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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433631/detection-of-camp-and-of-pka-activity-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-single-cells-using-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-probes
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Sonia Colombo, Serena Broggi, Maddalena Collini, Laura D'Alfonso, Giuseppe Chirico, Enzo Martegani
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the second messenger cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) and protein kinase A (PKA) play a central role in metabolism regulation, stress resistance and cell cycle progression. To monitor cAMP levels and PKA activity in vivo in single S. cerevisiae cells, we expressed an Epac-based FRET probe and a FRET-based A-kinase activity reporter, which were proven to be useful live-cell biosensors for cAMP levels and PKA activity in mammalian cells. Regarding detection of cAMP in single yeast cells, we show that in wild type strains the CFP/YFP fluorescence ratio increased immediately after glucose addition to derepressed cells, while no changes were observed when glucose was added to a strain that is not able to produce cAMP...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430123/functional-analysis-of-the-rs774872314-rs116171003-rs200231898-and-rs201107751-polymorphisms-in-the-human-ror%C3%AE-t-gene-promoter-region
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Marcin Ratajewski, Marcin Słomka, Kaja Karaś, Marta Sobalska-Kwapis, Małgorzata Korycka-Machała, Anna Sałkowska, Jarosław Dziadek, Dominik Strapagiel, Jarosław Dastych
RAR-related orphan receptor gamma RORγT, a tissue-specific isoform of the RORC gene, plays a critical role in the development of naive CD4+ cells into fully differentiated Th17 lymphocytes. Th17 lymphocytes are part of the host defense against numerous pathogens and are also involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune disorders. In this study, we functionally examined four naturally occurring polymorphisms located within one of the previously identified GC-boxes in the promoter region of the gene...
April 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427500/specificity-protein-1-its-role-in-colorectal-cancer-progression-and-metastasis
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REVIEW
Richa Bajpai, Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju
Specificity protein 1 (Sp1) is a widely expressed transcription factor that plays an important role in the promotion of oncogenes required for tumor survival, progression and metastasis. Sp1 is highly expressed in several cancers including colorectal cancer (CRC) and is related to poor prognosis. Therefore, targeting Sp1 is a rational for CRC therapy. In this review, we will recapitulate the current understanding of Sp1 signaling, its molecular mechanisms, and its potential involvement in CRC growth, progression and metastasis...
May 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426709/pdgfrb-is-a-direct-regulatory-target-of-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-in-atrioventricular-cushion-mesenchymal-cells
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Yin Peng, Shun Yan, Dongquan Chen, Xiangqin Cui, Kai Jiao
Cushion formation is the initial step for the development of valvuloseptal structures in mammalian hearts. TGFβ signaling plays critical roles in multiple steps of cushion morphogenesis. We used a newly developed conditional immortal atrioventricular cushion mesenchymal cell line, tsA58-AVM, to identify the TGFβ regulatory target genes through microarray analysis. Expression of ~1350 genes was significantly altered by TGFβ1 treatment. Subsequent bioinformatic analysis of TGFβ activated genes revealed that PDGF-BB signaling is the top hit as the potential upstream regulator...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425985/the-cellular-senescence-of-leukemia-initiating-cells-from-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-is-postponed-by-%C3%AE-arrestin1-binding-with-p300-sp1-to-regulate-htert-transcription
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Shan Liu, Haiyan Liu, Ru Qin, Yi Shu, Zhidai Liu, Penghui Zhang, Caiwen Duan, Dengli Hong, Jie Yu, Lin Zou
Although we previously reported that the self-renewal of leukemia-initiating cells of B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL LICs) was regulated by β-Arrestin1, a multiple-function protein, the cellular senescence is critical for LICs fate and leukemia progress, and worthy for further investigation. Here we found that depletion of β-Arrestin1 extended the population doubling time and the percentage of senile cells, the signatures of cellular senescence, of B-ALL LICs. Moreover, lack of β-Arrestin1 enhanced the expression of proteins (CBX, HIRA) and genes (P53, P16) related to senescence in leukemic Reh cells and B-ALL-LICs-derived leukemic mice...
April 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423697/essential-role-of-endogenous-prolactin-and-cdk7-in-estrogen-induced-upregulation-of-the-prolactin-receptor-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Raghuveer Kavarthapu, Maria L Dufau
Our early studies have shown that Estradiol (E2)/Estrogen Receptor α (ER) in a non-DNA dependent manner through complex formation with C/EBPβ/SP1 induced transcriptional activation of the generic hPIII promoter and expression of the Prolactin Receptor (PRLR) receptor in MCF-7 cells. Subsequent studies demonstrated effects of unliganded ERα with requisite participation of endogenous PRL on the activation of PRLR transcription. Also, EGF/ERBB1 in the absence of PRL and E2 effectively induced upregulation of the PRLR...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423585/the-rs1550117-a-g-variant-in-dnmt3a-gene-promoter-significantly-increases-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-susceptibility-in-a-han-chinese-population
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Jingdong Wang, Chade Li, Fengting Wan, Zhou Li, Jingli Zhang, Jiankun Zhang, Xianhong Feng, Liang Tang, Bifeng Chen
In this study, we conducted a case-control study to explore the association between rs1550117 A>G variant of DNMT3A gene promoter and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) susceptibility in a Han Chinese population. The genotyping of rs1550117 A>G variant was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and confirmed by sequencing. Allele G of rs1550117 was associated with an increased risk of NSCLC. Moreover, individuals carrying the GG genotypes had a higher risk to develop NSCLC than the AA and GA genotype carriers...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423548/axl-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-by-regulating-light-expression-in-t-lymphoma
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Eun-Hee Lee, Eun-Mi Kim, Kon-Young Ji, A-Reum Park, Ha-Rim Choi, Hwa-Youn Lee, Su-Man Kim, Byung Yeoup Chung, Chul-Hong Park, Hyo Jin Choi, Young-Hyeh Ko, Hyoung-Woo Bai, Hyung-Sik Kang
Axl is an oncogenic receptor tyrosine kinase that plays a role in many cancers. LIGHT (Lymphotoxin-related inducible ligand that competes for glycoprotein D binding to herpesvirus entry mediator on T cells) is a ligand that induces robust anti-tumor immunity by enhancing the recruitment and activation of effector immune cells at tumor sites. We observed that mouse EL4 and human Jurkat T lymphoma cells that stably overexpressed Axl also showed high expression of LIGHT. When Jurkat-Axl cells were treated with Gas6, a ligand for Axl, LIGHT expression was upregulated through activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway and transcriptional induction by Sp1...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422727/microrna-22-suppresses-the-growth-migration-and-invasion-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-a-sp1-negative-feedback-loop
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Shu-Sen Xia, Guang-Jun Zhang, Zuo-Liang Liu, Hong-Peng Tian, Yi He, Chang-Yuan Meng, Li-Fa Li, Zi-Wei Wang, Tong Zhou
MicroRNAs have recently emerged as regulators of many biological processes including cell proliferation, development and differentiation. This study identified that miR-22 was statistically decreased in colorectal cancer clinical specimens and highly metastatic cell lines. Moreover, low miR-22 expression was associated with tumor metastasis, advanced clinical stage and relapse. Consistent with clinical observations, miR-22 significantly suppressed the ability of colorectal cancer cells to growth and metastasize in vitro and in vivo...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422286/isorhapontigenin-induced-cell-growth-inhibition-and-apoptosis-by-targeting-egfr-related-pathways-in-prostate-cancer
#10
Cuicui Zhu, Qingyi Zhu, Zhaomeng Wu, Yingying Yin, Dan Kang, Shan Lu, Ping Liu
Isorhapontigenin (ISO), a naturally phytopolyphenol compound existing in Chinese herb, apples and various vegetables, has attracted extensive interest in recent years for its diverse pharmacological characteristics. Increasing evidences reveal that ISO can inhibit cancer cell growth by induced apoptosis, however the molecular mechanisms is not fully understood. In this study, we found for the first time that ISO apparently induced cell growth inhibition and apoptosis by targeting EGFR and its downstream signal pathways in prostate cancer (PCa) cells both in vitro and in vivo, whereas no obviously effect on normal prostate cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420000/-epicatechin-suppresses-angiotensin-ii-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-the-activation-of-the-sp1-sirt1-signaling-pathway
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Zeng-Xiang Dong, Lin Wan, Ren-Jun Wang, Yuan-Qi Shi, Guang-Zhong Liu, Si-Jia Zheng, Hui-Ling Hou, Wei Han, Xin Hai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Flavonol (-)-epicatechin (EPI) is present in high amounts in cocoa and tea products, and has been shown to exert beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. However, the precise mechanism of EPI on cardiomyocyte hypertrophy has not yet been determined. In this study, we examined whether EPI could inhibit cardiac hypertrophy. METHODS: We utilised cultured neonatal mouse cardiomyocytes and mice for immunofluorescence, immunochemistry, qRT-PCR, and western blot analyses...
April 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419615/involvement-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-ul13-protein-kinase-in-the-induction-of-socs-genes-the-negative-regulator-of-cytokine-signaling
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Yuka Sato, Tetsuo Koshizuka, Kei Ishibashi, Koichi Hashimoto, Ken Ishioka, Kazufumi Ikuta, Shin-Ichi Yokota, Nobuhiro Fujii, Tatsuo Suzutani
The suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) family consists of 8 members and suppresses various cytokine signaling pathways including interferon (IFN) signaling. Therefore, some viruses have evolved molecular mechanisms to induce SOCS proteins in order to escape from host immunity. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) has a mechanism for escaping from type I IFN by induction of SOCS1 and SOCS3 as well. In this study, expression of 8 members of the SOCS family by HSV-1 infection was comparatively analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription PCR...
April 17, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415607/thymoquinone-exerts-potent-growth-suppressive-activity-on-leukemia-through-dna-hypermethylation-reversal-in-leukemia-cells
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Jiuxia Pang, Na Shen, Fei Yan, Na Zhao, Liping Dou, Lai-Chu Wu, Christopher L Seiler, Li Yu, Ke Yang, Veronika Bachanova, Eric Weaver, Natalia Y Tretyakova, Shujun Liu
Thymoquinone (TQ), a bioactive constituent of the volatile oil of Monarda fistulosa and Nigella sativa, possesses cancer-specific growth inhibitory effects, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely elusive. We propose that TQ curbs cancer cell growth through dysfunction of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1). Molecular docking analysis revealed that TQ might interact with the catalytic pocket of DNMT1 and compete with co-factor SAM/SAH for DNMT1 inhibition. In vitro inhibitory assays showed that TQ decreases DNMT1 methylation activity in a dose-dependent manner with an apparent IC50 of 30 nM...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414811/tissue-expression-profiles-and-transcriptional-regulation-of-elongase-of-very-long-chain-fatty-acid-6-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Si Chen, Hua He, Xiaolin Liu
In mammals, very long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) perform pleiotropic roles in a wide range of biological processes, such as cell membrane formation, cell signal transduction, and endocrine regulation. Beef and milk are abundant of palmitic acid which can be further elongated into stearic acid for synthesizing VLCFAs. Elongase of very long chain fatty acid 6 (ELOVL6) is a rate-limiting enzyme for converting palmitic acid to stearic acid. Consequently, investigating the tissue expression patterns and transcriptional regulation of bovine ELOVL6 can provide new insights into improving the composition of beneficial fats in cattle and expanding the knowledge of transcriptional regulation mechanism among domestic animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402278/correlated-high-expression-of-fxr-and-sp1-of-the-cancer-cells-confers-a-poor-prognosis-for-pancreatic-cancer-a-study-based-on-tcga-and-tissue-microarray
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Hai Hu, Lei-Lei Wu, Ting Han, Meng Zhuo, Wang Lei, Jiu-Jie Cui, Feng Jiao, Li-Wei Wang
Bile acids (BAs) was critical in the initiation and progression of various tumors. However, their prognostic significance in pancreatic cancer was still illusive. In the present study, the expression and biological significance of FXR, a major receptor of BAs, in the lethal disease were evaluated in mRNA and protein levels. We found that FXR protein was elevated in the cancerous tissues, which was significantly higher than the adjacent tissues (p < 0.05). Meanwhile, our data showed that FXR was positively correlated with primary tumor location (p = 0...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400867/evaluation-of-autoantibodies-in-patients-with-primary-and-secondary-sjogren-s-syndrome
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Ellen De Langhe, Xavier Bossuyt, Long Shen, Kishore Malyavantham, Julian L Ambrus, Lakshmanan Suresh
BACKGROUND: Antibodies to salivary gland protein 1 (SP1), carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6) and parotid secretory protein (PSP) were discovered in an animal model of Sjogren's syndrome (SS). Their expression was noted in patients with SS, especially those with lower focus scores on lip biopsies and those with early disease lacking antibodies to Ro and La. OBJECTIVE: The current studies evaluated these autoantibodies in patients with long-standing SS expressing high levels of anti-Ro antibodies and in patients with Sjogren's syndrome secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc) and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD)...
2017: Open Rheumatology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396535/pregnancy-reprograms-large-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channel-in-uterine-arteries-roles-of-ten-eleven-translocation-methylcytosine-dioxygenase-1-mediated-active-demethylation
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Xiang-Qun Hu, Chiranjib Dasgupta, Man Chen, Daliao Xiao, Xiaohui Huang, Limin Han, Shumei Yang, Zhice Xu, Lubo Zhang
The large-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BKCa) channel is of critical importance in pregnancy-mediated increase in uterine artery vasodilation and blood flow. The present study tested the hypothesis that active DNA demethylation plays a key role in pregnancy-induced reprogramming and upregulation of BKCa channel β1 subunit (BKβ1) in uterine arteries. Uterine arteries were isolated from nonpregnant and near-term pregnant sheep. Pregnancy significantly increased the expression of ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (TET1) in uterine arteries...
April 10, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396512/pro-inflammatory-cytokine-driven-pi3k-akt-sp1-signaling-and-h2s-production-facilitates-the-pathogenesis-of-severe-acute-pancreatitis
#18
Ying Liu, Ribin Liao, Zhanrong Qiang, Cheng Zhang
Severe acute pancreatitis (SAP) is a disease usually associated with systemic organ dysfunction or pancreatic necrosis. Most patients with SAP suffer from defective intestinal motility in the early phase of the disease. Additionally, SAP-induced inflammation produces hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that impairs the gastrointestinal (GI) system. However, the exact mechanism of H2S in the regulation of SAP is yet to be elucidated. In this paper, we use a rat model of SAP to evaluate the role of H2S on intestinal motility by counting the number of bowel movements and investigating the effect of H2S on inflammation...
April 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390965/autoantibodies-detection-methods-and-panels-for-diagnosis-of-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
#19
Long Shen, Lakshmanan Suresh
The presence of autoantibodies is one of several hallmarks of Sjögren's Syndrome, the detection of serum autoantibodies has a central role in the diagnosis and classification of Sjögren's syndrome. In this review, we will discuss autoantibodies that are helpful in the diagnosis of Sjögren's syndrome. This includes the traditional autoantibodies for disease classification (ANA, Anti-Ro/SSA, Anti-La/SSB, RF), autoantibodies identified from mouse models (Anti-SP1, Anti- PSP, Anti-CA6, and anti-alpha fodrin) and autoantibodies associated with other autoimmune disease (ACA, AMA, and Anti-CCP)...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384213/prevention-of-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-early-liver-fibrosis-by-a-maleic-acid-derivative-anti-oxidant-through-suppression-of-ros-inflammation-and-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation
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Kun-Lin Yang, Wen-Teng Chang, Ming-Yuan Hong, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chia-Chang Chuang
Current anti-fibrotic effect of antioxidants in vivo is disappointing due probably to the fact that once liver fibrogenesis is established it is too advanced to be reversed by anti-oxidation mechanism. We consider antioxidant may only act on the early phase of fibrogenesis. Thus, we had previously established an early liver fibrosis animal model using an inducible expression vector (pPK9a), which contains TGF-β gene and was hydro-dynamically transferred into mice to induce a transient liver fibrosis. TGF-β1 has been well documented to up-regulate the expression of α2(1) collagen (Col 1A2) gene in the liver via the reactive oxygen species (ROS); the process triggers inflammation, leading to hepatic stellate cells (HSC) activation and liver fibrogenesis...
2017: PloS One
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