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Shuting Cao, Huan Wu, ChunChun Wang, Qianhui Zhang, Lefei Jiao, Fanghui Lin, Caihong Hu
In the present study, we investigated the influence of diquat-induced oxidative stress on intestinal barrier, mitochondrial function and the level of mitophagy in piglets. Twelve male Duroc×Landrace×Yorkshire 35-d-old pigs (weaned at 21d of age), with an average body of 9.6 kg, were allotted to two treatments of six piglets each including the challenged group and the control group. The challenged pigs were injected with 100 mg/kg bodyweight diquat and control pigs injected with 0.9% (w/v) NaCl solution. The results showed that diquat injection decreased average daily feed intake and average daily gain...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Jie Gao, Jun Li, Wen-Chao Geng, Fang-Yuan Chen, Xingchen Duan, Zhe Zheng, Dan Ding, Dong-Sheng Guo
Activatable phototheranostics is highly appealing to meet the demand of precision medicine. However, although displaying the efficacy in construction of activatable photosensitizers (PSs), direct covalent decoration still shows some inevitable issues, such as complex molecular design, tedious synthesis, possible photoactivity changes and potential toxicity. Herein, we propose a novel concept of biomarker displacement activation (BDA) using host-guest strategy. To exemplify BDA, we engineered a PS-loaded nanocarrier by utilizing a macrocyclic amphiphile, where the fluorescence and photoactivity of PS were completely annihilated by the complexation of macrocyclic receptor (OFF state)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
J L de Deus, A L A Dagostin, W A Varanda
Testosterone synthesis within Leydig cells is a calcium-dependent process. Intracellular calcium levels are regulated by different processes including ATP-activated P2X purinergic receptors, T-type Ca2+ channels modulated by the luteinizing hormone, and intracellular calcium storages recruited by a calcium-induced calcium release mechanism. On the other hand, nitric oxide (NO) is reported to have an inhibitory role in testosterone production. Based on these observations, we investigated the interaction between the purinergic and nitrergic systems in Leydig cells of adult mice...
March 15, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Germano Guerra, Angela Lucariello, Angelica Perna, Laura Botta, Antonio De Luca, Francesco Moccia
BACKGROUND: Neurovascular coupling (NVC) is the mechanism whereby an increase in neuronal activity (NA) leads to local elevation in cerebral blood flow (CBF) to match the metabolic requirements of firing neurons. Following synaptic activity, an increase in neuronal and/or astrocyte Ca2+ concentration leads to the synthesis of multiple vasoactive messengers. Curiously, the role of endothelial Ca2+ signaling in NVC has been rather neglected, although endothelial cells are known to control the vascular tone in a Ca2+ -dependent manner throughout peripheral vasculature...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Luciana Romão, Vanessa P do Canto, Paulo A Netz, Vivaldo Moura-Neto, Ângelo C Pinto, Cristian Follmer
Glioblastoma multiform (GBM) is the most common and devastating type of primary brain tumor, being considered the deadliest of human cancers. In this context, extensive efforts have been undertaken to develop new drugs that exhibit both antiproliferation and antimetastasis effects on GBM. 1,4-Naphthoquinone (1,4-NQ) scaffold has been found in compounds able to inhibit important biological targets associated with cancer, which includes DNA topoisomerase, Hsp90 and monoamine oxidase. Among potential antineoplastic 1,4-NQs is the plant-derived lapachol (2-hydroxy-3-prenyl-1,4-naphthoquinone) that was found to be active against the Walker-256 carcinoma and Yoshida sarcoma...
March 20, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
Muhammad R Afzal, Omar Kahaly, Raul Weiss, Mahmoud Houmsse, Emile G Daoud, John D Hummel
BACKGROUND: Successful pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is the most reliable predictor of success after ablation in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) unmasks the dormant conduction and can be used to improve the effectiveness of PVI. The impact of ATP guided PVI on clinical outcomes is discordant in various randomized controlled trials (RCTs). OBJECTIVES: To delineate the incremental benefit of ATP during PVI in patients with AF through a meta-analysis...
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Matthew E Levy, Alan E Greenberg, Manya Magnus, Naji Younes, Amanda Castel
Statin coverage has been examined among HIV-infected patients using Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) and American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines, although not with newer National Lipid Association (NLA) guidelines. We investigated statin eligibility, prescribing practices, and therapeutic responses using these three guidelines. Sociodemographic, clinical, and laboratory data were collected between 2011 and 2016 for HIV-infected outpatients enrolled in the DC Cohort, a multi-center, prospective, observational study in Washington, DC...
February 2018: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Sen Zheng, Kenji Sonomoto
Bacteriocins are ribosomally synthesised small antimicrobial peptides produced from a wide range of bacteria, and also rich sources for potential alternatives to traditional antibiotics. Many bacteriocins have highly specific antibacterial activity against target pathogens, even including drug-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. As the final and essential step during biosynthesis, the leader sequence removal and exportation of matured bacteriocin are lacking of research and therefore the last to be understood...
March 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Tomoko Hasegawa, Hanako Ohashi Ikeda, Sachiko Iwai, Yuki Muraoka, Tatsuaki Tsuruyama, Keiko Okamoto-Furuta, Haruyasu Kohda, Akira Kakizuka, Nagahisa Yoshimura
Retinal neuronal cell death underlies many incurable eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and glaucoma, and causes adult blindness. We have shown that maintenance of ATP levels via inhibiting ATP consumption is a promising strategy for preventing neuronal cell death. Here, we show that branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) are able to increase ATP production by enhancing glycolysis. In cell culture, supplementation of the culture media with BCAAs, but not glucose alone, enhanced cellular ATP levels, which was canceled by a glycolysis inhibitor...
February 2018: Heliyon
Eva Skiöldebrand, Anna Thorfve, Ulrika Björklund, Pegah Johansson, Ruth Wickelgren, Anders Lindahl, Elisabeth Hansson
Chondrocytes are effectively involved in the pathophysiological processes of inflammation in joints. They form cellular processes in the superficial layer of the articular cartilage and form gap junction coupled syncytium to facilitate cell-to-cell communication. However, very little is known about their physiological cellular identity and communication. The aim with the present work is to evaluate the physiological behavior after stimulation with the inflammatory inducers interleukin-1β and lipopolysaccharide...
January 2018: Heliyon
Ponarulselvam Sekar, Duen-Yi Huang, Shwu-Fen Chang, Wan-Wan Lin
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) is a damage-associated molecular pattern and contributes to inflammation associated diseases including cancer. Extracellular acidosis is a novel danger signal in the inflammatory sites, where it can modulate inflammation, immunity and tumor growth. Extracellular acidification was shown to inhibit P2X7-mediated channel currents, while it remains unknown how acidification and P2X7 together affect cellular responses. Here, we treated BV-2 microglial cells with ATP in a short period (<15 min) or a sustained acidified condition...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Irena Svobodova, Anirban Bhattaracharya, Milorad Ivetic, Zdenka Bendova, Hana Zemkova
The circadian rhythms in physiological and behavioral functions are driven by a pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The rhythms continue in constant darkness and depend on cell-cell communication between neurons and glia. The SCN astrocytes generate also a circadian rhythm in extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) accumulation, but molecular mechanisms that regulate ATP release are poorly understood. Here, we tested the hypothesis that ATP is released via the plasma membrane purinergic P2X7 receptors (P2X7Rs) and P2Y receptors (P2YRs) which have been previously shown to be expressed in the SCN tissue at transcriptional level...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Santhiti Vadthanarat, Olivier Raspé, Saisamorn Lumyong
Rhodactina is a small sequestrate genus in Boletaceae with two described species, R. himalayensis and R. incarnata . Phylogenetic analyses of a three-gene dataset including atp 6, tef 1 and rpb 2 of Rhodactina species along with selected Boletaceae species showed that all Rhodactina species formed a monophyletic clade, sister to the genera Spongiforma and Borofutus in subfamily Leccinoideae with high support. All of the taxa in the clade have a similar chemical reaction in which basidiospores turn purplish, purplish red to violet or violet grey when in contact with potassium hydroxide...
2018: MycoKeys
Kerrie L May, Thomas J Silhavy
The outer membrane (OM) bilayer of Gram-negative bacteria is biologically unique in its asymmetrical organization of lipids, with an inner leaflet composed of glycerophospholipids (PLs) and a surface-exposed outer leaflet composed of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). This lipid organization is integral to the OM's barrier properties. Perturbations of the outer leaflet by antimicrobial peptides or defects in LPS biosynthesis or transport to the OM cause a compensatory flipping of PLs to the outer leaflet. As a result, lipid asymmetry is disrupted and OM integrity is compromised...
March 20, 2018: MBio
Nicolas Gourdin, Marion Bossennec, Céline Rodriguez, Selena Vigano, Christelle Machon, Camilla Jandus, David Bauché, Julien Faget, Isabelle Durand, Nicolas Chopin, Olivier Tredan, Julien C Marie, Bertrand Dubois, Jérôme Guitton, Pedro Romero, Christophe Caux, Christine Ménétrier-Caux
The production of CD73-derived Adenosine (Ado) by Tregs, has been proposed as a resistance mechanism to anti-PD1 therapy in murine tumor models. We reported that Human Tregs express the ecto-nucleotidase CD39, that generates AMP from ATP, but do not express the AMPase CD73. In contrast, CD73 defined a subset of effector CD4+ T cells (Teffs), enriched in polyfunctional Th1.17 cells characterized by expression of CXCR3, CCR6 and MDR1 and production of IL-17A/IFN-γ/IL-22/GM-CSF. CD39+ Tregs selectively targeted CD73+ Teffs through cooperative degradation of ATP into Ado inhibiting and restricting the ability of CD73+ Teffs to secrete IL-17A...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Kazuhiro J Fujimoto, Daiki Nema, Masayuki Ninomiya, Mamoru Koketsu, Hidetaka Sadanari, Masaya Takemoto, Tohru Daikoku, Tsugiya Murayama
A novel type of antiviral agent for human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is required, because the appearance of ganciclovir (GCV) resistant viruses has been reported. Tricin (4',5,7-trihydroxy-3',5'-dimethoxyflavone) has been shown to suppress significantly HCMV replication in human embryonic lung (HEL) fibroblast cells. Recently, we revealed that the action of tricin is different from that of GCV and cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) is one of the target proteins of tricin. These results suggested that tricin is considered as a novel type of anti-HCMV agent...
March 17, 2018: Antiviral Research
Ryusuke Koshida, Saki Tome, Yosuke Takei
Dendritic spines, the postsynaptic compartments at excitatory synapses, are capable of changing their shape and size to modulate synaptic transmission. The actin cytoskeleton and a variety of actin-binding proteins play a critical role in the dynamics of dendritic spines. Class I myosins are monomeric motor proteins that move along actin filaments using the energy of ATP hydrolysis. Of these class I myosins, myosin Id, the mammalian homolog of Drosophila Myo31DF, has been reported to be expressed in neurons, whereas its subcellular localization in neurons remained unknown...
March 17, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Modi Wang, Moloud A Sooreshjani, Clinton Mikek, Clement Opoku-Temeng, Herman O Sintim
AIM: Persistent activation of STING pathway is the basis for several autoimmune diseases. STING is activated by cGAMP, which is produced by cGAS in the presence of DNA. Results/methodology: HPLC-based medium throughput screening for inhibitors of cGAS identified suramin as a potent inhibitor. Unlike other reported cGAS inhibitors, which bind to the ATP/GTP binding site, suramin displaced the bound DNA from cGAS. Addition of suramin to THP1 cells reduced the levels of IFN-β mRNA and protein...
March 21, 2018: Future Medicinal Chemistry
Shahid Khan, Jonathan M Scholey
Cells from all three domains of life on Earth utilize motile macromolecular devices that protrude from the cell surface to generate forces that allow them to swim through fluid media. Research carried out on archaea during the past decade or so has led to the recognition that, despite their common function, the motility devices of the three domains display fundamental differences in their properties and ancestry, reflecting a striking example of convergent evolution. Thus, the flagella of bacteria and the archaella of archaea employ rotary filaments that assemble from distinct subunits that do not share a common ancestor and generate torque using energy derived from distinct fuel sources, namely chemiosmotic ion gradients and FlaI motor-catalyzed ATP hydrolysis, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Andreas Weber, Mareike Barth, Jessica Isabel Selig, Silja Raschke, Konstantinos Dakaras, Alexander Hof, Julia Hesse, Jürgen Schrader, Artur Lichtenberg, Payam Akhyari
Calcific aortic valve disease is an active disease process with lipoprotein deposition, chronic inflammation, and progressive leaflet degeneration. Expression of ectonucleotidases, a group of membrane-bound enzymes that regulate the metabolism of ATP and its metabolites, may coregulate the degeneration process of valvular interstitial cells (VICs). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of the enzymes of the purinergic system in the degeneration process of VICs. Ovine VICs were cultivated in vitro under different prodegenerative conditions and treated with inhibitors of ectonucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase 1 (CD39)/ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1), and 5'-nucleotidase (CD73), as well as with adenosine and adenosine receptor agonists...
March 20, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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