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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918123/carnosic-acid-induces-apoptosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-ros-mediated-mitochondrial-pathway
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Xinrui Zhang, Yiling Chen, Guangsheng Cai, Xin Li, Di Wang
Carnosic acid (CA), an important bioactive phenolic diterpene mainly found in labiate plants, exerts various biological functions, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and neuroprotective activities. In the present study, we proved the deleterious effects of CA against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in both in vitro and in vivo models. In vitro, CA significantly decreased cell viability, inhibited cell proliferation and migration, enhanced apoptosis, and increased caspase-3, -8, and -9 activities in HepG2 and SMMC-7721 cells...
September 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917924/synthesis-of-amphoteric-curdlan-derivatives-for-delivery-of-therapeutic-nucleic-acids
#2
Yao Tong, Tsogzolmaa Ganbold, Huricha Baigude
Cationic polymers are powerful carriers for intracellular delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids. However, the positively charged macromolecules have considerable cytotoxicity and often induce irreversible damages to the cells and tissues, which greatly negate the clinical application of such materials as drug delivery system. Herein, we report the synthesis of novel amphoteric polymers based on curdlan, and the evaluation of their cytotoxicity as well as the nucleic acid delivery efficiency. β-(1,3)-polyglucuronic acid, a TEMPO-oxidized derivative of curdlan, was chemically modified by conjugation of tetraethylenepentamine...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915572/down-regulation-of-ntcp-expression-by-cyclin-d1-in-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-has-clinical-significance
#3
Jingting Kang, Jie Wang, Jin Cheng, Zhiliang Cao, Ran Chen, Huiyu Li, Shuang Liu, Xiangmei Chen, Jianhua Sui, Fengmin Lu
The sodium-dependent taurocholate cotransporter polypeptide (NTCP) has been identified as a liver specific functional receptor for the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Previous studies indicated that the expression of NTCP may be associated with the proliferation status of hepatocytes. However, the involvement of NTCP in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells proliferation remains unclear. In this study, we confirmed that NTCP was down-regulated in HCC tumor tissues compared with that in the adjacent non-tumor tissues (P < 0...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914811/leptolide-improves-insulin-resistance-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
#4
Pablo Villa-Pérez, Mercedes Cueto, Ana R Díaz-Marrero, Carmen D Lobatón, Alfredo Moreno, Germán Perdomo, Irene Cózar-Castellano
Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is a complex disease linked to pancreatic beta-cell failure and insulin resistance. Current antidiabetic treatment regimens for T2DM include insulin sensitizers and insulin secretagogues. We have previously demonstrated that leptolide, a member of the furanocembranolides family, promotes pancreatic beta-cell proliferation in mice. Considering the beneficial effects of leptolide in diabetic mice, in this study, we aimed to address the capability of leptolide to improve insulin resistance associated with the pathology of obesity...
September 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912543/inhibition-of-fucosylation-by-2-fluorofucose-suppresses-human-liver-cancer-hepg2-cell-proliferation-and-migration-as-well-as-tumor-formation
#5
Ying Zhou, Tomohiko Fukuda, Qinglei Hang, Sicong Hou, Tomoya Isaji, Akihiko Kameyama, Jianguo Gu
Core fucosylation is one of the most important glycosylation events in the progression of liver cancer. For this study, we used an easily handled L-fucose analog, 2-fluoro-L-fucose (2FF), which interferes with the normal synthesis of GDP-fucose, and verified its potential roles in regulating core fucosylation and cell behavior in the HepG2 liver cancer cell line. Results obtained from lectin blot and flow cytometry analysis clearly showed that 2FF treatment dramatically inhibited core fucosylation, which was also confirmed via mass spectrometry analysis...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912067/farnesoid-x-receptor-regulates-sult1e1-expression-through-inhibition-of-pgc1%C3%AE-binding-to-hnf4%C3%AE
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Shuai Wang, Xue Yuan, Danyi Lu, Lianxia Guo, Baojian Wu
Sulfotransferase 1E1 (SULT1E1, also known as estrogen sulfotransferase) plays an important role in metabolism and detoxification of many endogenous and exogenous compounds (e.g., estrogens and flavonoids). Here we aimed to assess the effects of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) activation on SULT1E1 expression, and to determine the mechanism thereof. Treatment with specific FXR agonists (i.e., GW4064 and CDCA) significantly decreased both mRNA and protein levels of SULT1E1 in HepG2 cells. This was accompanied by a decrease in the enzymatic activity...
September 11, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911860/glucose-elicits-serine-threonine-kinase-vrk1-to-phosphorylate-nuclear-pregnane-x-receptor-as-a-novel-hepatic-gluconeogenic-signal
#7
Saki Gotoh, Yuu Miyauchi, Rick Moore, Masahiko Negishi
Low glucose stimulated phosphorylation of pregnane X receptor (PXR) at Ser(350) in correlation with an increased gluconeogenesis in human hepatoma-derived HepG2 cells. Only glucose, but neither insulin nor glucagon, stimulated this phosphorylation. Here, serine/threonine kinase, vaccinia related kinase 1 (VRK1)-mediated phosphorylation of PXR is now defined as this glucose-elicited novel signal. In low glucose conditions, VRK1 directly phosphorylates PXR at Ser(350), enabling PO3-PXR to scaffold protein phosphatase PP2Cα...
September 11, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911849/eight-new-phenylethanoid-glycoside-derivatives-possessing-potential-hepatoprotective-activities-from-the-fruits-of-forsythia-suspensa
#8
Si-Yuan Shao, Zi-Ming Feng, Ya-Nan Yang, Jian-Shuang Jiang, Pei-Cheng Zhang
In our study to investigate components with hepatoprotective activities, eight new phenylethanoid glycoside derivatives (1-8) were isolated from the 75% EtOH-H2O extract of the fruits of Forsythia suspensa along with six known compounds (9-14). These new structures were elucidated through HRESIMS and extensive NMR spectroscopic techniques. The absolute configurations of their sugars were determined by GC analysis. The pharmacological assay showed that compounds 2, 3, and 9-11 displayed remarkable hepatoprotective activities against N-acetyl-p-aminophenol (APAP)-induced HepG2 cell damage at the concentration of 10μM (Bicyclol as positive contrast)...
September 11, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911643/cytotoxic-and-antioxidant-capacity-of-camel-milk-peptides-effects-of-isolated-peptide-on-superoxide-dismutase-and-catalase-gene-expression
#9
Masoud Homayouni-Tabrizi, Ahmad Asoodeh, Mozhgan Soltani
Peptides from natural sources such as milk are shown to have a wide spectrum of biological activities. In this study, three peptides with antioxidant capacity were identified from camel milk protein hydrolysate. Pepsin and pancreatin were used for hydrolysis of milk proteins. Ultrafiltration and reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography were used for the concentration and purification of the hydrolysate, respectively. Sequences of the three peptides, which were determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight spectrophotometry, were LEEQQQTEDEQQDQL [molecular weight (MW): 1860...
July 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910823/camptothecin-suppresses-nrf2-are-activity-and-sensitises-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-to-anticancer-drugs
#10
Feng Chen, Huihui Wang, Jiayu Zhu, Rui Zhao, Peng Xue, Qiang Zhang, M Bud Nelson, Weidong Qu, Bo Feng, Jingbo Pi
BACKGROUND: Resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle in the treatment of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Despite playing an important role in chemoprevention, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2) also contributes to chemo- and radio-resistance. The current study focusses on camptothecin as a novel NRF2 inhibitor to sensitise HCC to chemotherapy. METHODS: The expression and transcriptional activity of NRF2 in human HCC biopsies and camptothecin-treated culture cells were determined using immunostaining, western blot, reverse-transcription quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) and luciferase reporter assay...
September 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906435/mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-response-to-chromium-vi-toxicity-in-human-liver-cells
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Xiali Zhong, Rita de Cássia da Silveira E Sá, Caigao Zhong
Hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) is a ubiquitous environmental pollutant, which poses a threat to human public health. Recent studies have shown that mitochondrial biogenesis can be activated by inflammatory and oxidative stress. However, whether mitochondrial biogenesis is involved in Cr(VI)-induced hepatotoxicity is unclear. Here, we demonstrated the induction of inflammatory response and oxidative stress, as indicated by upregulation of inflammatory factors and reactive oxygen species (ROS). Subsequently, we demonstrated that mitochondrial biogenesis, comprising the mitochondrial DNA copy number and mitochondrial mass, was significantly increased in HepG2 cells exposed to low concentrations of Cr(VI)...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903343/a-study-on-the-anti-tumor-mechanism-of-total-flavonoids-from-radix-tetrastigmae-against-additional-cell-line-based-on-cox-2-mediated-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Li Qinglin, Wenxiu Xin, Like Zhong, Luo Fang, Gang Cao, Ping Huang
This study is to explore the effect of total flavonoids from Radix Tetrastigmae (TF) against hepatic cancer and discuss the acting mechanism. Proliferation of HepG2 cells was promoted by PGE2 and Butaprost. Using AH6809 as the positive control, the inhibitory effect of TF on additional cell line was detected through a CCK-8 assay, the apoptosis rate was detected by flow cytometry, and the nuclear morphology of cells were observed by Hochest33258 staining. Then PCR was applied to determine the mRNA expression...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902410/monascus-fermented-red-mold-dioscorea-protects-mice-against-alcohol-induced-liver-injury-while-its-metabolites-ankaflavin-and-monascin-regulates-ethanol-induced-ppar-%C3%AE-and-srebp-1-expression-in-hepg2-cells
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Chih-Fu Cheng, Tzu-Ming Pan
BACKGROUND: Alcoholic hepatitis is a necroinflammatory process that is associated with fibrosis and leads to cirrhosis in 40% of cases. The hepatoprotective effects of red mold dioscorea (RMD) from Monascus purpureus NTU 568 were evaluated in vivo using a mouse model of chronic alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD). RESULTS: ALD mice were orally administered vehicle (ALD group) or vehicle plus 307.5, 615.0, or 1537.5 mg kg(-1) (1×, 2×, and 5×) RMD for 5 weeks...
September 13, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901955/hepg2-and-human-healthy-hepatocyte-in-vitro-culture-and-co-culture-in-pcl-electrospun-platforms
#14
Ines Fasolino, Vincenzo Guarino, Marica Marrese, Valentina Cirillo, Marianna Vallifuoco, Maria Luisa Tamma, Valentina Vassallo, Adele Bracco, Fulvio Calise, Luigi Ambrosio
The discovery of new drugs to treat pathological cells in the case of aggressive liver primary cancer is imposing the identification of high-throughput screening systems to predict the in vivo response of new therapeutic molecules, in order to reduce current use of animals and drug testing costs. Recently, micro/nanostructured scaffolds have been adopted to reproduce the hepatic microenvironment due to their higher similarity to the biological niche with respect to the traditional two-dimensional culture plate, so providing novel in vitro models for reliably understanding molecular mechanisms related to cancer cells activity...
September 13, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901853/synthesis-of-new-bis-spiropyrazoles-as-antitumor-agents-under-ultrasound-irradiation
#15
Naglaa A Abdel Hafez, Huwaida M E Hassaneen, Thoraya A Farghaly, Sayed M Riyadh, Heba S A Elzahabi
Hydrazonoyl halides used as precursors for synthesis of a new series of bis-spiropyrazolesvia reaction with 3,5-diarylidene-piperidone derivatives under ultrasound irradiation. The products were secluded in good yield after short reaction periods.The anti-cancer activity of bis-spiropyrazoles against HepG2 (hepatic cancer), A549 (lung cancer) and CaCo2 (colon cancer) cell lines were screened. Three tested compounds 4b, 4c and 4f showed promising activity.
September 12, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901501/mtor-inhibition-reduces-growth-and-adhesion-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro
#16
Tobias Engl, Jochen Rutz, Sebastian Maxeiner, Eva Juengel, Frederik Roos, Wael Khoder, Wolf O Bechstein, Karen Nelson, Igor Tsaur, Axel Haferkamp, Roman A Blaheta
Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling is typically increased in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A panel of HCC cell lines (HepG2, Hep3B and HuH6) was exposed to various concentrations of the mTOR inhibitors, everolimus and temsirolimus, in order to investigate their effects on cell growth, clonal formation, cell cycle progression, and adhesion and chemotactic migration using MTT and clonal cell growth assays, fluorometric detection of cell cycle phases and a Boyden chamber assay. In addition, integrin α and β adhesion receptors were analyzed by flow cytometry and blocking studies using function blocking monoclonal antibodies were conducted to explore functional relevance...
August 31, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901257/molecular-characterization-of-two-polysaccharides-from-phellinus-vaninii-ljup-and-their-anti-tumor-activities
#17
Xuewei Jia, Mingqi Gao, Mingzhe Li, Ying Zheng, Chun-Ping Xu
Two water-soluble polysaccharides (PV-W, PV-B) were isolated and purified from fruiting bodies of P. vaninii Ljup (a traditional Chinese medicine) by hot water and sodium hydroxide, respectively. The chemical structure was analyzed by FT-IR, GC-MS analysis and 13C NMR spectra. The results illustrated that PV-W was a heteropolysaccharide, mainly composed of mannose, glucose, arabinose and galactose. PV-B was a β-1, 3-D-glucan branched with β-1, 6-D-glucose. The results of viscometry proved that PV-W and PV-B could be molecularly dispersed in water without aggregation...
September 12, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900305/berberine-ameliorates-fatty-acid-induced-oxidative-stress-in-human-hepatoma-cells
#18
Yixuan Sun, Xinlu Yuan, Feifei Zhang, Yamei Han, Xinxia Chang, Xi Xu, Yu Li, Xin Gao
Oxidative stress is thought to be critical for the pathogenesis of hepatic steatosis and its progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Berberine (BBR) can improve hepatic steatosis. In this study, we investigated the role of BBR in ameliorating oxidative stress. Lipid accumulation was measured in the livers of C57BL/6 mice fed a high fat diet (HFD) or a normal diet for 8 weeks, then either received BBR or vehicle for the study duration. Nrf2 distribution was detected in male Sprague-Dawley rats' livers in vivo and in Huh7 cells in vitro...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900156/dual-roles-of-two-isoforms-of-autophagy-related-gene-atg10-in-hcv-subgenomic-replicon-mediated-autophagy-flux-and-innate-immunity
#19
Qiong Zhao, Zhan-Ying Hu, Jing-Pu Zhang, Jian-Dong Jiang, Yuan-Yuan Ma, Jian-Rui Li, Zong-Gen Peng, Jin-Hua Chen
Autophagy and immune response are two defense systems that human-body uses against viral infection. Previous studies documented that some viral mechanisms circumvented host immunity mechanisms and hijacked autophagy for its replication and survival. Here, we focus on interactions between autophagy mechanism and innate-immune-response in HCV-subgenomic replicon cells to find a mechanism linking the two pathways. We report distinct effects of two autophagy-related protein ATG10s on HCV-subgenomic replication...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899784/mir-181b-regulates-steatosis-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-via-targeting-sirt1
#20
Yunxia Wang, Kongxi Zhu, Weihua Yu, Hongjuan Wang, Lan Liu, Qiong Wu, Shuai Li, Jianqiang Guo
Non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases (NAFLD) is one of the leading cause of chronic liver diseases in the world. However, the pathogenesis of NAFLD is still unclear. Emerging studies have demonstrated that microRNAs (miRs) are profoundly involved in NAFLD and related metabolic diseases. Here, we investigated the mechanisms by which miR-181b influences NAFLD via direct targeting SIRT1. The expression of miR181b was up-regulated while SIRT1 was down-regulated in both human NAFLD patients and high fat diet (HFD) induced NAFDL mice model...
September 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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