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L Balazova, K Krskova, M Suski, V Sisovsky, N Hlavacova, R Olszanecki, D Jezova, S Zorad
Increasing evidence indicates a role of oxytocin in controlling energy metabolism. The aim of his study was to investigate oxytocin effects on obese phenotype in leptin-resistant Zucker fatty rats, focusing on glucose and lipid metabolism. Zucker fatty rats and their lean controls were treated with oxytocin (3.6 μg/100g body weight/day) by osmotic minipumps implanted subcutaneously for 2 weeks. Two-hours intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test was performed in fasting rats. Oxytocin decreased food intake in both phenotypes while body weight gain reduced only in obese animals...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Rosa Maria Paragliola, Salvatore Maria Corsello, Roberto Salvatori
INTRODUCTION: Somatostatin (SST) receptor ligands (SRL), in particular those of first generation (Octreotide and Lanreotide), are widely used in medical treatment of acromegaly, but they assure biochemical control of disease (and the possibility of an improvement of clinical symptoms and tumor shrinkage), only in a subset of patients. DISCUSSION: The mechanisms underlying the so called "SRL resistance" are various and involve in particular SST receptor expression and molecular pathways of signal transduction...
October 24, 2016: Pituitary
Jing-Man Xu, Jin-Kun Xi, Zhe-Long Xu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of zinc deficiency on cardiomyocyte survival and the underlying mechanisms. Simulated zinc deficiency model was developed in H9c2 cardiac cells with zinc chelator N, N, N', N'-tetrakis (2-pyridylmethyl) ethylenediamine (TPEN). MTT assay was used to evaluate cell viability. Morphological changes of the cells were observed by optical microscope. Lacate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels of the cells were determined with LDH assay kit. Mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ) was measured with confocal microscope using JC-1 dye...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Abolfazl Avan, Ravi Narayan, Elisa Giovannetti, Godefridus J Peters
The Akt signal transduction pathway controls most hallmarks of cancer. Activation of the Akt cascade promotes a malignant phenotype and is also widely implicated in drug resistance. Therefore, the modulation of Akt activity is regarded as an attractive strategy to enhance the efficacy of cancer therapy and irradiation. This pathway consists of phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K), mammalian target of rapamycin, and the transforming serine-threonine kinase Akt protein isoforms, also known as protein kinase B...
October 10, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
S K Sanyal, S Rao, L K Mishra, M Sharma, G K Pandey
At any given time and location, plants encounter a flood of environmental stimuli. Diverse signal transduction pathways sense these stimuli and generate a diverse array of responses. Calcium (Ca(2+)) is generated as a second messenger due to these stimuli and is responsible for transducing the signals downstream in the pathway. A large number of Ca(2+) sensor-responder components are responsible for Ca(2+) signaling in plants. The sensor-responder complexes calcineurin B-like protein (CBL) and CBL-interacting protein kinases (CIPKs) are pivotal players in Ca(2+)-mediated signaling...
2016: Enzymes
K He, Y Wu
Plants are sessile organisms exposed constantly to potential virulent microbes seeking for full pathogenesis in hosts. Different from animals employing both adaptive and innate immune systems, plants only rely on innate immunity to detect and fight against pathogen invasions. Plant innate immunity is proposed to be a two-tiered immune system including pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP)-triggered immunity (PTI) and effector-triggered immunity. In PTI, PAMPs, the elicitors derived from microbial pathogens, are perceived by cell surface-localized proteins, known as pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), including receptor-like kinases (RLKs) and receptor-like proteins (RLPs)...
2016: Enzymes
Aleš Ulrych, Nela Holečková, Jana Goldová, Linda Doubravová, Oldřich Benada, Olga Kofroňová, Petr Halada, Pavel Branny
BACKGROUND: Reversible protein phosphorylation catalyzed by protein kinases and phosphatases is the primary mechanism for signal transduction in all living organisms. Streptococcus pneumoniae encodes a single Ser/Thr protein kinase, StkP, which plays a role in virulence, stress resistance and the regulation of cell wall synthesis and cell division. However, the role of its cognate phosphatase, PhpP, is not well defined. RESULTS: Here, we report the successful construction of a ΔphpP mutant in the unencapsulated S...
October 24, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Satyabrata Pany, Youngki You, Joydip Das
Curcumin is a polyphenolic nutraceutical that acts on multiple biological targets, including protein kinase C (PKC). PKC is a family of serine-threonine kinases central to intracellular signal transduction. We have recently shown that curcumin selectively inhibits PKCα, but not PKCε in CHO-K1 cells (Pany, S. (2016) Biochemistry 55, 2135-43). To understand which domain(s) of PKCα is/are responsible for curcumin binding and inhibitory activity, we made several domain-swapped mutants in which the C1 (combination of C1A and C1B) and C2 domains are swapped between PKCα and PKCε...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Li Wang, Yakui Mou, Deping Meng, Yan Sun, Xiumei Chen, Xin Yang, Chuanliang Jia, Xicheng Song, Xuezhong Li
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs play an important role in regulating hypopharyngeal cancer development. miR-203 has been previously shown to possess anti-tumor capabilities in many cancers, but not in hypopharyngeal cancer. DESIGN: Using human normal and hypopharyngeal cancer specimens, we explored the expression levels of miR-203 in the two groups, and further correlated them with different stages of cancer and lymph node metastasis. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Applying human pharynx FaDu cancer cells and lentiviral transduction technique, we investigated the effects of miR-203 on cancer cell viability, migration and invasion...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Y-M Feng, X-H Chen, X Zhang
Platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (PECAM-1/CD31) belongs to immunoglobulin superfamily, which is key factor for adhesion and accumulation of platelets. It is proved that PECAM-1 is closely correlative with cell migration, proliferation, apoptosis, signal transduction and cellular immunity. Meanwhile, PECAM-1 involves in multiple clinical diseases, such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis and leukemia. This paper reviewed the structure and function of PECAM-1, and its roles in cell function and disease generation and progression...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Fereidoon Shahidi, Adriano Costa de Camargo
Edible oils are the major natural dietary sources of tocopherols and tocotrienols, collectively known as tocols. Plant foods with low lipid content usually have negligible quantities of tocols. However, seeds and other plant food processing by-products may serve as alternative sources of edible oils with considerable contents of tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols are among the most important lipid-soluble antioxidants in food as well as in human and animal tissues. Tocopherols are found in lipid-rich regions of cells (e...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Akshay Shekhar, Xianming Lin, Fang-Yu Liu, Jie Zhang, Huan Mo, Lisa Bastarache, Joshua C Denny, Nancy J Cox, Mario Delmar, Dan M Roden, Glenn I Fishman, David S Park
Rapid impulse propagation in the heart is a defining property of pectinated atrial myocardium (PAM) and the ventricular conduction system (VCS) and is essential for maintaining normal cardiac rhythm and optimal cardiac output. Conduction defects in these tissues produce a disproportionate burden of arrhythmic disease and are major predictors of mortality in heart failure patients. Despite the clinical importance, little is known about the gene regulatory network that dictates the fast conduction phenotype. Here, we have used signal transduction and transcriptional profiling screens to identify a genetic pathway that converges on the NRG1-responsive transcription factor ETV1 as a critical regulator of fast conduction physiology for PAM and VCS cardiomyocytes...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Whasun Lim, Hyocheol Bae, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Eph and ephrin regulate diverse biological events such as proliferation, adhesion, migration, and angiogenesis through cell-to-cell interactions. However, little is known of their functional role and mechanisms of action in uterine endometrial cells. In the present study, we demonstrated the effects of the Eph and ephrin on interactions between blastocysts and endometrial luminal epithelial (pLE) cells in the pig that is regarded as an excellent biomedical animal model for research on the peri-implantation period of pregnancy...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Soo Young Kim, Min Seok Hur, Byung Gon Choi, Min Jung Kim, Yang Won Lee, Yong Beom Choe, Kyu Joong Ahn
Psoriasis is a polygenic and multifactorial disease showing ethnic differences in terms of its severity and frequency. Therapies targeting interleukin 17A (IL-17A), interleukin 17 receptor (IL-17R), and Janus kinases (JAKs) are in clinical development for the treatment of psoriasis, and their success suggests the essential role of these molecules in psoriasis. To investigate the genetic susceptibility in T helper 17 (Th17) cell signal transduction pathways for promoting psoriasis, we performed candidate gene and linkage disequilibrium analysis...
October 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Juanjuan Zhao, Chao Chen, Mengmeng Guo, Yijin Tao, PanPan Cui, Ya Zhou, Nalin Qin, Jing Zheng, Jidong Zhang, Lin Xu
Recent evidence showed that microRNA-7 (miR-7) played an important role in the pathologies of lung-related diseases. However, the potential role of miR-7 in acute lung injury (ALI) still remains poorly understood. Here, we assessed the effect of miR-7 deficiency on the pathology of ALI. We, first, found that the expression of miR-7 was upregulated in lung tissue in murine LPS-induced ALI model. Notably, we generated miR-7 knock down mice by using miRNA-Sponge technique and found that miR-7 deficiency could ameliorate the pathologies of lung as evidenced by accelerated body weight recovery, reduced level of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) proinflammatory cytokines and decreased number of BAL cells in ALI mice...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Ashwani Jha, Beate Diehl, Catherine Scott, Andrew W McEvoy, Parashkev Nachev
An enduring puzzle in the neuroscience of voluntary action is the origin of the remarkably wide dispersion of the reaction time distribution, an interval far greater than is explained by synaptic or signal transductive noise [1, 2]. That we are able to change our planned actions-a key criterion of volition [3]-so close to the time of their onset implies decision-making must reach deep into the execution of action itself [4-6]. It has been influentially suggested the reaction time distribution therefore reflects deliberate neural procrastination [7], giving alternative response tendencies sufficient time for fair competition in pursuing a decision threshold that determines which one is behaviorally manifest: a race model, where action selection and execution are closely interrelated [8-11]...
October 18, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Hana Rakusová, Mohamad Abbas, Huibin Han, Siyuan Song, Hélène S Robert, Jiří Friml
Plants adjust their growth according to gravity. Gravitropism involves gravity perception, signal transduction, and asymmetric growth response, with organ bending as a consequence [1]. Asymmetric growth results from the asymmetric distribution of the plant-specific signaling molecule auxin [2] that is generated by lateral transport, mediated in the hypocotyl predominantly by the auxin transporter PIN-FORMED3 (PIN3) [3-5]. Gravity stimulation polarizes PIN3 to the bottom sides of endodermal cells, correlating with increased auxin accumulation in adjacent tissues at the lower side of the stimulated organ, where auxin induces cell elongation and, hence, organ bending...
October 8, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Agnieszka Jacoszek, Agnieszka Pollak, Rafał Płoski, Monika Ołdak
Hearing plays a crucial role in human development. Receiving and processing sounds are essential for the advancement of the speech ability during the early childhood and for a proper functioning in the society. Hearing loss is one of the most frequent disabilities that affect human senses. It can be caused by genetic or environmental factors or both of them. Calcium- and integrin-binding protein 2 (CIB2) is one of the recently identified genes, involved in HI pathogenesis. CIB2 is widely expressed in various human and animal tissues, mainly in skeletal muscle, nervous tissue, inner ear, and retina...
October 22, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Johnson Lin
Quantification of gene expression of Acinetobacter strain Y under 1000 mg/l of phenol was investigated using qPCR and proteomic analyses. The results show that Acinetobacter strain Y utilized 100 % of phenol within 18 h of exposure. The results of qPCR and proteomic analyses demonstrate a sequential expression of phenol-degrading genes of Acinetobacter strain Y via the ortho-pathway followed by the β-ketoadipate pathway. Many stress-responsive proteins such as chaperones, chaperonins, porins and the enzymes involved in the signal transduction pathway were upregulated especially in the early stage...
October 22, 2016: Archives of Microbiology
Gennaro Altamura, Annunziata Corteggio, Giuseppe Borzacchiello
A possible causative role of Felis catus papillomavirus type 2 (FcaPV2) in the development of feline oral and cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) has been recently suggested by demonstrating viral gene expression in vivo and transforming properties by its putative oncogenes E6 and E7 in vitro. The activated molecules MEK (pMEK), ERK (pERK) and Akt (pAkt) are signaling transduction effectors regulating cell proliferation and inhibition of apoptosis, which are critical steps towards tumour formation. Here, we show by Western blotting (WB) that expression of FcaPV2 E6 in feline epithelial cells enhances pMEK, pERK and pAkt levels compared to control cells...
November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
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