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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333102/biological-effect-of-licochalcone-c-on-the-regulation-of-pi3k-akt-enos-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inos-no-signaling-pathways-in-h9c2-cells-in-response-to-lps-stimulation
#1
Sara Franceschelli, Mirko Pesce, Alessio Ferrone, Daniela Maria Pia Gatta, Antonia Patruno, Maria Anna De Lutiis, José Luis Quiles, Alfredo Grilli, Mario Felaco, Lorenza Speranza
Polyphenols compounds are a group molecules present in many plants. They have antioxidant properties and can also be helpful in the management of sepsis. Licochalcone C (LicoC), a constituent of Glycyrrhiza glabra, has various biological and pharmacological properties. In saying this, the effect of LicoC on the inflammatory response that characterizes septic myocardial dysfunction is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to determine whether LicoC exhibits anti-inflammatory properties on H9c2 cells that are stimulated with lipopolysaccharide...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333099/future-prospects-for-the-development-of-cost-effective-adenovirus-vaccines
#2
REVIEW
Cyrielle Fougeroux, Peter J Holst
Vaccination is one of the most efficient tools for disease prevention, and a continuously growing field of research. However, despite progress, we still need more efficient and cost-effective vaccines that would improve access to those in need. In this review, we will describe the status of virus-vectored vaccine technology with a focus on adenoviral-based vaccines. Adenovirus (Ad) vaccines have proven to be efficient in military vaccinations against Ad4 and Ad7 and as highly efficient vectored vaccines against rabies...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333097/effects-of-a-sativex-like-combination-of-phytocannabinoids-on-disease-progression-in-r6-2-mice-an-experimental-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#3
Sara Valdeolivas, Onintza Sagredo, Mercedes Delgado, Miguel A Pozo, Javier Fernández-Ruiz
Several cannabinoids afforded neuroprotection in experimental models of Huntington's disease (HD). We investigated whether a 1:1 combination of botanical extracts enriched in either ∆⁸-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆⁸-THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), which are the main constituents of the cannabis-based medicine Sativex(®), is beneficial in R6/2 mice (a transgenic model of HD), as it was previously shown to have positive effects in neurotoxin-based models of HD. We recorded the progression of neurological deficits and the extent of striatal deterioration, using behavioral, in vivo imaging, and biochemical methods in R6/2 mice and their corresponding wild-type mice...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333095/cytosolic-bnip3-dimer-interacts-with-mitochondrial-bax-forming-heterodimers-in-the-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-under-basal-conditions
#4
Ulrike B Hendgen-Cotta, Sonja Esfeld, Katharina Rudi, Ilkka Miinalainen, Johann P Klare, Tienush Rassaf
The primary function of mitochondria is energy production, a task of particular importance especially for cells with a high energy demand like cardiomyocytes. The B-cell lymphoma (BCL-2) family member BCL-2 adenovirus E1B 19 kDa-interacting protein 3 (BNIP3) is linked to mitochondrial targeting after homodimerization, where it functions in inner membrane depolarization and permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) mediating cell death. We investigated the basal distribution of cardiac BNIP3 in vivo and its physical interaction with the pro-death protein BCL2 associated X, apoptosis regulator (BAX) and with mitochondria using immunoblot analysis, co-immunoprecipitation, and continuous wave and pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333087/magnetically-bioprinted-human-myometrial-3d-cell-rings-as-a-model-for-uterine-contractility
#5
Glauco R Souza, Hubert Tseng, Jacob A Gage, Arunmani Mani, Pujan Desai, Fransisca Leonard, Angela Liao, Monica Longo, Jerrie S Refuerzo, Biana Godin
Deregulation in uterine contractility can cause common pathological disorders of the female reproductive system, including preterm labor, infertility, inappropriate implantation, and irregular menstrual cycle. A better understanding of human myometrium contractility is essential to designing and testing interventions for these important clinical problems. Robust studies on the physiology of human uterine contractions require in vitro models, utilizing a human source. Importantly, uterine contractility is a three-dimensionally (3D)-coordinated phenomenon and should be studied in a 3D environment...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333083/divergent-expression-patterns-and-function-implications-of-four-nanos-genes-in-a-hermaphroditic-fish-epinephelus-coioides
#6
Zhi-Hui Sun, Yang Wang, Wei-Jia Lu, Zhi Li, Xiao-Chun Liu, Shui-Sheng Li, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
Multiple nanos genes have been characterized in several fishes, but the functional implications of their various expression patterns remain unclear. In this study, we identified and characterized four nanos genes from a hermaphroditic fish orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides. Ecnanos1a and Ecnanos1b show divergent expression patterns, and the dynamic expression change of Ecnanos1a in pituitaries during sex change is associated with testis differentiation and spermatogenesis. Ecnanos2 and Ecnanos3 might be germline stem cells (GSCs) and primordial germ cells (PGCs)-specific markers, respectively...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333073/effects-of-melatonin-on-liver-injuries-and-diseases
#7
REVIEW
Jiao-Jiao Zhang, Xiao Meng, Ya Li, Yue Zhou, Dong-Ping Xu, Sha Li, Hua-Bin Li
Liver injuries and diseases are serious health problems worldwide. Various factors, such as chemical pollutants, drugs, and alcohol, could induce liver injuries. Liver diseases involve a wide range of liver pathologies, including hepatic steatosis, fatty liver, hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocarcinoma. Despite all the studies performed up to now, therapy choices for liver injuries and diseases are very few. Therefore, the search for a new treatment that could safely and effectively block or reverse liver injuries and diseases remains a priority...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333072/detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-using-negative-enrichment-immunofluorescence-and-an-in-situ-hybridization-system-in-pancreatic-cancer
#8
Yu Xu, Tai Qin, Jing Li, Xiuchao Wang, Chuntao Gao, Chao Xu, Jihui Hao, Jingcheng Liu, Song Gao, He Ren
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the most lethal type of gastrointestinal cancer, and early detection and monitoring is an urgent problem. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are emerging as a non-invasive biomarker for tumor detection. However, the low sensitivity is a main problem in the traditional CellSearch System for detecting CTCs, especially in patients with PC. In this study, we used negative enrichment (NE), immunofluorescence and in situ hybridization (FISH) of chromosome 8 (NE-iFISH) to capture and identify CTCs in PC patients...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333071/combined-effects-of-curcumin-and-lycopene-or-bixin-in-yoghurt-on-inhibition-of-ldl-oxidation-and-increases-in-hdl-and-paraoxonase-levels-in-streptozotocin-diabetic-rats
#9
Renata Pires Assis, Carlos Alberto Arcaro, Vânia Ortega Gutierres, Juliana Oriel Oliveira, Paulo Inácio Costa, Amanda Martins Baviera, Iguatemy Lourenço Brunetti
Combination therapy using natural antioxidants to manage diabetes mellitus and its complications is an emerging trend. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes promoted by treatment of streptozotocin (STZ)-diabetic rats with yoghurt enriched with the bioactives curcumin, lycopene, or bixin (the latter two being carotenoids). Antioxidants were administered individually, or as mixtures, and biomarkers of metabolic and oxidative disturbances, particularly those associated with cardiovascular risk, were assessed...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333070/evaluation-of-mct1-mct4-and-cd147-genes-in-peripheral-blood-cells-of-breast-cancer-patients-and-their-potential-use-as-diagnostic-and-prognostic-markers
#10
Maria Cláudia de B Luz, Matheus M Perez, Ligia A Azzalis, Luiz Vinícius de A Sousa, Fernando Adami, Fernando L A Fonseca, Beatriz da C A Alves
BACKGROUND: Patients with breast cancer-the deadliest cancer among women-are at constant risk of developing metastasis. Oxidative stress and hypoxia are common feature of tumor cells that can proliferate even in a resultant metabolic acidosis. Despite the low extracellular pH, intracellular pH of tumor cells remains relatively normal, or even more alkaline due to the action of a membrane protein family known as monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs). The objective of this study was to verify the diagnostic and prognostic value of MCT1, MCT4 and CD147 in tumor and peripheral blood samples of patients with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapic treatment...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327532/a-combination-of-soybean-and-haematococcus-extract-alleviates-ultraviolet-b-induced-photoaging
#11
Jieun Shin, Jong-Eun Kim, Kum-Ju Pak, Jung Il Kang, Tae-Seok Kim, Sang-Yoon Lee, Ik-Hyun Yeo, Jung Han Yoon Park, Jong Hun Kim, Nam Joo Kang, Ki Won Lee
Soybean-derived isoflavones have been investigated for their preventative effects against UV-induced symptoms of skin damage including wrinkle formation and inflammation. Haematococcus pluvialis is a freshwater species of Chlorophyta that contains high concentrations of the natural carotenoid pigment astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is known to be involved in retinoic acid receptor (RAR) signaling and previously been associated with the inhibition of activator protein (AP)-1 dependent transcription. Based on previous studies, we hypothesized that a combination of soy extract (SE) and Haematococcus extract (HE) may prevent UVB-induced photoaging through specific signaling pathways, as measured by UVB-induced wrinkling on hairless mice skin and expression changes in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327528/anti-obesity-effect-of-bombus-ignitus-queen-glycosaminoglycans-in-rats-on-a-high-fat-diet
#12
Mi Young Ahn, Ban Ji Kim, Ha Jeong Kim, Hyung Joo Yoon, Sang Duck Jee, Jae Sam Hwang, Kun-Koo Park
The mechanism of functional insect glycosaminoglycan (GAG) on obesity caused a high fat diet has not yet been elucidated. Therefore, insect glycosaminoglycans derived from Isaria sinclairii, Bombus ignitus (a type of bumblebee) queen, and Gryllus bimaculatus were purified and investigated as a potential functional food. 14-week old male Wistar rats were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 6 weeks. There were five groups that received daily intraperitoneal administration of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, control), GbG (GAG from Gryllus bimaculatus) 10 mg/kg, ISG (GAG from Isaria sinclairii) 10 mg/kg, IQG (GAG from Bombus ignites) 10 mg/kg, or Pravastatin (2 mg/kg)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327526/survivin-and-naip-in-human-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-protective-role-of-the-association-of-serenoa-repens-lycopene-and-selenium-from-the-randomized-clinical-study
#13
Giuseppe Morgia, Antonio Micali, Mariagrazia Rinaldi, Natasha Irrera, Herbert Marini, Domenico Puzzolo, Antonina Pisani, Salvatore Privitera, Giorgio I Russo, Sebastiano Cimino, Antonio Ieni, Vincenzo Trichilo, Domenica Altavilla, Francesco Squadrito, Letteria Minutoli
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) treatment includes the apoptosis machinery modulation through the direct inhibition of caspase cascade. We previously demonstrated that Serenoa repens (Ser) with lycopene (Ly) and selenium (Se) reawakened apoptosis by reducing survivin and neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) levels in rats. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Ser-Se-Ly association on survivin and NAIP expression in BPH patients. Ninety patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to clinical BPH were included in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327523/methodological-challenges-in-protein-microarray-and-immunohistochemistry-for-the-discovery-of-novel-autoantibodies-in-paediatric-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis
#14
Patrick Peschl, Melanie Ramberger, Romana Höftberger, Karin Jöhrer, Matthias Baumann, Kevin Rostásy, Markus Reindl
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a rare autoimmune-mediated demyelinating disease affecting mainly children and young adults. Differentiation to multiple sclerosis is not always possible, due to overlapping clinical symptoms and recurrent and multiphasic forms. Until now, immunoglobulins reactive to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG antibodies) have been found in a subset of patients with ADEM. However, there are still patients lacking autoantibodies, necessitating the identification of new autoantibodies as biomarkers in those patients...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327520/cytotoxicity-bactericidal-and-antioxidant-activity-of-sodium-alginate-hydrosols-treated-with-direct-electric-current
#15
Żaneta Król, Krzysztof Marycz, Dominika Kulig, Monika Marędziak, Andrzej Jarmoluk
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of using direct electric current (DC) of 0, 200, and 400 mA for five minutes on the physiochemical properties, cytotoxicity, antibacterial, and antioxidant activity of sodium alginate hydrosols with different sodium chloride concentrations. The pH, oxidation-reduction potential (ORP), electrical conductivity (EC), and available chlorine concentration (ACC) were measured. The effect of sodium alginate hydrosols treated with DC on Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, Micrococcus luteus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella enteritidis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Pseudomonas fluorescence, and RAW 264...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327519/identification-of-quantitative-trait-loci-conditioning-the-main-biomass-yield-components-and-resistance-to-melampsora-spp-in-salix-viminalis-%C3%A3-salix-schwerinii-hybrids
#16
Paweł Sulima, Jerzy A Przyborowski, Anna Kuszewska, Dariusz Załuski, Małgorzata Jędryczka, Witold Irzykowski
The biomass of Salix viminalis is the most highly valued source of green energy, followed by S. schwerinii, S. dasyclados and other species. Significant variability in productivity and leaf rust resistance are noted both within and among willow species, which creates new opportunities for improving willow yield parameters through selection of desirable recombinants supported with molecular markers. The aim of this study was to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) linked with biomass yield-related traits and the resistance/susceptibility of Salix mapping population to leaf rust...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335584/atrap-expression-in-brown-adipose-tissue-does-not-influence-the-development-of-diet-induced-metabolic-disorders-in-mice
#17
Kohji Ohki, Hiromichi Wakui, Kengo Azushima, Kazushi Uneda, Sona Haku, Ryu Kobayashi, Kotaro Haruhara, Sho Kinguchi, Miyuki Matsuda, Masato Ohsawa, Akinobu Maeda, Shintaro Minegishi, Tomoaki Ishigami, Yoshiyuki Toya, Akio Yamashita, Satoshi Umemura, Kouichi Tamura
Activation of tissue renin-angiotensin system (RAS), mainly mediated by an angiotensin II (Ang II) type 1 receptor (AT1R), plays an important role in the development of obesity-related metabolic disorders. We have shown that AT1R-associated protein (ATRAP), a specific binding protein of AT1R, functions as an endogenous inhibitor to prevent excessive activation of tissue RAS. In the present study, we newly generated ATRAP/Agtrap-floxed (ATRAP(fl/fl)) mice and adipose tissue-specific ATRAP downregulated (ATRAP(adipoq)) mice by the Cre/loxP system using Adipoq-Cre...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335564/passage-through-the-ocular-barriers-and-beneficial-effects-in-retinal-ischemia-of-topical-application-of-pacap1-38-in-rodents
#18
Dora Werling, William A Banks, Therese S Salameh, Timea Kvarik, Laszlo Akos Kovacs, Alexandra Vaczy, Edina Szabo, Flora Mayer, Rita Varga, Andrea Tamas, Gabor Toth, Zsolt Biro, Tamas Atlasz, Dora Reglodi
The neuropeptide pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) has two active forms, PACAP1-27 and PACAP1-38. Among the well-established actions are PACAP's neurotrophic and neuroprotective effects, which have also been proven in models of different retinopathies. The route of delivery is usually intravitreal in studies proving PACAP's retinoprotective effects. Recently, we have shown that PACAP1-27 delivered as eye drops in benzalkonium-chloride was able to cross the ocular barriers and exert retinoprotection in ischemia...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335557/ros-production-and-erk-activity-are-involved-in-the-effects-of-d-%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-and-metformin-in-a-glucose-deficient-condition
#19
Santosh Lamichhane, Tonking Bastola, Ramesh Pariyar, Eun-Sol Lee, Ho-Sub Lee, Dae Ho Lee, Jungwon Seo
Hypoglycemia, a complication of insulin or sulfonylurea therapy in diabetic patients, leads to brain damage. Furthermore, glucose replenishment following hypoglycemic coma induces neuronal cell death. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism underlying glucose deficiency-induced cytotoxicity and the protective effect of d-β-hydroxybutyrate (D-BHB) using SH-SY5Y cells. The cytotoxic mechanism of metformin under glucose deficiency was also examined. Cell viability under 1 mM glucose (glucose deficiency) was significantly decreased which was accompanied by increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and decreased phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and glycogen synthase 3 (GSK3β)...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335551/molecular-basis-for-modulation-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-and-their-drug-actions-by-extracellular-ca-2
#20
REVIEW
Juan Zou, Jason Y Jiang, Jenny J Yang
Metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) associated with the slow phase of the glutamatergic signaling pathway in neurons of the central nervous system have gained importance as drug targets for chronic neurodegenerative diseases. While extracellular Ca(2+) was reported to exhibit direct activation and modulation via an allosteric site, the identification of those binding sites was challenged by weak binding. Herein, we review the discovery of extracellular Ca(2+) in regulation of mGluRs, summarize the recent developments in probing Ca(2+) binding and its co-regulation of the receptor based on structural and biochemical analysis, and discuss the molecular basis for Ca(2+) to regulate various classes of drug action as well as its importance as an allosteric modulator in mGluRs...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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