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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539839/ppard-is-an-inhibitor-of-cartilage-growth-in-external-ears
#1
Zhen Zhang, Yanyu Duan, Zhongping Wu, Hui Zhang, Jun Ren, Lusheng Huang
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor beta/delta (PPARD) is an important determinant of multiple biological processes. Our previous studies identified a missense mutation in the PPARD gene that significantly reduces its transcription activity, and consequently causes enlarged external ears in pigs. However, the mechanisms underlying the causality has remained largely unknown. Here, we show that PPARD retards the development of auricular cartilage by accelerating the apoptosis of cartilage stem/progenitor cells (CSPCs), the terminal differentiation of cartilage cells and the degradation of cartilage extracellular matrix in the auricle...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539838/andrographolide-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-inhibiting-the-mir-21-5p-timp3-signaling-pathway
#2
Jianwei Dai, Yuyin Lin, Youfa Duan, Zixuan Li, Dalei Zhou, Wensheng Chen, Lijing Wang, Qian-Qian Zhang
Angiogenesis provides nutrients and oxygen to promote tumor growth and affords a channel that facilitates tumor cell entry into the circulation. Andrographolide (Andro) possess anti-tumor activity; however, its direct effect on angiogenesis still needs to be clarified. In this study, our experiments revealed that Andro significantly inhibited vascular growth in chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) and yolk sac membrane (YSM) models. Meanwhile, tumor angiogenesis was also suppressed by Andro. Additionally, we found that cell proliferation, migration and tube formation of vascular endothelial cells was inhibited by Andro treatment in vitro...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539837/ezh2-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-kras-driven-lung-adenocarcinoma
#3
Yanxiao Wang, Ning Hou, Xuan Cheng, Jishuai Zhang, Xiaohong Tan, Chong Zhang, Yuling Tang, Yan Teng, Xiao Yang
Previous studies have suggested that enhancer zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), a histone methyltransferase subunit of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), acts as an oncogene in lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) development. However, we found that in human lung ADC samples, deletion and mutations of EZH2 were also frequently present, with 14% of patients harboring loss-of-function EZH2 alterations. To explore the effect of Ezh2 loss on lung tumor formation, lung epithelial Ezh2 gene was deleted in Kras-driven lung ADC mouse model...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539836/dual-delivery-of-ngf-and-bfgf-coacervater-ameliorates-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-via-inhibiting-schwann-cells-apoptosis
#4
Rui Li, Jianfeng Ma, Yanqing Wu, Matthew Nangle, Shuang Zou, Yiyang Li, Jiayu Yin, Yingzheng Zhao, Helin Xu, Hongyu Zhang, Xiaokun Li, Qing Song Ye, Jian Wang, Jian Xiao
Diabetic neuropathy is a kind of insidious complications that impairs neural and vascular function and ultimately leads to somatic and visceral denervation. Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and nerve growth factor (NGF) are important neurotrophic factors for stimulating angiogenesis and improving peripheral nerve function. Administrating a single factor has good therapeutic effect on diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). However, the short half-life and rapid diffusion of growth factors under physiological conditions limits its clinical applications...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539835/the-myosin-ii-inhibitor-blebbistatin-ameliorates-fecl3-induced-arterial-thrombosis-via-the-gsk3%C3%AE-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#5
Yuanyuan Zhang, Long Li, Yazheng Zhao, Han Han, Yang Hu, Di Liang, Boyang Yu, Junping Kou
Arterial thrombosis and its related diseases are major healthcare problems worldwide. Blebbistatin is an inhibitor of myosin II, which plays an important role in thrombosis. The aim of our study is to explore the effect and potential mechanism of blebbistatin on arterial thrombosis. A ferric chloride (FeCl3) solution at a concentration of 5% was used to induce carotid artery thrombosis in mice. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining were used to detect the expression or activation of non-muscle myosin heavy chain IIA (NMMHC IIA), tissue factor (TF), GSK3β and NF-κB...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539834/complex-relationship-between-obesity-and-the-fat-mass-and-obesity-locus
#6
REVIEW
Qingyun Yang, Tiancun Xiao, Jiao Guo, Zhengquan Su
In the 21st century, obesity has become a serious problem because of increasing obese patients and numerous metabolic complications. The primary reasons for this situation are environmental and genetic factors. In 2007, FTO (fat mass and obesity associated) was the first gene identified through a genome-wide association study (GWAS) associated with obesity in humans. Subsequently, a cluster of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the first intron of the FTO gene was discovered to be associated with BMI and body composition...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539833/sdf-1-in-mammary-fibroblasts-of-bovine-with-mastitis-induces-emt-and-inflammatory-response-of-epithelial-cells
#7
Guiliang He, Mengru Ma, Wei Yang, Hao Wang, Yong Zhang, Ming-Qing Gao
Fibroblasts constitute the majority of the stromal cells within bovine mammary gland, yet the functional contributions of these cells to mastitis and fibrosis and the mechanism are poorly understood. In this study, we demonstrate that inflammation-associated fibroblasts (INFs) extracted from bovine mammary glands with clinical mastitis had different expression pattern regarding to several extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, chemokines and cytokines compared to normal fibroblasts (NFs) from dairy cows during lactation...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539832/recapitulating-and-correcting-marfan-syndrome-in-a-cellular-model
#8
Jung Woo Park, Li Yan, Chris Stoddard, Xiaofang Wang, Zhichao Yue, Leann Crandall, Tiwanna Robinson, Yuxiao Chang, Kyle Denton, Enqin Li, Bin Jiang, Zhenwu Zhang, Kristen Martins-Taylor, Siu-Pok Yee, Hong Nie, Feng Gu, Wei Si, Ting Xie, Lixia Yue, Ren-He Xu
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a connective tissue disorder caused by mutations in FBN1 gene, which encodes a key extracellular matrix protein FIBRILLIN-1. The haplosufficiency of FBN1 has been implicated in pathogenesis of MFS with manifestations primarily in cardiovascular, muscular, and ocular tissues. Due to limitations in animal models to study the late-onset diseases, human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer a homogeneic tool for dissection of cellular and molecular pathogenic mechanism for MFS in vitro. Here, we first derived induced PSCs (iPSCs) from a MFS patient with a FBN1 mutation and corrected the mutation, thereby generating an isogenic "gain-of-function" control cells for the parental MFS iPSCs...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539831/aldehyde-dehydrogenases-1a2-expression-and-distribution-are-potentially-associated-with-neuron-death-in-spinal-cord-of-tg-sod1-g93a-1gur-mice
#9
Huiting Liang, Chengsi Wu, Youqing Deng, Lei Zhu, Jie Zhang, Weiming Gan, Chunyan Tang, Renshi Xu
The pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has not been unclear yet, it might be associated with the abnormal expression and distribution of certain proteins. Aldehyde dehydrogenases 1A2 (ALDH1A2) was thought to be one of potential candidates. Therefore, in this study we observed and analyzed the alteration of the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the spinal cord of wild-type (WT) and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice. We compared the expression and distribution of ALDH1A2 in the different segments, anatomic regions and neural cells of spinal cord at the different stages of WT and Tg(SOD1*G93A)1Gur mice applied the methods of fluorescent immunohistochemistry and western blot...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539830/dna-methylation-mediated-down-regulation-of-mir-370-regulates-cell-growth-through-activation-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-human-osteosarcoma-cells
#10
Wentao Zhang, Ning Duan, Qian Zhang, Tao Song, Zhong Li, Caiguo Zhang, Xun Chen, Kunzheng Wang
MicroRNA-370 (miR-370) has been observed to act as a tumor suppressor through the targeting of different proteins in a variety of tumors. Our previous study indicated that miR-370 was able to target forkhead box protein M1 (FOXM1) to inhibit cell growth and metastasis in human osteosarcoma cells. In this study, we reported that FOXM1 interacted with β-catenin in vitro and in vivo. Similar to FOXM1, critical components of the Wnt signaling pathway, including β-catenin, c-Myc, and Cyclin D1, were also highly expressed in different human osteosarcoma cells lines...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539829/multifaceted-regulation-of-gene-expression-by-the-apoptosis-and-splicing-associated-protein-complex-and-its-components
#11
REVIEW
Bhagyashree Deka, Kusum Kumari Singh
The differential deposition of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) on pre-mRNA mediates the processes of gene expression. One of the complexes containing RBPs that play a crucial part in RNA metabolism is the apoptosis-and splicing-associated protein (ASAP) complex. In this review, we present a summary of the structure of ASAP complex and its localization. Also, we discuss the findings by different groups on various functions of the subunits of the ASAP complex in RNA metabolism. The subunits of the ASAP complex are RNPS1, Acinus and SAP18...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539828/increased-expression-of-thyroid-hormone-responsive-protein-thrsp-is-the-result-but-not-the-cause-of-higher-intramuscular-fat-content-in-cattle
#12
Lisa Schering, Elke Albrecht, Katrin Komolka, Christa Kühn, Steffen Maak
Thyroid hormone responsive protein (THRSP) is known to be involved in lipogenic processes in rodents. In cattle, THRSP could be a potential molecular marker for intramuscular fat (IMF) deposition since mRNA abundance was frequently found to be increased in skeletal muscle with high IMF content compared to those with low IMF. The aim of this study was to elucidate the background of this differential expression and to evaluate the role of THRSP as candidate for increased IMF content in cattle. By combination of mRNA and protein analyses, we could demonstrate that THRSP is present mainly in nuclei of adipose tissue, in intramuscular fat cells and associated cells, and in cells of the portal triad of liver, whereas muscle cells did not express THRSP...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529459/cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-is-involved-in-chronic-hypoxia-induced-neuron-apoptosis-by-down-regulating-hif-1%C3%AE-expression-and-regulated-by-microrna-23a
#13
Xiaoming Chen, Xinqin Liu, Bin Li, Qian Zhang, Jiye Wang, Wenbin Zhang, Wenjing Luo, Jingyuan Chen
Background: Neuron apoptosis mediated by hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) in hippocampus is one of the most important factors accounting for the chronic hypobaric hypoxia induced cognitive impairment. As a neuroprotective molecule that is up-regulated in response to various environmental stress, CIRBP was reported to crosstalk with HIF-1α under cellular stress. However, its function under chronic hypobaric hypoxia remains unknown. Objective: In this study, we tried to identify the role of CIRBP in HIF-1α mediated neuron apoptosis under chronic hypobaric hypoxia and find a possible method to maintain its potential neuroprotective in long-term high altitude environmental exposure...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529458/targeting-hsp90-hdac6-regulating-network-implicates-precision-treatment-of-breast-cancer
#14
Shiyi Yu, Xiuxiu Cai, Chenxi Wu, Yan Liu, Jun Zhang, Xue Gong, Xin Wang, Xiaoli Wu, Tao Zhu, Lin Mo, Jun Gu, Zhenghong Yu, Jinfei Chen, Jean Paul Thiery, Renjie Chai, Liming Chen
Breast cancer is the leading cause of women death. Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) and Histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) are promising anti-cancer drug targets. However, it's still unclear the applicability of anti-HSP90 and anti-HDAC6 strategies in precision treatment of breast cancer. In current study, we found that triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells, compared to T47D, an ERα+ breast cancer cell line, exhibited 7~40 times lower IC50 values, stronger cell cycle perturbation, increased cell apoptosis and stronger inhibition of cell migration upon 17-DMAG treatment, while T47D, compared to TNBC cells, expressed higher HDAC6 and showed stronger anti-cancer response upon treatment of Tubacin...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529457/deguelin-attenuates-allergic-airway-inflammation-via-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-mice
#15
Zhang Bao, Pei Zhang, Yinan Yao, Guohua Lu, Zhongkai Tong, Bing Yan, Lingfang Tu, Guangdie Yang, Jianying Zhou
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by airway inflammation and remodeling, resulting in a substantial economic burden on both patients and society. Deguelin, a constituent of the Leguminosae family, exhibits anti-proliferative and anti-inflammatory activities in cancer mice models via inhibiting phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases and the NF-κB pathway. We demonstrated that deguelin effectively reduced OVA-induced inflammatory cell recruitment, decreased lung tissue inflammation and mucus production, suppressed airway hyperresponsiveness, and inhibited serum immunoglobulin and Th2 cytokine levels in a dose-dependent manner in asthmatic mice...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529456/ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-huogu-formula-inhibits-adipogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-via-the-bmp-and-wnt-signaling-pathways
#16
Xiangying Kong, Xiaomin Li, Cun Zhang, Liuluan Zhu, Chunfang Liu, Qingxia Qin, Cuiling Liu, Qianqian Wang, Jia Zhu, Xuan Wu, Hongye Wan, Weiheng Chen, Na Lin
Elevated adipogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) is closely associated with non-traumatic osteonecrosis of femoral head (ONFH). Our previous studies have shown that Huogu (HG) formula was effective both in clinic experience and experimental ONFH. How HG impacts the differentiation of BMSCs and what is the underlying molecular mechanism remain largely unknown. Our results showed that ethyl acetate extract of HG (HGE) significantly decreased the adipocyte differentiation as determined by oil red staining, while slightly increased the ALP activity...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529455/dipalmitoylphosphatidic-acid-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#17
Qian-Qian Zhang, Jian Chen, Da-Lei Zhou, You-Fa Duan, Cui-Ling Qi, Jiang-Chao Li, Xiao-Dong He, Min Zhang, Yong-Xia Yang, Lijing Wang
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a subtype of breast cancer with a poor prognosis, accounting for approximately 12-24% of breast cancer cases. Accumulating evidence has indicated that there is no effective targeted therapy available for TNBC. Dipalmitoylphosphatidic acid (DPPA) is a bioactive phospholipid. However, the function of DPPA in the growth of TNBC has not yet been studied. In this study, we employed TNBC cells and a subcutaneous tumor model to elucidate the possible effect of DPPA on tumor growth in TNBC...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529454/characterization-of-cytosine-methylation-and-the-dna-methyltransferases-of-toxoplasma-gondii
#18
Haixia Wei, Shichen Jiang, Longfei Chen, Cheng He, Shuizhen Wu, Hongjuan Peng
DNA methylation is a key epigenetic modification which confers phenotypic plasticity and adaptation. Cyst-forming strains of Toxoplasma gondii undergo tachyzoite to bradyzoite conversion after initial acute infection of a host, and the reverse conversion may occur in immune-suppressed hosts. The formation of m(5)C is catalyzed by DNA methyltransferase (DNMT). We identified two functional DNA methyltransferases, TgDNMTa and TgDNMTb, in T. gondii that may mediate DNA methylation. The recombinant proteins showed intrinsic methyltransferase activity; both have higher transcription levels in bradyzoites than that in tachyzoites...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529453/the-role-of-germ-cell-loss-during-primordial-follicle-assembly-a-review-of-current-advances
#19
REVIEW
Yuan-Chao Sun, Xiao-Feng Sun, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen, Hong Chen
In most female mammals, early germline development begins with the appearance of primordial germ cells (PGCs), and develops to form mature oocytes following several vital processes. It remains well accepted that significant germ cell apoptosis and oocyte loss takes place around the time of birth. The transition of the ovarian environment from fetal to neonatal, coincides with the loss of germ cells and the timing of follicle formation. All told it is common to lose approximately two thirds of germ cells during this transition period...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529452/estradiol-suppresses-tlr4-triggered-apoptosis-of-decidual-stromal-cells-and-drives-an-anti-inflammatory-th2-shift-by-activating-sgk1
#20
Yiyun Lou, Minhao Hu, Qijing Wang, Mu Yuan, Ning Wang, Fang Le, Lejun Li, Shisi Huang, Liya Wang, Xiangrong Xu, Fan Jin
A pro-inflammatory cytokine profile at the feto-maternal interface may predispose immune maladaptation notably in early miscarriages. We investigated the involvement of estradiol (E2)-activated serum-glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in preserving the tolerogenic and pro-survival intrauterine microenvironment beneficial to gestation maintenance. Decidual SGK1 was down-regulated in early miscarriage, consistent with the lower serum E2 concentration seen in pregnancy loss. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/Toll-like receptors 4 (TLR4) signaling induced apoptosis and the pro-inflammatory T helper type (TH) 1 response of decidual stromal cells (DSCs) were associated with miscarriage...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
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