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Irene Vacca, Elena Del Tordello, Gianmarco Gasperini, Alfredo Pezzicoli, Martina Di Fede, Silvia Rossi Paccani, Sara Marchi, Tsisti D Mubaiwa, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Michael P Jennings, Kate L Seib, Vega Masignani, Mariagrazia Pizza, Davide Serruto, Beatrice Aricò, Isabel Delany
Neisserial Heparin Binding Antigen (NHBA) is a surface-exposed lipoprotein ubiquitously expressed by Neisseria meningitidis strains and an antigen of the Bexsero® vaccine. NHBA binds heparin through a conserved Arg-rich region that is the target of two proteases, the meningococcal NalP and human lactoferrin (hLf). In this work, in vitro studies showed that recombinant NHBA protein was able to bind epithelial cells and mutations of the Arg-rich tract abrogated this binding. All N-terminal and C-terminal fragments generated by NalP or hLf cleavage, regardless of the presence or absence of the Arg-rich region, did not bind to cells, indicating that a correct positioning of the Arg-rich region within the full length protein is crucial...
2016: PloS One
Jeng-Haur Chen, Weiyi Xu, David N Sheppard
Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is an ATP-gated Cl(-) channel defective in the genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF). The gating behaviour of CFTR is characterized by bursts of channel openings interrupted by brief, flickery closures, separated by long closures between bursts. Entry to and exit from an open burst is controlled by the interaction of ATP with two ATP-binding sites, sites 1 and 2 in CFTR. To understand better the kinetic basis of CFTR intraburst gating, we investigated the single-channel activity of human CFTR at different intracellular pH (pHi ) values...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
François Seghers, Xavier Yerna, Nadège Zanou, Olivier Devuyst, Rudi Vennekens, Bernd Nilius, Philippe Gailly
The renin - angiotensin system is a crucial blood pressure regulation system. It consists of a hormonal cascade where the rate-limiting enzyme is renin, which is secreted in blood flow by renal juxtaglomerular (JG) cells in response to low pressure in the renal afferent arteriole. In contrast, an increase in blood pressure results in a decreased renin secretion. This is accompanied by a transitory increase in [Ca(2+) ]i of JG cells. The inverse relationship between [Ca(2+) ]i and renin secretion has been called the "calcium paradox" of renin release...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Qiang Fu, Jing Cheng, Jindai Zhang, Yonglei Zhang, Xiaobing Chen, Jianguo Xie, Suxia Luo
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Deregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been reported to participate in CRC progression. In the present study, we observed downregulation of miR-218 and upregulation of YEATS domain containing 4 (YEATS4) in CRC tissues and in multidrug-resistant HCT-116/L-OHP cells compared with these levels in normal tissues and parental HCT-116 cells, respectively. The results indicated that miR-218 overexpression significantly decreased the IC50 value of oxaliplatin (L-OHP) in the HCT-116/L-OHP cells, and suppression of miR-218 significantly enhanced the IC50 of L-OHP in the HCT-116 cells...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Rui An, Lei Zhao, Jian Xu, Cong Xi, Haixun Li, Guohong Shen, Wei Zhang, Shumiao Zhang, Lijun Sun
Sepsis is a severe inflammatory response to systemic infection that frequently affects the myocardium. Previous studies have suggested that resveratrol (RESV) is protective in sepsis. The present study aimed to investigate the role of sirtuin 1 (Sirt1) signaling in the protective effect of intraperitoneally administered RESV against sepsis‑induced myocardial injury. Cecal ligation and puncture, or a sham operation, were performed in male Sprague‑Dawley rats, and the levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)‑α and myeloperoxidase (MPO) were assessed by ELISA and an MPO activity kit, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ling Gong, Chunhong Di, Xiaofang Xia, Jie Wang, Gongying Chen, Junping Shi, Pengshuai Chen, Hui Xu, Weibing Zhang
Chinese medicines are emerging as an attractive new generation of anticancer drugs. Here, we explored the impact of salvianolic acid B (Sal B), the major water-soluble compounds of Danshen, on apoptosis and autophagy of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC). We also investigated the related molecular mechanisms. We found that Sal B exhibits potent ability to inhibit HCC cells viability in a concentration-dependent manner, and to induce apoptosis via the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. Additionally, Sal B could also induce autophagy...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
S Moriguchi, T Ishizuka, Y Yabuki, N Shioda, Y Sasaki, H Tagashira, H Yawo, J Z Yeh, H Sakagami, T Narahashi, K Fukunaga
Here, we report a novel target of the drug memantine, ATP-sensitive K(+) (KATP) channels, potentially relevant to memory improvement. We confirmed that memantine antagonizes memory impairment in Alzheimer's model APP23 mice. Memantine increased CaMKII activity in the APP23 mouse hippocampus, and memantine-induced enhancement of hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP) and CaMKII activity was totally abolished by treatment with pinacidil, a specific opener of KATP channels. Memantine also inhibited Kir6.1 and Kir6...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Lihong Bai, Gengpeng Lin, Longhua Sun, Yangli Liu, Xinyan Huang, Chuangjie Cao, Yubiao Guo, Canmao Xie
Sirtuin6 (SIRT6), a member of the sirtuins protein family, plays multiple complex roles in cancer. Here, we report that elevated SIRT6 expression was correlated with clinicopathological parameters such as T and N classification in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patient tumors. SIRT6 overexpression in NSCLC cell lines increased extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-ERK)1/2 phosphorylation, activated matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9) and promoted tumor cell migration and invasion. Upon treatment with a specific mitogen-activated protein kinase (MEK) 1/2 inhibitor, these effects were abolished...
June 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Drew A Hildebrandt, Eric D Irwin, Thomas E Lohmeier
Chronic electric activation of the carotid baroreflex produces sustained reductions in sympathetic activity and arterial pressure and is currently being evaluated for therapy in patients with resistant hypertension. However, patients with significant impairment of renal function have been largely excluded from clinical trials. Thus, there is little information on blood pressure and renal responses to baroreflex activation in subjects with advanced chronic kidney disease, which is common in resistant hypertension...
October 24, 2016: Hypertension
Kun Tang, Chang Liu, Lin Chen, Jing Gao, Chao Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of ulinastatin on hypoxia-induced phenotype modulation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) and explore the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Cultured PASMCs from SD rats were exposed to normoxic condition, normoxia with ulinastatin treatment, hypoxia, or hypoxia with ulinastatin treatment. After 24 h of exposures, the cells were examined for SM-α-actin and caplonin expressions with immunofluorescence assay and for cell migration with CCK-8 and (3)H-TdR assays...
October 20, 2016: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
Neha Kamran, Mayuri Chandran, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro
Various preclinical studies have demonstrated that the success of immunotherapeutic strategies in inhibiting tumor progression in animal models of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). It is also evident that tumor-induced immune suppression drastically impacts the efficacy of immune based therapies. Among the mechanisms employed by GBM to induce immunosuppression is the accumulation of regulatory T cells (Tregs) and Myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). Advancing our understanding about the pathways regulating the expansion, accumulation and activity of MDSCs will allow for the development of therapies aimed at abolishing the inhibitory effect of these cells on immunotherapeutic approaches...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Jing Ke, Rui Wei, Fei Yu, Jingjing Zhang, Tianpei Hong
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and its analogues have a beneficial role in cardiovascular system. Here, we aimed to investigate whether liraglutide, a GLP-1 analogue, modulated angiogenesis impaired by palmitic acid (PA) in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Cells were incubated with liraglutide (3-100 nmol/L) in the presence of PA (0.5mmol/L), and endothelial tube formation was observed and quantified. The protein levels of signaling molecules were analyzed and the specific inhibitors were used to identify the signaling pathways through which liraglutide affected angiogenesis...
October 21, 2016: Peptides
Hong-Yan Cai, Zhao-Jun Wang, Christian Hölscher, Li Yuan, Jun Zhang, Peng Sun, Jing Li, Wei Yang, Mei-Na Wu, Jin-Shun Qi
Type 2 diabetes mellitus(T2DM) is a risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD), which is most likely linked to impairments of insulin signaling in the brain. Hence, drugs enhancing insulin signaling may have therapeutic potential for AD. Lixisenatide, a novel long-lasting glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogue, facilitates insulin signaling and has neuroprotective properties. We previously reported the protective effects of lixisenatide on memory formation and synaptic plasticity. Here, we describe additional key neuroprotective properties of lixisenatide and its possible molecular and cellular mechanisms against AD-related impairments in rats...
October 21, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Huan He, Wei-Wei Guo, Rong-Rong Xu, Xiao-Qing Chen, Nan Zhang, Xia Wu, Xiao-Min Wang
BACKGROUND: Alkaloids from Piper longum (PLA), extracted from P. longum, have potent anti-inflammatory effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether PLA could protect dopaminergic neurons against inflammation-mediated damage by inhibiting microglial activation using a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced dopaminergic neuronal damage rat model. METHODS: The animal behaviors of rotational behavior, rotarod test and open-field test were investigated. The survival ratio of dopaminergic neurons and microglial activation were examined...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
J Flemmig, D Schlorke, F-W Kühne, J Arnhold
Excessive release of hemoglobin from red blood cells markedly disturbs the health status of patients due to cytotoxic effects of free hemoglobin and heme. The latter component is able to initiate novel hemolytic events in unperturbed red blood cells. We modelled this process by incubation of ferric protoporphyrin IX with freshly isolated red blood cells from healthy volunteers. The heme-induced hemolysis was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by the chlorite-based drug WF10, whereby the hemolysis degree was totally abolished at a molar ratio of 1: 2 between chlorite and heme...
October 24, 2016: Free Radical Research
Sang-Im Lee, Sun-Young Kim, Kyung-Ran Park, Eun-Cheol Kim
Baicalein is an active flavonoid extracted from the root of Scutellaria baicalensis that has anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties; its effects on osteoblastic and angiogenic potential are controversial. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of baicalein on odontoblastic differentiation and angiogenesis and the underlying mechanism in human dental pulp cells (HDPCs). Baicalein (1-10[Formula: see text][Formula: see text]M) had no cytotoxic effects and promoted alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, mineralization assayed by Alizarin Red-S staining, and the mRNA expression of marker genes, in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Quan Feng Liu, Haemin Jeong, Jang Ho Lee, Yoon Ki Hong, Youngje Oh, Young-Mi Kim, Yoon Seok Suh, Semin Bang, Hye Sup Yun, Kyungho Lee, Sung Man Cho, Sung Bae Lee, Songhee Jeon, Young-Won Chin, Byung-Soo Koo, Kyoung Sang Cho
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common neurodegenerative disease, has a complex and widespread pathology that is characterized by the accumulation of amyloid [Formula: see text]-peptide (A[Formula: see text]) in the brain and various cellular abnormalities, including increased oxidative damage, an amplified inflammatory response, and altered mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling. Based on the complex etiology of AD, traditional medicinal plants with multiple effective components are alternative treatments for patients with AD...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Zhi-Dan Fan, Ya-Yuan Zhang, Yi-Hong Guo, Na Huang, Hui-Hui Ma, Hui Huang, Hai-Guo Yu
Interleukin (IL)-17 producing T helper (Th17) cells are major effector cells in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) has emerged as a potential site in the regulation of inflammation in RA but little is known of its functional role on the differentiation of Th17 cells. This study investigates the in vitro and in vivo effects of P2X7R on Th17 cell differentiation during type II collagen (CII) induced experimental arthritis model. In CII-treated dendritic cells (DCs) and DC/CD4(+) T coculture system, pretreatment with pharmacological antagonists of P2X7R (Suramin and A-438079) caused strong inhibition of production of Th17-promoting cytokines (IL-1β, TGF-β1, IL-23p19 and IL-6)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Amna K E Awadallah, Makarim Elfadil M Osman, Mariam A Ibrahim, Emerson S Bernardes, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Emadeldin Hassan E Konozy
Three isolectins denoted hereforth MBaL-30, MBaL-60, and MBaL-80 were isolated from seeds extract of Momordica balsamina by 30%, 60%, and 80% ammonium sulfate saturations, respectively. The native molecular weights of these lectins, as judged by gel filtration, were 108, 56, and 160 kDa, respectively. On SDS-PAGE, under reduced condition, 27 kDa band was obtained for all isolectins. The lectins hemagglutinating activities were variably inhibited by d-galactose (minimum inhibitory concentrations = 12.5mM, 50mM, and 0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Lingling Zhang, Xiaojun Wang, Hong Cao, Yunxuan Chen, Xianfan Chen, Xi Zhao, Feifei Xu, Yifan Wang, Anthony Yiu-Ho Woo, Weizhong Zhu
Abnormal proliferation and hypertrophy of vascular smooth muscle (VSMC), as the main structural component of the vasculature, is an important pathological mechanism of hypertension. Recently, increased levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP) and copeptin, the C-terminal fragment of provasopressin, have been shown to correlate with the development of preeclampsia. AVP targets on the Gq-coupled vasopressin V1A receptor and the Gs-coupled V2 receptor in VSMC and the kidneys to regulate vascular tone and water homeostasis...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
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