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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353241/inhibition-of-endothelial-notch-signaling-impairs-fatty-acid-transport-and-leads-to-metabolic-and-vascular-remodeling-of-the-adult-heart
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Markus Jabs, Adam J Rose, Lorenz H Lehmann, Jacqueline Taylor, Iris Moll, Tjeerd P Sijmonsma, Stefanie E Herberich, Sven W Sauer, Gernot Poschet, Giuseppina Federico, Carolin Mogler, Eva-Maria Weis, Hellmut G Augustin, Minhong Yan, Norbert Gretz, Roland M Schmid, Ralf H Adams, Hermann-Joseph Gröne, Rüdiger Hell, Jürgen G Okun, Johannes Backs, Peter P Nawroth, Stephan Herzig, Andreas Fischer
Background -Nutrients are transported through endothelial cells before being metabolized in muscle cells. However, little is known about the regulation of endothelial transport processes. Notch signaling is a critical regulator of metabolism and angiogenesis during development. Here, we studied how genetic and pharmacological manipulation of endothelial Notch signaling in adult mice affects endothelial fatty acid transport, cardiac angiogenesis, and heart function. Methods -Endothelial-specific Notch inhibition was achieved by conditional genetic inactivation of Rbp-jκ in adult mice to analyze fatty acid metabolism and heart function...
January 20, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352962/improved-systemic-metabolism-and-adipocyte-biology-in-mir-150-knockout-mice
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Minsung Kang, Xiaobing Liu, Yuchang Fu, W Timothy Garvey
INTRODUCTION: Short non-coding micro-RNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional factors that directly regulate protein expression by degrading or inhibiting target mRNAs; however, the role of miRNAs in obesity and cardiometabolic disease remains unclarified. Based on our earlier study demonstrating that miR-150 influences lipid metabolism, we have studied effects of miR-150 on systemic metabolism and adipocyte biology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metabolic phenotypes including body weight, food intake, body composition, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity were assessed in WT and global miR-150 KO male mice fed a high-fat diet...
January 15, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352118/pi3k-mtor-inhibition-promotes-the-regression-of-experimental-vascular-malformations-driven-by-pik3ca-activating-mutations
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Laura di Blasio, Alberto Puliafito, Paolo Armando Gagliardi, Valentina Comunanza, Desiana Somale, Giulia Chiaverina, Federico Bussolino, Luca Primo
Somatic activating mutations within the PIK3CA gene have been recently detected in sporadic lymphatic and venous malformations, and in vascular malformations (VM) associated to overgrowth syndromes, such as CLOVES and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. Although VM are often limited to specific tissue areas and can be well treated, in extended or recurrent lesions novel therapeutic approaches are needed. We generated a mouse model of VM by local expression of PIK3CA-activating mutation in endothelial cells. PIK3CA-driven lesions are characterized by large areas of hemorrhage, hyperplastic vessels, infiltrates of inflammatory cells, and elevated endothelial cell density...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351469/inhibition-of-mtor-protects-the-blood-brain-barrier-in-models-of-alzheimer-s-disease-and-vascular-cognitive-impairment
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Candice E Van Skike, Jordan B Jahrling, Angela B Olson, Naomi L Sayre, Stacy A Hussong, Zoltan I Ungvari, James D Lechleiter, Veronica Galvan
An intact blood-brain barrier (BBB) limits entry of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic blood-derived factors into the brain parenchyma. The BBB is damaged in Alzheimer's disease (AD), which contributes significantly to the progression of AD pathologies and cognitive decline. However, the mechanisms underlying BBB breakdown in AD remain elusive and no interventions are available for treatment or prevention. We and others recently established that inhibition of the mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway with rapamycin yields significant neuroprotective effects, improving cerebrovascular and cognitive function in mouse models of AD...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351204/mtor-cross-talk-in-cancer-and-potential-for-combination-therapy
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Fabiana Conciatori, Ludovica Ciuffreda, Chiara Bazzichetto, Italia Falcone, Sara Pilotto, Emilio Bria, Francesco Cognetti, Michele Milella
The mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) pathway plays an essential role in sensing and integrating a variety of exogenous cues to regulate cellular growth and metabolism, in both physiological and pathological conditions. mTOR functions through two functionally and structurally distinct multi-component complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2, which interact with each other and with several elements of other signaling pathways. In the past few years, many new insights into mTOR function and regulation have been gained and extensive genetic and pharmacological studies in mice have enhanced our understanding of how mTOR dysfunction contributes to several diseases, including cancer...
January 19, 2018: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351171/spinal-pkc-erk-signal-pathway-mediates-hyperalgesia-priming
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Wei-Hsin Chen, Ya-Ting Chang, Yong-Cyuan Chen, Sin-Jhong Cheng, Chien-Chang Chen
Chronic pain can be initiated by one or more acute stimulations to sensitize neurons into the primed state. In the primed state, the basal nociceptive thresholds of the animal are normal, but in response to another hyperalgesic stimulus, the animal develops enhanced and prolonged hyperalgesia. The exact mechanism of how primed state is formed is not completely understood. Here we showed that spinal PKC/ERK signal pathway is required for neuronal plasticity change, hyperalgesic priming formation and the development of chronic hyperalgesia using acid-induced muscle pain (AIMP) model in mice...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348843/actein-induces-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-human-bladder-cancer-by-potentiating-ros-jnk-and-inhibiting-akt-pathways
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Lu Ji, Bing Zhong, Xi Jiang, Fei Mao, Gang Liu, Bin Song, Cheng-Yuan Wang, Yong Jiao, Jiang-Ping Wang, Zhi-Bin Xu, Xing Li, Bo Zhan
Human bladder cancer is a common genitourinary malignant cancer worldwide. However, new therapeutic strategies are required to overcome its stagnated survival rate. Triterpene glycoside Actein (ACT), extracted from the herb black cohosh, suppresses the growth of human breast cancer cells. Our study attempted to explore the role of ACT in human bladder cancer cell growth and to reveal the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that ACT significantly impeded the bladder cancer cell proliferation via induction of G2/M cycle arrest...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348392/rapamycin-prevents-the-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-via-inhibiting-differentiation-and-senescence-of-annulus-fibrosus-cells
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Changhong Gao, Bin Ning, Chenglin Sang, Ying Zhang
The effects of bleomycin and rapamycin on cellular senescence and differentiation of rabbit annulus fibrosus stem cells (AFSCs) were investigated using a cell culture model. The results showed that bleomycin induced cellular senescence in AFSCs as evidenced by senescence-associated secretory phenotype. The morphology of AFSCs was changed from cobblestone-like cells to pancake-like cells. The senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity, the protein expression of P16 and P21, and inflammatory-related marker gene levels IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α were increased in bleomycin-treated AFSCs in a dose-dependent manner...
January 18, 2018: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348263/phosphoinositide-3-kinase-gamma-inhibition-protects-from-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-and-reduces-tumor-growth
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Mingchuan Li, Valentina Sala, Maria Chiara De Santis, James Cimino, Paola Cappello, Nicola Pianca, Anna Di Bona, Jean Piero Margaria, Miriam Martini, Edoardo Lazzarini, Flora Pirozzi, Luca Rossi, Irene Franco, Julia Bornbaum, Jacqueline Heger, Susanne Rohrbach, Alessia Perino, Carlo G Tocchetti, Braulio H F Lima, Mauro M Teixeira, Paolo E Porporato, Rainer Schulz, Annalisa Angelini, Marco Sandri, Pietro Ameri, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Roberto César P Lima-Júnior, Marco Mongillo, Tania Zaglia, Fulvio Morello, Francesco Novelli, Emilio Hirsch, Alessandra Ghigo
Background -Anthracyclines, such as doxorubicin (DOX), are potent anti-cancer agents for the treatment of solid tumors and hematological malignancies. However, their clinical use is hampered by cardiotoxicity. This study sought to investigate the role of PI3Kγ in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity and the potential cardio-protective and anti-cancer effects of PI3Kγ inhibition. Methods -Mice expressing a kinase-inactive PI3Kγ or receiving PI3Kγ selective inhibitors were subjected to chronic DOX treatment. Cardiac function was analyzed by echocardiography and DOX-mediated signaling was assessed in whole hearts or in isolated cardiomyocytes...
January 18, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345855/increased-estradiol-in-hepatitis-e-virus-infected-pregnant-women-promote-viral-replication
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Chenchen Yang, Wenhai Yu, Yanhong Bi, Feiyan Long, Yunlong Li, Daqiao Wei, Xianhui Hao, Jianwen Situ, Yongqin Zhao, Fen Huang
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection causes subclinical diseases, leading to high mortality (> 25%) in pregnant women. HEV replication is aggressively escalated in pregnant women, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy. Estrogen plays an important role in pregnancy. However, the pathogenesis of HEV in pregnant women or immunosuppressive pregnant women (such as HIV-infected, or organ-transplanted pregnant women) remains unclear. We investigated the role of estradiol in HEV infection in a cell culture system...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345570/the-role-of-ampk-mtor-modulators-in-therapy-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Dora Visnjic, Vilma Dembitz, Hrvoje Lalic
Differentiation therapy of acute promyelocytic leukemia with all-trans retinoic acid represents the most successful pharmacological therapy of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Numerous studies demonstrate that drugs that inhibit mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) and activate AMP-kinase (AMPK) have beneficial effects in promoting differentiation and blocking proliferation of AML. Most of these drugs are already in use for other purposes; rapalogs as immunosuppressants, biguanides as oral antidiabetics, and 5-amino-4-imidazolecarboxamide ribonucleoside (AICAr, acadesine) as an exercise mimetic...
January 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345288/downregulation-of-mir%C3%A2-205-is-associated-with-glioblastoma-cell-migration-invasion-and-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-zeb1-via-the-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Wei Chen, Kuan-Kei Kong, Xin-Ke Xu, Cheng Chen, Hui Li, Fang-Yu Wang, Xiao-Fang Peng, Zhan Zhang, Ping Li, Jun-Liang Li, Fang-Cheng Li
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common type of malignant brain tumor. In spite of recent advancements in surgical techniques, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, patients with GBM often face a dire prognosis. MicroRNAs have been shown to modulate the aggressiveness of various cancers, and have emerged as possible therapeutic agents for the management of GBM. miR‑205 is dysregulated in glioma and act as a prognostic indicator. However, the role of miR‑205 in the development of GBM has not been elucidated...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344654/tunicamycin-inhibits-colon-carcinoma-growth-and-aggressiveness-via-modulation-of-the-erk-jnk-mediated-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Shuping You, Weihong Li, Yun Guan
Epidemiology and evidence have demonstrated that colon carcinoma is one of the most common gastrointestinal tumors in the clinic. Reports have suggested that Tunicamycin significantly inhibits aggressiveness of colon carcinoma cells by promotion of apoptosis. In the present study, the inhibitory effect of tunicamycin on colon cancer cells and the potential underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, apoptotic assays and immunofluorescence were used to analyze the therapeutic effects of tunicamycin on apoptosis, growth, aggressiveness and cell cycle of colon tumor cells, by downregulation of fibronectin, vimentin and E‑cadherin expression levels...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344647/autophagy-regulates-the-degeneration-of-the-auditory-cortex-through-the-ampk-mtor-ulk1-signaling-pathway
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Jie Yuan, Xueyan Zhao, Yujuan Hu, Haiying Sun, Guoqing Gong, Xiang Huang, Xubo Chen, Mingyu Xia, Chen Sun, Qilin Huang, Yu Sun, Wen Kong, Weijia Kong
Presbycusis is the most common sensory impairment associated with aging; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. Autophagy has been demonstrated to serve a key role in diverse diseases; however, no studies have examined its function in central presbycusis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the changes of autophagy in the physiological processes of the auditory cortex and its role in the degeneration of the auditory cortex, as well as the related mechanisms using naturally aging rats and a D‑galactose (D‑gal)‑induced mimetic rat model of aging...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344641/inhibition-of-rptor-overcomes-resistance-to-egfr-inhibition-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
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Kyu Sic You, Yong Weon Yi, Sahng-June Kwak, Yeon-Sun Seong
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells frequently exhibit activated growth factor signaling and resistance to inhibitors for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), despite the overexpression of EGFR protein, and this is associated with a malignant behavior and a poor prognosis. In this study, to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of resistance to EGFR inhibitor and identify inhibitors that exert a synergistic effect with EGFR inhibition, we examined the inhibitory effects of selected protein kinase inhibitors (PKIs) in combination with gefitinib on the viability of a mesenchymal stem-like (MSL) subtype TNBC cell line...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344639/therapeutic-potential-of-a-dual-mtorc1-2-inhibitor-for-the-prevention-of-posterior-capsule-opacification-an-in-vitro-study
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Hao Feng, Zhibo Yang, Xue Bai, Meirong Yang, Yuan Fang, Xiaonan Zhang, Qiqiang Guo, Hong Ning
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) serves a central role in regulating cell growth and survival, and has been demonstrated to be involved in the pathological progression of posterior capsule opacification (PCO). In the present study, the potency of PP242, a novel dual inhibitor of mTOR complex 1/2 (mTORC1/2), in the suppression of the growth of human lens epithelial cells (HLECs) was investigated. Using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 and a wound healing assay, it was demonstrated that PP242 inhibited the proliferation and migration of HLECs...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344249/estradiol-suppresses-phosphorylation-of-er%C3%AE-serine-167-through-upregulation-of-pp2a-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Takanori Hayashi, Masahiro Hikichi, Jun Yukitake, Nobuhiro Harada, Toshiaki Utsumi
Aromatase inhibitors (AIs) are effective endocrine therapeutics for postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor (ER)α-positive breast cancer. However, the efficacy of the treatment is often limited by the onset of AI resistance, owing to the phosphorylation of ERα serine 167 (Ser167). Previous studies have indicated that hyperactivation of the phosphoinositide-3 kinase/RAC serine/threonine-protein kinase signaling pathway occurs in AI-resistant breast cancer models, which coincides with elevated levels of ERα phosphorylation at Ser167...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344181/l-type-amino-acid-transporter-1-expression-is-upregulated-and-associated-with-cellular-proliferation-in-colorectal-cancer
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Suguru Hayase, Kensuke Kumamoto, Katsuharu Saito, Yasuhide Kofunato, Yu Sato, Hirokazu Okayama, Kotaro Miyamoto, Shinji Ohki, Seiichi Takenoshita
Previous studies have shown that the L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is highly expressed in many types of cancer. Upregulated LAT1 expression is considered to be associated with cancer cell proliferation. In the present study, we investigated LAT1 expression in 210 patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) and 40 patients with colonic adenoma using an immunohistochemical method, and analyzed the associations between LAT1 expression and clinicopathological factors and prognosis. The biological significance of LAT1 was also examined under conditions with sub-normal amounts of essential amino acids using colon cancer cell lines...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343616/rapamycin-activates-tgf-receptor-independently-of-its-ligand-implications-for-endothelial-dysfunction
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Ayumi A Miyakawa, Thais Girao-Silva, Jose E Krieger, Elazer R Edelman
Rapamycin, the macrolide immunosuppressant and active pharmaceutic in drug-eluting stents (DES), has a well-recognized anti-proliferative action that involves inhibition of the mTOR pathway after binding to the cytosolic protein FKBP12. TGF receptor-type I (TGFRI) spontaneous activation is inhibited by the association with FKBP12. We hypothesized that rapamycin, in addition to inhibition of mTOR signaling, activates TGFRI independent of TGFb. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were treated with rapamycin (10nmoL/L) and/or TGF-b RI kinase inhibitor (TGFRIi, 100nmoL/L) for 24 hours...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343514/trpm2-channel-mediated-regulation-of-autophagy-maintains-mitochondrial-function-and-promotes-gastric-cancer-cell-survival-via-the-jnk-signaling-pathway
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Shekoufeh Almasi, Barry E Kennedy, Mariam El Aghil, Andra M Sterea, Shashi Gujar, Santiago Partida-Sánchez, Yassine El Hiani
A lack of effective treatment is one of the main factors contributing to gastric cancer-related death. Discovering effective targets and understanding their underlying anticancer mechanism is key to achieving the best response to treatment and to limiting side effects. Although recent studies have shown that the cation channel transient receptor potential melastatin-2 (TRPM2) is crucial for cancer cell survival, the exact mechanism remains unclear, limiting its therapeutic potential. Here, using molecular and functional assays, we investigated the role of TRPM2 in survival of gastric cancer cells...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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