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Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death

Francielle Pelegrin Garcia, Jean Henrique da Silva Rodrigues, Zia Ud Din, Edson Rodrigues-Filho, Tânia Ueda-Nakamura, Rachel Auzély-Velty, Celso Vataru Nakamura
Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Current therapies mainly rely on antimonial drugs that are inadequate because of their high toxicity and increased drug resistance. An urgent need exists to discover new, more effective, more affordable, and more target-specific drugs. Pathways that are associated with apoptosis-like cell death have been identified in unicellular eukaryotes, including protozoan parasites. In the present study, we studied the mechanism of cell death that is induced by A3K2A3 against L...
October 19, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Yuan-Chin Lee, Ying-Jung Chen, Chia-Hui Huang, Long-Sen Chang
Previous studies have attributed the anticancer activity of amsacrine to its inhibitory effect on topoisomerase II. However, 9-aminoacridine derivatives, which have the same structural scaffold as amsacrine, induce cancer cell apoptosis by altering the expression of BCL2 family proteins. Therefore, in the present study, we assessed whether BCL2 family proteins mediated the cytotoxic effects of amsacrine on human leukemia U937 cells. Amsacrine-induced apoptosis of U937 cells was characterized by caspase-9 and caspase-3 activation, increased intracellular Ca(2+) concentration, mitochondrial depolarization, and MCL1 down-regulation...
October 19, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Yang Sun, Dajun Zhao, Yang Yang, Chao Gao, Xing Zhang, Zhiqiang Ma, Shuai Jiang, Lin Zhao, Wenhao Chen, Kai Ren, Wei Yi, Feng Gao
The underlying mechanisms of cardioprotection of adiponectin (APN) against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury remain largely unknown. The present study aimed to investigate whether calreticulin (CRT) mediated APN's cardioprotection against I/R injury. We inhibited mice cardiac CRT expression via intra-myocardial injection of CRT SiRNA, performed transient LAD ligation, measured the cardiac function, apoptosis and oxidative stress to identify CRT's effects on cardioprotective actions of APN against I/R injury in vivo...
October 18, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Vivek Ambastha, Sudhir K Sopory, Budhi Sagar Tiwari, Baishnab C Tripathy
In this paper we provide evidence for involvement of chloroplast as alternate organelle for initiating PCD in plants under light and abiotic stress. In animals, mitochondria are the major source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and key executioner of programmed cell death (PCD). In plants, however, the primary site of generation of ROS is chloroplast and yet its involvement in PCD has not been worked out in details. We found by Evans blue staining that salt (150 mM NaCl)-treated protoplasts obtained from green seedlings had higher rate of cell death than protoplasts obtained from etiolated seedlings...
October 17, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Shasha Liu, Qidi Ai, Kai Feng, Yubing Li, Xiang Liu
Reperfusion therapy is widely used to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, further injury to the heart induced by rapidly initiating reperfusion is often encountered in clinical practice. A lack of pharmacological strategies in clinics limits the prognosis of patients with myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is one of the most abundant components in vine tea, commonly known as the tender stems and leaves of Ampelopsis grossedentata. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotection of DMY against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and to further investigate the underlying mechanism...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Sarah L Cuddihy, Sarah Drake, D Tim Harwood, Andrew I Selwood, Paul S McNabb, Mark B Hampton
Portimine is a recently discovered member of a class of marine micro-algal toxins called cyclic imines. In dramatic contrast to related compounds in this toxin class, portimine has very low acute toxicity to mice but is highly cytotoxic to cultured cells. In this study we show that portimine kills human Jurkat T-lymphoma cells and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), with LC50 values of 6 and 2.5 nM respectively. Treated cells displayed rapid caspase activation and phosphatidylserine exposure, indicative of apoptotic cell death...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Prahlad V Raninga, Giovanna Di Trapani, Slavica Vuckovic, Kathryn F Tonissen
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable plasma B cell malignancy. Despite recent advancements in anti-MM therapies, development of drug resistance remains a major clinical hurdle. DJ-1, a Parkinson's disease-associated protein, is upregulated in many cancers and its knockdown suppresses tumor growth and overcomes chemoresistance. However, the role of DJ-1 in MM remains unknown. Using gene expression databases we found increased DJ-1 expression in MM patient cells, which correlated with shorter overall survival and poor prognosis in MM patients...
October 12, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Jian-An Bai, Hua Jie, Sun Wei, Shidong Wang, Huarui Guo, Qiyun Tang
Glycinamide ribonucleotide formyltransferase (GART) has been established as a pivotal enzyme in de novo purine synthesis, and mediates cellular apoptosis in many diseases. We aimed to investigate the role of GART in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease (CD). In our study, we demonstrated for the first time that GART expression is up-regulated in patients with active CD and in 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced acute colitis model. Moreover, the inhibition of GART induced cellular apoptosis and suppressed the migration of IECs through the activation of the MEKK3-MKK3-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway, following with the dys-regulation of p53 and p53 up-regulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA)...
October 7, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Moitreyi Das, Sumantra Das
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an important w-3 fatty acid exhibits differential behavior in cancer cells of neural origin when compared to that in normal healthy astrocytes. Treatment of C6 glioma and SH-SY5Y cell lines and primary astrocytes, representing the neoplastic cells and normal healthy cells respectively, with 100 µM DHA for 24 h showed significant loss of cell viability in the both the cancer cells as determined by MTT assay, whereas the primary astrocytes cultures were unaffected. Such loss of cell viability was due to apoptosis as confirmed by TUNEL staining and caspase-3 activation in cancer cells...
October 4, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Yang Wang, Zhi-Hao Huang, Yang-Jia Li, Gui-Wei He, Ru-Yuan Yu, Jie Yang, Wan-Ting Liu, Bin Li, Qing-Yu He
Emerging evidence suggested that necroptosis has essential functions in many human inflammatory diseases, but the molecular mechanisms of necroptosis remain unclear. Here, we employed SILAC quantitatively dynamic proteomics to compare the protein changes during TNF-α-induced necroptosis at different time points in murine fibrosarcoma L929 cells with caspase-8 deficiency, and then performed the systematical analysis on the signaling networks involved in the progress using bioinformatics methods. Our results showed that a total of 329, 421 and 378 differentially expressed proteins were detected at three stages of necroptosis, respectively...
October 4, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Lucian Beer, Michael Mildner, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Hendrik Jan Ankersmit
For almost two decades, cell-based therapies have been tested in modern regenerative medicine to either replace or regenerate human cells, tissues, or organs and restore normal function. Secreted paracrine factors are increasingly accepted to exert beneficial biological effects that promote tissue regeneration. These factors are called the cell secretome and include a variety of proteins, lipids, microRNAs, and extracellular vesicles, such as exosomes and microparticles. The stem cell secretome has most commonly been investigated in pre-clinical settings...
October 1, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Han Liu, Chunlei Yu, Tianjiao Xu, Xiaojie Zhang, Miaoxian Dong
There are several factors, like oxidative stress and neurons loss, involving neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD). The combination of antioxidant and anti-apoptotic agent is becoming a promising approach to fight against PD. This study evaluates the hypothesis that paeoniflorin (PF) and β-ecdysterone (β-Ecd) synergize to protect PC12 cells against toxicity induced by PD-related neurotoxin rotenone. The combination of PF and β-Ecd, hereafter referred to as the PF/β-Ecd, at suboptimal concentrations increased the viability of rotenone-exposed PC12 cells in a synergistic manner...
September 29, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Yan Liu, Tingting Bi, Zheng Wang, Guoliang Wu, Liqiang Qian, Quangen Gao, Genhai Shen
Oxymatrine (OMT), one of the main active components of extracts from the dry roots of Sophora flavescens, has been reported to possess many pharmacological properties including cancer-preventive and anti-cancer effects. The aim of the present study is to explore the efficiency of combination therapy with OMT and oxaliplatin (OXA) and identify the in vitro and in vivo cytotoxicity on colon cancer lines (HT29 and SW480) and mice model. Cells were treated with OMT and/or OXA and subjected to cell viability, colony formation, apoptosis, cell cycle, western blotting, xenograft tumorigenicity assay and immunohistochemistry...
September 26, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Rostyslav Horbay, Rostyslav Bilyy
Mitochondria are the cell's power plant that must be in a proper functional state in order to produce the energy necessary for basic cellular functions, such as proliferation. Mitochondria are 'dynamic' in that they are constantly undergoing fission and fusion to remain in a functional state throughout the cell cycle, as well as during other vital processes such as energy supply, cellular respiration and programmed cell death. The mitochondrial fission/fusion machinery is involved in generating young mitochondria, while eliminating old, damaged and non-repairable ones...
September 23, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Xin Liu, Rui-Wei Gao, Miao Li, Chun-Feng Si, Yong-Peng He, Min Wang, Ying Yang, Qing-Yin Zheng, Chao-Yun Wang
Angiotensin II (AngII) is an important factor that promotes the proliferation of cancer cells, whereas celastrol exhibits a significant antitumor activity in various cancer models. Whether celastrol can effectively suppress AngII mediated cell proliferation remains unknown. In this study, we studied the effect of celastrol on AngII-induced HepG2 cell proliferation and evaluated its underlying mechanism. The results revealed that AngII was able to significantly promote HepG2 cell proliferation via up-regulating AngII type 1 (AT1) receptor expression, improving mitochondrial respiratory function, enhancing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase activity, increasing the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Eltyeb Abdelwahid, Haijie Li, Jianxin Wu, Ana Carolina Irioda, Katherine Athayde Teixeira de Carvalho, Xuelai Luo
Cardiomyocyte apoptosis is a major process in pathogenesis of a number of heart diseases, including ischemic heart diseases and cardiac failure. Ensuring survival of cardiac cells by blocking apoptotic events is an important strategy to improve cardiac function. Although the role of ER disruption in inducing apoptosis has been demonstrated, we do not yet fully understand how it influences the mitochondrial apoptotic machinery in cardiac cell models. Recent investigations have provided evidences that the prosurvival protein HCLS1-associated protein X-1 (Hax1) protein is intimately associated with the pathogenesis of heart disease, mitochondrial biology, and protection from apoptotic cell death...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Goodwin G Jinesh, Sharada Mokkapati, Keyi Zhu, Edwin E Morales
Pim kinases are being implicated in oncogenic process in various human cancers. Pim kinases primarily deal with three broad categories of functions such as tumorigenesis, protecting cells from apoptotic signals and evading immune attacks. Here in this review, we discuss the regulation of Pim kinases and their expression, and how these kinases defend cancer cells from therapeutic and immune attacks with special emphasis on how Pim kinases maintain their own expression during apoptosis and cellular transformation, defend mitochondria during apoptosis, defend cancer cells from immune attack, defend cancer cells from therapeutic attack, choose localization, self-regulation, activation of oncogenic transcription, metabolic regulation and so on...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Safiyeh Aghazadeh, Razieh Yazdanparast
Trastuzumab has been successfully used as a first-line therapy specific for HER2-overexressing breast cancer patients. However, despite the effectiveness of trastuzumab, the occurrence of inherent and acquired resistance remains as the main challenge of the therapy. Thus, this has motivated efforts toward finding new therapeutic strategies including combining trastuzumab with other drugs to enhance its therapeutic efficacy. In that line, we investigated the capability of mycophenolic acid (MPA), an inhibitor of de novo guanine nucleotide synthesis with potential anti-cancer activity, on improving the response to trastuzumab among SKBR3 cells as well as trastuzumab resistant SKBR3-TR cells...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Lei Chen, Yue Meng, Xiaoqing Guo, Xiaotong Sheng, Guihua Tai, Fenglei Zhang, Hairong Cheng, Yifa Zhou
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potent cancer cell-specific apoptosis-inducing cytokine with little toxicity to most normal cells. Here, we report that gefitinib and TRAIL in combination produce a potent synergistic effect on TRAIL-sensitive human colon cancer HCT116 cells and an additive effect on TRAIL-resistant HT-29 cells. Interestingly, gefitinib increases the expression of cell surface receptors DR4 and DR5, possibly explaining the synergistic effect. Knockdown of DR4 and DR5 by siRNA significantly decreases gefitinib- and TRAIL-mediated cell apoptosis, supporting this idea...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Jean-Christophe Simard, Isabelle Durocher, Denis Girard
Nowadays, silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are widely used in the medical field mainly for their antibacterial properties. Although some studies report a cytotoxic activity of the particles, the mechanisms involved in AgNP-induced cell death remain to be determined. Herein, we report that AgNP of 2 (AgNP2) and 15 nm (AgNP15) induce apoptosis in human MCF-7 and T-47D breast cancer cells. Treatment with AgNP2 and AgNP15 led to accumulation and aggregation of misfolded proteins causing an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activating the unfolded protein response (UPR)...
November 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
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