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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454429/polyphenolic-compounds-from-korean-lonicera-japonica-thunb-induces-apoptosis-via-akt-and-caspase-cascade-activation-in-a549-cells
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Kwang Il Park, Hyeonsoo Park, Arulkumar Nagappan, Gyeong Eun Hong, Silvia Yumnam, Ho Jeong Lee, Eun Hee Kim, Won Sup Lee, Sung Chul Shin, Jin A Kim, Sang Joon Lee, Jin Yeul Ma, Taesun Min, Jeong Doo Heo, Gon Sup Kim
Lonicera japonica Thunb. (L. japonica T.) has historically been used in Korean herbal medicine due to its anticancer and protective effects on the respiratory system. In the present study, the polyphenolic compounds in L. japonica T. were investigated using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry, and its anticancer effects on A549 non-small-cell lung cancer cells were studied. Polyphenolic compounds potentially inhibit A549 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Flow cytometry and western blot analysis demonstrated that polyphenolic compounds induce apoptosis by regulating the protein expression levels of caspases, poly-(ADP-ribose) polymerase and the B-cell lymphoma-2-associated X-protein/B-cell lymphoma-extra large ratio...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442922/inhibition-of-pcsk9-protects-against-radiation-induced-damage-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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Si-Shun Gan, Jian-Qing Ye, Lei Wang, Fa-Jun Qu, Chuan-Min Chu, Yi-Jun Tian, Wei Yang, Xin-Gang Cui
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) is a protein expressed primarily in the liver, formerly known to maintain plasma lipid homeostasis by regulating low-density lipoprotein receptor levels, and its exact role in the radioresistance of prostate cancer (PCa) remains unclear. We aim to investigate the function of PCSK9 in the radioresistance of PCa cells. METHODS: PCSK9 small interfering RNA (siRNA) was introduced into the PCa cells by transient transfection...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429746/the-small-g-protein-arf6-expressed-in-keratinocytes-by-hgf-stimulation-is-a-regulator-for-skin-wound-healing
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Yuki Miura, Van Ngo Thai Bich, Momoko Furuya, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Satoru Takahashi, Naohiro Katagiri, Tsunaki Hongu, Yuji Funakoshi, Norihiko Ohbayashi, Yasunori Kanaho
The earlier step of cutaneous wound healing process, re-epithelialization of the wounded skin, is triggered by a variety of growth factors. However, molecular mechanisms through which growth factors trigger skin wound healing are less understood. Here, we demonstrate that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met signaling-induced expression of the small G protein Arf6 mRNA in keratinocytes is essential for the skin wound healing. Arf6 mRNA expression was dramatically induced in keratinocytes at the wounded skin, which was specifically suppressed by the c-Met inhibitor...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427940/characterization-of-the-rax1-gene-encoding-a-putative-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Olumuyiwa Ayokunle Igbalajobi, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Kwang-Soo Shin
The filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is the major cause of life threatening invasive aspergillosis, and its small hydrophobic asexual spores (conidia) are the major infection agent. To better understand biology of A. fumigatus, we have characterized the rax1 gene encoding a putative regulator of G protein signaling (RGS). The deletion (Δ) of rax1 results in restricted colony growth and highly reduced number of conidia in A. fumigatus. Transcript levels of the three central activators of asexual development abaA, brlA, and wetA are significantly reduced in the Δrax1 mutant...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424618/pharmacological-and-biochemical-characterization-of-tlqp-21-activation-of-a-binding-site-on-cho-cells
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Laura Molteni, Laura Rizzi, Elena Bresciani, Roberta Possenti, Pamela Petrocchi Passeri, Corrado Ghè, Giampiero Muccioli, Jean-Alain Fehrentz, Pascal Verdié, Jean Martinez, Robert J Omeljaniuk, Giuseppe Biagini, Anna Binda, Ilaria Rivolta, Vittorio Locatelli, Antonio Torsello
VGF is a propeptide of 617 amino acids expressed throughout the central and the peripheral nervous system. VGF and peptides derived from its processing have been found in dense core vesicles and are released from neuronal and neuroendocrine cells via the regulated secretory pathway. Among VGF-derived neuropeptides, TLQP-21 (VGF(556-576)) has raised a huge interest and is one of most studied. TLQP-21 is a multifunctional neuropeptide involved in the control of several physiological functions, potentially including energy homeostasis, pain modulation, stress responsiveness and reproduction...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420608/the-molecular-mechanisms-of-plant-plasma-membrane-intrinsic-proteins-trafficking-and-stress-response
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Wang Xing, Zhang Jilong, Feng Xiuxiu, Li Hongjie, Zhang Genfa
Plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs) are plant channel proteins located on the plasma membrane. PIPs transfer water, CO2 and small uncharged solutes through the plasma membrane. PIPs have high selectivity to substrates, suggestive of a central role in maintaining cellular water balance. The expression, activity and localization of PIPs are regulated at the transcriptional and post-translational levels, and also affected by environmental factors. Numerous studies indicate that the expression patterns and localizations of PIPs can change in response to abiotic stresses...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419143/chaetocin-induces-apoptosis-in-human-melanoma-cells-through-the-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-the-intrinsic-mitochondrial-pathway-and-exerts-its-anti-tumor-activity-in-vivo
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Xinming Han, Yan Han, Yongsheng Zheng, Qiang Sun, Tao Ma, Junyi Zhang, Lianji Xu
Chaetocin is a small-molecule natural product produced by Chaetomium species fungi, and it has a potent anti-proliferative pharmacological activity on various cancer cells. However, the effect of chaetocin on anti-melanoma pharmacological role has not been investigated. Therefore, in this study, we explored the effect of chaetocin on cell proliferation in the human melanoma Sk-Mel-28 and A375 cells and the growth of tumor xenografts in nude mice. The results indicated that chaetocin treatment significantly suppressed cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in the Sk-Mel-28 and A375 cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415797/rab7-gtpase-controls-lipid-metabolic-signaling-in-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Xinchun Ding, Wenjing Zhang, Ting Zhao, Cong Yan, Hong Du
Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) is a critical neutral lipid metabolic enzyme that regulates metabolic reprogramming in myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) through over-activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Affymetrix GeneChip microarray analysis of MDSCs from LAL deficient mouse (lal-/-) revealed upregulation of Rab7 GTPase protein, which belongs to a superfamily of small-molecular-weight GTPase known to regulate intracellular membrane trafficking from early to late endosomes and lysosomes. Here, the physical protein-protein interaction between Rab7 GTPase and mTOR has been detected by co-immunoprecipitation in the cell extract of wild type HD1A and lal-/- MDSC-like HD1B myeloid cell lines...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414037/spatio-temporal-regulation-of-connexin43-phosphorylation-and-gap-junction-dynamics
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REVIEW
Joell L Solan, Paul D Lampe
Gap junctions are specialized membrane domains containing tens to thousands of intercellular channels. These channels permit exchange of small molecules (<1000Da) including ions, amino acids, nucleotides, metabolites and secondary messengers (e.g., calcium, glucose, cAMP, cGMP, IP3) between cells. The common reductionist view of these structures is that they are composed entirely of integral membrane proteins encoded by the 21 member connexin human gene family. However, it is clear that the normal physiological function of this structure requires interaction and regulation by a variety of proteins, especially kinases...
April 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408482/small-regulatory-bacterial-rnas-regulating-the-envelope-stress-response
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REVIEW
Gracjana Klein, Satish Raina
Most bacteria encode a large repertoire of RNA-based regulatory mechanisms. Recent discoveries have revealed that the expression of many genes is controlled by a plethora of base-pairing noncoding small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs), regulatory RNA-binding proteins and RNA-degrading enzymes. Some of these RNA-based regulated processes respond to stress conditions and are involved in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis. They achieve it by either direct posttranscriptional repression of several mRNAs, including blocking access to ribosome and/or directing them to RNA degradation when the synthesis of their cognate proteins is unwanted, or by enhanced translation of some key stress-regulated transcriptional factors...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405179/a-review-of-studies-of-the-proteomes-of-circulating-microparticles-key-roles-for-galectin-3-binding-protein-expressing-microparticles-in-vascular-diseases-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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REVIEW
Christoffer T Nielsen, Ole Østergaard, Niclas S Rasmussen, Søren Jacobsen, Niels H H Heegaard
Subcellular microvesicles (MVs) have attracted increasing interest during the past decades. While initially considered as inert cellular debris, several important roles for MVs in physiological homeostasis, cancer, cardiovascular, and autoimmune diseases have been uncovered. Although still poorly understood, MVs are involved in trafficking of information from cell-to-cell, and are implicated in the regulation of immunity, thrombosis, and coagulation. Different subtypes of extracellular MVs exist. This review focuses on the cell membrane-derived shedded MVs (ranging in size from 200 to 1000 nm) typically termed microparticles (MPs)...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402719/ospra2-fine-tunes-rice-brassinosteroid-receptor
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Xiaoguang Song, Hongyan Guo, Ge Zhang, Yao Wu, Guiling Wang, Xiaoying Chen, Rongxiang Fang
Brassinosteroids (BRs) are a kind of plant hormones that regulate many important agronomic traits. Although the framework of the BR signaling pathway has been outlined, detailed working mechanisms at several steps of this pathway, especially at the BR receptor level, need to be further elucidated. Recently we have reported that a rice small G protein, OsPRA2, bound to the BR receptor OsBRI1 at the plasma membrane (PM) and inhibited its kinase activity and its interaction with the co-receptor OsBAK1, leading to a lower sensitivity to BR treatment and dephosphorylation of OsBZR1...
March 4, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400718/rab-gtpases-the-key-players-in-the-molecular-pathway-of-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Meng-Meng Shi, Chang-He Shi, Yu-Ming Xu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive movement disorder with multiple non-motor symptoms. Although family genetic mutations only account for a small proportion of the cases, these mutations have provided several lines of evidence for the pathogenesis of PD, such as mitochondrial dysfunction, protein misfolding and aggregation, and the impaired autophagy-lysosome system. Recently, vesicle trafficking defect has emerged as a potential pathogenesis underlying this disease. Rab GTPases, serving as the core regulators of cellular membrane dynamics, may play an important role in the molecular pathway of PD through the complex interplay with numerous factors and PD-related genes...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396637/membrane-associated-progesterone-receptors-promiscuous-proteins-with-pleiotropic-functions-focus-on-interactions-with-cytochromes-p450
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REVIEW
Chang S Ryu, Kathrin Klein, Ulrich M Zanger
Membrane-associated progesterone receptors (MAPR) are a group of four rather small, partially homologous proteins, which share a similar non-covalent heme-binding domain that is related to cytochrome b5, a well-known functional interaction partner of microsomal cytochrome P450 (CYP) monooxygenase systems. Apart from their structural similarities the four proteins progesterone membrane component 1 (PGRMC1, also referred to as IZA, sigma-2 receptor, Dap1), PGRMC2, neudesin (NENF) and neuferricin (CYB5D2) display surprisingly divergent and multifunctional physiological properties related to cholesterol/steroid biosynthesis, drug metabolism and response, iron homeostasis, heme trafficking, energy metabolism, autophagy, apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, cell migration, neural functions, and tumorigenesis and cancer progression...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396365/a-novel-galectin-1-inhibitor-discovered-through-one-bead-two-compounds-library-potentiates-the-anti-tumor-effects-of-paclitaxel-in-vivo
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Tsung-Chieh Shih, Ruiwu Liu, Gabriel Fung, Gaurav Bhardwaj, Paramita M Ghosh, Kit S Lam
Through the one-bead two-compound (OB2C) ultra-high throughput screening method, we discovered a new small molecule compound LLS2 that can kill a variety of cancer cells. Pull-down assay and LC MS/MS indicated that galectin-1 is the target protein of LLS2. Galectin-1 is known to be involved in the regulation of proliferation, apoptosis, cell cycle, and angiogenesis. Binding of LLS2 to galectin-1 decreased membrane-associated H-Ras and K-Ras, and contributed to the suppression of pErk pathway. Importantly, combination of LLS2 with paclitaxel (a very important clinical chemotherapeutic agent) was found to exhibit synergistic activity against several human cancer cell lines (ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer cells) in vitro Furthermore, in vivo therapeutic study indicated that combination treatment with paclitaxel and LLS2 significantly inhibits the growth of ovarian cancer xenografts in athymic mice...
April 10, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396286/altered-mitochondrial-and-peroxisomal-integrity-in-lipocalin-2-deficient-mice-with-hepatic-steatosis
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Anastasia Asimakopoulou, Annabelle Fülöp, Erawan Borkham-Kamphorst, Eddy Van de Leur, Nikolaus Gassler, Thorsten Berger, Birte Beine, Helmut E Meyer, Tak W Mak, Carsten Hopf, Corinna Henkel, Ralf Weiskirchen
Lipocalin-2 (LCN2) is a secreted adipokine that transports small hydrophobic molecules such as fatty acids and steroids. LCN2 limits bacterial growth by sequestering iron-containing siderophores and in mammalian liver protects against inflammation, infection, injury and other stressors. Because LCN2 modulates hepatic fat metabolism and homeostasis, we performed a comparative profiling of proteins and lipids of wild type (WT) and Lcn2-deficient mice fed either standard chow or a methionine- and choline-deficient (MCD) diet...
April 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396017/cell-surface-targeting-of-the-melanocortin-5-receptor-mc5r-requires-serine-rich-terminal-motifs
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A R Rodrigues, D Sousa, H Almeida, A M Gouveia
The Melanocortin 5 Receptor (MC5R) is a cell surface receptor that belongs to the class of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which comprises an intracellular carboxylic domain, seven transmembrane helices and an extracellular amino terminal. Over the last few years, MC5R has been implicated in the regulation of lipid metabolism in exocrine glands, muscle and even in adipose tissue and its function is quite dependent on its correct cell membrane targeting. In this context, the purpose of this work was to study the role of MC5R N-terminus in the receptor trafficking from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) through the Golgi complex to the plasma membrane...
April 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393915/allosteric-inhibition-of-aminopeptidase-n-functions-related-to-tumor-growth-and-virus-infection
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César Santiago, Gaurav Mudgal, Juan Reguera, Rosario Recacha, Sébastien Albrecht, Luis Enjuanes, José M Casasnovas
Cell surface aminopeptidase N (APN) is a membrane-bound ectoenzyme that hydrolyzes proteins and peptides and regulates numerous cell functions. APN participates in tumor cell expansion and motility, and is a target for cancer therapies. Small drugs that bind to the APN active site inhibit catalysis and suppress tumor growth. APN is also a major cell entry receptor for coronavirus, which binds to a region distant from the active site. Three crystal structures that we determined of human and pig APN ectodomains defined the dynamic conformation of the protein...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392407/actions-of-pgla-am1-and-its-a14k-and-a20k-analogues-and-their-therapeutic-potential-as-anti-diabetic-agents
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Bosede O Owolabi, Vishal Musale, Opeolu O Ojo, R Charlotte Moffett, Mary K McGahon, Tim M Curtis, J Michael Conlon, Peter R Flatt, Yasser H A Abdel-Wahab
PGLa-AM1 (GMASKAGSVL(10)GKVAKVALKA(20)AL.NH2) was first identified in skin secretions of the frog Xenopus amieti (Pipidae) on the basis of its antimicrobial properties. PGLa-AM1 and its [A14K] and [A20K] analogues produced a concentration-dependent stimulation of insulin release from BRIN-BD11 rat clonal β-cells without cytotoxicity at concentrations up to 3 μM. In contrast, the [A3K] was cytotoxic at concentrations ≥ 30 nM. The potency and maximum rate of insulin release produced by the [A14K] and [A20K] peptides were significantly greater than produced by PGLa-AM1...
April 6, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390930/targeting-rabs-as-a-novel-therapeutic-strategy-for-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoyu Qin, Jiongyi Wang, Xinxin Wang, Feng Liu, Bin Jiang, Yanjie Zhang
Rab GTPases constitute the largest family of small GTPases. Rabs regulate not only membrane trafficking but also cell signaling, growth and survival, and development. Increasingly, Rabs and their effectors are shown to be overexpressed or subject to loss-of-function mutations in a variety of disease settings, including cancer progression. This review provides an overview of dysregulated Rab proteins in cancer, and highlights the signaling and secretory pathways in which they operate, with the aim of identifying potential avenues for therapeutic intervention...
April 5, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
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