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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835002/cripto-enhances-proliferation-and-survival-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-up-regulating-jak2-stat3-pathway-in-a-grp78-dependent-manner
#1
SeungPil Yun, Chul Won Yun, Jun Hee Lee, SangMin Kim, Sang Hun Lee
Cripto is a small glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored signaling protein that can detach from the anchored membrane and stimulate proliferation, migration, differentiation, vascularization, and angiogenesis. In the present study, we demonstrated that Cripto positively affected proliferation and survival of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) without affecting multipotency. Cripto also increased expression of phosphorylated janus kinase 2 (p-JAK2), phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (p-STAT3), 78 kDa glucose-regulated protein (GRP78), c-Myc, and cyclin D1...
August 25, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822990/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-mangostins-induces-autophagy-and-shows-synergistic-effectwith-gemcitabine-in-pancreatic-cancer-cell-lines
#2
Myoungjae Kim, Young-Won Chin, Eun Joo Lee
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal and aggressive cancers in the world. However, no effective treatment is currently available for pancreatic cancer. The objective of this study was to determine the anti-pancreatic cancer effect of α-mangostin (αM) and γ-mangostin (γM) extracted from the pericarp of Garcinia mangostana L.. Both αM and γM reduced the viability of pancreatic cancer cells MIA PaCa-2 and PANC-1 in a dose-dependent manner. These compounds induced apoptosis by increasing c-PARP and c-Caspase 3 levels...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822989/cellular-prion-protein-enhances-drug-resistance-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-regulation-of-a-survival-signal-pathway
#3
Jun Hee Lee, Chul Won Yun, Sang Hun Lee
Anti-cancer drug resistance is a major problem in colorectal cancer (CRC) research. Although several studies have revealed the mechanism of cancer drug resistance, molecular targets for chemotherapeutic combinations remain elusive. To address this issue, we focused on the expression of cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) in 5-FU-resistant CRC cells. In 5-FU-resistant CRC cells, PrP(C) expression is significantly increased, compared with that in normal CRC cells. In the presence of 5-FU, PrP(C) increased CRC cell survival and proliferation by maintaining the activation of the PI3K-Akt signaling pathway and the expression of cell cycle-associated proteins, including cyclin E, CDK2, cyclin D1, and CDK4...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655071/melatonin-rescues-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-senescence-induced-by-the-uremic-toxin-p-cresol-via-inhibiting-mtor-dependent-autophagy
#4
Seung Pil Yun, Yong-Seok Han, Jun Hee Lee, Sang Min Kim, Sang Hun Lee
p-Cresol, found at high concentrations in the serum of chronic kidney failure patients, is known to cause cell senescence and other complications in different parts of the body. p-Cresol is thought to mediate cytotoxic effects through the induction of autophagy response. However, toxic effects of p-cresol on mesenchymal stem cells have not been elucidated. Thus, we aimed to investigate whether p-cresol induces senescence of mesenchymal stem cells, and whether melatonin can ameliorate abnormal autophagy response caused by p-cresol...
June 27, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835003/regulation-of-pharmacogene-expression-by-microrna-in-the-cancer-genome-atlas-tcga-research-network
#5
Nayoung Han, Yun-Kyoung Song, Gilbert J Burckart, Eunhee Ji, In-Wha Kim, Jung Mi Oh
Individual differences in drug responses are associated with genetic and epigenetic variability of pharmacogene expression. We aimed to identify the relevant miRNAs which regulate pharmacogenes associated with drug responses. The miRNA and mRNA expression profiles derived from data for normal and solid tumor tissues in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network. Predicted miRNAs targeted to pharmacogenes were identified using publicly available databases. A total of 95 pharmacogenes were selected from cholangiocarcinoma and colon adenocarcinoma, as well as kidney renal clear cell, liver hepatocellular, and lung squamous cell carcinomas...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822992/low-dose-bisphenol-a-increases-bile-duct-proliferation-in-juvenile-rats-a-possible-evidence-for-risk-of-liver-cancer-in-the-exposed-population
#6
Ji Seong Jeong, Ki Taek Nam, Buhyun Lee, Aryo Dimas Pamungkas, Daeun Song, Minjeong Kim, Wook-Joon Yu, Jinsoo Lee, Sunha Jee, Youngja H Park, Kyung-Min Lim
Increasing concern is being given to the association between risk of cancer and exposure to low-dose bisphenol A (BPA), especially in young-aged population. In this study, we investigated the effects of repeated oral treatment of low to high dose BPA in juvenile Sprague-Dawley rats. Exposing juvenile rats to BPA (0, 0.5, 5, 50, and 250 mg/kg oral gavage) from post-natal day 9 for 90 days resulted in higher food intakes and increased body weights in biphasic dose-effect relationship. Male mammary glands were atrophied at high dose, which coincided with sexual pre-maturation of females...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822991/aquatide-activation-of-sirt1-reduces-cellular-senescence-through-a-sirt1-foxo1-autophagy-axis
#7
Chae Jin Lim, Yong-Moon Lee, Seung Goo Kang, Hyung W Lim, Kyong-Oh Shin, Se Kyoo Jeong, Yang Hoon Huh, Suin Choi, Myungho Kor, Ho Seong Seo, Byeong Deog Park, Keedon Park, Jeong Keun Ahn, Yoshikazu Uchida, Kyungho Park
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is a relevant environment factor to induce cellular senescence and photoaging. Both autophagy- and silent information regulator T1 (SIRT1)-dependent pathways are critical cellular processes of not only maintaining normal cellular functions, but also protecting cellular senescence in skin exposed to UV irradiation. In the present studies, we investigated whether modulation of autophagy induction using a novel synthetic SIRT1 activator, heptasodium hexacarboxymethyl dipeptide-12 (named as Aquatide), suppresses the UVB irradiation-induced skin aging...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655072/oral-administration-of-glycine-and-leucine-dipeptides-improves-skin-hydration-and-elasticity-in-uvb-irradiated-hairless-mice
#8
Jong Il Park, Ji Eun Lee, Hyun Jun Shin, Soonran Song, Won Kyung Lee, Jae Sung Hwang
Placenta is a special organ that contains many nutrients such as growth factors, minerals, and bioactive peptides. Dipeptides of glycine and leucine are major components of porcine placenta extracts (PPE) that has been used as an alternative of human placenta extracts. In this study, we investigated whether major peptides of PPE, Glycyl-L-Leucine (Gly-Leu), L-Leucyl-Glycine (Leu-Gly), and L-Leucyl-L-Leucine (Leu-Leu), affect skin hydration and elasticity in vitro and in vivo. We found that Gly-Leu and Leu-Gly dipeptides induced the expression of transglutaminase 1 in normal human epidermal keratinocytes (NHEKs) whereas Leu-Leu dipeptides did not...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655070/inhibitory-effect-of-carnosol-on-phthalic-anhydride-induced-atopic-dermatitis-via-inhibition-of-stat3
#9
Do Yeon Lee, Chul Ju Hwang, Ji Yeon Choi, Mi Hee Park, Min Ji Song, Ki Wan Oh, Dong Ju Son, Seung Hwa Lee, Sang Bae Han, Jin Tae Hong
Carnosol is a phenolic antioxidant present in rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis). It is known for anti-inflammatory effects, analgesic activity and anti-cancer effects. However, no study has been dedicated yet to its effect on atopic dermatitis (AD). Here, we show that carnosol effectively inhibited LPS-induced nitric oxide (NO) generation and expression of inflammatory marker proteins (iNOS and COX-2) in RAW 264.7 cells. In addition, carnosol effectively inhibits the phosphorylation of STAT3 and DNA binding activity in RAW 264...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554197/a-new-neolignan-derivative-balanophonin-isolated-from-firmiana-simplex-delays-the-progress-of-neuronal-cell-death-by-inhibiting-microglial-activation
#10
Soo Young Lim, Lalita Subedi, Dongyun Shin, Chung Sub Kim, Kang Ro Lee, Sun Yeou Kim
Excessive activation of microglia causes the continuous production of neurotoxic mediators, which further causes neuron degeneration. Therefore, inhibition of microglial activation is a possible target for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Balanophonin, a natural neolignoid from Firmiana simplex, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the anti-neuroinflammatory effects and mechanism of balanophonin in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated BV2 microglia cells...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365976/new-anticoagulants-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-venous-thromboembolism
#11
REVIEW
Joo Hee Kim, Kyung-Min Lim, Hye Sun Gwak
Anticoagulant drugs, like vitamin K antagonists and heparin, have been the mainstay for the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolic disease for many years. Although effective if appropriately used, traditional anticoagulants have several limitations such as unpredictable pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic responses and various adverse effects including serious bleeding complications. New oral anticoagulants have recently emerged as an alternative because of their rapid onset/offset of action, predictable linear dose-response relationships and fewer drug interactions...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274093/canonical-transient-receptor-potential-channels-and-their-link-with-cardio-cerebro-vascular-diseases
#12
REVIEW
Xiong Xiao, Hui-Xia Liu, Kuo Shen, Wei Cao, Xiao-Qiang Li
The canonical transient receptor potential channels (TRPCs) constitute a series of nonselective cation channels with variable degrees of Ca(2+) selectivity. TRPCs consist of seven mammalian members, TRPC1, TRPC2, TRPC3, TRPC4, TRPC5, TRPC6, and TRPC7, which are further divided into four subtypes, TRPC1, TRPC2, TRPC4/5, and TRPC3/6/7. These channels take charge of various essential cell functions such as contraction, relaxation, proliferation, and dysfunction. This review, organized into seven main sections, will provide an overview of current knowledge about the underlying pathogenesis of TRPCs in cardio/cerebrovascular diseases, including hypertension, pulmonary arterial hypertension, cardiac hypertrophy, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia, and cerebrovascular ischemia reperfusion injury...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208011/glucosylsphingosine-activates-serotonin-receptor-2a-and-2b-implication-of-a-novel-itch-signaling-pathway
#13
Ramsha Afzal, Won-Sik Shim
Recent reports claimed that glucosylsphingosine (GS) is highly accumulated and specifically evoking itch-scratch responses in the skins of atopic dermatitis (AD) patients. However, it was unclear how GS can trigger itch-scratch responses, since there were no known molecular singling pathways revealed yet. In the present study, it was verified for the first time that GS can activate mouse serotonin receptor 2a (mHtr2a) and 2b (mHtr2b), but not 2c (mHtr2c) that are expressed in HEK293T cells. Specifically, effects of GS on all mouse serotonin receptor 2 subfamily were evaluated by calcium imaging techniques...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190320/nuclear-receptor-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-wy-14-643-ameliorates-hepatic-cell-death-in-hepatic-ikk%C3%AE-deficient-mice
#14
Taehyeong Kim, Lilik Duwi Wahyudi, Frank J Gonzalez, Jung-Hwan Kim
Inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B kinase beta (IKKβ) plays a critical role in cell proliferation and inflammation in various cells by activating NF-κB signaling. However, the interrelationship between peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) and IKKβ in cell proliferation is not clear. In this study, we investigated the possible role of PPARα in the hepatic cell death in the absence of IKKβ gene using liver-specific Ikkb-null (Ikkb(F/F-AlbCre)) mice. To examine the function of PPARα activation in hepatic cell death, wild-type (Ikkb(F/F)) and Ikkb(F/F-AlbCre) mice were treated with PPARα agonist Wy-14,643 (0...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190319/lncrna-meg3-regulates-imatinib-resistance-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-via-suppressing-microrna-21
#15
Xiangyu Zhou, Ping Yuan, Qi Liu, Zhiqiang Liu
Imatinib resistance has become a major clinical problem for chronic myeloid leukemia. The aim of the present study was to investigate the involvement of MEG3, a lncRNA, in imatinib resistance and demonstrate its underlying mechanisms. RNAs were extracted from CML patients' peripheral blood cells and human leukemic K562 cells, and the expression of MEG3 was measured by RT-qPCR. Cell proliferation and cell apoptosis were evaluated. Western blotting was used to measure the protein expression of several multidrug resistant transporters...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173641/effects-of-adamantyl-derivatives-on-pharmacokinetic-behavior-of-paclitaxel-in-rats
#16
Kyung Mi Kim, Kyeong Lee, Kyusic Jang, Yae Seul Moon, Hwa Jeong Lee, Sandy Jeong Rhie
Paclitaxel (PTX) is one of the most frequently used anticancer agent for treating refractory ovarian cancer, metastatic breast cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. However, its oral administration is impeded by very low bioavailability (<5%) due to the P-glycopprotein (P-gp) efflux pump effect. This study investigated in vitro and in vivo P-gp inhibitory effects of adamantyl derivatives AC-603 and AC-786 in rats. Two adamantyl derivatives tested in this study increased the cytotoxicity of daunomycin (DNM) in P-gp overexpressed cell line by inhibiting P-gp efflux function...
September 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605834/absorption-study-of-genistein-using-solid-lipid-microparticles-and-nanoparticles-control-of-oral-bioavailability-by-particle-sizes
#17
Jeong Tae Kim, Sonia Barua, Hyeongmin Kim, Seong-Chul Hong, Seung-Yup Yoo, Hyojin Jeon, Yeongjin Cho, Sangwon Gil, Kyungsoo Oh, Jaehwi Lee
In this study, the effect of particle size of genistein-loaded solid lipid particulate systems on drug dissolution behavior and oral bioavailability was investigated. Genistein-loaded solid lipid microparticles and nanoparticles were prepared with glyceryl palmitostearate. Except for the particle size, other properties of genistein-loaded solid lipid microparticles and nanoparticles such as particle composition and drug loading efficiency and amount were similarly controlled to mainly evaluate the effect of different particle sizes of the solid lipid particulate systems on drug dissolution behavior and oral bioavailability...
July 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605833/pig3-regulates-p53-stability-by-suppressing-its-mdm2-mediated-ubiquitination
#18
Min Jin, Seon-Joo Park, Seok Won Kim, Hye Rim Kim, Jin Won Hyun, Jung-Hee Lee
Under normal, non-stressed conditions, intracellular p53 is continually ubiquitinated by MDM2 and targeted for degradation. However, in response to severe genotoxic stress, p53 protein levels are markedly increased and apoptotic cell death is triggered. Inhibiting the ubiquitination of p53 under conditions where DNA damage has occurred is therefore crucial for preventing the development of cancer, because if cells with severely damaged genomes are not removed from the population, uncontrolled growth can result...
July 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605832/comparison-of-reprogramming-methods-for-generation-of-induced-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells
#19
Eun-Hye Lee, Chang-Hwan Park
Direct conversion by trans-differentiation is of growing interest in cell therapy for incurable diseases. The efficiency of cell reprogramming and functionality of converted cells are important considerations in cell transplantation therapy. Here, we compared two representative protocols for the generation of induced-oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (iOPCs) from mouse and rat fibroblasts. Then, we showed that induction of Nkx6.2, Olig2, and Sox10 (NOS) was more effective in mouse fibroblasts and that induction of Olig2, Sox10, and Zfp536 (OSZ) was more effective at reprogramming iOPCs from rat fibroblasts...
July 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554202/imperatorin-is-transported-through-blood-brain-barrier-by-carrier-mediated-transporters
#20
Temdara Tun, Young-Sook Kang
Imperatorin, a major bioactive furanocoumarin with multifunctions, can be used for treating neurodegenerative diseases. In this study, we investigated the characteristics of imperatorin transport in the brain. Experiments of the present study were designed to study imperatorin transport across the blood-brain barrier both in vivo and in vitro. In vivo study was performed in rats using single intravenous injection and in situ carotid artery perfusion technique. Conditionally immortalized rat brain capillary endothelial cells were as an in vitro model of blood-brain barrier to examine the transport mechanism of imperatorin...
July 1, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
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