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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934735/effect-of-shikonin-on-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats-via-regulation-of-hmgb1-tlr4-nf-kb-signaling-pathway
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Yihui Bi, Yapeng Zhu, Mingkai Zhang, Keke Zhang, Xingyi Hua, Zheng Fang, Jian Zhou, Wenjie Dai, Yixing Cui, Jun Li, Tao You
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Shikonin, a compound extracted from Zicao, has been demonstrated to hold anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities in various diseases and it has been shown to protect human organs from injuries. However, the effect of shikonin on the recovery of spinal cord injury (SCI) remains unknown. This study was designed to estimate the potential therapeutic effect and underlying mechanism of shikonin on SCI in vivo. METHODS: In the study, we used HE staining, ELISA assay, transfection assay, TUNEL assay, real time PCR and Western blot to detect the effects of shikonin on spinal cord injury in rats...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934226/pathological-alterations-in-liver-injury-following-congestive-heart-failure-induced-by-volume-overload-in-rats
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Mohammed Shaqura, Doaa M Mohamed, Noureddin B Aboryag, Lama Bedewi, Lukas Dehe, Sascha Treskatsch, Mehdi Shakibaei, Michael Schäfer, Shaaban A Mousa
Heart failure has emerged as a disease with significant public health implications. Following progression of heart failure, heart and liver dysfunction are frequently combined in hospitalized patients leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Here, we investigated the underlying pathological alterations in liver injury following heart failure. Heart failure was induced using a modified infrarenal aortocaval fistula (ACF) in male Wistar rats. Sham operated and ACF rats were compared for their morphometric and hemodynamic data, for histopathological and ultrastructural changes in the liver as well as differences in the expression of apoptotic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934149/oncolytic-reovirus-infection-is-facilitated-by-the-autophagic-machinery
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Vera Kemp, Iris J C Dautzenberg, Ronald W Limpens, Diana J M van den Wollenberg, Rob C Hoeben
Mammalian reovirus is a double-stranded RNA virus that selectively infects and lyses transformed cells, making it an attractive oncolytic agent. Despite clinical evidence for anti-tumor activity, its efficacy as a stand-alone therapy remains to be improved. The success of future trials can be greatly influenced by the identification and the regulation of the cellular pathways that are important for reovirus replication and oncolysis. Here, we demonstrate that reovirus induces autophagy in several cell lines, evident from the formation of Atg5-Atg12 complexes, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3 (LC3) lipidation, p62 degradation, the appearance of acidic vesicular organelles, and LC3 puncta...
September 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933316/photo-activatable-akt-probe-a-new-tool-to-study-the-akt-dependent-physiopathology-of-cancer-cells
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Sanae Haga, Takeaki Ozawa, Naoki Morita, Mami Asano, Shigeki Jin, Michitaka Ozakia
Akt is commonly overexpressed and activated in cancer cells, and plays a pivotal role in cell survival, protection andchemo-resistance. Therefore, Akt is one of the target molecules in understanding characters of cancer cells and developing anti-cancer drugs. Here, we examined whether a newly developed photo-activatable Akt (PA-Akt) probe, based on a light-inducible protein interaction module of plant cryptochrome2 (CRY2) and cryptochrome-interacting basic-helix-loop-helix (CIB1), can regulate Akt-associated cell functions...
August 30, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932819/iga-and-igm-protein-primarily-drive-plasma-corona-induced-adhesion-reduction-of-plga-nanoparticles-in-human-blood-flow
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Daniel J Sobczynski, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
The high abundance of immunoglobulins (Igs) in the plasma protein corona on poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA)-based vascular-targeted carriers (VTCs) has previously been shown to reduce their adhesion to activated endothelial cells (aECs) in human blood flow. However, the relative role of individual Ig classes (e.g., IgG, IgA, and IgM) in causing adhesion reduction remains largely unknown. Here, we characterized the influence of specific Ig classes in prescribing the binding efficiency of PLGA nano-sized VTCs in blood flow...
June 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931675/comparative-transcriptomics-highlights-the-role-of-the-ap1-transcription-factor-in-the-host-response-to-ebolavirus
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James W Wynne, Shawn Todd, Victoria Boyd, Mary Tachedjian, Reuben Klein, Brian Shiell, Megan Dearnley, Alexander J McAuley, Amanda P Woon, Anthony W Purcell, Glenn A Marsh, Michelle L Baker
Ebolavirus and Marburgvirus comprise two genera of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses that cause severe hemorrhagic fevers in humans. Despite considerable research efforts, the molecular events following Ebola virus (EBOV) infection are poorly understood. With the view of identifying host factors that underpin EBOV pathogenesis, we compared the transcriptomes of EBOV-infected human, pig and bat kidney cells using an RNAseq approach. Despite a significant difference in viral transcription/replication between the cell lines, all cells responded to EBOV infection through a robust induction of extracellular growth factors...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931625/pml-is-a-ros-sensor-activating-p53-upon-oxidative-stress
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Michiko Niwa-Kawakita, Omar Ferhi, Hassane Soilihi, Morgane Le Bras, Valérie Lallemand-Breitenbach, Hugues de Thé
Promyelocytic leukemia (PML) nuclear bodies (NBs) recruit partner proteins, including p53 and its regulators, thereby controlling their abundance or function. Investigating arsenic sensitivity of acute promyelocytic leukemia, we proposed that PML oxidation promotes NB biogenesis. However, physiological links between PML and oxidative stress response in vivo remain unexplored. Here, we identify PML as a reactive oxygen species (ROS) sensor. Pml(-/-) cells accumulate ROS, whereas PML expression decreases ROS levels...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930963/role-of-autophagy-and-its-molecular-mechanisms-in-mice-intestinal-tract-after-severe-burn
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Duan Y Zhang, Wei Qiu, PeiS Jin, Peng Wang, Yong Sun
BACKGROUND: Severe burn can lead to hypoxia/ischemia of intestinal mucosa. Autophagy is the process of intracellular degradation, which is essential for cell survival under stresses, such as hypoxia/ischemia and nutrient deprivation. The present study was designed to investigate whether there were changes in intestinal autophagy after severe burn in mice and further to explore the effect and molecular mechanisms of autophagy on intestinal injury. METHODS: This study includes three experiments...
October 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929922/elevated-levels-of-serum-mir-152-and-mir-24-in-uterine-sarcoma-potential-for-inducing-autophagy-via-sirt1-and-deacetylated-lc3
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X Tong, X Wang, C Wang, L Li
BACKGROUND: MiRNAs may be associated with the risk of uterine sarcoma and related molecular mechanism remains unclear. METHODS: A total of 101 patients with uterine sarcoma (cases) and 54 healthy subjects (controls) were enrolled. The levels of serum miR-152, miR-205, miR-222, miR-24, miR-150 and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1, an NAD +-dependent class III histone deacetylase) were measured by qRT-PCR. HeLa cells were transfected with the mimics of miR-152 and miR-24. The autophagic rates, and the levels of SIRT1 and acetylation of microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B-light chain 3 (LC3) were measured...
September 20, 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929578/horizontal-transfer-of-mir-23a-from-hypoxic-tumor-cell-colonies-can-induce-angiogenesis
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T V Sruthi, Lincy Edatt, Grace R Raji, Haritha K, S Sharath Shankar, Vandana Shankar, Vishnu R, Aswini P, V B Sameer Kumar
Neo vessel formation by angiogenesis is an important event during many pathological conditions including cancer, where it is indispensable for tumor growth and survival. Although, various pro-angiogenic cytokines and soluble factors, secreted by tumor cells, have been reported to promote angiogenesis, recent studies have shown regulatory role of exosomes, secreted by tumor cells in the process of angiogenesis. These exosomes are capable of carrying nucleic acids, proteins etc. as their cargo. Under the light of these facts and considering the presence of miRNAs, the non-coding RNAs capable of regulating target gene expression, as one of the major cargos in the exosomes, we investigated, whether exosomes derived from normoxic and hypoxic tumor cell colonies exhibit difference in levels of miR-23∼27∼24 cluster members and if so, to check the significance of their horizontall transfer on the process of angiogenesis...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928892/the-targeted-antitumor-effects-of-c-pc-cmc-cd59sp-nanoparticles-on-hela-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yujuan Wang, Liangqian Jiang, Qifeng Yin, Huihui Liu, Guoxiang Liu, Guoteng Zhu, Bing Li
The novel C-PC/CMC-CD59sp-NPs were made by carbocymethyl chitosan (CMC) loading C-phycocyanin (C-PC) with the lead of CD59 specific ligand peptide (CD59sp) for targeting, and the characteristics and targeted anti-tumor mechanism were explored in order to realize the targeted therapy of C-PC on the growth of HeLa cells both in vitro and vivo. The targeting nanoparticles were synthesized by ionic-gelation method, and the optimal condition was selected out by orthogonal analysis. The properties of nanoparticles were observed by laser particle analyzer and dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928817/dichloroacetate-induces-protective-autophagy-in-esophageal-squamous-carcinoma-cells
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Hong-Yu Jia, He-Nan Wang, Feng-Yu Xia, Yan Sun, Hong-Li Liu, Li-Li Yan, Shan-Shan Li, Dong-Chun Jiang, Mei-Mei Xu
Dichloroacetate (DCA) is an inhibitor of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase, which promotes the flux of carbohydrates into mitochondria and enhances the aerobic oxidation of glucose. DCA has previously been demonstrated to exhibit antitumor properties. The present study revealed that treatment with DCA induced increased levels of autophagy-associated proteins in esophageal squamous carcinoma cells while minimally affecting apoptosis. The present study examined the localization of light chain (LC)-3 by adenovirus infection with a green fluorescent protein (FP)-red FP-LC3 reporter construction and confirmed that DCA treatment induced significant autophagy...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928761/hormonal-regulation-in-shade-avoidance
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Chuanwei Yang, Lin Li
At high vegetation density, shade-intolerant plants sense a reduction in the red (660 nm) to far-red (730 nm) light ratio (R/FR) in addition to a general reduction in light intensity. These light signals trigger a spectrum of morphological changes manifested by growth of stem-like tissue (hypocotyl, petiole, etc.) instead of harvestable organs (leaves, fruits, seeds, etc.)-namely, shade avoidance syndrome (SAS). Common phenotypical changes related to SAS are changes in leaf hyponasty, an increase in hypocotyl and internode elongation and extended petioles...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926928/curcumin-inhibited-growth-of-human-melanoma-a375-cells-via-inciting-oxidative-stress
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Wang Liao, Wei Xiang, Fei-Fei Wang, Rui Wang, Yan Ding
Curcumin, a polyphenol compound, possesses potent pharmacological properties in preventing cancers, which make it as a potential anti-cancer mediator. However, it is still unknown that whether Curcumin induced melanoma A375 cell was associated with oxidative stress. Here, we firstly found a fascinating result that Curcumin could reduce the proliferation and induced apoptosis of human melanoma A375 cells. Meanwhile, IC50 of Curcumin on A375 cells is 80μM at 48h. In addition, Curcumin caused oxidative stress through inducing further ROS burst, decreasing GSH, and wrecking mitochondria membrane potential (MMP), which were reversed by ROS inhibitor N-acetylcysteine (NAC)...
September 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924868/photodegradation-pathways-of-protein-disulfides-human-growth-hormone
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Daniel Steinmann, Olivier Mozziconacci, Rupesh Bommana, John F Stobaugh, Y John Wang, Christian Schöneich
PURPOSE: Comprehensive product characterization was performed for the photodegradation of protein disulfides, representatively of human growth hormone (somatotropin; hGH), in order to provide a product database, which will be useful for the general analysis of protein stability. METHODS: HGH was photo-irradiated at λ = 254 and λ > 295 nm and tryptic digests were analyzed by HPLC-MS to investigate light-induced disulfide degradation pathways. RESULTS: A total of 60 products were detected, and structures/tentative structures were assigned to the products by MS(2) and MS(3) analysis...
September 18, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924376/verteporfin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-nb4-cells-without-light-activation
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Min Chen, Liang Zhong, Shi-Fei Yao, Yi Zhao, Lu Liu, Lian-Wen Li, Ting Xu, Liu-Gen Gan, Chun-Lan Xiao, Zhi-Ling Shan, Bei-Zhong Liu
Background and Aims: Verteporfin (VP), clinically used in photodynamic therapy for neovascular macular degeneration, has recently been proven a suppressor of yes-associated protein (YAP) and has shown potential in anticancer treatment. However, its anti-human leukemia effects in NB4 cells remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of VP on proliferation and apoptosis in human leukemia NB4 cells. Methods: NB4 cells were treated with VP for 24 h. The effects of VP on cell proliferation were determined using a Cell-Counting Kit-8 assay (CCK-8) assay and colony forming assay...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921504/g%C3%AE-12-facilitates-carbachol-induced-shortening-in-human-airway-smooth-muscle-by-modulating-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-mediated-activation-in-a-rhoa-dependent-manner
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Edwin J Yoo, Gaoyuan Cao, Cynthia J Koziol-White, Christie A Ojiaku, Krishna Sunder, Joseph A Jude, James V Michael, Hong Lam, Ivan Pushkarsky, Robert Damoiseaux, Dino Di Carlo, Kwangmi Ahn, Steven S An, Raymond B Penn, Reynold A Panettieri
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)-dependent activation of Rho kinase (ROCK) is necessary for agonist-induced human airway smooth muscle cell (HASMC) contraction, and inhibition of PI3K promotes bronchodilation of human small airways. The upstream mechanisms driving agonist-mediated PI3K/ROCK axis activation, however, remain unclear. Given the capacity of G12 family proteins to activate ROCK pathways in other cell types (Riobo and Manning, 2005), the role of G12 proteins in modulating M3 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M3R)-stimulated PI3K/ROCK activation and HASMC contraction was examined...
September 17, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916751/understanding-cry2-interactions-for-optical-control-of-intracellular-signaling
#18
Liting Duan, Jen Hope, Qunxiang Ong, Hsin-Ya Lou, Namdoo Kim, Comfrey McCarthy, Victor Acero, Michael Z Lin, Bianxiao Cui
Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) can simultaneously undergo light-dependent CRY2-CRY2 homo-oligomerization and CRY2-CIB1 hetero-dimerization, both of which have been widely used to optically control intracellular processes. Applications using CRY2-CIB1 interaction desire minimal CRY2 homo-oligomerization to avoid unintended complications, while those utilizing CRY2-CRY2 interaction prefer robust homo-oligomerization. However, selecting the type of CRY2 interaction has not been possible as the molecular mechanisms underlying CRY2 interactions are unknown...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915586/hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-targets-4e-bp1-expression-and-phosphorylation-and-potentiates-myc-induced-liver-carcinogenesis-in-transgenic-mice
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Cosette Abdallah, Charlène Lejamtel, Nassima Benzoubir, Serena Battaglia, Nazha Sidahmed-Adrar, Christophe Desterke, Matthieu Lemasson, Arielle R Rosenberg, Didier Samuel, Christian Bréchot, Delphine Pflieger, François Le Naour, Marie-Françoise Bourgeade
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of liver diseases including the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Particularly, core protein has been involved in HCV-related liver pathologies. However, the impact of HCV core on signaling pathways supporting the genesis of HCC remains largely elusive. To decipher the host cell signaling pathways involved in the oncogenic potential of HCV core, a global quantitative phosphoproteomic approach was carried out. This study shed light on novel differentially phosphorylated proteins, in particular several components involved in translation...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914197/characterization-of-inherent-particles-and-mechanism-of-thermal-stress-induced-particle-formation-in-hsv-2-viral-vaccine-candidate
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Lillian Li, Marina Kirkitadze, Kamaljit Bhandal, Cristopher Roque, Eric Yang, Bruce Carpick, Nausheen Rahman
BACKGROUND: Vaccine formulations may contain visible and/or subvisible particles, which can vary in both size and morphology. Extrinsic particles, which are particles not part of the product such as foreign contaminants, are generally considered undesirable and should be eliminated or controlled in injectable products. However, biological products, in particular vaccines, may also contain particles that are inherent to the product. Here we focus on the characterization of visible and subvisible particles in a live, replication-deficient viral vaccine candidate against HSV genital herpes in an early developmental stage...
September 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
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