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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449558/in-silicomodel-driven-assessment-of-the-effects-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-deficiency-on-glutamate-and-gamma-aminobutyric-acid-implications-for-understanding-schizophrenia-pathophysiology
#1
Rimjhim Agrawal, Sunil Vasu Kalmady, Ganesan Venkatasubramanian
Objective: Deficient brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of the important mechanisms underlying the neuroplasticity abnormalities in schizophrenia. Aberration in BDNF signaling pathways directly or circuitously influences neurotransmitters like glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). For the first time, this study attempts to construct and simulate the BDNF-neurotransmitter network in order to assess the effects of BDNF deficiency on glutamate and GABA. Methods: Using CellDesigner, we modeled BDNF interactions with calcium influx via N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)- Calmodulin activation; synthesis of GABA via cell cycle regulators protein kinase B, glycogen synthase kinase and β-catenin; transportation of glutamate and GABA...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449429/pancreatic-lymphoepithelial-cysts-diagnosed-with-endosonography-guided-fine-needle-aspiration
#2
Youngmin Oh, Yonghyeok Choi, Seung Myoung Son, Jisun Lee, Yook Kim, Joung Ho Han, Seon Mee Park
Although lymphoepithelial cysts (LECs) of the pancreas are benign lesions, most of them have been treated with surgical resection due to diagnostic difficulty. We report a 66-year-old woman diagnosed with pancreatic LECs. Abdominal ultrasound revealed two masses in the pancreas, which were not visible on the abdominal computed tomography. In an abdominal magnetic resonance imaging, pancreas lesions showed solid tumors, which revealed a low signal intensity on T1-, moderate high signal intensity on T2 weighted images, and homogeneous delayed enhancement in the portal venous phase...
April 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449392/osmotic-stress-decreases-complexity-underlying-the-electrophysiological-dynamic-in-soybean
#3
G F R Saraiva, A S Ferreira, G M Souza
Research rationale: Studies on plant electrophysiology are mostly focused on specific traits of single cells. Inspired by the complexity of the signaling network in plants and by analogies with neurons in human brains, we have sought for evidences of high complexity in the electrical dynamics of plant signaling and a likely relation with environmental cues. Central methods: An EEG-like standard protocol was adopted for high-resolution measurements of the electrical signal in Glycine max seedlings. The signals were continuously recorded in the same plants before and after the osmotic stimuli with a -2 MPa mannitol solution...
April 27, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449380/the-pas-domains-of-the-major-sporulation-kinase-in-bacillus-subtilis-play-a-role-in-tetramer-formation-that-is-essential-for-the%C3%A2-autokinase-activity
#4
Brittany Kiehler, Lindsey Haggett, Masaya Fujita
Sporulation in Bacillus subtilis is induced upon starvation. In a widely accepted model, an N-terminal "sensor" domain of the major sporulation kinase KinA recognizes a hypothetical starvation signal(s) and autophosphorylates a histidine residue to activate the master regulator Spo0A via a multicomponent phosphorelay. However, to date no confirmed signal has been found. Here, we demonstrated that PAS-A, the most N-terminal of the three PAS domains (PAS-ABC), is dispensable for the activity, contrary to a previous report...
April 27, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449155/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-with-ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-or-exendin-4
#5
Mohamed Abd Elaziz Wassef, Ola M Tork, Laila A Rashed, Walaa Ibrahim, Heba Morsi, Dina Mohamed Mekawy Rabie
Therapy targeting mitochondria may provide novel ways to treat diabetes and its complications. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) agonists and exendin-4; an analog of glucagon-like peptide-1 have shown cardioprotective properties in many cardiac injury models. So, we evaluated their effects in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) in relation to mitochondrial dysfunction. This work included seven groups of adult male albino rats: the control group, the non-treated diabetic group, and the treated diabetic groups: one group was treated with MSCs only, the second with pioglitazone only, the third with MSCs and pioglitazone, the forth with exendin-4 only and the fifth with MSCs and exendin-4...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449122/up-regulation-of-nced3-and-aba-biosynthesis-occur-within-minutes-of-a-decrease-in-leaf-turgor-but-ahk1-is-not-required
#6
Frances C Sussmilch, Timothy J Brodribb, Scott A M McAdam
A major environmental signal influencing day-time stomatal aperture is the vapour pressure deficit between the leaf and atmosphere (VPD). In angiosperms, increased VPD triggers biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA), prompting rapid stomatal closure. Altered cell turgor has been proposed as the trigger for ABA biosynthesis, but the timing and nature of the genetic signals linking these processes have remained uncertain. We investigated this in Arabidopsis by examining changes induced by a decrease in leaf turgor, simulating a natural increase in VPD...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449120/sigseeker-a-peak-calling-ensemble-approach-for-constructing-epigenetic-signatures
#7
Jens Lichtenberg, Laura Elnitski, David M Bodine
Motivation: Epigenetic data are invaluable when determining the regulatory programs governing a cell. Based on use of next-generation sequencing data for characterizing epigenetic marks and transcription factor binding, numerous peak-calling approaches have been developed to determine sites of genomic significance in these data. Such analyses can produce a large number of false positive predictions, suggesting that sites supported by multiple algorithms provide a stronger foundation for inferring and characterizing regulatory programs associated with the epigenetic data...
April 25, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449095/role-of-cc-cytokines-in-spatial-arrangement-of-the-inner-cell-mass-of-the-bovine-embryo
#8
Verónica M Negrón-Pérez, Dorianmarie Vargas-Franco, Peter J Hansen
The process of spatial rearrangement of cells of the inner cell mass (ICM) that are destined to become hypoblast is not well understood. The observation that the chemokine CCL24 and several other genes involved in chemokine signaling are expressed more in the ICM than the trophectoderm of the bovine embryo resulted in the hypothesis that CCL24 participates in spatial organization of the ICM. Temporally, expression of CCL24 in the bovine embryo occurs coincident with blastocyst formation: transcript abundance was low until the late morula stage, peaked in the blastocyst at Day 7 of development and declined by Day 9...
April 25, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449056/plant-hexokinases-are-multifaceted-proteins
#9
Giovanna P Aguilera-Alvarado, Sobeida Sánchez-Nieto
Sugars are the main carbon and energy source in cells, but they can also act as signaling molecules that affect the whole plant life cycle. Certain tissues can produce sugars and supply them to others, and this plant tissue heterogeneity makes sugar signaling a highly complex process that requires elements capable of perceiving changes in sugar concentrations among different tissues, cell compartments and developmental stages. In plants, the regulatory effects of Glucose (Glc) have been the most studied to date...
April 25, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449039/polyphyllin-i-induces-g2-m-phase-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-u251-human-glioma-cells-via-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-the-jnk-signaling-pathway
#10
Jiaxin Liu, Yueting Zhang, Li Chen, Fei Yu, Xiaojin Li, Dan Tao, Jianhua Zhao, Shuai Zhou
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive brain tumor, and its prognosis remains poor. Therefore, novel therapeutic strategies are needed for glioma therapy. Polyphyllin I (PPI), a bioactive constituent extracted from Paris polyphylla, was reported to have anti-tumor activity. However, the detailed mechanism for this activity remains unclear. Here, we investigated the inhibitory effects of PPI on glioma cells and its mechanisms in vitro. U251 cells were treated with various concentrations of PPI (2-9 μM) for 24 to 72 h...
April 26, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449029/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-nucleotide-variants-at-siglec5-and-defa1a3-as-risk-loci-for-periodontitis
#11
Matthias Munz, Christina Willenborg, Gesa M Richter, Yvonne Jockel-Schneider, Christian Graetz, Ingmar Staufenbiel, Jürgen Wellmann, Klaus Berger, Bastian Krone, Per Hoffmann, Nathalie van der Velde, André G Uitterlinden, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Amr Sawalha, Haner Direskeneli, Güher Saruhan-Direskeneli, Esra Guzeldemir-Akcakanat, Gencay Keceli, Matthias Laudes, Barbara Noack, Alexander Teumer, Birte Holtfreter, Thomas Kocher, Peter Eickholz, Jörg Meyle, Christof Doerfer, Corinna Bruckmann, Wolfgang Lieb, Andre Franke, Stefan Schreiber, Rahime M Nohutcu, Jeanette Erdmann, Bruno G Loos, Soeren Jepsen, Henrik Dommisch, Arne S Schaefer
Periodontitis is one of the most common inflammatory diseases, with a prevalence of 11% worldwide for the severe forms and an estimated heritability of 50%. The disease is characterized by destruction of the alveolar bone due to an aberrant host inflammatory response to a dysbiotic oral microbiome. Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have reported several suggestive susceptibility loci. Here, we conducted a GWAS using a German and Dutch case-control sample of aggressive periodontitis (AgP, 896 cases, 7,104 controls), a rare but highly severe and early-onset form of periodontitis, validated the associations in a German sample of severe forms of the more moderate phenotype chronic periodontitis (CP) (993 cases, 1,419 controls)...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449010/excess-of-a-rassf1-targeting-microrna-mir-193a-3p-perturbs-cell-division-fidelity
#12
Sofia Pruikkonen, Marko J Kallio
BACKGROUND: Several microRNA (miRNA) molecules have emerged as important post-transcriptional regulators of tumour suppressor and oncogene expression. Ras association domain family member 1 (RASSF1) is a critical tumour suppressor that controls multiple aspects of cell proliferation such as cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis. The expression of RASSF1 is lost in a variety of cancers due to the promoter hypermethylation. METHODS: miR-193a-3p was identified as a RASSF1-targeting miRNA by a dual screening approach...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448997/altered-expression-of-hippo-signaling-pathway-molecules-in-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
#13
Keishi Sugimachi, Miki Nishio, Shinichi Aishima, Yosuke Kuroda, Tomohiro Iguchi, Hisateru Komatsu, Hidenari Hirata, Shotaro Sakimura, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yuki Bekki, Kenji Takenaka, Yoshihiko Maehara, Akira Suzuki, Koshi Mimori
OBJECTIVE: MOB1, a core component of the Hippo signaling pathway, suppresses cell proliferation, and MOB1 liver conditional knockout mice develop intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC). However, its clinical significance in human ICC has not been established. The aim of this study was to characterize protein levels and the role of Hippo and TGF pathways in ICCs. METHODS: The protein levels of yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1), MOB1, Smad2, and TGFβ2 in 88 ICC cases were analyzed...
April 28, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448991/participation-of-antidiuretic-hormone-adh-in-asthma-exacerbations-induced-by-psychological-stress-via-pka-pkc-signal-pathway-in-airway-related-vagal-preganglionic-neurons-avpns
#14
Lili Hou, Lei Zhu, Min Zhang, Xingyi Zhang, Guoqing Zhang, Zhenwei Liu, Qiang Li, Xin Zhou
AIMS: Present study was performed to examine whether ADH was implicated in psychological stress asthma and to explore the underlying molecular mechanism. METHODS: We not only examined ADH levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) via radioimmunoassay, but also measured ADH receptor (ADHR) expression in airway-related vagal preganglionic neurons (AVPNs) through real-time PCR in all experimental mice. Western blotting was performed to evaluate the relationship between ADH and PKA/PKC in psychological stress asthma...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448943/mitochondria-in-endothelial-cells-sensors-and-integrators-of-environmental-cues
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REVIEW
Sergio Caja, Jose Antonio Enríquez
The involvement of angiogenesis in disease and its potential as a therapeutic target have been firmly established over recent decades. Endothelial cells (ECs) are central elements in vessel homeostasis and regulate the passage of material and cells into and out of the bloodstream. EC proliferation and migration are modified by alterations to mitochondrial biogenesis and dynamics resulting from several signals and environmental cues, such as oxygen, hemodynamics, and nutrients. As intermediary signals, mitochondrial ROS are released as important downstream modulators of the expression of angiogenesis-related genes...
April 18, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448873/osthole-attenuates-lipid-accumulation-regulates-the-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-increases-antioxidants-in-fl83b-cells
#16
Wen-Chung Huang, Po-Chen Liao, Chun-Hsun Huang, Sindy Hu, Shih-Chun Huang, Shu-Ju Wu
Osthole is found in Cnidium monnieri (L.) and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. It also inhibits the proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells. This study aimed to evaluate the osthole suppressive nonalcoholic fatty liver disease effects in oleic acid (OA)-induced hepatic steatosis and if it can modulate inflammatory responses and oxidative stress. FL83B cells were pretreated with OA (250μΜ) for 24h, and then added different concentrations of osthole (3-100μM) for 24h. Subsequently, lipolysis and transcription factors of adipogenesis and phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase proteins were measured...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448870/knockdown-of-msp58-inhibits-the-proliferation-and-metastasis-in-human-renal-cell-carcinoma-cells
#17
Xiaoqiang Zhai, Yan Wu, Dong Zhang, Tie Chong, Jun Zhao
The 58-kDa microspherule protein (MSP58) has been reported to play an important role in the tumorigenesis and progression of cancers. However, little is known about the role of MSP58 in human renal cell carcinoma (RCC). In this study, we investigated the expression and biological roles of MSP58 in RCC. The results indicated that the expressions of MSP58 at both mRNA and protein levels were greatly up-regulated in human RCC tissues and cell lines. Down-regulation of MSP58 significantly suppressed the proliferation, migration/invasion of RCC cells, as well as attenuated tumor growth in a 786-O xenograft model in vivo...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448866/function-of-microrna-143-in-different-signal-pathways-in-cancer-new-insights-into-cancer-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Leila Karimi, Behzad Mansoori, Dariush Shanebandi, Ali Mohammadi, Mahyar Aghapour, Behzad Baradaran
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs which participate in the post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. They play important roles in cellular events such as growth and differentiation. Deregulation of miRNAs is frequently evident in human cancers where their aberrant expression is associated with uncontrolled proliferation, metastasis, impaired cell cycle and DNA damage response. The miRNAs are important in cancer as ∼50% of miRNA genes are located in cancer-associated regions such as fragile sites of genome...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448865/glycolipids-from-spinach-suppress-lps-induced-vascular-inflammation-through-enos-and-nk-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#19
Masakazu Ishii, Tatsuo Nakahara, Daisuke Araho, Juri Murakami, Masahiro Nishimura
Glycolipids are the major constituent of the thylakoid membrane of higher plants and have a variety of biological and pharmacological activities. However, anti-inflammatory effects of glycolipids on vascular endothelial cells have not been elucidated. Here, we investigated the effect of glycolipids extracted from spinach on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced endothelial inflammation and evaluated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Treatment with glycolipids from spinach had no cytotoxic effects on cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and significantly blocked the expression of LPS-induced interleukin (IL)-6, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and intracellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in them...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448848/transmissible-gastroenteritis-virus-infection-induces-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-through-rlr-mediated-signaling
#20
Zhen Ding, Kang An, Lilan Xie, Wei Wu, Ruoxi Zhang, Dang Wang, Ying Fang, Huanchun Chen, Shaobo Xiao, Liurong Fang
Transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV) is a porcine enteric coronavirus which causes lethal severe watery diarrhea in piglets. The pathogenesis of TGEV is strongly associated with inflammation. In this study, we found that TGEV infection activates transcription factors NF-κB, IRF3 and AP-1 in a time- and dose-dependent manner in porcine kidney cells. Treatment with the NF-κB-specific inhibitor BAY11-7082 significantly decreased TGEV-induced proinflammatory cytokine production, but did not affect virus replication...
April 24, 2017: Virology
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