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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106852/tumor-derived-tissue-factor-aberrantly-activates-complement-and-facilitates-lung-tumor-progression-via-recruitment-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
#1
Xiao Han, Haoran Zha, Fei Yang, Bo Guo, Bo Zhu
The initiator of extrinsic coagulation, tissue factor (TF), and its non-coagulant isoform alternatively spliced TF (asTF) are closely associated with tumor development. In the tumor microenvironment, the role of TF-induced coagulation in tumor progression remains to be fully elucidated. Using TF-knockdown lung tumor cells, we showed that TF is the dominant component of procoagulant activity but is dispensable in the cellular biology of tumor cells. In a xenograft model, using immunohistochemical analysis and flow cytometry analysis of the tumor microenvironment, we demonstrated that TF-induced fibrin deposition, which is correlated with complement activation and myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) recruitment, is positively associated with tumor progression...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106846/competition-between-methanogens-and-acetogens-in-biocathodes-a-comparison-between-potentiostatic-and-galvanostatic-control
#2
Sam D Molenaar, Pradip Saha, Annemerel R Mol, Tom H J A Sleutels, Annemiek Ter Heijne, Cees J N Buisman
Microbial electrosynthesis is a useful form of technology for the renewable production of organic commodities from biologically catalyzed reduction of CO₂. However, for the technology to become applicable, process selectivity, stability and efficiency need strong improvement. Here we report on the effect of different electrochemical control modes (potentiostatic/galvanostatic) on both the start-up characteristics and steady-state performance of biocathodes using a non-enriched mixed-culture inoculum. Based on our results, it seems that kinetic differences exist between the two dominant functional microbial groups (i...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106845/post-translational-modifications-of-the-tak1-tab-complex
#3
REVIEW
Yusuke Hirata, Miki Takahashi, Tohru Morishita, Takuya Noguchi, Atsushi Matsuzawa
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) is a member of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAPKKK) family that is activated by growth factors and cytokines such as TGF-β, IL-1β, and TNF-α, and mediates a wide range of biological processes through activation of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling pathways. It is well established that activation status of TAK1 is tightly regulated by forming a complex with its binding partners, TAK1-binding proteins (TAB1, TAB2, and TAB3)...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106835/highly-expression-of-cd11b-and-cd32-on-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-patients-with-adult-onset-still-s-disease
#4
Hyoun-Ah Kim, Bunsoon Choi, Chang-Hee Suh, Mi Hwa Han, Ju-Yang Jung, Hasan M Sayeed, Ye Won Kim, Seonghyang Sohn
BACKGROUND: We investigated the potential role of several pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs; CD11b, CD11c, CD32, CD206, CD209, and dectin-1) in adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). METHODS: The study included 13 untreated AOSD patients, 19 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients (as a disease control), and 19 healthy controls (HCs). The PRRs were quantified in peripheral blood using flow cytometry. The serum levels of interleukin-17 (IL-17), IL-18, and IL-23 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106833/influence-of-temperature-on-transdermal-penetration-enhancing-mechanism-of-borneol-a-multi-scale-study
#5
Qianqian Yin, Ran Wang, Shufang Yang, Zhimin Wu, Shujuan Guo, Xingxing Dai, Yanjiang Qiao, Xinyuan Shi
The influence of temperature on the transdermal permeation enhancing mechanism of borneol (BO) was investigated using a multi-scale method, containing a coarse-grained molecular dynamic (CG-MD) simulation, an in vitro permeation experiment, and a transmission electron microscope (TEM) study. The results showed that BO has the potential to be used as a transdermal penetration enhancer to help osthole (OST) penetrate into the bilayer. With the increasing temperature, the stratum corneum (SC) becomes more flexible, proving to be synergistic with the permeation enhancement of BO, and the lag time (TLag) of BO and OST are shortened...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106829/advances-in-monitoring-cell-based-therapies-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging-future-perspectives
#6
REVIEW
Ethel J Ngen, Dmitri Artemov
Cell-based therapies are currently being developed for applications in both regenerative medicine and in oncology. Preclinical, translational, and clinical research on cell-based therapies will benefit tremendously from novel imaging approaches that enable the effective monitoring of the delivery, survival, migration, biodistribution, and integration of transplanted cells. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers several advantages over other imaging modalities for elucidating the fate of transplanted cells both preclinically and clinically...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106828/bajijiasu-abrogates-osteoclast-differentiation-via-the-suppression-of-rankl-signaling-pathways-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-nfat
#7
Guoju Hong, Lin Zhou, Xuguang Shi, Wei He, Haibin Wang, Qiushi Wei, Peng Chen, Longkai Qi, Jennifer Tickner, Li Lin, Jiake Xu
Pathological osteolysis is commonly associated with osteoporosis, bone tumors, osteonecrosis, and chronic inflammation. It involves excessive resorption of bone matrix by activated osteoclasts. Suppressing receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) signaling pathways has been proposed to be a good target for inhibiting osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption. Bajijiasu-a natural compound derived from Morinda officinalis F. C. How-has previously been shown to have anti-oxidative stress property; however, its effect and molecular mechanism of action on osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption remains unclear...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106827/neuroprotective-strategy-in-retinal-degeneration-suppressing-er-stress-induced-cell-death-via-inhibition-of-the-mtor-signal
#8
REVIEW
Bin Fan, Ying-Jian Sun, Shu-Yan Liu, Lin Che, Guang-Yu Li
The retina is a specialized sensory organ, which is essential for light detection and visual formation in the human eye. Inherited retinal degenerations are a heterogeneous group of eye diseases that can eventually cause permanent vision loss. UPR (unfolded protein response) and ER (endoplasmic reticulum) stress plays an important role in the pathological mechanism of retinal degenerative diseases. mTOR (the mammalian target of rapamycin) kinase, as a signaling hub, controls many cellular processes, covering protein synthesis, RNA translation, ER stress, and apoptosis...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106826/colorectal-carcinoma-a-general-overview-and-future-perspectives-in-colorectal-cancer
#9
REVIEW
Inés Mármol, Cristina Sánchez-de-Diego, Alberto Pradilla Dieste, Elena Cerrada, María Jesús Rodriguez Yoldi
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer and the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death. Most cases of CRC are detected in Western countries, with its incidence increasing year by year. The probability of suffering from colorectal cancer is about 4%-5% and the risk for developing CRC is associated with personal features or habits such as age, chronic disease history and lifestyle. In this context, the gut microbiota has a relevant role, and dysbiosis situations can induce colonic carcinogenesis through a chronic inflammation mechanism...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106824/identification-of-the-muc2-promoter-as-a-strong-promoter-for-intestinal-gene-expression-through-generation-of-transgenic-quail-expressing-gfp-in-gut-epithelial-cells
#10
Rachel M Woodfint, Paula R Chen, Jinsoo Ahn, Yeunsu Suh, Seongsoo Hwang, Sang Suk Lee, Kichoon Lee
Identification of tissue- and stage-specific gene promoters is valuable for delineating the functional roles of specific genes in genetically engineered animals. Here, through the comparison of gene expression in different tissues by analysis of a microarray database, the intestinal specificity of mucin 2 (MUC2) expression was identified in mice and humans, and further confirmed in chickens by RT-PCR (reverse transcription-PCR) analysis. An analysis of cis-acting elements in avian MUC2 gene promoters revealed conservation of binding sites, within a 2...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106823/integrated-microrna-mrna-profiling-identifies-oncostatin-m-as-a-marker-of-mesenchymal-like-er-negative-her2-negative-breast-cancer
#11
Giulia Bottai, Lixia Diao, Keith A Baggerly, Laura Paladini, Balázs Győrffy, Carlotta Raschioni, Lajos Pusztai, George A Calin, Libero Santarpia
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) simultaneously modulate different oncogenic networks, establishing a dynamic system of gene expression and pathway regulation. In this study, we analyzed global miRNA and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression profiles of 17 cell lines representing different molecular breast cancer subtypes. Spearman's rank correlation test was used to evaluate the correlation between miRNA and mRNA expression. Hierarchical clustering and pathway analysis were also performed. Publicly available gene expression profiles (n = 699) and tumor tissues (n = 80) were analyzed to assess the relevance of key miRNA-regulated pathways in human breast cancer...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106794/a-thoroughly-validated-virtual-screening-strategy-for-discovery-of-novel-hdac3-inhibitors
#12
Huabin Hu, Jie Xia, Dongmei Wang, Xiang Simon Wang, Song Wu
Histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) has been recently identified as a potential target for the treatment of cancer and other diseases, such as chronic inflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Virtual screening (VS) is currently a routine technique for hit identification, but its success depends on rational development of VS strategies. To facilitate this process, we applied our previously released benchmarking dataset, i.e., MUBD-HDAC3 to the evaluation of structure-based VS (SBVS) and ligand-based VS (LBVS) combinatorial approaches...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106787/anti-nmda-receptor-encephalitis-and-vaccination
#13
Hsiuying Wang
Anti-N-methyl-d-aspartate (Anti-NMDA) receptor encephalitis is an acute autoimmune neurological disorder. The cause of this disease is often unknown, and previous studies revealed that it might be caused by a virus, vaccine or tumor. It occurs more often in females than in males. Several cases were reported to be related to vaccination such as the H1N1 vaccine and tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis and polio vaccines. In this study, we reported an anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis case that may be caused by Japanese encephalitis vaccination...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106785/ketamine-analog-methoxetamine-induced-inflammation-and-dysfunction-of-bladder-in-rats
#14
Qiang Wang, Qinghui Wu, Junpeng Wang, Yang Chen, Guihao Zhang, Jiawei Chen, Jie Zhao, Peng Wu
The novel synthetic psychoactive ketamine analog methoxetamine is reportedly being used for recreational purposes. As ketamine use can result in urinary dysfunction, we conducted the present study to investigate how methoxetamine affects the bladder. A cystometry investigation showed that female Sprague-Dawley rats experienced increased micturition frequency bladder dysfunction after receiving a daily intraperitoneal injection of 30 mg/kg methoxetamine or ketamine for periods of 4 or 12 weeks. Histologic examinations of rat bladder tissue revealed damaged urothelium barriers, as well as evidence of inflammatory cell infiltration and matrix deposition...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106784/microrna-29a-alleviates-bile-duct-ligation-exacerbation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-in-mice-through-epigenetic-control-of-methyltransferases
#15
Ya-Ling Yang, Feng-Sheng Wang, Sung-Chou Li, Mao-Meng Tiao, Ying-Hsien Huang
MicroRNA-29 (miR-29) is found to modulate hepatic stellate cells' (HSCs) activation and, thereby, reduces liver fibrosis pathogenesis. Histone methyltransferase regulation of epigenetic reactions reportedly participates in hepatic fibrosis. This study is undertaken to investigate the miR-29a regulation of the methyltransferase signaling and epigenetic program in hepatic fibrosis progression. miR-29a transgenic mice (miR-29aTg mice) and wild-type littermates were subjected to bile duct-ligation (BDL) to develop cholestatic liver fibrosis...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106783/extract-of-polygala-tenuifolia-alleviates-stress-exacerbated-atopy-like-skin-dermatitis-through-the-modulation-of-protein-kinase-a-and-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
#16
Bongjun Sur, Bombi Lee, Ye Seul Yoon, Pooreum Lim, Riwon Hong, Mijung Yeom, Hyang Sook Lee, Hijoon Park, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Young Pyo Jang, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and stress create a vicious cycle: stress exacerbates atopic symptoms, and atopic disease elicits stress and anxiety. Targeting multiple pathways including stress and allergic inflammation is, therefore, important for treating AD. In this study, we investigated the remedial value of Polygala tenuifolia Willd. (PTW) for treating immobilization (IMO) stress-exacerbated atopy-like skin dermatitis and its underlying mechanism. Trimellitic anhydride (TMA) was applied to dorsal skin for sensitization and subsequently both ears for eliciting T-cell-dependent contact hypersensitivity in mice, which underwent 2 h-IMO stress and PTW administration for the latter 6 and 9 days in the ear exposure period of TMA, respectively...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106782/from-clinical-standards-to-translating-next-generation-sequencing-research-into-patient-care-improvement-for-hepatobiliary-and-pancreatic-cancers
#17
REVIEW
Ioannis D Kyrochristos, Georgios K Glantzounis, Demosthenes E Ziogas, Ioannis Gizas, Dimitrios Schizas, Efstathios G Lykoudis, Evangelos Felekouras, Anastasios Machairas, Christos Katsios, Theodoros Liakakos, William C Cho, Dimitrios H Roukos
Hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HBP) cancers are associated with high cancer-related death rates. Surgery aiming for complete tumor resection (R0) remains the cornerstone of the treatment for HBP cancers. The current progress in the adjuvant treatment is quite slow, with gemcitabine chemotherapy available only for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). In the advanced and metastatic setting, only two targeted drugs have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which are sorafenib for hepatocellular carcinoma and erlotinib for PDA...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106780/integrins-and-cell-metabolism-an-intimate-relationship-impacting-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Rehman Ata, Costin N Antonescu
Integrins are important regulators of cell survival, proliferation, adhesion and migration. Once activated, integrins establish a regulated link between the extracellular matrix and the cytoskeleton. Integrins have well-established functions in cancer, such as in controlling cell survival by engagement of many specific intracellular signaling pathways and in facilitating metastasis. Integrins and associated proteins are regulated by control of transcription, membrane traffic, and degradation, as well as by a number of post-translational modifications including glycosylation, allowing integrin function to be modulated to conform to various cellular needs and environmental conditions...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106778/methylglyoxal-glyoxalase-1-balance-the-root-of-vascular-damage
#19
REVIEW
Cecilia Nigro, Alessia Leone, Gregory Alexander Raciti, Michele Longo, Paola Mirra, Pietro Formisano, Francesco Beguinot, Claudia Miele
The highly reactive dicarbonyl methylglyoxal (MGO) is mainly formed as byproduct of glycolysis. Therefore, high blood glucose levels determine increased MGO accumulation. Nonetheless, MGO levels are also increased as consequence of the ineffective action of its main detoxification pathway, the glyoxalase system, of which glyoxalase 1 (Glo1) is the rate-limiting enzyme. Indeed, a physiological decrease of Glo1 transcription and activity occurs not only in chronic hyperglycaemia but also with ageing, during which MGO accumulation occurs...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106777/neuroprotection-by-caffeine-in-hyperoxia-induced-neonatal-brain-injury
#20
Stefanie Endesfelder, Ulrike Weichelt, Evelyn Strauß, Anja Schlör, Marco Sifringer, Till Scheuer, Christoph Bührer, Thomas Schmitz
Sequelae of prematurity triggered by oxidative stress and free radical-mediated tissue damage have coined the term "oxygen radical disease of prematurity". Caffeine, a potent free radical scavenger and adenosine receptor antagonist, reduces rates of brain damage in preterm infants. In the present study, we investigated the effects of caffeine on oxidative stress markers, anti-oxidative response, inflammation, redox-sensitive transcription factors, apoptosis, and extracellular matrix following the induction of hyperoxia in neonatal rats...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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