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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807721/selenopheno-quinolinones-and-coumarins-promote-cancer-cell-apoptosis-by-ros-depletion-and-caspase-7-activation
#1
Ilona Domracheva, Iveta Kanepe-Lapsa, Ludmila Jackevica, Jelena Vasiljeva, Pavel Arsenyan
AIM: This study was designed to investigate the mechanism underlying cancer cell apoptosis caused by selenophenoquinolinones and coumarins. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve derivatives were studied according to their ability to suppress the proliferation of cancer cells in vitro (i.e., HepG2, MH-22A, MCF-7), induce cell apoptosis, modulate cellular antioxidant enzyme system activities (i.e., SOD, GPx, TrxR), influence the level of ROS, and modulate caspase activity...
August 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807720/comparison-of-the-therapeutic-effects-of-sildenafil-citrate-heparin-and-neuropeptides-in-a-rat-model-of-acetic-acid-induced-gastric-ulcer
#2
Mehmet Kalayci, Mehmet Ali Kocdor, Tuncay Kuloglu, İbrahim Sahin, Mehmet Sarac, Aziz Aksoy, Meltem Yardim, Semih Dalkilic, Onur Gursu, Suna Aydin, Ramazan Fazil Akkoc, Meltem Cokugras, Gokhan Artas, İbrahim Hanifi Ozercan, Kader Ugur, Suleyman Aydin
AIMS: The purpose of our investigative work has been to determine whether there can be therapeutic roles in the administration of sildenafil citrate, heparin and several neuropeptides on an animal model where gastric ulcers were induced with acetic acid, and to compare their efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The animals were divided into 13 groups, with 4 animals in each. Gastric ulcers was induced in the animals of 12 groups with one untreated group being left as the control (Group I - control; given normal saline (NS))...
August 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807719/maternal-hypothyroidism-an-overview-of-current-experimental-models
#3
REVIEW
Mahboubeh Ghanbari, Asghar Ghasemi
Maternal hypothyroidism (MH) is the most common cause of transient congenital hypothyroidism. Different animal models are used for assessing developmental effects of MH in offspring. The severity and status of hypothyroidism in animal models must be a reflection of the actual conditions in humans. To obtain comparable results with different clinical conditions, which lead to MH in humans, several factors have been suggested for researchers to consider before designing the experimental models. Regarding development of fetal body systems during pregnancy, interference at different times provides different results and the appropriate time for induction of hypothyroidism should be selected based on accurate time of development of the system under assessment...
August 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802904/baicalin-may-alleviate-inflammatory-infiltration-in-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-chronic-ulcerative-colitis-via-inhibiting-il-33-expression
#4
Cheng-Liang Zhang, Si Zhang, Wen-Xi He, Jing-Li Lu, Yan-Jiao Xu, Jin-Yu Yang, Dong Liu
AIMS: To investigate the therapeutic effect of baicalin treatment in chronic ulcerative colitis (UC), and explore the potential anti-inflammation mechanism(s) via IL-33 pathway. MAIN METHODS: UC model were established by giving three cycles of 5-day 2% Dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) with two intervals of 14-day recovery in mice, totaling 43days. At the 13th day of the UC modeling, mice received baicalin at doses of 50, 100, or 150mg/kg, respectively. Disease activity index (DAI) assessment as well as HE and PAS staining were performed...
August 9, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802903/role-of-canonical-transient-receptor-potential-channel-3-in-acetylcholine-induced-mouse-airway-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation
#5
Xiao-Xu Chen, Jia-Hua Zhang, Bin-Hua Pan, Hui-Li Ren, Xiu-Ling Feng, Jia-Ling Wang, Jun-Hua Xiao
AIMS: Canonical transient receptor potential channel-3 (TRPC3)-encoded Ca(2+)-permeable nonselective cation channel (NSCC) has been proven to be an important native constitutively active channel in airway smooth muscle cell (ASMC), which plays significant roles in physiological and pathological conditions by controlling Ca(2+) homeostasis in ASMC. Acetylcholine (ACh) is generally accepted as a contractile parasympathetic neurotransmitter in the airway. Recently studies have revealed the pathological role of ACh in airway remodeling, however, the mechanisms remain unclear...
August 9, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801264/vasoactive-properties-of-antihypertensive-lactoferrin-derived-peptides-in-resistance-vessels-effects-in-small-mesenteric-arteries-from-shr-rats
#6
Aurora García-Tejedor, Paloma Manzanares, María Castelló-Ruiz, Antonio Moscardó, José F Marcos, Juan B Salom
AIMS: Bovine lactoferrin (LF) hydrolysates and peptides identified thereof have shown antihypertensive effects in rat models, mainly but not exclusively by angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition. In this study we aimed to assess the vasoactive effects and mechanisms of an ultrafiltered (<3kDa) pepsin LF hydrolysate (LFH) and a heptapeptide identified in a LF hydrolysate produced by yeast proteolysis (DPYKLRP) in peripheral resistance arteries from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs)...
August 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801263/glucocorticoids-regulate-mir-29c-levels-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-transcriptional-and-epigenetic-mechanisms
#7
Tsai-Der Chuang, Omid Khorram
AIMS: The objective of this study was to determine the underlying mechanism by which glucocorticoids (GCs) induce of miR-29c expression in vascular smooth muscle cells. MAIN METHODS: QRT-PCR was used for miR-29c detection. Protein levels were determined by western blotting. Knockdown of SP1, DNMT1 and DNMT3A was achieved through transfection with their specific respective siRNAs. The effect of GCs on SP1 activity was determined by luciferase reporter assay and the methylation status in miR-29c promoter was detected by methylation specific PCR...
August 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801262/the-physiological-and-pathophysiological-roles-of-taurine-in-adipose-tissue-in-relation-to-obesity
#8
REVIEW
Shigeru Murakami
Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure. It is established that obesity is a state of low-grade chronic inflammation, which is characterized by enlarged hypertrophied adipocytes, increased infiltration by macrophages and marked changes in the secretion of adipokines and free fatty acids. The effects of taurine on the pathogenesis of obesity have been reported in animals and humans. Although the mechanisms underlying the anti-obesity action of taurine remain to be defined, taurine seems to ameliorate obesity through stimulation of energy expenditure, modulation of lipid metabolism, anorexic effect, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects...
August 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797793/bpc-157-counteracts-qtc-prolongation-induced-by-haloperidol-fluphenazine-clozapine-olanzapine-quetiapine-sulpiride-and-metoclopramide-in-rats
#9
Dean Strinic, Zeljka Belosic Halle, Kresimir Luetic, Ana Nedic, Igor Petrovic, Mario Sucic, Gordana Zivanovic Posilovic, Dijana Balenovic, Sanja Strbe, Mario Udovicic, Domagoj Drmic, Mirjana Stupnisek, Martina Lovric Bencic, Sven Seiwerth, Predrag Sikiric
AIM: Commonly, neuroleptics and prokinetics induce a prolonged QTc interval. In this study, stable gastric pentadecapeptide BPC 157 counteracts the prolongation of the QTc interval in Wistar rats that underwent daily administration of dopamine neuroleptics or prokinetics. Previously, in rats and mice, BPC 157 counteracted neuroleptic-induced catalepsy and gastric ulcers. MAIN METHODS: To counteract neuroleptic- or prokinetic-induced prolongation of the QTc interval, rats were given a BPC 157 regimen once daily over seven days (10μg, 10ng/kg ip) immediately after each administrations of haloperidol (0...
August 7, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782532/ghrelin-protects-the-heart-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-inhibition-of-tlr4-nlrp3-inflammasome-pathway
#10
Qin Wang, Ping Lin, Peng Li, Li Fen, Qian Ren, Xiaofeng Xie, Jing Xu
AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate the cardioprotective effects of ghrelin against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and the underlying mechanism. MAIN METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into Sham, I/R and I/R+ghrelin groups. After 30 minutes ischemia, ghrelin (8nmol/kg) was injected intraperitoneally at the time of reperfusion in the I/R+ghrelin group. Then hemodynamic parameters were observed at 24h after reperfusion. KEY FINDINGS: Ghrelin exhibited dramatic improvement in cardiac functions, as manifested by increased LVSP and ±dP/dtmax and decreased LVDP...
August 4, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782531/a-review-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-stress-and-nanoparticle-np-exposure
#11
REVIEW
Yi Cao, Jimin Long, Liangliang Liu, Tong He, Leying Jiang, Chunxue Zhao, Zhen Li
Understanding the mechanism of nanoparticle (NP) induced toxicity is important for nanotoxicological and nanomedicinal studies. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a crucial organelle involved in proper protein folding. High levels of misfolded proteins in the ER could lead to a condition termed as ER stress, which may ultimately influence the fate of cells and development of human diseases. In this review, we summarized studies about effects of NP exposure on ER stress. A variety of NPs, especially metal-based NPs, could induce morphological changes of ER and activate ER stress pathway both in vivo and in vitro...
August 4, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782530/chemotherapeutics-resistance-arms-race-an-update-on-mechanisms-involved-in-resistance-limiting-egfr-inhibitors-in-lung-cancer
#12
REVIEW
Pankaj Kumar Singh, Om Silakari
Clinical reports suggest that EGFR-mutated lung cancer usually respond significantly towards small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Same studies also report the eventual development of acquired resistance within a median time interval of 9 to 14months. One of the major mechanisms involved in this acquired resistance was found to be a secondary point mutation at gate-keeper residue, EGFR T790M. However, there are other recent studies which disclose the role of few other novel key players such as, ZEB1, TOPK etc...
August 4, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778689/autophagosome-formation-is-required-for-cardioprotection-by-chloramphenicol
#13
Zoltán Giricz, Zoltán V Varga, Gábor Koncsos, Csilla Terézia Nagy, Anikó Görbe, Robert M Mentzer, Roberta A Gottlieb, Péter Ferdinandy
AIMS: Chloramphenicol (CAP), a broad spectrum antibiotic, was shown to protect the heart against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. CAP also induces autophagy, however, it is not known whether CAP-induced cardioprotection is mediated by autophagy. Therefore, here we aimed to assess whether activation of autophagy is required for the infarct size limiting effect of CAP and to identify which component of CAP-induced autophagy contributes to cardioprotection against I/R injury. MAIN METHODS: Hearts of Sprague-Dawley rats were perfused in Langendorff mode with Krebs-Henseleit solution containing either vehicle (CON), 300μM CAP (CAP), CAP and an inhibitor of autophagosome-lysosome fusion chloroquine (CAP+CQ), or an inhibitor of autophagosome formation, the functional null mutant TAT-HA-Atg5(K130R) protein (CAP+K130R), and K130R or CQ alone, respectively...
August 1, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774704/lim-kinase-function-and-renal-growth-potential-role-for-lim-kinases-in-fetal-programming-of-kidney-development
#14
Alexander J Sparrow, Dylan Sweetman, Simon J M Welham
AIMS: Maternal dietary restriction during pregnancy impairs nephron development and results in offspring with fewer nephrons. Cell turnover in the early developing kidney is altered by exposure to maternal dietary restriction and may be regulated by the LIM-kinase family of enzymes. We set out to establish whether disturbance of LIM-kinase activity might play a role in the impairment of nephron formation. MAIN METHODS: E12.5 metanephric kidneys and HK2 cells were grown in culture with the pharmacological LIM-kinase inhibitor BMS5...
July 31, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774703/pretreatment-with-propylene-glycol-alginate-sodium-sulfate-ameliorated-concanavalin-a-induced-liver-injury-by-regulating-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-mice
#15
Shizan Xu, Liwei Wu, Qinghui Zhang, Jiao Feng, Sainan Li, Jingjing Li, Tong Liu, Wenhui Mo, Wenwen Wang, Xiya Lu, Qiang Yu, Kan Chen, Yujing Xia, Jie Lu, Ling Xu, Yingqun Zhou, Xiaoming Fan, Chuanyong Guo
AIMS: Propylene glycol alginate sodium sulfate (PSS), a sulfated polysaccharide possesses anti-inflammatory effects. Here, we investigated the effect of PSS on concanavalin A (Con A)-induced liver injury in mice and examined the underlying mechanisms. MAIN METHODS: Balb/C mice were injected intravenously with Con A (25mg/kg) to generate a model of acute liver injury. PSS (25 or 50mg/kg) was injected intraperitoneally 1h before the Con A administration. The levels of serum liver enzymes, inflammatory cytokines, and other marker proteins were determined, and liver injury was assessed histopathologically 2, 8, and 24h after Con A injection...
July 31, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768154/binding-effect-of-fluorescence-labeled-glycyrrhetinic-acid-with-ga-receptors-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#16
Yu-Qi Sun, Chun-Mei Dai, Yan Zheng, Shu-Dan Shi, Hai-Yang Hu, Da-Wei Chen
Glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) is a natural active component from licorice, which is broadly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Lots of glycyrrhetinic acid receptors (GA-R) are proved to locate on the surface of liver cells. Many reports about the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment were dependent on GA modified carriers. However, the reality of GA-R in HCC cells was not clear. In this paper, 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid (18β-GA) was labeled with fluorescence (FITC) by chemical synthesis. Together with the binding effect of fluorescence labeled glycyrrhetinic acid (FITC-GA), the competitive action of 18β-GA with GA-R was investigated in HCC cells...
July 30, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760678/sirt3-inhibits-ang-ii-induced-transdifferentiation-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-through-%C3%AE-catenin-ppar-%C3%AE-signaling
#17
Fangying Yan, Xiaobin Guo, Xiaolan Shan, Jingyuan Li, Yi Yang, Jie Zhang, Xuefang Yan, Peili Bu
AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis is an inevitable process of numerous cardiovascular diseases in which the transdifferentiation of cardiac fibroblasts plays a pivotal role. Sirtuin3 (SIRT3) has been believed to protect against cardiac fibrosis. However, the mechanism underlying this beneficial effect has not yet been elucidated. In this study, we investigated the potential mechanism of SIRT3 on the inhibition of fibroblast-to-myoblast transdifferentiation. MAIN METHODS: Cells were stimulated by angiotension II (Ang II) with SIRT3 overexpression or knockdown...
July 28, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757415/study-of-the-interactions-between-edaglitazone-and-ciglitazone-with-ppar%C3%AE-and-their-antiplatelet-profile
#18
Camila Muñoz-Gutiérrez, Cesar Sepúlveda, Julio Caballero, Iván Palomo, Eduardo Fuentes
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is a ligand-activated transcription factor with an important role in lipid metabolism, inflammation and cardiovascular diseases. PPARγ ligands have inhibitory effects on platelet aggregation via the cAMP pathway, which may confer them a protective cardioprotective role. Edaglitazone and Ciglitazone are two chemically-similar thiazolidinedione (TZD) drugs that have been described as potent PPARγ agonists; however, Edaglitazone is over 100 times more potent than Ciglitazone...
July 28, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755883/metformin-insights-into-its-anticancer-potential-with-special-reference-to-ampk-dependent-and-independent-pathways
#19
REVIEW
Shoeb Ikhlas, Masood Ahmad
Metformin has been known for its antidiabetic effects for decades and is used as a first line therapy in type 2 diabetes. But recently its anticancer potential has also been discovered. Metformin targets many pathways that play an important role in cancer cell proliferation and angiogenesis, mTORC1 signaling is a crucial pathway among them. Metformin inhibits mTORC1 via AMPK dependent and AMPK independent pathways, thereby inhibiting cancer cell growth and development. Encouraged by positive results of numerous preclinical studies on various types of cancer, many clinical trials are underway to study metformin's effect in chemoprevention and treatment of cancers in humans...
July 26, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754619/celecoxib-induced-inhibition-of-neurogenesis-in-fetal-frontal-cortex-is-attenuated-by-curcumin-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#20
Rong Wang, Shaoqi Tian, Xu Yang, Jiangjun Liu, Yuanhe Wang, Kang Sun
Celecoxib is widely used in pregnant women but its influence on fetal brain neurogenesis is largely unknown. The objective of the present study was to examine the influence of celecoxib to fetal brain development and to investigate whether curcumin could ameliorate celecoxib-induced neurotoxicity. Pregnant mice, cultured neurons and cultured neural progenitor cells were all treated with celecoxib with or without curcumin. The change in proliferation, differentiation and the activity of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway were then assessed...
July 25, 2017: Life Sciences
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