The Bio-Analysis Centre Publications

We are extremely proud of the work we do in the Academic Sector, and we have been given authorship on the following papers published by our academic collaborators:

C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) Inhibition of Interferon-γ-Mediated Gene Expression in Human Endothelial Cells In Vitro
Amy Day, Zoe Jameson, Carolyn Hyde, Bigboy Simbi, Robert Fowkes and Charlotte Lawson.

Our Publications

Cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis, now account for more deaths in the Western world than from any other cause. Atherosclerosis has a chronic inflammatory component involving Th1 pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IFN-γ, which is known to induce endothelial cell inflammatory responses. On the other hand CNP, which acts via its receptors to elevate intracellular cGMP, is produced by endothelium and endocardium and is upregulated in atherosclerosis. It is believed to be protective, however its role in vascular inflammation is not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of CNP on human endothelial cell inflammatory responses following IFN-γ stimulation. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were treated with either IFN-γ (10 ng/mL) or CNP (100 nm), or both in combination, followed by analysis by flow cytometry for expression of MHC class I and ICAM-1. IFN-γ significantly increased expression of both molecules, which was significantly inhibited by CNP or the cGMP donor 8-Bromoguanosine 3’,5’-cyclic monophosphate (1 µm). CNP also reduced IFN-γ mediated kynurenine generation by the IFN-γ regulated enzyme indoleamine-2,3-deoxygenase (IDO). We conclude that CNP downmodulates IFN-γ induced pro-inflammatory gene expression in human endothelial cells via a cGMP-mediated pathway. Thus, CNP may have a protective role in vascular inflammation and novel therapeutic strategies for CVD based on upregulation of endothelial CNP expression could reduce chronic EC inflammation.

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Detection of equine Atypical Myopathy – Associated Hypoglycin A in Plant Material: Optimisation and Validation of a Novel LCMS Based Method without Derivatisation. Sonia Gonzalez-Medina, Carolyn Hyde, Imogen Lovera, Richard J. Piercy.



Atypical Myopathy-Associated hypoglycin A toxin remains in Sycamore Seedlings despite mowing, herbicidal spraying or storage in hay and silage. Sonia Gonzalez-Medina, F. Montesso, Y.M. Chang, C.Hyde, R.J.Piercy.



Detection of Hypoglycin A and MCPA-carnitine in equine serum and muscle tissue: Optimisation and validation of a LCMS based method without derivatisation. Sonia Gonzalez-Medina, Carolyn Hyde, Imogen Lovera, Richard J. Piercy.