Jul 2017, Volume 31 Issue 4

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  • Perspective
    Kieran Walsh
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 277-278. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160086
  • Review Article
    Hong Zhang, Lingzhong Meng, Russ Lyon, Dong-Xin Wang
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 279-282. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20150106

    Patients undergoing intracranial cerebrovascular surgery under general anesthesia are at risk of cerebral ischemia due to the nature of the surgery and/or the underlying cerebrovascular occlusive disease. It is thus imperative to reliably and continuously monitor cerebral perfusion during this type of surgery to timely reverse ischemic processes. The aim of this review is to discuss the techniques currently available for monitoring cerebral ischemia during cerebrovascular surgery with a focus on the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.

  • Review Article
    Azeem Alam, Ka Chun Suen, Daqing Ma
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 283-300. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.30.20160060

    Acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) was first described in 1995 as a clinical syndrome distinct to classic acute decompensation. Characterized by complications of decompensation, ACLF occurs on a background of chronic liver dysfunction and is associated with high rates of organ failure and significant short-term mortality estimated between 45% and 90%. Despite the clinical relevance of the condition, it still remains largely undefined with continued disagreement regarding its precise etiological factors, clinical course, prognostic criteria and management pathways. It is concerning that, despite our relative lack of understanding of the condition, the burden of ACLF among cirrhotic patients remains significant with an estimated prevalence of 30.9%. This paper highlights our current understanding of ACLF, including its etiology, diagnostic and prognostic criteria and pathophysiology. It is evident that further refinement of the ACLF classification system is required in order to detect high-risk patients and improve short-term mortality rates. The field of metabolomics certainly warrants investigation to enhance diagnostic and prognostic parameters, while the use of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor is a promising future therapeutic intervention for patients with ACLF.

  • Original Article
    Eva Baranovicova, Ema Kantorova, Dagmar Kalenska, Lucia Lichardusova, Michal Bittsan-sky, Dusan Dobrota
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 301-305. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160023

    Iron can contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its accumulation in the human brain. We focus on the thalamus as an information transmitter between various subcortical and cortical areas. Thalamic iron seems to follow different rules than iron in other deep gray matter structures and its relation to the clinical outcomes of MS is still indistinct. In our study, we investigated a connection between thalamic iron and patients' disability and course of the disease. The presence of paramagnetic substances in the tissues was tracked by T2* quantification. Twenty-eight subjects with definite MS and 15 age-matched healthy controls underwent MRI examination with a focus on gradient echo sequence. We observed a non-monotonous course of T2* values with age in healthy controls. Furthermore, T2* distribution in MS patients was significantly wider than that of age matched healthy volunteers (P<0.001). A strong significant correlation was demonstrated between T2* distribution spread and the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) (left thalamus:P<0.00005; right thalamus: P<0.005), and multiple sclerosis severity scale (MSSS) (left thalamus: P<0.05; right thalamus: P<0.005). The paramagnetic iron distribution in the thalamus in MS was not uniform and this inhomogeneity may be considered as an indicator of thalamic neurodegeneration in MS.

  • Original Article
    Lei Chang, Chun-Yu Yin, Hai-Yin Wu, Bin-Bin Tian, Yan Zhu, Chun-Xia Luo, Dong-Ya Zhu
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 306-314. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160138

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death globally. It occurs when a major artery is occluded in the brain and leads to death of cells within the injured tissue. (+)-Borneol, a simple bicyclic monoterpene extracted from traditional Chinese medicine, is widely used in various types of diseases. However, no study has proved the effects of (+)-borneol on functional recovery from permanent ischemic stroke and the mechanism is still unknown. Here, we report that in the rat model of permanent cerebral ischemia, we found that (+)-borneol (1.0 mg/kg) significantly ameliorated infarct size and neurological scoresvia reducing the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) in a dose dependent manner. Notably, (+)-borneol showed long-term effects on the improvement of sensorimotor functions in the photothrombotic model of stroke, which decreased the number of foot faults in the grid-walking task and forelimb asymmetry scores in the cylinder task, at least in part through reducing loss of dendritic spines in the length, brunch number and density. These findings suggest that (+)-borneol could serve as a therapeutic target for ischemic stroke.

  • Original Article
    Ling Yan, Shuang Ding, Bing Gu, Ping Ma
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 315-320. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20150152

    Cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 are three important biomarkers of atherosclerosis. Previous studies emphasized the relationship between individual biomarkers in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and severity of atherosclerostic lesions of the coronary arteries, while combined cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 have not been reported for clinical classification of CAD. We aimed to establish a link between cystatin C, cathepsin S, IL-1 and CAD in this cohort study. Totally 112 subjects were enrolled and divided into the stable angina pectoris group, the unstable angina pectoris group and the acute myocardial infarction (AMI) groups, and 50 healthy adults served as controls. The levels of the three biomarkers were detected by ELISA. The results showed that serum level of cystatin C (mg/L) was higher in CAD patients compared with those in the healthy controls (AMIvs. unstable angina pectoris vs. stable angina pectoris vs. controls: 1.27±0.18 vs. 1.09±0.19 vs. 0.91±0.05 vs. 0.78±0.07, all P<0.01). Cathepsin S (ng/mL) was also significantly different among the groups (AMI vs. unstable angina pectoris vs. stable angina pectoris vs. controls: 67.30±8.36 vs. 56.90±7.16 vs. 49.8±2.72 vs. 67.30±8.36, all P<0.01). IL-1 (pg/mL) was significantly different among the groups as well (AMIvs. unstable angina pectoris vs. stable angina pectoris vs. controls: 2.96±0.57 vs. 2.46±0.24 vs. 2.28±0.09 vs. 2.02±0.13, all P<0.01). Spearman's correlation test revealed positive correlation between cystatin C, cathepsin S, IL-1 and Gensini score (r=0.451, 0.491, 0.397, respectively). It is suggested that simultaneous detection of cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 in serum may be useful in clinical classification and assessment of severity of CAD.

  • Original Article
    Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M. Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S. Ozwara, Thomas G. Egwang
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 321-332. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160025

    Incorporation of biomolecular epitopes to malarial antigens should be explored in the development of strain-transcending malarial vaccines. The present study sought to determine safety, immunogenicity and cross-species efficacy ofPlasmodium falciparum serine repeat antigen 5 polypeptide co-expressed with epitopes of Bacille-Calmette Guerin (BCG), tetanus toxoid (TT) and a chemokine gene. Olive baboons and BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into vaccine and control groups. The vaccine group animals were primed and boosted twice with pIRES plasmids encoding the SERA5+ BCG+ TT alone, or with either CCL5 or CCL20 and the control group with pIRES plasmid vector backbone. Mice and baboons were challenged withP. berghei ANKA and P. knowlesi H strain parasites, respectively. Safety was determined by observing for injection sites reactogenicities, hematology and clinical chemistry. Parasitaemia and survivorship profiles were used to determine cross-species efficacy, and T cell phenotypes, Th1-, Th2-type, T-regulatory immune responses and antibody responses were assessed to determine vaccine immunogenicity. The pSeBCGTT plasmid DNA vaccines were safe and induced Th1-, Th2-type, and T-regulatory responses vaccinated animals showed enhanced CD4+ (P<0.01), CD 8+ T cells (P<0.001) activation and IgG anti-SE36 antibodies responses (P<0.001) at week 4 and 8 post vaccination compared to the control group. Vaccinated mice had a 31.45-68.69% cumulative parasite load reduction and 60% suppression in baboons (P<0.05) and enhanced survivorship (P<0.001) with no clinical signs of malaria compared to the control group. The results showed that the vaccines were safe, immunogenic and conferred partial cross-species protection.

  • Original Article
    Li Cao, Zhen-zhen Zhang, Shuang-bo Xu, Ming Ma, Xin Wei
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 333-343. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20150151

    Streptococcus mutans is a primary etiological agent of dental caries. Farnesol, as a potential antimicrobial agent, inhibits the development ofS. mutans biofilm. In this study, we hypothesized that farnesol inhibits caries development in vitro and interferes with biofilm formation by regulating virulence-associated gene expression. The inhibitory effects of farnesol to S. mutans biofilms on enamel surfaces were investigated by determining micro-hardness and calcium measurements. Additionally, the morphological changes ofS. mutans biofilms were compared using field emission scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy, and the vitality and oxygen sensitivity ofS. mutans biofilms were compared using MTT assays. To investigate the molecular mechanisms of farnesol’s effects, expressions of possible target genesluxS, brpA, ffh, recA, nth, and smx were analyzed using reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and quantitative PCR. Farnesol-treated groups exhibited significantly higher micro-hardness on the enamel surface and lower calcium concentration of the supernatants as compared to the-untreated control. Microscopy revealed that a thinner film with less extracellular matrix formed in the farnesol-treated groups. As compared to the-untreated control, farnesol inhibited biofilm formation by 26.4% with 500 µmol/L and by 37.1% with 1,000 µmol/L (P<0.05). Last, decreased transcription levels of luxS, brpA, ffh, recA, nth, and smx genes were expressed in farnesol-treated biofilms. In vitrofarnesol inhibits caries development and S. mutans biofilm formation. The regulation of luxS, brpA, ffh, recA, nth, and smx genes may contribute to the inhibitory effects of farnesol.

  • Original Article
    Yong-Dae Kim, Dong-Hyuk Yim, Sang-Yong Eom, Ji Yeoun Lee, Heon Kim
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 344-349. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160092

    Farmers are frequently exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation which causes various diseases by inducing oxidative stress. This study aimed to assess the effects of sunblock on oxidative stress in the body. Eighty-seven farmers were divided into two groups: those who wore sunblock for five days and those who did not. The total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in urine, which is an antioxidant indicator, and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels in urine, an oxidative stress indicator, were measured. The urinary TAC of sunblock users was significantly higher than that of non-users, but urinary 8-OHdG levels were not significantly different. Even after adjustment for potential confounders, urinary TAC was found to be markedly increased with sunblock usage. These results suggest that sunblock is effective in preventing oxidative stress among farmers. In addition, they show that urinary TAC can be used as a good effect marker of oxidative stress caused by UV exposure.

  • Original Article
    Oluyomi Stephen Adeyemi, Cincin Sokolayemji Aroge, Musbau Adewumi Akanji
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 350-357. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160051

    Multiple health-promoting effects have been attributed to the consumption of Moringa oleifera leaves, as part of diet without adequate scientific credence. This study evaluated the effect of M. oleifera-based diets on nickel (Ni) - induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Male rats assigned into six groups were given oral administration of 20 mg/kg body weight nickel sulfate in normal saline and either fed normal diet orM. oleifera-based diets for 21 days. All animals were sacrificed under anesthesia 24 hours after the last treatment. Ni exposure elevated the rat plasma activities of alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase and alkaline phosphatase significantly. Ni exposure also raised the levels of triglyceride, total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol while depleting the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration. Further, Ni exposure raised rat plasma malondialdehyde but depleted reduced glutathione concentrations. The histopathological presentations revealed inflammation and cellular degeneration caused by Ni exposure. We show evidence thatM. oleifera-based diets protected against Ni-induced hepatotoxicity by improving the rat liver function indices, lipid profile as well as restoring cellular architecture and integrity. Study lends credence to the health-promoting value ofM. oleifera as well as underscores its potential to attenuate hepatic injury.

  • Original Article
    Ji-Youn Kim, Ho-Gyu Choi, Hae-Miru Lee, Geum-A Lee, Kyung-A Hwang, Kyung-Chul Choi
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 358-369. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20160162

    Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been considered as an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) because it can exert estrogenic properties. For bisphenol-S (BPS) and bisphenol-F (BPF) that are BPA analogs and substitutes, their risk to estrogen-dependent cancer has been reported rarely compared with the numerous cases of BPA. In this study, we examined whether BPA, BPS, and BPF can lead to the proliferation, migration, and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) of MCF-7 clonal variant (MCF-7 CV) breast cancer cells expressing estrogen receptors (ERs). In a cell viability assay, BPA, BPS, and BPF significantly increased proliferation of MCF-7 CV cells compared to control (DMSO) as did 17β-estradiol (E2). In Western blotting assay, BPA, BPS, and BPF enhanced the protein expression of cell cycle progression genes such as cyclin D1 and E1. In addition, MCF-7 CV cells lost cell to cell contacts and acquired fibroblast-like morphology by the treatment of BPA, BPS, or BPF for 24 hours. In cell migration assay, BPA, BPS, and BPF accelerated the migration capability of MCF-7 CV cells as did E2. In relation with the EMT process, BPA, BPS, and BPF increased the protein expression ofN-cadherin, while they decreased the protein expression of E-cadherin. When BPA, BPS, and BPF were co-treated with ICI 182,780, an ER antagonist, proliferation effects were reversed, the expression of cyclin D1 and cyclin E1 was downregulated, and the altered cell migration and expression ofN-cadherin and E-cadherin by BPA, BPS, and BPF were restored to the control level. Thus, these results imply that BPS and BPF also have the risk of breast cancer progression as much as BPA in the induction of proliferation and migration of MCF-7 CV cells by regulating the protein expression of cell cycle-related genes and EMT markersvia the ER-dependent pathway.

  • Case Report
    Mohammad Darvishi, Narges Vasei
    Journal of Biomedical Research. 2017, 31 (4) : 370-372. https://doi.org/10.7555/JBR.31.20170009

    There is little information on herpes zoster infection in breast cancer patients as a complication during adjuvant chemotherapy. We report a case of herpes zoster in a 65-year-old woman presented with low grade fever and vital signs together with skin symptoms such as severe edema, irritation and itching in the left breast where there was wound drainage. PCR test revealed varicella zoster virus. To the best of our knowledge, the histologic features coupled with PCR led to a diagnosis of herpes zoster.