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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811522/the-lichen-secondary-metabolite-atranorin-suppresses-lung-cancer-cell-motility-and-tumorigenesis
#1
Rui Zhou, Yi Yang, So-Yeon Park, Thanh Thi Nguyen, Young-Woo Seo, Kyung Hwa Lee, Jae Hyuk Lee, Kyung Keun Kim, Jae-Seoun Hur, Hangun Kim
Lichens are symbiotic organisms that produce various secondary metabolites. Here, different lichen extracts were examined to identify secondary metabolites with anti-migratory activity against human lung cancer cells. Everniastrum vexans had the most potent inhibitory activity, and atranorin was identified as an active subcomponent of this extract. Atranorin suppressed β-catenin-mediated TOPFLASH activity by inhibiting the nuclear import of β-catenin and downregulating β-catenin/LEF and c-jun/AP-1 downstream target genes such as CD44, cyclin-D1 and c-myc...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810542/electroacupuncture-promotes-axonal-regeneration-in-rats-with-focal-cerebral-ischemia-through-the-downregulation-of-nogo-a-ngr-rhoa-rock-signaling
#2
Saie Huang, Danxia Huang, Jiapei Zhao, Lidian Chen
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on the axonal regeneration environment following cerebral ischemia injury and to investigate whether it was associated with Nogo-A/Nogo receptor (NgR)/RhoA/Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) signaling. Using a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia, the effects of EA at the Quchi (LI11) and Zusanli (ST36) acupoints on axonal growth inhibitory protein and axonal growth factors were assessed and the underlying molecular mechanisms were investigated...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807849/danshen-improves-survival-of-patients-with-colon-cancer-and-dihydroisotanshinone-i-inhibit-the-proliferation-of-colon-cancer-cells-via-apoptosis-and-skp2-signaling-pathway
#3
Yin-Yin Lin, I-Yun Lee, Wen-Shih Huang, Yu-Shin Lin, Feng-Che Kuan, Li-Hsin Shu, Yu-Ching Cheng, Yao-Hsu Yang, Ching-Yuan Wu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge) is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. However, it's definite clinical effect and mechanism on colon carcinoma is unclear. AIM OF THE STUDY: To test the hypothesis that the protective effect of danshen on colon cancer and discover the bioactive compounds through in vitro study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a nationwide cohort study by using population-based data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803968/acute-spinal-cord-injury-a-review-of-pathophysiology-and-potential-of-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-for-pharmacological-intervention
#4
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Emrullah Hayta, Hasan Elden
Acute spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the serious central nervous system injuries, which can lead to significant neurological impairments and a reduction in quality of life with loss in sensory and motor functions. Although recent advancements contribute to the understanding of the underlying pathophysiological processes developed after SCI, currently, there is limited innovative and effective treatment options besides conventional rehabilitation and management of SCI to alleviate the condition. Improvements in neurological functions of the individuals with SCI depend mainly on the mechanical damage occurring in the primary injury and on pathophysiological alterations associated with secondary damage...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798345/nedd4-family-e3-ligase-dysfunction-due-to-pkhd1-pkhd1-defects-suggests-a-mechanistic-model-for-arpkd-pathobiology
#5
Jun-Ya Kaimori, Cheng-Chao Lin, Patricia Outeda, Miguel A Garcia-Gonzalez, Luis F Menezes, Erum A Hartung, Ao Li, Guanqing Wu, Hideaki Fujita, Yasunori Sato, Yasuni Nakanuma, Satoko Yamamoto, Naotsugu Ichimaru, Shiro Takahara, Yoshitaka Isaka, Terry Watnick, Luiz F Onuchic, Lisa M Guay-Woodford, Gregory G Germino
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is an important childhood nephropathy, occurring 1 in 20,000 live births. The major clinical phenotypes are expressed in the kidney with dilatation of the collecting ducts, systemic hypertension, and progressive renal insufficiency, and in the liver with biliary dysgenesis, portal tract fibrosis, and portal hypertension. The systemic hypertension has been attributed to enhanced distal sodium reabsorption in the kidney, the structural defects have been ascribed to altered cellular morphology, and fibrosis to increased TGF-β signaling in the kidney and biliary tract, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798145/tnf-induces-neutrophil-adhesion-via-formin-dependent-cytoskeletal-reorganization-and-activation-of-%C3%AE-integrin-function
#6
Angélica Aparecida Antoniellis Silveira, Venina Marcela Dominical, Camila Bononi Almeida, Hanan Chweih, Wilson Alves Ferreira, Cristina Pontes Vicente, Fabio Trindade Maranhão Costa, Claudio C Werneck, Fernando Ferreira Costa, Nicola Conran
Although essential for inflammatory responses, leukocyte recruitment to blood vessel walls in response to inflammatory stimuli, such as TNF-α, can contribute to vascular occlusion in inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis. We aimed to further characterize the mechanisms by which TNF stimulates adhesive and morphologic alterations in neutrophils. Microfluidic and intravital assays confirmed the potent effect that TNF has on human and murine neutrophil adhesion and recruitment in vitro and in vivo, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794110/involvement-of-connexin43-phosphorylation-and-gap-junctional-communication-in-vasopressin-induced-rock-dependent-vasoconstriction-after-hemorrhagic-shock
#7
Guangming Yang, Xiaoyong Peng, Yue Wu, Tao Li, Liangming Liu
We examined the roles played by gap junctions (GJs) and the GJ channel protein connexin43 (Cx43) in arginine vasopressin (AVP)-induced vasoconstriction after hemorrhagic shock, and their relationship to Rho kinase (ROCK) and protein kinase C (PKC). The results showed AVP induced an endothelium-independent contraction in rat superior mesenteric arteries (SMAs). Blocking the GJs significantly decreased the contractile response of SMAs and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to AVP after shock and hypoxia. The selective Cx43-mimetic peptide inhibited the vascular contractile effect of AVP after shock and hypoxia...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792637/modulation-of-chondrocyte-motility-by-tetrahedral-dna-nanostructures
#8
Sirong Shi, Shiyu Lin, Xiaoru Shao, Qianshun Li, Zhang Tao, Yunfeng Lin
OBJECTIVES: Contemporarily, a highly increasing attention was paid to nanoconstructs, particularly DNA nanostructures possessing precise organization, functional manipulation, biocompatibility and biodegradability. Amongst these DNA nanomaterials, tetrahedral DNA nanostructures (TDNs) are a significantly ideal bionanomaterials with focusing on the property that can be internalized into cytoplasm in the absence of transfection. Therefore, the focus of this study was on investigating the influence of TDNs on the chondrocytes locomotion...
August 9, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791377/c%C3%A2-maf-inducing-protein-inhibits-cofilin%C3%A2-1-activity-and-alters-podocyte-cytoskeleton-organization
#9
Lixia Yu, Jianming Ye, Qifeng Liu, Jianhua Feng, Xiaoxia Gu, Qiang Sun, Guoyuan Lu
The glomerular visceral epithelial cells, also termed podocytes, are key in maintaining the normal renal filtration barrier. Although it has been demonstrated that stimulation of c‑Maf inducing protein (CMIP) expression is involved in podocyte damage, the molecular events during this process remain unclear. In the current study, CMIP‑induced proximal signaling was investigated by focusing on its effect on cofilin‑1 activity in puromycin aminonucleoside (PA)‑damaged podocytes. An obvious elevation of CMIP expression and phosphorylated (p) cofilin‑1 levels was detected in cultured podocytes treated with PA and in glomeruli isolated from PA‑induced nephropathy rats...
August 3, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770500/loss-of-pericytes-in-radiation-necrosis-after-glioblastoma-treatments
#10
Soon-Tae Lee, Youngbeom Seo, Ji-Yeon Bae, Kon Chu, Jin Wook Kim, Seung Hong Choi, Tae Min Kim, Il Han Kim, Sung-Hye Park, Chul-Kee Park
Radiation necrosis (RN) in brain tumor patients is often symptomatic, persistent without immediate resolution, and confused with tumor recurrence. Cerebral vascular pericytes are essential for endothelial function, vascular integrity, and angiogenesis. In this study, we showed that the loss of pericytes is involved in the pathogenesis of RN. From a brain tumor tissue repository, we identified three patients since 2011 with pathologically confirmed RN after the standard treatment for glioblastoma (GBM). The RN and their preradiation GBM tissues were serially processed for Western blotting using cell-type-specific antibodies against endothelial (CD31, active RhoA), pericyte [platelet-derived growth factor receptor-beta (PDGFR-β)], alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), astrocyte (GFAP), myelin sheath protein (MBP), and microglial markers (Iba1)...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768647/activation-of-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-subtype-8-attenuates-cold-induced-hypertension-through-ameliorating-vascular-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#11
Shiqiang Xiong, Bin Wang, Shaoyang Lin, Hexuan Zhang, Yingsha Li, Xing Wei, Yuanting Cui, Xiao Wei, Zongshi Lu, Peng Gao, Li Li, Zhigang Zhao, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Environmental cold-induced hypertension is common, but how to treat cold-induced hypertension remains an obstacle. Transient receptor potential melastatin subtype 8 (TRPM8) is a mild cold-sensing nonselective cation channel that is activated by menthol. Little is known about the effect of TRPM8 activation by menthol on mitochondrial Ca(2+) homeostasis and the vascular function in cold-induced hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primary vascular smooth muscle cells from wild-type or Trpm8(-/-) mice were cultured...
August 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767310/disrupted-irf6-nme1-2-complexes-as-a-cause-of-cleft-lip-palate
#12
M T Parada-Sanchez, E Y Chu, L L Cox, S S Undurty, J M Standley, J C Murray, T C Cox
Mutations and common polymorphisms in interferon regulatory factor 6 ( IRF6) are associated with both syndromic and nonsyndromic forms of cleft lip/palate (CLP). To date, much of the focus on this transcription factor has been on identifying its direct targets and the gene regulatory network in which it operates. Notably, however, IRF6 is found predominantly in the cytoplasm, with its import into the nucleus tightly regulated like other members of the IRF family. To provide further insight into the role of IRF6 in the pathogenesis of CLP, we sought to identify direct IRF6 protein interactors using a combination of yeast 2-hybrid screens and co-immunoprecipitation assays...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766686/benzyl-isothiocyanate-and-phenethyl-isothiocyanate-inhibit-murine-melanoma-b16f10-cell-migration-and-invasion-in-vitro
#13
Kuang-Chi Lai, Yung-Ting Hsiao, Jiun-Long Yang, Yi-Shih Ma, Yi-Ping Huang, Tai-An Chiang, Jing-Gung Chung
Benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC), and phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) have been demonstrated to induce anticancer function in many human cancer cells and also inhibit cancer cell migration and invasion. However, there are no studies that show BITC and PEITC to inhibit cell migration and invasion in mouse melanoma B16F10 cells. In this study, we investigated anti-metastasis effects of BITC and PEITC in melanoma cancer cells in vitro. Under sub-lethal concentrations (from 1, 2.5 up to 5 µM), BITC and PEITC significantly inhibited cell mobility, migration and invasion nature of B16F10 cells...
September 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765773/astaxanthin-induces-migration-in-human-skin-keratinocytes-via-rac1-activation-and-rhoa-inhibition
#14
Dakanda Ritto, Supita Tanasawet, Sawana Singkhorn, Wanwimol Klaypradit, Pilaiwanwadee Hutamekalin, Varomyalin Tipmanee, Wanida Sukketsiri
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Re-epithelialization has an important role in skin wound healing. Astaxanthin (ASX), a carotenoid found in crustaceans including shrimp, crab, and salmon, has been widely used for skin protection. Therefore, we investigated the effects of ASX on proliferation and migration of human skin keratinocyte cells and explored the mechanism associated with that migration. MATERIAL/METHOD: HaCaT keratinocyte cells were exposed to 0.25-1 µg/mL of ASX...
August 2017: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765520/semaphorin-4c-plexin-b2-signaling-in-peripheral-sensory-neurons-is-pronociceptive-in-a-model-of-inflammatory-pain
#15
Eszter Paldy, Manuela Simonetti, Thomas Worzfeld, Kiran Kumar Bali, Lucas Vicuña, Stefan Offermanns, Rohini Kuner
Semaphorins and their transmembrane receptors, Plexins, are key regulators of axon guidance and development of neuronal connectivity. B-type Plexins respond to Class IV semaphorins and mediate a variety of developmental functions. Here we report that the expression of Plexin-B2 and its high-affinity ligand, Sema4C, persists in peripheral sensory neurons in adult life and is markedly increased in states of persistent pain in mice. Genetic deletion of Sema4C as well as adult-onset loss of Plexin-B2 leads to impairment of the development and duration of inflammatory hypersensitivity...
August 2, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765370/three-dimensional-biomimetic-vascular-model-reveals-a-rhoa-rac1-and-n-cadherin-balance-in-mural-cell-endothelial-cell-regulated-barrier-function
#16
Stella Alimperti, Teodelinda Mirabella, Varnica Bajaj, William Polacheck, Dana M Pirone, Jeremy Duffield, Jeroen Eyckmans, Richard K Assoian, Christopher S Chen
The integrity of the endothelial barrier between circulating blood and tissue is important for blood vessel function and, ultimately, for organ homeostasis. Here, we developed a vessel-on-a-chip with perfused endothelialized channels lined with human bone marrow stromal cells, which adopt a mural cell-like phenotype that recapitulates barrier function of the vasculature. In this model, barrier function is compromised upon exposure to inflammatory factors such as LPS, thrombin, and TNFα, as has been observed in vivo...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761175/rock1-is-a-novel-rac1-effector-to-regulate-tubular-endocytic-membrane-formation-during-clathrin-independent-endocytosis
#17
David Soriano-Castell, Albert Chavero, Carles Rentero, Marta Bosch, Maite Vidal-Quadras, Albert Pol, Carlos Enrich, Francesc Tebar
Clathrin-dependent and -independent pathways contribute for β1-integrin endocytosis. This study defines a tubular membrane clathrin-independent endocytic network, induced with the calmodulin inhibitor W13, for β1-integrin internalization. This pathway is dependent on increased phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) levels and dynamin activity at the plasma membrane. Exogenous addition of PI(4,5)P2 or phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate 5-kinase (PIP5K) expression mimicked W13-generated-tubules which are inhibited by active Rac1...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754685/engineering-mammalian-cells-to-seek-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotypes
#18
Anam Qudrat, Janice Wong, Kevin Truong
Since the removal of senescent cells in model organisms has been linked to rejuvenation and increased lifespan, senotherapies have emerged to target senescent cells for death. In particular, interleukin-6 (IL6) is a prominent senescence associated secretory phenotype (SASP) and thus, seeking IL6 could potentially localize engineered cells to senescent cells for therapeutic intervention. Here, we engineered a chimeric IL6 receptor (IL6Rchi) that generates a Ca(2+) signal in response to IL6 stimulation. When IL6Rchi was co-expressed with an engineered Ca(2+)-activated RhoA (CaRQ), it enabled directed migration to IL6 in cells that have no such natural ability...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753202/targeting-the-cxcr4-cxcl12-axis-in-treating-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#19
T L Mao, K F Fan, C L Liu
Ovarian carcinoma is the most crucial and difficult target for available therapeutic treatments among gynecological malignancies, and great efforts are required to find an effective solution. Molecular studies showed that the chemokine stromal cell-derived factor (SDF)-1 (also known as CXCL12) and its receptor, CXCR4, are key determinants of tumor initiation, progression, and metastasis in ovarian carcinomas. Hence, it is generally believed that blocking the CXCR4/CXCL12 pathway could serve as a potential therapy for patients with ovarian cancer...
July 28, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751650/rhoa-phosphorylation-mediated-by-rho-rhoa-associated-kinase-pathway-improves-the-anti-freezing-potentiality-of-murine-hatched-and-diapaused-blastocysts
#20
Meichao Gu, Hemin Ni, Xihui Sheng, Alfredo Pauciullo, Yunhai Liu, Yong Guo
Embryonic cryopreservation has a relatively low survival rate because of cytoskeletal damage. However, molecular anti-freezing mechanisms have been largely unexplored. This study investigated the significance of RhoA, involved in embryonic development, and the Rho/RhoA-associated kinase (ROCK) signalling pathway in cryopreservation. The anti-freezing mechanism in murine dormant embryos, compared with normal blastocysts, was assessed by combining molecular, physiological and pharmacological approaches. Real-time PCR and western blotting experiments showed high RhoA expression in cryo-dormant and dormant embryos...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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