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Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Yan Qin Tan, Tsz Yan Wong, Shu-Mei Lin, Lai K Leung
Consumption of fruits and vegetables is generally regarded as beneficial to plasma lipid profile. The mechanism by which the plant foods induce desirable lipid changes remains unclear. SREBP-2 is crucial in cholesterol metabolism, and it is a major regulator of the cholesterol biosynthesis enzyme HMGCR. Our lab has previously illustrated that apigenin and luteolin could attenuate the nuclear translocation of SREBP-2 through an AMPK-dependent pathway. In the present study, these two flavones were studied for their ability to deter the same in an AMPK-independent signaling route...
October 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Fei-Fei Wang, Song Wang, Wen-Hua Xue, Jing-Liang Cheng
microRNAs (miRNAs), a family of small non-coding RNA molecules, are implicated in cancer growth and progression. In the present study, we examined the expression and biological roles of miR-590 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Compared to normal lung tissues, miR-590 expression was downregulated in primary NSCLCs and, to a greater extent, in corresponding brain metastases. NSCLC cell lines with high metastatic potential had significantly (P < 0.05) lower levels of miR-590 than those with low metastatic potential...
October 21, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Esra Tokay, Feray Kockar
URG-4/URGCP gene was implicated as an oncogene that contributes hepatocarcinogenesis regulated by Hepatitis-B-virus-encoded X antigen. However, the mechanism of transcriptional regulation of this gene remains largely unknown. For this reason, we focused on the functional analyses of URG4/URGCP promoter site. First, 545 bp of URG-4/URGCP, -482/+63, and three different 5'-truncated constructs, -109/+63, -261/+63, -344/+63 were cloned by PCR-based approach into pMetLuc luciferase reporter vector. Transient transfection assay showed that, -109/+63 construct has the highest activity...
October 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Rong-Hua Yang, Shao-Hai Qi, Shu-Bin Ruan, Ze-Peng Lin, Yan Lin, Feng-Gang Zhang, Xiao-Dong Chen, Ju-Lin Xie
Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like family members mediate a wide range of biological activities including cell proliferation and migration. Increasing evidence indicated that EGF plays an important role in the process of wound healing by stimulating fibroblast motility. The aim of this study was to see whether EGF-like domain 7 (EGFL7)-overexpressing epidermal stem cells (EGFL7-ESCs) would promote fibroblast proliferation and migration. We found that mRNA and protein levels of EGFL7 expression were significantly increased in EGFL7-ESCs...
October 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Vikrant Rai, Poonam Sharma, Swati Agrawal, Devendra K Agrawal
Heart disease causing cardiac cell death due to ischemia-reperfusion injury is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Coronary heart disease and cardiomyopathies are the major cause for congestive heart failure, and thrombosis of the coronary arteries is the most common cause of myocardial infarction. Cardiac injury is followed by post-injury cardiac remodeling or fibrosis. Cardiac fibrosis is characterized by net accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins in the cardiac interstitium and results in both systolic and diastolic dysfunctions...
October 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Fabiana de Salvi Guimarães, Wilson Max Almeida Monteiro de Moraes, Luis Henrique Marchesi Bozi, Pâmela R Souza, Ednei Luiz Antonio, Danilo Sales Bocalini, Paulo José Ferreira Tucci, Daniel Araki Ribeiro, Patricia Chakur Brum, Alessandra Medeiros
Dexamethasone is a potent and widely used anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drug. However, recent evidences suggest that dexamethasone cause pathologic cardiac remodeling, which later impairs cardiac function. The mechanism behind the cardiotoxic effect of dexamethasone is elusive. The present study aimed to verify if dexamethasone-induced cardiotoxicity would be associated with changes in the cardiac net balance of calcium handling protein and calcineurin signaling pathway activation. Wistar rats (~400 g) were treated with dexamethasone (35 µg/g) in drinking water for 15 days...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Francesca Bianchini, Silvia Peppicelli, Pierangelo Fabbrizzi, Alessio Biagioni, Benedetta Mazzanti, Gloria Menchi, Lido Calorini, Alberto Pupi, Andrea Trabocchi
Fibrosis is the dramatic consequence of a dysregulated reparative process in which activated fibroblasts (myofibroblasts) and Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGFβ1) play a central role. When exposed to TGFβ1, fibroblast and epithelial cells differentiate in myofibroblasts; in addition, endothelial cells may undergo endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) and actively participate to the progression of fibrosis. Recently, the role of αv integrins, which recognize the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) tripeptide, in the release and signal transduction activation of TGFβ1 became evident...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Lien M Dos Santos, Tatiane M da Silva, Juliana H Azambuja, Priscila T Ramos, Pathise S Oliveira, Elita F da Silveira, Nathalia S Pedra, Kennia Galdino, Carlus A T do Couto, Mayara S P Soares, Rejane G Tavares, Roselia M Spanevello, Francieli M Stefanello, Elizandra Braganhol
Methionine is an essential amino acid involved in critical metabolic process, and regulation of methionine flux through metabolism is important to supply this amino acid for cell needs. Elevation in plasma methionine commonly occurs due to mutations in methionine-metabolizing enzymes, such as methionine adenosyltransferase. Hypermethioninemic patients exhibit clinical manifestations, including neuronal and liver disorders involving inflammation and tissue injury, which pathophysiology is not completely established...
October 17, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Chang-Bum Ahn, Jae-Young Je, Young-Sang Kim, Sun-Joo Park, Boo Il Kim
Chemical modification of chitosan is a promising method for the improvement of biological activity. In this study, chitosan-caffeic acid (CCA) was prepared and its in vitro hepatoprotective ability against hydrogen peroxide-induced hepatic damage in liver cells was evaluated. Treatment with CCA (50-400 µg/mL) did not show cytotoxicity and also significantly (p < 0.05) recovered cell viability against 650 µM hydrogen peroxide-induced hepatotoxicity. CCA treatment attenuated reactive oxygen species generation and lipid peroxidation in addition to increasing cellular glutathione level in cultured hepatocytes...
October 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Hyejung Jung, Bomin Kim, Byung In Moon, Eok-Soo Oh
During epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), epithelial cells lose key phenotypic markers (e.g., E-cadherin and cytokeratin 18) and acquire mesenchymal markers (e.g., N-cadherin and vimentin). Although the loss of cytokeratin 18 is a hallmark of EMT, the regulatory role of cytokeratin 18 in EMT is not yet fully understood. Here, we report that cytokeratin 18 is involved in the regulation of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT in breast epithelial cells. When MCF10A cells were treated with TGF-β1 for 24 h, considerable morphological changes, indicative of the early stages of EMT (e...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Fang Liu, Anni Tan, Renhao Yang, Yingzi Xue, Ming Zhang, Lei Chen, Luanjuan Xiao, Xuesong Yang, Yanhong Yu
C1ql-like (C1QL)-1 and -4 proteins are encoded by homologous genes that are highly expressed in brain and adipose tissues. However, functional properties of C1QL proteins outside of the brain and adipocytes remain unknown. Here, we report that the globular domain of C1ql1/Ctrp14 and C1ql4/Ctrp11 proteins directly stimulate the angiogenesis of endothelial cells. In this study, soluble C1ql1/CTRP14 and C1ql4/Ctrp11 proteins, produced in prokaryote expression system, are co-cultured with human umbilical vein endothelium cells (HUVECs), which phenotype is identified with von Willebrand factor antibody...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Mohor B Sengupta, Suparna Saha, Pradeep K Mohanty, Kiran K Mukhopadhyay, Debashis Mukhopadhyay
ApoA1 is a player in reverse cholesterol transport that initiates multiple cellular pathways on binding to its receptor ABCA1. Its relation to neuronal injury is however unclear. We found ApoA1 to be increasingly abundant at a later time point in the secondary phase of traumatic spinal cord injury. In a cellular injury model of neuroblastoma, ApoA1 showed an initial diminished expression after infliction of injury, which sharply increased thereafter. Subsequently, ApoA1 was shown to alter wound healing dynamics in neuroblastoma injury model...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Yu Huang, Di Huang, Jiefeng Weng, Shuai Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Zhenhao Mai, Weili Gu
Experimental and clinical evidence show that liver fibrosis is potentially reversible. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play a key role in the development of liver fibrosis. Some studies have shown that reversine could induce cell apoptosis. We attempted to elucidate the effect of reversine on cell cycle, apoptosis, and activation of HSCs. Data showed that reversine induced morphological changes in HSCs, inhibited cell proliferation, and induced cell-cycle arrest at the G2/M phase. Reversine induced cell apoptosis through caspase-dependent and mitochondria-dependent pathways...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Zhengxing Ge, Bo Li, Xun Zhou, Yi Yang, Jun Zhang
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is featured by aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition. Trigger of the β-catenin/RhoA pathway has been involved in aberrant ECM deposition in several diseases. We investigated WNT signaling activation in primary pulmonary fibroblasts of rats with and without COPD and the function of WNT signaling in pulmonary fibroblast. We evaluated the expression of WNT signaling and the role of β-catenin, using MRC-5 fibroblasts and primary lung fibroblasts of rats with and without COPD...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Kailash Prasad, Indu Dhar, Qifeng Zhou, Hamdi Elmoselhi, Muhammad Shoker, Ahmed Shoker
Interaction of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) with its cell-bound receptor (RAGE) results in cell dysfunction through activation of nuclear factor kappa-B, increase in expression and release of inflammatory cytokines, and generation of oxygen radicals. Circulating soluble receptors, soluble receptor (sRAGE), endogenous secretory receptor (esRAGE) and cleaved receptor (cRGAE) act as decoy for RAGE ligands and thus have cytoprotective effects. Low levels of sRAGE and esRAGE have been proposed as biomarkers for many diseases...
October 6, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Shafeeque Ahmad, Khursheed Alam, M Mobarak Hossain, Mahino Fatima, Fakiha Firdaus, Mohammad Faraz Zafeer, Zarina Arif, Murad Ahmed, K A Nafees
Atherosclerosis has been linked to chronic inflammatory processes. Changes in the levels of lipoproteins, especially low-density lipoprotein or its variants, as well as inflammatory markers are risk factors for the atherosclerosis. In the present study, an experimental model of rheumatoid arthritis was developed by administrating collagen suspension intradermally in the tail region of Wistar albino rats. At the same time, a suspension of hesperidin (50 mg/kg body weight) and daidzein (20 mg/kg body weight) was orally administrated...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Débora Mara Kich, Shanna Bitencourt, Bruna Caye, Dalana Faleiro, Celso Alves, Joana Silva, Susete Pinteus, Michelle Mergener, Fernanda Majolo, Aline Augusti Boligon, Roberto Christ Vianna Santos, Rui Pedrosa, Claucia Fernanda Volken de Souza, Márcia Inês Goettert
Calyptranthes tricona is a species (Myrtaceae) native to South Brazil. Plants belonging to this family are folkloric used for analgesia, inflammation, and infectious diseases. However, little is known about the toxic potential of C. tricona. The present study aimed to evaluate the antioxidant activity of C. tricona ethanol and hexane leaf extracts, as well as verify their effect on human lymphocytes and MCF-7 cells. The extracts were subjected to preliminary phytochemical screening, antioxidant activity using DPPH and ORAC methods...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Kosar Hooshmand, Ahmad Asoodeh, Fatemeh Behnam-Rassouli
In this study, we examined cytotoxic effect of GL-9 peptide on A459 cell line through studying the changes in TNF-α and CD44 gene expression and ROS production. Real-time PCR analysis showed that the treated A549 cells highly over expressed TNF-α, which was associated with a significant reduction of CD44 gene expression levels (p  <  0.05). ROS production rate was measured through the usage of DCFH-DA primer. Results demonstrated that GL-9 peptide could also induce cell death via ROS production. The effect of GL-9 peptide on human erythrocytes and leukocytes was analyzed...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Lincy Edatt, K Haritha, T V Sruthi, P Aswini, V B Sameer Kumar
MMP9 is a member of the family of zinc-containing endopeptidases which degrade various components of the extracellular matrix, thereby regulating matrix remodeling. Since matrix remodeling plays an important role during growth and progression of cancer and considering the fact that, tumor cells switch to aerobic glycolysis as its major energy source, this study was designed to analyze if partial inhibition of glycolysis (the major energy pathway during hypoxia) can be used as a means to control matrix remodeling in terms of MMP9 activity and expression...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
M Balakumar, L Raji, D Prabhu, C Sathishkumar, P Prabu, V Mohan, M Balasubramanyam
In the context of high human consumption of fructose diets, there is an imperative need to understand how dietary fructose intake influence cellular and molecular mechanisms and thereby affect β-cell dysfunction and insulin resistance. While evidence exists for a relationship between high-fat-induced insulin resistance and metabolic disorders, there is lack of studies in relation to high-fructose diet. Therefore, we attempted to study the effect of different diets viz., high-fat diet (HFD), high-fructose diet (HFS), and a combination (HFS + HFD) diet on glucose homeostasis and insulin sensitivity in male Wistar rats compared to control animals fed with normal pellet diet...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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