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Lu Cao, Mingui Fu, Santosh Kumar, Anil Kumar
Methamphetamine (METH), a commonly used controlled substance, is known to exacerbate neuropathological dysfunction in HIV-infected individuals. The neuropathological manifestation results from cell death or dysfunction in the central nervous system (CNS) wherein autophagy is expected to have an important role. Autophagy is generally considered protective during deprivation/stress. However, excessive autophagy can be destructive, leading to autophagic cell death. This study was designed to investigate if METH and HIV-1 gp120 interact to induce autophagy in SVGA astrocytes, and whether autophagy is epiphenomenal or it has a role in METH- and gp120-induced cytotoxicity...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
V Paunovic, M Kosic, S Djordjevic, A Zugic, N Djalinac, U Gasic, V Trajkovic, J Harhaji-Trajkovic
Marrubium vulgare is a European medicinal plant with numerous beneficial effects on human health. The aim of the study was to isolate the plant ethanolic extract (MVE) and to investigate its anti-melanoma and anti-glioma effects. MVE was prepared by the modified pharmacopoeial percolation method and characterized by UHPLC-LTQ OrbiTrap MS. MVE dose-dependently reduced viability of melanoma (B16) and glioma (U251) cells, but not peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It arrested cell cycle in S+G2/M phase, which was associated with the activation of MAP kinase p38 and up-regulation of antiproliferative genes p53, p21 and p27...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Debora L Oliveira, Fernanda L Fonseca, Daniel Zamith-Miranda, Leonardo Nimrichter, Jéssica Rodrigues, Marcos D Pereira, Julia Cv Reuwsaat, Augusto Schrank, Charley Staats, Livia Kmetzsch, Marilene H Vainstein, Marcio L Rodrigues
AIM: We investigated the involvement of the autophagy protein 7 (Atg7) in physiology and pathogenic potential of Cryptococcus neoformans. MATERIALS & METHODS: The C. neoformans gene encoding Atg7 was deleted by biolistic transformation for characterization of autophagy mechanisms, pigment formation, cell dimensions, interaction with phagocytes and pathogenic potential in vivo. RESULTS & CONCLUSION: ATG7 deletion resulted in defective autophagy mechanisms, enhanced pigmentation and increased cellular size both in vitro and in vivo...
October 18, 2016: Future Microbiology
Min Yang, Bin Wang, Liying Miao, Xianlin Xu, Xiaozhou He
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether autophagy is involved in aldosterone (Aldo)-induced mesangial cell (MC) proliferation. MCs were incubated with 10‑7 M Aldo for 24 h. Proliferation of MCs, and the underlying mechanisms, were subsequently analyzed using [3H]thymidine assay, cell counting assay, western blotting and RNA interference (RNAi). Aldo was revealed to induce autophagy, as indicated by the increased conversion from microtubule‑associated protein 1A/1B‑light chain 3 (LC3)‑I to LC3‑II, the increased expression levels of autophagy‑related gene 7 (Atg7) and the increased degradation of p62, which was accompanied by MC proliferation...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Cristiane C Denardin, Leo A M Martins, Mariana M Parisi, Moema Queiroz Vieira, Silvia R Terra, Florencia M Barbé-Tuana, Radovan Borojevic, Márcia Vizzotto, Tatiana Emanuelli, Fátima Costa Rodrigues Guma
Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSC) are the major source of collagen I in liver fibrosis. Eugenia uniflora L. is a tree species that is widely distributed in South America. E. uniflora L. fruit-popularly known as pitanga-has been shown to exert beneficial properties. Autophagy contributes to the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and survival under stress situation, but it has also been suggested to be an alternative cell death pathway. Mitochondria play a pivotal role on signaling cell death. Mitophagy of damaged mitochondria is an important cell defense mechanism against organelle-mediated cell death signaling...
October 15, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Francesca Lupo, Elena Tibaldi, Alessandro Matte, Alok K Sharma, Anna Maria Brunati, Seth L Alper, Carlo Zancanaro, Donatella Benati, Angela Siciliano, Mariarita Bertoldi, Francesca Zonti, Alexander Storch, Ruth H Walker, Adrian Danek, Benedikt Bader, Andreas Hermann, Lucia De Franceschi
Chorea-acanthocytosis is one of the hereditary neurodegenerative disorders known as the neuroacanthocytoses. Chorea-acanthocytosis is characterized by circulating acanthocytes deficient in chorein, a protein of unknown function. We report here for the first time that chorea-acanthocytosis red-cells are characterized by impaired autophagy, with cytoplasmic accumulation of active Lyn and of autophagy-related proteins Ulk1, Atg7. In chorea-acanthocytosis erythrocytes, active Lyn is sequestered by HSP90-70 to form high-molecular-weight complexes that stabilize and protect Lyn from its proteasomal degradation, contributing to toxic Lyn accumulation...
October 14, 2016: Blood
Chunya Ni, Marie-Sophie Narzt, Ionela-Mariana Nagelreiter, Cheng Feng Zhang, Lionel Larue, Heidemarie Rossiter, Johannes Grillari, Erwin Tschachler, Florian Gruber
Autophagy is a recycling program which allows cells to adapt to metabolic needs and to stress. Defects in autophagy can affect metabolism, aging, proteostasis and inflammation. Autophagy pathway genes, including autophagy related 7 (Atg7), have been associated with the regulation of skin pigmentation, and autophagy defects disturb the biogenesis and transport of melanosomes in melanocytes as well as transfer and processing of melanin into keratinocytes. We have previously shown that mice whose melanocytes or keratinocytes lack Atg7 (and thus autophagy) as a result of specific gene knockout still retained functioning melanosome synthesis and transfer, and displayed only moderate reduction of pigmentation...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Qing-Hua Cao, Fang Liu, Zu-Li Yang, Xin-Hui Fu, Zi-Huan Yang, Quentin Liu, Lei Wang, Xiang-Bo Wan, Xin-Juan Fan
Autophagy-related (ATG) genes contributed to tumorigenesis and cancer progression. This study aims to investigate the expression of ATG proteins and their clinicopathological significance in gastric cancer. Nine well-known ATG proteins, (ULK1, Beclin 1, ATG3, ATG5, ATG7, ATG9, ATG10, ATG12 and LC3B) and p62/SQSTM1, which represented key regulators that participated in whole autophagosomes stepwise processes, were detected in a large cohort of 352 primary gastric cancer patients. Among these 352 patients, 117 cases were randomly assigned to the training set to detect the clinicopathological value of ATG proteins, and another 235 patients were used as the testing set for further validation...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Yueliang Zhao, Daming Fan, Beibei Ru, Ka-Wing Cheng, Shuting Hu, Jiangwen Zhang, Edmund T S Li, Mingfu Wang
6-C-(E-phenylethenyl)naringenin (6-CEPN) is a small molecule found in naringenin fortified fried beef. It has been shown to suppress colon cancer cell proliferation, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we demonstrate that 6-CEPN suppresses tumour cell proliferation through cell cycle arrest in G1 phase, induces necrotic cell death and autophagy in colon cancer cells. Blockade of autophagy by knockdown of the essential autophagy proteins, Atg7 or beclin-1, resulted in aggravated cell death in response to 6-CEPN treatment...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Kata Varga, Péter Nagy, Katarina Arsikin Csordás, Attila L Kovács, Krisztina Hegedűs, Gábor Juhász
Autophagy defects lead to the buildup of damaged proteins and organelles, reduced survival during starvation and infections, hypersensitivity to stress and toxic substances, and progressive neurodegeneration. Here we show that, surprisingly, Drosophila mutants lacking the core autophagy gene Atg16 are not only defective in autophagy but also exhibit increased resistance to the sedative effects of ethanol, unlike Atg7 or Atg3 null mutant flies. This mutant phenotype is rescued by the re-expression of Atg16 in Corazonin (Crz)-producing neurosecretory cells that are known to promote the sedation response during ethanol exposure, and RNAi knockdown of Atg16 specifically in these cells also delays the onset of ethanol-induced coma...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alejandro Romero, Eva Ramos, Irma Ares, Víctor Castellano, Marta Martínez, María-Rosa Martínez-Larrañaga, Arturo Anadón, María-Aránzazu Martínez
In this study, we investigated the induction of oxidative stress and apoptosis in human neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y in response to alpha-cypermethrin (α-CYPER) exposure. MTT and LDH assays were carried out to assess the α-CYPER cytotoxicity. The IC50 value for α-CYPER was calculated to be 78.3 ± 2.98 µM for the MTT assay and 71.5 ± 3.94 µM for LDH assay. The pyrethroid α-CYPER (1-100 µM), in a dose-dependent manner, induced a significant increase in lipid peroxides measured as malondialdehyde (MDA) and in the levels of nitric oxide (NO)...
October 4, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Yaning Zhang, Yufeng Li, Wentao Yuan, Yuting Xia, Yijuan Shen
Haemophilus parasuis (H. parasuis) is a common commensal Gram-negative extracellular bacterium in the upper respiratory tract of swine, which can cause Glässer's disease in stress conditions. Research on the pathogenicity of H. parasuis has mainly focused on immune evasion and bacterial virulence factors, while few studies have examined the interactions of H. parasuis and its host. Autophagy is associated with the replication and proliferation of many pathogenic bacteria, but whether it plays a role during infection by H...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sensen Shen, Rui Weng, Linnan Li, Xinyuan Xu, Yu Bai, Huwei Liu
Autophagy-related protein 7 (Atg7) is essential in the formation of the autophagophore and is indispensable for autophagy induction. Autophagy will exist in lower level or even be blocked in cells without Atg7. Even though the possible signaling pathways of Atg7 have been proposed, the metabolomic responses under acute starvation in cells with and without Atg7 have not been elucidated. This study therefore was designed and aimed to reveal the metabolomics of Atg7-dependent autophagy through metabolomic analysis of Atg7(-/-) mouse embryonic fibroblast cells (MEFs) and wild-type MEFs along with the starvation time...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Laëtitia Le Texier, Katie E Lineburg, Benjamin Cao, Cameron McDonald-Hyman, Lucie Leveque-El Mouttie, Jemma Nicholls, Michelle Melino, Blessy C Nalkurthi, Kylie A Alexander, Bianca Teal, Stephen J Blake, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Christian R Engwerda, Rachel D Kuns, Steven W Lane, Michele Teng, Charis Teh, Daniel Gray, Andrew D Clouston, Susan K Nilsson, Bruce R Blazar, Geoffrey R Hill, Kelli P A MacDonald
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a crucial role in the maintenance of peripheral tolerance. Quantitative and/or qualitative defects in Tregs result in diseases such as autoimmunity, allergy, malignancy, and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a serious complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). We recently reported increased expression of autophagy-related genes (Atg) in association with enhanced survival of Tregs after SCT. Autophagy is a self-degradative process for cytosolic components that promotes cell homeostasis and survival...
September 22, 2016: JCI Insight
Tomohiko Fukuda, Katsutoshi Oda, Osamu Wada-Hiraike, Kenbun Sone, Kanako Inaba, Yuji Ikeda, Chinami Makii, Aki Miyasaka, Tomoko Kashiyama, Michihiro Tanikawa, Takahide Arimoto, Tetsu Yano, Kei Kawana, Yutaka Osuga, Tomoyuki Fujii
Resveratrol (RSV), a polyphenolic compound derived from red wine, inhibits the proliferation of various types of cancer. RSV induces apoptosis in cancer cells, while enhancing autophagy. Autophagy promotes cancer cell growth by driving cellular metabolism, which may counteract the effect of RSV. The present study aimed to elucidate the correlation between RSV and autophagy and to examine whether autophagy inhibition may enhance the antitumor effect of RSV in endometrial cancer cells. Cell proliferation, cell cycle progression and apoptosis were examined, following RSV exposure, by performing MTT assays, flow cytometry and annexin V staining, respectively, in an Ishikawa endometrial cancer cell line...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Xue-Yuan Niu, Hou-Ju Huang, Jin-Bao Zhang, Chan Zhang, Wei-Guang Chen, Chen-You Sun, Yu-Qiang Ding, Min Liao
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a gradual loss of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) during aging. 1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1, 2, 3, 6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) is one of the neurotoxins used widely to induce PD-like symptoms in PD animal models, including rodents and non-human primates. It has been reported that deletion of autophagy-related gene 7 (Atg7) in the brain results in a reduction of mDA neurons in adulthood. In this study, we used tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-Cre mice to generate conditional knockout (CKO) mice with the specific deletion of Atg7 in mDA neurons...
September 28, 2016: Neuroscience
Enrique Caso, Antonio Maestro, Cristina C Sabiers, Manuel Godino, Zaira Caracuel, Joana Pons, F Jesus Gonzalez, Rocio Bautista, M Gonzalo Claros, Jaime Caso-Onzain, Elena Viejo-Allende, Peter V Giannoudis, Sara Alvarez, Paolo Maietta, Enrique Guerado
Familial predisposition is among the major genetic risk factors for non-contact musculoskeletal tissue injuries. Personal genome sequence shows that different polymorphism profiles may account for the number and the degree of injuries and the recovery time. Genotyping studies allow investigation into genome factors with potential impact on pathogenesis of non-contact ligament injuries. We have studied a family with twin sibling males surgically diagnosed of an anterior cruciate ligament non-contact rupture and non-affected progenitors (father and mother) were subjected to whole exome sequencing (WES) analysis...
September 2016: Injury
Baoqing Guo, Adam Tam, Stacey A Santi, Amadeo M Parissenti
BACKGROUND: The roles and mechanisms involved in starvation-induced autophagy in mammalian cells have been extensively studied. However, less is known about the potential role for autophagy as a survival pathway in acquired drug resistance in cancer cells under nutrient-rich conditions. METHODS: We selected MCF-7 breast tumor cells for survival in increasing concentrations of doxorubicin and assessed whether the acquisition of doxorubicin resistance was accompanied by changes in doxorubicin and lysosome localization and the activation of autophagy, as assessed by laser scanning confocal microscopy with or without immunohistochemical approaches...
September 29, 2016: BMC Cancer
Li-Li Gong, Guang-Run Li, Wen Zhang, He Liu, Ya-Li Lv, Fei-Fei Han, Zi-Rui Wan, Ming-Biao Shi, Li-Hong Liu
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is considered to be a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, and its incidence is rapidly increasing. However, there is a lack of appropriate drugs for the therapy of NAFLD. In the present article, we aimed to elucidate the protective effects and mechanisms of Akebia saponin D (ASD) against NAFLD on ob/ob mice and BRL cells. ASD significantly decreased hepatic steatosis and heptocyte apoptosis in ob/ob mice. Furthermore, ASD significantly activated the autophagic flux assessed by decreased the expression of LC3-II, p62 accumulation of autophagosomes...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Yao-Yu Hsieh, Hsiang-Ling Lo, Pei-Ming Yang
Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) has been emerged as novel anticancer target. Various EZH2 small-molecule inhibitors have been developed in recent years. A major class of EZH2 inhibitors are S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-competitive inhibitors, such as EPZ005687, EI1, GSK126, UNC1999 and GSK343. Autophagy, a physiological process of self-digestion, is involved in the turnover of proteins or intracellular organelles. It can serve as cytoprotective or cytotoxic function in cancer. Our previous study has found that UNC1999 and GSK343 are potent autophagy inducers...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
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