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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930138/antifungal-and-anticancer-potential-of-argemone-mexicana-l
#1
Nilesh V More, Arun S Kharat
Background: Medicinal plants are widely used to treat infectious diseases, metabolic disorders and cancer. Argemone mexicana L. (A. mexicana), commonly found on desolate land of Marathwada (Maharashtra, India) has been used to treat oral cavity infections. Methods: In this study, cold aqueous and methanolic extracts were prepared from A. mexicana stem and leaves. These extracts were tested for their antifungal and anticancer activities. The antifungal activity was tested using the agar well diffusion method, while the anticancer activity against immortalized cell lines was assessed by trypan blue assay...
November 3, 2016: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929344/glucosidase-ii-beta-subunit-gluii%C3%AE-plays-a-role-in-autophagy-and-apoptosis-regulation-in-lung-carcinoma-cells-in-a-p53-dependent-manner
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Worapong Khaodee, Nichanan Inboot, Suruk Udomsom, Warunee Kumsaiyai, Ratchada Cressey
PURPOSE: Glucosidase II plays a major role in regulating the post-translational modification of N-linked glycoproteins. Previously, we found that the beta subunit of glucosidase II (GluIIβ) levels are significantly increased in lung carcinoma tissues, indicating a potential role in lung tumorigenesis. Here, we investigated the role of GluIIβ in the regulation of autophagy and apoptosis in lung carcinoma- and immortalized human bronchial epithelial-derived cells. METHODS: A selective glucosidase II inhibitor, bromoconduritol, was used to inhibit GluII enzyme activity and a siRNA-based technology was used to suppress the expression of the GluIIβ encoding gene PRKCSH in lung carcinoma cells differing in p53 status...
September 19, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928715/intrinsic-and-regulated-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-receptor-gene-transcription-in-mammalian-pituitary-gonadotrophs
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REVIEW
Marija M Janjic, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Ivana Bjelobaba
The hypothalamic decapeptide gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), acting via its receptors (GnRHRs) expressed in pituitary gonadotrophs, represents a critical molecule in control of reproductive functions in all vertebrate species. GnRH-activated receptors regulate synthesis of gonadotropins in a frequency-dependent manner. The number of GnRHRs on the plasma membrane determines the responsiveness of gonadotrophs to GnRH and varies in relation to age, sex, and physiological status. This is achieved by a complex control that operates at transcriptional, translational, and posttranslational levels...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928444/immortalized-n-tert-keratinocytes-as-an-alternative-cell-source-in-3d-human-epidermal-models
#4
Jos P H Smits, Hanna Niehues, Gijs Rikken, Ivonne M J J van Vlijmen-Willems, Guillaume W H J F van de Zande, Patrick L J M Zeeuwen, Joost Schalkwijk, Ellen H van den Bogaard
The strong societal urge to reduce the use of experimental animals, and the biological differences between rodent and human skin, have led to the development of alternative models for healthy and diseased human skin. However, the limited availability of primary keratinocytes to generate such models hampers large-scale implementation of skin models in biomedical, toxicological, and pharmaceutical research. Immortalized cell lines may overcome these issues, however, few immortalized human keratinocyte cell lines are available and most do not form a fully stratified epithelium...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927457/p53-key-conductor-of-all-anti-acne-therapies
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REVIEW
Bodo C Melnik
This review based on translational research predicts that the transcription factor p53 is the key effector of all anti-acne therapies. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) and isotretinoin (13-cis retinoic acid) enhance p53 expression. Tetracyclines and macrolides via inhibiting p450 enzymes attenuate ATRA degradation, thereby increase p53. Benzoyl peroxide and hydrogen peroxide elicit oxidative stress, which upregulates p53. Azelaic acid leads to mitochondrial damage associated with increased release of reactive oxygen species inducing p53...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926604/a-novel-class-of-chemicals-that-react-with-abasic-sites-in-dna-and-specifically-kill-b-cell-cancers
#6
Shanqiao Wei, Madusha L W Perera, Ramin Sakhtemani, Ashok S Bhagwat
Most B cell cancers overexpress the enzyme activation-induced deaminase at high levels and this enzyme converts cytosines in DNA to uracil. The constitutive expression of this enzyme in these cells greatly increases the uracil content of their genomes. We show here that these genomes also contain high levels of abasic sites presumably created during the repair of uracils through base-excision repair. We further show that three alkoxyamines with an alkyne functional group covalently link to abasic sites in DNA and kill immortalized cell lines created from B cell lymphomas, but not other cancers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926103/fam20c-regulates-osteoblast-behaviors-and-intracellular-signaling-pathways-in-a-cell-autonomous-manner
#7
Chao Liu, Hua Zhang, Priyam Jani, Xiaofang Wang, Yongbo Lu, Nan Li, Jing Xiao, Chunlin Qin
Recent studies indicate that Family with sequence similarity 20 member C (FAM20C) catalyzes the phosphorylation of secreted proteins, and participates in a variety of biological processes, including cell proliferation, migration, mineralization and phosphate homeostasis. To explore the local influences of FAM20C on osteoblast, Fam20c-deficient osteoblasts were generated by treating the immortalized Fam20c(f/f) osteoblasts with CMV-Cre-IRES-EGFP lentivirus. Compared with the normal Fam20c(f/f) osteoblasts, the expression of Bone sialoprotein (Bsp), Osteocalcin (Ocn), Fibroblast growth factor 23 (Fgf23) and transcription factors that promote osteoblast maturation were up-regulated in the Fam20c-deficient osteoblasts...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925291/isolation-of-a-novel-compound-mimo2-from-the-methanolic-extract-of-moringa-oleifera-leaves-protective-effects-against-vanadium-induced-cytotoxity
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Olumayowa O Igado, Jan Glaser, Mario Ramos-Tirado, Ezgi Eylül Bankoğlu, Foluso A Atiba, Ulrike Holzgrabe, Helga Stopper, James O Olopade
Moringa oleifera is reported to be a miracle plant, with positive effects on practically every system in the animal body. The methanolic extract of Moringa oleifera leaves was fractionated using liquid-liquid fractionation, column chromatography and preparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Bioassay guided fractionation using Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP) was used to determine the fraction with the highest antioxidative power. Chemical structure was elucidated with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
September 19, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924965/comparative-studies-of-cellular-viability-levels-on-2d-and-3d-in-vitro-culture-matrices
#9
M Gargotti, U Lopez-Gonzalez, H J Byrne, A Casey
In this study, the cellular viability and function of immortalized human cervical and dermal cells are monitored and compared in conventional 2D and two commercial 3D membranes, Collagen and Geltrex, of varying working concentration and volume. Viability was monitored with the aid of the Alamar Blue assay, cellular morphology was monitored with confocal microscopy, and cell cycle studies and cell death mechanism studies were performed with flow cytometry. The viability studies showed apparent differences between the 2D and 3D culture systems, the differences attributed in part to the physical transition from 2D to 3D environment causing alterations to effective resazurin concentration, uptake and conversion rates, which was dependent on exposure time, but also due to the effect of the membrane itself on cellular function...
September 18, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923513/a-dioxin-like-compound-induces-hyperplasia-and-branching-morphogenesis-in-mouse-mammary-gland-through-alterations-in-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling
#10
Miret Noelia, Rico-Leo Eva, Pontillo Carolina, Zotta Elsa, Fernández-Salguero Pedro, Randi Andrea
Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is a widespread environmental pollutant and a dioxin-like compound that binds weakly to the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). Because AhR and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) converge to regulate common signaling pathways, alterations in this crosstalk might contribute to developing preneoplastic lesions. The aim of this study was to evaluate HCB action on TGF-β1 and AhR signaling in mouse mammary gland, through AhR+/+ and AhR-/- models. Results showed a differential effect in mouse mammary epithelial cells (NMuMG), depending on the dose: 0...
September 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922619/identification-of-angiogenesis-inhibitors-using-a-co-culture-cell-model-in-a-high-content-and-high-throughput-screening-platform
#11
Shuaizhang Li, Chia-Wen Hsu, Srilatha Sakamuru, Chaozhong Zou, Ruili Huang, Menghang Xia
Angiogenesis is an important hallmark of cancer, contributing to tumor formation and metastasis. In vitro angiogenesis models for analyzing tube formation serve as useful tools to study these processes. However, current in vitro co-culture models using primary cells have limitations in usefulness and consistency. Therefore, in the present study, an in vitro co-culture assay system was optimized in a 1536-well format for high-throughput screening using human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)-immortalized mesenchymal stem cells and aortic endothelial cells...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919260/blockage-of-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-is-required-for-embryonic-stem-cell-derivation
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Mehdi Totonchi, Seyedeh-Nafiseh Hassani, Ali Sharifi-Zarchi, Natalia Tapia, Kenjiro Adachi, Julia Arand, Boris Greber, Davood Sabour, Marcos J Araúzo-Bravo, Jörn Walter, Mohammad Pakzad, Hamid Gourabi, Hans R Schöler, Hossein Baharvand
Pluripotent cells emanate from the inner cell mass (ICM) of the blastocyst and when cultivated under optimal conditions immortalize as embryonic stem cells (ESCs). The fundamental mechanism underlying ESC derivation has, however, remained elusive. Recently, we have devised a highly efficient approach for establishing ESCs, through inhibition of the MEK and TGF-β pathways. This regimen provides a platform for dissecting the molecular mechanism of ESC derivation. Via temporal gene expression analysis, we reveal key genes involved in the ICM to ESC transition...
September 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918563/development-and-validation-of-immortalized-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cell-line-as-an-in-vitro-model-for-the-study-of-mammary-gland-functions
#13
Ji-Xia Li, Abdelrahman Said, Xiu-Guo Ge, Wenxiu Wang, Yong Zhang, Tianming Jin
This study aimed to develop a bovine mammary epithelial (BME) cell line model, which provides a possibility to determine functional properties of the bovine mammary gland. The primary cell culture was derived from bovine mammary gland tissues and processed enzymatically to obtain cell colonies with epithelial-like morphology. The cultures of BME cells were purified and optimally cultured at 37 °C in DMEM/F12 medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum. The BME cells were identified as epithelial cell line by the evaluating the expression of keratin-18 using immunofluorescence staining...
September 16, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915671/integration-of-alv-into-ctdspl-and-ctdspl2-genes-in-b-cell-lymphomas-promotes-cell-immortalization-migration-and-survival
#14
Shelby Winans, Alyssa Flynn, Sanandan Malhotra, Vidya Balagopal, Karen L Beemon
Avian leukosis virus induces tumors in chickens by integrating into the genome and altering expression of nearby genes. Thus, ALV can be used as an insertional mutagenesis tool to identify novel genes involved in tumorigenesis. Deep sequencing analysis of viral integration sites has identified CTDSPL and CTDSPL2 as common integration sites in ALV-induced B-cell lymphomas, suggesting a potential role in driving oncogenesis. We show that in tumors with integrations in these genes, the viral promoter is driving the expression of a truncated fusion transcript...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915590/combination-of-desi2-and-ip10-gene-therapy-significantly-improves-therapeutic-efficacy-against-murine-carcinoma
#15
Chao Lin, HuaYing Yan, Jun Yang, Lei Li, Mei Tang, Xinyu Zhao, Chunlai Nie, Na Luo, Yuquan Wei, Zhu Yuan
DESI2 (also known as PNAS-4) is a novel pro-apoptotic gene activated during the early response to DNA damage. We previously reported that overexpression of DESI2 induces S phase arrest and apoptosis by activating checkpoint kinases. The present study was designed to test whether combination of DESI2 and IP10 could improve the therapy efficacy in vitro and in vivo. The recombinant plasmid co-expressing DESI2 and IP10 was encapsulated with DOTAP/Cholesterol nanoparticle. Immunocompetent mice bearing CT26 colon carcinoma and LL2 lung cancer were treated with the complex...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912788/development-and-genetic-characterization-of-advanced-backcross-materials-and-an-introgression-line-population-of-solanum-incanum-in-a-s-melongena-background
#16
Pietro Gramazio, Jaime Prohens, Mariola Plazas, Giulio Mangino, Francisco J Herraiz, Santiago Vilanova
Advanced backcrosses (ABs) and introgression lines (ILs) of eggplant (Solanum melongena) can speed up genetics and genomics studies and breeding in this crop. We have developed the first full set of ABs and ILs in eggplant using Solanum incanum, a wild eggplant that has a relatively high tolerance to drought, as a donor parent. The development of these ABs and IL eggplant populations had a low efficiency in the early stages, because of the lack of molecular markers and genomic tools. However, this dramatically improved after performing genotyping-by-sequencing in the first round of selfing, followed by high-resolution-melting single nucleotide polymorphism genotyping in subsequent selection steps...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912778/neuroprotective-effects-of-annexin-a1-tripeptide-after-deep-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest-in-rats
#17
Zhiquan Zhang, Qing Ma, Bijal Shah, G Burkhard Mackensen, Donald C Lo, Joseph P Mathew, Mihai V Podgoreanu, Niccolò Terrando
Resolution agonists, including lipid mediators and peptides such as annexin A1 (ANXA1), are providing novel approaches to treat inflammatory conditions. Surgical trauma exerts a significant burden on the immune system that can affect and impair multiple organs. Perioperative cerebral injury after cardiac surgery is associated with significant adverse neurological outcomes such as delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction. Using a clinically relevant rat model of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA), we tested the pro-resolving effects of a novel bioactive ANXA1 tripeptide (ANXA1sp) on neuroinflammation and cognition...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911214/growth-regulation-by-estrogen-in-breast-cancer-1-greb1-is-a-novel-progesterone-responsive-gene-required-for-human-endometrial-stromal-decidualization
#18
Alison J Camden, Maria M Szwarc, Sangappa B Chadchan, Francesco J DeMayo, Bert W O'Malley, John P Lydon, Ramakrishna Kommagani
STUDY QUESTION: Is Growth Regulation by Estrogen in Breast Cancer 1 (GREB1) required for progesterone-driven endometrial stromal cell decidualization? SUMMARY ANSWER: GREB1 is a novel progesterone-responsive gene required for progesterone-driven human endometrial stromal cell (HESC) decidualization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Successful establishment of pregnancy requires HESCs to transform from fibroblastic to epithelioid cells in a process called decidualization...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911173/lithium-chloride-increases-cox-2-expression-and-pge2-production-in-a-human-granulosa-lutein-svog-cell-line-via-a-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#19
Long Bai, Hsun-Ming Chang, Jung-Chien Cheng, Guiyan Chu, Peter C K Leung, Gongshe Yang
Lithium chloride (LiCl) is widely prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorders and is associated with a higher incidence of reproductive adverse effects. Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 and its derivative, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), play regulatory roles in the human ovulatory process. Whether LiCl affects ovulation by regulating COX2 expression and PGE2 production in the human ovary is still largely unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of LiCl on the expression of COX-2 and production of PGE2 in human granulosa-lutein (hGL) cells, as well as the mechanisms underlying this effect...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902204/rational-design-and-structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-quercetin-amino-acid-hybrids-targeting-the-anti-apoptotic-protein-bcl-xl
#20
Tahsin F Kellici, Maria V Chatziathanasiadou, Min-Sung Lee, Nisar Sayyad, Elena G Geromichalou, Eirinaios I Vrettos, Antonis D Tsiailanis, Seung-Wook Chi, George D Geromichalos, Thomas Mavromoustakos, Andreas G Tzakos
Anti-apoptotic proteins, like the Bcl-2 family proteins, present an important therapeutic cancer drug target. Their activity is orchestrated through neutralization upon interaction of pro-apoptotic protein counterparts that leads to immortality of cancer cells. Therefore, generating compounds targeting these proteins is of immense therapeutic importance. Herein, Induced Fit Docking (IFD) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations were performed to rationally design quercetin analogues that bind in the BH3 site of the Bcl-xL protein...
September 13, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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