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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531143/a-4-phenoxyphenol-derivative-exerts-inhibitory-effects-on-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-through-regulating-autophagy-and-apoptosis-accompanied-by-downregulating-%C3%AE-tubulin-expression
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Wen-Tsan Chang, Wangta Liu, Yi-Han Chiu, Bing-Hung Chen, Shih-Chang Chuang, Yen-Chun Chen, Yun-Tzh Hsu, Mei-Jei Lu, Shean-Jaw Chiou, Chon-Kit Chou, Chien-Chih Chiu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cancer worldwide. Advanced HCCs are usually resistant to anticancer drugs, causing unsatisfactory chemotherapy outcomes. In this study, we showed that a 4-phenoxyphenol derivative, 4-[4-(4-hydroxyphenoxy)phenoxy]phenol (4-HPPP), exerts an inhibitory activity against two HCC cell lines, Huh7 and Ha22T. We further investigated the anti-HCC activities of 4-HPPP, including anti-proliferation and induction of apoptosis. Our results showed that higher dosage of 4-HPPP downregulates the expression of α-tubulin and causes nuclear enlargement in both the Huh-7 and Ha22T cell lines...
May 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526340/unfolding-the-pathogenesis-of-scleroderma-through-genomics-and-epigenomics
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REVIEW
Pei-Suen Tsou, Amr H Sawalha
With unknown etiology, scleroderma (SSc) is a multifaceted disease characterized by immune activation, vascular complications, and excessive fibrosis in internal organs. Genetic studies, including candidate gene association studies, genome-wide association studies, and whole-exome sequencing have supported the notion that while genetic susceptibility to SSc appears to be modest, SSc patients are genetically predisposed to this disease. The strongest genetic association for SSc lies within the MHC region, with loci in HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQB1, HLA-DPB1, and HLA-DOA1 being the most replicated...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523279/increased-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-in-uremia-is-associated-with-chronic-inflammation-and-prevalent-coronary-artery-disease
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Jwa-Kyung Kim, Chang-Won Hong, Mi Jin Park, Young Rim Song, Hyung Jik Kim, Sung Gyun Kim
Background. Neutrophils are involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis by neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation. We hypothesized that the NET formation of neutrophils might be changed in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, explaining their higher incidence of coronary artery diseases (CAD). Method. A cross-sectional study was performed in 60 maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients, 30 age- and sex-matched healthy individuals (HV, negative control), and 30 patients with acute infection (positive control)...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515914/analysis-of-the-function-of-microrna-375-in-humans-using-bioinformatics
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Xiaohua Chen, Baoxia Li, Rongcheng Luo, Sina Cai, Cao Zhang, Xiaolong Cao
MicroRNA-375 (miR-375) is expressed at low levels in many types of solid tumor, particularly in gastrointestinal tumors. It is considered to be important in the development of cancer and certain diseases. Thus, more detailed knowledge is required on the particular functions of miR-375. miRs function by regulating target genes. Therefore, in the current study, miRWalk (which includes the data from 10 prediction software programs) was used to predict the target genes of miR-375. The genes, which were co-predicted using five different software programs were further analyzed using Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery online software [including gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis]...
May 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512473/vitamin-c-in-stem-cell-biology-impact-on-extracellular-matrix-homeostasis-and-epigenetics
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REVIEW
Cristina D'Aniello, Federica Cermola, Eduardo Jorge Patriarca, Gabriella Minchiotti
Transcription factors and signaling molecules are well-known regulators of stem cell identity and behavior; however, increasing evidence indicates that environmental cues contribute to this complex network of stimuli, acting as crucial determinants of stem cell fate. l-Ascorbic acid (vitamin C (VitC)) has gained growing interest for its multiple functions and mechanisms of action, contributing to the homeostasis of normal tissues and organs as well as to tissue regeneration. Here, we review the main functions of VitC and its effects on stem cells, focusing on its activity as cofactor of Fe(+2)/αKG dioxygenases, which regulate the epigenetic signatures, the redox status, and the extracellular matrix (ECM) composition, depending on the enzymes' subcellular localization...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511916/pre-treatment-with-amitriptyline-causes-epigenetic-up-regulation-of-neuroprotection-associated-genes-and-has-anti-apoptotic-effects-in-mouse-neuronal-cells
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Nguyen Quoc Vuong Tran, An Nghia Nguyen, Kyoko Takabe, Zentaro Yamagata, Kunio Miyake
Antidepressants, such as imipramine and fluoxetine, are known to alter gene expression patterns by inducing changes in the epigenetic status of neuronal cells. There is also some evidence for the anti-apoptotic effect of various groups of antidepressants; however, this effect is complicated and cell-type dependent. Antidepressants of the tricyclic group, in particular amitriptyline, have been suggested to be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. We examined whether amitriptyline exerts an anti-apoptotic effect via epigenetic mechanisms...
May 13, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509684/histone-complexed-dna-fragments-levels-are-associated-with-coagulopathy-endothelial-cell-damage-and-increased-mortality-after-severe-pediatric-trauma
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Robert T Russell, Sarah C Christiaans, Tate Nice, Morgan Banks, Vincent Mortellaro, Charity Morgan, Amy Duhachek-Stapelman, Steven J Lisco, Jeffrey D Kerby, Brant M Wagener, Mike K Chen, Jean-François Pittet
BACKGROUND: The release of damage-associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMPs) in the extracellular space secondary to injury has been shown to cause systemic activation of the coagulation system and endothelial cell damage. We hypothesized that pediatric trauma patients with increased levels of histone-complexed DNA fragments (hcDNA) would have evidence of coagulopathy and endothelial damage that would be associated with poor outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of 149 pediatric trauma patients and 62 control patients at two level 1 pediatric trauma centers from 2013-2016...
May 15, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506850/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-are-associated-with-disease-severity-and-microbiota-diversity-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Alison J Dicker, Megan L Crichton, Eleanor G Pumphrey, Andrew J Cassidy, Guillermo Suarez-Cuartin, Oriol Sibila, Elizabeth Furrie, Christopher J Fong, Wasyla Ibrahim, Gill Brady, Gisli G Einarsson, J Stuart Elborn, Stuart Schembri, Sara E Marshall, Colin Na Palmer, James D Chalmers
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been observed in the airway in COPD, but their clinical and pathophysiological implications have not been defined. OBJECTIVE: To determine if NETs are associated with disease severity in COPD, and how they are associated with microbiota composition and airway neutrophil function. METHODS: NET protein complexes (DNA-Elastase and Histone-Elastase complexes), cell free DNA and neutrophil biomarkers were quantified in soluble sputum and serum from COPD patients during periods of disease stability and during exacerbations, and compared to clinical measures of disease severity and sputum microbiome...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501774/tuning-of-major-signaling-networks-tgf-%C3%AE-wnt-notch-and-hedgehog-by-mirnas-in-human-stem-cells-commitment-to-different-lineages-possible-clinical-application
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REVIEW
Sedigheh Fekri Aval, Hajie Lotfi, Roghayeh Sheervalilou, Nosratollah Zarghami
Two distinguishing characteristics of stem cells, their continuous division in the undifferentiated state and growth into any cell types, are orchestrated by a number of cell signaling pathways. These pathways act as a niche factor in controlling variety of stem cells. The core stem cell signaling pathways include Wingless-type (Wnt), Hedgehog (HH), and Notch. Additionally, they critically regulate the self-renewal and survival of cancer stem cells. Conversely, stem cells' main properties, lineage commitment and stemness, are tightly controlled by epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNA-mediated regulatory events...
May 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501566/dna-methylation-regulated-gene-expression-in-organ-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Xiangyu Zhang, Min Hu, Xing Lyu, Chun Li, Victor J Thannickal, Yan Y Sanders
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mechanism to regulate gene expression. Epigenetic regulation, including DNA methylation, histone modifications and RNA interference, results in heritable changes in gene expression independent of alterations in DNA sequence. Epigenetic regulation often occurs in response to aging and environment stimuli, including exposures and diet. Studies have shown that DNA methylation is critical in the pathogenesis of fibrosis involving multiple organs sytems, contributing to significant morbidity and mortality...
May 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490526/atp-citrate-lyase-is-essential-for-high-glucose-induced-histone-hyperacetylation-and-fibrogenic-gene-up-regulation-in-mesangial-cells
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Dilip K Deb, Yinyin Chen, Jian Sun, Youli Wang, Yan Chun Li
TThe goal of this study was to address the role of ATP-citrate lyase (ACL), an enzyme that converts citrate to acetyl-CoA, in high glucose (HG)-induced histone acetylation and pro-fibrotic gene expression. Our recent ChIP-Seq studies have demonstrated that HG induces genome-wide histone hyperacetylation in mesangial cells (MCs). Here we showed that exposure of MCs to HG markedly increased histone acetylation at the H3K9/14 and H3K18 marks and induced the expression of potent pro-fibrotic factors TGF-β1, TGF-β3 and CTGF...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485270/a-review-of-the-scaffold-protein-menin-and-its-role-in-hepatobiliary-pathology
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Laurent Ehrlich, Chad Hall, Fanyin Meng, Terry Lairmore, Gianfranco Alpini, Shannon Glaser
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type I (MEN1) is a familial cancer syndrome with neuroendocrine tumorigenesis of the parathyroid glands, pituitary gland, and pancreatic islet cells. The MEN1 gene codes for the canonical tumor suppressor protein, menin. Its protein structure has recently been crystallized, and it has been investigated in a multitude of other tissues. In this review, we summarize recent advancements in understanding the structure of the menin protein and its function as a scaffold protein in histone modification and epigenetic gene regulation...
April 28, 2017: Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484611/transcriptional-response-of-hoxb-genes-to-retinoid-signalling-is-regionally-restricted-along-the-neural-tube-rostrocaudal-axis
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Nicoletta Carucci, Emanuele Cacci, Paola S Nisi, Valerio Licursi, Yu-Lee Paul, Stefano Biagioni, Rodolfo Negri, Peter J Rugg-Gunn, Giuseppe Lupo
During vertebrate neural development, positional information is largely specified by extracellular morphogens. Their distribution, however, is very dynamic due to the multiple roles played by the same signals in the developing and adult neural tissue. This suggests that neural progenitors are able to modify their competence to respond to morphogen signalling and autonomously maintain positional identities after their initial specification. In this work, we take advantage of in vitro culture systems of mouse neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) to show that NSPCs isolated from rostral or caudal regions of the mouse neural tube are differentially responsive to retinoic acid (RA), a pivotal morphogen for the specification of posterior neural fates...
April 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473883/characterisation-of-extracellular-vesicle-subsets-derived-from-brain-endothelial-cells-and-analysis-of-their-protein-cargo-modulation-after-tnf-exposure
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Vito Dozio, Jean-Charles Sanchez
Little is known about the composition and functional differences between extracellular vesicle (EV) subsets, such as microvesicles (MVs) and exosomes (EXOs), nor to what extent their cargo reflects the phenotypic state of the cell of origin. Brain endothelial cells are the constitutive part of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a selective barrier that maintains brain homeostasis. BBB impairment is associated with several neuroinflammatory diseases with the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumour necrosis factor (TNF) often playing a key role...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473829/gut-microbiota-as-a-trigger-of-accelerated-directional-adaptive-evolution-acquisition-of-herbivory-in-the-context-of-extracellular-vesicles-micrornas-and-inter-kingdom-crosstalk
#15
Marco Romano
According to a traditional view, the specific diet in vertebrates is one of the key factors structuring the composition of the gut microbiota. In this interpretation, the microbiota assumes a subordinate position, where the larger host shapes, through evolution and its fitness, the taxonomical composition of the hosted microbiota. The present contribution shows how the evolution of herbivory, framed within the new concept of holobiont, the possibility of inter-kingdom crosstalk and its epigenetic effects, could pave the way to a completely reversed interpretation: instead of being passively shaped, the microbiota can mold and shape the general host body structure to increase its fitness...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473753/mechanical-strain-promotes-oligodendrocyte-differentiation-by-global-changes-of-gene-expression
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Anna Jagielska, Alexis L Lowe, Ekta Makhija, Liliana Wroblewska, Jochen Guck, Robin J M Franklin, G V Shivashankar, Krystyn J Van Vliet
Differentiation of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) to oligodendrocytes and subsequent axon myelination are critical steps in vertebrate central nervous system (CNS) development and regeneration. Growing evidence supports the significance of mechanical factors in oligodendrocyte biology. Here, we explore the effect of mechanical strains within physiological range on OPC proliferation and differentiation, and strain-associated changes in chromatin structure, epigenetics, and gene expression. Sustained tensile strain of 10-15% inhibited OPC proliferation and promoted differentiation into oligodendrocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465447/human-blood-monocytes-are-able-to-form-extracellular-traps
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Vanessa Granger, Dorothée Faille, Vanessa Marani, Benoît Noël, Yann Gallais, Natacha Szely, Héloïse Flament, Marc Pallardy, Sylvie Chollet-Martin, Luc de Chaisemartin
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are extracellular DNA filaments formed during neutrophil activation. This process, called netosis, was originally associated with neutrophil antibacterial properties. However, several lines of evidence now suggest a major role for netosis in thrombosis, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. We demonstrate here that highly purified human blood monocytes are also capable of extracellular trap (ET) release in response to several stimuli. Monocyte ETs display a morphology analogous to NETs and are associated with myeloperoxidase (MPO), lactoferrin (LF), citrullinated histones, and elastase...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465348/sirtuin-e-is-a-fungal-global-transcriptional-regulator-that-determines-the-transition-from-the-primary-growth-to-the-stationary-phase
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Eriko Itoh, Rika Odakura, Ken-Ichi Oinuma, Motoyuki Shimizu, Shunsuke Masuo, Naoki Takaya
In response to limited nutrients, fungal cells exit the primary growth phase, enter the stationary phase, and cease proliferation. Although fundamental to microbial physiology in many environments, the regulation of this transition is poorly understood, but likely involves many transcriptional regulators. These may include the sirtuins, which deacetylate acetyllysine residues of histones, and epigenetically regulate global transcription. Therefore, we investigated the role of a nuclear sirtuin, sirtuin E (SirE), from the ascomycete fungus, Aspergillus nidulans...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443467/effect-of-irinotecan-on-hmgb1-mmp9-expression-cell-cycle-and-cell-growth-in-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
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Saeedeh Keyvani-Ghamsari, Azra Rabbani-Chadegani, Javad Sargolzaei, Maryam Shahhoseini
Irinotecan is a natural alkaloid agent widely used in cancer therapy. High-mobility group protein B1 as a non-histone chromosomal protein plays a fundamental role in gene expression and inflammation. In this study, the effect of irinotecan on high-mobility group protein B1 and MMP9 content, gene expression, cell cycle, and cell growth in human breast cancer cells (MCF-7) was investigated. The cells were exposed to various concentrations of irinotecan and the viability determined by trypan blue exclusion and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazal-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assays...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441353/matrix-metalloproteinase-gene-activation-resulting-from-disordred-epigenetic-mechanisms-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Yasuto Araki, Toshihide Mimura
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are implicated in the degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) synovial fibroblasts (SFs) produce matrix-degrading enzymes, including MMPs, which facilitate cartilage destruction in the affected joints in RA. Epigenetic mechanisms contribute to change in the chromatin state, resulting in an alteration of gene transcription. Recently, MMP gene activation has been shown to be caused in RASFs by the dysregulation of epigenetic changes, such as histone modifications, DNA methylation, and microRNA (miRNA) signaling...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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