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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727083/influence-of-feed-efficiency-classification-and-growing-and-finishing-diet-type-on-meat-tenderness-attributes-of-beef-steers
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C P Blank, J Russell, S M Lonergan, S L Hansen
Enhancing feed efficiency (FE) in cattle continues to be an important goal in the beef industry. Previous research suggests improving FE may alter calpain system activity, potentially having negative effects on meat tenderness. The objective of this study was to assess the potential influence of beef cattle FE on postmortem meat tenderness. During the growing phase, 181 crossbred steers were fed for 76 d at the University of Missouri on a whole shell corn-based diet (MU-Corn; = 90) or a roughage-based diet (MU-Rough; = 91)...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719590/pericyte-expressed-tie2-controls-angiogenesis-and-vessel-maturation
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Martin Teichert, Laura Milde, Annegret Holm, Laura Stanicek, Nicolas Gengenbacher, Soniya Savant, Tina Ruckdeschel, Zulfiyya Hasanov, Kshitij Srivastava, Junhao Hu, Stella Hertel, Arne Bartol, Katharina Schlereth, Hellmut G Augustin
The Tie receptors with their Angiopoietin ligands act as regulators of angiogenesis and vessel maturation. Tie2 exerts its functions through its supposed endothelial-specific expression. Yet, Tie2 is also expressed at lower levels by pericytes and it has not been unravelled through which mechanisms pericyte Angiopoietin/Tie signalling affects angiogenesis. Here we show that human and murine pericytes express functional Tie2 receptor. Silencing of Tie2 in pericytes results in a pro-migratory phenotype. Pericyte Tie2 controls sprouting angiogenesis in in vitro sprouting and in vivo spheroid assays...
July 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718687/do-sodium-channel-proteolytic-fragments-regulate-sodium-channel-expression
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Donatus O Onwuli, Laia Yañez-Bisbe, Mellina Pinsach-Abuin, Anna Tarradas, Ramon Brugada, John Greenman, Sara Pagans, Pedro Beltran-Alvarez
The cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel (gene: SCN5A, protein: NaV1.5) is responsible for the sodium current that initiates the cardiomyocyte action potential. Research into the mechanisms of SCN5A gene expression has gained momentum over the last few years. We have recently described the transcriptional regulation of SCN5A by GATA4 transcription factor. In this addendum to our study, we report our observations that 1) the linker between domains I and II (LDI-DII) of NaV1.5 contains a nuclear localisation signal (residues 474-481) that is necessary to localise LDI-DII into the nucleus, and 2) nuclear LDI-DII activates the SCN5A promoter in gene reporter assays using cardiac-like H9c2 cells...
July 18, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717166/targeting-cellular-calcium-homeostasis-to-prevent-cytokine-mediated-beta-cell-death
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Amy L Clark, Kohsuke Kanekura, Zeno Lavagnino, Larry D Spears, Damien Abreu, Jana Mahadevan, Takuya Yagi, Clay F Semenkovich, David W Piston, Fumihiko Urano
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are important mediators of islet inflammation, leading to beta cell death in type 1 diabetes. Although alterations in both endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and cytosolic free calcium levels are known to play a role in cytokine-mediated beta cell death, there are currently no treatments targeting cellular calcium homeostasis to combat type 1 diabetes. Here we show that modulation of cellular calcium homeostasis can mitigate cytokine- and ER stress-mediated beta cell death. The calcium modulating compounds, dantrolene and sitagliptin, both prevent cytokine and ER stress-induced activation of the pro-apoptotic calcium-dependent enzyme, calpain, and partly suppress beta cell death in INS1E cells and human primary islets...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716623/a-second-truncation-in-ttn-causes-early-onset-recessive-muscular-dystrophy
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Elizabeth Harris, Ana Töpf, Anna Vihola, Anni Evilä, Rita Barresi, Judith Hudson, Peter Hackman, Brian Herron, Daniel MacArthur, Hanns Lochmüller, Kate Bushby, Bjarne Udd, Volker Straub
Mutations in the gene encoding the giant skeletal muscle protein titin are associated with a variety of muscle disorders, including recessive congenital myopathies ±cardiomyopathy, limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and late onset dominant distal myopathy. Heterozygous truncating mutations have also been linked to dilated cardiomyopathy. The phenotypic spectrum of titinopathies is emerging and expanding, as next generation sequencing techniques make this large gene amenable to sequencing. We undertook whole exome sequencing in four individuals with LGMD...
June 22, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714350/activation-and-expression-of-%C3%AE-calpain-in-dorsal-root-contributes-to-rtx-induced-mechanical-allodynia
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Xiao-Cui Yuan, Cai-Hua Wu, Fang Gao, Hong-Ping Li, Hong-Chun Xiang, He Zhu, Xiao-Li Pan, Li-Xue Lin, Yan-Shen Liu, Wei Yu, Bo Tian, Xian-Fang Meng, Man Li
Background Calpain is a calcium-dependent cysteine protease, and inhibition of calpain by pre-treatment with MDL28170 attenuated the rat mechanical allodynia in a variety of pain models. Postherpetic neuralgia (Shingles) is a neuropathic pain conditioned with the presence of profound mechanical allodynia. Systemic injection of resiniferatoxin can reproduce the clinical symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia. In this study, we determined to study whether activation of calpain contributes to cleave the myelin basic protein of dorsal root and is involved in resiniferatoxin-induced mechanical allodynia of postherpetic neuralgia animal model...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712670/production-and-regulation-of-interleukin-1-family-cytokines-at-the-materno-fetal-interface
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Louis M Scott, Aled H Bryant, April Rees, Billy Down, Ruth H Jones, Catherine A Thornton
IL-1 family members regulate innate immune responses, are produced by gestation-associated tissues, and have a role in healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes. To better understand their role at the materno-fetal interface we used a human tissue explant model to map lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated production of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, IL-33, IL-1Ra, IL-18BPa, ST2 and IL-1RAcP by placenta, choriodecidua and amnion. Caspase-dependent processing of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, and IL-33 and the ability of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, and IL-33 to regulate the production of IL-1RA, IL-18BPa, ST2 and IL-1RAcP was also determined...
July 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711624/curcumin-attenuates-oxidative-stress-induced-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-inflammation-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-dependent-apoptosis-of-splenocytes-in-diabetes
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Kahkashan Rashid, Sayantani Chowdhury, Sumit Ghosh, Parames C Sil
The present study was aimed to determine the curative role of curcumin against diabetes induced oxidative stress and its associated splenic complications. Diabetes was induced in the experimental rats via the intraperitoneal administration of a single dose of STZ (65 mg kg(-1) body weight). Increased blood glucose and intracellular ROS levels along with decreased body weight, the activity of cellular antioxidant enzymes and GSH/GSSG ratio were observed in the diabetic animals. Histological assessment showed white pulp depletion and damaged spleen anatomy in these animals...
July 12, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709827/20-r-ginsenoside-rg3-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-apoptosis-induced-by-oxygen-and-glucose-deprivation-reperfusion
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Bo He, Peng Chen, Yu Xie, Shude Li, Xiaochao Zhang, Renhua Yang, Guihua Wang, Zhiqiang Shen, Hui Wang
As shown in our previous studies, 20(R)-ginsenoside Rg3 [20(R)-Rg3] exerts a neuroprotective effect on a rat model of transient focal cerebral ischemia, and the mechanism through which it decreases the mRNA expression of calpain I and caspase-3 has been delineated. However, researchers do not know whether 20(R)-Rg3 exhibits a neuroprotective effect following oxygen-glucose deprivation and reperfusion (OGD/R) injury in vitro. In the present study, 20(R)-Rg3 increased cell viability, decreased the LDH leakage rate, and inhibited the apoptosis rate in a concentration-dependent manner...
June 19, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705899/a-novel-function-for-cactus-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibitor-to-promote-dl-nuclear-localization-and-activity-in-the-drosophila-embryo
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Maira Arruda Cardoso, Marcio Fontenele, Bomyi Lim, Paulo Mascarello Bisch, Stanislav Shvartsman, Helena Marcolla Araujo
The evolutionarily conserved Toll signaling pathway controls innate immunity across phyla and embryonic patterning in insects. In the Drosophila embryo Toll is required to establish gene expression domains along the dorsal-ventral axis. Pathway activation induces degradation of the IκB inhibitor Cactus, resulting in a ventral-to-dorsal nuclear gradient of the NFκB effector Dorsal. Here we investigate how cactus modulates Toll signals through its effects on the Dorsal gradient and Dorsal target genes. Quantitative analysis using a series of loss and gain-of-function conditions shows that the ventral and lateral aspects of the Dorsal gradient can behave differently respective to Cactus fluctuations...
July 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701483/the-shigella-type-iii-effector-ipgd-recodes-ca-2-signals-during-invasion-of-epithelial-cells
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Chun Hui Sun, Benjamin Wacquier, Daniel I Aguilar, Nathalie Carayol, Kevin Denis, Sylviane Boucherie, Cesar Valencia-Gallardo, Ceren Simsek, Christophe Erneux, Alexandre Lehman, Jost Enninga, Laurence Arbibe, Philippe Sansonetti, Geneviève Dupont, Laurent Combettes, Guy Tran Van Nhieu
The role of second messengers in the diversion of cellular processes by pathogens remains poorly studied despite their importance. Among these, Ca(2+) virtually regulates all known cell processes, including cytoskeletal reorganization, inflammation, or cell death pathways. Under physiological conditions, cytosolic Ca(2+) increases are transient and oscillatory, defining the so-called Ca(2+) code that links cell responses to specific Ca(2+) oscillatory patterns. During cell invasion, Shigella induces atypical local and global Ca(2+) signals...
July 12, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696570/effects-of-combined-lysosomal-and-mitochondrial-photodamage-in-a-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-line-the-role-of-paraptosis
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David Kessel, John J Reiners
We previously reported that a low-level of lysosomal photodamage potentiated the phototoxic effect of subsequent mitochondrial photodamage mediated by the benzoporphyrin derivative BPD in murine hepatoma 1c1c7 cells. This was attributed to release of Ca(2+) from damaged lysosomes and a calpain-mediated conversion of the autophagy-related protein ATG5 to a pro-apoptotic fragment. We now report a comparison of these results with those obtained with the human non small-cell lung cancer A549 cell line. A549 cells contained lower levels of ATG5 and were less responsive than 1c1c7 cultures to the PDT combination...
July 11, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695794/the-natural-component-isolated-from-enterolobium-contortisiliquum-impairs-brain-tumors-and-affects-their-interactions-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Camila Ramalho Bonturi, Helena Motaln, Mariana Cristina Cabral Silva, Bruno Ramos Salu, Marlon Vilela de Brito, Luciana de Andrade Luz Costa, Heron Fernandes Vieira Torquato, Natália Neto Dos Santos Nunes, Edgar Julian Paredes-Gamero, Tamara Lah Turnšek, Maria Luiza Vilela Oliva
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with an overall patient survival of about 16 months. Thus, natural compounds with anti-cancer properties are gaining attention as possible alternatives for GBM treatment. Studies in various cancer models have shown the anti-cancer effects of the Enterolobium contortisiliquum Trypsin Inhibitor (EcTI). Here, we investigated the outcomes of EcTI on U87 cells, mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), and their direct cocultures (U87/MSC). MSC are present in tumor stroma and represent a potential drug delivery vehicle as the result of their tumor tropism...
July 11, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692330/regulation-of-cell-wall-genes-in-response-to-defective-kernel1-dek1-induced-cell-wall-changes
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Dhika Amanda, Monika S Doblin, Roberta Galletti, Antony Bacic, Gwyneth C Ingram, Kim L Johnson
Defective Kernel1 (DEK1) is a plant-specific calpain involved in epidermis specification and maintenance. DEK1 regulation of the epidermal cell wall is proposed to be key to ensure tissue integrity and coordinated growth. Changes in the expression of DEK1 are correlated with changes in the expression of cell wall-related genes. For example, we have found that Lipid transfer protein 3 (LTP3), EXPANSIN 11 (EXP11), and an AP2 transcription factor (AP2TF) are misexpressed in plants with constitutively altered levels of DEK1 activity...
July 10, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687604/calpain-inhibition-is-protective-in-machado-joseph-disease-zebrafish-due-to-induction-of-autophagy
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Maxinne Watchon, Kristy C Yuan, Nick Mackovski, Adam J Svahn, Nicholas J Cole, Claire Goldsbury, Silke Rinkwitz, Thomas S Becker, Garth A Nicholson, Angela S Laird
The neurodegenerative disease Machado-Joseph disease (MJD), also known as spinocerebellar ataxin-3, affects neurons of the brain and spinal cord, disrupting control of the movement of muscles. We have successfully established the first transgenic zebrafish (Danio rerio) model of MJD, which express human ataxin-3 protein containing either 23 glutamines (23Q, wild-type) or 84Q (MJD-causing), within neurons. Phenotypic characterization of the zebrafish (male and female) revealed that the ataxin-3-84Q zebrafish have decreased survival compared to ataxin-3-23Q and develop ataxin-3 neuropathology, ataxin-3 cleavage fragments and motor impairment...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686728/regulation-of-platelet-activating-factor-mediated-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-1b-activation-by-a-janus-kinase-2-calpain-pathway
#16
Geneviève Hamel-Côté, Daniel Gendron, Marek Rola-Pleszczynski, Jana Stankova
Atherosclerosis is a pro-inflammatory condition underlying many cardiovascular diseases. Platelet-activating factor (PAF) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) are actively involved in the onset and progression of atherosclerotic plaques. The involvement of monocyte-derived macrophages is well characterized in the installation of inflammatory conditions in the plaque, but less is known about the contribution of monocyte-derived dendritic cells (Mo-DCs). In the same way, the involvement of calcium, phospholipase C and A2 in PAF-induced IL-6 production, in different cells types, has been shown; however, the importance of the Jak/STAT pathway and its regulation by protein-tyrosine phosphatases in this response have not been addressed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675694/benzyl-isothiocyanate-bitc-induces-apoptosis-of-gbm-8401-human-brain-glioblastoma-multiforms-cells-via-activation-of-caspase-8-bid-and-the-reactive-oxygen-species-dependent-mitochondrial-pathway
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Hung-Sheng Shang, Yung-Luen Shih, Tai-Jung Lu, Ching-Hsiao Lee, Shu-Ching Hsueh, Yu-Cheng Chou, Hsu-Feng Lu, Nien-Chieh Liao, Jing-Gung Chung
Benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC) is one of member of the isothiocyanate family which has been shown to induce cancer cell apoptosis in many human cancer cells. In the present study, we investigated the effects of BITC on the growth of GBM 8401 human brain glioblastoma multiforms cells. Results indicated that BITC-induced cell morphological changes decreased in the percentage of viable GBM8401 cells and these effects are dose-dependent manners. Results from flow cytometric assay indicated that BITC induced sub-G1 phase and induction of apoptosis of GBM 8401 cells...
December 2016: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671129/dual-mechanism-of-toxicity-for-extracellular-injection-of-tau-oligomers-versus-monomers-in-human-tau-mice
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Giusi Manassero, Michela Guglielmotto, Debora Monteleone, Valeria Vasciaveo, Olena Butenko, Elena Tamagno, Ottavio Arancio, Massimo Tabaton
The mechanism of tau toxicity is still unclear. Here we report that recombinant tau oligomers and monomers, intraventricularly injected in mice with a pure human tau background, foster tau pathology through different mechanisms. Oligomeric forms of tau alter the conformation of tau in a paired helical filament-like manner. This effect occurs without tau hyperphosphorylation as well as activation of specific kinases, suggesting that oligomers of tau induce tau assembly through a nucleation effect. Monomers, in turn, induce neurodegeneration through a calpain-mediated tau cleavage that leads to accumulation of a 17 kDa neurotoxic peptide and induction of apoptotic cell death...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665586/a-family-of-papain-like-fungal-chimerolectins-with-distinct-ca2-dependent-activation-mechanism
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Gabriele Cordara, Dipankar Manna, Ute Krengel
An important function of fungal lectins is to protect their host. Marasmius oreades agglutinin (MOA) is toxic to nematodes and exerts its protective effect through protease activity. Its proteolytic function is associated with a papain-like dimerization domain. The closest homolog of MOA is Polyporus squamosus lectin 1a (PSL1a). Here we probed PSL1a for catalytic activity and confirmed that it is a calcium-dependent cysteine protease, like MOA. The X-ray crystal structures of PSL1a (1.5 Å) and MOA (1.3 Å) in complex with calcium and the irreversible cysteine protease inhibitor E-64 revealed the structural basis for their mechanism of action...
June 30, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663009/the-potent-cell-permeable-calpain-inhibitor-mdl28170-affects-the-interaction-of-leishmania-amazonensis-with-macrophages-and-shows-anti-amastigote-activity
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Fernanda A Marinho, Leandro S Sangenito, Simone S C Oliveira, Luciana B De Arruda, Claudia M D'Ávila-Levy, André L S Santos, Marta H Branquinha
Since the discovery of the28 first drugs used in leishmaniasis treatment up to now, the search for compounds with anti-Leishmania activity without toxic effects and able to overcome the emergency of resistant strains remains a major goal to combat this neglected disease. With this in mind, in the present work, we evaluated the effects of the calpain inhibitor MDL28170 on the interaction process of Leishmania amazonensis promastigote forms with murine peritoneal macrophages and on the intracellular amastigotes...
June 27, 2017: Parasitology International
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