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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222508/chronic-lithium-treatment-in-a-rat-model-of-basal-forebrain-cholinergic-depletion-effects-on-memory-impairment-and-neurodegeneration
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Francesca Gelfo, Debora Cutuli, Annalisa Nobili, Paola De Bartolo, Marcello D'Amelio, Laura Petrosini, Carlo Caltagirone
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder with multifactorial etiopathogenesis, characterized by progressive loss of memory and other cognitive functions. A fundamental neuropathological feature of AD is the early and severe brain cholinergic neurodegeneration. Lithium is a monovalent cation classically utilized in the treatment of mood disorders, but recent evidence also advances a beneficial potentiality of this compound in neurodegeneration. Interestingly, lithium acts on several processes whose alterations characterize the brain cholinergic impairment at short and long term...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222420/camalexin-induced-cell-membrane-scrambling-and-cell-shrinkage-in-human-erythrocytes
#2
Mustafa Almasry, Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The thaliana phytoalexin Camalexin has been proposed for the treatment of malignancy. Camalexin counteracts tumor growth in part by stimulation of suicidal death or apoptosis of tumor cells. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms contributing to the complex machinery executing eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, protein kinase C and caspases...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222398/isolation-of-a-new-resorcinolic-lipid-from-mangifera-zeylanica-hook-f-bark-and-its-cytotoxic-and-apoptotic-potential
#3
Meran Keshawa Ediriweera, Kamani Hemamala Tennekoon, Sameera Ranganath Samarakoon, Achyut Adhikari, Ira Thabrew, E Dilip de Silva
Mangifera zeylanica is a plant endemic to Sri Lanka and its bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat some cancers. This study was aimed to isolate potentially cytotoxic compound/s from the hexane extract of the bark of M. zeylanica by bio-activity guided fractionation. The structure of the isolated compound (1) was elucidated using (1)H, (13)C NMR and mass spectrometric techniques. Compound 1 was identified as a new resorcinolic lipid (5-((8Z, 11Z, 14Z)-hexatriaconta-8, 11, 14-trienyl) benzene-1,3-diol)...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222054/ucp2-expression-is-increased-in-pancreas-from-brain-dead-donors-and-involved-in-cytokine-induced-%C3%AE-cells-apoptosis
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Leticia A Brondani, Tatiana H Rech, Gabriela Boelter, Andrea C Bauer, Cristiane B Leitão, Décio L Eizirik, Daisy Crispim
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation associated with brain death (BD) decreases islet yield and quality, negatively affecting outcomes of human islet transplantation. A recent study from our group showed an increased expression of uncoupling protein-2 (UCP2) in pancreas from rats with BD as compared with controls. UCP2 is located in the mitochondrial inner membrane and regulates production of reactive oxygen species and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. It has been suggested that UCP2 also plays a role in β cell apoptosis, but these findings remain controversial...
March 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221789/raman-spectroscopy-reveals-selective-interactions-of-cytochrome-c-with-cardiolipin-that-correlate-with-membrane-permeability
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Jay P Kitt, David A Bryce, Shelley D Minteer, Joel M Harris
Permeabilization of the outer mitochondrial membrane is an integral step in apoptosis. The resulting release of pro-apoptotic signaling proteins leads to cell destruction through activation of the cysteine-aspartic protease (caspase) cascade. However, the mechanism of outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) permeabilization remains unclear. It was recently shown that cytochrome c can induce pore formation in cardiolipin-containing phospholipid membranes leading to large dextran and protein permeability. In this work, the interaction of cytochrome c with cardiolpin-containing phospholipid vesicles, serving as models of the OMM, is investigated to probe cytochrome c-induced permeability...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220271/anandamide-oxidative-metabolism-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-apoptosis
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M Almada, B M Fonseca, C Amaral, M Diniz-da-Costa, G Correia-da-Silva, N Teixeira
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) has been recognized as a crucial player in human reproduction. Changes in the levels of anandamide (AEA), the main endocannabinoid (eCB), negatively affect reproductive events, such as implantation, decidualization and placentation. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is a major enzyme expressed in the endometrium and its involvement in female reproductive system has evolved over the last few years. Currently, COX-2 oxidative metabolism is emerging as a key mediator of AEA-induced actions...
February 20, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220193/hsa-mir-4485-regulates-mitochondrial-functions-and-inhibits-the-tumorigenicity-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Lakshmi Sripada, Kritarth Singh, Anastasiya V Lipatova, Aru Singh, Paresh Prajapati, Dhanendra Tomar, Khyati Bhatelia, Milton Roy, Rochika Singh, Madan M Godbole, Peter M Chumakov, Rajesh Singh
The modulation of mitochondrial functions is important for maintaining cellular homeostasis. Mitochondria essentially depend on the import of RNAs and proteins encoded by the nuclear genome. MicroRNAs encoded in the nucleus can translocate to mitochondria and target the genome, affecting mitochondrial function. Here, we analyzed the role of miR-4485 in the regulation of mitochondrial functions. We showed that miR-4485 translocated to mitochondria where its levels varied in response to different stress conditions...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219839/sinigrin-inhibits-production-of-inflammatory-mediators-by-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mapk-pathways-or-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-macrophages
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Hee-Weon Lee, Chung Gi Lee, Dong-Kwon Rhee, Sung Hee Um, Sukneung Pyo
Sinigrin (2-propenyl glucosinolate) is found mainly in broccoli, brussels sprouts, and black mustard seeds. Recently, sinigrin has received attention for its role in disease prevention and health. This study investigated the effect of sinigrin on macrophage function, including the activity of Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome. In a concentration-dependent manner, sinigrin inhibited lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) production and the expression of COX-2 and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in RAW 264...
February 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219770/silencing-of-the-mrna-binding-protein-hur-increases-the-sensitivity-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-to-ionizing-radiation-through-upregulation-of-caspase-2
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Amel Badawi, Stephanie Hehlgans, Josef Pfeilschifter, Franz Rödel, Wolfgang Eberhardt
Increased abundance of the mRNA-binding protein human antigen R (HuR) is a characteristic feature of many cancers and frequently associated with a high grade malignancy and therapy resistance. HuR elicits a broad cell survival program mainly by stabilizing or increasing the translation of mRNAs coding for anti-apoptotic effector proteins. Conversally, we previously identified the pro-apoptotic caspase-2 as a novel HuR target which is mainly regulated at the level of translation. In this study, we investigated whether siRNA-mediated HuR knockdown interferes with cell survival and radiation sensitivity by monitoring apoptosis, DNA repair and three-dimensional (3D) clonogenic survival...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219713/effect-of-doxorubicin-induced-ovarian-toxicity-on-mouse-ovarian-granulosa-cells
#10
Ting Zhang, Wan Hong He, Ling Lin Feng, Hao Guang Huang
The objective of this study was to identify the effect of doxorubicin-induced ovarian toxicity on mouse ovarian granulosa cells. After granulosa cells were treated with doxorubicin at the final concentrations of 0, 0.4, 0.8, and 1.6 μg/ml for 24 h, cell apoptosis was detected by DAPI staining or caspase-3/7 fluorescence probe; ROS was determined by 2', 7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescin diacetate fluorescence probe; mitochondrial membrane potential was detected by rhodamine-123 fluorescence probe; and mRNA expression levels of Bax, Bcl-2, p53, FSHR, StAR, P450scc and P450arom were analyzed by RT-PCR...
February 17, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219709/cordycepin-diminishes-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-induced-interleukin-13-production
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Myoung-Schook Yoou, Kyoung Wan Yoon, Youngjin Choi, Hyung-Min Kim, Hyun-Ja Jeong
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is known to aggravate by thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and TSLP is also known to up-regulate mast cell proliferation via production of interleukin (IL)-13. Thus, we investigated whether cordycepin could regulate mast cell proliferation induced by TSLP in human mast cell line, HMC-1 cell. Cordycepin significantly diminished the production and mRNA of IL-13 through the down-regulation of phosphorylated-signal transducer and activation of transcription 6 in the TSLP-stimulated HMC-1 cells...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219700/inhibition-of-ros-production-autophagy-or-apoptosis-signaling-reversed-the-anticancer-properties-of-antrodia-salmonea-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells
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Chia-Ting Chang, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Hui-Chi Huang, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Kai-Yuan Lin, Pei-Jane Huang, Jer-Yuh Liu, You-Cheng Hseu, Hsin-Ling Yang
We investigated the in vitro and in vivo anticancer properties of Antrodia salmonea (AS), a well-known edible/medicinal mushroom in Taiwan, on human triple-negative breast cancer (MDA-MB-231) cells and xenografted nude mice; and revealed the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in autophagic- and apoptotic-cell death. Treatment of MDA-MB-231 cells with fermented culture broth of AS (0-200 μg/mL) inhibited cell viability/growth. AS-induced autophagy was evidenced via increased LC3-II accumulation, GFP-LC3 puncta and AVOs formation in MDA-MB-231 cells...
February 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219600/tert-butylhydroquinone-protects-liver-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-through-nrf2-activating-anti-oxidative-activity
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X-P Zeng, X-J Li, Q-Y Zhang, Q-W Liu, L Li, Y Xiong, C-X He, Y-F Wang, Q-F Ye
BACKGROUND: Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a serious complication that occurs in surgical operations such as hepatectomy and liver transplantation. NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that has been proven against inflammatory and oxidative injury. Tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ), a widely used Nrf2 activator, is a common food preservative. In this study, we attempt to investigate the potential protective role of tBHQ in hepatic I/R injury. METHODS: Twenty adult male rats were randomly divided into four groups: (1) sham+vehicle group; (2) I/R+vehicle group; (3) sham+tBHQ group; and (4) I/R+tBHQ group...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216966/suppression-of-colorectal-tumorigenesis-by-recombinant-bacteroides-fragilis-enterotoxin-2-in-vivo
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You Lv, Tao Ye, Hui-Peng Wang, Jia-Ying Zhao, Wen-Jie Chen, Xin Wang, Chen-Xia Shen, Yi-Bin Wu, Yuan-Kun Cai
AIM: To evaluate the impact of recombinant Bacteroides fragilis enterotoxin-2 (BFT-2, or Fragilysin) on colorectal tumorigenesis in mice induced by azoxymethane/dextran sulfate sodium (AOM/DSS). METHODS: Recombinant proBFT-2 was expressed in Escherichia coli strain Rosetta (DE3) and BFT-2 was obtained and tested for its biological activity via colorectal adenocarcinoma cell strains SW-480. Seventy C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into a blank (BC; n = 10), model (AD; n = 20), model + low-dose toxin (ADLT; n = 20, 10 μg), and a model + high-dose toxin (ADHT; n = 20, 20 μg) group...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216620/aspirin-alleviates-cardiac-fibrosis-in-mice-by-inhibiting-autophagy
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Ping-Ping Liu, Hong-Hong Liu, Shu-Hong Sun, Xing-Xing Shi, Wan-Cheng Yang, Guo-Hai Su, Jing Zhao
Aspirin (ASA) is a cardioprotective drug with anti-cardiac fibrosis action in vivo. This study was aimed to clarify the anti-cardiac fibrosis action of ASA and the underlying mechanisms. Two heart injury models (injection of isoproterenol and ligation of the left anterior descending branch) were used in mice to induce cardiac fibrosis. The animals were treated with ASA (10 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1), ig) for 21 and 14 d, respectively. ASA administration significantly improved cardiac function, and ameliorated heart damage and fibrosis in the mice...
February 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216552/protective-effects-and-mechanism-of-meretrix-meretrix-oligopeptides-against-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#16
Fangfang Huang, Shasha Zhao, Fangmiao Yu, Zuisu Yang, Guofang Ding
Meretrix meretrix oligopeptides (MMO) derived from shellfish have important medicinal properties. We previously obtained MMO from alcalase by hydrolysis processes. Here we examine the protective effects of MMO against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and explored the underlying mechanism. Human Chang liver cells were used in our experiments after exposure to palmitic acid at a final concentration of 15 μg/mL for 48 h to induce an overload of fatty acid as NAFLD model cells. Treatment with MMO for 24 h increased the viability of the NAFLD model cells by inhibiting apoptosis...
February 14, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216493/-effect-of-high-frequency-electrotherapy-on-caspase-3-and-ultra-microstructure-of-hippocampus-in-rats-following-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion
#17
Yongmei Fan, Rumi Wang, Changjie Zhang, Wenna Peng, Jing Yin, Zhiping Hu
To investigate the effect of high frequency electrotherapy (HFE) on rat hippocampus after cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R).
 Methods: A rat model of cerebral I/R injury was established. The rats were randomly divided into a sham group, an I/R group and an HFE group. The HFE group received thearapy daily for different sessions for 1, 3, 7 d. Neuronal deficit score,neuron ultra microstructure in the hippocampus and caspase-3 protein expression were measured on 1 st, 3 th and 7th d.
 Results: Compared with the I/R group, the HFE group showed the decreased neurological deficit scores, with significant differences between the 2 groups (P<0...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216434/human-nlrp3-inflammasome-activity-is-regulated-by-and-potentially-targetable-via-btk
#18
Xiao Liu, Tica Pichulik, Olaf-Oliver Wolz, Truong-Minh Dang, Andrea Stutz, Carly Dillen, Magno Delmiro Garcia, Helene Kraus, Sabine Dickhöfer, Ellen Daiber, Lisa Münzenmayer, Silke Wahl, Nikolaus Rieber, Jasmin Kümmerle-Deschner, Amir Yazdi, Mirita Franz-Wachtel, Boris Macek, Markus Radsak, Sebastian Vogel, Berit Schulte, Juliane Sarah Walz, Dominik Hartl, Eicke Latz, Stephan Stilgenbauer, Bodo Grimbacher, Lloyd Miller, Cornelia Brunner, Christiane Wolz, Alexander N R Weber
BACKGROUND: The Nod-like receptor, NACHT, LRR and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3), and Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) are protagonists in innate and adaptive immunity, respectively: NLRP3 senses exogenous and endogenous insults leading to inflammasome activation, which occurs spontaneously in Muckle-Wells Syndrome (MWS); BTK mutations cause the genetic immunodeficiency X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA). However, to date few proteins that regulate NLRP3 inflammasome activity in human primary immune cells have been identified and clinically promising pharmacological targeting strategies remain elusive...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216408/neuroprotective-property-of-low-molecular-weight-fraction-from-b-jararaca-snake-venom-in-h2o2-induced-cytotoxicity-in-cultured-hippocampal-cells
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Samyr Machado Querobino, Daniel Carneiro Carrettiero, Maricilia Silva Costa, Carlos Alberto-Silva
In central nervous system cells, low molecular weight fractions (LMWF) from snake venoms can inhibit changes in mitochondrial membrane permeability, preventing the diffusion of cytochrome c to the cytoplasm, inhibiting the activation of pro-apoptotic factors. Here, we evaluated the neuroprotective activity of LMWF from Bothrops jararaca (Bj) snake venom in H2O2-induced cytotoxicity in cultured hippocampal cells. SDS-PAGE, FT-IR and MALDI-TOF analysis of LMWF (<14 kDa) confirmed the absence of high-molecular-weight proteins in the fraction...
February 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216291/ovarian-tumor-domain-containing-protein-1-deubiquitinates-and-stabilizes-p53
#20
Shudong Piao, Han Zhong Pei, Bin Huang, Suk-Hwan Baek
Ubiquitination and deubiquitination pathways play important roles in the regulation of p53 stability and activity. p53 is ubiquitinated and destabilized by E3 ubiquitin ligases and is deubiquitinated and stabilized by deubiquitinases (DUBs). We screened ovarian tumor (OTU) subfamily proteins to identify novel DUBs that stabilized p53. OTU domain-containing protein 1 (OTUD1) is a DUB belonging to the OTU family; however, its substrates and its role in cells are unknown. Here, we used an overexpression and knockdown system to show that OTUD1 is a novel regulator of p53 stability...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Signalling
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