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Xinshen Li, Jianhua Peng, Jinwei Pang, Yue Wu, Xueping Huang, Yong Li, Jian Zhou, Long Gu, Xiaochuan Sun, Ligang Chen, Michael P Vitek, Yong Jiang
COG1410, a mimetic peptide derived from the apolipoprotein E (apoE) receptor binding region, exerts positive effect on neurological deficits in early brain injury (EBI) after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Currently the neuroprotective effect of COG1410 includes inhibiting BBB disruption, reducing neuronal apoptosis, and neuroinflammation. However, the effect and mechanism of COG1410 to subcellular organelles disorder have not been fully investigated. As the main pathway for recycling long-lived proteins and damaged organelles, neuronal autophagy is activated in SAH and exhibits neuroprotective effects by reducing the insults of EBI...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Eun Jeong Jang, Sang Chan Kim, Ju-Hee Lee, Jong Rok Lee, Il Kon Kim, Su Youn Baek, Young Woo Kim
BACKGROUND: Laminaria japonica has frequently been used as a food supplement and drug in traditional oriental medicine. Among the major active constituents responsible for the bioactivities of L. japonica, fucoxanthin (FX) has been considered as a potential antioxidant. This study was conducted to examine the effects of L. japonica extract (LJE) or FX against oxidative stress on hepatocytes and to elucidate the overall their cellular mechanisms of the effects. METHODS: We constructed an in vitro model with the treatment of arachidonic acid (AA) + iron in HepG2 cells to stimulate the oxidative damage...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Ling Zhou, Min Wang, Chongyong Guo, Ying Zhu, Hua Yu, Lu Zhang, Pei Yu
Over the past three decades, numerous patients with breast cancer succumbed to cancer metastasis and recurrence, while, the exact mechanisms underlying this malignancy, and the potential biomarkers for prognosis prediction remain elusive. It was previously demonstrated that phosphorylated RAC-α serine/threonine-protein kinase (pAkt) and Beclin 1 was associated with cancer metastasis, and recurrence. Thus far, the expression patterns of pAkt and Beclin 1 in breast cancer tissues, and their associations with the prognosis of invasive ductal breast cancer remain inconclusive, which may be due to various factors, including ethnicity and pathological types...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jun-Yi Wu, Zhong-Xia Wang, Guang Zhang, Xian Lu, Guang-Hui Qiang, Wei Hu, An-Lai Ji, Jun-Hua Wu, Chun-Ping Jiang
Purpose: FTY720, known as fingolimod, is a new immunosuppressive agent with effective anticancer properties. Although it was recently confirmed that FTY720 inhibits cancer cell proliferation, FTY720 can also induce protective autophagy and reduce cytotoxicity. Blocking autophagy with Beclin 1 siRNA after treatment with FTY720 promotes apoptosis. The objective of this study was to enhance the anticancer effect of FTY720 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by targeted co-delivery of FTY720 and Beclin 1 siRNA using calcium phosphate (CaP) nanoparticles (NPs)...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Concetta Saponaro, Sara Sergio, Antonio Coluccia, Maria De Luca, Giuseppe La Regina, Luca Mologni, Valeria Famiglini, Valentina Naccarato, Daniela Bonetti, Candice Gautier, Stefano Gianni, Daniele Vergara, Michel Salzet, Isabelle Fournier, Cecilia Bucci, Romano Silvestri, Carlo Gambacorti Passerini, Michele Maffia, Addolorata Maria Luce Coluccia
Nuclear activated β-catenin plays a causative role in colorectal cancers (CRC) but remains an elusive therapeutic target. Using human CRC cells harboring different Wnt/β-catenin pathway mutations in APC/KRAS or β-catenin/KRAS genes, and both genetic and pharmacological knockdown approaches, we show that oncogenic β-catenin signaling negatively regulates the expression of NHERF1 (Na+ /H+ exchanger 3 regulating factor 1), a PDZ-adaptor protein that is usually lost or downregulated in early dysplastic adenomas to exacerbate nuclear β-catenin activity...
March 19, 2018: Oncogene
Qiu-Shuang Wang, Shi-Qiang Shen, Hua-Wen Sun, Zhi-Xiang Xing, Hou-Lai Yang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in females and the third in males. In this work, we aim to investigate the possible anti-cancer effects of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) in CRC cells. We observed that IFN-γ induced mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in a time-dependent manner in SW480 and HCT116 cell lines. The IFN-γ-induced mitochondrial ROS generation was dependent on the activation of cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2). In addition, a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant SS31 and/or cPLA2 inhibitor AACOCF3 abolished the IFN-γ-induced ROS production and subsequent autophagy and apoptosis...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xue-Peng Li, Heng Chi, Jian Zhang
In mammals, beclin-1 is a key player that regulates autophagic activity. In fish, the immune function of beclin-1 is essentially unknown. In this study, we analyzed the involvement of tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis) beclin-1 (named CsBECN1) in antibacterial immunity. CsBECN1 is composed of 451 amino acid residues and shares 84.5-95.1% overall sequence identities with other teleost beclin-1. CsBECN1 possesses a typical Bcl-2 homology domain 3 and an Atg6 domain. Expression of CsBECN1 occurred in multiple tissues and was upregulated during bacterial infection...
March 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Yifei Chen, Mengmeng Li, Yu Zhang, Mingxue Di, Weijia Chen, Xiaolin Liu, Fangpu Yu, Han Wang, Xi Zhen, Mei Zhang
In advanced atherosclerosis, a large number of necrotic core increases plaque vulnerability, which leads to the occurrence of acute atherothrombotic cardiovascular events. Macrophage apoptosis plays an important role in secondary necrosis. The present study aimed to examine and describe the effect of the traditional Chinese medication Tongxinluo (TXL) on macrophage apoptosis in advanced atherosclerotic plaques and to explore its mechanism. By observing the effect of TXL on ox-LDL-stimulated macrophage apoptosis, it was shown that TXL significantly inhibited ox-LDL-induced apoptosis of macrophages by enhancing autophagy...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yu Liu, Jing Tang, Duanyang Liu, Lei Zhang, Yan He, Jing Li, Lei Gao, Dai Tang, Xiaoming Jin, Dan Kong
As the major and preferred treatment for ovarian cancer ascites, chemotherapy can reduce or inhibit recurrent ascites (hereafter re-ascites); however, some patients still experience re-ascites. Therefore, this study investigated cases in which epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients experienced re-ascites. In re-ascites cases, CA125, MDR1, LC-3, and Beclin-1 were highly expressed. In addition, CASP-9 and c-CASP-3 expression levels were decreased, and serum CA125 levels (highest 4348 U/ml) were increased compared to chemosensitive cases...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Bei Wang, Shu-Sen Zheng, Tan-Yang Zhou, Chun-Hui Nie, Da-Long Wan
Bigelovin (BigV) is a sesquiterpene lactone, isolated from Inula helianthus aquatica, which has been reported to induce apoptosis and show anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic activities. Nevertheless, the effects of BigV on liver cancer and the underlying mechanisms have not been investigated. In the study, we found that BigV exhibited potential anti-tumor activities against human liver cancer in vitro and in vivo. BigV reduced the cell proliferation and colony formation. BigV induced apoptosis through improving the cleavage of Caspase-3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1)...
March 13, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Pan Pan, Hongmin Zhang, Longxiang Su, Xiaoting Wang, Dawei Liu
To explore the mechanism of mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) mediating the protective of melatonin when septic cardiomyopathy. UCP2 knocked out mice and cardiomyocytes were used to study the effect of melatonin in response to LPS. Indicators of myocardial and mitochondria injury including mitochondrial membrane potential, mitochondrial permeability transition pore, calcium loading, ROS, and ATP detection were assessed. In addition cell viability and apoptosis as well as autophagy-associated proteins were evaluated...
March 16, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yuan Chen, Kai Leonie Schnitzler, Yunxia Ma, Miljana Nenkov, Bernhard Theis, Iver Petersen
Exploitation of autophagy might potentially improve therapeutic strategy. Here, we analyzed the protein expression of autophagy-associated genes including LC3A, LC3B, Beclin-1, p62, and Atg5 in 88-131 primary lung tumors by immunohistochemistry (IHC) on tissue-microarrays (TMAs). Additionally, the DNA methylation pattern of LC3A was investigated by bisulfite sequencing (BS) and methylation-specific-PCR (MSP). It turned out that the higher expression of LC3A protein was associated with adenocarcinoma compared to squamous cell carcinoma of lung ( p = 0...
2018: Disease Markers
Jie Hao, Shuangyue Li, Xiaoxia Shi, Zhiqiang Qian, Yijie Sun, Dunjia Wang, Xueying Zhou, Hongxin Qu, Shuhai Hu, Enjun Zuo, Cong Zhang, Liyan Hou, Qingshan Wang, Fengyuan Piao
Chronic exposure to n-hexane, a widely used organic solvent in industry, induces central-peripheral neuropathy, which is mediated by its active metabolite, 2,5-hexanedione (HD). We recently reported that transplantation of bone marrow-mesenchymal stem cells (BMSC) significantly ameliorated HD-induced neuronal damage and motor deficits in rats. However, the mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we reported that inhibition of HD-induced autophagy contributed to BMSC-afforded protection. BMSC transplantation significantly reduced the levels of microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3-II (LC3-II) and the degradation of sequestosome-1 (p62) in the spinal cord and sciatic nerve of HD-intoxicated rats...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pengzhou Hang, Jing Zhao, Zhenli Su, Hanqi Sun, Tingting Chen, Lihui Zhao, Zhimin Du
Backgroud/Aims: Growing evidence suggests that both cardiomyocyte apoptosis and excessive autophagy exacerbates cardiac dysfunction during myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR). As a precursor of acetylcholine, choline has been found to protect the heart by repressing ischemic cardiomyocyte apoptosis. However, the relationship between choline and cardiomyocyte autophagy is unclear. The present study aimed to investigate whether autophagy was involved in the cardioprotection of choline during IR. METHODS: Rats were subjected to 30 min reversible ischemia by ligation of left anterior descending coronary artery followed by reperfusion for 2 h...
March 7, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Zhaomeng Wu, Qingyi Zhu, Yingying Yin, Dan Kang, Runyi Cao, Qian Tian, Yu Zhang, Shan Lu, Ping Liu
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a combined therapeutic result in cancer treatment by integrating holistic and local therapeutical effects, by which TCM can enhance the curative effect and reduce the side effect. In this study, we analyzed the effect of CFF-1 (alcohol extract from an anticancer compound Chinese medicine) on prostate cancer (PCa) cell lines and studied in detail the mechanism of cell death induced by CFF-1 in vitro and in vivo. From our data, we found for the first time that CFF-1 obviously arrested cell cycle in G1 phase, decreased cell viability and then increased nuclear rupture in a dose-dependent manner and finally resulted in apoptosis in prostate cancer cells...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Jianjie Zheng, Jing Li, Bo Kou, Qiuyue Yi, Tao Shi
The aim of the present study was to determine the cardioprotective mechanisms by which micro (mi)RNA-30e protects the heart from myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury (MI/R) and to explore the signaling pathways that may confer protection for the heart and be potential therapeutic targets. It was demonstrated that miRNA‑30e expression was decreased in patients with MI/R. In H9C2 cells, silencing (si)miRNA‑30e significantly inhibited cellular apoptosis, the expression of apoptosis regulator BAX (Bax) and caspase‑3 activity...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Ying Liu, HongNa Yang, GuoYong Jia, Lan Li, Hui Chen, JianZhong Bi, CuiLan Wang
BACKGROUND: It is well accepted that both rosuvastatin and resveratrol exert neuroprotective effects on cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury through some common pathways. Resveratrol has also been demonstrated to protect against cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury through enhancing autophagy. Thus, we hypothesized that combined rosuvastatin and resveratrol pretreatment had synergistic effects on cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male Sprague Dawley rats receiving middle cerebral artery occlusion surgery as animal model of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury were randomly assigned to 4 groups: control, resveratrol alone pretreatment, rosuvastatin alone pretreatment, and combined rosuvastatin and resveratrol pretreatment...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Chong Huang, Xiao-Hua Yu, Xi-Long Zheng, Xiang Ou, Chao-Ke Tang
Macrophage autophagy contributes to the hydrolysis of cholesteryl ester into free cholesterol mainly for ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1)-dependent efflux. Interferon-stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) has been shown to regulate autophagy in multiple types of cells. The present study aimed to examine the effects of ISG15 on autophagy and cholesterol efflux in THP-1 macrophage-derived foam cells and to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our results showed that overexpression of ISG15 promoted autophagy and cholesterol efflux and inhibited lipid accumulation without impact on ABCA1 expression...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Shumin Ding, Xuefeng Hou, Gang Wang, Huihui Qiu, Ying Liu, Yuanli Zhou, Mei Du, Xiaobin Tan, Jie Song, Yingjie Wei, Luan Shu, Zhiyong Li, Liang Feng, Xiaobin Jia
Excessive autophagy plays a crucial role in cigarette smoking extract (CSE)-induced inflammation response and oxidative damage of respiratory epithelial cells. The components from Eclipta prostrata L. (CCE) have been shown to be beneficial for CSE-induced epithelial cells injury. However, whether its protection on CSE-stress injury is related to its regulation on autophagy remains still unclear. In this study, CCE, containing mainly wedelolactone of 45.88% and demethylwedelolactone of 23.74%, could improve significantly 10%CSE-induced cell viability of normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells using CCK-8 kit...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Jianhua Chen, Lemeng Zhang, Hui Zhou, Wei Wang, Yongzhong Luo, Hua Yang, Huihuang Yi
Recent studies have indicated that autophagy contributes to tumorigenesis and participates in acquired chemotherapeutic resistance. The present study aimed to determine the function and underlying mechanism of cisplatin‑induced autophagy in A549 human lung cancer cells. Autophagy was measured by LC3B‑I/II conversion, LC3B puncta and autophagosomes formation. Apoptotic cell death was measured by caspase‑3 activity, caspase‑3 cleavage and LDH release. The transcriptional and expressional level of autophagy related proteins were measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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