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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128513/dihydroartemisinin-induced-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-through-inhibiting-the-specificity-protein-1-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-sk-hep-1-cells
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Eunji Im, Changhwan Yeo, Hyo-Jeong Lee, Eun-Ok Lee
AIMS: Dihydroartemisinin (DHA) is a semi-synthetic derivative of artemisinin, well known for a safe and effective first-line antimalarial agent. This study investigated whether and how DHA induces apoptosis focusing on the specificity protein 1 (Sp1) pathway in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) SK-Hep-1 cells. MAIN METHODS: The cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay. Cell cycle analysis was performed after PI staining by flow cytometry system. Apoptosis was confirmed by DAPI staining and by detecting cytoplasmic histone-associated-DNA-fragments using a cell death detection ELISA(PLUS) kit...
November 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098406/molecular-characterization-and-bioactivity-evaluation-of-two-novel-bombinin-peptides-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
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Xin Peng, Chang Zhou, Xuan Hou, Yao Liu, Zhengming Wang, Xiaolin Peng, Zhe Zhang, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Following the exploration of biochemicals in amphibian defensive skin secretion, great attention has been focused on the novel bioactive peptides with unique molecular structures and complicated features and functions. In this study, the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis, was acquired to search peptides with therapeutic potential. Using "shotgun" cloning technique, a full-length peptide precursor co-encoding two novel bombinin peptides was cloned from the skin secretion-derived cDNA library of B...
November 2, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097358/lncrna-miat-promoted-proliferation-and-invasion-of-hcc-cells-via-sponging-mir-214
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Xinli Huang, Yun Gao, Jianjie Qin, Sen Lu
BACKGROUND: The aberrant expression of lncRNAs has been involved in various human tumors including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Our study aimed to investigate the potential molecular mechanism of lncRNA-MIAT in HCC. METHODS: The expression of MIAT and miR-214 in HCC tissues and cells was examined by qRT-PCR, and the levels of EZH2 and β-catenin were detected by western blot assay. The immunoprecipitation analysis was used to detect the level of H3/H4 histone acetylation...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075151/sporadic-pcdh18-somatic-mutations-in-epcam-positive-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#4
Takehiro Hayashi, Taro Yamashita, Hikari Okada, Kouki Nio, Yasumasa Hara, Yoshimoto Nomura, Tomoyuki Hayashi, Yoshiro Asahina, Mariko Yoshida, Naoki Oishi, Hajime Sunagozaka, Hajime Takatori, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko
BACKGROUND: The relationship between specific genome alterations and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cancer stem cells (CSCs) remains unclear. In this study, we evaluated the relationship between somatic mutations and epithelial cell adhesion molecule positive (EpCAM(+)) CSCs. METHODS: Two patient-derived HCC samples (HCC1 and HCC2) were sorted by EpCAM expression and analyzed by whole exome sequence. We measured PCDH18 expression level in eight HCC cell lines as well as HCC1 and HCC2 by real-time quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069721/evolutionary-cancer-favoring-engineered-vaccinia-virus-for-metastatic-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#5
So Young Yoo, Su-Nam Jeong, Dae Hwan Kang, Jeong Heo
Engineered vaccinia virus-based therapy shows promising results in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, although a strategic virus design for the metastatic liver and the study of its efficacy in treating the cancer has not been well assessed. In this paper, we proposed a simple and strategic virus design for targeting metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma. We developed an evolutionary cancer-favoring engineered vaccinia virus (CVV, which is produced by repeated selective replication in cancerous tissues and then deleting viral thymidine kinase genes) and investigated its therapeutic effects on metastatic liver cancer...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943923/specific-expression-of-proton-coupled-oligopeptide-transporter-1-in-primary-hepatocarcinoma-a-novel-strategy-for-tumor-targeted-therapy
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Yanxia Gong, Jie Zhang, Xiang Wu, Tao Wang, Jia Zhao, Zhi Yao, Qingyu Zhang, Xi Liu, Xu Jian
Proton-coupled oligopeptide transporter 1 (PEPT1) is a membrane protein which expressed predominantly in intestine and recognized as the target of dietary nutrients (di/tripeptide) or peptidomimetic drug for delivery. The information on the existence of PEPT1 in carcinomas were limited. Our study aimed to investigate the expression profile and transport activity of PEPT1 both in human hepatocarcinoma tissues and cell lines. Western blotting and an immunofluorescence assay revealed the high level of PEPT1 protein expression in hepatocarcinoma Bel-7402, SMMC-7721, HepG2, HEP3B, SK-HEP-1 cell lines...
October 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928894/mzf-1-elk-1-pkc%C3%AE-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Je-Chiuan Ye, Li-Sung Hsu, Jen-Hsiang Tsai, Hsin-Ling Yang, Meen-Woon Hsiao, Jin-Ming Hwang, Chia-Jen Lee, Jer-Yuh Liu
Background: Protein kinase C alpha (PKCα) is a key signaling molecule in human cancer development. As a therapeutic strategy, targeting PKCα is difficult because the molecule is ubiquitously expressed in non-malignant cells. PKCα is regulated by the cooperative interaction of the transcription factors myeloid zinc finger 1 (MZF-1) and Ets-like protein-1 (Elk-1) in human cancer cells. Methods: By conducting tissue array analysis, herein, we determined the protein expression of MZF-1/Elk-1/PKCα in various cancers...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902357/expression-of-wnt3a-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-its-effects-on-cell-cycle-and-metastasis
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Caijie Lu, Yifeng He, Juan Duan, Yongguang Yang, Chunqiang Zhong, Jian Zhang, Weiguo Liao, Xiaojie Huang, Runzhi Zhu, Mingyi Li
Invasion and metastasis are the primary causes of mortality from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Effective inhibition against participants in the tumourigenesis and metastasis process is critical for treatment of HCC. Wnt3a is involved in the development and metastasis of many malignant tumours. However, the specific mechanisms of Wnt3a-mediated cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis in HCC remain unclear. In this study, we found that Wnt3a and its target gene c‑Myc showed higher expression in tumour tissues than normal liver tissues in HCC patients; 71...
October 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829830/nanofibrillar-cellulose-alginate-hydrogel-coated-surgical-sutures-as-cell-carrier-systems
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Patrick Laurén, Petter Somersalo, Irina Pitkänen, Yan-Ru Lou, Arto Urtti, Jouni Partanen, Jukka Seppälä, Mari Madetoja, Timo Laaksonen, Antti Mäkitie, Marjo Yliperttula
Hydrogel nanomaterials, especially those that are of non-human and non-animal origins, have great potential in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences due to their versatility and inherent soft-tissue like properties. With the ability to simulate native tissue function, hydrogels are potentially well suited for cellular therapy applications. In this study, we have fabricated nanofibrillar cellulose-alginate (NFCA) suture coatings as biomedical devices to help overcome some of the limitations related to cellular therapy, such as low cell survivability and distribution out of target tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800461/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-3-substituted-imidazo-1-2-a-pyridine-and-quinazolin-4-3h-one-derivatives-as-pi3k%C3%AE-inhibitors
#10
Yan-Hua Fan, Wei Li, Dan-Dan Liu, Meng-Xuan Bai, Hong-Rui Song, Yong-Nan Xu, SangKook Lee, Zhi-Peng Zhou, Jian Wang, Huai-Wei Ding
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) is a pivotal regulator of intracellular signaling pathways and considered as a promising target in the development of a therapeutic treatment of cancer. Among the different PI3K subtypes, the PIK3CA gene encoding PI3K p110α is frequently mutated and overexpressed in majority of human cancers. Therefore, the inhibition of PI3Kα has been considered to be an efficient approach for the treatment of cancer. In this study, two series compounds containing hydrophilic group in imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine and quinazolin-4(3H)-one were synthesized and their antiproliferative activities against five cancer cell lines, including HCT-116, SK-HEP-1, MDA-MB-231, SNU638 and A549, were evaluated...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723216/lycopene-inhibits-metastasis-of-human-liver-adenocarcinoma-sk-hep-1-cells-by-downregulation-of-nadph-oxidase-4-protein-expression
#11
Bo-Yi Jhou, Tuzz-Ying Song, Inn Lee, Miao-Lin Hu, Nae-Cherng Yang
NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4), with the sole function to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS), can be a molecular target for disrupting cancer metastasis. Several studies have indicated that lycopene exhibited anti-metastatic actions in vitro and in vivo. However, the role of NOX4 in the anti-metastatic action of lycopene remains unknown. Herein, we first confirmed the anti-metastatic effect of lycopene (0.1-5 μM) on human liver adenocarcinoma SK-Hep-1 cells. We showed that lycopene significantly inhibited NOX4 protein expression, with the strongest inhibition of 64...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722351/%C3%AE-mangostin-suppresses-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-invasion-through-inhibition-of-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-expression-and-activating-the-erk-and-jnk-pathways
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Chien-Feng Huang, Ying-Hock Teng, Fung-Jou Lu, Wen-Hung Hsu, Chia-Liang Lin, Chia-Chen Hung, Jai-Nien Tung, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Chung-Jung Liu
β-mangostin is a dietary xanthone that has been reported to have the anticancer properties in some human cancer cell types. However, the antimetastatic effect and molecular mechanism of β-mangostin action in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells remain unknown. In this study, we found that β-mangostin did not induce cytotoxicity in human HCC cells (SK-Hep-1, Huh-7 and HA22T/VGH cells). β-mangostin could inhibit migration and invasion of human HCC cells. Meanwhile, β-mangostin significantly decreased the protein activities and expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 via increasing the activation of MEK1/2, ERK1/2, MEK4 and JNK1/2 signaling pathways...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691856/chemical-constituents-from-the-leaves-of-pinus-dalatensis-ferr%C3%A3
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Nguyen Hoang Sa, Nguyen Thanh Tam, Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh, Tran Duc Quan, Dao Duc Thien, Dinh Thi Phong, Tran Van Sung, Trinh Thi Thuy
A phytochemical study of n-hexane and ethyl acetate extracts of Pinus dalatensis Ferré leaves led to the isolation of 11 compounds, including one caryolane sesquiterpenoid (1), five labdane diterpenoids (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), one serratane triterpenoid (7), one diacylated flavonoid glucoside (8), one stilbenoid (9) and two sterols (10, 11). The structural characterisation of the isolated compounds was elucidated by spectroscopic data and comparison with the literature report on the chemical constituents from Pinus dalatensis Ferré...
July 10, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651975/production-of-coagulation-factor-vii-in-human-cell-lines-sk-hep-1-and%C3%A2-hkb-11
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Marcela Cristina Corrêa de Freitas, Aline de Sousa Bomfim, Amanda Mizukami, Virgínia Picanço-Castro, Kamilla Swiech, Dimas Tadeu Covas
Recombinant factor VII (rFVII) is the main therapeutic choice for hemophilia patients who have developed inhibitory antibodies against conventional treatments (FVIII and FIX). Because of the post-translational modifications, rFVII needs to be produced in mammalian cell lines. In this study, for the first time, we have shown efficient rFVII production in HepG2, Sk-Hep-1, and HKB-11 cell lines. Experiments in static conditions for a period of 96 h showed that HepG2-FVII produced the highest amounts of rhFVII, with an average of 1843 ng/mL...
September 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636781/discovery-of-two-bombinin-peptides-with-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-activities-from-the-skin-secretion-of-oriental-fire-bellied-toad-bombina-orientalis
#15
Chang Zhou, Zhengming Wang, Xin Peng, Yao Liu, Yangjun Lin, Zhe Zhang, Yuling Qiu, Meihua Jin, Ran Wang, Dexin Kong
Amphibian skin secretions are known to contain numerous peptides with a large array of biological activities. Bombinins are a group of amphibian derived peptides with broad spectrum antimicrobial activities that have been only identified from the ancient toad species, Bombina. In this study, we described the identification and characterization of a novel bombinin precursor which encoded a bombinin like peptide (BLP-7) and a novel bombinin H type peptide (named as Bombinin H-BO) from the skin secretion of Oriental fire-bellied toad, Bombina orientalis...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512032/cytotoxic-triterpene-diglycosides-from-the-sea-cucumber-stichopus-horrens
#16
Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Le Thi Vien, Le Hoang, Tran Thi Hong Hanh, Do Thi Thao, Nguyen Van Thanh, Nguyen Hoai Nam, Do Cong Thung, Phan Van Kiem, Chau Van Minh
Using various chromatographic separation techniques, eight triterpene diglycosides (1-8), including four new compounds namely stichorrenosides A-D (1-4), were isolated from a methanol extract of the Vietnamese sea cucumber S. horrens. Their structures were elucidated based on spectroscopic analyses, including HR ESI MS, 1D and 2D NMR. Their in vitro cytotoxic activity against five human cancer cell lines, Hep-G2 (hepatoma cancer), KB (epidermoid carcinoma), LNCaP (prostate cancer), MCF7 (breast cancer), and SK-Mel2 (melanoma), was evaluated using SRB methods...
July 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488579/evolutionary-cancer-favoring-engineered-vaccinia-virus-for-metastatic-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
So Young Yoo, Su-Nam Jeong, Dae Hwan Kang, Jeong Heo
Engineered vaccinia virus-based therapy shows promising results in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma, although a strategic virus design for the metastatic liver and the study of its efficacy in treating the cancer has not been well assessed. In this paper, we proposed a simple and strategic virus design for targeting metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma. We developed an evolutionary cancer-favoring engineered vaccinia virus (CVV, which is produced by repeated selective replication in cancerous tissues and then deleting viral thymidine kinase genes) and investigated its therapeutic effects on metastatic liver cancer...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442387/establishment-of-microrna-delivery-system-by-pp7-bacteriophage-like-particles-carrying-cell-penetrating-peptide
#18
Yanli Sun, Yanhua Sun, Ronglan Zhao
MicroRNAs have great therapeutic potential in cancer and other diseases. However, their instability and low in vivo delivery efficiency limits their application. Recombinant PP7 bacteriophage-based virus-like particles (VLPs) could protect microRNAs against rapid degradation by RNase by packaging specific exogenous pre-microRNAs using the pac site. Insertion of a cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) into the AB-loop of VLPs could significantly improve the delivery efficiency of microRNAs into mammalian cells. Unlike other microRNA delivery methods (viral or non-viral vectors), recombinant PP7 VLPs carrying a CPP and microRNA could be efficiently expressed in Escherichia coli using the one-plasmid double expression system...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442344/mir-221-regulates-cd44-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
#19
Jihye Kim, Jinmai Jiang, Mohamed Badawi, Thomas D Schmittgen
CD44 and miR-221 are upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines and tumors, however a connection between the two has not been identified. As the expression of miR-221 directly correlated with CD44 in HCC cells, we hypothesized that miR-221 may directly or indirectly regulate CD44 expression. Inhibition of miR-221 with antisense in Sk-Hep-1 or SNU-449 cell lines reduced CD44 protein expression while miR-221 mimic increased CD44 protein levels. miR-221 antisense did not alter the CD44 mRNA levels in Sk-Hep-1 or SNU-449 cells suggesting that regulation of CD44 protein occurs post transcriptionally...
June 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375585/downregulation-of-talin1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-through-activation-of-the-erk1-2-pathway
#20
Peijuan Chen, Ling Lei, Jian Wang, Xuejing Zou, Dongyan Zhang, Ling Deng, Dehua Wu
Talin1 is an adaptor protein that conjugates integrins to the cytoskeleton and regulates integrins and focal adhesion signaling. Several studies have found that Talin1 is overexpressed in several tumor types and promotes tumor progression. However, the explicit role of Talin1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression is still unclear and its functional mechanism remains largely unknown. In this study, we showed a trend of gradually decreasing expression of Talin1 from normal liver tissues to hepatocirrhosis, liver hyperplasia, the corresponding adjacent non-tumor, primary HCC, and eventually metastatic foci, indicating that Talin1 may correlate with HCC initiation to progression...
June 2017: Cancer Science
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