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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212537/itraconazole-exerts-its-anti-melanoma-effect-by-suppressing-hedgehog-wnt-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Guanzhao Liang, Musang Liu, Qiong Wang, Yongnian Shen, Huan Mei, Dongmei Li, Weida Liu
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of all skin cancers. Itraconazole, a commonly used systemic antifungal drug, has been tested for its anti-tumor effects on basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Whether itraconazole has any specific anti-tumor effect on melanoma remains unknown. However, the goal of this study is to investigate the effect of itraconazole on melanoma and to reveal some details of its underlying mechanism. In the in vivo xenograft mouse model, we find that itraconazole can inhibit melanoma growth and extend the survival of melanoma xenograft mice, compared to non-itraconazole-treated mice...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212423/phenolic-extract-from-oleaster-olea-europaea-var-sylvestris-leaves-reduces-colon-cancer-growth-and-induces-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-in-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-mitochondrial-apoptotic-pathway
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Wafa Zeriouh, Abdelhafid Nani, Meriem Belarbi, Adélie Dumont, Charlotte de Rosny, Ikram Aboura, Fatima Zahra Ghanemi, Babar Murtaza, Danish Patoli, Charles Thomas, Lionel Apetoh, Cédric Rébé, Dominique Delmas, Naim Akhtar Khan, François Ghiringhelli, Mickael Rialland, Aziz Hichami
Dietary polyphenols, derived from natural products, have received a great interest for their chemopreventive properties against cancer. In this study, we investigated the effects of phenolic extract of the oleaster leaves (PEOL) on tumor growth in mouse model and on cell death in colon cancer cell lines. We assessed the effect of oleaster leaf infusion on HCT116 (human colon cancer cell line) xenograft growth in athymic nude mice. We observed that oleaster leaf polyphenol-rich infusion limited HCT116 tumor growth in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212334/transfer-of-anti-rotavirus-antibodies-during-pregnancy-and-in-milk-following-maternal-vaccination-with-a-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-amplicon-vector
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Anita F Meier, Mark Suter, Elisabeth M Schraner, Bruno M Humbel, Kurt Tobler, Mathias Ackermann, Andrea S Laimbacher
Rotaviruses (RVs) are important enteric pathogens of newborn humans and animals, causing diarrhea and in rare cases death, especially in very young individuals. Rotavirus vaccines presently used are modified live vaccines that lack complete biological safety. Previous work from our laboratory suggested that vaccines based on in situ produced, non-infectious rotavirus-like particles (RVLPs) are efficient while being entirely safe. However, using either vaccine, active mucosal immunization cannot induce protective immunity in newborns due to their immature immune system...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212312/genome-wide-prediction-of-dna-methylation-using-dna-composition-and-sequence-complexity-in-human
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Chengchao Wu, Shixin Yao, Xinghao Li, Chujia Chen, Xuehai Hu
DNA methylation plays a significant role in transcriptional regulation by repressing activity. Change of the DNA methylation level is an important factor affecting the expression of target genes and downstream phenotypes. Because current experimental technologies can only assay a small proportion of CpG sites in the human genome, it is urgent to develop reliable computational models for predicting genome-wide DNA methylation. Here, we proposed a novel algorithm that accurately extracted sequence complexity features (seven features) and developed a support-vector-machine-based prediction model with integration of the reported DNA composition features (trinucleotide frequency and GC content, 65 features) by utilizing the methylation profiles of embryonic stem cells in human...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212306/metabolic-effects-of-berries-with-structurally-diverse-anthocyanins
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John Overall, Sierra A Bonney, Mickey Wilson, Arnold Beermann, Mary H Grace, Debora Esposito, Mary Ann Lila, Slavko Komarnytsky
Overconsumption of energy dense foods and sedentary lifestyle are considered as major causes of obesity-associated insulin resistance and abnormal glucose metabolism. Results from both cohort studies and randomized trials suggested that anthocyanins from berries may lower metabolic risks, however these reports are equivocal. The present study was designed to examine effects of six berries with structurally diverse anthocyanin profiles (normalized to 400 µg/g total anthocyanin content) on development of metabolic risk factors in the C57BL/6 mouse model of polygenic obesity...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211632/amp-activated-protein-kinase-activator-a-769662-increases-intracellular-calcium-and-atp-release-from-astrocytes-in-an-ampk-independent-manner
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Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Josephine L Robb, Ana M Cruz, Amrinder Malhi, Paul G Weightman Potter, Michael L J Ashford, Rory J McCrimmon, Kate L J Ellacott, Craig Beall
AIM: Astrocytes are the main sources of extracellular ATP (eATP) within the brain, which functions as a gliotransmitter, capable of modulating neuronal and astrocytic activity. These cells play an important role in regulating energy homeostasis partly via astrocyte-derived ATP. Given the role of AMPK in regulating intracellular ATP levels, we hypothesised that AMPK may alter ATP release from astrocytes. METHODS: Measurements of ATP release were made from human U373 astrocytoma cells, primary mouse hypothalamic (HTAS) and cortical astrocytes (CRTAS) and wild type and AMPK α1/α2 null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211536/expression-profiling-of-trim-protein-family-in-thp1-derived-macrophages-following-tlr-stimulation
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Mei-Xiu Jiang, Xuan Hong, Bin-Bin Liao, Shui-Zhen Shi, Xiao-Fang Lai, Huai-Yu Zheng, Lin Xie, Yuan Wang, Xiao-Lei Wang, Hong-Bo Xin, Mingui Fu, Ke-Yu Deng
Activated macrophages play an important role in many inflammatory diseases including septic shock and atherosclerosis. However, the molecular mechanisms limiting macrophage activation are not completely understood. Members of the tripartite motif (TRIM) family have recently emerged as important players in innate immunity and antivirus. Here, we systematically analyzed mRNA expressions of representative TRIM molecules in human THP1-derived macrophages activated by different toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands. Twenty-nine TRIM members were highly induced (>3 fold) by one or more TLR ligands, among which 19 of them belong to TRIM C-IV subgroup...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211508/mvp-mediated-exosomal-sorting-of-mir-193a-promotes-colon-cancer-progression
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Yun Teng, Yi Ren, Xin Hu, Jingyao Mu, Abhilash Samykutty, Xiaoying Zhuang, Zhongbin Deng, Anil Kumar, Lifeng Zhang, Michael L Merchant, Jun Yan, Donald M Miller, Huang-Ge Zhang
Exosomes are emerging mediators of intercellular communication; whether the release of exosomes has an effect on the exosome donor cells in addition to the recipient cells has not been investigated to any extent. Here, we examine different exosomal miRNA expression profiles in primary mouse colon tumour, liver metastasis of colon cancer and naive colon tissues. In more advanced disease, higher levels of tumour suppressor miRNAs are encapsulated in the exosomes. miR-193a interacts with major vault protein (MVP)...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211486/motor-phenotype-is-not-associated-with-vascular-dysfunction-in-symptomatic-huntington-s-disease-transgenic-r6-2-160-cag-mice
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A Di Pardo, A Carrizzo, A Damato, S Castaldo, E Amico, L Capocci, M Ambrosio, F Pompeo, C De Sanctis, C C Spinelli, A A Puca, P Remondelli, V Maglione, C Vecchione
Whereas Huntington's disease (HD) is unequivocally a neurological disorder, a critical mass of emerging studies highlights the occurrence of peripheral pathology like cardiovascular defects in both animal models and humans. The overt impairment in cardiac function is normally expected to be associated with peripheral vascular dysfunction, however whether this assumption is reasonable or not in HD is still unknown. In this study we functionally characterized the vascular system in R6/2 mouse model (line 160 CAG), which recapitulates several features of human pathology including cardiac disease...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211484/regulation-of-mrna-splicing-by-mecp2-via-epigenetic-modifications-in-the-brain
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Tian-Lin Cheng, Jingqi Chen, Huida Wan, Bin Tang, Weidong Tian, Lujian Liao, Zilong Qiu
Mutations of X-linked gene Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) are the major causes of Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Duplications of MECP2-containing genomic segments lead to severe autistic symptoms in human. MECP2-coding protein methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is involved in transcription regulation, microRNA processing and mRNA splicing. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of MeCP2 in mRNA splicing in neurons remain largely elusive. In this work we found that the majority of MeCP2-associated proteins are involved in mRNA splicing using mass spectrometry analysis with multiple samples from Mecp2-null rat brain, mouse primary neuron and human cell lines...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211314/procedure-for-horizontal-transfer-of-patient-derived-xenograft-tumors-to-eliminate-corynebacterium-bovis
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Christopher A Manuel Stacey M Bagby Julie A Reisinger Umarani Pugazhenthi Todd M Pitts Stephen B Keysar John J Arcaroli And Jori K Leszczynski
Human patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumors, propagated in immunodeficient mice, are rapidly growing in use as amodelfor cancer research. Horizontal transfer between mice, without in vitro cell culture, allows these tumors to retainmany of their unique characteristics from their individual patient of origin. However, the immunodeficient mouse strainsused to grow these tumors are susceptible to numerous opportunistic pathogens, including Corynebacterium bovis. At ourinstitution, 2 in vivo tumor banks of PDX tumors had been maintained within nude mouse colonies enzootically infectedwith C...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211008/injected-amyloid-beta-in-the-olfactory-bulb-transfers-to-other-brain-regions-via-neural-connections-in-mice
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Baixuan He, Minying Zheng, Qiang Liu, Zhe Shi, Simei Long, Xilin Lu, Zhong Pei, Ti-Fei Yuan, Huanxing Su, Xiaoli Yao
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by progressive neuronal degeneration and pathological accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain. It has been proposed that the prion-like spreading of amyloid beta (Aβ) protein could contribute to the progression of the disease. Olfactory bulb (OB) is one of the earliest brain regions affected in AD and olfaction is easily impaired prior to cognitive symptoms. However, it remains unclear whether Aβ accumulation in the OB would spread along olfactory projections to other connected brain regions and trigger further neurodegeneration...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210712/identification-of-an-epidermal-keratinocyte-ampa-glutamate-receptor-involved-in-dermatopathies-associated-with-sensory-abnormalities
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David Cabañero, Takeshi Irie, Marta Celorrio, Christopher Trousdale, David M Owens, David Virley, Phillip J Albrecht, Michael J Caterina, Frank L Rice, Jose A Morón
INTRODUCTION: Epidermal keratinocytes are increasingly recognized as active participants in the sensory transduction of itch and pain, processes known to involve primary afferent glutamatergic neurons. However the role of keratinocyte glutamate signaling in sensory functioning is not fully understood. Here, we present the observation of α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole-propionic acid type glutamate receptors (AMPAR) in epidermal keratinocytes. METHODS: Immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization analyses were conducted to assess the expression of AMPAR subunits in epidermal keratinocytes in mouse and human skin samples, and in organotypic cultures of human keratinocytes...
September 2016: Pain Reports (Baltimore, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210624/rna-sequencing-analysis-reveals-interactions-between-breast-cancer-or-melanoma-cells-and-the-tissue-microenvironment-during-brain-metastasis
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Ryo Sato, Teppei Nakano, Mari Hosonaga, Oltea Sampetrean, Ritsuko Harigai, Takashi Sasaki, Ikuko Koya, Hideyuki Okano, Jun Kudoh, Hideyuki Saya, Yoshimi Arima
Metastasis is the main cause of treatment failure and death in cancer patients. Metastasis of tumor cells to the brain occurs frequently in individuals with breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer, or melanoma. Despite recent advances in our understanding of the causes and in the treatment of primary tumors, the biological and molecular mechanisms underlying the metastasis of cancer cells to the brain have remained unclear. Metastasizing cancer cells interact with their microenvironment in the brain to establish metastases...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210258/human-gingiva-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-inhibit-xeno-graft-versus-host-disease-via-cd39-cd73-adenosine-and-ido-signals
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Feng Huang, Maogen Chen, Weiqian Chen, Jian Gu, Jia Yuan, Yaoqiu Xue, Junlong Dang, Wenru Su, Julie Wang, Homayoun H Zadeh, Xiaoshun He, Limin Rong, Nancy Olsen, Song Guo Zheng
Mesenchymal stem cells have the capacity to maintain immune homeostasis and prevent autoimmunity. We recently reported that human-derived gingival mesenchymal stem cells (GMSCs) have strong capacity to suppress immune responses and T cell-mediated collagen-induced arthritis in animals. However, it is unclear whether these cells can suppress human T cell-mediated diseases. Here, we used a xenogenic GVHD model in the NOD/SCID mouse, which is a useful preclinical construct for evaluating the therapeutic and translational potential of this approach for applications in human disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210097/epac1-agonist-decreased-inflammatory-proteins-in-retinal-endothelial-cells-and-loss-of-epac1-increased-inflammatory-proteins-in-the-retinal-vasculature-of-mice
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Li Liu, Youde Jiang, Adam Chahine, Elizabeth Curtiss, Jena J Steinle
PURPOSE: Increased inflammatory mediator levels are reported in diabetic retinopathy. We previously reported that β-adrenergic receptor agonists reduced inflammatory mediators in the diabetic retina; however, these agents cannot be given systemically. Here, we investigated whether Epac1 is key to the protective effects of β-adrenergic receptor agonists. METHODS: We cultured primary human retinal endothelial cells (RECs) in normal (5 mM) or high (25 mM) glucose and treated them with an Epac1-specific agonist...
2017: Molecular Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209913/rapid-imaging-of-tumor-cell-death-in-vivo-using-the-c2a-domain-of-synaptotagmin-i
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André A Neves, Bangwen Xie, Sarah Fawcett, Israt S Alam, Timothy H Witney, Maaike M de Backer, Julia Summers, William Hughes, Sarah McGuire, Dmitry Soloviev, Jodie Miller, William J Howat, De-En Hu, Tiago B Rodrigues, David Y Lewis, Kevin M Brindle
Cell death is an important target for imaging the early response of tumors to treatment. We describe here validation of a phosphatidylserine-binding agent for detecting tumor cell death in vivo based on the C2A domain of Synaptotagmin-I. Methods: The capability of near infrared fluorophore-labeled and 99mTechnetium- and (111)Indium-labeled derivatives of C2Am for imaging tumor cell death, using planar near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging and single photon computed tomography (SPECT) respectively, was evaluated in implanted and genetically engineered mouse models of lymphoma and in a human colorectal xenograft...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
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Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209777/cd6-as-a-potential-target-for-treating-multiple-sclerosis
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Yan Li, Nora G Singer, Joy Whitbred, Michael A Bowen, David A Fox, Feng Lin
CD6 was established as a marker of T cells more than three decades ago, and recent studies have identified CD6 as a risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease in which autoreactive T cells are integrally involved. Nevertheless, the precise role of CD6 in regulating T-cell responses is controversial and its significance in the pathogenesis of various diseases remains elusive, partly due to the lack of animals engineered to alter expression of the CD6 gene. In this report, we found that CD6 KO mice showed decreased pathogenic T-cell responses, reduced spinal cord T-cell infiltration, and attenuated disease severity in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
February 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209587/genome-surgery-using-cas9-ribonucleoproteins-for-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Kyoungmi Kim, Sung Wook Park, Jin Hyoung Kim, Seung Hwan Lee, Daesik Kim, Taeyoung Koo, Kwang-Eun Kim, Jeong Hun Kim, Jin-Soo Kim
RNA-guided genome surgery using CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases has shown promise for the treatment of diverse genetic diseases. Yet, the potential of such nucleases for therapeutic applications in nongenetic diseases is largely unexplored. Here, we focus on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in adults, which is associated with retinal overexpression of, rather than mutations in, the VEGFA gene. Subretinal injection of preassembled, Vegfa gene-specific Cas9 ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) into the adult mouse eye gave rise to mutagenesis at the target site in the retinal pigment epithelium...
February 16, 2017: Genome Research
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