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Tulika Mitra, Parash Prasad, Pritha Mukherjee, Susri Ray Chaudhuri, Urmi Chatterji, Sib S Roy
Ovarian cancer (OC) is the fourth most common gynecological malignancy due to its highly aggressive, recurrent, and drug-resistant nature. The last two features are rendered by the presence of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Factors like TGFβ1 and their downstream signaling pathways are upregulated in most cancers and are known to induce EMT and stemness, but the exact mechanisms underlying the process remain unelucidated. In our study, TGFβ1 induced enhanced stem-like properties like high expression of the pluripotent markers SOX2, OCT4a, and NANOG, along with CD44, and CD117 in the OC cells...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Di Zhu, Xue Deng, Xiao-Fei Han, Xiao-Xin Sun, Tao-Wen Pan, Lu-Ping Zheng, Yan-Qiu Liu
Our previous study showed that wedelolactone, a compound isolated from Ecliptae herba , has the potential to enhance osteoblastogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms by which wedelolactone promoted osteoblastogenesis from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) remain largely unknown. In this study, treatment with wedelolactone (2 μg/mL) for 3, 6, and 9 days resulted in an increase in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs), c-Jun N -terminal protein kinase (JNK), and p38. Phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), ERK and JNK started to increase on day 3 of treatment, and p38 phosphorylation was increased by day 6 of treatment...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hong-Il Kim, Yong-Un Jeong, Jong-Hyeon Kim, Young-Jin Park
Citrus fruits contain various types of flavonoids with powerful anti-aging and photoprotective effects on the skin, and have thus been attracting attention as potential, efficacious skincare agents. Here, we aimed to investigate the chemical composition of Citrus unshiu and its protective effects on photoaging. We isolated and identified a bioactive compound, 3,5,6,7,8,3',4'-heptamethoxyflavone (HMF), from C. unshiu peels using ethanol extraction and hexane fractionation. HMF inhibited collagenase activity and increased type I procollagen content in UV-induced human dermal fibroblast neonatal (HDFn) cells...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Shu-Fen Li, Cui-Song Zhu, Yu-Meng Wang, Xin-Xin Xie, Liu-Ling Xiao, Zhi-Chun Zhang, Qi-Qun Tang, Xi Li
Protein glycosylation is an important post-translational modification. Aberrant glycosylation has been implicated in many diseases because of associated changes in protein distribution and biological function. We showed that the expression of β1, 4-galactosyltransferase 5 (B4GalT5) was positively correlated with diabetes and obesity. In vivo, B4GalT5 knockdown in subcutaneous adipose tissue alleviated insulin resistance and adipose tissue inflammation, and increased adipogenesis in high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice and ob/ob mice...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yutong Li, Wenji Hu, Guanghong Han, Wenqian Lu, Dongxu Jia, Min Hu, Di Wang
Aucubin, an iridoid glycoside found in several plants, such as Eucommia ulmoide and Rehmannia, has various pharmacological effects. Bone formation is a complex process in which osteoblast differentiation plays an important role. This study aimed to investigate the promotion effects of aucubin on osteoblast differentiation in MG63 cells, a human osteoblast-like cell line. Aucubin not only improved osteoblast differentiation, as shown by enhanced ALP (alkaline phosphatase) concentration and mineralization in cells, but increased the expression of various cytokines, including collagen I, osteocalcin, osteopontin, integrin β1, and Osterix...
February 3, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Mengyang Zhang, Eunson Hwang, Pei Lin, Wei Gao, Hien T T Ngo, Tae-Hoo Yi
Prunella vulgaris L., a well-known traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. In the present study, the underlying molecular mechanisms of the protective effect of P. vulgaris extract (PVE) were investigated in UVB-irradiated normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDFs). The mRNA expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), procollagen type I and cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α) was determined by RT-PCR. The expression of anti-photo aging-related signaling molecules in the NF-κB, MAPK/AP-1, and TGF/Smad pathways was assessed by Western blot...
January 29, 2018: Rejuvenation Research
Xian-Long Zhou, Peng Xu, Hai-Hua Chen, Yan Zhao, Jun Shen, Cheng Jiang, Shan Jiang, Shao-Zhou Ni, Bing Xu, Lei Li
Recent evidence indicates that the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in primary alveolar cells (AECs) plays an important role in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). In vivo models have suggested that thalidomide (THL) has anti-fibrotic effects against pulmonary fibrosis, but the underlying mechanism of this effect is not clear. This study investigated whether THL regulates alveolar EMT and the possible mechanisms underlying this process. CCL-149 cells were treated with TGF-β1 in the presence of THL at the indicated concentrations...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Keren Grynberg, Frank Y Ma, David J Nikolic-Paterson
Fibrosis of the glomerular and tubulointerstitial compartments is a common feature of chronic kidney disease leading to end-stage renal failure. This fibrotic process involves a number of pathologic mechanisms, including cell death and inflammation. This review focuses on the role of the c-Jun amino terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway in the development of renal fibrosis. The JNK pathway is activated in response to various cellular stresses and plays an important role in cell death and inflammation. Activation of JNK signaling is a common feature in most forms of human kidney injury, evident in both intrinsic glomerular and tubular cells as well as in infiltrating leukocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Xiaoxue Bai, Lin Meng, Huijie Sun, Zhuo Li, Xiufang Zhang, Shucheng Hua
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer related deaths worldwide. The role of several microRNAs (miRNAs) including miR-196b in different cancers has already been established. The study was aimed to explore the role of miR-196b in lung cancer and its possible underlying mechanism. METHODS: Human lung cancer cell line A549 was transfected with miR-196b mimic, miR-196b inhibitor and corresponding controls. Then cell viability, migration, invasion, and apoptosis of A549 lung cancer cells either with overexpression or with suppression of miR-196b were estimated sequentially...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Shunya Hozumi, Shun Aoki, Yutaka Kikuchi
Asymmetric nuclear positioning is observed during animal development, but its regulation and significance in cell differentiation remain poorly understood. Using zebrafish blastulae, we provide evidence that nuclear movement towards the yolk syncytial layer, which comprises extraembryonic tissue, occurs in the first cells fated to differentiate into the endoderm. Nodal signaling is essential for nuclear movement, whereas nuclear envelope proteins are involved in movement through microtubule formation. Positioning of the microtubule-organizing center, which is proposed to be crucial for nuclear movement, is regulated by Nodal signaling and nuclear envelope proteins...
November 1, 2017: Development
Liang Li, Mahesh Sapkota, Ming Gao, Hyukjae Choi, Yunjo Soh
The balance between bone formation and bone resorption is maintained by osteoblasts and osteoclasts. In the current study, macrolactin F (MF) was investigated for novel biological activity on the receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis in primary bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMMs). We found that RANKL-induced osteoclast formation and differentiation from BMMs was significantly inhibited by MF in a dose-dependent manner without cytotoxicity. RANKL-induced F-actin ring formation and bone resorption activity in BMMs which was attenuated by MF...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Pranjali Dalvi, Himanshu Sharma, Tomara Konstantinova, Miles Sanderson, Amy O' Brien-Ladner, Navneet K Dhillon
We earlier demonstrated synergistic increase in the proliferation of pulmonary smooth muscle cells on exposure to HIV-proteins and/or cocaine due to severe down-modulation of bone morphogenetic protein receptor (BMPR) axis: the anti-proliferative arm of TGF-β super family of receptors. Here, now we demonstrate the effect of HIV-Tat and cocaine on the proliferative TGF-β signaling cascade. We observed a significant increase in the secretion of TGF-β1 ligand along with enhanced protein expression of TGFβ Receptor (TGFβR)-1, TGFβR-2 and phosphorylated SMAD2/3 in human pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells on treatment with cocaine and Tat...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ting Wang, Yuan Liu, Jing-Feng Zou, Zhen-Shun Cheng
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and usually progressive lung disease and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) may play an important role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. IL-17 is a proinflammatory cytokine which promotes EMT profiles in lung inflammatory diseases. In this study, we investigated the effect of IL-17 on EMT in alveolar epithelial cell line A549 and the role of TGFβ1-Smad and ERK signaling pathways in the process. Morphological observation on the cells was performed under inverted microscope...
2017: PloS One
Wei Gao, Pei Lin, Eunson Hwang, Yushuai Wang, Zhengfei Yan, Hien T T Ngo, Tae-Hoo Yi
Ultraviolet light-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) damage human skin and prematurely cause aging. A growing body of research is focusing on considering plants and plant-derived compounds as antiphotoaging therapeutic material. Pterocarpus santalinus L., as an Indian traditional medicine, possesses antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative effects. Here, we studied the antiphotoaging effects of ethanolic extract of P. santalinus L. heartwood (EPS) on ultraviolet radiation B (UVB)-irradiated normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDFs)...
August 31, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Keiichiro Matoba, Daiji Kawanami, Yosuke Nagai, Yusuke Takeda, Tomoyo Akamine, Sho Ishizawa, Yasushi Kanazawa, Tamotsu Yokota, Kazunori Utsunomiya
Podocyte apoptosis is a key process in the onset of diabetic nephropathy. A significant body of evidence shows that the Notch signaling pathway plays a central role in this process. We found that Rho-kinase mediates transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)-induced Notch ligand Jag1 expression. Importantly, TGF-β-mediated podocyte apoptosis was attenuated by Rho-kinase inhibition. Mechanistically, Rho-kinase regulated Jag1 induction via the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) but not Smad pathways...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ying-Hsien Kao, Po-Han Chen, Tin-Ya Wu, Yu-Chun Lin, Ming-Shian Tsai, Po-Huang Lee, Tzong-Shyuan Tai, Huoy-Rou Chang, Cheuk-Kwan Sun
AIMS: Endotoxemia and its pro-fibrogenic signaling play a significant role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. This study investigated whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS) directly activate cultured HSC-T6 hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) through triggering Smad-dependent pro-fibrogenic signaling pathway. MAIN METHODS: Direct cell counting and assays for cell proliferation and migration were used to measure the effects of LPS on HSC behaviors. Quantitative PCR, Western blot, and gelatin zymography were used to quantify the molecular effects of LPS on expression of HSC activation markers and signaling activity...
September 1, 2017: Life Sciences
Xin Li, Zhou-Long Zhang, Hui-Fen Wang
Fusaric acid (FA) is a novel compound derived from a class of nicotinic acid derivatives, exhibiting activity against cancers. However, its role in regulating cardiac injury is limited. Our study was aimed to investigate the role and the underlying molecular mechanism of FA in heart fibrosis and hypertrophy. Isoproterenol (ISP) was used to induce cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy in vitro and in vivo. FA administration ameliorated hypertrophy by reducing atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), and β -myosin heavy chain (β-MHC) in vitro and in vivo...
September 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Catalina Ruiz-Cañada, Ángel Bernabé-García, Sergio Liarte, Carmen Luisa Insausti, Diego Angosto, José María Moraleda, Gregorio Castellanos, Francisco José Nicolás
Keratinocyte migration is a mandatory aspect of wound-healing. We have previously shown that Amniotic Membrane (AM) applied to chronic wounds assists healing through a process resulting in overexpression of c-Jun at the wound's leading edge. Also, we have demonstrated that amniotic membrane modifies the genetic program induced by TGF-ß in chronic wounds. In this paper, we used a scratch assay of Mv1Lu and HaCaT cells to examine the influence of AM application on the underlying signaling during scratch closure...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Shokoufeh Khakipoor, Christian Ophoven, Magdalena Schrödl-Häußel, Melanie Feuerstein, Bernd Heimrich, Joachim W Deitmer, Eleni Roussa
The electrogenic sodium bicarbonate cotransporter NBCe1 (SLC4A4) expressed in astrocytes regulates intracellular and extracellular pH. Here, we introduce transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) as a novel regulator of NBCe1 transcription and functional expression. Using hippocampal slices and primary hippocampal and cortical astrocyte cultures, we investigated regulation of NBCe1 and elucidated the underlying signaling pathways by RT-PCR, immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, intracellular H((+) ) recording using the H((+) ) -sensitive dye 2',7'-bis-(carboxyethyl)-5-(and-6)-carboxyfluorescein, mink lung epithelial cell (MLEC) assay, and chromatin immunoprecipitation...
August 2017: Glia
Hussain Mustatab Wahedi, Minsun Jeong, Jae Kyoung Chae, Seon Gil Do, Hyeokjun Yoon, Sun Yeou Kim
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous wound healing is a complex process involving various regulatory factors at the molecular level. Aloe vera is widely used for cell rejuvenation, wound healing, and skin moisturizing. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the effects of aloesin from Aloe vera on cutaneous wound healing and mechanisms involved therein. STUDY DESIGN: This study consisted of both in vitro and in vivo experiments involving skin cell lines and mouse model to demonstrate the wound healing effects of aloesin by taking into account several parameters ranging from cultured cell migration to wound healing in mice...
May 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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