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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346733/the-ontogeny-and-population-variability-of-human-hepatic-dihydronicotinamide-riboside-quinone-oxidoreductase-nqo2
#1
Zoe Riches, Yuejian Liu, Jacob M Berman, Gurinder Walia, Abby C Collier
Dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (NQO2) is an enzyme that performs reduction reactions involved in antioxidant defense. We hypothesized that NQO2 hepatic drug clearance would develop in children over time, similar to NQO1. Using human liver cytosol (n = 117), the effects of age, sex, ethnicity, and weight on NQO2 expression and activity were probed. No significant correlations were observed. Biochemical activity of NQO2 was as high at birth as in adults (0.23 ± 0.04 nmol/min/mg protein, mean ± SEM, range 0-1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346732/asiaticoside-hinders-the-invasive-growth-of-keloid-fibroblasts-through-inhibition-of-the-gdf-9-mapk-smad-pathway
#2
Xin Wu, Difei Bian, Yannong Dou, Zhunan Gong, Qian Tan, Yufeng Xia, Yue Dai
Higher expression of growth differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9) in keloids compared with hypertrophic scars and normal skin tissues has been reported recently. The present study was performed to investigate the role of GDF-9 in keloid pathogenesis, and to elucidate its implication for asiaticoside in the keloid management. The data showed that GDF-9 could enhance the proliferation, migration, and invasion of keloid fibroblasts (KFs), while it only slightly elevated collagen expression, indicating that the effect of GDF-9 was opposite to that of TGF-β1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346731/exploring-the-influence-of-mpa-capped-cdte-quantum-dots-on-the-structure-and-function-of-lysozyme-probing-by-spectroscopic-and-calorimetric-methods
#3
Lining Zhao, Tao Sun, Xun Zhang, Wei Song, Rutao Liu
The effect of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-capped CdTe quantum dots (QDs) on lysozyme was systematically investigated by spectroscopic methods, enzyme activity assay, and calorimetry techniques. Results show that the MPA-capped CdTe QDs binded to lysozyme through van der Walls forces and hydrogen bondings, causing the decrement of α-helical content (∼7%) and increment of β-sheet content (∼11%) of lysozyme. The binding caused static quenching of the fluorescence, while the microenvironment of aromatic amino acid residues did not show any significant alteration...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346727/sulforaphene-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-suppression-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#4
Kewei Ren, Zhen Li, Yahua Li, Wenzhe Zhang, Xinwei Han
Sulforaphene (SFE), a naturally occurring isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables, has attracted increasing attention for its anti-cancer effect in many cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the precise role of SFE in the radiosensitivity of HCC is still unclear. Here, cell proliferation and apoptosis were detected by MTT and flow cytometry assay, respectively. The activity of NF-κB was further evaluated by ELISA. We also observed the effect of SFE and/or radiation on tumor growth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322028/localization-of-nucleoside-transporters-in-rat-epididymis
#5
David M Klein, Marcus C Harding, Meghan K Crowther, Nathan J Cherrington
The epididymis relies on transporters for the secretion of nucleosides and influence the disposition of nucleoside analogs (NSA). Since these compounds can cross the blood-testis barrier (BTB), it is important to understand if the epididymis reabsorbs NSA drugs. The purpose of this study is to determine the localization of nucleoside transporters expressed within rat epididymis to demonstrate the potential of epididymal reabsorption. Using immunohistochemistry, we determined that equilibrative nucleoside transporter 1 (ENT1) is localized to the basolateral membrane of epithelial cells, ENT2 is expressed in the nucleus of the epithelium and CNT2 is expressed by basal cells...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321998/moderate-selenium-dosing-inhibited-chromium-vi-toxicity-in-chicken-liver
#6
Yang Wang, Yongxia Liu, Huiyu Wan, Yiran Zhu, Peng Chen, Pan Hao, Ziqiang Cheng, Jianzhu Liu
This study aimed to clarify the effect of selenium (Se) on chromium (VI) [Cr(VI)]-induced damage in chicken liver. A total of 105 chickens were randomly divided into seven groups of 15. Group I received deionized water; group II received Cr(VI) (7.83 mg/kg/d) alone; and other groups orally received both Cr(VI) (7.83 mg/kg/d) and Se of different doses (0.14, 0.29, 0.57, 1.14, and 2.28 mg/kg/d). The levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione (GSH), malondialdehyde (MDA), Ca(2+) -ATPase, and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) were measured...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295929/bex4-upregulation-alters-sertoli-cell-growth-properties-and-protein-expression-profiles-an-explanation-for-cadmium-induced-testicular-sertoli-cell-injury
#7
Wu Yu, Liu Yaping, Wu Mingjun, Hao Jie, Liao Xiaogang, Li Gang
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that cadmium (Cd) may induce testicular dysfunction by targeting genes that are expressed in the testis. Here, we demonstrated that BEX4 is expressed in testis Sertoli cells, and its expression was significantly upregulated by CdCl2 treatment through activating the p38 signaling pathway. To investigate whether augmented BEX4 expression affects Sertoli cell growth and function, BEX4-overexpressing TM4 Sertoli cells were established. Proteomics analysis identified 85 differentially expressed proteins in BEX4-overexpressing cells...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296008/sanguinarine-exhibits-antitumor-activity-via-up-regulation-of-fas-associated-factor-1-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#8
Guangxia Wei, Yahuan Xu, Tao Peng, Jie Yan, Zhengjun Wang, Zhanwen Sun
Lung cancer is the most common type of malignancy and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the world. Non-small cell lung carcinomas (NSCLC) account for 85% cases of lung cancer. Sanguinarine (SNG) is a benzophenanthridine alkaloid isolated from plants of the Papaveraceae family that possess diverse biological activities. SNG exhibits antitumor effects in several cancer cells. However, the effects of SAN on NSCLC proliferation, invasion, and migration and the mechanisms remain to be clarified...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266802/polydatin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-laryngeal-cancer-and-hela-cells-via-suppression-of-the-pdgf-akt-signaling-pathway
#9
Haixia Li, Baoyuan Shi, Yanyun Li, Fengfang Yin
Polydatin (PD), a stilbene compound extracted from Polygonum cuspidatum, is suggested to possess anti-cancer activities, including inhibition of cell proliferation, cell cycle arrest, and induction of apoptosis. The platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)/AKT signaling pathway plays complex roles in tumor suppression. However, the effect of PD on the PDGF/AKT signaling pathway in laryngeal cancer and HeLa cells has not been explored. MTT assay and flow cytometry showed that PD inhibited cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in Hep-2 and AMC-HN-8 cells...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266800/in-vitro-inhibition-of-human-erythrocyte-hexokinase-by-various-hyperglycemic-drugs
#10
Jalal A Aljamal, Muwaffag Badawneh
Hemolysis is the red blood cell abnormality most often associated with adverse effect of drug therapy. Drug-induced or drug-associated hyperglycemia could decrease the activity of hexokinase. The aim of this study was to investigate the inhibitory effects of some commonly used drugs that have hyperglycemic side effect on the human erythrocyte hexokinase enzyme in vitro. Hexokinase was purified from human erythrocytes using sequential chromatography, with a specific activity of 0.96 ± 0.18 U/g hemoglobin, and assayed in the presence of selected drugs that have hyperglycemic side effect...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266775/bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-mitigate-caspase-3-and-8-hydroxy-proline-induced-via-%C3%AE-adrenergic-agonist-in-pulmonary-injured-rats
#11
Mai O Kadry, Rehab M Abdel-Megeed
Estimating the ability of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) to alleviate pulmonary injury induced via isoproterenol (ISP). ISP was injected in a dose of (100 mg/kg, subcutaneously twice at an interval of 24 h). One month post BM-MSCs transplantation by intravenous injection, pulmonary oxidative stress was assessed, and Western blot analyses and histopathological investigations were conducted. Compared with the normal control group, BM-MSCs transplantation significantly decreased the expression of pulmonary anti-oxidative stress marker...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266762/downregulation-of-hif1-%C3%AE-smad-2-akt-and-bax-gene-expression-in-sodium-nitrite-induced-lung-injury-via-some-antioxidants
#12
Mai O Kadry, Hanaa Mahmoud Ali
The aim of the current study is to evaluate the efficacy of pretreatment with either l-arginine (L-arg) or Carnosine (Car) and their combination in ameliorating some of the biochemical indices induced in the lung of sodium nitrite (NaNO2 )-intoxicated rats. The results revealed that NaNO2 significantly increased serum tumor necrosis factor-α, C-reactive protein, heat shock proteins-70, vascular endothelial growth factor, and Interleukin 6. Moreover, transforming growth factor-β, hypoxia-inducible factor, Smad-2, Protein Kinase B (AKT), and Bax were overexpressed, whereas Bcl2 protein was downregulated compared with the normoxic group...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266088/fluoride-or-and-aluminum-induced-toxicity-in-guinea-pig-teeth-with-the-low-expression-of-dentine-phosphoprotein
#13
Tianlong Han, Min Wang, Chunfang Cao, Huacheng Chen, Guanghe Zhang, Liping Wang, Jundong Wang
This study investigated the damage and expression of dentine phosphoprotein (DPP) in guinea pig teeth by the administration of fluoride (F) or/and aluminum (Al). Fifty-two guinea pigs were divided randomly into four groups (control, F, Al, and F+Al). F (150 mg NaF/L) or/and Al (300 mg AlCl3 /L) were added in their drinking water for 90 days. The levels of F ion, dentine sialophosphoprotein (DSPP) gene, and DPP protein in incisor and molar were determined, respectively. The results showed that the concentrations of F ion in F and F+Al groups were increased significantly...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251759/herbicide-oryzalin-inhibits-human-carbonic-anhydrases-in-vitro
#14
Lina Baranauskiene, Daumantas Matulis
Herbicides of the dinitroaniline chemical class, widely used oryzalin and trifluralin, and also nitralin were tested as inhibitors of recombinant human carbonic anhydrases (CAs). Oryzalin bound and inhibited 11 out of 12 catalytically active CA isoforms present in the human body with the affinities in the same range as clinically used CA drugs, while no effect was detected for the other two compounds. Binding of all three herbicides was examined by fluorescence-based thermal shift assay, isothermal titration calorimetry, and the inhibition of carbon dioxide hydratase activity...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245079/hemorrhagic-metalloproteinase-cc-hsm-iii-isolated-from-cerastes-cerastes-venom-purification-and-biochemical-characterization
#15
Wafa Tachoua, Hinda Boukhalfa-Abib, Fatima Laraba-Djebari
Snake venom metalloproteinases are the most abundant toxins in Viperidae venoms. In this study, a new hemorrhagin, Cc HSM-III (66 kDa), was purified from Cerastes cerastes venom by gel filtration, ion exchange, and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographies. The analysis of Cc HSM-III by liquid chromatography with a tandem mass spectrometry revealed 32 peptides sharing a homology with P-III metalloproteinases from Echis ocellatus snake venom. Cc HSM-III displays hemorrhagic activity with a minimal hemorrhagic dose of 5 μg, which is abolished by ethylene diamine tetracetic acid but not by phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245071/inhibition-of-microrna-153-protects-neurons-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-an-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-and-reoxygenation-cellular-model-by-regulating-nrf2-ho-1-signaling
#16
Qiong Ji, Jianbo Gao, Yan Zheng, Xueli Liu, Qiangqiang Zhou, Canxia Shi, Meng Yao, Xia Chen
MicroRNAs are emerging as critical regulators in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury; however, their exact roles remain poorly understood. miR-153 is reported to be a neuron-related miRNA involved in neuroprotection. In this study, we aimed to investigate the precise role of miR-153 in regulating neuron survival during cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury using an oxygen-glucose deprivation and reoxygenation (OGD/R) cellular model. We found that miR-153 was significantly upregulated in neurons subjected to OGD/R treatment...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238206/synergistic-effect-of-ddt-and-its-metabolites-in-lipopolysaccharide-mediated-tnf-%C3%AE-production-is-inhibited-by-progesterone-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#17
Pablo Dominguez-Lopez, Laura Diaz-Cueto, Arturo Aguilar-Rojas, Fabian Arechavaleta-Velasco
Increased TNF-α levels have been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis-(chlorophenyl)ethane (DDT), 1,1-bis-(chlorophenyl)-2,2-dichloroethene (DDE), and 1,1-dichloro-2,2-bis(chlorophenyl)ethane (DDD) induce TNF-α release in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Conversely, progesterone (P4) inhibits TNF-α secretion. Pregnant women in malaria endemic areas may be co-exposure to these compounds. Thus, this study was to investigate the synergistic effect of LPS and these pesticides in PBMC and to assess P4 influence on this synergy...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225195/protective-effect-of-hydroxytyrosol-in-arsenic-induced-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-rat-brain
#18
Manisha Soni, Chandra Prakash, Sfurti Sehwag, Vijay Kumar
The present study was planned to investigate the protective effect of hydroxytyrosol (HT) against arsenic (As)-induced mitochondrial dysfunction in rat brain. Rats exposed to sodium arsenite (25 ppm for 8 weeks) showed decreased mitochondrial complexes (I, II, IV) activities, mitochondrial superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), and catalase activities in brain mitochondria. As-treated rats showed reduced mRNA expression of complex I (ND-1, ND-2), IV (COX-1, COX-4) subunits, and uncoupling protein-2 (UCP-2). In addition to this, As exposure downregulated the protein expression of MnSOD...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225154/human-butyrylcholinesterase-efficacy-against-nerve-agent-exposure
#19
Beth A Reed, Carol L Sabourin, David E Lenz
Acetylcholinesterase is vital for normal operation of many processes in the body. Following exposure to organophosphorus (OP) nerve agents, death can ensue without immediate medical intervention. Current therapies mitigate the cholinergic crisis caused by nerve agents but do not fully prevent long-term health concerns, for example, brain damage following seizures. Human butyrylcholinesterase (HuBChE) is a stoichiometric bioscavenger being investigated as an antidote for OP nerve agent poisoning. HuBChE sequesters OP nerve agent in the bloodstream preventing the nerve agent from reaching critical target organ systems...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217947/mechanism-of-capsaicin-inhibition-of-aldose-reductase-activity
#20
Zuhal Alim, Namık Kilinc, Bulent Sengul, Sukru Beydemir
Aldose reductase (AR) inhibitors play a vital importance as a potential therapeutic and preventive medicine when it comes to hyperglycemia associated diabetic complications. Additionally, capsaicin is used as a food additive and a drug in a number of diverse clinical trials. The aim of this study is to determine the in vitro inhibition behavior of capsaicin on AR enzyme activity, which was obtained from different rat tissues (heart, kidney, liver, and brain). We showed that AR was inhibited by capsaicin in the micromolar range and noncompetitive manner in all of the tissues...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
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