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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871158/platelet-shape-changes-and-cytoskeleton-dynamics-as-novel-therapeutic-targets-for-anti-thrombotic-drugs
#1
REVIEW
Eun-Kyung Shin, Hanseul Park, Ji-Yoon Noh, Kyung-Min Lim, Jin-Ho Chung
Platelets play an essential role in hemostasis through aggregation and adhesion to vascular injury sites but their unnecessary activation can often lead to thrombotic diseases. Upon exposure to physical or biochemical stimuli, remarkable platelet shape changes precede aggregation or adhesion. Platelets shape changes facilitate the formation and adhesion of platelet aggregates, but are readily reversible in contrast to the irrevocable characteristics of aggregation and adhesion. In this dynamic phenomenon, complex molecular signaling pathways and a host of diverse cytoskeleton proteins are involved...
November 25, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871157/synthetic-cannabinoid-induced-immunosuppression-augments-cerebellar-dysfunction-in-tetanus-toxin-treated-mice
#2
Jaesuk Yun, Sun Mi Gu, Tac-Hyung Lee, Yun Jeong Song, Seonhwa Seong, Young-Hoon Kim, Hye Jin Cha, Kyoung Moon Han, Jisoon Shin, Hokyung Oh, Kikyung Jung, Chiyoung Ahn, Hye-Kyung Park, Hyung Soo Kim
Synthetic cannabinoids are one of most abused new psychoactive substances. The recreational use of abused drug has aroused serious concerns about the consequences of these drugs on infection. However, the effects of synthetic cannabinoid on resistance to tetanus toxin are not fully understood yet. In the present study, we aimed to determine if the administration of synthetic cannabinoids increase the susceptibility to tetanus toxin-induced motor behavioral deficit and functional changes in cerebellar neurons in mice...
November 25, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871156/kahweol-from-coffee-induces-apoptosis-by-upregulating-activating-transcription-factor-3-in-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
#3
Gwang Hun Park, Hun Min Song, Jin Boo Jeong
Kahweol as a coffee-specific diterpene has been reported to induce apoptosis in human cancer cells. Although some molecular targets for kahweol-mediated apoptosis have been elucidated, the further mechanism for apoptotic effect of kahweol is not known. Activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) has been reported to be associated with apoptosis in colorectal cancer. The present study was performed to investigate the molecular mechanism by which kahweol stimulates ATF3 expression and apoptosis in human colorectal cancer cells...
November 25, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871155/protective-role-of-fucoidan-in-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-inhibition-of-mapk-signaling-pathway
#4
Nan Che, Yijie Ma, Yinhu Xin
Fucoidan has been reported to exhibit various beneficial activities ranging from to antivirus and anticancer properties. However, little information is available about the effects of fucoidan on cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI). Our study aimed to explore the effects of fucoidan on cerebral IRI, as well as the underlying mechanisms. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly subjected to four groups: Sham, IRI+saline (IRI+S), IRI+80 mg/kg fucoidan (IRI+F80), and IRI+160 mg/kg fucoidan (IRI+F160). Fucoidan (80 mg/kg or 160 mg/kg) was intraperitoneally injected from 7 days before the rats were induced to cerebral IRI model with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) method...
November 25, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871154/neuroprotection-of-dexmedetomidine-against-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-involved-in-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-inflammation-response
#5
Lijun Wang, Haiyan Liu, Ligong Zhang, Gongming Wang, Mengyuan Zhang, Yonghui Yu
Dexmedetomidine is an α2-adrenergic receptor agonist that exhibits a protective effect on ischemia-reperfusion injury of the heart, kidney, and other organs. In the present study, we examined the neuroprotective action and potential mechanisms of dexmedetomidine against ischemia-reperfusion induced cerebral injury. Transient focal cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats by middle cerebral artery occlusion. After the ischemic insult, animals then received intravenous dexmedetomidine of 1 µg/kg load dose, followed by 0...
November 25, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829272/galangin-activates-the-erk-akt-driven-nrf2-signaling-pathway-to-increase-the-level-of-reduced-glutathione-in-human-keratinocytes
#6
Susara Ruwan Kumara Madduma Hewage, Mei Jing Piao, Kyoung Ah Kang, Yea Seong Ryu, Pattage Madushan Dilhara Jayatissa Fernando, Min Chang Oh, Jeong Eon Park, Kristina Shilnikova, Yu Jin Moon, Dae O Shin, Jin Won Hyun
Previously, we demonstrated that galangin (3,5,7-trihydroxyflavone) protects human keratinocytes against ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced oxidative damage. In this study, we investigated the effect of galangin on induction of antioxidant enzymes involved in synthesis of reduced glutathione (GSH), and investigated the associated upstream signaling cascades. By activating nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2), galangin treatment significantly increased expression of glutamate-cysteine ligase catalytic subunit (GCLC) and glutathione synthetase (GSS)...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829271/ginsenoside-rb1-inhibits-doxorubicin-triggered-h9c2-cell-apoptosis-via-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor
#7
Yaxin Zhang, Yuguang Wang, Zengchun Ma, Qiande Liang, Xianglin Tang, Hongling Tan, Chengrong Xiao, Yue Gao
Doxorubicin (DOX) is a highly effective chemotherapeutic agent; however, the dose-dependent cardiotoxicity associated with DOX significantly limits its clinical application. In the present study, we investigated whether Rb1 could prevent DOX-induced apoptosis in H9C2 cells via aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). H9C2 cells were treated with various concentrations (- μM) of Rb1. AhR, CYP1A protein and mRNA expression were quantified with Western blot and real-time PCR analyses. We also evaluated the expression levels of caspase-3 to assess the anti-apoptotic effects of Rb1...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829270/biflorin-ameliorates-memory-impairments-induced-by-cholinergic-blockade-in-mice
#8
Se Jin Jeon, Boseong Kim, Byeol Ryu, Eunji Kim, Sunhee Lee, Dae Sik Jang, Jong Hoon Ryu
To examine the effect of biflorin, a component of Syzygium aromaticum, on memory deficit, we introduced a scopolamine-induced cognitive deficit mouse model. A single administration of biflorin increased latency time in the passive avoidance task, ameliorated alternation behavior in the Y-maze, and increased exploration time in the Morris water maze task, indicating the improvement of cognitive behaviors against cholinergic dysfunction. The biflorin-induced reverse of latency in the scopolamine-treated group was attenuated by MK-801, an NMDA receptor antagonist...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829269/tetrandrine-exerts-a-radiosensitization-effect-on-human-glioma-through-inhibiting-proliferation-by-attenuating-erk-phosphorylation
#9
Ji-Wei Ma, Yong Zhang, Ji-Cheng Ye, Ru Li, Yu-Lin Wen, Jian-Xian Huang, Xue-Yun Zhong
Tetrandrine (Tet), a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid, has been reported to have a radiosensitization effect on tumors. However, its effects on human glioma and the specific molecular mechanisms of these effects remain unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that Tet has a radiosensitization effect on human glioma cells. It has been hypothesized that Tet has a radiosensitization effect on glioma cells by affecting the glioma cell cycle and DNA repair mechanism and that ERK mediates these activities. Therefore, we conducted detailed analyses of the effects of Tet on the cell cycle by performing flow cytometric analysis and on DNA repair by detecting the expression of phosphorylated H2AX by immunofluorescence...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829268/altered-translational-control-of-fmrp-on-myelin-proteins-in-neuropsychiatric-disorders
#10
REVIEW
Se Jin Jeon, Jong Hoon Ryu, Geon Ho Bahn
Myelin is a specialized structure of the nervous system that both enhances electrical conductance and insulates neurons from external risk factors. In the central nervous system, polarized oligodendrocytes form myelin by wrapping processes in a spiral pattern around neuronal axons through myelin-related gene regulation. Since these events occur at a distance from the cell body, post-transcriptional control of gene expression has strategic advantage to fine-tune the overall regulation of protein contents in situ...
November 8, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737526/enforced-expression-of-cxcr5-drives-t-follicular-regulatory-like-features-in-foxp3%C3%A2-%C2%BA-t-cells
#11
Young Uk Kim, Byung-Seok Kim, Hoyong Lim, Rick A Wetsel, Yeonseok Chung
CXCR5⁺ T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are associated with aberrant autoantibody production in patients with antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases including lupus. Follicular regulatory T (Tfr) cells expressing CXCR5 and Bcl6 have been recently identified as a specialized subset of Foxp3⁺ regulatory T (Treg) cells that control germinal center reactions. In this study, we show that retroviral transduction of CXCR5 gene in Foxp3⁺ Treg cells induced a stable expression of functional CXCR5 on their surface...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737525/cinnamaldehyde-derivatives-inhibited-coxsackievirus-b3-induced-viral-myocarditis
#12
Xiao-Qiang Li, Xiao-Xiao Liu, Xue-Ying Wang, Yan-Hua Xie, Qian Yang, Xin-Xin Liu, Yuan-Yuan Ding, Wei Cao, Si-Wang Wang
The chemical property of cinnamaldehyde is unstable in vivo, although early experiments have shown its obvious therapeutic effects on viral myocarditis (VMC). To overcome this problem, we used cinnamaldehyde as a leading compound to synthesize derivatives. Five derivatives of cinnamaldehyde were synthesized: 4-methylcinnamaldehyde (1), 4-chlorocinnamaldehyde (2), 4-methoxycinnamaldehyde (3), α-bromo-4-methylcinnamaldehyde (4), and α-bromo-4-chlorocinnamaldehyde (5). Neonatal rat cardiomyocytes and HeLa cells infected by coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) were used to evaluate their antiviral and cytotoxic effects...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737524/reduced-autophagy-in-5-fluorouracil-resistant-colon-cancer-cells
#13
Cheng Wen Yao, Kyoung Ah Kang, Mei Jing Piao, Yea Seong Ryu, Pattage Madushan Dilhara Jayatissa Fernando, Min Chang Oh, Jeong Eon Park, Kristina Shilnikova, Soo-Young Na, Seung Uk Jeong, Sun-Jin Boo, Jin Won Hyun
We investigated the role of autophagy in SNUC5/5-FUR, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) resistant SNUC5 colon cancer cells. SNUC5/5-FUR cells exhibited low level of autophagy, as determined by light microscopy, confocal microscopy, and flow cytometry following acridine orange staining, and the decreased level of GFP-LC3 puncta. In addition, expression of critical autophagic proteins such as Atg5, Beclin-1 and LC3-II and autophagic flux was diminished in SNUC5/5-FUR cells. Whereas production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was significantly elevated in SNUC5/5-FUR cells, treatment with the ROS inhibitor N-acetyl cysteine further reduced the level of autophagy...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737523/restoration-of-declined-immune-responses-and-hyperlipidemia-by-rubus-occidenalis-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
#14
Youngjoo Lee, Jiyeon Kim, Jinho An, Sungwon Lee, Heetae Lee, Hyunseok Kong, Youngcheon Song, Hye Ran Choi, Ji-Wung Kwon, Daekeun Shin, Chong-Kil Lee, Kyungjae Kim
Hyperlipidemia, which is closely associated with a fatty diet and aging, is commonly observed in the western and aged society. Therefore, a novel therapeutic approach for this disease is critical, and an immunological view has been suggested as a novel strategy, because hyperlipidemia is closely associated with inflammation and immune dysfunction. In this study, the effects of an aqueous extract of Rubus occidentalis (RO) in obese mice were investigated using immunological indexes. The mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) to induce hyperlipidemia, which was confirmed by biochemical analysis and examination of the mouse physiology...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795452/protective-effects-of-ecklonia-stolonifera-extract-on-ethanol-induced-fatty-liver-in-rats
#15
Chae-Young Bang, Jae-Hyuk Byun, Hye-Kyung Choi, Jae-Sue Choi, Se-Young Choung
Chronic alcohol consumption causes alcoholic liver disease, which is associated with the initiation of dysregulated lipid metabolism. Recent evidences suggest that dysregulated cholesterol metabolism plays an important role in the pathogenesis of alcoholic fatty liver disease. Ecklonia stolonifera (ES), a perennial brown marine alga that belongs to the family Laminariaceae, is rich in phlorotannins. Many studies have indicated that ES has extensive pharmacological effects, such as antioxidative, hepatoprotective, and antiinflammatory effects...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795451/3-deoxysappanchalcone-promotes-proliferation-of-human-hair-follicle-dermal-papilla-cells-and-hair-growth-in-c57bl-6-mice-by-modulating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-and-stat-signaling
#16
Young Eun Kim, Hyung Chul Choi, In-Chul Lee, Dong Yeon Yuk, Hyosung Lee, Bu Young Choi
3-Deoxysappanchalcone (3-DSC) has been reported to possess anti-allergic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 3-DSC on the proliferation of human hair follicle dermal papilla cells (HDPCs) and mouse hair growth in vivo. A real-time cell analyzer system, luciferase assay, Western blot and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were employed to measure the biochemical changes occurring in HDPCs in response to 3-DSC treatment. The effect of 3-DSC on hair growth in C57BL/6 mice was also examined...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795450/marine-derived-pharmaceuticals-challenges-and-opportunities
#17
REVIEW
Ulrike Lindequist
Marine biosphere is the largest one of the earth and harbors an enormous number of different organisms. Living conditions differ fundamentally from those in terrestrial environment. The production of specific secondary metabolites is an important adaption mechanism of marine organisms to survive in the sea. These metabolites possess biological activities which make them interesting as possible drugs for human. The review presents sources, chemistry, production and pharmacology of FDA approved marine derived pharmaceuticals arranged according to their therapeutic indication...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737527/lonchocarpine-increases-nrf2-are-mediated-antioxidant-enzyme-expression-by-modulating-ampk-and-mapk-signaling-in-brain-astrocytes
#18
Yeon-Hui Jeong, Jin-Sun Park, Dong-Hyun Kim, Hee-Sun Kim
Lonchocarpine is a phenylpropanoid compound isolated from Abrus precatorius that has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and antiepileptic activities. In the present study, we investigated the antioxidant effects of lonchocarpine in brain glial cells and analyzed its molecular mechanisms. We found that lonchocarpine suppressed reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cell death in hydrogen peroxide-treated primary astrocytes. In addition, lonchocarpine increased the expression of antioxidant enzymes, such as heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1), and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), which are all under the control of Nrf2/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27469143/sensitization-of-5-fluorouracil-resistant-snuc5-colon-cancer-cells-to-apoptosis-by-%C3%AE-mangostin
#19
June Lee, Jong-Su Kang, Bu-Young Choi, Young-Sam Keum
5-fluorouracil (5-FU) is a chemotherapeutic agent commonly used for treatment of solid tumors, including colorectal cancer. However, chemoresistance against 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) often limits its success for chemotherapy and, therefore, finding out appropriate adjuvant(s) that might overcome chemoresistance against 5-FU bears a significant importance. In the present study, we have found that α-mangostin can sensitize 5-FU-resistant SNUC5/5-FUR colon cancer cells to apoptosis. Exposure of α-mangostin induced significant DNA damages and increased the intracellular 8-hydroxyguanosine (8-OH-G) and 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) levels in SNUC5 and SNUC5/5-FUR cells...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27469142/pyrrole-derivative-of-chalcone-e-3-phenyl-1-2-pyrrolyl-2-propenone-inhibits-inflammatory-responses-via-inhibition-of-src-syk-and-tak1-kinase-activities
#20
Sungjae Yang, Yong Kim, Deok Jeong, Jun Ho Kim, Sunggyu Kim, Young-Jin Son, Byong Chul Yoo, Eun Jeong Jeong, Tae Woong Kim, In-Sook Han Lee, Jae Youl Cho
(E)-3-Phenyl-1-(2-pyrrolyl)-2-propenone (PPP) is a pyrrole derivative of chalcone, in which the B-ring of chalcone linked to β-carbon is replaced by pyrrole group. While pyrrole has been studied for possible Src inhibition activity, chalcone, especially the substituents on the B-ring, has shown pharmaceutical, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties via inhibition of NF-κB activity. Our study is aimed to investigate whether this novel synthetic compound retains or enhances the pharmaceutically beneficial activities from the both structures...
November 1, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
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