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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926480/calcium-dependent-binding-of-myc-to-calmodulin
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Philipp Raffeiner, Andrea Schraffl, Thomas Schwarz, Ruth Röck, Karin Ledolter, Markus Hartl, Robert Konrat, Eduard Stefan, Klaus Bister
The bHLH-LZ (basic region/helix-loop-helix/leucine zipper) oncoprotein Myc and the bHLH-LZ protein Max form a binary transcription factor complex controlling fundamental cellular processes. Deregulated Myc expression leads to neoplastic transformation and is a hallmark of most human cancers. The dynamics of Myc transcription factor activity are post-translationally coordinated by defined protein-protein interactions. Here, we present evidence for a second messenger controlled physical interaction between the Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM) and all Myc variants (v-Myc, c-Myc, N-Myc, and L-Myc)...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926435/brain-correlates-of-the-intrinsic-subjective-cost-of-effort-in-sedentary-volunteers
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J Bernacer, I Martinez-Valbuena, M Martinez, N Pujol, E Luis, D Ramirez-Castillo, M A Pastor
One key aspect of motivation is the ability of agents to overcome excessive weighting of intrinsic subjective costs. This contribution aims to analyze the subjective cost of effort and assess its neural correlates in sedentary volunteers. We recruited a sample of 57 subjects who underwent a decision-making task using a prospective, moderate, and sustained physical effort as devaluating factor. Effort discounting followed a hyperbolic function, and individual discounting constants correlated with an indicator of sedentary lifestyle (global physical activity questionnaire; R=-0...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924870/transcriptional-bursting-is-intrinsically-caused-by-interplay-between-rna-polymerases-on-dna
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Keisuke Fujita, Mitsuhiro Iwaki, Toshio Yanagida
Cell-to-cell variability plays a critical role in cellular responses and decision-making in a population, and transcriptional bursting has been broadly studied by experimental and theoretical approaches as the potential source of cell-to-cell variability. Although molecular mechanisms of transcriptional bursting have been proposed, there is little consensus. An unsolved key question is whether transcriptional bursting is intertwined with many transcriptional regulatory factors or is an intrinsic characteristic of RNA polymerase on DNA...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921283/choices-have-consequences-the-nexus-between-dna-repair-pathways-and-genomic-instability-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Sonali Bhattacharjee, Saikat Nandi
BACKGROUND: The genome is under constant assault from a multitude of sources that can lead to the formation of DNA double-stand breaks (DSBs). DSBs are cytotoxic lesions, which if left unrepaired could lead to genomic instability, cancer and even cell death. However, erroneous repair of DSBs can lead to chromosomal rearrangements and loss of heterozygosity, which in turn can also cause cancer and cell death. Hence, although the repair of DSBs is crucial for the maintenance of genome integrity the process of repair need to be well regulated and closely monitored...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919962/ascorbyl-stearate-promotes-apoptosis-through-intrinsic-mitochondrial-pathway-in-hela-cancer-cells
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Shirish D Mane, Maikho Thoh, Deepak Sharma, Santosh K Sandur, K Akhilender Naidu
BACKGROUND: Ascorbic acid is proposed to have antitumor potential against certain cancer types but has the limitation of requiring high doses for treating cancer. Ascorbyl stearate (ASC-S) is a fatty acid ester derivative of ascorbic acid with comparable potent apoptotic activity. The present study was aimed at understanding the pathway involved in apoptotic activity of ASC-S in cervical cancer cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The effect of ASC-S on reactive oxygen species (ROS), and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was studied in HeLa cells...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919753/advax-a-delta-inulin-microparticle-potentiates-in-built-adjuvant-property-of-co-administered-vaccines
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Masayuki Hayashi, Taiki Aoshi, Yasunari Haseda, Kouji Kobiyama, Edward Wijaya, Noriyuki Nakatsu, Yoshinobu Igarashi, Daron M Standley, Hiroshi Yamada, Yoshikazu Honda-Okubo, Hiromitsu Hara, Takashi Saito, Toshiyuki Takai, Cevayir Coban, Nikolai Petrovsky, Ken J Ishii
Advax, a delta inulin-derived microparticle, has been developed as an adjuvant for several vaccines. However, its immunological characteristics and potential mechanism of action are yet to be elucidated. Here, we show that Advax behaves as a type-2 adjuvant when combined with influenza split vaccine, a T helper (Th)2-type antigen, but behaves as a type-1 adjuvant when combined with influenza inactivated whole virion (WV), a Th1-type antigen. In addition, an adjuvant effect was not observed when Advax-adjuvanted WV vaccine was used to immunize toll-like receptor (TLR) 7 knockout mice which are unable to respond to RNA contained in WV antigen...
December 1, 2016: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919618/electric-field-induced-suppression-of-pten-drives-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-mtorc1-activation
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Tiantian Yan, Xupin Jiang, Xiaowei Guo, Wen Chen, Di Tang, Junhui Zhang, Xingyue Zhang, Dongxia Zhang, Qiong Zhang, Jiezhi Jia, Yuesheng Huang
BACKGROUND: Naturally occurring electric fields (EFs) are an intrinsic property of wounds. Endogenous EFs in skin wounds play critical roles in the dynamic and well-ordered biological process of wound healing. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) allows keratinocytes to transition from sedentary cells to motile cells, facilitating wound healing. However, EMT-related studies have been performed without considering endogenous EFs. Thus, the relationship between electrical signals and the EMT remain elusive...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919341/human-epidermal-stem-cells-role-in-adverse-skin-reactions-and-carcinogenesis-from-radiation
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Michèle T Martin, Adeline Vulin, Jolyon H Hendry
In human skin, keratinopoiesis is based on a functional hierarchy among keratinocytes, with rare slow-cycling stem cells responsible for the long-term maintenance of the tissue through their self-renewal potential, and more differentiated daughter progenitor cells actively cycling to permit epidermal renewal and turn-over every month. Skin is a radio-responsive tissue, developing all types of radiation damage and pathologies, including early tissue reactions such as dysplasia and denudation in epidermis, and later fibrosis in the dermis and acanthosis in epidermis, with the TGF-beta 1 pathway as a known master switch...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918936/promoting-angiogenesis-with-mesoporous-microcarriers-through-a-synergistic-action-of-delivered-silicon-ion-and-vegf
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Khandmaa Dashnyam, Guang-Zhen Jin, Joong-Hyun Kim, Roman Perez, Jun-Hyeog Jang, Hae-Won Kim
Angiogenic capacity of biomaterials is a key asset to drive vascular ingrowth during tissue repair and regeneration. Here we design a unique angiogenic microcarrier based on sol-gel derived mesoporous silica. The microspheres offer a potential angiogenic stimulator, Si ion, 'intrinsically' within the chemical structure. Furthermore, the highly mesoporous nature allows the loading and release of angiogenic growth factor 'extrinsically'. The Si ion is released from the microcarriers at therapeutic ranges (over a few ppm per day), which indeed up-regulates the expression of hypoxia inducing factor 1α (HIF1α) and stabilizes it by blocking HIF-prolyl hydroxylase 2 (PHD2) in HUVECs...
November 28, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918823/short-term-alteration-of-developmental-neural-activity-enhances-neurite-outgrowth-of-retinal-explants
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Meng-Jung Lee, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Purpose: It is well known that the gradual loss of axon growth ability of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) during development is largely determined by extrinsic signals rather than being programmed intrinsically. Spontaneous retinal waves are the major neural activity during retinal development. Thus restoring the developmental environment by providing the proper neural activity may be able to help axon regeneration of RGCs. Methods: Retinal explants from P5 and P11 C57BL/6 mice were treated pharmacologically or stimulated electrically, and cultured with or without brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on coverslips or a multielectrode array for 5 days to examine the neurite outgrowth capacity of RGCs...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918706/effects-of-gaba-neural-regulation-and-intrinsic-cardiac-factors-on-heart-rate-variability-in-zebrafish-larvae
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Rafael Antonio Vargas
Heart rate (HR) is a periodic activity that is variable over time due to intrinsic cardiac factors and extrinsic neural control, largely by the autonomic nervous system. Heart rate variability (HRV) is analyzed by measuring consecutive beat-to-beat intervals. This variability can contain information about the factors regulating cardiac activity under normal and pathological conditions, but the information obtained from such analyses is not yet fully understood. In this article, HRV in zebrafish larvae was evaluated under normal conditions and under the effect of substances that modify intrinsic cardiac activity and cardiac activity modulated by the nervous system...
December 5, 2016: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917437/nicotine-plus-a-high-fat-diet-triggers-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis
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Indrani Sinha-Hikim, Theodore C Friedman, Mark Falz, Victor Chalfant, Mohammad Kamrul Hasan, Jorge Espinoza-Derout, Desean L Lee, Carl Sims, Peter Tran, Sushil K Mahata, Amiya P Sinha-Hikim
Cigarette smoking is an important risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The health risk associated with smoking can be aggravated by obesity. Smoking might also trigger cardiomyocyte (CM) apoptosis. Given that CM apoptosis has been implicated as a potential mechanism in the development of cardiomyopathy and heart failure, we characterize the key signaling pathways in nicotine plus high-fat diet (HFD)-induced CM apoptosis. Adult C57BL6 male mice were fed a normal diet (ND) or HFD and received twice-daily intraperitoneal (IP) injections of nicotine (0...
December 5, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916651/pharmacological-and-immunological-targeting-of-tumor-mesenchymalization
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REVIEW
Justin M David, Charli Dominguez, Claudia Palena
Controlling the spread of carcinoma cells to distant organs is the foremost challenge in cancer treatment, as metastatic disease is generally resistant to therapy and is ultimately incurable for the majority of patients. The plasticity of tumor cell phenotype, in which the behaviors and functions of individual tumor cells differ markedly depending upon intrinsic and extrinsic factors, is now known to be a central mechanism in cancer progression. Our expanding knowledge of epithelial and mesenchymal phenotypic states in tumor cells, and the dynamic nature of the transitions between these phenotypes has created new opportunities to intervene to better control the behavior of tumor cells...
December 1, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915394/timelines-of-the-free-particle-and-fixed-particle-models-of-stone-formation-theoretical-and-experimental-investigations
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REVIEW
D J Kok, W Boellaard, Y Ridwan, V A Levchenko
Two major theories on renal stone formation will be reviewed, the "free-particle" and "fixed-particle" mechanisms. These theories combine data on intrinsic factors (inborn metabolic errors), extrinsic factors (diet), renal cell responses and the physico-chemistry and biochemistry of urine into mechanisms of stone formation. This paper describes the specific role of time in both mechanisms. The timeline of crystal- and stone formation was deducted from literature data and was measured for two stones using radioisotope decay analysis...
December 3, 2016: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915233/molecular-basis-for-the-autonomous-promotion-of-cell-proliferation-by-angiogenin
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Trish T Hoang, Ronald T Raines
Canonical growth factors act indirectly via receptor-mediated signal transduction pathways. Here, we report on an autonomous pathway in which a growth factor is internalized, has its localization regulated by phosphorylation, and ultimately uses intrinsic catalytic activity to effect epigenetic change. Angiogenin (ANG), a secreted vertebrate ribonuclease, is known to promote cell proliferation, leading to neovascularization as well as neuroprotection in mammals. Upon entering cells, ANG encounters the cytosolic ribonuclease inhibitor protein, which binds with femtomolar affinity...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914813/normal-human-gingival-fibroblasts-undergo-cytostasis-and-apoptosis-after-long-term-exposure-to-butyric-acid
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Michihiro Shirasugi, Keisuke Nishioka, Toshiro Yamamoto, Takaaki Nakaya, Narisato Kanamura
The causes of periodontal disease are complex. Butyric acid, a metabolite of periodontopathic bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, acts as a histone deacetylase inhibitor that has a direct effect on mRNA expression. Butyric acid produced by Clostridium butyricum in the intestinal tract induces differentiation of regulatory T cells, thereby suppressing inflammation in the gut. Mice lacking Clostridium butyricum in the intestinal tract suffer from colitis. By contrast, butyric acid in the oral cavity worsens periodontal disease...
November 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914293/diethylcarbamazine-attenuates-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-by-apoptosis-of-inflammatory-cells
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Ingrid Tavares Fragoso, Edlene Lima Ribeiro, Fabiana Oliveira Dos Santos Gomes, Mariana Aragão Matos Donato, Amanda Karolina Soares Silva, Amanda Costa O de Oliveira, Shyrlene Meiry da Rocha Araújo, Karla Patrícia Sousa Barbosa, Laise Aline Martins Santos, Christina Alves Peixoto
BACKGROUND: Acute lung injury (ALI) is characterized by extensive neutrophil infiltration, and apoptosis delay considered part of the pathogenesis of the condition. Despite great advances in treatment strategies, few effective therapies are known for ALI. Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) is used against lymphatic filariasis, a number of studies have described its anti-inflammatory activities and pro-apoptotic effect. These properties have been associated with nuclear factor kappa-B inactivation...
September 24, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913448/targeting-inflammation-in-cancer-prevention-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Jelena Todoric, Laura Antonucci, Michael Karin
Inflammation is associated with the development and malignant progression of most cancers. As most of the cell types involved in cancer-associated inflammation are genetically stable and thus are not subjected to rapid emergence of drug resistance, the targeting of inflammation represents an attractive strategy both for cancer prevention and for cancer therapy. Tumor-extrinsic inflammation is caused by many factors, including bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune diseases, obesity, tobacco smoking, asbestos exposure, and excessive alcohol consumption, all of which increase cancer risk and stimulate malignant progression...
December 2016: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913422/factor-xi-deficiency-enhances-the-pulmonary-allergic-response-to-house-dust-mite-in-mice-independent-of-factor-xii
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Ingrid Stroo, Jack Yang, Johannes Daan de Boer, Joris J T H Roelofs, Cornelis van 't Veer, Francis J Castellino, Sacha Zeerleder, Tom van der Poll
Asthma is associated with activation of coagulation in the airways. The coagulation system can be initiated via the extrinsic tissue factor dependent pathway or via the intrinsic pathway, in which the central player factor XI (FXI) can be either activated via active factor XII (FXIIa) or via thrombin. We aimed to determine the role of the intrinsic coagulation system, and its possible route of activation, in allergic lung inflammation induced by the clinically relevant human allergen house dust mite (HDM). Wild-type (WT), FXI knockout (KO) and FXII KO mice were subjected to repeated exposure to HDM via the airways, and inflammatory responses were compared...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912762/regulation-of-effector-function-of-cns-autoreactive-cd4-t-cells-through-inhibitory-receptors-and-il-7r%C3%AE
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Patrick K Nuro-Gyina, Elizabeth L Rieser, Marissa C Granitto, Wei Pei, Yue Liu, Priscilla W Lee, Saba Aqel, Jian Zhang, Amy E Lovett-Racke, Michael K Racke, Yuhong Yang
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic CNS autoimmune disease characterized by inflammation, demyelination, and neuronal degeneration, where myelin-specific CD4 T cells play critical roles in the formation of acute MS lesions and disease progression. The suppression of IL-7Rα expression and the upregulation of inhibitory receptors (PD-1, etc.) are essential parts of the cell-intrinsic immunosuppressive program regulating T effector functions to prevent autoimmunity. However, little is known on the factors regulating IL-7Rα/PD-1 balance in myelin-specific CD4 T effector/memory cells during the development of CNS autoimmunity...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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