in thyroid function. Peripheral blood was drawn from 18 healthy controls and 54 HT patients (33 patients with mild HT, 21 patients with severe HT). The percentages of B cell subsets, T cell subsets and NK cells were analyzed by flow cytometry...
September 23, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jianping Li, Xuemei Chen, Wei Ye, Wenyu Jiang, Huihua Liu, Jinou Zheng
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate alterations in the alertness-related network in patients with right temporal lobe epilepsy (rTLE) and explore the functional mechanisms of impaired alertness. METHODS: We recruited twenty patients with rTLE and eighteen matched healthy controls. All participants took a neuropsychological attention network test (ANT) and underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) scanning. We extracted the alertness-related network using multiple independent component analysis (MICA)...
September 16, 2016: Epilepsy Research
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