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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651331/il-1%C3%AE-up-regulates-star-and-progesterone-production-through-the-erk1-2-and-p38-mediated-creb-signaling-pathways-in-human-granulosa-lutein-cells
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Xuan Dang, Qinling Zhu, Yaqiong He, Yuan Wang, Yao Lu, Xiaoxue Li, Jia Qi, Hasiximuke Wu, Yun Sun
The pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β) may be involved in several ovulation-associated events, such as proteases synthesis, prostaglandin production and steroidogenesis in granulosa cells. However, the exact effect of IL-1β on progesterone synthesis in granulosa cells and the underlying mechanism remain unclear. By using cultured granulosa-lutein cells collected from women undergoing in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, we found that IL-1β up-regulated steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR) expression and progesterone synthesis in granulosa-lutein cells, which was comparable with luteinizing hormone (LH) effect and could be abolished by an IL-1 receptor antagonist...
June 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651013/loss-of-prion-protein-induces-a-primed-state-of-type-i-interferon-responsive-genes
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Giulia Malachin, Malin R Reiten, Øyvind Salvesen, Håvard Aanes, Jorke H Kamstra, Kerstin Skovgaard, Peter M H Heegaard, Cecilie Ersdal, Arild Espenes, Michael A Tranulis, Maren K Bakkebø
The cellular prion protein (PrPC) has been extensively studied because of its pivotal role in prion diseases; however, its functions remain incompletely understood. A unique line of goats has been identified that carries a nonsense mutation that abolishes synthesis of PrPC. In these animals, the PrP-encoding mRNA is rapidly degraded. Goats without PrPC are valuable in re-addressing loss-of-function phenotypes observed in Prnp knockout mice. As PrPC has been ascribed various roles in immune cells, we analyzed transcriptomic responses to loss of PrPC in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from normal goat kids (n = 8, PRNP+/+) and goat kids without PrPC (n = 8, PRNPTer/Ter) by mRNA sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650926/hypercapnia-induced-amelioration-of-the-intestinal-microvascular-oxygenation-in-sepsis-is-independent-of-the-endogenous-sympathetic-nervous-system
#3
Jan Schulz, Sabrina Schöneborn, Christian Vollmer, Richard Truse, Anna Herminghaus, Inge Bauer, Christopher Beck, Olaf Picker
INTRODUCTION: Insufficient microvascular oxygenation (μHBO2) of the intestinal mucosa worsens outcome of septic patients. Hypercapnia ameliorates μHBO2, mediated via endogenous vasopressin release. Under physiological conditions, blockade of the endogenous sympathetic nervous system abolishes this protective effect of hypercapnia. The aim of our study was therefore to evaluate the role of the endogenous sympathetic nervous system during hypercapnia on intestinal μHBO2 under septic conditions...
June 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650448/transplant-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-is-an-endothelial-complication-associated-with-refractoriness-of-acute-gvhd
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M Zeisbrich, N Becker, A Benner, A Radujkovic, K Schmitt, J Beimler, A D Ho, M Zeier, P Dreger, T Luft
There is increasing evidence that endothelial dysfunction is involved in refractoriness of acute GvHD (aGvHD). Here we investigated the hypothesis that another endothelial complication, transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), contributes to the pathogenesis of aGvHD refractoriness. TMA was retrospectively assessed in 771 patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT). Incidences of TMA and refractory aGvHD were correlated with biomarkers of endothelial damage obtained before alloSCT for patients receiving or not receiving statin-based endothelial prophylaxis (SEP)...
June 26, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649992/a-key-role-for-neurotensin-in-chronic-stress-induced-anxiety-like-behaviour-in-rats
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Catherine P Normandeau, Ana Paula Ventura Silva, Emily R Hawken, Staci Angelis, Calvin Sjaarda, Xudong Liu, José Miguel Pêgo, Éric C Dumont
Chronic stress is a major cause of anxiety disorders that can be reliably modeled pre-clinically, providing insight into alternative therapeutic targets for this mental health illness. Neuropeptides have been targeted in the past to no avail possibly due to our lack of understanding of their role in pathological models. In this study we use a rat model of chronic stress-induced anxiety-like behaviours and hypothesized that neuropeptidergic modulation of synaptic transmission would be altered in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis (BNST), a brain region suspected to contribute to anxiety disorders...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649223/pretreatment-with-sodium-phenylbutyrate-alleviates-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-upregulating-dj-1-protein
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Rui-Xin Yang, Jie Lei, Bo-Dong Wang, Da-Yun Feng, Lu Huang, Yu-Qian Li, Tao Li, Gang Zhu, Chen Li, Fang-Fang Lu, Tie-Jian Nie, Guo-Dong Gao, Li Gao
Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction play critical roles in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. DJ-1 is an endogenous antioxidant that attenuates oxidative stress and maintains mitochondrial function, likely acting as a protector of I/R injury. In the present study, we explored the protective effect of a possible DJ-1 agonist, sodium phenylbutyrate (SPB), against I/R injury by protecting mitochondrial dysfunction via the upregulation of DJ-1 protein. Pretreatment with SPB upregulated the DJ-1 protein level and rescued the I/R injury-induced DJ-1 decrease about 50% both in vivo and in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649199/glyx-13-a-nmda-receptor-glycine-site-functional-partial-agonist-attenuates-cerebral-ischemia-injury-in-vivo-and-vitro-by-differential-modulations-of-nmda-receptors-subunit-components-at-different-post-ischemia-stage-in-mice
#7
Chen Zheng, Zhi H Qiao, Meng Z Hou, Nan N Liu, Bin Fu, Ran Ding, Yuan Y Li, Liang P Wei, Ai L Liu, Hui Shen
Excessive activation of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) is implicated in pathological synaptic plasticity also known as post-ischemic long-term potentiation (i-LTP) which was produced by glutamate mediated excitotoxicity after stroke. In the past decades, many NMDARs inhibitors failed in clinical investigations due to severe psychotomimetic side effects. GLYX-13 is a NMDAR modulator with glycine site partial agonist properties and has potential protective effects on ischemic neuronal death. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of GLYX-13 attenuating the ischemic neuronal damage remains elusive...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649088/targeting-aggf1-angiogenic-factor-with-g-patch-and-fha-domains-1-for-blocking-neointimal-formation-after-vascular-injury
#8
Yufeng Yao, Zhenkun Hu, Jian Ye, Changqing Hu, Qixue Song, Xingwen Da, Yubin Yu, Hui Li, Chengqi Xu, Qiuyun Chen, Qing Kenneth Wang
BACKGROUND: Despite recent improvements in angioplasty and placement of drug-eluting stents in treatment of atherosclerosis, restenosis and in-stent thrombosis impede treatment efficacy and cause numerous deaths. Research efforts are needed to identify new molecular targets for blocking restenosis. We aim to establish angiogenic factor AGGF1 (angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1) as a novel target for blocking neointimal formation and restenosis after vascular injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: AGGF1 shows strong expression in carotid arteries; however, its expression is markedly decreased in arteries after vascular injury...
June 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648778/dna-replication-is-required-for-circadian-clock-function-by-regulating-rhythmic-nucleosome-composition
#9
Xiao Liu, Yunkun Dang, Toru Matsu-Ura, Yubo He, Qun He, Christian I Hong, Yi Liu
Although the coupling between circadian and cell cycles allows circadian clocks to gate cell division and DNA replication in many organisms, circadian clocks were thought to function independently of cell cycle. Here, we show that DNA replication is required for circadian clock function in Neurospora. Genetic and pharmacological inhibition of DNA replication abolished both overt and molecular rhythmicities by repressing frequency (frq) gene transcription. DNA replication is essential for the rhythmic changes of nucleosome composition at the frq promoter...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647773/cthrc1-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-by-regulating-taz
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Chengze Wang, Weiting Gu, Baiyu Sun, Yunpeng Zhang, Yawen Ji, Xin Xu, Yong Wen
Collagen triple helix repeat containing 1 (CTHRC1) is associated with bone metabolism. Alveolar bone has an ability to rapidly remodel itself to adapt its biomechanical environment and function. However, whether CTHRC1 is expressed in alveolar bone tissue and the role of CTHRC1 in alveolar bone remodeling remain unclear. We used orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) rat model to study the effects of CHTRC1 in alveolar bone remodeling in vivo. We found that CTHRC1 was expressed in normal physiological condition of osteocytes, bone matrix, and periodontal ligament cells in rat...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647611/autophagy-suppresses-isoprenaline-induced-m2-macrophage-polarization-via-the-ros-erk-and-mtor-signaling-pathway
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Meihua Shan, Junfang Qin, Fengjiao Jin, Xiao Han, Haitao Guan, Xiaoge Li, Jiahui Zhang, Hongyao Zhang, Yue Wang
The objective of this study was to examine the effect of autophagy on stress-induced M2 macrophage polarization in the tumor microenvironment of breast cancer and to determine whether the underlying mechanism was related to the reactive oxygen species (ROS)/ERK and mTOR pathway. In vitro, we found that the basal autophagy level in mouse RAW 264.7 macrophages decreased with the incubation of tumor cell culture supernatant. Similarly, the polarization of RAW 264.7 to M2 macrophages was inhibited by the autophagy inducer rapamycin and increased by the autophagy inhibitor 3-MA or by siBeclin1...
June 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647515/a-phytoestrogen-supplement-prevents-the-altered-gene-expression-associated-with-pregnancy-implantation-induced-by-il-1%C3%AE-in-endometrial-epithelial-cells
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Sayaka Suzuki, Noe Nakashima, Masakatsu Kageyama, Kazuo Yamagata
Phytoestrogens stimulate expression of the uterine estrogen receptor and regulate uterine functions in reproductive tissues. However, comprehensive understanding of the beneficial impacts of phytoestrogens on uterine biology at the molecular level remains unexplored. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) expression is increased in the inflamed decidua and is associated with first trimester pregnancy loss. AglyMax-Sup has the same composition as that of the phytoestrogen supplement AglyMax but with added vitamins and other components...
June 21, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647373/salusin-%C3%AE-mediates-high-glucose-induced-endothelial-injury-via-disruption-of-ampk-signaling-pathway
#13
Xuexue Zhu, Yuetao Zhou, Weiwei Cai, Haijian Sun, Liying Qiu
The dysregulated proliferation, migration, apoptosis and angiogenesis of endothelial cells are involved in diabetic endothelial dysfunction. The circulating salusin-β levels were increased in diabetic patients, and salusin-β contributes to diabetic cardiomyopathy in rats. However, the roles of salusin-β in diabetes mellitus-induced endothelial dysfunction are not fully understood. Herein, we demonstrated the increased expressions of salusin-β in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) cultured in HG medium...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647369/synthesis-of-cytochrome-c-oxidase-1-sco1-inhibits-insulin-sensitivity-by-decreasing-copper-levels-in-adipocytes
#14
Xiang-Bo Wei, Liang Guo, Yang Liu, Shui-Rong Zhou, Yuan Liu, Xin Dou, Shao-Yue Du, Meng Ding, Wan-Qiu Peng, Shu-Wen Qian, Hai-Yan Huang, Qi-Qun Tang
Dysregulation of insulin signaling leads to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and other metabolic disorders. Obesity is an important contributor to insulin resistance, and although the understanding of this relationship has improved in recent years, the mechanism of obesity-induced insulin resistance is not completely understood. Disorders of copper metabolism tend to accompany the development of obesity, which increases the risk of insulin resistance. Synthesis of cytochrome c oxidase 1 (SCO1) functions in the assembly of cytochrome c oxidase (COX) and cellular copper homeostasis...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
#15
Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646631/synthesis-of-novel-and-functionally-selective-non-competitive-muscarinic-antagonists-as-chemical-probes
#16
John F Boulos, Jan Jakubik, John M Boulos, Jelena Momirov, Alena Randakova
Muscarinic receptors are known to play important biological roles and are drug targets for several human diseases. In a pilot study, novel muscarinic antagonists were synthesized and used as chemical probes to obtain additional information of the muscarinic pharmacophore. The design of these ligands made use of current orthosteric and allosteric models of drug-receptor interactions together with chemical motifs known to achieve muscarinic receptor selectivity. This approach has led to the discovery of several non-competitive muscarinic ligands that strongly bind at a secondary receptor site...
June 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646348/tau-induced-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-iv-activation-aggravates-nuclear-tau-hyperphosphorylation
#17
Yu-Ping Wei, Jin-Wang Ye, Xiong Wang, Li-Ping Zhu, Qing-Hua Hu, Qun Wang, Dan Ke, Qing Tian, Jian-Zhi Wang
Hyperphosphorylated tau is the major protein component of neurofibrillary tangles in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, the mechanism underlying tau hyperphosphorylation is not fully understood. Here, we demonstrated that exogenously expressed wild-type human tau40 was detectable in the phosphorylated form at multiple AD-associated sites in cytoplasmic and nuclear fractions from HEK293 cells. Among these sites, tau phosphorylated at Thr205 and Ser214 was almost exclusively found in the nuclear fraction at the conditions used in the present study...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646284/chd1l-expression-increases-tumor-progression-and-acts-as-a-predictive-biomarker-for-poor-prognosis-in-pancreatic-cancer
#18
Chuan Liu, Xiaowei Fu, Zhiwei Zhong, Jing Zhang, Haiyan Mou, Qiong Wu, Tianle Sheng, Bo Huang, Yeqing Zou
BACKGROUND: The chromodomain helicase/ATPase DNA binding protein 1-like gene (CHD1L) plays a key role in controlling various cellular phenomena, including immune-mediated inflammation, transformation, apoptosis, cell cycle progression, and proliferation. METHODS: This study investigated the function and clinical significance of CHD1L protein expression in pancreatic cancer (PC). We analyzed CHD1L expression in surgical specimens from 112 PC patients. The correlation between the clinical characteristics and prognosis was also determined...
June 23, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646236/rapamycin-adjuvant-and-exacerbation-of-severe-influenza-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
#19
Ching-Tai Huang, Chen-Yiu Hung, Tse-Ching Chen, Chun-Yen Lin, Yung-Chang Lin, Chia-Shiang Chang, Yueh-Chia He, Yu-Lin Huang, Avijit Dutta
Influenza virus infection often causes severe disease and acute respiratory distress syndrome. It is a common belief that overwhelming immune response contributes to the severe illness. Physicians and researchers have put forth immune modulation as salvage therapy for better recovery. However, empiric corticosteroid failed in both humans and animal models. Reported success with Rapamycin in humans prompted a comprehensive animal study and mechanistic dissection. Here we report the effect of Rapamycin alone or in combination with Oseltamivir for severe influenza in BALB/c mice...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646121/at1-receptor-blockade-attenuates-outward-aortic-remodeling-associated-with-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice
#20
Friedrich Krueger, Kai Kappert, Anna Foryst-Ludwig, Frederike Kramer, Markus Clemenz, Aleksandra Grzesiak, Manuela Sommerfeld, Jan Paul Bernhard Frese, Andreas Greiner, Ulrich Kintscher, Thomas Unger, Elena Kaschina
The renin-angiotensin-system and obesity have been implicated in vascular outward remodeling, including aneurysms, but the precise mechanisms are yet not understood. We investigated the effect of the angiotensin AT1-receptor antagonist telmisartan on aortic outward remodeling in a diet-induced obesity-model in mice. C57/Black6J mice were fed with either a low-fat diet (LFD), or a high-fat diet (HFD) for 14 weeks. One group of HFD-mice was additionally exposed to telmisartan (3mg/kg/d) for the last 4 weeks. HFD led to aortic outward remodeling, characterized by increased proteolysis, along with structural changes, such as fragmentation of elastic fibres, and decreased elastin content...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
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