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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323520/anti-proliferation-effect-of-guanosine-on-hct-116-cells-involves-mapk-and-ampk-pathways
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Wuen Yew Teoh, Norhanom Abdul Wahab, Kae Shin Sim
This study aims to investigate the mechanisms associated with the anti-proliferation effect of guanosine on human colon carcinoma HCT 116 cells. In this study, guanosine induced more drastic cell cycle arrest effect than cell death effect on HCT 116 cells. The cell cycle arrest effect of guanosine on HCT 116 cells appeared to be associated with the increased activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) such as ERK1/2, p38 and JNK. The decreased of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation and cyclin D1 expression was also involved...
March 21, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319830/anti-proliferative-effect-of-metformin-on-a-feline-injection-site-sarcoma-cell-line-independent-of-mtor-inhibition
#2
J Pierro, C Saba, K McLean, R Williams, E Karpuzoglu, R Prater, K Hoover, R Gogal
Metformin is an oral hypoglycemic drug that has been shown to inhibit cancer cell proliferation via up-regulation of AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase), and possibly inhibition of mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of metformin on a feline injection site sarcoma cell line. Cells from a feline injection site sarcoma cell line were treated with metformin at varied concentrations. A dose-dependent decrease in cell viability following metformin treatment was observed, with an IC50 of 8...
March 6, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306514/park2-depletion-connects-energy-and-oxidative-stress-to-pi3k-akt-activation-via-pten-s-nitrosylation
#3
Amit Gupta, Sara Anjomani-Virmouni, Nikos Koundouros, Maria Dimitriadi, Rayman Choo-Wing, Adamo Valle, Yuxiang Zheng, Yu-Hsin Chiu, Sameer Agnihotri, Gelareh Zadeh, John M Asara, Dimitrios Anastasiou, Mark J Arends, Lewis C Cantley, George Poulogiannis
PARK2 is a gene implicated in disease states with opposing responses in cell fate determination, yet its contribution in pro-survival signaling is largely unknown. Here we show that PARK2 is altered in over a third of all human cancers, and its depletion results in enhanced phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt (PI3K/Akt) activation and increased vulnerability to PI3K/Akt/mTOR inhibitors. PARK2 depletion contributes to AMPK-mediated activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), enhanced levels of reactive oxygen species, and a concomitant increase in oxidized nitric oxide levels, thereby promoting the inhibition of PTEN by S-nitrosylation and ubiquitination...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294049/in-silico-analysis-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-and-ligand-based-virtual-screening-for-identification-of-novel-ampk-activators
#4
Ammarah Ghaffar, Sidra Batool, Gohar Mushtaq, Muhammad Amjad Kamal
BACKGROUND: Adenosine-Monophosphate-Activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a conserved kinase that plays an important role in maintaining the homeostasis of cells. AMPK activation has a positive impact on treatment of diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancer as well. This observation led to the development of AMPK activators. Certain naturally occurring compounds have also been known to activate AMPK. METHOD: In this study, we retrieved the AMPK activators that includes chemical drugs, xenobiotics and natural compounds and analyzed their interactions with AMPK via docking studies...
March 9, 2017: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282786/galangin-potentiates-human-breast-cancer-to-apoptosis-induced-by-trail-through-activating-ampk
#5
Wei Song, Chong-Yang Yan, Qian-Qian Zhou, Lin-Lin Zhen
Breast cancer is reported as the most frequent tumor with limited treatments among the female worldwide. Galangin, a natural active compound 3, 5, 7-trihydroxyflavone, is a type of bioflavonoid isolated from the Alpinia galangal root and suggested to induce apoptosis in various cancers. Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is an effective anti-tumor agent for human breast cancer. Promoted expression of CHOP, a down-streaming transcription factor for endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress), enhanced death factor 4 (DR4) activity and accelerated reactive oxygen species (ROS) as well as cell death...
March 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274614/metformin-represses-glucose-starvation-induced-autophagic-response-in-microvascular-endothelial-cells-and-promotes-cell-death
#6
Samson Mathews Samuel, Suparna Ghosh, Yasser Majeed, Gnanapragasam Arunachalam, Mohamed M Emara, Hong Ding, Chris R Triggle
Metformin, the most frequently administered drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, is being investigated for its potential in the treatment of various types of cancer; however, the cellular basis for this putative anti-cancer action remains controversial. In the current study we examined the effect of metformin on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy in glucose-starved micro-vascular endothelial cells (MECs). The rationale for our experimental protocol is that in a growing tumor MECs are subjected to hypoxia and nutrient/glucose starvation that results from the reduced supply and relatively high consumption of glucose...
March 6, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260041/metformin-suppresses-the-expression-of-sonic-hedgehog-in-gastric-cancer-cells
#7
Zhou Song, Bo Wei, Canrong Lu, Xiaohui Huang, Peiyu Li, Lin Chen
The traditional anti-diabetic drug, metformin, has been found to have anticancer effects. The Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway is involved in the on cogenesis of gastric cancer. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether metformin has an effect on the Shh signaling pathway in gastric cancer cells. HGC‑27 and MKN‑45 human gastric cancer cells were treated with metformin at different concentrations and for different durations. Subsequently the mRNA and protein levels of Shh, Smoothened (SMO), and Glioma‑associated oncogene (Gli)‑1, Gli‑2 and Gli‑3 were examined using western blot and reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analyses...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259249/anti-tumor-activity-of-wogonin-an-extract-from-scutellaria-baicalensis-through-regulating-different-signaling-pathways
#8
Do Luong Huynh, Neelesh Sharma, Amit Kumar Singh, Simrinder Singh Sodhi, Jiao-Jiao Zhang, Raj Kumar Mongre, Mrinmoy Ghosh, Nameun Kim, Yang Ho Park, Dong Kee Jeong
Wogonin is a plant flavonoid compound extracted from Scutellaria baicalensis (Huang-Qin or Chinese skullcap) and has been studied thoroughly by many researchers till date for its anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-cancerous and neuro-protective properties. Numerous experiments conducted in vitro and in vivo have demonstrated wogonin's excellent tumor inhibitory properties. The anti-cancer mechanism of wogonin has been ascribed to modulation of various cell signaling pathways, including serine-threonine kinase Akt (also known as protein kinase B) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathways, p53-dependent/independent apoptosis, and inhibition of telomerase activity...
January 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258677/metformin-its-potential-anti-cancer-and-anti-aging-effects
#9
Monika Podhorecka, Blanca Ibanez, Anna Dmoszyńska
The generally accepted mechanism of metformin's effect is stimulation of adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK). AMPK is directly activated by an increase in AMP:ATP ratio in metabolic stress conditions including hypoxia and glucose deprivation. Lately, many novel pathways, besides AMPK induction, have been revealed, which can explain some of metformin's beneficial effects. It may help to identify new targets for treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Moreover, metformin is now attracting the attention of researchers in fields other than diabetes, as it has been shown to have anti-cancer, immunoregulatory and anti-aging effects...
March 2, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258165/fluorinated-n-n-diarylureas-as-novel-therapeutic-agents-against-cancer-stem-cells
#10
Dasha E Kenlan, Piotr Rychahou, Vitaliy M Sviripa, Heidi L Weiss, Chunming Liu, David S Watt, B Mark Evers
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second-leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Over 50% of patients with CRC will develop local recurrence or distant organ metastasis. Cancer stem cells play a major role in the survival and metastasis of cancer cells. In this study, we examined the effects of novel AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activating compounds on CRC metastatic and stem cell lines as potential candidates for chemotherapy. We found that activation of AMPK by all fluorinated N,N-diarylureas (FND) compounds at micromolar levels significantly inhibited the cell cycle progression and subsequent cellular proliferation...
March 3, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254675/from-ancient-herb-to-modern-drug-artemisia-annua-and-artemisinin-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Thomas Efferth
Artemisia annua L. is used throughout Asia and Africa as tea and press juice to treat malaria and related symptomes (fever, chills). Its active ingredient, artemisinin (ARS), has been developed as antimalarial drug and is used worldwide. Interestingly, the bioactivity is not restricted to malaria treatment. We and others found that ARS-type drugs also reveal anticancer in vitro and in vivo. In this review, we give a systematic overview of the literature published over the past two decades until the end of 2016...
February 28, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249781/assessment-of-anti-cancerous-potential-of-6-gingerol-tongling-white-ginger-and-its-synergy-with-drugs-on-human-cervical-adenocarcinoma-cells
#12
Fang Zhang, Jian-Guo Zhang, Jie Qu, Qi Zhang, Chandan Prasad, Zhao-Jun Wei
The anti-cancerous activity of 6-gingerol extracted from Tongling White Ginger was investigated. 6-Gingerol inhibited the growth of HeLa cells with IC50 (96.32 μM) and IC80 (133.01 μM) and led to morphological changes, induced the cell cycle arrest in G0/G1-phase and ultimately resulted into apoptosis. Among cell cycle-related genes and proteins, the expression of cyclin (A, D1, E1) reduced, while of CDK-1, p21 and p27 showed slight decrease, except cyclin B1 and E1 (protein). Western blotting reported the induction of apoptosis with an increased Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, release of cytochrome c, cleavage of caspase-3, -8, -9 and PRPP in treated cells...
February 27, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241849/metformin-potentiates-the-effect-of-arsenic-trioxide-suppressing-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-roles-of-p38-mapk-erk3-and-mtorc1
#13
Sunbin Ling, Haiyang Xie, Fan Yang, Qiaonan Shan, Haojiang Dai, Jianyong Zhuo, Xuyong Wei, Penghong Song, Lin Zhou, Xiao Xu, Shusen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is commonly used in the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), but does not benefit patients with solid tumors. When combined with other agents or radiation, ATO showed treatment benefits with manageable toxicity. Previously, we reported that metformin amplified the inhibitory effect of ATO on intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) cells more significantly than other agents. Here, we investigated the chemotherapeutic sensitization effect of metformin in ATO-based treatment in ICC in vitro and in vivo and explored the underlying mechanisms...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239646/mammary-adipocytes-stimulate-breast-cancer-invasion-through-metabolic-remodeling-of-tumor-cells
#14
Yuan Yuan Wang, Camille Attané, Delphine Milhas, Béatrice Dirat, Stéphanie Dauvillier, Adrien Guerard, Julia Gilhodes, Ikrame Lazar, Nathalie Alet, Victor Laurent, Sophie Le Gonidec, Denis Biard, Caroline Hervé, Frédéric Bost, Guo Sheng Ren, Françoise Bono, Ghislaine Escourrou, Marc Prentki, Laurence Nieto, Philippe Valet, Catherine Muller
In breast cancer, a key feature of peritumoral adipocytes is their loss of lipid content observed both in vitro and in human tumors. The free fatty acids (FFAs), released by adipocytes after lipolysis induced by tumor secretions, are transferred and stored in tumor cells as triglycerides in lipid droplets. In tumor cell lines, we demonstrate that FFAs can be released over time from lipid droplets through an adipose triglyceride lipase-dependent (ATGL-dependent) lipolytic pathway. In vivo, ATGL is expressed in human tumors where its expression correlates with tumor aggressiveness and is upregulated by contact with adipocytes...
February 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235484/branched-chain-amino-acid-transaminase-1-bcat1-promotes-the-growth-of-breast-cancer-cells-through-improving-mtor-mediated-mitochondrial-biogenesis-and-function
#15
Ling Zhang, Junqing Han
Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are important nutrient signals that have direct and indirect effects. BCAA catabolism is a conserved regulator of physiological aging and participates in diverse physiological and pathological processes, including carcinoma development. The roles of BCAA catabolism in human breast cancer remains unknown. Here we provide evidence that BCAA catabolism is involved in human breast cancer. The plasma and tissue levels of BCAAs are increased in breast cancer, which is accompanied by the elevated expression of the catabolic enzymes, including branched-chain amino acid transaminase 1 (BCAT1)...
February 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230866/oridonin-induces-autophagy-via-inhibition-of-glucose-metabolism-in-p53-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells
#16
Zhuo Yao, Fuhua Xie, Min Li, Zirui Liang, Wenli Xu, Jianhua Yang, Chang Liu, Hongwangwang Li, Hui Zhou, Liang-Hu Qu
The Warburg effect is an important characteristic of tumor cells, making it an attractive therapeutic target. Current anticancer drug development strategies predominantly focus on inhibitors of the specific molecular effectors involved in tumor cell proliferation. These drugs or natural compounds, many of which target the Warburg effect and the underlying mechanisms, still need to be characterized. To elucidate the anticancer effects of a natural diterpenoid, oridonin, we first demonstrated the anticancer activity of oridonin both in vitro and in vivo in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230855/simvastatin-induced-cell-cycle-arrest-through-inhibition-of-stat3-skp2-axis-and-activation-of-ampk-to-promote-p27-and-p21-accumulation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#17
Sin-Ting Wang, Hsiu J Ho, Jaw-Town Lin, Jeng-Jer Shieh, Chun-Ying Wu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is characterized by a poor prognosis and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Simvastatin, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, which decreases cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting mevalonate pathways and is widely used to treat cardiovascular diseases. Simvastatin exhibits anticancer effects against several malignancies. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the anticancer effects of simvastatin on HCC are still not well understood. In this study, we demonstrated simvastatin-induced G0/G1 arrest by inducing p21 and p27 accumulation in HepG2 and Hep3B cells...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230778/caffeic-acid-expands-anti-tumor-effect-of-metformin-in-human-metastatic-cervical-carcinoma-htb-34-cells-implications-of-ampk-activation-and-impairment-of-fatty-acids-de-novo-biosynthesis
#18
Malgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Pawel Konieczny, Marcin Majka
The efficacy of cancer treatments is often limited and associated with substantial toxicity. Appropriate combination of drug targeting specific mechanisms may regulate metabolism of tumor cells to reduce cancer cell growth and to improve survival. Therefore, we investigated the effects of anti-diabetic drug Metformin (Met) and a natural compound caffeic acid (trans-3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid, CA) alone and in combination to treat an aggressive metastatic human cervical HTB-34 (ATCC CRL-1550) cancer cell line...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230361/10-gingerol-a-phytochemical-derivative-from-tongling-white-ginger-inhibits-cervical-cancer-insights-into-the-molecular-mechanism-and-inhibitory-targets
#19
Fang Zhang, Kiran Thakur, Fei Hu, Jian-Guo Zhang, Zhao-Jun Wei
With the aim of evaluating anticancerous activities of 10-gingerol (10-G) against HeLa cells, it was purified and identified from "Tongling white ginger" by HSCCC, UPLC-TOF-MS/MS, and NMR analysis, respectively. 10-G inhibited the proliferation of HeLa cells at IC50 (29.19 μM) and IC80 (50.87 μM) with altered cell morphology, increased cytotoxicity, and arrested cell cycle in the G0/G1 phase. Most cell cycle related genes and protein expression significantly decreased, followed by a slight decrease in a few without affecting cyclin B1 and cyclin E1 (protein)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230171/impact-of-genetic-variation-on-human-camkk2-regulation-by-ca-2-calmodulin-and-multisite-phosphorylation
#20
Matthew T O'Brien, Jonathan S Oakhill, Naomi X Y Ling, Christopher G Langendorf, Ashfaqul Hoque, Toby A Dite, Anthony R Means, Bruce E Kemp, John W Scott
The Ca(2+)-calmodulin dependent protein kinase kinase-2 (CaMKK2) is a key regulator of neuronal function and whole-body energy metabolism. Elevated CaMKK2 activity is strongly associated with prostate and hepatic cancers, whereas reduced CaMKK2 activity has been linked to schizophrenia and bipolar disease in humans. Here we report the functional effects of nine rare-variant point mutations that were detected in large-scale human genetic studies and cancer tissues, all of which occur close to two regulatory phosphorylation sites and the catalytic site on human CaMKK2...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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